Aug. 18, 2000, 10:47 a.m. CST
is it possible for any of you to write a review devoid of spoilers? at least give me fucking warning.
Aug. 18, 2000, 11:03 a.m. CST
Renee Z. is extremely cute and i don't like blonds that much (just a personal choice) i wasn't planning on seeing this based just on the trailer but i think i will now! thanx moriarty! Moriarty man SCHWAAAA!! brings movie rewiews to everyone with his SCHWAAA action! (i'm sorry that's getting old quick)
Aug. 18, 2000, 11:11 a.m. CST
At some point I had to stop reading the review as it became obvious that he was going to go through at least 75% of the plot.
Aug. 18, 2000, 11:25 a.m. CST
by John Bigboote
Damn, Moriarty, you almost blew your credibility there, right in your first full paragraph by lumping that turd in with some decent films. But "Nurse Betty" sounds and looks great. Can't wait to see it. Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock? I'm there.
Aug. 18, 2000, 11:28 a.m. CST
by John Bigboote
I forgot to mention: I agree with those Talk Backers complaining about the spoilers. You gave too much away about the movie, Moriarty, and I hope you don't let it become a habit. At least have the decency to warn people.
Aug. 18, 2000, 11:38 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
I think Renee Zellweger's finest moment was not Jerry Maguire, but One True Thing. I'm a guy, but I've never cried so much during one movie (well, ok...Iron Giant does a bit more with me). I love USA Films, and The Muse didn't do that poorly, and for the record, although not one of Albert Brooks' best films, it was still pretty good. And Ride With The Devil was an underappreciated masterpiece. Lenny Nero has spoken.
Aug. 18, 2000, 11:56 a.m. CST
by Herbert Kornfeld
...Is anyone else a little preturbed by how Moriarty calls the story of woman who has a complete schizophrenic breakdown due to the murder of her husband "charming and fun"? I guess he really IS evil.
Aug. 18, 2000, 12:04 p.m. CST
by The Grin
There are no cliches in Ride with the Devil. It's a great war film. Even the confrontation that we all anticipate at the end spoils our hopes, yet rings true. It even has compassion for its villains in the end. The romance... it isn't even a romance, it's a relationship driven by necessity. And the characters with guns are not ideals... they're real... they're scared... they're vulnerable. And the war is shown as MESSY without any gratuitous, condescending, crowd-pleasing shots. Ang Lee, in my book, still has a perfect record as a director. People who dislike "Ride with the Devil" most likely just wanted another male-revenge-fantasy war movie. I love it, and it's also got me charged up to see the next war-in-the-woods film from Lee... that glorious release that's coming this Christmas to the hearts and minds of fan boys everywhere. - - - - - - - - - - -- THE GRIN
Aug. 18, 2000, 12:13 p.m. CST
I been reading AICN for about 8 months now, and one thing I can tell you for sure is.. This site drains all the joy out of movies. I'm tired of being told how cool anime is, why Iron Giant was screwed over (not even that good of a cartoon, never mind a movie), and reading sub-par reviews that basically start by star-fucking the director and end by telling me exactly what happens in every movie that I might want to go see. The only decent part of the site is the talk-back, where once in a while, someone says something interesting, that makes me think. Those people are NEVER Moriarty or Harry, neither of whose opinion I would trust as far as I could throw it. If you're going to REVIEW a movie, give us a "brief" idea of the plot (no spoilers or lengthy descriptions of your favorite scene) and then some comments about why you feel it was good or not good. Personal experience is fine, but don't make me read your fucking life story. Make your point, move on. If you want to see it done well, read Roger Ebert's review of E.T., available in his archives on-line. THAT's personal experience at work. Enough already. I'm tired of all the scoops/spoilers/inside info. I'm heading back to the land of not knowing. At least I was occasionally surprised and pleased by things.
Aug. 18, 2000, 12:39 p.m. CST
by John Bigboote
Never since transcending the eighth dimension have I witnessed such unmitigated tedium. I love all of Ang Lee's other films, and I like all the actors in RWTD (except Jewel), but the whole movie seemed like a cruel exercise in leading a horse to water and not letting him drink. The film constantly flirted with plot threads, story directions, character arcs, etc. that were FAR more interesting than those explored front-and-center in the film -- only to turn its back on them in exchange for boredom. To me, it was like getting to go to Paris but being forced to eat only at McDonald's. Ugh. No wonder no one saw this film. LAUGH WHILE YOU CAN, MONKEY BOY!!!
Aug. 18, 2000, 1:01 p.m. CST
I agree with Moriarty, USA Films is doing some kick ass stuff now. BJM and Topsy Turvy were two of my faves last year. Traffic's going to kick ass too - Soderbergh can do no wrong in my book. I'm seeing NB soon and can't wait since I'm a LaBute fan. I checked out the USA Films site & it's pretty damn cool. They use these images from Nurse Betty and have all sorts of messed up (in a good way!) things going on. (www.usafilms.net). I also found the Nurse Betty site (www.nurse-betty.com), and it's also pretty bizarre. I guess it's one of the character's email & there are all these links to weird sites. i spent like 30 minutes on it the other day. Curious to know what you guys think.
Aug. 18, 2000, 1:04 p.m. CST
by Monkey Lord
Thought a little beam of light might be needed in this swelling suckhole that is the Talkback. I swear to god, I hate these things. Most anything a nyone has to say isn't worth reading, because so many people are so willing to make personal attacks and throw their feces on the web... People seem to forget that they are, in reality, talking to people. Yeah, I'm not kidding guys. Really. Moriarty (and Harry, I'm pretty sure) is a person...and as such, has feelings. Express your opinion however you want, but don't go around bloodying anyone's nose with it. It's rude, its tripe, and more often than not it devalues your opinion to the point that the more sensible of us don't particularly care what you have to say....So then what's the point of "talking back?" Anyway, Moriarty, thank you for the review... I actually might not have bothered with Nurse Betty had I not read it. Now I'm quite anxious...
