May 7, 2002, 4:45 a.m. CST
hmmmm Mor great story dude, whena re we getting that review we are all waiting for ah? Yours, thx777b
May 7, 2002, 5:37 a.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
I've been waiting for a good, long Rumbling (ooh-err, missus) for too damn long. Mind you, I'm still waiting for that KILL BILL script review.
May 7, 2002, 7:37 a.m. CST
Moriarity; Patton is one of my all time favorite films. The screen writers probably didn't have a hard time with the script, because of Patton's genius it wrote itself. I have a copy of Ordeal and Triumph the other book you spoke of, and it's a fascinating look at the greatest general of WW2. Alot of his quotes and some of his poetry made it to the screen. My only question is did you get up and snap to attention, then salute when that opening sequence hit the screen?
May 7, 2002, 7:58 a.m. CST
...........WONDERBOYS is an amazing film! that's all.
May 7, 2002, 8:35 a.m. CST
Thats all their is to it, Tobey's only bad work yet. Katie Holmes as much as I love her though has a nack for average to bad movies (except for Go, and Ice Storm). Also, how behind is this site? The Indy 4 news was on Z100 gossip a week ago... and if they got it then it isn't that hard to get.
May 7, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
Looking forward to the next one.
May 7, 2002, 10:51 a.m. CST
Can't wait for part two. (And glad to see you survived your flight in one of those Buddy Holly/Ritchie Valens Specials")I have to agree with your comments about the joy of seeing film on a truely big screen. The last two weeks I've been driving two hours to Jersey City, NJ to see films at the in-the-midst-of-restoration movie palace Loew's Jersey City (www.loewsjersey.org plug, plug). Two weeks ago it was FORBIDDEN PLANET and this past weekend was ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and DR. NO. PLANET is one of my favorite films of all time but this was my first time seeing it on something bigger than a 31 inch screen. Damn what an experience. And with a brand new print that was better looking than the laserdisc release. After this past weekend, I have a renewed respect for MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, perhaps the most underrated Bond film of all- non-formula storyline, beautiful locales and the best staged commando storming the stronghold sequence in the series. (Hey, ninjas repelling into the volcano base is cool, but wasn't shot as well as this sequence is...) Support your local movie palaces people. If there's one near you being restored- contribute a couple of bucks or maybe a few hours of your time. Support any programing they might have. I can't wait for what Loews has cooked up for the fall- MGM musicals, Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes flicks, Sinatra birthday celebration and classic monster flicks for Halloween.
May 7, 2002, 11 a.m. CST
Tobey's brilliant in Wonder Boys, you don't know what you're talking about. One of the best young-ish performances of all time.
May 7, 2002, 12:50 p.m. CST
Even the quintessentially American Altman has their schtick down pat. Leelee Sobieski's great, because there's some sort of clause in her contract that stipulates she has to strip down to her underwear or less in every film she does. Boooiiiing.
May 7, 2002, 2:22 p.m. CST
May 7, 2002, 4:22 p.m. CST
I absolutely loved Wonder Boys... Until the last five minutes of the film. It was shaping up to be one of my all-time favorites until that god awful ending. As a writer, I too could relate to the story and all its little quirks. To a point, it reminded me so much of my career and my college roots. Then there came that ending that just killed pretty much everything for me. The ending was pointless (which by itself doesn't bother me in particular - some of the greatest moments in film history are absolutely pointless), unfounded, and contradictory to the characters and the plotline itself. I felt royally reamed after watching it. The movie was going along sooo wonderfully, and it kept building and building and building, until... the very end where it just pulls the whole damn house from underneath you. The answer to the question was replaced with a nonsensical metaphor. It's like you sit down to a 3 course meal in a pricey restaurant. You get to the main course and all you find is a generic brand jello pudding pop surrounded by shrubbery. Very disappointing. The ending betrayed and made the meaning of the film very shallow and one-dimensional. I think the writers were trying too hard to leave us with something poignant. It ended up just being silly. Anyways, to know where I'm coming from, I've never read the book, 'just going by what I saw in the movie.
May 7, 2002, 4:33 p.m. CST
Great article, Mori! I now really want to see A Soldier's Daughter... Also, thanks for the hyperlink to excessive religiosity.
