Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st week of Dec DVDs: Narnia, Wanted, Shawshank, Nikita, X-Files, Fairbanks, Yogi Bear & more!!!
Hey folks, Harry here… This just got caught in the hell of this season. For one – many of the titles arrived late, then there’s all the Academy Screeners I’m going through (and needing to review) and lastly and most time consuming, the work on Butt-Numb-A-Thon X. Can’t promise next week’s will be on time either – but I’ll try. I hate it when these things come in late, but I’ve been doing this for 4 years now and sometimes, they just come in late. As always all the titles and boxes are clickable for checking out their corresponding AMAZON page where you can learn more on the title and/or purchase the item which goes to support the ongoing existence and exploration of this column. I hope you enjoy it, here ya go…
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
Personally, I vastly preferred this film to the first venture into Narnia. I think Andrew Adamson’s skills as a director improved – and definitely the action was better choreographed and shot. Of course… some good old fashioned dwarf action helps… it’s always nice to see Mahler in action. The Blu-Ray is loaded with behind the scenes of every step of animating a badass sword-swinging rat! Not to mention any number of other bits of coolness. I still feel they haven’t quite captured the Narnia in my mind, but they’ve done a real good job of envisioning a pretty damn good one.
Ok – now I love this crazy fucking film. Make no bones about it – it’s absurd, ludicrous and you’d have to be one demented Styrofoam nut sniffing monkey to believe ANYTHING in the film was plausible… not the least of which was God’s Womb sending down the names of folks to be assassinated by way of a Binary Weave Code aka (BWC). But ya know… I don’t always expect reality from movies – and this is so far removed from any likely scenario that I’ve seen before… like the crazed stoned ramblings of a shroomhead having seen THE MATRIX for the 15th straight time in his basement. But dammit, I don’t care about Millar’s writing process… I just love his absurd results. Now this special collector’s Blu-Ray set that I have listed above has the sort of fanboy junk that us geeks must have for our refrigerators and desks… like 4 astonishingly collectible Post cards – a lenticular scene in a finely crafted genuine Acrylic Frame – and little book and special packaging that shows… YOU GIVE A SHIT ABOUT SEEING MORGAN FREEMAN SAY MOTHERFUCKER!
This isn’t the funniest film of the year as the box quotes say, but it is funny. But what do you expect from Adam McKay – the man behind ANCHORMAN and TALLADEGA NIGHTS – but it is silly. That said it isn’t plain silly, it’s just funny and there’s a good deal of laughs. At least worth a rental.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Blu-Ray Book)
I wasn’t sent a review copy of this, but the reviews I’ve seen have been sterling. Now, I have a confession… This Is Not my favorite Darabont film. I know that isn’t a popular thing to say – and that isn’t a slap at this film. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is an exquisite work, but personally – I prefer both GREEN MILE and THE MIST. Which is odd – cuz I actually love the straight prison dramas from which King and Darabont drew in the creation of this story and film. And make no bones about it, I love SHAWSHANK – it is just… well, I love the story of THE GREEN MILE – I read it in serialized order as King wrote it – and Frank captured the story… perfectly. Well – of all of Frank’s films – this Blu-Ray is the single best presentation yet. I’d love a GREEN MILE with stuffed Mr Jingles – displayed in a cigar box… or a Sideshow Delacroix in the chair – that said – this edition – it would have been nice to have postcards of each of the posters upon Andy’s cell wall. But frankly – it’s all about the films and the presentation here is reportedly perfect. I look forward to checking it out shortly!
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
I just went out and bought this one – yes, I was disappointed. Yes, I feel Fox is treating X-FILES the way Paramount shat out Star Treks for years… Underfunded, underproduced and nowhere near realizing the potential of the franchise. That could be Christ Carter’s fault, but I doubt it. Rothman – and essentially Rupert Murdoch’s skinflint ways… well, I think the result in diminished film potential. This wasn’t what people were wanting from an X-FILES film, actually – in a way it was… a scaled back story – a stand alone that didn’t play directly to the over-riding mythology of the series – other than… there’s weird shit out there. This film felt like an OK episode of the series – the only reason that I liked it more than that was that I frickin miss these characters. Seriously. Fox and Dana – they’re old friends, I miss hanging out with them. I miss seeing their adventures. I just wish that if I had to wait so long to see them together, that we could see them at a more extraordinary adventure – rather than just a low-level one. Give this series a budget, let them leave the FBI behind, and go into the private sector investigating phenomena and recording it – publishing it – getting the truth out there. The FBI politics have gotten tired. Make them more Sherlock & Watson.
FROST/NIXON: THE ORIGINAL WATERGATE INTERVIEWS
This is utterly compelling. Honestly, as great as the ACTUAL interviews are… Ron Howard’s film dramatically is vastly superior. The back story of just how much was on the line personally for David Frost… along with Nixon. How this became an epic war for these guys… well, it’s just huge. HUGE. Watching these tapes AFTER the film, well, they’re even more powerful though. You can’t help but bring the performances into the reality – but the thing is… when I look at Nixon – I just don’t have a lot of sympathy for the actual man, Langella… sure he’s Skeletor and Dracula… but he just plays evil bastards, he isn’t one. If you go out to see FROST/NIXON – you have to check this out!
