April 21, 2001, 6:35 p.m. CST
damnit! AICN - post the trailer to kiss of the dragon already! christ, i'm dying to take a look at it but i'm sure as shit ain't going to see freddy got fingered and i can't find it online anywhere. ugh! beautiful mind sounds good tho.
April 21, 2001, 6:53 p.m. CST
He is one of the very worst and mystifyingly still employed directors today. Why the fuck do people still give him the opportunity to work? He must the the A #1 most charming bullshitter to squeeze through a cervix. Look at his resume'. Nghtmare on Elm st 5, the worst and most creatively bankrupt of the series. Predator 2, which was like a can't miss idea coming out of a fertile ground of possibilities...squadering Murtaugh's presense. Next thing I can think of him doing is that killer lion movie with Val Kilmer and Micheal Douglas. I need not go into that. Really I need not go into any of these films because they suck famously...Lost in Space then the weak, pretensious stab at drama taken with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman some months ago (can't remember the movie's name). What is the common denominator of all those films (yes, kids, they were all terrible, but what else). They almost all had powerful A list actors in them. Yeah, so Hopkin's continued career and forays into big budget come straight from my personal "What the Fuck?" files. Can any body else name some other chronically bad directors still getting jobs? Rob Cohen is one. Who else? I don't know because I'm trying to harp on the REALLY bad ones and it's too depressing. The directors that never had anything good to offer. Steve Minor. That guy who use to play Starsky in Starsky and Hutch. On another matter, I bet Crowe has forgotten who even hosted the Oscars by now.
April 21, 2001, 8:42 p.m. CST
more like it.
April 21, 2001, 8:52 p.m. CST
by user id indeed!
that Crowe's reaction to Martin's joke WAS his idea of a joke. He's a jovial guy, just look at the Glatiator DVD Feature... of course, then he wasn't being made fun of, but I think he took his rough guy image and ran with it, and nobody got it. There.
April 21, 2001, 8:55 p.m. CST
by user id indeed!
THIS AND THE ABOVE HAS AND HAVE BEEN MOMENTS WITH USER ID INDEED! Dammit. I'm losin' my cooooollll...
April 21, 2001, 9:10 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
I admit Nightmare 5 was not that good, but it's a Freddy movie; whaddya expect? Predator 2 wasn't too bad, but still Hopkins was trying to get work and he toook what was given to him. Now BLOWN AWAY...that was a fuckin' awesome movie! Don't diss that movie, folks. Ghost and the Darkness, I thought, was good enough as entertainment, which is all it was. Lost in Space wasn't that good again, but that was more due to producers and studios. Under Suspicion...did any of you see that? I saw it in Italy, and I kinda liked it. So, Hopkins ain't great, but he's sure not at the low point of directors like Paul Anderson (not PT Anderson, dammit!)
April 21, 2001, 9:41 p.m. CST
Its funny how people seem to percieve actors differently. Russ Crowe is a genuinely charming, funny and affable guy but at the same time he has his dark moments and dislikes people invading his privacy. I'm sure a lot of people are the same. The weird thing is that because he doesn't pretend to be different from who he is He is perceived as belligerant. When Tom Cruise was in Sydney filming MI2 his behaviour towards extra's and crew was at best dismissive at worst arrogant or cruel and yet in public he was up until recently seen as a good guy. His treatment of his soon to be ex when she had a miscarrige showed the true coldness at his heart but until now it was hidden from the publics view. Some people like Tom Hanks and Russel Crowe dont pretend to be different from who they are. In Hank's case thats a nice guy with few dark spots, in Crowe's its a little more difficult to catergorise him because of his shifting moods. As for Steve Martin's jokes he didn't like the first couple but liked the Ellen Burstyn line apparently. I wonder how many of us would enjoy being made fun of in front of 100's of millions of viewers?
April 21, 2001, 11:08 p.m. CST
Practical Magic, Lost in Space, Batman & Robin, A Time to Kill, Batman Forever. I'm sorry, big M, but I don't see any winners on this list. I think his bashing is justified. The guy has never written a good script. This flick could be this years' PATCH ADAMS. Howard hasn't exactly been on a hot streak recently.
April 22, 2001, 12:04 a.m. CST
by Son Of Batboy
Damn!!! I really need a stronger prescription. Actually I prefer the original draft where Jennifer Connelly gets replaced by Camryn Manheim. At least then we understood his insanity.
April 22, 2001, 2:43 a.m. CST
Nice to see that other people out there hate the movies of Hopkins nearly as much as me. And 'Blown Away' DOES suck big time. Dreadful plot, dreadful acting (Tommy Lee Jones' worst ever performance and accent) punctuated by some spectacular fireworks. HOW DOES HE GET WORK? I could say the same about Paul 'Soldier' Anderson.
April 22, 2001, 9:42 a.m. CST
I don't think Russell was amused by the first joke aimed his way. It was an insult to both him and Ellen Burstyn. His parents were in the audience too. Kidnapping is not much of a yuk either. Anyone who has seen his early Aussie fims must know that he is both sensitive and vulnerable. He could not inhabit his characters without these qualities. He is a target because he says what he thinks and doesn't suffer fools gladly. He does his "day job" and has the nerve to think that's enough.
April 22, 2001, 9:48 a.m. CST
I never had any interest on watching Russell Crowe movies up until The Insider, even that I think highly overrated, and I don't even want to go to Gladiator, where he's basically being Russell Crowe.
April 22, 2001, 9:57 a.m. CST
He was rude last year (with Billy Crystal giving that cigarette joke), he's pissed off this year. He's an always-pissed-off guy who will probably kill you if you bump into his girlfriend, which is basically anybody on a skirt. It's well documented he's not somebody who has sense of humor, which explains he never plays comedic roles, which would be the ONLY real stretch to any of his roles.
April 22, 2001, 6:41 p.m. CST
I did read the biography and came away believing, as you do, that if Russel Crowe pulls this off, he will most definetly be sitting in the Shrine Auditorium March 2002. I had no idea how the script was going to read and now, after having read your piece, I am truly fascinated. It will truly be a tour de force for Russell if he succeeds.
April 23, 2001, 10:59 p.m. CST
aussies are not only cool, they've got the talent to match that. period.