April 26, 2003, 1:13 a.m. CST
Zwigoff proved that he could tackle fiction w. "ghost world", but can this film rise above its hokey premise?
April 26, 2003, 1:18 a.m. CST
sounds like a winner...i'm sure harry's 2 1/2 year old nephew will be seeing this one soon...
April 26, 2003, 1:27 a.m. CST
Technically, my nephew will be around 3 1/2 at the earliest before he could possibly see this... BUT more than likely, he'll be closer to 4 (on DVD) before he sees it. And by that time I'll have already explained to him that Mall Santas are actually secret agents from the North Pole that are hired by Santa to spread good will and gather reconnaisance on Good and Bad children and what they want. Which would mean that Billy Bob was actually once working for a Toy Company to infiltrate the whole Santa thing, but was turned by the evil elf into robbing malls of money, which is a bad thing. AS FOR the missing posts, they are not erased... you just can't see them... though I can... and you can too, if you're tricksy.
April 26, 2003, 1:29 a.m. CST
I think most if not all the places in Mallrats were made up... unless there's a real carpet store called "Rug Munchers"
April 26, 2003, 1:30 a.m. CST
And if you have to find the comments, they are here: http://linux10985.dn.net/display.cgi?id=15072
April 26, 2003, 1:30 a.m. CST
by Toby Wan
I was the original second post on this talkback(story of my life)All I said was that there was no review posted and that Harry must have liked the movie, and now I have been erased from existence!! P.S. Please lose the man jugs animation. I can't quit staring at it.(in a car crash sort of way)
April 26, 2003, 1:37 a.m. CST
by Toby Wan
I have not been censored. I have been sent to some freakish parallel universe in computer land. Geez, I can't keep up with the coolness that is the large one. Still staring at the man mammaries though. Make it stop! Make it stop!! MY EYES! MY EYES!!
April 26, 2003, 1:55 a.m. CST
You know, for all the shittalking about Harry's reviews that occurs in these talkbacks, that was a damn good review for a movie that isn't getting a lot of press yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. Thanks Harry. (that whole Fast Times/Harry animation IS a little disturbing. I suppose it won't get changed till we stop complaining. Or till X2 comes out next weekend)
April 26, 2003, 1:58 a.m. CST
Hee hee. Sorry, I'm a little fucked up right now and that made me laugh.
April 26, 2003, 2:03 a.m. CST
by Banky the Hack
I was a big fan of "Buy Me Toys". ...and "Fashionable Male" is a little too close to what a real mall store would be named.
April 26, 2003, 2:29 a.m. CST
by Rupert Cornelius
I think they played the quad at my college during greek week. Seriously, does Lauren Graham act on said fetish in the film?
April 26, 2003, 4:55 a.m. CST
That goes together like a 8yr olds ass and curling iron.
April 26, 2003, 6:55 a.m. CST
That was Harry going down on this film. Licking the clit with gentle motions mentioning Gibert Shelton and stirring up fantasies of and almost lost world of true cynicism and "Underground" sensibilities. Since ghost World may be my Favorite film next to The Third Man, this sounds like just the kind of film to waken my people, until they make "FFF Bros. Idiots Abroad" or "Real Stuff: The life of D. Eichorn". Between this and Harvey's film, the true art of Comics seems to be sneaking in the back door. If only someone can get Pedro Almodovar to get together with the Hernandez Bros. and do "BEM" or "Mechanix". I'm in the seat already! Long Live Terry!
April 26, 2003, 7 a.m. CST
by Silvio Dante
He was supposed to star in this. And then they dropped him/he quit the Charlie's Angels gig too. And both films feature Bernie Mac...hmmm...
April 26, 2003, 8:51 a.m. CST
by Silvio Dante
seemed to try and broaden his horizons a bit with Wes Anderson. I for one wouldn't mind seeing him do his regular thing every now and then but after reading Harry's review, I do believe Thornton is better suited for Bad Santa. I'd imagine Murray's take on the things would have been a bit more along the lines of Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places (the drunken & suicidal santa with salmon bit) whereas Billy Bob probably takes the less-is-more approach, which worked very well in The Man Who Wasn't There. Actually, thinking about that one: James Gandolfini could have been a great alternate casting choice for BS.
