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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 3rd wk of Feb 2011: Pakula, Welles, Superman, Serling, Bertolucci, Levinson, Shaw & more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… still in Rehab for my Spine Surgery. Looks like I’m on my final two weeks. Made some major forward steps in my recovery – but one of the coolest things was dropping over 50 lbs in the last month – and doing it healthily. Strange to be doing that and still watching so many movies, in-between all the exercises. Which is cool. This week there’s some tremendous titles – both foreign and domestic! As usual, the images and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more upon the items in question, along with being able to pick the item up. If you do, know that you’re helping to keep this column around and it is especially appreciated. Now – check this stuff out! Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


 



ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (Blu Ray)
#6 on my person top ten films of all time list. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN is electrifying cinema. The sort of film that just makes me giddy – prying into secrets, finding out what we’re not supposed to know… but doing it the right way. Digging, persistence and dogged determination. The film is funny, paranoid and riveting throughout. One of the greatest moments of real journalism ever – captured wonderfully by Alan Pakula with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman at their absolute best. Why did I give folks like Moriarty names in the beginning? Because of DEEP THROAT. There’s a romance this movie has over me. When you get a lead and you start to pursue it, and you realize you’re ahead of the pack – it is genuinely as exciting as Hoffman makes it feel in this movie. That urgency to strike. At the same time, Jason Robards gives his very best performance, though I really do love him to death in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES… but his Ben Bradlee scored him Oscar gold. There are many great films about reporting, journalism and the excitement of the scoop – but there’s no doubt as to the best film regarding the subject – and that is ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN I love this release. I watched it on my tiny portable BLU RAY player I have here – but frankly – I just can’t wait to put this on the screen I have back home and just fall in love with this disc. Here’s the extras you get:
• Commentary by Robert Redford
• Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President's Men
• Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire
• Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat
• Vintage Featurette Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men
• Vintage Jason Robards Interview Excerpt from Dinah!, Hosted by Dinah Shore
• Alan J. Pakula Thrillers Trailer Gallery




THE STRANGER (Blu Ray)
Being a film geek means sometimes when watching classic cinema – you know things. Like watching CASABLANCA and imagining Ronald Reagan as Rick. It kinda fucks with your head. Knowing that Orson Welles wanted his longtime player, Agnes Moorehead to play the Edward G Robinson character in this film. I seriously can not manage, even for a second, to imagine anyone but Edward G Robinson as the Nazi Hunter that is trailing and hunting for Orson Welles, who is a seriously evil Nazi war criminal. The jewel of the film is not just Orson Welles – and the brilliant clockwork sequence that once you can see, you can have a great conversation about how this film oddly influenced CRONOS with Guillermo Del Toro. But as much as I love the style and look of the film, as much as I love Welles… it’s Loretta Young that sells the film. She is – amazing. She’s just one of those actresses that is perfect in the innocent role she has. Watching her work through this story is fantastic. I’ve always watched this as a double feature with Alfred Hitchcock’s SHADOW OF A DOUBT, which is the superior film – but they are kissing cousins. Watch THE STRANGER first. Then Hitch’s… which awesomely enough has Joseph Cotton as the man in hiding. And I love it, it’s my favorite Hitch. Not really much in terms of extras – but it is a nice crisp and lovely transfer.




WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”
Right now in Austin – due to a really terrible series of decisions made by our state government, they’re in the process of firing teachers by the bushel. Raping the libraries, killing whole sections of the school curriculum and it really makes me wonder about the priorities of this country. The local school board is having to do their best – but with the massive shortfalls – they’re taking a school system that was basically working better than most – and stripping it to something that will lose a lot of minds. Help drive crime up, thus causing more problems in regards to prison space – and basically fucking us all in the long run. Watch WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” – Davis Guggenheim highlights the problems with the current education system and it is truly frightening. Realizing that those of us that are hitting 40, were sort of the last group to get schooling in a system that worked… that has continually been raped by Republicans and Democrats alike… and then watching a system that works… and seeing that it isn’t implemented, that the solutions don’t work because… well, there’s a heap of obstructions that have to be tore down and changed. This is the most important documentary of 2010. It is not politically aligned – it’s more about a system that is broken. You’ll see things that you know are just not right. One of the things that we as citizens of a great society must do… is protect OUR future, by guaranteeing the youth a real chance of a future. If not – then our country is bullshit. Our leaders failures and each of us… we can’t really look in a mirror without having a cloud of shame. But this isn’t a doom and gloom sort of doc. It’s one that shows us a lot of people that have the right ideas, the right vision – and we would be fools not to give our kids the chance that they deserve. It’s the surest way to make this country great. Seriously. Every educator, teacher, parent and future parent in this country need to watch this movie and learn.




THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Season 3 (Blu Ray)
Twilight Zone is geek crack. When I first got to this Rehab over 3 weeks ago, I got this set – that first day. When you’re doing time in a facility like this – something like this show can be you’re absolute best friend. From watching TWO – and seeing Charles Bronson and that BEWITCHED lady as the last two survivors of a nuclear holocaust – which just ruled by the way… To THE GRAVE with a crazy creepy – utterly chilly Old Western tale told in the best E.C. manner with Lee Van Cleef & Lee Marvin – and a fucking Strother Martin to sweeten the deal. Shit man. That’s great. But then there’s ONCE UPON A TIME, where a Janitor… played by BUSTER FUCKING KEATON puts on a helmet that takes him 72 years into the future – where… well, hell. The thing about Twilight Zones is… you can not, under any circumstances ruin them for anyone. If you do, you deserve to be in hell. Watch the original version of KICK THE CAN – and see if Spielberg did improve upon it. But then you watch THE DUMMY and you won’t sleep for hours – unless you can get dosed with something to put the nightmares to bed. Now why watch THE TWILIGHT ZONE on Blu Ray? I’ll tell ya. For most of our lives, this show has looked – blurry – or dupey. Watching these episodes remastered from the original negatives and given that 1080p wow. The episodes cease to look TELEVISION – but theatrical. Beautiful. The details are crazy. But then… take a look at these extras you get… it’s truly the best vintage treatment we have on a classic series on Blu Ray. It is the high water mark in my opinion. Oh – and here’s those extras:
19 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), authors/historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson (Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour), Twilight Zone writers Earl Hamner, George Clayton Johnson and John Tomerlin, writer William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), author/historian Martin Grams, Jr. (The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic), writer Marv Wolfman (creator of Blade and New Teen Titans), writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline), writer/producer Jeff Vlaming (NCIS, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man) and writer Len Wein (creator of Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men)
Interview with actor Edson Stroll
Original Laugh Track for Cavender Is Coming
Vintage Audio Interview with director of photography George T. Clemens
19 Radio Dramas featuring Don Johnson, Blair Underwood, Ernie Hudson, Morgan Brittany, Adam West, Ed Begley, Jr., Jason Alexander, Shelley Berman, Michael York, Bruno Kirby and more
Isolated Scores for all 37 episodes featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave, Fred Steiner and others
ALSO INCLUDES
Audio Commentaries by actors Bill Mumy, Lois Nettleton, William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Cornthwaite and Cliff Robertson Audio Commentary by Jonathan Winters for A Game of Pool, plus Winters reads the Alternate Ending from the original script
Clip from the 1989 remake of A Game of Pool, featuring George Clayton Johnson’s original ending
Clip from the 1985 remake of Dead Man’s Shoes, featuring Helen Mirren in Dead Woman’s Shoes
Vintage Audio Recollections with Buzz Kulik, Buck Houghton, Richard L. Bare, Lamont Johnson and Earl Hamner
Rare Rod Serling appearances as a guest on The Garry Moore Show and Tell It to Groucho and as host of the popular game show Liar’s Club
And much more!




