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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks 1st wk of Oct: Snow White - Trick R Treat - Esther Williams - Karloff - Ozsploitation & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest DVD Picks & Peeks! Some jewels in this week’s column and I can’t recommend NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD enough. It is a film geek’s happy place. Really! As always, the pics and titles link you to Amazon – where you can buy & benefit this column and its continuation… or you can just learn more about the title in question. Thanks and I hope you enjoy this week’s column… Tuesday, October 6th, 2009



SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (Blu Ray)
The most beautiful animated film transfer yet! The artwork has never been so beautiful, so vibrant. And the disc begins with a very creepy and “aware” Magic Mirror on your Wall menu screen that via the internet will load up telling you about the weather outside. Which is fucking awesomely creepy. Andrew Stanton introduces a look at the original Hyperion Studios where Disney made SNOW WHITE. But honestly – the transfer is the thing here. On the second disc, there’s a documentary showing how the release of SNOW WHITE heralded a new era of Disney at each juncture – no more so is it true with this Blu Ray release – which comes as Disney acquires Marvel, ushers in a new head of the studio and the seeming new era of Disney Animation under Lassiter. There’s also a look at the first 6 minutes of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG – which looks really good. Can’t wait to see the whole thing. Nice to have Disney doing 2D again!




TRICK ‘R TREAT
Well – here it is at last. You can finally see TRICK R TREAT starring that gal from TRUE BLOOD acting all innocent, yet creepy. You can see ol Brian Cox’s way of handling trick or treaters… The film is a smaller film, but one that is drunk in love with Halloween and wants to play with the rules of Halloween in a style that sings the praises of CREEPSHOW and the other Horror Anthologies… Seems like we’ve been writing about this film forever – now you can join the conversation.




CONTACT (Blu Ray)
I’m really quite fond of this movie. For one, it is how I met Copernicus on the site. I love films that mark a time a friend came into one’s life. With this film it is a combination of the subject matter and the dreams of alien life that it fosters. Beautiful transfer, sadly this isn’t a crazy awesome extra-filled edition. But then the film isn’t widely loved, as I feel it should have been. Oh well. Back in the days of live-action Zemeckis. I miss those days.




TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Vol. 2 (THRILL OF A ROMANCE / FIESTA / THIS TIME FOR KEEPS / PAGAN LOVE SONG / MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID / EASY TO LOVE )
This set contains one of my all time favorite movies, MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID. I watched the film, countlessly. I was a swimming freak as a kid – and the story of Annette Kellerman thrilled me, especially when she got the backing of Busby Berkeley in a jaw-dropping musical water spectacle in the great Hippodrome. Here you’ll see some of Esther’s best. Like FIESTA where she’s Ricardo Montalban’s twin Bull Fighting sister. Or the Tahitian love story PAGAN LOVE SONG. But the Busby Berkeley ski number from EASY TO LOVE is about as amazing as they come. All films have shorts cartoons and other extras. Like VOLUME 1 – this is absolutely worth checking out!




YEAR ONE
Not nearly as apocalyptically awful as I heard, but still… a very clumsy and hit or miss comedy that isn’t nearly as sharp as it would like to be. Kept me moderately amused at best. A rental at best.




KARLOFF & LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS ( THE WALKING DEAD / FRANKENSTEIN 1970 / YOU’LL FIND OUT / ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY )
1 great film. I love THE WALKING DEAD. Not only did it have one of the greatest Karloff 1 sheet movie posters in history, but it was atmospheric as all hell. I’m not a fan of FRANKENSTEIN 1970, but YOU’LL FIND OUT and ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY work on a kitsch level of fun. Make no mistake, these two films are not quality films, they are entertaining through the personalities they contain and exploit, but they are forgettable and as disposable as any modern film featuring a favorite actor that you wish had not been in a particular film that the actor committed to. They are… frankly, a bit embarrassing.




MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947) Blu Ray
I can’t imagine that you’d really need me to tell you about this perfect classic Christmas tale. To me, there’s never been a holiday season, during which, I haven’t watched this film at least twice. I love love love this film. That said, I haven’t been sent this edition so I can not comment on whether there is a great new Black & White transfer – or the latest colorization. I will be picking it up.




AUDITION (Blu Ray)
This was my first dose of Takashi Miike. If you have never seen AUDITION – then you probably have no clue of just how tough a Miike film can be. In my opinion, this is his most restrained and brutal work. Only ICHI THE KILLER ranks higher amongst his films for me. This Blu Ray is perfect and it is unforgiving in its clarity. There’s a Miike commentary – and then there are interviews with cast members, albeit in standard def. Great film.




A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Blu)
Ok folks, here it is… the last time I’ll need to purchase A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS! I own animation cels from this production. I have Christmas ornaments for my Christmas tree from this film. And it is one of the purely most awesomely happy creations of and for humanity in general. God bless Schulz, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Melendez!




THE GATE
Starring an impossibly young version of the bad guy from the first BLADE movie, Stephen Dorff… Comes this movie that at many levels is just a goofy kids horror film – but ya know what… two days ago I watched this as the third part of a triple feature with my nephew and his mom, that began with SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS, the boy then wanted to see DRAG ME TO HELL, which scared the shit out of him, but he survived and decided he wanted to see THE GATE next. THE GATE absolutely terrified him. Those little demons, that big demon, that zombie corpse monster… the dog, the best friend.. the sister… and then the house. This isn’t some wussy film for kids, this is a full blown THE BEYOND style horror film – centered around and for kids… for whom it will terrorize and give nightmares to. But healthy nightmares. The sort that might prevent the kid from playing OUIJI boards or Heavy Metal records played in reverse on one’s iPod. Yup. This is a film that is all about what to do when the end times come for those kids alone in your home. BTW- all those glorious stop-motion demons... they came to life via the magic of 3 time Academy Award Winner Randy Cook - magnificent gleaming god that he is! WONDERFUL KIDS HORROR FILM. Let’s hope Guillermo’s Disney label delivers films as awesome as this!




CHINATOWN
It isn’t this site’s place to judge Roman on anything other than his work – and CHINATOWN is amongst his very best. That said, I can only recommend this DVD for those of you that haven’t seen CHINATOWN yet. I wouldn’t pick this up, because I can’t imagine it will be long till we get a Blu Ray on this title. It should be high on Paramount Home Video’s list. At least I hope so. CHINATOWN is brilliant. If you love L.A. CONFIDENTIAL – then there’s no way you won’t love this.




HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Blu )
I was just sent the live action version of this brilliant Seuss tale – and I have to say – it is worse than I remembered. That said, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS has continually delighted me from my earliest memories to yesterday’s memory of watching this. This is the best this has ever looked.




NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
The best possible thing you can watch that you probably would not be aware of without the wondrous powers of the internet. For me –I have to say – I love and cherish this type of documentary. Did you buy, rent or watch THE Z CHANNEL documentary that I recommended a year or so back? Well, like that documentary – once you see NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD you will spend a good deal of time searching the world for the titles this film will introduce you to. In the year since I’ve seen this film, I’ve now watched nearly every title the documentary references and I have to say… I’m better for it. Ozsploitation is a superior form of –sploitation!!! I can not possibly recommend this film highly enough! A great film documentary! A must see for all fans of film.




WOLF (Blu)
Not dreadful, but not entirely satisfying. This was part of the trilogy of monster films that Sony produced to attempt to reinvent or rebirth the great Universal monsters. This film is a movie of moments and they are too few to recommend. Though I really do like Pfeiffer though – and having Blu Ray is important for all of her films.




MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (Blu)
The last time Branagh played with lightning and thunder it was this horrid, miserable and excretable load of shit. And I’m generally considered a Branagh apologist. By the most part – Branagh has made mostly wonderful films. I feel that this is his greatest cinematic crime. He took a brilliant script by Frank Darabont and produced this rather unwatchable load of shit. I reexamined the film thinking that I perhaps overreacted in my youthful hatred for the film. I LOATHE THIS FILM! The 7 hour Vaseline wrestling match is exquisitely ridiculous and sharp on Blu Ray. But this film is best to watch with friends that will not hold their tongue as each atrocity is committed upon your screen. This is a MST3K film at best.




ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT
A really wonderful independent film that it is a shame wasn’t seen by nearly enough people. But now that can all change – you have the ability to check this rather awesome, subversive blackly comic flick out now, so by all means do so.




THE THAW
An icky and gross film about prehistoric backboned bugs that will lay eggs in hosts that will quickly hatch, spreading the bug throughout one’s system and has a very aggressive bug that would spread faster than wildfire if it ever reached civilization. The problem with the movie is the ham-fisted MESSAGE about Global Warming that was layered as subtly as we reacted to the latest TERMINATOR film.




SEVENTH MOON
I really like this film. Directed by part of the team behind THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT – comes this very cool horror film starring the oh so yummy Amy Smart. The film is about a recently betrothed couple on an exotic honeymoon which – well, turns out it was pretty ill-advised. The film plays with Chinese Ghost mythology in a very scary and very creepy way. Think of it a bit like the original WICKER MAN, but more intensely scary and less musical.




