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MAY 2004 DVD PICKS

I’m so glad that so many of you really seem to love this column. I have to say as a writer and lover of film, it is the purest joy I get working on. Just the very idea that I get to write about Bresson, Bergman, Ed Wood Jr, The Marx Brothers, Hope & Crosby, Kurosawa and Mifune, animation and documentaries… Just everything from old to modern, television to film… Black & White to Cinerama Technicolor… What A Joy!!! As always – the links take you to Amazon where you can purchase the DVD and a meager kickback comes to yours truly, but by all means shop around and/or support your local vendors. Also this is the first time that I've been forced due to text length to divide the Picks into two pages. You'll find the link to the second part at the bottom of this page. Let’s get to the list…

May 4, 2004








GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

If you never got around to seeing this Scarlett Johansson film about the inspiration and story around the creation of Johannes Vermeer’s classic work… well, you are truly missing out. The cinematography by Eduardo Serra is masterful, and there are a couple of shots so stunning that a tear will fall from any appreciative eye. Stunning work. For a film about one of the great painters to be such a masterpiece of color and lighting and mood… well it really makes the film magic. If you thought you loved Scarlett in LOST IN TRANSLATION or GHOST WORLD… this one will seduce you further. Stunning film and a beautiful DVD.

THE LAST SAMURAI

I’m not the biggest fan of this film – I like it, but I like it only because of the amazing Production Design and Ken Watanabe’s performance. The battle scenes never really did anything for me, although the Ninja ambush on the unaware Samurai is a scene that just gets every ounce of geek geeking out of me. The DVD extras though are the real reason to pick this up. Specifically for the section on Production Design and Costume Design and lastly for the Weapons piece. The film is fine, but if you’re short on money and only want to make one Samurai purchase in May – save it for a box set recommended later this month. That’s where the real joy is.








THE MARX BROTHERS COLLECTION – (A NIGHT AT THE OPERA / A DAY AT THE RACES / A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA / ROOM SERVICE / AT THE CIRCUS / GO WEST / THE BIG STORE)

Bliss. Complete and Utter Bliss. Checking out this set has been pure happiness.

Starting off with A NIGHT AT THE OPERA – Possibly one of the funniest films ever created. The disc has Commentary by Leonard Maltin, a great documentary on them, Groucho TV appearance from 61 that you must see. AND – one of the greatest comedies of all time. The wisdom of Otis B. Driftwood has no comparison – “You're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie.” YES!

Next up is A DAY AT THE RACES – Another brilliant disc and film. This time you have Marx expert Glenn Mitchell yapping, another Marx doc – 4 vintage shorts like Robert Benchley’s great A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – plus musical outtakes!!! And Dr Hackenbush’s classic, “If I hold ya any closer, I’ll be in back of ya!”

Next is A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA! Not nearly as great as these first two, but hidden Nazis trying to take over a hotel by bumping off Hotel Managers, till they get to Groucho… well I love it! There’s cool shorts on that disc – but nowhere near as lavish as the first two.

Next is ROOM SERVICE – That’s an ok flick and has a couple of cool extras, but you flip the disc and you get AT THE CIRCUS -- Not generally considered a great Marx Bros comedy – I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Maybe it’s my Circus fetish, maybe it’s Groucho singing “Lydia The Encyclopedia” or maybe it is just that I really like the musical aspects of this film. Whatever it is. I love this later Marx.

Next is GO WEST – another of the more maligned Marx’s, but again… I love seeing them in the Old West. Also on that side of the disc you have this great Cavalcade of San Francisco and a short about the advent of flash photography and how with it you can slow and clarify objects in motion. Really hypnotizing. And a great cartoon called THE MILKY WAY which is just really trippy. And Lastly we have THE BIG STORE – A weaker Marx film – which basically means it is funnier than 95% of the stuff calling themselves comedies at a theater near you! More shorts and musical outtakes. IN CONCLUSION – this set is GREAT! A must have!








