Damn it blip, play already!
This is it. MY. WORST. MOVIE. EVER.
Oh lord. WIRED is, no hyperbole, my personal choice for worst movie I've ever seen. Has been for years. No joke. Sure there are bad movies, but this thing just made me so angry. It's just so tacky and preachy and slimy and... UGH! I read the book too, but I could not fucking believe how far the movie went.
Folks, go read "Samurai Widow", a book John Belushi's wife wrote. Harold Ramis said that it's "the prefect antidote to Wired."
I want to think that John Belushi and Richard Nixon will put aside their differences and beat the shit out of Woodward in the afterlife after he dies.
BTW, Dan Aykroyd really did, in real life, sleep at the foot of the Belushis' bed for a time. It's one of those sweet truths that this film sullies with its paws.
Have you seen "Casino Royale 1967" ? That movie is MY worst movie ever, I watched that shit 2 years ago and I still have a headache. I recommend it to people I hate, and to people who don't understand what a truly bad film is.
If you think "Batman And Robin" was bad, just watch Casino Royale 1967, you will not only forgive Batman And Robin, you will consider it to be not that bad of a film. And believe me, it isn't.
Watching the video, I can't help but be reminded of the beginning of Man on the Moon where Jim Carrey's Andy Kaufman flat out tells the audience not to watch the movie before playing the end credits to the tune of Lassie's theme. At least there, it cuts to the rest of the movie being a straight-forward bio-pic done really well. Sure that scene may have affected the film's financial performance, but it was still a clever little setup that gives us a first glimpse at Carrey's spot-on portrayal of the late comic!
I saw The Blues Brothers on Crackle some time ago and I think the movie holds up well thanks to the comic team-up between Aykroyd and Belushi. Now I should go watch Animal House or 1941 to see the more positive look of Belushi.
Also, Emile Hirsch as Belushi? Seriously doubt that!
Wait, you're expecting me to believe that Michael Chiklis had hair?
I couldn't believe it myself either. I know it was a hairpiece but he still looked good with hair.
Maybe you're too young to remember him as The Commish from the early-to-mid 90's. But he had (some) hair then.
I heard about this movie not too long ago but after hearing about what was wrong with it, I knew to stay away from it. Aside from the Chiklis performance from what I've seen, this looks like the worst piece of trash and exploitative things that rivals even Rock! It's Your Decision in it's message throwing. I'm thinking that the moment in the movie with Belushi's autopsy where he quotes On The Waterfront was Chiklis kind of thinking this movie was going to destroy his career before it even began and the reference was a decent enough analogy. Luckily, he was good enough in the role to ascend beyond the terrible film and get good roles afterwards.
Now the big question for Brad: Emile Hirsch as John Belushi... could that even work? I think maybe it could work but they could also get Chiklis to do it, as he isn't really too old to play the role again
Brad, you never fail at making a great night better. Time to relax with a fine cigar and a few beers while watching this, cheers!
The guy playing Aykroyd actually looks more like Jim Belushi. I wonder if he was cast in that role first, and then Jim refused to participate so they (poorly) cast him as Dan Aykroyd.
As biopics go ... this ... looks unbelievably offensive. I don't blame anybody that would have refused to be involved in any capacity in this garbage.
"HEY! WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THE NEW ISSUE OF WEIRD WAS HERE?" :) yeah that was the first thing that came to my mind!
I realy enjoyed this movie and thought it was very good. However, I was eight.
And watching this review, I have to say that my earlier high opinion of the movie is rather justified. What The Snob calls "tone deaf" I call "brilliant." This review seems like a product of attachment to the man who was perhaps not adequately revered, in the eyes of his fans, in this portrayal.
No, it's just a terrible movie. If this video were a product of attachment, then why did I think that the darker moments of the film were some of the most effective?
So many facepalms.
Not sure if you were intending to sound like an absolute tosspot and a cinema snob or if you're a really lame troll.
What the fuck Hollywood indeed. On the bright side, this movie probably has the best Blues Brothers impersonation act.
The amount of crappy biopics about celebrities who died not long before they were made is appalling. It makes sense why they're so crappy: since Hollywood is exploiting the death of a celebrity, a shit-ton of people are guaranteed to see it, so they don't even need to try.
I am genuinely curious how much of this review is Brad's actual feelings. Given the content he is commenting on I would think he would enjoy this, but I am not good at reading between the lines of The Cinema Snob.
I have absolutely no idea how you could possibly like this film. It's the lowest form of exploitation. It's basically making a mockery of a man right after he's left this earth and can't defend himself. It's a disgrace of a biopic and a disgrace of a drug story for ruining those moments with pointless stupid TASTELESS comedy segments.
You want to see an actual GOOD biopic that also shows some of the horrors of drug abuse, watch Walk the Line, about Johnny Cash. Now THAT'S a good movie.
