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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st wk of April 2011: Kubrick fakes Moon Landing? Blus of Taxi Driver, Tron, A.I. Edward Dmytryk & Dieterle genius!

Published at: April 6, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… A combination of Rehab and my Austin film life delayed my DVD column, but today – I’ve been working on it through a great deal of shoulder pain. I’ve been working in-between the spikes of pain and the cloud of prescription meds. I pulled a muscle yesterday morning that basically killed me. It seems to be loosening up, but that may just be my optimistic side screaming at me. As usual, here’s the big releases of the week that show up on my radar. The pics and links take you to Amazon where you can learn more on the film in question, or you can purchase it, which goes to help keep this column going. So thanks and I really do wish you a painless existence, this sucks. Tuesday,

April 5th, 2011







TRON: LEGACY / TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC (Blu Ray)

First off… that disc glows beautifully! This is totally the geek edition to pick up! Now what you’re getting here is a 3D BLU-RAY, a BLU RAY of both TRON LEGACY & TRON, a DVD of TRON LEGACY and a digital copy for putting in all your shit.
First – the Blu Ray transfer on the original TRON is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It really is just like the greatest thing ever. And that’s coming from a geek that dropped a few hundred for an IB TECH print of TRON in 16mm film during the 3rd year of this site. This BLU-RAY is just fucking gorgeous. This also has additional and new extras from the old out of print version of the DVD. My fave is the one of Lisberger taking his son to the Disney Archives to dig through all their TRON stuff – and folks. This is gold. LOVE this extra! Seriously though – for a TRON Geek, this is what all this new TRON hoopla was all about, getting new TRON shit that was made better than ever before. This BluRay is a godsend. Just beautiful.
Then there’s TRON: LEGACY, a film that I love. For me, it works completely. I’ve seen the film about 12 times now. I love just about everything about it. It is a middle film – having to explain why Disney didn’t do a TRON sequel instantly after the last film. Which is, of course, the same thing we have all been wondering. That’s why Flynn had to disappear. Why we had to wait for his son to be grown. And why this story has to come before any futuristic TRON universe can get underway. At least – that’s how I feel. I’ve had hours and hours of conversations with geek friends of mine about this film – and the only real lasting complaint is that we all wanted more TRON in our TRON movie. But god damn we’re all damn happy to be having TRON discussions. The SECOND SCREEN feature which makes use of your iPad or computer screen during the film is amazing! In particular – as a geek that was in HALL H during Comic Con this year… to suddenly realize that my voice was one of the 10,000 that were recording their voices in unison being directed by Joe Kosinski from the stage… and that yes indeed those recordings were used for the TRON LEGACY Disc fight sequence… well that was awesome! So technically – I’m in the film! Fuck yeah!




THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (Blu Ray)

I have to say – I really do feel the Narnia series has progressively gotten better, from film to film. This is my fave of the series, but far from my favorite book from the series. I mean, let’s face it DAWN TREADER is an insane read. But in Michael Apted’s hands and that truly beautiful 3D Conversion that was done so wonderfully upon this film. Then just the more realistic tones that Apted played with – and the darker shadows and grit to the filmed universe. I really enjoyed this thoroughly. I think the best part though – is Simon Pegg’s Reepicheep… that lil fucker will make you cry! He’s that awesome. The film is crazy. The disc is loaded with special features. Very curious to see what they do with THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW. If they continue in this like, it could be quite exciting as that’s one of the best books of the series. To me, I was quite happy with this installment. I still haven’t had a completely euphoric experience with one of these yet. Overall a very strong Blu.




TAXI DRIVER (Blu Ray)

Ok – it’s fucking TAXI DRIVER – you love movies, this is a movie to love! In my personal opinion, this is the film where Scorsese, Schrader & De Niro have all bottled the finest lightning of their whole careers. This film is spectacular. A movie of immense power & iconic resonance. Most hardcore cinephiles know every frame. Well, this is as pretty as those frames get. That you get the ol Criterion commentary between Scorsese and Schrader is great. But look at all the special features that are included…
movieIQ
Original 1986 Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader recorded by The Criterion Collection
Interactive Script to Screen
Feature Length Commentary by Writer Paul Schrader
Feature Length Commentary by Professor Robert Kolker
Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
God's Lonely Man
Producing Taxi Driver
Influence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese Tribute
Taxi Driver Stories
Making Taxi Driver
Travis' New York
Travis' New York Locations
Storyboard to Film Comparisons with Martin Scorsese
Animated Photo Galleries
This is one of the great films of all time. A towering performance. And a brilliantly written tale. This is great cinema. Still feeling thrilling and dangerous. The above 3 hours of Special features will enthrall you. Awesome disc!




LITTLE FOCKERS (Blu Ray)

This is what De Niro is doing today. Support the Bobby you support, if you support this… to hell with ya!




A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Blu Ray)

Spielberg attempts Kubrick – and who knows exactly what the differences may be? I for one, love A.I. I think Spielberg is just naturally warmer with this story than Kubrick, but I love the beautiful melancholy of this dystopian future. Gigolo Joe, Teddy… so much of this is just so damn good. The production design and the world that is created is just amazing. I just wish that it had a special feature documenting every twist and turn of the original A.I. web promotion – which in many ways I feel was even better than the film itself. It’d be nice to have that on here too. But this is what you get:
Creating A.I.
Acting A.I.
Designing A.I.
Lighting A.I.
A.I./FX
The Robots of A.I.
Special Visual Effects and Animation: ILM
The Sound and Music of A.I.
Steven Spielberg: Our Responsibility to Artificial Intelligence
Trailers: 2 Theatrical Trailers HD A.I. Archives




I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (Blu Ray)

You know… I seriously would’ve loved this film if Ewan McGregor’s character had been played by Matthew Broderick. That way I could imagine this as some strange alternate universe take on THE CABLE GUY. Carrey’s Steven Russell is just an amazing fucking asshole of a human being. I mean that. He’s just a fucking rotten turn of a human DNA strand, but I guess even rotten strands find someone that loves them – and Ewan is that man. The story is all kinds of heartbreaking. But I enjoyed it quite a bit. Not quite a have to own for me, but a good film still. You get an audio commentary from Andrew Lazar and the writing/directing team of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.




ARTHUR / ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS (Blu Ray)

I can not conceive of liking new one, and for the price of you and a date to have probably lessor time, you can have a double feature of the original which is guaranteed fucking great. The first film is just simply fantastic. The heart and the soul of it. The genuine sad and foolish title character… his trusty man servant… fuck even Liza is just amazing in the film. The first ARTHUR is a great film to snuggle up with. Arthur 2 is a bit too giggly for cuddling.




ARABESQUE

Everything that box art says this film delivers in the best way possible. Wanted to see a sexy James Bondesque adventure, but starring Gregory Peck with Sophia Loren as the Bond girl? If you said, “No!” then just die now. I mean seriously – this is a great flick! One that doesn’t get seen enough. Oh – and if you haven’t learned this film lesson, learn it now. Watch all of Stanley Donen’s work. It is totally worth the ride.




BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER (Blu Ray)

I love this PG-13 cut of BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER. It was a film that almost didn’t get seen. I first showed it at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 2, I think… but it’s surprisingly adult take on the material delivers a roundhouse kick to the head. It’s just a tremendous animated feature. One of the best of the modern Warner Animated Era. Great film.




BABE (Blu Ray)

Not the batnuts insane BABE: PIG IN THE CITY, but the sweet, unforgettably beautifully photographed original BABE. A film that makes one wish there were a constant flow of G-rated entertainment that was as smartly written and perfectly directed. It also gave birth to making everyone take a look at Andrew Lesnie as a brilliant cinematographer. Genre geeks knew his work from the gorgeous DARK AGE, but his stunning work here directly led to him getting LORD OF THE RINGS – and now taking us three-dimensionally into the shire and beyond. I was stunned at the look of this film, beyond all the talking animal things, which pretty much drives us all crazy now, because of how many times it hasn’t been this good. BABE is pretty much perfect. Though the sequel kicks its ass!




…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (Blu Ray)

A great Pacino flick by Norman Jewison. Totally worth it, for no other reason than to see Pacino with Lee Strasberg as his grandfather – but real life acting mentor… Amazing stuff. Really great. This is big Pacino acting at …well, not quite the best, but it is way up there! And the sort of bravado performance that I love from him. Looks quite good on Blu.




THE PEOPLE vs. LARRY FLYNT (Blu Ray)

Larry Flynt signed my first check as a paid writer, his signature was stamped from a RAINBOW STAMP Pad! And that was the same year as this movie, so I was all about Larry Flynt in 1996, one of the 15th Anniversary films that marks AICN’s own 15th Anniversary. Kind of weird remembering which films were those films. Milos Forman did a great job on this film, getting great performances out of not only Woody Harrelson, but Courtney Love as well. In addition, Ed Norton kicked ass in this, along with Cromwell. You get a Cast Commentary and a Writers’ Commentary – along with some deleted scenes. Great flick.




MIRAGE

Here’s another director for all good film geeks to take note of. Edward Dmytryk. Checking out every film he touched, as writer or as director – you’ll be blown away by an awful lot of it. Here he creates an amnesiac noir-esque thriller with Gregory Peck, Walter Matthou and the gorgeous Diane Baker. I really dig the hell out of MIRAGE. This is just one of those movies that you thank the movie gods for finding. Just a very nice watch.




MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Blu Ray)

I really liked this rather playful work from Kenneth Branagh, the cast is all kinds of crazy, but all good in their roles. But much like the play itself it can’t really compare to Branagh’s HAMLET and HENRY V. Nor should it. This very lovely film is lovely on Blu. It’s hard to imagine this Branagh on THOR. But I am hoping for HENRY V Branagh.




CAPTAIN NEWMAN MD

Looking at the poster – you would think that possibly this was a comedy, the smirking Peck, Tony Curtis… Angie Dickinson – but beneath that box exterior and the original promotional campaign of this movie was actually one of Gregory Peck’s greatest roles. Peck runs a Army Mental Ward during WWII… Robert Duvall will get you. Tony Curtis does interject humor, but really… this is an amazing showcase role for Peck. The sort of look at heroes behind wars that we don’t commonly see. Great film.




