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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 1st wk of May 2010: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO and some other stuff.

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s column. It’s a very fine week – with one of the finest releases of the year, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. This is a required purchase integral to your own happiness. As usual – the images and titles are linked to Amazon – where you can learn more on the title as well as purchase it, which will continue to support the column and be welcomed with my personal appreciation. And yes, shortly I’ll be releasing the top titles from last month. I found that interesting. Tuesday, the 4th of May, in the year of our lord, 2010…

There’s a lot of you folks out there that have just been too cool for this movie. That cynically believe they’re above a romantic vision of life. There are other people still that suffer under an illusion of understanding love as a singular absolute – and not a way to see the world. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO isn’t just about Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is about a love for Russia, a love of life especially in the worst times. It is about loving the ugly of life, the strong in life as well as the weak. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is LOVE. It is the filmed soul of a poet by perhaps Cinema’s greatest poet… David Lean. If there is a film that the glory of Blu Ray can’t quite capture… it is DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. Now, I can tell you, the transfer is gorgeous, the sound, image. It’s all as good as can be compressed and shown out of a gorgeous 1080p projector onto a beautiful glass bead light enhancing screen can give ya. But DOCTOR ZHIVAGO takes another level of life altogether in a movie theater in 70mm. Seriously – there are very few things in life like Zhivago in 70mm. It is more mesmerizing than anything created in the duration of my lifetime. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO transports you utterly not only into Russia in it’s most transformative era, but into the very mind of a Poet created by one of the great novelists of all time. Let DOCTOR ZHIVAGO teach you how to see the world. You’ll live longer. You life will be richer and you’ll be better for it. This is simply one of THE movies ever made. A film that makes modern epics like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN or TITANIC seem… ordinary. There’s a magic in this film that few things can touch. The score is the music I hear in my mind when I watch my wife being happy when she doesn’t know I’m looking at her. You know, those moments that make you cherish your life. The film instantly ages and gives texture to your soul. You are a better person, after you’ve seen it. I mean that absolutely. And whomever you ever watch it with, you might fall in love. It goes without really needing to be said, this is the release of the week.

Now personally, I prefer GUNS OF NAVARONE and THE BIG RED ONE to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, but this is a pretty great WWII movie. And that should absolutely not be considered an insult. But it kinda drives me nuts when people call this the best war film ever made. Hell, it ain’t even Spielberg’s best war movie. It is actually my 4th favorite Spielberg WWII flick. Officially, the way I rate my fave Spielberg WWII flicks is thusly: 4. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 3. SCHINDLER’S LIST 2. EMPIRE OF THE SUN 1. 1941 And I absolutely mean that. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and SCHINDLER’S LIST are technically superior films – but as a viewer… they’re exhausting movie experiences that just put you through the ringer. EMPIRE may be Spielberg’s 3rd most emotionally manipulative film of his career, but I very much love it. I don’t mind being manipulated by a filmmaker. It’s why I love Zhivago for Crissakes! And 1941? To a 7 year old kid, this was seriously one of the greatest movies of all time. The same people that have a stick up their ass about KICK ASS, completely have killed the children that love 1941 – and I blissfully remain that blissful kid. And it is because I watch 1941 and I’m wholly transformed. My conscious self outside of the moment of watching it can dissect it – but sometimes the intellect is just wrong. Sometimes you must just feel movies and 1941 feels great. But I’m sorry – we were talking about the Blu Ray of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, right? Look. It is great. The framing scenes still drive me nuts. But D-Day. Christ. That is unleashed cinema at its most awesome. But remember… 1941 is where it is really at. Just sayin’

Ok – fuck it. I’ll be totally honest. I totally crush on Amy Adams. She’s just my current version of the crush I had on Meg Ryan back in the late 80s early 90s. She’s just kinda adorable. And if you like that kind of Romantic Comedy where you’ve got a girl that’s horribly wrong-minded and that scoundrel of a good guy kinda movie where everything is painfully obvious and yet… you kinda just love it because it is obvious and cheesy and all kinds of annoying in a way – but that can be alright if it is kinda sweet. There’s a word on the cover that really does ring true to me. Delightful. This movie is delightful.

God. This sure is one beautiful looking movie with some amazing performances all wasted on absolutely the wrong material. NINE just doesn’t work, though it has so much that is working. This film is something to watch in the background. Look up during most of Daniel’s scenes, when Penelope and Marion are on screen. The rest… not so much. That’s kinda how the film hits me. A real shame.

Wow. You know, NINE is a film you can respect. Then there’s something like this. I mean. How are we to ever look The Rock in the eye now? I mean. Look at what the white men have done to him? I mean. They’ve completely emasculated him. That’s a winged eunuch who was once one of the great badasses around. And sure, that’s the whole point of the “fun” that this movie is trying to bring to us, but it’s just sad that it is working. Not unlike when Arnold Schwarzenegger was preggers. These are films made by men that hate men. They destroy their masculinity more graphically than any scene in CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. These are the movies where even I… a man that has had two facials and has had a friend refer to me as being Metro. But when I look at something that I would just not allow to have happened to me. Dangling from wires playing the fucking Tooth Fairy? As Kevin Smith would say, That’s Clown Shoes! What the fuck, Dwayne?

Ya know. Andy Griffith was kinda the most awesome thing ever for a bit in time. Oh, I’m not crazy – but ya know – when you see this and realize where Gomer Pyle came from, and just how amazingly awesomely funny Andy Griffith was at doing it even better… Well, I kinda thought a bit about Vincent D’onofrio’s Private Pyle a bit too. This doesn’t get dark an ounce, that’s just how my brain works. Discover this movie, you’ll be real glad you did.

Yes I know I’ll be labeled a teenage girl for liking this movie, but fuck it – you all know I have a hell of a sack of ovaries hanging off this body of mine – and I don’t mind saying I’ve watched this and just hugged a pillow, giant smile and tears pouring out of me. But ya know what. In comparison to ZHIVAGO – it just is what it is. A puppy kind of love. Yes, it is a powerful yearning aching love, but when ZHIVAGO is in the list… this comes after NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS.

NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: The Elm Street Legacy
While it seems apparent that I must be some sort of Krueger fan of the likes… well, like the Trek people that love STAR TREK V… I tell you this. We can agree and become friends again when you order and watch this. An absolutely comprehensive 4 hour documentary that showcases with love the entire original franchise. Seriously a must own for any Freddy fans.

This release kinda annoys me. You see. They’ve released two volumes of these so far. The first volume even had a lovely Blu ray release. So here comes the complete season set – and they do just a standard def release with no option for High Def? WTF? Right?

I remember feeling this was a pretty dismal failure when I first saw it back in the young angry years at AICN. Now though… When I’ve seen remakes of films not unlike ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK – where they’ve recast from a modern crop of actors – and with modern whiz bang newness directors. That when I put in this Blu Ray last night – I remember feeling a bit like I felt when I put in the BATMAN & ROBIN blu ray – “This might hurt” - But ya know. I was slightly inebriated – and I won’t dismiss that condition and its contributing powers of persuasion, but I think I’ve kinda made peace with this movie. It is a fun little thing – the sad part? Kurt was just kind of phoning this in. As a very astute ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK fan put it to me earlier tonight… “They should’ve screened the original film to Kurt before shooting – just so he’d get the voice back. He doesn’t sound the same.” For me, the best Snake Plissken is in the third act of TOMBSTONE. But that’s another tale. I remember hating Peter Fonda – and yes the effects are ridiculously awfully silly… but shit, they’re surfing down the GREASE drag racing strip. It is insane. But I love me that Basketball game. I love Pam Grier. I like Steve Buscemi – and while Kurt isn’t channeling Snake for very much of this movie – and his hair is just a bit too good looking here… I don’t sense lethality from him. He ain’t Boba Fett here, but in the original ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK? That motherfucking Snake could out shoot not only Boba Fett, but Han Solo… who did out draw Greedo. Dammit. It happened. Whimper. It did. I swear!

Ya know what. It is just a matter of time. Coppola is going to melt our brains. It will happen. He has the skill. These last two films of the great Wine master… have been exquisitely high brow and obscure to the regular viewer, but he’s developing a novelistic approach, a literary style to his filmwork. He’s got a very definite edge in place. He just hasn’t quite hit upon the material that resonates universally… not yet. But I do believe it will happen again. He was obsessed as a filmmaker with commercial success, doing the studio dance for a time and he kind of lost that ferocity he had as a filmmaker, but he’s found it again. He has a whole new quiver – he’s doing very interesting work right now. Check this out.

Jesus God. It is so weird to be nostalgic about a nineties movie. That was in turn a nostalgic piece looking back at essentially my father’s childhood. I love this movie. It feels like it is in the same universe as THE IRON GIANT to me. And any kid that loves THE IRON GIANT – will also love this movie and should see it. That said, I’d prefer to see it on Blu.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol 1
”Trippendicular” is a word used on the back of the box. How can you not buy anything described with the word “Trippendicular” – that’s enough for me. I’m on board. But that you get a sampling of the 80s Saturday Morning Cartoon heyday of Ed Grimley, Mister T, Chuck Norris, Dirk of DRAGON’S LAIR, Thundar The Barbarian and his amazing light sword!, The last creation of Tex Avery. And yes – evil shit like FLINTSTONES KIDS which will you’re your brain. But over all. It is like a Saturday morning. Something that gave you an excuse to hook up the Atari for a 30 minute block here or there. It is all good. 2 DVDs of fun. Let’s hope we get more of these!

From the Academy Award winning director, Kathryn Bigelow comes K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER… which is apparently a masterpiece. Well. Does that mean I have to like it now? Cuz I fucking kinda hate the accents which drive me nuts. The story is interesting, but these cartoon accents are killing me. I just can’t really take this film seriously.

Ya know – these types of movies just are straight to DVD now. But ya know I’ll kinda always prefer this era of the fetishistic Lolita stories. In the seventies, there were a lot of these films made. And every market in the world was telling them. Especially Italy. The best of the Italian Lolita films is Fernando DiLeo’s THE SEDUCTION – but this is pretty darn fun too. The obvious reason to watch the movie is the titillation provided by hot young Italian women from the seventies. A particularly fine model and region of lovely womanhood to admire and covet. These films are, of course, morally reprehensible and should never be seen by stuck up assholes. So if you’re a stuck up asshole, go away.

DIRTY DANCING: Limited Keepsake Edition (Blu Ray)
I don’t think I can believe that I’ve gotten yet again a completely new Blu Ray release… AGAIN… for DIRTY DANCING – which I believe I have now been sent 5 different releases of DIRTY DANCING. I’m still waiting for the WET T-SHIRT EDITION with Jennifer Grey’s nipples reproduced via silicone – in a sheer white shirt kept wet by packaged in gliceron. I’m joking, of course, but I would totally get that version – because let’s be honest guys. We wholly approve of this movie, because it’s all about that wet t-shirt scene where they practice lifts – right? You know every frame. It’s on MR SKIN… where that sort of thing is appreciated for what it is. TITalation. And yeah, she hardly has any… but damn. Still. HOT. There’s a rememberance for Patrick Swayze on here that’s pretty sad – but otherwise, I kinda hate the packaging and how inaccessible it is within the packaging. I’d recommend any number of the other releases. IF you love DIRTY DANCING, get one of the cheaper editions.
That’s it for the first week of May. Next week we’ll look at DARIA, LEGION, EDGE OF DARKNESS, TOY STORY 1 & 2 on Blu, DAYBREAKERS, KARATE KID 1 & 2 on Blu, HANG ‘EM HIGH Blu, Fritz Lang’s M blu, MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Blu, MAN IN THE IRON MASK Blu, NORTH FACE, THE EDGE Blu, ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL Blu, MARKED FOR DEATH Blu, Single releases for a bunch of the MEL BROOKS titles on Blu, LEGEND OF THE TSUNAMI WARRIOR, MALICE IN WONDERLAND, TIDAL WAVE, KUNG FU MAGOO and some others. See you next week!

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  • May 4, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Tetris : the Movie

    by BumLove

    Tiring video game movie trend.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I remember being soo dissapointed in Escape from LA

    by vin_diggler

    I wanted an new kick ass Plissken story, instead we got a retelling of the original that almost seemed like it was making fun of Escape from New York. Looking back, I am a little more forgiving of the film now. It does have some memorable scenes, but I still think they made a mediocre Plissken film.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Is it me....

    by BumLove

    ...or is one of those DVD choices and blurbs the equivalent of trolling? You know which one. I won't say guys figure it out and take the bait. And.....GO!

