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Quint chats up Alfonso Cuaron about the CHILDREN OF MEN DVD!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little chat I had with Alfonso Cuaron regarding the release of his brilliant film, CHILDREN OF MEN, on DVD. The interview wasn’t conducted under the best circumstances. As it were, the only time I could get on the phone with Cuaron was right smack dab in the middle of my miserable ShoWest experience. So, I took a break from a good run at the Bally’s poker room (I think there was just some popcorn machine talk going on at the time) to hit the press room and conduct this short 10-15 minute interview over my cell phone. If you don’t know, the cell phone signal can interfere with electronics, causing a hum and buzz… I’ve had to do this one other time, with an interview with Daniel Radcliffe (to be released soon) and that was a lot of fun to transcribe, with that god-awful electronic hum covering up the audio every few seconds… This one wasn’t as bad, but it’s still not the ideal way to record an interview. I’m a gonzo giant fan of CHILDREN OF MEN and it was a pleasure talking to Cuaron at all. I wish the circumstances could have been better and I could have had more time, but we do get to talk a lot about the DVD they put together. Without any further ado, here’s the chat!

QUINT: I’m in Vegas right now, so I’m going to have to do this over the speakerphone on my cell. Hopefully everything works… okay… Can you hear me?


QUINT: Cool. So how’ve you been? Have you enjoyed the release of CHILDREN OF MEN and the strong response it has gotten?

ALFONSO CUARON: Yeah, it’s been very good. It’s been a really good journey. It’s one of those that I’ve been very pleased to see people connecting to what I wanted to communicate. And particularly in America. Yeah, you can see the film as a chase movie, but there was all of this other thematic element that I’m so happy that the audiences understood what the movie was about.

QUINT: That’s the thing. It’s such an entertaining movie from start to finish, but there’s a depth to it and I think people really respond to that. I really appreciate that you’re out there making those kinds of movies.

ALFONSO CUARON: Well, thank you, man.

QUINT: Well, the DVD is coming out soon. Did you do anything special with the it?

ALFONSO CUARON: I’m very excited about the DVD because… you know, I’m not a big fan of director’s comments or behind the scenes. What I proposed for this one was a documentary. What I did is put together a social frame that we were going to deal with. When I set out to do CHILDREN OF MEN it was because I wanted to make an exploration to the state of things, to the things that are shaping the first decade of the 21st Century. In other words, shaping our future. So, we did a lot of research and then with this documentary we got to interview some of the thinkers that were so influential in creating the scenario for the film. A documentary version of what’s in the film. We interview people like Naomi Klein and James Lubbock… they talk not about the film, but about the themes that are involved in the film. I think it’s a very relevant documentary. I’m very proud of it because I get to share, through the documentary, the thoughts of these amazing minds. And it’s almost like a post-apocalyptic movie! Have you seen the documentary?

QUINT: No, I haven’t seen the DVD yet. I’ll be picking it up on the 27th at the local store… when Vegas and ShoWest are far behind me.

ALFONSO CUARON: I was there on Monday.

QUINT: Oh yeah?

ALFONSO CUARON: I was there on Monday because they gave me an award over there. Are you gambling a lot?

QUINT: I’ve been at the poker tables quite a bit, yeah.


QUINT: Now, this documentary… did you direct it yourself?

ALFONSO CUARON: Yeah. I was doing post-production, so Ricardo (sorry, couldn’t discern the last name through the electronic buzz), the scientific journalist, did the interviews. I was working with Ricardo setting up the questions, the structure of the questions, then pretty much I wrote the thing and put it together. Yeah, you can say I directed it.

QUINT: Are there going to be any other bonus features on the disc?

ALFONSO CUARON: For me, the documentary is… is something that is really relevant and important. There is some of the other stuff. We have a version… we don’t have a making of, but we have sections, like one section is called Man Under Attack. When we did the film, Emmanuel Lubezki, my cinematographer, he asked me not to reveal how we did the shots. But then there’s been so much speculation on the internet of how the shots were done… so that scene, Under Attack, that’s how the scene in the car, the ambush of the car, was shot. There’s one that is how (we did) the birth of the baby. There’s a section that is how we came up with the design for the future. Together with that, we have some deleted scenes. I haven’t got many, but there are some of them. Then there’s something with Julianne Moore and Clive Owen in which they talk about the characters.