April 26, 2003, 10:16 a.m. CST
by Silvio Dante
Anyone seen this? Murray plays Hunter S. Thompson...or maybe that should be "plays"?
April 26, 2003, 11:28 a.m. CST
...you are honestly the most purposefully ignorant person I have "met" so far in my short 23 years. How any single person on the earth could be as stupid as you have just proved yourself to be and still be able to find his own ass with two hands AND a magical "ass-finding" machine is beyond me. In the future I'll be coming to this site only for the reviews typed by foywonder and moriarty.
April 26, 2003, 12:28 p.m. CST
But I honestly couldn't understand your first paragraph, and I read it over about 3 times. Now, I'm gonna' bet you don't give your reviews a once-over before you post them (again, not trying to sound harsh...just giving some constructive criticism), so maybe you should give it a shot from now on. You really write some of the most passionate film reviews out there, but you have to work on how readable they turn out, man.
April 26, 2003, 12:44 p.m. CST
Im sure each scene is a treaure trove of goodness...mr.zweigoff doesn't dissappoint!
April 26, 2003, 2 p.m. CST
April 26, 2003, 2:50 p.m. CST
A person going to a Jewish deli on Easter? How utterly strange, since everyone on Earth celebrates Easter, and even if there were people who didn't, it is against the rules of religion for people to come in contact with people of other religions on sacred holidays. You don't know how hard it's been this Passover to take detours so I wouldn't have to pass a church. I don't know, should I be offended by this comment? Harry did make it abundantly clear in his second paragraph that he *is* Friend To All People Of Different Races and Religions.
April 26, 2003, 2:59 p.m. CST
by Mr. Tourette's
Nobody likes the disturbing Harry Cates coming out of pool animation. Please change it. There are people trying to masturbate to The Real Cancun banners, and seeing your huge man-tits flop out kills my boner on a consistent basis. Thank you for considering this, and please have a good day.
April 26, 2003, 5:19 p.m. CST
"A person going to a Jewish deli on Easter? How utterly strange, since everyone on Earth celebrates Easter, and even if there were people who didn't, it is against the rules of religion for people to come in contact with people of other religions on sacred holidays." As embarassing as that comment was, it is not necessarily bigoted. Harry was probably raised Catholic. When you are raised Catholic, as I was, it IS the only religion in the world.
April 26, 2003, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Duck of Death
I'm still reeling from the tossed-off suggestion in this review that Bad Santa features better dialogue than A Christmas Story. Not having seen Bad Santa, all I can say is that it had better be a frickin' masterpiece to top lines like "In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenity that, as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan."
April 26, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST
could you please cut back on the philosophical shit? i had to skip most of the review because it was incredibly boring. I must say though, your hell speech was quite interesting. On the actual subject i think ill go see that one when it comes out.
April 26, 2003, 9:51 p.m. CST
by Magic Milkmaid
He couldN'T give a shit!! If he COULD give a shit, that means the opposite of what you're trying to say!!!!! MORON!!!!!!
April 27, 2003, 10:38 a.m. CST
Harry cant get through one review or introduction for a story without telling us how bad America is.
April 27, 2003, 12:44 p.m. CST
HARRY: "But this is all so impluasable! I mean, how does the merit system to this work, and that dude over there who is being dumped in scaling shit for all eternity doesn't seem to be in pain anymore, so therefore the concept of Hell is flawed because people get used to it and-" SATAN: "Geez, doesn't this guy ever shut up?" *shoves poker*
April 27, 2003, 2:10 p.m. CST
by Jon E Cin
April 27, 2003, 10:21 p.m. CST
Not really. I just figured since everybody else is saying it in all the talkback, why not get on the bandwagon. Either way, I can't wait to see this flick!
