March 14, 2001, 11:58 a.m. CST
March 14, 2001, 12:01 p.m. CST
March 14, 2001, 12:01 p.m. CST
this mofo is about to blow up!
March 14, 2001, 12:05 p.m. CST
...It was good but not great. For fans of Mr. Show it is pretty much 'been there done that' because 80% of the bits were things we've seen on Mr. Show already. Plus the director did an average job of shooting the film. It lacked the stylistic filmmaking I usually associate with the TV show. They will have to re-edit more skits into the film to push David Spade's 'Joe Dirt' out of business. Fans will give it a 6 of 10 while people that don't know any better will probably give it a 9 of 10. The audience seemed to laugh alot and by the looks of them they DID NOT look like Mr. Show fans.
March 14, 2001, 12:25 p.m. CST
'Bout time for a new poll, ain't it, Knowles?
March 14, 2001, 12:46 p.m. CST
Hey, Moriarty. Thanks for another opinionated and informative article. Might I just make the observation that "Modern humorist" is one of the least humorous things i've ever seen? Aside from a rather obvious (but clever) jab at the obsession with minutia that this site does tend to cultivate, I found the article boring, repetitious and pleased with itself. Is this what it takes to write for an online publication? I wonder if they're accepting job offers.
March 14, 2001, 12:48 p.m. CST
... I doubt the Talkbackers would have much left to bitch at AICN about. They'd still whine over Jar-Jar and how gay American WWII films are, of course, but ten bucks sez the site itself would get a lot more kudos and a lot less waah-waah. Fantastic column. When Ebert dies, take his spot, willya?
March 14, 2001, 12:56 p.m. CST
Oliver Stone did some of his best and most controversial work under the watch of Bush 1 and had his butt hauled into court in the middle of Clinton's eight year stay. People like Tarantino and Verhoven and Egoyan emerged from Bush 1 years as did the beginnings of the indie movement with Sex, Lies, and Video Tape in 1989. Tipper Gore was the main force behind parental advisories on albums containing explitives and I remember Hollywood's balls being slimy with sweat a year ago when Clinton was warning them about government sanctions on violence. I'm not saying H-Wood is better off under the republican watch. Not at all. I'm saying it makes no difference who is in the White House. If there have been better films coming out of the 90's than 80's (an observation I DO agree with...although that's opinion rather than fact)), it has to do what people are going to see these days and skilled writers and directors getting discovered (a new generation with new insights and observations). And lots of that has to do with entities like Sundance and AICN spreading the word on worthwhile movies. On other matter... Christian Bale did a wonderful job in AMerican Psycho and the movie wasn't a bad take on the book, given that it probably only could have been executed the way it was written in the book by Ridley Scott or whoever. Still, it wasn't great. I read the book and I'm not making unfair comparisons...the book just had an idea that the movie in excising the gore could not really do justice to. What if Crash had gone that much easier on its sex scenes? I have a similar complaint about Jesus' Son. Crudup was wonderful but the film wasn't as sleazy as the novel knew it needed to be to make its redemptive part meaningful. To make them consequential. Maybe "sleazy" isn't the word. In any case, both films had directors who couldn't get passed the harsh tones of the stories and ended up filleting them to extract something kinder...milder...compromised.
March 14, 2001, 1:07 p.m. CST
by Dr. Cheops
Moriarty, you should try to find KITCHEN SINK, a very cool short film by Alison McLean. My favorite scene in Jesus' Son was when FH and Jack Black's character were all wired at the hospital and Neil Young's "Cowgirl in the Sand" was on the soundtrack.
March 14, 2001, 2:06 p.m. CST
...whats more upsetting to me, Stacey Sniders inane comments about Hannibal being okay because stars=fantasy in movies, or the fact that Moriarty leaps praise on Jesus Son- the trite, Forrest Gump of drug movies, as well as David Cross' weak stand up special?...Oh well, all is good with the world when Cronenberg drops crud like Basic Instinct 2 for better suited, "Cronenbergesque", subjects like Spider.
March 14, 2001, 2:15 p.m. CST
March 14, 2001, 2:35 p.m. CST
That TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE bit gets me everytime. I mean, I can see her being hoodwinked into seeing, say, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, since the title is fairly innocuous, but the fact that Tobe Hooper's film is considerably *less* brutal than its title suggests, makes me question not only her intellect, but her tolerance for violence, as well. I would have loved to have been the rebound date: "Don't worry, Stacy, I've got a nice, arty Italian film picked out about some wacky government officials. It's called SALO." Good rumblings, Mori!
