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Harry's Review Of GLADIATOR

Hey folks, Harry here in San Francisco.

As many of you, I'm sure, have heard via TALK BACKS and most likely even other websites, the film that we screened here at the 1st Aint It Cool News Test Screening was GLADIATOR.

Now, I'm calling this an AICN Test Screening for one very important reason. GLADIATOR is one of those movies that we've had such strong word of mouth on from various test screenings and such that I just think that it was important to test the film to complete film geek/film fan audience and see how the results come out.

I'm sure that I will be running a ton of reviews from this screening.... Great reviews, Good reviews, Ok reviews and even the bad ones... if we get them. Moriarty has his review en route... and has the distinct advantage to having seen the film twice now. Yes... He sucks.

BUT... Now, while I look out my window upon FAO SCHWARZ and the busy streets of San Francisco... I will let my mind drift back to the screening.


This is the Ridley Scott that we fanboys and girls drool over.

Before the screening Moriarty had said to me that he felt that this was Ridley Scott's best film. Having had one viewing of GLADIATOR, I can not say that.


Well, I don't believe it is anything wrong with the film... It is just that the characters drawn in BLADE RUNNER are more personal to me and that is a film that has some very similar themes.

Both films are stories that contain themes about those who's purpose is to entertain and die doing it... while others merely take in that pleasure. Both contain themes of the prodigal son and the inadequate father... both contain facing your maker and coming to grips (or not) with why he does not love you as much as you want.

Both films reveal a world completely enthralling in scope and vision. Both films contain my personal favorite performances by many of the actors within.

BUT... I currently give BLADE RUNNER the edge because... Flying Cars rock. And being the film noir junkie that I am... And for the historic fact that BLADE RUNNER was the first 'R' rated film that I bought my own ticket for.

HOWEVER... Time will ultimately tell whether or not this film gets up there.

When Russell Crowe says, "I will win the crowd. I will give them something that they have never seen before." The utter shiver of coolness that goes through you is... electric.

Then there is the brief stanza of conviction that he utters after removing his gladiator helmet... delivered so well... so bad ass.... so cool that the audience had that rupture of "Fucking A!", "Ooooh Yeeeaaaah" and so on.

GLADIATOR is a great cool film. Russell Crowe is now very much in the position to takeover the badass bubblegum chewer award from Chow Yun Fat, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. When his Maximus has a sword in his hand or a trident or a shield or whatever it may be... When he walks out to the middle of the arena there is this feeling as if you could line up ten thousand men between him and his personal revenge goal and he would wade through them as though they were pond water.

BUT... I've gotten ahead of myself.

Ridley Scott begins the film with a dream... a vision before a battle. Now... You've seen pictures from this battle on the site before. We've had reports from the Huns that fought in the battle. Now... This battle is beyond science fiction in coolness.

There are thousands of men upon the forested field. Trenches of flame. Hundreds upon hundreds of flaming arrows darting into the air and down upon the Huns. There are gigantic balls of flame that are catapulted through the air crashing again the midsections of the trees raining down flame like Napalm in VIETNAM. Arrows the size of giant javelins thrusts forth from these amazing devices skewering people through trees, killing both man and horse. From a distance it all looks like bizarre energy weapons being hurled, tracer fire and... "Yousa men people gonna dieeee?"

Oh yeah.

Now fortunately for mankind, the print we saw WAS BASICALLY the final print.

Besides the opening and closing titles and some possible touch ups with Hans Zimmer's score that was magnificient.... this film is done. Which when I came... I wasn't expecting.

Apparently, GLADIATOR has just been awarded an R from the MPAA... and thank GOD.... Because giving this film a NC-17 and then forcing Ridley Scott to make this film... clean and palatable for the masses would be an affront to everything we hold dear in auteur vision and the purpose of film and cinema.

The violence. Split bodies, hacked apart arms, diced heads, burnt crucified bodies, trampled to death children, maggot infested wounds, dogs chewing upon the mangled foot of a man till it looks like chicken cartlege that you spit out.... This wasn't done by Ridley Scott to the ends of pornography. There is a dileberate purpose behind these hellish images.

They are there to remind us. Not in the antiseptic bloodletting of MORTAL KOMBAT, but in the visceral shock of a SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

"Dirt is far easier to clean off than blood."

Throughout this film we are reminded that Maximus... the Spaniard... They who are about to die that salute us... These are people not meant for the arena... that noone is really meant for the arena. There are families. Crops. Other reasons to live.

This is a film that reminds of the decadence of Rome. This isn't THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE and it is also not SPARTACUS.

There will be ALOT of comparisons to SPARTACUS by the media at large... But this is a completely stupid thing to do.

SPARTACUS is about freedom... comparing BRAVEHEART or even the upcoming PATRIOT to SPARTACUS is more apt.

GLADIATOR is about honor and personal sacrifice... it is about making a difference. It is about surviving hell. And it is not about THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE or leading a slave rebellion. It's about controlling the mob conciousness. Manipulating the masses through popular forms of entertainment. And how entertainment and the distraction it gives the masses is important to the 'powers that be'.

And while it's about all of that... it is also just plain uber cool.

I can imagine watching this movie to the point of memorization. The film is as beautiful as the best work that Ridley Scott has done. For geeks that love CONAN THE BARBARIAN (which has a better score), EXCALIBUR (which is better photographed) and THE SWORD AND THE SORCEROR (which does nothing even closely approaching the quality of this film, but I still love it anyway)... this film is for us.

For Alamo-Man, FANBOYS dude, Tom Joad and Johnny Wad.... By the time you get through listening to me, Father Geek and Annette... you will hate us forever. I suggest moving to Seymour, Texas till release. Cause that's the last place on earth that'll I'll be.

Now... To Russell Crowe... Make a badass movie with Robert Rodriguez as quickly as possible. I want to be on a set watching you kick the shit out of Danny Trejo's ass.

Now... as I send this to you from the MICROSOFT SF store at the Metreon... I salute you.

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  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:10 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by Everett Robert

    I'm there dude...opening day...front and center...well not front and center exactly, I'll be sitting in my favorite spot in my favorite theatre but I'll be there, basking in what promises to be one badass film, thanks Harry

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Can't Wait! Only One Regret...

    by abulafia

    Wow! Finally, the return of the historical epic. My only regret is that I missed the screening. Guess I'm pardoned, since I live in New Mexico... don't get much as far as test screenings go. Or first-run movies, for that matter. (That being a local theatre thing over being in NM)

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Wow! Great review! Thank you!

    by canman11

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Commendation through criticism?

    by Martin Bishop

    I enjoyed the review, lucky guy that you are.... My own comment is that you seemed to focus more on what this movie is not, than on what this movie is (it is not Spartcus, not Blade Runner....etc) I understand that is your style and respect you for it, but I would love to hear more about the film on its own, stand-alone....

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Hail Harryolocus

    by Ionesco

    Thanks for the great review. I don't know whether to love you for getting me so excited for this summer, or to hate you for being able to go to these screenings when I can't. Somebody ought to throw you in an arena with some Tigers. For once they would finally have enough to eat! Keep up the good work. Love ya man!

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Coulda SWORN it was gonna be Monkeybone...

    by user id indeed!

    I guess in some ways,Gladiator makes more sense,but a moral about sacrifice set to the tune of a Roman epic?I'll take a horny little stop-motion monkey,thanks so much.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 7:52 p.m. CST

    kid rock?

    by L'Auteur

    im a little behind in my shitty-rap-for-white-people music scene, but wasnt that kid rock or limp bizkit (or some other rock-is-dead clone) on the trailers? how incredibly out of place is that??? Harry, you didnt mention the musical score. Is it good? Nothing kicks ass more than an adventure film with good music (John Williams, anyone?). changing gears, i think one of the biggest weaknesses of THE BEACH (other than a boring script and an extremely unlikable protagonist) was the horrible score. Movies need good music. No matter how good everything else is, bad music will destroy a film. Music controls the imagery, not the other way around.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 8:36 p.m. CST

    L'Auteur? My god, where have you been?

    by Niiiice

    I missed that old time talkback comraderie, before the slews of X-Men posts brought out the worst in all of us...

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Actually JJ Fong, "alot" is a colloquialism

    by Niiiice

    If America could be considered colloqiual, anyway...Besides, I think the definition of "fuckstick" is someone who focuses on the technicalities of grammar instead of the actual content of the review itself. This site ain't the New Yorker anyway.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I second that call for a score review!

    by All Thumbs

    It's kind of nice to see some different reviews of this movie on AICN because, though I don't read the spoilers unless they are unmarked, it gives me a feel for how the movie will act upon my viewing senses. Basically, each review that touches on something different -- acting, plot, Scott's direction -- makes this movie sound more and more kick-ass.***I gotta ask...Niiiice, are you REALLY in that group of four known here as the "COUGARS"?

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I wanna be in a group

    by user id indeed!

