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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 2nd wk of March. 2010: THE STONING OF SORAYA M, THE BROTHERS WARNER, Michael Moore & more!

Hey folks, Harry here… There’s not really a lot coming out this week that I love. So I encourage you to raid your NETFLIX INSTANT for all its worth. Right now, I’m watching THE BREAKFAST CLUB… saw some silly show Sunday night that made me watch it tonight. As usual the pictures and titles are linked to AMAZON where you can buy the item, where a small percentage would go to support this column… OR you can learn even more about the title. Thanks for reading!

The latest film from Jason Reitman, who has yet to make a bad movie, but with UP IN THE AIR, he’s made a film filled with characters that frankly have their heads so far up their own asses that I just wanted to change the channel. That said – all the actors are charismatic enough to pull it off. I just don’t like spending time with the characters. That said most people seem to love this film at a level of a nicely made Gibson. But frankly, I hate gin and those nasty fucking cocktail onions. Ew. It just wasn’t for me.

PRECIOUS: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Probably the biggest shock of the Oscars was the concept of Sandra Bullock beating Gabourey Sidibe. I love THE BLIND SIDE and I love Sandra Bullock in that film. However, let’s get serious. Gabourey Sidibe turned in a stunning performance in PRECIOUS. Mo’Nique thankfully took home her Oscar, but it feels wrong that the best actress performance was not acknowledged. I just discovered this film on Blu Ray for the first time. I actually wasn’t sure if I wanted to emotionally suffer at the level that heard was associated with this film and its subjects. But frankly… It wasn’t “the nightmare horror show” that I was expecting. I found the film incredibly positive and hopeful. Of course, I went in expecting wall to wall brutality. We definitely need to keep our eyes on Lee Daniels. This is one hell of a sophmore slump.

You know those sequels… where if the movie were a soldier and you were he general, you’d rip their stripes off and put them on KP duty for a month? Well, I really and truly want to strip THE BOONDOCK SAINTS out of the title. It is so beneath the original, which I always felt was overrated by the mobs of adoring fans… but hey, to each their own.

I watched MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON tonight – and more than once it made me love Robin Williams with all my heart, but OLD DOGS? It’s like being hit, continually, between the shoulder blades and having the air leave your body. That said, it is the film that is advertised. This is a comedy for those that go into these films already laughing about how funny they think its going to be. The amazing thing about the film is, it never ever ceases to not get worse. Seriously as bad as it may seem at any given moment, it will get worse. Truly pathetic.

One of Michael Moore’s very best films. While you know who Michael hates most, he does spread the blame around and reveals some truly infuriating policies that… well are just about the most evil thing I’ve ever seen. Everybody should watch this.

Set in the most romantic city on the planet and starring Juliette Binoche and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS’ Melanie Laurent… This film makes me miss Paris. It has been too long. A film of love, life and a confluence of strangers. A very good film.

One of the most powerful and brutal films that I’ve ever seen. “From the producer of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” – yeah, no shit. They got their biblical horror down, in a very compelling manner that manages to set the exploitive nature of this type of story, in a human and captivating story. Not for cinema pussies.

Cass Warner’s documentary about her relatives, THE BROTHERS WARNER, is easily one of the best documentaries created about the founding and history of one of the MAJOR STUDIOS – and it is literally a story about a group of brothers that shined shoes in the streets of New York and clawed their way with no formal education into creating arguably the greatest Classic Hollywood Studio – which then in turn became one of the largest corporations in the history of Entertainment. However, it mainly focuses on the 4 original brothers. Every movie geek must check this out. TREMENDOUS FILM.
Really shallow week for prime choices, but let’s see what we have in store next week: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, more MST3K, NINJA ASSASSIN, ASTRO BOY, SOUTH PARK season 13, ARMORED, BROKEN EMBRACES, THE FOURTH KIND, HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE, HER SISTER FROM PARIS, KIKI, WITHIN THE LAW, Vengeance Trilogy, MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS, DEATH JOURNEY, HIGH LIFE, WAVERIDERS, QUADROON, PONTYPOOL and that’s it. Well, it’s better than this week… right?

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  • March 9, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by DrManhattansTaint

    can't wait to finally see that one next week!

  • March 9, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Precious isn't Lee Daniel's debut...

    by PhilEtline

    His first film was "Shadowboxer" with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Helen Mirren, an incredibly bad flick.

  • March 9, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by MC_DLyte

    It was Preciousnesses baby Mangoface. How is a baby so good at acting like she is retarded? I am so blown away by this performance. I make my sons watch it everyday to see how real acting is done because they are so suck right now. They need to be at Jean Claude Van Dammes Sudden Death level of genius but right now they are like JCVD in Universal Soldiers 3. So SUCK.

  • March 9, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Oscar and Sandra

    by digital_soul

    More and more the Oscars are becoming a pointless exercise in industry back slapping. I also have no real problem with Sandra Bullock's performance, but to say it was Oscar worthy or better than almost any of her co-nomonees is ridiculous. It seems once again an award has gone to someone because it was 'their time' as opposed to being genuinly deserved for a specific individual performance. Same goes for Jeff Bridges, whilst an undoubtably good performance, it was one that seeemd tailor made for him the same way that Mickey Rourke's character in the wrestler was last year. I always assumed that went against him then, but obviously Bridges has more Hollywood stock than Rourke. Even the Hurt Locker wind reeked of it being time they recognised a female director, even though for me it just looked like an episode of Generation Kill!

