Feb. 6, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
so we can get it in Portland next.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST
i think "fanboys" (haven't seen the film, but i'm speculating) would have sort of an ironic value to it in this post prequel age. I mean, when this thing was written, that was at the height of the hype of the Phantom Menace right? Nobody thought, hey Star Wars can actually suck, it was impossible to think. It just feels weird, going back to when we thought this was going to blow our minds only to be disappointed. That being said, I still hope the movie is funny.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST
at Pacific Place (for the record, Big Guy, those other crapfest theaters are outside Seattle, and I doubt there's gonna be a high turnout in fucking Tukwila)<p>but I've got like 10 friends together to see it, so I'm doing my part.<p>go see this movie, people!!
Feb. 6, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST
Seems like everyone that's seen it flips over it. It's an easy to sell premise, I.E. Everyone loves star wars and everyone loves making fun of Episode 1.Yet releasing it has been a bigger struggle than Trick R Treat (Well, okay, not quiet as big as Fanboys is now coming out and Trick R Treat is still waiting for Obama to close the prison it's stuck in). So...what's the beef? Was it a really off test screening?
Feb. 6, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST
The truth be told... it's not a very good film. The jokes are beyond the threshold of old (both dated and seen before) and the direction/camera-work feels like a guy who kinda-had-a-budget but not the passion or know-how to use it. In short, it would've been more interesting if he had shot it on video and then used it to gain work. In short, it's more than obivous that it is a fine labour of love-- the guy obivously LOVES Star Wars-- but it falls short of providing time-spanning laughs or providing identification with a standard Star Wars fan.
Feb. 6, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST
Nothing personal, but any paragraph that contains 'in short' twice probably isn't very short.
Feb. 6, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST
Oddly enough - FANBOYS originally wasn't MEANT to be a laugh a minute. It had a few laughs, but was meant to be more about these four friends rallying around one of their own. When the Weinsteins saw the Apatow films, they decided they needed to do that sort of thing. The final film is a combination of all the versions. Better than the worst... and actually the best of all the versions. The version that was never shot was Ernie's 1st draft which was and always will be the version I loved. It was sincere, humorous and felt real. Hollywood moved it further and further away from that. At this point I'm supporting the eventual product with the caveat that the film does have its problems, but it's still a lot of fun and has it's bouts of heart and sincerity... But it succeeds much better than many of the Harvey Scissorhands flicks
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST
'Bout damn time something cool landed in these cinemas
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:10 a.m. CST
Is one of the friends still sick or is the whitewashed version
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST
I never said it should've been a laugh a minute. In fact, one of the elements that I loved, and wished was explored more, was the potential for real tragedy in the sense that the person with cancer felt unfulfilled in the end. The elements are all there in geek-reality but it never happens. It had the potenital to be one of the best dark comedies in years. Is my version better? For me... yeah. For others? Time will tell. All I can say is... the film is extremely dated in its humor-- bordering on "_____" Movie levels. (This part is for HeavenlyKid) All I can say is...nerd humor and feelings have been handled MUCH better and to greater degrees than this film. But, like I said, the heart is there and I wish the filmmaker the best in getting what he wants his voice to be as on either film/video.
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST
The local theater has been getting a lot of limited releases lately. I feel so cultured.
Feb. 6, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST
Oh God. By all means, let's PERPETUATE the unsavory myths about "fanbois". Why don't you all just organize a day where all the get-a-lifers out there dance naked in the streets for a while, singing the theme music from the original "Star Trek".<br><br>I'd guess that would be far less an embarassment than this sad excuse for a movie. That is all.
Feb. 6, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST
I have to wait tip Sunday or during the week, but I've got 10+ bucks to throw down in support. Where were you in '99? When the hope of a decent new Star Wars movie was the most important thing in the world? I remember reading in '95-'96 that Obi Wan was going to be played by Kenneth Branagh and there was no mention of a 3 movies about l'il whiny Anakin Jr.For a couple years I was expecting a full blown 3 film space opera with an adult Anakin fighting in an unrelenting Clone Wars that was as gritty as Empire. That's the trilogy I'll always hope for instead of Jake Lloyd shouting "yipppee" in a glorified children's show. Even if it doesn't up being that great, I look forward to reliving that stupidly sad end to my senior year of high school. Episode 1 will always be the benchmark of the cinematic missfire.
Feb. 6, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST
is just a slab of matter sitting on the dinning room floor. What's that mean, fuck if I know. This film is a table is without legs and My Family, Friends, and I ain't going to sit there on the fucking floor eating the shit being served on this incomplete legless table. Why even call it a table anyways. It's just one layer above the floor....
Feb. 6, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST
Not a fan of his but he is spot on with this one.
Feb. 6, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST
Pissing lines through a Seth Rogen Log, dropped ontop of one of Elizabeth Banks Bloody Maxipads. <P> Put that quote on the poster!
