April 5, 2005, 11:50 a.m. CST
by Hoke Mosley
ah, who cares about first anyway... well, for what is worth, PRIMER kicks ass..
April 5, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST
Why not just start reviewing porn films? You have a selection this month diverse enough to suit everyone's deviant tastes!
April 5, 2005, noon CST
Can't wait. please tell me there is director commentary.
April 5, 2005, 12:31 p.m. CST
I really wanted that one to work and was pulling for both Rob Bowman and Jennifer Garner to hit it out of the park. While I still found the movie to be entertaining and light years ahead of CATWOMAN, I'm well aware of it's faults and have almost no knowledge of the source material. I've heard that the movie took certain liberties so I'm assuming that a more faithful adaptation would have turned out better.
April 5, 2005, 12:41 p.m. CST
Finally got More and The Valley Obscured By Clouds on DVD. Bit fucking rude aren't they? Still it's got some of the best stuff Floyd ever did.
April 5, 2005, 12:42 p.m. CST
And, does anyone know if the brilliant documentary TARNATION comes out this month, because it damn better!
April 5, 2005, 12:48 p.m. CST
April 5, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST
April 5, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST
Other than Primer, there's nothing I even want to watch on this list, let alone own. Ocean's Twelve better than Ocean's Eleven? Twelve was bloated and pointless, the heist so weak and predictable I wanted to walk out of the theater. The first one was lean and much tighter. House of Flying Daggers? I'm so tired of poetic martial arts film. Another virtuoso Bamboo fight? Another achingly beautiful fight in snow? Do eastern directors have -any- original ideas? Wire-fu was the WORST thing to happen to martial arts flicks since Bruce Lee died. Terrible and trite, we need a 10 year hiatus on all martial arts movies.
April 5, 2005, 1:11 p.m. CST
i always suspected he was a dirty old pedophile, this confirms it
April 5, 2005, 1:16 p.m. CST
I think there ought to be widescreen special editions of "They Call Me Trinity" and "Trinity Is STILL My Name!". These movies rock. I think they're ripe for a remake, too. Possibly Brad Pitt as Trinity?
April 5, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST
How about you get a remake of the Trinity movies going?
April 5, 2005, 1:40 p.m. CST
Don't let that titillating cover fool you...uh, like it did me. It's a major drag of a pointless nothing of a movie.
April 5, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST
JT channeling Groucho? It doesn't get better...
April 5, 2005, 2:07 p.m. CST
Well known lard ball Harry Knowles pushes mostly crappy movies for Amazon.com... There were a few good picks and a lot of shit. Harry, good job you corporate whore. Hell I'd do the same shit in you position, we all would you bastards! Ah the almighty dollar! GFY
April 5, 2005, 2:39 p.m. CST
by Right Bastard
Shut up and buy. Shut up and buy. Shut up and buy. Shut up and buy. Shut up and buy. Shut up and buy. Shut up and buy.
April 5, 2005, 2:40 p.m. CST
by Right Bastard
I don't even care when DVDs are released any more. I won't buy anything unless it's been out 4-24 months because of the dangers of the double/triple(/quardruple if you're anchor bay) dips.
April 5, 2005, 2:41 p.m. CST
Proof that too many people have DVD players. www.theletterd.blogspot.com
April 5, 2005, 3:12 p.m. CST
..but a bunch of nerds sitting around watching the Daily Show isn't a "party."
April 5, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST
by Toxic Frog
I saw it in Austin with Crispin in attendance. I wanted to bitch slap all the idiotic sheep in the audience who 'appreciate' the 'film'. Their opinion was based solely on the fact that is was made by their 'genius' hero, Crispin Glover. This thing was the biggest waste of time and brain cells I've ever had the displeasure of experiencing. I love Glover as an actor, but this film is absolute shit. I've seen better production value on public access. To anyone who says 'Toxic Frog, you just didn't understand', I say 'Sure I did. I understand that Crispin Glover is a shitty film maker whose absolute lack of skill is deliberately overlooked and justified by his fans who refuse to admit that he's actually a damned idiot.'
April 5, 2005, 3:31 p.m. CST
Even the first one, which is the best sucks ass and hasn't aged well. Oh, and this "true story bullshit" is ridiculous. They're even continueing it with the remake.