Aug. 18, 2000, 1:39 p.m. CST
Ok, so I read the screenplay and grinned my way from cover to cover. I'm happy that LaBute translated it without losing it's sweetness. I can't wait!!
Aug. 18, 2000, 1:39 p.m. CST
Tripe can be a very good element in some dishes. Unnecessary inclusion of spoilers in a self-indulgent exercise in mental masturbation disguised as a "review" is not very good.
Aug. 18, 2000, 1:51 p.m. CST
Has anyone else found the Nurse Betty Website?!? Its the way Websites SHOULD be done for movies. The Matrix's website WISHES it could Utilize flash like this and kick ass so much. Im seeing the Movie just because of this site ( www.nurse-betty.com ), so I suggest everyone check it out. Real Fun. Bugger out! }:>
Aug. 18, 2000, 2:19 p.m. CST
Didn't Renee Zelwegger put on weight for this role? Or is the extra poundage for some movie coming out where she plays a brit? Man, I love them chunkies.
Aug. 18, 2000, 3:59 p.m. CST
R A M it.
Aug. 18, 2000, 4:16 p.m. CST
Sorry, but the guy can't act his way out of a paper bag. No, lets make it a wet paper bag. I didn't think the guy was funny when he was on SNL. He seemed to be an Eddie Murphy wannabe. Lets better hope the script is really good, cause Mr. Rock seems able to read well. He did so so in Lethal Weapon 4 anyway. There just may not be enough plate glass windows to fly through in this one. Seems like a plastic-gun, witty reparte kind of film. I bet he could sell cars with that voice of his. He should be the one going balls-deep in this movie. Mis-cast. Too bad. Give me the job dammit!!Using Chris Rock in a movie is almost as bad as using the term "spinnerettes" in the same context as spider man, or even thinking of having "organic spinnerettes." Oh ya, "Ride with the Devil" sucked so hard my asshole hurt the next day. What is the connection between this drivel and another like "Three Kings." CRAP!! Who really knows. I should have slapped myelf for going to "Ride" with the wife. Spending money to see that film hurt me emotionally.
Aug. 18, 2000, 4:20 p.m. CST
Aug. 18, 2000, 4:27 p.m. CST
I disagree!!! Harry can't spell very well and his grammar bites big-time. Moriarty, on the other hand, likes spilling spoilers all over without caring if anyone reads them, but likes to write because he cares a little about what goes into a paragraph. He writes a lot too, but whats with the tiny type? Crap what a waste of time!!! I could be out there looking for a job!!!! Anyone looking for graphic artists?
Aug. 19, 2000, 9 a.m. CST
Sounds like he's getting more weakened and less evil in every review. I understand that this film will probably be good but if it mad Moriarty cheery... That's something to question... Just giving all you talk backers some food for thought.
Aug. 19, 2000, 11:13 p.m. CST
I bet you only have seen him on SNL and in film, and haven't bothered to watch any of his standup. Eddie Murphy is no where near as funny as Rock.
Aug. 20, 2000, 9:36 a.m. CST
This film as good as Moriaty says. Performances are superb all round - even from Chris Rock who usually irritates the s**t out of me (I actually cheered in Jackie Brown when he got shot!). The film is touchy and funny and your heart really does go out to Betty as she heads off to fufil her fantasy. The subject matter is dark but is expertly handled by La Bute and manages to be funny without being flippant. Go and see it!
Aug. 20, 2000, 2:55 p.m. CST
...that LaBute is a devout Mormon? Did anyone else hear that? I read that somewhere, and reconciling that with In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors seemed a little difficult. Anyway, if that's the case, the fact that he "has a heart" really shouldn't be surprising.
Aug. 20, 2000, 8:31 p.m. CST
chris rock sucked balls in 'LW4' but was pretty good in 'dogma'. i don't think labute would have hired the guy if he couldn't hold his own with freeman. hey, moriarty, why no mention of greg kinnear? i was ready to rip this guy a new one when i heard he was making the leap from cheesebag entertainment reporter to actor, but he's been fine in just about everything i've seen him in. (thought he was great in 'mystery men'.)
Aug. 21, 2000, 10:58 a.m. CST
Not that I really care, but just to defend my comments earlier: as far as I can tell USA Films is basically the same people as Gramercy, Polygram Filmed Entertainment & October Films - just a new name. Also, the new line up seems just as cool as the stuff they inherited. Soderbergh's Traffic, Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love, the Coens' Barber Movie with Billy Bob & McDormand, Jodie Foster's Flora Plum, LaBute's adaptation of Possession, and Series 7: the Contenders sounds like the sharp kick in the ass that reality tv deserves. I'm sure they're putting out plenty of stinkers, but who doesn't? I just noticed alot of cool filmmakers and projects. That must mean something, right?
Sept. 28, 2000, 7:55 p.m. CST
Maybe you fell in love with Rene and that blinded you to the inate stupidity and sexism in this horrid movie, but speaking as a female movie lover, it just plain sucked! OK, a sop was added at the end that Betty would find her empowerment herself, but everything else up to that major inconsistancy stunk of "weak babbling girlchild". I hate movies like this. the only bright note was Morgan Freeman in an enlightening fresh role.