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Harry ran away with THE RUNAWAYS! In his perverse dreams that is!

I love girl bands. I like a lot of music, but girl bands... especially girl bands like THE RUNAWAYS... I saw THE RUNAWAYS at the Armadillo World Headquarters in that glorious world of the seventies when I was just a kid. My parents took me, it wasn't some cute as Barbie group - they were ferocious... and most importantly they fucking rocked. Literally... so long as I live, I'll never ever forget seeing them play CHERRY BOMB - there was something about that song, those girls and the way the screamed CHERRY BOMB that forever tattooed into my soul a love for girls unlike previous generations of girls. Girls that were sexually aggressive, that owned their bodies and enjoyed them. They got tattoos, they played rock n roll and they were amazing. They just didn't last very long. But their influence... well, it goes well beyond the world of music - look at a site like SUICIDE GIRLS, I'm there usually twice a day, girls rock and as girls left their poodle skirts and sweaters behind for saftey pins and spray painted shirts... I couldn't wait to see this movie. After an incredibly frantic race to the screening this morning... I won't get into it, but it did involve 90mph... Yoko and I arrived in the theater just moments before the opening title hit the screen. No time to settle, I was just thrust into the opening and that's how this film should be seen. In a rush. A rush to see the THE RUNAWAYS. The film follows the evolution and too quick demise of THE RUNAWAYS, that amazing all girl concept band that didn't monkey around. You see a young Joan Larkin buy her first leather coat and suddenly - she became Joan Jett. Joan had a dream of an all girl band that would rock as hard, if not harder, than the boys. She wanted to play electric guitar, but the film shows how difficult it was for a girl to even get instructions for playing it. In the film, Kristen's Joan goes to a music instructor who tells her girls don't play electric. Obviously stuck on Joan Baez apparently, and that's not a bad thing, that's just not the type of Joan that Joan Jett was cut out to be. One night at a club, she spied Music Producer Kim Fowley - announced to him that she played guitar and aspired to put together an all-girl rock band. Now if you want a history of THE RUNAWAYS - it is pretty much available to read everywhere - but in Floria Sigismondi's film called THE RUNAWAYS - it is brought to life in a blisteringly fun way. First off... Michael Shannon is the shit. He first arrived with GROUNDHOG DAY, in what now seems to have been a million years ago. We saw him in a number of roles, but frankly he didn't stand front and center in a film I saw until William Friedkin's brilliant BUG. From that point on, his name was in my mind. In 2006, Michael Shannon gave the very best performance by an actor that year. He didn't have an army of publicists working for him, so he didn't even garner a nomination. Kinda like Tom Hardy/BRONSON this year. But that disparity will only disappear when the Academy shakes up how things are done. In THE RUNAWAYS, Michael plays legendary Rock Producer Kim Fowley - and man... I love him. He teaches these girls to "sing with their cock" and conditioned them for the punk rock music scene and just watching him train, mold and give them the secrets of Rock N Roll.... well, it's a delight - and all kinds of inappropriate. Fuck Jack Black, this is the real School of Rock.... I mean, where's their RUNAWAYS? Heh. Then there's the two stars of the film... Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. They are absolutely fantastic. Kristen Stewart is amazing to watch - there's a shyness that reads as alienation perfectly in this film. Kristen is beautiful, but in a soft way, she doesn't project a ferocious lover, instead she comes across as that girl that might suddenly start making out with you in a club... but who could take or leave you. She's breaking the rules and discovering who she is along the way in the film. She plays Joan as a girl coming into her own. At the start of the film - she's a bit lost. Doesn't know how to play the guitar, but she has songs in her head. She can hear them, she just isn't quite capable of getting them out there. When Michael Shannon's Kim Fowley begins building a band around her - the pieces fall in place - and the only person that can hear the sound in her head better than her is probably Kim. He hears pieces of it in her, but he realizes that they need something more. That something more was Cherie Currie, as played by Dakota Fanning. Now... people got a raging angry boner at the very concept of HOUNDDOG... A film that was all about a girl that wanted to sing like Elvis and wound up in a terrible rape, but the film suddenly became "The Dakota Fanning Rape Movie" to the world. In THE RUNAWAYS, Dakota is playing Cherie Currie, who was 15 when she joined the band (same age as Dakota). Cherie didn't handle success very well... diving head first into the realm of drugs, sex and rock & roll. In the film, we don't see Dakota naked - so you pervs can forget screen grabs. Instead, the sex and promiscuity is shot in a very non-exploitive, but erotic manner. Her love scene with Kristen Stewart will probably rot a lot of brains - and Dakota is used perfectly to show something more than what Cherie Currie's public image was. Let's face it, Cherie was the highly sexualized fetishized Jail Bait rocker of the group. In the film, Floria shows how hot and stunning Dakota is - but at the very same time, you see why even though the image may be there, the psyche isn't. Dakota's Cherie is constantly visibly trying to catch up and exceed the others. With drugs, sex and the rest. But it is tearing her up. At home she has a father in a constant state of alcoholic coma, and her mom, played by Tatum O'Neal, is off in Indonesia with a new hubby. Kristen and Dakota are amazing to watch together in this film. Even if their public personas are a bit reversed in reality. Questions constantly hitting tabloids as to what state Kristen is in, while Dakota finds herself as a consummate professional. In the film, you see Joan exploit Cherie, care for her and ultimately feel sad for her. Of the other girls in the band, my fave is the RUNAWAYS' drummer, Sandy West as played by Stella Maeve, if anything, she's just the right kind of laid back rock on type of Drummer chick that's fun to party with. The other members of the band just aren't really given the focus, which is rightly upon Joan, Cherie and Kim Fowley. Getting the back story on THE RUNAWAYS shows us just how apt that name was. The girls all seemed to be running away from home by shacking up with Rock N Roll - and thank God they had fucked up home lives, if they didn't - they wouldn't have been who they were. By the film's end... as we see a more MTV clothed Joan Jett being interviewed about her debut album with JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS... it has that right, awesome feel. THE RUNAWAYS is a fantastic film. It premieres at SXSW and shortly thereafter in theaters nationwide. Like the original RUNAWAYS, these girls and this movie rock. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing it again, from the very beginning. And before I go - I'm gonna call out Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman, who is credited as the Key Hair Stylist on THE RUNAWAYS. The hair in this film is just so blissfully seventies, in particular - Dakota's Cherie hair... it really really should come back. Please. Girls. Like this. Please. For us. Please.