MIRAGEMAN
This was the first Ernesto Diaz Espinoza directed film starring Marko Zaror film that I saw. Then I saw KILTRO – and the combination made me infatuated with the duo from Chile. That said, it was MIRAGEMAN that made me fall in love. This is a film about a guy who trains to become a superhero to reach his traumatized and semi-catatonic brother. But he isn’t rich. Isn’t well off. But he gives it his best shot and trains and designs his own costume and fights and fights and fights – and yes, he kicks ass and gets his ass kicked. This film is going to be remade for English audiences… and in 3D to boot. But now – it is time to keep your eye on MANDRILL… it is Ernesto and Marko’s latest and greatest! Wonderful little film.
Well folks – that’s it for this week! Next week we’ll be looking at Green Lantern with Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL, Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL, the oh so dreamy “Edward” in THE HAUNTED AIRMAN, the fun as heck LAND OF THE LOST, HARDWARE (Blu), HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, SOUTH PARK The Movie on Blu Ray, FUTURAMA Complete Collection, NATURAL BORN KILLERS (Blu), EAGLES OVER LONDON (Blu), SCREWBALLS (Blu), THE CRAFT (Blu), SKIN IN THE SEVENTIES, EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS,

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  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    yo

    by TheDark0Knight

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST

    trick r' treat looks so good

    by TheDark0Knight

    most def picking it up today,

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Hey Harold--how is your father doing?

    by Sal_Bando

    Seems like there was a lotta talk of his having a stroke a year or so back? has he been okay?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST

    The Gate sounds pretty cool

    by OGoncho

    ...which makes me instantly wary of purchasing it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Contact is underrated

    by Droid

    It's great.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry!

    by Dr. Butthole

    I read this column as it comes out and sometimes it's tough going. This week was fantastic! Great, honest reviews and a great smattering of movies. Thanks Harold! PS - I am also a huge fan of Contact and I'm not sure why it didn't catch on like I feel it should have. Great story, great execution. Look forward to seeing this on Blu-ray!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    I might have to give Audition a rent

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Is this going to be anything like Ichi the Killer? Wasn't the biggest fan of that movie but I keep reading that Audition is supposed to be very good.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Sal_Bando

    by HEADGEEK

    He's been doing quite well. We hang out every day - geek out a bit every day and still see a ton of movies and sometimes travel together. Each day is a blessing.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    by HEADGEEK

    It is actually like the hardest, most intense version of THE SECRETARY - minus any emotion.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    What is WBs deal with Trick R Treat?

    by Jack Burton

    There is just no promotional push for this well reviewed movie. What exactly is the real story behind their total indifference to it? Only one retailer (Best Buy) even listed it in their weekly flyer, and it's not even on sale on Blu Ray. It's just so damn weird.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the update. Good deal.

    by Sal_Bando

    Spending time w/ him is the best thing right there. Cancer paid a nice visit to both parents here last few years and it's important to value what you have when you have it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Roman Polanski

    by ManInDC

    Harry, I love the site, read every day. Except that is, for when you guys start on your political rants. So it's fine for you to bash conservatives whenever you feel the need, but Roman Polanski is off-limits because of his credentials as a Left-winger and (remote) Hollywood insider? Sounds about right...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    I adore CONTACT

    by Mr Gorilla

    Just want to join the throng - - it's a WONDERFUL film, and right now if I had to take either CLOSE ENCOUNTERS or CONTACT away on a desert island, I'd choose CONTACT. Like the best of mature Zemeckis, it dares to be a blockbuster that's full of ideas. Whereas Spielberg was openly dazzled by the Disney-ishness of the whole 'what if aliens got in touch and they were friendly?' thing. In the cinema, when she is going to take the trip, I totally had butterflies in my stomach - it felt like I was going through it too. Mark of a good filmmaker.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST

    ManInDC

    by HEADGEEK

    I'm not advocating for or against punishment for Roman Polanski. Merely that CHINATOWN is a great movie, that we're waiting on a Blu Ray for. As for the charges that Polanski fled from -AICN has made general policy to not get involved in these types of stories - no matter the political party of the "person involved". <BR><BR>Personally I feel Roman should have faced these things long ago. If for no other reason than to not have them hanging over him.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I am buying Trick 'r Treat and watching it today!

    by SoylentMean

    Nothing. Else. Matters.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    TRICK ‘R TREAT

    by palewook

    its fun. if you like Tales From The Crypt, Tales from the Darkside, or Creepshow, get Trick R Treat as soon as you can. <P> studio made a boneheaded move not releasing this. would have made 50-100 million easy. and become a cult classic. instead, its become a classic halloween movie because you couldn't see it for 2 years while it sat on the shelf.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK

    by ManInDC

    Thanks for the reply and agreed (plus Chinatown is a great movie).

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    I'm happy to see all the Contact love

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    It always seems like I'm defending my love for this movie so it's really cool to see that maybe I'm not in such a minority in loving this movie too.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Harry, wheres The Children?

    by Jonah Echo

    Have you seen that one yet? If not, get it. Creepy kid horror that is actually pretty unsettling. I agree with you on Seventh Moon. It's a cool little flick. The way they handle the hungry ghosts was great--I was expecting a Descent ripoff, but they became their own thing before the film was done.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    You're a better person for having seen all the movies in NqH?

    by JettL93

    Harry you'd be a better person if you spent that time excercising and eating right<p>I'm just kidding of course, but really dude based on all the movies you watch in a week, if you skip say 3 of them and went to the gym that would be 6 hours a week of good healthy excercise, it's a start and you might find you'd want to do it more<P>don't you wanna get healthy so you can continue to watch movies well into your 80's or 90's, not die in your 50's clutching a Hoagie and a copy of some hentai porn you claim is bugnuts and they have to cut a hole in your house to get you out

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Chinatown

    by TheNorthlander

    Great double feature with Roger Rabbit.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Fucking hell. JettL93 is a personal trainer now!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    When you are flying to the moon next, JettL93?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Superman/Batman PUBLIC ENEMIES worthy of Michael Bay!!!

    by JDanielP

    I realize that Superman/Batman PUBLIC ENEMIES was on the list last week...(I just watched it over the weekend)...but I wanted to mention that I would've paid $50 to see PUBLIC ENEMIES as a Michael Bay directed 200 million dollar live-action flick. Obviously, such a live action movie might be a step back from Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT, in terms of life-like plausibility. However, such action directed by Michael Bay would be quite the popcorn muncher, especially if he would stick closely to the script, perhaps resulting in a more dramatic picture than the director is known for.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    The Children

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Good little horror movie that one. There's always something creepy about evil little kids.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Robert Zemeckis

    by The_Ad_Wizard_Who_Came_Up_With_This_One

    I think Contact is a terrible movie with some nice shots. But the real reason to write this is the opportunity to say this again, because it can't be said enough:<p> FUCK YOU, ROBERT ZEMECKIS! For remaking Yellow Submarine in your Creepy 3d Zombie style. Anyone who has seen the trailer for a Christmas Carol (and any Zemeckis movie of the last 15 years) knows this is a terrible idea by complete assholes. I hope the guy gets run over by a steam roller like Christopher Lloyd in Roger Rabbit before he gets to make this abomination. <p> To keep a long story short: FUCK YOU, ROBERT ZEMECKIS!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    The Gate

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    That one freaked me out as a kid, I seem to remember some monster in the wall, walking just under the wallpaper(!). I checked my wallpaper for lumps every night. Time to see it again I think! Great Picks Harry!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    "Back in the days of live-action Zemeckis."

    by Sailor Rip

    Really? That's a sentence?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    ChinaTown

    by MediaNerd

    Any reason to double dip on this one if you got the old dvd version?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Harry, you were dead wrong about Wolverine

    by Stabby

    Not even as close to as piss-poor as you you made it out to be. You're fanboy bias definitely factored in to your lack enjoyment of the movie. I'm not saying it was a great superhero movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it was not eh abortion you made it out to be. I was expecting Catwoman 2: Extended Claws Edition. Instead I was pleasantly surprised by a decent action flick with goad special effect and great acting by the leads. Hugh Jackman was all Dirty Harry badassness complete with wry humor. And Liev Schreiber was also excellent as his kickass bro and nemesis, Sabertooth. Stryker was one of the better villains of recent history complete with evil logic for his a-holery. I really felt for Logan with how everyone played him and constantly fukked with him because of his morals trying to turn him into the ultimate killing machine. Definitely worth a rental despite what Harry says.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Can't believe I missed The Gate

    by kafka07

    I had heard of it as a kid, kept meaning to rent it. But kept putting it off. To this day I have still never seen it. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Polanski & Harry

    by JoseJones

    Can you clarify what exactly you guys do and do not get involved with? How is it that you find no issue insulting the intelligence of half your readers with your political rants on a film site, yet can't issue an opinion on a director who drugged and raped a 13 year old... allegedly. i would think this is more appropriate than your consistent conservative bashing. Maybe you can clarify.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    YEAR ONE

    by Series7

    Not nearly as apocalyptically awful as I heard. <P> Harry is a fucking liar about this. It is by far one of the top ten worst movies ever made. Not haha it’s so bad it’s good. Its just shit shit shit. Just ineptly made, not just in plot but technically it’s a mess. And to give it a pass only hurdles us forward to this same creative team fucking the Ghostbusters franchise squarely in the brown eye. It needs to be gotten through to Ramis that he needs to get away from everyone he worked with on this movie and start fresh. The movie is that bad, to say otherwise is a fucking lie. Nothing about the movie worked. If you don't believe me, watch it now imagine the same guys responsible for that crap in charge of making Ghostbusters 3.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    So Year One gets a pass but

    by Series7

    MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN gets the wrath? I know I need to go back and watch it again, but at least it didn't make me go to the box office and ask for my money back even though I was at a free screening.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    THE Z CHANNEL documentary

    by Series7

    That spent the whole time recomending Once Upon a Time in America to me. Yeah I saw that.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Year One

    by Megan_Fox

    Harold Ramis is cool but that movie sucked. He needs to work with Bill Murray again

