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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - Catch up - 3rd Wk of Nov: Star Trek, Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, Besson, Fincher, Chan Wook Park & more

Hey folks, Harry here with the final late column, I hope, of 2009. This past week involved A LOT of work to nail various things regarding BNAT1138 down. And I was at one point thinking I’d never ever have time to do anything but BNAT – till BNAT, but thankfully the week worked out and I seem to be on track to get completely caught up. This usually happens a couple of times a year, usually during a trip, a film festival or my yearly BNAT breakdown. There are a lot of awesome titles and offers here – so without further gab – well, I do have to say that the linked titles and pics will take you to their respective AMAZON pages where you can learn more, or purchase the item in question, which will give back a bit to this column, which I endeavor to keep up. Here ya go… Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Ever since getting the STAR TREK Blu-Ray, I have pretty much been compulsively watching and rewatching the film. Not only that, but I’ve watched and rewatched the extras, seen it with commentary twice – and this is truly an illness. I don’t do that with films often. There is a rewatchability to JJ’s STAR TREK that is absolutely captivating to me. Not only that, but the behind the scenes show a great deal of understanding regarding the best of genre filmmaking history. Listening to what they were aiming for in each scene, the films in particular they reference – it isn’t a great surprise for you and me – the influences are there for all to see, but what I love… what I absolutely love is that they captured the essence of what made, what they were drawing from great, without holding to the letter – and while also making it all patently STAR TREK. Just watching the up-scaling of the adventure and effects – of watching JJ banging on the camera, then ILM monkeys creating a mocap thing to recreate the motion in the computer, for their effects shots… to keep it thematic throughout. Honestly, it made me smile so much seeing SMART filmmaking at play. And after various revelations in the making of, I’d stop – and rewatch the film looking and noticing what it was they did. What you see linked here is the Limited Edition of 5,000 – Amazon Exclusive for STAR TREK. There’s no additional film material, you just get the solid metal Enterprise, but ya know what. It is the fucking Enterprise. And for geeks like us – we have several. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you look down on people with metal Enterprises crafted by the same company that made the Enterprise for the movie… Maybe, you’re a grown up and don’t feel the need to gather awesome rememberances like this. For me – I’m quite fond of that Enterprise. And this movie has really done something remarkable. Something that I have to say, I honestly thought was very unlikely. It made STAR TREK extremely cool to geek about – in a way that it was never popularly regarded as. Well, at least not since prior to Star Wars. Now, let’s see where they take us next!

You know. Watching FIGHT CLUB ten years later is an experience. Watching the buildings topple, reminds us of 9/11. Rebooting the financial system is now something we hear seriously discussed on talk shows. And we all want to fight William Shatner. Heh. FIGHT CLUB is an amazing film that still makes me incredibly happy. The Blu Ray is perfection. 4 different commentaries, lots of other extras! My favorite is the deconstruction of Angel’s face beating!

GONE WITH THE WIND (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) Blu Ray
I really love this Collector’s Edition. I love the correspondences from Selznick, the 52 page book, the Watercolor repros, the repro of the original program – the cd of music, etc. For films like GONE WITH THE WIND, WIZARD OF OZ, CASABLANCA – the classics… I really love these robust collector’s editions. The film looks stunning on Blu-Ray. The Technicolor pops like few other films. I just watched a bit of the print, because a friend of mine that has never seen GONE WITH THE WIND… I’m saving watching the whole movie for. That said, I love the 1939 Documentary on here. I saw it first on TCM, but it looks better off this Blu Ray… The burning of Atlanta scene is just jaw-dropping on Blu. And it really does have the best tree ever in cinema. At least I think so.

I have a long standing passionate love affair with THE PROFESSIONAL. It is a film, that at any moment of my life, since it has come out, that I can watch from beginning to end and just feel great about. There are moments of calm, before phenomenal acceleration that just feels like all the oxygen in my body is being taken from me, and replaced with a euphoric sense of hyper-reality – and I just want to squeal like a little girl and kick my feet in the air and then I smile so big that tears well up in my eyes and I scream “I LOVE LEON!!!” And I dream endlessly of a film I hope is never made, but that I dream of called MATHILDA… but honestly, I never need to see it. I’d rather talk with friends about the hypothetical film for hours on end, forever. This isn’t a super-edition. There’s just 4 featurettes, no commentary. At some point, hopefully there will be a jaw-dropping edition that has the cast reflecting upon the film, what it did for their careers, their memories making it – along with other filmmakers that worship and bow down to the film – admitting that and celebrating that. Because THE PROFESSIONAL nails it. It is genius!

Bored the fuck out of me.

