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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: Last 2 wks of Sept 2010: Tinto Brass, King Kong, Fantomas, Gamera, Bowie, Iron Man 2 & much more!!!

Published at: Sept. 21, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with this week and next week’s DVD PICKS AND PEEKS column! That’s right – I got next week done too. That way I wouldn’t miss it due to FANTASTIC FEST which begins this week here in Austin. And I’ll have you know, I’ve injured my right wrist – either Carpal Tunnel or some other malady, so I had to type this with a splint – which sucks. So I may be briefer in some ways due to physical pain involved in typing. Now for two hours of sleep, before I start my day. As usual, the pictures and links take you to Amazon where if you order something, this column sees a slight economic benefit which helps keep it going and is greatly appreciated by me. Also – you can learn more about the title in question by following the link. Here ya go… Tuesday, September 21st, 2010



ROBIN HOOD (Blu-Ray)
I can understand how it could be possible to like this film, but I just hate almost every creative decision with this film. I despise the basic ROBIN HOOD storyline in this film… This is about a larger part of the mythic origin of western democracy – and I kinda wish they’d left that pure legend characters out of the very real history they were kind of half assed telling. And loving the history and the legend – it makes this odd shuffle of the two so annoying. I’ll be honest, I put the Blu Ray in and turned it off after about an hour. If you enjoyed this film, this version will probably be better spent on you. There’s tons of extras to explore – and maybe someday I’ll approach the film from the right mindset, but right now, I just hate it.




TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE
These CG animated Tinker Bell adventures are fun and delightful little stories – especially for little girls. But even if you’re just an animation fan, you’ll discover that there is quite a bit of lovely animation in these films. I have my copy sitting here, I just haven’t had a chance to cycle it into the player quite yet. I am looking forward to it. Actually – Yoko and I have enjoyed each of the previous ones.




SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND – 1st Season
ROME may be a far classier look at this era, but as I find myself making my way through this first season of SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND – I can definitely see how crazy this show is. It’s like a sloppy 300 kind of vibe. This is also a pretty randy show – you will see dick, quite a lot of cock actually, so you have been warned or properly motivated depending upon your predicklection. I’m five episodes in, and I’m having silly fun with this. Hate to say it, I think Moriarty might be right.




AMERICAN BEAUTY (Sapphire Series) Blu Ray
Sam Mendes’ debut film and his first BEST PICTURE, there will be more. First and foremost this is a beautifully shot film. Just beautiful. The deviant underbelly of suburban life has never been so fetishistically tragic before. Reminds one of the great Douglas Sirk work of the mid-to late fifties. And that is indeed a very high complement. I pick this up today!




THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Blu Ray)
I love foreign crime films. Now that I have an Argentinean buddy, I just constantly think of him in everyone of the scenes in this movie. Not really, but that is one way to laugh during this otherwise serious affair. Well, not entirely. This is a fantastic film. Very much worth checking out. Juan Jose Campanella has been turning out good work since 1999, but this is my favorite of his work to date.




HUMAN TARGET: THE COMPLETE 1ST SEASON
A badass tv show based on a cool comic starring both Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley? Of course I’m down with it. This 12 episode season is thoroughly entertaining. I gave it a shot because of Haley, but came away very enthused by Chi. I don’t think I’m alone in that feeling. This is a very cool show.




CHARADE (Criterion Blu)
Stanley Donen, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in one of the most subversive takes on the “Hitchcock” genre that we’ve ever seen. Add to that, the beautiful Blu Ray transfer at the hands of Criterion – but then… just this period film stock on Blu Ray is amongst my favorites. I love it. I would have preferred a bit more in the extras side out of Criterion. You do get an Audio Commentary with Stanley Donen and Peter Stone – but just watching Donen take on this genre… when taken with his other film work, just shows how he was capable of just about everything.




BORED TO DEATH: The Complete First Season
I’m so excited to watch this upcoming season. Apparently at the 4th episode of this new season, Moriarty finally fell in love with the show, that I’ve been in love with since the first. But then I love watching Jason Schwartzman on screen. But I also love how neurotic Ted Danson is – and Zach Galifianakis is as insane as we’re used to. This show about a writer / private eye just amuses the shit out of me. Can’t wait to catch Yoko up with this season as we head into the second.




THE PEACEMAKER (Blu Ray)
Here’s the first DREAMWORKS movie, right? It is a fun, if flatly directed affair. George and Nicole couldn’t have been hotter, the action just never felt jaw-dropping. But it is ok. About as enjoyable as THE PRINCE OF PERSIA. Glossy, but empty. And glossy does look awfully nice on Blu-Ray.




ONDINE
STILL HAVEN’T SEEN THIS, but it looks so good. I’ve seen the trailer forever, but just haven’t had the opportunity to catch it. Neil Jordan is one of my favorite directors 3/4ths of the time. I’m basically on order by about a half dozen friends to pick this up quickly. And I will!




Joseph Campbell on Power of Myth With Bill Moyers
Brain Crack. Nerd Catnip. Intellectual pornography. So happy to have this.




FANTOMAS: FIVE FILM COLLECTION (IN THE SHADOW OF THE GUILLOTINE, JUVE-vs-FANTOMAS, THE MURDEROURS CORPSE, FANTOMAS-vs-FANTOMAS and THE FALSE MAGISTRATE)
Now you want to get into pure Harry crack, it’s this. There’s something about the magical European silent film era that brought incredible creativity to bare – and when Gaumont studios launched this pretty epic film series from 1913-1914. Running 5 and a half hours, the 5 FANTOMAS features. God I would kill for a Moroder soundtrack on this. This is heavy film geek fetishry. I love the disguises, the tricks, the violence, the fantasy and the kind of wicked supernatural vibe it has going. Pretty damn amazing stuff. Every bit as rich visually today as it was jaw-droppingly amazing in its time. Great stuff.




VIGILANTE (Blu Ray)
Directed by William Lustig and starring Robert Forster and Fred Williamson – in a neighborhood so in the shitter, that they have to form VIGILANTE squads to fight the crime element and catch the muther fuckers that really do some horrible things. I love the Blue Underground label – because it brings us titles like this and they do a great job on their discs. I mean look at what you get: Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni
 Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Stars Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce
 Theatrical Trailers
 TV Spots
 Radio Spot
 Promotional Reel
 Still Gallery
 Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems – can you fucking imagine watching VIGILANTE in a D-BOX Motion Control Home System? That’s pure Quint whackerrific wet dream material. It’d be so cool to see this that way.




GAMERA VS GYAOS / GAMERA VS VIRAS (Double Feature)
Man in Turtle Suit! Not only do you get these in widescreen, not only with the original Japanese, but two English dubs, but most deliciously the Sandy Frank versions which fucking rule in a parallel dimension of awesome what-the-fuck. After I showed my nephew, GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER – I turned him onto this set and the next. He still loves Godzilla, but now he really desperately wants to see GODZILLA VS GAMERA… like all good geeks should. For those of you light on the Gamera knowledge – GAMERA VS GYAOS has our flying flaming turtle friend fighting a Giant Bat creature what vomits out laser beams that dice folks up!!! Then in GAMERA VS VIRAS – you get your Man-In-Tentacled-Suit fetish going, as Viras is a GIANT SQUID THING. As awesome as that sounds – this episode signaled the downward decline, kinda like HEDORAH did for the GODZILLA!




GAMERA VS GUIRON / GAMERA VS. JIGER (Double Feature)
I’m a completist, but if you’re not – honestly – unless you’re hardcore into our spinny friend, you should probably skip this. This was pretty painful. But I know exactly at what threshold of intoxication – that these can seem… blissfully retarded. You know what I’m talking about, if you know. If not. Simply move along.
Rather than disappoint you next week, when FANTASTIC FEST keeps me from delivering my DVD column, I decided to go ahead and bang this out and release it a week early. Now – don’t go fainting on me. I know it must seem like a miracle… but for once I really am thinking about you folks… Tuesday, September 28th, 2010



MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (Criterion Blu)
Almost immediately upon opening the piece of mail that this came from, I put it in my Playstation 3, turned out all the lights and curled up with Yoko to watch a new David Bowie performance from 1983, that I knew absolutely nothing about – other than my father saying when it came out of the envelope, “Oh that’s an outstanding movie!” – which he saw with my mother but that he didn’t take me to. 2 hours later I wasn’t mad at Dad for not showing me this incredibly homo-erotic tale of Prisoners of War in the Pacific – but as brilliant as every performer in this film is – and to a man they are brilliant – especially Takashi Kitano in his first feature role. And he’s amazing. BUT – the most brilliant thing is the score – which I instantly bought used at a premium out-of-print price, but I had to have Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score to MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE. This is a great great score. And an even greater movie. Absolutely brilliant. There are scenes of such power as to lay your soul bare. I was left trembling, crying and absolutely admiring and loving the experience that this movie put me through. One of the greatest anythings by David Bowie. “I wish I could sing” – fucking beautiful!




IRON MAN 2
I absolutely love this movie. I’ve read the reviews that bitch about this or that – and for me – this & that was exactly what I wanted this & that to be. To me, the journey that Stark takes to discover a new element that will enable him to not be a dead man – that scientific quest is as strong as the Monte Carlo showdown or the climatic confrontation. In fact, for me – no IRON MAN story is complete without a little self-exploration and scientific innovation, which seemingly is a priority in every worthwhile IRON MAN adventure. Add to that the sheer delicious eye-candy that is Scarlett as Black Widow and I’m giggly. Put Happy in a Boxing ring? Have War Machine handling his drunk friend Tony at Tony’s own Birthday party in a power armor version of a John Wayne smash face brawl straight out of NORTH TO ALASKA? Yes please. Oh – and is that AC DC backing a bunch of scenes, FUCKING A IT IS! IRON MAN 2 has a swagger. I love Justin Hammer. I love what Mickey Rourke is doing in the film. Downey and Paltrow are both kicking ass here and I love how the pieces of this Marvel Universe keep falling into play. This is an exquisite release. The extras are crazy as you’ll see below, but me… I was kinda hoping they’d drop the Comic Con footage for CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR on here. But not yet, we still must wait…. Sigh. Here’s the breakdown on the disc: Disc 1 (Blu-ray): Feature film with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD) S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault (HD)— Extend your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with high-level clearance into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s digital data vault. Interact with select scenes from the movie that include new layers of graphics and insider information. View case files, dossiers, S.H.I.E.L.D. training films, tech details and more. Previsualization and Animatics (HD) Disc 2 (Blu-ray): Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 (HD) Rebuilding the Suit—An all-encompassing look at the beginning stages of this mammoth blockbuster. A Return to Action—From Marvel Studios to the streets of Monaco, Jon Favreau takes viewers through the trials and triumphs of continuing Iron Man’s story. Expanding the Universe—From the amazing sets of Stark Expo to Tony Stark’s home and beyond, the Marvel Universe continues to unfold into new and exciting places. Building a Legacy—From filming to editing, scoring and visual effects, Favreau and his team face the challenges of bringing the sequel to the big screen. Featurettes (HD): Creating Stark Expo—A look at how the sets and computer-generated elements combine to create the massive set piece. Practical Meets Digital—How the “practical” props inform the “digital” work that ultimately brings our hero to life on screen. Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury—A comprehensive journey into creating one of the most mysterious and influential heroes in the Marvel Universe. Illustrated Origin: Black Widow—An exciting look at the new femme fatale introduced in Iron Man 2. Illustrated Origin: War Machine—A look at the introduction of the character and how his friendship with Tony Stark resonates with fans. Working with DJ AM—Jon Favreau remembers working with Adam Goldstein. Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD): Alternate Opening Coulson at the Senate The Sub-Orbital Jet Tony’s Workshop (extended) Natalie Wears the Gauntlet Flying Party Girl Mark II Security Element Rediscovered (extended) Concept Art Gallery Theatrical Trailers (HD) Music Video: AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill” (HD) Disc 3 (DVD): Feature Film Digital Copy




SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
I love the DC Universe line of movies, but I’m sad to report that as of this date, I haven’t received this screener, which is unusual – as usually on the DC UNIVERSE titles I get discs quite early. This one seems of have fallen through the cracks, but I’ve been dying to see it as DARKSEID for me, is kind of the ultimate Superman villain – He’s Satan to Superman’s savior mission – and watching a great animated tale of them going toe to toe is high on my desirability list. In particular – this disc also has one of those animated stand-alones, but this time for one of my fave characters, GREEN ARROW. I’d kill for a great R rated GREEN ARROW film… but I just don’t believe that day will ever come. Also on here are a pair of great two-parters from the SUPERMAN: ANIMATED SERIES including APOKLIPS NOW – which rules. Can’t wait for this Blu Ray




THE THIN RED LINE (Criterion Blu)
One of the first big bits of awesome from the earliest years of AICN – was tracking the rumored existence of a new Terrence Malick film back in 1996, two years before the triumphant return to the silver screen by Malick. Going back to this film now, you realize just how amazing this cast is. Several of the little known faces at the time have really grown in cinematic stature. The combination of Terrence Malick’s eye and sensibilities with John Toll at play – it’s amazing. The film is every bit the poet’s eye view of the hell that was the Pacific. Here’s the extras that Criterion put together for ya: New, restored high-definition digital transfer New audio commentary featuring John Toll, Jack Fisk, and Grant Hill Outtakes from the film Video interviews with several of the film's actors and crew New video interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden World War II newsreels featuring footage from Guadalcanal Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt




GET HIM TO THE GREEK
This movie is so much fucking fun. This is one of those films that really helped me turn a corner with Jonah Hill. He’s been consistently really good, but here’s a film that he frankly anchors, a great deal of this movie rests on his broad shoulders – and he carries it. I love how insane the film gets, but also it has those moments where it just becomes painfully real – and it is those moments where you really see just how much more there is to both Jonah Hill and Russell Brand that there is. To see just how great Jonah can be, check out CYRUS. Really his best work to date.




THE KILLER INSIDE ME
This isn’t for everyone. I’m just gonna say that right up top here. For those of you that know Jim Thompson’s crime fiction – for those of you that know the book, “THE KILLER INSIDE ME,” you know how controversial it was. I’ve heard stories about people that fainted at book readings. The story is set in 1950’s Texas – we have the best criminals – I’ve been tracking the various attempts at shooting THE KILLER INSIDE ME. When I heard that Michael Winterbottem was mounting a production with Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, I was chilled. Not in a negative way, but in a scared way. Casey Affleck has some crazy ass eyes on him. I’m not sure exactly what it is about his face, that makes me think the worst of him, but hearing about him playing this character… it kinda disturbed me. I also knew the story and what could be shown and that frightened me. THE KILLER INSIDE ME is one of the most flatly disturbing reads in my entire life. Then you have Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson playing the girls and then… that kinda scared me even more. By the time I finally paid to see this the first time via Pay Per View, I found that this is one of those pit of your stomach emotionally disturbing experiences, just as it was meant to be. If you love rough cinema, films that beat you up a bit, this will leave a few marks.




