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ROLLERBALL still sucks'

Harry here... Recently a lot of press has been calling me in regards to ROLLERBALL because of the infamous trip that McTiernan took me to see a roughcut, where I was very very hard on the film. They seem to want me to rail against the movie due to some feeling of making it news, but I've been hesitant to do so, because what I saw was an early cut. The only reason I reviewed it on the page was because McTiernan said for me to write about how I felt about the film on the page. Now I hated what I saw, but McTiernan is an extremely talented filmmaker. He did get 2 weeks of additional shooting to make the film better. He did get time to reedit and do more post. He had the ability to enhance the film through effects, musical scoring and additional photography. He could make the games less confusing. He could add character moments to make it all seem less shallow. Personally I felt there were some design problems with then revamping of the game that would never be able to be cured, but I was hopeful that the film would be able to become watchable. WELL, after the following review, I recommend probably checking the film out on DVD, because at least there they might show you the hardcore violence that has been cut and the digital shadows used to mask Rebecca Romijn-Stamos might be removed. Overall it seems the action has not been clarified and the game is everybit as confusing as it was before. I'm still planning on seeing it this Friday so I can write a follow-up review to the preview screening that McTiernan gave me. But I am not expecting much. Here's the review...

Hey, just saw a press screening of Rollerball today. Although I known it's been reviewed in the past, I just wanted to point out things I thought had been cut to make it a PG-13 movie:

--A visit to a strip club contains no nudity

--In a gym, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is seen lifting weights topless, although you can only see her back. Later in the scene, you see her nude, although her body is obscured by shadows.

-- The Rollerball sequences contain very little blood.

-- Chris Klein and LL Cool J get in cars to go to the strip club as if they are ready to race, but arrive at the strip club moments later.

-- In the end as Chris Klein fights Jean Reno, his face looks smeared with goopy looking make-up instead of looking bloody.

Here is my review of it, if you want it:

A remake of the 1975 original starring James Caan ("Misery"), "Rollerball" deals with three star players on the Rollerball circuit: Jonathon Cross (Chris Klein from "American Pie"), Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J from "Deep Blue Sea"), and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos from "X-Men"). The game Rollerball involves two teams competing against each other by skating or biking around an arena, fighting off other players while attempting to sink the ball into the goal. Is Rollerball manager Petrovich (Jean Reno from "Godzilla") responsible for the higher carnage in the show, or are the ratings improving because of its wholesome quality the whole family can enjoy?

After getting off to a promising start with an unrelated downhill race through a crowded street, the first Rollerball match begins. After enjoying it for the first five minutes, tedium soon in set as the match went on for almost twenty minutes. Even worse is the frantic editing, making it near impossible to tell what is going on. "Rollerball" goes downhill quickly after this first match with a few more matches sprinkled between a boring chase scene filmed in night-vision and an inane ending that overuses slow-motion. Any plot twists the movie has are predictable.

As for the acting, Chris Klein plays the same part he always does-the happy jock who has a stupid grin plastered on his face. LL Cool J acts as a sort of comic relief, acting extremely relaxed the entire time even though chaos is happening all throughout the movie. Jean Reno has little to do but snicker from an executive seating area and manages to bring nothing special to his part. The only actor in the movie who did a decent job was Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who brings out emotion in her character at different points in the movie, although her accent sounds like Natasha from "Rocky and Bullwinkle."

The directing by John McTiernan ("Die Hard") is average at best. In the opening scene there is a good attempt at conveying motion from a first person perspective; perhaps this should have been used in the Rollerball matches. The Rollerball matches themselves are difficult to understand with the frantic editing. One scene has a Rollerball match intercut with a band playing at random moments in the game, proving disconcerting at best.

Although this movie is rated PG-13, supposedly it was meant to be rated R and released in Summer 2001. I think an R rating would have helped "Rollerball" a lot. The Rollerball matches feel oddly muted with a lack of blood and gore, and a visit to a strip club ends up being surprisingly tame. I was surprised they got away with showing a nude Rebecca Romijn-Stamos covered by shadows, but this movie skirts the hard edge of the PG-13 rating.

