When does a release become an absolute roadblock to getting anything done? When it is a movie that you love to the core. I love SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD! It isn’t a mild flirtation, it’s full-blown obsessive love. If I could stalk a movie, I’d stalk SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD. Now that I have it at home, I find myself watching it multiple times a day, multiple days a week – and while it plays… I’m useless. I sit there with Teenage Girl crush eyes staring at it – and I get that there’s some of you out there, that just don’t get it. I’m fine with that. Just as you should be fine with the fact that INCEPTION and I never really got past first base. Different movies hit different people in radically different ways, but the one thing that can not be denied is this… The people that LOVE this movie… Saw it upwards of 5-15 times in theaters. Those people are so ecstatic about today, because today – they got to take Edgar Wright’s love letter to a culture of love that dreams in pop culture expressions that can be a sound effect, a certain kind of zoom, the way blows are exchanged – and that absolutely believe that Michael Cera is Bugs Bunny – and everyone else… well can kiss his ass, because Bugs Bunny is going to win… with his wits, an extra life and a flaming sword! And Knives Chau? I married her. I did. That’s Yoko in cinematic terms that are so accurate that both she and I can not fucking believe it. OMG – the extras on this kill me. I love the alternate ending dearly, but prefer the ending on the film, though my heart wishes that Knives… well, you’ll have to see for yourself. This is one of those films that I’ll never stop campaigning for – in the same ways I never stopped campaigning for BIG LEBOWSKI, FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS & SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. These are the movies that I watch a lot of shit to find. And when I find a film like SCOTT PILGRIM that so feels as though it gets me in a way that regular conversation, or simply handing someone a mix tape can’t. I watched the film 7 times in the first 3 days I had this Blu Ray. I’ve watched it 6 times since then. I really hate it isn’t on my iPad, but ya know… I wouldn’t be getting this column done if I had it with me. My very favorite film of 2010. Massive Love & Recommendation! If you didn’t see it in theaters, shame on you. Catch up!
Fucking Brilliant! If you haven’t seen the BBC SHERLOCK starring Benedict Cumberbath as a modern day Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson… I envy you. If you’ve seen all 3 of the season one episodes/features… I hate you, as I’ve only seen the first two. Because that’s what the BBC sent me. And I didn’t get sent the BluRay which I’m sure is just gorgeous, but to give you an idea… I put this on for Yoko, because she love Martin Freeman, and I had my iPod Nano blaring in my ears, but as the opening shots from the first episode began… I turned the music off… stopped work on the DVD column – and was completely mesmerized by everything that followed. This is a thoroughly modern updating of the entire Sherlock Holmes mythology. Set in London of Today. Doing exactly the right things with the characters, with Holmes’ amazing mind & vision. And when you see Martin Freeman’s Watson… I believe you’ll get approximately 2000 times more jazzed to see his Bilbo Baggins. Watching Freeman in this has convinced me beyond any hesitation, that Freeman is brilliant casting for Bilbo. And I hear the best episode is the one I’ve yet to see. I’m very much looking forward to getting home and catching it!
Question to fans. I’m not a Dr Who follower. Can I watch this fifth series without having any real understanding of what has come immediately before? If so, when I return home, I’ll put the BluRays on and give it the old geek try. They sent some kind of screwdriver with the BluRay – but it doesn’t like it’ll work on any of the screws I have loose. But maybe I’m just not using it right.
I wish this had been a feature length story. As a short, it is probably the best of the DC SHOWCASE shorts, but then I am a Captain Marvel superfreak. I actually possess Shazam (the wizard’s) actual sword that was forged by the hands of C.C. Beck himself. The sword never appeared in the comics, but Beck said it was always there under Shazam’s robes. Paul Dini tells me that if I struck someone with it they would turn to stone – as that’s how Dini believes Shazam overpowered the 7 Deadly Sins. ANYWAY – that’s got nothing to do with this particular adventure onto the streets of Fawcett City. Clark Kent is doing a story on a young orphan boy on the streets of Fawcett, in his pre-Big Red Cheese days. However, Black Adam returns to Earth to put an end to lil Billy’s life as he has the touch of Shazam’s magic upon him. Superman begins fighting Black Adam in a really great fight, then this turns into the first Captain Marvel adventure! And I love it. Though I really want Mr Mind stories! But when Tawny appears – ACK! I seriously geeked. I really wish that Alex Ross’ CAPTAIN MARVEL animated series had gotten made. Loved his designs. Also on this BluRay are slightly enhanced and longer versions of the Green Arrow, Spectre and Jonah Hex animated shorts, but really – what you’re plunking your money down for is the SUPERMAN/SHAZAM short – and for me… I thought the short was absolutely worth picking up, but then, I love me some Fawcett Funnies!
In terms of great bad movies… ROBOT MONSTER, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and DEVIL DOLL are fan-fucking-tastic. I have these films in their non-MST3K forms because I genuinely love these 3 movies. I’ve never been a fan of MST3K because… well mainly, I wish they offered on these sets the films without the MST3K business… but I know that’s completely missing the point of MST3K, but that’s me. I completely feel it is pointless. As for DEVIL FISH, I haven’t seen that film – and I won’t watch it this way for the first time, so now I have to track it down and see if it is up to par with the other 3 titles here. Here’s the extras that you maniacs that love this show get with this limited edition box set: Exclusive Limited-Edition Gypsy Figurine New Introduction By J. Elvis Weinstein Larry Blamire Reflects On Robot Monster Brand-New Featurettes On Bride Of The Monster And Devil Doll MST3K: Origins And Beyond:CONvergence 2009 Panel Original Trailers 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters
This is the first METALOCALYPSE season to get the BluRay treatment, which means – hopefully, Cartoon Network is planning on releasing the 1st 2 seasons on Blu at some point in the future. PEOPLE – BUY THIS SO THAT HAPPENS! This is where I admit that Yoko and I are hopeless METALOCALYPSE fans. This show makes me laugh & rock at the same time – I find it to be genuinely brilliant often. This season, I’m about halfway through, with Yoko and I having a plan to sit down the moment I get back to Austin to finish the rest of this. Unless she’s cheating on me with the set, in which case her punishment will be legendary. METALOCALYPSE isn’t just a cartoon or heavy metal… it’s an attitude and a warped perspective that you have to take on too. You have to be able to imagine a universe where this Metal band is the reason the economy of the world still functions. Whose followers are semi-death-cult members who get slaughtered at concerts – and that’s alright, because… it is expected. Dethklok is the best Death Metal group ever. And I will worship them until they suck, which I pray is never.
If you’re a geek and you’re worried that your children are not being given the proper education at school. Or maybe you’re a geek and sometimes you feel you need to bone up on the history of the things we dearly love about DC Comics… I recommend Mac Carter’s documentary, SECRET ORIGIN: THE STORY OF DC COMICS… There’s very little here I didn’t know, but then I was raised by parents that ran one of the first Comic shops in Texas in the 70s. I learned how to alphabetize by cataloguing comics. But for most, this information is a bit harder to find access to, so having a feature length doc that sort of holds your hand and takes you through the history of DC COMICS and what it has grown to become in the modern age… well, it is all good. Great interviews – and the whole thing is narrated by Hal Jordan himself, Ryan Reynolds. Very enjoyable.
Must be seen, so you can understand where people are coming from that shout with mad abandon, “CHAOS REIGNS!!!!” Criterion’s transfer of this deeply disturbing film from Lars Von Trier starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg – is beautiful. Truly. As for extras, I actually feel Criterion came up a little short, I wish they had had room for the madness that surrounded this film at FANTASTIC FEST. Some of the craziest shit I’ve ever seen and it was documented. Maybe for the next release. Here’s what you do get though: New, restored high-definition digital transfer Audio commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith Video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg A collection of video pieces delving into the production of Antichrist "Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009," a documentary Three theatrical trailers PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie
Ok – the award for best packaging of the week goes to SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! THE COMPLETE SERIES. I just love my Mystery Machine I have sitting on my desk, that contains the entire original series of SCOOBY DOO cartoons. It feels complete, because it looks so awesome. I love SCOOBY DOO – if you’re human, you should too. Here’s what you get on this great set, besides the awesomely perfect Mystery Machine: 41 episodes on seven discs plus a bonus eighth disc Limited-edition Mystery Machine packaging Featurette: Scooby-Doo's Ultimate Fans Funky Fashions Scooby-Doo Street Music Video: America Loves Scooby-Doo Other: Get The Picture: How to Draw Scooby-Doo and the Gang Take The Scooby Challenge Trivia
In American film history, there is probably no director that causes near the firestorm of passionate love and passionate hatred as the name of Elia Kazan. What you think of the man, might be fairly brutal, but his films… Elia Kazan could arguably be credited with being the greatest actors’ director in film history. The performances he got out of Brando, Andy Griffith, Gregory Peck, James Dean, Fredric March, Carroll Baker and Karl Malden… and well, every actor in every film that he made… it’s just brilliant what he got out of them. Just watch A FACE IN THE CROWD and try to look at Andy Griffith the same. Or the modern media for that matter. This was fucking 1957 when he made A FACE IN THE CROWD – and now it is 100 times more poignant! I actually believe A FACE IN THE CROWD is my favorite of Kazan’s entire brilliant turn as director. This is a great set. The reason for it is that Martin Scorsese put together a feature length Documentary called A LETTER TO ELIA, which Scorsese directed about the life and work of Elia Kazan. It, like everything else on this set is great. For lovers of cinema, this set is the buy of the week. It is pricey, but they did a great job with it. Really outstanding!
It is actually funny that I’m writing about TREMORS tonight. I just came from dinner with Jim Jacks, whom I’m producing a group of films with, and totally by chance, we found ourselves talking about TREMORS, which he produced 20 years ago – and the next thing we knew, we started quoting lines and scenes from the film like we’d seen it yesterday. Actually, I saw the Blu Ray last week. Jim reminded me that the film wasn’t at all successful at the box office, but once it got discovered on home video and cable tv, the film found amazing legs. Can you believe that the monkeys that went to theaters in 1990 didn’t go nuts for TREMORS. I mean, who doesn’t love this film? Seriously? They even made a lot of sequels to it, though they weren’t nearly as sharp & hilarious as this original. Yet another reason to love Kevin Bacon! The BluRay looked great
You know what I really love about OCEAN’S 11? The original 50 year old movie now? I love Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. I love that these two men sing with a complete sense of machismo. They are men as they sing. And you know Frank can belt a tune. Then there’s Angie Dickinson who is so young and gorgeous here. But mostly it comes down to Vegas of 1960. It was just a whole different universe back then. This Blu Ray really makes you long for the era of Vegas when these guys ruled it. Ya know? The transfer is very very nice. And am I the only one that giggles that Lewis Milestone directed this?
As soon as I opened the box and saw this DVD cover, I was sold. Who doesn’t love Fredo? Poor guy. And in DOG DAY AFTERNOON and in THE DEER HUNTER. Cazale was one of those lives that Roy Batty explained so brilliantly in BLADE RUNNER. He burned so brightly, but for such a short period – and then he vanished, he died. This isn’t a feature length documentary, but a 40 minute one. Which is the right time for the doc, but you do get about an hour of bonus features that you can dig through. I’m happy this is coming out, if for no other reason than to remind people just how great John Cazale was – and what an incredible blow it was when he left us. One of the great cinematic what ifs…
Two weeks ago I watched this on Movie Night with my friend Diana and my wife Yoko – and we were all pleasantly surprised. This is a very atmospheric ancient Irish myth gone horribly wrong. But this is one of those lesson movies. When your ancient grandmother gives you instructions on how to deal with the supernatural thing coming for her soul… DO NOT DEVIATE ONE IOTA!!! Because if you do… you have seriously fucked everything up. The only drawback is some funky CG, but overall – the film works and works very well. It isn’t up to the EVIL DEAD comparisons that are on the cover, but it is a very good and creepy movie. And if nothing else… listen carefully to your dying or near dying grandmother – and BELIEVE HER! It is important!
You see that epic title. It delivers on that and a lot more. I know you think you’re not curious, but you really are and you’ll probably have a whole lot of fun with this, unless you’re just… really a miserable sort. Totally played for exploitive fun and should be taken as such.