  • March 9, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Is anyone going to want to watch precious more than once?

    by Evil E

    sure there's a positive message at the end, but you've got to go through a lot of abuse to get there. And there's no way Bullock should have even been nominated. That's a role J. Roberts could've play in her sleep, and the movie was cbs movie of the week bad. My list of oscar contendering films ranked.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Aw, Shoot

    by zastrow

    When I saw "Brothers Warner" in the link I thought we were getting an "Animaniacs" boxed set or something. I might just have to visit my P sychiatrist!

  • March 9, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Oscar Bashers Don't Forget Whoopi Goldberg's Win

    by Red Dawn Don

    When Whoopi Goldberg Won For GHOST, I knew the Oscars are crap. I am certainly not racist, LOU GOSSETT in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN was so deserving. Also realize, in a 5 horse race you may only need 21% if the other 4 spots get 20% each. That's a big reason that they keep the vote totals secret.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Fuck Up In The Air


    Very happy you agree Harry... the film is morally bankrupt and rotten on the inside with no one to care about.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The Boondock Saints 2...

    by THAT__SAID

    "The sequel improved on everything that made the first film great" Quote: Aint It Cool News.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    That said, it's only one reviewers opinion...

    by THAT__SAID

    That said, you seem to say that said waaaaay too much. <p> That said – all the actors are charismatic enough to pull it off. I just don’t like spending time with the characters. That said most people seem to love this film at a level of a nicely made Gibson. <p> It’s like being hit, continually, between the shoulder blades and having the air leave your body. That said, it is the film that is advertised.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Boondock quote

    by Jack Burton

    Who the hell wrote that on AICN? Was that from a random submitted review? If so, that is some not-even-there marketing integrity.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    man that OLD DOGS cover is generic

    by The_Crimson_King

  • March 9, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    also people who complain about "that said" = faggots

    by The_Crimson_King

    stop whining

  • March 9, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    That Said, don't you think the phrase "that said" is used quite

    by professorjack

    i guess i get annoyed when i read the same thing over and over again. That said, I look forward to checking out "Precious"

  • March 9, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    That said, it's Harry's site...

    by THAT__SAID

    If he wants to type the same thing over and over it's up to him. That said, it can be a bit annoying. That said, who am I to judge? That said, I'm THAT SAID and I said that that said is annoying when said. <p> That said...

  • March 9, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    that said, I love that there's people

    by The_Crimson_King

    who hate the site and Harry and yet visit it anyway, if you don't like the site why the fuck do you waste your time visiting it? you don't see me browsing Twilight fansites

  • March 9, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST


    by Tomarru

    I think you're being unfair to Generation Kill, it at least knows it's a tv series leaning towards action and tries to at least mock realism. THL just throws the rules out the windows and it's fans cant decide whether it is an action movie or a character study / drama with no plot. You call them out on any of it and you have their opinion flapping in the wind.

  • March 9, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I love this site...

    by symon

    ...and I love reading Harry's reviews, even when he's obviously been influenced by his love for the filmmakers themselves. <br> That said, I do wish he would learn a new phrase. And no, Crimson King, I don't think it makes me a faggot when I get annoyed by reading the same fucking phrase over and over. I think it makes me a competent reader. That said, stop whining.

  • March 9, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    That said, I agree with Harry

    by darrenspool

    Up in the Air was yuppie weird

  • March 9, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by ctbrandon

    Two weeks in a row!! You go Harry!!

  • March 9, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    What other movie will the fat black chick be cast in?

    by IndyCollector

    She isn't going to be cast in some romantic comedy or action movie. She isn't a leading actress. I'm guessing Fat Albert will be getting a sister soon. Fat Alberta?

  • March 9, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    "Everybody should watch this"

    by IndyCollector

    No thanks, Harry. I'll pass.

  • March 9, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by Coolish

    "it never ever ceases to not get worse" I do not think this means what you think it means.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    "Not the nightmare show I expected" - Wow

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    I guess incest rape, constant physical and emotional abuse isn't a fucking nightmare. I disagree. But what do I know.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Please stop calling it PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SA

    by John Maddening

    I mean, you don't call it ADAPTATION: BASED ON THE NOVEL "THE ORCHID THIEF" BY SUSAN ORLEAN, or JACKIE BROWN: BASED ON THE NOVEL "RUM PUNCH" BY ELMORE LEONARD, or for heaven's sake, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN.<br><br> But why for this film? What makes this film so special? I thought the movie and everyone in it was great, but what makes Ramona "Sapphire" Lofton so special? The woman has written precisely one novel and three books of poetry (and nothing for the past 11 years), what kind of literary superagent/attorney does she have?<br><br> More importantly, why are people falling for this? You see tons of critics using the long, unwieldy title, but theater marquees and regular folks just call it PRECIOUS.<br><br> I can't believe how worked up I get about this, but it just makes me crazy.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    That said

    by Series7

    Harry is right about Up In the Air.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    That said

    by Jerkmeister

    Harry's a fat ass. That said, he writes terrible reviews and has terrible taste. That said, I still check out his so-called weekly column, only because I have no where else to go that gives one paragraph reviews of movies.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by MC_DLyte

