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Quint interviews Josh Peck and Jonathan Levine about THE WACKNESS!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I really flipped for THE WACKNESS when I saw it at Sundance way back in January. As someone who was almost scared off by the premise (wiggery teen sells drugs over a summer in the early ‘90s), I’m telling you that this movie has heart, laughs, sensuality and charisma with charm to spare. I didn’t get to do any interviews for the flick while in Park City, but I was able to lock down a phoner with star Josh Peck and director Jonathan Levine (who also helmed the seemingly never-playing-outside-of-film-festivals horror hit ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE). I met Levine at the SXSW screening of WACKNESS and you’ll see him reference a lunch we had in the interview, in case that just seems to come out of nowhere. Also, I recently spent time with the producer of this film, Keith Calder, while visiting the set of his next movie, which comes up. I think that's all the set-up you need. Here’s that chat. Hope you enjoy it!

Jonathan Levine: What’s up man?

Quint: Hey, what’s going on man?

Jonathan Levine: I was just telling Josh that you were the first person to indicate that INDIANA JONES might suck to me.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Jonathan Levine: I’m thankful, for that.

Quint: I set the bar a little bit lower for you there?

Jonathan Levine: Yeah, although now all of the reviews on the site say it’s good, but I don’t think it’s very good.

Quint: I’m very mixed on it, because there is stuff in there that I like as just an INDY fan. The stuff that I didn’t like in INDY was that it just wasn’t that thought out. None of the Red Scare stuff and INDY being blacklisted ever amounted to anything and it just seemed like really lazy screenwriting.

Jonathan Levine: Yeah, well I think it’s probably a function of combining like 20 different scripts. So, how are you man?

Quint: I’m doing well. How are you guys? You two holding up alright?

Jonathan Levine: We’re good, we are just getting started.

Quint: So, it’s up to me to wear you guys down then?

Josh Peck: Yes, please.

Quint: The first thing that I have to talk about, was I was told to bring up the possibility of a big internet petition of the resurrection of Karaoke Sweat.

Jonathan Levine: Who told you about that?!?

Quint: I don’t know, who could have told me about that?

Jonathan Levine: Was it Mitch?

Quint: It was Keith actually.

Jonathan Levine: Keith Calder?

Quint: Yep.

Jonathan Levine: Josh doesn’t even know about that. I hosted a karaoke night in LA. It was very short lived. It was two summers ago and it was a live band karaoke and it was awesome. Back when I was single and carefree, we would play a game with the audience called “What pills did I just take?” where a member of the audience would hand me an unidentified pill and I would take it no questions asked and then based on my behavior an hour later the people would judge what I had taken. I can’t do that anymore.

Quint: Yeah, I think that’s probably a good idea that that’s not… although that would be a fun day for the crew. You know how they have like five dollar Fridays and stuff, they should do that at the beginning of every Friday or something on the next movie.

Jonathan Levine: Did you talk to Keith about BUNRAKU?

Quint: I went out to BUNRAKU.

Jonathan Levine: You did?

Quint: I did. I was on the set in Romania.

Jonathan Levine: Man, how was it? Was it cool?

Quint: It’s bizarre. It looks really sweet and everybody involved was cool. I liked what I saw a lot. But I got a really awesome Keith story that I have to share before we get too into this, because it’s just going to be on my mind and I will derail the interview later to make sure I bring it up, so I might as well get it out of the way first. We were sitting on the set and I was sitting there with Keith and Jessica [Wu] and sitting next to Keith was one of the hairdressers on the movie, it was her little boy, maybe six or seven years old sitting there playing his DS, and he just kind of looks over at Keith and his mouth drops open and his eyes go wide and there was another kid sitting next to him and points at Keith and they both look at him like he’s a god, right? I noticed this and was like “this is interesting” and then the kid gently tugs at Keith’s shirt and says “Are you an actor?” and Keith says “No, no I’m not an actor, I’m producing this movie” and he goes “No, you were in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS! You’re an actor.” So, for that entire day we kept hearing “Hey, you are the guy from ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS.” They thought he was David Cross.

Jonathan Levine: He does look like David Cross.

Quint: I had to share. So, how’s the reaction? You said you are just starting. Have you seen the movie with anybody outside of the fest circuit yet?

