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MORIARTY Takes THE TIME MACHINE For A Spin!!

Published at: Oct. 19, 2000, 8:39 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here to introduce Moriarty's latest jealous fit. This half-blind, gaunt bulimic viagra-allergic remnant of a forgotten era has decided to be uppitty again. Goooood, maybe fueled by a desire to look better in you good folks' eyes will actually inspire him to finish that damn 90's list... but with his memory problems... I understand, he can't remember February 2000, much less 1997. That's why Henchman Mongo had to invent his time machine... just so Moriarty could revisit his past to 'remember' things which he can bubble bubble hack hack forget. NOW... before you get into Moriarty's piece, I really must stress how important it is for you film fans to go buy the George Pal TIME MACHINE dvd. The documentary on the TIME MACHINE and all the stuff on how Bob Burns saved and has reintroduced that amazing physical device into the last 35 years of fandom... well... by god, it's glorious. And now, here's the man that won't be going to the Playboy Mansion.... Moriarty.....

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Last Friday night, when I attended the special showing of HALLOWEEN at the Egyptian here in Hollywood, I was lucky enough to meet several regular readers of the site, all of whom were delightful. In talking to them, though, I realized that many people think of Harry and myself as one unit, as two peas in a pod. It’s made me realize that I have somehow become linked to Grande Rojo, and that drives me berserk. I was tormenting Holmes before Harry was even a dirty thought in Father Geek’s head. I have been working on my Evil Master Plan To Rule The World for decades now. I have a vast army of henchmen at my command. Being thought of as the Darth Vader to Knowles’ Grand Moff Tarkin just doesn’t sit well with me.

For one thing, he’s off playing celebrity at the Austin Film Festival tonight. He’s a superstar, or at least he loves living the life of one. And where am I? Here, in the Labs, as I am most nights, making my way through all this material, all these scripts, all so that I can give you guys the sneak peek at various projects that you expect of AICN by this point. And if I’m going to be here, toiling away at this while he goes to the Playboy Mansion for a costume party, then I’m certainly not going to keep handing him the glory on certain projects. No, I think the time has come to reassert myself as the real master of mischief around here.

Take THE TIME MACHINE, for example. I’ve heard Knowles wax on and on about how much he loves the George Pal classic. Like any of 5,000 other films, THE TIME MACHINE is his "very favorite" movie. When we first heard that Dreamworks was going to be remaking the film, I remember how much he blabbed about wanting to read it. Well, I put some of my spies on the case, and when they came up with the 2.22.2000 draft of the script, I knew that Harry would want to be the first one to review it for you all.

That’s why I’ll be discussing it here today. After all, I’m the one who actually keeps a working Time Machine prepped and ready to go here at the Labs. It looks like Simon (THE PRINCE OF EGYPT) Wells is onboard to direct, replacing Brad Siberling, and I’m not sure what to think of that. I’m certainly willing to give Wells a chance. He hasn’t worked in live-action before, but the vocal performances in POE are uniformly solid, and it features what may well be the last great performance from the increasingly Mickey Rourke-ish Val Kilmer. Being new to live-action shouldn’t really be a hindrance to Wells in this case, since there’s so much of this film that will have to be created using CG and other FX tricks. It’s a great world that John Logan’s envisioned for a filmmaker here, and I’m pleased to say that this is more than just another remake. It’s an expansion of everything that’s worked about the story before, and it’s also an original adventure that works on its own terms.

The film’s setting is New York, and we start just before the dawn of the 20th Century. We meet Alexander Hartdegen, a brilliant theoretical mathematician whose dense, often dazzling lectures have put him at odds with the senior staff of his university. He’s a dreamer, a believer in a better age ahead, a hopeless gadget fanatic who knows that science will create a perfect world in the years and centuries to come. He’s also a bit of an eccentric who’s lucky enough to have found a woman who loves him for his oddities, not in spite of them. He proposes to her in a sweet, simple scene that etches in the fine points of their relationship with a sure hand. They’re in Central Park at night, and it’s a lovely romantic moment that is shattered by a robbery attempt that leaves Emma dead. Hartdegen’s life is ruined by his feelings of guilt and remorse and loss, and he plunges himself into turning his theories about the nature of time into practical application.

