10 Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists
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Here's just a taste of that you'll find inside: dozens of delicious lists created by a group of award-winning filmmakers, writers, and critics, including Ethan and Joel Coen, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Macdonald, Mike Figgis, David Hare, Graham Fuller, Gilbert Adair, George Pelecanos, and more: Ten Films to Avoid on Medication Ten So-Called "Turkeys" That Are Actually Terrif...more
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published March 20th 2010 by MJF Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Paul
(review updated with additional list)

It’s a fun collection of movie lists & comments. A few of them will give you an idea :

- Are you gonna swallow that? ten memorable movie meals
- the words of the prophets : ten great uses of graffiti
- manicure madness : ten shining examples of notable nail varnish
- once more with feeling : ten best sex scenes not in a porn film
- Digital nightmares : ten wince-making instances of finger or toe abuse

This is a book some people would put in their toilet for cas...more
William Johnson
Mar 09, 2010 William Johnson rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Obscure Film Buffs
It’s always really exciting to fall in love with an idea for a book. You purchase it with excitement and covet the time you have to sit down and read it whether it be the couch, bed, beach, pool, or even ‘The Throne’. And, for awhile, even when the expectations have made the actual delivery of the book unsatisfactory, we can proceed on hoping the idea remains strong and the book gets better. And god help us if it is a long book because when the reality of how poor the book is dawns on you but yo...more
Andy
Apr 14, 2011 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of reading in the toliet
I picked this up in the new mega cheap superstore book shop that opened in CHCH last year (an entire warehouse full of books and barely anything worth reading) and have been dipping in and out ever since. It reminds me of an old girlfriend, or more specifically her parents house, or even more specifically their downstairs toilet.

Her parents had this great, huge house converted from an old playschool with multiple floors, nooks, crannies and a great downstairs toliet. It was hidden away back und...more
Woodge
A movie list book is usually not my thing. This book was a gift. But then I opened it at random and started idly reading and kept going back to it until I'd finished the whole book in a week. The lists are unusual, witty, informative, and naturally have plenty of room for argument. These top 10 lists are backed up by commentary on why the movie in question was included and lets you know some of which are intentionally excluded and why. Lists include such stuff as 10 Worst Wigs an Actor Dared to...more
Mark
The book as is the subtitle warns us - a book of alternative movie lists. This would be great if (a) the writing didn't vary wildly in quality from film critic to film critic, and (b) I'd heard of half of the films. (There's a fascination with foreign film that I understand intellectually but am not actually interested in seeing.)

A nice book for cinephiles...
Lisa
I thought I was going to love this book, but you need to be a serious movie buff to know 95% of the movies on the lists! I felt like I did more skimming for titles I actually recognized than I did reading. Glad I paid the clearance price for it.
Vanessa
While I enjoyed the oddball lists in this lengthy book (the titular DeNiro list, 10 Gratuitous Uses of Sex and Nudity by Paul Verhoeven, 10 Great Uses of Poetry in Movies), I ran out of steam near the end. Like most list compilations, this would be a great book to pull off the shelf and read occasionally but not try to barrel through. It was published in the UK which explains the particularly British brand of pomposity from a few of the contributors-in the preface where all of the writers list t...more
Dave
Oct 23, 2008 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dave by: Kari
I am naturally a list-reader. I make lists too, when the occasion warrants, but I like reading a good list just as much as making a good list. Not all the movie lists in this book are great, but there are enough lists and enough films covered to make it very enjoyable. And, since there's no plot to follow, there's no guilt in skipping a list that doesn't look interesting, or only reading the paragraphs about movies you've heard of in a list. This may reveal more about my personal habits than I'd...more
Tom Fuchs
Can't really say that it provokes conversation or discussion, considering it would be rather one-sided, me yelling at a book, but I still enjoyed the lists. Not entirely because I found myself frequently disagreeing with the curt one-sentence dismissals of good films. To provide an example: one of the final lists reveals that its author disliked the final entry in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its myriad endings in its prologue and then goes on to say that the original Taking of Pelham One T...more
Doug Newdick
Only for real cinephiles - this book of weird and wonderful movie lists is often hilarious, often pretentious, and sometimes both!
Donna Jo Atwood
Essentially a book of lists of movies--usually 10 to a list--covering a range of topics (10 movies that scarred me for live as a child or 10 great films watched by characters in films to 10 Gratuitous Machine-Gun Frenzies or 10 Sining Examples of Notable Nail Varnish.)
I read more about movies I never see, so I'm not much of a judge, but this is fun to see some of the line-ups. And who knows-- it may inspire me to see a movie.
What's your own off-beat category of films you've seen?
bigmuzz
very interesting and a great conversation starter, as all good "List Books" should be. a lot of very random and varied topics make for lists on subjects you haven't seen or thought about before. although i didn't know many of the older, more 'arty' movies included in many of these lists, the descriptions and arguments for inclusion were still very informative and interesting. an easy read that can be interactive if you try and guess which films will be on which lists
Steve
Sure hate when a book has typos. When referencing newsman Edward R. Murrow, the last name was listed - twice - as Morrow.

