Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Coming soon: Hollywood Product on Cloverfield

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

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(© 2008 Paramount Pictures)

Unfortunately, we weren't able to review the much-buzzed Cloverfield (thanks to some clever, Blair Witch Project-like Internet hyping), but that's not to say we can't tease you with Curt Holman's Hollywood Product mini-review on the film — which took top honors at the box office this weekend. Curt's review will appear in next week's issue, which goes up online sometime Wednesday afternoon. (Hint: Curt likey.) Those familiar with Hollywood Product know that it's a riff on the sometimes formulaic approach to movie-making, so easily recognized that we have a formula for the formula. One of my personal favorite categories is "Flesh factor," in which Curt figures out how a film sneaks in a little skin.

Here's the line from the Cloverfield review:

Flesh factor: Odette Yustman (pictured above) lays in bed, comely but concealed, in the first scene. She and Jessica Lucas show off a lot of leg with their short party dresses, and Lucas’ gets more ragged as the film goes on. (Yustman and Lucas are so beautiful, you wonder how Michael Stahl-David's and Mike Vogel’s characters can even talk with them, let alone get with them.)

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