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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 3rd wk of Mar 2011: Fernando Di Leo, Gamera, Batman, Eastwood, Bale & the saddest Snoopy ever!

Published at: March 15, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… sorry I didn’t have this up first thing this morning, but spending a full day at SXSW, when I got home, I gnawed on pain pills and had to crash, staying up wasn’t the option with how I was feeling, but I did have it half done from a couple of days ago, so I woke up today, skipping SXSW to get this out to you today. This first release in particular you should pay attention to. These are some great great films that you’ve probably not had an opportunity to indulge in. But definitely should. As usual the pics and links take you to Amazon – where you can purchase the item linked to, thus giving a small portion of that purchase price to continue to keep this DVD column going, and you can find out more about the title in question over there. Now – let’s get on with the show…

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011


 



Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Caliber 9 / The Italian Connection / The Boss / Rulers of the City)

This is THE release of the week. Oh, I know the very next film is an Academy Award winner and later on we have the greater glory of BMX BANDITS on Blu Ray – but dear reader – this is a treat.
With my attendance at all of the QT fests here in Austin, those vintage film festivals that Quentin Tarantino has thrown here in Austin, I’ve come to have a greater exposure and passion for the films of the Italian maestro, Fernando Di Leo. These 4 films are fanta stic Italian Mob features. Di Leo didn’t hold Coppola’s elegant affection for the Mob, he lived with it. The crime eating away at his city, country and people. The blood in the streets – and he made films showing the disgusting low life crime infested bastards for what they were… in his eyes. Their women were sluts, the men were bastards that all deserved what they got. These are vicious crime films. Brutal, bloody and kind of sleazy. THE ITALIAN CONNECTION and THE BOSS are two films that I would put up against just about any action crime films out there and say – GODDAMMIT THESE KICK ASS! Seriously. They’re that great. RULERS OF THE CITY is also fantastic, and the only one that I hadn’t seen prior to receiving this set some weeks ago was CALIBER 9, upon watching it… I was instantly delighted to see that Maestro Di Leo had again wrapped me up with his mob hatred and delivered another great yarn. This begins with the single best mob killing that I think I’ve ever seen. Seriously – just incredible. With actors like Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Richard Conte and Jack Palance – the films have great talents. Then there’s the hot Italian babes like Gisela Hahn, Antonia Santilli and the yummilicious Barbara Bouchet (pant pant). Then there’s just the great Italian men that kickass in these films. These are crime films seething with unsavory actions and acts.
These films have been released previously dubbed in English only. These discs have the original Italian along with the English and French dubs. All the titles are widescreen and immaculately presented. Outstanding!!! Can not recommend highly enough. Wonderful stuff!




THE FIGHTER (Blu Ray)

An extraordinary film from David O Russell, perhaps his very best work yet – and I say that because what this film captures in terms of a crazy fucking dysfunctional family – that has Bale in his Academy Award winning role as a Crack/Meth-head – and Wahlberg as the little brother trying to grow out beneath the shadow of his crazy brother along with his horrorshow of a mother and group of sisters. I mean. The horror. The horror. But hey, he does get to bang Amy Adams – so there’s some joy in his life. We all deserve an MTV girl. I personally wish the BluRay had a commentary from the entire Eklund clan. Because – they’re amazing. But we do get one from David O Russell, a nice documentary on the shooting of the film. Deleted Scenes and more. One of the best films of last year – and one of the many amazing performances from Christian Bale! Although Melissa Leo may steal the whole damn show as this terrifying mother.




HEREAFTER (Blu Ray)

Not a very good movie in my opinion, and almost impossible to watch after the Japanese Tsunami footage on TV. The Tsunami action that hits in HEREAFTER is stunningly realized, but not the sort of thing you will probably want to watch soon, this is really one of the only Matt Damon films that I just don’t care for. In some ways, I found the extras more enthralling than the film itself – here’s what you get:
Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon lead a journey into Hereafter to explore the world of skeptics, psychics and mediums, and the possibility of life after death. Featuring 9 Focus Points:
- Tsunami! Recreating a Disaster
- Is There Life After Death?
- Clint on Casting
- Delving into the Hereafter
- Twin Bonding
- French Speaking French
- Why The White Light?
- Hereafter's Locations
- "Casting" the Silent Characters
- The Eastwood Experience The Eastwood Factor: 90 minute documentary in HD




BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD – Season One, Part Two

With Jonah Hex, Kamandi, Adam Strange, Sherlock Holmes, The Demon – and the amazing singing episode… Seriously The Music Meister episode had my jaw dropped for the entirety of its play time. Still not a fan of Booster Gold – but I love me some Dr Fate and Omac. Yeah this stuff is just geek crack, I feel. Still wish Warner would have just released it as a full season set, but now that I have both halves, I’m pleased.