The other typo was incorrectly attributing a poem read by Steve Martin in the film, "Pennies From Heaven" when it actually was in the film, "The Jerk."

Other than that, a pleasant enough read.
Alli
One of the most delightfully pretentious books of lists you'll ever encounter. What's great about this book is that it introduces you to films you would never have otherwise heard of, while couching them all in the most bizarre groupings, The Coen Brothers entry, films that should be remade, is particularly funny.
Jen
someday i will have a bathroom big enough for a bookshelf. this is the perfect book for that shelf. although i haven't seen most of the movies listed in the lists, it has a lot of intersting topics and easy to just flip around and read a few pages at a time.
James
This is the way to do a book of lists -- like the good ol' '70s Books of Lists. Not just compilations -- each list is the vehicle for commentary, and insight into the filmgoing profile of its contributor. They're not all gems, but it's a fun collection.
matt

Fun, insightful, fruitful (in the thoughty way), inspiring (in the geeky way), useful, handy...a neat little celebration of good bad and not-horrible-exactly-but-if-you-see-it-the-right-way-pretty-goshdarn-wonderful films. Definitely recommended!
Phil Overeem
My sweetheart used a fraction of her gift card to get me this, which was on sale at B&N. A great bathroom book full of movie lists (w/commentary), much by film folks themselves...like the Coens, Mike Figgis, and Stephen Soderberg.
Donkey21
Don't let the wacky title fool you, this book of movie lists is more for the serious student of film. I liked it, but there was a good amount that referenced movies I've never seen or heard of and I've seen a ton of movies.
Matt
Jul 21, 2010 Matt is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying it thus far. Was initially kind of disappointed that it was primarily composed of lists by British film critics that I'm unfamiliar with, but I got over that pretty fast. Quality writing, entertaining film info.
Klay Kubiak
A very quick and interesting read. basically it's a compilation of random movie lists, and they're pretty enlightening and fun to read; particularly the Coen's list of movies that should be re-made.
Mark
Aug 30, 2008 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Movie lovers
I am a sucker for a books of lists, so I really liked this book. I had not heard of a lot of the movies referenced in this book, so I will use the book to add to my Netflix list.
Justin
There's a lot of movies out there I have not seen. This book puts an interesting twist on lists and helped me add a few more movies to my "To See" list.
Todd Melby
Great bedtime reading. Light. Full of lists of movies with the Ten Worst Wigs, Ten Best Heists, etc. Overuse of the word "eponymous."
Jeffrey Morris
Purchase this book and keep it forever – the most useful film resource I've ever encountered. Your Netflix queue will never be the same.
Chandler
One of my favorite yearly features is Film Comment's Top Ten Lists. So I was a sucker for this book from the start...
Ed
Sep 21, 2009 Ed added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
A book of movie lists, very literate, very clever. Recommended for browsing or reading, for making connections.
Melissa
Too bad I don't have a DVD shelf - I found soooo many movies that I want to watch. Guess that's what Netflix is for.
Charli
Fun lists. Bonus points for including one of my favorite overlooked movies of all time: Times Square.
Charles
Very satisfying--that is, sure to spawn rounds of mirth, angst, and soul-searching--for film geeks...
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