Jonathan Levine: You know, we have done a couple festivals. We did Seattle and San Francisco, Tribeca, so yeah we’ve been going around man. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, for it to play somewhere where people just don’t get it and so far that hasn’t happened. So far people have been really responding to it, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign.

Quint: It’s a quality flick, man. You know my feelings on it. We’ve talked about it already, but I’m really glad that they are getting behind it and doing a big push.

Jonathan Levine: Yeah, they are going after it. I’m very happy so far.

Quint: Cool. So I guess since we have both of you guys there together, we should talk about how Josh came to be in the flick and how you found him and how he convinced you that he could do it and how much money exchanged hands or whatever.

Jonathan Levine: Josh, do you want to start?

Josh Peck: Other than bringing a quad of the dankest kush in LA to the audition…

Jonathan Levine: Josh is not exactly lying. (laughs) He had his own prop. That’s all I will say. You just reminded me of that. That was helpful.

Josh Peck: It’s so much like if I was on the phone in the scene or something, that if you had the chance to use a common prop, why not? It literally came down to where John and I, being these two white boy hip hop heads from New York. The scale was in my favor, so we kind of had the same disposition and we vibed right away and I sent him a letter that I probably agonized over for a good week and then I finally hit the send button and I just hoped for the best.

Jonathan Levine: Josh came in briefly early in the process and I had probably seen about twenty people before that and everyone I was seeing… the script was making the rounds and it was well received, so I had the opportunity to see a very high caliber of actors that age. Everyone coming in was very good. When Josh came in, he just felt so right and he was able to capture the humanity and the humor of this character, while at the same time feeling very authentic, so we could get that out of the way right away. We didn’t have to like… He had an authenticity that no one else could bring and so that was the immediate thing that resonated with me and then beyond that, he was just able to access the humanity of this person and then he sent me this letter, which he didn’t need to send, because he had it. I think I probably called him back once, just because you never know. You always want to keep seeing people, just to rule out everything else, but it was always him from the moment he came in and he sent me this letter and then I talked to Jake about this a little bit about him. Jacob (Estes), who had written MEAN CREEK and drinks coffee at my local coffee shop and has been very nice to me to answer all of my stupid questions and he had nothing but amazing things to say and that was it. It was a done deal.

Josh Peck: I remember the first time John and I talked on the phone, my manager’s assistant connected us, so she was listening and we get off the line and she goes like “Yo, why do you guys talk exactly alike?” Maybe it was all sort of oddly meant to be.

Quint: You probably have absolutely zero recollection of it, but I actually interviewed you back during MEAN CREEK.

Josh Peck: We talked about HALO!

Quint: We did. We talked a lot about HALO, yeah.

Josh Peck: It was funny when you wrote in your article that you left that part out, because you thought it was going to bore the shit out of people, so I remember it well.

Quint: Good, so sometimes I’m not super boring, when we can talk about video games and um… So what did you think about HALO 3? No, I’m just kidding…

Josh Peck: (laughs) You know what? I lost interest after HALO 1, that shit just got too complex for me.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Josh Peck: Yeah. I mean I like video games and all, but I don’t know if I’ve got the brain power for that stuff.

Quint: You should try, especially if you are burnt out on INDIANA JONES and what it could have been, you should go for LEGO INDIANA JONES. The LEGO games are surprisingly… They always looked stupid and kiddy to me, but they are really kind of involving and it’s very nostalgic, especially if you grew up with INDY, because you play through all of the first three movies.

Jonathan Levine: Really? I used to be really into… there was this INDIANA JONES AND THE LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS for my PC.

Quint: All of the INDIANA JONES games sucked and they’ve always sucked. For some reason, but I guess the LEGO ones are the exceptions so far, but I heard Lucas Arts is doing a high quality one. You know how like they are doing THE FORCE UNLEASHED now, which is like this super huge budget sweet looking STAR WARS game. They are doing one for INDIANA JONES like that.

Jonathan Levine: That’s good. Maybe that’s where their future should stay.

Quint: In video games? (laughs) Cool and getting back to your movie, at what point did Josh come in? Where you early in the process or late in the process?

Jonathon Levine: He came in kind of early, but then I think he came back kind of midway through and we had started casting before we had Kingsley, so he probably came in once we had Kingsley maybe again. I don’t exactly remember.

Quint: I can imagine an actor like Kingsley is like an actor magnet, where the second you have him in the movie, then everybody wants to be in it.

