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Moriarty Falls In Step With WALK HARD And Bends His Brain On I’M NOT THERE!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. The biopic is dead. Specifically, the music biopic is dead. Even more specifically, the Academy Awards bait music biopic is dead. And this Christmas, you have a chance to see not one but two brilliant stakes in the heart of the Academy Awards bait music biopic. You know a particular subcategory of film is dead when a couple of things happen. First, when the parody appears. Second, it’s when the smarty-pants art house nerds start making “deconstructions,” reactionary braniac farts in the face of convention that lay bare the clichés and that reinvent things for ironic impact. I’ve written about parody before and gotten a fair amount of hate mail because I’m not a fan of the broad, obvious lowbrow stuff that dominates the release schedule right now. Oh, SCARY MOVIE, what have though wrought? EPIC MOVIE. DATE MOVIE. Truly Awful Movies. And I’m sorry, FAMILY GUY fans, but I sort of hate the shit out of Seth McFarlane’s version of parody, which is sort of like sitting in a room with a really obnoxious giant loud guy who keeps saying “HEY, DID YOU EVER SEE THAT MOVIE WHERE THIS THING HAPPENED?” with one movie after another movie after another TV show after another Internet viral video after another movie after another TV shot ad infinitum. But I love good parody done well. I think it’s when it degenerates into spoof that I hate it. I think something like TOP SECRET! is about as good as parody gets. I think YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN sets the bar as far as parody on film goes. I think the ZAZ guys never hit it as hard as they did in the pre-POLICE SQUAD era, but when they did it well, nobody did it better. WALK HARD isn’t quite as great a film as YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, but as parody goes, it’s razor-sharp and beautifully crafted. Jake Kasdan is, all things considered, a fucking badass. I’m not sure enough people appreciate this fact yet, but we’re talking about a guy in his early 30s who has four features under his belt and an assload of really, really, really good television. When your first film is ZERO EFFECT, you are pretty much a badass right off the bat. When you follow that up with FREAKS AND GEEKS, some of the best episodes including the pilot, you are definitely a badass. ORANGE COUNTY was a solid double, and THE TV SET, which I saw this year on DVD, is a fairly perceptive x-ray of the insecurities and anxieties of the TV pilot season. WALK HARD is the biggest thing he’s ever shot, and it’s impeccably crafted in the way it mimics the look and feel of big-budget studio biopics. Uta Briesewitz’s cinematography is so good at capturing that precise superslick extracheesy studio look, the look that routinely ends up being Oscar-nominated, that the Academy really should pay attention to what he did. The same is true of the work by production designer Jefferson Sage. This level of precision is just as hard to pull off as recreating historical era or creating a fantasy or science-fiction world. The script by Judd Apatow and Kasdan is diabolically smart. And if I have any hesitation in recommending this film, it’s that I think it might be an inside joke on an inside joke on an inside joke. There’s a PET SOUNDS sequence in here that is so crazy and so specific... and it pretty much demolished me. I love how the “celebrity cameos” are all batshit crazy. Jack White’s Elvis, Jack Black’s Paul McCartney, Jason Schwartzman’s Ringo Starr, Frankie Muniz’s Buddy Holly... they are all simultaneously cringingly terrible and dead-on perfect. The real music figures who show up, like Jewel and Ghostface Killah and Lyle Lovett and The Temptations (in the single most groant-worthy joke in Apatow’s entire filmography) and Eddie Vedder (who must have more of a sense of humor than I ever expected to pull off the scene he takes part in) all come across as sly and smart for participating. Most importantly, WALK HARD is a good film on its own terms, which gives it life beyond just being good parody. Dewey Cox is a character worth the expenditure of two hours, a story genuinely worth telling. John C. Reilly impressed me last year in TALLADEGA NIGHTS, matching Will Ferrell pound-for-pound in terms of bugfuck crazy. It was an inventive and layered performance, and it was one of the first times I realized how fall-down funny Reilly can be. He’s done sharp musical work before in films like A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION and CHICAGO, and he’s done great dramatic work throughout his career, so you add those things to his newly-defined comic chops, and he makes the perfect Dewey Cox. When he actually plays the “big Oscar moments,” he plays them straight, the same way he would in the “real” version of this film, and that’s what makes it work. Jenna Fischer has been gradually working her way towards a starring role in a big comedy like this, and she really steps up. If you’re one of the millions of guys harboring a shameless crush on Fischer thanks to her work on THE OFFICE, you will be more than pleased with the way they sex her up for this film, and she plays every level of the joke just as well as Reilly does. I love the casting of Raymond J. Barry as Dewey’s father, since that’s exactly who they’d cast for the “real” version of this movie. There’s tremendous work done by Kristen Wiig, Chris Parnell, Tim Meadows, Matt Besser, David Krumholtz, Harold Ramis, Craig Robinson... Oh, that reminds me. THE BACKLASH HAS BEGUN!
As with THIS IS SPINAL TAP, the thing that frosts this particular cake is the music. In a film like this, if you don’t buy the music... if it doesn’t work as credible songwriting on its own, above and beyond any joke involved... then the entire thing would collapse. Here, you’ve got guys like Marshall Crenshaw, Michael Andrews, Van Dyke Parks, Dan Bern, and Mike Viola all contributing songs to the film, working together and separately, and as a result, the film accurately parodies all sorts of songwriting styles and various eras of film, and the songs end up imbedding themselves in your consciousness by the time you walk out of the theater. And, as I advise with many films, stay till the very, very end for a glimpse of the real Dewey Cox so you can compare Reilly’s performance. I love it when filmmakers do that, like when the real Nixon emerges from the White House at the end of Oliver Stone’s film, and it’s always fun to make the comparison. The strongest endorsement you can give the film is that while I was watching it, I was wondering what anyone currently planning to make a music biopic is going to do. I mean, no one can ever do the movie that WALK HARD is making fun of again. How can you? How can you do that showbiz biopic the same way after seeing it laid so bare? How could anyone make that film with a straight face again? I’m sure someone will... and I’m equally sure that I’ll be fighting off the giggles the entire time I watch it unfold. One solution is to go completely fucking crazy and just destroy the standard approach, which is what Todd Haynes has done to dizzying, swoony effect with I’M NOT THERE, his love letter to the Legend of Bob Dylan. Haynes didn’t make a movie about the real Dylan. I