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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks 3rd wk of Oct: Transformers, Peanuts, Plastic Man, Blood, William Castle, Easy Rider & much more!

Hey folks, Harry here with this third installment of my DVD Picks & Peeks for October 2009! We start the list off with the title that will dominate the talkback and end with a great documentary that sadly, too few have seen. As usual the titles and the Images are linkable to Amazon, where you can learn more on the title in question, or go ahead and purchase it and a small portion of the price goes to continue to sponsor this column! Without further babble, let’s get on with it! Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Ok, here’s someone’s homework assignment. See, if by selectively removing the most offensively awful scenes from TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – if you can conjure a somewhat cool Action/Sci-Fi Adventure film for the whole family. Because I’m pretty certain that there is easily 45 minutes of this film that could go the way of the DoDo, but I also hold that like PEARL HARBOR, once that unnecessary BS is removed, that there could possibly be a solidly entertaining film left behind. OF COURSE – this all begs the question of why anyone would want to spend any time, much less any money upon this work of plastic cinema? I haven’t yet summoned the answer.

If you’re planning on having kids, if you have kids or if you are still a kid at some level, the Bill Melendez/Charles Schultz Animated TV Specials are gold. They must be seen by every generation. Children must fear running to kick a football, to be afraid of kite eating trees, to await the Easter Beagle and so much more. At some point, I believe these will appear on Blu Ray. At least that’s the hope I have, but till that far off day, these will do just fine. Besides, there’s two of these that have never been seen on DVD! So, there ya go… Quick, before Lucy snatches your copy away!

There’s several things I find funny about WATERWORLD today. First off is that my wife’s generation seems to like the movie and have none of the bias that those of us that were in College had for this film. Second, it’s the production design. I was watching STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT last night – and as Diana & her Sis Daisy watched, I commented upon the LOOK of this future Earth. In the 90’s. It seems the future contemporary structures would be built out of Aluminum, Plexi and repurposed existing materials. This was very much THE LOOK of the future then. Be it this, FIRST CONTACT, BATTLEFIELD EARTH… and on and on and on. And then we realized… Well, it is “Green” – and the horrifying thought became… EWWWWW – THAT IS THE FUTURE! The trasfer is just as sharp as the HD DVD that came out and there doesn’t seem to be any real jewels of extras. Hey? Am I the only one that remembers that incredibly eloquent and pro-environmentalist scoring stage piece that Matt Drudge wrote back in 1995 talking about how after he returned to his place, he looked out at the ocean and wondered about the future of mankind and could we perservere when the Ice Caps melted. Before it was politicized into a Conservative vs Liberal debate? I miss that Matt Drudge.

I love Stephen Frears’ work and God knows I’ve adored Michelle Pfeffier for decades. And their last work together, DANGEROUS LIAISONS is a classic. Besides, a film about an aging mistress of the night in Paris of long long ago… well, I was very curious – especially when you add the always wonderful Kathy Bates to the mix. The film is heartbreakingly erotic, hot & funny. It was excellent. Michelle is still one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Anyone that would pick Megan Fox over her would be an imbecile in my opinion. Michelle oozes sensuality without an ounce of sluttery. The story of her December/May romance with the Son of a “lady” is completely captivating from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

I haven’t seen this yet. It actually angers me that I haven’t seen this yet, as it’s one of those types of films that usually I see exceptionally early. I’ve loved the trailers and previews for this – and I’m going to see if I can find a copy of it tomorrow, if not, I’ll be clicking this link like many of you to order it. It was handsomely produced and does have moderately good word about it.

OK – I out and out love MR. SARDONICUS, THE TINGLER, STRAIT-JACKET and 13 GHOSTS… I’m not a fan of the remake of THE OLD DARK HOUSE, but I’m curious to see 13 FIGHTENED GIRLS and ZOTZ! Now if you saw the Joe Dante movie, MATINEE you’d be right in the mood for this set of films. William Castle was a great showman who made movies that were meant to inspire hijinks and fun for your local theater. At the Drafthouse – we’ve had great TINGLER screenings, but we haven’t yet done a proper screening of 13 GHOSTS – we need to do it. Must have ghosts fly over the audiences heads at key points! MUST HAPPEN! It will one day! That said – I think the issue price on this set is a bit outrageous. $80.95? Even with the Amazon discount, that takes it to $59.99. My instincts tell me that you should hold out for a bit. Unless, like me, you’re a William Castle freak. On 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS you get the trailer, the original British trailer intro, the Candy Web trailer and the original Candy Web theatrical opening and closing message from William Castle himself – along with 4 alternate openings! It’s pretty damn sweet. On 13 GHOSTS there’s a special feature called THE MAGIC OF ILLUSION-O and a trailer. On HOMICIDAL there’s a featurette titled Psychette: William Castle & Homicidal. There’s premiere footage from the Youngstown, Ohio premiere and a trailer. On STRAIT-JACKET there’s a Making of, Joan Crawford’s Wardrobe Tests, an Axe Test, the TV spots, a How To Plan A Movie Murder Featurette and the Trailer. THE OLD DARK HOUSE & ZOTZ just have a trailer. On MR SARDONICUS you get to take THE PUNISHMENT POLL, the GHOST STORY Pilot and the original trailer. On THE TINGLER you get “SCREAM FOR YOUR LIVES: WILLIAM CASTLE AND THE TINGLER, an alternate Drive In Sequence, there’s the CIRCLE OF FEAR graveyard shift and the Trailer! If you love this, you should check out Mark Miller’s comic (Not Included)!

Starring my not-so-distant Cousin, Linda Darnell and the awesome George Sanders… and directed by the great Douglas Sirk! If you end up loving this Gold Digger story by that “hack” Anton Chekhov (giggle), and the Oscar nominated score by Karl Hajos – who is criminally underrated – but was the composer that created all that wonderful Serial stock music for everything from Buck Rogers to Zorro’s Fighting Legion, Flash Gordon to feature work like WEREWOLF OF LONDON and much more! Anyway, this is a great film, you definitely owe it to yourself to check it out!

MONSOON WEDDING Criterion Collection (Blu-Ray)
A brilliant film from director Mira Nair. It is beautifully transferred, as you’d expect, by Criterion – and the world just looks so damn beautiful on this Blu Ray. But the extras that Criterion put together is what really puts this one over the top. Here… check it out. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mira Nair and director of photography Declan Quinn with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack • Audio commentary featuring Nair • Nair’s short documentaries So Far from India (1983), India Cabaret (1985), and The Laughing Club of India (2001), featuring video introductions by the director • Nair’s short fiction films The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat (1993), 11'09'01—September 11 (Segment: India) (2002), Migration (2007), and How Can It Be? (2008), featuring video introductions by the director • New video interview with actor Naseeruddin Shah, conducted by Nair • New video interviews with Quinn and production designer Stephanie Carroll • Theatrical trailer • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer All of that is wonderfully put together. And if you happen to have never seen MONSOON WEDDING, you’re in for a treat!

That we haven’t seen a Wachowski written and directed PLASTIC MAN feature yet is a crime! All we have is this rather awesomely fun show from the late 70’s – early 80’s. I loved PLASTIC MAN. I was actually introduced to the character by my father via a large collection of Golden Age comics he let me read, so when the cartoon hit TV, my fevered pulp loving brain was ready, willing and able to bounce along on every adventure. Once I saw the Batman Animated Series – I longed to see PLASTIC MAN handled in a cartoon 40’s – with that darker edge. We still haven’t seen it. One day I hope to.

This is just a repackage job, figured I’d warn y’all that there isn’t any new material on here. But if you haven’t picked it up yet… you’re missing out. It is a really damn fine show.

Beyond the cultural iconography of the film, it is a great film to boot. Rewatching this last week was wonderful. The transfer was beautiful – completely capturing the gorgeous grain this film had. The music? Oh god, it has never sounded so fucking good! From the first time you see the “Captain America” bike and Fonda’s Jacket – you’ll know just how beautiful this print is. Then for the acid drop in the New Orleans cemetery. WONDERFUL! Hard to believe this is 40 years old, must mean I’m getting close. What a frightening concept! Really great!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Archive Collection
Ok – I have no bones about admitting this… but I’m a Sherlock Holmes and mystery junkie. I literally can not get enough. Earlier this year I read the Nicholas Meyer edited edition of John H Watson’s memoir that was published after his death… called THE WEST END HORROR and I was drunk in love… all over again with Holmes. I love Sherlock Holmes – and I’m giddy that Guy Ritchie has a new take for us – and I loved the script. SO – when I was told… there’s new to Home Video Sherlock Holmes stuff… OH MAN! Sign me up. Here’s what you get: First time ever on home video! DeLuxe EDITION, 3-Disc Set, Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection: Disc 1 includes The Sleeping Cardinal (a/k/a Sherlock Holmes Fatal Hour, 1931) with Arthur Wontner, Lost in Limehouse (a 2-reel burlesque, 1933), and The Limejuice Mystery (a British 1-reel comedy, 1930). Disc 2 has The Sting of Death (1955), an episode of the TV series The Elgin Hour starring Boris Karloff as Mr. Mycroft ; The Man Who Disappeared (1951), a British TV episode with John Longden as Holmes; and the comedy shorts A Case of Hypnosis (1952) and The Strange Case of Hennessy (1933). Disc 3, The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1949, with Alan Napier as Holmes); The Copper Beeches (1912 French film with Georges Treville as Holmes); The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921, with Eille Norwood as Holmes), The Case of the Screaming Bishop (1944 Columbia cartoon), and a bonus episode of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars called The General s Boots (1954, with Basil Rathbone). The Titles on this DVD set have all been copied from original archival film elements, chosen for their quality and rarity. This is a real treat!