METALOCALYPSE – SEASON 2
This show will kick your ass all the way back to your great-grandmother’s womb. That’s right, it’s so badassly awesome that you’d have be Ryan Reynolds this week, to ignore it. But even then… even then, there’s a chance that Scarlett and Ryan are watching this between the nuptial nibblings. This show is hilarious consistently and gets me giggling for very long periods. Just greatness.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Blu-Ray)
Fucking Bliss! Commentary by Robert Wise with Nicolas Meyer! Isolated Score! Historian Track. Then an entire second disc of extras – filled with extras – multiple documentaries… and then there’s just the awesome awesome film. I LOVE this movie. There’s also a look at the remake, if you care… but mainly – this is all about DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, the original film. One of the singular great films in Science Fiction Cinema history. And to have a great film like this – this nice, it’s just an absolute treat.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – 4th Season
Belushi Hulk vs Murray Superman… Aykroyd’s Fred Garvin? Martin & Aykroyd’s wild and crazy guyz? The Greatful Dead, Rolling Stones, Doobie Brothers, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Carrie Fisher and many many more. I remember watching each and every one of these live in 78-79… and these guys were all GODS! Absolute GODS!
AUSTIN POWERS COLLECTION: Shagadelic Edition Loaded With Extra Mojo (Blu-Ray)
I know recently I’ve rained a lot of shit down upon Mike Myers – but this is his gold. Austin Powers IS fucking funny. Although – I keep wishing that Mike had taken the series less in the direction of turning it into SitCom relationships – and more directly playing in the hilariously rich satiric material that embodies the Bond, Flint, Man From UNCLE. This set of all three Austin Powers films is pretty damn great – The commentary with Myers and Roach. The deleated scenes, music videos – “The Dr. Evil Story” – Trivia tracks – and much more. These are great editions of a very funny series.
CASABLANCA (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) Blu-Ray
Everytime I watch it, which is several times a year – I have the feeling that I’m watching the greatest movie of all time. And I have very few films that give me that feeling. This edition gives you the film, luggage and passport covers – leather – with Casablanca emblazoned across it. There’s postcards of various versions of the poster – like you’d see in a AMAD report from Quint, but I made sure Quint saw this film about 12 years ago. Probably the most awesome ADDITION to the film is the Jack Warner: The Last Mogul – a really great doc on the life of Jack Warner – a type of exec that just doesn’t exist anymore. Something I’d recommend every power player in Hollywood paying attention to. Seriously.
HOME ALONE (Blu-Ray)
This is actually a really great disc. HOME ALONE is one of those movies that I like to claim I hate, but that I actually really like more and more over the years. I remember when it came out – that holiday season where lots of kids’ parents were in the first Gulf War. It blew the roof off the box office. Amazing. The best thing about the film is John Williams’ amazing score – and some of the great designed Rube Goldberg sequences of THREE STOOGE style damage realized by Chris Columbus. The film is, of course, gorgeous on Blu-Ray. But the extras are kinda fascinating – like the commentary with Chris and Culkin, the behind the scenes with Culkin at the time is fascinating. My favorite though is the stunt behind the scenes. This is a very fun movie.
A COLBERT CHRISTMAS: The Greatest Gift Of All
My only regret is that this perfection isn’t upon Blu-Ray, but I understand why Colbert chose HD-DVD – it was the RED. But when BLU won, it signaled a wave of change that was sweeping this country. BLU was over-powering RED and well… Colbert doesn’t acknowledge that reality. My understanding is that he had a single HD-DVD of A COLBERT CHRISTMAS made for himself – his sole RED disc. His punishment to all of us BLU voters is to with hold this brilliant timeless title from us. He is going to single handedly bring back HD DVD. All that you know will change – the Colbert bump is irresistible and inevitable. Years from now, experts will look back to this release – this time and in that future, where Colbert is the singular leader of the enslaved free world. It was his Christmas message that united us all to his bidding.
LA FEMME NIKITA (Blu Ray)
This and RUN LOLA RUN and ALIENS and T2 need to be examined and analyzed repeatedly for how to make a great feminine action film that does not sacrifice the heroine sexuality in lieu of testosterone – rather it keeps its inherent femininity intact to the benefit of every possible layer of the story. It feels right. It feels great. Luc Besson and James Cameron are the best at that formula. LA FEMME NIKITA is tremendous. The film that really brought Besson into focus globally. And this Blu-Ray captures all of that. It is stunning.
MYTHBUSTERS: Big Blasts Collection
Ok – I believe if you’re a geek, you love MYTHBUSTERS – the adventures of Adam, Jamie, Robert, Kari and Salvatore… well – they just delight me to no end. Watching them prove and disprove various stories, myths, legends, ancient weaponry, etc… it just makes me giggle with delight. Like their recent “polishing a turd” adventure. Just amazing. Here you have 441 minutes of Mythbusters fun – featuring every big boom they’ve done and much much more. This is catnip for me. Maybe it is for you too.
THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE
Ok – so are you picking up the Austin Powers series? Well this is even better. Stone age gadgetry is geekriffic. This is Hanna-Barbera classic fun – you got Mel Blanc and June Foray and Harvey Korman doing their vocal best – and here we have the full theatrically restored FLINTSTONE feature to take home. I love this flick.
THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC
This is flat out – THE MOVIE. But for folks like me and Moriarty – who absolutely adore this film, that’s what we want. I get the bare-bones release on this film, the studio didn’t see much on the backend, but goddamn it – naysayers aside, this movie is stunning. Even if it is the third best JOAN OF ARC film – behind the brilliant Carl Theodor Dreyer’s LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC and the Ingrid Bergman JOAN OF ARC – but both of those are GREAT films and this is also great, just not as beloved by me. The fact remains, this is Milla Jovovich’s single best performance and role. That everything about it works for me. And that it is gorgeous on Blu-Ray.
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (Blu Ray)
What a great great great release on Blu-Ray! I’ve never been able to see a great theatrical print of John Carpenter’s original ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. I’ve seen a couple of 16mm prints, both of which were a bit red. But to have this – this sharp – this good. It’s the Rosetta Stone of John Carpenter films… from the ice cream shot through every other scene. It’s just absolutely methodical, classic, old-school filmmaking. In my imaginary fantasyland of my dreams – I dream of John Carpenter making a A-level budgeted ALAMO movie with this sort of grit and fatality. I love the remake, but this is the jewel – presented as such here!
HEY THERE, IT’S YOGI BEAR
I know it is amazing to think of a point in time where there was a YOGI BEAR movie in theaters, but in 1964 – YOGI was the shit! Those quaint Jelly Stone parks seemed like magic back then – and HEY HEY BOO BOO… oh man, crack. I’ve wanted to show a 35 mm print of this at the Kids Club for years, I just haven’t found one to show yet, cuz frankly this is actually the very best Hanna Barbera feature that was ever made. It’s just a blast – with great songs and great fun. Just put it on, sit down with the most sugary cereal you can find and the most goofy pajamas you own and your favorite regressive toy in your possession and journey to Jellystone!
12 MONKEYS (Blu-Ray)
I already have the HD-DVD on this title – and it makes me very happy. So I don’t feel the need to shell out the $41 for this great 12 MONKEYS import disc, but I’ve no clue when it is coming to a Stateside release, but this is a region 1 disc that will play in your domestic systems. It’s pricey – so basically you just have to ask yourself how much you love this movie. Personally, I love it, but not $41 worth.
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS: A MODERN MUSKETEER (HIS PICTURE IN THE PAPERS, THE MYSTERY OF THE LEAPING FISH, FLIRTING WITH FATE, THE MATRIMANIAC, WILD AND WOOLLY, REACHING FOR THE MOON, A MODERN MUSKETEER, WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, THE MOLLY CODDLE, THE MARK OF ZORRO & THE NUT)
Ok – As an Errol Flynn freak – I naturally gravitated to the glory of Douglas Fairbanks. On this set – I’ve seen THE MARK OF ZORRO – but I’ve never seen any of the others. I love his post-this period work, without exception. His ROBIN HOOD, THREE MUSKETEERS, THIEF OF BAGDAD, DON Q SON OF ZORRO, THE BLACK PIRATE, etc. But this… this is a true treasure. Here you get to discover the building of the legend that was Douglas Fairbanks. This is one set that I’d love to see under my Christmas tree this year!
TALES OF THE UNEXPLAINED – From Behind The Veil
I love this series – it comes from the ancient world of early television. The first set had 4 episodes – which had different hosts hosting an exploration of the Supernatural, documentary style. BUT early Documentary style. Kinda hokey. But this set purports to have at least one featuring Boris Karloff hosting – and there are 10 episodes. It is currently out of stock at Amazon, but I’ve ordered mine, for whenever it comes in. I’m very eager to check it out!
This Luc Besson produced film is loathed in France, but frankly – it kicks ass. Sure, I prefer SPEED RACER for insane fucking racing comic book action lunacy, but this was a lot of fun. I never read the original Michel Vaillant French comics, so I’m not too sure what is issing, but it feels like a comic book racing story. What is here is a very visceral film, one that’s thrilling and puts a helluva smile on your face. It is a bit silly, but it is also pretty awesome. The disc is region 1, but an import and pricey. But getting a great fun hard to see Import Blu-ray of a title you can’t see otherwise… it’s the risks you take to discover these things for yourself.
Next week – we kick it off with the biggest release of the year, THE DARK KNIGHT… and then we’ll be looking at LOST 4th Season, HORTON HEARS A WHO, THE WIRE: THE COMPLETE SERIES, MAN ON WIRE, DEADWOOD: THE COMPLETE SERIES, HAPPY DAYS 4th Season, SIN CITY Blu Ray, DUMB AND DUMBER Blu-Ray, PETER AND THE WOLF, THE MASK Blu Ray, Jet Li’s Fearless Blu Ray, EUROPA Criterion, THE MAN WHO CAME BACK, THE SHUTTERED ROOM, IT!, Murnau, Borzage and Fox Box Set, SUPER TROOPERS Blu, I AM LEGEND Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN Blu, CHAMBER OF HORRORS, BRIDES OF FU MANCHU, IRMA VEP, SHELLEY DUVALL BEDTIME STORIES, RED CLIFF Blu-Ray, RIO Uncut, THE BLOODY APE, SWINGING IN THE 70’s GRINDHOUSE TRIPLE FEATURE and maybe more!
