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10 Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternate Movie Lists

10 Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternate Movie Lists

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It's been a long time since I've come across a set of lists quite so piquant and entertaining as Ten Bad Dates With De Niro.-Louis Bayard, Salon (CriticAs Pick)
What are the Top Ten movies for making cigarettes look cool? Do good films ever win the Oscar? What is film's most tragic farewell, greatest opening-credit sequence, grisliest murder, loosest screen adaptation, most gratuitous use of sex and violence? How do you make a great movie without a movie camera? And why do Robert De Niro's characters behave so badly to women? Born of the cinephile's well-known love of lists, Ten Bad Dates with DeNiro is a symposium and celebration of viewing pleasures, private passions, and cinematic lost causes. Contributors include a fine cast of critics, filmmakers, and writers ranging from Steven Soderbergh and the Coen brothers to Andrew O'Hagan and George Pelecanos.
100 Animated Feature Films

100 Animated Feature Films

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The animated feature film has been long under-represented in film criticism. Yet animated films have probably never been a stronger force in world cinema than they are today. This book discusses 100 key animated films from around the world, from Shrek to Svankmajer. While the genre continues to pick up attention and garner worldwide audiences of millions, appreciation for the art of animated features seems to grow as quickly as the technology driving it forward. International in focus, 100 Animated Feature Films come to life on the page with vivid images from the films discussed.

100 Cult Films

100 Cult Films

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Some films should never have been made. They are too unsettling, too dangerous, too challenging, too outrageous and even too badly made to be let loose on unsuspecting audiences.

Yet these films, from the shocking Cannibal Holocaust to the apocalyptic Donnie Darko, from the destructive Tetsuo to the awfully bad The Room, from the hilarious This Is Sp?]nal Tap to the campy Showgirls, from the asylum of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari to the circus of Freaks, from the gangs of The Warriors to the gangsters of In Bruges and from the flamboyant Rocky Horror Picture Show to the ultimate cool of The Big Lebowski, have all garnered passionate fan followings.

Cult cinema has made tragic misfits, monsters and cyborgs, such as Edward Scissorhands or Blade Runner's replicants, heroes of our times. 100 Cult Films explains why these figures continue to inspire fans around the globe. Cult film experts Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik round up the most cultish of giallo, blaxploitation, anime, sexploitation, zombie, vampire and werewolf films, exploring both the cults that live hidden inside the underground (Nekromantik, Café Flesh) and the cult side of the mainstream (Dirty Dancing, The Lord of the Rings, and even The Sound of Music).

100 Cult Films is a true trip around the world, providing a lively and illuminating guide to films from more than a dozen countries, across nine decades, representing a wide range of genres and key cult directors such as David Cronenberg, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with some of the world's most iconic cult creators and performers, including Dario Argento, Pupi Avati, Alex Cox, Ruggero Deodato, Jesús Franco, Lloyd Kaufman, Harry Kümel, H. G. Lewis, Christina Lindberg, Takashi Miike, Franco Nero, George A. Romero and Brian Yuzna, and featuring a foreword by cult director Joe Dante, 100 Cult Films is your ultimate ticket to the midnight movie show.

100 Silent Films

100 Silent Films

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100 Silent Films provides an authoritative and accessible history of silent cinema through one hundred of its most interesting and significant films. As Bryony Dixon contends, silent cinema is not a genre; it is the first 35 years of film history, a complex negotiation between art and commerce and a union of creativity and technology. At its most grand - on the big screen with a full orchestral accompaniment - it is magnificent, permitting a depth of emotional engagement rarely found in other fields of cinema. Silent film was hugely popular in its day, and its success enabled the development of large-scale film production in the United States and Europe. It was the start of our fascination with the moving image as a disseminator of information and as mass entertainment with its consequent celebrity culture.

The digital revolution in the last few years and the restoration and reissue of archival treasures have contributed to a huge resurgence of interest in silent cinema. Bryony Dixon's illuminating guide introduces a wide range of films of the silent period (1895-1930), including classics such as The Birth of a Nation (1915), The General (1926), Metropolis (1927), Sunrise (1927) and Pandora's Box (1928), alongside more unexpected choices, and represents major genres and directors of the period - Griffith, Keaton, Chaplin, Murnau, Sjöström, Dovzhenko and Eisenstein - together with an introductory overview and useful filmographic and bibliographic information.

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

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As a Star Wars fan, you've seen the movies, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi, and beyond. And of course you've probably had a faux lightsaber battle or two, pretending to be Luke Skywalker, Rey, or maybe Kylo Ren. But can you name the seven actors who have portrayed Darth Vader? Do you know how Ralph McQuarrie helped shape the world of Star Wars? Are you familiar with Deak Starkiller, Darth Plagueis, or Drew Struzan? Have you seen the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special? 100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for true fans of the galaxy far, far away. In this revised and updated edition, Dan Casey has collected every essential piece of Star Wars knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activites, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for viewers old and new to progress on their way to fan superstardom.
100 Things The Simpsons Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

100 Things The Simpsons Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

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Most fans of The Simpsons can distinguish Lenny from Carl without checking their hands. But only real fans recall the Eastern European equivalent of The Itchy & Scratchy Show, know the name of Barney Gumble's submission to the Springfield Film Festival, and have road tripped to the World's Fair in Knoxville.