The Complete Series. Can anyone actually march all the way through it all? That’s 37 hours of TRANSFORMERS! 37 HOURS! Ya know… there’s a part of me that wonders – what it would be like to hop up on the right cocktail of substances that would allow one’s consciousness to actually absorb 37 HOURS of Transformers consecutively. It’d be fun if somebody did a Time Lapse Camera of watching it all in a sitting. Heh. This is it, TRANSFORMERS done right. With low grade animation, but awesomely fun sound effects, ambitious storylines and all the right voices and designs. An absolutely great set! In addition – there’s the extras: * Five retrospective featurettes including brand-new, in-depth interviews with those most responsible for the success of The Transformers franchise. Two of these featurettes are exclusive to this set including a conversation with comic writer Bob Budiansky and a voice cast reunion. The reunion features Jack Angel (Ramjet), Michael Bell (Prowl), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Arthur Burghardt (Devastator), Corey Burton (Spike Witwicky), Richard Gautier (Rodimus Prime), Neil Ross (Slag), Frank Welker (Megatron). * Two concept art galleries * Archival Hasbro toy commercials. * All 98 episodes of dialogue scripts. Three full scripts, with original handwritten notes, include Transport To Oblivion, Starscreams Brigade and The Revenge of Bruticus. * All 5 rare PSAs. * From the files of Teletraan-2. * A fan art gallery. * An animated fan film entitled Transformers: Generation One featuring an optional audio commentary by the filmmakers. • Housed in a deluxe Matrix of Leadership multi-paneled box Is there any reason to not leap if you love your TRANSFORMERS?

One of the most captivating and dramatic Documentaries that I’ve ever seen. At SXSW it won not only the Grand Jury Prize, but the Audience Award as well. It has been heralded at many film festivals and premiered on HBO, but were you watching? This is a documentary about a murder trial regarding the death of a 73 year old Nun, who had a gun emptied into her at point blank range. It is like an Amazonian CHINA TOWN in some ways and is narrated by the great Martin Sheen. If you like documentaries – you don’t want to miss this! It is outstanding!

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  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9 p.m. CST


    by Erik E Erik

    I am the first! Nothing important to see but bow to me!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Didn't Season 2 of Transformers just come out?

    by D.Vader

    Like a few weeks ago? It seems odd they'd release the entire series on Dvd before they finish releasing the individual seasons.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    think I might pick up the friday the 13 tri-pack

    by 0nesandzer0s

    it has jason x, jason goes to hell, and freddy vs. jason. I like jason goes to hell, its gotta be the goriest of the whole series, and some of the characters are actually likeable

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Those Peanuts sets are awesome!

    by SoylentMean

    And at the price they're selling for almost a steal. Hell, Target has It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for $15 or the 1960's Peanuts set (which includes the Great Pumpkin) for $22. Doesn't make any sense to buy it alone.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck Transformers 2

    by SoylentMean

    It's like the moron litmus test. If you like Transformers 2 you're a moron, if you find fault with it you at least have some reasoning skills. If you dismiss it as utter garbage and a travesty of so called "film" you are a high thinking individual with class, style, and substance.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    No Fawlty Towers mention?

    by SoylentMean

    I know it's tv, but it was awesome tv...

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Why do the same Charlie Brown videos always come out

    by lockesbrokenleg

    And yet Race for your life Charlie Brown never does?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Anybody seen Wrong Turn 3?

    by SoylentMean

    I love Wrong Turn and Wrong Turn 2 is a flat out DTV/sequel masterpiece.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Hey SoylentMean

    by D.Vader

    Well fuck you too, I enjoyed Transformers 2 buddy :).

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Saw the heading

    by Turingtestee

    and, forgetting the day, almost jumped up in a rushed to take out the trash.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    oh boy! TF2 AND waterworld on the same day?!?

    by RaveX

    it's like a christmas in november! <p> also, blood is lame, has poor cgi and THE. WORST. attempt at english language in it's last 10ish minutes. <p> seriously! <p> that shit that comes out of main boss bitch's mouth is so awful that it almost makes movie worth on the "so-bad-it's-good" basis!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean is pretty much correct.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    I don't know if you're a 'moron' per se, but your taste is suspect.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the mention Harry!

    by Ambush Bug

    Those of you interested in the further adventures of THE TINGLER should look for VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS THE TINGLER #1 from bluewater Comics hitting the stands just in time for Halloween next Wednesday (that's the 28th of Oct)!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Well liesandpicturesoflies...

    by D.Vader

    You seem to be new around here, so I won't be able to trust anything you say for awhile. So the feeling is mutual.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Sweet TF2

    by MacReady452

    skipped it in the thearter and i'll skip it on dvd too. someday i will accidently stumble across it on cable and i'll cahnge the channel then as well. i'm a genius.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    transformers 2 is worse than gigli

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    you know this to be true

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean (Wrong Turn 3)

    by Jarek

    Wrong Turn 3 is well worth the look. I too really liked part 2 as a DTV splatter fun-fest. Wrong Turn 3 is all that and a lot more, I thought. It has it's cheesy moments, but generally the kills are good and brutal - plus the dynamic (because it's prisoners) between the characters leads to a great time overall. Worth a look.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    How can Vincent Price present a comic book?

    by D.Vader

    Unless it's the *gulp*... g-g-g-ghost of Vincent Price!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Harry, Im down for you to hate transformers 2

    by TheDark0Knight

    but Ive heard the blu ray sets a new standard for the to comment?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Also, I am intrigued about this Wrong Turn 3 business.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius


  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    TF2=worst movie i've seen since "Blankman"

    by Turd Furgeson

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    i still dont get why TF2 is offensive.

    by Bouncy X

    if you can honestly get offended over a movie, you're a moron. and a movie about robots? well gee. of course its pretty much a fact if anyone but Bay woulda made this and it was the same exact movie, nobody would get their panties all tightened over it. and as for Wrong Turn, there's a nice blu-ray 3 pack coming out as well so fans should just buy that. even if 3 sucks, least you get 2 outta 3 good movies.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    In Bay We Trust

    by Rocco Curioso

    Give Mikey some credit. When some suits throw $200 million in his general direction and say "Go make us a kickass, FX-laden no-brainer movie"... he delivers. The only time he tried to incorporate those basic elements into a movie *intended* to be serious was the ungodly mess of "Pearl Harbor", and I guarantee you he will never aspire to that again. But the man can handle a massive budget and make an entertaining movie. Try giving Richard Kelly or Darren Aronofsky a $200 million budget, and tell them they have to use every cent of it. They'd both start whimpering like little boys who fell off their bikes on the way to school.<P>As for you elitist poo-butts who seem to have forsaken event movies for all time... kindly put your vitriol on the backburner for the next 3 weeks or so. When "2012" begins its own box office juggernaut, you can feel smug and self-righteous anew. Roland Emmerich is gonna bitchslap your misplaced sensibilities in a way Michael Bay can only dream of.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    What?! Blankman is awesome!

    by D.Vader

    "Well slap me around and call me Suzie." <p> "Okay Suzie." *SLAP* <p> Hobos reflecting on a bad guy's failure to shoot through Blankman's bulletproof costume: "Why don't you shoot him in the face?" "Yeah... Shoot him in the face!" <p> Oh I love rose-colored glasses. Let's not forget j5, the robot made from a washing machine.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Dude, D. Vader

    by Turd Furgeson

    Blankman is the only movie I have ever walked out of.. I think I was 19 or so at the time. I couldn't believe I was actually watching a movie that bad..

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Plastic Man...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    the Joan Rivers story.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I am getting the TF 2 DVD

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Now I can FF through the shit parts, and get to battle scenes.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Turd Ferguson

    by D.Vader

    Never saw Blankman in the theater, but it came on HBO a lot during the summer when I was 13-14, and my younger brother loved it and quoted it a lot (particularly the above quotes I mentioned). We were big big fans of In Living Color so we enjoyed the movie too. Not a great movie, but a lot of fun for us kids who wanted to makeout own ghetto versions of superhero gagets.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Worst movie I've ever seen: Flyboys

    by D.Vader

    Watched it on a plane. That's the first and only time I've ever turned off a movie and never saw the ending, it was that poorly written and not entertaining at all.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Blood is a good white noise movie.

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Great for background atmosphere, but pretty bad when watching for narrative. (I'm not even going to get into anime comparisons)

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Transformers Cartoon does not hold up

    by madfigs

    I watched it when it originally came out on DVD a few years back, and beyond the nostalgia it is REALLY difficult to sit through now. So bad...

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg


  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I guess you really love that 12 cents

    by SuperXY

    I love how in your Picks and Peeks column, where you are giving recommendations for what to watch among the new releases, you still include a movie that you admit is crap at the top of your list. Is the extra 2 dollars you might get from people clicking on the link to Amazon really worth completely losing any integrity you have as a film lover?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    HArry's angst towards TF2

    by Sillypuddy

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Let us not forget Harry liked Van Helsing...

    by googamooga

    Which of course means his opinions on ANY film thereafter (including Transformers 2) are no longer valid. Sorry Harry, that's just the way it is. You can't rag on a film like TF2 when you've claimed to enjoy a film as shitty as VH. It ruins what little credibility you have. That said, I wish they had made better Transformers movies, but my kids like them, and I'd GLADLY sit through them before I'd subject myself to the steaming shit heap that is Van Helsing. And to answer your question, No, you will NEVER live down the fact that you gave that "film" a thumbs up.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Harry's angst towards TF2

    by Sillypuddy

    Did AICN not get an invite to the set during filming....come on really....the film isnt that is by no means perfect, but no where near the gutter trash that say...Year One...or Land of the Lost...or that Piven movie at the car dealership attained in utter suckiness....lighten up already..

