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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st wk of Dec: Gremlins, Gimme Shelter, SNLv5, GREEN MILE & More!

Published at: Dec. 1, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with the first DVD column of the last month of 2009. Wouldn’t call this the best lineup ever, but it does have some fun stuff. There’s some shit too. As always, the links and pics will whisk you to Amazon where you can learn more on the titles included and you can purchase the item you’re gazing at. If you felt so inclined, we’d be grateful – since we’d get a small kick back out of your purchase price which helps keep the column going. So, let’s get on with it… Tuesday, December 1st, 2009



NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
You know, for a series that is a complete ripoff of a vastly superior Betty Boop cartoon… I was hoping for better. I know, the very idea of Ben Stiller family comedy set in a museum where everything comes to life sounds like a ridiculous set up for an even worse movie – and I know there’s a lot of families that seem to enjoy this – but it is still such disposable work, so lacking in any real sense of anything memorable. Has moments, but nothing lasting. That said, the Blu-Ray is loaded with tons of extras, which would pretty much answer all the questions you have about this masterpiece of sh sh sh sh shhh, its for the kiddies. Isn’t that what they say?




TERMINATOR SALVATION (Director’s Cut)
Contrary to popular belief, I’m going to recommend this Blu Ray. Why? Well… Simply. Watching McG in WB Maximum Movie Mode as he explains this clusterfuck of a film… well, it is easily one of the most entertaining Blu Ray experiences that I have had. Now what I find interesting is that he did this over the Theatrical Version of the film. On the 2nd Blu Ray disc – he has the Director’s cut, a mere 3 minutes extended (no, not the best 3 minutes ever seen by mankind) and rated R. Why, if that’s his Director’s cut… does he not have his big, explaining and hosting of his film experience be on the version that he claims is his cut? I’m thinking of recording a “MY COMMENTARY” and uploading it. But frankly, I don’t want to watch it again. Ever. Now – I’m not suggesting you buy the blu-ray. I suggest you rent it. Cuz to do otherwise is to condone. A rental can be an itch scratched. The end of a curiosity. To buy is to state, I spent _______ part of my life to earn the money to OWN this movie for the rest of my life.




MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XVI (limited edition)
Featuring the features THE CORPSE VANISHES, WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD, SANTA CLAUS, NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST along with a chapter of RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON which featured Commander Cody aka Rocket Man. You get a Tom Servo toy, which is pretty cool. And extras? Here ya go: * New interview with "Warrior of the Lost World" director David Worth * Santa Claus Conquers the Devil: A 50-Year Retrospective * Santa Claus original radio spot * Santa Claus still gallery * Teaser trailer for "Wonder World of K. Gordon Murray in Colorscope" * Night of the Blood Beast Turkey Day host segments * Turkey Day `95 bumpers * Original theatrical trailers * Four exclusive MST3K lobby cards by artist Steve Vance




SNATCH (Blu Ray)
I remember sitting down with Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn, Moriarty and Harry Lime to discuss bringing this movie to its respective BNAT. At that point, I had no idea that Guy and Madonna were a thing, and I remember it was their marriage that kept Guy from being able to come to BNAT. So sad. That said, there is nothing sad about this Blu Ray. This week we get the two great Guy Ritchie films that we must all have on Blu Ray, right? Or are you part of that crowd that just hates him? Because, I’ve never been a part of that camp. Me, I’m in the camp that fucking loves Brad Pitt’s crazy boxing gypsy role. And that moment where… well, you know. What a fucking performance! I love SNATCH…. And I’m proud to state it proudly. And all you SNATCH HATERS… weak man. Weak.




THE GREEN MILE (Blu Ray)
Never received a screener for this. But you’ll get a commentary from Frank Darabont. You’ll see Michael Clarke Duncan’s screen test. Tom Hanks’ makeup tests and a doc on the making of the film – and a case study about creating the teaser trailer. All these book editions have been great. I’m sure this will be great whenever I get it. Its officially the time of the year where I can no longer purchase things for myself. Sadness. This is a title I’d love though, Santa.




LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (Blu Ray)
The second I knew that the head bad guy was a Porn King called Harry… this movie had me. But when everything else snapped together, it just made me smile. I showed this to Yoko the other day, who was similarly taken with the flick. I do feel SNATCH is the better film though I have quite an affection for this title as being what introduced me to Guy’s work.




SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: The Complete Fifth Season
For many original SNL geeks, this set completes their run of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and for them, the show never existed in it’s greater glory again. The 5th Season was the last season for many of the original cast members and behind the scenes folks that made SNL the greatest greatest thing ever. And then… it was the Eighties… Now for me, that was Season 4. Because when Aykroyd and Belushi left… I was heart broken. But I still loved Season 5, mainly because if you like Bill Murray – this was the season where he sat front row center for most of the season. The hosts and music groups are stellar – and it really is a hilarious season. Enjoy!!!




LEGEND OF ZORRO & THE MASK OF ZORRO (Blu Ray)
If you’re gonna get the Banderas ZORRO films on Blu-Ray – this is the way to go. You get both BluRays. The films are beautiful transfers, but I have to say… these films don’t age well for me. While there’s some nice action here… I honestly feel the action in the TV series, every serial and previous feature film version. Well, frankly I feel they are superior. That said, I am a ZORRO freak, and freaks are completists, but this isn’t a high rotation title for me.




THE ROLLING STONES: GIMME SHELTER (Criterion) (Blu Ray)
This is one of those films that just fucks with anyone that has survived an incident. The image of images of the film for me, is when Mick realizes that there really was a crazy man pointing a gun at him that the Hell’s Angels guy stabbed dead. And it is haunting. Albert & David Maysles capture a bit of Sixties insanity forever. Can you imagine had Mick Jagger been assassinated at Altamont? Instead, we get visual proof that in the sixties… the Rolling Stones were headlining this gigantic free concert in response to WOODSTOCK – outside San Francisco. Somewhere along the way, they decided to hire the fucking HELL’S ANGELS to run security for them. A crazy man in a CRAZY SUIT and a big fucking gun seems to be struggling to aim a gun at Mick Jagger as he’s on stage… but a member of the Hell’s Angels knifed him dead. This shit happened. It’s part of our history, recorded, documented and then released into theaters. Where it basically showed the world that we may very well live in a world where perhaps… it could be deadly to go to a rock concert. That perhaps metal detectors and weapons searches might be a wise thing for society, because the world is a violent and scary place where someone, for some reason… could have killed Mick Jagger while throwing a free concert outside San Francisco. This film kills me. Watching it in tandem with WOODSTOCK & MONTERRY POP it is the ultimate third act. Brilliant film. And then you have the extras from Criterion: New high-definition digital transfer Exclusive Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound mixes Audio commentary with Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and Stanley Goldstein Performances by Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden 1969 Performances of "Little Queenie," "Oh Carol," and "Prodigal Son" Backstage outtakes at Madison Square Garden Excerpts from KSAN (1969) with intro by DJ Stefan Ponek Altamont stills gallery (featuring Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower) Original re-release theatrical trailer Plus: A booklet with essays by Jagger's assistant Georgia Bergman and more




PAPER HEART
If you have ever written a review for AICN, or commented on this site for years… You should pick this film up! Why? Well, Nicholas Jasenovec once wrote some festival reviews from Sundance back in the day – and he got all growed up and made a rather amazing romantic comedy, which convincingly seems real and authentic as a document of true love between Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi. The result is the best film and performance of Michael Cera’s career to date – and a rather amazing look at Charlyne Yi, who is suddenly so much more than that stoned giggly chick on the couch in KNOCKED UP. I really do love this film. I’ve watched it once at home already, but can’t wait to cuddle up with the missus and let her discover it.




A CHRISTMAS TALE (Criterion) (Blu Ray)
I missed this on original release. I don’t believe it ever played Austin. I wish it had. The film is absolutely remarkable. I find that I’m not really able to sum it up for you right now though. I’ve only just finished it, the film is seriously all over the place, but in the best possible way. It isn’t light. But it doesn’t wallow in the dark long either. There are characters, whose voices instantly make me smile, and characters that force me to study them with intense curiosity. But the sum of everything that this film does to you is enormous. It is a beautiful and lovely film – and yes – the Blu treatment is stunning here. This is one of those films that most of us get to discover because of Criterion. They become the Distributor to us all… and bless them. This is a movie worth sharing with others. Here’s the extras: New, restored high-definition digital transfer L'aimee: Desplechin's 2007 documentary New documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Original theatrical trailers New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopate




SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT III, IV, & V (Box Set)
The fourth chapter of this astonishing cinematic santa saga… is probably the most praise worthy of them all, simply for what you’ll see in the film. Trust me. Of course, these need to be your kind of movies for you to even enjoy them. So if you love to see the Holidays perverted into something as perverse as this… then wrap this up, it goes in your stocking!




SECONDHAND LIONS (Blu Ray)
Another wonderful film from long time BNATTER, Tim McCanlies. Beyond that enormous personal acheivment which he holds far above any of his amazing accomplishments as a screenwriter or director… SECONDHAND LIONS is a damn fine film! I mean. Damn, once you land Michael Caine and Robert Duvall… and then you pad out the cast with hacks like Haley Joel Osment, Nicky Katt and Kyra Sedgwick… I mean, damn… doesn’t that just make life hard? Now, I never got a screener of this – so I can’t tell ya much about the disc, but I am looking forward to picking this one up. It is a wonderful film. FAR Better Family entertainment than NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM.




