Nov. 25, 2002, 6:47 a.m. CST
...You can't handle the truth!
Nov. 25, 2002, 6:48 a.m. CST
by The Tao of Joe
I would understand using a movie character or animal as the butt of such a comment, but Mike is a real person with real feelings man. You shouldnt say such a mean thing about a person who put their phone number on the internet, inviting people to call him, and who also believes the neverending story parts 1 and 2 are among the greatest films ever made. This is probably the meanest thing you have ever done, and I am a person who read your Simon Birch review, but I mean I wonder if you even know what you have done. I think you owe mike an apology. Many a man would buckle under the temporary spotlight of a documentary (i.e. reality tv stars), but I think Mike has maintained a great part of what made us love him in the movie to begin with. Shame on you man.
Nov. 25, 2002, 7:32 a.m. CST
Sounds interesting indeed!
Nov. 25, 2002, 7:35 a.m. CST
by Edward Rooney
I think I am going to be the last person to see this film and Adaptation! Oh well, I'm excited anyway...
Nov. 25, 2002, 8:39 a.m. CST
This review actually made me curious to see it. The trailer is absolutely terrible. But perhaps it's worth a shot. Although, I have to say, Nicholson's performance in the The Pledge was NOT affecting, it was overdone, hammed up. I was not impressed with that movie or with Jack in the slightest.
Nov. 25, 2002, 9:29 a.m. CST
Nicholson is Nicholson, period. Although I've only seen the trailer, there was nothing in it to suggest that I was watching anybody other than Nicholson. Clip after clip Nicholson was doing Nicholson. What's it going to be - his 14th Oscar nomnation? Either he's the most overrated actor ever or the Oscars are the most overrated awards show ever.
Nov. 25, 2002, 9:35 a.m. CST
by Giant Fish
If I was half the writer he is, I'd be a happy man.
Nov. 25, 2002, 10:07 a.m. CST
by Dickie Greenleaf
Is it too early to start thinking about 2002 possibly rivalling 1999 as being the best year for American cinema in recent memory. As Moriarty correctly points out, 1999 felt like a true watershed, not just because there was an unusual number of great films released, after all, every year turns up its fair share of quality, but it was rather the sheer variety and, in some cases, outright bravery demonstrated by this group of exciting young filmmakers (Payne, Fincher, PTA, Mendes, Jonze et al.). I already think we've seen two films genuinely deserving of being called modern classics, Spielberg's MINORITY REPORT and Sam Mendes' ROAD TO PERDITION, and when one looks at the list of the year's other major contenders, most of which still waiting to be released, almost every single one is different or unique in some way; PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, FAR FROM HEAVEN, SOLARIS, ADAPTATION, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, CHICAGO and ABOUT SCHMIDT all look like being true originals. One of the other factors in 1999's significance was the work of more established and experienced directors, Michael Mann's THE INSIDER, Anthony Minghella's THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, Ang Lee's RIDE WITH THE DEVIL and Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT, and this year we still have Scorsese's GANGS OF NEW YORK and Spielberg's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (hopefully his second great film of the year) in the offing. My point is that this is potentially a very exciting time for cinema, and hopefully this fact will not be lost on audiences. I can't wait to see ABOUT SCHMIDT, and judging from the trailer and the few reviews I have read so far, it looks to me as though it may be a perfect companion piece to Bob Rafelson's FIVE EASY PIECES, which not only showcased Nicholson's best performance to date at the time, it was also the film that really kickstarted the 70s, and set the tone for the kind of filmmaking that would ultimately come to characterize the decade. Let's hope that ABOUT SCHMIDT (and maybe some of these other hopefuls) can have the same effect in the present. Payne is certainly a really interesting director, somebody who can make films that are both supremely entertaining and have something to say, but with a finesse and subtlety that eludes so many of his peers. ELECTION, in particular, had a real Wilder-esque sense of wit, which is a great thing as there has been such a grave shortage of genuine talent in the comedy arena for so long. Filmmakers like Payne, Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson are a big part of why this should be a time of optimism.
Nov. 25, 2002, 10:31 a.m. CST
Though i'm sure it will do poorly. No sing-song ending+ Kathy Bates nude scene(which you know every dumb fuck magazine writer with a word-of-the-day calendar and an inflated ego is going to constantly reference and make fun of)= average joe no like. Oh well, i'll go see it. Probably better if "Johnny Punchclock" and "Bill Yuppie" stay the hell away.
