Amongst my very favorite things of 2008. WALL*E is bliss – it is… all at once, an adult science fiction film, a joyful family film, a sobering cautionary tale and a touching love story. Anyone that loves PIXAR films and has a Blu-Ray player already knows how great PIXAR films transfer to this format. Arguably looking even superior to how they look in the theaters. WALL*E is no different. The image is startling. The sound design – a wonder. The extras, plentiful. My favorite is the short, PRESTO, which I watched on repeat for 2 hours – cuz it makes me happy – and I am ‘tarded that way. I just sometimes geek in wonder at something that creates that childlike glaze to my corneas – and PRESTO drips the glaze on my eyes like that blessed Krispy Kreme glaze machine. Consider them coated with terribly awesome images and glee. The new short BURN-E is very very cute, but isn’t on par with PRESTO or WALL*E, but it is pretty damn fun. The making of and in particular the pop-up Geek text feature is wonderful on the film itself.
Is there a backlash on this film? Cuz if there is… I just really don’t want to hear it. TROPIC THUNDER is fucking flat-out funny. I do have my little nitpick about Ben Stiller’s character that I mentioned in my full review, but it is a minor misgiving. I’ve seen it twice since getting the disc a couple of weeks back, once with Yoko and then again with a friend. To me the real wonder of the film, is just how wonderful feeling it is to see Tom Cruise dance. You know, the last time I felt this good watching an actor dance, it was Travolta in PULP FICTION – it is just great to feel great watching an actor recapture magic. Cruise’s Producer character in TROPIC THUNDER does that for me. I know, I know… Robert Downey Jr… but I wasn’t expecting Tom to be this amazing. There’s just a glee to his work here. Really great. The Blu-Ray is loaded with features, all in 1080p btw – and there’s tons of fun stuff throughout, including a great Actors commentary with Ben and Jack, but with Robert Downey Jr doing his part completely in character. It is hilarious – at least Moriarty tells me it is, it’s something I’ll catch on my next viewing.
Yes, I actually did watch this. About 2/3rds through though, I just lost all interest. I’m not sure what it was exactly. I don’t have a block against estrogen-filled entertainment. Generally, I just watch to gain in-sight into the wonderful mystery that is women. And to oogle the lovelies. But as I watched this film, I realized – none of the characters did I recognize at any layer or level as having anything to do with anyone that I’ve known in my entire life, or that I’d want to know. I’m not going to spend any effort on slamming this, it just absolutely was not made for me, or anyone I know – other than Jeff Mahler.
I love these Blu-Ray concert discs. And I’ve been a WHO fan ever since I had a Levi jacket as a child with PINBALL WIZARD emblazoned across my back. I was 4 or 5 at the time and my parents raised me on the WHO. I’d never seen the Kilburn concert – but damn… I’d love to time travel to this concert and thanks to this disc, I already have!
I love this documentary – which does a great job of illustrating and bringing to life the strange and mostly maybe true life of the insanely sane Dr Hunter S Thompson. For those of us that love the good doctor, the documentary is without a doubt a work of love and passion for – without a doubt – the strangest journalist the world has and will ever know. However, for all of you that love this documentary, let me suggest this THE GONZO TAPES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S THOMPSON they are 5 Cds worth of Hunter’s personal tapes recorded from 1965 through 1975. They are a fantastic further exploration into the Dr’s amazing mind!
This stuff is crack for us Science geeks that look up at the stars. I catch episodes from time to time on my HD HISTORY Channel on cable, but having the whole season on hand… well, when my nephew asks a question about the Universe, it’s fun to whip this out and say, HERE YA GO KID!
I’m so annoyed that we don’t have the second and third season in 1080p, but I do have the first season in HD DVD. I assume at some point in advance of the release of JJ’s TREK, we’ll see the Blu-Ray release – Til then, this is what we got.
