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More on REQUEIM FOR A DREAM... Aronofsky on Batman Year One and Untitled Sci Fi Project!!!

Published at: Oct. 13, 2000, 4:29 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here... There comes days where I become a FILM ADVOCATE... that person that is just going to beat you senseless till you SUBMIT. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is great filmmaking. As this film platforms out... I hold YOU responsible for NOT missing the film as it plays your community. I see a lot of fanboys and girls piss and shit about how NC-17 isn't a viable medium... How come Hollywood doesn't grow a pair and produce those films... Where's our serious Adult cinema? Well... This time it is up to you. Pissed about the censoring of BATMAN BEYOND? Well this film... this GREAT FILM is completely uncensored by its studio... It is being released... AS IS... And it's being released with everything stacked against it... limitations on advertisements (print, radio and television) The only place it exists is here on the internet wholeheartedly. Can't see it yet? Well go check out RequiemForADream.Com!!! You will find a very disconcerting, disturbing and entrancing experience... I think it takes what they were trying with the FIGHT CLUB and PLEASANTVILLE sites in years past... a site that changes and isn't the same and is fluidly hypnotic... Check it out.... Meanwhile... We've got info about Aronofsky's next two projects below... and the last two reviews on this page are EXTREMELY DEAD ON AND PERSONAL AND GOOD READING!!! Go now... Seek out this film. It is in your best interest as a cinephile, movie geek, human being. GO!

Hi Harry,

Never wrote you before but today at school (San Francisco State University) they had a screening of Requiem for a Dream. Amazing, truly fucking amazing film. I plan on seeing it quite a few times. The real fucking cool part is that Darren Aronofsky was at the screening and fielded questions after the film. I guess he was there because Eric Watson his producer is an alumni of San Fran State. Mr. Aronofsky said he would fucking kill anyone who wrote to you, but sorry Darren your movie is way to kick ass not to write to Harry. Harry, he did praise you for your review of Requiem. Plus this film needs more attention and the fucking MPAA can suck my......Anyways Harry, some questions were fielded about Batman 5. Darren did say that he was approached to do the film and he is planning to work with Frank Miller on the script. When asked if he was going to write a "McDonalds" sell out suck ass version, he stated that he wasn't going to do anything he didn't agree with. Please please Warner Bros., GIVE HIM CREATIVE CONTROL....NO MORE SCHUMACHER BULLSHIT!!!! Now, Harry....Please tell everyone that they must see this film!!! The last film I saw that made me feel as if i creamed in my shorts was PULP FICTION. Yes, its that good. Everyone must see this film....FUCK what People magazine and USA Today said....They don't know shit about the creative film process. Oh yeah, he also said that he is working on a post-Matrix sci fi picture that will be very different than PI or Requiem. Thats about all we got as far as his future projects. Harry...Start the Oscar Buzz now......Requiem for Best Pic, Aronofsky for Best Director, Ellen Burstyn for Best Actress, jeez the whole fucking picture!!!!!!

Thats it, please lets make this film a hit....

Goreflix

Here's Le Samurai...

Hey Harry, call me le samurai,

Just got back from the Mill Valley Film Festival screening of Requiem for a Dream, and since I completely agree with your assessment, I shall not include a review of it. However, Aronofsky did give a brief Q&A afterwords, mainly answering generic questions, but here are some tidbits he let loose:

-Batman Year One is still in veeeery early development stages, as in he hasn't even talked to Frank Miller yet.

-He has been working on a sci-fi script for about 11 months now, and he describes it as like Pi but with a much, much grander scale. He has a working title but won't release it. He seemed unsure about whether he would do this or Batman first.

Not much, prolly none new, but hey......that's what I found out.

Next is the uncredited film student comments... check it out...

I just got back from a special screening of Darren A. the Pi guy's new film. They where showing and advanced screening of Requiem for a dream with a brief Q and A with the director and the film students in the area. Which I myself am. A special San Francisco State presentation. I wanted to let you know what he said when asked about Batman 5. He told the audience his involvement with the film was after saying that he hadn't realized that there had been four of them made... That he and Frank Miller had talked about writing a script together. However that nothing really had been done. He instead has been working on a SI-FI movie ala Matrix. Well other that assureing the crowd that he wasn't going to make a McDonalds batman that was really all the information he gave. And by the way my review of the movie Requim of a dream is that it blows.

