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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 2nd wk of Dec: Criterion Kurosawa, Harry Potter & much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here working away. Around this time of the year, it’s crazy – the amount of time is taken up working. Watching endless Awards screeners hoping to make it in your mind as one of the best. Then there’s the minutae of BUTT-NUMB-A-THON. The closing days approaching the most intensely planned thing I do all year… well, that and getting sick yesterday made me feel awful. Hope you enjoy this column, I like doing it. Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

A pretty disturbing turn in the series. It is strange, Yoko and I recently rewatched the whole series – and it really is amazing how the tone has so radically shifted. As the series gets darker, the wonder begins to retreat. The smiles are gone. That said. I like it. And I’m told I’ll like where this is all headed. Can’t wait. Now, this is a pretty great HARRY POTTER Blu-ray. Right up there with the very best of what we’ve had up until this week, but the crazy folks at Warner Home Video have begun releasing the extraordinary ULTIMATE EDITIONS which frankly… if you’re going to own the film, that’s the way to get it.

HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Castle Blu-Ray – All 6 Harry Potter Movies!!
This is pretty much the most pimpest of packaging for the most hardcore of Potter-maniacs! The drawer in the base holds all 6 films, and get this… there’s room for two more. AWWWWW, they’re thinking about the future! How sweet! The ultimate HARRY POTTER movie gift set. Right?

Meryl Streep is kind of amazing in this. Just note perfect, but in a way we haven’t been conditioned to think of Julia Childs. She’s the woman, not the character. If you get what I’m saying there. And Amy Adams continues to just dial my number everytime out. She’s sweet, and she convinces me she loves the food. And is really into the experience of recreating all the dishes. It is a sparse disc though. Expected some cooking extras.

Ok – this version of the 5th Season of LOST, which fucking rocked my world… is the DHARMA INITIATIVE ORIENTATION KIT – which has DHARMA patches, a Video Tape that teaches you everything you need to know to be a team member. There’s pamphlets, maps, a 3 ringed BINDER filled with Dharma propaganda and things that could result in you knowing the secret of it all. LOL. Right. Anyway – I have one of the DHARMA INITIATIVE ORIENTATION KIT’s with the full 5th Season of LOST – that I’ll be giving away sometime early Sunday Morning at BNAT1138. Of course, only BNAT attendees that have read this column will know that to win – you have to win the PAJAMAS contest that we’ll have where one winner will get this set! Which is pretty damn cool!

I was a bit luke warm on PUBLIC ENEMIES earlier this year when I saw it theatrically. It looks better at home than it did in theaters, but it still stinks of ‘video’ in places where the color just seems to wash out. I love Marion Cotillard, who is very nearly the best thing of NINE as well. I just feel this version of the Dillinger tale just didn’t come close to the ones that have come before. Also felt the Extras didn’t really do much for me.

The extra footage in the expanded edition wasn’t that awesome, but this set isn’t about an extra 7 minutes of the movie, it’s about the rather remarkable and captivating behind the scenes documentary that was filmed as they were making this original film, but then put together now with the cast and crew commenting back upon it all. I watched the first hour of this documentary, and stopped it because Yoko was going to bed and we were both very caught up in it, and I promised to finish it with her. This is the version of these films to get. They are truly Ultimate Editions.

I didn’t get sent this one, so it looks like I’ll need to pick it up. But like SORCERER’S STONE – it looks fantastic: Theatrical version including In-Movie Experience with director Chris Columbus Extended version with 13 minutes of footage not shown in theatres Picture-in-picture, storyboard comparisons, stills galleries Exclusive features via BD-Live Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters Explore how the cast and creative team of directors and designers take the character's descriptions on the page to the actor's performances on film. Screen Tests of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Revealed - 2002 HBO First Look special Trailers and TV Spots Deleted Scenes Lockhart's Classroom Photo Gallery: Certificates - Have a look at Gilderoy Lockhart's many achievements; Required Reading - Find out what text books you’ll need for Lockhart's Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Extra Credit Behind Hogwarts A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves - The author and screenwriter detail how the books are brought to life, and the changes that happen in the process. Dumbledore's Office Build a Scene - Building a scene as magnificent as Professor Dumbledore's office takes more than wood, plaster, nails and paint. It takes imagination. Tour Dumbledore's Office - Welcome to the self-guided tour of Professor Dumbledore's office, one of the most fascinating rooms at Hogwarts. Interviews with Students, Professors and More Gallery of Production Sketches Activities Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge [Game] EA Game Preview Collectibles include: 48-page photo book with rare images from years 1-7 Two in a series of character cards

An incredible documentary about the horrifying slaughter of Bottle-Nosed Dolphins and the Japanese Government’s cover-up. Really wish this was a Blu-Ray, as it is a stunningly beautiful doc about something not at all beautiful. It is amazing to me that we’re still killing dolphins. Really? This is being pushed as one of the documentaries that could be in the running for Oscar gold. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll absolutely understand why.

Bobcat Goldthwait directs Robin Williams in this story about a father that is… pretty amazing. The less you know heading into this, the better. It isn’t a film for the whole family, it is R-rated. It is very adult. Calling this a straight out comedy is a disservice, there’s wonderful dramatic work going on here by Robin Williams. And it makes me eager to see everything that Bobcat writes and directs, because this is a wonderful film that was surprising on multiple fronts. Excellent film!

