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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 1st wk of Sept 2010: FORBIDDEN PLANET, A CALL GIRL, THAT EVENING SUN, Warner Sci-Fi & much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with an extremely long column, sorry it was a bit late, but this had a lot of titles that I had a lot to say about – which is why this week’s column is over 5000 words. Hope you enjoy it, there’s some truly great titles that one cannot exist without having in one’s collection, at least in my opinion. As usual the images and linked titles lead you to AMAZON – where you can learn more about the titles or if you wish, you can purchase which helps to keep this column coming. Thank you so much. As much work as this column can be, I do enjoy chiming in on so many different titles – I hope you enjoy it as well. Here ya go… Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

An absolutely spectacular Blu Ray. Truly Deeply in love with this disc. First – having FORBIDDEN PLANET on Blu Ray is just a home entertainment dream. You know what my favorite part is? That in 1080p – beautiful clarity – the film looks astonishing. No effects hiccups for me. It looks beautiful, absolutely hypnotizing. Here’s a film, 54 years old – made in the era of obvious wires, dodgy matte lines and no budget – and here was the mighty lion of MGM creating essentially AVATAR. Every dollar got up on that screen in FORBIDDEN PLANET. It is a Cinemascope marvel, one of the absolute pinnacles we’ve had for multiple generations of Science Fiction fans. From the exquisite design, the Chesley Bonestell-ish craggy surface with that stunningly alien sky. FORBIDDEN PLANET. I love it. I love the ID MONSTER. I love the evidence it leaves behind – and that in this distant future – we’re still casting footprints. I love that the cook likes to get boozed up and that they’re all girl crazy. And ANNE FRANCIS – even if you didn’t have all the effects and wonders in FORBIDDEN PLANET, you would have Anne Francis – one of the cutest, most fetching ladies to have ever gleamed from the screen. The hot to trot virgin on a planet with only her father – this is that geek fantasy done right! I have never seen any film made since FORBIDDEN PLANET that visually blows my mind, quite the way this movie does it. I adore the purple segmented beams. Love them. The crazy invention of electronica music for the score. I mean seriously. This movie is insanely awesome. But then there’s the extras… like THE INVISIBLE KID, which some lunatics think is a sequel just because ROBBY THE ROBOT is in it. But in no way, shape or form could this possibly be a sequel, because it is set in the modern day – and is a spectacular film to show your kids. Then there’s the amazing episode of THE THIN MAN co-starring ROBBY THE ROBOT. Again. Life doesn’t get much better. Then there’s the DELETED SCENES and LOST FOOTAGE – then the TCM documentary, WATCH THE SKIES! And then featurettes on the making of the film and of Robby the Robot. Excerpts from MGM PARADE TV series. And more. Seriously – no other disc issued this year will get this kind of play on my home system. It is simply heaven and a privilege to watch it, repeatedly.

Saw this film, two SXSW’s ago, and I fell in love with the it. I love older stories. Films about the twilight years. This one is haunting. It’s about fighting for everything you fought your whole life to attain and the desire to hold onto it in your final years. Hal Holbrook is brilliant in THAT EVENING SUN. It is sad this film never had the kind of power behind it to necessarily promote the film for the Academy Awards, because Holbrook owned it. This movie also could have won for cinematography. A gorgeous film. Gorgeous. This is a GREAT SOUTHERN TALE. It feels like part of that same universe as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – but a few counties over. I really can’t say enough good things about this film. The disc also comes loaded with extras… an “Anti-Commentary”, a documentary on the making of the film, the craftsmanship of the film, cast and crew interviews. When you see the film, you’ll understand why that’s not overkill. Great film. Great Blu Ray!

GOD I LOVE THIS MOVIE! But I fucking loathe this cover art. This is how they sold STARDUST theatrically and on home video. It’s all soft and glowy… fairy dusty. This film isn’t some cream puff gosh gee whillikers fantasy. This is badass fantasy. They should have shown the movie to the Hildebrandt brothers and said, “Paint what you see” and just watch what they came up with. A truly spectacular film. This film will become cooler and held in higher esteem as the years go by. Absolutely fantastic work. This BluRay is adequate, but it isn’t any giant leap from the HD-DVD from back in the day. Still got mine. BLUSH At some point, I can imagine a truly great CRITERION disc… not that that is in the works, but I wish it were. And when and if that day were to ever come, I’ll enjoy this.

I have a great many friends that are a fan of this show. I watched part of the 3rd season once – thought it was kind cool, kinda funky. But I was talking to Drew McWeeny tonight, and he was sitting down to watch this – and he claims it is “Good Pulp” - So I take it it is fun. I’m in the midst of watching 2nd season of FRINGE blu ray, I might put this in after. Maybe.

I watched a few episodes of this the other day, funny stuff. I just don’t know if I have the need for seasons of the show though. I still prefer the original, but this is pretty damn good too. I understand from fans of the show, that this is a disappointing season for some. This is a pretty pricey dip for a disappointing season.

During the LONGHORN/RICE Game I tweeted about the terrible television spot for the ninth season of SMALLVILLE. I was quickly Twisaulted by a fan of the show – who has faithfully watched from Season One. I commented that I wasn’t pooping on the show, just a spot that really did hurt my head. When another tweeted at me, that SMALLVILLE is like what Superman would be if written by Kevin Williamson – and it kinda got kinda sick feeling. Is that really what SMALLVILLE is like?

An agonizing wretched nightmare of an experience that I do not wish to duplicate at any point in the future.

Really and truly bliss. It is crazy how much I love these appearances – especially after that BEATLES game, but here you get the full episodes – so this isn’t just a Beatles geek thing, but I get to see Cab Calloway on Ed Sullivan, the Broadway cast of OLIVER! – an interview that Ed Sullivan did with the Beatles in London prior to the release of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and much more! Very cool. Outstanding!

Now here’s one of those films that slipped through the cracks and shouldn’t have. There’s a disturbing trend going on in film today – where truly quality films aren’t getting the exposure they deserve, generally because the companies behind them don’t do a strong push for their films. For example – here’s a film that has an outstanding cast, wonderful performances – but because it isn’t about the typically easy to market trends, we get a big push on DVD, but nowhere else. This is one of Michael Douglas’ best performances in this stage of his career. Also, I really like Mary Louise Parker an Susan Sarandon and Jenna Fischer in this story about a man that has reached a ‘certain’ point in his life where things no longer look bright.

9 Discs, 1500 minutes of a great show that used to collect Emmys for PBS. Helen Mirren was cast in her best character to date. Detective Jane Tennison. A brilliant police drama series that has only been on VHS so far in the US, but now – we have it on DVD. If you got caught up with this series on PBS like I did, this will be a welcome treat indeed!

I found this film to be terrible. I never really cracked a smile, except when Val Kilmer was on screen, but even then I thought, “I wish I was watching TOP SECRET” Seriously. Will Forte was beyond 1 note, he was no note. Or maybe I’m just tone deaf. But this goes into the category of insufferable SNL movies. At least for me.

Now here we have amongst my very favorite Tim Burton films. MARS ATTACKS! I know it has it’s problems, but they’re kind of inherent to the lunacy of making a movie based off of Gum Cards – but also the brilliance of basing a movie off of Gum Cards. I have been waiting patiently for WACKY PACKAGES The Movie. I’m kidding. I think we only have to instances of this. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS THE MOVIE and MARS ATTACKS! – both were popular due to their historically outrageous natures. I always loved HORRORS OF WAR and CIVIL WAR NEWS – but obviously – the plan for Tim Burton had MARS ATTACKS! gone bonkers at the box office, he would have made DINOSAURS ATTACK! - However, because the American public chose to go box office crazy for INDEPENDENCE DAY, we didn’t get DINOSAURS ATTACK – which would have made JURASSIC PARK look like a trip to the Park. Oh well. This BLU RAY is not fully loaded unfortunately, but then… MARS ATTACKS! has never gotten the love and respect from Warners that it deserves. That said, it looks lovely as hell!

Ya know… I’d almost completely forgotten this movie. And all the way up until that fucking Space Monkey showed up, I thought – maybe I had been unfairly angry at this film, but then that fucking Space Monkey showed up… and then I realized… OH YEAH! This film jumped into terrifyingly awful territory. They were trying to push CG Character animation and they failed MISERABLY – at a design level, an execution level – and you have to wonder – How… How when they saw the first final render of the Space Monkey, that they didn’t decide to just cut the Space Monkey subplot altogether from the film. Because it is horrifying. Never mind that the YM-3 design sucks balls, that Matt LeBlanc is on crack, that all of the Robinson children suck, and that only Spider Oldman redeems anything, but then – he looks like he escaped from the fucking set of CAPTAIN EO. This film is one of those disasters that has so much quality work effects wise, that then is just shat upon by everything else in the movie. And at no point does this film truly capture the spirit of LOST IN SPACE. Personally, I’d love to see Brad Bird take a swing at this some day. He’d nail the tone and spectacle.