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Dec. 5, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST
by georges garvaren
I want more of those two together. And with nudity!
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST
I was hoping you'd say sommin' about what Anna Popplewell's spectacular lips look like in Blu-Ray. It's all right, she's nearly 20. No guilt to be found there. Did you know 1 in ever 5 homes in the UK has at least one copy of The Shawshank Redemption. How fookin' smart is that.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST
This is the best part of this site. That and the 'casual' interviews with folk like Ronnie Howard, Spike Jonze and that David Fincher interview I have saved.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST
by Papa Lazaru
Got to agree on Step Brothers. Went in to it expecting the usual Ferrell thing , humorous but not great but I found myself laughing a lot more then I expected . There was a genius moment in it where the two guys had just made bunk beds in their room , freeing up a bit of space. The acknowledge their new found play area John C Reilly does this little ballet leg sweep . its so subtle and you probably would not even notice it but it had me in tears laughing . Maybe its just me .
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST
...i was the same age as kevin when this came out and so it's easily my favourite xmas film along with muppet xmas carol and santa claus the movie :-) anyway, the fact that i need to buy a blu ray player just to hear the commentary on this disc is quite frustrating, it wasn't on the dvd release of the family fun edition, dammit!
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST
...step brothers was piss funny. hilarious!
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST
I want The Day The Earth Stood Still....so badly!
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST
Wow, surprised at how many new titles are being released every week. Seems like soon most films will be available on this format. That makes me happy in the pants.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST
Angel A. Really fucking awesome film.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
don't seem very good to me. Very Photoshopy, a minor gripe I know, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST
She's smiling every fucking second! The only time I didn't see her smiling was when they made that torture experiment with her.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST
Oh my God! Another movie I used to watch all the time on the local weekend movie! Only that one I totally forgot about. I'm a NERD! Gotta get that and The Man Called Flintstone.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST
That movie was insanely funny. I do think there were a couple missteps. Like them both happening to sleepwalk and then sleepwalking around with no point other than to "accidentally" cause trouble. That was just too contrived for me. But who cares? The good stuff is awesome. The end, with the brothers and the kids... for that to be, like, the "uplifting" final moment? Awesome.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST
by DC Films
...coming soon :)
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST
by DC Films
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST
by DC Films
OK, did i go too far there?
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
when they had real myths to debunk. Now, they just take ideas, test them to watch them fizzle, and them amp them up just for a big explosion. Nothing wrong with that, just not as interesting.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST
through the years. The clarity of DVD made it look ancient, and the blue quickening/prize at the end appear cartoonish.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST
Green Mile - pretty good, The Mist - great.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST
The protagonist was a self-absorbed little jerk, and the movie gave us no real reason to root for him, let alone respect him. I'll give the movie this: the effects were amazing. And Angelina Jolie looked frackin' great. But I could not get emotionally invested in this film.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST
I was so pissed off watching this in the theater; it felt like a joke. Had some good moments. It works much better on DVD. But still this was a fuck up by the studio. No doubt, a profitable year for them.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST
by Miami Mofo
Sorry Harry, I'm gonna have to disagree with you on this one! You see back in '93 I went to a Crash Test Dummies concert at an outdoor venue here in South Florida. Milla was the opening act and as it often does during our summer nights, we had a thunderstorm. Milla's band kept playing and she finished her set. CTD came out, played two songs and left the stage because of the rain. Everyone there was quite impressed with Milla's performance (not to mention that she looked great wet). I even got her cd, The Divine Comedy. I wonder if I'm the only one on the entire planet to do so.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST
by Karl Childers
Dec. 5, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
a nasty, mean spirited little movie, for only the most undemanding of film geeks, Harry I'm very disappointed with you.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST
by DC Films
I know you're right, but i still want it ;)
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST
God's Womb? WTF?
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST
Harry definitely needs his new contacts fast....he seems to label just about every BluRay release as "gorgeous", even those that are downright lackluster such as The Messenger. This is a good article for what's new....but if you want to know about a disc's quality, go to highdefdigest.com
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST
I'd ask you to explain that, but I'm afraid of the even stupider answer I'd get.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST
as far as I've heard.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST
Bored me out of my mind. I'm a fan of so many crappy action movies, but this just made me roll my eyes. Especially after the 700th time they "curve" bullets. We get it. I shouldn't have given the director another chance. I didn't like Daywatch or Nightwatch.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST
by Frank Black
You are not alone. Many of us but her CD and still listen to it frequently. I remember it and Vanessa Paradis's first American release coming out around the same time and loving both of them.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST
Angel-A was amazing. Especially the cigarette scene.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST
Gangs of New York might be the biggest mess (video wise) on all of Blu-Ray. Unbreakable looks very below par. And the Color version of The Mist looks hideous. So all films on Blu-Ray don't look great. However, films like 21, Kill Bill and Casino Royale look God Amazing. And even older films like Bladerunner, Dirty Harry and Close Encounters of Third Kind look probably better than when they were originally in the theaters. But that's not the case every time.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST
The Mist over The Shawshank Redemption? Come. On. <p> I guess we're just 2 different people and Harry just loves kitschy, B-movie crap way too much.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST
I like action movies, but WANTED was more post-MATRIX bullshit.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST
Step Brothers is by far the funniest movie of the year so far. There have been some other good comedies but Step Brothers still edges them out.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST
was nothing but an unused episode from the TV series that he quickly did a little updating on to make it a "movie" script. That if it was not for the writers strike then it would have never been made.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST
by half vader
Sorry. Had to get it out of my system.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST
Now that's a fun movie.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST
by half vader
off. If you want PROOF about how good or bad a disc is, go to the AVS forums and look at Xylon's comparison threads. Straight full-rez unchanged Blu to SD DVD shots. If it's subtle problems, you'll know it. If it's abortions like the shit transfer of Patton, you'll know that too.
