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SXSW: Capone has great affection for the charming Pegg-Frost-Mottola sci-fi comedy PAUL!!!

Published at: March 16, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

If people feel the new film starring and written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost falls short in any way, it's likely because the pair (along with their directing and writing cohort Edgar Wright, who has nothing to do with this film) have set the bar so high with SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, and their British television series "Spaced" that anything that doesn't hit the near-perfection level of those films may come across as a disappointment. In the hands of director Greg Mottola (SUPERBAD, ADVENTURELAND) PAUL is, by no means, a disappointment, but it may not be exactly what people expect it to be either. The most important thing to understand going in is that Paul is not a parody of alien films. It's a tribute to some of those films, sure, but more than anything Paul is a love letter to the works of Steven Spielberg--and not just CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and E.T. It's also a road movie and a buddy movie meant to downplay the fact that one of the three buddies is an entirely computer-generated alien voiced by Seth Rogen.

For the first time together starring in a film set in the United States, Pegg and Frost play Graeme and Clive, a pair of British geeks who decide to attend Comic-Con in San Diego and then drive an RV through the American southwest and tour reputed alien hotspots like Area 51. While driving, they stumble upon a recent car wreck that has resulted in the escape of a an alien named Paul, who has been living (quite comfortably) for 60 years on a secret military compound. Paul believes the military is essentially done finding him a useful source of information and that all they want from him now is a map of his internal organs. Reluctantly, the Brits allow him to stow away on their RV as they begin their journey to take Paul to a place where he can be picked up by his fellow aliens and taken home. Naturally, the military and government aren't quite willing to give Paul up that easily, and a surprisingly perilous pursuit ensues.

While the movie has some very funny moments that combine stoner humor, movie references, casting choices, and visual gags that pay homage to classic science fiction, PAUL works best when it settles in with its three leads and lets them talk to each other. Even in comedies, but certainly in horror and science fiction works, there is a great power to the lost art of conversation. Developing characters in genre films seems like some mythological creature that an entire generation of young moviegoers has essentially never gotten to experience. How would CLOSE ENCOUNTERS have been accepted today by audiences used to getting regularly paced money shots? Would they have tolerated waiting to see the mothership only at the very end of the film? I'm not comparing PAUL to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, but my point is there are fun and fascinating conversations scattered throughout PAUL. There are also car chases, explosions, and fun special effects, but simply listening to voices made me the happiest while watching this film.

There's a scene in a trailer park, where Graeme, Clive, and Paul are grilling sausages, and it's such a great late-'60s, early-'70s moment of men just sitting around a fire talking, being funny, and not dealing with plot in the slightest. I love the stories Paul tells about his influence on pop culture, movies, and all things alien. According to him, the reason images of an alien with big, tilted eyes and roundish head (much like Paul) have become the accepted look among humans is because the government deliberately put an image of Paul out there, so if he ever was spotted, people would either think he was fake or wouldn't be shocked by his appearance. Paul has also consulted on movies, apparently, and I won't ruin the joke about that, but it's the film's most inspired moment.

While in the trailer park, the boys kinda, sorta inadvertently kidnap Ruth (Kristen Wiig), a bible thumping woman who lives with her father and believes the earth is only a few thousand years old. The idea of meeting an alien is almost more than she can handle. And while the character is great and Wiig makes her greater, Ruth is also unnecessary. Other than as a potential love interest for Graeme, she doesn't really add anything to the story beyond a few very funny moments.

What I did love was seeing Pegg and Frost dialing it back a bit, not that I don't love them pumped full or energy and diving through the air to shoot guns or kill zombies. I also liked seeing Frost not playing "the dopey one" for once. He's a smart man, and it was nice seeing him play the skeptical, level-headed member of the twosome. And then there's Rogen's Paul. It took me about five minutes to stop seeing this character as a computer-generated creation, partly because of Rogen laid-back approach to the alien, but also because of the way Paul is animated, without too many bells and whistles and body parts.

