Years ago I did a post dealing with some of the best films you’ve never seen. It was a good conversation starter, and after Dr. Evil’s zombie tour de force yesterday, I wanted to get your mental juices flowing. Today’s topic? Flypaper movies. Originally referenced by Dave from Garfield Ridge, a flypaper movie is one you see on television – no matter if it’s just starting or in mid-scene – where you immediately sit down and watch it until the end. My go-to flypaper movie is Pulp Fiction. I could be flipping channels, stop on the final scene (the diner robbery) and I’ll watch it – even though I’ve seen the film nearly 100 times.
However, I also have some terrible films on the list. Kind of a Guilty Pleasure Flypaper Film. Gone in 60 Seconds is one of them. Yes, it has Nicolas Cage, and yes it is not exactly what people would call a great film, but I’ll sit and watch it every time… then hate myself for three days afterward. In my defense, it has decent performances from a few of my favorite actors: Will Patton, Timothy Olyphant, and Vinnie Jones.
Another GPFF is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Yeah, I know. I’m a sucker for Connery, and I really liked this film.
Apparently, I was the only one. But hey, it’s on TV once a week, so if I’m jonesing for it, I usually don’t have to wait too long. And, in fairness, Peta Wilson is smoking hot in it… so there’s that.
So, do you have any flypaper movies? Let’s hear them.
Marcia Wallace, the voice behind Mrs. Krabappel of The Simpsons, has passed away. She was 70 years old.
Marcia Wallace, whose laugh has been one of Hollywood’s most distinctive for over 20 years, passed away on Friday night. While many people may not recognize the veteran actress instantly, her distinctive voice has been the feature of thousands of people’s childhoods as the woman behind The Simpsons character, Edna Krabappel.
The late actress played Bart’s flawed teacher on the Fox’s animated show since the man eating and hard smoking character’s inception.
Marcia has fought breast cancer for almost 30 years after first being diagnosed in 1985, and since then has gone on to be an advocate for prevention and research, and even wrote a book about her own battle with the illness.
Wallace was fantastic because her voice was so distinctive. Who among us can you not laugh when hearing Mrs. Krabappel’s trademark laugh?
Another Terrible Loss: Rock legend Lou Reed has also passed away.
Ladies, meet Charlie Hunnam, the star of the awesome FX series Sons of Anarchy, and now the lead in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Gray.
Charlie Hunnam, the British star of the forthcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, has shrugged off suggestions he might balk at the film’s proposed graphic sex scenes.
Whoa, whoa, whoa; biker/gun runner Jax Teller is a Brit??? When did that happen?
Hunnam, 33, said the upcoming adaptation of EL James’ bestselling “mommy porn” literary sensation, in which he will star as kinky billionaire Christian opposite Dakota Johnson’s blushing virgin Ana, would be a walk in the park when compared to shoots for Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk 14 years ago.
“You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career,” Hunnam told the Associated Press while promoting the season premiere of US TV series Sons of Anarchy. “I starred in the British Channel Four miniseries Queer as Folk, where I played a young, gay character, and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. … Now I am 16 years older and more mature so I don’t anticipate them being too much of a problem. It’s like anything else, just an exciting challenge.”
Relax ladies, Charlie’s straight… and I suspect he’ll soon be all sorts of nude.
Christian Bale has reportedly been offered $50 million to return for Batman vs. Superman. I would do just ABOUT any role in a movie for that kind of cash. So long as I wasn’t on the business end of Ron Jeremy, ready to go!
Cracked had a brilliant article entitled, “Five Movies Made Possible By Characters Who Suck At Their Job.” One of the movies discussed is No Country for Old Men – a brilliant film, starring Tommy Lee Jones’ inept sheriff.
[Sheriff] Bell arrives at the scene of the drug deal, his deputy immediately notices that the inspection plate was taken off of Moss’ car — meaning that someone took it in an attempt to track down Moss. The next step would be going to the DMV and catching whoever’s trying to run the plate (this was the ’80s, so you couldn’t look that up online), but Bell never does. Maybe he just hated the DMV as much as we do.