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    MIRAGEMAN

    by Series7

    Well been waiting for that one. At least it got a mention. <P> Though no Adam Ressurection love? Jeff Goldblum in German done by the guy that made Marty good.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    JoseJones

    by Come_ON

    He didn't "allegedly" do it. He was tried and convicted. He did it. He fled before he was sentenced.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    JoseJones, Harry has expressed his views on Polanski

    by Stabby

    in a previous DVD P&P where he was reviewing the Polanski apologist propaganda piece, 'Polanski: Wanted and Perveted'. He basically came away from that film eating it all up like a case of Twinkies, in support of Polanski and got reamed royally in the Talkback by by the likes of DGDB. I for one am happy that he is keeping his opinion to himself. And he's right about that. Just because Chinatown is out on DVD has nothing to do with his criminal case.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Stabby

    by JoseJones

    I agree with keeping his personal opinion to himself. I am just curious why those standards don't exist when it comes to politics. Surely if he can write on a film fan site about the election night being one of the happiest days of his life, then he can address his thoughts on a troubling issue involving a sometimes great filmmaker. To me it seems that the standards Harry professes to live by when it comes to the site are quite selective. I would like to know where the line is drawn.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    It isn’t this site’s place to judge Roman on anything other than

    by The Funketeer

    Sure it is. You're just not man enough to do it and I say that not as a way of trying to goad you into saying something but a statement of fact. By promoting his work, you are promoting his status and career both of which fund his defense and his ability to live on the lam.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    MST3k

    by indiebum

    Sorry Harry, now you do believe that some films deserve the treatment?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Contact & Chinatown are great films

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Jodie Foster was great in Contact and the entire movie was really engaging and well thought-out, with the exception of the Joss character, which didn't seem quite fully realized, and then Zemeckis had to go and try to shoehorn in live footage of Bill Clinton, which was stupid, as if we couldn't make the leap required to accept a fictional President. As for Chinatown, it's very hard to separate iconic movies from their hype, but if you haven't seen it, you really should. It really is as good as you've heard. Not overrated in any sense.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by JoseJones

    Interesting that he could say this, but when pressed to say a bit more on the subject he cries standards. I would like a re-review of this so-called-doc now that more on the issue has come to light. "Think you have Polanski convicted in your mind? Here’s the facts and the reality. An incredibly compelling documentary on one of the great directors, who the press and courts fucked. Great documentary!"

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Where are the standards?

    by JoseJones

    "… they don’t even make Adolph Hitler Halloween masks. Shit, they make Satan, George Bush and Osama Bin Laden, but no Hitler" this is ok but commenting on Polanski is not?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Harry's Opinion on Frankenstein

    by Sith Witch

    He's always spewed so much hate towards it, yet in over a decade of me trying to elicit some response from him as to the "whys" of his opinion, there's never been any explanation. As the holder of a Masters-Degree in Gothic fiction and Film studies I attest it's one of the greatest films to ever perfectly illustrate the genre.How can anyone miss the upmost fidelity to the source in this adaptation? Even the tempo and melody of the music is set to a Byron poem, a detail that is indicative of all the many flourishes one can feast on in this masterpiece!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    That Polanski documetary did the crime

    by Series7

    Of being fucking boring and shitty. So much fluff I thought I was watching a porno by the end. The movie could have been trimmed down to about 30 minutes (and that’s still stretching it) and have been a lot more effective. By the end of the movie, you don't give a shit about the whole thing, kind of like Polanski himself.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Jose, there is no line for Harry

    by Stabby

    he's all over the place and always has been. It's his site. If he wants to express his political views he can just like Rush Limbaugh can. This is not a legitimate news outlet. I wish I could find and post the Takback Node where Harry defended Polanski. If I were him I wouldn't even have mentioned the recent events, just reviewed the movie. Chinatown is a great movie; one the best neo-noirs.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Sith Witch

    by Series7

    He said that Year One kept him moderately amused, that says a lot about someone.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I doubt at this point Polanski receives any royalties

    by Stabby

    from Chinatown.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Wrong about YEAR ONE...

    by Darkman

    It's like you amusingly wrote last year about THE LOVE GURU: 'If shit got YEAR ONE on it, shit would wipe it off!' <br><br> What a fucking waste of talent and time. So help me, if it wasn't for the couple behind me in the theater getting hot and heavy, the experience would've been pointless.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    FRANKENSTEIN does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    series and sith witch, yeah i'm willing to hold my hand up and say that I really liked Branagh's FRANKENSTEIN. Haven't seen it since release but I remember it being very passionate, theatrical, beguiling and with a good sense of grand guignol.<p> We all know that Harry loves VAN HELSING which also features a Frankenstein monster so each to their own I guess.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Branagh's is the best Frankenstein

    by 0007

    One of my Top Ten favorites for sure. I wonder if this edition features the deleted scenes that've never been released otherwise?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    The Polanski documentary's chief witness has admitted

    by Stabby

    that he lied to embellish the story about the judge's misconduct in the case.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    FREE THE PEDOS!!!!

    by TheManWhoCan

    Buying Chinatown or any of Roman Polanski work, whilst knowing what he did is as bad as buying dolphin killer tuna. In this case the dolphin is a 13 year old human girl and the errrr…. net.. yeah the fishing net is the pedo-monster and the tuna can is the corporations …no the bluray cover , er maybe and the fishing boat is the producers, ah fuck it doesn’t matter it was a long time ago, besides I’ve spoken to the family of dolphins killed by tuna nets and they don’t seem that upset, “ ack,ack,ack.ack” one aunt of flipper jr (killed in 85) said “ack. Ack.ack”. before doing a somersault and happily swimming away… beautiful.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Yes!!

    by TaiPanJoe

    MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN is the best version of the tale, the most faithfull to the book and the most cinematic... I mean, the way the camera moves arround, the cinematography, the art direction, the MUSIC!! It's a great movie!! Harry, YOU SUCK!!! And yes, Contact is SO underrated it hurts...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Think you have Polanski convicted in your mind? Here’s the facts and the reality. An incredibly compelling documentary on one of the great directors, who the press and courts fucked. Great documentary!" <p> That's what Harry wrote about Polanski a few months ago.<p> As Stabby said Harry got slated bad for this apologist stance and since then he's decided (sensibly) not to comment or say whether he would sign the 'free polanski' petition by filmmakers and artists.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Chinatown

    by HoboCode

    I watched this film in college as part of a film studies course and fucking hated it. It was incredibly dull aside from the final moments, and as a supposed film noir it fails completely in tone and appearance. My professor had an apoplectic fit when I expressed this view. Perhaps I should try it again but life's too short.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Stabby

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Wolverine was fucking awful, you have bad taste. Sorry, but there it is.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Roman Polanski

    by Series7

    Its ok, Jason Reitman's next movie is about a pedophile who really likes the teenage girl across the street but is too shy to work up the nerve to say something, plus his medling mother thinks he should worry more about getting a job rather then a 13 year old girl. Yeah sure he's raped her in the past but he really wants to make it work this time. <P> "Its quirky, fun and a breath of freash air in a time when pedo's are seen in such a bad light" - Harry Knowles -- Ain't It Cool News

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    SpawnofAchilles, and you've got poopy on your face!

    by Stabby

    Sorry, there it is. Right back at you, buddy. Catwoman was fukking awful. Wolverine was ok.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I could be like Achilles and say that Hobocode has bad taste

    by Stabby

    for not appreciating the genius of Chinatown, but I won't stoop to that level of diatribe. Even though we all know it's true.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Series, is that a real movie?

