July 29, 2004, 1:55 a.m. CST
what other films did this guy make other than dude wheres my car?
July 29, 2004, 2:11 a.m. CST
by Logo Lou
You really don't get why New Line is really pushing Harold and Kumar hard and just quietly platforming Maria? That can't be right... you're smarter than that. I missed something.
July 29, 2004, 2:58 a.m. CST
Whoever even thought this might be funny should probably immediatly be euthanized, along with Martha Stewart, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Michael bay (before they have a threesome and create the anti-christ). The ad campaign was not clever unless your a stoner. In which case you might as well watch the Tellatubbies instead. BTW, I'm all for drugs, infact drugs are a keen way to promote mental darwinism, please, everyone who wants to do meth and cocaine now, preferably at the same time, because you will help preserve the gene pool. BTW vote Kerry.
July 29, 2004, 3:13 a.m. CST
they made Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, Se7en, About Schmidt, Blade, and thats all I can list off the top of my head.
July 29, 2004, 3:30 a.m. CST
I believe it was that one where the lady holds up that torch with all the clouds in the background, it definitly wasn't the filmstrips flying at the square, such as is the case for pta's magnolia y boogie nights
July 29, 2004, 8:51 a.m. CST
...but I think Harold & Kumar looks pretty funny, in a wholly different way Anchorman was. (And yes...I thought Anchorman was brilliant and hilarious--especially the first half. In fact, friends of mine who weren't thrilled with it the first time loved it the second time they saw it.) Check out rottentomatoes.com for the reviews of Harold & Kumar--film critics usually don't go for comedies like these...and the fact it's been reviewed so well bodes VERY well for the movie. I'll definitely see it...but it will be tough to squeeze it in with The Village, The Manchurian Candidate (I'm surprised it's being reviewed so well)...and Napoleon Dynamite just came to my city too. Lots of good movies to see!
July 29, 2004, 10:02 a.m. CST
this movie looks great!!
July 29, 2004, 10:05 a.m. CST
harold and kumar rules! anchorman was just crap comedy 4 the white folks!!!
July 29, 2004, 10:28 a.m. CST
Harold and Kumar 2: Goin' to Colombia, directed by Marston! See, that way everybody'll be gratified, specially you! I think you may not have appreciated something in Harold and Kumar that other critics did: the modern Asian American experience. Your review came off as particularly obtuse. Maybe if you'd married somebody from India or China, you'd have had the same eyes for authenticity for H&K that you abundantly reference for MFoG. Or not, but I politely disagree with your "stink" tag, Jack.
July 29, 2004, 11:27 a.m. CST
Why, oh why am I not surprised to see this kind of review by one of the founders of AICN (Aryan Interest Cinema News)?
July 29, 2004, 12:15 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
When one of them gets hit by a tree branch and goes flying through the air.
July 29, 2004, 12:37 p.m. CST
by Atticus Finch
Hopefully, Harry was taking notes. And when is the next Jedi Council article?!
July 29, 2004, 1:55 p.m. CST
This Harold and Kumar movie is an insult to humanity (although humanity right now doesn't have much going for it). ANYBODY BUT BUSH '04!
July 29, 2004, 3:17 p.m. CST
The product is not only the plot of the film but it is in the title and therefore in all the advertising. The clip Cho & Penn showed on Leno was them watching TV and seeing a White Castle ad. Basically, the clip was a frickin' ad for the product!What's White Castle paying for all this advertising? Holy crap, they could have financed the entire film with White Castle's advertising dollar. Hey movie producers, I have a movie for you that won't cost a cent to make; we can get all our financing from product placement. It's called "Big Jim in his Dockers, Roots shirt and Nike shoes goes to Famous Player's to see 'Harold & Kumar go to White Castle' and buys a Pepsi and New York Fries and a Ben & Jerry's cone then goes home and writes a review on his IBM laptop while watching Fox".
July 29, 2004, 3:22 p.m. CST
The reviews were helpful and entertaining, and I completely agree that New Line's success has always been an issue of focus. One of the reasons why previously independent filmmakers have been entrusted with so many big franchises is that when your career is project-by-project, then you can't afford any muddled thinking when it comes to your intent with a given film, your market, or your choices in production. Clarity of purpose, well-defined goals, are universally a hallmark of any rising filmmaker, and the bigger companies are smart to harness that clarity. It means the big money is spent wisely, and there isn't any waste. New line has always been good at making their goals known, and at following them with direct, focused intent. One thing's for sure - if New Line's clarity is sacrificed in the wake of LOTR, there are surely filmmakers just waiting in the wings, the next George Lucas or Peter Jackson or Sam Raimi, eager to prove they can drink without spilling. It's an exciting time for movies!
July 29, 2004, 3:48 p.m. CST
usually because they sort of meander and go nowhere, but I think some of my favourite bits on SNL in the last few years has been that slot. "Give up the Ham" with Queen Latiffa and the one where Donald Trump was rocking out in the board room. ("LOOK! The battle of the bands is only 16 months away! We have to get ontop of this!")