KING KONG (Blu-Ray Book)
Ok – so here you have my favorite film of all time. On Blu Ray. It has a commentary by Harryhausen, Ken Ralston with interview snippets from Kong producer Merian C Cooper and the greatest scream queen of all time, Fay Wray. Then you have the I’M KING KONG! THE EXPLOITS OF MERIAN C COOPER. There’s also the 7-Part Documentary: RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, The Eighth Wonder of the World. And I took part in that documentary, and being on this Blu Ray could very well be the coolest thing pretty much ever that I’m a part of – and could not possibly be nearly worthy enough. But I love this movie in a level that gets me intoxicated. There’s also Ray Harryhausen commenting upon the original CREATION test footage – which is pretty much super awesome. Then there’s that “THE LOST SPIDER PIT SEQUENCE bit that Peter Jackson and crew did up as it would have been done, and I kinda freaking love it. All in a beautiful Kong book edition. That being said – I have NO DOUBT – that Warners will eventually put out a super set of this, with some form of Weta sculpted collectible. Mind you, nothing like this is in the works, but it should be, most probably will be – and I won’t mind an ounce in picking that up in addition to this release. After all, that’s what you happily do with the greatest movie ever made. I’ve seen this film countless times. It is my first memory – watching this film in the upstairs of my childhood home, seeing it projected upon the sheet hanging from the ceiling. The entire memory is misty, but I can see the room, the stacks of one sheets that I could see leaning against the wall of the upstairs. There was pot-smoke in room that lit the beam of light coming out of the 16mm projector – and yes, there was that clackety sound of the old Bell & Howell. Everytime I watch this film, my brain resets to boyhood. When I watch, I don’t think of the technique, the technical magic that’s bringing it all to life. Instead, I watch it as a child staring at a screen that is spilling something old, something from long ago, when they couldn’t do anything right… so this has to be real. I can move my mouth to lip synch gigantic portions of this movie. And I believe everything meant when the line was spoken. It’s at a point where I can almost hear the characters thinking. And they are all dear to me. From the cook to the captain, from the natives to the sailors… It is a perfect film. It needs and wants nothing more than what it is, and what it is IS the EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD! 77 years from its birth, it is still that and so much more. It is, my favorite film of all time.




ROCK & RULE (25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition)
This is a film that I didn’t see when it came out. It was simply the victim of my parents divorce. Had they stayed together, I would have probably seen this at a drive in and have GOBS of nostalgia for the film. Instead… what I have is the wonder of discovering this film on DVD for the first time, where I saw the kind of funky 1983 animation – with a story featuring characters and music by Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick and EARTH WIND & FIRE. And while that is inherently cool – and the music is awesome… the overall animation and story are quite a bit lacking. But I kinda love it simply because of what it is. Something missing, that I wish I’d seen at 11. I would have loved it back then.




SECRET AGENT aka DANGER MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
I’ve only ever caught odd episodes here or there of this series, so I’m quite excited to have all 86 episodes to entertain me. Not sure when I’ll work through them all, but I did eventually work my way through all THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. episodes – but I think these will even be better. Can’t wait.




SUCK
Saw this the other night and just fell in love with it. It wants to be one of those rock and horror cult things we love like a ROCKY HORROR or PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE – but it isn’t exactly that. This is more like vampire Metal come to life – in a cool way. The band is kind of Indie Pop-ish. But the Vampires and Rock badasses they find in the movie are folks like HENRY ROLLINS, IGGY POP and ALICE COOPER – and they’re AWESOME in the film. And Malcolm McDowell is killer cool here. As is Dave Foley as the Band Manager! Hell, even RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson has a cameo! Plus, you have to admire that they named this movie and title, so worthy of derision, but this is that euphoric meaning of SUCK… When SUCK is the best thing that can happen to you, this film kind of feels like that. And it kept surprising me, in a very good way.




FROZEN
This was my second favorite audience reaction at last year’s BNAT! This is a very phobia-inducing film. And as you sit there analyzing these 3 people’s actions, you kind of have to take into account – they’re not necessarily as bright as you and me, and that’s fine – we wouldn’t want them to hold onto all their clothing, hug together and chat about warm things for 3 days. No, of course not. These people do all the exact right things to give us a thrilling, “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!” movies. Where you hide your eyes, squirm in your seat and laugh as someone that hasn’t seen it, reacts to what happens. This is a great one of those flicks. Plus, I really like ICEMAN in this.




MADMAN 30th Anniversary Edition
This is one of my favorite 80’s slasher flicks. I love MADMAN MARZ – and I love even more, “THE BALLAD OF MADMAN MARZ” that is sung a few times in this movie. And if you love the ghost story around a fire in THE FOG, wait till you see their take on that type of scene. Contrary to Tim League – whom just never seemed to fall in love with MADMAN MARZ – I am the guy that sings its praises. I’m so happy that our cult is growing – and now we have a DVD release with a FEATURETTE!!! HOLY SHIT! What’s happening! Is the cult of MADMAN MARZ growing? I want to hear Bands doing covers of THE BALLAD OF MADMAN MARZ. Let’s see music videos.




HARLOW
My mother kinda loved this film, but I never really dug Carroll Baker. I think it was that in the early days of our Video Collection – we watched a lot of Jean Harlow films – and I was quite fond of her – and I just didn’t see Carroll Baker as HARLOW. I haven’t seen the film since I was a kid, but I know the reputation for the film has grown. SO I’m looking forward to seeing this with adult eyes. Maybe I’ll see what made my mom love it. Besides – I love Red Buttons and he’s in it! Along with “Touch” Connors and Angela Lansbury. This is its first time on DVD.




THE LAW (LA LOI)
When I opened the envelope with this DVD, I smiled big. First off – if you don’t have a healthy lust for Gina Lollobrigida – you just might need a defribulator. Gina is a curvaceous cutie that radiates sex like nobody’s business. Then put her in the hands of Director Jules Dassin in one of his great films – with other great actors like Melina Mercouri, Yves Montand and Marcello Mastroianni! This is one sexy and racy film that explores so much through such an amazing ‘game’. An absolutely great film.




THE PRIVATE EYES
I saw this movie at the Northcross Mall theater when I was 8 years old. When I turned 8, my parents gave me a stereo – so 1980 was the first year of my life that I had free reign over my own personal musical tastes. I remember when the song “PRIVATE EYES” hit, it was one of those songs that I memorized and could sing at a moments notice. And when the tv spots for PRIVATE EYES showed, I got incredibly excited. And I remember coming home so excited, telling my parents that I had just seen the greatest most funniest movie ever created. That movie was THE PRIVATE EYES starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts. I can’t believe this is out on Blu Ray! It even has audio commentary by Tim Conway and the Director! Can’t wait to see it for the first time since the 4 times I saw it in 1980!




RED HOT ZORRO
A soft core early 1970’s French/Spanish Zorro erotica. Yes please.




THE TINTO BRASS COLLECTION Volume II ( PRIVATE / FRIVOLOUS LOLA / CHEEKY! )
Looking at the cover of this 3 film set, you instantly learn everything you need to know about Tinto Brass – and that is… simply… HE GETS IT! Those 3 shots are hotter than anything Michael Bay has shot, and that’s cuz TINTO BRASS GETS IT! FRIVOLOUS LOLA is about a pre-marriage couple – where the man wants to keep Lola a virgin til their wedding night, but she has an itch. And Tinto shoots his films in a way that is unsleazy, but rather super titilicious! And the film is FUNNY! A real sex comedy! Then PRIVATE was from 2003 and it was hot. As for CHEEKY, I’ve not seen that one – and I really and truly want to. Look at that image!
In two weeks, we’ll be looking at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Blu), THE KARATE KID remake, GRINDHOUSE Special Edition Blu Ray, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS Director’s cut BLU, THE EXORCIST (Theatrical and Director’s cut) Blu, SPLICE, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake Blu, THE MALTESE FALCON Blu, AGORA, TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE Blu, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MAD MAX Blu, THE MISSION Blu, SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE COLLECTION, 30 DAY OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS, THE SECRET OF KELLS, ROBOCOP Trilogy Blu, THE EVIL/TWICE DEAD, SECRETARY, TROLL 2 Blu, Humphrey Bogart Collection, BAD LIEUTENANT Blu, HARD CANDY Blu, BLAIR WITCH PROJECT Blu, OCEAN’S 11 (the real one) Blu, HIGH TENSION Blu, OXFORD MURDERS and much more!

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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    first!

    by shiekybaby

    fuck yeah!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Sea Prince and the Fire Child

    by ScottGreen

    Discotek is releasing this marvelously child traumatizing Sanrio movie this week. There will be an AICN Anime post on it soon, but here's a translation of a great article about Sanrio's approach to making animated movies http://tinyurl.com/379otrr and a piece on this movie's director http://tinyurl.com/3a3qtup

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    THIRD!!!!

    by JMG84

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Why the extra skirt on Tinkerbell?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    They're covering her fine assets, her splendid pixie derriere and thighs. She was probably the first bateworthy cartoon character.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Harry's thoughts on Iron Man 2

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Sure, Stark goes on a little "journey" with his daddy issues, but you overlook the movie's WEAK points, which are many. Too many peripheral characters, not enough IM action, and a "best friend" whose status as first black superhero in this universe comes with an asterisk, since he freakin' STOLE Tony's suit to admittedly turn himself into "a bad ass." At least this time they let Downey put his tongue in Paltrow's mouth at the end. I had fun when I first saw this, but it's like a shotgun blast, too scattered and unfocused

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    But how does Kong LOOK in Blu Ray?

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I have three DVD versions of KONG (except for the WETA spider pit, this set sounds like the Tin-Box version I already have). Wassup?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Human Target

    by templesweeper

    That was my favorite show from last year. Just pure fun. Never took itself too seriously, but never went to camp either. It didn't try to be anything other than what it was supposed to be, and that is rare. We may not get much of a second season since it was given the Friday night death slot on Fox, but hopefully people will catch it on Hulu or something. Gah! I hate it when great shows don't get watched!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    SPARTACUS guy's cancer is back...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...has to drop out. Great show...best of luck, guy.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Re: "1970’s French/Spanish Zorro erotica. Yes please."

    by ScaryWaitress

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! 'Nuff said!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    The Wookalar will get you

    by Buckrogersbarker

    Tell me you didn't jump out of your seat when you saw the Wookalar, Harry.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Sparticus..Cancer?

    by TheManWhoCan

    Fuck. <p>Dreadfull show! I was hoping the show would get cancelled due to general TV viewers growing up and reaching a certain level of maturity and taste. Either that or just admit they are gay and get a real boyfriend to play gladiator with! <p> I feel bad now.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    wow...not only on time but early for some films..

    by Six Demon Bag

    cheers mate!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    i need to go back to bed..

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Hood

    by Buffalo500

    Harry, your hatred of Robin Hood always amuses me. I think it's one of Ridley Scotts stongest efforts of recent years. He has tried to do something different with the tired old cliche ridden legend. and in my opinion succeeded

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Elitism is the enemy of the Craptastic, ManWhoCan.

    by ScaryWaitress

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    American Beauty doesn't age well

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Very pretentious film.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    damn dirty ape

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Yeah, Harry's "review" of the Superman Apocalypse bluray consists of him saying he can't review it because he didn't receive the screener? Then why bother mentioning it at all? And if you DO wanna write it up, go out and buy it or--DL it to watch it for the review. That would be the Professional way. Still there's something to be said for mentioning some of these goofy titles, soft porn, etc that would not show up on an Amazon release list. I mean, where else can I get all the latest info on nunsploitation flicks?<p> Praise Bale! Hail Satan!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Wookalars!

    by JMH1973

    I also loved The Private Eyes as a kid and, even though it doesn't hold up as well today, it's still kinda funny. Justin: "This is Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart. They were in the yard." Winship: "That's FROM the Yard."

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    MGM Blu-ray sale at Amazon

    by Trav

    Heads up everyone. Amazon just put up a bunch of recently released MGM Blu-ray stuff on sale at $10.49 including Escape from NY, Return of the Living Dead, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Amityville Horror remake, Kalifornia and more. ROTLD just came out last week! Check it out.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    CHEEKY! QUEUED. IRON MAN 2 IGNORED.

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    spartacus!!!!!!

    by ForgetfulPete

    cancelled.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Just end Spartacus...so sad about Andy.

    by dead youngling

    I'm crushed but looking forward to the prequel series in Jan.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    ABOM - WADDUP, PRO

    by BringingSexyBack

    Hey have you checked out Never Let Me Go? You need to. Call the sitter, take your wife out, you will both love this movie. And hold hands a little tighter coming out.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    ...hmmm, CHEEKY! was already in my queue...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...how could you forget about something like that?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Return of the Living Dead (from last week)

    by Zombieflicker

    Harry, did you ever get to see it yet on Blu? What about special features?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I AM SPARTACUS!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    sorry..watched THAT THING YOU DO!..<P>great fucking film.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    BSB

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Yes, but will she pump my piston? I'll remind myself to check it out, with her if we get the chance, if not then later on disc at your recommendation.<p> And again I must iterate my disappointment that they added a green diaper beneath tinkerbell's skirt. Now there's no chance of a pixie beaver shot when she flies.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood Director's Cut

    by templesweeper

    So, is it better? Worse? The Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven was better than the theatrical release. I was hoping that this effort by Scott would be the same way. I still enjoyed Robin Hood, but it wasn't all that I had hoped it would be when I first heard about it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    ...Tinker Bell is still trying to shake the Julia Roberts taint.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    i will not allow this HOOK bashing

    by Six Demon Bag

    least of all from you flick..<P>the power of johnny williams will compel you to admit your fallacies.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry!

    by End_Of_Line

    Thanks for getting this up on time and thinking ahead fro next week. Now I have stuff to add to Netflix! <br> <br> Now that you've had time to experience the mighty PS3, what are your thoughts on it? Just curious. its been the best piece of home entertainment gear I ever purchased (yes... even better than the LaserDisc Player).

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    ABOM

    by BringingSexyBack

    No, it's not THAT kind of movie. She'll wanna cuddle though, so if that's not your thing consider yourself warned! <P>

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    ...aw come on, Sixies. HOOK aside, Julia Roberts...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...unhotted Tink a little.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    GABOUREY SIDIBE FOR THE CHEEKY! REMAKE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Do it NOW.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    ROBIN HOOD WAS A FINE FLICK, BUT THE ENDING CRUMBLED

    by BringingSexyBack

    Unless there's a new ending I ain't going there again./

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    The Thin Motherfucking Red Line bitches!

    by HoboCode

    Criterion Motherfucking Blu-ray.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    flick..

    by Six Demon Bag

    not as cute as the animated but nothing to shrug at either..

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    i hope we see more jenny slate in BORED TO DEATH...

    by Six Demon Bag

    she has that sleepy hotness about it..like shes on roofies or a narcoleptic or something.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Sure you should be typing, young man?

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Wow they BURIED "Killer Inside Me."

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    What happened? Thought this was going to be an award contender.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    MADMAN doesn't street until next week...

    by JaguarWong

    ...on Sept. 28th. Re: SPARTACUS: BLOOD & SAND -- Terrible first ep, after which the show really, really takes off. Lucy Lawless (who gets topless) and John Hannah are simply awesome in it. It's got something for everybody: Guy, gal, straight, gay, whatever. Hell, even my wife dug it! (For the passionate soap opera storylines, or so she says. I think it was because of all the sweaty naked beefcake and swingin' dick...)

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Spartacus

    by Darth Thoth

    The season actually gets a lot better as it goes on. In the beginning I was like "meh," but by the end I was like- "man, this is a very good show." Really enjoyed it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    American Beauty is the definition of pretension.

    by thatfilmlover

    BUT the paper bag does make me cry every time.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    ...jewhunter, SPARTACUS is much more fun...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...like a great little B-movie every week. Also, 300 was a little distant, while SPARTACUS makes you really hate the villains...so the inevitable bloodbath is that much sweeter.<P> Oh, and SPARTACUS has tons of boobies. Xeena boobies, slave girl boobies, uppity patrician woman who needs to be taught a hard lesson boobies, wet boobies, oiled up boobies...<P> BOOBIES!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Tinkerbell

    by Abominable Snowcone

    makes my bells tinkle.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    HARRY !!

    by Dirkblack

    There is Thor footage on the Blu Ray it is after the credits of the 'Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2' documentary bonus feature.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    defintion of pretension=talking shit about a film

    by Six Demon Bag

    and getting the details wrong..<P>mendes second film was even worse...tom hanks and james caan as gangsters..never bought it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    and spartacus is now in the queue!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Rock & Rule animation lacking?

    by Cagliostro

    That statement made me cough up a hairball.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    ...Six, just know that...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the season keeps getting better as it goes, and the first episode is by far the weakest.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    if there is promises of boobies..

    by Six Demon Bag

    i will stick through the bloody end..

