Friday, March 6, 2009

Siskel & Ebert on ‘One False Move’

I think Billy Bob Thornton should write more.

“Sling Blade” – which earned him a writing Oscar plus a Writers Guild Award – was one of my favorite films of the ’90s. Just beautifully written.

Thornton also co-wrote “A Family Thing,” a 1996 drama in which Robert Duvall discovers that his mother was black. I remember enjoying it.

But I’d plum forgot (if I ever knew) that Billy Bob Thornton co-wrote “One False Move,” the thriller that launched Carl Franklin’s directing career.

Gene and Roger both loved “One False Move.” (Believe or not, I never got around to seeing it. Just now ordered the DVD off Amazon for cheap.)

22 comments:

Andrew said...

Yeah, I wonder why he hasn't written anything lately. Between 1992 and 2001, his name was a credited writer on five theatrical movies along with a TV movie. Since then he's written nothing. Did he write them all before becoming famous and just decide acting was easier? Did Miramax fucking over his last two films put him off filmmaking forever.

Andrew said...

^^^Uh, I apologize for that horribly worded second sentence.

Undercover Black Man said...

My guess, Andrew, based on nothing more than my infallible instincts, is that Billy Bob got into the celebrity lifestyle... and thereafter chose to devote himself to his music.

estiv said...

Very good movie. Also the film that first made me pay attention to Bill Paxton.

And...contains a great "negative reaction" scene. To avoid spoiling it I won't give any detail, but we learn a lot about one character when, in a situation in which a normal person would be scared to death, he shows absolutely no response at all. We've already seen how cold-blooded he is, but this scene has stuck in my mind.

bklyn6 said...

Thornton also co-wrote “A Family Thing,” a 1996 drama in which Robert Duvall discovers that his mother was black.

This is funny to me because whenever I look at BBT I wonder if he's passing.

Dan Coyle said...

If you think Michael Beach is only good at playing nice guys... then you need to see One False Move. Oh my god he's terrifying in that movie.

It's a fine thriller and a heartbreaking one as well. I think you'll enjoy it.

lawegohard said...

He gets to fake-bang hot chicks (relax I'm a chick) if he is the actor. Hence his Monster's Ball selection. If you look close at the infamous love scene, there are moments were I don't think he is acting. SHE'S SOMEWHERE ELSE (in a good way) he's RIGHT THERE!

Also, looking at these two WM JOCK this film that was directed by a BM is so refreshing. Was it black history month? :)

lawegohard said...

@UBM, I just clicked on this music link. I need a warning next time. That was Not Safe For Nightime listening!

What makes a person wake up and start recording songs like that? Could that be the same guy who can write and act?

Undercover Black Man said...

He gets to fake-bang hot chicks (relax I'm a chick) if he is the actor.

Yeah, there's that. Billy Bob can act his ass off, ain't no doubt. How good was he in "A Simple Plan"?

But has he even been doing that lately? I mean, damn... "Mr. Woodcock"??

Andrew said...

Billy Bob is still doing the arty flicks. He had a couple of films at Sundance this year. From what I've read they both kind of sucked, but he's still trying at least.

Russell said...

This is a really good movie. I think it cost only about $2 million and it shows that lack of $ is no excuse for making something shitty; lack of talent is.

lawegohard said...

Ok so now I'm in a conversation WAY over my head.

On the surface, it looks like Mr. Woodcock might be funny (I know I lost all my cool points). Does that mean OLD BBT can't do a lot better? CERTAINLY!

I am more disturbed by the fact that he still has a tattoo of Angelina's name on him. Proof that black girl's (relax I'm black) are not the only people making bad choices with old flames on their body.:)

daughterofthedream said...

Seriously, how does BBT (and Salman Rushdie, for that matter) pull in hot chicks? Wasn't he married to the sister in that movie, Cynda?

Anonymous said...

A fabulous movies -- you'll enjoy it!

Speaking of Billy Bob Thornton's music -- have you heard his version of "Ring of Fire?"

Undercover Black Man said...

Seriously, how does BBT... pull in hot chicks?

Majorly hung? (So goes the online gossip anyway...)

Invisible Woman said...

When this movie came out, folks were falling all over it--for some reason it did not move me. But I thought he was amazing in "The Man Who Wasn't There", which was trounced by practically everyone. Go figure.

Michael A. Gonzales said...

Did you know BBT was also married to Cynda Williams?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Somebody mentioned that upthread, and I forgot to say: Whaaaaat?

bklyn6 said...

Good call, folks! I TOTALLY forgot that he was married to Cynda.

lawegohard said...

The SECRET:

Power attracts Hot Chicks.
or
Power = P***Y

BBT seems to have major COJANES. Plus dude is writing movies for chicks. Come on!

Fred App said...

This is indeed a great and underappreciated movie. Terrific writing and acting, great suspense.

Also, although I've never cottoned to Billy Bob's music, I have appreciated his backing vocals on a couple of Warren Zevon tracks.

Shane Schleger said...

One False Move is sort of the apex of the 90s Indie Movie, and it doesn't get old.

Red Rock West, which came out the same year, sorta hits the same spots for me, too.