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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 4th wk of Jan 2011: Jodorowsky, Noe, Brooks, Spielberg, Howard and more!

Published at: Jan. 27, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… Sorry I’m a couple days late. I just got my Portable Blu Ray player from Amazon a couple of days ago, which has helped me plow through and try my best to catch up. Without it… well, I was a bit lacking, some of these releases I saw before my incarceration into miracle medical treatment that I’m going through. I’m working harder than I’ve ever imagined. But thanks to my spine being fixed, everything is starting to come back, it’s a long road, but I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s column. I’m only able to fit in about 4 movies a day here, and still do everything they ask of me, plus I’m usually able to squeeze in an extra 30 minutes to an hour of rehab a day. As usual, the pics and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more on a title, but also you can purchase. If you do order, this column gets a small portion of the purchase price, and especially in my current situation – it helps tremendously, so thank you profusely to everyone that orders from the column. Here ya go…

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011





SANTA SANGRE (Blu Ray)

Ok – now here is an unbelievable treat. When the package from Severin showed up and I opened it and pulled out Jodorowsky’s SANTA SANGRE, my father, sister and I all squealed with delight. Our family loves Alejandro Jodorowsky’s too few film career. Too few, mainly because he is an artist, not a corporate storyteller. We’ve only just been able to get EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN on DVD in the United States… But for fans of Jodorowsky, you’ve been stuck having to get expensive foreign imports.
Now it all changes. Not only can you get SANTA SANGRE on DVD – But Severin has gone that extra mile and mastered it for Blu-Ray and that’s amazing. It is just flat out gorgeous. Not only do you get the bizarrely surreal, totally Jodorowsky story of a Circus performer, a crime of passion, his deaf-mute lover, his amazing parents: an armless mother and a tattooed strongman father. The film is so intensely unlike other films that it thrills you. Makes you wish less films were so ordinary, pedestrian and plain.
I haven’t yet dug into the extras, which I’ve heard will occupy me for 5 hours as I plow through the mind of Jodorowsky. For Cinephiles, there’s no possibility of not picking this up. It’s just a blessing to get




ENTER THE VOID (Blu-Ray)

Like SANTA SANGRE – this is a film that is not necessarily for all audiences, it is art, and like a lot of art, it is subject to interpretation, taste and this film is an experience – not an experience that many of us could have had otherwise. It takes us to places we would fear to tread, gives us experiences that we might not savor in our personal lives – but we as viewers watching the film get intoxicated, drugged and invigorated by the sheer images and movement and – well… just the best damn P.O.V. photography you’ve seen in quite some time. BLU RAY is definitely the route to go on this. I watched mine at the house 3 days before I wound up in my current situation and now that I’m watching Blu Ray’s on a little portable player – well, at least I can still do my job, but man… totally different. ENTER THE VOID is something to watch alone, or with friends that appreciate the best of cinema, when it is more than a 3 act structure. Great film, great Blu Ray!




BROADCAST NEWS (Criterion Blu)

One of the best films of the 1980’s – James Brooks, who is mostly known for his amazing work on television – like THE SIMPSONS & TAXI… Delivered a knock out of a film. The 3 leads are amazing… You’ve got Holly Hunter, William Hurt and an amazing Albert Brooks in a very different from ANCHORMAN look at… well, Broadcast News. It is funny, but also extremely honest and a bit real. In particular revisiting this film, as I’m hearing about Aaron Sorkin crafting a series to look at the modern world of Broadcast News… I’m curious to see how they differ and what similarities, if any there are. It picked up 7 Oscar nominations, but that was the same year as LAST EMPEROR, WALL STREET & MOONSTRUCK… which all those titles and this one, totally fucked over BRIAN DE PALMA from getting his deserved Oscar and sweep for UNTOUCHABLES… sigh. But this is an outstanding film and as usual, Criterion has done an amazing job. Here’s what you’re getting:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
New audio commentary featuring Brooks and Marks
New documentary on Brooks's career in television and film
Deleted scenes and an alternate ending, with commentary by Brooks
New video interview with veteran CBS news producer Susan Zirinsky
Featurette containing on-set footage and interviews
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey




RED

Watched this at FANTASTIC FEST, and I have to say, from the second I saw the first trailer with Helen Mirren blowing people away en masse… I was sold. Then watching the film, I instantly got just how much fun this film is. That’s all it wants to be is fun. There’s no great social commentary here, beyond the bit about senior citizens still being able to kick ass… but then all of us that know someone as badass as my dad – and possible some relative of yours – well… hell, my 93 year old roommate is a total awesome badass romantic! About the time Ernest Borgnine showed up, I was in my ideal situation. The audience was having fun with it, and Karl Urban, who is playing the “Agent Smith” kind of role in the film – is fantastic. But it is probably Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis’ 39 STEPS-esque romance that really sealed the deal for me. You’ve got a good amount of Deleted scenes, a CIA Exposed feature and the Audio Commentary is with retired CIA Field Officer Robert Baer. Can’t wait to give that a listen.