QUINT: Sounds like a well-rounded DVD, with the movie-centered pieces and the big documentary.

ALFONSO CUARON: I’m very pleased with the whole thing. I think they did a wonderful job with it. A good thing, also, with DVD… with this format you can slow down a frame. There’s a lot detail. Actually, it’s so much fun to explore the detail. You see the opening shot outside the streets of London… go through the detail of the billboards all around. I think it’s pretty cool.

QUINT: Can we talk a little bit about the process of the script coming together? You had quite a few screenwriters on the movie. Can you talk about how that evolved?

ALFONSO CUARON: There’s a tradition in the Academy Awards to have a lot of extras fill the seats. I think that they thought it was cheaper to just have writers. I don’t want to say anything else about all this amount of writers… whoever has read a book by PD James has a credit as a writer here. This screenplay was written by Tim Sexton and myself. If I would credit another writer, it would be Clive Owen.

QUINT: Oh yeah?

ALFONSO CUARON: Oh yeah, totally.

QUINT: He must have had a lot of input, then.

ALFONSO CUARON: From the moment that he got involved. Tim and I we worked with Clive a couple of weeks in a hotel room in New York, focusing his character. His instincts were so great that then we asked, “Can we pester you with the rest of the script?” He (worked with us) with that and he was amazing. I have read the original book by PD James and I respect it quite a lot, but I didn’t see a movie you could do out of it. Her concepts, the concept of the fertility of humanity kept on humping me. There was a moment where I had to discover what was humping me and then I realized it was because that concept could serve as a metaphor for the failing sense of hope of humanity. Then, that could be a springboard for an exploration of the state of things. That was the point of departure and I’m very thankful for PD James because she triggered this great process. The first part of the process was to do an exploration of which themes are the themes of the future. You don’t go very far before hitting immigration and environment. Then we started writing the script. But everything was based upon very specific theoretical elements because everything had to mirror the reality of today. We were not interested in speculating about the future, we wanted to comment about the present. The spooky thing is we had to create a timeline between 2002, when we started writing the script, to 2027 and we wrote a series of events, based upon our research. It was scary. I mean, we had stuff, like a bombing in London, that was supposed to happen 2012, I think. Then suddenly that happened last year. That was the scary thing. Even with all this research, the future… this scenario is getting closer and closer at an amazing speed.

QUINT: Wow… as much as I like the film, I really hope we don’t end up in your movie!

ALFONSO CUARON: The problem is that actually a big part of humanity they live like in my movie. It’s not the way we live in our comfort zones, but a big chunk of humanity lives in a reality that is similar to what is portrayed in the film.

QUINT: Can I ask what you’re doing next?

ALFONSO CUARON: I’m going to do a film in Mexico.

QUINT: Cool. What’s it called?

ALFONSO CUARON: I don’t have a name yet.

QUINT: It’s an original movie?

ALFONSO CUARON: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

QUINT: What’s your favorite dirty joke… and I know you know Guillermo (del Toro), so you gotta have some filth in your mind!

ALFONSO CUARON: Yes, but the thing is… man, it’s a long one!

QUINT: That’s fine. I have plenty of time.

ALFONSO CUARON: Yeah, but they are pushing me here to go into the next phoner, but let me think of a short one. (laughs) Which was Guillermo’s?

QUINT: You know, I’ve never interviewed Guillermo. I’ve talked with him a lot off and on for years, but we’ve never done an interview.

ALFONSO CUARON: My favorite dirty joke… Quint, the thing is the one’s that I’m thinking about are kind of long. I have to call you back with a dirty joke. Okay?

QUINT: Okay, sure. No worries. It was a pleasure talking to you.

