Nov. 6, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST
Amazing score. Need to track it down again.
Nov. 6, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST
by The InSneider
good stuff, harold. looking forward to wolfman. hopefully the transition from mark to joe went smoothly.
Nov. 6, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST
I thought it was one of Elfman's weakest scores ever.
Nov. 6, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST
...the whole thing, based on the effects, and the troubled production. I definitely am also rooting for it though.
Nov. 6, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST
Hated Jurrasic Park 3. I really hope if they go for a fourth, he's right and they go in a whole new direction. That last reason to return to the island was so contrived it was painful. Some of the action scenes were lotsa fun (TRex fight, pteradactyl cage, boat attack), but the reason for going back was lazy. Looking forward to Wolfman.
Nov. 6, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
One, The Hellboy II score is amazing. Two, Elfman did actually write and record a whole score for this movie over the summer. Because the film was pushed back _yet again_ and Elfman wasn't available to come in and do revisions, they decided not to use his score. Also, apparently he wrote big, old-fashioned music (the kind that he's great at), and the decision now is to go with something more contemporary. It's a real shame. Elfman's contribution was seriously the only thing I was looking forward to about this movie.
Nov. 6, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST
Why ask about JP 4 when Captain America is supposedly next. There's an extreme lack of info on this movie.
Nov. 6, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
I like almost all of his films, the Rocketeer esp. I hope this hits for him too.
Nov. 6, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST
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Nov. 6, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST
I would love to watch that proposed Jurassic Park movie with the Raptor Spec Ops team.
Nov. 6, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST
It's right at the top. My bad, thanks JuanSanchez.
Nov. 6, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST
can be a bear to read it all. I know.
Nov. 6, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...aside from Rick Baker's makeup effects, and now it looks like BOTH are getting tossed out.<BR><BR>Piss shit FUCK!!!
Nov. 6, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
FIX THE SITE, HARRY!!!
Nov. 6, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST
by Omar B
I so love that movie. It's one of the few properties I would love to see revisited with modern special effects ... but only with Joe.
Nov. 6, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST
Then I'm confident that Captain America will be a solid film.
Nov. 7, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
He's really done some great work, going back to when he was in the special effects department for ILM and all that. His films are pretty good too. Fucking love The Rocketeer, and it's a damn shame it didn't launch a franchise like it should have. Really looking forward to the Wolfman.
Nov. 7, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST
What happened to this weeks DVD picks & peeks? You wrote in another article that you were working on it...and here it is, Friday, and still no article. The weekly DVD picks is one of my favorite parts of this site. Get to learn about so many obscure films from asian pseudo-porn to 1970s minority exploitation fliks, to some of the most fucked-up-peverted shit I've never heard of (but desperately want to see after reading about it). All that, and snide comments about GI Joe. Where's the article this week, Harry?
Nov. 7, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST
I know he was excited to be CREATING the themes for this movie, rather than paying homage to any themes from the original Wolfman... cos lets face it... nobody remembers the music to that particular classic. <p> Please let Elfman do this thing.
Nov. 7, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST
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Nov. 7, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST
but i`m looking forward to this... i hope johnston delivers...
Nov. 7, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST
No questions about his 1986 World Snooker victory? Poor.
Nov. 7, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST
by Lone Fox
What a pile of shit. Who okayed it? Rehash the first 2 brilliant films, but repopulate with irritating fucks. 2 ended with such potential scope for the series, then... follow it up with Tea Leoni shouting for 2 hours. Woo, Wolfman!
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST
Where's the Carl Ballantine Talkback!? Haven't you learned your lesson by never posting an Ed McMahon Talkback! Carl Ballantine was funny as hell and a pioneer in the art of Comedy/Magic! R.I.P. Old Friend!
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST
movie doesn't come out until 3-4 months. And Danny Elfman jumped the shark around the late 90's, he went from rehashing his late 80's early 90's material to now becoming pretty bland. I didn't even know it was him, nor really cared for, the score for MILK. He should get some earplugs and get Oingo Boingo back on the road.
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST
I'm just busting balls, looking forward to this movie!
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
That's why Harry's been posting a lot of Wolf Man news, because I think his embargo on it has passed. He didn't ask any "CAPTAIN AMERICAN" questions because at the time Harry was over there doing all this stuff, Johnston still hadn't closed the deal.
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST
Buy the Rocketeer DVD off of eBay or something, but for Gods sake watch it. It is one of the best films of the nineties.....one of the best films, period. An utterly joyous movie to watch, no matter the troubles Johnston went through with the studio the end result was just perfect.....and it also has one of the most beautiful movie scores ever made. Just simply a wonderful, wonderful piece of cinema.
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
God DAMN, did I fall in love with her in that movie...
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST
Harry, if you DONT mention North by Northwest you are offically DEAD to me you bitch....its the FIRST US Hitch release and the 50th anniversary release. Get it together gingerman!
Nov. 7, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST
Was the ending. A whole Navy battle group appears from god knows where because he SAT Phone'd a friend of his? REALLY??!!!? What a shart ending. Total BS. Poor Sam Neill.
Nov. 7, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST
Harry, I know Butt-Numb-A-Thon has you busy, but I want to buy some shit and I need your opinion. Throw it down, big man.
Nov. 7, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST
His atrocious score for Terminator Salvation has convinced me he doesn't know what he's doing anymore.
Nov. 7, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
I wish this borderline-illiterate cripple all the best.
