Months ago, I was lamenting the fact that I had somehow missed John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, due to its seemingly short stay in the theaters. This past weekend, I finally remedied that. If you've read my blog before, you may remember that in lieu of the latest Cusack film, I spent some time watching another Poe-centric film, The Black Cat. The feel of that movie was, I think, what viewers were hoping to see in The Raven, although sadly, that's not what we got at all. The Black … [Read more...] about Miss The Raven? Nevermore!
I was revisiting an old blog today when I found a post from a few years back about John Cusack, and I thought I would repost. Enjoy! I was actually on Black20.com defending Cusack against some folks who had the audacity to suggest that Bill Murray--of all people--was the best actor of our time. Sheesh! Just remember Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity, and Being John Malkovich, and you'll understand why I love John Cusack so much. He was even in Stand … [Read more...] about Say Anything
I'm anxious to see John Cusack star as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven. It opened this weekend, to a slew of absolutely awful reviews. This has not deterred me in the least, but it has made me think a bit more than usual about perception in filmgoing, and about the role and purpose of a film critic. First, in the spirit of full disclosure, I feel I should let you know that I am a huge fan of both Edgar Allan Poe and John Cusack. Poe's stories are very intriguing to me, drawing me in as few authors … [Read more...] about A Pre-review of The Raven
[Republished from an ancient blog, long abandoned and forgotten, originally posted on June 23, 2007.] I have just had the scariest, most gut-wrenching movie experience I've had since, oh, I can't remember when. Maybe never. 1408 opened today, and I happened to stumble across a trailer for it online just this evening. Apparently the movie is based on a Stephen King short story of the same name, published in the collection "Everything's Eventual." The crazy thing is, I have this book. I … [Read more...] about John Cusack in a Hotel with Stephen King