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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 2nd & 3rd wk of Sept 2011: CITIZEN KANE, The Star Wars, Foreign SciFi 60's Awesomery, THOR, lessor but entertaining sequels, Coens, Boyle & much much more!

Hey folks, Harry here...  The Toronto Trip, plus my head not just being in writing - as I became obsessed with reading every review I could find of COMIC CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE...  Then when I did get the writing bug, individual subjects called my attention.   But here's last week and this week's releases and I hope you enjoy them.   I get carried away with some of the releases - but then, they're the kind of releases its fun to have fun writing about.   Here ya go...



Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


This is another Vietnam Vet comes back to a fucked Domestic America scene where a military buddy gets royally fucked over by urban crime, and becomes a badass vigilante mutherfucker that we wish had a PUNISHER Shirt on. This is a film of limited budget, but big balls. I love Vigilante movies. Even better when it is being done in the name of a Nam Brother. It just fluffs everything just right. That you can get a movie like EXTERMINATOR on Blu-Ray… it’s just more proof that us Film Geeks are living in some dreamland. Like THE 10TH VICTIM below, this is just great period genre fun. The gangster and the industrial meat grinder machine scenes are totally worth the price of disc!


Bliss. I’ve had some great screenings of this film in my life. I remember first watching it with my father in the PARAMOUNT THEATER as a boy – and that night – as he and his film school friends took us out to dinner and just went on a lovefest talking about CITIZEN KANE – how our theater looked like a façade for the movie itself… Or the time my Dad, Sister and I were staying at a Cliffside Motel in the shadow of San Simeon, watching the film on the rented VHS tape and shitty TV, with the curtain open looking up at Hearst’s Xanadu… Then watching Ebert going frame by frame through the last third of the film aboard the M.M.S. MAARSDEN and the FLOATING FILM FESTIVAL… but you know… Everytime I watch CITIZEN KANE it is a great fucking time.
It is a story of a man’s life as told by those he left behind… Friends, Enemies, Lovers, Business associates, etc….
For me, everytime I watch the film, it makes me deeply introspective. Big surprise, I so associate with every film, but what can I say… I relate to the stories I see. I empathize with the characters and what they’re going through. But KANE is an entire life story… It’s also a rookie film by a wild daring societal wunderkid making his first film a MAD magazine satire of his age’s Rupert Murdoch. And he did so with historic innovations that he simply applied from his experiences on the stage and upon the Radio – where he was equally hailed as Genius. The Mercury Theater actors are simply brilliant. Everyone. Watch the fire in Orson Welles’ eyes. He’s amazing. Just amazing.
It isn’t like anything we see today, where movies are striving so much for realism, that they lose the power of impressionism. This film is filled with bold powerful images. Montages that sear sequential images into the mind. A score that shames everything you’ll hear this year. Brilliant makeup! Hilarity! Soul-searching. The only films I’ve seen released in my lifetime that I love at the same level as this are GODFATHER II and THERE WILL BE BLOOD… but neither is as boldly wonderfully theatrical. CITIZEN KANE does everything those films do, but manages to be effortlessly fun throughout.
This is CITIZEN KANE and it’s one of a kind folks!
So how does it look on Blu? Wonderful. Truly Wonderful. This is a film that you should come to at some point in your life. And think… what would these types of people say about you, if you died 3 days ago. If you watch it and don’t get what the big deal is… Watch the documentary on it. Listen to the commentaries. This is a film you appreciate, then as you grow as a film lover… discovering more about the ages of cinema, marketing, personalities of the era, the scandal of the film, what Rosebud might’ve really meant, ya know… The more you learn, the more you read, the more you watch… the more you realize that this isn’t only THE GREAT FILM of FILM HISTORY – and that it isn’t just a pretentious CRITIC thing to say, but that you REALLY MEAN IT, and you REALLY GET IT… Well, that’s just a fantastic sensation. In a weird way, this is that great movie geek beer talk, wine talk, brandy talk… I’ve had some of the greatest film geek talks in a Vegas Strip Bar, upon that Cruise Ship, at Burger Stands, in Video Stores, at Movie shows and elsewhere… just talking Welles, Kane, Hearst, Cotton, Agnes, Bernard, Wise, Manny… and fucking Rosebud.
Kane is a quasi-religious obsession. You get drunk on the movie, high on the movie… energized by what a filmmaker given carte blanche, being brilliant and left utterly to his own devices… and he makes a film that I, 70 years later can just sit here at a keyboard and fall for all over again. This is an excellent box to buy to begin a magnificent obsession with.


The American movie poster for this movie – and the really trippy lobby cards have been familiar to me for a very very long time, as my Dad and I have every size and type of poster that this movie had in the United States… but I’d never seen the movie. Now that I’ve seen it, if you happened to flip to this poster at my store, I would now say… “You like crazy Sixties foreign trippy sci-fi aesthetic like Bava’s DANGER DIABOLIK or Vadim’s BARBARELLA? You know the film within the film sequences of Roman Coppola’s CQ? Yeah, this is that kind of awesome!” This is a film along the lines of Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal” or Stone/Tarantino’s NATURAL BORN KILLERS or Paul Mazursky’s DEATH RACE 2000? This is a film, set in a universe were corporations hire assassins to assassinate folks exclusively to SPONSOR with their Brand for Live Television. It is absolutely bugnuts beautiful and stylistically weird. I love these crazy corporate future stories like ROLLERBALL or RUNNING MAN. I could totally see this being badly remade!


I’ve already written a few thousand words about this set. At that time, I hadn’t fallen in love with the DOCUMENTARYS or the SPOOFS sections of the 3rd Extras disc. This is the only version you should buy, if you’re thinking of picking any of the flicks up on Blu Ray right now. Only this set has the real jewels of the set… the deleted scenes and 40 hours of extras. I’ve seen about 29 hours of the stuff so far and it really is fantastic. Getting ready to start diving into the Prequel behind the scenes disc… The period Television Special documentaries hosted by Mark, Carrie and Billy Dee are just fantastic. Saw those upon original airing – and man, what a nostalgic mainline injection! STAR WARRIORS is a Doc not to miss. I love the 501st!

