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Massawyrm Wants To Be INSIDE MAN!!

Merrick is now awake and properly caffeinated ...

Massawyrm wrote in with a look at Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN.

Personally, I believe that much of Lee's most interesting work happens when he's not distracted by (or bogged down in) social commentary. Seems INSIDE MAN may nicely illlustrates this notion.

Trailers promote this film as a caper film. Evidently, it is a caper film...but it also focuses quite heavily on exploring the characters driving the caper, and those reacting to it. This gives the audience an emotional context for what is happening, rather than simply letting us watch it happen.

Anyone out there remember GALE FORCE? It's about a heist that was supposed to go down while an evacuated town is being slammed by a hurricane. Sounds a bit like HARD RAIN, but bigger. Guess it got canned. Renny Harlin was supposed to direct GALE FORCE at one point - maybe it's better that the movie didn't come about. Neither of these films relates to INSIDE MAN (other than they're all about heists), so I really don't know why I mentioned them.

Here's Massawyrm...

Hola all. Massawyrm here. Spike Lee is one of those interesting directors known more for the content of his work than the style or ability he shows making it. I mean, when was the last time you heard someone say ‘Well, this was clearly influenced by Spike Lee’ or ‘This has a very Spike Lee look to it?’ You don’t. Which is odd for someone so readily identifiable, someone so easily recognized by a general populace who has seen at least a few of his films. He’s never been that kind of filmmaker. He’s always been a filmmaker more about the message than the method – substance over style if you will. Not to say that he doesn’t have a specific look to his films, but it’s never been where his focus as a filmmaker was.

So with Inside Man I was extremely curious. How was a guy like Lee going to adapt to making a Hollywood crime thriller? I’m pleased to report very well indeed. Checking his fondness for social commentary and proselytizing at the door, Lee set out to make one hell of a by the numbers thriller that proves to be sharper and smarter than most similar fare. Of course, the big sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of movie goers looking at Inside Man is whether or not the trailer gives too much away – whether or not the marketing folks sold the movie upriver ala The Negotiator in hopes of getting more folks in the seats by showing the twist, rather than concealing it.

Fortunately, this isn’t the case. The trailer’s attempt to state that this is more than just a bank robbery film serves its purpose well, as none of the truly relevant facts or character information is given away. This isn’t just a bank robbery occurring in the film – but that piece of information is hardly a twist as much as it is a slow realization on the part of the man in charge (Denzel Washington.) And watching the robbery occur as Washington tries to figure it all out is the joy of watching Inside Man, rather than the revelation of its twists. Not to say that it’s not a twisty turny film. It is. But Lee never puts the focus on the twists in the way many filmmakers have in the Post-Shyamalan Hollywood. He never jumps out and yells “Gotcha, didn’t I?” First and foremost this is a Heist movie, one that sets out to show you every intricate detail of this perfect crime. Secondly, Lee is developing an interesting cast of characters, both cop and crook alike, and when the film isn’t showing us the aspects of the crime, it’s giving us great little moments between them. Every ‘twist’, so to speak, evolves from these moments, rather than simply giving power to them. And that’s what I’ve got to say I like best about this film. It tries to be a good film that will be just as interesting on subsequent viewings as it was the first.

Lee manages to inject a very slick sense of style, which while commonplace in films of its ilk, is not so common for Lee himself. The result is a beautiful to look at film that is stylish but never over stylized. Lee never gets all Fincher on us. He develops a look that is similar to the style we’ve seen in him for years, but more organized, more eloquent. It becomes something more like ‘Heat’ than it does ‘Panic Room.’

While the characters certainly can’t be accused of being overly complex, you couldn’t ask for a stronger cast to give them the weight they need to be worth watching every minute of. Here you have the aforementioned Denzel Washington as the sharp-tongued cop dealt a bad hand, Clive Owen as the roguish bank robber and Jodie Foster as High Society trouble shooter trying to play both of them; three actors who on their worst days are still better than pretty much everyone else out there. And here they deliver the goods, taking relatively thin stock characters and adding to them the natural charisma that has become the trademark of each. But none of them are ever asked to step outside of their comfort zone to give us anything we haven’t seen before. Providing equally solid performances in stock characters are Willem Dafoe as SWAT guy, Christopher Plummer as Something to Hide guy, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Cop #2 guy. They’re all good, just never given anything to really play around with.

