April 4, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST
by Stevie Grant
April 4, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST
I can pretty much quote the whole film too but it doesn't stop me from ever going a couple of years between viewings, one of my all time favourite Comedies, it never feels old.
April 4, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST
you are going Akroyd on us
April 4, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST
by Logo Lou
Wish we could hear some of that. Reminds me of the time I had this awesome, in depth coversation with Kubrick just before he died... of course, like Mori I won't mention any details of it... that would actually be interesting. I mean who wants to knows that right?
April 4, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST
I'd say that's a pretty underrated comedy right there. It's not great, but I still like watching it from time-to-time. Ramis is awesome.
April 4, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... considering it was a casual conversation, I wasn't recording it. That's why I'm hoping I can do a formal interview with him further down the road and ask him about all of that on the record. He's a great storyteller, and a shitty paraphrase of what he said wouldn't really do him justice.
April 4, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST
whether he is acting, writing, or directing in something.
April 4, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST
a strange experience indeed to meet someone like that. 'Never meet your idols' is what they say and whilst a cliche it as rings true. I'm genuinely glad he seemed authentic and took interest Drew <p> Ultimately Ramis is just another guy at the end of the day, it's some of his work that elevates him. Despite it being the nature of his industry it's still crazy to think some things he did decades ago still generate such positive/negative feedback. Imagine if some came up to you in the street and say 'Hey, that day of work you had back in the 90's? Man that blew my mind/sucked'. Look forward to hearing your experiences on set, although to be honest prior to this piece the concept and details that have seeped through of Year One haven't been overly impressive. <p> On an unrelated note, I hope Ghostbusters is NEVER remade. Sure the concept is a great one but it's the actors and performers that elevated it to classic status. You just can't recapture that intentionally.
April 4, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST
by Stevie Grant
Thanks for Bronson stories, that was the coolest posting I've seen in a long time.
April 4, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST
by hank henshaw
They go from total losers to saving the world from certain "apocalypse by hand of giant marshmallow demigod". How can you top Stay-Puft? You can't, and that's one of the reasons the sequel is less of a movie. I'd love to see some ghostbusting on the big screen again, sadly I don't think it can be done right. A remake will probably have an Escalade or a H2 as the new Ecto-1.
April 4, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST
I've always been pretty interested about that... even moreso after Chevy's biography came out and Bill hung up on the biographer after telling her that writing a book about Chevy was the dumbest idea ever.
April 4, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST
Great article Moriarty. You must love your job. That's awesome. And thank you TomBodet for some great stories. Regarding Ghostbusters: I've never really been all that opposed to remakes and the like. A reimagining can be a good thing. That being said, I think maybe my views are due to the fact that I've never been faced with a remake of a film that was such a big part of my childhood. I hope they never re-make Ghostbusters.
April 4, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST
Period. No question about it. It is staggeringly subtle, brilliant and (most importantly) funny without sacrificing its sweetness and sweet without sacrificing its comedy. It is both sublime and sobering, insightful and boisterous, thought-provoking and delightful. It is a film to treasure.
April 4, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST
Pixar Incredibles-like movie. I would LOVE to see a 3D animated Ghostbusters. Of course, Pixar would be the right ones to do it because they know that story and comedy come first and foremost, they know how to expertly weave them into a CG movie. And think what they could do with the ghosts in a CG movie. Live action is a definite no no unless it features the original cast. It's probably too late for that now though.
April 4, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST
by Logo Lou
April 4, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST
by Rando Calrisian
Mori, You should talk Ramis into doing something like the Stalone questions for the site. Ramis would be a fantastic guy to have answer some fan questions like that. The guy has been involved with some truly great films. Looking forward to The Year One report. And GB video game! Thats going to kick asss.
April 4, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST
"We'll split it!" I was young when Stripes came out, but damned if I was going to enlist because of that movie!
April 4, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST
April 4, 2008, 8 p.m. CST
My respect for you continues to grow everyday. I keep praying that a movie with robots will be made just for you. Great Bronson stories.
Come on guys, Bronsons finest role had to be the Polish tunnel digger in The Great Escape. Ramis is/was a comedy god too.
April 4, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST
April 4, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... I did. He's going to record his voice for the game in about three weeks, as soon as they wrap on THE YEAR ONE. He sounds genuinely pleased to be doing it again, too.
April 4, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
The movie as a whole was a little too soft, but that scene had me rolling. And it's a shame that Ramis only had like 45 seconds of screentime in Knocked Up.