So it is that he builds the Time Machine. Although Logan doesn’t describe the Machine’s specific design in the script, he drops enough hints that I couldn’t help but picture the one from the Pal picture. I’ve actually had the opportunity to sit in Pal’s machine. My friend Bob is a prop collector, and he’s got the Time Machine in the corner of his amazing basement, plugged in so that when you pull the control lever, the dish spins and the lights blink. I hope Dreamworks is willing to pay whatever licensing rights they have to in order to be able to use that iconic design, or some variation thereof. It would be a great way to give a nod to Pal and his designers. There’s something about that particular incarnation of the Machine that is unforgettable. I’ve seen people use every variation on the idea in movies, and there are a few ("You built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?!") that stand out, but none of them have the elegance and simplicity of Pal’s.

At first, Alexander tries to circumvent Emma’s death, but he learns quickly that fate has other plans. His pain overwhelms him, and he gives up on the past. He decides instead to find a future where he’s beyond pain, beyond heartbreak. He ends up on a ride that Logan renders in wrenching detail, skipping like a stone across the decades. It’s wild stuff, and it’s so immediately visual, so striking, that I feel like I’ve already seen the film. It leaps off the page. There’s a jaw-dropping scene in which the moon, weakened by terraforming, alters its orbit and drops towards Earth. Alexander watches it occur, sees the havoc it wreaks on the world. That’s just one spectacular moment in a script that’s full of them. By the end of his journey, he’s moved almost 800,000 years into the future. The world he finds himself in is unrecognizable, totally alien. He is injured in his journey, and he is taken in by the Eloi, peaceful people who seem to live an idyllic life dedicated entirely to art and simple pleasures. Right away, though, there’s something wrong. There’s no one in the Eloi village over the age of 30.

Are there Morlocks? Oh, yes, my friends... there are Morlocks. Are they bad-ass? Oh, yes, my friends... they are assuredly bad-ass. These are movie monsters that will not be forgotten, nightmares with a purpose. When the true nature of the relationship between the Morlocks and the Eloi is revealed, it’s a genuine surprise. Logan’s not just trying to make a dopey summer SF film here. He’s written something really special that deals with loss and the terrible weight of loss on us, that makes sensational points about how impossible it is to just run from our pain. The fact that the film is also a serious SF adventure is just gravy. HG Welles purists might freak out when they first get wind of the massive changes that have been made to the classic tale, but it’s true to Welles in spirit. In many ways, Alexander is Welles. His optimism, his love of invention, and that odd combination of Victorian stodginess and 20th Century progressiveness are all represented in the script I read.

This one’s still a ways off, so I’m not going to get too specific here. It’s going to be great fun to cover as it progresses from here. I can’t wait to see a Morlock. I can’t wait to see the Eloi towers. I can’t wait to meet Vox or see the moon fall from orbit or visit the lair of the Uber-Morlocks. There are such marvelous sights and sounds and characters that await us if they pull this film off. For SF freaks like me who get tired of the same old thing, THE TIME MACHINE promises to be something vital and exciting and different, and I can’t wait.

Oh, and Knowles... if you’re actually still reading by this point, I have a copy of the script for you. I just don’t ever plan to send it. I want you to suffer the same way I will be this Friday night, when Radiohead plays the Greek and I miss them yet again. As Randy Newman once sang, "I just want you to hurt like I do." Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Oct. 19, 2000, 8:59 a.m. CST

    WOW! I'm First

    by Michael Cheritto

    Well, who's on T.V. and who's still a faceless nobody? Harry is too good to respond? I don't know? He does run the site. Right? And are you paid for what you do? Or does this work fall under the second job you wished was your first? I don't get it. This Time Machine script sounds great. But I don't know if I can stand the tears at someone being in the shadow of Harry. Who cares.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I dunno about this...

