I like long film titles. I like long film titles that begin with the word “The”. Most of all, I like long film titles that begin with the word “The” and feature the main character’s name at the end of said title. Example: THE ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. Great title. Another example. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Amazing title. Now I bring you perhaps my favorite “long/the/character’s name at the end” title of them all. THE UNPLEASANT PROFESSION OF JONATHAN HOAG, a new film to be directed by THE CROW helmer Alex Proyas, centers on a man who becomes increasingly disturbed when he realizes he cannot account for his activities during the day, or what he does for a living. He shares his problem with a married set of private dicks, and their investigation leads to a series of startling revelations. The film is based on the 1942 novella of the same name written by Robert Heinlein and is being described as a complex psychological thriller with plenty of action by the film’s producers. Nevermind the title, if you’re familiar with Proyas’ previous work (DARK CITY, I, ROBOT), you know the man can direct the hell out of things, especially dark, dark things, and me I like dark things.
||In 1998, Roger Ebert selected Proyas' DARK CITY as his favorite movie of the year.