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  • March 5, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Harrumph

    by D.Vader

    That was a quick review.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Why no spoiler tag in your Alice review, Harry?

    by D.Vader

    Or are you just going to pretend you didn't spoil anything in your review?

  • March 5, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    by detonator

    Nice. But seriously Marvel, get your shit together and make a Runaways movie happen. The one with the badass velociraptor.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I'm not finding Kristin Stewart's mullet very attractice

    by TheBitchuation

    Dakota Fanning on the other hand... I would go Polanski on her ass, you know, if I had Polanski's resources.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Huh, Harry...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ..."left their poodle skirts and bobby socks for safety pins and spray painted t-shirts" WTF??? The 50's, as far as I'm aware, didn't lead directly into the late-70's! Did you sleep thru history class in high school? Or are you just calendrically-or-numerically unenlightened? Again, W...T...F?

  • March 5, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Go Polanksi On Her Ass

    by drewlicious

    Thats a new one for the urban dictionary.

  • March 5, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I fail to see the point of mentioning Hounddog

    by D.Vader

    Unless it's to conjur up images of Dakota Fanning having sex just before describing her sex scenes in this movie. <p> But how was the soundtrack? Can you compare this film to other musical biopics like Ray or Walk the Line or Bird?

  • March 5, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Har, you've got to make your reviews easier to read.

    by dr sauch

    You're literally just transcribing your thoughts into a word processor. It's like asking a 9 year old to describe a film, this would be what comes out of his mouth. I appreciate your enthusiasm. I mean, I understand this is your site, and we come here to experience your perspective, but it would be much easier to see what you're getting at if you took the time to organize your thoughts and express them more coherently.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    This does look interesting in a rent it eventually way

    by SoylentMean

    But pay to see this in theaters? Yeah, no.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading after we don't see Dakota naked

    by alan_poon

    Only kidding. After Adventureland I am convinced that Kristen Stewart isn't actually only going to be known for the millstone round her neck that is the Twishite/Tweenlight movies.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I can't believe people think Harry reads...

    by Jaka

    ...these talkbacks. It's pretty clear he doesn't a vast majority of the time. Anyway, for some reason this review made me less excited for a film I've been excited to see. That's not usually how Harry's reviews strike me. But this one just didn't really move me.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    What I don't get

    by LethargicJ

    The story of the Runaways isn't a very happy one. It involves all kinds of allegations of rape, physical, mental and sexual abuse. Most of the members still pretty much want to act like the whole thing never happened. Yet, this review makes the movie sound like a rollicking good time to be had by all. A female Almost Famous. Is the review just not covering the darkness of the story or is the movie itself not covering it?

  • March 5, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    The Suicide Girls do NOT "rock"

    by Shitty_O_Cuntfuck

    That's like saying Good Charlotte "rocks"<p> The Suicide Girls are a product.<p> "Oooooh look at all the crazy tattoos and piercings! She must really be plugged into some underground counterculture! I bet she listens to Alkaline Trio! That makes me want to buy a $24 dollar wifebeater!" lame.<p> And I sincerely doubt Harry ever saw the Runaways perform live. As we all know, every one of his idiotic "reviews" absolutely must begin with some bullshit story that ties the subject of the film in with his sad, boring life. Let me guess, The same night you saw the Runaways Lita Ford gave you and your father double handjobs in the back of his pickup truck....

  • March 5, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Way to cockblock the title to Brian K Vaughan's

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Runaways comic adaptation about the superpowered children of evil supervillains banding together to take down their parents and any bad guys who get in their way. That would be way more interesting than a movie about a watered-down New Wave star. Well...if the Kim Fowley role is as good as you say, it MIGHT be worth checking out. He seems to have been there ever since the beginning of the '60s with every big movement. And you gotta love his proto-Heavy Metal song Bubblegum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z3AzT-rlhA).