I love GALAXY QUEST. I remember the morning that I had to head out to see this. I had a private advance advance screening for this – because I was going to be reviewing it on AT THE MOVIES with Roger Ebert. The trailers sucked for the film. The posters looked terrible. And I genuinely hated Tim Allen’s TV show. I went into this after months of trash talking everything we saw in advance. It looked like crap. And then you watch the movie. And you realize, nobody in marketing really got it, but it found an audience in spite of that. Critics loved it. Those that saw it, loved it. And I loved reviewing it with Roger. This was the first film that had “Two Thumbs Up,” where one of them thumbs was mine! The BluRay has many fine extras – but the one of Sigourney Weaver rapping… it may very well be my favorite extra of all time. At least at the moment.

ROME: The Complete Series (Blu Ray)
A brilliant show, brilliantly presented in beautiful high def. Isn’t it amazing how awesome a historical series is, when it sticks to history, but is brilliant enough to create a bit of fiction to help sell it. We hear they’re doing a ROME movie – All I know is this is a series that I wish never ended. This is one of the great Television shows. This is the way to see it.

A brilliant vampire romantic epic that will just blow you away. Chan Wook Park is working at the peak of his talents here. Creating a shocking story of romantic obsession wrapped around the violent blood lusts of new-borne vampires. Astonishingly personal and subtle acting that sells the souls of these characters. Amongst my favorite films of this year. Which is a pretty extraordinary year btw.

THE SOPRANOS: The Complete Series
This is a repackage. The price difference from the previous edition is about $30. Why the fuck is this series not on Blu Ray?

Stunning cinematography, Redford at his handsome good-looking best, but the film is told in such a dry manner, that I found myself drifting and losing interest. I thought this would be a sure thing for me, but while I enjoyed the photography – frankly, it’ll look better during the 2010 Winter Olympics which will be in HD on TV. This is one of those very naturalistic films where it isn’t about high drama, they just let the scenes speak for themselves and I found it boring. Stunning photography though.

Caine plays a retired magician forced to live in a retirement home where he has to deal with the kid from SON OF RAMBOW – It is funny, heart-breaking and very compelling. If you love Michael Caine, it is a must see. It is a little film that had a small release – and you may remember Quint chatting to Michael Caine about it in Vegas earlier this year. Nice to finally see it!

Now you can absolutely marvel at the visual masterpiece that is CLERKS. The sweeping crane shots, the Steadicam, the endless variety of filters and lenses. It is truly a work that you can only fully appreciate through the sanctity of Blu Ray. I kid, I kid. We all read Kevin’s self-loathing tweets about his films even being on Blu Ray, but frankly… I don’t need gobs of style if the writing and the performances count. And Kevin has the capacity for brilliant moments of depth and emotion between the juvenile humor and the outrageous gags. I hat that ZACK & MIRI didn’t perform well, I laughed my ass of during that film and really loved those characters, but I have to say I’m very interested in his latest film because it purports to be a radical shift in what Kevin does as a filmmaker and writer. Even if there’s a dick joke in the title. I wish there were more extras on the JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK disc, and I wish this set had a larger collection of Kevin’s work. Getting MALLRATS and DOGMA would have been killer. But ya know what – these are three of Kevin’s very best works. Great to have on Blu!

This was one of the first films I saw, that redefined my film watching life upon starting college in 1989. I really had no idea what I was walking into. This film is sexy, without being crude. Adult without being juvenile. Compelling without sacrificing intelligence – and it has a style all its own. The performances of Andie, John, Peter and Laura are uniformly honest, sensual and is a brilliant first film from a filmmaker that has shown a capacity for Mainstream success, while also having an incredibly experimental and thrilling ability to switch hit from the Art House to playing in Every House. A truly great independent film done quite beautifully on this Blu Ray!

Further evidence of the failure of the independent distribution system in the United States. None of us in the U.S. had an opportunity to see this wonderfully complex film – that reminds one of the best work of Alex Proyas – while also evoking the work of Terry Gilliam. FRANKLYN isn’t a superhero film, though one of the characters believes it is… at least in his mind. The film that follows is stunning. The alternate universe is beautifully rendered and atmospheric as all hell. At least the company that got the video rights in the US is putting it on Blu Ray and did a pretty damn fine job of it. But how a movie, this good, with these visuals, couldn’t find a theatrical window in the US. Well, it tells us there’s something seriously wrong with the industry and how they’re operating.

