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And the director of THE WOLF MAN is....

Hey folks, Harry here... As I'm watching the New York Giants desperately trying to fuck the Patriots' dreams of history... I get a call from a source inside Universal Studios that laid on me... the director of THE WOLF MAN. Damn that catch was amazing! Oh, sorry... WOLF MAN. The director is long time genre film lover - JOE JOHNSTON. Now - Joe Johnston is the man that designed Boba Fett. Art director on EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. And the director of HONYE, I SHRUNK THE KIDS, THE ROCKETEER, THE PAGEMASTER, JUMANJI, OCTOBER SKY (a film I love so much), JURASSIC PARK III and HIDALGO. The final group of directors that went in - all wanted to make this film. It's a tough thing as a real director to come into a project at this late a date. No matter what - to a large degree - they're making the film that Romanek designed, cast, location scouted and developed. It's sad that Mark went - but this has happened before in history. Horrifyingly with Ratner and X3. But so much better with GONE WITH THE WIND - when Victor Fleming took over for the great director George Cukor. Or when Michael Curtiz took over for William Keighley on THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. Let's hope this goes in that direction. The most atmospheric film from Joe has been, oddly, OCTOBER SKY... I hope that this film becomes the most awesome work Joe has ever done. With what Rick Baker has come up with - and with Benicio Del Toro and Sir Anthony Hopkins! Congrats to Joe Johnston - Do your Best!!!

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  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    don't know what

    by Stevie Grant

    to think about this

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    the best though

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I wish they had gone with Ratner

    by Funketeer

    Just because I'm ready for the Ratner backlash backlash to begin. Horrifying is a word I'd use to describe the holocaust, not a movie I didn't like.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by BeeDub

    There is now a chance this movie will be done right.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by Ravyn

    be interesting to see how he does

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

    I feel really weird being first on a TB. I swear don't spend my day online.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Romanek ???

    by Series7

    Get that cock out of your ass Romanek didn't mean shit. He is a video director who couldn't muster a first movie half as good as Alien to the third power.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Wow, congrats Harry!

    by Musicballs

    This will be soooooooo much better than what Ratner would have done. Jurassic Park 3?! Holy shit!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Johnston directed JP 3 right?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Yeah, he should stick to art direction.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Rocketeer was great.

    by Quake II

    It had a lot of heart and featured some great action scenes. I actually liked Jurassic Park III a LOT better than Jurassic Park II, so I consider Johnson a very competant director. After all, he's worked with some of the best.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Rocketeer was awesome!

    by skywalkerfamily

    It really needs a new DVD with Anamorphic Print and commentary.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Dodged a silver bullet ?

    by Mullah Omar

    This could have turned out badly. Very badly. This is still not a great result, but it beats several of the alternatives.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Frank Darabont Had Laundry To Do?

    by WriteFromLeft

    Agent: "Frank, they've offered you The Wolf Man." Frank: "Sorry, honey. Laundry." Agent: "But Frank. The Wolf Man." Frank: "I can't direct in dirty clothes." Agent: "Scorsese does." Frank: "He's a pig." Agent: "Have someone do your laundry for you." Frank: "Nobody, but nobody touches my blue laundry basket." Agent: "I'll buy you some new clothes. On my hands and knees, I beg." Frank: "No dice. Hey, what's up with that final draft of Crystal Skull? Am I getting story credit or not?"

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is going on here?

    by caruso_stalker217

    What the hell is all this JURASSIC PARK III love? Have you all got AMNESIA? They CHEATED us! It's isn't FAIR! He DIDN'T get OUT of the COCK-A-DOODIE CAAAR!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Well, get ready for bland...

    by Barko

    Joe is... reliably mediocre. My interest in this just plummeted. I understand bringing someone in who can make the money back, though.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    JP III killed the franchise.

    by skywalkerfamily

    I remember rumors going around he was gonna direct Indy IV.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I just watched The Rocketeer again the other day...

    by Zardoz

    and it was just as great as I remember. It was such a shame that film wasn't the box office success it should have been: great cast, great story, great production design, and great direction. It's playing in HD on Comcast OnDemand right now. (but in 1:85, not 2:35.1, WTF?) Joe should be a good choice for The Wolf-Man...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Great choice, if nothing else the guy can at least

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    get performances from people. Compared to Ratner this is awesome news.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Rocketeer is a great film

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    The amount of time the camera is focused on Connelly's Breasts is fantastic.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Honye, I Shrunk the Kids?

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Is that some kind of African, Tyler Perry flick?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    How very disappointing.

    by LoneGun

    Got nothing against Joe Johnston, but he is COMPLETELY WRONG for this material. Johnston directs kids' films. The heart-warming OCTOBER SKY can hardly even be described as "atmospheric". Johnston's a fine director, who makes fun, youthful movies, but this is massively disappointing. Surely, even at this late in the development of THE WOLFMAN, Universal could have found some edgier, more adventurous filmmaker than this.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    werner herzog was the wildest, best choice

    by birdy birdman

    this is a smart one though

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    You should have stopped

    by I Dunno

    at his pre-director credits.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by greenstyle92

    JP should never have been a franchise. Classic or not, the original stands apart on it's own two feet and is only brought down by it's sequels. (But I will grant that part III was especially embarrassing.)

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I like Johnston just fine...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...but as LoneGun said above, he makes safe, family-friendly PG-13 fare, and is hardly the director of choice for a werewolf flick. Still, I reserve judgement until I can see a trailer. And yes, The Rocketeer was a great movie. Connelly back when she had tits, a rousing James Horner score, and Timothy Dalton doing a dry run for Hot Fuzz.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    harry has gotten too big fer his britches. and, that's big...

    by RustyStardust

    jesus. when a red haired, enfant terrible gets to jump up and down like napolean; and people actually pay attention- it's a bad day. that this man/child (sort of like wolf/man, only not nearly as mythic and far more pathetic), who has never done ONE STITCH OF WORK ON A FILM THAT ACTUALLY CAME TO FRUITION, is allowed to complain about WORKING artists is SICK. whooop dee doo. joe johnston is on board now, instead of brett ratner. that's no big comfort. the film will be lukewarm now. not too bad. not too good. just in the middle. like all of his other films. at least ratner generates some heat. johnston generates... generates... uh... what exactly does he generate? nothing. finally, a wolfman i can take grandpa to! just what i always wanted! way to let this goofy, smelly (yes, i've met harry in austin and he smells) red haired film-lover-who-has-never-made-a-film use his once-cool-but-now-not website to bully universal into a lame choice for director. say what you will about ratner but he brought something to the table. this is a sad day for film. besides, the already made a great remake of 'wolfman', it's called 'wolf' and it stars the ultimate wolf, jack nicholson. the worm, indeed, has turned- and it's fat and red bearded and obnoxious. whoooopeeee!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    spamming all the talkbacks is a good way to get banned.<p> especially to your dorky site...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    "Connelly back when she had tits"

    by I Dunno

    Ha, good call. What happened to her? Her and Christina Ricci.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly


  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Harry and Brett hare each other in real life

    by Proman1984

    That is all you have to know. Ratner would be better! Ratner is not a bad director. Go fuck yourself Harry

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    and, talk about bad final films in trilogies...

    by RustyStardust

    jurassic park 3 is FAR WORSE than X3. you'd be hard pressed to deny that. talk about a series killer. god, i'm truly beginning to dislike harry knowles. i never thought that possible. i used to love this site. now, it's so biased it's ass hurts...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Joe Johnston!!!!

    by futureman3000

    That's great, my #1 choice, and the Giants won!!!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Right Friggin' On Rusty Stardust...

    by spiderinside

    You said it all, man. JP3 is a million times worse than X3. Ratner wouldn've made a far better film than Joe "Baby Food" Johnston.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    And for the record

    by spiderinside

    Fuck the Giants. Fuck them in their stupid asses.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Harry's Influence...

    by Barko

    ... was probably negligible. But, come on, we gotta applaud him for using his bully pulpit for GOOD, right? Joe might make this thing bland and forgettable (and a huge renter at blockbuster on DVD) but Brett would have made a giant steaming turd.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    a. learn to use simple html to make breaks in your I will do now...<p> b. Harry is a film critic, he critiques film, and those that make them. this is a film site, run by Harry. on his site, Harry gives his opinions on films and those who make them. welcome to life.<p>c. if you're actually arguing that Brett Ratner, the guy who directed Money Talks, is a better choice than Joe Johnston, who was a key component of STAR WARS, I can't really help you. (you seem to like ALL CAPS, so I figured I'd give it a shot)<p>d. anytime someone substitutes reasoned argument with the word "smelly", it's hard to take them seriously at all. and so I don't.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    good choice, not Darabont, but good solid choice...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    i like the rocketeer a lot too - and hidalgo - theres no question Johnston is a genre lover - even as a designer, he was responsible for some of the very things that made star wars and raiders so cool - i was a fan of his concept design work long before he started directing - he designed the tie fighter and the slave-1 - i can see where some might not see a dark introspective hard r werewolf movie in him - i gotta say, i dont immediately either - but im sure he can pull it off - maybe hes been waiting for a gig like this - im reminded of my reaction to william hurt in "a history of violence" - i didnt see that coming - i didnt know he had it in him

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    the GIANTs won because...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    the patriots lost the tapes they made of the GIANTs practices and signals - fuck the patriots

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    not excited.

    by dr.bulber

    friedkin would've excited me.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    What was the last old timey monster movie

    by INWOsuxRED

    to be remade into something good? Stoker's Dracula wasn't great and I can't think of anything even in that ballpark. Most of these films get the made-for-tv treatment. I'd expect the great directors wouldn't do this film because they want to do something NEW, and this won't be it.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    i don't like breaks in my rants.

    by RustyStardust

    good for you, buddy. joe johnston worked on star wars. so did a thousand other people. that doesn't count for much. joe johnston is bland. he's boring. his film history speaks for itself. very middle road. if that's how you like yer wolfman- good on ya. wish ya all the best with that. me. i'm bored with the choice. and, to answer your statements- yes, i understand harry knowles runs this site. i understand his a film 'critic'. but, his obvious hatred of brett ratner is disgusting. it doesn't come purely from his films (no matter what you think of them, there are much worse films out there). it comes from an obviously biased hatred of brett ratner as a person. that is something that should be stopped. and, i will rail against it till the day i die. in all aspects of life. break...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    I really have no idea what this script is going off of. Is it a remake of the original or a new take on the legend?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by LoneGun