Jonathan Levine: Yeah, it certainly helped.

Quint: So what did you feel, Josh, when you found that Kingsley was in the movie.


Josh Peck: It was unbelievable. Me and my boy Jed, who is actually a featured extra in the movie, we quote SCHINDLER’S LIST like it ain’t no thing man, like “This list is life.” That’s our shit man and the best part was that Kingsley would let me quote lines from like SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER with him and he would let me quote his lines no less and especially ones like “Know what I want back? I want back what Fischer took from us when he disappeared.” Shit like that and…

Jonathan Levine: He remembered his lines?

Josh Peck: Yeah, like he would finish them for me, like “His successor wasn’t here tonight, he was asleep alone in his bed in your house. Your son creates like Fischer. He sees like him.” I remember we did that scene and he let me quote that when we were shooting the graduation scene and I think it was just like a surreal experience to be quoting that with him and have him on my right eating apple Dutch pancakes. So, Sir Ben Kingsley on the movie, it was the greatest gift I could have ever gotten.

Quint: So, you are working with Sir Ben and you are like “OK” and then you find out “I get to make out with Olivia Thirlby for half of the movie.” It’s a win win situation for you, I’m sure.

Josh Peck: No question. The worst part is we haven’t done it since.

[Everyone Laughs]

Quint: Maybe you guys will get “Best Kiss” or something at the MTV Movie Awards, then you will have an excuse.

Josh Peck: That would be awesome.

Quint: Let’s talk about nineties nostalgia a little bit, because Josh, how old are you now?

Josh Peck: 21.

Quint: So you probably don’t really remember too much of this era. Of course you would remember a lot the nineties, like I was born in 81, so I remember vividly the late eighties, but was that a hard part for you to grasp going in, the nostalgia kick?

Josh Peck: I remember Joey Lawrence. What else do you need to know from the nineties, right? (laughs) I mean there were certain aspects of it that I kind of had to investigate. The cool thing you’re afforded as an actor is the chance to explore parts of your brain that might have otherwise been dormant. Then I tried to remember a lot of things that my mom was talking about and adults were interested in in the nineties, like PULP FICTION and the Clinton administration and what not. Then there were certain key aspects to anything that you can incorporate into your actor and then they sort of take over, whether it was a couple key speech words or my dope nineties haircut. It was very Brian Austin Green. Well I probably would have looked good with the Ian Ziering.

Quint: Well what about the idea, for you Jonathan, with you wanting to explore the nineties nostalgia, because I know that that is a big draw for the film. It’s not like its solely a nostalgia piece, but I think that that really does kind of help define the world and put the characters in a certain time and place.

Jonathan Levine: Yeah and I think any time you can do that as a film maker… Anytime you can give an audience a better idea of the kind movie they are going to watch, it helps, because it allows them to stop struggling with what type of movie it is and just relax a little and just allows them to empathize and feel for the characters, but beyond that for me it was just a lot of fun just thinking about all of that stuff. I think as a director, it’s just a great opportunity, because no one has done it yet. There are very few things that no one has really done, so you get to sort of play “Name that reference” a lot, whether it be 90210 or Reebok pumps or Phish.

Quint: British Knights baby!

Jonathan Levine: I don’t know man, wasn’t that a little earlier?

Quint: I don’t know… that was like the bridge, the BK’s.

Jonathon Levine: I remember the British Knights commercials were with Kool Moe Dee.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Jonathan Levine: It might be just a little bit earlier, although I’m sure people were still wearing them. They tried to bring them back and it didn’t really work because the sneakers themselves are huge.

Quint: I remember, I had some.

Jonathan Levine: They are just so large. They are not comfortable and… anyways… but yeah man it was just… Gameboy. That, to me, was really a fun one and not to get back to video games, but I remembered playing the TETRIS where you had two game boys and when one person gets a line, the other person gets a line up, like if I were to get a TETRIS, the other person would have four extra things to deal with. So there were all sorts of things that were fun like that. It was really cool to be able to do and also, since a lot of times the story kind of works on a deep emotional level, it’s fun for me to be able to do that kind of goofy stuff too and throw it in there.