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST
Jesus. another day on AICN, another illogically exaggerated opinion. The mist and Green mile btter than Shawshank. <p> Just. Shut. Up.<p> Listen, I love The Mist and The Green Mile but they don't even touch Shawshank. What is with the Shawshank backlash on this fucking site of late. It's stupefyingly ignorant and tasteless.
Dec. 5, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR
Fucking love that movie. And that score....fucking hypnotizing.
Dec. 5, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR
I got the Canadian version off of ebay about a month ago. And I highly recommend it to all the fans. It looks killer on blu-ray. Esp. the Hayek Dance Number at the Titty Twister. And the audio is fucking thumping big time! Still as much as i enjoy that movie the part i dislike is when the band whip out the human instruments.
Dec. 5, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST
by Sith Witch
The best film this past year...
Dec. 5, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST
by Sammy Jankis
Was it not Harry that was all gaga over American Teen? And he doesn't mention its release on DVD?
Dec. 5, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
That show cracks me up and it always seems to suck me in. Recently saw the episode where they inter-leaved (weaved?) two phone books together. It blew my mind what it took to pull them apart.<P>The episode with the Tesla device was legitimately frightening and the hot-water heater/rocket launch is a personal fave.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST
....to "support the ongoing existence and exploration of this column."<p>Its sort of funny if you think about it. If you buy from Amazon you are in essence paying Harry to watch movies all day.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
who thinks that Douglas Fairbanks looks remarkably like M. Night Shyamalan? It's a little spooky...Hey, maybe that's the 'twist' of Manny's career: He really IS Douglas Fairbanks! dun Dun DUN!!!!
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST
Search your feelings, nerdling, you know it to be true. The reason for the long overdue backlash against this trifle of a film is because of the endless parade of dunderheads online who can't help rhapsodizing about how they've seen it 14,000 times and each time it just makes their "widdle" heart burst just a tiny bit more with "wuv." Every single fucking time the word "Shawshank" is typed onto the internet, you get a minimum of 10 follow-up posts that are the equivalent of some backward-hat wearing, four inches of Calvin-Klein boxer-brief showing "homeboy" grabbing their junk and going "Word!!" It's a reaction to the Pavlovian - some might say scarily pathological - need of certain netizens to constantly proclaim to everyone in the fucking universe just how FRICKIN' AWESOME this Tim Robbins prison flick is . . . dude. I swear, whisper the word "Shawshank" randomly in the dark to a cornfed frat boy, and if the inebriants have been freely flowing, you will instantly get some sloppy over-the-belt action, whether that whisperer be equipped with female or male genitalia. It's cinematic catnip for celler-dwellers. It's "Titanic" for boys, with a feel-good Morgan Freeman voiceover and stripey prison jammies. It's a whole weepy Lifetime/Hallmark network compressed into a convenient 2-hour video time capsule that one can easily digest, without too much thought, between Sports Centers. The backlash has been a long, long time coming, but was never unexpected since, online, the movie positively defines the term "over-hyped."
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
As Soon As I Saw The Austin Powers Cover... that catchy theme song started in my head and the catch phrase "Yeah, baby." MUSIC: Da Du Da Du, Da Du Da Du. And I am NOT a big fan of the movies. I guess no denying it is an iconic series.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST
You're sad, pathetic, angry, small-dicked little bitch. I feel sorry for you.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST
...and I trust you'll agree Gremlins II is far superior to anything Darabont will ever conceive.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST
that's sending you screeners?
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST
It may be no more than a feature-length episode, but it was such an improvement after the disappointment of the first film. It was just great to see Mulder and Scully again (and in a different light). I like that the film focuses on them and their relationship more than the "mystery" of the case itself, because let's face it, we've seen it all before (and at least it wasn't aliens again). Personally, I won't mind seeing a new X-files movie every five years or so, and you don't need a budget larger than the $30 million this one cost to make these films. Good story, great characters. I look forward to the next one.
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Speaking of Shawshank, if you haven't toured the Mansfield Reformatory, where it was filmed, you HAVE to. Was there last weekend. Impressive as hell!