GAMERA Vs. ZIGRA / GAMERA: THE SUPER MONSTER

Have you folks been checking out the Gamera 2-fers from SHOUT!? SHOUT! Has been doing amazing releases with Roger Corman, musical releases like the Tami Show and that amazing James Brown release. But GAMERA – it’s what you need for your 10 year olds. Gamera is the shit! Nothing like a pinwheel firework flying Tortuga to just brighten one’s MAN IN SUIT mornings! This is the last two GAMERA films they can release, so complete the collection and enjoy! Hell, there’s no other option!




SHARKTOPUS (Blu Ray)

Make no bones about it, SHARKTOPUS is fucking retarded. BUT… it is SHARKTOPUS – and it is produced by Roger Corman – and does feature that incredibly fetching box art… but in the interest of full disclosure – this was sent to me upon my first day of REHAB – and came with a Plush Shartopus – which I played with constantly throughout my stay – as my only cuddly – in Hospital toy. That said, I did watch the film. Playing with SHARKTOPUS was way better. He’s a wonderful design, in a – THIS IS INSANE way! The effects are hokey and never ever meant to be realistic. Would’ve preferred for it to just be a few grades up.




THE WILDEST DREAM: CONQUEST OF EVEREST (Blu Ray)

If you love the story & mystery of Mallory’s attempt to conquer Everest – this film from National Geographic Films is just amazing. Narrated by Liam Neeson – and featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Hugh Darcy and Alan Rickman – you’ll have the amazing true story of Conrad Anker – finding Mallory’s remains upon Everest and the uncovering of the legend that has haunted the Everest adventurers since Mallory’s disappearance 87 years ago. BluRay is a must – to capture the true beauty of this. Worth checking out over and over again.




AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (Criterion Blu)

Louis Malle’s wonderful film fron 1987 detailing the Autobiographical story of Malle’s time growing up in a Catholic Boarding School in Nazi occupied France. The film is amazing. Personally I recommend this sort of stuff for young kids that can read subtitles – as it will instantly provide the kid with a perspective about how lucky they are… because this is not the way to grow up. Criterion has done another great job, this had only been available on VHS and now we get this stunning Blu Ray. And as for Extras, here’s what the masters at Criterion have for us:
Restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Renato Berta, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Video interviews with biographer Pierre Billard and actress Candice Bergen, director Louis Malle’s widow
Joseph: A Character Study, a profile of the provocative character from Au revoir les enfants
The Immigrant, Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 short comedy, featured in the film
Audio excerpts from a 1988 AFI interview with Malle
Original theatrical trailer and teaser
PLUS: A book featuring essays by film critic Philip Kemp and historian Francis J. Murphy




BATTLE OF THE WARRIORS (Blu Ray)

Ya know, I dug it. I don’t know the history on this particular Chinese period epic, but I do love Andy Lau, spectacle and crazy awesome sword play. And this movie has that in spades. This involves a city under siege and an unexpected heroic leader that was… just passing through. Love these sorts of stories, in an odd way it makes me think of a grander Clint Eastwood kind of story. For $16, it’s a pretty sweet flick to see on Blu!




BLOOD (Blu Ray)

Did you like the crazy romantic ninja flick, SHINOBI? Same director, taking on a vampiric sexy murder mystery and it’s kind of fun. Director Ten Shimoyama definitely has a wonderful eye – and captures some striking imagery and an involving light pulp-ish story. For me though – this is all about watching Aya Sugimoto playing an older vampiric lady. Worth checking out for you Vampire lovers.




