Thursday, May 31, 2012

"I feel a real need to express something, but I don't know what it is I want to express. Or how to express it."
"Poor Joey. She has all the anguish and anxiety of the artistic personality without any of the talent."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pain in the Neck

Before last night, the only time I had seen The Exorcist was probably over a decade ago, when I wasn’t even in my teens, so a rewatch was needed. A few thoughts:

  • The exorcism scenes are actually by far the worst part of The Exorcist, with the religious mumbo-jumbo and over-the-top makeup (especially the tongue...?!). To quote French and Saunders, "Well, that's just one special effect too many, I'm afraid."
  • In other words: it's not your fault, Max von Sydow, but every scene your character is in sucks (c*cks in hell).
  • That being said, the 90 minutes in between are pretty great.
  • Spiderwalk! I had somehow totally forgotten about it.

As for my pick for the best shot(s)... I had to choose a moment from the hospital scene, because that's where the real horror happens:

The only way this could've possibly been more shudder-inducing is if they had stuck that thing in her eyeball instead.