Hmph... Riiiiight... REQUIEM FOR A DREAM does blow.... your mind that is... Here's Evelyn... and she can't sleep... she had to write... group therapy if you will... She's just seen the film and is emotionally wrecked.

Dear Harry,

It’s getting late and I have to work in morning, but I can’t sleep… I can’t even lie down. To tell the truth, having the control to type these words is a bit of a challenge. But I have to purge my brain. I thought writing this to you would help my mind rest a little easier. I just got back from a screening of Darren Aronofsky’s film Requiem for a Dream and I just can’t shake it. I don’t think I’ll be able to shake it for a while. I’m still a little shaky from the whole experience.

I was very excited to see this film. I watched Ebert & Roeper rave… I read your review. To tell the sad truth, a viewing of Pi has eluded me, but I plan to remedy that very soon. I can start by saying, that though I’ve only seen this one film, Aronofsky is an intelligent, emotional, intense and aware filmmaker. He’s made an important film and I loved it, but I don’t know if I can see it ever again… but ask me again in a few weeks to see if I’ve recovered.

For those of you who haven’t yet seen Requiem this may sound silly and melodramatic, but it’s not. This probably won’t make any sense is you haven’t seen it, but it’s not a review, just some thoughts. I’m not a melodramatic person and this is my honest reaction to the film. It is… adjectives escape me. There was a Q & A with Aronofsky after the film and though I had many questions racing through my head I couldn’t voice them.

By what I have written, you might think the film is merely intense and disturbing, but let me tell you why it is somewhere beyond that. This isn’t about street urchins, it’s about middle class people like you and me. At least they started out like you and me. Somewhere in the experimental days of high school and college, we took slightly different paths.

I was never afflicted by addiction but I know many people who are, and I see them going to the places where these people have gone. I’ve been at these places as only a casual observer or experimenter, but I think we’ve all seen it. I’ve seen it when I walk into a party and everyone’s waiting for that drug connect to come through, so they can get their weed or shrooms or whatever and escape their world for a while. I’ve escaped from the world a few times, and it feels good. But what is it that makes some okay with a visit and some want to stay in that realm? I guess that would be what addiction is. But is that all it is. I’ve watched many friends get lost down there and I questioned ‘why’? Why was it so easy for them to lose themselves down there? Why couldn’t I stop them? Did I think I would be ‘uncool’ if I thought there was something wrong?

I don’t know. But all of these things came into my mind as a watched the third act of Requiem. I’ll admit it, I cried through the entire climax. My heart raced, my hands gripped each other, my throat closed, my body shook and tears wet my coat. I saw the people I’ve known and all the other people out there living this so-called life and it saddened me beyond comprehension. As I watched Harry screaming in pain I wanted to take him to the hospital and hold his hand and comfort him. As I watched Sara confused and alone I wanted to be there for her, to hold her. But Marian, I could barely watch. As a woman, I think it would be hard to watch her demean herself that way and not project yourself into her situation. But I also saw my sister in her. I thought “what if she did that?”… “what if she had done that?”

I don’t know… it’s too much too think about the thousands out there, just like them right now. I don’t mean to pity them, but something in my just starts to cry for them. I think of myself as them at the same time and am discusted with myself, even if it was never that extreme for me.

After the Q & A, I stood outside and breathed and didn’t talk. I was a wreck. Then I went back in and got a poster for Darren to sign. I gave it to him and said “Thank You”. Then I babbled about still being shaky and unable to talk. He told me I’d feel better in the morning. I said “I hope so”. I shook his hand and said “Thank You” again. So, this little rant is my third Thank You to a brilliant man and an amazing film.

I know this doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I just needed to get it out.

Evelyn Mulwrey

And here is a deeply personal review from Agent Dale Cooper about how the film changed a life philosophy for the man...

Harry,

Special Agent Dale Cooper here. I don't normally send you reviews of movies currently in theaters, but seeing as how this one has only reached a few in the nation I felt compelled to write this review. Posting it is up to you and I guess since you already wrote a review you might not bother. Either way, I need this outlet to discuss my feelings about my life and this movie.

This is going to be one of those Harry-type reviews where I get personal before getting to the movie. This is important to me and feel free to just scroll past if you don't have the time or patience.

I am twenty years old and in college. I have a brother who just graduated high school and turned eighteen. He works full time at a pizza shop and has no ambition other than finding next big party. I am the exact opposite and have often wondered how two such vastly different human beings could have come from the same womb.