Quint: There are a couple of scenes that I would like to talk about specifically. When I saw it at Sundance, when it hit me that I was like “OK, we are in for a movie I’m going to love,” is that first scene with you, Josh, and Sir Ben in his office and what I loved about it was just how… I love it when you combine drama with comedy and that’s where I think the brilliance of casting Sir Ben in that role came from to me, because he is a funny guy, but he is also a brilliant actor, so what was it like working on those scenes specifically? The ones between Josh and Ben?

Jonathan Levine: When we got into the psychiatrist stuff, we were kind of late. I think it was towards the middle or the end of the shoot and we knew that no matter what had come before it, if these scenes didn’t work, you know… that’s where the movie would live or die. We did a bunch of them over the course of two days and it was just… it really turned out beautifully and I just remember it was a very quite environment on the set and it was really just about Josh and Sir Ben doing their thing and it was just very quiet and comfortable. That’s what I remember most about it and of course I had hoped that people were going to recognize that it was something that you could laugh at at the beginning. That’s really important to me, too. It starts out with them talking about very serious stuff, even though all they are talking about is getting laid, they are both talking about it in a very serious way and I can always judge how well the scene’s going to go by how early in the scene people start to laugh.

Quint: Yeah, so the late mark is when he brings the bong to his lips?

Jonathon Levine: Yeah.

Quint: Well, what about you Josh? What are your impressions of doing those more intimate scenes? Was it intimidating to you at all being that it was just you and Sir Ben?

Josh Peck: No question. I mean, I remember that was like… once I finished that week, those scenes were behind me and then the end of the second week is when we shot the love scenes. Between those two, I felt like after that I was on semi easy street, autopilot. What I prepared the most for and yet I wanted to be ready for the organic moments to live during those scenes as well, only because I just wanted to be completely involved. I didn’t want to have any preconceived notions or all of this preparation that would derail me from being alive during the moment and it was a time where it felt like Sir Ben and I were in this beautiful harmony that I’m sure had nothing to do with me and all to do with him and we just spoke and it was just a completely genuine. As actors you would rehearse something and then you would ask if we need to do it again or ask John if he thinks we could just shoot it and then John would say “Great, let’s shoot it” and then it was kind of off to the races. We wanted to let those moments live, while the camera was rolling and just be alive during that time, so it was a trip. Then when we weren’t shooting and they were relighting, we would go downstairs to this holding room and it was literally just Sir Ben and I without any other outside distractions which was completely intimidating in its own right.

Quint: I know that it was an independent film, but was the actual process of shooting it very stressful or was it laid back? Or was it somewhere in between?”

Jonathon Levine: For me, it was stressful. Being an independent film, there were days where we felt very much like a movie that you are shooting on your parent’s credit card and then there were days where I felt like we were SEX AND THE CITY or something, because when you are outside at night or whatever, inevitably you have got to have three or four trucks and it’s a spectacle, you know? Then there were days when we would just sneak around the park filming Josh with a cart, but I am always like a stress case on set. For me, once we get to the production part it’s really just about getting the job done and the kind of intense physical nature of filmmaking and for better or worse, I like to do a lot of different kinds of stuff. I’m not just focusing on the actors, I’m focusing on a hundred different things and so it really takes a lot out of me, so I think regardless of whether it’s independent or whatever the budget level, I’m always going to be stressed and that’s just my own cross to bear, but I do think we had a lot of fun. I can remember a couple of days, especially on the beach and in the beach house where it really just felt like we were living in the movie, in a way.

Quint: Well how stressful can it be, when you have the guy from ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS there?

Jonathan Levine: He really helped with his singing of the Christmas Song for all of us. Wait, who does David Cross play in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS?

Quint: He’s the evil record company owner?

Jonathon Levine: Who is the CHIPMUNKS owner?

Quint: Jason Lee.

Jonathan Levine: What’s his name? Dave?

Quint: Yeah, Dave.

Jonathan Levine: Sorry, that’s your fault man. You mentioned ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS again. (laughs)

Quint: I know, I regretted it the second it came out of my mouth. Cool guys, well I don’t know if I’ve got too much left. Is there anything else that you would like to bring up?

Jonathan Levine: I’d like to know if Josh thought it was stressful or not.

Quint: Me, too.

