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Harry does enjoy a helping of CATFISH from time to time

The publicity for CATFISH would ask that you know nothing. They don't want you to know the genre or even really the style of the film. Instead, the marketing has created a poster that technically isn't overtly HORROR, but wink wink... A blood red Catfish on a field of black - the whiskers of the CATFISH look like trailing blood to the passive observer. Then the trailer, which doesn't give one much to go on... well, it is cut like a HORROR film trailer - and with the success of films like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and the smaller, but still significant success of THE LAST EXORCISM... Well, I get what they're trying to do with the marketing. Problem is - if you go to this movie thinking HORROR film, I'm not entirely sure you'll be satisfied going in with that kind of mindset. However, if you're fine with what you know thus far of CATFISH - just hit the back button, and enjoy the film.





If you are still with me, I'm going to take it that you want to know what you're getting into. This is a DOCUMENTARY film project that is edited more like a Feature Narrative Film. The film purports to be an honest telling of what happened to the lead character of Nev Schulman. A very real person, who is a photographer in New York City that has had many of his photos published. One day he gets contacted by a young girl that wants permission to do paintings based upon some of his photographs. He gets contacted by the girl's mother. The paintings are quite impressive - and definitely the sort of thing that could stroke one's ego a bit... To have your photographs turned into Oil Paintings by a Child Prodigy. She sends him prints of her work. He begins taking photographs specifically to send her. Soon, he's talking to her older sister, a real hottie, they have a farm, the little girl is having shows in her small town... He talks on the phone with the mother, the hot daughter, the father... on FACEBOOK - he meets other folks that interact with the family and thank him for his support of the lil girl. Meanwhile, he begins to have a long distance flirtatious relationship with the "Hot Daughter" - They send scandilous photos to each other, long talks on the phone, sexy texts, emails... you know the routine. The Hot Daughter is a singer and a musician - and they have chat sessions where she has him request that she sing various songs and send him MP3's of them. Amazingly, she's pretty damn good. Then... he happens to come across a youtube version of one of the songs she "recorded" for him, that sounds eerily dead on to what she sent. He begins researching - and finds that he can find almost every one of the "recordings" via something on YouTube. He confronts her, she denies it, but now he is suspicious. The doc is being filmed by Nev's older brother and another friend, they're aspiring filmmakers and thought the story of a young girl artist and his younger brother's photography would be a great little documentary. Never really dreaming that this would turn into a feature film that would get distribution. But once this twist with the music occurs - the spectre of... IS THIS REAL, begins to creep in. They start questioning everything about this phantom family. Nev begins to get irritated, you get the idea he just wants to drop the whole thing, but his brother keeps pushing him forward, "for the sake of the film" - and it's these interactions that cause some critics to doubt seriously the truthfulness of the "Documentary" nature of this film. And frankly, I'm not caught up in that - because that's missing the point of the film for me. CATFISH is a wonderful cautionary tale that everyone of the INTERNET generation should probably definitely see. I've been in some moderate low level spotlight for pretty much the last 14 years online - and in that time, I've seen all manners of undesirable sides of the internet. The ability to reach out and connect to another person that ordinarily we'd have no way of finding within our normal social parameters... well, it is the story of communications. Today, at our fingertips you can pretty much reach out and contact any name you can see in a magazine, newspaper, television credit, feature film... and obviously EVERYONE ONLINE... And we can all create fantasy names and guises and situations - and all of it is painfully simple to manipulate. None of these social networks require a source of identification beyond an email address. And for an email address, you need only fill out a form. This is nothing new, nothing shocking to most of us, but I haven't really seen a wonderful filmed story of that world turned upside down. That's CATFISH. I've had more than enough of these "CATFISH" in my life. There is no aspect of this film, that I haven't experienced without just a friend or two away from me. In otherwords, everything that happens in this film has happened to either me or somebody I know. Personally, if I were a parent, and had a family online - I'd take my family to see this movie and then have a dinner to have a frank conversation about the story and what you could take away from it. This isn't a movie about a supernatural force, an unstoppable killing machine, nor is it a story about death, but a story about life today. A story about how we can all be hurt by all our best intentions, hopes and dreams. I haven't fully pulled back the curtain on CATFISH, the film has a story to tell, and it isn't my place to fully tell it for them. For that, you'll have to go see. But I will tell you, there's things here that made me long for the days of meeting someone at an event, exchanging numbers and going from there. In this day & age - the possibilities for heartache and exploitation are seemingly endless. But then, so are the stories for success. It is just a medium we're all discovering and playing in. Some of us created websites, social identities and others... others had other needs. Some that never fully make sense to anyone save their own selfish needs. This is a damn fine story.

