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An Evil Henchman sends in his report on WORLD TRADE CENTER's presentation at Cannes!

Hey folks, Harry here... The below report comes from a 19 year old swedish film student - so there are a couple of moments where he fixated on the viscera of moments, which Oliver's eye is so good at picking up on, from a realistic standpoint. Remember, this is most likely going to be a very emotional film made by a consummate filmmaker and artist. Let's see what he gives us this August.

Hi Harry, long time reader first time I think I have something to contribute. If you post this you can call me henchman

I'm a 19 year old swedish film student whose vacationing with my family in Cannes. I managed to get the lowest access to the festival with a cannes cinephile card which is for film students. I can basically get into the screenings where there are a few seats left. Last night I qued for southland tales but got rejected cause I didn't have a bow tie.. typical.. (however the film got really awful reviews this morning but I really hope Southland isn't as bad as they say here)

So instead I went to the line for the 20 min world trade center preview followed by a restored print of the Platoon. While waiting I saw Charlie sheen outside smoking and I got all jazzed up. Then I got in!!!! it was a huge theater in the palais des festival called salle debussy.

Then Oliver stone took the stage with Charlie sheen, Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger next to him.. This is the first time I've ever been to a screening with the creators attending (very unusual in Sweden) and I appluaded a long time... Stone said a few words about world trade center.. He said the music and effects were temp and we got too see it in High defintion because the film wasn't printed... It looked gorgeuos I can tell you that much...

we got too see the entire first 20 minutes of the movie.. it started basically with all the characters waking up and seeing the world trade center and a lot of NY locations... five minutes in the first building gets hit.. everything happened very fast in those twenty minutes and I wonder what the rest of teh movie is gonna be like cause the clip ended with the tower falling and Nic Cage getting trapped.. I thouht it was ok but not great..

I'm a big fan of New York and visited world trade center one month before the attack and been there two times since and. It looked great and when they arrive at the towers and you see the blood and the debris in the air is really wellmade but I still felt it lacked the dramatic punch.. I't felt very realistic and authentic but that extra thing that send chills down your spine was missing.. still this music was temp and the effects too but Stone said this was pretty much the beginning we will see in theaters.. Also you never see the plane actually hit the building you only hear the sounds and the sound design was brilliant.. Stone really plays like you see the attacks from Nicholas cage and his fellow officers view.. well the clip got me excited but not WOW you know but august 19th is a few months away and I really hope the movie is good. Also the Platoon looked great in it's restored glory. Now I'm gonna try to sneak into the x-men.. Over and out from evil henchman

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  • May 23, 2006, 12:20 a.m. CST

    first?

    by dejectedgeek

    Well...I'm still skeptical.

  • May 23, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST

    anybody else feel like...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    ...the European press was just waiting to kick the shit out of the young American Cannes virgins? Although let's not pretend that Richard Kelly and Sofia Coppola couldn't use an ass kicking...

  • May 23, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    LMAO

    by tHEmOOG

    it's only twenty minutes ling? talk about based on a true story! wtf lmao again wait....i have no a :(

  • May 23, 2006, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Harry is saying is Art comes before real life tragedy

    by Orionsangels

    Let's see what Oliver Stone delivers. That's more important. WTC is gonna change your life and make you see something different, something you didn't see when you witnessed the real 911. What a great film maker! bravo! FUCK YOU! I PISS ON AICN! YOU LEFTIE COCKSUCKERS!

  • May 23, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    You got to see 911 in High defintion? Did it have THX?

    by Orionsangels

    Enjoy your popcorn?

  • May 23, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Just gonna chime-in before...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    this talkback degenerates into an obssessive compulsive twitch-fest on how Darth Cheney said the word "plane" in a press conference two weeks before the bombing, thus giving us definitive proof that the Whitehouse knew everything beforehand. These 9/11 talkbacks- and Olly Stone talkbacks for that matter- are so spiked with venom, they're completely unreadable. The types of people who come out of the closets for these things make the cast of Freaks look like Average Joes. Take Orionsangels above as an example, gracelessly kicking off the whole left-right, left-right tug of war. Do you people wait breathlessly for Harry to post 9/11 articles so you can start spitting acid at each other? Please Harry, post some news on how The Last Unicorn is coming out on a special edition DVD to counteract the bad taste in my mouth I'll get in two weeks time when I take a look at this talkback and see that people are STILL taking potshots at each other for being liberal pussies and conservative Gestapo.