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    How depressing...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...why is it that all the conversation on this talkback will revolve around stupid fucking toy robot movie and noone feels compelled to mention how awesome "Monsoon Wedding" is, and how ultimatly rad it is that it has gotten the Criterion treatment?<BR> <BR> you guys can knock Harry's integrity for making money with his website (god forbid!!), but he, along with most of the other primary contributors on this site have proven their love for ALL FILM of EVERY GENRE time and again. They have more integrity than the the pussies who lurk around and bitch and moan when fucking Batman doesn't win every academy award.<BR> <BR> The disconect between the people who run this site and the people who sign up for the talkbacks is pretty extreme. I know there are some true film-lovers around here...I chat with and comment at them all the time. But 90% of the talkback should relocate to a new website called "Aint It Fanboy News".<BR> <BR> And yes, Herc's unconditional love of Joss Whedon implies that he's one of the above-mentioned pussies.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST



    actually - we did.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    The problem with Harry....

    by googamooga

    ISN'T that he makes money with this site, it's that he tries to pretend he's an impartial fanboy himself, who is simply spouting his own unbiased opinions. Don't get me wrong, were I in his position I'd take all the free shit and free trips too. Problem is, I'm not in his position, so all I can do is complain about his nonexistent credibility.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    BLOOD:THE LAST VAMPIRE is fucking terrible.

    by MaxTheSilent

    But it's an acceptable time waster if you're drunk and want something to laugh at.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Btw, Paranormal Activity is totally average

    by D.Vader

    Totally average in enjoyment I mean. The Blair Witch Project is a much better movie whose main character isn't an unlikable idiot like the guy in this one. I hate AICN for overhyping the shit out of this movie. It's getting to the point where an AICN stamp of approval is like a death knell for the film. Severly disappointing, but really it's about what I expected: an overhyped "student" film whose scares are just bumps and noises in the dark. Shame.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    TF2 tried to appeal to everyone.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    And all they did was reach the lowest common denominator, oh everyone except black people, I don't care what anyone says those twin robot things were insane. I use insane not as an adjective, i.e insanely bad or racist. The idea and implementation was just insane, pure and simple.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Was that a review of Waterworld?

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Kudos to Criterion for banning the BluBar

    by ReportAbuse

    I hate that ubiquitous blue band at the top of BR boxes. Yeah I know marketing blah blah but it really distracts from the cover art. Their solution, the big blue circle, could be about half that size and still serve the purpose though.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST



    Problem with bitchy dorks like you is the selective memory when talking about my credibility. Often times refusing to acknowledge relationships with filmmakers when I don't like their films, as well as when I do like them. Fact is - I've roasted people I know, don't know and after giant events. On the first TRANSFORMERS - Paramount spent 15k on a giant car eating robot and I hated the film. We had set visits, interviews, etc... I even have a very crazed love of Giant Robots. And I still didn't like it. That said, I think if 45 minutes were clipped out of this new one, it could work.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    My problem with TF2

    by Harold-Sherbort

    If you're going to make a movie that you know kids are going to go see, don't put a bunch of sex and drug jokes in it. If he was going to do this, make it a HARD FUCKIN R RATED movie, and don't fuck around with it. As it is, it's not offensive enough to be an R rated movie. Parents will take their kids to go see this, only to walk out 30 minutes in. If I were a pearent, I'd let my kid see Watchmen before I let them see Transformers.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by maxwell's hammer

    ...Harry's rambling, non-sensical, zig-zaggy reviews are the exact reason why I believe he has 100% credibility! There is never any logical rhyme or reason why he likes or dislikes movies, because he is such a slave to his fickle emotions! His overly-enthusiastic inconsistency speaks volumes about how his reaction to a movie isn't effected by anything whatsoever! Even common sense! He's not biased at all! He's just willing to open himself up to things beyond the obvious reactions of most of the fanboys on the talkbacks, such as blindly accepting some hot new thing as the COOLEST FILM EVER (Harry uses variations of this phrase frequently, but often in odd contexts that have many of us scratching our heads) or outright dismissing something that the fanboys automatically shit on as uncool.<BR> <BR> I find it hard to agree with Harry in many instances, but I've never for one second felt he's ever written an insincere word about anything. For better or worse.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    if I were a pearant...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...I wouldn't be drunk!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    TF 2 didn't really appeal to everyone

    by lockesbrokenleg

    The 200 or so hardcore TF fans hated it. The General Public seemed to enjoy it. Me, I liked it. Yeah, it has problems, but so does every movie.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    It's a crime if the Wachowski Brothers/Sisters ever make another

    by Falafalguy

    Yeah, I went there.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    37 hours of Transformers?

    by ReportAbuse

    "It’d be fun if somebody did a Time Lapse Camera of watching it all in a sitting." Harry, I think you just found your life's mission. The resulting Warholesque documentary of your transformathon would be award-winning. Butt numb-a-thon? Pfft -- amateurs. Think Matrix: "There is no butt..."

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I can'[t watch the Transformers or GI JOE cartoon

    by lockesbrokenleg

    very much anymore. They are painful to sit through, but I watch them occasionally. Even The Real Ghostbusters cartoon is kinda hard to sit through now.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Report Abuse

    by white_vader

    That big blue circle is just a sticker on the plastic wrapping. It's not on the actual cover.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Harry, you are wrong about TF2

    by landosystem

    If you take out John Turturro and his cottage cheese covered in hair ass, the flame shooting robot dicks, and talk of milking and suckling balls, the robot scrotum, the jive talking robots who can't read, the fact the plot makes no sense would become even more prevelant.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by espin39

    Is a spectacularly fun little movie

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Worst movie i've ever see:

    by darth_fuck_shit

    Were the Wild Things are. Best movie: Hardware

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS = Best show ever.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Simple as that. Not least because the intro to P.T. Anderson's MAGNOLIA is a frame-by-frame rip-off of an episode of this wonderful series.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    TF2 not very good, but it's >>>> TF1


    I can't believe anyone that enjoyed that stupid turd of a first film wouldn't like the second. It was the same movie, but it removed the stuff that didn't work and added more the things that did. It was just a more efficient version of the first film.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Spielberg Thinks Transformers 2 Might Be Michael Bay's Best

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    I still maintain TF2 is better than TF1

    by bullet3

    Granted, that's not saying much (at all), and a lot of that enjoyment is on a guilty pleasure "Did I just fucking see/hear what I thought I did" level, but I'll be damned if I wasn't laughing through most of it. I think I'm with Harry on it, if you cut out like 30-40 minutes of bullshit, It'd be a decent blow-em-up summer movie. Although its still got one of the most convoluted and nonsensical screenplays in history.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    WAL-MART has the exclusive IMAX version of TF2 Blu-Ray

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><br>AND it's only $19.96! ($16.96 after $3 off coupon from Papa Johns!)<br><br>They call it the "Big Screen" edition. Like Dark Knight did with its Blu-Ray, the Imax scenes switch to the full aspect ratio like it did in IMAX theaters. Looks AWESOME!! <br><br>

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Transformers 2 = worst movie of the year.

    by Stifler's Mom


  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST

    No, Wolverine was

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Followed by the overrated Watchmen.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I'm excited for Waterworld

    by Autodidact

    I own the DVD and will probably pick up the blu-ray next time I see it for $20 or less.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Dude, this is YOUR talkback!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Just read the New Yorker piece on Cameron

    by Toilet_Terror

    Whattaguy. I especially liked the bit about how instead of fleeing a forest fire around his home he just had some firemen spray fire-retardant foam on his lawn so he could keep editing. (I was also surprised that he hasn't actually become an American citizen)<p> The comparison he made with Avatar to Burroughs has adjusted my expectations a bit as well. I was fairly dissapointed with the vision the trailer seemed to be heralding, and I think it's been somewhat mis-advertised by previous statements.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Waterworld looks like a masterpiece

    by kwisatzhaderach

    compared to garbage like Transformers 2 and Star Trek. <p>

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Harry, I could usually not give a shit about your grammar.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    that Waterworld "review" was unreadable.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    No, Terminator Salvation Was the Worst Piece of Rushed Filmmakin

    by castaway

    The new Terminator did not have much new to say and is about as extraneous as the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoons. The 2nd Transformers had a lot of noticeable flaws but I'll be damned if this moronic little filmgoer didn't enjoy the whole freaking hell out of every last bit of special effects choked celluloid. The biggest problem for me was that the last battle ran a little long but it was worth it to sit through it all to then watch Optimus get resurrected, retrofitted with new parts in seconds and fly up to smite and pawn the fucking hell out of the Fallen, Megatron and Starscream all at once. Wolverine was entertaining but only made to be sub-par just so the sequel would be so much better and the best movies of the summer were Star Trek, District 9 and Pixar's new movie Up. Harry, I like you but even I have to say that for you to say that you adored Van Helsing but found absolutely no redeeming quality in the Underworld movies is really strange. I have liked all of The Mummy movies and Underworld, but Van Helsing is really just Stephen Sommers thinking he could do whatever and it would be a hit. He actually said in the behind the scenes that the werewolves tearing their skin off as a way of transforming between wolf form and human form made for a really interesting character. I'm sorry but the 2 race baiting robots in TF2 were actual characters with personalities (albeit somewhat canned) and emotions that werewolf horseshit Sommers spouted on was just an effect. Keeping all of that in mind, I also have to say if I had been directing Transformers 2 I would not have made those characters so over the top racial and I'm still shocked Bay got away with it and that there was not more of a brouhaha over it in the mainstream press. But I still love the hell out of the movie, imperfections and all.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Thanks for the heads up on the New Yorker Cameron piece. Great stuff.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    I have friends who loved Transformers 2

    by Drsambeckett1984

    We no longer speak.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Fuck TF2 I want the GI JOE Blu Ray.

