Oct. 31, 2001, 9:09 a.m. CST
Fucking A. Great review Mori.
Oct. 31, 2001, 9:10 a.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
TRICK!!!!! Hahaha. Sorry, Moriarty, it's Halloween and with an empty Talkback, I couldn't resist after such a heartfelt review. Great piece of writing and I'm looking very much forward to seeing the flick. Happy Halloween, everybody!
Oct. 31, 2001, 9:12 a.m. CST
Good review. I can't express enough on how good these last two months will be. Monsters Inc, Harry Potter, Majestic, Ocean's 11, Ali, and LotR...this fall will rock!
Oct. 31, 2001, 10:20 a.m. CST
by ryan mecum
ive read this guys post for two years now, and i have no idea who he is. hey, how do you get all this inside stuff? you make movies too? do we know you? you aint james cameron are you? who is darkman? who is corky romano? who is kieser sose? who is moriarty? howd they get a puppet frog to ride a bike?
Oct. 31, 2001, 10:44 a.m. CST
Moriarty, thanks for the great write up! No offense Harry, but Mori is the best reviewer and writer that works this site. I am so pulling for this movie. Darabont is one of my favorite directors currently. I enjoyed every second of the Green Mile, but I also agree it is a tough movie to watch multiple times. I hope this gives Jim Carrey the "street cred" he needs to move beyond the rubber faced idiot many people see him as. He's done some pretty good work. And Bruce Campbell in a 50's adventure movie homage? Excellent! It is about darn time that the good movies start showing up in the theaters. The Majestic, Monsters Inc, Harry Potter, LOTR...woo-hoo!
Oct. 31, 2001, 10:49 a.m. CST
For whatever it is worth, seems that Wells has heard unpromising things about the film ( it may be the jump in logic Moriarty is talking about, though ): "Due respect to Warner Bros. and director-writer Frank Darabont, but I'd like to formally withdraw any wildly optimistic predictions I may have made about The Majestic punching through in December as a formidable Oscar contender. I'll let it go at that. Let's just say I've been influenced. On the other hand, I'm told by friends at Castle Rock that Majestic is testing "in the 80s," which is nothing to fret about. They also say Jim Carrey's non-comedic performance is being well received. And readers will recall I ran some favorable remarks about the scipt a few weeks back. I'm just saying I heard something that made an impression, is all. "
Oct. 31, 2001, 11:25 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
I've known Frank for a lot longer than there's been an AICN, and I've always been honest with him about my reaction to his work, both on the page and on the screen. However, I always make sure to preface remarks about his work and set them in context so that you can decide for yourself if you feel that our friendship biases me. I'm not telling you to take my opinion on this film as sacrosanct. I'm just saying that this is how the film affected me, and I think I've always been very honest about context.
Oct. 31, 2001, 12:28 p.m. CST
While I'm a fan of Moriarty's and agree with him most of the time, I have huge reservations with even recommending THE GREEN MILE to the average viewer. It's not the detail and it's not the length (not really at least). It's the story structure. It didn't work with the three separate executions, the acting wasn't anything to write home about (Mr. Jeter and Mr. Duncan excepted), and I felt more pain for Mr. Jingles getting stomped on than when Duncan got the chair. I'm still up for this film though and I'm still a huge supporter of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION....just not the Green Mile.
Oct. 31, 2001, 12:37 p.m. CST
by Sgt. Black
hey... no one else was saying it...
Oct. 31, 2001, 1:51 p.m. CST
I honestly had no interest in this movie until reading your review, Mori. Great writing and I look forward to seeing The Majestic.____Bee
Oct. 31, 2001, 2:21 p.m. CST
So tough to pull off anything approaching "Capra-esque" these days, but Frank seems especially attuned to the Zeitgeist of the 1930's and 40's. I was already sold on the concept of the film, as well as the casting of The Bruce, so Mori's review simply confirms my suspicions that this is a must-see.
Oct. 31, 2001, 2:28 p.m. CST
by Gilda Mundson
Billy Wilder is, in my view, the best writer/director in the history of world cinema. If that genius likes it, then I'm all for it. Goal #380 Before I turn 21 (in exactly 6 mos tomorrow wheeee!!!) or before Billy Wilder dies, I need to meet Billy Wilder and just hang with him for an afternoon. Then my life would be totally complete. I'm so fuckin jazzed about this movie.
