Dec. 2, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST
I saw the play a couple of years back with Kathleen Turner. It was good and apparently closer to the playwrites vision but Quint's right. The Burton / Taylor dynamic is real lightning in a bottle stuff. Nasty and funny.
Dec. 2, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST
for a book report. The movie is an incredibly well-made adaptation. Honestly one of Elizabeth Taylor's finest films.
Dec. 2, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST
Absolutely. I agree with you about Richard Burton not getting the attention he deserved for his performance.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6 a.m. CST
You've made it 6 months! Halfway there. This column has definitely become one of the highlights of AICN. Nice job.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST
thanks, but technically that's tomorrow's movie... and by tomorrow I mean when I wake up. heh. Half a year... that's crazy talk. The 200th title is rapidly approaching and will be one of the bigger "you haven't seen that?!?" titles. Thanks for the kind words and thanks for following along. I really do appreciate you guys reading along and discussing these flicks.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST
I said it before and I'll say it again: Burton gives the greatest screen performance that I've ever seen. Only David Thewlis in "Naked" has the same assurance.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST
was one of my favorites when I was a kid. My mom got it out of the library (this is when VCR's were a novelty) and I kept making her get it back out. Haven't seen it as an adult, looking forward to your review. And yeah, 'Who's Afraid' is awesome! Has some of the meanest laugh out loud moments I've ever seen in a film. Mean, mean, mean. I watched it with my girlfriend a year or two ago, and she was shocked that they made movies like that back then. She thought it was all 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Seven Brides'. We have since become devotees of TCM.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
It's helped me plan most of my dinner parties.
Dec. 2, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
Caught it on TV late a night and within a few seconds was hooked. Isn't great when a film you know nothing about can do that? Anyway, the strange thing is I remember it in colour. Odd, but this review makes me want to add it to my DVD collection. And Quint, you may feel like you need a shower after the grubbiness of The Sentinel. Not even good grubby, but icky, grubby film making with Winner's sweaty paws all over it.
Dec. 2, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
are allot like the couple in this movie....seriously
Dec. 2, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST
Is the amazing run of films Liz Taylor had back then. watch Cat on a Hot Tin Roof again some time if you want to see the luminous beauty and then a couple of years later see the transformation she was willing to acheive for Virginia. She just does so much subtle stuff in them too.
Dec. 2, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST
One of only a few movies that can blow me away every time I watch it.
Dec. 2, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
...chick in the 60's had full-on Yeti bush!
Dec. 2, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
...one strip of hair that went from their belly buttons to the small of their backs!
Dec. 2, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
She did a good job in this movie but it may have started the trend of glamorous (or former glamorous) mediocre actresses winning Oscars for uglying it up. Liz Taylor was wonderfully repulsive in this movie. She definitely did better than the untalented Julia Roberts, Hale Berry, Nicole Kidman, and Charlize Theron.
Let’s be clear here Q: A man for all seasons didn’t "take away" the best picture and lead actor Oscar in any kind of "tragedy", it won them by being an almost unarguably flawless fucking masterpiece.
Dec. 2, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST
Hmm. I like A Man for All Seasons, but I still think Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a far better film. Bolt's screenplay is too plain boring - only Shaw livens things up with his Henry VIII.
Dec. 2, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST
'...Martha being a Cyclops'. Best. Line. Ever.
Dec. 2, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST
wonderful pre-MPAA ratings <i>walpurgisnacht schadenfreude</i> (you can quote me...OR CAN YOU?) taken almost whole cloth the good mr. albee's blistering three-act. nichols got up to speed with mirculous swiftness from being a director of stage farces to the best- directed hollywood film of that year, aided in no small way by haskell and other genuiuses before (and in front of) the camera. it's unquestionably taylor's greatest performance, probably because it wasn't that much of a "performance", per se -- just another rage-and-whiskey-fueled night at the burtons!<p>looking forward to mr. nichols' former sketch comedy partner, elaine may, directing mikey and nicky coming up in quint's viewings. informed sources suggest the mikey-nicky refers to mr. mike nichols himself...you make the call (no, not YOU...quint).
Dec. 2, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST
that Married with Children, at least the pilot, was based on, inspired by, or just ripped off this movie. You have the long-married couple who seem to take great pleasure in hurting one another, and the young newlyweds whose perfect relationship is, by the end of the episode, revealed to be not as strong as first believed. The ugliness of the afternoon is cathartic for the older married couple who we see really do love each other, animosity and all.