Nov. 7, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST
I hate that movie. Sure JP3 is not a pimple on the ass of the first JP, but it is FAR SUPERIOR to Lost World: JP2.
Nov. 7, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST
BEEP BOOP BEEP BOOP BEEP BOOP BOOOP BEEP Now, just imagine dancing skeletons.
Nov. 7, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST
I'll have to give my vote for JP:Lost World being better than JP3. I agree that it was less than "brilliant", but I really didn't care for JP3 as a film (again, as a loosly tied together series of dinosaur action sequences, it was okay. As a sensible film...blech). Anyway, just an opinion.
Nov. 7, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST
by Lone Fox
Goldblum. T Rex running loose in San Francisco. Renegade dinosaur hunters on safari. The British hunter, forget his name, badass. Limited use of the dull kids from JP1. Limited/no use of Dern and Neil, the least appealing characters in JP1. Load of great dino sequences. The bad? Goldblum's daughter. Spielberg loves to shoehorn in family disfunction. JP1 had the wow factor, but JP2 was a better made film, a la Aliens. Says me anyway. I cannot stand watching 3, such a pointless waste of talent.
Nov. 7, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST
Lost World was a major disappointment for me. I haven't even bothered to watch it again since the first time I saw it. JP3 was entertaining as hell. Especially the whole cell phone bit. JP3 doesn't come remotely close to JP1 though.
Nov. 7, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST
Seriously, the site needs an overhaul. I'm not saying you need to overly commercialize or go extra flashy or anything like that, but really, it's 2009, you shouldn't be posting transcription of an interview that you have a digital audio file of. You should be posting the audio. I'm not just speaking as a lazy guy here. I mean, think about the richness and subtleties of your conversation that we're missing out on by not being able to hear your voices. You have the resources to make this site much more user friendly, and I think it's high time you gave it some attention. I'll be honest, I haven't been frequenting AICN all that often for about the past year or so, and that's one of the reasons (although, certainly not the only one).
Nov. 7, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST
by The Mothman
There's an example of sometimes awkward looking special effects ADDING to the effect. That scene where he catches the wing of the plane going out of control was awesome BECAUSE it looked unreal. That's my main issue with modern digital effects, they just look too smooth and processed, and it doesn't make it any more 'real' imo. Can anyone tell me if most of Rocketeer's effects were digital or did it use some sort of projection etc? Also, Rocketeer's teaser poster out-noirs this Wolfman one by a large ratio.
Nov. 7, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST
T rex was running around San Diego in "The Lost World" if I'm not mistaken. Although I'm with ya on it being much better than the drivel that was JP3.
Nov. 7, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST
Will be Captain America? With Marvels profits plummeting by the day - I'll gaurantee you that the suits over at Disney/Marvel are salivating at the astronomical box-office earnings that Will Smith will generate. And I'm 110% positive that BIG EGO Will wants the role. If he wants it, he'll get it. That's why they're waiting on announcing it. They're going to wait to the last possible moment. Because they know the comic book fans will be furious, but the general public will be ecstatic.
Nov. 8, 2009, 2:48 a.m. CST
Lol, You're complaining that CG effects look too real? Get over yourself.
Nov. 8, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
You're talking to a man so fat he needs a wheelchair. He's not crippled; he's just so fat he can't stand up. He can't control himself enough to lose enough weight to get out of a chair. He paid doctors to tie a knot in his stomach because he can't control his eating, despite the fact that it's crippled him. Harry is insane. He doesn't take advice. His site needs an overhaul. Are you fucking kidding?
Nov. 8, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST
by Lone Fox
Ha I knew it had a San in it. And Ganymede... you mean the cell phone that a dinosaur eats and is heard throughout the film ringing as it travels through it's digestive system? Really? Oy.
Nov. 8, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST
Why would a person with such a low opinion of a website and its owner take the time to...oh never mind. What's the use?
Nov. 8, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST
That's pretty funny. Seeing as Elfman shamelessly used one of the main cues from the 1941 "Wolfman" for his Batman theme. Unremarkable my ass!
Nov. 8, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST
That trailer hanging off cliff sequence (with Toby from West Wing!) is pure genius. I'd love to see McG, Abrams or Bay tackle that. Textbook.
Nov. 8, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST
Pure bliss. And, as others have said, one of the greatest movie scores of all time.
Nov. 8, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST
JP3 was shit, but I blame the script, not him, I'd be fine with him coming back for JP4 (if they ever make it) and I rented The Rocketeer from Netflix a few months ago (first time I saw it in years), unfortunately the picture quality was not so good (I don't know if it was just the copy I rented or not), but I still enjoyed it regardless, I'd flip for a nice blu ray of it
Nov. 8, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST
FUUUUUCK!!!! what is with Hollywood and pushing back movie lately? first Shutter Island, now this, FUCKING STOP IT!
Nov. 8, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST
by Starship Captain
You've got to be kidding! I don't think the general public wants to see Will Smith as Captain America EITHER. Even if the average person doesn't know that Steve Rogers is Cap (ala knowing that Clark Kent is Superman), the average person DOES KNOW that Cap is white. Sorry, this is not about racism, that's just the flat out truth. All I'm saying is IF you cast Will Smith as Cap the average person would scream "stunt casting!" and then say "Aw, hell no!" -- and the movie would be dead on arrival.
Nov. 8, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST
Nov. 8, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
Never saw Del Toro as Marv, but he's good, he can do it I guess. I imagine Stan Lee will play himself in a cameo. Are they going to use that creepy CGI process they used on Patrick Stewart in Wolverine to make him look younger?
