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(Huffington Post)   The one review Roger Ebert regretted and thought he went overboard on? His completely justified savaging of Zoolander   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 164
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2013-04-21 11:12:48 PM  
Zoolander is funny.  They named David Bowie as the coolest being in the universe, so it is also smart.  And they had male models dying tragically during a petrol fight, so there's that...   Also, Blue Steel!  That alone makes the whole thing worth watching.
 
2013-04-21 11:32:38 PM  
I heard he didn't like the Coen brothers' 'O Brother Where Art Thou'. That's a shame.
 
2013-04-21 11:40:37 PM  

Spiralmonkey: Zoolander is funny.  They named David Bowie as the coolest being in the universe, so it is also smart.  And they had male models dying tragically during a petrol fight, so there's that...   Also, Blue Steel!  That alone makes the whole thing worth watching.


Sorry, but you haven't talked me into it.
 
2013-04-21 11:46:36 PM  
Loved that movie.
 
2013-04-21 11:51:53 PM  
I watched zoolander again just the other night.

it's a kind of humor that not everybody likes. i thought it was pretty funny.

/ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCHINO!!!
 
2013-04-21 11:52:58 PM  
I liked Zoolander :-(
 
2013-04-21 11:53:06 PM  

gopher321: I heard he didn't like the Coen brothers' 'O Brother Where Art Thou'. That's a shame.


Bah.

My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it. I don't need justification to say that "yeah, that kicks ass".

/loved 'O Brother', own the soundtrack.
 
2013-04-22 12:06:52 AM  

MadSkillz: gopher321: I heard he didn't like the Coen brothers' 'O Brother Where Art Thou'. That's a shame.

Bah.

My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it. I don't need justification to say that "yeah, that kicks ass".

/loved 'O Brother', own the soundtrack.


Tron: Legacy wasn't terrible, but it wasn't very good, either.  What's even more a shame is that the game had a better plot than the movie, but the mechanics were so shiatty it ended up being one of the worst games I've ever played on the xBox.  They should have taken the plot from the game and made a movie out of that.
 
2013-04-22 12:08:28 AM  

MadSkillz: My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it.


I didn't love it.  I didn't want my money back either, though.
 
2013-04-22 12:11:26 AM  
I remember Ebert savaging the flick at the time and while I saw merit in his point that making the world leader the head of a real country like Malaysia was dumb I also thought he must have been in a real crappy mood when he saw it because it's actually pretty damn funny. Hell, even Duchovny was funny in it.

Glad to see he's seen the error of his ways.

/Subby be trolling with that headline.
 
2013-04-22 12:18:58 AM  

quatchi: Hell, even Duchovny was funny in it.


Duchovny's shriveled hand made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to have a heart attack.  Sometimes really simple jokes work for me.
 
2013-04-22 12:30:26 AM  

quatchi: I remember Ebert savaging the flick at the time and while I saw merit in his point that making the world leader the head of a real country like Malaysia was dumb I also thought he must have been in a real crappy mood when he saw it because it's actually pretty damn funny. Hell, even Duchovny was funny in it.

Glad to see he's seen the error of his ways.

/Subby be trolling with that headline.


Fun fact:

The scene with Duchovny, where he explains the entire plot to Zoolander, and then Zoolander asks, for the second time, "But why male models?!"

That was an ad lib by Stiller because he couldn't remember his line, and so of course Duchovny's next line was an ad lib. It worked so well that they kept the scene that way. Which is good, because I found it to be one of the funniest lines in the entire movie.

Zoolander: "Why male models?"

Duchovny: *elaborate and precise explanation*

Zoolander: "But...why male models?!"

/remember, Relax
 
2013-04-22 12:45:59 AM  
Eberts been dead for like a week now.
Other people far more important, Thacher for instance, has died during the same period.
Its time to give it a rest with the the greens about the guy.
 
2013-04-22 12:50:14 AM  

Relatively Obscure: MadSkillz: My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it.

I didn't love it.  I didn't want my money back either, though.


One of the big questions I had was that the computer chick was a program but now she's real. Does she have a vagina or is it like the angels from Dogma who had no private parts? Cuz that would suck. You'd be all "Yay I get to bang Olivia Wilde" and then she's like "What's that monstrous thing?" Then you pull her pants down and nothing. Like a barbie doll. Then you're in the bathroom crying while masturbating into a sock.
 
2013-04-22 12:53:07 AM  

MadSkillz: Relatively Obscure: MadSkillz: My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it.

I didn't love it.  I didn't want my money back either, though.