ON THE ROAD WITH BOB HOPE AND BING CROSBY COLLECTION ( ROAD TO SINGAPORE / ROAD TO ZANZIBAR / ROAD TO MOROCCO / ROAD TO UTOPIA )

Ok – right around the time that those Marx Comedies were winding down, Hope & Crosby were ascending. These are priceless and getting the first 4 “Road To” comedies in one set is great!

They got started with ROAD TO SINGAPORE – which wasn’t the best, but it set the formula and gosh darn it was a great formula. Music – Comedy – Bing & Bob just are great! And Dorothy Lamour… Dear God she is eye candy that your lashes could lick for an eternity.

Next is the best of the series, ROAD TO ZANZIBAR -- best because the songs rule and why is it that Bing could not only sing better than any human being, but man… his humming is to dream of. Again you have Dorothy just as a living doll. Plus the Gorilla fight kicks ass! I am dying for my discs to arrive – there wasn’t a review copy of this set, but just remembering them has me giddy!

Next is ROAD TO MOROCCO – This is one I love. Anthony Quinn’s Mullay Kassim… while he may not be a river unto his people, he’s a hoot. And this was when I really wished that Dorothy would straighten my toes… A very funny film filled with Avery-esque Post-Modernistic jabs at the very fabric of film. Great flick!

Lastly we have ROAD TO UTOPIA – This film contains my all time fave Bob Hope line, “I’ll have a lemonade… In a dirty glass” it absolutely kills me everytime. And I have no idea how they got that bear to sneeze, but again – that rules! There isn’t much information on this set, I have no clue if they’ve dollied them up with extras like the Marx Brothers collection, but even as plain Janes, they’re worth every penny. The jokes may be 60 years old or more, but those laughs are here today.







PETER PAN

Absolutely ludicrous controversy and a terrible marketing campaign kept most of you away from this jewel, but give this one a chance. If you rent it, you’ll be buying it later, but I understand, you want to feel a pillow before going to bed with it… so squeeze it first if ya must. Me, I’m buying. I saw this one Christmas Eve and then 3 more times. Donald McAlpine’s cinematography is stunning. The Design and Décor of this film is perfection and Jason Isaacs rules the part of Hook in a way that Dustin Hoffman can only toss and turn dreaming of. As for Pan and Wendy -- Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood are cast from a turn of the century Art Nouveau engraved dream. This film will live longer than most of the films that played against it… and it’s success will grow as others’ fades. A truly great film.








THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

Speaking of truly great films… THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE is another. This French Animated Wonder was robbed of Oscar Glory by another of those damned brilliant Pixar films… not that I’m griping, it’s just… Pixar should just have its own category where they give them “THE UTTERLY STUPENDOUS UNIMAGININGLY BRILLIANT AWARD!” Alas… I already own a foreign disc of this, but I’m picking one up for my nephew so he can learn to hunt frogs the proper way.

THE ANIMATION SHOW – VOLUME ONE

Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt deserve personal eternal life for starting this series. I can’t wait to get this on DVD and the phrase “Volume One” makes me hunger for the following 49 at least. Or perhaps more. Hilarious, sobering, retarded and smart. The animation contained on this volume, you’ll be quoting and referencing in everyday life, from the moment you watch it on.

May 11, 2004








THE 300 SPARTANS

If you like Frank Miller’s 300 and you’re waiting for an adaptation… well, surprise… it already exists! The film isn’t great, the performance are not particularly wonderful, but Fox’s color and wide wide wide screen make this gorgeous. Not nearly as great as what could be done from Miller’s great book – but then that’s Miller for ya. That being said, what is done great here are some stunts… and knowing that there’s no CG which just makes your eye stunned by what you are seeing. The shield/cavalry defense is amazing! Cool enormous flick.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (Special Edition)

Great film. Great extras including commentary, documentary and interviews. There isn’t a second of this film that isn’t perfect. William Goldman earned eternal godhood status for this one! Only problem will be shaking “Raindrops” for days out of your head.