Nov. 8, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST
It's going to be a deeply mediocre film and we all know it. Accept it, Harry.
Nov. 8, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST
No one wants to see: "Dinosaurs... with (airquotes) LASERS (airquotes)... on their heads!" Seriously.
Nov. 8, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST
"I'm livin' in da World War days gettin' jiggy wit' my Cap 'Mairka ways!" Gee thanks, Disney!
Nov. 8, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST
For the idiotic reason that T Rex is my favorite dino and in JP3 the T Rex went out like a bitch against that stupid fuckin' crocosaur thing with the dumbass fin on its back. Plus, the movie sucked and came off like a TV movie on SiFfy, but with slightly better FX.
Nov. 8, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST
I guess its just me. But I don't agree with the assessment with Jurassic Park. I can certainly tell when I'm looking at an animatronic dinosaur and a digital one. Their differences are incredibly clear, and easy to tell apart. Though Stan did a fantastic job, both FX are so different, a blind person could tell them apart.
Nov. 8, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...are fucking morons. Name ONE movie in the last DECADE Elfman has scored that sounds anything like Pee-Wee's Big Adventure or Bettlejuice. His Wolfman score would have been EPIC, and now we're stuck with the "genius" who scored two Underworld movies, Turistas and Vacancy. Bleargh....
Nov. 8, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST
...with a digital horse and probably digital Arabs too, because "that's the way it's going"?
Nov. 8, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST
No dude, that was Jennifer Connelly at her pre-breast reduction surgery peak!
Nov. 8, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST
I really, desperately want this to tank. There are a lot of different reasons. There are SO many reasons. It's remake, and I want the studio to take a monster bath on a big-budget remake to hopefully steer them, even a little, away from the remake party. I despise the "paint by committee" casting on the lead, getting Benicio Del Toro primarily to appeal to the "growing Latino audience" when he's got absolutely NO onscreen charisma whatsoever and can't manage an English accent to save his life (his accent changes three times in the trailer alone - the movie is going to be hilariously awful in this regard - "EY wheel KEEL AWWWWL'AYOUUUU!"). He wasn't cast for doing the best job - he was cast to appeal to a demographic. That kind of casting should not be rewarded, no matter what, so I want it to fail for that. I want it to fail because I think it'll illustrate concretely the absolute disinterest the general public has in genre and will get the studios to stop making genre movies (the best thing for us genre fans right now would be Hollywood moving away from assfucking us and practically stealing our money making in-name-only genre pictures for a looooooong time). I want it to fail even for the trailer alone, which is one of those "tell the whole plot and show every scene" movies where you know Anthony Hopkins is the other werewolf and there'll be a werewolf-vs-werewolf fight at the end), so I want Hollywood to stop doing that. I want this to fail because it represents absolutely everything wrong with Hollywood in terms of the tinkering that's been done with it. I want it to fail for taking a giant dog-squat SHIT on the notion of practical effects, met with disadain by Hollywood executives who all deserve a kick in the nuts. So, yeah, I want this to make $11m on its opening weekend and disappear with a 80-percent plunge. After the massive failure of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE ($65m on a budget of $100-150m) and the upcoming massive failure of AVATAR (there's just no interest, anywhere, outside of the geekgasm crowd, and even they're like "Ehhh" for the most part) ... this should be the one that will push Hollywood over the edge and make them say "Ok, um, maybe we need to not do this kind of movie any more for a while." Thank fucking god. I hate you, Hollywood.
Nov. 8, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST
He'll be playing Isaiah Bradley. So it's categorically incorrect to insinuate that only a White Man can play Captain America - when the lore specifies that a Black Captain America existed at one point in time. Here's the facts. A Captain America movie with Will Smith will out-gross a Captain America movie without him. And the suits know it. The general public would go gaga over Will Smith especially once they find out that there was an actual Black Captain America.
Nov. 8, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST
by The Mothman
I'm quite certain I described modern CG as 'too smooth and processed', not 'too real'. I find the ED-209 stop-motion effects in Robocop a lot scarier than digital because it makes the machine look big and ungainly...you know, the way it actually WOULD look. If you're happy with the endless dishing out of Big Fake Effects, that's fine, but the best CGI in the world doesn't make a tidal wave look any more real to me.
Nov. 8, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST
First you tell me you don't want genre pics to fail, now you post that you do. Your last post is a bit odd to say the least. I know where you're coming from on all your points - but your reaction to them is simply to say you want to shoot yourself in the foot. I hate the remake culture, I hate the pretty teen in everything culture, I hate the move to CGI from practical effects simply as a cost exercise rather than a choice of what would work better. I hate the dumbing down. But you know what, that's ways been the case and it's no worse now than it was 30 years ago. There are still intelligent pics being made. There are still great actors entertaining. And once in a while, a good horror flick comes along. This movie is hardly able to be lumped in with the I Know What this Incredibly Foxy Teen Did Last Summer bollocks - I wish it had practical effects too but regardless it looks decent. Del Toro is a great actor so I can't really give a shit if his accent isn't perfect, and I'm a Brit. It doesn't bother me. I want to be entertained, to enjoy a monster movie - and Johnston hasn't let me down before; far from it, he's given me one o the most joyous movie experience of my life. Wanting it to fail for those reasons you mention, I know where you're coming from but it's cutting your nose off to spite your face.
Nov. 8, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST
I bet you couldn't tell what's model work and what is CG these days. Did you know almost every big movie that has some sort of CG also has model work? They have to build the model first to scan it into the computer. It's not lazy work by any means.
