Unbelievably stunning Blu Ray transfer. You’ll see SO MUCH MORE DETAIL than you’ve ever seen theatrically, much less at home. The astonishing part is how all that detail makes the film that much more amazing. The makeup comes even further to life, the painted backdrops… even more beautiful than ever before. With this ultimate collection, there’s a little book, a really sweet wristwatch (that I have worn at Fantastic Fest) – and the extras just never stop. This is one of those exquisite packages, presentations and is of the highest quality and value. Exceptionally well done.
I didn’t get this in advance of this day’s release – and I like an awful lot of the film. I love the look of the movie. The design of the movie. But the overall story and character work just came up lacking. Everything concerning the President felt like marking time and wasting my time. I wish they had just focused on the General and the Monsters and left the Alien more mysterious and less on screen. That said – I still recommend it for kid entertainment and indoctrination to the wonderful genre world that this film borrows so brazenly from. If your kid liks this… Start showing the kid the 1950’s atom age monster flicks. Seriously. This is a gateway film.
Besides having the ugliest image of MADONNA I’ve seen in a very long time, there is a reason why I’m dying to get this – and that’s because of the fact that it has these videos on it: 1) Burning Up 2) Lucky Star 3) Borderline 4) Like A Virgin 5) Material Girl 6) Crazy For You 7) Into The Groove 8) Live To Tell 9) Papa Don't Preach 10) True Blue 11) Open Your Heart 12) La Isla Bonita 13) Who's That Girl 14) Like A Prayer 15) Express Yourself 16) Cherish 17) Vogue 18) Justify My Love 19) Erotica 20) Deeper and Deeper 21) Rain 22) I'll Remember 23) Secret 24) Take A Bow 25) Bedtime Story 26) Human Nature 27) I Want You 28) You'll See 29) Frozen 30) Ray Of Light 31) The Power Of Good-Bye 32) Beautiful Stranger 33) American Pie 34) Music 35) Don't Tell Me 36) What It Feels Like For A Girl 37) Die Another Day 38) Hollywood 39) Love Profusion 40) Hung Up 41) Sorry 42) Get Together 43) Jump 44) 4 Minutes 45) Give It 2 Me 46) Miles Away 47) Celebration And that is a truly great collection. If and when we get a Blu Ray collection, I’ll upgrade – Madonna’s collective video work is indeed a reason for Celebration.
Of the released DC ANIMATED Features – I think this is actually my least favorite. Oh, the animation is good, but I’m just not a fan of the overall story. It’s good, but it just doesn’t quite blow my skirt up the way that the previous editions have. It is essentially a BATTLE film, with Lex Luthor as President, who then places a Billion Dollar bounty on Superman’s head. Every hero and villain in the DC Universe basically takes a shot at the two of them. And Batman is helping out his buddy. It is entertaining as hell. But it just didn’t get me as enthralled as the more character work we got with the more recent films. Absolutely worth getting, it is just more like my CARS of Pixar.
I like this movie. In fact, I really like it. One, I like my cameo in it. I like that it was shot in Austin. I like that it’s a studio produced version of the vastly superior, infinitely more traumatizing and intensive film telling. I like that it opened the door to a whole generation of new lovers of the original classic… and that’s all sorts of awesome. In addition, I love Jessica Biel in the film. She just does it for me. I like her. She’s hot, cute and a joy to watch. That’s not my brain, that’s my dick. I’m sorry, but I’m being incredibly honest about this film. First film was better shot, edited, scripted, cast and budgeted. This is just the sleek modern version. I love the classic Volkswagon bug, but I also like the latest redesign. And of all the slasher films – this is my very favorite. Over Freddy, Jason, Michael, etc. Because this one happens outside my town… and every kid in Austin will tell ya so. I love that it is the Austin Legend!
I suppose at some level one could call this film a comedy. But this film is mostly concerned with truth, discovery and life… but sometimes upon that trail, you’ll find yourself laughing. It isn’t quite REAL, but it is rather brilliantly done. You’ll love the main couple, if you’d like to fancy yourself as being a bit like them, but the actual narrative thread they are following – just isn’t one that I could ever imagine following myself.
Watched this as a double feature with my new WIZARD OF OZ Blu Ray – and I have to say… they go perfect together. The biggest difference to me is that Dorothy mentally is still a girl, and Sarah is closer to being a woman… Sarah senses sexuality, wallows in whimsy and occupies the realm of knowing innocence. Love the film. Brilliant. But this film is more advance in many ways over WIZARD OF OZ – but musically it just isn’t quite as magically happy or as colorful. They do share amazing transfers. It’s great. Really great! It lets out the kid in me everytime!
THE DARK CRYSTAL is an entirely different level of awesome from all the fantasy films listed here today. It is devoid of human beings, yet feels like nothing before or since. This film blows my mind each and everytime that I watch it. It’s the next film I have that I’m putting in. While writing this column – but if it is anything like the transfer quality of LABYRINTH or WIZARD OF OZ – well, we’ll be in for quite a treat. IT is one of my very favorite movies. A film that made me really proud of Hollywood.
