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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st wk of Jan 2011: HOWL, BACKDRAFT, A whole lotta Rodriguez on Blu and more!!!

Published at: Jan. 4, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here – and it is nice to be back on schedule in the New Year! These first few columns of the New Year won’t be the most spectacular, mainly because the studios tend to hold back a bit at the start of the year. That said, there’s some pretty fine releases this week… I kept y’all all waiting too much that past month, let’s get it going… Oh – and like usual, the images and links take you to Amazon, where you can purchase and learn more about the item in question. Each purchase helps keep the columns coming. So much fun to be back doing the column after a bit of a break. Tuesday, January 4th, 2011





MACHETE

A ridiculous amount of fun. Hysterically controversial thanks to Fox News and the Drudge Report… with some, not so funny results for the Texas Film industry, which is still being screwed over by a legislature with it’s collective head up its collective and vast ass. Robert Rodriguez directed this with Ethan Maniquis – and it still comes out feeling 100% like a Robert Rodriguez exploitation joygasm. The crazy cast this thing has is amazing, and thank God it “Introduces Don Johnson” because the world rather desperately needs to get reintroduced to the sockless one. The number one reason this needs to be in your collection? Steven Seagal as a Bad Guy – and a film headlining Danny Trejo. ABOUT TIME!




EL MARIACHI / DESPERADO (Blu Ray)

Now this is the release of the week for me. I can watch EL MARIACHI and DESPERADO repeatedly and without stop – for quite some time. EL MARIACHI is the film that birthed not just the legend of the man with the guitar case, but the far greater legend of Austin’s own Robert Rodriguez. The most gung ho, carpe diem filmmaker on the planet. No excuses, get off your asses and make movies, stop bitching and do it. Then there’s DESPERADO, the large budget reimagining of the Mariachi Legend that brought us not only Antonio Banderas in the U.S. but man… when Robert introduced Salma Hayek in this film, not since THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT, has there been such an intro. I love it. Love it. The sex scene that was shot for this – is just kind of amazing fun to watch. Not only is Salma a goddess, but they really are having fun throwing each other about. This is where Robert did his John Woo flick.
Director Robert Rodriguez Commentary
Director's Commentary MovieIQ
The Cutting Room
10 Minute Film School
Robert Rodriguez's Student Film: "Bed Head"
10 More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout
Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas - "Morena De Mi Corazón"
Tito & Tarantula- "Back To The House That Love Built"




ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO (Blu Ray)

There’s a lot I like about it, and more that I don’t. I think ultimately, this film needed to be more ambitious and better funded. It just doesn’t feel like they quite had enough time to get fully Leone with it, and that’s what I had dreamt for this film. I still would love to see Johnny Depp’s character in a Spinoff from Rodriguez. That would be something. That said, the action set pieces are pretty great.




THE LAST EXORCISM

The performances from Patrick Fabian as Cotton Marcus and Ashley Bell’s Nell are extraordinary. Watching Cotton Marcus is legitimate performance art. He’s got his Elmer Gantry down pat. But better than that – here’s a cynical disenfranchised tent-raising preacher that has lost his faith and is letting a documentary crew follow him for one final Exorcism. And it feels authentic to that. Director Daniel Stamm does some amazing work here – and Eli Roth seems to have found a winner in THE LAST EXORCISM. I wasn’t expecting to love this, but I did. One of the best horror films of 2010.




CORALINE (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-Ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

Ok, that does it, I need to update my system so I can fully appreciate 3D in the home. I love CORALINE, and the 3D on it was amazing. Did you know, it wasn’t shot with the vaunted Cameron system, and it wasn’t turned to 3D in post. Instead, every shot was shot twice, with the same camera and a calculated increment, due to the miniaturization of the puppets and the world. Cuz, regular 3D would be too far apart. They had to create doll size 3D perspective, and they did it with math and patience. Wow. The work absolutely comes to life. The previous BluRay was in 3D, but that 3D was anaglyph, meaning the RED & BLUE. This is the vastly superior 3D at home, with those magic glasses. So great!