    I thought Victor Salva's JEEPERS CREEPERS was at least very much in the tradition of old-time monster movies. That's one of the reasons I believe Salva would have been great for WOLFMAN, if they could have gotten him. He can handle big effects, he's good with actors, and his films look amazing. His films are filled with atmosphere.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    im a pats fan....

    by mmaddox3

    ...and this is still the worst news today.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    right friggin' on to you, spiderinside.

    by RustyStardust

    right friggin' on to you, too...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Jeepers Creepers

    by Kloipy

    for me, the movie started off so well and just kept getting better and better until the last 20 minutes that I felt lost complete momentum. However, it was great that someone actually tried to make a new monster instead of just a complete CGI abortion

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I would've MUCH preferred Ratner to direct htis...

    by Napolean Solo

    He would have knocked it out of the park. Forget the naysayers for a minute, X3 was better than X1. <br> And before you start Harry, are you going to seriously tell me that Superman Returns was better than X3? Come on now. <br> On top of that, RED DRAGON was WAY better than HANNIBAL! <br> I'm sorry but I think the RAT bashing around here is ludicrous. Harry, all due respect, you BASH THE BEJESUS out of X3, but write this... <br> <br> <br> That's ridiculous Harry and I think that if you were to tell the truth to yourself, you'd almost agree. <br> In closing, Brett is one of the only directors to pretty much nail every genre. <br> I've been quiet long enough but this is an outrage. Enough Harry. YOU WROTE THIS; <BR> "Not since Christopher Reeve nailed SUPERMAN has an actor so beautifully captured the image, soul and charisma of a character drawn from the pages of comic books. This isn’t just any DAREDEVIL either… this is Frank Miller’s Daredevil." <BR> <BR> And this; <br> "Is DAREDEVIL perfect?<br> Well, in many ways yeah. Daredevil is. Every last bit of Daredevil and Matt Murdock’s character is note perfect. <br> <br> You better think your disdain for Ratner through Harry, because I think it is something other than his movies. By the way, this is not a 'Bash on Harry' post, I personally love me some Headgeek, but c'mon bro, look within yourself a little.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    thanks for that napolean solo.

    by RustyStardust

    that's all i ever meant to say. i don't wanna slam harry. i admire him immensely for his work on this site- but, this ratner bashing is sick. especially when you compare it to stuff he gushes over (FF2, Daredevil, Cloverfield, etc.). the man seriously needs to check his checks and balances...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11 p.m. CST


    by Funketeer

    JP3 was the best of the three JP movies. Joe Johnston is a great director. And don't for one second let Harry fool you that he had anything to do with Ratner not being hired. He throws these little tantrums all the time and likes to let people assume that the studios pay attention to him. Was Ratner ever a choice? Possibly. Did the studios read Harry's rant and change their mind? Doubtful.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    and, i just read that daredevil review...

    by RustyStardust

    wow. i thought he was way off on that FF2 review. but, man oh man, just read this looniness...<br><br>All of the fanboys of the world, all the film geeks of the world and all those doubting Thomases need to purse up their lips and kiss Ben Affleck’s perfectly formed ass and then promptly dine on their own words, because Ben NAILS Matt Murdock and Daredevil. Not since Christopher Reeve nailed SUPERMAN has an actor so beautifully captured the image, soul and charisma of a character drawn from the pages of comic books. This isn’t just any DAREDEVIL either… this is Frank Miller’s Daredevil. The smiles at Foggy, the cockiness and charm of Matt Murdock and the grim determination and vengeful hate for the criminals that plague Hell’s Kitchen… it is all there. The pain and agony of a hero that knows pain and agony. God, what I’d give if Warner Brothers could realize Batman this well. Remember the Tim Burton BATMAN? Of course you do. For me, Batman was never as perfectly Batman as he was after his opening scene with those two crooks on the rooftops of Gotham. Even that was played broad. The crooks were extremely hammy up there, it was never really played real, but hyper stylized. Here… Here in a red leather suit and smaller horns… DAREDEVIL easily kicks both shins of D.C. and Warners’ BATMAN and says… “Catch me if you can!”

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Cuz Jurassic Park 3 DOESN'T completely suck...

    by JimCurry

    Oh wait, it totally does... and so does mostly everything else this douche has touched. Fuck off.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    jp3 was NOT the best of those films.

    by RustyStardust

    i want some of what yer smokin'...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Kloipy - the beauty of JEEPERS CREEPERS

    by LoneGun

    I agree, it was incredibly refreshing to watch effective mechanical FX put to use again, took me back to films like THE HOWLING and AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. I fear that with Johnston, we're in for a show that's obviously CGI. As for the ending of JEEPERS CREEPERS, personally I found it ghoulishly subversive, thought it worked beautifully.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Whoa, is that really from his Daredevil review?

    by JimCurry

    i mean, I won't actually take the time to research such nonsense, but if that really is from his DAREDEVIL review, then he has to get down, purse his lips, and suck on an exhaust pipe - because I hadn't known how corrupt he could possibly be.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    "The man that designed Boba Fett"...

    by Anti-fanboy

    As an art director, Johnston was god-like. Not so much as a film director... but... Boba Fett. That's a legacy unto itself.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by MacTard420

    i just watched jumanji strangely enough because i didn't want to watch the super bowl. it is still really entertaining! i am pleased with joe johnston taking over, i think he will be able to deliver a fun film!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    I hear you on that. Just watched the transformation scene in AWIL and holy shit if that isn't one of the greatest monster scenes of all time. Shit looks real. CGI is never really scary and will never match makeup, puppetry, and practical effects

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    i don't know how much say mr. knowles had, but...

    by RustyStardust

    but, i read this on cinematical:<br><br>There are reports that the studio was taken aback by the hissy fit that the usually compliant Harry Knowles went into over the studio's almost-sealed deal with Brett Ratner to take over the project that Mark Romanek has inconveniently exited, and so now they're keeping their options open by meeting with a whole host of potential candidates. I don't really buy that -- there's no way the Universal brass actually takes fanboy reaction that seriously, but nevertheless, here we are, and I'm left with one question:

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    two key phrases...

    by RustyStardust

    'hissy fit' and 'compliant'.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Sounds ok

    by I_Rainberg

    I love the concept work a lot. But if the original director left on creative differences then whoever made him leave his baby will be dictating the steerage of this ship. Expect a somewhat solid mixed bag.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Ratner should have got it

    by AlwaysThere

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    Johnston was not a PA on Star Wars, he was an INTEGRAL part of the conception and execution of the film. and he's made some decent films, some mediocre ones, but at least he hasn't made some absolutely terrible ones like Ratner has. Jurassic Park 3 may not have been as magnificent as the first one, but it had no illusions of being better than it was it was just a fun monster movie, with dinosaurs as the monsters. Family Man, on the other hand, was an insult to the senses. look, if you hate the films made by a certain director, and you hear a rumor that the same director was being hired on for a project you were very excited about, and you HAD YOUR OWN MOVIE WEBSITE STARTED FROM SCRATCH, OWING TO YOUR OPINIONS AND OUTLOOK ON FILM FINDING A BASE OF ADMIRERS, then why not say so?<p>Harry thinks Brett Ratner is a bad director, Harry runs this site. stop whining...

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Jim Curry...

    by Napolean Solo

    I unlike a lot of people on this site, really like Harry, but every time he pulls pistols on Ratner I remember that review. And I'm not saying Harry lost credibility after writing that, I'm just saying that he cannot possibly dislike Brett's movies as much as he repeatedly quips. <br> If a kid doesn't like the taste of Snickers fair enough, but if after that the kid tells you excrement is his favorite dish then you have to question not his opinion, but his sanity. <br> I know that film, like music, is completely subjective and different strokes... etc.<br> BUT... not in the case of DAREDEVIL. That film is BAD, BAD, BAD across the board. You cannot POSSIBLY herald DAREDEVILA as being better than BATMAN then condemn X3. That's a discussion I won't even entertain. <br> And that is just one example of the hypocritical viewpoint of Harry regarding Brett. It's just plain stupid and unprofessional. AN OPEN LETTER? Come on! <br> Harry seriously needs to admt to himself at least why he doesn't like Brett Ratner. It isn't his movies. Because Freddie Prinze Jr, Brett Ratner is not. <br> For the record, apart from a couple of retarded script decisions X3 was on point, and in the turnaround time Brett had, I think he done an amazing job at a time when the film world was praising the Patriots (Singer, Super Returns), the Giants won (Ratner, X3). <br> Again, Harry, please rethink your Bashing Of The Rat. Where does it come from? <br> Be honest, before and since Rush Hour 1 & 2, how many Jackie Chan American films have we collectively liked?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Best news I've heard all day

    by Muldoon

    Johnston is the perfect man for the job!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    yes finally a man is taking helm

    by crazy4dragons13

    of this project. not that fairy ratner.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    i bet Joe Johnston doesnt have a disco for a basement...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ...and michael (i like young boys) jackson isnt a close friend of his - like Ratner - but seriously - Johnston is a good choice for this movie - especially considering its in a pinch - maybe not the perfect choice - but i trust him and his career proven instincts much more than Ratners - and i dont think Ratner sucks like so many others here - hes made 3 movies i enjoy watching when they pop up - i just prefer Johnston for this material - because of his age experience and background, his work in and around creature design and fx - going all the way back to ilm's infancy - hes the right man for this job - the movie will prove this to be true

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    I'm with you. And BadmrWonka, stating a fact or airing an opinion is not whining homeboy. It is merely... stating a fact or airing an opinion. <br> We are all on here to collectively talk, interact and share our opinions and such, but the word whining can only be used for WHAT HARRY DOES IN REGARDS TO BRETT. It is so retarded that I am convinced the two actually met once upon a time and Brett must have done something to lose favor with Harry. <br> I love me some Headgeek, so it irritates me to see such senseless "Whining", especially with articles such as the open letter to Universal. Harry's site or not, that is straight up idiocy... from the person who wrote this; <br> "Ben brings so much more to this character than he has to his other work. It is like he knew that people would be drawing comparison’s to the Guy Pearce’s and the Matt Damon’s and the Edward Norton’s of the world. People that have never played the role, but whom everyone and their brother said, “Should’ve.” When Ben grits those teeth in that cowl, it just makes me giddy. Watching that knowing smile peak out when he’s playground tangoing with Elektra… I giggle." <br> Believe me, reading that... so do I. <br> Nuff said.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by lecter1914

