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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 4th wk of April 2010: Brando, Kilmer, Ledger, Blanchett, Cagney, Dino and Greydon Clark!

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s DVD Column! Some really great titles this week, and I must call your attention to the first title listed. It really is an extraordinary performance from Brando. You really do deserve to enjoy it. As usual the images and titles link to Amazon where you can learn more on the title – as well as purchase it, which helps to keep this column going. Which is very much appreciated. Now – let’s hop to it! Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Wow. Somehow – even though I went through different movie obsession phases – where I sought out every BRANDO film I could get my hands on… I had never seen Sidney Lumet’s THE FUGITIVE KIND and Thank Criterion that that very heinous exclusion to my Brando filmography has been filled! FUGITIVE KIND is a masterful film about a form of prejudice that isn’t racial or religious or even necessarily economic in how it is. This is one of those films that is about the simple prejudice that was based upon one’s generation and the lifestyle that one projects. Written by that hack, Tennessee Williams – you shouldn’t be surprised to find this taking place in the south. What was surprising to me, was just how fucking awesomely cool Brando’s jacket in this movie is. Like Rodriguez’s El Mariachi… Brando is a cooler than cool man that’s turning 30… and has decided to give up the club life he led in New Orleans… He wears the single coolest jacket in film history. He projects SEX with his every motion, phrase and moment upon the screen. He’s a BEAUTIFUL man in an ugly backwoods town where lynching and small town justice is the rule of the tiny burg. One of my fave film discoveries of this year so far. I’ve shown the film to several friends, my sister and I’ve only had it a couple of weeks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Amazing film.

I seriously love this movie. For me, this is just an awesome MAN movie. A film about MEN, when MEN carried guns, drank hard imperfect whiskeys, played cards when cheating was punishable by death and everyone had some manner of cool facial hair. This was a time when men rose to occasions, where scared of nobody or nothing. This is the OLD WEST movie to put on to grow hair on your chest while watching! I first saw this at a Dollar Cinema here in Austin. Back in my – ain’t got spare dimes days. Absolutely fell in love with this movie. It is a tone of film that not nearly enough people make films in. The film is rewatchable as hell and one of those favorite Action westerns… pretty much ever. Is it the best OK Corral film? Nah, I’d probably have to give that to John Ford’s MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, but TOMBSTONE is my personal favorite. Kilmer and Russell and Biehn all just walk like Gods through this movie. That said – personally on this title I want more. I really want to see the massive amount of cut-scenes that have never been available – especially the scene with Heston confronting Ringo at his Ranch. It is like legend to me. Transfer is beautiful – very glad to have it in 1080p!

There are films for mass audiences, and there are films that I wish represented the Mass Audience that I wish existed. This is one of those films. I wish that Terry Gilliam’s DOCTOR PARNASSUS had grabbed the same audience that flocked to Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND – and I get it… People don’t know what an Imaginarium is. Perhaps the name PARNASSUS sounded alien, but for sheer imagination on display – PARNASSUS exceeded my wildest expectations. But the film got buried by AVATAR. Once again steering us further from surreality, which ruled Gilliam’s film – and more towards realism, that was exemplified in the effects of AVATAR. That said – I hope most of you give it a shot on Blu-Ray and home video. This is a tremendously imaginative and dramatically sound film – one of the great Gilliam movies. The Blu Ray is a great way to experience the film – it has an introduction by Gilliam, along with a feature commentary, along with commentary on the Deleted Scenes. There’s an interview about the film with Heath Ledger, his Wardrobe test (also with Gilliam commentary optional) – and just a lot more. Discover a truly brilliant visualist playing in top form!

There are those that love ARMAGEDDON and those that feel it represents Satan with a Camera. Well, I love ARMAGEDDON. I love that physics need not apply in a Michael Bay space shuttle film. I love that the world hangs on a balance on the hopes of insane roughnecks. I love the schmaltz and the cheese. I love the whoring use of Rockwellian Americana. I love the tearful goodbye – and yes, I especially love the Animal Crackers scene. Why? Because I’m that kinda retarded. Animal crackers are awesome foreplay material. That said – I wish this release was handled by Criterion. In terms of extra bits – that is still the best for the title, although this is the best sight and sound release yet.

OUT OF AFRICA: 25th Anniversary (Blu Ray)
I hate Combo discs. Just for the record, I really do think they suck. I don’t understand them. I like 1 sided discs. That said, OUT OF AFRICA at 1080p… damn lovely. My second favorite Africa shot epic, right behind AFRICAN QUEEN – which you are required to purchase and watch before this. They are very different films – and very similar. Except cooler woman would prefer to sleep with Bogart than Redford… cuz seriously… who wouldn’t want to sleep with Redford. He’s a comfy leathery couch of awesome. But Bogie is Bogie. Besides – I love starting a debate about Bogie vs Redford and Katherine Hepburn vs Meryl Streep. This is a tremendous movie, a Best Picture winner and just wonderful.

DUNE (Blu Ray)
I’ve heard from a few people that have visited Asgard – that the sets remind them in some ways of the sets in DUNE. Personally, that should be a high complement – as I love the opulence of Lynch’s DUNE. There’s a lot I love about this movie. I love mostly that it introduced me to Frank Herbert and David Lynch and Sting. That’s a pretty amazing group of personalities to be introduced to. I also love that DUNE represented a firm and permanent argument for a group of people to always feel the best SUPERMAN movie ever would have starred this era of Kyle MacLachlan…. And I love that I think those people absolutely bugnuts insane. I love the force field armor… I love the “voice”… I want SPICE so much. I love the sand penises that orgasm with lightning. I love floaty fat man. I love Chucky in the film. And I love watching it, followed by Dino’s other science fiction conceptual freakshow… FLASH GORDON. And yes, I do often wonder what David Lynch’s FLASH GORDON with Queen would’ve been. (and no, there were never discussions about that happening ever, but it is just something I always ponder when watching this and FLASH GORDON back to back) This is not the extended edition. That’s a good thing. This is a very simple clean version of the Theatrical cut. As I prefer.

It doesn’t suck. But I doubt I’ll watch it again. I would just prefer something a bit meatier for this group of talent to do together.

I love IRA movies. I hate that there was ever a reality behind these stories, that people ever radicalized at that sort of level, but at the same time, this was THE Terrorist story of my youth. I remember hearing about every incident when I watched the National news with my parents as a kid – and it wasn’t until College that I began to think I had an inkling of understanding of what was behind all of that – but as a film goer… my first IRA flick was John Ford’s THE INFORMER – which my Dad showed me a very very long time ago. Prior to that – my only real notion of Ireland was formed by Darby O’Gill & The Little People and THE QUIET MAN. Then I stumbled into chicks with dicks thanks to a certain infamous film from the 90s – and that is what really got me watching everything in this particular genre. And I really hate I didn’t see this film in a theater. It was directed by DOWNFALL’s Oliver Hirschbiegel – This is a film based upon a true story from that ‘war’. An assassination, the punishment, the release and an event to try and put the past in the past. Really wonderful film.

