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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 4th & 5th wk of August 2011: IF..., MILLER'S CROSSING, ORPHEUS, HERCULOIDS, PROM, THE CALAMARI WRESTLER, Billy The Kid Vs Dracula & so much more!

Published at: Aug. 29, 2011, 9 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here… I was a bit paralyzed from rehabitis last week. Brain was just tired and wasn’t in a place where I felt decent about sitting still in front of the computer and compose thoughts. It was aggravating, because I did sit down to begin it, but the noggin was lagging. So I dedicated today to getting this written up – without cheating y’all. So here it is – last week’s and tomorrow’s. As a bonus – I’ll throw in a new Cartuna animation to commemorate one of the Blu-rays below! As usual the images and links take you to AMAZON where you can order or learn more about the item in question. If you do order, a small percentage of the purchase price does go to support this column and it’s nearly decade long history of covering home video. For that, I thank you. Here we go… Let’s start with T&A!

 

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011





The Women In Cages Collection (THE BIG BIRD CAGE / BIG DOLL HOUSE / WOMEN IN CAGES ) Blu Ray

Corman’s Women in Prison series of movies may represent what I consider to be… the perfect genre. Now – some might see this as an overt act of sexism, except that usually in the end – the women are on top – having reached the breaking point of being personally exploited and have struck out against their oppressors and have, to some degree, recaptured their dignity – but along the way – you’ll see beautiful and stunning women – like the amazing Pam Grier – singing, sweating, fighting, having sex and being a badass. These three films represent an immense amount of fun. Then there’s Judy Brown, Jennifer Gan, Anitra Ford and Carol Speed – which all are just wonderful in these films. As is my personal hero, Sid Haig – who literally may be the actor having the most fun in the history of cinema. Watch how much fun he is having, how much relish he spoons on to every scene he has. The best two films here are the two by Jack Hill… His BIG BIRD CAGE and BIG DOLL HOUSE are just terrific movies. The transfers are beyond satisfying. I’m actually a little in shock that prints this good were available to render thise digital transfers. I don’t believe they’ve ever looked better. ALSO – you get some pretty great extras:
Big Doll House
Audio commentary with Director, Jack Hill
Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman
From Manila With Love – new documentary on the making of Big Doll House and The Big Bird Cage featuring interviews with Director Jack Hill, Screenwriter, James Gordon White, Actors, Sid Haig, Judy Brown, Anitra Ford, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman and Teda Bracci, and Producers, Roger Corman and Jane Schaffer
Trailer, TV spot and radio spot
Women In Cages Trailer and TV spot
The Big Bird Cage Audio commentary with Director, Jack Hill Trailer and TV spot




DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK Remastered Special Edition

If you’ve seen the remake of this rather powerful direct to tv Horror film, that hit this weekend, you’ll see a movie that is supremely crafted. The production design and atmosphere and evil little fuckers… well it’s spectacular, but the original film has a resolve that is superior in my opinion. It might just be that I prefer Kim Darby to Katie Holmes… but this movie is disarming in the sense that you don’t expect it to be as downright vicious, creepy and mean as it is. Watch this alone, in the dark, at your own risk!




ERNEST SCARED STUPID Blu Ray

I do have a weakness for Jim Varney. It is a weakness that I’m not particularly proud of, but… to me, he’s a 1000 times less offensive than Larry The Cable Guy – and far superior a performer. This film has always been joined to KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, which is a vastly superior film… but the difference is… this you can show to your small kids in the month of October, while KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE… well, I’d show it to kids, but I’m fucking evil. This Blu is on sale at Amazon at a mere $5.99 so it isn’t a big loss, but it is a lot of fun.




TROLLHUNTER Blu Ray

Here’s a Fantastic Fest luminary, that for me, is a movie of moments. Personally, I just wish they’d shot this as a narrative film, and dropped the bullshit “faux documentary” structure. Had it just been a movie about a team that was trying to document what was going on – but here, there’s extended sequences that are repetitious, albeit beautiful, that is essentially hanging the camera out the window of a car – and I’d prefer a tighter film. That said, the TROLL sequences are simply spectacular. Personally, I wish that someone like Viggo was out there fighting them. Best case scenario would revolve around a team of vikings that are tracking a troll for revenge, after a settlement attack. But the film has a lot to recommend. It really blew Massawyrm away, for me, it is a movie about sequences, not the whole!




ROUNDERS Blu Ray

I could watch Matt Damon and Edward Norton and John Malkovich and John Turturro play cards all day long. I’m really fond of ROUNDERS – this was one of those early Damon films that solidified my fandom of his work – but also – it did the same for Ed Norton. I love these two actors because they give of an air that they know what the fuck they’re doing. And in this film, you get a very strong vibe that Poker is a skill. Something to be learned. Something safe. The film is a trap, stick your finger in, buy into the con of the film and your finances are at risk, but if you love poker for the observing of your opponent. This film is a true delight. Great flick. Nice to revisit it.




BLITZ Blu Ray

Found the film to be tedious & boring. I like Statham, but this film was just a waste of his considerable talents. No need to check this out.




THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD Blu Ray

Do you want to be afraid? Morgan Spurlock’s documentary studying PRODUCT PLACEMENT by attempting to make a movie completely financed via product placement – well it results in discovering some fairly disturbing practices by the advertising world. The brain scan – crazy. But the most important reason to see the film is to discover MANE & TAIL. It is amazing. This doc is insightful and incredibly entertaining. Check it out to learn how we get brainwashed into loving POM WONDERFUL and other products that otherwise we might have zero interest in.




SWINGERS Blu Ray

SWINGERS is a culture film. A vibe. Favreau and Vaughn are amazingly fun as these characters. But it is realistic. I remembered the movie as being a bit of a party film, but rewatching it – there’s a real sadness to the film. Vaughn and Favreau aren’t quite the smooth badasses that I used to think they were in this film. Instead, they’re at a sad point in their lives. Unhappy. Sometimes clueless, but they all want at a better place. I miss this kind of film. Be it from Favs and Vaughn or even Doug Liman, who has graduated to pop-cinema, much like everyone in this film. There’s just something simple and beautiful about SWINGERS that absolutely holds up. Looks great on Blu. Here’s the extras:
• "Making it in Hollywood" Original Documentary
• Art Imitates Life: Writing the Story
• Life Creates Art: Getting “Swingers” Made
• Life Imitates Art: “Swingers” Culture
• Art Creates Life: Life After “Swingers”
• The Cutting Room Floor
• Audio Commentary
• Illustrated Action Commentary
• “Swingblade” Short Film
• Original Theatrical Trailer




Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Sword & Sorcery Collection: DEATHSTALKER, DEATHSTALKER II, THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS & BARBARIAN QUEEN

If you want to see why I was so ecstatic about LORD OF THE RINGS – watche these four films and realize – this was the state of Fantasy filmmaking throughout the 80s. Variations of these. Now they’re fun, hokey – but not at all the awesome that we’ve begun to see fantasy mature into. Although, I’d kill to see this type of FANTASY done, but badass and fully realized. Hard R fantasy is something that has never properly been handled. The latest CONAN is the biggest expense put to this particular genre, but they wasted it with a crap director – so it will likely be quite some time till it is done with the greatness that it needs. That said – these 4 films are absolutely time trips back to a period of filmmaking that really delivered tits and crazy fucking moments that require a rewind and a watch over… just to believe you saw what you think you saw. It’s hokey, but fun! And look at these fabulous extras:
Deathstalker: New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
Audio commentary by Producer/Director, John Sbardellati, Special Makeup Effects Artist, John Carl Buechler and Actor, Richard Brooker
Theatrical trailer
Photo gallery
Deathstalker II: New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1) of the Director’s approved cut of the film
Audio commentary by Director, Jim Wynorski, Actors, John Terlesky And Toni Naples
Theatrical trailer




BAMBI II Blu-Ray

Utter dreck




HOSTAGE Blu Ray

A middle-of-the-road predictable and forgettable thriller – that I absolutely can dig watching because I just have a complete fondness for Bruce Willis. But yeah – there’s far better films with the Bruce, but any movie with him, in my book, is worth a watch! Even HUDSON HAWK – or especially HUDSON HAWK.




WIN WIN Blu Ray

Tom McCarthy is a fellow due our attention. If you haven’t made note of the name – as the writing directing phenom behind THE STATION AGENT and THE VISITOR – along with being the screenwriter for UP… the work he’s done to date has been humblingly intimate and great. Here’s a film with great actors like Paul Giamatti, Burt Young and the awesome Melanie Lynskey. It’s one of those stories about misspent youth discovered and set upon a righteous path by those most curious of professionals… a Coach. Not just any coach, but one that is a Wrestling Coach… But this isn’t about tearing your shirt up, pile drivers and sleeper holds, this is that less splashy form of wrestling – and it is a very strong work. Absolutely worth checking out, don’t miss this.




SECRET SUNSHINE Criterion Blu

As most devout followers of modern Korean cinema will attest… the best consistent filmmaking going on right now cross genres. I’ve seen brilliant mysteries, crime films, horror films, dramas, art films and even comedies out of that country. The explosion of talent is quite impressive, but the films that just destroy me – are the HUMAN films. The movies that are just concerning moments and phrases of life. Here, we have a recently widowed piano teacher with a lil kid that decides to pick up from Seoul to get a fresh start in the more rural birthplace of her departed husband. The film is a salve for the soul. Very real, very emotional in small strokes. Fantastic work. It’s these titles that Criterion gives us that really make them a remarkable company. This is a film that needs to be seen. Thankfully through their release, we will. Here’s the extras:
New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Lee Chang-dong and cinematographer Cho Yong-kyu, with DTS-HD Master Audio
New interview with Lee On the Set of “Secret Sunshine,”
a video piece featuring interviews with actors Jeon Do-yeon and Song Kang-ho,
as well as behind-the-scenes footage U.S. theatrical trailer New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dennis Lim




LITTLE BIG SOLDIER Blu Ray

I’m not in love with this Jackie Chan film as much as I was with SHINJUKU INCIDENT, which I believe is the film from Jackie that has most kicked my ass recently. But it’s an ok flick. Chan plays a fool farmer, who essentially JarJars his way – as only Jackie can, through very perilous situations. This is a solid outing from Jackie – and it is a film he wanted to make for about 20 years. But it plays to Jackie’s established strengths – whereas, I loved the casting against type that Jackie did in SHINJUKU… Definitely worth checking out. If you ever loved Jackie – this is his best original work that he’s had this type of control over, in quite some time.




ONE MINUTE TO ZERO

I love old Korean War films because psychologically, they tend to be a bit more complicated than the WWII flicks. Plus – it is a friggin Robert Mitchum flick – which always means it is at least very interesting to watch, because Mitchum is such a unique tone of actor. This also has the most interesting singing performance from Mitchum’s entire filmography. Something I never imagined I could say after THUNDER ROAD. If you like War pics, this is one not to miss.




SUPER HYBRID Blu Ray

Terribly subpar at nearly every level. When I got sent the BluRay I was excited, because I love Vehicular Horror flicks. I mean – who hasn’t felt like a car was trying to kill them at least once in your life? I’ve had a couple of these traumatic incidents. Then I saw Oded Fehr’s name – and he’s one of them actors that I actively root for. I don’t know him, but I like him on screen. I just wish he’d get better parts. Because in this film, he has no choice but to suck. Everything about the film just blows. The car is fucking totally shit. The way it kills – kinda funny in a HA HA once kind of way, then a yawn any other time. Stick with CHRISTINE or DUEL or DEATH RACE 2000 – deal?




Shockorama: The William Beaudine Collection: BILLY THE KID VS DRACULA / JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER

Straight up crappy release quality – but in some ways it kind of fits the material. But this is a shit release of two movies which definitely deserve better. I personally like BILLY THE KID VS DRACULA – would love to see it get remade with Emilio Estevez & Gary Oldman. For me the original was always fun for John Carradine’s contribution to the annals of cinematic Vlads. Hokey, cheesey, cheap? Yup, but if you love the funk of film history, this funks for you!




