At the New York Daily News, Joe Neumaier has a Valentine-inspired list of New York City’s "100 most romantic movies" that stretches and strains to cover all bases. Better is Mary Beth Ellis‘ resolvedly bitter list at MSNBC for the established couples in the crowd:
Tom Hanks has been stranded on an island and an airport, so why not in space? No matter how humdrum your lives might seem, it is at least preferable to floating in a sick spaceship 240,000 miles from Earth in a very small space with only Kevin Bacon and a cache of frozen hot dogs to turn to for comfort.
At the LA Times, Geoff Boucher notes that Hollywood is fast running out of even remotely recognizable superheroes on which to pin blockbusters. He rummages through the comic book archives for forgotten characters to pitch:
Brother Power the Geek (DC Comics, 1968)
DC Comics (which was about as edgy as "Ozzie and Harriet") wanted to get groovier a year after the Summer of Love, which led to Brother Power the Freak â€” but the skittish editors, worried that sounded too druggy, changed the name at the last minute. It just got worse and worse. The origin: A hippie gets a beat-down by some war-loving thugs so he puts his bloodied, wet and tattered clothes on a mannequin to dry them out. Lightning hits the mannequin and it comes to life. The rag doll with the tie-dyed spirit takes up the struggle against The Man and tries to unite his hippie pals.
In the second issue, he gets shot into space by then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan(!) but, with no interest in a third issue, he became a forgotten 1960s icon just floating around in the stratosphere, sort of like Tiny Tim.
At Wired, Jason Silverman|surveys four "visionary" films from writer Michael Crichton‘s halcyon years as a director in the 70s and 80s, among them "Looker," recently out on DVD, a thriller about computer generated models, subliminal messaging and plastic surgery.
Finally, the Onion AV Club has a list that’s about neither love nor kitsch, but that’s still worth reading: "15 Pop Songs Owned By Movie Scenes."
+ NYC’s 100 most romantic movies (NY Daily News)
+ Valentine’s day movies for established couples (MSNBC)
+ Enlisting third-string saviors (LA Times)
+ Crichton’s Closet of Tech Horrors (Wired News)
+ Inventory: 15 Pop Songs Owned By Movie Scenes (AV Club)