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Human Target

    by chewyou812

    is an awful train wreck of a show.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    DID SOMEONE SAY BOOBAGE?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Queued.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    IM2 is GOOD! 8/10

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I really enjoyed it. Like the first it is a film that is elevated by it's cast. Everyone is on top form and, as Harry said, it has that swagger that transforms what is agreeably an average story into something very entertaining and it's something that has made Iron Man unique. Seems like a lot of people were wanting some sort of Micheal Bay 'splosion fest or some Dark Knight brooding, but that 'aint Iron Man. <P>I mean Downy Jr, Rockwell, Rourke what's not to love. Roll on IM3 and the Avengers.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    SPARTACUS WITH CHEEKY! IN P-I-P

    by BringingSexyBack

    'Tis a good time.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The Private Eyes

    by elsachmo

    This is a great movie, but I wonder if this version has all the scenes from the TV showings of the film. I had recorded it off of TV years ago and then bought they DVD when it came out, only to find that it was missing some of the best scenes! I really hope they put those scenes back in this version. Otherwise I have to keep watching the VHS copied version...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    WHY you are wrong

    by Right Bastard

    John K. (Ren and Stimpy) posted on his blog recently about why the new Tinkerbell sucks a hard one, and why Rock and Rule is flawed but special. <p> Tinker Bell: http://tinyurl.com/2vrters <p> Rock and Rule: http://tinyurl.com/2wkdvws

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    HARRY - what happened on IM2 blu ray?

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    A few months ago they announced that the Iron Man 2 blu ray would get exclusives the DVD edition would not - including footage from both Thor and Captain America - as an incentive to pick up the blu version. What happened?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Iron Man 2

    by THX1968

    Iron Man 2 is a sloppy fucking mess of a movie. There is no "this or that". There is just one thing, and it is a steaming pile of shit. It is "Batman and Robin" to "Batman Forever". Where the first had purpose and impeccable pacing, this piece of shit felt like it was ad libed all the way through. The Monte Carlo scene was so poor it gave me a headache. It was so absurd that it removed any element of the danger it so desperately needed to work. The first conflict with "Whiplash" should have been a balls to the wall, knock down drag out fight that did not involve the comedic lunacy of Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan. The only thing cool about that scene was the briefcase armor that I remember from my youth. And don't get me started on the "process" it took to get Rhodey in the armor. We should have seen him being coached by Stark as a replacement (since he was supposedly dying!!!) or on a mission to save some poor folks, because thats what super-heros do!!! I'm gritting my teeth at this very moment. Lousy villains in Rourke and Rockwell, with a climax that was anything but a climax. The weapon scene in the hangar with Rockwell is just sloppy shit. They turned the camera on and said "do whatever Sam!", then cut it together nice and choppy and let the scene go on for about three or four pointless minutes. Scarlet Jo is hot as ever, but her fight scenes were lame ass, and her character was pointless. The donut shop scene with Nick Fury and Black Widow totally sucks. This movie never goes anywhere. We hear about Iron Man saving the world, but we never see it. We just see a more self obsessed Tony Stark whining a lot. There really isn't much of a stretch between him and Justin Hammer. Iron Man 2 just makes me mad. Primarily because the first is so good, and the people responsible for this crap all worked on the first one. For the first half of the movie, there is zero jeopardy! Stark's poisoning doesn't count and fails altogether as a device because we have seen Stark under the gun of death before and he figures the problem out! It was all in the first 20 minutes of the first movie! So the entire movie is predicated on Tony Stark feeling sorry for himself, which sucks. There is 20 million better ways they could have told this story. Way too much fat on this bone to be good for anyone, where the first was a lean machine. Sloppy, sloppy wet shit.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    As for Human Target

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    FUCKING FUN SHOW! Not as serious as 24, just a fun story of the week action show with great chemistry between Valley, McBride, and Haley. Truly enjoyed it last year and can't wait for season 2 - though I AM worried about it being moved to the Friday kill slot - but Fox said that putting Human Target and that other show with Brad Whitford and Tom Hanks son on Friday was an attempt to revive that slot. Hopefully HT survives.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    King Kong

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Been looking forward to that blu since they announced it. In fact, that, the Maltese Falcon, the Goonies, Psycho, and criterion's Night of the Hunter are my five most anticipated blu rays for the rest of the year. Can't wait for them to be added to my collection!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    AKA_Gern.

    by Dirkblack

    There is Thor footage on the Blu Ray it is after the credits of the 'Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2' documentary bonus feature. Why is is there i dont know.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    anybody know if Private Eyes is being released on DVD?

    by Jobacca

    The original DVD transfer was pan and scan and mono. I would LOVE a good widescreen,dolby digital version,but not on Blu-Ray. Is this going to get released for standard DVD as well as Blu-Ray? Or am I FINALLY going to have to break down and buy a blu-ray player for a freakin 1980's Don Knotts movie?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, have you seen SUPERMAN: TAS?

    by Admonisher

    SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (y'know, the Burnett/Dini/Timm version) featured Darkseid (outstandingly voiced by Michael Ironside) as the series' main heavy, using him sparingly but VERY effectively in, as you say, the "Satan" role. The two-parters "Apokolips...Now!" and "Legacy" (which ended the series) are just devastatingly good. I have a hard time imagining a better-realized Darkseid vs. Supes story in any medium.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I don't watch it often, but it gets a little better every time I do. I still find the Travolta and Clooney cameos a bit distracting, but it's an excellent movie, one of the best of the '90s. If Saving Private Ryan hadn't come out the same year, it might've won Best Picture, and it would've been a justifiable choice.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    You loved IM2????

    by KilliK

    no wonder you have lost all your credibility as a reviewer Harry.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    American Beauty

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Yeah...hasn't aged that well, really. I dug it at the time of release, but it doesn't really hold up. That isn't to say there aren't some good scenes, and it does look pretty, but the whole is less than the sum. Tell me what's so special about Spacey's performance...he isn't bad, but he isn't...great. Bening's is the performance that should've won.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Killer Inside Me is very good, and Affleck

    by skimn

    is one scary sociopath, and thats an important distinction. I have a major problem with the ending. If you've seen the movie you may know what I'm referring to.<p>Still waiting for The Hot Spot on Blu. Jennifer Connoly and Virginia Madsen in HD nudity?? C'mon...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    IM2 has the same problems as SpiderMan 3

    by skimn

    Someone mentioned last week they are getting tired of climaxes of CGI characters battling it out, and in IM2 more is not better. Call it a serious case of sequel-itis.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    PRIVATE EYES! HOLY CRAP!

    by Topher4801

    I've been looking for a copy of this one for years! The only ones I could find were $40 or $50 new and I just couldn't being myself to pay that for an old DVD. This is AWESOME! Thanks Harry!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    LOVE Charade

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Not sure if I want to spend $40 Criterion prices though for the film with no extras. Seriously, I thought Criterion was all about the extras, filling their discs with everything they could find. Wonder why they cheaped out on this one? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the 2004 Criterion DVD release have more features than this? Lazy on the part of Criterion.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    If you like A$$, You'll like Tinto Brass

    by TrigPalinsBodyDouble

    Brass knows how to perfectly exploit that particular ASSet of the female form. I've seen Cheeky and it is okay. Haven't seen the others, but I recommend his All Ladies Do It. It has one of the hottest Italian actresses ever to appear on film, Claudia Koll. It's about a woman curious about anal whose husband won't indulge her (yeah, like that would ever happen) so she has to go outside her marriage for her fudgehole fix. ****out of 5 wrinkled stars

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Tinto Brass is making a 3D porno movie btw

    by KilliK

    well thats what he announced a few months ago after Avatar's premiere.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    American Beauty < Happiness

    by KilliK

    and guess which movie the Academy awarded and which one they totally ignored although it came out one year earlier than the other movie,it had a similar theme which was better explored in a darker way but unfortunately it was not from a major studio.yeah that's the one.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    American Beauty unrealistic (spoiler)

    by Simpsonian

    he totally would have nailed her.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Harry. Bad is writing!!

    by maxjohnson1971

    If you ever!! Then I suggest, pick up this DVD!! It's kind of like that movie when you were a kid? Yeah. That movie. English text-book and bat-shit crazy!! Go together real good. Highly recommend. Bread good. Fire bad.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    What's a Jiger?

    by kafka07

    and why do I feel like I'm saying one of those unmentionable anti-ethnic terms when I say it?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    teh Dude

    by Abominable Snowcone

    By my count there were three main action pieces in IM2: The fight with Whiplash at Monaco, the fight with Rhodey at Stark's b-day party, and the finale battle at the Expo--and NONE of these battles lasted very long or did anything especially interesting. I will say the Monaco Whiplash fight was at least very visually engaging and gave us something new. The finale was just a rehash of the climax from the original IM, namely, another guy in a bigger arc reactor-powered suit. Tony zaps the "hammeroids" with his new wrist gauntlets. No problem there. Then he and Rhodey do the "hands up" repulstor thing on Whiplash, and boom, he's gone too. It was just a bit unsatisfying. And when you throw that disappointment in with all the other extra BS, like Black Widow, it's a little much.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    What a boring lineup

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    Based on Harry's picks & peeks, it looks like the DVD releases for the final 2 weeks of September are dull as dishwater. The fact that he's giddy about "American Beauty" (a terminally dull and cliche-ridden view of America) says it all. "The Killer Inside Me" intrigues me, but everything else makes me drift off to sleep.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    American Beauty lets us see...

    by Bouncy X

    Thora Birch's nice, big, natural 17yr old boobs. so its not all bad. :P

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood

    by loogenhausen

    It's a good flick. Every time I see Prince of Thieves, it makes me realize just how bad it really is. Kevin Costner? Christian Slater? That actually happened? Now I'm positive Alan Rickman knew this and hammed it up for all he was worth. As for the Errol Flynn version, it's a little too bouncy and "faggy" for me. It was good, but not deserving of "greatest Robin Hood ever." That movie hasn't been made yet. And the Disney cartoon is what it is. Catnip for furries. I just don't get the hate for Ridley's movie at all. Not one bit. And I'm glad I don't. Why does Robin Hood have to be a gay medieval version of the Green Arrow running around with his merry Superfriends, constantly cockteasing that bitch Marian? Who cares? Heaven forbid someone do a new spin on the old tale. Just like Ridley Scott did. And Antoine Fuqua did with King Arthur. Both good films. Not classics, but very good. People complain about remakes, but when directors actually try something different, they're crapped on mercilessly. I guess I'll never understand the fickle, fleeting, attention-span deficient mindset of the modern "critic" or "fanboy." You're entitled to your opinion, but I don't have to recognize it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    damn, I really liked American Beauty

    by Star Hump

    The idea of an emasculated man (married to a vile cunt) having an epiphany and rediscovering the joys of pot, young pussy, The Who and his favorite muscle car was very entertaining. And the movie is chock full of selfish, delusional assholes. They're all idiots, with the possible exception of the son, who is, admittedly, a stupendous flake (He was a very organized pot dealer, so he had that going for him.).<p> Movies filled with irredeemable assholes can be lots of fun, especially when the lead asshole gets murdered.<p>

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The Cult of Madman Marz...

    by Running_Hex

    Any Madman fans out there should check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR3hbnvLm2s

  • Sept. 21, 2010, noon CST

    Bouncy X

    by skimn

    What bothers me is that my daughter had a Hocus Pocus fixation and we had to watch that laserdisc almost everyday. So I had the vision of a ten year Thora Birch fried into my subconscious. Then when I saw American Beauty I felt very, very dirty.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Abom is right about IM2

    by Stalkeye

    Those three scenes are the only ones that stood out to me. (Monaco scene in particular because due to the technical CGI error (rourke's missing legs, WTF?!?) Other than that, it should have been retitiled; "The Life and times of Anthony Stark". The "i'm gonna die, therefore I must drink" subplot was dull at best and a cop out at worst. Tony is an Alcolholic and a player not some guy who drinks becase he felt his daddy didnt love him.<p>Sorry but this by all means was not the "ESB or Aliens" we were hoping for in terms of a sequel.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Harry declares the RH Movie an..

    by Stalkeye

    ...Outlaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwww!!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The term "emo" didn't exist when American Beauty came out

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    But now there are tons of little shits just like the son in American Beauty, and while he might have seemed like an interesting character back then, now he seems like an annoying caricature of all the self-involved teenagers out there, and it will be a challenge for you to continue watching that movie without shutting it off after he sits there and waxes on about a floating paper bag he videotaped.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Uh, Harry even I mangaged to see the Superman/Batman

    by Stalkeye

    Apokolips OVA. Great action scenes and not to mention a significant guest star. (Hint: DC's Holy Trinity.) The voiceover cast from the timmiverse superman and batman are still intact, however what happened to michael ironside as Darksied? Andre filled his shoes well enough so I cant really complain. It's slightly bettter than Public enemies thanks to the animation and intense battle scenarios (the superman/batman mecha in PEs was the only low point throughout the film.) so yeah, it's worth a recommendation.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Human Target

    by REDD

    The show is okay. I'm happy Burn Notice is back in November.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Spartacus bath girl, Yuliya Mayarchuk, ScarJo in spandex

    by gun_will_travel

    A lot of wrist-spraining action this week.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    On a serious note.

    by Stalkeye

    Sorry to hear about Andy Whitfield's cancer returning. Should the show go on? not without the lead. It was a great series while it lasted.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Agreed on American Beauty...

    by GreatGonzo

    I've been saying it's an overrated, pretentious POS for years now. Glad to see I'm not the only one. Spacey and Bening are great in it, but what the hell is the movie about? Selling out in suburbia is bad? Ok, then how come the guy who sees that ends up dead for his efforts? So you should settle for a dull life and play nice? No, that's not it either. You should be gay but not kill your neighbors? Fuck if I know! And don't get me started on that bag bullshit.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    IM2

    by GreatGonzo

    And Iron Man 2 wasn't all bad. It just wasn't good either. Th first movie moved with confident swagger from beginning to end. It knew exactly where it was goign and got there with style. The second was more like a drunken stumble. It eventually got to where it needed to but it wasn't always pretty and it certainly wasn't a straight line. Oh- and how hard would it have been to make Whiplash look a little different than Iron Man? I mean honestly! Make him red. Change up the helmet. Give him racing stripes. I don't care. Anything!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Iron Man 2

    by peter_dickinson

    was the biggest cinematic disappointment of the year thus far, and Jon Favreau agrees.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Johansen made you "giggly" in IM2?

    by Flip63Hole

    Why??? Her character was as undeveloped as can be. Terrible, terrible movie. One of the worst big budget movies of the year...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    To Jobacca regarding The Private Eyes WS DVD

    by elsachmo

    Looks like they're going to release the widescreen DVD version on the same day as the Bluray disc. I didn't see anything about the audio specs. Let's just hope it's the extended version that is shown on TV, and not the same one that was on the original DVD release.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks elsachmo!

    by Jobacca

    I had looked for that and totally did not see it. I'm hoping for the extended version as well,but honestly I'll take what I can get. I was willing to shell out 50 bucks for the previous DVD until I saw the awful specs.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Pre -ordered Spartacus and watched on Netflix

    by mr dark

    This show was a little slow out of the gate but really started to hook me after the 3rd episode...Titties you want ? yes there are plenty of beauties on the show , action? you bet...gore? ...by the buckets full.. I hope that Andy has a speedy and full recovery with his bout with cancer..It must really be a blow to ones psyche to finally have a big hit and have to drop out due to health reasons..My heart goes out to this guy...He is excellent in this role ...I can only hope he regains his health and happiness..

