April 1, 2002, 11:26 a.m. CST
no word about Kill Bill? was it an april fools joke or not what you posted today about QT's role about Pei Mei?
April 1, 2002, 11:30 a.m. CST
Awesome update--Right now really is a great time for film geeks. However, please never mention Charlie's Angels 2 again!
April 1, 2002, 11:31 a.m. CST
... the April Foolin'?!? And am I first?
April 1, 2002, 11:35 a.m. CST
Optimism is so much more fun than cynicism. Sometimes.
April 1, 2002, 11:38 a.m. CST
exxcept wheres X4...i thought for sure a film by paul thomas anderson would definately be a must see anticipation builder for 2002
April 1, 2002, 11:43 a.m. CST
April 1, 2002, 11:51 a.m. CST
I can't believe I actually read through all of that. Actually, I thought it might've been a good read since Mori penned it, but BLAZING BITCHES, MAN, that was Long! Anyway - Looking forward to The "YEAR of Great Movies", like you all are. Ah, What the Hell! I'm no Optimist. I'm Biting my Fist to steel myself against Lucas's Latest just like the rest of my Pessimistic, Cynically Glorious and Bastardly like Ilk. God Help us All if we're Right. God Help Us even if We're wrong. God Knows we could use it.
April 1, 2002, 11:57 a.m. CST
....he brings the goods. I really miss these insane Moriarty rants! Also, I'm really fucking disturbed by that damnable 'Chicken Run' Harry up in the corner there, squooting an egg from his posterior. That, my friends, is April Fucked. // e.
April 1, 2002, 11:57 a.m. CST
You mean they're actually going to be releasing movies in May besides Spiderman & Episode II?????
April 1, 2002, 11:59 a.m. CST
by Edward Rooney
HOLY SHIT! that boy can write like a motherfucker. Kick ass way to start my day. And to think I was planning to jump off a cliff and end it all!
April 1, 2002, 12:04 p.m. CST
This was an exhaustive list of things to come. I am harkened back to Moriarty's LOTR:FOTR review and it occurs to me that for a man that said we should "demand better", because of the somewhat mediocre state of the industry, it seems we're poised to receive just that. Or we could be deceiving ourselves. Who's to say? Certainly not I, having failed to get my sorry hide to the indie theater a little more often. Given the list here, I might be playin' a little hooky from my social life to catch up on what I've missed and what is yet to come.
April 1, 2002, 12:06 p.m. CST
Can't wait for all these! "Human Nature" seems a bit TOO bizarre, but "Adaptation" sounds f---ing brilliant. And of course "Dangerous Mind" should be top notch. Kaufman rules. It would've been nice if more actual release dates were included here. I'm not sure when any of these movies are coming out, especially the ones in the next few months.
April 1, 2002, 12:09 p.m. CST
We just got that much in one article! I'm mostly looking forward to LOTR, SW, and CONAN. Thank Peter Jackson for raising the bar on cool movies! (And of course Lucas for raising it back in '77)
April 1, 2002, 12:09 p.m. CST
This sums up what I've been thinking and feeling for a while now, drooling anticipation for a the possibilities of goodness coming our way. Bring it on baby.
April 1, 2002, 12:13 p.m. CST
of telling all the cynics to shove it and love it. You rock Mori.
April 1, 2002, 12:25 p.m. CST
It's not looking like anything special enough to write what basically reads like an annotated calendar, Snoriarty. You keep referring to '99 which by all accounts was a fantastic year for movies, but I just can't see the same potential here. Yes, there's a lot of good movies. But really, how can you look at any of the upcoming releases and say they have the same strength as films like The Matrix, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, American Beauty, Insider, Hurricane? Please!
