Sept. 13, 2000, 9:54 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
I've known this since Fast Times and Say Anything. He can play with my emotions in a way Spielburg NEVER could. I am creaming on myself to see this movie. Is it Friday yet? PS- Thanks for the reminder that Bill Hicks is still alive and well in the collective conciousness. I really miss that guy!
Sept. 13, 2000, 10:08 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Sept. 13, 2000, 10:39 a.m. CST
I'm sure almost famous will be a great movie, I want to see it too. But Harry, those animations on the site have got to go. At first they were cute; now they are disgusting; an offense to my young eyes. Harry as Mena Suvari? Harry in a bikini? YUCK! I don't wanna see that!
Sept. 13, 2000, 11:17 a.m. CST
I want my money back.
Sept. 13, 2000, 11:57 a.m. CST
Both versions of The Abyss are disappointing, the longer versions of Aliens and T2 suck too. Now Spielberg is gonna go muck around with E.T., a perfect film already. When will director's stop the insanity!!! I pray Friedkin doesn't fuck up Exorcist as well!
Sept. 13, 2000, 12:25 p.m. CST
Ay, ay,...when all y'all gonna give props to "Backstage"? You reviewin' all this hippie shit...I ain' tryin' ta hear dat. Shit, at least give a shout out for "Turn It Up!" A'ight, late...
Sept. 13, 2000, 12:27 p.m. CST
Wow. You know something Moriarty, you may just be the best reviewer out there. And I'm not just referring to the fact that you obviously write well. Not at all in a technical fashion like so many reviewers these days, but you relate the experience to us by showing us the way that it affected you personally. But you also manage to do it objectively. Even when you could almost feel how hard it must have been for you to say anything bad about this movie, admit any flaws in the cinematic experience, you did for the sake of the review and the reviewer. So kudos to you Moriarty, I wish we heard from you more often.
Sept. 13, 2000, 1 p.m. CST
This film has been bestowed upon us from the heavens in a golden platter for all of us mortals to enjoy. It is a brief glimpse at GOD himself. The reason it has been cut down is that any viewing above the two hour limit would cause a mortal human body to disintegrate beyond comprehension. As long as ALMOST FAMOUS is playing in theaters across the globe, it is as close to having Jesus Christ walking the earth as anyone will possibly get. Actually, all sarcasm aside, I really want to see this movie. I hope its as great a film as everyone seems to be saying it is.
Sept. 13, 2000, 1:21 p.m. CST
Now, putting all that disgust aside - I havent seen Almost Famous, but I've been thinking this could be the true to life portrait of the 70's Rock scene the way Boogie Nights was to the porn industry (well, not THAT authentic but close enough). I guess it won't be long until films paying wistful tributes to late 80's - early 90's pop culture start popping up too.
Sept. 13, 2000, 1:33 p.m. CST
Simpsons reference...couldn't resist.
Sept. 13, 2000, 1:39 p.m. CST
Please release Almost Famous and Untitled as one product. Branching is a wonderful thing.
Sept. 13, 2000, 1:43 p.m. CST
I honestly don't get it. Does that mean I'm too cool? Or am I just so uncool that I don't recognize valuable currency when I see it? Or am I so *very* uncool that as a result I don't even have any uncool people for sharing this so-called currency?
Sept. 13, 2000, 2:48 p.m. CST
by Lance Rock
My lord, she is unbearably cute. Also, Harry's cartoon breasts are the sickest things I've seen in a while.
Sept. 13, 2000, 3:27 p.m. CST
Sept. 13, 2000, 4:29 p.m. CST
by Jedi Clampett
Moriarty's disappointment with AF the film vs, AF the script (or untitled if you prefer) points out the main problem with sites like AICN. How many times have we heard someone say how "The movie was a letdown after having read the book?" I think we all have "That need to know" chip in our brains that makes us want to find out about a movie before it comes out. But the inevitable side effect is that we don't experience it for the first time ever, because having read the script, we have a preconceived vision of the movie in our heads that can never match the actual film. Having seen the film, but not having read the script, I found AF to be classic CC. I loved it. Screw untitled, AF rocks.