    Was it that bad? I remember watching it like years ago and thinking it ws pretty good. Not great, most certainly not better than Burton's Batman, but I didnt hate it. Thought Affleck was pretty good and it felt like it was at least trying. Always refreshing to see a movie and realize that its trying. Dont remember it too well but it felt like something was hampering it down and Ive heard the directors cut was much better. And About Ratner..his movies are passable. Red Dragon didnt put me to sleep like Hannibal did. X3 was better than X1 but not better than X2. I liked the second Rush Hour movie. Money talks was okay for what it was. I dont think Ratner is the best director ever but Ive never hated any of his movies..well...I kinda hated Rush Hour 3. I HATED JP3 though. I dont know..I dont think Johnston's much of an improvement over the Rat.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    How is the guy better than Ratner?

    by Rev. Slappy

    His only good movie is October Sky. JP3 was a pile of shit.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    did harry really like van helsing?...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    man, that movie just plain pissed me off - take the big 3 universal monster icons and turn them into cgi gay pride parade floats - that movie had the worst looking frankenstein monster ever - a joke - i hope this new "wolf man" movie goes back to the source material tonally and in execution - dark, atmospheric, creepy and character driven - not a cgi cartoon for low-iq 20-somethings (like van helsing)

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Not got a problem with Johnston directing, he's solid

    by KillaKane

    Enjoyend most of his output, Huge fan of the Rocketeer, which is a vastly underated movie and lost it's way at the B.O, awesome Horner score ta boot. Will be interesting to see him handle something as dark and hairy as the Wolfman. Go Joe!

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    I've liked more of Ratner's movies than I have Johnson's. Every one is allowed a turkey. I thought Rush Hour 3 was plain bad, but Jurassic Park 3 was absolute Jar-Jar! <br> <br> But I'm not pitting The Rat against The John, I'm jst stating that when it comes to Brett, Harry Knowles is Bill O'Reilly. I repeat, AN OPEN LETTER? Come on.

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Napolean Solo

    by BadMrWonka

    so let me sum up. though this is Harry's site, this country is free, and 90% of the people that participate in this site's talkbacks dislike Ratner's movies, you believe Harry should not be allowed to give his opinion on Brett Ratner because you don't like his review of Daredevil?

  • Feb. 3, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by RustyStardust

    good to hear that.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, midnight CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That was a pretty good movie. I may end up seeing this after all.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Rev. Slappy...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    Johnston's movies (like them or not), feel less hollow than Ratner's - more soul - this of course is just my opinion - but you asked - i think "the rocketeer" and "hidalgo" are great period adventure movies that stand the test of time - they have heart - they dont fall back on the zeitgeist of the period theyre made in - Ratner's movies feel "of the moment" - hip, for the decade theyre made in - Johnston's dont (to me) - well at least the 2 i mentioned (which i like a lot) - having said that, i want to see "wolf man" movie that i can see again years from now and not cringe at the fact that it feels horribly dated - will "rush hour 3" still be funny in 20 years? - disposable fare, as opposed to comfort food you like to eat again and again

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by LoneGun

    MIGHTY JOE YOUNG was directed by Ron Underwood.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    He didn't. Some dude named Ron Underwood did. Underwood - I like that name.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    very well reasoned argument. and you didn't call Harry "smelly", that seems to be the cornerstone of the pro-Ratner argument it seems.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Just looked that up, and apparently he did Pluto Nash and has since been banished to TV directorial duties. HAHA

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    JP 3 killed the franchise because........

    by Han Cholo

    The Spinosaurus was a stupid, STUPID direction to take the movie in. Is that even a real species of dinosaur? I would have liked to see a pack of Allosaurs and a couple of T-Rexes go after the humans and see more epic vistas of dinosaurs and other stuff that wasn't explored in the JP movies. I think they should make a dinosaur flick where someone goes back in time and winds up in dinosaur eras such as Jurassic or Cretaceous periods and for some reason, the time machine won't work so the hero(s) have to find an alternate way to get back and have to learn how to survive in a world populated only by dinos and not in some park. I want to see dinos running free and eating each other and shit. <p> As far as Joe Johnston is concerned, I think he gets movies that could be great but he needs something to push him over the top in order to get him there. I think he has a lot of talent as a director and hopefully this will be a good showcase for his skills.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    I'll watch it...

    by decfx

    if they dig up Lon Chaney Jr. to do it.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    In twenty years people will look back on Bush and Ratner and wonder how the 21st Century got off to such a rotten start.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by RustyStardust

    all we are saying is that harry knowles' blatantly biased opinion is not based on films. it's based on personal hatred. ratner's films, to me, are more enjoyable than joe johnston's. but, i wouldn't use my website to write some nasty letter to a movie studio like a brat who didn't get his toy for christmas. i love harry knowles, for his work on this site. but, let's be honest, i have the right to call bullsh*t on bullsh*t...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I figured...

    by Gungan Slayer

    ...that people would start bitching about Johnston. you mention Johnston and people just say "JP3." Yeah, the film kinda sucked, but it was still fun to watch, and in reality, i think it was more a studio film than anything else. I'm glad that Joe Johnston has this new project, and although I've never really liked remakes, I'll await and see what he does with this. Johnston was also one of the finalists to direct Universal's "Mummy 3" but I can't remember what happened---creative differences, money, something, etc---but he decided not to and instead Universal went with Rob Cohen.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    would have annexed Isla Sorna and the other island, and have them blockaded with the purpose of using the dinos as bioweapons. The fact that those islands were not under watch and control by the military was plain fucking idiotic.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Well so much for that, then

    by InspectorDoppler

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I just want to say

    by ApneicMonkey

    that I don't care who directs this - both Ratner and Johnston have made fun and watchable movies. Y'see, it matters what I write because I know other people will actually take the time to read what I've posted - I'm happy in the fact that my opinion counts!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you think Ratner would be a good choice. that's your opinion. you've said so in an ineloquent and petulant way.<p>Harry thinks Ratner would be a bad choice, he's said so in an inelegant and petulant way.<p>if the only substantive difference is that Harry has a popular website and you don't...well...where does that leave your argument?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Don't hold it against me.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    and, smelly has nothing to do with it...

    by RustyStardust

    to go back to napolean solo, how very bill o'reilly of you- disregard everything else that has been said to focus on one little thing in order to distort the argument. i said smelly cause it's funny. he did smell pretty bad at the party i met him at in austin. but, doesn't change a thing. i respect the man's drive to build this site up, but i don't respect all of his choices...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    jack nicholson must be crushed

    by dizzywhip

    first joker now wolf!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    oh and "wanker"...

    by BadMrWonka

    I should give you a prize, I think you're the 100th brain donor to make that lame joke.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    where does it leave me?

    by RustyStardust

    the same place it leaves harry knowles. i am to harry knowles as harry knowles is to brett ratner- a little guy picking on the big guy. and, what are you? the lackey who follows orders...?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    wanker is an easy joke.

    by RustyStardust

    couldn't help myself. especially given yer silly self-righteousness...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    From ultra cool to ultra lame...

    by Tourist

    ...Romanek was an interesting, new choice. Joe Johnston, while not a bad director, is just going to bring the boring. Unless they lean heavily on Romaneks pre-production work.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST


    by BrooseTheScharuk one of the best directors-for-hire going. Any failings Jurassic Park III had were all about script, and The Rocketeer is one of my all-time fave gee-whiz boys' adventure story type movies. Then again, I feel the same about Simon Wincer's The Phantom, so take that how you will. He was one of my top choices from the list of prospective directors, though, Frankly -- I would have been relieved by just about any choice that wasn't Ratt-ener. Evil fucking talent vaccuum.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    does anyone know if the werewolf concept art...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    by rick baker harry says hes seen is online? - im dying to see that stuff - bakers work on burtons "apes" was amazing - hes a fantastic painter and sculptor - he did the werewolf in landis's "american werewolf" - much better than rob bottin's werewolf in "howling" - i cant wait to see this movie

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    You keep mentioning Harry's website. My brother, a website is nothing without viewers. Owning a website is not the point, if it was no one would be able to disagree with anything. <br> <br> This is not about webspace ownership, it's about being truthful about what you write. This website DEPENDS on feedback and input as do all areas of entertainment, without that, none of it would exist. Harry's opinion counts, so does yours Mrwonka... and so does mine. <br> <br> And most importantly, so does ApneicMonkey's.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I said the smelly line as a joke to someone else.<p>I made a legitimate point, and you were the one to ignore it and address something else.<p>enough with the bill o'reilly stuff, yeah? that's just ridiculous.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Napolean Solo

    by BadMrWonka

    you're twisting what I said.<p>your opinion is fine to express. but you were making the argument that Harry's opinions were not valid, and he was in the wrong to express them. <p>if you disagree with his assertions, you should certainly have the right to say so, but if you disagree with his right to do so, that's where it goes a little south.<p>you said that all opinions count, and that's true. but I think you're just a little burned that in this scenario, for better or worse, Harry's counts a little more than yours.<p>and that's because (wait for it) he has a popular website. see how I tied it back to my original argument there?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    JP3 was cool

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    and far better than the crapfest known as LOST WORLD

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    I won't hold it against you. Rush Hour 1 & 2 were hilarious. <br> <br> To answer JimmyJoeRedSky, Rush Hour 1 was made 10 years ago, and is still hilarious. 2 was even funnier. I bet I'll still be laughing at Chris Penn and Chris' banter in another decade. <br> <br> Rush Hour 3 was a 100 million dollar misfire, so no, it wouldn't be remembered and neither will Jurassic Park 3. For the record, Godfather 3 was just as bad. I never liked The Age of Innocence either. <br> <br> One bad film a bad director doth not make.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...can't help you with your search, but thought I'd jump in and disagree with your comment about Baker's and Bottin's werewolf designs. Although I generally think that Baker does way better work, and Bottin's tends to be a touch more cartoonish, I have to say that I found the Howling werewolves much cooler than American Werewolf, with their nightmare Wile E. Coyote look. I think that Landis made a better werewolf movie than Dante, but the latter had the better creatures. When it comes to realistic OR more fantastical apes, though, nobody beats Baker.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    BrooseTheScharuk, the "howling"s were more cartoony...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    in my humble opinion - you can compare the transformations right now by watching them on youtube - Bakers looks real and painful - and its photographed better - in realistic living room lighting - nothing to hide - Bottins is too long and looks like an expensive halloween mask full of air bladders - and the lighting doesnt help - some shots dont even match (in this scene) - Bottin killed on "the thing" - excellent work - classic, timeless - perfect marriage of movie and effects guy - but as far as werewolves on record, my vote goes to Baker