Oct. 31, 2001, 2:31 p.m. CST
I'm sure the Majestic is gonna be great, BUT don't put words in Billy Wilder's mouth! He still has that wicked wit that he does not need to be misquoted. I was there that day (a cherished memory). He did NOT say anything about having to pee. He did say The Green Mile was "Too long". Misquoting Wilder makes me so suspicious of what other BS may be shrewn about on AICN. Keep it real boys.
Oct. 31, 2001, 4:02 p.m. CST
As a resident of the small town in Northern California where this movie was filmed, I can't wait to see how our Victorian-era village looks on the big screen. Let's hope it wins an Oscar or two, so more people will decide to film here! Beautiful Ferndale has played host to a number of films, including "Salem's Lot", "Return of the Jedi" (Endor), "Jurassic Park", and now "The Majestic". Sorry, I'm gushing. I sound like I work for the Chamber of Commerce or something! :-)
Oct. 31, 2001, 5:56 p.m. CST
by Mr Neth
C'mon, everyone! Over to Ferndale! I gotta bag me an Ewok for the kid's Christmas!
Oct. 31, 2001, 9:56 p.m. CST
by Edward Rooney
The rest of the 90's List DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct. 31, 2001, 10:36 p.m. CST
I can't wait for this movie, it looks fantastic, and I'm sure it'll be up there in my tops of the year (though I'm not sure anything can top the love I'm in with Amelie right now). But, lets get down to brass tacks. Darabount knows King. He does it superbly. I have been waiting since the age of 10 for someone to take on my favorites short story from Skeleton Crew. Yes... Darabount needs to hurry up and get going on THE MIST. Gaddamn... the coolest fucking story I ever got sucked into as a child. MAKE IT!!! I WANT IT!!!
Nov. 1, 2001, 12:19 a.m. CST
Sounds like "The Return of Martin Guerre" (Depardieu mistaken by villagers for local nice guy who's been away to war for years etc) rewritten with the amnesia twist and the Blacklist context and marketed like mad for poor under-appreciated Jimmy's Oscar.
Nov. 1, 2001, 2:03 a.m. CST
the rumor: A much-admired major director saw Majestic and hated it. I'll still see it though. After Ali. And Ocean's 11. And possibly Black Hawk Down, depending on when I get to the theater.
Nov. 1, 2001, 2:49 a.m. CST
Good review and all, but I'm off on a Wilder tangent. He's my filmmaking hero and - same as fellow TBer Gilda Mundson - I just want to shake the man's hand and try not to come off like an idiot when I find a way to express my gratitude to him for making a handful of the all-time greatest movies that will provide tremendous entertainment for me until the day I die. I don't think I would fall apart like that, but I discovered Wilder a few years ago when I was about sixteen and relentlessly tracked down all of his stuff, having thoroughly enjoyed it and relished in it for the past four years. I don't normally get as schmaltzy as Moriarty has been lately, but Wilder is the man and I'm glad to see that other TBers on this site dig his stuff as much as I do. I'm not sure how big his fan base is, but I'm often dismayed at how many people just gush over Kubrick or Spielberg and Wilder's name is rarely brought up - though I see more of him in contemporary movies than almost any other director. He seems to really influence the right people and like the best of Orson Welles work, most of Wilder's movies don't really age - for the most part they feel extremely fresh today and seem light years ahead of other films from the same years. As far as The Majestic stuff goes, I would really like to see a movie that went deeper into the Hollywood blacklisting period - especially the self-inflicted McCarthyism that directors like DeMille tried to institute in the Hollywood ranks and failed due to the oppposition of younger directors like Huston and Wilder. I usually don't let myself slide into that territory, but when it comes to Wilder I'm an uber-fanboy - but I can't think of another director who deserves it more.
