Published: 28/03/2015
ISBN: 9781784621971
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Christopher Tookey was educated at Tonbridge School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a History Scholar, President of the Union, Editor of Isis, President of the Etceteras and Musical Director... read more

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Tookey's Turkeys
The Most Annoying 144 Films From the Last 25 Years
by Christopher Tookey

Tookey’s Turkeys identifies the worst 144 movies of the last 25 years.

Christopher Tookey has seen at least 10,000 films. For eight years, he was TV and then film critic for the Sunday Telegraph. For twenty years, he was sole film critic for the Daily Mail and the world’s most popular internet newspaper, Mail Online. In 2013, he won the award Arts Reviewer of the Year from the London Press Club.

This is a book about 144 of Christopher’s least favourite movies. In his opinion, the movies we hate tell us as much about present-day culture as our favourites. All offer insights into the mindset of those who made or commissioned them. Virtually all make us aware of things we might rather not know about our “culture” and “values”, or lack thereof.

Technically, movies are more advanced than ever before; yet, paradoxically, seldom have so many wrongheaded movies been made. And never have they plumbed the depths of ineptitude, depravity and risibility that they have over the last 25 years. The choice of films Christopher has disliked over the past two and a half decades may be controversial. Some movies he finds ridiculous have achieved critical acclaim. A few have won Oscars. But the fact that The Da Vinci Code, The Hangover II and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith are among the most commercially successful movies of all time should not disguise the fact that they are also, in his opinion, bloody awful.

Tookey’s Turkeys will appeal greatly to the general reader and in particular to all film fans, including those who have followed Christopher’s reviews over the years. In a companion volume, Tookey’s Talkies, Christopher has written about the best 144 films that he has seen over the same period.

Featured in The Bookseller, March 2015 Non-Fiction picks, Film, TV & the Performing Arts.

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Named & Shamed

A great read, great fun. It shows, delightfully, what thoroughly nasty, spiteful people movie critics can be.
Barry Norman

Deriving pleasure from others' misery is not an elevating pastime, and I am not proud of how much I enjoyed this book. But I could not put it down.
Julian Fellowes

A comprehensive tribute to the neglected heroism of film critics, who watch awful performances so the public doesn’t have to, warning them off with dark, savage wit.
David Gritten

A brilliant almanac for anyone who has ever doubted the wit and wisdom of critics.
James Christopher

A blockbuster of critical barbs.
Henry Fitzherbert

I was amused.
Philip French

A deliciously vicious anthology of malignancy… It belongs in the smallest room, and I don't doubt that many of us will slavishly memorise our favourite quotes about our least favourite artistes.
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Tookey's Turkeys is a collection of 144 of film critic Christopher Tookey's least favorite films from around the world over the last 25 years. I really liked that he drew from cinema worldwide. There were several films included on the list that are well-known and well-loved that he hated, which was fun to read as it offered a unique perspective, a few surprises, and many I hadn't previously heard of.

I recommend this book for film lovers, but I find it less useful than it's companion volume because I am unlikely to wish to watch the films he panned. I would have liked it if these books were bound together.

by Erin DeGroot


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