100 Things The Simpsons Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for true fans, whether you read at a Ralph Wiggum or Lisa Simpson level. Allie Goertz and Julia Prescott have collected every essential piece of Simpsons knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and rank them all from 1 to 100 in this entertaining book, which was just discarded from the shelves of The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

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This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Every film profile is packed with details including the director and cast, a plot summary and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film's history. Is it any wonder this intensely readable book has sold more than 1.5 million copies world wide?

Chronicling the complete history of filmmaking, this important survey dates back to silent-era sensations such as D. W. Griffith's controversial The Birth of a Nation and the immortal Little Tramp movies of Charlie Chaplin. It then covers blockbusters of the more recent past like Gone with the Wind, A Clockwork Orange, Avatar, and The Black Swan. Also described are Hollywood's most memorable musicals, great dramas, screwball comedies, experimental "New Wave" films from 1950s and '60s Europe, major films noir, classic westerns, action and adventure films, and outstanding documentaries.

This all-new edition has been updated with:

  • 50 new films
  • 200 new images
  • Key quotations from the movies
  • More movie posters than ever
  • New interesting facts and movie trivia

    For students of cinema, discerning film buffs, DVD collectors, and readers who simply enjoy reminiscing over cherished screen moments, the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a must-have compilation of film knowledge.

  • 101 Movies to Watch Before You Die

    101 Movies to Watch Before You Die

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    Taking the form of a diary, this vibrant graphic novel takes the reader from Goodfellas to The Goonies, Harry Potter to Apocalypse Now in a zany and hilarious exploration of the movies that have shaped Cavolo's life and the lives of his generation.
    101 Things I Learned in Film School

    101 Things I Learned in Film School

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    How to set a scene? What's the best camera angle? How does the new technology interact with scenes? And how does one even get the financing to make a movie?

    These basic questions and much more are all covered in this exquisite packaged book on the film industry and making movies as a profession. Written by Neil Landau, an experienced screenwriter and script consultant to the major movie studios, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants to know about the inner-workings of this industry. Whether it's someone who wants to make movies as a full-timecareer, or just someone who is interested in film, this book covers it all.

    24: The Official CTU Operations Manual

    24: The Official CTU Operations Manual

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    Welcome to the Counter Terrorist Unit.
    As a new agent with the U.S. government's elite Counter Terrorist Unit, you are expected to carefully review the contents of this handbook. Many of the situations you are likely to encounter--from assassination attempts to bioweapon attacks--are detailed within these pages. We have divided the agency's manual into seven sections for quick reference and ease of use:
    - Working at CTU: An overview of the office, its policies, and its facilities
    - Gear: Essential supplies, firearms, and other tools of the trade
    - Surveillance: A primer on tracking suspects and their vehicles
    - Undercover Ops: Establishing cover and "going dark"
    - Combat: From securing the perimeter to securing hostiles
    - Interrogation: Getting the information you need when the clock is ticking
    - Disaster Management: Live bombs, chemical attacks, and beyond
    Complete with archival photographs, weaponry schematics, step-by-step instructions, and a foreword by Federal Special Agent Jack Bauer, this manual is a reference that no CTU agent can do without.
    50 Greatest Westerns

    50 Greatest Westerns

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    Author Barry Stone has served his apprenticeship as a western movie geek and aficionado. The Magnificent Seven, The Wild Bunch, Red River -- for 50 years the western has been the only genre in a life that 'just ain't big enough for two.' He has written on the history of cinema for the illustrated reference book Historica, is a regular attendee to western premieres for FOX Studios Australia, and was recently a guest of the Museum of Western Film History in Independence, California.

    Intrigued by the idea of frontier wilderness, of law and order versus lawlessness, and a firm belief that 'the better the bad guy, the better the film, ' he goes beyond the American Southwest to pay homage to the Italian and even Australian western -- and, after much deliberation, he ranks them in order.

    99 Classic Movies for People in a Hurry

    99 Classic Movies for People in a Hurry

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    99 Classic Movies for People in a Hurry compresses 99 of the worlds most famous movies - in just four squares! In a remarkable way, riotously entertaining texts and spot on illustrations lets you, so to speak, get the picture, summarizing all the must-see classics. Get the low down on: Citizen Kane, Psycho, The Seventh Seal, Gone With the Wind, Dirty Dancing, Jaws, Bagdad Caf, Rocky, Yojimbo, The Guns of Navarone, Jailhouse Rock, The Big Blue, Rebel Without a Cause, Taxi Driver, The Shawshank Redemption, The Misfits, among many others.
    99 Film Scenes for Actors

    99 Film Scenes for Actors

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    Looking for a great piece to work on in your scene study class? For an audition? You want something fresh, juicy, well-written-something you haven't seen in every scene book. Give Chekov a rest and turn to memorable characters and scenes from the silver screen.
    Academy Awards#

    Academy Awards#

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    Updated to include the 2014 Academy Awards, this is the definitive guide to 86 years of the Oscars, including every nominee and winner in every category, plus red carpet highlights, unforgettable photographs, and insider information from onstage and behind the scenes.