ROCKY & BULLWINKLE & FRIENDS: Complete Series

Alright – so here ya go with all 5 seasons of ROCKY & BULLWINKLE & FRIENDS. This is only good news if you’ve been holding off purchasing any of the sets until now. If you’ve been buying all along, you’re currently screwed out of anyway to get Season 5, other than this set. I’m sure that nightmare will be cured eventually, but till then – it really does give the middle finger to everyone that had been buying all along. That said, if you’ve been patient, this gets you each season at around $13 a pop, which ain’t that bad. And it comes with extras like these:
Dear Bullwinkle segments
Classic commercials and promos
Rocky & Bullwinkle saving stamp club
Many Faces of Boris Badenov, classic Cheerios commercials June Foray interview Moose Calls—Best of Bullwinkle Sings Bullwinkle puppet clips Best of Bullwinkle Follies audio outtakes from voice record sessions mini comic and commemorative booklet Also includes collectible extra (reproduction fan award/ribbon with certificate) and an 80-page booklet filled with memorabilia, writing from Keith Scott (author of The Moose that Roared), and a note from Tiffany Ward (daughter of Jay Ward)




BACKDRAFT (Blu Ray)

I think in a lot of ways, this is my favorite Ron Howard feature. Zimmer’s score is amazing. The cinematography is breathtaking. Kurt Russell is so damn great in his dual role. Then you’ve got Robert DeNiro – just perfect. And there’s Donald Sutherland as a career demented firebug – just genius. And there’s Scott Glenn being a badass. Oh – and William Baldwin is very good as Russell’s lil quitter brother. This film really finds the animal in fire and shows it for all of us to safely sit in awe of. Great film for the format!




HOWL

Wins the award for best performance from James Franco in 2010. Franco becomes Allen Ginsberg, This film is about the indecency trial that was brought against the publisher of HOWL, and everything said in this film comes directly from that case. Jon Hamm is fantastic here, proving MAD MEN isn’t a fluke. Also David Strathairn is amazing as the D.A. in this absurd feeling trial. But when you think about how outraged people were about HOWL – you can only imagine how freaked out those folks must be with the world today. Love Bob Balaban as the Judge. This is exactly the film I hoped it would be, and one of the best films of the year.




CATFISH

I wish the BluRay had more supplemental material. When I spent some time talking to Nev and his cohorts at the Austin screening, they talked about a wealth of extra scenes they wanted to bring to the BluRay release – and that is not here. What is here, is an incredibly compelling story, whether it happens to be true or not, there is a lot of truth here – but the mere fact a camera was present and was being controlled by Nev’s older brother might have polluted the objectivity of the overall piece, but that does not make the story less frightening, or less important as a cautionary tale. We all know the dangers of the internet, in a year where SOCIAL NETWORK could be THE film of the year, this is it’s dark shadow.

Alright, I told ya there wasn’t much this week. But next week we’ll be looking at THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Blu Ray), DANCES WITH WOLVES (Blu), PIRANHA 3D (Blu Ray), ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (Blu Ray), VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, UNIVERSE: SEASON 5, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS (Criterion Blu), ROB ROY (Blu), ARMY OF SHADOWS (Criterion Blu), RAGING BULL (Blu Ray), LENNON NYC (Blu), THE ENDLESS SUMMER (Blu Ray), LONG RIDE FROM HELL, THE GREEN HORNET, SINS OF MADAME BOVARY, CHINESE KAMASUTRA,

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  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Told ya I'd get it up tonight!

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry's 1st DVD Pick & Peeks for 2011!!! Busy boy!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah you also told that you are going to fix the site

    by KilliK

    but no luck with that huh?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Yeah you also told that you are going to fix the site

    by KilliK

    but no luck with that huh?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    The most telling thing about "Catfish"

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Tramp Stamp. 'nuff said.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Catfish

    by maxjohnson1971

    After avoiding all spoilers and reading as little about it as I could, I saw it. And it sucked. Like a catfish.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST

    The Last Exorcism

    by maxjohnson1971

    Best horror of 2010. If you don't watch the last 5 minutes. Worst ending of 2010.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    They Just Fucked With The Wrong Mexican

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    can't wait to see this i think i'm gonna hold off till next tuesday and see if there's a used copy in stock when i go buy the social network another i missed in the theater but can't wait to see.i'm glad to see eisenberg getting all this praise i was championing the guy after last year with 4 great movies i saw him in