March 14, 2001, 2:36 p.m. CST
please please PLEASE make this a regular feature, moriarty.
March 14, 2001, 3:05 p.m. CST
I heard that the character of "Warren" from SOMETHING ABOUT MARY was a lead character in THE RINGER. The shooting script that I read did not include Warren. Why? He was my favorite part of MARY. He is one of film's all time great retards! I want more Warren! Beans and Franks!
March 14, 2001, 4:21 p.m. CST
It fits in with the Universal employee movie family incest motif. What?! What?! What?! A chocolate mess?! Indeed!
March 14, 2001, 5:19 p.m. CST
I hear that Lew Wasserman's diapers will figure prominently in the "Circle of Shit" section. First Class ticket to hell, please!
March 14, 2001, 7:01 p.m. CST
American Psycho was one of the great movies of last year, a misunderstood classic and one of the finest, most subversive horror films ever made. Almost everyone - justifiably - praises Bale's performance but I think it downplays the smart work of director Mary Harron in bringing a difficult book to the screen. I just think the majority of people didn't know what to make of it. The general audience that wanted a typical slasher film based on the fact that the film was called American Psycho were let-down that this wasn't Scream 3. And then there's the audience that saw the surface satire of the Wall Street mentality and assumed that the movie was ONLY that - an overdone satire on greedy, callous Yuppies, period. But I think the movie was a much more trenchant work than that. As for Spider - as much as I would've loved to have seen what he had in mind for Basic Instinct 2, I'm glad that Cronenberg will be doing something much more "Cronenberg-esque". Although I thought that his last film, eXistenZ, was one of his most underrated efforts and seemed to complete a kind of thematic trilogy with Videodrome and Naked Lunch. www.undertakerslounge.com
March 14, 2001, 8:12 p.m. CST
by The Pardoner
Never thought I'd see one of those, anywhere, mush less in an AICN article. This almost makes me want to rent DANCER IN THE DARK... anything that can be even glacially compared to The Singing Detective deserves a look - it's among the best few things ever committed to film.
March 14, 2001, 8:45 p.m. CST
Moriarty doesn't seem like the kind of guy who'd take a cell phone call in the middle of watching a movie in a packed theatre. You wouldn't, would you Moriarty?
March 15, 2001, 2:47 a.m. CST
March 15, 2001, 5:35 a.m. CST
by Paul Allen Voiq
Just to remind you Mr Cronenbergs One of our Boys. Of course he has to be hes a twisted fuck like myself. This New Script sounds to Die For MORIARTY For The Love of god pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzze send me that sceenplay for Spider
March 15, 2001, 10:07 a.m. CST
by Darth TJ Mackey
Mori, forget about Parker and Stone's presidential show--it's been co-opted by some pretty heavy folks. It's now called "FIRST FAMILY" instead of "THAT'S MY BUSH!" and the lesbian daughters thing is nixed. I saw them in an article saying, "No, we're gonna make you *love* the president with this show! Dude, we're Republicans too!" This is not the MPAA they are dealing with this time, after all; bear in mind tha GWB's papa was CIA chief for many years. I don't blame them for being scared and backing off; still, any hope you might have for envelope-pushing entertainment from this project is probably squashed. Unless they were kidding, which with those two is always a possibility...
March 15, 2001, 10:56 a.m. CST
by All Thumbs
I just read an article on Reuters on how Valenti has pitched a moral code class for gradeschoolers to a bunch of suits in Washington. The class would teach kids right and wrong. While I'm not sure I agree with that (I'm more in favor of media comprehension classes and more focus on learning than answering questions on standardized tests), the comments made by those who pretty much dismissed Valenti got to me. One attorney general said, "The industry shouldn't appeal to the lowest common denominator. It de-sensitizes kids and it's an assault." The problem is, because the industry has been cutting everything to get into the PG-13 rating in order to "morally" appeal to that audience that used to sneak into the R-rated flicks, the movies HAVE been aimed at the LCD and in a way that I feel is much worse than if they were an "honest" R. The thing that really desensitizes kids is seeing behavior that isn't shown with honest consequences, which is what happens more often than not in R movies that are cut to be PG-13.
