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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 4th wk of June 2010: French New Wave, Iranian, German Expressionism, Bartel the first 3D Blu & More!

Hey folks, Harry here with the end of a very unusual night for me. Yes, the sun has risen and I have finished the DVD column, but this should’ve been finished about 6 hours ago, but damn did I get distracted by something that hopefully I’ll be able to share soon. For now, I must silently vibrate to myself – and finish up this intro to this week’s column. As usual, the pics and titles link over to Amazon where, like Peter Jackson, you can purchase the picks that interest you – which goes to support the ongoing attempts to perhaps bring you something you don’t know, but will love finding out about. Here we go… Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

It somehow feels fitting that this is my top pick of the week. As I’ve said in quite a few articles, I’ve oddly been reflective this past week – and NOSFERATU was my first vampire. As a child, my parents had a 16mm film called MONSTERS WE HAVE KNOWN AND LOVED, narrated by Joseph Cotton, which was a 30 minute Television documentary that must’ve aired at somepoint in the mid-sixties. It tells the audience the history of classic horror – very literally like an issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND come to life. In the feature, it kind of begins with NOSFERATU. I still feel that Max Shreck’s Count Orlock is the all time scariest visage of the ‘vampire’. If you’ve never seen this… do yourself a great service. There is something otherworldy about the film. Something less real and more nightmarish. VAMPYR is also pretty amazing to watch, not taking from Stoker like NOSFERATU, but the CARMILLA story. Lastly, there’s the 9 minute short film LE VAMPIRE, which is about the vampiric critters which I was strangely fascinated by. If you don’t know the work of Murnau and Dreyer – it is a serious hole in your cinematic education and appreciation. These are not tired old things not to be watched – these are films that can teach you about what is possible with film. How film does not need realism to be intoxicating. How you don’t need sound or dialogue to burn your images into the permanent historical iconic realm of cinema. That can be done through camera angles, lighting, painted sets and shadows. Stop thinking like TV. THIS IS A PULSING VEIN OF CINEMA, tap it!

DEATH RACE 2000 (Blu)
Paul Bartel had no money, and made a film 1000 times more thoughtful, entertaining, visual and permanent than that remake. Here, there’s a grandness to the DEATH RACE. There’s an iconic point system that is irresistible to pick up and comment with your traveling companion while driving. I love that I’m extra points, because I’m in a wheelchair. And if in 40 years I’m still in this bitch, wheel me out for FRANKENSTEIN!!! Now – what’d Corman and crew give you on this Blu Ray? Here ya go: * New Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) High-Definition Transfer From The Interpositive Film Element * David On Death Race: Interview with David Carradine * Audio Commentary With Roger Corman & Mary Woronov * New Audio Commentary With Assistant Director Lewis Teague And Editor Tina Hirsh * Playing The Game: Looking Back at Death Race 2000 * Ready To Wear: Interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm * Designing Dystopia A detailed look at the design of the films now-legendary race cars, costumes and futuristic landscapes with members of the production, design and costume crew * Start Your Engines: Interview with author Ib Melchior * Killer Score: An all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the films eclectic score * Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman About Death Race 2000 * Theatrical Trailer * Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By John Landis * TV And Radio spots * 12-Page Booklet * New World Trailers

I find Matt Damon one of the most compelling watchable actors of his generation. There’s a purposefulness to his acting that gives it a sense of urgency within the moment that constantly reminds you… He is thinking. And I like that. Add Paul Greengrass and a political conspiracy plotline and I’m hooked. I just wish this was a less fictionalized account and a more serious NAMING THE BASTARDS that deliberately mislead a nation and a world into a situation that has taken too many lives, treasure and good will from the world that we live in. That said, we have gotten some good movies out of it though, and this is one of them.

I kinda love this utterly insane film. And it is only utterly insane for the last act, which… well, if you remember Massawyrm’s hilarious write up. Well, I kind of love the movie for going there. But then I’m a classic melodrama fan. I’m just shocked this didn’t do TITANIC business (LOL) - no, I don’t think this movie is genius. Instead, it is a dumbfounding work. Something absolutely watchable, but… insane. Amazon calls it, “REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE meets ORDINARY PEOPLE in postmillennial Manhattan.” And – um… yeeeeahhh, I can take off my glasses, squeeze lemon juice in my eyesockets and then clearly see that as an apt description. But damn if it works for me without some form of violation of the Geneva Convention.

Repackaged to rerelease with the live-action film adaptation is this. You can buy the previous edition for 50 cents cheaper, there’s an extra disc of special features, some ‘collectibles’ – but nothing to make me suggest to any of you that ALREADY OWN season one, to make a bid for this. If you don’t know your Airbending and want to brush up real quick... well, this is a good option for doing that. And you’ll have a very lengthy version of what M Night is trying to tell in a single movie.

I apparently am a lamer because I absolutely and thoroughly reject this movie. First off, I find most of the humor to just be lowest form of humor. You know, the kind where ya don’t laugh? Also… Guys that think girls are “out of their league” are just fucking retarded. Because you’re stereotyping the beautiful woman and cockblocking yourself. If I thought about “my league” – jesus. That would mean I would never have dated, instead of constantly doing so till I met Yoko and settled down. The secret, take a swing in every league you can find. You might just fine your estimation of self is not shared. We each deserve the happiness that we put ourselves out there for. Fuck this guy’s friends, her friends and the writers. The only great thing is the HALL & OATES tribute band. But after saying, HALL & OATES tribute band… it just doesn’t go anywhere.

A film starring James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren and Paul Giamatti is an automatic GOTTA SEE for me. Plummer plays Tolstoy in his final days, Giamatti is his assistant, who hates Leo’s wife, played by Helen Mirren. McAvoy plays a secretary that gets thrown into the mix and is particularly peculiar in his own way that gives us some fun to be had. A really wonderful film, you should see this.