And if you don’t plan on converting to HD at any point soon – here’s the whole damn remastered series. I’ll be writing more on STAR TREK in the upcoming days – regarding the STAR TREK footage and my thoughts on the relaunch and this original 3 seasons. I’m still organizing my thoughts. I love this series dearly. The great with the not so great. The series never failed to at least be fun and often times it was poignant and gave way to fascinating thoughts about humanity and our potential as a species and our faults. But more on that later.
You need a triple heap of sacrelicious fun? Well, Monty Python does it better than anyone. Personally, I’d hold off for the Blu Rays hit, but at 30 bucks, this is a great deal for you DVD folks, getting all 3 movies each with a dvd of devoted extras to each. Great stuff!
I have the Magnets on my fridge, gave the T-Shirt to a friend and have the locker on my Blu-Ray shelves, cuz while this does have a 2-DVD set, it also has the BLU-RAY disc to make my snotty High Res loving ass happy! I really love the LOCKER gag. This film has been released and re-released so many times, I’ve lost count, but now that I have it in Blu-Ray – I’m happy. The crazy locker and extra bits… well it’s just fun extras. The film is, for most of us, all we need or want.
This is my first 1080p Herzog flick. Sure – I wish I had AGUIRRE or FITZCARRALDO, but ya know… I’ll take every Herzog I can get – there’s a raw beauty to his collective works that I’ve loved. But here… Herzog gives us his eye’s view of Antartica – and ya know. Give me Herzog’s view of the ass end of the Earth any day over MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. This is just stunning.
Many hate it, fewer love it, but I come down with the minority opinion – I love the film. It is absurdist, sardonic and a pessimistic view of where this country was once headed, have we averted this future, I feel so, but 48% of the country would probably disagree.
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean and Jim Henson’s folks? Blu Ray. Um, yes please. This is a surrealist’s wet dream. I love the film. It is remarkably beautiful and haunting. It isn’t as narratively successful or entertaining as LABYRINTH or DARK CRYSTAL – but it isn’t that kind of story… not really. It works on dream logic and at that level it succeeds wildly, though many have not enjoyed it as much as I have. Their loss, my gain. MIRRORMASK is stunning on Blu-Ray.
At $130, this is a pricey set – but if you’re a Lynch fan – you’ll lay that down in a heartbeat for this collection of rare treats, many of which you’ll be seeing for the very first time anywhere. And that price is $50 off the initial price! So explore the bizarre and the brilliant!
Here very shortly there is going to be an increase in incredibly smart Time Travel films. Trust me on that (more on that in the future) – This is one that might have slipped by you, especially if you have a bad taste for Anime. I don’t spend a lot of time going through Anime titles as the animation style doesn’t always do it for me, but I do read AICN ANIME looking for the jewels, and trust me – this one is indeed a jewel. The story is rock solid. The character work is great and the animation by Studio Madhouse is gorgeous. If you love Time Travel Science Fiction – don’t let it being animated put you off – you’d be missing a great story.
A love letter to Paris by such noted directors as Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron, Bruno Podalydes, Christopher Doyle, the Coen Brothers and Daniela Thomas. Paris is a city meant to be seen in exacting detail and a cinematic love letter should always be delivered in the highest of resolutions. The work here is gorgeous, even if – like all jigsaw films – some pieces are far better than others. The love and the passion for Paris is never lost.
My first Blu-Ray Argento – is sadly not DEEP RED, bummer. But THE STENDHAL SYNDROME is far from the master’s worst work. I prefer the first half – and feel the last half just doesn’t work that well. That said – it kicks off my High Def Argento collection.
Of these films – I’ve only ever seen the Griffith Documentary – which is amazing. AND – I’ve seen the great ABRAHAM LINCOLN featuring a riveting performance by Walter Huston. It is a completely different Huston from his great roles as the Devil and in TREASURE OF SIERRE MADRE – and the most powerful character of his career. It is also the definitive performance of Lincoln, yet caught on celluloid – we’ll see if Spielberg and Liam Neeson can touch it… if they ever make their version. As for the silent films here – Griffith’s silents are something to behold – and I’m looking forward to discovering them on this set. A set for real film buffs.