Bell then goes to Moss’ trailer and finds out that someone was just there, presumably a killer looking for Moss. The dumb deputy (who is turning out to be far more competent than the real sheriff) wants to go look for the killer, but Bell says no, because they don’t know what he looks like. If they’d bothered to talk to the other people in the trailer park, though, they could have gotten a description of Chigurh from the neighbor who just talked to him. Instead, Bell just sits there and calmly serves himself a glass of milk.
Every time I watch this film, I shake my head and ask myself, “Is Sheriff Bell even trying to solve this crime?” Apparently, the answer was no. Check the link for the equally awesome FAIL from Die Hard with a Vengeance.
Dennis Farina, one of my favorite actors of all time, has passed away. I’m truly upset at this news.
Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died. Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69.
For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and, when called for, toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, steel-gray hair, ivory smile and ample mustache.
Farina appeared in films including Get Shorty, Saving Private Ryan, and Midnight Run.
Farina’s best performance – without question – was mob boss Jimmy Serrano in Midnight Run. FACT. If you have never seen this film, see it immediately! It should be required viewing for readers of this blog.
It would appear my rare weekends off are slotted for catching up on unwatched films. Last weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed The Amazing Spider-man. This weekend? I took in 2012′s Goon.
Goon stars Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie) as Doug Glatt; a bouncer with a heart of gold… and fists of stone. Doug gets an invite to a minor league hockey tryout after the coach sees him beating the hell out of an opposing player who was foolish enough to come into the stands.
Doug relishes his role as a hired “goon,” and will do anything to help his teammates.
Okay, I haven’t sold this as well as I should have, but if you believe nothing I say here, believe this: Goon is one of the funniest sports films since Major League, and arguably as funny as Slap Shot. I had to rewind a few scene because I was laughing so hard I missed the dialogue.
Oh, there’s another thing I liked about this film. It’s below the fold…
Hollywood casting directors are busy scouring the Earth to find an actress capable of playing America’s worst Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The actresses up for the role are a laugh riot. It’s as if casting has never seen Her Thighness.
Scarlett Johansson’s rumored next role will see her in far more conservative attire, as it is said that the 28-year-old is set to portray Hilary Clinton in the upcoming biopic, Rodham.
The actress, naturally blonde, has not secured the role just yet: she is apparently up against Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Reese Witherspoon.
ScarJo? Seriously? Will they give her cankle implants for the production stills? Rush Limbaugh had a great line yesterday: “The makeup artist for this film will win an Academy Award.”
If you haven’t seen The Bible on the History Channel, get thee to a television.
According to the latest Nielsens, released [last] Tuesday, Sunday night’s telecast of “The Bible,” produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for basic cable’s History channel, managed to attract more viewers than anything on broadcast network NBC … during the entire week.
The second installment of this five-part mini-series airing at 8-10 p.m. Sundays through Easter — the first foray into scripted drama for “Survivor” creator Burnett — drew 10.8 million viewers, good for number one in its time-slot and number 11 overall for the week.
Even bigger was part one the week before, which amassed an audience of 13.1 million viewers, cable’s largest of the year. That series premiere topped the ratings for both of the week’s episodes of “American Idol.”
The bonus in all this? Hollywood is confounded as to why the miniseries has been so popular…
Show me on the doll where Disney touched you.
Disney has acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise and has already announced three new films. I fully expect my childhood to be raped again.
Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years.
The stock and cash transaction is worth an estimated $4.05 billion, and the companies have scheduled a conference call in a half-hour to discuss the deal, which was approved by the Disney board and Lucas, the sole Lucasfilm shareholder.
Almost immediately, the Twitter hashtag “Disney Star Wars” appeared, so I offered my two cents. “In #DisneyStarWars, the emperor will shoot Lightning McQueen from his fingers.”
I can feel the hate in you. Now, release your anger and strike your comments down!