I find it very weird to comment on this film. I’m in it, most of my family is in it, it’s about a little girl that I’ve helped in tiny ways, who has given new meaning to tenacity in my mind. Watching 18 year old Emily Hagins at my Halloween Party punching the boob out of a zombie Diana was about my favorite memory of my Halloween Party – but this doc and I have some rough history that I won’t dredge up here. I’ve never seen ZOMBIE GIRL, and I won’t, for personal reasons. I’m told I’m shown quite favorably in the film, but I just have issues with the filmmakers of the doc. That said, I highly encourage you to checking the film out, especially because PATHOGEN is on here, though I would recommend buying that film directly from Emily Hagins at this link as 100% of your money will go to help Emily finish her new film, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE! Which I’m quite excited about.
I haven’t seen this yet, which has me bummed as I usually see everything that Synapse puts out early. But the box art, that it is a South African Exploitation Classic allegedly? Awesome. Plus it has the great Nigel Davenport in it? Can’t wait to see it!
These trailers kind of must be seen to be believed… and the good news is, Impulse is set to release over 25 Nikkatsu films, many of which are featured trailers on this dvd. This stuff is very perverse and disturbing. Not for all tastes. And the disc even has extras: Digitally Mastered Theatrical Trailers, Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen, Liner notes from Behind The Pink Curtain author, Jasper Sharp, Newly Translated Removable English Subtitles, Individual Trailer Selection, BONUS SHORT FILM: Ryoko's Lesbian Flight (30 minutes)Alright! Caught up! Here’s what is coming next on next week’s column: The super amazing really outstanding AVATAR 3 BLU RAY Set that I dislike the packaging on, Disney’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE LAST AIRBENDER, MICHAEL JACKSON’S VISION, POLAR EXPRESS Blu 3D, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS!!!! CLASH OF THE TITANS (Crappy remake in 3D Blu), IMAX films in 3D BLU, OPEN SEASON in 3D BLU, Volume 2 of Bing Crosby TV Specials, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Criterion Blu), MODERN TIMES (Criterion Blu), GLEE Season 1 Giftset, MONTE WALSH, MR MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL BluRay, TWILIGHT ZONE Season 2 BluRay, BEST WORST MOVIE, The Laughton/Gable MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY BluRay, SHERLOCK JR/THREE AGES BluRay, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION BluRay, THE TOURNAMENT BluRay, THE WORLD AT WAR BluRay, DON’T LOOK BACK, ROBOGEISHA Blu, FALLING DOWN BluRay, METROPIA, VENGEANCE, WHO?, THE GIRL FROM CORTINA and more…
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST
Watch it now. And don't give up after the first three episodes - The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (episodes 4 and 5) will blow you away. You can start fresh here, and the series is now under the guiding hand of Steven Moffat, the creator of Sherlock. Watch and let us know what you think!
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST
Though, I visited several local stores, and none of them stocked it; I had to order it online. Which seems to be happening more often with catalogue releases, lately .. I even had to do that with the FORBIDDEN PLANET Blu.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST
Damn Netflix and their six week wait!
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST
ahhhhhhh !! :D
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST
and i love this bit "The people that LOVE this movie… Saw it upwards of 5-15 times in theaters" yeah all 10 of you going by the box office take...
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST
You're wrong, Harry. Not wrong in hating this movie, but in hating it too little. You said you really really hated it. If you'd said you thought it was the worst piece of cinematic excreta you've ever had thrust into your eye ducts with a porcupine quill, then you would have been closer to my experience of watching that... thing.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST
Its not their fault. It's the studios wanting more money and blocking the sale of copies to Netflix and Redbox in order to get more VOD revenue.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST
It's a perfect jumping on point, Harry. No real references to the past, a new Doctor, new companions and a ton of great stories. A great season for newbies. Oh, and you've heard correctly. Sherlock episode 3 is fantastic.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
to me. Good actor though, tragic that he died so young.
Nov. 10, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST
by Kevin Holsinger
Sherlock Holmes, as I see him, is a product of his time, like Robin Hood or Beowulf.<P>Modernizing him sounded like such a bad idea.<P>But amazingly it works. They got all the essential, Holmsian points down, and I guess that's ultimately all that matters.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST
Someone else has probably told you this already, but Doctor Who Series Five was designed as a starting point for people who had never seen the show before. Plus, it's masterminded by Steven Moffat, the one who blew you away with Sherlock. His writing is amazing, and his casting even more so: everything Cumberbatch is to Sherlock, Matt Smith is the Doctor. Watch the first episode -- that should win you over. (After that, I'll suggest episodes from the previous 47 years...)
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
Scott Pilgrim is already on the PS3 video store. i still have money left in my "wallet" from long ago so i'm gonna check this out tonight. i imagine i will like it but i'm prepared not to.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST
Sherlock was the big surprise totally mesmerizing can't wait till for the next series. Love the new Doctor everything a Doctor Who should be and Tremors absolute classic.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
The guy is a big 7.5 out of 10 for me. He's good, but not great. I like his films and I admire his dedication to not going lowbrow or cheap with humour. If calling his films good but not moaning with ecstatic delight over them for years means I "don't get it", then I guess I don't get it.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST
My wife and I watched Scott Pilgrim just this last weekend and we are both old enough to get all the video game references. We found it to be meh of the highest order. Don't get me wrong I love Edgar Wright and got what he was doing but it was not very good overall. Not funny, not sharp, not good. Sorry Harry, you are wrong on this one.<p> Sherlock Holmes...right on that one, and The Walking Dead....simply great so far.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST
IS A FILM FOR RETARDS
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST
I'd like to second this being an excellent jumping in point for Doctor Who, Steven Moffatt is one of the finest geek writers out there at the mo. I'd possibly say watch his episode 'Blink' from a few series prior to get the full geek-out joy of the Angels reappearance in this series though... I'm completely bemused by the amount of people willing to scorn Pilgrim and Edgar Wright, I'm 100% behind Harry on this one (not always the case- Sky Captain?) Shaun, Fuzz and now this are in my top five of re-watchable films (alongside Withnail and Back to the Future. And Princess Bride. Okay, top 6. Ooh, and maybe Tremors...)
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST
I loved the first two, and 80-90% of the third, but then there's that "ending"... The villain was a train wreck who made little to no sense. They tried to make him the Joker, with random mood swings and rejected any obvious (and sensical) motivation for his whole plot. But that is completely opposite the portrayal of a villain so good that nobody knows he exists or is pulling the strings. The Joker isn't careful... He wants the attention. The Joker is also not one-tenth as lame as this completely annoying jinny. <p> I hope they use that year before the next episode to actually write some way out of this hole that makes a lick of sense.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST
Damn mobile keyboards.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST
As others have said, this is the perfect place to do it.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
who would buy that?
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST
I'll be clicking on that link next week to order.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST
wasn't a bad movie and there were plenty of laughs. I'm not sure it is the greatest movie of the year, and I can't imagine watching it 4 or 5 times in a row. I think by gushing over a film so much sets everyones expectations too high and therefor we will always be dissapointed.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST
by Jack Burton
Is saturation really high enough to justify this? I don't know anyone chomping at the bit to watch TV at home wearing special glasses. And these are my friends that have competent home theater, blu ray, etc. The idea is sound, I just don't think the tech is there until you can remove the glasses from the equation.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST
In one episode the death of a kid was made as very, very dark joke, with a close up of the maggot infested corpse as punchline. But in season 3 a cat dies and they give it a surprisingly sweet and non-cynical (yet absolutely hilarious) good bye! No more Hamburger Time!
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST
Just wondering is all, cause I love me some Tranny porn
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 8 a.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
In Sherlock Holmes The Guy Who Does Dr Watson is the guy from the British sitcom THE OFFICE. He'll put your stapler in Jello. I like the British version of THE OFFICE and watch when it plays on PBS. I usually recognize actors in other roles but his Dr. Watson stymied me.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST
Probably one of the best movies I've ever seen and just seems so far ahead of its time that its scary.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST
And I'm not that type. I watched it yesterday on VOD. I never had any plans to see it in the theater as it just didn't look good to me, but as the weeks ticked by, I started thinking about how I generally really like Edgar Wright's stuff and that I should give it a shot. Nope, it was exactly what I thought. I can see my anime loving, video game obsessed cousin loving it, but it was just not at all what I would consider "good." But cheers to those that do love it. Oh, and Sherlock is brilliant. It got the essence of Holmes that the Guy Ritchie movie missed for me.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST
They made a deal with a couple of the Studios to not make the movies available for rent during the first month of release (or some timeline like that). In return, the studios will allow movies to "stream" sooner and be more available. Before the "deal", the studios had no control on how many DVDs Netflix bought and rented.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST
on blu-ray! one of the best.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST
You know it's a bad film when it sits as the worst film for both Micheal Ironside(who, lets be honest, will star in fucking anything(of which I have seen many in the glorious days of video)) and Christopher Lambert who just plain fucking sucks. His only decent American(he has been in some great European films) films are Highlander and Greystoke. The rest is shit. But Highlander 2 is the worst. Beyond a shadow of a fucking doubt. That film is pure excrement.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST
but I cannot wait. Shaun of the Dead was excellent but Hot Fuzz is fucking sublime. I'm going in with an open mind....
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST
It was Tyrell that said "the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long". Roy might have exemplified that, but he didn't explain it.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST
I love how Harry splooges all over Scott Pilgrim, but bitches and whines about Toy Story 3. WTF
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST
The season finale for that season is amazing and season four kicks serious ass. The 2 part library episode of season 4 is amazing.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST
That's because Toy Story 3 was made for people and not fat ginger robots that sit on their arse, playing videogames all day ;)
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST
Harry - your site pimped SCOTT PILGRIM relentlessly... you personally pimped SCOTT PILGRIM relentlessly... and yet it sank without a trace. Not just a mere box office turkey - the movie most critics are calling the biggest bomb of the year. Grossed $30 mill on a budget of $60 million. Ouch! Right down the shitter.<p> How much of this nonsense you're spouting about 'people going to see it upwards of 5-15 times' do you actually believe. How much of it is your psychological realization that you have so little power / influence? Maybe you've had yourself convinced that your name or your site can help make or break a movie? Maybe this is your wake up call? Although your bizarre claims about people paying to see it 15 times suggests you don't want to wake up.<p> Spin your totem and wake up big fella.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST
to do these lists a week in advance? I wouldn't mind supporting this site by clicking on the links here and then purchasing, but 9 times out of 10, I pre-order these movies on Amazon.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST
Harry, I think it would be a big mistake to start with Series 5. It is such a downgrade from the previous 4 series that you will undoubtedly write off the show completely. Start with Season 1 if you want to understand why people love the Doctor Who reboot. The first 4 seasons were so brilliant that we fans bend over backward to apologize for the disappointing new doctor and his snooze of a companion.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST
Trannies with Knives? Really? We all know you aren't watching Scott Pilgrim 3 times a day, you pervert.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST
I'd only watched a few random episodes of Doctor Who before I watched season 5 in its entirety. I had no problems keeping up, and it's amazing. Much better than what I'd seen of season 1-4 thus far.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST
It was funny sweet and inventive. I wish more films had the ambition Scott Pilgrim had.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST
have a better chance of seeing a downloaded copy, wanted to watch it in the cinemas, but its distribution has been a joke
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST
...point me to a single critic that calls Scott Pilgrim the biggest bomb of the year. If you're going to attack Harry for his hyperbole, you'd best keep your own claims based in some version of reality.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST
I'm sorry but it was flat-out bad. And I am a fan of Edgar Wright from the time of his work on Spaced, loved Sean of The Dead, found Hot Fuzz amusing as well. But this Scott Pilgrim movie was just a colossal disappointment. It just did not work. <p> Honestly, the movie it most reminded me of, in terms of tone and overall level of success, is Super Mario Brothers. That movie and Scott Pilgrim really have a lot in common. <p> I hope EW learns from this and continues to improve. But it was a terrible movie: this generations Howard The Duck for sure.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST
That's how it reads on the box art. Don't get me started about bad DVD cover art again...must...resist...urge... <p> Oh, and I'm human, and Scooby Doo is horrible.
Chewtoy, see link below "one of the biggest bombs of the year"<p> http://tinyurl.com/3xaua4y <p> But yeah you're right about JONAH HEX, although it did have a smaller budget than PILGRIM it certainly went down the shitter too.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST
by Sith Witch
I've always thought it was too bad he'll never be around to play The Leader from the Hulk universe. His physiognomy demanded it!
