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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - Dec 2010 - A whole lotta catch-up!

Published at: Jan. 4, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with a big make-up column. The good news is… there really wasn’t a ton of stuff to go after this month. December is usually not a great month of releases, beyond a few Holiday releases, but this year – there’s quite a bit to cull from the weeks that made up this month. With the site going down, BNAT, my birthday, the holidays & a billion award screeners to go through – I’ve been terribly distracted. I know, y’all deserve better, but sometimes there’s only so much I can do on a regular basis. Watching films non-stop can be an exhaustive procedure, especially when you’re given the whole of the Award season screeners to work through – that column gets folded into my end of the year list. Also… every year – after BNAT – my brain has a system failure. I don’t want to work through the holidays. I want to spend it with my family and friends and just relax. Enjoy the releases – and I always end up doing this catch-up column. So again, I apologize to those of you that depend upon this column to create your own viewing and shopping lists. Here ya go – all mixed up and well… this first one is a must see for action fans! Seriously. Fucking amazing film. December DVDs





MERANTAU

I love MERANTAU. Here you have a story about a man that grows up out on a farm. Learns his martial arts from his father, and like all men, there comes a time in his life when he must go into the city and try to discover his life and trade. I saw this film at FANTASTIC FEST, not this year, but the year before. MERANTAU is an emotional, quality film that happens to have extraordinarily cool action. This movie doesn’t have a crazy budget and remarkable visual effects. What it has instead is a story that captures you – and action scenes that get progressively more violent and increasingly powerfully choreographed. By the end of the film – you could in fact be so emotionally caught up in the story that you could find yourself… well, as in love as me. This film is one of those that Todd from TWITCH brought to our attention – and I have to say. WELL DONE TODD! Invite friends over when you screen this. It’s awesome.




HARDBOILED (Blu Ray)

Just about as exquisite an action film has ever been made. I was 19 when I saw HARD BOILED at Hogg Auditorium at the University of Texas – and I still remember people running out of the theater afterwards having finger gun battles. We were all so energized by the film. In the various GEEK articles that wonder about how difficult it was to actually see these films – let me tell ya. If you missed that HOGG AUDITORIUM screening – you had to find illegal dubs of Pal Video Tapes that you couldn’t find a player for back then. Without the internet there was no way to search. You had to go to conventions and scour the tables of Dealers that made shady copies. It was this magic period in the late 80s early 90s when whispers about the films from Hong Kong started to spread. If you had this, you could get ANYBODY over to your house. It was a film of Legend. And it absolutely deserves that reputation still today. I keep awaiting John Woo to reemerge – to own cinema as he did then. I still believe, especially after watching this on Blu. Wow.




THE OUTFIT (Remaster)

This is one of the great, underseen Robert Duvall films. Tarantino brought down a 35mm print of this to the Drafthouse ages ago, but I still have the singe marks from the blast that this film was. Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan, Elisha Cook Jr… Just an awesome crime film taken faithfully from the pages of Donald Westlake’s novel.




THE AMERICAN

I love this film. Love it. From the poster to every frame of the movie, this flick seeps early seventies coolness. It isn’t set then, it’s just the vibe of the film. It’s paced for a different era and allows you to see the character think, rather than telling the story through dialogue. Clooney is saying so much in every scene… and he barely speaks. A film that instantly feels like a classic – and I know that phrase is thrown around a lot, but it really did feel that way to me. Can’t wait to show some friends this BluRay!




INCEPTION

A tremendous BluRay. The behind the scenes and extra features are quite cool. For many, this is their favorite film of the year. Others proclaim it as being the very best of the year. Me. It just doesn’t work for me. Almost every element of the film can and deserves to be applauded at a technical and performance level. I really regret that I’ve never been able to just enjoy it though. I find the film to be a bit tedious and monotonous. And I absolutely hate that. This is one of the films that I’m not allowed to discuss with Yoko, because she gets furious at my take on it. That said, much of the behind the scenes I found fascinating and far more interesting than the film. Here’s what you get:
Disc 1 Movie Extraction Mode: Infiltrate the movie's imaginative landscape to learn how Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast and crew designed and achieved the film's signature moments
Disc 2 Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious: Can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and leading scientists take you to the cutting edge of dream research Inception: The Cobol Job: Comic prologue in full animation and motion: see the events that led to the beginning of the movie 5.1 soundtrack selections from Hans Zimmer's versatile score Conceptual art, promotional art, and trailer/TV spot galleries Via BD-Live: Project Somnacin--Confidential Files: Access highly secure files that reveal the inception of the dream-share technology




THE FILMS OF RITA HAYWORTH ( COVER GIRL / TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT / GILDA / SALOME / MISS SADIE THOMPSON )

This is an incredibly solid set. COVER GIRL, GILDA & SALOME are all excellent films. But MISS SADIE THOMPSON is actually my favorite 3D movie that I’ve ever seen. It isn’t 3D here… but if they actually put together a 3D BLU RAY of MISS SADIE THOMPSON it would melt people’s minds in the Home 3D Market. Hell, rerelease it into theaters as a classic. The polarized 3D IB TECHNICOLOR print that exists for this is one of the most beautiful prints I’ve ever seen in my life. Rediscover this underseen classic of the 3D Genre. Well, if they ever deliver it that way. And as for TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT, I’ve yet to see that one. So that’s my treat! COVER GIRL is a great little film with Gene Kelly, that is amazing. GILDA just rocks.




RESTREPO

An incredible look at 90 Minutes in the Afgan Korengal Valley, where you're completely there with the team as they spend 15 months in Hell, taking fire 4-5 times a day, all while establishing a new forward base called RESTREPO after a fallen comrade.   Emotional, raw and real.   Liberal, Conservative, non-political - you should all see this.   National Geographic does a brilliant job with excellent material that is unlike any that I've ever seen from wartime.




THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH (Remaster)

One of Chuck Jones’ finest long form animated works. With the vocal talents of the amazing Mel Blanc and Eddie Munster, this thing just never fails to delight me. Watching this and comparing it to most children’s films… well. This makes a kid think and want to learn. This film can help a child get on the right path at school. Seriously, if you have a young kid that is having trouble learning, SHOW THEM THIS MOVIE and talk about Milo. It works and has worked for generations. And it doesn’t feel preachy, because Chuck Jones makes it magical. MILO RULES!




CLASSIC DRIVE-IN INTERMISSION ADs

I just ordered this tonight. I love those classic Drive In spots, and I’m not sure how many are on here. The running time is 2 & a quarter hours, but the description says it also has classic movie trailers from the 40s, 50s & 60s. Hope this is cool!




THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN

I remembered this as being something awesome when I was a kid. I was 8 when this came on, and I was watching. It was a barbarian with a light saber. At least to my logic filled brain. So when I got sent this set I looked at it and smiled. YOKO lost her fool mind as she realized that Thundarr was her imaginary friend growing up & not HE-MAN like she had thought. The second she saw the cover she was flipping out. Well, when I did put the first of the four discs in. This is the complete series. But when I put this on, I thought I was going to have one of those… eh, childhood memories had rose colored glasses. BUT NO! THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN is awesome. Jack Kirby conceived and designed a lot of this – but man – the score of this show… WOW. Action beats that kick ass. The look of the show was a science fiction fantasy Barbarian show with JOHNNY QUEST style graphics. I love it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!




THE BLACK PIRATE (Blu Ray)

So weird, I get sent everything from KINO, but this has not arrived. I find this incredibly appropriate as I have a curse regarding THE BLACK PIRATE. The world will not let me see this movie. This is the first Technicolor epic. Douglas Fairbanks – being amazing. I hear. People love this film. Everytime it has ever played Austin, which is semi regularly – something happens. I had a traffic accident that kept me attending once. Prior commitments. It was airing one night on cable – I was all excited about seeing it – and the POWER went out in a storm. When I saw this was released this month – I laughed. Of course this was an over sight. But seriously – this is an astonishing looking film. This is a silent, color film. And one day I will finally get to see this.




SPACE 1999: THE Complete Season One BluRay

This is a truly extraordinary BluRay set of a classic science fiction series from the 1970’s that was three sheets to the wind in love with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. You look at this show – and you can tell they had one film as a direct influence for everything that they did. This was a pretty damn big show for those of us that grew up in the greater part of the Seventies. They had a good deal of merchandize. With Dolls, Rayguns, space ships, lunch boxes… all sorts of things, but one thing is for damn sure… the show never looked this good in 1975. For one, nobody had TVs that even came close to what we have now. More than that… they’ve actually gone in and done some rather stunning color correction and digital archiving of the material which makes this like a brand new show, with vintage hair & make-up – and a loving embrace of 2001. Martain Landau and Barbara Bain are fantastic. The show played fast and loose with science, but as a kid – it all felt right. Now, that naïve stance is replaced with nostalgic wonder, that I ever believed the implausible initial premise… much less the rest of the story devices that get pretty damn crazy. This is a great BLU RAY set for all Science Fiction super-geeks!




VAMPIRE CIRCUS (Blu Ray)

You know, one of the things about Hammer Horror – when it wanted to be erotic, it was erotic. When it wanted to be strange and bizarre, it was exactly that. When it wanted to be scary and creepy, it nailed that too. VAMPIRE CIRCUS is a very strange film about a vampire whose revenge plot is rather intricate and has taken quite some time to actualize, but that’s the problem with the undead, they have a damned eternity to get their revenge. Wait til you see some of the crazy awesome stuff in this film, in particular the striped panther girl. Wow. Strange and amazing even today. Synapse did a great job on this BluRay – you should definitely check it out!




ORLANDO (Blu Ray)

It is rather hard to believe that this rather stunning transsexual epic is now nearly 20 years old. This is a lot more intense that you’d initially think, especially in comparison to the other films with it’s period and look. It just goes places those films chose to avoid or ignore. The BluRay comes with the following extras in addition to the gorgeous image quality:
Commentary with Director Sally Potter and Actress Tilda Swinton
Orlando Goes to Russia
Orlando in Uzbekistan
Jimmy was an Angel
Venice Film Festival Press Conference An Interview with Sally Potter Select Scenes
Commentary with Director Sally Potter




MICMACS

One of my favorite films of 2009, that wasn’t really seen in the United States till 2010 – and one of the infamous BNAT1138 titles. Moreso, of all my memories from 2010, one of the absolute high water marks – has to be the screening of MICMACS at the Paramount Theater during SXSW where I got to share the stage with Jean Pierre Jeunet – and with an audience 1200 strong that were in awe of the fact that right there in Austin, Texas was the great Jeunet. This man’s films have given such a great whimsical explosion of joy – bringing Rube Goldberg’s mechanical devices a physicality in the cinematic world that just make one smile like a schoolyard boy. His films feel so crafted and slaved over – yet never seem slavish. This story about a man taking revenge upon the arms makers that were responsible for his father’s death and the bullet in his own head… all while teaming up with an incredibly eclectic group of human wonders, that you must make it a priority to discover for yourself. This is a great one. Jeunet provides commentary, a making of and more. Beautiful on Blu!




TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

I know it’s easier to be glib and hateful at this series, but that’s not how I feel. Sure, I prefer films like VAMPIRE CIRCUS from Hammer, but I find this to be exactly what it is… a show that is constantly about sex, not that it happens in the film. Instead of Sex, there’s fights where apparently heads were torn off and it all rather grim, but instead – this is a film about an oh so adorable Kristen Stewart being in a tent, with her boyfriend the Vampire (who is crazy cold), and her other off-again on-again boy friend the Werewolf, who runs so hot he hardly wears clothes – and the whole scene is about them all wanting to cuddle and get dirty – but oh no. They won’t go there, but it IS THERE all the same. It’s a story to giggle with. If you have no giggle in you, you should just stay away.




LEGENDS OF THE SUPER HEROES

Speaking of giggling, there’s LEGENDS OF THE SUPER HEROES. For most people this is something unbelievable. Did you ever see the Justice League versus the Hall of Doom live action show, that was run a bit like a roast? Oh – and it starred Burt Ward and Adam West as the infamous Caped Crusaders… but they were there with Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Solomon Grundy, Sinestro, Frank Gorshin’s Riddler and more. People wonder how I can be enthusiastic about the new GREEN LANTERN movie – watch this – this is how they treated my heroes when I was a child. We’ve come… soooo far…




THE HORDE

You know what I love about Zombie films? I love the set-ups, I love to see how different classes of people handle the Zombie Apocalypse. This is a French Zombie film, that starts off like a Crime film. At the beginning of the film, we’re introduced to a group of officers at a funeral – all mourning a fallen comrade of some kind. We quickly discover that this group is going to extract bloody revenge for their fallen. They don ski-masks, they’re armed to the tooth. They’re precise, methodical… until they get their asses almost completely wiped out by some badass mutherfuckin’ Nigerian sonofabitches like you wouldn’t believe! And while they’re being tortured on their way to certain death… BAM! Zombie Apocalypse hits. It’s one of those nights. There is some shit that goes down in this film that I’ve never seen in any Zombie film. They’re never given the rules. They simply shoot and beat and go to town on the zombies until they’re really dead. Watched this at my last Movie Night – and holy shit did it have us screamingly excited! So good!




