Jan. 18, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST
Jan. 18, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST
out of mah butt!
Jan. 18, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST
Dragons face looks bland.
Jan. 18, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST
by mr dark
I was really looking forward to the review of the Presley legacy dvd...But to be honest I usually look forward to the column no matter what is coming out..I do base some of my buys on info I get from this site..but not so much anymore because of a lack of interest on AICN's part..just sayin..
Jan. 18, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST
I love KUNG FU PANDA. It's always a blast to watch with my son (soon to be four years old), though we also enjoy MONSTER VS. ALIENS, UP, and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. Weirdly, we've never seen LILO & STITCH, so on your recommendation, we'll be checking that out. Great review, by the way. Makes me really excited to take my son to the IMAX for his 4th birthday.
Jan. 18, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST
Good to hear it played well for you, Harry. I hope it does for me, too - but Sam Worthington vs. the Gods has my March 26 money. This will be a matinee sometime in the weeks following. I really dig the look of the dragon - sure, a bit STITCH, but I liked him too.
Jan. 18, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST
"His father, Stoick, is voiced by Gerard Butler perfectly. He sounds like a viking." Yes, he sounds like a Viking IF there were such a thing as Scottish Vikings, which they didn't.
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST
as well as Harry's continued DVD reviews that surely will happen soon, right?
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST
Lilo & Stitch balances a family dynamic with some truly shocking violence. It's a great film.
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST
by barnaby jones
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST
It kicked Wall-E's ass. Easily Dreamworks' best film, and is up there with some of Pixar's best. Wall-E lovers are more in love with the politics of that film than they are of the retarded robot who date-rapes a supermodel robot (puts the moves on her while she's unconscious) and still somehow wins her love.
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST
Of course I'm always right. I've learned to accept that.
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST
No, not finished. Just took a break to enjoy the New Year through my wife's birthday off.
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST
Good to hear the DVD column is forthcoming. By the way, the word forthcoming sounds kinda naughty...
Jan. 18, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
Dude. You spend 3-4 paragraphs bitching about MARKETING. Obviously you're not the target demographic they were going for with the trailers anyways. You know why you can't stop bitching about shit? Because deep down you really truly believe that you're smarter than everyone.
Jan. 18, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST
Color me confused based on his opening paragraph...?
Jan. 18, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Jan. 18, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
He sounded like Drew Carey trying to be whiney, even though he's supposed to be a boy.
Jan. 18, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST
Gibson's vikings movie!!
Jan. 18, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST
And he's actually quite outraged by the film's departures from the source material (Toothless is actually about a foot long in the books). I'm actually looking forward to the film, as it looks frankly more entertaining than the books (which are really pretty throwaway children's literature). FUN FACT: The author's husband's name is Simon Cowell, but he's not THAT Simon Cowell.
Jan. 18, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
Actually, actually, actually.
Jan. 18, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST
I love Dragons so that probably skews things a bit though.
Jan. 18, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST
A black scene in 3d... has no depth, does it? You can't have stereoscopic effect with blackness. And if there's one lit, 3d object against a black background, there's no way to make the blackness behind or in front of it... is there? I'm freaking myself out, here.<p> Wait, it's not just blackness. Any featureless surface in 3d would lose all depth. Why haven't I noticed this?
Jan. 18, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST
now if we could only get a good trailer for Clash of the Titans. I loved Clash of the Titans when I was a kid but this one looks good and sounds aweful at the same time. I know it's the trailer. Although... I do love Damn The Gods with all my heart and all my mind and all my strength.
Jan. 19, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST
I'm not going to pay to learn how to train my Pokemon salamander in the theater.
Jan. 19, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST
What's up with that, Harry? The guy's very very funny. Anywho, I saw about an hour of How To Train... and I liked what I saw. This will indeed be a big hit for DreamWorks.
Jan. 19, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST
has vikingr blood?
Jan. 19, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST
The first one is an excellent movie well on par with the very best of Pixar, and Shrek 2 is hardly terrible, I have no defence for Shrek 3.
Jan. 19, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST
gag gag gagitty gag, zero story
Jan. 19, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST
"For one, this is a story about an amazing pet. A rescued, wounded pet that other people wouldn't respect, understand or allow one to keep. This is a deadly creature. In fact, this isn't just any ol ..., but a legendary creature that had never even been glimpsed." <br><br> This is basically the same premise as E.T.?
Jan. 19, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST
That's because they threw out the whole plot of the book, and just kept the characters. This is gonna be shite.
Jan. 19, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST
Getting shoved down your throat 2010. <P> Love,<P>Hollywoodland
Jan. 19, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST
On Monsters vs Aliens. Did you ever write one? Why do I think you liked it?