ALFONSO CUARON: Okay, thanks so much, man.


Sadly, I never did get that long dirty joke. Maybe he’ll pop up with it soon or I’ll get a chance to dig it out of him at some further date, but oh well… I think the interview went very well despite the lack of joke. I can’t wait to pick up my copy next week. That’ll be one that gets a lot of time in my DVD player. Thanks for reading the chat. I hope you dug it. If you want to chat with Cuaron yourself, check out This Amazon Page where Cuaron will be participating in a live chat Monday, the 26th at 6pm (PST). He'll be talking about the politics in the film and answer submitted questions. All the details are at the link above. I have a ton of interviews that are about to hit, everybody from Jigsaw to Leonard Shelby. Be back soon with those! -Quint

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  • March 23, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Cool Flick

    by jimmy rabbitte


  • March 23, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Cool flick

    by jimmy rabbitte


  • March 23, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    cool flick

    by jimmy rabbitte


  • March 23, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Sons of Bitches

    by Samson_K

    In UK they released the single disc and then the double disc within the space of about three fecking weeks!! Whore bastards! I hate that

  • March 23, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Great interview, Quint!

    by beastie

    Cuaron may be the best director out there, right now.

  • March 23, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by jimmy rabbitte

    What's up with the site today? Why did my post go up THREE damn times? <p> Michael Bay will pay for this!

  • March 23, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    tenth, bitches!

    by council estate scumbag

    this guy is a fucking genius, old Alfonso Cuaron. him and guelmo del toro, i cant remember how to spell his name, but the pan's labyrinth geezer. they're both passionate about their films. i snuck into a Q&A and guelmo swears likes a fucker, but he loves what he does. and Alfonso Cuaron was very technically minded. apparently that long shot where we follow old clive owen near the tanks and all that was done in ONE take. ONE! the only extra thing they added was the blood that comes on the screen. maybe he said that on this thread above- i aint read it yet, my batteries about to run out.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    i want to know when they filmed that scene on fleet st:

    by newc0253

    i was walking down fleet street the other day, imagining the big giant video screens on the buildings. one of the best things about that scene is how well the futuristic stuff blends with the present (as opposed to say the cheesy futuristic LA in 'the island', where they just stick a bunch of crap on the library tower, etc). i also want to know which property they used for the bomb in the coffee shop.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Damn, this flick deserved a commentary track...

    by ODM

    Same with The Prestige. I won't buy either until said films get the special features they deserve...

  • March 23, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Good interview until the dirty joke nonsense

    by Rupee88

    I wish you would just abandon this never really works or is of much interest. But cool film and cool director and sounds like a cool DVD.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Damn you, Children of Michael Bay.

    by MCMLXXVl


  • March 23, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The Dirty Joke question is like a fart in Sunday School

    by Pound Sand

    It's uncomfortable for everybody. Oh, and BSB, it should be CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN ON DVD !!! !! 11111

  • March 23, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Is this not out on DVD in the States yet?

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    Cos it came out here (NZ) last week. Good DVD, shame about no commentary but it's still fascinating. The baby doco, man.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone


  • March 23, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    To be released with The Fountain

    by Spandau Belly

    in a DVD set of "Movies that played in the cinema for five minutes because the public is dumb". Features introduction by Michael Bay.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Children of Men, Happy Feet, Pursuit of Happyness Oh My

    by Karl Childers

    What to get. What to get. What to get. Children of Men.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    I have to say thta I would have preferred a really nice version of this DVD considerign this is my second favorite film of all time but the documentary sounds great. I would rather watch that then some lame ass making of crap that I can't stand. And commentary are the most annoying things ever made. Except for the one on the Goonies DVD. That was hilarious.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by Zarles

    It's true. I've seen him do it. Anyway, definitely picking this up. Viva la Cuaron!