April 27, 2003, 10:28 p.m. CST
I just read Harry's take on Hell and, um.... wow. And the Coen Brothers make films that transcend their hokey premises all the time. I'm not necessarily saying that Terry Zwigoff and the Coen Brothers are comparable, but it can be done, you know...I'm hoping that next year's 'Punisher' flick will transcend its hokey premise, as well, but in a different way...cause right now, it could end up being like 'Road to Perdition' or 'A Man Apart'....which one is anybody's guess. So anyways, I like misty skies. And rolling greens. They're hauntingly beautiful. What's the deal with that GIF? Does Harry feel proud that people never stop talking about it? There's some new news on S-M:2, or at least that's what I hear: turns out MJ's a model and engaged to JJJ's son. Gee, I wonder how that flick's gonna turn out. So what are you all gonna have for breakfast? I'm thinking about toast. Oh, well. Hey, Cheers is on Nick at Nite! I've watched that show before! [End rambling].
April 27, 2003, 11:20 p.m. CST
apparently, he still thinks its his best film, and he'd even do a DVD commentary for it. Has anyone seen it? Cinefile video in L.A. has a bootleg DVD copy of it...
April 28, 2003, 1:18 a.m. CST
That one sounds funny.
April 28, 2003, 12:39 p.m. CST
by Sheik Yerbouti
April 28, 2003, 12:43 p.m. CST
by Sheik Yerbouti
Uhhhhhhh? Just a thought, but why would you want to see that. And did anybody else notice how Harry loves to show off how amazingly cultured he is by going into great detail about his fav post film restaraunt. It does seem like a bit of a desperate attempt to impress us again with tails of how he is not merely another overweight American, from Texas no less, who is a film junkie and nerd at heart, but actually a high cultered socialite who is at a higher plain of existance than all of us peons who post here at this site. The movie sounds interesting but sometimes I get tired of being patronized.
April 28, 2003, 3:05 p.m. CST
by Neil MacAuley
Who would pay money to see reality TV in a movie theater? Unless it promised and delivered more than could be seen on TV, a la Jackass? Only Moriarty would think a pile of crap like Cancun would be a huge hit, but then he's looking at from the perspective of a sexless nerdboy who only went to movies in high school and college with his two D&D buddies, none of whom could get laid in a morgue so they needed the outlet. Oh sweet love, Moriarty is proven wrong on a grand scale like I predicted he would be. Ding dong the witch is dead, hee hee hee...
April 28, 2003, 3:56 p.m. CST
Inevitably, my daughter will ask how Santa is at every single mall. To which I will respond, "Those aren't really Santas! Those are homeless alcoholic men possessed by the spirit of Claus!" See, I figure Claus can possess the souls of weak-minded men and force them to do his bidding. And that he sees and hears all that these homeless alcoholic men see and hear, and that's how he gathers his intel. And that my girl had better study hard and get into college and get a job, otherwise she'll fall prey to possession by THE CLAUS! Keep in mind, I love Christmas. The story of Santa Claus is something very dear to me, but I think it is possible to love Christmas and at the same time have a funny take on it. So while I am wanting to see BAD SANTA, I don't think its appeal will be limited solely to those who are anti-Holidays as Harry would suggest. Just another case of Harry trying too hard to be subversive, as if that's the only measure of one's cool.
April 29, 2003, 5:37 p.m. CST
It was terrible. Harry is sent into a fanboy orgasm way too easy. WAY too easy. Ok, there's a few good laughs here. Most of them centered around buttfucking jokes: "You aint gonna shit right for a week!" But Zwigoff, who's displayed such great disdain for the stupidity of pop culture and Americans in general with his previous films, here just makes something dumb. Kinda funny, but dumb. It felt like it could have been a Rodney Dangerfield vehicle. A big step down for Zwigoff. I saw the pre-MPAA version, so it'll probably become even worse by the time you guys see it.
June 4, 2003, 12:19 a.m. CST
this movie looks cool. there's a new movie called HEY DJ that looks good too it stars hot babe charlotte lewis Here's a link about it: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0322621