think his movie argues that the real Dylan is unknowable, and that it’s not something that is unique to Dylan. There was a moment, sometime around high school, when I realized quite clearly that we spend our lives being different people depending on the situations we’re in and the people we’re with. It’s not a bad thing, per se... it’s just true. We all contain contradictions, and there’s no doubt that you act differently when you’re sitting in church with your family or sitting in a bar with your friends. When I have dinner with my parents, I feel like a totally different person than when I go to the park with my son. And when you live your life on the public stage and they expect you to play a certain role all the time, it can lead to the most remarkable reactions. I remember when I got my hands on BIOGRAPH, the box set collection of much of Dylan’s most important music. This had to have been sometime in the mid-to-late ‘80s. Back then, I didn’t just buy music and play it occasionally, the way I do now. I would devour music. I would buy someone’s entire body of work and dig into it obsessively, analyzing the lyrics and setting things into context by reading about the person and their history, listening to things chronologically to see how someone developed their sound. Yes, I was a pretentious twat in my teens. I’m sure some of you would say that’s just when I began. But at any rate, Dylan was one of the most fascinating guys to do that with because of the way he had so deftly played with image throughout his career. Dylan understood iconography and the value of mythmaking on an instinctual level, and when he first arrived on the music scene, he already brought with him a richly imagined history that he convincingly sold to everyone he met. I would not call myself a Dylan expert or even a Dylan fan, but I certainly like many of his songs and respect his place in rock history. Todd Haynes, though... oh, man, does he love Bob Dylan and everything he represents. I like Haynes a hell of a lot as a filmmaker... I think he’s smart and he’s got great taste and an awesome sense of how to set a tone for a film. SAFE is one of my favorite films of the ‘90s, and I think SUPERSTAR is so much more than just a gimmick. In a way, I’M NOT THERE offers up a fascinating bookend to SUPERSTAR as a way of framing his whole career thus far. SUPERSTAR was a pretty unconventional way of telling the story of Karen Carpenter, and the major difference between that film and I’M NOT THERE (aside from the obvious growth in technical mastery on the part of Haynes) is that SUPERSTAR is an angry film. You can tell that part of him hates Carpenter for what she did to herself and what she represents. The film mocks her just as much as it empathizes with her, and you can tell that Haynes probably started writing with her as a target, and only through the act of writing did he come to a more humane idea about who she was. With I’M NOT THERE, he must have started from a position of awe, because much of the film indulges the Dylan myth more than it deflates it. By now, I’m sure you know the film’s main conceit: six actors portray six different faces of Bob Dylan at six points in his life. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a film that hinges on the gimmick. It’s not even like that’s a new idea. Todd Solondz tried something similar a few years ago with the very, very strange PALINDROMES, and even though I got it intellectually, the film just didn’t work for me. I never thought he made full use of the idea. Haynes, on the other hand, seems completely comfortable with the idea, and it’ll illuminating the way he chooses who to use and when and why. Decoding that is part of the fun of the film, and what impressed me is how you don’t need to know anything about the “real” Bob Dylan to appreciate this movie. All you need to know is actually in the film for you. Just watch the film, and you’ll learn about this character, and when you see the contrasts and the similarities between the various faces, the various actors, you get the picture of the overall person. Some of the interpretations, like Richard Gere’s “Billy the Kid,” are abstract, but I don’t understand the rancor some people have towards that part of the film. I love the particular version of the Old West that it evokes, and I think Gere does great work. This is the Gere I like more and more as he gets older, the Gere who plays sort of weird and who makes really interesting, provocative choices. I really like Marcus Carl Franklin, who plays Dylan as a young black child named Woody Guthrie. If that makes you think of the opening of a Steve Martin movie, that’s fine. Haynes knows it’s an absurd premise, as ridiculous at first as the scene where young Dewey Cox first sings the blues in WALK HARD. But performance after performance, Haynes and his cast nail it. Ben Whishaw gives great glower as Arthur Rimbaud, Christian Bale is flat-out amazing as the charismatic Jack Rollins and the reborn Pastor John, Heath Ledger perfectly mines any anxieties he may have had any reason to recently feel about marriage, and Kris Kristofferson is spot on as the narrator of the film. If that’s all the film was, the sum of those presences, it would be a success. Ahhhh, Cate. Jude Quinn is the most recognizable and iconic of the Bob Dylans in the film. DON’T LOOK BACK pretty much defines the Dylan of the ‘60s, at least visually, and that’s Jude Quinn. I honestly don’t think it matters one way or another that Cate is the wrong gender... she embodies that particular moment of Dylan in a way that is so accurate, so rich and real, that it’s almost scary. It's a physical thing, but it's deeper than that. There's something behind the eyes in the few glimpses we get, in the insouciance, the rock star swagger and the willful surrealism. She just plain gets it right, and it’s a pleasure to watch her work. When she’s engaged, there are very few actors working today who are as interesting to watch as Blanchett. What I enjoyed most about the film is the way it set Haynes free to play, and this is a filmmaker who seems to love to change his style completely from film to film, vanishing in service of what he’s trying to say. He’s a great visual stylist, but he never seems to repeat himself. Here, he’s able to tell the story six different ways... well, seven, actually, if you consider the two halves of the Christian Bale story, which are fairly different. It gives Haynes an opportunity to mix it up, and he is able to indulge his vision fully. I’m sure there are people who won’t respond to the meal that Haynes has laid out along with his artistic collaborators Oren Moverman (co-screenplay), Ed Lachman (D.P.), Jay Rabinowitz (editor) and Judy Becker (production designer), but I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to enjoy with them. There are a lot of heavy films playing this season, and more coming in the next few weeks, and I’M NOT THERE may sound like a head game more than a movie. But give it a chance. This is joyous filmmaking, a celebration of what one artist means to a whole group of artists, and also a potent look at how we all struggle to come to grips with who we really are when we’re alone with our dreams and regrets. I’ve got at least one more review for you before Christmas, so I’d better get writing if I plan to finish...