    Who wants to be in it with me?We can get a dangerous animal name too,"The Cassowaries"!All Thumbs?Alex?Who wants in?It's late,so don't be surprised if I don't remember any of this by tomorrow.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by devil0509

    sorry, trying to clean the spooge off my keyboard.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 10:19 p.m. CST

    User ID, you're too lame for words...

    by Mr.Grumpy

    So I won't spare you any, other than to say I would sooner die than be in a "musical group" with you. Suck that fanboy.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Three things...

    by danhelm

    1)Stop with the "Harry has sold out" crap. Whenever Harry does ANYTHING against someone's opinion , he's a "sellout", no doubt collecting kickbacks from the evil studio heads in their smoke-filled rooms. Simply put, some people care too damn much about every little thing Harry does. 2) The movie sounds good, but my fear is when the movie does come out, it will have been so overhyped by this site that AICN readers will be dissappionted unless its the greatest movie ever put on celluloid. Remember Episode One, people. 3) What exactly will these groups do? Is it like a fraternity? Do I have to pay membership dues? And is hazing involved? Just to be safe, I'll be in User Id indeed!'s group. Never know when the gang, er, group wars begin...

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 11:04 p.m. CST

    My 'Gladiator' review. Spoilers ahead.

    by Powerslave

    Ya know, 'Gladiator' is one those 'almost' movies. You know the ones I mean; it's a movie that would have been great, if it weren't for one thing holding it back. Instead, it's almost great, it's okay, there were parts I liked, but not quite enough to give it the old "four-stars-17-thumbs-up" kind of review.****I got up this morning, it was oh, about 9 or so; I'm usually up earlier, but I was up late, watching my old Beta (beta owns!) copy of Episode 54 of 'Battle of the Planets.' God-damn, that's some great anime, so much better than that shit-on-a-plate stuff they got now.***Anyhow, I'm sitting in front of the computer, which I spent several hours last week upgrading, thanks a lot Captain Hands, for all your help, this shit is so foreign to me sometimes. The phone rings. I pick it up. A dark, husky voice tells me to be at the local bijou at promptly 7 that very evening. Sorry, I can't reveal the name of the theater, 'cause, ya see, my dad knows the manager, they were in Nam together (damn, that 'nam bullshit was so fucked up, wasn't it?), and if the asshole disguised as the guy who owns the place found out I got in free, my dads buddy would have to come and live with us, 'cos his wife would toss him.****I pull up behind the bijou in my trusty old '78 Impala (what an awesome car, once myself and Crusty Seaman took a trip to San Diego in that mother that would blow your mind eight ways from Sunday if you knew half the shit that happened). I get out, dust off my new raincoat. My dads buddy is waiting at the door; he ushers me inside the darkened paradise with a conspiratorial wink.***I have an analogy about movie houses: they're a lot like pussy. No, really. There dark, they smell funny, and a lot of times theyre sticky, and someplace you don't want to be. The first time you think you're gonna get some, you're scared. But once you get inside, you just don't want to leave. You just want more. And more. Know what I mean?****I take my seat in the usual place, middle aisle, middle seat. The room is full of mostly younger, kids. Obviously, a test screening. The asshole-as-owner comes down to the front of the theater and says "This is a test-screening of the new movie 'Gladiator.' Please stay afterwards to fill out the cards." Then, 'Gladiator''s director, Rowdy Herrington, takes the stage. Herrington's done a couple of movies that I thought were kind of cool: 'Jack's Back,' and 'RoadHouse,' which would have been even better if they had given more time to Sam Elliot and less to fag-boy Swayze. Herrington basically tells us to enjoy the movie. He then takes his seat next to Cara Bono, who has a part in the movie. Man, I would fuck Cara Bono until her head popped off, exploded, or both...****GLADIATOR REVIEW****'Gladiator' is a flick that takes us to a world we have never seen before, much like Kubrick has done so many times, only this world is right here on Earth. It is a journey into the center of the mind, the heart of the universe, the creator, Monolith, and HAL rolled into one. I am talking about underground boxing. We've seen boxing movies before; who doesn't love Rocky when he fights for the underdog? He was fighting for US, man.'Gladiator' is much more brutal, there are no underdogs here; it's every man for himself.****Chicago is one of my favorite towns; it's always just so great for movies, the camera just loves it, don't ya think? 'Gladiator' captures the beauty, and the beast, of this city. James Marshall, an actor I've admired for a long time, stars as the new kid in town. We've all been the new kid in town; I immediately related to this character. That was me up there, getting harrassed, and getting my lunch money ripped off, getting tossed into the shit while the teachers looked the other way.****Anyhow, Marshall hooks up with Brian Dennehy, who claims to be a boxing promoter. Dennehy, I just love this guy, man: to me, he IS Chicago. Dennehy likes what he sees in Marshall, and takes him under his wing. Marshall doesn't want to fight illegally, but the moneys there, and he's getting all the pussy he can handle.****The fight scenes are really well done in this movie; they have a 'you are there' sort of feel to them. You feel every punch. You see it. You LIVE IT. Marshall finds an ally in Cuba Gooding Junior. Not only is Gooding a fine fighter in the film, and a very decent actor, but he is black too. In this movie, the fighting becomes more than just fighting; it becomes a metaphor, a metaphor for life. It asks the question, can't we all just get along? Why do we have to beat each other up? Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now, is what this movie is trying to say.****Ya know how I said earlier that this was an 'almost' movie? The ending is what makes 'Gladiator' an 'almost' movie. Marshall and Gooding have to fight each other in the climax. Marshall doesn't want to. Neither does Gooding. Dennehys getting pissed. So is the crowd. They want these two gladiators to spill blood. So, Dennehy gets in the ring, and - ge t this - fights Marshall! I could not buy this for one minute, man. The movie was building up to an epic climax, and they have a fight with...Brian Dennehy?! WTF?! It reminded me of Rocky 3, where Rocky fought a pre-steroid Hulk Hogan. It was funny; it would have worked in a comedy, but 'Gladiator' was not a comedy. I didn't want to laugh at the end of this movie! I had tears of unbridled joy waiting to be spilled! Instead, they were searing tears of white-hot anger and rage. THIS MOVIE SHOULD NOT HAVE ENDED WITH MARSHALL FIGHTING SOMEONE'S GRANDFATHER!!!! The top of the head the hardest part of the body? Bullshit. For the film-makers, the hardest part of their bodies were the rocks in their heads.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe? GRRREAT!!!

    by floob

    I'm glad that the casting powers-that-be had the good foreskin, uh, FORESIGHT to cast a very capable actor for GLADIATOR, instead of attempting to cast the "flavor-of-the-month" wimpboy who happens to make the fangirls swoon. How would Ben Affleck have handled this? I don't even wanna pursue THAT idea!!! Then they might've included a cameo appearance by Gary Sinise as "Lieutenant Dannixus".

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 11:10 p.m. CST

    This. . .sounds Godly.

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    I am now very, very stoked for this film. I *love* and adore a good historical epic--BRAVEHEART, GLORY, GETTYSBURG, ZULU; even things just based in historical events such as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. And, of course, the glorious pseudo-history of CONAN, the soundtrack of which I'm listening to right now. I hope LORD OF THE RINGS will be half as good. Anyway, GLADIATOR sounds just magnificent and I WILL be there opening night. Stories set in ancient Rome always get my motor running--I even liked THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE!--and if anyone can capture the glory and horror that was the land of the Caesers it is Ridley Scott. I hope next down the pike of historical epics is the film about Boadicia, the flame-haired British warrior who led a rebel army against the Romans, managing to torch London before going down to defeat. But great Goddess let not Fergie (yes, *that* Fergie, the duchess of York--last I heard she was actually being considered!) get the part. I mean, Great *Maker!*

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Dirty Bird's Dirty Group

    by Dirty_Bird

    Hey, anyone wanna be a part of the dirty group? I just thought of it. If not, I don't care. It's stupid anyways.

  • Feb. 25, 2000, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Meet and greet at Metreon

    by KAmnell

    Harry if you're reading this, and I know you are, I just want to say thanks for enduring the corporate madhouse Metreon and the MS Store to hang out with the fans. Had a great time speaking with you and Moriarty (I was the short brunette in the purple jacket). My only regret is that I was out of town last weekend and was unable to obtain tickets to the Thursday night screening. I must respectfully disagree with those of you claiming that Harry is a sell out. After spending an hour and 1/2 listening to him and Moriarty discuss movies, and future plans I'm thoroughly convinced that this is a guy who truly loves film and is working hard to keep as independant a voice as possible. Just because his readership has him gained some clout in the industry and people offer him access doesn't necessarity mean he's been turned to the dark side. From what I can see, he's doing a pretty good job of not only keeping his increasing celebrity from going to his head, but he's using it to his advantage. If the powers that be wish to give him a trip to SF to see a movie a few months early with a bunch of like minded fans, (and saddle him with a helacious interview schedule as well) I say more power to him. The perks may make him more positively disposed towards the movie but it's not enough to make him say something he doesn't believe. Anyway enough of that. Harry doesn't need me to defend him. Once again, thanks, Harry, for the interesting evening and I hope you can post some more of your stories(at least the ones you can repeat in print : )) from your escapades during the floating film festival other adventures. Sounds like it was quite a trip. Enjoy your time in SF and I look forward to the possibility of another screening here in the future.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 1:28 a.m. CST

    in my own yard

    by sherlock jr

    That'll teach me to get busy and not check in for a couple of weeks. A screening right here in my San Francisco backyard and I didn't know about it. Hope you had fun at Metreon....there are some very cool museums adjacent especially Zeum, Moma and Yerba Buena Center for Arts, all with cool tech stuff. Airtight Garage in Metreon isn't doing too well though much of the Mobeuis designed interior is great and I love the bowling game where you guide a bowling ball through an imagined San Francisco or ancient times. Hope you got a gander not to mention the dangerous HEAR MUSIC store.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Chow Yun Fat is way cooler then Crowe!

    by Ogami

    C'mon! After one movie you're calling Crowe cooler or equally cool to Chow Yun Fat???? Not a chance!!

