Aug. 15, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST
I didnt read the full reviews themselves as to avoid any spoilers, but I'm glad to hear you liked One Hour Photo and Kid Stays in the Picture as I am looking forward to seeing those.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:04 p.m. CST
by Super Mendez
Looks like it could knock around my cockandballs for a half hour and still not be entertaining. Bob Crane and John Carpenter fucking? Jesus, I wish I hadn't ate lunch before reading this. That's a fucking awful mental picture. Oh yeah, before I forget, Vin Diesel is the next Jean Claude Van Damme waiting to happen. See you in 3 years Vin, when you're making direct-to-video pics. I can't wait until some dumbass studio exec. gets the idea to cast him in a shitty buddy comedy with a kid or dog, you know it's going to happen. Or worse yet, some fluffy romantic comedy. You fanboys better prepare yourselves for it, you know it's coming.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:07 p.m. CST
Appreciate all the hard work! Great reviews. Definitely want to see One Hour Photo.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:24 p.m. CST
The most unfairly overlooked director working today gets overlooked once again.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:26 p.m. CST
by Magic Milkmaid
Yet again Moriarty shows he's the real reason to come to this site. I can't wait for One Hour Photo now.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:28 p.m. CST
thaks for the reviews, but please...John Dahl directed Rounders...as well as Red Rock West and The last seduction ...and you oughtta know that...brian koppelman and his pal wrote a fine first script, but they sure as hell didn't direct it.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:33 p.m. CST
i totally agree...Dahl is one of the BEST directors (not) working...screwed again!
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:37 p.m. CST
in my opinion, John Dahl directed Rounders. It is possible that these two jokers actually directed it but then why would they have credited John Dahl? Doesn't seem likely. Anyway I also agree that John Dahl is a good one. Sure he made a couple of garbagey Ray Liotta movies in there somewheres but if you look at his filmography as a whole most of them are a good time. True, he hasn't matched RED ROCK WEST again but I did like the ol' ROUNDERS and I think he has it in him to make some more good ones.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:38 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
And yet Vin Diesel, a man with one semi-hit (that THE LOUD AND THE POINTLESS, or whatever the fuck that crap was called) and only one proper hit (xXx), is getting 20 million a film!?!!
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:43 p.m. CST
I can't wait to see it again. I don't want to overhype it, because it is a quiet film, but I could say it's going to be this decade's TAXI DRIVER. Too late, I hyped it. But it really is that good. Great review, Mori.
Aug. 15, 2002, 2:57 p.m. CST
Thanks, Moriarty! I have been anticipating One Hour Photo for a long time, so it was good to read you very positive review. It sounds like a film that is right up all twenty one of my alleys. Auto Focus...well, it sounds like it could be really great or it could be pretty mediocre. The more I hear about it, the more I think it may go awry in all the ways that Blow went awry. It all depends on the execution, I suppose. I just hope that Auto-Focus is more FOCUSED than Blow, which (in the last half hour) really BLEW the goat. Har har, hehe, aaahhhhh...my apologies. Anyways, here's to hoping that Auto-Focus fulfills its potential.
Aug. 15, 2002, 3:10 p.m. CST
...he directed a little movie called Static back in the 80s. Still, good job, Moriarty!
Aug. 15, 2002, 3:39 p.m. CST
if romanek's movie is anywhere NEAR as good as his music videos (easily some of the best of all time), then it's going to be a great flick.
Aug. 15, 2002, 3:43 p.m. CST
You know, I really thought Vin Diesel was the next van damme, but xxx has me wondering. i liked that movie way more than i probably should have. i'm not saying he can act or anything, but still ... i don't know, i'd say he's more likely the next ah-nuld. and he's been a writer/director twice, which is interesting....so maybe more like stallone..... oh yeah - and one hour photo this decade's taxi driver? don't know who said that - but come on. no other decade has a taxi driver, the only thing that comes close is fight club - certainly not anything starring robin williams (even if he does restrain himself in this one....)
Aug. 15, 2002, 4:09 p.m. CST
Aug. 15, 2002, 4:34 p.m. CST
by Sod Off Baldric
It'd bloody well better show up here in cinemas here in WisCAHNsin (local pronunciation), or I will be...upset. Auto Focus is also starting to stir some interest for me. Have to check out that one when I get a chance.
Aug. 15, 2002, 4:58 p.m. CST
for turning off that stupid typewriter. sk
Aug. 15, 2002, 6:26 p.m. CST
Add Joy Ride (seriously) to Dahl's excellent, largely overlooked filmography. You go into Joy Ride thinking "teen crap" and you come out thinking "Jesus. That was kind of excellent."