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . opening weekend w/ his family. Fucking had a blast. It's a family classic for us.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST
I pity anyone who identifies with this pathetic desperate prick and his catatonic bitch girlfriend.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10 a.m. CST
Did people go and see it 5 times... probabaly not. Most people skiped it all together at the theatre, because it was over hyped to the point of an internet backlash and it was put up against the expendables. Universal would have been wise to have made it an april release<P> I think it'll find an audience on bluray and in 10 years it'll be making alot of "best of the decade" lists
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST
Everything he's in bombs. To me Scott Pilgrim is a classic example of flash over substance. The geeks are too excited with all the stupid references to notice that theirs little else underneath. Except for a cast of unlikeable characters and a girl whose not only NOT worth fighting for but who isn't even worth leveling up for.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST
Alex P. Keaton's dad and Reba rocked the former and Dean Martin was awesome in the latter.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I knew going in that it was a hipster romance and I know in the hipster subculture that likeability is based on wearing the right t-shirt that makes the right ironic reference to the right piece of 80s nostalgia.<br><br>By non-hipster standards, Scott was a douche, if Ramona's character was developed at all it was only through the men she had dated, and the movie gave us no reason to want to see them end up together. But like I said, I went in to the film willing to let that stuff slide because I knew I was on hipster turf and so I figured I'd show a little tolerance for their hipster culture.<br><br>And to be fair, it's not like the movie tries to be deep the way 500 DAYS OF SUMMER tried to make hipsters deep. It's obvious that Wright clearly knows he's making shallow film and just tries to make it a fun piece of candy. The gags were funny enough and it was a cute enoug little romp and I found it okay, but I realize I was cutting it a lot of slack.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST
I've been an on and off watcher, but season 5 had me hooked - excellent writing and his newest companion is BY FAR the hottest, with her red hair and accent, she is highly bangable
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST
It can locked doors & stuff.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST
Yes, we get it. You don't like the movie. You think it's "meh". You are so cool for it. It's not on your level. WE GET IT. Now shut the fuck up.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST
than 1-4, though I really liked Eccleston. <p>If you plan on watching any of series 1-4, I recommend doing so BEFORE watching Matt Smith's run. After seeing series 5, it was difficult to stomach the cheese-fest that came before, except for a few gems: Human Nature/Family of Blood, Blink, Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Girl in the Fireplace, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, most of series 1, etc.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST
is already on blu - it's on my shelf - has great special features - are they double dipping already? didn't even come out a year ago...
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST
harrys not gonna get that totem ref..he fell asleep in the first 10 minutes of INCEPTION.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST
I don't know if it's any good or not (was thinking about renting it), but Grown Ups with Sandler, Spade, and Rock came out this week, too.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST
Okay, fair enough... that guy did indeed call it one of the biggest bombs of the year. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt though, since he was writing that article immediately following Scott Pilgrim's opening and the whole point of it was to analyze what went wrong. I do think someone looking back trying to pick the biggest bomb of the year would have a hard time justifying Pilgrim over Hex, which cost $50m to make and grossed under $11m total *worldwide*, despite starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich (aka actors people have actually heard of). Hell, Pilgrim wasn't even the second worse grossing comic book film this year... it beat out "The Losers" as well (although that one was actually made for a reasonable budget of only $25m, a total it just barely snuck over at $29m worldwide gross.)<P> Pilgrim is, by a wide margin however, the film that's easily done the worst compared to the amount I've had to hear about it online. And on a side note, I haven't seen any of these comic book films, and yet I kind of want to see all of them.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST
Scott Pilgrim did suck major diarrhetic ass! It's a movie for sissy-boys and little girls. Seriously, it's all around bad and that's coming from someone who really likes Edgar Wright's previous works. Michael Cera is a whiny little fairy-boy that is as one-note of an actor as Will Ferrell. Same fucking character in everything he does. You can try to justify your pilgrim lovin any way you want, but the so-called haters are right - it sucked diseased donkey dick!
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST
Because half of them have probabaly never seen the movie, they just hate it to be cool. Plus I laugh at the people that call Ramona ugly..that chick is hot people, if you saw her at a bar you'd be all over that... or rather, you'd stalk her for the night and then spank away when you went home alone
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST
That's how you modernize Sherlock Holmes. The series is just brillant. and yes, the 3rd episode might be the best, though the other two are still brillant. And the two actors chosen to play holmes and watson is nothing short of brillant. both are very likable, both are very good and talented, and both kick ass. And with Watson, the series also does this revisionism, or as many say, go back to the original, and make Watson a very capable man, an ex-soldier operational and pretty smart on his own right, the second smartest man in the stories, only surpassed by Holmes. I'm loving this series. I'm loving it so much, that frankly i see no reason to watch the new movie with Jude Law and RDJ.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST
Mary Elisabeth Winstead is HOT! As Ramona, she was taken down a peg or five. Chicks with blue/pink/unnatural hair I wouldn't touch with my dog's dick. Seriously, the actress is hot, the look of the character most certainly is not (unless you're one of those anime-obsessed persons who like all their girls looking like that - then by all means fuck that fake hair with blessings, my man!)
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST
...Getting bashed on this site it makes me NOT want to see Scott Pilgrim.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST
You don't really need to be very knowledge of the whole Who Mythos to get into it. i say this becaus ei'm one such, i knew pretty little about Who, and still i loved the hell of the season 5 and i never felt lost due to the past references. And yes, there are quite a few of those, most of them pretty subtle to go mostly unnoticed by casual viewers, but diehard fans of the series will have a blast noticing them. Matt Smith is great as the doctor, but the real breakthrough actor of the series is Karen Gillam as Amy Pound. What a brillant young actress, charismatic and damn pretty too. And scotish. Damn, that accent is sexy! And that police outfit.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
Clever in parts, sometimes funny, but yet so overwhelmingly ANNOYING. Cute nerd references and stylized action is just not enough to sustain my attention.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST
Wants us to watch Trannies With Knives, but didn't get Inception or Toy Story 3. Lucky I don't take this site seriously any more.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
Looks like they are all taking a piss.....
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST
She's just got the personality of a meerkat. The film never gives a single convincing reason why anyone would defeat seven evil exboyfriends to date her. She's humorless and without any charm or charisma. If the film can't convince me she's worth fighting for then the rest of it is just epic fail.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST
I get it. You're a geek, he's a geek. You like humorless girls who color their hair. Anime and video games references are awesome. I get it. Now shut up.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST
He is a one trick pony and the trick really isn't that funny anymore. he really didn't fit in at all compared to all of Ramona's ex's. I suppose that was the point, but after dating both Superman and Captain America how am I suppose to believe she would give that skinny geek the time of day.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
They would have been better off with the "superior cera" Jesse Eisenberg.
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...would buy a "complete series" boxed set of Scooby-Doo? And not for his kids...for HIMSELF? I love cartoons, but 60's/70's-era Hanna-Barbera is the pits...lousy animation, the same three plots recycled endlessly. People only watched that shit back in the day because it was the only stuff that was ON, not because it was any good. Today's kids get stuff like Avatar and Justice League, while we got crap like TMNT and Superfriends.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST
Soulless jerks won.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST
Yeah, that's a tough one. On the one hand it's fairly fun and enjoyable. On the other it's way too self-congratulating and the characters are unlikable. They are all humorless pricks that I wouldn't want to spend two seconds with in real life. Can you imagine how vapid and boring Scott Pilgrim and Ramona's relationship would be in real life? She never says more than a few words, he's a neurotic pansy. I'm sure a lot of people will say they identify with these characters, but that's just sad. It's like baby boomers in the 80's that loved The Big Chill because it SO gets them. A lot of the draw of this movie is simply "hey, I understand that dated 80's reference! This is the best movie ever!" There were some clever parts, and the editing and direction were great, but the dull, too-serious, quirkier than thou characters were just sad.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST
I'm about to turn 30 friday,i ordered spvtw last night and thought it was utter shit.i didn't laugh once and i was smoking herb at the time.i didn't get it at all.i definitely feel a disconnect from this new generation.what i find funny and a sad twist of irony with hipsters is that the trying to be so different and non conformist leads them to be nothing more then another hipster.it reminds me of that party scene in slc punk where he meets brandi and she points out to him how by tryin to be a "punk" he's really just become another part of a heard and your unique clothes are more like a uniform
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST
I'll be watching SP on blu soon and report back with findings. To me it looks really self-congratulatory and sort of overstuffed with irritating self-satisfaction. <p>I got a hint for all you "geeks" out there relegated to lower-level social status however it's defined. If you find your position or access level wanting, it's got nothing to do with the media you consume. It's your personality.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST
"Every time I see Inception & Toy Story 3 getting bashed on this site it makes me NOT want to see Scott Pilgrim"<br><br>I know exactly what you mean.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST
How does one become a "geek" and not be into Doctor Who? Plus Harry, if you hate MST3k so much stop posting Amazon links to "support this column" Yeah we know, you prefer the original crappy movies by themselves. Then post the original crappy movies. Leave your snide opinions to yourself you douchebag.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
According to some reviewers the Amazon product page erroneously stated that the Spectre, Hex, and Green Arrow shorts were extended versions. They claim the shorts are same as those previously released with other animated movies. <p>Anyone know for sure?
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST
This movie was fuckin corny and Harry wants to hear his balls slap off Michael Cera's ass...stop dick riding
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST
and the recent movie it reminded of is 500 Days Of Summer. They are both basically love stories. PLAYFUL love stories. Both feature main characters who are rather passive agressive and can be jerks, both still lovable jerks. Just like guys can be at times. They both feature a sounding board (gay roommate/younger sister) who gives advice. And who can hate the stylistic work of Edgar Wright. He melded the comic/videogame/film world in a way that Ang Lee's The Hulk tried but failed (came close tho). I prefer 500 Days, but admit I enjoyed Pilgrim for what it attempted, and succeeded in doing.<p>And yes..the Ritchie/Downey Jr Sherlock's are redundant now that the BBC series is in high gear. Benedict Cumberbatch (what a fuckin' name!) is a Sherlock for the ages.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
...is BETTER and more fulfilling than the actual flick. <P>In addition, Warner Bros. needs to hire Harry's corner animator to adapt his style for the various DC Comics superhero-movie dvd/blu-ray releases. --Warner Bros. animation department needs to wise up. If they want to continue with cell animation, they need to stylize much more. (They've got nothin' on classic Hanna-Barbera talent!) But the real growth should be in computer animation (see DC Comics Online)! Create some visual interest to give me something to get REALLY excited about and I'll actually buy it!
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
I think the film doesn't appeal to a broad enough audience to be honest. It's a mix of "little guy vs the elite", retro pop culture and goofy humour that older people will despise, whilst it also alienates those expecting something like Juno.<p> It also needs watching more than once before judgement. Personally, I love it.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST
I think sometimes its not about the movies....and more about his amazing life.BTW Scott Pilgrim will ONLY work if you ever beaten 3 Final Fantasies...THAT IS ALL
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST
I guess I AM a hipster douche. I wear the ironic t-shirt, and LOVE vidyagame references. Scott was miscast, and I still have no Idea why Ramona is so desirable. Sure she's cute, but a gowdawful personality.<p>Oh, and I saw Tremors in an empty theater with 4 of my Friends. We howled like banshees.<p>Harry, you gotta stop bringing up Inception. It's paints you as a drooling retard. Not like MST3K, that just makes you look humorless.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST
SHIT, I think you're right!<p> 6,7,8.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST
If you want your animation to more closely mimic life, than it should be COMPUTER animation, not hand-drawn cell. <P>And the BONUS is that COMPUTER ANIMATION can be stylized, too.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST
Why am I not suprised Harry...The Mitchel episode of MST3K is one of the funniest things ive seen EVER.....Harry=EPIC FAIL
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST
When Scott prepares to go to his final battle, Wright employs his whip-fast edit/zooms (as in Shaun and Hot Fuzz) then slows down as Scott ties his shoelace. Nice.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
Others already said it: Season 5 is a great beginning. After viewing this season, go back and watch the first four of the new series to backfill your experience. The must-see episodes for Season 5 are the 1st, then there are the 2-part Angels episodes, the Vampires one, Amy's Choice, Vincent and the Doctor and the 2-part finale. What I left out are by no means crappy filler episodes, they're still better than most things on TV today, but there's always got to be a second place as it were. I promise that after watching this one season your interest will be piqued.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST
But it pissed me off that WB/Timm had to include Superman in order to increase interest.I think Capn M could have carried the aninmated short on his own without Supes even if it were for an extra 20 or so minutes.Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Dini/Timm's superman animated series and Justice League/Unlimited, but if wonder woman and GH can get their own OVAs, why not the big red cheese?Vosloo who was horribly miscast as Zartan from GIjoe RoC, Did a great voice over as Black Adam and the story itself is the best of the DC Showcase shorts.They should have packaged the JLU episode Clash, in the compilation, then that would have been more of an incentive to purchase the blu ray.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST
..It's been awhile since I played MK vs DCU. Time to hurl some lighting bolts. <p>SHAZAM!!
