Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
TV-MA | 21 February 2003 (USA)
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  • Reviews

    I love this movie so much

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    For all the hype it got I was expecting a lot more!

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    It was OK. I don't see why everyone loves it so much. It wasn't very smart or deep or well-directed.

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    The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.

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    Eric Stevenson

    Let me say outright that Bill Maher is not as informed as most people would think. I will admit that he really annoys me on numerous occasions. He thinks religion is stupid, but he said that vaccines cause Alzheimer's. The statement of how someone is either a rationalist or not is a hypocritical one in that aspect. There was the time he personally threw truthers out of his show. If religion is so awful, why has he never had to throw religious people out of his crowd? If it's so stupid, why don't they harass him personally like truthers did? Anyway, Bill Maher is still definitely funny and makes me laugh. If nothing else, I appreciate how he has a lot of guests on his show. I've certainly never seen a talk show that had so many people on at once.I guess that's a different kind of show entirely. He has critical errors in his research that come off as insulting. I would say he's great for mocking Donald Trump, but here's the thing. Everyone hates Donald Trump. Of course, he's still awesome for actively ridiculing him. I also like how the show is structured. There's the monologue, the single guest, the panel, and the new rules. It's just nice to have organization like that. It's generally a balanced show, but I don't think he's ever been convinced to change his mind from anyone there. Then again, most people are probably like that.It's hard to compliment someone who thinks Steve Irwin deserves death more than Osama bin Laden. I still find the show itself insightful, if only because of the wide variety of guests. That's probably what makes the show. I could constantly mock him, but for the most part, he's fine. My folks love his show even though they're extremely religious. This is certainly a show with style and significance, even if the well, actual politics aren't that good. I'm probably way too nice in giving this a perfect score, but I will anyway. ****.

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    Don't get me wrong Bill Maher "was" funny, witty and had a grasp of the issues. Just wish that guy from 2003-2005 was still around. Maybe it is just me getting older, OR Bill getting much older and angrier. In either case, I think it is time for HBO to find a host who appeals to more than 35% of the population. While he still has flashes of wit, they are fewer and farther apart. I do give Bill credit for being consistent in his views and even challenging the grain once in a while. However, 80% of the time now, he comes off as a uber left talking point, getting cheep laughs taking cheep shots as if he is the man on top of the mountain. I liked him better when he had the credibility to go on other shows and voice a counter opinion. But he has become so partisan, I cannot remember the last time I saw him on a serious news or talk show.

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    Lee Eisenberg

    I never saw Bill Maher's previous show "Politically Incorrect", but I know that it got canceled when Maher stepped outside the party line in discussions about 9/11 (of course I consider it a credit to have gotten canceled for challenging the zeitgeist). So, I have been watching "Real Time with Bill Maher" - and seen one of his stand-up bits - and I love it. If absolutely nothing else, it's good to hear left and right be able to have an intelligent conversation, although I especially liked hearing Sean Penn's story of going to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina*. One of my favorite comments from Maher was right after a Republican debate held in the Ronald Reagan Library, and the candidates were talking as much as possible about Reagan: Maher said that it sounded more like gay men talking about Barbra Streisand. You gotta admit, his guy knows how to do satire.And now it's time for New Rules: 1) They can't give obnoxious movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" special edition DVDs while cool movies like "The Corrupt Ones" and "The Treasure Seekers" remain available only on video. Because I know that Elke Sommer hasn't got much besides her looks, but the only part of disaster movies that I consider a disaster is having to watch them, and Elke Sommer's movies are quite pleasant.2) Celebrities can't try to vindicate themselves from embarrassing situations by saying that they've found Jesus. Because if a tabloid-level scandal is the only thing that gets you interested in religion, then I only hope that all sensible religions will see through your game and reject you so that you can get involved in more scandals and continue making a fool of yourself.3) Critics can't give musicals glowing reviews just because they're musicals, while slamming certain movies for being too "controversial". Because "Oklahoma!", "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" are so full of themselves that they just beg to get mocked; "Sweet Sweetback's Bad-ass Song", while dealing with ugly subject matter, at least told the truth about things.All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend this show.*For the record, it's been almost two years since Katrina hit and large numbers of people still haven't been able to move back to New Orleans.

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    Bill Maher and Henry Rollins have similar talk shows, but Henry seems to bring up new and important topics while Bill sort of runs over the same news that everybody else is talking about. Don't get me wrong, Bill Maher is hilarious, but Henry has better guests and live music on his show which kicks butt. Bill was a guest on Henry's show and it was cool to see them talk. Bill's show is on HBO and Henry's show is on IFC.The Henry Rollins Show and Real Time are still really good television. We need to have more conversations in the news right now like they have on their shows. CNN seems to be this big commercial hub now and Anderson Cooper is a gimmick and a bad one.

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