Matt & Trey were not quite the geniuses they are today, but their passion for absurdist musical work… well, it shines through the performances and lack of budget and is perhaps even enhanced by those short-comings. There’s additional deleted material here for you to enjoy and an hour of interviews – but really – you just want to laugh, right?
It could be quite some time till this comes Stateside in High Def – till then, this ALL-REGION BLU-RAY will be your only chance to see this Best Foreign Film nominee from 2005. This disc has nearly 4 hours of extras and the film itself… well it’s a fascinating tale about the White Rose resistance group and what happened when they were caught. This is riveting work!
Do you passionately love Friz Freleng and Peter Sellers? If the answer is, “Yes!” – Then you’ll be clicking the above with a crazed zeal… Unless of course – like me you already have both halves of this collection. Yup, I have the complete animated set and I have the complete Movie collection. And yes, there’s nothing really additional to be had here. But if you have neither – then here’s a chance to save some money and be labeled a cat so cool you could only be a Pink Panther!That’s it for this week – here’s a release coming up the first Tuesday of December that has me drooling…
Nov. 19, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST
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Nov. 19, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST
Kim Possible Season 2 as Region 2 DVD from Germany, including the original english language track! <br>A must-have for fans of good animation. And there is no realease date set for the USA (or any other country outside of Region 2)yet.
Nov. 19, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST
I wish my eyes were good enough to see every detail.
Nov. 19, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST
by Derek Wildstarr
and i'm not being facetious. i look forward to it every week.
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST
The current model for anime production largely focuses on producing products for a young audience and hard core fans. Basically, the audiences who'll buy merchandise. A lot of anime is really only recommendable to anime enthusiasts and genre fans. That said, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a work of art that will delight any viewer. If Hayao Miyazaki movies are the only anime that you watch, expand your horizons a bit check out The Girl Who Leapt.
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST
Ick. Filthy faggot mediocrity. " Death Race " over this son of a bitch, baby .
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST
...harry where's the weekly soft porn entry? :-) plus, on that star trek picture it says something about new effects? have they gone all George on it's ass?
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST
Always wanted to say that.
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST
what is it with you and obscure crap films no one has ever heard of? And there are lots of good anime, they just don't make it stateside legally. Macross Frontier is surprisingly watchable, even if a little kiddy at times. Pretty much anything from Gonzo and Studio Madhouse is good, as well as Studio Bones.
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST
by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR
K.Fu Panda was better.
Nov. 19, 2008, 7 a.m. CST
Do you have the lowdown on the new Monster live-action movie that's coming out next year? I hear it's scripted by the guy who adapted A History of Violence.
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST
It reads like: "Black Downey Jnr."
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST
you gave the "Big Fun" t-shirt away? That bitch was MADE for you, man! Don't tell me it didn't fit you...
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST
I'd stake my life, OK, my GIRLFRIEND's life that the Time Travel pic Harry's referring to is Time Crimes.
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I really liked it, but I was wondering if anybody with kids knows if it worked for children?
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST
my baby sister and her friend:<p> </p>At the end of the credits (which I forced them to sit through) they stood up and said in eerie unison, "That was a bad movie, wasn't it?"<p> </p>I could have strangled them!
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST
Harry, did you see Devin's article? Your thoughts please.
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
But of course they all LOVE Cars to death. Are we sure Ohio is a blue state again?
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Hurray! The Busted T girls are back!!!!
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST
Horrible Movie.... but it truly has one of the best commentary tracks around...hilarious!
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I figured Wall*E would just go right over kids' heads. I mean, the way it deals with loneliness and all the social satire about becoming lazy and obese, I just didn't see it connecting with children. Still, a great movie.