They sent me this. It is my new favorite DVD to pull out to illustrate to all my friends the extent to which I mean it when I say I get all sorts of ridiculous things sent to me. I mean. Look at the cover. It actually says, “The Menopause Years.” That’s fucking astonishing to me. Somebody somewhere took a look at CAGNEY & LACEY THE MENOPAUSE YEARS and thought… AINT IT COOL NEWS. Yeah. Like bread and fucking butter. This is the single best visual punchline ever created. Friends come over and you can always say, “Wanna watch this?” “What’s that?” Then you hand it to them, “CAGNEY & LACEY THE MENAPAUSE YEARS BOX SET!” It truly exists. It came in my mail. It is astonishing.
An internet joke that became a pretty fun, though toothless, film. It is always holding back a bit much. It is great. Personally I have to have it. It’s like having a copy of Achey Brakey Heart or an AUTOMAN VHS. It indicts a place and time in one’s life. It’s a bookmark about a certain reality broken. A media and internet disconnect with the popular mainstream. Where what was felt as happening, didn’t happen at all. That said, I do enjoy watching it, though it is utterly pointless.
Something I’m curious about is whether or not Sasha Grey’s performance is allowed to be considered for an Oscar. As a high class call girl, she gives a riveting performance that is really amazing. The film is about the life of a call girl. The roles she plays, the lies she tells herself and others, the dreams crushed… And even though Sasha Grey may be a porn star, she gives a performance that I’d lay next to any other actress in film. It is beautifully told and a captivating tale. Steven Soderbergh did superb work here. One of his best films. And one that debuted, I think, on VOD. So – I think Sasha can’t be considered, and that really and truly sucks.
I really love MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – not quite as much as THE MUPPET version, but I do love it. In addition to this film – you get 4 of the great Mickey Christmas shorts. A treat in their own right. Together it makes for an essential Holiday viewing entertainment.
So hey! Did you see that film FILTH AND WISDOM by Madonna. You should probably check it out. Has music by Gogol Bordello - I’m not gonna say you’re gonna love it, but I will say you’ll get an experience out of it. One you can share with others that haven’t. And you can introduce that experience to another. That’s kinda what this is. A film to tell people about – as an interesting anecdote and possible shared experience. I found it very interesting… and a bit revealing of Madonna herself.
Far racier and violent than I was expecting. It is perverted, sick and all kinds of awesome. I really enjoyed this Fulci. It was one I hadn’t seen theatrically – so it was a new experience for me, as all Fulci that I have been introduced to, was via 35mm print. So I was a bit unprepared for the film. I really like it. It is a very particular horror experience – with the eww, yuck and wow of a Lucio Fulci film.
You really should own all these collections of trailers from 42nd Street Forever’s series of releases. Truly great background party material and for the passing of awesome passivity. These are a little more special as they sometimes touch the screen of the most magical of all cinema palaces… the Alamo Drafthouse Theater! The Alamo has crafted a really truly great collection. And the REMEMBER THE ALAMO 30 minute documentary brought back a lot of great memories, a lot of great events, but I found it lacking on documenting EARLY Alamo Drafthouse events at the original location. Which is probably all being so concentrated on the events that we forgot to whip out a camera. It is a damn fine documentary, just short on the complete story. But that is for another DVD… or Z CHANNEL like documentary.
One of those Paul Naschy creepy slightly stiff period horror flicks that I just can’t resist. That said, this is a very fun film – and the extras feature three interviews and a commentary worth of bonuses! Not bad for a Troma rerelease.
The single most frighteningly disturbing film of all time ever. It is the sort of film that makes you a less friendly human being, less welcoming and fearful of every human being. Because what if they’re like Henry. Like TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE – this film is tied forever and ever with Austin – as we’re the town that kept Henry Lee Lucas in Jail for so long as the world learned more and more in the story that was Henry Lee Lucas. The single best true crime story, besides ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, ever told in my opinion. And it is just as terrifying today as any film ever will be. I’m not sure if I want the Blu Ray, because… well I don’t know if I want to know any more detail on this film. It is violatingly disturbing and brilliant. Michael Rooker deserves lifetime employment for ever being this badass. Just saw the crazy surrealistic slightly musical and experimental version of this in BRONSON.
An absolutely crazy cult film of a what the fuck Violent Hippie Kung Fu Indian 60’s Western adventure. The film must be seen to understand what a weird place our planet was like for this to have been a strange slightly mainstream genuine hit. It spawned 3 movie. And made Tom Laughlin a bit of a cultural icon. But a specific Where’s Waldo kind of icon. And the transfer is quite beautiful!
One of the most amazing, beautiful and fascinating portraits of possibly the most stunning seemingly nobodies ever. Isaiah Zagar seemed like a nobody, until his son discovered and revealed to the world his life. And the way he reveals that world is one of the most amazing and astonishing stories told on film. This was filmed in high def, and the day a Blu Ray hits – I’m first in line, cuz this movie is amazing. And once Jeremiah tells you his father’s tale – it is one you’ll never forget hearing and seeing. One of the great films to come from SXSW!
Never heard of it before, but the cover art, that it was made in 1972 and stars the lovely Rosalba Neri… well, I wanna check it out. Hope it is good.
Same as LUCIFERA, but 1970 and it was directed by the great Sergio Martino who shot this as an exploitation documentary upon sin in america, how perverse, racist and violent we Americans are. That’s fascinating.