I’ve always preferred the Claudette Colbert version of the story to its two sequels – and for me… a fantastic James Mason performance aside… well, Judy just kinda scares me in this… you can begin to see the self-destruction on her face… and the sweet girl I love is gone. For some, that’s what empowers this version, to me… it just hurts. I don’t take enjoyment from watching it. Give me her earlier work. That said, the Bluray is gorgeous… and you get these awesome extras: Alternate filmings of four musical numbers and one dramatic sequence, most new to this release Hollywood premiere telecast and newsreel, exhibitor reel plus expanded post-premiere party footage Audio-only bonuses: Original recording session music and vintage radio show Trailers of all three A Star Is Born versions and much more

Here it is… NEW TECHNOLOGY… Like a portent of things to come it lays there in its box, without anything that I can play it on quite yet. And here I am needing a new Blu Ray player because my old one has decided to selectively allow me to view only the occasional Blu Ray… and it was the top of the line Samsung… and the first 3D Blu Ray player is a Samsung and I just don’t have faith in a multi-hundreds of dollars piece of Hardware that doesn’t last a year and a half. So for right now, though my projector can, my player can not, will not and is basically an evil bane of my existence. (7 days to PS3 ends my BluRay player griping. Although this is my 3rd one, PS3 will be my 4th – but then I do use it far more than the average viewer – putting probably 5 years of use in a year.) This isn’t anaglyph (red/blue) this makes use of Shutter glasses. Yes, you’ll need to upgrade. But hold off till we start seeing actual experiences with the tech and this product. At $28 for a disc, I’m gonna need some feedback, and yes – as soon as I can get a non-Samsung player, I’ll be doing this. Can not friggin wait for high quality at home 3D for my projection set up! I’m committed. (feel free to make the looney bin jokes)

RED DESERT (Criterion Blu)
Michelangelo Antonioni’s first color feature is brilliant. I personally prefer his black & white work, but that’s because I love black & white. The other night, Yoko put on the BBC JANE EYRE, then told me I could put on whatever I wanted after about 20 minutes of it, and I just queued up the Netflix instant of JANE EYRE with Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor and screamed about the brilliant use of black and white, framing and what not. Jeez I’m easily distracted. Anyway, Antonioni… The film is stunning to look at, Monica Vitti is, as always, the muse and beauty of Antonioni’s work. She’s amazing in this, but nothing tops her work in L’AVVENTURA, LA NOTTE and L’ECLISSE… and that trilogy is my favorite collection of works by Antonioni, but this is outstanding. What does Criterion give us besides a stunning transfer and print? Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs Archival video interviews with Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti Outtakes from the film's production Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Mark Le Fanu An interview with Antonioni by Jean-Luc Godard A reprinted essay by Antonioni on his use of color And more!

A complete abortion of Phillip Jose Farmer’s RIVERWORLD. But then it is SyFy’s attempt. Did you expect better? I watched this as Yoko was at a friend’s discovering FARSCAPE. I longed to be watching FARSCAPE the entire time. Seriously. I watched for what seemed like geologic time. And turned it off out of pure apathy. Read the book.

You know – at one point, that image was ludicrous, but thanks to BP – what was unlikely commercial art has become… well a satellite image. Seriously though – this release is a must watch now. This is not just a bitch at the oil industry documentary, but a film with suggestions and examinations of the choices we have. A sustainable future that is both profitable and good for this slimey mudhole we call home.

CLOSE-UP (Criterion Blu)
It was Roger Ebert and the Austin Film Society that turned me on to Iranian cinema. The most significantly recognized filmmaker out of Iran is Abbas Kiarostami and if you love this, seriously check out TASTE OF CHERRY and TEN. I saw this film about 5 years after its release when the AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY did a IRANIAN series of features and they were revelatory. How? Well, as a Westerner we see the images we see on the news. These images are generally made up of dramatic civic unrest over something Western, or some manner of horrifying bloodshed in the streets type of thing, but this is their ART. Their film. And when you see it, you see the fierce intelligence and the camera’s unflinching eye capturing their drama. This is a film where all the players play themselves acting out what really happened, as a result the filmmaker was allowed to shoot the trial – and you see what you’ll see. It is something different. And powerful. Here’s what else Criterion gives you on this set: Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum The Traveler, a notable early feature by director Abbas Kiarostami "Close-up" Long Shot, a forty-five-minute documentary on Hossein Sabzian A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a thirty-two minute documentary on the director New video interview with Kiarostami New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Godfrey Cheshire

60’s French New Wave is crack. This cool as fuck French Noir is all about an assassination attempt and it is just fucking outstanding. But I can’t help but not only watch this film, but then call up friends to come over to watch it. Call up Dad, “Pops, you HAVE to come over and see this” so in very quick succession, I’ve seen it 4 times, much like the future Criterion release of NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH – which I fucking adore! With Jean Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre and the oh so awesome Romy Schneider… plus the very powerful and crisp black and white… well, the movie does everything just right. Here are your extras: - Gorgeous new high-definition transfer, supervised by cinematographer Pierre Lhomme - France 1961 : A brand-new short film by Alain Cavalier, created especially for this release - Rare behind-the-scenes photos, including images from the archive of producer Louis Malle - An exclusive booklet with essays by the filmmakers, and more
That’s it for this very lite week, but that’s alright… the last week of June has a ton of stuff. First I’ll make my way through a second watch of PERCY JACKSON, may god have mercy on my soul… The new RUSH blu ray, the fantastic HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, the also great WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE , Breck Eisner’s very good remake of THE CRAZIES, The ultimate PREDATOR blu ray, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH – fave vintage film I discovered for the first time this year thus far, Jet Li’s WARLORDS, THE WHITE RIBBON, a Criterion Blu of THE LEOPARD, the surprising CREATION, the complete LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL, EVERLASTING MOMENTS (Criterion Blu), NAVY VS THE NIGHT MONSTERS, THE ECLIPSE, STOLEN, SUICIDEGIRLS MUST DIE!, VICTORY AT SEA (Blu Ray), Seagal’s KILL SWITCH, some long awaited sleaze with TEENAGE HITCHHIKERS, VERSUS Blu!, RED BARRY, RETURN OF THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN, IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, DAYS OF THRILLS & LAUGHTER, UNCLE SAM (Blu), LOVE GAMES, SUBMISSION OF A WOMAN and the unseen for 40 years, FOLLOW ME. At least all that will be yours and more, next week!

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  • June 22, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Terrible DVD cover for Green Zone

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    It looks TOO much like a Bourne film.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    "German Expressionism"... oooh we're intellectualish today

    by Foucault

    and "reflective"....

