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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 1st wk of Oct 2010: Bogie, Belle, Mann, Pazuzu, A2M2A2M & More!

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest DVD column, and I’m sorry I’m a tad late. Sometimes – when you’re typing up a 4 or 5 thousand word column – it takes a toll. Especially when you get a 4 hour business call at 1:30am – and you don’t get started till 5am on the due day and you’re exhausted – so I’ve been trying to get this finished today – and well… I was watching some of the films involved – like LAST OF THE MOHICANS, which I can’t work and watch. Or this amazing THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN set that came today – and I literally turned into a kid watching. Forgot about Jack Kirby’s involvement in that… You can only pick that up from WBshop. Anyway – as usual – the pics and titles link over to AMAZON – where you can learn more about the film in question – and can purchase the item, which helps give a small donation to help keep this column going. Now – here we go… Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE has long had a place of love in my Top Ten favorite films of all time – and there’s no arguing its perfection. Every moment is perfection. From John Huston’s wonderful cameos – to his father’s brilliant performance, to… well, my personal favorite Bogart role next to Rick. The Max Steiner score – just everything about this movie is perfection. Even the Mexican bandits and their infamous disgust for identification. And really, who can blame them. There’s the typical WARNER NIGHT AT THE MOVIES special features of a newsreel, short film, cartoon, etc… There’s also a making of – and some other nice bits. But the real jewel is this absolutely incredible masterpiece from John Huston. One of the great films of all time.

SPLICE (Blu Ray)
The single smartest work of science fiction horror I’ve seen in a very long time. In many ways, SPLICE feels like the great unmade David Cronenberg film. Picking up on themes he played with his entire career, yet Vincenzo Natali never once directly rips anything of from Cronenberg. Instead, it comes as pure inspiration and a loving continuing of those themes. Which, in my opinion, should never be far from the genre. If you’ve seen the film, you know just how stunning and beautiful their creature work was – there is a feature that delves into just how they pulled some of that off – which to my mind, is worth the price of the disk. Young filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers should pay attention. A must for any lover of Cronenberg horror.

I have already watched this twice. I love BEAUTY AND THE BEAST unabashedly. This is such a great film. Watched it with Yoko last night – and we were both Disney nerding out, singing the songs together and acting like total doofuses. Hell, the first time I watched it, I actually put on my Mickey Mouse Sorcerer ears – because – I’m that Disney geek. More so – in the COMPOSING A CLASSIC special feature, it got me all weepy about Howard Ashman dying… Something that the Disney animated classic hasn’t quite yet survived. At least we have what we have from Ashman. As you would expect, you get a bevy of extras here… However, NOT the one that I wanted. I want the New York Film Festival WORK IN PROGRESS vesion as a fully scanned 1080p version – not the PIP version that they offer. Unless I’m just not seeing how to make it full screen with an f’n picture-in-picture. I hope at some point we get that. Oh – and here’s the extras you get: • Restored film • Three versions of the film • Original theatrical release • Special extended edition • Original storyboard version (BD-exclusive) • Original theatrical version with a PIP of the storyboard • Disney song along mode • Audio commentary • Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind Making Beauty And The Beast (interactive) • Broadway Beginnings – Up close and personal celebrity interviews with Nick Jonas, Donny Osmond, Toni Braxton, and others who have starred in the Broadway production • Composing a Classic: A Musical Conversation With Alan Menken, Don Hahn, and Richard Kraft • Deleted scenes o Alternate opening (boards) o Belle in the library – never-before-seen moment where Belle meets three new characters in the library • Art galleries – Only available inside the “Beyond Beauty Experience” • Family play games o Enchanted Challenge: help Belle and the Beast fall in love in order to break the spell before the last petal falls (Disney Quest) o Bon Jour, Who Is This? A Disney TelePlay Game – Powered by BD-Live. Using your cell phone, guess the identity of the other players before they guess yours • Music & more o All-new music video featuring Disney Channel star TBD • Classic DVD bonus features

Lords of Light! I can’t believe I’m recommending this, but dammit… it works. Jaden Smith is undeniably charismatic. Jackie Chan… well, he’s fucking Jackie Chan – and Jackie Chan teaching you how to kick ass, just kinda works better than the cook from Happy Days. Except that all of Pat’s dialogue was better written. When this film apes the original, it is at its weakest, when it embraces the true cultural and spiritual difference of Kung Fu… it is best! That and I love drunk Jackie Chan! I love him. I love that they embrace the mystic levels of Kung Fu. Ever so slightly. It is quite enjoyable. All the special features are hosted by Jackie Chan – which… kinda rules in a dorky awesome way.

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS: Director’s Definitive Cut (Blu Ray)
I just picked this up at Target a while ago, after Yoko finishes the Halloween Decorations, we’ll watch it – and if I’m still working on the DVD Column, I’ll come back to update this. But this is a beloved film by Merrick & I. A friend of mine refers to this as being called, “RUNNING THROUGH THE FOREST HALF NAKED!” Ok – after watching the Blu Ray – I’m back to write more. For me… in my estimation, this is Jane Austen for Men. James Fenimore Cooper’s LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE DEERSLAYER and PATHFINDER are essential books for boys to grow up with. They teach passion and romance in the manliest forms. It teaches right and wrong, asks you to question government on a personal level and it is absolutely thrilling. LAST OF THE MOHICANS by Michael Mann is the greatest translation of Cooper’s work to date. I really and truly wish that Michael Mann would make THE DEERSLAYER and THE PATHFINDER – mainly because he absolutely perfectly captured the dream of LAST OF THE MOHICANS. I love how he respects all cultures in the telling of the story. The ferocity, the repression, the birth of what it was to be American – and the quintessential pre-American revolution super hero! Daniel Day Lewis will never be this gosh darn manly again. Madeline Stowe will never be this lovable again. Wes Studi will never ever be this cool again. And… frankly, it rules so fucking hard that Russell Means was Chingachgook! Every time I see this film, it makes me fall in love with what cinema can do to capture a period and a world that we will never ever know in our lives. The print is gorgeous and the director’s cut adds a bit more of the politics of the era and further helps to understand the cultures that are at play here. I very much love this movie.

THE EXORCIST (Extended Director’s Cut & Original Theatrical Edition)
Now this is the best Horror film ever made. I honestly don’t believe that can really be argued. My favorite happens to be CURSE OF THE DEMON… and in color it is kind of a 6 way tie between AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE THING, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE OMEN and THE EXORCIST… but then somedays I’m ecstatically in love with the Fulci greats – or those awesome Skeletal dark riders films – whose names I’m constantly forgetting. BUT when you divorce the nostalgic passion one feels for everything from HOUSU to the Universal Horror classics – to the entirety of HAMMER films… THE EXORCIST is best. I think that’s written in stone somewhere. I think it is best because the Catholic Church endorses it. Because of those stairs, those Tubular Bells, Max Von Sydow, Captain Howdy – and everything that happens on the otherside of that fucking door. This is the 8th wonder of Horror. A film that constantly feels as if the evil on screen will invade you. It feels least safe. The most real. And just plainly the most awesome. It’s because of Ellen Burstyn, the absolutely incredible Jason Miller – who definitely deserved more time on this mudball we call Earth. And of course… Linda Blair – who could not have had a clue how brilliant she was being manipulated into giving. As a work of cinema – it is without an equal in the pure emotional gut punch of the performances, the sheer power of what you see happening. Truly majestically awesome. Pazuzu Forever! Disc 1: Extended Director's Cut New 3-part documentary on the movie's production and legacy – for the first time, relive the actual on-set filming of classic scenes via never-before-seen set footage: Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist, The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now and Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist Commentary by director William Friedkin Disc 2: Original theatrical version 2 commentaries: 1) director William Friedkin, 2) producer/screenwriter William Peter Blatty, plus sound effects tests Introduction by William Friedkin Feature-length 1998 documentary The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist Interview gallery covering the topics: the original cut, the final reckoning and stairway to heaven Original ending and more

GRINDHOUSE Special Edition (Blu Ray)
Ok – So you have PLANET TERROR and you have DEATH PROOF on BluRay… but this ain’t that – this is GRINDHOUSE – the theatrical experience – with the trailers and all the noise and fury we loved, that THEY didn’t get. And this edition is loaded with extras like: Over 2 Hours of ALL NEW BONUS CONTENT including Robert Rodriguez”s 10 Min Cooking School Greg Nicotero Makeup/Effects – Planet Teror Extended trailer “Werewolf Woman of the SS” Making of the trailers: Don’t, and Thanksgiving Don’t Trailer storyboards Death Proof Deleted Scene & Gag Reel Hot Rods of Death Proof From Texas to Tennessee, The Look of Death Proof This was the great failure of the Weinstein’s. They pretty much completely dropped the ball on this release. From terrible and confusing trailers – to the absolute wrong Ad buys on Television and the Internet. A heartache for everyone that loved this project. FOX partially redeemed the Weinstein’s with a more successful MACHETE release. Let’s hope HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN gets not only distribution, but the right smart marketing team that I know can translate that film into a higher level of the mainstream. At least, that’s my hope.

This is a fine Brandy of a film. Something you savior, something the play with. This is one of those corner stones of Film Geek Cinema. You have to understand the coat, the attitude and the man that Bogie is here. When you watch this films you connect with it, body and soul – and for the time it is on screen, everything is Bogie cool. Your world becomes black & white. There’s an insane fat wild eyed collector that would do anything for… basically, the coolest collectible ever. The mysterious black bird. I’ve always wanted a solid lead version of one of these curious beaks – with a couple of knife shavings off of it. This is who I am when I’m hunting for something specific. I have a team. A gun man. A slimey backhander of questionable sexuality. A double dealing moll. I’m ready and I will get my original autographed to me by George Pal lobby card from WAR OF THE WORLDS – which was stolen from my house in 1978. Signed “To Harry, George Pal” – it is the dead martian hand scene card. I would pay dearly to have it back. George signed it to me in person. It was sold out on the East Coast in the same year, that’s when I lost track of it. Oh yeah, I’m writing about the blu-ray. Yes, this has a commentary by Bogie’s Biographer, there’s a feature on THE MALTESE FALCON that is about the film and its iconography to film itself. Blooper reels, makeup tests, the whole Warner Night at the movies thing – and 3 radio show adaptations. My favorite argument for a a remake is THE MALTESE FALCON, third time was the charm this time out. But could it ever be made again? It’d take balls of steel – and I’d triple dog dare the Coens to try. They’re the only ones I’d trust to even try.

I like it. Glad I have it on Blu Ray – and I think people that have never seen the originals will like it most. I love that Jackie Earle Haley is absolutely not doing Robert Englund… but instead a darker more nuanced Krueger – and that may piss people off – but I love it. I love it like I love Christopher Lee’s DRACULA, Gary Oldman’s DRACULA and Frank Langella’s DRACULA – while still absolutely acknowledging that Bela Lugosi IS Dracula - and Max Schreck’s NOSFERATU is still king of all Vampires. For me, Robert England is MY Freddy. It was his face that hung on my wall in High School. It is the statue of him that stands above my desk – but dammit… I love what Jackie is doing in the movie. And also – while I’m at it being 100% honest – I love Rooney Mara. And that is harder to explain. I think it is because it was in this film that I first noticed her. I thought, “Gosh, she’s cute. Who is that?” Then I remembered her in YOUTH IN REVOLT and thought, “Gosh, yeah, she’s cool.” Then in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, she’s the girl of Billionaire’s dreams. She’s rosebud, and now I have this total Cinema Crush on Rooney Mara. Sometimes, it is that easy. You may not have had this cinematic stalking experience, but I have – and as a result – I think it is really sad, whatever Freddy did in those polaroids in that secret room. Shivers. I think that’s horribly tragic. I think that was the repressed memory that drew that Nancy to darker things. And I like that. I like and I’m not backing down from that. Sorry it doesn’t work for some of you. Meanwhile, I’ve got a date with Rooney Mara at a theater in 2011 in Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – and Freddy touched her, and that’s why she likes fire!

THE MISSION (Amazon Exclusive) (Blu Ray)
This is one of those titles, which for whatever reason, is an Amazon Exclusive – meaning you can only pick it up via the above link. And Roland Joffe’s brilliant THE MISSION is a helluva film to have an exclusive on. This won the Oscar for Cinematography and after a very short amount of viewing, you’ll agree. This is one of the most handsome and lush films ever shot. DeNiro and Irons are amazing to watch in this film – along with all the unknowns that make the film come to life feeling so true and honest. This was an attempt at capturing a David Lean-esque tale… sadly Joffe doesn’t quite have the soul of Lean. A more dignified soul – a romantic’s soul. As a result this is a more brutal epic than Lean conditioned us for. All that aside, this is a fantastic film!

Ya know… I haven’t seen this film yet. I’ll be honest. It scares me. It suggests things, that perhaps are best left unseen. This Blu Ray sits beside my desk – waiting for the right brave moment where I will insert that evil disc into my PS3… Most people that I know that have seen it, kinda love it – in that way that you love that thing that gave you a nervous tick. A film that when you say you love it, you’re looking at the other person’s face to see how it registers. It is a get your goat sort of affair. That said – I’ll probably watch this shortly… I’m just not sure if I want what may be seen in this. But then, I kind of think I do.