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    good morning

    by Noddy93

    be sure to grab a coat, it's kinda cold outside

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    "the real Dewey Cox"?

    by slfricky


  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by MRX67

    Oh boy

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    What have THOU wrought?

    by Son of Hades

    That is all.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Nice review

    by MRX67

    I rather enjoyed that. Well done.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Ok, Moriarty, you're pissing me off.

    by Russkov

    I'm writing a Top 10 of 2007 feature for the site I work at and this was the intro for my description of La Vie en Rose that I wrote earlier this week: "With La Vie en Rose, I'm Not There (a good, but too-weird-for-its-own-good film), and the parody Walk Hard, this was hopefully the year when the generic, predictable, and Oscar-baity artist biopic died." I don't know how you were able to hack my hard drive, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and formulate it differently. You win this time. :)

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Glad someone else hates that Family Guy "parody" shit

    by Osmosis Jones

    "Hey, this is just like the time..." [smash cut to EXACT RECREATION of 70's or 80's TV show or movie]

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    First Timer

    by markster808

    and probably last, but its Don't Look Back, not now

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Family Guy = Mindless

    by DocMHumphrey

    "Airplane"...that's a parody. "Family Guy" is bullshit.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    i am close minded

    by krycek08

    walk hard looks like dog shit. and apatow is never funny.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Box office bomb

    by theBigE

    Unfortunately, Walk Hard is already a box office dud. See it now while you can on the big screen - it'll be gone by the new year. <p> That video clip with Darryl from the Office was uncomfortably funny - how much of that was improv?

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The first 8 minutes of Walk Hard

    by Garbageman33

    That were released on the Internet had the exact opposite effect as they intended. Instead of getting me more excited about the movie, it killed any enthusiasm I had. Just painfully unfunny. It looks to me like they played everything so straight that it seems like another one of the generic biopics they're trying to parody.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    a Steve Martin movie?

    by Holodigm

    I was born a poor black child...

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Loved it.

    by critch

    As usual, the critics and haters aren't worth listening to. I saw Walk Hard on a whim even though the trailers were shit out of loyalty to the minds that gave us Anchorman. I've never laughed so hard in a theatre in my life.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Family Guy is funny...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    But so is a REALLY loud kid fart in church on one of those wooden pews. You'd be embarassed for laughing, but as you walked away from the situation, you'd laugh a little more. 70s and 80s Steve Martin is funny in a different way, but 'funny' can mean so many damned things.... Airplane was funny when I was little, but watching it now, the jokes are fucking old and brittle, just WAITING to break their hips...'She's starting to shake', then showing a pair of tits isn't high comedy...Pun after pun after visual pun gag are the staple of ZAZ movies, and they didn't age well. Someone watching it these days would probably change the channel. I wouldn't blame 'em.<p>But Apatow and his gang of dudes are funny as shit, and let me tell you, it's coming back around to the experimental funny of the early 70s, when Al Brooks and Andy Kaufman started doing crazy shit to see if it was 'funny'. (Al Brooks' bad mime is fucking hilarious. So are his characters on the Simpsons, my personal favorite is Scorpio)...Family Guy is well written, and so is American Dad.<p>Fuck man, there's moonie and hare krishna evangelical jokes in Airplane that look vaudevilian nowadays, also the second flick, lest we forget that ZAZ couldn't take their dicks out of a franchise EVER, had Sonny Bono with a fucking bomb in the sequel...Yeah, you're right they're geniuses. Now, can anyone remember the Airport movie they were 'parodying' there? No? Congratulations, you're not 80 years old.<p>Family Guys written this year will seem stale in 5 years, or will become surreal because of their dated natures. FG is the comedy equivalent of Combos, with a very short shelf life for each bag, but as long as they keep making more, I'll eat it!<p>Mel Brooks...Now THERE was a fucking Parody Master...ZAZ were suckling at his ball sweat.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    of course Walk Hard bombed

    by rainbowtrout1265

    the trailers seemed to be designed to keep moviegoers away. there wasn't a single laugh in the whole theater when the preview came on.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Walk Hard was too long and Boring.

    by BMacSmith

    it did have its moments (the beatles!), but it really needed to be cut down. their were large stretches where nothing funny happened and they repeated the same lame jokes too many times. really needed to cut out some of the "walk the line" scenes. for the first half of the movie it felt like a scene for scene reshot. once it escaped to the seventies and became a general music parody, it was more enjoyable.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    top secret

    by captain_kirk

    The comparison to top secret may be the best comparison. In many ways, Top Secret! wasn't the laughiest out loud spoof, but it worked because it was so straight-edged. I'm looking forward. Should be fun!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by MRX67


  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I'm Not There

    by Anton_Sirius

    Gotta disagree with "...what impressed me is how you don’t need to know anything about the “real” Bob Dylan to appreciate this movie." The only people I know who loved the movie (myself included) came into the theater as Dylan fans, and already knew something about him. Those that didn't felt completely lost.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    As For benji Up There...

    by Anton_Sirius

    ZAZ had nothing to do with the Airplane sequel, dummy. And the first one holds up just fine -- sure, some of the jokes are dated, but name one comedy made more than about twenty seconds ago in which some of the jokes *aren't* dated.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Family Guy is LAZY...

    by expert_40

    ... but it can still be funny. But Seth McFarlane doesn't do a damn thing to work for his humor. I totally agree with Matt and Trey when it comes to Family Guy. It's the laziest writing, the laziest, easiest jokes, and the worst kind of pop culture humor that won't be funny in 5 years. But sometimes, about once a show, it hits on a joke. Yes, it falls flat for about 20 minutes, but for 2 minutes it's funny. That's why God invented Tivo or the DVR.<br><br>Mori, I have to ask, you talk about the deconstruction and parody of the movies like Ray and Walk the Line. So I have to wonder since you brought up "Young Frankenstein:" are the characters aware in the movie of the ridiculousness of it all? The worst kind of parody is when the characters are too self aware, but when they can strike the perfect balance like "Young Frankenstein" did, where it's a little wink-wink here and there, that's perfect parody.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by RyaSKre

    Just reading the discription of the joke you gave from Airplane made me sit and chuckle to myself as I remembered the visual of the camera panning over to those gigantic breasts flopping violently back and forth. I really don't see how that can ever become dated.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Again with the Family Guy Jabs

    by topaz4206

    I guess you have to be a long time viewer to see that they not only make easy jokes and non-jokes, but great jokes as well. When they cut-away to the Star Wars Emperor and he says "something, something, dark side.... something, something, something complete." It's not just a cut-and-paste job, it's astute and fun... and funny.<br><br>Oh yeah, and Apatow is great; looking forward to this flick.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Stop the Family Guy hate please.