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST
Copy DVD or Blu using DVDfab. Use iPhone/pad conversion. Sync da mooovie.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST
..however, lost me for endorsing Michael Cera vs The World AKA The Speed Racer of 2010.<p>Booooooooo!!
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST
he actually has an incredibly witty writer/actor and cool sidekick robots that watch all movies with him and chime in their quips all day long.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST
it has a donkey kong cameo
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST
...which is the area of animation that allows Wii to compete on a more even playing field, considering Xbox 360 and PS3. The BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD video game may be too much of a button-masher for my young son...but I'll have to investigate (it) before Christmas shopping. <P>Cell animation has so much room for style. If the Nintendo Wii video game console existed...purely and ONLY as a console of CELL ANIMATION, that could be a much more exciting prospect than you know! (And cell animation can be stylized into three dimensions, too. Anyone remember "XIII" ???)
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
With the MST3K version of the movie on one side and the non-MST3K version on the other side? Or did they stop doing that?
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST
well mainly, I just don't get humor."
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
I realize that there are some people who love their output. But I think when one considers the possibilities of stylized cell and computer animation, Warner Bros. could do so much more...and even expand their audience.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST
Decent Cel shaded FPS and possibly the progenitor for games like Borderlands. Too bad I never got to finish the game as Marvel nemesis (If i remember correctly) took more of my gaming time on the original XBox.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST
When you set that review up by saying you don't want to get into it and you won't actually watch the documentary yourself; I'm sorry but I just have to know: What is the story?
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST
you are correct sir...I have quite a few DVD's of MST3K (Manos: Hands of Fate anyone?) where the flipside is the "non MST3K" version....
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST
That was the best line of the season. Anyone interested in WHO 5 - if you have a basic understanding of Doctor Who (as in, he's a time travelling Alien and the Daleks exist) you're FINE to pick up here (and there's nothing a quick Wiki search doesn't clarify). If anything, just go on Netflix and watch BLINK (I believe its season 3) before hitting up the TIME OF ANGELS/FLESH AND STONE two parter and you're ready to rock. I came onboard with season 5 and it lead me to go with the first season to watch the whole series to this point, but let me tell you WHO 5 knocked it out of the park. I know Tennant is the general favorite Doctor, but by God Matt Smith has the potential to be the best of this new run if his freshman season has anything to say about it.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST
Most of the shorts were animated in Japan same goes for Batman TAS.However, you would love what Madhouse is doing with the Iron Man Anime. Great stuff but lame ass villians.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST
Have they never seen the show Code Monkeys??? Its pretty much the exact same thing.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST
Unless you are a fan of overblown hype and bordom and bad acting. BUT if you must rent it, watch the first five minutes then turn it off.
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST
It's 'cel' animation, not 'cell'. And no game uses actual cel animation. I assume you mean like 2D art vs. 3D, or toon shaded 3D?
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST
Is a much better version of Antichrist, if you are really looking for that sort of film.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST
blend with The Man Show, you have Code Monkeys.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST
Loved Scott Pilgrim and proudly count myself as among the Pilgrim obsessed. Series7, have you never seen the series of Scott Pilgrim graphic novels that have been coming out for the last 6 years??? How long has that code monkey's thing been around, I wonder.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST
Are people really so starved to identify with something that they will just flock to anything that references something from their youth?
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST
Don't diss Ninja Turtles. Ever.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
is good but not edgar wrights best by a long shot, i enjoyed the movie. The entire time i was watching it all i could think of was how much better shaun of the dead and hot fuzz are. A lot of it i blame on michael cera he just doesn't do it as an actor for me anymore, loved him in arrested development but that's cause he was the new awkward actor and he worked at that time. Now he is just doing the same thing and it doesn't work anymore, on the other hand Kieran Culkin as the gay roommate was pretty funny to watch, who knows maybe someone should give him a leading role he might be really good.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
remember the astronaut skull face ghost? Cool stuff.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes, our generation is obsessed with nostalgia like no other before it. Half our generation seems to be made up of man-childs and (albiet much fewer) woman-childs whose personalities are only defined by what they did as a kid and what media they are currently consuming. Things have to be quirky, ironic, and cute! Meanwhile thirty somethings still living with their parents is now the norm. This is a sad generation. Not even war or financial recession managed to wake up our generation and make us grow the hell up. Not as long as there's still Nintendo and Star Wars to escape back into. Scott Pilgrim is pretty much the poster movie for this sad generation. Entertaining, but ultimately pretty depressing when you realize that this is what my generation IS and is known for.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST
Rat bastard! Ever heard of "snitches gets stitches and end up as bitches"? Eff him!
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST
Guess I should proofread before I submit.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST
And aren't iTunes digital copies mp4 format? Now, I don't have an iPad because I think they're just stupid status symbols and I have better things to waste my money on, however, the standard video format for iPod (which I do have, 80 gig classic) is an mp4. Yer telling me mp4 doesn't work on iPad? That's absurd. It has to work on that. I don't see why it wouldn't. Otherwise, yeah, as someone posted above use DVDfab to rip it to mobile format, but lately I've been using winx DVD ripper which I find works better. But that aside, the friggin movie comes with a digital copy. I don't see why it shouldn't work on those pointless iPads.
Nov. 10, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST
by maxwell's hammer
As a non-fan, I'll say I started getting interested a bit in Dr. Who during the last David Tennant season, and was mildly amused. It wasn't must-see TV, but if it was on, I thought it was sort of interesting.<BR> <BR> From the first moment of the new Matt Smith 'Who', I have to say, I suddenly became a huge fan. I actually made it a point to see every episode, and rather enjoyed them all. Not a lifelong afficionado by any means, but Matt Smith's take on the Doctor made a really good impression on me.<BR> <BR> Oh, and Amy Pond in a sexy policeman's outfil in episode 1 didn't hurt. She is, without question, adorable as hell!
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST
Just wondering. What was a sample of the dialogue in Inception? "Wait, WHOSE subconscious are we going into now?" Yeah, real work of genius, that flick.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST
There are considerably more than 5 series of Doctor Who.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST
Yeah I don't blame you. If Scott Pilgrim had been a huge success, most people here would hate it. Don't take me for a Pilgrim hater though... I thought it was pretty good (not as good as Inception or Toy Story 3, mind you).
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST
Better than American Pie? I think not.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST
when I compare it to Code Monkeys. I'm just saying they are fucking similar in tone and style, just one is an actual cartoon.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
... why do many reviews refer to it as 'brilliant'? I enjoyed it, thought it was well made entertainment, although it was (obviously just to me) a little bit of style over substance, and the writing could have been slightly better (possibly the word is tighter? - I thought some of the mysteries/deductions could have been better). But, again, I did enjoy it, and am looking forward to the next season. But why do so many reviewers refer to it as 'brilliant'? Thanks.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
igby goes down.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
You're comparing Inception dialogue (a sci-fi heist flick) to Scott Pilgrim (a quirky comic book comedy)? They both had great dialogue for their respective genres.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
Get Over Themselves. EVERYONE. None of you makes dime one whether a movie flops or succeeds. Stop talking about grosses. It's like sports talk radio call ins arguing about Stats. Who gives a Shit?<br /><br />A pop culture spoof laden with Video Game & Anime in jokes may not be the best movie of 2010. But you know what? A 60's Bond movie/heist/sci-fi pastiche pretending to be profound probably isn't the next CITIZEN KANE either.<br /><br />If you didn't laugh at least once during SCOTT PILGRIM, you have no sense of humor.<br /><br />And if you weren't stifling a chuckle the fourth or fifth friggin time INCEPTION cut back to that van slowly falling off the bridge, it's because you had Nolan's cock in your mouth.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST
... forgot to mention that BBC America is running a season five 'Doctor Who' marathon this Saturday for anyone who hasn't seen it. Although there were a couple of stories that weren't that good, overall the new series was great, and great fun.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST
What if you recognize that a movie about a boy and his pet and a movie about a father revenging his daughters murder are the best movies this year?
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST
I know what you mean. I turned 31 on Monday and during the last, oh, one and a half years I find myself more drawn towards more mature content. And don't get me wrong, I am a sucker for 70s and 80s Nostalgia, but that time (and its styles, good or bad) is passed. SP is not for guys like us, pal, it is for those we thought we can always relate to.... And better try the herb with TREMORS, much more enjoyable (had a blast on Saturday with that combination). Good one on Friday, mate!!
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
The falling van and concept of different times on different levels was probably my favorite part of the movie. And I did laugh at several scenes in Scott Pilgrim, although I also groaned at some of the dialogue which was probably MEANT to be funny and catchphrase-worthy but actually made me want to punch a hipster. Ironically of course. How are these two movies being compared?!? The only thing they have in common is when they came out, which means the only reason to compare them on any level is on B.O. take, which you said to ignore. So why are you comparing them at all?
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST
As you can see the Island of Paradigia is no more. I have destroyed it with the intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile I launched off the coast of the city you call Los Angeles. If you do not adhere completely to my every demand I will destroy the entire civilized world within 3 days time. UltraTron Demands List: 1 miiillionn dolllerz Dr. Steve Brule appointed surggeon general My own talkshow with gorgeous female sidekick(we interview talk backers- fans who work in the industry who have been with the site for decades) Sheen's dealer's # Well you can play it cheap and be eating each other underground this Christmas and hoping you won't mutate too badly- or you can make with the goods. ..Oh and the fat red one dies.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST
by Dwide Shrewd
At least it was, at times, somewhat entertaining and humorous. Which is more than can be said about all the other motherfucking hipster movies, like Nick and Norah's Infinite NYC Blow Job. Yeah, we get it. You love New York. Nobody else fucking does.
Nov. 10, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST
Then you obviously have never subjected yourself to Highlander: The Final Dimension. I read a reasonably thumbs-up review for it and actually saw it in a theater. I would have been happy if it had ended up being just disappointing; but it was so god-awful terrible that I couldn't even watch the original for several years until the horror of H:TFD had been flushed from my brain.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST
I want that set but I don't want to rebuy what I already have. If it's single sided discs then I might have to make that purchase.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST
I was such a fan of the first one and went in with the expectation of part 2 to be "at least average". This sounds like I'm exaggerating, but I was so mad at the end of the movie (which I saw with a group of friends opening night), I wanted to beat the crap out of the person responsible for "green lighting" that piece of shit. Now I just pretend that there are no Highlander sequels.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST
But "Boardwalk Empire" seems to be getting more and more boring. The last episode literally made me fall asleep. I really hope the show gets better.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST
I thought it was brilliant.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST
does Connery play a Spaniard with NO attempt to hide his Scottish burrrrr?
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST
The gallery scene with Vicent Van Gogh in "Vicent and The Doctor" has to be one of the most moving and emotional scene ever made in the whole history of Doctor Who. I couldn't help but shed a tear as well. You could really feel how Van Gogh would had felt. Strong, great stuff.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST
It's not just great, it's awesome. Risking overhyping it, but truly, that series is just truly great. Great adaptation to modern times, great portait of the classic characters, and two really very good actros in a state of grace doing stellar work. And really, Benedict Cumberbatch has to be one of the coolest actor name in existence. Who wouldn't want to be called that?
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
... but i suspect that if i watch it after SHERLOCK, it will look quite a disapointment and suffers greatly in comparison. SHERLOCK is just great, really great.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST
Connery plays an egypcian who pretends to be a spaniard who speaks with a scotish accent.
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST
13 times since getting the video, but then realized I've logged about 50 hours on Fallout New Vegas, so never mind.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST
for the 80's? They weren't even born yet or they were babies?