  • June 22, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    Not one movie that seems interesting this week. Oh well.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Harry you should write a book about dating for geeks...

    by Righteous Brother

    I mean lets face it, with Yoko, you're definitely punching above you're (not inconsiderable)weight.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    A Star is born is a rare film that needs a modern remake

    by Superponte

    The basic story is a good one, the individual actors bring thier own presence to each of the thre movies made. I was excited a few years back when they mentioned a Will Smith version, but I never heard more about that. I'd like to see it done Older Woman/ Young Man someday.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Green Zone maybe.

    by Faggoteer

  • June 22, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by shiekybaby


  • June 22, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I suppose I'll have to upgrade from my Nosferatu dvd

    by Lone Fox

    One of the options on the DVD was an industrial soundtrack instead of an orchestral score. Scared the crap out of me.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Note to JJ Abrams:

    by kwisatzhaderach

    "If you don’t know the work of Murnau and Dreyer – it is a serious hole in your cinematic education and appreciation. These are not tired old things not to be watched – these are films that can teach you about what is possible with film. How film does not need realism to be intoxicating. How you don’t need sound or dialogue to burn your images into the permanent historical iconic realm of cinema. That can be done through camera angles, lighting, painted sets and shadows. Stop thinking like TV. THIS IS A PULSING VEIN OF CINEMA, tap it!"

  • June 22, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    HARRY, wait a year on a 3D TV purchase

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Because it's going to ba an HD-DVD player purchase all over again. <p>I don't know about you, but when blu-ray won, I really regretted ever buying that paperweight of a machine (although, inexplicably, it's still the only way to get The Sting and The Big Lebowski in high def). <p>3D TVs are the same way. Buy one right now, and it's $150 per pair of 3D glasses. However, Vizio has announced that in the Fall they will release the first 3D TV that doesn't require glasses. Nintendo just announced a new 3DS handheld 3D system that won't require glasses. Which leads me to believe that Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, whomever you prefer will have non-glasses units out by Christmas of next year. I'd hold off til they get the home 3D format figured out, or your friends will be laughing a few years from now when they have the improved 3D TVs and you're stuck wearing glasses. <p>Besides, all that's out by the end of this year for 3D will be Monsters v Aliens, Cloudy With a Chance of Balls, Avatar, and likely Toy Story 3. Unless you (for some insane reason) care to watch something as boring as soccer in 3D, just hold off a year.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    So, You're saying Peter Jackson is directing The Hobbit?

    by templesweeper

    Is that the news you can't share but hinted at in your intro? Hmmmmmm

  • June 22, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Harry loves Remember Me

    by kwisatzhaderach

    yet hates Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    a star is born wasnt remade?

    by Bouncy X

    i swear they did do it sometime in the recent past. i think it was even the version Will Smith had been attached to but went to other black actors. didn't have the same title but it was the same story. maybe it was just a tv movie as well but i recall an all black cast take on the story.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    congrats harry

    by Ron_Hextall

    Use this as a reason to better your health.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Green Zone

    by Reckoner

    was very good. Entertaining & non-stop. As only Greengrass does best. Damon has a great scene in the beginning of the movie explaining to some commanders that the intel they are getting is shit.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Ugh, RIVERWORLD sucked

    by D.Vader

    Boy was THAT an incomprehensible MESS! Peeyew.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Silently Vibrate to Myself....insert bad joke here..

    by mr dark

    Jeez Harry.. You must be tired..You are making it to easy for some assholes..On the other hand. Thanks for trying to keep the column on time it is appreciated..

  • June 22, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Harry loves Remember Me

    by Broseph

    but found up in the air souless

  • June 22, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    mr dark

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    man I saw that and thought the same thing - too easy, almost like he was baiting the trolls. But honestly, I don't have a problem with Harry like so many on these boards do. I save most of my dislike for Hackules - oops - Hercules

  • June 22, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by ghost_of_eggsalad

    "You just gotta take a swing at every league...I would have been dating forever if I hadn't settled down with Yoko..." Shut your fucking mouth. Without this website, you would be jerking your limp, crippled dick off in a tubesock to scrambled porn...

  • June 22, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    The Riverworld books are amazing.

    by TheManWhoCan

    Lots of interesting philosophical conversations between the characters and their differing perspectives on right and wrong, sexuality, religion, celibacy, science, technology and progress. A breeze to read through as well, no talking shit on and on about nothing for pages and pages, like Kings later Dark Tower books. (What a let down those where!) Can’t believe syfy fucked up the adaptation …twice now! I mean the story is right there, you have every historical character that has ever lived all in one place to expand upon the story but what does syfy do? Fuck it all up, Jesus H Christ! (Could have used him actually). <p> For anyone who hasn’t read the books, please for the love of God don’t let SyFys retarded production(s) put you off. Better still get the great audio book torrent from the Internets. (The author Philip Jose Farmer is dead anyway if you want to justify it that way, if you give a shit that is!) <p> Riverworld is what Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, should have had there sights set on post-Lost, not that Dark Tower made-up-as-it-went-along-crap-ending Shite! Hope nobody ever adapts the DT actually, its half good/half unbearably boring <p> Riverworld was epic! It has a nightmarish fairytale part towards the end that would make Tim Burton shit his pants! Also has a big-ass tower as well. Lindelof and Cuse please get your mitts on the rights! If anyone can do it you guys can!!!

  • June 22, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Alternative Energy, Green Jobs

    by BobParr

    It's all complete bullshit. Where is this being applied and working on a lare scale? Spain is going bankrupt and just dropped their program. People have no idea how much power and infrastructure is required to make our world go. Carbon credits and windmills won't cut it.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    No of course it won't cut it, BobParr

    by D.Vader

    But we've got to start restructuring society so that it WILL work. We can't just wait until the very end and then go through another dark ages period until we get it figured out.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch...

    by Felix Buckman

    ... Farscape than pretty much anything on this list.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by BobParr

    Restructuring society? That term is frightening. Who is qualified to restructure society? Obama? McCain? Pelosi?

  • June 22, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    How about a Sony Blu-Ray player, Harry?

    by Sonny_Williams

    I bought a Sony BDP-S470 a few months ago that was "3-D upgradeable" then but is 3-D ready now. It's also internet-ready for Netflix and such... and you can snag one for the low low price of 200 bucks at Best Buy, Walmart, etc. I don't have a 3-D set at present but figured for the price, why not? And I haven't had a single instance of trouble playing any BD or DVD!