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  • Sept. 6, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Is it true?

    by moorE12

    You should know nothing about this movie before you see it?

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I watched half of Catfish....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ....but I walked out half way through when I realized that there were no actual catfish in the movie.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    and I don't mean the actual story, just read my post

    by moorE12

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I know the spoiler

    by BobParr

    And I'm glad I do and won't see the movie because its not a horror movie and the trailer totally jerks you off into thinking it is. Maybe its a good movie but don't set up BS expectations.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, When is BNAT????

    by Turd Furgeson

    Do tell...

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Google

    by HansBubi

    is your friend. The filmmakers could have felt free to use it before the main guy began exchanging sexy text messages and Facebook messages with a stranger online. However, that would have hurt the film.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    EVEN MORE SOV POV FUCKING TRASH!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    Do you know what the Directors of the 60's and 70's would have given to have the technology of today? I can’t even imagine what a young Scorcese or DePalma might have been able to do back then using all of the tools at the disposal of every wannabe Director today!?! Where the fuck are the Video Mozart's of today? It’s plainly obvious that creativity is DEAD AND FUCKING BURIED!!! Either it’s every asswipe with a cell phone trying to re-create the success of The Blair Witch Project (Paranoral Activity/The Last Exorcism/Catfish etc….), or web scum like Harry Knowles, Drew McWeeny, Devin Faraci, Nick Nunziata or Jovanka Vuckovic blowing everyone they come into contact with to get a credit on a feature without ever dong a fucking OUNCE of work and even when someone makes it big, like J.J. Abrams, it isn’t based on some blindingly brilliant piece of original work but, instead, the fucking umpteenth version of a studio property i.e. Mission : Impossible/Star Trek.<br> <br>I’m sorry but cinema is fucking DEAD. No one is interested in doing innovating, original work and the audience just isn’t there for anything new. The general population is soo fucking braindead that they make FUCKING SHIT like American Idol and The Jersey Shore into hit shows while lining up for the latest fucking remake, re-boot, re-imagining, re-fucking of every pop culture artifact in existence because people are getting fucking dumber by the minute. Oh and you might say “Well, Inception was critically acclaimed and has made 700 million worldwide blahblahblah…” But when you take into account that Transformers Revenge of the Fallen made 850 million, and the general population is made up by simpletons like Knowles (who famously fell asleep during Inception), do you really expect that studio’s are going to greenlight intelligent and well made movies? Not fucking likely and all we’ll get is a fucking remake of Dreamscape from Michael Fucking Bay once he’s done assraping Transformers for every last cent.<br> <br>Everything is turning to shit.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Everyone but you, right, Creationist?

    by DiscoGodfather

    Awfully lonely in that ivory tower, isn't it?

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Everyone but you, right, Creationist?

    by DiscoGodfather

    Awfully lonely in that ivory tower, isn't it?

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    probably definitely see

    by Shalako

    Which is it?

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Creationist

    by blunted666

    You're a raving lunatic - Knowles fell asleep during Inception due to a lack of sleep from a hectic work schedule. This sometimes happens to people who have lives. I also found Inception to be too cerebral for its own good, and I was wide awake. I would argue Casino Royale (a, god forbid, FRANCHISE movie) to be a superior example of the modern espionage genre. J.J. Abrams gained fame from original projects in the television format, and this made him a likely candidate for Hollywood adaptations of TELEVISION projects. Also, watch Darren Aronofsky's beautiful trailer for Black Swan and try to tell me that creativity is dead. You just don't know where to look for it.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    DiscoGodfather, NAME THE LAST TRULY GREAT INDIE FILM?

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    And when I say "Indie", I mean, a movie that some guy made with money out of his own pocket. One that isn't boring and obtuse (Primer), that doesn't rely on PR bullshit (Monsters and the magic 15k budget) or uses shot-on-video point-of-view technique to hide the fact that the Director doesn't know how to composite shots and the actors suck fucking balls. When was the last time you heard of a low budget indie film make a splash that wasn't some Blair Witch rip-off?