CYRUS

BAGHEAD is still my favorite film of the Duplass Brothers – but this is a far more complete film. Finally, they have wonderful actors to play with – and John C Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener are all awesome in this. In some ways – this is Jonah Hill’s best work to date. It’s funny and emotional. I think I loved this film at a greater level than the recognition this film ever got. CYRUS is far better than a lot of the Academy Award talked about films. It just was never really treated that way. It is a shame. Tomei and Hill deserve a look for acting noms.




THE GREEN SLIME

Directed by the awesome Kinji Fukasaku – GREEN SLIME is one of those childhood delights for me. When this artwork debuted on the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland – and I saw it, I wanted to see the film. That my parents had the 16mm trailer with the pop song, GREEN SLIME… it’s one of those crazy insane songs that you can never ever get out of your head. In fact, like a bad acid flashback, it can end up in your head without the slightest provocation. The film, never ever lives up to that astonishing artwork on the cover, but it is every bit that much fun. I’ve always loved Richard Jaeckel in this flick! Great B-flick!




DESPICABLE ME

I’m not particularly in love with this film. You know what it is? It just seems so incredibly dumbed down to me. Those excruciatingly cute MINIs just do nothing for me. They’re too cute to have ever been designed to be evil. That when they do shrink the moon and bring it to Earth – that there are not cataclysmic results here on Earth. It’s all premise, with no ramifications. It’s all about the cute orphan kids, but never about the real driving plot of the story – to “steal” the moon, that has dire resulting issues. I know this is a KIDS FILM – but dammit, if in the 70’s on SPACE 1999 – they at least got some of the science right – in that… if the moon was gone, Earth was fucked. Sigh. I guess I wasn’t in the right headspace for this one.




SCHOOL GIRL REPORT 7: WHAT THE HEART MUST THEREBY

Yet another chapter in the hopefully endless School Girl Report series from a long long time ago – available now thanks to the wonders of IMPULSE video! But for all of us pervs that love our 1970’s EuroHotties – well – this is another for the collection, which can never be too extensive!




PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

Be prepared for that tough THANKSGIVING movie programming block! That’s right – carve that turkey with Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney and the always complaining Van Johnson. This is the Mayflower story – and their facts are oddly accurate. This isn’t shown very much, but it needs to get back into rotation!




THE A-TEAM

I think the reason this film fails so mightily to me, is that they decided to try to give THE A-TEAM a more fleshed out origin and an arch-nemesis. It’s also an awful lot of implausible action created from the safety of CG – or at the least, it feels that way. I like the charisma of all the actors – but the film just fell flat for me, and the director is someone that I really do love a lot. I’m not entirely sure how this went so wrong for me. Maybe it was that I grew up watching every episode of the original show – and I just missed that they weren’t helping people, but themselves.




THE TOWN

Now this is a great fucking movie. I loved this thing. I love everything about it. But nothing moreso than how it seems to have absolutely gotten everyone the fuck off of Ben Affleck’s back. He’s far far better than people give him credit for, and this film fully shows all his strengths. Jeremy Renner is my pick for all Steve McQueen roles from here on out. He just has that tone in his eyes. I wish this movie had INCEPTION’s success.  Amongst the best Armored Car Heist films ever made.   Mainly because it is about a lot more than just that.




LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE

It is so very nearly on a shelf with SECRET OF NIMH, but doesn’t quite get there – mainly due to an inexplicably awful & utterly unneeded pop-song montage that absolutely does not fit the film at all. And it drives me insane. That said – even though I hate that sequence of the film with every flailing limb I can flail – I’ve seen the film about 5 times so far – 3 of those on BluRay when I’ve been showing off just how beautiful the animation in this film is. Wow. Beautiful and exceptional work done. I really love the use of the AMAZING STORIES theme throughout though. Definitely worth the pick up!




TRUE GRIT (Blu Ray)

Here’s the classic TRUE GRIT with John Wayne. I prefer the Coen’s version, mainly because I prefer every acting decision, dialogue decision and overall look of the film – to the original. But the original TRUE GRIT feels like a blanket. It makes you feel warm and happy. And for some, that’s probably what they want from TRUE GRIT, I get that in spades from the Coens, and I get that from this. Paramount did a nice job with the transfer and damn Robert Duvall is young here.




EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Documentary? Farce? Art? Definitely some of those. What is it exactly? Why is there confusion? See it. Here you have a film that sets out to document and archive the history of an artform – and this purported documentary comes from the genius of the form, BANKSY – the mysterious every-no-man. The set comes with some fun inserts, but none better than the star framed glasses with prismatic lenses for awesome entertainment uses. But the film needs to be seen a few times to get a grapple on what it is you’re being told, shown and presented. What is the truth? I doubt it is contained in EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP – but the film is one of the best films of 2010 and a must for all with any avant garde in them, especially if you have a sense of humor about that.




SALT

There’s some absurd stuff going on in this film. But I’ll be damned if I don’t love watching Angelina Jolie do all of it. Live Schreiber is great in this too – and you’ve got yourself a fun Philip Noyce spy-adventure tale based on some very improbable somewhat truish situations. But this is silly Hollywood fun. If you’re in the mood for that, this’ll do the job.




EASY A

This high school take on THE SCARLET LETTER is one of the most purely entertaining and satisfying films I saw in 2010. I’d rather watch this 20 times than see THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT 1 more time. And I mean that. This film feels more REAL, than that absurd film. Not only is Emma Stone great, but her supporting cast is exemplary. Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow and Stanley Tucci are all outstanding, heartfelt and funny. Feels like a teen film of today – that feels as fanciful, yet real as those teen films we love from the 80s. Give this a shot!




DEVIL (Blu Ray)

I’ve watched this twice at home since getting the BluRay. The first time with Yoko, in the midst of one those unbelievably great days one lives maybe once in a few years. The second time was the last movie night, when I found my friend hadn’t seen it. Directed by the Dowdle Brothers and produced by M Night Shymalan, this was a film that the world came out wanting to hate from the trailer alone. I saw the trailer 5 different times, and the second that M Night’s name hit the screen, the audience began laughing. I can’t even remember the last time that happened to a director that was once at the stature that M Night once enjoyed. They didn’t do local press screenings, and nobody I knew seemed to want to see it. So when I had the BluRay – I figured, ok – let’s have one thing horrible happen to us today. And I put this in.

Holy shit. What a fun movie! This is a very deliberate movie. The Devil is at work – and the faster you accept that, the more fun you’ll have with this film. This film treats the Devil like a boogie man. “Devil is gonna getcha” is how I describe it. The film creates a mythology for the Devil, that is just simply irresistibly fun to play with. “Jelly side down” indeed.




THE GUILD: SEASON FOUR

How do you not love THE GUILD? Obviously, you just haven’t seen it yet. Cure that. This is Season 4 – the other 3 rule just like this season. Catch up!


