The 20 Most Irritating Movie Characters
Sophia Satchell Baeza
Sometimes, an actor (or character)’s every move has the ability to rise up endless levels of bile – either making or ruining the film-watching experience. For me, it’s a toss-up between Owen Wilson and Miranda July in the Bile-Inducing Irritation Stakes, but of course, one (wo)man’s annoying is another’s dreamboat, and I observe some notable omissions: floppy-haired fops Keanu Reaves and early Leonardo DiCraprio, for example, will always hold a space in my heart, no matter how irritating.
Interview: Alex Gibney
Esquire magazine has said of Alex Gibney that he is “becoming the most important documentarian of our time.” And we have to say, we couldn’t agree more. The Oscar-winning filmmaker of Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) is known for exploring abuses of power, and his latest documentary, the brilliant Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, about clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church, is no different. We got the lowdown from Gibney just after the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation hit the press.
Top 10 Bad Dates
Sophia Satchell Beaza
Bad dates make great cinematic fodder, probably because they’re a cheap and easy way to make you squirm in your seats, bring back horrible memories, or even seal fresh ones if you’re on a date as you watch them. So here are some pitfalls to avoid in our rundown of the top ten most terrible dates. As Woody Allen says at the end of a particularly awful date night in a punk club in Hannah and Her Sisters: “I had a great evening. It was like the Nuremberg trials”.