THOR (Blu Ray)

Absolutely love the film. I absolutely can’t wait for future adventures, be they in AVENGERS or in THOR sequels. Everyone pictured on this Blu Ray cover is fantastic in the film. In particular, Natalie Portman’s love interest is just so effortlessly pleasing. I like how just smitten she is with Hemsworth. It has High School crush intensity and giddy energy, and I find it adorable in my COMIC BOOK NERD FEST! Just as I did with Jane Foster in her very different character history in those books. I always loved that superheroes always had girlfriends… The wanton heterosexuality of the Marvel & DC universes fit right in with my obsession with PLAYBOY culture. Seeing that kind of energy in this film was a cherry I was happy to find a top a very solid first outing for the mighty THOR. The Branagh Commentary is one of the most hypnotic and genuinely amusingly fascinating commentaries. Just hearing Branagh talk so enthusiastically about THOR… it’s just… fetishistically correct. This is sat by my PS3 for heavy constant rotation purposes! I’ve devoured everything on this disc. Love the extras. I’m frustrated that the AVENGERS special feature doesn’t show pre-production art and a full on trailer… just because I’m incredibly impatient and want more!


I really like this direct sequel to the original brilliant Carpenter low-budget awesomery. BUT… it just doesn’t have his deft touch. There’s something effortlessly perfect about John’s original. This feels related, fun… but it just isn’t quite as magic. Nice Blu Ray! Just realize that this will get played maybe 1/5th as much as you will the original, if you’re like me.


I kind of think this is a headbanging version of SHANE. I’m gonna leave it at that. Oh, and it rules.


Once I realized there was a heavy amount of Eva Green nudity in this series, it instantly became IMPORTANT to watch every episode. Along my lascivious way, I discovered that I like everything about this 1 season show. They’ve turned the Arthur story on it’s ear – and yet all the elements are there… just twisted slightly like a Rubik’s Cube. I don’t quite love it like that first season of SPARTACUS… but I thoroughly enjoyed this in a way that I couldn’t like FIRST KNIGHT or a slew of shitty Arthur reinventions. But don’t worry, BOORMAN owns this mythology for all time in my opinion.


Further proof of the genius of the Coen Brothers. The film is a long and constant smile. The soundtrack of the film is nearly the reason to have this on Blu-Ray – if it wasn’t for the fucking unbelievably gorgeous cinematography. The combination of the two is absurdly perfect in the way that THE BLUES BROTHERS is absurdly perfect and that THE BIG LEBOWSKI is perfect. The wit of the writing, the seemingly effortless flourish that the Brothers wield with their filmmaking… it is just. Bless it. Bless them. Clooney’s Dapper Dan Man, is just as brilliant as self-obsessed as Bruce Campbell’s Ash or Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton or Jeff Bridge’s Kevin Flynn… Fun anti-heroes on epic unexpected journeys. Quests. One of the great absurd films of all time.


As old as AICN… 15 years old. This was a film that made me drunk on the awesome that Indie cinema was whupping my ass. Rewatching this on Blu the other day… Yoko had never seen or heard of the film. She was 9 when it came out. She was tired and wanting to go to sleep, but the movie captured her… Grabbed her by veins of her eyeballs and shouted, “PAY ATTENTION!” TRAINSPOTTING is an aggressive dose of cinem mainlined into your skull. It is ferocious, kinetic, powerful, nightmarish and it LOVES itself in an exhilaratingly original manner that guaranteed that Danny Boyle was prepared to make you forget his previously brilliant SHALLOW GRAVE. If you haven’t seen this… do so. It makes FIGHT CLUB seem a bit pussy.


Before he was Jesus, He wanted bloody revenge. Alexandre Dumas is about to be wantonly violated by Paul Worthless Shit Anderson, but this is by far my favorite classic literature brought to life by the hands of Kevin Reynolds… and the performances by James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris and Michael Wincott are all killer. But the reason I kinda love the movie, is the inexplicably bizarre casting of Luis Guzman in this film. I know people freaked on Russell Brand’s work in Taymor’s TEMPEST – but this is bizarre casting that just makes me constantly giggle. And in a tale as dark as MONTE CRISTO is… it’s like Herbert Mundin’s Much the Miller’s son from THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD… This is nowhere near as great a film as Curtiz’s masterpiece… but this is a very rich telling of the tale.


Another 15th Anniversary – original AICN year flick. THE FRIGHTENERS was one of those films like DARK MAN that never found a mainstream audience, but that most geeks I know… well we love it. The box office failure of this movie and it’s critical bashing by many made the choice of Peter Jackson to direct LORD OF THE RINGS, confusing to most folks in the industry of talking about films. But it was that short-sighted lack of long term memory, that gave them such fits. FRIGHTENERS is the first film that Peter Jackson got all the toys for. The studio never understood it. The movie was tonally odd – a funny gotcha ghostly serial killer flick with a wicked black sense of humor. Featuring one of Jeffery Combs’ most wildly bizarre and particularly off characters – as you’ll ever see in a movie. This disc has everything you could ever want for the film. Great transfers, extras, audio…


I love crazy awesome fantasy legendary martial arts films. I love the training sequences. The brutality. The high camp feel. The amazing martial arts on display, but this is full on Chinese Superhero shit! Jack Burton may talk about shaking the pillars of heaven, but in TRUE LEGEND, it could be a literal character action. That crazy looking bastard with the clenching fingers… AWESOME. Total party flick. Once again Yuen Woo Ping reminds us… He’s the Master!


I just saw this for the first time tonight. It drug everything to a halt. Julie Taymor isn’t interested in reality, thank God. Making films echo reality is such a constant state of our theaters, that when something wild like TEMPEST comes along, folks just don’t know what to do. This film actually reminds me of a very old Shakespearean film adaptation… William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt’s adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM… and that’s wholly appropriate. Taymor’s film is just drunk with the possibilities of cinema. Stylized in a wildly exciting manner – it’s trying to match the imagination of Shakespeare’s original work. Dieterle is one of my favorite classic directors. His HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER, PORTRAIT OF JENNIE… so many great films. Taymor is fiercely experimental – and you’ll either fight it or dig it. For me, I’m still angry that my surgery kept me from seeing this in a theater. Just stunning work.