SECRETARIAT

Personally I prefer PHAR LAP and SEABISCUIT, but SECRETARIAT came in a powerful 3rd, as it is a really solid Horse tale. Now what Disney did with this film, is make one of the most handsome period tales I’ve seen this past year. BRAVEHEART writer, RANDALL WALLACE was directing and his attention to detail leapt from the page to the screen, which was quite awesome to see. In particular, this really made me wonder and crave to see what he has coming next for us. Here’s the special features you get on the Blu Ray:
• Heart of A Champion
• Choreographing the Races
• A Director's Inspiration: A Conversation with The Real Penny Chenery
• Audio commentary by director Randall Wallace
• 7 Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by director Randall Wallace
• Secretariat multi-angle simulation
• Music video - AJ Michalka "It's Who You Are"




THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

I loved this last installmen of “THE GIRL WHO” series from Stieg Larsson’s world renowned series. If you haven’t seen this series, the BBC SHERLOCK 3 film series or the RED RIDING TRILOGY from last year, you’re really seriously missing out on a trio of terrific trios that were all delivered in 2010. In particular, I wish this and the SHERLOCK series would run forever. I love how this one returns to investigation, constant threat and crazy fucked up family weirdness. The best? Noomi’s crazy mutant assassin brother! He’s like a friggin time bomb for the whole thing. SO SCARY, he reminds me of that character from the Chuck Norris masterpiece SILENT RAGE! Anyway, this is likely to be the only complete run of the books on film, unless Fincher commits to all 3, which I kind of hope doesn’t happen, because I prefer Fincher doing different things and don’t want to see his talent being swallowed by any series ever.




SAW 3D: THE FINAL CHAPTER

I would only watch this in 3D BLU RAY if I had a 3D Blu Ray setup for watching them. But I don’t.




NOWHERE BOY

I loved this “origin” story film of the life of John Lennon – pre-BEATLES. For one, Aaron Johnson is just too good! This is a film that didn’t play everywhere and that people didn’t really have a chance to discover theatrically. If you’re a Beatles fan, and in particular a Lennon fan – you’ll love it. I’ve always enjoyed a great biopic. The sad thing is, I doubt seriously any of the awards groups will remember Kristin Scott Thomas’ Aunt Mimi – I’d totally nominate it.




COLOR PURPLE (Blu Ray)

An incredibly powerful film from Spielberg. One that he really wanted to win all the Oscars for. Whoopi and Oprah are amazing in the film. The shots are iconic throughout. The music, the costumes, the melodrama… It is THE COLOR PURPLE. And there isn’t anything else quite like it. The BluRay… well first – we don’t have nearly enough of The Beard’s films on Blu Ray! This is gorgeous. You’ll absolutely get why it was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won none… OUT OF AFRICA won the big one. BRAZIL wasn’t even nominated. Of the nominees, I was rooting for WITNESS – but it was a crushing defeat for Steven. But hopefully he can see that the movie is a classic now – and that simply, that was a good tough year of cinema.




A BEAUTIFUL MIND (Blu Ray)

It’s the 10th anniversary of A BEAUTIFUL MIND – and that factoid all by itself is insane. A BEAUTIFUL MIND is 10 years old. Perhaps not my favorite of Ron Howard’s movies. That’s probably SPLASH or BACKDRAFT or GRAND THEFT AUTO… but beyond any doubt, A BEAUTIFUL MIND is the very best film he’s done, along with Akiva Goldsman. I love how he visualizes John Nash’s mind. I love every character in the film. The acting is superb.




INSIDE THE MILKY WAY (Blu Ray)

If you enjoyed AICN’s Copernicus’ look at the Science of Avatar articles – and his interview with James Cameron… and if you love brilliant and enthralling looks at our universe, this documentary from National Geographic puts AICN’s Copernicus (aka Andy Howell) to work helping to guide you through the Milky Way Galaxy that we call home. I’m a space documentary geek. Love the stuff. Love taking in the enormity of the Universe. It makes me feel thin.




CLIENT 9: RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER

There’s no doubt that Eliot Spitzer’s dick got the best of him, but the thing is… SO WHAT. We seriously need to re-exam our criteria for public officials if fucking keeps a man that was trying to save us from the disaster that Wall Street created that has sent our entire country going down a toilet – economically speaking – for the last 3 years. Personally, if I were Obama, I’d get him to be Attorney General and turn him the fuck loose on Wall Street. Asses need to be kicked – and we need someone exactly like Spitzer… and hell, if it means we send him hookers every night, well, fuck it, he deserves a good lay. Of course that doesn’t play in the pews. Great documentary!




SHE-RA: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Jeff Mahler, this one is for you. Though, because the world continues to mock your love for SHE-RA – I have to tell you. There’s no extras, Jeff. I’m sorry. No behind the scenes, No remember the mania of She-Ra? Nope, but this does have all the episodes. And Jeff, because you’re rich, you will only have to pay $65.99 to have it all. Now, Jeff… you can ride your stuffed Pegasus, don your She-Ra panties – and talk to your imaginary Sorceress – all while enjoying the original toons that made you the gloriously awesome freak that you are.




QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY (BluRay)

Erotic cinema doesn’t get much better than when Henry Miller met the French New Wave in QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY. This gets quite explicit, but it is a very solid and great adaptation of one of the best books from Henry Miller. This was formally banned, and it’s quite nice to actually be able to have it today. Very sensual, sometimes a little silly, but well, that was the novel too. Beautiful looking BluRay




RED HILL

I’ve been curious to see this film for a bit of time now. I know sometimes people wonder why I put titles that I haven’t seen on here, and it’s because this isn’t a full REVIEW column, but my picks & peeks. Picks denotes things I’m interested in, Peeks- the ones I’ve seen. Now RED HILL played at FANTASTIC FEST last year, and it seemed to mostly receive very positive word of mouth. TRUE BLOOD’s Ryan Kwanten was in attendance, but even that didn’t help Yoko to like the film in the least. She kind of really disliked it. Along with a couple of friends, but then other people named it in their top 5 films of the festival. Thus, I’m really curious to see it for myself.




RONALD REAGAN CENTENNIAL COLLECTION (DARK VICTORY, KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN, KINGS ROW, DESPERATE JOURNEY, THIS IS THE ARMY, HASTY HEART, STORM WARNING and THE WINNING TEAM)

This is actually a really great collection of RONALD REAGAN movies, where he’s not such a goofball. I haven’t seen THE WINNING TEAM or HASTY HEART, but the others I’ve seen. STORM WARNING involves the KKK and is a crazy film. KINGS ROW has a brilliant score and is just a really solid film. In particular, that’s the film that probably contains Ronnie’s best career work as a serious actor. DARK VICTORY is more Bette Davis’ film. DESPERATE JOURNEY is a great Errol Flynn war flick. THIS IS THE ARMY is an Irving Berlin musical, using a lot of the military – and it is pretty damn awesome. KNUTE ROCKNE – is basically Ronald Reagan’s RUDY. Helluva football tale! You get the whole lotta Reagan for just $42 bucks.




ALLIGATOR

That’s the Alligator God KROONA, pissed the fuck off and gonna go chomp chomp on a resort – and frankly, its about time. Now the original title for this was BIG ALLIGATOR RIVER, the film stars the gorgeous gals, Barbara Bach and Claudio Cassinelli! And beyond the sheer attraction of watching a crazy killer Gator… watching them is the next best thing. This is a full on sentient revenge crazy killer animal flick, so if like me, you love those… pick this up!

Once again, I’d like to apologize for being a couple days late. Here’s what we get into on February 1st. LET ME IN, ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Blu), NEVER LET ME GO, MONSTERS, HATCHET II, TILLMAN STORY, ALL ABOUT EVE (Blu), THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (Criterion Blu), AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (Blu), YOU’VE GOT MAIL (Blu), PLEASANTVILLE (Blu), THE PROWLER, “10” (Blu), RAY (Blu), LUCKY LADY, DEATH HUNT/BUTCH & SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS, BOYS DON’T CRY (Blu), NIGHT CATCHES US, BAD BOYS (Blu), 11 HARROWHOUSE, LORNA THE EXORCIST, HELL HARBOR & JUNGLE BRIDE, ROAD HOUSE (Blu) and really, can there be anything that follows ROAD HOUSE on Blu Ray… I think not. See you Tuesday hopefully!

Readers Talkback

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  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's my DVD Picks of the week!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    just bought Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Bluray

    by wattos new hat

    and it looks amazing. plus Destino is awesome.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see the cut of Keith Urban in Red...

    by David

    Actually no, no I wouldn't...Karl Urban is too awesome.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    "Im only able to fit in about 4 movies a day here"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I think I have an inkling why your spine collapsed, Harry...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Enter The Void aka pretentious shit from a pretentious

    by KilliK

    director.at least with Santa Sangre you get a real art house movie.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Elliot Spitzer

    by BobParr

    Harry- What you don't get is that Spitzer was notorious for using his position as Attorney General to destroy people that stood in the way of his rise to power. The man had no moral code (and I'm not referring to hookerss) and got what he deserved. Truly a case for the existence of karma. PS- you are so poitically ignoarnt it is depressing.

  • Harry is a little out of his mind to suggest he should go work for Obama, but the man did an incredible job of cleaning up Wall Street before succumbing to plain old lust. Too bad.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    So, let me get this straight ...

    by nico_laos

    ... Harry puts A SERBIAN FILM over INCEPTION ... SCOTT PILGRIM over everything ... and SPLASH over A BEAUTIFUL MIND? Yes, I know they're his opinions ... but he may as well never write another review ... because it helps absolutely no one in determining if a movie is any good. It's gotten to the point where I hold off on movies he praises. Way to represent to geeks, Harry. Geez ....

