Why ask for ideas on how to improve your city's image if you're going to reject the best one? The mayor of Detroit apparently felt that the Twitter-suggested "erecting a statue of Robocop" was not the best way to boost his city's public image, and we respectfully disagree. (As do others.) Dystopic and bloody though it may be, Robocop is still most non-Detroitians' fondest memory of Detroit (even though the movie barely even filmed there), so why not idolize the cyborg civil servant who cleaned up the town? It'll be a great tourist destination, it's a symbol of the motor oil that flows in the city's veins. In fact, we think more cities should put up statues of their most famous and/or controversial movie residents. Here are a few we'd make a pilgrimage to.
Finally, the guilty pleasure event of the year has arrived in Burlesque. Glitter and Showgirls are shaking in their butterfly tattoos. Highly dangerous drinking games will soon be spawned. Theme parties will eventually be thrown for the DVD release. Aspiring sluts you know will dress up as these characters for Halloweens to come. It is, to put it mildly, a major pop cultural deal. Or maybe not! Who knows if anybody will even see it? It could be the Snakes on a Plane of whore movies -- bloggers obsess over it, but nobody else in their right mind gives a hell about it. All I know is that I saw it, and it melted my face off with an atomic blast of Tucci-scented Lucite. So let's discuss all the ways in which this movie does not disappoint.
For the record, I was totally cool with this whole Donnie Darko sequel thing. It's going to be called S. Darko and it's going to follow his younger sister, Samantha, who is also plagued by strange visions, possibly of the creepy-bunny-rabbit variety? Great. I love it. I didn't go see Southland Tales, but I'll go see this, even though (because?) (I don't think I'm seeing The Box, either.) Richard Kelly isn't involved. But now I'm seriously beginning to question my commitment to Sparkle Motion. The cast has gained two actresses, both of whom come from movies or TV shows that involve stepping up and/or dancing. If this movie doesn't involve Samantha's junior-high dance group blowing up and making it big, then I'm going to be sorely disappointed.
If you're making a movie set in Las Vegas, there are pretty much three storylines you can choose from. Someone in your movie is either going to rob a casino, participate in a sporting event or, most commonly, make some bad life decisions. It could be booze, drugs, sex or gambling, but there's a good chance your main character is going to get mixed up in one of those things, and it's going to work out badly. Since The Hangover follows the survivors of a Vegas bachelor party gone horribly awry, we thought we'd run down some of our favorite "going crazy in Sin City" movies.
What do you do for an encore after your film, The Wrestler, was the buzz of this year's Toronto Film Festival? What's your next move after you've directed Mickey Rourke to a potential Oscar nomination in said film, revitalizing his career in the process? If you're Darren Aronofsky, you don't go to Disney World. Instead, you tackle a flick about Old Detroit's knight in shining armor, then write a script about the Original Love Boat, Noah's Ark. To hell with readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic; the new R's are rasslin', Robocop and religion.