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Wait! KNOWING might actually be good?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I want Alex Proyas to put out a movie I love again just as much as anybody else out there, but I wasn't convinced I'd get it with KNOWING. I don't have a hate-boner for Nic Cage, but like our reviewer below points out he's become wildly uneven in the last decade or so. I think he was great in ADAPTATION, surprisingly good in THE WEATHER MAN and MATCHSTICK MEN (and I desperately want Rob Zombie to just stop making shitty HALLOWEEN movies and do a feature version of WEREWOLF WOMEN OF THE S.S. with Nic Cage reprising his role as Fu Manchu), but then there's that horribly misguided WICKER MAN remake and the misfire that is GHOST RIDER. Anyway, fine... I was more excited about this when Richard Kelly was developing it, but I was under the impression then that what was buried in the time capsule wasn't just a series of numbers (which I don't find all that scary), but children's drawings that depicted these events. I may be completely wrong there, but that sounds so much cooler to me than a puzzle-solver mathematical formula type movie. But if the below review is to believed I might be eating my words. It smells a tad green, but call me an optimist. I want to be jazzed about Proyas again. I'd love to see if the dude has another CROW or DARK CITY in him. Here's the review! Enjoy!

Hey Harry - I just got back from a screening of KNOWING and wanted to share my reaction since I’ve been hearing a lot about the movie and haven’t read any reviews yet. I'll start off by prefacing this that it way exceeded my expectations. Yes, it was Alex Proyas so I should have been more excited, but it had been 10 years since his last movie that I loved -- actually one of my top sci-fi of all time -- Dark City. On top of that, it was a new Nic Cage movie, which meant it had a 50% chance of sucking. I was hoping for the Nic Cage from action movies like The Rock or Face/Off, not Ghost Rider or Next Nic. So imagine my surprise when I walked out of the theater with the initial thought that I'd just seen a brilliant thriller. I'm going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, b/c the trailers are doing a great job of concealing some of the shocking (and pleasant) surprises of this movie. It's an intense experience - the movie is filled with a pervasive sense of dread (compounded by the spectacular disaster sequences - Roland Emmerich should take note - this is how you create disaster sequences with shock and consequences while investing people emotionally -- not just empty spectacle). But the turns that this movie takes produce a surprising ray of hope, and not in the Deep Impact or Armageddon kind of way where people improbably save the day in the nick of time. The movie begins with Cage's son receiving a string of hand written numbers from a time capsule that his (and Nic's former) elementary school unearth. Cage is an astrophysics professor and he is raising his son by himself - his wife died years earlier - and in his opening classroom scenes you get the sense that this loss and his academic philosophy have left him believing that he's living in a world without meaning, where everything happens at random. The discovery that the numbers may have predicted every major disaster (the numbers list date/total deaths/longitude-latitude location) throws this entire belief system into chaos. He doesn't come full circle until a horrifying plane crash matches one of the three number sequences left to happen. It's an insane sequence - shot all in one take (reminded me of those crazy ass action scenes from Children of Men that were done in one unbroken camera shot). After this he becomes a true believer and sets out on a quest to find out who wrote the numbers. The end of the film is bold - definitely not what I was expecting - especially for a mainstream Hollywood film. I appreciate the fact that Alex Proyas decided not to go the easy way out and give everything a supernatural explanation - it's all readily explainable and it really ties in the theme of spirituality/meaning vs. science/randomness in some unique ways. It's emotional and it will leave you thinking and debating the outcome with your friends. I still can't shake it. Some gripes -- it sags in the middle a bit after going at a break neck pace for the first half. There are some Cage moments that are a bit cringe-worthy, but all tolerable within the overall journey of his character. The good - incredible tension throughout most of the film. A threatening sense of dread and a true mystery was unraveled that I didn't see coming. The disaster sequences - jaw-dropping. And the relationship between father and son was particularly affecting. Overall I'd give this a solid 8 out of 10. Alex Proyas is back folks and Nic Cage can chalk one up to "good" 50% column. He's safe until National Treasure 3. If you decide to use this review, please call me Dr. Zag.

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  • March 7, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Why are you so surprised?

    by DerLanghaarige

    It's an Alex Proyas movie that was not produced by 20th Century Fox, so it's VERY possible that it's good.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    "Hate-Boner" for Nic Cage?

    by Kirbymanly

    Does it really need to go there? Grow up. Seriously.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Plant?

    by kuldan

    I call plant only because someone called me a plant on this site, once. "The disaster sequences - jaw-dropping. And the relationship between father and son was particularly affecting." Who writes like this any more?

  • March 7, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Plane sequence

    by Magregus

    That airplane sequence says it all, can't wait to see the full movie. Those who haven't seen it, here it is. http://www.traileraddict.com/clip/knowing/air-crash

  • March 7, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST

    nicolas cage is a beast

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    Like a tsunami he's a force that can't be stopped.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I saw this the other night....

    by Brundlefly

    probably the same screening as the dude who wrote this. I kinda liked it. A fuck load better than 'I, Robot' - and i agree with this dudes assessment: it's a really decent mystery/thriller/sci fi.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Nice review Dr. Zag

    by DonRivella

    I feel the same way about Nic Cage, although I think his "good" column dropped well below 50% recently. Still, Proyas usually knows how to put on a good show, so I look forward to this one.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    HATE-BONER

    by Kobaal

    Only becomes really funny when you think about it.<p> Really, I love this site so much! Keep up the madness.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    proyas

    by The InSneider

    quint, totally with you on the numbers vs. kids' drawings thing. that said, proyas really is a hell of a filmmaker. he never gets the credit he deserves. he should be directing blockbusters like i,robot. the crow rules! here's hoping knowing delivers. wonder what kelly's cut might've looked like...

  • March 7, 2009, 4:29 a.m. CST

    WATCHMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    WATCHMEN!!!!!!!! MADE!! ME!!!!! CUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 7, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    A Cousin of mine had one of those.

    by gotilk

    A hate boner. Now when he moves to a new neighborhood, he has to notify all the people on his street that he's arrived. And let's just say it's not because he has a proclivity for handing out fruit baskets.