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    You actually sound like a cool guy in real life... do me a favor though, no more referring to 'Harry owns a website'. It weakens your point. <br> <br> I have absolutely no reason to feel 'burned' by Harry's viewpoint. I make no money from the success or failure of any movie, it's just when you see an all out UNWARRANTED smear campaign against someone, you have to speak up. Probably because, wait for it... Harry owns a website... he feels the need to bully Brett in some way. I don't think that's the case, but I will like to ask Harry one question; <br> <br> Harry: Have you ever met Brett Ratner? <br> <br> If so, what were/was/is your exact dealings/interaction with him? <br> <br> The answer really intrigues me. <br> All love though, BadMrWonka. No need for us to get salty wit each other. <br> <br> A healthy debate is always a good thing... now if only I could start my own website!!!<br> :-)

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    what was yer legitimate point?

    by RustyStardust

    i am sorry, i missed it. was it that harry runs a website? and, hence, his opinion means more? was that it? if so, i responded to it. by posting his 'daredevil' review. his own words. i could post others. my point? his opinion is wonky, at best. as i've said, several times, i respect him. he's done a lot for us film geeks. so, i hate to join this tirade against him. but, i am sick of his bully pulpit tactics against specific targets (ie. brett ratner and paul ws. anderson) that aren't based on reality. the reality is, no matter what you think of their films, there are far worse directors out there. directors who get much love on this site. and, i am here to defend the defenseless so to speak. people who i respect, who i feel have been disrespected. here's a good quote from a reporter regarding the superbowl. i think it applies nicely to this situation; seeing as this is about respect of the game. not silly hatred of those who've beaten us...<br><br>On more than one occasion this year, Bill Belichick and the Patriots have run up the score on an overmatched opponent, and forced an opposing coach to sit there and watch his beaten team go through the motions while their heineys were being handed to them. <br><br> But when the shoe's on the other foot, and Bill Belichick's team has been beaten, he can't sit there and take the pain for a few seconds. <br><br> With :02 left on the clock, and his team just having failed on a last chance 4th down effort, Bill Belichick ran onto the field for a quick handshake, and then bolted for the locker room. Belichick's an important guy and everything, but I wasn't aware that the league had given him the authority to decide when games end. <br><br> There's time left on the clock, his team's been humbled, outplayed, and lost their chance at history ... and Bill Belichick doesn't have the stomach to sit there and absorb the pain until the clock read 0:00. <br><br> That's unsportsmanlike at best, disrespectful at least, and at worst, it makes him a big sissy.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    i found the first 2 "rush hours" profoundly unfunny...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... but i wasnt the target audience - these are cineplex movies for bored shoppers - the Tucker character was stale in the late eighties - cookie-cutter angry manic "black-guy" - what a complete stereotype - Murphy did it better, he created it then moved on - the best thing Tuckers done is his work in "jackie brown" - he ruined "the fifth element" - the rush hour movies are part of whats wrong with the film industry - they may as well have subtitles that flash on screen under each telegraphed joke set up, saying "laugh here" - keep defending these bad movies, then get in line for "meet the spartans"

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    "i hate to join this tirade against him. but, i am sick of his bully pulpit tactics against specific targets (ie. brett ratner and paul ws. anderson) that aren't based on reality. the reality is, no matter what you think of their films, there are far worse directors out there. directors who get much love on this site." <br> <br> That is EXACTLY how I feel.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    napolean Solo

    by BadMrWonka

    healthy debate is great, but the reason I got irked is that you used a logical fallacy called "poisoning the well" in your initial argument, and it kind of got my goat. basically it's where you take something someone has said or done previously, and use that as a precursor to attack something they are doing currently. or it can be with an idea. or even just a few words. if you title a post on your conservative blog, "The Liberals Doomed Tax Plan", well, that is poisoning the well. you used Daredevil, but anyway.<p> I just don't see how this is unwarranted and out of line for Harry to do this. this website exists because of him, he owns it, why shouldn't he have the right to say what he thinks? he was legitimately angry that a movie he was very excited for was possibly being handed to a director who's work he really dislikes. so he wrote a post about it. I just don't see how that's out of line.<p>if I have an ice cream appreciation site, and I hate pistachio ice cream, and the national board of ice cream is rumored to be considering pistachio as their flavor of the year, well then goodie for me that I have an ice cream appreciation site so I can voice my opinion.<p>and not for nothing, but you committed another logical fallacy when you said mentioning harry's website weakens my point. know what that one is called? ;o)

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    all in all though...

    by RustyStardust

    i love the debate. i mean no ill-will towards any of you guys. this has been a fun way to discuss my feelings on the subject and pass the time- mrbadwonka and napolean solo. i bet we'd all be good friends in real life and relish a good debate at the end of a film. i get heated, but it's only because i love film so much. either way, it'll make for good a memory when we all see 'wolfman: the final product' and judge it against this very talkback...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky, watch this and holla back...

    by Napolean Solo <br> <br> Chris Tucker is not a stereotype. He is a hugely talented comic.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    here we go again...

    by RustyStardust

    bad wonka- here's what you just said...<br><br>basically it's where you take something someone has said or done previously, and use that as a precursor to attack something they are doing currently. or it can be with an idea. or even just a few words. if you title a post on your conservative blog, "The Liberals Doomed Tax Plan", well, that is poisoning the well. you used Daredevil, but anyway.<br><br>now me. isn't that EXACTLY what you guys are doing against ratner? hating on him for past works and comparing them to future work? i'm just saying- your logic and harry's logic is very hypocritical...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Here, here old chap. BadMrWonka is actually cool once you get past his Harry owns the site stuff. Rusty... what say we start our own site and demolish this dudes; <br> <br>

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    We need a Rocketeer 2

    by Pipple

    It was obviously supposed to have a sequel. I'm surprised it was never made during the spidey days... it'd have been very welcome. Hulk even had rocketeer's girlfriend in it.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I was hoping it was gonna be Romanek

    by Vern

    Aren't they saying the strike is almost over? What, they can't wait a week to get him to come back and save the movie from being a disaster? Seems like a dumb movie both artistically and financially.<p> I actually kind of agree with Mr. Solo. Joe Johnston is easier to like than Ratner but he's not much more accomplished as a director. He's just been around longer to make a higher number of mediocre movies. Oh well, I guess you can't ask for a visionary to do the last minute takeover of somebody else's movie. (Unless it's John Frankenheimer on ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.) If I had to choose I would probaly go with Johnston over Ratner, but in my opinion he was the least promising of all those rumored names.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    RustyStardust and NapoleonSolo

    by BadMrWonka

    "i hate to join this tirade against him. but, i am sick of his bully pulpit tactics against specific targets (ie. brett ratner and paul ws. anderson) that aren't based on reality. the reality is, no matter what you think of their films, there are far worse directors out there. directors who get much love on this site." <p>I really don't get're saying that your opinion that brett ratner ISN'T that bad invalidates harry's assertion that brett ratner IS that bad?<p>if it's all opinion, why are you so upset about harry voicing his? this simple question never seems to get answers, we just end up in this circular discussion.<p>harry is wrong about brett ratner, he's not that bad.<br>but that's your opinion, harry's is just different.<br>but he's irationally taking on brett ratner, he obviously hates him.<br>yes, that's his opinion, and yours is different.<br>right but harry posting things about brett ratner is unfair.<br>why?<br>because harry hates brett ratner and he's not that bad.<br>but that is your opinion!<p>you see, it is never ending. in my opinion, it's as simple as the first thing I wrote about this: it's harry's site, it's a free country, harry doesn't like Ratner, tough noogie. the man's a millionaire, I'm sure he's doing just fine with it. probably doing some coke off a hooker with a big smile on his face as we type. you guys seem to be the only ones losing sleep and tears over this.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    and, chris tucker is a great comic talent.

    by RustyStardust

    and, regarding his 'fifth element' performance, he was perfect. he was a popular television host from the future. with his ambiguous, off the charts personality he embodied the mass market, pop culture character that dominates the airwaves today and only threatens to become more so in the future. you have to see it for what it was. it was a calculated obnoxiousness meant to create an icon. the reason besson created the character. and, the reason he was so perfect. chris tucker is an underappreciated talent...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    no, it's not the same. ratner directs a movie, you don't like the movie or his direction of it, you can logically assume there is a good chance you will not like his next movie.<p>harry reviews daredevil, you don't agree with his assessment, therefore you can logically assume that you may not agree with his assessment of other films.<p>but if you say, "Harry thought daredevil was good, therefore he's an idiot" or something of the sort (I forget exactly what you said, but the basic implication was that his opinions didn't matter because of it) then that's a logical fallacy.<p>someone's opinion being different from your own is not a very good basis for illegitamizing their general knowledge, or worse, their rights.<p>put it this way. if someone you knew in real life, who was passionate about this new werewolf movie, got angered about the Ratner rumor and wrote a letter to the studio, would you respond with such vitrol? I doubt it. so the only difference between that, and Harry's open letter is that because of Harry having a successful website, he has more influence, right?<p>so if you're upset with Harry, but you wouldn't be upset with your friend expressing his or her opinion, what is the difference?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    oh, badmrwonka...

    by RustyStardust

    look. we got it. we said so. it's harry knowles site. that's your only point. we understand. good on him. and, good on you for recognizing. but, what's the point of your point? that we shouldn't say anything against him? i just don't understand yer logic. he's allowed to say something on HIS site, but we're not allowed to say anything on OUR talkback? i'm sorry. i just realized i'm getting sucked into something i don't mean. i appreciate yer opinion, wonka. hope you can appreciate mine. i just want a balanced voice on this site- one that can judge the good with the bad on an even tone...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    BadMrWonka how did I know...

