May 30, 2002, 8:39 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
Vicotr is the main character in that waced-out Glamorama, right? So are they gonna make a movie of that? So many things can go wrong, starting with casting Kip Pardue.
May 30, 2002, 8:58 a.m. CST
That is, if it ever gets released. I feel a Requiem For a Dream style unrated limited release coming on, what with the doggy-style vomit scene and all (a variation on the Cold Lunch). And not one but TWO WB stars gettin raw-dog in it!
May 30, 2002, 9:10 a.m. CST
...or it could suck like jenna jameson. who knows? i'm going for the former, myself - avary's not without talent, van der beek's WAY underrated, ellis does this kind of material better than any other writer. dunno about the fred savage cameo (and paul williams? what the fuck?) but otherwise i'm pretty happy with the way this sounds - thanks for getting your thoughts up on this one, old man. hope it makes some decent bank, then avary will get to make 'glamorama' (with the not-that-bad-an-actor kip pardue in the lead) - now THERE'S some fucked shit for ya.
May 30, 2002, 9:15 a.m. CST
Did I spell that name correctly? I've only read one book of his (American Psycho), but it was incredibly vapid. His work was nicely skewered a few years ago in a book called Generation Echh. So I don't have much faith in the source material for this film. On the other hand, I thought the novel of Fight Club was pointless, but I loved the flick, so maybe I'll be surprised. sk
May 30, 2002, 9:18 a.m. CST
by Pepper Sinclaire
...now Avary needs to pull his finger out with that Phantasm flick... P$
May 30, 2002, 9:38 a.m. CST
Roger Avary is currently writing a screenplay of Glamorama, but he's doing it independently without studio backing. A 70million movie about terrorists won't exactly get a studio excited, so if they do make it then they'll probably cut the budget and tone it down. Not to mention Roger Avary's friend (the guy from Driven) is going to be Victor. I don't think the film industry will rest till they adapt everyone of Ellis' books and screw them up for the screen.
May 30, 2002, 10:05 a.m. CST
I'm curious to see what exactly happens to him in this film. From his brief appearance in the trailer, it looks like it's something fairly horrible.
May 30, 2002, 10:28 a.m. CST
I thought this was a wonderful book, and the movie appears to be fairly faithful to it. I am curious to see how/if glamorama could be adapted. that is one of the weirdest books i've ever read and don't know how one would portray that on screen without completly confusing the auidience. But if that gets made I guess that just leaves the informers left, and since that book was pretty pointless (except for the fact that it every chapter was in first person by a different character) i don't think that one will ever get made.
May 30, 2002, 10:38 a.m. CST
I miss you inciteful reviews... enough with these SPOILER-FESTS. You should be ashamed of this and your X-Men 2 script review. Fortunately I have the sense to walk away before I KNOW TOO MUCH, but when I read a review, I want it to be a review, not a re-cap! Too bad I didn't get to the end of this article, because what you had to say seemed interesting, but I don't want to ruin the movie for myself. Ironic, considering you saved yourself so the movie was fresh for you. Now you feel the need to post a review that spoilers it all.
May 30, 2002, 11:11 a.m. CST
HELLO, I'M JASON SINGER AND I'M A STUDENT. I'M THE ANNOYING GIMP WHO KEEPS POPPING UP ON YOUR SCREEN. ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, I CAN FUCK OFF RIGHT OFF
May 30, 2002, 11:14 a.m. CST
except for the sex, drugs, and violence. The music was great though.
May 30, 2002, 12:14 p.m. CST
So I do a search (man the programming underneath this site needs a major overhaul. Slow as hell cgi with a horrible search engine!), and Moriarty's Lists for the '90s only go up to 1995. Was that it? I guess I wasn't halucinating when I thought he never ended up finishing the lists.
May 30, 2002, 12:45 p.m. CST
May 30, 2002, 1:39 p.m. CST
would be an other book to addapt and would be easier than the informers
May 30, 2002, 1:47 p.m. CST
by Charles Grady
Actually, yes, he only did up through '95, BUT he wrote for this site and contributed his Best of the Year lists in 1997, 1998, and 1999, I believe, so I don't know why everyone complains about the guy never finishing them - unless you really need to know what Mori thought the best films of 1997 were AGAIN two years later. And why did Moriarty AND Harry ignore/not review INSOMNIA and UNFAITHFUL, two of the best (and best-reviewed) films of the year? I guess films about adults no longer appeal to their once-eclectic tastes.