Nov. 19, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
That reminds me - where is THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE? It was shot about a year ago and they haven't even released a single trailer. I mean, Bana completed it before moving on to STAR TREK... and that's already got trailers, posters, etc. What gives?
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
Yeah, in 2006 the buzz was that Josh Olson was writing a script for the live action Monster adaptation. As far as I can tell, the movie hasn't made it past the screenplay phase. I haven't heard/seen anything about casting or planned filming. If you enjoyed Monster, make sure to check out Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys and Pluto mang. Both will be published in North America by Viz in January and both have recently been previewed in the AICN Anime column.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
Cannibal the Musical had one great inspired gag in it where they meet a mountain man whose eye is shooting puss and he's like "Something wrong with my eye?" No discussion of the movie should pass without mention of it.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST
...sure, but we ARE hardworking and CAN be smart if we apply ourselves. And we "DVD Folks" sure do have cute babies...shame they have to grow up to be DVD Folks though...
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST
by Fing Fang Foom
BORING! I could,t believe it. I was excited to rent it. Maybe it's the photorealism and the preachiness? And the fact that a plant could survive the rigors of deep space.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST
by the beef
I believe he says "You lookin' at my eye!!" and then the eye squirts puss. I'm not positive since it's been a long time since I've seen it, but I think that's what he says. I also think the song numbers are pretty good.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST
you fail to mention how D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation is the most racis ass backwards south fuck fest ever made. Consider that when watching the rest of his shit.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST
where's the trailer for The Road? Has there even been a teaser? I've seen a couple of photos. Isn't it supposed to be released in the next few months?
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST
I took my 3-yr-old son to see it four times in theaters and bought the Blu-ray yesterday so we could watch it last night. Every single time, he sat stock-still through the whole thing, completely mesmerized. Didn't even want to bug me to get up and take him to the restroom. So yes, my kid LOVES it. But my wife and I are both huge sci-fi nerds and film lovers, so he's been exposed to more nerdy stuff than the average kid. I suspect it all depends on what the parents are letting kids watch. Let them watch crap, and they'll develop banal tastes.
Nov. 19, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST
Such a great movie. you keep thinking all through the movie that she'll be fine. Trumped up charges. She might serve some jail time. Then BAM! She's getting the guillotine. Fuck me.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST
...was sarcasm and meant something like: "We all know how it ends so why watch it" or if this is just another great example of how schools outside of Germany totally seem to ignore that a second World War happened. (Yes kids, Nazis existed outside of the Indiana Jones movies!)
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST
Believe it or not, I actually ran a search a year or so ago for some of Naoki Urasawa's previous work, but was completely shocked to find nothing had been translated yet. I'll mark their release dates on my mental calendar!
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
I watched it again last night. Man it is so good.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
as soon as he leaves earth and meets the chubby humans its total crap...why is the first half so realistic, and then the human are cartoons?? story was beatutiful in the first part. but ...chhrist...what the hell happened?? how culd they even live on earth in that tacked on happy ending? earth was still a mess, and the chubbies could barely walk. seems like they had a biggining of a film, then other writers came along and flushed it out. flushed it down the toilet...im so tired of pixar worshippers..open your eyes
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST
I'm surprised nobody jumped on Harry's comment: "it’s fun to whip this out and say, HERE YA GO KID!"
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST
On the mystery disc. And I also think you get Rabbits and a couple 60s experimental shorts.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
Dude they wanted to start living life, that was the whole message of the film. The robots where more human then they where. Wall-e learned to love and make a life on that shitty planet, then they can too.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST
dude how can they live on a planet covered in garbage?? thats why they left in the first place!...nothing changed since the humans left except that the garbage was organized in piles....dude
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
If u watch the credits of the film it tells you how they did it though painting montage. Alot of hard work can go a long way.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST
I wasn't being sarcastic actually. I had never heard of Sophie Scholl before the movie, and I'm of German heritage. And you can go fuck yourself with your little jibe at American schooling, fuckwit. You actually think schools outside Germany don't teach about WWII? That's the one of the dumbest things I've read on this site. More like crammed down our throats my friend. We just get more of an American viewpoint of the war so relatively obsure German figures like Sophie Scholl may be lost on some of us.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST
hahaha! if pixar had a dick. youd be sucking it....