April 4, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST
by Agent Blue
I've recently fallen in love with Strange Brew. This guy is underrated. Where is he now?
April 4, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST
I always thought you were one of the funniest talk backers here but you were really swinging for the fences with those Bronson stories. <br> <br> Pulls out a Massive wad of singles, and starts tossing them at her one at a time almost like some guy dealing cards at poker. No joke. I don't think he carried anything larger than a five in that roll from what she told us. <br> <br> That really struck me funny for some reason. You're like the damn Charlie Murphy of the talkbacks (and I mean that as a compliment)!
April 4, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST
Outstanding article as usual. I've only had the pleasure of meeting a limited number of celebrities but I can completely understand how elating it is to meet someone famous and find that they aren't a complete dick. <br> <br> The last 'famous' person I met was Chuck Palahniuk. I obviously like his novels and tried to play it cool by saying, "Your work is great man, you really crack me up Chuck". He replied very sarcastically, "Oh thanks a lot (BGDAWES) I bet you just said that so you could work in a way to call me 'Upchuck'. I feel like I'm in the fifth grade again." <br> <br> At any rate, I completely understand what you mean about how cool it is to meet someone you respect that is also famous and find that they are 'normal' as well.
April 4, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST
supposed to be that ghoastbusters 1: the game for PS3 or some shit like that?
April 5, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST
for some strange reason I lay awake at night, unable to sleep. Your PS3 issues are a thorn in my mind. Please tell me its all sorted out....<p> that might sound sarcastic, but its really not.
April 5, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST
But nowhere near as good as Back to the Future.
April 5, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST
I enjoyed the article Drew. Apparently Ramis and Bill Murray did unfortunately have a major falling out and aren't on speaking terms (from what a keen Bill fan mentioned to me once) and if Drew does get to do a proper interview with Mr. Ramis (that'd be longer than 15 minutes) when his new film gets released, it'd be great if he could ask him about this (if Ramis didn't mind discussing it), as it's a shame they can't patch things up. It was over the excellent Groundhog Day film, which they got into many fights over. Bill apparently wanted to explore the GD film's philosophy more, while Ramis felt it needed to be puffy and simple enough for the masses. So what came out, was a poorly made (still very good) romantic comedy that just happened to have one of the most incredible premises of it's decade and also one of the greatest performances by Bill. Bill reckoned (and he was probably right) if he had got more creative freedom on the film, it might have been one of the greatest movies of all time, instead of a merely enjoyable one.
April 5, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST
...and if you're not getting a warm, fuzzy feeling round about now, then there's something wrong with you...
April 5, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST
Agree 100 per cent. Wonderful film, but could've been legendary.
April 5, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST
One final point and I'm outta here - does anyone else feel that Ackroyd ought to have a 'Grocer' movie in the canon somewhere? 'Grosse Point Blank' was a sublime film and I for one could easily do another couple of hours of Dan-as-psycho-hitman. What say?
April 5, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST
The guy was such a fuckin jerk. I approached him politely and simply asked for an autograph, but he spat in my face and started slapping me around while his bodyguards held me down and pissed all over my shoes. Afterwards, they all laughed at me and called my girlfriend a slut while Ramis molested her and made me watch... Some elements of this story might be fabricated.
April 5, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST
I had exactly the same experience when I met Kate Bush. What is it with these 'celebrities'?
April 5, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST
With long philosophical debates, ala Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. If only the Wachowskis could have done Groundhog Day!<br><br>Nah, I think Groundhog day ended up pretty good just the way it was.
April 5, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST
by The Decider
according to the original script. They decided to make it ambiguous in the movie. That movie probably made more of an impact on me than any other I've seen, despite the obviously tacked-on romantic comedy concessions it makes.
April 5, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST
is that it tempers its sentimental whimsy and brings it back down to reality. I absolutely the final moments of that film--"Let's live here!" The music starts and its gooey romantic comedy and then Phil undercuts it with the perfect line: "We'll rent to start." Yes, you were just released from a time-loop prison and suddenly see the joy that can be had in life but come on, don't go crazy...
April 5, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST
by Logo Lou
I'm surprised. Actual information.
April 5, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
Does he smell good?... nice healthy smell? or did it kind of break up the atmosphere for you a little bit -- something you kind of couldn't ignore but did your best not to make a face about it or sidle away from it. Just curious
April 5, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST
Sorry that this is entirely off topic but could someone tell me the title of the movie with the "outdoors guitar-player" that plays mostly covers during the day and eventually meets up with the piano-playing girl? It's kinda recent and highpraised. I would appreciate it immensly!!