Raise your hand if this is your favorite Hannibal Lecter tale. I’m not quite there with ya, but I really do love William Petersen and Brian Cox. My only problem is that Cox just reminds me so much of his character in ALIEN… and that’s by no means a bad thing, but Hopkin’s Lecter just… it’s the character in my mind. I missed MANHUNTER when it originally was released and didn’t discover it until after I saw SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, so Hopkins owned the character in my mind. MANHUNTER just didn’t play the mall theater at Sykes Center in Wichita Falls… When I did finally see it, it became my second favorite William Petersen flick… behind TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. That said, Mann directed the best cinematic Lecter tale. This film has a sick dread that just atmospherically rules this movie. Picture looks great on this, just wish it wasn’t a barebones theatrical cut.


The TWILIGHT cover art is just fucking hysterical to me. This is a very fun movie – and totally different from the greater series. The guy that conceived this… he’s doing an AVENGERS movie. What a career path. I can’t wait to discover the specific Whedon quirk he gives to that, but I just wish Whedon did a commentary on this release. It’d make it a MUST buy – as opposed to this basic release. I think Buffy fans want a geekier release.

MY LIFE AS A DOG Criterion Blu-Ray

The reason we pay attention to Lasse Hallstrom. MY LIFE AS A DOG is just brilliant. Just as great a flick really gets. This is one of those films that haunts a filmmaker, who has made some really good movies, but this is just great. The performance from Anton Glanzelius is one of the great kid performances.


Like HALLOWEEN II, I like this movie, but the LOVE is held for the amazing original. That said this is possibly an even freakier and more disturbing film. The scenes are not as effortlessly iconic as the original. This would be a great double feature with Kevin Smith’s unhinged and wickedly fun RED STATE. In fact that’s how I watched these two. Kevin’s on pay-per-view and this on Blu. Kevin’s film is better, for the record. This disc looks quite handsome.

MAN FROM ATLANTIS: Complete Television Series

If you lived in Hot Texas of the late seventies and had a daily swimming pool addiction like me… Patrick Duffy’s MAN FROM ATLANTIS is nostalgic bliss. His patented full body wave swimming technique whilst making dolphin squeals is something I can’t help but still do while swimming at least once every time I take a dip. It just delights me in a very specific geek quadrant of my brain. Watching the pilot… wow. CRAZY this was on a network after that, but the show got… well, there were more after that, and this is all of them. But you have to understand, for a kid growing up in a time right before SUPERMAN happened… MAN FROM ATLANTIS was as superhero-esque as it got. HULK didn’t debut to the next year. Linda Carter and Isis were around though… thank god!



Tuesday, September 20th 2011


I just didn’t really like this that much. There’s some undeniably funny scenes, but I just didn’t really love the characters at all. Oh well. I couldn’t help but compare it to my wife’s Bridesmaids… they were all crazier than any of these crazy women!


I always get the Disney discs well in advance of release, but this time I haven’t seen DUMBO in any of my mail packages yet… I love DUMBO. I’ve got some animation art from the film, and my circus fetish is likely due to seeing it a year before STAR WARS during one of the great 70’s – the year of Rocky, Carrie, Taxi Driver, Network, The Omen, Logan’s Run, All The President’s Men, Josey Wales, Dino’s Kong, Bugsy Malone, Obsession, Bad News Bears, Assault on Precinct 13 and a whole lot of other great flicks! 1976 was such a great year of releases. I saw this at what is now the Alamo Village. Back when it was a 2 screener. Disney does brilliant jobs on their classic film releases, this will be no different. A must own for me.


Play this in reverse and your household doggy will become a Dogite requiring you to go all Ash on your pet. Best to not risk it.


Amenabar just nailed this film. THE OTHERS is atmospheric creepy horror awesome. Nicole Kidman is amazing in this. A film that I feel is a relative of the modern Spanish horror films we’ve come to depend upon… for awesome scares. If you loved this, go check out DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK which is out there right now! It’s awesome too! Real steal for $9.99. Gorgeous Blu!


So wait a minute. You’re telling me that once upon a time, before Kolchak was Kolchak, before Kolchak’s kid shot his eye out, that before all that… Kolchak was Mickey Spillane’s MIKE HAMMER… Before Stacy Keach defined the character to my maladjusted generation. But as all BNATTERS know… Ralph Meeker is really THE Mike Hammer… but what about this Kolchak Mike Hammer? Ya know what? It is fucking terrific! This set came in, I took a look at 3 episodes and set it next to my desk to occasionally work my way through. You’ll see Angie Dickinson, Bones McCoy, Captain Adama and the chick from SPACE 1999 showing up in this show! Good stuff.


Masochists apply here

LE BEAU SERGE Criterion Blu

French New Wave Numero Uno! And it started out really well with the help of Claude Chabrol’s Hitchcockian LE BEAU SERGE. To really appreciate this film, you really do owe it to yourself to pair it with Chabrol’s LES COUSINS down below. They form a Yin Yang in ways that are most impressive. Both are fiercely well thought out and told films. I like that this is on a column with CITIZEN KANE, as in a similar fashion, it kicked off a great period of film evolution. That said, I prefer Kane. Here’s what Criterion has for you…
New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New audio commentary featuring Guy Austin, author of Claude Chabrol Segment from a 1969 episode of the French television series L’invité du dimanche in which Chabrol revisits Sardent, the town he grew up in and the film’s location
A 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert on the making of Le beau Serge
New and improved English subtitle translation
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

LES COUSINS Criterion Blu

A very odd couple of cousins. Completely at odds. Of these two films, I prefer LES COUSINS which is a bit more wicked and tasty. Shares the same leads as Chabrol’s first film, but playing characters completely diametrically opposed to their previous incarnations under Claude’s direction. Fascinating to watch if only to compare the two films. Great Triangle in this flick. Criterion does a great job with both these releases. Here’s the supplementals:
New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
A 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert about the making of Les cousins, featuring director Claude Chabrol, star Stéphane Audran, assistant directors Charles Bitsch and Claude de Givray, and others
New and improved English subtitle translation
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

VAMP Blu Ray

If you’re absolutely phobically, curiously fascinated with the freakshow that was Grace Jones in the late 80s… You kinda have to have this. She was with Conan and James Bond – and she’s weirdest here! That said, I haven’t seen this MIDNIGHT MADNESS release yet, but the HILLS HAVE EYES release they put out two weeks ago was total shit. I’d hold off till you hear positive word on the disc. I am.