Throughout the entire movie, there is very little development of the characters. Between Rollerball matches, characters are either chased, in the locker room, or interviewed by reporters. Most characters seem flat and lifeless, making one care about their plight less and less. Apparently the original film has more of a political satiric edge to it, which might have benifitted this film as well. The running time is around an hour and forty minutes, but feels overly long, especially in its second half.

About the only good part in "Rollerball" is how it tried to display the international popularity of the sport. Bizzare commercials between breaks in the games are displayed, reporters are shown speaking different languanges throughout the matches, and much of the instant replays and such are done in Russian with no sub-titles. This unique atmosphere brings a little bit of flavor to the matches as opposed to setting the movie in a standard American stadium.

The music in "Rollerball" is nothing special. The sound effects are well done though, making good use of surround sound during the different matches. The different designs for the Rollerball players looked a bit goofy at times. The make-up on Klein during the finale looked like mud instead of the blood it was supposed to represent. Most of the CG in the movie was not very noticeable, although there is one sequence with fire where the flames look rather fake.

"Rollerball" might be enjoyable in a trashy action movie way, like "Swordfish" was. It just is very bland and might warrant a rental if you are into this kind of genre.

Call me Deshrill.

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  • Feb. 5, 2002, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Mr.Watanabe

    I've always wanted to do that

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 5:50 p.m. CST

    but seriously.....

    by Mr.Watanabe

    why even rent the DVD? the rebecca romijn screen caps will be on the net within hours....not that I look at nude screen caps or anything...*cough*

  • Not to flame a film that I haven't seen, but Harry's valiant attempts to make something out of what was obviously a very bad made-by-commitee-of-suits-PG-13 so-called-action-movie, should have tipped off the more discerning dudes/dudettes. For the others who believed that a director like McTiernan could put one past the morons at the front office, let this be a lesson to you all. No director, however capable, can ever get past a management which works actively towards redifining the term, 'Lowest Common Denominator' Sigh....What will these guys do to Windtalkers? Turn it into the first PG-13 John Woo film........ No, wait Paramount did that with MI:2! Talk about across-the-board mediocrity. sigh........

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Heleno

    Well, far be it from me to ever judge a film before I see it (heck, I sat through Not Another Teen Movie and Kung Pow) but this looks headed for mediocrity at best.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I loved the original...

    by BigW

    ...I have the original on DVD. I was hoping this might be good, but I realize they just don't make good B movies like that anymore. Or can't do it anymore. This makes me sad. I'm going home to watch Death Race 2000 now.

  • Maybe doing stuff half-assed is a part of the Hollywood studio work ethic. I mean, other than that scene, which would have had my LCD-ass in the 'plex on opening day, I don't see why this film would be worth seeing.....anywhere! Call Brian De Palma a hack if you want, but he's the one who's got the smart hat on when he makes Rebecca do a nude tango in Femme Fatale............. My LCD-ass is soooooo there, baby!!!!! Rebecca Jomin-Stamos doing a topless weightlifting scene............. Sigh.............. Real smart move MGM! This world is filled with ineptitude........ and many dorks who owe allegience to it......

  • Oh I get it. You mean that other movie called Swordfish, the one that I haven't seen yet.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Good Lord No!

    by Aquatarkusman

    Chris Klein, LL Cool J, and the director of the 13th Warrior and The Last Action Hero, and the movie is a tripe-laden piece of MTVesque elephant discharge? In one Ralph Wiggum word: "Unpossible!"