    by Napolean Solo

    You were going to bring up "Harry's Ownership" again? <br> Listen, you are an articulate individual therefore, even if you are incorrect, we could be debating this point for days to come. However, the more you debate, the further you stray from the original point. <br> <br> I would like to ask you to revisit the post that started this debate and then personally review your argument... or we will be here all night.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    i'm down with the site idea, solo...

    by RustyStardust hahaha! that would be funny. and, also, a nice counterbalance to the silly vitriol voiced on this site. if nothing else, i had fun joining forces with you on here so-low...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Likewise my brother! In the words of David Bowie; <br> <br> Theres a RustyStardust waiting in the sky, <br> He'd like to come and meet us, <br> But he thinks he'd blow our minds, <br> Theres a RustyStardust waiting in the sky, <br> He's told us not to blow it, <br> Cause he knows its all worthwhile... <br> <br> Viva BadMrWonka...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    JPIII may be worse than X3...

    by Cartagia

    But its all the script is JPIII. All of it, terrible ideas, but great execution. X3 actually has a pretty decent (but painfully, painfully short) script, and Ratner didn't add any flair to it at all, the execution was mediocre at best.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Remake TEEN WOLF TOO instead.

    by SnapT

    Jason Bateman can play the dean of the college.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    dude. we're like tag team.

    by RustyStardust

    back again. nice call on the iggy stardust. that's actually, kinda sorta, where this handle originates from. one of my best friends in film school was crazy into david bowie and made all these bizarre films based around his songs. we used to direct music videos under these made up porn director names- i was jack stallion. he was rusty stardust. and, my other friend was silk harding. we made quite a killer collection of videos under these handles. but, he abondonded the nom de plume, and i picked it up for this site. thought it was too funny to let go...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    dude. we're like tag team.

    by RustyStardust

    back again. nice call on the iggy stardust. that's actually, kinda sorta, where this handle originates from. one of my best friends in film school was crazy into david bowie and made all these bizarre films based around his songs. we used to direct music videos under these made up porn director names- i was jack stallion. he was rusty stardust. and, my other friend was silk harding. we made quite a killer collection of videos under these handles. but, he abondonded the nom de plume, and i picked it up for this site. thought it was too funny to let go...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I give up. I mention that this is Harry's site not to say he has carte blanche to say what he wants without people disagreeing (that is what you REPEATEDLY KEEP THINKING I AM SAYING) I mention it to point out that it makes no sense to be surprised when someone who runs a site and hates Brett Ratner, writes a post on their site about how they hate Brett Ratner.<p>but when I say that, you simply respond, "why shouldn't I say what I think?" you should, and you did, and I took issue not with your opinion, but your assertion that it was somehow...i don't know, INVALID of Harry to post that open letter.<p>I am NOT attacking your opinions or your right to express them. I simply take issue with your assertion that the open letter was out of line. if you had said, "Harry, I disagree, here are some points about Ratner, etc. etc." but that wasn't done, was it? you called harry a smelly idiot and implied that it was unethical of him to post the letter. and instead of justifying THAT opinion, we just get an argument spiraling into circular oblivion about what? the nature of opinion manifest in an AICN talkback?<p>but honestly, I am done at this point. I'm sorry to be so condescending, but every time I make a point, you simply respond to a made up assertion I am not making. and it's a bit tiring. <p>so best of luck, I'm off to bed.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by RustyStardust

    i take not issue with harry's opinion, but with the way he voiced (and continues to voice) his opinion. it comes off as tyrannical and biased. and, i call bullsh*t on it. he has every right to say what he thinks. but, the way he says it, is what i take issue with. it seems like he's got an agenda. and, it's not based solely on filmography. it's based on personal issues. that's my problem. i understand yer logic, tho, wonka. hope ya got mine. all the best...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST

    That guy who did Silent Hill could have done this

    by skywalkerfamily

    His SH monsters were awesome.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I can deal with Joe Johnston doing it

    by smackfu

    JP3 was no masterpiece but it was a lot more watchable and re-watchable than I thought it would be going into the theater. I'd rather watch JP3 than JP2 any day, despite the lack of Goldblum.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I was surprised that I really enjoyed JURRASIC PARK III.

    by SnapT

    It was my favorite film in the trilogy.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    TNT is the JP3 channel

    by skywalkerfamily

    I think I saw it ten times this weekend.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Napolean Solo, i actually like Tucker's standup...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    he is funny on stage - but i hate and am sick of his "rush hour" bs - its not his fault so much as Ratner's - Tucker is an actor hired to work for a director and from a script - i read somewhere he doesnt like acting at all, and just comes outta hiding every once in a while to do a "rush hour" for the cash - smart guy, i hope hes livin easy - and his talk show character DID ruin "fifth element" RustyStardust - i got it - i understood the point of it - ricki lake/oprah of the future run amok - sometimes less of something is more - like jar jar - that stupid character that Tucker played in "element" hijacked the latter half of the movie and ruined it for me - it wasnt funny and ceased being reflective of celebrity obsessed consumer culture and was just annoying and distracting - but hey, im not french - i guess besson thought it was hilarious - and ultimately it was his decision and i blame him more than Tucker - and as far as harry's opinion goes in here (his house), its no more valid than everyone elses - hence i dont see why it eats at you so much that he hates Ratner's work or even Ratner and doesnt mince words about it - maybe it is personal - we dont know everything - im no big fan of harry's but i can say what little ive seen and heard of and from Ratner (in the media, interviews etc) makes him come off as smarmy and celebrity (his own) obsessed

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I worry about you sometimes. Defending Ratner and then saying The Rocketeer is mediocre? When The Rat makes a film anywhere near as good as The Rocketeer give me a call.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    X3 was better than JP3

    by JimBobCooter

    But Rush Hour 3 is the worst 3 of all time.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah Vern. Ratner has no film in his life to equal

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Rocketeer. The fact that even with terrible scripts(Jumanji, JPIII) his films are still entertaining and his skill at building a scene amidst chaos cannot be more evident than JPIII. That Pterodactyl sequence was mindblowing, and my fave of all three films. But the Rocketeer man....The Rocketeer!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    A F%&#ING SFX GUY?!

    by Knugen

    Yeah he has a GREAT track record. This is retarded and the movie will have all the traits of a shitty fx movie like the giants of that genre - Spawn and Starship Troopers 2. RETARDED. You could ALMOST say Ratner is the BETTER choice...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Didn't Johnston design The Iron Giant?

    by Jonah Echo

    That was a pretty awesome design(in service of an awesome movie) as well. And Rocketeer and October Sky were far from mediocre. I dare say October Sky was sort of great in it's own way. A fine movie. As for the others, Jumanji and Honey were both foregettable children's movies, but I tend to think they had individual moments better than almost anything in Ratner's movies. And as for JP3, wasn't that the film that Macy complained had started filming before the script was finished? JP3 had alot of problems, the most obvious being it didnt end, just stopped after 80 some minutes. However, that scene with the aviary and the pteranadons was quite impressive, and every bit as fun as almost anything in the first movie and far better than anything in the second. I think the main difference here is Johnston obviously has displayed real affection and geek potential with his work in the past. Ratner has never seemed like more than a dude just there to pointand shoot.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Right Fucking On! - Great Choice!

    by red ezra

    It's a smart move to take a successful Art Director turned Director to put vision to the WolfMan project - kudos! - What was his name again? - haha - kidding :)

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I mean Right F$&%ing On...

    by red ezra


  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST


    by messi

    Fuck I love that movie.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Cheers for the good news Harry!

    by EvilGeek1

    Man that's some track record! The Rocketeer is a childhood of mine! And I was genuinely entertained by JPIII. Sounds like a competent guy. Go Joe Johnston! Let's hope you've spared us a horrible experience...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST


    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I love the edit between the clouds and Connelly's sheets.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    How can you people defend Ratner

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Do you like uncreative, unoriginal, generic trash? "Oh but it's entertaining" Go to fuck and die already.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Next person to say the board game movie was entertaining...

    by mr.brownstone

    gets a swift kick to the teeth. Seriously.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I can't believe there are Ratner lovers here

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I thought this sight was for movie lovers, not people who wish for the destruction of an art form.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    anchorite, dude it was Ron Underwood

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    The guy made Tremors(which makes him a legend anyway), the first City Slickers, and yes Pluto Nash.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    For those of you that enjoyed Jurassic Park 3

    by mr.brownstone

    you must equate pleasure with the shrill sound of Tea Leone's non-stop screech. You really like that crap huh?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    but for me you can throw any of the 80's guys

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    at this rather than Ratner. I'd prefer Johnston, Joe Dante, Todd Holland, even Fred Dekker any day.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Underwood only directed the first

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    the rest were made by the remaining producers and writers.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    So It'll be average then...


    With amazing performances and FX. Because his list of movies are all watchable but in the end decidedly AVERAGE.<P>Please let this one be an exception!!!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Fred Dekker, how can it be

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    that the man who made Monster Squad made Robocop III?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST


    by templar

    Far better than that souless hack Ratner. The guy is like a mindless automaton working in a cookie factory. Sure, he knows how to make a big cookie but it's fucking tasteless and unfulfilling.....

