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Harry's APRIL - DVD Pick & Peeks!

Hey folks, it’s the first Tuesday of the Month, that means Harry’s here with my usual DVD Picks and Peeks! Got quite a list this month. Let’s get right into it….

April 5th, 2005





THE AMITYVILLE HORROR COLLECTION (The Amityville Horror/ Amityville II: The Possession/ Amityville 3-D/ Bonus Disc – Amityville Confidential)

MGM has put together this really rather nice box set of the first 3 AMITYVILLE HORROR films, plus an extras DVD filled with documentaries on the original film, the true story, the controversy regarding what really happened in the Amityville house. The first AMITYVILLE HORROR’s strong points center around the performances and the atmosphere and the music. By the time you get to the second film, the performances and atmosphere have pretty much gone the way of the dodo, but instead – you have a fun as hell Possession movie that’s better than any of the Exorcist sequels. Then you have AMITYVILLE 3-D directed by Richard Fleischer, but it’s stillborn. A young young Meg Ryan flounders in and out of the film, but frankly this is the MONSTER movie version, but it’s nowhere near as fun as HOUSE. AMITYVILLE HORROR the original is the one that scares me. That weird mirror in Margot Kidder’s bedroom – my parents had that exact mirror pattern in their bedroom. The house kinda looked like the house I grew up in. That we also had seeming ghost and haunted activity in that house… well too many parallels. Plus Father Geek swung a mean axe. And looked like an axe murderer





BLUE IN THE FACE

If you’re hankering for a good movie to smoke a cigar with, you won’t find many better. This came from the time period when Wayne Wang and Paul Auster really were turning out smart and funny flicks. I also recommend their film SMOKE to any that enjoy this one. The dvd is pretty bare bones, but then other than a commentary – there’s not a lot of curiosity I’d be interested in on this title, beyond the film itself. Seems like I saw this a million years ago.





THE CORPORATION

This is just a frightening documentary, as much as it is also enlightening. More so when I realized… I started a corporation too. ACK! The film is funny as hell… just watch them psychoanalyze “corporations” as a perfect psychopath. This is perfect anti-big business fun and hilarity. Great stuff for the whole hating of corporate Earth.





Ealing Comedy Collection (THE MAGGIE / A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY / TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT / WHISKEY GALORE! / PASSPORT TO PIMLICO )

Last month I recommended 5 British War films – and damn if that set didn’t just kickass. The films I wasn’t familiar with were awesome. Here is a group of 5 British Comedies that I’m not familiar with personally, but they come out of the Ealing Studios which produced some of the funniest comedies on record. THE MAGGIE was nominated for 3 BAFTAS and starred Paul Douglas as an American hoodwinked into delivering precious cargo to an isle off the coast of Scotland on a coal burning boat captained by Alex Mackenzie. A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY was nominated for 1 BAFTA for Best Film. Has Alec Guinness playing Whimple and features a Donald Houston and Meredith Edwards taking a trip to London to collect a prize and meeting all sorts of unsavory sorts. TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is a railroad shenanigans flick – with all sorts of tomfoolery commencing as a Bus line is trying to run a small railroad company out of business. This scored a Best Film nomination out of the BAFTAS – and of all the films in the set, it’s the one I’m most anxious to see. It’s about a bunch of Scottish islanders trying to hijack 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship and just sounds wonderful. The reviews on IMDB make it sound fantastic. PASSPORT TO PIMLICO got nominated for best screenplay at the Oscars, and for Best film at the BAFTAS. Apparently it’s a political satire of definite hilarity starring Stanley Holloway who is wonderful in everything I’ve seen him in. This is my, “discovery” hope of the list. The box set that I know I’ll enjoy just based on it’s wonderful pedigree.





ELEKTRA

I am not recommending this film – which I really have grown to hate more and more. But to tell you that it’s failure continues onto DVD – where the features or as passionless as the film they accompany… and if you were hoping on a great behind the scenes of FANTASTIC FOUR by way of the Fox discs’ usual INSIDE LOOK… here the INSIDE LOOK is the OLD FF trailer and the OLD MR & MRS SMITH trailer. Seems Fox wasn’t even trying on this thing.





THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO – SEASON TWO

Is there any greater childhood kitsch than watching the episodes of this series and singing along at the opening and closing titles all goofy with a tiny tear for your lost youth? I thought not. They have put pretty cool interviews with behind the scenes people on here, but no way could they beat that unaired spin-off pilot from the Season One box. Now, how long till Season 3 finds a spot on my shelf?