Inside Man’s greatest strength, however, is in the sharpness of the dialog. There are some really great exchanges that insert moments of Lee-like social commentary that is both biting and funny, but absent is the usual heavy hand we’ve come to expect from Lee - each bit feeling like a very natural part of the film rather than shoehorned in. This is a Spike Lee showing a great amount of restraint, and in doing so manages to accentuate his talents in a way we haven’t seen from him before. He’s always been great at milking fantastic performances out of his casts, but here he takes a rather pedestrian script with some nice dialog and spins gold.

If this movie suffers from one flaw, it’s that some audience members are going to find it paced a tad slow – as Lee carefully sets up each movement of the crime and takes his time doing so. Fans of the Heist genre will be fascinated throughout, as I was (being a huge heist movie fan myself), but others are going to find a few moments where they just think things should speed up. But even the most attention deficit among them will be reeled back in when the action takes off again.

Overall, Inside Man is a satisfying thriller and one hell of an entertaining heist film. It’s one of those can’t miss entertainers that’s guaranteed to please – although not so much that you’ll be talking endlessly about it or add it to your list of favorites. It’s a good movie, but never achieves any level of greatness. Recommended for heist movie fans and anyone trying to pick a film this weekend that will play well for everyone.

Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. I know I will.


Who wants to bet Spike will flip out like he was at a Knicks game over his movie being reviewed by someone named Massa? E-mail your predictions and betting lines here.

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  • March 22, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Hooked when they first announced this.

    by TheDarkKnight

    Spike directs three of the best out there. Any doubts? Gimme a break, i'm in.

  • March 22, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Massawyrm wants to be Inside a man?

    by tripp5

    bro, this is a movie site, not a confessional for your deepest desires. And this will probably be Spike's best movie in roughly a decade.

  • March 22, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember the "Spike TV" hissy fit Mr. Lee threw?

    by BeeDub


  • March 22, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Off-topic: Artful Writer reference to AICN

    by Tony Mike Hall

    Pardon the interruption, I'll just be a moment. Please go to (tiny url not needed - results in a URL of the same length) and scroll down to the March 10 entry by Craig Mazin, screenwriter of the amazingly well-written thrillers Scary Movie 3 & 4 to read his take on AICN and for another flattering photo of Harry. That is all - carry on as you were.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    "Spike isn't even his real name, BeeDub....

    by John Maddening

    It's "Shelton".

  • March 22, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Looks corking...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    ...being a fan of Spike, I'm well looking forward to seeing him tackle a straight up commercial picture...but it's interesting that in recent years, his best work has been when he isn't dealing with a predominantly black cast and has a solid story to film - namely Summer Of Sam and 25th Hour (but they were very much NY stories at heart) - but it looks to me if he's doing this to get his commercial and critical stock up in order to make the personal stuff like the Joe Louis pic and so far it's all looking good to me.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Spike Lee's "Look"


    So you're saying "Inside Man" has a shot of Denzel Washington floating down a sidewalk deep in thought?

  • March 22, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Great Mesh of Director/Actors/Story

    by LilOgre

    Although I liked 25TH HOUR and SUMMER OF SAM I thought this was more focused and leaner than either of those films and probably Lee's best film since CLOCKERS. The twists were NOT what I expected and the performances really popped. It was as if the three principles knew that they were making what might otherwise be a bland genre movie and though, hmmmm how can we make this really interesting? And they succeeded. And so did Lee by injecting his own "social" message but not making it THE main story line of the film (see CRASH). Not that it would be a bad thing - but he has done it before.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    by LilOgre

    yes it actually does.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    "The Man Inside Me", by Tobias Funke

    by AnimeJune

    Read it, y'all. It's making a comeback!