  • May 4, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    ah 70s sotfcore porn

    by ominus

    Harry's taste is unreached.bravo sir.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Escape from LA = intentional parody of the original

    by ominus

    its pretty obvious

  • May 4, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    1941 better than SPR??

    by TheGreatHomsar

    For shame, Harry. Love the article about "Zhivago," though. Lean's best film, in my opinion (but then again, I do have a bit of a Russian fixation, so I am biased).

  • May 4, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Coppola + Gallo = match made in Hell

    by Rocco Curioso

    Unless Coppola decided to remake "Buffalo 66", or Gallo decided to remake "Apocalypse Now". THEN... I'm all for it.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by TheGreatHomsar

    The words "remake" and "Apocalypse Now" should never be used in the same sentence.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    "back in the young angry years at AICN"

    by Righteous Brother

    compared to the studio shill, middle aged, safe, flabby conservative years of AICN. And for fucks sake Harry, you should get out of the habit of saying things like 'Kinda hate' 'Kinda love' 'Kinda annoys' You either Hate, Love, or are annoyed by something, there's not a middle ground there. Stop sitting on the fucking fence, and grow a pair.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Effects in Escape From LA

    by Autodidact

    That fucking shark in the underwater scene has to be the worst effect ever shown in a mainstream studio production. Measured against effects at the time of release of course.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Once again, this site needs a proofreader...

    by HarryWannaBe

    "[Doctor Zhivago] is simply one of THE movies ever made." Um, yeah. It sure is.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    "It's delightful."

    by Darkman

    Indeed. It's nice to see someone defend LEAP YEAR. Not very original, but charming in its own way.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    WHAT THE FUCK????????

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    don’t think I can believe that I’ve gotten yet again a completely new Blu Ray release… AGAIN… for DIRTY DANCING – which I believe I have now been sent 5 different releases of DIRTY DANCING. I’m still waiting for the WET T-SHIRT EDITION with Jennifer Grey’s nipples reproduced via silicone – in a sheer white shirt kept wet by packaged in gliceron.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by Richie_Rich

    Back then, the whole family went. Grandma and Aunt Donna, too. This was a real laugh riot in the theater (and I liked it a lot) but the reason it holds a special place in my heart is because my Dad loved it so much. In 1943, he left Wisconsin for basic training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. And nothing amazed him more than those boys from Appalachia who didn't know their left from their right (learning to march, "hay foot, straw foot". All gone, now.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    that shark was meant to look cheap, its the Universal Studios Jaws mechanical shark. he's moving through submerged leftovers of the park during that scene.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Is this "Doctor Zhivago"...

    by OldManPreviews

    ...anything like "Doctor Detroit"? I keed, I keed...

  • May 4, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I enjoy Star Trek V but Harry....

    by Drsambeckett1984

    You are the only one who enjoyed the new Nightmare On Elm Street, I got to see it for free, and I wanted my money back. You have lost all credibility as a film reviewer.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    But ya know...

    by Mooly

    Somebody needs a proof reader...ya know?

  • May 4, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    re. TheGreatHomsar

    by Rocco Curioso

    I semi-retract my previous post, sir. I meant to say Gallo remaking "Bram Stoker's Dracula".<P>Sorry 'bout that.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Zhivago was scary as a kid

    by Bouncy X

    it was one of those few movies my parents owned that were so long it took TWO tapes so when they popped it in, i knew it was time to go play and stay far away from the television. that along with the first two Godfathers...oh my the scarred memories. i've never seen any of them and i never will. *shivers*

  • May 4, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Where is Harry's Kick Ass review?

    by gboybama

    It appears to have been removed from the site. I'm really not trying to be a jerk. I just saw the flick over the weekend and wanted to go back and re-read.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Tooth Fairy Review

    by Vincent Gecko

    "...I… a man that has had two facials..." - This makes a man a bit more than metro in my book.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    You mean Harry's rant at Ebert?

    by Sonny_Williams

    It's still here, but you have to do a search (top of the screen, "Google custom search")

  • May 4, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Galaxy Of Terror & Forbidden World

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Roger Corman's Cult Classics are coming 7-20-2010!!!!! HELL YES, but not on Blu damn it! Oh well still gotta love it. Now give me The Keep(1983) and The Island(1980)PLEASE.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Bouncy X - Hmmm.

    by lotharius3rd1118

    I always thought that the shark in the sub sequence of Escape from LA was just a terrible effect, but I never thought of it being as you described. I highly doubt that Carpenter did it on purpose, but I appreciate your effort in justification. Well played, sir. <p> BTW, how could Harry hate Peter Fonda in that movie? He was there for all of two minutes and his wacky surfer dude character was a lot of fun. For me, it was Bruce Campbell's role that was disappointing. LA also had that awesome scene where Kurt is surrounded by thugs. He tosses a can into the air with the rule being that when the can hits the ground everyone draws their weapons. But as soon as he tosses the can, he kills them all. The can falls and then he says, "Draw." That was fucking great.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Bangkok Rules

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Right lotharius3rd1118??? Thats what snake said before that gunfight? I loved that scene!

  • May 4, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    The Shark...

    by Bouncy X

    well the reason i've always believed its the mechanical one is because you see the Universal Studios sign around the same scene or possibly in the background of the scene. so maybe it really was just a case of bad effects, god knows the movie is filled with them, but i always took it as a sorta joke or whatnot.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    1941 over those 3 films?

    by memento108


  • May 4, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    So nice to see Matinee on DVD!

    by lotharius3rd1118

    I'd prefer a Blu, but anyway I can get my hands on some underrated Dante is fine by me.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    "I... a man that has had two facials"

    by emgamera


  • May 4, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Maybe I lost my sense of humor

    by Kavalier

    But, "look at what the white man has done", I almost feel Harry is half serious with that comment. The Rock is free to choose where he wants to get his money from. Let's not throw unnecessary (and possibly inciting) comments around... Oh wait, this is a Harry DVD review column!

  • May 4, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Where do I even start?

    by liljuniorbrown

    1941 better than Saving Private Ryan? Seriously? I respect your opinion but thats a big fucking leap. Not wanting to watch 1970's lolita porn(apparently your golden age of little girl porn) makes someone an uptight ass hole? Wow.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by Nicksb


  • May 4, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Harry, what the Hell is the deal with your SPR review?

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Seriously dude! Are there any worthwhile special features on the Blu? How's the transfer? These are questions that I want answered. <p> Almost all of us can agree that 1941 is pretty great, but dude it's not a war movie. Neither is Schindler's List. They take place during a war and that war is a theme, but neither one is about war. Saving Private Ryan is, by all means a war movie and as such it's one of the best. I'm not sure why you decided to argue that point for the entirety of that little review without even mentioning if the new Blu was worth picking up. <p> However, it is very nice to see you give some love to Empire of the Sun. That's one of my all time favorite movies and was terribly dismissed by critics upon its release.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Agreed on Dr. Zhivago...

    by BubbaDestructo

    ...and when is Book of Eli coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray? I need me some post-apocalyptic Denzel...

  • May 4, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    It's funny I just tried to watch 1941 for the first time

    by JackSlater4

    yesterday on Netflix instant and I was not into it. I'm not sure I would have liked it as a kid either. Poor picture quality may have had something to do with it though, so maybe I will give it another chance through a different format at some point. I liked the cowboy on the sub though and "Hey boy, watch that knife."

  • May 4, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Escape from LA is pure camp...

    by DEX

    It sullied my memory of Escape from NY. I never understood how John Carpenter got it so wrong - it's like he was embarrassed by EFNY and felt he had to say, "Yeah I know it's silly."

  • May 4, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I don't know whay you're bitching about Iron Man Harry

    by JackSlater4

    that cartoon fucking suuuuuuuucks

  • May 4, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    USA Cartoon Express!

    by JackSlater4

  • May 4, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    There was a Mister T cartoon?

    by lotharius3rd1118

    And a Chuck Norris: Karate Commandoes cartoon? Man, I grew up in the 80's and I completely missed these. That's some great stuff.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    That shark in Escape from LA is

    by Sailor Rip

    the Universal mechanical shark. Sure other effects look like shit: the surfing, the convient fire in the back of the helicoptor that kills all the characters no longer needed for the story. <p> Anyway, I still like the movie. It is a parody remake of the first one. Perhaps Carpenter overdid the cheese in some places but it was a send up of all things LA at the time.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

    You can't really trust Harry for blu-ray tech specs, go to

  • May 4, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I see what you did there

    by GodMars

    Totally dodged saying "Tetro sucked," but the very fact you danced around it essentially says you think it sucked.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    i have to disagree.SPR is not about the war generally

    by ominus

    its more about american patriotism and heroism.<br /><p>Red Thin Line is about war and why its the Man's most absurd and meaningless creation.and guess which movie won the oscars.thats right.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by lotharius3rd1118

    It's a pretty hit-and-miss film, trying to pack too much in at all times. Slim Pickens was a definite highlight, as was the dance off/fight sequence at the nightclub. Did the version you watched have a sequence where the Japs go on land dressed as pine trees so they could blend in? I loved that gag when I was a kid. But for every good moment in that movie, there's another that either falls flat or is extremely nerve-grating.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Jack.

    by lotharius3rd1118

  • May 4, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    EFLA isn't a parody

    by Flip63Hole

    Parodies make fun of an original work. EFLA simply feels like a parody since it's such a cheesy pile of shit... If it was a parody, Carpenter would have said so, the poster would have been a "silly" version of the EFNY posters. It would have been comic funny instead of hide your head in your hands awful. Big difference...

  • May 4, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Honestly it couldn't hold my attention

    by JackSlater4

    I left the room multiple times while it was playing, then I just decided to stop it.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    umm what?!

    by WeylandYutani

    1941 is better than SPR? That must be good shit you are smoking Harry. <P> I'm with you about NAVARONE and BIG RED ONE and I'd even add THIN RED LINE, but SPR is still a great war film whereas 1941 has so many problems it's hard to know where to begin. <P> I love The Beard, his films were very important to my childhood. But 1941 was one of his very few missteps.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    SPR is still a more anti-war than even Vietnam films.

    by Tacom

    Yeah, the rest of the movie may be patriotic and has this "We have to fight" sentiment but it doesn't how fucked up war is in the beginning of the movie maybe but that Omaha Beach sequence shows you It's one thing to talk about and pontificate about how horrible war is like The Thin Red Line but SPR shows it in all horror. With other anti-war movies like ones set in Vietnam or WWI the underlying message seems to be war is only bad if it's unpopular or if our side loses. If it's WWII however it's still okay. Saving Private Ryan showed that even if we are on the right side and we eventually win, war is still HELL ON EARTH.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    They're not ovaries, Harry

    by joe90025

    They're ripples of blubber. And when 1941 comes out on Blu-ray you owe us a Saving Private Ryan review.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Re: 1941

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Apparently Harry likes movies that make people sleepy.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Just shous how much you know about the craft Harry

    by m_reporter

    ... and it doesn't seem to be a lot.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    and after seeing Avatar on BD

    by JackSlater4

    The Na'vi and planet look photo real, but all the other creatures in the movie look like CGI from the 90's and the mech suits still look like toys. They need to be upping the budget for the sequel compared to the first, not trimming it.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line > Saving Private Ryan

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 4, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Let's be honest, saving Private Ryan was a game changer

    by JackSlater4

    As far as war movies go. Even Braveheart, which I don't like, was a game changer in the same sense.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I did fall asleep during 1941 yesterday!

    by JackSlater4

  • May 4, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I'm in the mood for an Elm Street flick . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and have only seen 1 & 2. Which sequel was it that everyone thinks is so badass? I think Patricia Arquette is in it . . .

  • May 4, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Lets get that Dark Crystal news going please

    by JackSlater4

  • May 4, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Coppola is going to melt our brains. It will happen.

    by CockyPop

    I hope so. Just the thought of this happening in my lifetime makes me giddy. Harry, you just made me guilty for not catching up with his latest work. Off to do so . .. NOW.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Nightmare 3 Dream Warriors is the best of the series

    by JackSlater4

  • May 4, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    "Lara's Theme"

    by DrCaligari111

    Man, can't wait to nab "Dr. Zhivago" on Blu-Ray. The other day, as I was strolling through the nearby park, during a particularly beautiful Spring day, I found myself whistling "Lara's theme." I miss Maurice Jarre.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    two facials

    by savagedave

    That was an image I didn't need.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    Is a seriously great comedy that hacks today could learn a lesson from. Don't care that it bombed, just care how I feel when watching it.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Skip to "New Nightmare." That'll be enough of that.<p> Unless you want to compromise your manhood with two facials.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Amy Adams

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'd give her a facial.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I can deal with the SPR vs Thin Red Line debate..

    by TheGreatHomsar

    ...but The Big Red One was pure junk. It took me three attempts to sit all the way through it. Lee Marvin is extremely one-note, the narration bugs the FUCK out of me, and Mark Hamill still couldn't act. I don't understand the love for this movie at all.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    by JackSlater4

    He he he he he he. Excellent.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I just ordered RYAN on Blu-ray...

    by BenBraddock

    ..and i cannot WAIT to see it! The D-Day sequence left me like a wrung-out squeegee when I saw it at the cinema back in the day; hopefully I'll get a little re-taste of that thrill when I slip my Blu into the player next week... and i WON'T be thinking about 1941, I can tell you that!