May 30, 2002, 1:58 p.m. CST
Less Than Zero was already done. However, it wasn't very strict to the book. Glamorama is in fact being written by Avary with Pardue playing Victor - and after seeing ROA you'll realize he is perfect for the role. Same with Vanderbeek. This movie is NOT another Body Shots. Lynch doing Glamorama? He should go back to television...
May 30, 2002, 2:13 p.m. CST
Would any one happen to know where to obtain a Quicktime version of the trailer? The official site does not have one. Any links would be appreciated. Cheers.
May 30, 2002, 4:27 p.m. CST
Quite possibly the best film all year, and not a yelp from this site about it. I mean shit, i hear Harry getting weepy of SPIRIT, the girlie horse movie, and he calls Undercover Brother a classic. Is there any room for an intellegent film that isn't proficient in CGI or general nerdery? I think not. Then again, Coming Attractions has become little more than a link posting to stories that come from Variety. At least Dark Horizons is still quality.
May 30, 2002, 5:19 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
In a moment of haste and thoughtlessness, I once declared Harry Knowles the world's worst famous writer. What was I thinking? Brett Easton Ellis is the biggest tool in all of literati. He makes Harry look like Moriarity, and he makes Moriarity look like me. I'll admit, I have a hard time relating to Ellis simply because I don't hate my friends or my lovers or people with less money than me or people with more money than me. I don't really even think that much about sex as a means of hurting people. I don't really have any particular interest in hurting people. All the same, sometimes the worst books do make the best movies. 'American Psycho' turned out surprisingly well, 'Less than Zero' was watchable, so 'Rules of Attraction' could be okay, even though it sounds preposterous ('The School of Hard Knockers' is probably a saner, more sober and realistic depiction of modern campus life)and any reviews on this site need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Just a little word of advice for you kiddies; instead of reading books about rich assholes taking drugs, you may find it much more enriching, educational, and just plain good old fashioned fun to take drugs yourselves. And then, with all the time you save, you can try reading real books.
May 30, 2002, 6:28 p.m. CST
Review some damn movies for a change. Changing Lanes was barely mentioned, same for Insomnia. This site is ignoring some great films.
May 30, 2002, 6:56 p.m. CST
Today on the Patty Winters Show: is Kurt Russell becoming too cocky? I would respond to people claiming Bret Easton Ellis can't write, but I have to go return some Video Tapes.
May 30, 2002, 8:55 p.m. CST
It's impossible to tell anything about a movie from what the people at AICN say. This movie could be brilliant or it could be pretentious drivel, like "Fight Club". Just have to wait and see.
May 30, 2002, 9:15 p.m. CST
Here's hoping that she bears all for me to splooge all over the poor soul sitting in front of me.
May 30, 2002, 10:04 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
If you should ever find yourself short of cash, just sell Brett Easton Ellis some basil leaves or sweet and low. He falls for that everytime.
If it's half as good as Fight Club, it will be great.
May 30, 2002, 11:42 p.m. CST
by Mr Snrub
The Trailer for this movie is damn near exact to the trailer for "A Clockwork Orange" (quick cuts of scenes cutting to descriptive words). Not very original and kind of boring. But recycling old ideas and marketing them to the masses is what makes Hollywood great, isn't it?
May 30, 2002, 11:45 p.m. CST
That part in the book (Bateman's narrative) where he talks about spitting on his hand but then just not being able to go through with it. Man, I hope they keep that part in. It would be so violently pathetic... This movie is gonna rock. I hope it helps van der Beek crawl out of teen soap hell... Out.
May 31, 2002, 1:51 a.m. CST
You trying to pass A CLOCKWORK ORANGE off as some obscure film that 10 people saw! I mean, things don't get funnier than this.......it WAS a joke, right? RIGHT?
May 31, 2002, 2 a.m. CST
damn, that movie was lame. I'd rather watch Pacino in "panic in needle park". oh, I also hate the Matrix... that other supposed touchstone of recent coolness. But ROA might be good.