You mean like 95% of the movies reviewed by The Snob?
"right after he's left this earth"
Eight years, right after. Same thing?
"ruining those moments with pointless stupid TASTELESS comedy segments."
See, that's where I think the brilliance comes in. They blended personal tragedy with Jon's on-screen persona and created a surreal freak show.
Saying that, I think I get Brad's hatred for this movie. He also dislikes Last House On The Left for its whiplash-inducing tonal shifts. Again, I think that's part of the greatness of the movie.
lol I'm surprised you didn't mention "The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers", which in my opinion is not only the greatest biopic of all time, but is also on my Top Ten list of favorite movies.
Seems to me like this is a genuine Brad review with some snob-isms. Kinda like the Mommy Dearest review.
Ah, Don LaFontaine...
FM Entertainment? Pssssh- rip offs.
They didn't re-enact his famous editorials?
wow this was real!!!, recently it popped in my head and i thought that i dreamt it up or something, but ive must of seen it on tv once sometime in the 90's.
Obviously, you don't listen to Radiodrome, because they talk about it in one episode.
no not regularly, not since brad stopped doing it
Radiodrome is a show about a guy who constantly complains about new movies, yet doesn't actually see new movies. Why would I listen to that? Hadley doesn't even have charisma to carry him.
as someone who REALLY digs BTS info about early SNL i did read the book...and found it rather unnecessarily hyperbolic & sensationalistic. this flick tho'...wow-remove chiklis from this and u have one of the most vile biopics ever made. i seriously can't imagine being in the shoes of anyone who knew belushi personally as they watched this...it had to be borderline traumatizing. if u want a more balanced impression of belushi check out the books SATURDAY NIGHT & LIVE FROM NEW YORK, which i think me n' brad briefly talk about on the next ep of...oh OOPS, nevermind~smirk~
This is a must for every fan of Hollywood biopics or 80s movies in general.
Just like Mommy Dearest, this film does not hide the ugly side of not just the person whose life it depicts, but more importantly dark aspects of Hollywood and fame itself. Joan Crawford got away with the shit she did because she was famous and had studio connections. If she was just some poor slob housewife, she would've been shunned or arrested.
Wired, on the other hand, depicts how pressures and fakeness of Hollywood and fame can push a man who's already on the edge over.
This movie is not a PSA about drugs. After all, it was directed and edited as if both the director and editor were on coke, throughout and it's visually awesome most of the time in the best 80s way possible. :)
But it's not about drugs. It's about John's inability to handle the pressure of always having to give 100 percent and about the shallow relationships with people around him who didn't understand, care, or see the flesh and blood person behind the comedy.
He needs the dope because he can't take the pressure, and his "friends" just don't care. Sure, they'll tell him he's killing himself, but they won't do anything about it or push the issue. They won't say - the pressure of your job is killing you, so you should quit and do something less stressful. No. It's his problem. If he's gonna be a fucking junkie, that's also his problem. The bitter words from that cop were what most people around John thought without openly admitting it.
That's why this movie was shunned. It openly showed the SNL family as a bunch of genuine people who like each other, but don't really care about John. They knew how bad he was doing, and they just ignored it, or did next to nothing to help his "brother". In one scene, Dan just leaves when John starts shooting up and becomes agitated by Dan's nagging. This is his best friend, and soul brother.
His junkie dealer doesn't expect or want anything from him. He doesn't have to be the comic in front of her, or responsible like in front of his wife. He is finally free to just be.
His wife loves him but does not and can never understand him. Den understands him, but just doesn't believe it's his business to tell John what to do.
The film adds the whole macabre afterlife subplot to try and stay true to John's persona. He never took himself seriously, and maybe he would have liked the idea that his death had a dose of that insanity as well.
On the other hand, John's "angel", excellently played here by a real scumbag in real life, fits John's personality. A wild man like John needs a foul mouthed Puerto Rican cabby to wake him up. Living on drugs in Hollywood means that you never have to face anything, except sudden death. Angel faces John with his mortality because John himself bought the lie that he was the wild king of comedy, and not just a normal man with a huge talent and problems. Angel is there to de-hollywood-ize him.
The comedy just adds to the macabre tone and ties in to John's life occupation. Fear and Loathing did exactly the same thing and some even argued it overdid it, but since Thompson was alive, most didn't give a shit it wasn't dealing with his mental issues.
Anyway, this movie is one of the most original movies you'll ever see, and if you don't take dead seriously, you'll enjoy it very much as a bio and a fun movie.
The only real issue is Woodward. The film never manages to incorporate Walsh into its world. Whenever he shows up, you often think you accidentally switched the channel and Dragnet was on (the old square Dragnet).
At least dumbass Dan later did him the favor of removing him from one of the worst movies I have ever scene, so him being awkward in this movie, helped his career, ironically.