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 6:33 p.m. CST

    by tom_joad

    I loved the original movie, although I havent seen the new one, it looks mediocre at best. Too bad they didnt show Rebecca nude, that would have been good enough reason to watch it. My main problem is the set design and the uniforms, the old version looks better than this one and it was made more than 20 yrs ago. The other thing was they dropped the main backstory that this was set in the future where war is obsolete and everything is owned by corporations and the part where Jonathan E lost his wife to a corporate executive. In the new one its just a game, do we really need that, when we have WWF.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Chris Klein is to horrible acting what....oh i don't know

    by DrBalzack

    Sorry about the attempt and an analogy but seriously folks Chris Klein is one terrible actor. I mean his whole dumb jock schtick was only beneficial for him in Election. Otherwise he just comes off as the worst freakin actor ever. So in conclusion, Chris Klein if you are reading this chose more roles like the one in election, otherwise you will be seen shortly on where are they now!!!!!!!!!!! Or maybe they won't even deem you worthy of where are they now.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Me? See this movie? After what MGM did to Austin Powers? No fuck

    by CoolDan989

    I don't give a shit if this movie is good or not, I refuse to see it. The more badly this film flops, the better.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by Lt. Torello

    The only reason to see this would be for the over-the-top violence. Now those idiots edit it to a PG-13. What's the fucking point????

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I said it last year, and I'll say it again...

    by Terry_1978

    Chris Klein would have been better off attempting to get cast as Freddy in the new scooby flick than to take part in this thing. At least there his WASP-y blonde look would be useful to the characterizations.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 8:14 p.m. CST

    "Swordfish" was very good...

    by Atlantis2001

    ...despite what anyone else says. And I can tell at this point that "Rollerball" won't be any near as good as "Swordfish" was. That,and "Swordfish" had a nude Halle Berry,whereas "Rollerball" was forced to cut it's nude Rebecca Romjan-Stamos.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Can I please make a suggestion sort of related to this movie??

    by Rogue_Leader

    WILL HOLLYWOOD PLEASE DO US ALL A FAVOR AND STOP GIVING WASHED UP RAPPERS WORK?? I mean come on! LL Cool J is more washed up then Ice Cube, who is more washed up then Dr. Dre, who is more washed up then Snoop Dogg, who is more washed up then Tupac who isn't even unlike all the other dudes mentioned ISNT EVEN ALIVE ANYMORE!! For the love of God peeps. Rappers cannot act!! Then again neither can former models. Which is another lesson this friggin movie has not learned.

  • Geeze way to kill a films boxoffice grosses. Two big budget action films opening in February on the same day is NOT a good idea.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Rollerball as a PG-13+Chris Klein= $0 Box Office....

    by Smugbug

    Who thought this one up? Well, at least the 1975 Rollerball:SE DVD is almost due out - I'm going to get that instead of wasting time and money on this. And no, I'm not being a unsatisfied movie geek - I'm just pretty much rooted in reality. And the reality is: after seeing a clip last night on Letterman, I'm NOT impressed.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I liked Swordfish

    by wadew

    This movie has looked like crap since the minute i laid eyes on it. Chris Klein? LL Cool J? A model with a bad accent and crappy make-up? Dumb outfits? Fire and roller-skates? Who will pay money to see this? Who??

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Strange Marketing

    by Voice O. Reason

    ROLLERBALL's only competition this weekend from other new films are BIG FAT LIAR (which might appeal to 8-12 year olds) and COLLATERAL DAMAGE (which might appeal to people who went to bed the night of September 10th, and are only just now waking up). Faced with these alternatives, the film-going audience will probably push BLACKHAWK DOWN back into the number one spot. Although I usually don't care about how much a movie makes, it is refreshing to see a film of BLACKHAWK DOWN's quality doing good business.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Gotta disagree with ya Voice...

    by BigTuna

    I think collateral Damage will be #1 this weekend. People want to see Arnie beat the crap and kill terrorists. Especially after Sep.11th. Why do you think films like the Siege and Die Hard were flying off the shelves of Blockbuster right after 9/11? It's exactly what a lot of people want to see.

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 10:28 p.m. CST

    "ROLLERBALL still sucks?"

    by IAmLegolas

    Yep, and if you geeks are going to justify seeing it just to see Becky nakid, may I suggest internet pr0n instead?