Nov. 1, 2001, 9:05 a.m. CST
I cannot wait to see this Moriarty's review was one of the best reviews right up there with his great review for Girl on the Bridge... for a second forget this is even a review... this is one of the best written pieces I've read about a movie in sometime... reading this was like getting that feeling of movie magic I felt during the part in Shawshank Redemption where Andy locks himself in the office and plays that opera song throughout the prison. Reading this review was kinda like a song experience... During the first part of the review you could have just cued the score of Tsui Hark's movie Blade where On learns how his father gets killed and they do they cool split screen thing... cut to the middle where Thomas Newmans score for Shawshank blares... and then the end was like I could just hear the climax to Raymond Wong's score for Shaolin Soccer.... With that being said this review brought out the movie geek/lover/jedi/whathaveyou in me. It seems to me that all of Frank's movies with their movie magic have moved people, inspired them, the kind of movies that makes you run out and tell some girl you love her... and just do all sorts of things in life you'd have never done had you not seen the movie... like you somehow live each day of your life like it is your last day on Earth... Franks movie brings that spirit out in people. I hope someday Frank will still want to do his Omega Man remake...
Nov. 1, 2001, 9:52 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Guy
I'm now seriously considering seeing this movie. Moriarty your reviews are awesome and keep up the good work.
Nov. 1, 2001, 9:58 a.m. CST
by Mister Mysterio
Didn't I hear something about Darabont, Arnie and Chuck Russell working on a film of "Doc Savage"? Whatever happened to that? Is it still gonna happen eventually? What's the deal?
Nov. 1, 2001, 6:23 p.m. CST
by Tres Skeek
I saw this movie at a test screening out in Northridge a couple weeks back and I'm sorry to say that the film just plain doesn't work. I am a HUGE Darabont fan and really, really wanted to like this movie. Seriously. I mean it. And seeing this with a packed house only hindered the experience further, as the audience barely reacted to anything in the movie. There were even some walkouts (even though every seat was filled and they had to turn away scores of people at the start). Anyway, I don't really have the energy to discuss this movie, but be forewarned. THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO DISAPPOINT A LOT OF YOU!!!!
Nov. 1, 2001, 7:32 p.m. CST
A Jim Carrey movie about the triumph of the human spirit AND "movie magic." Just what we need.
Nov. 2, 2001, 1:50 a.m. CST
Although the main setting of this movie may be Ferndale, when Jim gets off the train he does so in Fort Bragg. The station yard was full of 1940/50s autos -- but some extras looked like they were wearing 1880s costumes. Regardless of whether this movie is any good, I have a weird compulsion to see every flick shot in Northern California. I may have to see a shrink to get cured after sitting thru Bandits!!!
Nov. 2, 2001, 5:49 a.m. CST
by Thorn Davis
A friend of mine had a very succinct review of The Shawshank Redmption: "If you don't like it, you're a cunt." I just wish they would put it on the poster.
Nov. 3, 2001, 4:02 a.m. CST
obliterated your point? Did you even have one? Thanks for posting the interview link, but was this, as your comment implied to me, supposed to be derogatory? Personally, I did not find anything in that interview to lead me to believe that Mori is an egotistical bastard, which you implied with your comments. If you feel otherwise, please feel free to elaborate.____A Perplexed Bee
Nov. 3, 2001, 5:42 a.m. CST
I can respect your point of view, but, in all honesty, I cannot comment on John Landis and what he has done, as I am not aware of any crime of his. While I was, and always will be, a vehement detractor of Salva, I respect the rights of Moriarty and anyone else to see his movies. I do not allow anyone to lead me blindly into anything and I have never owned rose, not red, tinted glasses. There are times when a person's beliefs intrude(?) into aspects of their lives where they never thought it would be possible for morality to be a major issue. That is the case for me with "supporting" films made by certain people.____I don't think your tb's will be deleted because you are being pertinent and not using vulgar language to make your point. I do like (for the most part) what I have seen of Mori and Harry, but, guess what? I am capable, as are others, of liking what I see of someone and, yet, still formulating my own opinion. For every person actually taking the time to type an opinion, there are many, many others simply reading and noddding or shaking their heads silently. This is neither a crime nor an inability to think for themselves.____I agree with you that a good many of the articles posted lately have not been of the same quality that I experienced when I first started reading AICN. With some exceptions, they seem to be slightly to markedly behind many of the other sites these days. I can only hope this changes in the future. As for advertising? If you can't figure out that the numbers in black must exceed the ones in red...so be it. <Note: Never enter into Shady business deals> Honestly? I read the review and cannot understand what you found so offensive about it. I rather enjoyed it.____Bee