MAD MAX (Blu Ray)
MAD MAX and ROAD WARRIOR are a pair of the best 1, 2 punches in the history of cinema. This film, in many ways… doesn’t resemble THE ROAD WARRIOR at all – save for… THE CAR…. MAX and the evolution of road gangs. But between these two films is another story. A story of some manner of global Armageddon. But here – this is the world on the brink. Still mostly civilized, but going insane on the edges. MAD MAX is a beautiful film, if for no other reason – than it is a preservation of pre-International Superstar Mel Gibson. Here there’s a sweetness… an honesty… a subtlety of performance that really is powerful. Much like ROAD WARRIOR, this is one to show off your home entertainment system. Movies aren’t usually this visual and this good.

This film hasn’t caught me yet. I put it on to watch it the other night and just wasn’t in the mood. I’ll give it another try soon. I’ll save it for later.

I’m going to watch all 3 of these in a row probably this Sunday night. Because that sounds like fun. Slumber Party Massacre-athon. Blood, Fun & Boobs! As God intended. I previewed a bit of the first disc, and the transfer looked quite good. SHOUT! Put these out, which pretty much guarantees greatness.

This film has a special place in my heart – as it was Yoko and mine’s 2nd Date – and it was the perfect date film for an older / younger – met on the internet – relationship starter. She assured me that she had not come to cut off my penis. And that was a good thing. As for the film… This film has two great actors throwing everything out there – and it comes across perfect. Patrick Wilson is just awesomely sleazy in a self-justifying way. Ellen Page is the perfect Nancy Drew with a wicked sense of FUCK YOU. Still Slade’s best film to date.

I like THE EVIL…. Not quite a fan of TWICE DEAD. THE EVIL kind of fucked with me. It’s a bunch of rehab kids in a haunted house. But if you pick this up – and you pick up Criterion’s HOUSE later this month, you’ve got the beginnings of a real good Haunted House Halloween. And not with the typical films of the genre, but still a damn fine time. TWICE DEAD just isn’t as solid. I should probably give it a separate shot, not following THE EVIL, which is damn fine work.

This is an insane film, and I dig it. I’m very proud that this film first played upon US shores at Butt-Numb-A-Thon 5 – very possibly the very best BNAT of them all. Although – Some are still screaming about BNAT1138. For me, BNAT 5 still reigns supreme. HIGH TENSION – is Alexandre Aja’s fist pounding into the cinema screens demanding to be taken seriously as a horror auteur. As he has gone into the remake business – I find him slightly less interesting, even if he continues to do solid fun work… it’s just – HIGH TENSION wasn’t something I’d really seen before – and I like that – and wish that Aja had more of these.

BAD LIEUTENANT (special edition) Blu Ray
I remember back in 1992, I had missed seeing BAD LIEUTENANT in theaters, but a number of my friends browbeat me for not having seen it. By the time I caught up to it, I think Vulcan Video a couple years later – I thought that this film was one of those films that couldn’t be improved upon. Then I saw Herzog’s take –and I’ll be goddamned. Herzog definitely trumps Ferrara. And shockingly – Cage trumps Keitel – though I have to say, I would rather run into Cage than Keitel given any of the situations in these films.

Pretty much a perfect Indie bit of Awesome. I know it makes me want a secretary – and I know that means I’m objectifying, but I dare say there isn’t a man alive that watches this movie and doesn’t entertain the notion that… it’d be nice. Although – I certainly wouldn’t be nearly as neurotic as Spader. Jesus does that guy got issues. Some people claim this as porn. I like those people.

TROLL 2 (Blu Ray)
The documentary, BEST WORST MOVIE – is about TROLL 2 – and technically – that film is WAY better than TROLL 2 – and TROLL 2 is kinda genius in just how unintelligent and quasi-incomprehensible this is. But it is always endearing. You like how bad this film is, you thrive on how bad it is, in fact how bad it is, is why you would buy a 1080p print of TROLL 2. Hey, would you rather see this or BLAIR WITCH PROJECT!

In 1999, there was very probably no greater phenomenon than THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. I was very much caught up in this. Watching the film 11 years later on Blu-Ray – I find myself wishing they had the original bad dupe version that was originally leaked back in 1999. That 7th generation dupe that spread everywhere in advance of the film was one of those great films . The film was absolutely a Rorschach test – and everybody saw and heard different things. Watching BLAIR WITCH PROJECT again – all this time passing, I found I absolutely still like it. Mainly because I love Heather Donahue in the film. Mainly because I love arguing about what the fuck is in the rag. What happened in the corner? Most of all I remember showing it to my friends for the first time. I wonder. I bet my nephew hasn’t seen this yet. Heh. Yeah.

I’m a huge Alex De La Iglesia fan – always have been, since his early days – THE OXFORD MURDERS is a fun little murder mystery that plays to the cult of numbers and those that love them. This is one of Alex’s lighter films – not a heavy masterful work like his latest, THE LAST CIRCUS – which is just tremendous. But really – this is a fun film for Elijah and John Hurt to play back and forth – and Elijah gets some fun time with a couple of absolute beauties. In particular – I’m completely smitten by Leonor Watling, but then I first noticed her in Almodovar’s BAD EDUCATION. She’s real sweet in this film – and I love her story in this film.

Saw this at the Aruba International Film Festival earlier this year. I kind of hated that this was based on a true story, because that meant they kind of had to stick to reality – and I really loved the story of Haisidic Ecstacy Smuggling Jews that bring the stuff back from Amsterdam. I was riveted to this story – and again found Jesse Eisenberg to be one of the most watchable young actors working today. Ari Graynor does some very nice work here – as she’s done in WHIP IT, YOUTH IN REVOLT and NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST. This is a very good film.

The second film that I know of that was somewhat based upon the true life crime filled world of John Holmes. BOOGIE NIGHTS is the better film, make no mistake, but this is quite a solid film. And it is really all kinds of screwed up. A seedy dark story of the wonderfully cheerful worlds of giant cocks, murder and drugs. Who wouldn’t want the clearest image imaginable?

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  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Hoooooollleeeeeeee sheeeeeeeeeet

    by yodalovesyou

    Am I actually first?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    The Internet is dead

    by yodalovesyou

    Prince says so. And he wrote Little Red Corvette.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Appropriate song for this sad turn of events

    by yodalovesyou

    Uh... Nobody loves you by Manic Street Preachers.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by yodalovesyou

    I already downloaded the kinky man on mutant love scene off some random movie site. Not this one. It's a fookin' shambles.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by No Respectable Gentleman

    Hey Harry, where's ROSEMARY'S BABY on your list of best horror films? I rate it level-pegging with THE EXORCIST. Not that it's as unsettling. But it's just as good.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist

    by Lashlarue

    I stopped watching it. I've seen it plenty of times, but the nightmares I have are far more disturbing than the film. And that film gives me the nightmares!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    I remember watching THE MALTESE FALCON with this girl...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    it was our second date and we snuggled up together to watch Bogey and Mary Astor. It was awesome. I thought, "This girl is pretty cool. I need to spend more time with her." <p> I married her 18 months later. <p> I love that we started our life together on a great note. A framed reproduction of a poster of the movie now hangs on one of the walls in our home. I'll always love that film.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    heard grindhouse bluray has terrible audio

    by ranma627

    After all these years, you think they would give it a proper release. I just want the original, phenomenal Grindhouse experience. So many good blurays this week, wish I had a job. Also Harry, Human Centipede is actually tastefully done. It hardly has any gore and all of the nasty shit going on is merely suggested not gratuitous. That's why I dug it. But that trailer for the sequel makes me really hate that douche bag director.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Harry, Landis / Pegg trailer of Burke & Hare! Link it baby!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    You need to mention this as just seen it elsewhere and it rocks. Very funny trailer, lots of black humour.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Awesome shout out to Curse of the Demon!

    by Righteous Brother

    Or Night of the Demon in the UK. One of my favorite horror movies too. It's a good month for Blu-Rays.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    FUCK!!! I forgot to buy The Exorcist

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    This sucks...I ordered Sugar and Beauty and the Beast from them today, but completely forgot The Exorcist comes out this week. CRAP! I guess I'll check wal mart never know!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Awful covers for Mad Max and Bad Lieutenant

    by Righteous Brother

    why do they do that?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    don't show Blair Witch to your nephew, Harry

    by pushthebuttonmax

    There are over 100 F-bombs in that film.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Why NO "House of the Wolf Man"?

    by jeffsaint91

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Mohicans does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    'Directors Definitive Cut' eh? Would make a good double bill with THE MISSION actually. And Harry if you're talking about films that are a 'window into another time' then i'd personally say THE MISSION achieves that better than MOHICANS.<p> Yes, terrible over the top cover for MAD MAX and terrible under-stated cover for GRINDHOUSE.<P> But imho the reason GRINDHOUSE tanked is that neither Death Proof nor Planet Terror were much good. Sorry. They just weren't.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Taste does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry, I also notice you've toned down your appeciation of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake. Haha!<p> Your cinema review of that was full of 'AWESOME!' and ott superlatives... now a couple months later after it was savaged by the mainstream press we get a meek little 'I like it'.<p> I look forward to seeing it on your 'best of year list' while INCEPTION heads up your 'worst'...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Harry, about Nosferatu


    Sorry my man i much prefer Klaus Kinski :P

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    As "Best Worst Movie" is to "Troll 2"...

    by Rocco Curioso

    There's a documentary about John Holmes on a separate DVD included with "Wonderland", and it's much more interesting (read: lurid) than the movie itself (not to take away from Val Kilmer's kinetic, wicked portrayal of Holmes). Remember that short film Amber Waves makes in "Boogie Nights"; her homage to Dirk Diggler? P.T. Anderson lifted whole parts of the Holmes documentary and dropped them into that scene. Brazen bit of thievery on Anderson's part.<P>Thanks for the tip on "Troll 2", Harry. Never seen it, but I think I'll buy it, as well as its hopefully equal suckfest predecessor just to see what's the rumpus.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Bad Lieutenant question..

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Does this version have Schooly D's Signified Rapper that Led Zep forced them to drop?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    You guys are lucky. Me and my wife's first movie together was Spider-Man 3... No poster. Almost forgot about Splice, sounds like a must see!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Gymkata is the best worst movie.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry

    by yodalovesyou

    I prematurely assumed (presumed?) everyone had abandoned the site in some mass boycott over something. Oops.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    D. Vader would never...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...pick more!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    High Tension

    by LethargicJ

    People really need to stop giving this movie any credit whatsoever. It's the biggest rip off in movie history. The shot by shot remake of Psycho was less a rip off of Psycho than High Tension was of Intensity.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist doesn't fuck around.

    by Kevin Holsinger

    That's why I find it so scary. No attempts to titillate the audience with hot, young actresses. Rare, if no, attempts at comic relief. I don't particularly care for the movie, but it's definitely scary.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    stream of conciousness...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...bogie rules and made the best films ever made, the exorcist is fucking shit, i spent my whole youth hearing it hyped and hyped by my parents and tons of reviewers, kermode in particular, and then i found myself at the re-release premiere in oxford in 1998 with billy friedkin and mr kermode in attendance. i fucking laughed my ass off! i was looking around at people in disbelief at their ability to take it seriously. ok some really great atmospherics but the second blair opens her possessed gob any suspense or credibilty goes straight out the window! i love language me, shit fuck cunt, but in that film at that time i can't help feel that billy was jumping on the early 70's X-rated shocker bandwagon. complete bullshit. BATB amazing, grindhouse amazing, will never EVER watch new NOES, harry you are a sucker. human centipede, NO THANK YOU, YOU SICK FUCKS. high tension, awesome, slumber party massacre, yes please, hard candy, never seen but looking forward to lovefilm posting it to me. bad lt. classic. secretary, big pile of wank! spader is a really really shit actor. troll 2 can't wait. blair witch, average film saved by the scariest ending ever. oxford murders and holy rollers, looking forward to. the end.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    What's up with GRINDHOUSE not on DVD?

    by Vern

    Do they know that DVD is still the format most people use? Also, did anybody tell them that they put out a press release explaining what was gonna be on the blu-ray vs. the dvd? I swear there are only two possibilities to explain how bad the Weinsteins fuck up everything they ever stick their claws into:<p> 1) they are evil and want to make the world terrible and bum people out every way they can<p> 2) they're pulling some "Springtime For Hitler" type deal trying to go out of business for the insurance money

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    I've still never seen either Grindhouse movie

    by THAT__SAID

    I remember really looking forward to it back in 2007 but when they fucked up the UK release and decided to charge us full price for both movies, released months apart with no trailers I just thought, fuck it I'll wait for the DVD... well, looks like I'm going to still be waiting.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Weinstein does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Vern and Harry.. your talk about the Weinsteins and GRINDHOUSE is bordering on conspiracy theory. They didnt market it right, they didnt advertise on the right sites, they didn't 'get' the movie, they're evil!?<p> Guys - they saw GRINDHOUSE, and realised they had 3 hours of shit on celluloid. That's what happened. Plain and simple.<p> I'd rather rub lemon juice in my eyes for ninety mins than sit through Jungle fucking Julia and her bunch's ramblings again. Terrible, self-indulgent dialogue. And as for PLANET TERROR well... it is what it is. Instantly forgettable nonsense.<p> The Weinsteins did the only things they could do... they put the film out there at least. But in business you should never throw good money after bad.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    People who don't get the exorcist...

    by ufoclub1977

    Really puzzle me. Like the response above saying high tension was cool, but saying the exorcist was shit... That is... Illogical.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST


    by Davidhessstation

    No, the song is not on the DVD.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    ^ ^ ^

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Too bad. It really added to the suspense in some way. Greedy pricks (Plant and Page).