  • Feb. 5, 2002, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Collateral Damage

    by Voice O. Reason

    My assumptions about COLLATERAL DAMAGE are based on the premise that Schwartzenegger vehicles don't take anything seriously. Considering the billions the US governemnt is currently spending on anti-terrorist activities, the film probably stretches credibility to far by asking us to believe that all it takes is one pissed off action hero to whipe out a world-wide problem. Besides, it only takes four guys to make a movie "fly off the shelf" at Blockbuster, since the video chain never seems to carry more than two copies of any film more than a year old.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 12:12 a.m. CST

    the trailer looks better then the one for Blade II

    by Lelon

    i still have no interest in seeing it (i'll see blade II only because the first blade was good)

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 1:48 a.m. CST

    rollerball without violence?and there is no nudity?

    by pparker

    oh man i'm so there...

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 2:18 a.m. CST

    its all MGMs fault

    by pparker

    they are holding mctiernan back!!!! just give the man 100 mio and let him do what he wants, nobody is going to see this wannabe rollerball crap. and i dont think the man has lost his talent, he has made predator, die hard and hunt for red october a decade ago. but instead of making even more spectacular films than his first hollywood efforts, he ended up making crap. there is something wrong, i want hardcore action movies, but what i get is mctiernan light and john woo light, oh man...

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 2:49 a.m. CST

    saw Rollerball in Chicago

    by spazcan

    I don't know if it was the same version but it sounds like it. I got into it and everybody there at the test screening seemed to like it. I also disagree with this review that the rollerball scenes were confusing. What was confusing about them?

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by MentallyMariah

    Nah, Showgirls was fun, trashy and campy...This just looks like a fucking mess!!! Really kids, are we really going to spend our hard earned money on this one when the whole fucking country is Broke-A-hontas? I think not, This has got to be the worst looking movie of the decade! Wow! I will be there opening night! Sneaking in of course....and walking out after ten mins naturally...

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Dumbing down

    by BoBaBrain

    It sounds like "BMX Bandits" for the 90's. Too little, too late.

  • saw the trailer & it simply looked so stupid. it will flop like a turkey & suck donkey *ss! i'm just surprised a great guy like jean reno would do a piece of sh*t like this.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 4:54 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. John McTiernan.

    by Cash Bailey

    Seriously, BASIC better fuck shit up in a major way or I'll light a candle for this once-great bastard. His one-two-three punch of PREDATOR, DIE HARD and RED OCTOBER has yet to be equalled. Hell, even Woo has stumbled badly recently.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Sounds more like COYOTE UGLY than SHOWGIRLS...

    by Blake Falls

    they should definetly go for an hard "R" if they want to see this baby rule big time. just think of GLADIATOR without all the blood & gore - there a simply stories that can

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Not to change the subject..

    by Karla

    But why do reviewers always have to identify one other movie actors have been in? Just to show off they've seen these guys before? Since any idiot can go to imdb and see a list of every movie any actor has been in, what's the point? Especially since the movies identified are particularly silly. I hope to god this guy (or gal) has seen James Caan in something other than "misery", and uber-cool Jean Reno in something other than "Godzilla". That's like identifying Orson Wells as the studio head from the Muppet movie. Or is this a joke I'm not getting?

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Chris Klein......ick.

    by Boo's Mommy

    I read an article where he walked off because someone mentioned Katie Holmes. WTF! It's his girlfriend, not the secret identity of Batman. Fuck him- acting-wise he makes Paul Walker look like Kevin Spacey.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 7:23 a.m. CST

    It looks like the only good thing to see it

    by MadC


  • Feb. 6, 2002, 7:44 a.m. CST

    "Fuck him. He makes Paul Walker look like Kevin Spacey."

    by EricAlan69

    Ouch! Chris Klein is dating Katie Holmes? What the hell was she thinking? "Call my agent, and fix me up with one of those 'American Pie' guys....yeah, the dumb but earnest, the *other* dumb one....he's kind of cute, and Mena's got *no* tits anyway...."