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Do You expect a group of film geeks to react any differently?

    by Malchizedik

    The studios finally found a way to USE your subjective asses. Screen an action picture to a bunch of slobbering film geeks? " The best fucking film of the goddam year!!" " Oh my god, Im so fucking paralyzed by coolness" What do you expect them to say? Throw these cheerleaders a bone and see if they dont carry your film!

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Ryalto has a point/MPAA rating of film

    by Lazarus Long

    I don't think you're going to see a free screening for something like X-Men or the eventual Spider-Man movie, because they know the geeks will jump all over shit like this pointing out faults. But they knew that Fanpeople would suck Gladiator down like a hooker with a Ben Franklin tip. They knew Harry & Co. would come back here ejaculating hyperbole for the next week. So it makes sense to be suspicious of the Powers That Be. Having said that, I don't think Harry's a sell out for going. If he can share the wealth with some of the devotees of this Hang Suite, than more power to him/us....I was a bit surprised by Harry's pleasure that this film garnered an 'R' rating and the fact that he didn't comment further. Every time the MPAA allows a film to "use extreme violence to make a point" we need to speak out and ask why directors can't use sex the same way. Why is the standard for sex and violence so lopsided. Sex can sometimes be a beautiful thing, sometimes an ugly thing. Violence is ALWAYS ugly. Some directors can make the imagery of violence visually appealing, but the act is NEVER a good thing. The MPAA seems to think the same thing about sex. I guess it's okay for us to see a bunch of hacked off body parts and heads split open, but not okay for us to see the participants of an orgy. Goddamn those Puritans for founding this country on their repressed beliefs, and although the MPAA may be necessary to prevent independent groups from censoring films on the local level, I hope Jack Valenti enjoys the circle of hell that Dante has reserved especially for him...(thanks Dennis Miller)

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 6:06 a.m. CST

    This sold out crap and a note to Harry from us Houston Talkbacke

    by Nordling

    Look, you know that Gladiator is just the type of movie that rings our bells here at TalkBack. An unapologetic action killfest with one kickass actor and director. What's not to like? I can tell you that Gladiator is on my short list to see this year, since, frankly, looking at pond scum might be more interesting than the lineup this year. Harry selling out to the makers of Gladiator? I don't think so. I am extremely confident that this will probably be the film of the summer and to show it to the people who could make that happen - that's just fucking logic. Harry used them just like they used Harry and the crowd that was fortunate enough to go. NOTE TO HARRY...Some cool Talkbackers live in Houston - like Niiice, Brudledan, Darth Vegas, and myself - please, please PLEASE do a screening here. We live just down the road and we don't get much in the way of screening down here like that. The last one I could think of was Apollo 13...hell, Rushmore didn't even premiere here and that fucker was shot entirely in the city. We're just down the road - could you pull some strings and consider it? Yes, I'm kissing your ass. Anyway, think about it.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Jim Ryalto has a good point...

    by SamIAm

    Jim's right on the money with his comment about the studios using Harry and co. as a promotion device. Of course, that doesn't have anything to do with the quality or "coolness" of Gladiator. Harry... you are becoming something that's the exact opposite of what you were in the beginning, a corporate shrill. Go back home, Harry. Re-examine your priorities.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Better movie about revenge is...

    by Chesire Cat

    So, GLADIATOR is not about the fall of Rome, about freedom, etc. etc. I think Harry's wrong though... it ain't about mob-control either. Bottom line, it's a revenge story, pure and simple. Perhaps it's got some higher themes, but the story is a fanboy's revenge fantasy (as evidenced by all the "fuck yeahs!" during the screening). Read my review elsewhere (if it's posted) but if not, know this: ROB ROY kicks this film's ass all over the place. It may not have the sheer spectacle, but it certainly has a much much MUCH better villain, and much more tension. Plus it makes you care a lot more (than GLADIATOR does) about the hero and his family, giving you a much bigger stake in the hero's attempts at revenge.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Better movie about revenge is...

    by Chesire Cat

    So, GLADIATOR is not about the fall of Rome, about freedom, etc. etc. I think Harry's wrong though... it ain't about mob-control either. Bottom line, it's a revenge story, pure and simple. Perhaps it's got some higher themes, but the story is a fanboy's revenge fantasy (as evidenced by all the "fuck yeahs!" during the screening). Read my review elsewhere (if it's posted) but if not, know this: ROB ROY kicks this film's ass all over the place. It may not have the sheer spectacle, but it certainly has a much much MUCH better villain, and much more tension. Plus it makes you care a lot more (than GLADIATOR does) about the hero and his family, giving you a much bigger stake in the hero's attempts at revenge.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I feel like I've been treated unfairly...

    by masse I'm born in the wrong country. We Swedes will not be able to see gladiator until late this fall. Perhaps not until christmas. It's terrible. The "trans-atlantic delay" truly sucks!! I'm so jealous!!!! See, Ridley Scott is my favorite director of all time and Russel Crowe my favortie actor since LA Confidential (btw maybe the best movie of the 90's). I haven't been longing this much for a film since TPM, right now it even over-shadows LOTR(!).

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Suck that fanboy?

    by user id indeed!

    Suck what fanboy?What fanboy are you referring to?Did you mean to put a comma or something?Your bad.Maybe you should go back to grade school or something,you cranky jackass.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 10:03 a.m. CST

    When Harry met Todd?

    by Fox Box

    Moriarty had dinner with Todd. Why do I find that a scary thought. Was Harry there too? That may be more scary. I wish I could have seen that movie with all of you, please hold another screening soon.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Rob Pussy-Boy Roy Sucked Weasel Eggs

    by The Flea

    Rob Roy had all the gravitas of a Hallmark Presents family special. Kickass? EVERY punch was pulled in that movie. Hopping over bridges on a little ropes like school girls, endless should-we-or-shouldn't-we dialogue that reminded me of the People's Front of Judea! CAESAR IS PROUD TO GIVE YOU AURELIUS MAXIMUSSSSSSSS!!! Spleege! (That was Rob Boy-Toy's head getting squished under Crowe's bootheel so just the ponytail is left wiggling feebly!)

  • Feb. 26, 2000, noon CST

    Hey Warrior, was that you posting on the X-Men board?

    by Niiiice

    There was a different e-mail address and you were being a little more subversive than normal (although I probably deserved it...)

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 12:02 p.m. CST

    All Thumbs and Nordling

    by Niiiice

    All Thumbs: I am currently unaware of any cliques on Talkback, but the idea does seem kind of funny to me. Who were the "Cougars" exactly? Nordling, I live in Houston but currently am getting schooled in Austin (however its only a 3 hour drive so a screening in Houston would still be BADASS)

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I agree, Roman epics truly are the best!

    by Niiiice

    Although they might seem to be a relic or sign up the "fall" of Hollywood. Huge priced costume dramas like Cleopatra...I remember hearing that the one scene where Cleopatra's entourage is wheeled down the Via Appia was the most expensive scene ever filmed (relatively). And I loved how Augustus was portrayed as the weakling, not the strong noble Roman he's so often conceived as. And then he gets sick during the climactic naval battle...My favorite one has GOT to be The Fall of the Roman Empire... thanks to Eternal for mentioning it! I thought I was one of the only people who was it..It kind of reminded me of Kurosawa's "Ran" in terms of the mood and emotionally distant characters. I loved how the eventual fall of the empire was foreshadowed in the morally decadent festival held towards the end of the film...ah...I think it's time to bring back another type of film..the Japanese samurai epic!!

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by user id indeed!

    The "Cougars"consisted of you(although it looks like you weren't aware),Mr.Grumpy,darth psychotic,and crackerfarmboy,who started it,even though it never really started since Grumpy was the only one who knew about it and he was pretty p!$$#d,so there ya go.No problem!

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by All Thumbs

    userIDindeed! already answered your question. I didn't think you were a part of the group, anyways, because you seem to be above that crap. If I wanted to hang out amongst a bunch of cliques, I'd go back to high school. (Though, I'd get kicked right back out, seeing as I'm over 21.)