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I would like more opinion on THE HUMAN TARGET

    by JDanielP

    Of the people who actually watch THE HUMAN TARGET, that is. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a single episode. However, I'm obviously interested.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Why are a good portion of Harry's recomendations always soft cor

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    And, yes, that includes Spartacus.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Sept. 28th release for IM2?

    by iamcap

    Why would you put this on this weeks, when it doesn't release until next week?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    'soft core porn'

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Had it with this fucking site. Can't write a long header without the fucking talkback thinking its a URL and cutting it off. FUCKING BANNER ADVERTS WITH SOUND. You're an absolute disgrace Hary. You do not give one shit for the ease of use of people who use this site. Hope you have another heart attack/ Advil-induced extreme allergic reaction , fuckhead!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    iamcap

    by skimn

    read the headline...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood was great.

    by Fortunesfool

    Of course it wasn't aimed at a 15 year olds attention span so its no surprise that Harry didn't like it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Heh...

    by Bvc79

    People who bash "Spartacus" because it has male nudity (There's a penis there! If you watch it, you're gay!") are the classic example of a self-hating closeted homosexual.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Frozen

    by jimmy_009

    Kind of fun and squirm inducing, but yeah, those people were so dumb. I don't know if it was bad writing, or just having your characters be dumb people (which do exist in the real world, come to find out), but they did pretty much everything wrong, and in the wrong order.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Human Target

    by jimmy_009

    I want to like this show, but there's just nothing fresh about it. It's well made, but it just feels like every straight to video action movie out there. Just because it's on TV and I can watch it for free doesn't mean I will.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Spartacus will go on (for now)

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    According to the official statement released by Starz and the production team, though Andy Whitfield has taken a leave of absence to take care of his health, they will do a six episode filler season focusing on Lucy Lawless and John Hannah's characters (don't know their characters' names as I didn't get into the show). They hope Whitfield can eventually return to film season 2 proper.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I honestly don't remember any penises in Spartacus

    by jim

    I guess they must have been there, they just didn't make an impression on me. Breasts, on the other hand, I do remember aplenty. And I remember Katrina Law. I remember her fondly.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Bvc79

    That's because you're not looking for them, because you realize that guys have penises and you're not bothered by it. Closeted homosexuals, on the other hand...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Human Target trivia

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I didn't know about this until Kevin McCarthy passed away last week, but there was a Human Target series back in 1992 that lasted for 7 episodes. McCarthy showed up in one of them as Christopher Chance's father, Harry. Christopher Chance was played by Rick "Jessie's Girl" Springfield - it's a wonder why that show didn't last.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    P.S. - I FUCKING HATE <p>THE NEW IMdB!!!!!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I absolutely loathe their redesigned site. Once the greatest place to look up film info, with a clean, streamlined presentation, they are now the epitome of over-modernization. Their new graphic-heavy look has ruined their appeal, and in the actor's credits they don't even list them all in order by date anymore. It's a fucking disgrace, and I hope they either revert to the old look or a new website comes along to take their place. Such a travesty!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    AKA_Gern_Blanston

    by Bvc79

    100% agreed. Fuck that place, it's a pain in the ass to try to navigate it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Turd has risen from the grave...Wow!! Man you must

    by mr dark

    be having a bad day...did you not like Spartacus? I wouldn't call it soft porn..It had nudity and sex yes..but it was important to the storyline..after all it was Rome in all it's glory and decadence. If anything I think the producers may have held back a little bit compared to such romps as Caligula and all the Italian efforts at depicting Rome..I for one found the 1st episode kind of a derivative letdown but I gave it a second chance and tuned in again.. I was glad I did, the show only got better with every episode.. I understand some folks don't like a lot of nudity and thats their thing..but I think if you remember your history people in those days didn't wear much unless they were going off to battle. Nudity wasn't a big hangup then (hence all the nude statues and lack of clothing) If your not getting past the first episode I understand but I recommend giving it a second chance via Netflix ...you might enjoy it..

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    JDanielP<p>As for the new Human Target:

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Will it ever win any awards? <p>Unequivocally NO. But it knows this about itself and never takes itself too seriously. <p>The three leads - Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley - have great chemistry and it shows (they could use a steady female presence other than babe of the week, though it seemed Autumn Reeser was being set up for that role at the end of season 1. <p>It's got very little overarching mythology, so it's easy to jump in on any episode and understand what's going on. <p>It's NOT 24. It's got action, but is never that intense and balances itself with humor. <p>It's not for everybody, obviously, but it is a well made show that deserves to find its audience. <p>It is based on a comic book, though one that was well before my time (60's, if I remember correctly). So far, though, it's been quite entertaining and I can't wait for the start of season 2 next week. Worth checking out (at least, moreso than the majority of shit Hack - I mean Herc - tends to cover). Give it a try and see what you think.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    an R rated Green Arrow film

    by Genre_Baby

    would absolutely rule. No matter how badly Ollie's been written over the last 17 years (with Year One being the exception), DC has tons of really excellent Ollie to do that kind of film with. Really hope they decide to use another character for the Stupid Max concept (Batman would be perfect for that)... So in this case I hope you're wrong Harry. I hope DC/Warners has enough courage to do an R rated take on Ollie. Will definitely rent the Supes/Bat for the Green Arrow short. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood was awesome

    by kwisatzhaderach

    A real old-school effort, far superior to that Iron Man 2 shit.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    EVERYONE DO THEMSELVES A FAVOR...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...and put SPARTACUS: BLOOD & SAND in their Netflix queue. Trust me: give it a go and by the season's end, you will not be disappointed. It's one of the biggest TV surprises in a long time.<P>Also, it's every bit as engaging as ROME and way more satisfying than 300 (despite the initial similarities at the beginning of the season).<P>It's truly a shame about Andy Whitfield. I hope he's able to beat down his illness once again.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Always the little soft core porn entry at the end Harry.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Good show.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Mr Dark, I have no problem with Spartacus at all

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I was just kidding. It does seem like the base pleasures of 300 taken to he extreme, though, but I'm all for good exploitation stuff - tits, gore, fucking, asses, swinging sausages, the lot. <p>I was NOT, however, kidding about Harry's management of this site. Absolutely disgraceful, and I'm sick and tired of it. And yes, to hell with IMDB's new redesign as well. That's the opposite extreme of AICN - fixing what ain't broke. The same goes for You Tube's horrible new design from a while back. Bah, humbug.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I agree: IRON MAN 2 = Disappointment

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Overloaded with plot and it relied too much on "witty banter" to carry the unfocused load. Even the special effects felt flat, as if we had already seen everything there was to offer in the original IM.<P>Oh, and Whiplash talking to Sam Rockwell about his bird...<P>...WORST. SCENE. EVER.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Frozen was an annoying, frustratingly contrived POS

    by Cash907

    It's hard to enjoy something when 20 years of experience with ski hills of various sizes leaves you saying out loud "That wouldn't happen, THAT wouldn't happen, that couldn't FUCKING happen, oh how the FUCK did THAT happen?!" Lazy bullshit writing on a cheap budget = complete waste of time. You want to watch a thriller about people dealing with the extreme cold, go rent Runaway Train, and see what really happens when bare flesh touches freezing metal.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Didnt netflix remove Spartacus from the instant viewing?

    by Stalkeye

    I just might have to rent the blu-ray discs. (for a dollar extra anyways.)

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Harvey Keitel

    by Shalako

    should have guest starred on Spartacus. He loves showing his flaccid penis.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Spartacus!!!

    by CCon99

    Wait till you get to the finale, Harry. Your jaw will be on the floor. I hated the first 3 episodes of this series, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Easily the best season finale of any TV show this year.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    turd ...I agree with all three of your bitches..

    by mr dark

    I have only been back to IMDB once since they changed their format..It stinks now..as for this site.. well all I can say is it could be worse..Harry's let things go a bit but really where can one go to occasionally chat with such fine folks as yourself and all the others here at AICN..so I give it a pass...you tube well I usaually stay away from it as I want to keep the hair I have left on my head and every time I look at something on you tube (or try to )I wind up litterly pulling my fucking hair out..what a crock of shit they have their now..oh fucking well...now see what you did to me... the frustration is contagious...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Regarding the new release of The Private Eyes

    by elsachmo

    I actually just received an email from the President of Henstooth (the company releasing the DVD and Bluray), where he said that they had tried everything within their power to find the extended version of the movie, or the scenes themselves, but were unsuccessful. He said they had original 16mm negatives listed as "Network Version" and the 35mm theatrical negative, and found no difference in the versions. They contacted NBC who had shown the extended version and they no longer had a copy, so it appears those scenes may be lost forever, which is a shame since they actually made the movie much better. At least I still have an old VHS copy from TV of this superior version. He did say the new versions are 1080p transfers though. If anybody has a good quality copy of the extended version, I'd be interested.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    yeah looks like Spartacus is gone from instant viewing

    by mr dark

    its for sure because of the release. but I am actually jealous of anyone who hasn't seen the 1st season finale of Spartacus..It's such a fucking mindblower to end the first season in such a manner.. I don't think anyone has had the balls to ever pull such an ending off on a television series..just fucking unbelievable...My mind was numb after the season finale..

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    You actually like "Vigilante"???

    by BSGDAN

    I'm a fan of revenge films, and I Netflixed "Vigilante" after first learning of it from The Digital Bits. However, I must say that, in a genre full of shit, it's one of the shittiest revenge films ever made. Up until a few weeks ago, I thought they didn't get worse than the Kevin Bacon film "Death Sentence". I was wrong. "Vigilante" is pointless garbage from start to finish. Harry, I know you are a fan of companies like Blue Underground, and I agree that they do fill a void left buy the major studios when it comes to showing love to smaller films on dvd and blu-ray. However, that is no reason to recommend crap like this. "Vigilante" fails on all levels. It's not a serious commentary on the failures of the justice system (like "Death Wish"), nor is it a guilty pleasure (like "Death Wish 2"). "Vigilante" is just plain BAD.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    IM 2

    by Fixthe Fernback

    For me the reason I like it is for what a lot of you lot didn't. I like that it felt ad-libbed and the set pieces felt odd. It just didn't feel like your average Hollywood BS. I guess for you Marvel heads it didn't deliver what you expected, but for what's there on screen it's one of the better Marvel movies imo. For me it's all about the cast, without Downey I would have chalked Iron Man up as just another standard (and dull) superhero movie. <P> I agree about Scarlet, I dont find her that uber-hot as some - I prefer Gwyneth over her any day - her character was dull and didn't fit in with the rest of the movie(she needed more sass), but I enjoyed her slice of ass kicking.<P>I can appreciate why a lot of you guys dislike it, but saying it's a "terrible, terrible movie" or "sloppy wet shit" lol. <P>Oh yeah and I agree the IMDB redesign, it SUCKS!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Woah, a pre-emptive DVD column strike?!!

    by SoylentMean

    Color me impressed. Just don't color me with Sharpies. That shit don't wash off.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    IM2 Scores

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Audience 80% <P>IMDB 7.3 (62k votes)<P>Hey what do you know, a lot of other people like it too ;)

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Merry Christmas score

    by Guy Grand

    This was the first film where I can remember purposely staying in my theater seat after the lights went up and everyone shuffled up the aisles, listening to the entire end credit film score. It was that impactful. Been a Sakamoto fan since and gotten most of his YMO stuff as well as all his solo efforts. Ryuichi Sakamoto plays the piano, a DVD that came out last year, is just sonic bliss to listen to and watch.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Tinkerbell is hot

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Ranks with Pocahontas and Lois Lane (Dini/Timm version) for the best cartoon legs ever.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    "MELLY CHLISTMAS, MR. RAWRENCE!"

    by UGG

    Is a great movie, and great soundtrack. Bowie, Conti, Kitano all on top form. <p>And just watched Robin Hood today, not as bad as I thought it was going to be, it's better than The Peacemaker that's for sure.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Spartacus is pure shit!

    by Le Phantom

    Beyond bad! Every element of this unredeemable series is pure derivative drivel! I hope spartacus gets crucified SOON!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    HARRY if you like Ryuichi Sakamoto's soundtrack work

    by UGG

    you really should check out Taboo (Gohatto) and of course The Last Emperor.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    SPARTACUS is the best show.

    by blackwood

    Maybe ever, definitely of the last few years. Starts sort of slow and a bit silly, grows into one of the most intriguing and smartly written shows I've ever seen. Pulp doesn't equal trash, not by a long shot. Best of luck to Andy's recovery -- I honestly don't know what I want for the series now. He really anchored it. I have a hard time picturing anyone else in the role, and don't know if I want to.<p>FROZEN was kind of cool, kind of tense, with some painfully gross scenes... but ultimately is pretty dumb, and not just because the characters are dumb (which they are). SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Wolves aren't that aggressive.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    SKIMN

    by iamcap

    oh. right.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "CALVIN MARSHALL" - STEVE ZAHN

    by sutter_smith

    Not on the list???? Shame on you. I saw it in Austin too. Zahn's ridiculous. Worth checkin out

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Spartacus haters

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    There is nothing gay about Spartacus. Your taste, however, is. If you have watched the whole season and you get to the moment when Spartacus says :"We kill them all." and you don't like that it means your are just a bunch of ball-less bitch boys. The truth hurts.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Iron man 2 - even the deleted scenes sound boring

    by RPLocke

    When the movies best scene takes place at a Senate hearing, you know you're in trouble.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    SPARTACUS: I SEE TITS; HARRY SEES DICKS!! UH-OH!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    DVD or BLU-RAY-- IT'S THE SAME-DAMN-MOVIE!!! BIG DEAL...

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Clearly the best part of Iron Man 2 was Black Widow!

    by SoylentMean

    Clearly.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Teabaggers hate American Beauty

    by tarrasque

    because there is a little bit of Chris Cooper's bigoted, gay-repressed character in all of them

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I don't understand Harry's hatred for Robin Hood...

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    He doesn't like the fact that rather than telling the same fucking story that's been told a million times...they decided to tell the story before that? Look, Robin Hood is obviously a completely made up character - at least in the sense that we know him.<BR><BR>However, because real historical places and events are tied to him, people believe he's real...and maybe he is. Maybe he was some drunk fat ass who never did anything, but stories of his legend grew. That's how most of the bible happened, anyway.<BR><BR>My point is...if people believe in someone where there's no evidence of his existance, why not have some fun and write about what you think that character would have done prior to becoming an OOUUUUTTTTLLLLAAAWWWWWWWW?<BR><BR>That's why I enjoy it...I think its fun seeing how someone might throw Robin Hood into real politics, even if the whole king of England thin is just as about as bogus as Robin Hood in general.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    AMERICAN BEAUTY is waaay overrated...

    by Monroville

    It's funny; a group of friends and I went to see FIGHT CLUB and snuck into this afterwards. After the movie ended, we realized that they were essentially the same movie, or at least dealing with the same issues. The only difference is that FIGHT CLUB was somewhat original about it (as well as actually funny when it wanted to be), whereas AMERICAN BEAUTY was like a bad, overacted play. I just couldn't stand how unlikeable and miserable ALL of the characters were... and then when Thora Birch comes in to see her dad dead (oh yeah, SPOILER!), she has this look on her face like "oh....my dad is dead.. eh.", at which point (after the overacting from Annette Benning, and the contrived plot points) I just gave up. That and the stupid plastic bag standing in for the FOREST GUMP feather.. I mean shit, folks! The director rips off FOREST GUMP! How did this guy get an oscar again?!?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Harry's hatred for Robin Hood explained...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It's not Errol Flynn camping it up in green stockings. And it doesn't pander to adults with the mindset of an 8 year old on a sugar rush. And Ridley Scott doesn't buy advertizing space on AICN. That's it in a nutshell. Add up these three things and Manbaby starts to fweeel sweeepppyyy....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    just a reminder

    by shiekybaby

    I was the first poster in this talkback. I dont really have anything interesting to add to the convo, but I've always wanted to be first in the DVD column, and now I am. Thank you for your time, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Spartacus: A show for gays...

    by 9000rpm

    ...made by gays. And, yes, American Beauty is the most over-rated Best Picture yet. Really, would anyone want to watch it again? AB gives movies a bad name. Spartacus just gives people AIDS.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Cheeky rules. An absolute explosion of eye candy.

    by Flip63Hole

    Yulia was something special. There are few assalicious movies like this. Enjoy, people!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    CC0N99: best season finale = Dexter or Breaking Bad.

    by Flip63Hole

    No contest.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Youtube redesign...