PETER PAN (Blu Ray)

While I have a very dear spot for Walt Disney’s PETER PAN – and its songs alone hold me eternally in their grasps… P.J. Hogan’s PETER PAN is just simply beautiful filmmaking, story-telling and a fascinating play on the PETER PAN story. Pan has such an amazing way about him in this film – and the whole movie glows as only the DP of MOULIN ROUGE could make it. If you want to reaffirm your addiction to Blu Ray – the look of this should do it. Just wow. It’d be nice if somebody would discover and enjoy this rather wonderful film. It certainly never got the recognition that it deserved. Hogan knocked it out of the park.




BENNY & JOON (Blu Ray)

I love BENNY & JOON. I can watch it if I’m down or if I’m happy. And it always makes me wistfully smile and remind me why I love being a silly fool for love. I’m a goofy lover, always have been. SO yeah, I totally think I’m Johnny Depp as Sam. Kind of funny for a guy in a wheelchair like me, but it is true. I love that Sam is a movie geek. Watching Johnny do Chaplin & Keaton is kind of perfect! Love this movie!




THE MOUNTAIN

Here’s another Edward Dmytryk movie and this is just fucking amazing. Stars Old man Spencer Tracy with his younger brother, whom he raised… played by Robert Wagner. Wagner is a fucking piece of shit. He wants his brother to help him climb a very hard mountain to climb, in the wrong time of the year, all under the pretense of robbing the plane crash victims that are atop the mountain. But Spencer Tracy is a great man. The film that is made is beautiful. It’s the type of story about the kind of man that you can’t help but be a better man for having witnessed upon the screen. Give this to your dad and he’ll know you’re a good man. Seriously. It’s that kind of awesome movie. Watched it twice this year.




ROPE OF SAND

From the director of the best HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME – comes a stunning fucking film noir that isn’t at all what you expect. First off – hands down – this is an incredible movie. Burt Lancaster plays this tough bastard that had been tortured by this evil Paul Henreid son of a bitch! Can’t believe Ingrid Bergman chose this bastard over Bogie, but he’s just a rotten son of a bitch in this movie. But then – you also have Claude Rains, in one of my favorite Claude Rains roles! Then there’s Peter Lorre, Sam Jaffe and fucking Mike Mazurki! Those 3 alone are worth the purchase. But the real gold is this gal, Corinne Calvet, she’s a girl with a history. As in, she fucks to get what she wants – and she’ll play the victim to get the upper hand and she’s just fucking amazing in this film. One of those instant cinema crushes that makes you break out THE FAR COUNTRY, WHAT PRICE GLORY and then cheer to realize that she was in Albert Pyun’s THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER which I saw ass whipping the 2nd screen of the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE SOUTH just the other day. Yeah. That gal is a helluva gal. Got to say it, she’s got the pep, the slut and the class to just about be cozy to cozy up to. If ya get my meaning. Wow she’s hot in this. And Lancaster vs Henreid in the desert – fighting over these epic diamonds… just legendary shit! And wait till you see the scene with Claude Rains and Corinne when he gets her back to his hotel room, 7 kinds of mega-awesome! Fell head over heels for this one!




TCM GREATEST FILMS: Johnny Weissmuller as TARZAN 1 (TARZAN THE APE MAN / TARZAN AND HIS MATE / TARZAN ESCAPES / TARZAN FINDS A SON )

A few years back there was a truly tremendous box set of the Johnny Weissmuller TARZAN movies – and that had tons of extras and was a pretty hefty price tag. Here, Turner Classic movie puts together the first four Johnny Weissmuller TARZAN movies – and seriously, it’s a steal for $19. The first three of these… TARZAN THE APE MAN, TARZAN AND HIS MATE and TARZAN ESCAPES are one of the classic film trilogies of all time. TARZAN ESCAPES is one of the great film tragedies – as censors and studio interference stepped in and really kept it from being the best of the 3. One of the hottest PG – “I’m Going To Fuck The Hell Out of You” shots of all time is in TARZAN ESCAPES… When you see the shot, you’ll know it. It is fucking crazy hot. Tarzan love! This is bare bones, but if you’re just looking for a way to see em and have them cheap, this is very definitely a deal. And the 2nd four are next!




TCM GREATEST FILMS Johnny Weissmuller as TARZAN 2

I still dream of the one perfect Tarzan movie with Daniel Day Lewis as TARZAN and it is absolutely awesome in my mind’s eye. But I absolutely love the Weissmuller classic TARZANs – they’re like Rathbone’s SHERLOCK HOLMES flicks. They’re just a part of my pop cultural identity. My favorite of these three is TARZAN’S NEW YORK ADVENTURE – if only that it blows my mind away. I love that it’s like a 1940’s SPIDER-MAN story. Like Tarzan in some early MARVEL universe. I imagine little Ben Grimm on Yancy Street watching TARZAN swing upon power lines above. At the very least I imagine a young Stan Lee peeking over a seat of a theater as Weissmuller’s TARZAN swung above New York – and maybe had a vision of SPIDER-MAN. Or maybe KRAVEN. Or maybe both.




KUBRICK’S ODYSSEY: SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE FILMS

LOL. This is an awesome paranoid thriller documentary that proves beyond any doubt that Stanley Kubrick directed the APOLLO moon landings! LOL. Oh – you’ve kinda gotta see this. It’s hysterical, until it is scary. I mean. If anyone could fake it, it’d be Kubrick right?




THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (Blu Ray)

Love this last film of Roger Avary’s. Watching it on Blu-Ray was exactly what I wanted the day I watched this. I felt a little “fuck society” that day – and watching Van Der Beek do his thing. Loving Eric Stolz’s crazy older professor character. Just everyone is great in this, except that one slouching smoking extra played by Christopher Cargill… What the hell dude, you’re so posing.

That’s it for this week, next I’ll be looking into HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1, THE INCREDIBLES Blu, COUNTRY STRONG, CARS Blu, DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY, RACE WITH THE DEVIL, TRACY & HEPBURN DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, LE CERCLE ROUGE Criterion Blu, H.R. PUFNSTUF: Complete Series, WHITE MATERIAL Criterion, THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS, BOB HOPE COLLECTION V.2, HEARTLESS, BEHIND ThE BURLY Q, DEVOTION, CONFIDENTIAL AGENT, THE FACULTY, RICKY and DAYS OF GLORY.

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  • April 6, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st wk of April 2011: Kubrick fakes Moon Landing? Blus of Taxi Driver, Tron, A.I. Edward Dmytryk & Dieterle genius!

  • April 6, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Oh boy...

    by ufoclub1977

    Let the A.I. comments fly...

  • April 6, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Picked up Taxi Driver tonight.

    by Barrock

    $13 at Walmart and Best Buy and it's in a sweet book like case instead of a jewel case.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    who the hell watches Tron Legacy 12 times???

    by Browncoat_Jedi

    Only children watch one film a dozen times in such a short amount of time....little kids zoning out in front of a TV, mindlessly taking in the flashing images as a substitute for parental attention. And Harry.

  • I was wandering through Barnes & Noble, and found this vertically-challenged, yet horizontally-perfect book that chronicled the making of the film. Next to the Summer 2001 issue of Cinefex, this was also a great look into the film. The book even shows some of Kubrick's notes, as well as a discussion in regards to the future mecha that so many scoffed at as 'aliens.' I still love that teaser trailer, for it's haunting simplicity. You also used my email message regarding the second trailer release as 'cool news,' and that made me feel great, that I had somehow contributed to the website. Around 2003-2004, Stan Winston was in Chicago, and he signed and personalized my A.I. DVD and poster. I could have given him T2 or Jurassic Park, but there was just something about what he and his guys did with A.I. that to me often gets glossed over. 10 years ago this summer, I spent my first summer studying animation in a big city and working at a movie theater. It was a summer of great excitement and promise. 2001 was just littered with so many movies that I wanted to see. Even that fall had me and my classmates excited with the first of the Harry Potter movies, and Monsters, Inc coming out as well. I was part of a website where almost the entire summer, me and several other Spielberg fans were geeking out about A.I. the way you and the others have been about Tron:Legacy. We were trying to figure out the twists and turns of the world, and figuring out that what appears to be a happy ending...isn't quite so 'happy' after all.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Lemmy Harry. Lemmy.

    by Darth_Kong

  • April 6, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Is the Kubrick Doc serious?

    by BobParr

    Does it really accuse Kubrick of staging the moon landing or is it a satire?

  • April 6, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    bobparr

    by HEADGEEK

    that's for you to judge. :)

  • April 7, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    No Evangelion 2.22?

    by StarWarsRedux

    You can (not) be bothered to pay attention to anime releases, apparently...

  • April 7, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    BATMAN BEYOND...WTF?

    by film11

    You mean the Blu-Ray disc is NOT the unrated version? That's too bad. I'd have went for it if it wasn't the censored PG13 version.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Of course Kubrick did

    by ugerhard

    That Kubrick did direct the moon landing for NASA has been common knowledge in Europe since 2002. It has been admitted to by the likes of Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld and Christiane Kubrick on camera: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344160/

  • April 7, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Harry, is that picture of the TRON set taken by you?

    by TheMovieLover

    If so, how did you get it to light up on it's own and stay that way? I'm trying to figure it out on mine.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Harry, you watched Tron fucking Legacy 12 times??

    by Stifler's Mom

    It's been out for less than 4 months. And it's not even good. Seriously, you can only take film fandom so far before it crosses the line into social misfit.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy didn't need Sam. Quorra should've

    by Dennis_Moore

    been the protagonist and Flynn's only child.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Harry + Painkillers =

    by ggreenw

    You should write this column on painkillers every week! Makes for a slightly gonzo read but i love it.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    R.I.P George Clooney

    by Daniel2010

    1961-2011 He will be missed.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Remakes in theatres =

    by strykebr

  • April 7, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    OGs on Blu now?

    by strykebr

    might pick up the last reviewed blu

  • April 7, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Love that Benny and Joon cover.

    by Cartagia

    Say no to floating heads!

