Ask FlickChick Top Five Guilty Movie Pleasures and MoreQuestion I like challenging thought-provoking movies as much as the next guy but I also love pure unadulterated cheese real Mystery Science Theater 3000-quality junk My biggest guilty pleasure is Ed Wood movies Do you have any guilty pleasures or are you strictly into quality movies EliFlickChick Oh I have a soft spot for junk I also have a rant about guilty pleasures indulge me please that goes something like this The fact that you love Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 doesnt inherently make you stupid or invalidate your love for Citizen Kane 1941 so stand by your low-brow passionsThere Now here are my top five really trashy movie faves in ascending order 5 Barbarella 1968What it is a sexadelic adaptation of the erotic comic series about a beautiful space tart Jane Fonda sorry astronavigatrex and her adventures across the universeWhats so bad Tacky ta
See Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkSend your movie questions to FlickChickMathematicians live in a black and white world of absolutes and infinitely reproducible results while mystics deal in ambiguity and magical thinking and never the twain shall meet Except of course when math becomes so theoretical that the two melt into one mind-blowing mass of golden proportions and lucky numbers Nearly 10 years before Jim Carrey got tangled up in The Number 23 this weeks DVD Tuesday pick pitched camp on the numerical border between razors-edge rationality and complete lunacy Darren Aronofskys super-low budget Pi 1998 was a knockout debut and if he hasnt yet delivered on its promise Requiem for a Dream 2000 is a highfalutin Just Say No PSA with style to burn and The Fountain 2006 is a flat-out mess the film itself looks better than ever Mathematician Max Cohen Sean Gullette specializes in number patterns the bigger the b
Question: I'm a health teacher and am looking for some good movies about drug addiction or abuse. Do you have any suggestions?Answer: You don't say how old your students are, so I feel I should warn you that all these movies contain material that many people would consider unsuitable for younger teenagers. But frankly, the drug life is full of material that's unsuitable for younger teenagers, so that just goes with the territory. Please also be aware that this isn't a definitive list, but these are films that have stuck with me. These titles deal vividly with life as an addict:
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955). It's old-fashioned, but it was a pioneering look at heroin addiction.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Jesus' Son (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Question: Do you have any info on the episode of Lost that Darren Aronofsky is supposed to direct? Are all the castaways going to break into Charlie's heroin stash and run around the island stoned just like in Requiem for a Dream?
Answer: That joke was made already, Ray — and by me. Besides, it's a moot point. As EW.com reported last week, Darren had to back out due to family obligations; he and Rachel Weisz are about to have a baby.
Question: Is there any truth to the rumor that Darren Aronofsky is going to direct an episode of Lost later this season? Answer: It certainly sounded that way when I asked Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for a preview of the maverick filmmaker's episode during our interview last week. "I think the obvious thing that people are going to think is that he's going to do some big sort of tripped-out heroin thing [with Charlie]," says Damon, referring to Aronofsky's most celebrated work, the 2000 drug-addiction opus, Requiem for a Dream," but that's exactly what we are not going to do." (Who would think that? Oh, right. Me
Lost is getting a shot of indie cred. Entertainment Weekly reports that cult director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi) has signed on to helm a May-sweeps episode of the ABC hit. "It was one of those fantastic calls out of the blue," says Lost exec producer Carlton Cuse. "His agents let us know he liked the show, and we jumped at the opportunity." In related news, I see a major relapse in Charlie's future. (If you haven't seen Requiem, that joke will make absolutely no sense. But take my word for it — it's funny.)