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Eh yo, you guys got netflix?

    by Bobo_Vision

    I just started watching this flick called "The Stoned Age" right now on instant netflix. You guys should do the same and we'll discuss it in the morning. Aaaaaaaand, go!!!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Loved RED.

    by Bvc79

    Awesome movie, can't wait to buy the bluray.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    i had to kill Harry for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones

    ...in not sharing some of that sweet free stuff he receives from the studios....

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    WILLOW and APOLLO 13

    by victor laszlo

    Are for me, unquestionably the finest films of Ron Howard, his most worthwhile contributions to cinema. The 1st is one of the more atmospherically believable and grounded works of fantasy in the entire genre (also possibly Val Kilmer's greatest performance and certainly the pinnacle of traditional optical matte-painting). The 2nd is one of the most accurate historical tales ever told about one of the most important eras in human history - with uncommon adherence to finding the drama in the actual science/engineering reality, rather than bending that reality into hollywood drama. Thought for sure you'd be an Apollo 13 guy... Backdraft and Splash are pretty sweet, but A Beautiful Mind felt like the turning point into his current "Well-Made Soul-Less Oscar-Bait" period. Godspeed to you in your bacta tank, old man!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Stifler's Mom- Really??!!

    by BobParr

    That's your criticism? One to many Ls?? The guy was a prick. He was an awful governor with a blind, cokehead #2. He had zero allies because he was such a notorious prick who would have crucified someone else for being caught with hookers. BTW, people who get off on evil Wall Street usually are losers who don't have two nickels to rub together. PS- You misspelled "correctly" in your post so you have been disqualified.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    BBC Sherlock 3 film series?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Is this the modern day adaptation tv series Harry is talking about, or is he referring to something else?

  • The effect's should have been up for an oscar. I've watched it tripping and sober and it's amazing either way. As Harry pointed out though it's not for everyone.

  • It is so fucking good, that I've only seen it once in a theater in LA, and I still think about moments in it. It's not pretentious, it's purely visceral, like the perceptions of a child. And it is structured so everything is referenced and echoes something before, building to greatness. It's truly like religious feeling for me. And on the flip side, I can't wait to get the Color Purple blu-ray. That was a movie that unified the audience into one big mass of laughs, gasps, cheers, tears, and wide eyed musical exhilaration. We couldn't even get in to see it on the opening day. Sold out. where's my Excalibur blu-ray?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    "Totally f**ed over BRIAN DE PALMA..."

    by LoneGun

    Interesting to note that De Palma's SCARFACE was also f**ed over by James L. Brooks prior film, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT in 1983. Good column this week.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    De Palma

    by dukeroberts

    I don't get the love for Scarface. I think it's a ridiculous movie. It's fun to watch because it's so bad. That's all. The Untouchables on the other hand, is a great frickin' movie, and is better than those movies that were nominated for best picture that year.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Stoned Age

    by Ted Brautigan

    The Stoned Age was an awesomely bad partying kids movie! Thanks for the reminder, bobo_vision.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Red Hill

    by jay sinofsky

    Man that movie sucked. Hard. It was Green Hornet bad.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Santa Sangre Makes Me Sentimental

    by Henry Fool

    Santa Sangre is a very special film for me. I first saw a preview for it when I was fourteen at the West Side Pavillion cinemas in Los Angeles. That was my first ever trip into the city to see an independent film and it was Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira". It was the English language version produced by Streamline Pictures, Carl Macek's production company. The voice work wasn't very good but I still give Macek credit for releasing Akira, Laputa and Lensman and helping to start to anime boon.<br /> <br /> When I saw the preview for Santa Sangre, it frightened and disturbed me with its occultic imagery. Four years later, when I turned eighteen, I rented a VHS copy from the Thousand Oaks library. I don't remember the movie all that well but I do remember that I loved it. I've been waiting years to hear this announcement and I can't wait to see it again. It's a fantastic trip of a movie. I imagine it was probably a pretty big influence on Guillermo Del Torro.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Was Harry having a go at SAW 3D?

    by Daniel2010

    Coz that movie was 6/10 Great.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    God, I hate A Beautiful Mind

    by ClancyWiggum

    ...a film made by morons, reducing intelligence to party tricks and making the portrayal of the brilliance of a Nobel Price winning scientist into a "magical retard" story. Fuck this film. It's well acted, I won't deny that, but this film needs to be recognized as the piece of shit that it is.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Portable Blu-ray?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I didn't know those had come out? Which one did you get, Harry?