LEAVES FROM SATAN’S BOOK

By no means is this at the level of THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC – but for cineastes that love to trace the evolution of Carl Theodor Dreyer – who helped invent and define many of the cinematic devices we take for granted today – this film that traces Satan’s sad situation in eternity. You see – Satan in this film doesn’t relish being evil and trapped in Hell… Here he was sentenced to Hell for his crime against God… and given the task of being man’s temptation… where he must try his best to tempt man to evil. For every soul he wins – a 1000 years is added to his sentence in hell. But for every soul that resists he is a 1000 years closer to redemption. Let’s just say man really fucks over Satan. I love the take on the character of Satan in this… so different from anything we know in modern cinema. For fans of the horned one, this is a captivating alternative take on this well-loathed character!





MIRROR

This is the latest film from Jafar Panahi and a fascinating look into Iranian filmmaking. In terms of emotionally powerful and honest filmmaking, the world of cinema inside Iran is one of the most vital and moving in the world. Here we follow a young girl lost in the busy world of Tehran. At that level alone… the idea of being a lost girl in a big city… without the need to be a goofy comedy. The film is just honest it’s portrayal which then in turn says so much about the culture of Iran and the problems surrounding it. Brilliant film. This is a good film to get introduced to the world of Iranian film.





THE MOON-SPINNERS

Here’s an interesting fun item for the family. This is an early Walt Disney thriller starring Hayley Mills. While it isn’t anywhere near as awesome as her TWISTED NERVE turn, it’s still a wonderful little suspense turn. I just love the hearse scene… and Eli Wallach just owns in his turn as the threatening innkeeper’s brother. But silent star Pola Negri is the best thing about the flick. This is a good film to help introduce your kids to the world of suspense filmmaking. Right before Hitchcock.





MORE

Ok – this film is worth picking up for the Pink Floyd score alone. However, in addition Mimsy Farmer’s naturalistic hot as hell nudity and sex helps… but then you have Barbet Schroeder directing this dizzying trippy journey into the European drug world of the period – without any of the cheap conventions of the genre. Nestor Almendros cinematography is intoxicatingly beautiful. This isn’t some “Gosh Its great to be young and high” flicks – it actually heads more in the direction of wasted youth. But Floyd’s score and the cinematography wind up making it more druggy than I think Barbet was aiming for. Good stuff and a nice surprise.





THE PROFESSIONALS (Special Edition)

I absolutely fucking love this Western. Depending on my mood I’ll name this, WILD BUNCH, THE SEARCHERS, OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, RED RIVER or THE OX-BOW INCIDENT as my favorite western of all time. Literally just a matter of mood. However, more often or not, it’s this or JOSEY WALES. With this one coming more often. I just love the way Lancaster, Marvin, Ryan and Strode work together. Jack Cardiff’s cinematography is fucking amazing in Death Valley. This is a sweaty hot sexy violent Mutherfucker of a movie. Lancaster’s fight with Palance in that Box Canyon is one of the great fights in cinema history. Absolutely wonderful. Then there’s Claudia Cardinale’s sweaty tits. Right up there with Caroline Munro’s as the sweetest sweatiest pair of movie mammaries! Now I already owned this film on DVD – but this one has a host of cool extras and behind the scenes looks. Good show from Columbia on this! God I love this movie!





RIPE

Probably an awful film unworthy of any attention at all. Yet oddly, I bought it. I need help. Apparently so do some of you. Heh. The film is about twin 14 year old girls that runaway from a car crash that kills both their parents and find themselves in further tragedy when they hook up with a long haired biker set on exploitation. It’s only supposed to be mildly titillating, but since I own PRETTY BABY, both versions of LOLITA and MANNY & LO… well I can’t really not at least try it on.





RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS

No I’m not going with a theme regarding runaway girls… sheesh ya perv! No this one is more about realizing I had found a Joe Dante film I’d never seen or heard of. Made in 1993, this film is set in 1950’s which Dante just shows with so much love. The gals fake their own kidnapping and head out on the road. Things, of course, turn bad. Have to complete my Dante collection!





SIDEWAYS

Guillermo Del Toro’s pick for best film of last year. Heh. That’s not what you expected eh? I love this movie. I’ve watched it on DVD about 3 times so far. And each viewing has made my appreciation grow for the film. One – Paul Giamatti is so goddamn good in this film. As is Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh and Thomas Haden Church. They’re great cuz they’ve got a brilliant director in Alexander Payne and a fantastic fucking screenplay. The deleted scenes are quite telling, and the commentary is hilarious. Great film.