Peanuts Double Feature: SNOOPY COME HOME / A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN

SNOOPY COME HOME killed me in rehab. As a healing boy in a facility that is clearly, “NO DOGS ALLOWED” and missing my lil stinker Rosy – the terror of Geek Headquarters… SNOOPY COME HOME is in my estimation – the saddest film ever. The idea of Snoopy choosing someone other than Charlie Brown devastated me as a kid, and as an grown kid, it still gets me. That simple betrayal from your pet hit me hard as a boy. Man’s best friend running off to some hospitalized hussy… fuck that little girl, she has a cat. Gross. And it would split up Woodstock from Snoopy – and that shit just can not happen. Then there’s a A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN – which isn’t nearly the emphatic hellhole that is SNOOPY COME HOME, instead it’s more fun. SNOOPY COME HOME? Emotional Bitchslapping. A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN is a stomach raspberry. Filled with giggles.




BMX BANDITS (Blu Ray)

The high fashioned wizard, Brian Trencard Smith – discovered the cutest littlest Nicole Kidman I’ve ever seen in this absurdly goofy and fun BMX BANDITS. Here’s Nicole in the XANADU of Bicycle movies. Nicole’s hair was meant to be captured in the resolution of 1080p…. and Severin Films knew that – and have delievered it. From the director of THE MAN FROM HONG KONG, DEAD END DRIVE IN and the fabled STUNT ROCK comes this amazing archaeological discovery from Nicole’s past. Very much a fun fun movie.

Next week I’ll look at THE TOURIST, YOGI BEAR, SKYLINE, STAND BY ME (Blu), ROBOTS (Blu), Buster Keaton’s OUR HOSPITALITY (Blu), ANASTASIA (Blu), THE SANDLOT (Blu), ELIZABETH/ELIZABETH THE GOLDEN AGE (Blu), RIDDICK COLLECTION (Blu), JACKSON COUNTY JAIL / CAGED HEAT, GALAXINA / CRATER LAKE MONSTER (Blu), FIREBREATHER (Blu), THE LOST MISSILE, D’JANGO & NOW THEY CALL HIM SACRAMENTO (Blu) and THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK. Til next week, take care…

Readers Talkback

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  • March 15, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's the DVD Column for the day, thanks for reading!

  • March 15, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Harry, can you post a pic of Yoko?

    by Simpsonian

    just because whenever you mention her, I imagine you with the actual, aged Yoko Ono and it disturbs me to the core...

  • March 15, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT! YES!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    WOW!! FUCK YEAH!!! AWESOME!

  • March 15, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Harry, you pervert...

    by eustisclay

    ...you disappoint me. I just got Group Marriage, which I believe was released last month, but never read a word about it here. C'mon, a Stephanie Rothman film with Claudia Jennings and Victoria Vetri? 70's drive in t&a? Expected better from the human masturbating bear.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    simpsonian, just google Patricia Knowles

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    a picture is readily available. Personally she should be offended by Harry referring to her as Yoko. For one thing she's not Japanese. And second it's a constant reminder that she could do better.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    That Sharktopussy cover art is indeed kewl, as the kids say, but

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    notice how where the shark ends and the octopus begins there isn't even an attempt to blend the two different colors of the parts together. And where do the spikes come from? I know, I know, IT'S SHARKTOPUS!!!

  • March 15, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    bullshit! pain pills and twinkies are the same shape

    by Six Demon Bag

    just saying

  • March 15, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    harry

    by Six Demon Bag

    your thoughts on the walkouts during DRAGONSLAYER?? justified or whiny spoiled bitches

  • March 15, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    BMX Bandits

    by zonkk_za

    I saw BMX Bandits at the cinema in South Africa when it came out. Such a silly but fun film :-)

  • March 15, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    The Italian Connection

    by TodBrowning

    Is great. Plays like a good Don Siegel film and features a top performance by Mario Adorf. It's worth watching just to see Henry Silva get hit on by a gay waiter.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    When is Corman going to do GINGERLODON?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Premise: Movie blogger and geek extraordinaire Barry Shoals has a big problem: His elephantine weight. But there's a radical new procedure that fuses human DNA with elements of fish DNA that help them maintain their lithe, aquadynamic design. Unfortunately, a lab tech screws up and accidentally mixes in recently recreated Megalodon DNA with Barry's, leaving the geek king with an asshole that can swallow a school bus.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Mattman

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Clint should just do a Lucas-esque special edition and splice footage of the Japanese tsunami in place of his shitty CG waves.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Talk about bad timing

    by riouxda

    I haven't seen Hereafter. Not really interested in it but, talk about bad timing here. I doubt people will feel like watching it for the next couple of weeks. Sad for mr. Eastwood in a way. But hey, the world has more important things in its mind at the moment!