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 1:22 p.m. CST

    This is totally unneccesary, but I just wanted to say that I thi

    by superninja

    It seems like comic book films are becoming the new "thang" with so many projects on the fast track now, but I would really love to see Crowe as the Star-Spangled Avenger. Also, I totally believe that this film will be one of my favorites of all time. Ridley Scott is amazing.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 1:54 p.m. CST

    sounds great ...

    by Woodward

    My favorite Roman epic, of course, is SPARTACUS ... but this flick sounds like it may match Kubrick's film.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Have you seen the video cover for Fight Club yet?

    by EL Duderino

    IT LOOKS HORRIBLE! Search under and you can find it. I guess that the explaination for the cover is the poor outcome at the box office. Still, FOX still could have just recycled the image on all the Fight Club posters. The cover is so ugly I almost want to mail FOX begging them to go back to that image, but it's a pretty demented arguement. Anyway, just see the cover for yourselves.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Gladiator is going to do mediocre at the Box Office

    by KentClark

    That's right. The average moviegoer these days no longer cares about historical efforts or anything. All they want is something getting blown up and a catch phrase. That's it. Also, w/out a star (even though Russell Crowe's great), they aren't going to get a lot of $ for this effort.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Yes, the FIGHT CLUB box cover is awful...

    by Ambrose Chappell

    ...VERY awful. Ugh. What were they thinking? Of all of the great moments and pictures from the film, they had to make it look like that. I agree, El Duderino. Even the movie posters would have been better than this. What garbage.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Is Ed Norton constipated?

    by Ambrose Chappell

    And what's up with Ed's face on the cover?

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 6:34 p.m. CST

    KentClark has got it backwards...

    by Zinema

    Here are three good reasons why "Gladiator" will do very well at the box office: 1) It opens May 5 and has absolutely no competition until "Mission: Impossible 2" opens three weeks later. "The Mummy," while being a mediocre film, did gangbuster business in that same quiet period before "Phantom Menace" last year. 2) "Gladiator" -- unlike "The Mummy" -- is actually a very good film with enthusiastic word-of-mouth. Its epic scope alone will be enough of a draw to make it a hit the first week or so. 3) Moviegoers don't like historical epics? What the hell was "Titanic?" Or "Braveheart?" Or "Saving Private Ryan?"

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 6:53 p.m. CST

    user id indeed!, All Thumbs and Warrior

    by Niiiice

    Thanks for the enlightenment...see, I'm so grateful I even spelled your named right this time. All Thumbs, for some reason the idea of an online clique made me laugh almost as hard as the first time I blew cheerios out my nose (I forgot what was so funny that time, but it was waaaaay back when). Where was this post made that I seem to have missed? Warrior, you seem to have amassed yourself a "fan club"....that's like 3 imposters so far as I can remember. Something tells me this latest one was simply a facade for GL23-something or other to mirror his derogatory posts. Anyway, back to Gladiator...the overall festive and "fanboy" reaction to this film from AICN sounds an awful lot like the pre-Iron Giant excitement, but in the end it was marketing killed that film. From what I've seen so far of the Gladiator promotions (Kid Rock and Superbowl images) I'm somewhat worried about this pic as well. If its true that this will be marketed as a summer "event" film, then no doubt the studio will engage a full promotion assault as summer nears.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Thanks for getting my name right

    by user id indeed!

    If memory serves,you can see the idiotic messages at the Reindeer Games thingy.They should make you blow cheerios all over again!

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe = Australian, not American

    by Buzz

    Oh you yanks, you find something good and then you have to claim it as your own. So somebody has suggested that Russell Crowe play Captain America, I'm wiping tears from laughter already. To Russell Crowe himself, you've come a long way from those low budget movies in Melbourne. Well done in breaking Hollywood and you deserve your every success.

  • Feb. 26, 2000, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Actually Zinema, KentClark isn't too far off the mark

    by Niiiice

    You asked, "What was Titanic? Braveheart? Saving Private Ryan?" For one thing, there was killer hype. And the answer is also, for a large part, "Leo, Mel, Tom Hanks" who can all open movies pretty well. However, I do agree that there is alot of interest in historical films, but I don't know about historical films as summer blockbusters. Keep in mind that many of the highest grosses over the past few summers were special effects laden plot droughts like Armageddon and The Lost World and the Mummy and (arguably) The Phantom Menace. Basically, a large part of the mentality of audiences is they'r paying money to see and experience what their home theater couldn't do for them, which is loud loud LOUD sounds and big bright special effects. But if this film really is great, then word of mouth will help...just look at 6th Sense.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Actually, Niiice... (and a further comment to Buzz)

    by Loki Trickster

    Leo couldn't open films all that well UNTIL "Titanic"...and from the looks of "The Beach" and "Man in the Iron Mask", he's already lost that talent...I think this film will open BIG...and make lots of money...just judging from the gasps and the sounds of "kick ass" everytime the trailer plays in the theaters...audiences seem to love it (with good's a kick ass trailer). Plus, Gladiator does seem to have a lot of special effects...just not the sci-fi special effects you may be thinking of. I bet you that it breaks $100 million easily...and I think it's quite possible that it gets to $200 million. And Buzz...well, Russell Crowe may be Australian...but he just made a movie where he plays a Spanish gladiator in ancient think that might show him to be versatile...I don't think they were saying that Crowe is the consumate American (they weren't claiming him)...they say he looks like he could PLAY the consumate american badass...that's all. -Loki

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by CorBlimey

    I think Russell Crowe was raised in Australia but born in New Zealand. Doesn't really matter though...if he can pull-off a role convincingly it's because he's a great actor and has sod-all to do with where he comes from.

  • I also have never uttered the damnable phrase "uber cool". Thank you.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 10:19 a.m. CST

    GO "Gladiator"!!!

    by floob

    As long as it has some occasional displays of female breastessezz.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by Seward

    Harry mentions napalm-like flame. This makes me a little nervous. If it really is Greek Fire, it's many centuries out of place. IIRC, Greek fire was invented by Callinicus in 7th cnt. Byzantium, and was the Eastern Empire's great secret weapon. It stopped the Islamic invaders dead in their tracks at Constantinople in 678. At that time, the Western Empire was a sick joke--a disorganized mix of refugees and invaders. If Constantinople had fallen, the Arabs would have pushed Islam across all of Europe, just as they did in Africa and Persia. However, I hope Gladiator is a huge box office success, since it may lead to a film about Byzantium. (I can dream, can't I?) If it is Greek Fire, though, it's sure to be lots of fun, even if it is an anachronism. SPQR!

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Actually Niiiice, your response was non-responsive

    by Zinema

    I'm still waiting to hear how KentClark "isn't too far off the mark." Nothing you said disproves any of my points. You obviously have something against "Gladiator," but if you're going to poo-poo its box office potential, I'd love to hear a more substantive, logical response. "The Mummy" starred Brendon Frazer, who before then, hadn't exactly been able to open a film -- and yet it was still a hit. Why shouldn't "Gladiator," with Oscar-nominated fan favorite Russell Crowe, not enjoy *at least* the same success, especially considering that it's a better movie? "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Saving Private Ryan" were successes because of "killer hype?" What the hell do you think this AICN screening -- months in advance -- was intended for? Look at the overwhelmingly positive buzz now in effect. And this is only the beginning. And as for "Gladiator" not being "loud loud LOUD" -- you should wait until you see it before making such an argument. As pretty much every review has attested to, and I can confirm, "Gladiator" is a massive epic, larger-than-life in both image and sound. So now tell me exactly is KentClark not "too far off the mark?"

