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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 2nd wk of June 2011: Crime in Harlem & Saigon & Cleveland. Harry Potter, Steve McQueen & Charles Bronson. HEAVY METAL & POINT BLANK BLUS!!! & More!

Hey folks, Harry here…

Just watched the Making of Superman III documentary and it is so cool to watch it. My nephew hadn’t seen SUPERMAN III, it put him to sleep, but I just watched it with Nostalgic and goofy tolerance. It was a different time. I love the camp of it, the enormity of physical effects work, and just the fun of it all. Anyway that Making of – it’s pretty much Superman candy for me. Anyway – it’s an ok week of releases, but there’s some duds I had to comment on. I watched them, so I deserve to. As usual the images and links take you to AMAZON, where you can learn more about a given title or purchase it if so inclined. If so, thanks. A small portion of that price goes to keep this column going, so again… sincerely, thanks.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011





GORDON’S WAR / OFF LIMITS

Paul Winfield returns from his Green Beret unit in Nam to a drug wasted Harlem, a dead wife and a shit load of ass kicking that needs to get done. He contacts his all-black Green Beret unit and they systematically destroy the Drug Trade in Harlem. Directed by Ossie Davis – and I love it. I love the team he has, how they gather intelligence, and especially how they clean up the streets of Harlem in the Seventies.
Then you have OFF LIMITS which is perhaps one of the great pulpy cop flicks that I’d never even heard of. Starring an incredible cast headed by Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines as a pair of Military Police investigating a prostitute serial killer mystery which apparently involves, possibly, a high ranking officer in Nam. As a result, these “cops” beat is Saigon. You have TREMENDOUS performances from Scott Glenn, Fred Ward, David Alan Grier – and one of my all time favorite Keith David performances. You’ll be doing his lines from this for a while.
OUTSTANDING double feature – and I watched it as such, very cool flicks!




KILL THE IRISHMAN Blu-Ray

Another of those films I missed during my medical incarceration – and I’m happy to say Jonathan Hensleigh has mad the first really wonderful Ray Stevenson movie. I love everything about this crime story. I love Ray and Val Kilmer’s story. Really love Christopher Walken and Ray’s story. I love that it is a Cleveland tale. You’ve got Vincent D’Onofrio, Linda Cardellini, Paul Sorvino, Steven Schirripa, Vinnie Jones and man I love Robert Davi’s turn in this. This is a fist in mouth kind of crime flick. Ray’s swagger in this film reminds me of the physicality that John Wayne gave off – but with a completely different tonal beat. That this is all based on a true story shows me why I want nothing to do with living in Cleveland on the 70’s. Can you even imagine living in a modern American city in a summer where 36 bombs went off? Makes me think we live in a vastly safer world today. And that’s even more frightening. Can’t wait to see Hensleigh’s next – and definitely I’m there for everything Ray does! He’s very impressive here & always.




LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN (Blu Ray)

Before the movie becomes the film they’re advertising on the front of the box – There’s a World War 1 scene where Donnie Yen does a series of the most fucking impressive holy shit fucking wow things that I’ve ever seen in a European War flick. Yen is playing the same character that Bruce Lee played in FIST OF FURY, but in a very different story. I could watch Donnie Yen fight on the enormous scale of World War 1 all fucking day and night long. It is unbelievably inspired. Alas – it’s the opening sequence, before it falls into the quasi-Superhero story – that I ultimately don’t think it needed to be. That said, it absolutely entertained me – it’s just the earlier part is so breathtaking that it essentially cock blocks itself. That’s fine… Kinda have some of the same issues with THE ROCKETEER which I love.




RED RIDING HOOD Blu

Wow I hate this movie. It just. Wow. The film is beautiful to look at in places, but overall – you can tell a lot about Catherine Hardwicke’s directing ability – by watching Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried in this. Here are two actors that I love. Gary Oldman because as I’ve grown up, he’s just consistently been one of my favorite actors – but he is terrible here. He’s trying to give something, anything to this film – but as a result his performance is in an entirely different movie. Amanda Seyfried, who has been doing solid work in films like JENNIFER’S BODY, CHLOE, LETTERS TO JULIET. She’s an incredibly attractive young lady with amazing eyes – and in RED RIDING HOOD – what she does is just kind of painful to endure. I mean – this film has great actors – Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen… but everyone is just so fucking boring. By the time Amanda is doing her “My what big teeth you have” sequence I was dying. I did watch all the way to the end so I could fully earn the spite I have for this movie – but wow. I love Catherine Hardwicke’s design sensibility as a Production Designer, but as a director – other than THIRTEEN and LORDS OF DOGTOWN, there’s nothing that truly impresses.




BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Blu

Still haven’t seen this. Hope to soon. Never got a screener – and the film was something I didn’t see in theaters due to medical issues when it was out in theaters. SO… Talkbackers… should people pick up BATTLE: LOS ANGELES? What’d you think?




HALL PASS Blu

I like the Farrelly Brothers, but man. I mean, I really love Owen Wilson when he’s in a Wes Anderson or Woody Allen film – or anything that really engages him as a talent. But man. THIS. This was a whole bunch of awkward stupidity. The premise of a HALL PASS is interesting, but here… these two Husbands are so incredibly lame. So effortlessly clueless – that I could barely make it through the film. Yes, I know – it’s an R-rated comedy from the guys that did THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. I do love that film. This isn’t worth the splooge they put in Cameron Diaz’s hair. Really unlikable film. One that almost makes me want to reconsider MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – except – no. That movie is great.




HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Ultimate Edition) Blu-Ray

These Ultimate Editions are seriously some of my favorite Blus. Of course – I do love the Harry Potter films – they’re superior children’s entertainment and one of the most ambitious long series ever finished by a studio. That said – poor David Yates – he came to the series and so I can’t help but blame him for the incredible dark turn the series took with him. The real reason for this series is two-fold. First the Maximum Movie Mode feature where Daniel Radcliffe personally takes you on his point of view through the running of the film. Love this. But more so – the gold in the second Blu Ray – This time – it takes us in a discovery of the tricks behind the Magic in the world of Harry Potter… But far more than that. Here’s what you get:
DISC 1 – MOVIE
Featuring Maximum Movie Mode. Daniel Radcliffe leads a unique, personal exploration of the movie while you watch!
• Picture-in-Picture
• Focus Featurettes
• Scene Comparisons.
DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES

Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects
o Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Behind the Magic

Additional Scenes in Hi-Def

J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life: A Personal Look at the Journey in Creating and Launching the Final Book

Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter: Cast Members Are Your Personal Guides to Aspects of Moviemaking That Include Editing, Makeup, Stunt, Set Design, Props, Costumes and More!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Get a Sneak Peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort

What’s on Your Mind?: Lightning-Round Q&A with Cast/Crew

One-Minute Drills: Cast Members Sum Up Their Characters

Gallery of Five Distinctive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family Promo Spots

Theatrical Trailers Collectibles include: 44-Page Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
Year 5 Lenticular Card, Limited Edition Character Cards: #11 Draco Malfoy & #12 Albus Dumbledore




HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (Ultimate Edition) Blu-Ray

Here’s where David Yates joined the team. His greatest character introduction is the horrifyingly nightmarish pink covered creature played with brilliant unlikable evil by Imelda Staunton – this character terrified me more than any other. She reminded me of my History teacher in High School, Ms. Foy – a tiny woman with a Bride of Frankenstein beehive that just had the ability to send shivers to the core of my soul. THEN I saw this and saw the Hogwarts version of that teacher and I feared deeply for all the students, faculty and things that I had become accustomed to. I love that she makes Hogwarts uncomfortable, scary and frightening in a way that Voldemort hadn’t really fully established yet. Now, she’s nothing in comparison to Voldemort – but she’s more terrifying than that noseless bastard cuz she works in the system and even perverts that system into something so frightening that kids create their own classes out of fear of her own incompetence. That’s outstanding. LOVE IT! Here the extras take an intense look at the Evolution of the series, how they dealt with changing Hogwarts, changing directors, Cast additions and the darkening of the Potter Verse. Here’s what you get:
DISC 1 – MOVIE
with In-Movie Experience! Explore the People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them, All As You Watch the Movie
DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES

Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic

Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy

Additional Scenes in Hi-Def

Trailing Tonks: Natalia Tena (aka Nymphadora Tonks) Leads a Very Personal Film Set Tour

Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing: Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show What a Difference a Good Edit Makes

Theatrical Trailers
Collectibles include:
48-Page Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7

Year 5 Lenticular Card
Limited Edition Character Cards: #9 Luna Lovegood & #10 Dolores Umbridge




THE MAKIOKA SISTERS: Criterion Blu

Kon Ichikawa directed my personal favorite film on the horror of war, FIRES ON THE PLAIN – and his BURMESE HARP is just great. So when I received a “new to me” Ichikawa flick from Criterion I eagerly checked it out. This isn’t much like those two films for me, but it is a look at the decaying value system and respect for culture in Japan as it affects these sisters that make Kimonos. It is a contemplative and poetic work. One that I think folks with inner peace will enjoy. The print is stunning, but the extras are pretty bare here. You get a trailer and a booklet. Slim pickings for a Criterion release. But the jewel is the title alone.