CALAMARI WRESTLER

So the New York Times says this veils sharp social commentary with irreverent humor and corny romance. Just saying. I mean – look at that cover and if THE NEW YORK TIMES has seen it – and you haven’t – you feel that shame? I’m blind ordering this one. I’ll leave it on top of stacks of DVDs and BluRays and it will be put on, when a brave soul says to me, I want to see this! And at that point, I will discover the sharp social commentary of THE CALAMARI WRESTLER!!!

 

 

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011





GOOD WILL HUNTING

I just love this film. Matt Damon’s Will Hunting and Robin Williams’ Oscar Winning Supporting Actor part are just so great. The funny part for me is that 15 years ago I was all about Damon’s character, but in awe of Robin Williams’ part. Now – I actually associate with Robin – and thank god. Right? I mean after the “Bench” scene – as broken and vulnerable as Williams was – how did any of us not envy his life, his memories and feel shame for our cynical outlook at the world. This film commands that you engage your life. That you discover and pursue your passionate purpose. It’s about letting go of the comfortable life, to pursue a REAL LIFE. Love this movie – and hopefully the black hearted bastards that turned on this film. Hopefully they’ve seen the light.




COEN BROTHERS COLLECTION ( BLOOD SIMPLE / FARGO / MILLER’S CROSSING / RAISING ARIZONA ) Blu Ray

I’m writing these up separately below – but man… MILLER’S CROSSING is my fave Coen flick – and all 4 of these films are highlight stand-outs from their career. But if you buy them like this you save nearly $23. So that’s the main reason to click, besides the awesome box art!




COUGAR TOWN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

Ok AICNers – if you want to support a successful AICNer, enjoy COUGAR TOWN – and realize that a former AICN writer & spy… chatroom and talkback occupant – created COUGAR TOWN – and this is his SECOND SEASON of his major network show – and holy shit is it a lot of fun. Long Live The Biegel!!!




THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS BluRay 3D

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was in many ways the proof of concept when it came to 2d-3D conversion – and Disney has decided to release it in the best home video 3D format around. Personally, I’ll stick with my standard Blu… NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a beloved film, but I do not have the vaunted 3D Blu set up. Do you? How is it?




TOP GUN Blu Ray

I thought this BluRay just looked stunning. Of course, Tony Scott is a helluva shooter – and whoever handled the mastering of this disc – I adore the image quality big time. I love TOP GUN. This was the first film I heard in a THX auditorium. And when I cranked this sucker up in my home system – I rattled the frames. There’s no doubt a pure nostalgic vibe that helps this movie for me. I drove so fast to the soundtrack of this film. It made karaoke seem smooth. It taught me my preferred high five, low five technique. It’s why so many friends in my generation wanted to be fighter pilots. It is also a hilarious film to party with. So many quotable moments. With this, you’ll never get that lonely feeling again! The slight bummers are mainly that the nearly 2 and a half hour doc isn’t in 1080p, but this is a loaded disc. Lots to explore and enjoy. And like I said – fuck it looks and sounds GREAT!




MILLER’S CROSSING BluRay

Fox titles usually don’t show up until after this column is due – so as of this writing, I do not have this highly covetable Blu Ray. I mean. We all agree, this is the Coen Brothers’ best movie… right? I know – you watch BIG LEBOWSKI as though it were a crack pipe… and it is very addicting, but MILLER’S CROSSING is a taste of absolute cinema perfection. Gabriel Byrne? Albert Finney? John Turturro? That forest. Under the bed. That ugly screaming lug in the corner? The dialogue, the lighting, the atmosphere, DANNY BOY, how fucking hot is Marcia Gay Haren? I mean everything about this film is a perfect moment in cinema history. This is a movie that updates and surpasses the entire genre from which it is ripped. It’s the skeleton in BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s closet – and is why – I usually prefer to just watch MILLER’S CROSSING. This is spectacular cinema. I can close my eyes and see whole sequences play out, but when I put this disc in – if it lives up the impossibly great potential that this title on this format promises – then holy shit I’m gonna smile the whole time!




THE COMPLETE JEAN VIGO ( A PROPOS DE NICE / TARIS / ZERO DE CONDUITE / L’ATALANTE ) Criterion Blu

If you like cinematic surrealists like Bunuel, Gondry, Jeunet and Cocteau – and you don’t know the name of Jean Vigo – then saddle up for a treat. These are highly influential and amazing treats – that again we owe a great deal of debt to Criterion for bringing out. Vigo had a short by amazing career, cut short by TB. What we have here is a fitting tribute to his brief genius. There’s some amazing work here!
New high-definition digital restorations of all of Jean Vigo’s films: À propos de Nice, Taris, Zéro de conduite, and L’Atalante, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
Audio commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo
Alternate shots from À propos de Nice, featuring footage Vigo cut from the film
Animated tribute to Vigo by filmmaker Michel Gondry
Ninety-minute 1964 episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps on Vigo, directed by Jacques Rozier
Conversation from 1968 between filmmakers François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer on L’Atalante
Les voyages de “L’Atalante,” Bernard Eisenschitz’s 2001 documentary tracking the history of the film
Video interview from 2007 with director Otar Iosseliani on Vigo
New and improved English subtitle translations
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film writers Michael Almereyda, Robert Polito, B. Kite, and Luc Sante




WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE Blu Ray

Listening to a hip & cool British professor like Brian Cox giving me lessons on the wonders of the universe on Blu Ray – was such a wonderful way to spend a Friday night this past Friday. I’m giving this Blu to my nephew – he’s a budding science nerd – and I find it very important to give him the right role models to geek out about – and this 4 part series which is equal parts hard facts with poetic ruminations keeping it poignant. I loved this series. I’m really looking forward to Betelgeuse going Nova. Sounds cool.




RAISING ARIZONA Blu Ray

My second favorite feature film that heavily features a baby. First being Altman’s POPEYE, although I could argue a strong case for BRINGING UP BABY – but given technically… there’s not a baby… really… Seriously though – this is one of the greatest Nick Cage movies ever. One of the most hysterical films created by the Coens – while also being uncompromisingly sweet and twisted. It’s the amazing way that the Brothers play with tone and mix genres that makes them the consummate filmmakers of our lifetime. They’re just amazing. The camera is magic in this movie!




THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Season 5 Blu Ray

Other than that one Star Trek episode where Kirk kinda went Hippie… The TWILIGHT ZONE season 5 episode, NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET, marks William Shatner at his absolute craziest. Although that 70s video of him singing RocketMan is in the running. Though nowhere near as crazy as Nimoy’s awesome BILBO BAGGINS song! Anyways… this is the 5th and final season of the best television show ever. THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This final season reverted to the half hour format, which TZ owns in. I love LIVING DOLL, but AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE is one of my favorite works of any format ever. I love it. Absolutely love it. It is just incredible story telling. This is it. With this set I complete my complete TWILIGHT ZONE on BluRay collection – and they have each been utterly fantastic discs. As I’ve said before – I’ve been conditioned my entire life to think THE TWILIGHT ZONE was a fuzzily shot show. The quality of the episodes just destroyed by the video medium. But remastered from the film negatives – suddenly the show comes to life in a brilliant sharp way. So great! Now let’s get NIGHT GALLERY on Blu the same way! Here’s the extras:
20 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic TelevisionTwilight Zone directors Ted Post, Richard Donner and Robert Butler, writer Earl Hamner, actors George Takei and Peter Mark Richman, author/historian Martin Grams, Jr. (The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic), authors/historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton (Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour), author Bill Warren (Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties), writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline), writer/director Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica, CSI) and radio host George Noory (Coast to Coast AM).
Conversations with Rod Serling Vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens 22 radio dramas featuring Louis Gossett, Jr., Adam Baldwin, Peter Mark Richman, Beverly Garland, Adam West, Bill Erwin, Luke Perry, Mariette Hartley, Ed Begley, Jr., Kate Jackson, Mike Starr, Stan Freberg, Jason Alexander, Jane Seymour, James Keach and Karen Black Audio commentaries by Bill Mumy (In Praise of Pip), Mickey Rooney (The Last Night of a Jockey), June Foray (Living Doll), Mariette Hartley (The Long Morrow), Marc Scott Zicree (Number 12 Looks Just Like You), Alan Sues (The Masks) and Martin Landau (The Jeopardy Room) Video interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Bill Mumy, June Foray, Carolyn Kearney, Michael Forest, Nancy Malone and Terry Becker
Isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave and Rene Garriguenc
The Mike Wallace interview (September 1959)
Netherlands sales pitch
Excerpt from Rod Serling's Sherwood Oaks Experimental College lecture
Alfred Hitchcock promo
Rare George Clayton Johnson home movies
Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's" show
Twilight Zone Season 5 billboards
And much more!




ORPHEUS Criterion Blu

If you’ve only ever seen Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE – surprise… Cocteau did other great work – like ORPHEUS, which stars the Beast… Poet Jean Marais in the lead. Well it is just too good. Cocteau takes us and Marais to the land of the dead – and you’ve never seen it quite like this before. Cocteau was a stunning artist and his films are not reality – but capture the domain of the ID, of the subconscious mind. And these images are powerful and beautiful. This is a must own for all serious cineastes. Criterion has gone above and beyond on this disc:
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Audio commentary by French film scholar James Williams
Jean Cocteau: Autobiography of an Unknown, a 1984 feature-length documentary
Video piece from 2008 featuring assistant director Claude Pinoteau on the special effects in the film
40 Minutes with Jean Cocteau, an interview with the director from 1957
In Search of Jazz, a 1956 interview with Cocteau on the use of jazz in the film
La villa Santo-Sospir, a 16 mm color Cocteau film from 1951
Gallery of images by French film portrait photographer Roger Corbeau
Raw newsreel footage of the Saint-Cyr military academy ruins, a location used in the film
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Mark Polizzotti, selected Cocteau writings on the film, and an essay on La villa Santo-Sospir by Williams




IF… Criterion Blu

Got a rebellious kid on your hands – this may not be the movie to show them. IF… is a brutal movie for Malcolm McDowell… He’s just brilliant in the film. It was nigh impossible to get in the U.S. for years. Only found on dupey bad prints at conventions, but those days are long over. Now we can finally see it pristine. Long before there was Alex in Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, there was IF… - You see – the real credit for Alex must hang around the neck of Lindsay Anderson, the director of this film which Kubrick saw and found his Alex in. After this film – you have a great treat in store for you – you’re going to track down all the rest of Lindsay Anderson’s filmography and just be a very happy camper as you discover the treasure trove of his work. Here’s the extras you get:
CAST AND CREW, which was a BBC Scotland show that Stephen Frears was involved in that brought cast and crews together to discuss the making of their films. It’s 43 minutes long and fascinating.
Video Interview with Graham Crowden
THURSDAY’S CHILDREN – a documentary short (23min.) about Children at a School for the Deaf. It’s narrated by Richard Burton and directed by Lindsay Anderson.
Commentary is between David Robinson and Malcolm McDowell.
If you have never heard of this brilliant boarding school film – you’re in for a treat. It is one of the greatest films in UK history. And it absolutely holds up better every year.




BLOOD SIMPLE Blu

This was one of the first films that I knew about as it was being made, because an artist friend of my father’s was working on it. So when BLOOD SIMPLE came out, my dad made sure to take me and tell me that BLOOD SIMPLE was shot in Austin. And that was a big deal, because nobody made movies at the ranch I was stuck at. Of course Bogdanovich did shoot LAST PICTURE SHOW a stone’s throw away. But Dad wasn’t pushing that narrative. M. Emmet Walsh is so awesome in this film. That said – like the other Fox Coens – I haven’t received this yet – but I have noticed something curious. The running time on this is apparently 95 minutes, a minute shorter than the Coens’ Director Cut which was 96 minutes. Is something up with this release?




THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

One of my favorite all time science fiction films of the fifties. It’s as close to an ATOM or ANT-MAN movie as we’ve got – and in some ways – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN is superior to both. The infinite saga of reduction is amazing. It really is! I just wish that they would put a deluxe BluRay together for this title. I’m afraid that is only going to happen if someone eventually remakes it without Lily Tomlin and Joel Schumacher.




HERCULOIDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

I would have KILLED for toys of these characters, when I saw these cartoons back in the 70s. I was so aggravated that there were not toys. HERCULOIDS rocks! Mainly because Alex Toth rocks – and his sense of design just catapults this fun little series into being pure fucking genius! As a kid, I thought Gloop and Gleep were the best names ever, and complained incessantly to my father that they should make stretchable Gloops and Gleeps like STRETCH ARMSTRONG… that GLOWED IN THE DARK! I thought about the toys for this show a lot as a kid, because that’s what it does for you. I believe the greatest unmade live-action adaptation of cartoon tv series to Film would be the Michael Bay HERCULOIDS. I mean, it was constant shit blowing up – but with way cooler designs than Bay has played with. Here you get all 36 original episodes.




PROM Blu-Ray

PROM is a pre-pubescent wish fulfillment that will play to most adults like porn with the good parts cut out. BUT… if you can see past the brutal anti-Disney mind-control teen existence – you’ll find a pretty sweet fantasy of PROM that is done far better in Brian DePalma’s CARRIE. I’m just saying. IF you are in High School – and you’re nervous about the notion of PROM… don’t watch this film. It will paralyze you with fear. I mean – the way kids ask kids to PROM in this film – is just intimidating as all hell. Not to mention dangerous. It feels absolutely alien though. Zip to do with my High School prom memories. I was on the Prom Design team. Painted Medeval Banners with designs cribbed from my Dungeon Master’s Guide. And we made a balloon filled CINDERELLA carriage for the photo op. Yeah, I was all about PROM back in the day. In particular, my favorite stroke was putting HAPPY TRAILS as the final song of PROM. Those were good days. We had a tire blow out and no jack on the way home with our dates. There was a thunderstorm. We broke into a grain mill and took supplies (that we returned) to brace the car as we attempted to change the tire. In our TUXs. We made it back to the house – I had a hot tub, a pool table and 3 empty bedrooms. My PROM totally beat this PROM. I loved PROM. Just not this one.




WRECKED Blu-Ray

This is such a disturbing film. Waking up in a crashed car, pinned in, bleeding, thirsty, hungry, scared… This movie just is a terrifying fucked situation. Adrien Brody has seen happier days… and thanks to Polanski, he’s seen more fucked situations too. But I feel the movie just doesn’t quite sustain it. It’s great till it gets tired, if that makes any sense. The narrative just kind of runs out of steam for me, but what works, works fantastically. Worth a look, if for no other reason than to watch Brody just kick a lot of ass.




STRIKE Blu-Ray

Eisenstein, the man behind POTEMKIN & ALEXANDER NEVSKY – well his first film was equally brilliant. STRIKE, which is a film that commissioned by the government to honor the first Bolshevik revolution which failed to take hold, but that gavinized a generation. Eisenstein was operating at an entirely different level at this point in history. The rest of the world just was pointing the camera at shit. Eisenstein was inventing the language. How did communism come about in Russia? Watch something like this and you begin to see how. Powerful electrifying filmmaking at its best! KINO does wonders!!!




DEADGIRL Blu Ray

Yeah, AINT IT COOL NEWS called this BRILLIANT! And we damn well meant it. This is the movie that dares to ask what would you do if you found an undead hottie in an abandoned building and you were a really sick horny teenage boy with notable disregard for personal health? I like to think that at that point I would still know better than throw a dick to a zombie – but the story had to be told. To warn future generations that there are RAMifications to fucking the undead. This film handles all of this in a manner that is stomachable, pretty much. Some of the sounds are… intense.

Well, that finishes up August – Next we head into September which kicks off with the undeniable awesome of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS on Blu and SCARFACE on Blu! Then you have HANNA, DePalma’s DRESSED TO KILL on Blu! Oh – and Peckinpah’s STRAW DOGS on Blu, the utterly depressing EVERYTHING MUST GO, POLICE STORY, GHOST ADVENTURES: SEASON THREE, HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II Blu, THE CAINE MUTINY on Blu, THE HILLS HAVE EYES remake, AIRWOLF: THE MOVIE, UNITED 93 Blu, HELLRAISER Blu, HOUSE, TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000, HOUSE II, DRAK PACK, IN NAME ONLY, CLASH OF EMPIRES, THE HUCKSTERS, SIGMUND & THE SEA MONSTER Season 1, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE Blu Ray, SECRETS OF ISIS, ADVENTURE, LONE STAR, SINGHAM and just a week later…



STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA!

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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    THERE'S A HARRY ON THE WING OF THE PLANE...!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Jack Kirby

    by brundlelfy

    Didn't he have something to do with Herculoids as well?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Jack Kirby

    by brundlelfy

    Didn't he have something to do with Herculoids as well?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Deadgirl

    by Bouncy X

    that's the problem, she isnt a hottie. she's disgusting and dirty and gross and it scares me to think anyone would even consider fucking her much less actually doing it.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Jack Kirby

    by brundlelfy

    Didn't he have something to do with Herculoids as well?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    When is the Twilight Zone Box Set Blu coming?

    by SoylentMean

    I just bought the standard DVDs not that long ago and I'm thinking I can hold out for the Blu-Rays. But dammit, I friggin' wants 'em all!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    The Women in Cages collection = they actually did this?

    by SoylentMean

    One of the things that really sold me on the awesomeness of Blu-Ray technology wasn't seeing some new, all digital film, but seeing John Carpenter's take on The Thing in Blu. Once I realized it could show me things I hadn't seen in older films (ahem, nose ring, ahem) I knew this was the goddamn future of home video.<P> So, the question is, what the hell was I missing before in these WIP flicks?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Deathstalker II.

    by 3774

    I love bad movies. Less so now than when I was younger. A guy I spent a lot of time around in high school was obsessed with 'sword and tit' flicks, as he called them. Of those I was subjected to, Deathstalker II was mindbogglingly, brilliantly awful. I could never figure out if it was accidental, or on purpose. The line, 'Normally I don't mind seeing a woman get a beating when she deserves it' made me want to put my foot thru the screen in rage, and laugh at the audacity of it at the same time. And that stupid cowboy-esque music will be drilled into my head until the day I die.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Herculoids = mine for Xmas! Provided Elenin doesn't destroy us!

    by SoylentMean

    Damn you celestial body!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Coen Bros. on Blu = about damn time!

    by SoylentMean

    I will probably just get the whole set (even though I already own Fargo on Blu) but for anybody that hasn't gotten Fargo on Blu that whole set is one helluva Holiday gift! That is one awesome as hell box set! Plus we have The Big Lebowski and O' Brother, Where Art Thou? coming soon! Now where are all the rest?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    I can't believe you mentioned Ernest with Larry the Cable Guy!

    by SoylentMean

    That's like 80's blasphemy! Know what I mean, Vern?

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    What the fuck do you need the movie DeadGirl on Blu-Ray for?

    by SoylentMean

    It is fucked up and all, but do you need to see that shit in 1080p? The answer is no.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Marcia Gay Harden is a werewolf.

    by SoylentMean

    Fact.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Also, Marcia Gay Harden is a good actress.

    by SoylentMean

    For a werewolf.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Nightmare b4 Xmas 3-D wasn't very good on the imax

    by HornyForHarry

    the snowglobe short before it looked way better.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Bambi 2

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The second best film about a deer growing up in the forest during the 1940s. The Choppah never forgets Harold.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Cougar Town is horrible Harry and you know it

    by coconutgroves

    I like how you push it, but don't mention that you watch it. I cannot for the life of me figure out why that show has made it. Oh, I can - the masses like mindless crap, which is exactly what that show is. It's forced, contrived dribble. Each character is a caricature and the show tries too hard to be witty.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Of all the killer vehicle movies you listed you forgot a biggie

    by Clara Roberts

    I love "The Car" with John Brolin.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    No Norwegian Ninja?

    by Gil Brooks

    Bummer...

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry

    by Jaka

    Here's you Rounders review... <p> I could watch Matt Damon and Edward Norton and John Malkovich and John Turturro play cards all day long. I’m really fond of ROUNDERS – this was one of those early Damon films that solidified my fandom of his work – but also – it did the same for Ed Norton. I love these two actors because they give of an air that they know what the fuck they’re doing. And in this film, you get a very strong vibe that Poker is a skill. Something to be learned. Something safe. The film is a trap, stick your finger in, buy into the con of the film and your finances are at risk, but if you love poker for the observing of your opponent. This film is a true delight. Great flick. Nice to revisit it. <p> Here's your Rounders review in something that resembles the English language... <p> I'm really fond of 'Rounders', this was one of those early Damon films that solidified my fandom of his work. The same for Ed Norton. I could watch Matt Damn, Edward Norton, John Malkovich and John Turturro play cards all day long. And in this film you get the very strong vibe that poker is a skill. Something to be learned. Something safe. This film is a trap! Stick your finger in, buy into the con, and your finances are at risk. But if you love poker for the observing of your opponent, this film is a true delight. Great flick. Nice to revisit it. <p> You're welcome.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Miller's Crossing is just okay. Not the Coens' best by a long shot.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    This would be a perfect vehicle for Corey Haim.

    by Roger Moon

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Herculoids will be mine!

    by dukeroberts

    Oh yes! It will be mine!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    as soon as they stop thinkin' it, you stop runnin' it

    by IndianaPeach

    juansanchez you have no scruples

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    *.....really fond of ROUNDERS.....*

    by DrMorbius

    Funny, I've always pictured Harry as more of a ... *REACH-A-ROUNDERS* kind of guy!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Ed Norton...

    by Kavalier

    Man, do I hate his character in Rounders! Probably number 1 or 2 in my top five list of fictional movie characters (who aren't just purely evil) I would want to punch in reality, if given the chance. Solid movie though!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Can never buy Robin Williams acting serious

    by Simpsonian

    I'm always expecting him to launch into his zany routine at any moment...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    COUGAR TOWN could have been good...

    by Jobacca

    The pilot had promise...and then it just turned into SCRUBS in Florida. I wanted to see slutty Courtney Cox sleeping around and being slutty. Sadly,there are no cougars in COUGAR TOWN.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    STRIKE and ORPHEUS for sure...

    by justmyluck

    ... and hopefully TOP GUN Blu has better mastering than the previous DVD, which looked gritty/noisy/blotchy like PAR's other 80s TREK film transfers. The Coen set is also a must...hell yeah, better to fork out for Cocteau, Eisentsein and the Coen bros. than outlay for SW Blu-rays.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    How 'bout a bumper sandwich boogerlips?!

    by gmanca

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    hey! someone else agrees!

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    I watched Miller's Crossing and was surprised that I didn't really like it, considering all the praise it gets from talkative internet-dwelling Coen fanboys. It's overrated in some circles. The rest of humanity mostly regards it as just another above average gangster movie. I wouldn't put it in my top 5 Coen films. Those 5 would be Raising Arizona, Oh Brother, Lebowski, Fargo, No Country. Wrecked. Harry says the narrative runs out of steam. At what point? For me, it was about 10 minutes into the film. The premise of Buried sounded like a bad idea but they pulled it off and created a compelling narrative. This movie, however, is a total failure, and I'm surprised to see Brody wasting his talents here. If you like thrillers and missed/skipped Hostage when it was released, I recommend it as a rental.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Penny Can!

    by Fortunesfool

    That is all.