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Machete

    by maxjohnson1971

    So Rodriquez had a co-director on that one? No WONDER it was so good! "...it still comes out feeling 100% like a Robert Rodriguez exploitation joygasm." Huh? What? Does that mean IN SPITE of some other person getting in the way? From what I could tell, Machete WAS BETTER because someone else was there helping out. I like Rodriquez and all, but I don't know what a Robert Rodriguez exploitation joygasm" is. Wait, he is Austin's own. That's right. Nevermind. I get it now.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Backdraft was one of Ron's worst

    by Larrylongballs

    The story and the acting were fine but Kurt Russell's "That's my brother down there" line was laughably bad. Scott Glenn was damn sexy in that shower scene. The scene's of these guys fighting fire's without masks and oxygen was completely unrealistic and Don Sutherland's Silence of the Lambs subplot was downright hilarious.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Salma does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Salma is a goddess but I think it's disingenous to have her name atop ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Blu Ray box, when her role is a tiny cameo.<p> Also, Harry I've watched the Desperado sex scene plenty of times and don't get the 'throwing each other around' comment. If that's a euphemism for gentle stroking in quickly cut close ups and a cowboy spur down the back then ok. Otherwise wtf are you talking about?<p> Also some of you aicn boys are coming out with your 2010 lists... will any be brave enough to put PREDATORS in the worst list like most of the tb'ers who've published theirs have?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    This DVD column brought to you by Pfizer

    by Shepard Wong

    Congrats on the boner Harry. To Yoko as well, I guess.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Machete....

    by Joe Huber

    Watching it now, for the very first time. A bit disappointed with the lack of extras. I know they will double-dip this one because Rodriguez loves to add extras. Great movie! Really expands on the fake trailer and brings a lot to the table concerning the character and big-name cast. Trejo is perfect in this film. About damn time he gets the lead! I absolutely love his performance feeling it perfectly suits the actor like very few movies and actors this film is the pefect fit for Trejo. Imagine Rocky without Stallone, Terminator without Ahnold, Die Hard without Willis., Godfather without Pacino, Ragine Bull without De Niro. Probably Seagal's best performance since...damn I can't remember, Under Siege? The Last Exorcism is damn good as well. Patrick Fabian gives a charismatic performance. Wasn't sure I was going to like this one but it's a winner. Nice Blu-ray set as well and I can see why Harry said it was the best horror flick of 2010. I have to agree. I'm in the process of doing an interview with Patrick Fabian about the movie. Backdraft is a classic and definately one of Ron Howard's best films. I could easily agree with Harry here, but I'm torn between this and Da Vinci's Code. Backdraft is far more entertaining though and the performances by the cast is spectacular. Loved Kurt Russell, Baldwin, De Niro, Sutherland etc.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    morning cobes

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Rodriquez

    by Righteous Brother

    when he first appeared on the scene with El Mariachi, I thought I was seeing the start of a new major talent, and I've been let down by him ever since, he just makes juvenile drek again and again. He hasn't got it in him to make a Goodfellas or Heat, or hell even a Pulp Fiction. I understand what he's doing, but I just wish he'd use his talent to make something with more resonance or meaning.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    fuck you BACKDRAFT rules

    by Six Demon Bag

    kurt russell owns your ass in that film

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    what is up with that cover for DESPERADO/EL MARIACHI?

    by Six Demon Bag

    i understand two diff actors played the role but thats pretty lazy..

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    "that's my brother, god damn it!!"

    by busterbluth

    laughably bad

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Spoiler: Harry, I think "Catfish" is most definitely not...

    by ufoclub1977

    Harry, I think "Catfish" is most definitely not a frightening, cautionary tale about the dangers of the internet. SPOILER: It is about how circumstances can completely capsize a life and even trap a soul in a state where youthful dreams and ambitions are unfulfilled (the woman's dreams). It is a searingly human film of sadness, and the entire internet romance element is only an echo and plot device of the bigger center of the film... the woman trapped in her life and resorting to a fictional reality and interaction to feel anything remotely good anymore. In a way it should speak to the psychology of "geek" as well, after all, wasn't Star Wars geekdom in 1977 better and more fun than true life?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Big week for Rodriguez

    by dvdhound79

    Looks like the Mexico trilogy is gonna be hitting my shelf soon. And for two of them to be in a combo pack...? Machete will be right there with them.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    re: 10 minute cooking school-

    by dvdhound79

    -in Mexico, will that be on there? Cause that dish was fucking bomb!