Avant-Garde 3: Experimental Cinema 1922-1954
As you can tell, this is the third in an amazing series that has found brilliant little jewels from the underground film scene – that has had a unique and quiet life. The folks at KINO have done a consistently amazing job with this series. And if you’re adventurous as a film watcher at all – this is the exact sort of thing that these columns of mine are meant to inform you about. The mainstream stuff you can read about on most ever website online, but it falls upon these releases, where you can see the 1928 version of THE TELL-TALE HEART – which will kinda blow your mind… where you go, WOW. Where the hell did that come from? You’ll say that often in this set, as well as the previous two. Here’s what you get: DISC ONE: DANSE MACABRE (US 1922 Color Tinted 6 Min.) Dir: Dudley Murphy RIEN QUE LES HEURES (Nothing But Time) (US 1926 B&W 46 Min.) Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti - Music by Larry Marotta THE TELL-TALE HEART (US 1928 B&W 20 Min.) Dir: Charles F. Klein - Music by Sue Harshe TARANTELLA (US 1940 Color 4 Min.) Dir: Mary Ellen Bute and Ted Nemeth TOMATOS ANOTHER DAY (US 1930 B&W 7 Min.) Dir: James Sibley Watson THE UNCOMFORTABLE MAN (US 1948 B&W 23 Min. Intentionally silent) (Dir: Kent Munson and Theodore Huff) THE PETRIFIED DOG (US 1948 B&W 18 Min.) Dir: Sidney Peterson THE LEAD SHOES (US 1949 B&W 16 Min.) Dir: Sidney Peterson FOUR IN THE AFTERNOON (US 1951 B&W 14 Min.) Dir: James Broughton DISC TWO: PLAGUE SUMMER (US 1951 B&W 15 Min.) Dir: Chester Kessler LA MORT DU CERF (The Death of a Stag) (France 1951 B&W 12 Min.) Dir: Dimitri Kirsanoff IMAGE IN THE SNOW (US 1952 B&W 26 Min.) Dir: Willard Maas CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT (France 1952 Color 3 Min.) Dir: John Whitney THE VOICES (US 1953 B&W 14 Min.) Dir: John E. Schmitz CLOSED VISION (US 1954 B&W 65 Min.) Dir: Marc O BONUS FILMS: EPISODES IN THE LIFE OF A GIN BOTTLE (US 1925 B&W 11 Min.) Dir: Bela von Block - Music by Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett and Davis Petterson SCHICHLEGRUBER DOING THE LAMBETH WALK (UK 1941 B&W 2 Min.) Dir: Charles A. Ridley FALLING PINK (US circa late 1950s Color 9 Min.) Dir: Robert H. Spring - Music by Paul Mercer and Bruce Bennett DEMENTIA (excerpt) (US 1955 B&W 5 Min.) Dir: John Parker TOMATOS ANOTHER DAY (outtakes) (US 1930 B&W 5 Min.) Dir: James Sibley Watson

This movie is wonderful, very probably the best film about puppy love ever created. It reunites the brilliant team from OLIVER! Of Mark Lester and Jack Wild. But, I have truly terrible news for you. The print is shit and the aspect is FULL SCREEN. Come on! This is very nearly 2010, the year we make contact. We can, we must do better. Somebody. Please. Do better!

I know nothing about this film. I wasn’t sent a screener, but the title and tagline made me giggle and curious. I’ve no idea just how filthy or clean it is. And I take no responsibility for it beyond just childishly giggling about the word: TAINTLIGHT.

Michel Gondry 2: More Videos Before & After DVD 1
Yes, please! You never really can have too much Michel Gondry. Look at this: 1 Music Video - Michael Andrews Ft. Gary Jules "Mad World" 2 Music Video - Paul Mccartney "Dance Tonight" 3 Music Video - Thomas Dolby "Close But No Cigar" 4 Music Video - Björk "Declare Independence" 5 Music Video - Steriogram "Walkie Talkie Man" 6 Music Video - The Willowz "I Wonder" 7 Music Video - Beck "Cellphone'S Dead" 8 Music Video - The White Stripes "The Denial Twist" 9 Music Video - Donald Fagen "Snowbound" 10 Music Video - Cody Chesnutt "King Of The Game" 11 Music Video - Sinead O'Connor "Fire On Babylon" 12 Music Video - Queen With Wyclef Jean Ft. Pras & Free "Another One Bites The Dust" 13 Music Video - Radiohead "Knives Out" 14 Music Video - Dick Annegarn "Soleil Du Soir" 15 Music Video - Sananda Maitreya "She Kissed Me" 16 Music Video - Sheryl Crow "A Change Would Do You Good" 17 Music Video - The Black Crowes "High Head Blues" 18 Music Video - Leafbirds "It Can All Be Taken Away" 19 Music Video - The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" 20 Music Video - Energy Orchard "How The West Was Won" 21 Behind The Scenes - Behind - The - Scenes Of The White Stripes "The Denial Twist" 22 Behind The Scenes - Behind - The - Scenes Of Beck "Cellphone'S Dead" 23 Behind The Scenes - Behind - The - Scenes Of Paul Mccartney "Dance Tonight" 24 Behind The Scenes - Behind - The - Scenes Of Radiohead "Knives Out" 25 Behind The Scenes - Behind - The - Scenes Of Steriogram "Walkie Talkie Man" 26 Behind The Scenes - Behind - The - Scenes Of Björk "Declare Independence" 27 Other Works - The Simpsons Parody Of The White Stripes Video 28 Other Works - Booker T And The Michel Gondry'S 29 Other Works - Michel Gondry Solves A Rubik'S Cube® With His Feet 30 Other Works - Michel Gondry Solves A Rubik'S Cube® With His Nose 31 Other Works - Jack Black Beats Michel Gondry With His Rubik'S Cubes® 32 Other Works - Herve Di Rosa "Viva Di Rosa" 33 Other Works - Conan & The Big Head 34 Other Works - Paul Gondry'S The Willowz "Take A Look Around" 35 Other Works - How To Blow Up A Helicopter (Ayako'S Story) 36 Other Works - Forum Des Images "L' Histoire De L'Univers" How could you not want all those bits of awesome?