  • May 23, 2006, 2 a.m. CST

    too friggidy soon

    by damagedinc

    i'm going to guess that he didn't get the permission of all the families on this one. this is not a movie that had to be made. if i had to pick one director in the entire movie industry that has absolutely no perspective when dealing with history/media/reality, it would be oliver stone. he has screwed up every historical situation he has ever dealt with on film. jfk was my favorite movie as a kid and as awesome as it is, it's still messed. this is one of the major representations of september 11th that our posterity will have. it's been 5 years. where's our class?

  • May 23, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Just for the record I hate Republicans as well.

    by Orionsangels

    I don't wait for anything on this site, but I'm certainly against using 9/11 for commercial art and I'm sure as hell going to make it be known. Oliver stone talking about the F/X's not being done? Give us a fucking break already. The events of that day are still fresh in our minds, now they're CGI effects? Not all of us saw dollar signs that day. It's really sad how many of you see nothing wrong with this and I'm sick and tired of this sites holier than thou praise of art. So if this stirs something, good!

  • May 23, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    This film seems alot better then i initially thought

    by meta4

    When i first heard of the two 9/11 films releasing the same year i was very nervous and skeptical as to which one would be the best representation. I feel that the World Trade Center movie is the one that seems like it's been carefully constructed to not offend quite as many people as maybe flight 93 did. After watching both trailers for both films i feel that flight 93 was to exploit the world trade center incident rather then teach about it, whereas i think WTC will actually teach and not exploit, it's gotta be said that i found WTC more emotionally involving just from the trailer, i shed a tear because it had that whole "where was i when 9/11 occured" feeling. I want this movie to be released as soon as possible and have the uttmost confidence in oliver stone's directing of this touchy movie subject.

  • May 23, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Let us move on.

    by Orionsangels

    We don't need to be reminded again. I know the story of the two firemen who were rescued on 9/11. I saw a respectful documentary on it. See, what gets me is not so much that the movie will offend. It's obviously gonna be respectful, unless Stone is a complete dick. What really pisses me off the most is the way it'll be marketed. As a summer blockbuster. With TV ads of people coming out of theaters. Praising it as a must watch film. Ebert & Roeper give WTC two thumbs up! ET always has those silly puns when a movie is number #1 for the weekend. Tom Cruise does the impossible this weekend. Da vinci code struck the right code this weekend with moviegoers, but that's not the directors fault. Another thing that gets to me is that people will be eating nachos & popcorn while watching WTC. It becomes just another summer movie. just another trivialized event. Let's not forget Stone will also be cashing in. Striking while the iron is hot. Let's remember 9/11, but let's move on. Southpark needs to do an episode on crazy directors and 9/11 movies. Maybe they'll get the point. Worked with Spielberg.

  • May 23, 2006, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Let's try that again

    by Orionsangels

    We don't need to be reminded again. I know the story of the two firemen who were rescued on 9/11. I saw a respectful documentary on it. See, what gets me is not so much that the movie will offend. It's obviously gonna be respectful, unless Stone is a complete dick. What really pisses me off the most is the way it'll be marketed. As a summer blockbuster. With TV ads of people coming out of theaters. Praising it as a must watch film. Ebert & Roeper give WTC two thumbs up! ET always has those silly puns when a movie is number #1 for the weekend. Tom Cruise does the impossible this weekend. Da vinci code struck the right code this weekend with moviegoers. What will they say about WTC? The planes hit their targets this weekend as 9/11 opened at number #1 with $30million, but that's not the directors fault. That's mary hart's fault who should be beaten to a pulp, but that's another story. Another thing that gets to me is that people will be eating nachos & popcorn while watching WTC. It becomes just another summer movie. just another trivialized event. Let's not forget Stone will also be cashing in. Striking while the iron is hot. Let's remember 9/11, but let's move on. Southpark needs to do an episode on crazy directors and 9/11 movies. Maybe they'll get the point. Worked with Spielberg.

  • May 23, 2006, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't Rick Rescorla be featured in this movie?

    by football

    There are plans to erect a statue to Rick Rescorla in Hayle, one they say should be as big as the man himself. Morgan Stanley executive Stephan Newhouse said Mr Rescorla's colleagues had witnessed his courage before. In 1993, he had been last to leave his tower when a bomb went off in the World Trade Center. Mr Newhouse said: "He was a hero after that, and he is now a legend." So why is he not in this movie??

  • May 23, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Oliver Stone will deliver the goods

    by Doctor_Sin

    I have doubts about Nick Cage, but Stone will do this up right. So, we've had "Titanic," "World Trade Center," and "Pearl Harbor." So, where the fuck is "Hindenburg"???

  • May 23, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Did Sheen not have a few wods to say?

    by brycemonkey

    :-P

  • May 23, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    "words" obviously...

    by brycemonkey

    if he said some wods then all hell would break loose... sorry too early here.

