Junkpile – 4.10.11

Junkpile is a semi-regular feature wherein I dump all the random stuff that isn’t fit for its own post.

Monster Brains linked us to a pretty super documentary on Cronenberg’s adaptation of Naked Lunch, a film I despised when I saw it in the theater because it “wasn’t the book,” but now have a great deal more respect for on many levels.

David Bordwell has some interesting things to say (as usual), this time about the appeal of seeing actors/characters smoke onscreen.

Robert Hood revisits his piece for Monster Awareness Month on blobs and swamp monsters in film and comics. Those are two classifcations of beasties I can never get enough of myself.

Over at TCM’s Movie Moorlocks, keelsetter puts up a spirited defense for Carpenter’s They Live against Alex Cox’s assertion that the Roddy Piper/Keith David alley dust-up essentailly ruins the fillm. I’ve never heard anyone talk shit about that fight, so Cox’s view was news to me.

Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings liked Dragon Age II as well and had some pretty saliant points to make about it in his review. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s Carl, Stacie, Me, and most of the professional video game critical community versus…well, everyone else on the Internet. Oh well, this is me donning my 215 armor with +25% Defense and going back to play some more.

Sean T Collins has started a new site devoted entirely to G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series. Fair warning – spoilers abound.

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