April 5, 2005, 3:40 p.m. CST
...and she enjoyed it a lot! She has no knowledge of the source material whatsoever. I mentioned to her that Daredevil has a bad rep among fans but that I, too, think that it's an enjoyable movie. So what was the problem? Did it just not compare favorably to X-Men and Spiderman, which were GREAT films while Daredevil was simply not GREAT but still enjoyable? Is Elektra at that same calibre? Why am I asking TBers who hate everything on God's green earth?
April 5, 2005, 4:05 p.m. CST
I recommend everything. Get it now.
April 5, 2005, 4:06 p.m. CST
You forgot BLADE: TRINITY on 4/26
April 5, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST
Was it the director's cut? If not, you should check it out. It's really better than the theatrical. (There's an extra 30 minutes in the director's cut, which means a 1/4 of the movie was cut to get the theatrical version....)
April 5, 2005, 4:21 p.m. CST
The Corporation was fascinating. One of the best documentaries of the past year - though I agree with Harry that "Control Room" was the best one.
April 5, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST
With extra DVD, fun house packaging and Gir Toy???
April 5, 2005, 4:55 p.m. CST
thats pretty much it.
April 5, 2005, 5:38 p.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
Harry...you're a shill. The John Cleese "extra" on the new Silverado DVD is nothing more than a series of ads for OTHER movies! At least John Cleese KNOWS he did it for the money! Geez!
April 5, 2005, 5:40 p.m. CST
Gotta disagree there. By no means is this an endorsement for Catwoman, but there's a Frenchman's hopeless dream to make a black exploitation flick, compared to what was simply a failure due to lack of concerted effort. Catwoman was driven by creative force - a misconceived, hopelessly misdirected creative force, but it certainly wasn't lackluster. It was a spectacular failure, and the spectacle itself counts for something. Electra had none of that - just a bunch of people who wanted to be somewhere else.
April 5, 2005, 6:39 p.m. CST
by Toxic Frog
Defribbilate upon buxom ferns, lest we ...tangerate.
April 5, 2005, 6:39 p.m. CST
It's not the last Panahi film, it's from 1997, and judging from the description Harry wrote, he has probably never seen the movie, just read the quote on the cover. It's a great movie, though, so check it out if you like iranian cinema and meta-filmic jokes a la Kiarostami. God that sounded snobby.
April 5, 2005, 6:42 p.m. CST
I'm sorry but that's just SO WRONG. First of all, Wu Xia stories have been around in China for HUNDREDS OF YEARS. The premise is that ancient masters of the martial arts were so in tune with the energy of the earth, that they could manipulate gravity itself. So it was not "invented" in the 70s, it's just that modern technology has made it possible to bring these ancient concepts to life. Not to mention, it has not 'replaced' traditional martial arts. Tony Jaa is still on the fast track to stardom and he deserves it. Open your mind a little bit and allow yourself to be taken in by the "what if". Superman can't REALLY fly either, but isn't it fun to pretend?
April 5, 2005, 6:49 p.m. CST
Please netflix this before you take the plunge. I love science fiction, i loved memento, donnie darko, i love philip k dick, but i just COULD NOT get behind this movie. It was written and directed by an electrical engineer, and IT FEELS LIKE IT. And its not that i didn't 'understand' it. I know exactly what took place, i really like the 'idea' of what took place, but the execution just left me completely disinterested. To each their own, just a friendly warning.
April 5, 2005, 7:51 p.m. CST
That ealing collection is a must-buy!
April 5, 2005, 8:13 p.m. CST
Comments:  MANNY & LO is not a sleazy movie! Maybe it's what you're doing while watching the young Scarlett Johansson.  PRIMER is a good film, but just because you don't understand what the guys are saying doesn't make it "hard science". The tech dialog is just jibber-jabber.  If you never saw the THE BOB NEWHART SHOW, it also starred Marcia "Mrs. Krabapple" Wallace. And there was this truly inept/insane airline pilot who made me afraid to fly commercial for years.  A couple of other guilty pleasures on the way: NATIONAL TREASURE ("DaVinci Code Lite") on 5/3 and THE LAST SHOT on 5/10, a flick nobody but me seems to have liked.