This is a very nice set. Featuring titles that you may not instantly know, but kick quite a bit of ass. The first, HEROES SHED NO TEARS is a period martial arts film featuring some of the strongest talent in the Shaw Brothers staple. I find it far better than Woo’s film of the same name, made years later. The fighting isn’t the best – and features mainly sword and spearplay. But it is an outstanding film. THE HEROIC ONES features one of my favorite stars of the Shaw world, David Chiang – along with the great Ti Lung. It is a very huge 2 hour historical adventure – with the incredibly charismatic David Chiang leading the way. Also – look for the awesome Bolo Yeung, yeah, that guy!!! DELIGHTFUL FOREST is fucking incredible. Again featuring Ti Lung and the rather wonderful scores of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and DUCK YOU SUCKER – while being a huge epic period martial arts film… it kinda feels like it belongs in the Tarantino universe due to the use of existing scores. Oh – and it just kicks all manners of ass. The last is TWO CHAMPIONS OF SHAOLIN, directed by the great Chang Cheh, who also helmed THE HEROIC ONES btw, as a result you’ll find this to be a bit darker than than the others. It is the least of the 4 in my opinion, but it is still very much worth checking out, especially for fans of Shaw Brothers films!
That’s it for last week, now to get totally caught up with today’s jewels!

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  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    First, and finally Harry

    by AlecBowldwin

    I'm glad to be reading the DVD column on a tuesday again

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Never thought I get a first

    by AlecBowldwin

    A minute after I made my first talkback name. I've been reading the site for years, and am excited to finally start joining in the 'conversations' here

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I know that sometimes your schedule gets pretty hectic. Thanks for always trying to catch up on these.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST

    As much as I still enjoy the site, AlecBowldwin,

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I would hardly call what happens here "conversations." Especially lately. But maybe it was always this way? I can't even remember anymore.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Star Trek - "SMART filmmaking at play."

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Harry, you just finally lost all credibility.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by Fortunesfool

    since when did shooting lots of handheld footage that doesn't cut together in any meaningful way become 'Smart film-making'.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    I went to Youtube to find Taintlight

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    Not worth it guys. It disgraces this already disgraced website.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    No Skills Like This plug?!?

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Talk about the shame of US indie distribution.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Star Trek In My Top 10 of 2009

    by Broseph

    I thought it was excellent.great cast,look,and feel to the movie.I have to agree with you harry on it's replay ability.Bruno was funny as fuck.Sasha Baron Cohen Has Balls Of Steel.Lead Angry Rednecks in with the promise of cheap beer,blood,and violence only to cue in the titantic theme and 2 dudes making out.GENIUS.i laughed so fuckin hard at the reminded of the chappelle show when they found out he was black at the klan rally.i was waiting for heads to explode.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Jesus 10 years since fight club came out!

    by Broseph

    Hard to beleive it's been that long.fuck i was 19 had the world by the balls.awe youth enjoy it why'll you have it young bux.still one of my favorites.saw in the 2nd time in vegas and got it.admitely the first screening i was high and on roches

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    "bored the fuck outta me"

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN


  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    PIckin up fight club and star trek blurays tommorow

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    It's gonna be epic!!!!

