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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 3rd week of Nov DVDs: WALL-E, Tropic Thunder, D.W. Griffith, Hunter S, Trek & much more!

Hey folks, Harry here – This is a day late due to my New York travel and family from out of town, hope you’ll still enjoy it. As always if you click on the title or the box art you’ll be taken magically to Amazon where you can learn more on the title in question and if you’re feeling the urge, you can purchase it and a small portion will go to support the efforts of this column to continue to bring you the best from the land of home video. Here ya go… Tuesday, November 18th, 2008



WALL-E
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.




TROPIC THUNDER
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.




THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
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.




THE WHO AT KILBURN: 1977
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!




GONZO: The Life And Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson
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!




THE UNIVERSE: The Complete Series 1 (Blu Ray)
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!




STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES – SEASON 3 Remastered
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.




STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (Remastered)
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.




MONTY PYTHON HOLY TRINITY ( Monty Python and the Holy Grail / Monty Python’s Life Of Brian / Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life )
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!




HEATHERS (Blu Ray)
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.




ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
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.




SOUTHLAND TALES
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.




MIRRORMASK (Blu Ray)
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.




DAVID LYNCH – The Lime Green Set ( ERASERHEAD remastered, ERASERHEAD soundtrack, THE SHORT FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH, THE ELEPHANT MAN, A premiere DVD of ELEPHANT MAN extras!, WILD AT HEART, INDUSTRIAL SYMPHONY # 1 first time available, BLUE VELVET in 5.1 first time available, DUMBLAND first time available, and a special Lynch Mystery Disc and a 40 page picture book!)
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!




THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
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.




PARIS, JE T’AIME (Blu Ray)
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.




THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (Blu Ray)
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.




Griffith Masterworks 2 (WAY DOWN EAST / D.W. Griffith: Father of Film / THE AVENGING CONSCIENCE / ABRAHAM LINCOLN / THE STRUGGLE / SALLY OF THE SAWDUST )
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.




CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL: 13th Anniversary Edition
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?




SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS (Blu Ray)
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!




PINK PANTHER ULTIMATE COLLECTION
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…



But before we get that, we have another November Tuesday, where we’ll be checking out: HANCOCK, A COLBERT CHRISTMAS, THE KINGDOM (Blu Ray), BOTTLE ROCKET Criterion, CHUNGKING EXPRESS Criterion, SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD Criterion, MOD SQUAD second season, BECKET Blu Ray, SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY BluRay, WALK THE LINE Blu Ray, ABBA: THE MOVIE Blu Ray, STILL LIFE, JARHEAD (blu ray), GEORGE CARLIN: IT’S BAD FOR YA, ATOMIC CAFÉ, FREAKS & GEEKS: YEARBOOK EDITION, GIRLS IN CHAINS, BLACK NARCISSUS (Blu Ray) and much more!

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  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST

    first?

    by billyhitchcock

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    ah, with that out the way time to read the column :-)

    by billyhitchcock

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    You know what also came out last week?

    by DerLanghaarige

    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

    WALL*E is a stunning transfer

    by Nordling

    I wish my eyes were good enough to see every detail.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    i love this column

    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 Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    by ScottGreen

    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

    PARIS, JE T’AIME :

    by PTSDPete

    Ick. Filthy faggot mediocrity. " Death Race " over this son of a bitch, baby .

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    i agree derek but...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...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

    PARIS, JE POOP

    by Err

    Always wanted to say that.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Yeesh Harry

    by Cash907

    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

    Wall-E

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    K.Fu Panda was better.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Oooh, a rare Scott Green appearance!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    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

    And that's pretty funny how on the Tropic Thunder DVD cover

    by seppukudkurosawa

    It reads like: "Black Downey Jnr."

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    And Harry...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    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

    LASTLY

    by seppukudkurosawa

    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

    did children like Wall*E?

    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

    I can tell you what happened when I took---

    by seppukudkurosawa

    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

    Is Wall-e DATE RAPE?

    by bluelou_boyle

    Harry, did you see Devin's article? Your thoughts please.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Every one of my coworkers' kids hated Wall-E.

    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

    Busted T Girls

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Hurray! The Busted T girls are back!!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL:

    by Stormshadow4life

    Horrible Movie.... but it truly has one of the best commentary tracks around...hilarious!

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Gonzo is awful. Watch Breakfast With Hunter instead.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Good stuff.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    thanks guys, kinda what I thought

    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

    TIME CRIMES, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE...

    by brokentusk

    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

    re: Monster

    by ScottGreen

    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

    That one dude's eye

    by lagomorph

    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

    ..."....you DVD folks" ??!! Is that how it is now?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...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

    I found Wall-E...