Shekhar Kapur’s ELIZABETH and its sequel, ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE (below) are truly tremendous films. Most seem to prefer the original ELIZABETH – and overall I do think it is the better of the two films, but I can make an argument for the second film too. Cate Blanchett is seriously amazing in these films – but no more so than the atmosphere that she is set against. These are amazing films to gawk over. So beautifully made, yet grounded with real emotions and motivations. ELIZABETH is one of the great figures that led to women having the power they have today. Just a beautiful Blu Ray!

Absolutely riveting. I love Clive Owen’s Sir Walter Raleigh. I love Samantha Morton’s Mary Stuart – and if pushed on the matter – I just flat out love Samantha Morton in everything and anything she has done. There, I admit my crush. Can’t help it. She’s just curvy in a very “That’s a woman” way. Anyway - I wonder how long we’ll have to wait for the next chapter. I really would like about 6 of these features. I love me some Virgin Queen stories.

Comically awful entertainment. On movie night here on Sunday nights at my place, we watch a lot of films – and there is a freedom to discuss what we’re watching as we watch it, but never in the history of Movie Night have we ever watched a film that resulted in a hilarious running commentary that was mainly focused on how badly lit this movie was. I’m serious – there’s scenes where they’re acting like they’re in total darkness – but where EVERYTHING IS LIT BRIGHTLY BY HALOGEN LIGHTS. And the character acts like they can’t see. I’m actually very curious about this train wreck of a sequel. You see – I love the first DESCENT. Really do love it, love that I got to premiere it at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON and man… this is the JAWS 3D sequel to that. They decide to show more of the cave monsters… VERY BAD IDEA – they look terrible. They light up the caves like you were at Carlsbad Caverns. The result is very very bad. The acting is pretty uniformly hammy. And dammit, I kinda loved it too. This is a trash sequel. But there are 4 or 5 moments that just ruled! You like crazy conceptual deaths on camera – this has some great ones. But it is that kinda sequel where they paid for a few gags and a few too many lights – and the resulting film is pretty much junk, but fun junk – if you can look at shoddy filmmaking and have fun with it, this is worth checking out. Otherwise – steer clear.

Of this collection I have this to say. You’re gonna get 6 real solid movies starring Barbara Stanwyck – but I would say that you don’t get a single GREAT Barbara Stanwyck movie. No SORRY WRONG NUMBER, no MEET JOHN DOE, no DOUBLE INDEMNITY, no THE LADY EVE, no CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA… But what this is – is six damn fine Stanwyck films ranging from the thirties through the late fifties – and you see how good she was, when everything wasn’t perfect. Of all the titles, the most interesting film for me was THE GREAT MAN’S LADY – I highly recommend watching that. It’s just a neat way of telling a story in reflection. But I really do dig the scope of it and Barbara’s makeup. Worth checking out.

One of those “Buffet style movies” – where you pick a subject – decide to try and cover as much as possible, while trying to tie it all together desperately – but that ends up suffering because it is trying to tell you 5 different movies – and you just can’t help but to prefer individual stories, but not the others. I love Benicio’s character arc, but not Michael Douglas or Catherine Zeta Jones. My favorite characters and part of the story was actually Topher Grace and Erika Christensen’s story of rich spoilt kids whose experimentation takes them on a very scary journey – and a film focused on Erika’s story – had she not been the Drug Czar’s daughter – which I just loathe as an element of Traffic, though I love everything about Erika and Topher. The best thing about TRAFFIC is the discussion it stirs up regarding the U.S. drug war. But on a whole, I prefer watching WEEDS.

Everybody’s favorite singing gangster plays Admiral Halsey in the fantastic THE GALLANT HOURS. Now looking at that box – that title, you might think of this as some piece of Rah-Rah America chest beating, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. THE GALLANT HOURS is a biopic that deals with some of the horrific decisions that one is put in when… oh… say commanding the U.S. Pacific Forces during WWII would do. Not your typical WWII flick. Highly recommended to any military movie enthusiast.

I think, very probably, my least favorite of Ang Lee’s films to date. Like everything Ang does – the movie is incredibly well shot – but there’s just a lack of urgency for me in the film that makes it kinda just lay there. I’m still waiting on the great film concerning the Kansas-Missouri Border war. Specifically – I’ve always wanted one focused upon what the James-Younger gang did during that period. But I’ll have to wait forever for that. Criterion has done a great job on the Blu Ray. I’m just not the film’s biggest fan.

A noisy kinetic rush – but there’s a part of me that while watching this film, found myself watching it like I do an Imax film. You know. Just stuff happening on screen that I loved staring at – but that didn’t really involve me on a deep personal or emphatic level. That’s DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM. It just isn’t the first – but it is kinda amazing to have in the background while listening to a better track of music. If you ever do that. I do. But I might be the crazy one.

I still haven’t watched this third season of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE – and I don’t think I ever did. I saw the first two as they aired, but when I moved to Austin to go to college, I lost track with the series. So I’m actually quite excited to see how the third season went. Am I up for pain or joy?

Fellini’s CASANOVA
First watch this:

Ok – now here’s one of those titles I’d kill to see with an audience. An appreciative one. Fellini is Fellini and there’s nothing else like it. Every now and again we get a perfect unique filmmaker and Fellini was one of those. When you discover Fellini, it feels like a secret, something the world had kept from you, but that now you have him in your grasp – you’ll devour it all. You get drunk on Fellini, you get addicted to Fellini and oh god you get silly with Fellini. CASANOVA is one of Fellini’s best. And I’d kill for this on Blu.

If you want to see an amazing little freak show of a movie – watch this. It kinda wants to be THE FUGITIVE KIND or STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in a way – but instead of Brando, they cast Dean Martin. No, seriously, they really did do that. And he has crazy incestuous sisters and a child bride played by HOLY SHIT THAT’S YVETTE MIMIEUX!!! Yup, the girl from THE TIME MACHINE. Oh hell, this is a ratty tawdry bit of southern gossip fried up and served to clog the arteries to your brain while you ponder how this movie came about.

I’m sorry – I really know nothing about THUNDER IN CAROLINA. It has Rory Calhoun and the skipper from Gilligan’s Island. I hear it has Classic Nascar Action!!! Worth 3 exclamation marks! It was make in 1963 in Widescreen. I’m afraid I clicked order. That poster has my number.

Greydon Clark Drive-In Double Feature ( HI-RIDERS & THE BAD BUNCH)
This is another BOX COVER inclusion. Now I’m interested because they said DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE. But then… look at the key art coming out of the name GREYDON CLARK. There’s a shotgun, a baseball bat, a fucking samurai sword, a Chainsaw, a pool cue and A HAIR DRYER?!?! Now – then amongst a selection of trippy background textures we have the posters for HI-RIDERS and THE BAD BUNCH. Now – Greydon Clark was the director of these two Seventies Drive In movies. HI-RIDERS has a lot of cars doing stuff that was notably unsafe back then, as well as now. Is it a great film? Depends how much you you’re your cars. I think Eric Bana would enjoy this title. Then there’s THE BAD BUNCH aka TOM from 1973. First thing you need to know is that it features a white guy as the hero in a clearly Blaxploitation film. The original title was “NIGGER LOVER” – I shit you not. Aldo plays a racist cop that gets involved. The director, Greydon Clark actually plays the white soldier that goes to Harlem to deliver his dead buddy’s letter to his loved ones… Only once in Harlem, the soldier gets… well in the wrong neighborhood in the wrong clothes. Ya know? The thing that is actually kinda great about THE BAD BUNCH is that this is a Blaxploitation film that showed white racism as well as black racism about whites. I really dug this flick.

