Ten Bad Dates with De Niro
Richard T. Kelly, illustrated by Andrew Rae
We all have our favourite movies: indeed the love of film can drive us into obsessions - with particular stars, directors, genres and styles. Now, out of the depths of this movie-mania, Faber and Faber present Ten Bad Dates with De Niro - a celebration of film like no other.
Within its pages is a wealth of movie lists that offer answers to some of the great questions in cinema history. Do really good films ever win Oscars? What is the saddest moment in film history? How about the most convincing sex scene? The greatest ending? The cleverest plot twist? The grisliest murder? How do the three Lord of the Rings films compare to Kieslowski's Three Colours Trilogy ? Is Richard E. Grant's 'Withnail' a 'far superior' screen drunk to Jimmy Stewart in Harvey ? Have Kevin Costner's Waterworld and the acting of David Bowie been unjustly maligned? Which male movie star looks best in a dress? Where have you been most surprised to meet a severed head? And how do you make a great movie without a movie camera?
All this and more, not forgetting 'Ten Bad Dates With De Niro' itself - lessons from the screen legend's greatest characters on how not to treat a lady.
Contributors range from the directors of Oscar-winners - the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Macdonald, Mike Figgis - to an array of acclaimed writers including David Hare, DBC Pierre, Mavis Cheek, and George Pelecanos. No movie-lover will set this book down unfinished. But be warned - it may start certain arguments that have no end ...
More lists and debate at www.tenbaddates.com .
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