  • June 22, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    BobParr, its not political

    by D.Vader

    Don't make it political. But the fact is, oil WILL run out, and we've got to figure out a way to restructure the way our world works, otherwise we are all going to be completely screwed when the end comes.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Criterion has the best package design of all time.

    by blackwood


  • June 22, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by BobParr

    We live in a political age where people are trained to believe that the Gov. has all the answers and private sector innovation is downright discouraged.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Harry! Don't chuck the Samsung just yet!

    by mrburns

    Harry, have you checked to see if you have a USB port on your Blu-Ray player? My samsung has one and it's used to upgrade the firmware which you can download from Samsung's website. I had trouble viewing the last Indiana Jones film on my player until I updated the firmware. It's happened a few times since with newed discs. Each time I just update the firmware and it's as good as new.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    You're still being political BobParr

    by D.Vader

    Because I'd say about half the country doesn't believe that BobParr, and you are one of them. Trying to make it so that the entire country feels that way is disingenuous. <p> That kind of talk isn't going to help solve anything. Private sector innovation IS encouraged, but sometimes it takes some government money to encourage them more.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    Are you joking? The generally accepted meme is that the private sector does everything better than the government. <p><p>Regardless, use of natural resources and infrastructure development should be in the hands of a government that's responsible to the people rather than a corporation that's responsible to its shareholders.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    As Vader states, why make this political. Everyone agrees we have to get off oil at some point. Therefore, I am not sure why we should not be researching and investing in alternative energy sources now.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    BTW, Harry

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    LOVE the Max Headroom animation up top - to this day I enjoy seeing Matt Frewer because of that

  • June 22, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    This is a lame week.

    by Zombieflicker

    Oh yeah... Harry, hot girls are not out of your league because of who you are. You're wife is probably in love you NOW, but you would've never had a shot if you weren't Harry from Aint it Cool News. Just like She's Out Of Your League explains. You are a 4, but Aint It Cool makes you a 9. If you have Money and/or Fame, you can take your pick of pussy just as if it were in a vending machine.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Not to start a political rant...

    by TheGreatHomsar

    ...but we've got some "private sector innovation" pumping a few million barrels of oil into our ocean as we speak.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    She's out of your league

    by kraquen

    hating she's out of my league for these reasons would be like hating step brothers because you don't think children should live with their parents after a certain age... do you need to be reminded it's a movie? and a pretty funny one at that?

  • June 22, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Politics suck.

    by jae683

    The 'spy vs spy' politics stops the better off this country is going to be.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Just curious..did anyone catch ESPN's 3D coverage

    by skimn

    of the World Cup? WTF difference did it make???

  • June 22, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Are you serious? You mean, you don't know? For the first time in human history, in our very own homes, we got a chance to see what it was like to get bored out of our fucking minds IN 3-D!!!!!

  • June 22, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    there IS enough Oil/Energy to go round....

    by TheManWhoCan

    ..the U.S that is! They will just take it all for themselves and kill any country that stands in their way! When the oil runs out they will kill any country that wont let them mine uranium to run their nuclear reactors, which is the only real alternative for grid power systems. Windmill power, wave power, solar power will only work on a personnel dwelling basis, bypassing the need to be connected to the main grid. Which is the only real "clean" solution. Which I am fine with! But regional planning permission means most people will not be allowed to hang solar panels from there roofs of have a mini windmill in their backyard. <P> new houses and buildings will have to harness its own energy more efficiently. <p>BTW people cannot moan on about China flaunting the emission proposals , the emissions from China factories are a by-product of shit being produced (cheaply) for the western world. Carbon offsets don’t work!!!! It’s a lie to make smug people who go on like the characters in that show Modern Family have a clean conscience. Hybrid cars run less efficiently then a small 1 or 1.2 litre engine petrol car. BAN S.U.Vs and O.R.Vs for personnel use!! (Like that will ever happen, motor companies have the worlds corrupt governments in their pockets, its completely fucked!) That way, no one will feel like they have to keep up with the Jones’ because everyone will have to drive small cars. <p> I come from a teeny tiny country called Ireland and the amount of fuckwits driving (if you could call it driving) their jeeps and SUV’s in the last 10 years like they are king of the road is ridiculous. <p>what’s that? You’re too fat to fit into your 1 litre hatchback? Well tough shit! Get some exercise and make your kids walk to school while you’re at it! Its only 15 mins away! What’s that? The pedos might snatch your beautiful obese children? Make sure you make them walk together in groups with friends, there all going in the same direction, at the same time; use your brain you fat fucks!<p> Fuck anyone who drives a 4x4! Especially fat non working middle class housewives and their pushover working husbands who give them all the shit they “need” to do the groceries and drop there kids to sports activities. WALK! You disgusting (yes im fattist and proud) obnoxious up your own arse, self-important cows!!<p>Fuck BP also , fucking monsters!!!

  • June 22, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by garybuseys_incisors

    Has so much money in the government they can essentially do whatever they want. The government allowed them to drill so deep, knowing the risks. The government should have just as much blame as BP is getting.... It's all bullshit and it's bad for ya.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    What about the synthetic oil the nazis created

    by Samuel Fulmer

    as discovered by George C. Scott in The Formula?

  • June 22, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    natural gas is a viable option

    by just pillow talk

    That whole Marcellus Shale region is untapped, along with another shale region around Texas. There has been continued advancements in drilling which is making it much more cost effective to drill in those regions.<p>And yes, it is political since all these douches get money from various oil companies. Obama has gottten contributions from BP.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    A Modest Proposal

    by D.Vader

    How about we figure out a way to make oil from poor people and orphans?

  • June 22, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    and Ugly people. And fat ones.<p>Oh, and anyone who has ever appeared on a game show and/or reality show.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Good call Pillow Talk

    by D.Vader

    Let's include every studio exec who has ever made a reality show too.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by MediaGold

    Change your wicked ways, you sugar sucking sinner. And don't give me that crap about how a cart of comic books ran over you at a convention. A few years I had new carpet installed in my house and didn't realize how slippery the stairs would me. One morning I'm carrying a chair downstairs and I do a Home Alone style fall straight onto my spine. Why am I not a paraplegic? Well, mostly since genetics have kept me at a lean 170 pounds but also because I work out and I eat right, Motherfucker! Years of deadlifts have made my lower back stronger than steel! Also, I don't send my wife off to fetch me Spider-man Slurpees 3 times daily. Mainly because I don't have a wife, and secondly I DON'T EAT SHIT! OK, I do eat shit sometimes, but I don't eat it morning, noon and night like your flabby ass does and you'll never, ever see me slurping down a 99.9% sugar, diabetic inducing Slurpee mess like those found 7-11 at 7-11. I predict a heart attack for your 40th birthday so switch to Diet Coke, quit spending all your money on 1970's Bulgarian horror movie posters and GET YOUR ASS TO MARS! (MARS=gym)

  • June 22, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Never mind Harry's weight

    by BobParr

    Harry's real problem is he has a receeding hairline but long in the back. Speaking as a fellow almost-bald guy you need to keep it short. Less is more. He looks like a former Jefferson Airplane roadie.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Slimy? Mudhole??

    by TheSidious

    My home this is!!