Like the VAMP release, I haven’t seen this disc yet. But I’ve ordered it anyway, just because DEAD HEAT is kind of fucking awesome. Joe Piscopo and Treat Williams… some really fun make up, ridiculously goofy fun. God I hope this is a great release visually. I just can’t count on it from IMAGE.


Somebody at an Austin Network Affiliate really had a thing for Danny Kaye movies, because as a kid – I saw a whole lot of Danny Kaye flicks – and I love the films that star him. One, he was a redhead, big deal to a kid like me. Two, he was ridiculous, also important to a ridiculous kid like me. In particular his scenes with Walter Slezak rule, because Walter is just such an amazing character actor. Here they play gypsy performers and scammers – running a grift on a whole township… kinda accidental like… but hilariously musically so. I definitely have a Danny Kaye fan streak in me.


Reuniting Michael York and Jenny “pant pant” Agutter from LOGAN’S RUN, I’ve never heard of THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS. Pretty sure my parents must have missed it, because I saw every Michael York film that came out in the Seventies… My mom had a thing for him, and I thought he was really cool and badass as a kid. He was my hero of choice till Harrison Ford and Christopher Reeve, Kurt Russell and Mark Hamill took over. This is a turn of the century sailing tale shot beautifully I hear. I’m checking this out whenever Amazon sends me my ordered copy. Like the two leads way too much to not give it a try.


This has 8 first time on DVD Soviet narrative & documentary flicks from the silent and early sound era. I got sent this set – and I love what Russian cinema I’ve seen from the era. I definitely put on Sergei Eisenstein’s last silent, OLD & NEW. Click through to Amazon to read more – it is likely going to be a while till I get through the set. There’s 8 features here!


A MUST SEE. Read Nothing.


Roy Ward Baker, the director of FLAME IN THE STREETS, was one of those directors that I discovered through his Hammer work first… I grew up with QUATERMASS & THE PIT, SCARS OF DRACULA, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and DR JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE. ASYLUM scared the shit out of me – just as a trailer on my Dad’s Horror Trailer real. His LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES is one of the great Genre and Studio mash-ups in film history. To me at least. But before that Roy Ward Baker existed, there was a very different director. He made DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK with Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe… a very good film. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, which is probably your favorite TITANIC film if you’ve happened upon it. Before Poitier did GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER – Roy Ward Baker did a tougher racially charged tale that was similar called FLAME IN THE STREETS and it is great! If you love films that challenged society to face racism… this is one not to miss. Great little film from a director that delivered!

That’s got me caught up. Be sure to check back next week with BEN HUR Blu, TRANSFORMERS 3, MIMIC Director’s Cut, GAMERA Triple Feature Blu, Heston’s TREASURE ISLAND, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 & 3 Blu, CARLOS Criterion Blu, THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE Criterion Blu, TORSO Blu, BASKET CASE Blu, THE BLOOD TRILOGY Blu, Roger Corman Quadruple Feature, Buster Keaton’s GO WEST blu, MOTHER’S DAY Blu, GODFATHER OF GORE Doc and more!

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  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I want porn! Where are the X-rated DVD-s?

    by Sanyi

    Instead we get Dumbo. Thanks. Anyways, I recently watched Manhunter and it rules.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    oh and first?

    by Sanyi

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox was in Alien???

    by BookhouseBoy

    Im confused...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Correct on Frighteners...

    by AttackingClone

    I love it. Fox's last great movie (one of few). Def gonna pick it up...and Thor...BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Eep. Will probably pick up DUMBO, as Disney does an amazing job on these HD releases.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST


    by Mr.Stabs

    Brian Cox wasn't in Alien. Though he should have been. Getting him confused with Ian Holm?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I didn't care for Thor...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Sorry. Once he stepped out of Asgard, the film died for me. It looked like a SyFy made-for-TV flick at that point. Hemsworth made a good Thor. He could've actually kept the helmet on and had a better dye job done on his beard and eyebrows. ...and you mean to tell me I get to look forward to Loki and some Skrulls for The Avengers? Count me out. Suckatude is written all over that one.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Riddle of the Sands

    by Wilfy Fredericks

    Great little film but the real stand out was the late great Simon MacCorkindale, who was in his pre-Manimal days. Hope u enjoy the movie Harry.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST



    actually that's a private joke between Dad and I. I wrote it for just him to get. We'll deliberately say something purposefully wrong to get the other to correct us, before they see the other smiling. Admittedly, it works best in person, but Dad and I have a short hand, so in this case... I've always felt that Brian Cox's Lector reminded me of Ian Holm's Ash. In look, tone and impression. Separated at birth kind of characters.