VANISHING OF THE BEES

First off – it is stunning to just watch the photography of the film – and Ellen Page’s narration is actually quite perfect… But the reality is – we do have a Bee problem – and without them – life on Earth is going to literally be one helluva bitch. Watch this film – if you care about vegetables, flowers and the continuation of our species – well, watch this great and beautiful documentary on the issue!




THE CINCINNATI KID (Blu Ray)

Norman Jewison turns his societal eye towards backroom gambling and casts it with Steve McQueen, Edward G Robinson, Karl Malden, Ann-Margret, Rip Torn and ol Busby Berkeley film star, Joan Blondell. I love these kinds of films – and specifically this is one of the great poker flicks, though I think Altman wins… personally. Once again though – Steve McQueen is one of the cinematic measures of a man – LEARN FROM HIM BOYS! You’ll get a commentary by Jewison, poker scene commentary by CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN hosts and a vintage featurette on the film. The image quality is sterling and man… it’s fucking McQueen – pony up!




HEAVY METAL (Blu Ray)

This release has been a BEST BUY exclusive for a better part of the year, but has only just now come to Amazon and the world at large. I know this film like I know ENTER THE DRAGON, GHOSTBUSTERS, STAR WARS, ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD< KING KONG, ROAD WARRIOR, THE THING, Weismuller TARZAN films, Busby Berkeley musicals, WIZARD OF OZ and PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. This film totally and completely rocks me. I blame it above all other films for my permanent juvenile love for sex, big boobs, 80s rock and for causing me to read every issue of HEAVY METAL magazine that I could lay my hands on since I was a kid. I love this film in a profoundly goofy manner. The artists that inspired each sequence – well, it just isn’t like any other American animated film – and I dream of Fincher’s take. I’m very happy with the Blu – the film was always a grainy movie and it should probably undergo the rather pricey grain removal process that happened to ALIENS – but it’s fine. I still love this pressing.




INSIGNIFICANCE: THE CRITERION COLLECTION (Blu)

I’ve yet to watch this – and I’m somebody that loves Nicolas Roeg’s work. From PERFORMANCE to WALKABOUT to DON’T LOOK NOW and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH to THE WITCHES… I love me some Nicolas Roeg. I planned on watching this during the weekend but my nephew has been staying with me, but he’s the sort of kid that directs what gets shown. And I don’t think a film about look alikes for Monroe, Joseph McCarthy, Albert Einstein & Joe DiMaggio walk into a NYC hotel and have a … well whatever happens in there, but while I haven’t seen the film, I know of it’s reputation which is sterling. At the very least I’m dying to see Tony Curtis’ take on McCarthy.
Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
New video interviews with Roeg, Thomas, and editor Tony Lawson
Making Insignificance, a short documentary shot on the set of the film
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson




POINT BREAK (Blu Ray)

If Kathryn Bigelow should’ve won BEST PICTURE or BEST DIRECTOR for anything – I vote that it should be POINT BREAK. Here’s a film that just kicks a lot of ass. BTW – if you watch this with INSIGNIFICANCE – you’ll have a Gary Busey double feature. Play this one second. Ahem. This is one of those films that critics do not get – because most critics are not fun. They’re serious folks – and they’re seriously wrong about – POINT BREAK is a great DUDE movie. Put it on and simply enjoy. Swayze & Reeves are tremendous together. Busey is perfectly insane. This is a mainline of testosterone that … wow. Swayze is gone. Ya know, as we get older – it’s strange to have our heroes die – even if they’re playing villains. Swayze is just so fucking alive in this film. That Skydiving scene? So much vitality and personality. There’s people in our lives as film fans that go – that just make no sense. Christopher Reeve, Bruce Lee, Patrick Swayze… It doesn’t affect the film much, except this time when I saw the film, I thought about the fragility of life and how Swayze absolutely fucking lived it. I mean. Watch this film. The man is one of the best likable bad guys since James Cagney. Thank God the Academy came to their senses. There’s some kind of rule about not admitting their being wrong, so they give it to her for some other film. Personally – I want more than 4 DVD featurettes. I want Bigelow to come fucking OWN this film and do a commentary talking about this masterpiece of machismo. I want a group of modern day action directors talking about what they love about this film – and I want that same group recorded talking about other films they agree as having its dick out. I just feel deeply that this is a film to recognize and celebrate as absolutely getting it right. They don’t fully own their TESTOSTERONE EDITION label. The film does, but nothing beyond that on the disc does. I want Keanu back talking about this film, I want to hear him love on this film and his Johnny Utah. This is just a fantastic film.




THE IMAGE (Blu Ray)

I’m not usually an S&M guy, but this isn’t goofy gimp attire – this is a shot on 35mm real erotic masterpiece that has been stunningly restored on Blu Ray. This is an X-rated film, just not like the ones most people are used to today. This is the good stuff.




JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Blu Ray)

Ok – as much as I love Keanu in POINT BREAK – is how much I hate him in JOHNNY MNEMONIC. Had Keanu played a half dozen JOHNNY UTAH films – we’d be the best of movie going buddies, but he has to have that sad wet worked fucking dolphin – and then there’s Dolph Lundgren in this. It is. It’s something. I’m not sure what it is, but Robert Longo is guilty for it. Unlike Paul W.S. Anderson, Longo seemed to get the message. He hasn’t directed since. There’s a reason. This film is one of those messes that if you looked too often upon it, it could drive you mad. I believe it. I began to rewatch it, but I felt my mind going. I saw visions of dog eating a donut – and I started freaking out. That my dog did actually somehow find a donut (not mine) (No, really, I swear) and began eating HALF of it as I stared at the screen in gasping horror at what was done to William Gibson. I mean, Gibson wrote the script. It’s just. LOST IN TRANSLATION via Longo. This film is batshit crazy. I’m serious about the madness bit. If you watch this too much, you’ll lobe Beiber.




CRASH AND BURN / ROBOT WARS

Yeah, this is just not very strong. I love the stop motion, but really truly dislike the story, characters and performances. It’s just not there. On either.




CHARLES BRONSON: MAN WITH A CAMERA Collection

In Mandom, your camera is cool. I’ve never seen this… but I will soon. The write up on Amazon was just too much. Must see.




SWEET KARMA

This isn’t great, but ya know – it’s got all the right things going for it and at the end… I really dig it. The lead is attractive and pulls off the character. The revenge is duly deserved and you’ll like how it is carried out. Good stuff. It’s essentially about a girl trying to find out what happened to her sister, who got captured in a human trafficking / prostitution scheme – and she goe in to exact bloody revenge. If you like that kind of thing, you’ll probably be with me on this one.




SVEENER & THE SHMIEL

I have no conception at all what this movie is. It is Unrated, 3 reviews on Amazon rate it 5 stars – each from various regions of the country. Apparently these two characters build a giant machine that does something. I don’t know what, but the effects are supposed to be good – and one guy calling himself MOVIEGEEK recommends watching it on TESLA’S BIRTHDAY. Now, look at that box art. It just. I want to be able to say I own SVEENER & THE SHMIEL. That’s just… somehow important to me. I can’t explain it. But what if it is amazing? I’ve got to know. Look at that box art again. What the fuck is it man? I’m terrified and curious. It taunts me.

Next week we’ll get paranoid with Liam Neeson in UNKNOWN and with Matt Damon in THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, we’ll be bored shitless by THE EAGLE & THE ISLAND, Bnatters will rush to pick up Criterion’s KISS ME DEADLY on Blu, we’ll laugh at CEDAR RAPIDS, Then we’ll TAKE A HARD RIDE to RIO CONCHOS, check out THE WOMEN IN CAGES Collection, then muse about ELEKTRA LUXX like Joseph Gordon Levitt, I’ll actually recommend MEGA PYTHON VS GATOROID, but insist you check out SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY, before venturing TOWARD THE UNKNOWN, celebrate MANCHESTER UNITED SEASON REVIEW 2010-2011 DVD, marvel at THE ROMANTIC ENGLISHWOMAN on Blu, we’ll be amazed at having MISTER T: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, before talking about Ian McKellen as D.H. Lawrence in PRIEST OF LOVE, then relax to a few ANTI-NAZI CLASSICS then talk fondly of D.W. Griffith’s SCARLET DAYS. After all that, I’ll see what else I can find that’s hitting and that’ll be next week. I hope you enjoyed.

