Aside from The Exorcist and The French Connection, name your three favorite William Friedkin movies. I'll wait.

OK, I'm sure that lots of you came up with three more good ones ... but it probably took you a few minutes. (Mine would be Sorcerer, To Live and Die in L.A. and The Brink's Job.) Putting aside the filmmaker's two true classics, you're looking at a filmography that includes stuff like Cruising, Deal of the Century, The Guardian, Blue Chips, Jade and Rules of Engagement. (Oh, three more not-bad ones: The Boys in the Band, Rampage and The Hunted.) So I guess my point is that for such a long-lasting and well-respected veteran director, Friedkin's career has been more than a little inconsistent. And still, I really like the guy. Funny how a couple great films can buy you a lifetime of good will, eh?

Anyway (damn do I ramble), Mr. Friedkin has a new film on the way, and dare I opine that it looks pretty darn intense. The psychological thriller horror movie Bug stars Michael Shannon, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr., and seems to center on one semi-insane soldier who insists he has bugs festering beneath his skin. Neat! Grab an invisible can of Raid and check out the buggy new trailer; Lionsgate unleashes the film in December. (By the way, Michael Shannon was, far and away, the best thing in World Trade Center, if it's me you're asking.)

(Friedkin's Bug bears no relation to the 1975 film of the same name, which was directed by the man who'd go on to helm Jaws 2, Supergirl and Santa Claus: The Movie. What? There was a sale on pointless trivia down at the dollar store.)
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