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    I still don't have a Blu Ray Player...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...and I was eagerly awaiting seeing Rodriguez' Cooking School for a supposed DVD box set.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid is better than original?

    by liljuniorbrown

    sorry man, push that shit to the shills and kick back guys at the studio's. we quit buying it ages ago.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    The end of High Tension was butt.

    by fireclown

    Honestly. What the hell?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Telemarketer, the first movie I saw with my wife was NONE OF YOUR GODDAMN BUSINESS, I think it was from the same director as WHO GIVES A FUCK.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Death Proof>>>>Planet Terror

    by Monolith_Jones

    In every conceivable way. Keep 'em separated. Same goes for Kill Bill, it works better as two separate films. I love the way vol. 1 ends.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    People who hate on Blair Witch are dummies

    by I am_NOTREAL

    with their defenses up too high, simply jaded by too many years of unimaginative jump scares and spurting gore. Long after all the hype and backlash have died away, what’s left is a brilliant lesson in sheer terror economics. Now, Blair Witch 2, Book of Shadows -- have at it. That stank.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Blair Witch

    by Edman

    Blair Witch really was a phenomenon. I was lucky enough to live in one of the early screening cities (Phoenix), and saw it opening weekend. I still remember the buzz going around with no one really sure if it was real or not - and we bought into it, which really did make it a somewhat terrifying movie. Lightning didn't strike twice, and even watching it on DVD it sucked. I never saw the sequel. BUT, seeing this movie during the height of the hype was something I won't ever forget.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    You know what else was a phenomenon?

    by THAT__SAID

    Phenomenon. Great film except for the part about John Travolta being smart. At least he died of a brain tumor in the end.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Call it "Night of the Demon"

    by Bileranter

    And we're all good

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    It was teeth.

    by Sailor Rip

    It was teeth in the rag.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Blair Witch...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...was made at exactly the right time in history, when the internet was truly exploding across the world and nobody was as jaded as they are today. The ad campaign for that thing was a one-off stroke of utter genius. Like someone said, it really heightened the movie experience at the time but has literally no power today. <p> I still have it in my collection, but it's more of an oddity and a true piece of film history rather than a frightening film.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    its official and THE CHOPPAH scooped YOU ALL!!!<P>

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Blair Witch in HD?

    by knowthyself

    What's that like? I'm a fan of the movie even if the hype has since killed it.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Death Proof...or four girls yacking for 90 minutes.

    by knowthyself

    Quentin really phoned this one in. I can't imagine why anyone would want to suffer through an extended edition of his little snooze flick. Never before have I wanted a nest of cackling hens to shut it more than in this half of Grindhouse. The ending nearly saves it and thank god for Planet Terror before it.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Bluray is the new DVD Vern.

    by knowthyself

    How can you not own a bluray player? You better not be playing DVD's on that beautiful HD TV at home. Unless you're still watching movies on a normal TV screen.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    The best list in a long time

    by Bot-Bot

    Wow, that makes up for a few weeks of lame B movies. Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre in the same week. Gone shopping. See ya later.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    But is "The Version You've Never Seen" on the Exorcist disc?

    by Sith Witch

    Please tell me that all three are represented.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Man. who designs these fucking Blu Ray covers?

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    "ninety minutes of shit"

    by ForgetfulPete

    great description of GRINDHOUSE's two movies. Those films are just awful, and it's a shame that they were even made. GRINDHOUSE should have been a direct-to-video movie budgeted at $1m a picture - the idea that they spent so much to replicate something that could be created by ameteurs with a YouTube account and a copy of imovie while people are starving in Africa is a proof about the decadence of the West. That is all.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Extended Werewolf Women of the SS trailer is gold.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Nic Cage at maximum wacky.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    A Lot Of Good Shit This Week!!

    by Oprah_Duke

    Fuck Who I Offend!!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Ummm, saw Grindhouse on dvd yesterday when I bought the BRay

    by Stuntcock Mike <p> Maybe it's Canada only? Odd.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Harry, what about "Rosemary's Baby"??

    by The Tao of Joe

    That's a way better horror film than "The Exorcist." Need proof? Just ask the millions of viewers who were mindfucked into believing they actually saw the baby's eyes.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule


  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    AICN is anti-LANDIS!!

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    What exactly are you talking about? I saw it and thought one of the best devices of the film was that you never see the eyes.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Skeletal Dark Riders???

    by StrokerAce

    Anybody know what the big man's talking about? I think I've got a clue - and they are cool flicks - but I'll be damned if I can remember the names, either. The ones I'm thinking about are Spanish, I think - any guesses?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Skeletal Dark Riders...

    by Charlie & Tex

    He probably means the Blind Dead series, where the Knights Templar return from the dead as sightless zombies.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    You guys know Grindhouse is supposed to be bad, right?

    by HoboCode

    That's it's based on shitty B movie exploitation flicks from the 70's? People complaining about how bad they are really need to remove the corn cobs from their asses and just have fun with it.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...that's what, five hours of jungly/foresty < P >erfection?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    (re. "Grindhouse") Most likely a pure business decision, Vern

    by Rocco Curioso

    "Grindhouse" budget: $57 million. "Grindhouse" worldwide box office: $25 million. Evidently, the Weinstein Moneygrubbrothers thought a DVD release wasn't gonna close the gap.<P>I've never seen "Planet Terror", so I can't weigh in on it. I recently saw (for the first time) "Death Proof" on TV (very late at night), and IMO it was a ragtag piece of garbage, with its only redeeming feature being Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a cheerleader outfit.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    RoboCop Trilogy [Blu-ray]

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Why did you forget this one? But yet remember the karate kid rip-off!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I prefered Grindhouse when it was just Planet Terror.

    by Flip63Hole

    I have no interest in reliving the theatrical experience, thanks. Haven't seen such a fun, over-the-top gorefest like Planet Terror in a long time. Machette was pretty fun, too. "Machette don't text..."

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Best worst movie is Lady Terminator

    by Shpadoinkle

    Closely followed by For Your Height Only. Have bought The Exorcist around 4 times already, keep giving them away to people so i'll have to get this edition. Ah billyhitchcock, it's the hype that killed it for you i'm sure. I know plenty who thought the same. Myself and my friends watched it at a sleeping over type shindig around age 13 (banned in Eire so we had to get a bootleg VHS from under the rental counter - good days) and found it kinda funny then too, us being giddy out the door. I watched it again on my own with the spider walking scene years later and was terrified, such an oppressive atmosphere the likes of which only 70's cinema can give you. The same friends couldn't believe it worked differently a second time but that's the power of this film, it's all to do with the mindframe you watch it in. Actually a friend's older brother said the first time he saw Captain Howdy flash up as Burstyn was walking down the stairs in the street he rewound it and didn't see it again. Freaked him right the fuck out, hasn't been able to go near the film since. When I watched The Changeling once as a wee shite I thought I was tripping balls or something since I could have sworn I saw my dead grandad's rocking chair swaying over in the corner of the sitting room. I ran straight out of the house like a bitch. Have an unhealthy love of horror films ever since.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Exorcist rules

    by Abominable Snowcone

    It fucking rules, period. It's a great crisis-of-faith movie, a theme Blatty pursued with "Ninth Configuration" and "Legion" (filmed as Exorcist III).<p> Mad Max rules. Splice was okay.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    100% medically accurate

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Human Centipede was interesting. I'll give it that. But yeah it's tough watching people eat other people's shit.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Splice was fucking terrible

    by Cyan09

    I really wanted to like that movie but it was awful. The creature just magically changes sex so we can get a "twist" ending? really?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    fortgetful pete ..hyperbole is a dangerous thing

    by Monolith_Jones

    Hate the Grindhouse films all you want but denying the craft that went into the car scenes in Death Proof, both the crash and chase, is foolish.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Went to Blair Witch with a full house...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Scared the fuck out of EVERYBODY.<p>Was a lot of fun.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Harry Idiotic Statement #1

    by quantize

    re Grindhouse : 'fury we loved, that THEY didn’t get'. <p> ahhhhhhhh nup...don't remember much love for it here..shit even Machete was better than both..

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Harry Idiotic Statement #2

    by quantize

    'Herzog definitely trumps Ferrara. And shockingly – Cage trumps Keitel' <p> Utterly fucking absurd comment obviously designed to plant a kiss on some specific ass

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    'Herzog definitely trumps Ferrara'

    by quantize

    ...really. Harry has completely fucking LOST IT...well, if he EVER had a clue.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    One of my favorite all-time classics! Absolutely LOVE that film! Which is why I was equal parts disappointed and pissed right off that NO ONE in the Houston area got it - Best Buy, Fry's both said it was online only, Target said they don't carry it, and Barnes and Noble wanted $35 for it when everywhere else had it listed at or near $20. Fucking disappointing and now I have to wait til at least Saturday for that masterpiece to show up in my mailbox...tick-tock, tick-tock...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    'You guys know Grindhouse is supposed to be bad, right?'

    by quantize

    Yeh 'cept they both managed to fuck both films up by indulging every single fucking stupid idea...thus not very fun or entertaining on any level. Squirting pus tends not to be too hilarous when there's wall-to-wall gags in between. The gentlemen tried way too hard and failed as a result.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    House on Criterion?

    by Jack Burton

    I can't be the only one that immediately thought of the 80's horror-comedy masterpiece with William Katt and George Wendt and got excited. I'll admit to thinking it an odd choice for Criterion to release but since the Criterion Edition of Armageddon I've stopped being surprised by their odd release choices. Now I find out this version of House is some obscure Japanese movie. What a gyp!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Blair Witch the phenomenon of 1999?

    by Sith Witch

    Wasn't that The Phantom Menace?!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Jack Burton

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    EXACTLY what I was thinking, til I checked it on amazon and saw it had nothing to do with that 80's bit of awesome. I even dug on the complete 180 that was House II: The Second Story. Even though it switched from serious to humorous, I still remember laughing at Uncle Jesse's corpse. Never saw House III, though. But, yeah, I thought Harry was talking about THAT House, too.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Blu-ray covers

    by JDanielP

    Actually, the 1st week of October bunch (from this article) have better covers than the norm. Over all, what is there to complain about? <P>I actually think that MAD MAX cover is pretty cool, too.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Monolith, even the car chase in DEATH PROOF was a letdown. Put aside the fact that because of the films dreadfulness I cared nothing about the protagonists involved or the stupid girl hanging on the bonnet the whole way through (wtf? they couldn't pull over for 5 seconds to let her back in?)... <p> Put that aside, and you still have a very dull car chase. Not 'envelope pushing' in the least. You already seen SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, BLUES BROTHERS, CANNONBALL RUN, MAD MAX, RONIN, BULLITT, any BOND movie... then you've seen far, far better than DEATH PROOF.<p> You know what, fuck it, even Dukes of Hazzard and The Fall Guy tv shows had better car chases than that.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Saw High Tension recently, and was loving it until...

    by Shermdawg

    ...that fucking idiotic twist came along.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Why new ELM STREET is shit.

    by blackwood

    Jackie Earle Haley makes a good Freddy. Potentially a great Freddy, but the remake failed, for me, on every level. I will do point form.<p>1. There is no interesting dream imagery. At all. I had a NIGHTMARE-a-thon recently and while each film in the franchise is of varying quality, every single one uses the freedom of dreamspace to do neat things. This film has no imagination, and imagination is one of the things that always set NIGHTMARE apart from its slasher contemporaries.<p>2. The film lacks subtlety and tension. None of the kids have any doubt that some monster in their dreams is coming to kill them. There is no build up. Freddy does not hide in the shadows.<p>3. There is no effort put into developing these teens as troubled, dark people, or their parents as hiding a big secret. Parents share a few significant looks. Nancy's family in the first film was super fucked-up. Alcoholic mom, distant father -- the ripples of what they did we deeply felt, and expressed in subtle ways. The first film was also about the alienation of teens, and in this day and age it is a missed opportunity to take that idea to the next level. It is also significant that the film is called 'A Nightmare ON ELM STREET' -- the subtext is supposed to be about the darkness behind the facade of suburbia. Secrets and lies. In the original, Freddy's motivation was revenge on the people who murdered him -- the parents -- through their children. That's not true in this version, and on its own that's not a bad thing. I just becomes bad because.... <p>4. For the most part, all of the above really functions to facilitate the film's worst offense -- the treatment of child abuse. Jesse's first reaction to being told he had repressed memories of being raped is "WE WERE FIVE, WE WOULD HAVE SAID ANYTHING!" This could work if, maybe, Jesse had been developed in any way as a character up until that point, like maybe the news was so disturbing his reaction to it was to deny in order to cope. But, nah, he's all like, clearly children lie about being raped all the time, and Nancy believes him. And then when they find the pictures of themselves, they're all like oh gnoes, we done been molested. I don't hate that they 'went there' for the remake instead of writing around the issue like the original series did. I hate that the issue is treated so casually, so carelessly. By the time they know who Freddy was and what had happened to him, there was no doubt he was real -- instead of playing to the idea of repressed memories and childhood abuse. The film does not respect the horror of the situation and doesn't use it. In the original, Freddy was getting revenge on the people who burned him alive through their children. In this one, the parents seem like an afterthought, and Freddy is getting revenge on the children for tattling. If you are going to do a movie where the antagonist is the ghost of a pedophile returned to murder his victims because they told on him, I'd hope you'd be able to make the climax meaningful by using these disturbing ideas to make some sort of statement on empowering victims to face both the abuse and their abusers. But it all just follows in a terrible series of stupidities and conveniences and plot points with nothing to attach it do by the seedy, pervy idea of child abuse. It doesn't even work as exploitation, because exploitation is about confronting something horrible head on to take away its power. It's just dumb, and mean, and sad.<p>So. Yeah. Hate it. You can like it, Harry, and I do think Haley brought something necessary to the role, and Rooney showed promise -- but they are trapped in a terribly written film. It has no soul, says nothing new or profound, and feels like it was composed by a spreadsheet program rather than someone's dark dreams.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    The thing about covers...