  • May 23, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I see your point Orions

    by BendersShinyAss

    Somehow the World trade centre disaster is transending into an ID4 style hollywood special effect. For the first time I think I finally have an oppinion on this. It IS too soon. It truely does feel like yesterday this event happened - by that I mean; Hollywood has jumped into making films out of 911 way to fast. Does it really bother me? No not really. But I do think a film of this nature would be better suited for a 2011 release date.

  • May 23, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    It's Not "Too Soon" for This

    by kevinwillis.net

    If it's not "too soon" for violence and sex in movies, for dirty jokes on TV, for televangelism or anything else on the planet that might not be to some people's taste (or may be poorly timed, for them). Unless someone is going to force you to see this (and, as an adult, you can be expected to endure just enough to identify the topic to avoid/change the channel, cover-your-ears-and-stare-at-your-popcorn). Was it too soon for Fahrenheit 911? Is to "too soon" for An Inconvenient Truth or Who Killed the Electric Car? What about Black Hawk Down? Or Hotel Rawanda? Give me a break. If Stone shouldn't be making this then he shouldn't have made Platoon, or Wallstreet, or Nixon or JFK. While _you_ might not do it, you have your say when it comes time to buy a ticket, rent a DVD, or watch it on TV. Or not. Just like with Passion of the Christ, just like The Da Vinci Code, just like Farfegnugen 911, just like An Inconvenient Truth (that American industrial power causes hurricanes!) . . . At the worst, it's in bad taste (I don't think so, myself), but it's sure not "too soon". Even if it were a movie about Jews involved in a conspiracy with Bush to blow up the towers and start a war, I wouldn't think it was "too soon". Too stupid for words, perhaps, but "too soon"? Hell, I wouldn't say a movie about the current Iraq conflict was "too soon"--though the movie itself might suck (or not) on it's own terms. But the point is, you don't have any say as to whether or not Stone makes this movie, or if someone else makes another one. And you shouldn't. What you do get to do is choose, for yourself, whether or not you see the movie, now or, one day, on TV. Michael Moore wants to make a whackjob conspiracy movie about anything? Great, more power to him. I'm not paying money to see it. Oliver wants to make a respectful, if Hollywood-ish 9/11 movie? Sounds good to me. Sounds better than Nixon or Alexander. I'm going to take in a matinee.

  • May 23, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Haters . . . For the Record

    by kevinwillis.net

    For the record, I don't hate Democrats, Republicans, or even far-left whackjobs (a term of affection), or far right wingnuts (also a term of endearment). I don't even hate the haters. But, damn, do I love beernuts. What's the point of all the hating? What a waste of energy. I love all of you! Except Harry, because he doesn't review anything, he just gives his "thoughts", and his reviews make just as much sense if I use on online translator to translate them to German, then Italian, then back to English. Check out for yourself.

  • May 23, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    And, For the Record, I will Enjoy My Popcorn

    by kevinwillis.net

    As I watch the movie. And a hot dog, and frozen coke. I may put cinnamon sugar or cheesy-flavored powder on my popcorn, but probably won't make up my mind for sure until the day of. I might get a lightly-salted soft pretzel, or maybe not--too much and I'll start to look like Harry. I'm expecting to enjoy the THX sound, and if it's showing on one of the digitally-equipped screens at the local theater, I'll try to catch it there (though this may be harder, because they no longer seem to specify whether a movie is digital or not on the website or in the theater ads, dammit). Until then, I'll have to satisfy myself with my World Trade Center commerative plates.

  • May 23, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    "Also you never see the plane actually hit the building

    by performingmonkey

    That's because it was all giant holograms :)

  • May 23, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    "well the clip got me excited but not WOW you know"

    by Goatboy

    Aw that's a shame you were only excited but not WOW by a 9/11 movie complete with rousing orchestral music and "unfinished fx". Anybody else ever feel like Heston waking up and seeing the chimp on the pony?

  • May 23, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Platoon was the high point of Sheen's carreer

    by Doom II

    I remember thinking that Charlie Sheen was going to become an exceptional actor after Platoon (and Wall Street). Then he went back to making shitty B movies for 15 years before joining the sitcom 2 1/2 Men. Oliver Stone has a way of classing up actors while they do his films. I have no interest in seeing a fictional story based around 911. It doesn't offend or upset me, it just doesn't interest me, especially with Nic Cage as a lead. He's like a less serious Keanu Reeves.....