Josh Peck: It was just hot as hell. I just remember sweating my ass off and I kind of knew that to, but I have an affinity to perspiration, so I was very aware of that and I just thought “Oh these poor wardrobe and/or makeup people that are going to have to keep an eye on me.” It was an indie movie in all of the best ways. We moved on when we had it and we really gave things the time that they needed and we didn’t really waste time. I don’t think there was anything stressful about it from the production sense, it was just self imposed stressed, because I said “If I don’t do a good job in this, then I’m going to be doing Check Cash commercials years over.”

Jonathan Levine: That’s the nice thing about doing an independent movie, though, that everyone is there because they want to be there. No one is there for money. They are just there because they like it and want to be there. That is especially true for the crew, so I think in many ways, we were very lucky, although I can’t imagine a situation in which I would not be stressed out, but we were very lucky. We had a wonderful cast and wonderful crew.

Quint: Alright, cool. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to talk to me, especially after our last semi-interview ended up being just us bullshitting and eating at Salt Lick.

Jonathon Levine: Dude, that was my favorite interview!

Quint: That was great, wasn’t it?

Jonathan Levine: By the way, I went back there twice.

Quint: As you should have. I can’t believe that you went back in short periods though, because you probably would have ruptured something in your stomach.

Jonathon Levine: I think two days later I took my brother and my girlfriend there and they just flipped out, so thank you.

Quint: No, problem man. You guys need to get back to Austin and maybe one of these days I’ll get to actually meet you Josh instead of getting to talk to you over the phone.

Josh Peck: I would love too, man. Thank you so much for your support of the movie and what not.

Quint: It’s real easy on my part. You guys have the hard job.

And that was the interview. Hope you guys dug it. The flick’s out in limited release in New York and LA this weekend. If it’s playing near you, go check it out. It’s a good one! It opens wider at the end of the month, then wider still in August. Thanks to Muldoon for another great transcription! And Happy Fourth of July to all of you folks out there! -Quint

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  • July 4, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    They sound like switched

    by tomdolan04

    on guys, nice to hear opinions expressed this way. <p> Major props for chucking Indy and The Fate Of Atlantis I loved that game! The cast of this film doesnt inspire me. I've never liked Ben Kingsley in any his flicks (though I appreciate the importance of Ghandi), Mary Kate Olsen has a mountain to climb in terms of being a likeable actress and anyone who calls themselves 'Method Man' deserves a slap. <p> Still I may check it out at some point on the strength of the likeability in this interview.

  • July 4, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • July 4, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by olson71

    Anyone who has a problem with Method Man deserves a slap.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Josh Peck

    by ReZourceman

    I really like him. Hope hes in a lot of movies. Im a big fan.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST


    by tomdolan04

    oh go on then, he was ok in garden state and I liked Blackout <p> He did cameo in Meet The Spartans though

  • July 4, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    What ReZourceman said

    by Iowa Snot Client

    More Peck. The kid's good.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this

    by Stollentroll

    Despite what everybody else is saying, I liked the trailer for this quite a lot!

  • July 4, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I'll see it

    by jr42602

    I hated Mean Creek, but Peck really stood out. I've been looking forward to seeing this. I was pissed when I found out it's only opening in 6 theaters this weekend, I had already made plans to see it on sunday. Dumb midwest.

  • July 4, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Saw the Wackness

    by Mr_P

    at the Edinburgh Film Festival, it was ok but nothing special but killed a bit of time painlessly and had a couple of moments. Same view was held by the two people I saw it with. Wouldn't make a special effort to see though unless there is nothing else on and a bit of a waste of Famke Janssen who is hardly in it and does nothing when she is. That all the boys love Mandy Lane is out on DVD in the UK as it was in my local Blockbuster last week - cover looks gash, is it worth seeing?

  • July 4, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I'm a lonely model. Sweet and sexy. Would you chat with me?

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  • July 4, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST


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    I'm not wealthy in the financial department nor in the looks and personality department . Although I do have my own room in my parents house that I have to share with my brother , but if go to the store and buy him a six pack he'll leave us alone for 10 mins . Just enough time for me to work my magic . How about it ? Otherwise FUCK OFF THIS SITE and stop posting in every talkback trying to plug whatever lonely heart whore shite you are trying to plug . Its not the time and most certainly not the place. We may be all ( some of us ) sexless freaks with little to no social skills on this site, who if ever confronted by a real woman would turn into a puddle of panic .......where was I going with this ..... oh yeah ,we may be some or all of these things . But open to internet scams and gullible . We most certainly are not .