AK 100: 25 FILMS OF AKIRA KUROSAWA (Criterion Collection)
It is hard to discuss this set. Why? Well, it is complicated, everything on the set, with the exception of Akira Kurosawa’s first four features has been released already. On titles like STRAY DOG, RASHOMON, IKIRU, SEVEN SAMURAI, THRONE OF BLOOD, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, YOJIMBO, SANJURO, HIGH AND LOW, RED BEARD and KAGEMUSHA… they have not only been released, but they’ve been released with extras, which do not really exist in this set. The book included in this set… well even that has been released before. So at a strict value set, I’m not so sure how well one can recommend this set to experienced Criterion Collectors. You have nearly everything on this set, except for SANSHIRO SUGATA, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, SANSHIRO SUGATA PART TWO and THE MEN WHO TREAD ON THE TIGER’S TAIL. Now… I love having these 4 films on DVD. These are the first features that Kurosawa ever made, and they were made during World War II. Word has it that SANSHIRO SUGATA Part II used forced Prisoner of War labor – and that story alone would have made for a stunning extra feature to explore what resources Kurosawa had, what censorship, etc… Instead we get these 4 incredibly important Kurosawa films with no context, other than… they’re the first 4 Kurosawa films. Of course, like most of us that have picked up books on Kurosawa – we know some of that history, but it would be nice to have it with the titles. That said, those first 4 titles of his career are allegedly being released in 2010 as separate or as a group. Details are not available on that, but if you have been loyally acquiring the various KUROSAWA titles from Criterion over the years… you’re in good shape. THAT said, honestly… if you know someone that is passionate about cinema, but that hasn’t yet discovered KUROSAWA. Perhaps they’re a young aspiring filmmaker, a wannabe film critic, etc… This will be an atomic bomb of awesome in their life’s addiction. The linen box set is exquisite as a presentation. The films are in order of release inside. Each title is mastered as beautifully as DVD will allow, and up-rez is quite nice. So, which 25 KUROSAWA fils are in this mammoth box? SANSHIRO SUGATA (1943) It is exciting everytime you go to put in a new Akira Kurosawa film, that said, this time I was nervous and curious. Thinking not only is this Kurosawa’s first feature as director, but that he was having to make it in a Japan that all about the war effort… would it look less than what I expect from a Kurosawa film. LOL. As if. Akira hit the ground running. This is a film about the rivalry of Judo and Jujitsu. It is compelling and engrossing throughout – and Kurosawa’s eye is present and wonderful. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL (1944) Begins with AN INFORMATION BUREAU “MOVIE OF THE PEOPLE” – that’s right – a complete propaganda film made by Akira Kurosawa for the War Effort. I love propaganda movies – no matter where they are made or what they espouse, mainly because they are cinema with a clear agenda, film meant to motivate the masses. This is a stunning work and arguably the best cinematic propaganda effort. It takes place in a factory that is making LENSES for the war effort. Lenses for sites, binoculars, etc. It is mainly a female workforce and it is about those ladies increasing their productivity to serve the war effort. The Imperialistic rhetoric is intense – the women’s suffering is tough. But at the same time, its less entertaining than the efforts of Capra or Ford… but this is far more artfully shot – and kinda amazing to see at last. SANSHIRO SUGATA, PART TWO (1945) Not the biggest fan of this. It just feels like Kurosawa’s soul is missing. It just didn’t really excite me. It felt as though it was someone else’s idea, a tool for the state, not of the master. This has a strong anti-American slant. THE MEN WHO TREAD ON THE TIGER’S TAIL (1945) Kurosawa’s first foray into the period we love Kurosawa working in. Set in the latter part of the 12th century – and while it deals with Samurai, I couldn’t shake that it was Kurosawa’s attempt as an artist to comment on Japan’s existing situation in 1945… which wasn’t looking too hot. That said, the metaphors or subtle. In my opinion, this is the first great Kurosawa film. I just love it! NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH (1946) A wonderful Kurosawa melodrama and due to the lack of censors and government controls, Akira gets to get real. The message isn’t uplifting, but buried in tears and seems to foretell the latter themes and brilliance of the Italian Neorealist films. Very strong film. ONE WONDERFUL SUNDAY (1947) Did Kurosawa channel Capra a bit? This is a date movie between two lovely Japanese youths. They have just 35 yen to spend on this date and it doesn’t all go well, but ultimately it is a wonderful Sunday. Here you see Kurosawa working to intensify his ability to convey and develop character relationships on screen. It is entirely successful and another wonderful film. DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948) A kickass drama pairing up Kurosawa with the man-god Toshiro Mifune, who plays a man refusing to deal with his TB, while his Drunken Angel of a doctor… well. How can you not want to see Kurosawa’s first teaming with Mifune? STRAY DOG (1949) That said, it was Kurosawa and Mifune’s third pairing that proved to be the real charmer! This is a brilliant Film Noir featuring Mifune as the Detective Murakami. Love everything about this thriller, especially the music! SCANDAL (1950) Here we have a film very much of our times. Read the stories of Tiger Woods – and then put in Kurosawa’s SCANDAL. Sure, they’re different, but they’re the same too. I really really dug this film about a paparazzi photo that creates a bit of a titular Scandal. Very enjoyable. RASHOMON (1950) One of the greatest films ever made. Examining a crime from three very different point of views is MASTERFULLY told. If you’ve never seen it, see it – and let the film affect the way you examine the world. The ability to see problems, views and issues through others’ eyes is incredibly important. I’ve seen this film my entire life. My parents loved it – as do all that see it. THE IDIOT (1951) Based on Dostoevsky’s novel, THE IDIOT is possibly the weirdest and most disturbing of Kurosawa’s work – and that’s a good thing. In fact it is a truly great thing. This isn’t the film or even the type of film that Kurosawa is best known for, but if I had written a large tome to Kurosawa, I’d move THE IDIOT front and center. Mainly because nearly everyone that knows KUROSAWA’s name thinks first and foremost about films like SEVEN SAMURAI, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS and RASHOMON, but I would hold that it is his work on the weirder films where his greatest work is found. This movie is amazing. Everytime I’ve seen it I see and pick up on different aspects. Do yourself a favor and find this title. IKIRU (1952) When you find out you have months left to live, how will you spend it. What will you leave behind, how will you spend those final months? This film is all about a politician that comes down with Cancer and decides to get something done, something that should be simple – a park for kids to play in. This is that story. It isn’t cheap emotional manipulation, it is sincere, heartfelt and utterly brilliant. SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) Generally considered by the mainstream to be Kurosawa’s best work. IMDB has it ranked as the 15th highest ranked film in film history. But at the same time, I’ve never found a film geek that would rank SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION or PULP FICTION or SCHINDLER’S LIST or DARK KNIGHT or EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or even GOODFELLAS over SEVEN SAMURAI – so I think it probably would rank higher in most serious film writers’ list… but frankly I prefer THRONE OF BLOOD and RASHOMON from Kurosawa’s Samurai epics… and then there’s THE IDIOT which is just an entirely different experience. If anything, the imitation of films like MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and A BUG’S LIFE or BATTLE AMONG THE STARS have resulted in me not being so gonzo for SEVEN SAMURAI. I love it. It is great, but frankly I’m more obsessive compulsive about Kurosawa’s lesser known films. I LIVE IN FEAR (1955) What if King Lear feared an Atom Bomb? Heh. That’s a very cheap way of putting it, but in a way – that’s kinda what is happening here. This is a film concerned with greed and fear, and so much more. This is another of those Kurosawa films that gets overlooked in place of those with swords. Brilliant work. THRONE OF BLOOD (1957) My favorite Kurosawa film. I know. But Toshiro Mifune in MacBeth as directed by Kurosawa? If you’ve ever seen this in a theater, you know the awe I speak of when I discuss the trees moving. Fuck the Ents, this is scary, because it is frightening. The stylized look is breathtaking. Everything about the film is just amazing. It is also my favorite Shakespearean adaptation – precisely because it is outside of its Scottish roots – and everything is cooler with Samurai and Mifune. That’s just one of those basic rules. The entire Spider/Web motif of the film is just stunning. But it really comes down to MacBeth being my favorite Shakespearean work, and Kurosawa did wonders with the material. Brilliant from beginning to end. My fave. THE LOWER DEPTHS (1957) You should check out Jean Renoir’s version from 1936, also available via Criterion, as this is one of those rare cases where you can see if Kurosawa, arguably the greatest filmmaker to ever live, did a good job of remaking Jean Renoir’s original take on Maxim Gorky’s turn of the 20th Century Russian play. The result is another wonderful work from Kurosawa. I personally prefer THE IDIOT to this, but this film has its praise singers that testify to the brilliance of the work. I like it, I love how this is a much darker version of Gorky’s play than what Renoir did with it. Though honestly, I love the design of Renoir’s a bit more. THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958) The inspiration for STAR WARS, and while I can certainly see that aspect of things… If I try watching HIDDEN FORTRESS thinking STAR WARS, it just gives me a headache, whereas – if I just watch it as a Kurosawa Samurai adventure, I’m sitting with a dopey grin on my face just entranced by it all. Make no bones about it, this is one of Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Even if most geeks get introduced to Kurosawa through George Lucas telling them that he based STAR WARS on this. Watch it as a Samurai Adventure, you’ll have a far better experience. THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1960) Often described as a Thriller, this film is more deliberately told than your traditional thrillers. That said, for patient viewers you’ll find a deeply engrossing oh so subtle HAMLET adaptation – but not an overt one. Ultimately this is about Japanese corporate corruption – and that’s a seemingly dry subject matter, but it is a very vital subject matter when handled as Kurosawa does here. Not the film to start with. YOJIMBO (1961) Basis for Leone’s FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, and while I love me some Yojimbo, I have to admit – I saw FISTFUL OF DOLLARS on high rotation as a child, so by the time I saw YOJIMBO, my monkey brain saw it as a samurai remake of THE MAN WITH NO NAME series. YES, I know that was the reverse, but I can’t help it… it’s how I was introduced to it. That said… Mifune is awesome as Sanjuro. This is a brilliant film and frankly a great one to start with! SANJURO (1962) Of the two sequels that Kurosawa made, this is far and away the better sequel. It isn’t really a direct sequel. This is also not the basis for FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. What you will find is a vastly satisfying film. Mifune is in fine form and Kurosawa is just having a blast with the film. It isn’t as dark and grueling as the original, but damn if it isn’t just fucking fun! A great night at home involves YOJIMBO and SANJURO. HIGH AND LOW (1963) One of the great things about Kurosawa – and there are many – is how he influenced Western Pop Culture, even as he was influenced by it. Here he adapts Ed McBain’s KING’S RANSOM into a brilliant Japanese crime thriller, my favorite of his forays into this realm. This is a brilliant crime film about a kidnapping – but so much more. One of the great Kurosawa films! RED BEARD (1965) For nearly twenty years – the pairing of Kurosawa with Mifune marked possibly the greatest teamwork between Actor & Director in film history. This was the last time they were to work together. This was also his last black & white film – and while I know people that feel KAGEMUSHA is his best film (and yes, I keep a wide berth while chatting with these lunatics) – I love black & white KUROSAWA. There’s something that’s just so vibrant. So vital and crisp about it. Easily one of the greats – I love how it has an optimism about the quality of man, and I don’t know how anyone could not love it. DODES’KA-DEN (1970) For a long 5 years the master was silent, and when he came back – he brought us this film set in the slums of Japan. I haven’t seen this yet, its actually the only one in the set that I have yet to watch. Maybe that’s what I’ll do tonight. KAGEMUSHA (1980) When I watch this, it’ll be my Blu Ray. And it is stunning. KAGEMUSHA is just a huge, stunning, beautiful work – that just doesn’t quite capture me like his earlier b&w samurai epics. It could be that I miss Mifune, and found Nakadai a little light by comparison. I love it, it just isn’t as great as the master’s previous work. But his use of color – there’s just never been anyone to match it. Beautiful. MADADAYO (1993) The last film to carry Directed by Akira Kurosawa is an old man’s film. A film about observing life to gain greater meaning. It is a beautiful film, and every time I’ve revisited it, I find more to discover, understand and that’s really one of the greatest things about Kurosawa. Be it the beginning of his career, or here at the end of it, he made films that were never instantly understood. They’re films riddled with insight, metaphors and great subtle moments that later feel as though they mean everything. This is a remarkable collection, the best being offered this holiday season – and this isn’t so much for any of you perhaps, but it is for someone you know. To push them into the glorious realm of great cinema. It is a great gift. I know I cherish mine, even with the fact I have all but a few of these titles already. Sometimes its nice to just have a box of wonder. That’s what this is… a box full of Kurosawa wonders!