UNSTOPPABLE
Certainly better than his TAKING OF PELHAM 123 remake, but definitely nowhere near as awesome as a hunk of inspiration they took from the brilliant RUNAWAY TRAIN – but I did enjoy UNSTOPPABLE, not in a shrugging kind of manner, but in a – this is fun. Not holy shit fun, but watching Kirk and Denzel working on this film… purportedly based on some true story that – I don’t really acknowledge, because this feels a bit silly to be real. But that doesn’t bother me. Personally I feel this is a rental. Though if you dig it, it could be a repeater. Disc has a few extras – but I’m not so in love with this flick that I even watched a single one. Here’s those extras:
Audio Commentary with Director Tony Scott
The Fastest Track: Unleashing Unstoppable
Derailed: Anatomy of a Scene
Hanging Off the Train: Stunt Work
On the Rails with the Director and Cast
Tracking the Story: Unstoppable Script Development
Digital Copy




LAST TANGO IN PARIS (Blu Ray)
Bernardo Bertolucci is a director made for Blu Ray… be it the stunningly well shot erotica of something like this or THE DREAMERS (please release soon on Blu) or a film like THE LAST EMPEROR… Bertolucci’s eye for details is something that BluRay captures and translates in the best ways. I got this here, but I’m seriously not watching LAST TANGO IN PARIS when I can’t grab butter and a woman. I mean, it’s just a cruel thing to watch when you’re stuck in a curtained room without the ability to sate the urges that this incredibly beautiful, ugly, passionate film gives you. Perhaps the strangest most awesome thing Brando ever did. Shame it didn’t street in time for VALENTINE’S DAY… but then, I’m not entirely sure it’s a film that works for that. But then, it has for me, not with Yoko – but with a couple of past girl friends. I really should introduce Yoko to butter. Everyone should have that experience, right? Now – this just has a trailer, so it’s a bit too bare bones to give a stunning holy shit recommendation… that said, it is LAST TANGO on Blu Ray – that’s kind of essential.




RAIN MAN (Blu Ray)
Barry Levinson gave us, “HOT WATER BURN BABY!!!” and I’ll love him forever for it. Hell, the good will this film gave me – allowed me to walk into SPHERE with enough of a rooting for Barry that I actually really seem to like that film. But of all the characters that Tom Cruise has played… and I love most of them… Charlie Babbitt is one of my favorites. I’ll go to my grave a Maverick man, but I love Charlie Babbitt – I love the idea of training your older brother that’s an autistic savant to break the bank in Vegas. It’s just… well… the sort of evil I applaud. And personally I think with the amount of profit that Vegas makes, that should be totally legal. I mean, just because one man’s gifts give him a great edge, well… why should the Casino be the only one with the edge. Right? This is one of those BEST PICTURES that I love. I’ll watch it any time it comes on and I notice. And I was all too happy to give this a watch when it arrived. Now – for a film with 3 audio commentaries – the one I really wanted is Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. I’d kill to hear that commentary… instead here’s the extras you will enjoy:
• Audio Commentaries Director Barry Levinson Writer Barry Morrow Writer Ronald Bass
• The Journey of Rain Man" – A Retrospective Documentary
• Lifting the Fog: A Look at the Mysteries of Autism
• Deleted scenes
• Original theatrical trailer




NETWORK (Blu Ray)
Better than ever. Seriously. Just fucking great. William Holden? Jesus. Peter Finch? Wow. This is a film lover’s film. One of those that you quote, reference and geek out about. Or… at least if you’re my particular brand of film geek. One that loves exploitation, pulpy stuff and just plain brilliant films – well this is a film that plays just as angry, just as furious, just as amazing as you’ve ever seen. It’s a movie with a pulse that beats over 140 beats a minute. It races and thrills. This is a great film, one to get your pulse racing. It is, the good stuff.




MOONSTRUCK (Blu Ray)
I’ve never really been a fan of this one. It just never did anything for me. It never swooned me. But it does for many. I put it here, so those of you that do love it, know that it is here for you to love all over again.




CHAPLIN (Blu Ray)

I love Attenborough’s GANDHI… But CHAPLIN it’s a pure fetish film for me. I love it. LOVE IT! Watching Robert Downey Jr as CHAPLIN is bliss. I’m a CHAPLIN geek. I adore Buster Keaton, but for me, Charles Chaplin was my fetish. I love the pathos in his films, that they’re so much more than funny pictures. Not that Keaton didn’t pepper his films with sub-text, but I loved Chaplin. This isn’t Attenborough’s most serious or best work, but it is my most dear. Though – I freaking adore his contribution to JURASSIC PARK. This disc does have some pretty sweet extras that you’ve got to check out:
Includes 3 featurettes plus a rare home movie of Charlie Chaplin:
• “All at Sea” home movie of Charlie Chaplin vacationing in Catalina, CA
• “Strolling into the Sunset” featurette with Director Richard Attenborough
• “Chaplin the Hero” featurette on Chaplin’s contributions to film
• “The Most Famous Man in the World” featurette on Chaplin’s status as a pop icon
• Theatrical trailer




THE LAST LOVECRAFT: RELIC OF CTHULHU

If you search YouTube for the trailer – you’ll get a good idea of the movie. It’s silly. It isn’t great, but you know what it is? Fun. If you saw and enjoyed FANBOYS – something that several critics were all a bit too mock offended to enjoy… but that found a very loyal audience. From the opening scenes on a boat – with some folks drinking Shiner Boch… I was amused. This is the story about how Cthulhu is on the verge of being released upon Earth… This cult that has been awaiting and fearing his return seeks out the last living descendant of H.P. – to put into his hands the one piece of the “key” that can release the awesome one upon the Earth. This guy knows nothing of Lovecraft, but his best friend is a geek – and they seek out a bigger geek – and they do battle against the forces that would raise a new age upon the Earth… an ancient, horrible one… Now this was made on a shoestring, and the acting is goofy and not at all realistic… like a lot of Lovecraft adaptations – but it is FUN. If you have a plush Cthulhu – you can’t not have this. You’ll get a kick out of it. It’s FANBOYS for Lovecraft – and that’s a sub-genre I couldn’t predict coming.




KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (Blu Ray)
Oh my god, I love the lurid cover art on this Blu-Ray! How amazing! Contained within is a badass fucking Film Noir with Lee Marvin. That’s all you need to know. It is tough, gritty, Noir. Like the box says, “The picture that hits with Bullet Force and Blackjack Fury!” Amen, time to break out the popcorn!




GAME OF DEATH (Blu Ray)
The first part of this movie that takes place in a Hospital – pretty much kicked untold ass. Mainly because Wesley’s action was exceptionally well done. Now – lest you think my condition overly influenced it… no. This is a film that has a very long gun battle between Wesley Snipes and Zoe Bell that kicks a lot of ass. There’s a martial arts battle that is brutal that takes place in a room of autistic and mentally handicapped patients. When the film changes location though – it loses some of the killer cool vibe that just exploiting the layers of a hospital give you. Now – none of this approaches the awesome lunacy of John Woo and Chow Yun Fat in a hospital… but it was very cool to see Wesley kicking the living shit out of people. This is not, in any way, a remake of Bruce Lee’s film. But the movie when it changes location, it doesn’t so much – lose steam, as much as it just becomes a tad more… ordinary. I love Robert Davi and Ernie Hudson in this. But Zoe Bell does some pretty damn good work, and plays a nice hard core bitch. Wesley is his typical ice cold cool. Probably one of my favorite character traits that I’ve seen him do in a film came at the hospital, but you’ll just have to check it out to see that for yourself.




DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 2-Movie Collection (Blu Ray)
Do you have Epic Bad Movie Nights with friends? Well shit doesn’t get much more ridiculous than this. I mean, you get intoxicated, clouded, whatever your poison or choice of viewing may be… and try not to howl laughing like a banshee when the guy with black lipstick demands “THROW ME THE ROD!” - Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans are both utterly fucking insane in the first film. The second isn’t nearly as enjoyably traumatic – but it sucks the mung from a dead donkey too. It is a shame that nobody brilliant ever got a hold of this property and just adapted a module, and played it for real. It really shouldn’t be fucking rocket science, but looking at these two… you’d think it impossible.




WILLAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN
This is a tremendous documentary about one of the most strangely brilliant and gifted writers of the Beat Generation. With interviews from such notables as David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Robocop and a ton of others. William Burroughs was an odd fellow to say the least, but this doc looks at him not as a freak or a circus attraction, but as a brilliant, strange and warm human being. For everyone that ever read NAKED LUNCH – this is a fantastic look at his world and life.




RICH LITTLE SHOW: Complete Series
There was a period of time in my kidhood, that I thought Rich Little was the most amazing human on the planet. His ability with mimicry was astonishing. Today – there’s all these folks that do that, but do it with make up and edits – Rich Little could go through a plethora of characters without edits – and you’d see his face morph into that of the person he was imitating. He was so great at this – and his appearances on Johnny Carson’s TONIGHT SHOW – a show my family never missed an episode of, it seemed… propelled him into his own show – and as you can see from the DVD cover and the list of “friends” – Rich Little had some awesome friends. The show is kind of a geek dream of fun 70s parodies – that are frankly kind of amazing. I highly suggest checking it out. Seriously.




THE LADY HERMIT
You know that poisonous evil shrew of a bad gal in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, this is her when she was a babe. And she was 5 times more vicious back then. This is a very bloody, gory Shaw Brothers flick – and a ton of fun. If that’s something you think could be cool – you’re not wrong. Old school kung fu fun from the Shaw Brothers!




OPPAI CHANBARA: STRIPTEASE SAMURAI SQUAD
I’ve ordered this based on the box art and title alone. I’ve no idea what it is… but I have dreams. I know I’ll probably be disappointed, but that’s alright. There’s probably a bit of titillation. It is unrated. But frankly, I’ve no idea what to expect for my pervy urges.




WEB OF DEATH (Blu Ray)
This is one of those crazy cult Kung fu weird shit Shaw Brothers flick – and it is on Blu Ray for under $15 too. The Centipede Sect is crazy. But the Five Poison Web, deserves to be seen in 1080p. This is weird Shaw Brothers – and that’s a good thing. At least for me.




PRISON ON FIRE (Blu Ray)
Notably less poetic than John Woo is the kickyou’re your teeth brutality of Ringo Lam. One of my favorite Eastern filmmakers. The man I’d hire to do a PUNISHER movie set in Vietnam. But I’m crazy that way. For those of us that lived through the emergence of Chow Yun Fat – this was one of those early “classics” that just sold us upon the man. All the great themes of the Woo stuff is there, without the doves and the ultra slo-mo. There’s a great brutal nature to the film – and being able to enjoy it on Blu Ray – well that’s a new delight for all of us that had to pick up shitty multi-generation dubs from those shady convention dealers we all worshipped in the early 90s.




PRISON ON FIRE II (Blu Ray)

If you’re buying PRISON ON FIRE, you should definitely pick up this. It’s the same creative team plus… frankly, this is an even better film. Ringo kind of unleashes in a way that makes the tough scenes in the first seem… almost incidental. Overall, this is just a really really great bit of Hong Kong awesome! Being able to see these on Blu Ray – are such a treat. I’ve never seen either of these theatrically – so this really and truly represents the best these films have ever looked to me.

Next week, I’ll be looking at MEGAMIND, DUE DATE, GET LOW, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (which is fucking awesome), The Stieg Larsson Trilogy on Blu Ray, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Criterion Blu), MEMENTO (Blu), Visconti’s SENSO (Criterion Blu), THE LAST UNICORN (Blu), FISH TANK (Criterion Blu), 48 HRS (Blu), Bon Jovi Collector’s Box, GUILD Season 4, LAST TRAIN HOME, MESRINE Part 1 (Blu), KILLSHOT (Blu), BIRDEMIC: SHOCK & TERROR (Blu), TWO IN THE WAVE, BLACK LIGHTNING, COMIC BOOK INDEPENDENTS, LIVE A LITTLE STEAL A LOT, BLACK RODEO,

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  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's this week's DVD COLUMN - hope y'all enjoy it... It is hard to make the time here, but in some ways - it is easier

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Fuck...

    by Gwynplaine

    ... Bertolucci. Also Network is not that good.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    FIRST

    by sgtf

    Oh the glory!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Unstoppable

    by sgtf

    was surprisingly good I have to say, way better than PELHAM 123. great for a friday night rental.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Is that version of Welles' 'The Stranger' any good?

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    ...because the film is in the public domain and I've only ever seen horrible, dupey copies of it. SHADOW OF A DOUBT/THE STRANGER is an excellent double feature. Also try REBECCA/JANE EYRE (Orson Welles/Joan Fontaine version).

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Harry, counting cards in Las Vegas is not illegal

    by jeffh4

    Never was. Never will be. You are just paying attention to what the dealer deals and playing exactly what is your best statistical bet. Now the casino doesn't have to serve you and can ask you to leave, but it's their property, so that's their right.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    AICN IS BEING OUT-SCOOPED BY NEARLY EVERY OTHER FANBOY SITE!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    YOU REALLY LIKE HAVING JUMPED THE SHARK??!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    "Why did I give folks like Moriarty names in the beginning? Because of DEEP THROAT."

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    You can read that sentence in two completely different ways. Hee hee.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    OPPAI CHANBARA: STRIPTEASE SAMURAI SQUAD

    by fastman309

    Looks like a parody of the OneChanbara games and movie There are 8 games in the series, but only 2 have made it stateside: OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (360) OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers (Wii) The movie was simply called OneChanbara: the movie here in the states.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    who the fuck is Rich Little?

    by mrbong

    is that a parody or something, and that looks like it is a young-ish John Malkovich playing him?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    SPOILER

    by Shubniggorath

    All Star Supes was great until he violated his Prime Directive and committed murder at the end.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Rich Little is an impressionist

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    who was ubiquitous on TV during the 1970s. He's doing a Jack Benny (ubiquitous '50s radio/TV comedian) impression on the DVD cover. He's a very inoffensive, middle-of-the-road type comic that I bet if I looked up what he was doing now I'd find that he was playing Branson, MO. When Stephen Colbert embarrassed Bush at the White House Correspondent's Dinner a few years ago, they reacted by hiring Rich Little to host it the following year. The last thing I remember him doing of note was playing Johnny Carson in the HBO TV movie of THE LATE SHIFT.

  • Nice one Harry!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Hey harry, about Oppai Chanbara.

    by guitar_dudester91

    You will FUCKING love it! I enjoyed it, it was a great damn movie sir. Good buy.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    yaroh_meringue

    by Shubniggorath

    He also voices himself as Howard Cosell on several Futurama episodes.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    I think you mean Buckaroo Banzai.

    by ROBRAM89

    You might like ROBOCOP better but come on, he's bolted into a metal shell in that movie. Don't let that be his iconic role.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Live Action D&D Movie base on the CBS Cartoon

    by Cureguy

    I'm telling you it would work! Set it in the late seventies or early eighties when D&D was white hot in pop culture. The characters are so great they almost write themselves. The only thing I would do is make it PG-13 or better yet borderline R, with monsters and environments inspired by D&D art from the first several editions. Make it gritty and heartfelt & funny. Not Campy!There is live action gold in that cartoon ! I would love to see what some studio,maybe Weta could do with Tiamat.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Make D&D: requiem for gods sake...

    by The_Ritty

    I honestly feel bad that those kids never made it home...I really wanted to see how their journey ended.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    D&D does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    You know, there WAS a live action D&D flick made years ago, but it took it from the viewpoint of the players in contemporary setting.<p> Can't remember the name but do remember that Tom Hanks was in it - probably one of his very earliest roles.<p> Also remember it being kinda crap, Hanks' character overplays D&D and goes loopy.<p> Please anyone else seen this or know what it's called?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    "I bet you're a big Lee Marvin fan..."