Ok – that was DECEMBER for me. I’d write a preview, but I’m going to attempt to actually now finish this week’s DVD column. Thanks for the patience.

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  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Sigh - finally

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks for December 2010

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    you should review the film HERO TOMORROW

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    Seriously, Harry, check out this indie superhero gem. It's been on DVD for awhile. www.herotomorrow.com/movie/

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Legends of the Superheroes is on DVD???

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    Thanks for the heads-up, Harry. I remember seeing that special on TV when I was a little kid. I suspect it has not aged well... but then, neither have I.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Videodrome - Blu-Ray

    by MCPot

    Check it!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Ben Affleck is slightly better than people give him credit..

    by Righteous Brother

    that's why he gets roasted when he makes truly dreadful films. Matt Damon for my money has made the better career choices. On a different note, Legends of the Super Heroes is actually being released? My god, from what I've seen of it, its damn near unwatchable.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    THE HORDE is a big piece of turd

    by Gorgomel

    Yannick Dahan, the director, kept playing video games and guitar while on set. Didn't gave a shit about the film he was supposed to direct.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Lucky Geek....

    by Joe Huber

    Damn I was supposed to get a copy of Legends of Superheroes for review. Interested in seeing The Town and Devil. I don't follow the crowd so if fans look down on Affleck or M Night I don't care. Also want to see Salt as I love most Angelina Jolie films. I'll see Inception eventually, but not sure it's my cup of tea based on it all being dream based. I tend to get bored with those. I have some catching up to do in 2011 review movies for Dec - Space 1999, Hardboiled, Exit Through The Gift Shop, The A-Team and Cyrus.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I don’t want to work through the holidays

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    Dude not to be a dick but that comes off very insulting to people who bust ass to provide for themself or a family.and harry i still DONT beleive for 1 minute you can love the expendables and scott pilgrim as much as you profess but find Inception a sub par film.IT WREAKS OF MAJOR BULLSHIT.To me and many other readers of this site it feels like you didn't get any love or pwesents from nolan or wb so you snubbed the movie out of bitterness and alegiance to your freinds and rival studios who greased the mighty palm of the "Headgeek".i know opinions are subject to debate but it feels hard to take you serious when we've seen you spew hyperbolic praise over so many mediocre and shit films. on the other hand i agree with you on the town a few plotholes aside.affleck is back but his true test as a director will see what he does when not in his comfort zone.i wish him nothing but look.and remer was excellent i'd love to see him walk away with best supporting actor at the oscars this year. Cheers to a New Year At AICN

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Finally someone else who thinks Inception is overrated.

    by Orionsangels

    I fell asleep during Inception. Yeah Ironic.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    helsenbergsbluesky

    by HEADGEEK

    Well, don't know what to tell ya. INCEPTION is produced by LEGENDARY. The Comic Con documentary I'm producing that Morgan Spurlock is directing... it's also produced by the head of Legendary, Thomas Tull - I had every reason in the world - including major financial & career reasons to love INCEPTION. But I absolutely do not. I argue with my friends & my wife about the film. I know I'm not in the mainstream on that film, but I can't help it. The heart feels as the heart feels - and INCEPTION, to me, is an empty shell of a movie. Hollow and soulless. Underwhelming, massive logic flaws and innovative in only one action scene. I've tried to watch it several times. I plan on getting stoned and seeing if I kill some brain cells, if the film works for me - but at this point, I am very near just saying... I'll take a look at it in a couple years and see if it weathers better then.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Give me a serious break

    by CaseyMcCall

    Gettin' to sound like a spoilt child. 'Didn't get sent this' 'Don't want to work during the holidays' (when work is watching friggin' dvd's). Despicable Me and Inception rock, by the way. But what do I know, I worked during the holidays. Keep up the good work, Harry, when you have the time ofcourse, don't want to tire you with all them dvd's, movies and (oh my) all those wretched Award screeners. Life sounds tough, man. I kid, because I care. (And jokes contain an amount of truth, ofcourse)

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    re: the break...

    by HEADGEEK

    I'll try to explain this as best I can. At the start of this month, several things began going on for me that took me away from my weekly duties I've made for myself on AICN. 1st, the final stages of BNAT - which are all consuming - at that point I'm juggling a lot of details, obsessing on details, greeting people that begin arriving in Austin, sometimes driving some of them around town. 2nd, once December hits - I begin getting tons of Academy Screeners, for my duty as a voting film critic in the Austin Film Critic Association. That adds about 30-50 films that I must evaluate for inclusion. That takes me away from looking at the regular slate of DVD releases. I am about to write my end of the year wrap up and awards evaluation. 3rd - My site was taken off line, a not quite Beta version of the site had to be rushed from Development into active production - this required me working and giving notes to my Singapore team at all hours of the night. Massive time crunch. 4th, My mother's family estate suddenly went into a bit of turmoil, requiring me to deal with legal documents and all manners of new responsibilities - as I'm quickly being ushered into being the Senior person responsible for a vast Texas Ranching Family. 5th, crazy development issues on a group of my film projects. 6th, oh yeah... the general Holiday stuff. SO no, it wasn't a relaxing break. It was an incredibly busy break, which KEPT me away from the column. Don't mistake my Twitter life, for my real life. I am constantly sending emails, conducting chats in windows with developmental people on the site, and video chats with film partners. All while also beginning to put things together for SXSW, getting my team in place for Sundance, setting up 1st Quarter Set Visits and AICN Promotional Screenings. So, Helsenbergsbluesky... Sorry I've been so lazy.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    So weird, I get sent everything from KINO, but this has not arrived

    by maxjohnson1971

    "Hint hint, KINO!! If you want to continue to receive good will here, you will have them things in my hand BEFORE ANYONE ELSE." By the way Harry, is Yoko actually your wifes name, or is she of Asian origin and that is just a nickname?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Harry no need to explain yourself.....

    by Joe Huber

    people have no idea what it takes to review movies when you have to sit and watch them (sometimes 2-3 times) write the review, do research, gather pictures and extras, post links etc. All that and you do all the other things you mentioned besides running a site and many other projects. There are lots of benefits to being a critic, but it's not this glamorous life people think it is where movie studios pay you off (lol think about WB ever doing more than giving screeners or the occasional extras with a screener). Reviewing movies is a lot more time-consuming than people think. You have no idea the process behind it. Sometimes you don't get the movie to review depending on availability (I see Harry sometimes state that he "bought" the movie he reviewed which I can completely relate to). Sometimes life gets in the way, personal problems, technical problems with TV's/Blu-ray players/computers, website issues, miscommunication with PR or someone forgetting to send you a copy of the movie, shipping errors, delays etc. There is no grand conspiracy here people! Nobody pays off Harry. If you had any idea the relationship between critics and PR/studio connections you'd realize there is usually a bit of tension. I couldn't imagine anyone from a studio paying off a critic for a positive review these days. In fact besides the financial and career motivations, Harry has many reasons why writing a positive Inception review would have benefitted him more than what he wrote about it. Think about it, does it benefit him to piss off the readers here? Hell no! It doesn't exactly do him any good with the studio to write a negative review on it, studios can hold grudges and WB is the place for geekdom fans being the home of DC comic characters and the various movies to come from them.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Harry no need to explain yourself.....