  • Those satanic bastards sit plugged in to your garage electrical sockets until you are safely tucked in for the evening then burst into flames while you sleep at night burning all inhabitants within to a crispy ash. Now, about Spurlock, I think he is making almost a meta-point for anyone that is against product placement in movies. He made this movie entirely on the monetary backs of advertisers... So therefore without ad money, the movie wouldn't exist (same goes for Harry's website). Carry it further - without ad money, the talk shows he goes on would not exist. Corporate advertising is the BIGGEST CONTRIBUTOR to the arts in America - we wouldn't have the amount of free media we have today if it weren't funded in some way by ad money from large corporations. And then to be surprised that when ad folks have strings attached to that money?? C'mon Spurlock, maybe you and other "artists" have been living outside the real world. Wealthy patrons always have strings attached to their dough. Michelangelo only wanted to sculpt, but the Pope commissioned the Sistine Chapel Ceiling to be painted. You gotta do want the money tells you to do. Nothing's changed

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword

    by justmyluck

    DUMBO and LION KING are the next round of Disney feature-length Blu-rays. The amount of cleanup work Disney does for their cel-animated movies is astonishing, so it's not like they can pump them all out at once.

  • Not shit like Bambi 2....and there was some other sequel I saw the other day. It was either Lady and The Tramp 2 or The Fox and The Hound 2 or something. One of those crappy sequels to a movie that wasn't great in the first place. I bought Beauty and the Beast last year - and it's absolutely amazing. Jaw-dropping, no doubt. But now they're doing a 3D version, and I'm excited to see it, but I'd still rather have Aladdin in 2D before BATB in 3D. I just can't believe that it was like 3 years ago Disney released a video showing all the movies coming to Bluray and Aladdin was on there and a LOT of movies that weren't have been released first.

  • Region Locking is a fucking joke. It only affects people who still BUY the film - because they LOVE film. The rest download, and then delete, for nothing. And lets face it, a lot of what Hollywood is throwing out NEEDS deleting.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    BLOOD SIMPLE is the Coens' best movie

    by palimpsest

    If you don't think so, then you weren't paying attention when you watched the movie. It's as simple as that. And why didn't JE Freeman get more work?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST

    BARTON FINK is my fave Coen, though...

    by justmyluck

    ...it's interesting that almost everyone here seems to have a different fave. I guess that's what happens with dabbling in crime fiction, noir, absurdist comedy and quasi-surrealism.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Utter dreck

    by ReportAbuse

    Best Harry writing ever. See Harry, when you keep it simple, you can write. More two-word sentences.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Only on an AICN talkback...

    by Happyfat73

    ... Would the fact that The Little Mermaid is not released on blu ray be met with "Disney can go suck a cock." Awesome.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Scroll up and look closely at the TOP GUN blu ray box. Is that Kelly McGillis fucking Tom Cruise from behind with a strap-on? IT IS! IT IS!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry congrats. You waded through a lot of shit this week to bring us those few nuggets of gold. It's a dirty job but someones got to watch Herculoids: The complete series to warn the rest of us.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Calamari Wrestler

    by Spandau Belly

    I saw this guy's other movie, EXECUTIVE KOALA, and it starts out like AMERICAN PSYCHO but with Bateman being a dude in a cheesy koala mascot costume they play it straight like it's really supposed to be this engaging thriller. And then about halfway through they just start going nuts, give up on the plot, and throwing everything at it. It turns into some wacky kung fu prison movie. So I'll definately check out THE CALAMARI WRESTLER.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    re: Blu-ray revealing Richard Dysart's nose ring in 'The Thing'.

    by buggerbugger

    Funny, that's one of the things that originally sold me on the DVD format - that you could see Richard Dysart's nose ring in 'The Thing', whereas you didn't notice it on VHS. You didn't have to wait for Blu-ray in order to see it.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Miller's Crossing definitely my fave

    by hst666

    No Country wouldn't make my top ten Coen Brothers films. Miller's Crossing Big Lebowski Raising Arizona The Man Who Wasn't There O Brother Where Art Thou True Grit Blood Simple Barton Fink Fargo Hudsucker Proxy

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    if....

    by Colin Dent

    This is the one to see this week my friends. Pure unadulterated British cinematic genius. Made in '68, at a time of massive upheaval in the world, when young uns thought they knew what was wrong, and what to do about it. France had Godard, but thank fuck we had Lindsay Anderson. I have to admit I love this movie more than 'A Clockwork Orange', and I worship that film, but 'if....' is just fuckin' perfect. It jumps from colour stock to B&W purely because of budget constraint, but for years there was a belief that there was relevance in the switches (there wasn't.) When Kubrick cast McDowell in ACR, Malcolm phoned Anderson for advice on how to play Alex and Anderson told him 'You know the scene in 'if....' as you go into the gym to take the thrashing, well that's how you play Alex.' See this film if you want to know how to deal with the in-bred, ritual-obsessed bastards that shape your world. You will love it! (Makes me wonder if those fuckers at Columbine ever saw this film)

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Win Win!?

    by ZodNotGod

    I find any movie dubious that romanticizes high school wrestling. If anything was to push an already confused kid over the edge, it would be this creepy activity. Why the homo one-z's ?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I hate Top Gun.

    by ZodNotGod

    I hate Top Gun. I was friends with this dude who watched it every single day when it was released on VHS. During the summer of 88, that's all he watched, constantly and without shame. Ugh. Hated it then, still do. Over-edited and incoherent. I watched "Aliens" instead.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Especially Hudson Hawk

    by thefreeagents

    How Bruce and Danny never made another movie together is beyond me.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    zodnotgod, was your friend who watched TOP GUN every day also big into high school wrestling? I'm no detective but...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Not for me. But I also always had small tvs before now.

    by SoylentMean

    Oh, money...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Blood Simple: Director's Cut

    by JIMBOCOP

    is the reason I still own a VHS player. They should never have re-touched it. Cutting the smoking moose's head is up there with Greedo shooting first IMHO. That is all.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    For the Coen Bros. best I'd have to say

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Miller's Crossing is up there along with Barton Fink.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Great idea Harry

    by D.Vader

    I'm stealing it!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    No Fargo review?

    by zastrow

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    *Love this movie – and hopefully the black hearted bastards that turned on this film. Hopefully they’ve seen the light.* Harry on GOOD WILL HUNTING. Anyone know what he's referring to with this statement? Did something happen that I missed? Who are these black hearted bastards that he speaks of?

  • This was years ago before she came out of the closet....and she said it wasn't enjoyable at all because Tom was younger than her and his skin was really firm and not soft. I remember thinking that was such a bizarre thing to say...only after she came out of the closet many years later did her love for soft skin suddenly make sense.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Statham

    by Truxton Spangler

    I like him, too, but how can one truly gauge his talents, never mind call them "considerable," when he basically plays the same role in every film he does? I agree with the poster about the omission of The Car, which is more in line with SH and Christine. DR2000 and Duel aren't about possessed vehicles.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Always wanted to see Oded Fehr in a Sinbad movie.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Trek...

    by Mo_Rephus

    What the? The episode where Kirk "kinda went hippy"? What the hell have you been smoking? Just exactly which episode is that? I've seen them all, huge fan of the original series and at no time does Kirk go "hippy". He goes Native American, he goes Roman (against his will...twice), he goes Mafia style gangster, he pretends to be "of the body", he was split in two with the bad half going around beating up and/or attempting to rape members of his crew, he even gets "spored" and for a few minutes to an hour (episode time) he's at peace, but he never went "hippy". The Enterprise had hippies on board with the ever entertaining Charles Napier with curly orange hair, a blue tattoo on his forehead and a crazy 23rd century guitar in the third season episode The Way To Eden, but that was about the extent of it.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Hudson Hawk-One of the strangest films ever churned out by

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The Hollywood mainstream. It really straddles the line between brilliant and idiotic. I still don't know what to think of it, but I am glad it exists. And Hostage is an okay movie. Much better than the Harrison Ford rip-off of it called Firewall.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    YES!!

    by Mo_Rephus

    Mr. Nicholas, I'm in FULL 100% agreement with you!! Holy crap, I thought my wife and I were the only ones who actually thought Oded Fehr would be kick ass in a Sinbad film! Let's get the word out!!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Commando (James Horner) Soundtrack coming from La La Land Records

    by Samuel Fulmer

    This afternoon in case anyone cares.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Malkovich's "tell" in Rounders is ridiculous

    by Beezbo

    He twists the top off an Oreo! You don't need to be a pro to spot that one!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    @ happyfat73

    by 3774

    i'm going to be randomly giggling about that all day. Much to the confusion of a few people, since i won't want to explain..

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    I hate Top Gun--zodnotgood

    by olivehead

    you didn't go to LSU by any chance, did you?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    First comment + Today's animation

    by Dave

    Hilarious

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Somewhere out in space live THE HERCULOIDS

    by Snookeroo

    Somewhere in my ass lives the hemorrhoids.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Malkovich ruined ROUNDERS for me, I'll never watch it again.

    by welcometothepartypal

    at some point he forgot to act and still to this day acts like shit.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Expected good things from Hostage since it was directed by

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Florent Siri, who directed the very good thriller (and best variation of Assault On Precinct 13)The Nest. Sorry to say, it came up short, but was fairly entertaining in its way. It's like Surrogates. Its not a bad movie, just not terribly good. And can you imagine The Incredible Shrinking Man made today with the same ending? A sc-fi adventure thriller with an existential ending? No way, Jose. It would be dumbed down.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    watched WIN WIN last night actually. Very good film.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I never would have caught The Nest, if it weren't for this site.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    So thanks for that Harry, and many films that would have flown under my radar.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Top Gun=Pentagon Funded Propaganda

    by Charles_Corkey_Thatcher

    We have been duped as a society. Anytime military hardware is shown on the big screen, that means the Pentagon got script approval for the movie you are watching. Which means you are watching military propaganda. Top Gun was a watershed moment for a military. They set up recruitment stations at movie theaters showing the film and their recruitment levels spiked. http://live.washingtonpost.com/outlook-how-Top-Gun-made-America-love-war-.html We need to wake the F up as a country. Harry stop celebrating movies that brainwash our citizens to love and embrace war as we flush all our money down the toilet fighting wars we can't win using funds we don't have. This is why we are bankrupt. Thanks Top Gun!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Miller's Crossing and Raising Arizona

    by Autodidact

    Great one-two punch from the Cohens.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    I admit it I don't get what's extra special Hudson Hawk

    by Autodidact

    It just seems like a remarkably crappy vehicle for Bruce Willis' ego. I've never seen how it's "one of the strangest things to come out of the Hollywood machine." I have a friend who loves it and it's always been more fun hearing him describe the gags than to watch the movie.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Statham Needs a Comic Character, maybe Bullseye or Billy Butcher

    by Autodidact

    He's getting a bit old but he's the real deal as far as physical chops. If Bullseye appears in any upcoming Marvel films, Statham would be a good choice. The Boys could easily be made into a movie, and Statham would be a good choice for Billy Butcher, if Clive Owen turned it down first. Statham might actually be a better first choice given his cockney accent and martial skills.

  • I hope Harry isn't refering to the time I drove him around after Wonderfest. Yeah, I made a few Driver's Ed 101 errors. So what? We were never really close to death. Sometimes I mix up the gas and the break peddles. Come on, we all do!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    The irony of Top Gun...?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    It was directed by a Brit. One that needed a big time hit, to succeed alongside his brother, but a Brit just the same.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    10 utterly bizzare Hudson Hawk moments off the top of my head

    by Samuel Fulmer

    1.)Swinging on a Star song during the heist 2.)Andie McDowell thinks she's a dolphin 3.)"Good Yogi" 4.)"Will you play Nintendo with me?" "I can't think of anyone I'd rather play Nintendo with." 5.) 70 year old James Coburn Kung-Fu 6.)Mute David Caruso as Kit Kat 7.)Autistic girl with dog stuffed animal at the Vatican 8.)Crucifix that lights up and talks via speakerbox to nuns 9.)Dog flying out the Castle Window chasing ball 10.)Any scene with the brother and sister villian

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Captain Kirk never went "Hippie"...

    by Buddapest

    ...he lost his memory and became a, sort of, Native American alien, and married a beautiful maiden named Mirimanie...it's a sad episode, and nothing like "THE APPLE" that featured Space Hippies -- and Kirk didn't join them in their quest to find "Eden."