  • April 7, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    quorra dvd extra

    by punkerkris

    hey anyone know how to get the quorra dvd extra that was said on here back in jan?

  • April 7, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Re: CHRONICLES OF NARNIA/TRON

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Hate 'em all you want, but at least the first two NARNIA films are completely faithful adaptations of the novels (haven't seen DAWN TREADER, yet). I think, if they'd been made before LORD OF THE RINGS, audience reception would have been far kinder (the books, after all, are simply kiddified, Christian-allegory Tolkien lite). And skipping ahead to THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW is probably the smartest decision they could have made, since "The Silver Chair" (the only other novel ever adapted for the screen) and "A Horse And His Boy" were easily the two weakest books in the series.</p><p> As for TRON: LEGACY, I thought it worked great, especially as a sequel to TRON. You guys were expecting a STORY this time around?!? If anything, there was probably too much story and not enough giant glowy things fighting each other. If they make it to the third one, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have to battle the characters from "Resident Evil" and "World Of Warcraft". With their identity discs.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    One of the best Cartuna's ever, BTW...

    by MCVamp

    Everybody wants some!!! I want some too!!!

  • I love A.I. The music, the lighting and yes even the ending. Seriously under rated flick that is more Speilberg than Kubrick but just like Close Encounters I'd love to know how much Steven actually wrote himself. I know he took like 3 or 4 drafts to combine the shooting script but how much of the dialogue is his i wonder? Apparently Paul Schrader wrote most of CE3K but refused a credit due to the amount of changes the beard made. One other thing. E.T was basically Speilbergs idea and I've always wondered why the dude didn't take a "Story By" or "Co-Written By" credit since it's common knowledge Steven dictated the movie to Harrison Fords wife at the time Melissa Matheson who is the only credited writer. Every behind the scenes story of E.T has Spielberg dictating the movie while taking breaks from shooting Raiders. Anyone know of any deleted scenes from A.I? Most of Speilberg's films lack deleted scenes for some reason yet some like JP2 or CE3K have a few deleted scenes. Anyone know why? It can't be the same reason he doesn't do commentaries(he doesn't want to spoil the magic of movie making) since a few movies have included deleted scenes.

  • ....called Opération lune (It was also called Dark Side of the Moon.) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344160/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Side_of_the_Moon_%28mockumentary%29 It's hilarious and starts out seeming very serious and then gets very silly as it goes on. It was in no way meant to be taken seriously at all. You can watch it on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Ge8KiaWTA If this dvd is just ripping that off then shame on them.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I'm glad to see....

    by Brad Thomas

    That someone else likes that Peter Pan movie. I remember walking out of the theater and being suprised by how much I liked it, and by how amazing I thought it looked.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    rules of attraction is amazing!

    by billyhitchcock1

    Is that a new blu release harry cos its been out here in the UK on blu for ages? Not sure if there are any differences. The UK one was cut for the wrist slashing though so that could be it I guess. Best music cue ever in that film. Can anyone guess what it is? Tron out here Monday I think. Don't think we're getting that glowing version though :-(

  • April 7, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    ARG no Tron Blu Rays yet

    by Shubniggorath

    That's what I damn get for pre-ordering.

  • April 7, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Peter Pan is Amazing + Fantastic

    by genrefanboy

    If the sequence which shows the kids flight to neverland does not make your heart soar nothing ever will!!! The VFX,music,editing are all perfect this is a great sequence & this film has so many its sadly overlooked but definately the best version of Peter Pan ever made! The actors are great, production design is excellent, music is fantastic, ILM VFX are awesome but most importantly of all it has heart/warmth/genuine emotion none of this forced junk you get nowadays you actually feel for the characters here due to how strong the script is. It failed commercially as its too dark for children & most adults let their inner child go so its appeal is limited but if you get it then its a wonderful ride you can enjoy forever!

  • April 7, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    damn it...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...its a week monday and no identity disc! harry do i really need the disc? don't worry, i know what you're gonna say ;-)

  • April 7, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    12 times?!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I had trouble sitting though it once.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    and this what happens when...

    by KGB3317

    ...Harry types on Percocet & Vicodin

  • April 7, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    You lost me at "I'm a goofy lover..."

    by brokemart

    Icky...

  • April 7, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Only 2 viewings behind......

    by LLcruize2

    I have seen TRON: Legacy 10 times, so not far behind. Why is that such a hard thing for some of you to grasp that a person can enjoy a film that much? Once again, I am convinced this site is the biggest farm of sheep this planet has. One of you baa's that a film is bad and the others just get right behind.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I love Kubrick conspiracy theory videos!!!

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I love that he's been roped into the moon landing hoax thing. The same people have also picked apart EYES WIDE SHUT for hidden esoteric meanings. Plus 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was a central part of the the mythology of the late, great conspiracy genius William Cooper. I love those Weissmuller TARZAN films. They're actually shocking in both their sensuality and their treatment of the native Africans. Very eye opening to anyone who thinks the olden days were some sort of genteel, mannered paradise.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    That Benny & Joon cover is great

    by Bobo_Vision

    You get a taste of Johnny Depp as Chaplin and Keaton by his pose....and Joon is not on the cover....because Joon is a wet blanket. Depp is the movie. But there's too much Joon in the movie which is why I find it hard to watch.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit....Moriarty got to interview Johnny Depp

    by Bobo_Vision

    I just checked Depp's imdb page and found this video of McWeeny interviewing Depp. Lucky bastard. <p> http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1281071641/

  • Johnny's very perceptive.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Kubrick, Moon landings.......

    by Arturo

    I have been saying that for years lol, now that would make a good movie...

  • April 7, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    film11, the PG-13 version of Batman Beyond: ROTJ *is* the uncensored version

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And that And Justice For All cover is BRUTALLY awful.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Babe is much better than Pig in the City

    by StaticSyndromeXX

    Harry, I think you're nuts. Don't get me wrong, I like Pig in the City, but the original Babe is a fucking classic, where City is just kind of fun and strange. Different strokes, I guess. I am glad to see some love for Babe. Man, 1995 was a great year for children's movies that worked for adults. Babe and Toy Story were released within three months of each other.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit....Moriarty got to go to a Rango press junket.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I wonder if he bumped into Byron Allen.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Only 3 films ever had me walking out in the middle...

    by vorlonkosh

    One of them was A.I. Wretched movie.... Batman & Robin and The Fifth Element were the others. The Wicker Man almost had me walking, but I hadn't finished my snacks yet, so it doesn't quite count.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    They changed the font for A.I.!

    by D.Vader

    I am not a fan. I prefer the classier looking version from 10 years ago. I don't like this "futuristic" font one bit.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah! That A.I. web/viral mystery! I forgot about that!

    by D.Vader

    Man I was so obsessed with it for awhile there. I think that may have been the very first large-scale viral mystery for a blockbuster film, an ARG that inspired the ARGs of LOST and Cloverfield in the future. I too wish that'd be documented on the A.I. blu-ray.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Harry, Thanks for the Rope of Sand Recommend

    by K3nn3th

    Netflix has this on instant watch but disc is not available but I watched it and had to buy it. Thanks again. If anyone wants to see the tarzan flicks they are so worth it. Have the original set and extras are so worth it. P.s. Love the "Better off Dead" burger guy.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Much Ado About BAD BLU-RAY!!

    by martinh65

    MAAN is a horrible blu-ray!! They didn't even TRY to make it look good! There are white spots during the opening black screen segment, and there is more dirt throughout the rest of the film. They could have at least done an upgrade to the audio, but no. Branagh was just too busy filming that crap-fest THOR, to take any time to do this blu-ray justice like they did with Hamlet. My favorite Shakespeare movie deserves more respect than this. I don't think you watched it Harry!!

  • April 7, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Rules of Attraction is great

    by D.Vader

    I can't deny my love for that crazy flick.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    The People Vs. Larry Flynt is?

    by Kyle

    Is this the one where Courtney Love fucks Woody Harrelson in the Jacuzi? Parry Gripp said it made him Woozy.

  • And this is his way of warning us?

  • April 7, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    BillyHitchcok1, re: Rules of Attraction

    by D.Vader

    Is it the backwards version of that song by The Rapture or the backwards version of Carol of the Bells? I'm partial to "Post Suicide" myself. Great soundtrack.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    A.I. is the only film that makes me weep.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And A Serbian Film is the only film that makes me hard

  • April 7, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Taxi Driver was my first BLU double dip..

    by Six Demon Bag

    well played sony..well played. that marty yack track will be sweet ear fucking tonight.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Is that new animatic Harry as a California Raisin?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    giggle

  • April 7, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    THE RULES OF ATTRACTION IS GREAT!

    by HoboCode

    Such an underrated film. So many tragic and hilarious moments. The Eurotrip montage is cinematic bliss. The hotel dinner/romp is one of the funiiest scenes of the last decade. Just a fucking great film. Kudos, Harry.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    NARNIA

    by HoboCode

    I have not yet seen Dawn Treader but the EC of LWW is lightyears beter than Prince Caspian. That movie stunk.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Roger Avary?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    did he end up going to jail for killing that guy?

  • April 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    And yes, A.i. is fucking outstanding.

    by HoboCode

    That is all.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The only thing I hate more than talking babies is talking animals

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    That said, Babe is the best of the genre and should have been the last. Had it been, the world would be a much better place!

  • April 7, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry but the cover to the original TRON is an abomination

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    truly horrid. Just when you think you've seen the shittiest photoshop hack job, TRON rears its ugly bland head in to say hello

  • Amazon links don't count as "support" apparently...

  • April 7, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Great 'Better Off Dead' corner animation!

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    I want my two dollars!

  • April 7, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Rules of Attraction is total B.S.