  • March 7, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    How much ya get for these District 9 ads?

    by JuanSanchez

    I mean, I know Harry gotta eat.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Not The Bees!

    by C0ns

    Oh no not the Bees! Not the BEES! AHHUGGHG! OH THERE IN MY EYES! MY EYES!

  • March 7, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Lord Of War War Awesome

    by MANNZILLA

    It was the kind of Role that only Cage can pull off. But he makes so many godawful decisions too. And what the hell is up with that toupee. You would think with his money he could do something with his hair.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST

    WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE DARK CITY? IT'S TEH FUCKING SUCK11111111

    by 1978CreepyThinMan

  • March 7, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    WATCHMEN WAS LIKE GETTING FUCKED IN THE MOUTH BY JESUS CHRIST!!!

    by 1978CreepyThinMan

    Simply devine.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Children of Men infamous one take

    by MrJJonz

    scenes were not actually one take. They were edited together.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    All stocked up on crazy?

    by Outlaw

    I would have to say yes...

  • March 7, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    I detect the whiff of chlorophyl.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    And 1978creepy? You equate being on the receiving end of oral rape by a mythological figure to being pleasurable? You've got issues, dude.

  • March 7, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Seems like....

    by RoseBuddy

    one can see Cage focusing on how he's framed in the shot/camera angles etc., rather than focusing on fellow actors, anymore....can sense him thinking about it. maybe, he's not such a great intellectual actor as he thinks he is...OTOH- maybe, this movie ain't so bad, but judging by clips- one can see him thinking 'bout the camera, again.

  • March 7, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    1978creepy

    by jack Bauer

    Stop being a punk.. Shouting ignorant crap does not equal a high level of intelligence. Unless you think sounding like a 10yr old is a step up?

  • March 7, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Hint_of_Smegma BUT I THOUGHT JESUS WAS 4 REALZ?......SADFACE!!!

    by 1978CreepyThinMan

  • March 7, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer, A HIGH LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUC

    by 1978CreepyThinMan

  • March 7, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    COUNTER PRODUCTIVE HERE.

    by 1978CreepyThinMan

  • March 7, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    But...

    by ricarleite

    Is there a squid? <p> Sorry folks I got nothing!

  • March 7, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    If this is a return to Dark City Proyas form...

    by KillaKane

    Then I'm on-board, hated I-Robot, bland LCD Hollywood fodder, I suspect Proyas had to make too many commercial concessions there bowing to producer/studio pressure. The likes of Dark City, The Crow and the vastly underrated Garage Days are more reflective of what he's capable of without the constraint's of studio micro-management.

  • March 7, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Aussie Directors...

    by KillaKane

    Just heard that George Miller is considering making Mad Max 4 as a Japanese Anime style film based on the Reverso McCarthy script and production design, Dark Horizons got the scoop.

  • March 7, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Obligatory

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    http://tinyurl.com/6xv9ga

  • March 7, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    You're right about the children's drawings

    by zinc_chameleon

    That would have created a much more impelling pull to the average viewer. Better yet, those same numbers used as the outline to a child's drawings.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    "I was hoping for nic cage from Face/Off"

    by Magnum Opus

    And that's my cue to stop reading because the reviewer has horrible taste.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I was hoping for the Nic Cage from Fast Times.

    by CreasyBear

    In other words, in only one scene, and with realistic hair. I keed, I keed!

  • March 7, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage? Never a doubt in my mind this would

    by Stuntcock Mike

    be an entertaining movie. Him and Statham need to team up for a Fast and Furious installment.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    he should change his name

    by zom-bot.com

    from nic cage to nic cringeworthy. i like it.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Killakane, one of the concessions for I, Robot was

    by white_vader

    that he had to put Smith in it. He wanted Cage. <p> And Garage Days vastly underrated eh? That's cool I guess - he'd like to hear that. Did you see what the marketing geniuses came with for that one? The film is based on one central conceit right? Te American poster, campaign, and byline give it away! Fucking geniuses!

  • March 7, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    And Killer, do you mean Brendan McCarthy?

    by white_vader

    Cause, not so much...

  • March 7, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is a Hate-Boner?

    by most excellent ninja

    And is it Blue?

  • March 7, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Dark City is overrated

    by jimmy_009

    Great art direction, but the whole thing is kind of flimsy the second time around. I'm also kind of surprised people thought this would be auto-suck. The trailers at least looked promising. Nick Cage is hit and miss, and this is the kind of idea everybody has in their head and nobody has an idea how to put a worthy finish on. Hopefully they got it right.

  • March 7, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Alex Proyas is great

    by Harold The Great

    he just needs to grow a pair and fight with the studio more (see the narration explaining the plot before Dark City or most of the horrid I Robot) I mean look at Watchmen. Half the greatness comes from Snyder's gas giant sized balls. Pryoas could be a Ridley Scott/James Cemeron level name if he got his act together. (The Crow and Dark City are amazing.)

  • March 7, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Please leave Jesus out of your rape fantasies

    by greyspecter

    Is Cage out of money? Is he a Madoff victim? Is he homeless? Or does he just let his agent make all decisions on roles?

  • March 7, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I hate myself for loving I, Robot

    by Turd Furgeson

    It's like when you're thirteen and you feel guilty after masturbating because church told you it was bad bad bad, but you couldn't help yourself... Yeah, watching I, Robot was like that for me.. Every time that fucker is on FX, I have to tune in....

  • March 7, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I love me some Nic

    by Holy Hell

    even in his shitty films he cracks me up. Except for NEXT- what the hell happened to Tamahori? Jessica Biel's hotness combined with Nic's amazing silliness gave us THAT?! I'm there for KNOWING.

  • March 7, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    GARAGE DAYS WAS FUCKIN TERRIBLE!

    by jah_kingdom

    Crow was boring and I, Robot cheezy. Proyas just got lucky on Dark City. And I think Ebert said,"you can judge cage movies by the quality of his toupee."