A Pinkie Violence flick with Seizaburo Kawazu, who you know from Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO, THE 47 RONIN and even some ZATOICHI action. Can’t wait to find the time after Fantastic Fest to check this one out!
I literally have no idea about this film. But that title… what if they’re connected. This could be The Meaning of Life – which could be reached through ORGIES, could you possibly take a chance at not finding out the meaning of life? How could I deprive you of the knowledge of that possibility. I mean. It’s just a DVD found on a great night of FANTASTIC FEST where Massawyrm and Uwe Boll were naked together before turning violent. That could have been a foreshadow to the very meaning of life – and now I’m doing my job as a communicator and possible messiah – as I give you ORGIES AND THE MEANING OF LIFE!
Infinitely hotter than THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, though infinitely more shallow. But weigh that statement, then vote with your money & time. A simple equation, please answer in the space you have in your life.
A great Pinkie Violence film that was a part of an out of print PINKY VIOLENCE COLLECTION that I recommended to you readers about 3 years ago. It is an exceptionally well made bit of oh so good wrongness gone so right!That’s it for this month. Next month we’ll kick it off by looking at SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS on Blu Ray, TRICK ‘R TREAT’s release at last into the home video market!, CONTACT (Blu), Volume 2 of the ESTHER WILLIAMS films including a fave of mine, KARLOFF & LUGOSI Classics, 4th season of GET SMART, ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Blu), THE GATE, Miike’s AUDITION, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (Blu), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Blu), WOLF (Blu), NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, MARY SHELLEY’S fucking awful FRANKENSTEIN, ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT, IT’S ALIVE remake, GHOST SHIP (Blu), 1st & 2nd season of the animated TALES FROM THE CRYPTKEEPER series, HARD DAY’S NIGHT (Blu), HORTON HEARS A WHO! (Blu), MARLENE, HOW TO BE A WOMAN, HOW TO BE A MAN, THE CHILDREN (Blu Ray), ROGUE (Blu), MIRAGEMAN starring the man-god Marko Zaror of the heart-stoppingly brilliant MANDRILL!!! And there’s more! October is kicking it off nicely! See you next week!
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST
Will be definitely picking up Dark Crystal and Labyrinth
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST
THE MENOPAUSE YEARS!?!<br> I saw the cover and thought it was a selfmade Photoshop work. The menopause years? Really?
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I'm not seeing her name on the cover.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST
And I mean that as a doctor.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST
any cool news about that lately, scoops, leads? what kinda lazy reporters are you guys? get me some cool news damnit, not just some copy pasteings from variety or whatever.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST
yeah, I suppose it is, but it all fixates on mostly powerful dominating women - or - submissive lovely women. Often times with the women coming out the victor by the end of the story. Yeah... it probably means I love women and think they kickass... like last night when I saw a lesbian defend gay as being something awesome, tell us about her lesbian 3some on her birthday, then beat fuck out the boy that debated her in a boxing match.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST
Nice way to not put the names over the faces.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST
When's that going to be posted?
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST
Like ORGIES AND THE MEANING OF LIFE. Anyway we could get an update later in the week if you do catch some of the random stuff just thrown in here? Some of us don't have money just to blow on something that sounds cool but ends up being Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST
Dis "Automan" like that! WTF Harry! Totally uncalled for....
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST
I think you got your deliveries mixed up. Now go get the package from paramount that you hid behind the tool box in the garage.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST
Stop recomending these terrible 1970's titty flicks..you're married - bang your wife and drop a load. These terrible recommendations aren't helping your rep. Just cause their free- doesn't mean you need to recommend them dude.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST
</head> <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal>She’s an alcoholic, you know what I mean<br> And she does her little dance on the sybian<br> On the sybian, on the sybian<br> Harry’s Mom does her little dance on the sybian</p> <p class=MsoNormal>He’s a would-be film critic, you know what I mean<br> And he likes to watch his Mom do her thing on the sybian<br> On the sybian, on the sybian<br> Harry’s Mom does her little dance on the sybian</p> </div> </body> </html>
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST
Even though it was conceived and shot in Chicago and actually is a terrific example of the less shinier version of Chicago that us locals actually see from time to time? No offense Harry but get over your town.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST
There's really no difference.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST
I'd dig Oz way more if the Lion and Tin Man didn't act like such fags. To me the Dark Crystal is more of a technical triumph than a storytelling one. It's rather boring most of the time.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST
And I missed them the last few months over the summer. Nowhere else am I going to get reviews of these. Except you missed one: Tinto Brass has a new DVD release this week, 'Attraction'.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST
is really much more fucked up than TCM or indeed The New York Ripper. It's the bleak, grey tone of the film. The last scene with the g/f's body in the car is off the charts haunting
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST
Is just laughably bad. I remember renting this one back in the VHS days and was so disappointed. The acting, the gore fx...just horrible.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST
...if you had a cool wife or girlfriend you could watch 70's sweaty titty Pinky Violence movies together...and then have even more and better fun after. <P>Go get a life coach or something...figure out how to live...
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST
A comic book movie with lots of action, rather than 90 minutes of talking heads. What's the world coming to?