    by That 70s Venom

    Family Guy is some of the funniest shit I've ever seen. No, some of their jokes aren't the best, obviously, but I think some of you naysayers are forgetting that good jokes aren't all about the material of the joke, but also about the delivery of the joke, and if there is one thing that Seth Macfarlane and his boys can get right about 95% of the time, it is their fucking impeccable delivery of the jokes.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Also, micturatingbenjamin...

    by That 70s Venom

    ... you mentioned Andy Kaufman. Well, one of the things he was most renowned for was his joke delivery, not necessarily the jokes themselves.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Family Guy is ok

    by sith_rising

    but it's still not as good as the lamest Simpson's episode. it'll never have the wit of The Simpsons.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    You don't want this shit, Dewey Cox!

    by The Dum Guy

    It'll give you a boner.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Son of Hades

    Zucker, Abrams, Zucker!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by lecter1914

    Its very hit or miss. WHen its funny its sickeningly funny, when its not..its embarrasing. I think its rather clever when it wants to be and yeah, the pop culture references put it in trouble of being dated quickly, but if you get it you get it. I dont think parodies kill a genre....Scary Movie(which I thought the first one was funny) hasnt prevented Hollywood from putting out lame horror movies has it? Im not a hater, but the trailers for Walk Hard simply didnt look funny at all. I had a free pass and didnt go just because the trailers couldnt even sell this flick.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    RON PAUL will WALK HARD too!

    by shogunshin

    man, this movie looks so funny, i cannot wait to see it! and in 2008, i cannot wait to VOTE FOR RON PAUL! RON PAUL will eradicate the IRS and END ALL INCOME TAXES!!! imagine, if YOU, YOURSELF had THOUSANDS OF EXTRA DOLLARS per year to buy even MORE DVDS for your collection! Don't you want to buy more stuff, don't you want to keep YOUR OWN MONEY??? IF so, then, please inform yourself, and google RON PAUL youtube and RON PAUL's website, to learn what this amazing PATRIOT is willing to do, to bring FREEDOM BACK TO OUR REPUBLIC!!! I am a PROUD AMERICAN, and in 2008, i am going to WALK HARD, and in 2008, i am going to VOTE FOR RON PAUL!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by That 70s Venom

    I don't think parody films were ever intended to completely destroy the genres that they parodied. Or am I wrong? I've always believed that imitation is the finest form of flattery, and by making fun of a genre, that genre actually becomes more notable. Blazing Saddles didn't make me dislike Unforgiven or 3:10 To Yuma. Space Balls didn't make me hate Star Wars. Not Another Teen Movie and Scary Movie didn't make me lose any respect for John Hughes' classic 80s flicks or the horror genre, respectively. I love a good parody movie, IF they can get it right. A lot of parody films are sort of just thrown together, and not very clever. But there are also some great ones too. And by the way, sith_rising, I disagree. I think Family Guy is more funny than The Simpsons ever was. The Simpsons used to be funny to me, but it's not that funny anymore really. Some of the best Simpsons episodes hold a special place in my heart both because they're funny and for nostalgia, but I'm more fond of Family Guy.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    i've seen I'm Not There three times now

    by hegele

    For free but still, I absolutely love it

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Moriarty, Uta Briesewitz is a woman

    by Phloton

    Just thought you'd like to know. I worked with her in the 90's on an AFI senior project. She's very cool.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    The awesome Walk Hard will find a big DVD audience

    by BrowncoatJedi

    I guess the unwashed masses just had to go see Nick Cage stink up the theatre this weekend. Oh, and Family Guy has always been an unfunny Simpsons ripoff.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Family Guy is easy to hate

    by I87D

    if you keep saying:"why isn't it more like X?" But it's not. It's animated sketch comedy, and if you look at it that way, it's like any other sketch show -- hit or miss, and FG has more hits probably than most live action sketch shows. As for the parody... if the scene makes you go: "hey, I totally forgot all about that!" then it's done it's job. they're parodies from the 80s and early 90s are far more satisfying than their recent targes for that reason...

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Garbage

  • I'm shocked!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Walk Hard was too long?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    at 89 minutes??? Nah. The biggest problems were the self-indulgent and heavy-handed jokes. Moriarty hit on the one about the Temptations, but there were others, especially in the first half. The machete-fighting stuff (both with the brother and the dad) wasn't well done. But overall I think it was redeemed by the good scenes - Dewey as Dylan in particular was funnier than anything in Superbad.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Mori: "Yes, I was a pretentious twat in my teens"

    by ThePilgrim

    Your still a teenager?

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Fun film

    by arrangedletters

    I went yesterday and really enjoyed it. I had a constant smile with some great laugh out loud momnets. The music was perfect and there were very sexy ladies showing full frontal! How can you go wrong with that?

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I hate shit parodys........

    by godhatesyou

    But you force Cumpston on hate shit parodys unless they are your own.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    RON PAUL would destroy this country

    by Bass Bastardson

    If he could even get half the things that he wants to do done. All you sheep who love him because he wants to do away with income tax and legalize industrial hemp are fucking idiots. Firstly, he would not have the power as president to abolish the IRS - that would take the backing of congress and thus will NEVER HAPPEN. Furthermore, if it did happen, it would be an enormously destructive force - wiping out the budget for much of this nations infrastructure, federal programs and state subsidies. Your income taxes don't just go toward funding the war machine - go to pay for things like roads, education, medicare, federal prisons, disaster relief, the federal park system, wildlife protection, the FDA, the EPA and the list goes on and on and on. Think about the jobless rate when every federal agency is disbanded. Think about the amount of people forced into poverty when all governmental support is gone. People complain out the ass about how poorly FEMA has handled the whole Katrina situation, but imagine how much worse it would have been if there was NO FEMA and NO Federal support or disaster relief for any of those people AT ALL - that is the world you would live in under Dr Ron Paul. I support Ron Paul's stance on the war and on state's rights, but he is still a socially conservative (pro-gun, anti-gay) isolationist, who is - frankly - Anti-Environment. Isolationism is an outdated mode of thinking in this increasingly global economy and would eventually turn us from a world leader into an ugly stepchild but that is not as scary as his environmental policy. He backs drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, wants to disband the Environmental Protection Agency, he is for privatizing all our national parks, and he does not believe Global Warming is a valid concern. So what if he's been anti-war from the start - so has Barak Obama. Ron Paul would bring the hammer down on both the poor and the environment. In summary - Fuck Ron Paul. If you are pro Ron Paul, you are just as big of a sheep as the dumbfucks who support Bush.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    RuPaul in 2008!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Wet your lips and make love to America!<P>SASHAY SHANTE!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I walked hard all night.

