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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 2nd Wk of April: Musicals, Religion, Next Year, Stallone & Russell, Donkey Punch & more!!

Hey folks, Harry here… This is a really lame excuse for why this week was late. Believe it or not, after that STAR TREK screening – I didn’t sleep for an additional 24 hours… and I couldn’t think straight – I was just replaying parts of STAR TREK over and over and over again in my head and talking with friends about it – and well… I was useless. Couldn’t focus. This week’s is a long one as you can see, so it took me a while to sort it all out. That said – as usual the Box Art and the Titles are linked to AMAZON – where you can learn gobs more on the titles and you can even purchase them – thus supporting this column with a small portion of the price! And we thank you tons for the support. Anyway – without further blah blah blah, here ya go… Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Fantastic film about the evils of “rumors” and the power of unanswered suspicions. Great performances by all and easily one of the best films of 2008. It has relatively few extras, the best being the commentary by John Patrick Shanley. Wonderful work.

This isn’t a great film by any expectations, but it is light and fun imaginative family friendly flick that isn’t a remake. While watching it though – I honestly wish to God it had been made back in the late 40’s or early 50’s and starred Danny Kaye. Because it really feels like that sort of film – and as much fun as Adam Sandler is, he’s just not the physical comedian that Kaye was… but then… who is? Only pick this up if you have kids.

This is just a really fun movie for kids. I dig the style and look of the film – and I like the story to boot. Contrary to the above film – you don’t have to have kids to really enjoy this. The animation is strong enough that any fan of animation can enjoy it – along with the great voice cast like Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Frank Langella, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Willim H Macy amongst others. This is just a fun little film.

Wow… A steaming pile of shit that soaked in piss juice for 30 days before being poured into either eye socket. I watched this tonight. Everybody whose name isn’t Kathy Bates, Jennifer Connelly and John Cleese just does the minimalist approach to such a level that you couldn’t give two shits about the human race. They not only don’t connect with the other actors, the sets or the vapid material – but they just flat out suck. The kid? Eek. As for the update to the story – at the base level, it’s got several zombie like moments where it is almost recognizable. The best non-Weta moment is the scene with John Cleese. Everything else is pretty much infuriating. SO – why have the film on the list? Well it sells for $24.99 – which is just $5 more than the Original’s Blu-Ray… and Fox did package the real DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL in with this one – but ya know… this new film isn’t worth $5. The only emotion I felt after watching it was Anger. Some of the FX work is nice, but anything that looked good was damaged by the inanities of the adaptation. At the end of the film – as Klaatu’s sphere leaves – without saying anything to humanity – I began to think about the reality of the film. If an alien presence came, destroyed a few cities on the Eastern seaboard – and even a few million died. But it just ended. Poof. If there was just 1 person that knew and told the world that “We all had to make sacrifices or the big storm ball and metal fleas would return to finish us off.” How long do you think it’d take before she’d be ignored. Doubted. I mean – giving a direct recorded statement with your giant flea robot behind you definitively stating – “We’ll be watching” that really makes a difference. Because there’s cause & effect and someone you’re scared shitless of saying get your shit together. Instead – he just goes away. Perhaps FOX had a notion of doing sequels to this turd – but who the fuck would want that? Much less this?

2010 Blu-Ray
You know – can you imagine being saddled with making the sequel to 2001? I can’t. What an impossible clusterfuck of a task. But Peter Hyams did as solid a job as you could possibly have hoped for. I love Roy Scheider and John Lithgow in this film – and it’s just wonderful model work – and ya know… I just love the film. It isn’t the masterpiece that 2001 was, but it’s a real solid straight forward film that looks wonderful on Blu Ray!

This was directed by Peyton Reed. And I like it quite a bit. I hated the trailers so I stayed away, and I think I had plum never noticed this was being helmed by Peyton Reed, and if you’re fuzzy on that name – don’t worry – unless you’re a huge DOWN WITH LOVE geek, the only other main reason you would know Peyton’s name – is for a brief history of time – Peyton was set to make a much much better FANTASTIC FOUR movie than the shit we were served. And while his filmography might not scream FF – he makes good films. This is one of them. Now the key reason to like this movie is the greater glory that is Zooey Deschanel. I just love her – and she’s wonderful in this. Plus, Jim is wonderful…. But best of all… Rhys Darby of FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS is fucking great in the movie. Btw – it also has Terrance Stamp! Who you must kneel before and say “YES!”