CURSE OF THE EROTIC TIKI -- “Experience The Hooter Horn!”

I have not experienced “The Hooter Horn” therefore I can only think that I haven’t lived a day. I’m a shell of the man I could be, and I have made the proper ordering steps necessary so that “The Hooter Horn” will forever be a part of the collection of experiences that I laughingly refer to as my life. I must see the mystic tiki of weyamoa and the Bikini A Go-Go. I must witness unleashed robotic henchmen and the lost sexual inhibitions that go with the wearing of the Mystic Tiki of Weyamoa. All these things and more will soon be mine. This is the official wacky whim choice of Harry!

THE FOG OF WAR – ELEVEN LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ROBERT S. McNAMARA

Much like CURSE OF THE EROTIC TIKI, THE FOG OF WAR is a must see. Please God, put that on a poster for FOG OF WAR! Joking aside, THE FOG OF WAR is a brilliant documentary that demands to be seen by everyone, but especially anyone in politics or with aspirations to one day be in politics. The film is sobering about so much, and Errol Morris so deserved that Oscar. That being said, the chance to see 24 additional never before seen scenes from his sessions with Bob McNamara… well, that’s more incentive than I could hope for to pick up this disc.








JONNY QUEST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

I’m giddy about this set. Really. I am a major Jonny Quest fan, so much so I was pissed when Burt Reynold’s took his most famous character name from this series’ brilliant mutt. 11 hours of Jonny Quest and Hadji and creepy cool mysteries. Pure kid brain candy!








LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973) & LADY SNOWBLOOD 2: LOVE SONG OF VENGEANCE (1974)

I love LADY SNOWBLOOD! Meiko Kaji was the Goddess of Revenge amongst Japanese Female Badasses that’d fuck everyone up that dared touch or do a woman wrong! Her “Scorpion” films are legend, and not nearly enough people are familiar with these two LADY SNOWBLOOD movies. Although, Mr Tarantino is… thank god! Many of the KILL BILL thematics were lifted, borrowed or out-right stolen (as Quentin likes to say) and given an audience they never before captured. BUT folks… seriously… if you love KILL BILL, love this. The sequel isn’t up to the first film, so if you’re only going to see one, see LADY SNOWBLOOD – but if you’re like me and a completist… you must get both.

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Peter O’Toole owns in this movie! Before I saw it, I had always thought… O’Toole could never play Quixote… after this, it is hard to imagine anyone else… though I’d love it if Gilliam got it up and going again, but with Ian McKellen. Ahem. Sophia Loren will destroy you in this film. A really great emotionally dramatic musical.

PRINCE VALIANT

One of my favorite films since I was a child. I had the Marx tin litho shield and singing sword from back in the age as a child. On rare occasions Mom and Dad let me hold them while watching this film, which I’ve owned in 16mm forever. But not until I got this DVD had I ever seen the film in full Cinemascope and I wept. If you want to see where Lucas ripped off the last Light Saber battle in RETURN OF THE JEDI, watch the climactic battle in this. An absolute wonder of Mono-Sound Design, and I know that sounds insane, but I swear to it. You’ll hate James Mason forever from this film, and love every second. You’ll absolutely marvel at Sterling Hayden’s Sir Gawain and Victor McLaglen’s Boltar. And you have no penis if Janet Leigh and Debra Paget don’t make you want to get a dorky fucking haircut and disguise yourself in a Knight’s armor to just win their love. One of my all time favorite films.

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  • May 2, 2004, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Looks like a slow month for DVDs

    by Jon E Cin

    I'll pick up Triplettes

  • May 2, 2004, 8:33 a.m. CST

    SECOND

    by Lil Ze

    which is actually more prestigious than being first!!

  • May 2, 2004, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Peter Pan WAS good

    by Rcamacho2278

    All those people bitching about how it was kiddie porn are ASSHOLES. This movie was GOOD. fuck those conservative pussies always trying to find something wrong in anything.