    by LesterB

    I'm a huge fan of the book, maybe that's why I can already feel the disappointment mounting. The book literally changed the way I saw people and the world. The true nature of the connection between the Eloi and the Morlocks is so incredibly tragic, but so disturbingly ... human. If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about. Wells wasn't just writing a ripping sci-fi yarn, it was a statement about human nature - the awful things that we do to each other in the name of God or superstition or what have you. My fear is that the director is going to get so caught up in the potentially stunning visuals and special effects that he's going to forget the main point of the story, which is that the journey the Traveler takes is not just a journey through time ... it's also a journey to the darkest places of the human spirit. Or that he'll just lightly tread over them in that typical Hollywood fashion. The fact of the matter is that this is not a happy story. It has some difficult things to say. And maybe Hollywood, Steven Spielberg's people in particular, don't have the balls to tell it the right way. Don't get me wrong, "Schindler's List" was great, but it wasn't the movie it should have been. And if Spielberg hands this project to some kid fresh off of the latest Britney Spears video ... well, let's just say the movie might be a box office success, but the soul of the novel would have been lost. To say nothing of the casting of Val Kilmer as the Traveler. I'd boycott it on that basis alone.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Can't believe de la Rocha left Rage Against The Machine (sorry,

    by Acid_Rain327

    This flick sounds cool though.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:24 a.m. CST

    While were at it, let's remake "Citizen Kane"...

    by Uncapie

    THIS IS PATHETIC! THE ORIGINAL STANDS ON ITS OWN MERRIT! The original story the character Wells created was only know as the "Time Traveler." Very cool to name him "H. George Wells" in the movie. Let's just name the guy "Bobo Belinsky: Time Traveler, Extrordinaire", put in Brittany Spears as "Weena", Hughie Long and Michael Duncan as intelligent, Shakespeare speaking "Morlocks" and John Vernon as "The Mayor." Don't forget the sequel: "Time Machine II: Electric Boogaloo" with Ice T as "Mack Traveler: Pimp Master Of Time."

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Rage Against the Machine

    by Guerilla_Films

    Yeah I was thinking the same thing too. Especially after our thoughts about Bamboozled a few days back... sucks.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Time machine

    by johnnybubbles3

    That moon scene is an absolute must see

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:32 a.m. CST

    George Pal's Epic

    by Solomon Kane

    It's very hard to upstage a classic such as Pal's time machine. It is too well entrenched in the minds of science fiction fans. I'll see it, like most everyone else, to compare it to the original and to check out the special effects. But I can't see it out-doing the original for pure imagination. No way.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I'd be in line for this one...

    by Roguewriter

    THE TIME MACHINE has always been a favorite story of mine. I've read the book, seen the flick, even picked up a bad mid-70s paperback "sequel" someone penned, in which the Time Traveler's son goes on his own misadventures in an effort to save the lives of his parents. (Cheesy as it sounds, I recall that it was pretty good stuff for a teen paperback.) And am I on crack, or does anyone else remember a made-for-TV version in the 80s, possibly starring Lee Horsley as the Time Traveler and... I want to say Cassiopeia from GALACTICA as Weena? Anyway, I'm always up for a retelling of this marvelous story, and it sounds like a promising script, from Moriarty's praise. Keep the news on this one coming, Old Master!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:37 a.m. CST

    uncapie and lester b

    by sundown

    calm down guys you haven't even read the script and you assume it should be soemthing with Britney Spears. Some of the things Moriarty said sounded promising especially about the Morlock and Eloi relationship. If its a good piece of fiction that is challenging isn't that important. It sounds like it says something and isn't a Godzilla or Lost in Space.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Aw, Moriarty, we still love you. Of course, we'd love you more

    by Darkwing Duck

    {coughs politely}

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Go read the book! My copy was $1 New!