You know who plays the Hong Kong Godfather? Shih Chien aka HAN From ENTER THE DRAGON!!! Shot it the mid-eighties – this is a title that’s been pretty damn hard to get till now. Very much looking forward to see Shih Chien in something else!

I’ve only ever seen pieces of this interview. Like this one: But to have the whole Bernie Braden interview – that’s something I very much want to see. This interview took place in 1960 in Paris. Welles talks about… pretty much everything and he does it with a brilliance that was uniquely his. Can’t wait for my copy to get here.

Truffaut’s adaptation of Henry James’ novella THE ALTAR OF THE DEAD was originally released in the US under the title THE GREEN ROOM. Whatever you call it, it is a delicious exercise in morbidity. In an odd way it reminds me of Winona Ryder’s character in BEETLEJUICE – not that there’s anything like her in this movie, it is just. I think that character would have loved this movie. Truffaut stars in the lead role – and I love that. If you go into this expecting JULES AND JIM, you’ll be disappointed – this is a different version of Truffaut – a depressed morbid personal version of Truffaut. This is one of those films that Woody Allen would have loved to have seen within the confines of his characters in ANNIE HALL or MANHATTAN. And I love watching it from that vantage.

As an unabashed lover of all Shaw Brothers films – one with Opium in the title instantly means I must see it. The action gets crazy and if you love Ti Lung, he’s very good in this. Only hold back could be an impending Blu Ray. Which should be out this year, I’m told.
Next week we jump into May with a look at the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN blu ray, LEAP YEAR, NINE, TOOTH FAIRY, INVADER ZIM, SEVEN SWORDS Blu, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Blu Ray, THE NOTEBOOK Blu Ray, ESCAPE FROM L.A. Blu Ray, Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980s Vol 1, DIRTY DANCING Blu Ray, TETRO, MATINEE, K-19 THE WIDOWMAKER Blu, ELEKTRA Blu, The Miyamoto Mushashi series, SUBURBIA and that’s about it.

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  • April 27, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Look at them, standing on their hind legs...

    by Nasty In The Pasty a couple of little Rory Calhouns.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    What the fuck?! No vintage Italian nun porn this week?

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    What is wrong with the world?! Oh and THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is awe inspiringly amazing. It is pretty awesome that you are championing this film Harry.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Imaginarium was great

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    Not much else, it looks like this week. Pass.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    The sleeper must awaken

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Nice to see some Dune love.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Renting Imaginarium this week

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Big fan of Gilliam. Even enjoyed The Brothers Grimm to a certain point.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Great week of releases

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I'm gonna have to get The Fugitive Kind- and well done review there, Harry. Brando is just plain sex. He just exuded animal passion out of every pore; even when he was a giant blob, he was a sexy blob. Also recommended is his own personal favourite film that he did, Burn!

  • April 27, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    In defence of RIDE WITH THE DEVIL...

    by Mr Gorilla

    I saw it in the cinema and was pretty bored. I saw it again last year and was BLOWN AWAY. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. It feels to me a sister of THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. It's set against a background of violence but it says to you - hey, there's another way, you don't have to fight. And the message of hope Lee give us is - for me - not sacharine... it's deep, it's revolutionary. Plus, of course, it's exciting, it's atmospheric, it's beautiful...

  • April 27, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    that said

    by robamenta

    looks like a group of good dvds, that said, im not sure i will buy them, that said, they look ok, that said, maybe i should stop wrting this comment, that said, why not, I have a right to my opinion, that said, who am i to write here? that said, that said, that said....good lord I cant stop

  • April 27, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Tombstone = overrated

    by Fico

    Kilmer is great of course but I just don't buy Kurt Russell in it. Sorry.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    thank you for linking to that Orson Welles interview

    by irc-Hollywood

    never seen it, fantastic little insight.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I'm going with Imaginarium

    by Broseph

    My instincts tell me buy it.say goodbye to of my generations best actors.i remember feeling a great sadness whenhe pasd.i think part of it was we were the same age.i'm coming up on a 9 year anniversary of my best freind's death.after watching crazy heart and up in the air on the sam night i've been thinking about life and how precious it is but when we're living in the moment we at time fail to recognize it.after a tremondusly long day at the doctor's office it sure is nice to be able to come here and find comfort in something as simple as the dvd column.haary i release you take alot of shit on here but know we do really love this site.reading a jackie earl haley interveiw and seeing this column before bed really made my day and made me feel alot better after a very draining day .thanks for all you do. sorry for the long post it's the weed

  • April 27, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Tombstone is fantastic

    by irc-Hollywood

    fico, your a fool. Russell's "Hell's coming with me." speech justifies, and validates his entire career. That's worth the price of admission alone, let alone the Kilmer, Zane, Paxton, Elliot, Biehn, Lang and Hayden Church awesome ness.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by savagedave


  • April 27, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Not sure I can read any more of these reviews...

    by LordPorkington

    That's how irritated I am by Harry's use of 'that said'. I don't know if he's just doing it on purpose now because he thinks it's 'his thing', but it's bloody annoying as hell. Does he care if he loses one person reading this column? Not at all. I suppose I just needed to vent and then move on.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by irc-Hollywood

  • April 27, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Ride with the Devil

    by yodalovesyou

    Tobey Maguire is as awful as he's always been but Jeffrey Wright is brilliant, as are Tom Wilkinson, Jonathan Brandis and [shudders] Jonathan Rhys-Meyes.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    I don't get it.

    by Pikaroth76

    "I still haven’t watched this third season of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE – and I don’t think I ever did." What does that even mean? =( <P> And, really: MEN, MEN, MEN, MEN, MEN! Lightning penises!

  • April 27, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Hi Riders and The Bad Bunch.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I'm a sucker for this shit. <p> Sold.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST



    it basically means... I have the set here, haven't had the time to watch it - but that I'm pretty sure I never saw any of the original 3rd season of the show when it aired.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I'll disagree with Harry on alot of things but..

    by Tommy999

    Armageddon is not one of them, I love that movie, in every bit of its cheesiness

  • April 27, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by Pikaroth76

    Kills me to say this, but, oddly, and I can clearly see the issues with it (major issues), but I, too, like Armageddon. It's rare I think this, but Harry is right in this case.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Tombstone and Armageddon...

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Parnassus, Hi Riders and The Bad Bunch, The Fugitive Kind, Dune, Hong Kong Godfather, Opium and the Kung Fu Master......Fuck, I'm gonna be broke this week after buying them!!!! God I love movies!!!

  • April 27, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    This quote made me laugh...

    by jackalcack

    "On movie night here on Sunday nights at my place" <p> Surely every night is movie night round Harry's. I find it hard to believe that a day (or night) goes by where he doesn't watch several films.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    traffic is good.

    by busterbluth

    imagining harry cuddling with redford on their comfy couch of awsome? not so much.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    edit button please.

    by busterbluth

    awesome. DAMN IT!!!!!