It ain’t Kurosawa! But that’s the greatest thing about movies and cinema… it takes all types, and this silly film does it for me. It isn’t great, it isn’t poignant, but it is fun goofy rubber horror! Which is all the more fun to laugh at in 1080p! It really is a ton of fun.

A real good time! I think this was the post-modernist take on the slasher film that I wanted SCREAM to be when I read about the film before having seen it. For those few of you that saw this film theatrically – here’s the home version of that experience. Definitely a film to share with friends!

An altogether engrossing film that just doesn’t fucking go anywhere. I put this on, knowing that Tom Arnold means STAY AWAY, but since I’ve recently fallen for Zoe Saldana and I’ve always liked Tim Daly so… what the fuck, let’s put it on. BUT then I found for about 3/4s of the film, a pretty damn good film, that suddenly ends leaving so many loose ends that it completely unravels for me. But it is one of those… almost movies. I find these interesting, because sometimes the next film from this Tennyson Bardwell… maybe he’ll complete the promise that I saw in this film. I certainly hope so.

I’ve only watched DON JUAN in this set, but it is a wonderful erotic addition to my experience under the sheets with Roger Vadim’s work as a director. Vadim makes movies that you want to watch naked in bed with your significant other. Films to share with the warmth of flesh. DON JUAN is interesting as Brigitte is playing the tit-ular character. I love the sex flip, it is quite wonderful. I look forward to watching the other two soon.

Ok – you know how much you think I’m dying to see AVATAR, well that’s also Exactly how I feel about SHERLOCK HOLMES. Before STAR WARS or STAR TREK or the works of Tolkein had found me, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce’s portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. I love this series. It’s in my DNA more than any other series. And yes, I know they’ve been released repeatedly in various formats since the beginning of home video. These prints are exquisite. The key thing about THE SPIDER WOMAN is the absolutely hot hot hot Gale Sondergaard, but here she got to be very very femme fatale-y and my oh my does it suit her like her birthday suit! Speaking of hot, in THE VOICE OF TERROR, the hottie is Evelyn Ankers, you may remember her as the Wolfman’s main squeeze. I always loved the hotties in these classic Sherlock Holmes films.

Sherlock Holmes Double Feature: THE HOUSE OF FEAR / THE PEARL OF DEATH
THE HOUSE OF FEAR made me think that Agathie Christie must have ripped off Arthur Conan Doyle… until my monkey brain realized that Universal’s SHERLOCK HOLMES series was an invention unto itself. Borrowing what it wanted from Doyle’s writings, but then applying to whatever they wanted . As a kid, I knew the British were always going to kick the Nazis, because we had Sherlock Holmes. There’s something cool about that. As for PEARL OF DEATH – sure it has Evelyn Ankers back… but more to the point it has the brilliantly awesome character actor… RONDO HATTON!!! The man with the most awesomely gifted face for the Universal screens. The Creeper, the guy Dave Stevens loved so much, he attached his iconography to Betty Page’s in his ROCKETEER series. But discover your first Rondo Hatton film… and you’ll never be the same!

Discovered this movie last Movie night here. I’d heard nothing but wonderful word upon this film out of Colombia, but this is truly one of my favorite films I’ve seen this year. It is a classic thriller. It is about a low rung muscle for a small time mob group headed by El Orejon. On a mission to collect some serious dough for their master, this low level muscle flexes to think… perhaps he should pocket the cash and noone would be the wiser. Then there’s that other guy, and he’s been cursed – and it is a curse that is working and all kinds of fucked up. This is a gritty small time organized crime with a latino black magic thing to spice it all just so. Truly tremendous film. Colombia’s official entry for the Oscars. I’d love to see this in there!

Saw that this was getting a release. Thought it’d be funny to run it after DOG EAT DOG. RUN BITCH RUN is being sold as a hard nosed seventies-ish exploitation in look and style. And certainly I’ll give it a looksee in the eternal hope that it is actually what it wants us to think it is. One day, it will. This wants to be I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE or THEY CALL HER ONE EYE. I’m betting it comes up way short, but I’ll give it a look.

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  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:22 a.m. CST

    I've just...cum...first!!!!!!!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST

    FIRST !!!

    by Broseph

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST


    by Broseph

    Well I rented public enemies and i'm going to get baked and watch it.the cove,julie and julia both look worth watching.I feel in love with amy adams after sunshine cleaning.And thanks for the heads up on Dog Eat Dog.I wonder if it's as good as Sin Nombre

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST


    by cornholiosbungholio

    Harry, this movie is possibly one of the most touching Kurosawa movies I have seen. A lot of reviews say that this isn't a masterpiece, but I think everything Kurosawa made was a masterpiece. <br> I love how you gave your thoughts on each movie. I am very disappointed with this set so I haven't picked it up, but I would love it if it came free! <br> I liked Sanjuro better than Yojimbo as well, but for me Seven Samurai is better than Rashomon. But when anyone talks of Kurosawa, I would say that Ran is my absolute favourite. It's a pity that Criterion lost the rights to this. The original Criterion release of Ran was phenomenal... it would have looked great on Blu-ray!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    kinda grossed out

    by ianrewel

    Harry glad u found your other half and what not, but picturing you naked under the covers kinda grosses me out, and I've been with a LOT of shifty looking dudes. Oh btw the country is called ColOmbia

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    I liked Behind the Mask even with the flaws

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    The actor playing Leslie Vernon was really good. The scene where he's crying tears of happiness right before going off to slaughter some teenagers is just so creepy and unsettling. Still looking forward to the sequel.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Columbia is better said Ianrewel..

    by StarchildAD

    Go fuck a shifty looking dude in ColOmbia.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    So long, and thanks for all the fish

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. except for you guys in Japan.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    "World's Greatest Dad"

    by Rocco Curioso

    Arriving on DVD right on the heels of "Old Dogs" in the theatre, I wonder... how many imbecilic parents are going to rent this for family night viewing, thinking they're getting cuddly Robin Williams instead of slightly deranged Robin Williams? Good luck with that.<P>First the sublime "Shakes The Clown"; now this. RW should have placed himself firmly under Bobcat Goldthwait's directorial wing long ago, and never looked back. Just think of all the needless suffering we could have been spared("What Dreams May Come", "Patch Adams", "Jack", "RV", etc., etc.).

