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Title: Party Monster
Post by: MacGuffin on July 18, 2003, 11:49:48 AM
(http://mc.themes.ru/mshot/1031/1.jpg)

Trailer here. (http://www.partymonster.com/index2.html)
Title: Party Monster
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on July 18, 2003, 12:01:36 PM
Wow.

Could be really good or really bad.
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Post by: mindfuck on July 18, 2003, 01:59:12 PM
The website sure sucks balls though.
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Post by: TheVoiceOfNick on July 18, 2003, 03:23:46 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
Wow.

Could be really good or really bad.


I say that about every damn movie I see a preview for.


Nick
Title: Party Monster
Post by: Satcho9 on July 18, 2003, 03:36:22 PM
I met the DP Teo Maniaci and he seemed to be a little weirded out over this movie when I asked him about it. Otherwise he was a cool guy. Thats all.
Title: Party Monster
Post by: cinemanarchist on July 19, 2003, 10:55:59 PM
I caught this at Sundance this past year. I thought the film was lackluster overall. Seth Green is tremendous and Culkin is horrible. The kid/man just doesn't have any range. As much as I wanted to forget this was Kevin McCallister(Home Alone), I just couldn't because his acting doesn't really go far past that. The film is shot digital and doesn't look very good at all...not nearly as good as 28 days later. It should also tell you something that this film was just recently picked up and has been screening at festivals for quite some time now. Both Culkin and Green were at the screening and man...Seth Green is like four feet tall. It has nothing to do with the topic, but just felt it needed to be said. There is a great cameo by Marilyn Manson as a drag queen. In one scene he/she drives around this portable rave in the back of an 18 wheeler. That was a great scene, too bad the rest of the film wasn't that much fun...oh and it's based on a true story.
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Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 19, 2003, 11:13:45 PM
true story?  now i must see it...
Title: Party Monster
Post by: oakmanc234 on July 20, 2003, 04:34:27 AM
Watching 'The Good Son' the other night reminded me how fucking cool a kid Culkin was. Cool little dude. I like 'The Good Son'. A minor but under-rated flick (and not the 'Omen' clone that it was reputed to be), he played his 'nasty little shit' role unbelievably well. I'm not too sure how to feel about 'Party Monster' yet, it could be a suprise...and it could be dogshit. The poster makes me feel sick though......
Title: Party Monster
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on July 20, 2003, 09:59:45 AM
If Culkin isn't any better in the movie than he is in the trailer, I'm probably going to hate it. How did he become so... annoying?

He should just let his brothers take over the spotlight. They're great actors.
Title: Party Monster
Post by: Pubrick on July 20, 2003, 10:44:41 AM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
If Culkin isn't any better in the movie than he is in the trailer, I'm probably going to hate it. How did he become so... annoying?

He should just let his brothers take over the spotlight. They're great actors.

i think it's that he's the only one who wasn't born male.
Title: Party Monster
Post by: RegularKarate on July 20, 2003, 10:46:36 AM
This movie looks like shit.

It looks like a bad Public Access channel soap opera.

Culkin should not be acting if he's gonna be this aweful.
Title: Party Monster
Post by: Ghostboy on October 28, 2003, 03:00:19 PM
I finally saw this last night. It's a'ight. Fun for the first hour, or so, and then it just gets rather tedious. We know how it ends up, due to the bookends at the beginning (a structural device that is used in movies far too frequently), so it just becomes a waiting game.

I did like Culkin's performance, though -- it was one-note and eventually annoying, but that's what was required by the character. Who knows if he has range, but he was perfect for this part. Seth Green is also really good. Chole Sevigny is Chloe Sevigny (almost). I didn't even recognize Natash Lyonne, though. She really disguised herself well.