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Keep your fingers crossed and minds open.

    by Yeti

    Other than that I got nothing.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    His only 'meh' film was Pagemaster

    by Drath

    But I can't say I imagined JJ directing this one. Joe Dante or John Landis (both directors I know mainly for 80s movie granted) were interesting possibilities. But I've loved all JJ's movies. I have trouble holding up October Sky as his greatest film because to me that's the prestige bait that so many pretentious movie buffs like to hang their hat upon. I still think Hidalgo was underrated. If sentimental clap trap like Seabiscuit can be successful, why not Hidalgo. Hidalgo had Omar Shariff, arabian swordsmen, and cougars dangit COUGARS (or some other kind of big cat that I don't desginguish from COUGARS). At any rate, his films are popcorn fun, which is fine for a movie called The Wolf Man.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Joe Johnston, Darabont, etc...

    by Tourist

    ...Yes. They love and adore this material. They love to homage it. They grew up wanting to work in the old time monster movie mixing bucket. Which is exactly why they are shitty choices. We got a Wolf Man. We got a thousand knocks off and a thousand homages. Some good, some bad. We don't need anymore. This project was interesting because it was a different voice coming to it. Now, if Johnston gets much pull on it, we could look forward to a remake with as much going for it as Jacksons snore fest King Kong love letter.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Macy worked in Chicago theatre...

    by Tourist

    ...So did Stuart Gordon. Didn't Gordon direct that Mammet adaptation with Macy too? About the unhinged suit and tie guy. I rememeber enjoying it, especially the cell mate ass sex inuendo. I also thought Joe Johnston handled Mighty Joe Young. Ron Underwood, you suck. You made one fucking awesome film, than followed it with Giant Monkey Generica.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Good call on the edit between the hills and Connelly's bedsheets, precisely the sort of artistic touch Ratner is incapable of.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Since you mention Cukor and Gone with the Wind...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    I've always found it fascinating that both Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz had a handful of directors each, but Victor Fleming wound up being the credited director on both. Could you imagine having both of those films on your filmography for having directed them in the same year? Imagine being a George Cukor (fired because Gable disliked him for being gay) or a Mervyn LeRoy and not getting credit for your work on one of them. That would suck.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Not that this film will be comparable to either of those...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    WHO designed

    by Abominable Snowcone

    It's "Joe Johnson is the man WHO designed Boba Fett." He's a person, so we don't use THAT.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks this is bad news?

    by brokentusk

    With Mark Romanek we had a director with vision and a unique style. Granted, he's only made one small film (ONE HOUR PHOTO) – but in my mind, that's what makes him the perfect choice. The grit and the stylistic approach of ONE HOUR PHOTO indicate an amazing talent that is waiting to be let loose with a big budget and a great script (both of which this project has). Not to mention the fact that Romanek wasn't going to compromise the R-rated nature of the film. Joe Johnston, on the other hand, makes passable films – films that are plastic, that look decent, but that have nothing going for them beyond the fancy special effects. Look at his filmography and see if you can spot a single film to indicate that he has any sort of unique style or visual flair all his own. JUMANJI? HIDALGO? JURASSIC PARK III? I'm sure he'll do an decent job on this, but we are not going to get a classic film, instead... we'll get a pretty cool film that people will forget just as soon as they've seen it, and that really saddens me. All I can hope is that Johnston keeps the R-rating intact, because I have a strong feeling this is going to turn PG-13. I was really looking forward to this film... fuck.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Hannah Montanna is the top movie this week

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It's official, the world is coming to an end. Actually it's probably only top because Disney's corporate pirates are charging $15 per ticket for every show. There are no matinee prices. My daughters wanted to see this. Sorry, but it ain't happening on my dime.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Actually Romanek has made TWO films...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Let us not forget STATIC, starring (now director) Keith Gordon...

  • Then again, it's also January.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    What?!?! No Tim Story???

    by classyfredblassy

    Oh yeah, and fuck the Patriots. Karma is a bitch, New England Assholes. Next Year the AFC East will belong to ....THE BUFFALO BILLS. Go knock up another dumb (but hot) model/actress Brady, you dimple chin puss nut.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Yes, Cholo...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...there actually was a spinosaurus in real life. Not only that, but the fossil records indicate that its size did indeed exceed that of t-rex.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Oh, great...

    by ziggy5yrs

    Given Johnston's track record, The Wolf Man will now be kid friendly, and a likable if morally questionable character that appears to die will inexplicably turn up alive at the end. Fuck this shit.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    "I may not make an honest buck...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but I'm a hunnert percent American and I don't work for no two-bit Nazi." <p> Gotta love The Rocketeer. Jurassic Park III, not so much. I might have liked JP3 more if they actually killed off Leoni. I loathe her presence so much that she basically destroys every movie she's in. Also, what the fuck was up with that lame ending? Talk about a deus ex machina! Stinko!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Okay now I know I'm not hallucinating. My memory firmly associates Mighty Joe Young with Joe Johnston as director. And it's not like they even came out in the same year and caused some mix-up in my head. I feel like there's a glitch in the Matrix, and my memory of sticking my oogah in Charlize Theron's boogah is not true. God forbid. <p> And I totally agree about MJY. That's a great movie, very entertaining and had a nice happy ending. But for a white chick who grew up in Africa, Charlize sure is freaking pale ...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Apparently she appeals to a large demographic.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    JP3 is light years ahead of JP2

    by Lost Jarv

    and let that be the end of it.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Napolean Solo

    by The Funketeer

    Harry lost credibility long before he started his Ratner bashing. I think most of us used to like Harry just fine but we also remember a time when this site was worth something other than earning Harry and his friends free swag from the studios and $$$ from Amazon. The paid trips to film sets were the begining of the end but the deal was sealed when Harry became a "producer." Right around then, the news turned into press releases and Harry and Mori started hinting that they knew information but would wouldn't release it until the time was right. The site has basically become a place for studios to put out their press releases. I pretty much just come back here looking for Capone's reviews.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    People think JPIII was decent?

    by TheLastCleric

    I actually enjoyed the first two JP films, especially the Lost World because of how insanely violent it was compared to the first, but JPIII was pretty flat in my estimation.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9 a.m. CST


    by BurgerKing

    Stop whining about what Harry thinks, these TBs should be about what YOU think about the article. Who gives a shit that Harry hates Brett? No one gives a fuck. Hey, I don't like Paul Walker, wow lets argue that!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Harry has the right to post whatever he wants

    by TheLastCleric

    but that doesn't change the fact that his letter to Universal was petty, egocentric and self-indulgent. Ratner is really a non-issue as far as I'm concerned and all of this hate levied against him seems overkill. Were he making films on the level of Uwe Boll or "I ruined Resident Evil" Anderson I could understand the outrage but Ratner is a decent craftsman who simply lacks any real style of his own. I feel indifferent to most of his work and hope the man eventually evolves as an artist.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Expect a box office failure. Ratner would have been better

    by happybunni

    You know what really kills franchises Harry? Box office failures, of which they will be. Ratner would have re-imagined this in today's world, he may not be the best but he sells movies.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by lecter1914

    You dont hate a guys entire body of work doesnt mean you love him or are defending him. My whole thing is, the guy makes passable middle of the road movies. ONly one has just been utter garbage and that was Rush Hour 3....Dont act like This Johnson guy hasnt unloaded a stinker or two on us as well. It kinda baffles me the people this site praises versus who they hate on. I do agree that PWSA simply must leave the industry. Uwe can Stay only because we need people like him to rag on, its fun. Ratner..Im not so sure its entirely warranted. I mean, have we all forgotten that this site sucks Eli ROth's balls....and um...although I'm sure none of us saw Hostel 2 but then again, we didnt really need to.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Spinosaurus, the tale of the tape:

    by classyfredblassy

    He was a big fucker: http://upload.wikimedia.o rg/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/04/Spinosaurus_Monograph.png/747px-Spinosaurus_Monograph.png

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by Unlabled


  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    i thought this site HATES remakes

    by cloudrider`

    oh, so it's perfectly fine as long as it has monster in it then. <p> ratnet, johnston, whatever... how many werewolf movies does the world need anyway? it's been done to death both as a drama and action. hype something more interesting, please.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    "Art director on EMPIRE STRIKES BACK"

    by CherryValance

    Sounds like the right guy to me.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Jack Colby

    by Abominable Snowcone

    To be honest, I'm not sure who created Boba Fett. Did Lucas create him? If so, was he actually the first person to sketch him out on paper and bring him into 'our world?' The Holiday Special in '78 was the first appearance of the Fett as a cartoon. Is that how Lucas pictured him? If so, credit Lucas and the animator, and bookpart Boba's birthday as somewhere in early 1978. An anniversary action figure of Fett from the cartoon now exists. Complete with blue (not red) face shield and yellow chest armor.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park 2 is one of the worst films

    by Lost Jarv

    It has ever been my misfortune to sit through. <p>Awful, awful shite. <P>And when you say "more violent" I trust that you are referring to the "unappreciated-gymnastics- girl- uses- her- special- bars- powers- to- boot fully- grown- dinosaur- through- window" moment.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    How did Joe Johnson remain on anybody's

    by skimn

    short list of directors..? Ohhhhh, the "directors we can hire on the cheap, who can bring it on time and budget" list of it.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    isn't JP 2 the one where the end up in the city?

    by Kloipy

    if so, what a piece of shit

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    It's one of the films that

    by Lost Jarv

    signifies the post-hook decline of Spielberg- awful, awful shite.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    That's the one Kloipy.

    by Lost Jarv

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by cloudrider`

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    then yes it is a piec of shit hahaha

    by Kloipy

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    We trade one averagely talented director for another averagely t

    by ArcadianDS

    and whoopidee doo we have a blockbuster!?<p> This site is retarded.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I will echo the above sentiments

    by skimn

    that The Rocketeer paid a LOT of attention to Jennifer Connelly's cleavage, which was amazing for A DISNEY FILM!! I also liked the production design, The Bulldog Cafe, Rick Baker's (?) Rhondo Hatton make-up, Timothy Dalton's villian. Too bad that Bill Campbell was such a gee-whiz bland hero, but I think thats what they were going for.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Finally found Kloipy and Jarv

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Hey fellas.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Hey Abom, how's it going brother!

    by Kloipy

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    It's going okay

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Things can only be so bad, when you're riding the Midnight Meat Train.<p> I typically don't check email at home. Not that I don't want to, just with a couple kids and shit to do, there's no time. So this morning I logged on, and of course all the TBs were new. But this just means it's more new stuff for us to make fun of. Like Luke Skywalker's poncho. Someone mentioned it I think in the Indy TB. To me it seemed like a perfect sundry item to add to our list of 'random but not random' things like bears, 2true and Warwick.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    It's going on lunchtime

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and I'm Hungry Like the Wolf.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Johnston's career is littered with mediocrity, however...

    by rbatty024

    to his credit The Rocketeer was a wonderful movie. There have been so many attempts to follow in Indiana Jones's footsteps and recreate the feel of a 1930's serial and The Rocketeer was the only film to succeed. Hell, if the new Indiana is as much fun as The Rocketeer it has succeeded. <p> As far as JP3 goes, it was absolutely mediocre, but a whole hell of a lot better than the atrocity that was JP2. JP2 is easily Spielberg's worst film and one of the worst movies I've seen in the theaters. Absolutely awful. Here's hoping Johnston reaches his full potential.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    JPIII was good until....