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST
Unlike some, like yourself, I don't need "70's sweaty titty Pinky Violence" to get an erection. <p>Here's hoping your "cool wife or girlfriend" appreciates all the hard work you put in getting it up. <p>Thanks for sharing, bud.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST
Man, I love that guy. Waldemar Daninsky might not have been the scariest werewolf there ever was, but he might have been the most pissed off. Haven't seen the "The Hanging Woman" yet but I will soon... even though it's not one of the "hombre lobo" flicks.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST
...statement.<P>Good response though...solid work there.<P>Do try that life coach though...or something. And Pinky Violence is fun. And violent. And pink. And if you get to have real sex later all the better.<P> All good things.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST
Get out your Dark Side CD.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST
by Jack Burton
Does anyone know? They announced it last year and it has since vanished. It is one of the very few catalog titles I am waiting on Blu Ray for that have yet to be announced. The other is "The Devil's Backbone".
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST
Excellent. One of two films I watched on my birthday and might I just add... Damn you, Bettany!!!
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST
by Jamie McBain
Best subtitle for a DVD, ever!
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST
Is that you, BlackJackBauer? If so, nice work! I loved your Herc-bashing rant.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST
From what I've heard.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST
Probably the best of the recent DC animated movies (at least the best since New Frontier). Better than Wonder Woman or Green Lantern, and not just because it's more true to the comic roots of the story. Harry is the guy who didn't know that Emma Frost could change to diamond skin, so always take his opinions on comic book related stuff with a grain of salt. It's not like he really knows what he's talking about.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST
The fact that Soderberg worked with her kind of knocks him down a notch in my eyes.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST
by Kaiser Soze
Harry, are they ever going to continue releasing the James Bond films on blu-ray? They built up steam with the first three 3-packs and then nothing...no announcements, no releases. Did something fall through? I'd really like to continue my bluBond collection.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
Where the fuck is that blu ray at???? Anyone know?
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
by Jamie McBain
I have been waiting for this to be, on DVD for ages!
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST
and going at it, the post-menopausal years than watch a Sasha Grey video.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST
That reminds me of a very old joke I heard as a kid:<p><p>What are the two biggest Polish Lies? A. The check's in my mouth and I won't come in your mail. rdrr
Sept. 29, 2009, 10 a.m. CST
Is an amazing film. And you are right harry. I dont think I could handle any more definition in this film. I also have to give this film credit for starting one of my favorite sub-genres. DEATH BY TELEVISIONS! That scene where they take out that greasy fence is one of my all time favorites. What would Henry do for a hi-def monitor?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST
Although she does overdo it in her porn work. Way too much porn girl attitude.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST
"love yourself for being you", is Animation 101, but the design and voice work is topnotch. Keifer Sutherland does his best George C Scott, Hugh Laurie is a great mad scientist, Rainn Wilson makes a fine villian, and the employed for the 47th movie this year Seth Rogen adds manic energy as B.O.B. And of course the little touches like the paddle ball game right out of House Of Wax, and the giant heroine's hand reaching in looking just like The Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman's plastic prop. Its no Pixar, but it is fun.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST
Whats the story with the midget hanging himself?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST
in their Matrix Bluray packaging last year, and still no word. I'm a mild fan of the series, but I know LOTR Bluray would look amazing.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS being a mash up of old monster films and Kung Fu Panda being a mash up of styles of kung fu. Whats there next movie going to be a mash up of?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
I've seen a theater standup of something called How To Train Your Dragon...middle ages mash up?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST
Troma always stuff their dvds full of shit. I guess you can shit on Troma just because?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST
I think I could have seen that on the big screen. Wonder if its any good.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST
Hmmm that could be cool. I hope Dreamworks keeps making decent films and gets away from the HEY WE GOT A BIG NAME lets make our version of Finding Nemo. To further the gap between Pixar and Dreamworks. Then again Shrek 4 is just around the corner. <P> If you watch the trailer to Shrek 3 you can tell they didn't care, also the trailer plays out like a Billy Mays infomercial.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
by Kaiser Soze
For those that want the movie but don't want to spend the $70 on the Ultimate set, Target has an exclusive blu ray that has the remastered Oz without all the postcards/books/extras for $35.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
by Kaiser Soze
Target also got exclusively Gremlins on blu-ray today. No review of that?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST
No, I'm DerLanghaarige.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
It's a crane, not a midget
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST
by Baron Karza
I hate when smaller movies cant get in the theater & cant get on DVD..