  • June 22, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Man, I loved She's Out Of My League!

    by Jaka

    Can't even explain why, really. That shit just made me laugh. I would never argue that it's a better film than The Hangover, but I laughed more while watching it. Comedy is super subjective, though, and it's important that you relate to the characters/actors. SOOML really worked for me, personally.<P>LOOOOVE Nosferatu. There just can't be too much said about that film. Everybody needs to see it at least once. That being said, hasn't it been released about 87 times already? Was there really a need for another version? <P>Green Zone and The Last Station are on my Netflix queue (need to send stuff back TODAY!). Really looking forward to seeing the later, not so sure about the former.<P>I have such a huge crush on younger Judy Garland. She's just "my type". But as soon as she starts to show signs of wear I've got to stay away for fear of breaking the perfect, imaginary her that exists in my mind. The middle-aged to older her are really sad to me. You can so visibly see how she was getting wrecked from pills and alcohol. Her version of A Star Is Born is definitely one I avoid.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    3D doomed for sure. It'll never make it too even SACD

    by UltraTron

    enthusiast status. Now the 3DS is gonna rock. Now sets with no glasses needed saturating the market might change things eventually. Also the 3D movies right now have lossy,regular Dolby digital like old fashioned DVDs. Because they have to cram 2 1080 movies on the disk to get 3D. Which puts us a step forward and back. Definately a hard sell anyway you look at it.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Oil shortage solution

    by skimn

    I thought Kentucky Fried Movie had the answer to this back in the '70s also..

  • June 22, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Harry's news...

    by Lucky_Day

    "like Peter Jackson, you can purchase the picks that interest you" Is that a hint regarding the news that you can't share yet?

  • June 22, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    So no company is responsible for who they hire...

    by Jaka a manager? Great! Glad to know that. I'm sure it will serve me well in the future. Halliburton is/was evil long before this accident took place. BP still chose to hire them. It's their bad. Period.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Its not a baby

    by D.Vader

    He has already said.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Oil shortage solution

    by Jaka

    Stop using it. Just stop. Stop building combustion engines and heaters that need it. It's that simple. We've known it was a problem for 30 years and we've done nothing about it because we're lazy and selfish. Dug our own damn graves. Oh, and another thing. Prove that there is a shortage of crude oil. You know what? You can't. All this nonsense of drilling for crude has to do with stockpiling oil RESERVES. Siiigh... never mind. I don't even want to get into it. Lets just go drill in Alaska so we can ruin that beauty as well. None of it matters, anyway. Yellowstone is going to erupt and set us all straight sooner or later.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    then I'd nuke yellowstone from orbit...

    by just pillow talk

    or have Eriq LaSalle set detonaters ala Megafault. I'm sure he could outrace it too.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    The problem with She's Out of My League

    by MattmanReturns

    Apart from it not being funny... is that the girl isn't actually that hot. Her face is a mess and she looks like Kurt Russell when she smiles. I liked her quirky brunette friend better.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    To be precise BP hired Transocean (based in Switzerland and Texas), the owner and operator of the rig; was provided service by Halliburton including cementing the well, and the failed-to-operate blow out preventer was provided by Texas-based Cameron. So yes, American based companies screwed the pooch, but it was BP dollars that made it happen. If an assassin is hired and discovered by the police, is it not the person that hired the assassin arrested for the crime also? And comparing Obama worse than Bush, when Chaney's old cronies at Halliburton had a hand in this is a little more than ironic.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I thought this site was about MOVIES!

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    Dear dimwitted, semi-retarded Talkbackers: Do you realize that some of us like to visit aintitcoolnews in order to ESCAPE the 24/7 rants about the Gulf oil spill, BP, Obama/Bush/Cheney, and so on? Why not discuss Red Desert, or A Star Is Born, or Nosferatu, or any goddamn thing that has nothing to do with the oil spill? That would be an especially useful solution since very few of you have ANY IDEA AT ALL what you're talking about!

  • June 22, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    I have no idea what you just typed.<p>Oh look, there's a stapler on my desk...

  • June 22, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Syfy letting fans create new Saturday night movie...

    by REDD

    "The first stage will have fans voting on one of three overall concepts for the movie: a 2010 apocalypse story, a Bermuda Triangle-set creature feature or a Roswell, N.M.-set alien movie." That's gold, Jerry!

  • June 22, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Green Zone - pretty bad

    by RPLocke

    Basically a 24 episode stretched out to a movie.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Green Zone

    by D.Vader

    Looks like a terrible fictionalized adaptation of a great non-fiction book.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Star Hump

    Thanks for providing the Sony BLU RAY link. That price is excellent. Time to finally, finally upgrade.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon

    by Nice Marmot

  • June 22, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Nosferatu is one of my fave films to fall asleep to

    by SoylentMean

    that and House on Haunted Hill. Not that those films are boring I just like waking up in the middle of the night to batshit insane black & white imagery. <P> And then I pee.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Sync up Nosferatu with the Sleepy Hollow score

    by SoylentMean

    it fuckin' works I tells ya! And it's creepy as hell! <P> Exclamation point!

  • June 22, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    So who is gonna tell Harry

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    He will need to upgrade his projector as well? Unless your projector is 3D-ready, you'll have to purchase more than a new player and some glasses.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    So I'm at a bit of a loss. What action do you feel Obama should or shouldn't follow through on? BTW, I don't know the legalalities of your nanny analogy, but would that apply on a corporate level? I wouldn't think so, but hey, I'm not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    As far as She's Out Of My League

    by skimn

    If it is "Sex Drive-funny" as opposed to "Miss March-funny", then I'll give it a rental spin.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I do believe you and She's Out of My League are making the same

    by Hjermsted

    That being.. the concept of "leagues" is pretty stupid. How did you miss that, Harry?

  • June 22, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    She's Out of My League

    by Wrath4771

    Save your money, all the funny parts were in the trailer and the only nudkity you get is from the dorky guy. Seriously, here's the other issue with this movie - we don't watch movies like this to see the dork get naked.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by Wrath4771

    That would be "nudity".

