In response to the British Film Institute’s top ten most recommended films for children, Alexa Moses at the Sydney Morning Herald talks to various Australian film critics, filmmakers, and academics, and compiles a list of the top ten Australian films kids should see. If we’d seen "Picnic at Hanging Rock" at any age below 14, we’d have been either bored or scared shitless, so we dunno about that one.
Erik Lundegaard, who’s prone to wax oddly eloquent about random topics (we loved his Brad Pitt, "threat to heterosexuality" piece) indeed waxes oddly eloquent about what he finds attractive and not attractive in an actress before going off to list his top ten sexiest women in film.
And over at Entertainment Weekly, Michael Slezak looks over the venerable tradition of pop divas attempting to star in a film as anything other than themselves (at least in name). Our personal favorite:
Whitney Houston: The Bodyguard (1992)
THE ROLE Spoiled â€” and stalked â€” pop-diva-slash-actress Rachel Marron, who reluctantly falls for the security specialist (Kevin Costner) who’s hired to protect her
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Hmm… tricky. Back when the film came out, we’d have said ”low,” since it didn’t seem like such a stretch for Houston to play the haughty diva with a taste for the finer things in life. But now, having endured Houston’s antics on multiple episodes of "Being Bobby Brown," we’re going with ”medium”: It’s kind of impressive that Marron chick never once discussed a bowel movement, or hollered ”Hell to the no!”