Ken Russell’s TOMMY is just amongst my fave Rock Operas ever committed to film. I saw it when it opened in theaters, made my parents buy me a Levi Jacket that had an Iron On of PINBALL WIZARD art – and whenever I played Pinball – at the pre-Video Game Arcades of my little years, I’d sing this song in my head – and when the Arcade boomed out PINBALL WIZARD, I would not lose a ball for the duration of that epic song. I became TOMMY, but not abused, deaf, dumb or blind. NOW for the bad news. Sony decided to make this a bare-bones ordeal – although there are extras to be had in previous versions of this film – including a full director commentary, interviews with everyone – but not on this Blu Ray – which could store all that and more. So that kinda pissed me off. But I do love TOMMY, so this’ll do till they do better!

THX 1138 ( THE George Lucas Director’s Cut ) Blu Ray
Yeah, now this one is done right. Don’t you love that “THE George Lucas Director’s Cut”? Just so you know who directed it, right? That it is that director’s director’s cut. Cuz I do suppose there’s a shit ton of people that don’t know that George Lucas directed anything other THE STAR WARS, not that any of them apes read this site. Y’all all knew George Lucas’ best movie was this, right? And I’m somebody that really digs this “Special Edition” – which I felt really kinda made the movie even cooler. Then add to that, you get a George Lucas and Walter Murch Commentary. An isolated sound effects track – which rocks btw – just saying. Major cool way of watching this film. A Big piece on Walter Murch doing his sound effects thing! Two different excellent documentaries. Lucas’ original Student film version. A vintage production featurette… I mean – this is awesome. More discs like this and the FORBIDDEN PLANET in terms of extras!!!

Ok – so you’re on a budget – You don’t want to spend more than $12 – well…. Here’s your buy of the week. This isn’t a super duper set. 2 discs 2-sided – 4 great fucking Steve McQueen films – on a budget – and crying to be watched if you’ve never seen them before. Advanced collectors – there’s better editions, and you know it, and have them. Novices – this is for you! Seriously, you’ll thank me profusely.

I love this Charlie Brown adventure. Linus in the pumpkin patch awaiting the Great Pumpkin is classic. Love love love it. Ya know, the interesting notion I’ve always had about the Peanuts – is that they live in the universe of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – but all the grownups are insignificant. At some evil point in the future – some asshole is gonna have the ‘brilliant’ notion of making Live Action versions of the Peanuts tales – and I just absolutely don’t believe they can work in the modern day. They don’t have video games, they had imaginations. They didn’t text, they had conversations. They could wander the neighborhood in the pre-Boogie Man days of existence. And most of all, they’re little kids that were not raised today. It is sad to look at these cartoons and to realize that this era is over. Oh sure, we can nostalgically look at these cartoons and kind of yearn for the period – but I’m not so sure if it should ever translate to live action. For me, the Bill Melendez animated Charlie Brown tales… they are perfect. From the music to the style of animation, from the voices to their actions. And I will watch these for all of my life. On this Blu Ray you also get IT’S MAGIC, CHARLIE BROWN and a Featurette entitled WE NEED A BLOCKBUSTER, CHARLIE BROWN!

I remember when I first saw THE PLAYER, I hated it, because that couldn’t be the way the film industry was. They’re douches, idiots and back-stabbers. They’re being choked to death by idiots – and even murder comes into play. But as I’ve spent more time – there is a high degree of truth to THE PLAYER – it’s funny, but it is also sad. That said, I’d prefer to watch SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN for my Inside Hollywood story. But damn this is a fine fine film from the great Robert Altman. There’s a delicious evil to THE PLAYER, it is very hard to resist.

This came out on VHS back in 1994 though I saw it on TV as a kid, and it combines some new footage as a way to tie together classic Looney Tunes of the “Halloween variety” – you’ll get looks at A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO, TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000, CLAWS FOR ALARM, A WITCH’S TANGLED HARE, HYDE AND HARE, HYDE AND GO TWEET, BROOM STICK BUNNY, BEWITCHED BUNNY and more. Also on the DVD is the extra toon treat of HAIR-RAISING HARE! This is a fun little collection/special.

One of the GREAT Made for TV movies and performances in the history of the Boob Tube. I honestly feel this can be watched alongside THE PIANO and SCHINDLER’S LIST with no harm done to your estimation of this film. Made in 1980, starring Vanessa Redgrave at the top of her dramatic prowess – this is a haunting and brutal Holocaust tale, incredibly gritty and realistic. And this is its first time to be made available on DVD. So you can finally toss that old VHS away.

This title was released in a two-fer with CAPOTE, but that set would have set ya back about $41, and here… you can get just the superior IN COLD BLOOD starring a brilliant Robert Blake – in Richard Brooks’ fantastic and atmospherically disturbing for a mere $15. If you have that two-fer, there’s no reason to buy this.

I have so much fun with HATCHET. It’s kinda like a gory version of the BELLAGIO Fountain show. Just one over the top old school latex and pressurized blood fountain-work after another – meanwhile, the film has a great performance out of Kane Hodder… and I happen to really like Joel Moore and I am partial to titties. So HATCHET is for me. There’s a special look at HATCHET 2 on here, but honestly, I would wait to see HATCHET 2 before watching that. It’ll play better for ya. Honest Injun!

This is basically a repackage. This came out about 2 years ago on Blu, in one of those great Warner BOOK releases – here, you have the classic Jewel cases and a $6 savings. Personally, I’ll stick to my Book release. This is one of the great scary movies. Oh – and I must say it. FUCK THAT CLOWN DOLL IN THE ASS!

Here’s the least respected of the great trilogy of fall holiday classic Charlie Brown TV Specials, but while I know it has become increasingly politically insensitive to celebrate the raping and pillaging of this great pure country by all us white devils – that isn’t the spirit of THANKSGIVING. Now I know historically, the pilgrims represent the beginning of a near cultural genocide that took place when the Europeans came like a plague to this fertile paradise, but dammit. THANKSGIVING is the ideal. The celebration of the natives and the newly adopted Americans working together to celebrate, feast and be friends. This is why most every Thanksgiving at my house – we cook like mad demons, host multiple sittings, inviting both of Yoko & mine’s families – along with a few friends without their families. And usually – after MACY’S THANKSGIVING PARADE – this is on the screen. And I love it so. Now, if only Eli Roth would make the film he’s meant to make… THANKSGIVING!

Reading Quint’s interview with the man behind the rebirth of HAMMER – has me excited, but at the same time… I know for a great many of you good folks – HAMMER HORROR may mean nothing. In my house growing up, I was exposed to the classic Universal Monsters at the earliest of ages, then I remember keenly when I was shown DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE in my backyard, on a weighted sheet hanging from the side of the garage and I got to see that redder than red blood - and Christopher Lee’s manic and powerful Dracula – shortly after that – I was introduced to HORROR OF DRACULA, which is a stunningly beautiful retelling of the classic Dracula tale. Gorgeous film, great performances. 1st class affair all the way. Then the Peter Cushing FRANKENSTEIN films… Man. I was used to my Jack Pierce designed Karloff Frankenstein Monster, but Christopher Lee’s monster make up… it is a nightmare, a lurid colorful hideous nightmare of a Frankenstein monster – and Cushing’s Frankenstein is something entirely different from what Colin Clive created for Whale. The women are sexy, without being tramps, the violence has emotion behind it – and the action has an incredible sense of urgency. And the scores… sweet heaven & hymns, these scores rule! Discover HAMMER HORROR if you haven’t. This is an excellent starter set. Then seek out immediately BRIDES OF DRACULA – it’s my personal favorite Vampire film of all time. Just – if there were ever vampires – and there ever were a Van Helsing to fucking fight them. BRIDES OF DRACULA is the truth. The rest is fiction.

In 2006, when I saw BLACK DAHLIA – I hated it. I was so fucking annoyed at the film, which was just a mess, I felt. It just felt like style over substance, and I didn’t like anybody other than William Finley, the greatest face ever. Now – this is where I come out as a major Brian De Palma lover. I don’t like not liking a Brian De Palma film. I so love the vast majority of his creative output, that when something shits in my eye – I go into shock, because how could that have come from a filmmaker that I hold with such high esteem. SO – I tend to give De Palma films a second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances. Around the 5th time I saw BLACK DAHLIA, I finally found the groove and intent of the film. This is a silly movie for De Palma. He’s playing here. This is a fetish film for De Palma, he’s doing what makes him feel good. The make up and the costumes on his women, he’s cinematically making love to the look of women from this era. The men, he makes them brutal, carnal and the kind of Neanderthals that beat with their fists, that are corruptible through sex, status and desire. The rich are strange obscure threateningly bizarre beings that the working class can barely understand – and the film is high styled, not realistic, not meant to be taken literally. That said – this is no LADY FROM SHANGHAI, which on its best day it might want to be, but just isn’t. I’m not saying I quite love the film yet, in fact I’m not saying it is even a good movie, but at this point – I can appreciate the film, what it has going on, and I am excited to have the Blu Ray.

Just recently, Yoko asked me to show her some Gangster movies – that’s when I batted my eyes and threw a thousand invisible twirly hearts at her – and told her I love her – and then went into the DVD room to assemble a stack of Gangster movies to show her. A few days later – I get sent these two sets from TCM – which essentially mirrored what I brought out of the back room. For $20, you’ll discover Cody Jarrett – and at the end of WHITE HEAT – you’ll be on such a cinematic high. I’m talking about that kind of high, where you’re crazy excited to see more from Cagney – and because you spent your $20 wisely – you have 3 more fantastic Cagney flicks to get through. I love EACH DAWN I DIE – Cagney is great in that with George Raft. Now – each of the films comes with a Leonard Maltin hosted Warner Night At The Movies with a newsreel, live action comedy short and cartoon with trailers. Excellent way to watch these films. CITY FOR CONQUEST kinda doesn’t fit the Gangster theme for me, as Cagney is a boxer. And “G” MEN – well Cagney’s a fucking copper! A Dick! A Small Fry. Obviously the perfect 4 Gangster film set of Cagney films would be PUBLIC ENEMY, ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, WHITE HEAT and KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE – but that’s probably just me.