Nov. 8, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST
One of my favourite movies from my childhood and I was always dissapointed they never made a sequel. Sure it wouldn't have been as good but who knows, it might have been fun nonetheless. Anyway, since we're talking about it check out this video I found... <p> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdrVdpFLzvQ
Nov. 8, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST
by The Mothman
Of course the people who work on these effects aren't lazy. I have no doubt an incredible amount of time and effort went into something like Transformers. What I'm saying is, it just doesn't work on me any more. I recall the day I first saw TV trailers for ID4 and thought 'anything's possible...movies are only going to get better from here'. Almost 15 years later, and I couldn't be more bored. Old special effects, because of their somewhat arcane nature, still work on me because I have not much idea how they were done, whereas most punk teenagers these days can look at a movie and say 'wow, nice computer graphics' - there's just no mystery any more, at least in the final product. I dunno, maybe it's the way certain directors put too much of the spotlight on CGI...see that awful transformation scene in the New Moon trailer as an example (don't ask what I was doing watching it in the first place), or the creatures from the early Harry Potters, or the vampire-things in I Am Legend. For every creative movie that uses digital effectively, there's three others that deaden my pulse.
Nov. 9, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST
I know it's cutting my nose to spite my face, but that's the frame I'm in when it comes to genre movies. At this point with the way the movie industry in the US is going, if someone offered me a button I could press that would shut down all funding for all genre projects in the United States, of any stripe, I would happily do it. I don't generally want genre pictures to fail; there's no contradiction. Ususally, if I get the feeling the people involved are genuine, I wish them only the best. That's why I was totally supoortive of the FRIDAY THE 13TH remake - like them or not, the people involved did seem to really love the Jason character and want to do a good movie, and I thought they succeeded (I'm a die-hard Ft13th fan). However, this movie feels like a corporate rush job that got caught in the cookie jar resulting in reshoots and reshoots and reshoots. Joe's a cool director, and this failure isn't wished upon him. Rather, I've reached a point where I think the best thing that could happen is to give everything a little push in terms of the evolution of art and a new creative Rennaisance.<p><p>I'm also a big believer in people getting what they ask for - forcing them to get the results of what they demand. For instance, I think that all religious people of any stripe should be condemned any time you catch them listening to music of ANY kind other than hymns from their various faiths. "Oh, no you don't, Mr. Christian - your church declared rock'n'roll to be the music of the devil - NOT FUCKING ALLOWED!" No dancing, no singing, no chocolate, no mixed fibers, etc. Make Neo-Nazis refrain from using any product or invention ever created by anyone but Aryans (including medical care developments). And I actually think that genre fans - with their whining, screaming, complaining, drooling idiocy - deserve to have no more good movies made, because they support this kind of shit. And they tolerate executives like Peters control the industry. Do you know what a total walkout boycott of WATCHMEN could've done? It would've crushed some balls, that's for sure. A complete empty-theater scenario, picket lines, etc. STOP SUPPORTING FOX. STOP SUPPORTING JOHN PETERS.
Nov. 9, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST
For me, I always loved the "fall behind a table" thing, where the monster would suddenly pop up after the guy who changed into the monster fell.
Nov. 9, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST
I'll actually tell you when it all reached its nadir, some time ago but not too long a time. I got the chance to be involved in a chat with the "creative" (*a-hem*) folks behind FLASH GORDON, the recent Sci-Fi Channel debacle version.<p><p>The moment I heard about the chat, I knew EXACTLY the question I was going to ask, and it was WELL before the show had been cast, the details worked out or any of the concepts actually released, hence the initial Q&A being very general, about what sort of feel/theme/ideas they were going for in the show.<p><p>So what was my question? Simple - I asked, not an exact quote but basically this: "So, on the subject of Ming the Merciless. Please tell me you're going to make him a legitimate, powerful Asian villain, as he has been portrayed since the character first appeared ... or are you going to do what I expect and simply make him a blond blue-eyed American businessman with a British accent, as I SUSPECT you will do?" There was a weird pause, and my question got the response, again not an exact quote: "We haven't done casting yet, of course, but ... we're going to make sure we cast Ming ... in a way that's true to our vision yadda blah blah." Needless to say, when the show premiered, what do you fucking know but Ming is a blond blue-eyed American businessman character with a British accent. What a shock. And it was just like - ok, this is stupid. These fucking producers are so fucking out-of-touch and so politically-correct and so money-hungry and so devoid of talent, there's just nothing there creatively left. Once you ruin the whole of the creativity of a medium, the art form is dead. And I'm of the opinion that film in America is dead.