    by mrfan

    (stupid viagra)

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Down with Apatow

    by Musicballs

    That Backlash video is pretty funny, though

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Back from being ill for the last 2 days....

    by Pennsy

    and propelling the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer TB into the top 10. :D

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    That was an excellent Todd Hayes film that was also a love note to the Ziggy Stardust/Punk Rock era. You should have compared that one with the new Dylan film, Mori. (Not mad at you though; merry Christmas :)

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    "something-something-something, dark side..."

    by Osmosis Jones

    "Something-something-something complete." Kind of like how to write Family Guy "jokes", huh? "Something-something-something, 80's movie reference, something-something-something, 70's TV reference, something-something-something, vile fart/sex/racism joke".

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    Rodak ruled.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I saw Walk Hard a few weeks at a screening

    by Trader Groucho 2

    and I laughed. A lot. Great movie, and I completely agree with Mori's review. Can't explain the box office, except to opine that perhaps the release dates for Walk Hard and A Mighty Heart (another great movie that did not score at the gigaplex last summer) should have had their release dates reversed. <p> Haynes' anti-biopic is one alternate approach. Another? Just make a great movie, like Control.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by lecter1914

    I tell ya, I really think it was the marketing. It just didnt look funny at all. I know people who didnt even know it was a comedy and therefore passed.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    I don't think Sweeney Todd is my cup of tea, but..

    by Pennsy

    I'm not sure it can be called a flop, either - yet. It has double the per-screen average $ of Charlie Wilson's War, and half the number of theaters of same. At best, the jury's still out.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Walk hard sucked Dewey's cock.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    A parody of a parody. Ray and Walk the Line were comedies as well. Just not on purpose. "Matched Will Farrell pound for pound"? That sir, is a dubious honor, for he is a douche.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I wish I made 4.1 million dollars this weekend.

    by Napoleon Park

    But I guess for a movie that's some kind of disaster.<p>Every article and review I've seen about the cast, the songs, the concept of "Walk Hard" makes me think this is exactly the kind of movie I'd like. The print ad with John C. Reilly posed as Jim Morrison was brilliant. The commercial with a mean John Lennon being a prick to Ringo was disturbing. And frankly naming the main character a thinly veiled euphemism for "Moist Penis" and then putting the name in the title made the whole thing seem rather juvenile.<p>"Walk With A Firm Erection: the Moist Penis Story" opened to a 4.1 million dollar start, Sweeney Todd made nine mil. I'd decare that movie musical's were over but the Beatles and Dylan pics got hugely talked about and the Chipmunks trounced both Dewey and Sweeney at the box office.<p>I've been visiting AICN long enough now that I remember when "Lemony Snicket's a Series Of Unfortunate Events" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" were being touted as in progress next-big-things. three years after they opened for X-mas '04, I caught them both on TV last night. One question, were they meant to be entertaining? In what way?<p>Oh yeah, and Family guy is funny somemtimes, and often the cut away pop culture references are the best parts of the show, better than the weak and unimportant "plots". but the humor, especially in most of the post-revived from cancellation episodes, just seems mean spitrited and misanthrompic. I suspect Seth MacFarlane might not be a nice person, or perhaps someone I would not care to meet. I wish I had his money, though and he, as Roger Miller once so eloquently put it, had a do wacka do wacka doo wacka doo, a do wakka do wakka doo.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    "Walk With A Firm Erection: the Moist Penis Story"

    by Napoleon Park

    "Walk With A Firm Erection: the Moist Penis Story"<p><sp> Yeah, I crack myself up sometimes. But that's really not a family oriented Holiday weekend movie title, is it?

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    It did look like another mindless comedy

    by Pipple

    Like so many lately featuring some goofball guy who thinks he's great or whatever. If it's more than that, they didn't sell it that way.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    In my dreams you're blowin' me...


    kisses. I enjoyed the flick.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Ron Paul is 72 - He Does Not Walk Hard

    by James Westfall


  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST

    The Cult Of Dylan Is Really Irritating

    by LaserPants

    And I think thats the crew Haynes' movie is targeting -- the people who have lost all sense of perspective about a 60s popstar who really wanted desperately to be as cool as Woody Guthrie, but just aint. Which isn't to say that Dylan doesn't have some great songs, he does, but overall he's waaay overrated, imho. Never understood why people went so nutso for the guy. He always came off as a raging hypocrite contrarian jackass to me. But, yeah, clearly the man has some great songs, but overall, I say 'meh.'

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:59 p.m. CST

    RON PAUL will save Bass Bastardson THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR!!