    by ganymede3010

    At least I won't have to spend half my time skipping scene after scene.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Hard Rated R movies are a thing of the past.

    by ganymede3010

    I think one out of 10 movies released today are hard R - if that. The Suits are fixed on PG-13.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Re Waterworld BR

    by mus42

    I guess this release doesn't contain the extended version?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    There's still hard R movies...

    by blade_walker

    ...but they're mostly horror films now days. BTW, Harry isn't the only person that loved that dumbass Van Helsing turd:

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Perceptions of the future from different eras

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    It's interesting how it always changes isn't it? The 30s/40s people thought it was going to be like outof Metropolis or Things to Come, everything will look like out of Wizard of Oz with spires and quasi-graeco thing. The 50s well we would be fighting it out with moon pirates. The 60s was the Earth part ofa Federation. 70s not so sure, 80s the future would a dark nightmare.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Positive word? From where? BLOOD is crap.

    by Pop_aristocrat

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Waterworld is a great flick

    by Droid

    Unfairly maligned. The attack on the atol scene in particular is an amazing action scene.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Trannyformers 2 on the other hand...

    by Droid

    is fucking godawful. A horrible, moronic, inept, pathetic flick. And I quite enjoyed the first one.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Transformers 2 was shit

    by yodalovesyou

    But the fact it made over 800 million at the box-office kind of makes me happy because it's just another example of how people really don't care what critics think... And I hate critics more than I could ever hate Michael Bay. The man is mental and we should be thankful for that fact.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Hilarious! The New Yorker article on Cameron

    by Dingbatty

    mentioned the raping of the eyeballs meme on AICN. Cameron sounds like a grade A dickwad.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Exactly. The shot where Costner gets thrown from the top of his catamaran is mind-blowing.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST

    13 Ghost in not 3d

    by lonniebeale

    I came with a Ghost viewer, if you looked though the red filter, you could see the ghosts better, look though the blue(if you were afraid)you couldn't see them.I hear the new set doesn't come with the viewer. But I have the old release which did.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Wow, Cameron really is a giant douche.

    by ReportAbuse

    "Cameron has mastered every job on set, and has even been known to grab a brush out of a makeup artist’s hand. 'I always do makeup touch-ups myself, especially for blood, wounds, and dirt,' he says. 'It saves so much time.' His evaluations of others’ abilities are colorful riddles. 'Hiring you is like firing two good men,' he says, or 'Watching him light is like watching two monkeys fuck a football.' A small, loyal band of cast and crew works with him repeatedly; they call the dark side of his personality Mij—Jim backward." (New Yorker)

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    GI Joe was the worst film this year

    by IndustryKiller!

    For me personally. ALthough the ONLY films one could argue being worse are Transformers 2 and WOlverine. The hierarchy of their awfulness can be debated but not the stone cold fact that those are the three worst films this year. GI Joe was like Street Fighter: The Movie but without Raul Julia being completely in on the joke or the so bad it's good aesthetics. And Channing Tatum was porn bad in that movie, I'm not even trying to be the least bit hyperbolic, he's literally that awful. Articulating so poorly entire lines become hard to hear. If you found that film "fun" then seriously donate your body to medical science, you'll do a lot more good for the world that way.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:08 a.m. CST

    "Yeah, it has problems, but so does every movie."

    by IndustryKiller!

    Lockesbrokenleg gets the apologist moron line award of the talkback. Seriously what kind of sick justification for cynical soulless garbage is that? In a perfect world a man would be jailed for uttering something so completely asinine.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    begging the question

    by Dradis Contact

    That's not what begging the question is. Begging the question is where you prove something is true by referring to the fact that it's true. This is often called circular reason.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Sirk does Chekov?!?!?!?!?!?!

    by Mr Gorilla

    Now THAT, my friends, is why this can still be a great website. I never even knew this film existed - it looks brilliant and I can't wait to see it. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Oh, and Cherie looks great too. YES! BTW, Harry, I have a suggestion - for every Transformers 3 article you get sent, run an article about one of your favourite films instead. A kind of one in, one out policy. If that is indeed a phrase.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Wow - a "perfect world " with no freedom of speech?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Fascists of the world unite - you have only your self-righteous rage to feed upon.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    And Harry's credibility is about ten years late

    by JackRabbitSlim

    That evisceration on Ben Stein's old show remains epic to this very day.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST

    At least GI Joe was fun.

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Wasnt the best film ever but I enjoyed the spectacle unlike TF2, which was just shit.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Plastic does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Castaway, Salvation is coming... TERMINATOR SALVATION R rated cut next month on Blu.<p> BALE WILL HAVE HIS REEEEEEEVENGE!!!<P> ps. Harry disses 'plastic' TF2 but he loves and defends VAN HELSING and SPIDERMAN 3 - two of the most plastic movies ever made. Bale laughs at you headgeek. Hahahaha!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Big Robots Hitting Each Other Repeatedly Again-

    by Sal_Bando

    -I enjoyed. It was kinda junky but it was better than, amongst others from this spring/Summer: Watchmen, Terminator IV, Angels and Demons. Public Enemies was 'better', but-it left Absolutely NO impression, fact is I forget I saw it. <p> As for Harold not liking Big Robots etc. II-so?! You've seen him spooge over some of the worst dreck possible in the past, right? Right. Godzilla '98 for example? Van Helsing? At least w/ Armageddon I'm in agreement w/ him on that. So what kin ya do? <p> As for the TF cartoons-naw. I was past that age and in college while those were out. Better you just dig up the Red Baron or Johnny Sokko DVDS and REALLY let your brain cells have at it w/ the mayhem they witness. <p> Yes.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    I might upgrade on that Easy Rider

    by Spandau Belly

    if the transfer and restoration are as great as all that.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Cameron is a douche for wanting every element of his film to be as good as they possibly can? Actually this is why his films last, because you can see the level of fucking passion that has gone into them.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    EASY RIDER meets TERMINATOR SALVATION.<p> Jack Nicholson: "Hey, stop hogging that spliff moto."<p> MotoTerminator: "Fuck you asshole."

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    the ending of Easy Rider is so awesome *SPOILER*

    by The_Crimson_King

    I mean they're just riding down the road and BOOM! two rednecks blast the fuck out of them and they're dead, the end! more movies need to end with the characters getting blown the fuck away by rednecks with shotguns and then rolling the credits

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    This Is What Will Happen.......

    by Arturo

    I bet that everyone that hated Transformers 2 will be the same fucking retards queuing up on opening weekend to see the 3rd one when it comes out...COCKSUCKERS

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    was an underrated movie that was ruined by industry word of mouth beofre it ever hit screens. Not saying itvwas a great movie by any stretch, but was decent.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    "(Cheri is) Heartbreakingly erotic" -Harry Knowles, AICN

    by lagomorph

    Is it too late for this quote to go on the Bluray cover for Cheri? Seriously, I don't know if you do it on purpose Harry but there's poetry in those words.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I didn't see TF2, and I won't be buying the DVD.

    by Mr Gorilla

    So when TF3 comes out, I'll know that it wasn't my fault. I did buy TF1, so I can accept blame for TF2. Had missed it at the cinema, and so many people said it was awesome. It wasn't.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Waterworld is a masterpiece


    From the nuanced performance of Jack Black to the groundbreaking scene where Kevin Costner recycles his piss, director Kevin Reynolds proves himself to be a true auteur up there with the likes of Robert Aldrich, Jacques Demy and Alexander Dovzhenko. <p> As for Transformers 2, in the words of the Deacon "It DOES look like shit".