    The Academy Awards invites us to share in the celebration of 86 years of best actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and more, plus the greatest films in movie-making history. All of the winners and the losers of Hollywood's prestigious award ceremony are covered here in detail, together with all of the glamour and gossip that is the OscarsÂ(R).

    Written by film experts Jim Piazza and Gail Kinn, who are sought out by the media every year for their insider knowledge of movies and Hollywood, The Academy Awards is both a handy reference and a detailed history of the annual event. Organized by year, beginning with the very first awards given in 1927, The Academy Awards presents in each chapter a complete and fun-to-read overview of the ceremony, including highlights of the most memorable moments (and outfits!) of the evening. Piazza and Kinn also provide details and little-known facts about award winners for best picture, best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, and honorary awards, plus a complete list of nominees in every category.

    Packed with more than 500 photographs from the ceremonies and red carpet, as well as stills from the movies themselves, this unauthorized book delivers what fans want most: all the facts, enhanced by juicy commentary and pictures galore.
    Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History

    Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History

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    Updated to include the 2014 Academy Awards, this is the definitive guide to 86 years of the Oscars, including every nominee and winner in every category, plus red carpet highlights, unforgettable photographs, and insider information from onstage and behind the scenes.

    The Academy Awards invites us to share in the celebration of 86 years of best actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and more, plus the greatest films in movie-making history. All of the winners and the losers of Hollywood's prestigious award ceremony are covered here in detail, together with all of the glamour and gossip that is the Oscars(R).

    Written by film experts Jim Piazza and Gail Kinn, who are sought out by the media every year for their insider knowledge of movies and Hollywood, The Academy Awards is both a handy reference and a detailed history of the annual event. Organized by year, beginning with the very first awards given in 1927, The Academy Awards presents in each chapter a complete and fun-to-read overview of the ceremony, including highlights of the most memorable moments (and outfits!) of the evening. Piazza and Kinn also provide details and little-known facts about award winners for best picture, best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, and honorary awards, plus a complete list of nominees in every category.

    Packed with more than 500 photographs from the ceremonies and red carpet, as well as stills from the movies themselves, this unauthorized book delivers what fans want most: all the facts, enhanced by juicy commentary and pictures galore.

    Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented American Independent Film

    Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented American Independent Film

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    A renowned film critic critically analyses the influence of actor and filmmaker John Cassavetes on the evolution of American independent film, drawing on interviews with his wife, Gena Rowlands, as well as other colleagues and industry insiders, who shed new light on his seminal career.
    Actor's Book of Movie Monologues

    Actor's Book of Movie Monologues

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    For actors, acting students, and film buffs, this book of more than 100 movie monologues has the juiciest roles that will help you create the perfect audition. Whether you need a long or short part, you'll find great selections of male and female characters for all types across diverse age ranges.

    Use this reference for the featured scenes from screenplays of such classics as Adam's Rib by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, The Goodbye Girl by Neil Simon, The French Lieutenant's Woman by Harold Pinter, and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola, among others.

    Age of the Image

    Age of the Image

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    An urgent, erudite, and practical book that redefines literacy to embrace how we think and communicate now
    We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video recording, editing, and distribution are more akin to the development of movable type than any other such revolution in the last five hundred years. And yet we are not popularly cognizant of or conversant with visual storytelling's grammar, the coded messages of its style, and the practical components of its production. We are largely, in a word, illiterate.
    But this is not a gloomy diagnosis of the collapse of civilization; rather, it is a celebration of the progress we've made and an exhortation and a plan to seize the potential we're poised to enjoy. The rules that define effective visual storytelling much like the rules that define written language do in fact exist, and Stephen Apkon has long experience in deploying them, teaching them, and witnessing their power in the classroom and beyond. In "The Age of the Image," drawing on the history of literacy from scroll to codex, scribes to printing presses, SMS to social media on the science of how various forms of storytelling work on the human brain, and on the practical value of literacy in real-world situations, Apkon convincingly argues that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create, and communicate so that we can all step forward together into a rich and stimulating future."

    Paperback Fiction

    Bedrock Faith
    By: May, Eric Charles
    Memorial
    By: Washington, Bryan
    Lying Life of Adults
    By: Ferrante, Elena
    Infinite Country
    By: Engel, Patricia
    You Feel It Just Below the Ribs
    By: Matthewson, Janina
    Hench
    By: Walschots, Natalie Zina

    Hardcover Non-Fiction

    1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
    By: Ai Weiwei
    Going There
    By: Couric, Katie
    Between the Lines
    By: Beutter Cohen, Uli
    David Copperfields History of Magic
    By: Britland, David
    Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
    By: Wengrow, David
    Welcome to Dunder Mifflin
    By: Silverman, Ben

    Hardcover Fiction

    Noor
    Author: Okorafor, Nnedi
    Little Hope
    Author: Joella, Ethan
    Chouette
    Author: Oshetsky, Claire
    Termination Shock
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    Sentence
    Author: Erdrich, Louise
    All of Us Villains
    Author: Herman, Christine Lynn