The Grip of Film

The Grip of Film

by Richard Ayoade


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"A work of shimmering, glimmering genius" - Stephen Fry

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 categorized 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) areany 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571316557
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 197,237
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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"It is of course a work of shimmering, glimmering genius. Finally, brilliant critical appraisals of such luminous cinematic masterworks as Road House and Time Cop allow us to see – as if through a 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 LaSure shows us, match up to the high water mark of the great Seagal, van Damme, Norris, Swayze and Statham achievements. Never has the cult and mythos of hero been so accurately and insightfully illuminated, or with such excoriating passion, zest, knowledge and insane prejudice.
A pity perhaps that Richard Ayoade should so shamelessly piggy-back on the talent of Gordy LaSure, just to get his nose in the trough, but I understand that his name will probably get the book a readership that the (criminally) unknown LaSure could not manage on his own. Such is the price of integrity in this cheap world." — Stephen Fry

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