Looking Up To The
Letters From the Converted
Written by: Alex Sandell
First, there came the review. I didn't just call The Iron Giant the best film of the summer, but the best movie of the decade! Critic after critic, and webmaster after webmaster, agreed with me. Now, how could all of us enthused and loyal writers convince the disillusioned and tired public to see yet another cartoon? Most movie buffs already wasted 90 minutes watching Disney's Tarzan, and at least a couple hours staring at The Simpsons, which more than filled their annual "cartoon quota." Not to mention, this one wasn't really ever advertised, and the few times that it was, it was done so in a horrible manner. A million other movies were out, most of them with a lot of "buzz," like The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense, and whatever other movie kept itself in the headlines by making people puke (I mean that literally. I'm sure you've all heard about The Blair Witch causing the motion sick amongst us to vomit all over, due to its shaky camera and annoying actors. It's worse than being in the bathroom of a crowded bar at closing time.).
This was DEFINITELY an uphill battle for us dedicated critics and webmasters, and we ended up, for the most part, failing in our quest to turn the movie into a hit. Still, we put up a good fight (I've been to dozens of websites that dedicated page after page to nothing but "go to The Iron Giant" type articles. I didn't put up my review for Bowfinger, which was a good movie, in fear it would get some of you to go to that, rather than try out The Iron Giant. The almighty Entertainment Weekly itself added an article about how great this movie is, and why people should make an effort to see it at the theater, before it's too late.), and a lot of people who wouldn't have, DID end up seeing the film, because of it.
I figure that, if the film doesn't pick up in business this weekend, it will be all but gone from every theater the next. Maybe if people reading this page read stuff from other people who read the page, they'll finally be convinced, and will go see the movie. I'm printing 17 of the 19 emails I got about the film below. Not one of the 19 were negative. I would have printed the other two, but I didn't want to. Just keep in mind that each individual who wrote in loved it. Read on, and see for yourself.
Dear Alex -
Thank you thank you thank
you!!!!!!!!!! I loved this movie more than I ever believed I would!!!!!!!!!!
I've never felt like I was in someone's debt because they recommended a movie but this one
was so good I feel like I owe you my life in exchange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super
funny! Super sad! Super REAL! It's everything you said it
was!!!!!!!! The only thing I didn't like that much was that it seemed like it was
ripping off The Simpsons in some of the parts when they were making fun of school
films and stuff. I'm not saying those parts weren't HILARIOUS but I didn't like
seeing The Simpsons get stole from.
Alex Responds: Jill - Brad Bird, writer and director of The Iron Giant, was with The Simpsons at the very beginning. He had a BIG hand in making it the hilarious hit it is today ("hilarious hit". Now it sounds like I'm writing for fucking TV Guide.). He also worked on The Critic and King of the Hill. This is why you got that special sort of Simpsons' feeling in those satirical parts in the classroom. There, now the film is perfect, again.
I think the only place you made a
mistake in was by saying The Iron Giant is the best film of the decade.
It's the best film that's ever came out. Period.
Alex Responds: HellSnatch - I don't have anything to say to that, I just wanted to type "HellSnatch" again.
You have saved me countless times from
seeing shit movies. There is no critic I trust as much as you. The ONLY time
I've disagreed with you on a film is Eyes Wide Shut. I thought it sucked
and you thought it was great. I prayed that that wouldn't happen again with The
Iron Giant. I thought this movie looked like shit. I wasn't going to even
RENT it. Then I read your review and I went that night because I trust you and it
was only a $8.00 (damn New York tickets) gamble. It turned out to be the best gamble
of my life. I love this movie more than anything else this year. I have phoned
everyone I know and told them to go. I hope it turns into a hit. I don't want
to see a classic like this destroyed.
Classic movie! I loved it as
much as my kids!
Thanks, dude!!! Two thumbs up!
Best fucking cartoon I've ever seen!
- Absent Boy
Disney is dead! This fucker
buried them. To hell with Mulan!
Alex, hon -
You did it again, babe! Picked
out a movie that made me leave the theater with a goofy smile. Thanks for the fave.
That's the kind of movie you walk out
of and don't even have to ask your girlfriend if she liked it cuz you know she did cuz no
If a studio hired you, you'd make it
the best studio around. You sure can pick 'em! Iron Giant will go
down in history as the best movie no one ever heard of. I loved it!
Dear Alex -
The Iron Giant made me cry. I don't
cry in movies. Occasionally I feel tears coming but I usually manage to hold them back.
Nothing could stop them this time. I'm glad they didn't choose to make it with real actors
and a CGI giant. An added bonus was that there are no cute animal sidekicks (the squirrel
doesn't count) or musical numbers. As much as I like the songs from South Park (I even
bought the soundtrack) they break up the movie and get tedious. I'd also like to add that
I would have missed this gem if it hadn't been for you.
Alex Responds: The giant was actually CGI, but I know what you mean. If I tickled your nipples would you grab onto my honker?
Best movie this century!!! Does
that mean I think it's the best movie ever? Yep.
I sat through it TWICE! I can't
fucking believe I was going to skip this one! Thanks for the tip!!!
Three cheers for the Giant! This
is the kind of hero we need in the wake of the Columbine tragedy. I did really love
this movie more than I thought I could ever love a cartoon. More than
Best movie of the last three
years!This movie had everything!
Alex Responds: With exception made to full-frontal nudity.
You're now my new favorite person!
Thanks for introducing me to The Iron Giant. Life wouldn't be the
same if I didn't see it. I feel bad for anyone who missed it.
IT'S A FUCKING TRAGEDY THAT THIS MOVIE
BOMBED! I wouldn't mind killing everyone who helped this fail and made shit like the
Haunting piece of crap succeed. Bastards.
Alex Responds: Killing everyone would kind of go against the message of the movie. But, I do see where you're coming from.
This is the best movie you ever
reviewed! You gotta put this in your top 50 movie update!!!
Alex Responds: Good point. I'll do that right now. So long, Out of Sight. To see the NEW, UPDATED "Top 50 Movies", click here!
All contents ©1999 Alex Sandell [All Rights Reserved] With exception made to Iron Giant movie still which is copyright 1999 Warner Brothers [All Rights Reserved].
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