Nov. 3, 2001, 6:09 a.m. CST
Of course, part of that time was spent attempting to find out what John Landis did that was so awful. If you do tell me, please feel free to supply the supporting links so that I may verify your information.____It seems to me, from your comments on this subject, that you feel we are all sheep in a herd. Guess what? I have family, friends, and aquaintances I like and family and friends I love. I allow none of them to make my decisions for me.____All I'm saying is this...you presented this interview like it made Moriarty/Drew into an arrogant person whom rules over AICN with an iron deletion key. That is not the case. I remember your tb's so I know that you have been here for a while. There have been many personal assaults on ANYONE bothering to take the time and make the effort to submit a review here. It doesn't matter if it is Harry, Mori, Quint, or someone unknown; everytime a review is posted, unflattering comments WILL be made. Reviews can help those of us not battering down the theater doors every weekend, no matter the expected quality of the new releases, and they can assist some of us to pick and chose the movies we would like to see. Mori's The Majestic review has brought to my attention a movie I would have otherwise placed into the rental category. Is that so bad?____Oh, and yeah, yeah, yeah...I know about the MK3 script. What of it? ____Bee
Nov. 3, 2001, 6:13 a.m. CST
ok, your turn... ;)
Nov. 3, 2001, 6:16 p.m. CST
I did misunderstand whom you were initially speaking to when you began the rose colored glasses conversation. I didn't pay enough attention to the name of the other person and took your use of the word possibly as an adverb and not a noun. My aplogies as that was my confusion and mistake.____I'm not taking this personally at all. We simply wound up in the tb at the same time and had a brief "chat" with one heckuva lag time, which is one reason I "winked" at you and said "your turn". I realized that we were running about a tb behind in our replies, and, rather than continue to muddle the issue, I went to sleep and left you to post the next comment so that things might be more clear today. Personal is paint in my hair and living out of a suitcase for two months until my furniture is shipped, not a vague on-line discussion about a third person. ;)____To be honest, I have not noticed the majority of tber's worshipping (your word) or following like sheep (my word) Mori or anyone else. Conversely, the majority seem to purposefully strive for outrageousness and deliberate antagonism to the point that I would suggest, in their struggle to be seen as unique individuals, they are the opposite. An angry, hostile herd of sheep comes to mind as a description of most talkbacks.____I'm beginning to wonder if we read the same interview. <lol> You say you are really reacting to the plugging of AICN by Mori in the interview? Did I read that correctly? If so, I do not see what is so bad of taking advantage of free publicity and using the opportunity to promote your company. I agree with you, to a point, on the issue of movies being advertised on a movie website, but I am not sure if the other sites do this since I rarely pay attention to the advertising, with the exception of that impossible to ignore Iron Monkey advert.____I previously had a similar discussion with someone about the possible influence of the internet movie sites on filmmakers and studios. Neither being employed by a studio nor having ever made a film, I cannot state with any surety that the sites (AICN and others) DO influence the movie industry, but I think I can safely say that they don't have that much impact on box office results. While many people may visit AICN, the average movie goer merely watches for entertainment and could care less about the lighting or the score. Indeed, most would probably think you were referring to sports if you mentioned the latter. I would honestly love to hear the opinions of other tb'ers on whether they think the studios are influenced by the site. I don't doubt the veracity of Mori's comments when he says that he knows people in the industry who avoid the tb's. It cannot be pleasant for one to read some of the disparaging comments tb'ers have made.____I think we are just two different people with two different points of view and I think this tb of mine is way too long! Plus, I gotta go get the paint out of my hair! Peace.____Bee
Dec. 7, 2001, 3:10 p.m. CST
The trailer looks really cool. Definitely seems like a Capra-esque film. I'll see it for sure. Perhaps this will get Carrey an Oscar?