How can you not buy a set of films that has a film entitled, “MERRILY WE GO TO HELL” that stars Fredric March and Silvia Sidney! Like the Forbidden Hollywood sets that TCM has put out, this Pre-Code set is all about the wild and awesome craziness that happened in Hollywood pre-Hayes Code – which was a hardline censorship set up that kept a gag and shirt and pants on Hollywood. Now that doesn’t mean these films will be all swinging dicks and disemboweled gorey corpses. In fact, there’s nothing of that sort here… it just means that subject matters get broached. As you can see from the box – this has a host of great performers, but I have to be honest – I haven’t cracked this open yet, but I can’t wait to. I can’t wait to discover these little known films.

It’s hard to believe this movie is 11 years old now, but it is. If you haven’t seen this very powerful and brutal film – you’re missing out on one helluva performance from Edward Norton as pretty convincing neo-Nazi and everyone should be real glad this guy couldn’t turn into THE HULK, cuz he hulks out just fine as is! Best reason to get this in Blu Ray is… now you can make out all those tattoos!

Believe it or not, there was a very serious part of my life where I fully intended to go to Law School. I had the grades and I loved to hit the books. Debate was amongst my favorite extracurricular activities at school – and well… when I was a kid, my parents never missed THE PAPER CHASE – I think it was John Houseman’s fault. They loved him. This first season is brilliant dramatic television work. If you love legal dramas – it doesn’t get much better than this, finally on DVD.

TANGO & CASH (Blu Ray)
I know you’re purchasing this. It’s Stallone and Russell. And it is pretty goddamn fantastic. Sly is the one playing against his element as a nerdy smooth operator – very against his type as a monosyllabic grunter… It is a very nice change of pace for him. Kurt is hilarious and in the middle of his element. $14 for perfection? Absolutely!

This is a remake of an old Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck flick called BALL OF FIRE, but this time out – it’s much better… and with music! And what music – folks like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and then you have DANNY KAYE and the lovely Virginia Mayo! This is a beautiful musical, very cool big numbers and then you have Louis Armstrong – who… one can never have enough of in my opinion. This is all about the Big Band musical era – and this one swings.

This is my favorite of the Adam Sandler comedies. I think mainly because I love the 80s vibe, Drew Barrymore is well… she’s um… Drew Barrymore. Here Adam Sandler is at his best. With that horrible hair and his karaoke smooth singing.

Seagal’s first film is pretty damn awesome to me. This was Andrew Davis fine tuning his action film skills. He’d done Chuck Norris’ CODE OF SILENCE, but he was in even better form here… nowhere near as good as THE FUGITIVE, but miles better than his later CHAIN REACTION. Nico Toscani was a damn good character and a helluva debut. It isn’t the best, but it is damn good.

Disney Animation Collection 1: Mickey & Beanstalk
The day Disney starts putting these sorts of things out on Blu-Ray will be a great day. Nice beautiful perfect editions of these cartoons. What is included? 5 great Mickey toons. MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK, THRU THE MIRROR, THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR, GULLIVER MICKEY and MR. MOUSE TAKES A TRIP. Beautiful transfers and really great cartoons.

Disney Animation Collection 2: Three Little Pigs
Same deal as the above Mickey set, only this time with the Pigs and other animals. Here’s what’s on the set: THREE LITTLE PIGS, THE BIG BAD WOLF, THREE LITTLE WOLVES, LAMBERT THE SHEEPISH LION, CHICKEN LITTLE, THREE BLIND MOUSEKETEERS and ELMER ELEPHANT. This is a great set. It is missing some appearances of the 3 little pigs, most notably the wartime bond toons – but hey – this is meant to put on and entertain your kids – and it is A+ material for exactly that!

Disney Animation Collection 3: Prince & The Pauper
This is the last of these Disney sets for this Tuesday – and it starts off with the most modern of all the toons featured here, THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, which I’m fond of – but then follows it up with other similar period toons like THE PIED PIPER, OLD KING COLE, A KNIGHT FOR A DAY and YE GOLDEN DAYS. What’s great about these sets is the assembly and grouping of material. You should enjoy these sets as much as any kid around. They’re the good stuff.

Max Fleischer’s Superman: 1941-1942
This has all the great SUPERMAN cartoons of the Fleischer era. They are… simply… the best cartoons ever created in the genre. The animation quality is unbelievably beautiful. The cartoons’ animation is AWE-INSPIRING. The music is thrilling. And watching Superman in this period… well, it is a dream. This is fantastic. That said – let’s get into the quality here. These are the very best that they have looked thus far on Home Video. I can say that with certainty as every time they’ve appeared – I have bought them in the past. The remastering though was not, in my opinion, fully completed. They didn’t do a digital clean-up on the cartoons. The sharpness and color is vastly improved, but the damage to the original elements. The lines, scratches, dust – and at least for a bit… a hair even appears. I hope, before these hit Blu-Ray – and they will hit Blu-Ray some day, that they do a final polish to rid the cartoons of these blemishes.