    I give one paragraph reviews of some movies but am not as good as Mister Knowles yet or Mister Eberts and I have anew list of movies that are giving me boners in 2010 and they are one paragraphs

  • March 9, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by Jerkmeister

    I'd like to read a quick, one-paragraph review of someone who displays some intelligence, at least at the level of a slug worm. Yours, unfortunately, does not qualify.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by Jerkmeister

    Was a good review, though. I liked the part about cumming in our pans 20 times in the first 5 minutes.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    McDLYTE is a BITCH!!!

    by Oprah_Duke

    But I respect the name!!!<P> You can cha,cha,cha to this mardi gra. <P> Can't wait to see mike moore's latest since it never played in my area.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    That said

    by Magnus Greel

    Harry's love of Michael Moore reaffirms his socialist leanings.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Harry is like listening to NPR

    by Magnus Greel

    Sure it leans left and pisses you off, but once in a while there is a good piece of information.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Getting Up in the Air, Precious, and BDS2 from Netflix 2day

    by SoylentMean

    and am actually more excited to see Precious than the other two films. <P> I haven't really understood Jason Retiman's success but hey, his dad did direct Ghostbusters (one of my all time favorite movies).<P> I enjoyed Boondock Saints for what it was and understand its cult appeal. It's a movie for people that don't really devote too much time to watching movies. Those seem to be the folks that elevate it to awesome status.<P> But Precious just looks brutal. I've been continuously amazed by Monique's performance and I've only seen random clips. She's nigh unrecognizable. But I have a feeling that I'm gonna be blown away by Gabby Sidibe.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Hachi Harry, what about Hachi? Eustisclay asked this!

    by SoylentMean

    It looks like a heartwarming (not heart worming) tale of a very loyal dog. Any word on that.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Stoning of Soraya M on Netflix instant, right now

    by SoylentMean

    Not sure if it's something to put at the top of the ol' instant queue, but it's there.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Why did Netflix fuck up the release date...

    by Richard_Christys_Unwashed_Taint

    ...for Where The Wild Things Are? 3/30 is the release date and it hit the stores last week! I read that RedBox signed a deal with Warner Bros to rent their movies a few weeks after they hit the shelves, but has Netflix done something similar? Lame.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Really, Up In The Air?

    by SagaciousPenguin

    THAT's the best box art you can do?

  • March 9, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    richard_christys..., yeah you have to wait for WB flicks

    by SoylentMean

    from Netflix. The intention is to increase sales but what it really is doing is teaching patience to folks that have already waited to see a movie in the first place.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    The Mel Gibsons fucking shitty fucked the "Air Up There"

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • March 9, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    That said

    by frozen01

    People should learn what the hell "socialist" actually means before throwing that label on everything to the left of a white supremacist at a tea party.

  • March 9, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    That said, I have a limited vocabulary.

    by OceanWang

  • March 9, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    I would smash the granny out of Vera Farmiga!

    by connor187

    That's all I gotta say really.

  • March 9, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Calling Out Harry

    by OneComment

    I couldn't help but notice you removed your Oscar live blog article. Maybe it was because you contradicted yourself on the Hurt Locker. You said you didn't “love it” when it won. Probably because you wanted the animated film to win or District 9. I checked out your review of the Hurt Locker and as others probably have pointed out to you, do you remember these words?? "I loved Kathryn Bigelow's THE HURT LOCKER..." So, all you need to do is admit your contradiction. Easy enough. But you have to admit you really liked the Hurt Locker, you just wanted another movie to win. Again, easy enough to do. All adults apologize for their mistaken comments. But instead you just removed the article and the talkback like you never contradicted yourself…Wow. Harry, it is ok to admit you made a mistake. I think you owe your website followers that much. P.S. BTW, I thought Inglorious Basterds was hands down the most entertaining movie out of the 10 films nominated. But it's political and Tarantino will probably never win Best Picture or Director because he isn’t a popular guy among most of Hollywood I’m guessing.

  • March 9, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Inconsistent Basterds

    by MCVamp

    I have no idea why I'm bringing this up other than OneComment's one comment, but...the character of Hans Landa singlehandedly justifies that movie. If Christoph Waltz doesn't knock that role out of the damn ballpark the whole movie sags and maybe crashes (see Norton, Edward: AMERICAN HISTORY X and Day-Lewis, Daniel: GANGS OF NEW YORK.) <br> <br>THAT SAID (bwahahaha) it was just about as good as anything else nominated in this slightly weak year.

  • March 9, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The Brothers Warner was on TCM just LAST NIGHT

    by skimn

    so I enjoyed it for free. Thanks TCM.

  • March 9, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    My God, you're a terrible writer.

    by telepathos

    Yes, I'm aware that others have said that, and that you have acknowledged it. And yet, I can't look away.