  • June 22, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    You animal pervert.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    500 Days of Kristen Bell's Retreat.

    by RPLocke

  • June 22, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    VAMPYR is awesome!

    by AsimovLives

    Any person who claims to be a horror fan should watch that movie at least once.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    Your argument is: "Halliburton is/was evil long before this accident took place. BP still chose to hire them. It's their bad. Period." So you could also argue: The US government allowed BP to drill deep, by the delicate Louisiana coastline. So it's their bad. Period.

  • June 22, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Nosferatu again? not in Blu Ray?


  • June 22, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Harry's SECRET step-by-step guide for nerds on how to get chix!:

    by BillboeFett

    step 1) Have your jackass father take you to a comic-convention </BR> <p> <P> step 2) Get run over by a comic cart </BR> <p> <P> step 3) be so bored while waiting to heal you make your own extremely shitty geocities-would-be-ashamed-of website to "review" movies and get "scoops" </BR> <p> <P> step 4) for some inexplicable reason have some established critic or journalist mention your website, and therefore trick the studios into thinking you're "influential" and "a major player" </BR> <p> <P> step 5a) have said studios fly you and your "fat fucking dad" (to quote Ratner) around to premieres, giving you "pwesents" as well </BR> <p> <P> step 5b) give preferential movie review treatment and coverage to those studios who gave you things </BR> <p> <P> step 6) have the illusion of popularity and fame become reality and actually build a fanbase and enlarge your website </BR> <p> <P> step 7) hire on actual writers to join this website </BR> <p> <P> step 8) get mocked by other websites, therefore proving you've made it </BR> <p> <P> step 9) introduce the "pwesent" concept to your staff, like having some of them flown down to Cancun to "review" a movie they'd never give the time of day if it were not for the free vacation to Cancun </BR> <p> <P> step 10) beg people to show you their screeners early, then roll over on them to the cops so they go to prison, repeat this a few times and make sure your staff does it as well </BR> <p> <P> step step 11) Give most of your free screener DVDs to your sister so she can rent them for profit in her video store to the public sometimes before they even street </BR> <p> <P> step 12) tell some chick who'd never give you the time of day that you're Harry Knowles of AICN and she just might give you the time of day </BR> <p> <P> step 13) marry an illegal immigrant looking to gain citizenship </BR> <p> <P> step 14) advise some of your AICN colleagues to do the same </BR> <p> <P> step 15) leak this secret method to getting babes in your dvd columns </BR> <p> <P> SCORE!

  • June 22, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    GREEN ZONE is a fine film; give it ten years if you don't believe me. As a fictionalisation of real-world events (like, say, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN - though more fictionalised that that movie) it'll do just fine. The days when mass audiences would sit down for movies about reality seem to have gone in the west, alas, for the time being at least. GREEN ZONE is brave filmmaking with a commercial edge - we can't ask for more than that.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I loved "She's out of my League"

    by KevinMuller

    I thought it was a funny movie with a important message hidden in the filth. Most of us men can get girls like Alice Eve, but we place these restrictions on ourselves that prevent us our true potential as far as the quality of girls is concerned.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I loved "She's out of my League"

    by KevinMuller

    I thought it was a funny movie with a important message hidden in the filth. Most of us men can get girls like Alice Eve, but we place these restrictions on ourselves that prevent us our true potential as far as the quality of girls is concerned.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    I also loved She's Out of My League...

    by havingsaidthat

    It's way funnier than Harry is giving it credit for and you will fall in love with Alice Eve. And KevinMuller has a good point too. Anyway, give it a watch.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    KevinMuller just proved that Harry didn't finish the movie

    by BillboeFett

    because the whole point of the movie supports Harry's point, instead of contradicting it.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Flimsy argument, at best. But one that I cannot argue against. I think we all know the US Government is far from perfect and so afraid to upset the 1% with the money that our country has stagnated. If anything they should be held accountable for allowing Halliburton to continue operating at status quo after their previous offenses. Unfortunately, BP and many other companies are drilling all over the planet right now with only one thought in mind; their bottom line. No government is trying to stop any of them. It's easier to just keep pretending these problems don't exist than it is to scare the sheep with the knowledge that drastic changes needed to take place years ago if they were really going to make any difference.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Im saving my 3D pennys

    by Flying_Dolphin

    I can't wait to have 3D at home! Im going to upgrade my whole system & get the biggest 3D screen known to humans. I have held off buying the Avatar Bluray, because I loved the 3D version so much. Im going to wait for it on 3D bluray then, put it on the big TV & then let it take me back to my happy spot.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Finally taking the plunge

    by antonphd

    I'm buying a pair of bikes for my wife and I for all transport except for groceries and rainy days and we're looking at smaller cars to replace our mini-van. Hopefully biking will help us live longer and healthier and the planet too.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    congratulations antonphd

    by BillboeFett

    Riding that bike will cut down one 1 billionth on the pollution made by cars. Great work sir!

  • June 22, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by The Funketeer

    I was having problems with my Samsung as well. I talked to their tech support and they had me change the settings from 1080p to 1080i and it's been working great since.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by PedroM

    Watched only the first 10 minutes on burned dvd. Nosferatu is a masterpiece but theres so many different versions out there that i cant even remember what was the one i watched. Another pretty good old horror movie is The Phantom Carriage aka Körkarlen

  • June 22, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    I`ve seen about forty 2010 releases and Green Zone

    by Gwai Lo

    is the best of a rather anemic year.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Although I should mention

    by Gwai Lo

    That Une Prophete was a 2009 release (the best of 2009, in fact) for me so I`m not counting that.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    BillboeFett, everything matters

    by Jaka

    Every step that every person takes matters immensely. If for no other reason that personal conscience. However, other people also see what you're doing, and that's great. Living by example is the best way to make change. Because clearly, nobody in power is taking it any kind of seriously. Anyway, you're entitled to your opinion. But the defeatist attitude, man, that lets "them" win. And nobody wants that. Well... you do maybe. lol Anyway. antonphd, good on ya. I live in a place where public transportation is plentiful and pretty affordable. I haven't owned any kind of automobile for almost five years. When I need one for a long trip I can rent a low emission, fuel efficient one for the few days I need it. I even do my grocery shopping via the bus, which stops me from purchasing (and wasting) more than I need. Works great.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Even if you don't care about the environment...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...riding a bike instead of driving a car (when you can get away with it) is good fucking exercise, and you save immense amounts of money on gas. I live about a mile from where I work, and taking my bike is so much more pleasant than sitting in traffic. Until it rains; then I just walk. In fact the worst thing about trying to get around on a bike is having to look out for people in cars who don't pay attention to the road.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon

    by Nice Marmot

  • June 22, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Good lord, dude, at least the guy is trying. What have you done in an effort to live better? That is, aside from making fun of those who try to. <p> Seriously, man, if more people did what antonphd is doing it WOULD make a difference, even if it's a small one. Baby steps.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I applaud your effort! Don't let the haters like bilboe change your mind - he's probably just some kid trying to grow some net-nuts anyway.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    with all the "movie buffs" in this forum.....