My brother started his drug use around the age of thirteen. It was all innocent enough, with a joint or bowl of pot here and there. After a while, that became everyday and was mixed in with a little drinking. Since then, he has snorted aspirin, tripped many times on acid and shrooms, done ecstasy, and snorted cocaine. The last, when I found out, disturbed me deeply. I guess it goes back to when we were kids. There were four or five of us swimming in a pool. My brother was in the shallow end because he couldn't swim yet. The mother watching us went in to take a phone call. My brother ventured into the deep end and started bobbing up and down for air. This struck the rest of us as funny, watching him flop around in the water. We were young and didn't know better. Somebody threw one of those donut-type life saving devices into the water and it sailed right over his head. This struck us as even more funny and we all started laughing. Luckily, a few minutes later, the mother rushed out, dove in, and saved him. I often think about what might have been, and about me laughing. It haunts me to this day...

I bring all this up because I feel like I owe my brother. For the longest time, I thought this meant looking out for him. I hid his drug use from my parents. I let him confide in me without the fear of being told on. I was so wrong and now wonder if it's all too late. I didn't want to be the rat and the dickhead who tells on someone, and my political philosophies have always gotten in the way. I advocate the legalization of drugs. Hey, it's your business if you want to fuck up your life. But things get more complicated when it's personal.

After watching this movie, I feel like I understand where my brother stands and that is a step in the right direction. Maybe I can figure out a way to help him before it's too late. But the epiphany came early. Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans have just shot some dope. Aronofsky speeds up the film whenever a character is high, and this was the first time in the film we see the technique. I watched these two druggies clowning around and scrathing records like they were characters on Benny Hill. It was funny and made me realize what drugs are all about. These people live in the moment, the rush. They live moment to moment. They have dreams, but they are far off. Something is more important. It's that rush. That thrill. My brother is exactly like this. He lives in the moment, not for the future. I feel like I have an in now, and maybe I can get through to him. I'm not sure he would like this movie, as films aren't his thing the way they are mine. Showing him this isn't the way to get through. But real, honest conversation (something I've failed at for the past five years), with real understanding, might be a way to break through and convince him that there is more to life than the moment.

ACTUAL FILM RELATED REVIEW STARTS HERE:

As for the film itself, it has taken me several days to write this review because I have been thinking about it intently, savoring scenes and visuals that still haunt me. I'm getting goose bumps remembering certain things as I write this. I was blown away, and I am convinced if you give the film a chance, you will be too.

The plot is simple. We follow four addicts on their descent into addiction and their eventual downfall as a result. Ellen Burstyn plays Sarah Goldfarb, a widow who becomes addicted to speed after going to a quack doctor for some diet pills. All she wants is to fit into her late husband's favorite red dress, and it's devestating to watch her try and come to grips with her loneliness through drugs. This is a performance that deserves to be awarded and I hope it will.

Jared Leto plays her son. His story, for me anyway, was the weakest of the four. I absoltuely loved his dream, though. It is simple and visually arresting. He wants to be with his girlfriend on a sunny day at the beach. Together and happy. Watch the way we first see this dream. The dissolve from night to day in a single apartment window. It was beautiful. However, watching him strive for that dream was not as entertaining or dramatically arresting as the other three stories (which is not a bad thing, because Aronofsky focuses just the right amount of time on each story and always keeps things interesting on screen).

Marlon Wayans was a revelation here. He plays Jared Leto's friend and fellow dope fiend. The Wayans Brothers and Scary Movie are in no way the best showcase for what this man has to offer as an actor. He gets the least amount of screen time, but does great things with his material. Just watch him play with a mirror and remember sitting in his mother's lap. It was subtle, effective, and definitely not something I would expect from any member of the Wayans family.

Jennifer Connelly is Jared Leto's girlfriend. She is a rich girl who gets caught up in the addiction of her boyfriend and winds up paying the price. The things she is driven to do as a result of her addiction are repulsive but, unfortunately, all too believable. Her acting here is amazing as well. A truly gifted actress who has finally managed to find the right material to show her ability off.

As for Aronofsky, man does he deliver! I thought Pi was extremely intersting, both narratively and visually. He does not disappoint on both levels here. There are some moments where your eyes are glued to the screen, entranced yet repulsed, incapable of looking elsewhere for fear of missing something even though you truly think you might want to miss it. Trust me when I say, like many others before me, Batman is in good hands. Sit through the sequence where Sarah Goldfarb's madness turns the informercial she is always watching on TV into her reality. Creepy, effective, and downright awesome to look at.