At the screening I went to (it's only now about to open in Dallas), there were about 200 people waiting in line to get into the theater, many of them all gussied up, Club Kids style, and none of them got in. I love press passes.
Title: Party Monster
Post by: godardian on October 28, 2003, 04:25:19 PM
I'm going to see it next Tuesday. It looks pretty terrible to me, but... it'll be interesting to see how it actually is.
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Post by: cowboykurtis on October 28, 2003, 08:58:11 PM
saw it at sundance...complete garbage.
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Post by: Cecil on October 28, 2003, 09:36:42 PM
i saw this yesterday too. its allright.
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Post by: NEON MERCURY on October 28, 2003, 09:37:32 PM
..from everything that i heard/read (other than the members here)...about the film...it even  makes spun look good
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Post by: Cecil on October 28, 2003, 09:38:35 PM
ouch
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Post by: Ghostboy on October 28, 2003, 10:08:23 PM
That's funny, the first thing I thought of after I saw it was 'well, it was good, but Spun was better.' And Spun wasn't even that good...I liked it, but only superficially.

I think the only thing that makes Party Monster passable is that it is a true story, which inherently adds some sort of facination (for me, at least). I'd rather have seen the documentary first. I went online today and read a bunch of stuff about Michael Alig, and he seems to still be, at 37, as superficial as Macaulay played him in the movie.

One note: I saw it digitally projected, and it looked good to great, visually. But I don't envy anyone who has to see the film transfer.
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Post by: bonanzataz on October 28, 2003, 11:18:28 PM
i don't get it. didn't this movie come out two months ago?
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Post by: Ghostboy on October 29, 2003, 12:03:23 AM
Yeah, but Strand Releasing takes an unusually long time to roll their films out past NY and LA.
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Post by: coffeebeetle on October 29, 2003, 11:05:48 PM
Quote from: mogwai
I want to be ChloŽ Sevigny's stalker.


I want to be her bike seat.

This movie sucked the big one.  I couldn't invest a single ounce of sympathy for any of these characters...I felt completely disengaged from this one.  I'm all for debauchary in movies (if it's used appropriately) but I just can't figure out why the fuck this movie was made in the first place.  Is this kid's life really worth telling?  Feel free to bite back folks... :?
Title: Party Monster
Post by: godardian on November 04, 2003, 04:43:29 PM
I just saw this today... and really hated it. Ghostboy is right about the film transfer; it looks pretty bad. HOWEVER, at the top of my list of the many, many things wrong with it: Those horrible voices reading that horrible dialogue. Now, I know the club kids affected a giddy-queen tone in their speech, but Green and Culkin were affecting an affectation, and it was embarrassing how bad they were at it. It didn't help that the dialogue could've been wrapped and sold by the pound, it was so thick, heavy, and static- exactly the opposite of what it needed to be.

I can only think of one thing I liked about film at all: Chloe Sevigny. She was really the only actor in it, though; her talent and ease in front of the camera was an oasis in the midst of some really pretty terrible, stunted performances (Green does slightly better than Culkin; both roles could've been much better played by almost anyone with a little more intuition). It would've been fantastic to see the story told from her point of view; I think that way, it would've been much easier to understand the reckless, wrecked lifestyle these needy people adopted, the appeal of it. There really is a wonderful story and fascinating people somewhere in this mess, but it's as if the filmmakers just took the discarded bits and left out the really interesting parts.

I wasn't disappointed, though. It looked awful from the trailers, and it was no more awful than it looked.

I'd be interested to see the documentary, too. I'd also be interested to know why, since these same filmmakers already made the documentary, they didn't to a better job of mediating the events into a better dramatic film. Cinema verite alternating with splashy music-video was clearly and absolutely NOT the style for this subject, at least not in these hands.

A bad film. Disappointing to see Christine Vachon's name on it as a producer, too; from reading her book and seeing the many really good to great films she's produced, you'd think she would've slapped someone into shape the second the dailies started rolling in.
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Post by: Kal on February 23, 2004, 12:29:50 AM
this film sucks... the acting is pathetic... macauly culkin used to be funny and cute when he was little but now he is a dork... i missed this on theatres and was looking forward for the dvd... but IT BLOWS!
Title: Party Monster
Post by: artfag on March 12, 2004, 11:21:06 PM
I could take a shit in a bag and stare at it for days remaining more entertained the whole time than I was by this film.
Title: Party Monster
Post by: modage on March 12, 2004, 11:29:30 PM
Quote from: Pictures are Pals
I could take a shit in a bag and stare at it for days remaining more entertained the whole time than I was by this film.

can i nominate this for best first post?  who are the other nominees again?