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST
by most excellent ninja
all better than the real thing.
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . 8 years ago.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST
was it released?
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST
I do not give a shit about all your dumb-ass name drops.<p>Can you please make your DVDs picks and peeks already?<p>I'm sorry if I'm edgy but I fucking love reading that. I am addicting and I'm going in withdrawals.<p>Please make that DVD column soon. Just a fan askin for a favor.<p>I just gotta hear your opinion on the new Afro Samurai.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST
by Shepard Wong
Regal Warrington Crossing 22 and Regal Marketplace @ Oaks Stadium 24
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST
before a screener or something pops up on the web then kills its theatrical clout plenty of people here willing to watch it in old blighty!
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
Kirbymanly totally burned Harry up there in the talkback.<p>I really don't care about this movie now.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST
and actually the best of all the versions."<p>...<p>What the fuck Harry? You are an awful writer.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST
This movie took WAY too fucking long to come out. That time is over. People are officially a little jaded on being excited for Star Wars. That Clone Wars movie was the hammer on the coffin. What a sold out piece of crap.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST
I gotta admit, that trailer is so dated, I am already kind of in love with this movie. I feel like it's this focused microscope on this minute sub culture of internet geeks and movie lovers. All the cameos and gags are especially for us.<p>If it was in front of me, I would definitely watch this.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST
by Rubiks Doob
After all these years this is a token release of let's face it- a shitty, limp unfunny comedy about nerds trying to break into Lucasfilm to watch, wait for it... The Phantom Menace. This is an old, stale joke of a movie about the saddest crap in the face of 'fanboys' ever. Unless this movie ends with George Lucas in front of a firing squad it arrives with all the relevancy of an inert, decade late fart. Good college try though Harry, Harvey will be pleased...
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST
that dude they cast as Harry looks absolutely nothing like him. Why couldn't the real Harry have been in it to kick that guy's ass?
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST
Harry, please keep exercising and getting back into shape so you can dance in pants like Pee Wee Herman's. That would be an event.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST
Seriously, guys, proofread your articles before posting them, or have someone do it for you. The writing on this site is just horrible, and Harry has no idea how to punctuate, as this article makes painfully clear. It's incredibly unprofessional.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST
I noticed that there's a whole bunch of Fanboys content available on demand for Comcast Subscribers. Got to movies and events and there's a section with clips and interviews devoted to the movie!
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST
you guys just need to work your shit out and get an editor, just to check over your articles. This kind of thing can easily be fixed with the proper staff.<p>I personally volunteer myself for a small wage. I personally will insure that at least a tiny portion of your articles will not be riddled with mistakes.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST
by Yoda's Ball Sack
This is a joke right?
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST
call Mr. Fix It
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST
Is also playing the film. I'm going tomorrow morning.
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
for you, or perhaps for you to pass on to Ernie:<br><br>Your comments made me (and I'm sure many others here) very curious to read this original unshot first draft version of his flick. Any chance he would make that version available on the internet for us fans to read?
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
You fucks bitching about grammar and punctuation. Honestly, who gives a fucking shit????
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST
They see the Phantom Menace...it's extremely disappointing... they box up all their toys... and spend the next 10 years writing bitter/angry comments on movie news websites.
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST
What happened to people being able to appreciate some professionalism. He writes like he's just stoned all the time.
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST
Its actually here! I've waited so long to see it! But I know it won't come here. When is it out on Blu?
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
Takes a shit on the film reels for Fanboys.
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST
I guess it's because most of the decision makers down here are backwoods yokels who can't even run a peanut farm properly. I wanna see this movie!
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST
I mean come on people! Would Caddyshack have been funny if Carl Spackler was dying of aids?? or American Pie if Stiffler had Tuberculosis??
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST
it was given early parole because it has cancer.<p> THATS RIGHT I SAID CANCER.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST
The problem is that people hate Star Wars now. This could have done well in 2001. Maybe even 2004. But George Lucas has screwed over the fan base one too many times, and this Indiana Jones thing from last year certainly didn't help. I don't actually know one person who has seen Clone Wars. Not one. I'll Netflix this, however. Looks like fun.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST
I have no idea what I'm talking about. I was getting at something else and then I totally forgot what it was.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST
I've seen Clone Wars, all of it so far. And if you haven't you've been missing out. It's the best show out there right now.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
It has an Arizona sticker right on that stupid helmet but it's not playing in Arizona! What the hell? I would totally go see this!
