I Enjoyed Every Minute of That Shitty Movie

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I got the highest compliments Saturday night. If there’s anyone that likes movies more than I do, it’s Paul Preston. He has an opinion on EVERY movie up for an Oscar, do you know anybody that has an opinion on EVERY movie up for an Oscar? So I call him, he who once went to the opening night of Speed 2 with me, and asked him if he’d like to go see Ghost Rider. There was silence for a second or two that said “are you kidding? Of course not.” Then he said “sure” but what I heard was “with you? Sure.”

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I got the highest compliments Saturday night. If there’s anyone that likes movies more than I do, it’s Paul Preston. He has an opinion on EVERY movie up for an Oscar, do you know anybody that has an opinion on EVERY movie up for an Oscar? So I call him, he who once went to the opening night of Speed 2 with me, and asked him if he’d like to go see Ghost Rider. There was silence for a second or two that said “are you kidding? Of course not.” Then he said “sure” but what I heard was “with you? Sure.”

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I take it as a high compliment that Paul knew that seeing a superhero movie with me is very different from watching it on your own. After we walked out of that awful movie he confided that, yes, it sucked, and yes, he had a great time seeing it with me. When Johnny Blaze first turns into Ghost Rider, his flesh is burned away as he screams in pain. Paul said “ordinarily I’d be like ‘yeah, that’s kind of a cool effect’ but sitting next to you I was like ‘oh man, look at the pain of accepting his destiny.'” Which is hilarious.

My favorite parts of superhero movies are when they realize it’s their destiny to fight crime. Nicholas Cage has a terrible speech at the end where he declares this, Paul said he couldn’t help but enjoy the shit out of this awful monologue because he’s learned from me it’s what makes hero movies great.

Ghost Rider ain’t great, but it’s a Ghost Rider movie, and nobody can take that away from it. Better than Man-Thing and Blade 3, not as good as Fantastic Four and Citizen Kane. You know what’s really great and nobody knows it? Elektra.

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