Dec. 28, 2001, 9:43 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
Finally, Moriarty comes through with some well-done coverage of the best film of the year. That one line Stiller has redeems his entire performance and really solidifies the movie as a touching, emotioanlly resonant piece of work. The quirks do not overwhelm the heart, and the comedy is completely reinforced by the depth of feeling conveyed by the actors and the script. Wes Anderson is a genius. He has three films under his belt, each better than the last, and I for one can't wait to see his next opus. LONG LIVE KUMAR!! Read another great review of The Royal Tenenbaums at: www.filmmonthly.com
Dec. 28, 2001, 9:50 a.m. CST
Owen & Wes are wonderfully surreal freaks, and I can't wait to see TRT. I'm growing more anxious as the days pass because a lot of the reviewers that have been posting their opinions have seemed somewhat confused, as if they can't grasp onto some sort of solid meaning. Of course, that just makes my skin tingle all the more, since they said the same things about "Bottle Rocket" and "Rushmore" and I loved both of them. Keep it unreal, guys.
Dec. 28, 2001, 9:59 a.m. CST
This film was much stranger than Rushmore--it is slow and deliberate, although many things transpire. Don't go into this expecting a comedy, for while it is quite funny at times, it is also very very sad throughout. Moriarity is right, Wes Anderson is carving his own niche.
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:05 a.m. CST
What's the deal with Yanks and bloody Salinger? Cmon, "Attley boy" blah blah, "Man I hate that" blah blah "Look at my freakin stupid hat" blah blah "Where do the ducks go" blah blah. Is it that yu identify with Holden's anger simply because you get so pissed off reading the shit??? Anyway, good review. I know when I am reading of Moriaty (spell?) that it least wont be complete shit... (except for his love of 2001, ET and now Salinger)
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:19 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
Um, Bluemartini, I don't recall ranting and raving about any great love of Salinger. I just mentioned that this is an obvious homage to the short stories he wrote about the Glass family, something that's apparent if you've ever read them. I also don't recall ever saying that I loved E.T., something else you seem to be holding against me. That was about my 15th favorite film of 1982, so you can let it go now, okay?
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:28 a.m. CST
was spent watching this wonderful film at Tara in ATL. Although I found this venture to differ greatly from Rushmore, the two seem to go astoundingly well together, like PB and chocolate. I was particularly impressed by Anderson's use of costume as uniform, and ongoing theme in his films. I strongly urge those who feel a little low in the holiday season to see this, right now. I left the theater with a very warm feeling, and it lifted my mood for the rest day.
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:28 a.m. CST
perhaps I placed the emphasis in the wrong place... I have read the book in question several times in the vain attempt to find this "classic quality" to it. As is now evidenced this dire search has reduced to to using talkbacks that make a mere mention of it to find the meaning... as for ET, (I could be wrong - and probably am) but didn't you include ET amoungst your best 10 when reviewing LOTR (as I write this I have a feeling it could be someone else.. Harry? (I have yet to figure out how to search for the old articles)) So as I have basically talked myself into beleiving it was someone else I apologise in advance (unless I am wrong, in that case, toldya so). Apologies should also be extened to fellow talkbackers, it would seem that due to the unfreezing process I have no internal monolgue... did I write that all down
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:36 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
And I'm saying, Bluemartini, that no one even brought up CATCHER IN THE RYE, the book you're referring to. Salinger did write other work, you know. Again, no one called it "classic." That was something you immediately leapt to when attacking us "yanks." And I did not include E.T. on my 10 best list. I'm not that big a fan of the movie. Sorry.
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:38 a.m. CST
These are my work scrubs. Oh are they really? BBWWWWWWWAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHHHHHHHHH (By the way I know the first line is slightly wrong.)
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:44 a.m. CST
TRT had this easy flow to it, moving from scene to scene. Nothing was rushed. And even though there are a lot of characters, i got a good feel for all of them. Luke Wilson, shaved or not, has this worn out look to himself, which made the film more melancholy, though he also had some of the funniest scenes, especially while playing tennis. And how 'bout Hackman, he's been a busy boy this year. Him and Blanchette should take a year off together, they need it after all this.