Nov. 9, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST
I fucking -despised- every waking minute of THE ROCKETEER because it was a "No Weapons of Any Kind" movie. I saw the "money shot" of the trailer - Rocketeer on the top of Griffith Observatory holding a gun - as indicative that, like the old serials (which are rated 'g' when they're re-rated for DVD, btw, for the most part) the main character would be shooting Communists and terrorists and gangsters with, oh, you know, the PISTOL THAT'S ALWAYS IN THE ROCKETEER'S HAND WHENEVER DAVE STEVENS DREW HIM! But, it turned out that - just like the Apache Helicopters fighting Dragons on the poster for REIGN OF FIRE which never happens in the movie itself except for a single-second flash - the Rocketeer wouldn't shoot even a single person's GUN out of their hand. In fact, after he -gets- the gun so they can do the shot in the trailer, he promptly loses it a second later before he can even shoot anybody with it. He lands on the blimp and it slides off the side, instantly. Not one shot of THE ROCKETEER, a pulpy gun-toting hero, with him shooting a gun. Oh. My. Fucking. God. Dave Stevens even got annoyed with me at a convention once when we were chatting (nobody was at his table) and he was all friendly until I said that I worried that they'd sort of de-ball his creation and ruin the pulpy atmosphere. That got a hard stare and a 'get out of here' kind of tone of "Well, maybe you should be moving along now." I think I hit a nerve. The point is that I love all these old 1940s characters and so I see a lot of the entertainment that was out in a "less sophisticated" time. One recent example is an episode of THE SHADOW -from the 30S/40S- which is called "The Society of the Living Dead." This show, which ran on THE MAJOR AIRWAVES WITH A MAJOR CORPORATE SPONSOR, featured a story about anti-American groups stealing the identities of recently-deceased people to cross the border into the US to commit acts of sabotage. And that was the 30s/40s. Can you imagine if I went to a major studio and said "I want to do a movie about a super hero who goes after terrorists and Anti-American interests stealing identities and crossing the border to do damage to the US?" I'd be told I was crazy, that such a movie would be totally insensitive in our PC age.
Nov. 9, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST
I don't agree with everything you're saying, but I do agree with some of it. I think what you pointed out about Flash Gordon is dead on. So fucking typical of the talentless, spineless, dickless, hopeless, piece of monkey shit (thanks C. Griswald) producers and executives. Hollywood is a pretty cynical/scared shitless town, I think, mainly because of middle management development ass-wipes and orders that come down from on high (i.e. - not the heads of the studios as much as the heads of the studios worrying about the real bosses - the heads of the conglomerates). <p>I'm not sure if you're saying there's no creativity left in genre films or in film itself, but if it's the latter, that's where I disagree. I've seen a lot of films these past few years that fit my taste for movies that may stand the test of time: The Wrestler, Two Lovers, There Will Be Blood, No Country, Jesse James, and Moon to name just a few. <p>The bigger problem is most likely that the directors who could have carte blanche on genre films either have lost their balls (Spielberg) or they just aren't doing them. I'd like to see P.T. Anderson do a genre film, or David Fincher finally do Rama. I guess there's just too many projects generated by the execs that are then handed to total hacks because genre films still make money and they want a constant stream of genre remakes, sequels, reimaginings, 80's cartoon adaptations and whatever other bullshit.<p>I also want to clarify that Spielberg comment in relation to what you said about the PC age - a perfect example is how dark and sick Temple of Doom was. I saw it in the theater when I was 7 and guess what? I didn't grow up to be a murderous, heart-tearing out, member of a thuggee cult. But that's what Spielberg in his unending wisdom would have you believe might happen because they just went too far and made it "too dark." I at least have to give Lucas and Ford credit for saying how much they still like that one, but it does show the kind of PC back-pedaling bullshit you're talking about. Another example is Harold Ramis on the National Lampoon's Vacation commentary talking about how uncomfortable the 'racial' humor in the scene where the Griswalds drive through the ghetto makes him. Why, because it's the fucking TRUTH??? Because a lilly white family like them SHOULD be fucking scared driving through a rough neighborhood and because the truth is that such places are inhabited by a disproportionately large number of black and hispanic people? If anything, it proves how fucked up it is... would it be better to ignore it? What's wrong with finding humor in truth? Trading Places and Coming to America have the same kind of humor, was it not ok when they did it? Just hate that kind of disingenuous bullshit.
Nov. 9, 2009, 2:57 a.m. CST
Ditto on the werewolf stuff in the Twilight trailer. FUCKING HORRID... I mean, it looks so bad as to be almost a joke. Isn't that a big budget film? The wolf stuff is worse than something you'd see on the Sci-fi channel. A lot of this CG has movies moving BACKWARDS, I swear. I'd rather, ANY DAY, to see something physical and real, like the stuff in Neverending Story, than bad CG. Even when that stuff becomes outdated, it retains a certain charm or is still interesting to look at.
Nov. 9, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST
Harry: That’s one of the things when I was talking to Benicio, he was desperate to get as much variation into the wolfman performance as possible, because he feels that the more we make him animal versus monster, the more the audience can kind of root for him in a way, which of course pays off to what’s happening here at the end. I think in terms of is this is a film that begins a franchise of horror, as opposed to a one off, which I know certain powers that be would probably want it to be a franchise versus a one off. -Harry Knowles Wouldn't want that attributed to myself. Especially if I was a successful Internet Dude.
Nov. 9, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST
Just remeber, I do my own stunts....
Nov. 9, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST
but I need my other hand for my flamethrower-lighter and C4 cigarettes.....
Nov. 9, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST
Robert Zemeckis should remake the Rocketeer ala motion capture with I, Dalton playing Cliff Secord, Jenny Hot-tits, and that old Alda fella...and my Nazi-Actor-DateRapist of course.
Nov. 9, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST
I didn't know that Harold Ramis felt uncomfortable about that scene in "National Lampoon's Vacation"—it's unfortunate if he does because that scene works beautifully. That would be like John Landis cringing at the line 'Do you mind…if we dance…with your dates?' from "Animal House." I mean, those scenes are hilarious and are rooted in context.<br><br>Unfortunately, we're talking about power dynamics within the film industry; a commercial enterprise—I don't think it's an appeal to 'Political Correctness'— American film history proves otherwise.<br> But, honestly, how many directors have the talent for comedy that Landis does? How many can actually wade through lazy racial stereotypes and find kernels of truth that aren't obnoxiously one-sided, shallow and blissfully stupid? Landis was commenting on hypocrisy in the establishment, using an 'outsider' to contrast societal 'norms'. He wasn't exploiting that outsider status for it's own sake, he was making a point. A contrast is "Temple of Doom," which unfortunately, triggers the WORST feelings of 'darkie exoticism'— and although it's hyperbolic action scenes and harsher tone are welcome, the blatant exploitation of that movie isn't. Finally, in light of Lucas,' um, idiotic choices in the prequel trilogy, reading about him defending it comes across as disingenuous bullshit.
