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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 2nd wk of June 2010: Scorsese, Bob Hope, Charlie Chan, Crazy Travolta, best golfing film ever!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the first DVD PICKS & PEEKS written in the Caribbean from the isle of Aruba – specifically out under a leafy roof sitting on the beach watching the waves come in under a starry night. Every now and again, it is amazing to do something like this. Get out of the safe cave where I am surrounded by distractions, but at the same time – pushing white sand around with your bare feet as you listen to crash after crash of wave – a crazy tropical wind that is unrelenting blowing your hair back and after a day of Snorkling and discovering a really fucking excellent movie at this first year’s ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST… well. To prove to myself that I could still get this column done – and earlier than normal. It is nice. Even if it is shorter than normal, not because I’m being lazy, but just due to a lack of a ton of quality releases this week. What I do have for ya though is pretty damn great I think. As always the pics and the titles link over to AMAZON – where in some cases you may wish to find out more on the title. And then if you like the release, pick it up – ships quickly and each purchase through one of these links helps to keep the column going strong. Let’s start with a very different island than the one I’m currently on… Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

I love this film. As you can probably discern from the quote on the cover, which is mine, I went gaga for this flick. In fact, later today in Aruba, I’ll be listening to Thelma Schoonmaker chat about her history with Scorsese – and I’m very curious about their next project together. But that’s got nothing to do with this – which is amongst my fave Scorsese films. WHY? I love how it feels like something from an entirely different era from the one in which we exist. It isn’t just that it is a period film, it has more to do with the filmmaking technique, which makes use of today’s cinematic superpowers, but conservatively. The physical LOOK of the movie is exquisite, the use of color, the framing, music and over the top melodrama of it all. The casting is exemplary and the story… creepy. Give me an ol Insane Asylum Government Conspiracy flick any day of the week. BTW – Thelma Schoonmaker’s master class on Film Editing and the history of it as regards her work with Scorsese… going scene by scene through the fights in RAGING BULL. Amazing.

I have a wicked soft spot for this bit of insanity. I love a batnuts Travolta – (except in BATTLEFIELD EARTH… but I kinda love laughing at that performance… in memory alone, not like… you know, watching it again.) But FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, I kind of enjoy the hell out of rewatching. I think some of the stuff with Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ girlfriend is out of whack – and a tad propagandistic and slightly racist. I mean, maybe I’m naïve, but has any documented terrorist activity ever occurred in the modern era that was spawned from a cross-faith relationship? I’m just thinking that if anyone could make that leap, probably was a bit more understanding than radical fundamentalists. But I could be nutty. But that twist in the film isn’t really a spoiler, because it actually feels like the overall PLOT of the film is taking a huge back seat to the enormous amount of energy that Travolta puts into this… sloppily written piece of B-movie fun. And… no… the coolest Travolta since PULP FICTION is easily FACE/OFF and most certainly not this.

I’m a Charlie Chan junkie – and while Warner Oland is the shit, I’m a big Sidney Toler lover as well. We’ve had a lot of the Charlie Chans hit DVD, but these are the Monogram ones – and Warner has done a real bang up job releasing these. Each on their own discs. This isn’t quite everything that we need on DVD yet – and I do wonder if we’ll get the last two eventually. I think so. These are short brief page-turners – and if you were lucky enough to catch these late nights back when they seemed to always be on after the late local news (at least in Austin, along with Sherlock Holmes and Mr Moto’s) then here’s a high five. I’m really looking forward to one day getting SHADOWS OVER CHINA TOWN – as I’ve had the one-sheet forever, and still have never actually seen it. ARGH. Beautiful Key Luke poster.

Finally, the groovin’ gopher muppet in 1080p! I REALLY LOVE CADDYSHACK! The holy trinity of Chevy, Bill and Rodney… and what a fucking role for both Bill and Rodney. Not knocking Chevy, but that was a classic Chevy smooth klutz performance. But Bill’s groundskeeper… Dear God. Who doesn’t quote his Gopher anger speak while making crude forest critters out of plastique? And Rodney actually made Golf seem like something I’d want to do. But when I was the only obnoxious eccentric on the course – it just didn’t seem as much fun. Oh – and Ted Knight had the thankless duty of being the slow burn man for the film. That said – boy could he slow burn. I always wanted Jackie Gleason to play that role, but rewatching it on Blu… I have to give it up for Ted Knight, I love to hate him – and I could never hate ‘that old fat man’! Whatever, this is the best golfing film ever, so much better than the sport.

You ever wonder where “Thanks for the Memories” came from as Bob Hope’s signature song? Wonder no more – Get this set and you’ll discover Hope’s first real break out – in THANKS FOR THE MEMORY – where he’s a house husband trying to come up with something as a writer as his wife, Shirley Ross, is working for her former fiancé, who happens to be Hope’s Publisher… Yes, it’s pat, convenient and all that, but damn if it isn’t a ton of fun. Plus – any film with Rochester and Otto Kruger… well, it’s just something to marvel at. Of Film Journalist note – keep your eye out for Hedda Hopper, one of the original Big Influential Film Biz writers. Just cool to see her. But that’s not all – you also get THE CAT AND THE CANARY, which was always a blast. It’s a Horror Mystery Comedy thing with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard (pant pant) and The Wolf Man’s babe, Gale Sondergaard. George Zucco is, as always, great. There’s also THE GHOST BREAKERS, which I don’t love quite as much as THE CAT AND THE CANARY, but it reunited Hope and Goddard – threw in such great characters as ANTHONY QUINN!!! Along with folks like Paul Lukas and Richard Carlson, but the real jewel of this Haunted house romantic comedy is WILLIE BEST who was also known as Sleep ‘n’ Eat. He was one of those great physical and witty comedic actors from the period, that because he was born Black – he got stuck playing what the writers thought was funny, which was usually… pretty racist. That said, he’s amazing and could have been so much more had the industry let him. I haven’t seen NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, but THE ROAD TO MOROCCO, it picked up a nomination for Best Writing – and it is easy to see why. The wit with which this was written was really amazing. Bing and Bob and Dorothy end up dealing with a young Auda Abu Tayi. Oh come on, you know – Anthony Quinn plays a great character in this. One of his pre-LAWRENCE appearances as an Arabic CHARACTER (all caps). And the last film is PALEFACE… Now, I’ve always preferred SON OF PALEFACE, mainly because I love me some Roy Rogers. And it is even more cartoonish than this, but PALEFACE did win an Oscar for best song, you’ll probably know it when you hear it. And Jane Russell is tremendous as Calamity Jane. Both films came from Looney Tunes looney Frank Tashlin – and it shows thank god. Tashlin is a brilliant comedic director – really unlike anyone really working today – which is a shame – there is a ton to learn from his filmography – and if you haven’t discovered his films this is a good place to start! Over all – this is a great first set of Bob Hope flicks – there needs to be much more!

THE A-TEAM: The Complete Series (Limited Edition Box Set)
Ok, I’ll admit it. When I opened the box that this came in, I squealed with joy. You see – I was the perfect age for THE A-TEAM growing up. As many of you were – thanks to syndication. But all the main characters can be seen as you turn THE VAN around. And on AMAZON, you save about $60 on this set. That said – I can’t imagine ever getting through EVERY episode ever. But damn won’t it be fun trying. BTW – are y’all anxious for A-TEAM in theaters? Just curious to take a read on y’all.

I remember back when this came out – folks decided to make it a contest as to whether THE ILLUSIONIST would be better than Christopher Nolan’s THE PRESTIGE – and well, because the box office favored THE PRESTIGE which was indeed a very very fine film. People missed a film that it could be argued was possibly even better. Neil Burger’s THE ILLUSIONIST is fascinating, intelligent and just wonderful to get caught up in. Ed Norton is, as usual, exemplary. Giamatti and Sewell are great, but man – Jessica Biel is worshipped in 1080p. Nice to have on Blu!

Proof positive that Jackie Chan should always keep working! Here he abandons the quick feet and amazing stunts – in lieu of playing radically against character type, but playing that persona in a completely different manner. Could very well be Jackie’s best acting work of his career in terms of emotional work. Physically… DRUNKEN MASTER II is just the best. If you love Jackie, but have been disappointed by most of his recent work, here you see Jackie trying something entirely new. And yes, it definitely echoes SCARFACE, but is set in Tokyo (problem with writing from memory), amongst the illegal immigrant circles. AMAZING little film!