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    If your banging a 19 year old Jessica Biel you're not fantasizing about someone else.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    I hope Roger Avary is getting raped by a townie in a prison cell

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

  • "Fuck you allll very much!"

  • April 7, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Yes Choppah

    by D.Vader

    In fact, he was tweeting from jail before the warden put a stop to it.

  • Supposedly, Giggolo Joe was supposed to do some form of song-and-dance number in Rouge City, but I've never seen any other images of that. Some say even Teddy attempted to dance as well. One interview, someone joked that Spielberg was a frustrated director who wanted to make a musical (you can see that leak out during the USO number in '1941' or Anything Goes in 'Temple of Doom'). When Stan Winston was in Chicago in 2003/2004, I asked him if he probably knew something further about the cut shots, but he didn't have any info to give out. Though I think the length of the film as it stands is pretty good.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I love Tron Legacy.

    by UltimaRex

    It's the greatest Daft Punk music video of all time.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Just watched 'Inside Job'. EVERYONE should see this movie.

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    I don't care what your political leanings are. I've watched a lot of things that tried to explain the recent financial crisis and what caused it and this was the most clear and concise I've seen. Even braindrain could understand it.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Thank you Harry for finally addressing Dawn Treader!

    by Sith Witch

    It truly is a wonderful film. My personal favourite is still Prince Caspian, but I love anything Narnia!

  • April 7, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Man...that's alotta Peck up there!

    by Sith Witch

  • April 7, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    "Richard, what has gotten into you?"

    by HoboCode

    "It's DICK!!!!"

  • April 7, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    "Outta the way, Peck!"

    by D.Vader

  • April 7, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    "somebody help! there's a peck with an acorn!"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • April 7, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    A.I. is flawed brilliance.

    by knowthyself

    But I still believe that if Kubrick had lived to make it he would have changed his own ending. Staying true to that 30 minute mess was Spielberg's flaw. He was loyal to a fault.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy...12 times...Inception...once...sort of..he fell asleep.

    by knowthyself

    Yup.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    the_choppah - Harry's animation

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Not a California Raisin but close (I think the same company did both). Actually, it's from the claymation scene in the 80's John Cusack movie "Better Off Dead", where a burger tries to Dr Frankenstein himself a girlburger (or is it furburger?) to the tune of Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some". Which, if you've never seen Better Off Dead, you're missing a truly surreal experience squeezed into an 80's flick. I still laugh when mom's cooking walks off the table on it's own. And the paperboy, determined to get his two dollars! THAT movie should be on blu ray!

  • April 7, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    That tron packaging is awesome

    by Bass Ackwards

    I didnt hate the movie, but I didn't like it enough to drop more money on it. Too bad, cause that glowing disc is pretty cool.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    your entering a world of Pain

    by Micah fendley

    Tron Blu is just what I needed. Thank you Dark side of Disney once again for putting out girl.

  • In the beginning, Allen Hobby speaks of creating a mecha for a purpose: to love. In the future, we see that the creations have lived on beyond their creators, just as Gigolo Joe predicted ("We are paying for the mistakes they made because when the end comes, all that will be left, is us!"). Plus, it isn't really a happy ending at all: David doesn't become a real boy, and Monica isn't really 'Monica,' but a recreation through David's memories. If you note, she never makes mention of her husband or her son Martin: she's all smiles and all-pleasing towards David's wishes. The film comes full circle, because David was created as a mecha to fulfill a purpose. In the future, the facsimile or Monica was created to fulfill a purpose for David. Plus, she speaks the words that the real Monica never could, when the recreated Monica tells David she loves him, and always has. There is a circular motif throughout A.I., and if they just left David and Teddy on the ocean floor 'praying' to the blue fairy, it would not be a closed loop.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    aka_gern_blanston

    by HoboCode

    It's got raisins in it...You like raisins.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Are any of the extras on Taxi Driver new or are they

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    from previous DVDs and Laserdiscs?

  • April 7, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Bobby Darin in Captain Newman...great breakdown scene..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I think Kevin Spacey tried to duplicate it in his biopic of Darin.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Kamaji- I agree with your assessment.

    by knowthyself

    The ending does make the film come full circle but it betrays the pacing and the additional use of voice over isn't giving the audience much credit. It could have been handled better. I realize it's importance to the story but there's always this nagging feeling that the film should have had a more concise and brief ending. Instead it feels like a prolonged coda to an otherwise brilliant scifi fairy tale.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    the last 30 minutes of AI is THE WHOLE POINT!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    kubrick would've kept it intact, for he was not one to be a cock tease.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Kubrick would have made it tighter.

    by knowthyself

    He would have trusted his audience a little more. I can appreciate the ending to A.I. but I could make a good argument for ending in the water as well. Ending in the water would have been just as strong of a message. It's a morality tale: don't create something if you're not going to love it. I could go with either ending to be honest.

  • We saw how David reacted when it seemed the 'other David' had probably replaced him, and he angrily destroyed it in a fit of rage. What if that was a side-effect of programming that Cybertronics never considered? That'd be really horrifying seeing these robotic children trying to claw each other's eyes out thinking that their 'love' was in danger of being taken away.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    vorlonkosh

    by jarjarmessiah

    I can't trust your judgement. How could you not like the Fifth Element? I liked AI, but it could have been an odyssee about chold abuse. You can't tell me some perve would tried to molest that boy bot. In fact, I am suprised the company didn;t sell them all ready. I could see the boy representing all the abuses children endure. Abandonment, Neglect, Fratracide, Molestation, Child Labor, and of course the fact he was a product, i.e. a child performer. If Kubrik had lived I have a feeling it would have been more brutal. I could have been worse. like Bicenttenial Man.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    The film wrote itself an ending...

    by knowthyself

    ...and then the writer decided to hit you over the head in case you didn't get the message. Ending in the water is the heart of the story. Ending in the future was a little redundant and eluding to it would have been better, in my humble opinion.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Forgive the errrors, please

    by jarjarmessiah

  • April 7, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Kamaji: That would have been disturbing.

    by knowthyself

    It was disturbing enough seeing his reaction to the other David's. I also noticed they had girl models as well. He should've hooked up with one at the end: wallah happy ending haha. JK.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I really need to check out some Bobby Darin movies

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    I 'm a huge fan of his music. Harry does a great disservice by not mentioning Bobby D in his Captain Newman review. I'll just mark it down as more Ginger Fatass' ignorance.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Seriously, no Evangelion? Sheesh.

    by StarWarsRedux

    Figrued there might be a few fellow fans to back me up in here. <p> <p>Oh, and the ending of "A.I." is the only part of the movie I actually like that much, anymore. Everything else is a bit too forced.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    "Kubrick would have made it tighter"

    by darthwaz1

    Umm....Have you ever seen a movie called "2001: A Space Odyssey?" There's NOTHING tight about that movie..

  • April 7, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    "That'll do, pig. That'll do."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Fucking line makes me choke up every goddamn time. Truly great movie. And James Cromwell is truly great in it.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    The one thing I really can't stand about A.I. ...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ... is that "A.I." logo. It just drives me nuts. I don't like the style of the boy's silhouette; I don't like the way the negative shape works within the form of the letter A; I don't like the literalism of the image; I don't like that it feels as if Spielberg himself had too much input on it. FUCKING HATE IT!!!11!!1!!! (It's probably just me; sorry for the rant.)

  • April 7, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    "Peck, get the hell in here!"

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    "Dammit, Peck!"

  • April 7, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I remember when Halley Joel Osment lost at the Golden Globe Awards....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....for Sixth Sense (I think)...and he started crying hysterically. The cameras cut to random celebrities trying to console him. I remember thinking, that kid is going to get seriously fucked up, and may have already experienced the fucked up side of Hollywood. <p> Anyone seen Halley Joel in films lately?

  • April 7, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I just checked Osment's imdb page....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...and apparently in 2006 he was in a car accident and was charged with a DUI at the age of 18. Career-wise....not much going on of note.

  • Uh, what??

  • Here's the story...because I have nothing better to do: <p> http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/columns/intelligencer/1930/

  • April 7, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    My first check for film writing was from Larry Flynt too.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I think the now defunct magazine was called "Sci-Fi Universe" and Harry had a collumn called "Harry's World" in the same issue with my first story. This was before AICN, and yes, I got the same rainbow stamp signature. I needed the money (as most writers do) or I would have saved the check, but I made a copy of it that I still have today. Good times!

  • April 7, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    How on gods green earth is Peter Pan a Yank?

    by connor187

    and the fucking lost boys! The same thing in Hook? Fuck right off.....for that reason alone, both films are shit (which they were anyway) so there!....Just saying etc!

  • April 7, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    A.I.

    by Juggernaut125

    I was caught up in the viral marketing scavenger hunt as well. I'd love to have that expanded upon in the blu-ray edition.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    nice one d.vader :-)

    by billyhitchcock1

    It was the rapture.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    hobocode

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    good to know others out there appreciate Better Off Dead!

  • April 7, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    hobocode...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...they actually had so much footage of that Eurotrip montage from ROA that they were going to edit it in to a feature called Glitterati. Never got released though. Major bummer.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Hobocode

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Good to see others sharing in the Better Off Dead lovin'!