    by Joe Huber

    people have no idea what it takes to review movies when you have to sit and watch them (sometimes 2-3 times) write the review, do research, gather pictures and extras, post links etc. All that and you do all the other things you mentioned besides running a site and many other projects. There are lots of benefits to being a critic, but it's not this glamorous life people think it is where movie studios pay you off (lol think about WB ever doing more than giving screeners or the occasional extras with a screener). Reviewing movies is a lot more time-consuming than people think. You have no idea the process behind it. Sometimes you don't get the movie to review depending on availability (I see Harry sometimes state that he "bought" the movie he reviewed which I can completely relate to). Sometimes life gets in the way, personal problems, technical problems with TV's/Blu-ray players/computers, website issues, miscommunication with PR or someone forgetting to send you a copy of the movie, shipping errors, delays etc. There is no grand conspiracy here people! Nobody pays off Harry. If you had any idea the relationship between critics and PR/studio connections you'd realize there is usually a bit of tension. I couldn't imagine anyone from a studio paying off a critic for a positive review these days. In fact besides the financial and career motivations, Harry has many reasons why writing a positive Inception review would have benefitted him more than what he wrote about it. Think about it, does it benefit him to piss off the readers here? Hell no! It doesn't exactly do him any good with the studio to write a negative review on it, studios can hold grudges and WB is the place for geekdom fans being the home of DC comic characters and the various movies to come from them.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    stop being whining brats

    by Monolith_Jones

    " I had to work during the holidays" oh boo fucking hoo. You all wish you didn't have to, stop being so jealous. It's also disturbing that some really believe that Harry's sole responsibility is watching movies.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    So Despicable Me isn't realistic?

    by Nerd Rage

    Seriously, Harry?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Easy 'A'

    by jae683

    I found the premise a bit ridiculous. In this day an age, do you really think kids really care if someone loses their virginity?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Ben Affleck

    by jae683

    is turning out to be a far better director than an actor.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Inception has massive logic flaws?

    by D.Vader

    A movie about and dealing exclusively in dreams lacks logic in certain places? SHOCK!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Seriously Knowles?

    by riggs_and_murtaghs_love_child

    Your complaint about Despicable Me is that there are no cataclysmic results from stealing the moon? IT'S A FUCKING CARTOON for fuck's sake, you are seriously complaining about that? Because it's not like totally impossible things happen in CARTOONS right? I can deal with you not liking the film, but if you are criticizing it for that, that's seriously stupid.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    im sorry harry but your excuses dont hold water

    by Six Demon Bag

    how can you say that you were busy oh so busy when this site when down when you couldnt give a fuck all about it? you were too busy enjoying the good life at BNAT and your birthday..which is fine. but dont come up with these lame ass excuses. missing an entire month of dvd columns when "there wasnt much coming out" is fucking amatuer. i see family faves, oscar contenders, summer blockbusters, genre films, underrated classics, tv cult classics, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, films missed in the theater that hopefully get a wider audience at home. this site has been on a downward slope for a while but with any lack of relevant news coming in because the mods are so fucking busy..maybe its time to take some time to write one last obit for AICN.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Seriously?

    by D.Vader

    What did he want, that scene from The Time Machine with society collapsing in cartoon form?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    and you bragging about getting a column up on time aint helping either

    by Six Demon Bag

    just do your fucking job on a regular basis and people will maybe start taking your blatherings seriously again.. we all know how this is going to play out: *you miss an entire month *you make excuses and promise it was just a freak occurance *you meet a deadline ONCE and get cocky *you slack off next week and make some lame excuse *and the next week *end of january you do a massive round up.. RINSE REPEAT...jagoff

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Hardboiled

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    First saw that movie on an import Laser Disc. When it hit the states, I caught it at the Laemmle in Santa Monica at a sold-out midnight show. The audience was bouncing off the walls during the tea house scene. Just an awesome experience of a movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Shock, more Inception justification...

    by caseyaramian

    Keep on spiraling into irrelevancy.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Which "Space 1999" theme do you like better?

    by ufoclub1977

    First or second? They are different! Please post those two title sequences...

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Not realistic?

    by BozeMaster69

    A man that flies around in a red cape and shoots lasers from his eyes, more realistic? Give me a break, Harold. I must admit though, it seems that time has turned you from being a snarky asshole into a more mellow cat. Your responses while defending yourself seem a little more down to earth than previous incarnations where your defense mechanism consisted of blasting back with snark and exaggeration. Getting older and having a good wife do that to you, bro.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I need to start screening movies this year...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...instead of just watching them. Also, instead of looking around...I think I'm going to start seeing things through my lens.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Thundarr!!! The Town!!!

    by kafka07

    Thundar is some fun shit. Favorite cartoon when I was 8. The Town is my favorite of 2010.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Inception, A-Team..

    by Autodidact

    I agree with you Harry... Inception has got to be just about the most overrated movie I've seen in years. I find it boring and caught up in its own mechanics the same way Memento was back in the day. I felt like I spent two hours watching those half-dozen actors demonstrate why exposition is to be avoided in cinema. A-Team was okay, just saw it. I really disliked Bradley Cooper in the movie... Face is supposed to be suave, not a cackling frat-boy. And yeah, the A-Team are supposed to be helping people. And if you're going to ruin a movie by inserting a Jessica Biel type, have the decency to put her in a bikini or some lingerie.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    ECLIPSE..."a show that is constantly about sex"

    by LoneGun

    Harry, you are indeed referring to one of the most captivating elements in the TWILIGHT series, that persistent, feverish desire of the lead characters to consummate their relationship. I wouldn't go so far as to say that the whole "show" is simply about sex. But sexual tension is definitely a big part of it and has run steadily and with growing force through the course of these first three films. The fact is, Bella and Edward are very much in love and just dying to screw, but he's a hundred year old vampire with traditional values and she's a liberated 21st Century teen wanting to cut loose - no simple matter. Throw Jacob into the mix, creating a love triangle, and you've got fireworks. However, make no mistake about it, the TWILIGHT saga, and ECLIPSE in particular, is not a sex show. It's straight up romance. There is a difference. I disagree with your take on the scene in the tent as being merely "about them all wanting to cuddle and get dirty". Perhaps your attention was diverted during that wonderfully scripted conversation between Edward and Jacob as they talk about sacrifice, grief, the possibility of friendship between them, and what would be best for Bella. (Ultimately, she decides for herself.) All the same, Harry, I applaud you for continuing to trumpet these films favorably, though your enthusiasm seems to have dimmed a little since the first movie. Personally, I think they deserve more credit than they get. ECLIPSE was an excellent summer flick, had menacing villains and good action. It took the saga forward both in plot and excitement level and also worked well as a standalone film.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Inception >>>> The Town

    by cinemixtape.com

    I didn't think Inception was a masterpiece, but it's certainly much better than that overrated bore known as The Town. Inception never pretends to be realistic but The Town does with one ridiculous implausibility after another. And I hated every single character in it.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Inception >>>> The Town

    by cinemixtape.com

    I didn't think Inception was a masterpiece, but it's certainly much better than that overrated bore known as The Town. Inception never pretends to be realistic but The Town does with one ridiculous implausibility after another. And I hated every single character in it.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    The Town - probably the best recent film on this list.

