I went to see the Korean film "Bittersweet Life" and found the
street in front of the theater blocked by screaming fans of the star
Byung-hun Lee. By the time I’d fought my way to the door, an ambulance
had arrived to cart away a fan who had fainted. In the old days, no one
screamed or fainted at Hawaii, except at the movies.
"Tell me about him," I asked two ladies in front of me, after he
was introduced and approximately 500 teenage girls with digital cameras
stormed the stage.
"Oh, he’s the Korean Brad Pitt!" one said.
"He’s bigger than that!" said the other one. "He’s the American Brad Pitt!"
Also up on Ebert’s site is an amazing exchange on "Doom," which, honestly, if we had a spare second we’d rush down to the theaters to see, because every aspect of that film sets off our highly attuned GoodBad Movie Radar. Money quote: "’Doom’ was to games what ‘Rashomon’ was to movies."
Speaking of the GoodBad Movie, David Poland devotes a Hot Button column to the fact that truly terrible films are as hard to find as truly great ones, and posts his hopes for the next great GBM, with an eye on November 23.
Gary Susman at Entertainment Weekly counts down the ten actors most likely to be paired with women ridiculously younger than them, and even calculates the average age gap.
David Thomson at the Independent finds "Good Night, and Good Luck" cause to dwell on the time when everyone used to smoke it films, and it looked fantastic, but then again, so did everyone in the film:
You didn’t deserve to be in a movie unless you were beautiful, or unless your look had that dramatic emphasis, not quite the opposite of beautiful, but villainous.
And there’s a new issue of Bright Lights film journal up online. Articles we will read first, when we have a moment: John C. Turner on "The Guardian," Tom Sutpen on "The Innocents," Alan Vanneman on "Domino" (slug: "Too Dumb to Write About? Not Entirely!"), Boris Trbic talking to Fruit Chan about "Dumplings" (yes!) and Dan Callahan on Joel McCrea.
+ Aloha fest comes into its own (RogerEbert.com)
+ Critics vs. gamers on ‘Doom’ (RogerEbert.com)
+ October 28, 2005 (The Hot Button)
+ Depardieu Says He’s Ending Career (AP)
+ Age Before Beauty (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Imagine asking Bogie to extinguish his smoke… (Independent)
+ Issue 50 (Bright Lights Film Journal)