  • March 7, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    "the relationship between father and son was particularly affect

    by Cedar_Room

    seriously Mr Plant? you think that is something a real person would ever say in a review they wrote for AICN?? You fucking plant douche.

  • March 7, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I, Robot was

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    a decent movie.<p> It just wasn't, ya know, I, Robot

  • March 7, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Proyas is back?

    by Bass Ackwards

    He has nothing to be "back" from. I like Dark City, but as a solid film, not some master stroke of cinema. I didn't care for the crow or irobot, but they seemed as well put together as Dark City. I think Proyas is a guy who is always gonna hit solid doubles, the kind of films that you don't mind watching, but you're not going to actively seek out or rewatch. And there's nothing wrong with that.

  • March 7, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    looks like another Nic Cage auto-pilot movie

    by BMacSmith

    he really is a good actor, but no other actor phones it in as much or as poorly as Nic muthafuckin Cage.

  • March 7, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Dark City wasn't that great.

    by BMacSmith

    it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't high art or anything. It was very silly in parts.

  • March 7, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    "Children of Men"?

    by funnyhat

    Really? You're going to invoke my favorite movie's name in a review for a Nic Cage vehicle? Hmmm.... From the trailers, there is some real potential here. The scene where the kid is looking outside his window and see's what looks like a cross between Yellowstone National Park and THE BOWELS OF HELL. The fact that the emergency broadcast system is used indicates quite the large scale destruction that gets me to buy movie tickets. So...here we go. Another one on the list of must-see's.<br /><br />Really...was that scene as good as ANY of the tracking shots in CoM? I need an HONEST answer here.

  • March 7, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    DARK CITY

    by robert.thekilled

    ****

  • March 7, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I loved Dark City, the trailer for this look like crap

    by Charlie_Allnut

    This movie is a really hard sell.

  • March 7, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage gets a bad rap

    by WizardandGlass

    When you look at Cage's films over the past decade, he's batting about .600...which is the same or better than most Hollywood stars. So why do we chastise him more than other guys? Good/fun Cage movies in last decade: Bringing Out the Dead, Gone in 60 Secs (sorry, I liked it), Family Man, Adaptation, Matchstick Men, National Treasure 1 & 2, Lord of War (excellent movie), Weather Man, and World Trade Center. During that same span of time, he's made about 7 stinkers. I'm not the best at math, but 10 out of 17 ain't bad.

  • March 7, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    ALEX PROYAS is soooooooooooo overated...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    "The Crow" holds a place for all of us.<p>After that, he's pulled a 'Shyamalan'...or has Shyamalan pulled a 'Proyas'?

  • March 7, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    VAMPIRE'S KISS!!!

    by maxxsterling

  • March 7, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    VALLEY GIRL!!!

    by maxxsterling

  • March 7, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    G. Lucas should make "I, LOBOT"

    by maxxsterling

    Now, that would be cool...

  • March 7, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I'll Take Plants for five hundred Alex

    by Xiphos_2

    It's been awhile since a studio PR machine tried to push a review across AICN. It's too bad because I wasn't missing them in the least.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Brendon 'Reverso' McCarthy Vader...

    by KillaKane

    He co-wrote the screenplay with Miller and created a fair amount of production art for Fury Road back around 2001. McCarthy is a big fan of Mad Max Two, the script is supposed to redress the PG malaise of Thunderdome and gets Max back behind the wheel and up against all manner of savage wasteland marauders. Yeah, Garage Days was appallingly marketed, shame it didn't find it's way in the market (In spite of some positive critical reviews) I loved the spirit of that film.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I asked before but I'll ask again

    by Sick Fixx

    WHEN did this become a Proyas project? First time I heard about this film, it was to be directed by Richard Kelly of Donnie Darko fame. What went wrong? This IS the time capsule movie with the cloaked figure communicating to the boy, right?

  • March 7, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I Robot was good

    by PaulSC

    A bit disjointed in tone, but a lot sharper than your average effects blockbuster. People only hate it because of the name and the "Aww hell naw" factor.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    yeah..2 Good movies..thats it..The Crow, Dark City

    by SomaShine

  • March 7, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    nicholas cage should do a jcvd

    by GavinVanDraven

    and make a movie where he stars as himself, wait... thats EVERY nicholas cage movie....

  • March 7, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The Wicker Man remake was fucking awesome.

    by cinemixtape.com

    It was hysterically, gut-bustingly hilarious. It was one of the best bad movies I've seen in a long time. And I like to think most of the cast/crew were in on the joke.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    how to "act" like nicholas cage.

    by GavinVanDraven

    do "bug eyes" a lot, and clench your teeth together every time you say something, speaking through your teeth.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I, Robot could have been great...

    by WizardandGlass

    ...without Will Smith, or even with just a toned down Will Smith. I feel bad for Proyas on that one. If Big Willy is on the set and he wants the movie to be "Awww, hell no" kind of cheesy, then you just know the studio's gonna back him and not Proyas. I, Robot had a great setup, and the studio basically pulled a George Lucas on it. Still a decent movie, but it could have been MUCH better.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    sick fixx

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I'm not exactly sure, but I think Richard Kelly dropped out of this because he wanted to make "The Box".

  • March 7, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Hindsight is 20/20

    by WizardandGlass

    Am I the only one who was disappointed with Superman Returns and wishes we could have gotten the Tim Burton/Nicholas Cage version that fell apart? Don't get me wrong, there was always a chance it would been a turd, but at least it would have been unique. Superman Returns wasn't so much a bad movie as much as it was an UNNECESSARY remake of a movie.

  • March 7, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    No one writes 'Jaw Dropping...'

    by TheBLIGHT

    Unless they are a Planty Marketeer...

  • March 7, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    a pervasive sense of dread?

    by alice 13

    orly?

