Sept. 20, 2004, 9:23 a.m. CST
A great review, as always. Keep up the good work.
Sept. 20, 2004, 10 a.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
I've never seen the original "Alfie," but hope to; will definitely see this one. Sounds like "Sweet William" and "Why Would I Lie" fell from the same tree.
Sept. 20, 2004, 11:23 a.m. CST
I realise that this is in large part, and unashamedly, a geek site, and that is cool, no complaints here. But it seems that Harry's choices of film to review, or to omit reviewing, are increasingly strange. I'm writing from Europe and am a little behind US release dates. I only saw Collateral last night and thought it generally a great movie, the second excellent thriller this summer after Bourne 2, and it was just great to see Michael Mann back doing what he does best. I think that both Collateral and Bourne Supremacy point to the future in terms of how films will be made - they both had a fresh, new look and feel, and its great to see big-budget films that are clearly influenced by developments in Indie cinema, gives you hope for the future. Such trends in shooting and editing are far more important than the usual "revolutionary" bullshit Lucas CGI we have to suffer. But neither film was reviewed on this site - why not? Or more precisely, why were they not reviewed when such obvious garbage as Exorcist: The Beginning, AvP and Catwoman were reviewed? And why were they not reviewed when films in genres that are far less relevant to this site, such as the Dreamers, Jersey Girl and Passion of the Christ were reviewed? It makes no sense to me. Anybody?
Sept. 20, 2004, 11:31 a.m. CST
Keanu Reeves made more from the Matrix movies. GET OUT THERE AND SEE THE MOVIE!!!
Sept. 20, 2004, 11:58 a.m. CST
Good actor yes... genetic lottery winner yes ... but America has declined Jude Law as our movie star and won't let the studios tell us otherwise. We don't on the whole seem to like our men that pretty. For now he will have to join Paul Rudd, Matthew McConaghey (for the most part) and Ed Burns. BTW, I watched "Sky Captain" this weekend and it was uncanny, I actually believed he and Paltrow were looking at an enormous green screen the whole movie. "Alfie" would be better off playing in the first half of next year, perhaps as an anti-Valentine's Day Card.
Sept. 20, 2004, 2:06 p.m. CST
But there being much noooooooooooooooooooooooooodity of womans in "Alfie", yes?
Sept. 20, 2004, 2:16 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
She made KEEN EDDIE a weekly thing for me.
Sept. 20, 2004, 2:21 p.m. CST
by Kurutteru Yatsu
Both films were reviewed on this site, by Harry himself no less. Just check the archives; Collateral was only about three weeks ago, Bourne Supremacy a month or so. (Btw, for what it's worth I found the only supremacy was the amount of unncessarily shaky camera work.) And hey, you may behind on films, but if you're in Europe that puts you way ahead on the Premiership games. (What's happened, ManYoo, what has happened? <sigh>)
Sept. 20, 2004, 3:21 p.m. CST
I mean how often do we think "X is going to be a star with this role" only to see the movie flop in theaters? Movie stars seem to be a thing of the past, a creation that the ADD youth of today's movie going market can't be bothered with learning, and the older generations can't be bothered with remembering. Don't get me wrong, we have stars (celebrities), but they seem to be famous for being famous, not for actual work. Have Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Lopez done anything interseting enough to garner the attention they get? Even back when they DID produce material, they weren't special. I mean Leonardo Dicaprio actually seems like he deserved his hype compared to these people?! I'm actually now interested in seeing Alfie, but I've come to think of "star-making role" as an hyperbole. I'm indifferent about remakes, but I would like to see Law and Caine team up for that Sleuth remake.
Sept. 20, 2004, 3:33 p.m. CST
by joe brady
As a Super Paddy, do you partake of Super Powers?
Sept. 20, 2004, 5:10 p.m. CST
by Jervis Tetch
The Stepford Wives, The Manchurian Candidate, Alfie, The Longest Yard, To Catch a Thief. Pretty lazy. (And Stepford and Manchurian bombed or underperformed.) I'm guessing of that group that only "The Longest Yard" will be a hit,and I still don't buy Sandler as an NFL QB. Meanwhile, Paramount's rare "non-remake" (Sky Captain), didn't do well at all. What exactly does it take to get Sherry Lansing fired, anyway?
Sept. 20, 2004, 5:37 p.m. CST
Finally, Jude is given something up his alley, something he can slip into like a glove, and never want to get himself out of. I always pictured him as a good Bond, but maybe this is more of his ticket. The original was a fun romp and this sounds too be just the same. We're getting tons of hot chicks. Tons of nudity. One of the most beautiful women on screen Mrs. Marissa Tomei, we're getting the somewhat-good, though needs to set her film career higher Mrs. Nia Long, and the always protesting, always by her fellow protesting husband's side Susan Sarandon all in one movie for Jude to fuck the shit out of. I can't wait for this film. Mainly, because Moriarty made it sound good and the reviews for this are good too. This is the remake Hollywood needs to make, not the generic dumbness they are spewing: "DUKES OF HAZZARD: THE MOVIE", "HAWAII FIVE-O", "BEWITCHED." I mean come on leave those shows as shows don't remake them as some drivel, poorly-made pieces of shit with stars that'll either screw up the source material, or quite possibly, and this is stretching it...make it golden like butter on popcorn. But this, "BATMAN BEGINS", "STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH", "FANTASTIC FOUR", "KING KONG", "ALEXANDER", and "LADDER 49", "ELEKTRA", and a few more are all on my top picks for this year's movie-going season.
Sept. 20, 2004, 5:54 p.m. CST
Homage does not equal rip off. At least they tried something that's not being done to death at the moment (the story, not the CGI). We don't get Sky Captain down here in NZ til December 26th, and this weekend at the box office we had the choice of Garfield, YuGiOh Movie, White Chicks, Princess Diaries 2, The Terminal, Thunderbirds and Home On The Range. Oh and Shark Tale. Plenty in there for us action fans eh? What I wouldn't give to be able to see Sky Captain now.
Sept. 20, 2004, 7:53 p.m. CST
Michael Caine has charm, a certain debonair quality, he got girls into bed through sheer character charisma and humor. Jude Law gets them in bed solely on his looks. These are two completely different films. This film shouldn't even be called ALFIE.
Sept. 20, 2004, 11:24 p.m. CST
by BEARison Ford
that is all.
Sept. 21, 2004, 1:46 p.m. CST
Thank you, Moriarty. Gosh, I know I'm going to be rocked by "Alfie" and it's all because of Jude. I mean, he is a chameleon. He doesn't lock himself into a role, and I ask anyone to name me two roles that are even similar. He's a risk-taker, a wonderful, gifted actor that we are lucky enough to see every so often in a film. I've been a fan of his for so long now, I'm sad actually that so many others have discovered him. It makes me wonder where they all were before? Jude has always been as he is now, and it's a bummer that it takes a major release (or two or three), for him to be appreciated as he should've always been. Did you all watch "Sky Captain" yet? He's a dream!!