  • Ha ha ha Harry Obama IS Wall Street. He's not going to do SHIT to them. I'm looking forward to getting CLIENT 9 from Netflix today. Alex Gibney (ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE) is a GENIUS. His Jack Abramoff/Tom DeLay movie (CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY) made that whole thing comprehensible to me for the first time. RED looks like astounding crap to me. I'd watch it on HBO with the sound off or something.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    dammit harry...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...do i have to buy secretariat now? i didn't want to but the disney completest in me and now you are telling me otherwise. the period-eyness is the main the reason i think?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Red Hill

    by MattmanReturns

    I loved it. Starts out very low-key and slowly builds into a great spaghetti western. This is for genre fans ONLY.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    The Hasty Heart -

    by john

    very sweet movie. It'll tug at your heart strings that one.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Red Hill = good Western/vengeance/siege movie

    by Finnias

    …with a hint of the supernatural. Great landscapes too.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    'slowly builds into a great spaghetti western' oh fuck off

    by quantize

    NO IT DOES NOT

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Harry PLEASE...........

    by Righteous Brother

    stop putting 'Kind of' in front of words like Hated, Loved, Despised etc.......its driving me fucking nuts.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Ronald Regan - The Actor

    by tomdolan04

    Whose vice president, Jerry Lewis?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    KEITH Urban????

    by D.Vader

    That's KARL Urban, Harry. Jeebus Cristo dude. Eomer, not some country singer.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    My Netflix Queue Pick Of The Week!!!!

    by samuraiyao

    'Straight Time' Starring Dustin Hoffman, in one of the best movies of all time.... If you enjoy Taxi Driver, this one is a lot better, Hoffman gives a damn badass performance, fucking badass!!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Glad some other people didn't like

    by TBYITBSITBH

    Red Hill, cos I thought it sucked ass too but thought I was alone on that one! Film is stupid. Can't be bothered elaborating and don't wanna spoil the stupid for anyone anyway ;) As for Enter The Void, as Harry said and people have already echoed, yeah DON'T watch this with other people unless you feel confident they'll take it seriously...I watched it alone the first time and LOVED it but then won tickets to see it at the cinema and it was the worst cinema experience I've ever had. Firstly they showed the cut version...and the sound was fucked, sounded like two front speakers only, and really low, difficult to hear dialogue...and they didn't turn the lights down until AFTER the awesomely awesome credit sequence began..and brought them back up and started closing the curtain before the movie was done. But the main issue was the audience. I dunno if it's cos we all won tickets, or what, but people laughed all the way through it, including at some seriously fucked up parts...then they began to applaud sarcastically at certain moments, then finally my friend shouted out "could you shut the fuck up, some of us wanna enjoy the movie" and some dude called out "WHAT movie?!" and everyone pissed themselves and applauded. So, yeah, see it alone or with people who aren't utter dickbags or you mightn't have the best experience with it hah

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    I recently saw Santa Sangre in the cinema

    by Spandau Belly

    It's not as immediately engaging as Jorodowsky's other movies, it took a bit of time to get into. But I dug it. Good stuff. Jorodowsky is the man.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    ALMOST FAMOUS and HEAVY METAL hit blu this week!!!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I know it doesn't help your column because it's a Best Buy exclusive, but if you don't start covering them, you're going to miss some great films!!! Almost Famous (director's cut) blu ray hits Best Buy this Sunday, January 30. Heavy Metal blu hits BB Tuesday, February 1. The Manchurian Candidate (the good one, not that crappy Denzel remake) blu hits BB on May 3. They've also got exclusive blu rays of Out of Sight, the Cove, and The Rules of Attraction all on the way. Listen, Harry, I know you've got a deal going with Amazon, but to skip these films simply because Amazon's not carrying them would be a shame.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Red Hill and RED...

    by Rustle

    I couldn't ever really get into RED. There were a lot of fun characters, but at the end of the day the film was empty calories. A little weight to the story would have gone a long way. Red Hill on the other hand is a good movie that flirts with greatness. Vern wrote a nice review that's pretty spot on about it's strengths and weaknesses. http://outlawvern.com/2010/12/02/red-hill/ It's worth a read, but spoiler heavy. I'd see the film first.

  • Laugh out loud funny, at times.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The thing about Spitzer...

    by UCB Agent1

    Was the hypocrisy. He'd actually gone after high priced call girl rings as Attorney General, so when it came out that he'd used one, it was all over for him. If he had just had an affair, he wouldn't have been finished. If he'd not gone after escort services as AG, he wouldn't have been finished, but the combination was too much. The massive hypocrisy and the mere possibility that he DIDN'T prosecute this escort service because of some kind of sexual favors was what ended him.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Purchased Santa Sangre Immediately, also..

    by gusradio

    Fuck the Academy Awards. Brazil wasn't even nominated? I have never subjected myself to the horseshit opinions of that piece of shit award show.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    THE COLOR PURPLE

    by blackwood

    is one of my favourite films of all time. Harrowing, funny, honest, harsh, beautiful. Whoopi Goldberg is so incredibly good. Fat Oprah is amazing; Danny Glover plays every note of Mister just right. Just a great, great film.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Oh come on...

