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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 Bryant
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies

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 casual browsing but I myself wouldn’t do
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Will Johnson
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Jill Hutchinson
I had fun with this book of alternative movie lists. The title is derived from the first (and last) date that Robert De Niro has with Cybil Sheppard in the film Taxi Driver when he takes her to a porn film. This is not your typical lists of best films, best actors, etc. etc. but instead off-beat and humorous topics in film, many of which you have seen and some you have not. They range from "10 Worst Toupees/Wigs" to "10 Best Twist Endings" to "10 Best Use of Steps or Staircases", etc. This is a ...more
Lisa
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Woodge
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Vanessa
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
KennyO
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a fun way to peruse those movies you may not have seen but you know that the movie cognoscenti insist you should have seen. It's arbitrarily arranged and comes from many contributors. There are lists of ten movies in dozens of "categories," many that hadn't occurred to me. Some of what's here is not at all interesting and it's not a cover to cover read by any means but it is a book to keep handy and peruse when you're just whiling away a bit of time and wondering why Netflix doesn't have ...more
Dave
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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