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Buzz: I happen to know Crowe is Australian. Ever seen a little

    by superninja

    If you had, you wouldn't have piped up with such a stupid comment. Captain America is my favorite hero. When I saw the trailer for Gladiator (specifically the scene during the battle where he's dressed as a general and has the fur cape), that he had that aura of leadership, confidence and humanity -- characteristics that make Captain America a great hero. I just think that the character is hard to translate to screen, because whoever plays the character must have real presence. I know it will never happen, but I just wanted to throw the idea out.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Historical accuracy and whiners

    by Jackass

    Who the hell cares if the Greek's Fire is out of place. Go to the film, enjoy it, and stop nitpicking. Most people could care less whether it is historically accurate. It's fiction and there could be a shot of Superman flying in to save someone's ass is they wanted to. And to the guy who thinks that Gladiator will be a mediocre success, you're crazy. People do care about historical pictures. How do you explain the success of Braveheart? I bet there are all kinds of historical inaccuracies in that one, but who really gives a crap.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Australia = 51st State

    by George American

    I've had it with all these hyperdefensive foreigners getting their "knickers" in a bunch over every perceived slight against their sovereignty. Get over it! I can appreciate that you "blokes" get tired of being told all the time that if it weren't for the United States, you'd all be eating "Fuhrer Flakes" for breakfast, but come on, enough's enough. I don't think the occasional wounded national pride is too high a price to pay for the benevolent protection of a massive global superpower that would just as soon crush you all beneath its bootheels were it not for its moral, cultural, and intellectual superiority. Also, we gave you "Three's Company." Is that not enough for you people? Fucking barbarians. Lousy commie running dogs. A life of ease has made you lazy and surly. When I'm elected President, all of you foreign savages will taste the sting of my lash.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Whoah, Zinema....whats with all the hostility?

    by Niiiice

    Thats one of the most docile objective posts I've ever done. Zinema, you seem to be seeing the issue in terms of who's right or not. I suggest having a more open mind. You are absolutely correct when you say that nothing I said disproves your point, because it wasn't intended to disprove anything, merely serve to enlighten you on a different view. And there are always two sides to every issue. I don't have anything "against" Gladiator, nor am I attempting to "poo poo" its box office potential because I haven't had the privelege of seeing it. Please do not insult me by readin connotations into my posts. Talkback shouldn't be about dissecting someone's post and trying to disprove the end, that always leads to name calling and tasteless flaming. Also, for some reason you thought I said Gladiator was not "loud loud LOUD", while in fact I never said anything to that effect. I mentioned a current trend in audiences, which is they're more willing to pay for special effects and loud noises. Where did I say Gladiator was remiss in these? No one is saying that Gladiator isn't a good movie, and this discussion isn't about whether it DESERVES to make money or not, its about what factors could prevent it from doing so. They are two different things. Remember Zinema, there are always two sides to every issue...and to me, understanding both sides is more important than being right.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Re: George American

    by Lexicon

    George, made me LOL. Your're right, we did give them Three's Company. Love it when you boys fight!

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 12:31 p.m. CST

    "Titanic" correction

    by All Thumbs

    Some of you guys are claiming it was Leo who made the "Titanic" opening so huge. I have to disagree and say it was the actual Titanic ship and disaster that initially made "Titanic" an instant monster hit. Leo was made into a heartthrob during the run of the movie and may have been the reason for all the repeat viewers and for drawing in most of the later crowd of viewers.***Ugh, all this talk of money and blockbuster status makes me feel dirty. Speaking of Blockbuster (movie rentals), does anyone else here refuse to even step into a Blockbuster store because of their business practices? I have nothing against trying to make a profit as a business, but when it threatens how and when films are released it pisses me off and so I boycott it.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 1:48 p.m. CST

    'Gladiator' has been rated R for...

    by Jeff B Demented

    "intense, graphic combat." No surprise there.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Whoah, Niiiice...why no answer?

    by Zinema

    How was my response hostile? You said that KentClark wasn't "too far off the mark," and then you didn't even say HOW. It's one thing to say that KentClark has a differing opinion which should be respected, but YOU said that his comments weren't "too far off the mark." You basically defended his position as being "right" without offering any responsive evidence to support that defense. In my last two posts, I pointed out WHY I thought he was wrong and provided ample evidence to support that opinion. I'm still waiting to hear from you how KentClark wasn't "too far off the mark" but somehow, I was. Also, you pointed out that current trends seem to support films that are "loud loud LOUD" but then you claim that you never said that "Gladiator" wasn't "loud loud LOUD." So what's your point? Why defend KentClark's notion that "Gladiator" won't do well when you can't even stand behind your own reasoning? This isn't hostility. This isn't a personal attack. This isn't a flame war. I just keep hoping for some kind of logical answer. Your plea for understanding both sides of an issue has no bearing on my request for you to explain why you think KentClark "isn't too far off the mark." Niiiice, I swear to you -- I'm not trying to prove you (or anyone) wrong nor am I trying to put you down. But if you think that I'm wrong about something, all I ask is that you make a logical, convincing argument as to why.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by Seward

    I'm not trying to be too critical. Greek Fire aside, the Roman weapons of war described in the bits I've read *are* generally accurate. Onagers, scorpions and ballistas, inter alia, made the Romans tough mo fo's. After the fall of the west, no army reached their level of technical sophistication and organization till the Napoleonic era. Even the scale of Roman battles was simply unheard of in medieval Europe. Vale SPQR

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 4 p.m. CST

    Three's Company/Mr Crowe

    by Hrundi

    Three's Company was a rip-off of the English show "Man About The House"...we had that before Three's Company. Oh and Russell Crowe is a Kiwi. Even the Australian press incorrectly absorbs him as an Australian.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Translation--Harry is a M***** F*****

    by Seward

    My Latin is a little on the weak side, but I believe Paddy O'Furniture is making fun of our most excellent lord and webmaster: "Is it a good movie? I want to see the history of Rome! However, Harry gives [the?] film excessive "hype." [Something about being a fat sheep? Perhaps doing something unclean with fat sheep?][I can't figure the last sentence--perhaps "Hannibal will describe the next film called 'Hanibal'"??]"

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 4:40 p.m. CST

    A lot like pussy??

    by Seward

    Movie theaters are "a lot like pussy"?? I thought they were more like your review--they stink, take up space, and waste our time. Vale

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Zinema, do you even read? (And the way you mock my subject line

    by Niiiice

    Your first post stated that *I* said Gladiator was not "loud loud LOUD". I simply corrected you by showing you that I in fact did not say that. Are you going to say "So, what's your point?" every time I address one of the points in your post? And you completely missed the point of my last post which is that I don't care about being right or wrong, and I don't think you're wrong. I think your arguments are valid as mine. As for your response being hostile, its pretty clear you were coming across as angry when you wrote it, even if you didn't intend it to. But since you must have everything explained for you point by point, I will now address your original concerns. 1. You beleive that just because a film is an "epic", it is destined for box-office success. This is simply not true. Look at Being John Malkovich and The Iron Giant. Two of the best films of the year enjoying small box office grosses. 2. Star power is not the only thing that opens a movie well! Do you honestly think Brendan Fraser is the reason people went to see the Mummy? In my opinion it was the special effects that people paid to see. 3. An AICN test screening IS NOT what I consider "killer hype"! AICN is far from mainstream, and Harry himself said the screening was for the "geeks" of film. It's the MAINSTREAM audiences that determine the box office success. This entire site was euphoric over The Iron Giant, but this site does not reflect mainstream audiences.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by Zinema

    Take a deep breath. Count to ten. Go back and re-read my last three posts here, then re-read your responses to what I wrote. Let it sink in. Remain calm. Repeat, if necessary. In the meantime, I'll just chalk up your insults and non-responsive comments to being lost in the heat of the moment.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks for providing some comic releif

    by Niiiice

    Zinema, you can now return to the land of talkback obscurity, from whence you came. It was fun while you lasted, and I actually hoped you could provide some good fence for me, but sadly there hasn't been someone like that since JJ Gittes. I can't waste my time responding to you, I'll take the fact that you couldn't address any of my points to the fact that your logical reasoning skills are unsound. Bye now.

  • Feb. 27, 2000, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Crowe being Australian...

    by Womble

    C'mon! Let us have him! It seems like all our most notable exports were imports originally. Hell, even AC/DC. =) Kiwi's are just Australians-in-waiting anyway - y'know New Zealand's just like a hatching ground. So, I wonder is Cate Blanchett was born here or if she was an import too... hmmm...

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Powerslave is right! Brian Dennehy ruins this movie! And why the

    by Mickey Finn

    Way to go Powerslave. 'The top of the head is the hardest part of the body...' HAH! Brian Dennehy looks like a grandad in a 1930s swimsuit when he fights James Marshall. This film will bomb because of the ending with Brian Dennehy. And Harry, why did you need to diss Mortal Kombat in your review? You don't have to kick a low film in order to praise a high film. I thought Christopher Lambert was very good in Mortal Kombat (the white hair suits him). Oh, and Harry, one more thing. CAN YOU PLEASE GET THAT GRAPHIC OF YOUR FACE IN THE TOP LEFT HAND CORNER TO STOP LICKING ITS BOOGERS? Thanks.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Loser of the week

    by Aicntb

    Did I miss the talk back that addressed Harry's status in Entertainment Weekly as the loser of the week (for his ridiculous Oscar inside info)? I hope not.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 9 a.m. CST

    HARRY- You went to the METREON?! whatta SHITHOLE...

    by devil goat

    I went to SF last summer, on my last day there, had actually some money left in my wallet. My partner and I were staying at a hostel close to the Metreon, and heard it was supposed to amaze. The "Moebius' Airtight Garage" is just an arcade, the whole building is just an expensive ADVERTISEMENT. Did you pay to see anything? Do you feel dirty (like I did)? My opinion of SONY in general took a dark, depressing turn after I wasted time and money being advertised at there. A week in San Francisco, and this was easily the worst thing I'd seen. Did you see the $3 paper clips at the Microsoft store? Or the $8 tiny bundles of Official Microsoft yellow paper? Glad to hear good news about GLADIATOR, though.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 9:04 a.m. CST