Aug. 15, 2002, 6:53 p.m. CST
Mori, I love your writing. It's that simple. That new dvd section is a great idea, I've told you that before, but you said you wouldn't find the time. THe thing is, it would be absolutely great to read about the older movies, movies that aren't discussed much because of all the new exciting releases; which is a good thing, we should always keep going forwards, but to have such a great fan of movies (or fans, I don't know how this dvd thing is gonna be handled of course) write about recent dvd titles - which doesnt automatically mean recent films - opens up an oppertunity to even advance AICN's status. The written pieces should be like essays, only in that AICN/Moriarty only style, something I would be very excited about. Here's to hoping.. I do have to say, Mori, it was a great piece, once again, but I think it's a shame you didn't end the part about Auto Focus the way you began it, by finishing off the story about your girlfriend asking 'that' question. I was really waiting for that, it would have been great to personalize a movie to such an extend by framing it that specific way. Anyways, it made for a great set-up. And Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society I have to say, is still a beauty to behold, even if it is through Weir's good hand. THere is incredible spirit in his Keating, very emotional and very powerful, fondly reminding me of Crocker-Harris from The Browning Version, whichever actor you prefer in that role (I feel Finney also did a fantastic job, albeit in, maybe, a lesser film). THats about it though, I think I'll also like a script written by you, hopefully something'll happen soon in that department. Anyways, TK421 is out for now.
Aug. 15, 2002, 7:02 p.m. CST
i have elves that are bigger than seth green....by the way.... my name is santa claus
Aug. 15, 2002, 7:20 p.m. CST
by EL Duderino
He's truly a brilliant man, completely unpretentious,and it was an honor to be able to ask him questions during his screening of the film at USC. A cross between Jean Reno and Stanley Kubrick, but with a voice as high as theirs are low, he is the antithesis of the music video director stereotype. He was also nice enough to come spend an extra 45 minutes to personally talk to twelve of his fans after his Q&A. Despite the heinous second trailer for the film, which is as misleading as Donnie Darko's second trailer, I am hopeful that One Hour Photo will find its audience, and maybe it would even become a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" style success depending on Fox Searchlight's strategy. You'd think that after all of the positive buzz that OHP has generated that Romanek would jump right back into the director's seat, but he noted that he's going to wait AT LEAST a year and a half. His reasoning for not wanting to direct for a couple of years? Not only is directing feature films an exhausting process, but he also wants to give himself time to get back into the right state of mind to direct features again. Simple as that.
Aug. 15, 2002, 7:44 p.m. CST
Okay, so Kid Stays in the Picture is already in limited release. But how about the other 3 films reviewed? All I'm asking for is a simple date, that should have been in the press kit. Are facts too much to ask for in AICN review? (Maybe, judging by the standard of contributions as of late).
Aug. 15, 2002, 8:01 p.m. CST
Dear Fans, With the release of "Auto Focus" another slander against the only "Politically Correct" target(DWM) is hit. "DWM" means Dead White Males, you can slander them with innuendo and slurs and get away with it. He was labeled "obsessed" simply because he liked to shoot his own sex acts. No one was coerced or forced. If he were Gay,his death would have been spun as a Martyrdom of a Sexual rebel who dared to flaunt his sexuality. Yes, so he acted like a pig on that TV talk show. If he was a gangsta Rap star who sang about killing cops and raping "biches" he'd be a platinum seller and have the GWL (Guilty White Liberals) defending him like they did Eminem. Hell Feminists man-haters regularly trash Men nightly on TV and the Media and get away with it. Again if he were Gay he could have gotten the PC stamp of approval for liking Sex so much. Too bad his crime was being Hetero, White and Male. It is obvious to me that he is being screwed by the Liberal Hollywood machine. Just my thought, Claw
Aug. 15, 2002, 9:31 p.m. CST
Much better than it looked in previews.
Aug. 15, 2002, 11:59 p.m. CST
Aug. 16, 2002, 1:14 a.m. CST
...is on my shortlist for Best of 2002, up there with Y Tu Mama and The Fast Runner. Signs and Minority Report could also make the cut. As for Barry Pepper, any detractor of his should see Billy Crystal's *61 for proof of his emerging talent. Is he in Dreamcatcher? I forget and the trailer is too insane to be able to tell...
Aug. 16, 2002, 4:54 a.m. CST
by Eugene O
First of all, the flick portrays him as a good-time boy who let things get out of control. That's hardly slanderous. Secondly, gays hardly get special treatment by the media as unfortunate victims who just like sex too much. The AIDS crisis hasn't exactly made them darlings in the media OR public opinion. And finally, liberals (including the liberal media) tend to advocate sex between consenting adults--which is exactly what the Cranester was into. He was who he was, and the film does not exploit that. My only question is: could THE IRON GIANT fall victim to similar temptations (though of a more mechanical/robotic nature)?