Ok. When you see “A Film By Wong Kar-Wai” and you see Blu Ray packaging. That’s a film to buy instantly on sight. Doesn’t really matter what your favorite critics say – it is all about you. You need to see it in the best possible presentation. The lush use of colors, framing and lighting – there’s nobody really like him out there. Just watching Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung kicking it in my new-found buddy, Sebastian Tabany’s stomping grounds in Buenos Aires. So watching this, I can just imagine hanging with Sebastian in pretty much a shot for shot geek remake. Now going into this – you have to know that Wong Kar-Wai never shoots a normal looking movie, the great DP Christopher Doyle and him make some of the most artistically brilliant unconventional film work out there – and it has yet to really lose me. Here’s to hoping it never does.

I got this Blu-Ray the day I left for Aruba, so I haven’t seen it yet, but when I return to Austin today – probably before I collapse from exhaustion – I’m hoping to get through this. If you click over to Amazon – you’ll find that it has over 26 animated shorts – and while I’ve seen the great MADAME TUTTI-PUTLI and SLEEPING BETTY – I don’t believe I’ve seen the rest quite yet, but I may have. I’m a huge lover of short animation – be it the classics are the more experimental work we see in the medium today. And BLU RAY makes animation so crisp and beautiful.

From the crazy land where we found Tony Jaa and that crazy gifted girl that was trained with candy… comes POWER KIDS. I watched this last Movie Night with my friend Diana and while we didn’t love it – HOLY SHIT it has some crazy shit going on – and if you love to see crazy movies starring kids that kick ass… well, this is definitely THE THAI EXPLOITATION film in that genre. It’s worth putting on a queue to check out – hold off buying till you have a chance to judge for yourself… this is one of those – glad I saw, but I don’t know if I can recommend to too many people flicks. It’s basically a group of Muay Thai practicing kids versus radical Indonesian terrorists. Yeah – it gets bloody.
That’s it for this week, wasn’t really that much coming out of interest. Next week we have the Hughes’ Brothers’ THE BOOK OF ELI, WHEN IN ROME, SHOWGIRLS on Blu Ray – god I hope that is at home when I get back, that’s a blu ray to own. Then there’s the invisible Sam Jackson great little film, UNTHINKABLE, Queen’s FLASH GORDON on Blu, YOUTH IN REVOLT, COLLAPSE, Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN on blu, MYSTERY TRAIN on Criterion Blu, Park Chan Wook’s VENGEANCE trilogy on Blu, BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY, the original THE STEPFATHER on Blu, MARY AND MAX, another ENTER THE DRAGON Blu release, THE HORSEMAN, THE BLIND MENACE, Sleazy Sci-Fi of the 70s and a few more. Well, I have a flight to catch in the morning, but wanted to get this out to you before heading home.

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  • June 7, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I love this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

  • June 8, 2010, midnight CST


    by Trannyformers_Apologist

  • June 8, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    The Illusionist was excellent

    by garybuseys_incisors

    I can't say that it's better than The Prestige, but it was definitely a great flick.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Prestige vs The Illusionist

    by Jaka

    I definitely can't say which one is better, but I enjoyed The Illusionist more. Enough that I purchased the DVD. <P> There was an A-Team marathon on some channel (I forget) over Memorial Day weekend. I watched a few eps and it was fun for nostalgia's sake. But I also can't imagine ever re-watching the entire series. <P>I loved Shutter Island, but for some reason I'm not sure I'll be buying it. <P>Definitely interested in checking out From Paris With Love. And your description is interesting Harry. I got good batshit Travolta from the previews, but then read a few people say it was bad batshit Travolta. If it's his unhinged Face/Off side I'm going to regret not seeing it in a theater. Also, SO glad you clarified your Battlefield Earth comment. Good lord that movie is just SO bad.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Wong Kar-Wai

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    Can't for WKW's Grand Master with Tony Leung. These two guys can do no wrong when they work together.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    The Illusionist better than The Prestige

    by theneonsamurai

    Granted, they are totally different films, but The Prestige is amazing, while The Illusionist mostly a piece of shit.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Ted Knight

    by Thrillhouse77

    Is the best thing about Caddyshack! The rest of that movie doesn't work without him. <p> The other 3 may have created career-defining characters - hilarious and brilliant, all of them. But Caddyshack is Ted Knight's movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Shinjunku and Jackie

    by Beniffer

    This is an excellent film. Now, Drunken Master II? Or do you mean the earlier version?? Jui kuen from 78 is probably his best work physically .. the origional drunken master if you will ... perfect drunken form (for the screen atleast)

  • June 8, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Never saw The Illusionist but....

    by odo19

    It'd be hard for me to believe the guy who directed Hearts and Atlantis and that Catherine Zeta Jones cooking movie made something better than The Prestige, which was one of my top ten films of the last decade.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock1

    ...what's the caddyshack transfer like? the dvd i have is almost unwatchable.

  • And you call yourself a movie/TV fan, Harry? Aye jah!

  • June 8, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    is probably one of the top 10 films of the decade, imo. But THE ILLUSIONIST was pretty solid.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Singularly Not Pumped for A-Team

    by slugbat

    I loved the A-Team growing up, when machine guns popping out of wheelchairs seemed like an entirely practical and clever idea. Now, at 30, a bunch of dudes parachuting through the green-screened sky machine gunning airplanes actually offends me. To my sensibilities, the "book fight" in Bourne Ultimatum is much more fun than a guy surfing on a door to escape a prison van. I'm sure many of you agree...well, in principle. Seems like the Bourne series gets a lot of undeserved hate 'round these parts.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    oh and Prestige was ass

    by slugbat

    or should I say "ass-inine." Too clever for its own good. And there came a point where my brain will literally disengage from any story where an actor plays his own twin or family member. I just can't fucking stand it. I think that point came in Back to the Future 3, when Marty was trying to interact with Samus McFly. Fuck that shit. Just hire someone else -- a look-alike -- so my brain won't shut down in disbelief. Stupid brain, suspend disbelief like all the other drooling idiots that enjoy garbage like Sin City.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Harry, you ignorant Caddyshack slut...

    by DrakeSavageBalls

    Ted Knight gave a masters thesis on slow burn in Caddyshack. I love Gleason, but he couldn't dream of pulling off the chemistry that Knight had with Dangerfield. No one does a stiff lip douche like Knight. and how can you hate on "meanwhile, back in the Hall of Justice"?

  • June 8, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Does Shutter Island have ANY special features?

    by RPLocke

    In this age of movies having 10 extra disks for features, this movie sure doesn't seem to have much.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    @ odo19 ... you're thinking of Scott Hicks ...

    by HarryWannaBe

    Not Neil Burger. And Scott Hicks is a great director, one only needs to see the greatness that is 'SHINE' to understand that. (that's not to say he hasn't put out anything that great since 'SHINE'...)

  • June 8, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    The Illusionist < The Prestige

    by HarryWannaBe

    Also, anyone curious about actual Blu-Ray reviews should visit sites that review said Blu-Rays...such as or or are plenty out there. (I only mention this because someone asked about the transfer on 'CADDYSHACK'.)

  • June 8, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Sin City is garbage...

    by Brick_Walker

    ...and you don't have the mental capacity to enjoy Michael J. Fox playing more than one character on screen at the one time? What about in Back To The Future II, when he played his entire fucking family (pretty much)?? I think there is something seriously wrong with slugbat... But I digress. The Prestige is the Better film of the two. I'm pretty sure the Illusionist put me to sleep.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Is Harry really an ignorant Caddyshack slut? I want to know!

    by JonChambers

  • June 8, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I'm thinking yes...

    by Brick_Walker

  • June 8, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island = TV RIPOFFS, CLICHES & lots of old shit!!!

    by JonChambers

    The movie was fucking garbage! And the only people who like it are the morons who haven't seen any movies or TV older than 20 years! EVERY PLOT POINT WAS RIPPED OFF OF AN OLD MOVIE OR TV SERIES. IT'S THE MOST EMBARASSING MOVIE SCORESE EVER MADE. IT'S PURE 100% 24-HOUR-OLD JIZZ-ON-THE-FLOOR. This movie wasn't released -- it was flushed down!!

  • not Hong Kong

  • June 8, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Oh shit, I was sure Hicks did The Illusionist..

    by odo19

    for some reason. I even read Harry say it was Burger and figured it was one of his usual fuck-ups. Fuck.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Wong Kar Wai

    by cornholiosbungholio

    I wasn't expecting Happy Together on Blu-ray and I was pretty happy to see it. Wong is one of my favourite directors. I have seen all his films and have enjoyed every one of them. My favourites are possibly In The Mood For Love, Chungking Express and Fallen Angels.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Best thing about Illusionist

    by Bass Ackwards

    Is that Norton and Biel are basically the bad guys. Biel cheats on her husband, flaunts it in his face, then they team up to drive him crazy, frame him for murder, and drive him to suicide (also worth noting that had he succesfully gained the throne as he was plotting, his plan may have very well prevented WWI, so way to go Norton and Biel).