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:45 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
Not to start an argument or anything, but The Catcher in the Rye IS a classic. And so are Rusmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Yes, I'm making the "classic" call now. It's all good. "Can he tell time?" "Oh Lord no!"
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:53 a.m. CST
so the ET thing is settled, it wasn't you... and in fact I am glad that it wasn't. I am saying however that given that no particular Salinger work was mentioned, the natural assumption goes to CITR as it is the one everyone craps on about. Furthermore, the point is not that you were gushing over it, (as the one sentence obviously was not) rather that, in general Americans (yanks not Moriartys) have an unnatural fixation with the writer/book and I am at a loss to see why. As explained, I saw my opporunity for an explanation and I jumped.
Dec. 28, 2001, 10:56 a.m. CST
care to eloborate, I really am interested to know the attraction.
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:08 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
Well, I'm no expert and I haven't read the book in some years, but I have been planning on picking it up again for a while now. It's just a very real, very relatable story detailing one young guy's displeasure with the world, but really with himself. It's funny as hell, and as a teenager it really speaks to the feeling of, I dunno, ennui and alienation that are part and parcel with figuring out who you are and how the world works. The main character is a jerk but he has his reasons and his "I know everything and everything sucks" attitude is something that I think every teenager can relate to. It's a very easy book to read, almost conversational, but it really captures the feelings of the character, and in my case, they are feelings that I could relate to. That being said, I do think it's a very American book, and it is best suited to teenagers - not because of a lack of sophistication, but because the ideas and emotions expressed throughout are hallmarks of adolescense. Holden is just trying to figure things out. I'm not saying it's the best book ever written, and it's not my favorite, but I enjoyed it very much when I read it, and I remember it fondly.
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:19 a.m. CST
yeah... that's generally the response I get. I think that like most hyped-beyond-belief things (FOTR anyone), it's hard not to go in and experience at least some feelings of disappointment. Unfortunatly in this case they were very strong feelings. I just didn't see the story going anywhere (school, city, club, home etc - with no underlying purpose) and an awful lot of complaining and whinging. ("jeez that cracked me up... I hate that kinda stuff... I hated him, but he was ok I guess")Hmmf anyway....
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:24 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
I see what you mean, hype can be deadly. But one of the reasons I think it gets so hyped is that in high school and etc. you always have to read so-called classic literature that can be dense and dry as hell, and then, finally, you get to a "classic" like Catcher, or The Great Gatsby, and they are easier to read and are entertaining, so teenagers become attached to them. Great books, both, but their accessibility surely plays a part in their reputations. I also think Catcher is funny as hell, but if you don't like the main character's voice, then it can be a struggle. So where are you from? England? What books are the big deals over there? And, by the way, Moriarty is right in comparing Salinger's style, his short stories and etc, to The Royal Tenenbaums. Best movie of the year, too.
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:35 a.m. CST
I take your point about school texts... probably goes part way to explaining it... You just get over-whelmed - I mean they talked about it in Ed (tv not Le Blanc), Pleasantville, Shoeless Joe (Field of dreams book) etc. Even Forrester was based on him... Obviously loses something in the journey across the Pacific (I am Australian). For me, Scott Smith (A simple plan) Palahnuik (Fight Club) Grant Naylor (Red Dwarf) and Robert Ranking (any) are some of the best authors around, mind you, they are writing now, not 50 years ago.. not quite classics yet
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:38 a.m. CST
by Girl 85
I hate how everybody on here always has to start an article by offhandedly braging about having a girlfriend or boyfriend or wife or whatever. It's almost like we're trying to talk ourselves out of being pathetic.