  • Don't tell me you're that hopped up on meds that you can't even tell the difference between Ian Holm and Brian Cox? You know that Ian Holm is Ash in Alien! The fucking movie is 32 years old! Are you seriously telling us that for over 30 years you thought Ash was Brian Cox?!? This is the last straw. We've all had to read your so-called journalism/editorials for 15 years and have been witness to such appalling, brain melting grammar but like battered wives or Star Wars fans have stuck around in the hopes you'd wake up to yourself. Enough is enough. We don't want you to continue. You can't even be relied upon to upload a weekly DVD column let alone one that is fact and spell checked. Give the reigns to Quint and live off the advertising. Stop assaulting us with gibberish.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    Exterminator on Blu, never thought I'd see the day. And The Stuff? Dead Heat? Vamp? It's like I'm 13 again, and allowed to rent wantever I want at the local Mom & Pop.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by golden age

    Rather than just assume a film buff doesn’t know the cast of Alien or got John Hurt confused with Brian Cox I’m trying to think what film of Coxes he may have meant instead of Alien, but I’m drawing a blank. Harry – wtf?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    A private joke

    by golden age

    "We'll deliberately say something purposefully wrong to get the other to correct us, before they see the other smiling." Say what you like about the other contibutors to this site - they admit it when they fuck up and make themselves look like a clown*. *Except herc, obviously.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Dead Heat is a pretty amusingly corny zombie buddy cop action-comedy

    by Spandau Belly

    Speaking as somebody who wrote a corny zombie buddy cop action comedy, it's not as easy to do as it looks.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST


    by BookhouseBoy

    Hahaha!! I actually thought you were fucking with us! Cheers for clearing that up :)

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Hand in your geek card, fucker

    by Stegman84

    As if it isn't bad enough that we have to endure writing such as: Featuring one of Jeffery Combs’ most wildly bizarre and particularly off characters – as you’ll ever see in a movie. To actually write: I really do love William Petersen and Brian Cox. My only problem is that Cox just reminds me so much of his character in ALIEN… and that’s by no means a bad thing, but Hopkin’s Lecter just… it’s the character in my mind. That's not just mixing names up, that's a fundamental 'I thought that guy was actually that other guy' mistake. About two classic pieces of geek cinema no less. And two distinctly great actors - Brian Cox and, I assume, Ian Holm...although knowing Harry he could be mistaking Brian Cox for Yaphet Fucking Kotto... - how does any film geek make that kind of mistake? Seriously? To think Brian Cox was in Alien. Just... yeah. What's next? Is Harry going to wax lyrical about how the biggest problem with Inception was that Leonardo DiCaprio reminded him too much of the character Leo played previously in Memento? Or that Harrison Ford's biggest problem these days is that he just keeps repeating the character that he played in Castaway over and over again. Kevin Costner sure was a great Batman though, eh? Jeez.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    I love Halloween 2

    by Clara Roberts

    It seems sort of weird that I have to add that I love "the original" Halloween 2. Seems like that movie was on television all the time around Halloween (even more so than the original least it seemed that way to me). Haven't seen Vamp and I think I've seen bits and pieces of The Stuff so I'm looking forward to giving those both a try. Really, really excited for Nightmare 3 on Blu next week. Love that movie.

  • Yeah, right, sure it is. You didn't screw up at all, you're just so meta that none of us get it. Uh-huh. Sure. Tell me, do you have any bridges to sell?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Ian Cox

    by c4andmore

    His best role was in X-men 2. You know, the one with the hobbits.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Peter Jackson needs to make another horror film

    by Clara Roberts

    Something with a little less of a lofty budget than The Hobbit and hopefully very, very messy.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Inside Jokes....

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ....are retarded, Harry. YOU should know better.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Star Warriors

    by stupidmop

    Liked the doc but still think it was screwed up when lucasfilm called up those four guys and said "hey you have been selected for the event of your dreams! Oh and just three of you can go". Might has well just tossed them a broken pool stick

  • Also, Bridesmaids was hilarious.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Been reading this site since I was 12 years old

    by irc-Hollywood

    Thanks for the memories Harry! That image of Samuel L Jackson looking up at a chick in a titty bar in Jackie Brown is still burned into my brain, mostly because I thought new stories appeared at the bottom of the page! Lol

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox in ALIEN. Does he know about this?

    by scrote

    Like deaftOne above says, there's back-peddlin' afoot. Whoof! Harry and his inside jokes. Maybe he writes these things just for his dad, cos he's worried no one else will. Poor bastard Cox never got a credit...where's the justice in that? Wait a minute...maybe he was a stand-in for Jones...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    ' "Lessor" '...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox was awesome in the Social Network...heh-heh.

    by scrote

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Larry Cohen's The Stuff...

    by scrote real low on budget, but big on ideas. Much like his Q, The Winged Serpent...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    SW Holiday Special Animated Fett

    by VaderSabre

    Is a nice bonus on the Blu Ray... it completely negates any reason at all to buy the forthcoming Holiday Special on Blu.

  • Also I can't believe it hasn't received more notice but the Han/Greedo scene has more or less been fixed. It plays pretty much the old way, with the addition of Greedo at least getting off a shot. It's been changed. Also Count of Monte Cristo is a GREAT movie. Is the transfer really noteworthy? We have the DVD in our house but Id upgrade that one to HD if worth it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Kane? Ambersons? WTF!

    by JoseJones

    How do you get 4 paragraphs in about Kane and not mention a thing about maybe the most anticipated DVD yet to be released? fucking 'ell. What's the deal with Ambersons? this is a bare bones release but when might we get something more? Anyone?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Hey! Ginger Jabba! How about a review of Tinker Tailor Soldier spy!

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I hear Harry get's Yoko confused with Brian Cox sometimes...

    by Stegman84

    Have you ever seen blubber in the moonlight, Harry? It appears quite black.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Did I seriously just write get's? Eeek...

    by Stegman84

    I mean I may be dyslexic, but that shit is just embarrassing...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Instead of a review of the Citizen Kane blu, Harry...

    by D.Vader

    I would have liked a list of the special features and whether or not it's a worthy buy.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    HEY HARRY: On The Frighteners Bluray...

    by jaysapathy

    Nobody seems to be able to answer one simple question: does it or does it not have the 4 hour documentary that the HDDVD did? I need to know if I can finally get rid of mine..

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Manhunter is the bomb

    by eric haislar

    Way better then Silence. STRONG AS I AM!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Also for those wanting to know Manhunters Directors cut

    by eric haislar

    is included on the blu ray as a extra.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Um, that's the original Trainspotting poster, i_got_worms

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's always looked like that.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Take the f'ing elephant!

    by hspahr

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by hspahr

    For years, me and my buddies would randomly shout "Take the fucking elephant!". I still like Darkman better than any of Raimi's Spiderman movies. And for the record: Trainspotting is way cool, but nothing beats Fight Club.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    That lassie got glassed,...

    by Francis Begbie

    ... and no cunt leaves here till we find out what cunt did it!