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  • June 14, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Battle: Los Angeles

    by ChaosReigns

    The problem here is that it's a GREAT demo for your Blu-ray system - picture and sound are amazing - but the film itself sucks. It's a real chore to sit through, with virtually no characterisation or attempt at structure or plot. Avoid!

  • June 14, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    POINT BREAK Blu any different from 2008 release?

    by justmyluck

    I have the Blu-ray coined a "pure adrenaline edition", which also has four featurettes. Merely re-packaging?

  • June 14, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    DVD Picks ??

    by jake the muss

    Harry - you ought to change the anachronistic title 'DVD Picks'. The vast majority of 'em are blu-ray. Otherwise, why not call it 'Betamax Pics' and be done with it?

  • June 14, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Shaky-cam

    by Fortunesfool

    Do you think war documentarians watch shit like Battle:LA and think - "my war footage was a bit shaky because someone was firing guns at me, not because I thought it would look more exciting'.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Point Break

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The Hurt Locker, good as it is, is nowhere near as good as Near Dark, Point Break and Strange Days. The combination of Cameron's writing and Bigelow's direction makes Point Break a serene action classic.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    I. Am. A FBI. Agent.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • Keanu is so damn alive too in this film. The skydiving scene is great. Can't say enough good things about the movie, I think Harry's review up there says it all.

  • Not to say the rest of the flick is horrible I would have just loved to watch them fighting the aliens than go on that lame rescue mission.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    I rented Johnny Mneumonic a few months ago for old times sake

    by antonphd

    Being the glass is half full kind of guy Inam I just thanked the movie gods that Keanu tried cyber future punk action again with The Matrix.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Battle: LA

    by Tristan

    Rent it. Don't buy.The shit with the character intros is terrible and the action scenes just aren't very exciting, mainly due to the fact the camera is always bouncing around and you really never get THAT good of a look at the aliens, because the design of them is WTF. Speaking of the aliens, for such an advanced species (after the badass visual of them coming out of the ocean in the beginning) they totally turned into a weak, pathetic enemy; even though they somehow, were able to destroy most of the human defenses. Of course, it was the whole idea that an alien race with superior technology, can be out-smarted and taken out by human brains and technology. This couldve been the "Saving Private Ryan" of science-fiction, but the shaky cam, lazy writing, uninspired creature designs and the lack of an R-rating, prevent it from being so. There are some cool ideas and interesting visuals here, but the flaws of the script and production fucking hurt the film too much to recommend a purchase. Oh, and while I like Aaron Eckheart and Michelle Rodriguez, they are totally wasted in this film.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones

    by antonphd

    I am very curious about Harry's opinion of Game of Thrones. Seems up his alley.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Seriously, Harry, if you love the Harry Potter movies, read the books. All of the "darkness" that came with David Yates is in the books... Anyway, also, thanks for the heads-up on that bee documentary. I'll definitely check that one out—a fascinating an important topic.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    That JOHNNY MNEMONIC write-up was incomprehensible.

    by brokentusk

    It just. Was. You know?

  • June 14, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    And...

    by Tristan

    I know Saving Private Ryan had shaky-cam too, but not like in Battle:LA. At least Spielberg and Kaminiski knew that SHOWING the audience what the fuck was going on, was more important than attempting to treat it as something being documented by a fucking amateur news crew or something. BTW, "Kill the Irishman" looks great. I thought Ray was excellent on Rome, but totally mis-cast in the shitty Punisher sequel, so I'm hoping he does own this film. Vinnie Jones being in the film is also awesome. Curious to see Legend of the Fist. Donnie Yen rules!

  • June 14, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    The writing is all over the place

    by ianrewel

    I know Harry is nor generally lauded for his writing, but the blurbs this weeks were almost incomprehensible

  • June 14, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    KILL THE IRISHMAN is the one out of these that im keen to see. Looks like a very entertaining thriller. Harry, your write up for Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince needs another pass! As the guys above say, it's pretty incomprehensible.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I'm embarrassed to say I laughed my ass off to "Hall Pass"

    by Jymn

    It's not a great movie with whole segments just laying there but every few minutes I actually laughed out loud, which I rarely ever do during a movie. Now that Harry, who likes pretty much everything, hates it I'm doubly embarrassed. I guess I never grew up. The bathtub scene has me rolling on the floor every time I see it (dozens now).

  • June 14, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Point Break: Foot Chase

    by tintab

    Still one of the best POV sequences of a foot chase. great editing, nice and tense

  • June 14, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    What's the transfer of POINT BREAK like?

    by Mr Gorilla

    Harry (or anyone) - is it worth upgrading from DVD to Blu for POINT BREAK? I love the movie, and it's truly beautiful. Also, when the hell are we going to get a good transfer of STRANGE DAYS?

  • June 14, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    You don't know shit about The Punisher, aftermath...

    by Prydie

    ...Ray Stevenson's casting as Frank Castle was the only thing they got 100% right in War Zone. He is the most accurate physical embodiment of Castle ever and given a great script and an even better director would make a Punisher film that would OWN. I always thought he would be a good fit for Frank after seeing his stellar turn as Titus Pulo in Rome -- the barely contained rage, the lethal imposing figure -- I was really excited when he was cast as Castle... but then I saw the movie. Hollywood just can't get Punisher right! Definitely going to check out Kill The Irishman. Ray needs more staring roles.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    What does "lobe Beiber" mean?

    by DerLanghaarige

  • June 14, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    "It just" is not a complete sentence

    by DadTimesTwo

  • And NO, that is not a compliment because while Ebert is a film scholar, you're a dribbling fucking retard that people pay attention to like a sideshow attraction. Anyway, I love the fact that they've gone deeper and darker with the Potter films. In an age where they're trying to water down every single franchise, I admire that Yates has worked to push the drama rather than just focusing on the action scene's and having the characters spew puns at every opportunity. Oh and every time one of the Lord of the Ring's/Harry Potter movies is released, that stupid cunt Ebert goes on and fucking on about how "dark" everything is. I remember reading his review for Fellowship and his biggest complaint was that there wasn't enough singing and dancing from the fucking Hobbits. The only thing that gives me a modicum of respect for Ebert is that he did write Beyond the Valley of the Dolls which is a masterpiece. But you, Knowles, are a fucking joke.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Battle LA was great

    by Spartacus44

    I mean for an alien invasion meets black hawk down movie it was great fun and really well done. Yes the characters were cliches but it still kicked ass!

  • June 14, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Sweet Karma

    by Spandau Belly

    I saw this at my local grindhouse and the filmmaker and star were both there to promote it. The movie itself is so-so. It's plotting is actually pretty good, but it is neither pulpy enough to please exploitation lovers nor is it a credible mainstream thriller. The guy who made it seemed like he was in the worst of all worlds. He funded the whole thing filmself with mortgages on his home. But he just kept talking about how every creative decision was based on making a movie he could sell to distributors to pay off his debts for making the film. So he was neither making the film he really wanted to make, nor was he getting the perks of legit studio gig. He was prettymuch bankrupting himself to be a sellout, which isn't really the way to go about it in my opinion.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Battle LA is worth a watch

    by ATARI

    I saw it on the big screen and left feeling like I had not wasted my time. Then again, I can't remember much from it except for the freeway overpass scene, which was pretty intense. So, rent it, watch it, enjoy it and forget it.<br>

  • June 14, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Sweet Karma is instant play on NetFlix

    by ATARI

  • June 14, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I present to you the script for battle los angeles

    by knowthyself

    BOOM, KAPOW, CRASH, ZING, ZORT, CRUSH!

  • June 14, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Adios Amigo!

    by Sunhawk7

    I saw Point Break in a packed house on the Saturday night after opening. That afternoon I had made a skydive with a wild ass woman from a King Air like in the movie from 14,000 ft. and we watched as it rolled over and dove underneath us. My hair was on fire and that was how I felt going into the movie. Point Break has always been the movie that captured "the Tribe" feeling better than anything else and will always be one of my favorite action movies of all time. I think only a woman could have given this movie the unique perspective that Kathryn Bigelow gave it. The Hurt Locker doesn't even ride on the same bus.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Heavy Metal: I Know This Film Like

    by Autodidact

    My dick knows the front of my hand.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    1995 Year of the Disappointing VR Movies

    by Autodidact

    1. Lawnmower Man 2 (I paid for a ticket to see this in theatres... lol) 2. Johnny Mnemonic (paid to see this also) 3. Strange Days (reviewed this for my school paper so got free tix) Lawnmower Man 2 is one of the worst movies I've seen in a theatre, and one of the worst movies ever made if you ask me. Johnny Mnemonic is just clunky... really badly directed and the CGI is bad even for 1995 standards. Strange Days was somewhat disappointing but mainly for lack of action. As a film it was actually pretty good. And it has one of the best trailers of the 90s.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Harry, you mentioned Aliens and being grainy

    by c4andmore

    I picked up the blu's for both Alien and Aliens over the weekend. Alien is absolutely gorgeous to look at in HD, but Aliens still looks grainy. It is an improvement over the HD one they show on cable though. Still I'm a bit disappointed in it.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    The Harry Potter movies

    by IceMonkey

    ...got dark because the books were dark at the end. They are just following the source material. David Yates hasn't done anything that J.K. Rowling hadn't already done to those characters.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Forgot "Virtuosity"

    by Autodidact

    How could I forgot Virtuosity which actually reminds you of "virtual reality" in the title? This was really dumb and totally represents the particular suckage of mid-90s mainstream fare... mainly very predictable plots and terrible CGI everywhere. It was the first time I saw Russell Crowe in anything and I remember thinking he was the only good thing in it.

