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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 Nov 2007
This review is from: Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists (Hardcover)
This is a great book: smart, funny and interesting.
The lists (compiled by film-makers, film critics and just plain old film watchers) are varied and interesting (from the Ten Most Richly Deserved Oscars to Ten Worst Haircuts) and written with enthusiasm, wit and intelligence.
It's like having a night in the pub with your friends who know a lot about films but don't limit their viewing to art house retrospectives. Brilliant - and a great present for anyone who knows a bit about films and wants to enjoy finding out more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars verrrry intersting, 3 Jan 2008
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There are actually 460 pages of lists in this book, despite what the product details say, and that is quite alot for any film buff to mull over. You can start at the beginning and work your way through it or dip into it anywhere, for example The 10 most gratuitous uses of sex & nudity in the oeuvre of Paul Verhoeven, was a fun place to start ( have you seen the hair dyeing scene in Blackbook?) The 10 best endings will be quickly checked. Wild Bunch no 1 of course, and Dont Look Now, complete with spioiler, is there too. I havent finished it yet, but its a book you'll keep going back to
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable, 20 April 2014
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This review is from: Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists (Hardcover)
I will admit that I picked this up more out of curiosity than anything else, thinking that perhaps it may while away a bit of time here and there whilst I took an occasional dip within its pages. But I found myself completely wrong. Like looking up something on the internet and then finding more information thus meaning you spend ages on something, this book is the same. You pick it up thinking I will just read one of the lists here, and before you know it you have read a hundred odd pages.

I'm not a huge movie buff knowing all the ins and outs of films and their histories, and you don't have to be to enjoy this. I found in here films I had never heard of as well as ones I have, films I've never seen, or ones that I last saw years ago, so this does bring back a bit of nostalgia to any reader of this. That is one of the things I think that makes this book work, as well as what the lists include. This isn't a book of lists of best films in each genre; it is something a bit more irreverent. The title of this refers to films where Robert De Niro has played characters that women would not want to go out with. Along with lists of bad hair days and bad wigs, you also have best real sex scenes, and gratuitous nudity as well as best music or best films within a film and best gang movies. The lists just go on and on.

This is a collaborative effort and each film listed has what it is that has made it on to the list, as well as a short introduction to each section. In all this is full of facts and humour meaning that you won't get bored. Ideal to look at with friends around, some drinks and some of the films mentioned, you could end up making your own film club whilst you discuss the merits of the films here, and what you think should be on the list. This isn't something that I would normally look at, but I found this really absorbing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Present, 13 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists (Hardcover)
Whilst a book of basically-pointless lists would probably seem a bit of an indulgence to buy for oneself, this makes a fine gift for any film buff. There are something like 70 lists in all, ranging from "Ten Greatest Movie Trilogies" to a list of the most unusual places where severed heads turn up in the movies. (Although the illustration on the front-cover of the hardback may be a little misleading as it depicts De Niro's Taxi Driver character and ten potential dates for him from other, non-De Niro, films - but virtually all the lists in the book are about actual films, not hypothetical "wouldn't it be good if..." ideas.) Each list has a brief introduction and each entry in each list gets a paragraph explaining the film's inclusion (a format familiar to anyone who frequents The Onion's A.V. Club - they are bringing out their own list book shortly I believe). Some of the contributors are well-known film-makers, but all the writers are knowledgeable and amusing and the book makes for quite addictive reading (and the potential for perpetuating drinking games is vast). It will remind the reader of films s/he has loved or loathed or always meant to see and it will tip them off about films they have yet to discover - what more could you ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 19 Mar 2013
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Really enjoyed this book - it really is an alternative list - much more interesting than merely '10 best films' etc

Would make a great gift for a movie buff.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great present for a bloke who has everything, 10 Feb 2010
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have it in the cupboard for when you need a gift for a man, nuff said
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