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February 24, 2005



Not a fan of Old School? Some would say that movie was its own kind of money... (old money)

Russell Arben Fox

I loved Get Shorty.


From what I understand the movie's a sequal of sorts to Get Shorty. Not that this fact justifies in any way the horrible, horrible badness that will ensue.

peter ramus

Snippet of a Spago Lunch:

Get Shorty, that was a good movie.


Oh, yeah, droll. Mafia meets Hollywood and hilarity ensues, eh?

Well, maybe a little wry for the masses.

Oh, yeah.

Not a super earner, with all that star power.

Too wry.

Hackman was really good.

Yeah, he's got the stuff.

Travolta looked good.

Oh yeah, good look, Travolta. Was that the same suit he wore in Pulp Fiction?



David Weman

Be Cool the novel was one of Leonard's weakest efforts, it certainly wasn't as good as Get Shorty, but it was still pretty decent.

I didn't think Get Shorty the film was that good.

Russell Arben Fox

I did an Elmore Leonard adaptation video-fest on weekend, just for the hell of it: Out of Sight followed by Jackie Brown followed by Get Shorty, which I'd seen before. All very good, and very different movies: Brown is actually probably Tarantino's best film to date, with characterizations that really work and seemed to mesh with his pop-culture riffs, rather than the latter feeling larded on. Sight has a brilliant cool feel all its own. But I have to say, pathetic as it may seem, I liked Shorty the best. I don't know; I guess I was just delighted by the utterly hammy, stupid guy humor of the whole piece. Dennis Farina and Gene Hackman. John Travolta and James Gandolfini. It worked. Also: the minivan gag in the final shot was the best slam on Hollywood I'd seen in ages.


If you're a professional basketball watcher, as you very likely are not, you've been tortured by one of the longest-running, most heavily saturated, and completely inane tie-in campaigns in human history because of this movie.

peter ramus

Get Shorty was on Bravo the other night, larded with endless commercials for Be Cool.

The commercials interrogated the boundaries of the movie, as they say. The boundaries held up just fine under questioning, but they interrogated right back the wisdom of a sequel.

(I loved DeVito's shtick in Get Shorty: like watching every answer to every James Lipton question by every actor who's ever tried to explain how they work on Inside the Actor's Studio all rolled sardonically into one)


You have no idea how far from "pride" Samuel Jackson is these days because you (presumably) don't see the horrifically embarrassing series of adverts for Barclays Bank that he appears in.

David Salmanson

There is an actual band that served as a model for the band in Be Cool the book (have no idea if they made it into the movie.) The band is The Stone Coyotes and they are currently based in Austin (after stints in LA and Western Mass.) They are really, really great, even if the lead singer/guitarist looks like my mom. Maybe because she looks like my mom? Nah, despite, definitely despite.

Matt Weiner

Dodgeball starts slow but is nice'n'funny. Jason Bateman, Gary Cole, and Rip Torn do the heaviest lifting but--dunno--what did VV do? (I'm sure there's an answer.)

Scott Lemieux

They showed the preview for this before A Very Long Engagement tonight, and I actually don't think it was the trailer, but rather a rough cut they'll try to pare back to 3 hours or so...

Anyway, having seen roughly 95% of the film now, I can't say it looks promising.

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