Clytie’s Recommended Entertainment Articles (April 26-May 2, 2019)

Good morning! Here’s what I found this week…

On the 26th, Rich Juzwiak interviewed Jeffrey McHale about his documentary on the legacy of the film Showgirls, You Don’t Nomi for Jezebel:
“The panoply of opinions that have kept Paul Verhoeven’s once-notorious bomb in the ether—repeatedly viewed, endlessly debated, sometimes satirized—is captured in the feature-length documentary You Don’t Nomi, which will have its world premiere Saturday as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Almost as entertaining as Showgirls itself, You Don’t Nomi is a clips-and-commentary essay in the style of the 2013 doc about The Shining, Room 237. Over copious Showgirls footage, we only hear the voices of an arsenal of commentators, which include cultural critics like Adam Nayman (It Doesn’t Suck) and friend of Jezebel Haley Mlotek, April Kidwell (who played Nomi in the uproarious Off Broadway production Showgirls the Musical), and Peaches Christ, the drag queen responsible for assembling the cult of Showgirls in San Francisco.”

Christopher Campbell listed some of the many works inspired by the film Braveheart (and gave me an excuse to post a picture of Mel Gibson!) on the 29th at Film School Rejects:
“Almost 25 years later, Braveheart‘s influence can still be felt at the multiplex and in prestige television. Its main character may not always be recalled by name (who hasn’t heard someone just refer to William Wallace as “Braveheart,” as if the title is eponymously about a 13th-century superhero?), but his look and dialogue continue to be cited and quoted in both real life and in movies and TV shows. The film’s legacy is even stronger than that of its subject, if only because its success reestablished and furthered the significance and notoriety of Wallace and, more generally, put Scotland in the historical and geographical spotlight.”

On the 30th, Isaac Butler described what David Lynch’s Masterclass is like for Slate:
“So what would happen if you weren’t embarrassed? If you made peace with the creative process the way Lynch himself seems to have done. What if you were OK with spending four hours working just to get one hour of good writing done, as he insists you need to be? What if you met your new instructor where he is, instead of asking him to give you what you want?”

Ethan Warren discussed the dreamers at the center of American Movie and Waiting for Guffman for Bright Wall/Dark Room, on the 1st:
“It seems a bit uncanny that two such specific quixotic dreamers as Mark and Corky could emerge virtually simultaneously out of the American ether, but maybe the answer to the synchronicity lies in that adjective.”

Also on the 1st, Angelica Huston gave a gives-no-fucks interview to Andrew Goldman that appears on Vulture:
“Anjelica Huston On growing up in Hollywood, the cost of beating Oprah at the Oscars, and why Jack Nicholson doesn’t act anymore”

Finally, on the 2nd, Josh Wigler spoke to Game of Thrones stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam about the climax of the “The Long Night” over on The Hollywood Reporter:
“A member of the Thrones family since 2015’s fifth season, Irlam has worked with a small army of stunt workers to create the epic battles seen throughout Westeros and beyond. Among those grueling fights: ‘Hardhome,’ ‘The Battle of the Bastards,’ ‘Beyond the Wall’ and now ‘The Long Night.’ Beyond the stunt team, Irlam has worked closely with Thrones stars such as Kit Harington and Maisie Williams, who play Jon Snow and Arya Stark respectively. In the latter actor’s case especially, ‘The Long Night’ was a milestone achievement, what with Arya’s journey through the battle as an archer and eventual kingslayer in her own right. Ahead, Irlam speaks with The Hollywood Reporter about ending the White Walker war, and the wars still to come.”