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The Grip of Film
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Ayoade takes another dive headfirst into the self-referential in this full-throttle critique of the blockbuster era. Gordy LaSure is a macho grotesque pulled straight from Ayoade’s first major outing in television Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (also worth a recommend). His throwback observations on the world of modern cinema are beautifully undercut in Ayoade’s own footnotes, highlighting not only how far we have come, but how far we have to go in the by-the-numbers game that filmmaking has become. A perfect pick-up book full of dry wit and observation suitable for any fan of Ayoade’s past work.

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Gordy LaSure's passionate about film. He eats film, he drinks film, and sometimes he'll even watch a film. But most of all he loves talking to people about film: whether a comely student with low confidence and a father complex, a Studio 'development' exec who doesn't trust his own judgement, or the countless people Gordy LaSure's encountered in his capacity as the web moderator on an Excessive Sweating Discussion Forum. Gordy LaSure's alwaystalking about films and how they'd be a shit ton better if only people would pull their asses out of their ears and listen to Gordy LaSure.The voyage of this book can be categorised as an attempt to understand How In Hell Film Works. Why are some films bad, and some films terrible?How come just a handful of films (Titanic, Porky's, Dirty Harry) are any good at all? Gordy'll tell you How and Why, and he'll give you a slug of Wherefore on the side. And he doesn't shoot from the hip; he shoots from the gut.



Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinema Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 05/10/2017 ISBN-13: 9780571316557  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne's novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy.

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Ayoade takes another dive headfirst into the self-referential in this full-throttle critique of the blockbuster era. Gordy LaSure is a macho grotesque pulled straight from Ayoade’s first major outing in television Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (also worth a recommend). His throwback observations on the world of modern cinema are beautifully undercut in Ayoade’s own footnotes, highlighting not only how far we have come, but how far we have to go in the by-the-numbers game that filmmaking has become. A perfect pick-up book full of dry wit and observation suitable for any fan of Ayoade’s past work.

 

Jake, Charing Cross Roads.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 26/06/2018

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