Movie Top Five

Just a few film articles to read while you enjoy your nightly glass of wine or morning cup of coffee:

  • Can He Have a Hellmobile?” Just one of the many stupid questions Guillermo del Toro faced while trying to adapt Hellboy. I’m still eager to see del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (via Bookslut).
  • I’m a little late on Jon Ronson’s Guradian piece, “Citizen Kubrick,” in which Ronson tours Kubrick’s estate and learns the extent to which Kubrick researched his films. His elaborate filing systems are absolutely fascinating even if many of his films (Barry Lyndon, especially) left me feeling cold.
  • Salon’s Charles Taylor in defense of Showgirls, based on his “love […] for the disreputable.” Like Taylor, I’ve got a fondness for the disreputable, but I didn’t think that Showgirls really took me there or went quite far enough with its promise. I like the fact that the film avoids easy moralism and doesn’t seek to “redeem” the Elizabeth Berkeley character (I’d also say that Berkeley has gotten a raw deal in Hollywood based on the failure of that one film).
  • My goal for the weekend is to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, especially after seeing several good reviews from people I trust (sometimes you have to think big).
  • I’m also curious to see the Dawn of the Dead remake. Anyone seen it? Is it worth seeing in the theater?

I really am having movie withdrawal. I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in a couple of weeks, and I’m starting to feel a little lost. If you see me wandering the streets with a glazed look on my face, just walk me to the nearest movie theater and send me on my way.

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