Sept. 13, 2000, 4:36 p.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
Why not wait until Almost Famous starts raking in the dough from the good word of mouth, and THEN release the director's cut in theatres? Pick a bunch of selected major-market cities, and release a couple prints to each area. Most people WON'T see it again, but many will, and they should turn a profit on these new prints just from the repeat business they would normally be getting anyway! The ads could say: "You loved Almost Famous...now see it with the originally intended extra 40 minutes!" Has this even been tried before? It's better than waiting 20 years for an anniversary re-release. Why wait 'til the DVD comes out if it's that good? And another question, couldn't they have comprimised? Why didn't they just edit it down to 2:15 or 2:20? That's not box office poison...
Sept. 13, 2000, 4:36 p.m. CST
by Jedi Clampett
Regarding the bouncing Harry animation... The snap back effect of his breasts is consistant with that of silicon augmentation... Hmm? And that thong looks like it's stretched beyond all resonable limits. Watch out! If it breaks someone's going to lose an eye.
Sept. 13, 2000, 6:29 p.m. CST
by EL Duderino
Please don't let this one pass you by whenever it is released in theaters. This was one of the greatest screenings I have ever been to, and a movie that I will not forget. There are movies that have won Oscars in the past that, while they were definately good movies, were not memorable. If I could think of any, I'd write them down (closest thing I have in my head right now is MIDNIGHT COWBOY, but there were more out there that were more forgettable). Please see this movie.
Sept. 13, 2000, 11:08 p.m. CST
by GEEKBASHER 3.0
zzzzzzzzzzzzz...Oh yeah, great flick, go see it...Kate Hudson rocked, good screenplay, good music.....Ok, that was my review...Fucking Moriaty's was like Torture! I like reading his bad reviews better! But hey, thats just me....cuz when he likes something, HE REALLY CREAMS HIS WEENY!
Sept. 15, 2000, 1:55 a.m. CST
"Both versions of The Abyss are disappointing, the longer versions of Aliens and T2 suck too." No WAY, man! Come on. I don't like getting into the typical "this sucks, that sucks, you suck" talkback mode, but HOW can you say the SE of the Abyss sucked??? For me, watching that cut took the movie from being a really good, middle-of-the-day-on-summer-vacation kind of flick to being in my top three of all time! Plus that, Aliens is another favorite of mine, whichever version. I was really about to get my feathers ruffled here until I read: "Now Spielberg is gonna go muck around with E.T., a perfect film already...." I just don't get it, man. ET was... okay... but not even on a par with Abyss, IMNSHO. It's obvious we don't share the same taste in films, I guess. To each their own. But I'm just thinking if you liked ET a lot, you must have a heart and, it would seem, not have the snob's mentality against mainstream movies... so how can you be so not for the Abyss?? Oh, and just to be on topic, y'all... I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE ALMOST FAMOUS!!!! And I'm spectacularly pleased to see so many people backing this movie and supporting it. It seems like this is a sure-fire word of mouth film, almost at "Titanic" proportions.... please pardon the pun. Lightstormer OUT (...like trout.)
Sept. 15, 2000, 11:50 p.m. CST
The first half is a gripping thriller, the second really subpar sci-fi (and "the wave" doesn't help, or the "can't we all just get along" message). The original cut of Aliens is a perfect masterpiece. The Special Edition is like a beautiful woman with zits on her face. The extra scenes were cut for a reason, either because they're redundant or just plain bad (Hicks "Don't be gone long, Ellen.", ugh). Ditto for Terminator 2, a less perfect masterpiece but even less so with the Special Edition scenes. Cameron has always had a propensity for unrefined schmaltz, which he capitalized on full bore with Titanic, and most of the rightly cut scenes from his earlier movies display this. And E.T. is not just okay, it's a glorious work of art. The difference between Spielberg and Cameron -- Spielberg is a poet, Cameron a mechanic.
Sept. 25, 2000, 1:46 p.m. CST
I am guilty of the same thing here. I read scripts before the movies come out, and it frequently screws the movie. I read the script for dogma before watching a bootleg copy a friend got from somewhere and the script was amazing, I was really looking forward to the movie, and the movie was disappointing, the editing sucked, and it seemed like the only reason half the movie made sense was because I had read the script. So I symphatize with Moriarty on this point. I also want to say I would love a three hour movie if it was good, I sat through Titanic, I think I can take 3 hours of something amazing. I for one am all for 3 hours of Cameron Crowe magic!!