  • The opening setpiece and the action scene in the hospital felt like Rodriguez, but the rest was just... mind numbingly boring. It almost felt like RR let his buddy put his name on it so more people would be interested. The movie didn't deliver on the badassery that the trailer depicted. Anyone else on the same boat?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    De Niro is great

    by MacReady452

    in BACKDRAFT and a total fucking joke in MACHETE. Shame on RR for blowing it with an icon. Aren't these FOCKER movies disgrace enough? For Shame.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    TALHOTBLONDE is....

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    ..the far better version of CATFISH. And at least you know it's real.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    TALHOTBLONDE is....

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    ..the far better version of CATFISH. And at least you know it's real.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    You forgot the other best thing about Backdraft...

    by Super Rabbi

    Jennifer Jason Leigh! What a fucking fox!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    my god this shit hole sucks

    by MacReady452

    i can't even expand a post. Brav-fucking-O

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    As much as I like and admire Rodriguez...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...a number of his films (Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Machete in particular) are just too bloated and overstuffed with characters and subplots to be really satisfying. OUATIM is like a three-hour epic brutally whittled down to 95 minutes, and Machete has the same problem...both films have a climatic scene where characters just walk into a rooom, kill each other, and that's that as far as resolving the various subplots. Imagine Kill Bill Vol. 2 having The Bride walk in and shoot Bill and take B.B. away in like 30 seconds, and you've got the wrap-up to a typical Rodriguez flick. It's like Rodriguez has the laundty list of actors who he wants to work with, and instead of cutting out characters to streamline the plot, he just jams all of them in there willy-nilly so he can get each actor in to film their little bit in a couple of days. Desperado is blessedly streamlined in comparison.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The Last Exorcism is....

    by Jarek

    South Park's Woodland Critter Christmas done as a "serious" horror film. And it's just as ridiculous. By the way, why would the cameraman in that dangerous situation take the time to shoot all those establishing shots?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    An open letter to Robert Rodriguez...

    by djangoilbastardo

    Where in the blue fuck is a ROADRACERS dvd/blu, man?!? Hell, franchise that shit! Sequels, prequels, midquels, NyQuils..whatever. You could crank out the shittiest flicks known to man for the rest of your career and if the ad copy said "From the director of ROADRACERS...", you'd always get my $. Fucking brilliant flick, that one. And the best Kevin McCarthy cameo ever. Bar none. Sorry Joe Dante. I love you too.;)

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    ROB ROY, motherfucker

    by caruso-stalker217

    That's the shit I'm waiting for.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Next week The Green Hornet?

    by rben

    As in the one season Bruce Lee tv-series?????

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Knobrules, I think the thing was...

    by ISmith70

    ...the people who had a problem with the ending of "The Last Exorcsim" were the same ones who were expecting a "Blair Witch"-style ambiguous ending that would leave them wondering, "Was it actually supernatural forces at work or wasn't it? Was she really possessed or just abused?" And they were mad because the ending made it perfectly clear what was going on when they would have preferred to think it over for themselves. Personally, I never liked "Blair Witch." I thought the whole thing was overrated and knew it was fake (especially since I live in MD where it was set and I know for a fact that there is no such legend). So I liked how "Last Exorcism" dispensed with a lot of that BS and just made it clear at the end, even though the movie kept you off-balance and second-guessing yourself up until that point. So just when you were fairly sure you had figured it all out and that maybe there was nothing supernatural about it at all...BAM! It turns around a goes, "Surprise! It was!" And I guess some people thought that was a cop-out. But really, if you pay attention, there were hints that were staring you in the face the whole time. So it wasn't like they pulled it out of nowhere. Personally, I liked it. And I agree it was one of the best Horror movies of last year.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Last Exorcism terrible ending spoiler

    by Adelai Niska

    After a Blair-Witch-style fake realistic documentary, the movie ends with a 100 foot tall CGI fire demon and is basically the Wicker Man ending on crack.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Rob Motherfuckin Roy Jack!

    by magnetoelectric

    "You are the shite Montrose and the flies upon it!"