  • June 8, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island was good, but. . .

    by Chicken_Man_Gus

    The Illusionist sucked ass. You can't even compare it to The Prestige.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Shijuku is in Japan...

    by PrezMike

    Yes, it's about a group of immigrants. But it's about a group of Chinese immigrants in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. That's why, you know, it's called Shinjuku Incident.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    What's wrong with Harry?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    He squeals when he sees an ass DVD boxset, thinks The Illusionist is better than The Prestige and clearly has no respect for one of the classiest sporting games in the world. <p> And this is the guy who's quote goes on the cover of the Shutter Island DVD. No wonder Hollywood is in the toilet.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island = Megan Fox

    by Marxeffect

    Looks pretty but lacks personality and substance. I personally found this to be the most overrated film of last year!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Quit rubbing in Aruba, Harry!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Now I've got that horrible Beach Boys song from Cocktail stuck in my head!

  • June 8, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island Is My Favorite Movie This Year

    by Broseph

    definitely picking up a well as THE BOOK OF ELI.that ending was so fucking twisted and sad.gotta agree with harry it deserves multiple veiwings

  • June 8, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island is (thus far) the film of the year

    by barnaby jones

    Yes it's been a slow year.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Best movie junkie colum on the internet

    by blunted666

    You could fairly say a lot of Harry's reviews are somewhat askew due to his general big-heartedness and tendency to softball, but this thing here, this is where it all pays off. His infectious love for movies + one-click purchasing = I need a better job.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST

    by Yer_Maw

    Wow. People liked The Prestige? I never knew. Ridiculous, awful, nearly so-bad-it's-funny movie. Oh well. The Illusionist was okay though, I suppose.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    No shit you loved Shutter Island Harry.

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    "I love this film. As you can probably discern from the quote on the cover, which is mine" fucking're not even trying anymore are you.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Harry thinks Illusionist is better because he got burned on Joke

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    FACT...when AICN news fell for the Orlando Bloom Joker fake pics and called then "The Real Deal"..which turned out NOT TO BE..there wasnt ONE Dark Knight story run on this site until the final trailer link..nothing about posters, viral marketing websites..the hunts during comic con not be fooled by Harry's "awe gee shucks the illiionist was better"..This is all about image with Knowles..this is why there wasnt ANY reporing on Jaimie Bell being casted as Spiderman today, or ANY reporting on Nolan's Empire Magazine interview beyond "No Joker"..huzzah!...and of course Knowles blames this on Nolan and WB..why? Because he got stone walled..period. No comment from WB over the joker comment or set visit from Nolan..nothing. Notice how AICN posts more stories about Sex & the fucking City than it does about movies fans actually want to see. Dont believe me? fine here you go....5 SEX AND THE CITY REVIEWS in one week...KICK ASS Reviews = ZERO......AICN got some photoshopped Captain America pictures and somehow these jackholes think they met their quota for the year. So yeah..a bit long winded but you know what..a better explaination than anything fucking Merrick ever wrote..and TAHTS why Harry loves bullshit after bullshit after bullshit...I cant wait for Harry's first "THIS IS ADRIAN BRODY AS THE RIDDLER...GARANTEED" picture post in a year from now

  • June 8, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Is it just me

    by batmans_pants

    or does anyone else think that that doesn't look like Bill Murray on teh cover of caddyshack? I know it IS Bill Murray, but it just looks nothing like him.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    He kinda looks like Artie Lange there, batmans_pants

    by BumLove

  • June 8, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    The Prestige is waaaaaay better than The Illusionist

    by HardSteel

    Will be buying Shutter Island.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    I prefered the prestige over the illusuionist

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    i thought the batman, wolverine, golum movie was way better then the hulk movie<P>Also, Harry, do you take your shirt off at the beach, cause that would be gross

  • June 8, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by batmans_pants

    Agreed. A young Artie Lange. Hasd to look him up on imdb (i'm in the UK. Never heard of Artie over the pond...)

  • June 8, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Agreed, Shutter Island is one of the best films of the year.

    by Knuckleduster

    It's one weakness is (SPOILER! Run Away!) that elaborate it's-all-in-his-mind "twist ending". It felt a bit too "it was all just a dream" for me. But Scorsese totally won me back with that final bit of ambiguity in the last scene, where Leo's character decides his own fate. It's a classic example of the filmmaker improving on the source material. Loved it. <p> As for The Illusionist... Sorry, every time I think of that film the word FAIL comes to mind. There's a lot of ambition there, but it just fell apart towards the end. It's a film that tried so hard to impress that it lost track of itself.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You got to be fucking kidding me! No really! And i found THE PRESTIGE to be a far smarter and more ambitious movie. I'm not trashing THE ILLUSIONIST, because i did enjoyed it, but c'mon! Best thing in THE ILLUSIONIST? Philip Glass's score. that's the biggest trick they pulled for THE ILLUSIONIST, to convince Philip Glass to compiose the movie's score. Good job on that. Otherwise, THE PRESTIGE wins in all departments, including acting. And not to mention directing, of course, that goes without saying.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    And SHUTTER ISLAND is indeed very good

    by AsimovLives

    Maybe even excelent. The score alone is beyond amazing, one of the best use of already existing music for a film score i ever seen in my life. Or rather, listened. And the directing was amazing. I was so fed up and angry at Scorsese for his milquetoast/waste of my time bullshit that was THE DEFARTED, i mean, THE DEPARTED, that i went to see it with lots of reservations. The trailer certainly didn't help any. But man, right from the first music cues, i knew i was watching quality. Can't wait to rewatch it. And the score, man, the score! WOW!!

  • June 8, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    You don't have to watch every A-Team

    by batmans_pants

    episode Harry. Just watch one. The plot is pretty much the same in every episode. Don't get me wrong, I loved the A-Team growing up, but there wasn't an awful lot of variety going on.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    The digital bits claims that most blu rays suck


    in regards to remastered video and audio. Which I tend to agree with. I also sometimes cant tell the difference between an unconverted dvd and a blu ray of certain movies out there...

  • June 8, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Harry - Do you wear a shirt still in the water?

    by JBouganim1

  • June 8, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    "best golfing film" .. Harry you write like a fifth grader

    by Autodidact

    It's a golf film. A golfing film would have clubs of its own. It's like calling Bull Durham "a baseball playing movie".

  • June 8, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    The Prestige is possibly Nolans best film.

    by JackGraham

    It's a close call and I think only Batman Begins competes with it. I like all Nolans films, particularly Insomnia. I liked The Dark Knight but i'm not it's biggest fan by any stretch. I found it quite flawed and a bit dull. I personaly enjoyed Batman Begins alot more. Hugh Jackman calls The Prestige his most complete film. not sure what he means by this. were all his other films unfinished.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    So basically you're saying The A-Team is the action/adventure equivalent of House? Count me out.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why do we have to compare The Prestige and The Illusionist?

    by TheGreatHomsar

    I love and own both of these movies. Both really great films, but VERY different in terms of style, atmosphere, and quite frankly subject matter. The Illusionist reminds me of a fairy tale. The Prestige is more of a nightmare obsession. Love 'em both, though, and getting tired of the constant comparisons just because they both involve magicians and came out around the same time.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Illusionist is solid but ...

    by CartoonFanboy

    it was also insanely predictable. The prestige kept me guessing and that's not always the easiest thing to do in a movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    So, that wasn't a FROM PARIS WITH LOVE spoiler then, Harry?

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    The audience knows that Rhys-Myers' girlfriend is a terrorist from the beginning? Okay.<p>If you say so.<p>What happens at the end of Shutter Island? Could you mention that in your review for those of us who haven't yet seen it?<p>Many thanks!

  • June 8, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Also second the love for Ted Knight

    by CartoonFanboy

    His work on Caddyshack is right up there with the big three.

  • June 8, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Reviews in a nutshell

    by Meglos

    SHUTTER ISLAND: I am quoted on the cover! Also I'm in Aruba chatting with a celbrity whose name I will drop! FROM PARIS WITH LOVE: I love John Travolta! HAPPY TOGETHER: Sebastian Tabany is an actor that I know personally, but since he hasn't done much work its technically not name dropping, m'kay! ANIMATION EXPRESS: Did I mention that I was in Aruba? I am in Aruba!