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE POSTMAN should have had a recycled piss scene too.<p> Perhaps even a machine that recycles shit.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Chowing down around the campfire in a post-apocalytpic landscape eating billy-cans full of shit.<p> Would have been the logical extension to the recycled piss scene, but also a one-up on MAD MAX eating the dog food. Take that Max. None of your luxury doggie treats. Real post-apocalyptic men eat shit for breakfast.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    'have none of the bias'

    by quantize

    Taste it's called Harry...taste. <p> You have to have loser bizzaro goggles on to think that pompous shit is cool. Kevin Costner was most convincing as a serial killer..not the guy next door sporting legend or 'Mad Max'

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    and Homicide rules...

    by quantize

    anything David whatsit is involved with..Homicide..The Wire. The writing in that stuff is top shelf.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Waterworld on Blu ray is not the director's cut

    by lavatory love machine

    otherwise I would buy it, the DC is great

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Waterworld blu-ray not the extended edition

    by Geomancer21

    The 3+ hour extended edition is such a better presentation of that movie. Not Abyss level improvement but overall a better film. Held off on the dvd till i could find that version, gonna hold off on the blu for the same reason.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I Gotta read faster.....

    by Geomancer21

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    37 HOURS seems bad?

    by Series7

    At least its different stuff. This coming from the guy who said he watched There Will Be Blood 5 times in like two weeks after it came out on DVD?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Also Mirageman

    by Series7

    From like a week or two ago, was fucking awesome.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Best line from Cameron New Yorker Piece

    by Kief_Ledger

    <p>“Tell your friend he’s getting fucked in the ass, and if he would stop squirming it wouldn’t hurt so much”</p>Cameron said this to a fox producer. Fucking awesome.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by Judge Briggs

    Any word on an upgrade to the talkback system?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Also Nothing is worse then Year One

    by Series7

    Nothing. Sure you think Transformers 2 sucked, but look who was involved? Also at least it looks like they spent the money on that film, and it probably looks like it cost money to make. <P> Year One cost 65 million dollars to make! (Funny people cost 75 at least half of that you can say ended up in Sandlers pocket). But look at the people involved with Year One. It looks and sounds worse then the fucking student film Cannibal! The Musical. Also for a movie SO packed with good comedians there is not a single joke to be found, and hate Cera or Black but there has to be a cameo comedian in the movie you find funny that isn't in this movie.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I used to feel bad about what happened to Waterworld

    by Series7

    Then I read about the shit Kevin pulled on set and was glad that it flopped. Fucking diva bitch.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Hard Rated R are coming back

    by Series7

    D9, Inglorious Bastards. There was one weekend this year were the top 4 movies were Rated R. Granted the other two were FD4 and H2, but still hold strong support D9 and more shall follow.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    The blu-ray transfer of TF2 looks GREAT!

    by Logan_1973

    And the extras are neat too. Just thought I'd report that since we don't get transfer reviews or technical specs here any more.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I may be biased because i worked on Transformers 2, but...

    by JettL93

    It made a fair bit of money and i know Box office has shit to do with the quality of a movie, but seriously you guys, clearly the majority of people that saw T2 enjoyed it and many were willing to go back and pay to see it again, and the Bluray will sell a lot because it's a game changer in terms of the format. I've been told i appear in the extra features somewhere in the background, so you'll all have to buy it to see me

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Waterworld DC is utter GARBAGE.

    by HoboCode

    Don't be fooled. It's a network TV cut for fuck's sake! No swearing. No Tripplehorn nudity. No blood. And a bunch of added scenes that make no impact on the movie. Unless you want to see Jack Black's worst performance of his career, avoid it.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Why do you need 70's Peanuts on blu?

    by Beezbo

    I'm as big a blu-ray fan as anyone, but do you really need this kind of stuff on BR? Not me.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    HoboCode is not entirely correct...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but the fan-made Ulysses Cut 2-disc is superior since it's a mixture of the theatrical and network prints (plus some additional stuff from foreign broadcasts). <p> I bought the official release to support Waterworld and The Costner, but I also downloaded the Ulysses Cut just because of its sheer awesomeness. It's even got a "making-of" bit.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Oh and all...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...the cussin' and noo-diddy is front and center in the Ulysses Cut.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Deadly Spawn action figures??!!

    by darth_fuck_shit

    The Mondotees site gots 'em.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    So how am I not correct, Doc?

    by HoboCode

    You just confirmed what I said.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    By saying...

    by DocPazuzu

    ..."it's utter GARBAGE."

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Compared to the theatrical cut it is IMO.

    by HoboCode

    I mean what's the point? I hadn't heard of that Ulysses Cut though. I need to check that shit out.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    It's utter garbage...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...because it lacks cussing and nudity? What are you, twelve?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Waterworld did not flop. It took in $88 million in the US and $176 million in the rest of the world.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Plastic Man

    by Stabby

    </head> <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal>Plastic Man, Plastic Man<br> Does whatever a piece of plastic does<br> Stretches his junk any size<br> Penny’s <span class=SpellE>Hoo</span>-Nanny-Nanny is his prize<br> Look out, here comes the Plastic Man</p> </div> </body>

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Partly, yes.

    by HoboCode

    I don't need to see some gag-worthy, family-friendly, bogus version of a movie I like. What can I say Tripplehorn ass does it for me. But I didn't say that was the only reason, did I? I also said the additional scenes add nothing to the movie, especially Jack Black's horrid performance as the pilot, and I like JB.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    googamooga don't listen to Harry

    by darth_fuck_shit

    It is a stone cold FACT that his positive reviews have been purchased in the past (Godzilla, Phantom Menace)but it does not matter, few people come here for his opinion anyways, most of us are here for Quint, Massa, etc. You know, REAL critics.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    TF2 sucks big time

    by Adelai Niska

    The characters were bland or unlikable, the plot was just a little hint of string tying the random scenes together, and the autobots were hardly in it. Unless you count the twins and the car form of bumblebee. <p> Waterworld also sucks, but I wish Kevin Reynolds made more movies since Robin Hood and Count of Monte Cristo are both awesome.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Don't listen to HC.

    by DocPazuzu

    The additional scenes add a lot of good stuff to Waterworld.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Is it me or is Isabel Lucas FUGLY?

    by HoboCode

    That chick is hot? Supposedly hotter than Megan Fox? She looks like some imbred hillbilly.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    JettL93 appears in the background...

    by The_Crimson_King

    fucking lol

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Doc, Ulysses Cut 2-disc? Is this thing commercially available or dodgy download only?<p> Not a particular fan of WATERWORLD but I'm a sucker for extended cuts. If there's more movie then I want to see it!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Tripplehorn ass

    by The_Crimson_King

    wasn't that a body double?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    No, it was a body tripple.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by Mr.FTW

    Why do things apear in this column that you haven't seen? This happen fairly frequently and makes this column more of an advertising page than a recomendations page.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Download, yes. Dodgy, I should say not. It's a tremendous and lovingly produced piece of work which the guy and his team made for free.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Oh please.

    by HoboCode

    Doc is being contrarian becasue he hates me. Don't get roped. The added scenes serve the plot only at the most superficial level, drag out scenes that were fine the way they were, add anoying cameos, and give the audience things they could easily infer on their own. but hey if thta's your thing, go for it. But discerning viewers will want to avoid the DC just becasue of the shitty transfer which is directly from the ABC broadcast. It's an eyesore to say the least.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I do hate him...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but I'm not being contrary. Remember how annoyed you felt when Dryland was so easily, quickly and almost accidentally stumbled upon? The extended cut relieves some of that annoyance.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The quality of the Ulysses Cut...

    by DocPazuzu better than the extended cut, I'll grant him that. A few of the ABC scenes, particularly aboard Gregor's airship, look awful.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    For the Ulysses Cut...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...they used the best possible material from numerous broadcasts on different channels.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Yeah thats fine and all, but I bet in the end it didn't make that much money. Besides I live in America, you ever notice no one gives a shit how well a movie does overseas here? Tabloids need something to grab onto. Also we'll never REALLY know how much that shit cost. <P> Also take Ratatouille as an example when it was released everyone talked about how it was a bomb for Pixar standards when overall its like the 3rd highest grossing of their films.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Yeah it was, she hand picked the butt that would be shown as hers. BASIC INSTINCT however.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    That cover art for Bayformers 2 explains one of the key

    by Stabby

    faults of these films. The fact that the robots are jumbled messes of pixelated garbage and that it's hard to tell who's who and what's going on when they're fighting. Very poor cgi design. I guess they figure the more shit you have going on the less likely you'll realize how crappy it looks. Unfortunately it achieves the opposite effect.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    The Waterworld extended cut

    by Droid

    did drag a bit, but there was definitely some interesting cut material. Maybe not Jack Black, but more information about how the "muto's" and how they are outcasts. You get a greater understanding of why the mariner hates people and also more information/explanation about about dry land. It is good, but at three hours it's too long. <p>And yes, there is no Tripplehorn body-double butt shot in the extended version. <p>I'll definitely be seeking out this Ulysses Cut that DocP has described.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Wish Michael Dougles had used a body-double butt. His flabby ass has ruined several potentially great sex scenes.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed TF2

    by knowthyself

    For what it was. No big deal.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Harry You Forgot Shohei's Black Rain!!!!

    by DukeTogo84

    Harry, You forgot to mention Shohei Imamura's Black Rain!!!! Animeigo released a new special edition of it that is awesome. How could you forget one of the best damn Japanese movies ever made?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Talk about ruined sex scenes:

    by Stabby

    William H. Macy with Maria Bello in The Cooler is probably the worst offender. It's like you want to see Bello naked but then you gotta deal with that. Worse than Billy Bob with Halle Berry in Monster Balls imo.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    "Why Does Michael Bay Get to Keep on Making Movies?"

    by evolution1085

    somebody had to ask... "I guess Pearl Harbor sucks, just a little bit more than i missed... youu"

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    is the Imax TF2 really a walmart exclusive?

    by Bouncy X

    all the commercials for the dvd/blu-ray on tv say "see more than you did in theaters". now maybe they just mean the extras but they make it sound like the movie has added scenes.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    TF 2 is a great example of why modern cinema sucks


    This is a video game, not a film. Yet it was the #1 film of 2009. Who paid to see this trash? Why can't action movies be entertaining and smart?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    New Yorker article proves Cameron is the King

    by TurdontheRun

    What a guy. He might rub some people up the wrong way, but the man is a titan. Some of those myths have got to be exagerated though, particularly the one about dangling the executive over the abyss reactor pit for calling him 'jimmy', and screaming at arnold (who's not exactly a shrinking violet himself). no matter, avatar is going to be the mutt's nuts. (and the rumor is there will be a second trailer on friday).<p>Expect a 'heads up' from AICN concerning this new yorker article in about, oh, 3 days; they're really quick with the news around here!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Why in the hell would you want Peanuts in Blu-Ray?

    by Snookeroo

    So you can see the crappy animation in ultra-crappy detail? I love Peanuts classic cartoons as much as the next guy, but Blu-ray is a waste of money for those cartoons.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I'm watching TF 2 for the first time right now..

    by Jared

    yeah, it's terrible. it's only entertaining in a "can they top the stupidity of the previous scene?" kind of way. At least I only contributed $1.08 at Redbox towards this piece of shit.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    "Real post-apocalyptic men eat shit for breakfast."