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    How about..

    by ShogunMaster

    Slumdog Millionaire. Stop ranting. You have an old point of view that everyone has heard a billion times before. Boohoo. You don't like it? Watch something else..

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    by susankq1111

    I strongly recommend ______ B l a c k w h i t e C u p i d * C 0 m ______ to you where I just found my interracial boyfriend! You know it is a great place to meet black men and beautiful women. What's kind of relationship do you want? ;)

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    ShogunMaster

    by blunted666

    I agree with the sentiment but Danny Boyle has been making big studio movies for years

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    by MainMan2001

    Dude, I understand where you coming from but cinema is not dead. It's underground bro

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    You mustn't be afraid to dream of a bigger catfish

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    True.

    by ShogunMaster

    But I just thought I'd mention a low budget movie that lots of people saw that didn't have a robot in it. There is good stuff out there. You can't be upset that the masses want violence and naked. Not everyone goes to Uni, not everyone reads Classic Literature. There is no need to get upset that not everyone shares the same interests.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Shogun - I see what you mean

    by blunted666

    No Country For Old Men was a similarly brilliant and minimal studio project. There is a lot of good artistic material coming out of the studios, you just can't expect it to get blockbuster media coverage... Many ticket purchasers are strictly escapists. Art lovers are in the minority in any commercial medium, but we have always found our avenue.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Yup

    by ConfusedPanda

    ...there hasn't been an indie or mainstream movie released yet that is about a slightly jerk-ish average guy (if mainstream, it would be a geek) that meets a hottie on a social/dating site, and she seems moderately interested in him (they've chatted online, and she's seen pictures of him), and he wants to meet up with her BECAUSE he knows she must be a fake, and he meets up with her and she actually turns out to be hot. The guy could have set up an amusingly awful date, and she is upset when she gets there, and he realizes based on what she says to him that he had a shot with her before destroying it. The movie could then be about him trying to be a better person and proving himself to this girl. To make this extra Hollywood-ish, the guy could have his friends invite internet girls to the date, and one of them is extremely hideous and rude while another girl is very average looking yet interesting. She's Out of My League is the closest example I can think of, but this angle on the story is different and I'm amazed Hollywood hasn't used it.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    ShogunMaster, SLUMDOG, BUDGET-15MILL....

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    In no way shape or form indie. That also goes for No Country for Old Men.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    by blunted666

    Can you read? I was the one who originally pointed this out to him, citing No Counry as a smiliar studio picture. Pi is the last great example of a no-budget masterpiece. But that is because this is an extremely difficult feat. I would much prefer cruising studio pictures for art films than shitty independent releases.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    evangelion80, CHOKE ON YOUR MOM'S STRAP-ON YOU WANKER!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    "CHOKE ON YOUR MOM'S STRAP-ON YOU WANKER!!!"

    by blunted666

    ...and you blame others for the downfall of civilization.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I liked the movie Ink

    by ConfusedPanda

    I'm sure the case-making talkbacker above would slam it for one reason or another, yet it was visually ambitious and dealt with dreams as if it were a men-on-a-mission movie. It has a number of conceptual similarities to Inception, yet it was a small, low-budget movie.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    blunted666, NO, I BLAME THE DEVIL....

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    It's like Albert Brooks said in Broadcast News, "What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I'm semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing... he will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance... Just a tiny bit. And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen. And he'll get all the great women." Sounds like Michael Bay to me.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Sorry

    by blunted666

    As an agnostic any theological rhetoric marks my exit point from any given film discussion

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    fell asleep during Inception due to . . . hectic work schedule

    by ErichZann

    I'm sorry, I was under the impression that reviewing movies IS his job.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    blunted666, PUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSYYYYYYYY!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    by blunted666

    As head geek his job requires a lot more, and he was in the middle of the big summer festival weeks. If he were your basic critic I would agree, but he is basically a fan with various responsibilities surrounding a website he created, not a professional movie critic.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    ErichZann, EATING IS HARRY'S JOB AND...........