  • It's the Harry Can't Write for Shit Drinking Game! Do a shot every time Harry murders the language. One review down, one shot down.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    PICKS?

    by 1badmutherf@cker

    WHY ARE YOU "PICKING" MOVIES THAT YOU HAVEN'T SEEN?

  • June 14, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The Philly Flash!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Yeah, I still enjoy watching Superman III... Heat-activated acid. Sentient computers. Cyborgs, Corrupted kryptonite. Superman dropping a frozen lake over a factory fire to put it out. That's the kinda stuff you'd find directly out of the Superman comics from the silver age. Infinitely more re-watchable to me than Superman Returns. Oh, were we talking about DVD picks?...Carry on.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Grammar Fail #3 "..you’ll lobe Beiber".

    by Jeffrey

  • June 14, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, Battle: LA is a FANTASTIC Marine Corps film...

    by UGABugKiller

    ... it is also highly realistic in the sense of it really gets it right, the little and the big things. The little things it gets right is how the Marines act together on liberty and in battle. The Esprit de Corps is spot on. The big things it gets right are the tactics, how the Marines actually fight, the movement, the recon, everything... it's simply perfect. The stupid fucks who hated this film, like Ebert (who is getting more jaded and irrelevant with every vapid & ideologically-biased review he writes), have never been in the Marine Corps nor probably ever knew anyone in the Marine Corps. Harry, I'm telling you, this is one of the greatest films involving the Marine Corps EVER MADE. OOH-RAH!!!

  • June 14, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Off Limits

    by Righteous Brother

    Was called "Saigon" in the UK. I saw it when it came out, yet can't remember a thing about it.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    These guys only live to get radical.

    by Righteous Brother

    I fucking love Point Break.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Battle: LA = garbage

    by cinemixtape.com

    If you must see it, pay as little as possible. There is nothing redeeming about it.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Battle:Los Angles was pretty good

    by BILLY

    because instead of the typical 1-2-3- alien invasion story (1)setting up an invasion 2) finding alien weakness 3) beating ALL aliens), and wrapping up the entire story in 1.5 hours...it's ALL about one small battle in a giant war.And It was interesting how they TRIED to focus on the realism of being in a gritty alien assult. I was sort of bugged by how shit the aliens looked at first, but after a bit-I just "felt" the director was MUCH more interested in focusing on the marine's P.O.V. and the whole "CALL OF DUTY" vine, versus over-designing the alien stuff to the point of disbelief. For me, I welcomes the effort on making a different type of alien genre film, and would love to see BATTLE: NEW YORK or some other continuation of another battle in the war.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Ohhhh...POINT BREAK not POINT BLANK

    by djangoilbastardo

    Might wanna fix that headline before someone else gets let down by thinking we're gonna get some awesome Boorman/Lee Marvin action on blu and discovers it's just a brainfart typo of the early 90s cheesefest.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    At this point we're surprised by Harry's lack of proper writing skills?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    "Wow I hate this movie. It just. Wow.' We should realize by now that Harry doesn't follow normal syntax, sentence structure, proper tense, etc. He writes how he FEELS. And isn't feeling more important than proper communication?

  • June 14, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    In Heavy Metal they made the Big Boobs actually bounce!

    by Cureguy

    Animators don't know how to draw cartoon boobs nowadays. They draw them as huge, inflated, bolted on implants. Boobs actually bounce guys, they should reflect that in modern animation. By the way, Heavy Metal still kicks ass. Screw the people who don't get it. No Heavy Metal, and no push the envelope hardcore Japanese animation. Bottom Line. Harry Canyon forever!

  • June 14, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Hall Pass is a charming comedy

    by SantosLHalper

    the whole movie keeps going in directions you wouldn't expect. It isn't even gross to the end. Very funny and different.

  • Red and Blonde varieties were showed. I can't think of any other animated film that showed bush.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I've never watched Superman 3 entirely...

    by ufoclub1977

    and I probably never will!

  • June 14, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Heavy Metal widescreen crops picture of 4:3 original

    by Brian

    Like The Secret of Nimh, Heavy Metal was animated at 4:3 aspect ratio, and for the DVD I have, and this new blu, its presented 1:85:1. That's lame. They crop the picture top and bottom to achieve that ratio, I guess because people just look at the aspect ratio when buying stuff for their new wide screen tv. The cropping removes quite a bit of work that animators did on the movie. This can be seen comparing the "wide screen" DVD scene where Taarna is walking in her robe and takes her hood down. In the un-cropped VHS 4:3 full frame picture, the robe parts as she raises her arms, revealing a flash of her nether regions at the bottom of the frame. (The hilarious thing is I have seen this part on broadcast TV, full frame, and they forget to censor it!). This is not seen in the "wide screen" version, along with a lot of other detail that would have appeared on the top and bottom of the screen. Unless the Blu has the original aspect ratio as an option, I will pass.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    expert40

    by brokentusk

    You shouldn't have to be a marine or know a marine to enjoy a movie ABOUT marines. BATTLE: LA was a disappointment.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    If I was Fincher I would shun CG for the Heavy Metal remake

    by Cureguy

    I don't care if it would take several years. I would force the animators to draw old school and use only the techniques and models that were done by hand in 1981. That's what made the original Heavy Metal so special, and why it has influenced so many. If this were done, I think it would spark a new movement back to original hand made animation.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I have been coming here for over ten years....

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    Ok – as much as I love Keanu in POINT BREAK – is how much I hate him in JOHNNY MNEMONIC. Had Keanu played a half dozen JOHNNY UTAH films – we’d be the best of movie going buddies, but he has to have that sad wet worked fucking dolphin – and then there’s Dolph Lundgren in this. It is. It’s something.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Ah, yes...

    by Mo_Rephus

    Off Limits...saw it back when it came out on VHS. A buddy of mine owned his own video rental store back then. I hung out there where he and I played games on his Commodore 64 while my wife ran the store (she didn't work there either, but enjoyed hanging out down there and helping out). Ah, the good ol' days. Gotta check out Gordon's War!! I love Paul Winfield and Ossie Davis. Can't wait to see Ossie's direction! Point Break RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE that movie!! Gary & Patrick are great! My favorite Swayze flick by far (Next of Kin comes in a close second). Gary's just a bad muther regardless!

  • June 14, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Agreed...

    by Mo_Rephus

    Big (NATURAL) boobs rule.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    wow... was I just edited?

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    sorry Harryboss... you'll get no more trouble from me.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Harry, are you writing these on your iPhone?

    by Zarles

    Turn off the AutoCorrect, dude. The Johnny Mnemonic review reads like Korean gutter slang.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Another favorite thing about Heavy Metal

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Is all the voice work by SCTVers Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, and the greatly missed John Candy (his gee whiz delivery in Den is wonderful).

  • June 14, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Battle la

    by Chris

    Help me out should I buy or not?

  • June 14, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Virtuousity is hilarious

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    At least the only bit I remember of it is. Russell Crowe records the screams of loads of clubbers and plugs the samples into a keyboard. I need to see that film again.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    cureguy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    you must be forgetting WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. jessica rabbit getting flung from Bennie the Cab..granted she was shorn bare. no bush.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Heavy Metal

    by cesareo

    No hair...mmm, big.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Off Limits is sort of Chinatown meets Platoon.

    by detinue

    Unfortunately, it's not nearly as good as either of those films. A medicore mess, at best. Fred Ward is badass as usual, though - "You still don't get it, do you? We are NEVER outgunned!" (As a fully armed Huey rises up unexpectedly behind his antagonist.)