    by hal-solo

    First off, I LOATHED the Prince of Egypt. One of the greatest stories of all time denied the presence of FAITH and GOD (why was no form of the name of God never spoken? didn't want to offend any religious group...)- Moses was a whiny brat who never once felt like he had the power of God behind him- he needed reassurance THE WHOLE WAY. And then to deny Moses' descent from teh mountain. This can't be the same guy touching Wells' classic. I just read and wrote a paper on TIME MACHINE, book vs. movie (Pal). I understood that changing times forced the filmmakers to try and update it- in this case Atomic Age fears. But the expanation for the Eloi /Morlock conflict is inexcuseable: The MORLOCKS were the SURVIVORS who went underground- and subsequently mutated into beasts, while the Eloi were the people who remained on the surface and became a hippie colony. The whole theme of humanity's regression was lost in the process, and the human nature inherent in the Morlock was lost the second they were nothing more than cannibalistic beasts. Most people above hit the nail on the head: Have Harry or Moriarty read the book, or just seen the movie (there's precedence in the former at least)? The novel worked on the basis that the Time Traveler (Wells was a genius: no name- the character's immeadiately alienated from society as a result) was the embodiment of the Victorian Age's drive for scientific discovery, not some genius who needs a loved one's death as a catalyst for discovery. More grating, the ELOI WERE NEVER DEDICATED TO THE ARTS- they were the aristocratic upper class who oppressed the working class who, as a result of inactivity, "evolved" into dumb cattle for the morlock. They embodied the decaying Arcadia around them as relics of an age whil the Morlock were a product of the industrial age who embraced technology. This ferocious class consumed the Eloi who were incapable of accepting the advancement of technology. In the book, the Morlock are more human than the Eloi- the narrator simply cannot allow himself to relate to them because they do not look human. The Eloi were also childlike in their simplicity and appearance- not the beach blanket bimbos that the Pal film gave us. The book has striking scenes I hope make it into the movie: The symbolic fire that burn down the forest, and quite possiblt the greatest and most pivotal scene in the book: The hall in the Porcelain Museum (the last bastion of knowlegde in this time, itself in slow decay) which contains all teh machinery throughout the ages. As the time traveller slowly walks through looking at man's progression, he is unaware that the floor slowly slopes downward, leading to the black darkness of the underground in which the morlock live. Most beautiful, he was inadvertently following the footsteps in teh dust coating teh ground- footsteps which belonged to the moorlocks. A scene of such splendid beauty and meaning are sometimes beyond the scope of modern film, and I shudder to think of any happy ending in the place of Wells' Twilight of the Earth in the novel. It's a magnificent book, only about 75 pages, and considered the first modern science fiction novel. I hope this movie does it justice.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Vox

    by Uncle_Sam

    Wasn't Vox the name of the andriod in Logan's Run. I do not remember any character named Vox in the original Welles book or the Pal film. Does Moriarty have his 'dead at thirty' pictures confused? They are also working on a remake of Logan's Run.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Radiohead....hmmm....

    by reni

    At least you haven't missed Ian Brown 5 times...

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 10:46 a.m. CST

    80's Time Machine-what a piece of work that was!

    by Uncapie

    John Beck, "Moonpie" in "Rollerball" and "Shoulders" in "The Big Bus"(Love that movie!) portrayed the Time Traveler. What a crock the story was! Wells was probably spinning in his grave over this yock-fest! It had the Time Traveler going back into the past during the time of the Pilgrims(!!!), then proceeding into the future where the Morlocks carried Caylum sticks(Those sticks that glow in the dark green when you break them.) that paralized you when touched with them. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I still think my idea of "MACK TRAVELER-PIMP MASTER OF TIME" with Ice T would be a better hit. Mack T- "Yo, yo, yo, my little Morlock bitches, Mack Traveler has arrived and I'm ready to open up a can of whup-ass all over you! Music by Coolio. Brittany Spears, Lucy Liu, Maria Carey and Jennifer Lopez as "Mack Traveler's" ho's, Corey Feldman as the leader of the Eloi and John Vernon as "The Mayor."