  • May 2, 2004, 9:51 a.m. CST

    When the FOOK will the logins here be kept with a cookie?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    I'm so pissed with having to enter the ID/pass every forking time.

  • May 2, 2004, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Samurai Jack Season 1 needs to be on this list.

    by Andy Travis

    Other than that, perfect.

  • May 2, 2004, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I might buy the Marx bros set if it had no Maltin...

    by SalvatoreGravano

    ...but had "Duck Soup" instead. Oh, hell, whom am I kidding - I wouldn't buy *any* film "commented" by Leonard Moron. Why not get a real, thinking critic (Roger Ebert) instead of the sack of nothingness wrapped in pompousness that Maltin is?

  • May 2, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Good stuff, Harry, keep it up

    by DukeDeMondo

    I myself don't click the links but only because i'm not very good with regards currency exchanges and such, so i go to movietyme.com, but i see no problem having them up there. The enthusiasm in these monthly picks is wonderful, even if not always up to Shakespearian heights of literary worth. lol, i keep looking for Well... its just great. But i love this, and recently these have been the articles ive looked forward to most on the site, especially since y'all went ahead and snubbed my fucking awe-inspiring critiques of Haute Tension and Shaun Of The Dead. Oh well, keep it up, as i regularly hear. It's difficult, honey, i mean i work all day. I gotta lot on my mind! Sheesh. http://www.mondoirlando.com

  • May 2, 2004, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Butch Cassicy would be worth it, if I liked it enough...

    by SalvatoreGravano

    The rest, once again, stands for waste.

  • May 2, 2004, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Um, Stray Dog? Bubba Ho-tep?

    by illegit

    Someone forget the two best May DVD releases? Criterion releases Stray Dog and fuckin Bubba Ho-tep weren't even mentioned? WHat a disaster of a slip-up.

  • May 2, 2004, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Save that money

    by proper

    pearl earring=weak that bird needs a pearl necklace. Last samurai=Generic.Marx brothers and bob hope=All good fun but they are Sunday afternoon viewing not for keeps.Peter Pan= Nah.Triplets=not interested.animation show sounds interesting.Spartans=looks alright but its a TV Movie not a buy me.sundance kid=dibby.Erotic tiki=self aware silly self indulgent.Fog of war=To be watched on Tv.Jonny Quest=how can mans big this generic weakness up when samurai jack is on air.It is the most advanced animation out.People could learn a lot from the varied story telling techniques.Like that guy said above thats the one to buy.That is 20 points off mate.Lady snowblood =good films.the rest aint seen.PTO

  • May 2, 2004, 10:29 a.m. CST

    You forgot one cool small DVD Harry!!!!

    by CyberBeavis1326

    That DVD is A Perfect Circle: Lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Ok, so it ain't a movie, and in't not a concert dvd of the band. It's an unedited video of "The Outsider." It also has some Bikini Bandits extras. If you've seen the edited and chopped up vid on Fuse, you want to get this small DVD, which will set you back at about $9.99. A fuckin' bargain man!!!! I love when the hot models (Bikini Bandits) ride the lawn deer. And a girl I chat with on the net, is in the video (and yes I know it's truly her, not some phony). She licks a bat (a baseball bat, not the animal. Love the sexual entendres the video has, only to be covered by a fuckin' smiley face edited. Yeah it's on my list of DVD's to get this month along with "ROTK" and the almighty "Bubba Ho-Tep" only cause I missed it in theaters and the DVD looks very appealing and so does the movie.