    by shogunshin

    Bass Bastardson, RON PAUL was on the MEET THE PRESS this afternoon, and he explained PERFECTLY how to eradicate the ILLEGAL IRS and INCOME TAX. THE IRS was ONLY created to cover the interest brought forth by the FEDERAL RESERVE [CORPORATION] SYSTEM, an criminal organization ILLEGALLY creating tender in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. according to the US CONSTITUTION, which, last time i checked, was what made this country GREAT, the only people LEGALLY able to create tender, is the US GOVT. so what RON PAUL WILL DO, is FOLLOW THE LAW, something the military industrial complex REFUSES to do. then, he will abolish the FED, dismantle the IRS, and with CAREFUL spending, reduce the budget to next to nothing, so we do not need income tax. for the first 100 years of the USA, there was NO INCOME TAX. the income tax, was created, in 1913, the SAME freaking year, the insideous FED was created. they go hand in hand. the buget from 1997, if implemented TODAY, would not need the extra moneys dervived from the income tax. also, by bringing home our 500,000+ troops from abroad, that alone will save TRILLIONS of dollars a year. the income tax of the USA, is 1 trillion. so simply put, close down all foreign military bases, and viola! we have an extra TRILLION to play with, hence we DO NOT NEED AN illegal INCOME TAX!!! hey listen Bass Bastardson, if you want to be continually swindled by the mass media into thinking you need income tax, that is your perogative, because right now, we still have freedom of speech. (another thing RON PAUL is fighting for, is FREEDOM of SPEECH!!!) so if you want to keep paying taxes, to the criminal bankers of the world, and the militay industrial complex, then i say, go ahead, vote for guiliani, clinton, obama, rommley, etc. they are ALL pro-war, pro- BIG government, and pro- [haliburten type] military industrial complex. but me, i want my borders proteced by our strong armed forces, here, in the USA! imagine if all our soldiers were home, in the usa, for xmas this year??? that would be fucking amazing!!! but, the MIC wants those guys overseas, protecting OTHER countries. why should the USA pay to protect the over 130 bases overseas?? why are you, me, and the rest of americans paying for the 500,000 overseas soldiers to protect FOREIGN shores??? me, i want them home, in the land of the FREE, the home of the BRAVE!!! they have fought valiantly enough, it is time for them to return home as the HEROES THEY ARE!!! but, i assume, you get your FILTERED news from cnn, nbc, rupert murdochs VAST empire of media corporations, clear channel radio, (MITT ROMLEY's company is BUYING clear channel radio, so in a few weeks, radio will now be the EXCLUSIVE home of MITT ROMLEY! just like the military industrial complex likes it!) so keep hearing your FILTERED news. but for me, im voting for FREEDOM, the REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES, and in 2008, i am going to walk hard, and VOTE FOR RON PAUL!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    The Song Parodies Sounded Really Funny Though

    by LaserPants

    On NPR that thar Terry Gross did an interview with Reilly and I guess Apatow and they played some of the parody music, all of which counded hilarious. It also sounded like "wait for dvd" which is precisely what the vast majority of audiences are going to do. Hence, it bombed.<br><br> Btw, I AM LEGEND was much, much better than I was expecting. The first hour is absolutely brilliant. Kinda falls apart at the end, but the first 3/4 are just nigh flawless. I loved it.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Well, Blame The Simpsons Then

    by LaserPants

    Thats where I became aware of 'meh'. But is it really that bad birdman? I mean, really? Perhaps you'll be the last man on earth fighting all the people, excuse me, all the subhuman snooty scum, who use the word 'meh.' You could be the one to save us all before the meh meh meh meh meh meh MEH MEH MEH MEH MEHMEHMEHMEH!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Dylan is Meh...

    by Dr Uwe Boll

    ...had to say it.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Well it didn't do too well this weekend

    by DougMcKenzie

    4 mil is week, but with DVD and cable it will make back its small budget and turn a profit. It got some good reviews and promotion, so I think ultimately it has to fall into the lap of John C. They threw him at the wall and he didn't stick. But he might have a second chance someday. Look at Jason Lee, he had some good sidekick work in the can... took a stab at a lead in a couple of flicks (they bombed). Then got a second chance with Earl, now the Chipmunk movie is doing stupid Box office numbers.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I'M NOT THERE - Cate Blanchett sequence


    Did it bother anyone else that the Cate Blanchett sequence was almost a shot-for-shot remake of Fellini's 8½ (Otto a mezzo)?

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Its Like Saying Smurf, Then?

    by LaserPants

    How dare you mock the Smurf dialect, birdman. What gives you the right, huh? You, sir, are a racist. Damn you. Damn you and "meh" you forever. Did it annoy when I said that? Haha! YEAH! I bet it did. I bet it felt like a knife in the toe, or a thumb in the scrotum. F*ckin' blew your mind just there didn't I? You're all like, "I'm so annoyed right now!" and I'm all like, "meh" anyway. You see how it is? Its just like when Dylan was all wacked out on speed and he just said the opposite of what anyone said to him in order to instigate an argument cause he was just that "deep" and "underground." (For example, watch the unintentionally hilarious biopic "Don't Look Back.") The way everyone feels when they're 20 and really high on some kinda uppers -- speed, coke, meth, whatevs -- alchohol and a raging ego. So, "meh" to you you anti Smurf racist mutherf*cker. <br><br> No, but seriously, does 'meh' bother you that much? As a shorthand slangy idomatic expression for the word mediocre or disappointing? Really, does it pain you so? Or are you just bored? I like idiomatic expressions. They're fun.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    It's stupid to say that FAMILY GUY simply regurgitates clips…

    by TallBoy66

    If you, you know, actually watched Family Guy show, you would know that they parodied movies and shows and so on instead of just showing the characters on the show in the same movie. But, hey, if you want to come off as completely ignorant then, yeah, enjoy making those quips! They certainly build up your "credibility". *cough*

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    absolutely loved Walk Hard

    by Jarek

    Yeah, I'll admit it. This flick had me rolling in the aisles. Such a not perfect spoof.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by Jarek

    that should have said "note perfect".. but it's amusing how it turned out.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    My Name is Bruce is on youtube right now

    by Turtlepride

    How has this not broken on this site yet?

  • Dec. 24, 2007, midnight CST

    Also, that "funnyordie" clip was horrifically bad

    by TallBoy66

    I made it about 1 minute into that self-indulgent wink fest till it was "close the X down, fuck you, I'm out". Goddamn overrated Judd Apatrow crap.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Ron Paul has this to say about marijuana...

    by The Dum Guy

    Dewey Cox: What are y'all doin' in here?<br> Sam: We're smoking reefer and you don't want no part of this shit.<br> Dewey Cox: You're smoking *reefers*?<br> Sam: Yeah, 'course we are; can't you smell it? <br> Dewey Cox: No, Sam. I can't.<br> Girl Groupie: Come on, Dewey! Join the party!<br> Sam: No, Dewey, you don't want this. Get outta here!<br> Dewey Cox: You know what, I don't want no hangover. I can't get no hangover.<br> Sam: It doesn't give you a hangover!<br> Dewey Cox: Wha-I get addicted to it or something?<br> Sam: It's not habit-forming!<br> Dewey Cox: Oh, okay... well, I don't know... I don't want to overdose on it<br>. Sam: You can't OD on it!<br> Dewey Cox: It's not gonna make me wanna have sex, is it?<br> Sam: It makes sex even better!<br> Dewey Cox: Sounds kind of expensive. Sam: It's the cheapest drug there is.<Br> Dewey Cox: Hmm.<br> Sam: You don't want it!<br> Dewey Cox: I think I kinda want it<br>. Sam: Okay, but just this once. Come on in.<br>