    by Stabby

    Also, nice Harry quote.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Wolf..to see James Spader, before he tried

    by skimn

    to match Shatner in the exceeding girth contest. And it was an interesting try, to make a rather autere werewolf tale.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Frankenstein

    by yodalovesyou

    Was not that bad. Definitely not worth the venom that talentless fat giner pricks spat at it. But then again, Harry's job description is basically 'sucks hip filmmaker's cocks for a living'. Plus it had Tom Hulce in it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Stabby

    by Series7

    No but looking at Reitman's resume of spending his daddy's money, it wouldn't surprise me. His first film tried to make you feel sympathetic toward a guy who promotes cigarettes, the second one make it hip to be a teenage preggo (hello 16 and Pregnant!), his next one tries to make us feel bad about a guy who's job is to fire people. So pretty much he wants us to feel bad about terrible people. Why not make a cute rom-com about pedos? <P> But he's critically acclaimed. Seeing how every critic is falling over themselves to claim who’s more in love with Reitman's work and how most of them are in support of freeing Polanski I think I've finally realized that most people in Hollywood truly are douche bags.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Tom Hulce was in Jumper as well?

    by Series7

    I knew that going into the movie but I could not find him. I've heard that he's joined in that race with Spader and Shatner.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    NO Trick 'r Treat at Rebox! Boooo!!!!!!!!

    by decypher44

    This sucks. Looks like Redbox is not carrying Trick 'r Treat.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Seriously this is the guy that Rocked Me so hard in 84?

    by Series7

    http://tinyurl.com/ya535pv <P> He looks like he's trying to become that Warehouse 13 guy Saul Rubinek.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Stabby

    by SpawnofAchilles

    I agree that Catwoman is in its own Universe of awfulness, in general and when it comes to a superhero movie. No argument there. Wolverine is better then Catwoman. But that is of course like saying eating shit is better then eating broken glass. Either way your a very unhappy camper. Wolverine is incredibly mediocre, when you pair that with what it COULD have been, it becomes truly awful and disappointing. Wolverine actually has a cool, dark origin and they completely fucked it up. Fanboy bias? Yeah, but completely warranted.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Hobo's taste is fine.

    by HoboCode

    At least that's what the ladies tell me. Stabby, I'm pretty sure we could probably agree on the merits of many other films. I just happened to hate Chinatown. To me it's incredibly convoluted and tedious to watch.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Wolverine is fucking the LOTR trilogy

    by Series7

    When compared to Year One.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    LOTR sucked

    by Megan_Fox

    The characters in that were one dimensional and boring

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    No Anvil or Ken Burns: National Parks?

    by firewhale

    Where's the love?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Series 7

    by SpawnofAchilles

    That's an interesting comparison.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I had the exact same experience as Hobo

    by SpawnofAchilles

    I saw Chinatown in a film class and was pretty bored by it. Obviously not a bad film, just a dull one to me. The nose slit was cool.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Frankenstein

    by Come_ON

    It's good. Harry is a complete hack and a terrible writer/judge of film/person.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    SpawnofAchilles

    by Series7

    Have you seen Year One? I know Harry has questionable taste, but so do I so I let a lot slide. He usually nails the stinkers. But to say that Year One is even worth a 'rental', is unforgivible in the eyes of allah. <P> Makes me think that he worries SOO much about Apatows approval that he wants to help this flop of a movie earn its money back, I bet 90% of the production budget of that film was spent on weed for Jack Black, because no more then $10 was on screen at any given time.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Do people not...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...have the ability to separate Polanskis personal life from his work? He made some great films and there is no reason to write them off. What the fuck was that girl doing at a Hollywood party anyway? Where was the mom? What if he didn't know her age? Is it possible she took the drugs knowing full well what she was doing? What if she wanted him to fuck her in the ass? He shouldn't have fled though. If you're guilty, face the music. He's a fucking idiot for fleeing the country.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Chinatown

    by Series7

    If you are bored at work and a fan of Chinatown or Mario Brothers, then check out my original fan fiction story that mixes the two. <P> http://tinyurl.com/y9gmozm <P> Its only like 6 pages and I got second in a contest with it! Its stupid but fun. Seriously your not doing shit till lunch.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Harold

    by JoseJones

    don't be an asshole. read the transcript. it is obvious rape. he did know her age. she did not want any of it. she was terrified, as most 13 year olds would be in that situation. just because her mom is a cunt does not mean the little girl deserved to be raped. i love Chinatown, Cul de Sac, Fearless Vampire Killers, The Tenant, Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. Does not mean I can excuse the man the way you are. his fleeing the country was the least of his crimes. you are a sick fuck.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Frankenstein

    by ghost_matt

    I think this is the best adaptation too. It's the most faithful, and everything is great. I never got why so many people bash this movie. About 5 years ago they came out with a miniseries and everyone was raving "this is the most faithful ever! So much better than that Brannagh piece of s***!" But the miniseries was pretty much the same as the Brannagh movie, it was only slightly more faithful. And the production values weren't as good. I don't get it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    CONTACT is a great film.

    by YackBacker

    I love the story, I love the scope, the attention to detail-- the whole thing really comes together for me. I think the book, while superior, had to be changed for the film and the filmmakers did a good job. I think its Zemeckis' last great film. CAST AWAY is good, but it feels cold to me, I never got into it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by MANNZILLA

    I look foward to your dvd reviews big time!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    itchi the killer

    by Judge Briggs

    shittiest movie of shitty. horrible, horrible rape scenes. i am dude and couldn't stand to watch them... just horrendous.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Judge Briggs

    by Series7

    You sound like you would enjoy Irreversible.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I think people would like Ichi more

    by seppukudkurosawa

    If they watched it from the outset as a dark comedy or a royally fucked up comic book movie. But if it doesn't make you laugh, that's no fault of yours...I guess my humour must just be more advanced (joke).<p> By the way, I just watched a back-to-back of Repulsion and The Tenant, and I can only say that Polanski is one talented motherfucker.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Contact

    by sruli

    I also think Contact was highly underrated. The love story angle falls very flat - I never bought the Jody/Matt chemistry - but she gives a great performance. And I love the message: science is as much about faith as spirituality.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    "science is as much about faith as spirituality"

    by HoboCode

    No it isn't. And that message is a bastardiztion of Sagan's book. I still like the movie though.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Harry, my memories of The Gate...

    by awardgiver

    It was the last ever trip to the drive in theater here in Houston. It was a triple feature of The Gate, Nightmare on Elm Street 3, and The Fog. That alone gives it a place in my heart. And Harry, its good you treasure each day with your dad. Just lost mine earlier this year, and he loved taking the family to horror movies at the drive in theater.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Branaugh's Frankenstein: horrid shitty turd

    by skimn

    Van Helsing: Sugar coated fun, fun, FUN!<p>As Strother Martin once said,"What we have here is...a failure to communicate."

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by Judge Briggs

    Upgrade the fooking talk back system ... especially if Amazon is paying the bills!!! C'mon on man!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    What CONTACT plays very well is how screwed up we are

    by YackBacker

    But the scene with the "alien" is pure TREK-ian science fiction, where he tells Arroway "You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other." Maybe that sentiment sounds a bit too maudlin, but in the context of the movie, it really struck a chord with me.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    "The Gate" and Prince

    by ufoclub1977

    In the mid 90's, Prince used to have video collages play at his clubs and concerts and some of the shots were from "The Gate" (little creatures coming out of the crack, etc)

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Is that Roman Polanski on the Miracle for 32nd Street cover?

    by StarchildAD

    I kid. Im ashamed and happy to say Ive never seen The Gate. Ashamed that I used to walk by the cover and never pick it up. Happy because now I have an awesome movie to look forward to. <br> Also I enjoyed Contact but lets be real, that movie on a deserted island? Id probably kill myself out of boredom. <br> Audtion is nothing like Ichi. I love Ichi, its def in my top 100 movies of all time. <br> Jett, If you are in the age of 10-17 you are one of my favorite talkbackers and go out of my way to read your stuff. If your over 18 then you should get a life. <br> Deleted long post on defending Harry. Fuck it...I wont get into this.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Contact

    by Series7

    My biggest problem with it besides have a gay and lesbian pretend to be in love, was the whole, "Oh you blew that multi billion dollar thing up, thats ok we built a spare just in case."

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh The Gate

    by The Funketeer

    I think that was the first, and last, movie I ever talked to in a movie theater. Even at our young age we recognized how stupid and predictable the movie was but we had a blast anyway.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Ahhh, Halloween comes a little early this year

    by skimn

    If Trick R Treat is half as good as the raves given to it on this site, then I'm ready for a good time. The fact that Brian Cox and Dylan Baker, two fine actors, are in it is a positive sign.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I didnt like Contact the first time in saw it

    by Spikey

    Alot of it due to the way the ending went way off course from the book but the second time i realised that the films ending was perfect in it own way and maybe even better than the books ending. The juxtapostion between religion and science is more poetically conveyed in the film.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    WTF!........that gal from True Blood.....

    by DrMorbius

    I've never seen True Blood, would it have been too hard to write...<P>...the name of the actress?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Don't forget new FTC rulez Harry ...

    by ReportAbuse

    "FTC targets bloggers, celebrities: Government says bloggers must disclose payments from ad companies and celebrities will be held to account for promotions." ... No more fancy paid set visits to stump for the latest tripe ... no more freebies from Uwe Boll ... the horror!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Josejones

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Should he be put jail? Yes. Like I said before, fleeing the country because he was scared the judge was going to go back on his word, was a retarded move that put him in an even more guilty light. Should we stop watching his films though? That's a little drastic, don't ya think?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Harry did you get a copy of Drag Me To Hell already?

    by Stabby

    Because it doesn't come out until next week. Unless you just watched a pirated version of it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Harold-Sherbort

    by Stabby

    What 13 year old girl asks for anal? Wait, don't answer that, I don't want you to get in trouble.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox and Dylan Baker

    by Series7

    Were in Kings and no one cared about that either.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Where's the Harry and Uwe Boll Sit down interview damnit?

    by Series7

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    And I do see listed today on Redbox

    by skimn

    "Its Alive" the remake of the Cohen killer baby "classic".