  • June 8, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Also love Judge Smails in the 'Shack

    by Blanket-Man

    YOU?!? BUY BUSHWOOD?!? And who else but Knight could turn a throwaway line like "WELL?!? We're WAITING!!!" into something so memorable?

  • June 8, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I am NOT hyped for A-team

    by shiekybaby

    Nor was I for GI Joe, or Transformers. I wont waste my money on it in theatres, someday it may get a Netflix rental but thats about all it can hope for. And yes, as a child in the 80's, I loved ALL those franchises. But they do nothing for me as an adult.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Good work Harry

    by Star Hump

    This column is where you shine.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Betting on Spaldings' nose-picking....

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ..was the best particulary when they go double-or-nothing if he eats it.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Using Harry quotes for a cover is the kiss of death..

    by quantize

    or rather..damning with limp praise. I wanted to like Shutter Island but the critics were was a mess. No big surprise Harry was available for some braindead enthusiasm.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Someone called the Shutter Island score great?

    by quantize

    Holy fuck...easily one of the worst in a long time..the use of classical music alone would make Kubrick turn in his grave...that opening scene up to the gate was fucking annoying and absurd. Yeh Yeh - shit movie!

  • June 8, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Shitter Island

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    of course they had a quote from AICN on the cover - they couldn't get a decent quote from the NY Times, LA Times, or even USA Today, because the movie was one 2+ hour slog. <p>It was FUCKING BORING! <p> And I tried, REALLY tried to like it, because it was directed by Scorcese and had DiCaprio, but by the end I felt tricked by great names into seeing something I'll regret paying for for the rest of my life. Okay, maybe not the rest of my life (that award still goes to the name Nicholson, which was the reason I went to the theaters to see About Schmidt, and left feeling I was tricked into seeing Kathy Bates full frontal nudity on the big screen - threw up in my mouth just thinking about it). But nevertheless, I was highly disappointed by Shitter Island. To Me, the team of Scorcese and DiCaprio are 2 for 4. Still a good batting avg., but Shutter Island was just plain BORING.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by Faggoteer

    movie that has someone throw there arms to their sides with guns in each hand and they start shooting, it's going to be a terrible fucking movie!

  • June 8, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Looks like a bearded penis without hair. Just doesn't work for him like it does for Bruce Willis. Very few of us white guys, and even less Italians, can pull off the shaved head look without looking like a walking cock. Sorry, but it's true.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Awesome, awesome film. The only golf movie that even comes close to being as funny is Happy Gilmore. Okay, maybe Bagger Vance, but that one is unintentionally laughable. And I agree with whoever said it's Ted Knight's movie. One of the best arrogant pricks to ever hit the screen. Dangerfield, Chase, and Murray are all gold, but without Knight to play off of, it just wouldn't have worked. LOVE that film.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Travolta's coolest is Get Shorty

    by cifra

    Nothing tops Chili Palmer in the 1st. And The Illusionist has one of the most stupid cheats in film history, that ruins the whole movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I have never ever commented before in 6 years of reading this si

    by Kidshazam

    ...but you've driven me to it, Harry. 1. Shutter Island was COMPLETE trash. 2. Illusionist was EQUALLY AS BAD, if not WORSE. You officially have the worst taste in movies I have ever seen.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...animated by those people.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Ted Knight deserves a retro oscar for Caddyshack

    by Stabby

    His character is the whole point of the movie: he represents the elitist upperclass wasp prick culture of the sport of golf that the entire film and the rest of the cast lambaste and rebel against.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    "the Wolf Man's babe"

    by gregc

    Er, I thought that Evelyn Ankers, not Gale Sondegard.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Oh, and AKA_Gern

    by Stabby

    Caddyshack > Happy Gilmore. Way, way, way, way >.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Line from Caddyshack I quote more often than any other

    by jim

    Spalding at the snack bar listing all the things he's going to eat; Ted Knight says to him "You'll get nothing, and like it!"<p>I say this to people whenever I think their requests or demands exceed the acceptable.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Glad to read all the Ted Knight love . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . He and Rodney carry that movie w/ minor help from Chase & Murray. There are too many classic quotes from Knight in that movie. The one from Big Jim, above, is definitely one of them. "Spalding get your foot off the boat!!!"

  • June 8, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Stabby, please ignore AKA_Gern . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . the dumbest thing I've ever read at a movie site isn't worthy of a reply.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Never said Happy was better, just the only other golf movie that comes close. Of course Caddyshack is better. But I still love Gilmore, from Bob Barker, to a gorgeous young Julie Bowen (MILFtastic on Modern Family), to a one-handed Apollo Creed, I absolutely love Gilmore. But yes, I love Caddyshack more.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    go suck a big, fat, get the idea, troll

  • June 8, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Hercules alone

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    has day in day out written dumber things on this site than I ever have

  • June 8, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Troll, AKA_Gern?

    by Nice Marmot

    Isn't that the movie you said The Godfather was almost as good as?

  • June 8, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Natalie Holloway

    by LouieBslayer

    Enjoy Aruba. Hope someone you love doesn't go missing.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    now you're just trying to pick a fight. Having a bad day?

  • June 8, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    A-Team w Rick James and isaac Hayes

    by DrafthouseSF

    I need to get the A-Team box set just for the episode where Mr. T puts on a Rick James concert for Isaac Hayes in prison. Best episode of television ever.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by Stormshadow4life

    Doesn't hold a candle to The Prestige. In fact, I didn't really care for it much at all (and I hated the CGI magic tricks)

  • June 8, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    My friends and I always yell, "Noonan!"

    by Stabby

    When ever we're trying to jinx each other during a contest. It usually works.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Stabby

    I see now that you were saying that HG is the only movie that even comes close to CS. I had read it the other way around. My bad. But, CS is not only the funniest golf movie but it is one of the funniest movies ever. Never again will we have the collective comedic talent in a single movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Woops, I read your post wrong too, AKA_Gern...

    by Nice Marmot

    I take it all back. Sincerely. I read your "is" as an "as." All that smart assery for no reason . . .

  • June 8, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Re: Ted Knight and Caddyshack

    by skimn

    It was my understanding that Ted Knight WAS kind of a dick during filming. Here he was coming off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, one of the best sitcoms of the '70s, and here comes these pot smoking (I'm sure Rodney liked the smoke), rude hooligans who probably adlibbed all over the place. Of course, if it enhanced his performance, then whatever works...

  • June 8, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY drops today!

    by vic twenty

    Jake Cutter! Jack the Dog! Bon Chance Louie! Ah, the nostalgia shall hang as thick in the air as the stench from Harold's nethers.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Thanks to Ted Knight, I always refer to sluts...

    by vic twenty

    as having a certain....ZEST for life. So many quotable lines that will be used forever.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Lindsay Lohan feels the ZEST.

    by vic twenty

  • June 8, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Paris Hilton feels the ZEST.

    by vic twenty

  • June 8, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Anyone else feeling ZESTY?

    by vic twenty

  • June 8, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    My brothers and I got Ateam toys one year

    by liljuniorbrown

    for christmas. They always wanted to be Murdock or B.A so i got stuck being Face or Hannibal, kinda of sucked now that I think about it .

  • June 8, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Bob Hope quote

    by liljuniorbrown

    " I loved doing Black Face comedy". Sorry but that kind of shit makes me laugh.It's why I miss Chappelle's Show so much, laughing at the stupidity of racism on all sides.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Nice point, Stabby

    by brokemart

    You said "His character is the whole point of the movie: he represents the elitist upperclass wasp prick culture of the sport of golf...". Yeah, HA!!! Damned privileged golfers. If they weren't such elitist, upperclass pricks they might know what it's like to have to vacation in the Carribean, like in, oh...Aruba let's say, and tap away on their laptop from the beach while barefoot knowing that drooling movie geeks await your every syllable. Yeah, I see your point about golfers being rich assholes.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Big Jim, re: You'll get nothing and like it

    by Blanket-Man

    Now that I think of it, that's probably the Caddyshack line I've re-used the most as well, for the past 30 years! With WELL? We're WAITING! a close second. And whenever someone injures himself doing something stupid, I always throw out Knight's "What's the buffoon done NOW?" (when Rodney fakes his elbow injury during the final game).

  • June 8, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    The Illusionist had some great performances


    Paul Giamatti is excellent in that film IMO.

  • June 8, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

    Yep... thought so

  • June 8, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Touche, brokemart, touche

    by skimn

    Of course Harry's defense is that he's "there on business".