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    Business is a booming!!! When I say "Booming", I mean that's the sound his heart makes every time he has to use the shitter. He probably has to breath into a paper bag while dropping a log.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    by blunted666

    Yes, I am a pussy due to my indifference towards your inane religious babblings.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    LOL! "I'd take my family to see this...then to dinner"

    by Willbraham

    Sounds like horrible parenting. I doubt you need to go see this with your family, then to dinner for them to understand the dangers of the internet. that's just underestimating the youth.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Great review

    by respice_finem

    I'm now very keen to see this film.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    blunted666, AGNOSTICISM IS JUST ANOTHER FORM OF RELIGION......

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    You have an ideology just like every other form of religion. Except, in your case, your ideology stems from a disbelief in everyone else’s ideology. You even identify yourself as being a part of a group with like minded beliefs. So, agnosticism itself is paradoxical wouldn’t you agree? Furthermore, my Broadcast News quote was a joke. If you had read Harry’s Machete review talkback, you would know that I despise all organized religion. Here, I’ll repost what I said…..QUOTE<br> <br> Only simpletons afraid of death would accept made up fantasy bullshit that when you die you will go to some ethereal landscape, to live out eternity, where all your desires will be met. And that’s the rub. At the heart of every one of your flying spaghetti monster worshipping docuhebags ideology is the fact that you think you will get something in return. It’s not enough that you be good to each other just, oh I don’t know, for the sake of it to be a decent human being. Of course not. It has to be in exchange for something and that is why you are full of shit. It’s no wonder that most right wing theocratic scum like yourself are not only self centered, but also greedy and stupid. How else to explain why fucking morons like you rail against humanitarian things like HEALTHCARE that would benefit everyone. It’s because for all of your Good Christian Posturing™ you really don’t believe in the teaching’s of the Bible. All your kind does is pay lip service to it and use it to hate on anyone and everyone that doesn’t follow your narrow minded worldview.<br> <br>Oh and FYI shithead, I went to Catholic school for 18 years and know quite a bit about the Bible myself. Firstly, that it’s a bunch of made up fairytales, no different from Star Wars but, secondly, that Jesus taught us to care for those who could not care for themselves. To not value money. Jesus was a HUMANITARIAN which is the complete polar opposite of what fucking wingnut dirtbags stand for and you prove it every time you preach nothing but hate, intolerance, greed and war.<br> <br>So, once again, FUCK YOURSELF you pious piece of fucking shit.END QUOTE<br> <br>Now, I’ll assume that you feel like a fucking idiot for your kneejerk reaction to my Broadcast News quote. Also, the fact that you had such an adverse reaction to the quote seems to me that you, as an Agnostic, have the same narrow mindedness as any Bible thumping cretin. It’s kind of like how Bill Maher is soo insistent on shoving his atheism down everyone’s throat and, in the end, he sounds like any other self-righteous asshole with an ideology who believes his way of thinking is the right one.<br> <br>I don’t have an ideology, just an opinion and, in my opinion, you are all cunts.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    It's time.

    by HansBubi

    I can hear the sounds of chopping approach-eth.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    confusedpanda

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    sex drive is slightly like what you said...but that movie will suck because itll be a happy ending instead of havin the guy being dumped by her in the end for a reality star

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    choppa and mcgoo is here..

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    does that make this the new "cool" tb, cuz that other one wont let me post my idiotic thoughts...

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    yourSTEPDADDY

    by HansBubi

    I haven't seen that movie, yet I remember the trailer, and I just read a plot summary, and I can see what you mean by bringing it up. It sounds like more a road movie, yet the basic idea is kind of similar.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, regarding your tweet...

    by Bungion Boy

    saying that this is your favorite creepy doc since I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, you should definitely help get the word out on that film as well. I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW just came out on DVD. How about a mention in your DVD column. That film needs all the help it can get to be found by a larger audience.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    good example yourstepdaddy

    by ConfusedPanda

    you're very wise.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    regardin sex drive

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    its the FUNNIEST teen comedy ive seen since maybe American Pie... raunchy, funny and cool characters, James Marsden, Fall Out Boy (one of my top 5 rock bands), good story, and is probably the most internet based movie yet... check it out (if ya got starz ondemand, they have a actual uncensored and uncut version that does what those other dvds swear they do when it comes to unratedness)

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    thanks confused, i think

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i effin hate gettin compliments here... always think its sarcasm

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    and i want choppa to make a twitter!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i wanna follow his shenanigans

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    No sarcasm

    by ConfusedPanda

    However, now you're making me want to make a sarcastic comment. I must fight the urge. I got nothing.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW

    by RPLocke

    Isn't that a song by Tiffany?