SILVERADO

The award for ugliest DVD of the month goes to… Ahem. What the hell is up with that ugly ass packaging. The one-sheet for this is wonderful! Again, I already had this on DVD – but there’s tons of extras on that second disc, plus those long awaited Korean and Portuguese subtitles. There’s also the great extra entitled A HISTORY OF WESTERN SHOOTOUTS – narrated by John Cleese. I enjoy the film quite a bit, but it isn’t near as fun as one could have with a western wanting to have fun. But more on that later.





SPANGLISH

Here’s a film that I just allowed my anti-Adam Sandler prejudice get between me and seeing this in a theater. BAD ON ME! Somehow I overlooked the director James Brooks… again – SHAME ON ME! Somehow I missed that this was a Paz Vega film, and I’m madly in love with her from SEX AND LUCIA! Oh – and I allowed my hatred of Tea Leone get in the way too. But when the review disc came, I put it on and just fell in love. Adam is even better than he was in PUNCHDRUNK – playing someone less Drew McWeeny and more human being here. And Tea – well she’s playing a self-centered neurotic mess of a twit – and somehow… against all odds, she pulled it off as though it was the most natural thing in the world for her. And Paz… wow. WOW! I really loved this film. Great romantic film about a mother and her daughter, but not like that. You filthy person you!





SUNDANCE CHANNEL HOME ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTION

If you love independent films and don’t have these titles, then you’re really missing out. The Sundance Channel Ultimate Collection includes: AKA, Amy’s O, Die Mommie Die, Dopamine, The Heart of Me, The Hired Hand, In This World, MacArthur Park, Melvin Goes To Dinner, Mule Skinner Blues, The Other Side of the Bed, Rick, Scotland PA, Searching for Paradise, Seeing Other People, The Slaughter Rule, Sleepy Time Gal, Swimming, Tanner on Tanner, and Tesseract. Each one of them is a jewel. But in particular you’ll love to death THE HIRED HAND, MELVIN GOES TO DINNER and TANNER ON TANNER. Oh and DIE MOMMIE DIE is hilarious. And SCOTLAND,PA is great… actually they are all really good. Sundance put together a really wonderful group here. This is just a special AMAZON is running this month – there’s no special extras on the discs – but you do save $130 on the cost of the set. Which is a great saving on great titles.





THE TRUCE

Perhaps the best John Turturro performance ever. Scorsese lends his name to the film for the express purpose of hoping it’ll inspire fans of his to check out this masterpiece. It’s the story of a man, who after surviving WWII take a 1000 mile walk back home trying to find who he is, trying to reconnect with his basic humanity. Unforgettably wonderful. One of the best films I’m recommending this month!





VIVA MARIA

Sigh! Back when terrorism was called La Revolucion! Louis Malle makes a film about a carnival that turns it’s tricks and performers into revolutionaries blowing up and killing all sorts of government thugs. Revolution has never been this much fun. And who wouldn’t join Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau against any foe? The invention of the striptease by Bardot and Moreau is one hot as hell scene… as is Moreau’s sex with George Hamilton while he is shackled to a wall! God this film is insane and wonderful all at once!





WHO KILLED BAMBI

I loved the movie, A FRIEND LIKE HARRY and when I heard the screenwriter of that directed this… I gave it a look-see. And I found a wonderfully sensual erotic thriller like the box says! Sophie Quinton… drooooool. And Laurent Lucas – ohmyfuckinggod he’s a great cinematic asshole. This isn’t an action thriller, more of an intellectual one… but with a strong sense of sexuality. Really nice film though.

April 12th, 2005





BAD EDUCATION (NC-17 – Uncut Version)

Pedro Almodovar’s wonderfully brilliant DePalma/Hitchcock flick is absolutely fantastic. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, who just continues to prove he’s not only one of the best actors in the world, but that he’s got some of the best taste in scripts in the business. With a habit of picking the best material out there. Now, this isn’t necessarily the film you watch to think fondly upon the Catholic church, but it’s still an incredibly wonderful twisted film. Hey, it’s Almodovar – what the hell do you expect?01





BOB NEWHART SHOW – First Season

Now here’s some funny as hell television. I love The BOB NEWHART SHOW! Hell, more than that, I love Bob Newhart. That second that he appeared in ELF, the film just ignited, all because of Bob’s warmth. On this original season set you’ll find that times 10. This is Newhart operating on all cylinders, his Dr. Hartley is one of the all time funniest television creations. His calm, he does more with the slightest turn of the corner of the mouth and a furled brow – than all the pratfalls and gross overreaction you see out of other comedians. Here you’ll see a master at play.