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Can't wait...such a big fan!

    by MartyScoresEasy

    Is needed to blow this movie far, far away. At any rate, as bad as this movie looks, concerning the apparent fall from grace of action directors like McTiernan and Woo, I can't help but wonder at the problems of their films; are they the fault of the directors or the meddling studios who wanted a tamer product? Not the best example, I know, but think of Brazil. If Gilliam hadn't fought tooth and nail then, we all would have been graced with the message that "Love Conquers All". I get the impression that this happens way more often than any of us think...I suppose another example could be Batman Returns, which the studio was apparently "disappointed" with; and it turned out to be the highest quality of all four films.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 9:05 a.m. CST

    ManOWar- Since this is a respectable TalkBack....

    by EricAlan69 you really think that the breasts protruding from Janie Burnham's window in 'American Beauty' are actually Thora Birch's? The way it's shot (through a HandiCam, and with a window frames bisecting the shot), it could have been doctored. I ask, because Thora was only 17 at the time....and I really, *really* love Thora Birch (go buy the "Ghost World" DVD, you bastards! it's brilliant!), but I'm starting to feel a bit strange about all these child actors growing up and being naked (like Christina Ricci in the upcoming "Prozac Nation" adaption, or even Katie Holmes her damned-self in "The Gift").... // a very disturbed e.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 9:06 a.m. CST

    "Rollerball still sucks"- Was there ever a doubt?

    by Puddleglum

    I mean, really??? 'Nuff said.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Rollerbastards! - Should have never been remade!!!

    by Hate_Speech

    THe producers have pissed on this classic film. What's next? You gonna remake Clockwork Orange with Toby McGuire, Freddie Prinze Jr and Usher!?? Freaks.. Quit remaking films, we've already seen them. Do something new.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Noisybast

    I think you'll find Orson Welles was best known as the voice of Unicron on TransFormers - The Movie.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 10:03 a.m. CST



    Thia should have been given to Verhoeven. Let's face it, the entire premise behind the first has been forgotten. It was a social commentary. The world is governed by mega-corporations (what a concept!) and they control the Rollerball games as a substitute for war. Of course, very few people got that back in the '70-s as well. Now it just looks like a very poor "Fast & Furious"/"X-Games" knockoff. At least Verhoeven could have done something with the social ommentary like he did with Robocop. Oh Yeah, he also would have made an action movie with action in it.

  • Is this movie so roundly perceived as super-crap that nobody is willing to defend it's honour? My god, there are people who defend the Scooby-Doo movie! Come on trolls, get to work, you're slacking off again!

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 11:13 a.m. CST

    You don't have to be 18 to be naked in a film..

    by BigTuna

    as long as you have parental consent. I remember reading an interview with Birch's mom saying she supported the nudity in her daughter's scene.


  • Feb. 6, 2002, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Rollerball 2002.. NOT!

    by RaelofNY

    I'm a big fan of the original Norman Jewison film and had hopes for the remake when it was first announced a few years back that John McTiernan was directing it. I thoroughly enjoyed his take on Jewison's The Thomas Crown Affair. Once I heard the storyline and cast I shook my head in disgust and the trailers only confirm it. Chris Klein!?...Get Real!! I really thought that a faithful remake could work with the way today's professional sports and corporations have seemingly merged together. The one actor I envisioned as Jonathon E was Viggo Mortenson, and this was a couple years ago after seeing him in Crimson Tide & G.I. Jane. I have no clue what McTiernan was thinking when he turned the cerebral action film into a moronic WWF styled piece of crap. Paul Verhoven would have been an ideal director to update the 1975 film for the 21st century. Only if the chimps that are running MGM would stop eating rancid bananas. Do yourself a favor and for the same $10-11 bucks buy the 1975 Rollerball DVD with James Cann.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Why remake it???