Ok – now this set… you invite friends over to dress up, you break out the illicit substances of the past & present and celebrate the wanton disregard for the LAW by celebrating the excess of relishing in forbidden fruits. Then you grab your moll, your guns and you go on a crime frenzy… JUST KIDDING. Seriously though – You ever notice how Gangsters that kept alcohol being served in the back room are always portrayed as these guys that wear fine suits and tuxedos… get killer cool cars, kill people with badass one-liners and they always have hats. Now – flash forward to our modern day prohibition against pot, coke, smack, whatever… and these guys look like the homeless? I just miss this class of villainy. LITTLE CAESAR is the one that started it all – Edward G Robinson is great here – but you should always watch that with a double feature of KEY LARGO. Trust me on that. Then here’s Cagney’s first great role in THE PUBLIC ENEMY, I’d kill for that Insert btw, - then THE ROARING TWENTIES is an amazing piece of cinema. Really dynamic. And SMART MONEY – that’s the one I haven’t seen yet, but with Eddie G and Cagney, I can pretty much guarantee it is worth checking out, and for me – the reason to buy the set. Again – all films have the Maltin NIGHT AT THE MOVIES thing, plus extras like critic commentaries. This is how a cheap set should be done. Just the right amount of awesome in addition to the features.

Here’s a very little seen movie from last year, it has been on the festival circuit, it hails from Slovenia – and is about the young girl in her twenties that uses her body to acquire the lifestyle she has always dreamt of, but when a powerful client dies during one of her sessions – she ends up on the run from just about everyone. I really dig this movie, and wish it had gotten an Art House release in the U.S. The main reason to see this is for Nina Ivanisin’s remarkable performance. VERY GOOD FILM.

You either love the Terence Hill / Bud Spencer TRINITY movies – or they plum annoy the shit out of you or you’ve never experienced them. For me, they’re the closest thing to live action Warner Bros. Looney Tunes inspired Westerns that we’re likely to see this side of Hope’s PALEFACE duo. That said, this 4 film set does not include THEY CALL ME TRINITY or TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME, which are the best of their pairings. Instead – these are the more obscure WATCH OUT, WE’RE MAD from 1974, 2 MISSIONARIES – also from 1974, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE from 1976, which is a Knight in Armor film – and from 1986, ALADDIN, with Bud Spencer playing the Genie! I’m not kidding. Honestly – I just love this set – especially given that it is under $10. And it provides me with Hill/Spencer movies that I do not own. I watched nearly all of these with my mother on cable in the 80s – and Terence’s quick slaps never get old.

I love this film – and have watched my HD DVD of it about 4 times since owning it. Of the Linklater Roto-movies, I still prefer WAKING LIFE, but I have to say, Linklater did a great job with Dick’s possibly best loved work. Or is that just me again. I love A SCANNER DARKLY the novel, and I do quite enjoy this movie. I do notice little things everytime I see it that make me enjoy it even more. There is a commentary with Keanu, Linklater, Tommy Pallotta, Jonathan Lethem and Phillip K Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett. There’s also a neat little thing, “THE WEIGHT OF THE LINE: ANIMATION TALES” on here that you should check out.
Next Tuesday, I jump into the first season of GLEE, LETTERS TO JULIET which continues my Amanda Seyfried mild obsession, PRINCE OF PERSIA, the second season of FRINGE which I’m loving, AMERICA: THE STORY OF US, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, MONSTER HOUSE (Blu Ray 3D), SEVEN Blu Ray, GHOST ADVENTURES Season 2, THE BLACK CAULDRON Special Edition, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON ONE Blu Ray, SHERLOCK HOLMES 1964-1965, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu, BREATHLESS Criterion Blu, JACOB’S LADDER Blu, the Phillip Kaufman INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS on Blu!!! Leonard Cohen’s SONGS FROM THE ROAD Blu, BLOODSPORT/TIMECOP Blu Ray, STARCRASH Blu, Laurel & Hardy’s MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS on Blu, HALLELUJAH BROADWAY, LORD OF THE RINGS individually on Blu (not as a set), DELICATESSEN (Blu), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Blu, THE THIRD MAN (Blu), UNLEASHED (Blu), Herzog’s MY SON MY SON WHAT HAVE YE DONE?, BOOGIE WOOGIE, Alice Cooper’s GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN LIVE 1973: BILLION DOLLAR Blu, MANDINGO Blu, Ryan Reynolds’ AMITYVILLE HORROR Blu, Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell, RETURN OF THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS, FEAST Blu, ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS Blu, THE ORDER Blu, CARRIE Blu, SHERLOCK HOLMES double feature, for Scott Weinberg – KITTEN PARTY HOLIDAY, PORNO, AFTERSCHOOL, PROPOSITION Blu and that’s about it… gonna be another long one. Enjoy discovering some treasures!

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  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Nocturama


  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    So the Forbidden Planet Blu Ray is the same as the DVD?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Apart from the picture, I mean. Although the DVD picture was seriously good already.<br> I got that sweet looking tinbox, with the little Robby figure in it. Also gave one to my best friend as a birthday present. It was the first time he ever hugged me, which made me happy and scared me at the same time. <br> Brillant movie that still holds up damn well. Even my Buddy's 11 year old daughter liked it! And she belongs to the kind of kid that loves High School Musical!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Black Dahlia is still terrible

    by kwisatzhaderach

    And I say that as a huge DePalma fan.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Keep Watching The Skies

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Does anyone know if that's available separately? I've only seen part of it but I enjoyed what I saw. Is it online anywhere?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by Stormshadow4life

    One of my favorite movies of the last decade by far. I have read that the HD-DVD transfer was kind of meh, but it's sounding like the BluRay is indeed a different and better transfer. Can't wait for Amazon to ship it to me!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Oh Harry is still doing this?

    by D.Vader

    Thought he finally gave up. I gave up expecting it. This is really a surprise.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    THX 1138

    by bigbadbua

    Haven't gotten around to watching this yet (shameful, I know), but I find it hard to believe that its better than The Empire Strikes Back. That film is amazing.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    There are NO fucking extras on Poltergeist

    by D.Vader

    STILL no fucking extras. That's WORTH a mention to the readership.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST



  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Black Dalia fucking BLEW!!!


  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    "Fuck the clown doll in the ass"?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    That happened in the first Scary Movie, didn't it?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Lost In Space: The Horror

    by Jinxo

    Lost In Space was one of a handful of films so bad that, in the theater, I started purposely not looking at the screen. I couldn't take it! And the one shot they had at winning back some points they blew. At the end, where they face off against old, evil Will Robinson, the original plan was apparently to use Bill Mummy for that part. That would have been so great I might not have loathed the film. Okay, still would loathe it but... a kinder loathing. But nooooo, they didn't do that. Why? Because they felt Bill Mummy didn't have the chops to handle playing a corrupted older Will Robinson. Meanwhile, at the time, he was proving he had the chops to go darker with his character on Babylon 5. And, really, with the rest of that film, with CGI monkeys and ass hat acting left and right, Bill Mummy was going to be the problem actor who would ruin things? Bahahahaha!!! Having the real Will Robinson return to play that role was the ONE cool thing they could have done! Aaaaaand fail!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    THX is interesting at best

    by RPLocke

    It's not really a movie though. Not much happens in it. Nice sets, though.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Pretty sure they say Robby is from the future in Invisible Boy

    by Gojira_X

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    THX-1138 is Lucas's best film. Fact!

    by BarryConvex

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    It's weird that these Bud & Terence movies are obscure...

    by RedEgiraahgnal the USA, when in Germany everybody who grew up in the 90's saw them a million times on TV, they still are shown in prime time here with incredible high ratings and they get re-released on DVD every fucking year or so. (And even Guillermo del Toro know that watching it in the German dubbing is the best way to enjoy them!)

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Uwe Boll is remaking Playing for TIME???


  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    THX is OK, but Rrevenge of the Sith is Lucas best.