  • July 4, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    "Mandy Lane" started in Germany last week.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Even in theatres. Don't know how many copies and I never saw any ads for it, but hey, somewhere in there world it's running outsinde of festivals :)

  • July 4, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    All the boys loved mandy lane

    by emeraldboy

    all except Bob and Harvey weinstein.

  • July 4, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    looks horrid

    by seabiscuits

    sorry but i can't get behind this. i can't feel sorry for nor root for ultra hip drug dealer teen characters who get laid and also have "problems" where they need psychiatrists. loks stupid. plus i was that age in 1994 and in the ny area, it was all gangster rap by then and almost every kid and luckily not every kid was into t anymore like it was in 1991/92.

  • July 4, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Too much Indy talk, not enough Thirlby

    by Karl Hungus

    Kinda telling that so much bandwidth is devoted to nerdchat about a pretty crappy film and not to The Next Big Thing, Olivia Thirlby. She´s the New Natalie Portman. But better.

  • July 4, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    She´s the New Natalie Portman.

    by Iowa Snot Client

    That's good, 'cause the old Natalie Portman's gone over.

  • July 4, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    No Questions About The New Drake & Josh Movie??

    by DrunkenBusboy

    Come on man! What kind of journalist are you?

  • July 4, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Cool Mo De???? HAHAHAHAH!!!!

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    It's Kool Moe Dee.

  • July 4, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Pondscum, "back to the titties..."

    by Uncapie

    I scooped up some of that cash when Pookie got shot in the foot. Little bastard could ride a bike pretty fast though.

  • July 4, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Why was there a story about TPM on the main page?

    by Shermdawg

    The thing was dated "Friday, October 10, 1997 - 12:00am".

  • July 4, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by Shermdawg

  • July 4, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Drake and Josh and Jesse Helms

    by Hudson Cock

    Big screen D&J! You know you want it! Plus, Jesse Helms is having tea in Hell with Hitler and General Lee. In Hell, tea is orange tweaker piss! Fuck that racist fossil in both his dead fucking ears!

  • July 4, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by prunkhaft

    This movie will make no money and be forgotten in a year by everybody but the producers.

  • July 4, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Bricktops hammer

    I signed on the other day and all kinds of old shit was on the main page....weird

  • July 4, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Hate to be a troll, but someone has to say it:

    by TheRealRatigan

    Where has all the news gone, guys? ...And yeah, I realize it's the fourth of July. I don't expect to see anything new here on a holiday weekend. But granted that, the lack of news posted on this site -- much less original scoops -- is sad compared to the peak of AiCN, circa the Y2K.

  • July 4, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Wackness is a piece of shit....

    by SubliminalJones

    I should know, I've spent weeks of my life promoting it. It'll come and go in the blink of an eye, and good riddance. Also, a word of advice to that arrogant little shit Levine...spending your time dissing the (admittedly) mediocre latest work of two filmmakers who have accomplished more than you can ever hope to may make you seem "kewl" to a bunch of disgruntled nerds on a movie websites, but it won't win you any friends in the business. Self-inflated douchebag.

  • July 4, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I got banned from

    by Geofruben

    It irritating. Here is my post: I am a little concerned with the "amatuerish" news postings on this website. I stumbled across by simply typing in the obvious address. Since I had just acquired a player and a new plasma HDTV I was curious about the sites out there. This one seemed ligitimate and professional. I generally like the reviews but am beginning to wonder about some of the "writers". There were three "news" posts today that were particularly suspect. All were posted by "Josh" by the way. The first one I read was about a picture of a box of four Blu-ray discs shipped out from the studio for basic reviews. Why was this a "news" post? I understand that it was the first Universal push onto BRD. That's fine. Post a review. Not a picture of the shipment to your door. This is so bush-league and smacks of amatuerism. I don't get the impression that any professional writer, aspiring or otherwise, would have any need for such a self inflating post. The second post was about a theft of six Blu-ray discs from a retail store. This is the news I get from There are bigger and more news worthy robberies of Blu-ray everyday in the US. I do not come to for such random "news" anyway. Can the time spent posting about crimes be spent on actual news about the Blu-ray discs I intend to buy and watch? What a waste of energy. The final post I read today was an "op-ed" piece about Josh's hatred of the movie theater and how much he loves his home theater system. This was far from a hard hitting investigative report. It was a simply editorial about how bad the presentation for Wall-e was at his local movie theater and how the sound on his own home theater was so much better. What does this have to do with anything? What is the intent? To convince readers to stop going to the movies because he personally goes to a bad theater in town? It was decidedly one sided and misinformed. Regardless I am curious about the credentials of the writers/critics here. Whose voices are these? Is this site even ligitimate? From the three afformentioned news posts I am beginning to wonder. Is the guy that takes pictures of the studios BD sitting at his door or bashing movie theaters the guy I should trust to tell me about the quality of Batman Begins on Blu-ray? I go to Aint-it-cool for the goofy amatuer posts. I would home I could go to for some buttoned down professionalism.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    It looks made for me