Around the same time as Esther Williams hit MGM, Sonja Henie also hit. The difference was, she wasn’t as awesome as Esther – and the Ice Skating just wasn’t as catchy to the world as Esther’s one piece bathing suits and wet gorgeous skin. That said, I find Sonja charming – from a period when being the best at something could land you a film contract and a few flicks. This is the only one of her films that was ever in Technicolor – and the film and Sonja are certainly a sight in 4-Strip.

Starring Candice Bergen’s little Older Brother Charlie McCarthy and her father, Edgar… along with the whole American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera… well this film is another stunning Technicolor musical. I’m also a bit of a Ritz Brother fan. They were never as sharp as the Marx Brothers – but they had it going on. You also have Adolphe Menjou and Gershwin tunes! I found the musical to be a throw back to the style of musical that I actually am fondest of, the old Busby Berkeley ones. It isn’t at that level, but the framework is similar. But if you’re a fan of that type of musical – definitely give this a peek!

Here’s a FANTASTIC FEST film from last year that I just could not work into my schedule last year, but damn I fucking loved it when I caught it last week! Magnolia has an incredibly sharp eye for Genre material coming out of the independent sector – and this is one of them. If you have any utterly retarded friends – I mean the type that watch JACKASS and try to do the shit those jackasses do – DO NOT SHOW THEM THIS MOVIE, because the titular act is the sort of thing that a jackass would do – and the movie that follows is a likely scenario that could follow – and TRUST me, you wouldn’t want to be in what follows. This is an incredibly well made fucked up movie. Isn’t it time for you to learn what a Donkey Punch is?

A tremendous film that isn’t strictly horror, but belongs in the genre, no doubt. This – along with DONKEY PUNCH – is a film that if you love stuff that you can’t believe you’re witnessing… you’ll love. If you’re easily disturbed, both should be avoided. But this is oh so good!

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  • April 9, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Tango and Motherfucking Cash!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    "You broke that jaw?"

  • April 9, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    TANGO & CASH is pure 80's FUN!

    by ABking

    "WHO DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS" asked a cop..."HE THINKS HE'S RAMBO" replies another cop...and then Sly says "RAMBO WAS A PUSSY" Gotta love this fun flick!

  • April 9, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    911 was an inside job

    by geek molester

    Obama sucks.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Star Trek delay

    by Beezbo

    Harry, you're actually getting me pretty hyped up about this movie - a film I was ready to dismiss entirely (this usually leads to disappointment).

  • April 9, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    what happened to Vern's website?

    by neal2zod

    Hope he's paid his bills to geocities, b/c we've gotta know what he thinks of Above the Law on Blu-Ray. We all need to see Zagon's arm get snapped in High Def.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    lol you couldn't focus because of a fucking movie??

    by Windowlicker74

    you were unable to do your job because a star trek movie rocked your world so bad you couldn't focus?? allow me: HAHAHAHAHAAA

  • April 9, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Harry--you're forgiven for your tardiness

    by Six Demon Bag

    Despereaux was kinda depressing though..not what i expected...T&C does rock...actually bought the 4 film faves of STALLONE DVD---has Demo Man, T&C, Specialist, and Over the Top=$4!!!best money i ever spent

  • April 9, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST



    It also didn't help that the phone was ringing every 20 minutes with friends, reporters or others calling to learn more about every minute aspect of the new STAR TREK, the event and all of that.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Ball of Fire

    by heroic_duo

    The original Ball of Fire is a wonderful film; Barbara Stanwyk as a tough talking dance hall girl named "Sugarpuss" telling Gary Cooper's professor about the latest 40's slang? As written by Billy Wilder and directed by Howard Hawks, Ball of Fire is classic and fun! I doubt "Song is Born" is that good ... Danny Kaye always creeps me out.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    its hard to write about weaker films when one just rocked your socks..bueno?

  • April 9, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Point of No Return [Blu-ray]

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Why not this one, Harry?