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I traded in my Seasons 1-3 of Bullwinkle-

    by Kamaji

    -but even with the set going for $65 on Amazon, I'm going to be patient. I'll just wait for Borders Rewards to do another 40-50% off coupon sometime this year. I saw Bullwinkle as a kid early Sunday mornings in the 80's, and I always remember how my Dad got a kick out of the series, and how he and my Mom were eager to get us the VHS releases way-back-when. I still am eager to see the episode with the Bumbling Bros circus. I always remember my Dad getting a kick out of the names of the Bumbling Bros: Hugo, and Igo.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Technically Backdraft is impressive. The cinematography,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    the fire effects, the score...but the plot.., and I'll bet you a million kajillion dollars that you can't find an actual firefighter that doesn't call it total Hollywood bullshit. There's suspension of belief and then there's you-gotta-be-fuckin-kidding.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    True, but those same firefighters will probably name it their favorite film since it casts them in such a heroic light. I know quite a few firefighters and that movie's their Godfather. It may not be true to life, but it romanticizes what they do, so, like the Mafiosi who revel in Coppola's masterwork, they see themselves in Kurt's boots and helmet.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    By the way, everybody, I have big news!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Gerry Rafferty died.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Who the Fuck is Gerry Rafferty, man?

    by Larrylongballs

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Gerry Rafferty?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Ever hear "Stuck in the Middle With You"? It was in a little movie called Reservoir Dogs? Well, that was him.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' amateurs on this site.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Harry: Did you see Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    by 0007

    aka one of the best films this year?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Backdraft is a bit long but it's pretty good I thought

    by Tacom

    I agree with Harry, Donald Sutherland's arson character was great.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Who do I make out the check to?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    DSPERADO brought Banderas to America?? WTF??

    by scors54

    “Then there’s DESPERADO, the large budget reimagining of the Mariachi Legend that brought us not only Antonio Banderas in the U.S.” WTF Harry, he was in “Mambo Kings”, “Philadelphia” and “Interview With the Vampire” all before “Desperado”. He was already in the US well before that. C’mon—a simple Google search can turn that shit up, Christ.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by shawn_h

    When are you gonna create your top 10 of 2010??? I'm a little bit eager to read it

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    scors54, good point...

    by MattmanReturns

    Pretty sure I (and America) already knew who he was by the time Desperado came out.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    A movie geek should know better

    by D.Vader

    I'm sure Harry meant it was his first leading role. Or something.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    backdraft: lol! so lame.

    by FleshMachine

    good movie if you're 12...i know firefighters..they hate that film. but howard kept saying how firefighters loved the realism...nonsense.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    machete was a total letdown...

    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    ...went way too campy with it when it shoulda been more in the vein of From Dusk til Dawn.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    All checks are payable to: YOU HAVE BEEN CHOPPED Enterprises LLC

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    shawn_h

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Leave Harold alone, will ya? He's taking over the Spahn Ranch and he's making sure his Famous Monsters website actually looks like a professional movie site. Not to mention the hours he spends tweeting, opening goodie swag boxes from movie studios, impersonating Chef Paul Prudhomme at children's birthday parties, breastfeeding manatee calves &c.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Oh, and where's the Gerry Rafferty obit?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Bullwinkle

    by Noddy93

    the same thing happened with Fraggle Rock... after a few months the final season will be released on its own.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Fraggle Rock.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    That theme song got the fuck down.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    H.R. Pufnstuf Complete series rerelease this month!

    by MST3KPIMP

    rejoice!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    THE LAST EXORCISM goofiest silly fucking ending

    by quantize

    EVER They utterly blew it...it doesn't deserve the blow jobs this site is giving it. AT ALL

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    re 'Last Exorcism terrible ending spoiler'....

    by quantize

    its not even that...the acting suddenly turns to camp 80's hysteria. Harry is totally fucking nuts (or blowing Eli Roth) when he says this film is one of the best horror films of 2010. It's one of the worst.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Franco's HOWL performance better than 127 HOURS?

    by Gwai Lo

    ... really? ...............really??

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I just argued about a film on facebook...