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST

    FINALLY Knives Out is released in some form

    by ricarleite2

    And this Taintlight has got to be an elaborated joke.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    10 years on for Fight Club...

    by The Mothman

    ...and I think I can now enjoy it best as a comedy. Does it highlight the plight of the modern man? Sure. Does it delve into the issues with any real depth? Maybe not. But hell, not all movies can have a clearly defined argument. Fight Club makes a few good points and uses them to set up some great scenes, whether they by funny, thought-provoking, or just well done. I think I appreciate it more after giving up trying to ponder its cultual relevance.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Oh, also

    by The Mothman

    Does anyone else think that Dust Bros score was somewhat underrated?

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Really, Kevin Smith?

    by Karl Childers

    Did you really have to put your fat mug on a DVD cover?

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Oh, well done for spoiling Franklyn.

    by 11dayempire

    That was the big plot twist!

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Knives Out has been available for a while

    by Mystery Roach

    On the Best of Radiohead DVD

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    I thought Franklyn was terrible

    by jackalcack

    A lame rip off of about 5 other films

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Star Trek IS smart filmmaking at play

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Gambling on taking a tired old concept and making it a huge summer blockbuster isn't smart? Just count all the money it raked in and it's downright EINSTEIN genius level filmmaking.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Star Trek was simply amazing

    by Drsambeckett1984

    i agree with Harry, it is endlessly rewatchable, i must have seen it over ten times, and each time the credits hit, I just want to start over again. <P> It would have been nice to see the delelted scenes back in the movie, as the do fill in a few gaps.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Yes, Star Trek IS enjoyable and rewatchable

    by Mr Gorilla

    I keep on wanting to see ten minutes of it before I set out to work in the morning. It's more fun to watch now, I think - when I saw it in the summer, expectations were SO high due to the geek and critical responses, it was difficult to live all the way up to them. I can't wait to see where they go next. I think this was one of the great series launchers/re-launchers of the last few decades, up there with CASINO ROYALE, SPIDER-MAN, THE MATRIX, BATMAN BEGINS. It set out the worlds so confidently and entertainingly.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    The Sopranos Blu-Ray

    by Shoegeezer

    Season One just came out in the UK on BD yesterday. Watched first two episodes, they look (mostly) quite excellent.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Mr Gorilla

    by Drsambeckett1984

    I agree with you, all apart from Spiderman! Surely you mean Spiderman 2, the only decent one?

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Parodies of crap films tend to be as tedious....

    by Chakraborty the crap films themselves.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Harry you hypocritical lying piece of shit!!!

    by onezeroone

    This is the title of your Bruno review:<p> Harry laughed pretty much throughout BRUNO at a near hyperventilating pace...<p><p> And now that movie bombed and it isn't cool to quote Bruno you say it bored fuck outta you? The least you could do before doing a U-Turn is to remove the original post that would reveal your lies.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    I thought harry was trying to be funny re Bruno?

    by quantize

    Coz its pissy funny...especially the unedited DVD version which is different to what screened at least in my country. OK so its not quite Borat, but I laughed my ass off just like i did in the cinema.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 6:48 a.m. CST

    @quantize: That would explain a lot

    by onezeroone

    Mainly, Harry's non-existent sense of humor, and by extension a crappy taste in movies.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Harry thought Bruno was boring?

    by yodalovesyou

    Did the bellend shouting BRUNO! send you to sleep?

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    new star trek

    by HarryLove


  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    the galaxy quest trailer

    by Basehead

    when it came out I worked in a video store and the trailer was with some other ones on a loop where I worked and to this day I can still hear Tim Allen scream: It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots! I loathe that trailer so much it makes it almost difficult to like this movie. But I still do...

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by midgarddragon

    You can get an Enterprise DVD case from Target with the special features.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    So Harry is a Twilight fan

    by Series7

    For Star Trek?

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Wheres Harry's pimp of Paranormal Activity?

    by Series7

    I see his tag line is already on the DVD box, talking about the DVD?

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Yeaaaaa...Fight Club

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    was meant to be a satire on society, as are ALL of Palahniuk's novels. They all satarize something on some level. And they are always littered with comedic one-twos. Fight Club was no different. Excellent fucking movie, btw.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Harry, you LOVED Bruno four months ago.

    by Stifler's Mom

    from your original review: "BRUNO is hilarious. It is paralytically funny - and I know I easily missed about 15-20 minutes due to uncontrolled laughter" what gives? You ALWAYS gush over big event films whenever you get an early look, only to backpedal later when the public reception isn't as warm. But this has to be the most puzzling, blatant example ever. Bruno IS funny, by the way.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Bruno's probably a bore

    by Vincent Gecko

    in subsequent viewings. A lot of what made it funny a few months back was the shock humor and slight suspense at some potentially bodily harming setups. It was pretty damn funny to me at the theatres but I have no desire to see it again.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    'Bored the fuck out of me'

    by angry_spacboy

    What a Pro reviewer you are Harry, you dont like it so we dont get the lowdown on the disc. Cock.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I'm not trying to brown nose Harry or anything...

    by Ronald Raygun

    But that was pretty much my reaction to Borat. I was in hysterics when I saw it in a packed theater on opening night, then when I watched it by myself at home on DVD, not even a chuckle. That tends to be my reaction to most mainstream comedies come to think of it (Austin Powers, Will Ferrell movies, etc).