  • March 22, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    SIEMENS 2 DAY FILM SCHOOL : Spike Attended ??

    by optimist008

    Some guy pushing an alleged 2 day film school claims that Spike Lee attended. Is this true? I believe his name is Doug Siemens or something similiar. Teaches it at The Learning Annex in NYC. He claims many other industry people alos attended his film school.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Bruce's less combative younger brother.......


    Yeah it's true, most people don't realize that Spike is actually the late great Bruce Lee's brother. I'm sure it's no surprise why the Lee family wanted to keep his indentity a secret. That's right, because he was interested in film and not in the martial arts that the Lee clan had practiced for so many years. It really broke his father's heart and they ended up giving him up for adoption at the tender age of 26. Thankfully they found a loving family in Brooklyn who couldn't have oriental children of their own, and the rest is history.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Been looking forward to this film since the beginning!

    by trojanman

    I agree with Denzel, Jodie, and Clive this film will be a helluva ride. Saw the premiere on tv and Jodie Foster looked HOTTER THAN HELL! Glad to see it getting some positive news!

  • March 22, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Merrick, use this as your tag line...

    by Zino

    ..."stop your grinnin' and drop your linen". It's from Aliens, but you already knew that.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Semen's 2 minute class: Filming the Money Shot

    by Tony Mike Hall

    Now that was awesome, well worth the price of admission. Except for the clean up.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I respected him as a filmmaker until...

    by gobofraggleuk

    ...I listened to the current 'Mark Kermode's film reviews' podcast on the BBC website - type Kermode into google and you'll find it - where Lee is promoting Inside Man and says that he thinks the Levees in New Orleans were blown up by the government and refuses to dismiss the theory that the WTC was blown up from within... I mean... I like for people to advocate unpopular positions, but if he dabbles with the lunatic fringe, nobody will take seriously the important points re. malign neglect by the government which his New Orleans documentary (his next project) should surely focus upon...

  • March 22, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I saw this

    by Babyshamble

    last weekend. It's really good, very slick and well directed with a lot more humour than I was expecting. Only problem is it's a bit too long and sags in the middle. There's a real New York feel to it with lots of the hostages getting a lot of screentime. I don't think audiences will guess the twist either. I think this film will do really well (in England at least), the previews we've had at my cinema have sold out. Spike Lee should do more mainstream stuff,

  • March 22, 2006, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Done with Spike

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Long-time fan...Hell, I even paid to see "School Daze" when it came out 'cause of the buzz (that was a lonely experience), but if Spike believes Bush blew up the levees...sorry man, enjoy Bizzaro world, but do it without me.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    i find that cartoon at the bottom very offensive

    by greyspecter

    that's all i'm saying. and i'm not joking

  • March 22, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The cartoon is offensive? Try the shitty review...

    by LaudnerGomez there's something to be offended about. This Sloth lookalike has been on this site for too long, stinking up the joint with his grade-school musings on films he knows nothing about. Why Harry allows this pain to continue is the real question. ---- Fatman, take the burger out of your mouth and get rid of Massawyrm.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Let me help you with that, greyspecter

    by BannedOnTheRun

    I think that's supposed to be Muhammad. Yeah, in fact, I'm pretty sure it's a caricature of Muhammad. Someone should forward it to CAIR.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Damn, I saw it last week in a German Sneak Preview!

    by DerLanghaarige

    If I had known that it's not running in the US yet, I had written a review! (Good film, but the ending is around 15 minutes too long.)

  • March 22, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Find the cartoon offensive? Don't come around here

    by Tony Mike Hall

    I am SICK of the PC bullshit - it's become a global problem, what with the Danish cartoon fiasco. People need to lighten the fuck up. Can't legislate worldwide, but here in the U.S., and here ON THIS WEBSITE, everything is free game. Get over yourself. No one's forcing you to be here.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    All Spike Lee movies are 15 minutes too long.

    by BannedOnTheRun

    I'll admit I've skipped the last few, but has the man yet learned how to end a film? Seriously.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Greyspecter, go picket 'Dogma' or something.

    by all

  • March 22, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Spoilers/Offensive Images

    by Brendon

    Nobody gonna dish the spoiler dirt on this one? There's boudn to be a big twist, right? And how's this for an offensive cartoon:

  • March 22, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Looks good.

    by Lost Skeleton

    It is getting great reviews and you can't go wrong with that cast. I like Spikes social commentary films but his latest attempts at commerical fare have been great ala 25 th Hour, Clockers and now Inside Man.