  • March 5, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    JayLenoTookMyJob, I think Harry forgot about the whole

    by jim

    Hippie, flower-child, Woodstock-attending generation in-between. It'd be like saying writers will be tossing aside their manual Smith-Coronas when the iPad hits stores.

  • March 5, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Kristen Stewart, you say? Shy, you say?

    by rabidfnark

    Good sir, I am shocked! But seriously, I really want to like her, but the "uuhs," and the hair chewing have always sent me away dissatisfied. I've seen previews for this and really like the look. Hopefully this is a different kind of shy. Nice to hear that Dakota Fanning is good. As a Fan of punk rock (and the like) I think I owe it to myself to see this.

  • March 5, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Spoiler alert muthafucka!!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • March 5, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    or don't look at SG....

    by TheHumanBurrito

    ....look at one of the originator "alt porn" sites, not same staff absuing Wal Mart of alt porn. Girl Power, so long as the man in charge approves of it! And yeah, Runaways were good stuff-now where are the movies about rocker girls who were ACTUALLY "sexually aggressive, that owned their bodies and enjoyed them" such as Wendy O Williams, who's corpse could out rock and out shock any of the Runaways?

  • March 5, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    typo!

    by TheHumanBurrito

    *SOME staff abusing Wal Mart of alt porn.

  • March 5, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    good point, Lethargic...

    by TheHumanBurrito

    ...but it wouldn't bring in the teen girl audience if it focused on reality over "yay we can do it and so can you, buy a guitar and play radio format pop rock!".

  • March 5, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    real singing or lip synching to original songs?

    by Bouncy X

  • March 5, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    PolanskiOnMyAss.com

    by Guesthouse

    is a registered trademark of AICN

  • March 5, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Why no spoiler warning????????

    by damiz707

    WTF

  • March 5, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    WHY DON'T PEOPLE ASSUME THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!?

    by Jaka

    Like, how thick can you be? It's a review! They're GOING to talk about the movie.

  • March 5, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon is the shit.

    by jolaz

    I was actually more impressed with him in Revolutionary Road than I was with his role in Bug. They were both fantastic, but he had so little screen time in R.R. and it seemed like he was determined to make every second count. And so, because he's in this, I'll go see it. I've also been interested to see how Kristen Stewart pulls off this role. She looks absolutely perfect as Joan, but I'm curious to see whether or not she can carry it beyond that. That said, I was nevertheless disappointed that this wasn't an article on Brian K. Vaughan's comic series. And also that Harry enjoys the most overrated 'alt-porn' site on the internets.

  • March 5, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    What is up with Roger Ebert?

    by PinkFloyd7

    Why is the dude asking for money on his website?

  • March 5, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Polanski is frothing at the jaw right now. Ebert isn't.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    .

  • March 5, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    PLASMATICS

    by frank cotton

    saw them on the TOMMORROW show, back in the day. blistering

  • March 5, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    PinkFloyd7

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    I wondered the same thing. However, he is not forcing anyone to pay for his site, which is cool! He is just looking for dumbasses to pay $5 a year to read his Twitter feeds and other nonsense without haveing to actually sign up for Twitter. Little does he know people can find that shit anyway.

  • March 5, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Just watched Bitch Slap.........

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    What a horrendous piece of shit! I loved every minute of it!

  • March 5, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    everyone's asking for money for nothing lately

    by Bouncy X

    i visit this site called the agony booth, its just articles slamming movies and tv shows, quite the funny read at times. anyway recently each contributor started asking for donations. the site isn't turning to a pay site or anything, they just want money. its kinda sad and retarded really. lol

  • March 5, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Jaka you've been to this site before, right?

    by D.Vader

    When ANYONE posts a review with spoilers here, they are supposed to put up a red SPOILER ALERT tag around the aricle on the main page. That let's those of us who do not wish to be spoiled know to steer clear. <p> But if the review does not have said red spoiler tag, then we can expect a spoiler free review. When Harry utterly fails at fulfilling his duties and at following his own rules, it breaks our trust and losses us off. We shouldn't expect spoilers in this review bc there is no spoiler tag. That's how AICN has always played the game.

  • March 6, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the rbeakdown of shit Im sure I would get myself

    by IndustryKiller!

    whilst watching the actual film. Whyt he fuck do you do that Harry? Give lengthy rbeakdowns of the characters? As f what you're saying isn't incredibly obvious. Especially given that you just recite what the film is TRYING to get across rather than explaining how it executes it effectively.

  • March 6, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    The Runaways sucked!

    by DamianVonBarone

    They were cool for people that live in New Jersey but the rest of the world not so much.

