Link Dump

A few interesting links I’ve run into recently:

  • Easy Solutions #1: This is easily the most brilliant yet demented thing I’ve read in a long time. My favorite part is the subtle ways in which the devious story you concoct are supported by longstanding film franchises. For example: “If she questions this flaw in your time travel logic, because you cannot change the past, simply reference Back to the Future.”
  • Eternal Monsters of Filmland: Devin Faraci makes an argument that the current rash of horror movie remakes is not new and is indeed indicative of a modern set of eternal monsters, placing Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Kreuger alongside such horror mainstays as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy (this classic trio has literally hundreds of movies to their name, including dozens of remakes and reboots). The big thing holding back the modern trio? Copyright. An interesting idea.
  • KHAAN! The Greatest Syllable Ever Told: This article about a “15-minute meticulously re-spliced creation in a never-ending loop” of William Shatner’s infamous cursing of Star Trek villain Khan features a 2 minute excerpt from the film that is mesmerizing…
  • What does “The Usual Suspects” mean?: The ending of The Usual Suspects is generally a topic of contention in film nerd circles, but this interview with writer Christopher McQuarrie and director Bryan Singer adds a new wrinkle to the debate:

    McQuarrie says only after finishing the film and preparing to do press interviews about it did he and Singer realize they both had completely different conceptions about the plot.

    “I pulled Bryan aside the night before press began and I said, ‘We need to get our stories straight because people are starting to ask what happened and what didn’t,’ ” recalls McQuarrie. “And we got into the biggest argument we’ve ever had in our lives.”

    He continues: “One of us believed that the story was all lies, peppered with little bits of the truth. And the other one believed it was all true, peppered with tiny, little lies. … We each thought we were making a movie that was completely different from what the other one thought.”

    I think I’ve always considered it more of a mostly true, peppered with little lies, but the neat thing is that it probably works either way…

  • 50 Films You Can Wait to See After You’re Dead: Perhaps a bit harsh on Death to Smoochy and The Boondock Saints, but otherwise an interesting list. On the other hand, why subject the dead to such horrors?

That’s all for now…