April 5, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST
I think the film you might be thinking about is "Once" <p> It's a small Irish film that won the Oscar for best Song this year.
April 5, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST
It's a shame they fought over GROUNDHOG'S DAY because the result was perfect in my opinion. It's a classic. The philosophical stuff was deep without being too heavy.
April 5, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST
Thanks alot! It was exactly the film I was thinking about. Thanks again and sorry for the off-topic...ness.
April 5, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
...are criminally underrated, in my opinion. His work is so bizarre for American comedy sometimes that I'm amazed so many people gravitate toward it.
April 5, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Really, Mori? That's some sad thing for a child to hear, in a sense. Me? I'm just confused as to what would be wrong with any of them, but then again, we have very different backgrounds. My mom showed my family Monty Python & The Meaning of Life when I was eight.
April 5, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST
April 5, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
I work on the Sony lot in Culver City and just a few stories: just last week Tommy Lee Jones almost ran me down in a golf cart and then told me to get out of the way for my trouble - Jean Reno inexplicably hates short white guys - Adam Sandler is 42 and still drives a Cadillac golf cart around the lot - Ali Larter inexplicably likes short white guys. Granted, none of my run-ins are quite on the same level per se but it's all I got to barter with...Okay your turn: what the hell happened with Barry Levinson and Albert Brooks?
April 5, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST
by The Gospel According to Bastardface
It was even inducted into the national film vault to be reserved as a historical worthy film. To me GD is the best comedy I have ever seen, and any criticism leveled at it is ill-thought. You cannot top the film, it is virtually flawless.
April 5, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST
by The Gospel According to Bastardface
Not like anyone cares about my typo, but still.
April 5, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST
Its coming out fall this year. http://www.ghostbustersgame.com
April 5, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST
F***ing hell! No idea this was happening. Cheers for the heads-up! This looks the absolute biz!
April 5, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST
Sorry, just needed to say that...
LOL Remeber When Mory Was Interesting? Man, you're chatting to one if the greats. You finish your article with stoies about how YOU chatted with HIM about Animal House and Ghostbusters. But we get nothing. Well done, Mory. You're mates with the greats and we ALL SHOW ABOUT IT.
April 5, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST
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April 5, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST
Ramis is one of my all time favorites...what can he NOT do...just incredible... I also wanted to be a caddy and still do...lol and I'm in also from Tennesse too...
April 6, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST
nah just joking. Harold is somehow respected by even my casual movie going friends. Like I mentioned "the year one" to my friends who I only see a few movies a year with and they asked who's in it. "Jack black, jonah hill, uh harold ramis" "Spengler! we have to see that" I mean teh guy has scores fo fans all ove rthe age spectrum. and bedazzled is a fun and still funny film. I just wish they had included the metal wish for the US cut.
April 6, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
That is NEAT!"
April 6, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST
That movie was damned awful and woefully unfunny. What was Mr. Ramis thinking? He should disavow association with the hack comedy writer-director Judd Apatow (who co-wrote the woefully unfunny & uberlame Ben Stiller Show). Groundhod Day is still a cult classic after all these years. Hope Ramis returns for GHOSTBUSTERS 3...maybe zapping ghouls in a wheelchair.
April 6, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST
What a career. The quality of his acting, writing, and directing far exceeds any missteps he may have taken. Most people I know don't even realize how much of a hand he's had in some of the greatest American comedy films ever made. Ramis really eclipses the likes of John Hughes and other greats.
April 6, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST
by Wed Vid Guy
Wow he must have been a real dick. Please share your story with the class. You can't leave it off where you did.
April 6, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST
I was on an elevator. He was talking to someone, but stops mid sentence and looks at me. He says "You remind me of a young Lawrence Kasdan." I thanked him. It was cool. And damn you Lenny Nero, I was totally going to say that line. Favorite line in the flick.
April 6, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST
no wonder he was a cock.
April 6, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST
by lucky slevin
if your a God you say YES!
April 6, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST
when we take away the puppy. Ramis is responsible for like half of my top 20 favorite movies ever.
April 7, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST
Muarray jst seems sort of reclusive thats all. I mean he only does stuff he wants to do. Hell he's done shit for webisode guys just because he thought they were funny. One of the college humor guys who went on to do stuff for funny or die got to do a whole sketch where he and some factcheck guy break into muarrays house to verify if he likes some kind of sandwich. I doubt bill is a mean guy just sort of hard to get to. anyways more love to harold keep it up guy.