May 31, 2002, 3:40 a.m. CST
May 31, 2002, 4:17 a.m. CST
God when I read Glamorama I thought it would be the most difficult book to adapt to film ever but if anyone can do it, it's gotta be Avary. It's scary cause it would be so easy to fuck it up. and does anyone know if Bret Easton Ellis has seen ROA and if so, what did he think of it?
May 31, 2002, 6:35 a.m. CST
by Chilli Kramer
in 'Angus', where he was the school bully. Not very convincing, but it was a long time ago now.
May 31, 2002, 10:20 a.m. CST
Actually, Moriarty's list on 1999 would be good enough. That was a hell of a year for movies. Harry's list was like 37 movies long because he couldn't narrow it down to 10 or something like that. I get tired of reading Harry's reviews, because every movie is either: mediocre, which he considers the worst type of movie (does that even make sense to anyone???), shit (or insert synonym for human waste), or "perfect".
May 31, 2002, 12:22 p.m. CST
Look, let's be perfectly honest here: Avery helped write a good script with QT and won an Oscar for it. Good for him. Killing Zoe was mediocre at best - one of those movies that tries to liven things up by throwing in some "shocking" scenes but fails. And he's done what, exactly, since then? What has he done to deserve special attention while a real visionary filmmaker like Chris Nolan (Insomnia, Memento, neither of which AICN have bothered to say much about) gets ignored? We all know Avery and QT are great buddies of AICN. This is no secret. Jesus, QT did the intro to Harry's book. So why bother writing "reviews" on their movies and scripts? I remember a few months back when Moriarity was promising a review of QT's Kill Bill as a "Birthday Present" for him. That's what he actually said. How is anyone supposed to read that and think it's an objective review? Same thing goes here. This movie could be great. It could be total shit. I'd never know it from this fan-boy "review", which in the end is my whole point. Stick to movies where you and/or Harry aren't buddies with the writer/director/producer and we'll all take you seriously. Assuming there ARE any movies that fit that criteria anymore.
May 31, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST
OK, so I am actually incredibly excited for this film. Everything I've read and heard from people (and not just here) has been nothing less than enticing. The problem with adapting Ellis is that part of what makes people love it or hate it is the starkness of the narrative, how unemotional that is. American Psycho, while a MUCH better adaptation than Less Than Zero (where the only similarities were the characters' names and that it was in LA) it was TOO wry, too tongue-in-cheek, commentary on society. Understandably the horror that takes place in the book couldn't have been shown (hello- prostitute hooked up to the car battery, not to mention the whole rat -ugh, shudder), so I think that the direction they went was the only way it could have gone. (By the way, does anyone remember hearing about Ellis's adaptation of American Psycho? It involved all the businessmen skipping and singing Barry Manilow at the end...more than enough reason to be glad Avary is holding the pen.) But, of all of them, Rules is his blandest book and somehow, that makes it the easiest to visualize as being adapted well and potentially better than the book. By the way, Doug Coupland wrote Generation X- totally different styles and about ten years apart in their respective hey-days.
May 31, 2002, 2:29 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... how I'm buddies with someone I've never met until the day I saw his film. We spent a total of about ten minutes talking. If that somehow skews my ability to discuss a movie objectively, then pretty much anyone working in film coverage right now would have to disqualify themselves from covering... well... everything. I admire Roger's first film, and I like this one. As far as not covering INSOMNIA, you can thank Warner Bros. and their rabid fear of the site for that. I wrote quite passionately about the film's script when I read it, and would have loved to have reviewed it. But I'm not allowed anywhere near Warner Bros. press screenings, and I didn't make it to the film over the weekend because I was celebrating my birthday. Pardon fucking me. That's pretty much it, conspiracy theorists. I wish I could tell you that Roger and I were long-time bestest of friends so you could get your panties in a vicious twist, but it's simply not true. So relax with the finger pointing. If it doesn't sound like your cup of tea, fine. But it's a film that will stand on its own merits upon release. And "angel660," stop stalking me from Talk Back to Talk Back to declare the end of civilization just because my tastes happen to be broad enough to enjoy JACKASS and RULES as well as what you might deem culturally worthy.