    by JDanielP that a studio wants something that will catch your eye and create interest, while also symbolizing the movie within a single image. The best cover image this week, perhaps obviously, is THE EXORCIST. Yet, the cover that does the best probably THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. (Ugh!!!) But then, THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE cover doesn't say enough. (wink,wink)

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Don't have time to read through all the posts...

    by Nice Marmot

    ... is Grindhouse coming out on DVD or not? Guessing there's a debate going on about whether GH was the best or shittiest thing ever created. My 2 cents: Rodriguez and Wright got it. Tarantino and Zombie didn't.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Oops, forgot . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Roth got it too. Big time.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit Balls was NOES 2010 terrible...

    by MST3KPIMP

    Just saw it and what a phenominal trip into mediocrity. Nothing of value. JEH voice is amplified and amplified so it doesnt even seem to be comming from him. Wow this was safe and thats prob the worst part cuz if it had at least tried some new shit and failed I could have some respect. At least Splice and Human Centipede were encouraging in qaulity & execution.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Harry and Pazuzu Forever!

    by Daniel2010

    Just a bit disturbing, that one. Why the fuck would Harry start worshipping the fucking devil? Unbelievable. As for Hard Candy, the guy wasn't a sleaze. He was a decent knockabout fella. Also, Secretary was not a sexy movie.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    As a rule, I don't buy Blu-Ray movies I already own on DVD...

    by JonQuixote

    ...but I'll probably make an exception with LAST OF THE MOHICANS. I can't think of a single movie that provides a better sensory feast - between the cinematography, the scenery and the amazing score, it's like FANTASIA but with nature and tomahawk battles. I can't wait to see what it looks like in 1080p.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    loved Grindhouse

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Living in Japan at the time, the movies were being released seperately but they did the Grindhouse thing one night, was so much fun, and my wife who is not the movie geek like myself, loved to, fantastic night out really

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Why did the Karate Kid get Super Powers at the end?

    by MST3KPIMP

    WTF was that reverse wire-fu flip-kick he did to win the match? The movie pulls you into this reality-based world where we follow the boy as he's trained to do kung-fu in a believable fashion. They seemed to take great care then they botch the entire thing by giving him super-powers at the last second. In the original they show Daniel-son practicing the crane move so at what point in the film did Hancock Jr.learn this super-human move that I've never seen another human being perform?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    I just find Harry so incredibly random, his views on Inception and Toy Story 3 were perfect examples of completely crazy reviews. <br />I think if you want a professional critical review that has been well thought out than this is not the place to come. These reviews are a bit of fun and its actually entertaining to see something so crazy and random, also love the TB comments, some pretty witty people here

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by MST3KPIMP

    Nigga Please... He did cartwheels? I can do cartwheels, Chris Farley was great at doing cartwheels as well.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Monolith_Jones

    I still maintain it was well made, entertainment value aside. I totally get how people don't like it, but I enjoyed the craft and humor. <p> And on the topic of horrible dvd covers that one for Secretary takes the cake. Especially considering they already have that great image of maggie

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    by Monolith_Jones

    Gyllenhal bending over, just ass and legs

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    That is one boring Sierra Madre cover

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    WB's DVD version used the original poster art, so why the move to hideous Photoshop for the Blu-Ray? :(

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    ebert and travers same for me, also agree with your comments on ebert and kick ass

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Harry, where is the Thundarr the Barbarian review?

    by Stabby

    You mention it in your intro, but then I kept scrolling down for it to no avail. Not that I really need a review of it, but it would be nice to share in the Thundarr love.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    And Belle is hawt

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Always wished we got a better look at her legs in the movie.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    "The Human Centipede" is garbage

    by BSGDAN

    I'm not saying that because the very idea is repulsive. Rather, I'm say it because the film is just poorly made. The acting is bad from everyone involved. They make little effort to make the viewer understand why anyone would want to create such a creature, other than to say that the doctor is "mad". The creature is nothing more than the three actors on their hands and knees, ass-to-mouth, with some bandages covering the areas that they're "attached". There's very little in the way of gore, so what you're left with is an extremely poor attempt at a mad scientist film. Yeah, the "idea" is disturbing, but the execution is laughable. And if you (like me) thought having three bad actors (at least the girls had nice tits-WHAT LITTLE THEY SHOWED OF THEM), just think how stupid the sequel will look with twelve! So Harry, save yourself the trouble of sitting through this pile of shit and just watch "Re-Animator" again. It's still the greatest mad scientist film ever (yeah, "Frankenstein" is good, too).

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    So is Grindhouse coming out on DVD or what?

    by Nice Marmot

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by Jedibobster

    Good, I can finally sit down and watch GRINDHOUSE as it was intended, it was really irking me that there was a Kurt Russell film out there that I hadn't seen but refused to until they released it as it was originally. As for House (Hausu) - man that's some crazy shit going on, with that damned tune playing throughout. Personally I'd also opt for the one with The Greatest American Hero and Norm in it. As for The Exorcist my experience of it in the cinema was similar to billyhitchcock1 up there. Sad to say. I've always preferred Amityville Horror 2 - The Possession. Anyone with me on that? (There isn't usually).

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Ever wonder, while those actors were bandaged ass to mouth during filming, how many times they inadvertently (or maliciously) got farted on? If everyone involved were honest, I'd say at least 50 farts fired, and that's a conservative estimate. Do you think there was a "Absolutely NO Thai/Indian/Mexican Food" Rule in effect during the shoot?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    You're doing it wrong. <br> <br> Also, lots of great DVDs this week.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by THAT__SAID

    When you talk about Maggie Gyllenhal please type her full name in future. I had a horrible image in my head involving her brother Jake when I first read your last post.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Blair Witch Bullshit

    by Autodidact

    I was not into this shit in 1999 and I still am not. Although I love a good "found footage" movie I could never stand to watch more than a few minutes of Blair Witch. Mainly it's the feeling that not a whole lot is scripted. Improv just seems so pointless, like no longer am I watching a story so much as watching actors act and editors edit etc.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Nightmare on Elm Street: 2010 is SHIT!

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    How anybody could defend it I don't know. From the Se7en style opening credits, to telegraphing every dream sequence, each frame just shows how little understanding Bayer and Platinum Dunes had of Craven's original. I almost fell asleep during the film - quite ironic, wouldn't you say? <p> Splice had a great premise but was a disappointment. You end up (unintentionally?) laughing at the crux of its most dramatic scenes. The script needed a few more drafts at least.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Harry's relationship gets creepier.

    by knowthyself

    Old man. Young woman. Meeting on internet. Watching hard candy. Geez.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    "Skeletal Dark Riders"= The Blind Dead I'm guessing?

    by djangoilbastardo

    Great flicks! Tombs of the Blind Dead, Return of the Evil Dead, The Ghost Galleon, & Night of the Seagulls. Awesome Blue Underground box set shaped like a coffin.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I have the Japanese Grindhouse DVD set

    by disfigurehead

    Same thing only I paid $100 last year.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Wondering about the Exorcist extended cut

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    Can anyone clarify what exactly gets added to the new DVD version of The Exorcist? Frankly, the theatrical cut and the one "you've never seen" are masterpieces, so I'm a bit iffy about this one. Also, "Night of the Demon" (the British cut of "Curse of the Demon") ranks a close 2nd behind Exorcist.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Blair Witch Project got me good

    by Shpadoinkle

    That really put the shits up me when it came out, thanks in large part to the marketing campaign. But it has fuck all rewatchability - you'll watch it again and wonder what the hell you were thinking. But for a film in just the right time and place it was a masterstroke. Call me crazy but I though The Last Broadcast (which came out a year earlier) is more effective the more you watch it and, unlike BWP, I hated it when it first came out.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    bad liutenant, whats the deal anyways?

    by shiekybaby

    I watched the Cage version and thought it was a shit story, bad acting, and shit editing. I saw no real redeeming value in it. Can someone explain to me why they keep making the same concept film with seperate actors? And also, am I just missing something? Are the other versions worth my time at all if I hated the Cage one? Thanks for any input.....Shieky

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Splice feels exactly like mid '80s Cronenburg

    by skimn

    From the funky scientists (what wacky T-shirt is Brody wearing in THIS scene?) pushing the envelope of science, to the sterile exteriors of office buildings, interspecies sex, a betrayal of a relationship, parental issues...not only was it filmed in Canada, it FEELS Canadian, if you know what I mean. And the "shock" ending?....saw it coming a mile away.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    THAT SAID, lol apologies

    by Monolith_Jones

    I'm typing on my phone and I accidently hit tbe post button after Maggie in the first post. Yeah out of context I see the confusion LOL

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    The Beast looks Pretty LEcherous

    by nastee_flembot

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    PS about Splice - that said,

    by skimn

    I did like it until the monster-on-the-loose in the forest and the afore mentioned surprise ending. Outside of a few full body shots, the combination of CG and make-up is VERY good.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    In know some high school kids that saw splice

    by ufoclub1977

    And thought it was so hilarious that they rounded up their friends and got a huge groupnto go. The part where Brody's lady walks in on him into the barn did have my entire theater lauging. Anyway, I got into an argument with these kids that the director didn't intend for it to all be funny. They thought it was all supposed to be hilarious. What do you all think?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    In know some high school kids that saw splice

    by ufoclub1977

    And thought it was so hilarious that they rounded up their friends and got a huge groupnto go. The part where Brody's lady walks in on him into the barn did have my entire theater lauging. Anyway, I got into an argument with these kids that the director didn't intend for it to all be funny. They thought it was all supposed to be hilarious. What do you all think?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    High Tension is a great film until the point

    by jim

    where it raises its middle finger at the audience and says "It's our movie we can do whatever we want because we are oh so clever with our nonsensical ending that completely invalidates the entire movie".

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    I don't think he meant it to be intentionally hilarious, but unfortunately it WAS. So poorly handled and no real motivation one of the character's parts. <p> Big Jim - completely agree. It's a great little flick until that moment. Aja's ability has been on the wane since that point onwards!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Do you know what she did?

    by Puñeta

    Your cunting daughter!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by AsimovLives

    Certainly HIGH TENSION has one of the biggest head-scratchers of all time. I couldn't believe it myself. I don't know if it's so mad it's brillant, or just mad.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Troll 2 blu ray question...

    by zombieslayer

    It says includes dvd of this film... does it mean Troll 2 or best worst movie? cause I would rather buy Troll 2 if it includes the doc...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    William_Faulkner, well, if your a high schooler,

    by skimn

    and no doubt stoned, watching Ichabod Crane-like Brody having sex with anyone would be pretty funny.<p>And upon second viewing I took High Tension to be inside the mind of the delusional character. Her repressed love for her friend (the love that dare not speaks it name!), drove her literally crazy, and the bulk of the movie is her viewpoint. It does start and end with her in the asylum...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    And hey, after Fight Club and Sixth Sense,

    by skimn

    not original....

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Just mad.