April 1, 2002, 12:33 p.m. CST
it was 20 minutes or so longer than the first theatrical release, with better picture and sound. i also think that it will be rated r in the usa because the additional footage features a shot of konstanze webers (i dont know the acresses name) tits. although i havent seen the old version of the movie for a while, i think that the don giovanni opera scene is longer, as well as the scene where the comedians make fun of classical pieces. but the movie would have been a lot more fun without this little moronic bitch sitting behind me, constantly asking her boyfriend when the movie would be over, so that everybody could hear it, starting with that shit at the 90-minute mark, testing my patience for another 90 minutes. during the whole movie, my back was treated by one of her legs because she was pressing it against my seat. but otherwise, it was a perfect movie experience. like moriarty, i also hope that windtalkers will be a fine movie, but i think its unfair expecting a masterpiece like bullet in the head. in his good old hongkong days, woo was the king and could realize most of the things he wanted to do. there is no way mgm allows him to make a movie like that, a hyperkinetic,ultraviolent and depressing action/drama/warfilm without a happy end. instead, we will get a patriotic piece of shit, suitable for the mass audiences, but disappointing for fans expecting a movie as intense as bullet in the head. its all hollywoods fault, they are holding woo back, and everybody who disagrees is an idiot. john woo hasnt lost it, and reading posts here insulting him because his movies are shit makes me angry, most of these people have no idea. if they only know movies like broken arrow, mission impossible 2 and hard target, they should shut the fuck up. he has not made one decent movie in hollywood yet (face off was not bad, but only john woo light in my opinion), not one good movie in 9 years! in hongkong, he made a better tomorrow 1 and 2, the killer, bullet in the head and hard boiled within 6 years and without huge budgets, and all this movies are fucking masterpieces, movies that inspired tarantino and other great directors. look what happened to him, look what happened to chow yun-fat. this man was also a king in hongkong, but just a poor little fuck in hollywood, starring in farces like the replacement killers. fuck hollywood!
April 1, 2002, 12:50 p.m. CST
April 1, 2002, 12:51 p.m. CST
......thanks Mori, for the massive editorial piece. As usual, I take notes and look out for those titles.........You da man!!
April 1, 2002, 1 p.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
Let's see, there's Kevin Costner's plan to take over Clint Eastwood's old role as Philo Beddoe in WHICHEVER WAY YOU WANT. They're planning to go with an unknown for the part of Clyde and now that Lyle Lovett's been trampled by a bull, who knows who'll get the part of Orville. They'd better cast quickly, or they'll lose Dame Maggie Smith who is playing the Ruth Gordon role of Ma Boggs... Speaking of redneck movies, does anybody really want to see another episode of ASS MCGRAB? That's getting so old, although it could round out a redneck triple feature with David Fincher's MACON COUNTY LIBRARY...And with Episode 2, it is inevitable that we get continuations of bad STAR WARS rip offs. Jake Lloyd in THE LAST STARFIGHTER FIGHTS BACK? Lucas Black in BATTLE BEYOND BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS? I don't think so.
April 1, 2002, 1 p.m. CST
Great rundown, but what about Bad Santa? It's directed by Terry Zwigoff, written by the Coen brothers, and stars Bill Murray. It's supposed to come out around Christmas. Also, what about Shanghai Knights and I Spy, you know Owen Wilson will be hilarious in both.
April 1, 2002, 1:16 p.m. CST
by Carson Dyle
Golly, there sure are lots of big, brightly wrapped presents under the box office tree this year. Most will no doubt disappoint once opened, but the few that don't will keep us coming back for more. For example, I'm pretty sure "Signs" will be a long, dull, anti-climactic stage play about an alien invasion in which all the exciting parts occur off screen -- but maybe I'm wrong... maybe it'll be great!... the best thriller since "The Sixth Sense"! Either way, hope will continue to spring eternal for this particular geek.
April 1, 2002, 1:32 p.m. CST
by Rollo Tomassi
Actually, Spieleberg did the Summer/Christams one-two punch thing one more time after the glorious year that was '93: In 1997, he gave us "Lost World" in the summer, and the underrated "Amistad" at Christmas. Certainly not up there with '93, but "Lost World" was still fun in it's own dumb way, and, as I said, "Amistad" (while of course not as good as "Schindler") is highly underrated.
April 1, 2002, 1:36 p.m. CST
by General Idea
April 1, 2002, 2:08 p.m. CST
by KID AB
It's All About love, new film from Thomas Vinterberg (Festen). Coming May!!!
