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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - Catch up - 1st Wk of Nov: Noir, Zorro, Wim Wenders in Blu, NxNW on Blu & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here a combination of Halloween, increased Fall Film screenings, BNAT duties and some other work related issues caused me to not have my shit together - and I'm sorry for that. I'm attempting to get all 3 missing weeks up today. Each in their full intended glory. As usual the pics and the titles are linked to AMAZON where you can learn more on the titles in question - or if you feel the necessity, you can purchase which sends a portion of the money to help support the efforts of this column, which more often than naught - is up on time. Please accept my apologies and I'll get the others up today/tonight.... Enjoy... This first week was a HUGE one. Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

This film will improve so much, if – and only if – the next G.I. JOE film more fully embraces the look and style of COBRA and the fun James Bond-on-steroids glee that the toys are played with. Because I hold this is still a good introduction film to the beginning of what becomes the awesome future that GI JOE gives us. Rewatching this on BluRay I remembered why I liked it so much. It is just plain unadulterated fun. It is silly, but more badass than I was expecting – and it kinda related more of G.I. JOE as my childhood remembered it, roughly. Now let’s turn it all up a bit. Make it all count more.

It started off a little rough, but was always better than the initial movie they cobbled together – and later on it gets pretty goddamn good! Seriously. This is the 1st season, of 22 episodes – each with behind the scenes and all sorts of looks at future Star Wars stuff like the second seaso of CLONE WARS and The Jedi Temple Archives. Really interested to see the 2nd season now.

Usually I’m an absolute sucker for these films – and I know for a lot of ya – you just love it. This one just never had me sign aboard for. The transfer is lovely – so if you actually love LOVE ACTUALLY… well, it is worth picking up… if ya know… you like it and all…

Walt Disney Treasures: ZORRO – The Complete First Season
I love the Guy Williams’ ZORRO. Not as much as Tyrone Powers’… but then, nobody will ever top Tyrone Powers. That said, ZORRO has been a pretty damn good character for film. Be it Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, John Carroll, Reed Hadley, Guy Williams, Alain Delon, Frank Langella, George Hamilton or even Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas. George’s ‘gay blade’ not-withstanding – everything has been pretty much awesome. Very little suckage – and the serials are by far the most action packed. And the best swordfight with Zorro ever lays within Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone. But what about the first season of Guy Williams’ ZORRO? It was black & white. A lot were directed by Norman Foster, who got his start back in the 30s directing Peter Lorre in the awesome MR MOTO series, he directed Sidney Toler in a few CHARLIE CHANs, he helmed the awesome Film Noir JOURNEY INTO FEAR – and then Walt Disney found him in the mid-50s where he kicked off DAVY CROCKETT for Walt. Then it came time to launch ZORRO, Walt turned to Norman again. After Zorro, Norman helmed some BATMAN episodes, a GREEN HORNET episode – and put the GREEN HORNET movie together. He didn’t direct all of the ZORROs, but a healthy bunch. But ZORRO is exactly what it should be. Guy Williams gained additional fame as Professor John Robinson throughout the seasons he spent LOST IN SPACE. But it is his ZORRO that I love! This set also has ZORRO: EL BANDIDO and ZORRO: ADIOS EL CUCHILLO, each an hour long and hardly ever seen. 39 episodes! AND – volume two is next!

Walt Disney Treasures: ZORRO – The Complete Second Season
This show had no loss in awesome from season to season. The second season was again in stunning Black & White! This has all 39 episodes – plus ZORRO: THE POSTPONED WEDDING and ZORRO: AULD AQUAINTANCE which aired on Walt Disney Presents! But gathered here for our “Z” carving geeks!

In my opinion the very best version of Chuck’s holiday tome. Alastair Sim is my Scrooge. And it looks as though that will always be the case. This Blu Ray is crystal clarity. Watching this you’re going to pick up on so much wonderful detail. And if it is possible to have a higher estimation of this classic – this release raises it. The detail is just stunning.

WINGS OF DESIRE – Criterion Collection (Blu Ray)
If you’ve never seen WINGS OF DESIRE, let’s keep that a dirty secret that I won’t share with the others. But seriously, before someone less forgiving finds that out, watch Wim Wenders’ masterpiece. Criterion’s transfer is perfect and as usual they load the disc all the way up. Take a look at what you get: • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack • Audio commentary featuring Wenders and actor Peter Falk • The Angels Among Us (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, actors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jürgen Knieper • Excerpt from: Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87, an episode of the French television program Cinéma cinémas, including on-set footage • Interview with director of photography Henri Alekan • Deleted scenes and outtakes • Excerpts from the films Alekan la lumière (1985) and Remembrance: Film for Curt Bois (about the actor who plays Homer in Wings of Desire) • Notes and photos by production designer Heidi Lüdi and art director Toni Lüdi • Trailers • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and writings by Wenders and Handke And yes, it deserves every last bit of that attention. I actually watched this as a double feature with IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Awesome double bill, wildly different and yet not.

For the better part of this project’s life I just loathed the concept of its very existence. I love the original. It is still vastly superior. But I came away from this film respecting it. First off – Brian Helgeland’s script and character work with our two leads was exceptional. I loved what he did. And then, I love what Travolta and Denzel did. They were not the obvious takes with the material – and neither attempted or even vaguely came close to being anything like the original characters. Instead, these are wholly different roles from the first time out. The only problem is something that often times bugs me with movies like these… the fact that I don’t buy the ending AT ALL. But that said, with the exception of a weak ending, I find this to be quite a watchable adaptation of the material. There’s separate commentaries with director / screenwriter & producer. A few other extras.

For those of you that have been picking these up over the last few years, your set is now complete. If you’ve held off for one giant collection, that’s next. But the great thing is… this season kicked ass just like the others. The gorgeous Barbara Anderson joined the team. Now – you super collectors are probably wondering about that 1988 season – there’s no word of it being released anytime soon – but that’s all that’s left, so they should release it, right?

For a quick $188 you can have the complete original series in all its glory! Every beat of Lalo’s score, every fuse lit, every mission accepted and completed. I’m glad to have them all, this really was one of the great television shows. Such a high level of quality throughout.

For those wanting a more adult G.I. JOE story, this will have to do for a while. The good news is… it kicks all kinds of ass. The bad news is – it isn’t the big live action film’s model. I love both, but this definitely plays older than Sommers’ film.

Hitchcock’s most POP movie – and a film that essentially refined a genre that he kick started all the way back with THE 39 STEPS. I love this film. I’ve seen it projected in the Cornfields that Cary Grant ran in. I’ve seen it projected at the base of Mt Rushmore itself. I’ve seen the film in movie palaces and on white sheets hung from a ceiling. Well, NORTH BY NORTHWEST is one of those movies that is always great, but it really doesn’t get better than this Blu Ray edition. In addition to the brilliant transfer you get: Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman New 2009 documentary: The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style Feature-length career profile: Cary Grant: A Class Apart North by Northwest: One for the Ages: explore the movie's innovations and influences Vintage 2000 documentary: Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest Music-only audio track Stills gallery Theatrical trailers and TV spot

Sue me, I have an unhealthy obsession with Hayden Panettiere. I don’t really. It’s not nearly as bad as Yoko’s obsessions, but I’ve seen just about everything Hayden has done… and of her feature work, I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER… well it’s her best work for theaters thus far. Now, that isn’t a high complement, cuz she still hasn’t had a breakthrough theatrically. I liked it though. The young cast did a good job, Chris Columbus seemed to have a lot of fun with this. But it doesn’t quite take off. In ways it reminded me of 3 O’CLOCK HIGH or a slightly impotent version of RISKY BUSINESS. It is meant for the PG-13 set. And for a ‘sex comedy’ at that rating it is cool. R would have leant itself to so many wonderful possibilities though. Sigh.