  • March 23, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Why are DVD covers so often lame?

    by jimmy_009

    It's the same thing that curses movie posters. Big stars head. This one's at least OK, but think about good it could have been.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    great movie

    by just pillow talk

    I'll be interested to see the 'making of' scenes. Finally saw Babel, and COM blows it away. No comparison.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Rupee88 and Pound Sand...

    by captainCAPSLOCK

    i agree. 100%

  • March 23, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    wait what? who's humping who?

    by white owl

    this movie is excellent, and deserved at least actor or pic noms but whatever

  • March 23, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    greatest movie

    by Winterchili

    of the decade

  • March 23, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    too right mate

    by council estate scumbag

    it deserved best pic and best director nominates at least. i lapped this shit up when it was out in the UK. was great to see a director who knew what the fuck he was doing for a change.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    second favorite of all time?

    by kilik777

    You must not get to see many movies i guess. The movie was very good but still falls short of being great. Not enough character development and I personally thought Clive Owen was just ok in the role.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Children of Men...what a great, great movie.

    by jrbarker

    a classic

  • March 23, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Alfonso is the man

    by purplemonkeydw

    Even his interviews are interesting. Poor Ricardo, all that work on the doc, and then...nothing. Who is this mysterious Ricardo?

  • March 23, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Nuff said.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Rubiks Doob

    by council estate scumbag

    very good post, mate, but you just shot yourself in the foot, fella. as you said it was in development hell with these two writers bashing away at it like a blinds woodsman on crack and whiskey, then alfonso comes along. he rewrites it, sorts out any narrative problems it had and bang! its greenlit! so yes, he DESERVES to take the credit. no disrespect to the two writers but they obviously could take this vehicle only so far. thats why they are what they are, and alfonso is who he is. he can turn a train wreck into a soaring concorde of majestic beauty. your writer buddies should maybe try writing for eastenders or something?

  • March 23, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by BackRiverCatfish


  • March 23, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I never buy DVDs right when they come out.

    by Kevin Bosch

    I will buy this DVD right when it comes out.

  • March 23, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Damn you Michael Bay Denis!!

    by polyh3dron


  • March 23, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    I see quite a few movies and after Pulp Fiction this is the best movie I've ever seen. What's yours Mr. Critic?

  • March 23, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Damn, what genius desgined that cover???

    by Nice Marmot

    And if you agree that it disappoints, brace yourselves for the absolutely terrible cover for The Fountain DVD. There's an online petition to change it. Why they didn't just use the poster art, I have no idea.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Cock Size

    by Mr_X

    <br>quint, why dont you ask them how big is thier cock as opposed to the dirty joke question. I've had enough of the dirty joke question, and so has everyone else. yet you stubbornly refuse to let it go. you're like john fucking locke.</br> <p>anyways god damm children of men, fricking superb movie. really top notch, one of my favourites of last year, and should have had a hell of a lot more publicity</P>

  • March 23, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Rubiks Doob

    by council estate scumbag

    Yeah i hear what your saying mate. not putting the two writers down or nothin' just saying alfonso is such a narrative genius that he DESERVED to get a large screenwriter credit for turning the sinking ship around......its like having the parts of a ferrari. what the hell use is that? i cant drive that to the dole office in that shit. hell i cant even scratch my ass with it let alone my mums. but alfonso comes along and puts the ferrari together and hey presto! you got something you can use! i can drive to the dole office at 130mph. great analogy, eh? now you understand where i'm coming from, fella.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Fountain DVD art

    by PwnedByStallone

    Damn. That is really atrocious. They're obviously trying to boost rental and sales revenues by pushing the romance angle to mainstream audiences since the movie did so poorly in theaters. online petition?? If peopel put that much energy int othhings that actually matter wouldn't be in the fucking Iraq quagmire still.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    to Nice Marmot

    by council estate scumbag

    the fountain deserves a shit cover. its a shit film. i hated it. what the hell is rachel weiz playing at? she's fit, but not so fit as to star in horseshit. i think the fountain should be banned in london. i really do, fella. one of the most shittest & confusing films i've seen and bothered stealing in a long time.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    dont talk to me about iraq, PwnedByStallone

    by council estate scumbag

    i'd bring all our boys back and send out jude law and dicraprio. let them put a jihad on those two cunts. sorry for the strong language, fella.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron will be hosting a live chat with customers on Monday, March 26, at 6:00 PM PDT. Join us to submit your questions live and hear Alfonso talk about his hit film at