    by SK229

    I got used to it because a video player is a fucking video player... most of the time, youtube just works. But I pay way less attention to the rest of the page than I used to. I don't 'THUMBS UP' or 'THUMBS DOWN' videos the way I used to rate them quite often. And the comments section is an absolute fucking travesty now. It's like every site wants all these little window panes that open and close for EVERY FUCKING FUNCTION, and it's become really tiring and really boring design. It also hides shit that shouldn't be hidden a lot of the time. So yeah, design-wise it sucks, but for youtube's core function, watching videos, I think it'll probably always be king cause it's the only show in town that can scale the way that it does (does Google still lose money on YT?) by pouring mountains of cash into drive space and bandwidth. I have to say, though, that I did like the redesigned channels, which feel a lot more like a channel than the old ones where everything you clicked made the whole page reload.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Some good movies people find annoying for personal reasons

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    I can understand Harry not liking Robin Hood for the reasons mentioned. I enjoyed the film, it wasn't great or anything, especially the end that fell apart, but I wouldn't mind watching it again. Iron Man 2 was hit and miss... I thought it started out good then became more and more disappointing as it trudged through the 2nd act, then it picked up again at the end but the abrupt head-to-head defeat of Whiplash was anti-climactic. The Killer Inside Me was well made with good acting but the over the top absurdly brutal murder scene ruins the whole movie for me. It crosses the line where it felt like it just wanted to be shocking at the cost of realism. I generally don't want nausea to be the strongest feeling evoked by a film.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    AMERICAN BEAUTY

    by ColonelFatheart

    Spoilers <p>I agree with whoever up there that said Lester would have banged her. Probably, yes, but regardless of whether would have or not, it would have been better for the movie if he had. He dies a saint at the end. It would have been a lot more poignant, challenging and disturbing if he were killed mired in either guilt or exaltation over doing it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by Bouncy X

    thats hilarious, i felt the same way. Hocus Pocus is all i knew her from so i hadnt really seen her older since i hadnt watched any other movie she made. so when that sscen came up, it was truly a combination of "yum" and "oh..i am a bad person". lol

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Mok

    by Wrath4771

    I Survived a Mok Concert!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Speaking of overrated movies

    by KilliK

    i saw Usual Suspects yesterday.the last time i saw it was 10y ago more or less.It is a good movie,the script rocks but:<br /> <p>1.as someone mentioned in another talkback Singer's direction is overrated.its the great script that elevates the movie from its good but not great direction.<br /> <p>2.Kevin Spacey.i think he is one of the most overrated actors today.he did a good job in the movie but frankly? he was acting more like pretending to be a fag,rather than a stupid gimp as he was supposed to.or he was supposed to be a fag as well? i dont know.and you know if you are such a great actor,you should have somehow convey subconsciously to the audience,the ruthlessness and brilliance that is hidden under your pretense of being a stupid gimp.but then again that might be a problem of Singer's direction and not the actor's talent.<br /> <p>3.the script although it was brilliant,it did have some logical inconsistencies but i dont want to expand on this since the movie has nothing to do with the topic.<br /> <p>anyway great movie but a bit overrated.now trash me.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    is the Robin Hood unrated version better?

    by JackSlater4

    bloody?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Nicole deBoer is in Suck. I'm watching it.

    by Tall_Boy66

    That is all. I even watched NYC Tornado Terror for that woman. Yeah, I didn't pay for it or anything, but still.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    WTF IS BOWIE DOING WITH THAT JAP

    by BringingSexyBack

    That just sent my faggometer into the red zone

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    9000rpm is...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...a gay.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I'M THINKING MAYBE I SHOULD UNQUEUE THE KILLER INSIDE ME

    by BringingSexyBack

    All indications are I would turn it off early anyway.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    anyone else whack off when

    by celebritydave

    he beats jessica alba with the belt (killer inside me). apart from that, didnt much care for the movie.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Darkseid looks like Marvel's APOCALYPSE on that cover

    by D.Vader

    I wonder if that was intentional to fool us Marvel fans...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Why didn't FROZEN get a release?

    by D.Vader

    I thought it was "so good".

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Well Darkseid and Apocalypse have always looked alike

    by JackSlater4

    Except, Darkseid comes from a planet called Apokolips and debuted in 1970 while Apocalypse debuted in 1986, so I wouldn't say DC is trying to trick anyone.<P> And I realize D.Vader may have been trying to bait me or someone else but I like to set the record straight regardless

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    The most overrated Best Picture went to...

    by blackwood

    SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.<p>I mean, seriously guys. It was an asinine romantic comedy that confused the academy by being in period costume. AMERICAN BEAUTY, however it looks now, really captured the mid-life suburban malaise of its time.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    blackwood

    by RPLocke

    The fact that UP got nominated for Best Pic last year really made me lose interest in the Oscars.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Worst best picture ever was CRASH.

    by ColonelFatheart

    EVERYONE HAVE RACISMZ.....RACISMZ BAD.....

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE was a good romcom.

    by ColonelFatheart

    Fun performances, plus it was written by Stoppard. Sharp stuff. I think it gets a bad rap.<p>But best picture? No fucking way.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck that noise, Dances With Wolves beat Goodfellas

    by Tall_Boy66

    Crash is fucking gold compared to Dances With My Best Directing Oscar. Apparently, it's a better movie than Goodfellas. Right.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Sandy Frank! Sandy Frank! His movies are poorly dubbed!

    by Gojira_X

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    KING KONG!

    by Yelsaeb

    Finally on Blu-Ray! YES!!!!!!!!!!! And Iron Man 2. I loves me some Iron Man 2. I think I'm one of the only three people on the planet who liked that movie. I don't know why. There was nothing wrong with it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Shawshank Redemption/Pulp Fiction>>>Forest Gump

    by PinkFloyd7

    Remember the travesty of 1994.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Killik, you're wrong about the Usual Suspects

    by rbatty024

    Or at least you're wrong about Singer's direction. However you feel about his later films, the Usual Suspects is still damn near perfect. Just take a look at his use of lighting. That alone blows away most crime films.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Tall_Boy

    by ColonelFatheart

    Clearly, the biggest crime in Oscar history was DANCES and Costner beating GOODFELLAS and Marty. I don't dispute that. But DANCES is a much, much better movie than that aggressively stupid, glorified Afterschool Special CRASH.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    One word about Crash that sums it up: Ludacris.

    by SoylentMean

    While I personally hate on Shakespeare in Love winning over SPR for Best Pic and over Elizabeth for Best Actress (that's my go to example of the Academy fuckin' up), I'm pretty sure I did a triple take when they announced Crash as winning Best Picture. <P> Had they actually seen the movie? Holy shit is it some beat you over the head with its message bullshit.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    If Iron Man 2 had ended with...

    by Logo Lou

    Whiplash's bird in it's own armored bird suit joining the fight.... I would have loved it forever.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    American Beauty was overyhyped

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    and won best picture just because it fit in the mold, I guess. It was good but I thought it was missing something to make it great.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood

    by j2talk

    1991's Robin Hood with Patrick Bergin was infinitely superior to this piece of shit.....

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Another unbelievable thing about American Beauty

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Kevin Spacey is pretty much the only straight man on his block. Really? Kevin Spacey...straight? Really? <p> You had Scott Bakula and his partner playing gay lovers, and then the military dude, Chris Cooper coming out of the closet at the end. You kinda feel like patting Chris Cooper on the back when he mistakes Kevin Spacey for a gay and tell him, "Hey, it's an easy mistake. Trust me. Totally forgivable. Don't go killing anyone over it."

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    American Beauty is a masterpiece. FACT

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    You fools don't appreciate anything do you?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    "Why is it a masterpiece?" you ask?

    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

    Thora Birch's tittayz, thas why.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Thora Birch's titties are overrated

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Too saggy.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Spartacus improves every episode till it blows your mind.

    by Saen

    Kill Them All was the most satisfying hour of TV in 2010!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    RDJ must've hated the direction they took,

    by Dingbatty

    because he kept badmouthing it cryptically in magazine interviews leading up to the premiere. What doesn't work for people in the sequel would've been more appropriate for The Avengers; in the 70's/80's The Mighty Avengers and 80's West Coast Avengers there was a sunny, breezy atmosphere to the proceedings, as if their respective mansions were clubhouses where any one of a vast roster might pop in if bored, to see if there was any current villains to kick about like in a pick-up ball game. Characters might just stop by from outer space, or hang out by the pool. It felt a little like that in IM 2, where it should've just been an IM Demon in The Bottle, proper, with the third movie being Armor Wars, not afraid to incorporate unique-looking armors like Beetle, Crimson Dynamo, Titanium Man, etc.<p>The Avengers movie should have that tone, but Feige will make sure it is all epic-y end of the world nonsense.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    All of these Marvel Movieverse movies

    by Dingbatty

    will be disappointing, as they insist on making them a melange of 616, Ultimates, studio mandated nonsense, embarrassment of source material, and too much insistence upon slant verisimilitude.<p>Just put the fucking 616 on the screen, you fools.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    spartacus

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    For those who can't get it on netflix, shell out the 30 bucks for the blue rays, I am watching them now and they are worth every penny. Picture quality is amazing, effects look so much better than netflix viewing. Jupiters cock! get well andy!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    spartacus spoilers

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    And yes there is cock in this show, get over it. Looking at cock in this show is not hard, seeing what they do to your cock during a crucifixion.....that's another story.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Dingbatty

    by RPLocke

    The IM2 trailer was a lot better than the actual movie.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4- why would I try and bait you?

    by D.Vader

    I haven't read this talkback yet, so I dunno why you'd think that. Honestly, I saw the title, the Darkseid picture, and thought it was an animated X-Men movie about Apocalypse.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Nemesis Enforcer

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yeah, that crucifixion scene was rough. OUCH!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    "KILL THEM ALL!" Spartacus Finale was the best of 2010!

    by Thanos0145

    The show did start off slow but it got real good and had a spectacular finish.<p>FIGHT AND GET WELL SOON ANDY WHITFIELD!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood

    by Jinxo

    I would be more interested in seeing the film as originally scripted. Apparently the original script and pitch was to utterly flip the story, making it about the Sheriff Of Nottingham and making him an actual heroic figure who keeps getting tortured by this Robin Hood guy. Very curious to see how they intended to swing that. But I guess the script got optioned with Russel Crowe agreeing to play the Sheriff, then the project got rolling got big at which point Crowe said, wait, I don't want to be the SHERIFF, I want to play Robin Hood. By then the star power and such involved was more important than the original concept and, boom, it switched to being more of a standard Robin Hood flick.<br><br> I vote for the Patrick Bergin Robin Hood as well. Really like that film as a more "historical" Robin Hood. "Welcome to hell!"

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    I want the Superman movie just for the episode of

    by Phategod2

    "Apokolips Now". one the greatest animated episodes of Anything ever. Thats how American cartoons should be done, and it probably, should go down as the single greatest depiction of Superman and Darkseid.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I've seen enough Sparticus to declare it ultimate show

    by UltraTron

    of shows. Ever. Unless you know of another tv show that has fluffer slaves servicing the couple bantering.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Equal Opportunity Nudity

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Come on Guys. Spartacus is just giving the ladies all the naked guys they're not getting in R Rated movies. What kind of Geek can't put up with a few cocks if they finally get to see Lucy Lawless naked? Been waiting at least a decade for that!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    I LOVE WATCHING BIG FAT COCKS BEING SUCKED ON BY A SLUT

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    DOES IT HAVE THAT?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    ROBIN HOOD sucked because

    by Gwai Lo

    it takes two hours to get to the beginning of the movie. The whole story basically boils down to people talking about politics and hatching vague schemes to stir up unrest. Robin Hood fights on the side of England in the goddamn climax for crying out loud. Then it's all OUUUTTTLAAAWWWWW and finally he's fucking Robin Hood and BAM movie over. Also if anyone can provide a logical, rational explanation for why Robert Longstride or whatever had to pretend to be Robin of Loxley and then actually goes along with it, well, shit, I guess you were just paying more attention than I was.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    WOW That Thin Red Line case is a beauty!

    by WeylandYutani

    Why does DVD/blu-Ray box art look so crappy most of the time?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    In regards to Robin Hood...

    by WeylandYutani

    Pretty movie, but dull and Crowe was miscast IMO. However, I wonder if the "Kingdom of Heaven" version is superior? Since Harry didn't bother to watch it, can anyone else chime in with a review? <P> For what it's worth, The 80s ITV Robin of Sherwood is an excellent version of the legend and so is Richard Lester's Robin & Marian from the mid 70s. <P> The Adventures of Robin Hood is a classic for sure, but it is also dated and aimed at a very young audience. <P> If Ridley Scott's Robin Hood was the first film in a trilogy, then it might have been the definitive version of the story... alas, this does not seem likely. Instead we get this very handsome film with not a lot of character or story.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    ITV version is the best. Also like the Bergen

    by Dingbatty

    /Uma Thurman version.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    @Jinxo

    by Dingbatty

    There was already a book that tackled the "Sheriff as protagonist" concept well before their initial leanings toward that; Richard Kluger's novel "The Sheriff of Nottingham."

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    rIDLEY said hed like to do a sequel

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    but yeah it seems unlikely.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    EPISODE 1 ALL i SAW WERE TITS AND LESBIAN MUFF DIVING

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    YOU PROMISED COCKS WHERE WERE THE JUICY MAN SAUSAGES?!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Spartans had a LOT of sex!!

    by RPLocke

    No wonder they lost. They were worn out on the battlefield.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    THIS IS GOOD SPANK MATERIAL

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    IM GONNA PAUSE IT AT THE NAKED BLACK WOMAN WITH THE BIG TITTIES AND TWIST ONE OFF

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:59 a.m. CST

    @Dingbatty

    by Jinxo

    That's cool. But when I heard about the starting point of this movie specifically it just bummed me out because, well, the story behind the movie is the crap Hollywood story. Writer has a unique idea that, at least as a film, hadn't been done. He get people on board with it, then the next thing you know the big shots start tweaking things and, boom, the whole original point to doing the thing is gone. "It was about the Sheriff but now it's about Russel Crowe and bad assing up some Robin Hood action!!! And of course... egos."

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    WeylandYutani

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yep, Robin of Sherwood is the best ever telling of the Robin Hood legend. Stunning piece of television.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    SON OF CHOPPAH

    by Six Demon Bag

    wheres your dad?<P>i kinda miss him.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Harry your wrist as well ?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Was a sock involved ?<br />In all seriousness if you were a Horse you would have been put down by now, but you would have had a huge cock, so its not all bad

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Crash v Shakespeare in Love

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    That is a tough one for worst choice of Best Picture, maybe due to recent memory but Crash is the "winner" for me. But both were shockingly poor decisions.<br />Looking at the last 10 years the strong years for me are 2003, 2007, 2006 and 2000. Personally I also think Chicago was very lucky to get up<br />Got me looking at the quality of films that have been nominated for the last decade, compared to the 90s and no doubt in my mind that the 90s produced far more worthy nominees. 1994 was exceptional with Forest Gump being incredibly lucky

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Sorry Harry, having just seen Iron man 2 today

    by southafricanguy

    I have to say that the criticisms of it are certainly valid. Its not a bad film at all, its actually well made, well acted, directed etc....The action, what little thre is, is good, and RDJ was excellent, as were most of the actors imho. But if we are goingto compare it to the considered great superhero sequals (X2, Spiderman 2, TDK)then it really does come up short. First, at no point does there appear to be anything truly important at stake (or anything really for that matter), theres no real sense of danger, and Tony just solves every problem too damn easily. Second, Im hard pressed to say exactly what the hell IM2 was about, what was its thematic content so to speak? The film really appeared to have nothing to say about anything in particular. Finally, no great villain that every great sequal requires (Joker, Doc Ock, The Queen Alien, The T-1000, Khan etc...) Whiplash is barely in the film, and worse, he has very little to do. Furthermore, despite his reason for attcking Tony being deeply personal, theres no sense of drama/tension to their meeting, theres just no....spark. Nevermind how pathetic the end fight is, fuck me its over in like 5 seconds, and ultimatly Whiplash hardly seems to present much of a threat/challenge to Tony at all. Theres more things wrong, but tose are the three that stick out the most imho....