    That was a visionary film fanboys whether you can admit it or not

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I loved THE BLACK DAHLIA from day one

    by CherryValance

    Try this. Watch it thinking that the characters are obsessed with Hollywood, just like the Dahlia. Watch it as if they're all trying to emulate the actors they're obsessed with. For instance, Hilary Swank's character is desperately trying to be a vamp/femme fatale. Watch how she behaves with Josh Hartnett compared to how she is with her crazy parents. And they're crazy because they're trying to be those over-the-top dramatic people that only really existed in classic noirs. They're like an insane bunch of corrupt drama queens. All of De Palma's movies have that style of not being really real. Everything is heightened and too high gloss. That's what I've always loved about them. That's what this is. The resolution of the film, although I've read many reviews that say it came out of nowhere, directly references The Man Who Laughs which is a film they went to. I can't get into it without spoiling but it makes total sense.</p> <p>I have never ever understood the beating it got except to say that the first group of people who saw it, shouldn't have. It was marketed to Scarface fans and that's just a few million homies too many. It didn't have a chance from there, imo. It didn't give normal movie fans a chance to decide for themselves. The negative hype was too strong. </p>

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    In Cold Blood/Conrad Hall

    by Kammich

    That scene where Robert Blake is about to be executed and delivers his monologue near the window... the raindrops on the pane of glass reflect onto Blake's face and make it look as though these sublime, artificial tears are flowing from his eyes. Its an AMAZING shot, and cinematographer Conrad Hall always claimed that it was merely an accident. Conrad Hall was maybe the best there ever was, and I share the fear he had that the digital age is going to negate any chance of such photographic "happy accidents" from ever happening in films anymore. Now you can just put things into a computer and say, "make it look like this." I'm glad there are still people like Deakins, Fujimoto and Elswit that can accomplish anything they want with just a camera, a lens, and some lights.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    hard to show it to the Hildebrants....

    by TheHumanBurrito

    ....what with one of them being dead since 2006 or so!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    also, what the hell Scanner Darkly:

    by TheHumanBurrito

    A Scanner Darkly has been on Blu for years and this is a carbon copy rerelease, why is it NOW popping up all over the place (at $20-30)? I bought mine for $7.99 from Amazon last year! Exact. Same. Disc.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by glonth1999

    The cgi monkey creature was ugly, no doubt, but otherwise I always thought it was a solid sci-fi film and deserved a sequel. PS-Matthew Perry is not in this movie, Harry.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    The only thing Lost In Space had going for it

    by skimn

    was it beat The Matrix for the bullet time effect, or frozen circular pan, for one sequence by one year.<p>And as ill conceived as MacGruber was, Harry, you didn't chuckle at his over-the-top lovemaking noises. Or did that hit too close to home? AND since when has Val Kilmer's nose look like Danny Trejo's face?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    My dormroom was in Conrad Hall at Penn St


  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Normally I'd let others' opinions lie as they may. But Harry, you are dead wrong about MacGruber. It is hysterically funny in parts and to say that you "didn't even crack a smile" negates any future opinion of yours when it comes to comedies. Was it too immature for your taste? If so, then that's a bold statement coming from someone that collects toys and dolls.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Macgruber was the funniest flik since Beer League


  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Kammich, perhaps you should do some research

    by skimn

    before making a statement about digital. Roger Deakins famously used digital intermediate processing for O Brother Where Art Thou? and The Ladykillers for the Coens, among other directors.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the heads up, skimn

    by Kammich

    I didn't realize that about the Ladykillers. I do remember reading a few years ago that he did a lot of digital work on O Brother, but claimed it was because the film was shot during the fall and the locale(Mississippi, I think) was notably lush and green at that time of year. In that case, its a cinematographer using the only option really available to assist his director(s) in delivering the product they wanted on the schedule that is needed. That is interesting with Ladykillers, though. And by the way, I apologize if I came off as anti-digital in any way... I'm quite the opposite. Some of the stuff you can do digitally is remarkable, and considerably exciting to a young guy like me who is just starting to study cinematography(in my first semester of it in college). I just love natural photography and feel that there are certain anomalies--miracles, if you will--that can only happen on actual film.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Mathew Perry in Lost in Space? Isn't it Leblanc?

    by ndally

    Not that I care but someone will mention it at some point and call Harry names for getting it wrong. So work here is done. ndally out!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Lost in Space was the first DVD I ever owned

    by RPLocke

    It came free with the player

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    AND this week's statement from Harry that makes

    by skimn

    me question his sanity is...."I have never seen any film made since FORBIDDEN PLANET that visually blows my mind, quite the way this movie does it." Not 2001, Star Wars, The Matrix, Any Lord Of The Rings, even Altered States, etc. take-your-pick??? Yes, Forbidden Planet has the look of a pulp science fiction magazine like Amazing Stories and Analog come to life, but no film since has visually blew your mind? Oh I'm sorry, in the same way, whatever that means...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Waht no True Blood spoilers Harry?

    by Simpsonian

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    the Office DVD is not a "pricey dip"

    by Browncoat_Jedi

    DVD for $30 and blu ray for $37 at Target. How is that expensive? Have you seen what HBO charges for half that number of episodes?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I didn't mean to come off as harsh. Good luck in your studies and I hope you find a career that satisfies your desires.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Hasn't A Scanner Darkly...

    by Goochbag

    ...been out for a while? Or is this a re-issue? I got my copy from amazon for 8 bucks like six months ago...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Frank Gorshin on the Beatles Sullivan DVD

    by Tacom

    I didn't know the Riddler was on the Beatles first Ed Sullian show episode doing impressions until I saw a previous edition of the DVD. Gorshin does awesome impressions of Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, when is BNAT???

    by Turd Furgeson

    Inquiring minds want to know.. Actually I want to take a trip to Austin and maybe I can make it the same weekend. First weekend of December or second?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Indeed it was LeBlanc and not Perry in Lost in Space

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Not that it matters a whole lot. The film rightfully disappeared, from most people's attention. You had the wrong 'Friend', Harry; but it's no big deal.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Lost In Space...

    by Lemure_v2

    crap film, but I had a major crush on the younger daughter (I was 17, I feel no shame)...and has she grown up nicely! I'm off to google her...

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    The Player - rare example of film better than book

    by The Mothman

    I can't remember a single passage from the novel, but the movie tends to linger. What does Richard E. Grant say in the preview screening - 'THAT'S reality'. Followed by backslapping and gladhanding. I think Altman said in an interview the movie is nowhere near as cynical as it could've been, which is frightening.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Stardust was shit.

    by Lemure_v2

    It had a million plot holes. Here's a few: 1. Why not BRICK UP the gap in the wall? 2. Why not climb over the wall further along? 3. The magic chain? One cut makes three pieces. Explain? 4. Stars can tell humans that other stars are in trouble, but they cant tell the star directly? 5. Witch chucks magic at Septimus and it doesnt even singe him - no he wasnt wearing the white flower thing either. Read the book and see how it should have been done.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    30 bucks for 5 discs is a good deal

    by RPLocke

    Band of Brothers is the most I've EVER paid for a DVD set, and I found a new copy for 50. Damn HBO.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Lacey Chabert...

    by Lemure_v2

    that's who I was thinking of

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    THE PLAYER is a perfect film.

    by ColonelFatheart

    It all comes together so beautifully, so elegantly, so hilariously, so cynically in the end. Fucking perfect.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    The Exploding Girl?

    by Ribbons

    You might have covered this in your last article, but a new release that everybody should see is The Exploding Girl. Great performance by Zoe Kazan.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Matthew Perry wasn't in Lost in Space...

    by alienindisguise

    it was Matt Leblanc..not that it changes the suckage of it.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles: Loves Stardust - Falls asleep during Inception

    by Neck_Lucas

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    I liked Lost In Space

    by googamooga

    Yes, the monkey was ass, yes, the movie would have been 10 times better without it. I choose to ignore the movie and just watch other sections of the movie. That's what dvd chapters were created for.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Careful Harry!!!

    by CCon99

    First you say some positive things about Supernatural and then you destroy Macgruber? Are you trying to make Hercules cry in the fetal position? =P

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Lucas didn't direct Empire, Irvin Kershner. THX might be Lucas's best directed movie, I've never seen it. But, better than Star Wars (yes, Star Wars, not Episode IV: A New Hope) or American Graffiti? It would have to be great. Also, both The Black Dahlia and Lost in Space blew space monkeys. I did kind of like the space spiders and Heather Graham though.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I meant that

    by dukeroberts

    "Irvin Kershner did."

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Some thoughts

    by HansBubi

    I had never seen the Lost in Space movie, and the cgi monkey comments on this board persuaded me to check out the cgi monkey on YouTube. Ouch, that thing is ugly, and I am referring to the movie's digital artistry. I am surprised that thing made it into the final cut of the movie. In regard to THX 1138, I am surprised a few people have already commented that they've never seen it. I'll admit that I didn't see it until my early-to-mid twenties, yet that's probably a good thing. It's not a plot-driven movie. It feels like a genuinely adult movie that is best watched alone when you're in a thoughtful mood. It kind of reminds me of 2001 in that the viewer can spend the whole movie actively thinking and being hypnotized by the visuals - all while not much is happening in the movie. It's not for everyone, yet it's worth watching because it might connect with you. Every once in a great while I get this urge to watch it, yet I assume that it's a movie many people consider a "one time watch." I tend to really like re-watching movies others deem "one time watch" movies. This column may be questionable at times, yet I like that it might finally convince someone to check out a movie that's been on their to-watch list.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Macgruber is hillarious

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't laugh off a lung during that movie...but i suppose comedy is subjective

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    The Office: Season 6

    by frankenberry

    Does anyone else think this season has a bad reputation simply because it's the *sixth* season? Seems like people act as if the series MUST be lackluster now that it's reached so many seasons now. I've been watching some of the episodes today, and I think the show is still pretty damn hilarious.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Didn't read it. Did Harry give away the end of Devil

    by beastie

    in the Magruber write up?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Revenge of the Sith is Lucas best

    by JackSlater4

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    If "Sith" is Lucas' best, he should retire already.