  • May 2, 2004, 10:36 a.m. CST

    What the hell are you talking about Harry? I saw "PETER PAN" whe

    by screenplaywriter

    This film totally robbed the pure gem, the magic, the wonder of "PETER PAN." I mean having when Peter leaves the seas turn to ice, everything is dark and gray. Why do you need to be atmospheric? When Pan left in "HOOK" everything went on all bright and sunny, except the Lost Boys had to defend themselves the best they could. And having the ending be a total "MATRIX" knock-off with Peter Pan and Hook drowned in pixie dust fighting in the air. What a total lump of peanuts and corn-inside-shit. This movie had it's moments, but adding the aunt in this who's son is actually Snidely from Neverland and putting in scenes that were never in the book just totally ruined the movie. I'm looking forward to the Johnny Quest and "Last Sumurai" DVDs, and I also am likely to pick up the original "TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CARTOON" on DVD also.

  • May 2, 2004, 11:36 a.m. CST

    The Tin Star on May 11th

    by NiceMarmot

    This is the disc I'm most looking forward to. Such a shame that between the John Ford/Howard Hawks and Sergio Leone/Sam Peckinpah eras, Anthony Mann & Budd Boetticher have become forgotten as great western directors. Mann's output is better than all of them, save maybe Ford. Anyway, Tin Star is a great movie, and it's nice to see I can finally do away with the crappy AMC taping I have of it.

  • May 2, 2004, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Hurd-wood

    by Supreme Bashar

    Is that her name or is Harry a pedophile?

  • ...just to clarify your "...as a writer and lover of film." Anyway, I dig this column, no matter how badly you butcher your native language in print.

  • May 2, 2004, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Peter Pan

    by abcdefz1

    The 2003 Peter Pan had some flaws, but, overall, I thought it was one terrific film. One of the best of the year. It's the first telling that really anchors the movie in choices and loss, and it has the courage to make Pan the tragic figure he really is, which is a great launching point for discussion with children. ****** I also am looking forward to Crietrion's TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE and one I can't believe Harry overlooked: FORCE OF EVIL.

  • May 2, 2004, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Aw yeah! I loves me some Marx Bros......

    by Silver Shamrock

    Too bad it don't have Duck Soup, but these are still some kick ass movies. Chico is a god, Harpo's an enigma, and Groucho has the greatest rapid-fire delivery out of anyone in the history of comedy.

  • May 2, 2004, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Robogeek recommends INVADER ZIM!!!

    by robogeek.com

    I miss the cupcake.

  • May 2, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Dances with Ninjas

    by flossygomez

    I agree that Ken Watanabe was standout excellent in this cliche ridden movie...and I mean, EVERY cliche was brought out of the recycle bin, repolished and set on screen. SEE! Tom Cruise single-handedly save the cultural soul of japan as a lone japanese man cries on the battlefield. SEE! The indominatible spirit of the warrior get up after being punched down! (this one was the most irritating cliche) It worked well in Cool Hand Luke, but enough is enough!!! I look back in fondness at Richard Chamberlain in Shogun!

  • May 2, 2004, 1:55 p.m. CST

    The first "Godfather" film will be available as an INDIVIDUAL DV

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    Finally - I can just buy the first, and not have to pay through the nose for the other two films. Someone please do the same with the first "Back to the Future."

  • May 2, 2004, 2:01 p.m. CST

    "Not nearly as great as what could be done from Miller

    by PurityOfEssence

    Is Harry claiming that "The 300 Spartans" is an adaption of Miller's graphic novel? Because it isn't. Miller had no involvment with this project. What gets me is that Harry acts like Miller created this story. The battle at Thermopylae was an actual historical event as most people on this board probably know (what gets me is that the battle is even refferenced in The Last Samurai - maybe if he payed more attention to the film...). Miller just adapted it, just like the makers of this film. God I find this kind of crap annoying. Another really annoying statement was: "but if you

  • May 2, 2004, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Hallelujah! The Marx Brothers on DVD!!

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    Just think: I heard on good authory less than a year ago that Ted Turner - who owns these movies - didn't want to release them because he figured then people wouldn't watch them when they ran on TCM; so there was a very good chance that the later Marx Brothers movies would NEVER be released on DVD. Glad sometimes the good guys win. Amazon's already got my money for this set. I can't wait.