  • March 23, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    council estate scumbag

    by PwnedByStallone

    God I hope Prince Harry steps on a fucking land mine. The occupation would be over within a day. You know it's true.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Will Someone


    Explain how that shot was done... Clive Owen in one take... Some people think it's a special effects dissolve blended in somewhere that nobody notices....??

  • March 23, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    so true mate. that shit made me laugh! THE KNIGHT, i already said how it was done in an earlier post, fella. her it is....."i snuck into a Q&A and guelmo swears likes a fucker, but he loves what he does. and Alfonso Cuaron was very technically minded. apparently that long shot where we follow old clive owen near the tanks and all that was done in ONE take. ONE! the only extra thing they added was the blood that comes on the screen. maybe he said that on this thread above- i aint read it yet" the only FX being the blood. please pay attention in future, fella. i dont like repeating myself

  • March 23, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    alfonso cuaron gotta eat!

    by master bitchfist

    tasty men children

  • March 23, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    incredible movie

    by caravaggio

    cant wait to watch the special features

  • March 23, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Flip63Hole gotta eat

    by council estate scumbag

    the island was floppier than my mamas titties. in the hands of a better director it could've been a great great film. if they'd push the sci fi clone idea more and less bullshit bay generic chase shit it could've really worked. u shouldnt have walked out of the film tho fella. fucking disgrace.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    you need to see C of M tho, BringingSexyBack

    by council estate scumbag

    you wont be disappointed, fella. its as good as people say it is.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    BSB & Flip63Hole

    by PwnedByStallone

    BSB: It has a woman has three women in it, one of whom bares her breasts so take heart. Flip63Hole: You're obviously a genius but just so you know if you walked out after the birth than you missed one of the best made cinmatic climaxes in film history. Fucking moron.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    dunno about best film of the decade...

    by duanejones

    ...but best in the '06? OH yeah. clive owen, and pretty much everybody (including michael caine in possibly the finest performance last year as well), conveyed the somber mood of a world in police-state turmoil while in danger of disappearing. much as i dug _the departed_, _c.o.m._ should have at least gotten nominated for something other than fucking SOUND! but no -- dark, depressive visions of our time transplanted into the near future never cut it in ho'wood these days, if they ever did. j. hoberman in the village voice compared the listless marketing campaign by universal as similar to the way they dumped _12 moneys_ on a never-suspecting movie audience and it withered on the vine at the box office. we recognize its classic status now -- and yes, probably then, too. plus, the inclusion of "court of the crimson king" makes it the finest cinematic use yet of king crimson's music in film, just edging out christina ricci tapdancing to "moonchild" in _buffalo '66_...

  • March 23, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    This was one of the best movies I've seen.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Seriously. I rank CofM above Blade Runner, Brazil, and many similar cream-of-the-genre favorites (not that there aren't some important differences). <p> I wish this was still in theaters, I want to see it on the big screen again.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by la_sith


  • March 23, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    God I love this movie...

    by Strabo's too bad that Cuaron doesn't like Commentary tracks. A movie as rich and nuanced as this one could definitely benefit from a strong voice pointing out the themes and ideas they were trying to communicate, and why they made those choices. I am glad that we are, at least, getting a documentary on how some of the photography/cinematography was accomplished.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST

    la_sith. you sick bastard

    by council estate scumbag

    That's my word from the council estates

  • March 23, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    I hear you but I just wanted to point out that COM was also nominated for Best Cinematography but was, IMHO, robbed by Pan's Labyrith. Yes, Pans' was good too but COM was just amazing.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    thats why i'm glad i gate crashed the Q&A he did. learned loads from the maestro. he certainly knows his stuff. if u ever get an opportunity to meet him you should.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    and as regards Iraq

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    having seen 300, I am now very angry at the US Congress. <p>Obviously if congress would just have denied Bush war authorization, then our president would have gathered his elite cabinet-- Cheney, Rove, Condi, Gonzalez et. al-- and the entire administration would have flown over to Iraq in person to stand in the gap and battle Saddam's slave hordes. Damn you, congress, for preventing this scenario!!!