May 31, 2002, 2:41 p.m. CST
I was unfortunate enough to see a test screening of this film at the Block back in February. It was god-awful. My buddy and I (and about 30 other people) walked out 40 minutes into it. The damn credits didn't even begin until 20 minutes in. This film is simply a case of an idiot who got lucky once trying to be taken more seriously as an "artistic" director by trying some ridiculous technique of going backward and restarting a scene from a different point of view. Someone needs to teach this director how to edit and refine his craft.
May 31, 2002, 2:54 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
Well I was just perusing Moriarity's best of the 90's lists, and I figured it was about time I put my hat in the ring. So, in no particular order, here is an incomplete list of the best movies that I saw in the ten years that preceded the last two and a half years. For brevity's sake, I've stuck with English language titles. So without further ado: GOODFELLAS - EYES WIDE SHUT - UNFORGIVEN - MILLER'S CROSSING - RICHARD III - HOOP DREAMS - RESERVOIR DOGS - DEAD MAN - DEAD MAN WALKING - THE SWEET HEREAFTER (Widely acknowledged as the greatest Canadian movie, though it's hard to argue with 'Meatballs'.) - SECRETS & LIES - BREAKING THE WAVES (I have a lot of problems with this one. Like 'Forrest Gump', 'The Green Mile' and 'Dancer in the Dark', it revolves around one of my least favorite fictional archetypes - the idiot saint. Between 'Waves' and 'Dancer', I really have to question Von Trier's attitudes towards women. However 'Breaking the Waves' is simply a better film than the others mentioned.) - L.A. CONFIDENTIAL - AMERICAN BEAUTY - THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT - Honorable Mention - KUNDUN - THE WINGS OF THE DOVE (If only for that last scene) - STARSHIP TROOPERS - TERMINATOR 2 - BARTON FINK - THE INSIDER - HAMLET (Kenneth Branagh) - DICK - HOFFA - ED WOOD - THE COMMITMENTS - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - MAGNOLIA - CRUMB - GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS - HARDCORE LOGO - FACE/OFF - A CIVIL ACTION - A PERFECT WORLD - THELMA & LOUISE - CRIMSON TIDE - PULP FICTION - SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE - NAKED - SILENCE OF THE LAMBS - HOWARD'S END - GROUNDHOG DAY - CABIN BOY - THE RUSSIA HOUSE - QUIZ SHOW - HURLYBURLY - SOUTH PARK - DIE HARD WITH A VEANGENCE - BLACK ROBE - BLUE IN THE FACE - Many more I can't think of right now. Thanks for bearing with me.
May 31, 2002, 3:17 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
All of the films in 'The Stanley Kubrick Collection' feature theatrical trailers. 'Clockwork' likely being Kubrick's most popular title, it's safe to say that a good number of us geek types have seen its very distinctive and extremely cool trailer. If Avary has imitated it, we will recognize the imitation.
May 31, 2002, 3:49 p.m. CST
Forget about spoilers, the real spoilers are the fucking trailers. If I have to sit through another new trailer for Minority Report I'll scream. Every time they get a little more footage in the can, here comes another trailer. A lot of times there's so much information in the trailer I don't even need to go see the movie. When are these movie dolts going to learn that trailers are supposed to be teasers, to entice people to pay money to see their films? I call it the "Hoffa Syndrome." Strain 1 of the Hoffa Syndrome is showing a trailer too often. Strain 2 is showing a trailer too often and with frequent updates, such as in the case of Minority Report. To the people making Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, I'll put a hit out on you if you do anything resembling the Hoffa Syndrome!
May 31, 2002, 7:36 p.m. CST
Well, that settles it. Must be a piece of shit. Man, no wonder I gave up reading talk backs.
May 31, 2002, 9:43 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
TRUST, HUSBANDS & WIVES, HAPPINESS, TWIN PEAKS (First episode). Damn, I know there's a ton of good ones I'm missing.
June 1, 2002, 4:49 a.m. CST
during the End of The World party scene... ....happened to be on 9/11....was one of the worst working days of my life..... hope it looks good on film