PAUL is loaded with great comic actors in both sizable parts and extended cameos. Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio are agents from the base in hot pursuit of Paul and those in the RV who are harboring him. It becomes clear after a while that Hader and Lo Truglio are different brands of psychotic, and are intent on doing a lot of killing in order to get their alien back. Bateman's Agent Zoil is a bit more properly fleshed out. He's being pushed by his largely unseen boss (referred to as The Big Guy and voiced by a person long associated with aliens) to use every means, including deadly force, to complete his mission. The film also features the like of Jane Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor, David Koechner, John Carroll Lynch, and a nice, unexpected third-act appearance by Blythe Danner.

And speaking of that third act, I found it kind of wonderful that the chase-heavy scenes in this section of the film seemed to mirror a lot of what happens in SUGARLAND EXPRESS and DUEL, two pre-JAWS Speilberg films that many of his fans, including this one, hold very dear. Thanks largely to the great respect and knowledge that Pegg, Frost, and certainly Mottola have and hold for these works, the resulting film has a sweet innocence and charm that I was not expecting. Yes, PAUL also has action, special effects, and alien probe jokes, but I was pulled in my it's slightly more subtle elements, and I think you will be too. There are some extremely smart observations about science fiction and its devoted followers, as well as some surface jabs at easy, slow-moving targets. But overall, I had a great time watching PAUL because there is a degree of character emphasis that I wasn't expecting. I think it saves the movie, actually, and separates it from other recent R-rated comedies.

-- Capone
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  • March 16, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    It Is By ALL MEANS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT...

    by Rebeck2

    It just kind of sits there and I hardly got a laugh out of the whole thing. Too bad...

  • March 16, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    well, im not going to read this whole thing...

    by mattforce7

    BEcause i still want to SEE the movie. Im looking forward to it, Glad to hear your vote of confidence going towards this flick. Cheers

  • March 16, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Hipster Aliens are the future of comedy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 16, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised they didn't give Paul a Zach Galifinakus beard

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 16, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Sense of Humour transplant needed

    by donkey_lasher

    for those who didn't laugh once whilst watching this.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, I think this looks great.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I know the Seth Rogen haters are legion, but I think the guy's hysterical. And yes, I still think Kristen Wiig is super-hot, so judge me harshly.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Wiig is the kiss of death on film

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    At least Will Forte isn't in this.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I didn't like any of the trailers...

    by bubcus

    I didn't find the gags funny and I felt the humor was jilted and flat (based solely on the trailers). In reading this article, I am willing to give this film a chance though. I'm hesitant and reluctant, but I will give it a chance.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    No, Donkey...

    by Rebeck2

    My sense of humor (humour even) is in great shape, but this movie sucks. I read the script over a year ago and predicted it was going to be a huge film. The finished product was not 20% of what was on the page. It was the same material, but it just fell flat. I think Mottola was a very bad choice to direct this - it didn't need to be Wright (though that would have helped), but at least somebody with SOME style. And Capone is right that the movie is at it's best when Paul is just shooting the shit like the slacker he is. The plot is almost a waste of time. And the ending is just cringeworthy. A great opportunity was missed.

  • March 16, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Pegg and Frost are overrated.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Simon Pegg, in particular, has NEVER been funny in an American movie.

  • I will admit that 'Paul' is a good but not great comedy. Personally, it hit the spot after a very dour and depressing February, circumstances of which I will not bore people with here. I considered it the equivalent of a road movie with Frodo, Sam and Gollum...if Gollum wasn't such a little **** most of the time. It seemed like Mottola got to tap into the fun of using police/government cars that reminded me of an interview where Spielberg's sister mentioned how his eyes lit up directing one shot with a line of police cars for 'Sugarland Express.' And I see I wasn't the only one who got a 'Duel' vibe for some scenes.

  • March 16, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    RE: bubcus

    by Capone

    You're absolutely right, and I should have mentioned that at the beginning of this review. The biggest concerns I hear from people about PAUL are stem from its trailer, which is not good at all. But it is an R-rated film, and most of the best jokes could not have been made into a General Audience trailer. The Red Band version is better. That being said, this isn't a movie that relies entirely on joke-joke-joke, which is exactly what the trailer emphasizes. I think the lesson here is Don't Trust Trailers, even the good ones. Half the time they don't even really tough on the true strengths of the films they're promoting.