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    And witnessed some of the most childish and knee-jerk reactions I've ever seen on the internet, and I used to come to this site a lot and ahve seen my share of stupidity (and took part in such stupidity on several occasions). AICN is, indeed, a more mature movie discussion forum than I realized. I'm not gonna de-friend the dude, but goddamn, the guy couldn't handle a civil, thoughtful debate viewable by all our friends; there's no anonymity on facebook and he went balls to the wall bonkers. Thank you, AICN people, for being as serious and as funny as you are. This forum is still relevant despite what the naysayers say nay to.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Stereotypical Archer...

    by ufoclub1977

    what was the debate about?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    The Ending Ruined Last Exorcist

    by TheLastCleric

    I don’t require ambiguity. Actually, I rather expected some supernatural twist but what was delivered was B-grade schlock straight out of an 80’s horror flick and not an iota of those last ten minutes mesh in any way with the rest of the film. It’s a damn shame too because up until the ending I was enjoying the movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    How come robert rodriquez doesn't cook any more?

    by Brick_Walker

    The best special features on the trouble-maker dvds was the RR cooking school. My personal fave was breakfast burritos on the Sin city special edition. RR cook more tasty shit for us!!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Machete

    by Corey

    I for one am looking forward to watch this film as I just bought it yesterday morning and have yet to find the time to sit down and watch it. I'm finally glad to see Danny in a lead role, one that actually suits him as well. I'm sold by just the posters alone, a gun totting nun(as much as I hate Lindsey Lohan, still cant wait to see this). A man of God with shotguns, and to top it off Steven Segal as a bad guy. I cant wait. Heading off line to watch it right now.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    What movie is Harry's latest animation from (baseball player)?

    by detinue

    I saw a guy dressed like that last Halloween, but didn't realize until now that it was from a movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    detinue

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    The Warriors one of the best films of the 70's my man.Fucking Classic.Walter Hill directed it.the gang was called the furies

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    CORALINE was filmed down the street from my house!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Seriously... it was filmed in a warehouse here in the 'burbs of Portland, Oregon. How cool is that? Very cool indeed.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Catfish is neither frightening nor important

    by Bass Ackwards

    I do not get the love for this film at all. It was stale and predictable. They made the obvious less obvious by making the ruse more grand, but still, who gives a fuck? The idea that people on the internet aren't who they say they are still shocks people?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Harry - what are the PEE BREAKS in CATFISH?? When to go???

    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I knew the column would come back for Machete!

    by Gordak

    It was down all december long. I saw Machete was coming out and thought...hmmm wonder if the column is coming back to promote that sad excuse of a film. And low and behond...not just one Rodriguez movie...but his entire library. This column will go down again for a while.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards, on CATFISH...

    by ufoclub1977

    I think "Catfish" is most definitely not a frightening, cautionary tale about the dangers of the internet. It's not supposed to be scary, and it's not about the internet. It's much more serious. The movie company mis-marketed it as some kind of youthful reality thriller. SPOILER: It is about how circumstances can completely capsize a life and even trap a soul in a state where youthful dreams and ambitions are unfulfilled (the woman's dreams). It is a searingly human film of sadness, and the entire internet romance element is only an echo and plot device of the bigger center of the film... the woman trapped in her life and resorting to a fictional reality and interaction to feel anything remotely good anymore. In a way it should speak to the psychology of "geek" as well, after all, wasn't Star Wars geekdom in 1977 better and more fun than true life?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Alba ruined Machete for me.

    by knowthyself

    Why did she take her role so damn seriously? It comes off unintentionally laughable. Michelle was having fun with her role and you can tell. Alba didn't quite understand she was in an exploitation movie and thus should loosen up and enjoy the ride. Instead she's a static two dimensional character who lacks charm and charisma. Okay she's hot but that's just not enough anymore.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Lohan naked-ish...in Machete

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    If this was to be her "acting" comeback, it just proves she couldn't act her way out of a designer label shopping bag. The obvious body doubles in the threesome scene was hilarious, also.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by workshed

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by workshed

    ...but Jessica was a real surprise in 'The Killer Inside Me' (which doesn't seem to have made anyone's lists this year but was one of my faves).