  • June 8, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Stabby and Nice Marmot

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    no harm done.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Does anyone remember

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Ted Knight's sitcom Too Close For Comfort? It was on when I was real young, and I remember liking it, but damned if I can't remember a thing about it other than he had a puppet or something.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Caddyshack is my second most watched comedy after Blazin Saddles

    by alan_poon

    "Well, the world needs ditch diggers too." "Danny, I sent a boy younger than you to the gas chamber last week. Didn't want to do it, felt I owed it to him." Ted Knight is genius in that film.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    "requires and demands multiple viewings"

    by skimn

    Damn Harry, you sure know just what to state in a review to get blurbed. You sir, are truly the Earl Dittman of geeks. Okay, Earl Dittman with Tourette's.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Re: Too Close For Comfort

    by skimn

    I never watched a single episode, but what I can recall is that it featured some fabulous '80s style babes (Farah hair, leg warmers, etc.), and Ted always wore a sweatshirt with a different university logo on it every week.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Best golf about..

    by skimn

    Best hockey movie: Slap Shot<p>Best baseball movie: Bull Durham (Although the end of The Natural gets me every fuckin time)<p>Best footbal movie: I'd have to go with North Dallas Forty<p>Best runners movie: Screw Chariots, I'll go with Galipoli<p>any others...

  • June 8, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    How about?

    by alan_poon

    Best football movie : Escape to Victory. Best Gridiron movie : Necessary Roughness.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    LOVED Too Close For Comfort

    by Nice Marmot

    Ted, a cartoonist who drew the strip, Cosmic Cow, with an actual Cosmic Cow puppet on his hand, lived w/ his wife in San Fran. Their two hot daughters (smart brunette and dumb blonde w/ great tits) lived just downstairs from them. Friggin' Jim J. Bullock was the dumb, unbelievable straight yet flaming guy who bugged the shit out of Ted. Loved that show . . .

  • June 8, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Necessary Roughness?

    by skimn

    Might as well say The Replacements. Which isn't bad really. Except Keanu as a quarterback?

  • June 8, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    You gotta do best serious AND best comedy...

    by Nice Marmot

    Football Serious: Necessary Roughness for me. Football Comedy: Wildcats Etc . . . .

  • June 8, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Ok, ok, AMERICAN football . . .

    by Nice Marmot

  • June 8, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Ted Knight in Caddyshack

    by BobParr

    Over the years his performance is the most quotable and holds up the best. He was such a perfect prick.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The Prestige is Nolan's best work to date.

    by Fist Dirtbox

    How anyone could argue The Illusionist is a better picture is beyond me. Not that its a bad movie, but I'm honestly at a loss to think of any single area where Prestige doesn't outshine it.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Not best maybe but favourite then

    by alan_poon

    Never seen North Dallas Forty. Must change that though.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    MANZILLA, what are you talking about?

    by seagrass

    The Digital Bits have been champions of Blu Ray from pretty much day one. I don't remember them ever saying anything bad about the quality of Blu Ray video, especially when the studios do it right. They are definitely against DNR/digital scrubbing during the remastering process, but that's about the only negative thing they bring up.

  • June 8, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    No offense Harry

    by BobParr

    But your quote on a cover is a Red Flag.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Any Given Sunday

    by mr jones

    Loving that for American Football. That the Great Escape might be considered the greatest football movie ever is a daming indictment of football movies. As for golf movies, I personally have lots of lvoe for Tin Cup.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Mr Jones

    by alan_poon

    There really isn't much competition I grant you. When Saturday Comes (Laughable) Goal, Goal 2 and Goal 3. Unless you count football hooligan films as football, then we are into a whole different realm.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    for me

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Hockey: Mystery, Alaska (I know Slap Shot but for some reason I just love Mystery)<p>Football: Any Given Sunday (drama), Wildcats (comedy)<p>Basketball: Hoosiers<p>Baseball: The Natural (drama) Major League (comedy) <p>Honorable Mention: Dodgeball (because Patches O'Houlihan loves the smell of queef in the morning)

  • June 8, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by mr jones

    They actually got as far as Goal 3? Brilliant!

  • June 8, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    For me

    by alan_poon

    Favourite baseketball movie : Baseketball. Favourite Rollerball movie : Rollerball.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Oh, and by the way

    by mr jones

    Shutter Island was rubbish. But I did find From Paris fun in a crazy French-actioneer lunacy kind of way. Travolta in good scenery-chewing form, if you ask me. Although not so much scenery-chewing as scenery-eating, regurgitating, and re-chewing mode.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by mr jones

    Really? Any film starring Chris Klein cannot claim to be the best Rollerball movie, (just kidding, I know there was one in 1975...)

  • June 8, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Is the film Shutter Island radically different from

    by Sailor Rip

    the book. Because I read the book and it was great. Someone would have to fuck up real hard and put in a lot of work to turn that book into absolute shit.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    ahh forgot the ?

    by Sailor Rip

  • June 8, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Shitter Island

    by alan_poon

    Any other director would've been slated for that film but Scorsese gets a free pass. Not from me. And still not convinced why he has DiCaprio as his go to guy either.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Jim Henson's DOG CITY is out on DVD today!

    by Admonisher

    This made-for-TV movie originally aired as part of the Jim Henson Hour. It's a fantastic film noir spoof, with more bad dog jokes than you can fetch a stick at. :-P

  • June 8, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Knight's great but Chase owns Caddyshack.

    by Sailor Rip

    I was born to love you <p> I was born to lick your face <p> I was born to rub you <p> But you were born to rub me first

  • June 8, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    by mr jones

    Best DOdgeball film - Dodgeball...

  • June 8, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I remember the cast of Too Close for Comfort but hardly

    by jim

    any of the episodes. Although I do remember one storyline - JM J Bullock's character gets raped by a van full of women and the discussion that followed arguing whether that would be traumatic for a guy, and if a guy can even really be raped by a woman. The 80's was a glorious period in television - a perfect storm of relaxed standards, cocaine, and no such thing as "Political Correctness".<p>Speaking of cartoonist shows, what was that one with Bob Newhart where he did greeting cards but had at one time done a superhero book with an ambiguously gay character and his beard of a sidekick (or was that not a running joke, just one they made once)?<p>Running Movies - how about Michael Douglas' "Running"?<p>Baseball Movies - I'd include "Eight Men Out" and "Field of Dreams"<p>I too find Harry's quote on the "Shutter Island" DVD cover a red flag. Not that I don't necessarily trust Harry's opinion (I probably agree as often as I don't) but it always concerns me when a quote from "Aint It Cool News" is the best the marketing department can do. The less widely-recognized the source, the more highly suspect the validity of the quote is. Like when I see ads for a film and the reviews used in the advertising come from individual media outlets who are not my local media ("Bill from the Free Fresno Times claims it's the funniest comedy this year"). The worst I've ever seen was the advertising for "When in Rome" that used quotes from Facebook users.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    by mr jones

    BHest bobsleigh movie - Cool Runnings

  • June 8, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Alan poon is that comanche indian?

    by Sailor Rip

    And is that pederast Hammerhan still bucking for a promotion?

  • June 8, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by mr jones

    Agree about DiCaprio as well. I completely can't see it. But then I thought that the Departed was a poor re-make of Infernal Affairs and that Mark Walhberg SHOUTING A LOT doesn't make it epic acting, so I shall expect the flaming shortly....

  • June 8, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by AlfordHitchcoke

    ...another slow week.

  • June 8, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by alan_poon

    You'll have to ask Frida.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    They need to hurry up and release more WKW on Bluray

    by knowthyself

    Hurry up already. :)

  • June 8, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    The A-Team has got me all nostalgic and such

    by SoylentMean

    I'm hoping for the proverbial popcorn muncher fun on Friday (but I have my expectations thoroughly in check). This theater going summer has sucked so much I figure something eventually has to be good, right? <P> Splice is the best movie I've seen in awhile and that's not exactly a blockbuster type film.

  • June 8, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I've got Shutter Island in my DVD player right now

    by SoylentMean

    I hope it's good. I'm not sure why I missed it in theaters...

  • June 8, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Who's Frida?

    by Sailor Rip

  • June 8, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The "Illisionist's" best part is Biel's Ass

    by MGTHEDJ

    In the final shot of the film...MY GOD!<p>If it is courtesy of plastic surgery the doctor did a great job.-----later-----m

  • June 8, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The "Illusionist's" best part is Biel's Ass

    by MGTHEDJ

    In the final shot of the film...MY GOD!<p>If it is courtesy of plastic surgery the doctor did a great job.-----later-----m

  • June 8, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    My secretary

    by alan_poon

  • June 8, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Your secretary isn't here, alan_poon


    Try the women's restroom downstairs.

