This movie changed me: The Exorcist

By Johnny Foreigner

The Exorcist is among my most favorite movies (see Johnny Foreigner’s Top 20 Films of All Time). I agree with Lily Percy and Mark Kermode, who discuss the film on the podcast below, that The Exorcist is a film masterpiece.

Hearing Percy and Kermode dissect the story and film is a delight for anyone who loves either William Peter Blatty’s novel, or the 1973 film by William Friedkin. I would add that there are several scenes that elevate this movie from a campy horror to a brilliant classic: Burnstyn’s character Chris MacNeil nervously meeting Jason Miller’s Father Karras in a Georgetown park has always brought tears to my eyes – the way Burnstyn carefully navigates to her question, “how does one go about getting an exorcism” before falling apart. “it’s my little girl!” I’ve cried during that scene more than once – and it wasn’t from fear. Also, any parent who has been to the brink of despair as their child suffers through medical tests, relates to Burnstyn’s character in the scene when doctors suggest a second spinal tap. Later, when talking with Miller’s Father Karras she cries out in frustration, “Jesus Christ, won’t somebody help me?” Yet Chris MacNeil never really embraces “the power of Christ” or Catholicism. She merely embraces anyone or anything who can help her daughter. Unforgettable characterization.

I’ve always been moved by one of the film’s last scenes, when Burnstyn asks Miller/Karras “is she going to die?” Sitting alone on the stairs, Karras feels mentally and spiritually defeated. Karras is fighting an additional battle, as he knows Regan is in danger of dying from the stress on her heart. Yet Karras repies “No,” and lifts himself back up the stairway, determined to beat the devil. Such a moment.

In his 1973 lukwarm review, film critic Roger Ebert wrote that The Exorcist was “a triumph of special effects.” Nonsense. Without the heartbreakingly human characterizations created by Burnstyn, and Jason Miller – the film would have failed, pea soup, revolving heads, and all.

As for the title theme of this podcast, this movie changed me as well,

Listen to the podcast below

The Exorcist is known for being absolutely terrifying, but film critic Mark Kermode argues that it’s also a masterpiece. He was too young to see the movie when it was released and had to wait six years before he could watch it in a theater. Decades later, he has made documentaries about The Exorcist, written long essays and a book about it, and even became friends with the movie’s director and screenwriter. But he says every time he watches the movie, he’s still taken back to the experience of transcendence and magic he experienced when he watched the movie for the first time. [ . . . ]


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The End Of The F***ing World season 2 will probably be its last, says creator

TEOTFW season 3 probably isn’t happening as creator Charlie Covell admits she likes where season 2 leaves off. The End Of The F***ing World premieres on Channel 4 on November 4 and heads to Netflix

Season 2 of The End Of The F***ing World will hit our television screens from 4 November and for many fans it’s been a long time coming. It’s been two years since James and Alyssa landed themselves in some serious hot water at the end of season 1 and the suspense is killing us.

While you’re no doubt excited about the show’s return to Channel 4 and Netflix, don’t expect The End Of The F***ing World to be a show that continues on for endless seasons. In fact, don’t expect it to continue past season 2.

The show’s explosive season 1 finale saw James running from the police before an ominous gunshot went off and left James’ fate up in the air. Many thought the show could have actually ended there but, mercifully, TEOTFW was granted a second season.

Just in case you were already looking ahead to a third season of the hit drama, we’re officially here to burst your bubble. TEOTFW series creator Charlie Covell tells RadioTimes that it’s probably not in the cards.

Charlie said: “I think, for me, that’s it now. Yeah, that’s done. I think to try and eke more out would be wrong, I like where we’ve left it.”

That may sound disappointing but if the show’s creator is confident in where season 2 leaves off, then we have no choice but to stan and wait to see it for ourselves.

Charlie Covell also told the publication that she felt some pressure following up season 1. “There’s pressure, but there’s pressure because people like something that we all did together,” she explained.

In the suspenseful trailer for The End Of The F***ing World season 2, we see Alyssa trying to cope with her life after the incident. She back to waitressing and, oh yeah, she’s getting bullets in the mail, too. But, of course, the trailer left a bunch of unanswered questions. The most important one being…IS JAMES ALIVE OR WUT?!

Now that it’s clear that TEOTFW probably won’t return for a season 3, we’ll definitely be savouring each and every episode from 4 November.

Source: The End Of The F***ing World season 2 will probably be its last, says creator – PopBuzz

Steve Coogan on Tackling Capitalism in ‘Greed’ and Whether Brexit Can Be Mined for Humor

Ahead of his Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award from BAFTA L.A. on Friday, the U.K. comedy hero, best known for his Alan Partridge character, chats about his most memorable film, the Little Tramp’s influence and the talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

A comedy hero in the U.K. for more than two decades thanks largely to his long-running and much-loved comic creation Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan joined Hollywood’s prestige ranks with 2013’s Philomena and 2018’s Stan & OllieOnce again blending comedy and what he likes to call “meat on the bones,” Coogan’s latest feature, Greed, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, is a satirical attack on capitalism and sees him playing a character heavily based on disgraced “king of the high street” and Top Shop owner Philip Green. Ahead of receiving BAFTA’s Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy on Oct. 25 in Beverly Hills, Coogan, 53, discussed using humor as a Trojan horse, why being associated with Charlie Chaplin is particularly sweet and whether there’s anything funny about Brexit.

Has Charlie Chaplin had any influence over your work or career?

I’m a huge admirer of Chaplin. He was an entrepreneurial pioneer in terms of entertainers. One of the inherent perennial problems with filmmaking is that it’s a constant tension between art and commerce. And what really Chaplin did was make sure that the emphasis was on art and the art won through. And as he grew older he tried to say things that were important and of course was marginalized and painted as a Communist because he had a conscience. And socially ostracized by the American establishment, because he was someone who wasn’t trivial and tried to use art to make the world a better place. And generally his films are fill of hope and humanity, and that’s something that my company tries to do, to make shows that have value and substance behind the entertainment. So to accept an honor in his name is especially sweet for me. Continue reading