  • April 9, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    so harry still supports magnet films

    by logicalnoise01

    donkey punch is their new release. Until magnet fesses up they fuck off and you too harry for still taking refferals for the fucked let the right one in DVD whioch I'm still stuck with since amazon doesn't take open discs back.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    2001 is overrated....

    by Zardozap2005

    It's a beautiful looking film. No doubts about that. But man is it as boring as all shit. I've tried to watch this film all the way through numerous times, and every time I either fall asleep from boredom, or have to shut it off to re-engage my brain with something else before diving back into it. 2010 however while not great, and a bit dated by modern times, is a good film. Answers are given, more are raised, and the effects were pretty nice, that is if you watch a print where the blocking around the space ships isn't visible. This should look great on Blu-ray.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Donkey Punch? Really?

    by liljuniorbrown

    Sounds like another Teeth to me.An hour an a half worth of filler shit just for an excuse to have "shocking" subject matter. Spoiler alert, guy kills a chick after Donkey Punching her while partying with a bunch of british The Hills wannabe's.The other losers then start offing each other. That'll save ya atleast six bucks rental. You're welcome.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Tango and Cash/Above the law

    by liljuniorbrown

    That double feature will be taking place some time this weekend. Great flat out action movies. Makes me wish that Russell would have done The Expendables.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm worried about Vern's website too.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I hope it will be back soon.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    A bit harsh on THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD...

    by LoneGun

    ...and maybe justifiably so, since it is a remake of a classic. I actually enjoyed the first half of this new version. I thought the whole setup in the beginning was quite good, very ominous. Also, it was a pretty good spectacle. However, the film did indeed fail to deliver in the second half. It was way too easy an ending.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    How in the hell is A Song is Born better

    by seppukudkurosawa

    than Ball of Fire? That's one of the best Howard Hawks pics ever made. And one of the best screwballs in an era where it seemed every movie was either a screwball comedy or a Western. A Song is Born is just Hawks, 7 years later, rehashing his own movie and fucking it up. There's no one in the cast of the remake with the charming chutzpah of Barbara Stanwyck, who's really one of the most underrated actresses of the Golden Age era. Although it is worth watching to see/hear Louis Armstrong's cameo, though.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Three blind mouseketeers

    by snapcase

    Thats one creepy cartoon. It gave me nightmares when I was a kid. Don´t know why but it still gives me the creeps. It´s something about the whole feel to it thats nasty.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Vern's site used to up and disappear all the time

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Not done that for a while, but I don't doubt he'll be back. That is, unless he broke his 10 year parole and got sent down for good.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The Fugitive is near perfect

    by Bass Ackwards

    By that I mean it's a film that strides confidently from beginning to end with almost no false steps, perfect tension, great performnces. I've always wondered how Andrew Davis could make a film like that and then be so subpar with everything else, sometimes you just capture lightening in a bottle I guess.

  • April 9, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    A SONG IS BORN is silly fun, nothing more.

    by LoneGun

    It has enough innocent charm to make it viewable, if there's nothing else on late at night. It would be unwatchable without Danny Kaye.

  • April 9, 2009, noon CST

    Harry, you really wanted to be a lawyer?

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Although I have no doubt you have the intelligence and passion for debate, I just cannot FATHOM you arguing a point within the confines of courtroom procedure and decorum...especially based on your use of hyperbole and--ahem--colorful language. <p> But then again, it's generally the colorful attorneys that get remembered.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    "Puttin' my customers into orbit even"

  • April 9, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Exclusive Interview: James Cameron With Uncapie

    by lifegoldy7

  • April 9, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Vern, are you back on the sauce or..........

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I'm trying to read your Fast and Furious review but the link leads to no-mans land.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Does Uncapie have an exclusive interview with James Cameron?

    by tonagan

    I'm not sure.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Reads like he just made it up to me

    by seppukudkurosawa

    The same way Lester Bangs made up his interview with Jefferson Starship back in the '70s... Just less creative.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by Wee Willie

    Nobody gives a fuck about your stupid, uninformed opinion of 2001. You have no idea what you're talking about. Shut the fuck up.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    fine harry stay silent

    by logicalnoise01

    I'm not aksing you to reply to me, I'm asking you to acknowledge a fucked up distributor who is treating film geeks like shit. You know the stuff you used to report on.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    uncapie vs cameron

    by maluquiro

    Uncapie: Hey Jim, isn't it weird how we always seem to finish each other's... <p> Jim: ...sentences?

  • April 9, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    doubt was obviously fucking oscar bait and

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    harry i thought you liked fantastic four 2?

