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American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:11 pm

Anyone seen this movie? I watched it last night and thought it was pretty cool. Never heard of the comic or Harvey Pekar before. The bulk of the miove is shot in Cleveland and Lakewood. The story is really good and the movie is well acted, Paul Giamatti is superb.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:21 pm

Damn, forgot about this flick. Saw it years ago.

It was okay. Typical solid Indy effort.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:36 pm

Loved the Cleveland locations and the performances, esp. by the guy who played R. Crumb and the guy who played Harvey's slow friend at the post office.

But man, Harvey Pekar has to be the most self-absorbed human being on the planet.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:49 pm

I agree with the assement of Pekar, he showed that in Bourdain's show, but the movie as a whole was pretty good. I went in nothing and expecting nothing, what I got was a pleasant surprise.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby motherscratcher » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:53 pm

Yeah, but it's been a few years. I liked it a lot. Thought the performances were great. I like Hope Davis (it was her, right?) and I Love Giamatti.

I did have a vague recollection of seeing Pekar pop up on Letterman from time to time, but I didn't know him from anywhere else.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:56 pm

Got it on DVD, Giamatti is great.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby Cease » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:40 pm

I really enjoyed Splendor, especially Giamatti's "Who is Harvey Pekar?" monologue.
Who are these people? Where do they come from? What do they do? What's in a name? Who is "Harvey Pekar"?


Always think about AS when I'm walking past where they shot the airport scenes at Hopkins (bridge from terminal to parking)

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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby jack_tors » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:03 pm

Motherscratcher wrote:Yeah, but it's been a few years. I liked it a lot. Thought the performances were great. I like Hope Davis (it was her, right?) and I Love Giamatti.

I did have a vague recollection of seeing Pekar pop up on Letterman from time to time, but I didn't know him from anywhere else.


+1, totally agree. The movie was excellent and in many ways, more enjoyable than the real Pekar himself. Giamatti did great and it was nice to see it shot in the city.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby jb » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:12 pm

Motherscratcher wrote:Yeah, but it's been a few years. I liked it a lot. Thought the performances were great. I like Hope Davis (it was her, right?) and I Love Giamatti.

I did have a vague recollection of seeing Pekar pop up on Letterman from time to time, but I didn't know him from anywhere else.



OMG, remember when dave melted down on him?

never seen dave freak out like that.

harvey called him out for staying on air during that writers' strike.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:44 pm

Cease wrote:I really enjoyed Splendor, especially Giamatti's "Who is Harvey Pekar?" monologue.
Who are these people? Where do they come from? What do they do? What's in a name? Who is "Harvey Pekar"?


Always think about AS when I'm walking past where they shot the airport scenes at Hopkins (bridge from terminal to parking)

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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby motherscratcher » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:51 pm

The Last American Virgin. The forgotten 80's movie that few have seen and nobody talks about. It features Diane Franklin nekkid and an absolutely astounding ending. Two thumbs up.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby motherscratcher » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:54 pm

JB wrote:
Motherscratcher wrote:Yeah, but it's been a few years. I liked it a lot. Thought the performances were great. I like Hope Davis (it was her, right?) and I Love Giamatti.

I did have a vague recollection of seeing Pekar pop up on Letterman from time to time, but I didn't know him from anywhere else.



OMG, remember when dave melted down on him?

never seen dave freak out like that.

harvey called him out for staying on air during that writers' strike.


Yeah, Dave kind of flipped on him. I can't find the clip.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby dmiles » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:15 pm

Also HarveyPekar was a ghost on the WWW Rant board at Scout?? Can't quite remember who, was it Prog?
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:46 pm

dmiles wrote:Also HarveyPekar was a ghost on the WWW Rant board at Scout?? Can't quite remember who, was it Prog?


One of EdgeWaterRocker's many post melt down ghosts was HarveyPekar I do believe.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:49 pm

Motherscratcher wrote:
JB wrote:
Motherscratcher wrote:Yeah, but it's been a few years. I liked it a lot. Thought the performances were great. I like Hope Davis (it was her, right?) and I Love Giamatti.

I did have a vague recollection of seeing Pekar pop up on Letterman from time to time, but I didn't know him from anywhere else.



OMG, remember when dave melted down on him?

never seen dave freak out like that.

harvey called him out for staying on air during that writers' strike.


Yeah, Dave kind of flipped on him. I can't find the clip.


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RIP Harvey Pekar

Unread postby Cease » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:10 pm

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/07/cleveland_comic-book_legend_ha.html

Pekar, 70, was found dead shortly before 1 a.m. today by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their Cleveland Heights home, said Powell Caesar, spokesman for Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner, wrote "Our Cancer Year," a book-length comic, after Pekar was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1990 and underwent a grueling treatment.
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby jack_tors » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:29 pm

Absolutely fantastic obit by Anthony Bourdain regarding Pekar. He speaks fondly of Pekar and Clevelanders a like. A very good read.

http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/read/the-original-goodbye-splendor?fbid=DMfy7vu5XoI
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Re: American Splendor Movie.

Unread postby RattleHead » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:23 pm

jack_tors wrote:Absolutely fantastic obit by Anthony Bourdain regarding Pekar. He speaks fondly of Pekar and Clevelanders a like. A very good read.

http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/read/the-original-goodbye-splendor?fbid=DMfy7vu5XoI


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