March 18, 2008

Film Critic Quote of the Week

In reviewing the English-language version of Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," New York magazine's David Edelstein revisits the original:

"I watched to the end, removed the DVD from the player, and snapped it over my knee. Then, with a pair of scissors, I cut the halves into quarters, walked the pieces to the kitchen garbage can, and shoved them under the debris of the previous night’s dinner. It only hit me later that my melodramatic response would have delighted the director. It takes a special kind of talent to drive a critic who enjoys zombie cannibal pictures to cry, “Unclean!”

Naomi Watts produced this remake, apparently concluding that she hadn’t yet been sufficiently violated onscreen. King Kong, after all, turned out to be a softy—now she’s in the hairy paw of a giant ape artiste."

If Naomi feels she hasn't been sufficiently, uh, pleasured onscreen, I'm all for a "Mulholland Drive" remake, and I don't care what language it's in.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 18, 2008 03:37 PM
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