    by peejee

    The original was good but was it really worthy of a remake?? Sure it's from the guy who brought us Die Hard and Predator but that aint enough to get me into the movie theatre these days! From what I've seen of Rollerball it looks like a peice of shit but what d'you expect its got that doofus from American Pie and LL Cool J in it! A little hint Mr "J", if u wanna be taken seriously in Hollywood....USE YOUR REAL FUCKIN' NAME! I think I'll take Harry's advice and buy the DVD for Rebecca Stamos' tits! A question, Harry, do u think McTiernan will be inviting you to see anymore roughcuts of his films??

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I want to see it and i'm not afraid to admit it

    by fangrrl

    The reason nobody's defending it is cuz this is aicn and harry hasn't stopped his crusade against this film since he fist heard about it. That's all fine and well, but i don't care what people think. i want to see it. so there!

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Chris Klein is to Acting as Calvin Klein is to Acting

    by Trav McGee

    Whatever that means. Do yourselves a favor and rent the original's DVD. It'd been well over a decade since I'd seen it, didn't remember much. But now I remember. I remember when science fiction was a perfectly reasonable medium for social commentary and intelligent satire. An exasperated Ray Bradbury once had to spell it out for an interviewer, "But I'm NOT trying to predict the future, I'm trying to prevent it!" Jewison was working in that mode. However successful you think the original was in its intent, at least its intent has some balls, in concept and execution. It looks like McTiernan decides to just give us yet another wafer-thin actioner. The Corporations? Pacification of the masses through exploitive entertainment? Individual excellence versus hive mentality? Nods to Orwell, Huxley? Nope, a naked hottie in the weight room. And I bet Klein gets to punch Reno at the big finish. And I'm sure there's a soundtrack to buy, with a single or two by LL, which will suddenly go into heavy rotation on MTV. Sorry, Mr. Bradbury, keep trying.

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Hey, did anyone know that Harry Knowles was born in the year 187

    by deputydoofus

    I didn't, but now I know thanks to the linkmakers over at the imdb. I also think Harry has been shy about his career, because he's acted in 5 films and didn't even tell us. Don't be ashamed Harry, tell the world about your acting career and experiences... To see for yourself, check out the newsstory about Harry on the imdb and click on his name. Here:

  • Feb. 6, 2002, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Hey look what they are saying about Harry

    by JUSTICE41

    I got this from the website. "When it opens Friday, MGM's Rollerball, directed by John McTiernan, will face the challenge of "bad breaks, bad timing, [and] bad mouthing," the Los Angeles Times observed today, noting that it will particularly have to overcome bad buzz instigated by Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool News website. The newspaper observed that in an effort to counter critical remarks about the script by Knowles, McTiernan flew him by private jet to a New York test screening, providing him accommodations in the plush Four Seasons hotel. The ploy backfired when Knowles "eviscerated" the film, the Times said. (In an interview with the paper, Knowles called it "one of the worst films I'd seen in my life.") McTiernan, who claims that the preview audience was cheering during many parts of the movie, now acknowledges that the decision to invite Knowles to the test was a mistake -- particularly inasmuch as the film underwent numerous reshoots and re-edits subsequently. The new version has not yet been screened for critics, the Times indicated.

  • Feb. 7, 2002, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Wrong! Orson Wells Is The Guy...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...who would serve no wine before its' time.

  • Feb. 7, 2002, 2:55 a.m. CST

    BMX Bandits...

    by Tokyo Joe

    Now there's a classic movie. How about John Woo for the remake??

  • Just kidding. You'd have to pay me to get me into a theatre playing this one.

  • Feb. 7, 2002, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Shout-out to Harry!

    by Yojimbo Jones

    Major props to Harry for accepting a junket, then refusing to get down on his knees in gratitude. Good to see someone provide a full disclosure and give an honest from-the-gut assessment. Too bad promo-whores from my daily newspaper aren't as professional.