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:39 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
I never read Simple Plan. tho I hear it's great. The movie is great. I read Fight Club and Survivor, and while I like a lot of Pahlaniuk's (sp?) ideas, his writing style gets to me a bit. I am a big fan of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and Atlas Shrugged by the same. Contemporary books? Good ones are harder to come by, tho I recently read The Toy Collector, which shares some similarities with Catcher, and I loved it. But yeah, Catcher is very American.
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:48 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
I totally, 100% percent agree with you. Especially in Harry's case, when he drops the word "kitten" around left and right. We believe you Harry, now SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:49 a.m. CST
by The Tao of Joe
So you went to the movies by yourself. BFD man. I always go to the movies by myself. Just be glad that you are surrounded by a cast of characters who actually have the nerve to see more movies than their televisions demand that they do. Here, in raleigh nc, I am surrounded by cretins who dont like weird movies. But of those who say they like weird movies (which is really not true, they just enjoy the stuff that miramax puts in the local arty theaters in town), they will not occompany me to see movies such as LOTR and Harry Potter. I always see movies alone. Thats just how it is, and always will be I am afraid. So from the man who sits alone in a darkned room watching movies to the man who gets to go with a wide cast of friends who enjoy a wide variety of films, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!!!!
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:51 a.m. CST
I literally started reading survivor tonight, I know what you mean... testing one two three etc.
Dec. 28, 2001, 11:53 a.m. CST
I have seen this movie twice already, and I can't begin to talk about how brilliant it is. I really liked Bottle Rocket, and Rushmore is one of my all time favorites, so yeah I had high expectations. When I came out of the theater on Friday, I thought "this is pretty good!" But I didn't think it was brilliant. I do now, though. A funny thing happened- the same thing that happened when I watched Rushmore for the first time. I liked it, but I slowly started to "get" the jokes, days after I saw the movie. This movie has plenty of those, and by Saturday night I couldnt wait to see it again. There are just so many wonderful moments in this movie, I cant begin to start talking about them, you will just have to see for yourself. I finally saw the movie a second time on Wednesday, and I laughed the entire way through. Its interesting, though- after that second viewing, I am not really thinking about the jokes so much as the pathos. It has a very sad and melancholy undertone, and while I first thought the suicide scene was kind of funny, I now realize how tragic it is. Well anyway, thats what I think. By the way- if you want an idea of how richly detailed this movie is, look at the credits on IMDB. Notice that Olivia Williams, Miss Cross from Rushmore, is listed as Eli Cash's wife (Owen Wilson). She doesnt appear in the movie, though, right? Well if anyone has watched the criterion collection dvd of Rushmore, they will remember that Owen Wilson plays the part of Edward Appleby, Miss Cross's deceased husband. You can see old pictures of Owen in Edwards room. I think its really clever and a nice touch that they did that for Olivia Williams. Eli's wife is not mentioned in the movie, but I bet if you look very closely, in his apartment, you will see a picture of her somewhere. I didnt see it the first two times, but I have a hunch its there. Look for it!
Dec. 28, 2001, 12:05 p.m. CST
If it's got HObbits, I'll pay to see it, but if there are Ewoks and muppets in it, you can forget it! I've met Gene Hackman. Nice guy.
Dec. 28, 2001, 12:12 p.m. CST
From the makers of Rushmore comes another quirky deadpan strange family comedy/drama. It is about three genius kids who peaked way too early, played by Gwyneth Paltrow (Shallow Hal), Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde) and Ben Stiller (Zoolander). Their estranged father Royal, played by Gene Hackman (Behind Enemy Lines), is dying, and wants to spend some quality time with his children. The relationships are strangely complicated, and nothing is as it seems. Some may not get this movie on first viewing, at least two major critics say the movie is better the second time after you are already familiar with the goofy plot twists. It is, however, one of the more original comedies of the year (second only to Am
Dec. 28, 2001, 12:14 p.m. CST
by The Colonel
Best movie of the year, hobbits be damned!