Superb Blu Ray. One of the great films, the sentimental favorite from both Capra and Stewart’s careers. While it isn’t my favorite in either of those categories, I’ve always felt this was the single most healthy choice that you could take on a desert island stay. If you somehow had magical electricity, 1080p monitor with Blu Ray capacity. The most amazing discovery? ZuZu’s petals? POTATO CHIPS! I’m serious, just look. Ok – so you’re concerned about the COLORIZED Version. With this edition you get 2 Blu Rays. One for the colorized – and then the original Black & White – and they put the extras on with the original print – which was beautifully handled. This release makes me very happy! Besides – it’s proof that God has created alternate realities and dimensions where versions of our reality are shifted ever so slightly. For real! God is a CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS geek. Yeesh! Or at the very least, He reads Marvel’s old WHAT IF…

HOWARDS END – Criterion Collection (Blu Ray)
I miss the hey day of Merchant Ivory. I actually made my feature debut in a Merchant Ivory production. But watching this film… it is just so elegantly told, so much patience, such economy, such grace. The film was based upon E. M. Forster’s classic novel, and then brought to life via the amazing performances of folks like Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson picked up an Oscar for her work here. Again, absolutely deserved. Criterion did a consistently awesome job on the Blu Ray. Here’s what you get… • High-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts, with uncompressed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack • New appreciation of the late Ismail Merchant by director James Ivory • Building: Howards End, a documentary featuring interviews with Ivory, Merchant, Helena Bonham Carter, costume designer Jenny Beavan, and Academy Award–winning production designer Luciana Arrighi • The Design of: Howards End, a detailed look at the costume and production designs for the film, including original sketches • The Wandering Company (1984), a 50-minute documentary about the history of Merchant Ivory Productions • Original 1992 behind-the-scenes featurette • Original theatrical trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Kenneth Turan"

Ruby Spears SUPERMAN
I was 100% unfamiliar with this. It set around for a few days. And I stared at it, wondering what the hell it was. It came out back in 1988, when I was a Junior in High School. But I never saw it. I put it in, and in the first episode, DESTROY THE DEFENDROIDS – about the time Lois and Supes are flying hand in hand as hints of CAN YOU READ MY MIND play… I was a bit stunned. Marv Wolfman wrote these – and it is very interesting. It is almost like a hybrid between Byrne’s SUPERMAN revision and the Christopher Reeve film set-ups. Only… with wildly more whimsical storylines. You will see General Zod, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and The Prankster. Toward the end of each episode – after the conclusion of the main story – you get a flash back to the early origins of Superman. His home life with the Kents, how he got adopted by them, all the way to Clark’s first day in Metropolis. There’s only 13 episodes, that’s all they did. But I was surprised how much I liked this. I really enjoyed it.

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1 ( THE BIG HEAT / 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE / THE LINEUP / MURDER BY CONTRACT / THE SNIPER )
Give me films by directors like Fritz Lang, Don Siegel and Edward Dmytrik… starring folks like Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, Eli Wallach, Brian Keith, Kim Novak and Adolphe Menjou and all for the greater glory of one of my favorite genres… The Film Noir… and I’m going to smile a lot. I’ve been waiting for a decent DVD for THE BIG HEAT for a long time. I’ve had the 1-sheet for this film for the better part of 20 years, having never seen the film… just cuz I trust Fritz Lang as a director. And I was right to. I also watched Don Siegel’s THE LINEUP… Great Fucking Movie! I haven’t gotten to the other three, but I’m looking forward to them. You’ll also enjoy the various special features with directors like Nolan, Mann and Scorsese commenting upon the genre of Noir. Nothing revelatory is spoken, but interesting extras. Makes me wish Nolan just stayed forever in this genre. Heh.

FRAGGLE ROCK: The Complete Final Season
So sad, yet so dang joyful! The last season of FRAGGLE ROCK. I’m hearing rumors that the powers that be are floating the idea, via tele-marketing about doing a CG sequel to DARK CRYSTAL (NOOOOOOOO) – and it just got me angry. For me, this completed the run of FRAGGLE ROCK that I have. Because sometimes – it ain’t a party unless you’re covered in felt and rubbing against your felt friends getting down with Fraggle Rock!

FRAGGLE ROCK: Complete Series Collection
Or maybe you’ve been holding off till you can get the whole series all at once. 47 hours of Henson puppet love! An excellent gift for a nephew or niece, a grandchild or your own kids. Smart original songs, not spoon feeding your kids the merch of the day, but of a day gone by! To me, kids brought up with Fraggle Rock will no doubt become absolute geniuseses like me!

Are you confused about how to be a cooler person as a guy? Need a good role model – a character to take notes from, to pay attention to, to get yourself the right girl, and so you can be an awesome man? Be LLOYD DOBLER and worship this movie. This is important guy shit, and girls… look for guys like Lloyd Dobler! Don’t reward the douches! Cameron Crowe nailed this. It isn’t a stylistic wonder, it’s shot straight forward, but the music, the fashion, the hair, the dialogue and the way the film plays out. It was the film I saw my senior year that I watched… a lot. Great Blu Ray!

The Box of Chocolate edition. So imagine my joy as I opened the package with this in it. I opened it up, ripped open the cellophane and lifted open the box to find…. That life is like a box of chocolate… sometimes it is fake, sometimes the chocolate that you eagerly wish to possess… sometimes it isn’t chocolate, sometimes it is SCRATCH & SNIFF Cardboard chocolate. And they ask you to smell them all, but they’re all 100% the same fake chocolate smell. I thought some would smell like peanuts or coconut, but its all the same. That said, I love the Blu Ray – but frankly – if I were you – this edition isn’t worth it at all. The scratch n sniff is lame. The fact that there is no slip case for your discs and they just affix to the bottom of this oversized box. Well I found it a bit annoying.

I’ve loved BLUEBEARD’S EIGHTH WIFE for quite some time. And watching MAID OF SALEM, only to discover that some people thought Claudette Colbert was a fucking witch. Well it just got me angry. Claudette was too sweet to be a witch. Only jealous twits would accuse her. Claudette was one of the great classic actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Here you’ll see her with a young Fred MacMurray, Gary Cooper, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas and others. I’ve only seen 3 of the films in the set thus far, and the two I mentioned above and THE EGG AND I were all excellent… and I have no reason to suspect otherwise with the other 3.

I did not get sent this for review, but I hope to pick it up at some point. Christmas with the Griswold’s is a must. Randy Quaid so own this film though. He’s amazing here.

I love Buster Crabbe’s BUCK ROGERS. I actually own the serial in 16mm film. Much of Coruscant from the Star Wars Prequels was lifted from BUCK ROGERS. This is a truly huge Serial. Technically the FLASH GORDONs had higher budgets, but some of the complicated model work… well, it was actually pretty darn amazing! And watch how quickly you end up falling in love with BUDDY the pre-Bucky boy sidekick adventurer. Really awesome though! In addition there’s a 1933 Buck Rogers feature – and a History of Buck Rogers.
Next week aka 2nd week of November is coming shortly...