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    It reeks of trying to do something 'cool' without actually considering the logic behind it. *********KIND OF SPOILER******* It reminds me of the script that Donald Kaufman writes in Adaptation - 'Three'.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    The "new" ending of THE EXORCIST

    by Sonny_Williams

    Haven't heard which ending this director's cut has, but if it's the same as "the version you've never seen I'll pass. I thought the original theatrical ending was perfect, just enough explanation, just enough mystery. The new ending fuck near ruined the movie for me with the overlong explanation of EVERYTHING! I was really liking the changes and additions until the end, then I was just pissed.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    For Once Harry's Hyperbole is Warranted

    by Liberty Valance

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre is indeed as close to perfection as films get. All fans should read B. Traven's original novel as well -- it's filled with profanity and Dobbsie's fate is quite gruesome for a book from 1927. Otherwise Huston stuck pretty close to the source material.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by The Tao of Joe

    A lot of people who watch the film will swear up and down that they saw the baby's eyes. They'll say things like, "That baby's eyes were so red!" All of this is a testament to the power of suggestion, which was used to give this film an emotional wallop.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2 p.m. CST


    by JaguarWong

    Harry left out Dark Sky's Oct. 5 double feature DVD release of ONE-ARMED EXECUTIONER (1983) and THEY CALL HER CLEOPATRA WONG (1978). Tasty Filipino action cheese!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Harry - your Herzog/Ferrara comment must be a wind-up...

    by workshed

    ...the two films are incomparable. Really. Keitel's performance is up there with Warren Oates in 'BMtHo Alfredo Garcia'. Cage is just Cage. Great, sure, but Cage nevertheless. Herzog's early fims are some of the greatest works of Cinema and imo he's wasted himself on such tripe when you compare BL to Woyzeck/Aguirre/Fitzcarraldo/Hauser/Strozeck (ironically, imo, his decline began with a remake, Nosferatu). You do come out with some fuckwit comments... you'd like to see someone remake 'The Maltese Falcon', eh..? The Coen Bros..! If you can remember their atrocious re-hash of 'The Ladykillers' (one of my top ten greatest movies ever) then you should cut the hypocritical crap (especially after berating Alexandre Aja for going into the 'remake business'). Sometimes I can't work out whether you're a true lover of Cinema. Next time, think before you type.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen it yet, but the girl at Blockbuster

    by skimn

    said a friend of hers, who doesn't have a problem with gore, literally threw up during The Human Centipede. Is that a recommendation, or not?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    So is Grindhouse coming out on DVD or what?

    by Nice Marmot

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    CHOPPAH posted it days this place is getting old and lame..<P> the mods are resulting to posting sex pics of themselves to get comments... <P> just sad and pathetic when youhavebeenchopped.wordpress.c om

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    nice marmot..just for you

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    there is a message for you at <P>

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    The Director's cut Exorcist with added CGI..

    by Boba Fat

    is a fucking abomination!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    High Tension's "nonsensical ending"

    by buggerbugger

    The story is being told to us from the POV of an unreliable narrator who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. I'm not entirely sure that the retelling of events by a crazy person would make sense to most people.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Although the disembodied head BJ scene would need some explaining.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    'The Human Centipede' is pretty tame when it comes to on-screen nasty stuff. In fact, it's almost non-existent. If someone literally vomited while watching it, it wouldn't be because of an overly-graphic scene they saw in the movie. It's a movie that fucks with your imagination rather than your eyes.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    plan on watching on Friday...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    "the disembodied head BJ scene"

    by buggerbugger

    ...occurs while Marie starts fantasising about Alexia, yeah? At the same time Marie's female personality is in charge, the dormant male personality in the back of her mind lazily wakes up from its slumber and starts fantasising too. Fantasising about receiving head. <br> <br> And this eventually culminates in the male personality taking over for a while and going kill-happy while Marie's female personality literally hides in the closet, wich is a metaphor for the back of their shared mind.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    HARRY, Hard Candy was a DATE MOVIe for you and Yoko?!!

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    I keep hearing raves about that movie but I refuse to watch it as I fear it would ruin Goldfrapp and Patrick Wilson for me forevermore--two things that I dearly love. And I love how the Beauty and the Beast DVD says 2-disc LIMITED TIEM!!11 like it's a legitimate fucking selling point. I'm sure the suits are laughing all the way to the bank with that business model. Mandatory 2-disc is such bullshit. Hooray for consumer capitalism!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Scratchmonkey..makes perfect sense

    by skimn

    Its been a while, doesn't that scene (the BJ) occur just before she retires to her walkman and lets her fingers do the walkin'?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    of course Beauty & the Beast is limited

    by Bouncy X

    is had to go back into the "disney vault" until the next anniversary or format change.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Regarding "High Tension" (with ***SPOILERS***)

    by jim

    I can understand that interpretation but I don't buy that was the original intent. I see it more as justification for a cheap twist that, for me, ruined a truly suspenseful horror film. The "reveal" shows us all the stuff as it actually happened, telling us "no, it wasn't the Shape but in fact our protagonist all along; much of what you've been watching never actually happened". While there are clues throughout the film as to the true identity of the killer it doesn't make it any less off a cheat.<p>Of course, I can interpret the scene of her hiding under the bed, or hiding in the restroom, as a visual representation of what remained of her humanity (or soul) trying to survive being completely destroyed by her psychotic self. Then, when she attempts to rescue her friend, it's her humanity struggling to reassert itself as the dominant id. She fails, so in the end, all that remains is the monster which, being her all along, now looks like her instead of the Shape. Thing is, even after considering that, I still couldn't reconcile that with what I'd seen. The twist is a twist, and is conveyed as one. It plays as a "gotcha!", more intent on tricking you than making you think.<p>Of course, 7 years later and we're still talking about it. So I guess it has that going for it, which is good.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Thundarr the Barbarian Complete Series!

    by SoylentMean

    Nothing else compares! Now that made me happy!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by skimn

    Of course the decapitation via dresser does make it stick in one's mind. That was one of the most audacious scenes I had seen in a long time in a horror film.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Blu-rays? I don't need your stinkin Blu-rays!

    by BenBraddock


  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    It's been a few years since I saw 'High Tension', but yeah, the decapitated BJ scene takes place while the two girls are in the car and they've started talking about sex, on their way to the house. Shortly before the, umm, bed scene.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    "much of what you've been watching never actually happened"

    by buggerbugger

    It's more fair to say that "what you've just watched is the fragmentary recall of someone trying to piece together that night's events for both herself and the police, but from two entirely two different perspectives." She's trying to reconcile two contradictory set of memories and trying to make the best of a bad job.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    How much better is the picture quality on Blu Ray versions of ol

    by The Funketeer

    I just got the nice Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre dvds for Christmas last year. They're films I like to come back to again and again and there's some great extras on there but I can't imagine the bluray quality can be that much better given how old the films are and the quality of the prints they must be using.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST



    The sharpness is undeniable between 480p and 1080p. When you watch an up-res of a B&W film there's a softness to the image. On BluRay - the B&W becomes photographically sharp - you can pick out details you never saw before. <BR><BR>I promise.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    High Tension

    by Grammaton Cleric

    ...might not hold up as well on subsequent viewings because of the twist, but I was all "holy fuck!" when I saw it in the that's somethings. I don't understand why Splice gets bagged on either, it's super fun and pretty unsettling at times. The internet seems to have created a bizarre hype/hate feedback loop.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Haute Tension is a horror masterpiece


    It's one of my all time favorites. The twist didn't bother me. I don't really understand why it ruins the movie for so many people. I guess I'm desensitized to disappointing movie endings, even if you didn't like the twist the rest of the film was great. It is puzzling to try and make sense of the rest of the movie when the twist is revealed, you could argue that it doesn't make much sense, but I just let it go. It's not worth trying to piece together, it was a hallucinatory experience and that's the end of it. Yeah at this point it's a cliche, over-used "twist" but I didn't mind it. Even with the odd twist I liked the ending of the film, the scene with the guy trapped in the car was great. I don't "get" the Exorcist. Well, I watched it when I was young and didn't like it much, it had no effect on me.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I've been really disappointed with Aja's output since


    Hills Have Eyes was purely brutal violence without much suspense at all, Mirrors was watchable but mediocre and the premise just wasn't interesting. Splice was very hit and miss. The creature effects WERE masterful and impressive. I liked parts of it but overall, I guess the story just didn't hold my attention all the way through. By the time the credits rolled the entire film just seemed kind of silly and campy.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Blair Witch ripped off Cannibal Holocaust

    by Professor_Monster

    -- and it wasn't even a good rip off. Whatever happened to the guys that made Blair Witch? I remember they were supposed to do some movie called Heart of Love but not this or anything else even happened. Biggest return on a movie and they never did anything after that??

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    So let me get this straight

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    The Human Centipede potentially has images that no one should ever see, but A Serbian Film was fun for the whole family? Jesus titty fucking Christ.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I don't want to watch a dude get his junk chopped off

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Finally! Grindhouse as it was meant ot be seen!

    by Yelsaeb

    Why didn't they just release it that way in the first place?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    The Blu Ray of Maltese Falcon...

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Gutman's cufflinks are in fact, little "G's". Maybe you can see it on the DVD, but I've seen that film dozens of times before, and I just noticed that last night while watching the BR version.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    The Blu Ray of Maltese Falcon...

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Gutman's cufflinks are in fact, little "G's". Maybe you can see it on the DVD, but I've seen that film dozens of times before, and I just noticed that last night while watching the BR version.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    dang it..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    lousy double post.<p>The suits looked great too..<p>

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    "You will take, say $100?"

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    "No, I will take say, $200..."

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    why isnt GRINDHOUSE SE have the extended versions

    by strykebr

    Srsly don't go all EVIL DEAD on me with 30 editions of this, I want to get this so bad, loved it in theatres. But they don't have the "directors cut" versions on this, I still haven't seen longer versions....Damn you Weinsteins, do I have to wait for a 10YR SE Blu now

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    Just as the high thought is funny, but my argument was that it was uninteNtionally so. That part where the wife walks in, is only topped later when he walks back into the apt, and they play it like a tense relationship conflict. The entire audience was cracking up. It was a good time, but not by the intentions of the filmmakers! Rather by their failing.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Speaking of THE MISSION...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...I recently watched that film for the first time in many, many years. And I have to say, I was bitterly disappointed. While the scenery of the film still looks impressive, the rest of it is predictable and, frankly, quite weak (plot and dialog).<P>In fact, I think THE MISSION contains one of Robert DeNiro's worst performances as an actor. At times, he's laughably bad and that was really surprising considering the movie's cred over the years.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Photo of Harry You've Got to See to Believe

    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Also Indicative of Where AICN is Headed

    by Virginia_Woolf


  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    MONSTER week of releases!

    by Logan_1973

    seriously...MOHICANS, BLAIRE WITCH, BEAUTY/BEAST, EXORCIST, MAD MAD...goddamn I may be broke after this week.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    My literary compadre is a wee bit humorless.

    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Blair Witch on Blu-Ray?? WHY?!?

    by darthderp

    Look, not every movie should get the high-def treatment, and this one, as much as I dug it when it came out, is one of them. It was filmed on videotape and 16mm film; putting this on blu-ray is like putting a thousand dollar sound system in a 30-year old rustbucket car -- IT DON'T FIT!!!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    HARRY-You need to read "The Sons of Liberty"

    by ChezKing

    For seriously awesome Revolutionary war superheroes! It's a very cool graphic novel series. I love Last of the Mohicans too. I'm a big fan of period movies.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by BeatsMe

    is not good. And not in a good, not-good way. Like bad, bad syfy level stuff with slightly better budget. Shame on AICN for falling for this crap.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Tighten up, now. It reflects poorly when you misspell words whilst trying to "pwn" lesser Talkbackers.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    The crooked Karate Kid remake was garbage

    by The Krypton Kid

    Terrible, forced acting, awkward, forced acting, and no chemistry between the kid and mentor are just a few of the many reasons why it is not worthy of the sacred Karate Kid name. Oh, and the biggest reason: There's no Karate in the movie. It's called The Karate Kid to cash in on the iconic name value. Will Smith is a crooked snake who misrepresented the Karate Kid name to sell his son as a movie star! Crooks!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Well, I only re-tooled ONE Hall & Oates song...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...and I'm pretty sure I only posted it once or twice. And I'm also pretty sure it wasn't done for the reasons you have so foolishly implied.<P>Besides, the CTHULHU DANCE negates any so-called "lameness"...and I never post drunk.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Harry, that's a load of crap! Show some respect!

    by The Krypton Kid

    "...the cook from Happy Days." That "cook" happens to be Noriuki "Pat" Morita, who gave us Mr. Miyagi, one of the most iconic and beloved characters of modern film. Oh, and the late, great Mr. Morita was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Mr. Miyagi. [p] [p] So try to show due respect and not get so carried away when sucking up to the crooks at Sony, the crooked Smith family, and a truly crooked misrepresentation of the Karate Kid name.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Harry, that's a load of crap! Show some respect!

    by The Krypton Kid

    "...the cook from Happy Days." That "cook" happens to be Noriuki "Pat" Morita, who gave us Mr. Miyagi, one of the most iconic and beloved characters of modern film. Oh, and the late, great Mr. Morita was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Mr. Miyagi. [/p] [/p] So try to show due respect and not get so carried away when sucking up to the crooks at Sony, the crooked Smith family, and a truly crooked misrepresentation of the Karate Kid name.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Don't ask Harry about picture quality, he doesn't know shit

    by MattmanReturns

    Go to or thedigitalbits if you really want to know. Harry's the asshole who praised the Excalibur and Predator transfers, two of the most ridiculed HD transfers in the industry.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Harry you might have LOST IT

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    *You didn't see Human Centipede even though it played at South Lamar for a MONTH??? Also, please tell me you are kidding that Herzog's Bad Lieutenant is the better of the 2???!? yikes

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, Natali never once directly rips?

    by DrRumpledink

    While I agree it's a great movie, it rips a lot of things straight from Cronenberg's FLY remake. Do you not think so? Even had the same ending I thought.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by Vern

    Sorry for slow response. I never really agreed with the conventional wisdom that the Weinsteins did a bad job marketing Grindhouse. Maybe they released it at a bad time, but the advertising was fine. People just didn't want to see it. I don't care, I got to see the movie, it's just unfortunate that it didn't put the Weinsteins out of business.<p> I happen to like it, mostly for Death Proof, but I prefer the shorter version and wanted the trailers and everything.<p> STUNTCOCK: ah, the plot thickens. Thanks for the tip.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST


    by Vern

    Have you actually seen THE BAD LIEUTENANT PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS? It's fucking spectacular, maybe my favorite movie of last year. I really like the Ferrara version with Keitel waddling around naked doing Chewbacca noises and calling Jesus a "rat fuck" to his face, but to me the Herzog (remake? sequel? namealike?) has alot more to offer. It's funny and weird and in the end I think it's poetically beautiful in the way this bastard does everything wrong and gets nothing but rewarded and it tortures him. And Nic Cage is so good it makes up for six National Treasures and twelve Ghost Riders.<p> More power to you if you saw it and don't like it but I'm wondering if you really saw it because if you did even if it wasn't your bag of tea it seems weird that you would find it so outrageous for Harry to like it better than the original. Of course that's completely legitimate and a commonly held opinion by many intelligent people, mostly me.<p>

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Half of those movies listed here SUCK ASS

    by The_Ritty

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Vern yo taste is in your ass..

    by quantize

    you're not talking about any Bad Lieutenant Port Of Calls I or anyone I know has seen...the genius is all imagined on your behalf. <p> The bleakness is the Ferrara version is utterly unbeatable...the Herzog version feels like a poor pulp cousin.