GREMLINS (Blu Ray)
As you watch it. It feels like THE BEST MOVIE EVER! Then, when you lay down to sleep, and the lights are out… you may find yourself coo-ing a familiar melody. This movie is one of my favorite Christmas movies ever made. Its about best intentions gone wrong, and how… even if the world is littered with the bodies of your neighbors, your local movie theater is blown up and the YMCA… forget about it. But even if all that happens… if at the end of the hell night, you can cuddle up with Phoebe Cates… you’re a fucking winner! And life is your oyster! But fucking Kevin Kline has the oyster. And he’ll never set his oyster free to be mine! But one day, he’ll die, and I’ll have a perfect alibi. And then, perhaps I’ll have a merry Christmas… Gremlins style.




DEATH WARRIOR
Remember that shit that Robert Duvall was watching in THX 1138, when he hooked that whackoff machine to his cock? DEATH WARRIOR is a lot like that shit, but in color. Men beating fuck out of each other. Then hot naked women. Repeat 8 times and you have DEATH WARRIOR. The fights look like shit. The tits, I’ll not lie, they’re pretty awesome tits. But, it is so loud and annoying all around it that I can’t help but think… WHAT THE FUCK? Really? This is on Blu Ray? Oh yeah, tits, YEAH! This is on BLU RAY, but why’d you make it? Tits. Oh yeah… tits. I guess tits give you a lot of latitude. Which has TIT in it too! Oh and the new B.A. Baracus is in this too.
Next week, we’ll be back with HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, JULIE & JULIA, LOST Season 5 (how fucking great is this!), PUBLIC ENEMIES, THE COVE, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa (Criterion mega awesome collection), WHILE SHE WAS OUT (Blu), RUN BITCH RUN, 5 FINGERS, JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER (blu), BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON (blu), The Brigitte Bardot Classic Collection, GOZU 2-disc and that’s about it. But with that AK100 set… I’ve got my work cut out for me with smiles!

Readers Talkback

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  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST

    First

    by TheBort

    boo to the yah!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST

    I've wanted to see Paper Heart...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    will be checking that out.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Snatch: "And the moment where..."

    by TheBort

    Love that film. What part do you mean though?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST

    SPOILER on SNATCH

    by HEADGEEK

    It's the moment where you see Brad Pitt let his mother burn. His face is AMAZING there.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Snatch scene (the movie, not the genitalia)

    by TheBort

    agreed, that scene is truly amazing! apart from his face, the music is great, too.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    need all the snl boxsets!!!

    by billyhitchcock1

    i really wish a uk channel would show it.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Do the Criterion Blu-Rays work in the UK?

    by Mr Gorilla

    I know some Blus do, and some don't.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    "Naughty!... Punishment!"

    by Rocco Curioso

    The first "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is one seriously warped movie (but in a good way). Can't say I blame 'em for milking it so thoroughly.<P>Thanks for the heads-up on SNDN 3-5, Harry. Time to snag that bad boy and become a completist.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST

    I'm embarrassed to admit...

    by Karl Childers

    ...that I enjoyed Terminator: Salvation for the first 2/3 of the movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    mr gorilla

    by billyhitchcock1

    http://bluray.liesinc.net/

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    criterion aren't region free

    by reni

    You need a multi-region player mate.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    TERMINATION does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I wholeheartedly concur with Harry that you SHOULD watch TERMINATOR SAKVATION on Blu Ray (I utterly disagree with the rest of his trolling though on this decent sci-fi action flick).<p> And here's why...<p> TERMINATOR SALVATION is a stunning Blu Ray. Those tech-heads out there with the top quality screens and sound systems (you know who you are) are going to love this - a 'demo' quality disc if ever there was one. Man, the sound is FUCKING EAR POPPING good. Turn it up loud and enjoy.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Gremlins

    by reni

    How's it look on blu-ray?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    From Blu-Ray review:<p> Terminator Salvation arrives on Blu-ray with a strong 1080p, 2.39:1-framed transfer. The image is by design devoid of bright primary colors; only a handful of scenes depart from the norm of dusty earth tones and shades of gray that set the stage for the post-apocalyptic and war-torn setting. Nevertheless, the lack of color isn't a hindrance to the transfer; in fact, fine detail appears as superb throughout.<p> From the beginning moments that feature nicely detailed close-up shots of Marcus that reveal the finest of facial hairs and pores, it becomes clear that the transfer means business. The many bombed-out locations take on a startling level of clarity and rough texture that bring each one to frightening life. The bullet-ridden façades and jumbled messes of brick and concrete look marvelous in every scene. Many of the objects in the film either exhibit plenty of wear and tear -- particularly on weapons and clothing -- or are covered in a layer of dust and grime, whether human faces and clothing or an abandoned jeep that seems covered in years worth of post-apocalyptic dust. Only several interior shots of SkyNet command offer a reprieve from the grit of the outside world; smooth lines and bright whites and blues come as something of a shock to the system in the context of the remainder of the film but nevertheless sparkle in high definition. Only some blacks that look a bit too bright hinder an otherwise spot-on presentation. Flesh tones remain neutral throughout, and the film-like presentation is completed by a thin veneer of natural film grain. All said, Terminator Salvation looks marvelous on Blu-ray, outdone only by the stellar accompanying soundtrack.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Sound mix verdict:<p> Terminator Salvation explodes onto Blu-ray with a remarkably loud, active, clear, and entertaining DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack.<p> From the opening title music, it becomes clear that this one means business. It's a punishing listen that seems to at every turn mangle the listening area with prodigious amounts of bass, mesmerizing and natural surround implementation, and borderline unmerciful volume at reference level, but it's a sonic joy to behold that never gets old and always seems to find a way to top itself with each major sequence.<p> The opening scene inside a prison cell offers not only the expectedly clear dialogue reproduction but subtle sound effects and the slamming of the cell door -- that seems to move across the front half of the soundstage and slam shut with a hard-hitting authority -- set a tone for the far more aggressive action sequences to come. The opening future war battle scene features A-10 fighters zooming powerfully through the listening area; missiles track their targets as they maneuver through the room, and return gunfire from ground-based machine gun emplacements cuts through the soundstage with frightening precision. Small arms fire, too, cracks, pops, and reverberates with every shot, and helicopter rotors slice through the listening area with pinpoint accuracy.<p> Surround activity and background ambience are superb, too. Creaks and cracks and various additional nuanced sounds throughout place the finishing touches on several crucial locations seen throughout the movie, distant popping gunfire helps to sell the war-torn environment, and several scenes featuring driving rain and accompanying thunder deliver a fully immersive atmosphere. Bass is both heard and felt in every major action scene. Whether a rumbling SkyNet Hunter-Killer aircraft that's strong enough to demolish an already decrepit building as it slowly passes above it; the deep, rumbling mechanical sounds of Harvesters as they lumber about collecting human prisoners; or numerous explosions throughout the film; the low end positively devastates the listening area and the eardrums, rattles the furniture, and completes what is nothing short of an awesome sonic experience.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Snatch is probably this decade's best comedy

    by Spandau Belly

    I've watched that one like 10 times. It's one of the few comedies I can watch that often. Hysterical characters, funny contrived plot coincidences, great rhythym, it's just a great movie. That said, I'm perfectly happy with my standard def DVD.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    reni

    by HEADGEEK

    I'll show you when you hit town.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Cool

    by reni

    I'll bring the mince pies!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Gremlins

    by beefywhore

    I totally agree, my FAVORITE Christmas movie of all times. People get a little weird when you say Gremlins and Die Hard are the best Christmas movies out there, and no offense to Peter Billingsly or Jimmy Stewart, but people are dumb.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Gremlins and Die Hard

    by kwisatzhaderach

    are essential parts of my christmas, along with Lethal Weapon too of course.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Terminator Salvation was an absolute abortion of a movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Gremlins, Scrooged, Muppet Christmas Carol

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    Those are my must-watch films around Christmas. And I can't forget Christmas Vacation either.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    a christmas story and christmas...

    by Oprah_Duke

    Vacation are the must see movies this time every year!!<P> I hope paper heart, mueseum and salvation hit the redbox or I'm never gonna see'em!!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Charlyne Yi was in Knocked Up not Superbad right?

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    I just remember her being all stoned and giggly from that film unless she had a cameo in Superbad I don't remember.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Nevermind, thought I read that as Superbad at first

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    I never did get a chance to see Paper Heart in theaters so here's hoping I get lucky in renting it sometime soon.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai: appearance vs. reality

    by Rocco Curioso

    Funny you should mention "Terminator: Salvation", which I saw in the theatre, wanted to like, but ultimately didn't. Lo and behold, my new (first) blu-ray player arrives on Thursday (TYWM Black Friday specials). If the transfer is THAT good, maybe it's worth a second look.<P>Then I remembered something from 2002: seeing "Attack Of The Clones" in digital projection. I was flat-out astounded from start to finish, and immediately forgave Uncle George for the half-hearted mess of "The Phantom Menace".<P>"By jove, he's got his mojo back!".<P>Then I saw AOTC two weeks later on a regular screen, and wondered why it was suddenly so lame. Done got duped again.<P>My point being: no matter how much a theatrical release gets dolled up courtesy of the wonders of blu-ray... it still has to succeed on its own merit to be fully enjoyed.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    You need to write more articles on this site Harry.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Don't even pretend otherwise. Can't wait to one day be empoyed so I can buy that Gimme Shelter criterion and the MST3K.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I love Snatch

    by white_vader

    You can interpret that any which way you like.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    It's ok. I love Dick.