    To early to say love or hate

    by Bamek

    Whether you think it will be good or not it does seem like something everyone is going to go out and see at least once. I heard somewhere probably like on ET a long time ago when it was filming that Gladiator was becoming a incredibly expensive movie to make and that they filmed the thing at least partially in an old arena somewhere in Italy. I do not know how true any of this is, but it is food for thought. As for the I think I will hate it or it will be one of the more memorable films to come out. It is a little far in advance to say and you cannot see a film and say it is a classic. I've gone to a lot of movies in my life that I watched and said they were great at the time, but a year later I have foregotten about them. Other films I go in and say that movie was just okay, but years later I think back and still like the movie. There is only that once in a 2 or 3 year period where I have actually seen a movie in the theatres that I thought was great and it remained great to me years down the road. Right now I would say the movies that will pull me into the theatres this year are LOTR, D&D, Titan AE, Blair Witch 2 (which with all the delays probably will not be out this year after all) and Gladiator.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Stay home Dunces

    by Rolande

    What a bunch of whiny pussies. Stay home then, and don't see Gladiator. Me, I'm going, because it looks cool as shit. But damn, all this whining about sellouts and free fanboy screenings, jeez. I expect there to be numerous pretentious flaming responses from booger encrusted dorks taking time away from their rigorous masturbation schedules to either rag on Harry or bitch about, well, about anything. 'Cause you're all bitches.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Why would Crowe work with Rodriguez?

    by CharlesPalantine

    Rodriguez is a hack. A hack I tell you!

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Russell should've been Qui-Gon!

    by Kevi-Wan

    Although the movie would've still been disappointing, Russell Crowe should've been Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode 1 rather than Liam Neeson. Perhaps we could see Mr. Crowe in SW2 as a Jedi warrior supporting character. As for Gladiator, I can't wait to see it myself. Bring it on!

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I, for one, cannot wait.

    by Vegas

    I say again: I, for one, cannot wait.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Passing pedant

    by Owatonna

    Huns? HUNS? In the reign of Commodus? Nice try, guys, why not throw in Alexander the Great and the US Marine Corps for added authenticity? Incidentally, Seward, nothing looks sillier than innaccurate pedantry: the western empire was rather less than a joke by 678, having ceased to exist, even in name, over two hundred years earlier. While on the subject of pedantry, why is it that when small-minded whingers like myself and Seward start complaining about innaccuracies in the portrayal of real, important events involving real people they get treated to the whole "it's only a movie" routine, whereas when other small-minded whingers complain about the innapropriate portrayal of the costume of a fucking COMIC BOOK CHARACTER they get taken seriously? Nice to know people on this site have their priorities right, isn't it?

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Oh, and just in case

    by Owatonna

    ...anyone picks me up on it, which they won't, because probably nobody's still reading this, and why would they bother anyway...but anyway...I am aware that the events, and some of the characters, in this film are fictional, and no, I don't have a problem with that, although general considerations of authenticity still apply. The above was a general rant about accuracy, not specific.

  • Feb. 28, 2000, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Okay, Niiiice, I'll play it your way...

    by Zinema

    You're an absolute moron. Is that what you wanted? Fine. I gave you a chance to calm down, go back and re-read my past posts, but instead, you cowardly balked. Fine. Newsflash: I ALREADY addressed ALL of your points...and those points made by KentClark. You, on the other hand, ignored and/or misrepresented most of those points. As for AICN obscurity...are you, in contrast, suggesting that you're somehow "famous" for your inability to read and digest the comments made by others? Wow...that's rather pathetic. Honestly, the only reason I bothered with you was becuase I was hoping (silly me) that you would actually have a relevant counterpoint to make, since you went to the effort of loudly addressing me directly in a subject header. I had no idea that you had absolutely NOTHING of substance to offer. There. Feel better, Niiiice? Is this what you wanted? Enjoy.

  • Feb. 29, 2000, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Ebert put it best...

    by superninja

    He had Scorsese on his show past week, reviewing the top 10 films of the decade. Martin was talking about how people !@#$%ed that the scenery in EWS didn't look like New York. You know what Ebert said, "If you want to everything to be accurate, then WHY DON'T YOU VISIT NEW YORK? WHY SEE A MOVIE IF ALL YOU WANT IS TO VISIT NEW YORK?" So all this "Huns, no huns" in Gladiator $hit is useless. It's a fantasy film based on historic events -- it is not a history lesson, and is not trying to be. No one's going to notice that $hit except fanboys and history professors.

  • March 1, 2000, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by Niiiice

    I'm giggling like a schoolgirl at how easy you are. Tsk, tsk, I thought you might posses the intelligence to see through my little scheme of getting a rise out of you, but sadly you took the bait, hook, line, and sinker! Oh, and saying you provide counterpoints isn't the same as actually doing it. But overall, a very substantive effort, I applaud you. I need some good aversaries on this site!

  • March 1, 2000, 1:37 p.m. CST ignorant slut!

    by Zinema

    Well, Niiiice, I guess you're giggling so hard that you have no control over what you type -- as evidenced by your double-posting. However, if you truly enjoy getting a rise out of people with your groundless attacks on people, then I suppose you should continue on in your rather sad pursuit of pleasuring yourself. You're obviously in desperate need of real fun. However, for the record, you never ONCE supported how KentClark "isn't so far off the mark." So you're right: "saying you provide counterpoints isn't the same as actually doing it." I'm glad you agree with me that you have completely FAILED to provide any meaningful responses to my MULTIPLE examples as to why "Gladiator" will be a success. And as for you "needing some good aversaries [sic] on this site," I would instead recommend that you seek professional help. Anyone, like yourself, who takes joy in trolling for flame wars, has serious issues which should be remedied before you end up with a houseful of cats, eating nothing but cake icing and wondering, "why are those big men in white suits from the asylum banging on my door?"

  • March 3, 2000, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by vasterny

    yeah that shit sounds cool but wait till you see this site

  • March 8, 2000, 5 p.m. CST


    by The_Duke

    Harry - For once I really enjoyed your review. Most of the time I feel like I have to weed through your blah blah stuff to really find out what you thought about a peticular movie. I must give you some credit though, you really enjoy movies as I do and I guess thats why you get sooo excited. Anyway I've been waiting for a movie like Gladiator forever and with your thumbs up I feel confident that I will most likely enjoy it. You really explained the difference between it not being another Sparticus (Which I love) to it being closer to a Conan (Which I also love). Cameron Crowe is a cool dude, but I'm hoping that Chow Yun Fat gets the opportunity to become one of the first Asian Leading men in our cinema. He is what cool is all about.

  • March 30, 2000, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Can I have an AMEN!!!!

    by X-Ed

    We as (mature)film goers hould support the "NC-17" rating. Crimanie! I am tired of seeing heavy handed movies with infants and 1st graders! Spielberg said SPRyan was for 14 years and up. Hell, there must have been a good 50 elementary aged and a little younger. Thier parents are to damn lazy to get a babysitter. Lets get a great NC-17 flick out there and support it! Do ya'll see my point?!

  • April 4, 2000, 6:49 a.m. CST

    where's the review?

    by mrb

    Well i learnt a lot about what films harry is into but not a lot about the film itself. For example, both richard harris and oliver reed (in his last film) are in this movie but not a word about their performances (important, considering their reputations as drinking hellraisers). More detail and less crap about what is 'cool'.

  • April 22, 2000, 3:43 a.m. CST


    by Shearer

    I haven't seen the film yet, but eagerly await. Someone was whingeing about the Romans being overrun by Germans. Well, the Germans were made up of many, many tribes who generally migrated from the north of Europe and pushed out the Celts of central Europe. It so happens that the armies of Marcus Aurelius defeated the Marcomanni and Quadi, who were pushing past the frontiers. Then he imposed policies such as reducing tribal meetings to once per year, etc... Aurelius died of plague in camp near the Danube. From what it sounds like, that is the big battle at the beginning. Anyway, this takes place almost 2000 years ago. The primary sources are limited, so who cares if some artistic license is taken? I think that is much different than Hollywood completely changing extremely well-documented events as in the capture of the ENIGMA in U-571. And ballistas and catapults had been used since 400 B.C. From what it sounds like, the movie is exciting without completely compromising history.

  • April 22, 2000, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Cannot stress how much i want to see this movie!

    by Bonniesansclyde

    Finally a gladiator pic! i though t i would be 50 before they came back in style, i hope for one that harry is right and the movie kicks ass, or i will be extremly dissapointed.

  • April 27, 2000, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Gladiator-Friends, Romans

    by AlyFox

    Saw the flick on 4/26/2000, and I gotta say: It's main flaw was the trailer! Every ad you see for this film was wall-to-wall fighting, which the movie is not. What is there is extremely well done; Russell Crowe is watchable every second, the cinematography is beautiful, and the supporting cast is engaging. But not nearly enough combat for my taste, and while I appreciate Ridley Scott's attempt to put the viewer right up close to the action, I wish he would have pulled the camera back once in a while so we could SEE WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE! By all means, an impressive film, but they should have made a trailer to match.