March 15, 2001, 2:04 p.m. CST
go check it!
March 15, 2001, 2:21 p.m. CST
is still listed on the website, just no schedule.
March 15, 2001, 2:22 p.m. CST
I'm sorry, but if Moriarty really thinks most Hollywood types care about what Bush says to "stife" that and that there is a need to protect "filmmakers to continue to push the envelope without fear", he's utterly wrong. Having a Republican administration in Hollywood doesn't "cool" the atmosphere, as if Hollywood is all scared. Actually, Clinton was harder on them in terms of political hearings and such, even if he did end up taking all their money in fundraisers. I hope that Moriaty doesn't fret too much over the fate of "envelope pushing" crap meant to insult people, because he'll be wasting his time.
March 15, 2001, 4:34 p.m. CST
Harry fucked up big-time by panning it. I still think sometimes he didn't even bother to see it. Maybe someday he'll see the light and write one of his famous "revised" reviews.
March 15, 2001, 6:01 p.m. CST
by Old Dim
It was a brilliant film, that does deserve a place in the DVD section. I really hope they put it on DVD SOON.
March 15, 2001, 7:20 p.m. CST
I thought The Waterboy was one of the funniest movies of the 1990's. That Going Overboard was the worst. As for Little Nicky I can't wait for the DVD. I know a guy who hung out with Adam Sandler for a day while he was here in Atlanta, and yes Adam Sandler is realy realy cool. You can see some of his day at www.wetair.com. Mr. Sandler seem to know his film was in trouble, and he seem to handel it well.
March 15, 2001, 10:16 p.m. CST
by jeff bailey
Cool. Glad Cronenberg and Fiennes will be working together. Though I did think the last one, while having some interesting ideas and some crazy sexual subtext (you tell ME what that hole in leigh's back looked like) I was rather underwhelmed. No one answered that guy if it's based on a book. Like to know which it was. Frankly, it's too bad he didn't BI:2. Give Stone credit for picking cool directors, she picked Raimi for Quick and the Dead and wanted McTiernan for this one. Three great inspired choices even if the material isn't so hot. And I can't wait for the Mr. Show movie. Just better be as funny as the show! And whatever you think of Moriarty at least the talkbacks are fun. As for Snyder, I still think the movie will be disappointing (again, fun Talkbacks) but I think her decicion is financial. And THAT I can at least respect. They don't make movies, folks. They make money. We hate it I know. Soderbergh can't make Confederacy of Dunces but Martin lawrence in a dress=box office gold. Sadly, they were right. So it goes...
March 15, 2001, 10:31 p.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
...she makes a film with a guy who calls himself Rob Zombie. Did she get a look at the guy? Did she see his album covers, hear his music, look at his artwork? What the fuck was she expecting? John Fucking Hughes? Stacey Snider expecting anything different from a guy who calls himself Rob Zombie is as stupid as talkbackers who think that a guy who calls himself Buzz Maverik will stop making fun of their favorite filmmakers because they say please when they tell me to go away and leave them alone. However, Stacey, if you're reading this, send me some money!
March 16, 2001, 4:12 a.m. CST
by Mr. Biege
I'm waiting... Where the hell is the rest of the nineties list... By my count you've still got a few years left... Imagine the sense of accomplishment you'd feel by actually finishing it, instead of just hoping we would forget that you just left us hanging... So how about it?
March 16, 2001, 10:09 a.m. CST
Doesn't speak in a thick british brogue around friends (uh, brogue is "irish" anyway). He grew up in Illinois. Went to college there. Wrote for SNL. Doesn't even have a HINT of an accent, doofus. Christ, do you even know who Bob Odenkirk is?
March 16, 2001, 1:05 p.m. CST
by Fatal Discharge
...where Nielsen looks up at Priscilla Presley out of frame on a ladder and says 'nice beaver'. She says thanks and hands down to him a stuffed beaver - cracked me up!! The book Spider on which the movie is based on is by Patrick McGrath (who is also doing the screenplay) who writes some of the most intelligent and disturbing little tales. Too bad the first film adaptation of his work was the idiotically titled Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets (based on the great book The Grotesque which I've read). I haven't even bothered to see it based on the terrible reviews and the fact that it stars Sting!!