  • May 4, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I’ll be labeled a teenage girl for liking facials.

    by VadersCrotchDoor

    "I... a man who has had two facials." "I know I’ll be labeled a teenage girl for liking this." That is to laugh!

  • May 4, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    May the 4th be with you.

    by JackSlater4

    Happy Star Wars day!

  • May 4, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Pikaroth76

    You're dead on in saying that The Thin Red Line is superior to Saving Private Ryan.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Disagree, but with respect

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Thin Red Line is a beautiful film. It has a dreamlike quality which suits the jungle setting. But I've never been struck by the sheer visceral impact of a film like SPR. Not just the Omaha beach scene, but the rainy French city, assault on the machine gun nest, and the climactic battle for the bridge. It has influenced every war film since- the grainy footage, the post explosion ear-ringing, the first person cameras. Private Ryan is a monumental achievement, and I do get a little tired of listening to people bash it just because it has a patriotic theme. I'm as liberal as they come, and that movie is downright inspiring.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    It's been 31 years since Coppola melted brains

    by Six Demon Bag

    I ain't holding my breath

  • May 4, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    isnt a man getting a facial a badge of honor?

    by Bouncy X

    considering how hard it is to cause women to bring that on not to mention how hard it is to find one who actually can do it or is willing to let you. :p

  • May 4, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    1941..great set pieces as usual for Spielberg

    by skimn

    The dance hall dance/fight with Treat Williams, Ned Beatty destroying his home, the dogfight down Hollywood Blvd..all with practical effects..Belushi going cartoon gonzo, Ackroyd doing his precision schtick, the cast melding Animal House, Jaws, SNL AND SCTV...according to rumor half of Bolivia went up a LOT of peoples noses..but two words ruin the movie for me...Eddie fuckin' Deezen. The worst Jerry Lewis-type dweeb squared, mixed with the sound of screetching fingernails on a chalkboard. THATS what Eddie Deezen does to me...

  • May 4, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    A man getting a facial....

    by BumLove

    ...typically doesn't involve a woman. A woman getting a facial is something different entirely.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    So to answer the question....

    by BumLove, it's not a badge of honor.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I think the beard would slap you outta your wheelchair

    by Six Demon Bag

    If he heard you say that 1941 topped his Oscar baiting films...

  • May 4, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    You're right about everything...except Eddie. "Safety bar? We don't need no safety bar!"

  • May 4, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Thundar the Barbarian had a "sun" sword

    by Faust_8

    not a light sword dumbass

  • May 4, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The NINE cover looks like a zombie movie cover

    by AsimovLives

    Only instead of zombies it's full of babes.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    men can't get facials?

    by Bouncy X

    course they can, sure its not as thick and gooey and as messy as when women get one from a man, its more just drenched and wet but can be done. there's whole websites dedicated to it too. but this is the wrong place to talk about it so i'll let go and move on. :P

  • May 4, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    It's about time you americans admit...

    by AsimovLives

    ... that the reason you don't like K-19 is because it's the story of russians during the cold War, and they are the good guys. fucking admitr it already, and stop with all that nonsense about accents and whatnot, it never bothered you much in other movies, like Sean connery always speaking with a scotish accent regardless of the nationality of his character. Just be upfront about it already.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    HEY 19!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 4, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    And somebody pull up the review where Harry was all glowing...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and lovingly about THE HURT LOCKER already. Too fucking bad Avatar didn't won the oscar, but it didn't deserved either. The best movie won, and the best movie is called THE HURT LOCKER. Deal with it already, Avatar fans. And i like Avatar! Kathryn Bigelow winning the oscar IS JUSTICE!

  • May 4, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    And it's about time that you admit...

    by Darryl_Revok

    that you are a dumbass, Assimov. People have ALWAYS complained about the oddity of Connery's accents or lack of them. "Highlander"? Spanish nobleman with a Scottish accent. "Red October"? Russian sea captain with Scottish accent.<P>LOVED the latest "Star Trek" movie, by the way.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by AsimovLives

    Somethign tells me that spielberg would love to know that soem people love his 1941 movie. But over Schindler's List, i don't think so. And i really like 1941.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Well, crap.

    by Darryl_Revok

    You like 1941. Now I feel bad. Sort of.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Fuck you, idiot. What don't you fucking understand? People have never put down a movie before because of Connery's accent. But it's now a legit reason to bash K-19? Screw that shit! And you loved FRAUD TREK? The accusation rests. All your coments ar wenow void and null. Good job there, buddy. Fucking admit it, idiot, the reason you do not like K-19 is because russian commies are presented heroicaly and as good guys. Admit it already, you cold war relic.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Listen, pussy. Anybody who loves FRAUD TREK has forfeited any right to coment on anybody else's tastes and intelligence. and if you can't udnerstand why soembody would like 1941, that means you are dumb and ignorant and obtuse. Deal with it, nutjob. Fuck off and go suck JJ's cock.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Never seen K-19

    by Darryl_Revok

    And don't have an opinion on it. So. Go fuck yourself. And people HAVE always commented on Connery's accent. What don't you fucking understand?<P>Other than you are going to have a fun ten years or so with new Star Trek movies sending your blood pressure higher and higher. Hope blood comes pouring out of your ears like.....RED MATTER.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    Your screen name couldn't write and you can't read. I already posted above how much I like "1941". <P>Dumb? Check. Ignorant? Check. Obtuse? Apparently you are all of the above. Good job.<P>Do you even understand you are the very quintessential nerd from the old SNL skit? Shatner would shit on you. <P>What are you going to be in ten years when most teens and young adults ONLY remember the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movies and don't even remember there were others that came before? I'm sensing a bell tower in your future. Nut job.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    1941 ia a mess of a is HOOK

    by Six Demon Bag

    but god i love them..<P>but to come out and say that its a superior WWII film to EMPIRE, SCHINDLER and SPR..<P>well thats just tells scores of what harry is as a film geek..schindler and 1941 arent even WWII might as well add the INDY films if youre gonna do that..

  • May 4, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Great War films

    by homer40

    Not hard to list better war films than 1941 (was that a joke). Walk In The Sun, Wake Island, Sands of Iwo Jima, Thin Red Line, Platoon, Big Red One (I probably like it as much as SPR, not better, but no Sam Fuller's best which are:) Steel Helmet, Fix Bayonets (if you haven't seen it, it is a must), Full Metal Jacket, Band of Brothers (which I prefer to SPR), The Pacific, What Price Glory, They Were Expendable, The Green Berets (seriously, it has exactly the same ending as platoon), The Patriot (only really good Emerich film), Glory, Flying Tigers, Flying Leathernecks, In Which We Serve, The Dam Busters, Battleground, Patton, The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far (ahead of its time, heartbreaking), Paths of Glory (really, 1941 was better than Paths of Glory?), The 49th Parallel, Guadalcanal Diary, A Guy Named Joe, Sahara, The Lost Patrol, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Command Decision, Back To Bataan, The Story of GI Joe, Fighter Squadron, Twelve O'Clock High, The Desert Fox, The Desert Rats, The Great Escape, The Train, The Dirty Dozen, Catch 22, Tora, Tora, Tora, A Midnight Clear, War and Remembrance (which had Holocaust sequences that put Schindler's to shame), Enemy At the Gates...That's just a sampling of war films better than 1941, most of them at least the equal of SPR. Let's face it Harry, 1941 was a lovable mess. I saw it the night it opened, and was entertained, but I don't think I laughed out loud once. I love seeing excess amounts of cash shit upon the screen as much as anyone, but 1941 didn't work. Thinking about the cast, what a waste. Belushi, Candy, and Ackroyd in a movie, and not a single belly laugh from any of them? I also completely disagree about the framing scenes in SPR. Those scenes are great, and give the film an emotional resonance most films can't even aim for. I remember seeing SPR with my dad, who gave me a life long love of war films, and trying my best not to blubber during that opening. The end of the film, when Hanks says "earn this" is absolutely profound, he's saying it to all of us. Have we earned their sacrifice? But when personalized to Ryan, now old, with his family, asking if he is a good man, still questioning, despite what has clearly been a good life, whether he earned the sacrifice of his comrades, well, that just takes SPR out of the range of even great films. I go back and forth on the film, between loving it and just liking it a lot. Mostly, I get angry when people say it is the greatest war film ever, not because it isn't (it might be) but because virtually nobody has seen enough war films to make the comparison. I've droned on enough, but I'll say one last thing, watch Samuel Fuller's Fix Bayonets and The Steel Helmet, and watch them at the first opportunity.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Red October is moot regarding accents

    by Bouncy X

    since early on we're shown they speak russian but with a "sly" camera move we get transitioned into english for the audience's sake but they are still speaking russian. as for Connery, i don't even think thats a scottish accent, he doesn' sound like any other scottish person. he's his own accent...thats how awesome he is or something.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    Never liked "Hook" or "Goonies". Too much screaming.<P>I would list "Big Trouble in Little China" as a bad movie that I love. But I honestly think of "1941" as a great comedy. I don't see it as a mess.<P>Now...."Neighbors"...there was one fucking mess of a motion picture fueled by high octane cocaine.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by Darryl_Revok

    Connery goes on the Man's Man Mount Rushmore, along with '68 Comeback Special Elvis and young Paul Newman.

  • May 4, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    The problem with Doctor Z (if you ain't got a Blu-Ray player)

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    For those of us who buy good old-fashioned regular DVDs, rather than Blu-Rays (we do in fact exist), the anniversary edition of "Doctor Zhivago" has a big, big problem: Although it's a 2-disc set, Disc 2 consists completely of extras; the actual movie is spread out on BOTH SIDES of Disc 1. Even more than I hate pan-and-scan, I despise spreading a movie over a two-sided disc (damaging it is way too easy to do). Despite the fact than "Doctor Zhivago" is a masterpiece, I'm gonna pass on it. The idiots should've ditched the extras and spread the movie out over 2 discs!

  • May 4, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I loved TETRO

    by Gwai Lo

    Did not appreciate the terse dismissal of "oh hopefully he'll do better next time." Part of the reason TETRO seems to have been ignored is because you critics either didn't write about it or wrote stuff like this Blu Ray review which says absolutely zero about what the film is.

  • May 4, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    The lens flares in Star Trek just made that movie pop

    by JackSlater4

    Love me some J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2009, it's so much better than any Star Trek movie prior.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Wait, what?

    by Dollar Bird

    Harry, do you reread anything you write before posting? I've made some typos in the TBs from time to time, but what is this?: "And yes – evil shit like FLINTSTONES KIDS which will you’re your brain. But over all. It is like a Saturday morning."<p>Also, it's been many years since I've seen it, but when I 1st saw "Dr. Zhivago" I felt like they put the focus on the wrong guy. I'd rather have watched Alec Guiness' character storming around than see the Doc sit in a cold house writing.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    UltraTron are you fucking with us re: Blu Rays

    by JackSlater4

    because when you start ranting about quantum mechanics, thermo-dynamic compositions and flux capacitors running on garbarge it is all flying way over my head.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Ukla the Mock and Princess Ariel muthafuckahs!!

    by BanditDarville

    When I was a little kid, I used to get chills from the beginning of Thundarr when the moon splits apart and the tsunami swamps San Fran.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Escape From L.A. and...

    by Genre_Baby

    Sad but true Harry. Escape from NY is my all time favorite film (tied with Carpenter/Russell's The Thing) and just reading your review of EFLA well I agree with most of it. It does seem like Kurt was phoning in Snake, that's been the issue I've been unable to put my finger on for the last fourteen years. I wish Russell and Carpenter (and Keith David) would have gotten around to do a sequel to the Thing but...I'm still disappointed that L.A. was a parody of NY (and not just because of where the Escape was based). As for Doctor Zhivago, I've tried to watch this film several times (as a Russian history buff) but the romance bores me immensely.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    There is no bigger Spielberg fan than me... and 1941 is ass

    by MattmanReturns

    Jesus Christ. Putting that above Empire of the Sun? I just threw up in my mouth.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    Please elaborate. I'm not trolling and I'm not going to insult you for liking or not liking a movie. I would honestly like to hear the reason's you don't like "1941". (I am absolutely not getting into what movies it is or isn't better than. Just this one movie on its own merits-or lack thereof).