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    That hasn't happened yet has it? we have had dogfood, piss, i guess shit is the next step really. i'm guessing they'd do something like add dirt and gunpowder to it, then light it up so this would supposedly "neutralize" it and then cook it over a stove and could even say "this tastes like chicken"

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I'm officially boycotting Transformers 2

    by Stabby

    and anything Michael Bay related. Somebody's got to take a stand against Hackneyed Hollywood Excrement for the Masses.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    what issue is the Cameron interview in?

    by Jared

    Current issue of the New Yorker (October 19) came in the mail Cameron interview.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I agree Harry, you forgot Shohei's Black Rain

    by blakindigo

    Also, get a chance to read the Cameron article?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST


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  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I watched all 37 hours

    by MrCleanAZ

    I bought the 20th Anniversary set from China and watched every episode with my kids before Bay's first 'Transformers' came out.<br><br>It was fun, but some of the episodes were pretty bad, but when they were good it was great!<br><br>Overall, very nostalgic and nice to share with my kids.<br><br>Bay's 2nd attempt does suck, but I'm buying it because I'm a Transformers Addict...and I obviously need help.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST


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  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    cobra--terminator salvation

    by Six Demon Bag

    director cut is a measley 3 extra minutes...which can only be booby shot i was promised...

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Blood is pretty good

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    The only real negative things I can say about it are that the CGI isn't that great and it kind of makes the third act less impressive. I liked it tho and I'm not the kind of viewer who holds ambition over budget against a film. If anything I respect it. All in all a solid rental or even a purchase if you love the anime. <P> I was watching the TF2 Blu-ray (no it wasn't my copy and no I wasn't watching it for the story.. I'm a tech geek who wanted to see the transfer, sue me) and I was thinking the same thing... Could this get a "Phantom Edit" and actually be semi-entertaining? I think it's worth a try :) <P> Nice write-ups this week Harry. Thanks for keeping the column on time :)

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Glad to hear someone else enjoys JGTH. I think it's in the top 3 of the Friday films and you're right, the characters are actually enjoyable to watch, unlike the douchey models in the remake. Give me that double barrel shotty using waitress any day over those assholes!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

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  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by MrCleanAZ

    Actually the Transformers 2 video game was much more entertaining than the movie. The Autobots and Decepticons actually planned their actions and communicated with each other.<br><br>The biggest problem with the game, IMHO (and there are other issues), is that the human characters speak down to the bots and order them around like bitches.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Why do people like Waterworld?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Easily Costner's worst film. Just a terrible film. Cheap sets. Story sucked. It was overlong.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Waterworld is fun

    by Star Hump

    I really liked the waterborn action scenes. Lots of on location shooting (looked liked a royal soggy pain in the ass actually)as opposed to sound stages and watertanks, ala The Abyss.<p> I may be one of the few, but I like Costner. The Mariner character was a sour douche, which I enjoyed. I liked the sets and the costumes. I really dug the Mariner's catamaran. The story was intriguing, at least the concept of a flooded world was.<p> Was it overly long? Yeah. Was Dennis Hopper a joke of a bad guy? Yeah. Was it Road Warrior rehashed and set on the ocean? Well, yeah. Hard to argue with the criticisms of Waterworld, yet I really like the film and own the dual DC/theatrical cut DVD. I find the movie to be really entertaining. Too bad Harry couldn't bother to write up a mini-review this week. No, he had to go on a wankrant about Matt fucking Drudge. Unbelievable.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Dr. No is dead

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    R.I.P. Joseph Wiseman, age 91.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Hated TF2 but happy to make money from it?

    by gingy

    Correct me if I'm wrong but if anyone clicks through to the TF2 page on Amazon and buys the DVD/Bluray, Aint It Cool gets some money for the referal? Harry, if you think it's so bad (which it is) you should refuse to make money from it and remove the damn link.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Walmart TF2

    by Sillypuddy

    I didn't see the IMAX version of this in the theater....Walmart's Big Screen edition gives you this...what a marked improvement for several scenes in the film being shot in IMAX....I still would like to know which 45 minutes need to be cut from this film to make it "better"....the pacing is fine, which thanks to the editing more than makes up for the less than spectacular writing by Mr Orci and Mr Kurtzman....if anything...anything....less twins dialogue but they by no means hurt the film...

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah Waterworld is Just Simply Fun

    by Autodidact

    In my mind it's like a cousin to the Mad Max movies. It's the best big budget action movie to come out in 1995. It's high-concept and the concept is very central to the goings-on of the plot. It has several very effective moments of built up tension. The Mariner is an anti-hero as mentioned above, not some boy scout. Etc. and so on, it's just a fun movie that in my mind is one of the last grand Hollywood spectacles in the old blockbuster style (as opposed to the new millenium super-glossy highly packaged and marketed to the gills- pun intended- product.)

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    I was still tyipng got distracted and hit send. That's why it seems like a retarded monkey wrote that last comment.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST callin' Harry a hypocrite?

    by DrMorbius

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Nobody likes TF2

    by Adelai Niska

    Just look at this talkback. "Liked it.. for what it was"; "Liked it because I went in expecting stupid garbage made from toys and that's what I got" ; "Liked it because Bay spent $200 mil on it and we can see how many explosions and CGI fights that pays for." <p> Absolutely NO ONE just likes it. Nobody says it meant something to them. The closest anyone can come to even having a favourite scene is to say "I liked the slo-mo parts of that optimus fight." This was the worst movie in years and I'm a guy who owns the first one on DVD.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I'll have to rent Trans 2 because I feel asleep

    by skimn

    during the big bombastic finale at the theater. Yup, I fell asleep because I just....didn'

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Funny how the people who hate TF 2

    by lockesbrokenleg

    are the ones who always talk about it.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Funny how you hate everything yet you still comment?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    Is that more of that "he's such a troll" brainwashing bullshit, because I said I liked TF 2 in this thread.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    New Avatar trailer on Friday

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    i keep away from amazon links.

    by Bouncy X

    i've never used them. if i see something i want, i'll just open a new browswer window and go directly to amazon. its not because i dont want aicn to make money, i'm just weird that way.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Izzat Morbious as in Morbious the Living Vampire?

    by Sal_Bando

    Ahhhhh the '70's Marvel writhes again-the best of times. Always enjoyed Morbius.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Inglourious Basterds on DVD & Blu 12/15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by SoylentMean

    Best. News. Of. The. Day.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I like Waterworld too

    by Baryonyx

    It's got a couple of great action scenes, the location photography is good and Costner's boat is cool. I also like the sea monster-thingy you see for a nano-second (that ol' Kev lets himself get eaten by!)

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    CHE on criterion in January!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    It's a balancing act

    by Star Hump

    You want some humor in your action-adventure extravaganzas or you just end up with a grim movie. Waterworld went a bit too far and cast Dennis Hopper as a demented, one-eyed retard who worshipped the guy who caused the Valdez oil-spill. If you go too far with the silliness you can torpedo the film. Waterworld was nearly like that, but has enough of a cool factor to redeem it. Batman and Robin is a good example of pun-puking bad guys and stuid humor completely ruining a film. Too much grab-assery.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by ohcmon

    Harry! I thought you were going to review TEENAGE DIRTBAG, which was released on DVD today. It starts Scott Michael Foster from ABC Family's GREEK. Support independent filmmaking!!! Not garbage like Transformers or Waterworld. How are people supposed to find out about good indie films if you don't review them, like you said you would last week!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Take out the humans and TF2 is kinda decent.

    by Onin Solstice

    Sadly, the studio insists on the hip, trendy demographic and so needs Shia and Megan. Man if I ran that bitch it'd be nothing but bots for 2 hours!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    I'VE SEEN IT! <p> Kevin Costner, Waterworld. <P> I saw that movie SIX times! It RULES!

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Easy Rider is complete garbage

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Yeah, the Captain America bike is iconic, and the soundtrack is very evocative of its era...but seriously, the movie looks like it was pieced together by a bunch of 8 year old kids with their first video camera! Incoherent editing, threadbare story, ZERO structure = bad film. Iconic, important film in terms of history and impact...but garbage in terms of quality.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    You really have know clue what you are talking about. I will give you a pass since it is obvious by your cookie-cutter equation on what equals a bad film show how little you know about classic films. So please go back to watching Transformers 2 and keep yout opinions to yourself.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    dude i gotta lot of tables

    by Six Demon Bag

    hello clarice it s good to see you. hmmhmwaha

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I liked Waterworld

    by jah_kingdom

    I just re-watched Waterworld and I gotta say it's aged well. Kostner's character is a self-involved, misanthrope and the majority of film goers found it off putting. But it is a fun movie thats a little rough and silly around the edges.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Ambush Bug -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Wait - you're the VINCENT PRICE guy? Dude, those comics rule. Do you have a website I can email you with more detailed reviews?