  • just like he does the soundtracks and editing for all his flicks. I agree, Clint, let ILM or Weta do the job next time or better yet don't do cgi. It's not your forte, blondie!

  • March 15, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by HEADGEEK

    Actually - Talkbackers referred to her as YOKO first. We decided to just run with it, since TBers were apparently unable to see a Korean when they see one.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    LOL, GINGERLODON!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Sometimes I crack myself the F' up!

  • March 15, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Harold, it's true. Talkbackers are a bunch of racist twats.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    "Oh, they all look the SAME!"

  • March 15, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    real life tsunami makes movie tsunami hard to watch?

    by knowthyself

    Hardly. Movie Tsunami resulted in zero deaths. This idea that you can't SEE something in a movie just because it happened in real life is so fucking retarded.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    didnt brian trenchard-smith direct THE QUEST?

    by Six Demon Bag

    with henry thomas? i would love to see that again.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Hereafter is a movie about...nothing but wants so badly..

    by knowthyself

    ..to be about SOMETHING. Each story has so little to say and what it does have to say is hardly profound or new. Clints attempt at a slow meditation on death turns out to be more slow than meditative.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    so Harry are your pain pills vicadin?

    by rben

    Like House?

  • March 15, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Harry's married?

    by Righteous Brother

    He should talk about his wife more often.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    knowthyself - i assume you know you are an asshole

    by antonphd

  • March 15, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    righteousbrother

    by Six Demon Bag

    you obviously havent had the honor to read harrys BLADE 2 review.. thats as close as youre getting to know patricia

  • I guess that Sharktopus is a better title?!

  • March 15, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Anchorman bluray also gets a wide release today

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    So those of us wuthout a best buy in their towns can finally see some ron burgandy action in 1080p I fucking hate store exclusives, there's no reason that anchorman had to be available only at best buy for 6 months... shit's retarded

  • March 15, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    redbull

    by Six Demon Bag

    if it doesnt have WAKE UP RON BURGANDY included, then it aint shit.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Regarding GAMERA: THE SUPER-MONSTER

    by Grandpa Bunche

    All you need to know about this film can be read here: http://cinemiscreant.blogspot.com/2010/06/gamera-super-monster-1980.html It's so terrible that I heartily recommend it.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Harry: did you mean to type "Shartopus"?

    by vin_diggler

    or is that a typo. Because I think Shartopus is a much better title and fitting.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I thought she was called Yoko because she caused Harry and Moriarty to go their seperate ways

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Now, I know it's because of racists and it's not nearly as good a reason. RACISTS! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAACISTS!

  • March 15, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry Harry

    by Zombieflicker

    I bet myself five bucks you wouldn't have this up today now that you are out of the hospital. Thank you for making me wrong.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    "Squark" - Heh...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...can't imagine why that didn't pop the tacos of those studio-types, Chop. That's got Sy-Fy written all over it.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    thanks choppah, i couldn't remember her real name

    by Simpsonian

    no snide comment from me; Harry I wish the two of you many years of health and happiness.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Osharkutan: Silent. Swift. Simian.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 15, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    They need to release Bon Voyage Charlie Brown

    by Cobb05

    It's never been out on DVD.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I don't want to see no reservoir dogs

    by lfio

  • Imagine it...an American Gamera AND Godzilla film in the same year....only in 2012, baby!

  • March 15, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Hmm...racism....

    by 9000rpm

    ...it's what makes mankind superior to animals.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    What?!? No Porn? Is this REALLY Harry Knowles?

    by Centauri

  • March 15, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Melissa Leo should win another oscar for

    by nobodylistenstodestro

    her bs acceptance speech. She did the same thing at ever fucking award show, minus the "accidental" f bomb.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Brave and the Bold!

    by THX1968

    This is my favorite iteration of Batman ever. Yes, even more so than Nolan's work. Why? Because this stuff has not forgotten that Batman is a comic book, and that being a comic book character is not a bad thing. Not bad at all. Plus if you're a longtime DC lover, this show is chuck full of great guest stars. Also, the best iteration of Aquaman can be found here as well.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    by Jedibobster