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Inception was style over substance - didn't care about anyone in the film.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    The only problem, really, with a late DVD collumn

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    is in the studio promotions model. The critic free DVDs early in return for the promotion they get. DVD releases are a lot like theatrical releases. They need a big impact in the first week of release, just like studio films desperately need to have an impact on the first weekend or they ultimately fail to generate buzz or big financial returns. DVD sales are down in general (and Blu-ray is still just getting off the ground and in no way makes up for the huge drop in DVD sales from its heyday). Hyping a DVD a month late means that Redbox might not have it anymore and it may be out of stock and not reordered by any local outlet. This isn't a big concern for AICN, who only makes a small amount from Amazon sales, but it might be a concern for the studio who doesn't get promotion during that first crucial week of release. I'm a friend of Harry's so I love whatever he does, and I just love reading the collumns whenever they run, so this is just constructive criticism. It ultimately doesn't matter if the critic loves or hates a film, only that the film gets in front of a potential audience during the crucial time for sales statistics. That's a cold way of seeing the business and is totally the opposite of how Harry and AICN watch and process film as art, but a DVD collumn is generally a sales tool and as such must be timely to be effective.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Harry - your DVD columns are my favorite part of the site.

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Keep up the great work!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    The only problem, really, with a late DVD collumn

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    is in the studio promotions model. The critic free DVDs early in return for the promotion they get. DVD releases are a lot like theatrical releases. They need a big impact in the first week of release, just like studio films desperately need to have an impact on the first weekend or they ultimately fail to generate buzz or big financial returns. DVD sales are down in general (and Blu-ray is still just getting off the ground and in no way makes up for the huge drop in DVD sales from its heyday). Hyping a DVD a month late means that Redbox might not have it anymore and it may be out of stock and not reordered by any local outlet. This isn't a big concern for AICN, who only makes a small amount from Amazon sales, but it might be a concern for the studio who doesn't get promotion during that first crucial week of release. I'm a friend of Harry's so I love whatever he does, and I just love reading the collumns whenever they run, so this is just constructive criticism. It ultimately doesn't matter if the critic loves or hates a film, only that the film gets in front of a potential audience during the crucial time for sales statistics. That's a cold way of seeing the business and is totally the opposite of how Harry and AICN watch and process film as art, but a DVD collumn is generally a sales tool and as such must be timely to be effective.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Instead of just moping around for three goddamn movies...

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Those three Twilight kids should have had a fucking threesome and be done with it. Would have saved a lot of trouble. The movies still would have sucked, though.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    THE AMERICAN = THE LIMITS OF CONTROL

    by ROBRAM89

    The parallels are striking. Watch both, they're both fantastic in their own ways.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Harry likes Eclipse but not Inception

    by MattmanReturns

    That's hilarious.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Harry likes Eclipse but not Inception

    by MattmanReturns

    That's hilarious.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Give it a rest people...

    by UltimaRex

    Everyone who watches enough movies will find an amazing film they just don't like. I don't like Gone with the Wind. The very first time I saw the trailer for Titanic I thought "this is bullshit". It just happens and all you guys are doing now is digging a deeper hole.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Don't apologize, Harry

    by Ben Addiction

    You don't need to personally do the column. But certainly you can find someone who is willing to write it when you cannot. You have a site with real sponsors and real readers - this is not a hobby, it's a job. Part of good management is knowing when to delegate. Hey, ever noticed when talk show hosts take a vacation, they get guest hosts? It's because they want to be professional and produce the show on time, even when they can't personally do it. Get a UT film student to intern or something. It's better than having a weekly column that disappears for weeks on end. That's bad form and you can do better.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by Luke902

    He likes Devil too.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    ben addiction

    by Luke902

    makes an excellent point.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    The Town is overrated.

    by Luke902

    I enjoyed it, but people are acting like it's the best heist movie they've ever seen because "there's romance and stuff." I haven't seen the extended cut yet, but the film I saw back in September felt forced, as most romantic stories in film do these days. We're expected to care about Ben's motivations and then buy that this chick is falling for him, but to me it felt like she was falling because that's how it was written. Perhaps it was just the runtime and the longer version will win me over. As a film, it felt more like Affleck's debut than Gone Baby Gone did. How many times can one film use sped-up aerial shots to establish a scene? At least play them at normal speed. You can even cut them a little short if you have to. But speeding them up makes me feel like I'm watching a reality show or something.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    ultimarex...

    by foreverguardian

    You got it. That's me and The Dark Knight - I can't stand it, yet I love Batman Begins. Live and let live...

  • Despite the Coen's claims of going back to the book, and every reviewers (at least every reviewer I've read, and I've read a few) acceptance of those claims, the original, save only for a more sentimental ending, is by far the more faithful adaptation. And Charles Portis' novel is just damn grand. A perfect read. It's also brief, right round 200 pages. Marguritte Roberts had the good sense to write a screenplay that is nearly scene for scene, and, in terms of the dialogue, virtually word for word from the book. The Coens, on the other hand, think they know better than Portis and wrongheadedly ad to (I'm looking at you Bear Man) and cut from (I'll bet Glen Campbell has twice the screen time and spends far less of it acting the buffoon as Matt Damon) his great story. Harry, and plenty of others, may have their opinion. Mine is that the Coens movie is an incredible disappointment. Stick with the original. Or, better yet, read the book.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Harry Is 100% Correct

    by Rebeck2

    He has never nailed anything so perfectly in his entire history as a movie critic. After all the screaming and yelling, INCEPTION sucks. It is beyond hollow, there is no 'there' there. He's also right that we should continue this little discussion in a few years when the children on here stop thinking they're hip and cool for loving this big bloated bag of exposition. It reminds me of how everyone made THE MATRIX into a fucking religion - until part 2 and 3 showed it to be, uhm, a big bloated bag of exposition. Let me put it this way: If I had to sit through one of Leo's "Dead Wife" movies again, I'd choose SHUTTER ISLAND...and I didn't really like it that much.

