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Brent from Colorado writes in:

“I don’t know if you noticed this (it was pretty subtle) – Harry and the boys have had a field day with Spielberg’s decision to make a few minor (but decidedly PC) changes to E.T. At the same time, Harry posted a review of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture DVD, which he praised highly and at great length due to the overall improvement to the movie that came from significant editing, tightening, and additional Special Effects. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Actually, no it doesn’t – clearly, it’s not okay to mess with ‘good’ movies, but it’s great to mess with ‘bad’ movies.”

Actually, Brent, I hadn’t noticed. But I think you can do better things with your time than count out the many wild inconsistencies in logic there. For the record, Star Trek: TMP did, does and will always blow chunks no matter how much tinkering they do with it, while E.T. is the second worst film in the Spielberg library after Amistad. As for Harry and the boys, if they want to be lumping Spiels on the head over some minor alterations to an already crummy movie, that’s their right. While they were watching and jawing about how bad the new footage looked, I was probably getting laid. Why do you think I update this site so infrequently?

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Rollerball Or RollerDirectlyToDvd?

Back in August, we ran the following as part of a story about the delay of the film…

We here at FilmJerk have been rough on MGM for a lack of vision. This (delay) is a good step in the right direction. It’s better to take your time and miss a release date in hopes the final product can become better than people expected. Frankly, when I first heard about the remake of Rollerball, I thought “What a fucking waste of time and money”. If you’re going to remake something, you remake something no one remembers because it came out sixty years ago and was a collosal bomb. You don’t remake a cult classic from Norman Jewison, and you don’t fucking replace James Caan, one of the baddest motherfuckers in the last great age of cinema, with someone as white bread as Chris Klein…

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Where Have All The Good Films Gone?

Over the weekend, Lolita and I caught Monsters Inc. I wanted to see The Toxic Avenger 4, which was playing downtown, but furry animals and Billy Crystal won out. Not that I didn’t like it. It was as enjoyable a time at the movies as I have ever had when dealing with not only stupid parents bringing three month olds to the movies as if this crap happy brats are even going to know what they are seeing let alone comprehend the complexities of the situations they are seeing… but ALSO the fucking Star Wars fanboys who were out in droves to catch the unveiling of the first preview for Attack of the Clones.

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