April 5, 2005, 8:24 p.m. CST
That goofy bitch pisses me off almost as much as Dunst, and I LOATHE Dunst.
April 5, 2005, 8:33 p.m. CST
I nearly flipped out when I saw this announced on the Criterion/Janus site. This is my favorite Orson Welles film by far. I took a class on Welles six year ago, saw this film in class one day, and was left absolutely stunned by it. One technical thing I noticed is that it's cut SO DAMN FAST! Shots just fly by yet the tone isn't dicated by the wild pace and all of the ideas introduced (and yes, it's dense) remain coherant. It's also endlessly fascinating and damn funny. I always thought this film and Bay's Armageddon should be compared, since both feature non-stop rapid fire editing while one is a succession of shots in which the ideas and emotion build upon each other in a linear fashion while the other is a near random collection of shots that don't seem to connect at all (IMHO). Plus, he shot most of it with telephoto lenses making this film's style the exact opposite of his wide-angle/long takes visual approach of "Kane", yet they are both equally masterful. Yeah, I'm waxing-poetic fanboy style so much that I probably scared away most of you initially interested in this film, but really, you've GOT to see it. It's a great film about what is fake, what makes something a phoney, a hoax, a lie, etc. It's just so damn great.
April 5, 2005, 8:44 p.m. CST
April 5, 2005, 9:24 p.m. CST
I am guessing that this "long awaited" DVD of My Name Is Nobody is a strictly bare bones disc? I guess I'll still with the old import... which at least has Morricone's score on it.
April 5, 2005, 9:43 p.m. CST
by George Newman
Marv gets his face TORN UP by Kevin and it looked gruesome and great. But after Marv exacts his bloody revenge, and hides in the woods from the cops, his gashes are reduced to nothing!!!!! Little painted streaks across his nose and brow!!! AAAARRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!!
April 5, 2005, 11:50 p.m. CST
I mean, excuse me but that HAS to be a lie what he said about Ocean's Twelve (or as I like to call it, Ocean's 'why fuck why' Twelve), surely he's paid to include it, after all, they need the friggin DVD sales. And I seriously don't know where Harry digs up half of this shit, especially when it's a fairly quiet month for 'big' releases. I'm sorry, but I'm not watching a movie about two 14 year old girls who go off with some dude with long hair. And I wish they wouldn't always package excellent classic movies like Amityville with their ultimately shit-riddled sequels (the Indy boxset, anyone?).
You'd think if you got to pick any charcter from Sin City to have your likeness morphed into you might not pick the child rapist(especially if you were saying some of the shit Harry says in this column). Just a thought. Oh yeah...the Indy boxset was great, and a a big success.
April 6, 2005, 2:17 a.m. CST
by Rock Icon
To answer your question EJ, it had Ben Affleck in it. Alot of people just hate the guy. The only thing in the movie I didn't like is when Matt & Electra have that "fight" in the playground, it didn't fit the rest of the movie at all. The Director's Cut is even better.
April 6, 2005, 3:17 a.m. CST
by The Paladin
I have never read the comic books (so I don't know how it compares), but I did enjoy Daredevil. I agree that the playground fight was a bit out of character, but aside from that, I have no major problems with the movie. In fact, I can really see the appeal of the character, in overcoming all that he did to become a superhero. -------------------------------- As for Electra though, I have not seen it yet. I did hear that Garner herself was dissappointed in the movie, and just did it because she was contractually obliged to. I might rent it some time (just to have that continuity from DD), even though I am not expecting much out of it.
April 6, 2005, 4:03 a.m. CST
Being led out of your house in a crusty bathrobe and cuffs while the cops confiscate the kiddie porn collection is not the career booster it might seem to be.
April 6, 2005, 5:18 a.m. CST
by Trevor Goodchild
Without being arsed to check, anyone know when Primer is Region Twoed?
April 6, 2005, 5:22 a.m. CST
For God's sake Paramount release THE KEEP on DVD!!!
April 6, 2005, 5:23 a.m. CST
by Trevor Goodchild
for those with curious film leanings. http://www.5minutesonline.com/ Anyone know where I can find some of the old Sesame Street episodes? Particularly the little films and animations. Milk MIILK milk.