  • April 27, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    besides TOM WAITS...

    by AdzonVonMelk

    ORSON WELLES is the personification of coolness in a very good way for me ... which counts me in to those, who liked IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS... kind of... good choices btw...

  • April 27, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Hated Parnasus...

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Self indulgent shit.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Wait a minute, Harry...

    by The Garbage Man

    Are you saying you've gotten Thor set descriptions and haven't bothered to share them with the rest of the class? Thor news is extremely scarce as it is without you holding out on us. Give up the goods, man!

  • April 27, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Gilliam has totally lost it

    by BobParr

    Style and visuals over telling a story.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by AndrewWanKenobi

    It doesn't matter which computer I'm on or what browser I use. They slow things down to a crawl. The designer of those ads should be fucking shot.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    The Fugitive Kind

    by whatever1964

    is such a great, great movie, but shame on you for not mentioning Joanne Woodward... Brando's great, obviously, but Woodward steals the show for me...

  • April 27, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    You are correct, Garbage Man . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I can't believe the lack of Thor news around here. I'm more excited for it than Cap AND The Avengers.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Tombstone - Director's Cut

    by jim

    I think the only Extended Edition movie I've seen where the added scenes make it a much less enjoyable film. Sure, the additional scenes with Dana Delaney, and the ones with Earp's wife, make Earp's actions at the end seem less out of left field. Trouble is, the added scenes really kill the momentum of the film. Editing is a balance between what's necessary for a single moment, and what works best for the film's overall pacing. I think they made the right choices for the theatrical release.<p>A couple of days after seeing Traffic, I was with a group of friends talking movies. Someone asked me what I thought of Traffic. I pondered for a second, then said "It's not as good as people like to think it is". One person agreed with me, the other two said I was crazy.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Truffaut looks a lot like Ralph Fiennes

    by ltgalloway

    Just noticed that from the cover art.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Did you know I had the title line in OUT OF AFRICA?

    by haggardatbest

    It's true.

  • April 27, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Wyatt Earp > Tombstone

    by kwisatzhaderach

    "You all can kiss my rebel dick."

  • April 27, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Best thing heard after "tragic" ending of "Armageddon"

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    One big burly dude pipes up to his friend of great girth, "I saw you snifflin', dog."

  • April 27, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    "Ride With the Devil" is sadly underrated

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    I'm not much of an Ang Lee devotee ("Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" and "The Ice Storm" excepted), but I consider "Ride With the Devil" to be one of his best. I was aghast, many years ago, to see it in an empty theatre and to read the string of negative reviews. Yes, I coulda lived without Jewel. But it's compelling stuff. I'm certainly curious about the Criterion "director's cut."

  • April 27, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    "That said"

    by IAmLegolas

    Does Harry really know how many times he uses this phrase? Or is he now just being a cock about it (and overusing it on purpose)?

  • April 27, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Of this collection I have this to say

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Just SAY it, man, SAY IT, don't take it out on the English language

  • April 27, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Wyatt Earp > Tombstone indeed

    by IAmLegolas

    Saw both movies on DVD back-to-back last year, I think they were both extended or director's cut or something. THAT SAID, Wyatt Earp was a lot better, but I get it... people tend to hate on Costner, especially at that time during Waterworld and The Postman. And the cast wasn’t a lot of “name” actors like TOMBSTONE, but it's a lot more sweeping and epic. It was kind of annoying at the beginning because of the music was almost "happy" John Williams and it seemed like it was going to be all Hollywood-ish, but then it got into the darkness and drama. TOMBSTONE came off very Hollywood-ish and more cartoony in that PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN kind of way. It’s still enjoyable, but WYATT EARP came off more real. Am I the only one that liked Dennis Quaid's Doc Holliday better?

  • April 27, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Mention Brando and Kilmer in the same headline

    by skimn

    and NO Island Of Dr Moreau..?? The camp classic of the '90s. Referenced by South Park AND Austin Powers. Too bad. It would fit with the other guilty pleasures this week. I too have a retarded admiration for I'm A Geddin'(as in I'm a geddin some drinks on to watch that Bay flick). Maybe it's the super slick production, the access to NASA, the supporting cast: Owen Wilson before he hit mainstream, Buscemi, Fintcher, Will Patton,..., the as dumb as Emmerich science, and admit it...between this and Deep Impact, its the more enjoyable of the asteroid flicks of that year.

  • April 27, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Tombstone is pure cowboy porn! And awesome too!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Loving the man-sized love for the (ahem) Kurt Russell directed movie. Yes, this is the cinematic equivalant of eating deep fried red meat, polished off with a cold Bud. Watching this and you feel like you are walking with GODS! It's a manly, man movie, and makes me smile. But never knew there was so much deleted scenes goodness. I have both the BD and the special Ed DVD but need to see these extra scenes.

  • April 27, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    "I saw you snifflin', dog" is my new catch phrase.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm going to use it on the person sitting next to me when the credits roll on any sad movie.

  • April 27, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Tombstone is one of the best westerns of the last 20 years

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    up there with the likes of unforgiven and 3:10 to yuma, wyatt earp was just all kinds of plain boring, costner walked away from tombstone because he wanted to make an earp film that told his whole life, even the dull parts, and while thats fine from a historical perspective it's terrible from an entertainment perspective<P>I'll be getting tombstone but i wish we'd get a full special edition, maybe with director kurt russell doing a commentary?

  • April 27, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    You would rather...

    by DanielPlainview

    Watch Weeds over Traffic? For some reason this doesn't surprise me.

  • April 27, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Some secrets...

    by cornholiosbungholio

    ... are best left undiscovered. I wish that with me and Fellini. I was on a world movie kick when I watched Bergman, Kurosawa, Truffut and loved them all. Then I watched 8 1/2. I didn't like the movie. I found it pretentious and boring. It's not that I don't get it, it's just that I get it and its pretty boring for me. And no, I do not suffer from a short attention span. I can watch Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Ran, 2001, Gone With the Wind and the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back if required!

  • April 27, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by cymbalta4thedevil

    8 1/2 is probably the wrong movie to start exploring Fellini. Check out LA DOLCE VITA. Don't give up on Federico after one bad experience.

  • April 27, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Does Harry say "That Said"

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    The way that Kristen Wiig character says "Just Kidding"?

  • April 27, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Film only blu rays are unacceptable

    by Six Demon Bag

    When special editions are on dvd

  • April 27, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Madmacks

    Great underrated movie, is it coming out on blu ray?

  • April 27, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Matinee...does anyone even know who William Castle

    by skimn

    is today? I felt like the oldest fuck in the world when I was the only member of the audience chuckling during Nic Cage's Adam West impression during Kick Ass.

  • April 27, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    a few Qs

    by Dollar Bird

    1) Is "The Golden Age" really worth watching? I adored the 1st "Elizabeth" movie. I thought it was gorgeously shot and loved the intrigue. But I heard that the sequel fell short. Now Harry's loving it, but I'm taking it w/ a grain of salt and I ask you, fellow TBers: should I watch it or no?<p>2) I want to see that Fellini Casanova, but it seems to be missing from the Netflix. Any other options aside from buy it? (I guess I could look at the local Blockbuster, but that would require me to walk into a Blockbuster.)