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    Pretty good Nixon movie. ;)

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Another spoiler on SNATCH

    by JettL93

    It's warm and wet, I figure most of the talkbackers on here will never experience that for themselves...so i might as well let them know

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    BillyHitch & others

    by Mr Gorilla

    Thanks for the info. G.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Salvation

    by SolidStateSociety

    Harry, you should record a commentary and upload it.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    TERMINATOR SALVATION Blu Ray

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I didn't hate the movie when i saw it at the theatres, but man, it kinda blows. You sit there waiting to feel anything, but nothing consequential or original happens. And what happened to McG's extra dose of hard assed R rated mayhem? All you get on this BD is a sideshot of Moon-whatsherfaces boobies. Epic disappointment.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Rocco, I certainly preferred TERMINATOR SALVATION over AOTC and the difference on Blu is very obvious.<p> It's the practical fx work. The late great Stan Winston did STUNNING work on TS, and when you watch the docu's that accompany the movie you'll be suprised at how much of this movie was shot practically.<p> All the TERMINATOR movies (bar 3) have pushed the edge of fx and this one's no different. Absolutely seamless work, and for fans of practical fx, set design, costume design, practical stunts, you'll find much to enjoy in TS. Shame the story loses it's way in the final act - but apart from that a decent slice of serious-minded sci-fi.<p> This is just my opinion, it seems to polarise opinions and a lot of critics (including Harry) hated it. If you're a longtime fan of practical fx and old mags like Starlog and Fangoria then you really ought to see it tho - because it can certainly be appreciated on a visual level. There are plenty of 'pause worthy' moments that visually just make you go wow.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    HarryBlackPotter, there are actually 7 or 8 additions to the DIRECTOR'S CUT, but several of them are just insert shots of blood squibs lasting mere seconds.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    So Harry *likes* MST3K now...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Way to flip-flop, Harry.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Re: A CHRISTMAS TALE...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'm intrigued, but is it a porno? a comedy? action? Holiday family fare? animated?<P>Apparently it does something enormous to you...and is remarkable...and doesn't wallow.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    aaaaah tits

    by Basehead

    Part of any healthy diet.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    essential xmas viewing:

    by TheBort

    Bad Santa

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    GREEN MILE has not withstood the test of time

    by YackBacker

    It's a forgettable, sentimental mess. I've come to actually despise the film for its overt emotional manipulation. Seriously- fuck that movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Daydreaming

    by Josh Acid

    If I woke up tomorrow and Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera had both disappeared from the face of the Earth, I'd be so happy.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    ...GREEN MILE...yeah, you have to already be...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...in the mood for sentimental redemption to not be bugged by the heavy handedness.<P>It sort of won me over by the end, and I've deliberately stayed away from it ever since to keep that little warm glow and avoid developing a hatred.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I got Gremlins blu Ray on black Friday special

    by chewyou812

    I don't think it was new this week. But I love it anyway.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    (Slight) Correction in re: Gimme Shelter

    by bass

    Harry, just so you know...the prevailing theory on Meredith Hunter, the man stabbed to death in Gimme Shelter, is that he brandished his gun in response to actions by the Hells Angels. Hunter had been part of a group of people who tried to get onstage, and were pushed back by the Angels. Hunter was high on methamphetamines and challenged the Angels by showing his gun, and was then stabbed. At no time did he threaten Jagger or any of the Stones. Oh, and I love Snatch too. :-)

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Gremlins blu Ray

    by chewyou812

    Shows today as street date. Thank you to the retailer that sold it for the low $12 price back on Friday.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    that stoned giggly chick on the couch in KNOCKED UP????

    by Series7

    Someone remembers aspects of Knocked Up? Don't believe it, must have been written on the back of the DVD or something.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty

    by smallerdemon

    I personally don't think so, but I know he knows a lot of people that do like it and have often discussed why they like it and why they understand and are sad about one of the main reasons he doesn't like it (stupid fans being public in stupid). I always feel that Harry puts it out there for those folks, and he rarely comments on them. I know that as a fan of MST3K I often love the movies they riff as much as the riffing. For me it's a lot like bickering with a best friend or someone you love a lot. You make fun of each other because you love each other. There are several MST3K movies I own independent of the MST3K episodes because I love the actor or the story or way the film looks.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I think I saw KNOCKED UP

    by YackBacker

    I remember sitting in a chair and the room went dark, but then everything else went blurry. Or, I could have been in an Afghan prison.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I though the guy at the Stones concert...

    by moorE12

    pulled his gun on the Hell's Angle guy because the Hell's Angle guy called him a derogatory name for "afro-american", then he got stabbed. I didn't think it actually had anything to do with trying to kill Mick Jagger.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    TERMINATOR SALVATION

    by Series7

    Its like a greatest hits of action scenes from the past 20 years.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I want to see Paper Heart far more than

    by kafka07

    Terminator Salvation. Looking forward to more MST3K. And I kind of surprise myself to say it, but I want to see A Christmas Tale. Dammit, I want my black heart to feel the Christmas spirit once again!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    I take it from the animation

    by I am_NOTREAL

    that Harry presumes Longhorn victory over Florida or Alabama...LOL...Colt McCoy must prepare to be PWNED. In either case, the defense will be far superior to any he's seen this season...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    ...I refuse to Click On The Box to find out what A CHRISTMAS...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...TALE is fucking about.<P>No way am I letting it "do something enormous" to me without having a vague notion of what sort of enormous thing is going to be touching me though. I gotta get in the mood first.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    ...I gave in and clicked on the box. I fear A CHRISTMAS...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...TALE will be doing something enormous to someone else.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    chewyou812

    by Kaiser Soze

    Target had Gremlins exclusively a month early, just as Best Buy has already had Green Mile exclusively for a month. Best Buy did the same thing a while back with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and Target has exclusive, disc-only blu rays of Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. But Harry doesn't post any of that, because he can't link it to Amazon.com for extra cash.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Green Mile

    by parabolas

    Has this not been out for ages? I remember picking this up months ago. I hope you're not implying this is a new release

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    "do something enormous"

    by jim

    I did something enormous this morning (a result of my big dinner last night). However, I doubt very much anyone wants to see that.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    It may sound weird but my favorite scenes

    by skimn

    of The Green Mile center around Doug Hutchison and Sam Rockwell's characters as the weaseliest fucks around.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I thought that Snatch was a well liked movie

    by donduck

    I mean, people generally like the movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Amy Adams' Ass in A Night in the musuem 2

    by donduck

    Was hands down..the best thing in the movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Where's my "One Magic Christmas" blu dammit?

    by Geomancer21

    Even Christmas films couldn't escape the 80's fucked up family film treatment. And this was from Disney no less. Such an overlooked movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Since we can't, as usual, post in Herc's DVD thread ...

    by jim

    I must first exclaim how bad that "Better Off Ted" DVD cover looks. I'd wager it's done by the same folks responsible for the "art" on the "Scrubs" DVDs.<p>"...and Jacqueline McKenzie (the Homeland Security agent with the Canadian accent from “The 4400”)."<br>You mean the Australian chick? Not quite sure what a Canadian accent sounds like, and I live here. Granted, most American attempts at speaking "Canadian" sounds like a bad Bob & Doug Mckenzie imitation.<p>Haven't Hunter & 21 Jump Street already been on DVD? What's with the re-release? Are they Bluray? New features?<p>In the features and commentaries for "Hogan's Heroes", any mention of how the show unapologetically ripped-off "Stalag 17"?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Snatch was good back in high school

    by Series7

    But now it was sort of lame and cheesy. Brad Pitt's role was still good and so was Viggo's. But I've notice a lot of Jason's work, doesn't hold up a year after its done.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    If Terminator Salvation was the 3rd movie

    by drunkenmonkey73

    Would you of liked it. I enjoyed it personelally

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    SNL Season 6?

    by etyiii

    Have you heard if future seasons will be forthcoming? In a way, I'm more interested in seeing the dark years ...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Harry (on T:S)

    by The Rebel

    Harry, I watched T:S-DC and man, what is your issue with it? It has its flaws, but I had a hell of a good time: great action, cast, camera, art... Maybe you were in need of a sugar rush while watching!?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    We have to buy paper heart because we use this site

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Nice try!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    "great action, cast, camera, art"

    by jim

    Noticed you left out plot. Oh yeah, so did McG.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Didn't you do the Kurosawa box set last week?

    by DVader

    What, is there another hyper-mega edition coming out 2 weeks later?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Cobra

    by skimn

    Ya know, I think I'll rent TS just to scare the neighbors out of the house for a few hours...But, c'mon, it can't be worse than Trans2 or GI Joe, can it? I know those movies were designed to be "fun", but I felt like I would have enjoyed both more if I had a lobotomy before viewing.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    The funny thing about Die Hard and Gremlins...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    being great Christmas movies (which they are) is that they were actually released as great *summer* movies.<p> Gremlins: released June 8, 1984<p> Die Hard: released July 15, 1988<p> Being a child of the 80's, I always think of those films as summer movies first; even though they are in fact set during Christmas time.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    quint if you're reading this...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ....where's our ACMAD(a christmas movie a day)? :-) come on you know you want to. you can crank out some old reviews for the first week or so if you want. i watched A Christmas Story today and am going to try to watch 25 xmas movies before the 25th. it may not be 1 a day though. check the talk backs :-) i'd never seen ACS before and really liked it. apart from the obvious wonder years connection i noticed quite a few things that influenced the simpsons too. can't believe Peter Billingsley isn't more famous! what an awesome actor he was for his age. didn't break in to my xmas top ten though :-)