Dec. 28, 2001, 2:42 p.m. CST
Can't wait to see this movie. I find that I really enjoyed Bottle Rocket but didn't care so much for Rushmore. So I'm still a bit on the fence on Wes Anderson, but I want to believe, oh yes, I want to believe... I too am one of the unfortunates that must see the movie alone. The wifey doesn't want to see it and my pals want to see LOTR again. Drat!!//RE: Bluemartini and The Colonel. Interesting and reasonable discussion on your differences over Catcher. It is almost shocking to see a civil discussion take place in these Talkbacks. And just for the record, I would echoe The Colonel's thoughts on the book. Read it in highschool where it had a much larger impact than a recent re-reading of it. I guess I can still appreciate it for what it is.
Dec. 28, 2001, 4:50 p.m. CST
Is the young Chas played by a Savage or from someone related to the Hollywood Savages? From what I've seen of him in the trailers, he looks quite a bit like Fred Savage circa BOY WHO COULD FLY. As Moriarty says, the actor for the young Chas isn't listed at Imdb.com (though the actor for the young Richie, Amadeo Turturro -any relation to John?-, is), and I live in Montreal where the film doesn't open until January (at the earliest), so I can't check the credits. BTW, are there any sites that give away all of the spoilers? None of the Spolier sites listed at Yahoo have THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS listed yet. Although I am really looking forward to the film, there are a couple of things alluded to in reviews I've read that I'd rather know everything about now than wait to see the film myself.
Dec. 28, 2001, 5:05 p.m. CST
Moriarty gives a well ballanced and in depth review to Wes Anderson's most ambitious effort to date. Given that this review, like many others doesn't allow a Sallinger comparison to escape, it has pretty much sealed my need to see this flick. It's next on my list.
Dec. 28, 2001, 5:10 p.m. CST
Wow it must be the Holiday spirit or something but this TB is actually civil and intelligent. :::happy dance::: Anywho, just started to learn of this film and have to say my interest is piqued. My film tastes run the gamut but I do always love the offbeat quirky ones and TRT seems to fit the bill. Never even put together the Wilson brothers were well brothers(not exactly an uncommon name). Me and MY GIRLFRIEND(sorry...sorry, just couldn't resist that one way tooo easy) are gonna see it soon. On to this sidebar discussion, I have to agree with both sides, Salinger...well he's not bad but I don't really see what ALL of the hubub is about. Definitly one of the better asigned readings but that REALLY doesn't say much compared to what was assigned. NOW BLUE MARTINI...RED DWARF RULESSSSSSS!!!!!! Seriously anybody who likes sci-fi or more specifically HitchHiker's Guide YOU GOTTA CHECK THIS BOOK OUT! Throw all classic sci-fi into a blender with all the Monty Python works and hit puree. Then dig in and enjoy!!!
Dec. 28, 2001, 5:40 p.m. CST
by The Colonel
Well, I don't really ever post here, but I have perused the boards in the past, and yeah, this is a particularly civil one. I think that's a testament to the people taking part, which would seem to point to the people who are fans of Wes Anderson. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but methinks if this was a LOTR thread, all hell would have broken loose. Besides, as far as I've seen, Moriarty has the most intelligent, temperate opinions of the lot at AICN, and it'd be a shame to bring one of his articles down to the common fanboy level of bitching. Bottom line? Catcher in the Rye, while not everyone's cup of tea, is a mighty fine read and deserving of at least half of it's praise, which is not to demean anyone else's preferences...there are different books for everybody. I did enjoy Hitchhiker's when I read it years ago, maybe I'll pick it up again. Absolute bottom line? The Royal Tenebaums is the BEST movie of the year.
Dec. 28, 2001, 6:01 p.m. CST
I can't wait to see this movie but my sweetie is in OK all week. She's got her Ten's and I got my Ten's visitin here in Austin. Is it possible for Hackman to win the Oscar for that little laugh he does in the trailer? It's awesome.
Dec. 28, 2001, 8:28 p.m. CST
Now everyone knows that Custer died at the battle of Little Big Horn. What this book presupposes is......maybe he didn't? Hey, there is a dent in this car! Wait, there are several! Can he tell time? Oh Lord, No! Brilliant.