  • I'm 31. I've seen it five times now and I've liked it more every time. I know that's hard for you to grasp, just as your dislike of the film is difficult for me to understand. But I really don't care for the argument "In a few years you'll hate it!", because you could pretty much use that argument for ANY film that someone likes. It has no meaning. It's a very weak, childish argument. If you don't like it, fine... but that doesn't mean everyone shares or WILL share your opinion some day. Are you really that egotistical? And btw, no love was lost for the original Matrix after the sequels. It's still considered a classic. So you're argument isn't holding up too well.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I Turned Shutter Island Off

    by Autodidact

    Boooring.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Mattman

    by Rebeck2

    Fair enough. That's an intelligent and fair response. What I see on here most of the time is people stating this movie is a classic and anyone who disagrees is an idiot...like poor Harry, who frankly I'm tired of seeing get beaten up on for having the exact same reaction I had. And by the way, I NEVER thought there was much more than some cool style and innovation to THE MATRIX and I certainly don't consider it a classic now. It was a fresh take on an action film, but ultimately a little bit hollow and pretentious - just like... On a more general note, what kind of loser comes on to a site that he supposedly detests again and again just to rage impotently at the man running and accuse him of every sin under the sun. Not you, Mattman, but seriously, I'm tired of the constant talkback bullshit. Keep it to the movies, assholes. If you don't like it, fucking leave. If anything is killing this site, it's YOU.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    So should I buy any of these & show them to my friends?

    by choonie

    just asking

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Inception is shit

    by Volllllume3

    Shock. Horror! Still true though

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    rebeck2

    by MattmanReturns

    Good points all around. My main problem with Harry's Inception review is the whole "I fell asleep" thing. Just kind of unprofessional. And then he likes Eclipse and Devil and Last Exorcism. That's baffling to me. Even if I didn't like Inception, I'd have to admit that a lot more care and work went into it than those three very lazy films.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The Horde had some badass motherfuckers

    by CrusherBuddyRevell

    I dare you to find 3 gangs who were more badass. Great movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by MattmanReturns

    Everything's overrated! And underrated! At the same time.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Harry, what about Cronos Criterion??

    by darthwaz1

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    True, Matt

    by Rebeck2

    I think Harry's big mistake was ever mentioning that in his review at all, as if it was a commentary on the film and not just his exhausted state of mind. He should have just considered the screening a wash, as if he hadn't gone at all, and only reviewed it when he saw it again fresh. I think Harry is just pathologically honest and wanted to tell his whole experience for better or worse, but I agree that on the surface it doesn't sound fair. Even the best of us start to nod off sometimes and it often has nothing to do with the film. I saw INCEPTION at the first midnight show (which tells you how excited I was to see it), but I was sufficiently caffeinated. I did, however, consider walking out after the first hour, which I haven't done in many years. I was just beaten down by not just the ridiculous exposition overload, but also a feeling that I knew exactly where it was going and that the "payoff" was going to be a letdown. You're right that it was made with care and thought, and it has some great moments - including the hallway fight, all the weightless stuff, Paris folding up, the great Marion, etc - but in the end it doesn't work for me because I don't feel either humanity or really high stakes, so it's hard to give a shit. It seems a sophisticated exercise and I admire Nolan for pushing the boundaries of popcorn entertainment - God knows we need it. But he is going to have to get better at giving some emotional resonance and power to his stories, otherwise they will be just that, exercises. That's just my opinion, your mileage will most definitely vary.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    I think I'm underrated :)

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    rebeck2

    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah if you're not invested, that's going to happen. For whatever reason, I was highly invested from the beginning. I guess it just struck the right note with me, and therefore I was caught up in the exposition. I actually like exposition when done well and creatively (and I thought Inception was probably the best use of exposition I've seen in an exposition-heavy film). I also felt the exposition was necessary to set up the final hour of the film. Everything you've heard pays off in an interesting way, in my opinion. But that's just me. And speaking of well-reviewed films, I recently saw the King's Speech... and I just could not stir up any emotion toward that film. I can see why everyone likes it, but like you I was contemplating leaving halfway through. It just wasn't my thing.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Re: luke902

    by SK229

    Spot on about the sped up aerial shots. I noticed the same thing in Wall Street 2. I work as an editor in television and I DESPISE editing those little bits between scenes on reality shows that are ALWAYS the fucking same - sped up clouds with maybe the corner of a building in the shot, sped up cars on the highway, rack focus of a busy sidewalk from the neck down... DON'T FUCKING DO THIS IN FEATURE FILMS, PLEASE! I cannot believe I'm seeing the shit we're doing influence Hollywood feature films.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Despicable Me was Great!

    by Mission Code Z

    One of the biggest surprises of 2010 for me. Along with How to Train Your Dragon, we can officially retire the "non-Pixar" tag for other studio efforts. Long live the Minions! : )

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Where's the Gerry Rafferty obit?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    So much shit on this list, but Orlando is great.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    loved the a team series...

    by The_Cliffster

    .. hated the movie... unrealistic cgi, dull story, little connection to the series.....

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Will You Believe It When you're DEAD? Green Sliiiiime!

    by darthliquidator

    One of a kind insane classic! As far as I know...the only Japanese film that features a completely non-Asian cast...(the space station crew were recruited from an American naval base) Supposedly, Fukasaku was attempting a Vietnam parable...(if you watch it with enough beer, you can vaguely catch on...gung ho whites overwhelmed by a rapidly multiplying force, ultimately destroying their own infrastructure to flee and save themselves...but mostly, enjoy it for its pure pleasures...Jaekel and Robert Horton drowning in their own testosterone....Luciana Paluzzi, with the sexiest voice in screen history....and loads of little guys in green suits with tentacles and one blinking red eye apiece! Just surrender and sing along....Greeeen Sliiiiimmmmmme!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    EASY A, charmless, unfunny and boring..Harry you idiot

    by quantize

    Even the boring PC of Kids Are Alright was 20 times more entertaining..

