Just a few things we couldn’t get around to yesterday:
The sound you’ll want to have ready once you’ve seen "Grindhouse"? 60’s Britpop group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s "Hold Tight."
What was in that bucket?
A combination of potatoes, cotton,
chocolate and whatever. We checked the scene out with doubles before
doing it with Carice and made sure that the weight of the water would
not hurt her. Even so, it was disgusting and the smell was terrible. We
had to do it three or four times. She threw up after every take.
Shitbucket stand-in â€” one of the most unappreciated jobs in the film industry.
Anna Pickard at the Guardian Film Blog on Mr. Bean:
I don’t know what it is about him, but I find the character of Mr Bean terrifying. Those faces he pulls, the ones that are supposed to be funny seem, over the years, to have shifted from mild and moronic to twisted and evil. His gurning doesn’t make me laugh. It makes me scared. His poppy-outy eyes make me want to hide behind sofas. The way he moves, his aggressive, robotic march, gives me the creeps. If I met him in real life I’d set off my rape alarm, kick him in the goolies and try to find a policeman as quickly as I could. He is – and I don’t think I’m overstating my case here – the embodiment of pure evil.
He smiles, easily, but then grows quaintly serious, chagrined, apparently almost as upset talking about a dodgy accent as about the end days of Darfur. ‘You know something, I really worked on that accent. Went to London, spoke to people, got to know it, I thought, and then it turns out I just couldn’t get it, couldn’t quite get it, and wanted to change it, and my agent said no it was fine, so I’m stuck with this thing. Even though everyone laughs at me. So I sacked her, of course.’
But Mr. Devor has detected among audiences a curiosity, if not an appetite, to see more. â€œSo many people have said to me thereâ€™s not enough sex,â€ he said. â€œI think thereâ€™s a need to see the mechanics.â€
Those viewers should be careful what they wish for. â€œMaybe we can find some things to put on the DVD,â€ Mr. Devor said.
Our words at the time were "Forgive us, but we could have done with more horse fucking," alas.
And Roger Ebert pokes his head in again over at his website: "I plan to gradually increase my duties in the months to come. I still love writing about the movies. Forty years is not enough."
+ Verhoeven is back with ‘Black Book’ (USA Today)
+ I Heart Showalter (College Humor)
+ Why Mr Bean scares the bejesus out of me (Guardian Film Blog)
+ Taking the lead (Observer)
+ A Lyrical Approach to a Subject That Shocks (NY Times)
+ "40 Years is not enough" — Ebert (RogerEbert.com)