And the biggest sin is that Chiklis got the shit end of the stick. No one in his right mind would say that he was disrespectful to John in this movie. He nailed the role. But he played John as a human being in a movie about the realities of Hollywood and that's a sin that can not be forgiven.
Watch this movie and make up your own mind!
From what clips I've seen on TV, I don't think this movie is that bad. It at least has a watchable nature to it, and they try to keep things consistent (which is enough to get an at least a 5 out of 10 star rating in my book).
If movies were robots, than this movie would be the prototype, and The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers would be the finished product.
The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers used not only used weird psychedelic visuals like the ones in this movie, but it also followed Peter Sellers's actual life with minimal amounts of bullshit.
The music in The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers complemented the movie very well, it showed the viewers not only what era of time the scene was taking place in, but it also was used to complement the mood of the scene itself.
This movie on the other hand doesn't do that very well. When it does use audio keys, it does so to such a vague extent that you have to REALLY CARE in order to pick up on it.
And that's where we get to the films true weakness: it's playing off of the concept that many people don't care about John because he's a drug addict, and during the time this movie came out; that's all people saw in him. Hell even to day my parents STILL see him as a stupid, worthless piece of shit, just because he did drugs, and they had to live with the shock of him dying because of the drugs.
This movie tried to take advantage of that audience. They tried to take an audience that was corrupted by rumors, and personal feelings, and show them a difference side to John Belushi; an innocent side that was trying to survive within all the pressure... and in the end the pressure swallowed him whole... and it wasn't even his fault.
They way they did it... was disrespectful, but that was because SOCIETY at the time was disrespectful towards John Bellushi, and if the movie wasn't disrespectful than people wouldn't have gone to go see it because they would have thought that it was all a bunch of bullshit... and that's what we think of it now.
This movie didn't age well, that's it's biggest problem. And now... it looks like crap.
Are you calling Dan Aykroyd a dumbass? What's your fucking problem? Not having JT Walsh in a poorly written and directed movie did nothing to hurt his career.
I like LOOSE CANNONS a lot - it still strikes me as being very funny. One of my favorite lines from the movie that I still remember to this day is when Gene Hackman is listening to Aykroyd's split personalities through the other wall and says, "Goodnight everybody."
I've actually seen nothing that says that Aykroyd personally demanded Walsh to be fired from LOOSE CANNONS - IMDb says that Walsh's involvement "upset" him, but that it was the producers that fired him to appease Dan, not that Dan demanded that Walsh be fired because he was in WIRED.
This movie looks like an extremely crappy version of "The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers" they both had the same fucking style, but "The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers" actually made the style work out, which is why it's on my list of top ten greatest movies of all time list.
THIS MOVIE looks like a piece of shit.
Let me do a comparison:
This movie is what you get when you take a montage of 1940's prohibition commercials, and add in all the weird and negative moments of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, then just turn Peter Sellers into John Bellushi, and THEN add in a montage of some of the worst comedy sketches ever written.
This isnt the only movie with the ghost of John Belushi.Supposedly at least according to Aykroyd Slimer from Ghostbusters is based on the appearance of John Belushi.
you're kidding right?
Why would I be kidding?Do a search for Slimer Dan Aykroyd John Belushi Its possible Dan was only joking but its the only answer given as to who Slimer is supposed to be the ghost of.
I looked it up, wow that's some serious shit right there.
I can't tell if that's Dan Aykroyd being an asshole, or if he's just trying to make a joke... either way that's kind of douche-esc of him.
More specifically, Slimer is based on John Belushi's character Bluto from Animal House...
That's less offensive.
Why don't you use your theme song anymore?
William Katt came to his house and said "Hey... dats my song too you know..."
Then the snob said "Can't we just share?"
Then William Katt said "Sure."
But they forgot to shake on it, so one day when The Snob was at William Katt's birthday party, but forgot to buy a present. So William Katt was like "Well you can't use my song anymore."
Ok that was just a story I made up, but I can totally imagine it happening on the show.
Apparently there was also one sick in-joke in one of the scenes of this film: If you listen very closely in the scene where not-John Landis is arguing with John Belushi, you can hear the sound of a helicopter, alluding to "The Twilight Zone: The Movie" segment that he directed that killed three people.
I heard the helicopter in the background, but I don't know if that was intended to be a joke, or if there was just simply a helicopter in the background. That could easily just be a coincidence, because there were helicopters on set of The Blues Brothers.
Or it could be a symbol of how time "flys" when we're having fun.
@ A Bad Joke
Dude that's one hell of a bad joke. But also kind of deep, I'll give you that... well it's deep in that if it were true, the effect would just come off as stupidly vague, but still deep none the less. Nice one.
I interpret it as how we are all helicopters in the airspace of life.