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    lol confused, thanks for not sarcasmin me

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    with regards to catfish

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i have no fuckin idea what harry wrote... its probably my fault for skimming, but still, i blame Harry for makin me skim it...

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    My favorite Christian

    by BlaGyver

    is Kevin Smith. I'm a Christian. Flame the shit out of me if you want, I respect your beliefs even if you don't respect mine. I think my faith though, is summed up by "Dogma". Kevin Smith addressed every fucking problem I have with the church in that movie.

  • Sept. 6, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    These fimmakers knew what was going on.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by Bungion Boy

    It is a song by Tiffany. The documentary is about two obsessed fans of Tiffany. It's funny, sad, and creepy. Here's a link for the trailer: http://www.ithinkwerealonenow.com/trailer.htm

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    yikes

    by kurtisaurus

    That Tiffany stalker doc looks mighty spooky and it comes out on Netflix tomorrow so I will be checking it out. Interesting timing because just the other day I found out she did a Playboy pictorial a while ago and it turns out she now has quite the rack. Just sayin'.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by RPLocke

    No kidding? I didn't know Tiffany still had fans, but hey, everyone has to have a hobby, right?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Harry, you're fucked in the head.

    by Holeman

    This movie is utter bullshit. Anyone who comes out of this thinking they've seen anything even approaching worthwhile is fucking retarded. Excusing the LAME ASS PREMISE, PLOT AND BULLSHIT ENDING, it's not even a good film. Fuck this movie for wasting my time and to lesser extent fuck you for recommending anyone allow it to waste their time. I hope the assholes who made this bullshit never work again.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Harry, you're fucked in the head.

    by Holeman

    This movie is utter bullshit. Anyone who comes out of this thinking they've seen anything even approaching worthwhile is fucking retarded. Excusing the LAME ASS PREMISE, PLOT AND BULLSHIT ENDING, it's not even a good film. Fuck this movie for wasting my time and to lesser extent fuck you for recommending anyone allow it to waste their time. I hope the assholes who made this bullshit never work again.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:39 a.m. CST

    I hope they use a quote from Holeman's review on the poster

    by andrew coleman

    "I hope the assholes who made this bullshit never work again"-Holeman AICN. If I saw that on a poster I might actually go see the movie just because I want to see why it's so bad. So thanks Holeman you've peaked my interest in a movie I had no intent on seeing! Bad movies to me are more fun than really good one's. So will see about Catfish.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST

    re : spectrebeeyatch

    by Holeman

    If you enjoy being bored shitless and haven't yet discovered that *GASP* MOST PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET ARE NOT WHAT THEY CLAIM!!!! WHO WOULD HAVE EVER CONCEIVED OF SUCH A THING EVER!??!?! Then by all means, go right ahead and waste your money and two hours of your life.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    soon this site will review PORN

    by Willbraham

    Mark my words.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST

    From what I read about this movie

    by UGG

    its all bullshit, and it sounds crap anyway.<p> And I have to ask blunted666 why is Casino Royale being compared to Inception? And Black Swan is just Fight Club for women I thought from the script I read anyway<p> And though I dont always agree with CharlesThomasMatthews hes got a point but I think its harder for low budget indie movies to get noticed these days especially in America too. <p> Also I think confusedpanda is thechoppa... and Willbraham Im pretty sure a porno got reviewed here a year or two ago

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    No way is any of this real.

    by knowthyself

    They are clearly all actors. Especially the way Nev mugs for the camera time and time again.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Also..the trailer is blatant false advertising.

    by knowthyself

    It's not Hitchcokian, or scary, or even a thriller. Maybe you shouldn't LIE to your audience and they might actually enjoy your movie for what it is?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Horror movie?

    by buggerbugger

    Why would anyone think this is a horror movie based on that trailer? <br> <br>I'm guessing the guy finds out that the hot daughter is actually the not-so-hot mother and she's been sending him photos of her when she was 20 years younger and 20 stone lighter.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Didn't you see the end of the trailer?