  • And the original Exterminator pic was better too

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Jim Caveizal in Monte Cristo. That's who I would have cast

    by UltraTron

    instead of Hayden. He was knightly, regal, heroic, handsome, etc. You would have been truely heartbroken to see him turn to the dark side. Time has proven me the true director of the prequels that should have been

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Padme would have simply been blond

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Alcohol makes you drunk, Harry, not movies.

    by gruntybear

    Once, I could stomach the hyperbole. But three times in the same column? Nope.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I was at startours and they put padowan robes on the younglings

    by UltraTron

    and have them fight Darth Vader. So I ran by screaming- run younglings! Run for your lives!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST



    And since Harry is a week late, this pick is totally apropos. Hesher 2010 Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie This is a fun little indy dark situation comedy that is unpredictable, keeping you on the edge of your seat as to wtf is going to happen next its entire length. At times it seems it wants to be a feel good indy sleeper like Little Miss Sunshine, but any hope of that is thankfully repeatedly bludgeoned to death by Hesher. And Hesher is one unique sick f'd up character perfectly played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I must admit that I am late to jump on the JGL band wagon, but after his hilarious against typecast turn as the violent juvenile delinquent anti-hero, Hesher there is no doubt that he is the real deal. Again, this is a dark comedy and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you want to watch a great actor enjoy himself playing a totally unique character and can stomach the smell of urinal cakes then you will most likely enjoy this film as much as I.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox Alien: I like that do some more Harry to test our movie geekness

    by drunkenmonkey73

  • Well that's just stupid to put in front of your readers. Or a colossally obvious attempt at backtracking.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    A Conspiracy of Cox

    by SoylentMean

    Is it really an inside joke? Or does he fear even further backlash for an actual edit? It does seem that editing anything on this site is extremely difficult. <P> Also, I suspect Harold is highly medicated, or "high" as all the kids call it these days. <P> Blame the pills.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Michael Mann's filmography from 1986-1999

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Manuhunter, Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and The Insider. Sure some big gaps in time there, but preaty damn impressive run.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Cox vs. Hopkins

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Apples and oranges. Demme's over the top freak show requires Hopkins overacting, Mann's subdued meditation needs Cox's subtlety. Drop one into the others film, and it ain't going to work.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Halloween II = Terror in the Aisles!!

    by Bill Howard

    You didn't mention that the Halloween II Blu-ray, which is awesome, had the full movie of Terror in the Aisles, the fantastic horror compilation movie from 1984 as a special feature AND IN HD!!! That was worth the price even if I didn't get Halloween II.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Thor was not good.

    by homer40

    I enjoyed it a little as I watched it, but came to really dislike it after. Thor's world just seemed unpopulated. I never felt like it was a real place, just an empty CGI city. I liked Natalie, always do, even in Your Highness, but how much do I really care about the destruction of a 7'11 in the desert? I thought it was well acted, and sometimes it seemed as if Branagh was trying for some Shakespearean grandeur, but it never worked.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    The Stuff

    by homer40

    Good movie, I think, hard to remember it all that well. It came out when I was at NYU, and I was thus stoned out of my gourd when I watched it. Larry Cohen was a decent filmmaker back then. It's Alive, Q, and The Stuff were all good movies. Want to see this one again.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    This weekend I double-billed THOR with VALHALLA RISING

    by Autodidact

    It was not intentional but a few minutes into Valhalla Rising I realized it was an unintentionally viking themed double-bill. Turned out to be a great high-contrast mix of flavours from that world. THOR gives you the view from Olympus enjoyed by the gods of the vikings... VALHALLA RISING gives you the view from the muck, enjoyed by the slaves of the vikings. Both are excellent films in their own right. THOR's vision of Valhalla was sublime. Brilliant to make the viking gods' magic just an advanced form of technology (perhaps mixed with a bit of actual magic) ... the Rainbow Bridge looks like some kind of massive fiber-optic PCB substrate. I was afraid the rainbow bridge wouldn't even be in the movie. One thing I wish they'd made more clear is the fact that THOR does not fly. His hammer flies and he just holds onto it. VALHALLA RISING is still stuck in my mind's eye. I think that's the kind of movie that is best watched alone with the bare minimum of distractions. Wouldn't say it's for everyone, by any means. But I fucking loved it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by homer40

    Saw this when it came out, unfamiliar with the novels. This scared the shit out of me. I lived in a small village in upstate NY at the time, and we never locked our doors. We did after I saw this movie. Like all the Lecter films, he wasn't as scary as the main villain. It's weird, as the years go on, less people quote the "Fava beans and a nice Chianti" line than "It puts the lotion on its skin and then it sends it up again" or, "I'd fuck me." The main thing I remember about Manhunter is the (spoiler) fingerprint on the eyeball thing. "You just couldn't help touching them could you?" This is, by any accounts, a much better film than the remake.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Harry's Joke

    by homer40

    You know what fuckheads, if Harry wants to share a joke with his dad, that's his right. You losers get your own website if it bothers you. Don't you people have any lives?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    "Olympus" = Asgaard

    by Autodidact

    Soon as I posted I remembered Olympus is for the greek gods.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Camelot sucked

    by homer40

    Glad it was canceled. Destroyed the Arthur legend more than the shitty Clive Owen film. Other than Joseph Finnes, who was amusing as Merlin, it was just poorly written and acted crap. Not worth it even to see Eva's bod.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Halloween II was good

    by homer40

    I remember seeing this with my dad back in High School and really enjoyed it. Best moments were the early sequence in the suburban backyards, and the kid with the razor in his gums. That still hurts to think about. I liked The Exterminator, but it isn't a good movie. Citizen Kane is as good as any movie ever made, and I can't wait for the blu-ray. I was watching Lady from Shanghai on TCM the other night, and really loved it. Such a fucking weird movie. I'm tempted to get the Kane Amazon set for the Magnificent Ambersons DVD, but since they show it on TCM all the time I probably won't. Is Ambersons a better film than Kane? Well, it is no where near as entertaining, but it is truly brilliant. It has a palpable sense of loss that just hangs over the whole thing. A truly depressing film for which Welles just jettisoned all the entertainer tricks he use so well in Kane.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    My pick of the week