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Re:One Magic Christmas

    by skimn

    Didn't that have Harry Dean Stanton as some sort of angel? That right there makes it a Disney curiousity. I love that coot.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Annnd Peter Billingsley..

    by skimn

    didn't he just direct Couples Retreat/Resort whatever..that is close to pushing the 100million mark?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Green Mile

    by HoboCode

    Still a yearly watch for me.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    sorry...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...wasn't clear. i meant as an actor.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Universal's going back to the BLU/DVD combo discs

    by Kaiser Soze

    Starting in Jan. with individual disc releases of the Bourne Trilogy on blu, They're doing Blu Ray/DVD combo flip discs like they did with HD-DVD. I guess so but I'd rather they cleaned up Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, Touch of Evil, (the first) Jurassic Park, and Uncle Buck. That'd be a Christmas present!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    skimn, yeah give it a rent and turn the surround sound up loud.<p> If you stick it on expecting 'a flaming turd' or an 'abortion' as others have called it then I daresay you'll be pleasantly suprised to find a suprisingly serious and mature sci-fi flick.<p> It certainly stands apart from the previous three flicks, in setting and style. Take it on its own merits and make up your own mind.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Skimn, TRANSFORMERS 2, GI JOE, STAR TREK, and WOLVERINE - the 'mindless fun' blockbusters as you say have v.little in common with TS.<p> TS isn't fun, it's actually pretty downbeat and moody (perhaps a reason why Harry hated it? He tends to enjoy the sugar-coated dumb fun stuff).

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Gremlins Blu Ray....

    by Kirbymanly

    I've owned Gremlins on Blu Ray since back in October. Bought it at a Target and have seen it offered there every weekend since. And damn_durt_ape, the picture and sound are both fantastic!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    TERMINATOR SALVATION wasn't so bad. However...

    by LoneGun

    I saw this film with my sister, and she shrieked and grasped my arm at various moments. It had enough thrills and wonderful art direction and sound to make it mildly entertaining. The problem with the movie was that it simply wasn't exceptional, whereas the first two entries in this series set very, VERY high standards. James Cameron, who did the first two, is a filmmaker who understands that interesting characters and a compelling story are just as important as detailed special effects. While watching TS, I kept feeling like I was waiting for the movie to really begin. Somehow, the film lacked a pulse...kind of like a terminator...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The madness never ends.

    by Pikaroth76

    Seriously, first we have this from Night at the Museum, "Well... Simply." That, my friends, to Harry, is a sentence. I would almost let it go due to his complete lack of knowledge of the English language; however, we then come to Gremlins and find, "As you watch it." Yes, that is another sentence. Not even a frowny face can due this justice, but I will make one anyway: =(

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    "Clusterfuck of a film"

    by donkey_lasher

    But still better than Star Trek.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Reasons Terminator: Salvation is better than Trek

    by donkey_lasher

    1. It didnt have to fall back on the ultimate lazy plot device, time travel in the end. Already done. 2. It had a better plot 3. It wasn't aimed at the Facebook Generation.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    donkeylasher

    by Six Demon Bag

    yer right<P>terminator was aimed at the frat boys and pizza lovers...what a fucking joke.<P>lessee which one gets a sequel.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    donkey

    by Six Demon Bag

    the whole franchise of terminator is based on TIME TRAVEL!!!!<P>and TREK had the better plot, better editing, better acting, better pace...better everything.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Wait, that black guy in the audience was going to kill Jagger?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    You see that scene repeated on video over and over again (with Jagger and co. watching), and not once did I interpret it that way. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but The Stones weren't even PLAYING when he got stabbed. I think Jefferson Airplane were on the stage at the time... So that Jagger theory wouldn't make much sense.<p> Incidentally, the Airplane's namby-pamby hippie attitude to what was taking place in the audience made it a whole lot harder for me to listen to their music afterwards. Maybe they could have done something about it, maybe not, but they just reminded me of Neil from the Young Ones ineffectually wigging out while Adrien Edmondson does his homicdal shtick.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    SDB and Donkey, I don't think the TERMINATOR and STAR TREK series/films compare. V. different approaches and audiences.<p> STAR TREK was a decent family-friendly flick aimed at the Nintendo Wii demographic.<p> TERMINATOR SALVATION was a decent sci-fi action flick aimed at the Xbox 360 demographic.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    That's why I said Terminator already did it

    by donkey_lasher

    Trek was worse than an average episode of TNG, and even Lost handled time travel better in one episode.<p> Lazy lazy plot devices.<p> Time travel (done a zillion times in Trek)<p> Kirk somehow bumping into old Spock (chances of that eh? And fans whined about Galactica's ending??)<p> Scotty being able to transport himself and Kirk light years away (not explained) and so many other bad script points. <p> Sure it was fun to see new interpretations of an old idea and characters, but it's been overhyped to the Nth degree.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    And still no mention, here, or coaxial

    by skimn

    of It Always Sunny Christmas Special. With Charlie going completely psycho on a mall Santa, a couch seemingly giving birth to a naked Danny DeVito (a sight burned into my subconscious), an ultra violent Rankin/Bass parody, and a DVD extra with carols sung as though the camera was fed LSD. Worth a look, although its like two episodes back-to-back, it is uncensored ("Did you fuckin fuck my mother Santa?")...and it is Sunny.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa

    by bass

    Nope, the Stones were on stage, playing "Under My Thumb", when the stabbing occured. The Airplane played earlier in the day, and ran into problems with the Angels as well...so much so that Marty Balin confronted one of them and got knocked unconscious for his efforts...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Can't believe there are still people who hate Trek.

    by HoboCode

    Get over yourselves. It was easily one of the best and most entertaining films of the year. I call it the "Dark Knight Syndrome" in which the best film of the summer or the year is unfairly shit on for no reason other than it's fashionable to do so. I recommend you rewatch Star Trek on Blu because it really is a good film. Better than you fuckstick haters deserve that's for sure.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    GREMLINS IS MAN

    by MY_WIENER_JERKS_OFF_ITSELF

    DA DA DA DA DA DAA, DA DA DA DA DA DAA, DA-DA-DA-DA-da-DA DA DA DAAAAA

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Christmas Tale played at Dobie briefly

    by sonnenberg

    Only about two weeks, if I remember right. Meant to go, oh well.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Gremlins is new?

    by WilliamZabkaRox

    I thought Gremlins has been on blu ray for a while. I bought it for $8.99 last on Black Friday at Target.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Series7........?

    by theKRELL

    Snatch was good back in high school by Series7 Dec 1st, 2009 10:13:46 AM But now it was sort of lame and cheesy.<P>Turn her over man, you've got the wrong side!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Trek

    by The Rebel

    Great. Until the old Spock entered the story...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Trek haters baffle me as well

    by I am_NOTREAL

    until I remember that some people get off on being pissed, and they'd bitch even if JJ Abrams personally showed up at every screening to hand each audience member a replica of the Enterprise made of solid gold.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Terminator Salvation was such an empty film

    by JettL93

    Art design, CGI and acting was all great and even the world it took place in was more terminatoresque then T3 was, but the problem with T:S is that it was so empty. It's the definition of the type of film you forget 10 minutes after its over, and as much as T3 gets shit upon for really not moving the story along, TS is a worse offender when it comes to that. <P> At least Rise of the machines was all about how fate is enevitable and judgement day could only ever be delayed not avoided. TS really had nothing going on storywise besides showing us older and younger versions of characters it adds nothing to the franchise's story or themes...it doesn't even set up a 5th or 6th movie (which is why the rumoured 5th movie will have nothing to do with TS, but instead will seek to ape the time travel formula of the first 3, essentially making TS a placeholder in the franchise), it just exists for the main reason of milking the franchise. Seriously, the terminator TV show on a much smaller budget added more to the franchise then TS ever could. <P>The film just reaked of desperation, from the Arnie "Cameo" right down to the stuntcasting of Box office darling christian bale (by far the worst performance of his career and the worst portrayal of john connor we've seen... yet)<P>in the end, the movie is just eye candy that didn't care about advancing the terminator franchise, but rather just to make a movie with lots of CGI explosions and use the "terminator" name to get people in the seats (and judging from the box office results it failed to do even that). <P> If McG honestly set out to make a great Terminatoer film, he wouldn't have cut the R rated stuff or held back, the attempted rape scene is so obviously chopped to eliminate Moon bloodgood's tits that it takes you right out of the movie...an obvious attempt to save some T&A for a DVD director's cut <P>Theres no doubt their will be a sequel (the franchise as a whole is to valuable to pass up further installments) But hopefully they put a little more effort into the story then they did on this one. In the end the only thing positive that came out of this Terminator salvation was Christian Bale's priceless raving lunatic rant that leaked online, the film operhaps would have been less boring if they just looped that clip into the film at random points in the narrative

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I am_NOTREAL

    by theKRELL

    And then they'd bitch that the replica wasn't big enough.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I don't think Airplane was namby-pamby

    by I am_NOTREAL

    the lead singer jumped into the crowd to try to stop what was happening and got clocked with a pool cue for his trouble.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Leading up to Tranny2 and T:S...

