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November 20, 2006



"I was willing to give this flick a chance, but after Ken's warning and the "You OB-viously aren't intellectually equipped to appreciate this film" crowd, I think that says plenty. Better to stay home do something more meaningful and life-enriching, like waxing the cat."No offense but i don't think anybody would care if you show up or not. Me, i already have my tickets to go.

R.A. Porter

Actually, at a budget ~$35M plus whatever marketing money is being spent, I'm guessing that WB cares a great deal whether Adam shows up. In fact, I believe they'll be sending a car around to pick him up after work on opening day. Adam, I'd suggest not trying to run when the nice men in the unmarked white van pull up; it'll go easier that way.Seriously, if this movie can only attract an art-house crowd, it will probably be a financial bust. If it's as good as its defenders here claim and can bridge into the mass market, that's a different story. I just don't see that as very likely. Selling things as "too smart/cool/clever for you" isn't usually an effective marketing strategy. Quick: who plays the Mac and who plays the PC in the now defunct Apple ads? I'd wager those ads did more for John's than Justin's career.


"I'm guessing that WB cares a great deal whether Adam shows up."No, they won't.


The hell they won't! You should've seen what those bastards from WB did when I threatened to stop watching "Gilmore Girls"!Oh, and Clark? Enjoy your movie. Also, blow it out your ass.

Dixon Steele

And I thought CACHE was superb, and you didn't need to study up on the French/Algerian conflict to get it. Heard Ron Howard bought the remake rights (seriously). Don't miss it.On the other hand, liked about 20 min. of Pi and thought Requium was stylish but depressing.Aronofsky did, however, bag Rachel Weisz, so he must know something...


Where's the Altman post?


"Don't play victim because there are people bashing the film with out even seeing it themselves. At least those who has seen the movie could give an opinion, good or bad."I was unaware that I was "play[ing] victim." Thank you for pointing that out for me, anonymous.Apparently calling someone out for making a specious, shitty argument (or *no* argument at all) and not backing it up with anything that resembles a fact makes me a victim. Again, people like to make ad hominem attacks when they can't come up with a convincing argument. You should know that as well as anybody, anonymous.And again, nobody said any of the things mentioned in my previous post to me. They said them to anyone who would dare question The Fountain's unwavering brilliance. I could seriously give a shit about The Fountain or anybody's opinion. I just find it hilarious that when someone says:"I didn't like this particular film."And the response from the art-house guy who has seen the movie, and "totally got it, bro" is:"That's because you're a fucking idiot. Go watch Transformers, dumbass."I just don't find that argument convincing, and it makes me question the validity of that person's opinion.Is that okay, anonymous? Or am I wallowing in my own victimization?Oh, and in a related story, if you don't vote Republican you're supporting terrorism.

James Moran

Listen, if you're going to try and bash a guy's intelligence and taste, don't pick a guy who wrote for MASH, Cheers, and Frasier. He didn't like a movie that you liked. Argue your case, like he did.I enjoyed a lot of The Fountain, and had it completely figured out. Then it ended, and I realised that no, actually I had no idea what the hell just happened. I'm not stupid. I like "good" movies. I like them better when the filmmakers understand them, I'm kind of silly and fussy that way. Probably because I'm stupid and only like Michael Bay movies.


As one of the two people on planet earth who liked "Dune" I will definantly have to see this movie. But then, I cried like a baby for "What Dreams May Come" so it's not like I'm and intellectual heavyweight.


I do not know if The Fountain is a great movie or not, but your review Ken Levine seems very similar to the initial reviews of critics for 2001: A Space Odyssey. When 2001 first came out in theaters, several critics wrote the same things for 2001 that you have posted in your review for The Fountain. Anyone that watches science fiction films knows that 2001 is the best science fiction film of all the time, one of the best films of all time and is worthy even to to be placed as the best film of all time. I would really like to know how you feel about 2001 because if you feel the same way about 2001 that you feel for The Fountain then you are just being a very biased critic without any objectivity.


first, i would not recommend people to see this movie. it is difficult, and only some find it rewarding.second, for me, this movie failed on many levels. it was a bit long, some of the dialog seemed trite and forced, and i was not emotionally attached to the main characters.third, this movie had some amazing elements. the special effects and music are superb for starters. the themes and plot are deep and meaningful -- and well resoloved. if it wasn't for the problems mentioned about it was be one the best movies.finally SPOILERS: i think it does make sense. the doctor wants to save his wife at all costs -- even at the cost of spending her last moments with her. he eventually finds the fountain, but too late. he spends hundreds of years medatating on life, and trying to end the story his wife wrote. eventually he travels (now that in 2600 you can) to the nebula of death and rebirth, where, upon reaching that location and finally understanding the importance of death (and therefore life), he is able to let go. his ending to the story reflects that seeking eternal life is not fruitful (ha!), and dies (reborn with the star, and the tree) as he meditates on how he should have spend his last days with his wife: on walk instead of conducting research. great stuff.


I loved it, but I also love reading about philosophy and listening to people talk about philosophy, eternity, etc.In other words, this was like reading about philosophy, except it was visual. I enjoyed it quite a bit. And kudos to Aronofsky for not using any CG.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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