Nov. 9, 2009, 5:21 a.m. CST
that is all.....<p> Call me Joe Johnston for I am DALTO!!!!
Nov. 9, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST
I am also available for weddings and barmitzvahs.... <p> You should see me light the wedding cake with my flamethrower lighter, or destroy glasses with my c4 cigarettes...
Nov. 9, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST
Take THAT Sean Connery!!!
Nov. 9, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST
Now that Cubby wants me back, I'll be taking over from that ugly, scarred, blond-haired,blue-eyed Hitler poster boy Craig. <p> If he has any problems with it I will handle him like I did Benicio delDruggo and Robert Davi. That is to mean I will put him through a cocaine mincer and then set fire to his remains with my flamethrower lighter whilst saying a dry English quip.
Nov. 9, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST
if I could I would strap you down in a chair and hold your eyes open Clockwork Orange style and then I would play footage of dancing skeletons set to Danny Elfman music until you went batshit, how does that make you feel?
Nov. 9, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
Seriously, I feel like we've been discussing this movie for years. Enough already, release the damn thing.
Nov. 9, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST
Smith has gone on record saying he's not interested after the WWW fiasco. Not to mention this is still a Marvel film..now that they've got the reins I don't think they'd permit such nonsense anyway.
Nov. 9, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST
lol..jesus..whats next? Harry: Farts. Harry: Scratches..
Nov. 9, 2009, 8 p.m. CST
Now - what I need someone to do is to find out precisely WHEN this audio commentary with Ramis was made for VACATION, what year. And then do a search in EVERY SINGLE MOVIE THAT RAMIS HAS DONE SINCE THEN to see if there is even ONE anti-white joke or ANY humor aimed at white people EVEN ONCE in ANY of those films. Certainly there's no racial humor in ANALYZE THIS or ANALYZE THAT ... right?
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM is my favorite of all the INDIANA JONES movies. It's the one that plays out the most like a serial AFAIC. There are so many classic moments. The search for the vial and diamond in the ice, the tunnel chase, the moment when Indiana is going to kick ass and suddenly gets his voodoo-doll comeuppance from the Prince. Plus, being the same age as Short Round when the movie came out, I have to admit I had the WORLD'S BIGGEST (AND PROBABLY ONLY) crush on Short Round. But, yeah, the movie rocks.<p><p>And to all who say it plays off of "exoticism," are you willing to go no record and say there's nowhere in all of the entire Indian continent where people eat chilled monkey brains or eyeball / eel soup, or who worship Kali? I'll take that bet, bitches. It's there because it HAPPENS.
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST
You're right. Studios NEVER appeal to political correctness: In 2006, when Disney first announced they were finally bringing a black princess to the big screen with 'The Princess and the Frog,' it was cause for celebration -- long overdue, yet still worth celebrating. The honeymoon didn't last long. The first cries of foul came quickly, with critics bemoaning the lead character's announced name and occupation. She'd be a maid for a white family named ... Maddy. When her name and occupation were labeled demeaning (as AOL BlackVoices points out, the moniker bares close resemblance to the ethnic slur "Mammy"), Disney was quick to respond, renaming the heroine Tiana and recasting her as a chef. Crisis averted. Until early this year, anyway, when it was revealed that our groundbreaking African-American princess (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) would not in fact be falling in love with an African-American prince. It's unclear what ethnicity her dreamy Prince Naveen is exactly -- his first name is Indian, he's from the fictional land of Maldonia, and he's voiced by Brazilian actor Bruno Campos -- but he's certainly not black (nor white, for that matter, as reported in some camps). Outrage ensued, with the popular refrain coming in question form, "We can have a black president in office, but not a black Disney prince?" (It's an interesting contrast to Hollywood's well-documented under-representation of black actresses in major roles -- just see the many times Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy have been cast opposite white or Latina love interests.) Are the criticisms warranted? Or are the reactions excessive? Depends on how you look it at. There are some reasonable questions being asked: In a film set in 1920s New Orleans, where most of the characters are black, why isn't the prince? Why make the princess clearly culturally definable, yet the prince ambiguous? After 70 years of white princes, doesn't the black community deserve a prince to call their own? (And no, we count neither Prince Akeem nor the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in this argument.) But at the same time, shouldn't we credit Disney for diversifying their portfolio and promoting interracial relationships? Won't this scenario help teach our kids about racial tolerance? Aren't we all just overreacting here? After all, this is an animated movie for kids about people who transform into frogs; the main characters even spend most of their screen time as reptiles amphibians. So should race even be an issue here? In a year that saw Hollywood's biggest moneymaker, 'Transformers 2,' draw justified ire for its inexplicable jive-talking robots, 'Princess and the Frog' has also caught some flak for some of the supporting characters -- a blues-singing lightning bug with missing teeth could easily be seen as stereotypical -- but since when have Disney sidekicks not been over the top? Just see the French (and quite possibly gay) candlestick Lumiere, the flatulent warthog Pumbaa and the scantily clad pixie Tinker Bell. So the question remains: Does Disney deserve all this controversy? Or is it all much ado about nothing? Tell us what you think.