  • June 8, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Dude, holy crap, your quote

    by heyscot

    it's on the cover of a Scorsese flick. Uh, holy crap!

  • June 8, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    I'm sorry, who are you?

  • June 8, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I'm Frida's boss.

    by alan_poon

  • June 8, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    The Prestige is a perfect film

    by smackfu

    Each element of that film, the magician rivaly, to the twins attempting to maintain their personal lives, Tesla's work and how it was used...was strong enough, and interesting enough, to be it's own separate movie.

  • June 8, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    *Hand's Alan_Poon Jim Swarthout's number.

    by Sailor Rip

    well played

  • June 8, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    The stuff with Tesla is, in the context of the rest of The Prestige, silly & far-fetched.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks go out to Sailor Rip and alan_poon.

    by vic twenty

    And if you did not get their conversation, shame on you, Philistine.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    And a special hello to John Cocktostin.

    by vic twenty

    Wherever he may be.

  • June 8, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Charge it to the Underhills.

    by RPLocke

  • June 8, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I prefer Prestige, but Illusionist was pretty damn good too

    by MattmanReturns

  • June 8, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Knobules, Rhys Meyers is a much better actor

    by MattmanReturns

    than Worthington. See Match Point for proof.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    "Finally, the groovin’ gopher muppet in 1080p"

    by Dreamwriter

    I've been watching it in 1080p since August, 2006, when it came out for HD-DVD...

  • June 8, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Multiple Viewings." <P> So they recycled your blurb for (500) Days of Summer?

  • June 8, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    So, Shutter Island was surprisingly good

    by SoylentMean

    Considering anybody with a brainstem knows what's happening almost immediately. It's how the story is told that's so damn good.

  • June 8, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Now I can finally watch Edge of Darkness

    by SoylentMean

    Thanks Netflix, you fuckin' fucks.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I don't care about the A-Team movie but...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    it IS laughable how Harry wants to take a "reading" on whether we're looking forward to it, which is really just short-hand for "I did not get any set invites/'pwesents' for this movie which is why there is next to no coverage for it on AICN, but if people want it I might get off my lazy ass and write my usual dyslexic review and it'll probably be bad." Of course, Harry has no trouble at all in bombarding us with endless positive shilled reviews and coverage for shit that few are likely interested in, such as Get Him To The Greek, Splice and Scott Pilgrim, whether the readership "wants it" or not.

  • June 8, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    "You do drugs, Danny?"

    by TedKordLives

    "Every day." <P> "Good, good."

  • June 8, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Ted Knight OWNS in Caddyshack!

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 8, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Not only was Illusionist better than Prestige it made more money

    by Proman1984

    Worldwide. And oh, what a score!

  • June 8, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Am going to whip out...

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Caddyshack this weekend. Love that movie. One of my favorite comedies ever.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Don't sell yourself short, Judge. . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . you're a tremendous slouch.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    shutter no better than its trailer not interesting

    by skiff

    I was not interested after watching the trailer and I was not let down after seeing it. Hollywood has forgotten what a good film IS I was board out of my fucking mind.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    skiff, good to know you were "board"

    by SoylentMean

    Perhaps you should cultivate an attention span? Oh and learn to spell. Ass.

  • June 8, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    That's A-S-S, skiff

    by SoylentMean

    I figured your reading comprehension skills might be lacking as well. Glad to help.

  • June 8, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    juat finished watching shutter island

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    damn what a fine movie, i loved every bit of it, lets hopw the academy rmembers this next march

  • June 8, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    AICN suckered me into seeing Shutter Island

    by Homer Sexual

    Cause I read that the previews didn't give the whole movie away... except that, well, the previews did give the whole movie away and tried to play it as a "twist" um... what-ever! <p> It wasn't horrible, but is way over-rated and much less than it's made out to be. <p> Add me to the chorus of "the Illusionist is ok, but the Prestige is far superior" and is as good as the book. The book is also quite good.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Prestige was overrated crap

    by RPLocke

    What a boring movie. Michael Caine playing the same role he does in every movie, and the underacting of Hugh Jackman.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    To The Lighthouse

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    I wanted to add my comments about Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island." Personally, I haven't been that enlivened by a film in quite a long time, probably not since "There Will Be Blood," whose ideas about faith and goodness and temptation and greed and malevalence in the practical world felt as close to me as kin -"Shutter Island" was one I immediately wanted to talk about to others who had also seen it. Scorsese took a type of story that due to its reliance on a twist ending often ends up resembling any other film that has used this technique. It is entertaining to have to suddenly scramble, to have a film take you down a labrynth and pull you out the other side, to have your expectations suddenly overturned. But what Scorsese has done is make a story of such stunning melodrama, such tragedy, that the twist becomes merely a red herring. It is not important who Teddy/Latice thinks he is, but who he was. Watch the difference between the two agents that DiCaprio plays, the true one and the false one, and see the change in demeanor. One is all hard-edged and as gritty as teeth hauling the enamel one off the other, while the other is a man merely trying to make it through the day. In one is the desperation of nothing that all is futile. The other just hasn't learned yet. The one who has, he wishes he hadn't. And there we have the twist. Where one was a good man, the one that Teddy is trying to forget he ever was, the flawed one, the other is what we commonly call on as our hero. I saw this film several times in theatres and it was amazing to note how audiences reacted. They loved Teddy. He was pure hardball. He was brutal, he was cocksure, he was in charge. There was no grey to Teddy. Just his memories. Just his scattered dreamscape weeping like some open wound. And the dreams, they got to the audience. It was a disconcerting world. But it was the cop drama, the conspiracy that they loved. But when the wizard is revealed, the cloth pulled back, it is the audience and Teddy who is revealed. We find that for the past two hours we have rooted for the psycho. We have found solace in the acts of a brutal and disturbed man. Scorsese takes his time with the reveal, more than any of these films that I've ever seen. He knows what he is dealing with is delicate and he wants to pull us through the change so that we can settle in for the true climax: the revelation of the past. Part of me is a little mad at Scorsese; the creation of Teddy is the most heartbreaking thing I've seen in a movie theatre. It is an awful thing to witness. And Scorsese makes us watch. It is a bit sadistic, truly. As are many of Scorsese's film. But the sadism lies in a desire for the truth. This man of violence becomes just that. We see him for what he is. And not for what we wish he was. If an audience member is truly involved in the film, they will find their journey of discovery mimicking that of Teddy/Latice. We wake from the fevered back into a world of cruel realities. That Scorsese still loved Teddy/Latice reveals his true intentions, his humanism. When Latice is awakened and finds his way to the bed that is set up, we too are exhausted. We've seen our bloodlust, our desire for singularity as a diseased thing. True violence is as awful as anything. It is so good to see Scorsese in command of a film. I haven't reacted this viscerally to a Scorsese picture (on first viewing) since "Goodfellas" and "The Aviator." It is some of the best filmmaking he's ever made, this decade or any other. It is so infused with him, his beliefs and special quandries, his desires and hopes, his deepest black fears, that it is easy to see it as a travelouge of his life. The post-war era is our life. We still live it. In "Shutter Island," we find that we ourselves are similiarly haunted. We hope and wish that this is not our reality, this is not our fate. That Teddy surrenders is one of the most powerful things this film could show us. Through that character's own understanding, he reaches the only conclusion that makes since to him: in a sense he dies in battle. It is his suicide. And while we see it for the escape that it is, we understand it: we hate it and we loath it, but we understand it. Much like the ending of "Million Dollar Baby." We don't want our characters to give up. I sort of see "Shutter Island" as the antithesis to "Inglorious Basterds," a movie I admire but cannot like. And "Shutter Island" is just as divisive as that picture was!