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Simon Wells' heritage

    by Buschman

    I don't know if a lot of people know this, but Simon Wells is actually H.G. Wells grandson - that is one of the reasons why he is so passionate about filming the Time Machine. I work at DreamWorks Animation, so I can assure you this is true. Just thought you might find that interesting!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 11:41 a.m. CST

    as I'VE said a 1000 times before

    by B A Fett

    Can't wait for this one to get made. The moon crashing into the Earth -- cool, I can picture it already.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 12:03 p.m. CST

    time machine re-make

    by Bilbo

    Hal-Solo said it best. the book is amazing, full of great imagery and symbolism. it's one of my favs. the original film is so-so...i honestly don't understand why so many people LOVE this movie. it's good, but not great. for one, and maybe this is just me, the eloi seem...well...like a bunch of college kids (it makes sense considering that's who played them)...which in the book they are obviously not...maybe i'm just a welles purist. (also, do they HAVE to speak english in the movie? the language barrier was something that had to be overcome in the book. i honestly don't think anyone will be speaking english in 800,000 years.) anyway, the re-make could be good. i have my reservations...but we'll see. and like some others have said...the moon crashing thing sounds damn cool. >>--Bilbo

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Harry vs Moriarty

    by sundown

    meow- CATFIGHT!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Uncle_Sam, that was "Box," not "Vox."

    by Roguewriter

    LOGAN'S RUN... another one that should NOT be remade, IMO. Love that flick!

  • ...he's getting a BIG FUCKING PAYCHECK FOR THE RIGHTS!

  • But then, they don't speak for us!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 1:30 p.m. CST

    But keep in mind,

    by Ronald_Reagan

    no matter how the good the script is, it still needs a good director to bring it to the screen. This story is about nothing less than the decline of humanity and his civilization-- can such a morose film be made in this day in age, especially if it's being made by large studio that wants to make something for a summer release? I'm not saying it can't be done. But its not likely, considering the enviroment Hollywood's in right now.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 1:32 p.m. CST

    ...

    by marla singer

    Very witty.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Time Travel-WTF

    by KragShot

    I have some reservations about this film on several levels. First off, I agree that the story will not get the treatment that it deserves. On the other side, it can't. There were many levels that existed in Well's fiction that just can't be related to mainstream society. If this is to be done, it can't be done big-budget. Hollyweird can't accept the tragic or thought-provoking ending. What is John and Mary public going to say, when the traveler goes through all of that and finally gets to the end of his travel and finds that the only two remaining life forms on an earth with a red dwarf in its sky are a blob creature and a crab-thing? Wells told his stories on many levels and his political views permeated much of his fiction (Having just finished When The Sleeper Wakes.). Unfortunately, no one wants to see the commentary on the political evils of the world done to a SF beat. They just want to see the girls in the tight, short skirts, falling all over and out of their clothing and the big bohunkus guy beating the crap out of some monster or bad guy. Now that I think of it, there have been so few films where Time Travel has been used creatively or effectively. Usually it's a cheap vehicle to promote some crappy plot line within an already useless story, or an excuse to tell a story that no one wants to hear. If I see another Star Trek film or episode (Except for the Tribbles Episode on DS9) using time travel, I'm going to kill something many times in various ways. Other than the original Time Machine film (Only good because of when it was made and it was at the time, the closest thing to the book. Everyone else has failed since.), The Christopher Reeve film (I think that it was mentioned on this list section.), a particular Outer Limits (Classic) episode or any episode of the Time Tunnel (LOL). Time travel has been ill-used by the film and television industry. Pretty special effects, I fear, will not save this one either. I think that I'll go back in time and see a Dolemite or a Seka film again. On high, looking down from orbit, over you all, I'm... KragShot and I'm...out!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 1:57 p.m. CST

    hey kragshot

    by sundown

    some good points...by the way the Reeves time travel I believe was based on a Richard Matheson book (he RULES!!).... and what would you say about Frequency? That was a nice little time travel story in a Sixth Sence kind of way. I think ANYTHING can be done well with a good script, it is just a matter of if the people involved DO actually care and if Hollywood will crush them. I would love to see a 'deep' science fiction film sneak out in the guise of summer fare...