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
It has issues, but ultimately it's definitely better than Episode I or II. But cutting 3 tv episodes together like they did and then throwing it into theaters like no one would notice is just retarded. Great idea, George.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST
Heh...imagine that! Hmmm, looks like I'll have to wait for the video release. No probs...I can wait a long time.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST
And it deserves to be pushed away...I heard its fuckign garbage.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
They weren't hoping "no one would notice" - they outright TOLD fans they took the first few episodes and put them together to show in theaters. I loved Clone Wars, and am baffled by people bashing it. It's what the prequels SHOULD have been, and like you said, its at least better than eps 1 and 2
Feb. 6, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST
Ill be at the 3:00 show at manns chinese theater...Finally the face of ChocolateJesusMan will be revealed
Feb. 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST
I'm happy that FANBOYS is finally getting a release (one theater listed is near me, so I'll make a point of seeing it), but there is a related flick that has interested me far more and has almost just as long a production history...<p>Whatever became of Patrick Read Johnson's "'77" (a.k.a. "5.25.77")? Pat was really nice and sent me the script ages ago and it's a hoot. It really speaks to my generation of geek, but not sure who the audience for it would be now (the PS3 generation won't care and the Atari2600 generation has moved on with lives and families) - maybe that's what has dogged the project deep down...<p>PRJ are you out there on the thread??? What's the scoop?
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST
What's wrong with actually expecting people who pass themselves off as journalists to, oh, I don't know, be journalistic? There's nothing credible about a site that couldn't care enough to hire someone who actually knows how to write, so that they can make sure the articles aren't as poorly written and punctuated as this one is. AICN's stories are always so littered with grammatical and punctuational errors, and Harry's articles, in particular, are a mess. It's a matter of pride--if this site had any, they'd take the time to clean things up.
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
Then i don't care to see it.I remember seeing the trailer for it on the clerks 2 dvd and thinking it looked funny as hell.but that clip was awful.I'll probably just wait for the dvd since it's not playing here in arizona
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST
I got free passes for the new friday the 13th movie on monday.the site was gofobo.com.it's being promoted thru my local radio show here in tucson,az.but i guess they're looking to start offering free screening around the country.shit anything to save buck in this fucking economy
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST
Sorry if I came off a little snarky last night. Had a couple beers before talkbacking.
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST
No worries, pal. Actually you gave me a pretty good laugh at my own expense.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST
on whether the South Park writers should have had a pop at adding the jokes to the final script? I can't think of anyone better at 'nerd humour' than them, actually.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST
...being the most civilized talkbackers ever. Usually it is "you're a f^%&ing moron" - "your grammar is terrible", etc. But an actual civil exchange and apology... I'm serious. Congrats you too. No sarcasm. It actually made me tear up... well a little sarcasm. :-)
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST
Seriously, who cares about this material?
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST
I find that really hard to swallow... <sigh>
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST
It head a test screening at a film festival in October, and a post from PRJ on the imdb board on December 8 said this: <br><br>"We're doing one last editorial pass based on notes we made at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Like to shake 5 minutes out of the running time. Then it's 14 weeks of VFX, scoring, and digital intermediate creation and we're finally really done. Thanks for asking!"<br><br>So it looks like it should be finished by spring, so hopefully a release in the second half of this year.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST
that shoud read "It HAD a test screening....". When will this archaic site get an "edit post" function? Seriously!
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST
I'm glad I'm not the only one who falls under the "hey, i've been drinking - seems like a good time to visit AICN" category.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
It's at the AMC Bay Street, and tickets are selling well. East Bay represent!
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST
Negates any interest I have in this. Plus, the reviews are mostly not good.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST
Really looking forward to the PRJ flick. I stood in line for 3 hours that first week of release at San Francisco's late-lamented Coronet Theater towards the end of May (as best as I can recall, it was the 30th or the 31st) back in '77, and it blew my wee 13 year year old mind away.<p>Oh, and for you North Bay Area Folks, I see from this article that FANBOYS will be at the Northgate Theater - a bit of a dump multiplex - but locals may remember that the original Northgate Theater (the nifty old one with the gigantor curved Cinemascope screen) was home to the first Marin County run of Star Wars back in '77.<p>Man, I'm feelin' old.
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST
The photo accompanying Ebert's review - of the leads in a theater, apparently watching Ep I - does not include the character Linus. Spoiler, I think!
Feb. 6, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST
A movie about a bunch of movie nerds who run a website and have been hyping a movie for nearly a decade. But when one friend is dying of extreme obesity they launch a campaign to get this movie in the theatres before he dies.
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST
i mean, this has been around so long it seems like it already came and was forgotten about.
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST
by JimmyJoe RedSky
... why is that?
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
by JimmyJoe RedSky
"... people that camp out on sidewalks to be the first in line to see a movie are more into camping on sidewalks than they are into movies..." - this is movies is for sidewalk campers, not SW fans
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST
by JimmyJoe RedSky
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
I kind of doubt this film got any better over the course of its long development hell. How many films get held up and tinkered with for this long and emerge as something worth watching?