Dec. 5, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
freaking La Femme Nikita! the sexiest heroine every on screen and I grew up on Home Alone. Anybody who hates that movie is just pissed that they couldn't have it as a child. Saw it the other day and I was cracking up more than ever and yes that John Williams score just happens to be one of the staples of the Christmas season nowadays.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
Remember when BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD saw her music video. "Look BUTT-HEAD, she is stark raving naked." Oh how I miss B&B doing music video reviews. "Change it, change it." or "Fire, fire"
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
It's a fantasy conjured up by bitter, little, impotent boys.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST
Shawshank rocks, and that's about it. What is wrong with a good movie being "overhyped"? If it's a good movie IT SHOULD BE OVERHYPED! Oh, and I completly agre with Harry about how they haven't got Narnia just right yet. It just feels off. And Shoot 'em Up sucked, Wanted is better then that crap.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST
"Still as much as i enjoy that movie the part i dislike is when the band whip out the human instruments." What are you, fucking nuts?
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST
I liked IWTB more than most, but I want to see something completely mind-blowing next time out. Nail-biting horror and excitement.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST
Fox had nothing to do with the poor quality of the movie. In fact, their mistake was giving Carter and Spotnitz control to do whatever they wanted with the movie. Those two were always the weak link of the show. It was the work of better staff writers like Morgan & Wong that made The X-Files cool and after their departure, the show spiraled out of control into the mess it is now.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
by Bubba Gillman
Like Shawshank, love Green Mile. Realize it's the minority opinion. Another minority opinion that I (and evidently I alone) hold - Colbert is profoundly unfunny.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST
by Mr Incredible
And THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE, as well.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST
The X-files show was good but good enough to deify it's creator? I guess if the SNL cast are "Absolute GODS!" then, sure, one could make the case.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST
They ended the thing, once and for all, the best way they thought they could. It's a let down, but I am glad they finally put the bullet in the alien mythology. By the end of the series, that had all been made so convoluted and preposterous that there really is no way to resolve it. <p> There will be no more movies, the only reason they all agreed to do it was to end the series. It's over.
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST
They were fucking floored by it. I love my job.
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST
...but its overrated as fuck and Darabont doesn't really have much talent. He's a nice guy but he sorta sucks balls.
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Chippy Fon Toast
I don't get the "you'd have to be Ryan Reynolds this week" reference? Does Harry just have a hard-on for Scarlett and felt it necessary to mention that Ry-Rey gets to tap that sweet, sweet can in the middle of his Metalocalypse blurb?
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST
What kinda class? How old are the kids?
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
I think you're right. Darabont does nothing to elevate the film. I love Shawshank, but that's because it is a great story with great actors.
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST
Takes the world of Narnia and adds a little more complexity in the characters and villians. Tops the first in almost every respect and deserves a second look on video.
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST
Awful film but damn it felt good to see Mulder and Scully again even if it had to be in this dribble. I admire what Carter tried to do but it felt contrived and forced. He was daring in his pedophile priest/homosexual frankenestein love thing but something about it just didn't connect with me or anyone else apparently. Truly the kind of episode that made us shake our heads during seasons 8 and 9 of the show.
Dec. 5, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Out this week at Best Buy! Don't Hassel the Hoff!
Dec. 5, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST
To come up with a clandestine Russian team of doctors retrofitting a gay cancer patient with random female body parts?? Thats the best Carter could come up with? And the relationship between Mulder and Scully, that was LIKE an old married couple in the series, with the teasing and bickering, became, in the movie exactly like an old married couple that just nagged each other. And the story kept them apart in the investigation, with Scully in the hospital and Mulder trudging around with Peet and Xibit. And the boat coda at the end??? WTF
Dec. 5, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
One day a girl will pay attention to you, don't stop believing...
Dec. 5, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST
facebook page. Hey guys, this is what we've been up to! Toss is gay Russian Frankenstein crap and you've got your movie. It makes me ill just to think about how bad that movie is.
Dec. 5, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
And the Mythbusters are Adam, Jamie, Grant, Kari and (Salva)Tore. Who the fuck is Robert? Do you mean the narrator? I would think you'd try to list an actual onscreen member of the team first.
Dec. 5, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST
by Mr. Waturi
It is astonishing how popular this site is given your horrible taste in movies. Over the years, you have enthusiastically promoted one steaming turd after another ("Attack of the Clones" - need I say more?) The latest is today's admission that you prefer "Green Mile" and "The Mist" over "Shawshank." This is basically the equivalent of admitting that you are a retard who eats your own boogers. Congratulations, Harry, you've done astonishingly well for yourself.
Dec. 5, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
..all because he doesnt have the same opinion about a movie that many of you do? i'll always be glad that while i may have similar tastes to "the movie geek", i am not one myself. i'll never understand the elitist attitude so many have. they judge people simply on the fact they dont share their tastes, like wow...the world is definately doomed.