    by eustisclay

    ...I love The Untouchables and almost any time I would prefer watching that film over Broadcast News(kind of like preferring to watch Enter the Dragon say over Lawrence of Arabia), but can appreciate that Broadcast News is a better film. I know this is a geek site, but still. Broadcast News is still the best film on its subject ever(compare it to recent Morning Glory) and while I love The Untouchables, it is flawed. I would hardly call it DePalma's best and definitely not my favorite of his. But if it had won the Oscar, so what? Does it really matter to you(or us) what fucking film won the Oscar 20 years ago? I look at all the films, directors, and stars that haven't won the award and compare them to some who have, and thought, who even cares. The fact that, say, Robert Mitchum or Charles Bronson never won one, isn't gonna detract me from how great they were. I was kinda embarressed by Scorsese's win. He won for one of his worst films, he was so giddy, it was like a kid at Christmas. While on the one hand, it was kind of touching, I actually was thinking that Hichcock and John Ford didn't vote for him. Marty was chosen best director from the likes of Micheal Bay, so who cares. He's already the most acclaimed director alive, so fuck the academy. As far as actors, I get whilke Nicholson, rebel he supposedly is, would b e into the awards, he comes from that old time hollywood era. But don't Sean Penn and Russell Crowe seem more like George C Scott types who would condemn the award as being a popularity contest and decline their nominations?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Harry, you ignorant slut, Spitzer committed a crime

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I don't know if you're aware of this, but prostitution is a crime and so is solicitation of prostitutes. We can argue all day whether or not it should be criminal, it should, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a crime. A crime that as a District Attorney, Spitzer had prosecuted others for. So, not only was Spitzer a hypocrite of the highest order, but he was a criminal. That said, somebody does need to tear the balls off of those Wall Street assholes who raped the system collapsing our economy in the process, but were bailed out and essentially got away scott free while being allowed to keep their booty.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Saw about half of enter the void so far and it's

    by UltraTron

    pure outlaw cinema as the review says. In fact don't read a single thing about it. Go in knowing nothing. But be careful. I felt that if I didn't close my eyes and put my hands over my face during some scenes that some of the flashing patterns might whisk me into another dimension. I stopped it about halfway and absolutely must see what happens next. As for secretariat. Haven't seen it but I did see true grit which had little blacky. Possibly the best scene of the year features little blacky. It almost competes with what you can do to a horse with a knife in red dead redemption. I'm so fucking pissed that the French stopped eating them. Total wasted food source.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I'm epileptic too. So watching Enter The Void..

    by UGG

    ..especially whilst on something was a bit of a risk for me. However it added to the experience knowing that I could grand mal any second. I'd had my medication though so I was in no real danger. Also it was my epilepsy that got me reading The Tibetan Book of The Dead in the first place years ago. When I watched it tripping and he first exits his flat near the start, I felt I was going to fall out of his head straight into Tokyo. I hate to get all spiritual and shit but after having an out of body experience years ago, whilst watching this it felt like this movie was spoiling death for me it was so close to my own experience. It's a shame Gaspar's comment's seem to indicate it's all really a drug based trip, and shouldn't really be taken as the afterlife or proof thereof. This is one movie that need's to be converted to 3D, and I hope one day it happens. Good to see it's getting love from some people here, I trully think it's the closest thing we have to a modern 2001 A Space Odyssey.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Ironic that The Color Purple come out now during Oscar frenzy

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I don't think ANY film has had so many nominations, without a single win. But it was as heavy handed and obvious as a sledgehammer. Though Whoopi absolutely deserved to win for this, not Ghost.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    No mention of Dead Space Aftermath? WTF

    by Stalkeye

    Instead, we get bullshit like Red Hill and the Ronnie Reagan collection. As for Spitzer, he's one arrogant SOB.He goes after prostitution/escort services, only for him to be a customer.The muthafucking "Steamroller" has been rick rolled. Fucking hypocrite. Anyway, I will check out client 9 for a few laughs here and there.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    DePalma is the shit, but...

    by homer40

    1983-Scarface isn't even nominated for Best Picture. The nominees: "TERMS OF ENDEARMENT", "The Big Chill", "The Dresser", "The Right Stuff", "Tender Mercies". Well, Scarface really wasn't the equal of any of these films, except for maybe The Dresser and Tender Mercies. Terms won, and I did not have problem with that, even though I think that by and away the best film of the year was The Right Stuff. Really, is someone going to argue that Scarface was a better film than The Right Stuff? I always liked Scarface (1983), because of Pacino's totally unhinged performance, but I don't think the film holds up real well because the action sequences just aren't particularly well shot. I don't think shootouts is really DePalma's best form. Also, compared to the original, which I watched last week on TCM, the remake pretty much sucks. If you've only seen DePalma's version, you must see Howard Hawks, Ben Hecht version. Paul Muni's performance is hysterical, and the incest plot is handled much better. It is just a much better film than the original. Fast forward to 1987, the nominees were: "THE LAST EMPEROR", "Broadcast News", "Fatal Attraction", "Hope and Glory", "Moonstruck". Well, I hate Moonstruck and Fatal Attraction. Clearly The Untouchables deserved to be nominated over them, but is The Untouchables really that good a movie? Sure, it looks great, and Connery is very good, but it is more of a fun throwaway than a great film. Costner is all over the place, quality wise, and the great screenplay by David Mamet was just butchered. That's what happens when a star gets to decide whether a screenplay is any good. One problem is that parts of Mamet's work are still there, the halting dialogue, amazingly formal and Shakespearean, totally non-realistic, and it rubs the reworked dialogue the wrong way. I love watching the movie and picking out the Mamet stuff, its easy, and it is great. No doubt, the scene on the stairs is great stuff, but goofy. So, is The Untouchables a better movie than Bertolucci's The Last Emperor? You kidding me? Broadcast News was better than The Untouchables, just amazing at its best, Holly Hunter-oh man-but the film is a little uneven. Still, it had ambition, and it meant something. My favorite film of 1987, John Boorman's Hope and Glory. That is an amazing piece of cinema, just perfect in every way. Both 1983 and 1987 were good years, but only in a particularly bad year would either Scarface or The Untouchables be Oscar material. And I love DePalma.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    gern

    by AugustusMacReady

    I hadn't heard about Heavy Metal...you just made my day!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    So I watched "The Stoned Age" on instant netflix last night....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....it's not a particularly good movie, but for a very cheap film, it's not bad, either. It also made me nostalgic for the 90's and reminded me what it was like being a teenager and looking for girls on weekend nights. However, this film took it to creepy levels, where a whole group of dudes wait outside a house because they hear there's one "chick" in there, and I suppose they all have notions of getting her drunk and gang-banging her. Then one psycho dude breaks down their front door claiming that chick is his because he spotted her first. It reminded me of some of the psychopaths I knew as a teenager growing up, but nothing to this level where there were whole groups of date-rapists pursuing girls. Can't say I'd recommend it....only for those feeling very 90's nostalgic.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    CLIENT #9 review: you say "so what?" Harry? Really?

    by Monroville

    You make a big stink about political corruption (especially when it comes to Bush) and here you have a politician that used some dirty underhanded tactics to hunt people down while HE WAS DOING THE SAME EXACT THING! <p> So why do you say "So what?" Harry? You say we need a bastard like him to hunt down people on Wall Street... okay... <p> But what about putting Chuck Schumer, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank in jail for life for CAUSING the housing market collapse (much less any of the other politicians that created the regulations forcing banks to give home loans to people with bad or no credit history)? And I can see Bush being put in jail right along with them, as he "tried" 11 times to investigate Fannie and Freddie, and Barney stopped him all 11 times. What kind of a pussy-ass president lets someone below him tell him what to do? You'd think after the 3rd time Barney shut him down, Bush would just "executive order" an investigation of Fannie and Freddie AND Barney and the Housing Committee. <p> To all you libs out there: you know, it would be one thing if you were consistent on anything when it came to politicians, but you lost me with the whole "Monica" thing, which could all be summed up with James Carville: <p> I'll never forget how he told Wannity (back when it was Wannity and Owned) that if the Republicans had proof that Clinton had the adulterous affair in the oval office, he would side with them... and then the semen stained dress came out, and Carville said to the effect: "Well I don't care! I'm gonna support him anyways!" <p> You can also add to that whenever Wannity or whoever would say during a Democrat rant defending the Whore in Chief "What if a Republican did this?"... EVERY TIME, be it Geraldo, Bill Maher, Carville, Colmes.. every single one of them would shut up in mid rant and give a shit-eating smile. <p> You had your chance to prove you were better than Republicans, and all you proved is that it never had anything to do with "morality" but simply having the power to get away with the same bullshit.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Bluray sections at best buy are huge now. DVD getting smaller.

    by knowthyself

    And 3D Bluray is now the premium disc on the market with blurays being priced on par with DVDs.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    quantize, I think you pulled something

    by MattmanReturns

    Deep breath.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Wall Street?

    by theMovesMusic

    I don't think Wall Street is the real cause of the meltdown (though it was certainly a participant), that would be the Federal Reserve's easy money policies. #AustrianEconomics #RonPaul

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    there really was a HATCHET 2??????????

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    the first one was a complete waste of time. What a huge POS.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Harry, You preferred ABM to Cinderella Man?

    by AddictedtoBoobs

    I always preferred Cinderella Man, which was another Ron Howard/Russell Crowe collaboration on a script by Akiva Goldsman.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Where's Dead Space Aftermath?

    by Yelsaeb

    I was looking forward to seeing Harry's thoughts on it.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    The Girl Who Liked Balls In Her Mouth...

    by alienindisguise

    seriously, that series is trite crap through and through.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Still no review of HERO TOMORROW?

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    www.herotomorrow.com/movie

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    enter the void is all kinds of greatness.

    by alice133

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Girl Who... Zzzzz

    by lagomorph

    That movie was interminable. I enjoyed the first one for its smarts and its kinky exploitation bits, but there's just no threat in this one. The attempts on Lisbeth's life are so farty and the plan to frame Mikael is foiled by a SILENT ALARM that tips off his security man. The characters basically stand around and say, "Well that would have been exciting if that had happened." It reminds me of Von Trier's The Kingdom. I kept waiting for the director to apologize at the end that things didn't get quite exciting enough yet.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The Girl who...

    by phifty2

    Read all three books. Loved them. Saw the first film. Liked it. Fincher can do better. Stayed away from the next two films because people said they weren't that good, or better put, as good as the first.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    lagomorph

    by phifty2

    So you saw the third film? Does s p o i l e r s Lisbeth really spend 90%, of the film in a hospital bed? It works in a book but I can't see it working on film. Without having seen the film I would guess she gets out of the hospital rather quickly and her showdown with her brother is dragged out.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape, Empire of the Sun is one of the best movies ever made

    by MattmanReturns

    And Minority Report was one of the best sci-fi films of its decade. Munich is also highly underrated.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Braindrain - WarGames 2

    by maxjohnson1971

    According to IMDB - "Factual errors: The Predator drones (MQ-1) don't have an external weapons bay, and do not carry nukes." Man that is ONE HUGE ERROR to make in a movie about...uh...WarGames. Must be pretty bad!