    by Flip63Hole

    What a shit ending to a shit prequel trilogy.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Dear god, Harry...

    by nico_laos

    You watched part of Supernatural season 3... now you're contemplating watching season 5? Don't watch this shit out of order! Start at season 1 or don't start at all.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    This is Matthew Perry's lawyer speaking--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    My client has been in some stinky turds, no argument there, but for the purposes of not slandering his name and future career I submit that Matthew Perry was never in or ever will be by means of Lucasian CGI insertion the motion picture "Lost in Space". Case closed.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by Pwesents

    I am so sick of all the pc bullshit telling me it is racist to celebrate this or don't you dare be insensitive that. You know I will eat my damn Turkey singing Yankee Doodle Motherfucking Dandy

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Lost in Space loks nice on Bluray


    Mars Attacks kind of a dissapointment. Benn counting the days til these came out. I love Lost in Space, a guilty pleasure for me.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Prime Suspect

    by MartinBlank

    is a great series, but it's been on DVD at least once before. Anchor Bay put out the first two series in '98. Then HBO Video put out 1-6 in 2004, and Acorn Media put out 7 in 2007. Now Acorn is putting out the whole shebang.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    But seriously - any thoughts on the monkey?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I thought it was Jennifer Anistorn!!!

    by RPLocke


  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I wanted to love Mars Attacks, but it sucked

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by dumbpeoplesuck

    RIGHT ON! Touchy, feely generation of pansies. Every time I read some PC crap like that I realize we're well overdo for a good healthy plague.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Screw this week - next week, Laurel and Hardy on Blu??

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Thank you God!!!! Let's hope it's a decent release, after the superb UK Amazon 21 disc box set of the Hal Roach years for Stan and Ollie, any Blu's have got big shoes to fill but I'm hopeful. If they could release that exact set on Blu, Hint's gonna die one happy, cheesy fella. Stan and Ollie - greatest entertainers film has ever seen. Bless 'em.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Lost in Space

    by dumbpeoplesuck

    Loved the opening space sequence. Bought the original DVD just for that, and seeing the few original cast back in action was really cool after having grown up on the TV show. But alas, I have to agree with Harry, the film takes a pretty steep dive into retardation. Still fun to watch...and wonder how much better it might have been with the right people involved. This one they got half right.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    The Black Dahlia is messy as hell and kind of silly...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but it's also visually stunning and the kind of overheated melodrama that De Palma excels at (if you're on his wavelength). Most people went in looking for another L.A. Confidential, and were taken off-guard by a film that emulated the STYLE of 40's noir filmmaking with a fetishistic relish (the Star Wars wipes, the somewhat stilted acting). Thereare moments in the film that truly ARE dreadful (any scene with Fiona Shaw, who's thankfully only in two scenes in the whole movie, some of the more apopleptic Aaron Eckhart tantrums), but there are also BRILLIANT moments of pure cinema, like the reveal of the Dahlia's corpse as background information the camera turns it's back on, and the stunningly-chorographed murder setpeice on the staircase. Plus, Mark Isham's score is delicious.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Reactions to MacGruber

    by HansBubi

    ...have been so incredibly mixed. One person says it's not funny at all (like watching a bad SNL episode just with R-rated content), and the next person says it's hilarious. I'm hoping I land at least in the middle and enjoy it. It seems like everyone that likes it refers to the same one or two jokes as being proof the movie is good, so I hope there's more to enjoy than a couple very effective bits.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Revenge of the Sith

    by dukeroberts

    The only two problems I had with Revenge of the Sith were Natalie Portman's wooden acting, the "icky" romantic parts (bad, cheesy dialogue) and "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Aside from those things, ROTS was bad ass.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    MacGruber wasn't horrible

    by jimmy_009

    If you like dumb comedy that makes you smile even though you know it's dumb then you'll enjoy it. The sex scene alone should have forced a smile at the very least.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Supernatural is an awesome show to sink into

    by jimmy_009

    One of those shows you feel jealous of people just starting season one. It builds up a great lore and plays it for all it's worth. Perfect example of how to build a mythology within a show and actually reward the viewer throughout (what shows like X-files and Lost couldn't figure out). Highly recommended "good pulp" as Drew said.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    I'm glad Drew gave Supernatural another chance.

    by Shermdawg

    He initially panned it when reviewing season one's dvd. Awesome show, Harry. Hope you enjoy it. It's unfortunate though that they're continuing it after what would have been one of the best series finales ever in season five. And yes, very often (and especially when we're talking mythology) this show out does even the mighty X-files. So awesome. <br><br> Smallville? Since episode 100 back in season five? Not so much.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Also, since Lost in Space was mentioned...

    by Shermdawg

    AMC or somebody needs to do a retro remake (total 60's sci-fi vibe with slightly better effects) with Carlos Bernard and Reiko Aylesworth as the Robinsons, Alan Kalter as Robot, and my man John Lithgow as Dr.Smith.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Sith, ANH and ESB

    by RPLocke

    3 of the best Star Wars movies. I wonder what it would be like if GL directed Indiana Jones 5?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I'm serious, Harry, Supernatural is the shit.

    by Shermdawg

    If there was ever a show that would resonate with a good portion of the AICN crowd, it's THIS SHOW.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    "if GL directed Indiana Jones 5?"

    by Shermdawg

    Spielberg should've just let him since it was apparent Lucas was running the show. Horrible movie.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Bah, Crystal Skull was 4.

    by Shermdawg

    But still Spielberg needs to put his foot down next time.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Have to agree. Supernatural is great.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Don't have cable, just watch TV shows I'm interested in on dvd - took a while to get around to Supernatural but I caved and tried season 1 a few months back. After 9 hours straight unable to turn it off, I went out the next day and bought seasons 2 to 4 just so when I finished season 1 I could keep going. Brilliant stuff, great story arc that emerges and while more humorous is definitely a worthy successor to the X-Files crown. Can't wait to see season 5 and while I've read about how the arc ends, and how season 6 seems a bit unnecessary, I can't wait for that either. Brilliant fun, very clever, very funny at times and extremely dark territory it sinks into from time to time. Love it.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to Supernatural Season 6

    by jimmy_009

    At first I was iffy, I mean season 1-5 is completely self-contained and doesn't require a season 6. But after sitting on it for a while I found that's why I'm actually looking forward to it. If season 6 is good or bad, you still have a perfect series with a beginning, middle and end. At worst I expect a lot of good stand alone episodes that will be like dessert after the main course. At best (and considering they haven't failed me yet) I expect a fitting coda to the series that brings it back to where the series started: two brothers on the road hunting evil shit.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    There is a fan edit of LOST IN SPACE...

    by Monroville

    Where they edit out the monkey and it's actually pretty good. Go to to look it up (or just go here:

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST


    by Disgustipitated

    Historically, you don't know your ass from a hole, if you'll pardon the expression. Those PC people out there are full of it and what you're referring to is what is known to most clear headed, non-media-zombie individuals as revisionist history.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    The Player

    by wes

    I've heard screenwriters Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio describe "The Player" as the most accurate portrayal of Hollywood (minus the murder).

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Mumy. He isn't a mummy. ;-)

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Living in Oblivion. Another accurate portrayal

    by Dennis_Moore

    of wHollyweird.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Well, indie wHollyweird.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    Please watch Supernatural. The best show on TV at the moment. Oh yeah and it's Matt LeBlanc in Lost in Space!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST

    It was me who Twisaulted Harry!!!!!!!!!

    by Drsambeckett1984

    So cool that he mentioned it on the site! Smallville rules!!!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Stardust Is A Classic Film

    by Media Messiah

    I tried to avoid it, and thought it would be a mess, however, this is a great, and very original, film. A modern classic!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    The new IMDB sucks!

    by vin_diggler

    I went to IMDB to check out a few of these films only to find that they changed the entire format of thier site. WTF! the old format was fine and it is what we are all used to. I hate when they try to fix things that are not broken!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Four Lions just came out on region 2 DVD

    by Shpadoinkle

    No joy for you folks in the States yet? I just watched it last night and was utterly blown away. When I wasn't laughing hysterically I was almost in tears...who'd have thought you could make an absurd jihadist comedy so touching? I'm a massive Chris Morris fan anyway (had been unnerved by some bad reviews and it never came to my Irish cinemas), but this absolutely met my initial expectations. The greatest comedy since Withnail & I (and I don't say that lightly).

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    I think Revenge of the Sith is about as bad as the other two.

    by beastie

    I enjoy the hell out of all 3 of the prequels, but I won't defend them. They have terrible scripts which not only have cheesy lines, but are very awkwardly paced. Lucas didn't seem to bother directing the actors, instead directing things that would be changed in post. ROTS is no different. </p><p>But I like them. I can't explain why. I enjoy the TV series quite a bit more, though. It seems like every time I think it hits its stride, The Clone Wars gets a little bit better. Sure, it started off bad, but it has become something that I look forward to greatly, every... well whenever the hell Cartoon Network decides to air it.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    And where are the movies??

    by Darrenjiju

    Seriously,l where are the movies? If that crap of Inception made it in the top 5, anything can happen

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Dahlia, Solitary et al

    by The StarWolf

    As GOJIRA_X wrote, INVISIBLE BOY involved time travel, thus making it a sort of sequel to FORBIDDEN perfectly legitimate. As for DAHLIA, any film that's so poorly put together that it takes four or five viewing to begin to appreciate, the director should be put out to pasture. As for many of the reviews - such as SOLITARY MAN and THX 1138 - It is quite annoying that you can spare all that space telling us how great they are, but not ONE LINE about what the film is actually about. Only an inept or lazy reviewer requires his readers to go elsewhere to find out about the actual film content. Yeah, I have seen (and loved Lucas' tale of a dystopic future society in 1138, but many here may not have).