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I want more boom, boom, boom

    by Shalako

    I do, I really do.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    AKA_Gern_Blanston --Thanks for THE HUMAN TARGET opinion

    by JDanielP

    Somewhere in my old collection of comics, I actually have 1 or 2 (maybe more) comics with THE HUMAN TARGET. The comic book that stands out the most, in my boyish memory, is one where he guest-stars with BATMAN (perhaps a Detective Comics Annual, I'm thinking). <P>My wife has picked up a number of television show collections the past 3 years or so, all on dvd (and usually when on sale). But I'm looking for something we would both really enjoy in high-def, on our BIG SCREEN, and "THE HUMAN TARGET" may be just the ticket. Here's to hoping the production design and the overall visual artistry is worthy of a Blu-ray purchase. <P>Thanks again, AKA_Gern_Blanston. Sounds like a fun show.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    So, Jon Favreau just called...

    by bat725

    He says you can take your tongue out of his asshole now, Harry.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I'd like a list of TV SHOWS worthy of BLU-RAY over DVD

    by JDanielP

    As much as my wife and I enjoy blu-ray/high-def content, what TV SHOWS are really worth the extra cash, over dvd? Anyone?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    1. star wars clone wars

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    The Absolutely Worst Best Picture

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    Although many of the "winners" named by others are strongly deserving of the title Worst Best Picture (American Beauty, Crash, and Shakespeare in Love), the all-time champ is TITANIC (I start to weep when I think about the fact that I will never hear the words "And the Oscar goes to LA Confidential"!). I threw away 3 hours of my life on Titanic, and the Academy owes me those 3 hours!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I think A Beautiful Mind is worse than Titanic

    by BigTuna

    What a shitfest that was.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    And yet, everyone remembers Titanic, and

    by southafricanguy

    no-one I know has ever heard of LA confidential (great film that it is). LA confidential was the beter artistic film, but Titanic was the better technical film, and imho technical film making is just as impressive, and worthy of being rewarded....Besides we all know that the Oscar is basically given to certain directors more for their body of work (ala Scorsese for the Aviator when he should have gotten it for RB or Goodfellas), thus similarly, In my mind Cameron got that Oscar for the tminator Aliens, T2, tyhe Abyss (great genre films that the Academy is too snobbish to reward), while what the fuck else has Curtis Hanson done? His filmogaphy is pretty unimpressive otherwise, he seems to be one of those directors that just had one great film in them ad then...not much (ala Jan De Bont with Speed, afterwards...nothing worth talking about)

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Besides you can bash Titanic all you want,

    by southafricanguy

    but I know a number of people, mostly women, that LOVE that film, its almost like StarWars for women. And given the geeky love grown men continue to have for Star Wars, which most women find quite juvenile, I see no reason why Titanic is any less valid a film for all the rewards it got...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Titanic is a very good movie

    by BigTuna

    It gets unfairly bashed because of it's box office take and awards. The fact is it's not nearly as bad as most claim. The last hour is a masterpiece.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    It seems that a lot of fanboys just cant handle

    by southafricanguy

    that Titanic was an old fashioned Hollywood romance (aahhh, the horror!) that was athrowback to things like Gone with the Wind (complete with corny dialouge), ang that it was loved by women and girls (how dare that happen, we all know they are an invalid film demographic..) the world over (also terrible, how dare a film have the audacity toappeal to all ages, especially the opposite gender, and be so populist..eewww)

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Scorsese won for The Departed...

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    ...not The Aviator (and he should've won for Taxi Driver). And if, southafricanguy, directors win for their body of work, why did Sam Mendes, Anthony Minghella, and (especially) Kevin Costner win??? And since THEY won (without anything resembling a worthy body of work), why in God's name didn't Hanson (or Frank Darabont for Shawshank Redemption) win? Oscars are decided not because of a body of work, but because Academy voters see where their next paycheck might be coming from. Hence the victory for Cameron and Titanic.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Hey Southafricanguy

    by BSGDAN

    Martin Scorsese won for "The Departed", not "The Aviator" (Picture and Director).

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Bigtuna...exactly dude, the second half is a

    by southafricanguy

    masterpiece in sustained dramatic action that never gets old despite going on for over an hour and it takes the audience along even though everyone already knew the fucking ending...no easy thing to do...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    BSGDAN...Whoops! sorry dude, its one in

    by southafricanguy

    morning where i am (Korea) and my memory was a bit fuzzy on that one, knew it was one of the two heh heh...Next time I better not be so damn lazy to look info like that up...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    However my point stil stands re Scorese and

    by southafricanguy

    the way the Oscar is often given for a director's filmography rather than the specific film they win for....

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    mygod itsfullofstars....Please note that I did

    by southafricanguy

    not say that was always the case, just that it often happens. To answer your question, its because there are different types of film making and sometimes the old fashioned epics like DWW or Titanic are wht captures the Academys attention, and sometimes its the little seen arty film etc...Rather let me ask you why one type is more important than another or worthy of reward? Why is Titanics technical merits (and they are impressive) any less worthy than LAC's artistic merits? Or how about the fact that sometimes some films just capturehe popular zeitgeist, and get rewarded accordingly. While sometimes films like the hurt locker win even though almost no-one has seen it, and 95% of the world's film going audience has never even heard of it.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Or maybe its because there is often a lot of

    by southafricanguy

    politics involved, such as when the academy deciedes this year is for black people to win, or this year is time for a woman to win etc....Basically my advice to you is to stop taking the Oscars so seriously, ultimalty they dont really matter do they? Look at shit like Crash or Shakespeare in Love that won, or most great films (Goodfellas, fight club, Aliens, Blade Runner, ESB, TDK, T2 to name just a few that pop in my head) never get major Oscar wins or noms...so LA confidential is in good company.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Or maybe its because there is often a lot of

    by southafricanguy

    politics involved, such as when the academy deciedes this year is for black people to win, or this year is time for a woman to win etc....Basically my advice to you is to stop taking the Oscars so seriously, ultimalty they dont really matter do they? Look at shit like Crash or Shakespeare in Love that won, or most great films (Goodfellas, fight club, Aliens, Blade Runner, ESB, TDK, T2 to name just a few that pop in my head) never get major Oscar wins or noms...so LA confidential is in good company.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Titanic worst best picture? Nonsense

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Given the absolute crap that's won in the past couple of decades - Chicago, A Beautiful Mind, Crash, Driving Miss Daisy - all horrible films. And there are many more. Not to mention many merly decent films that are not masterpieces, like Gladiator and The Departed. Titanic isn't even close to being the worst. In fact, it was one of the more worthy best picture winners of recent times. And LA Confidential was great, but it too was overrated. Boogie Nights should have won the award that year, but the Academy is too conservative to give an adward to a film about the porn industry.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I like all things James Cameron. (ALIENS = great dialog)

    by JDanielP

    Give me some James Cameron undies, dammit!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    And yes, they got it wrong last year, too...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    The Hurt Locker is now in the bargain bin of my local DVD store.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    God what a turd this Robin Hood is. The fucking

    by UltraTron

    text keeps popping up during the beginning to tell you shit you need to know like- this is a tale of right VS wrong. Actually this is meandering bullshit that hasn't grabbed me yet in the slightest. I'll eventually slog through it I suppose but a good year at least had hot chicks to keep you watching

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    But its pointless to take your frustration at LA

    by southafricanguy

    not winning out on Titanic, because you can slice it any damn way you want, but that film does what it does well, and im saying this as someone thats not into that type of film, and it became a genuine phenom, whereas as I pointed out, LA is not very well known, and based on what happened to the Hurt Locker, winning would nt have necessarily changed that (same goes for Shakespeare in love, who the fuck remembers that film now? yet everyone remembers SPR)

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Hey Turd, hows it going dude? Man are you

    by southafricanguy

    right about HL, went straight to DVD here in Korea. And you are so right about Boogie nights, amazing film, though I disagree that LA was overrated. Actually that was a damn strong year was it it Turd?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Btw Turd, what are your thoughts on Iron man

    by southafricanguy

    2?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Uh....

    by JDanielP

    Give me James Cameron underwear to actually WEAR (like a kid wearing SUPERHERO UNDERWEAR). I'm NOT looking to put them on my face. I'm not THAT big of fan! LOL <P>Come to think about it, let's just skip the whole underwear thing. <P>"Hi, James. Big fan."

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    And the news that the Avatar special edition

    by southafricanguy

    will have 16 extra minutes added back in, and 68 minutes of deleted scenes? Sounds like tere will be hours of stuff/extras on it...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Somebody give capn America a juicy man sausage

    by UltraTron

    already. Oh and Titanic is a time-travel movie so meticulous in it's execution that it literally gives the viewer a sense of what it was like to be on the titanic. It needs a PS3 3D D-Box Move videogame where they scan-in everything they made and referenced

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Jdaniel P...dude, im a big Cameron fan, but

    by southafricanguy

    lets not take things too far now shall we..lol

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    ultratron....another aspect of Titanic that is

    by southafricanguy

    often overlooked by its detractors, its insane level of detail, and historical research put into it....

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    EyeForgiveMelGibson

    by JDanielP

    I picked up the blu-ray STAR WARS: CLONE WARS tv series on day one. <P>Great family entertainment. <P>Thanks for the suggestion, just the same.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I like LA Confidential a lot. But Curtis Hanson is just a competent journeyman director. The best things about it were the performances and the script. It always struck me as a very well made, high quality 'adult' film, but it's still a fairly conventional Hollwood film: two guys uncovering corruption and it ends in a big shootout with the corrupt cops. It lacked that extra something to transcend the genre, to make it a true masterpiece. I compare it to Master and Commander, another film that I've seen many cream their jeans over and that felt should have won best picture, but that I see exactly the same nature in. Very well done, but lacking that extra something that a Scorsese or a Kubrick would have given it, something that subverts or challenges the subject matter. No idea if that makes any sense at all, but there you go.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Is anyone else getting really excited about Ca

    by southafricanguy

    ptain America? The more we hear about it, the better it sounds imho, plus I really like the talent behind it. Imho the roketeer is very underrated, and the only good period superhero fim ever made. I dont know why but I just have a really good feeling about CA, Thor...not so much...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Nah...it makes sense Turd. I can see where

    by southafricanguy

    you are coming from, thought I really like both the films you mentioned 9master and commander is ecellent imho). So your thoughts on IM2 Turd?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Iron Man 2

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Average - not really any worse than the first, but now that the fun of Downey as Iron Man is no longer novel, its kind of lesser. I was hoping for a sequel that would up the ante in terms of story and action and it didn't do that at all. It was no Empire (what is?), and not a Dark Knight or even a Spider-Man 2. They should have used that 'demon in a bottle' storyline with Stark as an alcoholic, and made it the dark second chapter; they also should have improved the action, which there wasn't much of in the first. Instead, there was really underwhelming action scenes that were over far too quickly.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Also, Joe Johnson seems to be able to captu

    by southafricanguy

    re that Indy feel that Spielberg could, plus the casting is pretty damn good so far imho...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    You've got to be fucking kidding me

    by choonie

    Iron man 2 had the most Anti-climatic confrontation I've ever seen in my life. Robots who are no threat at all (exactly like those lae robots in the Star Wars Prequels) plus Mickey Rourke's 2 second showdown equals SHIT MOVIE.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Great news for Avatar Blu-Ray

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Now if only they'd completed those 68 minutes and added them back, and we could have had a LOTR EE style cut that was massively longer. I suppose that would have cost them about $50 million, though. Too bad. I think the earth scenes alone cost them a million. Anyway, I enjoyed the editions to the theater special edition so I'm sure I'll like this longer version even more. It will probably be the only version I watch from now on, just as with the other special editions from Cameron.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I have pretty much the same reaction to IM2

    by southafricanguy

    as you Turd. Could nt sum it up any better (though for me Aliens is the absolute gold standard of sequals, great as ESB is)...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Choonie...dude, there was just no feeling of

    by southafricanguy

    threat or danger was there? And yeah, that final fight with Whiplash was pretty pathetic....

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Turd...I had no oppertunity to see the SE as I

    by southafricanguy

    simply dontlive anywhere ear a 3D equipped theatre where I live in Korea. Could you elaborate on the extended scenes?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    well the future earth scenes wont be put into

    by southafricanguy

    the 16 minute longer cut, but they have apparantly been completed...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Choonie...I am actually starting to think we

    by southafricanguy

    may have to temper our expectations for the Avengers. I think Captain America could be very good, but Thor isnt sounding too good (the story sounds like a tv series), and it looks like they went cheap by having most of it take place in Arizona....

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    No future earth?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I thought they were putting those scenes back in? At least, that's what that Marketsaw site said, and a few others. I hope that's not true.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    If only Marvel could hire the absolute best to

    by southafricanguy

    make their films, instead of the best affordable directors. I like Joe Johnson, and Brannagh, but lets be honest, they are nt exactly the A-list (team) talent, are they?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    In a perfect world, Spielberg would be doing

    by southafricanguy

    Captain America, Jackson would be doing Thor, and Cameron would have done Iron Man, and the Avengers? Hmmm, not sure...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Turd, I hope then that I have indeed been mis

    by southafricanguy

    informed as like you, the future Earth scenes are the ones I am looking the most forward to seeing. *Ahem*, now if you could elaborate on those additional scenes...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Anyway...I just really hope Cameron has nt

    by southafricanguy

    lost he ability/edge to make great sequals. I m expecting nothing less than Aliens/T2 levels of greatness when it comes to Avatar 2 Turd...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by JDanielP

    I'm waiting for the "ALIENS" blu-ray...or to shell out the doe for the set up-grade,...though that dvd-set was originally pricey enough! <P>TITANIC is great work by such a visionary director. Man, I love the guy. And I've probably said way too often that he is, indeed, my favorite movie director. I just KNEW there was something SPECIAL about Cameron upon seeing the original TERMINATOR. And when ALIENS was about to hit theaters, I was EXPECTING the movie to CONFIRM my suspicions of Jim's talent. AND IT DID, seeing ALIENS 5 times back in the day, taking 3 friends on 3 separate occasions and ALL being BLOWN AWAY by it. <P>Back to TITANIC, it was a different experience. It felt like I was surrounded by haters, spouting dislike that seemed infectious for some. But I marvel at the ride that Cameron took us on. My wife and I both have a soft spot for it, a movie that we both appreciate. <P>But wow, I'm just dying to see Cameron make another ALIENS flick...or a superhero flick, especially along the lines of Marvel's AVENGERS or DC's JUSTICE LEAGUE.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Points taken, southafricanguy

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    Though it sounds like you take the Oscars a bit more seriously than I do, your various points are well taken. I still think that Academy members' future paycheck opportunities, as opposed to respect for the moveigoers' taste, were the main reason for Titanic's victory. Mostly, though, I think this debate (or whatever it is) boils down to individual tastes in movies. I bash Titanic because I find Titanic's romance to be a feeble copycat of Gone With the Wind (which is a genuine masterpiece) and I find that the film's technical virtuosity outweighs the story -- which it never should. Take the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Great Story + Great CGI = Great Movies. I would not be able to use the same equation with Titanic. The same (admittedly aloof) philosophy undoubtedly influences my opinions of other Oscar winners: I consider No Country For Old Men to be flatout brilliant from start to finish (interesting story, interesting characters, perfectly executed); I consider Gladiator to be complete crap (jazzy CGI with a storyline that rips off Spartacus, Braveheart, and The Fall of the Roman Empire (of which it is an unofficial (and, to my knowledge, unacknowledged) remake)). So there you have it: different strokes for different folks. By the way: anybody who might feel the urge to defend Crash (which ranks a close second to Titanic on my Worst Best list) should be forced to see the David Cronenberg movie with the same title. Now THAT'S a movie that deserves an Oscar!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Cool dude,and yes no country for old men was

    by southafricanguy

    brilliant. And Gladiator is again, that old fashioned Hollywood epic dude, just a different type of film making....