Everything is spot on here. The acting, editing, soundtrack, cinematography. It's all there, in one beautiful package. The music fits the tone of the film perfectly. I can't remember who did it, but they matched music and visual perfectly. As for the editing, I can't remember a more effectively edited film. The montage at the end, showcasing the various levels to which these characters have sunk, is so increasingly dreadful in tone that by the time the final four shots are revealed, you feel like you've sat through the ten scariest films of all time. I don't remember ever feeling that tense in a movie.

This is a bleak, dark film. There is nothing happy here. It's stark, real, and powerful. I've read mixed reviews, and the people that hate it seem to have a bone to pick with the bleakness. That's the frigging point, assholes!! This is not happy time. Real drug addicts are not happy unless they are in that moment. Otherwise, life is a living hell. After watching this film, how can anyone tell me the drug policy in this country isn't a joke. These people need help, not prison. I don't know exactly how yet, but I am a step closer to helping someone who desperately needs it.

It probably won't get out of the major cities, but if you can, seek this film out. It's in New York. That's where I saw it. If you live in Connecticut or Jersey, take a day trip. It's worth it. I really, really can't stress enough the utter greatness that is this movie.

Thanks for the time and the venue to get all this stuff out...

Dale Cooper

P.S. Coffee is NOT a drug!!

Readers Talkback

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  • Oct. 13, 2000, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Woah, highly disturbing reviews.

    by *veers*

    Coming myself from a city almost proud to call itself the heroin capital of Europe. I'll be interested to see how this film goes down over here. I suppose the difference is it's not the middle classes that are getting fucked up on smack, they're too busy on coke, it's the working classes. Trainspotting illustrated that point very well, even though it was the other big city in my country that those tales came from. Man so far I've lost one friend, some almost friends and seen one friend end up in prison. I really hate smack and can't wait to see the film.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 5:52 a.m. CST

    AEON FLUX!

    by frenchie

    I loooooooooooooooooved Pi!!! This director is truely unbelievable! But what about the live action AEON FLUX rumor? The animated TV series was terrific! I would love to see Madonna as this WEIRD, muscular, sexually aggressive super heroine!

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 6:30 a.m. CST

    AEON FLUX

    by NUXX

    Arnofsky for script/director, Geoff Darrow & Moebius for set designs, Famke Janssen does the lead. Make that movie, and i can die a happy man. This is eyecandy, pure and simple Thank you for your time. NUXX OUT....

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Wow...

    by tylerdurden

    this all sounds very promising... can't wait... D'OH... I'll HAVE to wait... living in The Netherlands and all... :(

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Whats the deal with NC-17?

    by sal120

    This movie sounds pretty good, storywise and direction. Too bad we

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Good thing I did those lines of crank before jumping into that p

    by Lance Rock

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Cooper and Mulwrey reviews useless

    by Squashua

    Where's the Batman 5 info from THEM, huh? Huh? Nice to pay attention. First!

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 9:26 a.m. CST

    release dates!

    by el_diablo

    hey, requiem's production company, Thousand Words, posted city by city release dates and theatres. check it out at http://www.thousand-words.com

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Hmph... Riiiiight... REQUIEM FOR A DREAM does blow....

    by sundown

    seems like Harry doesn't like differing opinions...also why does every "printed" review on this site need to be littered with expletives? Even you do this Harry...why?

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 10:40 a.m. CST

    el diablo, thanks for the release date info...

    by VB

    ...although all it did was confirm the worst for me. i'm not going to be able to see this movie until it comes out on video.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Dutch's Review

    by Dutch_Engstrom

    Here's the review I sent to Harry, but so far he hasn't posted it. I disagreed with Harry's review A LOT. There's some stuff in here about a Q and A with the director, too, for those interested------ I wanted to ask him. I had to ask him. Darren Aronofsky, director of the brilliant

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 11:12 a.m. CST

    A Negative Review

    by Dutch_Engstrom

    I know my last post was really long, but someone had said that they Harry wasn't posting reviews that contrdicted his opinion, and mine did, but Harry hasn't printed it yet. So I figured I'd post it for those who want to see the other side of the story. Harry is definitely hyping up this movie to be more than I believe it to be, all show and noise and no story. I hope I don't piss anybody off by posting that, but it took me like two hours to write, and I was bummed when it didn't appear on the site...

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 11:30 a.m. CST

    that was me dutch

    by sundown

    and it is appreciated...I liked the film but you made MANY good points...

