You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. It's New Year's Eve at the Mon Signor Hotel, a former grand old Hollywood hotel, now fallen upon hard times. Notonly do they misbehave, but they do it so comprehensively that there's one shot I won't say more in which they seem to have gotten into all possiblevarieties of trouble simultaneously. He stumbles into a domestic dispute between lovers that results in Ted looking down the barrel of a gun. And that's before the dead body turns up.
His passions include dumb action movies, not-dumb action movies, Shakespeare, and Tyler Perry. Comments Have you watched Four Rooms yet? Four Rooms 1995 is a comedy about a bellboy, played by Tim Roth, who gets involved in four distinctive stories. Working New Year's Eve at a hotel in Hollywood, Calif. In one room, a coven of witches are trying to summon the spirit of the goddess Diana; each of the witches must bring a different bodily fluid for their spell to work, but. Often using physical comedy and sight gags, this movie chronicles the slapstick misadventures of Ted, the Bellhop. Left alone to tend to the guests, Ted soon finds himself in completely over his head. Thefour segments are widely different in quality.
The party is over and it's now very late. Ted is the new bellboy at a beautiful but decaying luxury hotel; he is not having a good time of it on New Year's Eve, his first night on the job. The short, directed by Allison Anders, features some nudity and a plot line full of magic. I think the film is worth another look for this wonderful factor alone. The third short, directed by Robert Rodriguez, has Ted hired by a gangster, played by Antonio Banderas, to watch his children for the night. Each story is directed by a different independent filmmaker, but are all interconnected through its time, on New Year's Eve, its location, in the hotel, Mon Signor, and its main character, the rookie bellhop, Ted. Thisstory line is appropriately Tarantinonian, but the timing is off except forone key shot , and the dialogue is all over the map.
Next, he foolishly agrees to watch a gangster's kids for him while he's away. This is a perfect example. Rothwas directed by each of the four filmmakers in their segments, and the resultis revealing: He has a comic role to play, and does it wonderfully, in theRodriguez segment, but in the other three pieces he depends mostly on mugging,incredulous reaction shots, double takes, and a walk that looks like abowlegged sailor trying to tack across a deck in high seas. Butthe fun starts after the couple head out to celebrate New Year's Eve and askTed to baby-sit. Is it okay if I get a little nostalgic watching this Four Rooms trailer? As he tries to maintain order and save his own life, the unlucky bellhop encounters one deranged guest after another.
It seems that this evening's room service is serving up one unbelievable happening after another. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Heis stern with the children, uttering dire threats if they do not behave. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side. If they are still friendsafter finishing this film, that says a lot for their friendship.
What did you think about it? Advertisement Unfortunately,it's the only one of the four films really worth seeing. Finally, he finishes off the night refereeing a ghastly wager. The Honeymoon Suite comes equipped with a hugeporcelain cauldron in the middle of the floor, and Anders rarely figures outhow to frame her shots to simultaneously include the characters, and cauldronand the point. . The film was already a weird one when it came out, but considering everything that has happened since and the relative obscurity it has fallen into with the passage of time almost twenty years! Theother two segments are disappointments. It's New Year's Eve at the Mon Signor Hotel, a former grand old Hollywood hotel, now fallen upon hard times. In the first short the bellhop, Ted, is invited to help a witch fulfill a spell.
Things only get worse when he delivers ice to the wrong room and ends up in a domestic argument at a really bad time. Rodriguez drives home the feelings of what it was like to be a kid stuck in a hotel room on vacation, while our parents were out getting drunk. Themovie's an anthology of four stories set in a faded hotel, with the bellhop,played by Tim Roth, as the connecting link. He's on his first night on the job, when he's asked to help out a coven of witches in the Honeymoon Suite. The list is nearly endless of mischief and problems they cause the poor bellboy. Between a domestic dispute and a demented entourage, spell-casting witches and destructive children, Ted has little hope of making it through the night in one piece. Even this far back it was obvious that Tarantino was special, but Rodriguez was an exciting new voice as well.
A movie about himmaking this film could have been hilarious. Anders gathers a coven of witches including Madonna in the Honeymoon Suite for obscure rituals, but only LiliTaylor seems to be in character whatever it is and the others look likethey're waiting for instruction. This movie features the collaborative directorial efforts of four new filmmakers, each of whom directs a segment of this comedy. If he loses, his finger gets chopped off. Itis not my job, I suppose, to provide career advice for the exuberant Tarantino,who after all is one of the most likable characters to hit Hollywood in a longtime. This is slapstick on a grand scale, acted and edited with perfect comic timing,and it makes me want to see a Rodriguez comedy. Synopsis Four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for this episodic comedy.
Tarantino had the right idea in choosing to satirize himself butunfortunately does not seem to understand why he is funny. Often using physical comedy and sight gags, this movie chronicles the slapstick misadventures of Ted, the Bellhop. Time is running out and Ted must make a crucial decision. The comedy is slapstick and corky. This movie features the collaborative directorial efforts of four new filmmakers, each of whom directs a segment of this comedy. He has a big talent, and I would like to gentlysuggest that sometime soon he commence a project that will remind us of that.