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    And thats the reason why I respect what Cam

    by southafricanguy

    eron achieved with Titanic, he actually manged to make a modern day gone with the wind, and by that I mean a mass popular period romance (whatever your personal views on it are) that crossed over to all ages, genders, ethnic groups. Wether you like it or not, its up there with GWTW and Dr Zhivago...but then those are the type of films it was emulating no? (of course how successfully is for everyone to deceide for themselves)...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    JDaneilP.....Im right there with you dude, thats

    by southafricanguy

    really why im so hoping Avatar 2 is made the same way Cameron approached Aliens/T2, whereby he makes a film set in the same universe, with the same characters, but its a completely different genre. Preferrably I want him to make Avatar 2 an action film ala Aliens. And surely he must be itching to do so? He has nt made an honest to goodness action film sice True Lies for fucks sake...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    And yeah, it would be awsome to see him

    by southafricanguy

    finally make a full on superhero film, but realisticlly, marvel cant afford him..lol..

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Btw has anyone seen Ridly Scott's Robin Ho

    by southafricanguy

    od? I m wondering if its worth the rental? Have nt heard too muc good about it. Thoughts anyone?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    List of extended scenes in Avatar: Special Edition

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    From what I can remember. There were a few instances where I couldn't tell if it was new material or not.<p> - The group see a herd of sturmbeests drinking from a river on their firts chopper ride into the jungle.<p> - Schoolhouse scene, complete with other new creature, the stingbat.<p> - Jake and Neytiri cross a bed of purple biolumescent moss in the night scene.<p> - Extension to the dinner scene in hometree where Neytiri formally introduces herself to Jake.<p> - Panoramic shot of the hallelujah mountains with Jake giving an explanation why they float (just for the dumbasses in the audience who think Cameron puts ridiculous stuff in with no reason! Maybe they should have provided an explanation of 'unobtanium' for these types also?)<p> - Some extensions in the climb to the banshee rookery with Neytiri on her banshee encircling the group as they ascend.<p> - Possibly some extensions to the flying scenes - not too sure about this.<p> - Sturmbeest hunt. Great action sequence, especially in 3D. Baffled why it was cut in the first place.<p> - Some editions to the night scenes - more shots, Neytiri disturbing a group of fan lizards, and of course the scene where they connect each other's neural queues (so brief I don't know why it was taken out)<p> - Destruction of the bulldozers and the aftermath where the troopers find the remains, which is done on a handheld camera, and makes the Iraq/Afghanistan War parallels even more pronounced.<p> -Extensions to the final battle - sturmbeests trounce the amp suits along with the titanotheres, including one goring a suit with its horn. Supposedly additions to the banshees attacking the gunships, though I'd be hard pressed to tell what. Some extra shots of Quaritch grappling the thanator. Also, we see Tsu Tey crash through the foilage to the ground in preparation for<p>- His death scene. Terrific motion capture and a great scene that should never have been cut. Nice transition into the final scenes too; flows a lot smoother.<p> - And the film appeared to have been given a new and better sound mix, too.<p>I'd say it was a marginally better film than the original version. It was clear that was the maximum they could have added for theaters, though, since this was already straining at the limits of IMAX runtime (170 mins). The Tsu tey death and the sturmbeest hunt should never have been cut - the other additions are a bit more subtle but help round out the film more.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Thanks Turd, much appreciated. As always

    by southafricanguy

    my friend you are a fountain of knowledge...

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Have you seen Robin Hood Turd?

    by southafricanguy

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Not yet...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Missed it in theaters for whatever reason. I will pick it up on Blu-ray soon. And if Harry hates it, I just know I will enjoy it.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    southafricanguy --As to James Cameron's AVATAR 2

    by JDanielP

    Though we are obviously huge fans of Cameron, we shouldn't get our hopes up. The reason I say this is because...from what little I've read, I'm expecting more emotional elements and the action to be more..."THE ABYSS", as the AVATAR sequel will involve the/an ocean. But then, considering possibilities for James Cameron, that's enough to get fans like us excited. He is quite the creative spirit. <P>I'm just not sure how much he is going to deliver in the ACTION department, this next go around, as far as James Cameron movies go.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Sorry but IronMan 2 sucked

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    That POS was all over the place and had shitty pacing. Even the TNA couldn't save it. <P> Kinf Kong is this weeks BEST pick.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    king kong*

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    because I'm sure no one knew what I meant.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    JDanielP

    by RPLocke

    The Abyss is easily Cameron's overrated movie. Abyss starts out great, but the alien addition actually KILLS it and it becomes ET.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    They chose those directors before Disney

    by Dingbatty

    bought them. Now they have the money to afford anyone. Disney is one of the five megacorps that own all media. Which is disturbing, really. We need to bust up the media monopolies.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Pearls of 'wisdom' from RPLocke yet again...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    How the hell can The Abyss be Cameron's most over-rated movie? It's by far his most UNDER-RATED and least discussed/known.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    by RPLocke

    Hey, fuck you you asshole. Do you EVER contribute to a thread?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Tell me why The Hurt Locker won best screenplay....

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    over Inglourious Basterds? What a farce.<p>Also, Harry....<p>TURN OFF THAT FUCKING, CUNTING ADVERT!!!! TURN IT FUCKING OFF!! DON'T RUN ADVERTS WITH SOUND ON YOUR SITE!!! WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO RUN AD BLOCKER OR TURN OFF THE SOUND ON MY COMPUTER EVERY TIME I VISIT AICN????? REMOVE THE FUCKING AD YOU FAT CUNT!!!!!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Democracy started in Athens....

    by wes

    and England isn't in the West...right?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    "Do you EVER contribute to a thread?"<p>What the hell? This coming from the most useless, most hated talkbacker of them all? Self-awareness isn't your strong point is it, Locke(sbrokenleg)?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Turn install adblock plus.you are not going to see

    by KilliK

    those ads again.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    IM@ did not suck, just a bit dissapointing.

    by Stalkeye

    ..and the pacing was not as bad as Avatar.Damn, there was no real tension throughout most of the film.Now Cameron is filming the unwarrented sequel underwater?<p>Fugg, he might as well have helmed the Bioshock movie.This guy I tell ya.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    oh and Avatar haters since you never learn:

    by KilliK

    2.7B$ + 40M$ from the release + worldwide records in dvd/bluray sales = AVATAR'S EPIC WIN = HATERS EPIC FAIL.<br /> <p>BOUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    what the fuck does Avatar have to do with

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    anything in this talkback:? you fucking pathetic fanboy, you make me sick! oh the 6 extra minutes made the movie better. LOL YEAH. RIGHT. Just like 6 minutes would help Jackson's King Kong. Fuck Avatar. And fuck the Hurt Locker, and fuck Crash, and fuck Chicago, and fuck Titanic, and fuck American Beauty. At least they got it right with Gladiator and The Departed. Titanic is borderline, I didn't like it but I guess some people did?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    FCUK NOW THERES 2 AVATAR FAN BOI CLOWNS

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    GO FUCK YOURSELF KILIK YOURE A TOOL. ONLY A FUCKTARD DOG FUCKER WOULD SPAM HIS AVATAR FAN BOY BULLSHIT EVERYWHERE. FUCK OFF

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    When does the Avatar deluxe set come out?

    by RPLocke

    That's the only DVD I really want this year.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    RPLocke Spartacus was not from Sparta,he was from Thebe

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    TRANSFORMERS 2 MADE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    MICHAEL BAY HAS A 300 FOOT YACHT, FUCK THE TRANSFORMERS HATERS MICHAEL BAY IS SIPPIN ON CRYSTAL PARTYING WITH JAY Z AND BEYONCE IN THE CARRIBEAN. TRANSFORMERS 2 SHOULD HAVE BEEN BEST PICTURE. ASS WAD.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    oh btw Cameron was just awarded by the producers guild of USA.

    by KilliK

    <p>http://bit.ly/aPYcOE<br /> <p>But haters gonna hate BOUAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    KILIK AND LOCKE SITTING IN A TREE

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    B - U - T - T - F - U - C - K - I - N - G

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    THIS JUST IN : KILIK AWARDED

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    BASEMENT DWELLING AICN ASSCLOWN OF THE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS THATS VERY IMPRESSIVE. THE COMPETITION WAS TIGHT.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    WHAT! Why doesn't anyone tell me these things?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    SECRET IN THEIR EYES, an uneven film

    by Foucault

    It shifts tone over and over again.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Abyss Not Overrated

    by Autodidact

    I think it's underrated. I think the aliens saving everyone at the end are a great concept somewhat clumsily handled. Just a bit too far with the reveal of their giant spaceship at the end... and the scale of that model never worked for me.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Forrest Gump

    by Autodidact

    I think Forrest Gump deserved its best picture oscar. That movie was and is fucking awesome, just like Pulp Fiction was and still is. It was just a really tight race that year and Gump won out likely for being more of a Hollywood movie.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    wow....

    by benlinus

    This thread has been hijacked by ass clowns......oh, and totally agree about Gump. Every time I see it I need a box of tissues. Sure its over the top but it just works on EVERY level. The scene where he BEATS THE SHIT out of the beatnick ass hole who slaps Jenny is just so primal and raw...every time I see it I just wanna bawl like a little girl......

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I RAN AND RAN!

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    MOVIES ARE LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    I WENT TO AVATER AND IT HAD A CREAMY SHIT FILLED CENTER

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    IF YOU CRIED DURING GUMP

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

    YOU HAVE A STINKY VAGINA

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Iron man 2 kinda sucks

    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    American Beauty and it's pro gay bullshit.

    by Professor_Monster

    I hate hate hate that so many fags run Hollywood and the effect is that ANY character in ANY movie in the last 10 years who talks badly about queers MUST end up being a fag himself by the end of the movie. Gay wishful thinking. Plenty of people are against what gays do and have done to society - and not all of them want to be fucked in the ass.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    some just want to suck dick

    by frank cotton

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    "The deviant underbelly of suburban life"

    by FleshMachine

    uh...there was nothing particularly deviant in that film....have you even seen blue velvet?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    MADMAN tralier terrified me!

    by FleshMachine

    his crazy silouhette in the tree or something...eeek.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Professor_Monster

    by FleshMachine

    that is the most well thought out and articulated review i've ever read. you'll do well in life.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    IRON MAN 2 WAS FUCKING HORRIBLE!!!FACT!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    They spent WAAAAAAAAY too much time on Nick Fury and S.H.E.I.L.D. rather then focusing on, you know, Iron Man. Of course this is because of the upcoming Avengers movie which I think will be a disaster.<br> <br>Anyway, the focus of IM2 should have been the war of ideologies between Stark and Rhodes. We should have witnessed Starks decent into alcoholism as he laments what his creation will mean for the world as Oppenheimer did with the atomic bomb. Rhodes should have been torn between his friendship with Tony and his belief that the suit/arc technology should be in the hands of the US military. Justin Hammer and Ivan Vanko (Whiplash) should have been one character, someone who wants revenge on Tony Stark and who needs to get him out of the way so he can corner the market in Arc/Suit technology. The Russian chick should have been working WITH Hammer to get to Stark while Pepper puts the pieces together and learns that the two of them are working against Tony. Or something like that.<br> <br>I know that the first Iron Man was a huge hit and people applauded the fact that it wasn’t as “heavy” as the Dark Knight but, when you’re talking about a sequel, things are suppose to get darker and harder for the main protagonists. I just feel that the movie needed to be more dramatically stronger while the villains didn’t seem to have much weight. It all just feels too fluffy.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    It wasn't that hard to top Iron Man 1

    by RPLocke

    But they couldn't even do that.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    they didnt even top Spiderman 3

    by CAPTAIN_AMERICAS_COCK_SHAPED_HELMET

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    HARRY POTTER TRAILER!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810004780/video/22060274

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Killik

    by EpilepticLurcher

    Spartacus was from Thrace not Thebe. If your going to correct someone at least get it fucking right yourself.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Buy FROZEN.

    by MaxTheSilent

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood

    by JohnIan

    I have a question for those who bought the DVD/Blu-Ray combo at Taret. What format is the exclusvie bonus disc? I've looked about and can't find an answer. Thanks.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Merry Xmas

    by Noddy93

    seven years ago i purchased my specific dvd player because it would play the english DVD of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.from my system. Now if only someone would release Kafka in the US i'll be able to remove it from my system.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Got a question

    by magnetoelectric

    How the fuck do you die from getting kicked in the stomach? Even if you had some kind of intestinal/bowel perforation , wouldn't it take hours to kill you?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    The Harry Potter trailers are always better than

    by RPLocke

    the actual movie.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Iron man was really bad

    by slappy jones

    when you beat the villain during the first confrontation it kind of makes the villain pointless. the villain needs to be one step ahead, smarter...better than the hero. so you are wondering 'how in the fuck can Iron man beat this guy..this guy is so much better than him" but he easily beats rourke at the racetrack so you know he can beat the bad the guy. it would be like rocky beating clubber lang during their first fight. once you prove the hero is better than the villain who gives a fuck. and rockwell is not dangerous or threatening enough to downey..he never feels like a genuine threat. it just lacks any kind of "omph" even the finale. iron man arrives before the bad guys attack. the attack needed to have started "who is going to save us now" the people should be thinking becasue iron man is suppsedly out of action and stopped doing hero shit. but he shows up before the bad guys and it kind of looks like he shows up and causes all the shit at the end. the film reeks of being rushed and its a real shame because the first one is great.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Iron man was really bad

    by slappy jones

    when you beat the villain during the first confrontation it kind of makes the villain pointless. the villain needs to be one step ahead, smarter...better than the hero. so you are wondering 'how in the fuck can Iron man beat this guy..this guy is so much better than him" but he easily beats rourke at the racetrack so you know he can beat the bad the guy. it would be like rocky beating clubber lang during their first fight. once you prove the hero is better than the villain who gives a fuck. and rockwell is not dangerous or threatening enough to downey..he never feels like a genuine threat. it just lacks any kind of "omph" even the finale. iron man arrives before the bad guys attack. the attack needed to have started "who is going to save us now" the people should be thinking becasue iron man is suppsedly out of action and stopped doing hero shit. but he shows up before the bad guys and it kind of looks like he shows up and causes all the shit at the end. the film reeks of being rushed and its a real shame because the first one is great.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    hey cash907

    by slappy jones

    remind me NEVER to ever watch a film with you. 99% of things we see in movies couldn't happen. thats why we go to them. you sound like a barrel of fun.....

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Avatar=Decent film but highly Overrated.

    by Stalkeye

    Who gives two shits about how much money it raked in via BO Returns.Most of it was due to the 3D curiosity.Unorignal and somewhat uninspired concept and story and now a sequel takes place:<p>*drum roll<p>UNDER THE FUCKING SEA!<P>Yep,Keep drinking that Kool-Aid Son.(Less Sugar and more Cyanide, please.)

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    I thought the Hammer guy was gonna get a suit

    by RPLocke

    THAT's why he wanted Whiplash to build him an army. I was so sure, he was going to team up with Whiplash to destroy Iron Man and Rhodes. I guess my idea was better than the actual movie.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    RPLocke...dude, I think most of us could have

    by southafricanguy

    come up with some better story ideas for Iron Man 2. But then thats because many of us have read the comics where there have been many more better story ideas. But I do have to agree with slappyjones, it does appear to have been very rushed, really could and should have been so much better...

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:14 a.m. CST

    AAAhh...when will the studios learn that rush

    by southafricanguy

    ing films almost never results in a good movie? You would think Marvel would know better..