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 2:01 p.m. CST

    We're just two hooded guys, passing through, don't mind us at al

    by Battle-Poster

    (The following was scene as captured by a Shit Probe Droid) (Two Talkbackers, one tall and one short, are urgently running through a desolate, desert-like website) "Master Bar Gan Binn, slow down, I can't keep up...I don't have a high speed connection..." (Bar Gan Binn looks behind them and sees a black hooded figure racing towards them on a machine) "Avikin, DROP!" (The powerless talkbacker falls to the ground. The hooded figure flies off the machine and immediately begins flaming Binn.) "You are a worthless User of this site...why don't you go back to picking lint out of your navel?" "I demand to know who you are! You're probably a fatass loser under that black hood and robe, wearing clothes that are loose to hide your gargantuan caboose!" "Your feeble rhymes suck and have no effect, Jonny Cockring!" "Avikin, tell them to log off!" (Bar Gan Binn trades "You suck"s with the hooded figure until at the last moment, his fellow talkbackers swoop in and link him to another site.) "What was it?" "I'm not sure, Obi War, but my guess is that it was after Chancellor Knowles. We should be patient." (By the way, the two hooded guys are intrigued by the possibilities with a time-travel movie that does not have skateboard chase scenes and John Cleese talking about men's nipples...which is not say that comedy and time travel cannot successfully mix.)

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 2:28 p.m. CST

    To hal-solo...

    by TheDrunkenJedi

    The Prince of Egypt was one of the most intelligent mainstream animated films ever - better than the increasingly dire stuff that Disney keep churning out. Anyway, not sure about this one - loved the original for all its dodgy effects and I seem to remember it have a wonderful soundtrack. As long as they retain the building sense of amazement, as he slips further and further into the future, and your wondering what he'll be running into at each trip. I'm never a big fan of remakes but i'm interested in this one. Oh, and which way to the bar??

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Come on Hollywwod, let's fuck up another British classic!

    by Roosterbooster

    And let's teranspose the action from London to Buttfuck, Alabama.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 3:02 p.m. CST

    2hoodedfools

    by Alceste

    These guys couldn't be less funny if they were recycling Foster Brooks schtick at a family reunion in Lubbock.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Christina Aguilera MUST be cast in the Yvette Mimieux role as th

    by Regis Travolta

    With Britney Spears as her lesbian lovergirl wow that I'd pay to see! Naturally I'd get the part of the Time Traveler. Sounds like the script is visual as hell and as for Simon Wells he is the great grandson of H.G. Wells.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Time Machine...

    by SCOTT1458

    first of all, Hollywood will fuck this up (i.e. The Haunting), the 79 flick Time after Time is good, dated horribly, but still good, and the book sucks. The movie version is perhaps one of the FEW instances, where it's a good thing the script was alterted from the book. While H.G. had great ideas, at the time he was known as a hack, Verne was the master.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Hey Hal-solo, did we see the same PRINCE OF EGYPT?

    by SDG

    "Why was no form of the name of God never spoken?" Where were you at the Burning Bush scene? "I AM WHO I AM." It doesn't get more divine-namey than that, pal. Besides, as long as the characters are speaking English, it makes sense to use the common English translation "LORD" (in caps, small caps if you have 'em) for the divine name (as in "Thus says the LORD"). So it's there. * * * "Moses was a whiny brat who never once felt like he had the power of God behind him- he needed reassurance THE WHOLE WAY." Did we see the same movie? You didn't see faith at the Red Sea, with the upraised staff? You didn't see faith in the stern, ubiquitous prophet who's everywhere Pharaoh turns during the "Thus Saith the Lord" plague montage? You didn't see faith in the man who stood stock-still in the shallows of the Nile as armed soldiers came to cut him down just before he turned the water to blood? Besides, the Moses of Exodus doubted and needed reassurance too. * * * "And then to deny Moses' descent from teh mountain" WHAT ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT? Do you think the movie implies Moses stays UP on the mountain after the closing credits? Perhaps you mean that the film skipped over the FIRST descent from the mountain, when the people were worshipping the golden calf, and went right to the second descent. Uh, can you say "conflation"? Like, this is already way too much story for one movie, the movie is over, let's show Moses the lawgiver and get on with it? * * * This was a brilliant work of animation and a faith-affirming film. The visionary, nightmarish hieroglyphic sequences alone, where it is revealed to Moses the horrible slaughter of innocents which he survived, is a masterstroke of animated art, and the parting of the Red Sea is one of the greatest sequences in all of cinematic history. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is a great film.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Response to Uncapie.....