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST
AL, the difference is like night and day. Ritchie's and Downey's interpretation of Holmes is enjoyable in its way, but its Downey playing another adorable rogue. Cumberbatch (yes, a wonderful name) wipes the floor with him. After watching Ritchie's I felt it was another disposable entertainment, whereas the BBC's...each episode like a little jewel.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST
until Decmeber 27. According to Amazon. What the hell is up with that.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST
Check out Lisa McAllister as Mycroft's assistant in the first episode of SHERLOCK.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST
Great to know you also enjoyed SHERLOCK as much as i did. And i feel a bit spoiled now, since i got to knwo two great TV shows, SHERLOCK and THE WALKING DEAD. Now all it needs is for a new season of TOP GEAR and all will be perfect.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST
was living now as a Spaniard and has a Scottish accent.<br /> <p>btw Highlander = CLASSIC MOVIE MAGIC.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST
Each episode is 90 minutes. but yeah, you could call a mini-series, but in the UK there is no such term because on average british series last for 3 to 6 episodes each, rarely more then that. The term mini-series is exclusively american.
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST
Do you think the people who like HIGHLANDER like we do is just the people who were teens back when the movie come out and are now in their mid 30s or pushing 40?
Nov. 10, 2010, 5 p.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST
that's why HW is thinking to remake this movie too.to attract the new generation with a movie which has the same concept but modernized look.but at the end there can be only one Highlander movie.
Nov. 10, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST
But Harry, once you see that third episode you are probably going to be feeling worse than you are now considering you'll have to wait a year until seeing the next one!
Nov. 10, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST
by mr. smith
if you like it, I am so envious of what you have to look forward to. dr. who is really a holy artifact of scifi.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6 p.m. CST
by Fineus Fog
I grew up in the era of Tom Baker Who and I firmly believe that Matt Smith is probably my 2nd fav Dr after Baker. There I said. Harry - id you liked Sherlock, theres no reason why you wouldnt like S5 of Dr Who. And Karen Gillan is sex on toast
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST
by Fineus Fog
Is absolutely brilliant as Dr Watson. As I will be working on The Hobbit in NZ, I really do hope one day in the next 3 years I will get the opportunity to shoot the shit with him
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST
Loved the movie and went out and bought the soundtrack. It is probably my favorite rock music movie soundtrack since the original Crow.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST
by Felix Buckman
You definitely need to see it. Time of Angels is brilliant.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST
"pretending to be profound" ... How could you cock up what was turning out to be a perfectly nice wakeup call?
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST
I adored it. I'm sitting just outside whatever generation this was supposedly meant to woo, but I thought it was a genuinely funny, odd, high energy film. That is to say, I got the references but I think there's a lot more to it than that. Incidentally, I don't even think Toy Story 3 or Inception hold a candle to Winter's Bone. Best movie I watched this year.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST
A great villain could lift that film series drastically, and be the real advantage it would have over the BBC series.
Nov. 10, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST
Anti-Christ stuck with me. I admit that I did have that gut reaction immediately after that would have read WTF!? and that I found the narrative... missing. However, in the end, the imagery is haunting in a way that most modern horror seems incapable of and the sound design is truly unnerving. I just like the look and feel of it too much. After saying all that, I still don't need to add it to my collection because it was really unpleasant, but I will never forget it.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I'm with jimmy_009 and a couple of you other guys saying that you feel a bit left out in our generation's obsession with nostalgia. It's something I find I come up against more and more. People loving anything that is a reference to their childhood and then telling me I "don't get it" because I don't coo all over it, when really, I get the references themselves, what I don't get is a warm joyful feeling from the act of spotting the references.<br><br>But like I said up earlier, I thought Scott Pilgrim was okay and I didn't think it was trying to be deep, which was it's main saving grace.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST
I want a Dethklok t-shirt like the type you see the fans wearing in the series.
I to find it very funny that all of these trying to unconform kids today buy all there nostal logo and brand based shirts from places like hot topic and think geek and 80stees and shit like that, and the fact that's it mostly 80's related just fucking tickles me even more. I am 33. I actually grew up in the 80's in-fact my cognitive brain awoke at a stop light at the age of 2 in marshfield mass, in my mothers volks rabbit, and from then on I remember my life with the same level of clarity that I have today. SLC punk ref is a great call. Harry hates the fuck outta Lillard, but the SLC Punk movie got lots of psycho analyzing things right, and yeah I know Harry reviewed it with Ebert and got mad that we didn't see more of the DND stuff. Look man when you wear a brand on you skin to say "Hey fucker, look how unique and different I am" You already lost, you like everyone else are sheep for a brand a moment, just like us. I wear what's clean. That's my motto. I don't let my clothing dictate who it is I really think I am. <P> Nostalgia is really wearing thin on me. I've watched the movie industry use it again us time and time again merch remakes prequels new shit crammed into old shit. I just keep thinking about the junk-lady in the Labyrinth movie trying to keep Sarah trapped in that pile of shit, trying to make her forget who she is and what she needs to be doing. <P> I am finally feeling that "seen it too many times" syndrome. If I saw it more than 2 times. And most certainly 3, fuck it I'm done with life is short. Cant waste it anymore on shit like that.
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST
fuck Highlander 2. There is not fucking Highlander 2. The last immortal was killed at the end of Highlander and McCleod got the prize.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST
aw man, egg chen can do no wrong. best line from a great movie.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST
I ordered Netflix just so I could watch all the rest. Took 2 weeks of great fun to watch the rest.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST
we know that the story ended with the first movie so instead of retcon-ing it they should have made a prequel which would have given them the freedom to approach this universe in numerous ways:<br /> <p>a movie about Ramizer's adventures before meeting McCleod,where we could see his first encounter with Krugen or a movie about McCleod's adventures in the past before the events of the first movie,or maybe an adventure which Ramirez and McCleod had together,maybe Ramirez at some point in their training in the Scottish Highlands took McCleod into a voyage in Europe to meet other Immortals so that he could learn more about them and gain experience from combat so that he could face and defeat Kruger in the future.<br /> <p>so many possibilities for a great prequel,but instead we got a sequel abomination with a retcon of those mysterious,fascinating,fantasty-like immortals as shitty as the midochlorian retcon of the Force in the Phantom Menace.<br /> <p>what in the name of God where they thinking?
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST
But honestly, who the fuck actually works doing deliveries for Amazon? The company has always used 3rd party couriers like UPS, etc. It's a tiny thing, but it's a big part of how Scott and Ramona meet up... and makes zero sense. Plenty of examples of lazy writing like this throughout SP.
Nov. 10, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST
...I get an email saying it just shipped. I ain't complaining, but Amazon...you're tough.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST
I'm shocked at how well it translated into the present day. Hell, I liked it better than the Robert Downy Jr. version (which I enjoyed for what it was, but it still missed some of the spirit of the original).
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST
I could not agree with you more regarding how films affect people on different levels, and that some people loving one film and hating another should be respected. But I could not possibly disagree with you more regarding Scott Pilgrim. And I think you actually contradict yourself a bit by going on about how great it is and how everyone else can "kiss his ass, because Bugs Bunny is going to win". But hey, I'm glad you like it, anyway. Otherwise, weak week (heh). Nothing really exciting for me in this column.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST
I mean, is it ironically hip to hate on it or is it MORE ironically hip and "with it" to really like the movie? My hipster douchenozzle cred is at stake here. Can one of you cool hipsters here tell me what to think so I don't come off like a total Herbert at the local coffee house?
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST
I love Tremors so much. Its like a guilty pleasure that I don't feel guilty to watch. I really liked the second one, too. Micheal Gross is amazing. The third one didn't do anything for me, but the TV show and fourth movie redeemed that.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST
I thought the Ritchie film was ok, but this is how you do a Sherlock Holmes movie. And, they managed to bring it to modern times without changing any of the spirit of the original which is very hard to do. If you like Sherlock Holmes, see these movies.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
Season five is indeed a great place to start. It's essentially a soft reboot, and I've gotten several newcomers hooked with this season alone. Steven Moffat is one of television's most inventive scriptwriters (and one of my personal favourite storytellers in any medium). His previous Who stories (one per season) have invariably become huge fan favourites and Hugo/Nebula award winners. Having him in charge of an entire story arc is a dream come true. Only two past stories (both penned by Moffat) would genuinely enhance your experience: -Season four's two-parter "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead", which introduces the *very* important recurring character of River Song. -Season three's "Blink", which introduces the terrifying Weeping Angels. While not as essential from a continuity point of view, it's 40 of the finest minutes of time paradox fiction you will ever see. It also stars Carey Mulligan, so hey - Carey Mulligan!
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST
hahahahaha a total herbert. I don't know exactly what that means but it made me laugh. What is the definition of a hipster these days? I like Scott Pilgrim so does that make me a hipster or a geek? This shit is too confusing. Also, Scott Pilgrim is barely a hipster. Hes more like a massive dork.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST
he's a straight shooter. I like that.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST
And the fact that I even know that ancient ST:TOS reference probably takes me way out of hipster turf and deep into the empire of Geek. BTW I was just kidding about the local coffeehouse, I'm not cool enough to hang out there, I just sit at home and surf the Internetz.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST
Tacking the book ending onto the (fairly different) SP film was EXTREMELY abrupt and brought the film down. It's a flawed movie but a quantum shift in filmmaking for Wright.
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST
but it's for groceries.
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST
..of the twits at Gorezone magazine (around 1989) whining about Joel and the bots talking over The Black Scorpion. "Waaahhh...They're making fun of my crappy movie! Waaahhhh...." Jezuz. Go back to masturbating to Scott Pilgrim.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST
Inception AND Scott Pilgrim were awesome. End of story.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST
Basically, Knives got in over her head with Scott but as she says at the end "I'm too cool for you". Ramona is emotionally closed off, which is why when some people saw the flick they were like "What the hell? Why didn't he pick Knives?" but I think she was more emotionally wounded than Knives and the happiest ending is her and Scott going off together into the sunset (well, nighttime T.O. skyline, you know what I mean). This whole debate is kind of like Team Edward vs. Team Jacob for videogame geeks, which is cool. Nerds have hearts too. Which is why whenever someone mentions how Scott Pilgirm is all hipster irony, it really is not at all. That movie is all heart. And kung fu and videogame and smashing pumpkins, etc. etc.
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST
And I loved the shit out of Scott Pilgrim so for me it's not about "getting" the "hipster douche" references. I found it effortlessly funny, spectacularly directed and sweet without being cloying. <p>Those who hated it might want to reflect upon the old truism that there is no accounting for taste and maybe once - JUST once - shut your boring fuckin' pieholes and let someone else's favourites go un-pissed-on.
Nov. 11, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST
i mean, i keep seeing that word used in relation to this movie..however, every definition i've seen of the word doesn't seem to fit how it's being thrown around here.(urban dictionary being the exception though the definitions there were lacking greatly in objectivity)<p>scott pilgrim seems more like an alternative music geek to me. was he wearing a smashing pumpkins shirt "ironically"? was there some piece of dialogue that i missed that pinpointed the characters hipster status?<p>is it just the movie itself or it's intended demographic that's hipster, due to it's whimsical use of pop culture references? i simply took that to mean that pilgrim as a character was into these things and incorporated them into his sense of reality. does he like video games, seinfeld, anime and comics "ironically"? does liking things that are quirky and cute make one a hipster?<p>what if someone is just genuinely nostalgic? i know i am, but i'm an eighties kid. if i have a job and live on my own and concern myself with adult affairs..am i allowed to also showcase my love through various means the things i grew up with?<p>and what about those born past the 90's? yes they're appropriating things that were originally borne of our generations..but every generation does this. does that alone make one a hipster?..because in that case, i believe the definition would apply to everyone here. help me out here..because it seems like much of the animosity stems from general insecurity and the habit of each generation to sneer at its neighboring generations and say "we're more authentic than you!"
Nov. 11, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST
by Master Bruce
No serious prior knowledge necessary other than the Doctor's an alien, & his "blue box" travels in time & space. S5 really is a great jumping on point for non-Who fans. My girlfriend, although a lifelong sci-fi/fantasy fan like myself, NEVER got into Dr. Who! It was nearly a deal-breaker for me until I realized that I’d have to go back out into the dating world again, and that idea was infinitely more scary than finding a yeti in your loo! Thankfully, Moffat, Smith, & Gillan entered the Tardis and made, arguably, the finest season of the new series to date, which my girlfriend positively loved! I really should send those guys a thank you card...or a bag of jelly babies at least.