  • April 27, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Uhm... Traffic just happens to be brilliant.

    by Knuckleduster

    Should have won Best Picture that years. But no, they gave it to Gladiator (a great blockbuster, but not my idea of a Best Picture winner). <p> And did you forget about Don Cheadle's story, Harry? Come on, man.

  • April 27, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Wyatt Earp ws awful, Tombstone is legendary

    by SlimButNotreally

    AICN would be the type of audience that actually finds Kevin Costner movies good. lol....Anyway, Wyatt Earp was one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. Yes, it was more realistic, but who cares? Dennis Quaid's Doc Holliday was a caveman compared to what Val Kilmer did with the character in Tombstone<BR><BR>Tombstone was a bad-ass fantasy western. It's what every comic book movie wishes it is a legend among not only westerns, but films in general.

  • April 27, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    I'm afraid that you don't get it. If it seems boring it is because Fellini is presenting the ennui of the main character's life. That said, 8 1/2 is one of the best film's about making a film.

  • April 27, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I don't get the "director Kurt Russell" joke...

    by SlimButNotreally

    Can someone fill me in on that one? I've seen a few people say it, and I must be out of the loop on this one, since George Costamos (or whatever his name is) directed it

  • April 27, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Wyatt Earp greater than Tombstone!!?!?!

    by MattmanReturns

    You're not a man.

  • April 27, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    One pain about "Tales from the Darkside"...

    by Admonisher that they couldn't get the rights to the original music, so it's all newly recorded, warmed over "one man performs" stuff. Some people argue that the vast majority of TFOD was tracked with library music, whereas the current music was actually written for the series, so that somehow makes it more legit. But for me, that creepy stock music was a big part of the show's atmosphere, and I miss the heck out of it. It doesn't help that the replacement stuff ain't all that inspired.

  • April 27, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

    by fish tacos

    The most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

  • April 27, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    @ SlimButNotreally

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    i don't have the time to do a write up so here this from From wikipedia:<P>Early in the production, screenwriter Jarre was fired as director due to his refusal to cut down the length of his screenplay.[1] Sylvester Stallone recommended George P. Cosmatos to Kurt Russell based on the work he did on Rambo: First Blood Part II. According to Russell, Cosmatos ghost-directed the movie for Russell. Every night, Russell would give Cosmatos a shot list for the next day, and developed a "secret sign language" on set to exert influence<P> <P>Following Cosmatos' death, actor Kurt Russell, who starred as Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, claimed that he, and not Cosmatos, was the actual director. Russell claimed that he had Cosmatos hired as the titular director after being assured by Sylvester Stallone that Cosmatos would allow Russell to do the actual directing. Russell also claimed that he promised Cosmatos to remain silent as to this arrangement until Cosmatos's death. <P>i'm not sure why russell didn't take credit (might have been a money/contract thing)but it's funny to note that stalone made the same deal with cosmatos for Rambo 2(the dude's two biggest films and turns out he didn't even really direct them, makes me lose respect for the man's short career)<P>rumour has it that because Rusell was the actual director he has tons of footage in his possesion and one day would like to do a extended cut, odds are we'll see a new bluray in 2013 for the films 20th anniversary

  • April 27, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Harry is right about one thing.

    by alan_poon

    Samantha Morton is a goddess and a seriously good actress.I've been in love with here since her breakthrough in Band of Gold.

  • April 27, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Picked up Parnassus

    by Aphex Twin

    Taking a risk considering I haven't seen it before, but I loves me some Gilliam. If it's even half as fun as Baron Munchausen then I'm in for a treat. I'll know for sure in a few hours...

  • April 27, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    RE: Samantha Morton

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    No doubt - she is beautiful, rock solid, and incredibly sexy.<P>There is a scene with her in CODE 46 that may be one of the all-time great erotic moments in cinema (it's the scene where she plays directly to the camera). An altogether courageous bit of acting.

  • April 27, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Let me start the chant NOW

    by skimn


  • April 27, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Parnassus is not boring,it is just uninteresting.

    by ominus

    I love Gilliam but he hasnt make a great film since Las Vegas.

  • April 27, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Fuck that fucking Armageddon piece of fucking shit

    by AsimovLives

    And fuck Michael Bay up his fucking ass! Fuck that fucker and the fucking movie he ride on! Fucking fucker! Fucking ass! Fuck Michael Bay!

  • April 27, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I love the insanity of DUNE

    by AsimovLives

    DUNE is it's own movie. There's no compare. It's insane, and i love it for it.

  • yeah haters yeah one more time you proved correct: people went to cinema to watch avatar because of the 3D and the over-hype.yeah that was the case and not the cinematic magic of the were 100% right....<br /><br /><p>BOUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • April 27, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Fuck Michael Bay

    by AsimovLives

    Have i said that Michael Bay should get fucked up his fucking ass? I haven't? Well, then here it goes:<br><br>Fuck Michael Bay up his fucking ass. Fuck him! Fucking ass! Michael Fuckass Bay, fucking fucked up fucking fuck. Michael Fuck Bay is the fuckiest fucking fuck that ever fucking fucked up this side of fuck. Fuck him.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    ominus, what's it like being mentally retarded?

    by SlimButNotreally

    I mean seriously...anyone with HALF a brain knows Avatar was shit. you're obviously new to movies if you fell for that trick. Its just a mash-up of better films, but you dont know that, because you dont watch movies. you go to the theater and just see whatever you can that has Ice Cube or Eddie Murphy in when someone like this came along, obviously your small brain exploded.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Samantha Morton in Minority Report

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • April 27, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    The Descent 2 is out on DVD already?

    by RPLocke

    I thought it was just going to theaters.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Fish Tacos re: Double Indemnity

    by SoylentMean

    Amen brother. Amen.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The avatar Bluray fucked my eyeballs

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    seriously i'd only rate the movie a 7.5, but the picture on the bluray is so amazing, it made me cry, any one looking to see the capabilities of Bluray need to own this title<P>yeah theres a special edition coming soon, but man buy this disc now and sell it when the SE comes out, even if you just throw on the battle parts to show off your system

  • April 27, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Love me some IRA movies.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Yeah, me & Bono like nothing better than drinking Guiness and watching Ireland's unsung warrior poets maim women and children, and bomb old age pensioners in their misunderstood guerrilla campaign against the evil, seal clubbing Brits.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Elizabeth has a jaw dropping performance by Blanchett

    by SoylentMean

    Cate Blanchett gave the performance of a lifetime in Elizabeth. I still can't believe she lost to Gwyneth Paltrow for Best Actress...

  • April 27, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    "Tombstone...up there with the likes of Unforgiven"

    by Fico

    Ridiculous. The best Westerns of the last 20 years include Unforgiven, Dances With Wolves, The Proposition, Appaloosa, Assassination of Jesse James. Tombstone is fun but it just doesn't compare to those.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Fico, don't forget Open Range

    by SoylentMean

    Open Range has one of the smartest shootouts I've ever seen on film.

  • April 27, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by alan_poon

    Wasn't the most intelligent thing Harry's ever said was it?