  • April 28, 2000, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Warning! Two Hours and Forty Minutes! Of Tedium!

    by Harmony Borine

    I just saw Gladiator at a preview screening at the Galaxy here in San Francisco and boy-oh-boy did it just lay there! The characters are a half-inch deep, the action sequences are shot in extreme close up so you can't tell what's happening and out of that 2:40 running time there is about TWO SOLID HOURS of NOTHING BUT TALK!!! When something interesting finally happened I looked at my watch to note how long it took. One and a half hours, people. This movie is just fucking tedious. I am just totally let down by this experience. Reading Harry's goddamn review made me want to see this thing. Now, I'll never trust another word out of his processor. Believe me, you'd much rather suck the pus out of every zit on Harry's ass before you see this turkey.

  • April 28, 2000, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by BLars

    "Are you not entertained??!!!! Is this not what you came here to see??" Yes!!! This was an amazing movie. And, yes, it's true the RCrowe is among our great "badass" actors. Here's hoping he continues to make excellent choices in the movies he makes. This is one of those films that the more i think about it, the more i like everything about it.

  • April 28, 2000, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Tedium??--that's reading bad reviews of this movie

    by BLars

    puh-lease. this movie was ANYTHING but boring. when watching action scenes, i have strong doubts that the director and cinematographer are clueless about the way they are filming. it's called "effect" and "style" and is what made those scenes SO kick-ass, that's why they do it. if anyone going to see this is one of those people that can't figure out what's happening--that these battle scenes contain a lot of brutal bloodshed, nasty slicing and main characters experiencing chaos in those scenes, then you probably would enjoy a lesser film that may tend to spoon-feed you each event--AND tell you what you should think about what you just saw. there are plenty of those out. this movie was of a MUCH higher caliber.

  • May 5, 2000, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Problem I had with the film and many others!

    by Flow

    OK this may seem like nit-picking but it has bugged me in every Gladiator type film I have ever seen. Its very simple and I know why the wonderful people in Hollywood do it and that reason is literally the ignorance of the public. Maybe I can help alittle bit by posting this stuff. Ok here it is!!! In the Roman Empire the "Thumbs up" symbol ment KILL him and the "thumbs down" ment SPARE him. Some people might ask why this is and if you think about it its not that hard to see why, weve just been missinformed our whole lives. The reason is that the thumbs down ment to sheath your sword and the thumbs up ment take your sword out and chop his head off or some thing to that effect. ahhh ok I've gotten it out now help me spread the word and maybe someday we will she the movies get it right!!!!

  • May 5, 2000, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Unleash hell indeed

    by darius25

    2 words: IT ROCKED!!!!! Not the best movie ever made and not even the best movie of the year but still Gladiator is AWESOME!!! Actually this movie is not as close to Conan as some of you may think and it is nowhere near the amazing Braveheart. My only complaints about the movie - only 2 Gladiator scenes in Rome (4 in total plus the ending). Man, there should have been more. When Maximus first steps in the Coliseum and the chariots come in, that is better than anything in SPR!!!!!! Also, the battle at the beginning was 10 mins total, not the 40 min bloodshed that we were promised. Just go in and enjoy the film, but don't expect the best movie ever made.

  • May 6, 2000, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The thumb deal

    by Lenny Nero

    Actually, the "thumbs up-thumbs down" deal was a bit different, both from GLADIATOR and the comment made a few talkbacks above me. The signal for LIFE was not extending the thumb at all, and DEATH was extending the thumb in any, ANY, direction. But do I care about the historical accuracy or relevance? FUCK NO! THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOVIE! I SAW IT TWICE IN A ROW, WITH TWO SURPRISINGLY PERFECT BERKELEY AUDIENCES! I'm sick of all these people who try to cap on movies for historical accuracy and any other kind of fucking accuracy. THESE ARE MOVIES!!!!! THEY ARE ENTERTAINMENT! WHO CARES IF THEY CHANGE THINGS A BIT?! FICTION, PEOPLE! A note: you know those movies that say "Based on a true story" and then people attack the accuracy and validity, saying facts were changed and they got it all wrong? Well, the tagline does not say "THIS IS A DEAD-ON TRUE STORY"! BASED, BASED, BASED people!!! Get that through your measly little heads. Okay? (phew...gotta calm down) Anyhoo, this film was incredible, and is one of the coolest movies ever made. 'Nuf said. I'm looking forward to Harry's Gladiator review 2.0. Later

  • May 9, 2000, 11:54 p.m. CST

    great movie

    by maloos

    This has to be one of the best movies I've seen. (Next to The Matrix, Braveheart, and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking You're Gin and Juice in Tha Hood). From the war to the fighting scenes to the plot to the ending. Russell Crowe kicks ass! Hey, does anyone know what other movies he was in? I forgot. Anyway, great movie, everyone should see it. Oh, and one more thing, to powerslave, damn boy, you talk like a bitch!

  • May 11, 2000, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe would make a cool James Bond

    by DEVO

    Anyone else here think that Russell Crowe would make a very cool James Bond? He sort of has that Sean Connery look to him. Dark and lethal. Just imagine Russell Crowe saying, "Bond. James Bond."

  • May 12, 2000, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Gladiator Fight Sequences

    by Elise

    Is it just me? Aren't the jerky, stoboscopic, action scenes incredibly annoying? And how can Maximus reap his crops in three weeks when its snowing? How can he ride from a frigid, snowy climate to his Mediterranean home in a few days? How did Maximus get from Africa to Rome? Help with my geography.

  • May 14, 2000, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Gladiator??? Shite!

    by albowski

    I am stunned that most of the general population think this film good. WHAT A LOAD OF RIUBBISH!!! If I hear one more reviewer call it an EPIC I will stab them to death with a rusty broad sword. Is it me, or was it woefully clear that this film was shot 90% in fron of a blue screen? The "set" was too unreal and looked computer generated. If you haven`t seen it yet, don`t expect Spartacus or Ben Hur, they are epic which will live forever, whereas GLADIATOR will soon be forgotten..........

  • May 15, 2000, 10:08 a.m. CST

    hans zimmer is a fraudulent thief

    by jamie

    I went in to Gladiator thinking, surely this Epic film was a composers' dream. I wanted a score that Miklos Rosza, or Berhard Herrman might have written today. But what Zimmer gave us was just a collection of stolen trophies from other pieces. Anyone who has heard NMars from Holst's 'Planets' will know that Zimmer virtually photocopied moments from it. Anyone who has seen 'Crimson Tide' will know that Zimmer must have thought 'hell, if it worked for a sumbarine drama, why not try it for a gladiator film'. This lazy writing does not do anyone on the film any credit. There are some great writers out there - Eliot Goldenthal, Carter Burwell and of course the old faves like Williams, Goldsmith, hell, even Lalo Schifrin (who has been criminally underused). The likes of Zimmer, who basically turns out the same old shit EVERY time, are fine for a Bruckheimer film, but not for something like this. Major flaw.

  • May 15, 2000, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by Impact

    I rarely get to see movies. But I made time and took pains to see Gladiator, based mostly on the buzz generated by Harry and Moriarty. I've been a fan of Ridley Scott since Blade Runner and I thought Russell Crowe was the next great star after L.A. Confidential and The Insider. Spartacus and Barrabas are two of my all-time favorite movies. I'm a Roman history buff. Put that all together and I was more excited about seeing Gladiator than almost any movie I've ever gone to see. Imagine my shock and profound dissapointment at the bland, boring, predictable, preposterous, poorly acted, symnombulent mess that I saw on the screen. The Coliseum even looked small. The action was pointless. Richard Harris and Jacobi looked embarrased to be in this claustrophobic, sleepy little action movie. How did you guys get this so wrong? I believe Scott and Crowe can recover--they have a track record. I don't know about AICN. Harry and Moriarty demonstrated inexplicably bad critical judgment.

  • May 16, 2000, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Russ is H-O-T!

    by peachie

    Ok i confess that i stumbled on this web site by accident as i was searching for gladiator web sites. After reading all of the comments i have to say that, yes russell crowe is NZ but he is STILL classed as an australian citizen, and also Mel gibson wasn't born in austraila...but holy shit he STILL classes himself as an.....AUSTRALIAN! As an australian myself i can't tolerate you americans thinking that you are the "rulers" of the world, so lay off bagging all australians (i myself am pround to be one). Russell has been in The silver brumby (a low budget aussie move), romper stomper, La confiedential (along with fellow aussie Guy Peirce) and many countless others...and somehow you americans never wanted him while he was in all those other movie huh? well you can't claim him now! Ps this movie is f'ing BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 20, 2000, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Decent, but too pretentious

    by Murazor

    Here's a comment from Norway, and my first contribution to Talk Back. Yesterday I saw Gladiator, and I'm sorry to say it did not live up to my expectations. As previously commented, this is really a simple film about revenge and about men with swords. If it had stopped there it would have been great. A brilliant concept really; What are action movies, but the modern day equivalent of gladiator fights!? The problem is that this movie also tries to be a serious movie dealing with deep and profound themes, something which is not pulled off very well (to speak kindly). The "serious" parts were (mostly) ineffectual and far too long, and the attempts to set contrast to the horrors were accompanied by cliched sappy music which broke the tone completely. The acting was good though, and the fight scenes, though I too would have liked a few overview shots, were enjoyable. The CGI version of Rome looked good too (except for the CGI audience). If it had been half an hour shorter, and stayed true to its focus, I think it might have soared.