  • June 14, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Loved Point Break, but...

    by kravmaguffin

    I really thought Reeves was awful, his acting is so bad. "I am an FBI agent" makes me giggle when he says it. Swayze acted circles around him as did Busey. Still love the movie and watch it at least once a year. Near Dark will always be Kathryn Bigelows best film. Somewhere right now a copy of Near Dark is beating the shit out of every Twilight movie.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Cincinnati

    by Oscar

    Harry. No shout out to Tuesday Weld? WTF.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Little known fact about "Heavy Metal" and Austin, TX

    by ufoclub1977

    A lot of it was animated by a crew working in some hot warehouse junk studio for next to nothing in Austin, TX. So I was told by one of the grunt animators himself. He could have been trippin.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Pont Break lovers, if you want a book to read...

    by Somerichs

    Check out Kem Nunn's Tapping the Source. It's the book on which Point Break was loosely--and I really, really mean LOOSELY--based. The story is very different, but you can see the jumping off points as you read the book that inspired the movie. He has several other great books, as well, all (or most) related to surfing in some way or another. Nunn also was a writer on the final season of Deadwood, and was the main writer, if not creator (with Milch) of John From Cincinnati, which should not necessarily be held against him. <p> Back to Pont Break, though. While I love the movie, and am more or less powerless to keep from watching it anytime I come across it on cable, it is also as cheesy and over-the-top as can be, with some pretty bad performances. Despite that, it's an entertaining ride and quotable as hell.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Battle LA is just dull

    by obsequiousmelon

    Battle LA lacks any original ideas. It's just going through the motions and you can see the cast doing that too. Here is a link to my blog where i review it in more detail, http://filmstodatemysisterby.blogspot.com/2011/03/obsequiousmelon-had-his-world-invaded.html

  • Watching this movie will cure anybody's notions of romanticism and heroism about war. Such a devastating movie. So excelent. Truly a great movie, one of the best.

  • if so that must be a huge collection...or does he just get review samples which he has to return?

  • June 14, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Kathryn Bigelow, does Oscar winning best picture

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The Hurt Locker seem to be a distant memory? And regarding Near Dark, I rewatched Aliens last week and I miss the crazy Bill Paxton. His role in that and Near Dark are classic. He got so bland when he became a so-called leading man. Do love A Simple Plan though.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I WANT ROOM SERVICE!

    by PedroM

    so cheesy. There is some new Heavy Metal animation done by a French team, there's even a couple of trailers out quite some time, actually.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    C'mon, everybody

    by army_of_me

    We should all know by now what Harry's Dvd Picks column is all about, the same thing AICN has been about since the beginning: a steady flow of bugnut-crazy, nigh incomprehensible stream-of-consciousness, plopped straight from the lower recesses of his medulla oblongata (the center of fanboy-ism and gushing, as everyone knows) onto his keyboard. Tell me now, where else can you get that on the internet? WHERE?!!

  • June 14, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    It's like reading a James Joyce novel, I tells ya

    by army_of_me

  • June 14, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Harry- I am tempted by "The Image" blu-ray

    by notspock2

    Radley Metzger was a bit of a genius at times and really deserves a reappraisal. Have you seen "the Lickerish Quartet? any thoughts on that?

  • June 14, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Battle: LA and other thoughts

    by MacTard420

    I thought it was entertaining. I wasn't expecting some intelligent sci-fi flick. If you like military movies and blowing up aliens, then you should check it out, Harry. I'm gonna blind buy that GORDON’S WAR / OFF LIMITS two-pack. That sounds too good to pass up! And why do people insist on continually ragging on Harry's grammar?! We all know by now, or we should, that he's not going to magically transform into Harold Shakespeare! And who gives a fuck if he puts movies he hasn't seen in his DVD Picks?!? He's just highlighting stuff that looks intriguing to him. Other people might actually want to check them out too. Some people have too much time on their hands that they just have to post negative comments. Why? I realize this very post is now a negative comment, but I'm trying to stick up for Harry on this one. If you don't like his DVD Column, don't read it!

  • A quick trailer search reveals that the effects are most definitely not "good" Too bad Harry was more interested in the lazy route of perpetuating rumor than taking a few minutes to watch the trailer. It looks on par with Birdemic. And apparently one of the actors ideas of playing a mentally retarded person is to do a Leo from Gilbert Grape impression.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Point Break was the template for the Fast & the Furious

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    ...only they swapped surfing for racing, otherwise same exact story.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, there isn't much this week.

    by Yelsaeb

    At least the column's on schedule this time. That's something. Well, Point Break, so this week isn't that bad.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Battle LA

    by Tank Williams

    Harry, it's terrible. Truly, terrible. Its like Speilbergs WOTW meets District 9.... But nowhere near as good as those two films

  • June 14, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Lord Of The Rings EE Blu-ray Box Color F'd Up?

    by Partyslammer

    There's a lot of chatter in various A/V forums that Jackson's extended cut Blu-ray box set that's coming out in a few weeks has a fucked up color timing issue that gives the first film a greenish tint through the entire movie. Has Peter Jackson commented on this yet? Here's a side-by-side comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwcm-73kZE8

  • June 14, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    "Gordon's War" looks and sounds like the surprise of the week.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Never heard of it and the cover art alone rocks it.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    battle la is awesome.

    by jsfithaca

    and it seems like you were saying hurt locker shouldnt have won best picture. if thats true, you should go die, cuz it was amazing, and would you really want avatar winning?

  • June 14, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal: I miss "supporting character actor" Paxton, too.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    He's very talented, but the stuff he did in "Aliens" is a slice of perfection.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    stiguy- I thought Battle LA was more like a combo

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    of Skyline and your typical Saturday night SyFy cheapie, but not as good as either of those.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Battle L.A.

    by Tomarru

    Saw it in the cinema, and while reasonable solid, it did drag and the whole core pillar of the plot is just so goddamn dumb. The whole rescuing civilians stuff was trite, they risk so much for nothing. Not helped by the fact that the civilians themselves are obnoxious demanding pricks that cause more trouble than the enemy combatants. Also, someone mentioned that it didnt follow the usual trops of aliens invade, find alien weakness, win. Well, it was exactly that, they even telegraphed the ending when the meet rodriguez at the start. Sure they had this big deviation to "save the civilians" to mask it a bit, but it was so obvious. I agree with what someone said above aswell that it was a damn good movie up until they are given their mission 10 mins in. If they had stuck with the bigger picture or given the group we were following a better piece of the action then it would have been great. Instead they are diverted away from the action and only ever stand on the coat tails of whats going on.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Hall Pass---several laugh out loud moments

    by drewlicious

    The scene in the minivan nearly killed me. The reaction from the cops was absolutely priceless. Then there was that sneeze in the bathroom.......It wasn't one of the greatest things ever but it was funnier than most comedies.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Never got a screener?? You fuck.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Yeah, that's the reason why we don't see a lot of movies. With all that kickback and bribe money you get from the studios, you can easily afford a movie every day.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    What I remember most from Battle LA...

    by Dimpy

    ... is the feckin' huge advertisement for the upcoming PS3 game, Resistance 3, stuck to a side of a freeway. A film with the feel of a video game advertising an actual video game!

  • June 14, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Film grain

    by fullrotor

    People, film grain is not the enemy. I'll take a blu-ray reflecting a film's actual grain over some plastic-looking over-DNR'd thing any day.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Wow, a lot of back and forth over Battle: LA. I for one enjoyed it.

    by ltgalloway

    It is an invasion story from the military perspective, but the film keeps grounded on Aaron Eckart's sub plot involving his recent past. There are issues of trust and uncertainty in the face of human extinction, and finding forgiveness and redemption. I thought it made for a great film, and I would certainly recommend it!

  • June 14, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Harry, you said POINT BLANK blu in the title...

    by SmokeFilledTavern

    then dashed my hopes when it was POINT BREAK instead.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Battle: LA aliens...

    by Andrew Coleman

    I actually liked their look and their weapons. Even though they were invading and destroying the shit out of Santa Monica. Their weapons were clunky and not shiny and new. I really dug that. SPOILER:..... Can we finally get a movie where the aliens win? I was let down with the ending of this which reminded me a little too much of ID4. The "Spread the word on how to beat them". Even though the idea makes more sense in BLA than in ID4 it just seemed old.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    robert longo directed jonny mnemonic?

    by TheBaxter

    i guess he was a sucky director before he became a sucky hockey goalie.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Metalguy

    by Cureguy

    I need to see an example of the real aspect ratio...never heard the widescreen format was incorrect.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Skyline

    by REDD

    I finally saw Skyline, it was a lot better than I thought it would be. I thought the alien design was a lot more visually interesting than the alien design in Battle: LA. The scenes with the Army battling the aliens in and around the condo buildings was well staged, nice integration of CGI and live action.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Harry you support Manchester United?

    by silentbobafett2

    That is the most random thing I've seen at the bottom of your post! Ha ha didn't expect to see that! Did you now you were into football? Soccer, sorry! I'm not a Red Devil at all (Come on you Spurs!) but great to see you into the beautiful game!