April 1, 2002, 2:11 p.m. CST
Someone once said Moriatry should have his own site. If thats how he would do it I would be there like a shot. Very eloquent very good.
April 1, 2002, 4:03 p.m. CST
ok... i guess it is a joke lucasfilm plays to the fans. the release date for star wars has now been changed to a tentative december 20. release date says a letter sent to fox employees. jeeesus chrriiiiiist. i think it HAS to be a joke. december 20th...that would mean a direct "competition" to TTT..no it HAS to be a joke...it`s impossible. ohhh i can`t go sleeping without knowing the truth.....aren`t there some INSIDERS who could know anything????
April 1, 2002, 4:31 p.m. CST
I keep forgetting how much is coming out in the next few years, mainly because of my "carrot philosophy" that I contracted from Nordling (pick the next movie that's coming out that you want to see, hang it in front of you like a carrot in front of a mule, find new carrot after movie comes out). It's a sort of tunnel vision that I use to pass the drudgery of work, and it keeps me surprised and always looking forward to things without burning myself out on them, but sometimes you just have to be shocked into all that is coming out. All this, and I heard Richard Linklater might be doing FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (a book any Texan should know), and there's always future work from Wes Anderson to inspire me. Damn, this is a good day indeed.
April 1, 2002, 4:33 p.m. CST
I want both of these films to rock the geek nations, BUT my prediction is that Spiderman, despite the great Sam Raimi behind the camera, will be another one of those souless blockbusters we all complain about. (I hope I'm wrong.) On the other hand, the movie everyone is expecting to fail based on Episode 1, Attack of the Clones will be surprisingly good, and restore the faith of Star Wars fans around the world.
April 1, 2002, 5:06 p.m. CST
Consensus so far : it's a winner. August 2nd, i'm there and so will you be. Is anyone else getting the slightest whiff of another 'Godzilla' with Spidey? Even Raimi admitted to 'Empire' magazine that he may have made 'some mistakes' on the GG character.
April 1, 2002, 6:12 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
True, the last two years have been sub-par, but I think every fifteen years there's a huge boost in film. 1985 (most of my favorite films come from this year). 1970 (read Easy Riders, Raging Bulls). 1955. 1940 (1941 is Citizen Kane, nuff said). For a while I thought it started early this time in 1999, but then 2000 and 2001 were major disappointments. Maybe Hollywood has hit something great now with 2002-2005. Who knows? I don't want to build anything up so I can be disappointed again, but here's to hoping for a good time.
April 1, 2002, 6:13 p.m. CST
Master of the flying G is the greatest and rarest Kung Fu movie ever. I'm so fired up about that! As for the slate: If only the golden era began with Episode 1 but The Matrix is the official starting point to the new film utopia. Lots of good stuff on the way. If 25% of them are good I'd be pleased! Let's hope SWE2 is a great redemption! And I'll try to keep an open mind about Daredevil.Collin Farrel as Bullseye? It's hard dude...
April 1, 2002, 6:35 p.m. CST
Mort - Not bad. I will leave the gushing to others, but this is the kind of piece that the site really needs. A lot of folks here lose a lot of perspective and this kind of thing helps. A state of the union was in order. Now then, you will never find a bigger 'Daredevil' fan than me and those are the first good words I have heard about this movie, so it at least gives me hope. Garner at least will be amazing. Thanks, today you contributed something cool to the geek world.
April 1, 2002, 6:37 p.m. CST
Ya, that'll be the day. The people - on this site - optimism - HAhAAh. This is one of the top most pestimistic sites on the web. And the funny thing is, the writers, Harry and Moriarty, are usually optimistic and enthused. But the readers here nearly usually always have something up their collective asses.
April 1, 2002, 6:57 p.m. CST
What? No cunnilingus metaphors or bottled fuck juice? How am I supposed to read this dry tripe? I come here expecting to get frosted face lessons and I get this bullshit about movies. Would someone please pass the clitoris?
April 1, 2002, 7:34 p.m. CST
by Edward Rooney
Far from Heaven. There's a nice little article on it in the new Film Comment with FFCoppola on the cover.