  • April 9, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    The creator of the Paper Chase show was my teacher

    by D.Vader

    My screenwriting teacher in college, that is. Awesome to see the show get some DVD release. I hope he's collecting residuals! <p> He also survived that plane crash in the Hudson up in NY a few months ago.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    The Day the Earth Stood Still was GOD awful

    by D.Vader

    Aside from having the most annoying and bratty child character EVER (whom no one in the audience gives a shit about bc he's such a brat), the ending was terrible. Harry is spot on- I had the exact same reaction. <p> No one on Earth knows that they were spared or given a second chance. And wasn't all electricity turned off? For all the pple on the other side of the world know, the military defeated the aliens. When no one knows what happened and no one gets a warning or a reprimand, it makes the ENTIRE affair of the movie pointless, and makes Klaatu's sacrifice mean nothing at all. Terrible, absolutely terrible.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Thru the Mirror and Brave Little Tailor?!

    by D.Vader

    Along with the Beanstalk! Oh joy, those are CLASSIC Mickey shorts!!!

  • April 9, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    2010 was decent

    by lockesbrokenleg

    The set up is slow, but once you get to space the movie really gets good. The ending is pretty hammy, though.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Tango & Cash on Blu: Region coded????

    by CaseyMcCall

    Must have, but also, must know whether it's region coded. Does the Bearded One have an answer?

  • April 9, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I don't like 2010.

    by Knuckleduster

    I'm sure the hardcore Arthur C. Clarke fans get a kick out of it, but for me it kind of spoils the 2001 experience by trying to give us "answers". It seems to miss the point regarding what Kubrick's film was really about. That's also why I've never been interested in the books. That's just me, though. <p> Oh, and Zardozap, it is simply imposssible for 2001 to be overrated. That's like saying water isn't wet.

  • April 9, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    harry, what happened to

    by MacTard420


  • April 9, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    The Fugitive isn't Davis' best...

    by neal2zod

    Hate to say it, but Andrew Davis' best, most accomplished film is Holes. It's just got a confidence and style to it that made me go "wow, didn't know he had this in him". If it wasn't a "kids" film he would have been nominated for an Oscar. The Fugitive is great, but c'mon - the finale is anticlimactic and the "whodunit" was ruined by some obvious casting.

  • April 9, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Harry likes Above the Law more than Under Siege?!!!

    by TallBoy66

    Blasphemer!!! Get the torches and the oil! Under Siege is not only Segal's best, it's also just a solid overall action flick and the best of the numerous 90s "Die Hard On A _____" rip offs. The cast is awesome: Segal, Gary Busey, Chief O'Brien, TOMMY LEE JONES, that amazing blonde chick with the nice rack. Constant great lines throughout ("Oh my God, we're gonna die" "That guy spit in my soup!" "Do I look like I need therapy"). Awesome flick. That should always be at the top of Segals (admittedly very limited) list of good movies.

  • April 9, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I feel bad enough watching Tango & Cash on regular DVD

    by Spandau Belly

    That should be one of those movies they force you to keep a VCR for and only watch on VHS it's so 80s. Kurt Russel as Kurt Russel was good, but Stallone as a investment broker cop was brilliant.

  • April 9, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Teri Hatcher is the only good thing about Tango and Cash

    by MattmanReturns

  • April 9, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    just an utter travesty. should've never been made. was an awful mess...and ruins the nice ambiguity of 2001( MASTERPIECE).but don't blame hollywood, blame arthur c clarke who wrote 2010 and 3001-HORRIBLE HORRIBLE sequels

  • April 9, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    knuckle duster

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    if people actualyl read 2001-they would get the film.obviously kubrick injected a lil more, and strayed away from most of the sci-fi aspects...but it will help those( who dont get 2001)...make sense of it.

  • April 9, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    What is the Harry Animation this time?

    by thethedew

    Couldn't care less what the last 'Harry Vomiting' one was, but this one I don't get - Nosforatu, maybe?

  • April 9, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Vinyan was laughably awful

    by Rioter

    From direction that makes Rufus Sewell come off literally downy to horrible editing that lingers on hair moving through water in slow motion with a few too many fades. The characters are almost impossible to relate to as people, as they have zero problem solving skills, and the ultimate payoff of the film is that after the husband gets shanked by feral kids they rub mud all over Emmanuelle Béart's exposed tits for almost 2 minutes straight while giggling. Fucking atrocious shit and you'd have to be getting a handjob from the director or have an embolism to try and recommend it to people.

  • April 9, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar


  • April 9, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Mickey and the Beanstalk!

    by BuckminsterOhare

    Turkey,lobster,sweet potater pie.Pancakes piled up 'til they reach the sky.Ohhhhhhhhh I wanna eat n' eat n' eat n' eat n' eat until I die!

  • April 9, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    "really lame excuse for why this week was late"

    by IndyCollector

    Aren't they all lame?