    by knowthyself

    It makes it look like something scary is about to happen. Especially with the quotes about the last forty minutes being an emotional roller coaster.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    @knowthyself

    by buggerbugger

    Something scary? No, it just makes it look like he's going to uncover the truth about the hot daughter - that she's not a hot daughter at all. And it turns into an "emotional rollerccoaster" because you learn the sad facts about why someone would pretend to be someone else online. That's what I took away from the trailer.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE IS LIKE 12 YEARS LATE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Welcome to the Internet, Nev.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    CTM - SEE (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

    by BringingSexyBack

    The passion for great cinema is alive and well

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    CTM - QUESTION FOR YOU

    by BringingSexyBack

    Are you the same CTM who reviews comics for this very site? If so I'm completely floored that you get published by Harry.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    SO, IT WAS NEV'S FRIENDS PLAYING A JOKE ON HIM RIGHT?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Because that's how it usually goes down

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Well from the reactions at IMDB.com

    by knowthyself

    It doesn't seem I am alone in thinking that something "scary" was waiting for them at the barn. You can't tell me the trailer doesn't insinuate some sort of tense almost scary moment is about to occur. All of the cues are there.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I'M SORRY BUT THIS JUST SCREAMS LIFETIME MOVIE

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm sure it's already been done, and with Lisa Rinna involved.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Did you stay awake for this one?

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Chris Nolan was wondering.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Fall Out Boy is considered a rock band?

    by MandrakeRoot

    My how the standards for good rock and roll have sunk like a rock. When did talented musicians that conveyed real soul and emotion in their music get replaced by whiny white kids who write every song using the four chords that they know. They should be called what they are - a run-of-the-mill pop band who will eventually fall into obscurity. To hear what real rock music sounds like I'd suggest jumping back 40 or so years. The vast majority of shit we hear today is a fucking travesty.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Good Review

    by Iahael

    I'd like to take a moment out of this talkback, Mr. Knowles, to let you know that I really think this was a much better written review than your recent output. I believe this is due to your long years of internet experience (that is, developing this site) -- note that this means you have an investment, emotionally, in the subject matter. That gives the review enough literary oomph to grow beyond a puff piece to something the writer plainly cares about. So we do too. Keep it up, Mr. Knowles. T.'.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    mandrake

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i admit, they are a pop rock band for white girls but that doesnt disqualify them for their music and lyrics. you may be right about "real rock" bein 40 years ago, but guess what?! time moves forward. things change and people change. today they are in my top 5 bands (even though they disbanded) with weezer, queens of the stone age/them crooked vultures (or whatever band josh homme is in now), muse, and i dunno. stop being a miserable old man and accept things changed. with that said, anything you say for now on i will think of you as being like majority of the tbers. miserable old men... i bet you complained and bitched about flames on optimus.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Kyuss piss on QotSA

    by UGG

    give them a whirl if you haven't already.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    ill try em out ugg

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but if they suck, i will find you and beat you to death with songs of the death and era vulgaris cds... if they rock, ill just beat you to death with lullabies to paralyze (its more soothing of a beatdown)

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    also ugg

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    could ya suggest at least 3 songs... i dl songs at a time and only get cds if whatever songs i have persuades me to get the whole thing, and i dont wanna dl some of the weaker songs... thanks in advance

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    yourSTEPDADDY It's a deal dude!

    by UGG

    They have a heavy toned sound and took me a few listens before I was convinced, and they where Josh's former band I beleive <p>anyways just off the top of my head because I'm also terrible with song titles..<p> Phototropic<p> Space Cadet<p> El Rodeo<p> Catnarnav<p> Gardenia <p> and Demon Cleaner are some of my fave's which titles I can remember. Welcome To Sky Valley and The Circus Leaves Town are the 2 albums most of them tracks are of I think too. Hope you like dude.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    @knowthyself

    by buggerbugger

    "Tense" isn't a synonym for "scary". Something tense may certainly occur, but that doesn't make it a horror film or a trailer for a horror film. The guy's arrived at the hot daughter's house unannounced in the middle of the night and there are going to be all sorts of emotions on display when the truth is revealed.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    ugg thanks

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ill try those out later....let you know the verdict next week or whenever i see ya post

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Did they pay you by the paragraph Harry?

    by Neck_Lucas

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    oh and there it was..2 clicks and the advert appeared

    by Neck_Lucas

    you're not even trying anymore are you man.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    DR STRANGE movie rumor update here !!