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Bunny Ball Ball!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    olivehead

    by ZodNotGod

    I did not.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai

    by ZodNotGod

    Not that I'm aware of, he could have "dabbled, but officially, No.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai

    by ZodNotGod

    He did become a big time druggie, boozer, gambler, smoker after I stopped hanging out with him.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    and there's SWINGERS....

    by ZodNotGod

    Man I hate that one too.....MONEY, MONEY MONEY! UGH. cram it...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    @hst666

    by elsewhere

    I would think it's a no brainer that No Country and especially Fargo are better movies than O Brother and True Grit. To each his own.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    The Incredible Shrinking Man is a B-movie masterpiece.

    by Knuckleduster

    The best Coen Brothers film, in my opinion, is definitely Barton Fink. It's so clearly from the minds of two geniuses. I'm surprised how few people have seen it. Speaking of Korean cinema, I wonder if we'll eventually see a Criterion Edition for Mother. It absolutely deserves one.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Rounders is Overrated

    by jarjarmessiah

    Remember when Gretchen Mohl was supposed to be the next ït" girl?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Harry IS the man on the wing of this plane.

    by UltraTron

    Finally perfect casting

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I remember Dysarts' nosering from The Thing VHS

    by Turingtestee

    Still throws me to this day.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    William H Macy's performance alone makes Fargo

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    one of the Coen's top three, or top five, or top...damn, their catalog is too good. Just rewatched True Grit this weekend, and marvelled at their effortless artistry.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    elsewhere - I've seen every Coen brothers film...

    by Jaka

    ... I just don't like them all. More, I find that I vehemently hate some of their films that other people lavish praise upon. For me, that's a huge part of what makes them so great. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I think it goes a long way in showing that they are actually attempting to make art, rather than pandering to the lowest common denominator.

  • Guess I can save money this week.

  • No happy heather graham ending for you

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Rounders: doesn't norton take off for the whole movie-

    by UltraTron

    then just shows back up at the end?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Well I think this week succeeds at making me want

    by UltraTron

    to watch Miller's Crossing and don't be afraid

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    And have been waiting for an anomorphic Raising Arizona forever

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    All I've seen is the old cheap copy in the bargain bins. "Turn to the raite!"

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I pay out to dat shmadda like a green grocer!

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    RE: Jack Kirby

    by Stalkeye

    You meant his contribution toward Thundarr The Barbarian, right? Not Herculoids. However, there's been speculation that the HB Series Mightor was a shameless ripoff of Thor since Hanna Barbera didn't have the rights to produce a cartoon based on teh asgardian supergod. There's one episode of The FF, in which a character under the name Prince Trident beared a very familiar resemblence of a certain wingfooted Submersive Atlanean Monarch. I guess they couldnt get the rights for him as well. (0:'

  • Mutha-fuckin-fact.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Statham as Bullseye? Win!

    by Stalkeye

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Damn skippy ultratron

    by Autodidact

    Women have achieved real equality in the sense that they now feel free to act like shameless slutbags who see men as disposable sex objects. As a guy who's been sexually used by a girl he actually loved... well it's better than not getting to fuck her at all. Haha. At the same time you still meet the ones who have decided you're the one they're going to marry and have kids with, within ten seconds of meeting you, and then spend all their energy trying to manipulate you down that path. That goes on for years and so I'm happy looking ahead at a life of dealing with insane sluts until I lose interest in sex and eventually die alone.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Angie Dickenson's 23-year old body double in HD!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Yeah! So this year we've had Blow Out and now Scarface and Dressed To Kill. I see the UK has Obsession on Blu...still need Sisters and esp. The Fury on Blu.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Deathstalker = Barbi Benton = Im want to see it

    by Knobules

    Stupid as nails movie but who cares. Barbi Benton!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    3D Blu Ray

    by nyj_et

    ..is great. In most cases, providing you've bought 3D technology with active, rather than passive (the kind in theaters, and used by a manufacturer who uses two inititals for it's company name), then it will usually look better than in the theater. Tron: Legacy was a great example of this. Avatar 3D looks just as awesome at home as it did in theaters. Drive Angry 3D, I didn't see in theaters, but seeing it at home in 3D was a good experience. It will be better once there is more material out there.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Picked up TNBC3D. Can't wait to watch it, tonight.

    by bat725

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Blitz is a great flik!!! WTF!?

    by Bigdada

    That was the lamest fucking review ever.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    re: "Always wanted to see Oded Fehr in a Sinbad movie"

    by jim

    And now I do as well

  • WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM was one of the best science show post-COSMOS. Can't wait to watch WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE. He does an audio comentary in the SUNSHINE DVD, considering that he was one of the film's technical adviser. His comentary can be as amusing and entertaining as the movie itself, if not more. Particulary funny is to hear him groan about the ocasional scientific implausabilities that does occur in the movie. His pev gripe seems to be about instant frezzing in the vaccum of space as depicted in that movie (and others).

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    autodidact, you are walking he path to misoginy, friend.

    by AsimovLives

    And now there's many who believe that misoginy is hidden homosexually.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Dressed to kill Director's cut.

    by welcometothepartypal

    Gave me an unexpected raging hard on in the first 10 minutes. Than Nancy Allen showed up and Mr. Happy shrank like a dead worm. Although a drop of seaman did manage to squeeze out.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    If you like David Lynch watch Cocteau's Orpheus

    by Stabby

    it is obvious how much of an influence Coctaeu was on Lynch by watching this film. And it actually made me downgrade Lynch's genius status a little bit, imo. Or at least his originality.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Cougar Town Sucks Cox!

    by Stabby

    What a piece of crap. Trying too hard to be another Sunny In Philadelphia.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    If the rules of language were people,

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Harold would be Stalin.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Barbarian Queen with that poor girl Phil Specter killed

    by Stabby

    Actually not half bad for 80s Sword and Sorcery T&A fare. throw in Hawk the Slayer and I'd have bought it. Barbi Benton's breasts are odd-looking in Deathstalker. And by odd-looking, I mean strangely hot.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Top Gun is a touching bromance

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Val and Tom have great chemistry. You can practically sense their boners dueling just beneath the camera.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    boners dueling

    by welcometothepartypal

    Top Gun 2?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    welcometothepartypal, I would welcome Top Gun 2: Clash of the Boners

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fat Kilmer vs. ageless Tom Cruise... pants optional.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    early 80's Nancy Allen was smoking hot!

    by Gordon Bombay

    Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, and especially Terror in the Isles. You are crazy if you think otherwise.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    And both Kilmer and Cruise should wear capes...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ...made of American flags. Fuck yeah!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Agreed about TOP GUN. Tony Scott didnt really come into his own until REVENGE. About an American Navy Pilot who goes to a foreign country and takes the girl of an old friend. He gives two shits about consequences and destroys everything to get what he wants. That's the American way. Goddammit!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Did a retard above really say Lady & the Tramp wasn't a great movie?

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    Dude, you're fucking stupid.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    I liked REVENGE. But the best movie that Tony Scott ever made is THE HUNGER. It's even his personal favorite.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Best movie Tony Scott ever made was TRUE ROMANCE, Asi.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    THE HUNGER has only one great thing about it: Sarandon and Deneuve's tryst. Other than that it's just Peter Murphy moaning in your face and David Bowie slowly rotting in a waiting room.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    dueling boners

    by jawaburger

    Have you seen Skin Deep. IIRC there is a dueling boner in glow in the dark condom scene.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Dueling Boners

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Soon to be a regular feature here at AICN. Each week, Beaks and Herc will debate a movie featuring a rape scene.

  • The Pentagon fully supported one of the gayest movies ever made in the history of holywood. Think about that.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Picking your favorite Coen Brothers film ...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ... Isn't that like picking the best nude photo of Dita Von Teese?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    gordon bombay

    by welcometothepartypal

    It's not her looks, it's her acting. Yes she was hot, but after a while my lord. Depalma, what the fuck were you thinking? I really can't tell if Depalma is really talented or just really lucky. I just watched "Casulties of War" Yes Micheal J Fox was miss cast and Sean Penn really over did it. But if he was a stronger director I think it would of been a solid war pick. It's almost like he's not an actors director. That's why he put Nancy Allen in his movies, he couldn't see she can't act(she was better later on in Robocop). But his most famous movies had great actor's in them, so he didn't need to tell them shit.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I doubt that THE HUNGER is his favorite movie. He really hasnt attempted to replicate it style at at. Ever since TOP GUN, his name is synonymous to the Simpson/Bruckheimer school of Film and acolytes like Michael Bay and Dominc West. And thats not meant as a negative. His films were slick and stylized and fetishized but Tony (like his brother) had an eye for shooting and editing. Not once are you confused with the action in his films, something Bay cannot claim. And I'd watch a Tony Scott film any day over Ridley Scott.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    "Best movie Tony Scott ever made was TRUE ROMANCE, Asi." That's the dogma. I don't go by dogmas, but by what i see. Fortunatly, this time, the dogma fell to a good movie, which is not often the case.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    @choppah...pants optional. Their you go Top Gun 3!!

    by welcometothepartypal

    What a dick filled trilogy!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Warfare is phallic and homoerotic by nature.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's hard to make a military movie without a little subtext showing. Tony Scott decided to simply grip it firmly and coax it toward full-on throbbing glory. TOP GUN is one of the most honest films of the 20th century.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    welcometothepartypal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    More than any other director, DePalma uses actors as pawns. If they're over the top, he's fine with it. He's on record as calling cinema 24 lies a second, so he'll play up that artificiality to back up his thesis. It's worked so well in much of his earlier work, but it's failed him in recent years.

  • I hate that quickcut, swirling camera nonsense.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    NuCONAN was such a bomb, that Carl Icahn

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    just sold his stake in Lions Gate.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    How is your health Harry? Missed the updates

    by catlettuce4

  • Could have been any director.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    You should had said that TOP GUN is one of the most honest movies about the 1980s. As for "Warfare is phallic and homoerotic by nature", that would be true for Ancient Sparta. John Milius could give you a whole thesis about how wrong for the most part your assuption is. TOP GUN is made gay because they filled the movie with pretty boys, filmed it like a shapoon commercial, made it totally 1980s (The Decade Of Gay), wrote it totally gay on porpose, and was sold as a in the closet gay movie for gays in the closet. Imagine TO GUN but as if it had been made in the 1970s directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring the likes of Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, George C. Scott, Anthony Quinn, Eli Wallach, Clint Easthood, James Coburn, Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas or Gene Hackman, and it suddently doesn't look all that gay, would it?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Mattman

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Yes, absolutely, those are huge assets to the movie. But Tony got good work from the actors, and he managed to keep the damned camera still. He responded to the material and let his true talent show. It's the shit shows where he decides to add unnecessary flourish after unnecessary flourish to make up for the banality of everything else. He nailed TRUE ROMANCE, and he deserves credit for it.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Asi, friend, you're quite the guy to be lecturing another on dogma.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You may well be the most dogmatic talkbacker. I don't hold that against you, though. It's part of your unique charm.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Asi, don't try to score any points at my expense

    by Autodidact

    Captain save-a-ho.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    "Everyone's gay once in a while." -Kirk Lazarus

    by Mattman

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Calamari Wrestler

    by A_Banned_Apart

    Rented this from Netflix a year or so back, and enjoyed it enough to buy it cheap on DVD. Not worth an upgrade for me, but it's certainly worth a look if you're into WTF Cinema.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    I'm the very opposite of a dogmatic. My quest agaisnt Abrams Trek just proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Since when you have seen me befallen to the usual the AICN dogmatic nonsense? When in fact i'm one of the few voices that constantly goes against it? I'm infamous for that. I'm the town's iconoclast!