  • March 6, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    rightly upon Joan, Cherie and Kim Fowley????

    by brabon300

    wtf???<p> harry, you had to be in diapers when you went to see them, so im not sure how you ever fuckin remember that concert<p> however, to deny the importance of the other band members is to deny their impact on rock and women in rock<p> lita ford, not important? jackie fox, not important?<p> and the only reason the rest of the gals are basically left out of the movie, is because there is still a huge rift between the members and they did not give up their rights<p> and sandy wasnt just a laid back party girl...she was probably one of the best drummers of the era<p> AND FUCK ALL YOU AHOLES WHO DARE SAY THAT THE BAND SUCKED....YOU SUCK<P>and foley was and is a lecherous sob

  • March 6, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST

    DamianVonBarone...how fuckin stupid are you

    by brabon300

    the band was from los angeles

  • March 6, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    "A film that was all about a girl that wanted to sing like Elvis

    by The True Priapic

    Very possibly the funniest line you've written,Harry.Intentional or not.

  • March 6, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    ....and wound up in a terrible rape"

    by The True Priapic

  • March 6, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Hmmmm

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Harry was born in 71, The Runaways performed at the Armadillo on February 15th '77 - according to some cursory Googling. So he could well recall it I guess, so no calling the big guy a liar on this one! <p> <p> Though I agree that it's yet another horribly written and only semi-comprehensible non-review. C'mon dude - sit. Think. Work out your thoughts. Don't just spew them from your brain onto the screen. Take the time to proofread, to actually give some informed insight onto hoe it works as a piece of filmmaking. We're all tired of these pieces where you simply describe what happens and throw a "you know what? I kinds loved it" platitude in there. Commonly with overuse of the terms "badass" and/or "bugnuts".

  • March 6, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    by subtlety

    ?Girls that were sexually aggressive, that owned their bodies and enjoyed them. They got tattoos, they played rock n roll and they were amazing." <br><br>Never thought I'd say this, but rather well put, Harry. Almost a little poetic.

  • March 6, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    "Horny, rebellious, bi-sexual experimenting 15yr old girls...

    by conspiracy

    are the stuff that makes life worth living"- Conspiracy

  • March 6, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I'm glad you liked it Harry but ...

    by Miami Mofo

    I'm still royally pissed off the way that the distributor, Apparition, has mishandled the release of this film. Months ago we were told that the film would open wide on 1,400 screens. Then a few weeks prior to the film's scheduled release on March 19th, we get told that it will be a platform release on 220 screens, with another 1,000 added three weeks later. Plus, there was no trailer for this film until late this week, a mere two weeks before the film's scheduled release. WTF is going on with that? Finally, it burns me that the closest theatre playing it the 19th is OVER 1,000 MILES AWAY from Miami where I live. I guess those at Apparition are unaware that Florida is the fourth most populous state in the country according to the 2000 census. The fact that Apparition has not only bypassed Florida but the entire Southeastern U.S. leads me to finish with -- Hey Apparition, fuck you and the horse you rode in on!

  • March 6, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    spoiler tags

    by TheHumanBurrito

    Item A, it's a review, how is the reviewer supposed to NOT discuss the film? <p> Item B, it's a biopic-if a SPOILER tag went around "Pearl Harbor" or "Titanic" or "Nixon", would you really still not know how they turn out? This isn't some piece of fiction that has a secret twist. Man I can't wait for "Redails", I wonder how the story of the black fighter pilots in WW2 will turn out, I hope no one spoils it for me!

  • March 6, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBre ak

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Bitch Slap was indeed crap. <p> Glorious, big-titted, wonderful crap.

  • March 6, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    See, the thing I like about Conspiracy is.....

    by Stuntcock Mike

    The motherfucker is always right. <p> Respect.

  • March 6, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    What a rambling, incoherent mess.

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    So Harry digs punk chicks who play guitar...fascinating. "My parents took me...it wasn't some cute as Barbie group - they were ferocious". My god such awkward sentence structuring...

  • March 6, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    And yes the Alice review is chock full of spoilers

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Perhaps if AICN had never spoiler tagged their reviews previously, we would go into each review being wary of spoilers. However since they have made it a point time and time again, we come to expect a non-spoiler review when there is none. <p> People can review films without giving away major scenes or plot points, or huge character moments. For instance Massawyrm pretty much always gives 100% spoiler free reviews, but he still conveys his position clearly and enlightens the reader as to whether or not they should see the movie.

  • March 6, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    What about Lita Ford?

    by I Max U Mini

    Is her character just glossed over?

  • March 6, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Hey Stunt...! Repect brother...

    by conspiracy

    I think my quote should go on the Ad campaign.

  • March 6, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I_Max_U_Mini...Lita told them to keep her out of it..

    by conspiracy

    Crazy bitch didn't want to be part of this..., thinks her BDSM, anal plug abusing ass is still musically relevant and doesn't want to relive her past.</p><p>Plus...She claims Joans manager only wanted to pay her $1500.00 for the rights to tell her part.

  • March 6, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Hey Stunt...whre you been at AIBN?

    by conspiracy

  • March 6, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Love Joan Jett. Love the reviews. Hate the waiting.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I want to see "The Runaways" now! I grew up with a nephew from a step sister that was the biggest Joan Jett fan on earth, so I was exposed to Joan Jett and the Runaways all my pre-teen and teen years. His brother loved KISS and AC/DC, so it was either Joan Jett, KISS or AC/DC 24/7 during my teens. It's not Christmas until I hear Joan's version of "The Little Drummer Boy". I love that these films have given you a boast of passion to write about them on the site and not just post a sentence about them on Twitter. This site needs as much Harry-esque posts as possible.