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Almost walked out

    by The StarWolf

    ... of the LOST IN SPACE movie. Three times, yet. But, as with some small animal pinned by the oncoming car's headlights, I couldn't move. I expected, going in, that the movie wasn't going to be very good. Consider the source (ah, if the studio twits had only accepted Allen's original, Smith-less pilot for the series ...) so fair enough. But I didn't dream it would be THAT awful. Right off we're told society has a big problem with terrorists. So where do they build the launch platform? Atop a very thin, mile high spire in the center of a densely populated city instead of off on some deserted island. Can you say "prime terrorist target"?! And then the ship itself. It has hyperdrive! Only ... why? They admit it doesn't work properly. So why spend probably billions putting something in the ship which they won't be able to use? Made absolutely no sense whatsoever. And the family which got along about as well as the Hatfield and McCoys. Didn't the writers ever hear of psych screenings for ship crews? And on downhill to the end where everyone seem to have conveniently forgotten that Smith has been infected by that alien whatsit which will turn him against them. Next to this the writing in BALLISTIC: ECKS VS SEVER is practically Oscar-worthy.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Lost in Space

    by D.Vader

    Harry is right on this one. Oooooh that bland fucking space monkey.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    How can you not like MacGruber?

    by PeopleCallMeTheBriMan

    It is by far the most raunchy comedy I've ever seen. It's just completely wrong -- and so right. MacGruber rules!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Two Things: THX 1138 and Black Dahlia

    by Samuel Fulmer

    As long as it doesn't contain the non-CGI enhanced cut, I'll skip it. As for Dahlia, I understand the hate for the film, but I love it. I never read the book so maybe that's why it works for me. I think it's maybe one of the most surreal films of the last decade that gives Lynch a run for his money. The cinematogaphy, score, and set design are top notch. The only area where I have a problem with the film are some of the casting decisions, but I think it succeeds as being a real film noir (I mean take out the sex, violence, and color cinematography and you would swear it was a 40's film noir). It's not LA Confidential (which had much more realistic acting other than the hammy Russel Crowe breaking a chair scene), and it's not Zodiac (a true crime police procedural), it's more like The Good German where it's really more in line with classic cinema techniques than present ones.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    George Lucas' best film starred Opie right?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I thought everyone knew that.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Mars Attacks! was Burton's turning point

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I enjoyed certain moments in it, but it was the first time for me that I really didn't get into a Burton movie. Too bad that's been more the norm as the years go by.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    James Cagney

    by old_man_and_the_sea

    I'm with you on the best 4 Cagney gangsters. White Heat is just the best ... ever. Glad I don't get headaches like that!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    The Best part of ROTS were

    by MST3KPIMP

    the landings... as evidenced here

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Hey how about a talkback on 'films that let us down'

    by old_man_and_the_sea

    Lost in Space (a given, since the TV show was kinda fun, especially in its more 'serious' first season)) The Last Airbender (just the worst let down I've had in ages) All three Star Wars Prequels (and the Return of the Jedi, if I'm being really mean) Godfather 3 (sorry Sophia) Alien 3 and 4 Terminator 3 and especially 4 Just about anything this year ('cept Kick Ass - loved that one)

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Space Monkeys!

    by yodalovesyou

    Did it go: Yeah! Whoa! I feel the sugar-can through my mind!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by yodalovesyou

    None of them let me down because the quality of films does not concern me. Now world hunger, unnecessary wars and the environment, on the other hand...

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    MacGruber Hilarity, sort of...

    by Barsymes_Cratchnee

    I can probably count the number of movies on one hand that made me laugh so hard I was literally on the floor crying. Macgruber is one of those movies. The noise he makes during the back-to-back sex scenes, one of which takes place in a graveyard with his dead wife's ghost make me laugh out loud just thinking about it. That being said, I would not say this is the greatest comedy of all time and only a few scenes in this movie made me laugh out loud. In summary, I will watch any raunchy comedy with Will Forte in it, no questions asked, I think this guy is brilliant.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by nico_laos

    Serious sellers, as you put it, don't spam message boards.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Lost in Space

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Lacey Chabert and Heather Graham fingering each other, playing with Mimi Rogers large breasts....that was in the movie wasn't it?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    This guanwo douche has posted his dildotic ads in multiple columns now. Please erase this fucktard from the site!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    I know this will piss some people off, <p>but MacGruber

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    MacGruber is the kind of movie that only appeals to the type of dipshit that liked Hot Rod and thinks SNL is still entertaining. Herc's faithfulness to that franchise is only proof of my point. It was a fucking paris hilton kind of dumb that only a retard could appreciate. Truly awful! <p>(Again, sorry as I know this will piss some of you off, but put down the bong and detox and you'll see I'm right - MACGRUBER SUCKS)

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    as for THX-1138

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Harry, what are you smoking? THX was good, but in no way does it beat out SW:ANH or American Graffiti for Lucas' best film. (Though, it is kind of sad when you think about it, that we're arguing over his best film and the only one's that get mentions are 30+ years old - even Coppola has had a few decent ones in the intervening years - but not Georgie-boy)

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    Sorry, but I enjoyed Macgruber, it made me laugh. I am not a dipshit, nor a retard.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Fringe S2

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    YOU SUCK, HARRY (not really, just jealous)! I want to be watching Fringe S2 right now but Amazon refuses to send it to me early for some reason. Lucky sucka!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Peanuts was live-action...

    by Darthkrusty

    as a Broadway musical back in late 60's early 70's with Gary Burghoff (Radar on M*A*S*H) playing Charlie Brown

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    one more question, Harry

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Now that Stardust has finally made the leap from HDDVD to blu, any idea when Universal will get off their asses and have Big Lebowski and The Sting make the leap? Two of my favorite films that were on HDDVD and they still haven't made the leap three years later. (That and I really want Almost Famous - it's on blu ray in every country BUT ours - WTF?!?)

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Interesting choices, this week.

    by JDanielP

    FORBIDDEN PLANET blu-ray and the Steve McQeen dvd-deal are what I'm leaning toward.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Harry - why include

    by Bobba Phat

    movies you obviously completely dislike, or even downright hate? I enjoy your insight and opinions on movies you like, and your reasons for liking/appreciating them (FWIW I too share a huge love of Mars Attacks! and frequently get into debates with other friends who don't share our appreciation). Why don't you just stick to recommending movies you love (especially movies not in the mainstream than some might be "discovering" for the first time based on your recommendation), while highlighting the bonus features of the discs? It sometimes is hard to take this column seriously when there it's filled with mainstream Hollywood films you obviously hate: it smacks of disingenuous cash grabbing (which, to be honest/fair, I can understand and don't begrudge you). When the title of your column invokes featuring your own personal preferences (Harry's Pick) of DVD's released that week, cluttering the column with films you obviously hate is either confusing or a commercial mean to favor studios.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Macgruber did suck

    by vin_diggler

    but no need to take that out on us SNL fans. I have been faithful to SNL from the beginning and refuse to bad mouth it. But that does not make me a fan of any of the spin off movies. Please direct your anger at Macgruber to someone else.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump

    Dad: I fucked them.<p> Son: What was it like?<p> Dad: It was... it was great.<p> Son: Would you do it again?<p> Dad: Yes.<p> Son: [sobbing] ... would you ever fuck me?<p> Dad: No...I'd jerk off instead. [sobs]

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The BEST of George Lucas is the original STAR WARS

    by JDanielP

    ...with Han Solo shooting first.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Dinosaurs Attack

    by Autodidact

    That would have been a great fucking Tim Burton movie. That card series blew my damn mind when I picked up the whole thing at 12 years old (the real way, buying packs one or two at a time until I had the set, ending up with many many doubles.)