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    TF2 was better than Drag Me To Hell

    by TheLastCleric

    and it was certainly better than G.I. Joe. It had some corny-as-hell-moments and the sidekicks were lame but the action was top notch. And Harry, please don't come in here and act like you are an objective human being when we all know you shill and whore for your buddies.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    To clarify my point

    by SuperXY

    I saw a bunch of hate after I posted earlier, and I just wanted to make it clear. I don't care what movies you like or don't like. It is your opinion. I like to hear it, or I wouldn't come to this site or follow you on twitter. But, if you dislike a movie, don't put it on your page of recommendations. It cheapens the site, and you. There are plenty of other movies to make your four bucks off of. And to back you up, Transformers 2 is one of only 2 movies I've seen in the last five years that would absolutely be in my top ten worst movies ever list. It was terrible. I still have transformers. I saw the movie with three other transformers fans. But about a third of the way into the movie we gave up and just started MS3K-ing the piece of crap. It was blatantly offensive as a fan. And it was blatantly racist.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Cut 45 minutes and it might be good? Try 150 minutes.

    by strosmer

    Why bother defending any bit of it? Not every movie has to have some redeeming quality about it. Some are just bad through and through. TF2 is a perfect example of that statement.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, midnight CST

    I just saw Saw 666.......

    by The Dum Guy

    And, it makes TF 2 look like... something not as bad as it is.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    You can do your shopping at home..

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    or you can play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam! There'th no EEEEEEeennnd to pothibilities! <P> PS. TheGreatHomsar, Easy Rider was a groundbreaking film and maybe the concepts that the film explores go over your head. I won't call you an idiot, but I will 2nd that you return to watching TF2. <P> PPS. I would like to say that I thought GI Joe was the most horrid movie I've seen in years. I plan on watching it side by side with Street Fighter: The Movie to see if they really did just use the same script, because I swear to god, it is UNCANNY how much they resemble each other. Also, does anyone reeeaaallly think the CG work on GI Joe was done?! Half of the movie looked like pre-vis storyboards. The most formulaic and half-assed film I've seen since... shit, I guess since Street Fighter! Makes TF2 look like a moving character study on Winston Churchill.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    RIP DR. NO

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    GIJoe was lame, but still better than TF Duece

    by Stalkeye

    Fucking Movie is just as annoying as Baloon Boy and his Dumbass daddy.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    I Like Waterworld

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Its fun

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Waterworlds un-official last shot of the movie

    by spudwas

    Follow this link to see the what I mean!(

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    So Harold-is the Twitch feature done with now?

    by Sal_Bando

    Always liked it, adds to the site, etc.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Star Hump, you make a good point about the tone of

    by jim

    Waterworld. I found the Valdez references made the film, even at that time, feel dated. The opening sequence, the first 10 minutes or so, is still one of my favourite action scenes. It's too bad the rest of the film could not sustain that level of enthusiasm.

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  • Oct. 21, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    TF 2 better than Watchmen!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Watchmen. What were we thinking?

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Thanks to this sight, I will never watch TF2!

    by vin_diggler

    And from what I can tell, that is probably a good thing.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    offended by tf2

    by slagkill

    It is funny that the only people who find the film racist and offensive are fat ass white crackerz. Harry and that fucktard Devin over at chud. I think it says a little bit more about them ,that the first thing they think is that those robots(robots people) are acting black and get offended, just a thought. I never heard one african american take offense(I could have missed something)my point is white people should just stop being offended for other races, as if they cant speak for themselves.Apalling

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    An animated fan film?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Translation fan wank garbage.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    anyone who says 'TF2 was better than Drag Me To Hell'

    by quantize

    is a drooling slack jawed moron...fact

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by quantize

    how do you function with the brain of a 3 yr old?

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Redboxed Transformers 2

    by drewlicious

    The small screen does not do it any favors. If anyone else should happen to watch it at home, turn on the subtitles and follow the dialogue. My jaw literally dropped as I actually saw the complete lack of structure to almost every scene in the movie. It reminded me of student films, anyone that has acted in a lot of student films knows exactly what I'm talking about. Another thing I just noticed for some reason, Leo has no reason whatsoever to stick it out with Sam. He could have easily parted ways after the first attack. He had no actual reason to stay with him. Not only does he serve no purpose he has no purpose to be there. Also, could someone explain the kitten calendars joke. Is that a riff on something or is it supposed to be funny simply because making money off the damn things is inherently ridiculous?

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I'll send you over the collected works of Stepin Fetchit for your enjoyment. I find it hard to believe that anyone, regardless of race, can not see that the two robot, yes robot (does it matter, they could be cartoon, stick figure, claymation..whatever) characters are based on negative black stereotypes. But in all fairness, thats my opinion. I don't want to be accused of speaking for an entire group of people or anything.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Avoiding crap flicks

    by Flexfill

    gets easier as you get older. I've reached the point where I like to skip the ones I assume are garbage and often skip the ones that might not be. I have managed to avoid Wolverine, Transformers 2, Terminator 4, and all the shit that the masses ate up recently. Movies for troglodites rarely appeal to me. If Star Trek is better than G.I. Joe but wasn't really the Trek we know and love, was it worth it? Some things are better left in the past. Phantom Menace is a fine example. Do I care about Jim Cameron anymore? Not really, and I don't need to see another Predator or Alien as long as I live. Try something new. Do you know how many unproduced scripts by aspiring young writers don't even get read just because they're not blowing the idiot son of Lee Donowitz? They don't need to reimagine the fall of the Roman empire; it's happening right in front of them.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    I am with you man. I have had my fill over of these types of films. I have seen most of the films you mentioned and you are right to skip them. My only exception is Star Trek. Believe me, I am not a Trekkie, I will take Star Wars over Star trek any day of the week. I enjoyed Star Trek, probably because I first saw the shows in the 80's when there were many different versions of the series. This is why another new cast did not bother me. All in all it was one of the most memorable films of the summer of 2009.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Saw Revenge today

    by ThePilgrim

    Don;t know what the hates for. Sterotype bots, leg humping dfog humping, the best special fx and robot fights I've ever withnessed entertaining from front to back, for me the abuse of green day music was the most annoying, outside of that. Call my tatse crappy. I liked it. Stunning fx and action. The plot must of been hard to follow on the big screen, thank god forpause and rewind. good flick. IO know it's trendy to disklike Bay. I understand i hate, hate the horror remakes by PD, each character they reimaged/raped man that was pain for a fan like me. I watched transformers when they originally aired, was always bummed that my mom wouldn't let me get a megatron figure becuase it looked to real in gun mode, so it was prime and jazz and bumblebee and soundwave and starscream, i remember those cartoons, havent returned to them since they originally aired. MAybe thats some of the pain you guys are feeling the character change. Hugo is a good megatron, but even i have to admit that it's to removed from the original voice, anyways trying not to rant here. I liked the movie. I think i understand why some don't. I was thinking it was trainwreck. I like the sterotyped twins. Well because yeah there are real peopel out there who act just6 like that and guess what some of them are white. PC has no place in movies.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Lets try that again

    by ThePilgrim

    Don't know what the hates for. Stereotype bots, leg humping, same sex dog humping, the best special fx and robot fights I've ever witnessed- entertaining from begining to end. For me the abuse of green day music was the most annoying, outside of that. Call my taste crappy. I liked it. Stunning fx and action. The plot must of been hard to follow on the big screen, thank god for pause and rewind. good flick. I know it's trendy to disklike Bay. I understand. I hate, hate, hate the horror remakes by PD. Each character they re imaged/raped. Man that was pain for a fan of those characters like me. I watched transformers when they originally aired, was always bummed that my mom wouldn't let me get a megatron figure because it looked too real in gun mode, so it was prime and jazz and bumblebee and soundwave and star scream for me. I remember those cartoons, but I haven't returned to them since they originally aired. Maybe thats some of the pain you guys are feeling- the character change. Hugo is a good megatron, but even I have to admit that it's too removed from the original voice, any ways trying not to rant here. I liked the movie. I understand why some don't. The bad reviews had me thinking it was an absolute train wreck. It wasn't. I like the stereotyped twins. There are real people out there who speak and act just like them and guess what some of those people are white. PC has no place in movies.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Have Yet To Hear Anyone Say They Loved Drag Me To Hell

    by Autodidact

    .. who is not an avowed Raimi fanboy. The movie was fucking dumb, I don't care how well lit it was or how good the musical score was. I really enjoyed it for the first forty minutes or so until I realized just how PG-13, predictable and repetitious it was going to be. Calling it Evil Dead lite is a huge compliment. It's more like Spider Man 3 emo dance number: the movie.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Vin Diggler

    by Flexfill

    I'll give that Trek Blu-ray a rental when it hits the street. That may be the one exception. I did like Tarantino's flick, though not perfect. They rarely are, but it does happen. I'm just one of those guys who now prefers to watch Bill Murray get lost in Japan with SJ rather than chase a gopher. But that dancing gopher never fails to make me smile. Thanks for posting.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    "trendy to dislike bay"

    by SuperXY

    dude, it's not trendy. that would imply it's a relatively new phenomenon. he hasn't made a GOOD movie, (not passable, not great, just a good movie) since The Rock. Frankly, The Rock and Bad Boys. Everything else is an exercise in him showing us a big-screen presentation of his ego.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    It's trendy to dislike used car salesmen

    by MattmanBegins

    But knowing it's trendy isn't gonna stop me from disliking them.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    The only people complaining about 'racism' seem to be white... What's that all about?<p> I have no particular love or hate for Michael Bay's films, but I might buy two copies of TF2 on BD - one for my son, and one to sit in the cupboard and never watch. Just out of badness to piss of the foaming-at-the-mouth idiots who attack people on here for getting some enjoyment from TF2.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    "trendy to dislike Bay" cont'd

    by Stabby

    It is not trendy to dislike Bay! It is like disliking shit. Does anyone like shit? Other than a few sickos that are into scat. Anyone who likes Bay is suffering from cacaphagia.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I've said it before

    by skimn

    Look at the list of Pilgrim's "Stereotype bots, leg humping, same sex dog humping, the best special fx and robot fights I've ever witnessed..."<p>Just because a movie is aimed at 14 year old boys doesn't mean it has to written and directed by 14 year old boys.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Doesn't that Astro Boy commercial look like shit?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Robert Whelan

    by BillboeFett


  • Oct. 22, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I think I want to do skimn

    by BillboeFett

    in teh butts, really

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    No, Harry, sorry..