  • June 9, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Favourite "Caddy Shack" moment

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    ...and one of the funniest things to me in any movie: Rodney driving that giant honkin' boat with his women and his booze aboard, completely happy in his own little world of comfort and luxury, and then seeing Ted Knight at the pier christening his dingy, also completely happy in his own little world of comfort and luxury. "THERE'S MY BUDDY!" That heartbreakingly real cry for friendship, to be liked. It is one of the truest moments of comedy I've ever seen. It speaks to me, and it makes me laugh A LOT just thinking about it. That he is completely oblivious to his obnoxiousness doesn't make him any less endearing. That is actually the moment when I stopped thinking of him as a caricature, more of a real person. It's also the best thing I've seen seen Rodney Dangerfield ever do, "Natural Born Killers" included.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Won't go into why "the Aviator" feels like essential Scorsese

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    ... cause it'd take too damn long. And I already feel I talked enough about "Shutter Island," love it as I do. But "the Aviator" does seem to feel like Scorsese defining the limits of reality, much the way he did in "Raging Bull," as if he is trying to forgive the world for the way that it is. Much in the way that "Mean Streets" was about ignoring reality. Or "King of Comedy." But man, I love a great, thoughtful Scorsese picture. If I don't like the movie itself, I usually still love Scorsese's commentary track about the film, what he was trying to accomplish. That's the case for me with "Gangs of New York." I love how Scorsese said he saw "the Aviator," like an embodiment of the Icarus myth.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    "The Illusionist, a film that it could be argued...

    by Gilkuliehe

    ...was possibly even better than The Prestige". For fuck's sake, Harry.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Thrillhouse77

    Great moment. I've been laughing my ass off at just the mere thought of all these moments that the Talkback has referenced. <p> My dad and I like to mimic Danny Noonan's gruff/slovenly "I don't know!" after his dad asks him if he's a diabetic. <p> Also, who can resist yelling "double farts" after a particularly bad shank on the ol' golf course?

  • June 9, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    other DVD covers with Harry's quotes

    by joe90025

    "AWESOME!" - GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, "One of the best films of the year!" - The Lovely Bones

  • June 9, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    No one ever pays me in gum. :(

    by RPLocke

  • June 9, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    I love The Aviator.thought it was great

    by Broseph

    i was sad to see over 5 copies of it in the 2 for $5 bargain bin today at my local record/dvd store.i thought shutter island was great along with the music.different strokes for different folks

  • June 9, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    The Illusionist is a decent film...

    by SamLoomis1978

    but I wouldn't dare to compare it to "The Prestige", which is an excellent film.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Harry DVD box quotes

    by mrbong

    "this film will have your respect, guaranteed" - any shitty Shia LeBoeuf film released from now up until and including Shia makes the inevitable slide into gay porn. "the greatest comedy film ever, a masterpiece from my friend" - the deluxe, blu-ray 25th anniversary edition of Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

  • June 9, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island

    by mrbong

    when you saw the trailer, right, you thought "well, the twist is not as obvious as that, is it?" five minutes into the film, where the old lady makes the gesture, you just know that it IS INDEED THAT OBVIOUS. a decent performance by Leo, oddly, but otherwise it is fucking rubbish.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Skim brings up an interesting survey...

    by shiekybaby

    Here are mine: Best hockey movie: Mystery, Alaska Best baseball movie: Field of Dreams Best footbal movie: Rudy Best Boxing Movie: Rocky Best Soccer Movie: Victory Best Golf Movie: Bagger Vance Best runners movie: Run Fatboy Run massive amounts of cheese in there, but for me thats what sports movies are all about!

  • June 9, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    oh and basketball...

    by shiekybaby

    Hoosiers, duh

  • June 9, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    well said ChaunceyGardiner

    by vin_diggler

    everyone who claims that Shutter Island sucked because the ending was predicable obviously missed the point of the film. It's not about the twist ending, it's about how he came to be in the situation he is in. I personally thought this was a fantastic film. Leonardo final line in the film still gives me chills.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Even mentioning that The Illusionist could be better

    by ZoeFan

    than The Prestige is proof of why I've never taken "Harry the Film Reviewer" seriously. Awful taste and judgement in film. Extremely amazing at getting inside info and interviews.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    GOONIES! - Boy do I feel old

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I was 7 and fully remember seeing this in theaters. Has it really been that long? WB announced The Goonies 25th Anniversary edition will drop on blu ray November 2 with loads of extras, magazine article reprints, and a board game (wtf?), with a SRP of $49.99.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Travolta's work in Battlefield earth is the defining

    by UltraTron

    cringe inducer of cinema history. Watch him whine and chastise Forrest Whitaker. Look at how he actually misses his mark during that scene- it's crap served up with a side o dingleberries

  • June 9, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Anyone find bateman's actual cockney accent

    by UltraTron

    annoying and grating as fuck in that film?

  • June 9, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    About the Prestige...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...why didn't he just use the device to clone the pile of money?<P>For the same reason why the aliens didn't build a hot air balloon in District 9?

  • June 9, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    The Aviator is Scorsese's best since Casino

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    People who don't fully understand OCD don't truly understand the tragedy of that story. The final shot was haunting.<p>The Departed, on the other hand, is an overrated pile of crap.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Illusionist better than The Prestige???

    by MariusXe

    Are you fucking kidding me, harry? Illusionist was the most boring piece of crap movie I have seen in a loooooong time. Hated every fucking minute of it! It looked cheap, the story was absolutely non engaging to me and Norton gave his worst performance ever. Come on, his stick when he is on stage shazaming up some ghosts... it looks like he sits on a toilet. Prestige, on the other hand, is easily one of the best movies in the last decade and on my all time fave list clearly in the top ten. Nolan kills directingwise and Bale gives another oscar worthy performance. You cannot... YOU MUSTNOT compare this gem to the Illusionist. Harry, you just lost the last credibility you had in my eyes. Sorry.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Lets not put Shutter Island on too high of a pedastal

    by skimn

    shall we? Much like Cape Fear, another B-movie type potboiler given the Scorsese gloss, Shutter is a thriller where the McGuffen is guilt and repressed memory. Lehane even said Invasion Of The Body Snatchers was a major influence, and he wanted to play with the unreliable narrarator. So yes, it is a handsomely produced, well cast, thriller for adults..a solid B.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Ted Knight

    by Wrath4771

    Ted Knight is a god amongst gods and we should all be thankful that we were blessed with his gifts that were taken away far too soon.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Maybe Skimn, well, as B as...

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    "Touch of Evil." It may be potboiler, but it is strong stuff. Look at "Vertigo," one of Scorsese's influences for the film version of "Shutter Island." Scotty taking Marian up the bell tower is one of the most perfect moments in film. When the nun approaches, the first viewing I thought it was a ghost. And yet, on repeat viewing, the omnious spectre of the unknown, of the unregarded, of the hidden psyche is all present in what turns out to be the half-shadowed presence of a nun. The point is not that it was not a ghost or phantom, but that it mirrored Scotty and Marian's twin anguishes, the precarious mental state they tettered on. The reveal in "Shutter Island" of Teddy/Latice's hallucinations, the fake gun, the viscious sight of blood, the fevered imagination at work, that is masterful filmmaking. I'm sorry. No picture I've seen in a while got to the core of the ability of film to mirror life. It may be all up there in the air, as close to high concept as I've ever seen Scorsese, but damn if he doesn't infuse it not only with creativity, but emotion. I think on repeat viewings you might see that you become fully involved in Teddy/Latice's predicament. The revelation at the end, once you've witnessed it and felt it, on returning to the rest of the film you feel iminiently drawn to his character. And truth be told, he is a disturbed man from the beginning. This is not lazy filmmaking. DiCaprio put in quite possibly the best work he's ever done in a film - it is a laboured, intricate and exhausting performance, beginning to end, even with the end in sight. I don't see it as entertainment. I think Scorsese took a very different road. It is high art, my true belief. But thanks for the idea of using "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" as a reference. (Now, dude, you got to admit, the original Kevin McCarthy/Don Siegel is a pretty fine little machine of terror. Potent as a gun. Real nightmare gut-twister there.)

  • June 9, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Whole Mexican family in target looking for tooth fairy

    by UltraTron

    just now. Saying things like, "it's a cute movie", and making a clerk check in the back to see if there's more because they wanted 2 copies. This happened not 10 minutes ago in Los Angeles. I literally swear to you that I just witnessed this. Yes, they were speaking English so I assume they can read reviews.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    And I have to disagree with the "Cape Fear" comparison.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Scorsese's "Cape Fear" does feel like pure genre filmmaking to me. There is little he can add to the original but the addition of ambiguity on the part of Sam Bowden as an admirable person. You can almost see Cady's reason for wanting to belittle the man, the system he claims to believe in. Intelligently written, visceral. And a wise but challenging thing to put so much emphasis on Bowden's impressionable teenage daughter - thankfully, he chose someone like Lewis who put real meat on the bones of that character and made it one of her best pieces of acting, making the ambiguity and level of suspense all that more palpable. But the emotional impact in that film is less about emotional resonance than it is about the thrillride aspect of the picture. Not really a picture I watch for the characters. Though, you could. I don't think that Scorsese was trying to make any grand statements there, beyound making a true suspense film. (Though, as violent and unsettling as that film is, I find it somewhat disagreeable to call it an entertainment.) It is almost like Scorsese invested too much in it. Still, it is interesting in the end to see the Bowden family come together. But I don't get the same sensation from "Shutter Island." It is as though Scorsese is fully engaged by this story: the motiffs, the characters, the arc, the atmosphere of a world that slowly, steadily boils into a cauldron of paranoia. The way that men use violence, how they view their violence, has always been a major theme of Scorsese. And it is front and center in "Shutter Island." And the use WWII is less exploitation than it is similiar to the way that Pat Barker used the horrors of WWI to resemble the psyches of the men who it wounded ("Regeneration"). His images of the death camps reaches a level of abstraction. The people as part of the landscape. This film is so built from the inside out. It holds up steadily as a work of art, and not as a brief venture into genre filmmaking. It has a life and breath of its own. And I have a feeling it will be beloved by many for years to come. Much the way that I never forgot my first viewing of "Vertigo." I was haunted.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Sorry I referenced "Judy" as "Marian" on the subject of "Vertigo