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Wy don't they ever spread a villain over two movies?

    by SK229

    Seriously, what Stalkeye said is tough unless you spread it over two or three films. Who made this fucking rule that a villain has to be vanquished in one movie? Did Star Wars end with Vader burnt up in that trench? Then you could spend more time building up a second villain who comes in to help out (hello Harvey Dent) and less time establishing the main villain. We'd already know who he is, what his motives are, etc., and you wouldn't have to waste fucking time on it. The biggest mistake these movies seem to make is having to introduce a 'rogue's gallery' in every single film. And I think the build-up to Two Face in TDK was one of the greatest villain build-ups ever, followed by the worst pay-off ever. It felt melodramatic and nihilistic, but not nihilistic in a good way where I actually gave a shit... I believe it's all down to story time and that Nolan wasn't interested enough by that point in the script to be as good as he was in the first 2/3's of it. Everything felt like a melodramatic afterthought. Anyway, I actually enjoyed Iron Man 2 but still agree with all the arguments here... I guess I just wasn't as invested in hoping it would be much better. I enjoyed it, it was just kinda 'there', and yet I read these criticisms and agree with every one of them. Weird, huh?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Re: Slappy Jones

    by SK229

    Not Stalkeye... credit where credit is due. And one more quick point - having multiple fights over the course of ONE film works if there's ONE villain... but directors seem to want to be clever by making the real villain the hero himself or some such bullshit. When is the last time we had a moment in a film where we see how truly powerful the villain is because he gets to the hero... you mention Rocky... as cheesy as it is, Drago KILLING Apollo is powerful because it sets up just how strong Drago is. Going back to ESB, when Vader CUTS Luke's arm off and then Luke falls to what we're sure is certain death, leaving him hanging under a floating city perilously close to death... well, it doesn't get much more, "Your little hero is fucked" than that. Wish we'd get more of that emotion from these movies. It makes the comeback of the hero that much more interesting and strong.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    That's OK SK229

    by Stalkeye

    I'll take the credit anyways. (0:'

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    SK229...I agree dude, why cant villains

    by southafricanguy

    carry over from one film to another? Especially if they have a damn good villain. Whiplash could have been carried over into Iron man 3 instead of being the waste of time that he was.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "Most of it was due to the 3D curiosity"

    by KilliK

    allow me to show you why this statement of yours is completely rubbish: <br /> <p>WORLDWIDE DVD/BLURAY SALES RECORDS.NO 3D.I REPEAT NO 3D.<br /> <br /> <p>thank you for your cooperation.goodnight.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Iron Man 2 or why do they keep hiring scarlette notalent?

    by knowthyself

    Seriously she fucks up everything she's in. Stop hiring her. Iron Man 2 was okay, nothing all that mind blowing or exciting.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Their mistake with the IM series is that they are afraid

    by KilliK

    to have Mandarin as Stark's nemesis.Slappy Jones is correct,since we are talking about a franchise,it should have a recurring villain which would be the antithesis of Stark.Thats how classic movie franchises like SW work.<br /> <p>Its not only that you create a bad-ass villain thus you are making the movie more fun,its also that you make a strong,complex villain who helps to make the confrontation with the hero a lot more interesting.<br /> <p>In IM1 they gave us the hint about Mandarin with the 10rings sign of the terrorist group.they should reveal Mandarin in IM2 or at least have him as an asian businessman who helps Tony to get rid off Hammer but at the end of the movie his real identity is revealed which gives you the hint for who the villain is going to be in the second sequel.<br /> <p>but i guess you got to have balls to make a good,strong asian villain in a PC age like ours now.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Uh, Killik The Dweeb

    by Stalkeye

    Allow me to reinerate: "it raked in via BO Returns.Most of it was due to the 3D curiosity." BO=Box Office not DVD Sales.And sure many (like yourself) rushed to purchase the BD/DVDs so I'm not impressed.And remember as your friend CAPTAIN_AMERICAS had posted earlier; "Transformers 2 MADE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS.."<p>I love when you Fanboys get all sensitive when someone critiques films you guys deem as sacred cows.<P>MOOOOOOOOOO! Well, atleast your'e not as bad as SCOTTPILGRIMFAN.Just like him, that Movie came and went.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    you guys successfully convinced me

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    to STAY AWAY from Iron Man 2 (thanks!)

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    The first time i watched MERRY CHRISTMANS MR LAWRENCE...

    by AsimovLives

    ... the ending made me cry. After all the dramatic stuff in the film, the final scene wity Tom Conti and Takashi Kitano, while played very simple, is so powerful and strong, it's like a leeve of emotions was broken and poured in. When Kitano says "Merry Christmas, merry christmas, Mr Lawrence", if you don't get emotional by it, you are either not a human being, or you should give up completly about watching movies. It's pure film magic. Harry for once is right, this movie is indeed excelent, it's pure greatness.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Avatar was one of the best movies of the last decade

    by RPLocke

    Now Hurt Locker on the other hand, did anyone see that?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Very little of Avatar's appeal was due to the '3D curiosity'

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    A fact that the studios would do well to learn when they seem to be intent on hastily converting everything into 3D. 3D is an accoutrement only. Avatar's mass global appeal lay in many things, and its so-called derivative, highly universal story was top of the pile. I'm also baffled by people using that as a stick to beat Avatar 2. Did it not occur to them that Avatar 2 will have a much more challenging or surprising story now that Cameron has created the 'brand'? Of course it will - Big Jim is the master of creative sequels and Avatar 2 will likely be a different, and probably superior, beast to the original. I expect him to dip much farther into his hard sci-fi influences while still being responsible enough not to completely alienate his global audience. And if you don't like that - there is always Battle Angel to look forward to, which is absolutely Cameron back to his dark, gritty R-rated tech-noir roots. If that doesn't appeal then you never liked Cameron to begin with.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    It's great that Avatar even got made

    by RPLocke

    Most studios these days are losing money by the billions thanks to these crappy horror flicks, and awful Angelina Jolie/Matt Damon movies that don't have the appeal anymore.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Avatar under the sea...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Who the hell knows what that's going to entail in terms of story? That's just an environment. Maybe Cameron will 'rip-off' 20,000 League Under the Sea and The Little Mermaid this time out, and we can have idiots screaming about "Dances with Capt. Nemo and the ThunderMermaids" next time. What fun.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Avatar and 3D curiousity...

    by ufoclub1977

    It actually was a big reason I rushed to see it at the IMAX. I probably would have put it off it wern't for my curiosity that was peaked by the 3D IMAX preview.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Turd

    by Stalkeye

    This is just me, but I think Battle Angel should have been cam's first choice over Avatar, but I guess the ego in Jim wanted to make his own "Star Wars" opus.The Battle scene on Pandora is somewhat reminicent to ROTJ's Battle for Endor.Different Indigenous Species, however.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    The midnight show of 3D Avatar at the IMAX I

    by RPLocke

    was sold out across the planet. Twilight didn't even do that business.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Or perhaps Stalkeye...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Cameron chose Avatar first so that's it massive box office could give him the clout to make a $200 million + R-rated Battle Angel? If so, things worked out for the best.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    If that's the case Turd..

    by Stalkeye

    ..I'm down with that! However, I heard that he's posponing BA (Again?) in favor of the proposed Avatar sequel.<p>he would be perfect for Bioshock since he's so obsessed with the deep.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Iron Man was not good

    by Mr Gorilla

    Now I'm not one of those folks who'll say 'IT'S A TURD'. Clearly there are many good things. All the actors are actors that are fun to watch. The Monte Carlo showdown was great. BUT - the script, the script. It was thin, dude, and surely you know it. Think about how rich the characters were in the better superhero films - DARK KNIGHT, or X2, say. Also, there were, um very few ideas. And the ideas that were there were dumb. Why would I want to trust national security to some rich self-entitled dickhead? (It takes quite some writing to make Downey Jnr look like a jerk, but that's what this script manages to do.) Put simply, we deserve better.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    For anyone on the fence about upgrading Forbidden Planet to blu.

    by Dr Farragammo

    I know Harry posted that review a few columns back but since that thread is pretty dead i thought I would let you know that I rented the blu ray from netlfix to compare with my special edition dvd (which was already a restored print). I compared it and I swear I couldn't tell a difference. I think the upscaling on the dvd looks just fine. Since their aren't any extras diff from the special edition I'd save your $. And Iron man 2 sucks. If you hired Mickey Rourke, fucking use him!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Dr Farra

    by Mr Gorilla

    Ya know - that's what fucks me off about Blu. Some of the remasters are amazing - I swear my copy of THE SEARCHERS is incredible - but other films are pretty close to the DVD. I foresee a life where I upgrade my favourite films every 10 years. Terrible.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    MR Gorilla

    by Dr Farragammo

    Yes it is an agonizing process. My whole deal lately is that for some reason every single blu ray I've wanted is coming out this and next month! I mean seriously, TZ, Alien, Se7en, Exorcist, Mad Max, Forbidden, 70's Body Snatchers, Psycho, Grindhouse?? Fuck me. So I just go through a process of elimination. My main rule is that if there are no new special features, then either I won't buy it or will wait til amazon or some other place runs a special. I wish there was a consumer protection law to stop the endless upgrading...sigh

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    There's an alternate Iron Man 2 opening scene up

    by RPLocke

    It starts out with Tony throwing up in a toliet. Kinda sums up my feeling about the movie.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye.......no-one cares about anyone

    by southafricanguy

    insulting a "sacred cow" dude,and this has nothing to do with ayones personal taste (if Avatar wasnt your thing then it simply wasnt) there only a question of facts here, and some people pulling shit out of their asses because they are in denial. The ridiculous claim that Avatar was only so popular due to the 3D is just that utterly ridiculous simply because most of the worlds cinema screens where Avatar played were nt 3D. I myself only saw it in 2D, as no cinema any where near where I live in Korea was showing it in 3D. And if 3D was the decieding factor, then why did nt Clash or Last Airbender do so much better? Why did Avatar sell over 20 million dvds/Blu rays without any 3D? Wh is it so damn hard for those in denial about Avatar's success to simply understand that its because it struck a cord with people internationally due to what it was about. It broke records in China because the average Chinese person could relate as the Chinese governmnet has forced millions off their land, and destroyed many peoples homes where their families had been living for decades. Or maybe its because so many cultures can relate to being invaded by a technologically superior force with the intent of plundering their natural resources ala the British and French colonials in Africa, the Spanish Conquistadors in South America, the Japanese in Korea and China, or America in Vietnam, and now he middle East. And bringing up TF2 as an example of something that also made millons is equally ridiculous, not to mention specious at best. because theres a slight difference between 820 mil worldwide, and 2 billion and 760 million worldwide. The one is a big hit, the other is a phenom that is only seen once every couple of years.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Good for you Southfrican

    by Stalkeye

    Avatar may have been a hit around the World but IMO and many others it was a bit unoriginal in comparison to Cameron's previous efforts.And there's no doubt that the 3D was the red herring that and Cameron's return to filmaking post Titanic. Clash and Airbender were sucky films that were not orginally shot in 3D ergo post Avatar's success, they tried to cash in on the phenom.<p>Now as for the Sacred Cow remark, there are those who get overly defensive if someone critiques their "beloved" films ergo retaliating in silly name calling (I personally take no offense, it just shows their maturity or lack thereof.)Fanboys are an overly passionate lot and it never cease to amaze me when I see their reactions. Great explanation and rebuttal without the "NYAH,NYan,NYAH,NYAH,NYAN.." I'll give you that.We just agree to disagree.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Cool Staleye....agree with you 100% that

    by southafricanguy

    theres no need for childish name calling and other such bullshit. As you say, we can simply agree to disagree..

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Anything involving super heroes gets a free pass

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    Iron Man 2 is unwatchable. THe first one was great, but the sequel is just terrible. Its filled with god awful humor and cliches. its funny how Harry could "love" a shitfest like Iron Man 2 and despise Robin Hood, which wasnt great, but better than Iron Man 2. Harry is just a giant nerd and all he cares about are gay ass super heroes....because they have powers he doesn have: LIKE THE ABILITY TO STAND UP.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    BTW Knowles

    by magnetoelectric

    That Cronos criterion Blu is coming in December. Ya know, in case you were wondering what I wanted for my birthday/X-mas

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Iron Man 2 isn't unwatchable

    by RPLocke

    The first half hour or so is pretty incredible. It just dies every time Mickey Rourke is on the screen.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Stalkey my little,poor minded friend

    by KilliK

    <p>"Allow me to reinerate: "it raked in via BO Returns.Most of it was due to the 3D curiosity." BO=Box Office not DVD Sales." <p>WRONG.(as usual).both grosses work as a clear indication of the movie's popularity among the audience. <p>If your argument is that Avatar's population during its theatrical run was due to its 3D curiosity,then logic dictates that this popularity would have been diminished during its home cinema run because of the lack of the 3D curiosity. <p>But this thing didnt happen.Even the very successful special edition re-release proved that the movie remains as popular as ever among the audience. <p>in other words,there is more to Avatar's success than just 3D curiosity.I am not denying that 3D is an important factor for Avatar's success but to say that it is the only factor,well that is purely ridiculous. <p>"And sure many (like yourself) rushed to purchase the BD/DVDs so I'm not impressed." <p>But you didt complete your sentence: people might have rushed to get the blurays,but its an undeniable fact that after viewing the movie in the home cinema format,they fell even more in love with the movie.heck even people who didnt like the movie in cinemas,they loved it when they saw it on bluray. <p>again your argument is invalid. <p>""And remember as your friend CAPTAIN_AMERICAS had posted earlier; "Transformers 2 MADE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS.."" <p>hundreds of millions,but not 2.7 BILLIONS.the first one is a very profitable investment on a product,the second one is a social phenomenon.numbers,learn to interpret them correctly amigo. <p>"I love when you Fanboys get all sensitive when someone critiques films you guys deem as sacred cows." <p>the problem is that your criticism can not be taken seriously,since your arguments are at least unfounded mainly because you think based on biased hate,rather than sincere dislike of the movie.if you try harder next time,i might respect your criticism. <p>"MOOOOOOOOOO! Well, atleast your'e not as bad as SCOTTPILGRIMFAN.Just like him, that Movie came and went." <p>who gives a fuck about scottpilgrimfan and about your opinion about me.really,who does? <p>anyway thats all from me.oh and lets not forget: NEEEEEEXT.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I listened to an interview by Cameron

    by RPLocke

    He was really under the gun to put the movie out by Christmas. It was barely finished when it went to thetaers. The reason he wanted to release an Extended cut was because he needed more time to fill out certain areas of the film.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Tinto Brass has been out before. This is a reprint.

    by Pop_aristocrat

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    You are still irellivant as always KilliK

    by Stalkeye

    i dont care if you respect me or my critiques.I never said i disliked the film to begin with, just that it's overrated..but why bother exchanging barbs with someone I deem insignificant and in your famous words, "I'll be ignoring you from now on" Cheerio.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Get him to the Greek was really weak

    by MST3KPIMP

    Typical Apatow production I.E> Alot of profanity and crazy situations peppered with fake 'emotional' scenes to make us think it's deep. Tried to be the Hangover by swapping P-Shitty for Tyson. Brandt is able to ramble lines but when those lines are weak it's pointless. I felt bad for Jonah as wardrobe tried to hide his gurth with dark clothes and his semi-beard did'nt cloak his Jabba-esque chin. Although the best acting was on the part of the females who had to pretend to be hot for Jonah especially on a toilet. But I do like Jonah & hope he figures out a way to get healthy soon.

  • Sept. 27, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood Director's vs. Theatrical

    by JTStarkiller

    If anyone's reading down this far, I'll offer my quick take on the two versions. In my opinion, the theatrical cut was a solid effort, but was lacking a few key scenes. This isn't a KoH revision, but I think the 15 min added really do strengthen the story, mainly since it restores the subplot of the Runaways of Sherwood forest. You also get a little more action, and a couple more scenes with bow and arrow which, to me, REALLY help. After all, it's a Robin Hood movie. I strongly recommend the director's cut.

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  • Sept. 28, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    High Tension Blu

    by h0mrs1mpsn

    This is already out at Best Buy. They even have the Blu-ray on sale right now for $7.99 Online and in stores.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

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  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    TINKERBELL'S TWAT. JUST THINK ABOUT IT . . .

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    WOULD TINK GET MAD IF YOU CALLED HER A FUCKING FAIRY??!

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    <p>test</p>

    by Wade Wilson

    test <p></p> test