    by KevinMuller

    Nothing, I mean NOTHING was redeemable in Transformers 2. I usually don't agree with critics, but that movie was all over the place and dumb as fuck.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    It's true

    by Spazatronik2000

    If you liked this movie you were probably molested as a child. I like dark toned entertainment because my mom is a psychotic control freak.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    For me, THE scariest movie I ever saw as a kid on some late night Fright Fest show, was HOMICIDAL. Though it was a riff on PSYCHO, For me, it was 10x as scary and really freaked me out to the point where I was scared to turn out the lights-the stabbing of the preacher, the shadow of the invalid coming down the stairs in her wheelchair, stopping at the bottom and when it see the head falling off. Creepy stuff. I just watched THE TINGLER two nights ago. The big rubber centiped and the logic behind it-that you have to SCREAM! to imobilize it-and when they show the blood in the bathtub its in Technicolor! Whoooo! What a hoot! At any rate, I'd love to see some director remake PET SEMETARY using the old Black and White photography-more like an old TWILIGHT ZONE episode than a big screen production. Make it So!

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Deleated Scenes on the TF 2 diskl

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Fuck. Worthless. It's NOT! It's just alternate takes of the parent scenes. BORING!

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    A few things (pardon my grammer)

    by Phategod2

    1st off I'm afro american and the following things offended me, Killing Jazz, Anthony Anderson, and Skids and Mudflap, very offensive boderline racist and ignorant to the tee. 2nd I totally agree that TF2 is a Moron's litmust test. The only way to make TF2 work it start with Peter Cullen's Voice over Followed by the Scene in the woods then rolling the credits. The only way this movie could set the Blu-ray bar is if it came with another version of the movie not directed by Micheal Bay. And Jettl your Schtick is getting old, either confirm yourself or Bug the fuck out your getting on my and everyone elses nerves. I've deduced who you are, A douche Basterd who insists on being the lastest annoying asshole on the AICN talkbacks.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Anthony Anderson gotta eat

    by vin_diggler

    Give the man a break, he is the best part of L&A

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    how are mudflap and skids offensive when..

    by Bouncy X

    we see MANY actual black people act that way in countless movies, tv series and music videos. like 99% of rappers act that way. but of course its just a movie but if a movie can offend you then need help.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I went into TF2 with an open mind...

    by awardgiver

    Told myself to be open, watch it in 5.1 surround, big screen, not have big expectations, know what I am getting into, and you know what? IT SUCKED WORSE THAN I THOUGHT. So there, happy? Terrible movie, terrible editing, atrocious acting, lots of unnecessary screaming (except with the military, gotta show them keeping their cool), accusations of Obama interfering with the military despite this being made WAY too early for anyone to tell, and if you think black people act like the ghetto bots and there fore need to be fucked with on screen with stereotypical characters, go fuck yourself. There is no reason to encourage those actions or the idea that your racism needs to be justified. And one minor last gripe...all that metal shrapnel flying around from robots pounding and shooting each other, and no human has a fucking scratch? Anyone who likes this piece of shit gets the Dumbfuck Award. Just remember that you CAN breathe thru your nose once in a while. As for Bay? At least he didn't try to make Ben Affleck a star in this piece of shit. Can't wait for Bad Boys 3. Or the TF3 conclusion to the trilogy where everything in the universe ends with explosions!

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    TF 2 should have stuck with the military storyline

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It was the strongest part of the movie. Sam should have been part of the military unit with Bumblebee as covert ops. And, how could anyone be offended by some robots when every Tyler Perry movie that comes out just offends the shit out of me?

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Hey Bouncy

    by Phategod2

    Go watch some Steppin Fecthit or listen to old radio Broadcast of Amos and Andy If you don't see the racism in that and it doesn't offend you I have news for you YOUR A RACIST! dumbass.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    woohoo i'm a racist

    by Bouncy X

    because i see actual black people (and even white) acting just like they did and it doesnt offend me. of course its impossible to be offended by something that isnt directed at me but i guess i'm special that way. but yeah, those robots were racist and offensive but lil wayne isnt..noooo. i dont know whats funnier, knowing people are actually being offended by a mere movie or seeing them get so upset that others arent. the funny thing is both TF movies feature stereotypical black men and nobody complains or cares but when 2 digital characters do it...its apparently the end of the world. wow, some of you are so easy...must suck living life that way. i'm glad i'm better than y'all.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    when you're all excited about writing the reasons you hate somethinh and it sucks so bad, you type fast and make typos....or maybe you're right and it is an actual sign. :P

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    oh i typo-ed...uh oh

    by Bouncy X

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Grammar is not a measure of ones intellect

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    just ask Yoda

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    OK Starwarrior

    by vin_diggler

    I'll be watching out for you, you better not make any mistakes on this SITE or I'm throwing that post right back in your face.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    vin_diggler yeah you pwn that stuck up prick

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    why is it racist?

    by awardgiver

    well, the names of the characters are SKIDS and MUDFLAP. Even if white people act like that, they aren't called those derogatory names. Its simple hatred. They are names about skin color, not actions. black skidmarks, and black mudflaps, if you cant see that, you are indeed the type of fucking moron that this movie appeals to. But hey, if you need shit like this to make yourself feel superior to other people you THINK act like that, well, go ahead and suck Michael Bay's coke addled dick. And I am not a critic, but a consumer...much more important. It was a stupid movie for stupid children. You want low brow? there are lots of other better movies. TF2 is not one of them. And most to all of them cost less than that piece of shit, let alone the money Bay spends on lackeys to go on web sites to pretend to defend this shit. any bit of criticism, and Bay thinks it affects sales and rentals, so he sends plants to come here and make limp dick defenses of his movies. I wonder if he's getting his money's worth.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I don't mind that people hate TF 2 (must be a small lot)

    by lockesbrokenleg

    but say you hate it because the plot sucked, or the 'acting" was bad. But, don't go off the deep end and assume that everyone who worked on it is racist.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I think I would have paid to see TF 2 if it was racist!

    by vin_diggler

    Imagine if was advertised as "The KKK presents: Transformers 2" or "Transformers 2: Rise of the Aryan Nation". Ok I'm just making fun, so don't attack me please!

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    i'll be watching

    by frank cotton

    TF2 in mere minutes - will give the final word/s later

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Skids and Mudflap are names from the CARTOON

    by lockesbrokenleg

    And I'm sure as fuck Bey or whomever, didn't name the characters that because they acted about as black as Tyler Perry does in every one of his movies.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    wow now the "racism" people are reaching. lol

    by Bouncy X

    skids and mudflap are derogatory names? wow, here i thought they were named that because you know, cars have mudflaps and can do skids. even if the names werent from the cartoons, its still car related. like wow....some people just cant accept when they're wrong i guess. :P

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    oh and my favorite line...

    by Bouncy X

    "let alone the money Bay spends on lackeys to go on web sites to pretend to defend this shit" wow, they cant even fathom the idea that some people actually like it? i've said it before (in this very talkback) but damn im glad im better than them. lol

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Random Thoughts

    by PacmanFever

    I used to watch Plastic Man as a kid when it aired on the European Cartoon Network in the early 90s. It's not really something I'm keen to revisit though. He had a wife and kids right? Not ALL of the animation in TF was low-grade, early on, despite errors, it was quite fresh (for the time) and stylish. I saw Blood: The Last Vampire during it's comparably (to the US) high-profile UK release and it was really quite poor. It has a little style at the start but that quickly goes and what's left is thoroughly unengaging.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    You were really that blown away by the Avatar trailer?

    by vin_diggler

    I not trying to judge a movie I have not seen yet, but I think its going a little overboard by calling it "the coolest 3 min. I've ever seen."

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    People were going apeshit over Serenity

    by lockesbrokenleg

    despite the fact that movie was boring as hell.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    TF2 is excellent

    by frank cotton

    seriously - how could anyone not at least appreciate the technical artistry involved? i'd let BAY do my film. were the robots racist? please - stereotypical, sure, but that hardly equates to racism. you want a flick worthy of vitriol? watch TREMORS 3

  • Nov. 7, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    William Castle's "Shanks"

    by stalepie

    Any possibility of this coming to DVD or some kind of home release? It sounds interesting. Dead bodies used as puppets by a madman, played by mimes, William Castle's last feature.