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    "subversive blackly comic flick"

    by Disney_Retcond_my_STD

    That's so not PC of you Harry

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    DrMorbius

    by HoboCode

    Anna Paquin.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    SERIES 7...

    by Sleeperkid

    ...Teenage pregnant girls are terrible people now?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Much obliged Hobo

    by DrMorbius

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    "...unforgiving clarity..."

    by thebearovingian

    WTF-ever, man.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Sleeperkid

    by Series7

    Its a terrible situation, and one that shouldn't be made to seem feel good.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series, Re: Baker and Cox

    by skimn

    It beats second and third male lead from a cancelled CW series.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Not the site's place to judge Polanski?

    by Thrillhouse77

    But you can all push your political agendas all the live long day? What's the difference? This site is like your fucking personal blog, so just man up and say whatever it is you want to say, Red.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Look, if Harry wants to abstain, let him

    by YackBacker

    I'd prefer he not say anything instead of being a douche like Michael Mann and Whoopie Goldberg in sticking up for Polanski. I respect that he is sitting this one out. Much appreciated, Harry.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    "It's Alive" remake

    by Jarek

    It's not too bad. Worth checking out.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Harry's refusal to take sides on Roman

    by Series7

    Is still not half as bad as him calling Year One a renter. Unless your reason for renting is to destroy the copy in order to save it from harming anyone else...but then again you'd somehow be helping pay for that flop shit. <P> Anyone finding any sort of enjoyment in that torture porn filth must be one sad sad man.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Who fucking cares...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    he's been arrested. Let the justice system decide what to do. Your babbling doesn't help. The liberal spewings of celebs doesn't help either.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Stabby

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I would do anything for anal, but I wouldn't do that.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Polanski=Guilty

    by kbass

    His crime was horrific. Harry's quasi "defense" or "justification" or sweeping under the carpet" of that crime is disgusting. To infer that loathing for the man has nothing to do with his films is absurd. Support the film you support the man...end of story. Sure "Chinatown" is great, but it was made by a pedophile rapist. That kind of takes away my enjoyment.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    What

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    ...is with the retarded FRANKESTEIN trashing?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...it's a perfectly good movie.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    ...my main complaint at the time was that the monster...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...as described in the book is made up of all the most perfect body parts...he's intended to be a masterpiece. In fact it's the perfection and beauty of the parts that make the finished product so horrible.<P>Also, as described in the book, the monster in superhuman in his agility and has long black hair. This version improves on the old lumbering monster, but still isn't nearly as cool as described.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Question: Harry, have you read FRANKENSTEIN?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...because that review smells of deep ignorance. <P>You've been cruising on your good looks and russet locks for too long I think...time to read a book.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Phil Spector was an amazing record producer

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>Who changed pop music forever, but later in life, he shot a chick. So he belongs in jail. Polanski made some pretty compelling films. He also raped a 13 year old girl, and he belongs in jail.</p> <p>I'm not one of those people who thinks that when an artist gets in trouble, you're supposed to turn your back on their work and start hating their contributions. That makes no sense, their creative works are independent of their crimes. Different subjects.</p> <p>But, rape and murder is rape and murder. Those people need to be locked up.</p>

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    "Support the film you support the man"

    by skimn

    I'll join cylon and call bullshit. At what point do you seperate the man and the piece of art? James Cameron's been accused of being a wife beater..well then, I will never view any of his past or future films. How many musicians have been caught, arrested, what-have-you on drug and alcohol charges? Do I not buy or enjoy their music because they committed illegal acts?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Have to agree, what's with the Trilogy hate Harry?

    by Neosamurai85

    Dracula gets a lot of love around here (myself included) but as much closer to the book as it got than prior versions, it was utterly drenched in a bullshit romance and Vlad backstory. I. Love. The film. But I know when I'm being an apologist and when I'm not, and frankly, I find a lot of silly in "Bram Stroker's" Dracula. Wolf on the other hand I'm pretty shocked to see suck low praise for. Compared to The Wolfman, sure, it's not as good. But as it's own thing (which it was... have nothing to do with the original other than being about a werewolf) I think it's one of the best serious werewolf films of the last 20 years... EASILY. And Frankenstein, is not great, but god man, it's far better than some of the shit that gets a pass. So yeah, I'd love to hear a more in-depth brake down of of why this movie gets the guillotine and, say, Van Helsing gets not only a pass, but praise? Again, I didn't even hate Van Helsing, but I don't understand the loathing for Frankenstein.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    HARRY: READ Frankenstein ALREADY!

    by 0007

    Then you'll appreciate the Branagh genius.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by HoboCode

    Yeah when I read Frankenstein or "The Modern Prometheus" as it were, I was taken aback by how different the monster was than what has been portrayed in films. Reading the book, I almost pictured him as the Hulk as envisioned by Ang Lee's film. Huge, fast, agile, superhuman in every way it seemed. I can understand why they change it so frequently though. It's simply not realistic.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    HoboCode...not realistic?

    by FlickaPoo

    ...not sure what you mean. I got the impression he was made of all the most athletic parts possible, and that accidents of construction made him extra flexible and double jointed. <P>And Victorians saw electricity as a sort of life force...so too strong a zap could have left him with an excess of "vitality", making him extra strong...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    HARRY, why not THE CHILDREN?

    by GavinVanDraven

    THE CHILDREN = creepiest flick about killer kids ever? and how about you Watch ITS ALIVE, OFFSPRING and 100 FEET? do you absolutly have to watch and review new blurays of old shitty movies? you waste your time with a FRANKENSTIEN you hate, and miss out on some great new horror flix. just dumb Harry. dumb!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray transfer for AUDITION is fucking awful!!

    by godoffireinhell

    At least take the time to look at some screenshot comparisons before you declare a transfer to be perfect. The UK PAL DVD beats the shit out of the new BD. Still, that Miike commentary makes it a must have but I really resent having to give such incompetent butt monkeys my money.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Neosamurai85

    by 0007

    I agree about Wolf, which I regard as an excellent werewolf tale! Very well-executed.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    James Cameron's been accused of wife-beating?? Could you point me to these accusations anywhere??

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Fickapoo, you can wait for the inevitable Wachowski bros.

    by Stabby

    Frankenstien comicbook movie adaptation to get your superhuman monster.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    WOLF was a very cool contemporary (at the time)...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...take on werewolves. I'd say it was more of a psychological thriller with werewolfism as the vehicle.<P>Harry probably didn't understand it. The werewolf thing was just a stand in for virility, vitality, survival of the fittest, getting the girl etc...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Stabby...I was just thinking the same thing...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...in the book the monster comes off beautiful but disfigured, and matrixish in his movements. <P>Cool as hell in the book, but if you did it now it would seem all emo-Wachowski.<P> He does NOT sparkle though.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by HoboCode

    Uhh...I guess. I don't find that realistic at all. But it is a horror novel so whatever. I guess I was really referring to other aspects of the monster from the book. Like say...his ability to speak in refined, perfect, fluent English after a span of months living in a hole.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Another thing about the book.

    by HoboCode

    It's funny how almost every movie version spends a good 45-60 minutes just on the creation of the monster. That part in the book is a paragraph at the most.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Hobo...I'm just not getting your definition of realistic...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the whole thing is obviously impossible. I would take "realistic" to mean plausible in the world set up in the book...not scientifically possible.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    ...true, and if I recall correctly...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the book never mentions lightning. I thought the movie's use of eels was pretty nifty...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    ...and the electric eels looked like sperm...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...fertilizing an egg. Excellent visual for bringing the monster to life...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I've just talked myself into seeing the movie again...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...maybe re-read the book too.<P>Suck it big red.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Trick 'r Treat is just alright

    by Biffs_Pleasure_Paradise

    Not the "Best Halloween Movie Ever!' as it's being hyped up to be. It owes everything to Creepshow, and whereas Creepshow was very strong in every one of it's stories, this film is not. It's just very uneven. It's entertaining, but don't go in expecting a classic.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Willy Wonka Blu

    by quequeg1

    Did you not notice that Willy Wonka (gene wilder version) came out on Blu today??