  • March 7, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    jaw dropping

    by batmarv

    jaw dropping

  • March 7, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I hate how they spell the title with a "1"

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    Although at Watchmen last night every time they'd show Know1ng on the First Look, all the geeks would shout "F1rst!" I assume it's because of the number

  • March 7, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    quint what school/organization would allow

    by slder78

    drawings of disasters into a time capsule? "And next into the time capsule is Timmy Johnson's drawing of a big plane crashing into a skyscraper complete with people plummeting to their deaths. Thank you Timmy!"

  • March 7, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    hahaha yeah fucking right

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Cage is DONE! This movie looks and sounds fucking awful.

  • March 7, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    "Leaving Las Vegas"...

    by LastPairOfSocks

    is Cage's best performance. He dissapears into that character and the whole arc is completely believable. Cage crawling on the floor to the fridge, mixing about a half gallon of vodka into some orange, and downing it allwhile shaking uncontrolably? Awesome! Also awesome, licking vodka off Elisabeth Shue's tits!!!

  • March 7, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    My eyes! My eyes!

    by TheBloop

    Second the Wicker Man remake being awesome. Have some buds over, get some Jack and coke, and laugh 10 times more then you would watching something with Seth "over exposed" Rogen in it. Now fuck off.

  • March 7, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    "hate boner" comes straight from New Jack City

    by BadMrWonka

    "I wanna shoot you so bad my dick is hard!"<p>great line!

  • March 7, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    LastPairOfSocks

    by BadMrWonka

    it was whiskey, I'm pretty sure..

  • March 7, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka

    by LastPairOfSocks

    You're probably right. I was too busy marveling at those gorgeous knockers to notice. But thanks for giving me an excuse to "examine" that scene more closely.

  • March 7, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Wicker Man fucking rocks.

    by mr.brownstone

    stop trying to deny it with these silly arguments about quality and overacting.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I liked Ghost Rider

    by johnnyangelheart

    Nic Cage totally made me believe he would light himself on fire and ride around on a chopper. In fact I think that's probably what he does on the weekend.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Let me guess, the sun goes nova and everyone dies

    by KongMonkey

    The floating rocks in the trailer leave me curious though.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Sounds promising

    by Organs

    Although it's hard to go by the review of a reviewer who can't form a sentence without references to other movies.

  • March 7, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    didn't mind Next - except for that horrible wig!

    by Maniaq

    did he borrow that wig from John Travolta, after seeing him in Swordfish?? <p> I also thoroughly enjoyed the two National Treasure movies and I hope they do more - and I also hope they might bring back the Sahara team for some more Dirk Pitt action, but I guess you can see my taste in "adventure" movies is not particularly profound... <p> otherwise, I'm on board the Cage movie 50/50 chance of sucking bandwagon - same goes for Proyas, really...

  • March 7, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Looks like Day the Earth Stood Still

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 7, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    frank has

    by frank cotton

    no problem with I, ROBOT. hell, frank has no problem with WILL SMITH, altho he doesn't really want to see him in every other blockbuster...DARK CITY is a personal favorite, and the changes in the director's cut were OK, even if not worth a double dip

  • March 7, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    frank has

    by frank cotton

    no problem with I, ROBOT. hell, frank has no problem with WILL SMITH, altho he doesn't really want to see him in every other blockbuster...DARK CITY is a personal favorite, and the changes in the director's cut were OK, even if not worth a double dip

  • March 7, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Cage will always be a God and his best film will always be

    by white_vader

    Raising Arizona. Where's the respect? Fucking amateurs!

  • March 7, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Wonka, I think there's a song about whisky tits...

    by white_vader

    Heard it a while back and forgot to look it up... anyone know the name and who it's by? Pretty damn funny...

  • March 7, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    movie looks like shit

    by Gungan Slayer

    and it will be too, mark my words

  • March 7, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Killakane, obviously you're a fan or friend of McCarthy so

    by white_vader

    I won't say too much (or you could be McCarthy himself!), but he does sometimes gild the lily/embellish slightly what his contribution to films are, and his contribution to MM4 maybe wasn't quite what you think (did you miss the "not so much"?) especially in the l-o-n-g gestation of that project - and don't confuse production art with production designer. McCarthy's main contribution to Kennedy Miller was for another completely different project that hasn't ever been announced, as far as I know. But don't get me wrong - I love his comic stuff too. As for Garage Days, it's a fun little thing and I like it for personal reasons, but the subplot REALLY doesn't work, and although Gurry was great for the a-bit-dim character of Freddie, it took me 'til Speed Racer to finally confirm every thing he does sounds like he's just reading lines. His vocal delivery is bloody awful!

  • March 7, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Proyas' master "stroke" in Garage Days...

    by white_vader

    was to get an actor to fuck a brick wall (or maybe it was a fence, can't remember now). I'm not kidding! Jesus, what an actor won't do these days!

  • March 7, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    "Get your goddamn hands off my wife."

    by hallowhitch31

    Yes, white_vader, 'Raising Arizona' is an epic example of just how good Nic Cage can be. It's weird no one mentioned that movie until this far down in the talkback. It's all about who's directing his silly ass. Coen Bros, Scorsese, Jonze, Verbinski=awesome. All the rest can eat a glowing blue tool though.

  • March 7, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Shit...

    by hallowhitch31

    Let me add Mike Figgis, Ridley Scott and David Lynch to the "awesome" list. Thank you IMDB. This douche has made more movies than most porn stars.

  • March 7, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    White Vader....

    by Sherlock Holmes II

    ...what's the other project? Oh, and Proyas said he was onboard Knowing back in '98, but it fell thru and he moved on...then came back, of course. And here's a more official description of McCarthy's involvement on Fury Road circa 2003, "Miller—who relates that the central idea came to him while crossing the road around 1987, and was fleshed out in a ‘hypnagogic state’ on a plane trip circa 1996—has scripted and storyboarded it in collaboration with the British designer and comic book artist, Brendan McCarthy".

  • March 7, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    And you're doing for NOTHING!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Killing me's not gonna bring back your GODDAMN HONEY!!!

  • March 7, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    trailer looks decent

    by geek molester

    it can't possibly be worse than Bankok Dangerous. Ugh. Check him out on Imdb, hes got a full plate with some odd projects lined up.