Dec. 29, 2001, 12:06 a.m. CST
Catcher in the Rye IS a classic, in fact the most influential book of the 20th Century. And ET is the greatest movie ever made. And all.
Dec. 29, 2001, 12:41 a.m. CST
I'm sorry, but this Royal Tenenbaums movie just wasn't that great. I mean, my opinion is pretty damned important, you know, and I say it was just 'alright,' not great. The editing was so choppy and you get no sense of the passage of time....unless you count the fact that the characters do age...and that they talk about it...and...well, the editing was just too chopped to call this a "really good" movie. At least Lucas knows how to direct family scenes (ie, Luke and Leia on the Ewok bridge) from a distance, so you can actually see the emotions play out. And there's only so much "dinner talk" a person can stand. It's like HELLO, after the first few references to the crazy feller I get the point, OKAY? I get it, he's nuts! Enough. As for the characters, there were just way to many kids. It really crowded the movie. If a director can't handle an ensemble cast, he needs to limit the ambitiousness of his script to something that he CAN handle. Dammit, the more I think about it, the more I hate this movie...and yes, I'm being a stupid, asinine, childish, inconsiderate, little prick with no understanding of subtlety. (As long as I realize it, right?) >>>>>>>>>>>>>PS-Is that how you spell subtlety? It's never looked right to me.
Dec. 29, 2001, 5:13 a.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
I'd like to clear up this Saligner thing for y'all. When Moriarty compared Tenebaums to some of Salinger's creations, he was referring to the infamous "Glass Family" found in Salinger's books Franny and Zooey & Raise High The Roofbeams, Carpenters/Seymour-An Introduction. So it really has nothing to do with Catcher in the Rye. And while I'm not going to angrily defend or pretentiously pan Catcher, I will say that I liked it much better on a recent re-read, yet it is clearly the weakest of Salinger's four published books (it's also his first, and any artist whose first work is his best isn't much of an artist). Nine Stories I will be buried with, and the aformentioned Glass Family stuff is so much more moving and eye opening. Catcher was just ballsy for its time, and spoke to a generation. You can say The Graduate is dated and immature, but that doesn't change the fact that for 1967 it was an daring and original piece of work. *** As for Royal Tenenbaums, I agree with Moriarty that "I loved it slightly less than Rushmore, but there's nothing wrong with that." I didn't have a dysfunctional family of geniuses (I was the only one--HA!), and being an only child who lost his mother fairly early, I related more to Max's lonely and ambitious imagination. Not getting the girl I wanted and losing her to a friend was another one that hit home. Besides, no ending will ever top the slo-mo dance to the Faces' Ooh La La. Being disappointed in Royal Tenenbaums is like being disappointed by Magnificent Ambersons. It ain't Kane, but it's as close as anyone's going to get to it (although some believe Amberson's missing footage would have put it above Kane, but you get the point, right geeks?). *** Oh, one more thing on Salinger: any artist who has that great of a gift to touch and enlighten people and chooses to hoard his art is a fucking douchebag. You have a duty to humanity to share your creation, and it's a pathetic individual who is so afraid of attention or criticism that he won't publish while still alive.
Dec. 29, 2001, 5:24 a.m. CST
so does that mean that you think that the rolling stones owe it to humanity to keep on putting out cds and touring? perhaps salinger really just dried up. i don't see any point getting angry with an artist for not releasing their work. frustrated for them, perhaps, but not angry.
Dec. 29, 2001, 9:50 a.m. CST
I thought the film nailed how families almost have their own language, and sometime's you're just not let in if you're outside of them. I thought it was a fine film, my 2nd favorite of the year. Can't wait to see it again, if only I can get over my LOTR fixation...as for J.D. Salinger...I've read many books in my life. Some of them just rang my chime (LOTR, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) and some did not. CATCHER IN THE RYE never really captured me. It was from a different time, and sorry, Holden Caulfield is such a pessimist that I just simply couldn't relate to that. But for Salinger to not publish anything he's written for years smacks of cowardice. People may see it differently, but I don't write to keep it inside. I want to be read. If Salinger did it for you, I'm happy. Didn't for me. But I think it's sad that he won't share. Why write if you don't want to be read? I don't udnerstand that.