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    WOLF

    by Series7

    Has one of the greatest lines ever. "I'm just marking my territory." <P> Though when I do it I just get punched in the mouth or swirlied?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Re: Cameron

    by skimn

    Perhaps accused is too strong a word, but it has been rumored that he was abusive to Hamilton and Bigelow. And rumors have a way of becoming as real as the truth.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The Fearless Vampire Killers on Blu-Ray

    by Gorgomel

    that would be awesome. More than Chinatown in my book

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Chinatown has that awesome Jerry Goldsmith

    by skimn

    score. Hell, I'd be happy with the CD.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I liked "Wolf"

    by Just_Some_Guy

    I always liked the movie Wolf. It always bothered me, though, that he ears weren't pointy enough. Whatever...I guess I'm too nit-picky. It was creepy througout and I liked the ending...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Fucking Warner Bros. ASSHOLES!

    by D.Vader

    The Blu-Ray set got a shitload of extras including deleted scenes, documentaries, and commentaries. <p> The regular DVD has nothing. <p> Dear Warner Bros., FUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOU.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I'm not supporting Warner Bros. by buying the DVD

    by D.Vader

    And I sure as shit aint wasting my money on a Blu-Ray Player and a new tv when my current DVD player and tvs work fine. <p> Fuck you WB for trying to strong-arm us into getting Blu-Ray if we want the extras. This is the first time in my life that I'll be downloading the movie instead. My apologies, Mike Dougherty, for the way Warner Bro's has fucked you and your movie up the ass, but I won't support it this way.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Harry likes Ichi the Killer better than Audition?

    by D.Vader

    Whatever. Weird. Audition is miles better than Ichi.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by Thrillhouse77

    Nope, because most people who support Polanski also wish that drugs were legal.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    And my rant above against WB is re: Trick R Treat

    by D.Vader

    Fuck WB. Fuck WB for also releasing a Watchmen set in November with only the director's cut with Black Freighter added in, no theatrical, no director's cut minus Black Freighter. In other words, if you want options, you gotta buy more than one set. <p> WB remains at the top of my shit list.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Thrill, hell I wish most drugs (okay weed) were legal

    by skimn

    I was just saying, where do we draw the line seperating the artist from their work.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    How many fucking copies of Charlie Brown Christmas

    by lockesbrokenleg

    comes out, and still no Race for Your Life Charlie Brown on DVD?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Loved Not Quite Hollywood.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Would have liked to hear more from the Saw boys and Greg Mclean though. And the Spiereig brothers, they were sort of gleaned over.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Skimn & UmpirestrokesBach

    by TurdontheRun

    "James Cameron's been accused of being a wife beater..well then, I will never view any of his past or future films."<p>Um, no he hasn't. Ever. Please provide sources if you're going to make such accusations (or claim others have made them). This appears to be a rather disgusting rumor that's sprung up on these talkbacks apropos of nothing. So bullshit nonsense and the mindless utterances of assholes goofing off suddenly become solidified rumor, and then goes on to become 'fact', does it? I mean, the self righteous bastards that come out in force when Polanski or Woody Allen or John Landis or Michael Jackson are mentioned is one thing - it's irksome, but at least there's some substantiated truth to it - but spreading complete lies that others will swallow up indiscriminately as some sort of 'fact' is really poor form.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    That's right D.Vader......let it all out......

    by DrMorbius

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    What makes Polanski different from the others...

    by The Funketeer

    is that he's on the lam while the others have faced their sentencing no matter how trivial that may have been. He hasn't paid his debt to society. By seeing his films you are enabling him to continue to support himself and remain out of custody. Roman Polanski thinks he's better than you and you keep stuffing money in his pocket. Saying crap like, "Roman should have faced these things long ago. If for no other reason than to not have them hanging over him" is cowardly. We all envy your perfect little life of watching movies all day long but sometimes real life happens and you need to get off the fence and pick a side. You either support the work of an admitted rapist currently avoiding sentencing or you don't.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Turd

    by skimn

    Yes, I did admit that my assertion was based on rumor.."it has been rumored that he was abusive to Hamilton and Bigelow. And rumors have a way of becoming as real as the truth", key words, AS real as the truth. Bad example on my part. I was trying to make the point of where do we seperate the artist from the art. I was responding to kbass' statement "Support the film you support the man...end of story. Sure "Chinatown" is great, but it was made by a pedophile rapist. That kind of takes away my enjoyment." So we are to boycott works of those found guilty, or accused of crimes? I can't enjoy the performances of Nicholson and Dunaway, the art design, the cinematography, the score, the excellent screenplay, etc. because it was directed by someone committed of a crime? I believe we're on the same side of this issue, I just used a poor choice (a director geeks deem a god) as example.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    What about the "courts fooged Polanski" comments Harold

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Actually the second coming of THE GATE to DVD

    by Monkey_King

    I'll most likely pick up this "new" version of the seminal Tibor Takacs film and add that to I MADMAN. Yet another great underrated film

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Trick 'r Treat was a little too predictable..

    by kurdt420

    it is like four throw away stories that did not quite make it on an episode of Tales from the crypt. And on a side note, what is with the spoiler on the blue ray cover showing Sam's face?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    "Kitty kitty kitty..." - Hitchcock would have loved Audition

    by workshed

    ...and the whole film is eerily reminiscent of Vertigo (in a good way). Also, it's a much classier movie than the crass 'Ichi'.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas!

    by Turingtestee

    River Bottom Nightmare Band!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    karloff? sidekick?

    by Six Demon Bag

    FUCK YOU!!!!<P>karloff doesnt deserve to smell my shit!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Harry = Hypocrite

    by Luscious.868

    So you can't pass judgement on a confessed child rapist but you can on George W. Bush. How nice. George W. is clearly a criminal, but so is Polanski. I just lost all respect for you. God forbid your wife or your daughter is ever drugged and raped. If I'm on the jury my vote will be "no comment".

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Of course he won't judge those like him.

    by DigitalDong

    Think about it, Roman raped a 13 year-old. I'm sure Harry's thinking " Well when I do that, I don't' want to seem like a hypocrite for placing judgment on Roman." Makes perfect sense for people with something in common to defend each other.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    *SPOILERS* Harry - An Interesting Topic

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I'd be interested in hearing from you about movies that ruined themselves for you. Have you ever had a movie that just TOTALLY ruined itself for you? I got to thinking about this from CONTACT. For whatever reason - and this is most assuredly NOT boasting on my part, but rather kind of the oppoisite - I watched CONTACT and the very first scene - when little girl version of Jodie Foster is looking through her telescope and her dad comes into the room to talk to her - I suddenly felt a tightening in my gut and said "Oh, _FUCK_ me. The aliens are going to be her dad when she sees them. Full circle, in a form you can understand, blah blah blah." It was literally like INSTANT. As soon as he came into the room. Now, of course, this also meant that the movie was just -ruined- for me, because every beat I was sitting there going "Uh-huh. Uh-huh. No, they're not going to be aliens. She's gonna make it - becasue she has to or the audience riots - and she's gonna meet her fucking _dad_ in space." And my anger grew, and grew - until by the time the dad DID show up it was like, yeah, about time.<p><p>My brother had a similar experience when sitting down with 10 friends to see THE SIXTH SENSE, and Bruce Willis got shot by the ex-patient and my brother says "Now watch - BRUCE is a ghost!" He was just fucking around, but it turned out to be the twist and all 10 people were crazy-pissed at my brother for the throwaway comment that he made as a joke because it was so dumb it couldn't possibly be the truth of the movie. Have you ever had a movie that might've been good but was just RUINED? I'd like to know.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Trick 'r Treat is as good as people have said it is

    by SoylentMean

    I am so happy I bought that today and even more pissed that I had to wait so long to see it. It makes a helluva lot more sense as a "Halloween tradition" than the Saw series. I hope Trick 'r Treat does phenomenal business on home video, because I'd like to see another one. It's a great addition to one's Halloween Horror movie viewing tradition.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    just got back from Best Buy

    by Six Demon Bag

    and bought a shit load of CHINATOWNS and BITTER MOONS...gonna give them out as party favors at my nephew's birthday party this weekend...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST

    ThusSpackeSpyMonk - that is truly weird.

    by ganda1f

    The same thing happened to me with both the films you mentioned - Contact and 6th Sense - wherein I figured the end out very early on, which made the whole film a frustratingly predictable affair because you can guess every story beat until that point. <br><br> Conversely, though, sometimes the opposite happens. I thought I knew the end 'I am Legend' was going for, and was pretty happy with it because it was dropping subtle but clear hints as to it's direction, but then the film does a complete 180 with a retarded ending which proves all zombies are evil.<br><br> When I found out about the alternate ending for that film - which was what I was guessing the film was going - I was even *more* pissed off at the film.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Trick R Treat sucked

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Saw it a couple weeks ago. What a toothless wreck of a film. It was as if it was written by a 13 year old, which I guess would attract Harry. <P> Watch Creepshow again and skip this weak shit.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Audition

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Now THAT is a true horror movie. <P> BTW ThusSpakeSpymunk, I had a similar experience when I saw The Village *SPOILERS.. Although I can't imagine anyone caring* When I saw the headstones at the very beginning w/ the opening credits, something about the it rubbed me the wrong way and I thought "Let me guess... this is taking place in modern times." Surprise! <P> IMO anyone who can't guess the ending of The 6th Sense should be beaten to death so they can't pass vapid stupidity onto a new generation.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Charley(Brown)and the Chocolate Factory

    by Rex_Nimrod

    Cheers quequeg1, I've been waiting for the original(and still BY FAR best imho)Willy Wonka on Blu. I love the fact that A Charley Brown Christmas is coming out too, but this being October, shouldn't they have released It's The great Pumpkin Charley Brown first? Also, I was about to buy the recently released DVD compo of '60s Peanuts specials, mainly to get the rare Charley Brown's All Stars - but now that Blu-ray is in the equation, I wonder if that set will come out in HD, which would render the single CB Christmas disc kind of moot. Dang it, they need to just get off the pot and release everything on Blu- Ray already!

