Troubador Tookey's Talkies

Released: 28/03/2015

ISBN: 9781784621988

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Tookey's Talkies

144 Great Films From the Last 25 Years

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Tookey’s Talkies celebrates 144 great 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.

Tookey’s Talkies is a book celebrating 144 of the great movies of the last 25 years. They range from movies that are generally accepted (from The Artist to Toy Story) through to films Christopher liked much more than his colleagues. These include a very wide variety of films, from the memorably horrific Japanese film Audition to the courageous Chinese drama To Live, via Denmark’s fine political thriller, King’s Game. He also tries to explain why he loved Ed Wood and Isn’t She Great? – both commercial flops – along with such critically underrated movies as Cheri, Separate Lies and The Tourist. The films collected in this volume are welcome evidence that quality has not yet been drowned out by quantity, and creativity has not been entirely destroyed by commerce. For Christopher, film remains the most exciting and uplifting art form of our times.

Tookey’s Talkies 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 Turkeys, Christopher has written about the 144 films that annoyed or angered him most over the same period.

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.
Jeni Barnett

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5 out of 5 stars

Being somewhat a movie buff myself -- I had a ton of fun with this book. I actually wish Christopher Tookey might have even gone back 30 or 40 years. I bet he could whip out his list!

I agree with many of the "GREAT FILMS" presented --(it was still fun to read Tooky describe them). May I just say now, *Tookey* is such a 'fun' name in itself. (playful).

A few movies he mentions I haven't seen, (how did that happen?) -- which I've marked to read:

I never saw: (I'm interested)
"The Vanishing" (1988)
"Sugar for Sugar Man" (2012)
"To Live/Huozhe (1994)

GREAT FILMS 'not' found on *Tookey's* list were:

"Forrest Gump" (Box-of-Chocolate joked to death) -- but I LOVED the film. I saw it the 'first' day it opened in my city --alone -early morning --nobody I knew had seen it -- I was in 'aw' as soon as I saw the 'feather' in the opening scene. As 'sick-to-death' many of us became from talk about this film --- It belongs with the GREAT FILMS of the past 25 years... (1994)...

Right along with its side buddy-GREAT FILM that same year (so hard to choose BEST FILM):

"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)

I'll forgive *Tookey's* for omitting these two wonderful films, but in exchange I'd love to hear his reasons --(those real inner nasty thoughts). lol This guy could come to my house on Oscar day --He'd be a kick to 'movie-chat-and-debate' with!

The name of this book is not "Tookey's FAVORITES". So, I ask you Christopher Tookey...even if you wanted to nap during those films -- do you not agree Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption were still considered GREAT FILMS from the past 25 years?

See how much fun this book is? You'll pick at it!

Me: I was not a huge fan of "Philomena" (2013) -- a film on Tookey's list. It was too dark--too slow --too depressing for my taste.
"Stutter's Island" (2010), gave me the creepie -creepies --but I understand why its on the list.

Just for MORE fun: MY personal favorite for 2015 is "Birdman"

***I'm soooooo tempted to check out Christopher Tooky's other book --144 worse movies. Do I dare?? hmmmmmm

Thank you Netgalley. Thank you to the publisher! --
A special thanks to our movie man: *Tookey*

by Elyse Walters


Tookey's Talkies is a collection of 144 of film critic Christopher Tookey's favorite films from around the world over the last 25 years. I discovered some movies to add to my must watch list after reading through this book. I really liked that he drew from cinema worldwide. There were several films included on the list that are well-known and well-loved, a few surprises, and many I hadn't previously heard of.

I recommend this book for film lovers.

by Erin DeGroot


Christopher Tookey

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 of Oxford Theatre Group. He also directed the winning new play in the Sunday Times-NUS Drama Competition.

Since 1993, he has been the film critic for the Daily Mail, the UK’s best-selling mid-market daily newspaper. Between 1994 and 1998, he was Chairman of the British Film Critics’ Circle, producing and presenting their annual awards ceremony in aid of the NSPCC. He is author of the non-fiction book The Critics’ Film Guide and www.movie-film-review.com, the biggest collection of film criticism in the world.

For several years before 1993, he was TV and Film Critic for the Sunday Telegraph and TV critic for the Daily Telegraph. He has also been theatre critic for the Mail on Sunday and written for Prospect, the Sunday Times, Observer, European, Books & Bookmen and (in the USA) National Review.

He is a prolific broadcaster, interviewer and interviewee on radio and TV, and has worked in the theatre and television, as a writer, composer, director and producer.

The hundreds of TV programmes he has directed include the award-winning rock series Revolver (ATV), the acclaimed Channel 4 series After Dark, the Emmy-winning Network 7, the ratings successes Showtime, Luna and Celebrity Squares (Central), and international chart-topping rock videos including the Katrina and the Waves classic, Walking On Sunshine.

He has composed and arranged theme music for several long-running television series and composed 12 stage musicals, produced at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, Haymarket and Phoenix Theatres Leicester, Arts Cambridge, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Bush and Gate Theatres on the London fringe, and Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

Also in the West End, he has produced and directed shows at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, May Fair, Piccadilly and Fortune Theatres.

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