  • May 4, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I can't imagine anyone referring to Harry as metro

    by JackSlater4

    Unless they are calling him a train.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    So, there's people who think they are too cool for DOCTOR ZHIVAG

    by AsimovLives

    I bet none of them "too cool for Zhivago" ever saw that movie. Becasue if they had, they would know that movie is far more then just the romance of this two people. Or maybe they have such a deep anti-commie hatred, they cannot even bring themselves to watch a movie where it treats a bunch of russians and communists as everyday people. Either way, it's just stupid.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    There's always a bigger Spielberg fan then you. There's always someone bigger and better and more dedicated then us.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Harry, dear fellow.

    by Neil Peart

    <p>It's not "thusly", it's simply "thus". "Thusly" was introduced in the 19th century as an alternative to thus in sentences such as Hold it thus or He put it thus. It appears to have first been used by humorists, who may have been echoing the speech of poorly educated people straining to sound stylish. The word has subsequently gained some currency in educated usage, but it is still often regarded as incorrect. So now you know.</P> <p>Thank you for the positive review of 'No Time For Sergeants'! That's been a favorite of mine for years.</P>

  • May 4, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    You are about as close to Metro as taco bell Harry -

    by Professor_Monster

    But for all the wrong reasons - Metro male's are a cross between gay males and straight - meaning most Metros are in shape and dress well -a little too well. they don't wear Cabin Fever shirts and smell like The Salt Lick after it's been puked on the Alamo drafthouse floor. It only shows how cluless Austin people are when Harry Knowles is confused for Metro.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    You WOULD crush Amy Adams

    by SlimButNotreally

    fat ass!

  • May 4, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    But K-19... your being too cynical Harry!!! FEEL IT!


    Just shut off all the parts of your brain that are logical and FEEL IT! Feel it at its core, beneath all the awful bullshit...... then you'll see okay?

  • May 4, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by WeylandYutani

    "He's [Connery] his own accent... that's how awesome he is." <P> Best comment of the day! LMAO

  • May 4, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST is what it is

    by skimn

    And what that is, is the kids given the keys to the candy shop with all the money they wanted to spend. After the one two punch of Jaws, then Close Encounters, the 30-ish Spielberg, Zemickis and Gale were given free reign. And they thought bigger, louder and more destructive made it funnier. It took Ivan Reitman and Ghostbusters to accomplish what 1941 tried to do, a big budget-high concept comedy for the then new SNL/SCTV crowd.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Aw shucks

    by Kontarsky

    Wake me up when there's Music Lovers on Blu-Ray. Now that's a 60s-70s film worth seeing in that resolution.<p>Not that I've anything against Zhivago. Good film, great music.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Genre_Baby - WE AGREE

    by Derek Wildstarr

    The Thing and EFNY are my favs as well, but you gotta add ROAD WARRIOR for the true trifecta of early 80's genre badassness.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST


    by Come_ON

    I remember watching it as a kid and thinking it was hilarious. Then I watched it as an adult and realized I was a FUCKING IDIOT.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by MrLongbaugh

    You are the man!!! 1. Darryl_Revok 2. Michael Bay 3. J.J. Abrams Thanks for inciting him into a frenzy. I can picture him now....foaming at the mouth....little communist fingers pounding the keyboard....about to have a aneurysm. LMAO

  • May 4, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Skimn...Eddie Deezen

    by Quake II

    I agree that he's annoying and goofy, but that's what he's hired to be. I met Eddie 3 years ago and talked to him about a guilty pleasure of mine, Surf II (1984) and he was exactly like the Eddie in movies. Very nice guy and humble but with that loud, goofy voice when he talks. I thought it was an act. Nope. Eddie in real life is the Eddie in movies.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR....The Island

    by Quake II

    is available from Australia in widescreen on dvd. It's pal region 0 and looks fantastic. It's a commercial release and to finally see it in widescreen, I appreciate the movie even more. When Caine takes that .30 deck gun and wastes the entire cast in under 2 minutes...Glorious. I bought mine off Ebay. Galaxy Of Terror is awesome! Thanks for the heads up.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR....The Island

    by Quake II

    is available from Australia in widescreen on dvd. It's pal region 0 and looks fantastic. It's a commercial release and to finally see it in widescreen, I appreciate the movie even more. When Caine takes that .50 deck gun and wastes the entire cast in under 2 minutes...Glorious. I bought mine off Ebay. Galaxy Of Terror is awesome! Thanks for the heads up.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Another pretentious moronic Knowles piece....

    by benlinus

    ----There’s a lot of you folks out there that have just been too cool for this movie. That cynically believe they’re above a romantic vision of life.-----Shut the fuck up Harry, seriously...just review the fucking blu rays. You know nothing about any of us. How dare you make such arrogant pretentious come off as arrogant and looking like an idiot. And Imn sure if your "wife" knew "you were looking at her" she would throw up. Have you looked in the mirror lately. Also, the fact that you like 1941 over SL and SPR show just what an ass-clown you really are. Do us all a favor and retire. Finally, the fact that you think Leap Year is "delightful" makes think that you like to suck cock. Am I being blunt enough for you, or am I being obtuse?

  • May 4, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    It's clearly trying to way too hard to emulate Dr. Strangelove and it fails miserably at that. It has a few moments, "HOORRREEWOOOD!!" but mostly it's a noisy, random mess, and nothing gels. Even Spielberg has admitted it was a misstep. Then again, he doesn't like Temple of Doom either, and I know a lot of talkbackers do. So, to each his own I guess.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Asimov, my love for Spielberg is as strong

    by MattmanReturns

    as your hatred for J.J. Abrams.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Is there even an Escape From New York blu-ray!?

    by MattmanReturns

    I know there's a UK one or something, but is there a domestic one? They're seriously releasing Escape From L.A. before New York?

  • May 4, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Even better then WRATH OF KAHN?

  • May 4, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I don't have hate for El Abramanito. I have despise, disgust, loath and disrespect. The guy i hate is Michael Bay.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Spielberg has this habit of not liking his own movies...

    by AsimovLives

    ... that didn't suceed at the box office, an attitude quite similiar to George Lucas. Only recently he has came to the fold and admit he's proud of EMPIRE OF THE SUN, the same way Lucas now admits himself proud of THX-1138.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    "He's [Connery] his own accent"

    by AsimovLives

    What a coup out for an actor with limited range. The fact he couldn't do any other accent but his own native Edinburgh accent is not soemthing to brag about, but to derate. Connery could deliver some pretty good performance,s like in THE NAME OF THE ROSE, but he had many, many limitations, of his shit unability to change accents is the most glaring. The deification of Connery is something i never had any truk with.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Asimov, Temple of Doom was a huge success

    by MattmanReturns

    And Spielberg has openly said he has no emotional attachment to that film whatsoever.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Although I'm still waiting for him to apologize

    by MattmanReturns

    for Lost World.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    has no truk. That's because Communists like to share everything.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Connery can't change his accent, but Sam Worthington can

    by MattmanReturns

    So I don't put much stock in the ability to change accents.

  • May 4, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Re: more Eddie Deezen

    by skimn

    Or that Liev Schreiber could be his good looking brother??

  • May 4, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    The UK Blu of EFNY is pretty shitty

    by palimpsest

    It's not worth buying - limited extras and a woeful transfer. It's only about $10, but it's not worth it.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    the angry years were the honest years..

    by HaterofCrap

    this site needs more of that brutal honesty...

  • May 4, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I'm not cynical and I love romance, I just find...

    by Jaka

    ....DOCTOR ZHIVAGO to be incredibly boring and uninteresting. It may be brilliant film making, but I've never been able to sit through the entire thing. So I can't really tell you one way or the other if I agree with all the praise that gets heaped upon it. Just not my cup o' tea, I guess. <br><br>Awesome to see some love for Empire of the Sun - it's an all-time favorite of mine. But I still don't get all the love for 1941 lately. I guess I'll have to try it yet again. I kinda think a lot of it is people trying to be too cool, though. Picking a random, generally unloved and unknown Spielberg film and hyping it beyond what it really deserves.<P>FUCK DIRTY DANCING! AND FUCK THEM RELEASING MORE VERSIONS OF IT! JUST... FUCK THEM! I was tortured, and I mean that literally, by this film in my teen years when my sister and mother would watch it every night for weeks on end. FUCK! THIS! MOVIE!<P>"NINE just doesn’t work" Perfectly summed up right there. Nothing else to say.<P>Well you can say one thing for The Rock, he avoided being typecast. Now lets see if his career can ever recover from it.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    yes, even better than WRATH OF KHAN

    by JackSlater4

    I would love to see Javier Bardem show up as Khan in the sequel though. Lightning in a bottle people.

  • May 4, 2010, 5 p.m. CST


    by th3480

    Happy Star Wars Day everyone!!!

  • May 4, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Thanks for proving my point.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You're hopeless. It's funny you say so about FRAUD TREK, as that movie STEALS the plot and the villain from THE WRATH OF KAHN. Well, that's when it's not BLATANTLY RIPPING OFF from Star Wars. So fucking funny.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I don't know if you know this, but Spielberg was heavily inspired by David Lean (the director of Doctor Zhivago) for the way he shot and edited EMPIRE OF THE SUN. In fact, that movie might be Spieberg's most Lean-esque movie he ever made. There's someshots in EMPIRE OF THE SUN where i can see a bit of Doctor Zhivago in it.<br><br>Andfor the record, i think EMPIRE OF THE SUIN is one of the very top best movies that Spielberg ever made in his career, and his most underappreciated and misunderstood.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Any good actor can change accents. It's one of their tools of trade. Those that can't are not doing their job properly.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Okay opened the door, you gotta tell me

    by skimn

    how Abrams' Star Trek rips off Star Wars, except for the word "star" in the title...

  • May 4, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    And we've said it before, but I agree with you

    by skimn

    on Empire. Bale's performance is a revelation for such a young man.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Skimn... I liked Abrams' Star Trek

    by MattmanReturns

    and even I admit it ripped off Star Wars. It even ripped off Episode I's "There's always a bigger fish" scene.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I thought he meant Star Wars as in "A New Hope"

    by skimn

    not the entire six-ology...

  • May 4, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Asi, I disagree on the accents thing

    by MattmanReturns

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Kurt Russell has never done an accent much different from his own, but that doesn't mean he's not a good actor.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Skimn, oh it rips off New Hope alright

    by MattmanReturns

    Or, I guess to be nice, I could say it "pays homage" to New Hope, since Abrams has said he's more a Star Wars fan than a Star Trek fan. The film opens with a large ship attacking an inferior one. The scene where Kirk looks at the Enterprise mirrors the twin sunset scene. The bar/cantina. A mentor, sage-like figure is discovered in exile on a remote planet. A planet belonging to a crucial character is destroyed by the villain halfway through. And the action scenes in general are more Star Wars than typical Star Trek. Much faster paced with a lot going on at once.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Asi - Didn't know that, but...

    by Jaka will do nothing to change my opinion of Doctor Zhivago. I've been trying to get through that movie since I was quite young and I just can't do it. I even agree with some of the things people say about it, and I'm well aware that it's not JUST a romance. For whatever reason it just bores the crap out of me. Empire of the Sun on the other hand went by like a flash when I saw it for the first time at age fifteen. And it's stuck with me ever since. I can see entire sequences of that movie in my head without having watched it for great lengths of time. The Last Emperor, which I saw just weeks after Empire of the Sun, has stuck with me the same way. I think that period of film watching really shaped a lot of what my tastes are in the medium to this very day. Still hate Doctor Zhivago, though.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I know Harrys always been a pretty bad writer

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    but is it just me or is he getting worse? Dead right about Zhivago though, wonderful film.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Don't forget the ice planet

    by JackSlater4

    or the planet destroying weapon, or the retractable sword, or the little alien sidekick, or the R2D2 easter egg, he definitely payed major homage to Star Wars, that's why it turned out so good.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    You mean...

    by Jaka

    ...that's why it's not really a Star Trek movie, right? <P>Oh no, wait. I'm sorry. It's not really a Star Trek movie because all of this story is already written and filmed. So this movie actually has zero real meaning. It's just made up nonsense. That's probably what you meant.<P>Orrrr, I guess you could have meant that the casting of Dr McCoy is the only one that really comes close to making any kind of sense and that the rest of the actors are completely wrong for their parts. That might be it.<br><br>Well, maybe not, Maybe you meant it's just another cheesy Star Wars rip-off with a lame villain who isn't really threatening in any way. But that gets us back around to your original explanation of why it's really not a Star Trek movie at all. <P>Really though, I'm just pokin' fun. I don't think it's a terrible movie. I just don't think it's a terribly original one, either. And it definitely shits all over 40 years of ST canon/lore. The guy who plays Kirk isn't really that bad, either. But I hate the casting of everyone besides him and Dr McCoy.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Jaka, how can you hate the casting?

    by MattmanReturns

    I think even Asimov likes the casting.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I don't understand why people like the casting

    by Jaka

    Spock does not have a high voice or a lisp. Nor is he pasty white. Checkov was not a goofy curly haired blond guy. I can let the casting of Sulu slide a bit for the "representation of all Asian cultures" idea. But Cho has NONE of the charisma or charm that Takei brought to the role. He's just a talking head - with a sword (oooooh, they included the sword, that's cool.... not!). Simon Pegg plays Scotty as a joke, as comic relief. He wasn't! He was actually very serious, with a wee bit o' the Scottish mischief in him. How is Saldana anything like Uhura? What, because she's black? They're not alike in the least little bit. And I bet she won't come back anyway. So, there ya go. That's why. Urban is an awesome Bone. And I understand why they chose Pine. Although nobody will ever replace Shatner, so it didn't really matter who they chose for that part.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Basically, they're caricatures...

    by Jaka

    ...and it never allowed me to believe them as they characters they were playing. Again, other than Pine and Urban.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    1941 is not as funny as it thinks it is.....

    by ZodNotGod

    and is a tad on the dull side for even a big Jewbeard lover as myself. And Harry is a fucking nutball to suggest thats it better than "Saving Private Ryan." Tard.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I know people like the Facial line, but....

    by Deathpool

    " But ya know I’ll kinda always prefer this era of the fetishistic Lolita stories." <br><br>Fetishistic Lolita movies have eras?

  • May 4, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen Tetro?

    by JackSlater4

    Harry's lack of a review makes me think he hasn't seen it either.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Harry is a moron again.Ghivago is among Lean's worst

    by Proman1984

    It's nowhere near Lawrence or Bridge.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Ryan looks STUNNING on Blu Ray. And sounds even better

    by Proman1984

    Though the extra detail goes a long way in making the movie more violent.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Did Neeson even try an accent in K-19?

    by JuanSanchez

    I couldn't tell at the time.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    If WWII was fought today- we'd lose in a second.

    by ZodNotGod

    Zhivago is awful except for the lovely Julie Christie. Saving Private Ryan needs to be seen by anyone who doubts the courage and the duty performed by that generation. To dismiss it and say it's "too emotional to watch," kinda the point. I'm wore out every time I watch and I'm thankful for it. if that's my experience, than what about those boys who were there? Those boys that returned home with a lifetime left to live with horrible images and recollections. The worse it was, the less it was talked about. Honor them by watching "Saving Private Ryan." It's the least you could do.

  • May 4, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Jaka, Uhura

    by MattmanReturns

    While I see your point on Scotty (although it doesn't bother me because he entertained me), Uhura was n't much of a character in TOS. She NEEDED improvement, and Saldana did that wonderfully. Some changes can be for the better, even to beloved characters. Uhura was never all that great.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Wild Bill Kelso and Aykoryd screaming about huns

    by Hercules

    I applaud that call.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    "Zhivago is awful"

    by MattmanReturns

    Dropping a bomb like that in the middle of a film discussion is a surefire way to make sure you're never taken seriously again. Luckily it's not too out of place on a talkback, where not even Godfather is sacred, and everything is love or hate, with no gray area between.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    You've outdone yourself for all time Harry

    by RefutetheHype

    This is the post you'll be remembered for. This is the one. One where your tagline for DR ZHIVAGO is "This is one of the movies ever made." This review is where you also say 1941 is a movie that makes you actually feel something other than ennui. And where you also positively review a movie called SWEET TEEN. And to top it all off, you describe yourself as a metro when metro people are afraid to eat a single M&M (not a pack - a single M&M). YOU WIN - PERFECT deedleedeedledeedldeeZOOPZOOPZOOP!

  • May 4, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Asimov....I dont have to admit a damn thing

    by southafricanguy

    Im happy Bigelow won because I have always felt she is super underrated (along with David Twohy imho), but at the same time lets not bullshit each other that her win was nt political. She won in large part becuase of the whole "a woman has never won" thing thatr the media jumped on. And while I love Near Dark, Point Break, and especially Strange Days, K19 is not her strongest work (though not a bad film at all), and I would suspect some people find it a bit dull. And as for the Hurt Locker, it is indeed a good film, but the most deserving of the year? Thats flat out subjective Asimov. But there is one question to ask, 20 years from now will most people remember Avatar or the Hurt Locker? And lets remember that Annie Hall beat Star Wars in 78, who today gives a fuck about Annie Hall? And while we are at it tell me what director Kubrick lost out to in 68 for 2001, dont know? Neither does anyone else, but everyone remembers 2001. And tell me what film Citizen Kane lost out to at the Oscars, oh wait, who the fuck knows or cares? But we all know Citizen Kane. Now before anyone has a heart attack im not comparing quality of these films as that is all purely subjective ultimatly, but my point stands, its the films that change the industry (and Avatars success, 3D, and mo-cap tech has certainly had a big influenmce based on whats going on in the industry post Avatar) and have an effect on a generation (like Star Wars in the 70s with young kids, and kids now with Avatar) that will be remembered forever while numerous Oscar winners fade into obscurity.....

  • May 4, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    And since when is technical film making

    by southafricanguy

    ability any less impressive than artistic film making ability? Thus Asimov, the word "deserving" is fucking subjective, there are numerous valid arguments, and equally valid counter arguments as to what is ever "deserving" of anything. I could just as well argue that its more difficult to make a film that taps into the cultural zeitgeist, and becomes a phenom at the b.o, Why are populist directors any less "deserving" than the "arty" ones Asimov? Is it a rule written somewhere? So, again,I dont have to admit a damn thing.....

  • May 4, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    The only thing I have to say about Avatar vs HL...

    by Jaka

    Hurt Locker (I hate when the subject cuts off) that I wish more people had something positive to say about how supportive James Cameron was. He was asked about it a thousand times before the ceremony (for weeks! in every interview!) and never had a bad thing to say. In fact, everything he said was kind and supportive. Then, when the winner was announced, they had them sitting so they could get a shot of them both reacting in the same frame (each on the end of an aisle) instead of a straight ahead single reaction shot of the winner like normal. Cameron smiled and patted her on the shoulder. For supposedly being the egomaniacal human being to ever walk the face of the Earth I thought he was extremely gracious about the entire process. <P>OK, I'll say one more thing. Subjective and all, I found Avatar infinitely more entertaining than Hurt Locker. In fact, I very much agree that Hurt Locker won for two political reasons. First, because Bigelow is a woman and the Academy DEFINITELY does that "it's time for this to happen" thing. But also because they were voting AGAINST Avatar. Whatever, that's cool. It's definitely subjective and it created a huge amount of discussion about films. All good.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Good points Jaka.....nevermind that that he

    by southafricanguy

    stated in several interviews that she should win best director, and that her being a woman should play no part in the discussion. And he was damn right, but unfortunatly thats what it all became about....

  • May 4, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington can change his accent?

    by RefutetheHype

    Did you see the same AVATAR movie I unfortunately did?

  • May 4, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    need to mention this too

    by RefutetheHype

    I swear when I saw THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE banner ad for the movie at the top for a split second I thought it said FROM SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES and my guts flew out all over my computer.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    @MattmanReturns, fair - not fair, true - not true

    by Jaka

    Sure Uhura didn't do much on the original series - no argument there. In fact she rarely, if ever, left the ship on the series itself. But her presence alone on a prime time drama, as a black woman, was HUGE. Not only that, but she was on the bridge every episode. She wasn't just a throwaway character. And then there was the whole sexualization and romanticism of a black woman on tv, period. Her part was small, but as a character she was very important. But..<P>I certainly won't argue your point that there was more that could be done with that character. I'm not sure that it NEEDED to be done. But clearly, if these movies continue, there is plenty they can do to build the character into something more than TOS Uhura. However... <P> I question how Zoe made the character any "better". Like, because she's more classical attractive? Less black looking? (Caveat: not trying to start any mess here. Those questions are coming from a place of desire for a good discussion. I have ZERO intention of starting ANY kind of race argument. Zoe is insanely attractive, but she is a light skinned black woman. There is no way around that fact.) Because she has a few more lines? Because we saw a small part of her backstory at Starfleet Academy? It just didn't really do anything for me. <P>I do want to say again that I am not of the pantie in a bunch crowd about this movie. Just talkin' film here. Not throwing any punches. I've said at least 50 times in the talkbacks that my biggest complaint is the re-writing of previously established Star Trek history when there are so many other stories that they could have told. However, they knew (know) the way to get the biggest audience (make the most money) is with the names of these most familiar characters. It is what it is: a business.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Oh, and one last thing Asimov....I wanted

    by southafricanguy

    either Avatar or District 9 to win for no other reason than I simply wanted a science fiction film to finally win so that the stigma with sci-fi films would end, and so that sci-fi films can be on an equal footing at these stupid awards ceremonies, and performances in sci-fi films for that matter (should nt Ricardo Montblan have been nominated for Khan, or Sekis for Gollum etc...). But ultimatly so what? The Oscars have gotten it wrong so many times, and so often that the award does nt really mean all that much imho. After all that piece of shit Crash won, and who honestly today cares about and aside from film geeks even remembers it?

  • May 4, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I agree southafricanguy

    by Jaka

    Would love to see a hard sci-fi film win for something other than effects, sound, editing, etc. Even the LOTR movies got all their BIG awards for Return of the King. Like a nice pat on the back for padding the industry numbers for a few years. I'm waiting to see what they do, if anything, for the last two Harry Potter movies. It will be laughable if they give them any of the big awards. <P>Oh... umm... I remember and like Crash, too. lol But then I am kind of a film geek. Film geek minor, at least. Still refuse to say I like Doctor Zhivago, though. Heh.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Don't worry about it South African dude-

    by Sal_Bando

    -Asslives is really only interested in movies that involve: Goats, Lepers, STD's received from Goats and wearing pointy Spock ears. That's-about it. He has about as much clue about what makes a good film as he does when to stop humping the local Ovines. <p> Here Asslives-here's some Goat KY Jelly. Spread some on your mouth and start whistlin' your boys are coming over the crest of the ridge and they're wearing bells. <p> What was it Jarv said-Almada=Landfill? Damned right. You know you're being hit w/ a few dozen Goat-a-mony lawsuits now don't ya? they're sewing you for kid support--

  • May 4, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    keep your subject lines under 60 (including spaces) and they won't be cut off

  • May 4, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Keep your posts under 60 characters and they won't be cut off

    by Scrotie_McBoogerballs


  • May 4, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but then I would have to, like...

    by Jaka

    ...count and stuff. I've got a pretty good feel for how far I can go after all these years. I probably play it a bit safer than necessary, though. But... uhh.. damn. My post is over 60 characters now. Sorry Mr. McBoogerballs.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I was trying to get cute

    by Scrotie_McBoogerballs

    I thought my subject line would get cut off, but I obviously can't count.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    See! That's what I'm sayin'!

    by Jaka

    Effa counting.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Jaka and soutafricanguy well said

    by ominus

    i agree with everything you said about Avatar and HL.<br />i am too happy that Bigelow won the oscars (Near Dark was my first original dvd i purchased) but i am also unhappy because Avatar didnt win the major oscars as it should.<br /><p>i will have to add one more political reason why Avatar lost the oscars.A lot of the Academy members and especially the actors were terrified from the future of the cinema that Avatar's breakthroughs were bringing.thats why they gave the oscars to HL,to pass the message that you dont need all that technology to make a film,you only need the (real) actors,the director and the crew.<br /><p>and another thing,regarding the Academy being snobbish to the scifi genre.yesterday i was watching the extras from the Aliens dvd and Bill Paxton was talking about the critical reception of the film that year.i am copying his words:<br /><br /><p>"i was surprised that Sigourney got a nomination,only because it was so unusual for the Academy to recognize a science fiction,fantasy and horror film.Its funny how this town forgets that these genres built this town."<br /><br /><p>amen to that mr Paxton,amen to that.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    damn! Moon should've won Best Picture

    by Star Hump

    Now that I've seen all the nominees it's clear that Moon was the most original, interesting and best acted film of the year. And it would've finally wiped away the sci-fi factor of not bringing home Best Picture. Another Academy misfire. They blow it every year.

  • May 4, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST



    what a bunch of crap. especiall Private Ryan

  • May 4, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    it was certainly better than Hurt Locker


  • May 4, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Star Hump

    by Keanu Gives

    It was not the academy, it was Sony that that didn't sent out screeners. They decided not to back up the film even when the director begged them to.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by Keanu Gives

    Is far superior than Saving Private Ryan and many other acclaimed WWII films. And it was just a made for TV flick.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    My two cents about TREK '09:

    by MCVamp

    I liked the movie. But I think the reason so many Trekkies were really thrown for a loop--and a reason many don't realize until it's mentioned--is that what most of them remember of the original series and films was the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic. It was the driving force behind nearly everything about TOS.<br><br>So what did Abrams do? To (literally) sex things up he changed the dynamic to Kirk/Spock/Uhura. That, above all else, is probably the biggest reason that TREK '09 doesn't feel like STAR TREK for about 75% of the movie. Granted the movie is still perfectly entertaining fluff, but there it is. If he had screwed everything else up and gotten the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic right, it would have really been STAR TREK.<br><br>And probably would have made less money.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    yeah Moon was ignored by the Academy because of Sony

    by ominus

    they refused to promote the film to the academy members,despite the director's pleads.The director has published an official letter which explains what it and read it.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    it's effects technology they're afraid of

    by frank cotton

  • May 4, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    'No Time for Sergeants' is THE best war movie ever made...

    by champkind

    Seriously, it's a classic and funny film -- been waiting for it on DVD!

  • May 4, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Klaus Kinski rules in just one scene in Dr. Zhivago.

    by Tacom

  • May 4, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Harry, What the fuck

    by ndally

  • May 5, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I'm going to pretend that ndally is Yoko

    by Jaka

    Because that makes me laugh even harder at that strange non sequitur of a subject line only comment.

  • May 5, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Well the reason I say "NEEDED" is because I feel a strong female presence is exactly what TOS was lacking. I understand it was a different time, and just having a black woman on there was a big deal, but at the same time, that's not such a big deal anymore. To just have her sitting there listening to her comm would not be enough. Zoe is the lone female character and she holds her own quite well, and she even creates an interesting new dynamic between Kirk and Spock that I really, really enjoyed. Also, the scene between her and Spock in the elevator alone is enough to justify the amplification of her character. It's a beautiful moment.

  • May 5, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    That's it Harry, end of the line . Harry your a schmuck

    by ndally

    I fucking LOVE Spielberg more than words can say, this includes 1941. 1941 is a comedy spoof film. It is not a world war 2 film. Because you have good memories watching 1941 does not mean it's comparable to SAVING FUCKING PRIVATE RYAN. It's fucking insulting to all that is good and decent about cinema to place 1941 above a GREAT AND FUCKING SERIOUS WAR FILM. You see those caps? Ya that's me yelling. Your an attention seeking tool. You said that just be controversial. You know it and i know it. IT'S LIKE COMPARING GHOSTBUSTERS TO POLTERGIEST OR THE EXORCIST. no one with half a brain would ever do that. I use to defend you man and now I just realize that your a plain and simple attention seeking whore and it pains me to say that. It's one thing to respect someones opinion, but your NOT an idiot. You know a good film when you see one and because you have memories attached to a screw ball comedy you rate it higher than ONE of the best war films ever made. You don't beleive that. Your trying to be outside the box and different. It's like when you compiled your top 2005 films and went all retarded and named fucking forgein films like a pretenious dick. You smell your own farts don't you? You take an empty wine glass and hover it over your ass while you expell your gas, you put it up to your nose and take a deep breathe. Memories do not equal quality. A movie that makes you feel warm and fuzzy is great I can respect that. Look, I get a boner watching E.T(i loves me some drew berrymore in a cowgirl outfit*)  but i wouldn't compare it to Aliens. I could keep going on and on about how wrong your blu-ray review is of SPR but you already know that, plus I'm getting a bit repetitive. Your no film geek Harry nor are you any kind of head geek your just another troll which makes your slight(and I mean slight) influence in the film industry all the more pathetic and undeserved. Quint, take over this site already. This Hack has lost it  *i do not actually find drew berrymore sexy and yes I'm aware how old that joke is. John Williams on the other hand...      

  • May 5, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by Darryl_Revok

    "I kinda think a lot of it is people trying to be too cool, though. Picking a random, generally unloved and unknown Spielberg film (1941) and hyping it beyond what it really deserves."<P>In my case, no, since I watched it repeatedly when it initially came on cable to the point of absorbing 75 % of the dialogue. I loved it then and I love it still.<P>Now unlike in another talkback where some jackass stated "any Star Wars movie is better than any Kubrick movie", while I don't understand why someone doesn't like "1941", I won't criticize anyone who doesn't.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by YouKissTheWookie

    right on!

  • May 5, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Harry is a hack...

    by Out of your element

    Ok I enjoyed 1941 (who wouldnt enjoy watching Belushi get loaded and fly around, its hilarious). Its areally good spoof movie. But you just can't compare it with SPR. Thats retarded. Its like comparing Birth of a Nation with Friday. It just doesnt work. Sure there are better war films like Stalingrad, Platoon, and Bridge over River Kwai. Bt NOT ONE OF THEM has a scene like the D-Day landing. If you watch that scene you will see that it is a fucking work of genius to be able to transport you into hell on earth. Probaly one of the best and most masterful sequences of filmmaking. Ever. Go fuck yourself if you think otherwise.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Starwarrior.....dude, where do you think you

    by southafricanguy

    are? You know this is AICN talkback right? You know logic and that pesky little thing called fact often play little part in proceedings here. Anything that does nt make a big profit is considered a bomb, even though as you point out in reality its more that it underperformed or failed to be a hit. Most seem unaware that even Waterworld made a bit of money, its not the complete bomb its always made out to be either....Everything is always black or white with little room for any middle ground.....

  • May 5, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You got to be kidding me? What's next, i'll haveto explain to you why water is wet. It has to do with molecular tension and all tha,t but it would be lenghty, and besides, it would be like explaining the obvious. But ehre's what, don't take my word for it, listen from the horse's mouth, go check out El Abramanito's movie DVd, listne to the audio comentary,and count how many times he says this or that scene and stuff is a direct reference to Star Wars. Just don't do a drinking game out of it, or you will pass out at the 20 minutres mark. Have fun.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i also saw EMPIRE OF THE SUN at age fifteen. And in many ways that's the perfect age to watch it, as one is of a close age to the protagonist himse,f but one already has some maturity in life to understand the whole circunstances surrounding the events in the movie and how, many times, Jim is either clueless or terribly misguided. That movie caused me a profound impact that still feels as strong as when i saw it for the first time. It has one of the most powerful and moving endings i ever experienced in a movie. It is spielberg's movie that hit me the most, and never once there's this feel that there's emotional sentimentaly manipulation, a problem i have with many other Spielberg movies. In many ways, EMPIRE OF THE SUN might be Spielberg's most honest movie.

  • May 5, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Actually, Kurt russell has acted with different accents then his own native. Like in SILKWOOD. But his true strenghs is elsewhere, he's a great mimic. He picks up very easily othe rpeople's maneirisms, and uses it in his acting. Best examples are Kurt as Snake (Clint Eastwood) and Big Trouble In Little China's Jack Burton (a baffon version of John Wayne).

  • May 5, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by Knuckleduster

    When will filmmakers learn that putting silly accents on actors just makes them sound dumb and out of place. There's nothing authentic about it, it's distracting. Either have them really speak the language (I know, that's not gonna happen. Harrison Ford isn't gonna learn Russian, is he? And you need a big star, right? Besides, mainstream audiences hate subtitles. Illiterate fucks.) or just ignore the bloody accents, like Singer did in Valkyrie. Much better.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Frankly, 20 years from now i don't think anybody will remember VATAR and THE HURT LOCKER. But they will remember THE TERMINATOR and NEAR DARK.<br><br>You cna say there was some politics going on in awarding Bigelow as best director. Maybe there was. but it still doesn't affect the fact that the oscar did go to the right director and movie. It's one of those cases of god writing straigh on bended lines (portugueses saying).<br><br>AVATAR is a good movie, correct, but it's not the end all of cinema. smaller movies made in 2009 mannaged to be better with less, and for me, far more awe inspiring and enthralling. THE HURT LOCKER is one of those, MOON and DISTRICT 9 two other examples. You could say that AVATAR bloew out of the water movies like TRANSFORMERS 2 or GI JOE or WOLVERINE, but that's like damning AVATAR with faint praise, if you know me meaning. A guy at home filming himself taking a shit with his camcorder is better cinema then TRANSFORMERS 2.<br><br>If "deserving" is subjective, that defeats the very porpose of the word. Because then, what's actually deserving of being deserved? Words have meanings which are superior to any each definitions one might want to give them. It's called grammar.<br><br>For me, Bigelow won the oscar because he deserved it. She is a great filmmaker. About time she gets the recognition she DESERVES. And she won with the right movie. Eta girl!<br><br>In case you haven't realised it yet, SHIT_BANDO is one of the most retard living being on the face of the Earth. Trust what he says at your own mental peril.<br><br>I understand your point about wanting to see a SF movie winning an oscar. The academy has awared best film for every single genre there is, with the exception of SF. It's a well know fact that the academy was always pretty despodent about the Sf genre, and only rarely they deign to nominate one, even if many great ones are made with have awed audiencesand critics alike. nothing says more of this then what happened in 1969, when ANNIE won over 2001: A SPACE ODDYSSEY. It's still considered one of the biggest blunders in the Academy history, a textbook case of myopia and shortsighness from the academy. Which of the two movie endures in the public imagination? That«'s right. and yet, that was not anything that people wouldn't had guess accuretly back then. ANNIE won, of cours,e because in 1948 the academy didn't had to balls to award Carol Reed for THE THIRD MAN, and made up with ANNIE! Kutbrick just didn't had the good grace to live enough until mid 2000, so he could get some pat on the back oscar. He migth even had made it on porpose!<br><br>Segueing into what i saw saying above, i would love to see a good SF movie win the top oscar. I don't think AVATAR has in it for that, but DISTRICT 9 does. Where it not for THE HURT LOCKER, DISTRICT 9 not winning i would had called theaf. Yes, if AVATAR had won, i would still say the wrong movie won, should had been DISTRICT 9. The only other movie that won other then THE HURT LOCKER which i would completly agree would be A SERIOUS MAN. The academy awarding that movie the top osscar would had been the most ballsy decision in their whole existence. But while the academy can soemtimes make the right decision (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, AMERICAN BEAUTY, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE HURT LOCKER), they certainly have no balls.<br><br>By the way, in another thread/talkback, the one dedicated to the latest gossip about el Abramanito, there's this people who were offended with the notion that THE HOST is a more intelligent movie then CLOVERFIELD. They are evne offended with the notion that THE HOST is an intelligent movie, that it is very topical about the social and political situation in modern South Korea and that it also reflects one of the well know and remembered events from recent Korea history. since you live in South korea and you nkow the place and the people pretty well by now, i'd liek to ask you to confirm what i said about THE HOST to the slackjaw ignorants that cannot compreend how much more profound and smart THE HOST is then they even dare dream. could you do that for me, pal? Thanks.<br><br>and by the way, how things in korea? any new cool movie i shoudl know about. THIRST already was released here (haven't seen it yet, though) and MOTHER will be released soon.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    in my humble opinion


    my wet steamy turds are better than Saving Private Ryan. But that's just me. Hey Asimov, are you smoking foils bro?

  • May 5, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Whiskey is my poison.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Um... Toy Story 1 and 2 came out a month ago

    by Bathman

    but good to see your staying on top of things and will be including it in NEXT WEEKS releases<P>Harry, i think you need to see a doctor cause you've really been losing it, what with all the weired reviews and the whole ebert kick ass thing (which looks to have been removed). You might have some sort of motor function problem, something like lou Gerhigs disease. Maybe it's something new they will name after you, yep in years the doctor could be telling people they have fat

  • May 5, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives the oscar went to the right movie and director

    by ominus

    on what basis? you gloat on and on that HL deserved the oscar but you are not telling us why it deserved it.<br /><p>did it have better direction? how does it have better direction? better screenplay? better even than IB? better acting? better even that IB?<br /><p>in fact why should it not go to the other nominations? forget Avatar,why IB didnt deserve the oscar? because you like HL more than the other movies? after all oscars are about personal taste turned into competition,right?<br /><p>and D9 is overrated and inferior to, who correctly criticize ST for its flaws,should know better.<br /><p>anyway who gives a fuck about the others already said in 20 years Avatar will still be remembered,thats what matters.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "did it have better direction?" Yes.<br><br>"how does it have better direction?" Doesn't need half the PIB of a medium europoean country to tell it's story, for starters. Suspenseful like hell. You actually get to know the characters come the end, instead of a whole bunch of cyphers. General very good performances by the actors all around.<br><br>"better screenplay?" starting with the dialogues and characterization, you bet your ass, baby.<br><br>"better even than IB?" What the hell is IB?<br><br>"better acting?" Shouldn't even be a question. Talk about overstating the very obvious. Answer: D'UHHHH.<br><br>"better even that IB?" What the hell is IB?<br><br>"why IB didnt deserve the oscar?" What the hell is IB? Can't you write the full title of a movie? It would help.<br><br>"after all oscars are about personal taste turned into competition,right?" Not exactly. ther eis not one single voice that says what wins or not. It's the result of voting. Which means, there is no uniformity. It's a democractic process, in fact.<br><br>"and D9 is overrated and inferior to Avatar" In what way? Acting? Characterization? Creature design? Thematic ambition? Fearlessness in not making the aliens cute to create imediate identification? Creative and thoughful use of CGI for realistic effects?<br><br>"you, who correctly criticize ST for its flaws,should know better." Don't even dare to imply to me that i equate AVATAR with El Abramanito's STAR TREK, or will kick your ass, friend. AVATAR is a good but pretty flawed movie, El Abramanito's movie is... well, you all know how i fell about it by now. The only way i compare them is to over-state what fucking failure the later is. Realise this, you cna like a movie, deem it god, and still find in it flaws, some even big and important.<br><br>"anyway who gives a fuck about the oscars" You do, i do and everybody here does. We might act all like we are too cool for them, but the truth is, if we didn't care, we wouldn't even had brough up this conversation. We care, and that's it.<br><br>"as others already said in 20 years Avatar will still be remembered,thats what matters." Remembered, maybe, but not overwhelmingly so. Probably as remmebered as TITANIC, which today is hardly in everybody's lips. THE TEMRINATOR will be better remembered.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    deem it god = deem it good

    by AsimovLives

  • May 5, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Say what you will about Avatar

    by lotharius3rd1118

    but the wrong movie won on the most recent Oscar night. While The Hurt Locker is a pretty fantastic movie, it has an incredibly wrong-headed stretch of dullness in the latter half where the main character goes off base in search of a child's murderer. And the whole murder itself may have been a hallucination anyway, so that section of the film feels pointless as well. Seriously, would the movie lose anything with its removal? <p> No, the best movie of 2009 was "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" with "D9" making a pretty close second. And it may be unpopular to say so, I loved "Up in the Air" and would have rather seen it win than a lot of the other main nominees.

  • Never heard of it before. Have added it to my Zip list (like Netflix, but Canadian). Looking forward to watching it.

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  • May 5, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

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    by Asimov_Lives

    Harry, the sad thing is I totally understand what you're trying to say.

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  • May 5, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Darryl_Revok, definitely wasn't meant as a...

    by Jaka

    ...personal attack on anyone who likes, loves or worships 1941. For whatever reason there has been A LOT of Spielberg conversations in the talkbacks lately and A LOT of them have swung around to 1941. Since I don't remember people talking about it AT ALL in the past it feels a bit odd. Like there's some "I'm a cool film geek" bandwagoning goin' on. The film (1941) has been on cable recently and I tried to watch it again. It just does nothing for me, nor does it feel anything like a Spielberg movie (for me, that's not a compliment). Anyway, I hope you'll notice I'm not calling it a piece of crap, or going ape shit making exclamations about how stupid people are for liking it. I'm just a bit perplexed by how much love it's getting in the talkbacks lately. It's odd.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker was a better film than Avatar

    by Asimov_Lives

    It just was.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Actually, I do not think that Avatar will be the lasting beacon of filmic magic that you think it will. It is no Star Wars. Not even close. I would compare it more to Starship Troopers. You know it's true!

  • May 5, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Not saying that The Hurt Locker wasn't better

    by lotharius3rd1118

    than Avatar. I thought Avatar was a good, at times very good, movie with stunning visuals. But it was hampered by atrocious dialogue and a hammer-the-audience-over-the-head sensibility in regards to plot. <p> The Hurt Locker was an excellent film, that I thought lost its way during that damned extended subplot which did nothing for the movie except make it longer. But it ended strong, so I can forgive it. It is an incredibly well shot, well acted, and well written thriller and Kathryn Bigelow certainly deserved her Oscar. <p> However, what I don't like is that The Hurt Locker got so much praise when there were better films in the running for the same award. 2009 had many examples of excellence that in any normal society would have left movies like The Hurt Locker standing in the dust.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Re:Star Wars?Star Trek...Asimov,

    by skimn

    my question was addressed earlier, and I guess I was thinking of more outright "steals" than "influences" I do get the point, though. But sir, I applaud your intestinal fortitude...for a movie that you feel SO negative about, you actually watched it through with the directors commentary? WOW

  • May 5, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I always really liked 1941.

    by lotharius3rd1118

    But it's definitely lesser Spielberg. It's more of an early Zemeckis. There's too much going on at all times and too many sequences that defy explanation to gain classic status.

  • May 5, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    A Star Wars to Avatar comparison

    by lotharius3rd1118

    is useless at this point in time. It's too early to tell whether Avatar will have the lasting cultural impact that Star Wars had, but I kinda doubt it. I'll wait for the rumored sequels before I pass judgement on its still new car smell legacy though.

  • May 5, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I think Avatar will have a technical impact

    by skimn

    in the process of capturing and photographing mo-cap actors, much like Star Wars pioneered the motion control computer system to photograph models and special effects. Beyond that? Not so much...

  • May 5, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Thanks for the complement, friend, i really appreciate it.<br><br>Well, you see, i'm one of those movie geek/movie enthusiast guys who thinks that just because i dislike a movie, i'll not dismiss it out of hand and forget about it as if nothing happened. I can do that to movies that are so lame they cause no impact whatsoever. But the very bad movies that leaves a mark, that caused an impact, that became popular, that stirred the wasp's nest among the geekry, oh yeah, i investigate. I want to know why they got so bad, i want to know why ticks the filmmakers who made them, and with luck even get an idea of why it got popular. I want to understand. To understand is very important for me. To paraquote from oliver Stone's opening monologue line, "'Hell is the impossibility of reason". I abide to that fully.<br><br>Some claim the below story is about Stanley Kubrick. I can't verify it's authenticity, but legend goes that Kubrick was as much interested in watching the very bad movies as the good ones. When they asked him why, his reply was that you learn as much about cinema by watching and understanding the bad moves as you do with the good ones. In fact, you might learn more with the bad ones. That El Abramanito's Whatever Trek DVD had a audio comentary track, it was just too much a temptation to learn more about it for me to let it pass, if you know what i mean. And i don't regret it. I learned a lot about the move and it's filmmakers. It made me realise that reality was even far worst then what i had evne imagined. I can't say that El Abramamnito doesn't boggle my mind, he does, but for very different reasons one would think.

  • May 5, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Avatar is the Star Wars of this generation

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Sorry haters, but the public have spoken. The record-breaking sales for the 2D blu-ray and dvd are further proof of that. Like it or not, Avatar isn't going anywhere, and it will be remembered, vividly so, and be very influential in many respects, beyond the technical. <p>The SW comparisons will become even more pronounced when Cameron drops the killer Aliens/Empire/T2/ Road Warrior level sequel, where he just ups the ante and goes all out, expanding the universe which he has laid the groundwork for. It's going to happen. Now, do you want to be on the winning or losing side this time? Because we champions of the movie were validated and proven correct in our predictions before. So will it be again.<p>Also, Starship Troopers, fake Asimov? No - Starship Troopers was a good film but it belongs to the realm of dark, violent, satirical sci-fi. Avatar is SW (or The Wizard of Oz, the 'Kansas' line was no accident) in that it combines cutting edge tech with a classical archetypal story with a conscience; a true romaticised, sweeping 'space opera', golden-age Burroughs science fiction. Those were Cameron's intentions, and he fulfilled them superbly. Look to his forthcoming Battle Angel if you want dark, dystopian, Terminator-type grit. D9 has more comparisons to Verhoeven's work, actually.

  • May 5, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Glad you liked it, Turd.

    by lotharius3rd1118

    But the Star Wars comparison is meaningless until I start seeing more Avatar T-shirts in public places. I have seen a few street performers dressed up like Na'vi. That's kind of interesting. But, while it is a movie that everyone wanted and did see, it's still not as much a part of the cultural zeitgeist as Star Wars was on the instant of its premiere. However, its possible a really amazing sequel could change that.

  • May 5, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I like all of Spielberg's films set in WWII era

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I would place 1941 at the bottom of his WWII films, but still ahead a lot of other things he has done(Munich, Amistad, Lost World, Hook, Color Purple, Twilight Zone:Kick the Can segment, The Terminal, Indy and the KOTCS, A.I., Always, War of the Worlds). 1941 is like a live action version of a Mad Magazine comic version of WWII homefront paranoia with some crazy off the wall moments that I enjoy. The actual script structure is terrible, and some of the actors are terrible (Bobbi Di Ciccio!), but it has some enjoyable set pieces (the dance at the USO, The Ferris Wheel, Hollis Wood on the sub). I think the film gets unfairly picked on as the worst Spielberg film (Hook or Lost World could easily run away with that one), but it's far from his best.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I'd liek to call your attention that there are two Asimovs here. There's AsimovLives, yours truly, and there's Asimov_Lives, who is the other guy. Next time you adress any of us, it would be good you actually differenciate which of us you are refering to. It would help matters. Thank you for your time and best wishes.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by AsimovLives

    I think likewise, in that i just noticed that Spielberg has an uncanny ability to make great WWII set movies or whereabouts (the 30s inthe Indy movie,s or at elast THE GOOD Indy movies).<br><br>And considering that spielberg later made such movies as HOOK, LOST WORLD and CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK, i say that the bad reputation that "1941" suffers is about time to get revoked, on accountt here's far worst movies that truly merits the badge of "Spielberg's Worst Movie". Well, in fac,t there's only one that merits that accolade, and it's fucking CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK. And that it's an Indy movie only make matters even worst.

  • May 5, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    AVATAR this generations' STAR WARS?

    by AsimovLives

    Well, guys, correct me if i'm wrong, but i one of those who beleives that what made STAR WARS what it is today was not so much STAR WARS (also called A NEW HOPE) but EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Had ESB flopped, STAR WARS woud had been a one hit wonder. Becasue EMPIRE STRIKS BACK was also popular and a box office juggernaut, it cemented, onc and for all, SW posotion in the imagination of the public and in the culture of not only an era, but of the whole world for decades to come. The way i see it, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK made STAR WARS The Franchise.<br><br>As such, what will truly tell if AVATAR is the new STAR WARS will be it's sequel, and how well it will do at the box office, and how it will be recieved by critics and public alike. Otherwise, it will be like TITANIC, a one hit wonder that didn't generated no franchise or saga, which means, it fades away as history goes by.

  • May 5, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Harry: why do you feel it necessary

    by Tai_Pan

    to bash an entire group whose value scale does not jibe with yours? There's plenty of people who don't watch porn for reasons beyond "being a stuck up asshole". So what if they deny it on a moral ground? That DOESN'T make someone stuck up; that means there's a difference in values. You seem to be maing the assumption that EVERYONE who disregards porn feels superior to those who don't. That's child-like ignorance. In the same manner, not every vegetarian is a "stuck up asshole" simply because they choose not to eat meat in a society that generally does. I really wish you'd keep your socio-political opinions confined to more appropriate forums. Most people come here for "Cool News", not to enjoy your biases and chastisements.

  • May 5, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by AlfordHitchcoke

    Love that flick.

  • May 5, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Would love to see Harry on the Beaches on D-Day

    by GulDucati

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  • May 5, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Asi, and Empire validated Lucas in his vision

    by skimn

    Lucas fretted over the making of Star Wars, calling it a "kids" film and the worst live-action Disney movie ever..and may even, according to rumor, been truly saved by his wife's and Paul Hirsh's editing skills. And the theme's introduced and explored in Empire illustrated that the Star Wars universe was more than just gee whiz Buck Rogers type thrills.

  • May 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I watched Doctor Zhivago in Alaska

    by SoylentMean

    and still kinda found it boring. So close to Russia too.

  • May 5, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives, I'm aware that there are two of you

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Why is why I referred to your doppleganger as 'fake' Asimov when replying to his comment. Quite why anyone would want to imitate the handle of anyone else baffles me, and it doesn't say much for their originality. This faux-Asimov should get his own handle, I think. I can't speak for you - maybe you find it flattering - but be aware, although I know the difference, others are probably getting confused, and you may find replies to comments supposedly attributed to you. For heaven's sake, Asimov_Lives may be a JJ and Star Trek fan, and people might start to believe you've undergone a road to damascus conversion. imagine that!

  • May 5, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I find Asimov_Lives antics amusing, to tell you the truth. As fr the road of damascus thing, believe me, i'll be here to correct that. And you know to what lenghs i can go to correct that. I'm nothing if persistent.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Asimov......hey dude, first I am afraid I cant

    by southafricanguy

    really compare the Host and Cloverfield, as I simply have never seen Cloverfield. To be honest I dont like movies filmed with a handheld camera ala Blair Witch Project etc...However I can tell you that the Host is reflective of the feelings and attitudes of some Koreans (but certainly not all). It reflects the reality of the pollution of Koreas rivers and enviroment due to the rapid and intense development that has occured here, but you have to remember that there are certain political viewpoints in the Host that certainly not all Koreans agree with. You have to realize that Korea is still a very conservative country, and there is a lot of conflict between the older generation (which adheres to Confusios principles), and the younger generation (which is becoming more Westernized). No film can represent an entire country that accuratly. I recommend you see Thirst asap, its damn good, also see Mother asap. Then I recommend you try to find Shadow Crime, a brilliant Korean take on Sherlock Holmes. Other than that some other Korean films I have seen are nt that worth recommending to be honest, remember that outside Korea you guys only see the good stuff, but there is some fluff/junk that gets made too.....

  • May 5, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Turd, Ominus, Asimov.......I agree with you

    by southafricanguy

    guys regarding the Avatar/Star Wars comparison. Ultimatly it will all hinge on Avatar 2 ala ESB. You guys are right that Star Wars only achieved depth, and complexity with ESB, and thus the challenge is for Cameron to do the same with an Avatar sequal.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST your other comments.....first

    by southafricanguy

    I dont understand what the hell you are saying about Titanic being a one hit winder and not spawning a series as proof it wont be remembered???? Are you high? Then should we discount Gone with the wind, Dr Zhivago, or Citizen Kane? How on Earth can you claim people are forgetting Titanic? Anyone can whistle that damn theme tune, anyone gets references to Titanic ala "Im king of the world" etc....You really are sniffing some good shit if you think anyone has forgotten Titanic....

  • May 5, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST no way did you explain how

    by southafricanguy

    the direction in THL was better than Cameron's in Avatar. And I find it really close minded to use what Avatar cost as proof of your argument. Movies cost what they need to cost Asimov. How the fuck would you make Avatar for less? How can you make that type of sci-fi film (an epic updating of ERB John Carter of Mars, with images that look like the pages of Heavy Metal magazine) with anything less than a massive budget Asimov? Are you telling me Bigelow or Blomkamp could have made Avatar, but at a fraction of the cost? Because that is the logical conclusion I must draw from your post. Also, you have not explained why artistic filmaking is any better or more impressive, and thus more "deserving" than sheer technical filmaking. Are you saying that its easy to do what Cameron did with Avatar? Then why have so many directors utterly failed at attempts at world building and making into a phenom at the b.o? You simply have not answered any of my questions or provided a counter argument to my points. You have basically just said its that way because it is.....

  • May 5, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Oh...and while I agree that D9 was fantastic

    by southafricanguy

    Turd is right, its owes more to Verhoevens work, and comparing Avatar to Starship Troopers is absurd as it was basically a bomb, whereas Avatar has been a b.o phenom more in line with Star Wars, and its epic space opera that uses archetypes and a classical hero's journey storyline like ANH, thus the valid comparisons. I really have no idea how you see a Starship Troopers comparison. Though I think overall D9 was an excellent film that deserves all the praise it has gotten, I dont agree with Ominus that its overrated at all. But Asimov, I call 100% bullshit on moon being better than Avatar. that film seriously bored the shit out of me. Why is it better? Because its low budget? (I dont suppoert a sci-fi film just because its a low budget independent film) Intellectual? A throwback to the 70s? No dice pal, the twist was fucking obvious, at first I though no way its that obvious, must be a red herring, but no it was actually that obvious. And having seen most 70s sci-fi like Silent running etc...there was nothiong I had nt already seen visually or conceptually. And the story was no less predictable than Avatar's (the story being Avatar's weak point imho), so dont come to me with this bullshoit that Moon is a great film just because its so low budget and is thus special. And the worst offense it commits is that its dull, both Avatar and D9 were damn entertaining, I want my sci-fi to be exciting at the same time its giving me something to yhink about. Moon is the most overrated film I saw last year....

  • May 5, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    In fact I actually hate Moon and feel ripped off

    by southafricanguy

    for having spent money to watch it. I feel like I was misled with all the cock-sucking it got from critics and assholes like Devin Farce at Chud. but then I should have known that anything that cunt likes sucks. I feel the same way about Moon as I feel about Watchmen....

  • May 5, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I'll take the Star Wars sequel comparison further

    by Jaka

    Even if the Avatar sequel is equal or better than the first film, it's a possible THIRD film that will really make them comparable. SW is the first big film trilogy and the third installment is arguably the weakest (for me it is the weakest, no argument). So in my mind Avatar needs three strong films to be on any kind of equal ground in Star Wars comparisonland. And even then I still don't believe it will ever be possible for Avatar (or any films) to have the same cultural impact of the SW trilogy. It's a different time and the world is a different place. Our attention span is measured in milliseconds and our comfort level with technology is 100 year past what it was when SW was released, even though it's only been just over 30 years. Movies just don't affect people the same way they used to.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I've tried to watch Moon OnDemand three times...

    by Jaka

    ...and I keep falling asleep. Haven't made in more than twenty minutes into the movie, actually. Maybe I should try watching it earlier or something. And I'm not saying it's bad, yet. But I usually don't have a problem staying awake, not matter how tired I am, if something is holding my interest.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    jaka....dude, I suspect you keep nodding off

    by southafricanguy

    because the film really is that dull....I had to stop several times to make sure I still had a pulse, you know? make sure I had nt died from boredom.....

  • May 5, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    But it's really my kind of movie based on premise

    by Jaka

    I love the idea of it, as well as the "cast". Everything I've read about it makes me think I should really dig it. I just can't seem to get through the damn thing.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I mean.

    by Kammich

    I mean.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    proof AVATAR is no STAR WARS

    by RefutetheHype

    Who's talking about it now?

  • May 6, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    I believe you just talked about AVATAR(putting it and STAR WARS in your subject line to boot). So have many others in this here TB. You're kinda silly if you don't think that counts as "talking about it".

  • May 6, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Escape from LA has one of the greatest endings to a movie


    top 5

  • May 6, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Uhh...refutethehype.....are you on drugs, or

    by southafricanguy

    did you just hit your head really hard? You know we are talking about it right now, as are many others as it continues to crop up in talkbacks, and whenever a new 3D film is reported. And you are aware that it just shattered DVD/Blu ray sales records right? So Im really not sure how you think no-one is talking about it....

  • May 6, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST right there with you dude, I love Sam

    by southafricanguy

    Rockwell, and I like intellectual sci-fi just as much as I love pulp serial sci-fi, but Moon really just bored me....

  • May 6, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Doctor Zhivago

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    I remember Zhivago's facial expression when he showed a real sorrowful face at one point as he looked downward somewhere, deep things .

  • May 6, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Avatar is not even fucking close to being this generations Star

    by Righteous Brother

    Sure it made a lot of money, but Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon. The characters and creatures of Star Wars are part of our lexicon now. Star Wars is part of our culture, Princess Leia's cinamon bun hair, Darth Vaders heavy breathing, Wookiees, Lightsabers, Yoda, The Force, Jabba - all iconic. I can't even remember the name of Sigourney Weaver's character in Avatar. Avatar may one day turn out to be as culturally significant as Star Wars but I doubt it. And if you're just judging its success on box office returns, then Gone with the wind - beats both of them

  • May 6, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Righteousbrother......we are nt just judging

    by southafricanguy

    it on box office. You make some valid points, but untill we see how successful an Avatar sequal is both financially and creatively, we cant really tell. However Im curious how you know Avatar is nt this generations Star Wars. How old are you? In my line of work I have contact with many Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Students, and believe me they love AVatar, and many of them consider it their favourite sci-fi film by far. All the things you mention are things relevent to you, how do you know those things are nt true for kids now?

  • May 6, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Righteous Brother

    I'm 39, 40 this year so I was 7 when I saw Star Wars. Got a kid who's at college, so I think I've got my finger vaguely on the pulse. I did actually mean to say in my post 'There's no way Avatar is close to being this generations Star Wars....yet' I don't know those things aren't true for kids now, I don't think there'll still be Avatar lunchboxes for kids 10 years from now, like there is for SW. I don't think Avatar's scope is as far reaching as SW - I'm willing to admit I could be entirely wrong - we'l see 10 years from now. Also - I'm not an Avatar hater, I enjoyed it, and I'll pick it up on Blu Ray at some point. Although I preferred The Terminator, Aliens and T2.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy, ignore that RefutetheHype cocksucker

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Or should I say 'Chocolate Woman'. That freak - who claims to be a middle aged black woman whose parents died in afghanistan - was one of the clowns predicting utter failure for Avatar before its release. Then after its colossal triumph scuttled under a rock like the rest of the cowards, pretending nothing was ever said in the first place. Yes, I have a long memory and a low tolerance for fools. Now HE (yes) continues to reside in cloud cuckoo land, laughably telling us no one is talking about Avatar, when it just broke blu-ray records and is undeniably one of the most popular films in recent memory. I wonder what these loons are smoking - crack? Other than some looney tune fanboys the majority of normal people love Avatar - I haven't seen a movie that appealed to so many demographics or cultures for a long, long time. And that's something that even we supporters of the movie couldn't have predicted.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Avatar's success is not going to be measured in merchandise

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I haven't even seen much of it, and it's probably a good thing that we weren't swamped by that kind of thing a la SW. Those comparisons are also failing to take into account the crucial point that it's a different world these days - there is much more in the way of distraction and multi-media than in the more innocent times of Star Wars' release when there was little of that kind of stuff around, and thus it was more pronounced. A few TV channels, few entertainment options, not many other big blockbusters, and scant collectibles. You won't get THAT kind of isolated phenomena again. You must measure the success of Avatar against its time - and it is abundantly clear that it has cut through the 21st century static and hubub of modern life to leave an indelible impression in the minds of today's generation - and not just in terms of superficial pop culture, either. China re-named one of their mountains after the hallelujah mountains in the film; palestinian protestors have painted themselves blue, indentifying themselves with the Na'vi; South American indigenous rights and eco groups have solicited Cameron's help in raising publicity. This is truly a global phenomenon.

  • May 6, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Real Asi and I pretty much agree on New Trek. Where we part is on all things Abrams. I like Lost and Fringe, but feel that Jar Jar has very little creative input in those shows. Also, I rather enjoyed MI3. I see Abrams as a mediocre director with minimal if any creative originality. As far as why I chose my moniker. Well, I am not a rip-off of the original Asi, but actually a cylon skinjob version that was spawned to help Asi combat his many detractors and haters. Not that he needs the help!

  • May 6, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Avatar can only be compared to Star Wars

    by skimn

    When CBS airs A Very N'avi Christmas Special.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    FLINTSTONES KIDS which will you’re your brain

    by ctbrandon

    Holy shit, please dont you're my brain again, the last time my brain was you're it stayed you're'd for 11 hours and I had to so some we're to get it back to normal.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    FLINTSTONES KIDS which will you’re your brain

    by ctbrandon

    Holy shit, please dont you're my brain again, the last time my brain was you're it stayed you're'd for 11 hours and I had to do some we're to get it back to normal.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    and also...I'm a dick

    by ctbrandon

    for double posting, thank you..that is all

  • May 6, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    LOL, ctbrandon

    by Asimov_Lives

    It was worth a double post.

  • May 6, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I liked Zhivago, but Lean's greatest is still

    by LaneMyersClassic

    his most intimate small film, A Brief Encounter. That thing trandscends time and space and cuts to the core of adult human relationships. People are the same in 2010 as they were in 1945. Fucking brilliant. Ok credit Noel Coward as well.

  • May 7, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by HummeLaFleur

    I was trying to figure out why you're such a moron. Talking shit about Americnas and making waves about your "commie" this and that. And I thought I had gotten a whiff or some "Brasuca" moronness in you. An then you came out with that stupid moronic comment about "God writing straight...whatever whatever" - (linhas tortas) which is such a incredibly stupid saying. So you're BRazilian - my grandma used to say that shit - How old are you 75 or something. I think is so funny when moronic fanboys are so protective of "the originals" like is sacrisaint. Star Trek was some second rate pile shiste that could use some improvement and that's what JJ did. Be thankful that because of all parties involved kids 20 years from now will know the name of some second rate, low budget show from way back when. Shatner can't act to save his life and you can't spell to save yours. Maybe you should write in Portuguese you lame ass moron. (Babaca ducaralho)

  • May 8, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    1941 does kick ass

    by disfigurehead

    Same with Empire of the sun.

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