  • April 27, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    "Maybe poker's just not your game Ike. I know...

    by BLEST

    lets have a SPELLING contest!"<p>W-I-N.<p>"I'm your huckleberry." Seriously, Kilmer should've gotten the supporting Actor for that film or at least nominated.<p>TOMBSTONE absolutely PISSES on Wyatt Earp and sends it home with a double-barrell shotgun up it's arse. <p>And you're straight up gay if you think otherwise.<p>"Poor soul...he was just too high-strung."

  • April 27, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST



    Who am I to say that he's lying? Ask them to say hello to Odin for me.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Glad Samantha Morton is gaining some love

    by ominus

    i have noticed her years ago in that british lesbian/S&M flick.she was hot then and she still is.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    oh and SlimButNotreally

    by ominus


  • April 27, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Fico, no 3:10 to Yuma?

    by MattmanReturns

    It's funny how westerns seem to be the one genre that believes in quality over quantity. We don't get many of them, but when we do they tend to be very good. That is, until Jonah Hex.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    That fucking Michael Fucking Bay needs to fuck off

    by AsimovLives

    and shove all his fucking movies up his fucking ass. Fucking fuckass fucker!

  • April 27, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Fico, you forgot to mention OPEN RANGE

    by AsimovLives

  • April 27, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Another very good, underrated recent western:

    by AsimovLives

    WYATT EARP. For the life of me, i can't understand why there is not more love for that damn fine movie. Far better and ahead then TOMBSTONE.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Another great western: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

    by AsimovLives

    Yeah, that movie IS a western.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Armageddon is like the 'ButterFace' at the Bar.

    by WickedJester

    She's not perfect, but at the end of the night you'll still end up taking her home for a roll in the hay.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Samantha Morton was in a lesbian movie? Give me that title right now, mister!

  • April 27, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    3:10 to Yuma is really good...

    by Fico

    but I wouldn't put it in the "great" category. I'm embarassed to say I've never seen Open Range, it's been on my radar forever just never got around to it.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Tombstone is one of those movies...

    by nothingordouble_jack

    that makes you wonder how an actor(Kilmer)can be so great in something and end up doing straight to DVD shit now and just generally not giving a fuck.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    For the Love of God, Harry...

    by Guy Grand

    I don't know how many times I have to write this... Would you please fucking look up the different usages of the words "compliment" and "complement" and use them appropriately, you third-grade imbecile.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by MandrakeRoot

    Jesus, is too much to ask for one talkback where assholes like you try to act superior by claiming Avatar is shit. No one gives a fuck if you don't like it, so keep your deluded thoughts to yourself. Millions of people obviously loved it, and I can guarantee many of them are far, far, smarter then you are or ever will be. By the way, you come off sounding like a douchey art snob...wah wah I've seen some movies with similar plots wahh. Learn how to enjoy yourself. There are far stupider movies that rip off tons of movies way more blatantly that are still perfectly enjoyable. Not every movie has to re-invent the wheel (which ironically, Avatar did in ways).

  • April 27, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Armageddon is the worst piece of shit movie ever made

    by AsimovLives

    No movie is worst then that fucking shit. That movie redefines retardness. that movie is pure complet filmmaking incompetence at it's most extreme. To call it shit is an insult to shit. Words fails to describe what a fucking horrible piece of merda that fucking shit is. It's unbelievable in it's awfulness. It's devilish! That human beings were actually resonsible for that fucking shit makes me despair for the spieces. Fucking shit, man!

  • April 27, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Well, you should check out OPEN RANGE. It's a great moody western, that pays a lot of attention to detail. It is not affraid to take it's time to tel it's story. but when the final shootout cames, it's a revelation. Truly, one of the top best shootouts ever made, also because it's one of the most realisitic ever presented onscreen. You can tell that Kevin Costner really loves the western genre. It's a movie made with love, just like APPALOOSA.

  • April 27, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The answer is simple: uncontrolable ego. Damn fine actor, though.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by alan_poon

    Looked like he gave a shit in Felon.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    Call your friends over and put that shit in the tray - I dare you

  • April 27, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    "I love IRA movies"

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Only a dipshit would say something like that

  • April 27, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    No, Armageddon is like that loud fat chick in the bar

    by MattmanReturns

    that butts in every time you're trying to mack on her hot friend. I don't find it entertaining in the slightest. It's loud, obnoxious, and makes no sense. The characters act like a bunch of retards, even the fucking Nasa people.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    And Asimov is right on Open Range

    by MattmanReturns

    Definitely one of the best shootouts put to screen. I felt like I was part of the shootout, taking cover. Shootout aside, it's also a damn good movie.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by nothingordouble_jack

    I think your right. I've gotten that sense from Kilmer. In fact, I think that's the problem with Nic Cage as well. The ego that probably helps them be so brilliant in some things, ends up dragging down their overall careers. A while back, I saw sort of round-table with Cage, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci, and some other great actors. The interactions with these other great actors really illustrated how far out there Cage is. I think Kilmer's probably cut from this same cloth.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I agree, Armageddon was terrible,really terrible

    by ominus

    not as much as TF2,but the movie was major POS.and you know what really gets me to the nerves with Bay? ok lets accept that he knows to make cool action scenes.why the fuck,does he put dramatic scenes in his films was he is totally incapable of directing such scenes? <br /><P>i was laughing my ass off in the 'dramatic' scene when Tyler was crying alone in the Nasa room for her beloved boyfriend who was in peril.terrible direction.and its the main reason i have never watched Perl Harbor because its supposed to be a 'dramatic' epic above all.a dramatic film by Bay.JESUS.i prefer to rewatch that POS TF2 than watch Bay doing drama.<br /><br />

  • April 27, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I love IRA movies...

    by THAT__SAID

    Is right up there with "I love the whole WWII universe" in terms of the most retarded statements Harry has ever said. <p> He sure knows how to make himself look like he's completely removed from the real world with statements like that. It's as if he views everything as if it's a fucking comic book.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by nothingordouble_jack

    Your right and that's whats so frustrating to me about Kilmer. Every so often he'll pop up with a brilliant performance and you think he's back on track and then...nothing. Just makes you wish guys like Kilmer, Rourke, Cage, Nolte, etc. would get their shit together cause when they're on, they're really ON. Instead, you get actors in mainstream films that aren't as good, but also aren't as unpredictable to deal with for directors and studios.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Ominus, this makes that Armageddon scene work...

    by THAT__SAID

  • April 27, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Val Kilmer...what happened?

    by skimn

    He got fat. Not just out of shape, or a little chunky, but big as a whale, though not-quite-Orson Welles fat. Casting directors

  • April 27, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Saw it at the theater. It's Gilliam's best, IMO.

  • April 27, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Rule of thumb regarding Armageddon.

    by knowthyself

    If a movie's opening titles attack me it's going to be a two hour headache.

  • April 27, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    My vintage porn this week is...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Taboo American Style. I highly recommend Sex World (1977) to my fellow vintage porn friends.

  • April 27, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands

    by RPLocke

    Women love Avatar. I learned that they LOVE the nature aspect of the story, and Sam Worthington. Cameron tapped into the female audience.