  • April 9, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Under Siege < Above the Law

    by neal2zod

    I still don't get why everyone loves Under Siege. It starts out fine then devolves into a gore-fest. Slashing balls, stabbing armpits (twice), gouging eyes, ripping throats? I signed on for Die Hard on a Boat, not Friday the 13th on a Boat. Above the Law is a nice throwback to gritty 70s cop actioners, and the alleyway fight/foot chase is classic.

  • April 9, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    I think the RV is what ruined Tango and Cash for me

    by Acquanetta

  • April 9, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by CatVutt

    I can't believe I'm not the only one who remembers that.

  • April 9, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Unknown Canadian

    ...well played.

  • April 9, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    out for Justice cool too..

    by Six Demon Bag

    saw marked for death on tv last week go

  • April 9, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Harry's Prose

    by filegumbo

    "If an alien presence came, destroyed a few cities on the Eastern seaboard – and even a few million died. But it just ended. Poof. If there was just 1 person that knew and told the world that “We all had to make sacrifices or the big storm ball and metal fleas would return to finish us off.” How long do you think it’d take before she’d be ignored. Doubted. I mean – giving a direct recorded statement with your giant flea robot behind you definitively stating – “We’ll be watching” that really makes a difference. Because there’s cause & effect and someone you’re scared shitless of saying get your shit together. Instead – he just goes away."-----------------Really, I have no clue what that says. Harry, proofread...even if you're tired. Read it out loud and see what it sounds like.

  • April 9, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I take it...

    by BuckminsterOhare

    that it's the Ludwig Von Drake version, and not the one narrated by Sterling Holloway(Winnie the Pooh).<p> Best scene right here-<p> <p>

  • April 9, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Has NBC cancelled season three of 'Life'?

    by Jodet

    I hope not. I love that show. Damian Lewis is awesome.

  • April 9, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    That Mickey & Beanstalk cover art makes me feel funny

    by Right Bastard

    in my pants

  • April 9, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Life will be back!

    by Frank Black

    It gets better all the time and last night's season finale was fantastic!

  • April 9, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Was last night the finale?

    by hst666

    I thought there was one more episode this season. That was only 21.

  • April 9, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Twitter is shit.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    End of Line.

  • April 9, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Doubt is proof Harry has no idea what makes a good film

    by quantize

    Easily the most undeserving film of the last Oscar season..Streep's overacting alone makes the film virtually unwatchable..scrunching her nose up and shit..a performance way below here abilities..Seymour Hoffman also phones in another wheezy fat dude (Before the Devil knows you're dead and The Savages were high points for him). The plot and story is phenomenally predictable and laid out for only the dimmest of minds.

  • April 9, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    2010 not terrible, but just terribly literal minded

    by skimn

    in the shadow of its sibling. I seem to recall that Hyams and Clarke wrote the script and communicated via an early version of email, which was groundbreaking at the time. There are some pleasures to be found..Lithgow's space walk, Bob Balaban in anything, Kier Duella (sp) looking like he stepped out of 1968, Helen Mirren...<p>Have to remember our relationship with Russia at that time was very tenuous, and a movie featuring a Soviet-US crew was good to see.

  • April 9, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    After 7-Up's and Jaws i would watch Scheider in anything..

    by quantize

    2010 was at worst entertaining..ok its not the work of fART that Kubrick created, on the other hand it absolutely is not a bad film..

  • April 9, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    So sad that Schneider passed. I could see him on a series like Damages, easily.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I saw 2010 in the theater back in the day

    by tristeele

    like 20 times. Lived across the street from the movie house. Still love the flick, warts and all. Really excited to buy it on dvd. I do not think it ruins 2001 at all. Which of course is a masterpiece. I think you had to grow up in the 80s to really appreciate 2010. Roy Scheider is fucking awesome in it. Loved him in about every movie ever cause of 2010.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    buy it on blu-ray i meant.

    by tristeele

    still need an editor harry.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Donkey Punch

    by fiester

    Ha! What's next "Dirty Sanchez: The Movie"?

  • April 9, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    bunch of slack jawed faggots around here

    by Prossor

    under siege will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus. just like me.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I think I still have some Fleischers on VHS. I feel old.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 9, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by BartholomewSnatcher

    I agree that the ending was bad, but I don't agree that the ending was bad because only a handful of people knew and understood Klaatu's sacrifice and there was no more electricity. Wasn't that supposedly the same situation when Christ died? Only a few people knew or believed that it was a significant sacrifice, and there was no electricity to spread the message, but that message still certainly got out. And since it's a Christ story, doesn't that kind of fit? The problem with the ending was that it was too fast and seemed to be pretending that the devastation hadn't really happened; that the world hadn't just been thrown into total chaos. That's what didn't work for me.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST

    screw the 2010 haters

    by I am_NOTREAL

    You're a dipshit with no sense of cinema if you don't at least respect that film. I didn't say it was great, I didn't say you have to love it, but it's a good, solid piece of cinematic entertainment, far better than thousands of other pieces of celluloid crap that somehow get scripted and filmed and marketed and released.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    i had my first kiss at the cinema watching tango and cash

    by Mr_X

    karene marsualt, she was a french exchange student, all the boys in my year wanted to out with her.. and i managed to! ha! score! jeez im fucking old