  • June 14, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    @myphdisdoom

    by Partyslammer

    You wrote: "Can we finally get a movie where the aliens win?" Check out the supremely awful "Skyline." very similar to Battle:LA until you get to the last 10 minutes and then you're subjected to perhaps the cheesiest, outright stupid ending of any sci-fi movie in recent memory.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Cheap Trick!

    by Lemmys_E_string

    Heavy Metal and Rock and Rule, there's your double bill....right there. pMaybe its the lack of cocaine funded animation studios around these days but the early to mid-eighties was pa purple patch for more adult animation.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    So how many times does Radcliffe say "Brilliant" in max movie mode?

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    Just asking.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    agreed...

    by greg harlin

    It looks on par with shit.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    to jackslater4 that is.

    by greg harlin

  • June 14, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    You. Should. Hire an. Editor.

    by chewyou812

    Good lord, man!

  • Not down here with the DOGS and the GARBAGE and the fucking last months newspaper blowing BACK and FORTH! I’ve had it with them, I’ve had it with you, I’ve had it with all this! I want ROOM SERVICE!!!! I want the club sandwich, I want the COLD MEXICAN BEER, I want a TEN-THOUSAND DOLLAR-A-NIGHT HOOKER!! ... I want my shirts laundered... like they do... at the Imperial Hotel… in Tokyo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJmKLzmPMso

  • June 14, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Herculoids

    by dukeroberts

    Harry, you forgot one of the greatest of Hanna-Barbera's greatest adventure cartoons: The Herculoids!

  • June 14, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Portuguese dubbed version of Johnny Mnemonic

    by PedroM

    translates "club sandwich" as "sandwich of the club".

  • June 14, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    ...podbaydoors...

    by DrMorbius

    Re:Battle LA ... If you were attempting comedy, you need to get out more. Take a walk ... If you were being serious, you need to get out more. Go for a swim ... But don't forget to stock the fridge with beer, and have a pizza delivered by 9:00 Saturday night ... for a Syfy Original ... SWAMP SHARK Starring Kristy Swanson and Wade Boggs!!! Maybe he'll try to kill it with a baseball bat!

  • June 14, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Slagging off HALL PASS? Not cool, Harrison.

    by Darkman

    Granted, the Pam/Kelly Bundy scenes deflate the enjoyment a little, but overall, this film is a riot...which I'm a little surprised at, given how I despised the Farrellys' HEARTBREAK KID abortion (I won't dignify it with the term 'remake'). What's more, I found the film far more entertaining than the monstrously overrated THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. <BR><BR> The hidden camera/panic room scene may well be the hardest I've laughed at anything in a movie this year. Honest to God, nothing else comes close. (Okay, the Stephen Merchant scenes over the credits, but that's it.)

  • June 14, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Point Break has no equal!

    by IndyJonze

    Dear god I love this movie so much. The energy, the acting, the characters, MARK ISHAM'S killer fucking score. The skydiving... the foot chase... the night surfing... the Dead Presidents... the skydive to the death... The giant wave at the end... Kathryn Bigelow, you are a goddess for bringing this to life. And forget what the credits read, most of this is written by James Cameron, especially the macho dialogue. Critics who don't get this film don't get film period! I'll take Point Break over every Academy Award winner in the history of film.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Red Riding Hood commits the Cardinal Sin of a Horror Movie ...

    by DrMorbius

    It is Rated PG-13 ... therefore, no Amanda Seyfried sweater meat on display. The ONLY thing that would have made it BARE-able.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Haters Will Find A Reason To Hate Harry.

    by stevepants

    Seriously, I stopped reading this feedback after the 3rd or 4th "Harry can't write, this column is incomprehensible" comment. 1. You seriously need to brush up on your reading and reading comprehension skills if you think this latest column is that poorly written. 2. Harry is "writing" in a colloquial style...it's more conversational than critical and properly formatted. 3. I hate that I'm that annoyed by the feedback on this site...but I guess it's part of geek culture :)

  • June 14, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    stevepants

    by Jaka

    Are you kidding? I could quote 20 passages from this column alone that are grammatically incorrect. And not just a little bit, but MAJORLY so. Period. End of point. More than that, his writing seems to continue to get worse when it should be getting better. I mean, what else does the guy do besides watch movies and write?

  • June 14, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Insignificance

    by madship

    How can an self professed movie geek have not seen Insignificance. Particularly one who claims to love Roeg's work. The conflation of actual history, pop culture, film nostalgia and Big Audio Dynamite (temporal memory may be distorted) is amazing. This may be Roeg's best work. One of my favorites from the eighties.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Illiterate

    by madship

    You may excuse it as colloquial, but Harry's style is just this side of illiterate. I am greatly relieved my son will not be attending school in Texas. I read this column for the interesting new releases, Harry's comments for the most part are meaningless.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    -- madship

    by MooseMalloy

    -- Big Audio Dynamite references INSIGNIFICANCE in their song "E=MC2" and used clips from the movie in the music video. I haven't thought of that video in years!

  • June 14, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    HALL PASS & BATTLE: L.A. ...

    by TopHat

    First HALL PASS: I can't see how any self-respecting man could like this movie; the husbands are portrayed as assholes for actually wanting sex and being attracted to women ...and the blonde wife is the one who actually cheats (and, no, I don't think what her husband did should be considered "cheating"; he almost goes down on a obviously crazy woman, she has sex with a twenty-something college baseball player) and Wilson's character passes up having sex with an unbelievably hot woman for his wife who's been flirting with college boys the whole week ...and, sexually, he's only been with her! So, for a recap: Guy who's only been with one woman, chooses to continue to be with only one woman and have mediocre sex for the rest of his life, and, wife puts down husband for wanting sex, tells him he can have a week to have sex with whomever he wants because HE'S pathetic, SHE cheats on him, he never finds out about it and tries to make up to HER for his lame attempt at oral sex with a crazy woman. On behalf of all men in the world with a shred of dignity and half a brain, FUCK-YOU-FARRELLYS. BATTLE: L.A. : "The American millitary can do no wrong, are heros, warriors, and just better than everyone else." "Please enter name of ethnic group you hate into the space labeled "alien"."

  • June 14, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    battle la sucked. A tad better than skyline but not much

    by skiff

    With the big alien invasion going on lets focus on the humans. When they stayed in one location and talked for 20 minutes we just didn't care. This is no ID4 Not even close

  • June 14, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Battle L.A = pure popcorn entertainment!

    by Lance2769

    Everything a guy can look for in a summer flick although this was not released in the summer - pure adrenaline. Buy it!

  • June 14, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Hey, do we have any of that Plutonian Nyborg left?

    by Star Hump

    That sucks about Heavy Metal's aspect ratio. One of the greatest stoner movies all time deserves better.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    watched battle la on my ipod at work, it wasn't bad

    by seabiscuits

    it wasn't good either but it got me through 2 days

  • June 14, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Gibson approves of JM.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • June 15, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    The cyborg scene in Superman III scared me as a kid

    by Tacom

    Robert Vaughn's sister getting pulled into the supercomputer and turned into a cyborg seriously freaked me out.

  • "You're floating in a sea of shit! and instead of just staying in the boat, you pick out one turd and say this turd......well this turd pisses me off!!"<p> Fred Ward = Professional

  • June 15, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Battlefield LA : a mixed bag

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    The first 15 minutes you might think to yourself, hey, maybe the naysayers are wrong, this is pretty cool! I liked the look/style of the film. Then when the squad it sent on their mission you start to think, hmm this is kind of dumb. This script is pretty cheesy.... Loud urban warfare with aliens ensues. After a while it all blurs together and some of the scenes are unintentionally comical. It wraps up pretty well imo, I liked the end. This would be worth a rental with your buddies if you like to crack jokes about stupid shit that happens in movies. B-/C+

  • June 15, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    KILL THE IRISHMAN is a damn good flick!

    by Horace Cox

    I had a chance to meet the author of the book and he was very pleased with the way the movie turned out. A few scenes are "Hollywooded" up for dramatic purposes, but he said they pretty much got all the important stuff right on the money. It's got a fantastic cast and it really is entertaining as hell. It's all the more fascinating because it is a true story. Google Danny Greene sometime and read about his life. It's a pretty fuckin' amazing tale. The end of Danny Greene was one of the dominoes that started the downfall of the entire U.S. mafia. Anyway, it's a good movie and very well told story. I highly recommend it.

  • June 15, 2011, 3:56 a.m. CST

    The secondary characters make Off Limits

    by gmanca

    Scott Glenn as the psyched-out Colonel "You've got five seconds before I throw you out the copter... Ok you're next," Keith David with the Herpes stuff, and Fred Ward. Hines and Defoe try to do the buddy cop stuff but it doesn't really work and Amanda Pays' role drags the film.

  • June 15, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST

    And yeah, I like Johnny Mnemonic

    by gmanca

    It's the absurdity of the whole thing that makes it worth watching. Cyborg preacher/bounty hunter, a Japanese executive haunted by a ghost in the machine, the female security details, lo-jacks equipped with wrist-mounted crossbows, and the fucking dolphin with a Marine's brainwave pattern; if you can't find the bit of goodness that comes from an "as grounded/serious as can be" departure of the mundane, then I don't know what to say.