  • April 7, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    YOU'RE out of order! YOU'RE out of order! The WHOLE TRIAL is out of order!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    C'mon..its one of Pacino's signature lines. And he's sporting some serious '70s hair in And Justice For All..and its one of those lone man against the system movies that is actually fun, cuz of Al.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Pointless?It would have given the film a tragic moral ending.

    by knowthyself

    The jump into the future is proving a point about where Mecca's end up in the future. Leaving David in the water is an incredibly sad and tragic ending that is not pointless. Its the moral to the story. He finds the blue fairy and his tragic end is our fault. We are left feeling pretty bad and have thus learned a lesson. Now the ending in the future makes a point about things we barely care about. Ending in the water makes a bigger statement. The second you need voice over to explain what's going on...there's a fatal flaw in your story telling that's taking place.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    double post

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    the first one didn't show up for awhile so I thought it didn't take

  • April 7, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Mechas in the Future

    by StarWarsRedux

    Frankly, I always thought they were supposed to be aliens, at first. The idea of them being advanced robots was not clearly articulated AT ALL in the film. <p> <p>Still, the ending tops everything else before it.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Going broke this week

    by SifoDyasJr

    Already picked up Tron Legacy, Tron, and AI, now I find out that Peter Pan and Benny and Joon are out this week as well…

  • Social Network???? A film that will be virtually forgotten about in 10 minutes from now made your top 10 but Tron was no where to be found. In fact, half of your list for 2010 was a big WTF. Legacy will be watched and re-watched for years to come and THAT makes it a classic. That still grates on me months later. Sorry but I never figured out what you were thinking by leaving off one of the coolest films of the past 5 years in your top 10 films of 2010. And that Peter Pan movie is great. Blows Hook out of the water and gives the Disney cartoon a run for its money.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    But knowthyself

    by D.Vader

    The ending in the future makes David's journey worthwhile, it finally makes him "special" and unique, that quality he had been searching for, so its a worthwhile ending too.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    My favorite endings say a lot with just a little.

    by knowthyself

    There's nothing wrong with voice over as long as your consistent. To implement voice over out of nowhere at the very end especially when you don't know who the person talking is lazy storytelling. Spielberg didn't tust his audience. So he literally treats you like an idiot and explains the ending with a voice over. Come on. You can say that the Mecca ending is the whole point but Spielberg drives a dagger through it by handling it in the silliest way possible. What if a voice over suddenly appeared at the end of 2001 to explain to you what was happening and what the star child is? Yeah, kinda like that.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    HEADGEEK

    by Wookie_1995

    is the blu-ray batman beyond the cut where we see joker shot with his flag gun?

  • April 7, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Photoshop disaster alert: And Justice For All

    by Benovite1

    Are they serious?? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81qYgReezoL._AA1500_.jpg Couldn't they just get the original poster art? Wow

  • April 7, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    My opinion on the AI ending:

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Whether you think it was necessary or not, if the movie had ended in the water, we never would have gotten that beautiful piano composition from John Williams.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Peter Pan & Babe - best kid's films of last 20 years

    by Ben Addiction

    Peter Pan is absolutely perfect - it nails the fairy tale look with charming effects and art direction, while still keeping some of the darker parts of the original story (those mermaids are scary!) and subtext of burgeoning sexuality in growing up. Makes any future version completely unnecessary. Babe should have won Best Picture over Braveheart. It's themes of overcoming societal expectations and prejudices to realize your own potential was far more deft and complicated than shouting "freedom" and getting bloody. Babe:Pig In the City sucked. It was mean and spiteful and crass and everything a Babe movie should NOT be. I wish I could unsee it.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    So only Harold and I have love for the Tarzan films.

    by alan_poon

    I used to love watching Weissmuller's Tarzan on BBC2 after school in the mid 80's. However, the best Tarzan film has got to be Tarzan's Greatest Adventure.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Kubrick documentary...

    by eustisclay

    ...think I'll just watch Capricorn One again. Have to pick up the Arthur bluray. I usually don't care for remakes, for one thing I think they're unneccessary nowadays when you can pick up the original of most films anyway. But I was supportive of the Arthur remake because I knew they'd finally release the original in widescreen. I had hoped for a special edition but I'll take what I can get. So now I judge on how much I want to see a redo of something by how the original is available since they almost always realease a new home version of the original. Oddly enough, sometimes they don't. I remember waiting for special editions of the Walking Tall fils and Willard after the remakes, but nothing happened with them. Maybe it's the Bing Crosby Production rights are in limbo, which doesn't bode well for The Reincarnation of Peter Proud if Fincher ever does the remake. I'm also looking forward to the new Dark Shadows movie for the same reason, though I might actually go see that if it's a good Sleepy Hollow style vampire movie. And I'm not sure why, but I seem to have less of a problem with horror films being remade. Maybe its because many have already been remade umpteen times and because there are some horror films I'd like to see be remade, like a new verion of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Wolfman(what? Oh really? Never mind). Maybe it's because they don't seem to take themselves so seriously and usually acknowledge how great the original was. Unlike some other genres where if the original is mentioned(and oftentimes a filmmaker will claim to have never seen an original) they will how different their carbon copy is and how they have made their film more relevant to todays audiences. Why don't they just say, the original is good, it made a lot of money, the studio wants to make more money without having to spend money on those pesky rights things like you have to do when you buy a book, and my mortgage is due and someone was gonna direct this piece of shit so it might as well be me. I might go see a remake then. Well, not really, but I'd admire them a little more.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    mattman- so true about the narration

    by Kamaji

    Besides, it's not as incessant as some would say. The Specialist who narrates the story only does so in 3 places. Compare that to a bad film like The Creeping Terror or Monster-a-Go-Go. Now THOSE films had narration that grated on the nerves.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Aye! I,

    by seabiscuits

    just went and bought A.I.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    remember when we watched Return of the Joker at Buttnumbathon 2000

    by seabiscuits

    or 1999? Before everyone else did. We couldn't tell everyone cause it was a secret. Are we allowed to now?

  • April 7, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Well, fuck ME. I had no idea an A.I. Blu was coming out.

    by D Ropaela

    Love, love, LOVE that movie. Some of Johnny Williams' best work, and Haley Joel Osment gives an all-time great performance. Yeah, I said that, and I fucking mean it.

  • Can you believe that? A big box store like Best Buy running out of a new release's inventory in one fucking day? Inexcusable.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    isnt TAXI DRIVER a NYC film? they shouldve had tripled their order for all the proud NYers wanting a film that reps their city

  • April 7, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    AI is an excellent companion to EMPIRE OF THE SUN

    by Six Demon Bag

    all hail spielberg! the man gets a pass for life from me.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by Six Demon Bag

    which BB did you go to? i remember one on or near 5th avenue..near FAO schwartz.. i just found it funny that a best buy was there and that my wife wouldve killed me had i walked in there on our vacation.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    six demon bag: 23rd and 6th & 44th and 5th

    by D Ropaela

    The clerk at the latter one told me it was sold out throughout the whole goddamn city.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Somebody had to do it, it might as well be KONG!

    by Darth_Kong

  • April 7, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    C'mon Harry, I know your laughing! WHOA!

    by Darth_Kong

  • April 7, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    LOL: Taxi Driver reps NYC

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    "All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets."

  • That was gold to me: You combine Spielberg with former Twilight Zone scribe Richard Matheson...best of both worlds, man!

  • April 7, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for The Dreamers Blu-Ray

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Young Eva Green's spectacular jumblies in glorious high-rez detail.

  • April 7, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    matt, I'm not, but thanks! Netflix only has it to save

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Do they still stick straight out so perfectly with zero sagging so that you couldn't even hold a dime under them?

  • April 7, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Spielberg, Kubrick, and Peter Pan

    by THX1968

    First of all, "Peter Pan" is just a great, great take on the classic story. Yes, the Disney feature reigns supreme in my heart, but Hogan's film is pitch perfect and more than touches on the sexual tension between Peter and Wendy. Love it. As much as I (still) want to love the Beard's "Hook", it doesn't touch the sex. Even the Disney flick covers the sex. The Beard's doesn't. Unfortunately, it is his is worst film next to "Always". Unfortunate because the Beard clearly retains an affinity for "The Pan". Particularly, the beard directs his focus on The Lost Boys, which seriously bugs me about "Hook". You must understand that the Lost Boys plight is Peter's plight. They share it. So, to make Hook a pissing match between "The Pan" and the Alpha Lost Boy is a completely missed opportunity. Excuse my French, but it should have been about who wanted to fuck Tinkerbell more. There is no need to add credit to Disney's endless credit, but he understood this. We all know this in the first ten minutes of Disney's adventure. Tinkerbell tries to KILL WENDY OUT OF JEALOUSY, for Walt's sake! Enough said about Peter Pan. See the Hoagn film, it rocks, As for A.I. - I would have rather seen Kubricks take on it, for basically the same reason: sex. Without sex, there is no life. All life wants to reproduce, humans just get a recreational kick out of it more than any other life form on the planet. Plus, humans have the same urge, as all life does and needs, to propagate the species. This is never covered in A.I. Not once. There was a sterling opportunity to do so with Jude Law's character, but it was wasted. The Beard steers clear of sex. When he does poke at it (forgive the pun), he uses a Q-Tip instead of a stick. These are smaller matters. The differences between The Beard and Kubrick are so clearly night and day. How would A.I. have been different under Kubrick's direction? Think blocking, art direction, camera work, and editing. Basically everything. When you are The Beard or Kubrick, your work directly reflects who you are. Is one better than the other? I will leave that to the cineastes. However, I can tell you that a Kubrick A.I. would be vastly different than The Beard's. Film is no different than a sculptor's clay. The artist comes through. That said, The Beard's A.I. is not high on my list of favorites. The Kubrick connection the marketing teams milked for the film annoyed me more than anything. A misguided attempt to place The Beard in league with Kubrick, when The Beard already dominates his own league, a league he created. But those are just the suits at work. No one is in Kubrick's league. Kubrick just is. I have no doubt that The Beard and Kubrick had more than a healthy respect for each other, as is the case with most filmmakers. You know why? Because getting a movie made is fucking hard. And then you have to make it, which ain't easy either - but it's way more fun than trying to get it made. Is The Beard's A.I. a wasted exercise? Not by a long shot. I will see anything the man makes. A wasted experience, perhaps? No. The Beard's A.I. is a fine experience. The association to Kubrick was built into a marketing ploy, and that hurt The Beard on A.I. because I will always wonder what Kubrick's take would have been. Don't forget - it's all about the sex... sometimes.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Spielberg, Kubrick, and Peter Pan

