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The Grip of Film

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade edits and annotates the meditations on film by that master of the medium, Gordy LaSure.

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You SLUG the guy.
You KISS the dame.
You TOTAL the car.

That’s movies. And I love ’em.

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 about film, 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 shot of Wherefore on the side. And he doesn’t shoot from the hip; he shoots from the gut.

Critic Reviews

A work of shimmering, shimmering genius. Finally, brilliant critical appraisals of such luminous cinematic masterworks as Road House and Time Cop allow us to see -- as if through mist -- just how movies work and how critics have been fooled into valuing such comparatively mediocre and lame effusions as Citizen Kane, The Seventh Seal or It's a Wonderful Life -- none of which, Gordy LaShare show us, match up to the high watermark of the great Seagal, Van Damme, Norris, Swayze and Statham achievements. Never has the cult and mythos of the hero been so accurately and insightfully illuminated, or with such excoriating passion, zest, knowledge and insane prejudice.

Stephen Fry
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If forced, I will admit to reading all of this book.

Stephen Soderbergh

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…

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