  • March 23, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The Fountain was awesome

    by Russman

    To bad you didn't understand it.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    Best film of the year. Best director of the year. Best actor too. Fuck the Academy.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I like men

    by shakermakerman

    i mean i like this film...

  • March 23, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    whats to understand, fella? the film was all over the place. one minute its set in the past, then the present, then the future with no connection at all. wierd and shit as hell. its simply a bad movie. not being controversial or any wierd shit like that, i'm just giving you geezas my opinion.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    I know you're a sociopath and all and I might as well be talkign to a door but the boat scene was not what i was talking baout. I'm talking about the 30 minutes of cinematic genius that happens after the childbirth and before the boat. And I'm sure the people who haven't see nthe fil mreally appreciated you saying "no spoilers" and the nactually going on to spoil it. God you fucking half wit. Jump off a fucking building and do the world a favor. Seriously. Kill yourself. We'll be betetr off and so will your embarassed family.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    i was saying over on the one-sheet 28 weeks later board that i lost a cousin out in iraq. he was in the fucking army. the whole family was gutted. so i fucking hate bush too and his deformed retarded puppet blair.

  • March 23, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    oi Flip63Hole! WTF!

    by council estate scumbag

    Are you fucking stupid or something! You DO NOT under ANY circumstances give away endings to films. you numpty. you fucking disfiguired abortion of humpty numpty! fuck! and you had the gall to put 'no spoilers' on there too! are you senile? you must be. no one is that stupid. you must 87 years old and lonely and in a nursing home dribbling on yourself while a nurse feeds you pureed cabbage in your arsehole or something. your crazy mate. you disrepect evryone who comes on here. you should fucking apologize or at least do a retraction or some shit

  • March 23, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Council Estate Scumbag

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Sorry to hear it. America is hopelessly retarded and dangerous, but I don't understand why England has allowed Blair to remain in power in spite of the Iraq war. I really thought it would bring him down for sure. <p>It seemed like all of England was up in arms about Iraq and yet Blair hasn't suffered any consequences for it??

  • March 23, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Ummm. The same reason the US "elected" Bush "again." the government is corrupt and people are dumb.

  • March 23, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST FLY THE EAGLE!!!! --- No idea what that means.

  • March 23, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Fly the Eagle = naughtiness

    by just pillow talk

    1/2 queen is crazy!

  • March 23, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Fountain of Men

    by Staldo

    I just saw the artwork for the fountain, yeah, that's awful, least-common denominator tripe. It seems to be saying: "It's romantic, ladies, and, look guys, it's gots guys with swords too so you don't have to feel all gay while watching it!" Children of Men was an amazing movie, except for the silly metaphorical ending and the CGI baby, who if you watched her too long, started to look like Gollum or one of those monkeys from Jumanji. Flip63Hole, you missed the fucking point, you weren't supposed to give a shit about her, the character herself was admittedly a giant slut with little self respect. You were supposed to care that she and her baby were the last hope for humanity and therefore not give a shit if you liked individual characters. I thought the movie did that very well. Also, her willingness to be inseminated by any random bloke that came along saved humanity in the film. Hooray for sluts.

  • March 23, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Why did this movie's characters not employ the transportational services of a giant eagle to achieve their in-film objectives? [note: 'giant eagle' in this context does not refer to the grocery store chain] <p> Used as in, "The Third Man was STUPID lol fatty runs and gets stuck in a sewerpipe like he's mario WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST FLY THE EAGLE!!!! "

  • March 23, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST



    Lovely name you got there... Thanks for the info and I didn't go through the Talkback in detail when I asked the question... <p> That Alfonso... Great director...