  • March 9, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    HA! Gwildor!!!

    by br1947

    remove spaces:

  • March 9, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    What's up with CRITERION CHE?

    by renatorojas

    One of the greatest movies of the decade, released in a great package by the criterion boys, and no comment harry?

  • March 9, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    he didnt remove the oscar talkback, it just got moved to the "latest news" section. scroll down and its still there. unless a bunch of new stories are posted before you read this. lol

  • March 9, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Red Dawn Don, it's worse than that

    by jim

    A winner could receive as few as 20% +1 vote to win (with 3 losers getting 20% and 1 getting 20% -1 vote). <p>Apply that same math to the 10 nominated Best Picture movies:<br> If the vote is evenly split amongst all contenders, a movie could win BP with as few as 10% + 1 vote. In other words, 90% of the voters (less one voter) want as Best Picture a movie other than the one that wins.

  • March 9, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    PRECIOUS. looks like a black Harry Knowles

    by Shitty_O_Cuntfuck

  • March 9, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird

    I was pretty elated when Harry threw in a "however" up there, but then it was back to That Said-ville. Cripes. I think he does it just to irritate me. Also, call me a minority man, but I adored "Up In The Air". Flawed people who acted according to their personalities with some gorgeous cinematography and airport-lust. It all added up for a good movie in my book.

  • March 9, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I love how often Harry uses the word "evil"...

    by Thrillhouse77

    when talking politics. He truly does construct his own reality as if there were cartoon heroes and villains in play here.

  • March 9, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by There_will_be_Dickblood

    that's very funny

  • March 9, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by Shitty_O_Cuntfuck

    Harry Knowles looks like a hybrid of PRECIOUS and Rocky Dennis.

  • March 9, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Wow, I agree with Harry on Up In The Air

    by MattmanReturns

    Actually put into words what I didn't like about the movie.

  • March 9, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Still Calling Out Harry

    by OneComment

    Thanks for the correction Bouncy X. I just noticed it was taken off the Top Stories pretty quickly yesterday. Anyways, Harry still hasn't addressed his inconsitent comment on the Hurt Locker in that talkback or this one. So Harry, if you loved it the first time you posted your review and now you don't for some reason... just explain why. That is expected of someone who makes a living off of sharing his opinions on movies. I enjoy the overall setup of this website and the reviews it posts. I would really like to have respect for the reviewers and writers on this site. And you, being the "head geek" of the site, should be the quickest to acknowledge your contradicting statement and explain yourself.

  • March 9, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Rocky Dennis...

    by Darth Macchio

    Sung to the theme of Falco's "Amadeus"<p>Rocky Dennis! Rocky Dennis! Rock-key Dennis! Rockey Dennis! Rockey Dennis! Rock-key Dennis! Rockey Dennis! Oo-oh-oh Rockey Dennis!<p>Rinse, repeat...

  • March 9, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    OH PARIS!!!

    by ludmir88

    I was there last year, great people, great european sex...wonderful city.

  • March 9, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    by MattmanReturns

  • March 9, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Rocky Dennis

    by MC_DLyte

    Jens Lekmans comes into my cinema last year to see Prince Caspians and I watch to make sure I clean up his popcorn and now I have it at home and I make a necklace of it and send it to him as a gift for all my favorite songs and he reads my blog now

  • March 9, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    that Richard Gere dog movie...

    by samuraiyao

    Based on a true story in Japan about an akita breed type dog waiting for his owner at the train station even after his death.. I haven't cried like that since I've seen Old Yeller, another movie about a boy and his dog...

  • March 9, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I agree about Spielberg. And I would say like any muscle you don't use after time atrophies. And, of course, there were a share of clunkers during that output (The Terminal anyone? I blame Skull more at the script level. Spielberg was directing scenes as cleanly and efficiently as ever).

  • March 9, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    And kind of like

    by skimn

    The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? was the title of that film, PRECIOUS based on the novel Push by Sapphire, is the title of that one.

  • March 9, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Preciousssss: based on the word that Gollum

    by alan_poon

    previously known as Smeagal brother of Deagal uses for the one ring to rule them all , one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

  • March 9, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by Sith Witch

    The reason why it got that billing (I'm assuming), is because of the recent movie "Push", unrelated to the novel that spawned Precious.

  • March 9, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Damn. I guess I got into this talkback too early to read

    by BanditDarville

    the right wing crazy/ liberal wackjob back and forth over Michael Moore. Get to it people, I'm ready to be entertained!!!

  • March 9, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Boondock Saints

    by david19

    Im one of those who is completely baffled by that movies appeal. It was hyped up so much by some friends, I see it on peoples "favorite movies" lists all the time, and when I watched it I just couldnt finish it.

  • March 9, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by darrenspool

    No he didn't. Forest Gump did.

  • March 9, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by zillabeast

    Been holding off on watching this so that I can enjoy it that much more the first time HD.

  • March 9, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    travolta on the old dogs cover

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    looks like the biggest faggot to ever faggot the world.

  • March 9, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    that said.... this weeks' column looks like raccoon diahrea

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    lot of good things coming out this week? wtf? stop smoking dried shit flakes.