    by The Rebel

    McG challanged Bay. McG won.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    McG won??????

    by JettL93

    I belive the "challenge" had to do with which one would make more money, Transformers pwned Terminator salvation at the box office<P>Micheal Bay was definetly the winner of that challenge, McG like in the rest of his life was the loser

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    trek brought something NEW

    by Six Demon Bag

    using old elements they revitalized TREK and made it something substantial after many years of lying fallow.<P>terminator brought nothing but boring mindless cliches to the table.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    T:S's big problem for me...

    by Karl Childers

    ..was that the human resistance had too much resistance going on. The original portrayed the resistance as more of an underground effort. T:S had airfields, aircraft, submarines, etc. Still, I enjoyed the flick for the popcorn factor moreso than that abortion Transformers 2.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    @ Jet Li 2003

    by The Rebel

    No, it was about using giant robots, me thinks. But Tranny2 was SO bad, I didn't watch it twice.T:S, I have watched multiple times... That says a lot.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    God I love Snatch.

    by Deathpool

    I love it a little more because I ended up walking out of it in the theater. <br><br>Nothing was playing that weekend when me and a couple friends wanted to see a flick, so we picked Snatch because, at the very least, its called Snatch. That's all we knew. Fifteen minutes in and one of my friends is hating it. Loathing it. Can't stand the accents or the characters or anything. So because he won't stop bitching, we leave. <br><br>Years later we catch it on DVD, and we all love it, and now that friend is forever considered an idiot with no taste. And we never let him forget it. Thanks Snatch!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Harry provides purchase link for movie he tellls not to buy

    by Tall_Boy66

    Ching ching ching. Hear that, y'all? That's Harry buying more bling. And Japanese Vampire torture porn.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    And here's why GREMLINS is a great Christmas film:

    by palimpsest

    "The worst thing that ever happened to me was on Christmas. Oh, God. It was so horrible. It was Christmas Eve. I was 9 years old. Me and Mom were decorating the tree, waiting for Dad to come home from work. A couple hours went by. Dad wasn't home. So Mom called the office. No answer. Christmas Day came and went, and still nothing. So the police began a search. Four or five days went by. Neither one of us could eat or sleep. Everything was falling apart. It was snowing outside. The house was freezing, so I went to try to light up the fire. That's when I noticed the smell. The firemen came and broke through the chimney top. And me and Mom were expecting them to pull out a dead cat or a bird. And instead they pulled out my father. He was dressed in a Santa Claus suit. He'd been climbing down the chimney... his arms loaded with presents. He was gonna surprise us. He slipped and broke his neck. He died instantly. And that's how I found out there was no Santa Claus."

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "He'd been climbing down the chimney... his arms loaded with presents."<p> I know that when Phoebe Cates delivers that monologue you just go with it, but can you imagine someone actually being stupid enough to do that...?? c'mon...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Harry hates Terminator but loves Ultraviolet,

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    a human being wouldn't be able to fit down a chimney

    by JettL93

    I know it adds to the movie, but its so sad that it became an urban legend in the years since (with many saying it had actually happend to a member of the crew). A average sized adult couldn't even possibly fit down a chimney...how stupid are people?<P>a more possible story would have the dad falling of the roof and breaking his neck, but to actually fall into a modern residential chimney is impossible

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Why do people say TERMINATOR SALVATION didn't advance the series?<p> T1, T2, and T3 all warned us that Judgement Day was coming, and all presented identical plots of 'protectee bonding with a protector whilst pursued by villain'. Hmmm, perhaps not so much advancing the plot as recycling it, but okay...<p> TERMINATOR SALVATION shows us the future. It shows the resistance struggling against Skynet. Developing and testing a new weapon. It shows how Skynet treats the human survivors and how their masterplan is unfolding. A whole arsenal of new machines. How the fuck is that NOT advancement????

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    ...Phoebe Cates could have told me her Dad broke...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...his neck after lubing up the chimney with peanut butter and raspberry flavored K-Y warming gel and using it for a slip & slide...I would have looked deep into her eyes...and believed every word.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    JettL93

    by HoboCode

    A modern chminey, no. But it wasn't a modern chimney, was it? It was her homes as a child and this is already an 80's film. Who knows how old the house was? If it was half as old as the crazy old cat ladies's in the film then a person might be able to fit.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    cobra

    by Six Demon Bag

    but there was a massive error in the plot...a girl pretty much risked the ENTIRE future of mankind because she loved a robot...and then let him go..<P>the whole skynet thing and how they wanted to infiltrate the resistance and kill connor by using sam worthington (i forgot his character's name) to get to him...just a tad anachronistic...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    TS DID show us how connor got that wicked scar...

    by Six Demon Bag

    wink!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Whether or not he 'could' have squeezed down the chimney is a moot point. No one would be stupid enough to do it. Aside from the likely risk of falling you'd get ABSOLUTELY FILTHY.<p> Phoebe even says in her monologue "The house was freezing, so I went to try to light up the fire."<p> If she'd done that it wouldn't have just been broken neck dad. The dumb fuck would've been flame grilled too.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    blind buy T:S blu or rent it

    by mattb68

    Ok..leaving work in 15 mins..do I go and blind buy Terminator Salvation blu ray or do I rent it ? I skipped it in the theaters after reading all the bad reviews but because I love my home theater I'm thinking I need to get it to rock the house. Plus it seems as though most of you are split on it as a movie. Help me people..what do I do ???

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Oh boy! PORES!

    by daggor

    I don't get the desire for super-dee-duper high definition. For me, the light blurring of small detail that TV and film viewing give help immerse me in the story. When I can see a character is sweating a little, or has big pores, or has bloodshot eyes, it takes me right out - especially a comedy. For techheads, I'm sure it's great, but it detracts from my enjoyment. Kinda' like if you're watching a ballet and you can clearly see every vein in some guy's dick showing through the tights. I need the humans to be a little less human.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    ...the smell detail is what got me...imagine smelling...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the singed hair and roasting corpse of your putrefied dad...great fucking detail in a kid's movie...

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    SDB, I don't think Moon Bloodgood letting Cyborg Sam go is a massive error in the plot. Seems reasonably plausible as it plays out on screen and in the DC they have a longer (topless) scene together that adds to their bonding.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    mattb, buy it - your home theatre will love you for it. You can always keep the receipt and return it tommorrow with a bit of blagging if you hate it.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    ...daggor...after a certain point that's my reaction too...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...how much detail do you really need to see? Too much detail starts to look almost fake at a certain point...crisper than reality.<P>Or maybe I just need glasses.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    daggor, The Nutcracker Suite?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Anton Yelchin out acted everyone in Terminator Salvation.

    by kravmaguffin

    The movie was just ok and the expectations were very high and it failed to deliver. It also had some "what's the point" moments...If they had Kyle Reese why not just kill him? It was still infinitely better than Transformer2, people got up and left that movie when I saw it in IMAX. Star Trek had some lazy writing and plot holes, but it was still better than the last few Trek films and it was well cast. ijs

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I REMEMBER ABRAHAM LINCON'S BIRTHDAY!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    ..."throbbing vein" and "Nutcracker Suite"...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...well done gentlemen, or gentlewomen...well done.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I saw termainator salvation...

    by emeraldboy

    a couple of weeks on download. Could not understand a single thing that happened in the movie. After sam worthington ended up on deathrow. awful. Please bury this franchise.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    ...I avoided SALVATION and now am sort of...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...looking forward to seeing it. Expectations are set so low I'm basically expecting a MR. BEAN movie with robots, and my rule of thumb is the worse the movie the more or bigger the bottle of wine.<P>I bet it turns out to be a pleasant evening.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Brad Pitt is amazing, period.

    by Jaka

    People who say otherwise are just hating. <br><br> Still have no desire to see T4. Shit, I still can't stomach T3 and most of T2 (which is to say every single scene with Furlong).

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    SNATCH was not as good as LOCK STOCK

    by Prof_Ender

    SNATCH, at it's best, felt like LOCK, STOCK again -- though LOCK, STOCK built to a funny and appropriate crescendo. At it's worst, SNATCH was a bunch of disjointed stories with no reason, and jokes with no punchlines. "Why do they call him the bullet-dodger?" "Because he dodges bullets." BA-DUM-TISH.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Flicka, TS is not that bad

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It just failed to live up to standards because fanboys kept comparing to that one Terminator movie that came out in 1992.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Buy or rent

    by ReportAbuse

    As a hardcore Netflixer I usually watch the flick that way first before deciding to buy it. Generally I'm satisfied enough from watching it a couple of times over a few days (usually once straight through then again with teh commentary) that I feel no need to own it anytime soon. If it's really awesome I'll make a note to buy it when the price is right but there are very few films that I feel a need to own after I've watched them two or three times via cinema and then Netflix. The main things I like to own are TV series which are lengthy enough that it's too annoying to wait in between each disc when there are six or more discs (say) in a season and I like to watch a whole season in fairly close order. Plus the deals, pricewise, are best for series ... like individual seasons of Seinfeld or the whole animated Star Trek series for $15. On a cost per hour basis, a feature would have to sell for around $2-3 to equal that deal.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    ...only T1 is sacred to me anyway...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...T2 is a rock solid big budget action flick, the less said about 3 the better, the show was enjoyable and better than I expected...mostly on account of Summer Glau. McG is hardly walking on sacred ground anymore.<P>Just stay away from the original.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    You get all these blu-rays/dvds for free every week?

    by Osiris3657

    Fuck you Harry, you're even more spoiled than I realized

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    When's Gremlins TWO hitting Blu-Ray?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    THAT is some inspired shit.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I thought TS was ok the first time i saw it

    by barnaby jones

    Saw it a second time and nodded off, what an empty, nothing film. Oh and Harry, no way is Snatch better than Lock, Stock.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Does McG explain...

    by Adelai Niska

    how skynet knows about JC before he's even in charge? <p> how skynet knows about Kyle Reese? <P> why skynet doesn't kill Reese? <p> why skynet doesn't program Terma-man to just automatically kill Conner on sight? <p> How skynet thinks leaving Terma-man's memories intact and dumping him in the desert will somehow coincidentally lead them to both KR and JC? <p> How skynet can have a hydro-terminator outside JC's base, yet somehow decide that sending in a confused terminator seems like a better idea than dropping a nuke on the place? <p> Why the fuck anyone would make a terminator future war movie that doesn't have purple lasers or skulls on the ground? <p> Why skynet robots (even 12 foot tall ones with guns for hands) have human-like skulls even though terminators haven't been invented yet?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    JettL93...

    by Kirbymanly

    You are correct about the chimney but how do you feel about it being in a film about sprite demons running around a small town?