  • April 27, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with loving IRA movies?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Should Harry whip himself with a cat o' nine tails for shock! horror! enjoying a movie? Step off the pulpit for a few seconds and you might be surprised to find you're on a movie site, one led by an avid film-watcher. Giving him gyp for enjoying a well-made movie is kinda pigheaded and obnoxious. Did Grande Rojo say he loves the IRA? I love a couple of IRA movies, too, especially Carol Reed's Odd Man Out starring James Mason. It's a hair away from being just as good as The Third Man. But I have to sit there stone-faced and pinch myself whenever it seems like I'm enjoying myself, otherwise some keyboard terrorists might throw snark at me.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Cameron tapped into the female audience...

    by Anything But Tangerines

    go jimmy

  • April 27, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Open Range

    by TheGreatHomsar

    *SPOILER********I absolutely LOVE it when Costern asks the gunslinger "you the one who killed my friend?" then simply blasts him at point blank range, after all the characters have been told how badass the guy is throughout the entire film. Completely realistic. And Duvall probably hits 1 guy out of 100 shots with that shotgun. Brilliant scene.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Goddamn no edit

    by TheGreatHomsar

    That was supposed to say "Costner."

  • April 27, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    There's a difference

    by alan_poon

    between saying you love films about the IRA and saying you love IRA films. Just sounds wrong.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    "IRA Movies" arn't a fucking genre.

    by THAT__SAID

    Just like 9/11 movies arn't a genre. You can have movies made about that particular subject sure, but to say "I love IRA movies" in the same way that you might say "I love westerns" or "I love sci-fi movies" is not treating the subject matter with the respect that is warranted.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Why don't they make any IRS movies?

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • April 27, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by Caerdwyn

    Easily one of my favorites. I have this movie on my iPod for crying out loud. Infinitely quotable and rewatchable... everybody is on their 'A game' in Tombstone, and I'm damn glad it is available on Blu.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands, Avatar sales

    by Caerdwyn

    Avatar sales are high because it looks fantastic on BD, maybe? Sure, it's not 3D, but the film is still delicious bio-luminescent candy in your living room.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Tombstone is a great movie

    by THAT__SAID

    But what was with that whole "NO! NO! NOOOOOOOO!!!" bit?

  • April 27, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by Sro100

    Came out on Blu-ray months ago.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands amen to that.The haters got their asses kicked

    by ominus

    for the second time.Imho the Avatar haters must be the most pawned group of doubters in the whole human history,more pawned than the group of people who insisted that earth was flat.mouahahaha.I LOVE THEM.<br /><br /><p>oh and Caerdwyn you ignore something.A lot of the dvd/bluray were pre-ordered and the reviews of how stunning was the image quality of the film came AFTER a lot of people had purchased the disks already.please just stop thinking of new ridiculous arguments to support your wrongful opinion.admit defeat,its ok life will continue.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    AHAHAHA that armageddon alt ending

    by ominus

    made my day.tx for the youtube link ;).

  • April 27, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    You've been really consistent with this column for months now, just want to say thanks and keep it up big guy.

  • April 27, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Count Me In On "Open Range"

    by Rebeck2

    That shootout is fucking amazing. Plays out so real, and you feel the power of every shot. I wish more action was choreographed with that kind of old-fashioned care these days.

  • April 27, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I hated the movie Dune (rewatched it recently)...

    by Tom_Bombadil

    I remember going to the theater and seeing this movie and thinking it was a little gross but okay. I read the book for the first time. Loved the book. I like how even though it was written in the 60's it isn't dated. Unlike other books. The movie was a terrible thing to behold after reading the book. TERRIBLE. I can't believe people actually like and love this thing...

  • April 27, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Dune is Amazing. Wyatt Earp is Amazing.

    by tra1138

    Nuff said. Now begin the trolling.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    yeah those two films are amazing


    ly boring as fuck. So Armageddon. Lol. O.K. well the first time I watched it I violently projectile vomitted all over my carpet. There was blood in the vomit and I also pissed myself while doing so. It was that bad. But now that I've gotten over the initial shock and trauma from that horrifying ordeal, I can tolerate the movie. It's not too bad.

  • April 28, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    this is hilarious...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...everyone should check out this link it makes any page look like a web page from 1996. AICN doesn't look much different :-)

  • April 28, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Why include movies you haven't seen???

    by onezeroone

    What is the point of adding a title that you can't give any opinion on? And opinion without watching something doesn't count.

  • April 28, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    I love Armageddon

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Ultimate Man Film.

  • April 28, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    That's an awesome cover for Ride With the Devil

    by D.Vader

    Oh I'm so tired of stale posters of photoshopped actors.

  • April 28, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No, you mean the ultimate GAY MAN movie. Though it has to content with TOP GUN (ARMAGEDDON'S spiritual father) and COMMANDO. This movies are so gays they make THE KISS OF THE SPIDER-WOMAN look like an action movie staring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Lee Marvin.

  • April 28, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    It's great to see you people spreading the love...

    by AsimovLives

    ... for WYATT EARP and OPEN RANGE. About time this two very good movies get the attention and respect they deserve. Keep up the good work, fellas. Thank you, thank you very much.

  • April 28, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, would you please call Baz Luhrmann

    by mongo126

    and tell him to hurry the fuck up with the Moulin Rouge Blu Ray? TIA.

  • April 28, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Weighing in on Tombstone vs. Earp

    by ctbrandon

    I've always said that, while WE was the more accurate, weighty film...Tombstone is simply an incredibly entertaining movie. It's like A Few Good Men in a lot of ways to me....over the top performances, wonderfully quoteable lines, and rewatchable every single time its on TV.

  • April 28, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by acamp

    Harry- Since you're listing those MGM/Amazon print-on-demand titles, you have to mention that DREAMCHILD is FINALLY on (anamorphic widescreen!) DVD. And there had been rumors that the original elements were gone - apparently not so.

  • April 28, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    KR directing Tombstone-Why he got no credit

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Kurt could not be the credited director if the stories are true due to DGA rules. This goes back to a DGA rule established back when Clint Eastwood got original director Phillip Kaufman canned from The Outlaw Josey Wales after a few weeks of principle photography and took over as director. Kaufman complained to the DGA and a new rule was established that if a director was replaced on a film, he could not be replaced by one of the actors acting in said film.

  • April 28, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    god it's a chore reading these

    by FleshMachine

    is this dyslexic writing the result of the American school system?

  • April 28, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    what? That's not a good analogy, because Star Wars was so new when it came out. I had never seen dogfight style space stuff, western style scifi, mixed with religious mythos, romantic retro symphony music, and bad ass dirty used ship/set design... all with the multicultural/political hero story and great contrasting set pieces and situations... Avatar, while fun, did not present anything newly combined or generated. That's why I only saw it once so far! But I did like it. Just not intrigued by it into repeated escapism.

  • April 28, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I want to thank you Harry

    by TinDrummer

    For telling me about The Fugitive Kind. It was indeed brilliant.

  • April 28, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Wyatt Earp sucks, enough with the bullshit.

    by MattmanReturns

    Manages to make the most famous lawman in history boring. Look at how lifeless and indistinct the Earps are in Wyatt Earp compared to the Earp's in Tombstone. Give me a fucking break.

  • April 28, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by NADO

  • April 28, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Anyone know Harry in real life?

    by McTreble

    He seems like a half-literate, hyperbole gushing anus. I think after 20 minutes in the car with this tasteless hack, I'd want to drive off a cliff. I wonder how many of his friends are real vs. how many are just sycophants.