  • March 9, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    John Krasinski is Captain America - where's the thread?

    by WickedJester

    Love? Hate? <br><br>I can't decide yet...

  • Oh man Harry, I think this is officially the moment where I will probably read a lot less of your reviews now. I'm done.

  • March 9, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Old Dogs cant be worse than....

    by rogueleader66

    The Rocker with Rainn Wilson...omfg I tried to watch that the other day it was on HBO or something. I could not even make it through the entire film. Unfunny in every possible way. It was like watching Dwight's younger unfunny brother. It was such a painful experience I had to spend the rest of the day watching good movies to make up for the 45 minutes i pissed away watching that horrible, horrible excuse for a film.

  • March 9, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Up in the Air

    by th3480

    Right the fuck on Harry! The wife & I watched it on New Year's Eve in the theaters, and left completely pissed. That movie was depressingly awful.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by TheMandrakeRoot

    I don't think Titanic winning 11 Oscars was the reason for Camerons hiatus. However it's unprecedented box office success gave him all the 'fuck you' money in the world to pursue his true passions of deep sea exploration and space exploration. In fact that only reason he made Titanic was so the studio would fund him on the dive to the wreck. But even without the Oscars, he woulda been gone, that was just the icing on the cake. Also remember he worked on Avatar for about 5 years so he really only took off 6-7 years. <p> Man though, think about that...the man spent 5 years making a movie that is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. He invented new technology to tell it, and had to figure out the whole process as he did it. How the fuck are you NOT gonna award someone like Best Director. That is by the far one of the most impressive directing feats ever.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by TampaBayLightning

    Cameron didnt invent new technology for Avatar. It was many other very skilled people you have never heard of who did. Avatar was good fantasy, but horrid science fiction. It was pretty eyecandy with a weak overdone storyline. It was on no way, shape, or form, the best movie of the year. Not even in the top ten. Perhaps the prettiest, but no where near the best. 5 years of his life culminated in Avatar, what a waste, he could have actually made 3 really good movies.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Anybody know what Cameron's % was for Avatar?

    by SoylentMean

    I mean how much money is he making off of that movie? Dammit, I want to know.

  • March 9, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by celebritydave

    its more than a thousand dollars. cash. my GUESS is 200mil.

  • March 9, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Agreed, visually spectacular but little else. I admit to enjoying the film very much, but to have spent so much time on something that turned out the way it did, it should have been better. An impressive directing feat? Yea, but not one of the most impressive EVER.<P>That being said it was still better than most of the garbage that came out in 2009. A mediocre Cameron film is better than most big budget trash.

  • March 9, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles is a stupid fucker jar

    by Tall_Boy66

    Yah, that shit is getting a lot of pennies and dimes added to it for all of Harry's "recommendations" this week. For those who do not know:

  • March 9, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    OSCAR BLOG still here

    by frank cotton

    it has been moved to center column

  • March 9, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That said, is there an original Japanese version?

  • March 9, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • March 9, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Breaking Bad

    by Broseph

    WTF?it came out today onblu-ray here's the love?

  • March 9, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    harry's kinda like a 15 year old girl at a miley show


    i mean take a look at his twittering from the oscars.Its fuckin hilariously gay.

  • March 9, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    like omg


  • March 9, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    'who hate the site and Harry and yet visit it anyway'

    by quantize

    Just might be the desire to see something other than loser assholes like you kissing Harry's ginger date.

  • March 9, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    'who defend harry'


    ive liked the site for years now,and enjoy many of the other contributers.Who are these fucks that jump to harry's defense.Think about it they re doing exactly the same the thing;we call harry out,they call us out.Ya know harry aint gonna invite ya over for dinner little buddy.

  • March 9, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Avatar is a metaphor for the Information age.

    by Orionsangels

    Jake Sully in his Avatar body is like someone chatting online, spending time with someone. In this case a girl you've only met through your online Avatar. You can fall in love with this person. Even though you never physically met. When the real Jack Sully and Neytiri do meet in the real world and they both say, "I see you" That was equivalent to meeting some one in person. That until now you've only had a relationship with online.

  • March 9, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    I've wasted 4 bucks on iTunes and exhausted my google-fu and STILL can't find the exact recording of Ride of the Valkyries that was used in Apocalypse Now! All of the ones I have found are either sped-up sounding or don't have the vocals! Even the one from the Watchmen soundtrack is wrong. It's not the Prague or Budapest orchestra. Please help! Thanks!

  • March 9, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Not St. Petersburg either! fuck!

