The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on September 8, 2006 · E2
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Filename: E2-MORE-AJCD0908-AJCD Date/Time created: Sep 7 2006 7:15:21:586PM Username: SPEED10 AJCD0908 Friday, Sep 08, 2006 MORE 2 E AJCD 2 E Cyan Magenta Yellow Black E2 / Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 4 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / *SUZ21OA001KB* 2 E $EGL+*A3))*=4$ Cyan Magenta Yellow Black AJCD Filename: E2-MORE-AJCD0908-AJCD Date/Time created: Sep 7 2006 7:15:21:590PM Username: SPEED10 Dear Mr. Smithee, I am baffled by the amount of DVD sales there are. I can’t understand people buying them. Do they watch them over and over? I can’t seem to be interested in seeing a film more than once — with a few exceptions. Are there any films you would look at twice or three times? TED CORNELL Wellington, Fla. Dear One Who Must Not Own Any Books Either, I am baffled by the number of people who collected Beanie Babies, but that doesn’t mean I go around questioning their resolve. Or intimating that there’s something clinically wrong with them even when one would have to conclude there probably was. What possesses some people to own 10 different kinds of balsamic vinegar? And while we’re considering possession, let’s not miss an opportunity to wonder why even though Jessica Simpson is a lovely-looking young lady, who in their right mind would actually buy her overly produced musical gunk? I own more DVDs than anyone might deem normal. Well, let me correct that, because my esteemed sons, D.W. and Cecil B., are each certainly someone, and they each own more DVDs than I do. Part of the obsession is the opportunity to actually own something that when first viewed was personally and intensely fulfilling. Pardon me if we DVD owners also want to share with others, lending them out as good friends and good citizens are wont to do. I don’t rewatch all my DVDs over and over again, but I do, at times, find that my thoughts go back to certain scenes. Just this week, I had a hankering to see the bicycle chase in “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” It’s a great sequence. So I put the DVD in and went straight to that very scene. Then, later, I was thinking about the “Ride of the Valkyries” attack in “Apocalypse Now.” Guess what? The DVD went in, and I watched it. I rewatch some movies to see if they hold up. “Pieces of April”? Yes. “Narc”? No. I’ve certainly enjoyed multiple DVD viewings of many movies. Some that come to mind: “City of God,” “Donnie Darko,” “The Thin Red Line,” “The Limey,” “Election,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” “Grizzly Man,” “Hustle & Flow” and “Air Force One” (hey, I’m being honest here). ALAN P.S. You get an “Invincible” T-shirt and an “Ask Alan Smithee” T-shirt. Dear Mr. Smithee, I am 71 years old, overweight, underexercised, and will probably die soon. This is a craven attempt to become the owner of an Alan Smithee T-shirt before that occurs. I’m not asking to be given one for nothing. In exchange, I offer the following suggestion: a remake of “Forrest Gump” starring Minnie Driver and Yanni and directed by M. Night Shyamalan! If this appeal to your sympathy fails, I would be willing to humbly beg! MARY ELLEN ISPER Snellville Dear, Trust Me, You Had Me at Hello, “Forrest Gump” was bad enough the first time. But I wouldn’t mind hearing the line “Run, Yanni, run!” Let’s consider a few other potential remakes: “Midnight Cowboy” — Freddie Prinze Jr. as Ratso Rizzo; Paul Walker as Joe Buck. “Some Like It Hot” — Seann William Scott as Jerry/ Daphne; Ashton Kutcher as Joe/Josephine; Jessica Simpson as Sugar. “Sid and Nancy” (if they hadn’t died, instead growing older) — Kevin Costner as Sid; Judi Dench as Nancy. “Wuthering Heights” — Martin Lawrence as Heath - cliff; Lil’ Kim as Cathy. ALAN P.S. You get “Wordplay” crossword puzzles and most definitely an “Ask Alan Smithee” T-shirt. Dear Mr. Smithee, I enjoy your column and usually agree with your picks, but you left out two movies from your film noir selections — “Murder, My Sweet” (1944) and “Crossfire” (1947). Both were directed by a man credited with starting the film noir style, Edward Dmytryk. MICHAEL MCKINNEY Duluth Dear Lucky You, I realize that I am practically perfect in every way, but I was indeed forthcoming about my lack of film noir expertise. Truth is, I have not seen your fine films. Maybe if some nice person sent them to me on DVD. ... ALAN P.S. You get an “Accepted” T-shirt and an “Ask Alan Smithee” T-shirt. For some fans of lms, once is never enough ASK ALAN SMITHEE THE MOVIE GUY Answer man Alan Smithee resolves all sorts of reader movie questions every Friday in Movies & More. Is there really an Alan Smithee? That’s one he won’t answer. But he does allow that it’s a name used for crediting purposes when directors want to disassociate themselves from a movie that, well, stinks. Have a question for Mr. Smithee? E-mail him at or go to and click on Movies. Please include your name, city and daytime phone number. Mr. Smithee can’t reply to every request, but inquiries chosen for publication will receive movie-related prizes. For previous Ask Alan Smithee columns, go to and click on Movies. MOVIES & MORE By STEVE MURRAY / The unsolved (or, well, still mysterious) death of George Reeves is the subject of “Hollywoodland” (opening today), starring Ben Affleck as the down-on-his-luck former TV Superman. If you’re looking for a less, well, Hollywood-style take on the story, the Biography Channel will include the actor’s death as part of its “Hollywood Scandals” week, starting Sept. 18. The Reeves episode will air 8 p.m. Sept. 20, focusing on the widespread belief that, despite the official verdict of suicide, the actor was shot to death by one of two disgruntled lovers. Other stars getting the “Scandals” treatment? Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Francis Farmer and Ingrid Bergman. Schedule: www WHEN FALL FILMS COLLIDE: In honor of the fall movie season, we offer you a few if-only mash-ups (royalty edition) : ➤ “All the King’s Little Children” — Fed up when her lover (Jude Law) becomes enmeshed with Willie Stark’s (Sean Penn) political shenanigans, Kate Winslet leaves Louisiana for New England ... where she has an affair with married man Patrick Wilson. ➤ “The Infamous Queen” — Reluctant to display public grief at the death of Lady Diana, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) is visited by the ghost of Truman Capote (Toby Jones) — who persuades her to give a fabulous speech to the masses. Co-starring Sandra Bullock as Fergie. ➤ “The Last Marie Antoinette of Scotland” — Kirsten Dunst plays the lover of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker), a delusional young woman who believes herself to be the queen of France. GET YOUR GORE ON: The music-TV cable channel Fuse and the splatter-happy Fangoria Entertainment have joined to create the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, to be held Oct. 15 in Los Angeles and broadcast by Fuse on Oct. 22. Nominees for Killer Movie (aka, scariest) are “The Descent,” “The Devil’s Rejects,” “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Hostel” and “Wolf Creek.” But we’re more interested in the category called Most Thrilling Killing. Up for the honor: The grisly head-lopping in “The Omen,” the face-in-the-fan-blade drive-through death in “Final Destination 3,” the super-splattery train-track suicide in “Hostel,” the arm-stuck-in-a- box-of-blades of “Saw II” and — naturally — the “Snakes on a Plane” scene wherein a fellow in the airplane bathroom makes the fatal mistake of not checking out the toilet bowl before unzipping ... DIRECT TO DVD: Remember when M. Night Shyamalan announced his new movie, “The Woods” ... then renamed it “The Village” because another movie with the first title was already in production? Well, that happened waaaay back in 2003. Now, “The Woods,” Lucky McKee’s follow-up to his cult hit “May,” arrives on disc Oct. 3. Starring Agnes Bruckner , it’s the tale of a 1960s girl sent to a private boarding school in, yes, the woods, where weird things happen under the stern eye of headmistress Patricia Clarkson. ( Bruce Campbell , of “Evil Dead” fame, has a small role as Bruckner’s dad.) The movie wants to be a new “Sus - piria” — the 1977 Dario Argento shocker about a coven of murderous witches at a ballet school. Mojo has seen “The Woods.” Trust Mojo: It is no “Suspiria” ... TEASE OF THE WEEK: Though it doesn’t open in the States until December, we can’t get enough of images from Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth.” The latest from the writer-director of “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001) once again finds him telling a spooky tale set during the Spanish Civil War. It’s the story of a young girl who retreats into a fantasy world when her mother marries a vicious officer in Franco’s army. The Atlanta-based Web site Cinematic Happenings Under Development (CHUD) has the latest teaser: Warner Bros. Television George Reeves’ suicide (or not) is the subject of a TV special. i\m\Xc`e^7`k\dj7]ifd7Xe7\o_`Y`k`fe`jk`Z7`e[ljkip A Super-size Hollywood mystery “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” (2004): Bridge-failure with Robert De Niro and F. Murray Abraham. 5 FREEZE FRAME TREND-WATCHING AT THE MOVIES From here to there Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” has announced he’s pulling the plug on his online campaign to get Hungary to name a new bridge after him. In honor of his effort and — why not? — Toby Keith’s new movie, “Broken Bridges” (opening today), here are 10 spanning all kinds of movies: 1 “A Bridge Too Far” (1977): Bridge- capturing with Robert Redford and Sean Connery during World War II. 2 “The Lovers on the Bridge” (1991): Bridge-living with young disillusioned Parisians. 3 “The Bridge at Remagen” (1969): Bridge-blowing up with George Segal. 4 — Eleanor Ringel Gillespie and Bob Longino “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957): Bridge-building with Alec Guinness during World War II. “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River” (1967): No bridge, just a lot of Jerry Lewis. 9 “Brooklyn Bridge” (1981): Bridge-documenting with Ken Burns. 6 “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995): Bridge-romance with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. 7 “Waterloo Bridge” (1940): Bridge-suicide with Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. 8 “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” (1990): No bridge, just a lot of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (much preferable to immediately above). 10 Warner Bros. 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