  • March 16, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    sounds like the plot of that horrible Project: ALF movie

    by impetus

    only it won't suck. (Actually it sounds awesome.)

  • March 16, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    So it is like that American Dad ep with Stan as Gollum then!

    by Smack_Teddy

    Still looking forward to this, I hope it will be distinct from that ep, but i see the comparison.

  • March 16, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Stan? Roger

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 16, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    No, actually, you were right the first time...

    by Rebeck2

    It's ALF with dick jokes.

  • March 16, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Not on the same level as SotD and HF

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    But certainly by no means a duff film. Funny enough and well written, it's probably worth seeing a couple of times just to catch all the gags and references. The Country & Western version of the Mos Eisley Cantina band was inspired.

  • March 16, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    I just don't buy that the alien has Seth Rogen's voice.

    by D Ropaela

    It smacks of stunt casting. It's fucking distracting.

  • March 16, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, that's Seth Rogen's voice; now I'm seriously not seeing it

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Shoulda been Gilbert Goddfried

  • March 16, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    There's a cantina reference?

    by D Ropaela

    Shit. Everything I've seen about this movie references another movie. Is this going to be "Scott Pilgrim" on luudes?

  • March 16, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Nah, Choppah.

    by D Ropaela

    They should have gotten Emo Phillips.

  • March 16, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by D Ropaela

    Is Nick Frost playing Harry, then?

  • March 16, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Is anyone else getting an "apologist" vibe from this review?

    by Elgyn6655321

    I mean the review starts by gently telling us it doesn't measure up to "SotD" and "HF", and then the rest of it seems like Capone begging us to believe him that it's not that bad.

  • March 16, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Elgyn

    by Aquatarkusman

    I think it's called "damning with faint praise," or, in the alternative, "overpraising a bunch of blase crap."

  • March 16, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    It seems like old wine in new skins.

    by Ingeld

    Let me guess, the enlighten alien is into drugs and sex and making fun of religion and other kinds of societal authorities--with a fart joke thrown in for good measure. Gee, I wonder what kind of audience they are pandering to. Ka-ching goes the register at the cine-plex. I think I'll pass.

  • It's like when you break up with someone and you say, "I'll always have great affection for you, but I've got to move on." In other words, yeah, it seemed like it was going to be great, but it's a failure.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    This movie looks dumb

    by Andy Pandy

    I wonder if Paul will a) make poop jokes, b) rap, c) ride a skateboard, d) get stoned, e) all of the above.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Mrs Stifler

    by Mildred Pierced

    I'm sure you meant that 'Simon Pegg has not been in a funny movie made by Americans', dear. Have a lamb bhuna.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    That's it, theendispie!

    by D Ropaela

    Paul the alien is Poochy the Dog.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Audiences today (well, the demographic that studios drool over)

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    would seriously not get Close Encounters today. In fact I expect to see a post from braindrain real soon stating "Close Encounters is boring." I hate to admit but I enjoyed Rogen's voice work in Monsters Vs Aliens. The thing is, it looks like a sure rental come mid July. Its too damn expensive nowadays to see EVERY movie that looks enjoyable.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I think Capone is saying its a low key comedy, not to expect

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    to be clobbered by yuks and sight gags and slapschtick every other minute.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    "Audiences today ... would seriously not get Close Encounters today."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Jesus, that is the most depressing thought I've read all day.

  • ...that's pretty despressing, too.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    It has one really great scene

    by windomearle39

    The comic shop. Other than that - it's a bit rubbish.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit - think of it..CE3K is mostly a character study,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    sprinkled with brilliant (even by todays CGI standards) effect work. And a message that we can communicate and share with that which is unknown, instead of blowing each other to bits. We live in times where not just one, but two Transformers movies make a billion dollars. Where The Hangover is treated like a work of comedy genius ("The funniest movie I've ever seen"..I've heard a lot of that), instead of the amusing romp that it is. Sad but true.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by D Ropaela

    You are a wise person. And, yes, FUCK "The Hangover."