  • June 15, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    ^ Imaginative Elements Does Not Make a Good Movie

    by Autodidact

    The way all those things are delivered on-screen in Johnny Mnemonic is crap.

  • June 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    drmorbius-sorry, they can't all be jewels

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    And I wouldn't call Battle LA dull...just incredibly cliche and mundane. A staff sargeant with a dark past where his platoon was killed in a previous mission? Oh noooo!!! It was as if the screenwriter came across an old unproduced '40s WW II screenplay and replaced Germans/Japanese with aliens.

  • June 15, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    antonphd

    by elsewhere

    I don't think Game of Thrones is up Harry's alley. We're 9 episodes in and he's not said a word about it.

  • June 15, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Skyline

    by Autodidact

    I came across the ticket stub from Skyline while going through receipts. What a complete waste of $.

  • June 15, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    CureGuy

    by Brian

    Sorry, I can't screen capture here. All i can say is that I have the old VHS and the DVD edition, the one with the extra "history of evil" scene on it, and the comparison of the two makes it obvious. I first noticed it when that DVD came out and things I remembered from the movie, both on VHS and in the theater, were missing. Best I can do to show you what I see comparing the two: Check out the image of Taarna in her robe from an original cell here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&item=270518150518 Then check out this youtube video using widescreen footage here at 5:32 minutes. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0T8bzaxL14 As an animator and fan of animation, its a shame to see so much of the art missing. (And in this case, you miss some rare american cartoon nudity when her robe parts as she raises her arms to boot!).

  • June 15, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Cureguy: time and links clarified

    by Brian

    Sorry, its at 4:51 in the youtube... and the cell link is: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&clk_rvr_id=240651906594&item=270518150518

  • Every time he writes an article, many will point out his errors and some fruitcake will rush to his defense claiming his murder of the language is intentional (not just laziness or stupidity).

  • June 15, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Most Animation was Matted to Widescreen in the 80s

    by Autodidact

    Transformers The Movie has the same deal.... the widescreen version is actually a matted version of the full-frame image.

  • June 15, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Metalguy

    by Cureguy

    I will have to get my hands on the VHS copy somehow. I have never seen that edition of the film.The cell shows the full length of her body with robe and hands. It just surprises me that this is the first time I have heard of this problem, with all the videophiles who have lusted after Heavy Metal the Movie on DVD format for so many years, I would assume that this topic would have come up.The widescreen certainly isn't lacking in showing Taarna's nude body and her silver bush. Ha...silver bush. That's funny.

  • June 15, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    IMDB says the (intended) aspect ratio is 1.85:1 for HM

    by Cureguy

    They are usually pretty accurate with tech specs. Bottom line is I will have to get the VHS copy. I think they are hard to come by now.

  • June 15, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Personal movie collections

    by eloy

    O.k., I'm pretty sure this must have been discussed quite ad fucking nauseam in the past but I sure as hell missed it: What do your personal collections look like? Quantity-wise, content-wise, dvd-blu-ray-ratio? I just started with my own, in a serious way, about a couple years ago and so far there are 143 titles in my bunch, with 94 of those in blu (accounting for about 65% of the total) and 49 in dvd. As for the selection, I´ve managed to get roughly 35 or so of my 100-all-time-favorite flicks (we all have our lists so you know how they all can be wildly different form each other), five musicals (Sound of Music, Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Grease, Xanadu), the genesis of my animated Disney archive (Snow White and Pinnochio), some franchises (X Men, Bourne, Godfather, Back to the Future trilogies, Alien quadrilogy, the Dirty Harries minus the Jim Carrey one, four Bonds, couple of Nat. Lampoon's Vacations), some directors's careers I wanna complete (Cameron's Terminators, Aliens and Avatar; Nolan's Batmen and Inception; De Palma's Dressed To Kill and Body Double), comic book movies (Dick tracy, Burton's Batman, Iron Man- which is not to say I don't have another handful of those in my all-time-favorites bunch), a couple of Mary Elizabeth Winsteads (to me, the most beautiful woman in the known universe), and, finally, the two sections I think I'll be the most proud of if I manage to get them really, really fleshed out: 80's teen flicks (License to Drive, No Small Affair, 3 0'clock High, They're Playing With Fire, Private Lessons, Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer, Sure Thing, Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club, Ridgemont High, Gotcha!, Hot Dog (with Shannon Tweed!), Just one of the Guys, Karate Kid, Losin' It, Lost Boys, Private Resort, My Science Project) and 80's horror flicks (Child's Play, Chopping Mall, Halloween- yeah, I know it's not 80's- Friday the 13th, Fright Night, Hellraiser, Howling, Omen and Prom Night- I know it, too- Poltergeist, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-rama; all original versions, mind you). Plus, I've had to get, every now and then, some bargains I just couldn't let pass (I mean, I paid less than a buck for the Clash of the Titans blu, original version!). I also have this 50-movie horror-pack but most of the movies are so unredeemingly shitty (with a couple of shining exceptions) that I'm not even counting them. I'd like to know what other collections look like, how are yours coming?

  • June 15, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Point Break, The worst thing......

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    for me was Lori Petty. Not a fan. And yet this is one of my fave movies to watch to kick off the summer season. Thats how great this movie is.

  • June 15, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Aspect Ratio and IMDB

    by Brian

    Yeah, IMDB is often very accurate, but not always (As I can attest, there are errors with my own entry (voice acting and writing) that i have never bothered to figure out how to fix). I never got the Secret of Nimh DVD back in the day because it was 4:3 and I assumed it should have come in widescreen - but later found out it was originally 4:3 as well. I would have assumed that there would have been more info about HM aspect ratio online myself, but I think most reviewers of the DVD just repeated the 1:85 from the press release they were handed when it came out. Now with the Blu its just assumed, and most screen captures online are from the DVD / widescreen. The Hobbit DVD WB put out years ago was also screwed, in that an entire track of sound effects (Spider deaths, dragon screams - basically everything iconic about the original sound design) was missing. No one seemed to care about that either, and I was never able to find much info on it, and AFAIK, WB never fixed it on later pressings. I love that movie, and have had to hang onto the VHS copy just to see it with its correct sound. Its movies like these, that I grew up, watching over and over, that I can just tell when something is wrong. I guess they're just engrained in my head. As an artist and art fan, it bothers me. Your mileage may vary...

  • June 15, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    HM Ratios

    by Cureguy

    I am as big a fan of Heavy Metal as you will ever find. Does it actually say 4:3 on your VHS copy? I just find it hard to believe that someone, somewhere didn't point out that discrepancy a long time ago. I want to see a side by side comparison and until I do I have to go with IMDB's claim. Sorry. It might have been a conscious decision by Potterton to cut the cell's to 1:85 for the cinema release. VH-1 Classic had a showing of HM fullscreen and from what I can remember that scene with Taarna didn't show anything. I KNOW I would have remembered that.

  • June 15, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    autodidatic, I didn't say good movie

    by gmanca

    I know it's a bad movie, I'm saying that it's not completely void of anything good. Regardless of the narrative failure, it's still worthy of a viewing.

  • June 15, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Why are you picking movies you haven't seen?

    by Dave

    The answer is; Amazon Pimping!

  • June 15, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I can't believe how many of you people love Point Break.

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    It's so awful. Anyone who thinks it's better than The Hurt Locker must be twelve years old. Near Dark is excellent, hell even Strange Days was better than Point Break.

  • June 15, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    WHOA! What's with the triple post?

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

  • June 15, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Cureguy VHS copy

    by Brian

    The VHS copy I have is the silver covered one, the edition that says "Louder and Nastier Than Ever" under a picture of Taarna from 1996. The back says the usual "This film has been modified from its original version to fit your TV." The DVD is the Collector's Edition from 1999. Just popped both the VHS and DVD back in to check them out and make sure I'm not crazy. Sure enough, Taarna silver bush in the VHS scene, none in the DVD scene. For the record, the cell at Ebay shows even more of the figure than the VHS, as you don't see her all of her hands when they are her side in the VHS, but that's expected. VH1: Actually, I first remember seeing this and being aware of it when I saw HM on VH1, thinking "they'll surely cut that peekaboo shot." Then doing a proverbial spit take when they didn't. I'm guessing that the movie was filmed 4:3 and matted naturally in theaters to 1:85, like many films. Doing an animated film like seems crazy, as why draw what you won't see? I guess it worked out better for 4:3 home video in the 1980s? I never saw it in a proper theater, just at school shows in the 90s, so I am sure I never saw it matted. I'll keep my VHS, I guess. Still has a pretty decent picture.