    by Autodidact

    The Stuff.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    homer40-You bring up an interesting point on SOTL

    by Samuel Fulmer

    More I watch it, the more obvious it is that Ted Levine should've won the best actor of 1991 Oscar. Hopkins winning for best actor has always been seen as a joke considering he's in the film for 15 minutes.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    What doesn't work about "The Frighteners"

    by ufoclub1977

    I saw it in the theater in Austin, with a trip to Kirby Lane after to rant. It's those ghostly "comical" sidekicks of the lead character that are failing to be funny or charming or even remotely interesting to me. If those ghost characters hadn't been in there, the movie would be so much better! It's kind of like making a dark horror comedy (more akin to late 80's Re-animator or From Beyond) and then throwing in some mainstream mid 80's type Roger Rabbit/Pee Wee's Playhouse/Buckaroo Banzai ingredients in. What? I think someone was trying to throw in that family friendly made-for- tv mood of "Back to the Future". And I have nothing against "Pee Wee's Big Adventure". It's genius. Much better than "The Frighteners". As it's own thing.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    that's funny. I love that line.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Homer40 is right

    by D.Vader

    We shouldn't criticize bad jokes.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by homer40

    Or does anyone else consider "Oh Brother" one of the lesser Cohen brothers films? I like it just fine, but it doesn't get me going. I would put it above Hudsucker Proxy and Lavender Hill Mob, but that's where it sits. It is not in the same league with Lebowski, Fargo, Miller's Crossing, True Grit, Raising Arizona, or even Burn After Reading. That being said, lesser Cohen is miles ahead of what passes for film these days.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Horses

    by Autodidact

    Now the most creepy as fuck danceable song ever, all thanks to Ted Levine.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Did anybody see that pic of Nicholas Cage in the Civil War?

    by homer40

    Who else thinks he is a vampire?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The Tempest was awful.

    by DEX

    Harry writes that the film is drunk on the possibilites of cinema or something like that. It's not, it's not cinematically interesting at all. Julie Taymor fills the movie with crazy costumes and sets but she's not innovative with film direction, she's more of an art director... The movie strikes me as a campy, self-indulgent mess - there's a reason why the critics did not embrace it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    you missed BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S on blu

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    You missed a pretty big blu ray that I know for a FACT amazon has, so there's no excuse (other than trying to play catch up from two weeks). Breakfast At Tiffany's is the movie that convinced many that Audrey Hepburn was the most beautiful woman to ever grace the screen. Aside from that it has a member of the A-Team in George Peppard AND a Beverly Hillbilly in Buddy Ebsen. HOW could you miss that?!?!? Or were you barred by the wifey from including it in the list due to Mickey Rooney's unfortunate and wholly racist portrayal of her Chinese neighbor?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I don't care if Nic Cage is a Vampire

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I want Snake Eyes on Blu Ray now!

  • I bought the "Halloween 2" Blu-ray for a very reasonable $14.99 at Best Buy. I've always liked "Halloween 2" (the score is fantastic), but a lot of that probably can be attributed to nostalgia since it was the first "Halloween" movie I got to see in the theater. The high def print is solid, but that's not why you need to upgrade. If you really love horror films of that time period, and you could watch Donald Pleasance read from a cereal box (I could!), then "Terror in the Aisles" is the reason to buy this disc! It's a theatrical feature film exploring the reasons we love to watch horror films together in the dark. You'll be sitting in a dark theater with Donald Pleasance watching clips from some of the goriest and scariest flicks of the time period as Donald comments on the clips and the audience's reaction to them, ocassionally yelling at the screen (!) This film hasn't seen release since a very old and rare VHS tape, and since no single company owns the rights to all the clips, I wouldn't be surprised to see this either recalled or taken off the disc as a supplement. I would buy it while you still can.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    you missed BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S on blu

    by Samuel Fulmer

    What do you expect. It's an iconic women's film that isn't a shitty foreign b-movie knock off with copious amounts of nudity and shitty acting.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I'd put O, Brother above Burn After Reading

    by D.Vader

    But I've seen O, Brother countless times and Burn only 2.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage isn't a vampire

    by D.Vader

    He has a Lazarus Pit.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    The Frighteners... you're right ufoclub

    by Autodidact

    That movie really doesn't hold up. Watched it opening weekend back in the day, tried to rent it once since then and fell asleep. I remember being amazed by the effects back in the day. But also feeling the sidekicks were all really lame attempts at a Beetlejuice vibe.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    The only Coen bros. films I can't rewatch

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Are Intolerable Cruelty and Ladykillers. I've even got a soft spot for Hudsucker Proxy.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    @ scrote...

    by 3774

    i have very fond memories of The Stuff scaring the crap out of me when i was little. I've checked in over the years to see if I could find it on dvd, and never could. Very cool. One of my friends from college was rummaging through my movies, and she decided to borrow my copy of Q. When she brought it back, she told me she couldn't finish it (definitely not one of my geek friends). Too bad, cause the ending alone is worth it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Basket Case next week??? Fuckin A!

    by coz

    One of my top 3 80s B-movies I think are due for remakes. The other two being Critters and C.H.U.D.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Harry, just admit you got Cox confused with Holm

    by Nick

    None of this "inside joke" bullshit. By making lame ass excuses, you are making yourself look like a joke. We all know that "inside joke" is BS, and you are just covering for a mistake.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Joe Piscopo's mullet and steroid induced muscles..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    the original Jersey Shore! Pair this with DePalma's Wise Guys and you can see Piscopo's movie career go from A to B....then zilch. And weren't all those '70s revenge flicks (The Exterminator, The Farmer, Rolling Thunder, etc.) really offshoots of Taxi Driver?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Consuing Holm and Cox is not that bad Harry

    by Nick

    It's an honest mistake... just admit to it!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Best film Cox has done since Predator

    by Nick

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Best film Cox has played a villian in since Star Trek II

    by Nick

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Best porn Cox has been in, since Cox and Balls Part II

    by Nick

  • The reason that Bridesmaids wasn't funny is that it stars Kristen Wiig who has about as much personality as a wig. She's been flatter than Keira Knightly in every film she's been in. The movie should have focused on the fat chick queefing.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    harry harry harry


    you didnt even mention the main reason to purchase HALLOWEEN II.. the companion doc on the disc--TERROR IN THE AISLES.. now if only Landis can get his hands on COMING SOON.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox in Alien?

