You know a horror cliché that I just love? When animals hiss at people who they just know are going to transform into monsters. Kitties, especially, seem to have a sixth kitty sense about these things. For example: the kitty above, hissing and clawing at Henry Hull just before he changes into Werewolf of London‘s titular lycanthrope. Keep at it, awesome kitty! And now, links:
- The reliably excellent Roderick Heath of Ferdy on Films writes about MST3K’s Manos: The Hands of Fate episode.
- Jonathan Rosenbaum objects to Pauline Kael’s Raising Kane while the New Yorker picks five essential Kael reviews.
- Mark Harris names three stupid Oscar rules. (And when it comes to stupid, inconsistent, counterproductive Oscar rules, this is just the tip of the iceberg.)
- If you want to read the text of the frivolous Drive lawsuit, you can do so here. It actually reads more like a bad essay out of Film History 101. Highlights include the following:
“Virtually no film critics described in any detail, if even mentioned, the allegorical nature of DRIVE, despite the importance of allegory in DRIVE. This is for inexplicable reasons.”
- David Poland also went in-depth on this lawsuit with “A Critic & A Lawyer Walk Into A Bar.”
- David Cairns offers up “Fresh Young Mutt,” his affectionate but no-bullshit appraisal of James Cagney’s acting style.
- We all like compilations of clips from horror movies, right? Well, here’s “Movies That Go Bump in the Night.”
- I will always link to John Waters interviews. And here’s another great one.
- Scary but true: 14 brainwashing techniques used by Fox News.
- A perfectly articulated article about “chick flicks” and how that concept perpetuates the sexist status quo.
Well, we have a clear winner out of the past week’s search terms, and it’s “betty boops pussy on fire.” Yeahhh.