  • March 23, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    You guys can keep you CoM dvds....

    by konkrete590

    I'll be getting mine on HDDVD thank you.

  • March 23, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Denied the Quint trademark dirty joke!

    by DarthCorleone

    Unlike some of the others, I was disappointed. I really enjoyed that compilation of them you put together several months back.

  • March 23, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot, where's the petition for the fountain?

    by dtpena

    also, Children of Men was the second best movie of 2006, a bit behind the fountain.

  • March 23, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Did the genius marketing department...

    by Psyklop

    really believe this DVD cover would appeal to a broader audience, ie non sci-fi fans? Because it just plain sucks ass and has no appeal to ANY demo. The captions are as bad as Concorde Films circa 1990.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Damm you Flip63Hole

    by Mr_X

    </br>blame Micheal bay for your madness. we will allow you to join the geek fold once again. just dont slag off a great movie again.</br> <br>say 3 hail xenus and one alfonso cuarons got eat as penance and you will be fogiven </br>

  • March 24, 2007, 3:59 a.m. CST

    So when does SHOOT 'EM UP come out?

    by MaxTheSilent

    It's been an age since I saw anything about it.

  • March 24, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    "the fat lady with dreads"

    by newc0253

    was the most irritating character in the film, but then she was *meant* to be. the point was that the resistance were mostly the kind of hippy flakes and wankers that clive owen's character (and any other right-thinking person) would run a mile from under normal circumstances. but post-apocalyptic UK obviously ain't normal circumstances. the fat lady with dreads is an exercise in empathy - empathy with the kind of annoying person you wouldn't normally want to hang around with. this is shown in her penultimate scene in the abandoned nursery, when you find out her backstory and actually feel sympathy for her character and presumably why she's such a massive flake. it's all part of the brilliance of cuaron's film, innit?

  • March 24, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Book VS Movie...

    by beckuary

    I don't know how many of you have read the book CoM is "based" on, but it's by far and away the strongest example for me personally of a movie being better than the book (with Fight Club holding the title previously). The book is, as is briefly mentioned in the interview, nothing at all like the movie aside from the names and the infertility concept, and the screenplany just runs with the concept and improves it so much. From a semi-rambling book where the characters' actions don't make much sense and you don't care about anyone, you get a genuinely tense and thoughful movie. (Not to say I don't love you, PD James, but this book is not your best."

  • March 24, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Cuaron battling Yoshimi

    by thefoggiest

    Is it just me or does Cuaron look like Wayne Coyne in that pic? Crazy bastards the both of them. Can't wait for this DVD.

  • March 24, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    I know you'll never read this cos apparently you're "never coming back to this talkback" like the little bitch that you are. what the fuck is your problem, fella? you simply dont like the way i talk. pathetic. Grow the fuck up you ignorant little shit. ......(in feminine accent) "oh, my name's SK229 and i dont like people from Croydon so i'm going to insult them and run away". didnt your crackwhore of a mother raise you better than that? you judge people on WHAT they have to say & the content of their character, not where the fuck they are from. are you from 1950's america or something you hick twat. i know more about film than your tiny deep south redneck mind will EVER fathom. and thats what i come on here to talk about, pal. if you dont like it, fuck the hell off. seriously. i dispise people like you. you make me physically sick. that rough imitation of one of my posts was a fucking joke. i dont write like that at all and you know it. now piss off you little disgusting hitler wannabe. go watch american history x and jack off to your idol Derek Vinyard. i'm here to talk about films and share my views with others that have a passion for films, mate. i know who the fuck i am and where i come from. do you?

  • March 24, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    Cheers mate! But i gotta tell ya. Its Millwall i support!!

  • March 24, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    "that imitation of one of my posts was a fucking joke"

    by newc0253

    it sure made me laugh.

