Jan. 9, 2002, 9:29 a.m. CST
Go read my earlier review of the film here: http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=10411 and find out why I hated this damn movie! Kasdan didn't write it was one main problem... grrrrr...
Jan. 9, 2002, 10:22 a.m. CST
He picks a lawyer at random out of the phone book... and it's Michelle Pfeiffer. Laura Linney I could have bought as some sort of approximation of reality, but Michelle Pfeiffer? Why not throw Liv Tyler in there as her clerk while you're at it?
Jan. 9, 2002, 10:33 a.m. CST
I agree with everything Moriarty said about Ali, but I would add that we learned almost nothing about the man himself. The film was more a series of events that happened rather than a biography. Admittedly, I know almost nothing about Ali's career so it was all news to me, but I kept waiting for something about him as a person, apart from the basic facts that he was Muslim and got married a few times. I think Will Smith did really well within the confines of what he had, but I am no wiser about what Ali really thought about anything. It seemed like he came out with conclusions, not dilemnas, and maybe that's the way he is, but if so even that wasn't clear to me. All the ingredients were there to make this a really great film about a great figure, but it just didn't gel, and I think it was the emotional glue that was missing.
Jan. 9, 2002, 11:31 a.m. CST
by Edward Rooney
Mori loved Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking and now he's ready to kill him. Oh well, maybe I AM SAM really is that bad.
Jan. 9, 2002, 11:33 a.m. CST
by Edward Rooney
Jan. 9, 2002, 11:39 a.m. CST
Opps, I f'd up there. Anyways- It's great to see you back with a nice long form Rumblings, its been too long. And what a great review of "I Am Sam". Did Might Joe H loan you his Hollen-bat for this one?
Jan. 9, 2002, 11:45 a.m. CST
well, i'm sitting here listening to the vanilla sky soundtrack and kind of absent-mindedly surfing the internet...and for some reason, i'm in that place. you know, that place? somewhere between reason and the simple pounding of the heart - it's where i find my largest inspiration and where i find myself. at any rate, what i am posting here is kind of a thank you to moriarty. yeah, i haven't always agreed with him (coughFORRESTGUMPcough) but i must say that as an aspiring film writer/director (hey, who ISN'T? hehe), Moriarty's reviews - especially in the last year or so - have struck a nerve with me. They are often utterly poignant, direct and full of poise and wisdom. So, thank you, Moriarty, for often touching me, for going out on a limb with risky reviews and not being afraid to disagree with others, for working so diligently and with a vigor that upholds the film geek code :). Thank you, even, for helping me find my own voice in the world of film and allow myself to voice my own opinion independently of what anyone else thinks. in a way, being such a film geek myself, that adds up to a lot for me - almost like finding yourself. Perhaps this is a thank you more to aint-it-cool itself, but hell, I find myself constantly impressed with Moriarty even if I don't always agree. yeah, i'm getting corny, but that's me. thanks. I don't know if you get that enough.
Jan. 9, 2002, 1:08 p.m. CST
Gee, I wish my parents were famous so I could be a filmmaker or actor. Oh well, back to my shitty clerk job...
Jan. 9, 2002, 1:09 p.m. CST
by J Nasty
Jan. 9, 2002, 2:20 p.m. CST
The website for this film (I'm guessing, but how many CGI features are going in Atlanta right now?) is at www.delgo.com. The guys doing this are really good, and it's worth a look.
Jan. 9, 2002, 2:31 p.m. CST
by The Colonel
"She could come to my house right now and have sex with me to apologize for her work in the movie, and that still wouldn't make me any less indignant about sitting through it." HILARIOUS! Though I think judging Ms. Pfeiffer as someone who had been pampered all her life is a bit harsh. It's not her fault she's hot, and just because she's a movie star doesn't make her not normal. But I AM SAM looks like total garbage. The preview is bad enough. He has the mental capacity of a 7-year old! HE CANNOT RAISE A CHILD! Jesus! And when Pfeiffer says that as parents "we all go through situations where we feel RETARDED!" OhmyGOD that's horrible. Someone please tell me, do Pfeiff and Penn end up TOGETHER at the end of the movie? Please say yes, please say yes, please please please!!!!
Jan. 9, 2002, 3:27 p.m. CST
Also little guys with short wavy hair (expection: this guy Curtis I knew in middle school) and guys who still have mullets. Also ladies who are so fat they puff when they walk and guys with really expensive haircuts. sk
Jan. 9, 2002, 3:35 p.m. CST
I am Sam sounds an awful lot like a certain Robin Williams vehicle from a few years ago coughJACKcough. I hope Sean Penn doesn't fall into the same trap as Williams (the only good movie he was ever in was "Aladdin"). Dead Poets Society, Jack, Bicentennial Man, Jakob the Liar, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Patch Adams all blew because, instead of being subtle, he bangs you over the head with the knowledge that YOU MUST LOVE HIS INSPIRATIONAL CHARACTER!