  • comedy..

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST

    It's ironic what the Weinsteins did to Grindhouse in the UK

    by THAT__SAID

    They thought splitting the movie and charging full price for both would go some way to recoup the loss they made in the US when actually most people decided to just boycott it and wait for the DVD. <p> Of course, then they decided to wipe even more shit in our face by keeping them separate on DVD too. But with the amount of double-dipping studios seem to do these days with DVD's I was convinced it would only be a matter of time before we'd eventually get a 'Grindhouse: Ultimate Edition' or whatever version. Now over three years later it's coming but only on Blu-Ray? WTF? <p> It's ridiculous the Weinsteins have managed to so completely ruin something that, at one point in time I was actually looking forward to and now probably will never see purely on principle, besides I've seen all the fake trailers on YouTube and by all accounts they're the best part anyway.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    well shit, quantize

    by Vern

    I coulda sworn... I mean, it was so vivid. Are you-- are you sure I imagined it? I'll take your word for it. <p> Or actually, would you consider explaining intelligently and without being a condescending prick what you dislike about Port of Call so much that my explanation of what I love about it is not valid? And we could try to convince each other of our points of view or disagree but with respect for each other because we both communicated our passion for the movies in question and made some good points worth considering?<p> Well, okay, that would never fucking happen, so yes, you are right, and I hope you'll forgive me some day, and I feel like I owe you big time for contributing so greatly to my life with what on the surface seems like some guy being a dickhead to me for no reason but when you look under the surface it's something so much greater, so much more profound, that it cannot even be described using human language.<p> You have changed me, quantize. We have become one. Forever your brother, Vern. I love you.<p> p.s. I am not being sarcastic

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    A question for Vern:

    by Rocco Curioso

    So, what's your take on a possible 5th Die Hard movie? (mentioned here 2-3 days back). As your most recent book (a complete pleasure to read and reread, btw) explored the 2nd and 4th Die Hard movies (and the source novel) quite thoroughly, I'm guessing you have a strong opinion about a would-be DH #5. Please enlighten us if you would. Thanks.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Vern's published a book? <p>Author/title/isdn?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    *Two* books, Cobra--Kai:

    by Rocco Curioso

    "Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal", and "Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics".<P>Both available at for $10.17 each, and required reading for any serious movie geek.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Grindhouse grinds me


    When I see Rose McGowan with her machine gun leg, THE CHOPPAH rises to the occasion....she reminds me of one of my wives, who was missing a leg and 3 fingers and part of her left ear, but damn that woman gave good head.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Blair witch


    Is suckage personified, THE CHOPPAH has a copy of that movie that is piss on regularly. Such an atrocity should have never been comitted to film.<P>As Asimov might say...fuck that movie up it's fucking ass!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    DEATH PROOF's second chance

    by Spandau Belly

    Man, I've had this movie on my list of films I need to give a second chance for awhile. Yet even now, when DEATH PROOF is once again paired with some really good joke trailers and PLANET TERROR, a movie I really enjoy, I still kinda cringe at the idea of sitting through it agin.<br><br>I'm willing to accept that at the time it felt worse than it was because it's slow and it came after the faster-paced and more jokey PLANET TERROR and all those funny joke trailers. But I also kinda reflect on my general lukewarmness for Tarantino's work other than JACKIE BROWN.<br><br>It's kinda weird, I've seen the KILL BILL movies a couple times and each time something new annoys me, yet each time I've kinda accepted and maybe even liked something I found annoying in the previous viewing. I hope he does make the third one because I think it would be really silly in a way I would enjoy.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Yep Cobra Kai, Vern wrote 2 books

    by orcus

    Orcus read Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer first and it was funny as hell. Some of the passages were from this site like the like "Die Flaccid" part and expanded upon. Orcus is reading the second one now and somehow it's not grabbing Orcus by the stinky wigglies, but Orcus just started it then.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But great post!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    William Peter Blatty

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Google "Cemetery Dance Books." They're doing a limited run of signed Exorcist / Legion hardbounds. And be sure to check out the films "Ninth Configuration" and "Exorcist III." "Ninth" is a truer sequel to "Exorcist" than "Exorcist II: Heretic" was, and with which Blatty had nothing to do with.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Blair Witch on Blu-Ray? It wasn't shot in high def!

    by ricarleite2

    Unless they had a fucking Cannon HD handheld camera back in 1999.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by ricarleite2

    "Heart of Love" was canned when Don Knotts died. They are probably now working as producers/cinematographers and shit on Hollywood limbo.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Kneel to Blatty

    by Abominable Snowcone

    read Dimiter and Elsewhere. Read anything by him. It's all about crises of faith. That's what the exorcist saga is really about: faith and lack thereof. The context (possession of a girl) just happens to be kinda scary. Jason Miller was spot-on as Karras. He also appears in "Exorcist III" and "Ninth Configuration" (which also stars Blatty himself, Stacy Keatch, and Ed Flanders

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    "Do they know that DVD is still the format most people use?" Yeah I gotta agree with the producers of grindhouse on this one. Fuck those people!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Spandu belly: I've never felt anything but pure film

    by UltraTron

    nirvana from kill bill 1&2. In fact I think the funnest movie I ever saw in the theater is kill bill 1&2(one whole movie actually). I weep for those without a perfect 70s kung-fu upbringing. It must be hard to comprehend and fully enjoy Tarintino without one

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST



    WTF were they thinking? It totally gives away the crappy unrealistic plot twist at the end.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Rocco Curioso

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you the resident TBer who's got a thang (I hesitate to call it a crush) about Zooey Deshanel? I only mention this because I finally broke down, rented and watched "500 Days Of Summer" last night. Good movie (the jumbled chronology was actually a better idea than a linear construct, IMO). What kinda spooked me was how casually Zooey donned the role of an essentially heartless fantasy dreamgirl-nextdoor who toys with JG Levitt like he's a well-intentioned marionette (which he is, in this instance, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have cut whitebread homey some slack). Reminded me (albeit this example is far advanced on the 1-10 Bitch Scale) of Linda Fiorentino's performance in "The Last Seduction": the disconcerting sense that she wasn't acting at all, but just... showed up, read the lines, and let her own real-life persona do the rest. UGH!--- too close to the mark. Better perhaps that you aim that divining rod boner (all guys have one) in a different direction. Just a suggestion.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Have to check out Splice...

    by eustisclay

    ...kinda looks like a combination of Species and Embryo(a cheesy mid 70s horror flick with Rock Hudson as a scientist who creates this, well, embryo, which grows up into Barbera Carrera and he fucks her, it's a little twisted). Speaking of Embryo, Rock Huson gets slammed sometimes, but I can't think of too many mainstream stars who would do as much really risky films. Besides playing the perv in Embryo, he was an old man who exchanged his body and life for a new chance as a younger man. Rock at one point winds up in a semi orgy in a grape stomping barrel(the uncut dvd features some 1965 era full frontal nudity), plus he was a school counselor/high school football coach who keewps having sex with his teenage students and killing them in Pretty Maids All In A Row(featuring a theme song by The Osmonds!). As if that's not bad enough, he turns the affections a pretty teacher (Angie Dickenson) has for him around and gets her to sleep with another student who hasn't had any success with girls his own age.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Spandau Belly

    Are you are saying I don't understand Tarantino because I say that most of his movies don't do big things for me?<br><br>I would argue that I did understand KILL BILL and what he was trying to do with it and could spot lots of the stuff he was directly lifting from other (mostly inferior) movies. There's just a lot of moments in that make me cringe. I think he wrote an incredibly demanding role for Uma Thurman, who I noramlly don't find very charismatic or talented, but she did a lot better than I would've expected. I thought she was actually really good during the more vulnerable moments. I really like when she and Bill talk on the steps outside the church and she's trying to appeal to his soft side for mercy. But half the time her delivery of toughchick moments were incredibly annoying to me, I was kinda rooting for Lucy Liu when I don't think I was supposed to be.<br><br>I don't dislike those movies, I'm just kinda lukewarm on them. Like I said, I hope he does the third one because the idea of Uma trying to be a mother while fighting armless translators and blind Darryl Hannah sounds more like the level of overthetop silliness I want from a movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Snowball, Exorcist 3 is seriously underrated


    Both George C. Scott and Brad Dourif are outstanding in this Blatty directed thriller.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST



    with Beaks and Herc attached to your fat ass? That would be fukking hilarious. Feel free to use THE_CHOPPAH'S most excellent idea. YOU'RE WELCOME!!!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Spandau Belly....

    by darthderp

    If Tarantino does make Kill Bill 3, while Darryl Hannah's character going for revenge would have possibilities, QT himself has mentioned (and forgive me but I forget where) he'd focus on Copperhead's (Vivica Fox) daughter going for revenge many years later; remember that she saw her mother's murder, even though Beatrix didn't intend it.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That's me alright. I'm the Zooey guy. Yeah, I know what you're saying. I think on the surface it seems like she was playing Tom in a cruel way. But remember that one scene where after he had that fight in the bar and he left her apartment ... then she shows up at his? That was proof that she cared about him, and was willing to try. I'm not going to make excuses though. I think Summer is flakey and Tom deserved better. But the point is that she was his catalyst to change and pursue a long discarded passion, and in the end it worked out because he met Autumn. <P> And naw, Zooey's a sweetheart in real life. I'm positive about that. She and JGL were friends, and did a movie together before (Manic - VERY different from this movie) so if their chemistry was strong, it was because it was real and Webb took advantage of that.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Vern

    Well obviously I'd love to see a good Die Hard 5. I'm not sure it's gonna happen so fast. Part 4 took forever. I have no faith in Skip Woods, who they last said was writing the thing. (He's the guy who wrote Swordfish.) My guess is if they make one it'll take a couple more years. They oughta wait for McTiernan anyway.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck Die Hard 5...

    by eustisclay

    ...why bother. What we need is The Last Boy Scout 2. Get Shane Black back, wake up Joe from his drunken stupor, tell him his foul mothed daughter is missing and stand back.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck Summer.

    by HoboCode

    I was willing to give that whore the benefit of the doubt until she showed up at the end, at HIS spot, after she married another dude, almost immediately, as he was tryign to heal, to fucking dick him around again. FUCK. YOU.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Lossless audio of the score for The Mission

    by Anything But Tangerines

    reason #1 to buy this Blu-Ray

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2 p.m. CST



    LIKE HE NEEDS A HOLE IN HIS HEAD. Wait, I've already got 5 holes in my head!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Word is that the writer of (500) Days was inspired by his own Summer. Methinks the line, "I just woke up one day and I knew ....... what I was never sure of with you." was most likely said to him. I agree, that was a gut punch.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    didnt skip woods direct THURSDAY?<P>great fucking film!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by cesareo

    "Now this is the best Horror film ever made. I honestly don’t believe that can really be argued. My favorite happens to be CURSE OF THE DEMON… and in color it is kind of a 6 way tie between AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE THING, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE OMEN and THE EXORCIST… "

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by cesareo

    "Now this is the best Horror film ever made. I honestly don’t believe that can really be argued. My favorite happens to be CURSE OF THE DEMON… and in color it is kind of a 6 way tie between AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE THING, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE OMEN and THE EXORCIST… "

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    night of the living dead....MEH

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ....I'll give it credit for being innovative and an important part of horror film history, but that doesn't make it a good movie much less the greatest horror film of all time. many of the actors are amateur at best or just flat out annoying, the pacing is off and honestly it's very boring at times.<P> It does have some great scares though and some iconic moments.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    So is Grindhouse coming out on DVD or what?

    by Nice Marmot

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST



    I refuse to pay for Tarantino's and Rodriquez's whores and cocaine, let alone the Wienstein's.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    grindhouse on dvd????????????

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    whats the point - blu-ray is the wave of the future.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    where's grindhouse on audio cassete...