C H O M P S

OK, shoot me, but I love… LOVE C H O M P S. This always felt like a bit of a crazy insane Disney flick. I mean… essentially its standard Disney doggie movie fare – but with a robotic super dog. And I can’t imagine any boy inside any man that didn’t want a robotic super dog as a kid. The film is just kind of amazing. It’s not great – but… hell, it’s just C H O M P S – and just watching it reminds me of how wonderful it was to believe in a robotic super dog. It was never as cool as Dynomutt, but what is?





CRIMINAL

While it isn’t as great as the original Argentinean NINE QUEENS, it’s still quite a solid American remake. The reason it succeeds is through the power of John C Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Those 3 are so damn likable, that even though I could feel the movie going through the motions of being like the original – those three personalities and the performances they brought to the film were really wonderful. Soderbergh’s 2nd Unit Director, taking the reins on this really proves he has a cinematic place at the table of filmmakers. Gregory Jacobs is someone to watch, this really is quite an accomplished remake.





DiG!

The film conquered SUNDANCE – and as great as it was to see this in theaters – this DVD is just filled to the gills. 3 commentaries, 2 hours of extra footage and scenes. Then there’s all the 3 Dandy Warhols videos, the 3 Brian Jonestown Massacre live performances. And tons more. This is a really great 2 disc DVD about this rivalry, and a great look at the lives of two bands from the northwest that were always on each other’s radar. Great stuff.





HARVEY BIRDMAN ATTORNEY AT LAW, VOL 1

Now personally I loved the original Hanna Barbera incarnation – but this is like a million times more fun. Being able to have the Bannon vs Quest custody trial on DVD – how can one not do backflips of joy? Or Shaggy being busted? You get 13 episodes and tons of extras – from pencil tests through deleted scenes to commentaries and much more. Great for putting on at parties after the Daily Show is over!





HOTEL RWANDA

This is a film that grows in power on subsequent viewings. Cheadle’s performance as Paul Rusesabagina is deceptively powerful. It isn’t about big grand show-off scenes – in many ways it reminds me of Bogart’s Rick from Casablanca. He’s the kinda man that just gets things done, who knows the angles, that knows the ups and the downs. He’s the sorta guy that sticks his neck out for nobody, but his own… until hell comes to his country – and then when it really comes down to it, he realizes that there is a greater good, that there is a point where you just overlook your sense of self-preservation and do whatever it takes to do what is right. A towering film of incredible power – and one that really calls in question the priorities of our foreign policy. Great film! As a dvd – the commentary between Terry George and Paul Rusesabagina is one of those things that you just kind of have to experience if you love this movie and the story. Wow.





OCEAN’S TWELVE

I prefer this film to the original. Mainly because I hate Vegas and the going through the motions of the remake… Here, the actors create their own characters in a story that is all their own. Now, you can either have fun with it, or sit back calling foul on it, but me… I thought it was a blast. I especially liked Matt Damon’s character arc on this film. I enjoyed the heck out of it.

April 19th, 2005





BIRTH

What if, in the midst of remarrying… what if the loved one you had before died… That you truly loved. And then a 10 year old comes forward with the same name – claiming to be your loved one. Knowing the things your dearly departed could only know. What would you do? Could you just dismiss it? But what could you do? This is the premise behind SEXY BEAST’s Jonathan Glazer’s latest film. All performers are fantastic in this film, in particular - I feel it is the best thing that Anne Heche has ever done. She’s incredibly beguiling in this film. It brings into question the concept of souls and reincarnation. It’s really quite a powerful film.





The Errol Flynn Signature Collection ( CAPTAIN BLOOD / THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX / THE SEA HAWK / THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON / DODGE CITY / THE ADVENTURES OF ERROL FLYNN )