  • March 24, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by council estate scumbag

    well i'm glad it did, fella. now all you lot stop hating on me cos i'm working class. its getting boring. i didnt realize this was an etonian talkback that occasionally discussed films- last time i looked it was called AICN, a place where i can talk about films to others that enjoy films too, mate. i'm off to watch england kick israel's arse on the pitch. i'll be back in 2 hours. behave yourselves.

  • March 24, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    shit! it started 20 minutes ago!

    by council estate scumbag

    laters. i'm outa here, bitches!

  • March 24, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by polyh3dron

    Yes I said it.

  • March 24, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I will make FLY THE EAGLE a catchprase, yes I will

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I dare to dream big.

  • March 25, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I'd buy it on Blu-Ray, but alas...

    by lynxpro is being pumped out on the losing format in addition to the DVD release. At least I did get to see it in the theatre. Speaking of appearing in the theatres for like 2 minutes...what the hell happened to *Smokin' Aces*?

  • March 25, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Smokin Aces will be HD-DVD only as well.

    by polyh3dron

    Universal only does HD-DVD and they are the only major studio that is exclusive to them. If they were to smarten up and release Blu Ray movies this stupid format war would be over. I actually bought the Xbox 360 HD-DVD addon mainly for this movie, The Thing and a few other Universal must-haves.

  • March 26, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    SK229 is a troll. i've just found out

    by council estate scumbag

    i've looked at other posts he has done. he's a troll and i fell for it. he's not a real person, fellas. dont get sucked in like i did. i posted some angry (but truthful) shit back there in response to that troll. lets resume talking about films....

  • March 27, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    amazon chat?

    by izmo

    i forgot to go to the amazon chat, anyone have a transcript?

  • March 30, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Commentary tracks should be mandatory for DVD releases.

    by FuzzyWhisper

    I certainly can't speak for anyone else, but for me a good commentary tremendously enhances the longevity of most films. I'm disappointed to hear the Children of Men DVD doesn't feature one, just as I am when any film I enjoyed in the theater ends up lacking the same. A masterpiece like Children of Men would still be a release day purchase if it had no bonus features whatsoever--there's no doubt there, naturally--but I can't help but wonder how difficult it would have been to enlist willing members of the crew to talk about their experiences on-set, or a qualified intellectual to analyze the cinematography or thematic elements, or even just a moderately well-spoken critic to yammer on about his friendship with the director, who he ate lunch with before the premiere, and how the film restored his faith in humanity. It could be that I'm expecting too much. It's just that, well, a documentary is a documentary: unless it's a truly remarkable piece, I can't see myself revisiting it after an initial viewing, you know? Commentaries don't get old nearly as quickly.

  • April 1, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    The Fountain DVD art isn't THAT bad...

    by SilentP

    I mean, it's certainly not good, and considering the sheer amount of awesome imagery in the film they had to work with, it's pretty disappointing... but really, it's not nearly as bad as the Children of Men DVD art. Clive Owen standing beside a wall. What does that have to do with ANYTHING? Arrgh. At least the Fountain DVD art tells you it's a love story (or a... story about love, at any rate), and hints that it involves different time periods, lol. The back of the CoM DVD looks nice, though.

  • April 7, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    this movie

    by roccotheripper

    sucked. i can't believe i got suckered into watching this movie. fuck you guys for hyping up a shitty movie.

  • May 9, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    this movie

    by Mr Gorilla

    was brilliant! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. If only Universal had done a bit more about it...

  • May 24, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The birth of the kid: Best CGI I've ever seen

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    I thought they really had a newborn, then I watched the bonus features. Amazing! Great movie, even though it's every unsettling.

  • June 5, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Leave it to Cuaron to make a ho mankind's savior.

    by detinue

    Then everyone wonders why the film never found an audience beyond the usual cretins.

  • June 6, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    detinue, you're a fucking genius!

    by just pillow talk

    You see the truth! Amen brother!

  • June 6, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    The book is as looney as the movie.

    by detinue

    The pregnant woman is a bimbo there, too. And the author clearly has absolutely no understanding of male psychology. My apologies to Mr. Cuaron. In retrospect this isn't his mess and I was wrong to blame him.