Jan. 9, 2002, 4:19 p.m. CST
moriarty has a cameo in RUN RONNIE RUN??? this egyptian theatre stuff sounds pretty cool! but damn...i live in germany!!!!! oh my good it sucks!!!!!:(
Jan. 9, 2002, 4:50 p.m. CST
Ha, there is a special place in hell for Jena Malone and that Jamie woman for that line. Sometimes when "Stepmom" is on TNT I just sit and stare, open-mouthed, at how convincing that girl was as the most annoying character in movie history. Anyhoo, that "I Am Sam" review gave me more than a few laughs, I am going to e-mail the link around this afternoon. Thanks. (And yes, Michelle Pfeiffer is obviously not even close to being a normal person, as she is the bride of Satan himself, Mr. David E. Kelley.)
Jan. 9, 2002, 7:39 p.m. CST
by Girl 85
This man loves Altman and continues to rip on "The Simpsons" week after bloody week? I got nothing for you, man. Wait. He didn't like "Ali" or "I am Sam?" I got nothing but love for you, man.
Jan. 9, 2002, 9:02 p.m. CST
I became extremely interested in "Orange County" after the first time I saw some footage (an "Entertainment Tonight" story) when I saw that Jane Adams was in the picture. And she was playing opposite...Jack Black. I love her natural, unforced delivery, and in this film she would be giving that delivery opposite...Jack Black. The weirdest possible combination I can think of (while still resulting in something positive.) I was getting a little bit stressed, though. After months of waiting for this, Moriarty is the first to mention that she was in it. I mean, I know my favorite actress when I see her, but I was getting a little paranoid about it, like maybe I didn't really see what I thought I had seen. And now I know. First I get my Copyright certificate from the Library of Congress, and now this. Sweet day.
Jan. 9, 2002, 10:10 p.m. CST
See, I told y'all Ryan Phillippe would more than vindicate himself once he extricated his career from the teen-movie black hole. Good for him! :-)
Jan. 9, 2002, 11:35 p.m. CST
by FD Resurrected
...and tell us we're WRONG if we remotely like the movies you hated? Lemme tell you, I HATED American Beauty. Pauline Kael will tell you it's exactly a film the liberals will crow praises with exalted and baited breath. The Insider should have won the Oscars that American Beauty stole because younger voters were up their asses going ga-ga over AB (like Richard Roeper). I couldn't believe there's a similar film called The Ice Storm directed by Ang Lee that got shafted by the Oscar committee because that film's less pretentious, less condescending and more intelligent. We don't care what you think, it's your job to evaluate of the films as a reviewer and not go around telling us we're wrong, we're wrong for liking movies you DON'T LIKE. There's Rain Man for you if you hated I AM SAM for being an Oscar bait. I adhere by two-time Oscar winning screenwriter William Goldman's agenda: I REFUSE TO VOTE FOR ACTORS WHO PLAY CONVICTS, DRUNKS AND RETARDS.
Jan. 9, 2002, 11:51 p.m. CST
Jan. 10, 2002, 12:15 a.m. CST
I just saw the dangerous lives of altar boys at a screening...and I thought it was awesome. The script seems inventive, and well written. The film isn't as well made as Donnie Darko, but it's similar in tone. I thought it was a great portrait of childhood, an honest "kids" movie, where we get inside the main kid's head and see what's going on. The animation was great. What kid didn't live out his fantasies with cartoon epics in his head? I know I did. I'm not gonna sit here and write a constitution about how much this story paralelled an event in my childhood, how much it reminded me of when I was a kid, like you and harry go out of your way to indulge us with. I can just say it hit me on more than one level and I think many others will feel the same way. The direction of the film wasn't anything great, but at least it wasn't flashy. It was simple. I usually enjoy your reviews and ramblings, regardless of whether I agree or not, But this time, your rant sounds like a frustrated screetwriter, who can't get his own scripts made...
Jan. 10, 2002, 12:25 a.m. CST
by Lance Rock
When Bruce Campbell's "Fanalysis" screened, and Harry Knowles' interview came on screen, there were lots of loud boos in the audience. I was kind of shocked--why the hostility? Then I thought, well, there were probably industry-types in the crowd. Be wary, Moriarty!
Jan. 10, 2002, 3:41 a.m. CST
But like all flawed diamonds, when he's at his worst it hurts just so much more. I'm sorry Drew, I couldn't even finish reading this one. Rambling, overwrought and oh so horribly bitter. When you try to be nasty for laughs, all I can say is - you are writing the third(!) Mortal Kombat movie. Get some perspective. When you're at your best, the best thing is there's a lesson to be learned, it's heartfelt, and usually right. When you're like this, there's nothing to be learned except that you think your opinion is some kind of law.