Errol Flynn is my favorite movie star in the history of film. When I think of the word adventure, I see him. When I think of charm and romance, I see him as the male definition of those words. He is incredibly cool. My favorite film of his is THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, which Warner Home Video did a great 2 dvd box on last year. Now we get the first of what will hopefully be a series of Flynn sets. CAPTAIN BLOOD – the beach fight between Rathbone and Flynn, the rogue-ish flirtation between Flynn and De Havilland… rules. Michael Curtiz’s direction of this film is perfection. While it is a great film, the sea-faring pirate tale was better told in THE SEA HAWK, but personally the romance here is my fave. With THE SEA HAWK – it’s just a fantastic tale. Swash-buckling at its peak. Dynamic and thrilling. Now, it seems quite a few folks don’t care for THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, sure – the fire isn’t there between Flynn and Bette Davis the way is with him and Olivia, but I still love this film. Davis imbues Elizabeth with a genuine sense of majesty. No matter what it is a spectacular production. Now… THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON… I love. Now in the modern age, Custer is seen as being a horrific entity. This is from the period where Custer was allowed the illusion of being a hero. As that hero, he’s fantastic. The Max Steiner score is one of the greatest scores in the history of cinema, his use of leit motif in the final “last stand” is awesome. Lastly there’s DODGE CITY, Flynn’s first Western and one of his best. Here I just love the easy friendliness between Flynn, Hale and Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams. Then there’s the Flynn doc, which I love on pure star worship levels. I hope to god this set sells like crazy, cuz I want all of the rest of Flynn’s flicks given this same wonderful treatment.





THE FOUR FEATHERS

Ya know… this particular day is such an amazing DVD day for folks that love good old fashioned adventure films. THE FOUR FEATHERS has been revisited time and time again, but this is the very best version. Startling for how graphic portions are. But John Clements and Ralph Richardson are so great in this, and the film is absolutely gorgeous. One of the great adventure yarns of all time.





Hanzo The Razor Box Set (SWORD OF JUSTICE, THE SNARE, WHO’S GOT THE GOLD)

Ok – from the wonderfully sick & twisted genius of Kazuo Koike (creator of LONE WOLF & CUB) and starring the amazing Shintaro Katsu (the original ZATOICHI) comes the greatest exploitation cult anything I’ve ever seen. I really had no earthly idea what I was getting ready to watch as I put SWORD OF JUSTICE in. OHMYGOD! On back of the box – the tagline, “HE’S DIRTIER THAN HARRY AND SHAFTIER THAN SHAFT,” is boldly proclaimed. My thought was bullshit. Then I watched. It’s astonishing. Try to imagine this. This is, essentially a 70’s Exploitation tougher than railroad spikes Cop film. Think Popeye Doyle or Dirty Harry or McQ or Bullitt or Shaft. Think of that Lalo Schifrin jazzy 70’s funk sound. Imagine that open empowered sexuality. Think about how those characters handled their chiefs. NOW – it isn’t set in the 70s and in New York or Los Angeles or San Francisco. It’s set hundreds of years ago – and Hanzo is a badass samurai ‘cop’ in feudal era Japan. He’s every bit as deadly as Ogami Ito, but this time there ain’t no babycart. Instead. Instead. Goddamn. How to put this. Ok – I have to tell you this. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE! Don’t do further research, don’t ask around. Just get it. Just put it in. Afterwards, you’ll call up everyone you know and you’ll laugh your asses off as your jaws hit the fucking floor. Now, I love exploitation film. I love the work of Miike. This is just so damn pervasive. It’s perverse, sick, twisted and so far from anything you’ve ever seen. There is serious nudity and things you’ll see that may forever change the fetishistic wet dreams you’ll have after having witness Hanzo the Razor. It is that amazing. Now excuse me, I must go buy a cargo net and a block and tackle. Heh. -- Oh hell, I forgot to mention THE SNARE and WHO’S GOT THE GOLD? These are also fantastic, but not quite at the stunning production level as SWORD OF JUSTICE. Brilliant film!





HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

A romance first. A stunning martial arts masterpiece second. Ziyi Zhang’s stunning echo drum dance is one of the great cinematic scenes. The color green has never been more beautiful. The fight in this bamboo, will forever replace the one we loved in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. And that snow scene… heart-breaking. Zhang Yimou has really outdone himself with this film. Now – if you watch this and want something as crude as this is elegant, try HANZO THE RAZOR. Heh. Presenting this film in Seattle last year was so wonderful. This is a martial arts movie for romantics.





PRIMER

Now here’s a film that DVD was invented for. Shane Carruth’s PRIMER is a puzzle and a riddle that demands multiple viewings and chapter stops and a commentary. That’s exactly what this DVD gives you. A micro-budget film that happens to be the smartest science fiction film of the last several years. This is HARD SCIENCE fiction. The concept of time travel as you’ve never seen it handled. If you haven’t seen it – think of it as a science fiction version of MEMENTO. It’s that clever, only this feels so damn authentic. It isn’t a gimmick flick, it’s just a brilliant film about invention, the process of invention and the danger of invention. It won the Grand Prize at Sundance last year and absolutely commands your attention!