April 1, 2002, 7:38 p.m. CST
Three years ago we were blessed by an anomoly, movies that were not only good, but good in ways that were new and innovative, good in ways that we didn't know movies could be. After walking out of movies like BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, AMERICAN BEAUTY, FIGHT CLUB, MAGNOLIA and RUN LOLA RUN, I felt disoriented, almost stoned, I couldn't focus on things, I had been so absorbed into a new and different world that I couldn't immediatedly come back, instead I sat dazed as the credits rolled, replaying images in my head. That is the power of a good film. The fact that many of the risk taking films of 1999 were financially and critically sucessful (Magnolia exepted), studios and distributer can be more confidant that risk taking films can be succesful (to go out on a limb, I would say that even BLAIR WITCH from 1999 was a boon to film making, a shoe-string indie, filmed intireley in subjective camera, that ended up as a blockbuster). Being that the film production pipe line takes about 2 to 5 years to make a movie from concept to product, it looks like in the next couple of years we will be treated to more risk taking mainstream fare and more distribution for risk taking independent and foreign fare (we have already begun to see this in MEMENTO and AMELIE). 1999 made me feel good about movies. It gave me faith that through all the sludge and waste of the industry pipe line, a movie can still come out the other end fresh and smelling like a rose.
April 1, 2002, 7:59 p.m. CST
Arrogant as usual, but the last timne Spielberg did the Summer/Christmas thing was 1997 (Lost World/Amistad) not '93...
April 1, 2002, 8:25 p.m. CST
If it tops magnolia ill be surprised. He is coming off a real high on magnolia. Hope he does well.
April 1, 2002, 8:42 p.m. CST
...if you're going to do things like this, you really gotta start doing your homework. I need details, dammit, and I need them now! :)
April 1, 2002, 10:06 p.m. CST
Indeed, now is a great time to be a geek. Whenever I'm called a geek by classmates or my sister, I always respond with a ". . .and proud of it!" and Mori, you have captured that feeling perfectly. You're right about the last forty minutes of The Return of the King. That's what I'm basically living for right now. SPOILER! When I finally hear "I will not destroy it! The Ring is mine!" It will be the finest moment in my life as a proud geek.
April 1, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST
Not a bad rundown. Better than anything I read in print these days. Too bad the site cannot maintain this level of quality all the time. I would drop all of my print publication subscriptions in an instant if it could. No more EW! No more MOVIELINE! No more FILM COMMENT! No more MAXIM or STUFF! Wait a minute. That's taking things too far.
April 1, 2002, 11:44 p.m. CST
by Jack D. Ripper
It's based on the fantastic novel by David Benioff and it's got Edward Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Pick it up if you get a chance because this is material Spike Lee was born to do. It'll be more like "He Got Game" or "Clockers" Spike Lee than say, "Bamboozled" or "Jungle Fever", i.e. reserved instead of over the top. Although Spike's over-the-top stuff has always worked for me.
April 2, 2002, 1:31 a.m. CST
than someone who lives their life release date to release date. Except, possibly, someone with the last name "McWeeny." And I'm not sure whether I mean that as a compliment, or what.
April 2, 2002, 2:28 a.m. CST
cuz that's the only Veruca Salt I know. I saw
April 2, 2002, 2:32 a.m. CST
by Woody Tobias Jr
Starting with 'Hardee Hamburger the Jizz Lolbbing Man', then we get 'Robot Invaders from the Year 3000', followed by the surefire family hit 'My Dog Cries When I Fuck Him' and Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated 'I've Lost My Mind, and I Don't Know Where I Put it (Of Course! It Was Right In Front of Me all Along!)' Then with Christmas tidings comes 'Dancing Midgets: Dark Obsession'(If the last half hour doesn't make you cry, you're not human) and 'The Littlest Wizard Hears the Caged Bird Sing'! You know, about those civil rights workers in Montgomery! And the best of them all? Quentin Tarantino's 'Racism is Funny'! It's so good to be alive!
April 2, 2002, 4:21 a.m. CST
The Scorpion King is coming out April 19! How could you *not* be excited by that? (sarcasam, sarcasam)
April 2, 2002, 11:05 a.m. CST
by James Bond
Veruca Salt was the name of the spoiled brat girl in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", who wanted everything and wanted it NOOOWWWWW! The former Chicago band you speak of got their name from this movie as well.