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • June 9, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    by BanditDarville

  • June 9, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Don't you people have homes?

    by just pillow talk

    (imagine the voice of Ted)

  • June 9, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Pool and a pond, pond's good for you..

    by just pillow talk

    Remember Danny - Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights make a left.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Of the million Caddyshack quotes I hear on a

    by BanditDarville

    regular basis, I hear Judge Smails lines the most. His performance alone was responsible for me seeking out old Mary Tyler Moore show reruns. I also love the Bishop: DiNunzio-"Another Rob Roy Bishop?" The Bishop-"Never ask a Navy man how much he's had to drink, 'cause it's nobody's goddamn business how much he's had to drink already!!!"

  • June 9, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by Reckoner

    I enjoyed reading your bit on Shutter Island. I loved it, too, and I also love Vertigo -- I've only seen both once. I agree with you, a lot of people dismiss Shutter Island as just a twist movie. And yes, I will admit I figured out the main twist (there are several) early into the film, but that's not the point of the film.. I love the film for the journey it takes us on and the tragedy of Teddy. People who categorize the movie with "oh I knew the ending 5 minutes into it" do not seem to understand that isn't really the point of the movie. The point is to show the tragedy of his character and effectively convey why he is insane. To sort of put you in his shoes and really see what it's like to think the way he thinks and see things the way he sees them. It was heartbreaking and everyone involved did a wonderful job.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    the thing about caddyshack...

    by sonnyhooper that, on the surface, it's a great golf movie. but underneath the surface, it's a fucking brilliant meditation on CLASSISM in american society. sure, it's a fairytale because, in the end, the lower class "wins" over the ruling class, because that never fucking happens. but still, you got to love the fact that the film even tries to approach the subject matter.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Maybe I can't spell but I'm a hell of a dancer

    by skiff

    nit pick nit pick nit pick

  • June 9, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Chauncey..Re: Invasion Of Body Snatchers

    by skimn

    Oh believe me, I saw Invasion when I was young on some Saturday matinee television show, and it frightened me DEEP. That and The Day The Earth Stood Still are prime '50s examples of blending film noir and science fiction, along with sociopolitical themes. And I appreciate your impassioned view of Shutter. It just didn't hit me as deeply as it did you.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Be catching the A-Team this weekend

    by donkingkong

    Not expecting more then MacGruber style 'splosions and all around goofy popcorn fun. I think I'll get wasted before a catch the Saturday matinee just to make sure I'm on the level.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Hey gang go to Best Buy and find movie cash

    by skimn

    on selected DVDs good for A Team, Knight And Day, OR Predators...<p>I've got a Prince Of Persia freebee I've still yet to use.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    of course it's your quote..

    by FleshMachine

    it terrible grammar. requires AND demands?? redundant much? also it doesn't. it practically telegraphed the ending half way through!! I leaned over to my wife after the crazy chick in her cell scene and said "i bet leos nuts".

  • June 9, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by ChaunceyGardiner

    I saw "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" on Public Television. Say what you will, government spending had me in cold sweats for some several hours and may they be blessed for it. And thanks for replying. Noticing reaction in the movie theatre, I think that it is a movie that really works for some people, and not so much for others. And it isn't based on age or race or gender. There were always a few kindred spirits left over afterwords, and they were of all types. I think it is something particular about the story. (I just get real fervent about shit sometimes - not to say "Shutter Island" is shit but... nevermind.)

  • June 9, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    I remember my reaction to "Fight Club"

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    I was so mad that they allowed "Jack" to live after he botched his own suicide, seemingly free of any aftereffects. I felt cheated out of a good ending. I could see how some would view "Shutter Island" similiarly. But I think I sensed in "Shutter Island" a respect for mental illness, and that made it for me not a ploy, but a route to understanding. (I still think Fincher's "Fight Club" was up against a much better ending in the book, how it subverted even the whole book, showed how masculinity cults still revolve around a need for a maternal hand, a desire for being mothered, and likewise a fear/rejection of it.) Oh, and as for the B-movie comparison Skimn, did you get deja-vu during "Shutter Island" when Teddy's partner left him on the rocks, the whole scaling the rock wall sequence: "North by Northwest." There's just something about it. The colour? I don't know. The way the wind rips up from the rocks and blows his hair? The close-ups? It's like pot-boiler Hitchcock in a bottle. A lot of people can mimic Hitch, but damn if a lot of them don't fail. That sequence in "Shutter Island," I got a rush just noting the debt it owed to "N/NW." In a good way.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Sn 1 is $14 @ Amazon right now!

    by SoylentMean

    Just saying. AICN you should be on top of that stuff.

  • June 10, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Chauncey, back at you brother

    by skimn

    The opening sequence aboard the ferry (emerging from the fog, what a visual metaphor) with the medium shots of Teddie and his "partner". The background water and sky is slightly out of focus giving it a dreamy quality. I know what Harry means when he says it has a classic "Hollywood" look. Which made me think of all the greenscreen work that Hitchcock used to employ, and what a pity he wasn't born to work in the digital age. I know a lot of people bitch about CGI. What they bitch about is poor CGI, not when its employed by a master like Scorsese or Fincher.<p>Again, it is a beautifully realized movie. Scorsese IS a master visualist. And it is one of Leo's strongest performances. Damn, Chauncey, the more I think about it, the more I think I should view it again.

  • June 10, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Oh, and one more thing

    by skimn

    if you haven't seen North By Northwest (one of my favorite Hitchs BTW) on looks stunning. The matte work looks like it was done yesterday.

  • June 10, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Caddyshack one of the most quoteable comedies...

    by Darth Macchio

    "He called me a baboon! Thinks I'm his wife!" - I almost choke with laughter hearing Rodney drop that one even now as if I'm hearing it for the first time.<p>"Don't sell yourself short, Judge. You're a tremendous slouch."<p>"Cinderella story...out of nowhere...aBOUT to become the Master's champion"<p>"So I said, 'Hey! Lama! How know. A little something for the effort?' and he says to me, 'There will be no money but on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness' so I got that goin for me. Which is nice."<p>I'm probably not remotely 100% accurate but those lines are just a few plus the ones others have mentioned (still use "Well??? We're WAITING!!!" regularly and of course "NOONAN!!!" anytime anybody is needing quiet or calm to do something especially nice driving by golf courses as people are slicing into the highway. The expect you to say "FOUR!" but i say "NOONAN!! MISS IT! NOONAN!!!"

  • June 10, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Is there anything you're not a huge fan of Harry?

    by telepathos

  • June 10, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Tony Little,...

  • June 11, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    You never see Roger Ebert pointing to one of his

    by thegreatwhatzit

    review blurps and exclaiming, "That's me!" He's a professional. Your name-dropping has declined to fanboy indulgence (extremely amateur; ditto the reviews, all fawning, no analysis).

  • June 11, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST

    If I was quoted on the cover of a Martin Scorsese Blu-Ray

    by BumLove

    I'd point that shit out. <p> And actually, Ebert does point out his shit sometimes....not sure about quotes...but he did point out his audio commentary on Dark City.

  • June 11, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Speaking of A-Team and 80s tv show remakes

    by Stabby

    Wow, this really made me realize how much the 80s sucked:

  • June 12, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST


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  • June 14, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    So Tye? What did you shoot today?

    by Juggernaut125

  • June 14, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>Oh Judge. You know I never keep score.</p> <p>Then how do you measure yourself against other golfers?</p> <p>By height.</p>

  • June 14, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Best martial arts competition - Best of the Best

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>Best Curling movie - Men With Brooms</p> <p>Best video game competition - Wizards </p>

  • June 15, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Who gives a fuck about Harry's paid-for quotes?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

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