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  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Buster Crabbe

    by Jerri Blank

    Sounds like a dirty name. And he was hot.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST



  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST



    I was almost first for the very first time ever!:P boo hoo

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    "Hitchcock’s most POP movie"

    by ballyhoo

    The hell does that mean?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by c4andmore

    Man, I grew up on Buster Crabbe and Buck and Flash and Ming! Awesome stuff!!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Down to business


    I cannot BELIEVE you don't like love actually Harry, by far the best Rom com in recent years! and i am not a Rom Com fan by nature.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST



    You said.........I’m hearing rumors that the powers that be are floating the idea, via tele-marketing about doing a CG sequel to DARK CRYSTAL (NOOOOOOOO) – and it just got me angry.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Loved the first paragraph of excuses on why this late.

    by kravmaguffin

    Obsession with Hayden P. Well if you like those midget types good for you. ijs

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Forrest Gump - Most Right Wing Offensive Film EVER

    by greigy just wanted to say

    It's a simple message.... DON'T QUESTION ANYTHING, DO AS YOU LEADERS SAY, STAY STUPID, STAY IGNORANT, QUESTION ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OR YOU WILL BE PUNISHED. And please don't hide under the word FABLE.... sorry not buying it. If you like this movie then you have never engaged your higher functions long enough to see what a morally repugnant film it was.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    ISnt it


    Supposed to be CG backgrounds with puppets Ala Frank Ozz/Henson Co. Directed by none other that the mastermind behind samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky how can that possibly suck!!! unless for the worse things have changed?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by Shoegeezer

    is out in the UK this week too, the Blu-Ray is region free and rather good it is too.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST



    Tartakovsky has been made creative president of The Orphanage's Orphanage Animation Studios, and is currently directing their first feature, Power of the Dark Crystal. Power of the Dark Crystal is a sequel to the 1982 classic The Dark Crystal, and is expected to be released in 2011

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    There you go Harry


    I cannot see this being anything but magical.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Pretty sure


    I read this on your site a couple years back.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Love, Actually and Say Anything....

    by InstantClassic

    Two movies that I make sure any girl sees in my DVD collection. They're both favorites of mine (Say Anything... moreso) and they always do the trick. You get both on DVD at Target for a $20, so there's no excuse to not have them in their film collection.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST


    Genndy Tartakovsky agreed to direct on two conditions: that the film would utilize live-action puppets as well as computer animation, and that Brian Froud would return to design the characters

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Seriously did people like GI JOE?

    by Tiberius_Prime

    I wrote it off when I saw the trailers, was I wrong to do so?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    "Love, Actually" blows, actually.

    by HarryCalder

    I can't remember the last time a movie made me as angry as Love, Actually. So many great talents utterly wasted in that ridiculous claptrap. Glad to hear Mr. Knowles didn't buy it, either.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Tiberius - stay away from GI Joe

    by HarryCalder

    Truly awful.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    NO JOE...

    by Tiberius_Prime

    I always assumed that Harry's Opinion was bought and paid for, since this got such a glowing recommendation and TF 2 got utterly shat on (Which was not undeserved, but could JOE really have been that much better?!)

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    G.I. JOE was fun on a bun.

    by Darkman

    What TRANSFORMERS never tried to be (and its many defenders thought it was), RISE OF COBRA was. <br><br> And Hayden Panettiere's best film work was this retarded piece of fuck? Let me introduce you to a little movie called A BUG'S LIFE (check the credits, she *was* in it).

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Gi Joe


    Was a throw away film, but i have seen worse, the WORST par tof the movie was Snake eyes with Lips, WHY Hollywood! WHY!!!!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Well said, Greigy Just Wanted To Say

    by Chakraborty

    Not only is Forrest Gump just overly sentimental pap, but the underlying message stinks. Also, you can tell Robert Zemeckis never really knew any black people in his life. I'm guessing his direction for Mykelti Williams (Bubba) went something like this: <p> "Okay, Mykelti, stick your lower lip out a little further. Further. No, even further. Put some cotton balls under your lip if you have to. Further. That's it! Aaaaaaand action!!!"

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Harry, where's your review of The Room?

    by Stabby

    I'm sure Tommy Wiseau sent you a copy.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Tiberius_Prime

    I saw a trailer for JOE at the cinema, now clearly no one knew what it was because when the title came up at the end everyone pissed themselves laughing.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Sucks, Actually

    by mooseaka

    Love, Actually was terrible. It was a script that could have been written by a Hallmark Card generator software program designed by a college freshman. There was nothing remotely clever or funny about the movie; instead it was a parade of "Awwwww... how cute" moments that tediously attempted (and failed) to manipulate one's heart-strings. If they didn't somehow blackmail an astonishing cast to appear in the movie, it would have been a very forgettable Lifetime movie. <P><P>And don't give me any crap about not liking romantic comedies. Compared to other recent British romantic comedies like Bridget Jones' Diary and About A Boy (both featuring Hugh Grant, who is a fantastic "cad"), the highlights of Love, Actually don't even hold a candle to the trailers for those movies.<P><P> I'm convinced that people love Love, Actually because it indirectly led to them getting laid immediately following the movie, thus creating a subconscious like of any otherwise shit film.<P><P> Go ahead - quote one funny joke from Love, Actually that compares to "Shake Your Ass? Is he Moroccan?" or "Tits-Pervert". I'm waiting....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Tiberius_Prime

    I have that exact subconscious liking for THE REPLACEMENTS, I have no idea why that movie always gets me laid...

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST



    I love, Love actually because it did pull at the heart strings but was also very funny, and incredibly well acted, especially the great Bill Nighy, his character was great in the movie.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Do you have to watch the Clone Wars movie before the series?

    by 3D-Man

    Or just start with the series?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Tiberius_Prime

    I'd say watch the movie first.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Tiberius_Prime

    I've got a mate that just started watching this and he rang me up and was like "who the fuck is the padawan chick?!" to which i replied "You've seen the movie haven;t you?" "There was a movie?!"

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Love Actually is a Masterpiece. Seriously and Harry

    by Proman1984

    I didn't know your Shitty taste extended to not liking even the genuinly great films like "Love, Actually". Harry Knowles you are a terrible movie typist.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Harry was in a Merchant Ivory film?

    by SmokeFilledTavern

    Was he the dude in A ROOM WITH A VIEW? That cover for the CHRISTMAS VACATION blu-ray is for the older release. I really would like to get the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE set.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I can't stand Hayden Panettiere...

    by Darth Mulder

    ...and will never watch anything she does in the future. I saw her at DragonCon in Atlanta a couple of years ago. She was at her autograph table with her head down like a bored schoolgirl doodling on a piece of paper. Whenever a fan would approach her to get an autograph some staffer would tell them that she wasn't feeling well and would not be signing anymore. That was highly disrespectful to her fans in addition to the fact that she refused to participate in any Heroes panel discussions. If she was feeling that bad she should have just gone back to her room instead of letting her fans see firsthand just what a brat she was.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen any of the Colbert flicks.

    by Sal_Bando

    Those might be fun. And ditto those Noirs, I think Big Heat I did see once, it was good.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by igregory

    Glad to see you're well. I thought that damn goat had actually blown your head off!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Re: Zemeckis and black people....

    by SubliminalJones

    I always thought Marvin Berry and his R&B band were pretty bad ass.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform.... OH DEAR

    by greigy just wanted to say

    Film comes in many shapes and sizes, many colours, many flavours and true film fans enjoy them all. I love movies from every genre you can possibly think of, from the most moronic guilty pleasures to the film as well something more beautiful. However I cannot and will not ever give any quarter to a film that is so casually racist and reactionary as Gump. Amelie was in essence everything that Gump apologists claimed Gump was... however it did not have single shred of malice in it. Knowles... went bananas over the racism in Transformers 2 and yet lets this vile cinematic shame pass under the diplomatic imunity of "It's only a film". Shame on him, shame on you.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    cleaned up at a closing blockbuster recently...