One of the big questions I had was that the computer chick was a program but now she's real. Does she have a vagina or is it like the angels from Dogma who had no private parts? Cuz that would suck. You'd be all "Yay I get to bang Olivia Wilde" and then she's like "What's that monstrous thing?" Then you pull her pants down and nothing. Like a barbie doll. Then you're in the bathroom crying while masturbating into a sock.


First of all, you are a disturbed individual for considering something like this.

Secondly, she has two hands and a mouth.
 
2013-04-22 12:59:47 AM  

Relatively Obscure: MadSkillz: Relatively Obscure: MadSkillz: My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it.

I didn't love it.  I didn't want my money back either, though.

One of the big questions I had was that the computer chick was a program but now she's real. Does she have a vagina or is it like the angels from Dogma who had no private parts? Cuz that would suck. You'd be all "Yay I get to bang Olivia Wilde" and then she's like "What's that monstrous thing?" Then you pull her pants down and nothing. Like a barbie doll. Then you're in the bathroom crying while masturbating into a sock.

First of all, you are a disturbed individual for considering something like this.

Secondly, she has two hands and a mouth.


And toes.  Don't forget toes.  Makes penis play pretty damn entertaining.
 
2013-04-22 02:02:05 AM  
You must obey my dog!
 
2013-04-22 02:24:33 AM  
Meh....I never liked it.

On a side note, Ebert made the right call and gave a thumb up for "Casino".

Siskel made the wrong call and gave it a thumb down.
 
2013-04-22 02:28:24 AM  
Zoolander was great for mocking the popular-at-the-time shrinking of cell phones.

blog.obopay.com

I wish we could go back to that, I'm getting sick of these increasingly large phones
crackerpie.com
 
2013-04-22 02:37:23 AM  
I think it's a love/hate thing with no middle ground. My little sister and much older brother love ir. and I'm much less mature than them and care for it not at all... whatever.
 
2013-04-22 02:41:28 AM  
MERMAN!
 
2013-04-22 02:46:53 AM  
Ebert had horrible taste in movies.
 
2013-04-22 02:47:49 AM  
I saw it at the theaters with my ex and her daughter. I hated it. Yet, we couldn't stop quoting it for a long time after. It was a year later when I realized that perhaps it was far better than I thought at the time.
 
2013-04-22 02:50:17 AM  
Zoolander is great.

Listen to Billy Zane; he's a cool guy.
 
2013-04-22 02:51:19 AM  
He must have been taking crazy pills.
 
2013-04-22 02:51:28 AM  
as TFA noted, Ebert regularly reconsidered his opinion on movies he'd seen (the most famous example I think was giving Godfather 2 a somewhat unenthusiastic three stars when it was in theaters only to add it to his list of "Great Movies" a couple of decades later),

IMO Zoolander is a really stupid movie but it's stupid in the same way that Airplane or some of the better Farrelly movies are.
 
2013-04-22 02:54:38 AM  
Like almost all Ben Stiller movies, Zoolander was unwatchable shiat.
 
2013-04-22 03:00:24 AM  
Gasoline fights are a great way of getting rid of vampires, I can tell you that much, Eric.

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-22 03:02:36 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Like almost all Ben Stiller movies, Zoolander was unwatchable shiat.


Which you know from having not watched it.
 
2013-04-22 03:03:51 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Like almost all Ben Stiller movies, Zoolander was unwatchable shiat.


I was so everf*cking happy when the Age of Ben Stiller Movies finally ended.
 
2013-04-22 03:06:25 AM  
Zoolander is one of my favorite movies.
 
2013-04-22 03:09:00 AM  

Asa Phelps: it's a kind of humor that not everybody likes


That's all humor.
 
2013-04-22 03:18:05 AM  
I used to think he missed the point of Fight Club. As a 30-ish guy I thought, "Of course a 60 year old rich guy doesn't remember the disappointment about life that 30 year old men feel."

Now as a 40-ish guy, the movie just looks like something written by a gay dude working through his issues. (Shrug)
 
2013-04-22 03:18:37 AM  
If only he had obeyed my dog.
 
2013-04-22 03:46:38 AM  

LDM90: I used to think he missed the point of Fight Club. As a 30-ish guy I thought, "Of course a 60 year old rich guy doesn't remember the disappointment about life that 30 year old men feel."

Now as a 40-ish guy, the movie just looks like something written by a gay dude working through his issues. (Shrug)


Yeah. Fight Club is definitely a movie that appeals to a certain age category. Once you're past that whole youthful crisis of identity phase, it seems a bit trite. However, it still has some great lines, and it's probably one of Helena Bonham Carter's best roles. I could do without Brad Pitt, though.

It's kind of fun watching the "I Am Jack's Laryngitis" version. It cuts out the narration, and makes you need to think a bit while watching the movie. Of course, if you've already memorized the film, then it's pointless.