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    thought this was over with

    by frank cotton

    happy to see it back. DESPICABLE ME - the moon wasn't gone that long...SALT - better than expected; KURT WIMMER wrote it. and yes, THE MATRIX is a classic

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by blunted666

    There's some things around here that are special to me... the way ScooreKeeper's raw giddyness for film score is a tangible presence in any interview or blurb he posts, Vern's enlightening blurbs on modern action film, Quint's polite reverence of deserving creators and his good-natured intention to inform, but the DVD column to me is the quintessential, penultimate AICN node. I understand you are a busy man, but please keep this a certified priority

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Well at least Yoko has taste

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    In many ways I wish you never mentioned Inception at all, your initial review was an embarrassment that you will be ashamed to read in your old age , it was the best movie of 2010, no competition for me, not everyone is going to love it but that review was appalling

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    True Grit

    by NightArrows

    The original is not a great film. John Wayne is a product of another era and I find his films laughably bad. Sorry, to me he looks like an old lady stuffed in a man mask. The Cohens production is better in absolutely every single way than the original. While it doesn't supplant my favourite westerns, it's right up there, and as a FILM, it was outstanding. And to those dumping on Inception, pearls before swine.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Oh...

    by NightArrows

    And The American was outstanding. It's not for everyone, and certainly isn't meant for the ADD crowds of today. Harry's review above was spot-on. George says more without dialogue than most do with a full script. Movie trailers these days are a huge fucking problem. The American, like Green Zone, was sold in as some Bourne-esq action packed thriller. It's not, and if you have the patience to let it speak, you might enjoy it. The book on the other hand, I haven't been able to latch onto. It feels like it wants Ian Flemming's ability to set a rich tapestry from simple proceedings, but it certainly didn't engage me like the film did.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    SPACE 1999! - REDUCED FROM 24.95!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    My problem with Inception...

    by BGDAWES

    Please correct me if I'm wrong here fellas, but wasn't the whole point of Inception for Leo to get back stateside and see his kids? If this is correct and he couldn't return to the US then why didn't he simply have his kids fly across the pond to live with 'him' outside of the US?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The point of Inception...

    by NightArrows

    Was for Leo to go home. He COULD have simply had his kids flown across the pond (and I laugh at that gif sequence showing this), but he wouldn't be truly "home", and that's what he wanted.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    nightarrows

    by BGDAWES

    Thanks for the comment, your thoughts make sense. My extremely lazy nature just couldn't get around the fact that by simply flying Leo's kids over to see him he could have saved himself a lot of effort. Of course, if he did that - there wouldn't be a movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    bgdawes

    by NightArrows

    No problem. I thought about it too and it makes you wonder about what you would do in the same situation. There is truly no place like home, be it a house or a country and I can empathize with his want.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    the town...

    by johnnyBrotten

    ...is full of costume shops.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Harry and Inception

    by MrMajestic

    Gotta agree with Harry on almost his comments here. Inception was indeed dry and soulless. I have the same issues with that film as The Prestige, another Nolan'er. Love parts of both but no emotions that bind the thing together. In addition Easy A is as fun as The Kids Are Alright is turgid. The A-Team was horribly shot, the action scenes were near incomprehensible as was the idea of introducing a villain who seemed to be able to defeat Hannibal and crew single-handedly. The American felt flat and lifeless. Despicable Me was okay and The Town was good but Gone Baby Gone was better. Finally I didn't love the new True Grit as much as I'd hoped I would and to the guy who says that John Wayne sucks, watch Stagecoach. Until I saw that movie I just didn't understand the mystique. Since then The Searchers and Rio Bravo have cemented my love for The Duke.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Quadruple climax? Pure awesomesauce...

    by caseyaramian

    Thank you Inception.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Dude sit the fuck down and watch inception

    by UltraTron

    on blu. You haven't even seen the whole thing in one sitting. Maybe take some ginko to help you process it

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    True Grit is just that.

    by UltraTron

    The true weight hits you 2 hours after you leave the theater. Goddamn it's great

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Despicable Me & A-Team

    by Jindy

    Despicable Me - They did show consequences of the moon being stolen... the surfer guy lost his wave and the werewolf turned back into a man. But, yeah, being a cartoon, it wasn't focused so much on realism (note the werewolf). A-Team - Apparently nobody watched the fifth season of the show (which would explain the show being canceled). That would be the season that started with their trial, and Murdock's mission to dig up evidence of the A-Team's innocence. It's also the season where the A-Team worked for the U.S. Government in almost every episode.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Harry you are not alone mate.Inception does suck.

    by jack black

    and that is a FACT.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Thundarr!

    by Blair Riding

    I bought Thundarr last month along with two other DVDs from WB's made-on-demand program that are totally worth checking out: The Flight of Dragons and The Pirates of Dark Water. Thundarr is one of my favorites from when I was a kid-and I totally agree with Harry that what sets this 80s kids show apart is that it's still awesome! I love the idea that when you order one of these DVD sets from Warner Bros. they make it especially for you, but what would be really fantastic is if enough people bought them for Warners to do a full re-master and big run of the DVDs.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    'that hit the ground running and asked that

    by jack black

    the audience try to keep up so it didn't have to pause every half-hour to explain everything to the people who couldn't." in what alternate universe,did you watch the movie? jesus...

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Yeah, so Instead of Every Half-Hour

    by Autodidact

    There's exposition pretty much anytime a character opens their mouth.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I think Exit Through The Gift Shop is in fact...

    by Jaka

    ...a collection of like minded artists hyping themselves in an incredibly creative way. The art show put together by the fictional (I believe) "star" of the film contains (I believe) art from all of the artists involved. Even if I'm wrong, a really entertaining watch. Definitely made me think about what I was watching, if not about the art itself (which actually doesn't get as much attention as it should).

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I loved Inception, but...

    by Jaka

    ...that's not a, like, "OMG I LOVED IT!" kind of love. I'd just put it above a usual "like". I thought it looked great. Nearly every shot is beautiful. Incredible locations. I'm not sure what Harry means about not having a heart. It's clearly got one, but it's meaning could be interpreted any number of ways. If the film doesn't resonate with you I suppose that heart might in fact seem to be missing. I agree with Harry about it only having one innovative action scene. But that doesn't mean it didn't have several other exciting and nice to look at action scenes (it did). The only thing that bothered me about the film was the ambiguous ending. I like the interpretive aspect of film, but the ending felt a bit like an "FU, we're not telling" from the film makers and I was expecting a bit more than that.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    MICMACS was a bunch of bullshit

    by Cash907

    That's like me going after Toyota for building the Camry that ran her over, not the drunk fucker who was behind the wheel. Complete bullshit French logic, so why am I not surprised you're all fatboy in love over it Harry? How can a man with such shit taste in movies be responsible for a website about films?

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Can we please stop talking about INCEPTION?

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I enjoyed seeing it. Have no desire to ever see it again.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    And Fuck Anyone who doesn't love John Wayne

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    "I'm not gonna shoot ya. I'm gonna hang ya."- RED RIVER

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    but Yoko made you profess your false love for Twilight?....

    by Smack_Teddy

    ...strange days...Harry grows a pair just in time to rip on Inception, but Twilight fandom was just too hardcore & overbearing for him. Shame.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Drive In Shorts

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I just put this on my Amazon wish list. Consider my day made!