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone?

    by yodalovesyou

    Was there a prequel no one told me about? ;)

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName


  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName


  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I mistakenly believed it was another dumb Robin Williams comedy but i've been hearing it's actually very adult and also very good.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I admire its message but i don't think i can bear watching it. Dolphin murdering makes me sad. :(

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter collections

    by Bouncy X

    i can't believe they make these super nice collections, like last year's suitcase thingy and now this castle.....and the series isnt even over yet. i realize its all about making money but dont they realize these things could sell even better with the complete movie series? just be patient WB.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Friends come in all sizes...

    by Mel Garga

    Death to Smoochie is Williams at his best, subversive and crude. I hope WGD is similar.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Worlds greatest dad is fanatastic, Williams best since

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Death to Smoochy. Williams is a weird one, even in his schlock he is always the best thing in it. Then when he is on form there is no-one else like him. <p> Death To Smoochy, Good Morning Vietnam, The Birdcage, World's Greatest Dad, Cadillac Man, heck even Aladdin are all comedy gold...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    "ohhh Fucka' you dolphin"

    by JettL93

    Is it true that the japanese kill dolphins because they blame them for dropping the a-bomb on hiroshima?<P>Nothing besides Potter 6 for me this week (those ultimate editions are in gigantic eye sore of box's, i'm holding off until WB releases them in normal cases) <P>world's greatest dad is an amazing film, I suggest people discover it now before all the award buzz around robin williams performance starts happening in the new year and the the media ruins the films plot surprise (seriously he will get a golden globe nom and most likely an oscer nom)

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Who got that INSANE Lost Blu-Ray deal at Amazon?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I'm still pinching myself.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    "For those few of you that saw this

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    film theatrically – here’s the home version of that experience." That made me laugh out loud. It's the kind of insight I crave daily.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Sherlock series

    by Rathbone

    I have the entire Rathbone series on Key Video VHS and I've been meaning to upgrade to DVD for years. But I've had a hard time finding all 14 movies collected in a single affordable package. Are the releases spotlighted here part of a larger complete set? It would be great to finally retire my VCR. I've already got a couple of other DVD upgrades of Holmes classics coming my way this Christmas including the Ronald Howard and Peter Cushing TV series.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    World's Greatest Dad...Amazing

    by thepowerrulz

    This is one of those films that is going to be a classic on dvd. No one really knows anything about this film but it really is must see. This really is the type of movie where Williams is at his best...4 stars.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    First documentary I've seen in a while that lives up to the hype. <P> Mainly because something happens. It doesn't just present a problem then shrug at the end, then all the critics shit their pants about how AMAZING IT IS! Its got a satisfying ending. Maybe it didn't stop dolphin killing, but the ending was just great.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    For those few of you that saw this film theatrically

    by Series7

    I guess the 12 people that saw Behind The Mask in theater visit this site? <P> And I guess it hasn't been out on DVD for about 2 years now?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Love Rathbone as Holmes

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Can people just stop calling HARRY POTTER DARK!

    by Series7

    It really isn't, just because every critic in the world calls the new Harry Potter DARK doesn't make it so.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    It would be rather nice if you ACTUALLY have seen the films firs

    by Ivo_Shandor

    before making them your "picks". S'all I'm sayin' .

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    A good Robin Williams movie? Really? Cool...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...after DEAD POETS and GOOD MORNING VIETNAM I will carry the Robin Williams torch forever...<P> ...but that damn torch has been really fucking heavy recently...and I've been carrying it for a very fucking long time...and I think I have a rock in my shoe...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    PUBLIC ENEMIES looks like shit.

    by Stifler's Mom

    The digital photography is so ugly and distrcting that it completely takes your out of the period setting. A huge misfire.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Anyone else seen Bobcats other films?

    by Series7

    Sleeping Dogs Lie was pretty interesting take on the rom com. Windy City Heat? Anyone?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Jeremy Brett

    by Sailor Rip

    is THE definitive Sherlock Holmes. About this there can be no debate.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    to anyone who wants BOOGIE NIGHTS on Blu-Ray

    by Kaiser Soze

    Just a heads-up, as I know this won't be covered here since Amazon won't be selling it: As they did with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Green Mile, next Tuesday Best Buy will start selling Boogie Nights on Blu-Ray exclusively for a little over a month before it's sold elsewhere. Seriously, Rollergirl in High-Def! But since we can't link it to Amazon for profit, it likely won't be reviewed by Harry.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Long Island Goo Spew

    by keylimepirate

    Anyone see this yet? It's on YouTube. Mysterious hooch plus late-night partiers on the train equal goo-spwewing fiends! Kinda fun.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I'm ashamed to admit it...

    by The_Crimson_King

    but I still haven't popped my Kurosawa cherry, unfortunately I can't afford a 300 dollar boxset

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    For those of you who dug 'Behind the Mask'

    by Asimov_Lives

    check out the documentary 'Dreams on Spec' which follows 3 would-be screenwriters as they try to break into the industry. The writer of Behind the Mask is one of the writers it follows and the only successful one out of the trio. It's funny to see him quit his job and show up on set only to have the director rewriting his script and none to happy to have him hanging around and interfering in the production. It's a must see for any aspiring screenwriter or film student.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    Did you ever get around to watching Supernatural? I remember you saying you hadn't seen it a few months ago but you had the box sets there. You really should watch it, absolutely awesome show, best on tv!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    If I agreed with you any more, I would bleed from the ears. Brett was pure mastery.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Mmmmmmm, Dolphins!!!

    by Asimov_Lives

    Yummy in my tummy!!! They say dolphins are as smart as dogs and we eat them, don't we?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    SEVENSAMURAI does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    the_Crimson_King - cook up a stir fry, pop open a bottle of win, disconnet the phone and settle down for an evening with SEVEN SAMURAI. Immerse yourself in a true classic.<p> You dont have to spend $300, just buy it individually.<p> ps. Don't be distracted by Harry pretentiously rattling off Kurosawa films he thinks are better than it. Start with SS and if it moves you, go from there.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    The IMDB message board says The Cove is made up

    by seppukudkurosawa

    in the same way that Nanook of the North is made up, in that a lot of it is staged and didn't actually happen (on camera). Now, as a vegetarian (yeah I know I shouldn't be saying that on a board owned by a Texan) I'm all for the politics of this movie, but can anyone verify this rumour?<p> By the way, thanks Harry for reviewing every Kurosawa movie on that boxset: it was a fun read. I still think they're really missing out by not including Dersu Uzala, though. That's one gorgeous movie like no other!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Really enjoyed half blood prince but

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    I wouldn't put it above prisoner of azkaban or goblet of fire. Great flick though. But one thing in still pissed about was the cutting of dumbledores funereal, and to a lesser extent, the dursleys meeting dumbledore. Good movie though. Sorrcers stone is really dated I won't be picking that up, chamber of secrets is better (as a movie anyway not the book) but it's not too rewatchable to me, especially when everybody starts sucking hagrids cock at the end

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Throne of Blood is "outside its Danish roots"

    by DVader

    Don't you mean SCOTTISH?!? Hamlet was Danish. Jeebus, Harry. <p> If its not Scottish, its crap. Come on now.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    And why isn't RAN on the Kurosawa set?

    by DVader

    That's just a bizarre omission.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    "That said." is not a sentence!

    by Kief_Ledger

    Jesus Christ Harry, do us all a favor and learn grammar.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Oh and yates filming style has improved

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Some really awesome camera work and cinemtography in hbp. I though order of the pheonix looked pretty good but this one looks fucking awesome. And Tom Felton and Richard Harris were great!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Fuck Yates

    by Judge Briggs

    Fucking up 2 endings to the books. 2 endings is unforgivable! He's a hack who obviously doesn't know anything about the books.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Interesting that these HARRY POTTER ultimate editions seem to be coming in as 'extended cuts'. Anyone know if the new material has been available before? Don't actually own any of the HP's on DVD but I'm always intrigued to rewatch a film when it comes out in a longer version.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I second the "Fuck Yates" sentiment

    by DVader

    I still haven't seen 6 bc I was so burned on Harry Potter 5, and all the changes and omissions he made to Part 6 sounded like terrible choices to me. Fuck that guy.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai, I believe they were offered as deleted scenes

    by DVader

    On the DVDs, but not as Extended Editions. Though when they played on the Family Channel on tv, I think the scenes were put back in.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    yay for the UK at last...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...we seem to be getting a ton of dvd/blu releases a week before you yanks recently :-)

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    You think he fucked 5? Wait until you see the ending of 6 and things he left out of it. The ending to 6 is especially shitty. Remember that big ol fight scene in the book? Try not to when watching the movie.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Rashomon played in my local theater for a week

    by Asimov_Lives

    a few weeks back. An all new 35mm print and I missed it. I'm so Pissed Offed!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Harry Potter was a book first? You mean people actually spent more then 2 hours on that crap?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    In 2010, LOST will make history.

    by LoneGun

    If its final season is anywhere as good as the last two, LOST will go down in history as the greatest mystery ever produced for television. Period.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    DVader, thanks. I do remember hearing something about Rik Mayall from DROP DEAD FRED playing the poltergeist Peeves having all his scenes cut. Come to think of it I haven't seen John Cleese doing his little ghostly cameo in the recent films either...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Feel better, Harry.

    by LoneGun

    Eat lots of chicken soup. Take plenty of Vitamin C. Thanks for a good column.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Whatever, Lost will have the same ending as Sphere.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Lost deal on Amazon

    by Bouncy X

    i'm too obsessed with fancy box sets so i'm waiting for the eventual complete series collection. but that was an amazing deal they had, 110$ for 5 seasons and on blu-ray no less. i mean damn, whoever got it saved themselves A LOT of money.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai reports:<p> M Night Shymalan has been drafted in to pen the final episode of LOST.<p> "We haven't got a fucking clue how to end it" confess the show's regular writers "we needed an expert."<p> "Watching M Night at work has been an education." claims a TV exec who did not want to be named, "all these words put in a hat and then picked out at random to form the plot twist."<p> Critics have claimed that M Night's technique was first invented by South Park's 'Manatees' episode but when pressed to comment M Night stated "im a man not a Manatee - there's a big difference."