  • April 28, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Traffic is terribly overrated.

    by BigTuna

    And I really disagree about what stories work Harry. I liked the Douglas/Grace/Christianson arc the best.

  • April 28, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    "Wyatt Earp" is strange...

    by BigTuna

    I saw it in the theater and was bored. I hgotta say though, it gets better with repeated viewings. I liked the performances a lot. It went for the biopic treatment of Earp while Tombstone just went with the most famous stories with the shootout at the OK Coral.

  • April 28, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Harry in real life

    by ufoclub1977

    is a little bit different than aint it cool "Harry". He thinks a bit differently about things in "real life". Remember this is media and is a business now.

  • April 28, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    No, Wyatt Earp does not get better

    by MattmanReturns

    What the fuck, did Kevin Costner pay everyone off? Has the world gone insane?

  • April 28, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    THANKS Harry, for mention Vanishing Fiancee!

    by GenPion

    Seriously, I was looking for a copy of The Green Room and felt horrible knowing that it wasn't available. I'm not much of a fan of these DVD-R editions but it's much, much better than nothing. I'll be ordering it this weekend when I get paid. Truffaut is one of my all time favorite film-makers and I'm open to seeing anything done by him. I've never seen this one and will eagerly await it's arrival!

  • April 28, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    people who love armaggeddon are satan for films too

    by doa766

    not for anything it's george w's favorite film

  • April 28, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I don't much like Tombstone.. What about "Wild Bill"

    by Autodidact

    Tombstone never really impressed me. Wyatt Earp bored me. But I want to see Wild Bill from back in 1995. That's one movie I've never seen. Is it any good? Came out around the same time as Wyatt Earp, which bored the shit out of me.

  • April 28, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Descent 2

    by ozliiifter

    I watched this today, and I have to agree with Harry. Even though it had so much wrong with it, I still enjoyed the hell out of it.

  • April 29, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    ace of Wands

    by slappy jones

    avatar is a terrible film. The acting is terrible. the storytelling is so simplistic and fucking boring that it was the 3D that had my jawdropping when i saw it it was the new heights of predictability the film reached. you go to a bond film you can safely assume he is not going to die. he is going to some how escape the perilous situation he is in but not exactly beat for beat scene for scene how for the most part. In avatar I predicted every single thing before it happened. I am not a bright man. i am not claiming to be smarter or better then anyone but if there was anything to the avatar story that surprised you i can only assume it was the first movie you have ever seen. the effects are nowhere near as amazing as people made out. for years all we have heard people complain about is how effecr driven films are all stlye no substance...they are like video games and here we have the absolute champion of all of those complaints and it got treated differently. all of a sudden story didn't matter. so what if the script isn't great its a visual feast. a feast as filling as mcdonalds. you are hungry again 20 minutes later and unfortunately at the 20 minute point we still had anohter 2 and a bit hours to go so I was starving by the end of this piece of shit. so it sold a bunch of discs this week. whoopdyfuckingshit. So did justin bieber so do you want to defend the shit that little fuck is churning out as well?

  • April 29, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by Bricktops hammer

    i work for Blockbuster and a girl told me today pedophile movies were her favorite and wanted to know if I could suggest anything. After an extended pause I mentioned The Woodsman. She said she didn't like that one b/c nothing really goes on. LIKE NO ACTION!! NO KID FUCKING SO SHE WASN"T INTO IT! Youngish girl, too. What the fuck is going on with people?

  • April 29, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Wyatt Earp and Tombstone are BOTH great!

    by I AM ROCKO

    Oh yes it is possible. Tombstone is like a double chilli cheese burger with loads of fries and a milshake. Wyatt Earp is top quality medium rare sirloin steak, sauteed spuds with a lovely glass of Shiraz. Different, the same, both class.

  • April 29, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Bricktops hammer, is that true??? I was just going

    by FamousEccles

    to post something about Knowles loving "IRA movies", how "it" was "the terrorist story of his youth", and that not all movies involving the IRA are about cock (something that no doubt he was disappointed to discover), but your post fairly put a stop to that. Holy shit.

  • April 29, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    slappy jones, I don't think avatar is a terrible movie

    by FamousEccles

    I enjoyed it. Bloody nice 3D. But I don't get the all the bruhaha about it either. It is Pocahontas in space with an uninteresting script and flat performances. The visuals and designs were fantastic. However, these are not new either. There is nothing in this movie that George Lucas hasn't done in STAR WARS bar the the 3D. Seen it twice. I doubt I'll ever go out of my way to see it again. It didn't deserve any nominations or awards of any kind beyond the technical, certainly not best picture.

  • April 29, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands - First, Avatar is a simplistic film

    by FamousEccles

    with no real depth. Anybody who says any different is deluded. Not an opinion. A fact.

  • April 29, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by radruss001

    The one you paid for or the freebie on you got for free?

  • April 29, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST



    that is all

  • April 30, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    good to see some open range love here...

    by iwasredempted

    i also liked ride with the devil a lot also. can't wait for true grit.

  • April 30, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    agree with i am rocko

    by iwasredempted

    but i prefer open range to wyatt earp

  • April 30, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by moviemenace

    I remember "Wild Bill" being pretty shitty. It was something I was looking forward too (since I am a Walter Hill fan) but it failed on every narrative level. Then again, I was pretty young when I saw it, so maybe I should rewatch before passing judgement. I do remember the movies stark visuals being pretty impressive though.

  • May 1, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I love the underdogs

    by spire_walk

    Dune is close to my favorite sci-fi movie. It may be my favorite. Ride With the Devil started out with piss-poor reviews, but after Ang Lee went on and did Brokeback, some critics went back and decided RWTD was a good movie also. The truth is, Ride With the Devil was initially hated because all of the protagonists, including the black guy, were pro-confederate. The film showed a group of people who were more in the gray areas rather than black and white. Because race is the 900 lb Gorilla of American history, no critic alive was going to give Ride With the Devil positive reviews. The movie was too politically incorrect by portraying Southerners as some good, some bad, some of the yankees were cruel, some, like Jake Rodell (Tobey Maguire) was non-southern, but fought for the South. The most gasp-inducing was the black guy, Holt, was fighting along side his master killing yankees, and he had some deep reasons of loyalty and friendship with his master that explained why. THAT SAID, his master was sort of a selfish prick, but not really evil. Anyway, to sum it all up, Ride with the Devil got negative reviews because it was un-PC, but got positive reviews after Ang Lee did Brokeback Mountain, which was PC gay friendly. He had to make the critically acclaimed gay movie before critics could get the balls to look at a movie about the gray areas of racism, slavery and civil war without fear of losing their jobs.

  • May 1, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    You mean you love Samantha Morton

    by master_of_realty

    in everything except MINORITY REPORT, right? Because she ruins the movie, right? That's what you said, right?

  • May 3, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    The Descent 2: Return to the Shit Pool

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    I absolutely loved the first Descent movie and they had to ruin my fond memory by thrusting this ill conceived (and as mentioned by Harry, overly lit) crap fest. The sad thing is, it might have worked if it was filmed like the original film. <P> Avoid forever.

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