    Kudos to whoever did that BMX Bandits cover. Got a real good 80s vibe to it - like a Commodore 64 tape.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    You don't have to Google Patricia Knowles...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...There's a pic of the beaming bride and groom right here on AICN in the archives. Just add "/node/33383" to the usual URL and there's the wedding announcement and everything. And she's a cutey... good job there Harry.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    FN pain pills...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...I just got through a few months where I suffered through 2 toothaches, a jaw infection and an unrelated operation to remove a benign lesion from the lining of my brain. The trouble with pain pills is, thanks to this country's draconian drug laws (you even have to practically sign away your first born to get fuckin' cold pills anymore) you can't get any pain pills that, you know KILL PAIN! Darvocet is off the market and Percocet and Vicodin are both watered down with goddamn Tylenol to near ineffectiveness (and the D.E.A. is looking to ban those as well) and they NEVER fuckin' give you ENOUGH PILLS in the fuckin' bottle! Most health insurance plans will only cover a minute amount per month and forget about getting anything stronger. For months, I had to suffer through 20-30 minutes of relief followed by hours of excruciating pain as I waited to pop another pill because I had to ration the fuckers. Goddamn fascist AmeriKKKa! The government and the elites behind it WANT the proles to live in constant fear and pain while they get primo 'caine flown in from Bolivia and all the blowjobs they want from Russian supermodel prostitutes. ERRR! Rant.... over. Please continue...

  • March 15, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Hey what about my script, "Wolversaurus Rex"?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... or will I get sued because Marvel owns the prefix "Wolver"?

  • March 15, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    You can also buy all these discs from me.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    On the Home CHOPPING Network.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    BTW thanks for doing this on a weekly basis

    by jupiterjim

    So far I have enjoyed about 95% of the movies you have reccomended...keep up the ggod work

  • March 15, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    oh, the list of mean-animal combinations is endless

    by Dollar Bird

    shligergator, pandeetah, panthroctopushmepullyou, jellyfisharkticwolf, and purplesaurus rex

  • March 15, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Snoopy Come Home always made me sad too.

    by Nico Toscani

    I remember feeling depressed after watching it when I was a kid.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Sharkopotato...

    by The_Cliffster

    .. for all your fish and chips needs... :)

  • March 15, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    LobsterShark

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Tagline: "Claws for terror."

  • March 15, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Or: "Jaws meet Claws."

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 16, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    I loved Hereafter

    by Mike

    I definitely seem to be in the minority there, but I saw it in theaters and was really surprised by it. I had no idea what it was about before seeing it just that I felt like trusting Clint Eastwood after liking a lot of his recent movies. A very depressing, but also hopeful film. Maybe too emotionally draining to watch a lot, but I really did love it.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    THE FIGHTER is far from Russell's best film.

    by MaxTheSilent

    That would be the amazing THREE KINGS.

  • March 16, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    "not a fan of Booster Gold"

    by phifty2

    Why am I not surprised?

  • March 16, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    the animation today is excellent

    by frank cotton

    and, it's SHARKOPOTAMUS for, the win! that, is, fuckin' funny!

  • March 16, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Imagine giving Harry a blowjob

    by Daniel2010

    He must have the cutest little dick! :)

  • March 16, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by AugustusMacReady

    Forgive me for not knowing the answer, but is The Boss also known as Mister Scarface? I would like a good version of that movie!

  • March 16, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I would still call Thre Kings Russell's best, but The Fighter

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    is one of the best, alongside Raging Bull, films about the boxing world..not just about boxing itself. The fight footage is among the most realistic I've seen in a staged motion picture. Sorry Rocky.

  • March 16, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I believe the lie...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Yoko really is Harry's "Knives". Make some rugrats, posthasty.

  • March 16, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    daniel2010, if you think that's cute

    by pw

    You should see mine

  • March 16, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Snoopy Come Home is the 1st movie I ever saw in a theater

    by Beezbo

    It prepared me for Toy Story 3, 38 years later.

  • March 16, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Why do we get BMX Bandits

    by cannedpasta

    But no RAD????

  • March 16, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for the release of "My Dinner with Woodstock"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 16, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    If BMX BANDITS is the XANADU of bicycle movies....

    by Mozzerino

    What is the CITIZEN KANE of bicycle movies? Seriously, I'm curious.

  • March 16, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I'd say...

    by AugustusMacReady

    Breaking Away.

  • March 16, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    TARANTINO CAN'T PRONOUNCE...

    by JIMBOCOP

    "AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS". This was a long running joke between QT and Roger Avery in the video store they worked at together. QT would call the movie "RESERVOIR DOGS", and like the name so much he used it for his first movie, even though there are no canines or flooded valleys in it.