Holmes is Amazing, as is the BBC>
Nov. 11, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST
Kinda meh. I never really cared for any of the characters and the whiole movie felt like it was the middle part of a trilogy. If marshall goes ahead and makes a prequel and a sequel then it might be a cool trilogy, but for right no the one film just feels like a disjointed mess
Nov. 11, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
They did their best to the entire series that way. Holmes is the Doctor, Watson is Rory and Morarty is the Master. No need for Amy although Watson's psuedo-girlfriend does have Amy moments. It started off good, but got weaker and weaker as it went on. Morarty was a giant disappointment. As for Doctor Who season 5, great story, good companions and Matt got better as the Doctor as it went on. Still, would have preferred Tennant back, but the story is designed for a Doctor who doesn't have the baggage Tennant's Doctor had at the end of season 4. Matt still needs to work on the Doctor stare of doom, David had that down packed. If you don't like MST3K, get the fuck out.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST
I don't know if it was De Laurentiis himself, or Belushi parodying him on SNL, but I love the line, "When Jaws die nobody cry, but when my Kong die everybody cry." His death is indeed the passing of one of the great old school showmen.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST
And don't forget his DEG production company backed Lynch's Blue Velvet, well, and produced Dune also, so there's that.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I only got into Doctor Who about 3 years ago, and when I did it quickly infected 98% of my friends. I really loved series 1-4, the specials after that were a bit underwelming. I think Series 5 is good, but there isn't anything in yet that matches the brilliance of some of the best Tennant stuff like Blink, Silence in the library/forrest of the dead, Midnight, the finales for series 2,3 & 4, the satan pit, girl in the fire place, Dalek, the shakespear code, and a bunch of others. I do really like Matt Smith, and Karen Gillan is pretty much an ideal female (for my particular tastes) although I think they haven't quite found a way to write Amy Pond properly yet. My brother got into Dr.Who with series 5, and so did one of my good friends, and so it is a good jumping on point. They both went back to the previous 4 series after that. But definitely watch BLINK before series 5, you're robbing yourself of one of the best episode of television EVER (of any show) if you don't, and it will enhance series 5 if you do, where as watching series 5 first, will take away from Blink a bit if you watch it second.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST
I didn't expect to, after all the jibes and 'hipster' cries (if trying not to act like a sheep is considered hipster - as an insult? - then I weep for the future of humanity...I don't think it has anything to do with references, as this is the usual geek way and there is few geekier than the director) and the mopey delivery of the dialogue in the ads...but the film really does marry balls to the wall action with genuine heart and comedy. Subtle comedy moreso, the same for which cannot be said for the rest of the film. I like loud, brash films every now and again, and this was the first for awhile that appeared to possess brains beyond the brawn. I did, however, think the music was shit. Not the soundtrack, but the muck that Sex Bob-omb came up with. But then I prefer progressive music so I was never gonna love garagey shite anyway. I just felt uplifted in general after the film. It put me and my friends in a good mood and we laughed harder at it the more we reflected on the smaller jokes. In shitty times like these I will take these moments when I can and be thankful that not everything has to be po-faced action. I'd like to see someone take on a remake of Story Of Ricky done in a similarly hyper-stylised style (not that there's anything wrong with the original, but imagine that level of violence with today's gadgetry).
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST
I think it would make a good double bill with 500 Days Of Summer. Yes?
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST
But I hear it's great. Since I became single again I haven't gone near many romantically tinged movies, although after SP i'd give it a try.
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST
jimmy_009 <P>My face has turned a nice shade of pink. Thank you for not taking the opportunity to rub my misspeak (so-to-speak) right back in my face, as can be the case in these talkbacks. --Though my heart is in the right place, using the wrong terminology to explain myself, along with misspelling what would be obvious to any animator, is inexcusable and enough to embarrass me enough to not EVER return. Almost. (Ha!) <P>When I was fresh out of high school, I considered a goal of one day working in animation (Disney, perhaps). While (arguably) misrepresenting my much older self in this talkback (by falling short in articulating), I hope that my opinion remains...worthy. In terms of artistic expression within the visual storytelling of film and animation, I do have something to offer. <P>As to video games, my understanding is that a cartoon style is much easier to achieve than a more realistic one, especially in terms of required hardware power. In that sense, the Nintendo Wii does play on a more even playing field with the competition, with the potential to reproduce popular cartoons as video games (see BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD). <P><P>Stalkeye <P>As to the classic video game "XIII", a actually still have it. I played around with it a couple of weeks back...and though the play mechanics aren't as tight as one might hope (in comparison to today), it is still amusing enough to remain in the home collection. I need to hook it up to an old tube television for some classic fun. :-D
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST
It wasn't "awesome", it wasn't a "game changer", it wasn't the ultimate statement on hipster/slacker culture. It was just a good movie. CHOPPAH gives it 3 out of 5 stars.
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST
Give it a try. Its nice to come across a movie about love and falling in love that isn't a cloying romcom, or leaden with heavy drama.
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST
Matt Smith is indeed great as The Doctor (he even kind of looks like an alien) and Karen Gillan is magically delicious as companion Amy Pond. BUT THERE ARE SOME STINKERS IN THIS SEASON THAT ARE DOWNRIGHT ABYSMAL! So, much so that I fear if you watch them you will forever be turned off from WHO. Watch and enjoy Season 5, particularly episode 10 "Vincent and the Doctor", but PLEASE AVOID AT ALL COSTS THE FOLLOWING EPISODES: 8. "AMY'S CHOICE" AND 11. "THE LODGER". Your Welcome!!!
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST
It looks interesting! I need some news!
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST
Region 1 --I need it.
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST
from RT. A GOOD Tony Scott movie for a change?
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST
I heard it was pretty sweet, but has anyone actually bought it? Is it worth the 10 bucks?
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
so I'll be busy for a while.
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST
I'm also planning on picking up Black ops this weekend, I've never really been a die hard COD fan, but this new one looks amazing
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST
Redhead_Redemption, all I can say is regardless or not if you're a call of duty fan, you will love Black Ops. Not only does it have a solid campaign with various scenarios, but there's zombie mode which is like survival horror for first person shooters and not to mention the multiplayer is tight/sick.<p>One warning, just prepare to have your ass handed to you by the pros who breathe,eat and shit this game.Highly recommended!!
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST
CHOPPAH finds it personally offensive the notion that everyday sheeple can understand anything about the experience of war by playing a stupid video game, especially on Veteran's Day.
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST
The only things to see any real battle will be robots
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST
by Man in Suit
I think the Telemarketer has a good point. We are all fans of the site and want to see you around for years. Take care of yourself, man!
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST
Once again THE CHOPPAH outscoops AICN!
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST
And, if that is the case, then the Japanese are gonna take over the world.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11 a.m. CST
You know what's become far more annoying than anything hipster? People bitching about how much they hate anything hipster. I have to agree with Aquanaut in my confusion as to how this film is being regarded as hipster. The term has so many meanings that it can be used to describe a person who is being only ironically "alternative" or counter-cultural, someone who pretends to sincerely be so as an artifice, or someone who genuinely is passionate about some non-mainstream, independent, or arty films and movies, etc. that others simply perceive as artifice. And because those definitions are so contradictory, the word hipster has lost all meaning. So what is it about SP that is "hipster"? Do people think he only ironically likes Smashing Pumpkins, only ironically likes video games and 80's pop culture, etc.? Or is the simple co-option of that pop culture what is now being used as a definition of hipster.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST
of the main characters, Scott and Pink Hair Chick is the main thing that makes it hipster. They are so above everything that they can't even be bothered to care. Hipper than thou! The irony comes from this detachment.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST
It's a fucking movie.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST
Both are words that have become wildly detached from their original meaning, and have lost all purpose. These days "hipster" can be applied to anything you don't like. I used to say that 300 was the most emo film ever, but now I think it's the most hipster film ever. I mean look at those Spartans thinking they're cooler than the Persians just because they're white and privileged. What a bunch of wankers.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST
That is all.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST
I sincerely hope you're just being "ironic." Because, otherwise why are you at a movie web site on a message board where people over-analyze movies?
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST
That was DeLaurentis that said that. Except it would have been "When Konk adie.."
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST
by TV's Frank
Contemporary hipsters do not strive to be unique individuals. They simply strive to fit in with one another rather than with the population as a whole. Then they can congratulate themselves on being better than everyone else. They care very much what others think about them. Specifically, they want other hipsters to think they are cool and frat guys to think they are weird. This is why every hipster dresses the same way, listens to the same types of music, etc. Hipster girls are clones of each other just like sorority girls. Hipster girls are hotter though, so the point goes to them.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST
is that here in the States, it's on PBS which means 99.99% of the population won't even know it exists. Which is a shame since it's very, very good. It puts anything airing on CBS, NBC, ABC to shame. Highly recommended.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST
Yes, the network's idea of a crafty engaging thriller is something like Castle. Even House, which is a medical Sherlock, pales in comparison.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST
The closest you got is the sarcastic gay roommate and he's not a main character, he's simply in it as comic relief. Does a bang up job, too. Who woulda thought one of the Culkins would turn out to be an amazing actor. Odd, that.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST
This is why the universe is fundamentally unfair, you see. Mac Culkin has been with Mila Kunis forever and ever. And Kriean Culkin, who shot Paper Man with Emma Stone (she's great in it, by the way) was strolling hand and hand with Emma Stone down the street in some paparazzi. The Culkins. Get two of the most beautiful girls on the planet. This is something that actually happened in real life.
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST
I'd link it but looking at it again would make me cry.
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST
THE CHOPPAH DOES!!!
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST
I'm glad you like 'Sherlock' Harry, heck i'm glad everyone seems to love it across the shores.
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST
are essential viewing to pick up where Moffat/Smith take off...not that we know of yet. <p>Would recommend 'Blink' and 'Silence in the library'/'Forest of the Dead' only as essential viewing... and perhaps in addition the two part send-off 'The End of Time'...as its events may very well still have a hand in whats going on currently that you might find fun to speculate on, i don't know Harry... but 'The End of Time' is difficult because if you ever do get into RTD/Eccelson/Tenants run properly you might feel pissed for going and watching that.
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST
But Scott Pilrgim is not 'Hipster', if anything to me at least its a vivid disection/deconstruction of certain 'hipster' things, of which all things are not hipster.
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST
"I wouldnt say prior episodes from RTD are essential viewing to pick up where Moffat/Smith take off"...<p>...except the ones i then go and state below are essential...kind of.
Nov. 11, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST
...been a long time.
Nov. 11, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST
Though on a positive note, we've seen an increasing number of quality programs over the past few years. Granted most are/were on cable but the bar's been raised and it's a good sign for the future. Now we just need to educate the people who keep watching Grey's, Housewives and all the reality garbage.
Nov. 11, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
The other problem with the end of time, is, at least for me, I find it to be the only really bad episode of the tennant era Who, so it might give the wrong impression.
Nov. 11, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST
The acting was amazing, the plot was awesome and the actors were great. Anyone who bitches about End of Time needs their head examined. Its everything, a Doctor Who finale should be, probably better, because it had a budget. You have to see End of Time to realize why the new Doctor is who is in season 5. Season 3 as well as parts of Season 2 are almost unwatchable unless its the Master. Even then, you have take a giant leap of faith for the end of 3. Honestly, if you have been watching Scott Pilgriam and most of the useless crap on TV and film instead of Dr. Who, its your own damn fault. Scott Pilgrim looked awful and got what it deserved at the box office.
Nov. 11, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST
Fair Enough...i really felt dicked around & conned when i first saw it but have come to like it alot more...i'm not sure if thats just cos im a mythology/mystery whore & am telling myself it has furthur relevance to things i.e Weeping Angels, medusa cascade etc.
Nov. 11, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST
Scott Pilgrim owns 'The End of Time', the least being the visuals. There has been better stuff from Season 1-4 than 'The End of Time', as much as i quite like it now.
Nov. 11, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I'm not saying its devoid of great moments, and for the most part I think part 2 is really good. But part one is really problematic, with the Masters weird super powers, the convoluted resurrection, and whatnot. Again its not awful, the visuals are great, great acting, all the stuff with Donna's grandpa is great. Part of the problem for me is that the series 4 finale is such a perfect climax to the RTD/Tennant era that the specials just feel a bit anticlimactic. As for it being the 'only' bad episode, I'm not saying some episodes aren't weaker than others, but overall I've enjoyed all of them, and appreciated the diversity of premises and settings. I know plent of people hate the RTD stuff, but I really like it, and I can see his love for the originals shine through. And for all the so-so episodes here and there in each of the first 4 series, there are so many ground breakingly great/fun/original episodes that make the show shine. I'm enjoying the Matt Smith/Steve Moffat stuff, but I don't feel there have been any episodes yet that are equal to any of the episodes Moffat wrote while RTD was in charge.