  • March 22, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    i thoroughly enjoyed Dogma, "all"

    by greyspecter

    and i'm not trying to go jihad here. just stating an opinion. and if massawyrm's got the right to caricature the centerpiece of a billion people's faith, i've got the right to object. Freedom of speech, as you liberals always tout. anyways, i'm eager to see the movie. sorry for the political jab, i usually hate it when that sort of thing crops up

  • March 22, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Bamboozled - now that was offensive

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Posters were damn funny though "The New Millenium Minstrel Show - Broadcast live from the Watermelon Patch - Starring Mantan! Sleep N Eat! Aunt Jemima! Jungle Bunny! Lil Nigguh Jim! and featuring the music of the Alabama Porch Monkeys!" Nice satire there, Shelton.

  • March 22, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Aw, did nobody get my "Arrested Development" joke?

    by AnimeJune

    That's why that show got cancelled. -_- I come from a very religious Catholic family, but I don't find Massawyrm's cartoon offensive. Know why? Because I'm SECURE in my faith. The same way a guy who's secure in his heterosexuality can take a few gay jokes directed towards his person without going apeshit, people secure in their religion should harbour a sense of humour. Gee, a guy on the internet drew a picture of Christ on a cross-shaped pogostick. OHNOEZ! It's the apocalypse! Do you think Jesus really cares whether someone draws a cartoon or not?

  • March 22, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Don't be offended that someone got offended...

    by godric

    I think we've lost our basic humanity the day we decide nothing is offensive and that everything about anyone is fair game. The cartoon was drawn to be somewhat offensive, and if you care about something deeply enough, you'll find an attack on that thing offensive. You should not get all in a huff if someone is offended by something. Where it gets dangerous is when someone says, "That offended me...and therefore I will kill you and burn down embassies only vaguely related to this incident". But greyspecter didn't say that or imply it. All he said was, "hey, that's offensive to me." So what? It's his right. Maybe you should ask yourself why you don't care about anything enough to be offended if it's mocked.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by savagexp

    I got the joke, you old blowhard..... As for the comic at the bottom, it's right in line with every other mildly offensive part of this site. So I find it hard to understand why greyspecter is bitching about it. Especially since Massa's been reviewing here for ages..... The problem with Christians, greyspecter, is that you think that just because you have numbers means that your right or will superceedes mine. This site is not a government-run entity. Nobody gives a fuck if something made you or jesus cry. Again, this seems like an odd thing to choose to be offended by. Have you never been to AICN before?

  • March 22, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Massawrym: Best heist flick of the last 20 years?

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    For me personally, Bottle Rocket, Croupier, Heat and Snatch get the nod. Ocean's Eleven and The Thomas Crown Affair get Heist Lite (TM) honours. But the Grand Prix has to go to the heist flick disguised as an action movie: Die Hard. Love that film. John McTiernan's never been the same since.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    forget it

    by greyspecter

  • March 22, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    ahh! sorry

    by greyspecter

    hit the blasted enter button. let's just forget it and talk about the movie, shall we? I don't know about that comment equating Clive Owen with Denzel and Foster...