  • March 8, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Alex Proyas must come back!

    by Evangelion217

    "The Crow", and "Dark City" are modern cult classics from the 90's. This man must have another good film inside of him. :)

  • March 8, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Yeah, children drawing...

    by joergn

    are frightening and awful. "Is this a bird?" "No, it´s a plane crash, daddy!"

  • March 8, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    WTF is it with fanboys and Children's tracking shots?!

    by white_vader

    Everybody acts like they're a masterpiece of filmmaking even though the joins WERE covered digitally. That sort of tracking shot is still an achievement, but it's just not the monster it used to be before digital cheatery. I can't remember now but I think one of the joins is on the stairs. Anyway even if you DON'T cheat it's all academic now because you can. I know co-ordination for long tracking shots is still an almighty bitch, but the sleight of hand in COM is ostensibly still exactly the same as Hitchcock's Rope. What don't the fanboys fucking understand? And on that note Proyas' Garage Days has a cool little 3-4 minute shot that's the best in the movie (over the end credits where even Marton Csokas dances up a storm - goof-o-rama)! <p> And before you go off half-cocked, I do love CoM. All I'm saying is stop sucking the cock of the tracking shots... <p> Speaking of sucking cock, the typical talkbacker tide of "Proyas (or Fincher) for everything" has finally turned it seems. Like clockwork.

  • March 8, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Nick Cage and Tom Hanks share the same Hairstylist

    by Dhaemon

    Yeah, give me long hair, that'll hide my receding hairline. Can't hide that bad acting though.

  • March 8, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Sherlock

    by white_vader

    The other project (I just Googled it) was Fur Brigade. Pretty out there and cool. Where's that "more official" thing from? <p> Which reminds me - do you or Kane remember that comic he did about the young boy in the skinhead gang? A bit like This is England (but way before), but the kid was thalidomide from memory... that one was pretty great, should try to find it again. I loved his Strange Days and 2000ad stuff too. His colours are awesome. Man, I gotta check his stuff out again...

  • March 8, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Dhaemon, this is the guy that delivered the immortal lines:

    by white_vader

    "And it seemed real. It seemed like us and it seemed like, well, our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away. Where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah." <p> ...And he delivered them beautifully. <p> "You ate SAND?!"

  • March 8, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Well, I finally watched Wicker Man last night.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Nic Cage freaking out. Yelling, etc.= instant classic. "NOT THE BEES!"

  • March 8, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    white_vader, great movie...

    by Dhaemon

    Maybe if there's a remake he'll run away with a box of Rogaine instead. Although, adult diapers wouldn't be out of the question either...

  • March 8, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Hmmmm....

    by samuraiwahoo

    I would have much rather had Proyas for Watchmen.

  • March 8, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Dark City was pretty forgettable

    by Rupee88

    I remember little to nothing about it...very overrated.

  • March 8, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Positive review = Plant? For fuck sake

    by RobFromBackEast

    I love how anyone who posts a positive review is instantly a plant. You assclowns think that they (the studios) actually care that fucking much!? An Inexplicable, misplaced sense of self importance a lot of you have going on there.

  • March 8, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    White_Vader

    by Aquatarkusman

    It's only when they run outta crawdad. As for Dark City, I saw the Director's Cut recently, and despite having a few ideas and striking visuals, it was really largely forgettable.

  • March 8, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Ha ha, so quotable...

    by white_vader

    "Son, you got a panty on yer head"! <p> And the classic: "I don't know, Yodas'n'shit!".

  • March 8, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Proyas hasn't made an interesting film

    by SmokeFilledTavern

    DON'T expect 1 now.

  • March 8, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Dark City was kinda shitty

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Some guy locked in a room for 2 hours?

  • March 8, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Vampire's Kiss

    by Unfilmable_Blue_Dong

    TOOOO LAAAATE!<p> TooOOO LaaAAATE! Cage will always be God for his truly great movies. TURN TO THE RIGHT!

  • March 8, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Script was a surprisingly fun read

    by Novaman5000

    Will check out the finished product, methinks.

  • March 8, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    and if i remember correctly, there WERE drawings

    by Novaman5000

    but the numbers are how they figure out when things happen... The author of the docs in the time caspule plays a significant role in the film, or at least, the hunt for he/she does.

  • March 8, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Where did the Dark City hate come from?

    by rbatty024

    Dark City was a fantastic concept carried through when Proyas was at the top of his game. Everything from the color scheme to the cinematography to the tastefully used special effects were immaculate. The film is filled to the brim with ideas, and unlike most movies that have to communicate their ideas through heavy handed dialogue (as much as I love you, I'm looking at you Dark Knight), so many of Dark City's ideas were imbued in the visuals. Concepts concerning memory, the soul, the panopticon, the rise of the 20th century city, post-modern collage are all there to be picked apart. The film practically foresaw 21st century clothing style that was nothing more than a conglomerate of past decades. <p> Maybe Proyas has lost it. I wasn't particularly impressed with anything he's done after Dark City. But, at least respect what the man has done. It is as if you have been served real French Champaign but you still think it tastes like Miller Lite.

  • March 8, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Harry needs to buy a fucking weed eater

    by Crooooooow

    The plants on this sight are getting out of control

  • March 8, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    ya, you're right, there's no plants.

    by geek molester

    and there's no government paid bloggers, either. And Obama is going to end the war. suckerrrrrrrr

  • March 8, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Knowing looks a lot better than the last

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Nic Cage movie where he could see into the future. This one looks like it has a lot more meat on the bones. Don't get me started on Dark City. I'm surprised the W brothers were never sued over The Matrix.

  • March 9, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage

    by Cujo_Fugate

    was outside my window last night meowing like a cat and masturbating into a prosthetic limb.

  • March 9, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    We're hating Dark City now?

    by MattmanReturns

    I can't keep up with you people.