July 29, 2004, 4:28 p.m. CST
by Spaz Medicine
July 29, 2004, 5:11 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
Seriously. I am a white homo who hates sports, and in college my best friend was a big black guy who played center on the school's basketball team. Guess what we had in common? And I think this movie shows promise. On a couple tangents, I am also sick of hearing about Shaun of the Dead here, and don't get the appeal of that movie. Finally, Anchorman certainly didn't do as well as expected, maybe it's a Ferrell overload, but more likely Dodgeball stole it's thunder by coming out first and filling the idiotic comedy of the summer niche.
July 29, 2004, 5:12 p.m. CST
I can swaller at least a ki.
July 29, 2004, 7:01 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
It sounds like "Aaaa-AHHHHH-ahhh!", and usually accompanies people falling to their deaths. A good "Wilhelm" moment is in Raiders during the desert chase, when a Nazi falls out of the back of the truck carrying the Ark and smashes into the windshield of the pursuing jeep. Recent movies featuring "Wilhelm" include Kill Bill Vol. 1 (pops up twice during the House Of Blue Leaves chapter), The Two Towers (a Rohan soldier falls to his death during the Helm's Deep battle), twice in Return Of The King and once in Once Upon a Time In Mexico. There used to be a great site containing a wav file of the scream, but it got taken down for some reason. Google "Wilhelm Scream" and you'll find a few other sites devoted to it.
July 29, 2004, 8:12 p.m. CST
And THAT is why he is so good at what he does. Hollywood is a lovely place.
July 30, 2004, 2:37 a.m. CST
Well maybe I agree with him, but thats a silly semantic error. For all the ludicrous hype bestowed upon this flick you would have expected something groundbreaking (or atleast different from the norm). Instead is just becomes incredibly stupid. "NPH" role is worthless, the scene with the "accused" rapist at the drive throught window falls flat, riding a faded cheetah was idiotic, and so was the parasailing bit. If Van Helsing can get bashed for having people swinging all over the place like Spider-Man, Harold & Kumar should face a similar thrashing. Oh, and must Lets Get Retarded be played in every movie out there nowadays?
July 30, 2004, 2:52 a.m. CST
i like white people. not so crazy about white castle
July 30, 2004, 4:13 a.m. CST
I have plenty of friends that are the complete opposite of me and the only thing that brings us together is pot. If they're old college friends starting in the business world, weed is plenty enough reason to hang out!
July 30, 2004, 5:51 a.m. CST
I mean across every major campus, Asians dont hang out or room w/ each other. You never see saya Korean guy hanging w/ a Chinese guy...or a Thai girl friends w/ an Indian student... How could they think a Korean and an Indian were roommates???!!??? errr...uhhh...yea
July 30, 2004, 10:30 a.m. CST
it's funny that you use this as a criticism, since the positive _h & k_ reviews i've read -- from the village voice and other bastions of non-reactionary racial sensibilities -- actually see, as other posters here do, the implicit symbology in the very product they're placing. without having seen it, two asian guys getting high and going to white castle, with one commenting "tonight is about the american dream," seems like a reasonable utilization of a known brand on behalf of an exploration, however crudely comedic, of immigrant culture and its (multiple) take(s) on life in america. i mean, where's your complaint about product placement in EVERY OTHER HOLLYWOOD FILM?!?!? dude, where's my commercial-free film screening? (remember when people used to boo the commercials that we now patiently sit through at the beginning of every film screened in every theater in america? i'd be happy to bring that back -- who's with me?) at least, this is a placement that has something to do with the plot! and i second logo lou's head-scratching over moriarty's critique of a slow roll-out for _maria_ while the big guns brought out for _h & k's excellent adventure_...we'd ALL love a film like _maria_ getting a 3,000 screen opening (wouldn't we?), but that ain't how it works in, possibly, the worst time ever for theatrical releases of foreign art films in the usa. can i smoke what mori's smoking?
July 30, 2004, 4:08 p.m. CST
Those days are long gone my friend. My point was that this movie seems to have taken product placement to the next level by having the product in the title. That way the product is not simply seen in the movie, it IS the movie. Every ad for the movie is an ad for the product. Don't get me wrong, I'm not Grandpa Simpson here ranting away. I accept that product placement is here to stay and I applaud the clever use of it (as in this film for the reasons you stated). Other films which have made good use of it are EdTV and Josie & The Pussycats (which, in retrospect, truly is the ultimate product placement movie). I much prefer this type of product placement that fits with the story (as it does with this movie) rather than the ham-handed way it usually appears in film (you know, box of Dunkin Donuts perfectly lit and placed on a table in such an obvious way that it overpowers the scene, stuff like that). As for the commercials they run before the feature I'm with you. What irks me is people are now getting accustomed to them and time their entrance to avoid them. Showtime is 7:20, people file in around 7:40 because they think there will about 20 minutes of commercials and previews. Sometimes there are but not always. And these yahoos are walking around in the dark with arms loaded with drinks and popcorn trying to find eight seats together and debating the pros and cons of sitting in the front as opposed to the back and being just plain annoying (ok, now I'm being Grandpa Simpson). Theatres should just run the commercials between shows instead of those "guess who this is" trivia slides. But I guess we should be grateful that movie houses haven't brought back the "Intermission" just so they can sell more food and show 15 minutes more of commercials.