  • March 16, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    braindrain..those are films that catered to, and found a largely

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    adult audience (you can add True Grit to that list), and was playing during an otherwise lackluster holiday season. I said CE3K would fail with the demo that studios drool over, the Transformers crowd. The 300 million dollar crowd. District 9 did pretty well a couple of summers ago, but that was a decidedly more violent and action orientated tale than Spielberg's gentle sci-fi saga.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Worst reviewer on AICN.

    by golden tribw

    Not reading this crap. Where's anyone else with a reasoned opinion?

  • March 16, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    pegg, frost and wright...

    by emeraldboy

    should do fa remake of the worst british film of the 1980s. Morons from outer space.

  • March 16, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    theendispie

    by slone13

    If Paul doesn't do all those things, I'm gonna be pretty annoyed.

  • March 16, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The only bad part of Paul....is Paul

    by Mel

    The alien sucks. The design is uninspired, Seth Rogan is awful, and its just shlocky. its like a character out of a Dreamworks animated movie.

  • March 16, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    @openthepodbaydoorshal

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Believe me, I think you may be right. That's what is so depressing... I will hold out hope that if and when another filmmaker with Spielberg's talents comes along, and he or she makes a film as remarkable as CE3K, people from every demographic will still flock to see it. A vain hope, perhaps.

  • March 16, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    God, this is making me want to watch "Close Encounters..." again.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Haven't seen it in awhile and the many genius bits are all flooding back. The night scene at the train crossing. The abduction of the boy (outside of Jaws, perhaps the scariest sequence Spielberg has ever directed). The mothership arrival (I'm getting goosebumps right now, remembering it). FUCK, IT'S SO FUCKING GOOD, I WANT TO FUCK IT!!!!!

  • March 16, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    @braindrain

    by WriteForTheEdit

    For me (as you'll see in my last post), CE3K is a benchmark film. I think it's one of the greatest ever made. Not a benchmark for all movies, in every genre, but for a number of them.

  • For me, Avatar wasn't the greatest story ever, but it was a monumental achievement that EVERYONE loved. So, that offers some hope for films with an IQ way above Transformers-level tripe. On the other hand, there was so much eye-candy appeal to Avatar, that I'm not sure it is a fair example. It will be interesting to see how the sequels do. Blockbusters for sure, but just how big...

  • March 16, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Wait, let me amend that...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...not "everyone," but: "... a monumental achievement that people from every demographic group loved."

  • March 16, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Like rebeck2 said, it IS a disappointment.

    by Gil Brooks

    For a film with an R rating, it just didn't go for what it needed to- big laughs. Sure, there are some sweet moments, and a few chuckles, but overall the jokes fell FLAT. And this was at the premier. Oof.

  • March 16, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Call me cynical? Perhaps braindrain, maybe a realist..and no, we're not

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    saying CE3K is the benchmark, just that I doubt (but hope its not true) that a movie like Close Encounters would touch a huge audience nowadays. Enjoy genre movies? Very much so. The already mentioned District 9, Moon, Inception, Kick Ass, Let Me In, just off the top of my head..

  • March 16, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Okay, Lord of the Rings isn't a bad example, but remember that it had...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...a HUGE built-in audience. Generations have loved those books. As for the Pirates movies, I'll grant that the first one is pretty good. Parts 2 and 3? Ummm.... But, yeah, I paid to see them in theaters, and I'm going to pay to see part 4 as well. And it BETTER BE GOOD!

  • March 16, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Oh, and of course, same goes for the Harry Potter movies:

    by WriteForTheEdit

    The books came first. Built-in audience.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    What is TMP?

    by D Ropaela

  • March 16, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Do you mean Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Didn't that come out in 1979?

  • Those moviegoers, and they were legion, who were floored by "Jaws." CE3K was being hyped as the next big thing from the boy genius who brought you that awesome shark movie, so that probably put a lot of buts in the seats, too.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    *butts

    by D Ropaela

  • March 16, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Granted, Jaws' success got a lot of curiosity raised...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but Close Encounters' story, characters, visuals, etc. all stood on their own. No one going into the theater had some prior version of that story that they were in love with.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    bd - those are movies I enjoyed, not box office giants.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    And to follow your lead Close Encounters was Spielberg's follow up to Jaws, up to Star Wars, the biggest movie of all time.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd should have been Paul, you know I'm right.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 16, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    There's someone's new username: spielbergs_furious_racism

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I'm hoping we'll be seeing posts under that handle by tomorrow... AHEM...