    by eXcommunicated

    ...that fucked up ending, which I don't think was Johnston's fault. What happened to the awesome T-REX vengeance ending we were promised? No... instead our heroes run out onto the beach and find a pinhead on a blowhorn. Perfect ending = Guy is on blowhorn, heroes yell and scream, "No! Don't do that!" and all of a sudden the Spinosaurus comes out and eats the pinhead and his blowhorn. Spiny also rummages through the first two amphibious vehicles, chomping on Marines. Then all of a sudden the other T-Rex shows up. "It's the other T-Rex!" the kid yells while Grant shits down his own leg. T-Rex and Spinosaurus has epic boss fight on the fucking beach, slamming into the surf, tearing up mango trees. T-Rex is finally victorious and roars mightily. Just then more Marines land, save our heroes and right as they aim their RPGs at Rex he/she roars in defiance, then stomps off into the jungle. Que the end. <p> Jesus, that ending wrote itself.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    take care abom, i'm off for the day

    by Kloipy

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Out of the frying pan and into

    by FleshMachine

    another frying pan. sigh.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Later kloipy

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Guess I'll kill some time playing this old Castle WOLFenstein video game.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    re JP2 & JP3

    by DocPazuzu

    Aside from a few terrific setpieces in JP2, such as the cliff scene, it's nowhere near as enjoyable as JP3, Tea Leoni and the "Rambo kid" notwithstanding.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by Hispanic at the Disco

    So when will we see new pics? Artwork? Anything?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Cukor also had a hand in making "Oz"

    by Mister Man

    From IMBD...The film had five different directors. Richard Thorpe shot several weeks of material, none of which appears in the final film. The studio found his work unsatisfactory and appointed George Cukor temporarily. Cukor did not actually film any scenes; he merely modified Judy Garland's and Ray Bolger's makeup. Victor Fleming took over from him and filmed the bulk of the movie, until he was assigned to Gone with the Wind (1939). King Vidor filmed the remaining sequences, mainly the black and white parts of the film set in Kansas. Producer Mervyn LeRoy also directed some transitional scenes.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Favorite moments from both

    by skimn

    #2:Did like the trailer dangling over the cliff scene, as improbable it may be, it was nicely staged. The overhead raptor attack in the bush. And I liked the worker that got stuck on the bottom of the dinosaurs foot, like a giant piece of gum. #3:Got a chuckle out of the ringtone in the dino belly. And the pterodacktyls (sp) were cool.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Things we can tell from this talkback... no interest

    by happybunni

    1. There is absolutely no interest in a Wolfman remake. 2. People like Jurassic Park, and want a fourth to rectify the damage done by the second and third movies.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Of Wolf and Man

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Remember that movie Lone WOLF McQuade? I think it starred Chuck Norris and David Carradine.<p> WOLFIE Van Halen will be on the cover of Guitar World magazine with his dad this month (onsale Feb. 12).

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Remake the 1st JP

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Come on, the first movie was good for the time, but it's just a Disney Ride. The book was a million times better (and there were a lot more people left on the island for dinos to chomp on). Of course I'm sure Spielberg thinks that his films are perfect and should never be remade, even though he's made a habit of producing inferior remakes to classic films (like the Haunting!). BTW, how is this news about Joe Johnston being the director better than Brett Ratner? He's about as bad if not worse. Jumanji makes anything Ratner did look like genius.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I thought Ralph McQuarrie designed Boba Fett.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Anyone ever seen the test pictures of the wite version of the armor? Those are cool. Huh huh.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Er, white.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    No one's reading this anyway.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Samuel Fulmer

    Does anyone know why the budget is so high for this? Does wolfman going to space and have a showdown with Optimus Prime and a Star Destroyer? 80 million seems high for a wolfman movie, especially when there's zero interest in it.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Who gives a fuck?

    by Fat and Curious

    This movie will gargle diarrhea, no one wants to see a greasy Mexican undergo a CGI transformation into a fake greasy werewolf. They should screen this film at virgin conventions to have any hope of finding interested viewers.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Never understood the LOST WORLD hate myself

    by caruso_stalker217

    I remember seeing it in the theater as a kid and I thought it was a solid sequel. Though even then I noticed the two big missteps of that film. <p>1. T-Rex running loose in large American city.</p> <p>2. Julianne Moore.</p> <p>Other than that it's a pretty damn good movie. A popcorn flick, sure, but good. Not like fucking JURASSIC PARK III. A true cinematic turd. I only watch it when I want to jerk off to Laura Dern and WILD AT HEART isn't available.</p>

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Leech Women Remake???

    by Samuel Fulmer

    With Kevin Spacey as the Leech Woman, directed by Chris Columbus from a script by John Hughes.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I only jerk off to the scene...

    by caruso_stalker217

    ...where she and Sam Grant are talking about shit. You know the scene, the part right after the parrot doesn't remember him. Great scene.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Thank god it wasnt Darabont

    by magnetoelectric

    You just dont do that.You want to save someone like Darabont for Creature from the Black Lagoon.Bring him in on the ground floor so he can take part in the creature design and the script etc etc.You dont give him the hand me down film.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    October Sky was great

    by Bellock

    Except for "The Pagemaster", I found all Johnston's films interesting in a way or another. "Rocketeer" was a real geek dream. "Honey, I shrunk..." and "Jumanji" were good family films, "JP3" and "Hidalgo" were really fun to watch, so, even if i would have prefered Romanek to direct it, i'm still looking forward to "WolfMan".

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Laura Dern is an.......

    by travis-dane

    MILF!yeah!go caruso go!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Terrible, terrible news...AP reports..

    by ZackBraff08

    I just farted.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    waiting for a Director to be hired because they watched ESB

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Empire Strikes Back is a great movie. If I watch it enough times can I be associated with it. I say that because it would look good on the old resume...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Harry, your vendetta against Ratner is tired

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Please give it up. You have shilled many movies worst that X3...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    laura dern...

    by ZackBraff08

    looks like Owen Wilson's sister with down syndrome

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I dig the Down's Syndrome look

    by caruso_stalker217

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids over and over again...

    by rbatty024

    when I was younger. I caught some of it on television several months ago and I dare say it holds up. A quality family film. The Rocketeer is an absolute classic as well. Johnston has talent, it just hides most of the time.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    JP's II and III actually succeeded in making

    by skywalkerfamily

    dinos boring. Congrats.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by ZackBraff08

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Giant ants are the shit!

    by caruso_stalker217

    And Matt Frewer was there!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    JURASSIC PARK III had awful CGI...

    by caruso_stalker217

    And the animatronic dinosaurs blew, too. JURASSIC PARK's effects kick JPIII's effects' asses. And that movie came out 15 years ago. It's sad, if you think about it. The CGI still holds up great and actually looks better than a lot of shit they have out today.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Rocketeer and October Sky

    by JDOSIRIS2

    Are 2 of my all time favorite movies...JPIII was ok, could have been better but was still cool... Glad to see something like Wolfman go to someone who can do action and tell a story too.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    We still want to know about Ratner's denail of an AICN visit

    by ArcadianDS

    since that seems to be the source of all the anti-rantner vendetta this site now boasts.<p> I'm not claiming to know the truth - I'm just claiming to know one guy's associate's version of the truth. So far, thats all we got.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Caruso stalker..

    by huggerorange

    are you high?? where do you get that the cgi is better in JP1? you can clearly tell when it is cgi and when it is live animatronics in alomst every single scene in pt.1..the only time when it looked believable was the t-rex intro and chase and most of that was animatronic.. the raptors look very realistically rendered in jp3 and so do the teradactyls, and mostly everything else..Ill agree that Jp1 is a better movie but jp3 was definately better than pt2.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    robocop3 was a steamypile

    by huggerorange

    ...its still steaming. not having peter weller was The least of their problems. they should do a remake of that whole franchise, eventhough the first one holds up very well, it could be better..

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    The T-Rex looks fucking great in the first film. Or maybe it's just my 15 year old VHS. Still, looks good to me. Compared to JURASSIC PARK III, which I have on DVD. I thought the dinosaurs in JPIII looked like cartoons. They were fucking ridiculous. The pterodactyls looked too much like something out of JUMANJI. And that shit where Grant has that dream and the raptor "talks." Jesus. I still think THE LOST WORLD is leagues ahead of the third one. And it has better effects, too. <p>I was about to leave it at "to each his own" but then you had to bring in this ROBOCOP business. "Even though the first one holds up very well, it could be better..." I hope that was a joke. I don't want to get into a fucking fight on the internet over that kind of talk.</p>

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Oh thank God...

    by Anna Valerious

    At least he's done films prior to this...I want to kick the guy who thought Stefan Fangmeier should direct "Eragon" in the groin.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Will he use that wolfman Cantina mask

    by skywalkerfamily

    from 1977?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    leobloom: I think this movie is being made specifically for Harr

    by happybunni

    Also you said what we are all thinking.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Man I am SO waiting for the details of the AICN visitation rights denial.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    by huggerorange

    I take it you dont like robocop either

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    ROBOCOP is one of the greatest film ever made

    by caruso_stalker217


  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Where did Boba Fett come from?


    As he sat in an early Empire Strikes Back meeting with George Lucas, Ralph McQuarrie sketched a helmet with an antenna off to one side. After the meeting, George saw it, said that would make a good bounty hunter, go ahead and trick out his costume with lots of interesting gadgets he could use to protect himself. Ralph did. As with all concepts, once George approved it, other designers got involved in embellishing it. Joe Johnston was definitely the one responsible for the unused concept of Fett wearing Clint Eastwood's serape that showed up in a few of Ralph's Empire paintings. I believe Joe was also involved more directly in the costume creation. The only reproduction of Ralph's first sketch of what evolved into Fett's helmet is in the book The Art of Ralph McQuarrie published last year.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    by huggerorange

    You need to adjust the tracking on your vcr or buy the Jp1 dvd cause the only thing decent looking in it is the trex..the galimimus: Ive seen better visuals on Xbox 1, brachiosaur: looks like saturday morning cartoons, the raptors: look ok when there not in cg mode-which is almost never..Jp2 is the weakest steven spielberg film and the baby trex the worst animatronics ever.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The violence in ROBOCOP made me cry......

    by travis-dane

    tears of joy!