  • March 16, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Why are you all so obsessed with what Harry's wife looks like?

    by jimbojones123

    Seriously? He's nothing shy of absolutely happy. They are blissful together. Pity how shallow people are. I am no catch -- by any means -- but my wife loves me all the same. I don't get the world's need for artificial beauty. Like when the cheerleader dies and every body says it was a damn shame because of how pretty she was. Meanwhile the goth chick dies in high school and nobody cares. No candlelight vigils. No weeks of news stories. No charity foundation. She just is dead. Harry, I'm thrilled you are happy. Wish others were not so shallow.

  • March 16, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    the director of BMX...

    by eustisclay

    ...also directed The man From Hong Kong? That's the dvd I want. Haven't seen it since the 70's at a drive in. Good movie, I remember the title sequence with him hang gliding to the song, Sky High, and the villain, George Lazenby, and, well, that's about all I remember. Still want to see it.

  • March 16, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    mozzerino - the answer to that is....

    by Fievel

    Rad (1986).

  • March 17, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Batman: the brave and the bold

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Such a pleasure to watch, even when being more of a Marvel guy. "Fun" can be applied in the best sense of the word possible.

  • March 17, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    Ah yes let's see what's new this week. Ah yes.

    by UltraTron

    a brief acknowledgment of current events. This is a site of fantasy and escapism for all of us so I won't impede long- you should consider this a moment of silence..... thousands washed up on the shore with the exact same video games I'm playing in their pockets. The river scene in War of the Worlds has nothing on what is being blacked out right now. I just love how you hear them called villagers. Yeah fuck em because many of them fish? Did you know that if you were born a mere 2-3 years after me you have a lower sperm count? It's something in the environment according to the those Finland studies. I'm the last generation of non-atomic/chemical man. I'm the apex of the spew and I'm really quite a specimen actually. I think my sperm could be used to preserve a last batch of human genome -that  perhaps a future or alien society could resurrect. I wonder how many gigantic genocidal tsunamis a human can just shrug off before he loses touch with feeling on a human level. Is everyone now just fucked into silent submission by the most insane political and environmental upheavals ever slammed upon a generation since the holacaust? What in the fuck with the mass animal deaths like every fucking day? Look at that timeline and the shit, shit, shit, bullshit, fuck you and eat shit explanations for most of them. How much radiation can we deal with before we mutate into the grey aliens that come back in time to anal probe us for our insolence? We manufacture that by the way. Monsanto loves making stuff like that. Here's to the Japanese. May they- and the entire world attached to them - live long and prosper.

  • Well, except for the fatties!

  • March 17, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Snoopy Come Home

    by Right Bastard

    One of my earliest memories is balling my eyes out to that flick when I was four-years-old. My memory still haunts me with the kids walking in a circle singing the dirge "Sno-o-o-o-opy, Sno-o-o-o-opy come home". I'm getting all choked up now, damn it.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Me and You, a two man crew

    by Kentucky Colonel

    side by side we'll share the ride... Made me bawl when I was a kid. Probably make me bawl when I pick this up from the store real soon...30 some odd years later.

  • March 19, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Henry Silva...

    by JaguarWong

    ...is the scariest man alive with a head shaped like a peanut. Seriously, though, he's a total badass in 1973's THE BOSS (released stateside as WIPEOUT!). Definitely the best film in the "Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection"... Yep, even better than MILANO CABILER 9.

  • March 19, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck..

    by JaguarWong

  • March 19, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    "Milano CALIBER 9"

    by JaguarWong

    What kind of web forum doesn't have a goddamned "EDIT" button? (This one.)

  • And you know it. Yoko's nickname came about from the AICN regulars' completely understandable fear that her presence would ruin the website, a la John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and The Beatles. As evidenced then by both a notable drop-off in Harry's writing output, and his constant sham attempts to shoehorn Yoko into most every aspect of AICN, climaxing risibly with Harry giving Yoko a weekly music review column she proved pathetically unknowledgeable to handle. Furthermore, when the nickname first started being bandied about, Harry even tried to fight it on those terms by arguing that The Beatles had been broken up not by Yoko Ono, but rather by Paul's wife, Linda (or, "that bitch", as Harry repeatedly referred to her).