As the cinetrix over at Pullquote points out, what makes Matt Feeney‘s Slate piece on the guilty pleasure movie so great is how carefully and thoroughly he lays out what exactly constitutes a guilty pleasure, or, as he puts it:
Because these pleasures are guilty, I’ve gone to tiresome lengths not just to justify them to myself, but to define them as well.
After a lengthy discourse, Feeney picks four films ("Double Jeopardy," "Devil’s Advocate," "Cruel Intentions" and "Wild Things," if you’re wondering). We’re going to have to say that for us, these is no guilty pleasure greater than 1992’s "The Cutting Edge," starring Moira Kelly as the bitchy figure-skating diva and D.B. Sweeney as the (cough) hockey skater recruited to be her partner. Makes a great (if obvious) double feature with "Ice Castles" (which, incidentally, sometimes Salon writer Cintra Wilson hilariously rhapsodizes over for several pages in her novel "Colors Insulting to Nature," if you ever have the opportunity). We’d also like to recommend our colleague Matt Singer‘s epic take on Neil Diamond‘s ill-advised foray into acting, 1980’s "The Jazz Singer."
On that note, some generally mean-spirited (and thus, theoretically, guilty) or generally fluffy news:
Ew! groundless celebrity dating rumor: Al Pacino and Kirstie Alley. Via WENN (which apparently got this from Star): "They were huddled for the whole evening at the Chateau Marmont, and, at one point, Kirstie was stroking his thigh as she talked to him. It was bizarre. They totally looked as if they were on a date."
Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today covers what she calls "The ‘Elizabethtown’ Massacre" (snap!) (no, really, we wish we’d thought of it) and checks up on director Cameron Crowe, who’s apparently stopped reading reviews of his latest entirely (the final cut of the film is shorter than the version that so unsuccessfully made festival rounds).
In honor of LA Weekly‘s annual "Best of" issue, Nikki Finke pens a smug (though, we guess, well-meaning) ode to Hollywood’s "Wannabes."
And, though we’re normally allergic to "Top ____" lists, we’re not particularly inflamed by Total Film‘s "50 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time."
+ Guilty as charged (Pullquote)
+ The Guilty Pleasure (Slate)
+ The Film Geek’s "Z Channel" Guide to New DVDs (IFC News)
+ Alley Dating Pacino? (WENN)
+ ‘Elizabethtown’ takes criticism, trims (USA Today)
+ How to flog a turkey (Guardian)
+ Plantation Hollywood (LA Weekly)
+ Shock Horror! (Total Film)