  • May 2, 2004, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Hey, does anyone know what other Hanna Barbera series are coming

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    I'm hoping it's going to be either "Top Cat" or "Wacky Races" (BOTH would be nice). I can't find an offical announcement on what's next up in their "Golden Collections" series. Anyone happen to know? Thanks.

  • May 2, 2004, 2:51 p.m. CST

    JONNY QUEST: Best. Themesong. Ever.

    by FrankDrebin

    Reverend Horton Heat's version of it kick's all kinds of butt! However, somebody once mentioned to me to pay attention during the opening titles for how homer-erotic the glances are between the male characters (Race & Benton, Jonny & Hadji). And, Jeebus, it's true! They gaze into each other's eyes and nod knowingly. It's like tv's first Big Gay Cartoon! (Not counting Bugs Bunny putting on a dress and smooching Elmer Fudd.) Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm just saying...

  • May 2, 2004, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I wasn't even AWARE of a Pan controversy...

    by Fantomex

    But I avoided this like the plauge. I know a bomb when I see one.

  • May 2, 2004, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Snowblood

    by CuervoJones

    i

  • May 2, 2004, 4:08 p.m. CST

    SAMURAI JACK is boring as hell

    by beamish13

    another overrated McCracken cartoon. Still, it is better than the abomination that is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

  • May 2, 2004, 6:15 p.m. CST

    harry you vagina

    by ReDWasK

    you forgot the The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Special Edition May 18th i believe

  • May 2, 2004, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Peter Pan kiddie porn?

    by gg

    Please elaborate on this...what is this about? Haven

  • May 2, 2004, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I know it's sacrilegious to say this on AICN, but...

    by BrashHulk

    Bubba-Ho-Tep wasn't a very good movie. At all. It didn't work as a farce, a comedy, a fantasy, or a parody. Bruce's performance was just middling, which was in line with the script, which was appallingly average. And so I see that the movie is out on DVD this month. I'll be keeping my fifteen bucks, thanks.

  • May 2, 2004, 7:55 p.m. CST

    beamish13, Samurai Jack is by Tartakovsky, not McCracken

    by BrashHulk

    If you're going to throw mud at someone, at least throw it at the correct person. What, by the way, would you consider a quality animated series, since you think that Samurai Jack is worthless?

  • May 2, 2004, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry! you forgot tomention more Lone Wolf!

    by Manaqua

    Just like Lady Snowblood Animeigo has been SLOWLY putting out the original baby carts series (the source for Shogun Assassin as you well know). You gotta mention these films. If the transfer on Lady S is anything like Lone Wolf then it will be nothing short of beautiful. M

  • May 2, 2004, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Girl with a Pearl Earring? JESUS CHRIST HARRY

    by Dan_Average

    Assignment for today: explain what, if anything, the film tells us about a) the artistic process or b) Vermeer. Or optionally, don't bother, because it doesn't tell us anything about either of them. If there's such a thing as an art-house exploitation flick -- and there is -- this is it.

  • May 3, 2004, 12:56 a.m. CST

    According to Amazon, THE SPIMPSONS season 4 is due June 15

    by FrankDrebin

    Episodes: Kamp Krusty, A Streetcar Named Marge, Homer the Heretic, Lisa the Beauty Queen, Treehouse of Horror III, Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie, Marge Gets a Job, New Kid on the Block, Mr. Plow, Lisa's First Word, Homer's Triple Bypass, Marge vs. the Monorail, Selma's Choice, Brother from the Same Planet, I Love Lisa, Duffless, Last Exit to Springfield, So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show, The Front, Whacking Day, Marge in Chains, Krusty Gets Kancelled

  • May 3, 2004, 1:27 a.m. CST

    The Last Samurai- A great film!!!

    by GravyAkira

    I was almost going to call it a masterpeice, but, oh what the hell- it is a masterpiece! Samurai, ninjas, great acting and action. What more can you aske for?