    by THX1968

    First of all, "Peter Pan" is just a great, great take on the classic story. Yes, the Disney feature reigns supreme in my heart, but Hogan's film is pitch perfect and more than touches on the sexual tension between Peter and Wendy. Love it. As much as I (still) want to love the Beard's "Hook", it doesn't touch the sex. Even the Disney flick covers the sex. The Beard's doesn't. Unfortunately, it is his is worst film next to "Always". Unfortunate because the Beard clearly retains an affinity for "The Pan". Particularly, the beard directs his focus on The Lost Boys, which seriously bugs me about "Hook". You must understand that the Lost Boys plight is Peter's plight. They share it. So, to make Hook a pissing match between "The Pan" and the Alpha Lost Boy is a completely missed opportunity. Excuse my French, but it should have been about who wanted to fuck Tinkerbell more. There is no need to add credit to Disney's endless credit, but he understood this. We all know this in the first ten minutes of Disney's adventure. Tinkerbell tries to KILL WENDY OUT OF JEALOUSY, for Walt's sake! Enough said about Peter Pan. See the Hoagn film, it rocks, As for A.I. - I would have rather seen Kubricks take on it, for basically the same reason: sex. Without sex, there is no life. All life wants to reproduce, humans just get a recreational kick out of it more than any other life form on the planet. Plus, humans have the same urge, as all life does and needs, to propagate the species. This is never covered in A.I. Not once. There was a sterling opportunity to do so with Jude Law's character, but it was wasted. The Beard steers clear of sex. When he does poke at it (forgive the pun), he uses a Q-Tip instead of a stick. These are smaller matters. The differences between The Beard and Kubrick are so clearly night and day. How would A.I. have been different under Kubrick's direction? Think blocking, art direction, camera work, and editing. Basically everything. When you are The Beard or Kubrick, your work directly reflects who you are. Is one better than the other? I will leave that to the cineastes. However, I can tell you that a Kubrick A.I. would be vastly different than The Beard's. Film is no different than a sculptor's clay. The artist comes through. That said, The Beard's A.I. is not high on my list of favorites. The Kubrick connection the marketing teams milked for the film annoyed me more than anything. A misguided attempt to place The Beard in league with Kubrick, when The Beard already dominates his own league, a league he created. But those are just the suits at work. No one is in Kubrick's league. Kubrick just is. I have no doubt that The Beard and Kubrick had more than a healthy respect for each other, as is the case with most filmmakers. You know why? Because getting a movie made is fucking hard. And then you have to make it, which ain't easy either - but it's way more fun than trying to get it made. Is The Beard's A.I. a wasted exercise? Not by a long shot. I will see anything the man makes. A wasted experience, perhaps? No. The Beard's A.I. is a fine experience. The association to Kubrick was built into a marketing ploy, and that hurt The Beard on A.I. because I will always wonder what Kubrick's take would have been. Don't forget - it's all about the sex... sometimes.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Spielberg, Kubrick, and Peter Pan

    by THX1968

    First of all, "Peter Pan" is just a great, great take on the classic story. Yes, the Disney feature reigns supreme in my heart, but Hogan's film is pitch perfect and more than touches on the sexual tension between Peter and Wendy. Love it. As much as I (still) want to love the Beard's "Hook", it doesn't touch the sex. Even the Disney flick covers the sex. The Beard's doesn't. Unfortunately, it is his is worst film next to "Always". Unfortunate because the Beard clearly retains an affinity for "The Pan". Particularly, the beard directs his focus on The Lost Boys, which seriously bugs me about "Hook". You must understand that the Lost Boys plight is Peter's plight. They share it. So, to make Hook a pissing match between "The Pan" and the Alpha Lost Boy is a completely missed opportunity. Excuse my French, but it should have been about who wanted to fuck Tinkerbell more. There is no need to add credit to Disney's endless credit, but he understood this. We all know this in the first ten minutes of Disney's adventure. Tinkerbell tries to KILL WENDY OUT OF JEALOUSY, for Walt's sake! Enough said about Peter Pan. See the Hoagn film, it rocks, As for A.I. - I would have rather seen Kubricks take on it, for basically the same reason: sex. Without sex, there is no life. All life wants to reproduce, humans just get a recreational kick out of it more than any other life form on the planet. Plus, humans have the same urge, as all life does and needs, to propagate the species. This is never covered in A.I. Not once. There was a sterling opportunity to do so with Jude Law's character, but it was wasted. The Beard steers clear of sex. When he does poke at it (forgive the pun), he uses a Q-Tip instead of a stick. These are smaller matters. The differences between The Beard and Kubrick are so clearly night and day. How would A.I. have been different under Kubrick's direction? Think blocking, art direction, camera work, and editing. Basically everything. When you are The Beard or Kubrick, your work directly reflects who you are. Is one better than the other? I will leave that to the cineastes. However, I can tell you that a Kubrick A.I. would be vastly different than The Beard's. Film is no different than a sculptor's clay. The artist comes through. That said, The Beard's A.I. is not high on my list of favorites. The Kubrick connection the marketing teams milked for the film annoyed me more than anything. A misguided attempt to place The Beard in league with Kubrick, when The Beard already dominates his own league, a league he created. But those are just the suits at work. No one is in Kubrick's league. Kubrick just is. I have no doubt that The Beard and Kubrick had more than a healthy respect for each other, as is the case with most filmmakers. You know why? Because getting a movie made is fucking hard. And then you have to make it, which ain't easy either - but it's way more fun than trying to get it made. Is The Beard's A.I. a wasted exercise? Not by a long shot. I will see anything the man makes. A wasted experience, perhaps? No. The Beard's A.I. is a fine experience. The association to Kubrick was built into a marketing ploy, and that hurt The Beard on A.I. because I will always wonder what Kubrick's take would have been. Don't forget - it's all about the sex... sometimes.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Glitch in the Matrix

    by THX1968

    I have no idea why my post repeated itself. All apologies.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Can't Forget George Miller

    by THX1968

    The Babe movies are so, so good. They really are nearly perfect. Easy Blu purchase. Though I still can't wait for Miller to get back to Max.

  • How bout go make your own movie just the way you want. You probably think they're aliens and have no idea what's going on anyway. Kubrick didn't fake all he moon landings because Armstrong said they landed on the moon and were warned off by the menacing alien motherships. After that they probably started faking them.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I would like to know why all the footage on the moon's surface

    by UltraTron

    looks like it's over cranked and suspicious compared with all other space footage in hd.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    It's a totally different speed of film every time you see

    by UltraTron

    a moon walker.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah. It's because Kubrick faked it because aliens control

    by UltraTron

    our planet I guess. They're mining our resources and probably eating us.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    A.I.

    by DrPepperPHD

    Lots of interesting info on kubrick & his development of this film + information on about 20 unrealized projects(including Napoleon): http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/faq/index2.html

  • April 7, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I would like to thank Harry --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- for behaving like a real film journalist and writing out all film titles in capital letters.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    lololol moosemalloy

    by indiebum

    You made this old journalist giggle.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I literally threw up for days after watch Rules of Attraction...

    by biltbuckley

    Seriously...like 2-3 minutes after the credits rolled. I had the flu.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    It's nice that Harry's opinion on Pan has changed

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I seem to remember he was that horrified on his initial viewing that he basically shouted "Peadophiles made this film!" He got the completely wrong impression and thought the Director Hogan was a sick puppy. Flabbergasting stuff from the fat man.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Kubrick was upset he could never claim credit for the Apollo landings

    by Charlie_Sheens_Coke_Numbed_Penis

    He worked SO hard to make them even MORE boring than 2001.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Simply too many DVD's to buy... Ugh

    by Andrew Coleman

    I want that Tron disc thing.... But it's mad expensive and I have loads of other DVD's to get. I agree with some post here about Tron: Legacy will be remembered longer than the Social Network. I think it was after it lost at the Oscars people started to realize... "Yeah that movie is really just about a bunch of greedy fucks". Then it came out and sold itself as some sort of revolutionary movie about this generation. Bullshit. It's a solid movie but not something people will remember or care about even a year from now.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Do you mean the music or is that like some sort of flashback to a psychedelic experience while watching the film?

  • April 7, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    A.I. is truly epic

    by pr0g2west

    So many concepts intersect in this movie. You've got the story of love, and how the human race was able to engineer it scientifically and instill it into a robot. That initself is deep shit to think about. The concept of an ice age killing off the humans, permitting the A.I. to take over completely and evolve into an all-knowing species of super robots capable of understanding the mysteries of the universe...and spielberg brings this movie together in such a way that makes it very realistic. This probably one of the best flims I have ever seen.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Umpire

    by STICKY WHITE

    It's actually his brain flat-lining.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    pr0g2west

    by Charlie_Sheens_Coke_Numbed_Penis

    "So many concepts intersect in this movie. You've got the story of love, and how the human race was able to engineer it scientifically and instill it into a robot. That initself is deep shit to think about. The concept of an ice age killing off the humans, permitting the A.I. to take over completely and evolve into an all-knowing species of super robots capable of understanding the mysteries of the universe...and spielberg brings this movie together in such a way that makes it very realistic. This probably one of the best flims I have ever seen." Plus, the robot kid can see dead people.

  • April 8, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Best part of AI:

    by spire_walk

    Right after David and Joe meet Mr. Wizard... Joe explains that humans do not love them, only what they do for them, and David loses his shit and goes on this unhinged rant about how the blue fairy will make him a real boy and his Mommy will love him, play with him, read him stories and tuck him in. You REALLY get a hint of foreshadowing that he is only one step away from homicidal rage when reality threatens his relationship with his "mother." "Is this where they make you real?" "This is where they make you read." And there you get to see how crazy David really is. God I love this movie. I think the whole genocide against the Mecha could have been done better, though...so I kind of just pretend that Animatrix short "The Second Renaissance" was what eventually happened.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    "ALIENS" at the end of A.I.??

    by Georgepeppard

    People still actually say that?