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST
Either Harry is slipping or all of the old Italian/lesbian/nun titty flicks are finally on DVD.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
I would play with balls too.
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST
Just watched those Animes and well less than impressed although but were solid efforts. I will give Girl a chance strictly cause I like decent time-travel stories, and there have been alot of shitty ones lately, I'm looking at you Lost and Heroes.
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST
that's about it. But I liked it more than the guy I watched it with. He got angry. I definitely regret watching the whole thing - you pretty much knew the outcome of the thing in the shoe once they were on the ship. Lots of cute, physical gag shenanigans for the kiddies. And Eva says Wall-E a lot...
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST
Was good, watched it in IMAX and enjoyed the hell out of it. And I am a big Kung-Fu movie fan. But to compare it to Wall-E is a joke. It's like saying Iron Man was better than The Dark Knight, and no one is stupid enough to suggest that, right? Right???
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST
The blu-ray versions of Chungking Express and Bottle Rocket have been pushed back to December 16th. I just didn't want anyone to be disappointed when the went out to by it next tuesday. http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Criterion/Street_Date_Changes/Criterion_Delays_First_Wave_of_Blu-rays/2262
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
by Wee Willie
I have four kids, ages 7, 5,4, and six months. After Wall-E, they were kind of indifferent. Not like after Ratatouille, when they ran out of the theatre declaring that they all wanted to be "cookers" when they grew up. (They meant "Chefs")
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
I've been searching for that one for quite some time on blockbuster online.... mail in rental here i come
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST
...in regards to bashing the American education system. And yes, he's a royal fucknugget if he believes the crap he spews.
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST
so much as non-German education.<p> Deutschland uber alles!
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST
But it's still an incredibly fucktarded thing to say that ALL non-German schools ignore WW2. How could anyone have the balls to act like they know everything about all non-German education? Has he sat in the classroom of every country's school in the world?
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST
"Many hate it, fewer love it, but I come down with the minority opinion – I love the film." I think that's at least two redundancies in the span of fifteen words, which is an impressive achievement. We then continue with "It is absurdist, sardonic and a pessimistic view of where this country was once headed, have we averted this future, I feel so, but 48% of the country would probably disagree." That's transcends a mere run-on sentence to become a marathon sentence. // They are, however, continuing to let Richard Kelly make movies, so it wasn't a total loss.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST
Tom Cruise's dancing was probably the worst part of Tropic Thunder! His cussing fit was golden though and I already have the 2-disc DVD on the way. But I rarely find the 'every-character-dancing-at-the-end-of-a-movie' humorous.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
My boy totally dug Wall-E (he's nearly 8) and later I took him again with some of his buddies to see it once more. They all loved it, I myself liked it a whole lot more the 2'nd time around. Fine movie, although I really couldn't care for all the scenes with the fat people (all average American sized )in the Spaceship. Not nearly as great a film as The Incredibles, then again, what is.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
I'm just amazed how well Stiller was able to can control of this movie. I mean how they kept Cruises mug out of the tabloids and movie sites is fucking amazing. Tropic thunder was so fucking good. I say this week the 2 front runners for Best Picture, best screen play and best sound effects/sound effects editing Tropic Thunder and Wall-E came out this week.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST
... you didn't mention what the difference was between the Theatrical release and the Director's Cut? Is it worth getting the Director's Cut?
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST
?? Really?! Just rewatched it last night and didn't see any difference. Are they counting the extras? If so, bad advertising, bad advertising.<p>And despite one's feelings on WallE, can we admit what Pixar does is art, what Dreamworks et all do is cartoons.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST
but not great. Incredible animation, but the second half of the story was lame and predicatable. I didn't much care for the rat-chef movie, either...Give us Incredibles 2!