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I grew up on SNL - Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Jon Lovitz, The Chrises Farley and Rock, Sandler's Cajun and Opera Man (and CANTEEN BOY!), Al Franken, Kevin Nealon, Denis Miller, Jim Breuer, David Spade, Norm Macdonald - the list could go on for a while. But since Darryl Hammond, Will Ferrel, and Cheri Oteri left, SNL has been struggling. And it's only got worse as time has gone on. Yes SNL has had its slump years before (the Julia Louis Dreyfus/Joe Piscopo/Michael Mckean years were bad), but it eventually got better. SNL right now is in a slump that's damn near a decade with no signs of turining around. I'd love to see it get back to form, but I think the only way that's possible would be a move to Comedy Central or even HBO where they have less restrictions and could be funny again (though HBO's already got a sketch show in the works with Funny Or Die Presents), but as it stands on network television, SNL is reduced to lame jokes with unfunny characters (as in just about every character the unfunny Kristen Wiig plays - she's cute but horribly lame). I do hope that SNL recovers, but in this age of South Park, the Daily Show, and comedies that can say whatever they want censors be damned, SNL has fallen way behind. And they keep hiring new comedians that suck. Go get Mitch Fatel, Maria Bamford, Christopher Titus, Brian Regan, Mike Birbiglia, or any number of incredibly funny comics out there working the stages and give SNL its edge back. There WAS a time when SNL was considered rebellious and edgy. Bring THAT back and I may care again. As it stands, SNL sucks and NBC just lets it go on because it's cheap to make (another reason they keep getting shitty comics - to keep payroll down). I DO wish for SNL to return to greatness, but right now I see nothing that gives me hope that it will - those new additions Hack - I mean Herc - was raving about were just not that funny in the clips he posted. And that's a shame.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Blu-ray suggestion for STAR WARS, next year.

    by JDanielP

    It would be REALLY NICE if George Lucas allowed the viewer to make chapter/scene choice, "classic or altered", of individual scenes, if the choice was made before playing the blu-ray disk(s). (If you just hit start/play immediately, make it play his altered version.) --I do understand that the combining of both classic and altered chapters...would still have to make a visual sense. <P>Some modern alterations I do like, but if would be SO NICE to have the choice, and to watch entirely as classically filmed, too. <P>Wouldn't that be a possibility, with blu-ray??? --That is, if okay with George Lucas??? --What a dream, THAT would be! <P>With all that said, I still want the movies to look the BEST they possibly can (as in how James Cameron maxed out the blu-ray of AVATAR for the best picture possible). I guess if that means sacrificing extras and the options I just explored, so be it.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Bobba Phat, its as you said

    by D.Vader

    Money. I guess.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    Lucas has already confirmed that nothing like that will be happening, the Star Wars Saga Blu Ray release for next year is the special editions only. <P> He claimed, the original cuts are not up to scratch quality wise. In other words, he wants to hold the release to get the fans money twice. Again.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    fair enough AKA

    by vin_diggler

    SNL gets bashed so much on this site that I try to let it roll right off. I feel some people only know the history of SNL by watchin g those "Best of" dvd's. therefore they think all SNL of the past was brilliantly funny. But like you pointed out, there is no "best of Julia Luis Dreyfus" because that season was pretty lame. None the less, I still watch it weekly for the few gems they pull out once in a while. Yes I do hope they find another great cast, but until then, I will take what I can get. And as a long time fan, I still stand by my statement that Macgruber is an unfunny movie.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    So great to finally have forbidden planet again on hd.

    by UltraTron

    I sold my hddvd of it years ago. Basically this month is all about Heavy Rain with the move controller. That is the most incredible entertainment being released this month. If you haven't played heavy rain you need to know that it's a groundbreaking masterpiece that was plagued with minor control issues that are now fixed entirely with move. The reviewers say it's like it's happening to you with the move controller. I can say this. The apartment scene in my theater had me looking around checking over my shoulder. The sound design destroys any movie I can think of. The emotion of character's faces is simply beyond that produced by any digital medium we have seen thus far. Compare toy story 3's humans to heavy rain and you'll cringe at pixar's work.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Brides of Dracula

    by Lampers

    It's getting rarer and rarer that I get to agree with Harry, but he's spot on with his assessment of vintage Hammer. Brides of Drac is flat-out the greatest vampire movie ever made, pretty much anything directed by Terence Fisher is sublime :)

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Actually magruber has funny shit all over. I watched

    by UltraTron

    it while working out and perhaps I laughed harder because I was breathing heavy. The human shield is hilarious. The lines after he blows up his team are quotable.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Lost In Space


    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Matt LeBlanc's destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I was so hopeful when Charles Angels came out that it heralded the return of both LeBlanc and Murray as genuinely comedic guys. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Billyeveryteen

    Read his posts again recently. The first couple is still really good. But I had forgotten how much he descends into a self indulgent twat by the end...rather dull cut and paste posts with shitty insight. I guess that marked the moment where Chop's destiny lay in talk backs that were more about stupidity than comedy, for most of his other posts.<p>I was so hopeful when THE CHOPPAH came out that it heralded the return of both humor and insight to these talk backs. But it was a false dawn for this raving retard.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Great week

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Love the TCM collections. Steve McQueen set is decent (except for Papillon- just watched it the other day, and couldn't believe how DULL and unremarkable it was).

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Sam Fuller

    by skimn

    Damn straight! Everyone seems to forget that Mr. Lucas just happened to direct a little film that started the nostalga craze, revived the career of Wolfman Jack (who outside of Cal knew of this dude?), basically created Happy Days, etc.etc.etc. Yes, THX is a fine film, although it has the pretentions of a student film with an added budget feel to it. Graffiti is a model of screenwriting, multiple characters we care about, economy of storytelling, brilliant low budget would be the last film Lucas made truly from his heart. Star Wars and its sequels would be his "golly gee what if?" films combined with the theories of Joseph Campbell and a mash up of popular genres. But Graffiti is his most personal film.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    Like him, I'm a huge fan of Norman Rockwell, so maybe George is looking to acquire another painting. :-P

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Heavy Rain with the move controller?

    by skimn

    How did...? What did...? Who the...? I thought the move was coming out in a week or two. Ultratron, I know you are a techie master. How did you grab a Move, and it's backward compatible? I couldn't put Heavy Rain down when it first came out.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Trailer for PRIEST adaptation is up

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    As much as I love several of the actors involved, the trailer looks like this will be next year's Jonah Hex. I hope I'm wrong because Priest was awesome.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    And, yeeaahh...a new animation!

    by skimn

    And its Carpenter.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Forbidden Planet was really ambitious for its day

    by leo54304

    In terms of sets, special effects, etc. Cost didn't seem to be an issue when making it<br> <br> Always loved what hollywood in the 50s thought our clothes in the future would look like.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Love Forbidden Planet <p>Love James Cameron

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Hate the idea of him (or anyone else) remaking it. No way can it have the impact the original did - CIG while useful tends to be soulless and takes something away (just look at Tim Burton's Alice vs any of his 90's stuff to see what I mean). Then again, if anyone could do it it'd be Cameron, but I'd rather they left it alone.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    CGI, not CIG

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    add a damn edit function, already

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Lost in Space is worth it

    by Bouncy X

    just to watch a 16yr old Lacey Chaber walking around. and whats this about IMDB being different? i just went there to confirm her age in that movie and the site looks the same as it always has. or is it one of those slow burn changes where not everyone gets it at the same time. might explain the recent glowing blue font thats been appearing.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    If George Lucas

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    really wanted to make Star Wars exciting again, let directors like Cameron, Cuaron, Del Toro, and other proven sci-fi imaginations each make their own SW film. I'd love to see dieefernt takes/stories in the SW universe from people who haven't lost their edge the way the bearded one has. It'll never happen, but it would be amazing if it did.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Smallville the Kevin Williams version of Superman?

    by CartoonFanboy

    Yeah, pretty much. To be fair I only watched the first two and a half seasons before I gave up on the horror that is Smallville. Horrible characters, predictable writing and terrible acting make this show nearly as bad as Lois and Clark.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    THX was his last and only grown-up film

    by Bot-Bot

    Funny that Lucas' first film is his most mature, subtle and sophisticated film, while his last one is the most childish, geeky and poorly written. It's the devolution of a filmmaker. From watching the documentaries, it becomes obvious that Walter Murch was the driving force behind THX 1138. Maybe he needed to stick around Lucas in his later career.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    So why recommend crap movies?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    "This movie sucks, so here is a link to Amazon so you can buy it and I can get money". Oh, just answered my own question. As you were...

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Crap Movies

    by holidill

    Some People may like the crap movies. Just saying

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Sam Fullmer re: Burton

    by holidill

    I kind of agree and disagree with you. After Mars Attacks! Burton directed Sleepy Hollow which I loved, then Planet of the APes which I hated, then Big Fish which was awesome, then the rest of his recent films have not been up to snuff. So he had a couple of good movies after Mars Attacks! But yes there is where he started to slip

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks is a dull boring turd.

    by disfigurehead

    Ed Wood is the best Burton flick.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks is where Burton lost it for me.

    by RPLocke

    Proof that a good cast couldn't save that terrible script.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Burton went from

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Someone who mostly made trascendant B-movies, to just flat out B-movies with Mars Attacks!. It's like he did such a good job with Ed Wood, that has became Ed Wood (with only a few notable exceptions like Sleepy Hollow, parts of Big Fish, and Sweeney Todd). I think the biggest example (maybe even more than Lucas) of a director who's quality has drastically gone downhill making the transistion from practical to CGI. His visions have gone from quirky masterpieces to poorly done video game cut scenes.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    "Lost in Space"'s biggest claim to fame...

    by Blanket-Man

    It knocked TITANIC out of the number one spot at the box office, after the boat's record-setting 15 straight weeks at the top. So it's got that going for it... and nothing else.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Early DVD adopters also rember Lost in Space

    by Samuel Fulmer

    As one of those 5 free warner DVDs you got when you bought a Toshiba player along with A Perfect Murder, Sphere, US Marshals, and City of Angels.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks has its pluses...the playful destruction

    by skimn

    of landmarks, the overall design and ILM effects of the aliens, "ACK ACK! ACK ACK ACK! (we are your friends)", Lisa Marie's costume and stride, Paul Winfield as the perfect Colin Powell lookalike, and who'd think the witiest performance would come from Pierce Bronsan as the pipe-smoking scientist? But what a waste of talent of almost the entire cast. Who thought Nicholson could be dull? Michael J Fox..barely registers. Only Martin Short's cameo as the slimy aid works. Those SCTV years paid off

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    ID4 was funnier than Mars Attacks!