    by michu64

    not one of you caught on to the fact that the original A Star Is Born starred Janet Gaynor NOT Collette Colbert.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    300,000 birds were killed last year from

    by BillboeFett

    "green" less-carbon-printy wind generators, FYI, as opposed to the 200 or so birds killed so far by this oil spill. <p> </BR> <P> Guess how many were killed by our WINDOWS? Over 2 million. <p> </BR> <P> Where are all the people freaking out about wind generators and windows on cars and buildings? Demanding we ban wind generators and windows??

  • June 22, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    riding a bike making a 1 billionth of a difference

    by BillboeFett

    in gas emissions and a carbon footprint, is fucking laughable. Even if you yourself got 1,000 people to do it (which is near impossible), that would still be 1/10th billion of a difference (or is my math off, who cares). <p> <P> </BR> I'm all for being green, not being a litterbug, being wasteful, depleting resources, etc. but there are more practical and immediate solutions to helping manage the planet. <p> </BR> <P> And yes, I'm one of those "wackos" who doesn't think the oil will ever run out, and I think theres alot of scientific evidence that its continually replenishing and making more.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I find it simply hilarious that

    by BillboeFett

    everyone seemed to sidestep or yawn at my Harry dating tips post, as if it was known fact/history/common knowledge stuff, like, almost an unquestioned biography stuffed with facts. </BR> <p> <P> You were guys were like "yeah, yawn, who didn't know this? Moving along"... heh :)

  • June 22, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Well ^^^^^^^

    by BlaGyver

    Someone wants attention...

  • June 22, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Claudette Colbert???? Nope.

    by Undead03

    Janet Gaynor. Not the same person. And Janet Gaynor wasn't even the FIRST to star in this story. Constance Bennett was, directed by George Cukor in "What Price Hollywood." Time to brush up on your Hollywood History.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by BillboeFett

    then I should get my tits out, for attention <p> </BR> <P> *wink*

  • June 22, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    For Christ's sake, Harry

    by Badger23

    Shut the fuck up with the politics. FUCK.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    scriptgirl hasn't done a report since 4-17-09

    by BillboeFett

    April 4th, 2009, more than a year ago

  • June 22, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    This is a great clip about environmentalism

    by garybuseys_incisors <p> I can't stand the "green" movement that's happening. All it is is the government trying to get its hands on more and more. <p> I'm all about clean efficiency when it comes to technology, but let's not think that the government actually gives a 2-bit shit about the environment.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by garybuseys_incisors

    I commend anyone who gives up driving to work and bikes instead. I think that's an awesome decision. Kudos to those that do.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Script girl killed her own career

    by RPLocke

    She's probably working at hooters someplace.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Combustion engines create massive amounts of pollution. It has nothing to do with oil running out (for me). I think I actually made that clear up above. Oil running out won't matter if you can't suck oxygen from the atmosphere into your lungs.

  • June 23, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Biking to work.

    by ReportAbuse

    Yeah, twenty miles each way in heavy traffic. Sounds good to me.

  • June 23, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    As someone who works in the Oil and Gas industry, let me say tha

    by DrSurvey

    Americans are some of the dirtiest, most dangerous people I have ever seen work offshore. Interesting how something like this happened in the Gulf of Mexico, yet doesn't happen off the coast of W. Africa.

  • June 23, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST


    by sherlock_junior

    Harry review this blu ray next week and you gain points in cool!!!

  • June 23, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Andn yet all the green iniciatives made by governments everywhere is just another excuse to tax us even more.<br><br>I don't agree with the position taken by our friend BillboeFett, however i can't help being very suspicious and critical of the enviromentalists' sayings and the government who go for their agendas. David Cronenberg once called them "eco-fascists, the fascists of the 21th century", and i agree with him. Ther' ways to help make our world bette,r but the enviromental movement is based on dogmas and political oportunism bullshit, not on real verifiable science.<br><br>And all this fashion about electric cars that's going on toda,y allt his craze, it has to beone of the most mindboggling con schemes in the history of the world. It goes from deep ignorance to plain fraud. It's even scary.<br><br>Where do this people think the electric energy to run the electric cars will came from? From thermoelectrical plants, which burn oil to create electricity. 90% of the world's electricity came from that. spreading electric cars means more need for electricity, which means more burning of oil, which means more pollution. And then there's the matter of the batteries. They need lithium to be effective. And how to get lithium? Why, you extract it from mines by escavating whole mountains. And to extrract lithium form the rocks, you need to throw sulphuric acid at them at the very local of extraction. Green batteries are made from extremely enviroment destructive mining.<br><br>The whole green movement of today is completly run by hypocrisy. On one hand we have careless multinations who don't give a fuck about the state of the world, and onthe other there's enviromentalists who spread their influence by spreading lies and hypocrisy. And those who want to take all this rreally serious and what to really know what's going on and how things really are, we arein this middle of between this two heartless lying titans. And the lies keep on spreading. It's like being in the middle of two fanatic religious fronts, and everybody in the middle will get rolled over and deemed infidels just because they dare question and not take fools gladly.