  • March 9, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Have you tried Limewire? <P>

  • March 9, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    The Academy changed the way they count Best Picture votes this year. It's a preferential system where everyone ranks their favorite films from 1 to 10. A film could not win Best Picture with 10% + 1 vote, as it would still need a majority amongst all the films.<p>Here's an article that explains further:

  • March 9, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Perhaps you misconstrued my statement. Obviously he didn't singelhandedly create the new technology, BUT he certainly played a key role is doing it. Perhaps your underestimating his insane level of intelligence and genius. These cameras were by and large his idea. <p> To dismiss Avatar as nothing but impressive visuals if way off the mark, at least IMO. The film updated a classic story for a new generation. There's a handful of movies we've all seen with similar plot points, but the way people talk, you'd think we see it every week. The fact is, we don't, and this particular story happens to work perfectly for sci-fi and the world of Avatar. There's cheesy dialogue, certainly, but focusing on that means you overlook fantastic structure and pacing, and a remarkable performance by Zoe Saldana. Brilliant visuals and action push it over the top. <p> But despite that, I never mentioned anything about Avatar for Best Picture, which your talking about. However, a director who facilitates new technology to make a movie, pioneers a new era of filmmaking, and figured out how to film such a movie with NO guidelines to follow, is an absolutely remarkable feat. How can filmmakers do you honestly think could have made this film the way it was made? None, that's why no one did. Most important of all, he took a HUGE risk, which any great artist must do. He absolutely deserved the award for directing.

  • March 9, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    The way I see it

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    There are far more generic plotlines that resurface many times a year, and there aren't many stories that haven't been told. For some reason Avatar gets scrutinized for this, even though it was never meant to redefine narrative - although in a way it did. A sci-fi love story with CGI aliens as the main characters in a live-action (yet CGI) film? Unheard of. Plus it was such a new experience, audiences needed to feel comfortable with the narrative... a genius move. Some amazingly cool sci-fi concepts too shouldn't be overlooked either. I just think focusing on a few less then perfect aspects is to overlook the so many ways it succeeded in. You also have to remember it's a blockbuster, not intended to be high art.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    That said

    by Jerkmeister


  • March 10, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    won't help me find whatever elusive recording of the actual opera Coppola had. Vinyl probably needed.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I'm with you TheMandrakeRoot. He earned best director

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Having seen the Hurt Locker yesterday, it is by far the better film. <p> What Cameron achieved however, was quite simply a huge leap in filmmaking technique. <p> That is all.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Just realised that I might be mistaken as having said

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    that Avatar was a better film. It was not. The Hurt Locker was freaking amazing. <p> Cameron just does things that others follow.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Boondocks 2...

    by andrew coleman

    Loved what Harry said and then look at the review on the cover. It's kind of funny.

  • March 10, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Precious stole my fried chicken!!!!!

    by SlimButNotreally

    that is all.

  • March 10, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    just watched the Never Ending Story blu ray

    by The_Crimson_King

    holy crap I forgot how awesome that movie is and the score is magnificent

  • March 10, 2010, 3:30 a.m. CST

    whoops wrong TB

    by The_Crimson_King

  • March 10, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    If you "never stop not getting worse" then you get better...

    by grendel824

    ... so Harry made a dreadful mistake in an even more dreadful attempt to say "this movie is bad and keeps getting worse" in an unnecessarily contrived way.

  • March 10, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    The cover for Old Dogs and Precious

    by SlimButNotreally

    I didnt realize they were so similar! ZING

  • March 10, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Harry you're so unbelievably out of touch with humans

    by SlimButNotreally

    You didn't like Up in the Air because you don't understand what real humans are like. That's why you didnt like The Hurt Locker. It's why you didnt like Napoleon Dynamite. You think everyone is just a big, blue Avatar cat. You need to visit earth sometime.

  • March 10, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Harry, you lose "cool" when you recommend Old Dogs.

    by Uncle Stan

    Just like you lose cool when you recommend Miley Cyrus discs or shit you haven't even watched or Disney/pixar crap (so you can keep getting green from The Mouse). Uncool, Harry.

  • March 10, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    not interested

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    I don't want to see any traumatizing racial dramas these days.

  • March 10, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    That Said Fred.....starring Harry Knowles

    by BumLove

  • March 10, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST


    by Le Phantom

    She was good, but who wants to see "Ghetto the Motion Picture"? Let me axe you...Do you really think she is going to work a lot? Are there a lot of roles for 300 pound fugly black chicks? The only people who go to see pics like Precious are reviewers and people with white liberal guilt!!!! The brothers don't go to see this and Spike Lee garbage, they go see Seagal and action flicks! Please! People pretend to like this shit to sound hip and progressive! She will be the stuff of future tragedy! she can put her nomination on the table next to her industrial size bucket o' chicken (with waffles chaser!). She, Monique, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah will have to duke it out for big fat mama roles! God, is Hudson the only one out there with a fucking normal name?...Yeah, call me a racist...SFW!

  • March 10, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    She's easily a quarter ton.

  • March 10, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    "Up in the Air" is a modern smallscale masterpiece

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    This is a movie for now. Maybe it resonated for me more because I am in the corporate world and have actually been let go of by a professional person. I totally bought the isolation and comfort of the road. It got so much right as a movie, how is everyone else getting so much wrong with their opinion on it??

  • March 10, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Sure, Avatar's plot is a bit generic...

    by THAT__SAID

    That said, The Hurt Locker is pretty much just Top Gun with a 'Maverick' bomb disposal expert whos ego's writing checks his body can't cash, much to the annoyance of his squad mates who don't like him until the end where he finally comes good. <p> That said, I still enjoyed it.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I like Harry's DVD column, they remind me i have taste

    by quantize

    and he has none.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    RIP Corey Haim

    by BumLove

    I always thought the other Corey would go first.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But Anthony Mackie and Brian Gehraty were equally great.

