Feb. 20, 2001, 7:01 a.m. CST
Well, I was first. Sad, really. Having gone back to read the article, now I'm all excited about the prospect of seeing Samuel L Jackson in action. In a weird way, he reminds me of Philip Seymore Hoffman. No really, stay with me here. Acting is great and everything, but both these guys seem to have a disturbing ability to transmogrify (it's a Calvin thing) into whoever the script demands, not a character, a person. Mesmerising to watch, and a wee bit... creepy. Yup, a cinephile creeped out by good acting, what hope is there for the future.
Feb. 20, 2001, 8:35 a.m. CST
It SO deserves it. And I was SO glad when I read in another talkback that there is someone on this site who is even crazier about the film than I am - someone who actually saw it 25 times! I've only seen it five times, but I'll probably see it another forty times when it's finally released on video. That's what the film does to some people. Be prepared for when it comes your way in May, Americans...
Feb. 20, 2001, 8:44 a.m. CST
by Mister M
He's one of the best actors alive, for chrissake!!! When the academy will stop ignoring all the gifted black actors? Nothing for Morgan Freeman, nothing for Jackson, not even a nomination this year for Rob Brown. Last year's best actor award stolen from Denzel Washington by Kevin Spacey (don't get me wrong, Spacey WAS great in American Beauty)... SHAME ON THE ACADEMY!
Feb. 20, 2001, 11:06 a.m. CST
I saw this film in Culver City. It was the opening film for the Hollywood Black Film Festival. I sat right next to the cinematographer, who I thought did an excellent job with the film. However, I thought the movie was awful. The story was ridiculous. Samuel L. Jackson plays a screaming loony who accuses people left and right of committing a murder they didn't commit. Kasi Lemmons was in the audience and she was cool, but I was really let down by the film. It's a film that will be marketed to art houses but it lacks any real substance. Lemmons failed to make anyone care about the characters. I wasn't involved and didn't care where the story was going.
Feb. 20, 2001, 12:43 p.m. CST
Oh well, minor quibble, and maybe I'm wrong. I for one will wait to actually see the performance, before I decide that Oscar should be awarded to Sam Jackson based on the color of his skin. As far as Denzel being robbed last year, he was hammy as was his movie. Not horrible, but Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, John Cusack and Matt Damon, among others, turned in far better performances that year. Denzel got his nomination, and his Golden Globe, strictly by virtue of his reputation. But everytime Denzel does a movie where he doesn't play a cop, it seems that the Image community expects he should get an Oscar for it; there was an NAACP outcry when he didn't get nominated for Crimson Tide, for chrissake!! But he got the Image award for it that year...which should show you that the reason Black actors are woefully underrepresented by the Academy is because there is a dearth of Academy worthy roles for them, not because they're being ignored.
Feb. 20, 2001, 1:32 p.m. CST
What's this about the producer of your TV show? Or am I just out of the loop?
Feb. 20, 2001, 2:02 p.m. CST
He is wooden and horrible in almost everything he does. Anyone see The Red Violin? He was terrible. The Phantom Menace? Was that him or a cardboard cutout? The only roles he does well in are in Quentin Tarantino films. And he was just OK as Shaft. C'mon, people, open your eyes. He is half the actor Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman are.
Feb. 20, 2001, 5:41 p.m. CST
by huggy bear
DO NOT EVEN MENTION SAM JACKSON'S NAME IN CONNECTION WITH THAT PIECE OF CRAP EPISODE II.
Feb. 21, 2001, 12:37 a.m. CST
by Mister M
Well, I didn't mean AT ALL that Denzel deserved the oscar last year because of the color of his skin. I actually think that he was great in Hurricane. He's great in most of his films and is certainly one of the greatest american actors... I just wanted to say that black actors are often overlooked by the Academy, and in the film industry in general. And it's not just an american matter. It's a worldwide problem...