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST
Oh, but he does have to recommend them. If he doesn't, the gravy train of movies will stop. To be truthful, though, you can tell it already has begun to stop, with the economy collapsing and studios really taking stock of what has value. Plus, the studio execs have started to really figure out that a site like this makes zero difference at the box-office. SNAKES ON A PLANE followed by the second-punch of WATCHMEN - both total failures at the box-office - taught Hollywood the valuable lesson that what geeks like ... well, nobosy else likes. So as I said when Harry did the DVD report where he remarked how half of his movies didn't show up ever ... expect that the strawberries they've been leaving Harry on his pillow have numbered days. I'm sure Harry will survive, and so will the site. But you'll notice the "set visits" have vanished on here, as have the stories thar went "I was invited to the editing room to check out next summer's new big box-office spectacular ..." replaced by "PROMOTE THIS INDEPENDENT MOVIE MY FRIEND MADE THAT I BEGGED TO GET FIVE MINUTES OF HIS TIME AND HE GAVE ME SOME - ON THE PHONE!" Notice that the "scoops" are mostly recycled from other sites. Notice that the "AICN exclusive" banner is very rarely trotted out any more for this same reason. Studios arern't helping Harry because they've realized that Harry is irrelevant to the general public and has no box-office buy-power.<p><p>Now, I want to stress STRONGLY here that this is in NO WAY A CRITICISM OF HARRY. I like Harry. I consider Harry one of the most amusing voices in cinematic culture. The guy has a passion for movies that runs deep and true and fierce and loyal and a little crazy in the best possible way. I'd love for Harry to bang out a script for a movie that would be the ultimate fanboy ride, and I'd love to see someone make it. But I also live in reality, and recognize there's no way in hell geek culture will ever be mainstream. Heck, if you look even at CHUCK or THE BIG BANG THEORY, two oft-cited examples of "the new geek chic," you'll note that they are padded-up, quieter, safer versions of geek, making tired jokes about working in electronics stores or reading comics or liking STAR TREK. You think they're gonna mention Fulci in either? Or talk about lolicon or naughty tentacles? How about those websites where geeks go to watch real-life surgery deaths or traffic accident victims? Or the geek love of abused-women-in-prison flicks. Yeah, can't wait until BIG BANG THEORY tosses out a riff on ILSA SHE-WOLF OF THE S.S. 'cuz that'll be a laugh riot. It's SAFE geek. Make no mistake - the kid who wears the glasses is still going to get beaten up in high school, and I think douchy executives still get a thrill out of bullying fanboys. "Give him organic webshooters - haw haw haw, those fucks will hate this! HAW HAW HAW!"
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST
It wasn't awful, but the whole thing seemed especially pointless. The best parts are the voice actors- excellent work from everyone. The worst part is probably the dumb story which was more or less adapted faithfully from Loeb's comic run. And what was with all of the cursing at the beginning? That seemed utterly pointless as the rest of the movie played like a standard Sat. morning story. Harry is right, this is one of the least worthwhile of the WB Premiere projects.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST
Not like Rian Johnson isn't your friend. Shrink, Kings - Season One, Management, The Hills Run Red??? (I know nothing about this movie, but they spent enough money advertizing on this site you think they'd send you a screener), Stepfather II (didn't know about this, but its got Lock and he's back for more), The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection (though you may have said that in hopes of them sending it, it looks awesome), Hotel Erotica: Season 1 (at least its not from the 70s), Manson 40 Years Later, Man Stroke Woman: The Complete Series (come on since when does something not Shaun of Spaced Fuzz not get covered here?) and Fireproof (the single scariest movie ever! Now on Blu Ray).
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST
The Brothers Bloom wasn't very good. Just FYI.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST
Please tell me that there is an Easter Egg on the Wizard of Oz Blu Ray that has Dark Side of the Moon as an alternate soundtrack.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11 a.m. CST
You can keep the rest. That's all I need this week - perfection.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST
Am I the only one who thought this was an entirely awful contrived and forced movie? There was absolutely nothing brilliant about it.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
Am I crazy or was the new legacy collection (one disc version) of the Lon Chaney Wolfman supposed to come out already? They might have moved it to be closer to the new movie. Labyrinth is my must have of the week. So, is Superman/Batman good for just a fighting superheroes cartoon? I always love a good beat down. Wish someone would do an X-Men Dark Phoenix cartoon with Wolverine fighting his way from the sewers to get to the Hellfire Club.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST
Guess that means I can look forward to enjoying The Brothers Bloom then.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
so now they're double dipping shorts? this was already released on one of Disney's christmas compilations a few years ago. i have it, it also includes this 30mins story about a donkey and that mickey/chip & dale xmas tree short.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST
than watch a Sasha Grey video.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
naked with all his rolls of fat rippling from the vibration than watch a Sasha Grey video.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST
for not reviewing The Hills Run Red.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST
Your very true comments are a great way to get banned from this site- Trust me I know from Experience....You nailed it on the head with most of your disertation on this website- AICN is useless to real hollywood- if it was, Fanboys would have generated $100 million bucks at the box office by now. And your right about the Scoops- they are a thing of the past..I'm talking like well over 10 years ago was the last good scoop. Other sites are better for info- but I best not mention any- cause I'll get banned again!
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST
...prove it. <P>Let's see...answer this...is "SheizerLekkenCopf" (sp?) a real word?
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST
That line alone in Superman/Batman made it absolutely brillaint. That whole scene with the two of them beaten to a near pulp, leaning on each other to stay standing and Superman mumbling near incoherencies is great!
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST
But, one good thing that has come out of it is that you see a lot more geeks these days with hot girlfriends. Unless, those geeks are just poseurs like the douchebags on Big Bang Theory.