  • March 6, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Harry's Reviews In General...

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    Harry Knowles' film reviews in general are becoming more and more crappy as the clock ticks. It seems that with him, everything has to be compared to sex. C'mon dude...it was funny ONCE but the amusement wore off a long time ago. Your attempts at psychoanalyzing films are pathetically inane, and you need to grow the fuck up and start doing your job RIGHT. I have a feeling that I am not the only one beginning to think that you are some sort of closet perv who needs to find another gimmick. Do us all a favor, man, and tossd the stale bread out, and try baking a fresh batch. You might be surprised at how much people would appreciate it.

  • March 6, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    That review creeped me out

    by liljuniorbrown

    Al that talk about rape,erotic sex scene's with 15 year olds and shit is kind of gross man. Between this and the Polanski stuff your on several fucking watch lists by now. People under the age of 18 are considered children,meaning adults are not supposed to want to fuck them. I know that might a tough one for you to understand but getting turned on by a 15 year old Dakota Fanning is kind of fucked up.

  • March 6, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Stuntcock Mike

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    Agreed on Bitch Slap! It was awful, but I was mesmerized through the entire thing. It was a mess of a film and completely stupid, but it just worked. Those three broads were fantastic. Bring on the sequel. OH and at least AIBN tries to post relevant stories instead of obituaties for their friends. No offense AICN, I "used to" come here for news, now just for laughs. This site is a pathetic Hoke anymore.

  • March 6, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Your post creeped me out

    by oborostyle

    liljuniorbrown

  • March 6, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Conspiracy, I quit the site. Didn't you know that?

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Koutch was pushing too many of my buttons and I totally fucking lost it. <p> I over reacted but hey, what's done is done. <p> I think my last post was in his Shutter Island review. I haven't been back since. Just been fucking around in here and The Zone and the odd time on Echo's site.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    liljuniorbrown...How is life at Oral Roberts University?

    by conspiracy

    Jesus still getting you off ok? Good. Now excuse me...like any normal guy in the real world I've got to go drop a load to this...</p><p>http://c2.api.ning.com/files/zgL7bMBC7Nxi1abeqb1jHbqgh6IohRBAXd9TMrzd60BgTv5HWkZ2OcbmpBpBnxr9AFOr37uiRFrfXdFAgW7L-Uai4PgvtQ0V/9dakotafanning0209.jpg

  • March 6, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Nah dude...I have not been online much..

    by conspiracy

    work and all. Sorry to hear that man...won't be the same there without ya. I was thinking of writing a piece on Bale's upcoming live recreation of the "Stations of the Cross" for Easter...not sure if I'll have time though.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    You're right, I'm creepy.Fuck off

    by liljuniorbrown

    Cause i don't want to fuck little girls,and Conspiracy the only ORAL i get is from your mom. She's old enough to suck a mean dick. I'll catch you two on Dateline NBC in a month.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    And another load to this....

    by conspiracy

    http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jjr/headlines/2009/02/dakota-fanning-coraline-premiere.jpg

  • March 6, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    ...and this...

    by conspiracy

    http://scifiwire.com/assets_c/2009/01/DakotaFanning_VH1-thumb-400x504-12222.jpg

  • March 6, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    and this...

    by conspiracy

    http://www.listown.com/images/celebrity/200902/Dakota-Fanning-20090207002826.jpg

  • March 6, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Dude..if my 70yr old mom is blowing you...

    by conspiracy

    I say good for mom on Cougaring it up, and fuck dude...is a 70yr old mom the best you can do? Fuuuck.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Here, 'bate to this instead.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    http://tinyurl.com/y8l89z2 <p> You're Welcome.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Stunkcock..a Man who Likes the Vag in all forms...

    by conspiracy

    Cradle to the grave...A cup-E+. Professional.

  • March 6, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Well...I'm off to the races...literally.

    by conspiracy

    Later Gents...

  • March 6, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    RUNAWAYS WERE DA BOMB!

    by uberman

    They kick EVERY chick bands ass in a major way. No one else even came close. Looking forward to this. Incidentally, the Lead Singer has a web site and does sculpture. And she's pretty good looking too.

  • March 6, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    if you wanna know the true story behind the band

    by brabon300

    you either have to read "neon angel", which although this movie is based upon, a bunch of stuff is left out<P> or see the doc "edgeplay", which for some reason, jett refused to appear in<p> i will state this again, any docudrama that deletes what happened to vicky fox, whitewashes foley's sleazy behaviour, diminishes west's musicianship, and just makes ford into a total bitch, isnt the true story of the runaways

  • March 6, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Running after pre teen girls?

    by liljuniorbrown

    Have fun at the "races".

  • March 6, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    brabon300 - The runaways sucked!

    by DamianVonBarone

    I know they were from LA, thats one reason they sucked, but what i meant was they're fans were mostly new jersey douchbags i if your a fan of this band your a total idiot. some fucking made up bullshit dramatic history of this band, kinda like the doors movie -LAME!