Jan. 10, 2002, 9:10 a.m. CST
Actualy, i agree with Mori here, i hate movies like I AM SAM on principal. Take one over indulgent type of "actors" film (the "i'm a retard, watch me grimace movie), and mix it with a really bad premise film (the custody battle going awry film), and you have I AM SAM. Fuck films like this right in the ear, then again, i'm not going to fault anyone else if they like it. The only failing in this column is condeming those who might like the film. We keep forgetting that films, like all art, are subjective. I happened to like The Majestic, even though everyone else i know hated it. Such islfe Oh, and on the American Beauty vs Ice Storm film Ice Storm is far better. AB is good, but the film is hurt by Annette Benning's WAYYYYY over the top performance which practically ruined the whole thing for me. I've never seen an actress make so many wrong choices. How she gota nomination i'll never know.
Jan. 10, 2002, 9:30 a.m. CST
I must confess that even when I disagree with Moriarty, he still manages to be my favorite reviewer. In this round up, I think the finest dig is call "I am Sam" the "Battlefield Earth" of the Lifetime network. Not too shaby. As for that abortion, I'm right there with him. Sean Penn has not been my favorite person, as of late and his acting is even less inspiring than his off camera rants (and I seriously didn't think that was possible). As for Ali, I can understand Mori's politicized view on things, although once again, I find myself at odds with him. Since I have not seen "When We Were Kings", I appreciated the second part of Ali more than the first. Still not so sure about Orange Co. though...just can't get past my utter contempt for *shudder* the teen-marketed genre.
Jan. 10, 2002, 10:42 a.m. CST
Good rumblings as usual from Moriarty. Plus, I think we all know what Mori's top 10 list for 2001 is. Besides why not do a top 10 list in honor of Pauline Kael whom never did a top 10 list in her life, according to Andrew Sarris. Let Moriarty's writings and not some list tell about his romance with movies and why he has such a powerful connection with them. As for the Kubrick festival, I would love to go there but no funds to get to L.A. plus I go back to college on January 22nd. I wonder will the Kubrick festival allow Moriarty to talk about PATHS OF GLORY, BARRY LYNDON and the second half of FULL METAL JACKET ? Don't get me wrong, I love 2001, THE KILLING, DR. STRANGELOVE just as much as anybody here does but those above mentioned Kubrick films I talked about in my opinion are pretty damn good and just don't get enough discussion on this website. And if they do get any discussion it's how Barry Lyndon is beautiful but sucks with acting, plot and how Full Metal Jacket's 2nd half pales compared to the first half and how Paths of Glory is nice but compared to other war films blows chunks. As for Killer's Kiss and Eyes Wide Shut, I can take them or leave them = they're good but just don't make a strong impression on me. As for Lolita and Clockwork Orange, they work brilliantly as black comedies but as social statements they don't work in my opinion. The novels of them were better in making these statments but then doesn't every Kubrick film fail in comparison to the novel ;=) This is one of the reasons Paddy Chayeksky turned down Kubrick flat when he wanted to direct Network for Paddy knew Kubrick's Network wouldn't be true to his script. Hmmm, Sidney Lumet gains Network from Kubrick's lack of involvement and back in 1964 his film FAIL-SAFE gets the shaft to Kubrick's own 1964 film Dr. Strangelove. Maybe Sam Peckinpah who carried a long-time grudge against Kubrick viewing him as his enemy in film-making (the feeling was mutual on Kubrick's side as well in a discussion with an actress on the violence of Clockwork, "We don't want to do a Peckinpah here") wasn't alone in competing with Kubrick. The same could also be said for David Lean whose BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI rubs shoulders with PATHS OF GLORY both released in 1957 along with LOLITA from Kubrick released in 1962 along with Lean's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. To make matters even stranger Lean once in the mid-60's proposed making a space film with similar themes to Kubrick's later 2001: A Space Odyssey. Yet Peckinpah was a fan I think of Barry Lyndon and even in response to Pauline Kael's review of it "the narrator tells you everything before you see it" was her comment that, "That was the god-damned point Pauline!" Man, stuff like that doesn't happen nowadays. Grudges of directors against directors are usually one-sided now such as Kevin Smith with Tim Burton and Peter Jackson with George Lucas. Actually liked ESCAPE FROM LA and will check out PRINCE OF DARKNESS on VHS from the video store once I'm done checking out on DVD, my new DVDs of THE GOONIES, THE IRON GIANT, TRANSFORMERS: HEROES that I got for Christmas. Already finished checking out my TWIN PEAKS: SEASON ONE dvd and I say bring on season two on DVD! That's right! I actually like the second season of Twin Peaks! How many people here will actually admit that! Usually it's just "we like the first season but second season blows" but I like both seasons, one of the greatest TV shows ever and one of the few shows I actually own on DVD.