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I'm quite convinced...

    by TheGreatHomsar

    ...people's preference between Lock Stock or Snatch is fully dependent upon which film they saw first. I agree that Snatch is the better movie, but they are almost identical in pacing, attitude, music, and even castmembers! I know plenty of people who saw Lock Stock first and swear it's the better movie! But maybe they just don't like "dags?"

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Gimme Shelter/Jefferson Airplane

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I guess my memory of that movie and the happenings documented therein must be more messed up than I figured. Here's the vid of them playing a really eerie half-tempo version of Under my Thumb to the most fucked up looking crowd imaginable (minus the actual stabbing). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFYwT35VLE4. And the stabbing itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hrc3EdLCZg&feature=related<p> Apologies for questioning Marty Balin's manhood. My prevaling memory of that movie, however, is Grace Slick watching some dudes get beaten up and making the most weak excuse of an appeal to the crowd.<p> Also, if you like the Maysles or documentaries in general make sure you check out Grey Gardens and Salesman (as dramatized in Glengarry Glen Ross).

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I still like Mask of Zorro...

    by Cinemanimetal

    But Legend of Zorro was atrocious. Saw that in theaters. Don't need to see it again. Gremlins is awesome! When I was little I had a teddy bear named Gizmo cause he is so cool! I've been waiting for Run Bitch Run ever since I saw the trailer last year I think? I wonder if that will be any good? Also waiting for Bitch Slap to come out from the guy who made Jack of All Trades and the cast of Xena/Hercules!

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Darth Talon: Premium Format Figure

    by Mel Garga

    When NBC began releasing the first few seasons of SNL I wondered how they were going to handle the Lorne-free years. In particular those awful early-80s seasons. Hopefully, they'll just skip right on to the arrival of Phil Hartman and take it from there.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    I saw Lock, Stock first...

    by Cinemanimetal

    And while I do prefer Lock, Stock to Snatch NOW when I first saw Snatch I loved it and only thought Lock, Stock was OK. Now I love both, but prefer Lock, Stock.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Harry: We get it, you love everything

    by KingNineReturns

    Except for Bruno, which somehow went from "paralytically funny" to "bored the shit out of me." What a tool you are.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    just watched T4

    by frank cotton

    and fail to see what's so wrong with it (plot holes aside). can't say i liked the H2O bots that much; personally, i think he picked the worst of the proposed designs for almost everything. still, a big step up from CHARLIE'S ANGELS

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Mr. Gorilla

    by hst666

    Most Blu Rays are region free. Not sure if the Criterion Blu Rays are.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I love how JettL93 is talking about reality, etc.

    by YackBacker

    It's like getting a lesson in human rights from Kim Jong-Il, or instructions on wearing panties from Lindsay Lohan... I could make analogies all night.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST

    MEGAWEAPON

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Warriof of the Lost World is so nicely cheesy italian ripoff of the road warrior. man i love that shit and donald pleasence as the badguy no better.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    HARRY LOVES ALL MOVIES

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Except Transformers 2 cause it was clearly racist.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST

    I'm not a trek hater

    by MandrakeRoot

    But I didn't like the movie. It just wasn't very engaging, the characters were bland, and the action wasn't really shot that well. It wasn't an awful movie, but I certainly wouldn't say it was good. Why am I a hater now just because I didn't like this movie? I gave it a fair shot. I'm not gonna go around talking shit about it, I just didn't like it.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    I'm with Adelai Niska, explain that shit...

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    It feel apart completely when they chose not to kill Kyle Reese..

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Adelai, on the TERMINATOR wiki page there are answers to all your questions. I would say though that as soon as you put time travel in the mix then any plot falls apart. For example, Skynet already sent 3 Terminators back to kill John Connor. Why not send 300? A Terminator a day would be pretty hard to deal with...

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    what the fuck harry

    by javery56

    does this even make any fucking sense "Why, if that’s his Director’s cut… does he not have his big, explaining and hosting of his film experience be on the version that he claims is his cut?" is that english, what are you trying to say here?

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Answering does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Okay, im loathe to do because every movie requires some 'suspension of disbelief' but here's a cut and paste of the Terminator wiki answers.<p> *DONT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM THERE ARE SPOILERS*<p> Q: How is Skynet aware of past attempts by it to kill John Connor? Did the Series T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines somehow provide advance knowledge of the future to Skynet? <p> A: It is possible that the T-X supplied this information to Skynet during its mission; however, as seen in the film, Skynet had access to the internet and it is possible it had uncovered evidence of the attempted termination of Sarah Connor and the attempted termination of John Connor. <p> Q: Where was Marcus Wright "stored" after his execution? <p> A: He was present in the Skynet VLA that was destroyed at the beginning of the movie. He is briefly shown lying on a gurney as John and his team pass by. If his flesh was sufficiently supplied with nutrients, it is entirely possible he was there the whole 15 years. <p> Q: Does the advanced timeline indicate that Skynet used additional time traveling missions outside of established canon in order to advance its own development? <p> A: It is possible; however, it's just as likely that the T-X simply uploaded data into Skynet while she was in the past to hasten the development of machines similar to what Serena Burns did when she was in the past helping with Skynet development in T2: Infiltrator.<p> Q: How "advanced" are the medical capabilities of the Resistance, considering they were able to successfully complete a heart transplant surgical procedure under "Third World" medical conditions? <p> A: Hot, dry environments are fairly sterile most commonly and impromptu transplants and major surgeries are performed quite frequently in desert environments without too many complications. We must also assume that the medics involved were most likely applying "First World" techniques as best they could, and that patients had a very strong will to live. <p> Q: If Skynet knows that in order for John Connor to be conceived Kyle Reese must travel back in time, why doesn't Skynet decide to not create Time Displacement Equipment? This would make it impossible for Kyle to impregnate Sarah Connor and thus John Connor would never exist. <p> A: There is still the possibility that the original John Connor was actually fathered by someone else prior to the first Kyle Reese time travel incident. See Predestination paradox. Also if Skynet doesn't send back the T-800 their advancement is significantly slowed due to the direct acquisition of terminator parts by Cyberdyne Systems as a result of the incursion to terminate Sarah Connor. <p> Q:How does Skynet know who Kyle Reese is in the first place? If it knew he was John Connor's father, couldn't Skynet just kill Kyle Reese when he was captured? <p> A: Killing Kyle would likely only create another timeline instead of wiping out the existence of John Connor immediately. Also, judging from the fact that the T-600 takes Kyle to the experiment hall, Skynet might want to kill Kyle by using him as a guinea pig. In another words, "Killing two birds with one stone" by killing the father of its enemy and by getting valuable data related to human anatomy. <p> Q: How come the molten steel melted the T-800 in the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but it doesn't in Terminator Salvation"? <p> A1: It is possible that the molten steel did not have enough time to act on the endoskeleton (which has also been suggested by McG); though it is also possible there wasn't enough molten steel to do any damage. <p> Q: Why do the T-600s only have rubber skin on their faces, as opposed to their entire body? And why are they dressed in rags which clearly expose their cybernetic components? Wouldn't it be obvious to Skynet that such a careless disguise would never fool a human? <p> A: It can be simply due to the weathering, which causes the rubber skin or clothes wear out or possibly battle damage. <p> Q How come the machines attacked Marcus before he met Blair, but when he was in Skynet Central, nobody attacked him? <p> A1: Skynet had, most likely, cut his connection in order to assist with his infiltration. It is possible that his connection to the artificial intelligence wasn't reestablished until after he had been discovered as a machine or until he had been scanned at Skynet Central's perimeter. <p> Q Why does John not trust Marcus, even though he trusted the T-800 and the T-850? <p> A: In T-2, 10 year old John did not immediately trust the T-800 until they were attacked by the T-1000. The T-800 grabbed John and used it's body to shield him. It was after they had talked about were the T-800 came from and how it got there that John entrusted the machine with it's safety(not that the T-800 gave him any choice). In T-3, John was attacked by the T-X and was saved only in the nick of time by the T-850. John realized he needed a protector so trust in this machine was earned again. In Salvation, John Connor is older and battle hardened. He has come to trust himself with his life and safety. Plus, he sees all machines as enemies due to Judgement Day having already occurred. Marcus had to prove his usefulness first to John by infiltrating Skynet, but it wasn't until being attacked by the T-800 prototype that the two began to feel any deep trust.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST

    I Can't Wait To See Terminator Salvation

    by Broseph

    I Just Hope It's as good as the trailer makes it look.and this is a movie i feel i have to see and make up my own mind.it's one of the most evenly split movies i've seen in a while.as far people who liked it or hated it.I personaly think harry has some kind of grudge against mcg to spew as much hate as he has since this first came out in may.Well I just hope Bale's Asshole Rip Roaring Rant Isn't the best thing to come out of this movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Albert Maysles Is In Tucson,Az This Week

    by Broseph

    Doing screenings of 3 of his films.If you spend big money you could actualy have dinner with the dude.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:06 a.m. CST

    I wish Blu Ray would fuck off and die

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    skimn. Yeah it was Harry Dean Stanton

    by Geomancer21

    Played Gideon. He was the one that brought the kids back after their car was stolen (with them in it) by the same bank robber that killed their father. I always loved his performance in that movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    cobra

    by Six Demon Bag

    but why does the pilot let the terminator go???<P>if she was a member of the resistance, she wouldve known, per john connor's rants, that one day robots will look like humans and attempt to wipe them out...<P>letting him go because she thinks she has feelings is truly mutinous and she wouldve been killed on the spot..<P>you of all people should know that mercy is for the weak...and you do not train to be merciful...or let bad robots you get wet for go..

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Sixes, i'd attribute it to Marcus saving her life (and ass) from the rapists. Someone saves your life, 'literally' saves your life and you owe them one. Big time.<p> Watch it again on the DC and see if that moment still jars, I've got a feeling it wont.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Don't get the hatred for Terminator: Salvation

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Saw it for the first time yesterday , was after all the chat from this site about how bad it was expecting a cinematic travesty, but it was a decent movie. Certainly better than T3: Rise of the Machines. It's got a lot if problems in terms of continuity (how the fuck is Kyle around 20 yrs old in 2018 when in 2029 he was supposed to be in his early twenties at best) but as a sci-fi movie that continues the Terminator story without Cameron, McG didn't do a bad job. Entertaining movie, better than 80% o the other scifi movie released in the last year. Oh and Gremlins - shame on you Harry for writing such a crap article for it's blu release. It's a wonderful, wonderful movie that should be spoken of in hushed, reverential tones....and giggling. It's special features should be lovingly discussed. It's technical polish marvelled at. Instead we get an image of Phoebe Cates being violated by you. Lovely. Thanks for that.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Gimme Shelter

    by BobParr

    The black guy was not trying to shoot Jagger. He was getting his ass kicked by Hells Angels like everyone else there so he took out his gun. That's when he got knifed in the back<P> The most fascinating part of that movie was when Grace Slick was arguing with a Hells Angel on the stage and the Angel was uing a microphone. The inmates were truly in charge. Jerry Garcia was smart to do that U-turn in the parking lot.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Smegma, you said it true. No one's claiming TS is a great film but it certainly doesn't warrant the hate and trolling from Harry and certain tb'ers.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    gunman killing Jagger?

    by awardgiver

    I don't think so. The guy with the gun was going after the Angels. The Angels were beating the crowd back with cue sticks and beating the musicians. There is no way some random crazy black guy is going to gun Mick Jagger down when the Angels are hopped up on speed and beer. Its why Bill Graham didn't want the Angels at any of the Grateful Dead shows at Winterland. He wasn't afraid of random black men with guns, he was afraid of the Angels and what they did to random concert goers. But oh well, random crazy black guy at a concert makes for a better villain, Harry.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Debate the quality of the movie

    by skimn

    but, Cobra, you're right, TS is one of the best looking BluRay transfers I've seen recently. And the sound is truly dynamic. Want to show off your system? Play the gas station attack and following chase...take that Michael Bay.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    but the action in TS wasnt even that good guys...

    by Six Demon Bag

    compared to what preceded it (cameron's films and T3) and then all the other action films that it heavily borrowed from...seriously...when you have 20+ year old films kicking its ass in the action dept. you have a problem..<P>and thats wht this film WAS supposed to be and ALL OUT BALLS TO THE WALL ACTION FLICK OF THE FUTURE FUCKING WAR that every fanboys demanded...<P>i on the other hand deem it unnecessary..a wasted effort...i gave it a shot..it tried and did not succeed...

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by skimn

    I'll grant you that. Cameron's truck chase in T2 in the viaducts is amazing, and holds incredibly well 20 years later. But the set pieces that McG directed and edited, sp the inside-cockpit helicopter crash and the aforementioned gas station attack and chase were head and shoulders above the frenetic action scenes from any of the so-called summer blockbusters this summer. That may not be saying much considering, but I don't think it deserves all the slamming its getting.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    "...fucking Kevin Kline has the oyster."

    by Skraggo

    Cleverest Harry quip ever.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    The real travesty is that Arnold decided to do T3

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Locke Re:Arnold

    by skimn

    Can hardly blame the guy. Probably like Harrison, got tired of being asked, "So when is the next Indy/Terminator coming out?" for ten-plus years.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    skimn Yeah, but THAT? REALLY?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Oh well, he is doing Expendables.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai..thanks dude. Long may your dojo stand for...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...Truth, Justice and the Cinematic Way.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag....my friend, comparing a McG..

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...action piece to a Cameron action piece is just unfair. Of course they're not going to stack up, McG just doesn't have that same capability that Cameron does. But he CAN direct a GOOD action scene. He's being hung here for Terminator Salvation for several reasons - 1, he's not Cameron, 2, he's got a fucking stupid name, and 3, he's got a stupid fucking name, 4, he's directed trashy films in the past and 5, he's got a stupid fucking name. That's it. Terminator Salvation has some dumb things in it, but lets be honest, so do the first two. Lets not even get into the debacle that was T3. I'm sorry, but TS is a solid film. It's not the best film ever, no-one can pretend it's even a great film. But it is a decent film, 3rd best of the series, and considering the first two are Cameron pics that's not bad praise because T3 comes in fourth a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way down from there. People are hating on the guy because it's easy to. His name makes him a target (really dude, just fucking use your real name) and the fact he took on a beloved franchise that some see as 'owned' by a genre favourite director sets him up to fail; even when he suceeds. It was a good film. I enjoyed it. He added some cool new images, ideas and more depth to the series which had been crippled by an abysmal third film. End of story.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Didn

    by MattmanReturns

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Charlyne Yi: Barely functional

    by Man in Suit

    I was excited to see "Paper Heart" but then heard Charlyne Yi interviewed for a full hour on the Creative Screenwriting podcast. She is a barely functional human being. She can hardly speak, complete a thought or dress herself. "Paper Heart" is exploitation of a handicapped individual.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Didn't like Snatch; tone was off

    by crayotic

    Seemed like Ritchie was trying to make something dark and with more weight than LSTSB, yet the quirky characters completely underminded it. He should have just committed to one style and ran with it, instead of trying to combine the two.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    crayotic...what?

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    A film that was a drama...and a comedy???? Surely it's never been done before, that must be what threw you. It's so new. I hear they're making a so-called horror comedy next. It's a strange, new world young man. God help us when they decide to combine comedy and romance. It'll be a world gone mad, I tells ya!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    why not being able to compare action scenes?

    by Six Demon Bag

    or the level of drama? i cared about those characters in the first two films...hell i even kinda cared about claire danes in the third...i had not connection to any character in TS nor was there actually any suspense..you basically know that connor wont die and reese will eventually be sent back in time...<P>as for the action...McG had the budget and the resources to blow it out of the water...maybe he was held back by the studios, maybe not.<P>but as for those scenes..how many times have we seen a modern film that takes an old action cliche and ADDS to it (slightly)...that didnt even happen here...<P>and the editing..dont even get me started! there was some pretty choppy splices...(i noticed one heavy chunk between the pilot and the terminator)...<P>i just felt it was totally unnecessary as a film...kinda like INDY 4..but at least that had some sense of life and it looked like ford was having a good time...<P>TS just really had a lot of incongruities...a cookie cutter film that really didnt have any terminators or action...<P>and i will go on the record to say that i do like CHARLIES ANGELS.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Hint of Smegma

    by crayotic

    I have heard of this so called Drama and Comedy combination; I may have even watched and *gasp* enjoyed a few of them. But as you may have also heard, it's all in the execution. For me, the execution of Snatch's two elements fell flat and didn't complement each other at all. <br><br> I mean, look, Guy Ritchie basically took Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels and slapped some "I'm telling SRS BUSINESS now" on top of it, as far as I'm concerned. It didn't feel as though it was thoughtfully crafted from the beginning to be some kind of dark comedy or anything.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Terminator 4 =

    by proper

    Watched it on Pirate...once.No soul,no time,weak out......Last week I read The Lenny Maclean tapes,there is only one book that I could follow it up with and thats Seagalogy which is getting read swiftly after being on the pile for far too long with a break to watch half past dead which was on TV last night,then read the review in the book and then continue,funny how things come together :>.......Turn this up very loud it's safe for work http://tinyurl.com/9euebq......if anybody complains play this http://tinyurl.com/yf98ms9.....Hope everybody is ok :>