Nov. 25, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Cutter's Way
Say what you will, Election was the most accomplished film in terms of ambition and execution in many years. Anyone who discounts the film because it takes place in and concerns events surrounding high school misses much of what the film is about. And it's funny as hell. About Schmidt is the only film I have full confidence in this season. Although, Adaptation and Narc sound very promising.
Nov. 25, 2002, 11:52 a.m. CST
by Monkey Lover
So if you dislike Jackie Brown you're one of the "people who are sensation junkies without attention span," are you? That is such an arrogant, elitist thing to say. Many people don't like Jackie Brown because it's shit. It doesn't take a genius to understand the movie, it's not high art. It's just a bad film. And I wouldn't criticise anyone for having a "terrible taste in film," if I were you, Moriarty. Remember, you liked Kiss Of The Dragon. Step down from the pedestal and realise your taste is just as valid as everyone else's and not any more so.
Nov. 25, 2002, 12:08 p.m. CST
Jack Nicholson is the greatest
Nov. 25, 2002, 12:10 p.m. CST
Sorry BadAssUncleFucka. I hate to correct you but it seems as though you are thinking of Mark Borchardt and not Mike Schank. Mark is the one with the love of movies, Mike is his buddy. And Mori was being mean. The poignancy of American Movie was that Mike Schank was more observant and thoughtful than his appearance and personality would suggest. And far more than most of the other people featured in the film. Shame on Mori for picking on the guy. We should all be so blissfully content.
Nov. 25, 2002, 12:18 p.m. CST
Why is it that this "class of 99" thing never seems to include documentaries (Mr. Death and American Movie were two of the best movies that year) or films from older filmmakers (Michael Mann peaked with The Insider)? Also, The Limey (one of the best Soderbergh films) is rarely included. Oh well. Two quick points. Demme's Handle With Care is really called Citizens Band. Handle With Care was the bad studio version, with the ending chopped off so try to avoid that but find Citizens Band, as soon as possible. Demme's followup, Melvin and Howard, fits into the same category that Moriarty was describing. Finally, I want to defend Erin Brockovich, for a second. I think Moriarty is wrong and I think it is a totally affectionate, humanist film. People who are side-tracked by Julia Roberts' cleavage are the problem, not the film's use of cleavage because: 1) The film isn't trivializing her because of her cleavage, 2) It's a true story and her body was an important part of how she accomplished things with certain people and was dismissed by others. In fact, I think Erin Brockovich has been unfairly criticized because it places more emphasis on characterization than on directorial and narrative gimmickery (ie. Spike Jonze, David Fincher, etc...whose films ARE good but maybe a little over-rated). Say what you want about Election (I liked it a lot) but the filmmakers are far less respectful of those characters than Soderbergh is of his.
Nov. 25, 2002, 12:21 p.m. CST
by The Gline
...but I liked Jackie Brown more. Calling a film "shit" without any qualification is pretty useless. "JB" is the best of Tarantino's movies I've seen so far, and it's a remarkably elegiac film from a man who's normally known for getting in your face non-stop.
Nov. 25, 2002, 1:07 p.m. CST
by Monkey Lover
The reason it's shit is because it's basically a long set of conversations between not particularly intelligent people. And the conversations they have are not interesting. They are boring, not because I demand action and adrenaline from my films (shit, Pulp Fiction has lengthy scenes of dialogue in it which are fine), but because they're not at all interesting on any level. So don't pretend that liking lengthy dialogue about nothing at all makes you an intellectually superior film-goer.
Nov. 25, 2002, 2:14 p.m. CST
I live in Omaha, and I HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! Also grew up in Nebraska, and the preview scenes ring so true with the people here. I think I will feel for Warren R. Schmidt as you did. And I hope Nicholson wins another Academy Award for this.
Nov. 25, 2002, 2:19 p.m. CST
I'd like to know on what planet movie tickets are 8 dollars. I pay 10.
Nov. 25, 2002, 2:45 p.m. CST
Believe it or not, there ARE places where you can see a first-rum film for less than 8 bucks. Here in central Virginia, full price admission to the nicest theater around (the Commonwealth 20 in Midlothian) is $7.75. But my friend in L.A. pays 14 bones for the nice theater, so I feel kinda lucky....
Nov. 25, 2002, 2:48 p.m. CST
That's completely insane. There should be a law...I don't know what law, but a law nonetheless.