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    God I hope South Park ends next year to

    by Series7

    Or doesn't come back. Put that show to rest before it destroys all the good will it earned over the years.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Why not, Everybody is a ghost in Lost already anyway

    by Asimov_Lives

    and the island is really just a couple miles away from the interstate highway.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah I heard about that Judge Briggs

    by DVader

    That's what I was referring to. Cutting out the big climactic fight scene? WHYYYYYYYY, might I ask, did he think he was smart enough to do such a stupid thing?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I'm waiting for the bazillion dollar . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . LOST: The complete series. And where the hell is my Dark Tower complete series in a nice box, plastic turret or whatever the hell they want to come up with?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Takashi Shimura

    by Daytripper69

    Hey Harry, why no shout out by name for the other major actor in Kurosawa's body of work? His work was brilliant in Drunken Angel, Stray Dog and Scandal—without even mentioning Ikiru and the Seven Samurai.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Public Enemies

    by zed261

    looks much better now. The print I saw at cinema was too much grainy, now the picture is very clear. And I love that 'videoish' feeling that you seem to hate so much. I think it is exceptional and it feels like you are closer to the characters when watching the movie. I hope Mann never goes back to celluloid.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes blows

    by IAmLegolas

    The stories aren't even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's. Check out Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes (Granada TV series), you'll need nothing else.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    South Park was great this season

    by Judge Briggs

    It was hella good. The water park episode was excellent... the references to Avatar and Beck... Butters as pimp. Good stuff.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Caruthers, at last! It works! By Jove it works! And they said man could never build a time machine. Well, you naysayers - I Basil Rathbone have succeeded. Now then where are we Caruthers? Ahh, it's the year 2009. Golly. And we appear to be in some kind of teenagers bedroom. Hmm. What's this glass screen thing? Aha it has words upon it. Fascinating. By jove there's my name! It says.... 'Basil Rathbone blows'. Oh. I see. Caruthers. Let us leave the future, tis a silly place."

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Half Blood Prince is as good as Azkaban or Goblet.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Oh yes it is. The performances all round are the best yet in a Potter film. The attention to character is fantastic. The pacing brilliant. I didn't think that Order of Phoenix was a bad film, but it wasn't quite as fun as the two preceding it. This, however, is. Anyone who calls Yates a hack doesn't understand the meaning of the world. He is - clearly - 100% committed to this world.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Half Blood Prince is as good as Azkaban or Goblet.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Oh yes it is. The performances all round are the best yet in a Potter film. The attention to character is fantastic. The pacing brilliant. I didn't think that Order of Phoenix was a bad film, but it wasn't quite as fun as the two preceding it. This, however, is. Anyone who calls Yates a hack doesn't understand the meaning of the word. He is - clearly - 100% committed to this world.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Forget all that, I just ordered King Kong '76 on blu-ray

    by ufoclub1977

    I just ordered King Kong '76 on blu-ray from France. The first movie I took to heart. First movie I had my mother take me to. And really a great movie, much better, more of a fluid dream logic/emotional plotline than Jackson's horribly written, miscast, and mis-structured (but masterfully realized visually) dead weight version. The score alone by John Barry is so GOOD. Can you see the influence on my contest entry? Press the skip intro button on the lower right.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't rank any of those films above Seven Samurai

    by Laserhead

    Not a one. Not even close.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    only problem with goblet was gambons dreadful performance

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    thats my only complaint. i thought he was good in 3 and fantastic in 6 but i cant quite put hbp with goblet because its honestly, while having a great charecter development and plot, just a filler movie/book. but its fucking brilliant filler.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Expected some cooking extras?

    by coconutgroves

    Seriously, that is the funniest shit I have read all week. Harry gotta eat!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Half Blood Prince is the worst of the movies

    by sewiz

    God awful adaptation. They totally blew the ending, completly. No where near what it should have been. Where as Order of the Pheonix benefited from the necessary cuts,HBP suffered incredibly by what wasn't included, or by what was inexplicably changed. Harry, had you read the books you would not like the 6th movie...personally I can't understand any fan of the books who does.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    It wasn't so much the changes which were not that major, but the fact that it was BORING. I'm not sure if the pacing was off or what but for the first time in a Potter movie I was looking at my watch.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Half Blood Prince is the best of the movies

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    The other movies are not very good.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    if dolphins are so smart; why dont they avoid the cove?

    by HaterofCrap

    stop being brainwashed by fucking flipper and sea world. dolphins are smart for ANIMALS.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Because of Hayden Panettiere, HaterofCrap

    by ChittyChittyGangBang

    If I knew some b-list actress was shedding fake tears for a one-week publicity stunt of self promotion, I would end my life as well.<p>

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    That's a shame. I think it's one of his best. Although I have about ten of Kurosawa's movies vying for that distinction in my master list of favorites.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Yates is a hack.

    by Judge Briggs

    If he wasn't, he would have NEVER changed the endings to the last two movies. Nor would he left out pivotal plot developments.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Harry, but if one DOESN'T own Kirosawa

    by Jaka

    Or very little of what's included in the box set, would you recommend it then? I mean, it's the films that are important, right? Or do you think the extras really add that much to the viewing experience with his films. I only own a couple of the individual Criterion releases, don't have the book, and had put the word out there that I'd really like this for Christmas. I can't imagine it would be a waste by any means. Just wondering.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    None of the other Potter films..

    by Jaka

    ..come CLOSE to touching Prisoner of Azkaban. That said, even though I like them quite a lot, I think all the others are better than the first two.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I love


    How everything has to be dumbed down for Americans, Harry potter and the Sorcerers stone, HA!:P oh and ya, Kurosawa was the worlds greatest film maker, i have loved everything the man touched.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    liesandpicturesofalso lies you must not know a good movie...

    by DVader

    When you see one, if you consider HP and the Prisoner of AZKBN to be "not very good".

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Come on guys, Yates had to be told..

    by Jaka leave Kreacher in the movies. Nothing beyond that needs to be said regarding his knowledge of the books. He clearly has none.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Harry is British?1?1?!?!

    by TheBaxter

    "As a kid, I knew the British were always going to kick the Nazis, because WE had Sherlock Holmes."

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I hated Jack Brooks and Behind the Mask

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    Jack brooks was the most boring movie using plastic monsters, and Leslie Vernon made my head hurt.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by ZombiManos

    i agree with the poster about Ran being his best friend bought the film a few years back and i was over at his house for awhile before i had to get back home and sleep..he put it on and i was engrossed...i thought it was ending and i had to leave during the scene where the fortress is burning down...i thought i was seeing the end and my friend says "no, this is a 3 hour film" and i was sooo pissed...i went out the next day with money i didn't have and bought it...i'm glad i did, because i never saw it locally to buy again and it truly is one of the best films of all time --sam--

  • Who the fuck has a working VHS player anymore?? I mean really!! If it was a DVD case shaped like a video cassette, like the Criterion Videodrome (of a beta tape also!) DVD case, okay.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I think Leslie Vernon tried to be a little too meta-meta

    by skimn

    for its own good. I did enjoy the Scott Wilson role as the ol' retired serial killer. The guy deserves more work.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    The Potter deluxe package

    by skimn

    Not very kid-friendly is it? Lots of pointy things to fall and get impaled/lose an eye upon.