  • March 9, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Doesn't matter how big or hairy ...

    by jazzdownunder

    ... Proyas might think or wish his balls were, or how big the fans of The Crow/Dark City think they might be. The simple fact is that he doesn't have much of a track record, commercially. The Crow and Dark City were both cult/sleeper hits, but not huge mainstream successes. And for whatever reason, he's just not been that prodiguous (just one reason why when he DOES make a movie, I pay attention - he's clearly not prepared to whore for any old script). His strike rate, considering, is pretty damned good. "I, Robot" was far from being a BAD movie, even if it wasn't as GREAT as it might have been. It's certainly no worse than HELLBOY in that regard. I for one got a huge boost in confidence that KNOWING would be a good movie once I learned that Alex Proyas was handling it (as for Richard Kelly? The same Richard Kelly that made the insanely GREAT "Donnie Darko" even though the movie he THOUGHT he was making was on the insanely idiotic side of stupid?! Seriously, the Directors Commentary for that movie should NEVER have been allowed to see the light of day!). And as for studio's "Pulling A Lucas", anyone who's seriously looked into how "STAR WARS" was made, BEFORE it became "A New Hope" would know that Lucas is not a genius who has lost his way... he never had a ticket for the clue train in the first place. If he'd had the chops to make the movie HE wanted to make back in 1977 it would not have been the great classic that it became through necessity largely to meet the demands of the studio. That is all.

  • March 9, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Best plane crash scene in a movie. Ever.

    by Cheif Brody

    Welp...won't have to ever sit through "Knowing" on a long plane ride, will we? <p> Thanks for sharing that clip, Margregus. BTW...the cop who sees the plane coming in acts circles around Cage.

  • March 9, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Since when did this flick look shit?

    by Droid

    I have been looking forward to this for ages. And fuck Richard Kelly. The moment Proyas puts out anything remotely as mindfuckingly awful and pretentious as Southland Tales, then you can start to question him. Dark City is one of the best films of the 90's.

  • March 9, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Jazz

    by white_vader

    Youngsters forget that American Graffiti is another all-time classic movie. And back then he had Indy in him too. Whippersnappers - even though it was originally from my Dad's generation not mine, I still don't think young people know how massive that one was/is. If you're not one of these "I shouldn't HAVE to know that stuff" idiots and have even a cursory knowledge of film (you'd think that'd be everyone on this site but...), it's pretty damn big in the all-time lineup. So while genius and "visionary" is bandied about way too much, Lucas at least will always have 3 all-timers under his belt. I don't buy this revisionist bullshit that new versions or remakes sully the original either (and I don't buy Lucas' own revisionist bullshit, if it comes to that). The director's cut of Darko may be simplistic redundant garbage, but the first one is still phenomenal. Whether by design or accident. It's like liking a Polanski film - the personal predilections of the director don't alter the worth or quality of the work one bit. Unless of course the movie's about buttfucking kids of course. Cough. <p> Having said all that though Jazz, you're sort of right. McCartney never reached the heights of Sgt. Peppers again by himself. Sometimes you peak early. And yes, Jar Jar Binks would arguably and ostensibly have happened decades earlier if others hadn't knocked into George that a fast-talking used-car-salesman might not be the way to go for that gold droid... at least he wasn't surrounded by sycophants back then and was steered away from that wreck. But you're still a bit disingenuous about old George and "largely to meet the demands". Or do you mean that if he'd had his way it wouldn't have been SW but Flash Gordon that got made, because that WAS what he'd originally intended. <p> Yeah I loved Dark City, with a few caveats. One of them being that Mr. 24's performance is fucking awful and grows more annoying every time you watch it... and Jennifer Connelly was about 5 years too young to be taken seriously. I did enjoy uh, certain 'aspects' of her performance though. Another cough. <p> You know there used to be a big black gargoyle from The Crow on the roof of Proyas' Production company? Groovy.

  • March 9, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    Dark City wasn't that great?

    by spud mcspud

    FUCK OFF! It was the last genuinely great sci-fi movie made - original ideas, an imaginative, complex plot, interesting characters and a genuinely surprising twist.<P> Exactly what the fuc k was wrog with DARK CITY again?<P> Fucking amateurs. Me and the DARK CITY haters are fucking DONE PROFESSIONALY.

  • March 9, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    white_vader

    by spud mcspud

    Don't know if it was intentional, but Kiefer's performance in DARK CITY was a pitch-perfect homage/impersonation of Peter Lorre. I thought he was awesome, as was pretty much everyone in the movie. Yes, Jennifer Connelly got too little to do, but what she had, she worked with beautifully.<P> That movie was every kind of awesome. I'm still blown away by it.

  • March 9, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Dismissing Dark City says more about you than

    by FleshMachine

    it does about the film.

  • March 9, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Cage = Shatner, the Next Generation

    by Morte_Bea_Arthur

    The weirdness will continue

  • March 9, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    was this movie

    by name818

    cock blockingly good?

  • March 9, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    American Grafitti is a great film

    by Lovecraftfan

    Lucas's masterpiece for me.

  • March 9, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    It has to be better

    by Sparksy

    than Next. And it will be, as long as Cage isn't allowed to wear a collarless butterscotch leather jacket and Julianne Moore has not been added in reshoots.

  • March 9, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Yeah Spud

    by white_vader

    They're trashing our scene! Whether Sutherland was Lorre or not I just find it a hammy performance of the highest degree. I don't have a problem with ticks and idiosyncrasies, and I guess it's harder to make a 'natural' (!) performance when that stuff is called for, but it just gets harder going every time I watch it. I think cadence is very important in a noir film. It's just one of those subjective things, and I'm fine if everyone thinks I'm crazy on that one. To his credit I guess he does tone it down at the crucial point with the boat stuff. But I still love the film, and basically seeing a film like that done in Oz and Alex's cool clips for bands like Crowded House and INXS made me get off my fanboy arse and into the film industry (I'd only done ads and tv stuff before then) proper. But yeah, as for Connelly, she just wasn't old enough to really nail that role in terms of that character archetype. I think she's fantastic though (just no fashion sense), and she was good in that. Know what I'm sayin' though? <p> But you gotta admit it's a million times better without the Narration and stuff that gives away the big reveal...