  • March 6, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon was in Groundhog Day?

    by lotharius3rd1118

    I didn't know this. Who was he? I like that dude, he was by far the best part of Revolutionary Road and Bug just doesn't get the notice it deserved, mostly because that movie is near impossible to market to any sort of audience. This movie looks good, and I hate to say that the idea of a Stewart/Fanning make out is a total turn on.

  • March 6, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Um... so the movie's good?

    by GhostDad

    "Hey so is The Runaways good?" "DAKOTA FANNING ISNT NAKED BUT STILL ITS HOT" "O...K...is the movie good?" "HER AND KRISTEN STEWART ARE HOT" "Um.... I'll go ask elsewhere." That was this review.

  • March 6, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    DamianVonBarone

    by brabon300

    you are entitled to your opinion<P> however, im not an idiot and your wrong about the runaways fan base<p> now get off this board and go listen to your jonas bros records

  • March 6, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I once spent the day hanging with Kim Fowley...

    by workshed

    ...and didn't even know it was he until someone said, after about three hours of getting drunk, 'So what's Kim Fowley like to talk to?'. I nearly swallowed my teeth. Btw - it was at 'In The City' in Liverpool back in 1999. One very weird but intelligent fellow. Enigmatic ain't the word.

  • March 6, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    GeneralJSJackson

    by brabon300

    other than the majority of the band dying in a plane crash, what other things ocurred along the way that would make for a compelling movie<p> i agree with you, biggie smalls didnt deserve bio pic status, but i can point to a number of rock acts and individuals that deserve a movie treatment long before skynard

  • March 6, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    brabon300

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Like who? I object to the idea that only turmoil within a band's structure makes good drama for a film. I wouldn't mind seeing a Lynyrd Skynyrd movie done well. On the same edge of this sword, I really wouldn't mind seeing a G&R movie. I think the pure rock scene of the 80's deserves some cinematic exploration.

  • March 7, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    This One Hit Wonder...

    by Sith Witch

    Was bested by Weird Al with his, "I Love Rocky Road" in 1982. Why should I care about their sub-par meanderings that don't involve the God of all that is Holy?

  • March 7, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    if any band needs a movie about them, its Badfinger

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • March 7, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Stuntcock does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Stuntcock, say it aint so?! Of all the gazillion web pages in cyberspace your Queen For A Day column in all its nsfw glory was my fave internet page bar none.<p> Is this a bit like when Gary Oldman is secretly helping out Bale in TDK by pretending to be dead.. then just at the right moment he takes off his helmet for the big reveal and Brian Blessed pops up and shouts "GORDON'S ALIVE!"? At least I think that's how it happens...

  • March 7, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    cobra kai

    by mynamesdan

    you just made my fucken day

  • March 7, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    mynamesdan, cheers man. I don't think there's a film been made that wouldn't be improved by the random appearance of Brian Blessed in his Hawkman costume.

  • March 7, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "She's breaking the rules and discovering who she is..."

    by YackBacker

    That line cracked me up.

  • March 7, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    These skinny skanks ever hear of Janis Joplin?

    by YackBacker

    She was real rock 'n roll.

  • March 7, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    YackBacker

    by brabon300

    janis fronted an all male band

  • March 7, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    lotharius3rd1118

    by brabon300

    frank zappa, syd barrett, the ramones, little richard, james brown....just to name a few

  • March 7, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Runaways sucked sucked sucked

    by DamianVonBarone

    I know most of you trolls have no memory of this band because your all in high school or community college but back in the day the runaways were panned and ridiculed for being complete bullshit...like the Jonus Brothers or any other "artists" from your empty, recycled generation. Just so we're clear.

  • March 7, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Thank you Harry!

    by zinc_chameleon

    Back in 1997 worried mothers started sending me their rebellious but talented musical daughters, to teach them guitar. I tossed aside the folkie acoustics, strapped them into a Stratocaster, and 200-watt amp, and turned it on 10. After they got used to that, I began to teach them B.B. King and Hendrix riffs. As shocking as you might think that was, I got the greater shock. They all wanted to pour their souls and heartaches into the instrument; something most guys don't do until they hit 30. Thanks for proving my point about girl rockers.

  • March 7, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    STUNTCOCK SWITCHING DOJOS?!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Sorry to hear you had a fallout over there. Why didn't you just ban this Koutch feller? You were a founder ferchrissake. Anyway looking forward to seeing more of you here. You funny.

  • March 7, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I have no idea who these Runaway people are

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    And I'm almost thirty. Never heard of 'em.

  • March 7, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Damian, you're full of crap, BOY.

    by crankyoldguy

    I was there. In L.A. They didn't suck. They were rough, sure, the antithesis of prog rock and the worst cannon-fodder radio rock, you twit wussy. They were panned by papers, mags, who thought the Captain and Tenille were epic.

  • March 7, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    AND I LOVED SHUTTER ISLAND TOO

    by BringingSexyBack

    This Koutch is out of his cotton picking mind.