WHOA! Dude you just blew my fricking mind...
And by saying that we are all helicopters in the airspace of life, and in dying Jack Black's body was carried on an AIRPLANE, *gasp* holy shit it's all coming together.
It can only be because of fate that Jack was stored in an airplane because it was then that he was on the same level as all of those helicopters in the airspace of life: his friends only respected him after he died, but only for a short while. Once that body was put to rest, they never forgave him for who he was.
Whoa holy shit I did say Jack Black didn't I?
Dammit I didn't sleep well last night, I'm getting my funny guys mixed up.
I meant to say "John Belushi"
Sorry both names start with the letter "J" and I was super tired...
Well they do kinda look alike and have similar humor.
I hope nobody from Hollywood is listening; the thought of Jack Black playing as John Belushi in a Belushi biography does not make a good picture in my mind... ugh why did I just picture that? ugh...
I saw this movie back in the day and had flash backs over the past few years, found it and watched it online. It is a great performance by an unknown future known actor and a weird script. Cinema Snob you are the coolest.
Forget GrossOut, Anthrophagus, Cannibal Holocaust...THIS is disturbing.
Seriously. There's like three reviews on this site I haven't rewatched out of disgust (I rewatch a lot just to hear Snob's sweet voice), and now this makes four. It's just too much. Too much tragedy mixed with bad writing and comedy bits? Ugh, time to go watch something lighthearted, like the review for Guyana: Cult of the Damned
Oh fucking fuck, autofill. Can, uh, can someone delete my comments please? So I can keep my email?
lol I almost did that myself once.
It's ok though dude, I doubt people will abuse your email in the time it takes for good ol brad to take care of the comment.
I'm conflicted. On the one hand this movie is horribly offensive and exploitive and as a John Belushi fan that really bothers me, but on the other hand Michael Chiklis is fantastic and there are some very well shot scenes in the film so I don't think I can call this film the worst...I still hate it but maybe I can say it's watchable
Jesus Christ. HAs Woodward coked out or something?
Ah, you're one of the few unlucky people who've reviewed this movie. There's a reason why only you, me and Morgan Leger reviewed this. It's one of the worst things ever. Not just in film quality, but the disrespect it shows to the genius of John Belushi.
Holy crap man, gotta say this is one of the most offensive films I've seen you review. Not personally of course, but just how much absolute disregard for any sort of respect for the actor and those close to him. What gets me is how one sided their angle is. Just focusing on how it was his fault for turning to drugs without really taking time to really explore all aspects of his life and what made his drug reliance develop is self righteous in the worst way possible. Oh well the great thing that did come from this film for me is I really want to dig into Belushi's actual story now.
You know, one would expect that a movie called "My Baby Is Black!" would be more offensive than a movie called "Wired"... but for some odd reason it's not.
1. I'm beginning to suspect that the people behind this movie have some kind of grudge against drugs.
2. WTF is this?! I've seen biopics about Hitler that had more respect for their main character <_<
Thanks for the review and saving me the trouble of watching my copy of Wired I happened upon years ago.
An interesting tidbit about this movie, when Peter Gabriel was originally asked by the studio to use In Your Eyes for Say Anything they accidentally sent him a copy of this movie to view instead. Gabriel watched the movie and said the drug use and dark tone bothered him but he still agreed to let it be used when the studio realized their mistake and sent him the right movie.
Bill Murray and John Landis both threatened to sue the filmmakers if their names were used in the film. Smart fucking move, guys!
The re-created/made-up sketches look like segments from Meet the Feebles. I'm half expecting a hippo with a machine gun to swing in and start mowing down fuckers.
I'm surprised that Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy at the time of this comment, actually served as the music supervisor for this film.
honestly i enjoy the hell out of this film and yes i'm a big John Belushi fan, but when i 1st saw it was a kid, no i didn't believe it was a true bio or anything like that, i'm a big book reader and saying that i thought of this film as fiction and fantasty, and i wondered as a kid that is if that was possible if something like that could happen. much like i thought the same thing about scrooged could happen as well. as a kid i mean, i still enjoy the hell out of this movie for what it is, i think there are some facts in it, not many but some and i've been a huge Michael C. fan since though oddly i've never seen the shield for some reason. i do love the commish though.and actually back than he shaved his hair to look older for the role. i dunno how much he'd have now even though he still shaves it. but having said that i never thought of this film as fact at any age. i just used my imagination as a kid on what if it could have happend that way. knowing full well it of course didn't. and i've never read the book either.
It often feels like, watching this, that Chiklis was the only person in the film that treated John Belushi like a person who actually existed. Lived, died, and was mourned, and not just a fucking caricature.
Some of the older archived videos of 2009 were brought over from the youtube account before thecinemasnob.com was created, so please forgive the lesser video quality of such as some did not transfer well.