  • In the hands of a better director, it could have been a masterpiece. Scott also fucked up Tarantino's ending.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Asi, TOP GUN may have been less gay on the surface, sure,

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    but gay nonetheless. All of Peckinpah's movies have some raging gayness to them. THE WILD BUNCH? A bunch of dudes sleeping next to each other every night, shooting up fools by day. ALFREDO GARCIA? Guy drives around with a head in a sack for half the movie, and then it all ends with a phallic closeup of a recently fired gun. Quite the, er, climax. THE GETAWAY? The more interesting romance was the twisted three-way between Sally Struthers, Solozzo and that dupe husband. McQueen, as Peckinpah shot him, was more about looking pretty in that 70s way. MAJOR DUNDEE? You can practically drink the homoeroticism that oozed between Heston and Harris. Face it, Peckinpah loved the cock.

  • I say there is two Tony Scotts. There was a very promising young director who made THE HUNGER. When that movie flopped, he died on the spot and was replaced by an hack for the ages. Ocasionally in rare occorences, he allows himslef to indulge to the once promising director he was supposed to be, and sometimes a few of his movies manange to be OK, either in isolated scenes, or more rarely, wholesome. But there was, once upon a time, a talented Tony Scott. He died after THE HUNGER.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks choppah, I did not know that.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Asi, your own dogma is the issue.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Church of Asi has a cruel pope!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Mattman

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He also nailed: Revenge Crimson Tide The Last Boy Scout Man on Fire Top Gun Beverly Hills Cop 2 Day of Thunder

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    "All of Peckinpah's movies have some raging gayness to them." You must have an extyremely all encompassing definiton of gayness. As in "Male = Gay". Peckinpah made movies about comradship. That is not gay. There's a difference between the two. If many can't see that today, it's tells more about their own gay prejudices then it says about the human condition as portaited in such movies as Peckinpah's. As Freud once said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Choppah, I find all those movies quite overblown

    by Mattman

    But a few of them have nice Hans Zimmer soundtracks :). I can hear the Crimson Tide theme in my head right now.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    You can easily turn that argument around on TOP GUN, though, Asi.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Sometimes a volleyball game is just a volleyball game.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    TRUE ROMANCE is all Tony Scott! Look at Revenge, look at Last Boy Scout..the hyperslick style is there..restrained compared to the editing of today but his stamp is all over that film. his phases go as so: THE HUNGER TOP GUN BEVERLY HILLS COP 2 DAYS OF THUNDER REVENGE THE LAST BOY SCOUT TRUE ROMANCE CRIMSON TIDE THE FAN ENEMY OF THE STATE SPY GAME BEAT THE DEVIL MAN ON FIRE DOMINO DEJA VU TAKING OF PELHAM 123 UNSTOPPABLE

  • Women are either an afterthought or a plot device. GAY.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Not that there's anything wrong with it.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Peckinpah is in the pantheon with Kubrick, Welles, Kurosawa and Ford, in CHOPPAH's book.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    True Romance *is* a classic

    by Autodidact

    I don't like Quentin's ending in the original script. The happy ending works for me.

  • The reason why i didn't included the name of Charlton Heston in that list above is because the guy seemd to have... issues. When they were writing the script for BEN HUR, Gore Vidal was having problem cracking the script to justify the enemity beween Massala and Ben-Hur, until he hit the notion that this was a quarrel between two ex-lovers. The director and the producers accepted the notion and even explained it to the actor that played Massala, who udnerstood and went with it. But they kept shut on Heston because they knew he would had flat out refused to play a gay onscreen, no matter how subtle and sly the portait would be. The director and producers just hoped that Heston would play gay naturally without even be aware of it. Which he did. Heston has issues. so he's a bad example. Your atempt at the ALFREDO GARCIA example is stretching it. As i said before and quoting Freud, soemtiems a cigar is just a cigar. And since when talking to a decapitated head means homosexuality? It's insane, but gay? Hardly! "THE WILD BUNCH? A bunch of dudes sleeping next to each other every night, shooting up fools by day." The desert. At night. Try sleep by yourself. Isolated from anybody else. Good luck. Don't pass simple well know survival techniques anybody who spent long stretches in the wild how know as a matter of fact for homosexuality. That's beyond stretching. Sorry, friend. Steve McQueen was known to be impossible to make look ugly on-camera. That was not the director going gay on him, he was just born to look resplandenscent on-camera. It's not for nothing the man was made a star with so little dialogue spoken in his whole career. He looked the part like few ever did, then and since. If McQueen had gay issues (and it seems he really had a bad case of it), it was his own, not the filmmakers who worked with him, certainly not Peckinpah. Of all the directors to try to prove they had a bit of the gay in them, Peckinpah is one of the worst more wrong examples you could make. Sorry, friend.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    No, Asi, I'm sorry.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I appear to have touched a nerve with you. You defend Peckinpah's sexuality with the jealousy of a lover. I admire that kind of dedication. CHOPPAH is, above all, a romantic. Let's not forget that.

  • Another AICN Dogma Shit that i piss upon as well: that THE LAST BOY SCOUT is supposed to be this big great awesome movie, bla bla bla, fuck a shit. The fuck it is a good movie! A crap movie with ONE GOOD SCENE in it do not a good movie made. See me pissing on AICN Dogma crap? I'm the dogmatic now? I'm the furtherst thing of a dogmatic in this joint. Do i need to go again on my usual rants against Abrams Trek to remind you of who i am?

  • That shared memory they have of their last night together ... Hell, look at their names!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I'm chopping with the Choppah. I love Tony Scott movies. Sweaty blue collar guys. Crash zoom close ups. Loadsa color filters. Denzel Washington. Mens men dialogue. High body counts. Tony Scott has an oeuvre. And I like the taste of oeuvre with my bacon. I even liked these three recent films that not many saw...DEJA VU, TAKING OF PELHAM 123, UNSTOPPABLE. Damn solid flicks every one.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    To prove how dogmatic you are against JJTREK?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I keed, I keed.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    I defend what's rigtht and just. I defend Peckinpah as an heterosexual as much i defend Sir Ian McKellen as an homosexual. I defend who they are, not what some fancy imagining of them just for the sake of some misplaced argumentation.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    autodidact

    by AsimovLives

    I don't think TRUE ROMANCE is a classic by any definition of th word. Unless you put Cult in it, then anargument coulsd be made for that. The happy ending works very well for the movie that Tony Scott made. Tarantino himself admits as much and say that Scott did the right decision... for the movie he made. If Tony Scott's movie had been a verbatim adaptation of Tarantino's script, then the happy ending would had been a sore thumb to the movie indeed.

  • enriches the movies. It makes them even more poignant and tragic. And there's ample evidence to back up this view, too.

  • She has absolutly none with Tom Cruise in TOP GUN. I always found that amusing.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I have to admit the mens men dialogue was taken a bit too far in TOP GUN. Ice man and Maverick were def on the highway to *the danger zone*.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    TOP GUN is a sublime title.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Very gay. Which is what Scott was going for.

  • She had absolutly none with Tom Cruise in TOP GUN. I always found that amusing.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I loved Top Gun in its day and True Romance always

    by Autodidact

    But Tony Scott lost me with Man on Fire. I found that to be one of the most predictable "if you saw the trailer you saw the whole thing" movies I'd ever seen. Sparing you the details, I've seen 2 out of 3 of the Scott+Denzel movies since then and they're all equally competent, interchangeable, boring and predictable.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise always had better sexual chemistry with his male co-stars.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Hell, even in RAIN MAN. No wonder Charlie Babbitt was always hitting himself.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Choppah, that's true about Cruise

    by Mattman

    Him and Renner should ignite the screen in MI3.

  • I watch his movies through the lenses he used onthem, not ones of my own making. I don't need his movies to be turned gay to see the tragedy that's in them. He was a too good a director to need such melodramatic clutches to appreciate his movies. Speaking on Peckinpah, last night i saw his last movie, THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND. i hadn't seen it for 20 years already. Better movie then i remembered. And Craig T. Nelson, man!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I understand your hatred for Top Gun, Asi

    by Mattman

    You, like all men, sprouted a half-chub when Val gave Cruise that silly smile and said, "You can be my wingman anytime". Fuck that film for awakening us to the .02 percent gayness inherent in every straight man!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Renner specializes in gay characters hard in the closet.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    SWAT ... THE HURT LOCKER ... most significantly in THE TOWN. He's fast eclipsing Cruise as the go-to ambiguously macho-gay action hero. M:I4 will be the TOP GUN of the 21st century.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Kinsey was right.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And Peckinpah was no exception. The proof's right there on screen.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Choppah, The Town

    by Mattman

    That's right, he never has a girlfriend in The Town and he Hulks out when Affleck wants to leave.

  • The title came from the very news article from which the movie is based. You want to see how a Top Gun like movie looks like if you strip off the retardness and the gayness? Watch the french movie "Les Chevaliers Du Ciel" (english title: "Sky Fighters"). Not only it's a damn good movie which is loads of fun (yeah, it really is), they also bothered to use real airplanes for the airplane scenes. The only exception is a quick scene set in the skies over Paris, because it's illegal to fly military airplanes in peacetime over Paris under french law. Otherwise, damn good movie about airmen who doesn't need to go gay to sell.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Deke and Pike have a hard time letting go of each other.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Dare I say, they just can't quit each other.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Mattman

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Renner sets the screen on fire in that one.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Asi, if it's French it's already gay.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Who the fuck directed "Spy Game"? That was shit too.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Is there a definition or criteria for classic? (True Romance)

    by Autodidact

    Rhetorical question, although maybe Ebert has enumerated a list or something. I don't think a movie has to be massively popular or successful to be regarded as a classic. In other words it's not fair to relegate True Romance to mere "cult classic" status. If you ask me, all that is required is to have a true vision, a few classic scenes and be commonly referenced more than 15 or 20 years past release in discussion, or by influence or homage. True Romance has a number of scenes and dialogues which, almost 20 years later, have aged to genuine "classic" status. To name a few: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqccyUpnZwA Dennis Hopper's eggplant monologue and Chris Walken's sicilian liars monologue (in a single scene). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uQFm-Lfcqo&feature=related Clarence's visit to Drexl (when I saw it in 1993 I thought it was the most intense thing I'd ever seen and my gut was churning with adrenaline... it still holds up). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e9AhcSnxSk The climax with a mexican stand-off... the first American movie scene to homage John Woo. The link is just the shootout, the whole 10 minutes leading up to it is maybe the real classic stuff. I could go on. Tell me that's not classic cinema. Tell me it didn't leave a stamp on later movies. Just try.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by AsimovLives

    Like all men, i have a femiline side as well. And i long discovered that my feminine side is lesbian. Is that the gay 0.02 thing you claimed i have on me? If so, you were right, but for different reasons. And you got it wrong on which tony Scott movie that awoke my lesbian side. It was not Top Gun, it was The Hunger. I have always hated TON GUN. Back then i wasn't so sophisticated i could detect pronto it's gayness. It was the 80s, people back then had problem detecting extreme obvious gayness unless it was showing two men buttfucking unambigiusly, THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN or THE LAW OF DESIRE style. No, i always hated TOP GUN because the movie is FUCKING RETARD and TERRIBLY STUPIDLY MADE and because IT'S A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!