    by keepcoolbutcare

    Yeah, me too. But I'm pretty sure he's not in "Kansas City Confidential". Now if you mash-up Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam, maybe you get close to Lee Marvin, but close ain't good enough.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    what if you started it in the present...

    by The_Ritty

    revolving around an old woman with a fantastic tale she tells to someone in her last stages of life...the lil girl who dungeon master told her dreams/visions would come true and that she would meet bobby again...then comes the reqiuem story (although I'd have Tiamat eat Uni out of nowhere) and when they make it home they come out in the 80's again and bobby and her are reunited lol

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Heard The Stranger transfer...

    by joelcrary

    ...was crap. Too bad. I watched Dungeons and Dragons 10 years ago for Thora Birch, but she's barely in it. Irons *is* pretty hilariously over the top, but it's a painful watch otherwise.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai

    by Cureguy

    That was a TV movie based on a real case in the early 80's where a murder was supposed to have been "inspired"by D&D Which was a crock of course. So no, there never was a live action movie of the cartoon. I'm telling you with the excellent written characters, and proper vision it would kick ass! I honestly could see a franchise with it. They could do "Requiem" for the third film.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Im mad as hell and im not gonna take it anymore...

    by nobodylistenstodestro

    Why are Loretta Young's eyes all wonky on The Strangers cover art?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Cobra - MAZES AND MONSTERS

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    That was a made for TV movie that I never saw but it is vaguely familiar to me. I seem to remember some commercials for it. Probably the first time D&D popped up on my radar actually. Everyone at the time was saying how "evil" it all was! It wasn't until years later that I realized it was just a goofy game for nerds. Ahhh, the 80's...

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    or they could set it in the future d&d world

    by The_Ritty

    with anew bunch of kids...tv show after the movie...and have the kids stumble upon an old hermit in the hills who is known as the barbarian... then bobby could reveal what happpened to them and maybe why he found a way home but never used it... I dunno...

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Just tried to find a commercial for M&M

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    but found this excellent scene instead. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfxXug5ZMdk

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    ok last post...Warwick Davis as Dungeon Master

    by The_Ritty

    you love it, you know you do.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    waiting for superman

    by macheesmo3

    avoids the main problem which is parents refusal to admit that their children aren't all geniuses..... Heck parental bickering and attempts to make all kids equal has led us down this road..... that and the opposing fact that some parents just don't give a crap about their kids..... You want to fix education? Get rid of the "specialists".... Get rid of the sociologists and PHD education people who have all of these stupid psychobabble reasons for improving things. People used to go to school in a one room shack and get their fingers smacked with a ruler and still became titans of industry and such. Stop rewarding mediocroty and bring back the competitive drive of wanting to succeed. Assign grades of F's and tell kids why they failed. But allow them to learn in an environment that drives them to succeed. Stop allowing schools to pass kids along even if they aren't up to snuff and stop allowing parents to dictate policy on their childs progress. My mom has been a special ed teacher in Mississippi for 20+ years believe me I've heard every story you can think of.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    oh and

    by macheesmo3

    get rid of tenure for teachers. In some states it's nearly impossible to fire horrible teachers because of it..... Nobody should be allowed to be crap at their job just because they have been there ten years.... IMO, we have overthought the subject of educating children into oblivion. Simplify the process. Stop the over standardized testing. Bring back discipline and start holding parents accountable for their kids... alright I'm done ranting... this subject gets my blood to boilin! :-)

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    umpire, ha! Yes that's the one.<P> I knew the collected geek wisdom of aicn would come good.<p> MAZES AND MONSTERS eh, guess that's the closest they could get to the Dungeons & Dragons title without having to pay $ for it!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 4:18 a.m. CST

    The only worthy release this week is not even a Movie

    by Stalkeye

    Marvel vs Capcom 3 biactches!!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Summer Wars

    by ScottGreen

    Great anime movie out this week http://www.aintitcool.com/node/48109

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Harry you know All The President's Men was really about right?

    by Charles_Corkey_Thatcher

    I love the scene at the end after Redford's final meeting with Deep Throat. They say the entire US intelligence agency is involved in rigging the elections. That means demoracy was compramised and we were/are being run by the CIA and military industrial complex. So many people think watergate was about Nixon. He was a very small player in a larger game that continues today. Obama still tortures people just like Bush dispite his campagin promises. What does that tell you?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    At least we'll have one more week of the DVD column done on time.

    by Zombieflicker

    Rehab and this column have done well together.

  • But not nominated because it dare point its finger at the teacher unions. The single biggest reason for the failed education system. Liberals will never betray them. Of course harry made no mention of the unions either.

  • We all need goals

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Oh that original Kick the Can episode

    by D.Vader

    So sad in the end.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I wasn't too mock offended by Fanboys...

    by D.Vader

    I just thought it sucked. Aside from a few cameos and Kristen Bell in a Slave Leia outfit, it was hardly good.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Be Well Harry.

    by john

    Might have one of those bad movie nights with my mate on thursday; Dungeons and Dragons is just the ticket!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Fort Worth teacher

    by jabbayoda

    I teach in Fort Worth (and my fiance teaches in Arlington). We're both set to be laid off this year due to massive, massive budget cuts and our Governor's idiotic fiscal policies. Fort Worth ISD wants to lay off 1,000 of its 8,000 teachers. Our state is already 48th in education.<br><br> I agree with the sentiment about our union -- it's way too strong. Last year, the districts all insisted we would face a huge shortfall in the future. The union laughed in their face and demanded raises all around. My district got those raises -- 2% across the board. That amounted to $940/year for me ... $10 million/year for the district. <br><br>Now all the young teachers (any teacher who has been with the district fewer than 3 years) will be getting the axe. And that's how it is all across the state. We'll be seeing ~ 12% - 15% of our teachers out of work by the end of this year.<br><br> Again, we're already 48th in education. Thank God for South Carolina, right?<br><br> Anyway. I like The Twilight Zone, too.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    No acknowledgement

    by Truxton Spangler

    of the recent passing of Maria Schneider. She may or may not merit a full blown obit, but at least of mention in the blurb accompanying LTiP would have been more fitting than more talk about things that no reader here wants to envision.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    "Waiting For Superman..."

    by mrzero27

    It's amazing that people see this movie and believe it without question. I teach in a high school every day. Some of the citations and examples in this film were amazingly broad and/or not applicable to many school districts in most areas.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    i am now picturing harry with a stick of butter

    by Six Demon Bag

    harry deep throating a stick of butter while yoko goes unsatisfied and hungry

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Moonstruck is one of my favorite movies of all time.

    by BilboRing

    You really have to come from a crazy Italian family to truly appreciate the genius of this movie. And some of the quotes are just hysterical. To me this is how I like to watch Nicolas Cage. He sucks in action flicks but he rules in comedies. My wife used to like Moonstruck but after being married to me and seeing my family first hand for so long, she loves the movie to death. It's brilliant. If you are Italian-American from NY/NJ this is one of the best movies you will ever see.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    "I really should introduce Yoko to butter"...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...so...what, you guys use olive oil?

  • It makes me disgusted the way conservative retards like Chris Christie are treating teachers. Public school teachers need to sacrifice and take pay cuts while at the same time the very wealthy are given tax breaks.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    ...real men use WD-40.

    by FlickaPoo

    (affectionately known as "weasel piss" in my neck of the woods).