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    just finished TRICK 'R TREAT

    by frank cotton

    and while not as great as i'd hoped, it was enjoyable. but at 77 minutes (not counting credits), i have to wonder if it has been cut. as for figuring out plots, i had that problem with SURVEILLANCE. still liked it, but would have preferred to have been surprised

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Have to Agree with the_shogun_gunslinger

    by Tron_Durden

    I watched Trick 'r Treat and found it to be as limp as an overcooked spaghetti noodle. Lame writing, stupid pacing and just plain boring. As for the whole Polanski debate going on... all I can say is that Harry has the right to do whatever he wants on this site. It doesn't mean those who read the site have to agree with him. Luckily it also doesn't mean we as readers have to pretend like there isn't a disconnection between Harry's far left-wing sound-bite regurgitations and his lack of holding far left-wingers to the same standards. Mind you, if he was a far right winger he'd do the same. It's a good thing that most people are independent thinkers who all too well know the dangers of both the right and the left.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Shogun Gunslinger

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I didn't figure out SIXTH SENSE, but I think it had to do with the fact that I actually thought it was going in a -TOTALLY- different sort of direction. My thinking was that the ghosts were ALL one ghost pretending to be all these different people to haunt Cole - and the ghost was Bruce's old patient, trying to destroy this kid to get revenge, to show anyone would break like he did if given the ghost power. But this time around, Bruce Willis would commit suicide and become a ghost at the end to stop his former student and protect Cole, awwwwwww. *puke*

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    15 inch Sam vinyl doll signed by Michael Dougherty

    by PStar

    How much do you think I can sell it for?? I won it at a screening AICN did for Trick 'R Treat last year.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    For the Record

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    LOVED, loved, loved, loved, LOVED, loved TRICK'R'TREAT! Just watched it. LOVED it. Don't listen to the naysayers - AWESOME 80s-style fun!

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:14 a.m. CST

    @ Tron_Durden & ThusSpakeSpymunk

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Tron: Limp and boring are perfect words to describe Trick r Treat. The way this and other sites have been raving about it I guess I was expecting some "grand return" for the horror genre. And I agree w/ Frank Cotton above; it did feel like a lot had been cut out. Whatever, I'm not going to revisit it. <P> Thus: LOL... wow, well you are on another level entirely :P I'd rather see your version, haha. All I know is, the trailer for Sixth Sense made sure eeevvveeerrryone was going around saying "I see DEAD PEOPLE" on a continuous vomit-inducing loop... flash forward a few months when said mouth-breathers are shuffling into the theater... 5 minutes into the movie Bruce Willis is shot and it cuts to black... now for the next 90 minutes or so, Bruce Willis speaks to no one else other than Haley Joel and we're supposed to be SURPRISED when he says "Hey I'm a Dead Peoples too, LOL!" BULLSHIT, I SAY!

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    omg quit raging over Polanski

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    The man did something horrible, yet he made awesome films. Do any 13 year olds get raped 70's style in any of them? No. Case closed.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    trick r treat lived up to the hype

    by TheDark0Knight

    I fucking love it...its easy to watch. Is one of those flicks I'll just throw on when Im bored or when people come over to chill & smoke a joint.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST

    think back when you first saw Tales from the Crypt on HBO

    by kurdt420

    Those stories were well written and had many good twist endings that you had to discuss with your friends the next day. I did not get that feeling from any of the Trick 'r Treat stories. They were more like "oh it's a werewolf, I pretty much saw that coming". Nothing to really get excited about or discuss further. Go watch a few Crypt episodes before watching Trick 'r Treat and you will see my point.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I saw Contact in theaters...

    by The Amazing G

    and I don't remember much about it, but to be fair I was 7 years old at the time and knew nothing about the debate between faith and science, so I think much of it went over my head (I do remember her going through the portal though), I'll definitely give it a re-watch

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    they need to release more Zemeckis movies on blu ray..

    by The Amazing G

    I want BTTF on blu ray of course, but I would also love to have Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Used Cars on blu ray

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Contact

    by Series7

    You know whats nutty about that movie, its HOW MUCH of it is actually special effects. Watch some documentaries about it and your be surprised with all the shit in that movie that was CGI.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Used Cars is very underrated too

    by The Amazing G

    that movie is funny as hell, yet just doesn't get the recognition it deserves

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Stabby

    by Shoegeezer

    there are review discs of titles around before release. I've had Drag Me To Hell on Blu-Ray and DVD for a week.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    My 2 cents on Trick R Treat

    by skimn

    I agree with kurdt that said the early Tales From The Crypt were much better. Its more like Dougherty filmed some good ideas but didn't give them enough time or character development to flesh them out. I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters because they were sketched so quickly. Although the overlapping time frames was clever it defeated the purpose. On a side note, according to the extras, Brain Cox wanted his character to resemble John Carpenter (stringy long hair, thin nose), so extra kudos to him. An okay B-. And I do give it credit for putting kids in danger (such a no-no nowadays), maybe thats why Warners was skittish on a theatrical release.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Why Harry doesn't like Frankenstien

    by Series7

    He gave reason the BNAT thread.<P> They didn't use Frank Darabont's original script. Cased closed.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    case*

    by Series7

    Fuck this clown.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    ...and Romancing The Stone on BluRay

    by skimn

    I remember seeing that soon after Temple Of Doom, and enjoying it a bit more. I haven't seen it in years, though, my opinion may have changed. Still great roles for Turner, Douglas and DeVito.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by Halloween68

    On MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN. I agree that there are some truly awful moments in this film. However, this is the closest we have to a faithful book to film adaptation. Ever read the book? Deniro plays a very good monster in terms of what he's supposed to be according to the book. I think the ending is extremely lame, but for what it's worth, I appreciate the film for what it's trying to do. That said, the film isn't quite horrific as it should be, and it's a little too over the top at times. It's like Branagh doesn't know if he should kick it into gear or reign it in. He just never committs one way or another. There are a couple other Frankenstein adaptations that try the Dr. Frankenstein monster vs monster approach that are a little more close to the book than the Hollywood adaptations. They are both equally interesting. Believe it or not, they are both made for TV films. USA Network (or maybe it was TNT) did one about 10 years ago. It was starring Randy Quaid as the monster. The other is one that's actually released on DVD called FRANKENSTEIN THE TRUE STORY. Both these films had more design on sticking to the heart of the novel than on glamorizing the science fiction aspect of it for ticket sales. For pure enjoyment though, my favorite Frankenstein film of all time is still BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, which I always felt was way ahead of its time. That one really has very little to do with the book, but it hits you in the gut when it comes to pure entertainment and great film making. Sorry about the aside. Back to my point, I find myself defending this film at times simply because it's the most accurate portrayel of the novel that we have. Warts and all.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Scaring The Shit Out Of Your Pre-teen Nephew

    by Red Dawn Don

    Scaring the shit out of your pre-teen nephew makes ZERO sense to me. I relaized very early with my nephew if he saw a scary movie it would be MORE WORK FOR ME. He would be afraid to be alone, sleep alone, go into a dark room and on and on. Nightmares and trauma it is just is a dumb move to do. It does take greater self-control to say no to him but there is always something else to watch. Now that he is a NORMAL surly teenager maybe a scary movie might make sense. Teens need a little fear. What say ye all?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    rumors=truth now????

    by Six Demon Bag

    wow...i dont know whats more sad...that statement or that people know they are ONLY rumors and yet will boycott and hate on a great director like Cameron.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Agree, Red Dawn Don - oh and about Polanski..

    by LaneMyersClassic

    I wish I hadn't read the transcripts from the original deposition by the child (smokinggun.com). It is sick and I can't watch Polanski films anymore without thinking about that. That's just me. I don't have much sympathy for the guy. There are too many great films by other directors for me to sit through one of his and have a bad vibe about it.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by kbass

    For me, buying a Roman Polanski film while he is a fugitive from justice, is financing his criminal activity. I choose not to do that. He's a self-confessed pedophile and rapist. As LaneMyersClassic says, just read the transcript of the deposition. Enjoying his compelling cinematography or a soaring score from "Chinatown" kind of pales in comparison.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Isn't the guy who directed Jeepers Creepers..