Nov. 11, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I always find it odd when people complain about the RTD/New-Who stuff and say that they want Dr. Who to get back to 'the way it use to be'. I'm never really sure what they mean by that? Which is era of Dr. Who is the 'true' era? The Tom Baker stuff? Sure its great, but its nothing at all alike the William Hartnell stuff, so is that the TRUE era of Dr. Who? When he's a grouchy old man who never tries save people and travels around with his grand daughter and two teachers? Each era of Dr. WHo has been very different from those that came before, or after it. And to me that is the charm of the show. Even within the new show, there is such an interesting variety between the Eccelston stuff, then the Tennant stuff, and now Matt Smith. And after Smith will be someone else, different again. Isn't that part of the fun?
Nov. 11, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Nov. 11, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST
I'm kind of on the fence or split inside about RTDs entire run as a writer & head writer. When people say "back to the way it used to be" i guess at least they are reffering more to it being not so post-modern and self reflexive/deconstructive of its cultural/'genre' lineage in the buffy-mould (loved Buffy, can see why long time Who fans could be horrified & point & scream "Third rate Buffy knock-off!" when they were formally introduced for the 1st time), at least outside of the characters themselves that inhabit the reality on screen. It strikes me that mostly at least overall in 'classic' Who characters are knowing and self-reflexive of themselves & their actions, but it never dominated screen time & content by pushing it to the forefront of the reality presented & scripted commentary in general - Other than notoriously 'Trial' with Colin Baker but i think that was for a specific purpose out of his reception from critics/audiences - and having cameras/direction/visual-audio commentary follow suit alot in RTD eps often reveling in the siliness and unconvincingness because "That was Doctor Who remember!". When in fact it wasnt what it was really to alot of the diehard fans (i'm on real thin ice here: i was born in 1984, and 'Trail of A Timelord' also totally counters this argument assuming theres 'classic' love/recognition for it). <p>Which is why a) I am pleasently suprised others & myself love Moffats series so much, as it looks to have embraced much of this post-modern aspect or reinvention more than anything and not be dropping it anytime soon... bar giving up on being scary and/or convincing with establishing its reality, as well as a bit more serious with it. Oh and not often pushing its self-reflexiveness/awareness to the forefront of its visual or scripted commentary. Maybe thats the key. Except for when<p> b)it would seem quite a few people find episodes like 'Vampires in Venice' & The IPod Dalek one a step back respectively (all i know is i like the two writers for those eps in general).<p> As for none of Moffats episodes being as good as they were when RTD ran the series.... not sure really, i think RTD Davie did a great job overall as showrunner, but the direction & production recently has been a real improvement mostly, give or take.
Nov. 11, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST
Months ago, I read something about a cheesy-looking action game with old school aesthetics that was supposed to be based upon a graphic novel. "Who the fuck is Scott Pilgrim?" I wondered briefly, but then wrote it off as something from bubble-gum pop culture and promptly forgot all about it. Then I see a movie on the shelf of the local video peddler that caught my attention. Scott Pilgrim--There's that name again--sounds cheesy. So I ignore it. Looking for a flick to watch, I happen across Harry's gushing and figured what the hell? So I rent a copy... After my third time through a movie that I had initially written off as just more bubblegum bullshit, it's now my favorite flick of the year. I needed something to give my usual cynicism a good ass-kicking, but I never thought it would be Scott Pilgrim...Who knew?
Nov. 11, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I definitely would not argue that the production values have gotten really beautiful, the switch to HD has definitely been positive also. I actually like though that the Eccelston series looked so shabby and camp, because it bridges the new and old series that way. The self reflective stuff I just see as a product of its time, and since its a show thats been around for over 30 seasons I think its okay to be that way. It certainly made the show more appealing for a new fan like me, and I have gone back and watched quite a bit of the older stuff as a result.
Nov. 11, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST
Are,as usual, the kind that use Rotten Tomatoes as PROOF that a movie is shtty/bomb. Except of course that it's currently pulling 81% on RT, so of course they can't use that. Or they are Cera haters. Or the kind of moron who wanks on and on about what a shitty movie it is. How it bombed miserably. How stupid Harry is for hyping it, ect. Yeh. Right. 81% from reviewers. 87% from audience reviews. Sounds more like a lot of "I have an opinion, and it's the right one, pay attention to me! Waa!" Peace.
Nov. 11, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST
by Henry Fool
I got the Blue Ray two days ago and have watched it twice, one viewing of the film and one of Edgar Wright's commentary. I saw it twice in the theater. I love this movie. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! If you hate it, you're just not a true geek. It's the most groundbreaking geek movie to hit the silver screen in years, easily ranking with Pulp Fiction, Fight Club and The Matrix. Edgar Wright and Brian Lee O'Malley are geniuses, pure and simple.<br /> <br /> I never really cared for Michael Cera in Superbad but I absolutely love him here. He combines a little bit of the nerdiness of Napoleon Dynamite with the swagger of Indian Jones. Bugs Bunny is an apt description of his performance. He's really amazing here, a perfectly balance of charisma and geek.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST
By all rights, I'm a SDCC attending, original pages of comics book collecting, every game console cept for virtual boy owning, going to four shows a night (crewed for some back in the day) kinda guy who was constantly being told in high school i was nice right before a boot would crush my face and or heart. I watched Hot Fuzz in theaters 3 times. I imported the region 2 Spaced DVD. I cursed McG when he maligned its good name. And yet and yet.... <br> I did not like Scott Pilgrim one bit. <br> I think it's a really well made movie by an exceptionally talented director that is a complete tonal misfire with a massive casting problem at its center. And I am really glad I rented and did not buy the Blu Ray. Because I couldn't wait for it to be over and had no intention of watching it again. <br> Since the period in my life that was like Scott's we've had 9/11, two wars, Katrina, an economic collapse. Simple nostalgia for the comforts of childhood in and of themselves don't resonate for shit with me any more. In small doses, charming, sure. When it is all the text is, and then you buttress that irony with ironic performances and ironic edits with ironic sound effects every time the camera whooshes from one shot to the next, it just becomes unbearable. These people live in an empty vacuum in which nothing is of consequence except for their greedy feelings. <br> And then on top of it when the film in question has ironic fights and ironic jokes, you need the cast to be earnest, to give it their all, and furthermore for us to accept that you're going to actually defeat 7 evil exes we need to investigate that metaphor and comprehend how it applies to trying to love someone who has exes that haunt them. But there's no damn depth to Scott Pilgrim AT ALL. We're told Scott is a nice guy so he deserves Ramona. But we're never shown that he is. In fact he's not nice at all. He's a loser with barely any talent who preys on underage girls. Big sympathy problem.<br> Conversely, Ramona is never given any depth wahtsoever to match her melancholy. In fact she's given an actual chip and at one point she's treated like a pet by her ex boyfriend. Which comes across to me as strikingly one dimensional and pathetic. Sometimes the women we love leave us for worse men because they actually love them, not because they're chipped, dipshit. <br> I was aware the whole time I was watching Scott Pilgrim that I was watching a movie. I should've been rooting for him, rooting for the couple at its center, but I couldn't have cared less. They seemed self involved, childish, blank and lacking any sort of charm or grace or charisma. <br> I know O Malley Lee's book isn't as empty as the film but it's a striking male fantasy: one in which a guy is good because he likes childish things, and can become instantly badass through childish thoughts without earning the right to fight or become manly. In which women throw themselves at him for no reason, despite how pathetic he is. It's an empty, nihilistic child's fantasy of manhood, in which entitlement and nostalgia take the place of hard decisions, earning love, and showing compassion for the world around you. There''s none of that in Scott Pilgrim. Just an empty caveat that nice guys deserve girls, cause they're nice, and once they realize how nice they are they deserve the girls even more. <br> If you really think the ending of Scott Pilgrim has something to say about relationships and women, then you ought to learn some self respect and realize what an empty movie it is. <br> I'm sorry Harry, Scott Pilgrim failed for a reason. It's a total, utter misfire of a movie.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST
cos i mean it literally: maybe its just a guilt complex from the fact i used to knock one out late night to 'Lexx' when i was young (had to get in there quick, before all the weird near-chronenburg like funky objects & stuff would invade the frame/plot).<p> But i hear what you say; looking back on all RTD did in reviving Dr Who & upon reflection (for me seeing how its been picked up by Moffat since helps) of the series collected and some great episodes none of those hang ups really seem to matter so much to me.
Nov. 11, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST
is why i found Scott Pilgrim so funny & touching & clever...maybe i'm just a nihilistic empty asshole. But double bill that film with 'The Signal'.
Nov. 11, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST
For a first year by an all-new team it was excellent, and Matt Smith is the best Doctor since Tom Baker.
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST
of all time.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
You're calling a movie rife with rock and roll and video game and comic book references shallow and empty? This is not exactly meant to be The Thin Red Line. It's like watching a nature documentary and wanting an action sequence.
Nov. 12, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST
by sam jacksons wig
...but only because he was a)watching it on download b) not paying for it and c) taking it up the arse from his partner, and the pain of that took away the pain of Scott Pilgrim.<br><br> I just thought it was absolute shit. But hey-ho.
Nov. 12, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
Thats basically my approach to it, I see it as a first season, so the one I compare it to is the eccelston season, I know the budgets were also lowered for series 5 so that it could grow over time, so I expect it to expand the scope and become more epic over the next few series.
Nov. 12, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST
There must be something in age or life experience that makes people love or hate Scott Pilgrim. I am older and loved it...so if it is an age thing, it isn't about being from an older generation. I loved everything about the movie. Honestly, as unique as the visuals were, I thought the acting was just right. It seems like it would be hard to get into a rhythm on a movie like this as an actor because of how much production and effects are involved. Cera was great and Culkin was, too. Damn the alternate ending...I liked it, too. I get why the original was chosen, but there is something sweet about the alternate.
Nov. 12, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I think there's lots of people, like me, who thought Scott Pilgrim was okay, not great, deeply flawed, but a cute enough night at the movies. But I think how overboard the hypemachine went on it for the past year makes some people who are on the fence get a little angry at the fanatics and they take it out the film itself. I also think some of the love feeds itself. I notice there are sometimes what seem like competitions between geeks about who can geek out more with stronger hyberbole wins the geek crown or something.
Nov. 12, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST
The End of Time was appalling, one of the worst Who stories of all time. From The Master eating hamburgers to turning himsel into everyone in the world to Tennant's wearisome moping around it was like a parody of Doctor Who by people who had never seen it before. And let's not mention the CBBC green aliens and The Doctor flying from the spaceship into the manor house... my god, just dreadful!
Nov. 12, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST
Just liked it. It was a "cute" little movie. CHOPPAH could have done without the lazy homosexual stereotypes, but Culkins gotta eat.
The Book Of Revelations states that when the Jews come down from Zion and THE_CHOPPAH is on the fence it signifies the return of the antichrist.<p> Michael Cera = Satan?
Nov. 12, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST
He's the AntiActor!
Nov. 12, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST
I actually haven't seen Scott Pilgrim, but I watched Jonah Hex yesterday and I enjoyed it. I think it was one of those movies that got such bad reviews that it just couldn't help but be pleasant surprise. As for 3D, the tech is really very good. I have a legacy Sammy DLP that I bought a device to "trick" it into playing the new format, and it is great. COD-Black Ops is in three fucking dee, and it is amazing. Unfortunately, the only movie I have is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which is great as a demo disc, but not a great movie. I am personally very angry that they didn't release the new Avatar edition in 3d. This is a triple dip situation, and not acceptable. Looking forward to Christmas Carol in blu3D. Disney did it right, first release in blu3D, 2D, and DVD.
Nov. 12, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Elite-Squad-Blu-ray/2650/#Review - won the Golden Bear in Berlin.
Nov. 12, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST
Thats it right there, you didn't own virtual boy. There are at least 15 references to VB in the movie that non VB owners would never understand.
Nov. 12, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST
The Master wants to be Master of all, so turning himself into humans make sense. There is no resistence like there was in Season 3 when he took over. Also, the added threat of him turning the Time Lords into him was great. Time Lords eat, the Doctor enjoys fish and chips. The Masters' resurrection is a bit off, but it falls into the established end of Season 3 that there was a piece of him left behind when the Doctor burned him. Tennant's portral of the Doctor was great at the end. This Doctor had pretty much done it all and wanted to do more. He always was somewhat ego centric which we got a hint through out the Time Lord Victorious. Its a carnation of the Doctor who is more powerful then any of the other Doctors mainly due to the fact that the Time Lords are gone. I had no problem with the end since its as the Doctor stated, once you regenerate you become someone else ie you are dead. Who wants to do die knowing they are going to die besides emo kids.