April 6, 2005, 6:30 a.m. CST
THE PALADIN... I'm not having a go at your words. that's classic stuff. It's almost up there with "dragons are intelligent and can talk"...And the professionals is an awesome western. only watched it a few weeks back. Would love to see some of the trinity stuff again. remember watching all of them as a kid at the drive in.
April 6, 2005, 6:37 a.m. CST
Best film title ever.
April 6, 2005, 7:28 a.m. CST
One talkbacker said the science-talk was just gibberish, but I have to disagree. Of course it wouldn't stand up under close scrutiny (time-travel is, after all, still impossible), but the way the science guys go about their research is very convincingly done. If only Star Trek ever came close to sounding one tenth as believable in their tech-talk it would have been a much better series. I saw Primer in the Rotterdam Filmfestival this year and (as a scientist - well, sorta) I was impressed.
April 6, 2005, 9:17 a.m. CST
Shame, shame, shame. You put on something as unremarkably bad as "ELEKTRA" instead of one of the classic 80's-90's cartoons of our time.
April 6, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST
Special editions of both movies are out in Ireland and the UK on 18 April. Have these been released in the US already?
April 6, 2005, 10:36 a.m. CST
by Spike Fett
Surely you meant Margot Kidder Mr. Movie-Fucking-Expert.
April 6, 2005, 11 a.m. CST
by Spike Fett
That is such fucking bullshit. This idea that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter is ignorant of the fact that acts of terrorism only set back their cause.
April 6, 2005, 12:36 p.m. CST
I mean, why? I can't comment on the directors cut, but the release version is the most appalling film in history, a shallow MTV headache-inducing snooze fest with no darkness, a wooden lead, that incredibly stupid and frankly bizarre playground fight, derivative fight scenes...and all this crap doesn't even get started until the longest back story pre-amble in the history of cinema, that had the audience I saw it with yawning collectively and resisting the urge to scream `Get on with it!`
April 6, 2005, 4:19 p.m. CST
by George Newman
April 6, 2005, 4:42 p.m. CST
man, I saw this movie in the theaters as a kid! Yes, I'm very, very old...
April 6, 2005, 4:44 p.m. CST
weird, I just started reading "The Keep" last night. Haven't seen the movie in 15 years. On another note, the "Miracles" series with Skeet "I'm NOT Johnny Depp" Ulrich comes out in April. Some people panned it, but I thought it had a lot of potential, and the set has 7 unaired episodes. <woof>
April 6, 2005, 5:26 p.m. CST
I know it is supposed to be released in 2005 but I am hopeing someone has heard a more specific date, or just the month (or maybe at least the season).
April 6, 2005, 5:53 p.m. CST
by Doom II
Or are people just so jaded that they look for a "punching bag" movie every few months just to have an excuse to complain? The only problem with the film is that it was lacking the action it needed as a superhero film. The cinematography was excellent, the characters were decent (although none had enough screen time) and the editing was good and easy to follow (Michael Bay, take notes). Why exactly was this one of the worst movies of the year? With shit like Beauty Shop, The Pacifier and Fever Pitch stinking up theaters, I guess it's more fun to rail on this flick because it's a "geek" film. Well I enjoyed it for what it was. Just my 2 1/2 cents.........
April 6, 2005, 11:58 p.m. CST
by Hell's Cigarette
Not one damn mention of the fact that this came out on March 29th...Zuleikha Robinson should be Wonder Woman...
April 7, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST
by Blok Narpin
As one who did read the comics I can say that it was very faithful to the character except for two things: Daredevil in the comics doesn't kill and in the movie he throws someone in front of a train, and in the comics Kingpin is white (but that didn't bother me). Other then that the movie is right on the money, and the director's cut is even better still. As for people trashing DD, it's complete revisionist history. The movie was a box office hit and recieved favorable reviews (Ebert and Roeper called it better then Spider-Man) but since it's become the trendy thing to bash-Affleck now everyone claims they hate it and some have called it the first of Afflecks box office bombs when it fact it was actually his last big hit! The Elektra movie was trash, however.
April 7, 2005, 12:26 p.m. CST
by Doom II
I thought the theatrical version of Daredevil was ok, but the Director's Cut is fantastic. A much more re-watchable film than the first Spider-Man or X-Men films. And yes, Daredevil had a 75 million budget and grossed 104 million in domestic box office plus it had huge dvd sales...not exactly a flop in my book.