  • March 16, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    RE: Spielberg's top five

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Here's my list, in no particular order: Jaws Close Encounters... Catch Me If You Can Raiders Empire of the Sun

  • March 16, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    My Berg Top 5 Faves

    by D Ropaela

    "Jaws" "Raiders of the Lost Ark" "Close Encounters" "A.I." "Temple of Doom"

  • March 16, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    My two cents...in order

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Raiders Of The Lost Ark Jaws Close Encounters Empire Of The Sun and yes..Minority Report immediately followed by Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can If there is one director I want to shell out for just about every bluray available, its the 'Berg.

  • Count me as a fan of "War of the Worlds," too, in spite of the silly ending.

  • March 16, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    cocknasty_buttstank

    by Smack_Teddy

    Explains The Fallen in Transformers 2 i guess

  • "Munich."

  • March 16, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Who knew the Berg had a hate-fuck scene in him?

    by D Ropaela

  • March 16, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    listen to cocknasty

    by Smack_Teddy

    he KNOWS people so well. So well the berg's material has cocknasty masturbating to racism in a hall of mirrors in his own front/backroom...you can trust cocknasty... i'd want cocknasty writing and playing me in a film of my life when im dead. I'd love to see him dancing.

  • March 16, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    another truthful pearl of wisdom

    by Smack_Teddy

    his necklace is almost complete...

  • Weaver having a major role in this film? Sure, by all means mention Kriten Wiig, but let's just forget about a 3-time Academy Award nominee...who just so happened to also star in the greatest Sci-fi/horror flick(s) (Alien and sequels), but also Ghostbuster 1 and 2 as well as friggin' Galaxy Quest. Doesn't that earn her some geek credibility...versus Kristen Wiig???

  • the one which powers and justifies his ornate narcissism, nihilism and view-treatment of people, by 'heck with an understudy i also heard he blamed it on confusing Will Smith & Tracy Jordan for the same person, but that excuse always sounded like nonsense and like he was buying himself time to figure out just what the hell his idiot raping brain was doing

  • March 16, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I still hate Seth Rogen for what he did to The Green Hornet....

    by Otter

    but he was thoroughly likable in Paul. I really enjoyed the film.

  • March 16, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I'm not smelling settlement here

    by CT1

    if you find stale cliched pot humor scenes refreshing or new, and by "new" I mean oh wow the character took a hit and goes into a hysterical laughing fit, now im hungry, now im paranoid, now im asleep within the space of 50 seconds. hey cool thats original, I also love when a movie starts at comic-con, I doubt they'd go and re-tread a bunch of fucking seen made fun of a bazillion times cliches and stereotypes made in much older and better movies, no of course not phew. The road trip premise is great too, the audience would NEVER guess what kind of crazy "antics" would ensue, thank god Hollywood now recognizes this, with the originally creative Captain America movie due out soon, I can really relate to this Paul movie and the message it is trying to convey. "What's your problem with this Mr. Fischer?" "That's not your concern." "Mr. Saito, this.. *fingers hair* this isn't your typical corporate espionage. You-you asked me for Inception, I do hope you understand the.. the gravity of that request.. Now.. the seed that we plant in this man's mind will grow into an idea, this idea will define him. It may come to change.. well, it may come to change everything about him."

  • March 16, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Spielberg 5:

    by Smack_Teddy

    Duel Raiders of the Lost Arc Close Encounters of The Third Kind Jaws Empire of the Sun In no particular order. With VERY honorable mentions to Sugerland Express, ET, Temple of Doom (so much more life and soul than Last Crusade for all its silliness) and Saving Private Ryan...oh okay and Jurassic Park & Schindler's List

  • March 16, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Cast List on Movie Poster

    by tomandshell

    Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, with SIGOURNEY WEAVER and Seth Rogen as Paul. If she is highlighted on the movie poster, why try to keep Sigourney Weaver's presence a secret?

  • March 16, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    is anyone trying to keep it secret?

    by Smack_Teddy

    How long is she in the movie for? Is her part intergral, like Brando in HoD?

  • March 16, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    HoD? Jeez sorry Apocalypse Now!