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  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Just watched Museum 2 last night and Amy Adams

    by skimn

    made a barely watchable mess, watchable. At least her scenes. Hubba hubba!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    nick hooper isnt priase jesus (but the score during the scene where the death eaters flee the castle and harry calls snape a coward is freakin awesome) but john williams said he would come back and even at one of his concerts did a hour of harry potter music recently!!! please come back! alfonso wanted to but wb didnt ask him to sadly!!!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    The VHS video is on YouTube already and it's a whopping 5 minutes of nothing.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    IMDB message boards say seppukudkurosawa is an idiot

    by andrew coleman

    The Cove was pretty much all true ass. Just watch it. About HP 6 I love the changes. I know you kids(I'm assuming you guys are 12 since you're so mad about HP movies) don't want your books or stories changed. Still the movie ending was better. In the book the fight at the end made the villains look like major pussies. They were not threatening or scary they just seemed like losers who couldn't beat kids. This new ending made the villains actually look like a threat and set up the next movie.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Revenge is a bitch, bitch!

    by IndyCollector

    Like a bitch!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    HARRY POTTER 5 & 6 suck!

    by SnakePlissken711

    The problem with the last two Potter films is that they ARE NOT FILMS at all! At least in the most basic sense, they do not supply you with a beginning, middle or end. Character plot threads are left open, resolutions are piss-poor and climactic beats are often weaker than imaginable. NOW I understand that the big climax and resolution of the series is coming up in the (two-part) movie #7 and I am sure it will conclude things and resolve issues, etc. In the meantime the folks at Warner Bros. have successfully rooked billions of dollars on some absolutely worthless cinema. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a brilliant movie and it works as much as do episodic as it does actually GIVING US A FULL BLOWN STORY WITH CLIMAXES AND RESOLUTIONS. Potter 5 and especially 6 could take a lesson from this movie. Even MATRIX RELOADED which ends as a cliffhanger is a masterpiece in comparison! I have never seen so much money wasted on effects and production design for amounts to almost 5 hours of "dead air"! Shame on the fans for supporting such dreck! TV shows, comic books and continuing serials may be able to get away with this but movies should at least give you something cohesive. HP 5 & 6 are complete failures as movies. At least the first 4 had a basic plotline which was resolved and made you feel like you witnessed a story. I haven't read the books (thank God!) but I hear they are far superior to the movies. Anti-climactic movies suck! I'd sit through 40 TWO TOWERS before I'd waste money on another half-baked Potter film. At least that movie, like EMPIRE and MATRIX 2 gave you some pay-off!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Let's keep an eye on those goddamned Japs

    by Star Hump

    Dolphin killing now, but what next?If we have to firebomb Tokyo again, we will. Nip the problem right in the bud this time.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I ***HATEHATEHATE*** "complete series" boxed sets...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...mainly because 90% of them have the discs packaged in some obscenely scratch-inducing way (like last year's Fraggle Rock set...WTF?!). I'll take function over form any day of the week. Just say NO to cardboard sleeves!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Saw Potter recently on DVD...

    by Kammich

    Was just one of those movies that I couldn't make it to during its theatrical run. I was holding out for the IMAX experience, but it was always sold out on my rare summer days off. Honestly, I was disappointed in the movie. It was my favorite book in the series, and the advertisements showed a lot of promise(like showcasing the only-mentioned bridge "terrorist" attack by the death eaters). but it came off as one of those movies that tried to be thematically dark but only achieved that in being LITERALLY dark; the cinematography has moments of brilliance, but the dilapidated, washed-out look results in a draining, depressing experience after 160 minutes. It also didn't help that they trimmed the climactic battle in order to present more action in the "Hallows" two-parter... as well as cutting out the funeral, etc. I've liked all the movies so far, some more than the books(Azkaban), but HBP was definitely my least favorite. The performances were solid, the comedy was great(Kloves was missed), and the effects work was good... but everything else was kind of flat.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    The HP boxed set looks pretty incredible...

    by charabicharabia

    But by gawd.....what a freaking waste ! Did someone not get the memo of how much trash humans produce every day? And how much the planet suffers from your stupid packaging?? Also, it isn't complete until it IS complete (meaning 2 more movies to be released still!!!). Duh !?! I'm deathly afraid to watch the cove....Tortured dolphins for lunch?? Sounds absolutely horrible ! Spielberg should do a horror movie about Dolphins seaking revenge....

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Oh I just read the boxed set leaves room for the other film

    by charabicharabia

    It doesn't matter....It's still a waste...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "...but only achieved that in being LITERALLY dark"

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    That pretty much describes every Harry Potter movie made from Prisoner of Azkaban onward.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Prisoner Of Azkaban was the best film

    by charabicharabia

    Goblet of Fire was the best book.... The film order for me would be 3 / 4 / 6 / 5 / 2 / 1 .... Alfonso Cuaron should direct the last film.....!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    "Sorcerer"?? stupid fucking American kids.

    by FleshMachine

    Philosopher's stone? LOL!!! fuck that gay shit...if it aint kewl or vilent i dont wanna see it or read it! (if i could read lol)....(sarcasm) Millions of dollars of marketing research proves one is more ignorant than Americans.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Gwau Lo, DERSU UZALA!!!!!

    by FleshMachine

    SUCH A BEAUTIFUL FILM!! need criterion bluray!!!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    DERSU UZALA = the BEST Kurosawa film.

    by FleshMachine

    it's just perfect.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    let try this again...charabicharabia if you were a woman

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    iw ould want to have sex with you! you list agrees with me entirely! hooray! let the akwardness begin

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    i wish the first one was called Philosopher's Stone in the u.s

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    just so people like fleshmachine can shut the fuck up.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    HBP was a LIFELESS piece of shit

    by ludmir88

    but i already have the first 5 films on dvd so i'm compelled to buy this thing. EMMA I LOVE YOU!!! ... that was necessary, sorry.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Barbarosa

    Respect Kagemusha

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Spectrebeeyatch are you an idiot?

    by DVader

    The end of the book the villains look like pussies? They can't beat kids? At the end of the book, they are fighting TEACHERS and members of the Order of the Phoenix. Hell, Ron's brother is almost killed when attacked by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. There is nothing in that final battle to suggest they were pussies. <p> And its far more believable than, say, what happens in the movie, where they run through the school making noise and destroying shit and NO ONE comes out to see what the hell is going on.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    And Jaka is right about Yates

    by DVader

    The man had to be told to keep Kreacher in the film. That tells you all about A) what he knows about the books and B) what he knows about setup and foreshadowing, things that are important when you're making one part of a very large story.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Dolphins seaking revenge....

    by ludmir88

    I already saw that on the Simpsons treehouse of horror episode.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    My Kurosawa Collection

    by DustinBones

    Anyone contemplating the Kurosawa Boxset? My collection so far consists of: Seven Samurai, Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Stray Dog, Rashomon, & Throne of Blood. And I'm still kinda tempted.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Cowbell....thanks for the compliment...

    by charabicharabia

    And rest assured, your heterosexuality is safe long as you don't meet me in a dark alley ....hahaha

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I have about everything you have, DustinBones

    by DVader

    Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ran, Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Ikiru, Stray Dog, Drunken Angel, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, and Kagemusha. I contemplated the set for the other DVDs I don't have, but the lack of extras and the fact that I have a lot of those DVDs already tell me that I won't be picking it up.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Behind the Mask was shit.

    by HorrorFan81

    Unlike Man Bites Dog and Scream, this film was terribly executed. Horribly written, horribly directed, and horribly acted.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    HBP was second fav Potter film beind POA...

    by odo19

    Really went in expecting nothing and was surprised by how much I liked it. Though in full disclosure I should mention that I fucking despised the book and think its a complete shit stain on the series as a whole. Yates probably could have just made up an entirely different plot and I would have thought it was an improvement.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    charabicharabia, thanks and sorry for the creepy moment

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    looking back on that post it was weird. very. my hetrosexuality is safe...i think...whatever i dont go down dark alleys anyway, how cliche.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    amazon lost deal

    by onkylonky7719

    Best deal ever, woke up at 6:10, checked the site for news, ordered by 6:15. 5 Seasons of lost on blu ray for 110 is insane. Just waiting for it to get here!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Kinda liked Behind the Mask

    by Turingtestee

    But only kinda.<P> Really looking forward to seeing Worlds Greatest Dad. Havent seen Shakes the Clown in years. Death to Smoochie is insanely quotable.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    earlier this week in winston-salem nc for the remake of TRUE GRIT

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Frank Cotton are you in Winston Salem?

    by DVader

    I'm in Charlotte. Weird to have a casting call for that film in NC...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Behind the Mask and Severance were to rentals

    by future help

    i saw back to back. And they were the best time i've had with horror/comedy in a long while. It felt great to see 2 in a row, both with unexpected fun. Bring on the sequel to Behind the Mask. (the farce demands it)