Feb. 7, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST
Eberts review was great though. It's like her personally came to AICN and kicked every butt-numb-a-thoner in the fucking nuts. Some fanboy must have pissed in his cereal lately.
Feb. 7, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST
of the late '70s early '80s, but then I read Zelazny's stuff as a teen, and then realized how inadequate Star Wars is. Never got why it's considered the end all be all of geekdom, when there are far superior stories.
Feb. 7, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
When A V A T A R will FUCK OUR EYEBALLS!!!
Feb. 7, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST
Just because its sold out at his local theater he thinks it will be no.1 at the box office!There won't be a Fanboys 2, HARRY!
Feb. 7, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST
WAY TO GO!
Feb. 7, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST
I've written about this one a few times over at Ain't It Cool, and I really don't have much else to add at this point. My review was based on sitting through three fairly different cuts of the film in quick succession one week. And after each cut, I thought the same thing: it just doesn't work. I respect the hard work and the passion that it took to wrestle it onscreen a full decade after they started trying, and I like both Ernie Kline (the screenwriter) and Kyle Newman (the director). They both seem like smart, funny guys who had the best of plans for what this movie could be. I just don't think it's on the screen in the end, and I can't really recommend this one, even for the hardest of hardcore "Star Wars" nerds.
Feb. 7, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST
WTF is wrong these people?Wtf in their right mind sleeps on a sidewalk to see a movie.
Feb. 7, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST
so the rest of us that were screwed out of this movie can go buy a copy.
Feb. 7, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST
Hey Harry, why does IMDB have Ethan Suplee listed as playing "Harry Knowles" What's up with that?
Feb. 7, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST
ummm.. because he DOES. havent you seen the clip?
Feb. 8, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST
Ultimate collection for the die-hard fanboys out there - Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) has signed a collection of star wars colectibles for a charity auction. This includes a signed Vader helmet made in the original mold! Come on all you fanboys - you know you want to check this out. Please take a look, and spread the word... it is for a great cause http://www.angelsanddaemons.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9YjlPN4h3Y
Feb. 8, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST
What a fucking joke! While this site may need an editor it sure as hell isn't going to be you! - "I personally will insure that at least a tiny portion of your articles will not be riddled with mistakes" - the word is ENSURE you smug prick! AICN is a fucking geek news site, not a bloody medical journal. It's written by geeks for geeks and if the grammar and punctuation aren't always perfect who gives a rats ass? Are you paying for it? No! So shut the fuck up you absolute tit!
Feb. 8, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST
It was Clone Wars that absolutely ruined being a Star Wars fanboy. I've stuck with it through thick and thin, but after seeing that cheaply animated monstrosity, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the future of Star Wars. From now on it's just the original trilogy and Episode III for me, the rest is dead to me.
Feb. 8, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST
...honestly, no. Don't tell anyone...
ah, now i've seen it. he sure does.
Feb. 8, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST
i like return of the sith and the original trilogy.i hated phantom menace and was bored to fucking tears by attack of the clones
Feb. 8, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST
I wanted to say how self indulgent Radiohead have become.
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST
by Average J.
Saw this today. I really wanted to have a fun time. But I really didn't. I considered asking for my money back about half way through, but I knew I was at the point of no return. This was a terrible film. I've enjoyed this kind of geek film in the past (example "Free Enterprise, etc.), but even the cancer angle was so insincerely done. Actually, if Weinstein removed it, I don't think I would have missed it. It was only a shallow excuse to drive the plot. No emotion at all. I really felt that I was watching a bunch of amateurs making a movie. And let's finally face it, Star Wars is over with. I love the original trilogy, but that's done and gone. I mean, these kids weren't even born when the the first one came out. This would have probably been a much better film if it were a bunch of thirty somethings. But as I get older, I just find that this kind of devotion for a movie is just a bit sad. Especially for a film like Star Wars where this kind of thing has been done to death. Really, it's just time to stop it now. Bottom line, other than the fact that the Veronica Mars chick is super hot, this film should not have been released theatrically. It's a DVD rental at best. Trust me folks, if this didn't come out in your city, then you're lucky. You saved yourself 10 bucks. Seriously, it's a bad film. I'm officially Star Wars over!
Feb. 10, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST
by Damned if I can login
...seeing an image of Liam Neeson in a lightsaber duel. Now this, said I, is the *shit*. These days I typically drop the word 'the'...[p]Sorry, it made me laugh (a little) so I had to say it.[p]But seriously Harry, droppin' names always invites contempt. Just my $.02 y'know....
Feb. 10, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST
by Damned if I can login
Feb. 11, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST
with the cancer storyline?
Feb. 11, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST
will it be released internationally
Feb. 11, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST
Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Denver, New Haven, Orlando, Phoenix, Columbus and Raleigh. Here's the official word from the MySpace Fanboys movie page: http://tinyurl.com/c8drg8