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    *awaits inevitable troll assault*

    by MattmanReturns

    "You LIKE something!?!?! FUUUUCK YOUUUU MATTMANRETURNS!!!"

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by quantize

    I barely raised a sweat... Red Hill is fucking woeful...get a clue people.

  • Yeah, too bad it had a distinctive look, instead of resembling every other film I've ever seen. Munich isn't a great film? Then wtf is? A.I. is also brilliant, but most people think those are "aliens" at the end, so I won't get into that one. Empire of the Sun is a masterpiece. But I'm sure it goes over the heads of all the Michael Bay fanboys that need to be hammered with repetitive effects and don't like to be challenged by complex characters and lingering cinematography. I agree Spielberg hasn't made a purely fun movie since Jurassic Park, but that doesn't mean he hasn't made some very good films. He prefers to make movies with more emotional weight to them (collaborations with George Lucas excluded). The same assholes who criticize Nolan for being "emotionally cold" criticize Spielberg for showing too much emotion. It gets ridiculous. But "Predator 2", there's a fucking gem. Let's talk about how underrated that piece of shit is.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Braindrain, care to attempt to clarify

    by STICKY WHITE

    whateverthefuck you were just trying to say? "Saw it theaters." - Something missing here. Can you tell what? "Nearly put me asleep." - Do you also say pasghetti like some ignorant children are wont to do? "Not even Tom Cruise could save the overly complicated plot." - Should have thrown a "no homo" on the end of that one. But that would be a lie. Besides, overly complicated you say? Getdafuckouttaherewiththatbullshit. You're obviously just too damned stupid to follow. Maybe you should go back to watching Ghost Hunters and waiting for your BeiberFever to break...ya big bear you.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:27 a.m. CST

    something happened to the berg

    by emeraldboy

    and i dont know what. he was a great family filmmaker. scratch that, he was a great filmmaker. full stop. but then something happened. its almost as if he hating making films like jurassic park. but when he started to make more serious stuff. he started to go off the boil. to make two films in a six month period is nuts. there were great images in both munich and war of the worlds. the cinematography in munich was beautiful and the opening is spielberg at his very best. but as i said something happened. I hope he finds his mojo. but I think its to late. i will never forgive the berg for ruining ET.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I prefer Empire of the Sun to Schindler's List, personally

    by MattmanReturns

    Well Empire is just a matter of personal preference. Empire is much more accessible to me than Schindler's List. Both films are populated with morally complex characters, but I prefer interacting with such people through Jim's eyes. Empire of the Sun is one of those rare movies that I feel like I'm a part of while watching it. Can't say the same of Schindler's List (and thank god for that). I'm also a sucker for the imagery. That scene where Jim is sitting in the cockpit, and pretends he's shooting his glider is easily my all time favorite moment in any film. It's just beautifully directed. "Anyway, what point is the washed out look trying to convey?" It conveys a cold, sterilized future world that has been removed of all mystery and privacy, so that when Cruise wanders into a seedy back alley, the shadowy contrast is striking. It's still mostly based on natural light sources, but those light sources are extremely exaggerated. Yes, Kaminski has a distinctive style, but I do think he gives each film its own personality. Munich is much more subtle and warm. A.I. has more of a whimsical, fairy tale look and embraces color. Sorry about the Predator 2 remark... you're clearly not one of those talkbackers :).

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    I do want another "Jurassic Park" like film out of Spielberg

    by MattmanReturns

    Sadly, he was trying to do that with Indy 4. I hold out hope for one more purely fun Spielberg movie.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Broadcast News is overrated crap

    by Dr. Strangelove

    The cutsy opening and closing scenes are straight out of lame 80's sitcom. The rest of the film is Network for Dummies. James Brooks should stick to television.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Harry Knowles says...

    by Chang-A-Lang

    "I would only watch this in 3D BLU RAY if I had a 3D Blu Ray setup for watching them. But I don’t." then "I know sometimes people wonder why I put titles that I haven’t seen on here, and it’s because this isn’t a full REVIEW column, but my picks & peeks. Picks denotes things I’m interested in, Peeks- the ones I’ve seen."

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Do not rent Red Blu from Redbox!

    by UltraTron

    It is a special redbox made version like many of their disks. It's just a lossy Dolby digital track. No uncompressed DTS master audio like you'd get from Netflix. Redbox= convenient epic fail