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The Legman survives HALF-ASS-A-THON and leaves covered in STARDUST!

Published at: June 25, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... Well, I hosted my last event at the Original Drafthouse last night and this morning. And there were a lot of familiar faces and not-so familiar faces. But one thing seemed universal... they loved STARDUST. At one point after the film was over, Kraken (Quint's platonic lover) came back from the lobby with this goofy dazed grin on his face. He thumbed in the direction of the lobby and said, "Um, Every girl in lobby looks like they just had meaningful sex and amazing orgasms." In a summer filled with sequelitis... STARDUST and RATATOUILLE are really the creative stand-outs. That said, STARDUST is the real surprise. People just aren't really aware of it, but throughout the film there was applause, not of just visual effects moments, but applause to the greatness of dialogue, sequences and for just getting caught up into the film. And before the film, Matthew Vaughn personally apologized for leaving X-MEN 3 in the hands of Brett Ratner... but I have to say... STARDUST is the sweetest most amazing love letter to those that dream about the worlds out there waiting to be discovered. Here's The Legman with our first look at Half-Ass-A-Thon... if you were there, send in your impressions!

Hey Harry and gang, I'm still rubbing the slieep outta my eyes, but it's worth it. Last night's Half-Ass-a-Thon was awesome, a great way to say goodbye to the original Alamo. I'm gonna miss it. The Ritz will be cool, though. Anyway, here's a few quick thoughts on last night's line-up. 1.) WONDER BAR -- This film is so cool to see on so many different levels. On the one hand, it's horrifying to see such blatant racisim, but man what a show! Al Jolson was amazing. He has this ability to be a stern tough guy one second, then the consumate showman the next, and a wacky blackfaced fellow the next. They don't make them like that anymore (for good or ill). What I love about this movie is the pre-Code attitude, wild and crazy, with older married ladies hooking up with younger men (and quite pervertedly, too -- "You remind me of my mother", indeed!) while their husbands are busy scoring their own dates (something you'd never see in the 50's), gay men dancing, a protagonist not trying to talk a man out of suicide but instead using it to hide a murder! Seriously. But what I'll really remember about this movie is the fucked up musical number at the end. I'll never forget Busby Berkeley's/Al Jolson's vision of a Black Heaven where possum pies grow on trees and where the way to get there is on a mule. FUCKED UP. But really amazing, too. 2.) STARDUST -- I was blown away by this movie. I'd read the novel years ago and thought the movie might be a cute little number and was looking forward to it. I was wrong. It's not cute, or little. That's not to say it's truly epic. It's streamlined -- focused on two central characters, and their destinies and the magical kingdom are tied up together. It's more A Princess Bride than LOTR, but it's less comedic and more thrilling. Perfectly directed. The murdering brothers? -- classic. Robert de Niro in pink frilly women's undergarments? -- classic. I've had a crush on Claire Danes for years and it's good to see her get a role like this instead of some vapid blonde starlet. SPOILER AHEAD One thing that didn't work for me in this movie is the ending. The protagonist Trisdan is simply not an effective hero. All he does is show up! Oh, and he lets some animals out of their cages. That's it. He doesn't kill the evil witch, doesn't defeat her, hell he doesn't even untie the star, the witch does. SPOILER OVER But that aside it was truly a magical movie, one that deserves to be a blockbuster, and I can't wait to see it again with my wife. It was fast and fun, a fairytale for adults that kids can enjoy too. If this does well I guess Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere will be next. 3.) TOPKAPI -- Very cool caper flick. I'm officially in love with the gypsy woman, can't remember her name. This would have been a slow and predictable story if we hadn't been so firmly rooted in the characters, esp. Mr. Simpson, the perfect sympathetic weasel. 4.) IMPULSE -- In a word, Shatner-ific. The thing I love about Shatner is his willingness to commit to a role (except when he's doing his smarmy I'm-William-Shatner bit, which I love too), and here he commits totally. Try to imagine George Clooney in this role. COULDN'T BE DONE. Only Shatner could pull this off (though whether or not he did is debatable, but watching him try was a great experience). And every time he stuck that pinky in the corner of his mouth, the audience went wild. I think he should do that at least once in every performance. 5.) SEVEN BLOWS OF THE DRAGON -- Okay, I admit I was fading a bit by this point. The stuffed jalapenos I ordered during Impulse helped to see me through, but not enough. It was like four in the morning. Anyway, this is the epic Shaw Brothers movie fans have been dreaming about, and I'm afraid I was probably dreaming about it during the movie, so don't ask me for a plot. But from what I saw of it, it was fun, and it's definitely something I'm going to seek out on DVD or video. Anyway, lots of fun! THANKS TIM! THANKS HARRY! If you use this, call me The Legman.

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  • June 25, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    First!

    by darrenspool

    Me special

  • June 25, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    WHERE'S THE GODDAMN JOHN FROM CINCINNATI TALKBACK?!

    by cutest_of_borg

    Excellent show, great dialog. Where's the love? Goddamnit.