Dec. 5, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST
by Mr. Waturi
I was just busting Harry's balls. The fact that you would take my little comment seriously proves that while you may not be a movie geek, you are definitely a geek.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST
movies ever made. There isn't even a kernel of humanity in that movie -- and that is disturbing.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST
While I agree that Harry saying he prefers The Mist and Green Mile over Shawshank sounds absurd to me given the amount of movies he watches (the amount of movies watched generally = better taste in movies). However, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But at the same time, there is a point where opinion becomes fair game for ridicule. Such as people that say The Godfather is overrated, that it insists upon itself. This is very clearly an uneducated opinion that I have heard from people many times over. I think what Harry's comment about Shawshank proves is just because he has the most successful movie news site on the web doesn't mean he knows the difference between a Classic film and a Good film. The same could be said about movie studio heads. Because if they knew what even a good movie was, we as movie viewers wouldn't have to endure 90% of the crap they put out. As another TBer said, just because they put reviews of of Blu-Rays on the site (and Harry goes gaga over every one) doesn't mean it's really any good. This site is Great for news, not so great for reviews for anything (excluding Moriarty, who's the most consistent).
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST
What are you talking about in that "review" or whatever of The Veil? It's on DVD already in various versions and the Something Weird Video version is about as good as it will get. It's also 11 minutes longer than the one shown. Also, IMDB doesn't list an alternate title so why does it say "Tales of the Unexplained featuring Boris Karloff from behind The Veil"? Anyway, no point in ordering something out of stock when there'es plenty of other versions, possibly better, that are available.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST
...being one of the best movies ever is the use of every fucking prison cliche you can think of. I mean, even Stephen King said that he stole from many movies that he saw as a kid.
Dec. 5, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST
this is probably a really stupid question, but i have a regular dvd player and a pretty old television. Is it worth it to upgrade to a blu-ray player if i'm not willing to get a new tv at the moment?<p>
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST
Perhaps by the time you trade up your TV, we'll be on to solid state players or holographic versatile disc? Don't blow money on blu-rays if you don't have the screen to take advantage of the res, and don't buy DVDs that aren't bargain priced, or unless you feel it's a title that won't be released again in the future.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST
I'd be for a blu-ray Highlander if they do a better job with the transfer.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST
Mulder and Scully take over publication of The Lone Gunmen's magazine and investigate all kinds of paranormal shit for fun and profit. It practically writes itself.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST
I don't actually read this shit anymore....but are you fucking kidding me?!! AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW fuck I just peed.
Dec. 5, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST
I mean seriously, it was a good film, but why is it at the top of the of top 250 list at IMDB. Honestly, is it better than Chinatown? Is it better than Casablanca? WTF?
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST
was a really good film IMO. A bit too long, but those battle scenes were great. That ladder-and-wall action was better than the stuff in "the Two Towers". Besson rocks.
Dec. 5, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST
An ex of mine was a big fan of Milla's CD, and played it constantly. I have to admit I liked it very much as well; she sounds kind of Kate Bush-y.
Dec. 5, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST
Slooow, boring and so much like Lord of the rings with Susan stepping into Legolas's pointy shoes to fling arrows like an elf and even a bit of Ent help at the end with some river spirit bad guy on horseback bashing too it's shit, shit, shit and makes no sense and i cant believe the book was this shit!? some of it was so shit it was funny like Holy Grail Funny what with the bad guy begging to take five during his sword fight with Prince Willi... sorry Peter and Susan dangling prcariously off the edge of a huge drop only to plop down about a foot onto terre firma it was shit!
Dec. 5, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
then go to her website MillaJ.com, you can download a whole bunch of songs that she recorded over the years. The quality varies since a lot of them are demos, but still great stuff. Hard to top The Divine Comedy, one of my faves of the 90s that I still listen to regularly.<p> Milla should do a movie where she plays a singer, so we can get that talent on screen. Just make it something original and not some lame biopic of a real musician.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST
especially because of Beyonce. She's awful. In a Bond movie, she'd have been killed off early on. Too bad that didn't happy in the third Powers flick.
Dec. 5, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST
But I hated the Graphic Novel, too.
Dec. 6, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST
Stay far away from the graphic novel. The writers cleaned up the story for the movie. Now the graphic novel is mean and antisocial no doubt about that.
Dec. 6, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST
the film though. They claim up front that this comment about how supervillians are formed. The movie positions Wesley Gibson as a good character because Sloan greed-based Loom-Smithing is worse than Gibson's pure Loom-Faith. The inhumanity comes from the fact that the film doesn't comment on anything (as opposed to the graphic novel). <p> Although the film does postulate how cool it is to see bullets explode through people's heads -- I'll concede that point.
Dec. 6, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST
They can't even spell Michael Valiant.
Dec. 6, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST
Shawshank is great and all, but for some reason I really connected to The Mist. Long live Tom Jane
Dec. 6, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST
Also, I liked Prince Caspian because I knew less about the book going in. The first one though is telling the classic story, and I think it's no accident that everyone knows it but so many aren't familiar with Prince Caspian. Unfortunately the classic story is a tale of wonder and discovery that only turns into adventure at end. The movie makers were obviously more attracted to the adventure side of things--is it any wonder that they made a better movie from Caspian as it allowed them to focus more on that than on the wonder and magic? I just don't think the wonder of Narnia translated very well to the big screen. We've seen Middle-Earth come to life already, I think for too many, the cinematic Narnia was just an imitation. That said, I kind of hope they'll make the other books. The Magician's Nephew and the Last Battle are well worth being made! I'd go ahead and write in all the kids into as many of the movies as I can, and add a little more uplifting final words for the Susan character too. But that's me.