April 2, 2002, 2:08 p.m. CST
oh yeah ED209! i live in germany and here i guess it is even worse than in the us...maybe...that`s sad...very sad... and PoliMan4...i aggree with you. i totally aggree with you. being a geek is great..fantastic:) :)
April 2, 2002, 4:35 p.m. CST
was an obnoxious girl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which book became the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Her favorite phrase was, "I WANT IT NOW!!!" The band is named after her.
April 2, 2002, 6 p.m. CST
Not a bad list..but there's something major missing. Moriarty looks forward to the future of cinema but yet doesn't see the whole picture.. and here's why? The grand majority of films he lists are franchise films, sequels, adaptations of books, comic book films and big hollywood blockbusters... What is missing are the independent films that audacious filmmakers, many of them unknown, will make in the years ahead. Also missing, are those films which are pure cinematic endeavors.. not adaptations of best selling books and comic books.. or sequels.. or remakes.. but pure films and projects that have no precedent. Films such as MEMENTO.. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS.. MULHOLLAND DRIVE..WAKING LIFE... works that can't be prognosticated. If the future of filmmaking is a bunch of sequels, remakes, and adaptations...It's going to be googly eyed future for the multiplex cinemas but a depressing future to cinema as an art.
April 2, 2002, 8:01 p.m. CST
by Brother Putney
I wasn't aware he'd passed. Gosh, the guy was involved with so many great movies, I'm surprised his notice got kinda buried in the middle of a lot of less serious items. Hell, even Dudley Moore got a page to himself and, as much as I liked the guy, in the world of cinema, Sylbert's working a whole different ballgame. Though it wasn't mentioned above, his work in "Catch-22" is truly astonishing.
April 2, 2002, 11:14 p.m. CST
...but I don't have the time, money OR 420 to see them all! How are we going to survive this onslaught of good movies? For the love God! Can't someone please spare perhaps the best unkown writer in North Americana a measily $200,000 so he can see all these great flicks?! Hey, you lika my screenplay, everybody cry, big stars, oscah, oscah. but seriously cowpokes... waittaminute, the new Star Wars movie is coming out this summer?! Geez louise, time must be streaming by here in New York. Ah to be young again and arising from my midtown hotel room at 3:am to room service delivering a latte and hopping a cab to see the opening of TPM , with caffeine and melatonin blending, a moving experience! Actually crying when young Annie leaving his Bergmanesque mother... of course, I went and saw it again a week later, awake, and realized it was a maudlin stump of b-trash, phantomly racist and menacingly cutesy-poo - ok, and everyone's so heard it. Still what a moment and all right I'll see II too. Gravity, may distort time, but Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can.
April 2, 2002, 11:46 p.m. CST
I just noticed when I call up AICN on Internet Explorer I get the Harry Gif of him as a chicken from Chicken Run laying an egg. When I call up AICN on Netscape, I get him as Spider Man. What does it all mean?
April 3, 2002, 9:23 a.m. CST
by Johnny Bacardi
Veruca Salt: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-spoiled little British girl and all around bad egg-screamed "I want it Daddy, I want it NOW" a lot.
April 3, 2002, 10:46 a.m. CST
The first kung-fu movie I ever saw, and it's probably my favorite. Who is re-releasing this? Is it Miramax? Is it going to be all Americanized and f*cked up? I really hope not because it's out-of-print as far as I know. I only have a "archived VHS copy" that I "borrowed indefinitely". It's AWESOME even if it's dubbed. At least it's widescreen and it has Kraftwerk's AUTOBAHN album used as the soundtrack with a great multicolored image punk rock like opening credits.
April 3, 2002, 12:07 p.m. CST
This is the "golden age" of film? I really hope you're being sarcastic because I honestly think we've been set back to the Dark Ages for the past 5 years or so. Toby McGuire as Spiderman?? That's just awful, I'm sorry. "Lord of the Rings" was entertaining but let's not pretend that it's the 2nd coming of the 1977 Star Wars. Obviously there are some exceptions like "Ghost World" and "Sexy Beast" but those get buried and go unnoticed. The way of the American Hollywood blockbuster is just downright embarassing. Golden Age? Maybe Brown.