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST
To say nothing of the trailer I saw for TOY STORY 3 where Buzz Lightyear is transformed into a Spanish-speaker to further pander.
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST
I, for one, enjoy the PREQUELS, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why people hash on them for being "light-hearted" and "kiddie." What other series of "kiddie" movies do you know featuring so much sword-slashing, window-falling-out, pit-falling, limb-cutting, caught-on-fire-with-lava-until-limbs-burn-off-ing, Youngling-Jedi-Trainee-Murder, Jet-Lucas-the-Last-Preteen-Jedi-Gunned-Downing, Kid-Seeing-His-Dad-Beheaded-In-Front-Of-Him-So-Head-Lands-Nearby-ing ??????? Not fucking many, true-love-Force-throwing, find-the-twin-babies-to-murder-them-questing movies out there any more. Yeah. fucking DARK when I put it that way, guys, huh?
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST
Over on the other side of the coin, Speilberg thinks kids can't handle FBI agents carrying guns and replaced them with Walkie-Talkies. Yeah. Fuck you, SS.
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST
I like the TWILGHT transformations just fine, as a fan of the books. The guys aren't werewolves, btw. They're shapeshifters who magically *POOF* into wolves. It basically plays onscreen exactly how it reads in the books, a blurring and shifting of reality and they're suddenly wolves.
Nov. 9, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST
I absolutely freaking ADORE the movie HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS. I want to see it on blu-ray with a full cast commentary. And I wish to hell they'd made the one sequel I head about as the most likely option at one point, the title alone being worthy of a film being made of it: HONEY, I FAXED THE KIDS.
Nov. 9, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST
I wore out the message boards at imdb posting hatred at what they'd done to one of my favourite characters. I grew up on all the versions of Flash, Buster Crabbe was a childhood hero and I still to this day venerate the 1980 movie. What Skiffy did was awful. But I can't agree with you on the rest of your comments even though I see where you're coming from. We still get some terrific genre pics - so to say we should throw the baby out with the bathwater makes no sense. There was never a time when Hollywood WASN'T churning out mostly crap. It's the gems you have to sift for. Beyond that, The Rocketeer. Have to take issue with your hatred for that. I LOVED the comics. I shelled out more than I should have not a couple years ago for a mint copy of the GN. The movie was a seperate article and to me, it captured the spirit of the material perfectly, just perfectly - and Johnston elevated the work even further, creating what is to me a genuinely magical movie on all fronts. Each to their own, I guess, but Rocketeer is a sacred movie for me - No.2 only to Flash Gordon 1980. Pure cinema, both of them.
Nov. 9, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST
... why was Hollywood afraid to let him, you know, fight crime or shoot a gun?
Nov. 9, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST
I watched ROCKETEER through a red haze of disgust the entire time, as more and more time went by and he wasn't Rocketeering. I had hope by the end, when he got the gun. "Ok, it's all been building to this!" I thought, and then "Whoops!" it slides down the side of the blimp and I was out of the movie. I wanted to just walk out in disgust. I stuck around for a friend, but I was done with the picture at that moment, since it was literally like some producer walked up at the shot of him holding the gun and said "We have notes. DESTROY! DESTROY!" and ruined the script.
Nov. 9, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST
OMG! I ask this because you said you had a crush on Short Round
Nov. 10, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST
... is not a girl.
Nov. 10, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST
luckily I Dalto eluded the Thai authorities and am able to still star in motion captured remakes of my former glories....Take THAT Gary Glitter!!!
Nov. 10, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST
for a second. When he hit that pose with the gun and the spotlight flashed on him? I was SOLD—it felt like I was watching a Buster Crabbe vehicle.
Nov. 10, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST
Notice that Joe COMPLETELY ignored the question about the possibility of a Blu-ray release of The Rocketeer. That means it ain't coming soon. If it was, Joe would have winked and said, "I can't comment on that". HERE THIS DISNEY!!! The current non-anamorphic single-layer DVD transfer of The Rocketeer just DOESN'T cut in on modern home theater systems.
the Princess and the Frog is demeaning in concept. It's not this great liberating moment where the black community finally has a Princess, it's just Disney realizing they need a black princess to sell more of their never ending princess merchandise. I can picture the smoke filled conference room: "Hell, we even have a middle eastern princess, it's time we got a colored one".
Nov. 10, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST
Instead of using the score Elfman has already recorded for the film, they will go with the composer that brought us the transcendent music of Deathrace!! I was excited about this film, but no more...
Nov. 10, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST
I still like it, but the last half of the movie, the hero isn't doing anything remotely interesting. He just kind of falls into stuff.
Nov. 10, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST
I can agree with this person who wrote this movie as one of those most anticipated movies to suck. Check it out: http://www.ranker.com/list-of/film There's a list of a lot more movies that are going to blow. I don't think this movie will be written well enough to be meet everyone's expectations.
Nov. 10, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST
I know the anticipation isn't great for this after all the delays and changes, but fuck it. Joe Johnston has my money every time after he gave me Rocketeer. I'm looking forward to Wolfman too...if it turns out bad, well, I'll be disappointed. But I'm betting it'll be a lot better than most talkbackers are anticipating. I mean, face it - it's Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins in a retro werewolf movie. Directed by the guy who made Rocketeer. Sounds like a fucking great night out to me.