  • June 25, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Stardust

    by Bloo

    am really looking forward to this, but I really really dislike Clarie Danes. she works with talented actors and directors but just to me sucks. Maybe this will be the movie to make me change my mind, but of course I said that about the Rainmaker too...and the movie where she was in a Filipino or Twaniese jail

  • June 25, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    how dull

    by Cedar_Room

    the films reviewed, the half-ass athon (whatever thats supposed to mean), the firster, all just very very dull.

  • June 25, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Had a great time...

    by Wizejoker

    I had a blast last night at the show. Even as enjoyable as the flicks were the trailers. I wish there was some sort of list of all of them that played.

  • June 25, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Way to go...

    by 7pointedstar

    ..with the invisotext on that one, guys.

  • June 25, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I agree, cutest_of_borg

    by Philvis

    I absolutely love that show. Since I like it, it is in danger of being cancelled now. I am looking forward to seeing the StarDust movie as well. The trailers got me interested and the review above seemed positive enough.

  • June 25, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    No matter how good this movie is

    by Mister Fame

    Mark my words, it will bomb.

  • June 25, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    yeah, John From Cincinatti talkback please.

    by PVIII

    Instead we get shittacular Doctor Who.

  • June 25, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the ending Harry %#*##$:(

    by ludmir88

    we need different news like ...TRANSFORMERS? to talk back now!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 25, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Looks like Pixars making Princess of Mars

    by Darkcityuk

    Brad Bird has confirmed that Pixar will use both live action and animation for the planned "John Carter of Mars" adaptation, and that he won't be directing. (Darkhorizons) spose Harry will be producing. i guess hes just keeping it underwraps and waits untill all the other websites cover this then he'll tell us.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I weep

    by Nordling

    that I wasn't there. Damn real life bullshit.<P>I'm glad you all had fun, Harry! I'll see you later this summer!

  • June 25, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    stardust looks cheesy

    by BurgerKing

    I haven't read the source material but the trailer looks silly with the guy going on about a two headed dog, thats good dialogue? And the chick shooting green magic in his mouth and the typical plot of some wicked witch trying not to grow old and flying pirates. Just don't get it? Maybe when I see it I'll change my mind, who knows.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Heard somewhere...

    by FILMFUNK

    Jonathon Rosses wife wrote this!? must've dreamt it!

  • June 25, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I fucking loathe The Princess Bride.

    by Mosquito March

    That is one of THE most overrated movies in film history, and when I saw the trailer for this, that's exactly what came into mind. It even appears to have DeNiro playing the Mandy Patinkin role. God, dear God, I hope there aren't lines in this thing that people will be quoting for decades, like that stupid "you killed my father, prepare to die" horseshit. I swear, nobody knows how to make a fantasy film without fucking something up Hollywood style. Even Jackson wasn't impervious to it.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    john from cincinnati is lying

    by LORDRANDO

    Im from cincinnati and ive never seen his dorky ass...

  • June 25, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Ross's wife has something to do with

    by emeraldboy

    therefore I will pass.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    and

    by emeraldboy

    This movie is going to dvd. ross will hype the shit out of it. Ross's qoute for League of Gentlemen's apocalypse os I laughed untill a little bit of wee came out. It wasnt that funny.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Neverwhere..

    by Redfive!

    Id personally like to see a Neverwhere flick based on the Graphic Novel.but ill probally go check out stardust.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    SEVEN BLOWS OF THE DRAGON

    by Harry Weinstein

    The original title of this is THE WATER MARGIN, and it's available on non-bootleg DVD from Image Entertainment. There's a love scene with nudity in the English-dubbed SEVEN BLOWS verion that's missing from the Hong Kong version - that footage is presented as a deleted scene on Image's disc.

  • June 25, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Redfive

    by watashi-wa

    there was a BBC TV series adaptation of Neverwhere, although it was a bit pants.

  • June 25, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Were any baby goats harmed during the movie??

    by Mike_D

    Poor baby goats pulling Michelle Pheiffer's buggy.

  • June 25, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    QUALITY FLICKS FAIL... SAD BUT TRUE

    by greigy just wanted to say

    Don't get too excited kiddies. We live in a world where excrement like FF2 does well with slack jawed middle America... anything that requires ANYTHING of the viewer struggles.....

  • June 25, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    See it for the kids . . . .

    by amaysingstories

    Gosh darn baby goat chariot picture still strikes me as the worst possible first image to come out of this. It's actual weighty evil has already been rammed down my throat by all the Gaiman fans, but c'mon! For those of us who haven't read it, the wittle, bitty, cutey baby goats carting around Goth Pfeiffer made us pre-judge this flick in the worst possible way. It might be awesome, but when I see it, the whole flick is going to working against the momentum of that one lame image.

  • June 25, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    They must have REALLY padded the screenplay....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    I read the book and don't remember half the stuff that's in the trailer from it. Epic? The book was a wispy thing, all filled with whimsical cuteness and as memorable and substantial as a twinkie. Turning it into an Tolkienesque saga must have been hard work.

  • June 25, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Here is the talkback for John from Cincy

    by BillyPilgrim

    *crickets chirping*

  • June 25, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Emeraldboy

    by MKiro

    Way to go - judging a movie purely based on the fact you don't like the husband of the scriptwriter. You contribution here is so VERY valuable - thank you for taking so much of your valuable time to share your thoughts. Now fuck off back to your A.D.D. session.