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    were 2 rentals

    by future help


  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    OK, anybody have an opinion on the Kurosawa box

    by Jaka

    Should I still get it? I'm not really stressed on not having the bonus material - I'd just like to get all the films in one bunch. Particularly since I wouldn't be paying for it.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    So The Cove is actually legit?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    That's just peachy! Why is it that Iceland and Japan, two otherwise very cool countries, have such a retrogressive 'tude when it comes to the cetaceans of the world?! I once was out on a boat off Scotland, and a family of dolphins all started swimming along with us under the boat. That was one of the most magic moments of my life. <p> Oh, and last time I was in Japan, I spent hours searching for a restaurant with edible food that didn't know quantum physics, and ended up getting into a conversation with an uber-cute Japanese chick. Her argument justifying eating monkey brains and the like was: "But how can we NOT eat something so incredibly tasty?" I hear humans make great sweet-meats, too!<p> And I'm almost certain that Sanshiro Sugata 2/POW thing is legit. The movie was shot near the end of the war (and released in 1945) on the government's behest as a means of recouping Japan's rapidly waning morale. Just look at the movie and you'll see how damn grudging those American actors' performances are. It's the only thing that makes it watchable. Fair enough though: America nuked Hiroshima, and Japan made a movie about how Judo totally pwns boxing. All's fair and square!<p> I'm not sure what I think about Grande Rojo's criticisms of Seven Samurai. He's totally got a right to think what he wants, but I still think that movie is just one of the purest action movies ever made (along with Wages of Fear). And even if its influence is seen everywhere, in this instance I don't think it generally affects the movie itself. At least not for me.<p> I can see his point, though. Just because a director made one or two movies which are way more popular than all of the others, shouldn't be an excuse to just ignore the rest of their oeuvre. I think anyone on the fence about that boxset will find themselves really impressed by a few of his more obscure movies, like Drunken Angel and Scandal, but I don't know...I bought his entire filmography off ebay via some shady Chinese vendor, so I doubt I'll be getting that set. And fo' sure Dersu Uzala is one of his best. It's a 2 and a half hour Russian movie about a Ruski Captain and his relationship with a Goldi tracker, and it's just totally mesmerizing. Dersu IS Akira Kurosawa, who at that point felt like he didn't have any place to belong. The DVD out right now is a really shitty print, so a Criterionization would've been nice. A good print of Dreams would've been pretty sweet, too.<p> Anyway, enough kvetching! As long as there's a dolphin out there smiling his evil, taunting smile, my job isn't done. Die, you giant sperms! Die!<p> (Maybe that Cove guy should do a sequel about that Yangtze dolphin that almost went extinct recently).

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Does this collection of HP films include the one not yet released? No? THEN ITS NOT A COLLECTION! Man it irks me when a company puts out what it calls the 'series' of a certain film and then theres more films released. Now, you can do the Kubrick collection, as he's dead. But the HP books are a SERIES, and to do an expensive, ornate collectors edition WITHOUT THE LAST FILM IN THE SERIES is retarded. For Gods sake wait until the series is COMPLETE, and THEN put out you elaborate DVD series.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    You did read that there's a space for two more dvd releases, right? I mean, you complaint is valid. But at least they waited until they knew how many slots would be needed and designed it accordingly.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    * your

    by Jaka

    Stupid R.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Is horribly wrong. Man Bites Dog is fucking good though.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    The Cove

    by Series7

    Was fucking good. I don't care if its legit or not, its just nice to have a documentary about success. Too many docs just bring up tons of questions and are like TOO BAD that's big corporations for yah! I'm looking at you Food Inc.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I'm with Uber....sorry jaka....

    by charabicharabia

    But this whole ooo look you can buy 5 and wait for the other 2 and hope that in 2 1/2 years you will shove those dvd's inside your castle drawer display crap.... it's all just marketing bull. I bet you when they all have been finally released, they will have a much bigger, better castle for those of you who didn't buy it 2 years ago ! And those who bought the smaller castle will get the bigger one cause it's better... And this is WHY humans are so freaking wasteful... pathetic

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    I liked Food, Inc....

    by charabicharabia

    2012 stole their chicken scene...haha...I kid !

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    yes, frank is trapped here in hell. good to know i'm not the only one from nc here. the casting call is for the teenage girl - had them lined up down the street. reported by WS JOURNAL

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST set.....

    by charabicharabia

    Shouldn't that come with a massive display of some sort like HP?? And maybe the marketing people for the Cove should add a MASSIVE plush dolphin included in the price of the DVD....yeah!

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Like I said, it's a valid argument

    by Jaka

    So is the comment on it being a huge packaging waste from an environmental standpoint. But I still think it's really cool. :p

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    HP films suck.

    by Kontarsky

    Period. The only two I can stand are the first two, as they're closest to the books.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    No Kurosawa collection is complete without Derzu Uzala

    by gun_will_travel

    Not only because it's a great film, but because the protagonist is obviously a cinematic representation of Kurosawa himself. How can someone put together 25 Kurosawa films and leave that one out? And really, the collection needs to include some of the outstanding narrative material on the Criterion discs to make the subject matter more accessible for the 21st century Western viewer.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    the first two hp's are closest to the books story wise

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    but the films after that captured the feeling, and world of harry potter so perfectly, while keeping the meat of the story intact, with mostly understandable cuts made in 3 & 4. way too much stuff cut in 5, dont care how weak that book was, there was no excuse to cut rons quidditch in such a slow movie, and why the fuck would they cut so so so so much out the final conversation harry has with dumbledore? funny because i like the order of the pheonix movie possibly better than the book, but at the same time i question why even smaller moments that wouldnt have even taken a minute to show wouldve fleshed out the movie more, got cut. but seriously why the fuck would you cut the quidditch.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    The Columbus Potter films are easily the worst...

    by odo19

    like cowbell said they may have been closer storywise but they neither captured the spirit nor the essence of the books. In other words they were boring and bland as a shit. The thing that most closely resembles them would probably be the Watchmen movie. If you're going to make an adaptation of something you can't smply make a carbon copy of have know....actually do something with it. <P> The series starts for me with Azkaban, which was the first movie to capture the tone of the books exactly.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    And a big thing that also bugged me about the Columbus films

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Is the fact that stuff we see happen has to be explained to us. Like at the end of chamber of secrets, when Harry and us ourselves watch the phenoix tear up the snakes eyes and the snake freaks out in pain, yet tom riddle explains to us DIRECTLY INTO THE CAMERA "NOO ! You mave have blinded the snake, but he can still hear you!!" NO FUCKING SHIT. Even if he said that in the book (can't remember) there's no reason for him to tell us IF WERE SEEING IT!!! This was a movie that had good moments and better performances (though the main 3 really turned it on fully in poa) all around (and lockhart owned!) that suffered from poor decisions by the director. Ill admit, I still kinda like it, but moments like that piss me off and it just really pales in comparsion to the others now, and really is just a retelling than a imagining of the book.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Kill the dolphins !

    by PTSDPete

    Dolphins are full of SHIT

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    "a lively imagining"

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Odo19-about watchmen

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    I really do think it's a good movie but I couldve done without the fucking ridiclously out of place music and awful performance by akerman. it was too faithful at times, I can admit that. I didn't need to hear all along the watchtower during a crash sequence, though I like the placement of the music when the comedian is getting his ass beat at the beginning. Rorscrach is the heart and soul of that movie to me though. Fuck, Haley should get a oscar nod.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Both Hailey and Crudup were great...

    by odo19

    but aside from those two performances and some other small moments I thought the movie was just a dud. To me the best part is the opening murder which wasn't in the GN. I think if Snyder was a little bit more confident in himself and less afraid of the fanboys we really could have had something special. Oh well. <P> Also right on about the pointless groan-inducing exposition in the first two HP movies. It was a constant throughout them both but it did hit critical mass during the climax of chamber.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    aww shiiiiit....I meant Haley of course...

    by odo19

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Oh and the old age makeup in watchmen was pretty bad

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Anyway the opnion on watchmen is pretty divided but I think we can all agree the my chemical romance cover of desolation row was fucking terrible. Yes crudup was amazing. I'm pretty happy with the movie but I do wonder what it wouldve been like if snyder took chaces.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Bobcat is proof Jews should never truly pack it in in Hollywood

    by Professor_Monster

    Jack Earle Hailey is another example. I mean seriously - tell me one black comedian from the 80's who is even given a cameo on something outside tv land's joke awards - much less the green to make your own movie.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    black vs jew question?

    by Oprah_Duke

    Eddie Murphy & jamie Foxx are doing pretty good...