    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

    lagomorph

    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

    harry...

    by unkempt_sock

    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, 8:46 a.m. CST

    by unkempt_sock

    racist*

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    On the subject of "where's the trailer?",

    by jim

    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

    Spandau Belly re: Kids & Wall-E

    by KillerTomato

    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

    SOPHIE SCHOLL

    by HoboCode

    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

    I wonder if HoboCode's comment about Sophie Scholl...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...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

    A thousand salaams, Scott!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    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

    Wall-E SI amazing

    by eric haislar

    I watched it again last night. Man it is so good.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    second part of walle is a pice of shit

    by robamenta

    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

    Yo-hooooo! Yo-hoooooo! ya-hhuhhhh....

    by bunksteve

    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

    120 Min. of Wild at Heart deleted Scenes

    by PSJ

    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

    robamenta

    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

    erichaislar

    by robamenta

    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

    robamenta

    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

    DerLanghaarige

    by HoboCode

    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

    Alot of hard work can go a long way

    by robamenta

    hahaha! if pixar had a dick. youd be sucking it....

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    What?! No 1970s Softcore Italian porn this week?!?!

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    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

    robamenta

    by eric haislar

    I would play with balls too.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Origin and Black Lagoon

    by frongbak

    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

    Wall-E would have been a great 25 minute toon

    by Flip63Hole

    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

    Kung Fu Panda

    by frongbak

    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 Criterions have been pushed back.

    by brons0n81

    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

    Wall-E and my kids

    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

    finally girl who leapt comes out

    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

    I am pretty sure I've seen DerLanghaarige do that before...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    ...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

    He wasn't specifically bashing American education

    by seppukudkurosawa

    so much as non-German education.<p> Deutschland uber alles!

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Like I said, IIRC, he's been more specific in the past...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    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

    Capital Crime Against the Written Word

    by Aquatarkusman

    "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

    damn harry

    by MacTard420

    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

    Wall-E with the kids

    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

    TROPIC THUNDER

    by Series7

    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

    Loved Tropic Thunder so much, but Harry...

    by porterdsgn

    ... 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

    Tropic Thunder:Directors Cut

    by skimn

    ?? 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

    Wall-E was OK

    by Zardoz

    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

    Tropic Thunder was the funniest movie

    by I Dunno

    I've seen since The Big Lebowski, easy.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    WallE

    by skimn

    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

    and listen to the Tropic Thunder commentary

    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

    Southland Tales?

    by drewlicious

    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

    WALL-E = BOOOORING!

    by Orionsangels

    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

    The word "pretentious"

    by seppukudkurosawa

    has officially been axed from the English language. Try something else.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa

    by HoboCode

    pedantic?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Very well

    by drewlicious

    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

    Tropic Thunder Director's Cut

    by Vern

    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

    "dvd folks"

    by billyhitchcock

    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

    So you learn about WWII but not about Sophie Scholl?

    by DerLanghaarige

    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

    Is "sacrilicious" actually a word now?

    by Thrillho77

    Did Homer Simpson actually coin ANOTHER real word now?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Vern Tropic

    by skimn

    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

    Griffith's WAY DOWN EAST is brilliant!

    by Prague23

    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

    WAY DOWN EAST CLIP:

    by Prague23

    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

    Everybody Hated It

    by The Specksynder

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Everybody Hated It

    by The Specksynder

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Wall-E for kids

    by WaitingforAvengers

    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

    DerLanghaarige

    by HoboCode

    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

    DVD folks

    by yomomma

    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

    Wall-E backlash ???

    by giger167

    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

    That WHO disc is frigging amazing

    by DarthJedi

    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

    Someone must have noticed

    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

    THE WHO AT KILBURN

    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

    "it is just great to feel great"

    by the milf lover

    no shit Harry, I didnt know that!!

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Iron Man was better than The Dark Knight

    by the milf lover

    suck it frongbak

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    WALL-E Is Garbage

    by pr1c3y

    That just happened.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    WALL-E looked great

    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

    I fucking hated Wall-E (spoiler)

    by blindambition238

    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

    you hate Wall-E because it made you cry?

    by the milf lover

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I was sorta kidding milfy

    by blindambition238

    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

    I figured that's what you meant

    by the milf lover

    sarcasm just doesnt work well in writing, does it? ;)

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Gotta get Girl who leapt through time...

    by Johnno

    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

    Anyone who doesn't love MirrorMask...

    by 11dayempire

    ...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

    Loved the Dutch foreign exchange student who asked

    by JackRabbitSlim

    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

    Lady in the Water

    by ChocolateJesus

    was a good movie.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Anyone else notice...

    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

    WALL-E is the best Pixar Movie...

    by SingingHatchet

    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

    trek season 3...

    by darthwaz1

    is severely underrated...

  • Nov. 22, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    All the WALL-E haters.......

    by closeencounter

    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

    southland tales love

    by g-ride9000

    harry you do me proud

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Just got done with Southland Tales

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Me and a friend loved it. Great movie. Highly recommend.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Until your reviews get better I am done buying dvd's through you

    by happybunni

    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

    D. Vader, re Harry being retarded...

    by alanmoore

    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

    as per usual I have several thoughts

    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

    well shit

    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

    WallE

    by Stormshadow4life

    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

    I agree about Wall-E sucking in the second half...

    by BigTuna

    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

    What's wrong with me?

    by wato

    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

    Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Sucks!)

    by maxbrown

    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

    Heathers is Fucking Excellent !!!!!

    by PTSDPete

    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 !