  • April 9, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Tango & Cash.

    by mrfan

    I always thought that there would have been a sequel to it.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I've often felt that...

    by Darkman

    With the incessant quipping between the leads, TANGO AND CASH was meant to be a parody of LETHAL WEAPON-type movies, only played semi-seriously. <br><br> Also, Jack Palance was a riot. ("What makes you think they'll EVER get out again?")

  • April 9, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    The guy who directed American History X

    by Series7

    Is crazy. He tried to sue New Line for a shit ton of money because it got taken away from him. Also I saw the guy who's life this movie is "loosly" based off of speak and how a lot of it got changed and he got dicked out of money. Mainly because he didn't know about copyrights. I would like to see a behind the music feature on this movie.

  • April 10, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Had an amazing guest spot on probably one of the top five of any of the Law and Orders, Law and Order: CI. He played a character based off of Ted Bundy, it was great they show it a lot. Really really good episode of TV in general. He also did a line on a Family Guy and so did Ricardo Montalban before he died, hmmmmmmm.

  • April 10, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Not sure about the US

    by Monkey Butler

    But for a while in the 90s cinemas here in Australia played old Disney shorts before their features. I remember being confused as a kid because Lambert the Sheepish Lion played before the Lion King. I remember seeing The Prince and the Pauper as well, but I can't remember what it was attached to.

  • April 10, 2009, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Always thought it was weird and a bit

    by Dingbatty

    hypocritical that Fleischer Studios's Rotoscope Superman shorts get lavished with praise, while Bakshi took a lot of shot for utilizing rotoscoping. I appreciate and like both, but fuuuuck...

  • April 10, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    The Neverending Story also needs a good

    by Dingbatty

    cleaning. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray look atrociously filthy.

  • April 10, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Donkey Punch -- the girls were in more

    by Dingbatty

    danger from getting STD's from sex with random strangers than getting punched in the head. Stupid premise.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Tango & Cash and Above The Law

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    Those are movies for men. They don't make those kind of movies anymore, because there are too many pussies out there.

  • April 10, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    took a lot of shit, I should say.

    by Dingbatty

    Typos from my crushing headache.

  • April 10, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Prossor, Predator reference ftw

    by white_vader

    which is the first and last time I'll ever use that term without mocking.

  • April 10, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    "It's shrinking!!!"

    by EriamJH

    Best line and frantic moment in 2010 to witness in the theatre. Jupiter imploding was awesome.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    "My GOD! It's full of stars!"

    by HoboCode

    I love 2010.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    How can you NOT like 2010? It's fucking great actually. Is it in the same league as 2001? Shit no. Little is. But it's a remarkable achievement on its own, especially for the fucking 80's. Now if we can just get someone to make 3001 I'll be happy. Danny Boyle, I'm looking at you.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    In what way is Donkey Punch...

    by Spikey

    "a film that ... you can’t believe you’re witnessing"? A comment like that just kinda turns me off ever watching Vinyan now. Donkey Punch is just a completely by-the-numbers fairly well made last-man-standing pseudo horror. Comments like that are taken literally when written in print for obvious reasons and can only lead to disapointment, especially when untrue.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Rioter you're a dipshit

    by kilik777

    Vinyan is friggin awesome. Probably the best movie I saw this year. I think even Harry undersold it a bit.

  • April 10, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    2010 SUCKS DONKEY all DOUBTers

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Okay, about 2010.ITS LAME.What makes it especially lame to me is how it includes the whole lame RUSSIA/US scenario-which I AM well aware was a big thing in the american consciousness then(in the 1980's). its like making a 3001 film, and somehow tying in the whole iraq war/bush debacle hate in it.It just seemed awful, and 2001 was so superior.Perosanlly, 2001 shouldve never had a sequel, but they let Hyams direct...and well, they got a gooey pile of shit.I do love me some lithgow...i do.But this film...poop!

  • April 10, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I like Danny Kaye

    by lonniebeale

    But A SONG IS BORN is no where near BALL OF FIRE.