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
I've seen since The Big Lebowski, easy.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST
I thought, would I like, or even care about a "love" story between a robot that looks like a Steve Jobs wet dream, and a compacted Johnny 5? Damn if Pixar didn't get me again. With just a sound or simple visual, Pixar can play those emotions like a violin. Bastards.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
Robert Downey Jr does almost the whole thing in character. Then when his character switches to Australian, he switches to Australian dialect in the commentary. Then he drops character during the closing credits. Stiller said, "This is where Robert makes the rest of us look like assholes". Everyone seemed to genuinely like and respect each other, which is refreshing.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST
How can anyone like that steaming pile? It was terribly shot, horribly acted, and the writing was incomprehensible. And as a satire it was childish at best. Nothing but a bunch of twists that say nothing themselves. Sorry, Harry but this goes rigth up there with your review of Lady in the Water, another intolerable piece of pretentious garbage.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST
Yet my 4 year old niece can't get enough of it. She goes into a trance when she watches it. I don't get it. I tried too. I went in with an open mind, but it never grabs me. I just keep thinking, is it over yet?
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
has officially been axed from the English language. Try something else.
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST
I submit the following substitutes: "transparently academic" "snooty" "full of crap" "Rolling Stone-esque" (The magazine not the band)
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST
I guess it's about 13 minutes longer, not necessarily better or worse. There's one scene added before they go into the jungle where Steve Coogan is trying to get the actors to have a meeting during a party, it establishes the characters and his desperation a little more but isn't that important. The rest is just added lines and jokes throughout. My favorite additions were Jay Baruchel talking about Renny Harlin being underrated and some Ben Stiller movie-within-the-movie lines that I think were new, but I could be wrong.<p> The extras on that disc are great though. I remember a bunch of people complaining about Steve Coogan not being in the movie enough, well he's in the "Reign of Madness" documentary more than he's in the movie, so check that one out.<p> Also I would like to praise the designers of this DVD because under the paper sleeve it looks like a real war movie, there is very little to indicate it's a comedy and that's pretty cool.
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST
that is a touch condescending isn't it! really really hope blu ray doesn't become the next universal format.
Nov. 19, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST
This proves my other theory, that schools outside of Germany teach the kids that every German was evil at that the time and everybody loved to serve Hitler. And Sophie Scholl a more obscure figure of German history? Come on, it's not that this is one of the many untold stories from Nazi Germany.<br> Of course my other theory is just that they teach all that in school but nobody listens. I mean it's not that I saw one single post in a talkback and thought "No WWII in american schools". If I would get a cent for everytime when people from around the world say dumb stuff to me like "There was no such thing like a good German back then" or "Is it true that Hitler's Birthday is still a holiday in Germany" or is even greeting me with "Heil Hitler" as soon as I mention that I'm German, I had enough money to let Terry Gilliam make every movie that he wants!
Nov. 19, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST
Did Homer Simpson actually coin ANOTHER real word now?
Nov. 19, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST
Okay, Jay does his "He's no Ridley Scott but Renny Harlins really underated.."to the reply from Downey, "You still fuckin talkin to me?"
Nov. 19, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST
Thank Jebus it's on DVD finally! But I've gotta say, ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD & GONZO coming out on the same day has made my entire week! WAY DOWN EAST is the best film (that I've seen) in this week's list, though. Check it out if you love the old, silent films!
Nov. 19, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST
http://tinyurl.com/69vm7w RISKING THEIR FRAKIN LIVES!!! I never claimed that Griffith was a wise man, just a hellava fine filmmaker! Although, being that I haven't got a Confederate flag hanging in my flat, I can't agree with his politics ;-)
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST
by The Specksynder
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST
by The Specksynder
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST
I work at an afterschool program. Most of the younger kids liked Kung Fu Panda better by a lot, but the fifth graders up really dug Wall-E.