  • May 20, 2000, 5:49 p.m. CST



    The film seems formulaic and trite. I badly wanted it to be BETTER. Why do I remember BladeRunner as being so much more engaging and memorable.Good performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Richard Harris, and Connie Neilsen makes a hot Lucilla...but the plot lacked much in the way of suspense and the motivation of the principals somehow lacked me, they just seemed to be waiting for this turkey to be over. So we can see them in something else, where there is some decent writing. Yeh, could be a breakout for Russell Crowe, and yes, he would make a great James Bond, whoever suggested that idea...but...James Bond needs some better writers, too. Oh, where do I think we had good writing? Ummm, LA Confidential, for Russel's sakes! And Quentin Tarantino seems to be able to stock a film with credible characters and lines. Ridley Scott, I wanted this to be more, more, more.....

  • May 23, 2000, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by zacnerak

    I watched Gladiator last week here in the UK and it has to be said that I was completely stunned by the whole film. Russell Crowe is superfit and supergorgeous and the girls'll all wanna take him home and make it all better! (I know I would). I watched Blade Runner for the first time recently and there really is no comparison to this masterpiece, Blade Runner was over-hyped and dated and REALLY REALLY BORING!!! I just didn't get it - please tell me I'm not the only one. Gladiator on the other hand is an action packed, happening movie with a plot everyone can understand. Did anyone spot where the CG'd Oliver Reed came in? I have to admit, I did shed a tear or two when Maximus went home and found his family and then again at the end. Overall, an excellent film that I will probably buy (on DVD of course).

  • May 25, 2000, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Russell Crow is Yummy!

    by Small One

    I just saw Gladiator. Much better then I thought it would be. And oh...oh, I did like Russell Crow as Maximus. That alone was worth the price of admission!

  • May 25, 2000, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by zacnerak

    Frequency is about to preview here in UK next month, I have tickets but was wondering whether it is worth going to see? Any feedback welcome!

  • May 27, 2000, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Scott just can

    by Ghostbuster

    Saw the movie on thursday here in good old Germany and thanks to God I

  • May 29, 2000, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by mrwilliam

    GLADIATOR proved that you don't need bombs, guns or car chases to make a killer action flick.Ridley Scott got medieval on our asses, and did a good job with it.

  • May 30, 2000, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Easy.E

    The movie rocked! What can I say, it was water cooler primo conversation today in the office. Get past the blood stuff and the story will kick you in the ass. I've never seen Russell Crowe in jack crapbefore, but the man pulled off Maximus with class. Commode Dust or whatever the pansy wimp son ruler's name was sucked. He got what he deserved. Everyone has had the fears of at least one character in Gladiator before in your life. Let's just hope we don't end like Russ did! Peace!

  • June 2, 2000, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by ddd

    What a disappointment!!! Harry, please, this film does NOT rock!! The battle scenes? Nowhere fucking near BRAVEHEART!! Just a bunch of fast edited closeups, no scope, nothing. Secondary characters like Djimon Hounsou and Moeller, where did they go? And the ending, please!!! Lame!! Fucking lame!! That ridicolous little swordfight! Commodus would have never done that! Go read the John Logan draft of the screenplay, far far better than the resulting movie! There was no suspense, no emotion, it was just, look what can do with CGfuckingI!! Now I can only hope for THE PATRIOT to deliver the goods, but with the director of crap like INDEPENDENCE DAY and GODZILLA and the helm I'm not too sure it will.

  • June 2, 2000, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by Meridias

    I just saw Gladiator for the 10th time. I'm 43 years old,a woman, and happily married and I can't find one negative thing to say about the movie. First and foremost is Russell Crowe himself. He defines man-ness, and his portrayal of Maximus is indeed Oscar worthy!! The supporting cast is also superb, the music is touching and moved me constantly, and the fight scenes are unmatched to any other movie. Ridley Scott should be nominated for best director for this movie. I could go on and on about how much I love Gladiator. The three words that come to my mind when I think of Maximus and his journey to Alysium is Strength and Honor!!!

  • June 3, 2000, 12:28 a.m. CST

    by rvtmd

    your gladiator review: i got just one comment: dude, you rock, man. keep up your good work i salute u

  • June 8, 2000, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Gladiator is What Star Wars TPM Should Have Been

    by cyt

    A few posts above mentioned Star Wars. I agree. 1/4 ways through this movie I thought this should have been TPM. A big battle with Jedis, lots of gore, little romance, and a reason why the main charactor is a legendary hero. I loved this movie. Maximus certainly was strong with the force. I didn't know the battle scenes were CGI. Ebert complained of the greyness of the film. I thought that was intentional.

  • June 8, 2000, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Gladiator is What Star Wars TPM Should Have Been

    by cyt

    A few posts above mentioned Star Wars. I agree. 1/4 ways through this movie I thought this should have been TPM. A big battle with Jedis, scenes of training, lots of gore, little romance, and a reason why the main charactor is a legendary hero. I loved this movie. Maximus certainly was strong with the force. I didn't know the battle scenes were CGI. Ebert complained of the greyness of the film. I thought that was intentional.

  • June 10, 2000, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Clutching my breast,...

    by Bootz

    I breathlessly exhale, ************

  • June 16, 2000, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Gladiator Kicks Titanic's ass

    by rickdees

    I must say that Gladiator kicks Titanic's ass joke...cos it's much more realistic (considering cheap Rose and Jack making out days after knowing each other)...and it's got cool action scenes too...gory but shot in an artistic way... Best movie i have ever watched! Russell Crowe is cool too...!! Way to Go Gladiator!

  • June 18, 2000, 7:47 p.m. CST

    This Movie is What ST The Phantom Menace Should Have Been

    by cyt

    This movie is what TPM should have been. A great battle, a peek at training, a little romance, lots of gore, and a hero the audience could believe in. Sure TPM had a big battle scene, but it was a battle between robots and creatures I didn't care about. Maximus had more of the force in him than Qui-gon Jinn and Obi-Wan!

  • June 25, 2000, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Gladiator motherfucking rules!!

    by Movie freak

    Back here in Belgium, they've just released the fucking wonder that 'Gladiator' really is. What a superb movie!! Hacked bodies, burnt children, people's faces being destroyed bij swords!! Fucking A!! That's what we wanna see. Russel Crowe steals every scene and Oliver Reed is great!! Shit, even Phoenix was good enough as that poor, helpless bastard with his dirty games!! And the score of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard kicks ass!! Go see this one!!

  • July 4, 2000, 2:20 p.m. CST

    harry knowles review of Gladiator

    by curiousyellow

    I noticed that you made a comment on the use of spectacles, "bread and circuses", as public pap and the trend of "the powers that be" (the PTB's) to encourage it. I am hoping that you meant that the movie was "social commentary" on this point, that people should be wary of being totally entertained all the time. "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" certainly jumps to mind on this point, bigger and more lotteries, grand sporting events, etc. etc. Nobody has time to just think any more. Judith Hill, Dartmouth, NS, Canada

  • July 9, 2000, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Gladiator ROCKS!!!

    by Jubieloo

    If nothing else, Gladiator is an adrenaline rush. Fortunatly, it is much much else--its a great movie. It is captivating, perfectly casted and acted (do i even need to tell u how fucking awesome Russel Crowe is in this movie???) beautifully filmed, and (i think) wonderfully directed and written. Dont be put off by the violence, its so worth it, and to tell u the truth i thought the violence was really cool. Just go see it. Please.

  • Aug. 20, 2000, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by gorgeous

    I have seen Gladiator five times, and I hope to see it at least two times more before it leaves the theatres. Why have I seen it so many times? Did women just suddenly discover they love gladiator games? Of course not, what we discovered is that Russell Crowe is the sexiest man in the Universe! He heats up the screen that I'm suprised the celluloid doesn't catch fire and burn I was so tired of the pretty boy toys that I rarely went to a theatre to see a film. God, this man is awesome! Not only a great actor, but a MAN, not a boy, whose looks just make a woman want to drop! Hey, we women liked the story too. It was pleasant to think that a man loved his wife and child so much he intended to die for them.All I can say, is that he leaves me gasping for more!

  • March 26, 2001, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Academy Award Winner for Best Picture 2000

    by utz_world


  • Sept. 29, 2005, 1:25 a.m. CST

    A new record?

    by barryap

    For talkback entry 5 1/2 years after this was posted? Yes I'm bored tonight.

  • March 16, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    hey, you're not Orcus! Or are you?