  • March 10, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    white_vader

    by spud mcspud

    Holy shit! You're in the industry?<P> Wow. I am SO the archetypal fanboy in comparison, hoping that one day, one of my ideas will actually migrate onto paper BY MENTAL OSMOSIS and launch itself to Hollywood, where it will get made by Sir Ridley Scott (as he should be) and I will be lauded as the next great voice of my generation.<P> I am SO fucking lazy. Though I have won local acclaim for some of my lead roles in amateur drama in the Midlands. Listen to me, trying to clawback my self-esteem in the presence of actual Hollywood insiders... ;D

  • March 10, 2009, 4:29 a.m. CST

    white_vader - DARK CITY - the narration etc

    by spud mcspud

    You're right about that - I'd heard bits and pieces about DARK CITY, mainly about how great it was, and seen a fantastically oblique trailer that gave NOTHING away. So, in I went...<P> ...AAAAAAAND immediately you get the distinct impression that the Strangers are aliens.<P> That said, the twist that happens after William Hurt goes through the wall (don't want to give this away, it's a doozy!) threw me completely for a loop. That made this movie go from awesome to stone-cold classic in my eyes.<P> Fantastic movie. I need to revisit that this week some time...

  • March 10, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    And about Sutherland and Connelly...

    by spud mcspud

    You're right on both counts - I enjoy ticks and idiosyncrasies, so when I saw it, and I'm shouting at my mates "He's doing Peter Lorre! THAT'S PETER LORRE, RIGHT THERE!!!" the likelihood of my mates even knowing who Peter Lorre was is extremely small. But then, I always thought of Peter Lorre as being more 30s and 40s horror than film noir, but either way, I thought the role served the mad scientist archetype really well, though I do understand it's a very polarising performance - you love it or you really hate it! Same goes for Jennifer Connely - maybe she was still a little too young to give the wronged wife / moonlighting cabaret singer role the gravitas it needed (and I think the old David Goyer "can't write women well" curse hit here too), but she was great with the material she had. I also think Melissa George was underserved with htis movie - watch her in 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and AMITYVILLE HORROR and you'll see a great actress struggling to make herself heard under all the screaming these horror roles require from her. It's a shame she didn't get to show more range in DARK CITY.<P> These are minor quibbles, though. One thing that did surprise me: doesn't Eddie Walenski physically resemble Leoben from BSG? It's not him, but the similarity is striking...

  • March 11, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Spud! Dude!

    by white_vader

    That's no way to talk! Remember who you are! You're a FUCKING PROFESSIONAL and have proved your worth many times over on the Baleback! Wear your time served with pride and take away it's lessons! I changed from Half Vader to White Vader in it's honour! <p> Funny all that stuff about Lorre and all - I just got a DVD of the Rankin Bass "Mad Monster Party" stop-mo thing. I saw a re-run as a child and certain slightly mis-remembered images stayed with me (especially the hot 50s/60s vamp - and I only just got that visual pun myself...) and the awseome Peter Lorre caricature was one of them (I'm a character designer when I'm not on films). It's really padded and uneven but just so cool and the Jack Davis (Mad Magazine and so on) character designs are the best bit! <p> I also recently watched the Blu-ray of Casablanca with his slimy but restrained turn. Hadn't seen that one since I was a kid either, and with all the "Oh yeah classic of classics" talk it was a bit like yeah I should get around to it again I guess - but man, it really is that good. Maybe the success of that is why people think of him as noir rather than horror, or even the mix in M. Dark city is both horror AND noir though, so prime Lorre territory I guess. You can also argue that the character's speech patterns are 'shattered' appropriately for someone whose personality has become fragmented between the two worlds. And yeah, it's sorta strange reading this TB having worked for both those guys. I feel like I'm straddling both sides of the fanboy fence. I wish George would get a new shirt though. He's been wearing that "chili" shirt for years now (I think it's a good luck thing)! <p> Yeah Jennifer played the role fine but it's just one of those visual things I guess where if she doesn't look old enough to have been through the typical noir backstory then as good as the performance is you're still pushing it uphill. She didn't have a low enough voice either, it was still a bit girlie. None of that is her fault, but... <p> But I can't disagree more with you on Melissa George I'm afraid. She was a spotlight-loving wannabe back here in Oz, and she's taken the easy horror route to bigger Hollywood roles where she's just as unremarkable. Look at her performances in both 30 days and Amityville again and tell me how she made those roles unique to her and different to how anyone else would have played it. It always looks like she's reading lines, and concentrating too hard on not letting her accent slip. Yeah, she was cast well for DC though (actually that sounds meaner than I intended!) She pretty much has one expression through the whole of 30 days. Sorry to agree to disagree, but both my wife and I enjoyed that one but instantly agreed she was an obvious weak link. Hopefully both you and she will prove me wrong though... <p> As for veteran Aussie actor Colin Friels/Eddie's resemblance to Callum Rennie, can't say. I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't caught up with BSG yet. In my defence by the time a mate forced me to watch Razor (that was the recent telelmovie right?) and the very 1st episode, I already knew it would be finishing and had decided to wait it out and gorge myself on the whole thing. And seeing as they've just announced it's all coming out in HD, I can almost wait just that bit longer!

  • March 11, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Having said that about 30 days

    by white_vader

    It's not completely her fault. Her character had the worst/most inane dialogue and reactions. It was a pretty badly written role, so I may be being too hard - she was handed a dog role. I like the film though - and usually I find Josh whatsisname boring as unbuttered bread, but he was great - although God almighty someone get him in a film with Tommy Lee Jones as father & son - the resemblance is growing more and more uncanny (you were speaking of likenesses). I think Pitt is going to turn into Redford when he's old too.

  • March 11, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    And the reason you get the impression that they're aliens

    by white_vader

    Is that the narration actually says it outright! And it's over the starfield, so you would have got that impression anyway... but at least still had a satisfying payoff.

