Thank God that Devin runs the site most days now…this review just goes to show why I never read CHUD before he took over.
First off, this movie is scary as crap. Everyone I know who’s seen it ends up terrified, screaming like little girls. This was true in the theater and at home…I’ve seen it with different people on the small screen and they find it every bit as terrifying as I did the first time I saw it. And these aren’t sissies—Cannibal Holocaust, George Romero, Takashi Miike, the psychological thrillers of Polanski, Kubrick, etc…we love it all.
The reason you couldn’t catch the movie is stated right in yr review –“An infidelity subplot that I didn’t even pay attention to upon first viewing isn’t even enough to make me give a damn.”
That’s not actually the subplot, numbskull, but the main plot. It’s the axis on which the whole film turns and on which all the emotional resonance is based. It wasn’t in neon, stated 50 times, or spelled out for folks like you…I guess it requires some intelligence and an attention span to catch it. Don’t dis the movie because you can’t keep up with it…the “one-dimensional” characters you talk about are full of secrets, lies, desires that are subtly hinted at all throughout the film.
Of course, I can understand how this great bit of filmmaking can’t live up to your expectations—you’re the dude who’s trying to make a movie about a giant, prehistoric shark, after all. I guess the title “Jaws 2” is taken, but maybe Jaws (squared)? Anyway, maybe go back to focusing on that piece of crap instead of the site. It does better when yr not there…
Nick: Fella, you need to see more movies and die.
Nick: Much appreciated. It seems now that our insatiable lust for Pan’s Labyrinth was hardly unique.
Haven’t seen any Leak Letters recently. I was wondering if you just don’t receive the necessary volume of letters to keep it afloat or what. Love those, as well as your Piss and Vinegar columns…which are sorely missed, but I’m sure require much time and work on your part. It’s a shame more people don’t write in to give their kudos to your site. It’s a daily stop for me.
Also, it seems Devin is being somewhat more friendly on the boards, or at least tolerable of others’ opinions, for once. Whatever you said to rein him in has been noticed and appreciated by several members. He’s still not funny, but he has solid tidbits here and there (anyone who doesn’t find Moltisanti funny is someone who must view the world through very sad eyes).
Keep up the continued good work.
Nick: I don’t get enough interesting letters to make this the weekly column I’d like it to be, but even when it was, there’s only so much you can expect from a letters column. Suffice it to say, I’m happy to stagger them out on whatever schedule thge readers disctate. As for Devin, he is more friendly on the boards and he’s only going to get more friendly in the coming weeks. You’ll see why soon enough.
That little Sundance article by Josh Strawberry was terrible. The guy starts
out by calling himself a "redneck yokel" who likes Armageddon, then proceeds
to trash David Gordon Green's films, and then the entire genre of Musicals.
At that point I had to stop reading his article. Perhaps he should be on Transformers
Review duties instead of the movies for adults. I hated that article, Nicko - but that's OK,
I'm sure it was all Faraci's doing, not yours.
Nick: Sorry you didn’t like it. Did you like this?
I laughed my ass off (at work no less) when you suggested the Chipmonks
should cover Danzig's Lucifuge album. I just happened to be listening to
that exact album at the time. I can just imagine Long Way Back >From
Hell or Snakes of Christ as done by Alvin and the Boys. Alvin, more creepy Elvis satanism
please. Alvin? AAALLLLVVIIIINNNN!!!!!
Nick: Surprisingly, that little article got a decent response. There’s something really weird about my memories of them old animated cocksuckers. I can’t hate them, despite my every fibre screaming for it.
Just a quick e-mail. I’ve been a loyal Chewer since 2001 or so, and "Mr. Sodium" on the messageboards since 2002, so let me get the "CHUD is my favorite web site &c. &c." and "keep up the great work, everyone &c. &c." out of the way.
Nick: I’d like you to contact Ryan (the guy from the top of this article) and inspire him. Thanks for the nice words. When I’m rich and famous I’ll buy you a spongebath.
It’s disappointing and especially after showing some promise at certain point, so much potential. Like you said, when the bar is so low, it’s fairly easy to look good. Well, Behind the Mask is bound to show up in my little corner of
Nick: Thanks. I was surprised how much hate I got even when I made a point to discuss how much I like Neal Marshall and how I didn’t want to dislike the film, but still… you have to really set yourself apart in a film like that and it’s been done better. Much better.
I spoke to Wes Bentley last night as he was coming outside of Marquee in NYC for the Ghost Rider after party. I asked him if he recorded his commentary for the American Beauty: 10th Anniversary DVD. He told me he was just discussing that last week with them.
P.S. Do you need any more reporters?
Nick: I think we’re cool on reporters, though the fact you felt Wes Bentley was worth approaching conveys a tenacity beyond belief.
Nick: The True Discovery of Witches and Demons.