    by rben

    got the first half of the last season of BG, the second short season of Jericho, and 4 movies (three ST's and The Omega Man). oh, and two paperbacks, a BG by Peter David and a Lewis Black nonfiction all came in at around 60 bucks or so. (man, i wish more of em would close!) Also Harry better review Farscape: The Complete Series next week if he like Henson. Just sayin....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Congrats to STFU...

    by ebonic_plague

    Most unintentionally ironic post I've ever read from a dittohead on AICN. No small feat. <p> Remember Happy Feet? Or The Ant Bully? Or, yknow, every single other movie in the past decade to come out of Hollywood that is immediately decried on AM hate radio as "liberal propaganda?" But now that it's Forrest Gump, anyone commenting on the subtext is an idiot. Honestly, thanks for the laugh, keep it up, you're better than Colbert.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Love, Actually?

    by RaRoMo

    I gave up after half an hour. Strictly by the numbers, with clumsy attempts to manipulate the viewer emotionally. If you liked it, I'll start praying for your immortal soul. GI Joe was fairly dumb-typical, but it did have a fun car chase in Paris about half-way (?) through the film that was worth watching (If you liked the highway chase in the second Matrix film, you'll love this chase.) Better CGI than most movies.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Also, hey, Harry...

    by ebonic_plague

    Are you gonna ban the idiots spamming the Avatar TB's with cringe-inducing idiocy and anti-Obama conspiracy nonsense, or have you abandoned the idea of moderating these TB's at all?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by Spaz_Monkey

    Larry Hama liked the GI Joe movie. That should be good enough for anyone.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    i like pellham

    by HarryLove

    cause it was filmed in nyc. need more action films set in nyc.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    GI Joe

    by Omar B

    I liked it, it was not great, but it was not bad. In fact, it's what most of Sommer's films are, fun. That's it, nicely shot, fun. A sequel could rule because they left it at a good place.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Wings of Desire...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    great film. A bit long but nonetheless a great film. "Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there?"

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    ...What are you talking about?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Everything shoots in New York.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    G.I. Joe prequel?

    by Bouncy X

    say they make a sequel and it bombs, these days the inclination would be to do a prequel but since the first movie basically is one what would they call it? "The Rise of M.A.R.S." ?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Subliminal Jones Re: Black people

    by Chakraborty

    Although the idea from that Back to the Future gag was the Marvin Berry held up the phone to Chuck Berry, one of the founders of Rock and Roll, who then stole the music from a Marty McFly...a white person.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST



    Actually everything shoots in Vancouver BC Canada:P the movie may TAKE place in New York but usually its filmed here:P

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by Tiberius_Prime

    I shall watch GI-JOE, and when I do I'll post my opinion here.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Greigy Just Wanted To Say - Don't, don't, dont

    by BillboeFett

    "DON'T QUESTION ANYTHING, DO AS YOU LEADERS SAY, STAY STUPID, STAY IGNORANT, QUESTION ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OR YOU WILL BE PUNISHED" -<p> is EXACTLY the response from the Obama administration to the Tea Party people and free-healthcare protestors. Ignored and marginalized at best, and discredited/attacked/insulted at worst. The mainstream media either said "these rallies--aren't news" or framed every protestor as a freak. <p> I'm no Bush supporter, but he didn't openly attack people who disagreed with his policies. <p> Obama's message is clear: tow the party line, or we'll either ignore you, or attack you. Period.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Liberals hate Forrest Gump because

    by BillboeFett

    It was 2.5 hours of people suffering from war, hating war, showing the casulties of war, showing the horror of war, etc. blah blah. <p> Its not Apocalypse Now... it's Forrest Gump. <p> Except, you guys seem to forget Lt. Dan, who lost his legs, and wasn't too happy about it. <p> But I guess it pisses you off he didn't become Tom Cruise the 2nd and pull a Born on the 4th of July, right? <p> Do you also hate Forrest Gump because it didn't get misty eyed over Woodstock and hippies and all that?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    GI Joe was a lot of fun!


    That sucker was action packed! I can't wait to see what Cobra Commander and Destro are up to in the next one. I hope Jinx is in the sequel. I always had a crush on her! *swoon*

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    what about FIGHT CLUB 10th anniversary bluray and LEON??

    by BillboeFett

    Harry, you gonna "review" those in Jan or Feb? <p> They came out today. <p> And by review, I mean "put up a big jpg you stole from another site" with a handy-dandy Amazon link, followed by "I haven't watched this yet" or "I wasn't sent this" <p> closing with a "but I'm sure it rocks!"

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    yeah, messed up my first line

    by BillboeFett

    It's supposed to be "It WASN'T 2.5 hours of.."

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST're right.

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The bluray cover of FC 10th anniversary...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    looks like pure cheese. Hate to say it. Also, liberals hate Forrest Gump?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Tiberius_Prime

    Honestly better or worse then TF2?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    hey Chakraborty, Bubba was obviously

    by BillboeFett

    disabled/challenged/retarded. Note, see the rest of his family, or other blacks in the movie. He was the ONLY one who had that lip, and talked like that. He and Forrest befriended each other because they were both "special". If you completely missed that aspect, perhaps you and Bubba and Forrest would make a good trio. All talking about shrimp and investing in Apple.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST



    That's a tough call. They were both a lot of fun. I didn't like how sad TF2 was at times, but otherwise it was quite the thrill ride. GI Joe obviously didn't have the same level of amazing action but I liked the overall tone and it was exciting to see all those classic characters brought to life. I won't be able to pick a favorite until I've watched them a few more times at home.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Best Buy has Fight Club for $16 bluray, and I got Leon for

    by BillboeFett

    Leon: The Professional (both cuts) on bluray is $15 at Walmart, which Best Buy price matched. Friggin great deal. <p> BTW, if you want to get the full 3-disc UP! bluray, there's a 10$ off coupon for Target, and that'll bring the final total to $9.99 (down from 19.99) for the bluray. That's crazy!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    amazon forums has the details for the $9 UP bluray

    by BillboeFett

    coupon deal at Target. <p> Interestingly enough, I saw the link for the forum about UP! reading the Fight Club bluray forums. <p> People kept bitching about how amazon wouldn't price-match Best Buy, and then, soon enough, the price dropped from $18.99 to $16.99. Democracy at work!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    Thank you, Harry.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    TF2 was sad????????


    lol ....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    There was nothing "badass" about G.I. Joe

    by Lucasblows


  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Billboe Fett, you're loud and stupid

    by Chakraborty

    And Bilbo is spelled wrong.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Love, Indubitably

    by Canuck815

    Not really a big fan, but it will be extra hard this year watching the Liam Neeson segment. Poor guy. That having been said, I would much prefer to watch Maeby Funke's spinoff film ("in the hot tub, just like the poster!").

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    excellent response chak -ra

    by BillboeFett

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    dude, LOVE ACTUALLY...

    by Stormshadow4life

    is AWESOME!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Hayden 'Baitin

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Yeah bait the lizard to that!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    No, he's right...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    you are loud and stupid.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    HOWARD'S END and WINGS OF DESIRE - excellence!

    by LoneGun

    Masterpieces, both of them. Loved the scene in WINGS OF DESIRE where Peter Falk talks about how coffee and cigarettes compliment one another. Anthony Hopkins in HOWARD'S END was fierce, utterly brilliant.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Fraggle does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    It's nice to keep in touch with your 'inner child' I guess, but Harry you watched 47 hours of Fraggle Rock??<p> Fuck dude, how old are you?!?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by BillboeFett

    Harry is a liar and doesn't watch nearly 1/2 of what he says he does. No one has that much time, no matter what they say. Unless by "watch" he means he turns a movie on when he gets up in the morning and leaves it running while he walks around the house, taking a shower, eating breakfast, etc.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST

    you think the forest gump box sucks?

