Obsession. What does it mean, why does it happen and why can't we stop it? I never asked Burger King to invent chicken fries, but now that they're here, those delicious little fried pieces of heaven have destroyed my life. Now, every time I pass by a Burger King, I must stop in and grab an order of chicken fries. Even if I just had some the day before, I wonder, "What if there's a new dipping sauce and others have tasted it before me? What if this new dipping sauce is only out for one day? What if I miss this golden opportunity?"
I'm sure there are other chicken fry addicts out there who feel my pain. And, trust me, it's okay to come forward -- we need your support. However, the need to consume fast food constantly is only one type of obsession. We can obsess over people, places, events -- I know one person obsessed with a chair. Don't ask.
This week, we're taking a look at films that have themes of obsession running through their veins. Though I'm not sure whether or not we'll become obssessed with these films once we've watched them, I will admit that, after staring at those fries in the picture above, I'm suddenly craving, um, you know. Welcome to another fantastic edition of Trailer Park:
- Based on the non-fiction bestseller by Eric Shlosser, Fast Food Nation is finally making its way to the big screen. However, the film version will revolve around fictional characters and places, though it's not hard to figure out who it's targeted toward. As James puts it in his review of the film from Cannes, many compare Nation to Traffic, only with meat. That's because the story being told here follows several characters within the fast food industry who all, eventually, converge upon one another in a quest for the perfect burger ... that won't kill you. (Note: The link above takes you to a teaser and an assortment of clips from the film.)
- Part documentary, part drama, The Road to Guantanamo tells the true story of the Tipton Three -- three Muslims who were mistaken for Taliban and detained by the United States in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Director Michael Winterbottom blends actual television news footage with shocking re-enactments to bring us a slightly tainted view of what really goes on at Guantanamo Bay. Are the American and British military that obsessed with the truth that they literally torture the innocent or, as Karina expects, is Winterbottom taking his take on events a bit too far?
- Based on the popular novel, Loverboy marks Kevin Bacon's directorial debut. It's taken a damn long time for this film to find a home seeing as I first saw it when it opened up the Gen Art Film Festival last year. Pic tells the story of a mother obsessed and extremely over-protective when it comes to her young son. I'm not going to ruin the ending for you, but let's just say this one gets a little out of hand. However, I found myself yawning throughout the rest of it.
- What the hell is our obsession with Tim Allen. I mean, do we really need The Santa Clause 3? As you can guess, Allen becomes Santa Claus yet again and, while trying to keep his new family happy, has to prevent Jack Frost from ruining Christmas. Not for nothing, but every time I see this guy dress up as Santa, Christmas is automatically destroyed.
- When a military man returns home from service, he has only one thing in mind: To seek revenge upon the men who tormented his brother. Dead Man's Shoes tells the story of a man who, after simply wanting to scare some local bullies, turns into a much more menacing threat. Paddy Considine stars in this gripping thriller that questions how far one man will go in order to right what he feels went wrong.