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 16, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    And My Five...

    by tomandshell

    Jaws Schindler's List Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Close Encounters of the Third Kind Jurassic Park

  • March 16, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch

    by nietzschebot

    How come there are no early reports on Sucker Punch? Wouldn't someone have seen it by now??????????

  • March 17, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER TALKBACK

    by Spielbergs Furious Racism

    YOU DAMN DIRTY HUNS!

  • March 17, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Top 5 Spielberg

    by Keith

    Maaaan, that's hard. Hmmm. Raiders Jaws Close Encounters ET Saving Private Ryan Maybe.

  • March 17, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by Keith

    Has some of the best scenes Spielberg has ever done - the T-Rex breaking out of its paddock is still fucking amazing - but imo the film doesn't really know where to go in the last reel.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    My 5

    by JuanSanchez

    JAWS - best movie ever made Jurassic Park Close Encounters of the Third Kind Raiders of the Lost Ark Saving Private Ryan

  • March 17, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Saw it yesterday ...

    by Chris Wood

    ... not perfect but I thought it was good! I left the theater having really enjoyed. I wasn't walking on air like after "Shaun," but I had fun with it. As to the presence of Wiig, she sets up some of the movie's best gags. Plus, her father provides the more whacky parts of the chase (a lot of this is chase flick turf) along with one of the best heart-tugging moments at the end. Pegg and Frost delivered well. And Jeffrey Tambor knocked his part well out of the stadium.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    And btw ...

    by Chris Wood

    ... Rogen does a top job as Paul. I can't say I'm a big fan of the Seth, but he does sterling work here.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    there are no cool Paul

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 17, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    that is Pauls

  • March 17, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by TallanDagwood

    Paul Newman

  • March 17, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Thing about Spielberg..you really need to have a top ten,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    cuz its easy to leave out Duel, Sugarland Express (Goldie Hawn CAN act!), even 1941 is beloved by many... fuck, I even forgot about ET..a film that could have failed five ways from Sunday under the direction of someone less talented...

  • March 17, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    by Raggles Wimpole

    I thought Wiig was pretty funny in Walk Hard.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    @spielbergs_furious_racism

    by WriteForTheEdit

    FUCK YEAH!

  • March 17, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Also, great to see Jaws and CE3K on EVERYONE's list.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    There's just no arguing about those two.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Why would the military need to cut Paul open?

    by Royston Lodge

    What, the military can't afford MRI machines? Surely they can learn virtually everything they want about his physiology without killing him, and they could then fill in the gaps after he dies of natural causes by doing an autopsy. Ok, ok, maybe I'm thinking too hard about a Pegg/Frost/Rogan road comedy, but c'mon, medical science has come a long way since 1945 New Mexico.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Regardless, I'm still going to go see it.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'll see anything with Pegg and Frost ... and I didn't even really enjoy Hot Fuzz!

  • March 17, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Maybe because he has tiger's blood and Adonis DNA...

  • March 17, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I had not considered that.

    by Royston Lodge

    It all makes sense ... now.

  • March 17, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    as long as Adonis has nothing to do with Yahweh im cool with that

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 17, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Re: Alien Autopsy/Cameo

    by ArmageddonProductions

    The question I always had about the alien autopsy business, unless the alien in question had died in a crash or of the common cold or whatever the fuck, is ... why would the Air Force, even in 1945, want to kill an alien and perform an autopsy on it?!? Wouldn't everyone's first thought be "Shit, man, these guys showed up in some sort of highly-advanced spaceship from light years away and probably have lasers and telepathy and, you know, MORE SPACESHIPS ON THE WAY, we'd better do everything we can to kiss their asses and let them know humans are their good pals so we don't all get killed!"? And while we're reverse-engineering their crap so we can have Stealth jets and iPods, wouldn't you also think, "Hey, while OUR technology is advancing, so is theirs! And when they come by to pick up their buddies and see that we've essentially pickled them in some jars, they might be a wee bit pissed off!" Makes no sense.<p><p> Oh, and as for the "Big Guy" cameo, since you listed every actor in the movie but the one shown extensively in the trailer, I'm gonna assume it's Sigourney Weaver?