April 26th, 2005





Andrzej Wajda – Three War Films ( A GENERATION, KANAL and ASHES & DIAMONDS ) – Criterion Collection

Andrzej Wajda won an honorary Academy Award for his body of work including these 3 incredibly powerful films. In the box you’ll find Commentary by Annette Insdorf on ASHES & DIAMONDS, interviews with Wajda regarding each of the films. Newsreels, a short film by Wajda and all sorts of behind the scenes treats. As for the films? A GENERATION tells the story of a young teen that joins the Youth Underground, recruits his friends and fight the Nazis. It’s best to view the film from the point of view of these kids fighting the Nazis, completely unaware of what is coming for them on the other side of this conflict in Poland… as Stalin was every bit the horror – but the film doesn’t deal with that. KANAL is about the resistance in Warsaw in September of 1944. It is a desperate film about fighting incredible odds, of knowing when to give in, of escaping to fight another day and the suffering and death that surrounded them. Great great film. ASHES & DIAMONDS is about the end of WWII, when a Resistance fighter is ordered to kill a fellow Resistance fighter who is becoming a Communist district fighter. Which ultimately symbolizes the next degree of hell that was to face Poland. All three of these films are absolutely superior works in the finest Criterion tradition.





ANTHOLOGY OF SURREAL CINEMA, Vol 1

Surrealistic Cinema of the 1920s is wonderful. Experimenting wildly with the medium of film. Painters like Dali hooked up with Bunuel and we all know that film. Well here we have a film by cubist master, Fernand Leger, the founder of Dadaism – Marcel Duchamp and more. These 4 films define the spirit of surrealistic cinema, which is all but dead today… except for the amazing WHAT IS IT? – by Crispin Glover which is keeping it alive and well. Not for everyone, but it is for those that have more adventurous cinematic yearnings.





DOUBLE CROSS

I’ve never seen the film, and according to IMDB, nobody else has either. But it’s a 1941 mystery starring Kane Richmond – and I’m a Kane Richmond geek – he was the square jawed b-movie hero of SPY SMASHER fame and THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE and any number of B-movies I love like BLACK MARKET BABIES and HAUNTED HARBOR. What the hell, I’ll give it a shot.





F FOR FAKE – Criterion Collection

Now here’s an Orson Welles film you’ve probably never seen. This is one of Welles’ documentaries. Here you get to see Welles’ preoccupation with pulling the wool over one’s eyes. He celebrates the joy of fooling people, be they a brilliant forger or a biographer of ill-repute. Heh. Welles relishes taking us on this journey, of course he is. He’s the man behind the greatest prank in history… Martians invading indeed. Heh. The disc also features a documentary on Orson’s unfinished projects, an Intro by Bogdanovich and much more. Another fantastic job by Criterion!





LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

I really enjoy this film. Probably because I find Carrey’s delicious devious Uncle, an Uncle after my own black heart. I was completely unfamiliar with the Lemony Snicket books, but am very curious to explore this 2 disc set. I’m interested in the commentary between Silberling and Lemony Snicket himself. I’m curious as hell about the 11 deleted scenes and 5 outtakes – and then there’s all the documentaries. It won HELLBOY’s Make-Up Academy Award – which was easy, cuz they didn’t even nominate Hellboy’s makeup. I swear, I’ll go into an angry fit if SIN CITY is ignored in the make-up category.





LOST CITY: SERIAL Chapters 1 – 12

Not a great serial, but a fun one. Ultimately it’s all about zombie natives in an African Jungle controlled by the evil Zolok who rules the steel-plated city beneath the African Jungle. If that doesn’t get ya excited, well… I’m sorry. Heh.





THE MANSON FAMILY

This film is something. It was championed by Capone last year – and is finally coming to the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin soon. But this 2-disc set of the unrated version is not for everyone. You must have a macabre curiosity and an iron stomach. It’s a great cult film, literally. But not a film for those of you on psychedelics. Please.





MY NAME IS NOBODY

No you either love Terrence Hill or you hate him or you’ve never heard of him. I grew up on the Trinity westerns, SuperFuzz and March or Die. And MY NAME IS NOBODY – which could be the best Terrence Hill film altogether. For one, it costarred Henry Fonda as a bent on retirement gunslinger that Hill idolizes. Imagine THE WILD BUNCH filled with belly laughs, and you’re almost there. Very fun stuff.