Aug. 16, 2002, 5:03 a.m. CST
...although, perhaps, just a minor gear in the grand works of a mechanism that promotes healthy sex between consenting adults (with or without the video camera)at the general expense of all other trait and trends. Nobody is slandering him. In fact he STILL remains a beloved icon DESPITE his lurid death (photos of which have been popping up on t.v. for years). The only thing that has tainted his overall "image" is the once-alleged mob ties to his death. If the dude were alive and banging today, the Liberal Hollywood Machine would be lining up for invitations to his parties!
Aug. 16, 2002, 6:40 a.m. CST
...he could answer that Iron Giant question for ya, Darth Bono. I will surmise, however, that the Iron Giant may bear a similarity to a certain Star Trek character who was not organic, yet was "fully functional...programmed in multiple techniques."
Aug. 16, 2002, 9:29 a.m. CST
It's been available online for a while now (hint: you might want to try the file trading service that starts with a K and ends with an A. That's all I'm saying.) It definitely is a very well-made movie, with terrific performances by Robin Williams and Gary Cole as another asshole boss (perhaps even more terrifying than Lumberg from OFFICE SPACE). It starts out a little slow but that is deliberate, it picks up the pace and the suspense increases as it goes on. The ending was a little too pat I thought, as they too obviously tried to come up with a resolution that would be satisfying for the audience (as Chris Rock once said, sometimes there's no explanation needed for why people do what they do- some people are "just crazy") It will be interesting to see the final product, as the version I saw must have had a temp track because it used music from "American Beauty" and "The Man Who Wasn't There", which was somewhat distracting. Otherwise, very well done, and it surpasses "Insomnia" as one of William's better performances (although I liked him in that too), and almost makes up for the disappointing "Death to Smoochy"
Aug. 16, 2002, 10:09 a.m. CST
I agree with Moriarty that One Hour Photo is an excellent movie with excellent performances. The music is great, but the whole movie belongs to the art director. The sets are amazing and truly provide the insight into the characters that the script is hiding (which is not a bad thing). The ending with the "Childhood Wrap Up" is a bit over the top and unnecessary, but will look great on Robin Williams Oscar reel in February. The biggest disappointment I found in the film was what Mori loved...Connie Nielsen. I loved her in Gladiator and Rushmore and in OHP she's gives a great performance, but it's totally overshadowed by her horrible accent. Why did she have to try to sound so American?? Why couldn't she have her normal accent? It would seem to make her even more exotic to Sy if she did. But instead, you can see her labour under the stress of a waivering accent...much like Emma Thompson in "Primary Colors" or Kristen Scott Thomas in "Random Hearts" and "Life as a House." It really took me out of the movie. Other than that, the movie is fantastic and deserves as much attention, praise and box office as "Memento", "In the Bedroom" and "Monster's Ball" combined.
Aug. 16, 2002, 3:24 p.m. CST
Bob Crane is a filthy, warped person because he liked porn and having sex a lot? There has got to be more to it than that.
Aug. 16, 2002, 5:22 p.m. CST
First of all, the flick portrays him as a good-time boy who let things get out of control. That's hardly slanderous. >>>>>>>>>. Really ,apparently he felt had no problems showing his flicks to friends. Was his fetish really a problem. >>>>>>>>>>>> Secondly, gays hardly get special treatment by the media as unfortunate victims who just like sex too much. The AIDS crisis hasn't exactly made them darlings in the media OR public opinion. >>>>>>>>>>>>> Really? I see Gays getting plenty of special treatment by the Media and Hollywood with benefits, AIDs runs, plays and movies. How about Elizabeth Taylor and her friends in the Media making Gays the darlings of the Media? What about that "canonization" of Mathew Shepard as a Gay saint/victim killed by Hetero Goons in plays and TV adaptations? What about those two Gays who tied up, tortured and murdered a 13 year old boy? That story was practically buried in the mainstream Media and only mentioned in the local paper. If that doesn't spell "Gay-Slanted" Media I don't know what does. Didn't Hilary Swank win that Oscar for the cross-dressing Lesbian? If that doesn't spell "Media Slant" or "special treatment" or "Media Darlings" I don't know what is. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. And finally, liberals (including the liberal media) tend to advocate sex between consenting adults--which is exactly what the Cranester was into. He was who he was, and the film does not exploit that. >>>>>>>>>> Really? It seems to advocate sex between consenting adults as A.O.K. for people they like. Clinton was a sleaze who got handled with kid gloves with no damage to his reputation. He is a hot item and sought after in the lecture circuit. But Bob Crane had a hobby of filming his conscentual sex acts and the film paints him as an sleazy obsessed monster? Sounds exploitative to me. His family is not too thrilled about this flick I understand. Claw
Aug. 16, 2002, 9:53 p.m. CST
by Eugene O
That's because they aren't involved in it (translate: getting money for it). They ARE however, selling a very cool book (go to their website for details and sample pictures) that features TONS of photos of ol' Bobby banging the broads. If anyone is exploiting Bob, it's them. Of course, if there is any exploiting to be done, they SHOULD have first dibs. AS FOR CLINTON: all he did was get a blowjob from an intern; most rational people don't consider that a big deal (the BIG DEAL was, however, getting caught lying). What, do you think that politicians (liberal and conservative alike) don't use their power to get sex?! Nature seemingly MANUFACTURES broads willing to fuck guys with power. Big deal. Comparing Clinton with Crane makes sense, but you're missing the point: much like the Clinton non-issue (see above), Crane just had sex and like taping it, and that's no big deal (it wasn't like he was selling them and making $$$$ like a pornographer). The BIG DEAL was, however that he got apparently murdered for it AND that his on-screen image was of a clean-cut dude (alough having sex and being clean-cut aren't really related). Anyway, BOTH stories are sordid because of circumstances BEYOND the actual sexing up those dudes did. Still, I have no love of the media, so I'm willing to agree with ya, Claw, just to malign them anyway. Gotta go, folks...off to Hawaii for three weeks!!