For the record, Zoolander was fun but dumb (I liked it) and I am one of those people who really, really likes Tron: Legacy (and the animated series that followed was great, too).
 
2013-04-22 04:10:35 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Ebert had horrible taste in movies.


Folks, we now have Armand White's Fark handle.
 
2013-04-22 04:16:41 AM  

farkeruk: Armand


Armond.

MERMAN!
 
2013-04-22 04:23:10 AM  

Relatively Obscure: MadSkillz: Relatively Obscure: MadSkillz: My favourite movie of the last few years has been Tron: Legacy. And NOONE I know liked it.

I didn't love it.  I didn't want my money back either, though.

One of the big questions I had was that the computer chick was a program but now she's real. Does she have a vagina or is it like the angels from Dogma who had no private parts? Cuz that would suck. You'd be all "Yay I get to bang Olivia Wilde" and then she's like "What's that monstrous thing?" Then you pull her pants down and nothing. Like a barbie doll. Then you're in the bathroom crying while masturbating into a sock.

First of all, you are a disturbed individual for considering something like this.

Secondly, she has two hands and a mouth.


if she was a program you can rest assured she had a vagina.  probably more than one.
 
2013-04-22 04:25:45 AM  
for some reason I was thinking zoolander was an Adam Sandler movie.
 
2013-04-22 04:35:14 AM  

DownDaRiver: Eberts been dead for like a week now.
Other people far more important, Thacher for instance, has died during the same period.
Its time to give it a rest with the the greens about the guy.


Who's Thacher?
 
2013-04-22 04:41:44 AM  

CarnySaur: DownDaRiver: Eberts been dead for like a week now.
Other people far more important, Thacher for instance, has died during the same period.
Its time to give it a rest with the the greens about the guy.

Who's Thacher?


RIP

www.beauty-and-the-bath.com
 
2013-04-22 05:11:40 AM  
The only movies with Ben Stiller I really liked were those he directed himself : Cable Guy, Zoolander and Tropic Thunder. He has a sick sense of humor that appeals to me quite a lot.
 
2013-04-22 05:46:53 AM  
It wasn't savaging, it was bitter.  And nothing justifies the flippant accusation that lighthearted satire is why terrorists get organized in the first place. Not unless it's meant as a joke, at least. Ebert understood that, subby.

And yeah:

2.bp.blogspot.com

This scene still cracks me up.
 
2013-04-22 05:59:27 AM  
On the subject of Ben Stiller, I watched Reality Bites for the first time recently (was in the mood for 1990s nostalgia) and I found it amusing that Ben Stiller's character, whom was supposed to be the film's "bad guy", was actually the most likable character.  He was a genuinely nice guy, kinda of a dork but in an endearing way, and he had a good job.  But the filmmakers wanted the audience to dislike him because he was a yuppie.  Every other character in the movie was a whiny, self-absorbed, proto-hipster douche.
 
2013-04-22 06:10:03 AM  

darkjezter: On the subject of Ben Stiller, I watched Reality Bites for the first time recently (was in the mood for 1990s nostalgia) and I found it amusing that Ben Stiller's character, whom was supposed to be the film's "bad guy", was actually the most likable character.  He was a genuinely nice guy, kinda of a dork but in an endearing way, and he had a good job.  But the filmmakers wanted the audience to dislike him because he was a yuppie.  Every other character in the movie was a whiny, self-absorbed, proto-hipster douche.


Yeah, that's why I don't get nostalgic over the early 90s too much, at least as far as movies go.  We can thank Tarantino for yanking us out of navel-gazing everybody-has-AIDS slobcore.
 
2013-04-22 06:15:20 AM  
Ebert didn't like:

Harold and Maude
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A Clockwork Orange

and Reservoir Dogs

WTF?
 
2013-04-22 06:19:44 AM  
Uh earth to ebert
 
2013-04-22 06:20:30 AM  
And he didn't like:

Full Metal Jacket

He had a thing against Kubrick
 
2013-04-22 06:38:57 AM  

Shine On You Crazy Diamond: And he didn't like:

Full Metal Jacket

He had a thing against Kubrick


He wasn't the only critic who had a problem with that movie when it came out.
The 2 biggest gripes from critics were

1. The movie didn't have a plot
2. It really ran out of steam once Ermey and Donofrio made their exits.

I really like the movie, but I can see their point.

/Probably also didn't help that Kubrick took so long to film that, by the time it came out, theaters were being flooded with movies about Vietnam and viewers were getting tired of it.
 
2013-04-22 06:51:13 AM  
Subby can derelicte my balls
 
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