  • April 8, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    knowthyself, you are completely forgetting...

    by D.Vader

    That the voiceover at the end of A.I. actually introduced the movie to the audience. So the narration didn't come out of nowhere; its a bookend for the movie. This may have been already covered; sorry, I'm playing ketchup.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST

    I just saw Eva Green's sex scene from Camelot

    by D.Vader

    Holleeeeeeeeeeee shit.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Good call, Spire_Walk

    by D.Vader

    Its a great commentary on how love can infect one's soul and drive one to madness. Love makes us do crazy things. Like rip the face off the nearest guy by slamming a lamp into the side of his head.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Shit, now I gotta buy TAXI DRIVER for the 4th time

    by BenBraddock

    Video, DVD, DVD Special Edition... now Blu. Is it worth it? It's not like it's filmed in hi-def, if anything it's in hi-grain! Damn me for being a completist and a money-wasting fool...

  • April 8, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    I have the same system skywalker sound uses and they say

    by UltraTron

    that legacy is their best mix that they've ever done. I can say that they are not lying. It is the reference. I can't fucking believe it. It is the best sounding thing I've ever heard in my life. Better than any SACD. Better than any record. Better than any actual theater has ever played it in my theater better than better. It's fucking phantovision. It's fucking Houdini

  • April 8, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    benbraddock

    by Six Demon Bag

    its worth it for the marty commentary. that man can talk about ANYTHING and make it sound interesting. for him to talk about his own film, its just an added bonus. im so glad they ported over the old 1991 (and not 1986) criterion commentary..they should do that more often. i would love for a criterion CRASH (cronenberg's commentary on that was supposedly awesome)

  • April 8, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    mattman, Star Trek, Robots, and Filmmakers

    by THX1968

    I'm not sure what you're debating from my post. My point, which I felt was clear, is that Spielberg doesn't portray sexual tension/needs/wants very well, and especially not in A.I. If I was a self aware robot, I would want (or need) to learn about procreation and experience it. It wasn't about the sentimentality of the piece, or the darker twisted stuff that one might attribute to one director or another. Nor was I suggesting that the sexual content was gritty, or needed to be gritty. Or hold a sentimental quality. It just floated on the surface of a portion of the film. Yet the focus of A.I. was about fitting in, being a part of society, or a family. It ran over an idea that has been run over countless times. I will quote "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" - "Is this all I am? Is there nothing more?" Hell, ultimately that was about sex too! V'ger needed to procreate - get laid! The point is, each director approaches his/her material in their own way. From camera placement, to blocking, to editing, etc. All of it (the work of many) comes together in a ethereal way to form the perspective of a director. We all know this. I would liked to have seen a Kubrick A.I. I highly doubt that Kubrick didn't make the film because he feared the sentimental aspects of the film. Kubrick was fearless. He spent nearly two decades working on the film. He wanted to see it completed, had other irons in the fire, and asked Spielberg to direct the movie in '94 or '95. Spielberg convinced Kubrick to stick with directing the picture, and I think he would have. The beard fast tracked the picture in '99, I think, after Kubrick had passed away. Kubrick was not around when A.I. was made and released, and could not posthumously defend, refute, or accommodate Spielberg's statements in interviews, etc. Yes, he felt that A.I. matched Spielberg's tendencies as a filmmaker. It does. I still think A.I. was a big missed opportunity on the part of both Kubrick and Spielberg, frankly. Sentimental or not, gritty or not - this was not the point I was making. It was about sex, man. Sentimental, gritty, sideways, upside down, horizontal, vertical, sloppy, funky sex. And Spielberg avoids sex.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    mattman: addendum

    by THX1968

    I wasn't going to call you out on this, but a few of your facts are skewed. The sentimental aspects of A.I. originated in the short story "Super Toys Last All Summer Long" written by a man named Brian Aldiss who actually worked on the script in the seventies. These qualities did not originate with Kubrick. Furthermore, Kubrick did not always have Spielberg in mind to direct the picture. Spielberg came on the project as a producer sometime in the 80's, because of his special effects acumen and connections in that realm. Work on A.I. was well under way by that time.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    THX, what is so bizarre about your post...

    by D.Vader

    Is your demand that A.I. should have had some sex in there, because everything is about sex, and Kubrick would have put the sex in there (bc 2001 was about sex?). Its just a bizarre line of thought.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    "Spielberg avoids sex"

    by D.Vader

    Obviously you never saw Munich.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I'm annoyed at how cheap Taxi Driver Blu is

    by Beezbo

    I almost feel compelled to buy it. Please, somebody talk me out of this needless purchase. I rarely double-dip for BRs (my only exceptions being those awesome Blade Runner and Close Encounters sets). I have every other version of TD and its the kind of movie that works better the shittier it looks!

  • April 8, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    TRON Ultimate Set RULES

    by NeonFrisbee

    I love it! Original TRON looks amazing all blurayed up. So does LEGACY. I kinda think it almost looks better in 2D. Love the whole package. Can't wait for Tron 3. (I hope it actually happens!)

  • April 8, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    TAXI DRIVER BD Is Def On My Must-Buy-Again List

    by NeonFrisbee

    I've had the dvd for years, love it, and I'll gladly buy the bluray too.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Re: RIP George Clooney

    by Rayven

    Hey, that's not funny dude. If you're gonna kill anyone it should be Justin Bieber.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    George Lucas avoids sex

    by Bobo_Vision

    That's why his 3 daughters are adopted.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Damnit Bobo!

    by D.Vader

    You made me spit out my frosted mini-wheats!

  • April 8, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Most awesome villains in the Greg Peck thrillers!!

    by darthliquidator

    In Mirage...there's 'Bo', the senior citizen hitman...George Kennedy as 'Willard', such a self-righteous evil badass, that his colleratal damage often includes almost anyone and everyone in the cast! (To Peck, he snarls.."You owe me pain...") In Arabesque, there's Alan Badel as the ultra-evil Arab tycoon archvillain...Kieron Moore as the crazy hipster thug..and John Merivale as the stiff-upper-Brit assassin...all them gruesomely amazing...not to mention the movie's visual scheme, with almost every shot bouncing off reflecting surfaces. Do NOT miss either one of these films.

  • April 8, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I think, MattMan

    by D.Vader

    THX is trying to imply life is always about sex, and since A.I. isn't about sex, its not as good as how Kubrick would have made it. Its ridiculous, I can't tell if its some sort of talkback performance art.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Finally got around to watching our blu-ray tron legacy

    by Wookie_1995

    amazing...that is all...oh and the tron blu-ray transfer was amazing too

  • -- because I'm lovin' it as much on disc as I did in the theaters!

  • April 8, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    At first I hated the whole "Imax version" thing --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- but now I'M LOVIN' IT!

  • April 8, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    by telepathos

    And Harry Knowles breaks the record for the most gratuitous uses of the F-word. Is it me, or does it F***ing seem like Harry F***ing loves just about every film that is F***ing made?

  • April 8, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Wha-fuh? Since when did AI's chief failure become a lack of sex?

    by spire_walk

    Here's one thing that I think is broke about AI, an otherwise excellent movie. What I hate most would be the flesh fair. It feels *really* out of place. That sort of universe, full of cold sociopaths, would have either hired government contractors or the government itself to exterminate the Mecha. One thing history has taught us over and over again--government wants a monopoly on all violence, they would FUCKING HATE the people doing it. They could expand existing government agencies, create new ones dedicated to robot "retirement" and create a shit load of jobs to hire all these unemployed pissed off people that have been replaced by machines in the work force. Crazy, unemployed mobs with no future out slaughtering robots are liable to become crazy mobs that start hanging corporate employees of the Mecha industry from light poles, and possibly rise up against the government. Now, had they gone with the crazy mob in revolt scenario, it would be interesting to see a private security force or army of Super Mecha being built to fight the rebels, and once the Mecha have won, then turn on their coporate and government masters. Now THAT would have been worth seeing. This could even be used to foreshadow what the fuck is going on at the end of AI. Are they Aliens or super-evolved Mecha? That question persists because the last you see of the Mecha they're getting exterminated and not a single one of them fights back. Not exactly survivors, this lot. Anyhoo, give me some freaky dystopia, not a fucking Kid Rock Live at Auschwitz concert. Well, I guess that within itself IS a freaky dystopia, but I digress again. The Flesh Fair just doesn't fit with the rest of the story, and sort of derails the movie for about 15-20 minutes. Floating moon balloon?! Are the Mecha unable to tell a real moon from a fake one or something? Mechanical dog motorcycles? WHY?

  • April 8, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Why, Spire Walk?

    by D.Vader

    Because its a fairy tale, that's why!

  • April 8, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    "The film that is made is beautiful."

    by Roger Moon

    Harold, wheel your dumb ass into the kitchen and make me a fucking sandwich.

  • April 8, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Just saw Taxi Driver: great film

    by Marat

    Anyone above me who doesn't like it can go to hell. Hopefully no one above me has posted such lies.

  • April 8, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    People love Rules of Attraction? Holy Shit!

    by Smack_Teddy

    Me too! Thought that was one you had to disguise your critical appraisal for from most folk.

  • Bernie Madoff? YES. Sheeesh. Lol get better fella

  • April 8, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Peter Pan

    by Frijole

    Glad to see the love. Some other writer on here recently dismissed it as "okay..." and I immediately dismissed him. The movie is not "okay...", it is the closest anyone has ever come to capturing this story on film (yes, even next to the wonderful Disney animated version). If a movie with a slew of excellent child performances, breathtaking production design, an amazing turn by Jason Isaacs, a swift pace, a near Chaplin-worthy silent performance by the gorgeous Ludivine Sagnier as Tinkerbell and an absolutely terrific score is "okay..." then fuck me! I saw this movie twice in the theater and when it underperformed there, I was sure it would take off and find its audience once it hit DVD and cable... And I STILL don't know why that hasn't happened. I could normally give a shit about how popular a movie is with the general public, but this movie being so underrated really breaks my heart. Die hard Harry Potter fan who has liked or loved all of THAT series, and I still think Hogan's Peter Pan is the best family fantasy movie of the last decade (at least).