    by kimill34

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  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

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    by kimill34

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  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

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    by kimill34

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  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

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    by kimill34

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  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    DR STRANGE movie rumor update here !!

    by kimill34

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  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

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    by kimill34

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  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Halfbreedqueen = ScriptGirl

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    CRAPtastic.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Caught this at a screening

    by Dancingforever

    It's just a housewife taking care of two kids with problems. It could have been so much better but they didn't have the stones to make it so the person they found was some weird dude or a little kid. There's nothing deep or emotionally jarring here at all. Imagine at the end of the blair witch they get to the house and it's some fat wiccan house wife who was fucking with them the whole time.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    New Discovery series - Deadliest Catfish

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Fantastic Story, Go See It

    by txubergeek

    Saw Catfish at the Harry's screening in Austin, it was well worth it. The movie is a great cautionary tale for modern times, and if you're tech savvy enough to get on AICN then you should probably watch it. A friend of mine did get a little ticked at me when I wouldn't tell him anything about the movie other than "go see it", but he caught a screening later in the week and told me that the lack of spoilers was justified.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Say Scriptgirl 3 times in a TB

    by UGG

    and Chromedome and other felchers pop up out if the woodwork.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I watched Looking For Mr Goodbar on Instant Netflix.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ....last night for the first time...it's not out on DVD. It's a pretty dark film...I was expecting more of a sexual romp with a tragic ending. The tone is odd, too...everything is played the same...the suspenseful scenes are treated the same as the casual scenes, or the erotic scenes. It gives it a certain raw quality. Y'all should watch it. Even though you most likely know how it ends, it's still kind of haunting.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Sky Valley

    by Shubniggorath

    Quite simply my favorite metal album ever.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    TCM:

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    Shut the fuck up already. Get over yourself. Nothing in your rants is in any way new or profound. It's the same pointless nihilistic diatribe that misfits have tried to shove down the the general populace's throat for over a century. You are not unique, you are not special, you are not enlightened. Get over yourself already. No, I don't even care if you get over yourself. Just please stop posting.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    baofu

    by SimonDunkle

    ROFL! You nailed it! Totally, dude.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith is my favourite christian too.

    by SimonDunkle

    Let's nail him to something.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

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  • Sept. 18, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Harry also liked The Phantom Menace & The Godzilla remake

    by fastcars

    So...grain of salt, grain of salt.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    SPOILER!!!!

    by ChuckImania

    They don't exist. It's all here... don't waste your money on this piece of shit. http://www.themoviespoiler.com/Spoilers/catfish.html

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    This movie is boring.

    by JediGBus

    Have you wondered what it would be like if you met someone online and that person ended up not being who he/she said she was? This movie is a 90 minute meditation on that basic question. Thus, if you wondered what it would be like it probably would be a waste of your money to pay for it when you can think about it for free. At 30 minutes I knew where the movie was going and started thinking about what errands I was going to run for the next couple of days. Luckily, I remembered that I needed to buy ink for my printer so I guess watching the movie helped because maybe I wouldn't have been in a position to remember that detail had I been doing something interesting or entertaining.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    RIPPED OFF!!!!! THIS MOVIE BLOWS. Boring, misleading.

    by chadiwack

    I want those 2 hours back Nev. Waiting for the big twist to happen.... surely after all the hype and mis leading trailer something..... SOMETHING amazing was going to happen... but a big fat HELL NO to that chance. I'm going to think twice before spending any money on one your films again.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Just saw it, it was great

    by smackfu

    I had no idea what to expect, going into it I wasn't even sure if I was watching a real documentary or something that was going to turn into Blair Witch at the end. So the anticipation of what was at the end was pretty high. And throughout the movie I was going through every possibility in my head, but I wasn't prepared for what was on the other side of that Internet relationship...a shovelful of bleak, sobering humanity right in the face. I think the 'wide range of emotions' quote is apt, because I did experience that. I started out in voyeuristic cruelty mode, eager to laugh and groan at whatever kind of mutant they were going to throw at me, then with the realization that these were some pretty sad people, each facing their own separate, inescapable dead end in life, I joined the filmmakers in not wanting to be judgmental. And by the end my thoughts were preoccupied with just how indifferently cruel life really is, and how lucky I am to have been relatively sheltered from it's shitstorm so far.

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