  • I believe this adds even more to the charm and underground feel of the movie because of the flaws in rushing the picture. Usually "formatted to fit your TV" means you lose visual information, not gain it. I can't imagine that the full screen version has more information than widescreen when Taarna is flying over the panoramic xeroxed landscape. Why hasn't Harry Knowles, not Harry Canyon brought this discrepancy up ? He is a major fan of HM and movies in general.

  • June 15, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Silver Bush....Silver Bush it's time to see Taarna's titties!

    by Cureguy

    Great Christmas song :)

  • June 15, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    "The Herculoids: The Complete Series" is available 6/14/11 via the Warner Archives!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Most of the releases this week pale in comparison to the awesomeness of "The Herculoids"!

  • June 15, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Harry and the girl from Sweet Karma

    by wolfman30

    Talk about beauty and the beast: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3036513792/nm3041217

  • June 16, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    kill the irishman

    by LAZLOW

    I don't remember the last time I got a "scoop" from aicn but the review of Kill the Irishman is very surprising. It was still playing at my AMC 24 here in San Antonio. I had a free pass, so I checked it out. It may have been a true story but it was a very staid crime drama about a compelling guy that should have been told by a more interested director. Th acting is fine but wasted on a script that felt like a warm, flat beer. Everything is- then, this happened; then, this happened. There isn't much dialogue to chew on for the actors. They fill the screen, and occupy the time without any real opportunities to let there talent linger. It tastes like a stew without broth.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Great find on that Harry pic, wolfman

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    That girl is hot, but she doesn't have a forehead, she's got a fivehead! And Harry? Well, the top of Harry's head looks like those supposed skulls of the Yeti that they have in the Himalayas.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    evangelion

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    You have such a man crush on The Choppah, it's ridiculous!

  • June 16, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed Battle: Los Angeles...

    by bubcus

    ... but not enough to own. It's very much a watch-once film. A, dare I say, rental?

  • June 16, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    . . . podbaydoors . . .

    by DrMorbius

    Suffice to say, I liked it more than you . . . . . . but . . . seriously . . . are you NOT going to behold such a masterpiece of cinema titled . . . SWAMP SHARK?

  • June 16, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    http://www.hark.com

    by static007

    This site has thousands upon thousands of free sound quotes to listen to for free. You can even upload your own if you register. I found it while searching for info on Point Break.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Battle LA was a far better alien invasion film than both..

    by Stalkeye

    ..Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds and especially ID4 (Gawd, how I fucking hated that film.). It gives a impression from the Soldier's perspective in the midst of an alien invasion/fight. Some the action sequences reminded me of District 9, just without the compelling storyline. It's another one of those check your brain at the door films.Needless to say Eckhart does a great job as the aging Sgt who leads his squad into battle. Now this guy should have been cast as GIJoe's First Shirt; Duke and not that Channing punk. Worthy of watching in Blu Ray format of course.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Legend of the Fist

    by Stalkeye

    Great WW I opening scene that would make Joe Johnson (Director of Captain America) envious. I coined Yen's character, Captain China (Thanks to BSB) as he (litterly) kicks the shit out of the German soldiers. Great homage to the King of Martail Arts films Bruce-fucking-Lee. A must own, bitches!

  • June 16, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The Herculoids was pale in comparison to Spaaaaaccccce Ghost.

    by Stalkeye

    Even Birdman was somewhat cooler till they introduced Birdboy.OMMFG!

  • June 16, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    The Shmoo Rules Them All!!!

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Especially those poor man's shmoo wannabe Herculoids.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    BTW Kill the Irishman was unexpectedly frickin good.

    by Stalkeye

    This Stevenson guy is deserving of props for his potrayal of real life gangster Danny Greene. This guy wasn't some dumb ass mc criminal, but his intellegence was on par with his street instincts. Too bad it ended the way it did,(That's reality, if you know what I'm sayin.) cause I would have loved to have seen a sequel based on this guy. Although Dolph is my favorite Punisher, Ray comes the closest as the embodiment of Frank castle. Warzone had everything going for it except the stupid storyline. But hey, should a sequel be in the making, Ray's the man!

  • June 16, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    D.B. Sweeney?....Kristi Swanson??..Swamp Shark???

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    My ass will be glued that weekend for sure.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Yeah but...

    by Darth Macchio

    Johnny Mnemonic also featured an impossibly hot and scantily clad Dina Meyer! Of course, you can get full on frontals in Starship Troopers but I digress.. At least they didn't make Ice T wear dog-face makeup.

  • June 16, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    A few of my own points:

    by david starling

    -Battle:Los Angeles was contrived, cookie-cutter and derivative, but at least it got on with the job and delivered entertainment for the most part. I sat and watched the Tron sequel and truly wondered what all the fuss was about. And at least I know that when I watch it again, I'm not going to have all that "homage" crap like I've been endlessly hearing about with Super 8. -Yeeccchh, Johnny Mneumonic is truly crap, and the one time I've seen it I kind of never wanted to dwell on. But when is David Cronenberg's The Naked Lunch coming out on BR? Yet another bastardisation of a cool story, but at least it has some substance!! Oh, and will A Scanner Darly be hitting BR too? -Harry, do you remember Robot Jox? Great ad, but a horrible movie. I know Crash and Burn is the sequel, at least I think?

  • And I got a "Whoa..." staring me in the face. Lee Marvin woulda throat-punched you in the nuts for that.

  • June 17, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Re: myphdisdoom

    by Chris

    While there are only a few movies where the aliens win, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is right at the top.

  • June 17, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Kill The Irishman - damn fine film - and whatta cast!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bob Gunton, Vinnie Jones, Fionnula Flanagan, one of my '70s favs-Tony Lo Bianco, Paul Sorvino, Steve Schirripa, Robert muthafuckin' Davi-looking the same as he did in Die Hard and The Goonies 25 years ago!, and Val Kilmer, who has become Mr. Direct to Video lately, turns in an actual good performance. And Ray Stevenson had nothing but the nicest things to say about filming in Detroit, that makes this Michigan boy smile.

  • June 17, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Robot Wars / Robot Jox / Crash & Brun

    by pieman0226

    These were the Sci/Fi B-movie (Cish-D Really) classics that I grew up on. Technically, they are all sequels set in the same world. But each film is a stand-alone. Really bad acting, basic story line, but awesome to a kid who didn't know any better. I'm getting my double-feature. But this is the very spine & soul that sprung up the mech-revolution that we see today. I remember going to play at BattleTech, which was like Q-zar but for Mech-Warrior. It's sad that places like that got outdated so fast because their hardware couldn't keep up with the software...but anyway.. Hollywood has proven that machines can fight each other now, in CGI. Transformers is out, Terminator is done. Why can't they go back to Mech-Warrior? It couldn't be done in the 80's and 90's, but now it seems easy-shpeasy. These are the classic one-on-one Mech match-up. Not...whatever wolverine is coming out with this summer. But Mech-man...Damn!

  • June 17, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Netflixed Kill the Irishman on a whim, and It Made my Week!

    by Saen

    Awesome movie. Ray Stevenson needs more leading roles, and another punisher movie where he actually gets to talk. The man exudes that level of menace on screen that makes watching him in these roles so much fun.

  • June 18, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Saw "Kill the Irishman" last night...

    by Tristan

    Good movie. Excellent cast and performances. Ray owned that film. I just didn't think Ray looked the part in Punisher: Warzone. He did a good job of acting, but to me, he didn't scream, "Punisher", when I looked at him.

  • June 18, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    @djangoilbastardo

    by comicsniper

    Thanks man! The only reason I was reading this article was hoping for a Point Blank blu review. What a great film that was...Lee Marvin, Karl Malden, and even 'introducing' John Vernon-all badasses 10 x cooler than Swayze ever was...

  • June 18, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Still says "Point Blank" in the headline.

    by fustfick

    Good grief.

  • June 19, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    @comicsniper

    by djangoilbastardo

    I almost agree. But I do love me some ROADHOUSE. Which, like POINT BLANK is also 10x (at the very least) better than POINT BREAK.

  • June 21, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Lords of Dogtown

    by Henry Fool

    I LOVED Lords of Dogtown. It was just a really fun take on the whole "kids messing around in the 70's" genre. It'd make a great double feature with "Dazed and Confused" (another fave). But ever since "Twilight" it just feels like everything she does sucks.<br /> <br /> I think with LOD she cast a lot of good actors who could relate to their roles. But since then she's been doing genre flicks with no psychological depth and she's out of her league there. I hope she returns to form. She started out as a very promising director.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    *sigh

    by ZodNotGod

    "I've never watched Superman 3 entirely... by ufoclub1977" I envy you. Oh how I hate that film. Such a rancid insult. Awful.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    ...

    by ZodNotGod

    Loves "Lords of Dogtown," too!

  • Harry, you fuckin' twit. All you do here is shill and you can't even get that right anymore.