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    try the harry potter bluray box collection. the case is made to look like a mini version harrys case, only its bulky and shity and you cant fit it on a regular stand, and i figured inside the movie would be in a regular case that i can fit on my shelf BUT NOOOO their in these shitty cases that resemble cheap ass books! whatever the only one i watch alot is 3 anyway.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Is the Ruby-Spears SUPERMAN the one where a very Byrne-esque Lex Luthor gets a weird golden/ivory horn stuck to his hand? Superman shows up and says something to the effect of "Drop that powerful weapon, Luthor" and Luthor responds with a wry Byrnian grin that he would if it weren't unfortunately stuck to him, so he's just as much a victim as Superman. Is that one of these eps? I've tried to get synopses from the various websites but none are detailed enough for me to tell? If so - I LOVED that cartoon, if this is the one!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    harrys busy playing catch up. your question wont be answered

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    you know this to be true

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Love, Indubitably?

    by jocutus

    "I hate it when they hire Yanks to play Brits, you can always tell."

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Zorro's Gene Sheldon and Henry Calvin

    by jimbojones123

    Well worth mentioning. I would argue that they were as or more important than Guy Williams.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Racism Gump

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    It's not that characters in movies don't or shouldn't have flaws. It's what KIND of flaws CERTAIN characters have that make racism: the ignorant, jive-talking black man; the greedy white industrialist, the lazy Mexican, the drunk Irishman, etc. FORREST plays into the most blatant of the stereotypes - the thick-lipped-speaking "more beast than man, slow-witted with the innocent mind of a child" black man of Magical Negro Theater (see THE GREEN MILE, etc.). I urge any who see no racism to watch HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE. Winky Dinky Dog.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by jaireaux

    "... would have leant itself to so many wonderful possibilities though. Sigh..." At first read, I thought you wrote: "... would have leant itself to so many wonderful possibilities thigh..."

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Forrest Gump Scratch and Sniff box?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Lol. The I am Legend box was cooler. It had a behind the scenes book, postcards, the movie had an added commentary and a new disc of deleted scenes and behind the scenes stuff.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    I hate Forrest Gump...

    by Jobacca

    Because its a piece of shit movie-and that opinion has nothing to do with politics. Gump is the prime example of why you should never go full retard.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Power of the Dark Crystal?

    by Bellam

    Erm. Harry. Wasn't this being made with CG/Puppetry by Genndy Tartakovsky? It might be stuck in development hell now.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Forest Gump - A "piece of shit movie"?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    This is why all tb'ers should have some taste test. Fuck Off.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Also, the "never go full retard" statement...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Goes to show that YOU are a fucking retard. He's a fictional character.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Harry's analysis of Twilight : New Moon film

    by BDuncan

    It isn't my cup of tea, but since the AICN does have female readers, it'll be interesting reading Harry's analysis of the Twilight : New Moon film.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Is that new "complete series" set of Fraggle Rock...

    by Nasty In The Pasty HIDEOUSLY packaged as last fall's set?<BR><BR>And G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Fallen Cobras (why must every sequel/prequel have "rise" or "rising" in the subtitle?) was the second-worst movie of 2009 (after Transformers: ROTF [LMAO]). Nice "special" effects...looked like unfinished CG animatics from 1996.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I should have know what to expect from G.I. Joe...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...when it literally had an MST3K-worthy opening subtitle reading "In the not-too-distant future".

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Can we mix up the stereotypes?

    by Jobacca

    You know...magical retarded Irishman,the drunken negro,the rich work-a-holic mexican,an Indian who loves watermelon...would that be OK or still racist?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    TF2 WAS sad

    by Happyfat73

    ... In a "It's sad that a film about giant robots fighting could be so fucking boring" kinda way.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    You are very funny. Han Cholo would be proud.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Genndy hasn't been on Dark Crystal 2 for years now.

    by white_vader

    Keep up people!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    The point of Forrest Gump wasn't that he was a retard

    by lockesbrokenleg

    the point of the movie was to show that HE was the smart man in his life and everyone else were the idiots. Gump was the most genuine character in that whole movie.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Racism in Back to the Future

    by white_vader

    Chakra, you forget that paradoxically (see what I did there?!), Marty stole it from Berry in the first (?) place. Aaaah! The universe is imploding as we speak! Oh hang on, that's just 2012.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    If Forrest Gump is Right Wing Propaganda,

    by Rob0729

    why was Robert Zemeckis a diehard Democrat who has donated a lot of money to Democratic candidates like Obama ((almost $29k), Barbara Boxer, Bill Clinton, and Dianne Fienstein. Campaign contributions are public record go Google his campaign contributions.<br><br> The only Republican associated with the film was Gary Sinise ($4,400 to Republicans). Tom Hanks is an active Democrat and spent $103k on campaign contributions to Democrats. Robin Wright Penn is a liberal Democrat who spent $9k on Democratic candidates. Sally Fields is a Democrat and spent $35k on campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.<br><br> It is kinda ironic that the most popular Right Wing Propaganda film was directed and starred in primarily by active Democrats. I hear Michael Moore's next film is entitled "All Liberals Must Die".<br><br> Stop the Bullshit! Forrest Gump is not some kind of Republican message film. It just reflects the tone of the times they are in.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    No contest: GI Joe was WAY better than TF2

    by Dr. Butthole

    GI Joe was ridiculous but it seemed to realize it was ridiculous and went with it. TF2 had this weird self-importance to it. Also, it was confusing and actually SLOW at times. I would watch GI Joe tons more times. I'll probably never watch TF2 again.<br><br>By the way, since when is Forrest Gump RIGHT WING??? Always trust your government is the mantra of the left. The left want to make the government bigger and in more of control of things for the people and they expect your trust to do it. Please don't say this is RIGHT WINGED just because you don't like the right. Sheesh.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    SierraTangoFoxTrot....your Drunk Uncle called

    by Chakraborty

    He said he's having Vietnam flashbacks and the only thing that can soothe him is your rectum wrapped around his cock like a tongue, milking out his semen until it coats your prostate gland. In other words, your typical Friday night. <p> Also, it's ironic that right-wingers like Forrest Gump, because the core message ultimately insults them. It's that the ideal soldier (and American) is ultimately, a retard.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Butthole

    Man, you showed SierraTangoFoxTrot! By saying his uncle was gay (graphically), you REALLY made your point about why Forrest Gump is a bad movie! Man, he won't be able to wrap his head around that one! Oh, and that comment that American soldiers, the ones who daily defend your right write about your personal wet dreams on a public site, those soldiers? They seriously ARE retards! HAHAHAHAHA!! Oh man, are THEY retarded! FGUMP 4EVA!<br><br>You are an unbelievable douche.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Gump = Right Wing?

    by Deathpool

    I consider myself a pretty liberal guy (god I hate those terms, but whatever), and I always thought Gump was just a movie about some guy bumbling his way through semi-recent history who does some stuff along the way. For fuck's sake, when did everyone decide that all forms of entertainment must be trying to control our thoughts or something (more than they already do, of course).