  • Hell, even he publicly admited that he had sex with men before. I respect a lot such candor and honesty.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    You do not have long time friends, do you?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I have plenty of long-time friends, Asi.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I can't help it if most of them, man or woman, want to suck my dick.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    "You do not have long time friends, do you?"

    by Mattman

    I'd assume Choppah has more friends than a guy who starts randomly bellowing about Star Trek at inappropriate times. Must be hell on a date. Asi: "Did you see Star Trek?" Date: "Uh huh! Chris Pine is dreamy." Asi: "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • Maybe for many this is not exactly stop the press news, but i just learn that right now. It's quite a sad news for me, because i enjoy his work so much, specially his DISKWORLD stories. I had an uncle to died from Alzeimer, and it's not pretty.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah that's sad, Asi... but what's that have to do with dicks?

    by Mattman

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Alzheimer's? Brutal.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I wouldn't even wish that on hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by AsimovLives

    My questionw as not about quantity of friends. that is not the point. The_choppa was making a point about in THE WILD BUNCH an old friend had trouble letting another old friend go as proof of gayness in the movie and in Peckinpah's cinema in general. To which i asked if he doesn't have long tiem freinds. Because anybody who has very long time friends, like me, who most of my freinds i know for 25 years or more, i know very well what it would be like to let go of an old friend, and it has nothing to do with gay. Anybody who has long time friends would know that as a matte rof fact. Of course, i also realise that the_choppah is pulling my leg as well. The joker is having fun at my expense. Which i take it in stride.

  • So why i want to bring that pain all over again? Except for a point to be made in here, Abrams Trek is shit i don't want to relive.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Actually Mattman, Asi has never been on a date

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You insensitive prick!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Do I detect a little sexual tension between Asi and Mattman?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Strangers in the night ... exchanging talbacks ... Strangers in the night ... comparing nutsacks ...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Asi, Abrams' Trek is your Moby Dick

    by Stabby

    You'll never let it go. Until it destroys you and takes us all down with you.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by AsimovLives

    What part of "completly off topic" you didn't understand? Considering that one of my favorite writers and a uncle of mine had alzeimers, you will not find me in a very good mood to be jokey about it. I hope you can respect that sentiment. I comented above because, me presuming i was among friends, i could share a bit of my soul with you in the talkback i'm participating. I hope i was not presuming wrong. I hope you will not prove me wrong.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    You presumed wrong, Asi 'old buddy'

    by Mattman

    (After all...my friends know when I'm joking)

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    stabby

    by AsimovLives

    I discord. Ahab had a grudging respect for Mody Dick. I have fuck all respect for that retard piece of shit "movie", i have nothing but profound disrespect and disgust for that shit. And pleas, deon't ever bring Mody Dick, one of my top favorite books and one of America's best novels, to a Abrams Trek topic ever again. I don't want to soil and dirt the good name of that book with the companty of the utter total shit that is Abrams Trek. Show some respect, will you?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    Don't take me wrong, i respect you for all your gay experiences and gay inclinations and whatnot. I just disrespect gay arsery like TOP GUN, as in, the hidden kind that tries to pass as something that's not, the same way i disrespect dishonesty in general.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Subtext is an anagram of buttsex.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    There you have it.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    TON GUN = TOP GUN

    by AsimovLives

    Tom's Gun, perhaps?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by AsimovLives

    There's a difference between writen sarcasm and spoken sarcasm. I myself fall to that pretty occasionally. I never like when that happens. Too often in here we write as we speak. Too often the inuendo we would give to what we say does not translate well to when we write.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I speak as I write.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    With aplomb, authority and audacity.

  • I saw my uncle degeneratre as the desease progressed, and it's not pretty. It's downright ugly and very, very sad. I'd say, i probably fear it more then cancer. I can't evne begin to imagine what must it be to suffer from alzeimer's to slowly stop being who you are, to lose all your faculties, until you became merely a collection of synapses and arch-reflexes without any porpose or conscience anymore. If there's a hell, that's that.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I forgot what we were talking about...

    by Mattman

  • I like your style and i like you as a person, friend. You are very cool in my book. But i never saw you fight the good fight against the whole of AICN by going agaisnt one of their beloved dogmatic nonsense. Until that day comes, i reserve myself on the notion of your audacity.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by AsimovLives

    Well, i think Dr. Brian Cox's (the physicist) Science TV shows are pretty good.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Asi, if you haven't seen any examples of my audacity on these boards,

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    you haven't been paying attention.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I saw my dad get cancer and dementia at the same time

    by Autodidact

    I'll take dementia.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Blood Simple director's cut

    by fullrotor

    I don't get why people are so up in arms about the Star Wars films but the Coens can go re-edit their debut, the movie that made their careers, and few seem to care. Any filmmaker who decides to rewrite their history and make a re-edit the only version of their film anyone can see is an asshole.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    fullrotor

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    When the Coens cut and paste Walter and Donnie into a key scene, or digitally erase M. Emmett Walsh from the ending, then we can talk about comparing the BLOOD SIMPLE nips and tucks with Lucas' extensive cosmetic surgery.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    watched calamari a few years ago on netflix.

    by jesus 2099

    i fell asleep.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Top Gun or Top Boner whatever you guys want to call it

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    is one of his worst movies, if you ask me. Some of my friends in high school memorized almost every line from that movie. I was totally indifferent to the whole thing. I think guys like Assimov are fucking dead wrong, some of Scott's best work are his modern films. They aren't amazing or spectacular but they're solid action/thrillers that pretty much get the job done. Deja Vu is underrated imo. I also liked the Taking of Pellum 123 and Unstoppable. Compare one of those 3 to the U.K. produced shitfest Blitz, and you should have an appreciation for the talent on display.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    I have sen what you are claiming to have done. But i haven't seen you take th whole AICN. Specifically, i never saw you go against one of their most beloved dogma stuff. Like i have with Abrams Trek. Or the Even Numbered Trek movies being good and the odd numbered movies being bad. Shit like that. Know what i mean?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    autodidact

    by AsimovLives

    How can one chose between two hells, friend? My sympathies about your father.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Asi you are impressed with your own mental illness

    by Autodidact

    You are a mental midget and ought to be a mental patient.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the kind words though

    by Autodidact

    Hah.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    fullrotor

    by AsimovLives

    The thing is, BLOOD SIMPLE: DIRECTOR'S CUT is a joke perpetrated by The Coens. It's typical of their kind of humour and their pisstake onthe concept of a director's cut. Their real director's cut of the movie is the one that was released in the theaters back in the day. All their movies are their director's cut.

  • In fact, i'm watching it again. Watched it once already. I quite like the movie. It already had the link between the legend of Robin Hood with King Richard Lionheart's crusades, but unlike the very book that first connected that, IVANHOE, in the movie Robin Hood, still known as Sir Robert Huttingdon, was a crusader himself and a member of high aristocracy and a personal friend of Lionheart. There are so many different retellings of Robin Hood, many with some interesting twist on the myth. Too bad the Ridley Scott movie was not from the NOTTINGHAN script that it was inicially to be. That would had been quite a very sweet and new take on the subject. Oh well!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Silent Robin Hood film?

    by Mattman

    That sounds way more exciting than Star Trek.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Swingers is so money.

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    I remember seeing it for the first time when I was a freshman in high school and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. In fact my AICN name is taken from my favorite quote in the film, which I made my senior year book quote.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Pfft that's nothing. I'm so legit

    by Autodidact

    that I'm about to fire up my candlepowered zoetrope to watch film strips of horses galloping.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    All of you guys are like family

    by Bobo_Vision

    Especially those of you who fight with one another. You're a nostalgic bunch...waxing on about your favorite films (me as well)...and the day will come when you will be reminiscing about the days you used to post on AICN talkbacks. 15 years from now, if AICN is still around, it will be vastly different. Many of the current writers will be gone, replaced by new younger writers...kids who are in their teens today. And the big guy....hate to say it but 15 years from now the big guy will probably no longer be with us. <p> So there will likely come a time where a bunch of old schoolers who still talk about movies on messageboards reminisce about AICN in the golden days, like today, and wonder where everyone has gone. You'll remember everyone fondly...even those you fought with...and you'll apologize for every mean thing you said about those who have taken their place in the ether...

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Damn, I thought Hanna came out THIS week.

    by Kammich

    Missed that one in theaters, really want to see it on DVD. Joe Wright shoots beautiful movies, but "Hanna" is the first time that the material actually interested me, so I'm excited to catch that next week.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Regular ol' talkback explosion up in this mf

    by Jaka

    Damn.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    STAR WARS BLU RAYS! WHOO!

    by Yelsaeb

    Can't wait! I need it!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Oh, hey, Raising Arizona blu ray.

    by Yelsaeb

    That was a nice little flick. Great foot chase.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    So "Raising Arizona"...

    by maxjohnson1971

    is Harrys favorite movie featuring a baby after "Popeye"? Are you fucking kidding me? Raising Arizona is one of the Coen's BEST by far. There is not a single thing wrong with that movie and it is one of my favorite's of all time. "Millers Crossing" was great, but on the Coen scale, it is down there a ways for me.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    And Shatner...

    by maxjohnson1971

    Wanna' see that guy when he was young and hungry and did a GREAT fucking acting job? Check out "The Intruder."

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    You can ride my tail anytime...

    by biltbuckley

    No. You can ride MINE.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    biltbuckley

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    SWORD FIGHT!!!

  • Some film historian would make bank with that book.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    today's women just want the next dick (ultratron)

    by ReportAbuse

    I would like to know where to encounter such womenfolk.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Oded Fehr as Sinbad

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Now THAT is a good fucking idea.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    WE RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE!!!

    by D.Vader

    I've gone delirious.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    TOP GUN - opening credits look like absolute crap.

    by justmyluck

    The rest of the transfer is fine overall, considering the age of the movie. The 'moody' opening credits: - compression artifacts - color banding - lateral ghosting of the actual credits! - completely distracting noise throughout Who approved that Blu-ray transfer?

  • Yes, that would be silly, considering... http://www.amazon.com/dp/1566563887/

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    =are about men unloading their guns into other men.=

    by KilliK

    yeah it's called human violence which happens to be the main theme of exploration in Peckinpah's movies. Does violence has in some degree a connection with the sexuality ,repressed or not,of the individual? Probably,but that does not mean that it is always about homosexuality,there is also heterosexuality you know. And if you can say that unloading their guns into other men is about gayness,i, on the other hand,can say that it is about the competition of the alpha males. fact.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Toynami made Herculoids toys.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Probably still available.

  • Everyone brings their own shit to viewing a movie...that fact you think you dont only supports what I know as true...you're a pompous dickhead

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    kids today 15 years in the future reminiscing in the talkbacks

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    will they be talking about how cool Transformers 3 was?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    kammich

    by AsimovLives

    I really liked HANNA a lot. Who knew that the cinema badass of 2011 would be a 16 years old oscar nominee actress? She's great! Eric Bana also has a great crowning moment of awesome in the movie thanks to a long single take scene that goes form him leaving a bus to go to a subway station and to have a fight with 3 bad guy mooks. All in one single take. It's awesome! And then there's Cate Blanchett having a blast playing an evil bitch. Yeah, it's a damn good movie.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    quantize

    by AsimovLives

    Bullshit! Unless you are an extremely egostistical close-to-autistic self-absorved fool, it's not that hard to go into the mood set by a filmmaker and go with it. Most people do that, in fact. Keep your own limitations to youself, don't project them unto others.

  • Even though he's a very arab looking israeli. If there is one positive thing that the new Conan movie teached me is to shup up about compains of wrong ethnicity of an actor for a role. I used to mock the casting of Jason Momoa as Conan due to his obvious polinesian looks. I saw him in the movie and forever shup up about it. Would it be cool to have an arab actor as sindbad? Sure. Alexander Siddig comes to mind, he's sudanese-born. But Oded Fehr would also be pretty damn good, on account he's quite a good actor himself. That sure helps. The rest is make up.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    maxjohnson1971

    by AsimovLives

    Thanks to call my attention to THE INTRUDER. It looks like it's damn good movie.