  • March 10, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That's odd, considering I found it on Limewire. It's right there in black and white.

  • March 10, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRIANGLE still not mentioned??

    by film11

    How is it that this terrific movie still hasn't got a mention on the March releases??? A better film than anything listed here so far.

  • March 10, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Just watched Precious...

    by Richard_Christys_Unwashed_Taint

    Pretty good, pretty creepy on a "The Woodsmen" level. Not to be racist (but it will be pointed out), whenever they would show close ups of a silent Precious with her blue eyeshadow, she looked just like the remake of King Kong when he would be shown sulking.

  • March 10, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Richard Christy

    by Stabby

    Whenever I hear someone say "not to be racist" it is inevitably followed by a racist remark. Never fails. And you did not disappoint. But, then would I expect anything less than someone named for one of Howard Stern's loser toadies.

  • March 10, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Apolcalypse Now - Ride of the Valkyries.

    by V'Shael

    Wasn't it the Vienna Philharmonic?

  • March 10, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Harry really isn't qualified to talk about films

    by judesalmon

    He loved all three Star Wars prequels.

  • March 10, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Well putting it that way, I see the reason for your wanting Cameron to get best director, and yes he did take a big risk doing what he did. That being said, I think Bigelow deserved it just a bit more. <P>See you have to think in academy members way of thinking. Right or wrong, they most likely saw Cameron's directing efforts as directing technology more than directing a movie. Like I said right or wrong that's most likely how they are looking at it. I agree that to make CGI characters and environments seem real takes great effort and he pulled it off. Sadly the members of the academy probably don't look at it in that way. Hence all the technical awards Avatar received, and deservedly so. But that's all they were going to give.

  • March 10, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks Bob Loblaw Law Blog, I did not know that

    by jim

    Sounds similar to the way Baseball MVPs are decided. Seems like, if someone's #1 movie doesn't win, odds are it'll be their #2. Maybe they should do that for all categories, not just Best Picture.

  • March 10, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Reguarding the Brothers Warner...

    by THAT__SAID

    Notice how they conveniently omit any mention of the Warner sister Dot, just for fun they would run around the Warner movie lot. They'd lock them in the tower whenever they'd get caught but they'd break loose and then vamoose and now you know the plot. <p> We're An-i-man-i-acs <p> Dot is cute and Yakko yaks <p> Wakko packs away the snacks <p> While Bill Clinton plays the sax <p> We're An-i-man-i-acs <p> Meet Pinky and the brain <p> Who want to rule the universe <p> Goodfeathers flock together, <p> Slappy wacks 'em with her purse <p> Buttons chases Mindy <p> While Rita sings a verse <p> The writers flipped <p> We have no script <p> Why bother to rehearse <p> We're An-i-man-i-acs <p> We have play for play contracts <p> We're zany to the max <p> There's baloney in our slacks <p> We're An-i-man-ee <p> Totally and zany <p> Here's the shows namey <p> An-i-man-i-acs <p> Those are the facts!

  • March 10, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Stabby!

    by Richard_Christys_Unwashed_Taint

    For proving that you are a humorless prick.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    die hard Boondock fans

    by joe90025

    People who LOVE The Boondock Saints are usually in their teens/early 20's and just haven't watched a lot of movies. And they think the "sequal" will be totally awesome.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by Come_ON

    I like that the clip they used on the Oscars for best adapted screenplay was of her stealing a bucket of chicken.

  • March 10, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I know what you mean

    by THAT__SAID

    I don't know much about that film but when I saw that clip I thought it was a comedy or something.

  • March 10, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Who weighs more? Harry or Precious?

    by SlimButNotreally

  • March 10, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Harry DID explain himself

    by Sonny_Williams

    Regarding his switch on THL. In his DVD review here:

  • March 10, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    I think Harry weighs more

    by PinkFloyd7

    I saw Harry at a Best Buy here in Austin. He was being wheeled around in his wheelchair by Yoko. With his Hawaiian shirt and his big red beard, he was quite a sight to behold. My 4 year old daughter thought he was a circus clown.

  • March 10, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Worst part of BDS2 was the Godfather 2 attempts

    by SoylentMean

    They either ripped off the original Boondock Saints, had half assed call backs to the original Boondock Saints, or tried to shoehorn a Godfather 2-esque origin story for Daddy Boondock Saint. <P> Utter shite, from real utters.

  • March 10, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    whoever mentioned Triangle, yeah it's a mindfuck

    by SoylentMean

    Pretty darn good lil' Horror/psychological thriller. You all should check it out, ya hear!

  • March 11, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Yeah but did he ever explain his Bruno 180?

    by wash

    One of the biggest WTFs in the history of this site IMO.

  • March 11, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Vienna symph. Valkyries

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Downloading now, the preview seems promising

  • March 11, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

  • March 11, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    Around 1:40 there should be vocals from the opera. I haven't heard 1 version yet that has any vocals. IT AINT REAL UNLESS THE FAT LADY SINGS!!! I've got quite Wagner collection going here. Any slopes be forewarned.