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 2:48 a.m. CST

    This POS is officially...

    by poeticwarriorII

    making Catwoman look like fucking Star Wars at the Box Office. Are you shitting me??? This fucker made 4 million over an entire weekend and you're saying it's fucking funny?? Yeah, right. Go bash Family Guy a little more maybe that'll make this ridiculously shitty movie a little funnier.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Control was compelling.

    by Dingbatty

    There's still a place for the music biopic if the subject matter and execution are unique.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 4:46 a.m. CST

    I hated Family Guy at first...

    by Orionsangels

    When it first premiered. My attitude was, how dare this show just come out of nowhere and try to copy the Simpsons. It's exsistence seemed forced, like the creator saw what the simpsons did and thought, let me copy that, but do it my own way. Where the Simpsons seemed natural, something original and its fame seemed justified. But as years went by The Family Guy developed its own nitch and really set itself apart from any animated prime time show. I love Futuruma too!

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by Fineus Fog

    For fucks sake I have been back here numerous times and still nothing. Mind you its Xmass morning heere in New Zealand --- merry fuckin christmas Walk Hard --- Suck Hard. Jon C Reilly looks like a retarded kid that pushes shopping trolleys around the parking lot. He is cromagnon man fuck Im still drunk

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    This is the only....

    by MRX67

    SActive thread on the board and it is getting booooooring.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by critch

    Yes, it is fucking funny. Unlike you, I don't really care what the rest of America thinks is funny or not. Using financial figures to say something is good is the stupidest thing possible. By your logic, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Wild Hogs" are hilarious oscar winners. I'd rather have Walk Hard flop than have it up there with those movies.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    Just sayin

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    You have to 'get' family guy

    by Eyegore

    If you get it, you see it's fucking retarded and hate the show. Else you think it's great and you are retarded.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    do we get to see jennas ta tas?

    by addyadam

    so do we get to see them in the movie or what?

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    two things

    by ArcadianDS

    1) putting Ron Paul's name in every talkback is a winning plan to get him elected amirite?<p> 2) remember that commercial with Billy Dean selling his sausages? LAWLS yeah i remember that har har. Yeah, this movie SOOOO doesn't have any of that 'family guy' style of crap satire, Quint.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    CONTROL Was Really Very Good

    by LaserPants

    Good point Dingbatty. But thats just 'cause it was about Joy Division. Not only was their music great in that achingly sincere and vaguely inept punky arty way, but they, or more specifically, he, Curtis, had a really cool, sad, compelling backstory. Morrison? Not so much. Since he was basically just some doped up bonehead who thought he was a poet. Dylan? Clearly not since the guy was basically a hypocrite contrarian jackhole with pretensions to greatness he simultaneously denies and champions by tooting his own horn relentlessly; a horn sounding more and more out of tune and out of touch with each flatulent blast of his tone deaf cantankerous caterwauling. Still, throw a rock in any direction at some corny ass hippie drum circle, and you'll hit some unwashed retard who thinks Dylan is the second cumming. <br><br> Anyways, other than something like CONTROL which would work even if they entire thing was made up and there was a Joy Division, most other musicians / bands just aren't that interesting. Dylan seems to think he's the most interesting person who ever lived, and so do the dinosaurs still fascinated by his ridiculously awful Woody Guthrie-on-speed impersonation. But, to people who actually matter, hes just a has been coasting on baby boomer marketing.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Mr Saxon

    by ironic_name

    how you do dat?

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I liked "I'm Not There" a whole lot more

    by mr.underwater

    Than I thought I would.<br>On paper, it seemed like a gimmick aimed at the "cult of Dylan" (as previously named). I know stuff about Dylan (courtesy of the two docs) but am no means part of his "cult."<br><br>Anyway, Haynes pulled off the gimmick, and I had a pretty good time with the movie. For more than Dylan, but mostly for Haynes.<br><br>In a time where the trend in all kinds of films seems to be as precise and sterile as possible, it was downright refreshing to see something that just didn't give a fuck, and went as far out on a limb as it could.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!!

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    was, in a word, awesome. It was everything SELENA wasn't: GOOD. Phoenix and Witherspoon had great chemistry and a great relationship story. I wasn't a big Cash fan before, but became a huge one after.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Bad != Sharp Satire

    by zekmoe

    and Walk Hard is just bad. Sucks. Unfunny. Painfull. Lights out.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I was hoping that...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...WALK HARD would turn out to be worthwhile. Unfortunately, I've been told that a lot of stuff seen in the trailers and TV spots wasn't even in the movie. That's never a good sign.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Yes, I was a pretentious twat in my teens.

    by Chutch

    what's the "was" shit? after your dick sucking of haynes dick sucking of dylan, don't go start thinking you've changed much. apparently you think you need to be a deep thinker to get what this asswipe is doing with dylan's story and that those who think it's artsy gimmicky shit have unfounded "rancor". hey why not juxtapose some other shit? lets make a movie about ancient greece, but set it with a fictionalized, over romanticized wild west?...or...we could just do honest reality, you know, that thing liberals are hateful of. ..oh and dewy cox lost me the moment i found out justin long was involved...i hate that cunt! someone tell his bitch ass he was playing rockband on a microsoft product and that his pussy friends over at apple suck at the products they make. jenna ficshers tits would be the only thing that could make me reconsider, and sadly i've heard they're not shown.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Sweeney didn't bomb!

    by Lenny Nero

    Christ! Look at more than just the final gross, you Philistines.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    It's only in 1200 theaters. If it was in as many theaters as I AM LEGEND, it would've matched or surpassed it. Depp always wins.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    You all suck. I hope you have a rotten Christmas.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    in which case I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    No shit! Sweeney did just fine...

    by filmicdrummer17

    considering it's per-theater average. Idiots.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    You know critch you insipid twat,...