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ....narrated by Paulie Shore?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Bad Lieutenant New Orleans most underrated movie of last year

    by MattmanReturns

    Agree with Vern.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Where's Grindhouse on TV?

    by THAT__SAID

    We still watch television right?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    BIG MAN Vern

    by quantize

    small brain.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    You're right, quantize

    by Vern

    It takes a big man to admit he was wrong, and I was indeed wrong to have a different opinion from yours on Bad Lieutenant. And I really want to reiterate how much I admire and respect you and always will.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by Happy Killmore

    That's listed at the top. What the hell is that?!?!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Ass to mouth....ass to mouth.....

    by odo19

    unless you were kidding, in which case never mind.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    I agree, MisterManReturns

    by Rocco Curioso

    People like to rag on "The Blair Witch Project" now, but it tapped into a base sense of fear very persuasively: alone at night, in the woods, defenseless, with the Boogeyman (in this case, the witch) lurking about somewhere, with daylight as the only temporary) salvation for those three kids. I remember it like it was yesterday: in a packed theatre, late Sunday night on the weekend it went wide, and from start to finish you could hear a pin drop. Those people (myself included) were riveted, simply by giving themselves over to their respective imaginations. Simple cause, ominous effect.<P>My only complaint with TBWP was at the end. "Paranormal Activity" got it right with that brief, final moneyshot of Katie Featherston, demonized and glaring right into the camera. A quick, closing glimpse of the Blair Witch herself, even in silhouette, would've been the icing on that particular cake. Alas, it didn't happen. Great movie just the same.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    both Bad Lieutenant films are pretty good


    The Nic Cage version could have been spectacular with a better story. I agree with the critics that thought that the plot could have been much better. Even with all the awesomeness on the screen I was somewhat bored at times. I guess it was much better than it should have been with that mediocre script.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST



    is that a true story? sounds like a fucking Rob Zombie movie haha.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by Jonatwork

    Mohicans is a wonderous film, but it sure ain't the book. I love what Mann did with it, but the characters and situations are altered, and the movie is inspired by the (also altered) earlier movie--it's more a remake of an earlier, unfaithful version. It also eliminates the racism that reeks out of the original books. (Also, the Mohicans/Mohegans are still around, so there wasn't a "last" in the reality the novel is based on.) Great photography, music, and that impossibly romantic moment when Madelaine Stowe asks Day-Lewis what he's looking at. She's never been so stunning. I believe The Mission won the cinematography award for that opening scene--the rest is just fine to look at but it's a real bore of a movie, with lots of yak-yak about sin and the power of prayer vs. the sword. One of the most boring couple of days I ever spent in a movie theater. On the plus side, there's a great cue by Morricone that gets missed, a piece for guitar, that's solemn and very beautiful.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    he human centipede is just a cheap gimmick

    by alienindisguise

    it can hardly be classified as a movie. it belongs in the same category as the Faces of Death "movies"

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Death Proof Gag reel & deleted scene

    by ScottLott

    I can't find it on the BluRay menu? Where is it?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    If Blu is the wave of the future why is EVERYTHING else still being released on DVD as well? Funny how something made to look like drive-in trash from the 70s would only be available on Blu.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    BLU is the wave of the future...

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    for now - it's the highest standard possible & it's as affordable as DVD's once you have a player. so why bother buying the inferior version? For grind house it's important to see those dust and scratches in full 1080P. <P> only the uncool kids still buy dvds

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    So much good horror this week...

    by Kammich

    ...unfortunately, the NMOES remake doesn't deserve to be mentioned with any of it. The last two remakes of Craven material--Aja's "Hills" and Iliadis' "Last House"--were brutal, faithful and refreshing additions to the horror genre, so I was kind of excited for NMOES. But ultimately, I just didn't care for it. Its obvious that Craven had nothing to do with this remake, which sheds most of the original's better concepts and set pieces in favor of bullshit like "micronaps" and the undercooked child rape subplot. There is absolutely nothing new in the way of dream imagery, and if you're going to revisit something we've all seen before(like the "wall ghost" effect), how the hell can you manage to make it look worse than it did in The Frighteners a decade and a half ago? I love Jackie Earle Haley, but why cast him if you're going to triple-track and distort his voice beyond recognition? The burn make-up is more "realistic" and technically complex, but the design itself sucks... the lips are really awkward and stunt JEH's line delivery, and the nose and eyes are oddly kitten-like. And they wasted Clancy Brown, dammit! Overall, NMOES follows their Friday the 13th as another whiff by Platinum Dunes on remaking a classic franchise.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    But yeah, other than NMOES...

    by Kammich

    This is a great week for horror. "The Exorcist" hasn't aged a day and remains one of the finest horror films ever made. "Hard Candy" is one of the more underrated horror gems out there, a movie that takes a conventional thriller narrative and completely turns it on its head. Two amazing performances, too. "High Tension" is one of the best slashers of the decade, without question. Too many people discredit because of the (admittedly unneeded) twist ending, but come on... its got incredible gore, an awesome and ambiguous killer, and a score featuring "Origin of Symmetry"-era Muse... whats not to love? And finally, "Splice" was fucking AWESOME. Every time you think the filmmakers are going to yield, they take it to the next fucked up, morally depraved level. I definitely see the Cronenberg comparisons, but I think its more like Cronenberg with a little bit of Gasper Noe thrown in. Hats off to Vincenzo Natali for having balls and making such an awesome sci-fi flick.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    80 Days

    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    A2M? I prefer A2A myself...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Creative enough for you, Faulkner?

    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

    Or should I call you "Beaks."

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Ass to Murph

    by Shpadoinkle

    They're killing me to bits Murphy! "Blow it out me."

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    79 Days

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    You know,'re a really unpleasant person: humorless, judgmental, self-righteous, and boring. Moreover, you're clearly a control freak which only serves to make you all the more tedious.<BR><BR>And when you struck down Kobe last week with your "you hate your father" routine, I think you must have been projecting (in which case your father must be the fucking Great Santini). In any case, what a sad, lonely life you must lead to feel compelled to appoint yourself AICN police chief. <BR><BR>And before you accuse me of spending all my time on AICN, please think again. I really spend incredibly little time here (a few minutes a day)....especially now that you've taken over the site.<BR><BR>Do you not realize that much of the discord on this site would become harmless if you stopped abusing your banning privileges? Just ignore me and users like me for fuck's sake. This power trip you're on is pathetic. Just let me have my countdown. That's all I'm here for right now.<BR><BR>Oh, one more thing. Before you ban me for the (what?) sixth time or so, you might want to consider how craven it is to punctuate your posts with banning. Accuse me of hypocrisy all you like, but you're the *AICN mod* hiding behind a sock puppet. I'm just a countdown sock puppet. But you're a sock puppet that doesn't even have the balls to come out of hiding because you're afraid to do so will damage your already dismal reputation even further. <BR><BR>In short, chill the fuck out Beaks. You're way too serious about all this.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Oooh. Stepped on a corn, Beaks?

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    And your (over)use...of annoying.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Kirby-Thundarr connection?

    by filmfanatic1

    I don't get the connection between Jack Kirby and Thundarr. Did he influence Steve Gerber? Kirby's name isn't in the credits anywhere.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    And Faulkner (aka Faceless Mod aka Beak)...

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    All the evidence is stacked against your assertion that you're "just another talkbacker..."<BR><BR>1. Your username was "born" the day the D.Vader fiasco began. I appeared similarly, but I've never denied being a sock puppet. *You* have--repeatedly.<BR><BR>2. You had in-depth knowledge of who was banned on AICN in the past and why. For example, BRINGING SEXY BACK was banned in the past, and you knew about it--specifically. BSB couldn't understand why or how you know since he'd never told anyone about it. In retrospect, it's fairly evident why you knew it and why you knew all the details.<BR><BR>3. Some days ago in this very thread, you attacked me and we went back and forth. You posted a few messages in a row--the last one with no text in the body and the simple subject line "*munch." Coincidentally, it was at that very *minute* that the username I was using was banned.<BR><BR><BR>So.... either you're an AICN mod or there's a slight chance you're merely good buddies with one. Denial of either of these scenarios is ludicrous.<BR><BR>But you're in a conundrum, good buddy. Every other time I've gotten into it with you, I've been immediately banned. But if you ban me *this* time it'll be further damning evidence of your AICN MODhood. Sadly for you, NOT banning me at this point also constitutes further damning evidence of your AICN MODhood.<BR><BR>I would suggest you give up and ignore me. You're not fooling anyone anymore, and I never was trying to fool anyone. After all, we're essentially two ventriloquist dummies having an argument. You're armchair-psychologist bit is not riling me in the least (and--in fact--is rather fascinating since it's clear you're at least in part describing yourself).<BR><BR>So, by all means, keep it up if you'd like. Or just let me get on with my countdown (which I'll conduct whether you continue to have me banned or not), and I'll begin the long, pleasurable and permanent vacation far away from dealing with your pathetic, cowardly, self-righteous and tedious ass ever again.<BR><BR>Ta ta!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Haute Tension always brings me out! Spoilers

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Loved the twist! To the dipshit who said the cover gives it away: I saw that cover and I thought the girl was going to do some serious harm to the bad guy. I loved it because it seemed like every other slasher movie in the beginning - so much that I was actually getting bored with it - UNTIL the twist and then I was thinking, Right on! The director got me! I am convinced those of you who hate this film knew the twist going into it - and I can see that being a distraction to a certain extent. Even so, you have to admit it turned out not to be your average main stream slasher flick. BRAVO AJA!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Oh, and both Bad Lt,'s were fucking awesome, but

    by LaneMyersClassic

    the first one with Keitel and the Schooly D soundtrack was a phenomenal theater experience. You can still get a VHS tape of it on ebay - maybe even a bootleg dvd.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by savagedave

    I'd be more inclined to take your cod-pyschology seriously had I not seen you take the time to post snide comments over on The Choppah's blog. Quite aside from it simply looking somewhat pathetic, the futility of trolling a blog ran by a troll is quite breathtaking.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    You were so busted, Faulkner

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet


  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Who's being a bitch crying "Victim"?

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    Oh... It's just the mod behind the puppet.<BR><br>Classic.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Cue Violins

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    Reminds me of GW Bush complaining about all the "hard work" he was doing...<BR><BR>For someone so into personal responsibility, Billy boy, you certainly are a whiner.<BR><BR>Take a cue from Harry:<BR><BR>"Be a man."

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    And it's been 10 days, not "the last few weeks..."

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    Not so smart when you're cornered and angry, are you bub?

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    You really don't know when you're beaten, do you?

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    Let's review:<BR><BR>1. Your username showed up the DAY the D.Vader fiasco began. You did not exist on AICN in that form before that time, yet you have intimate knowledge of the goings-on here.<BR><BR>2. You knew private information about BSB's former banning that no one but BSB (and, of course, AICN moderators) was privy to.<BR><BR>3. Every time you've engaged with me (but this time for obvious reason), my username has been banned during the "conversation."<BR><BR><BR>Now why should anyone not believe you're a mod with a sock?<BR><BR>Please refute the facts above item by item, and I'll be glad to eat crow.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    cg yoda


    well, whenever I see people bitch about the cg yoda I always assumed they were mainly harping on him to complain about cg vs. traditional effects. But the points brought up are surely valid. But the problem wasn't the effect, per say, it was more the direction of his personality and the script and so on. He does look too angry. The animators could have easily modified his facial features. Lucas could have hired real writers. All sorts of shit could have been done to more closely match the origional look and personality of the original yoda. So when I say that CG yoda is better, I'm really just saying that technically his face looks way more realistic so it's a far superior effect. And obviously the use of CG frees up Yoda's movement and shot composition restraints presented by a puppet.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    and who the fuck is this William_Fuckface dude


    and why should we care.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST



    I always liked Ring Lardner better. <br><br><br><br><br><br>CHOPPED.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by savagedave

    No I'm not training for a marathon at the moment, although I did complete one last year. And yes, I still found time to post on AICN from time to time whilst I did it. Right now I'm training for something else entirely<p>And also, you're saying that this comment was not left by you?<p>

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST



    I'm actually Mr. Beaks.<p>And Faulkner is actually Michael Cera, a good friend of mine. He's also a friend of this site, so fuck off and leave him alone. As you can see, he's very sensitive..<p>Faithfully submitted,<br><br><br>Mr. CHOPPAH

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I've been training, too, savage and Faulkner.


    For a lumberjack competition.<p>Only, I'm not choppin' wood for practice. Rather, as you can see, I'm choppin' asses.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Award time for Harold!!!!

    by Sal_Bando

    From all of us over at Werewolves on the Moon--- The Second Chin of Murphy for Cunt of the Year * Producers * Harry Knowles Step right up Knowles, you fat fucking dickhead. Pulling a whopping 86% of the vote, you are clearly a massive, massive cunt. There are so many individual instances of cuntishness, such as, say, your Blade 2 review, but what’s won you this one is the ridiculous, obnoxious, slavering praise you gave to that foul tripe A Serbian Film. You are a disgusting fucking creep and are now almost beyond satire. Yes indeedie Harold, yer a winner Going Away. Just thought you'd wanna know.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Ok, William. Let's see...