  • April 8, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    A.I. arguments ... (spoilers of course)

    by ReportAbuse

    There were two main arguments I recall regarding A.I. around the time it first came out. The first was the (stupid, imo) debate over whether it was aliens or advanced robots in the final sequence (I always knew they were meant to be advanced mechs, but their alien-like appearance might have confused a few people for a while). The other and deeper debate had to do with how to "read" the final scenes in which the kid gets the mechs to make him a duplicate Mom-bot to be his companion. Some people felt this was emotionally pandering, others thought it was sweet and a little heartbreaking, and a third group saw it as being subtly cynical in that the boy was now doing what his real mother had done to him, i.e., create him as a toy to satisfy her need for companionship. He was now creating his own "mother" as basically an advanced toy. IMO, this third view seems the coldest and most Kubrickian and is probably the right way to read the ending.

  • Originally, I accepted it as easily as David did that Monica had come back. Of course, it seems so happy that they are doing all these things together, and several of them are happier recreations of some scenes: 1) The hide-and-seek game that was somewhat 'creepy' to Monica in the beginning of the film is here a happy and fun occasion. 2) The Birthday Party that is held is for David, and not for Martin like in the beginning of the film. Also, there's a whispered affection from Monica that almost sounds like David's 'I love you Mommy. I hope you never die.' Though Monica tells him 'I love you David. I've always loved you.' It definitely isn't as sweet as some think. I feel it's like those people that think all Disney films are kiddie films. But just watch through 'Pinocchio' or 'Bambi,' and you see that there are some deeper themes or darker elements at work even amid some of the 'cutesy' scenes.

  • They definitely incorporated a bit more of the book into the live-action film, but two of the biggest problems are people think they've 'seen it before' in films like 'Disney's Peter Pan,' or 'Hook.' 'Hook' was brought up most often when I talked to people about the 2003 film, but even that isn't fully like saying it is 'based' on the Barrie story. If there's any issue I have with the 2003 film, they, like the Disney movie, try to make Peter more 'human,' like Wendy's emotional state should make him 'care' about her.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The ending to A.I. demonstrates that love....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....is a foolish artificial need....and Halley Joel Osment's character makes us realize how foolish all of us have been through certain periods of our life where he craved this emotion. We are meant to liberate ourselves from that need. Very Kubrickian....not at all Spielbergian. <p> So those of you who spend time pining over your need for love or companionship....get over it.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Worst movie ever made alert!

    by UltraTron

    So I heard that Little Fockers got a half star in most reviews. I'd never seen anything with only a half star so I illegally downloaded it to watch as an anthropology exercise. I worked out while watching to ensure that the time would not be wasted completely. So here is my review of the worst movie I've ever seen that I didn't pay for: Fetid ass water. Batman and robin is one of the most entertaining movies ever made in comparison. This is the new high water mark of fetid ass water. It's definitely a study. I laughed at some of the jokes in meet the Spartans when it was on hbo at someone's house in the background. Not the case here. There is literally not one laugh in this pile of shit. This is easily the worst example of something that's supposed to be funny in the history of earth. The entire thing feels like a dying man's last wish. When the last shot was filmed they executed the director. It was one of those new-age prison experiments where a death row in-mate was allowed a dying wish and that wish was to direct this movie. Once the film wrapped he was immediately lethal injected. At least I'd love to think so

  • April 9, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    of course people love Rules Of Attraction

    by MoffatBabies

    It was brilliant and will be re-watched and analyzed for many years to come, in spite of this fact pissing off many. One of my better cinema experiences in a very long time. Managed to see it as intended with quality gigantic screen and outstanding audio as well. With a full house. I knew nothing of it beforehand and had no idea what I was getting into. A rarity. I'm sure this all has an effect on how I view it now, but having re-watched it recently I feel it deserved all the praise I gave it back then.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    All Your Babe Is Belong To Us

    by Kentucky Colonel

    One of the all time greatest, on every level imaginable. That'll do, Pig. That'll do.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    E

    by Murchmo

    Anyone notice the solar sailer sequence has different music on the DVD. That was some of the best music IMO, especially for the scene.

  • April 10, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Why you would watch Tron Legacy 12 times

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    "I'm not your father, Sam." If he used to go by Zeus, does that make Gem Hera? Then who's Ganymede? Or maybe the mix of bad and good girl in Quorra makes you crazy when you pass by her face all over on the magazine aisle or pick up her helmeted action figure. :p

  • April 10, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Bwaaahahahah. Ok I'm taking the troll bait braindrain. Can't resist.

    by UltraTron

    Fuck you and die for saying that is my first volley. I'm not going to make fun of you. I just want you to simply die now for saying that. Just save us from wasting our breathe. Keel over now. Oh and I want the idiot who did the original Tron blu-ray cover to be captured by deiter laser

  • April 10, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I'll probably watch Legacy 12 times because..

    by UltraTron

    I have skywalker sound's system. And nothing I've ever put in works the system like that fucking blu-ray. It's got levels like nothing ever before released to humans

  • April 10, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I like what the ending of A.I. is trying to do

    by supertoyslast

    I just don't care for the execution. The rest of the film was flawless. But then you suddenly get a whole load of clunky exposition. The last 20 minutes of 2001 work because they are mysterious. The last 20 minutes of A.I. don't work as well because of the desire to explain what is happening (if not the moral significance).<P>I'd love to see a more mysterious dialogue-free version of the same events, but without David meeting the Future Mecha. Mecha find David, make him meet a virtual Blue Fairy and reincarnate his mother. It would have been baffling; provoke debate as to the meaning; and possibly have been brilliant. Or awful, of course.

  • April 10, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Watching films 12 times...

    by ClayG

    Repeat viewings are one of the things geeks do. I've seen lots of my favorites multiple times. I saw Moulin Rouge 25 times during it's first-run theatrical release. I saw the original Star Wars upwards of 30 times in 1977. I've seen Rocky Horror in the theater around 500 times (yes, paying for it). I had seen the 1933 King Kong more than 20 times before I was ten, and that was in the days before home video existed. Just because YOU don't have the passion for a film to revel in repeat viewings, don't make it sound like someone else is a freak or a child for doing so.

  • April 10, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    you've seen Tron Legacy 12 times?

    by shiekybaby

    What a shit fucking film to see 12 times. I saw it once (in IMAX 3D no less...) and dont ever care to see it again. And you still dont get Inception....Harry I love you, but you absolutely have lost your fuckin mind, and I am putting it lightly.

  • April 10, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    ok I read the rest of the column now...

    by shiekybaby

    and you brought yourself back with the comments on the other movies. (in other words, i agreed with all those) so I will let that tron legacy shit slide this time. but watch yourself ginger.

  • April 11, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Spire_Walk

    by pr0g2west

    They designed the hot-air balloon to look like the moon because it was already known that the mechas can't quite tell the difference. When Gigilo Joe and David planned to go to Rouge City to find the blue fairy, they needed to go towards the moon. I guess he realized it wasn't the flesh-fair after some time, but he couldn't distinguish them apart right away. Even as advanced as the mecha are in A.I., they still are not nearly as advanced as the human brain's ability to process and sort the tremendous amount of information we experience in a single moment. Technology like that won't be developed for many centuries to come I would assume.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Legacy haters are cartoonish

    by Arteska

    The only glaring flaw of the movie is the "young Bridges" stuff but there was a time when people actually would roll with a little ambition in the effects area (and it IS progressively better as the movie went on, with some of it's "off-ness" being wholly appropriate for Clu in the grid while less so for the flashback at the beginning). It's also much more consciously PG than many are willing to acknowledge (and not in a bad way imo). The BD is fantastic.

  • April 11, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I just watched 2001 the other night and thought about the moon landing

    by JuanSanchez

    I think the landing was real, but if anyone faked it - it was Kubrick.

  • April 12, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    'Young Bridges'...

    by Baryonyx

    ...looked fake and, in years to come, it'll just become more fake-looking.

  • April 13, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    George Lucas avoids sex because...

    by photoboy

    ... He never knows if he's going to make the two characters related in a sequel.

  • April 13, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    AI was great until...

    by Knobules

    Cartoon Robin Williams BS. That holographic Doctor kooky thing halfway through just took me out of the entire thing for some reason. I should give it another try and just pass over that Jar Jar moment. He just HAD to put Robin Williams in there. Something about that stunk bad.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Tron: Legacy

    by SoundtrackWhore

    Great film - don't care if anyone else thought so. I'd watch it 112 times just to see the Siren's ass and Olivia in rubber. A damn shame that Daft Punk didn't nominated for an Oscar. The Identity Disc set is awesome - worth every penny! Harry, you might be a complete fuckup when it comes to disliking Inception, but on Tron, I gotta take your side. Nice to have Disney finally take this series seriously with a great release; I can only hope they do the same thing with The Black Hole.

  • April 18, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Disappointed by Tron Legacy

    by david starling

    I picked up both on Blu-Ray today, and sat down and watched Tron first - the Blu-Ray transfer is gorgeous!! Then I watched Legacy - and was somewhat underwhelmed. Sure, it looked pretty (stunning, even), but the wonder and the light-of-foot pacing of the first one gave way to tedious exposition and endless over-explanation. There were delights (Cora's seeming innocence at times charmed), and it was entertaining. But it didn't blow me away like the first one still does. I will watch it again, and see if it works any better.

  • April 23, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    The Problem With Paul Schrader

    by Jason Kessler

    is that he wrote better when he had problems. Evidently he let out all his pathos with Taxi Driver. Someone give that man a drug habit. Check out my teaser: http://www.indiegogo.com/Dirge

  • May 4, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    A.I.

    by Bob_Dole

    Saw it the first weekend, loved it. Came back to rave and everyone was taking a dump all over it, which continued for years. Always defended it. Seems like the past few years others have come around. Ended up on some critic's films of the decade. Nice. Coffee table book was money and can't wait for the Blu Ray. Such a soul crushingly beautiful end I God Damn cry every time. Can't believe it's been 10 years already. Bob Dole, out.