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    yeah, but this Bruno flip-flop only proves Harry's unreliability

    by Stifler's Mom

    I respect Harry's tastes, but he has a HUGE weakness for hype. Case in point: Bruno. It was only four short months ago that he professed to LOVE this movie, laughing non-stop from start to finish. Now, he rewatches the same movie 120 days later and all he can say is "bored the fuck out of me"? Harry is so enamored with getting the first look at a big event movie that it clouds his judgment and amplifies his reaction to either extreme love or extreme hate. He's been that way for 10 years, but it's becoming more glaring every day.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Stop saying "brilliant" already!

    by Liberty Valance

    Someone please but this lackwit a fucking thesaurus for Christmas.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Yeah when I saw Borat

    by Series7

    On DVD I feel asleep I was so bored. But I laughed the whole time I saw it in a packed theater at the ONLY early fucking screening I've got to attend. But they did tons of those for Borat.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Something Seriously Wrong RE: FRANKLYN

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Except, you're wrong, Harry. It saddens me to inform you that you're wrong, but you're wrong. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with the American distribution system. A movie like FRANKLYN would only confuse the audience, would be laughed out of the theater by dipshits who are too busy crapping themselves and picking their noses to flick it at the screen. Now, a movie like OLD DOGS is going to make a fucking mint. So, considering that THE GOAL OF THE MOVIE INDUSTRY IS TO MAKE MOVIES, NOT CREATE ART then the decision not to bankroll a certifiable box-office bomb like FRANKLYN (in that it wouldn't make a fucking dime in the USA) is absolutely the right decision. In fact, I think we're just a few generations away from there being no more movies like FRANKLYN being made outside of no-budget YouTube videos being traded back and forth between people online. That is the future of movies like FRANKLYN - they simply won't be able to find even a dollar of financing, because studios will know they won't make money. Boring nonsense like OLD DOGS is the FUTURE, baybe.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the Big Plot Twist in FRANKLYN Harry "Ruined?"

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    It's something you can figure out by watching the damn trailer. It was painfully obvious that the entire fantasy element was "in the mind" of one of the characters, which immediately destroyed any interest I had in the movie. One of my biggest pet-peeves about film is the routine of creating a fascinating alternative world like a fairy tale ... where the filmmakers believe I am too staid and retarded to handle the alternative world as the interesting reality and they therefore have to craft this elaborate explanation that either renders the world a dream or a hoax or the dementia of the main or secondary characters. THE FALL is a perfect example. JUST TELL ME THE GOD DAMN STORY OF THE INTERESTING AND BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY AND THE QUEST. I don't need it "grounded" in reality - just tell a beautiful story. Kurosawa could do it - SEVEN SAMAURI does NOT take place in rational reality. It's a dreamy fable nightmare. But no, now any time you put someone in a fantasy sequence, you can't have super heroes unless they are "realistic" (READ: IRON MAN is just a dude in armor, THE DARK KNIGHT is just a dude in armor) or the whole thing is taking place inside "The Matrix." For fuck's sake, just have fun and accept that dudes can fly. I call it the John Peters Syndrome, since he was the one who told Kevin Smith that SUPERMAN - FUCKING SUPERMAN - should not be able to fly or be shown flying because it was "faggy." That's his exact description. Fuck you, John Peters. And fuck the Hollywood distribution system.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    onezeroone and stifler's mom

    by Adelai Niska

    pretty much just destroyed Harry.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    BORAT was a riot in the theater

    by IAmLegolas

    When I bought it on DVD... not so much. I think you guys/gals are right, his movies are pretty much good for one viewing. I'll just rent BRUNO.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Missing Always Sunny Christmas

    by InstantClassic

    "When I die I wont go in a grave. Just toss me in the trash!"