The Olive Thomas Collection ( THE FLAPPER and OLIVE THOMAS: EVERYBODY’S SWEETHEART)

One of the first female starlets, Olive Thomas had a spell she cast on audiences in the teens. She was THE FLAPPER. She skyrocketed to fame… THE FLAPPER being known as her crowning achievement. She was married to Mary Pickford’s brother Jack – and after filming one more film after THE FLAPPER – she went on vacation to Paris with him, and in a darkened bathroom accidentally mistook a bottle of bichloride of mercury instead of the medicine she went for. She died on top of the world as it’s biggest female star. Think James Dean or Bruce Lee, but for another era. This fantastic DVD from Milestone is another silent marvel. A 2 disc set showing THE FLAPPER for the wonder that it is, and then OLIVE THOMAS: EVERYBODY’S SWEETHEART. She died early, but lives forever here!





THE PLOT AGAINST HARRY

Not a documentary about Quint & Moriarty and their plans to put me in an early grave, that’s scheduled for release next year. This is actually one of the earliest signs of the American Independent Film Movement in the 1960’s. The film literally sat in a can for 20 years without ever being distributed, then found new life on the fresh indie scene of the late 80’s early 90’s – where it was embraced by critics anew. The film is hilarious and Martin Priest is great as the middle management mobster type. It really is something out of the ordinary, but fun as hell.





WOMENS PRISON MASSACRE

Ok – look at that DVD box. Right there – you’re either gonna buy it or not. It’s a women in prison exploitation flick from the early 80s in Italy. It’s got all the hallmarks of the genre – nudity, orgy, rape, s&m, torture and is just about demeaning as humanly possible to women. So if you got space next to BAMBOO DOLL HOUSE, CAGED HEAT, REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS and THE BIG BIRDCAGE – well here ya go!





YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN

One of the later great Michael Curtiz films, that usually not included in his list of films, folks point out… but damn it, it’s great! Kirk Douglas plays a trumpet man that ends up in a love triangle between Lauren Bacall and Doris Day – that’s an easy choice… Lauren all the way, right? Well, you’ll have to see for yourself. Great Hoagy Carmichael work here! This is also part of a larger Doris Day collection. I’m just not a huge Doris Day fan, so it didn’t make my list, but if you’re curious – here it is! But I had to highlight this under-appreciated jewel by Curtiz!

Well that’s all I got for April on my list. There’s other stuff out there, I’m sure folks in Talk Back can steer ya towards a few cool items here and there. But this is what interested me.










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  • April 5, 2005, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Could it be?

    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

    Wow...

    by chrth

    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

    primer dvd YES

    by Fantomex

    Can't wait. please tell me there is director commentary.

  • April 5, 2005, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Shame about ELEKTRA.

    by Psyclops

    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

    Green is the colour

    by reni

    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

    Is it me, or do all the actors' faces on that SIDEWAYS cover loo

    by drakeavenue

    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

    The Last Laugh was Murnau

    by JWBlack67

    ...not Dreyer.

  • April 5, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Thomas Haden Church Looks like a monster on that DVD cover.

    by BigTuna

  • April 5, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST

    A pretty weak month of DVD's

    by jimmy_009

    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

    dirty harry

    by ReDWasK

    i always suspected he was a dirty old pedophile, this confirms it

  • April 5, 2005, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Terrence Hill is the best!! Trinity films rock!

    by riskebiz

    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

    Hey Harry ... you're a Producer now, right?

    by riskebiz

    How about you get a remake of the Trinity movies going?

  • April 5, 2005, 1:40 p.m. CST

    "Ripe" Sucks

    by Rebeck

    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

    Turturro's best performance was in BRAIN DONORS

    by RenoNevada2000

    JT channeling Groucho? It doesn't get better...

  • April 5, 2005, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Breaking news...this just in...

    by StudioPlant69

    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

    "weak DVD" months

    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

    ...speaking of that

    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

    Because you demanded it! - C.H.O.M.P.S

    by Mr_Furious

    Proof that too many people have DVD players. www.theletterd.blogspot.com

  • April 5, 2005, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Hate to break it to you..

    by potvsktl

    ..but a bunch of nerds sitting around watching the Daily Show isn't a "party."

  • April 5, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Crisping Glover's 'What Is It' - pure crap

    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

    I thought all Amityville films were shit

    by BigTuna

    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

    Last night my wife and I watched Daredevil...

    by ejcarter9

    ...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

    Shorter Harry

    by Aquatarkusman

    I recommend everything. Get it now.

  • April 5, 2005, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Blade Trinity

    by ftoad

    You forgot BLADE: TRINITY on 4/26

  • April 5, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    ejcarter9

    by boomstick81

    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

    by Thing-Fish

    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

    What? No Invader Zim Collector's Box???

    by NZGUY

    With extra DVD, fun house packaging and Gir Toy???