    by liljuniorbrown

    A child molester as well? I thought I read that some where when the movie was in theaters. His name was Victor something. Either way this isn't the place to talk about it.... I kid. On a final note, I just watched Jettl's new documentary titled Roman Polanski: Butt rapist for life. Interesting take on the subject Jett.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    The Powder guy is a pedo

    by Flexfill

    and that movie sux.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Same dude...

    by Flexfill

    Victor Saliva

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Liljuniorbrown

    by skimn

    The director in question is Victor Sala. This from Wiki: "While directing Clownhouse, Salva, then 29, molested one of the film's actors, 12-year-old Nathan Forrest Winters. The sexual acts were videotaped by Salva, who pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious conduct, one count of oral copulation with a person under 14, and three counts of procuring child pornography. Salva was sentenced to three years in prison. He served 15 months of the sentence before being paroled." Francis Coppola was a big backer (no pun intended) of Salva when he was released, and helped produce Jeepers Creepers. Sooo, since Salva did the time, does he get a pass?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Clownhouse starring Sam Rockwell in his first movie

    by Series7

    You know Salva got him as well, but with Sam is was probably consensual.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Francis needed his rib recipe

    by Flexfill

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    If your asking me,I say no pass

    by liljuniorbrown

    Thats just me. I don't agree with people thinking Polanski should be forgiven. I think he should have fessed up to it and did what time he had facing him at that point. Reading the transcripts ,he did know how old she was and she did tell him to stop. I'm sure she was mature and active for her age,but no is still no. I guess hollywood's always been full of sick fucks.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Liljuniorbrown

    by skimn

    I'm sure Anytown USA has their share of pedophiles. They just don't get apologies from Woody Allen and Whoopie Goldberg though. I think its interesting though, and as far as watching or purchashing a movie made in part by a convicted or accused fill-in-the-blank, well, thank god for freedom of choice.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Polanski drugged and raped a 13yo girl...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...and ADMITTED to it. I don't give a damn what your political leanings are. The line dividing right and wrong is crystal clear in this case. But here's a hint: If you're on Whoopie's side, then you should consider a labotamy.<P>This debate is as ridiculous as that Huffington Post article that poses how Mary Jo Kopechne may have thought Kennedy's accomplishments was worth the cost of her life. Madness.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST

    if you cant separate polanski from his work...

    by Six Demon Bag

    then whatever..but then go the full fucking nine and understand that many actors have worked with him since..do you lose respect for them as well? harrison ford? johnny depp? ennio morricone? adrien brody? hugh grant? walter matthau? ben fucking kinglsey? sigourney weaver?<P>and if so--have you now lost respect for the people THEY have worked with because they have worked with someone who committed a crime? Spielberg? lucas? james cameron? blahblahblah...<P> its fucking endless and nonsense.<P>nobody had a problem when sports stars beat their wives or quarterback allegedly rape cocktail waitresses...

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    furthermore...

    by Six Demon Bag

    then you can condemn the entire hollywood society who fucking gave an oscar to polanski for his movie...if you cant separate man from career, then dont work his movies or any movies for that matter.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    What I say about Polanski -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Just remember every single actor and director who speaks positively about Roman Polanski, like Whoopi Goldberg who said on THE VIEW that his rape of the girl wasn't "'rape' rape." Next time I hear about Whoopi speaking about ANY kind of social injustice, I'll say "But it wasn't 'racism' racism, was it?"

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp is a bully...

    by kurdt420

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    he beats up people in bars

    by kurdt420

    and I'm pretty sure he supplied River Pheonix with the coke that killed him.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    and Harrison Ford Raped...

    by kurdt420

    my childhood when he made Indy 4.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    thus spake

    by Six Demon Bag

    do you actually give a shit what any of the ladies on the view says? hasselbeck a real fucking winner, she is.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    kurdt..

    by Six Demon Bag

    but then you never shouldve seen it cause he worked with polanski in 88...<P>i love playing six degrees of polanksi.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    still being angry with Polanski after all these years

    by kurdt420

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    is like still being mad at hitler

    by kurdt420

    i mean come on now, it's history lets move on! well maybe thats a bad example

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    It's not that I listen to THE VIEW. I actually heard Whoopi's quote that it wasn't "rape rape" somewhere else, in reference to her remarks. I'm just saying, I think that it's high time that we, the viewing audience, keep track of which actors make asshat type statements and start calling actors out on them - these stupid celebrity fucks are so righteous and self-important and it's all based on fallacy. Like Sean Penn saying Iran and Iraq are paradise locales while at the same time they are saying we should be kind to gays. What about the gay tweens who were hanged in Iran or the hundreds of gay men slaughtered in Sadr City, Sean? I think that's the kind of stuff we need to bring to the front to fight back when a movie like STOP LOSS comes around telling us that the only true road to patriotism is to desert the army because the war's gone on too long and you're kinda tired. Imagine if we'd told that to Hitler? "Aw, man, he's gonna keep fighting? I give up. I'm TIRED. I wanna listen to my Ipod!" Yeah. Hollywood liberalism is forgiving Polanski.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Why is the BluRay more expensive than the DVD???

    by deucefilms

    Yes, that probably sounds like a REALLY stupid question, but look at the back of both boxes. The content looks identical. Just bought the Diamond Edition DVD at a store for $22. The BluRay was on sale for $28. I look at the front cover of both, and they both say "Includes DVD + BluRay." I look at the back of both, and they both say "3-Disk Combo Pack Includes 2-Disk BluRay and 1-Disk DVD." For both of these, the descriptions are exactly the same. There's NO DIFFERENCE! I just got home and opened it up, and, sure enough, there's 1) a BluRay disk of the feature, 2) a BluRay disk of Bonus Materials, and 3) a regular DVD of the feature. The only difference I can find between the BluRay package ($28) and the regular DVD package ($22) is the slight difference in the packaging itself! Am I the only one who thinks that's really strange? Or am I missing something the BluRay package included that the other didn't?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    my dad said the same thing...

    by Six Demon Bag

    the BLURAY combo was more expensive than the DVD combo...yet are identical....another DVD edition (sans BLURAY) is coming out in november...i think disney is trying to tell us something about the blu..

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    furthermore...about snow white..

    by Six Demon Bag

    it looks like the DVD combo has more on the DVD (commentary et al) than the BLU (which says feature film on DVD disc)..oh well

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I saw both Blu, and DVD for the same price

    by Rex_Nimrod

    I was at FRY's electronics earlier today, and they had both versions of Snow White for $19.99. I think the different packaging is simply because the Disney PR guys think regular DVD buyers might be more comfortable with the larger box that they are used to.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    snow white at amazon...

    by Six Demon Bag

    had it at 20 and then promo code knocked off another 10..not bloody bad.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    i <3 contact.

    by alice133

    billions and billions of <3.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    ^ i love contact.

    by alice133

    my little hearts didnt show up.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Snow White DVD/BluRay differences

    by deucefilms

    Thanks for the update. Looks like most locations/sites are selling the BluRay and DVD packaging at the same price. The store I went to was WalMart. So, to all those WalMart shoppers out there, don't spend the extra $5-$6 dollars they're charging for the "BluRay" release of Snow White, as it includes the same disks as the regular DVD (and Six Demon is correct, it looks like the regular DVD version with BluRay disks may actually have MORE supplemental material than the BluRay packaging).

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    harry, talks through his ass and shits out his mouth

    by FamousEccles

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    btw, harry doesn't like Frankenstein because that

    by FamousEccles

    "7 hour vaseline" scene didn't involve Branagh actually fucking deNiro up the hole like would happen in all that other shit he watches. perv.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    The problem with playing the Kevin Bacon game...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...with Roman Polanski is that it also works for people you can't stand either. Where do you draw the line, indeed.

  • Oct. 9, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    There's a $10 coupon for Snow White

    by KarlKolchak

    I think it's good til 10/10, so it would only cost ya $10 at WallyWorld.<p>The coupon is one of those downloadable ones. Go to Disney's Snow White site.

  • Oct. 9, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    "I Keep My Promises!"

    by Mathom

    I'm glad to see that the talkbackers for the most part disagree with Harry's assesment of Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein. I loved that film, and think they captured aspects of the book very well. Deniro is amazing as the creature, and I look forward to revisiting the title yet again. And I'm not sure who mentioned that he liked Van Helsing, but I thought it blew balls.

  • Oct. 9, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    the gate cover lol

    by darkpassenger

    trick r treat was really enjoyable i loved it.. been waiting for the gate for soooo long, but whos that kid on the cover? hes not in the movie, definately not stephen dorff or that dorky kid

  • Oct. 10, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Snow White Blu Ray $9.99 on Amazon

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    Just use promo code at checkout "snowite" Yes it is only one w. I ordered it Wednesday and it shipped yesterday.

  • Oct. 10, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    oh

    by astrologic25

    hey

  • Oct. 10, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Frankenstein was AWFUL!!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I saw that in theaters, and OMG it was just shit. You saw 10 min of the monster. Really bad.