May 7, 2002, 6:15 p.m. CST
They called him a pervert for writing Russ Meyer films and some other stuff. I was dying laughing. Of course, he started it when he criticized them in his Q&A column. Really funny stuff.
May 7, 2002, 7:18 p.m. CST
Bradley hated Patton and it's ironic that Bradley was paid as a consultant for a movie on someone whom he loathed. If you want the real story on Patton read this book: "Genius for War" by Carlo D'Este. Out...
May 7, 2002, 7:40 p.m. CST
Oh, come on, you didn't think I could let a BVD reference go by without commenting, did you?
May 7, 2002, 9:48 p.m. CST
by Chilli Kramer
Nothing that we would normally expect happens in Wonder Boys. Michael Douglas doesn't take up with Katie Holmes, even though the signs are there (Grady says he's never seen her with her cowboy boots off - then never does. Frances McDormand tells Mike that his new wife will be young and pretty - but it ain't Katie). Grady doesn't intervene when Robert Downey Jr is going to sleep with Tobey Maguire. When Downey Jr tries to charge the car at a guy threatening Grady, it is pathetic looking, as it would be. Grady's parents in law don't go mad when they find him and Tobey in their house. Instead they break out the milk and cookies. Grady doesn't plummet off the balcony at the end, and the book never gets miraculously finished. This is tied to the fact that Tobey's aspiring author character makes up more dramatic pasts for himself, and narrates his life dramatically. Frances McDormand's husband in the film writes a book about DiMaggio and Monroe which exaggerates the importance of their relationship to culture, 'The Last American Marriage'. Grady doesn't dramatise things like this; in fact he realises people do it and rejects doing it himself. Hence writers block. The film itself is filtered through Grady's viewpoint, so it doesn't overuse dramatic license either. It shows how looking at the moments where things might become dramatic, but don't, is far more rewarding and realistic than making every scene a major dramatic argument. Grady learns this lesson during the actions of the movie, and so it is the future Grady who tells the story in the movie from his perspective as a matured writer. As you may have guessed, I liked the film!
May 8, 2002, 2:23 a.m. CST
Organizations like CAP are worthless pieces of shit. They're hindrances. I just read a review of "The Rookie" that cited the film for having the ACTORS touching each other in a way that would be viewed as being sexual. The actors!!! Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths are playing a married couple, yet the problem is that the actors are not married so the scene is inappropriate. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS ALL ABOUT!?!
May 8, 2002, 3:23 a.m. CST
Listening to the man's reviews over the last few years has become quite boring. He's just one of many wishy-washy critics now, as opposed to his early-to-mid Siskel days where one could count on him to be provocative and passionate. These days, especially now that he's paired with the god-awful Roeper, he generally falls back on one of two stances: either the movie was okay "for what it was" or it was disappointing because "it should've done more with what they had." I'm really tired of hearing those trite phrases coming from him. Host as many film festivals as you like, Roger ol' bean, but please consider yielding your exonerated post to a fresh voice who actually has a POV instead of formulaic, knee-jerk criticisms.
May 8, 2002, 3:32 a.m. CST
I really don
May 8, 2002, 6:44 a.m. CST
Seems that Thomas Jefferson had no problems with sexuality or race-awareness. Unlike his descendants.
May 8, 2002, 8:30 a.m. CST
by Johnny Ahab
One of the things I appreciate about this site is learning of small films coming down the pike from the festival world that may have a "don't blink or you'll miss it" release because their small cash-strapped distributors can't compete with "The Scorpion King" and the Hollywood Hype Machine. One of those was "Two Family House" which Harry heaped praise upon a few years back (and which I've had the pleasure to rediscover on HBO recently). Another was "Ginger Snaps" which got a two-week release of 10pm shows only around Halloween at Manhattan's tiny Cinema Village. It had no ads, and I would have missed it had the NY Times not given it a glowing review. Upon Harry's recommendation, I bought the Canadian DVD, not the US Blockbuster version which apparently butchered the film. Put these on the list for next year, Roger! Both are great little films that got buried. Oh, and nice piece, Mori -- good work as usual. Felt like I was there and I'm green with envy that I actually was not.
May 8, 2002, 10:53 a.m. CST
I read your book! sk
May 8, 2002, 12:42 p.m. CST
Not so fast. Katie Holmes also appeared in a little film called The Gift. An awesome film directed by this guy named SAM RAIMI.