  • March 11, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Hanyoyo, right on.

    by telepathos

  • March 11, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Precious was a wonderful peice of filmmaking

    by BanditDarville

    Disturbing, provocative and Mo'Nique is mesmerizing. However, I found it interesting that it depicts something going on in an urban poor African American community which is constantly associated with rural uneducated white communities in Appalachia. In other words, incest aint just for toothless hillbillies.

  • March 12, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Goes Into...

    by Le Phantom

    Just goes to show ya...There are guys out there who will try to stick there cocks into ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 12, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Stopped watching Precious

    by lotharius3rd1118

    after the father/daughter rape scene in which every thrust was punctuated by an extreme close-up of fried food and pig's feet. Jesus fucking Christ, that is the most disgusting, repulsive, look-Mom-I'm-being-artistic, wastes of time ever committed to film.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Couldn't agree less

    by homer40

    I couldn't agree with Harry less about pretty much this entire post. Sandra Bullock deserved the Oscar. I thought her performance was spectacular, and I pretty much hate every stupid romantic comedy she shits out. She was funny and very moving. I have long suspected that the reason The Blind Side sorta gets the shaft is because people like Harry, and a lot of the posters on this site, just can't stand a movie about a conservative southern Christian family that is intelligent and caring at a level that most of us, liberal or conservative, will never match. These are people (real people) who put their Christianity where their mouth was, and acted in precisely the manner that Jesus would have wanted. Obviously, this runs counter to the prevailing notion among liberals that all southern conservative Christians are moronic racist hypocrites who say one thing and do the opposite. Sandra's performance was focused, straightforward, and exactly perfect. She deserved the award. Sometimes more is less, which wasn't exactly what I came away with after watching Precious. I also couldn't disagree more about Up In The Air, which was definitely one of the best films of the year. If I decided only to watch films with people I would want to spend time with, I would miss out on a lot of great films. Even so, I liked the characters in the film, wounded and imperfect, and sad, oh so sad. It's the same reason I like Lost, because every character is just so fucking damaged and depressed all the time. Man, if you didn't think the Dude deserved the Oscar, I don't know where you are coming from. I agree that The Hurt Locker, as good as it was (and it was very good) didn't deserve to beat Inglorious Basterds, which was far and away the best movie of the year. I don't think they should choose one movie anyway, because art should not be a competition. Thus endeth the lesson.

  • March 12, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Rape scene in precious

    by homer40

    Yea, the cut aways in Precious reminded me of the cut aways in Deep Throat, in which every swallow was accompanied by shots of fireworks and rockets and such. Russ Meyer did the same in some of his sex scenes. Deep Throat was a better film than Precious, as was pretty much anything Russ Meyer did, including Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens. You might be wondering why I would compare precious to a straight up porn movie, or the Russ Meyer pseudo-porn films, and I don't have any idea.

  • March 12, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by homer40

    In case I didn't make it clear, I thought Precious sucked. Sledgehammer bullshit. And Monique can suck my cock for implying that she was the only person who actually deserved her Oscar, as if every other actor and actress only got their statue because of "politics". Fuck her. I think politics is the only reason Precious got any attention at all, or, to be more precise, political correctness, because it wasn't a well made film. The performances were, in my view, full of hysterics. There was no subtlety to any aspect of the film. It wasn't even as good as The Color Purple, which is close to the bottom of the Spielberg roster.

  • March 12, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    And Finally...The Time Traveler's Wife

    by homer40

    Since I might have your attention, I saw The Time Traveler's Wife, which just got released on blu by Netflix (what's with the delay from street date to netflix date on the blu-rays?) I thought it was a wonderful film, and a very good (though a little brief) adaptation of the book, which really was a stunning debut for the author. Rachel McAdams was a little weak, but Bana was fantastic, and I felt the film packed a true emotional wallop, as it made its was to the end. I recommend The Time Traveler's Wife very highly. It was one of the best films of last year, and one of the most moving romantic dramas I have seen in a long time.

  • March 12, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    "That being said..."

    by homer40

    There was an episode of Larry David last year with Seinfeld that had great fun with this overused disclaimer. That being said, give Harry a break.

  • March 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    That Being Said

    by Stabby

    And here I thought that was an original thing by Harry and co. Figures.

  • March 12, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by ebonic_plague

    I think Harry's main contribution to the Engrish language is still "noone." <p> That said, "that said" is his current most-overused phrase. My money for 2010 is on "Regardless/Irregardless."

  • March 12, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    thats rediculous,

  • March 14, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Harry and his words

    by Pikaroth76

    Let us not forget his over use of "bliss." Everything is bliss. Huge mega movies? Bliss. Small art house films? Bliss. Still, that being said, Harry will never tire of bliss. I do believe, as another comment stated, he was also known for "noone" and even "alot."

  • March 15, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    UP IN THE AIR is dreadful

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I hated it too.It lacks soul.And the cast WAS good too.

  • March 16, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Let's face it, 2009 was weak.

    by Mel Garga

    Hurt Locker was a good movie as was Avatar but neither has made me want to set up camp outside of Best Buy waiting for the video release. That said, Up in the Air was pretty good as well.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST


    by goatherdingclownhunter

    I thought 09' was good. Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, District 9...