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Brief Q&A with Aronofsky at Mothership.com

    by monkeylucifer

    Actually, I stumbled upon this link a little earlier today: http://www.mothership.com/eon/news.asp?id=3974 It's brief but he does touch on Batman 5 and the Sci-Fi film he wants to do as well. I haven't seen Mothership.com before...looks kinda neat-o.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I liked this film the first time..

    by gigolo aunt

    ..when it was called Train Spotting.Actually I didn't like that either.If I want to see dope heads and crack feinds I can stand on a corner and throw a rock.(not of crack because then I'd be killed)

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Where is Requiem playing?

    by Jedi Preacher

    I heard it was playing on two screens from Zen (yes I read Zen too) so where are they and why isn't one of them in LA and when is it coming to LA gawdemmit?

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Disturbing. Most disturbing.

    by ziranova

    Damn, that is one freaky website. I'm gonna have to catch REQUIEM this weekend.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Requiem v. Trainspotting- Round 1

    by hal-solo

    First, this is my first talkback, after being a constant visitor for over five years. Here is as good a place as any to begin... I have to say I'm confused, and as a result offended by Harry's first review of Requiem of a Dream, wherein he stated it was the antidote to Trainspotting. I found that film to in no way glorify drug use, and effectively used the drug culture as a metaphor for Ewan (forgot the character's name)'s need to escape the destructive lifestyle of his "so called friends," regardless of whether they use drugs or not (lok at Begbie). What I liked most was that the movie suggested that there was potential for everyone to rise above their state, and choose life- a theme most modern films seem to dismis as melodrama. I haven't seen Requiem yet, but I inend to when it hits the local indie theater, if only to have a more valid stance in regard to this theme (I am a film student). I appreciate honest depictions of life, but not all life is bleak tragedy without the chance of rising above it. A film is not honest by denying its characters the chance of happiness. MAGNOLIA suffered tremendously from this problem: P.T. gave them all salvation, but never any happiness, and as a result I found all the stories blatant and overly melodramatic. It spent too long on all the stories, only to come to the obvious conclusion. The only interest was the frogs, just because that scene broke the monotony. There is a dignity to the stong willed and good who can suffer through the shit to still come out on top- and modern filmmaking grounded in "reality" seems inable to accept not everybody lives in morbid, degenerate lives, dspite the awful things that happen- focusing on teh horrible things to helpless people doesn't always seem real to me. Which is why TRAINSPOTTING succeeded. We see awful things happen to awful people- they don't deserve it, bt it happens because of their actions. The strong of character accept the responsibility, and live with the consequences. Unforttunately our culture is obsessed with avoiding the responsibility of our action- we thrive on the moment and seek pity after. As I've said, I haven't seen REQUIEM yet, and I hope to soon. I hope I am affected (it doesn't seem like a film to enjoy), unlike Magnolia, a far too hyped up movie that felt like an emotional blow job (with the audience on its knees) for the director. Also, Harry, if you read this, have the decency not to force your opinions on other people, especially if you print their submissions. You can disagree, but don't slam their views becasue they conflict with yours. You've hated (and vebalized this hatred) about films others praised, almost posting their opinons as a venue to reinfordce your own. It's disheartening to a longtime fan to see double standards (the Harry Potter apathy hurts especially considering the frothing excitement over Lord of the Rings, which I'm sure you wouldn't refrain from reading if the movies do suck)

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 1:46 p.m. CST

    What's up with the "uncredited " film student's review?

    by Adam12

    ...You know who I'm talking about...the guy who utilizes GRAMMAR like it's a foriegn language...What do they teach you in college these days? HIT SPELL CHECK, RETARD! You're a film student? What? Did you get a grant from HOOKED ON PHONICS?! You need to drop out of school and go herd sheep in the Middle East, Ya MORON! "my review is da movie blows" SHADDUP!!!

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 3:05 p.m. CST

    LESS THAN ZERO A Superior Film?

    by mrbeaks

    Aside from a wonderfully manic Downey, Jr. performance, that movie is an out-and-out wash.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Less Than Zero - Better Than Requiem For A Dream

    by Dutch_Engstrom

    I didn't say Less Than Zero was a "Superior Film" - it was okay. I just said it was superior to the overrated "Requiem", which it is.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Why MUST I see this film????

    by MarkAndrew

    First off, I'm sure this works as a consequence film. It shows the consequences of addiction. Good. I support that. It does it by using apparently grotesque and vivid imagery. What I don't understand is why I need to let that imagery into my head. I don't use drugs and don't have an addictive personality. I'm going to avoid this film. Trainspotting was disturbing enough (dead babies.....gah!).

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Dutch

    by TheDane

    Don't be such a moron. You think Harry wouldn't post your review because you didn't like the film? Harry gets tons of reviews, that doesn't mean he has to post ANY of them. Don't be so full of yourself. Nobody cares if you spent two hours writing it. "I spent two hours typing something and Harry didn't post it. In my world, anything I spend time on should be recognized by everyone." Please, don't post your BS anymore.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 9:34 p.m. CST

    you played right into his hand dummy

    by newguy

    i'm sorry if i sound cynical, but imagine aronofsky tellng an assembled group of college students that he'll kill them if they write to harry. com on! don't you movie viewers have any movie sense?! he WANTED you to write in.

  • Oct. 13, 2000, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Watchin' the "Requiem" backlash begin

    by Mr. Sartre

    Hmmm... well, I guess you really can't please everyone, can ya? Oh well, at least I enjoyed it and found it thought provoking and I'm buying that bloody Kronos Quartet soundtrack as well. It'll be interesting to see what type of arguments me and my buddies will get into over the merits of this one if/when they go out and see it. I'm starting to see flashbacks to all those fantically passionate "Magnolia" arguments from last year. Ah well. I ramble. Take care

  • Oct. 14, 2000, 12:41 a.m. CST

    To The Dane

    by Dutch_Engstrom

    Harry has every right in the world not to publish my review, and that's fine with me. Someone in this Talk Back said that they thought it was weird that Harry hadn't posted any negative reviews - I happened to have one already typed in my computer, so I figured I'd let that guy have a look at it, and he appreciated it. I read AICN every day and often send stuff to Harry - some gets printed, some doesn't. But that's what Talk Back's for - I've seen lots of people print their thoughts about movies in Talk Back, and I know I like hearing "both sides" before I decide if I'm going to see a film. Am I the only person who has seen requiem and thinks it's a big waste of time, energy and talent? How about that Dark City scene, did anybody else find that as absurdly distracting as I did? I posted my review to spur on a conversation and to express an alternate view. Go see the movie, Dane, and then tell me what you think. It's like Barry Champlaine said in Talk Radio, "People are always calling up and telling me what not to talk about. Why don't you give me something to talk about instead?"

  • Oct. 14, 2000, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Nowhere

    by Cafeman

    Try watching Gregg Araki`s film "Nowhere"...it`s equally brilliant...if not more...

  • Oct. 16, 2000, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Dutch's Requiem

    by goldilocks

    As a Magnolia hater, Requiem did prove to be a bit more that mere eye candy. What editing effects were thrown in and music as well only added to the experience. Call it style and a play for attention, but Dutch... you're a tad too hard (though you did make some good points!). But so did Requiem. Dutch you ever dabble in any form of addiction other than the need to hear your thoughts echoed by others? The real art here would be if audiences under 17 esp. those with drug problems were forced to see this movie. As well as Dutch... who of course should have to see requiem repeatedly while on speed. As for Dutch's review, he seemed to change his mind halfway through his two hour rant. The latter actually giving praise to the film, albeit with an underhand and a twisted arm. Dutch, if you don't mind my asking what film(s) do you like?

  • Oct. 17, 2000, 1:25 a.m. CST

    The Man Who Hates Requiem Replies to Goldilocks

    by Dutch_Engstrom

    Well, Goldilocks, at least we can agree to disagree pleasantly (some guy in the "Requiem" review talkback was calling me names just because he didn't agree with me). I might have been a tad too harsh, because I'd still take Requiem over your average Hollywood crap that gets released, but I was just soooo dissapointed because I'm such a big fan of "Pi". It did have its good points - particularly Burstyn's performance - but that just made me wish she was in a better movie. As far as real-life teenagers go, I'd still rather show them Sid & Nancy or Dead Ringers or Barfly to show the dangers of addiction (I think I've already said why enough times). To answer your question, here's some of my all-time favorites: Citizen Kane, Pulp Fiction, Empire Strikes Back, The Wild Bunch (obviously), Airplane!, A Clockwork Orange, The City of Lost Children, Lifeboat, Fight Club, Miller's Crossing, etc., etc.....You said you liked "Requiem". What do you think about that "Dark City" thing? Did that bother you?

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