  • May 23, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Sheen's highpoint?

    by Goatboy

    Surely you're forgetting that one where he was a garbageman, with his brother Emmy-Lou, from Stakeout. But not the old dude who was in Jaws or the blind woman from that one with the guy from Goodfellas, not the little one who was foiled by that kid either. Young Guns! That's the one

  • May 23, 2006, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Oliver Stone.....

    by Doom II

    He has made some so-so films, but since he wrote the screenplays for Midnight Express, Conan The Barbarian and directed The Hand, Platoon & The Doors, he gets a free pass by me forever.

  • May 23, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Let's see a movie about Rwanda.

    by Doom II

    It's this little place in Africa where 700,000 people were slaughtered in 10 days by rebels in 1994 while the entire world (including the US) sat on their hands and did NOTHING...yet we invade Iraq....Too bad Rwanda didn't have an oil field. Oh yeah, the UN is a fucking USELESS organization...kinda like the senate in Episode III (I'm sure that was the point).

  • May 23, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Hotel Rwanda..I know. I saw it. N/T

    by Doom II

  • May 23, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    We will all get tired....

    by vinceklortho

    of the constant bashing of 9/11 movies. Look at United 93...that thing came and went. World Trade Center? Look at this talkback. slowly and slowly these are diminishing to fewer and fewer talkbacks. Even the people most opposed to this movie are starting to slow down. I think it's pretty good that movies get ragged on for getting made. They need the protests and stuff. It's good for the historical context of the movie. Like, when we look at a EW magazine a couple of years from now and notice the list for the ten most controversial movies of all time! Yeah! Hilarious. Anyway, about the movie...I'm glad that Stone kept the point of view very constricted to Cage and his character. I was worried about that and think it is a wise choice. Sorry, I was impressed by the CGI and think that you have to do it good(sound design) to sustain the realism. Kinda like Munich.

  • May 23, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Snakes on the World Trade Center!!!

    by Borgnine JR

    We're only half a step away from that.

  • May 23, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    awesome blood and debris

    by vicious_bastard

    I am so there - will force my girlfriend to wank me off in the back row. A Hindenburg movie you say? I can see it now - slo-mo shots of it being painted with rocket fuel by dumbass Nazis. As hilarious as Cage's moustache.

  • May 23, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    originally titled "WTC: WTF?!"

    by durhay

    OMG!

  • May 23, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Sheen's Highpoint...

    by Mr Nice Gaius

    ...was definitely "Platoon" and "Wall Street". But, you guys seem to be forgetting his role as Topper Harley from "Hot Shots". Another highpoint might be the fact that he's nailed every sweet, innocent wanna-be-a-star hottie on the West coast.

  • May 23, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    sheen highpoint

    by vicious_bastard

    The end of Being John Malkovich - he will never top that "Malkatraz" line.

  • May 23, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Durhay

    by tHEmOOG

    funniest post ever! LMAo errr

  • May 23, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    Could be good...prolly won't be

    by DarthNameless

    I loved(ed) Oliver Stone for years, but It's been awhile ya know? Alexander...cheap shot ,yes, but Fucking Alexander???!!! Also, I agree with whomever above about this now being a "summer event movie" and how fucked up that is. You know the greedy souless fucks in hollywood are thinking WTC > ID4??

  • May 23, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    "World Trade Center... It looked gorgeous..."

    by Kampbell-Kid

    Hope the marketing dept dosen't use this film students quote in their ads. :x

  • May 23, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Orionsangels get off the cross, somebody needs the wood

    by Kampbell-Kid

    I mean honestly... I've been coming to this site for years and within the last few years I've noticed you usually post decent thoughts but this little rant (no matter how much it's hit you on a personal level) has now subjected a reader like myself to the most hypocritical bullshit I've ever read. I agree with your points because they have good intentions, but since it degraded into "TB rant spam" I can't help but point out the fact that your ranty ass probably forked over money to see Bay's Pearl Harbor or I know for a fact at least Cameron's #1 box office sold Titanic... both also based on world tragedies but made lots of money. Especially Titanic, the tragedy film injected with a fake love story and a catchy ballad tune to make it more appealing for 3hrs. When your childrens children witness the release of the film "WTC" from a renoun diretor that includes also a fake love story, catchy ballad by Kelly Clarkson in her 40's, and special effects of people falling from the building that evokes laughter from the kids in the audience... do you think people will protest it then like you are now? Naw... just like no one seemed to really care 94 years after the Titanic.

  • May 23, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Aug. 19 - Clerks II, Snakes on a Plane, WTC

    by Tall_Boy

    assuming the scooper got the date right. Which I'm not quite sure he did. It'd be funny of Snakes on a Plane AND World Trade Centre opened on the same day, in a morbid kind of way...

  • May 25, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    snakes and clerks

    by Onyx390

    clerks II was moved up to july 21, nearly a month sooner. guess they couldn't take the heat.