The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
The Rough Guide to Cult Movies offers a blend of essential trivia and informed opinion as it takes you on a tour of the most compellingly weird - and weirdly compelling - films in the world. Whether you're a paid-up member of The Big Lebowski fan club or just looking for a night in with an interesting DVD, The Rough Guide to Cult Movies is the ultimate guide to the world's most memorable films. The Rough Guide to Cult Movies selects cinema's most compelling triumphs: films that are brilliant, intriguing or just plain bizarre; from action flicks to zombie films, by way of nuns, yakuza, musicals and mutations. You'll find expert, pithy reviews of over 1500 movies, with forgotten legends like Charlie Chan and the Opera or contemporary classics like There Will Be Blood, plus filmmakers' picks of their favourite cult movies, in their own words. There are good movies and there are bad movies and then there are cult movies.
The Rough Guide to Cult Sport
Think you know all about sports? Think again. This new Rough Guide takes the armchair sports fan on a beguiling world tour exploring the maverick, the bizarre, and the deliriously obscure parts of the sporting universe. It recalls the players, games, and moments in all sports that have excited the greatest passions from the dawn of the Olympics to the present day, including: Cult Sports: the top twenty from baseball to sumo, angling, to ultimate frisbee. Cult Legends: from female grand prix driver Hellé Nice to Mexican wrestling star Mil Máscaras, they defied the rule book. Around the World in 80 Sports: the planet's lesser known but most enthusiastically followed games including bog snorkeling, bun climbing, ostrich racing, and pumpkin throwing. Cult Fixtures: sporting occasions that shook the world whether through exceptional performances, outstanding drama, controversy, or conflict. Shocks, Conspiracies, Scandals, and Statistics: inept match fixing, sordid sex scandals, political skullduggery, and the big shocks when outsiders won against all the odds. All this plus the strangest sports statistics you'll ever find!
The Rough Guide to Cult TV
Following the same pocket format as The Rough Guide to Cult Movies, The Rough Guide to Cult TV is organised by genre, covering everything from sci-fi to comedy, sixties soaps to Czech animation, Alan Whicker to Alan Bleasdale and Zed Cars to Zoo Time. Meet the real life characters behind the sitcoms, read about the ones that got away and the ones they couldn't kill. Put on your pac-a-mac and paddle in a timeless tide of tosh, tension and titillation.
The Rough Guide to Cult Football
The Rough Guide to Cult Football is the ultimate companion to the beautiful game. The only football book of its kind, it goes beyond the usual back page material to uncover the most amazing stories and unlikeliest personalities on Planet Football. It reveals the stories behind the mavericks and cult figures that make up the real heroes of the game - from cultured midfielders to jailbirds, drinkers to hard men, local legends to international wanderers. The Rough Guide to Cult Football looks at everything from special clubs - like the New York Cosmos and Berwick Rangers - to managers and football rivalries - from 'El Clásico' to the Faroe Islands derby, via an unusual roll-call of talent that stretches from Ferenc Puskas to Stan Bowles, Eric Cantona to Jose Chilavert and Garrincha to Perry Groves. It also recalls extraordinary games, from 'The Battle of Highbury' to underdog fixtures where the likes of Northern Ireland, Wimbledon and Dynamo Kiev overcame the might of Spain, Liverpool and the Nazis. Post-match analyses of football culture, ephemera, science and some strange statistics, complete this ultimate fiesta of football fun.
The Rough Guide to Film
The Rough Guide to Film is a bold new guide to cinema. Arranged by director, it covers the top moguls, mavericks and studio stalwarts of every era, genre and region, in addition to lots of lesser-known names. With each film placed in the context of its director’s career, the guide reviews thousands of the greatest movies ever made, with lists highlighting where to start, arranged by genre and by region. You’ll find profiles of over eight hundred directors, from Hollywood legends Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to contemporary favourites like Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese and cult names such as David Lynch and Richard Linklater. The guide is packed with great cinema from around the globe, including French New Wave, German giants, Iranian innovators and the best of East Asia, from Akira Kurosawa to Wong Kar-Wai and John Woo. With overviews of all major movements and genres, feature boxes on partnerships between directors and key actors, and cinematographers and composers, this is your essential guide to a world of cinema.
The Rough Guide to Classic Novels
Get the lowdown on the best fiction ever written. Over 230 of the world’s greatest novels are covered, from Quixote (1614) to Orhan Pamuk’s Snow (2002), with fascinating information about their plots and their authors – and suggestions for what to read next. The guide comes complete with recommendations of the best editions and translations for every genre from the most enticing crime and punishment to love, sex, heroes and anti-heroes, not to mention all the classics of comedy and satire, horror and mystery and many other literary genres. With feature boxes on experimental novels, female novelists, short reviews of interesting film and TV adaptations, and information on how the novel began, this guide will point you to all the classic literature you’ll ever need.
The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy
The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy is the ultimate guide to live and television comedy in Britain from the 1980s to the present day. From Ben Elton to Alan Carr, this book profiles fifty of the most influential cult comedy icons and discovers how they became household names. Throughout the book, there are tips from comedians and industry insiders, with a mix of amusing anecdotes and practical suggestions for writing and performing your own live show and sitcom. The guide reviews the top cult comedy on TV and in the movies, with a detailed focus on what inspired them and what they in turn inspired. "Comedy Stories" looks at the highs and lows of performing live comedy with tales of the rowdiest hecklers and strangest audiences. The book comes complete with a round up of the best dvds, books and comic websites available.
The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction
The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction takes the reader on a guided tour of the mean streets and blind corners that make up the world’s most popular literary genre. The insider’s book recommends over 200 classic crime novels from masterminds Raymond Chandler and Patricia Highsmith to modern hotshots James Elroy and Patricia Cornwall. You’ll investigate gumshoes, spies, spooks, serial killers, forensic females, prying priests and patsies from the past, present, and future. Complete with extra information on what to read next, all movie adaptions, and illustrated throughout with photos and diagrams ...all the evidence that counts
The Rough Guide to Kids Movies
This book includes reviews of more than 400 kids' movies, celebrating recent hits such as "Finding Nemo" and "Elf," as well as classics such as "The Wizard of Oz."
The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies
This guide explores cinema's fascination with space exploration, time travel, and fantastical worlds and tells the stories behind the movies that have been expanding our universe since film began.