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Harry's animation - The Warriors

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    c'mon that one was easy...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Machete

    by SpazMatic1074

    I remember the theatrical experience feeling far more gritty. Something about the film transfer as apposed to the Blu Ray.. it just was a raw, dirty experience and made me feel giddy. The way it looked on film was wholely better than the Blu Ray. Yeah the Blu Ray is cleaned up, sharper, and has a kick-ass audio track, but the grimey film quality/effects also seemed cleaned up. It's like it's hardly there. I don't know.. something about this transfer feels oddly different. Like cleaner than it should be. Harry can you confirm? Also the extras on this disc suck. Like zero behind the scenes stuff. A few un-interesting Jessica Alba plot points that should have remained unseen (my GOD her acting sucks but I can still jizz to that 2 second shower scene). There's a trailer and that usual audience reaction B.S. (who cares?) But the Best Buy exclusive digital copy is nice for my laptop.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Backdraft

    by SpazMatic1074

    I can't wait to buy when it's on sale for 12.99 @ Amazon.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    european distributors..

    by emeraldboy

    know now to stay away from the movies of RR.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Backdraft is one of the best sounding

    by UltraTron

    blu rays available. And hitting expand all is the new shittiest thing in memory

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Detinue

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Are you kidding? You've never heard of--much less seen--Walter Hill's "The Warriors." Netflix it now and get schooled with Swan and the boys.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Harry Banderas is NOT Mexican,he is Spanish.

    by jack black

    But you probably thought that because RR puts him in many of his movies,Desperado had many Mexican actors and was set in Mexico as a sequel to a Mexican movie,all Latins are of Spanish origin and then Banderas played in the big-budget Zorro/Assassin flicks,you though that he is Mexican,some actor RR knew and brought from Mexico and together became famous with the Desperado movie.jesus.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Is the El Mariachi/Desperado Blu a flipdisk or que?

    by SoylentMean

    Desperado is one of my most watched movies of my youth and I'd like to get rid of my craptastic DVD, but I'm not buying a Blu-ray flipdisk!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Nevermind, I think...

    by SoylentMean

    Worth the less than $15 to just buy it anyway.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I don't get all the Catfish hate

    by henrydalton

    Whenever that film is mentioned in an article on this site there's always a bagazillion talkbacks hating on it. I thought it was a brilliant film - is whether or not it's a 'real' documentary such an issue with people? It's telling a story about people in a very interesting and effective way, and myself and everyone I've seen it with thought it was one if the best of the year. It's not like someone coming out and saying An Inconvenient Truth was all made up. Can someone explain why people are calling it one of the worst films they've ever seen? Just curious.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Soylentmean

    by SpazMatic1074

    Was that a sad attempt at being sarcastic? I don't think there are ANY Blu Ray flip discs. If there are, allow me to meet the producers of that disc and punch them all in the face.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Blu Ray flip discs - weren't HD DVD discs two-sided in some cases?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Another reason the format failed. ..although I have a player and a dozen discs..

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    yea ^^

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    the star trek season one HD's were 2 sided dvd's. talk about a waste of money..........eh well. At least I didn't get suckered into buying a HD player and held out for a ps3.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I think the hype has soured Catfish

    by Jaka

    If it had been allowed to just be a small indie doc (real or fake, which would just make it another film, but so was the fantastically over-hyped Blair Witch Project) it might get a bit more love. Unfortunately so many people saw it after hearing some kind of hype that it the film watching experience. Personally, I liked it. It's not great, or revolutionary, or revelatory - but it is interesting and different from than any other film I saw this (last) year. Something to be said for that alone. I will say that I did see it after the hype, so I simply watched it as if it was a scripted movie. I thought it worked fine like that.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    * ruined

    by Jaka

    The hype ruined the film watching experience.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Which Bullwinkle Season...

    by Oprah_Duke

    Is considered the Best?<P> Cuz a brother can't afford less than the best!!

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    "MACHETE DON'T TEXT"

    by theKRELL

    And then the fucker DOES text . . . Fuck You Rodriguez . . .

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    catfish is soulless, exploitative garbage

    by birdy birdman

    i wanted to vaporize those fucks

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    What would have been more shocking in Catfish

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    is if in the end the fat house sow had actually turned out to be the hot chick she said she was. These two bagel eating New York douchebags totally exploited this pathetic woman. If anything this is an example of cyber bullying on their parts.