Jan. 19, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST
Save for Seth Rogen actually his Blob saved the film from being unwatchable. He was a cool fun character and Seth FINALLY brought something to the table with his voice. The rest of the voice cast was wasted worse then the Furious Five. Hugh was hugh, Will was Will and Reese and Reese. Seth's dumbness elevated his character for once. <P> Its a decent rental with some cool action set pieces, but for my money I'd say go see Cloudy or Battle for Terra. Man last year was a good year for animation.
Jan. 19, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST
No way. That takes the cake for the most ridiculous use of famous voices compared to the character development and amount of time featured onscreen.
Jan. 19, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST
It was pretty close. I mean at least in Panda you got some development out of the main two, with Monsters Vs. Aliens no one goes anywhere.
Jan. 19, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST
...hope it's good.
Jan. 19, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
They did the same thing with Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, and that ended up being the best animated film of last year. Not surprised that Ferguson is a highlight. Lost in the war of Conan vs. Jay is that Craig is consistently the funniest and best person working late nights, and deserves far more recognition than he gets.
Jan. 19, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST
Trailers are made for the broadest of audiences. They're not targeting you.
Jan. 19, 2010, 1 p.m. CST
...but lilo and stitch is one of the best animated movies ever. Right up there with Iron Giant and others. So count that as one ticket for how to train your dragon. Might be after Clash of the Titans though. Wife really seems to dig the trailers for that one.
Jan. 19, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST
Him and his spaceships...the rest was really bland.
Jan. 19, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
that film had some fantastic parts.
Jan. 19, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
While I thought the movie as a hole was a bit weak, the first time I ever caught a glimpse of the movie outside of the trailer, was by flipping to that scene on HBOHD. It was pretty f'n cool.
Jan. 19, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Jan. 19, 2010, 3 p.m. CST
I'm glad to see Dreamworks doing something besides another Shrek movie.
Jan. 19, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST
I actually fell asleep at the end, which I've never done before.
Jan. 19, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST
if you had said something nasty to me i could have called you an "as a hole"...
Jan. 19, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST
the Japanese are finally doing CG features to save s from this Hollywood dogshit.
Jan. 19, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST
And it was. Hey, Harry, talk about an exhilirating flying scene, don't you remember when the little robot boy took his maiden flight through those gorgeous clouds at sunset? Diving and flipping and playfully punching clouds? Damn that was beautiful. Even the snottiest film critics liked that scene. Anyhoo, the dragon film looks pretty blah, I'll probably rent it. There was nothing in that trailer that made me excited to see it, and since you dissed Astro Boy (yep, broken record, sue me) I know I can't trust your judgement anymore. So Dragon Movie=pass. But it'll probably get looked at by other folks because it has the Dreamworks label slapped on it, and it's based on a kid's book series, which seems to be a winning formula for bad films (Where The Wild Things Are, Polar Express, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, etc.) Besides, the main dragon looks like Stitch, except that he isn't "cute and fuzzy".
Jan. 20, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST
as good as any Pixar movie.
Jan. 21, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST
I've been coming here reading your posts since the mid-late 90's, and one thing is inexplicably clear. <p> You still can't write for shit.... but at least your review confirmed this particular film's a keeper. Thanks!
Jan. 21, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST
Heh. Actually, there's an historic Viking king who Harry eerily resembles. Look it up here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivar_the_Boneless Yep! "Ivar the Boneless". Huge guy, couldn't walk, his men carried him around on his shield. Proof of reincarnation? Or bizarro coincidence? You decide!
Jan. 22, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST
And I don't want this, which I assume will be better, because its from the L&S guys to be compared with it. I don't have much hope though. Saving Dreamworks now is like saving motherfucking Heroes. It's impossible shit.
Jan. 23, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST
Was well made and had great sequences, but its themes and core where awful. The usual 'just want it and you'll get it nonsense' I dislike in certain US movies (sorry my US cousins). So someone who just 'dreams' of something becomes better than people who've actually been studying and practicing. Kung Fu Panda's central message is exactly the nonsesne that brought the global economy low - that you get what you want with no real effort or talent.
Jan. 26, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST
I thought kung fu panda actually kind of sucked. The whole noodle joke was lame, the parents being chickens never really got played up (I was hoping they would let Panda know he was adopted in a huge reveal. Perfect gag for kids). The Dragon Scroll was lame, it should have been a training regimen. There was no good training. The only part Iiked was the Turtle guy. <p> The whole message of the movie was that if fat/incompetent people believe in themselves, they will be better than everyone else. They kind of left out the whole "I actually have to pay my dues beyond the normal work" bit.
Feb. 27, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST
at around the half hour mark it MIGHT have been oscar nom worthy, but Kung Fu Panda was robbed. It was a much more complete film in every way. Revealing Auto as a villain in Wall- E was just about the lamest thing ever.
April 2, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST
My first 3D movie since Vincent Price's "House of Wax" - consequently was blown away by it. The skin on those hairy Viking arms was so real my brain was tricked for a second. My kids enjoyed it as well - good uncomplicated story. Although personally I still prefer Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, don't know why exactly.
April 3, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST