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HARRY's DVD Picks & Peeks: 1st wk of June 2010: Leone, Eastwood, Anthony Edwards, Burton, Spielberg, Johnston, Richthofen & Bay!

Hey folks, Harry here with the first DVD column of JUNE 2010! There’s some great titles on this week’s column. Especially within the manly man flicks. Like that manliest of men, Anthony Edwards in GOTCHA! Seriously! Oh, and that Eastwood guy too! As always, the pics and titles will link you to AMAZON, where you can learn more on a given title as well has have an opportunity to purchase the given item, which will give a little back which will currently go towards getting a frickin’ PLAYSTATION 3 to replace my latest Blu-Ray Player nightmare. Argh! Well, enough of that – here’s this week’s releases! Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

THE MAN WITH NO NAME Trilogy (Blu-Ray)
Personally, this release should fill MGM’s coffers to such a degree that by Friday, the studio should no longer need to be sold, thus giving HOBBIT an instant Greenlight, which would probably bring Guillermo back to the project. ALAS – every man, woman and child in the world will not purchase this release. Though they should. There are few trilogies as great as this. Leone’s FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY – well, they’re films that every father must show every son. Every boy should watch these with every living male relative on the planet. And honestly, if the girl you’re dating, the woman you’re married to… well, if she doesn’t like them, to hell with her. This is the correct answer to what is good in life. I found out earlier this year that originally, Leone wanted Eastwood for the Charles Bronson role in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST – which would have made this a 4 film ‘thematic’ quadrilogy – alas… Eastwood passed. (so the story goes) and it became something entirely different. But these original 3 films. AWESOME. Which is my fave? I can’t play that with these. I love sitting down to watch all three. There’s days where I just feel like watching the first two back to back. And there’s some days where I just want the buffet that is the third. SO – how are the transfers? Sadly, the FISTFUL OF DOLLARS release is still cropped like the DVD that came out a few years ago. That said – I’m not real sure when MGM’s HOME VIDEO will do anything about that. These seem to be the same transfers that I saw on HD-NET MOVIES a year or two back. It’ll do, but it could have been treated better.

From the menus, through the ton of extras, this is a very nice Blu-Ray release. I find it amazing how well this did globally, given the divide that critics had over the film. That said, I enjoyed the film for what it was – an Elseworlds telling of Alice In Wonderland. THAT SAID… There’s a part of me that would LOVE to see Tim Burton shoot the prequel, which would be all about young Alice’s original journey to Wonderland – and you have to wonder how Disney could not throw gigantic gobs at all involved – because… ya know, it did make a BILLION worldwide. I really can’t wait to see this at home in 3D, once that tech is released. I couldn’t help but feel it all felt a bit flat and less wondrous in 2D. That would be the only reason to hold off, but really – how many of you are going to upgrade to a 3D system at home in the next 5 years? Right?

Ok – there’s a release of this coming out today, that is narrated by Oprah Winfrey. It is fine, it will be the one you see in stores everywhere. But really, the version you want of BBC EARTH’s LIFE, is the one narrated by DAVID ATTENBOROUGH – because David, no offense to Oprah addicts, is simply the best at this. Back when I first got HD-DVD and a 1080p Projector – I bought PLANET EARTH… WHOA. For a better part of a week, I explored it. The same is true with this. The imagery is simply awe-inspiring and you’ll find yourself wondering in awe at how they went about even getting most of these amazing moments. Seriously… they’re just amazing. But support the real version.

I was one of those that liked THE WOLFMAN, despite it’s truncated and abbreviated style of story-telling. Here… there is a longer cut. Just about 17 more minutes, but it is almost 90% character building while telling much needed story. Suddenly characters have weight, the romance begins to work – and the gore has a bit more oomph. Superior in EVERY WAY to the Theatrical cut. The quality shift isn’t quite Theatrical ABYSS to Director’s Cut of ABYSS… but it isn’t too far off. 10 more minutes of character work and atmosphere might have made it perfectly keyed to what I wanted. I mean. Seriously. You’ll love Max Von Sydow! He’s in it now!

THE THREE STOOGES Collection, Vol. 8: 1955-1959
This completes the collection. With this, you will now own ALL of the Columbia 3 Stooge shorts. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of this era of the boys… but there is something I enjoy about watching them. But then. I loved THE ROBO STOOGES as a kid. But watch those early volumes next to these – and the difference is enormous to me. The golden era is simply mind-bending. This is merely fun. But as a collector, I now have a complete Stooge collection. WOO-HOO!!!

OK… Now this isn’t really the WAR OF THE WORLDS I wanted first on Blu Ray. Yes, George Pal’s original is just aesthetically more in tune with my monkey brain. BUT I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! There seems to be a lot of folks that required one more death in this film. But that’s such a crock to me. I’m sorry, I wasn’t numb to the constant stream of blood that this film soaks the earth with. The horror of this film was monumental. The kinda of horror that we never see in film. Horror as bleak as it gets. I mean. I can’t believe Spielberg had the sack to do the Red Weeds part of the story. This is Spielberg’s very best film in AGES! This is a film that just absolutely revitalized my desire to follow him to every genre that he dares to attempt. I still want a musical. I hadn’t seen this in a while. Watching it the other night, removed from the real anti-Tom Cruise mood in the country at that time. It played soooooo well. Dakota Fanning really knocks this out of the park. But I love how FANBOY – Spielberg is with this film. Even having the original leads in the end shots… All the different horrifying realities from Wells’ original novel… The fact he went with Tripods…. Then, he ratchets up the reality, the visceral horror at a scale that is hard for many viewers to truly process… but is such a geek, that he keeps essentially that SAP that I love in Powell’s original – and as Spielberg is known for… he out sapped the sapster himself! I find too often in the world, people find a need to wallow in the dark corners of the frame. They need every pound of flesh served raw. I love the ending of this movie in the same exact way that I love the taste of pancakes with the right amount of butter and maple syrup. Like perfect pancakes. Light & Tasty… and somehow fun. It was a 50’s throw-back ending. And it was vintage Spielberg, but with all the maturity he gained through the Nineties. This is Spielberg evolved and firing on all cylinders. I really loved the extras too.

What a perfect Double Feature. I recommend watching KELLY’S HEROES first, then WHERE EAGLES DARE. There’s just very few films that can follow WHERE EAGLES DARE’s score. It is one of those perfect films. And make no mistake, so is KELLY’S HEROES, it just isn’t. Well, ya know. WHERE EAGLES DARE can totally open for GUNS OF NAVARONE… and it can even follow GUNS OF NAVARONE, it just isn’t quite that feint worthy in deliriously awesome fits. I think it is a real shame that either of these films are relegated to a double feature release. Each film has a huge following… right? I mean, you guys do know these two films, right? I mean… Again, I can’t imagine a boy older than about 9 that shouldn’t have seen these two flicks. These are instrumental MALE PROGRAMMING. Men’s men shit. The vintage WHERE EAGLES DARE featurette, I’ve seen before – and I love seeing it again. This is a must pick up.

A must for Disney-maniacs. Thus, I LOVVVVVE THIS! I have only ever been to DISNEYLAND. I have been about 13 times in my life. I have DISNEYLAND memorabilia upon my wall, desk and statuary display to my left. SO… yeah, this is AWESOME. Plus – it did create a very strong desire to visit the rest of the Disney empire. That said… these are not the exhaustive multi-blu-ray discs of our dreams. Hell, I’d buy a fully loaded Blu-Ray dedicated to each LAND in DISNEYLAND – with Feature length docs on the making and creation of every ride. That isn’t this. This is a good deal of silly and some insightful. Personally, I really enjoyed this. But just a tease of what’s to come.

BAD BOYS (Blu-Ray)
This and its sequel may very well be Michael Bay’s best films. Certainly, the sequel is sublime genius. This is still pretty spectacular. This looks real good on Blu-Ray. I still feel THE ROCK is Bay’s best film. This really holds up as one of Will & Martin’s best performances. Everyone was in high form! Very fun. I long for the grim closing act of this trilogy. The Butch & Sundance conclusion… with an El Cid legend to follow… Bad Boys Forever. And in glorious 2-D!!! UNRATED! Unleash Bay!

My dad raised me reading EC’s ACES HIGH. I grew up reading about Snoopy & the Red Baron. I ate Red Baron Pizza. And yes, I do like the hell out of this film. But ultimately, I do prefer the glory of THE BLUE MAX and John Phillip Law’s VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. But the Red Baron has never flown more CG-ily spectacular… but I preferred the swooping grace of THE BLUE MAX. But Til Schweiger really impresses in the film. I still feel the best film is yet to be made of this material. But this film succeeds mostly. It is visually spectacular.

This is some cheesy shit that I love. Not one of the more serious films of Eastwood’s run, and man, it has gotten real hard to like Mario in a while, but here. He just makes me laugh. Eastwood’s grizzled badass rules. It is a light weight, but a fun one. It never fails to entertain.

I LOVE THESE FILMS. I’M ACTIVELY LOVING THE FOUR MUSKETEERS right now. I remember recording these off HBO back when I was a kid – and I watched them often as I grew up. They’re a lusty pair of films, but the tone is oh so perfect. Adventure, thrills, sadness and joy! Now that my hair is short, there’s a part of me that wants to rededicate myself at the gym, strict diet – drop 90-120 pounds by Halloween, grow my hair into York’s wondrous hair in this! Seriously – how crazy is that hair? I love it though. It is D’Artagnan hair! And I don’t believe a soul can rock it like Michael York did. The widescreen presentation on both discs upres’ quite nicely. But seriously. How much fun are these two films? Oliver Reed is brilliant as the brooding Athos!

This is one of those really kind of embarrassing Elvis flicks. He just doesn’t look real happy to be doing this. Maybe it is just that I’ve never been able to stand Mary Tyler Moore. This is like if Sam Jackson had to make a movie with Miley Cyrus as his really bizarre sexual tension oddball musical comedy. It’d be cheesily fascinating – and a train wreck we could all stare at in disbelief… and that’s kinda what it is good for – to me. The bizarre takes of the 60’s hot button youth issues are like that that was in the socially relevant TEEN TITANS comics from the same era. Comic book politics only.

You’ve heard me rave about Marko Zaror on here before. He’s a three-time FANTASTIC FEST audience beloved actor. However, this is the first time where you can see him in a live-action slightly bigger budget affair. The reality is… this is an immensely entertaining B-movie. Like in Van Damme’s hey-day. Scott Adkins is pretty great. Mykel Jenkins is tolerable, but it really is Marko Zaror that keeps the audience thoroughly entertained. His bad guy is kinda unique – for what the character type is usually played. Zaror managed to surf a crazy take on the BIG BAD VILLAIN role in a tournament style mixed martial arts epic. And we’ve seen these types of films a lot. His play on the character… ever so slightly Valentino. And a tad of Glam. I would say he’s a fabulous villain. And it kills. The physicality in this film is amazing, as nearly everyone in it is basically what they’re playing. A martial artist. Watching the various styles collide is fun, and director Isaac Florentine lets you actually see these talented athletes and martial artist to do what they do. And it is very impressive. This isn’t a giant film, but it feels like it is shot in the Eastern Bloc, where this thing is happening weekly, right? Right. LOVE THE LAST SHOT!

Aleksandr Sokurov commanded my attention on the Jury of the Sitges when I was a Juror – and I’ve been fascinated ever since. I’m dying to see his upcoming FAUST, but since RUSSIAN ARK, THE SUN is my favorite film of Sokurov’s. This is the third film in a tetrology of films concerning totalitarianism. It is fascinating and very compelling. Give it a shot.

Back when PG-13 had TITS!!! A decade before Linda Fiorentino started an assault on mainstream fame and appearing on “Sexiest Lists” she was in Anthony Edwards’ improbable spy adventure romance… GOTCHA! – about a truly great paintball fighter come SPY! Basically mix Paintball with NORTH BY NORTHWEST and you have the film. And ya know what. Linda Fiorentino had the cutest Russian spy girl accent. Serious crush. I love this film. Not like Cary Grant worship, but just one of those films I saw my freshman year of High School that just seemed like an absolute serious take on probable reality to me. Heh. I kinda have that hair now.

This is a big deal. CHARLEY VARRICK is a fucking great movie. The director of DIRTY HARRY – making a film about Walter Matthau stealing from the Mob?!?!? And it is all that and so much more. Walter Matthaw is easily worth all $200 million dollars of effects and filters that were in PRINCE OF PERSIA, but even though he was worth all that – he managed to be fucking awesome, whereas that $200 million just went to flop in the water like a dying seal. Matthau is amazing in this. I kinda hated that box art for a bit, but it is this film. This is Matthau’s face! You’re gonna watch it and be amazed. It is a strange awesome kind of film. Best watched between shots number 3 and 7.

This is my favorite Eastwood film. I remember going to the Village Theater in 1976 with my parents and Bob Magnusson to see THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. They admired the one sheets in the lobby. Back then, the VILLAGE was a Two Screener. Huge screens. A few years later it became a 4 screener. Then decades later an ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE palace. But in 1976, it was a new Eastwood western legend. This was a big deal in my family. My mother and father each loved Clint – and the movie drilled into my young skull. Eastwood was never this cool. This badass. This kind of awesome. Those guns in his hands on the cover of this unremarkable repackaged for the 1000th time DVD. WHERE ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH IS A BLU RAY?!?!?! Seriously… HEARTBREAK RIDGE, but not THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES? C’mon! For those interested, you can pick this disc up for $7. You need to see Chief Dan George and Eastwood’s Josey Wales. It is cinematic greatness!

Here’s another great Don Siegel flick. Madigan starring Richard Widmark as the titular ‘anti-hero cop’ and Henry Fonda as his flummoxed Police Chief that can’t handle the wild Widmark. It pre-dates DIRTY HARRY, FRENCH CONNECTION and the tide of gritty seventies cop dramas. It didn’t become iconic film history, but it is a damn fine detective flick. Widmark is great, Paul Thomas Anderson’s MAGNOLIA does a call out to Madigan via John C Reilly’s character! Wonderful film!

There’s this scary fucker that changed his name to Tony Manero, yeah – Travolta in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and he thinks he’s Travolta’s character. That suit, those dance moves and he’s an evil fucking psychotic thug. This is another great little Chilean film. It’s just so disturbing – not at the quality of TAXI DRIVER, but that kinda story. That… There’s creepy fuckers out there… kinda movie. This is a very good movie, but kinda makes you afraid to go to those retro-nights at clubs. Kinda reminds me of a less campy THE FAN. Very neat surprise.

One of those crazy paranoia thrillers from the seventies. There’s a sharpshooter in the scoreboard shooting and killing people at a football game. This isn’t a great film, but it is fascinating. There’s a great film in here, just one that isn’t quite this ham-fisted. But man, I could watch Heston and Cassavetes in anything forever! Long in coming to DVD!
I’m gonna try to pound out next week’s column before I take off for Aruba for about a week to cover the 1st Annual ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Hey? Why not? Right? Anyway – on the docket for next week is SHUTTER ISLAND, FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, A TCM SPOTLIGHT on CHARLIE CHAN collection, A new SHAUN THE SHEEP from AARDMAN, CADDYSHACK (Blu Ray), Bob Hope: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Collection, The Complete A-TEAM Van Collection, THE ILLUSIONIST (Blu), HAPPY TOGETHER (Blu), ANIMATION EXPRESS, SHINJUKU INCIDENT, POWER KIDS, The Infernal Comedy: CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER and that’s about it. So like I said, I’ll try to get that to y’all before I leave. Plus I’ll be doing the Best Sellers for May!

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  • June 1, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Saw Tony Manero in the theater...

    by Cagliostro

    Scary indeed.

  • June 1, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    WOTW I completely agree Harry

    by runfoodrun

    This is a great film, not sure why it doesn't get more love. Absolutely terrifying in so many ways, wonderfully shot, lots of atmosphere. Love to hear arguments against it because the obvious, "I hated the ending."

  • June 1, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    You know it's a bad week...

    by Charles_Corkey_Thatcher

    When Gotcha makes the list. At least a Michael York movie made the cut. Also Harry, a PS3 is what 200 bucks. Come on man, you get your movies for free for God's sake. Is there a ring ding tax that I didn't know about?

  • June 1, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    "Two Minute Warning"

    by Gungan Slayer

    and "Black Sunday." Now there's ya a double feature, lol.

  • June 1, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 1, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I guess we just got Harry's PoP review, huh?

    by JasonPratt

  • June 1, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    (hint: it was hidden in the Matthau review)

    by JasonPratt

  • June 1, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Charlie Varick!

    by The Funketeer

    Great movie!

  • June 1, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Arrrrrroooooooooooooo!!!!! Wolfman for me!

    by Bathman

    Fucking loved wolfman more then i can even explain, and the fact that the bluray is 17 minutes longer is just awesome. Wolman is so far in my tiop 3 films of the year<P>I'll also be picking up War of the worlds, i agree it's speilbergs best of the last 10 or so years, if he brought that kind of energy to indy 4 we might have had a much more enjoyable film in stead of the subpar skull movie we got (although most of that is Lucas fault because he is the Aids of film)

  • June 1, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Yes, War of the Worlds is amazing`

    by The Ringwraith

    For all those of you who are just going to chime in and say is sucks and Harry has lost the plot etc etc, please try and provide some reasoning behind your opinion. Harry laid out his reasoning for his love of the film clearly and I agree 100% with him. If you disagree, give us a reason, don't just shout and scream like an idiot. The lullaby scene is one of the absolute best scenes in either Cruise or Spielberg's careers, and its just one of many jaw-dropping sequences in WotW.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by AdzonVonMelk

    should have been playing one of the three headhunters, that got killed by Bronson in the first fifteen minutes at the station. He was not supposed to play the lead, as far as I am informed... for Eastwood getting killed in the first fifteen minutes of a movie was not an option at this time... little he knew.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    *from your grulling job.*

    by moorE12

  • June 1, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Wolfman looks terrible...

    by Flip63Hole

    Doubt I'll ever bother with it, even if it comes on cable. I hope a decent director takes a stab at the property sooner than later...

  • June 1, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Two Minute Warning........

    by Madmacks

    Came out on DVD year's ago....I have it sitting on my shelf (same artwork even) Wolfman was great as was War of the World's.....and finally Warner's needs to do something really special for their bluray release of Josey Wales, a movie for which Eastwood should won an Oscar long before Unforgiven.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    So if I add something through a link here to my wishlist...

    by SoylentMean

    on Amazon and buy it later, will AICN still get it's share? Because a lot of this stuff is going on my Xmas list.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by Darkman

    Or does Anthony Edwards look *exactly* like Craig T. Nelson on that GOTCHA! cover?

  • June 1, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Wolfman will be watched again in late Sept. early Oct.

    by SoylentMean

    When I'm in serious "prepare for Halloween" mode. I thought it was fun as hell in the theater (minus the douchebags talking behind me) and I look forward to watching it again.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Any word on the quality of the original Wolfman on Blu?

    by SoylentMean

    I love special features that are another film entirely and it seems that the original Wolfman available on Blu should be a big deal, unless it's not in HD.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I rewatched WOTW a few months ago - still not a good movie.

    by JuanSanchez

    I could appreciate some sequences more the second time around, but I still didn't get drawn in by the characters - and Spielberg is usual SO GOOD at that.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds fucking sucked...BAD!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    That was an abyssmal offering from Spielberg. Not as bad as KOTCS, but B-A-D nonetheless. Tom Cruise's "acting" was the same mannequin acting he has almost always done (there are a few debatable exceptions), and it just wasn't WOTW for me. The CGI looked like CGI, which takes me right out of a film. Special effects are only good when they don't make you realize they're effects. WOTW didn't pull that off. Now aside from the kid miraculously being okay at the end, the scene that sums up the shitburger that is this movie would have to be the severely out of place and somewhat jarring Tim Robbins cameo. Seriously, what the fuck was that about and why did it need to even be in the film. War of the Worlds stands with KOTCS, A.I., and the Terminal as evidence that the 'Berg may be going the way of FF Coppola. Meaning, he might make a decent movie or two nowadays, but is very likelyfinished with the masterpieces of his career. And for anyone like me who grew up with his films in the 80's and 90's, that's a depressing fucking thing to have to admit.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    RE: Bad Boys

    by jim

    "This and its sequel may very well be Michael Bay’s best films. Certainly, the sequel is sublime genius. This is still pretty spectacular. This looks real good on Blu-Ray. I still feel THE ROCK is Bay’s best film."<p>Um, so which is it? The Bad Boys movies or The Rock? It seems Harry finds BB 2 to be better than the first. Is The Rock better than BB 2, which is, apparently, "sublime genius"? How can one top that?

  • June 1, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah - the Michael Bay comment was confusing.

    by JuanSanchez

    But that's par for the course with Harry.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    We got screwed with the original Wolfman. It's not actually on the blu ray disc, but instead is available streaming through BD-Live, a feature that has never seen it's true potential because studios can't seem to figure out what to do with it. But I really wish they would have given us Chaney's Wolfman on disc as they did with the real Day the Earth Stood Still packed in with that shitty Keanu remake. I just wish Universal would bust out blu ray versions of Wolfman, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Whale's Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. I would kill to have those look as good as Casablanca or even Young Frankenstein do on blu.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I hope Spielberg can make more great movies...

    by JuanSanchez

    I hope he gives us another 20 great movies, but if not - he's given us a HELL of a lot. JAWS is hands down the best movie ever made.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    As far as The Wolfman... one of the worst big studio pictures...

    by JuanSanchez

    I've seen in some time. I won't be giving an extended cut a chance.

  • June 1, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by Broseph

    Next week best movie i've seen all year next to book of eli june 15th 2 weeks of awesome.and i'm sorry but war of the worlds was pure shite.i wanted to puke at the end when the pussy boy son ran up.ohhh he's alive.what a crock of was some what descent put once we enter tim robbin's chomo layer shit went downhill quick.gotcha was fun back in the day.hope it holds up

  • June 1, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by Broseph

    Next week best movie i've seen all year next to book of eli june 15th 2 weeks of awesome.and i'm sorry but war of the worlds was pure shite.i wanted to puke at the end when the pussy boy son ran up.ohhh he's alive.what a crock of was some what descent put once we enter tim robbin's chomo layer shit went downhill quick.gotcha was fun back in the day.hope it holds up

  • June 1, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Speilberg jumped the shark...

    by bobjustbob

    ... long before he nuked the fridge. WotW is simply awful, like virtually everything else he has directed or otherwise touched for a very, very long time.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    nope - saw it in the theaters and the giant things coming out of the ground and all the destruction that caused just looked CGI to me - it took me out of it early. After that, the Tim Robbins encounter killed what enjoyment I had left. Sorry, dude, not my TV, just a shitburger on rye from a once masterful director who I keep hoping will redeem himself with a mindblowing pic (of which I have little faith Tintin will be)

  • June 1, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    I still believe

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    we would have got a much, much better Transformers franchise, one that has a soul, had Spielberg directed rather than just produced.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Spyhunter

    I was kind of hoping that possibly with a Joe Johnston film hitting Bluray that The Rocketeer might get released as well (odd logic of course). Disney gave that movie a horrible DVD, and I wonder if they'll even bother doing anything for the 20th anniversary. Of course it's still better than the lousy pan & scan DVD of The Shadow. :(

  • June 1, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The WOTW effects actually looked better on TV to me.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 1, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The WOTW effects actually looked better on TV to me.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 1, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Anyway, saying WOTW is less flawed than Jaws is the craziest

    by JuanSanchez

    thing I've ever heard in my 26 years on this planet.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    WOTW Hate...

    by MCVamp

    It is my firm belief that 90% of the WotW hate (and Minority Report hate) is based purely on irrational geek hatred of Tom Cruise. The ending of WotW wasn't bad per se, but that kid went full apeshit over a hill into a fucking inferno. If we had seen some sort of interesting survival sequence where the kid has some sort of "holy shit what did I just do" awakening while avoiding firey alien death that just killed a whole hillside of trained soldiers, maybe the "oh by the way, the son survived unscathed and made it home well before Dad" ending would have seemed less out of left field. Other than that the movie was actually pretty good, just not in SS's top five. The initial tripod sequence was fucking balls-out in the theater.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    "Josie Wales" better than "Unforgiven"?

    by BoStrike1

    I love Josie Wales but have a seriously difficult time wrapping my mind around how a film geek could prefer it to Unforgiven, which is in my opinion far, far above any other film in the Western genre and is up there in the list of the most well crafted films in history.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    So, Harry you illegally recorded The Three Musketeers?


    HBO is gonna sue you for $1,500. Actually, $3,000 since you also recorded The Four Musketeers. See? We all do it now and then. My mom taped The Awakening Land from a broadcast back in the 80's-90's and when it finally came out on DVD, I bought it for her. No harm done.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The ending of WOTW is the same as the book. That's not

    by JuanSanchez

    the problem with the movie. Neither is the son being alive. The problem is you don't care for the characters... among other problems.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    lay off the drugs, first and foremost. That last post was kinda nuts. Anyway, I thought it and the CG in it sucked. It's not a fear of CG, as CG done right doesn't make me think "this was done with a computer". So it's not a fear of anything. I just thought the CG used in WOTW was bad. You didn't. We disagree, but it's nothing personal. No need to make it so.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I agree 100%. I love me some Josie Wales, but Unforgiven is definitely the better film. Though I also agree that Eastwood should have got an Oscar nod for Josie.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    WOTW CGI sucked? Really?

    by skimn

    Because the entire sequence of the warship emerging and attacking was quite amazing, and yes, even realistic in its way. The ferry attack was another example of Spielberg's mastery of editing and staging. The discovery of the damage outside the house was a nice "Gone With The Wind Atlanta" moment. I just wish the whole movie didn't revolve around Bad Dad Tom Cruise becoming Good Dad Tom Cruise.

  • June 1, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Wolfman is my must have this week

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I don't care what the virgin geek boy haters say, that movie was fucking awesome, the second i get paid on friday i'm at best buy picking that up (ok, well, i'll wait untill the store opens and i'm off work) also might get WotW, that movie is great. Not a tom cruise fan, but for some reason i can tolerate him in wotW and minority report (must be something spielberg brings out in him) I also like him in 2 of the 3 mission impossible films. he was on full douche setting in the second one, plus with that film being a mess i like to think of it as never happening

  • June 1, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    oh no, you DID NOT just out-sap the sapster!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Thats the new catchphrase folks!

  • June 1, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Josey Wales... I'll wait for the Blu

    by BenBraddock

  • June 1, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by skimn

    Its the hair. When Cruise has the long hair, he can't help but be extra-douchey (see Magnolia, but there it worked for the character).

  • June 1, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Always thought Josey was over rated.

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    The appearance of Sandra Locke doesnt help matters either. Buying that Kelly's and Eagles double right now!

  • June 1, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    First annual is improper grammar isn't it?

    by ltgalloway

    I think its better to say inaugural, right? Grammar police away!

  • June 1, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    2 Minute Warning has been out for years

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    So has the 3 Musketeers

  • June 1, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    If The Beard had killed off Robbie and Tim Robbins

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    didnt happen...WOTW's would be a masterpiece. As is, it'll probably be forgotton in 50yrs.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Was Elvis Airbrushed to look like Adam Lambert?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Scary thought.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I Don't Want To Take Money Out Of Harry's Pocket

    by Rebeck2

    But don't buy CHARLEY VARRICK from Amazon in the US, buy it from Amazon UK. The Region 2 DVD is Anamorphic Widescreen the way the director intended and is a much much better print. It makes a huge difference, trust me. But Harry's right - this is a fabulous little 70's crime drama that shows how amazing Matthau could be with more serious material.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The First Tripod Unearthing & Attack From WOTW

    by Rebeck2

    Is quite simply one of the most awe-inspiring sequences I've ever seen on film. It should be studied by every young filmmaker, so they can see how taking your time and building a sequence step by step can make it so much more incredibly powerful and cinematic than just a bunch of frantic A.D.D. editing and shaky handheld.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    That causeway exploding was amazing!

    by BenBraddock

    How can anyone say the CG work was shitty? The tripods were very nicely integrated and even the actual martians were pretty good... way better than, say, the mutants of "I AM LEGEND". Now *that* was shitty CGI.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    WOW does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    After a nice naturalistic set-up with Cruise working his job and coming home WOW really turns it on into full rollercoaster mode.<p> As rebeck and BenBraddock above say the tripod's arrival was a superb sequence. And Speilberg kept up the momentum with the ferry scene and the glimpsed military counter-attack. The rollercoaster was zooming round the track.<p> ..and then the train stopped. It was like the fucker broke down and you're waiting for 20 mins for the theme park staff to get it going again. Fuckin Tim Robbins as a neurotic hoodie. Not good. After that the movie never really got up the head of steam again to make for a satisfying climax.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Best part of War of the Worlds was it's brutality

    by SoylentMean

    You knew people were dying in the worst ways and the limited stuff shown was jaw dropping. Those parts made me wonder how it got a PG-13 rating. Then I remembered there weren't any tits...

  • June 1, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    its, dammit

    by SoylentMean

  • June 1, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    The pods had wicker baskets.

    by JuanSanchez

    Doesn't detract from the quality - just putting it out there.

  • June 1, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    where eagles dare made me snore

    by strykebr

    caught that & kellys heroes on HDNet last week and it almost made me pass out...wasm't my cup of tea & i'm a Eastwood fan

  • June 1, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds

    by ufoclub1977

    Just like the initial tyrannosaur attack scene in Jurrasic Park, the initial appearance and attack of the tripods is done with a level of skill, expressive style, and scope that no other popular director can match. I do think that both films never matched their early great scenes.

  • June 1, 2010, noon CST

    WOTW biggest flaw, was those annoying kids!

    by glodene

    Other than that, it was an ok movie. The Blu-Ray should give my Home Theater a workout, though.

  • June 1, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Madigan/ 2 Min Warning already on DVD

    by m_prevette

    For a few years now. Picked them up in the Wal Mart $4 bin...i guess small chance of them being remastered?

  • June 1, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    it has gotten real hard to like Mario in a while????

    by Series7

    First off that really makes no sense. Secondly I guess Harry hates TV these days? Van Peeb is fucking killing it directing TV shows out the ass, like Lost and Sons of Anarchy. MVP is back baby! Get used to it.

  • June 1, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    What WOTW really needed was....

    by secure214

    ...A young black girl who uses her gymnastic skillz to kick some alien ASS!!

  • June 1, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Bay may have ruined our childhoods.....

    by Joe Huber

  • June 1, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    but he did some fun films not named Transformers

    by Joe Huber

  • June 1, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    I guess I'm pretty on-page with most of you lot -- 2/3rds great, breathless and fairly terrifying, 1/3rd airless and questionable. Still counts as an overall win. I can appreciate some people dropping out of love with The Beard, but not me. Even his 'failures' still show his genuine genius for spectacle. Spielberg is always worth a watch for me. Always.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    skimn you're totally right, it is the hair

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Long haired tom cruise is like supreme douche of year. Wonder why that is?

  • June 1, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds

    by MandrakeRoot

    Decent adaptation, but not one of Speilbergs best by a longshot. There's a lot of great scenes and a lot to like in the film, however the characters are bland, some parts dragged and felt rather useless, and like Minority Report (IMO a superior film) it suffered from a cop-out Hollywood ending. <p> I don't get though how people can seriously call the film "horrible". If you think WOTW is horrible, you need to watch more movies. It's way more passable/watchable then many sci-fi blockbusters. However on the flip, claiming the opening tripod scene is the "best scene ever" is just as stupid.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Only part of Spielberg's WOTW I didn't like...

    by HoboCode

    was when his son, who had been seemingly engulfed in a fireball earlier in the movie, shows up at the end alive and well. What a gutless and unrelaistic scenario. It felt like a cop out.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    I think you need to re-watch WotW. Tim Robbins DOES die. Pretty brutally too. LOVE that film!

  • June 1, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    And also...

    by MandrakeRoot

    I know whenever someone criticizes the lame anti-climactic defeat of the tripod, people are quick to say "it's a stupid complaint, that's what happened in the book." Well I don't care what happened in the book - he obviously didn't do a totally faitful adaptation. It was an action/FX heavy sci-fi blockbuster and it lacked a good climax. I don't even mind the way the aliens were defeated - just make it some what exciting. <p> Oh and the CGI was pretty solid - far better than anything in Indy 4.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Imagine WOTW with darabonts "Mist" ending

    by ndally

    I agree with 80% of what you wrote Harry except the ending. Imagine in the end if Speilbergs had the balls to use Darabonts ending to the mist? Everytime I watch war of the worlds it's all I can think about. Man that would have been badass for a summer PG-13 movie. It would have changed everything since alot of people still haven't felt the awesome blow to the gut ending that the mist has. Fuck I wish it were so. What say you?

  • June 1, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's "failures"

    by rogueleader66

    Are better than a lot of director's successes (KOTCS not withstanding). <P>Oh and whoever said A.I. was bad should be shot, sorry that was a good film. No explosions, no car chases, no flames and destruction, maybe that was it's flaw? Whatever, it's a good movie, I could go with Terminal and KOTCS, but not A.I. To say that's a bad movie is just flat out wrong.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    The Outlaw Josey Wales and Kelly's Heroes

    by just pillow talk

    were just on over the weekend, caught most of both. I love them both quite a bit. <p>Once Upon a Time in the West, I really like Bronson in that role, so I have no qualms with him there instead of Clint.<p>War of the Worlds is such a mixed fucking back. Yeah, there's some cool shit in there, but fuck me yes that annoying little shit needed to be vaporized.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Gotcha was awesome

    by theneonsamurai

    fuck yeah nostalgia!

  • June 1, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    WOTW was good when Dakot a wasn't screeching...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    ...which, unfortunately, she did incessantly.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Harry hates Minority Report and likes WOTW

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Whereas I like Minority Report, and hate WOTW.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I liked WOTW from the get-go

    by Sonny_Williams

    and liked it even better after I finally read the novel. It's kinda amusing that the parts that people seem to have the most problem with are lifted pretty straight out of the book. Tim Robbins, while not my favorite character in this film, is imho a straight-up amalgam of the Vicar and the Artilleryman. And the son surviving is no different than the narrator's brother and family surviving in the novel. THAT SAID, as a previous poster stated I also would love one day to see this story told in the original time and locale.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Harry, you want the pancakes...

    by Boba Fat

    but want to be Michael York? I feel your pain and, yes, WOTW was return to form. I'm in the camp that would have a preferred a more realistic ending. It sort of surprised me to see the son back after the previous destruction. But, I know there's no way Spielberg was going to leave the audience on a downer. Can't blame him for being Steven Spielberg

  • June 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Kate Capshaw must've given Dakota Fanning

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Screaming lessons for War of the Worlds.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Defense of Robbins' character in WotW

    by The Ringwraith

    Far from derailing the film, I actually think the Ogilvy sequence is one of Spielberg and Co's best moves. First of all, it the lullaby scene, as I said above, is one of the best scenes in both Spielberg and Cruise's careers. Heart-wrenching stuff, beautifully played. Secondly, for those complaining the film lost momentum at that point, exactly where did you want the movie to go from there? For the better part of an hour it careens along at a breathless pace, giving us horrific spectacle after horrific spectacle each executed with the finesse of a master. Does the film not EARN some time for us to catch our breath? Would you rather Spielberg continued to pummel our senses nonstop? Because that worked so well in Transformers 2. It just doesn't make sense to me. Spielberg took a risk in changing the film's gears and introducing some interesting psychological conflict, and you knock him for it. Its not like any of it is poorly done, the whole sequence in very well acted and shot and scripted, especially as it reaches its horrifying conclusion (with another lullaby). And yet if Spielberg had kept the film steamrolling along, no doubt you lot would be the first to jump on him for piling on too much empty CGI spectacle. And I for one don't find the characters uninteresting. They are necessarily NORMAL, in order for us to relate as the horror unfolds around them. But they each grow and change, especially Cruise's character, through the events of the story. Thats pretty impressive stuff for a big dumb hollywood summer blockbuster.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Anyone want to defend The Terminal

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The only way I see is if you put it in the so bad it's good camp.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The Third Act killed Wolfman...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Watching a CGI Were-Hopkins and Were-Toro hopping around on walls for a Bay-like showdown completely ruined all atmosphere and tension of that film. It was a fucking TRAVESTY. <p> The film should have focused more on the mystery of who killed the brother and mother (concurrently with Del Toro dealing with his own transformation and physical horror), and had the ending be Del Toro's discovery of the monster being his father. How wonderfully dark would it have been if the film ended with Del Toro having the revealing conversation with his father in the institution, and fading out on him being tortured/experimented on in the Victorian mental hospital...

  • June 1, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised no one has commented on the 9/11

    by skimn

    parallels in WOTW. Cruise covered in dust, which just happens to be human remains dust. Pretty twisty grim there Steven. The board covered with pictures of missing people. The wartime image of people walking with whatever possessions they could carry.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Because even by 2005

    by Samuel Fulmer

    9/11 subtext in films was getting overused.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Al Gore and Tipper split

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Apparently they had a difference of opinion on Spielberg's War of the Worlds after watching the Blu-Ray.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I enjoy movies..

    by Mel Garga

    including Gotcha AND WotW. I even liked Joe vs the Volcano. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    The ending in the Mist was very funny

    by ominus

    if you add some cynicism and see the ending from the perspective that Janes was in reality the unluckiest man in the world.Its like God is a sadist and decided to orchestrate the whole situation just to fuck a bit with this guy and have some laughs at him at the end.jesus.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    "Were-Hopkins and Were-Toro" hahaha

    by Mel Garga

    Good one, Donny.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Ominus, it's almost like a twisted take on Job...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    And the final nail is the insinuation that the whackjobs remaining in the grocery store survived!

  • he is playing a cancer patient and he has already lost 25kilos for the role.there are pics of an unrecognisable 50cents released in the various movie sites,i dont know why AICN havent posted them is a link:<br /><p>

  • June 1, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Shut i dont know if those guys survived but the lady who

    by ominus

    first left the store to get to her kids,did survive.we saw her in the military truck holding her kids.So yeah the joke was on Janes at the end.he could have even saved his wife if he escorted the lady when she asked him to.

  • June 1, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Spielberg: ET

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Will there be a Blu-Ray release, and if so, will it be the non-Walkie Talkie version?

  • June 1, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Harry's DVD Picks-Fistful of Dollars

    by Dr_Fell

    There's a blu-ray of Fistful of Dollars that should have the proper aspect ratio. Just click on the link: I've placed my order and let you know what I think of the blu-ray.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    And I still think Linda Fiorentino is...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...a fuckin super-hottie. She could be all cougaring out in 90210 atm and I still don't care. Love me some sultry voiced and smokey eyed hottness. She's the only reason I can think of to watch MIB, Vision Quest, Jade, 'What Planet are you from?' (ok, that's actually a great movie but still), etc, etc.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

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    by AsimovLives

  • June 1, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Max Von Sydow was cut from THE WOLFMAN??

    by AsimovLives

    What kind of fucking stupid ass would cut Max Von Sydow from a movie, any movie? What kind of retards edited THE WOLFMAN? Jesus Fucking Christ, what fucking amateurs!

  • June 1, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    WotW should be a steampunk alien invasion movie

    by ominus

    and as i already said in another talkback,there is a very good real-time strategy videogame which is WotW in a victorian,steampunk has a very good soundtrack too.check it if you are interested.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    The 3 musketeers's second motto, when things got really though:

    by AsimovLives


  • June 1, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    This is a rarity

    by KevinMuller

    Two of the shittiest films 2010 has had to offer this year (Alice and Wolfman) both drop on the same day.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    And the Gays For Bay have much to rejoice:

    by AsimovLives

    They have a new edition of Bay's first terrible movie, which was also his first "movie" as "director". They will have something to masturbate about in their sheer pure delight of their misguided gay love for the worst hack in the whole history of cinema. God was merciful for them, the fucker!

  • June 1, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    KING KONG coming to blu!!! (the real one)

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    The only real King Kong (i.e. not the scmaltzy Bridges version and certainly not the ridiculously-too-long Peter Jackson version) is being fully restored and is hitting blu-ray on September 28! And it's going to be digibook like Warner did for Shawshank, Cuckoo's Nest, Poltergeist and so on. Yaaay!

  • June 1, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I didn't saw ALICE (and i intend to keep it that way), but WOLFMAN, flawed that it is, it's miles ahead and better then CLASH OF THE RETARDS.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    And PRINCE OF WHITEWASHED PERSIA doesn't look too sharp either

    by AsimovLives

    But then again, it's a Jerry Fuckheimer movie, what one would expect? A good movie? As if!

  • June 1, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    don't forget Shitter Island, which hits next week

  • June 1, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Now that's what i call cool news indeed.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    What kind of retards edited THE WOLFMAN?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The same ones that had Mark Romanek do all the preproduction work and then leave because he wanted a bigger budget and then bring in uber-Hack Joe Johnston to direct, and then the film goes through such a long post production that the budget balloons out of control.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    The Beard's worst by a mile: AMISTAD

    by BenBraddock

    Sorry but it was just BORING. Gotta be his worst pic, but I could be forgetting something...

  • June 1, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    by Joe Huber

    loved that film. Linda was hot, but too bad she didn't have longer hair like in her later films. This was another fun film from my childhood, guess Bay will do a remake and stray as far as possible from the source material ruining yet another piece of my childhood. Maybe reteam with Will Smith throw in Martin Lawrence cause he hasn't done nothing in ages and have lots of cars going fast, explosions, action so fast you can't see what's going on and no plot/story or characterization whatsoever. Damn you Bay! lol

  • June 1, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Amistad is one of the worst

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The Slave Revolt scene on the ship is about the only redeeming part of the film. It's a boring court drama that is better suited to a documentary than a narrative film.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    But don't forget Always, Hook, and Lost World!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 1, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds is awesome

    by D.Vader

    Naysayers be damned. SO SAY ME ALL!

  • June 1, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Charley Varrick & Madigan

    by Vic_Arpeggio

    Hey Harry, is CHARLEY VARRICK in widescreen and is MADIGAN 16x9? If not, they're not new, just reissues of the same crappy DVDs that have been out for some time. I'll stick to my laserdics otherwise. Yes, I'm old.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    And HOOK is awesome too

    by D.Vader

    Naysayers be damned! SO SAY ME ALL!

  • June 1, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    See my post above about CHARLEY VARRICK on Amazon UK.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Hook has one of John Williams best scores

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That's about it.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Prince of Persia 2 just greenlit!!!!!!!

    by Mel Garga

    Honkies in the Sand 2: Back in the Dunes.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Where Eagles Dare

    by SmokingRobot

    Fun in a brain-dead kind of way, but incredibly stupid. Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton (sleep-walking thru the film) kill, what, about 900 Germans? Ri-fucking-diculous.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Three and Four Musketeers

    by SmokingRobot

    Supposed to be one movie. Why didn't they put it on one disc? Idiots.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Well good

    by SmokingRobot

    I see they did put it on one disc. I read a review somewhere else that listed this as two separate releases.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I don't think WOtW derails when Robbins shows up

    by D.Vader

    In fact, the most tense moment in the entire film, the alien-snake-camera, takes place during this sequence. In my book, that's not a derailment folks.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Jerry Bruckheimer Jackie Robinson biopic

    by Samuel Fulmer

    To star Jake Gyllenhaal as Jackie. Can't wait. Jaden Smith to star as Babe Ruth.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    the alien-snake-camera scene

    by Samuel Fulmer

    As previously done better in Jurassic Park as the kids hiding from the velcioraptors in the kitchen scene.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Linda Fiorentino would still get it from me

    by D.Vader


  • June 1, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    I REALLY like Alice In Wonderland up until...

    by Jaka

    ...the final battle. There was just no tension or excitement for me in that ten minute stretch of the film at all. It was just totally and completely flat and it left me thinking about it for the rest of the film. But the first 3/4 of it I did really enjoy. <P>I have the unrated Wolfman sitting here waiting to be watched. I never saw the regular version, so I have no baggage. I'm just hoping I enjoy the film.<P>I thought War Of The Worlds looked pretty spectacular. But two things totally annoyed me about it. First, screaming Dakota Fanning. I'm pretty sure that's how a kid would react, but it was just fucking annoying. Second, I never felt like the three lead characters (Tom and the kids) were really threatened. Even though they were. Even though they were clearly in life and death situations, it just never FELT that way to me.<P>Never been to Disney World, either, Harry. But I lived in Anaheim for a number of years and I can say for sure that we went to Disneyland more than 13 times a YEAR. I know for sure that we went more than twenty times just during the Summer after sixth grade. Spoiled bastid, I was. lol But maaan, those are some great memories. Retired Grandparents and passes that would let you back into the park the next day. I don't enjoy the park nearly as much these days. Hoping to get a good two weeks at Disney World sometime in the near future, though. Probably going to skip that release, though.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Same idea, Samuel Fulmer, but executed differently

    by D.Vader

    Spiels uses the camera to greater effect during the alien-snake-camera scene than he did in the raptor scene from Jurassic Park. Longer takes, twistier camera movements; a different way of building the tension. Comparing the two shows different ways of achieving the same mastery of a scene, I'd say. The work of a true filmmaker.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The three main characters weren't threatened

    by Samuel Fulmer

    in War of the Worlds. Hence the son gets nuked but shows up in Boston without a scratch.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Sorry but Raptors are scary

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Alien cameras not so much. Just hit me as going back to the well one time too much, and not as good.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer, yeah... but like...

    by Jaka

    ...we were supposed to believe that they were, right? lol Internet sarcasm, it sometimes escapes my feeble mind. But I think you're agreeing with me.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Different type of scary Samuel

    by D.Vader

    The raptors will tear you to pieces and eat you. The camera will just alert the aliens to your presence; you may have time to escape. <p> I see where you're coming from though. I just see it as a similar scene executed brilliantly in different ways.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Point Taken

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I just feel sometimes when I see a scene that I thought was done better by the same guy in a different film, it takes me out of the film that I am watching and makes me think how I'd rather be watching the other film (Jurassic Park in this case). But hey that's my problem, obviously you disagree.

  • June 1, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Loved Bad Boys, but Bad Boys II sucked

    by Rob0729

    Bad Boys was dumb popcorn movie fun (which is what Michael Bay is capable of when he is on with a talented cast), but I compare Bad Boys II to Beverly Hills Cop II. Martin Lawrence seemed to have channeled BHC2 Eddie Murphy in the fact that both decided that if you yelled loud enough, people would think you are funny. <br><br> I do agree with Harry that The Rock was Bay's best movie. I credit the cast for that. From top to bottom one of the more talented casts for an action movie. Connery, Cage, and espeically Ed Harris (he took what could have been the most bland bad guy and made him very multidimensional) made that movie.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    No problem Samuel

    by D.Vader

    In fact, I think this is the first time I ever heard of the basement scene being similar to the kitchen scene. That kinda blew by me before in past viewings.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Funny Joel Schumacher picture

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I just found this and don't know what to say

  • June 1, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I guess I just thought the kids were in more

    by Samuel Fulmer

    danger in JP. War of the Worlds was like a Roger Moore Bond film. I never had a doubt that Cruise and Fanning were going to make it to the end.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Fico


  • June 1, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    And now that I think of it

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The spider scene in Minority Report is a similar stealthy/hiding scene too in the Spielberg cannon.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    The spider scene from Minority Report...

    by D.Vader

    Is what M. Night Shyamalan wanted to do with the monster-stalking-the-blind-girl scene in The Happening.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's War of the Worlds was sooooooooo bad.


    Saw it once. Never again. At least it prepared me for the levels of ineptitude reached by Indy 4.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I forgot "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

    by BenBraddock

    Can't believe I just wrote that

  • June 1, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    And now that you bring up The Happening

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I think I take back anything negative I wrote on here about War of the Words, hell even Hook!

  • June 1, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to watch WOTW tonight

    by MattmanReturns

    It's been a while, but I loved it in the theater. Didn't know the kid not dying was a big deal until I read talkbacks. Honestly, is that the only complaint anyone can level at the film? Even if it is a cheat, it's not enough to destroy the whole movie. The images are terrifying, and anyone who has read the book will know it's actually the truest interpretation. And Cruise is just a great actor, despite his personal insanity.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Madigan and Where Eagles Dare

    by SilentBob X

    Both have been out forever in the $3 bin at Big Lots. Is there really a reason to own Where Eagles Dare on blu?

  • June 1, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's worst movie by far is INDY 4: CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK

    by AsimovLives

    Whatever other lesser movies there might be in Spielberg's career, they all pale in comparison to the children killing trainwreack that is CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK. I can't fucking believe that movie even exists, much less that's an Indiana Jones movie, of all things! I can't fucking believe it!

  • June 1, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    How do you know you are a loser editor?

    by AsimovLives

    It's when you cut out a scene with Max Von Sydow. That's the kind of failure that puts the epic on fail!

  • June 1, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I hear so many complaints about Blue Ray DVDs

    by RPLocke

    I'm glad I stick to DVD.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by Crestfallen

    The two films were originally intended to be one film, but the footage was split up into two independently released pictures: "The Three Musketeers" (1973) and "The Four Musketeers" (1974). I just want to know why the third film, "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989) is not included in this set.

  • June 1, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I hate to burst the Prince of Persia hate bubble

    by JackSlater4

    But Persians are considered caucasian, they are not arabs.<P> Jake Gyllanderthal playing a Persian is the equivalent of Leonardo DiCaprio playing an irishman or Robert DeNiro playing a jew.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull is DEFINITELY Spielberg's worst

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    No argument.<p>Who the fuck said Amistad? Amistad is Spielberg's most underrated movie. And the first half of The Terminal is not bad at all.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I found 1941 to be unwatchable

    by JackSlater4

  • June 1, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I saw 300

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Persians aren't caucasian, they're ninja-looking dudes and big ugly monsters and big deep voiced dudes who like to use the toilet on Lost and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but they're all ugly and they tend to die in stylized slow motion

  • And not the studio and producers who fired the original editors and the original director and the original composer only to bring him back again in the end.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Things that were good about KOTCS...

    by blackwood

    Blanchette as Natasha (from Boris and). She was a lot of fun.<p>LeBouf did a good job.<p>The scene where Indy stands on a hill and watches the mushroom cloud bloom on the horizon. It's a really neat shot. I love that its a very obvious WE ARE IN THE ATOMIC AGE NOW cue.<p>Aliens. Yeah, I'm cool with aliens in Indy. Why not.<p>I genuinely think it was killed by writing. Sure, everyone had their part to play, but the script is horrifyingly bad. All the other Indy films were darkish, and the thrill came from playing off genuine threats with daredevil attitude. SKULL was a cartoon all over.<p>And I liked AMISTAD. A lot, actually. Still, I think my favourite Spielberg film is THE COLOR PURPLE.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Amistad was tits. motorcycle chase in Crystal Skull

    by JackSlater4


  • June 1, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    So Sergio Leone just called...

    by django_il_bastardo

    ...he wanted you to know that Clint was never in the mix to play Harmonica. His original plan was to have Clint, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli F'n' Wallach play the three bounty hunters in the beginning of the film.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    blackwood is yet again correct

    by ominus

    well said

  • June 1, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Yeah thats right, I knew he was doing something coming up.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    I must be the only fan of these that hasn't bought any of their DVD's. Pure slapstick mayhem.<p> I'm currently going through the great Kino Stan Laurel collections, and the Harold Lloyd box set. I'm more of a Laural and Hardy fan, but the Stooges bring something more visual and madcap than them.<p> Can anyone recommend a good Stooges boxset to this Brit?

  • June 1, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    The problem with WOTW was Tom the midget Cruise

    by ominus

    that fucking diva wanted to save the day TWICE in the goddamn film.The first time was with the grenades in the Harvester sequence.ok you are the superstar,you wanted to do some heroic stuff for the chicks to drool about.i understand that.BUT then at the end of the movie,he wants to be the hero again.Apparently he is the only one in the whole planet,smart enough to observe and conclude that the shields of the Tripods were down.well done Tom gaylord Cruise.<br /><p>not that Spielberg didnt have much to do with the shitfest that WOTW is,but i consider Tom father/husband via a contract Cruse equally responsible for this crap.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I know it's not a movie, but where is the U2 360 blu review?

    by Jabroni

    The U2 360 concert At the Rose Bowl came out today and there is not a mention. I guess the jaded masses would rather read reviews about 70's Lolita porn.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4, totally agree about 1941...

    by Jaka's ass. The geek love it gets in these talkbacks lately is a revisionist attempt at being cool through contradiction. ....that's how I feel about it, anyway. lol

  • June 1, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I HATED Shia in KOTCS...

    by Jaka

    ...which I finally watched just recently. Also thought the nuclear mushroom cloud and everything relating to nuclear explosions (including the damn refrigerator - which would have straight melted and/or disintegrated) was terribly lame. However, Blanchett and aliens I'm cool with.

  • June 1, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by lostboytexas

  • June 1, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    LIFE with David Attenborough 10/10

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Respect Harry for championing the David Attenborough narration for the AWESOME BBC Life.<P>Why the hell anyone would need to change it for the US is beyond me. And to Oprah, Jesus wept!

  • June 1, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I watched an episode of the Oprah voiced Life, drunk...

    by SoylentMean

    and it still sucked. Only Oprah could make creepy, bird eating pelicans sound like some weird jovial product placement. I was watching baby birds get eaten alive Oprah! Baby birds!

  • June 1, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Maybe they were storks?

    by SoylentMean

  • June 1, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Yes, we know you hate Skull. Can we move on people?

    by RPLocke

  • June 1, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    I changed the channel when Life came on...

    by Jaka

    ...because it was narrated by Oprah. Didn't even read Harry's review initially for that reason. Glad to know there's an alternate version out there. I'll take a look at that one for sure. ... just checked NetFlix and the Oprah version is whats available there. Bleh.

  • June 1, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Harry liked Red Baron because he eats the pizza?

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    Wow who on Earth would have ever guessed that harry likes a movie he can link to food.

  • June 1, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    We need an M and M's the movie.

    by RPLocke

  • June 1, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

  • June 1, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

  • June 1, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    They changed Life for the US...

    by Dreamwriter

    ...for the same reason they changed Planet Earth for the US. IOn the UK, the shows are 60 minute long, without commercials. But Discovery Channel has commercials. So they needed to change the commentary to fit nicely with commercial breaks, and they had to cut content to fit the full hour with commercials added. Basically, all the commentary had to be redone, and the foolish network decided to go with a voice Americans are more familiar with.

  • June 1, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I liked War of the Worlds


    Even though it was kinda retarded. I agree with most of the criticisms. But there's a lot to like about it, as well. I just love seeing Spielberg's craft in action.

  • June 1, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Agreed on Outlaw Josey Wales

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    When I read the Dark Tower, Roland was that incarnation of Eastwood. That is actually the movie that first turned me on to westerns.

  • June 1, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by dastickboy

    I'd prefer that to Madigan. "Well done McGonnagal, now Billy's dead!"

  • June 1, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I watched Hang Em High recently

    by RPLocke

    It was pretty cheesy compared to the Man With No Name movies. Clint didn't do much of anything in Hang Em High.

  • June 1, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    People are still crying about KOTC?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Seriously.....fuck you guys.

  • June 2, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    alternate endings on Wolfman are a joke

    by vin_diggler

    what a rip off, these two ending were obviously made intentionally for dvd release only. The first alternate ending is somewhat plausible, but the second one? come on! There is no way that was ever even considered for an actually ending to the film.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I feel the same way about TEMPLE OF DOOM. Maybe it was because it was the first Indy movie i saw, and I saw it in the theaters, no less, where it belongs. It's hard to describe the impact that TEMPLE OF DOOM has shown in the big screen to those who only know it from video and DVD. I later saw RAIDERS, also in the theaters, in a rerun. So, for me, TEMPLE OF DOOM was my entry to the Indy saga. Thus, it has a special place in my heart. But that is even beside the point, because TEMPLE OF DOOM is a damn good movie regardless. Good to know there's people in here sharing to love for TEMPLE OF DOOM. I can't fucking believe there's people who prefer that anemic xeroxed copy LAST CRUSADE movie to TEMPLE OF DOOM!

  • June 2, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Harrycrite Knowles

    by RefutetheHype

    Feb 11th, Harry "kinda loved" WOLFMAN. June 1st Harry "likes" WOLFMAN. When the movie's been totally forgotten Harry will not discuss THE WOLFMAN. Seen GODZILLA again lately? DETROIT ROCK CITY?

  • June 2, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    darthwaz1, no, I'm not kidding at all

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Hook and 1941 are bad movies but at least there is something commendable about them - they were glorious, bloated messes, where Spielberg's ambitions got the better of him. They were failures, but at least Spielberg was TRYING. In my book, something like Crystal Skull, where Spielberg was clearly asleep at the wheel and simply did a film he had absolutely no personal interest in, save to satisfy fan 'demand' (and you can add in The Lost World there, also), is far, far worse and worthy of true contempt. There wasn't a single memorable sequence in Skull as far as I'm concerned, and even Spielberg's prior worst had at least one or two moments of merit, like the cracking glass bit in The Lost World. I've rarely seen such a disinterested piece of work as Indy 4 - and to think we waited 19 years for it! Always is crap, but it's just a minor film in his canon and a sentimental trifle, so not worth getting too upset about. But this is fucking INDIANA JONES we're talking about here! - what in the early 80's was the bechmark for adventure and thrills. It's utter failure is FAR more pronounced and unforgivable.<p>Spielberg always intended Indy to be his answer to Bond. Well if Raiders was Goldfinger, Skull was Moonraker, a joky bastadization and high camp version of what was once effortlessly cool and genuinely thrilling. Actually scratch that - Moonraker was retardedly fun in an over-the-top tacky 70's way. Skull was just crap AND dull.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Josey Wales vs Unforgiven

    by Madmacks

    Lad's, I was not implying that Josey Wales was better than Unforgiven simply that Eastwood should have been considered an extremely talented director by the Acadamy earlier than '92...for instance Play Misty For Me in '71 although not Oscar worthy was a great directorial debut for Eastwood and a much better movie in my opinion than Fatal Attraction.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    "I couldn’t help but feel it all felt a bit flat and less wondro

    by Knuckleduster

    Well, I couldn't help but feel that Burton's Alice in Wonderland felt a bit flat and shite in 3D. Burton should stop making "blockbusters". He absolutely sucks at it.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    RPLocke ummm... Blu Ray DVD???

    by VCRsalesman

    "I hear so many complaints about Blue Ray DVDs" DVD = Digital Video Disc. Blu Ray is just that, a Blu Ray Disc. And the medium is the balls.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    Thought the violence of WOTW was over the top for Speilberg? What about the end of Quint in Jaws, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan...

  • June 2, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    How in the hell...

    by disfigurehead

    could Alice make a billion world wide?I just don't get it.

  • June 2, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Why WOTW Sucked (Cruise hatred-free version)

    by Biggie Kaiju

    The characters were all assholes. How can you emotionally invest in assholes? Cruise's character? Asshole. His son? RAGING asshole. Robbins? Ridiculously over-the-top asshole. Fanning? Constantly screeching asshole only in the movie because Spielberg thinks kids in danger = automatic suspense (see "Jurassic Park"). It's an old and cheap trick. Oh, and it's called "War of the Worlds" and every frame takes place in the Northeastern U.S. Where was the 'war?' Oh yeah, it was over a hill. The Martians looked like mutated Wishnik trolls and were anything but creepy or unique. Come on; it was two hours of a family wandering that 'built' to a non-climax where we get a bazooka shot at a tripod and then there's Gene Barry and Ann Robinson looking like they just sat down for Thanksgiving (got a big unintended laugh at the theater I saw it at). The effects are amazing, but other than that? Oh; and showing a bunch of bodies floating down a river doesn't suddenly make you a "ballsy" or "daring" filmmaker. Spielberg may be unrivaled in using the camera, but Goddamn he shoots some mediocre screenplays.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I don't sleep with whores... at least, not knowingly

    by redrain


  • June 2, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Warof the Worlds - Scale, Action, Grit and Suspense and Volume.

    by Proman1984

    The ferry scene, the burning train, the savages attacking the car, the highway scene - fucking aces.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    what bothers me about "Skull"...

    by darthwaz1

    Is the overuse of sets, the first 3 had plenty of sets, the entire second half of Temple, for example. But the first 3 movies (and the TV series) did lots of on location filming. The sequence at Yale was the only really outdoor location setting I notices about Skull, other than that I really do enjoy that film, the 50's camp quality they gave it works for me.

  • June 3, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Jaws was not very graphic. The only real death we see on screen is Quints. Hell even the shark explosion is under water. And as for Schindler's List, wasn't that R rated? Also Private Ryan was meant to portray realistic war scenarios, so of course that was going to be bloody.

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  • June 3, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Madigan - Hickey & Boggs - Supercops

    by ushaped

    Wow, hadn't thought of this film in decades. Great movie! We need more DVD releases of gritty '70s cop movies. Harry, somebody, do a story to get any kind of release for "Hickey & Boggs" and "Supercops"

  • June 3, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    "These men were decently fed, decently clothed and then decently

    by BanditDarville

    Not having Josey Wales on Blu-ray is a travesty. Definitely Clint's best work with Sondra Locke.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Oprah, Shmoprah

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    I'm a science teacher and I pre-ordered my copy of the Attenborough narrated "Life" in time to get it and start showing it to my students this week, before school lets out at the end of the month. It makes a perfect trilogy with the Blue Planet and Planet Earth. I'm extremely glad they released the Attenborough version in Region 1 format and didn't just try to shove Oprah down our throats. I watched the Oprah version as it aired on Discovery Channel and she can't hold a candle to Attenborough's narrating skills.

  • June 3, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds sucked A$$

    by pengwin30

    That was one of the worst movies EVER!!! Terrible acting especially for Dakota, who couldn't stop screaming or crying. Tom looked like a hack. Totally unrealistic situations ever for a alien sci fi movie. Aweful ending. I expect this crappy type of crappy film from M. Night but not Steven. Sorry Harry if you think this is a good movie you are an idiot. I actually laughed at how ridiculous this film was more than anything. I couldn't wait for it to get over.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Wolfman would work better in B&W...

    by darthwaz1

    Liked it a lot more than I thought I would, it's got that old Universal charm, and if it were black and white I think I'd like it even more...

  • June 4, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

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    by BumLove

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  • June 4, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Is the Wolfman DVD a flipdisk?

    by SoylentMean

    Because if it is I'll wait.

  • June 4, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Charley Varrick is fucking AWESOME!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    One of the most satisfying heist movies ever made! Joe Don Baker rocks! Also has the creepy serial killer dude from Dirty Harry.

  • June 4, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    You liked Varrick? You must see "The Laughing Policeman"

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Amazingly, it was Mathau's NEXT film after Charley Varrick and just as good. Check it!!

  • June 4, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Joe Besser needs to take a Missouri boat ride...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    either that or he needs to "check under that there blanket." Fucking hated that dude. Thtop itt!!!

  • June 4, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    By the time Joe Besser joined up, Moe had lost his anger

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Notice how Moe never really laid into the dude. No severe beatings like he used to dole out to Larry and Curly (even Shemp) back when he was younger. Don't even get me started on Joe Derita...Why I oughta!

  • June 4, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    For people who are not white, the cover art for "Madigan"

    by LaneMyersClassic

    must look like two pictures of the same guy. One pose with a hat, one without.

  • June 5, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Where was the war in War of the Worlds?

    by MediaGold

    I love the 1950 version and the coolest part in that is when the army lets those little bastards have it. All we get in the 2005 one are a few helicopters and tanks going over the hill, a few explosions and - that's all, folks! Where were the kick ass modern battle sequences? I realize SS was trying to be different but FUCK "War" is in the god damn title! You could've had your family drama AND some awesome action bits Stevie boy but nooooooooo! Oh well, maybe we'll get another remake in 2060.

  • June 5, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Word, MediaGold...

    by BurnHollywood

    Dumbest scene in WotW...when the family reaches the wife's house and NOBODY TURNS A FUCKING TV ON to see WTF is going on. I was at work when the Trade Center collapsed, and we were even entranced by the choppy, postage-stamp sized video feed on our PCs.<p> Yeah, it would've been pretty neat seeing how the martians actually did it...I guess.

  • June 5, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Not a fan of War of the Worlds

    by The Atomic Worm

    One of Tom Hanks' weaker roles

  • June 6, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Why I hated War of the Worlds

    by nukeboy1970

    Had nothing to do with Tom Cruise as an actor. Had everything to do with his annoying character. I was really hoping the martians would vaporize that whining, spineless puke.

  • June 6, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    wolfman bluray is not a flipdisk

    by darthwaz1

  • June 6, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    "The characters were all assholes."

    by MattmanReturns

    I don't agree they're all assholes. Cruise's character suffers from Peter Pan syndrome and has to grow in order to survive the movie's events. By the end of the film, he has manned-up and is finally an adult. Robbie's a fucking teenager; show me a teenager who isn't an asshole. Dakota Fanning is a little girl, so of course she's going to scream when aliens attack. Would you rather watch flawless characters that start out awesome and reach the end of the movie just as awesome without having grown? Seems kinda boring to me. Also, as for the "no war in War of the Worlds" complaint, the movie was very true to its source material (and no, not the 1950 version that was nothing like the book). The book did not linger on big war scenes. It was a small scale perspective from one man simply trying to survive, and hearing secondhand information about what the aliens were doing. If you don't like that, then blame H.G. Wells.

  • June 6, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds and Munich are companion pieces

    by TiVo1138

    ...both draw intentional parallels to 9/11. With War of the Worlds we get imagery reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks, we're told that the aliens were "right under our noses," etc. And Munich draws obvious parallels to how we respond to terror today by questioning whether we're creating more terrorists. If there's any message in Munich, it's that violence begets violence. It kind of sucks he had to follow those two great films with a mediocre Indiana Jones flick.

  • June 6, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by MediaGold

    Where do you think George Pal and co got the idea for the 1950 version? There's only one battle sequence in the Pal version which is still pretty awesome. I haven't read the book in about 25 years, but I remember battle scenes being described from the narrator's viewpoint. Is one awesome battle scene too much to ask? The book did have it, the 1950 movie has it, and the 2005 doesn't.<p> Then again, maybe Spielberg was trying to distance his film from the abysmal WOTW rip off ID4 which had plenty of combat action little else.

  • June 7, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    MediaGold, the original book is mostly devastation scenes

    by MattmanReturns

    And Spielberg's version captures the spirit of that perfectly. There are more than enough scenes of destruction, and any military scenes don't really deserve to be lingered on because the military puts up NO fight. Do people just want to see tanks and planes blowing up for several minutes?

  • June 7, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

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    I always thought that Spielberg's version was a fresh take on the typical alien-invasion/disaster pic (Independence Day, Day After Tomorrow). It felt more intimate, more personal. I think people just wanted to be obliterated with MTV-style cutting, like a Michael bay flick, or something. My only problem with the movie is how anti-climactic the ending feels.

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