I have to confess that I'm not the biggest fan of lists in the world, except for 'my birthday presents wish list'. But...I have really warmed up to Ten Bad Dates with DeNiro, by Richard T. Kelly, out on Faber & Faber. The idea is to stray from conventional lists in favour of quirkier groupings. Here's how Kelly describes it:
An alternative movie list is about celebrating the things that just plain fascinate you about cinema, in spite of what anybody else might say - we're talking private passions, guilty pleasures, cult actors and actresses, unsung directors, disreputable genres, idiosyncratic themes, styles, and motifs that just happen to plug into your particular movie-loving socket ...To celebrate the launch of the book, the London Film Festival, which runs between 17 October and 1 November (REMINDER: public booking opens on Saturday, 29/9), is inviting film lovers to submit their own lists based on their own creative criterion "(Top Ten Voiceovers? Top Ten Car Chases? Top Ten Unappreciated Actresses? Top Ten Rock ‘n’ Roll Musicals?)". Ten lucky list-makers will be selected to publicly present their choices at the event on Sunday 21 October.
Here's how to submit your film list. The deadline is 05 October.