  • April 10, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    I want all seasons, to share with my boy.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    milkshake- 2010 is based on the BOOK

    by jay2517

    and in the BOOK the russian theme was in it. how do u do a movie about a book and it not BE about the book? thats like saying 2001 is stupid because the theme of ENLIGHTENMENT was in the book.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    hobocode- ur forgetting 2061 that was great too!

    by jay2517

  • April 10, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    jay is right. 2010 is very much like the book, only in the book it was three competing missions between the U.S., U.S.S.R. and China. It wasn't jus tusing a modern political backdrop for no reason. 2061 was not very good, jay. IMHO. Landing on Haley's comet? zzzzz. 3001 is badass though. Some people hated it because it basically turned the monolith into a computer virus of a sort, but I thought it was a cool concept.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    yea but it explored Europa hobo my man!

    by jay2517

    and y we werent supposed to go there. also, it introduces the malfunctioning monolith concept. plus, u get to find out more about dave and hal. how can u not like that? i agree on haley's though hobo. he could have dropped that and focused more on europa. but hey it's ACC! lol

  • April 10, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    hey its like lost- more answers= more questions lol

    by jay2517

  • April 10, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    2nd Wk of April AKA:

    by Incandenza

    Not a single damn film worth watching. Christ what a shitpile of movies on display here.

  • April 10, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Why is Keannu Reeves always some kind of Christ figure?

    by BobParr

    Was Jesus a very wooden guy unable to emote?

  • April 10, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' hurry up with Blues Bros on Blues-ray

    by white_vader

    (they should change the name for that release like they changed the colour for that moronic Hulk movie) <p> They already did it on HD-DVD from memory, so bump it to the top of the list Universal (and forget that stupid u-view or whatever the fuck it's called - "play all" is much simpler, takes less time and you see everything)! Pull your fingers out! And no fucking DNR like The Thing transfer either.

  • April 11, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    So I gave a Donkey Punch the other night ....

    by Whtshark

    And damn, it's true! Best nut I ever busted in my life.

  • April 11, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Hey DerLanghaarige, Sepuku and others

    by Vern

    Thanks for your concern, fellas. I am still alive and paying bills like a responsible citizen. Geocities believes that it is only me that is getting the error message. That is their opinion but all the computers I've tried and everybody who emailed me about it disagrees. So I am ditching the fuckers. Please redirect your bookmarks or what not to (If you see some weird out of date blog thing try, but should redirect there soon.)<p> Also, yesterday was Steven Seagal's birthday. I didn't have cake or anything though, I'm not a weirdo. thanks guys

  • April 11, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by Franxious

    Loved it as a kid - still have a soft spot for it as it was the first VHS I watched in stereo and just kept replaying the slingshot. Plus the SFX still hold up today. And just thing ... Peter Hyams went on to greatness with .... umm ... Sound of Thunder ..... oooooooh

  • April 11, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I donkey punch my bf

    by Semen_Up_My_Ass

    when i fuck his butt. He doesn't love it, but I like it. HEYHEYHEY. Also, 'the day the earth stood still' was good

  • April 13, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Question about 2001 (spoiler)

    by Charles Calthrop

    Why does Dave Bowman forget his helmet when he leaves the ship in an effort to save his partner? Why does a highly-trained, calm, cool and collected astronaut who is already wearing the rest of his spacesuit forget his helmet? Why does he ignore the helmets hanging a few feet away from him in the pod bay while he is waiting a minute and a half for HAL to rotate a pod for him to use? Don't astronauts have to perform so many drills that they would respond appropriately without thinking when an emergency happens?

  • April 13, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    The original The Day The Earth Stood Still

    by Charles Calthrop

    The special effects, lighting and music are iconic. Unfortunately, the message, stop being violent or we will kill you, is not.

  • April 13, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Ball of Fire

    by Charles Calthrop

    It's worth seeing for Barbara Stanwyck, who by the way was pretty hot back in the day. I also recommend Night Nurse for her gratuitous changing room scene.

  • April 13, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by Charles Calthrop

    The direction and editing are flawed, but Syd Mead's plausible and detailed design work gives the proceedings an air of realism.

  • April 13, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, you should be donkey punched

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    by a Big Bubba for committing the crime of recommending Donkey Punch. What an overrated piece of shit movie. Disturbing? Yeah right. I guess you never saw Frontieres or A L'Interieur to see what disturbing really means. Donkey Punch is 99 minutes of my life I will never get back.

  • April 13, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by FleshMachine


  • April 13, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Watching Tango & Cash is like...

    by Somerichs

    being on the receiving end of a Donkey Punch. What a god-awful piece of crap. They stole ideas from about 12 different movies to make this garbage...