  • March 11, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Ah, Melissa George

    by spud mcspud

    You see, being here in the UK at the age I am means I was in my early 20s when Melissa George played Angel in HOME AND AWAY in that whole Shane and Angel love story thing. She has surprisingly decent range for a soap star (a lot of the roles in NEIGHBOURS and HOME & AWAY tend to be fairly 2D, but I think because the shows aren't meant to be heavy or profound, more the visual equivalent of Mills and Boon books) and I think that carried over inot my critical thinking about her. I do get the impression there's more to come from her - hell, Isla Fisher surprised the hell out of me as a comedic actress in WEDDING CRASHERS, and she may well even make CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC watchable!<P> I even enjoyed RYAN REYNOLDS in the lacklustre AMITYVILLE reboot (really, what was the fucking point?), and that's something when you think how comprehensively he fucking ruined BLADE TRINITY, for which I hold Reynolds and David "would suck Reynold's cock forever if he'd only be in my EVERY movie" Goyer entirely responsible. Reading interviews and hearing about what a major crush Goyer has on Reynolds as an actor, you'd think they're a couple. What is Goyer seeing in that unfunny ass that we aren't?<P> I think Ryan Reynolds COULD be a decent actor, should he want to be. Or he could carry on being the poor man's Jim Carrey, as he has been so far.

  • March 11, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Re CASABLANCA

    by spud mcspud

    What's REALLY cool about Casablanca is that it was ripped off wholesale by BARB WIRE, that better-than-it-had-a-right-to-be Pamela Anderson Lee Dark Horse Comics movie from '95. Pamela is Humphrey Bogart, Temeura Morrison is Lauren Bacall, and Victoria Rowell plays Dr Corrinna "Cora" Devonshire, who is basically Peter Lorre (she has retina scanner fooling contact lenses to smuggle rather than letters of transit). It's kind of fun to then watch BARB WIRE knowing it IS actually CASABLANCA; if you're gonna steal, steal from the best! Plus, that really is the best Pam Anderson has EVER looked...

  • March 12, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Whoa! Really? Barb Wire?

    by white_vader

    Now I HAVE to watch it (passed on it at the time)! Jesus Christ! <p> Mmm yep Melissa George. I did a cover for some exercise video of her many moons ago where I chopped off her arm and painted a new one to make it fit the format. They asked me to retouch/get rid of the wrinkles where her stomach folded too which was ridiculous as she was bending forward and it looked too obvious that something had been photoshopped. Clients... It wasn't that she had any fat in the first place either! That was a funny job. What a PR kick - why she should have had an exercise thing out I have no idea, no-one said she was qualified in any way, just getting the face out there I guess. And yeah, I never watched Home and Away or Neighbours (God I wish I had for redneck Kylie), but I know what you're saying. <p> Ryan Reynolds CAN be funny. His timing's good. He just gets/chooses a lot of shit roles, and I don't know that he's going to be the next big thing now that people are finally taking real notice of James Marsden (my wife says I have a mancrush on him). I find it super ironic that he's in some flick with Sandra Bullock. She can also be great, but has had a career of wasted opportunities. The only thing I think used her well is Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (and that wasn't really a comedy role either). I liked Reynolds in that stupid thing where he's fat. But I hate him for ruining everyone's Johansson fantasies - no-one who has a thing for her will ever be as good-looking or successful as him! What a downer! Ah well...

  • March 12, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    And Isla Fisher and Sascha Cohen's kid

    by white_vader

    sure won't be lacking in personality, that's for sure!

  • March 13, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    James Marsden deserves more love

    by spud mcspud

    Though I think he does rest back on his laurels juuuuuuust a bit (coasting through a nothing part as Cyclops in the X-MEN snoreathon saga, as the insipid rival to fucking SUPERMAN - who'd want THAT gig? - in SUPERMAN RETURNS), when he's on he's really good. Enjoyed him in GOSSIP (actually a very under-rated little melodrama - and has Norman Reedus and Lena Headey in it too, not a bad cast!) and thought he was fantastic in DISTURBING BEHAVIOUR, which is the best X-FILES episode never made. Also notable for being the ONLY ever appearance of Katie Holmes actualy being sexy. Yes, I like that rock chick just about to leave for college look.<P> But yeah - I always got the impression Marsden is capable of more. Unlike James MARSTERS, who peddles that tired Sex Pistols look (and sometimes accent) in everything from BUFFY to TORCHWOOD.<P> As for Ryan Reynolds... husband to Scarlet Johansson. Lucky, lucky BASTARD.

  • March 13, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Mmmm. Nope -

    by white_vader

    Scarlett fantasies will be back. Just read she'll be in the catsuit for IM2. So, that makes RDJ, Genndy Tartakovski boarding, and Scarlett catsuit hijinks it's got going for it so far. Money in the bank I'd say!

  • March 13, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    And you're giving me a list of stuff to check out Spud

    by white_vader

    Barb Wire, Behaviour and Gossip. As for Superman Return though, Marsden was pretty fucking funny on the set, thankless role notwithstanding...

  • March 22, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I liked this movie better the FIRST time I saw it.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Back then it was called The Mothman Prophecies. Seriously Knowing was like Mothman without Mark Pellington's ability to evoke a palpable sense of dread and plausible acting, + Fringe without any of the fun or intrigue of trying to solve the mystery, + Signs without M. Night's keen ability to inspire an audience to invest and care in the characters' emotional and spiritual jouneys. Once again I find myself disappointed my Alex Proyas. Further proof that Dark City was a fluke. Proyas' lack of insight on his commentary track for Dark City's DVD speaks to it's unintentional poignance. I sincerly watched the entire film wishing Pellington or Shyamalan had made it instead. There were some good moments but ultimately Knowing just left me cold.

  • March 22, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Knowing fails where Contact succeded.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    In having an intellegent, compelling discourse about the bluring, cohabitation and perception of Science vs. Faith. Even Lost has a much more ambitious discussion between those two dynamics.

  • July 12, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    this is dumb

    by tranpkp1

    bad review; off base. this was crazy m night shamalyan disappointment