Dec. 29, 2001, 1:23 p.m. CST
Moriarty's right...Stiller's line really provides this movie's climax. And his delivery is perfect. He comes across as guy who's angry and sad, and so uncomfortable with admitting it that when the emotions get strong enough to require vocalizing, he's even MORE angry and said because his own rules of personal behavior are being undermined. And in front of the guy who made him such an emotional cripple, no less. He says the words like they're strangling him on the way out. I had no idea that Stiller could actually, y'know, ACT.
Dec. 29, 2001, 2:28 p.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
As for the above Rolling Stones, analogy, the difference is that Salinger published four (short) books over ten years, and then quit. While the Stones should also have quit after 10 years (after Exile on Main Street), they released a hell of a lot more material. And I slightly disagree with you, Nordling: I don't think writing means you necessarily want to be read. I think some people just NEED to write, or paint, or whatever. But I do agree that it is cowardice. From a documentary I've seen (as well as write-ups on his daughter's memoirs), the guy is pretty neurotic, to put it lightly (think Howard Hughes and urine jars). But that doesn't excuse not sharing something which clearly affected so many people. Also Nordling, you might want to try reading Nine Stories and give Salinger another chance. All unique, all brilliant.
Dec. 29, 2001, 7:49 p.m. CST
I think "Raise High The Roofbeams, Carpenters" is one of the best short stories (or novellas, depending on your pov) I've ever read. It's so hilarrious -- would make a great movie. Imagine if Preston Sturges had adapted it... oh my God...
Dec. 29, 2001, 11:09 p.m. CST
But it still doesn't take away from me thinking that Royal Tenenbaums is the best movie I've seen this year. Dig the Baumer wristbands.
Dec. 30, 2001, 12:28 a.m. CST
The Royal Tenenbaums turned out to be so much more than I expected. It doesn't really fit into a category - and that's what makes it unique. Hackman is PERFECTION. The other characters are wonderful. There were a few times when I laughed out loud, but mostly I was laughing inside. And it felt great. This is the most enjoyable and fulfilling movie I can remember in a long time. I can't wait to see it again.
Dec. 30, 2001, 6:14 a.m. CST
"that's APPLE JACK!" ...man I loved that scene in BOTTLE ROCKET. Can't wait for TRT should be great. Good review Mr Wing Dings Moriarty,as usual you provide a good read. "Man how did an asshole like Bob end up with such a nice kitchen?"-Dignan
Dec. 30, 2001, 2:13 p.m. CST
1. - "Don't pay any attention to that guy! Did you see what he was wearing?" - "Yeah...it was pretty cool." 2. - "Kumar, what the hell where you doing out there in the freezer?!" - "I don't know, man, I lose my touch, man." - "Did you ever have a touch to lose, man!??" 3. - "I like your nurses uniform, guy." - "These are O.R. scrubs." - "Oh are they?" 4. - "Dignan, why are you wearing a band aid on your nose?" - "Exactly!" 5. - "So you were in Vietnam?" - "Yeah, I was in Vietnam." - "Were you in the shit?" - "Yeah, I was in the shit."
Dec. 30, 2001, 2:34 p.m. CST
The young actress playing Gwyneth's character as a girl was straight out of a Ryden paintimg- Brilliant. The scene under the train rails with Hackman and the two Stiller boys revisits the classic French Connection chase scene with an Anderson twist!