Jan. 10, 2002, 11:29 a.m. CST
Moriarty, come on man, don't leave me hanging here. I've been hoping for this for years. For anyone who has read the script for the Twin Peaks "prequel" movie, it is MUCH better than the film that was released in theatres back in '92. The rumour has been that Lynch was going to incorporate all the stuff he had to leave on the cutting room floor (all the stuff that made it Twin Peaks) for time reasons back into the film. Moriarty, is this what you have in your possession? Please let us know. This may turn out to be a very good year for entertainment. By the way, the box set of the first season of TP is excellent. Beautiful transfer and sound. Great commentaries on every disc. Awesome.
Jan. 10, 2002, 12:01 p.m. CST
Playing "retarded" isn't that difficult, contrary to popular opinion. And let me vent the same vent I've been venting for 13 years - Tom Cruise should have won the Best Actor Oscar over his "Rain Man" co-star, Dustin Hoffman. His performance was far more difficult, and pulled off with far more subtlety. One thing is for sure - I'll never again give any credence to Sean Penn criticizing fellow actors (re: Nick Cage) for their role choices.
Jan. 10, 2002, 12:05 p.m. CST
by Sod Off Baldric
Retard. Retard. Retard.
Jan. 10, 2002, 12:33 p.m. CST
His agent & his publicist both deserve raises for that coup.
Jan. 10, 2002, 3:27 p.m. CST
by James Bond
I mean really. Lithgow and O-Hara are character actors. Maybe Chase has devolved to one at this point. But Kline? No way. He can still pull off leading man material, or at least sidekick material.
Jan. 11, 2002, midnight CST
and Sean Penn is an ASSHOLE too!!
Jan. 11, 2002, 1:59 a.m. CST
by We Span Time
Being a Romanek ethusiast, I've been anxiously awaiting the release of this damm movie forever or at least some fucking footage. All I've seen is one lousy pic of ol' Robin Williams lookin' rather haggar. Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with this project?
Jan. 11, 2002, 8:02 a.m. CST
Samuel must go free. Isn't it a pity.
rubby! i`m glad you`re back !!!:D
Jan. 12, 2002, 7:05 p.m. CST
I used to live a few blocks away from that theater. Shame I never had enough money to do stuff in hollywood-had a bad year job wise. Now I live in orange county, too far away from the cool stuff.Bummer
Jan. 12, 2002, 9:29 p.m. CST
Does anyone know the movie that AICN is screening in Feb. at the Egyptian in Hollywood?
Jan. 14, 2002, 1:21 a.m. CST
by Sir Mordred
Park City wasn't that bad- and Run Ronnie Run is hilarious- Jack Black's cameo being the icing on the cake.
Jan. 20, 2002, 12:59 p.m. CST
Haven't seen the film, but the book is really great. I know several plot points have been changed that worry me-- Jodi Foster's character is a composite, for starters. But for your info, the book is set in Savannah in the 70's. Oh yeah, I might be a little biased because the author, Chris Fuhrman, was my cousin.
Jan. 23, 2002, 1:37 p.m. CST
Just another reason to live in LA LA Land, the Cinemateque!!! FEB 9th a Double feature on the big screen of "A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS & FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE" Oh ya, doesn't get much better then this. I hope the Cinemateque does another showcase on films from the 70's...THAT RULED LAST YEAR!!
Jan. 30, 2002, 8:50 p.m. CST
i swear i'm not getting paid my troma to post this - i'm just a fan who wants to let other l.a. fans know about seeing toxie iv on the big screen. i cut and pasted this from http://www.troma.com/news2/appearences/screen/content.html February 8, 2002 Where: Laemmle's Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 323-848-3500 Flagship University Village 3 3323 S. Hoover, Los Angeles, CA 213-748-6321 For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 5, 2002, 11:20 p.m. CST
by Mark Twain
First of all, I'm on your side and can understand the impetus behind your post. I hope you understand I'm sympathetic. That said, I feel the phrase "probably from the same oil-choked cesspool that spawned our ridiculous excuse for a President" is the type of personal attack against a third party that you say (and I have no reason not to believe you) you never use. Yes, the president is a public figure, but he is also a human being. I do not know the man personally, but I'm sure you don't either. As an American I respect your right of dissent and free speech, but I feel this sort of expression brings intelligent discourse into the gutter. The implication you've made, unintentionally or not, is that those who support the president approve of that reprehensible post that so rightly agitated you. That off my chest, way to let him have it!
Feb. 8, 2002, 4:02 a.m. CST
I always said for a oscar winning formula have a crippled , retared, gay man with AIDS that would take the best actor award any year. Ya know My Left foot meets Rain man meets tom hanks in philly