Dec. 6, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST
by half vader
Dec. 7, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST
with a movie worthy story next time. A missing agent would not bring Mulder back. It was like an okay 2 part episode. The only thing that kept my interest at all was the characters. The should have went balls out, Molder in a unabomber type shack somewhere investigating shit on his own and making money by writing about it. I was hoping for a Doggett cameo but at least we got Skinner for a minute. It just seemed like they were doing this because they were bored. And what the hell was with them still calling each other "Mulder" and "Scully"? They were living together for fucks sake!
Dec. 7, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST
"It may be genetic". I love that fucking movie.
Dec. 8, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST
Oh god is movie sooo fuckin' awesome. But, no, it isn't as good as Shawshank IMO. Not that either film is comparable. Just because they have the same director and are both adapted from Stephen King novels, that doesn't mean you can say Shawshank is a better life affirming prison drama than The Mist is an apocalyptic horror movie.
Dec. 8, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST
It's freaking hilarious. I laughed out-loud several times. It's a terrific comedy. Very quotable.
Dec. 8, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST
The action scenes just go on and on. I thought the direction was mediocre Harry. The first film was far superior and more entertaining.
Dec. 8, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST
That's like hating hamburgers.
Dec. 9, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
I use to love those when I was younger, I'll defiantly have to give those a netflix sometime
Dec. 9, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
Dec. 9, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST
Come on Harry, give the X-files movie a chance to just be what it is, and I think you'll appreciate it for what it is, rather than dislike it for what it's not. It IS a long episode. It's a good, thoughtful, atmospheric, character-centered episode with some creepy and imaginative stuff going on. I'm sorry its not on a bigger budget or dealing with Aliens or whatever else it isn't doing, but come on. Shawshank Redemption doesn't have aliens either, but we still think it's pretty good. <br><br> I don't need my X-files to be big-budget extravaganzas. X-files was a versitile show and to me, this movie nailed the spirit and character that made me love the series. That having been said, there's a lot which X-files is that the movie is not (funny, epic, paranoid, flashy) but you can't expect one movie to be everything. Enjoy it for what it is: a really interesting, focused, and bleak two-parter straight out of season 3 or 4. Why does it have to be anything other than that?
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST
by half vader
the whole thing was like it was filmed for a laugh during lunchtime (and edited in between other work too. <p> At least Ferrell and Reilly are fantastic together. I don't think Reilly could be bad if he tried. But the film itself sucked. Apart from the ending. I'll give 'em that. Fucking awesome.
Dec. 18, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST
THE MESSENGER is a god awful picture. The movie looked great and all, but all it was was Mila whining, screaming and crying (and not in a good way) for two and a half hours. It was so over-the-top, so over-done, I could barely get through it. And I'm a glutton for punishment. I've seen EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH twice. Watching THE MESSENGER made me question who the hell would follow this whiny bitch more than anything. Joan of Arc had to be stronger willed than that. She was supposed to have inspired entire armies to follow her. Mila's portrayal couldn't get the Beverly Hills girl scout troop to follow her out of a shit sticking contest. I swear, the movies you guys recommend sometime. By far, Luc Besson's worst Hollywood picture. Probably the reason he didn't direct another film for 16 years.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST
To do this column. I know you're a busy guy, but I also know that this column provides a certain amount of revenue to help keep this great site afloat. And when I see that a week goes by where the BIGGEST home video release of the year (The Dark Knight, of course) could have been clicked on THOUSANDS of times to help boost the site and yet, because of how busy you are, you can't get it done in time, well, that just makes me think that you really, really need to consider hiring someone to take on some of these things that you just simply don't have time to do anymore. Let's face it, you're a busy cat. I get it. And on top of your business dealings you are losing weight at such a quick rate that Yoko has got to be showering you with sexy time as motivation to keep up the good work. So I understand that you don't have the time like you used to. And as you know, it's not just 1 week that passes by. Sometimes it's 2 or even (yikes!) 3 weeks that pass by, which has to be costing the site a significant amount of cash. Granted, the amount is always relative. Is the site kept going solely by the purchases from the DVD Release page purchases? No. But it's gotta help a little. And I'm sure that doing that column is something you have a personal affection for, but there are many of us Lesser Geeks who look to your reviews for guidance as to whether or not a film may interest us enough to purchase. I know it's a lot to consider, but at least think about it. Your humble Lesser Geek, 2dope.
Dec. 21, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST
One day people will realise how much that fuckhead and his movies suck... One day... Shame on you, Harry, to compare that piece of shit of a director to James Cameron. You suck, Harry, you fuckin' suck...
Dec. 23, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST
by wuher da brewer
Forgive me for saying so, but it doesn't even make sense to me to put this out on Tuesday. Most people will have found another avenue for purchase by the date of release. If you want to do the site justice by raising money from dvds through Amazon, why not list them the Sunday before. Or better yet, the week before. I will admit that clicking through a few times a day to see if Harry has got it together does bring the site more traffic. If these were class assignments, Harry would be failing. Instead, he's just costing his site revenue.
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