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Bruno kicked ass.

    by HoboCode

    Fuck and You.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    You Want to Know Why FRANLYN Wasn't Released?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Dozens of students at a California middle school attacked their red-haired classmates as part of "Kick a Ginger Day," an event possibly inspired by TV show "South Park," police said. Sheriff's Lt. Scott Chew told that up to four students were assaulted at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas on Nov. 20. One 12-year-old boy, who has red hair and freckles, was reportedly attacked twice on Friday by as many as 14 students. The seventh-grader and the other victims were not seriously injured, according to Lt. Richard Erickson. A sixth-grade girl told KABC-TV that some fellow students kicked her in the legs from behind. The alleged attackers all are seventh- or eighth-graders at the school. A 2005 "South Park" episode entitled "Ginger Kids" satirized racial intolerance and is the apparent inspiration behind the Facebook group "National Kick a Ginger Day." Messages on the Web site urge people to participate by kicking and beating up redheads. Erickson said investigators still are not sure if the middle-school assaults were related to the Internet messages or the show.<p><p>And THUSSPAKESPYMUNK: This is the future. This is where we are headed as a culture, as a society, as the human race. THIS is the world our kids will inhrerit. THIS is the mentality. You think they could understand FRANKLYN? You think they can understand the ingedients list on a ketchup bottle? Fuck them.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The Kevin Smith Box set

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Don't buy it for the people with depression.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Star Trek and rewatchability...

    by TheMightyMonarch

    Gotta agree here, I don't know what it is about Star Trek, but I also find it one of the most watchable movies I've seen in years. Only a few movies have done this for me...Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and The Empire Strikes Back. I saw all of these multiple times in the theaters, rented and re-rented them on VHS (before they were "priced to own"), and they still hold up just as well as they did when I was a kid. It really managed to capture that blockbuster, epic quality we got a lot of in the '80s.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Star Trek.....

    by rben

    giant robots in the next one....

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    oh and one more thing.....

    by rben

    District 9 in December with an extras disc, bee-otches!!

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    you know what's a good twilight parody?

    by RaveX


  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Bruno was only ok...not up to SBC's usual stuff...

    by wash

    but what the hell Harry, that is an embarrassing turn-around you just did. At least with Godzilla USA you offered some excuses.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by sonnyhooper so great because it is a thinking mans action film. plus the musical score is fucking harsh.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    David Fincher's "Never Been Kissed"

    by natrlbornthrllr

    Anynody else heard about Fincher's Blu menu hoax? Hilarious, I say.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Harry: Explanation re: Bruno?

    by KingNineReturns

    Is you saying it bored the fuck out of you a joke or are you sincerely doing a 180 that hard? If so you're an asshole, if not, it really doesn't make sense as a joke. EXPLAIN YOURSELF.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Star Trek

    by MandrakeRoot

    Sorry but I just don't see any re-watchability in this movie. I saw it once and it bored the heck outta me. The story was just not engaging at all, the action was pretty cliche/ hard to follow. I guess it was OK, but doesn't all the praise it's getting;

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    But you'd sit through Serenity 100 times right? Right?!!

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Trek, Armaggedon, Serenity

    by Coordinate_System

    <P>I'm not surprised that Mr. Knowles thinks that Trek XI is "SMART filmmaking", seeing as how he liked Armageddon as much as he did. To me, they are very similar in terms of "quality". In that, Mr. Knowles is at least being consistent.</P> <P>Just out of curiosity, what are the things that folks here didn't like about Serenity. I prefer it to Trek XI, but I'd like to hear about what problems others had with it. If you want to compare and contrast it Trek XI, that would be fine to.</P>

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by johnthefilmaddict

    Harry, I was also blown away. I just watched this creepy, violent, awesome, bloody, romantic, fucked up film. I was totally and completely blown away!!

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Harry's BRUNO flip-fop

    by onezeroone

    Those defending it by saying hwo they themselves were bored when watching on DVD even though they laughed through the screening... Harry doesn't even explain that. <p> His generic one line comment suggests that he never really got into the movie. No defending his review, no explanations.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Harry's absurdity as a film "reviewer".

    by LoneGun

    Harry, how can you honestly expect to be taken seriously as a reviewer when you praise a film (BRUNO) to high heavens one season, only to shit on it the next season? Your inclination to keep your dvd review of this flick to one sentence fragment ("Bored the f- out of me.") is cowardly, confusing and irresponsible. What are your readers, many of whom put their faith in your opinion, supposed to make of this? "Keep them guessing" is the point, I guess.<p>Nice work.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Admit it Harry:

    by JefferyLebowski

    Here's what happened. Back in July, you saw Bruno at an advance screening, and got swept up in the hype of being one of the first to see it. You wrote a rave, as you usually do, whenever you're treated like industry royalty. Then you saw it again on DVD and realized that the good will of the first screening was all just about buzz and timing. So you didn't like it as much. And then because you were rushing through a 3-week-late DVD column, you completely forgot that you'd already published a rave review for Bruno, and you went ahead with a knee-jerk pan, not realizing that you were contradicting yourself. It's totally normal for somebody to like something less upon a second viewing, but for somebody like you, whose gushing, unabashed raves get quoted on DVD boxes on a regular basis, it completely demerits you.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    One line review

    by Limey_scum

    That is weak. Harry, either step back into a more editorial role or shut the fuck up about how busy you are and start doing a proper job here.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST

    MICHAEL CAINE Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite...

    by Red Dawn Don

    ... can do little wrong in my movie viewing. He is my favorite low-key actor of all time. Although I was not very enamoured with SECONDHAND LIONS (2003). The accent he used was too off-putting. The only other actor that I make an effort to remember their given name is ARCHIBALD LEACH, stage name of one CARY GRANT.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE Four Reasons To See It:

    by Red Dawn Don

    Laura San Giacomo's two GI-NORMOUS eyebrows and her two GI-NORMOUS boobs. She has the best RACK in Hollywood, sorry Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mimi Rogers. Her guest appearance on LENO several years ago in that tight low-cut red dress is still talked about by the LENO staffers. WOW, I wish I could see that clip again. It is scorched into my brain. I bought QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER (1990) just to see LSG play Crazy Cora.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Harry, you are officially a piece of shit

    by KingNineReturns

    Not a word you say can be taken seriously.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    What in the hell

    by Come_ON

    "seen it with commentary twice – and this is truly an illness." What in the fuck is that? You goddamn drop out.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    The Reason for the flip-flop

    by Come_ON

    is that he is corrupt. That is the reason.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Harry fail english? that's unpossible!

    by FleshMachine should be embarrassed. such poor grammar for a "professional" writer.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Just saw bruno..laughed my ass off.

    by FleshMachine

    i thought it was really funny..silly yeah..but funny. my wife liked it more than borat.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    harry: learn to use a comma properly!

    by FleshMachine

    god, its a fucking chore to read this shit.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Trek was FUN..not SMART!

    by FleshMachine

    in fact it was the most dumbed down trek ever...but fun.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    The Professional DOES have a featurette with the cast and crew r

    by BudWhite

    "hopefully there will be a jaw-dropping edition that has the cast reflecting upon the film" I got a copy early and watched all the behind the scenes stuff and it does have this.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Harry and Credibility

    by AICNsucks

    Whats funny is that you guys actually look to Harry for his reviews, letting them influence you on whether-or-not to see a particular film. Anyone with half a brain can quickly figure out that Harry is a hack and a soulless shill. I read his reviews for the unintentional comedy trainwreck that they are. In that vein, he never fails to deliver. You guys need to stop looking to this site for influence and just enjoy the insanity and increasingly rare bits of actual news.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Re-watchable movies

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's funny...even movies I flat-out LOVE I rarely watch more than once a year. Once in theaters, a second time on DVD five months later, then it just sits there, mellowing and gathering dust. The last movies I can think of that I watched the shit out of were the two Kill Bill movies. That's why I rarely buy "acclaimed" movies like The Squid & The Whale or The Savages on DVD...yeah, both are technically "great" films, but they're also One & Done experiences. But Die Hard, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Secret Of NIMH? I could watch those any day of the week.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    "Bruno" review is why AICN is juvenile

    by pixelmagic

    The "bored" comment reminded me once again why I refer to these DVD and Blu-Ray reviews mainly to find out about new releases I may be unaware of. As to the actual movie criticism on this site, I like it's general enthusiasm for cinema, but intellectually it's a no-man's land. (Check out for real film thinking and analysis.)

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    "Bored the fuck out of me"...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Just as you bore the fuck out of us you flip-floppy, stinky horse manure smellin' mothafucker you!

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Bruno is awful, and Trek makes my top10 because ...

    by BMacSmith

    its been a really terrible year for movies. District 9 was the only thing that gave me some hope for the future of sci-fi blockbusters.<p>and its time people realise Sacha Cohen isnt some brilliant satirist, but a stupid Punk'd:The Movie one joke bore. when people defend his movies by saying how intelligent he is, i cant help but laugh and think, "you are exactly the type of asshole that would be dumb enough to appear in his movie".

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I can't disagree with you on that...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    2009 has been an ass suck for movies.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    BMacSmith - dead right, Cohen and Gervais are well passed

    by FamousEccles

    their expiration date!!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay's Star Trek

    by Lashlarue

    That what it was. Nimoy was the only redeeming quality. <p> Captain, There are Lens Flares all around us!

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I don't understand

    by BendersShinyAss

    how you can review a dvd that you havent seen