Dec. 30, 2001, 5:17 p.m. CST
Preach on with more of those quotes...they were damn good. "Are you in the army?" "No I just have short hair."-Dignan
Dec. 30, 2001, 6:23 p.m. CST
...I can say that telling everyone 50,000 times about her isn't even nearly enough. ;-)
Dec. 30, 2001, 6:37 p.m. CST
"Any artist who has that great of a gift to touch and enlighten people and chooses to hoard his art is a fucking douchebag. You have a duty to humanity to share your creation, and it's a pathetic individual who is so afraid of attention or criticism that he won't publish while still alive." Oh come on, man. That's harsh. Not to sound too flighty, but art as a form of self-expression is inherently personal and sometimes painful for the artist. You can't just demand that someone shares with the world every single thing they write or paint or create in whatever way. True, it's too bad that someone so talented keeps to himself some excellent work, but it's not up to the world to have that work shared, it's up to the artist. I could see it might be different if it was something like an independent film, for example, where numerous people are involved in its creation and everyone has something in it they want to show the world, but the director won't release it. That's different; that's collaborative. But writing... I'd have to say it's all up to the author. Do you really think "the people" are entitled to all of a writer's work?
Dec. 30, 2001, 6:55 p.m. CST
by Girl 85
What the fuck, you guys? I ain't seen my old man since I got him the X-Box for X-Mas, and I'm glad! Glad I tells ya! If I ever get to be single again I'll get a shack in the woods and dictate rambling letters of disapproval to various publications and television studios while masterbating with one hand and playing Silent Hill 2 with the other. Sheesh! Everything I ever needed to know about relationships I learned from Al Bundy.
Dec. 31, 2001, 1:23 a.m. CST
I'll have to admit to TRR being my first -- but now not my last -- Wes Anderson film. Perhaps because of that, it took me a while to adjust to his rhythm. During that time, I wasn't sure that I liked the film, having been attracted by the premise, cast and trailer. Eventually, I started catching on, and not only did I enjoy it more as it wore on, I'm looking forward to a second visit. FWIW, that was pretty much my reaction of AI: Artificial Intelligence. But in both cases, the rewards far and away justified the effort.
Dec. 31, 2001, 1:26 a.m. CST
That's "TRT," of course. Sorry.
Dec. 31, 2001, 1:27 p.m. CST
Slight Spoilers so don't read if you don't want anything spoiled:************************************************************I love the layers of this movie and how with each viewing of it is like a new viewing as I constantly see things in the plot, in characters, in settings... and even sounds I hadn't noticed before. In my 2nd viewing I caught something very cool but very subtle in the movie that many have missed... when Richie (Luke Wilson) is going to Eli's (Owen Wilson) house for the first time when he goes to the door off to the distance very quitely you can hear the bird sounds of Mordachi (however you spell that) and it is so faint that in certain theaters you may not even be able to hear it. Richie stops and turns his head back when the bird noises are made off in the distant (very briefly) and Richie looks up slightly confused as if to say "was that mordachi??... did I just hear what I think I heard.... no couldn't be." Throughout the rest of the movie from time to time during Richie's outdoor scenes there are some other slight bird noises so Mordachi basically follows Richie like some sort of bird angel. Another interesting thing to note about Eli is during the flashback scene when Chas (gets shot in the hand), Eli is running around w/ the face paint on. Another kinda interesting thing is that Richie's car toys show up quite a bit in the movie in his scenes... and also interesting to note that almost all of his childhood paintings are of Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow). I love the scene when Danny Glover proposes to Anjelica Huston and in the background through the window outside u can see Pagoda appearing to be caught up in what he is doing w/ headphones on... yet when Danny Glover asks Anjelica to marry him... Pagoda immediately takes his headphones off and looks inside in disbelief.
Jan. 2, 2002, 2:03 p.m. CST
by Hugh G Cox
Jan. 11, 2002, 5:25 a.m. CST
I got to see this with Annette and I want to see it again. I like it a whole lot. It's a fantasy. Hackman plays a dad who doesn't fade away.... If anyone says anything else about anyone being underwritten I'm gonna have a T-Baum meltdown. They're just stars takin one for the team. Need to see more of that.
July 9, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST
And it's node # 11111. Strange.
Aug. 23, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
So strange, that it's...not.