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Dr. Butthole, are you SierraTangoFoxTrot's Uncle?

    by Chakraborty

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    See the last line of my last post.

    by Dr. Butthole


  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by Chakraborty

    I didn't call American soldiers retards. Robert Zemeckis did.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Chakka's booty, the true message of Forrest Gump

    by BillboeFett

    No, the message of Forrest Gump is that you can do anything with your life, and not let the excuses stop you. <p> Forrest lived a great life, accomplishing more than just about anyone, and touched so many lives, despite his handicap. <p> He didn't blame the government, or capitalism, or the white man, or Vietnam, or war, or the nuclear family, or Christians, or mysoginism, or jingoism, or whatever other skapegoat/excuse liberals want to blame for their shortcomings. <p> This is why liberals hate Forrest Gump. <p> This is why Bill Cosby rips into entitlement profiteers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who profit off perpatuating the myth that minorities, and specifically black america, can't make something of themselves because of any myriad of excuses. <p> The message of Forrest Gump is that anyone can do anything <p> Forrest never blamed anyone or claimed a victim mentality. <p> The day Lt. Dan stopped blaming and being angry was the day he got on with his life, got married, and actually became happy. <p> Getting back to Chakka's boot, stop being such a chump. Harry is one of the biggest flaming liberals on this site and he can actually see the quality in the movie and enjoy it. Calm the fuck down, turn off Air America and NPR and do something with your life.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    This is why you can't talk to righwingers

    by Chakraborty

    It's like talking to a retard!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Chakka, you're 12, right?

    by BillboeFett

    Because there was ONE mentally challenged person in the military, that means EVERYONE in the military was mentally challenged, right? <p> Every single soldier we saw, onscreen, were all retarded, right? <P> This charge you leveled was as sophistic as your "see, they showed a mentally challenged black man onscreen, that means they think ALL black people are mentally challenged--RACISM!!"

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Don't use Harry's taste as a barometer

    by Chakraborty

    Harry is like a labrador retriever who runs after every stranger with a wagging tail and licks them, including the creepy neighbor who is likely a sex offender. It means nothing about the actual person (or film) he wags his tail for.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    TF 2 was better than GI JOE

    by lockesbrokenleg

    GI JOE had some many damn character that just bored you to tears.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Bilboe Fett, you can't understand the point I made

    by Chakraborty

    Because you're a moron. Call Marty Mcfly and ask him to go back in time and tell your mother not to eat any paint chips, not to drink booze when she's pregnant, or suck too many dicks and maybe you won't be so retarded.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Goodnight everyone!

    by Chakraborty

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Spymunk, your racism charge was already answered

    by BillboeFett

    In my previous post before yours, read it. You're being part of the problem, and not part of the solution here bub. <p> Just because one black character in a movie was retarded, doesn't mean the message of the movie "all black people are retarded". Did you see the rest of his family? Did every single black character in Forrest Gump have funny lips and talk strange? Of course not. It pisses me off as a huge advocate against racism that this type of thing is perpetuated. Be more accurate, please. <p> This would be tantamount to watching a "cheerleading" movie where out of 10-12 main characters, one of them is ditzy and stupid, so then you would claim "see.... the movie is saying ALL cheerleaders are ditzy and stupid". Eh.. no. The other 11 characters were NOT this way. <p> This is the political strategy of the left.. to exaggerate the position of the minority opinion into the majority.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg, that was my problem with TF2!

    by Dr. Butthole

    It was BORING! They had all these subplots that would get put on a backburner, a bunch of TF (Autobots? Decepticons? Who knows?!) and the whole thing *kind of* resolved at the end. Sort of. GI Joe is not a GREAT film (not even close) but it all seemed pretty straight forward to me. What do you think?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Right wing? That sounds more like Obamamania to me

    by darthvedder81


  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Chakka Booty, hey dumbass, you're transparent

    by BillboeFett

    You're no advocate of minorities rights, african americans, or the mentally challenged, for sure. <p> You blew the extremely dumb "RACISM!!" whistle about Bubba in Forrest Gump and I answered it simply and succinctly. <p> You had absolutely nothing to respond with so you name-called me, which was you admitting I was right. <p> Now you're throwing around the retard word left and right. <p> I knew you had no original point. Shouldn't have wasted my time. <p> Have a good night.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I'm going to miss Chakraborty

    by Dr. Butthole

    ... and his calling everyone he didn't agree with gay or a retard. That was pretty liberal of him, I think. All this over Forrest Gump. I feel ashamed.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Spymunk, you need to rewatch GREEN MILE again

    by BillboeFett

    Did you see the time period it was set in? Do you know who Michael Clarke Duncan's character was supposed to be? Do you know why he acted and talked like that? <p> Do you know that racism and prejudice against black people in that time period was a MAJOR theme of the movie? <p> Did you not get King's point? <p> Tom Hanks character suspicious of him because he was a slow-talking black man. Obviously, he was guilty of the crime, right?? <p> No, as Tom Hanks slowly started to realize. <p> But by the time he acted, it was too late and Michael Clarke Duncan's character was ready to die. <P> And the guilt for not doing the right thing and sending an innocent man to die, partly because of the racial prejudice everyone had against the man, is what kept Tom Hank's character from dying. He was cursed. <p> In other words, not standing up against injustice and prejudice will leave you cursed. <P> Spymunk, I ask you, how in the FUCK does that make the Green Mile a racist movie? <p> Is Mississipi Burning a racist movie?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Love Actually really does suck

    by Adelai Niska

    I'll admit that certain other Richard Curtis movies are actually very good (Notting Hill, Blackadder, 4 weedings) but Love Actually is just a paint-by-numbers, manipulative, pointless movie, unlike some of the character work he's written before.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    darthvedder81, sir

    by BillboeFett

    in response to your post just above, see my first post in this board with the subject line: "Greigy Just Wanted To Say - Don't, don't, dont"

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by Jobacca

    Oh my fucking Forrest Gump,Tom Hanks(as Gump)allows his retarded magical negro friend(Bubba) die. Then in The Green Mile,Hanks AGAIN allows his Magical Negro Friend(MCD) die...this can only mean...TOM HANKS HATES MAGICAL NEGROS!!!! THAT RACIST,RETARDED,AIDS-INFECTED SONOFABITCH!!!!!! Also,he kind of allowed Hooch to die as well,so he may hate dogs too.....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Thank you BillboeFett....

    by Jobacca

    You've opened my eyes and allowed me to see the evils of Tom Hanks. Somebody oughta throw his rich white honky ass into a volcano....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    couple of points:

    by awardgiver

    Patrick Buchanan used Forrest Gump in his stump speeches about how Americans should be. Even a retarded man like Gump can do anything. Yes, its entertainment. The author of the book was even offended, but there you have it...right wingers love Forrest Gump even tho its entertainment. So people have a right to bitch. And GI Joe was fun, anything would look fun after that bullshit TF2. It was TF2 without the ghetto bots. And thankfully Wayans didn't ghetto it up like I was afraid he would, so points there.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Dr. Butthole

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I agree TF 2 did have problems. The Las Vegas guy was wasted after having so many good scenes in TF 1. Sam's annoying roommate, the dumb comedy relief Transformers, the lame as hell Decepticon hot chick. But, it was fun. I enjoyed it. GI JOE started out great, and it seemed to have a great story, but it really ran out of steam at the end. I just find it hard to believe all those ships could fight underwater like that. How lame.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    This obsession with left/right politics

    by Happyfat73

    is for fucking morons. For God's sake, listen to yourselves. All this "Gump is left/right wing because..." bullshit is just idiots trying to sound smarter.</p> Forget the labels - if you can categorise yourself according to a 1-dimensional political spectrum, then odds are you are as shallow as the labels you are applying.</p> Forrest Gump was a very well-made film, that just happened to be a bit too cloying for my tastes. If you're offended by its perceived political content, then you're probably over-intellectualizing the damn thing anyway.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    No love for the new JT/Jeff Bridges

    by Series7

    magnum opus, The Open Road?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    just find it hard to believe all those ships

    by Series7

    could fight underwater like that. How lame. <P> Yet no problem suspending belief during Transformers 2 at any point? Or the first 3/4's of G.I. Joe. It was the final scene that made you throw up your hands and go, OH THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I was gonna go see GI Joe in theatres...