  • March 22, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    GreatWhiteNoise: Best in 20 years?

    by Massawyrm 1

    Gotta agree with you on Snatch, Heat, Croupier and Oceans Eleven. But personally, the best in 20 years probably goes to Reservoir Dogs, with honorable mentions The Usual Suspects - and if you loosen the terms a bit - The Shawshank Redepmtion (which while a prison break film, actually becomes both a prison break & heist film in the third act.) Also worth noting is Mamet's 'Heist', which was really good.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I don't want to forget it

    by Tony Mike Hall

    All we have today is two Massawyrm posts and 3Fast3ShitSandwich, so we might as well talk about this. This is not an attack on greyspecter, who, as he said himself, has every right to express that the cartoon offends him. And yes, godric, I agree that being offended isn't the problem, that acting on it is. HOWEVER, there has been a shift in this country re: what's deemed as acceptable PC humor and what should be railed against and castigated as "offensive" humor. In my opinion, that shift started when the political/religious pendulum started swinging to the right. 9/11 also had an effect. And it bothers me, because it chills free speech and expression. I am a Catholic. I look at the cartoon above and choose not to take it seriously. I feel no need to tell anyone it offends me, even if it does (which it doesn't). You want to be offended and express it, fine. But if I go on a website notorious for its free reign and complain that something on it that offends me, it smacks of false self-importance and a lack of perspective. Please. Everything is offensive to someone. We've lost our sense of humor - we need to be able to laugh at ourselves again. If not, we're in serious trouble. It's way past time that pendulum start swinging back the other way. REMEMBER LENNY BRUCE.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Lucas Black's pre-teen performance in Sling Blade...

    by Batutta

    ...already makes him a ten times better actor then Paul Walker. And McTiernan did direct The Hunt For Red October after Die Hard.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    that cartoon IS pretty offensive.

    by HypeEndsHere

    it's just piss-poor quality.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Point taken on Reservoir Dogs...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Funny, I'd never really looked on The Usual Suspects as a heist flick, but if Die Hard fits that category, Suspects certainly does. Shawshank was a brilliant film, no question. (Still can't believe how badly it got shafted come Oscar time. Now THAT was a heist.)

  • March 22, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Actually, I didn't mind The Score either...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Simple. Clean. Uncomplicated direction from Frank Oz. Nice little bits of character work from Brando and Norton. Not knock-your-socks-off stuff, but entirely competent.

  • March 22, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Tell me about it HypeEndsHere

    by Massawyrm 1

    It was kind of cool 5 years ago - but it's certainly showing its age. With Cartuna no longer around and no resident artist doing work for us, I'm stuck with this until one of my artist buddies coughs up the goods.

  • March 22, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by -guyinthebackrow

    "Shawshank" is a brilliant film, but it didn't get shafted by the Academy. "Shawshank" simply lost to the more important film... "Schindler's List".

  • March 22, 2006, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Guyinthebackrow --

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Taking nothing away from Schindler's List (also a brilliant piece of cinema), but Shawshank didn't win ANYTHING. Freeman -- nothing. Darabont for adapted screenplay -- zip. They couldn't even manage to throw it a bone for cinematography or score, for God's sake. 0-for-7. Criminal.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by theBigE

    I got the joke too, AnimeJune! Loved "AD," sad to see it go. Tobias was my favorite - "Do you have anything that says 'Daddy's into leather?'" And Greyspecter, I agree, the cartoon has offended me too, but I usually just skip over it and get to the talkback. Whoever above posted that Christians think they have numbers and their will supercedes everyone else must not know too many Christians. Being Christian myself, I know very few, if any, that think that way. //////// Looking forward to this movie - I love Heist movies, and Denzel and Jodie Foster are two great actors! Sounds good, Massawyrm. Keep the reviews coming - I might be in the minority, but I like your reviews.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    all heist movies...

    by greyspecter

    ...must bow before The Sting. Still the best one I've ever seen. Though Topkapi was choice also.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    If Spike Lee can put White people in his films

    by brokebackcowboy

    Why can't Ron Howard put Blacks in his? Or Hispanic? Or Asian? Or Indian? Or Middle Eastern? Or Canadians???

  • March 22, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    I could draw something for you Massa...

    by AnimeJune

    But I can only do stick figures, and I don't want to offend the eating-disorder community. ^_^ By the way, saw "Shaggy Dog", also enjoyed it.

  • March 22, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Gilliam makes nothing while Spike continues unabated

    by HypeEndsHere

    neither make money, but at least Gilliam has proved competent more than once. tragic really. or maybe not. i don't really care...