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Crayotic...fair enough

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Forgive my levity. Your repost was a good post and you've got your point across well. I don't agree that Snatch fell flat - I felt the comedy worked well counterpointing the savagery of, well, most of the characters, although I do agree it was done better in Lock Stock. Mind, you, I'm in the minority that thinks RockNRolla is Ritchie's best film so far, so take me with a grain of salt.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag...why not? Apples and Oranges.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    First of all I think a lot of comments in your post stem from your dislike for the film as opposed to what's actually in - or not in - the film. You say there are no Terminators. Not sure what film you watched, there were loads of the buggers. You say there was no action - if anything, there was too much as there was less time for characterisation of Connor. Marcus was a good character, the film was stuffed with action, Terminators and the future war. You complain we know Connor won't die.....when was that ever different? When won't Reece go back? These are central conceits to the paradox of the movies. On my part, from a couple of minor quibbles, Reece's age, Marcus just deciding to give Connor his heart among them, I saw a very solid entry into the Terminator saga. Again, I think this is more about who directed it, and how he markets himself as opposed to what the film was really like. I certainly didn't see this atrocious editing you're complaining of. But then you say you felt there was some life in Indy 4 - and that, I really don't see at all. Guess we're apples and oranges too.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, midnight CST

    McG's T:Sal sucked...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    and it's not because it didn't throw millions in special effects at the screen, or make tons of surround sound noise; it's because even though it had all of those pretty effects and soaring decibels, all it did was bore me to tears. I started getting restless, after the first ten minutes; and I couldn't wait for the thing to get over. The only good news is the Terminator property has been sold and the world will not have suffer any further McG-i-fication of the Terminator franchise.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    OK but seriously

    by Adelai Niska

    Skynet's plan to let some random inmate wander around until he luckily finds both Reese and Conner is just terrible planning. Marcus didn't actually DO anything to find JC, he just lucked into it. <p> I still want a movie with purple lasers and skulls on the ground.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    HEY WAIT

    by Toonol

    Are Moon Bloodgood's tits out on the T4 DVD? Wait, that was crass. Does Moon Bloodgood demonstrate she's a brave actress on the DVD?

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Moon Bloodgood has a shitty name

    by lockesbrokenleg

    well, she's a shitty actress anyway.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Lockes..holy hell man, re:T3

    by THEoverfiend

    i was totally thinking the same thing last time i ran across it on AMC or whatever. i have this weird deal where i cannot shut a movie off or changed it once i get to watching. don't know why and don't know where it came from. prolly the 10 yrs working mom and pop type video stores. needless to say i have endured many a painful flick. EVERY time i stop on that fucker of a flick it is for just long enough to wonder "Why Arnie?". for some sad reason it actually seems cheesier with him in it. and a movie i NEVER finish

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    MisterMan...

    by THEoverfiend

    it is usually the case with crapfest sequels. i agree a set with 1 and 2 would have been much smarter. sometimes in bargain bins i see a lot of that stuff. it is mostly B-grade type flicks

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Even if explain away the idiocy

    by Adelai Niska

    there is still NO reason to make a Terminator film set in the future, but 11 years before Conner actually took the fight to skynet. "It's the future war movie you've dreamed of... but HKs and laser guns haven't really been perfected yet." Lame. It's like making a movie about the discovery of America and then setting it in 1481.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Terminator salvation better then transfromers 2

    by Tregeek

    in my opinion. which is all that matters. you don't agree with me? fine. like what you like .enjoy what makes you happy more power to you. and Guy Ritchie is the SHIT, again, MY opinion. I can not beleive Ritchie haters can even exsist,but man if you feel that way im not gonna flame you because of it. this is why I hate people in general. you all have opinions, cool, good for you but why does your opinion matter more then mine does and why does it give you the right to try and diminish me, so you can make yerself somehow feel superior? smarter? hipper? cooler? shut the fuck up and move out of yer moms basement.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Tregeek, who's trying to diminish you. Tell me and i'll egt em for you. You and me bro. Take em all down.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Salvation is fine ....

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    people that don't like it tend to be fags.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    tregeek..not sure man

    by THEoverfiend

    but maybe if we let these insecure individuals sling thier shit here whre it is nice an anonymous we won't be reading about as many dipshits going suicidal and taking out innocents in some weak-ass Travis Bickle fantasy. prolly not but it is a nice thought. FLAME ON SAVE A BULLET

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon

    by nyj_et

    is my favorite Christmas movie.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to the good old days of Xmas action movies.

    by Knuckleduster

    We don't get those anymore. Massive gap in the market.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    I htought T:Sal was better than T3

    by daveyf

    T3 was a comedy! Like a spoof of T2. Girl robot: check. Terminator at a gay bar: check. Stupid unrealistic robot design attacking the world: check. John Connor with ZERO gravitas: check. I'm forgetting the terrible intro into the movie but the terrible Nick Stahl. Claire Danes is the only redeeming factor in the whole movie.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    errr

    by daveyf

    I'm *not* forgetting *but=by*

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    TS was better than T3.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I watched it again last night. The no special edition DVD version. Hey, at least they remembered to put the actual movie on it. Fuck Blue Ray in the ass.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Harry Harry Commentary

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    You should create the HARRY KNOWLES FILM LIBRARY. DON'T write a script or anything - just watch, say, your ten favorite movies, record your own commentaries for them, and make them available to people for free. If you do, not only will it be an amazing achievement in film critciism hiatory (because you're a legitimate reviewer), but I think it would also be of scholarly interest in the future because your vast knowledge of film shouldn't go to waste. Harry, none of us are getting any younger. I really think you ought to do this for as many films as you can stand.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I thought Terminator IV was okay.

    by Sal_Bando

    It didn't move that fast, Bale wasn't all that great, and the whole Bonham Carter routine was silly-but it still worked. I liked the CGI Ahnold/Sam W fight at the end. <p> But Big Robots Hitting Each Other Once Again beats the pants outta it bigtime both at the BO and as a movie overall. <p> You know I'm right.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    T4 = shit.

    by Judge Briggs

    Biggest disappointment of 2008 (that and Harry Potter- worst mangled ending). I mean, fucking McG, it was softball to hit! How did you fuck up this movie?

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    T:Salvation was okay because

    by Bellam

    Sam Worthington is very handsome and tolerably good in it.<br><br>I like popcorny sci-fi with robots in; I don't understand the crime McG committed here, or why it's worth getting the blood angry over.

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    They pick the most boring eps...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    for the MST3K dvds.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    You´re wrong about Zorro.

    by JoeHungg

    Especially the first one. I am not a Banderas fan, but Zorro is great entertainment, specifically for kids. And Zeta-Jones is hot!

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    T:S = POS

    by BendersShinyAss

    fucked up film.... fucked up film<p>the tv show was captivating - couldnt get enough of it. T:S added absolutely NOTHING to the series, and shit on everything the previous incarnations had attempted. <p>that god aweful opening scene - what the fuck was the point of it? And all that "chosen one" "prophet" bullshit, with everyone accepting it like they've all grown up on the movies. it was baaaaaad. really baaaaaaaaaaaad. <p>Kudos on the arnie CGI tho - can't really believe anything you see these days

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Benders, actually John Connor isn't the leader of the resistance in TS, he's just a squad leader for special ops. There's a re-instated scene in the DC where his superior Michael Ironside puts a gun to his head and specifically states that he doesn't believe he's a prophet.<p> Sadly, doesnt look like its going to happen now but it would have been nice if this had just been first part of a future war trilogy with Connor growing into the true leadership role as the situation gets ever more desperate (plus of course plasma rifles and lotsa skulls!).

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    empire did a major piecce on...

    by emeraldboy

    Terminators 25th anniversary. They interviewed everyone. Arnie out of loyalty wanted cameron to do T3. Csmeron thought about doing it but passed. Jim and arnie spoke and cameron said that he told arnie to quit being so damn loyal and do it for the money if you want. Which he did. Cameron liked T3. he is not involved in that franchise anymore.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Legend of Zorro was hilarious

    by MattmanReturns

    So ridiculously bad, I can't believe it's the same director as the first film. The scene where the asian stereotype gets hit in the balls and screams was the greatest thing ever put on film.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Compared to Star Trek, Term:Salv wasn't that bad.

    by Flip63Hole

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Just watched Star Trek again

    by donkey_lasher

    And I'd now put it on a par with T:S. It's a good popcorn movie, like T:S, but SOOOOO overrated. The reason it did so well is because it's a huge franchise, lasting almost 50 years.<p> T:S is this years Die Hard 4, Trek is this years Superman Returns...

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I'm here to eat candy canes and kick ass

    by Crimson Dynamo

    and i'm all out of candy canes! That MST3K Mexican Santa Claus movie is a classic

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Gremlins, now that's a good fun, family film

    by Onin Solstice

    Weak shit like Night at the Museum assumes kids todays are nothing but little girls and boys who no doubt become girls later in life. Gremlins was scary, fun, sad and exciting at the same time. And I loved every second as a kid.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Gremlins was incredible

    by charabicharabia

    Onin I am right there with your comment...Most children movies these days feel stupidly safe. We used to have way darker movies as kids... And better may I add !

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    LOCK STOCK > SNATCH

    by Mullah Omar

    By a pretty wide margin, too. SNATCH seemed like a semi-rehash of LOCK STOCK. However, I'll bet most people in the US saw SNATCH first and thus some kind of nostalgia plays a role in their preference. Or maybe that's why I like LOCK STOCK a hell of a lot more than SNATCH.

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