Friday, April 25, 2008

Roger Ebert on JOE VS. THE VOLCANO

Roger Ebert's Journal: "APRIL 25, 2008--Every year I keep meaning to include 'Joe vs. the Volcano' in Ebertfest, and every year something else squeezes it out, some film more urgently requiring our immediate attention, you see. The 1990 John Patrick Shanley film, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, was about a wage slave in a factory where dark clouds lower o'er the sky; he is told he has a Brain Cloud, with only five months to live. How this leaves him to become a candidate for human sacrifice in the South Seas follows a long and winding road, in a film that was a failure in every possible way except that I loved it."

Roger Ebert, Vince Keenan, me, and Judy. That's about all I know who feel this way.

15 comments:

Vince said...

You can add my wife Rosemarie to this list too, Bill. I adore the movie to this day.

Bill Crider said...

I believe there was a singing group called We Five. Now we have a movie appreciation group that we can give the same name.

Benjie said...

This is one that keeps slipping by my to watch list. I can't recall how my blushing bride feels about it (that may be why I still haven't seen it).

Anonymous said...

One of the worst pieces of dreck I've ever had the misfortune to (partly) sit through. It gave me the worst headache I've had at the movies since Eraserhead and reaffirms the long-held belief that Ebert has taste in his butt.

Jeff M.

Jess Nevins said...

And my wife, which makes five--six?

I've never seen it.

atcampbelliii said...

I enjoyed it a lot. It's the only Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film that I liked.

Anonymous said...

It's one of my favorite movies.I love its gentle, whimsical sensibility. That and the scene where Hanks catches the shark. Cracks me up every time. mtm

Bill Crider said...

I knew Jeff M. hated this one. But because of it, I own good luggage.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

There sure was a We Five. Their big hit here was "There'll Never Be Another You."

Anonymous said...

Nope, Cap'n. It was "You Were on My Mind" that the We Five did. "There'll Never Be Another You" was The Seekers (or possibly The New Seekers).

Jeff

Victor Gischler said...

I think it's slightly too smart for the mainstream. Slightly. Somewhat more enjoyable than people give it credit for.

VG

Anonymous said...

My wife LOVES this movie. Nevertheless, I remain with her.

Jerry House

Rusty said...

I'm a fan of this movie, too. I have no particular reasons, beyond Meg Ryan being cute (and using the word "flibbertigibbet"), Tom Hanks being genial as usual, Abe Vigoda playing a Polynesian chief (!?!), and Robert Stack describing the "Brain Cloud," which I think is a very real, if not generally fatal, disease. (I get them now and then, and indeed I am willing to consider the possibility that a Brain Cloud affects my judgment of this movie.)

Rusty

Bill Crider said...

This might be my problem, too.

Howard said...

I enjoy the movie a lot also, though it's been a long time since I've seen it.