Aug. 16, 2002, 10:44 p.m. CST
When Eastwood says 'Action!' at the end of the film.....maaaannnn....Why the fuck doesn't anyone realize Eastwood's a great actor and give him the meaty roles that he deserves?
Aug. 17, 2002, 12:22 a.m. CST
I agree practically word for word with Mori's review. I saw it a couple months ago and it's really fantastic. The climax toward the end is disturbing and ballsy, extremely well done. I've liked Romanek's videos, it's nice to see he can make movies this good too.
Aug. 17, 2002, 2:29 a.m. CST
Honey button your shirt, ya SS blood type tattoo is showing! But seriously, defend the Cranester by all means: just don't use the fuggin Het White Male bandwagon. It's for Assholes Exclusively, and you aint an asshole, are ya? The reasons he's gettin fucked in the portrayal are numerous, but they aint because he's straight or a guy, or white. (for fucksake) In America, Sex sells, Dirt sells even more. You all love to wallow in celebs crapulence, & finally of course: Hollywood is a whore, and loves to trash people. HWM? Don't get into 'special treatment' and the 'White MAN is becoming a victim in America, just look at the media'...speeches, some-one just might think you an Illinois Nazi. We all Hate Illinois Nazi's. Incoming Newsflash: White Straight Males are being targetted by the media in an agressive campaign, to make them feel unconfidant - and hence stop mating. This would then pave the way for the rest of 'US', once the pestilent White Straight Male has died out. All Gays, cripples, cross-dressers, people with AIDS etc are to get the Medal of Honour today. Start learning the new <incredibly oh-so upsetting> Hate language against the real Minority: WSM's/WHM's. Then the Holocaust against our overweight pasty-faced, beer breathed pussy loving enemy, can begin. This News brought to you by the Black Cross-Dressing, Gay, Crippled Midget <with AIDS>. Vive Le Revolution! White Straights are finally a minority!! (Man I enjoyed that straight bashing last nite. Oh wait, that was a dream. NOW I remember, oopsy: seems that's one of the many Privileges us Fuggin Media Darlings get...) & Alvarez sez, its '7:25 in the AM, somebuddy gave me some bad shit last night'..........
Aug. 17, 2002, 5:25 p.m. CST
by Eugene O
Well said, MiguelAlvarez!
Aug. 18, 2002, 8:37 p.m. CST
Beat you Relijah.
Aug. 19, 2002, 1:39 a.m. CST
All men do not own at least one porno. I am a very very straight man and I naver have and most likely never will. We do exist!
Aug. 19, 2002, 2:22 a.m. CST
by Noriko Takaya
I won't be going to Hawaii 'till next year. Let me know how it was. Oh, and as for Alien 3: sorry, LostHighway, but it sucked AIDS-infected goat cock. One of the worst betrayals of a movie franchise this side of "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace." It was surpassed in it's rottenness only by the last 1/2 of Alien 4. May no more Alien films ever be made, I can't stand to see it get raped again. Toppu o Nerae!
Aug. 20, 2002, 1:46 p.m. CST
...features asian babes taking it up the ass. I don't know why, but anal sex (HETEROSEXUAL anal sex) seems more fun than conventional fucking. But its difficult to find hot girls who enjoy it that way in real life. I've only found two so far... What was the original topic of this talk back again?
Aug. 22, 2002, 8:43 p.m. CST
DEAR MiguelAlvarez/Bono, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Honey button your shirt, ya SS blood type tattoo is showing! But seriously, defend the Cranester by all means: just don't use the fuggin Het White Male bandwagon. It's for Assholes Exclusively, and you aint an asshole, are ya? >>>>>>>> Pretty knee-jerk Leftist reaction. I guess both of you are assholes because I