Sept. 29, 2009, noon CST
all the time. Unless they're all Duckies.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST
I suppose what geeks like nobody else likes doesn't apply to THE DARK KNIGHT, the LOTR movies, STAR TREK, those awful SAW movies (which still make money!), etc. etc. Your whole thesis sounds like a jealous rant. You may honestly believe what you've written, but cherry-picking moments like SNAKES or WATCHMEN as evidence on the fanboy community's sway is irrelevant and silly. <p> Nobody is arguing that AICN is a kingmaker at the box office. We're just a community that's passionate about movies. Your whole argument is a strawman.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST
the acting...by Don Johnson, c'mon..<p>Virginia Madsen & Jennifer Connelly nekked as the day they were born...priceless.<p>BluRay now please.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST
...Oh, THAT Oz, the Classic judy garland version..my bad.XD
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST
and not Fulci's best film; Zombi 2?
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST
Public Enemies was much better than the previous DCAU movies. Yes, it's a battle royalesque film, but the premise was cool.The economy is really fucked up until lex becomes president.then there's the conspiracy to set up supes.(although i did predict M**** ***** was responsible for metallo's demise and no, I have never read the comic.)And most importantly, was the comraderie between the two DC icons almost like a butch cassady/sundance kid feel.Plus with daly, brown and conroy on board, how disapointing could it have been?
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST
Not in any language that I know, although it sounds like "Scheisse", "lecken" and "Kopf" (Shit, lick, head)
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
Cannot wait until next week!! http://sickpicks.blogspot.com/
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
by Grandpa Bunche
SEX & FURY completely and totally rocks! Read the review found at http://buncheness.blogspot.com/2009/06/sex-fury-1973.html and take my word for it. You won't be bored because it features loads of bloody sword-slashings — including one memorably handed out by the heroine, who leaps bare=assed from her bath and runs through a gambling house, dispatching dozens of opponents, all with not a stitch on and titties a-floppin' — and also mgives viewers a once again nekkid Cristina Lindberg (THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE, ANITA), so what's not to love?
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
by future help
just like i call Cracker Barrel..Crap Ina Barrel (wink)
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
and she was robbed last year when "young wet asses" wasn't nominated.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST
...OK, you win...it's you! I'm sure the spelling wasn't even remotely close. My college roommate was German and I used to like to string all my random German into nonsensical giant Aryan master insults.<P>AICN should really think twice when they ban regulars. If they think we come here for the articles they're mistaken.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST
It was Herc's ego. If he can't stand criticism, he should stop posting Reality TV stories.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST
...was to string as many words together as I could...add some obscenities...and end the whole thing with "Kopf". <P>Hours of fun for the whole family.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST
...machine. Unfortunately, his mom was visiting from the Bodensee area. She was home but screening calls. <P>She wasn't impressed.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
And in her twat and in her mouth...literally! Maybe someday we'll get mainstream actresses that switch to porn: Nicole Kidman does Dallas? Inside Scarlet Johannsen?
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of iconic film The Wizard of Oz, Netflix plans to stream the flick to everyone on earth on October 3rd. No need for a membership. If you are already a Netflix member, you'll be able to stream a newly remastered, high-definition version of The Wizard of Oz to your TV via a Netflix ready device, such as the Xbox 360, LG and Samsung Blu-ray disc players, TiVo digital video recorders, the Roku digital video player, and LG HD TVs. The movie will be streaming on Saturday, October 3rd, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET for 24 hours.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
not a perfect show, it has its flaws, but nevertheless highly entertaining.<br>(his TB is locked, as usual for a Tuesday)
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST
Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy <P>http://tinyurl.com/cjekvb<P>
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST
I liked the movie a lot, but an Oscar nom for Sasha Grey? I don't know. <p> She didn't really do anything in the film. She was fine. Acceptable. But you don't get a nom for looking really good on camera.
Sept. 29, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST
is another re-release. Harry has so many DVDs he probably forgot that he already owns this.
Sept. 29, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST
...are bewlsheet up, down and sideways, Biel or no Biel. Tobe Hooper's little masterpiece can NEVER be improved upon. (His Part 2 did suck pretty hard, tho. Sorry, Dennis.)
Sept. 29, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST
and I live on the East Coast. Then again maybe that's just the Atlantic Ocean I smell.
Sept. 29, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST
Really Harry? Not one thing about the new PG-13 horror/thriller I directed "The Shortcut"? As a longtime fan of the site I usually always read this column and was interested in what you'd say about my flick. I was confident it would be included as it's being released by Anchor Bay, a large distributor, and usually you've got literally EVERYTHING that's coming out that week listed here. It always takes a few minutes for me to scan through it all. On top of that I thought I saw a few pieces devoted to Anchor Bay and Leomax's fellow release "Grace" (Although they DID get a Blu-Ray version which we did NOT. I'm bummed we haven't YET.) Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when I saw "Cagney and Lacey" listed but the first genre crossover for Adam Sandler's production company was not. What's the deal? Did they not send you a screener or something? Are you icing us on your Picks and Peeks because you hate Adam? Whatever. I'm just a little disappointed. You either didn't know it was coming out or you purposely excluded it - both weak IMO.
Sept. 29, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST
Hey Nicholaus - Harry picks and chooses what he does, basically on a whim.... so it seems. You shouldn't feel bad that your film wasn't showcased - lots of things came out this week that he missed. Like "Hills Run Red". You also have to realize he gets sent TONS of screeners, and he's bound to miss a few. Having said that, I've seen "The Shortcut", and for a PG-13 horror flick it's pretty solid. I had a good time. Another thing to note though - probably not the best idea to come on the talkbacks and ask "What gives?", since you'll probably be torn apart by the people who post after you.... best to leave it be. Press is a big game, you win some and you lose some. If it's any consolation Harry didn't mention my documentary when it came out last year either, though we know he got a screener. It is what it is.