    by Happyfat73

    ... but the friend I was going with had not yet seen District 9. I felt it would be criminal to allow him to see GI Joe when he hadn't seen District 9. So I watched District 9 again instead, and never saw GI Joe. I'm confident I made the right choice.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    The Transformers were well established in the first movie as being robots from a robot planet that were disguised as cars and planes, etc. That was set up in the movie perfectly, and it was easy to accept. In GI JOE, Duke gets into an enemy underwater vehicle and instantly knows how to pilot it, despite never having seen it before. Lame as shit. GI JOE had a ton of scenes like that where the characters just did shit that you KNOW the character would have no knowledge of. The only exciting scene in GI JOE was the attack on The Pit.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    You should have saw both. No excuses.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    I like THE MONEY PIT

    by Jobacca

    And that is my answer to that....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Happyfat73 is a liberal commie.

    by Dr. Butthole

    Nah, I'm just kidding, dude. I did look back and realize I got worked up about Forrest Gump, of all things, and, as I said, I am ashamed. I think Forrest Gump is a well-made movie for Baby Boomers to look back on that time with rose-colored lenses in some way. It's a silly movie, but really good. Tom Hanks does cause the death of black people, though. That's a pretty sound theory. :)

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    That people seem to be mentioning GI Joe in the same breath as TF 2 is troubling.</p> TF2 is possibly one of the worst summer blockbusters ever made, and yet it still managed to make big coin. I'm still waiting for the four horsemen to gallop through my garden, just to confirm the whole world is ending. </p>TF2 was irredeemably stupid, incoherent, creatively bankrupt and appealing only to people who are amused by moving colour and noise. I can understand being sucked in by the marketing/hype machine, but anyone who can watch it and THEN defend it must have some very, very low indeed. If GI Joe is within spitting distance of TF2 quality, I'll give it a wide berth.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Thus Spake


    yes, that's the Ruby Spears SUPERMAN

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    God, you are a moron. You're just a shithead that thinks people must be assholes just because they have a different opinion from you. You are just a stuffy asshole.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Fett -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Great points, all, and I'm not a liberal - the real BilboFett would know that! And what's more, MISSISSIPPI BURNING is not a racist movie - it's a KICKASSIST MOVIE!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Don't forget about Castaway.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Tom Hanks allowed his mute and slow moving friend Wilson to slip into the ocean and die also. That just shows you how racist Tom Hanks is. He even let a volleyball die. Selfish prick.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST


    by lex romero

    Actually I'm quite sure during the training montage Duke was shown piloting one of those underwater subs and therefore being trained in how to pilot one. <br><br> Not defending GIJOE as well written or anything, but it was a damn sight more entertaining than TF2.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Haha, so Forrest Gump is Horatio Alger for the modern age?

    by Chakraborty

    Pull up your bootstraps, young retards, and get your piece of the American dream.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The Zorro sets, the Fraggle set, and the MI set

    by SoylentMean

    are all on my xmas list. Don't fail me again north pole dwelling fat guy, I'm counting on you.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    G.I. Joe sucked

    by WilliamZabkaRox

    I still don't see how ANYONE said the movie was fun. Now maybe if you are under 16 you found it fun, maybe if you find sci-fi channel movies fun or maybe if you never grew up with G.I. Joe it was fun but how Harry can trash Godzilla (which did suck) and praise something like G.I. Joe for being fun is beyond me. CGI, acting, story....everything is awful and makes Michael Bay look like a genius.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    GI Joe was just a big dumb fun movie, that had the excitment and fun of the original series. Not like Transformers which took an idea about robots and made it all about humans. In that fact G.I. Joe wins, because it is G.I. Joe. So if you like Joe its worth it. Its not some literal translation, so if you are some purest or whatever, just realize that you care too much about G.I. Joe. <P> As for TF2, its just Transformers in name only, has nothing to do with the original concept. Shap shifting robots is the only similarity is has to original toy line/show. <P> Though how anyone could sit there and go, OH thats fine thats ok, but turn around and say Oh thats just ludicrious and outlandish. For one are the other is beyond me. They both are fucking retarded, the only difference is at least GI Joe is fun.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Also I will say, after District 9, nothing else fucking matters, that movie was everything.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Forrest Gump is just a movie

    by Rob0729

    Who cares if a Right Winger used it in a speech? It doesn't mean it has a political message in it. It means the Right Winger drew his own conclusion.<br><br> I am an independent and am pretty middle of the road on a lot of issues. I see other movies and TV shows with far more overt political messages (mostly left leaning since Hollywood is more left leaning), even if I disagree with them I ignore them to be entertained. <br><br> Seriously, if you hate a movie that isn't outright political propaganda or at least a documentary on a political issue based on your political beliefs, the problem may not be the movie. The problem may be you. <br><br> I have watched Forrest Gump several time (for the record I like the movie) and I have never felt there were any conservative political undertones. Heck, they have Forrest being responsible for calling the police about the Watergate break in that ultimately led to the fall of Nixon. <br><br> Besides, eventhough there are a lot of things I disagree with the Right, I never thought it was their message to not question government and just play dumb. Check that. That is the message that every political party pushes when they are in control. Right now, the Right Wing are promoting questioning government all the time. Two years ago, it was different.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I thought GI Joe was decent enough

    by Rob0729

    Not very faithful to the 80s cartoon, but who cares?!? Just a loud, dumb action film that was entertaining enough but not all that satisfying. Chinese food of movies.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    GI Joe and TF2 Pretty Much The Exact Same Level of Quality

    by Autodidact

    I actually wish I had watched them both in one day, first GI Joe, then Transformers, like I used to do every day after school. Once you become an old fuck like me, sometimes the idea of watching cartoons for a couple hours after school sounds like the most relaxing thing in the world.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    And That Level is: Mediocre With Added Stupidity

    by Autodidact

    Which is not to say I didn't enjoy them. I did. I enjoyed all the "bad" movies this year, come to think of it: Wolverine, thought it was okay... what Wolverine comics have you people read that are more coherent, involving, and well-executed than the movie was? I have other examples but nobody's reading this TB anymore.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    GI Joe was good.

    by Sailor Rip

    Watched it three times already. Yeah, could have been better, but hopefully the sequel will take care of that and show us the Cobra we love and remember. <p> Some movies are just, you know, fun.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I see that Harry's

    by we_pray_for_mad_skillz

    backpedaling on Clone Wars has begun. Just like everyone else. <p> Remember when the Tartakovsky Clone Wars came out and was met with the same hateration? Then by the time the recent series was debuting with a movie, all anyone could say was "It's not Tartakovsky! Tartakovsky is the only Star Wars!" <p> It's funny how any AICNer who wants to write a good review of Clone Wars has to start it off with "It started out a bit rough" or whatever, since they were drinking their haterade when the original movie came out.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Transformers 2

    by we_pray_for_mad_skillz

    Wasn't as good as Transformers 1 story-wise, but GI Joe was one of the most horrible pieces of shit ever. At least Transformers 2 has killer special effects with giant robots fighting. GI Joe had nothing of value in it at all.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Why are we still discussing Bayformers 2

    by Stabby

    It deserves about as much attention and discussion as Sarah Palin does. Both are extremely stupid, appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator and are signs of the forthcoming apocalypse.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "Point Rain" episode actually better than AOTC battle

    by Tacom

    Seriously. The gunships under fire was intense as any real war movie. The part where the Clones burn the Geonosians with flamethroweres I was like "Holy shit!"

