View Full Version : About Schmidt & Blackboard Jungle

29-12-2004, 08:40 PM
I was meaning to make an About Schmidt thread awhile ago when I first saw it, but most recently I just finished Blackboard Jungle and was left with another brilliant film to add onto my list of personal favorites.

First, About Schmidt. I loved this movie. Nicholson is just amazing and I cannot think of another actor who can do a better job on the role as Warren. This is my second 'Alexander Payne' film I've seen (the first being Election) and I'm already intrigued to see what his most recent film Sideways is going to be like. I've seen the reviews, and it looks like the type of movie right up my alley. The only thing I will never forgive 'Alexander Payne' for doing, is showing 'Kathy Bates' in the nude, but other than that, I bought the film and it's elements it portrayed. If these airn't everyday people, then I don't know what is.

A little old for some, but Blackboard Jungle is a timeless film about the delinquent youth that should be shown in high schools all over the country. Little did I know the character Artie West was 'Vic Morrow's' first starring role, and I thought he did great. It's a shame about Vic, if you do some research you'll soon find his career was cut short in the early 80's due to an horrific accident. I haven't seen many if hardly any 'Sidney Poitier' films, but his performance in this was also superb. I'd recommend it.

Anywho, your thoughts?

29-12-2004, 11:18 PM
Sideways, although a fantastic script and good movie, was incredibly overrated. Best film of the year? No way. I am not really an Alexander Payne fan, and have not yet seen About Schmidt.

30-12-2004, 01:34 AM
I liked Sideways. The wallet and 'car accident' scenes were hilarious. I felt embarassed for laughing so loud around so many adults. And Sideways does have all that emotional mumbo jumbo too. Good stuff.

And Rich, I've yet to see either of the aforementioned films.

30-12-2004, 05:09 AM
huh. I absolutely hated About Schmidt. I thought it was just depressing and sad, with no redeeming qualities at all. I mean, it was good acting, and it was nice seeing Dermot Mulroney again for the first time since like...My Best Friend's Wedding...but he had a mullet...and dude..Kathy Bates naked...was unnecessary.

I just...wow. That's really one of the few movies I really really really didn't like.

Haven't seen any of the others. I'm interested in seeing Sideways though...but that main actor guy annoys me...so I dunno.

30-12-2004, 05:27 PM
Dermot Mulroney is in the new Debra Messing movie....yay! (With *no* mullet!)

30-12-2004, 05:39 PM
and it was nice seeing Dermot Mulroney again for the first time since like...My Best Friend's Wedding...but he had a mullet.

That was Dermot Mulroney? I knew he looked familiar. I just couldn't put that face with the other movie I saw him in.

I also liked My Best Friend's Wedding. Kudos to my mother for buying it.

03-01-2005, 11:46 PM
On the topic on Payne, I just saw Election. It was quite funny. After seeing Sideways and Election, I can say Payne has a distinct eye for satire that stands out when you watch one of his movies. Good for him. Anywho, me needs to see About Schimdt and Citizen Ruth.