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    A SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT WORKED

    by PatientZer0

    Produced this: "that have to be tore down and changed." Grammar apparently didn't get covered at lunch or recess. End of line.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The Stranger Blu has been DNR'd out the wazoo

    by saintaugust

    DVD Beaver did a comparison of the new Stranger Blu and in the "restoration" they DNR'd the crap out of the image; the old MGM DVD is sharper than this new Blu.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Deep Roy as Dungeon Master in live action movie of D & D cartoon

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Maggie Gyllenhaal as Uni

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • That would be Epic!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Does it really matter if they fire teachers in Austin?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    You'll all just wind up marrying your cousins anyway

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    The LAST TANGO scene with Brando and his dead wife

    by Tacom

    was one of the most amazing acting moments I've ever seen. It just blew me away. That's when I knew Brando's "Greatest Actor" title was well deserved.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    They should just do a live-action Record of Lodoss War

    by army_of_me

    And call it "Dungeons & Dragons"

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    FUCK Waiting for Superman.

    by HoboCode

    Fuck it up its stupid ass. Fucking blaming teacher's unions for society's ills? Fuck you, Guggenheim. Take a look at the results your blessed Charter schools are getting. They are NO BETTER. You want to talk about underperforming teachers? Look no further than your film darling, that cunt Michelle Rhee. She's a god damn lying bitch who PADDED HER OWN RECORD. Read the article in the Washington Post about it. This woman has the audacity to blame hardworking teachers and their unions for lack of results when she herself was hardly a savior. Yes, let's have standardized test scores that mean nothing and that you couldn't even get results on. You want to place blame for our educational system, blame the slashes in funding you mentioned, Harry. Blame the shameful poverty many of these kids grow up in that our country has no interest in really combating. Blame the non-existent parents or negelectful parents that don't give a shit. Blame the deluded parents who refuse to think their child is anything but the next Einstein. DO NOT blame teachers or their unions who fight daily to improve the lives of teachers and students alike.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    redbull_werewolf

    by army_of_me

    wtf? Austin is a liberal hippie college town, the California of Texas. Your joke makes no sense.

  • I have to agree with this. This is something that I've believed for a while now and I've talked with my gf about it and she agrees(not cause shes biased and HAS to agree with me). I'm 40, will be 41 in April. She just turned 40. and I'll go even further and say that those of us around the 40 year mark are the last generation to not only get a good/decent education, but also experienced the last of the good/great years of the entertainment industry. We're talking music, TV & movies. NOT saying that we experienced the BEST music, TV programming and movies. I'm saying we had the LAST of any kind of good quality. Sure we had a ton of shitty stuff too, but there were a lot of good options. <old man talk>When we were in school things like art and music still mattered and those classes still existed. I mean I played a friggin' recorder and sang in a choir in like 5th grade and I can't even remember if I wanted to! But I'm glad I did those things. Also things like woodshop, metal class- do those things still exist in the public school system? I dunno, regardless us Gen X'ers were the last to have it good. Every generation after us got fucked over either due to economics, commercialism or no originality.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Alright Harry... King Kong must be #1

    by unkempt_sock

    And apparently President's Men is #6. Would you grace us with the rest of the list possibly?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Hobocode You are an idiot and probably a teacher from your rant

    by BugDOC

    I work in education at the graduate level and I get to see the "cream of the crop" coming out of high schools across the United States every single Fall. I saw Superman in the theaters and while it is not perfect, it shows that there is a general lack of caring by teachers across the board and it most likely stems from tenure. At my last school (military academy), there is no tenure for the staff at all. They are all contractors for a year and if they don't perform then they are gone. Simple as that. You want to see some great Professors then go look at the military academies. I get kids in my freshman biology class all the time from all over and most can't even spell genus or species. Few have any real reasoning ability apart from copying crap from the internet. I say, drop tenure and go with merit pay. Give raises to teachers that produce results and shit-can the rest. Plus, tracking is an outdated concept since we don't manufacture anything anymore. Streamline the curriculum and make all kids learn math, science, art, etc. I know it is a change but the expectation NOW is that you go to college and we don't nearly prepare the kids to do that. Of course the other alternative is to tell kids early. You are not college material but then what is their option in the US? Hotels, sell cars, realtor? Not good. Don't blame poverty as the sole excuse on educational failure because it is not just in the poor neighborhoods. It is all across the US. We have the lowest scores in math and science with no end to the plummet in sight. We are actually being beaten on tests by nations that are barely out of being a third world country. You know why? Good teachers and the motivation that it is the only escape from their plight. We need to force a change and it needs to be soon. By the way, ass-hats, South Carolina is low but it is not the lowest. I taught in Texas, Maryland, and SC. I found SC to be the best regardless of the hype.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Oh wait other options

    by BugDOC

    Run your own fanboy website. Guess that could work.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Also Hobocode

    by BugDOC

    I find teachers are always willing to blame poverty and not the union or tenure while parents look to the teacher for blame. Interestingly enough in Maryland, teachers in the school district pay for private schools rather than place "their" kids in the system my kids have to endure. Don't even get me started on IEPs and special needs kids which is a farce at best.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Dungeons and Dragons 2

    by studioki

    I love the direct to video Dungeons and Dragons sequel. Its bad. The acting is terrible. But the movie is played 100% serious and feels like they were at least trying to get the feeling of a dungeons and dragons movie down. The theatrical one is too goofy. The sequel is exactly what I wanted from a bad movie. I hope they make more.

  • That said, we do need to rethink tenure.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Lemmy

    by Ivan Alexeev

    Where the hell is it?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    First of all bugdoc, fuck you for calling me an idiot.

    by HoboCode

    Secondly, teacher tenure allows teachers to teach without the threat of dismissal in reaction to hysterical parents, grudgeful students, and administrators that are quite often woefully incompetent. It doesn't hold them accountable for a students' lack of work ethic or intelligence level. It and the union also protect them from unlawful or unecessary terminations. Unionized teachers go through RIGOROUS training and probationary periods that can often weed out underperforming teachers. Not to mention that 90% of the time underperforming teachers who do have tenure (i.e. those that are aging or no longer relevant) can be counseled into resigning or retiring.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    We have lotteries for poor kids to get into quality charter schools

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Kind of the evil twin of when they used to have lotteries to determine what virgin child would be fed to the dragon. You didn't win the lottery? Oh, well, no education for you. I suggest you start playing the real lottery.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I LOVE the original Twilight Zone...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...believe it or not, even more than you Harry, but at this point the ONLY thing that would make me double dip for the Blu Ray's would be Shatner commentary on his two classics "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" from seasons 2 and 5. To me this feels like the only gaping hole in the original set. ...otherwise I'm quite happy with the old dvds.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    TO THE GRAVE is one of my fave TZ eps too Harry

    by Tacom

    That ending with the girl was awesome. I have also never been as scared for Lee Marvin as I was in that episode.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, noon CST

    NETWORK used to be a satire.

    by film11

    Walking out of a theater when it was first released, that movie seemed so far-out that it could almost be labelled science-fiction. But watching it today, it is more like a documentary...and that is frightening to realize. One of the most prophetic films ever made.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by HoboCode

    Take a look at the stats to see how successful lottery students are once they get into their savior charter schools. It aint that great.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Butter

    by homer40

    Really Harry, I could have gone a whole lifetime without hearing about your sexual experiences with butter. I mean, I'm no prude, and I love Last Tango, but this is too much information. I would say this discussion is better left in a locker room, or at a sports bar, but you know what, when my male friends and I get together we discuss all sorts of shit, none of which has to do with what lubricant we use with our wives and girlfriends. Butter it up dude, but keep it locked away.