Nov. 12, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
Have you seen the BBC TV show SHERLOCK. If not, you should. I'm sure you would love it.
Nov. 12, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST
It's Fucking coming!!! SIX MILLION DOLLAR FUCKING MAN!!!
Nov. 12, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST
You are amazing. You pretty much nailed every thought I had while watching Scott Pilgrim. Preying on under age girls was the first strike of many in that movie. If you truly loved it I really have to wonder where you are in life and what you think it really means to love and fight for that person you love. Cause if you only love a girl because her hair is different colors than you have no idea.
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Nov. 12, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST
Thanks! No, I have not seen BBC's Sherlock, but I'll definitely check it out. I like what Steve Moffat's done with Who for the most part so far.
Nov. 12, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST
Really, that many!? And you wonder why you can't get this column done? Maybe just watch it four and you're golden.
Nov. 12, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I agree with most of your points. The doctor falling out of the space ship into the mansion and surviving, the masters lightning powers and ability to fly all annoyed me. I did however really like him turning into everyone on Earth, that felt like a very true-to-Who moment for me and was milked well. Thats why 'space ship window jumping aside' I like part 2, its mostly just part 1 I take issue with. It just feels like the script for tEoT was either rewritten too many times and things got convoluted. I know that the billionaires daughter was originally going to be Rani. Things like that, one too many characters.
Nov. 12, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
They could of had the regeneration at the end of 'the stolen earth' actually have Tennant regenerate into Matt Smith, but then the hand of tennant could still turn into the human version of the 10th Doctor, and we would of been treated to having doctors 10 & 11 at the same time for one episode. And then Tennant going off with Rose in the other Universe would of felt even more satisfying, yet still not be a copout since the true Doctor would be Matt Smith who would go on to more adventures.
Nov. 13, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST
Where do you find geeky Asian girls? WHERE!? It seems every other Asian girl in the US wants a rich White guy with a car and enough money to pay for new wardrobes every season. Curse my being half-Chinese and this psychological 'Yellow Plague!'
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST
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Nov. 13, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST
I dabbled in the comic books, some of which I really, really loved(things like "sex bob-omb"), and some of it I felt to be a cringe-worthy, off-the-mark caricature of the "NES nerds" that are my generation. I didn't catch the movie in theaters because of a surprisingly brief release, but I rented it as soon as it hit DVD... and I honestly loved it. Like, in a profound type of way, and not the way I was expecting. Most of the humor jived with me, and of course Wright's frenetic direction and grasp of the medium is jaw-dropping at times... but something about Scott's character, and the way he persevered to get "the girl" was much more emotionally captivating than I had expected. Maybe its just because I want to marry Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I watched the movie twice on Tuesday, and I've seen it twice since. It'll now be firmly in my DVD rotation for a long, long time.
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST
"These people live in an empty vacuum in which nothing is of consequence except for their greedy feelings." <p> thats because the movie takes place in Canada.
Nov. 13, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I found it enjoyable but nothing I'd need to see again. My main love for it was I'm a Torontian and it was cool to see a movie that was shot here, that actually TOOK PLACE here.
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST
that's pretty stupid for a disposable gen-Y postmodern waste of time.
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST
...because he doesn't really understand movies.
Nov. 14, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST
Lets keep DVD media, at dirt-cheap prices. Then we can buy sooper-dooper hi-def version s of our favorite movies when everything is digital download only and Blu-Rays are obsolete.
Nov. 15, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST
You mean, because it takes place in Toronto. Montreal is amazing, Vancouver is alright, Halifax is badass, but Toronto, man. I don't want to live in a city that makes you play in Broken Social Scene just cause you live there.
Nov. 15, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST
Uh how about I enjoy HiDef now as it is before I fucking day in whichever way I please. And digital download only? Have fun with that shit, you lazy Gen Y Scott Pilgrim kids are all ceding privacy and ownership for the sake of laziness. Get out of your fucking chair and put a disc in you shmuck.
Nov. 15, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST
already dirt cheap?
Nov. 15, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST
Or is it The Adventures of Ford Farlane?
Nov. 15, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST
Does anyone know if TIME LIFE are exclusive sellers of this (finally!) Region 1 USA set??? Is this set not being sold ANYWHERE else??? <P>I did not see it listed at AMAZON, so what gives? --Harry? --Anybody?
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST
Don't get me wrong. I think Edgar Wright is a very talented director but I want him to grow up a little. I watched Scott Pilgrim with intrepidation thinking of all the hype at AICN only to find the most extreme form of 'style over content' I have ever witnessed. There's more warmth, style and wit in the first five minutes of SotD than in the whole of SPvtW.
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST
Thank you to talkbacker "picardsucks" for the exciting news of the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN Complete Set hitting USA dvd, FINALLY!!! <P>I really LOVED this show when I was a kid...and look forward to sharing it with my son. Sure, it is dated...but it holds up as family entertainment. (We're enjoying THE BIONIC WOMAN 2-part and THE RETURN OF THE BIONIC WOMAN 2-part episodes from the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN episodes, which were included with "THE BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON 1" set.) <P>If I was a successful director in Hollywood today, I would most definitely want to update it for modern audiences, for either television or theatrical release. I know they've tried in the past, put I would go into new territory, attempting to make it feel/seem more plausible. <P>For starters, I would make him much more machine than man...because muscles aren't going to keep up with bionics moving over 60 mph. But one consideration would be a futuristic take. Can you imagine him in a world of "BLADE RUNNER" or "ALIENS", with artificial people having similar abilities? Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Hell, yeah!!!
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST
Black Adam hits superman with magic lightning, and proclaims "Vulnerability to magic" yet the damage seems like a minimal "ow..." and the fight goes on like it had negligible effect.
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST
Bring on the SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN!!!
Nov. 15, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST
TIME LIFE just picked up some business, I'm thinking.
Nov. 15, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST
Completely agree. Have just finished watching BBC's new Sherlock show and Im already chomping at the next season. I really hope they do more than 2. Cumberband & Freeman have great on-screen chemistry!!
Nov. 15, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
It's from a lot of the talent behind Sherlock and the whole series is a brilliant ride. You'll love it. (Just glad you missed some of the lowpoints recently)
Nov. 15, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST
"everything looks God Damn Blurry." Get a new prescription, or a new TV.
Nov. 15, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I've lived in Toronto for years and have never encountered this broken social scene you're mentioning. I'm sure people like the ones in SP do exist, but I sure as hell never have to deal with them. I lived in more cities than I can count, and I can't imagine living anywhere else now that I've lived here.
Nov. 15, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST
Nov. 16, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST
This is what I wanted from Doctor Who back in 2005... No, wait, 1996. This series wiped away all the problems I had with the franchise when RTD was in charge. It rocked. I love how "The Eleventh Hour" had so many visual and musical cues from the 1996 TV Movie (including how it was lit). The only problem with the Series is that Episode 2 is so damn depressing and to have to experience it right after the emotional highs that are part of Episode 1. For our sakes, I hope the BBC gives Steven Moffat as much money as he asks for so that the guy will continue writing for Who for the next decade...
Nov. 16, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST
I mean why the hell would want 15-25 GB of friggen Thunderdome clogging my drive just because I have a Mad Max moment?<p> For a small fee, I let the cloud companies worry about the storage while I stream the damn thing whenever, wherever I want.
Nov. 16, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST
"Can I watch this fifth series without having any real understanding of what has come immediately before?"<p> Yes, you can. Though I think your experience of Season 5 would be improved by first watching online just three earlier episodes -- "Blink" from Season 3, and the 2-parter "Silence of the Library" / "Forest of the Dead" from Season 4. <p>"Funny little human brains ... How do you get around in those things?" -- Doctor Who, "The Doctor Dances," by Steven Moffat<p> "Dear God, what is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring!" -- Sherlock, "A Study in Pink," by Steven Moffat
Nov. 16, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST
"I hope they use that year before the next episode to actually write some way out of this hole that makes a lick of sense."<p>I have a prediction as to how season 2 will begin. It will start some time later, with Watson thinking Holmes is dead (a la the books) and we'll see the resolution of the cliffhanger through backflashes.
Nov. 16, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST
They cut their episodes short without announcing this. If an episode is extra-long they just cut it more. For example, because "The Eleventh Hour" (the premiere of Doctor Who series 5) was extra-long, thye cut TWENTY MINUTES out of it with no warning. The other day they had a DW marathon and they cut the scene where the Master is singing "I can't decide" out of "Last of the Time Lords." I first watched "Eleventh Hour" on BBC America and was baffled later in the series when they showed flashbacks to things I didn't remember seeing -- until I found the full episode online.
Nov. 21, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST
to play Captain Marvel. Soon he'll be too old and then go with a young boy billy batson who turns into a young teen Captain Marvel...WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?
Nov. 24, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST
It's always funny to see the slobbering hatred for Kazan because the haters may as well just admit they don't know a goddamned thing about history. Read ultra-liberal Richard Shickle on the subject and you'll learn the facts. Kazan, an ultra-lefty until he died, had the party interfering with his work way back when. Then, years later, when communism was under attack by the rabid political posturing in DC (though the post-Soviet release of files shows the USSR was indeed trying to do what it was accused of back then), Kazan testified before congress and told the truth. Ooooh, a man who the party tried to screw over tells the truth about a political movement that wiped out more people and oppressed millions in the USSR for decades, what a rat bastard! If everything Kazan did was against some right-wing movement in the USA, like fascism, the same people who trendily bash him would be praising him as a hero for the ages. There were plenty of others who did exactly what he did, and no one says a word because you've bought the BS campaign against him. I've never seen ONE WORD on this site against Gary Cooper for his enthusuastic testimony in front of Congress, because a lefty hate campaign wasn't aimed at him. The cowardly politicians who tried to take a genuine concern into political showboating--among them, Robert Kennedy, but again, his part in the 'witch hunt' (bullshit term, implying there were no communists or communist subversion in the country) is NEVER mentioned, because, well, because it would take too much effort, just go with the trendy Kazan hate. Go back to watching your cartoons and thinking Obama is brilliant.
Nov. 26, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST
I love my cartoons and still think Bam is "brilliant" but thanks for shedding some light for us Kazan bashers. I shall look further into his "exploits" as you have given some food for thought.
Nov. 27, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST
This movie somehow made Mary Winstead appear unsexy. Pretty amazing since I've been nuts about her for a bit now (the wife even refers to her as my girl- e.g. "oh your girl's in this")- it's just the fact that her character was flat and bland (I know this was adapted from the books by the way) and that she looked ridiculous under that candy colored mop of hair. I DID enjoy the movie- for even though I found it to be mostly hollow hipster/geek trash starring a one note nebbish (Cera) - it was still an Edgar Wright movie- which typically is livened up with hyper kinetic editing- AND most importantly- it had Alison Pill. Alison Pill. This is the only thing I've noticed her in other than Milk and goddamn if she isn't one of the world's most adorable creatures. Really other than those two things there wasn't much holding me here. I didn't feel much real heart in this movie (and you know the heart is lacking if I'm nuts about Winstead and yet I can't see what Scott sees in Ramona Flowers), just tricked up visuals and flashy hipster classic video game lore (and I happen to still play my Turbo Grafx- I have over 250 games with American and Japanese titles). And Jason Schwartzman. Seriously- am I the only who can't stand this guy's face anymore? I had to bail out on Bored to Death midseason this year because his face alone conjurs deep revulsion. I don't know exactly when Schwartzman became the quintessential hipster actor or if he always was- but I guess it's pretty fitting. Did I mention that I despise hipsters? Spend a few minutes in the hipsterville parts of Brooklyn and you'll feel me. Hipsters A) try way too hard B) are actually way more self conscious than cool C) are responsible for the men's skinny jeans fad D) mistake rattling off all the obscure shitty bands they listen to in a nervous attempt to impress you as communication E) wouldn't know how to party if they were in a basement with ten strippers, their friends and a mountain of coke F) are mostly small city trash who come to places like New York thinking that their frail emo destiny calls for it and G) dress like there's a contest for the most unmatched metro/homosexual... except for SOME of the chicks- some of them look like raven haired partially gothed out bisexual whores- and that's certainly a good thing.