  • March 7, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I wonder will i will stay

    by edwardpenishands

    if you got that your a fucking old ass mother fucker. Now its stuck in your head. Don't fight it, just sing along.

  • March 7, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Menstrualbloodfart

    by liljuniorbrown

    Talkbacks biggest wanna be. We all gather from your name how edgey and shocking you are and we're all impressed. I'm sure they're waiting for you on the next Polanski talkback to tell us how cool it is that he raped a chick and the rest of us are fag's for not thinking the same way. What a predictable bunch of trolls.

  • March 7, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    "Hurt Locker, the best movie no one bothered to see"

    by Ganymede3001

    The movie made a whopping 21 million..worldwide! I'm boycotting the oscars next year.

  • March 8, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Brabon- it takes a whole band of chicks to try to outdo

    by YackBacker

    One real woman, Janis- and even then they fail.

  • March 8, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Suicide Girls, that's porn right?

    by OceanWang

    Twice a day man? My god...

  • March 8, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    crankyoldman

    by Charles Martel

    HEYHEYHEY!! Back off the Captain and Tenille. The epic, soaring ballads, the piercing, insightful lyrics, the blazing guitar - ok, yeah, you're right. As for the Runaways? Wasn't there a really good doc on them a few years back? I saw it (most of it) on some tv channel, and it was really good. Makes Fowley look like a lowlife, that's for sure (wasn't the bass player the only one that didn't sleep with him?)

  • March 8, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    brabon...

    by Celicynd

    apparently Jackie Fox (or any of the other bassists) isn't that important (at least to the movie creators)... since the bassist in the movie is a fictional character.

  • March 8, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Crimson Dynamo

    by Mr Lucas

    Nice to see another Badfinger fan. <p> A tragic story to be sure - it would make "Control" look positively uplifting.

  • March 8, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    @ Shitty

    by nyj_et

    funniest post I've read in a while.

  • March 8, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    'freebird' plays on an endless loop in HELL

    by frank cotton

    most overrated band in history. it is legal to marry a 16 year-old in NC, with parent's permission. back in the '70s, it was like, 14 in SC

  • March 8, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    I have no interest in Joan Jett ....

    by Itchy

    but any movie that encourages me to think about Dakota Fanning getting chowed out by another chick is of interest. Dakota's a true professional, so i know she probably had to do a LOT of research to learn how to portray a drug addled teen who loves getting slammed in the shit locker.

  • March 8, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Harry's on a very special "list" now

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Between this review and having an under-age Asian love bride..Harry is gonna be bunking in Polansky's Chalet sooner than we think

  • March 8, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Lita Ford

    by WIBoomer1

    This movie shouldn't have been made without the full cooperation of all the living band members. Otherwise they should have made a fictional band and done this. Joan might have more fame, but in my Book, Lita was more the pioneer, and never quite got the accolades like Joan did. Kiss me Once and Close your Eyes...

  • March 8, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Tron Legacy trailer

    by brabs2

    http://www.program-glitch-esc.net/

  • March 8, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    advanced screening in los angeles...tomorrow

    by brabon300

    http://tinyurl.com/yeh6hjj

  • March 8, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Celicynd

    by brabon300

    jackie and lita refused to have anything to do with the project<p> when women fight, they fight<p> sad, because all the gals could be raking it up with a reunion tour (although it wouldnt be the same without sandy west)

  • March 8, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    YackBacker

    by brabon300

    did i say the runaways were better than janice?<p> the fact remains, she fronted an all male group...there were no all female rock bands until the runaways

  • March 8, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    I'm truly surprised....

    by tensticks

    That in today's political climate, where apparently no one under 18 has genitals, they didn't force the filmmakers to either make all the girls 18 for the film, or else include some sort of disclaimer about how absolutely politically incorrect and immoral and improper the whole story was. Fucking hell, for that matter, I'm shocked they allowed a minor to play any role in such a story at all.

  • March 9, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    They suck sucked sucked

    by DamianVonBarone

    Cherry bomb sucked - talentless crap dug up for this generation because they're all too young to remember them sucking. They were not hardcore,they just sucked.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Teenie Twilight Boppers will swarm to this

    by HucksterFinn

    because it seems all hipster and everything, but they are the only ones who this is marketed to.

  • March 11, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Howlin' Skanks

    by Le Phantom

    Sorry...The only reason they get a movie is to document the train wreck of their lives, not their music! Cherry bomb? Fucking please...The Beatles have nothing to worry about! They were a bunch of tattooed howling skanks, who deserved their rapid demise! It is really pathetic to see a 48 year old Joan Jett act and dress like a 16 year old runaway! as bad as they were, they don't suck half as bad as the best rap songs!

  • March 12, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Lita Ford was always the best one

    by purplepurple

    Its a pity it seems she's not featured in the movie. Ive never found Joan or Cherie that impressive, actually I dont find the band as a whole that good. I bet it was certainly impressive in their time to see girls acting tough and playing electric guitar but musically speaking I dont think they appeal to anyone other than angry 15 year old girls...and Harry that is, who is like a 15 year old girl himself.