  • Actually I didn't. I have had tenure in the system for quite a few years however, I have had extensive experience with students coming to college without the proper education. I actually surveyed my students last year and most without any science at all came from Texas where it is optional for graduation. Stunningly poor decision made there. By the way, I teach as a primary job, do medical research to keep my hand in my area of expertise and tutor high schooler's in my local community...tutor for free anyone that applies. By the way, I came from that poor background you mentioned before. No money, no dad, and poor. Worked my way through HS then married and went to college. Both my wife and I worked our way through. No kids. Then US Army, then MS, PhD, MD. It can be done but I tell you one thing, my high school was freaking tough. Latin in the 7th grade. Chemistry, P Chem, and math all the way to calculus or you didn't graduate. Hardly the standards we see today. Planning to retire for the first time next year and I will be teaching at a local high school part time for free and a community college (locally) for free too. Plan to play some golf on th side and wait for death I guess. Face it. The system is broken and if we don't change it soon, our kids and theirs will be working for the Middle East and China.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    The Grave is great tacom...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...and you're right, it's really strange to see Lee Marvin scared out of his mind. The ending has that really strange sound mix with the sister's isolated laughter...really eerie.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    By the way in DC......Rhee wanted to offer merit pay

    by BugDOC

    But the union wouldn't even let it come up for a vote. You know why Hobocode? Because it would have passed and they would have given up tenure because if you can teach then you could have been paid up to 160K per year. The union was scared and wouldn't let a vote commence. Then the idiots in the city decided to vote in the new mayor based on him hiring back incompetent teachers and reopening the schools that the previous administration closed. By the way, 15 of the 20 were known locally as drop out factories. Way to go new Mayor. Let's open back up schools that didn't graduate anyone anyway so the tenured "teachers" could have their jobs back. Kudos. Ass-hats. I guess the only way it will be fixed is if we let the union bankrupt the system and eveyone loses their jobs. It is happening in Texas to some degree. Unions don't care about teachers or students. They care about power and control. We are doomed. On the upside, I hear Costa Rica is nice and their kids can add without a calculator.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    mcgoocain

    by HoboCode

    I don't think anyone should make as much as elite professional athletes do in this country. But I guess that makes me an evil socialist. I'm all for paying teachers more, especially if they've earned it, but what is the measuring stick for a merit based system? Culturally and economically biased and inaccurate standardized test scores that more often than not lead to unnecessary hold-backs and dumbed down curriculum?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    bugdoc

    by HoboCode

    I live in DC and I am one of those "asshats" that voted for Vincent Gray. Rhee didn't fire "bad teachers." She arbitrarily shit-canned first and second year teachers at the behest of school principals and provided NO CAUSE for their dismissal. I'm not sure where you get your information, but, yes, those teachers are being offered their jobs back and will likely be given back pay, but not because of Gray, because an independent arbiter agreed upon by the unions AND the school system deemed their dismissals capricious at best. And as far as I know Gray has no plans to reopen any schools shuttered under Fenty/Rhee. Gray supports school reforms, just not the suspect ways his predecessors went about it, which only caused rifts in the community. That fact that our public school system is in decline is a MYTH anyway. The fact is that it's always been mediocre. If anything it's shown improvement in the last decade.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    The reviewer for the Japanese import blu of A.I. is

    by UltraTron

    so fucking stupid he doesn't know the mechs at the end are mechs not aliens. He must be a product of the new school system

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Why American students are dumb

    by army_of_me

    Because they don't want to learn. To not know is to be cool. Kids don't want to be viewed as nerds. This is how it was when I was in school and from what my friend (who is a teacher) tells me, today is even worse. Pop culture encourages this and most families do nothing to counter it. Compare this to Asia. There is the stereotype that Chinese/Japanese/Korean kids are smarter, but they're really just a by-product of a culture that highly emphasizes and values education. Teens in Korea and Japan have committed suicide for not getting into the right college. Obviously that's not a good thing in any way, but it shows how seriously they take it. Once upon a time in America, scientists were viewed as heroes and role-models for students. Schoolboards are now more interested in pushing their political or moral agendas (or wasting money on football teams and stadiums) than better preparing our youth for the future. At least, certainly here in Texas.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    My brother used to teach---he quit

    by drewlicious

    He taught history in Texas for a few years and it was in a really nice area outside of Houston. Lots of money, lots of privelage. But they were only interested in hiring him provided he helped coach football and basketball. They wanted coaches more than they wanted actual teachers. That was fine....at first. It wasn't long before coaching took up almost as muc hof his time as actual teaching. Parents made doing both of these jobs rather difficult. Failure wasn't an option for their kids even when the deserved it. It was an environment with no real value in education and he got almost no support from those in the school administration. It wasn't long before he just switched to a more lucrative career. His experience has taught me that we have become real pussies as a culture. The kind of culture where nobody gets their feelings hurt, nobody fails, and Glenn Beck is a big media personality. I live in California by the way, one of the few states that actually performs worse than Texas.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Mazes and Monsters

    by diverdan

    Seems I remember that being billed as Rona Jaffee's Mazes and Monsters. No doubt to differentiate it from all those other Mazes and Monsters TV movies.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Unstoppable made me dumber

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm pretty sure my IQ dropped at least 50 points after seeing that movie. It's like a cinematic lobotomy. I like "fun" (aka dumb) movies, but this one carried too much "BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS!" baggage to be enjoyable. And while the term "hack" is abused, it truly applies to Tony Scott, who thinks every scene should have a twirling camera and flashy editing. His direction is very distracting. And for some reason, cops can't drive in Tony Scott movies. They're always flying off the road, into traffic, and overturning, followed by excessive rolling (usually two cop cars at a time). By the time the train was leaning sideways off the track, with one side lifting up, I had forgotten how to do basic multiplication. If the movie had been 3 hours long, I'd be talking like that hot reporter who had a stroke on the air.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by MattmanReturns

    Depends on the blu-ray, but some times it does piss me off. Like the From Dusk Till Dawn blu-ray is movie-only... yet the DVD had an awesome 2 hour documentary on it and other stuff. But then, the latest Avatar blu-ray and the Alien Anthology are amazing.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    "I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set..."

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    "...because you can't force someone to do something that isn't in the script, but at the time, I didn't know that. Marlon said to me: 'Maria, don't worry, it's just a movie,' but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn't real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take." --Maria Schneider

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Several reviews of Waiting for Superman seems to state

    by Smack_Teddy

    that they feel the docu is effectively a piece of 'neo-con' propaganda. So i didnt bother to watch it at the time...

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I also have a PS3 and some Blu-Rays; they are:

    by army_of_me

    The Patriot Swordfish Hart's War Yes, they came free with it. Jealous?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jefferson Has Been Completely Written Out Of The Texas School Books!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

  • Remember when AICN use to do this?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives

    by Rebel Scumb

    You might want to grab Batman Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 1, Heavy Rain and the Orange box set as well. All really good. They are also rereleasing Ico & Shadow of the Colossus upconverted from the PS2 to PS3 sometime this year, both are among the best games I've ever played, and the third game in that series 'the last guardian' is supposedly due in late 2011.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    NETWORK was NEVER a satire

    by Dr. Strangelove

    Paddy Chayefsky was very clear about this point. It was 100% accurate reality. Nothing was exaggerated, accept for the very end of the film. (Though he predicted that the notion of a TV network murdering its news anchor due to low ratings would eventually become a reality. Perhaps it already has?) Chayefsky: “I still write realistic stuff. It's the world that's gone nuts, not me. It's the world that's turned into a satire.” (1979)

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    The Ned Beatty scene in network...

    by Rebel Scumb

    is just phenomenal. Its one of those scenes that transcends most normal cinema, and also really mind blowing because although he is in some ways a "villian" (to use an overly simplified term) pretty much everything he says is actually disturbingly true.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Good old Harry

    by Lemure_v2

    Doesn't really get Unstoppable, but got a big kick out of xXx.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    keepcoolbutcare ...

    by lucky slevin

    "You shoot me in a dream you better wake up and apologize" hah i love spotting Dogs quotes (and reciprocating)

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    All DnD questions answered

    by shiekybaby

    Some of this may have been covered in other replies, but the talkbacks are so fucking hard to look through and I dont have time to read them all right now, so here ya go. Tom Hanks movie was called Mazes and Monsters, it was made for TV, based on a bogus story, and complete shit. There have been two live action DnD licensed films thus far, both crap. There was an animated/CG hybrid film released several years ago based on original Dragonlance novels from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Jack Bauer (aka Kiefer Sutherland) did the voice of Raistlin. As you might have surmised, it was mostly crap. Dead Gentlemen Prod. released an independent film titled "The Gamers" which is a film about a group of DND players both in and out of the RPG world. There is also a slightly better shot, but not as funny, sequel The Gamers Dorkness Rising. Neither of these is to be confused with "Gamers", which is very similar in plot, though with a few C list actors and a mild budget. Hope that clears up any Dungeons and Dragons confusion. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner playing with my rod of power..you cant see me though, I cast darkness, and the DC is 27.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    shriekybaby, nice post, u r the dungeon MASTER.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Braindrain, you have a 3D setup?