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Don't care what you say, hugger

    by caruso_stalker217

    I'll take CGI from '93 over whatever the fuck they were doing with JP3.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Wolfman Jack

    by skywalkerfamily

    Would have been perfect for this part.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    The Wolf "Meh"

    by bswise

    I dunno, other than Benecio as the lead, this project has yet to excite me. I liked "The Rocketeer" too, and even "October Sky" in a schmaltzy kinda way, but would rather stick nails in my eyes than see crap like Jumanji and JPIII again. This guy seems like a kiddy director to me and all wrong for a beastial horror flick. Also, I'd just like to day that I would prefer that Sir Anthony Hopkins NOT be in this, 'cuz goddam is he so overexposed and overrated at this point, a parody of his bad self, really.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    let's do a little comparison.

    by RustyStardust

    ok. so, strictly from a business standpoint, let's do a little box office comparison between brett ratner and joe johnston. i don't believe that grosses make a movie. but, i still find it interesting. so, here we go: brett ratner: rush hour 3- domestic: $140,125,968 international: $114,919,928 total: $255,045,896 X Men 3- domestic: $234,362,462 international: $224,893,546 total: $459,256,008 After the Sunset- dom: $28,331,233 int: $33,016,564 tot: $61,347,797 Red Dragon- dom: $93,149,898 int: $116,302,000 tot: $209,451,898 Rush Hour 2- dom: $226,164,286 int: $121,161,516 tot: $347,325,802 Family Man- dom: $75,793,305 int: $48,951,778 tot: $124,745,083 Rush Hour- dom: $141,186,864 int: $103,200,000 tot: $244,386,864 Money Talks- dom: $40,922,619 int: $7,484,992 tot: $48,407,611 Brett Ratner Total: $1,749,966,959 Joe Johnston: Hidalgo- Dom: $67,303,450 Int: $40,800,000 Tot: $108,103,450 Jurassic Park 3- Dom: $181,171,875 Int: $187,608,934 Tot: $368,780,809 October Sky- Dom: $32,547,800 Int: $2,128,000 Tot: $34,675,800 Jumanji- Dom: $100,475,249 Int: $162,322,000 Tot: $262,797,249 Pagemaster- Dom: $13,670,688 Int: N/A Tot: $13,670,688 Rocketeer- Dom: $46,704,056 Int: N/A Tot: $46,704,056 Honey, I Shrink- Dom: $130,724,172 Int: $92,000,000 Tot: $222,724,172 Joe Johnston Total: $1,057,456,224

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    oh, and ps.

    by RustyStardust

    the reason brett ratner was ever in the running for this film, was the recommendation of sir anthony hopkins. must be able to work well with some actors...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    RustyStardust,you should learn how to paragraph...

    by travis-dane

    so many numbers man.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    sorry about the run on...

    by RustyStardust

    i gotta remember me html...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    HIDALGO is a completely underrated movie

    by Razorback

    I love that film.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen HIDALGO

    by caruso_stalker217

    It's got too many "day for night" scenes.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Good to see you back running game on the naysayers! I'm right here when you need me. <br> <br> Now all we need is BadMrWonka to tell us how we're lealous because Harry owns this site. :-)

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    *edit button*

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by lsleelee

    What the fucking fuck is with Harry's punctuation? "The final group of directors that went in - all wanted to make this film." Why is there a fucking dash in that sentence? And why can't Harry go three sentences with out an unnecessary ellipsis?

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    RustyStardust, very impressive tally...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    do you work for access hollywood? - how lame - who cares what made what amount of money - this proves what? - bad movies always do well because by and large the movie going public has no taste? - whats your point? - maybe the dude that directed "wild hogs" should get this gig - that shit pile killed at the box office - or maybe the guy that directed the "hannah montanna" movie - its a big hit - quoting bo receipts makes you look silly, not like some "expert" in the know - so to sum up, you think Ratner should get this job based on his movies earnings (not their quality or his skill) - forget about art or good cinema - its all about $

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Yes, Harry, Johnston directed "KANYE, I SHRUNK THE KIDS"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The Wolfman dies at the end

    by Abominable Snowcone

    We all remember this, right? Lon Chaney? Silver bullet? Dead? Any way that WON'T happen? Perhaps he could fight a giant BEAR instead.

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    don't cry, jimmy dean...

    by RustyStardust

    just thought it was interesting. no need to get so upset. just layin' out facts. i even said i don't believe b.o. means a good film. though, i notice you overlook the fact that anthony hopkins requested the man...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    me and you solo.

    by RustyStardust

    raggin' on the ladies till the end...

  • Feb. 4, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    And go back to a time where Corey Haim's future looked bright.

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    anything other than ratner is better...

    by cloudrider`

    in harry's world. dont you know?

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    The Wolfman has rabies!

    by skywalkerfamily

    Run for your lives!!

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Michael Jackson to play the Wolf Man!

    by skywalkerfamily

    Cause this is Thriller!

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Honey I Shrunk The Kids...

    by Tourist

    ...Is infinitely better than Red Dragon and X3. Think about that. A Disney flick about shrinking children staring a late career Rick Moranis is better than a film shot by Dante Spinotti, Written by Ted Tally, Starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffma, Ralph Fiennes and Harvey Keitel. Not to mention based on a fantastic book. Think about what kind of fucking douche manages to turn those ingredients into a film less well made or enjoyable than a movie with the neighbour from Ghostbusters looking for his shrunken suburbanite offspring in his back garden. Speaks volumes about Brett Ratner.

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    tourist, don't waste your finger energy

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    these guys are ignorant mass-market fools.

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    All finger energy regarding this TB

    by Abominable Snowcone

    or at least one hand's worth of finger energy, is supposed to be dedicated to masturbating to Laura Dern. I thought we'd established this?

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    these guys INCLUDING harry ARE ignorant mass market fools

    by half vader

    ... for not knowing that Joe Johnston is every bit as responsible for the look of the original Star Wars (he didn't start on Empire Harry - Headgeek my arse!) as McQuarrie. <p> I love McQuarrie's stuff, don't get me wrong. His sense of composition for example is awesome. But if we're honest with ourselves his stuff was very literally Flash Gordon, down to the 30s headgear. Johnston took that and turned it into the look and the used universe we love. Give the man his props people. He didn't just "work on" Star Wars Rusty. Jesus Christ. As for Empire yeah there's that shot of him detailing the Fett helmet, I just can't remember if he sculpted it or not. I know I sound like the world's biggest JJ plant, but it just sorta shits me that everyone heaps praise on McQ for the look of the SW universe when at least half should go to Johnston. <p> As a director though, yes that's another story. <p> And yes, in Rocketeer, Rondo Hatton (coughexcellentsurnamecough) was done by Baker, for whoever asked (can't find it). <p> Finally, there go my dreams of Tom Tykwer doing this. He's a thousand times better than Ratner, too. But I'm with Vern. Couldn't they have waited a couple more weeks for the strike to end? Fuckers. And yet they stick with shite like Evan Almighty no matter how far over budget it goes. Fuck!

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Gary Busey will shoot the werewolf

    by Abominable Snowcone

    then hiccup, and repeat his line from Predator 2: "Lions, tigers, bears...oh my. And a wolf."

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    I Wanna See More

    by Hispanic at the Disco

    Can we please get more photos or somehting from this project???

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    I Wanna See More

    by Hispanic at the Disco

    Can we please get more photos or somehting from this project???

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    JPIII... COuld be worse...

    by Kid Z

    ...they coud've gone ahead and shot JPIV with that script (that I think Harry liked, but I could be wrong) with the genetically engineered dinos with (insert Doctor evil voice and air quotes) "LASERS" on their heads!

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    If Ratner had been chosen

    by emeraldboy

    Harry would have ripped this movie to shreds. so ratner is doing it and it will be given a free pass. Harry should make a movie, then he will find that it is not as easy as he thinks.

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    JP3 worse than X3?

    by Novaman5000

    Really? Are you kidding? At least the action in fucking JP3 was well done. X3 was an overwrought mess in every category. JP3 just needed a better ending, otherwise it was a pretty great action flick.

  • Feb. 6, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Anchorite, yes you've been on it

    by half vader

    That stuff about the fillings was gold (or whatever they make 'em out of these days). <p> Actually I think you hate me from memory and tried to rip me a new one in a TB a couple of years back, but anyway you've been firing so I'm lettin' ya know. <p> Or maybe it was DocPaz that hates my guts. Anyway...

  • Feb. 6, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Interesting bit of casting in Rocketeer....

    by Han Cholo

    The guy who plays Locke on Lost played the part of Howard Hughes in The Rocketeer. Much better acted than DiCaprio in my opinion.

  • Feb. 6, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Not defending the Rat, really

    by 300 monkeys

    but I don't think X-3 was really his fault, and it did have some cool bits in it. Why the hate for Red Dragon? Sure he inherited the entire creative team from Silence of the Lambs, but at least he didn't fuck it up. No slight to that genius Tom Noonan, either, but I'd much rather watch it than Manhunter, any day of the week. Ralph Fienes in crazy mode is the only good kinda Ralph Fiennes, and man is it good!

  • Feb. 7, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by Teddy Artery

    Johnston is still one of my favorite directors. Understated work that doesn't scream for attention. His stuff will stand the test of time.

  • Feb. 10, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Loved The Rocketeer!

    by the_arashikage

    So I am okay with this.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Johnston? Ugh.

    by FarSky

    He's world better than the Rat, but at least Ratner knows enough to surround himself with talent. Johnston is, as someone said early on, predictably mediocre. The guy's a complete non-entity as a director. JUMANJI and JURASSIC PARK III were terrible. OCTOBER SKY was ok, but forgettable. Dammit, why couldn't they have gotten Darabont? Sigh.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I don't understand Harry's pasivity in this

    by chien_sale

    Considering he has shit so much on the various Superman progects in script form and so forth and countless other films. Now we had something great in the Wolf Man, gets replaced by the typical blandness that is Johnston and Harry is almost apologetic for Universal. Hey no big deal guys, it's the guy that did the Rocketeer! FUCK YOU.