    by poeticwarriorII

    people that use the old Box Office excuse and how it's not any kind of indicator to how good a movie is are usually the same people that try to piss in my pocket and tell me it's raining. In case you can't read between the lines I'm saying, pull your head out of your ass and quit sniffing your own methane so your head can get clear of the fucking stupid you're now eaten up with. In closing, fuck you very much. And by the way, you're getting your wish critch. Walk Hard is indeed a big flopping donkey dick.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST

    And whoever thought...

    by poeticwarriorII

    letting John C. Reilly carry a movie was a good idea or that he would somehow be BO gold should be fucking fired. It's probably some of the same cunts that have produced the utter shit that has flowed out of Southern California over the last 3 years.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'll check it out. Salaam Aleikem and Happy Kwaanza bud.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Forgotten Silver and Meet the Ruttles

    by BDT

    Not mentioned in the article....hmmm. Still on the fence about Dewey, but suppose I will go.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 9:44 p.m. CST

    "It's stupid to say FAMILY GUY just regurgitates clips"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Um, what about the ep with the creepy old pedophile character (ALWAYS unfunny) reineacting that song from Little Shop Of Horrors VERBATIM? It's the same fucking lyrics, orchestration, camera angles, editing, and lasts JUST AS LONG as the scene it's supposedly "parodying". Or what about Stewie reenacting the "Anchors Away" dance scene with Gene Kelly, only having Stewie crudely pasted on top of Jerry? Same EXACT animation, dance moves, ect., and it eats up at least TWO FULL MINUTES of screentime. That is just fucking lazy and pandering. After the first two SECONDS, I "got" the reference, so why do I need to see a recreation of the WHOLE FUCKING THING, except that it makes it easier for McFarlane to pad 10 minutes' worth of material to the required 22?

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Control was Awesome Fucking Wowsome

    by polyh3dron

    Mori, how come Control never even came up in this review? Did you not see it? It's still playing over at the Regency theater @ Beverly & Fairfax if you haven't. I didn't see I'm Not There because the whole thing with 10 different actors playing Dylan would remind me too much of the 1960s Casino Royale, but Control fucking blew me away. If any music biopic is done in the future it needs to be done by Anton Corbijn.

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Osmosis Jones

    by Ribbons

    I agree with a lot of what you have to say. I'm sort of in the middle on "Family Guy"; I think it has been, and is capable of, being funny in a way that's clever or insightful. But "jokes" like Stewie punching Will Ferrell for making 'Bewitched' have no intrinsic value unless you've already decided you love Stewie; I can't imagine someone twenty years from now popping in a random episode of the show and getting what the fuss was all about. And not to sound patronizing, but it's a shame that people accept it at its worst. I suspect that half the people on this website who love it wouldn't like it at all if most of its pop culture references weren't nostalgia porn.

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Why The Movie Bombed

    by LaserPants

    1) No recognizable star. If Will Ferrel was the lead, it would have made a mint.<br><br> 2) People need their cherished illusions that pop stars actually are gods. Poking fun at that illusion makes people uneasy and shatters their corporate-programmed popular consumer entertainment deranged worldview. I bet it will do great on dvd though, and possibly become a cult classic. Maybe. I haven't seen it yet, but the song parodies I heard are hilarious.

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    but agree that 90% of the jokes will be meaningless in 5, 10 years. The same can be said of SOUTH PARK (which hasn't been funny in quite some time, and yet clings to the one joke per episode endlessly repeated / Cartman says stuff in a funny voice formula). Actually, I think SOUTH PARK is even worse. The first few seasons are unwatchable now, then when they becamse raging neocon propagandists it dropped through the floor from "meh" to grindingly awful. On the flipside, I think THE SIMPSONS will likely retain its comedic brilliance. Even if recent seasons have been so-so, its still so firmly rooted in popular conciousness as to be timeless, imho.

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by haggardatbest

    Why isn't this hilarious ugly fuck in every movie? UCB FTW

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST

    i hate to be a dick......

    by high fidelity

    But the Dylan documentary is called DON'T LOOK BACK. NOT Don't look now.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Dewey Coxs' Bob Dylan phase

    by addyadam

    was hilarious, the whole movie was great. So many cameos, and jenna fisher is fucking gorgeous. Go see walk hard, you will not be dissapointed.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Saw it twice this weekend

    by TruPhan

    Once with the girlfriend, once with the family (no Sweeney Todd at the theater for some reason).<p>Loved it both times, and the music is amazing. I need that soundtrack.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST



    So dont tell me how much I should admire Jake Kasdan....its not hard to break into the biz when your born into an impressive resume by any age doesnt count....

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Walk Hard kicked ass!

    by HarrysNemesis

    Don't listen to the a-holes who haven't even seen the movie telling you it's not good. I laughed HARD watching this movie. Granted, I am generally a fan of parodies (well done ones anyway). If you are too, you will love this movie. If you are not, you won't. If the movie hasn't done great, it's more than likely because it was released on the same day as several other high profile movies. Those of you who didn't like this movie and don't like Family Guy... maybe you should just stop posting on comedy related threads as you don't have a great sense of humor.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Family Guy sucks my balls

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Not that I mind having my balls sucked, mind you.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    And I can't get these songs out of my head!

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    [Sings]: "I'm guilty as charged..." Damn you, Apatow!

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    John C. Riley is always funny

    by Cowboy Bert

    You said John C. Riley is just stepping into comedy. He was funny as hell in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, pretty much anything I've seen him in. He is always a goofy schmuck.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Family Guy humor >>>>> EPIC/SCARY/DATE MOVIE

    by zooch

    Judd Apatow is much better when he's with Seth Rogen. He's needs to make more movies like 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad and less movies like Talladega Nights, and Dewey Cox.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    The music biopic won't stay dead

    by NoHubris

    At this point, the genre can be likened to sci-fi, which is always semi-hot, but goes through the peaks and valleys before delivering periodic greatness.<P>After all is said and done, there's sure to be a creative team out there who'll produce a project that connects with audiences like RAY and WALK THE LINE.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST

    John C Riley is like Samuel Jackson...

    by NoHubris terms of his acting ability IMHO. Both have the ability to be deadly serious and really funny. It's a unique talent that most actors do not have.