Saturday, 13 October 2007

Ten Bad Dates With De Niro

May I draw you attention to the recently published Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, a profoundly entertaining book of alternative film lists featuring contributions from the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Macdonald, Mike Figgis, David Hare, DBC Pierre, Mavis Cheek, George Pelecanos and, er, me.

It's a vast and varied collection, ranging from Ten Films To Avoid On Medication (or Within Reach Of A Cutlery Drawer) to Ten Baddest Hair Days In Film to Ten Best Goals Scored In Movies. My contribution is a list of my top ten Steadicam shots (I have a thing for Steadicam shots, you see), but my favourite list comes courtesy of my mate Nev Pierce, editor of Total Film magazine, whose Ten Great Films I Haven't Seen is a shocking confession (no Double Indemnity, no Duck Soup, no Nashville, no Seven Samurai etc) but a very funny one.

You can find out more at http://www.tenbaddates.com/blog/or if you fancy owning a copy, head to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ten-Dates-Niro-Richard-Kelly/dp/0571237665/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/026-6896154-3690834?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192298837&sr=8-1

2 comments:

The Disinfotainer said...

Can we assume the very first steadicam shot of all time, in Hal Ashby's Bound for Glory is on your list? Have you seen take one, the flubbed take that's a Hollywood classic?

How about a list of the best edits of all time? I'll get you started...

2001 - the bone to the spaceship

Women in Love - the couple making love to the dead couple at the bottom of the lake.

Apocalypse Now - the helicopters to the peaceful village.

Mark Salisbury said...

Actually no, though I do mention the Ashby in the intro. But there are a lot of De Palma and Scorsese. And my get out is that it's my favourites...

But best edits, eh? There's actually a brilliant no, no/yes, yes cut in Re-animator that I love.

You've got my mind working. I'm going to have to have a think and get back to you on that...