April 3, 2002, 12:26 p.m. CST
I never saw the 2 80's adaptions but I know that technology has caught up and those films could now be done right-A Gor film has the elements of great sci-fi-fantasy-action-adventure entertainment: It has elements of Conan, LOTR, Indianna Jones, Star Wars/Trek and Gladiator. It would need to be modernized because John Norman was very sexist but The spirit of the books could remain. This could be awesome- The Watchowski's could do this justice.
April 3, 2002, 3:14 p.m. CST
by Billy Brown
Nice piece, Moriarty. Good for you. Look for the best, rather than expecting the worst.
April 3, 2002, 7:33 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
April 3, 2002, 7:35 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
I'm such a damned geek, but I have a gorgeous woman to call my fiancee. I'm kinda ripping Harry off, because this was a part of his book, but the term "Geek" does not imply a poor social standing and ugliness, such as "Dork" or "Nerd." "Geek" merely means means we have an obsession. Hell, McWeeny has someone. Don't be a pessimist, dude. Live the good life. It does no good to try and make other people feel bad. All you're doing is dragging yourself further down with your esteem.
April 3, 2002, 8:59 p.m. CST
Why is Harry with chicken-feet crapping his pants? Is he trying to lay an egg or something?
April 4, 2002, 1:18 a.m. CST
by m. singer
i thought this may the (clever) way to get your attention. i miss you. i'm leaving soon. only have roughly 2 more months in LA. find me. sincerely, marla singer (you know who)
April 4, 2002, 2:09 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
So whatcha gonna do Mori?
April 5, 2002, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
April 11, 2002, 11:29 a.m. CST
this goes out to all the movie lovers out there (including me): movies rule!
April 11, 2002, 4:55 p.m. CST
Well I can't find a John Milius fan club on the net - so I'm posting it here, 'cause Moriarty is a big Conan fan! John, I hope this message will reach you. Happy Birthday You
April 11, 2002, 5:01 p.m. CST
Well, no. I'll get 13 screens of HARRY POTTER, two screens of SUM OF ALL FEARS, lousy pee-smellin popcorn and that'll be about it...... But goddamn, the rest of you bastards back in the world have some unholy goodness to look forward to!!! So who's pad can I come crash at for, oh, say... 12-16 months? ;) BTW, Moriarty, you and Miz Alexandra DVD Goddess are the primary reasons this movie lover comes back to this site again and again. Keep up the phenomenal work!!
April 13, 2002, 12:08 a.m. CST
And I'm goddamned serious.
April 14, 2002, 1:48 a.m. CST
Why doesn't "countingdown.com" feature Steve The Crocodile Hunter's movie? My man just scored a Subway Kid's Meal Tie-In AND Radio Shack radio-controlled alligator. Stuff that up your jango fett!
April 14, 2002, 12:04 p.m. CST
Last year at this time when some one asked if there were any good movies to see, I could only mention "Amores Perros", "Memento", and "The Dish", and that was only if you could find them in theaters anywhere. Now if someone asked me if there are any good movies out now, I can mention "Panic Room", "We Were Soldiers", "Kissing Jessica Stein", "Monsoon Wedding", "Y Tu Mama Tambien", "Ice Age", "The Rookie", "Changing Lanes", "Frailty" and "Harrison's Flowers". That's 10 good critically acclaimed movies out right now! Last year we were deep into July before you could find 10 movies released in 2001 of equal merit. If half of the potentially great films coming out later in the year actually turn out that way, we are in for one heck of a great year for movies!!
April 14, 2002, 4:15 p.m. CST
You guys suck! I mean how can you call this a Geek manifesto and not say you are looking forward to a Species Star playing Jill Valentine, Zombies, Mila Jovovich trapped in Racoon City, Zombies, Claire Redfield brought to screen along with J, zombies, and perhaps thus far the best video game adapation. ZOMBIES Ugh on all of you