May 8, 2002, 12:53 p.m. CST
I understand the concept. I still hated the last 5 minutes though. Anti-film doesn't mean it can't have a strong ending. It just felt like it petered out for me. Like they ran out of ideas and hastily slapped a bunch of half-assed conclusions together. Understand though, I've always been torn with this film because I liked the rest of it so much. I just feel let down when I watch it.
May 8, 2002, 12:55 p.m. CST
Wonder Boys is one of the most well written films I've ever seen. It's impeccably acted and exceedingly witty. American Beauty, on the other hand, really falters on repeat viewings. Spacey is my favourite actor, but I feel little emotional attachment to that film now, after about 4 or 5 viewings. But hey idiot, you keep on waiting for Indy 4; I'm sure Connery and Ford will turn in great work, that's all "their" is to it.
May 8, 2002, 12:58 p.m. CST
I think it's more to do with the udder stinkatude of his partner, Roeper, than with his age. His rapport seems to have declined since he lost his partner, the one who stimulated intellegent conversations and arguments. Roeper's just a dumb-ass. Liable to stimulate bowell movements more than anything else.
May 8, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST
In the old days before the AOL and the internet as we know it today, there used to be "Compuserve" - no graphics, just white on black text with many forums (Star Trek, History etc). In the Showbiz Forum, there were reviews, trivia, and a Roger Ebert Movie Section, among others. We were a limited group of people who posted reviews, sent queries to Ebert, and talked abour our love of film in general. Ebert was always very kind and personally tried to answer as many of the chat messages as he could. I still have a printout of a kind message he sent me when knowing I was going to cancel my subscription and move on to other things. He's a decent man, with a deep love of film.
May 8, 2002, 9:40 p.m. CST
How can a movie called "WONDER BOYS" not have a blonde kid caveman who throws hammers and sometimes rides skateboards to rescue the green haired chick? Or forget to include the boy knight that answers questions about Sega games posed by the Sphinx and then fights a dragon, only to be turned into a dragon (and then several other creatures). I was also dissappointed by the Tenacious D song "Wonder Boy" for pretty much the same reason.
May 8, 2002, 9:49 p.m. CST
It got a flashing red light because of the score it received using his "objective" WISDOM scale, but otherwise he seemed to actually like the film: "But I gotta subjectively admit, Spider-Man was an amazing piece of work, comparatively lite in sexual issues, comparatively lite in language and obviously a statement of good over evil." "As the battle ensues, the onlookers on the bridge start pelting the Green Goblin with anything they can throw, saying "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!" Nice touch, Sam Raimi, Stan Lee, at al. Nice touch, indeed. I am proud of you. A great "replacement" for editing out the scene of the car of bad guys hung by spider web between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Thank you. And I am sorry to hear your stunt man broke both ankles swinging onto the moving car. I hope he healed well." http://www.capalert.com/capreports/spiderman.htm
May 9, 2002, 12:43 a.m. CST
by Regis Travolta
"You make the other poor dumb bastard die for his post!" And that's how you win a flame war on these here boards boys. Best part of Patton was the music, a truly stellar score by Jerry Goldsmith.
May 9, 2002, 12:38 p.m. CST
I like Ebert. Always have. I tend to disagree with many of his reviews... Especially more recently. But I still like the man. I guess more than anything, I miss Siskel. Roeper just doesn't do it for me. He comes off more pompous than anything. I don't think he really fits in well with Roger either.
May 10, 2002, 6:55 a.m. CST
There's something cocky about Roeper; I don't know. I mean the guy is knowledgeable about film, but I don't detect a Geek's film love of it, the way I do with Roger. I don't know, they just don't work...Harry, on the other hand, seemed to do quite well with Roger, and quite frankly, as much as I disagree with a lot of Harry's stuff ("Godzilla rocked!" "I cried at Amrmageddon!" "Phantom Menace is a good film") he is the only natural succesor to a guy like Ebert, plus he looks bizzare enough for caricature. Roeper looks like a Wall Street broker who drives a BMW and sips Frappucino's while reading Pauline Kael reviews.
May 11, 2002, 5:06 p.m. CST
And what's wrong with Pauline Kael, exactly?