  • March 22, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Um...Spike Lee's style is taught in film classes, buddy

    by TheGreenPoncho

    Perhaps you should check out "Do the Right Thing" or "Malcolm X" once more -- if you've ever even seen them to begin with. Hell, most of the time I disagree with Spike's content, but I admire the guy to no end. Lee damn well knows what he's doing, and almost always uses innovative technique after innovative technique to accomplish his purpose. Note to Massawyrm: quit talking out of your ass.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST

    the Do the Right Thing credit is played.

    by HypeEndsHere

    and of course his 'style' is taught in colleges. he's one of the VERY few black directors to achieve notoriety. originally for Do the Right Thing. ever since it's been for his mouth. a lot of other silly classes are taught in colleges these days too. your point? note: i've seen every film he has made. (because for some reason i feel the need to qualify)

  • March 22, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    INSIDE MAN is actually the sequel to ...

    by brokebackcowboy

    Brokeback Mountain.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I agree? I disagree?

    by thebearovingian

    Massa, I hated Heist. Way too freakin convenient. The most ludicrous twists EVER (repeatedly). Even the Italian Job (2003) is way better. The PC movement got out of control with the BS "Hate Speech/ Crimes" way before 9/11 and continues primarily driven by the homosexual agenda. Think about MTV spots and their "Don't promote Hate by saying 'That's gay!'. Just one example. And to those who get pissed about having to hear Christian points of view: don't you think they get sick of hearing your constant anti-Christian criticism. A tolerant world? My arse.

  • March 23, 2006, 1:55 a.m. CST

    The third act of Shawshank Redemption a heist flick?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Uh wtf?

  • March 23, 2006, 3:49 a.m. CST

    a few answers -

    by Massawyrm 1

    JacksUserId - the third act of Shawshank actually fits the heist structure very well - but note that I said if you loosen the terms a bit. The third act includes all of the set up and execution of not only the escape, but of fleecing the warden of all of his ill gotten gains, as well as setting up the means to have the warden and Hadley arrested. He pulls off the perfect crime, escapes jail, steals cash and flees the country - and we're shown step by step how he does it. Note To TheGreenPoncho: reread a review before talking out your ass about someone talking out their ass. I never said Lee has no sense of style - I said his content was always front and center and his films are more about what he shoots, rather than how. Inside Man is a pure refinement of his style and gives it a definative, recognizable look to those who normally don't notice it.

  • March 23, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    re: HypeEndsHere

    by beamish13

    Buck up-TIDELAND will be out later this year, and by ost indication, it sounds like an excellent adaptation of a wonderful book (most reviewers weren't very favorable to the film because in all likelihood they're unfamiliar with the novel). If you haven't read it, go done to your library and check it out. As for Spike, well: The last film of his that I sat through was SUMMER OF SAM in a hotel room, and it was so bad that it infuriated me. Awful cinematography, undeveloped characters, no plot. I haven't seen any of his films since, and this one will probably be no exception.

  • March 23, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    re: thebearovingian

    by beamish13

    I love how neo-cons like yourself always posit political correctness as some evil lefty/communist/etc. plot, when it's just about treating other human beings with decency. We'd still be calling black people "niggers", Italians "wops", and the mentally challenged "retards" (whoops, people still think it's OK to belittle them). Face it, organized religion does promote intolerance, as you yourself have proven just now.

  • March 23, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    grazi & pax

    by thebearovingian

    try to read my comments w/o placing me into some category. I don't care for either extreme of political correctness. When one side's reaction is to swing to the complete opposite extreme they become equally imbalanced and equally as intolerant as whomever they disagree with. I thought maybe someone had responded to my thoughts on 'Heist' or 'The Italian Job'. Oh well. Hope 'Inside Man' is as good as it looks.

  • March 23, 2006, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Tony Mike Hall...

    by vinceklortho

    read the article that you posted. Funny that he used my userid name? Odd. Not too frequent of a poster here. Anyway, thoughts or comments on what was said?