Sept. 29, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
what a title...love LABYRINTH, but never cared much for DARK CRYSTAL
Sept. 29, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
Aside from her name covering most of the cover, the actors names aren't even above the right actor! How difficult is that to do? Especially when one actor is a girl and the other a guy! And neither are well known enough to give first mention!
Sept. 29, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST
I just added it to my instant queue!
Sept. 29, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST
Will she strip for Dave?
Sept. 29, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST
Thanks for watching. Glad you liked the flick. BTW - how did you see it already? As for my comments to Harry - I'm well aware of how the press works and can easily imagine the type of volume he receives. Here's the thing though - I don't care! Nor do I mind putting myself in harm's way of all those scary talkbackers. I think we deserved to be included and that's that. I hold firm. Harry and the AICN community can respond however they see fit. See ya later - I'll be checking for a HeadGeek response.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST
that's the type of film that makes Blu-Ray seem worthwhile, while films like Henry, as Harry states, really don't need to be seen in super high definition clarity. <P> That Wizard of Oz in Blu-Ray better be under my christmas tree, or I'm going after Santa with a motherfuckin' bazooka!<P> Just kiddin' Santa
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST
yet I still love it! Labyrinth has a special place in my heart as well, but nothing beats The Dark Crystal when you're four years old!
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST
Seems like the critics who didn't like it are the ones who either don't read comics or don't like the original story to begin with. With that said, this is the best DC movie ever. Everything I could have hoped for, unlike the abyssmal Superman/Doomsday and Green Lantern: First Flight.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST
...has been up for days now. Why no word here? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-tSvrkKx2Y
Sept. 29, 2009, 8 p.m. CST
I will be at target tomorrow to pick up the encheapened WOO on Blu. I really don't feel the need to pay $50.00 extra for little booklets and trinkets, I just want to see the frikin' movie in high def!
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
I agree that a lot of movies don't need the seemingly endless extras included with whatever super deluxe extended special edition is hitting shelves, but some movies are worth the extra dough because of all the extras included. The Wizard of Oz is one of those films.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST
That is a must buy!
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST
...about four is the right age to show DARK CRYSTAL to my kid for maximum psychological impact?<P> I saw it as a teenager and love it, but I want to be sure of a permanent Jim Henson shaped dent in the brain of the next generation.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST
by Fixthe Fernback
Someone please do a photoshop.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9 p.m. CST
frickin' scared the crap out of me and convinced my young mind that my parents were evil
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST
Is fucking great. Mainly chicks beating on chicks, for you PC minded types. Puts you on the brink of psychosis just by watching. Free sticker with DVD!
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST
I'm an ABE contractor/editor. Got a screener a couple of months ago.
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST
Three times in two days, just for critizising Herc and his love for Reality TV. Do you remember the time when a talkbacker had to do something really bad, like threat an AICN-writer's baby to get banned? Whatever.
Sept. 30, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST
Won't be released on DVD to buy until August of next year. It will ONLY be available to rent until then. We watched it last night and I really enjoyed it. Wizard of Oz has a 34$ version at Target with 2 discs and the Warner documentary. Walmart has a 20$ version with just the movie on Blu-Ray.
Sept. 30, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST
by Kal Reeve
An excellent DC animated feature. The animation is strikingly fluid and consistent. The writing is solid as well as the characterization. It truly captures the Clark/Bruce dynamic and is a heck of a lot of fun. Must watch. It is the best DC animated next to New Frontier. <p> The worst is Superman/Doomsday. And that pains me to say because I am an ENORMOUS Superman fan.
Sept. 30, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
Sept. 30, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST
RE: The Brothers Bloom <p>It wasn't very good for the simple fact that it wasn't really a film. It was an technical exercise in how to create a con flick. Which is fine and marginally interesting to watch, but since at all times the 'characters' actions felt predetermined by the plot, i was never engaged emotionally. <p>I have a similar opinion of Brick, which was slightly better, but still felt like a technical exercise in filmmaking. <p>If Rian Johnson can make a flick that has characters and a plot we give a shit about, and is as technically impressive as Brick and TBB then it will be a damn fine flick. <p>And SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform, I've been around for some time.
Sept. 30, 2009, 5:06 a.m. CST
was a great movie. I remember when my housemates and I first rented it along with Boyz n the Hood. Two great movies.
Sept. 30, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
No chemistry, No Laughs, Baby talk to the point of absolute tedium. The first step wrong from Mendes, though i understand his reasons behind it.
Sept. 30, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST
...is amazing. Probably the best animated feature I've ever seen. You'd have to be a completely joyless individual to not be entertained by it(which is why I'm baffled as to why Harry didn't dig it?). Sooo glad they dropped that ugly, blocky animation style, too. I wouldn't recommend it to comic-story purists or overly nit-picky psuedo-intellectuals though.
Sept. 30, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST
Is there a rule saying that no Oscar nominees are allowed to have luscious, juicy and perfectly symmetrical asses?