  • Those were the days when Konami was tops, along with Capcom and a couple others, but most of my collection is either Konami or Capcom with some Nintendo/Rare stuff a distant 3rd

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    killik

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And what's gayer than hyper competition between alpha males? It's all about flashing your cock to each other and comparing. Dominating the other. Sure, in nature, it's about the stronger surviving and reproducing with all the females. But, in culture, there are more considerations. Humans have that parent of all horrors called consciousness, and that consciousness leads them to contort natural thoughts into all sorts of perceived inadequacies and repressions. Most overtly macho literature/culture seems to come from insecurity, doubt, frustration and fear. It's about admiring and wanting to BE the supreme male, even if you have to go out of your way to create the ideal alpha male yourself. FIGHT CLUB pretty much nailed this. Peckinpah gave off the vibe of being a man's man, but he was severely damaged, too. You can see it in his movies. They're about badasses, but deeply wounded badasses given to dark reveries and bouts of longing for lost companionship, often from a male. It's fair to say that Bloody Sam had a dash of the lavender in him. Again, not that there's anything wrong with that ...

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    This is why Zack Snyder's movies make so many geeks uncomfortable.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    He comes across as a 'cool' frat guy type, an affable himbo, the kind of guy you'd think is a tool if he didn't also happen to like STAR WARS and LEBOWSKI so much. Gets decent grades, but likes to fuck around and get high, so he doesn't do the best he can. His movies prove he's a bit smarter than many think he is. In 300 and WATCHMEN (and, if that suit is any indication, MAN OF STEEL), you see him running with the inherent gayness (sometimes a bit too much with Ozymandias) of the alpha male as we understand it in comics and action movies. It makes homophobic geeks who are traditionally into these kinds of entertainments really uncomfortable because it provokes them into questioning their own sexuality.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    If anytning, Zack Snyder's movies proved he's a lot dumber and ignorant then he tries to convince us of otherwise. His movies are the result of a childish ignorant fuck.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    That's funny, Asi

    by D.Vader

    Rants like those sound childish and ignorant too.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    But i never saw you fight the good fight...

    by p0llk4t

    Wow asshole...you are such a hero, tirelessly waging war against the mighty TBers and AICN mods to uphold Truth, Justice, and the way of the virgin-uber-losers! Wait...what? I have more respect for jizz moppers and fluffers than I do for you. First you show your ass by claiming that movies/art is not a subjective medium and all movies can only be reviewed objectively. Now you boast about what a hero you are for standing up to the AICN hoards. YOU DON'T GET IT IDIOT! No one cares about debating a stupid, throw away movie like New Trek with you. The reason people hate you is because you endlessly shit all over TB's with your nonsense, you feel your "objective" opinion is the only one that matters, and you are a completely humorless douchebag.

  • And the answer is: less and less.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    d.vader

    by AsimovLives

    "Rants like those sound childish and ignorant too." I'd say exasperated.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    p0llk4t

    by AsimovLives

    An asshole like you should be careful to whom you call it to others. How much have you sucked JJ Abrams ass today?

  • Says a lot!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Must ... have ... HERCULOIDS!! Yeah, I'm old.

    by zacUpquark

    But they RULED. Before the violence ban, all the same cool sound fx and as Space Ghost and Jonny Quest, Gloop and Gleep made the same stretchy sound as Mr. Fantastic, and Igoo, Tundro and Zok were all Mike Road going "Rawrrr!" into a microphone. Neato.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by maxjohnson1971

    It was on Netflix streaming not long ago. Interesting enough, "The Intruder" was perhaps the most "serious" and "relevant" of Cormans movies and it was the ONLY one of his films to loose money. How ironic is that shit man?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Scott, T

    by egomeme

    Tony Scott forgotten money maker from the 80s (in 95% of the world)Top gun about chasing pussy,learning to say yes sir and hut hut hut,a unlikeable band of egoists if ever there was one.Also widely seen as artistic corrupt,and the movie TS first displayed a prostitutes mindset.As far as homosexual shenanigans i cant recall any.My advise to tb-let it slide into oblivion

  • Because only a fuckwit could make that statement and then write the pages of horseshit you did denouncing a film you went in with a billion expectations of You're a fucking liar....nice addition to be a knob

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Millers Crossing and Raising Arizona on Blu Ray? A good day

    by steve

    Fuck it, an epic day. And 3d Nightmare before Xmas? Life is good.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I think i've watched Millers Crossing over 100 times

    by steve

    And I want to watch it 100 times more. To see it on Blu Ray has me twitching. Best movie ever made. Look into your heart! WHAT HEART?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Jon Torturro in Millers Crossing vs pissed on by giant robot

    by steve

    Oh Jon, Jon Jon....

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I've never watched "Top Gun" and I never will...

    by ufoclub1977

    But I watched "The Hunger" over and over in the 80's. "True Romance" was a great crowded audience experience in the theater.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Choppah's Recommendation of the Week: Red Riding

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I know this has been out for a while, but I just saw it. This is some of the darkest shit I've seen in a long time. It is DARK and bleak and at times horrific. But, it is also one of the most brilliant stylistic works of art put on film that I've ever laid my Choppah peepers on. All three films are currently streaming on Netflix. You have to watch all 3 to fully understand what is going on so don't get discouraged at your confusion when you first start watching. It's all part of the fun. Highly recommended!

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Deadgirl is a piece of shit

    by Erotic Oven

    All shock and no substance. Awful acting, too.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    i'm reading Lance Henriksen's biography on kindle

    by animas

    "Not Bad For a Human" It is really good so far... and anyone else who loves the movie making process and acting would probably love this book. I didn't know Lance couldn't read until he was 30 and learned how to read from movie scripts.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    animas, that is very interesting

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I would have never guessed. Lance Henriksen always came off to me as highly educated on Millennium playing Frank Black. Now, I find out he probably couldn't even spell millennium.

  • you know they're actually jonesing for a cock gobble themselves, they're so obsessed in their loathing of other people's predelictions they're fucking clueless they're shrieking from inside their own closet.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Swingers gets a bad rap...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....because a lot of people could not get past the "money" line. and i can see that, vince vaughn really lays the hipster shit on pretty thick. but when you get down to it, there really is a sweet movie under all the hipster speak. <p> i mean, who hasn't had a break-up with a girlfriend that they had trouble getting over? you HAVE to relate to mikey in that film. when you put it in that perspective than you can see why vince vaugh plays his part so over the top, it's because he wants his friend to get over it and cheer up.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Oh I wanted to thank you about explaining the quotes thing

    by CT1

    d.vader: *exhausted* '"You don't have to thank me." '"Yes I do.. Harry won. AICN's integrity, everything we fought for.. undone. Whatever chance we had of fixing AICN, dies with Harry's lack of FUCKING GIVING A SHIT AND THAT STUPID ASS COLOMBIANA AD OR WHATEVER THE FUCK THAT STUPID MOVIE IS THAT NOBODY IS GOING TO SEE. We bet it all on him.. Harry took the best of us and tore it down.. people will lose hope." '"They won't.. they must never know what he did." '"Scott Pilgrim.. Attack of the Block.. you can't just sweep that-" '"But Harry can not win.. AICN needs it's true hero."

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Having watched TOP GUN all the way through again,

    by justmyluck

    having last seen it at an early 90s 70mm festival: - for non-recruits, a music video for jets and dudes; - otherwise, a US Navy recruitment commercial with; - a pointless script that makes one repeatedly ask, 'What the hell is this about?', while the corny one-liners fall with dull thuds; - further confusion from spatially non sequitur aerial jet plane action, interspersed with; - zero chemistry romance in order to 'sublimate'; - homoerotic and bromantic seduction of confused teen boys (seeking some father or older brother figure) into signing into some type of dysfunctional military family for adult life, IN SPADES. The Blu-ray extras bring out some honestly from the people involved, especially Tony Scott who admits he was emulating an all-male Bruce Weber photo shoot that bordered on soft porn. There's also a lengthy section on the in-camera VFX with USFX's Gary Gutierrez, which has lots of BTS effects footage. Of course, the actual F-14 aerial photography (why I saw TG in 70mm and picked up the Blu-ray) is top notch and looks fantastic. They supposedly shot 100,000 feet of aerial footage and only edited in everything which was usable (86'ing stock photography for a nearly-green-lit TOP GUN 2). As far as staged jet fighter action goes, it was like capturing lightning in a bottle. Dumping the dialogue with an isolated music and effects track would have helped the Blu-ray greatly, because this is essential 80s state propaganda rock-pop flashback stuff if you like combat planes and lived through the Reagan period...and taken with a mine's worth of salt.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    You are an idiot

    by speed

    Anybody who thinks Millers Crossing is "just okay" deserves to have their eyes sewn open and forced to watch reruns of The Nanny for the rest of their lives.

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Reruns of The Nanny for for the rest of one's life?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I wouldn't wish that on Beaks ...

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    quantize, that was so fucking lame

    by AsimovLives

    It's my bane at AICN that i don't have a single worthy opponent in here. I ache for an adversary which i could respect and admire. I don't have one. Instead all i have is this pathetic clowns. Like you. Jesus, is it too much to ask, to have an adversary i can respect, instead of the jokes i have in here? How hard can it be? Can you do me this kindness?

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    maxjohnson1971

    by AsimovLives

    I read about THE INTRUDER, and i was shocked to learn that it did money for Corman. unbelievable. and yes, it does became double ironic considering that, form what i known, it was his most ambitious movie. Reality can be such a joker!

  • Sept. 2, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    From what i read about it, Red Riding looks very good indeed. Thanks for your recomendation, friend. It's on my "what to watch" list as we speak. You rock!

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  • Sept. 3, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Your fundamental mistake AssholeSmells is this..

    by quantize

    You think I actually credit you with a microscopic shred of sanity or ability to think outside that sad little puffed up idea of yourself you spray up and down the walls of this site. I don't, and I couldn't give a flying fuck what you need..I don't care what your idea of a worthy 'adversary' is or even if you think you need one. You're a fucking baby and twat.. I only know you need your ass kicked up and down for your rank stupidity and to be calling anything i say as 'lame' after an infantile crab clawed idiotic spit about sucking JJ's asshole..you're utterly clueless.. As you are about your knowledge of movies and ability to judge decent ones... You're a clock that happens to be right twice a day...nothing more.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    ads

    by aceldama

    OK, this is completely off-topic, I know. And won't matter. But I still want to type it out, because I'm pissed. Jesus Fucking Christ you goddam piece of shit! QUIT when the ads that play with the volume maxxed out from the start. I am so damn sick of having to keep my computer muted or risk jumping out of my chair 11 feet each time it starts suddenly blaring. Hell, quick fucking putting up ads with sound. Fucking pathetic. (yes, I know there are ways with some browsers to block them from happening at all, but that is not the point. The damn things should not exist.)

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    you don't like loud advertisements?

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    you some kind of communist?

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    ass live

    by darth_ghidorah85

    That cracka still cant spek a word of english ton gun? WTF is Ton Gun, my nigga? ass live need to get ove the fct that the whit man's time has come to a end in hollywood! i told ya crackas that we taking over jewood!!! first music, then sport, then politic, now hollywood! Steven Speilber, we comin for YOU, nigga!

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    MILLER’S CROSSING ...

    by SunTzu77

    My absolute favorite film... the dialogue... the lighting... the acting (probably one of Gabriel Byrne's best performances)... the iconic music (The Celtic Spirit Medley - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTZT1KuZX5k) ... I love it to death.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott's best films...

    by SunTzu77

    His best films were the ones he didn't utilize so much of the the annoying MTV editing style. The Hunger was intriguing... Revenge (great DP work)....True Romance (simply great - every aspect - DP work, writing, acting... freaking Gary Oldman my favorite actor)... Crimson Tide (decent thriller).... Top Gun (enjoyable popcorn flick). Spy Game was an entertaining flick, imho... even though he did use some of that MTV editing crap. The rest of his films... meh. Domino was absolutely horrendous. I still like him as a director though.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I might be alone here

    by alpha

    But almost every Coen Bros movie is horribly pretentious rubbish to me. Raising Arizona is Million Dollar Baby bad. Great visual stylists but plot wise ... ugh.

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