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST



    Genndy hasn't been on Dark Crystal 2 for years now. Keep up people! Actually Wikipedia, IMDB and every other website seems to disagree with you.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Fun? If your idea of fun is having your balls dipped in acid, then it was great time.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    If you equate watching GI JOE to having your balls dipped in acid then you've obviously never had your balls dipped in acid.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Laff iz like a box of chaw-clits

    by skimn

    I think politicizing Forrest Gump misses the point. Remember the main visual metaphor that Zemeckis used was the feather floating in the breeze. And that was Gump. A simple man that floated though life with a simple moral code and his never ending love for his childhood sweetheart. Its not for nothing that Forrest excels in running, his character is always moving forward, never dwelling in the past. Someone mentioned earlier that Lt Dan accepted life, married (to an Asain girl? This from a man with Vietnam demons?), and became happier when he let go of the past and looked forward. Yes, the film is a cultural touchstone checklist:Kennedy, Vietnam, Johnson, Nixon and Watergate, jogging, the smiley face, "shit happens",etc. But I think it has more in common in Sellers' Being There than anything else.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by Rob0729

    I think you hit the nail on the head. There is no subversive Right Wing agenda in this movie, it has it's themes but they are non-political. <br><br> Also these racist allegations against Zemeckis is ridiculous too. Do people forget the scene where Forrest picks up the book and helps out Vivian Malone (one of the first two African American students enrolled at University of Alabama) as she walked into Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama (Where Wallace held a protest her first day of school). This signified Forrest's looking at all people the same no matter race. <br><br> Yes, that scene does make George Wallace who is a Democrat a baffoon, but he was one of those racist old Southern Democrats that deserved to be blast of their horrific views on segregation.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST



    Fuck youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I've had sex that was more fun than watching GI JOE

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Enjoy assholes.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    lex romero

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Really? I'll have to go back and check that out.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Know what I liked best about the G.I. Joe Movie?

    by Jack Shepherd

    The underwater explosions. Fucking awful.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    I don't think you're an asshole for having a different opinion to me. I just think that, if you thought TF2 was great, then your cinematic taste is ass.</p> You're probably a really nice guy. I know heaps of nice people who wouldn't know a good movie if it crawled up their ass and turned into an umbrella. Nothing personal. </p> Heck, one of the nicest guys I ever met thought White Chicks was funny. He also used to scratch his ass and smell his finger a lot. But the important thing is, he was still a nice guy.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    I like all sorts of movies. I didn't think TF2 was the worlds best movie (Star Wars is), but I enjoyed it, and most everyone I talked to said it was good. It doesn't make them assholes. I know people that think Dawn of the Dead is fantastic, but me personally, I think it's shit.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    since no one's saying it

    by oisin5199

    Wings of Desire is my favorite film of all time. No contest. Can't wait to get a Blu-Ray player so I can get this disc.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Clone Wars

    by Drsambeckett1984

    The movie was such a waste of time, but the series seemed to have such energy about it, and at times the humour was very genuine. The second season has been amazing so far, it is what the movies should have been more like. <P> Hell maybe, when the beard is dead, a real Clone Wars movie will get made. <P> GI Joe was good clean fun.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST




  • Nov. 19, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Re: G.I. Joe movie

    by The Great One

    Um, Harry, you indicated you didn't like Resolute as much as the live action movie because it didn't follow the same model and leave room for a sequel? Sorry, but have to disagree with you majorly on this one. What Warren Ellis did with these characters while keeping element up or fans of both the comic and cartoon was first rate. Characters we enjoyed the heck out of died early and often, the story was pretty logical considering who was involved and the action scenes were extremely well done. This crew accomplished more in 1 hour to keep older fans entertained while getting newer ones than the live action film did in 100 minutes or so. In addition people were begging for a sequel story to see more of this style of storytelling. Compare the responses on the sites your links lead us to and see for yourself. I know some films are meant to be fun but fun doesn't always have to mean low quality. Compare The Mummy or Deep Rising to G.I. Joe. Does the latter really have the level of fun the first two achieved?

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    That Buck Rogers design

    by ufoclub1977

    cracks me up with the rocket.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    I can't stand SAY ANYTHING. It marked the beginning of the end for John Cusak as a comic actor. I hated the long, serious couple moments, the moments between the girl and her father. It was very PRETTY AND PINK, my least favorite John Hughes movie. I remember going into this thinking I was going to get another BETTER OFF DEAD, ONE CRAZY SUMMER or even a Hughes style SIXTEEN CANDLES or BREAKFAST CLUB. This movie to me killed 80s teen comedies as we knew them. Never understood and still can't understand people's fascination with this film. A Peter Gabrial sceranade does not make a picture. It was a nice moment, maybe an iconic moment as some people suggest. But it was one moment in movie filled with mediocrity. I think I laughed out loud maybe three times total picture. (And one of those moments was a semi-ode to SIXTEEN CANDLES; I'd rather watch SIXTEEN CANDLES.)

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Even Hasselhoff's Nick Fury Kicks GI Joe's Ass!

    by curtis3martin

    Seriously--the writing of GI Joe the movie wasn't even as good as GI Joe the old cartoon series! (and that itself was just hackwork)

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    GI Joe will improve if they make it like MARVEL

    by FleshMachine

    like real characters and stories.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by berserkrl

    > I haven’t gotten to the other three<p> Wait till you see MURDER BY CONTRACT! I love that movie. A crisp, bleak, virtually deserted L.A. haunted by a psychotically all-pervasive musical theme a la THE THIRD MAN.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    What is PRETTY AND PINK?

    by white_vader

    Is that the porn version of Pretty in Pink?

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Berzerkr - DC2

    by white_vader

    They obviously have no idea what's actually going on with the film then. And are not working on it. If you dig around a bit you can find clues to where and what's happening (or not) with it. <p> Don't get me wrong though Genndy Tartakovsky is the coolest . I think the most exciting thing about Iron Man 2 is that Favreau is getting him to board the action sequences. And he's got his Sym-biotic Titan the animated series coming up - Giant Robots vs Dinosaurs? What could be better than that? So it's not like he's not busy at least. <p> If ONLY they'd gone ahead with his version of Astro Boy. It would have been unholy awesome. I hated what we got. Not out of spite of Genndy not doing it, just because of the clichéd garbage and horrible animation ruining some great design.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    re: Rob0729

    by PTSDPete

    "Why was Robert Zemeckis a die-hard Democrat."</p>See, that explains everything.</p></p>Corporate liberals are the biggest pussies in history. If not the biggest DOUCHEBAGS. They get threatened by reactionary jerks, and their response is always to repent and give the other cheek - and ALWAYS, ALWAYS be an EVEN WORSE version of their counterparts. A.K.A. Be EVEN WORSE RIGHTISTS. And that is the extent of their 'principles'. That's the extent of their 'self-actualization'. They rarely speak for their dignity. They do not stand their own ground. They have no firm grasp of their own so-called principles. And I'm pretty damn sure Franklin Delano Roosevelt has NOTHING to do with them. Since their reaction to blatant forms of Nazism is to fold up and understand'.'Hmmmm. Wonder what it's like to submit to the swastika.'</p></p> They're open-minded like that.</p></p>Were these losers peddling you 'health care' or something ? </p>

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    an actual quote from Travolta's character in the "Pelham" remake. I usually set the bar low for these heist/standoff movies, but that movie was even worse than I could have ever imagined. Tony Scott pretty much just pedals out the same trash now, and even Denzel's low-key, against-type performance couldn't make up for the typical hamfisted Travolta fare. seriously... "Lick my bunghole, motherfucker." and Travolta has about 15 more lines of equal embarrassment, all with the delivery of a pizza delivery guy from an 80s porn