Nov. 25, 2002, 3:01 p.m. CST
by Monkey Lover
A fine currency. At Uni, I have to pay
Nov. 25, 2002, 3:23 p.m. CST
I get in for a student price of 6.50. But the actual price is 8...At most AMC's in Southern California.
Nov. 25, 2002, 3:32 p.m. CST
What is wrong with extremism? It CAN be good in a lot of instances. I liked "YF&N". Satire and going to extremes to prove your "point" is really fucking overused these days, I'll admit-but a lot of the time I think that it is more effective than not. Isn't this the site that loved "The Rules of Attraction", which is far more to the extreme than "YF&N". But Avary did it with class???
Nov. 25, 2002, 4:36 p.m. CST
by BEARison Ford
horrible, aimless movie. what was up with benicio del toro's fozzy the muppet acting? yikes.
Nov. 25, 2002, 4:37 p.m. CST
I thought Jackie Brown was great - and showed that Tarantino could do a movie about flawed people who weren't just animated versions of movie cool. Plus, its the last role DeNiro had in a fucking decade where he played something other than an amalgamation of all his other characters' quirks and 'isms'. Its a good film, and entirely too underrated. Sorry if you got bored.
Nov. 25, 2002, 4:48 p.m. CST
It was a good movie the first time around, but I saw it a total of 3 times in the theater, and each time it got progressively more boring. Bridget Fonda begins to weigh on your nerves, not intentionally, as she does with DeNiro, but unintentionally- her 8 year old girl act is just a bit much. Samuel Jackson lost whatever charisma he had in that movie, and DeNiro might as well have been sound asleep on the shitter. But, again, the first time through I thought it was the best movie I'd ever seen.
Nov. 25, 2002, 6:35 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
Here's a good example of what blows me away about Talkbacks. Good god, how specific do I have to be? Some of you people seem to be as hypersensitive as a skinned cat. Did I say, "Everyone who dislikes JACKIE BROWN is a moron"? No. I didn't. I said that the people that will have a problem with ABOUT SCHMIDT are "People who are sensation junkies without attention span. The same kind of people who dismiss JACKIE BROWN because it didn
Nov. 25, 2002, 9:20 p.m. CST
sometimes you don't need a lot of reasons to go and see a movie. for instance... nicholson with an award winning comb-over in a film by the good folk behind "election"... nuff said. if you're interested in film surely you'd be interested in this? just like you should be interested in anything by tarantino, "the class of 99", or anyone that is passionately pursuing their craft - whatever the result. you don't have to like it and you may disagree with some of their creative choices, but at least some people are working towards something other than next summer's event movie and/or franchise instalment. and if we do have to have "blockbusters" (and i think we do) then isn't the propect of one of them getting their hands on it at least a little more interesting than the alternatives?
Nov. 26, 2002, 12:49 a.m. CST
by I Hate Movies
Someone had to say it.
Nov. 26, 2002, 1:25 a.m. CST
Moriarty, I haven't always liked you, but who cares why. For the most part it's because your reviews drone on and on. But I gotta hand it to you, bro, this is a well-written piece. You moved me. I was interested in seeing this before, but now I'm all over ABOUT SCHMIDT. Judging by this review, you may just be a talented film critic after all.
Nov. 26, 2002, 5:28 a.m. CST
Yeah, i have never really commented on talkback before, but i am tired of this shit about how middle america is completely different from LA and NY. Look, there really is no difference, some people are different, but for the most part everyone is the same. I go to school in "middle america", but I am from the west coast. There is no difference, just depends on who you associate with. I am just tired of hearing about how "hollywood" people dont asociate with middle america. Also, most of the reviews on this site are pretty much BS. Just cause you have a site on the net, doesnt mean that you know shit about movies. Im fuckin tired of this shit, "well its a social comment on life", well, it is usually not. I'll keep commenting now in the future, just to keep people honest. Peace, just a poor college student
Nov. 26, 2002, 7:18 a.m. CST
by Grand Digital
Man the Pledge was so bad. It was like boring and depressing and Jack Nicholson had a moustache. Anyway, in Japan people with combovers are called barcoda-atama - barcode head. That's kind of funny. Shut up. Yeah election was good. That's it, bye !
Nov. 26, 2002, 7:41 p.m. CST
what a career
Dec. 1, 2002, 3:08 a.m. CST
I also thought the trailer was only so-so but this is a good review Moriarty. Unfortunately, this film set in middle America - you can only see in LA and NY? (sigh) I guess I'm still seeing Nemesis on Dec. 13 then. :-|