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST
Dude you crack me up. Seriously. I'm not sayign their aren't problems with the American educational system. Lord knows there is. But you are epitome of a sterotypically overly-defensive, overly-sensitive, humorless German. It's hilarious actually because I've been to Germany several times and I've met others like you who have similar xenophobic beliefs that the world is out to get them. <p> Chill. Nobody thinks the stuff that you cited about Germans all being Nazis and saying Heil Hitler and such. They probably say that shit to you because they know you will have a histrionic fit about it and give them a good laugh. Relax mein Freund. It's going to be OK.
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST
I'm skipping Blu-ray. By the time I've spent the hundreds for a new player, and further hundreds for a disc collection, I'd wind up with MAYBE 5 years worth of use before all this becomes obsolete. All this will be available in a digital format for download via X-box or a netflix equivalent in HD in a few years anyway. Blu-ray is great and all, but it's the music DVD of our times. A High quality format that will not survive the convenience of downloadable HD that is already becoming ubiquitous. Skip the expense. That said, I try to ignore all of Harry's gushing over the format, because he points out the interesting small genre films that come out unnoticed buried under the hype of bigger movies, that I would otherwise miss. This column keeps my netflix list well stocked. I wish he would put a little more focus on under-the-radar genre releases and less on 20 year old movies we've all seen becoming available on Blu-ray. How many people here actually have a collection extensive enough to care about purchasing Sophie Scholl on DVD, let alone the newly available Blu-ray?
Nov. 19, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST
I may be totally out of sync with the crowd on this one, but the film was an utter joy from beginning to end. If you buy two films before xmas I'd pick Wall-E and Sleeping Beauty Blu-rays, they are both stunning artistic achievements in every way :)
Nov. 19, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST
The local PBS channel showed it about a month back. For those that don't know, it was Keith Moon's last live performance with the band before his death, I think about a month later. Watching the original band play their greatest tunes and sound just amazing brought tears to my eyes in places. Definitely one of the best performance films I've ever seen.
Nov. 19, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
how prominently the words "Black Downey Jr" are written on top of the TT DVD. Yes, I know they mean Jack Black, but what it says is "Stiller Black Downey Jr." ANd that's what you get.
Nov. 19, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
As a huge Who nut, this is a real treat. What's even cooler is the bonus disc which includes a monster gig from the London Coliseum (I believe).<P>DarthJedi - strangely enough, the Kilburn show is NOT Keith Moon's last performance with The Who. It was his second-to-last.<P>The Kilburn gig is infamous for a number of reasons. But it's the show that was originally filmed to be included in The Who's first biopic, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. However, the band had not played in over a year and Keith was out of form on the drums. (You can actually see the physical change in his appearance due to his excessive lifestyle.) Afterwards, the band and filmmakers decided that they were not pleased with the gig and agreed to film another show at Shepperton Studios later on. It was this later show that would go on to make up the footage we all know and love from THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. (If you look closely, you can see that everyone, except Moon, wore the exact same outfits from Kilburn.) So, ultimately, the Shepperton gig was Moon's last performance with The Who.<P>Cheers!
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
no shit Harry, I didnt know that!!
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
suck it frongbak
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST
That just happened.
Nov. 19, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
I was in awe of the visuals the whole time, but the story left me indifferent for the most part, it was kinda boring at times. But I would have loved to have seen it in IMAX!! Kung Fu Panda was just stunning in IMAX. Day the Earth Stood Stiil and Madagascar get IMAX releases, but not WALL-E? Pixar totally dropped the ball on that one.
Nov. 19, 2008, 9 p.m. CST
The penultimate scene where his memory gets wiped and Eve is trying to get him to remember who he is and herself made me shed a tear, even though I knew that Pixar wasn't as heartless as Disney and would eventually find someway to flip it back to a happy ending. Fuck you Pixar.