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm jealous. I've been waiting to see what happens with the technology. I love the Pirates movies on blu-ray. They look great and have good features.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    My not so humble tenured pov

    by MrD

    That I can agree with. Most teachers I know work hard and do know their stuff, but damn it is hard to get rid of the awful ones. We had a teacher in my NY school who was caught fixing students grades on state exams in the early 80s, and he was still teaching when I came on in 1999. Teacher's unions are there to protect the teachers, but they need to realize protecting dishonest idiots hurts the rest of us more in the long run. The unions also have no business at all getting involved in educational policy. Again, the union's role is to protect teachers, not service students. While there is often overlap between the two, there is also friction. But the biggest problem I find in wide-scale education (and not just inner city schools, or specific states and districts) is rampant political correctness. Every fucking student is expected to get a High School degree, and we bend over backwards to try to give it to them. They're all "college material" too, and we just can't wait to sign them a 40 year loan for an education they'll never complete. I hear all the time how students are going to college unprepared, but I never hear anyone ask why the schools are accepting them (I know state schools have to- though they shouldn't). It's all because any dumbass with a high school diploma can get a student loan,and the schools will be happy to get their money even if it is just for a semester. Drop out rates are already near 50%, so clearly the colleges accept far too many kids who shouldn't be there. Schools need to go back to setting high goals, differentiated degrees and post-school paths, and having a willingness to let students fail and drop out. If a kid wants to be a dumb ass, well, natural selection is a bitch. Let him learn the hard way, and may set an example for the dumb asses who want to follow in his footsteps.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Harry + Yoko + butter = Micheal Rooker at the end of Slither

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I'm also having glimpses of a horned beast, covered in excrement crawling and lolloping it's way out of a buttered-up slanty butthole.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Waiting For Superman is a sham of a documentary

    by The Funketeer

    It's right wing funded propoganda. The only reason anyone thought it mght be nominated is because it's director also did An Inconvenient Truth. The movie greatly overstates the power of the unions and withholds information about the charter schools presented. My biggest problem though, is that in a film about the problems of education, not a single teacher is interviewed. Anyone who sees this movie needs to do a little research afterwards.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    By "a couple of last girlfriends" do you mean your left & right hands?

    by planetran_fan

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    cobra-kai

    by shiekybaby

    thank you sir. i am not proud of my vast knowledge of all things guaranteed not to get you laid, but i am glad it was finally useful for something.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    harry i remeber ur review and pelham 123

    by jsfithaca

    and u liked it a lot (according to that review) so idk how you can say unstoppable is certainly better than that but only a rental. in my opinion they were both great movies, i loved pelham 123 thoough

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    keep at it, HARRY

    by frank cotton

    the final frontier awaits...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    This week's releases

    by dukeroberts

    Network and All the President's Men are brilliant. The Twilight Zone is the greatest show ever forged, but I will hang on to my DVDs. Moonstruck should have been called "Moonsuck". Unstoppable was fun. I liked it a lot. Kansas City Confidential and The Stranger are both underseen classic gems. I don't care for any Bertolucci film, save for "The Dreamers". Eva Green was glorious in that. Rain Man and Chaplin are both fine films. I am looking forward to seeing Waiting for Superman so I may judge for myself. A friend of mine saw it and she liked it, and she is a lefty. She said it makes you think. My aunt was a teacher in North Carolina for 30 years and she says the teachers union has gotten out of control. Kids seem to know about computers these days, but not much else. My nephew on the other hand, went to a magnet school for smart kids and he is pretty well equipped mentally for life. The school he attended is consistently among the top public schools in the country: Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, Florida. It is amazing what kids can do in a public school if they have good teachers and parents that care about their education. More money thrown at the problem of shitty education doesn't do a damn bit of good if the teachers suck and the parents don't care. And unions can suck it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Complaining about our country's faults is pointless

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Why you ask? Because we Americans are too dumb and VERY lazy in this day and age. We're too busy playing with our phones; too busy slouching in our chairs with our faces plastered to our computer screens, and too busy watching Glee, and every other kind of reality show you can think of. How many years have we been listening to the same talking points and campaign promises coming from all of those wonderful politicians? "I want to fix our education system..." "I'm going to cut our budget deficits..." Seriously, it's the same ole' shit, just wrapped up in a different pretty box every four years. I'm sorry, it's too late for America. We missed our chance to really fix things. There hasn't been real change in this country in the last 30+ years, why should anyone think that's going to change in the next five, ten or fifteen years? Nothing will every change. Well, everything will change when this country finally goes under, and if we're honest with ourselves, we'll admit that's coming, and coming very, very soon. It'll be Rome all over again. I feel it, and I know you feel it too. Realize it. Accept it. Live life to the fullest until the day you die. This is the best we can do folks. In the end, nothing really matters anyway.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    How many hours in a day does Harry have!!??

    by BenBraddock

    I have 24 and if I'm lucky I'll manage a movie in the evening

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    William Burroughs...and robocop?

    by Zurge

    Hehe, I had to double read that, it's pretty damn epic. Love it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Chocolate covered pussy juice

    by Ben Addiction

    C'mon guys, the butter thing isn't exactly Harry's most heinous over-share.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Braindrain / 3D

    by MattmanReturns

    Saw Resident Evil 3D in theaters and the 3D on that was actually the best I've yet seen, even better than Avatar. I even flinched a couple of times when blood splattered the camera. (Also Jill Valentine's tits at the end were awesome in 3D) Unfortunately i also saw Clash of the Titans in 3D... and that was disgustingly bad post-conversion. I dunno if they fixed it on the blu-ray, but you could easily see where they had cut the actors out. Really bad.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    what no one seems to ever realize....

    by toxicopoulus

    ...is that Harry is full of shit. he hasn't seen even a fraction of the films that he presents and moreover, he has the shittiest taste imaginable. sure, he's probably seen samurai bukkake-fest 2 or some other such shit because that's how he rolls but looking to this dude for any serious contemplation on film is pointless. do yourself a favor and go to "Twitch". those dudes get it. peace

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    "A Touch of Greatness" is the only education documentary

    by Dennis_Moore

    worth watching.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Reviewing movies that you haven't viewed is dumb.

    by fireclown

    Don't throw in movies that you haven't watched. WTF?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    JESUS harry...seriously? Butter?

    by knowthyself

    That scene is meant to be disturbing and I've known women who turn it off after it starts. It's offensive shit. It's not meant to be a TURN ON for christ sake.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Nobody believes you had gf's harry.

    by knowthyself

    Come on, stop lying. And if you did it all those girls were probably ugly and fat.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Our schools are not in decline

    by hst666

    It's a myth. What is true, is we are not number one and have not been for a long time. This is due to improvement in education in other countries and not a decline in ours. Also, charter schools on average do not produce better results than public schools according to actual data. It's funny that the people who bash schools the most rely upon emotional and truthy arguments rather than statistically relevant ones. Having said that, I do oppose tenure. However, I agree we need a procedure in place so that teachers cannot be fired merely because some angry parents said so.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    by hst666

    "...because you can't force someone to do something that isn't in the script, but at the time, I didn't know that. Marlon said to me: 'Maria, don't worry, it's just a movie,' but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn't real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take." Now that scene is extra Hot.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    BTW

    by hst666

    I believe Waiting for Superman makes real points and is not unworthy. I just agree with the critics to the extent that you shouldn't take the conclusions as gospel. There are sweeping generalizations that just do not apply in some cases. I am 40, not a teacher, and have no vested interest.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Education issues...is it really not obvious?