April 7, 2005, 8:56 p.m. CST
April 8, 2005, 3:50 a.m. CST
by Trader Groucho 2
"I am not recommending this film
April 8, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST
by God of Gamblers
Riskebiz has it right.. damn good idea on Brad Pitt remakes of the "Trinity" movies. Maybe some Ryan Reynolds or Sean Willam Scott? Whatever, slap in a smartass and roll film.
April 8, 2005, 5:54 p.m. CST
It's a hell of a lot of fun and features a great score by Ennio Morricone.
April 9, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST
by Voice O. Reason
The "Daredevil" director's cut makes up for the movie a lot. The do a lot better job fleshing out the characters and making Murdock's motives more than the "you killed my girlfriend" bullshit. "Elektra" wasn't bad, it was just cliched as hell.
April 9, 2005, 11:31 p.m. CST
How could you not include the Tintin box set in your April picks? I just picked this up today (April 9th), and it is simply wonderful. A five disc set containing ten adventures faithfully adapted from the original books upon which they are based. All this at a great price too! On another note, I just rented Spanglish and I hated it. I do agree that Paz Vega is absolutely gorgeous, but this was a comedy that was simply NOT funny. The affair came out of nowhere, as did Vega's attraction to Adam Sandler's character. What an undeserving pick of the month - especially if it took the place of the aforementioned TINTIN box set.
April 12, 2005, 11:10 p.m. CST
and comic adaptations in general is that they are never as good as they should be given the source material that are available to draw upon for story. Comparing the Directors Cut and Theatrical Release of DD, I dont see that much of an improvement. The inclusion of Sister Maggie is a step in the right direction but it should still be better. With ELEKTRA, the only slightly worthwhile deleted scene, and one that I scratch my head over why it was excised, is the one that included Affleck making a brief appearance as Matt Murdock. Guess they really wanted to distance the films from one another.
April 18, 2005, 6:09 p.m. CST
I haven't seen Elextra yet. After reading some of the comments, I might put it in my netflicks que.I read Frank Millers Daredevil and enjoyed the theatrical release of Daredevil. Yes, I don't really wonder who puts that money in the plastic envelopes for him (nor do I care). I figured that enough of his clients paid him in more than just goods. I never thought that he had a secret lair. I thought he had a loft that he rented and that's where he kept his costume (hidden albiet) and stuff. Yes, in the comics Kingpin is white and Daredevil does not kill....So? As for that park scene...I could certainly see that scene taking place in a lot of Marvel Comics including Daredevil. Yes, the film does start out with Matt's father was working for the Kingpin. But his father defies the Kingpin...and besides, he still Matt's father. I thought Affleck was really good in the part. I thought he had it down. Along with being entertaining, and a good adaptation of the comic, I thought the film did a great job of showing us how his powers work without being boringly expositional. I thought the directors cut was even better. Like I said, I haven't seen Elextra yet, but it's too bad that they didn't approach Elextra as a sequel to Daredevil with her as the main character (obviously) and Murdoch/DD as a supporting character who pops in and out during the films story.
April 21, 2005, 12:29 a.m. CST
April 22, 2005, 6:46 a.m. CST
...although 'The Man in the White Suit' is it's equal. Oh and 'The Ladykillers', 'Heavens Above' and 'Whisky Galore'. In fact they're all so f'in great that I'm hard pressed to think of the bad ones.
April 23, 2005, 10:08 a.m. CST
I'd have to say I'd reccomend watching it as well, only before watching Blue in the Face. Peace.
April 25, 2005, 10:31 p.m. CST
What a terrible film. If I could only have those two hours and my 10-spot back. UGH. Terrible cinematography. Terrible acting. Terrible dialog. Terrible score. Terrible plot holes. Terrible use of "shocking" moments to cover up the absolute fucking train wreck that is this film. The only entertaining moment was the extreme closeup of Nicole Kidman's ultra-botoxed face, so it was unmistakably apparent just how her obsession with plastic surgery has reduced her natural beauty to some sort of elfin caricature of a woman.
April 29, 2005, 12:16 a.m. CST
It does have, however, a very enticing cover.