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST
holy crap....its one thing to bash the current crop of actresses...
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST
Not to defend someone else's worlds, but I don't think Bob Parr meant Taylor was mediocre. I think he was saying that she set a path that less talented, mediocre actresses have followed to great success. Just like I would say Steven Spielberg and Lucas are very talented (well, Lucas WAS) but a lot less talented filmmakers have followed the path of big blockbusters to huge success.
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST
in an otherwise forgettable John Huston and Marlon Brando movie, Reflections in a Golden Eye. The ending of that movie is a doozy though.
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Dollar Bird
I just rediscovered I had bought a copy of a few months back, but hadn't watched it yet. (I'd seen it first time years ago.) Everyone's pretty great in it and the whole time I kept thinking "How is this George Segal the same guy as from 'Just Shoot Me'?" Vicious and beautiful.
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST
on (very) late night tv on a weekend after being dumped by my girlfriend of three years. Everything about the movie clicked with me
Dec. 2, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
is that people expect a performance like that from Burton, he was an ACTOR, Taylor was a STAR though (not to say that she wasn't a good actor), and you don't normally expect a performance like that from a star, thus it was rewarded
Dec. 2, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST
by My Mom Is A Whore
I know this because the f*(8ing "Hancock" advert kept trying to stop me clicking on this article. Every time I moved my cursor towards it, Hancock would fly down out of his banner and I'd end up at his home site. If this hasn't happened to you, it probably sounds like I'm drunk. But, if it has,... isn't it f7*^ing annoying?!
Dec. 2, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST
Yes, really. I love it very much. Caught parts of it on TV at various points in the past number of years, and I recently bought it.
Dec. 2, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
for my own personal flick-fest. Within 24 hours (re)watched, A Simple Plan, The Parallax View, and Scanners. Quint you're an inspiration.
Dec. 2, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
And bought the movie blindly when I was on page 40. I was loving the play so much I had to buy the damn thing. I finished the play and watched the movie that same day and now it's one of my favourites EVER. And is it me or "fat and old" Liz Taylor is hot as fuck? Her "sunday chapel dress"? Grrrreowl.
Dec. 2, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST
Dick Smith even stated how he felt bad working on that movie. He hated gore effects just for the sake of gore.
Dec. 2, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST
It will make you laugh it will make you cry it will make you wonder how in the hell this movie got made by a major studio!! ( nobody would take a chance like this these days). it's a very strange film , that is developing nicely then goes all 70's batshit crazy on you!!! I have to admit, I like it ! ( picked it up when a video store was going out of bidness... lost the vhs in the hurricane tho. Might pick it up on dvd as it is just so bizarre!)
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST
Keep a barf bag nearby when you see it. If you ever need to induce vomiting for any reason, then sit down to this piece of garbage. Tone and content are both gag-inducing, and nothing redeemable can be found here. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
It's funnier and wilder yet darker. Bill Irwin's onstage version of George a few years ago was just devastatingly brilliant. <p>And I hope you know that the film is actually pretty censored. I'd suggest picking up the play for the full force of the dialogue.
Dec. 2, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST
Both he and Burton were great.
Dec. 2, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST
One of the best films ever made and Burton gives one of the best screen performances ever in this picture. It's like getting drop-kicked by a bulldozer.
Dec. 2, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST
This movie is a great big chess game of serious mindfucking. The fact that they draw the two young couple into their web of hatred and co-dependency is just awesome.<p> The fact that Martha couldn't let go of the game forced George to go to nukes just chilled my bones.
Dec. 3, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST
by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl
That's all it took for the film to be burned into my memory. I don't know if I've ever seen a film with just brilliant acting across the board and not just from Burton and Taylor. Dennis and Segal both gave very understated performances.
Dec. 3, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST
by Lost Jarv
The only criticism I'd make of the film is that they shouldn't have left the house- it relieves the claustrophobia a touch. Aside from that (and it's only a quibble, really), this is a fucking masterpiece.
Dec. 3, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
May kick your ass...
Dec. 8, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
...the stealth bomber of the play. You expect Martha to be what she is because she enters the play in full blast bitch mode. George's menace creeps up on you, because he's so quiet and resigned at the beginning. All of this to say Burton rules in this movie and I can only imagine Bill Irwin being as coiled. Arthur Hill, the original stage George, is the only person I wish I could've seen, because I have a really hard time imagining "Owen Marshall" being this hardcore nasty.