  • April 5, 2005, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Criminal looks interesting. I like my soddenberg flash w/ more

    by Tall_Boy

    thats pretty much it.

  • April 5, 2005, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Silverado "Extras"...not!

    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

    Psyclops: Catwoman versus Electra

    by Archive

    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

    Ancient Lights:

    by Toxic Frog

    Defribbilate upon buxom ferns, lest we ...tangerate.

  • April 5, 2005, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The description for "The Mirror" is totally wrong.

    by damorend

    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

    "Wire fu is the worst thing to happen to martial arts since...."

    by topaz4206

    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

    PRIMER Warning: Rent before you buy

    by topaz4206

    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

    Ealing!

    by evergreen

    That ealing collection is a must-buy!

  • April 5, 2005, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Save some cash for SEINFELD 4 on 5/10 and SIMPSONS 6 on 6/14

    by FrankDrebin

    Comments: [1] MANNY & LO is not a sleazy movie! Maybe it's what you're doing while watching the young Scarlett Johansson. [2] 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. [3] 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. [4] 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

    Fuck Anne Heche

    by 007-11

    That goofy bitch pisses me off almost as much as Dunst, and I LOATHE Dunst.

  • April 5, 2005, 8:33 p.m. CST

    F For Fake! I can't wait!

    by Fuckles

    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

    MORE "Sahara" Ads... NOW, GODDAMNIT!

    by Liquid_Daze

    Awrite Awrite...

  • April 5, 2005, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Nobody Extras?

    by Hokeybutt

    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

    Harry, the makeup in Sin City Sucked at times. It was appalling

    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

    How much does Harry get paid for this page??

    by performingmonkey

    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?).

  • April 6, 2005, 2:10 a.m. CST

    by Rock Icon

    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

    Daredevil

    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

    Liked DD as well

    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

    Geez Harry, graduate to 18 year olds already...

    by DarthSnoogans

    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

    Primed

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Without being arsed to check, anyone know when Primer is Region Twoed?

  • April 6, 2005, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Never touch the crosses!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    For God's sake Paramount release THE KEEP on DVD!!!

  • April 6, 2005, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Website recomendation

    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.

  • 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

    Young Man With A Horn

    by danbrusca

    Best film title ever.

  • April 6, 2005, 7:28 a.m. CST

    primer was excellent

    by berend

    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

    No "Ninja Turtles Season 2"?

    by screenplaywriter

    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: Fistful of Dollars & Few Dollars More

    by Superpaddy

    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

    Karen Allen in AMITYVILLE HORROR?

    by Spike Fett

    Surely you meant Margot Kidder Mr. Movie-Fucking-Expert.

  • April 6, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    "Sigh! Back when terrorism was called La Revolucion!"

    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

    People like Daredevil?

    by Pumpkinsboy

    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

    What happened to the MUNCHAUSEN Special edition that was suppose

    by George Newman

  • April 6, 2005, 4:42 p.m. CST

    C.H.O.M.P.S.

    by Zardoz

    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

    Hey, kwisatzhaderach-

    by Regenhund

    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>

  • 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).

  • 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

    The Lone Gunmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Five words...Zuleikha Robinson

    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

    Daredevil was indeed a great film

    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

    I agree that the Daredevil Director's Cut is EXCELLENT.....

    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

    Office Space SE: Digital Bits says Mike Judge is working on it.

    by FrankDrebin

    http://www.chud.com/news/may03/may16os2.php3

  • April 8, 2005, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Harry says, I

    by Trader Groucho 2

    "I am not recommending this film

  • April 8, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Trinity Movies

    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

    The My Name is Nobody release IS something to get excited about.

    by CalVarnson

    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

    An honest opinion about Daredevil and Elektra

    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

    Where is the TINTIN boxed set?

    by Ivan_Mtl

    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

    The problem with DAREDEVIL / ELEKTRA

    by jinX

    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

    Daredevil / Elextra DVD

    by tjrmusic

    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

    Who killed Bambi? Godzilla, of course.

    by HanFiredFirst

  • April 22, 2005, 6:46 a.m. CST

    'Hue and Cry' is the greatest of all the Ealing comedies and I h

    by workshed

    ...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

    Well.. since Blue in the Face IS Smoke 2...

    by Neosamurai85

    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

    BIRTH should have been aborted....

    by mustang_dvs

    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

    "Ripe" is one of the worst movies ever

    by Sro100

    It does have, however, a very enticing cover.