  • May 3, 2004, 1:40 a.m. CST

    DAMMIT

    by JustinSane

    My copy of the Marx Brothers set wasn't shipped out this week, apparently "BACKORDERED". FUCK BACKORDERING! I need my Marx Fix.

  • May 3, 2004, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Blowing Groucho & Hope while snubbing Gilmore Girls Season One..

    by Marco_Xavier

    ...is like fellating the mummified peckers of those greats' corpses instead of eating out Lauren Graham. They're classic, their output is seminal, but they're nowhere near as fresh and yummy. The writing on Gg is the modern incarnation of all the wit once found in those classic comedies, and Harry Knowles goddamned well needs to shove their newly arriving boxed set up his DVD player and recognize.

  • May 3, 2004, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Peter Pan - best of 2003!

    by nottoo

    I agree with you Harry - this film is magical and should grow into a classic. This should have been Jason Isaac's star-maker, perhaps it still will be. Universal totally blew the marketing for this film - the only piece of genuine movie/art they had going last year (okay, Seabiscuit was pretty good, too). Hey, Johnny Quest - love it!

  • May 3, 2004, 8:49 p.m. CST

    The Curse Of The Erotic Tiki

    by Dolmes

    Sounds like a spin on the must see Brit comedy riot PERVIRELLA starring the OH SO lovely Emily Booth.

  • May 3, 2004, 11:27 p.m. CST

    kill bill

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    Here's the truth. Kill Bill 1 and 2 were both really, REALLY bad films. Messy, unstructured, and...boring!.

  • May 4, 2004, 12:53 a.m. CST

    i had a dream in which I was animated like a hanna barbera carto

    by George Newman

    i've had that in my memory for more than 10 years.

  • May 4, 2004, 9:14 p.m. CST

    No Duck Soup?

    by cyt

    It's not a complete Marx Brothers collection without Duck Soup.

  • May 5, 2004, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Smallville Season 2

    by grgrkoth

    Just thought it should be on the list somewhere. Okay, admittedly, it might have been on there, but it still deserves additional mention. (I lost interest after Johnny Quest). One of the best interpretations of the superman mythos that just gets better and better. I really do not care about the big budget flick in development hell. It can stay there, as long as this show keeps going strong.

  • May 5, 2004, 8:17 a.m. CST

    "Gil with Pearl Earring"...heh ehe ehe ehe ehe

    by Garko

    How could it NOT be porn?

  • May 5, 2004, 12:09 p.m. CST

    well, since you asked...

    by beamish13

    some of favorite TV toons ever are "Danger Mouse", "Invader Zim", "Cowboy Bebop", and of course, "Ren and Stimpy" Booger 1 (to Booger 2): He talks to farts, man...

  • May 5, 2004, 12:11 p.m. CST

    oh, yes

    by beamish13

    and "Batman: The Animated Series". "Samurai Jack" is repetitive and has no personality whatsoever.

  • May 6, 2004, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Bill Goldman blew it

    by beamish13

    "Princess Bride" is a humorless rip-off of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Need I even mention "Dreamcatcher" or "Year of the Comet"?

  • May 7, 2004, 11:37 p.m. CST

    WHAT!?!

    by Jaka

    Princess Bride is a unique work of brilliance - and is NOTHING like The Holy Grail - you trippin. But anyway - just wanted to point out that amazon has a fine price on The Animation Show and Triplettes together...in case anyone is interested....uhum. End of advertisement.

  • May 12, 2004, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

    by Sixgun

    I enjoy a good expletive as much as anybody else, but do the majority of talkbackers HAVE to talk like thirteen year olds trying out a new swear on the playground? Just because Harry seems to be way to obsessed with comparing everything to his own bodily waste doesn't mean we have to stoop to the same level. Really, it's getting kinda VILE around here.

  • May 13, 2004, 4:20 a.m. CST

    THE WALTONS is also released in may

    by Noell

    A fine family series that won numerous Emmy awards and deserved them. The Waltons is an eccellent family show.