Sept. 30, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST
I get kind of ill just thinking about that movie, so reminding myself that the director of the incredibly fun Wild Things made it is the only way I can convince myself to rewatch the thing. Otherwise I'd have staked my house (which I don't own) that it was the product of sociopaths. Although I guess not all psychotic axe murderers are broody and icy...
Sept. 30, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST
Jack Nicholson wouldn't have ever taken home the statue... or Angela Lansbury, that anal queen.
Sept. 30, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
I'm curious why you guys loved it so much- other than the awesome voice acting, I didn't think it was anything special.
Sept. 30, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST
I'll concede that it was thin on plot, but in my opinion it generated a strong visceral reaction, kind of like a roller-coaster ride. When Banshee(?)comes out of nowhere and ambushes them, you almost feel it. The return to a near-classical art style was also quite refreshing. I also liked how the dialogue between the two became more conversational, making them a little closer to feeling like actual real people--and luthor is more menacing than I've seen him in previous animated incarnations. Oh well, no real way to quantify tastes is there? Take care!!
Sept. 30, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
wow, thats like every single video she made and if that list order is correct, its even all in chronological order. would be interesting to sit through and watch her change.
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST
I agree the showdown with the supervillains was a fucking bonanza of fun. I didn't like Luthor, however, he seemed especially silly (all juiced up, I know). I read the original comic run 4 years ago and it never blew me away at the time, so maybe I was a little prejudiced. I do agree that the friendship between the two heroes was cool. But Power Girl's tits were laughably bad.
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST
A while back Harold mentioned that Warner Bros stopped sending him screeners discs. It makes sense now that he shits on anything Warner Bros. related. Public Enemies was very very good.
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST
...was shallow to begin with, so you have to take into account what they were working from. Actually, this adaptation had more cohesion than the original comic did! I liked the fact that they at least tried to show you the conditions under which a luthor presidency would be feasible. I think that the insight that they gave us into Luthor's speeches and political tactics took the story a slight step beyond the original "oh no Luthor's the President!" gimmick that the Loeb stories were based on. Totally agree with you on the Powergirl thing though, like two big ole' bullet grapes floating out there hahaha! But then again I've seen her that way in the funnybooks to so...
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST
Power Girl's tits were laughably bad? Watching her in Public Enemies almost gave me a hard-on!
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST
I predict that from now until its release, "Predators" will flood the AICN website with massive amounts of "buzz"! Whatcha think, Harold?
Sept. 30, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST
Are tits bigger in Earth-2? I do not understand the tit differential. It makes no sense!
Sept. 30, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST
...that they have modified their "alternate universe theory" into a "multiverse" theory, in which an infinite number of variations are possible, as opposed to just dopplegangers and mirror reflections. An infinite number of chesticle possibilities my friend!
Sept. 30, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST
These tit differentials can go both ways, ya know? This brings up an interesting question- who in DC would you bang first? I like Black Canary.
Sept. 30, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST
For true demented Laughlin craziness...nothing beats the 3 hour "Trial Of Billy Jack" (complete with score by Elmer Bernstein, who, like almost everybody else, lived in mortal fear of Laughlin) It's Laughlin's "Phantom Menace"...flush with "Billy Jack" profits and unlimited creative control, Laughlin creates a demented Liberal's Dante's Inferno...chock with bigots, bullies, tortured Indians, National Guard and My Lai massacres...all put across by non-actors or bad actors struggling with Laughlin's howler dialogue...(and with direction of the film credited to his 18 year old son!) And Tom, you're a true visionary...because political discourse and pop culture have completely devolved into the 'good vs.evil' mindset your films so perfectly portrayed.
Sept. 30, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST
That magician chick...Zatanna(?) or something like that? And of course Selina Kyle.
Sept. 30, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST
Black Canary with the fishnets! Nice! I would also boff Selina, but she's been around the block...
Oct. 1, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST
profits and unlimited creative control, Laughlin creates a demented Liberal's Dante's Inferno..." darthliquidator, thanks for the best laugh of the evening...your review is this site's salvation...damn, man, keep 'em coming.
Oct. 1, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST
And another ton of bizzare sexual statments by Harry. You should change the heading to " Here are three dvd reviews,two reasons to fear for Yoko's life and ten reasons to never let your family near me...ever".
Oct. 1, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST
Way to go Junior.
Oct. 1, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
Billy Jack would hang out with the peaceful hippies and then kick the shit out of the baddies. I saw BORN LOSERS in the theater on it's re-release due to the success of BILLY JACK, which was the second film in the series.
Oct. 2, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
I know it might sound weird getting nostalgic for something that was only a little over 3 years ago, but I don't care, I still get nostalgic when thinking about Snakes on a Plane, it's imdb board was so much fun before the movie came out and I thought the movie itself was pretty fun too, plus it holds a special place in my heart since it's the only movie just me and my dad saw in theaters together since 1999
Oct. 2, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
just in theaters like two months ago?
Oct. 2, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
Oct. 2, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST
and there'd be nothing she could do about it!
Oct. 3, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST
what next? I can't believe they put that out either. I always hated that show anyway.
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST
many more. you are some class of pervert!! and they way you act like that shit is art???
Oct. 5, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST
because they are not giving you freebies!! is this true?