    by Buschman

    Actually, the Time Machine is public domain, so Simon Wells won't get any money for the rights. But it is good to know that the facts never stand in the way of a good cynical response!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Uncapie is right...

    by Znosaro

    We should remake "Citizen Kane." Seriously. Then we'll write a movie about punk little b****es who whine about re-makes being the bane of the earth. I'm willing to star in and direct both.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Too bad about Simon Wells not collecting any dinero off the dea

    by Uncapie

    I guess Wells' vision of a utopian/socialist society fits pretty good with his descendants if his works are public domain. On the other hand, Edgar Rice Burroughs' family seems to raking in the dough everytime someone gets a hard-on for one of Burroughs' creations. I'm taking my "Mack Traveler-Pimp Master Of Time" over to Roger Corman and see if he'll make it. Can't be any worse than that abortion, "Black Scorpion."

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 6:08 p.m. CST

    One of those movies

    by All Thumbs

    "The Time Machine" is one of those movies that, to me, is so good in part because of it's dated campiness. There's something magical about seeing the 60's filmed as the apocolypse and a cheesy blinking light time machine taking a man on the journey. Nothing will ever replace the mannequin in the window, either. I loved how Wells (the movie Wells) marveled at the way women's skirts kept getting shorter and shorter. Classic scene. Does anyone remember when Joe Bob Briggs showed "Time Machine" on Monstervision. *sniff* Damn, I miss that show.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 6:23 p.m. CST

    don't worry, Moriarty, I missed Radiohead when they came by here

    by Tall_Boy

    They played the ACC on Tuesday and I missed that one. Damnit, why are they doing a small venue tour anyway? Oh well, at least I got to listen to half of it online. . .

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Harry making fun of Moriarty

    by canman11

    Damn Harry, you spend so much time making fun of Moriarty ... GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Did Hal-solo's screening get unstuck in time-spcae, and he witne

    by hal-solo

    Nope SDG.

  • Oct. 19, 2000, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Morlocks for Bush, Eloi for Gore!

    by Uncapie

    I'm voting for Pat Paulsen, absentee ballot, of course.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Why move it to NY?

    by Caitrin

    Can someone tell me the need to Americanise this story? Does it mean that Americans will not go to see it if it remains in London? I am sure that US audiences would not boycott it just because it was not set in New Yawlk with all the lovely boids in Central Pwark. Hell, if people rushed to see Lock Stock and Snatch, then that proves it doesn't have to be set in America. Why the need to even remake a classic like this is beyond me. War of the Worlds was set in the USA, this proves an exception to the rule as that film was fantastic, yet I can't help wonder what it would have been like if it was set in and around London in the late 19th century. Get Carter is another "what was the point of that". Why does Hollywood insist on remaking and relocating classic films? We will have the Sound of Music set in the Appalaichans next, cross between Deliverance and Les Miserables.

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    test

    by just pillow talk

    Let's see here...<a href="http://www.aintitcool.com">Test which will fail I'm sure</a>

  • Sept. 26, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    well, this Time Machine sucked ass....

    by just pillow talk

    My diesel run time machine is much more efficient and I don't run into that pesky Morlock problem, eh Orcus?

  • May 22, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Time Ater Time...

    by workshed

    ...is the best 'Time Machine'/H.G.Wells based movie. Infact i'm going to watch it again right now. McDowall and Warner are feckin' ace.