    by samsquanch

    Hopefully it's not terrible. <p> Pondscum- you're still annoying.

  • July 4, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Pondscum- "I'll have one rib."

    by Uncapie

    So true, pal! So true!

  • July 4, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    MK Olsen - who still to this day refuses to say anything

    by Pennsy

    about the last day of Heath Ledger's life... :|

  • July 4, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Here's news: Kristen Bell looks like she lined up another

    by Pennsy

    post-Heroes gig; as Lizzie Nichols, the lead character of Meg Cabot's Queen of Babble book trilogy. Here's the 411:

  • July 5, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Lets Play A Game

    by pr1c3y

    Things you would eat out of Mary Kate Olsens Vagina? I'll start... ANYTHING!!! Just kidding maybe. I want to say I think Quint owns this fucking site he's my favorite contributer, I really dig his work here.

  • July 5, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    "Wiggery," Quint?

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Are you equally as comfortable tossing about the "N" word?

  • July 5, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    this looks infuriatingly awful

    by troutpencil

    Sitting through this trailer in the theater is enough to make me resent myself for paying $6.75 to watch whatever dogshit I'm watching before it even starts. Life is truly not worth it if I have to cope with fucking trash like that ad, and yet this movie is getting positive press here on AICN. Fuck that.

  • July 5, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    jesus christ cruel_kingdom

    by troutpencil

    Burn in hell

  • July 5, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by SiKDaWg

    This movie looks perfect 4 me!

  • July 5, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST



  • July 6, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Saw Josh Peck on Kimmel...

    by Sakurai

    How come when nerds gain some level of self confidence they always become total pricks? What a douche bag.

  • July 6, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Episode III Will Own Your Ass!

    by Forestal


  • July 7, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Wackness was a pile of turd.

    by Kizeesh

    It's a rehashed pile of overdone guff.<p> While the performances are decent, there ain't nothing new or special here.<p> Also Mandy Lane had it's run in the UK earlier this year and it sunk like the bomb of shit it was.

  • July 7, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    The Onion had the best review of this movie

    by BitterMan23

    Saying that it was more reflective of post 9/11 Sundance than pre 9/11 NY. Couldn't have said it better myself - it had charm, sure, but overall the movie was simply the latest in a never ending line of indies about a kid growing up over the course of "one magical summer". When you sit down to watch a movie for the first time and keep getting deja vu and saying the lines along with the actors, there's a problem. Mandy Lane was great though, he should go back to horror.

  • July 7, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Only part that killed it for me: Method Man

    by polyh3dron

    OK, Method Man shows up as the kid's drug supplierwith his HORRIBLE Jamaican accent, "The What" by B.I.G. and featuring Method Man himself is playing in the background. Method Man tells the main kid that this is the new dope song that just came out by the Notorious B.I.G. just as HIS OWN FUCKING VERSE COMES ON. Come on.

  • July 7, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by polyh3dron

    Dude it's not an official blu-ray site first of all, secondly it's kind of a big deal that Universal blu-ray discs are in existence now and seeing actual photos of the cases is a cool little affirmation of it; it's something BD buyers have been waiting for for a loooooong time. Third, most theaters in the US, even ones with THX-certified reference audio like the Arclight in Hollywood use the lossy SD DVD-grade Dolby Digital audio tracks on the left side of the film strip. Blu-ray's lossless audio put this completely to shame and the author said just as much in the article. The author explained that quite well and it's not just a matter of opinion. Lossless trumps lossy every time. So they have OP ED pieces there OH NOES WERE GONNA DIE.