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Deathly Hallows teaser on the HP6 extras disk

    by Turd Furgeson

    (SPOILER) Watched it last night, it's a good teaser.. The producers give you what you want to see, shell cottage, griphook, Olivander, the wedding, the 3 kids getting into the ministry and Rons injury, Death Eaters outside Grimauld Place, The forest of dean and inside the tent... The 3 kids are really grown up now, its really pronounced watching HP6 then the teaser, you can really see the maturity.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by ianrewel

    It is Colombia, I'm from there i should know, and thanx for the recommendation, will do that.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Griphook looks TERRIBLE, Turd Ferguson

    by DVader

    Why they shortened his ears, making them less like Yoda and more like Spock, is beyond me. And that straight black Hitler-hairdo? Terrible! <p> Other than that, I'm amazed- literally AMAZED- that the cottage at Shell Beach and the geography of the cemetery look EXACTLY as how I imagined them to look while reading.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    'Black vs Jew' the new board game from Parker Bros?

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by ianrewel

    Bring back Cuaron for the final Potter movie! How awesome would the Battle for Hogwarts be in the hand-held CoM style?!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives


  • Dec. 10, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    McGoo, I'm not going to get into an argument over semantics

    by Asimov_Lives

    with you. There are Asian countries where it is perfectly acceptable to eat dogs and cats such as China and there are countries like Japan where you can eat Dolphin meat, whether it is labeled as whale meat of not. In the states it is acceptable to eat pigs who are just as intelligent as dogs, so I'm told. So, unless you are a vegan your argument is moot and I suggest you STFU! Also, you are so quick to label me a conservatard just because I made and admittedly stupid joke about eating yummy dolphins. Besides everyone knows it's really porpoises that are the "other white meat".

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    many people eat dolphin

    by Bouncy X

    that's where tuna comes from.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    McGoo, I bet you got one of those cheesy dolphin posters

    by Asimov_Lives

    ,you know the kind with the smiling dolphins jumping out of multi-colored waves under a fluorescent moon, on your bedroom wall. Right next to your fluorescent unicorn paintings.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Ok, McGoo, so now I understand you

    by Asimov_Lives

    You don't have a problem with eating dolphins per se, just with mercury poisoning. Well, then we agree. That's why I only eat Dolphin meat once a month.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Harry you mean RAN is considered Kurosawa's best

    by Tacom

    Kagemusha was okay but nobody thinks that was Kurosawa's best film. They think of it as his lead up to RAN.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    McGoo, that article does sound bogus

    by Asimov_Lives

    But, one thing I did notice was how suddenly almost every tv show began featuring torture as a subject matter. But, I attribute that to the fact that it was in the news and like it or not artists respond to current affairs. BSG is one of the prime examples of art trying to deal with current issues and politics, but there is also Lost and most blatantly 24.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    McGoo, Your jihad against hyperbole is wasted at AICN

    by Asimov_Lives

    where hyperbole is the norm and Harry is the king. You just want someone to argue with. If you ever watched Lost than it's hard not to understand that the island is a metaphor for a post-9/11 world where paranoia, alienation and torture are daily routine. Google it. I'm not the first person to interpret Lost this way.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    And I didn't have to endure Delay dancing

    by Asimov_Lives

    because I don't watch that garbage and Tom Delay like Sarah Palin is like kryptonite to me so as soon as I see them the channel gets changed.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    How about the point being...

    by Jaka

    ...that there are regulations to be followed in the harvesting of all animals and they're being blatantly disregarded by some countries and followed to the letter of the law by others. Or how about the fact that there are places in the world where many marine species are being harvested to extinction right before our eyes. Many of them will be gone in our lifetimes if changes are not enacted right now. Or how about the fact that the US cattle industry does as much damage to the environment and world food chain as the totality of many other countries industrial pollution. How about the fact that everything on earth being soy based, which means massive soy bean farming, is messing up the world wide food chain and farming industries to irreparable lengths. Just some random thoughts. I don't really have a point, I guess.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Ok, McCain

    by Asimov_Lives

    Since you're being hypercritical: it's not very politically correct to refer to Tribble Palin or whatever his name is as "Mr's P's retarded baby." The PC term you are looking for is "mentally challenged." Retarded would be more appropriately be applied to your dumb ass. As far a "current affairs" go again you are trying to play semantics. Torture, surveillance, extraordinary rendition, illegal imprisonment and war are all current affairs that Lost dealt with regularly. If you're too ignorant not to read the underlying subtext and only see the things on a surface entertainment level then no amount of Googling is gong to help you.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I have to ask Asimov_Lives....


    ..why you idolize the Star Trek hating TBer so much that you've taken his name?

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Kurosawa is the shit

    by Tregeek

    how sick is that collection. i got the criterion samurai collection for xmas a couple years ago from my kids. I wont get into a debate over which film is his best all i know is seven Samurai is not just my fave Kurosawa film but one of my top ten over all faves of all time

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the real one is "AsimovLives"


    I'm actually genuinely interested why "Asimov_Lives" idolizes him so much that he's taken the guy's name.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    "I just feel this version of the Dillinger tale just didn’t come

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Your feelings serve you well Harry. The Warren Oates version from the 70s is still the best. This one, Depp was going through the motions, playing a rockstar type as continentalop put it. Christian Bale in his few scenes was more intriguing, how screwed up is it when the good guy in these copper movies is more interesting than the star?

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Throne of Blood

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Also my fav Kurosawa. It and Welles's version are the best of the play.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    OK, wasn't answered directly

    by Jaka

    But that's enough info for me to know I still want the box set. I just want to see all the films. I don't need any historians telling me why I should like them, really.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Anybody else super fuckin' stoked for Sherlock Holmes?

    by SoylentMean

    Unfortunately I'm going to end up seeing The Chipmunks:Squeakquel first. I'm hoping for a twist ending where all of the chipmunks fall into a pit of starved boa constricters.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    dam nit SoylentMean

    by Tregeek

    if yer gonna reveal the end to that chipmunk movie yer supposed to put up a spoiler niece was kinda bummed when i told her how it ended and because i allready knew HOW it ended, thanks to you, i didnt wanna see it.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    RICHARD_GERE, to answer your question:

    by Asimov_Lives

    I do not idolize the original AsimovLives, although I do respect his undying convictions in exposing STINO as an overrated abortion of a film, even if I myself do not feel the movie was as bad as he professes. I initially assumed this moniker for a onetime joke. But, now I use it every once in a while to combat illiterate close-minded jackoffs like McGoof.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Where is this week's list Harry?????

    by SoylentMean

    It's like you spent this previous weekend watching movies for 24 hours straight and didn't have time...oh, right.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Soylent, in Harry's defense, other than Inglorious Bastards

    by Stabby

    this week had few noteworthy releases. Not much was released this week either.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I know Stabby, but I like bustin' chops

    by SoylentMean

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  • Feb. 21, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Kurosawa collection

    by as6095

    I am so greatly relieved at what you said in your review of Kuroswaw's collection. I own all of his films on DVD except for the aformentioned first four movies which have hitherto been unavailable. I was severely pissed that Criterion was only including them in that gargantuan set. I felt this excluded all the perspicacious collectors/lovers of Kurosawa's previous releases on Criterion. To know that they will be releasing them this year separately makes my heart glad! I agree that these films are important and show Kurosawa's evolution as a filmmaker. Now, if they could just remaster Dersu Uzala, then life would be grand! I own the Ruscico version, but it suffers badly from clouding (bad film element). I hope they have surreptitiously found a betetr print are on working on it as we speak. The movie is unequivocally a masterpiece, somber yet beautiful. I am sure it mirrored the soul of the man making it at the time.

  • March 14, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    The Cove is pathetic, sensationalist bollocks

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    There's a line in just the trailer where one of the guy suggests that maybe "Japanese mafia" are chasing them. Yes, the Yakuza get involved in "protecting" a traditional festival in one small town in the middle of nowhere! As soon as the film makers are willing to put such complete and utter shite in their film, there's no saying what they will stoop to. No one in Japan knows about it because *only one small fishing village does it!* And they have been doing it for hundreds and hundreds of years, since long before the USA even existed. They can just fuck off with this belittling attempt to enforce their own culture's views about an animal that isn't even endangered!