March 16, 2001, 2:44 p.m. CST
Enough tripe about pushing the envelope. Art does affect people, even if it doesn't make them do what they do. Funny how we mention "Schindler's List" and the emotions it inspires, but gloss so quickly over the nihilism that a piece of art so hamhandedly pseudosatiric as "Natural Born Killers" inspires among the weak of soul. I don't wish WB had been held responsible in a court of law, pal, but I don't think it's the thing I ought to include in the "thank-you" section of my prayers, either.
March 16, 2001, 7:02 p.m. CST
Saying that Adam Sandler is not an egomaniac means that the writer has never met him, or spent anytime in the shadow of his dictatorship. The fact that his movies are shit and still make millions have turned him into the worse king of egomaniac, a rich and powerful one. He makes up for his lack of actual comedic skill by firing all those who oppose his mediocrity. Sadly for him, all the money in the world has not bought him talent or respect. He's stuck being himself... Adam, good luck trying to get respect by attaching yourself to Paul Thomas Anderson, someone with actual talent. May you have the success of Little Nicky all over again.
March 17, 2001, 2:51 a.m. CST
brilliant article and sometyhing i wouldlove to see more often... i'd liek to give my take on the things you talked about if i may be permitted... MR. SHOW = i've always been a fan, see where i live, Canada, a channel called The Comedy Network has Mr. Show every friday nightat 10:30pm and i watch it every friday... it's brilliant, funny, risque, and ORIGINAL! something Saturday Night Live stopped being soon as Conan O'Brian bailed out in early 90's... the movie sounds like what the Mr. Bean movie was.. 60% re-used material, 30% new original work, 10% crappy "nobody gives a shit" Story material... as with all Mr. Show skits, the story isnothing but a set-up for alot of wacky gags(y'all are brutalizin me/any cock'll DOOOOOOOOOOO/no island rememberin mother fucker!) both Bob and David are brilliant Comedy geniuses and i only hope this movie isn't a total waste of time.......... HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and UNIVERSAL = Stacy Snider is both stupid, and cocky... she figures that we the geeks will both buy the ludicrous statemeant she made about CORPSES and HANNIBAL and will understand why Universal did this... first off, they are afraid, yeah Stacy Snider is afraid of the political backlash that could happen if they release CORPSES and that right there states how much of a fucking corperate shithouse theyare.. if it ain't PC then hey! fuck it let's make The Scorpion King Movie PG and get The Rock to somehow say CAN YOU SMELL WHAT THINE KING IS COOKING??? because some people are so fucking stupid that they think movies effect kids... no what? there was no explanation for why the trenchcoat mafia killed those people in colorado so a scapegoat was needed... instead of blaming the real problem... the parents and the people who not only sold a 15year old a gun, but an illegal gun... blame the movies!!! thats right! it's a stupid society the USA and i'm glad i live in Canada, one of the many countries to get American Psycho, Batman Beyond ROTJ, and Requiem For a Dream Distributed UNCUT and UN-Censored... but hey i guess the canadian government is a little wiser as to not blame a majormotion picture company for what some kid did... Rob Zombie may suck for music, but he made a Horror movie the way a horro movie is supposed to be made, with unknown actors, very very gorey, really weird, and NOT FILLED WITH TEEN ACTORS!!!............. LITTLE NICKY DVD = it sucked... yep it sucked alot, but i still like Adam Sandler.. ever see himon saturday night live as the herlihy boy, opera man, the denise show, amoung others... he's shy and he loves having fun... he's made a couple bad movies but he's doing what i wouldlove to do, make movies, but have real fun doing it! not like some actors who just do the job and try to get through with it for the money... this guy has fun and gets payed to have fun, you can't argue with that... i hope PTA doesn't ruin the poor lad by putting him in a Tom Cruise in Magnolia Esque role...................... The Academy Awards = they suck shit....... Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon isn't the God movie that everyone says it is.. it's just afucking hong kong film... thats it... good VERY good but a masterpeice? gimme a fucking break! the academy was out of touch years ago and they just suck now.. i mean shakespeare in love won best picture? who sucked the academy members cocks that night? boy did gweneth have her mouth full that night... anyway great coloumn Moriarty and keep up the good work.. and for me, try to end Harry from the inside and take over this site, i'm sure Herc, Mysterio, Mongo, and John Robie are with ya on this one... get Harry outta here and take charge... Harry actually liked Hannibal for christs sake
March 18, 2001, 2:05 p.m. CST
by Uncle Charlie