  • June 23, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    3d without glasses... yeah.. heh.. right..

    by gotilk

    ALL of the glasses-free technologies use some form of lenticular screens/methods. None of them look good, all of them must be viewed from a very precise angle/position and there's no "next step" for the technology other than altering the fundamental laws of physics. It works great for something single-user at close proximity like the new Nintendo 3DS (which I hear looks great and uses the same kind of glasses-free tech), but will NEVER, EVER be better than the presentation tech requiring glasses. Face it, we'll be stuck with glasses until we get to retinal projection, which has already arrived and is waiting essentially for a NEED or demand (and a hardware platform capable of rendering images and environments for both eyes simultaneously in really high resolutions) in the consumer sphere. And even then, it'll probably be mounted on something looking like glasses. But you won't care because for the first time in history you will have your ENTIRE field of vision filled by whatever environment the artist/programmer (or you) chose. In the case of films, imagine putting on a pair of glasses and seeing an IMAX screen in front of your face in human-vision-like resolution. And for non-film entertainment like VR or VR gaming in 3d.. imagine no end to the screen. Only the environment is visible. And when you move your head, the scene changes just like in reality. So don't bother "putting off" your 3d TV purchases. The blu-ray 3d standard is here to stay for quite a long while. The screens will improve, with better brightness and contrast, enhancements, better dimensional audio (the work dolby labs is doing I hear is phenomenal and uses 2 speakers to do what normally takes 7.. and does so badly with 7) that matches up with the positions of objects and characters in the 3d space.. and probably other advancements I have not heard of yet. "Waiting" is pretty pointless at this point. Dive in or don't, but it's not going anywhere. And no I do not work for any of these companies. I'm just an enthusiast.

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  • June 23, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I get it.

    by gotilk

    But the idea that OBAMA needs to come up with a solution instead of blaming when BP is responsible for what actually happened is kinda dumb.(at least BP is DOING something.. yeah.. because they CAUSED IT!!) Yeah, where's his super-Obama speech-ray now?? Why doesn't OBAMA come up with a solution to a deep water drilling accident. After all, he was the guy on the rig in charge, right? And he was the guy who pushed for all that "de-regulation" way back when. Right? The man's becoming a big disappointment for me, but let's try to keep it within the bounds of reality if we could.. please? I say we bring back Bush so he can swim down there and use his Super-Texan-Fake-Rancher powers to plug up the "hole". Since Obama can't seem to come up with a "solution" to a problem the experts in the field can't figure out. Rii-hiiiiTE.<br><br>Reason. It's not just for Liberals anymore.

  • June 23, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by DrSurvey

    I think I would be safe in saying that most of the people in charge, were American. Safety is a big thing offshore, and it is up to everyone to ensure that things are done safe, with a no blame culture. That's how other rigs don't collapse and have disasters, and how 11 people don't lose their lives.

  • June 23, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Remind me to do my bi-weekly re-fill of my batteries with lithium. OH WAIT.. that's right. We only do that ONCE. You guys are not seriously THIS dumb, are you? Is this stuff from some talk radio talking points thing I missed? Did you guys miss the part about the push for nuclear energy again? Combined with a push for multiple alternatives in conjunction? Or is there some environmentally unfriendly substance you think solar panels and windfarms are made of that we need to keep using on a constant basis to make them run? Like.. oh.. I dunno.. OIL!!!??? You know, like you failed to mention about oil vs lithium. Oil is not a "use once and walk away" substance. (in case you needed to be reminded, or are you still too busy sucking oily Arab cock?) Lithium pretty much.. is. Unless you make.. more batteries. Not only that, but companies like Toxco are actually recovering the lithium from recycled lithium batteries. <br><br>wait.. what's that sound? Did your logic hit a wall or did someone drop a fucking anvil?

  • June 23, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I mean, I love you people.

    by gotilk

    I genuinely do. But really, think this stuff through.

  • June 23, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    That's fine. But when this is all over, people are going to look back at OBAMA as "the guy in charge" when it all happened. Once the blame game is started, the first one to step off is the guy who gets the knife in the back. Fact is, people are looking at the president and saying "do something", when the experts are saying "we don't KNOW what to DO". The only thing left to DO is make sure the people responsible are forced to make good in areas they CAN do something. But many in the media right now are accusing Obama of playing a blame game while he's IN THE PROCESS of doing exactly that. Making sure the public doesn't lose focus and start to look at people OTHER than the ones who caused this and allowed a regulatory environment in which it could happen. You know, like.. half the people here and in other places writing about it. I'm sure BP loves the idea of a "no blame culture". I sure would if I were them.

  • June 23, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Deeds not words.

    by gotilk

    I love it. Let's say we had an actual solution. Then we'd start in with the "deeds". Until then, the people *responsible* are going to have to take charge and make certain things right. Perhaps instead of pointing fingers at them we could shoot a paintball at them to APPOINT them in charge of fixing the results of the mess they created. Identifying who will be doing this is called "finger pointing" in some circles. I imagine those circles contain certain oil industry folks as well as those with weak enough minds to manipulate into looking at it that way.<br><br>And all this not too long after corporations were given the rights of individuals. How about we get some of that responsibility along with those rights and let's see some Texans on death row. Whaddayasay?

  • June 23, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot


  • June 23, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives


  • June 23, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot yes indeed U.S.A.!!!

    by gotilk

    Did you watch that? Not bored for a single second. <br><br>And to everyone else, I guess I could have been less snarky and rude .... and just simply asked<br> "so.. how many times a week do you guys fill your batteries with lithium anyway?".<br> That alone says SO much.

  • June 23, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    "The new RUSH blu ray"

    by Neil Peart

    Harry, you've made this Rush fan's day! Thank you for taking the time to watch and review the documentary. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

  • June 23, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you see the 3D presentation at FF?

    by ELGordo

    Why the hell isn't that tech out yet? No 150 dollar glasses, just the regular ones you get at the theater and it seemed that it was playing on a regular ass HD TV on a regular ass Blu Ray player, although I didn't talk to a representative of Real D who were pimping their wares. It looked amazing.

  • June 23, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    You're so right about DR 2000

    by darthwaz1

    Such a great, funny movie. Fuck the remake!

  • June 23, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    "Dated constantly until I settled down with Yoko"

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Yeah, but Harry, you probably aren't lacking in the ever-important Money department. Or at least you have truckloads of cool freebies from various studios to woo the geek chicks with. Lotta nerds ain't so lucky. There really IS such a thing as "outta your league," believe me.

  • June 23, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    ...but of course that movie sucked!

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Just sayin'.

  • June 23, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by DrSurvey

    I meant the no blame culture for the workers who spot something that is wrong / unsafe. As much as we all like to blame the guys at the top for the problems, they are not the ones who are doing the work on the ground. At the end of the day, if the workers are not working safely, then the execs really cannot do fuck all. It would not surprise me at all if it comes out that the workers spotted something was wrong and ignored it.

  • June 24, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Harry... dated constantly? Oh come the fuck on...

    by ricarleite2

    Yoko is just waiting for fatfuck to die so she can get AICN for her. Not sure if it's worth it, but it's the truth.

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    They Did Remake Star is Born

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  • June 24, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    yeah, batteries last FOREVER

    by frank cotton


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