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Texas schools are suffering, California schools are suffering, Arizona schools are suffering, hmmmm what could these states all have in common? Dear Lord, why is this even a mystery to people. You can not expect millions upon millions of non-English speakers to descend upon a region and not have an impact! Yes, parents are not taking enough accountability, yes unions reward mediocrity and stifle a system, yes students are total brats who would rather pleasure themselves to a Lady Gaga vid on their smart phone then learn proper English, sure it is all of that and none of that. You can't put it all one single issue. BUT, if you want to know why our schools are being woefully underfunded, its because they can not possibly keep up with spending when 40% of the population of students aren't paying into that system. This isn't a hate rant on those who are entering this country, hell I'd do the same thing. This is simply an acknowledgement of the problem, and if the Federal government doesn't recognize the fact that their inaction with regards to the border and immigration policies has lead to these results, then we have no hope. I don't blame illegals, I blame the leadership that allows the problem to persist. Make them citizens and tax them, or don't and push them back to their countries of origin, but DO SOMETHING or you leave the problems to the state level. And then people freak out over "fascist" Arizona.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    carlotta: the blu rays in the right system are like

    by UltraTron

    visiting the twilight zone. Everything up until now has been looking at the zone through a little window. To see them on film better than the director is like being in the zone. Oh the things I've seen on blu. The sounds I've heard. If only others knew of such things. A good system and a world-class audio system in 2011 are 2 entirely different animals. I can stop a grown man cold and keep him suspended in midair with his jaw hanging with just a glimpse of low-Rez video on my system. Imagine what I can do with polished, de-magnitized zone blu-rays. I could perhaps, crack the very earth in two like an eggshell. Ya know cause those sounds could be imitated. You know because we're finding these sabotage devices too easily. Ya know because i'm that guy with the crazy hair that's in Fire Starter, Krull, Dune, FireFox, etc

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    A few quick zooms, but a rather non-ADD direction job from Tony Scott on Unstoppable

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    but I was looking for a little more destruction for a Scott movie. A horse trailer, a seemingly balsa wood-built railcar, some pipes falling off. Seems actually low key for Scott. And a hour and a half (almost)..its kind of over and done with. Although, the alternative of a two hour long action thriller that is padded is worse.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    ...don't get me wrong ultratron...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...I'm not against Blu's, just double dipping when the new content's not exceptional. The Twilight Zone DVD set has exceptional content, and I have yet to see anything in the new set to yank the cash outta my pocket.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Harry - I worked for the Austin ISD - they aren't doing their best

    by Ben Addiction

    They were the least professional organization I ever worked for. Not that individual teachers weren't trying, but too many were so busy fighting over scraps that it was constant petty bickering and absolutely no support from administration, who don't seem to be in touch with the realities of teaching - only concerned about meeting test scores. And I don't know if Mel Gibsteinberg above was being serious, but it the majority of the students in the Austin schools I worked in came from illegal immigrant families who, to be diplomatic, were either uninterested in or incapable of contributing to their child's education outside of the classroom. That, they felt, was entirely our jobs and their sense of entitlement in what they expected the public school system to freely provide them was vast. To say that that is not a real issue or a contributing factor, especially in border states like Texas or California, is just naive.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Of course you don't like Moonstruck

    by Foucault

    Of course.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Danny Devito for Dungeon Master

    by seabiscuits

    The D&D franchise has taken a lot of dives, the first film wasn't so great, though Thora Birch did ok, the sequel took itself seriously, but it definately suffered from a small budget. And then theres Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which looks better now on my flatscreen tv but has a weird mix of animation and also needed a bigerrrr budget. Because of its history, I'm afraid noone will even touch this franchise with a 10 foot cattleprod. Hopefull Your Highness kickstarts something. The LOTR series proves obviously a proffit could be made if done right. The original cartoon series was awesome and would be a no-brainer to just copy it's best moments and storylines and lift the characters directly, like cureguy said, and create a winning film out of it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Exactly

    by Cureguy

    That's exactly what I'm talking about. Create a D&D film and just base it around the ranger,cavalier,thief,magician,and...acrobat! It would kick ass. By the way seabiscuits, who is "Your Highness" ?... Peter Jackson?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    And Barbarian too!

    by Cureguy

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    "Your Highness"

    by seabiscuits

    the danny mcbride movie coming out in april with natalie portman in a thong

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Butter makes everything better!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Especially anal sex!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    mel gibsteinberg, where've you been, bud?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    That was surprisingly PC of you. And if kids are yanking it to Lady Gaga today then you and I have got to do a better job of teaching them what a hot piece of ass looks like.

  • What a let down. If they ever do make another Big Budget D&D film I think they should drop the D&D label and go with Forgotten Realms or something else. Remake Hawk the Slayer!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by MattmanReturns

    Wentworth Miller is cool, and I loved that first season of Prison Break. I actually watched that whole series, but unfortunately no season ever lived up to the first. They should have made it only two seasons, but of course they got greedy and tried to stretch it out as long as possible. I did like the ending though, which was surprisingly moving. Wish Miller was in more stuff. Either he doesn't get offered many roles, or he's one of those actors that prefers to sit at home playing video games all day.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Butter

    by Ray Garraty #47

    I haven't seen "Last Tango." Can someone please let me know if the butter was used as a lubricant for front or rear entry? That will help me to decide whether to jab my eyes out with knitting needles or to drink a mixture of Coke and chlorine after reading Harry's comment. Thanks in advance.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    ray

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's used by the woman for fisting Brando's rectum. Please commence eye gouging now.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by Ray Garraty #47

    First of all, thanks. That answer was unexpected. I will pour the Coke/chlorine mixture into the needle wounds then. Good day sir.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I've never seen Last Tango and I'm certainly never going to now

    by MattmanReturns

    Sorry, I draw the line at Cowboy's fucking in a tent and butter lubricant. Got to have some law.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I FUCKING HATE UNIONS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Fuck them in the ass with butter.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    It's never a good thing when braindrain agrees with you

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    that's usually a good sign that you're on the wrong side of an issue.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    your health

    by macastro

    Wow, 50 lbs, that's great. Keep getting better!

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Rich Little....

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... still out there doing impressions of people no one born within the last 50 years have ever even heard of.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Yeah! Take more money away from Vegas!

    by Pop_aristocrat

    15% unemployment, a school system ranked #49 in the country, and casinos closing across the city left and right, with no other business infrastructure to replace the city's income! Stick it to 'em!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Re: Tacom and Brando's 'dead wife' scene

    by SK229

    FUCKING DITTO... that scene elevates the entire movie. If you took it out of the film, I believe it would affect every single scene and the way that you perceive his situation after watching it.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Re: REBEL SCUMB

    by SK229

    One of my favorite things about that scene is the look on Finch's face as Beatty rails... it's one of the most epic scenes in the history of cinema. He looks as though he's staring truth itself in the face and knows it. A lesser actor, writer, or director would have the character scowl or be defiant in some way , but the point of the scene is that he has been granted a peak behind the curtain, an audience with the sheer north face of truth and he recognizes this immediately.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Gotcha,

    by carraway

    I honestly don't think you actually saw Network. Other wise you would have inevitably commented on how the horror that that movie was sooo prescient about has actually been surpassed in the reality of today's media. Your vagueness was a dead give away!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck the people who hated Fanboys

    by Jeremy Davis

    Especially you d.vader How can you have a name like that and not like a new cult classic like Fanboys? You don't deserve to have that name. I bet you think that the Phantom Menace sucked too. And your favorite character is probably Boba Fett.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I really wanted to like Fanboys, but it just sucked

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And part of the reason it did was that they had to placate Neckpouch Lucas to get access to the shit they did. At least, the directory got Jaime King out of the deal. Not too shabby!

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