Nov. 10, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST
any thoughts on that? I'm guessing this movie has it's haters on here, but personally I love, it's a great kid's movie with a creative premise, plus Rick Moranis is hilarious in it
Nov. 11, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST
Said above that it's a favorite of mine, and it's one of the few movies I'd pay for a blu-ray of. I want extras though, like full cast commentary.
Nov. 11, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST
WTF? First Rick Baker, now this... Way to screw up your film, guys.
Nov. 11, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST
Now, what was Fox going to do with those remaining episodes? Was it "burn them" or "burn them off?" I can't remember. AMERICA HATES GENRE!
Nov. 11, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST
He broke down on a show (The Ellen Degeneres show). He's had a rough year.
Nov. 11, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST
I'm excited for Wolfman. I wonder if it'll make my list of good movies. Y'all can find some of them here: http://www.ranker.com/list-of/film. What do you guys think?
Nov. 11, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST
threr be dvds fer revewing
Nov. 11, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST
loss the toss
Nov. 11, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST
That's why District 9 did so badly. Oh, wait. It did brilliantly. Come on man. Genre flicks are not as predjudiced against as you make out. And we've gotten some really terrific genre pics and shows over the last 10 years. This "bitter" act you've got going for yourself is kind of self-defeating.
Nov. 12, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST
They worked up hype, hiding the reality of the space aliens for a long-ass time. Mystery stuff sells. Hype sells. If they'd trown the aliens right out there it would have been a giant turd. And as soon as word got out about it, it collapsed at the box-office once people realized it was sci-fi pure-and-through.
Nov. 12, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST
Sorry but it's true.
Nov. 12, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
unless its just bad grammar, harry talks about hellboy 2 like it hasn't been released yet.
Nov. 12, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST
D9 was never marketed as a mystery, unless you're referring to the question of whether the aliens would be good or bad based on which trailer you watched. It was still pretty obviously a heavy scifi and I don't know where you get this 'collapsed at the box office" from. It did really well and anyone who went to the theatre not knowing it was about aliens must have been deaf and blind.
Nov. 12, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST
I didn't get that either. Or that craptastic run on mess of a sentence... but thats Harry. Aint it cool?
Nov. 12, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST
Hardly. The mystery I refer to is that people were conditioned to be interested with the WARNING DO NOT ENTER type signs everywhere selling the mystery and the "found footage" element, as opposed to selling it as being about space ships and rockets and lasers. Sure, the trailers eventually changed to the awful limbo-walking robot doing TRANSPORTER missile dodging, but hey. And it sucked. Aside from that ... it was not a huge commercial success. It was a pretty big failure when you consider what they hoped it would make. People want exploitation and nothing more now in the USA; they went for splojinz and bloodz and titz. Nothing more. And genre flicks don't rule the b.o. Movies taking the trappings and titles of genre and bearing little or no resemblance to them do. Notice the fucking insane failure of WILD THINGS ARE? It died a horrible death - collapsed despite promises of "repeat viewings to keep it aloft." FAIL, fuckers.
Nov. 12, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
wouldn't that scorch the holy fuck out of Cliff Secord's buttocks and the back of his thighs? Wow, one second into the flight and you'd be screaming in God-awful, agonizing pain. When you finally crashed you'd have to spend the rest of yur life laying on your stomach, shitting into a bag. Your ass would look the English Patient's face.
Nov. 12, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST
The fire burns cold. They even say in the movie that the jet pack doesn't get hot. It's cold in fact.
Nov. 15, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST
You say District 9 was a failure "because it didn't make what they expected". Well you're half right. It made a lot more than anyoe expected of it. Come on, I get it, you didn't like it. But let's not just make stuff up, eh? It was an unexpected critical and commercial success far beyond it's budget. You saying otherwise doesn't make it so.....an you're still way off base with your "mystery marketing" comments. It was never in any way intimated to be anything other than what it was - a hard edged scifi with political leanings.
Nov. 15, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST
Intimating District 9 was somehow NOT a scifi movie, but instead some weak movie wrapped in Scifi "trappings". Uhhhh, WTF?
Nov. 16, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST
I'm guessing it REALLY doesn't get any love here, but I can't help, but love Jumanji as well
Nov. 16, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST
Intimating District 9 was somehow NOT a scifi movie, but instead some weak movie wrapped in Scifi "trappings". Uhhhh, WTF?
Nov. 16, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST
DISTRICT 9 was advertised as an intriguing mystery - WHAT IS THE SECRET OF DISTRICT 9 ? They were given blurred images of the aliens, mysterious shots of the space ships, no explanation of the plot. If they had advertised it in a fashion similar to, say, STAR TREK, it would've tanked. As it was, once people found out it was a sci-fi hard movie with political leanings as you say, it did a massive nose-dive. Hence, my argument.
Nov. 17, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST
That is what you call 'advertised as mystery"...? give me a break. Yeah, all the shots of the alien in the interrogation room being questioned, and seeing or not seeing what it was saying based on what trailer you were watching - plus the shots of the mech - must have had people absolutely convinced they were watching Agatha Christie's only sci-fi book adapted onscreen... I mean come on, that's really stretching it. On top of that, to try and suggest D9 was a failure at the box office is patently ridiculous - it has as of Nov1st earned $199,448,079 worldwide. For a little expected film that cost 20mil to make, it`s kind of a massive success. And it`s yet to earn it`s inevitably massive DVD numbers. So give it up Spymunk. D9 was not advertised as a mystery, nor was it a box office failure. You simply don`t like it. Fair enough. Lying won`t make anything you say the truth though.
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