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And I think that was the problem with Mars Attacks! The actual "serious" sci-fi films and cliches it was making fun of are actually funnier.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    A Call Girl...

    by Dennis_Moore

    Foreign films are always about young girls having sex. Not that I mind -- we need more of that here. Now, off to torrents...

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Ann Margaret and Baked beans...

    by Somerichs


  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I read THE BLACK DAHLIA before i watched the movie. I liked the movie alright, it's not a great movie, but it has some brillant moments once in a while. but compared to the book, it's a loser. The book has to be the most intense, depressing read i ever did that is not called HOUSE OF LEAVES. BLACK DAHLIA the book is a real punch to the stomach and a kick to the balls. The movie barely hints and catches the intensity and morbid depressive mood (with an hopeful ending of sorts) that the book has through and through. The mvoie was suprisigly lighthearted compard to the the very dark book it's based on.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    MARTS ATTACKS is better then ID4...

    by AsimovLives

    ... because ID4 is a complete retard piece of shit. I bet AICN loved that shit to death back in the day! AICN loves them dumb blockbusters, they are "TEH FUUUUUUNNN"!!! FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I'll only bother with THX-1138 (my favorite Lucas movie and his

    by AsimovLives

    ... when the blu-ray has the two versions, the CGI enchanced and the original (and better) version. Until then, i stick to the DVD i already own.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks - ID4 rip off

    by RPLocke

    ID4 had the EXACT SAME SCENES of monuments blowing up, and it did it much better.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST


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  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The major problem with The Black Dahlia

    by SnootyBoots

    DePalma didn't direct his actors. It plays like he just told them to "give me what you got" and then printed the first take. There are a number of fine actors in this movie who give wild, over the top performances.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Hey Asi

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I saw JJ Trek. You still around and want to discuss?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Le Vicious Fishus

    by AsimovLives

    I don't think this is the proper place to do it, if you know what i mean. The older talkback dedicated to that review, maybe?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Sometimes you worry me. Lots.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Sure thing.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    See you there.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    New “Monsters” Trailer

    by kimill34

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    On masturbating to Lost in Space

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Do you know how piping hot Lacey Chabert is in this movie? So hot you forget that Heather Graham is wearing a skin-tight bodysuit IN THE SAME MOVIE. <br> <br> And I don't want to hear any bullshit about Lacey Chabert's annoying voice. Treat yourself right. Turn the sound down, break out the Jergens and have a special night at home.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Asimov Lives, Re:ID4

    by skimn

    Look carefully at the background graphic on this is a multiple image of the White House blowin' up real good by a spaceship from ID4.....are you frightened now?? FFFFFUUUUUNNNNNNN indeed!!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    People who want Star Wars with "edge" to it

    by darthvedder81

    And therein lies the problem... Star Wars movies don't have "edge" to them. None of them do. Not even the overrated Empire Strikes Back. They are space opera fairy tales and they always have been. You are a cynical 35 year old who only likes darkly photographed, shaky-cam movies with hot chicks in "badass" tight leather costumes.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    But fuck BLACK DAHLIA in the ass.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Skimm: yeah it's a free download to add move capability

    by UltraTron

    to heavy rain. The controls have been re-worked by the original designer and rain was originally designed as a motion control game. Basically heavy rain is the reason to reserve your move controller right fucking now and get excited. I stopped playing when I heard it was coming out and I'll probably start over.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    C'mon Harry, Supernatural

    by Mechasheeva

    is one of the best shows out there right now. Season 1 starts slow, but they build on everything up to Seasons 4 and 5, which are just amazing. At first I thought it was a guilty pleasure, but somewhere in the middle of Season 2 I stopped feeling guilty about it.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I hated StarDust when I first saw it.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Clicked for me the 2nd time just what type of film it was and I have a real soft spot for it now. Outtakes are funny too.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    My major Problem with Tim Burton

    by RPLocke

    he still thinks he's in the 80s.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    The added digital suck-bot is Lucas attempting to

    by UltraTron

    advance nerd living through lucasfilm tech trickle-down theory. In the same way startrek and starwars has influenced military tech,cellphones,etc- Lucas inserted the suckbot with high hopes that it would someday become a fixture in every household. If only thx1138 had been as popular as starwars we'd all have these as ps3 add-ons

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    The First Power is now available on Instant Netflix!!!

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    One of the greatest films of all time, The First Power, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, is now available on instant netflix. There are also many Sho Kosugi films just out as well.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Season four of Supernatural is a bit shakey.

    by Shermdawg

    The pacing wasn't that great for the overall mythology, the recast of certain character was atrocious, as well as what went down with Sam towards the end. Season 3 & 5 are the "amazing" seasons.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I've seen the student film version of THX1138

    by RPLocke

    I have it on some old VHS tape that has some Lucasfilm stuff on it. It's really different from the theatrical.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I WISH

    by billandted

    I used to love this when 1- it was up to date and 2- it was about mainly moves that had just come out.... sure your thoughts on the bluerays are nice... but you mainly talk anout films that are being RE

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    You only watched the first 2 and half season of Smallville, maybe, just maybe its changed into a different show since 2003!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    MacGruber = Funny / Harry = Out of pot...

    by JoeHungg

    MacGruber is laugh out loud funny, absurd and even brave in some of its choices.. Harry was obviously out of reach of his bong and too lazy to get up and get it (not that this movie needs it). But if any of you are sometimes baffled by Harrys taste, I need only refer you to his famous XXX review. Or as I call it: Exhibit A.. BTW, Harry I think you´re cool, but sometimes...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by redrain

    right on brother! that scene is Legendary !!!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    oh,and one more thing

    by redrain

    let the nerds have there lost in space/star shit Throwdown's! WE KNOW WHAT MATTER'S IN FILM!!!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Harry wake your ass up and tell me something. It's like

    by UltraTron

    8:30 in Texas you lazy fuck. We need them hot topics for our daily discussion. Let's talk about that new casy affleck doc with douchenozzle phoenix

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Nice fuckin column this week Harry!!!

    by shiekybaby

    Man my Netflix Q just filled way up! A few thoughts from this weeks releases: I love Papillion, amazingly unknown for what it is. McQueen and Dustin Hoffman both give awesome performances. Great Pumpkin is the best Charlie Brown film ever, and I watch it each year in the middle of my gore-a-thon to remind me what Halloween is really about! Mars Attacks is my favorite Tim Burton flick not including Scissorhands. Poltergeist is the scarriest goddamn film my childhood self ever saw, and that fucking clown gives me the willies to this day. I still cant watch that movie and just "enjoy" it.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I will destroy all who oppose me.


    Mark my words.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    harry doesn't like macgruber?...!?

    by jolliff89

    what a fucking surprise that harry doesn't like something thats good, funny, and underrated. After many films that have passed now on harry's reviews it's almost safe to say that if he like something then it's the worst piece of shit and if he doesn't then it's probably already won best picture and is one of the best underground films of all time.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    GANGSTER movies

    by Right Bastard

    The Warner Box sets are far superior. They come with "Warner night at the movies" which include shorts, movie reels, and a cartoon before the feature. It's an altogether complete experience that sets the mood nicely for the films. Also, they all have commentaries.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    by kimill34

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

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  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    How many effing releases of Great Pumpkin are there?

    by RPLocke

    And yet we can't get Race for your life charlie brown on DVD?

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Supernatural episode : "My Bloody Valentine"

    by Shermdawg

    Enjoy the opening to that one.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I totally hear you about "Race for Your Life Charlie Brown". I LOVE that movie. I've got a hardback picture book that details the entire movie from my childhood. I absolutely remember seeing a release date for "Race" to come out with those other Peanuts 70s titles, but it didn't happen. There must be something going on with the rights to that movie.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    INVISIBLE BOY is a sequel

    by berserkrl

    "But in no way, shape or form could this possibly be a sequel, because it is set in the modern day"<p> See GOJIRA_X and The StarWolf above -- the movie definitely describes Robby as coming from the future, so yes, it is a sequel.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Hey Knowles, What about Thin Red Line?

    by magnetoelectric

    Dummy , I dont give a fuck about Amityville or Prince of Persia. And neither do you

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Forbidden Planet is one of my favorites

    by PhilipMarlowe

    But I can't say the same for it's electronic music soundtrack. I can never tell where the music ends and the sound effects begin. I would like to see someone experiment with a more conventional score.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Man, Macgruber is great.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Clearly he didn't get a set visit.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I want to thank all AICN talkbackers today

    by HansBubi

    for not turning today's talkbacks into a "9/11 was an inside job" fest. Good job to us.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Mars Attacks Blu has a digital editing glitch


    i think near the dove scene in Pahrump.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Mark Heap is in Stardust.

    by Yelsaeb

    Just wanted to let the rest of you Spaced fans know.

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  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Macgruber is VERY funny Harry

    by BigTuna

    The sex scenes and the scene where he uses Philipe as a human shield? Hilarious.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Katharine Hegel

    by celebritydave

    is just fucking awful. Her career needs to die fast. Look at the poster for the movie ffs. bad acting in a poster. just garbage.

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