Nov. 19, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST
I meant to say that I hated pixar for managing to to elicit a tear from me with a such a wonderfully executed scene, even if I knew how it was going to end.
Nov. 19, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
sarcasm just doesnt work well in writing, does it? ;)
Nov. 20, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST
Is that box like a special edition or something? Looks thick... Anyway I wanted to check out Mirror mask, maybe I'll try renting it, as for Wall-E, I like it, but I like Finding Nemo, Incredibles, and Ratatouille much better...
Nov. 20, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST
...is a sad, empty shell of a person, and I have no wish to associate with them. Also, Stephanie Leonidas is *gorgeous*. :)
Nov. 20, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST
in upstate New York "Why haven't I seen anyone wearing a cowboy hat?" to which a mutual friend replied, "Why aren't you wearing wooden shoes?"
Nov. 20, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST
was a good movie.
Nov. 20, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST
by Darth Mulder
...that on the cover of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" none of the chicks are wearing pants?
Nov. 20, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST
And I even think Global Warming is a sham. Oh my one-year old girl's first word was WAAAALLLLLEeee
Nov. 20, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST
is severely underrated...
Nov. 22, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST
Are saying the same thing: "I hated WALL-E because....because....it reminded me....of....of MEEEEEEEE!!!!!"
Nov. 23, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST
harry you do me proud
Nov. 23, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST
Me and a friend loved it. Great movie. Highly recommend.
Nov. 24, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST
Yep. Your reviews over the past year make me think that none of your movie picks can be trusted. Therefore I will no longer be purchasing any DVD reccomendations through this site.
Nov. 24, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST
Hmm. Perhaps he just went Full Retard and never game back...? We know he liked Twilight, after all.
Nov. 25, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
1.I fucking loved Tropic Thunder, matter of fact it's actually a new favorite of mine, I will defiantly pick up the blu ray at some point 2.I almost want to buy the Heathers blu ray for the Big Fun shirt alone 3. Harry, you should really join the cult of anime, I think you would enjoy it :)
Nov. 25, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
that was only three thoughts wasn't it? also I sure wish I could indent
Nov. 25, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST
Watched it twice in the theaters, and again tonight on BluRay....I love that little robot! Definitely top 3 Pixar!
Nov. 26, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST
Having no talking, it was magoical. Once he met the humans on the spaceship it felt very cliched and lost it's magic.
Nov. 27, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST
I love Pixar. I love animation. I do not get WallE. Not at all. It is by far Pixar's weakest film for me. I wish I could see it in the way the fans do. But I just don't get it.
Nov. 30, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST
I'm no snob towards anime (FLCL and Miyazaki are two of my favorite things, anime or not). I'm totally fine with a romantic drama/mushy coming-of-age story if it's done correctly. I absolutely LOVE time travel as a concept, and I ABSOLUTELY HATE "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time." The story was loose, the rules were unclear, the protagonist was whiny and brain-dead. This was possibly my least favorite time-travel movie ever. If you want something good, watch PRIMER.
Dec. 1, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST
Just saw this movie right now. I must say, they don't make gutsy ' high school films ' like this anymore. It's really the film for people who certainly didn't buy into any of that teenaged sort of garbage when it was happening, in a terse, focused, legitimate sort of way. One that just skirted out of that dumb milieu, into crafting a brutal, fascinating narrative about youth, society, class politics and force of arms. Truly unbelievable. " Mean Girls " is just a meaningless, downgraded, egghead , Tina-Feyed saccharine shit version for the plastic MTV set that got into the joke instead of laughing at it. Negative points again, for that bitter Clintonite hag. If it weren't for Sarah Palin..... Mature fun film for those who never got the deal with all that manufactured subcultural nonsense, yet not acting pathetically sorry for not ' getting the date at the prom '. I'd recommend it to everybody !