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    You are expecting everyone to believe that:<BR><BR>a) you just HAPPENED to get banned on the same day that D.Vader was banned (what did you get banned for and when?);<BR><BR>b) you had (an easily verifiable) conversation with BSB about the banning you ostensibly received after a confrontation with Moriarty in which BSB admitted he was banned once; and <BR><BR>c) you just HAPPENED to be engaged in "conversation" with me on AICN at the exact moment I was banned MULTIPLE TIMES (and once after you posted simply "*munch").<BR><BR>Look, I'm a reasonable guy. I really am. I'd like to believe that you're just a "Coughlin's Law" kind of myopic shithead with a perpetual chip on your shoulder but with no real mod AICN power. Assholes of your kind are mercifully rare but certainly do exist.<BR><BR>But I just don't buy your story. And if you'll stop hyperventilating and just think about it carefully for a few minutes considering all of the above points, I think you'll agree that your story (i.e., that you are in fact *not* an AICN mod posing as a TBer) is completely implausible.<BR><BR>And the fact is: I haven't been banned again today after all of these posts (by far the most I've written since D-Day last week). And you can see why I would think that's strange considering that every time you've said boo at me previously, I've been (coincidentally?) banned. And you can see why me getting banned right now would be terribly suspicious and would reflect badly on you.<BR><BR>You know, if by some incredibly laughable chance you are NOT an AICN mod, then I'd have to say they are setting you up/fucking with us (at least by the curiously timed bannings).<BR><BR>But, whether you're a mod or not, the fact remains: you are a self-righteous, humorless, and tedious dickhead. You're intelligent enough, but you're clearly insecure and have a crippling persecution complex. I hope for the sake of your loved ones that your cyber-personality is largely feigned.<BR><BR>And get this through your thick skull, chuckles -- I'm not stalking you. In fact, I don't give two shits about you. The only reason why I mocked your user name in the first place was because it seemed apparent to me (and some others) that you were an AICN mod sock puppet and because you kept popping up out of nowhere to hound me multiple times after I posted my countdown. You were the only one to do so in any serious way. <BR><BR>Rest assured, whoever you are, I am not interested in stalking you or anyone else. You're simply not interesting: just another dull blowhard who wants to feel important somewhere in some capacity.<BR><BR>If you want to bother proving to me or convincing me that you're not an AICN mod, I'll even give you a sincere apology, asshole though you are.<BR><BR>God, you know for your sake, I really hope you are an AICN mod. At least an AICN mod would have a logical reason for using a sock puppet to argue their case. I really hope you are. Because if by some small chance you aren't, you're clearly three times the pathetic shithead I think you are.<BR><BR>Enough.<BR><BR>What's say we call a mutual "ignore" truce? I'll ignore you, and you'll ignore me. I can continue my countdown, and you can continue doing whatever you do when you're not complaining about me.<BR><BR>How does that sound?

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Exorcist III and Ninth Configuration on Blu PLEASE!

    by picardsucks

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    And if you'll agree to ignore me...

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    I'll change my username voluntarily.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by Toonol

    I've never seen anybody banned from AICN that I wasn't glad to see banned.<p> This thread reinforces that. Why stick around if it's obvious nobody wants you here, guys?

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Heh. You're easily rankled, Faulkner...

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

    So strange to be getting into it with someone using my all-time favorite fiction writer's name.<BR><BR>Ah, well. I tried the reasonable approach. I'll continue my countdown, you'll continue your MOD-esque obsession (whether you're a MOD or not) to thwart me, and we'll get through this time together somehow...<BR><BR>Just you and me, pal.<BR><BR>Good times...<BR><BR>Night night, buddy.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    I know one thing for certain.


    THE_CHOPPAH's getting laid tonight.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    don't you guys have e-mail, or something?

    by Kammich

    take your People's Court bullshit elsewhere, some of us actually want to talk about movies. christ.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST



    Rhymes with sammich.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    I did talk about movies. 4 or 5 of the ones that are featured in this column. and when I returned to this TB to see if anyone was further discussing said movies, I got bombarded by 86 fucking posts of you two bantering about stuff that no one else is a part of. I have nothing against either of you(don't know you from Adam, honestly), but come on. take it somewhere else.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST



    What's your favorite romantic comedy? Mine's Salo.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Kammich: We talkin' movies, or what?


  • Oct. 10, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I know why Faulkner isn't Beaks.


    Faulkner never would have sold out to Hollywood. <p>Oh wait. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>CHOPPED ... ?

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    "but why don't you cut and paste"

    by savagedave

    Sure<p>"William_Faulkner says: October 3, 2010 at 3:50 am<p>Do you really think it’s in good taste to go into an obituary TB and derail the talkback to discuss why CHOPPAH and RPLocke have been banned?<p>CHOPPAH was banned because he was being a dick in an obituary TB. I saw it. I don’t know what RPLocke was doing, but I imagine it was the same. Vader should have known when to pick his battles, but going into an obituary to start up about CHOPPAH and Locke…he picked a lost cause at the wrong moment…and he got banned…and he was lucky enough to have been given a warning, even if he didn’t take heed to read it.<p>I’m not a mod, just an observer."<p>So not only has he stolen your name, he's also stolen your opinion and fondness for ellipses! What a villain!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    The only difference in THE EXORCIST DC blu-ray

    by hegele

    they axe one or two of the more obvious "subliminal images" that were in the 2000 version you've never seen. Not to worry though, the original, superior Theatrical Version in on the blu-ray, and the transfer is just as good

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Thank the devil for that!

    by ufoclub1977

    For the original Exorcist being on there!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Teenagers/sequel ruined the Blair Witch

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    The Blair Witch Project was phenomenal...the problem was that the sequel was lousy (or at least not nearly as good as the original) and all the stupid teenagers that saw and it were - all like, "oh my god its sooooo scary like totally!"...they ruined it for everyone.<BR><BR>The same thing happened with Napoleon Dynamite. It was great when it was unknown, but once stupid college kids found out and started wearing "vote for pedro" shirts and saying "your mom goes to college" I could no longer confess to loving the movie. Id rather love something that total morons have never heard of.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Fucking pencil lines in my animation cells.

    by UltraTron

    I'm so fucking sick of pencil lines and badly inked cells. Fucking stop motion is so jerky I can't stand it compared to Lon Chaney's make-up. Goddamn bluescreen matte edges invented for this fucking Ben Hur movie are ripping me right out of it. i hope they kill someone in is movie to make up for it. Fucking forced perspective matte paintings look like some child scrawled them in finger-paint... Retro Criticism. Oh yeah digital has been around since around 71 with that digital sequence in futureworld. You'd read this site and think it was something just invented that was still shocking the natives

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST



    Where THE CHOPPAH goes, drama -- and Hell -- follow.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST



    Culling the weak and stupid, eh? That's some good CHOPpin'.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Internet eugenics.



  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    It's about time someone cleaned out these Talkbacks.


    Too much damned talking going on.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    what people think the choppah is funny?

    by ieatgarbage

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    You are what you eat.


  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    78 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST



    There's always been a vocal segment of people that disliked Blair Witch. The movie just didn't work for them, or the shaky cam made them nauseous. When a movie is hyped that much there's going to be a back-lash from the people that are disappointed. I liked the movie a lot, I thought it was scary. There were a few memorable scenes that I thought worked very well. I left the theater feeling kind of freaked out.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Oh man! My favorite part of this talkback was when William Faulkner fucking OWNED the SHIT out of that conspiracy theory raving stalker fuck. <P> Fucking GOLD man. <P> Pure gold... lol

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Also... mistermanreturns and savagedave...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    can go suck a FAT KNOB. <P> Can't STAND those 2 douchey assholes... Good work Will, keep it up! <P> ;-)

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    a TELEMARKETER sighting! My day is complete ;-) <P> (that's for you "STICKYWHITEJIZZ") <P> Seriously though, they should pass a fuckin' law that REQUIRES telemarketer to post in every single talkback. The man is a bonefide genius. <P> No hyperbole!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    And a VERN sighting?!?

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    WTF? Wow, i didn't know he still posted here... nice. Vern and Telemarketer posting, is reminding me of the Golden Age of this once great site... <P> And i loved his retort to Quantize. What an immature twit that guy is... lol If i'm not mistaken, that's the guy that shit's on the fantastic and CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED Alien 3, but hails Alien: Resurrection as the 2nd coming... <P> Yup, quality taste right there mr. quantize. I'm sure your take on Bad Lt. can be absolutely trusted... no doubt. <P> Fuckin' moron.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    To quickly recap the rest of this talkback...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Blair Witch = unfairly maligned. <P> Rosemary's Baby = CLASS <P> also... Rosemary's Baby >>>>> The Exorcist. Nice work by WHATSHISFACE calling that flick out on being overrated... <P> Haute Tension was pretty fucking good until the shitty, and completely IMPLAUSIBLE and UNNECESSARY twist ending. Fucking FRANCE... <P> Still haven't seen Human Centipede, but i plan on doing so. Sounds like it's "right up my alley", if you know what i mean...

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    And BrainDrain...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Your name is hilariously ironic! People literally LOSE BRAIN CELLS when they read your posts... <P> FACT.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Honorable mention goes to the talkbacker with the handle...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    "MyGodItsFullOfStars" <P> That brought a smile to my face. Kubrick is a GOD.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    FUCK the Darjeeling Limited. Sorry, but someone had to say it. <P> Fucking Pretentious-Douchey-Hipster-Wankery incarnate, that flick is...

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Dead Flag


    Hey Brother. Where've you been?<BR><BR>I want what you're smoking btw. <BR><BR>Faulkner got WHIPPED in this thread and was reduced to a shivering, whiney 4 year old girl. Guy's a classic case of pompous asshole that can dish it out but falls apart when he gets some in return. Plus it's pretty fuckin clear he's a mod or close to a mod. Either that or Harry and da boys are havin a good time fuckin with him.<BR><BR>Yeah, Faulkner got spanked. HARD. And that shithead deserved it.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    wow AICN is fucking dead!

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    it looks like 1995 up in here

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    my fave part of this site..

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    is when two undercover mod sock puppets post about ye olden wars stories of how great it once was..<P>now look at this place..fucking deserted! it really is sad that the mods have to resort to using fake handles to drum up hit counts when they should be posting news..<P>nothing about MAD MAX..nothing about THE HOBBIT..nothing but them jerking each other off about their glory days.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    this site now remnds me of SUPERMAN 4..

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    a once great franchise cut down by apathy and fattitude and hubristic shoddiness.<P>and a RETURNS like comeback is nowhere near the horizon.<P>i point and laugh at these post nana's retiremnet home websites gets more hits than that!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    AICN post stats--

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    408 posts in the last 24 hours<P>posts per hour: 17<P>1.7 per thread per hour!!<P>HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    the "filth" you keep talking about was the backbone of this place apparently..<P>regardless of what you think of them or their opinions..they kept this place from floundering. yes there were some trolls but for the most part there were a lot of good conversations and talkbacks to be had. off topic, who gives a fuck? obviously going off topic was agood thing here, where post counts would be in the triple digits! now they barely get to fifty! <P>seriously who wants to read a TB that says: THAT LOOKS GOOD<P>then the next post: I AGREE<P>theres no feedback there, nothing! no give and organic flow of a natural conversation and if the mods here actually step away form their computer to understand what it IS ACTUALLY LIKE to talk to another human being, then they would know that flowing from one topic to another is actually ok.<P>and THAT is why D.Vader was banned, not because he defended two posters who got banned.<P>i can see the douchebag BEAKS talking to his boyfriend about dinner and interrupting him when he suggests a film instead..STAY ON TOPIC! BANNED!!!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I have seen the future of Talkbacks.


    And it is nothing but Faulkner and Dead Flag fiddling each other's limp and timid tenders. <p>Oh, and spam ads.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST



    CHOPPED again.<BR><BR>Better brush up on your reading comprehension skills there, fella. Seems pretty clear to me.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST



    Let's go get a taco.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    top99shopping: What's your take on all this?


  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Present Day AICN: THE THING Prequel

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I was laughing my ass off

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    When I read the words "Hobo with a shotgun" and "mainstream". Really?! In your heart of hearts you believe a movie like that will achieve mainstream success? This is why geeks don't make movies. And the reason Grindhouse failed is because the movies were shit. Don't blame the end, it's all about what's on the screen. And what was on the screen was atrocious.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I was being a shitty teenager

    by UncomfortablyInLoveWithHitGirl

    So my mom took me to see The Exorcist. Pretty much scarred for life. Now THAT'S parenting.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    The audacity of Splice is what made me like it

    by Kammich

    There is never much character motivation that drives the characters to do the crazy shit that they do in "Splice," but the mere fact that they DO it, on screen, had me loving that movie. Its actually pretty thinly written; science that I'm sure fails to hold up, the shoehorned "Mommy issues" for Elsa's character, the throwaway brother character for Brody, etc--but the movie prevailed on creature design and cajones, for me. *SPOILERS* I know a lot of people find the now-ballyhooed Brody/Dren sex scene as hilarious, but you have to pay attention to how the film sets it up. Dren is a child, innocent completely in her inception, and ultimately is just a little girl harboring a crush on who she assumes is her daddy. its actually never even implied to be a crush, perhaps its actually just a closer relationship to the one guardian that spends more time away from home and doesn't lash out at her for her bad behavior. as far as mental capacity, she's akin to something like a 2-year-old. The film NEVER makes her in a "Species"-like seductress, which is why it is SO FUCKED UP when the sex scene finally pops up. it is essentially Adrien Brody banging the shit out of his 2-year-old adopted daughter, and justifying it by the fact that he sees some of his wife's DNA in there. and yes, its really lame at the end that Dren just miraculously rises from the ashes as a male with Lex Steele's dick, but, fuck... the part with Dren holding Elsa down: "what do you want?" "INSIDE... YOU." That was fucking awesome. *END SPOILER*

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    sorry for the delayed response to your question, re: romantic comedy... favorite romantic comedy? easy. "Juwanna Mann."

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    77 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I want that MAD MAX blu-ray soooooooooooooo

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: "The wake of D.Vader's banning has definitely helped clean a lot of the filth out of the talkbacks."<P>Hmmm...after some of the jackassery that I've witnessed in here, I'd say that it hasn't nearly cleaned out enough.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    76 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    CHOPPAH = Skyway Moaters?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    When was this deduced?

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Who the FUCK is Skyway Moaters?

    by Dead_Flag_Blues