  • March 12, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I concur with purplepurple

    by Flapjacktits

    Among the other reasons, I always thought both the Runaways and Joan Jett are pure suckage. I never understood what the appeal except for lesbian rocker chick wannabees.

  • March 15, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    The girl from Twilight is horrible

    by liljuniorbrown

    She's not an actress. If pulling at you're hair and mumbling is "acting" she needs an Academy Award asap. Harry doesn't need to worry about his little girl fantasies, a quick glance at the talkbacks and it seems he's part of a very creepy army of dudes. One TB quote " In this political climate where no one under the age of 18 has genitals..." Dude, we all know 14,15,shit even 13 year olds are capable of fucking each other, but we as adults aren't supposed to want to see it. There are teenage chicks that dress slutty and look way to hot for there age, but they call it jail bait for a reason. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but wanting to see a barely 15 year old Dakota Fanning nude or fucking makes you a potential pedophile. I'm sure you'll wear that title as a badge of honor in the hidden confindes of you're basement. Saying it in public will ensure that you stay a virgin and you may even get the shit kicked out of you.

  • March 16, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Yes, Lita Ford was the best one but....

    by Hervoyel

    isn't that kind of the musical equivilent to winning the gold at the special olympics. Lets face it, these girls were an incredibly lousy band and their post breakup output can be summed up by a bunch of Joan Jett covers of other peoples work and Lita Ford's efforts on one very well marketed album (don't you just want to fuck the shit out of Lita? But this!" I'm old enough to say I watched the train wreck when it happened in the 70's, I don't need some over-dramatized movie version of this crap to try and spin it like they were a success. They were a bargain-bin act for most of their existence.

  • March 16, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    So, is um, you know, the movie any good?

    by JT Kirk

    Virtually no mention of the actual film. Just a review of the style, not the substance.

  • March 20, 2010, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Just saw it, PHENOMENAL film!!

    by Flexfill

    Stewart knocked it out of the fucking park in every way. If the Academy Awards weren't a year away, she'd be a shoe in for a supporting nom. Her Joan Jett was so great, I just cannot get over it. You add this to an always dependable Fanning who delivers a STUNNING performance and Shannon who put the cherry on top, literally. This film is so much better than some on this site have given credit for. Do not miss this movie. It is not what you think so do not dismiss it. It fires on all six and does not relent. I hope the director's cut is an hour longer. I did not want this movie to end. Damn, this made my day. I'm definitely going back to see this again. Terrific film that does not shy away from language, nudity, drug use, lesbianism and good old fashioned sex, drugs and Rock & Roll.

  • March 20, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Moments I Love From The Runaways

    by Flexfill

    #1. As Joanie Larkin shops for clothing, the proprietor of the store tells her she's in the wrong section and that the girls' stuff is over there. Joanie points to a punk rocker at the counter and says "I want what he's wearing." Cut to Joan Jett emerging from the store clad in black leather and studs up and down. She runs down the street like Superman. #2. Young Cherie Currie enters the high school talent contest dressed and made-up like David Bowie, sings one of his songs and flips a two fisted bird to the dazed audience when she's done. #3. Kim Fowley brings stunt hecklers to abuse the band before their first gig, and they proceed to throw bottles and dog shit on the girls until they learn to fight back. #4. Joan Jett drops her leather pants and pisses on the headliner's guitar after sneaking into his better dressing room with better food. #5. Cherie becomes mesmerized by Joan's performance at the roller boogie and with a slow burn takes her mouth full of toke as a prelude to a night of sexual awakening. The shot is one of the more beautiful I have ever seen committed to celluloid, or digital. #6. Japanese photographers convince Cherie to pose in her black panties and platforms for press kit photos in her back yard. Her grandmother sees this and proceeds to beat the men with her cane. #7. Lita Ford tears into Cherie for taking the spotlight and looks great doing it. Joan defends Cherie, but moreover, asserts herself as a force to be reckoned with and the real powerhouse behind the band. #8. The entire band's performance of "Cherry Bomb" in Japan. It is perfect and electrifying. Dakota really brings it. #9. Joan's rise, like the mythological Phoenix from the fire and ash. As she dons the hot pink blazer, "I love Rock & Roll" and "Crimson and Clover" ensue. There are many, many more great moments in this incredible film. Oh, and Cherie's sister is played by Elvis Presley's granddaughter.

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  • March 20, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Bunkyboo

    by Flexfill

    My review only appears on this site under the sections involving this film. Some people only look at the upper line items and do not go back to Harry's review responses. I'm just giving credit to a film people should not write off as many have already. That would be a shame. I've been posting on this site for many years, long before DGDB even knew what this place was and why we are here. We love cinema. It's that simple.

  • March 21, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Harry Rushed to see The Runaways? Ummm...

    by MrGonev5

    Hey Harry, which screening? Because I was like 4 seats away from you in the Thursday 8pm Screening at SXSW, and you were seated well before the movie started. But anyway, I loved the movie! It kicked alot of ass!

  • March 21, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I'm an idiot

    by MrGonev5

    Just saw the end of the review...I'm an idiot.

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    Harry ran...

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    ... in his dreams

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