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    Dude. After all that crap about geek culture or whatever the fuck you called it...and you give us this. For Christ's sake, Harry.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Halloween II might be the worst sequel, besides Ressurection

    by Nick

    Cops speeding 100 miles an hour on a residental street... during TRICK or TRICK!!!! A Pointless kill right away SCALDING SETTINGS on a hot tub it's FUCKING STUPID not to mention the worst wig in the history of cinema

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry thought Courtney Cox was Katie Holmes? Ha, that crazy guy!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    DOes Frighteners have the 4 Hour Making-Of Doc?

    by MST3KPIMP

    i remember getting quite a pretty penny for my laserdisc box set back in the day.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ian Holm Was ASH IN ALIEN!

    by kinospiel007

    But that's o.k. Harry, you're allowed one mix up ever 100,000 posts.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Remember the PS2 game Manhunt? With the voice of Brian Cox

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    (the games "director")coaching you through the levels? Damn creepy stuff. And just saw The Escapist (another ace Cox performance). Makes me want to see Rise Of The Apes even more.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Who comes up with these horrible BD covers?

    by Judge Briggs

    They're all so ugly! Transpotting and Halloween 2 really stand out as fucking shitty looking. Seriously, who approves these covers? Thor's cover looks retarded too. I really think whoever certifies these cover is someone who doesn't watch movies and is seriously just a rubber-stamper.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Re: Kane makeup...look at the 25 year old Welles made up

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    as the older Kane, and the new trailer of J Edgar, with DiCaprio in old age make up. Welles was amazing.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    So harry's posts now contain private jokes.

    by knowthyself

    Umm okay that's really annoying for everyone but the one person in on it Harry.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Dead Heat is mediocre.But the Stuff is great.

    by KilliK

  • said,it has big balls.Essentially is what all the Punisher movies should have been from the start.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Brian Coxs greatest role since playing Neo in the Matrix

    by Nick

  • We all make mistakes young Padwan. But your come back was somewhat SHITE! It's not a crime to f*ck up. Just admit it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I'm not buying the inside joke story.

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    And if it IS an inside joke...that's almost worse journalistic integrity than a real mix-up.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Yeah, I can understand why, though. A lot of Larry Cohen's movies could have done with a healthy cash boost. Seems to me his ambition was let down by his budget. The Stuff makes quite a few salient points regarding the dangers of consumerism. Expecting a 'high-brow' remake any minute now...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Was Brian Cox in The Stuff?

    by scrote

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    THE FRIGHTENERS features Michael J. Fox's greatest role and performance

    by MooseMalloy

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    or Paul Mazursky’s DEATH RACE 2000?

    by fustfick

    Is this also a private joke between Harry and his father? Because last I checked, DEATH RACE 2000 was from the late, great PAUL BARTEL and not Paul Mazursky. Or was it Paul Bunyan? Or Paul McCartney? BTW, I've got the HALLOWEEN II BD on order, for precisely the same reason you guys keep metioning...TERROR IN THE AISLES! I've seen quite few versions of TERROR IN THE AISLES over the years (theatrical, VHS, television), using clips from different horror films. I wonder what the version on this disc is like? Strangely, what I remember most are lots of clips from NIGHTHAWKS with Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer. In fact, nearly the entire story appeared throughout one of the versions of TERROR IN THE AISLES.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    And Ian Holm was incredible in ADAPTATION.

    by MooseMalloy

    The Fox comment is not a joke btw.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Michael Moriarty/Larry Cohen - the DeNiro/Scorcese

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    of B movies...Q, The Stuff, It's Alive 3, Return To Salem's Lot...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox

    by Morgan

    Honestly, for some reason I occasionally get Brian Cox confused with Albert Finney. Not sure why, though. Don't feel bad, Harry.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Mo_Rephus

    My only problem is that Cox just reminds me so much of his character in ALIEN…

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Checked out the Halloween II Blu ray a little bit ago

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It's got some deleted scenes on it too, but just the ones from the TV cut.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    So RED STATE is better than POLTERGEIST II?

    by gusradio

    thanks for clearing that up. *why do I read this shit?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Loved Brian Cox as Forrest Gump!

    by Judge Briggs

    He nailed that role!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Yeah, but you don't write reviews on a movie geek site, do ya? Brian Cox was awesome in Titanic. I love his 'I'm the King of the world' speech...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    headgeek... Cox in ALIEN?

    by WeylandYutani

    Why would you post a private joke about Brian Cox being in ALIEN in a publicly posted DVD column that reads as an error to your readers? Not fair Harry and that move makes AICN reek of amateur hour. You should have more respect for your own work IMO.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox wasn't in Alien it was Ian Holm

    by Jack Lana

    I have to say that's a big goof on his part, Brian Cox was in Manhunter, not Alien. Brian Cox played in great movies, like X2, and RED not to be confused with Bruce Willis' Red. Ian Holm played in Alien as the malfunction android. Ian played Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings and he also played in one of my favorite movies of all time, "Kafka"

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST



    if it had been a genuine mistake, I would've corrected it. LIKE I DO. Don't you have weird movie games you play?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    It's still funny how people will run with this, Harry

    by SoylentMean

    Lesson learned: keep inside jokes inside (especially if you're pregnant on Christmas Eve).

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Harry, my brother and I have a movie thing

    by Francis Begbie

    where once one of the characters in a movie say the title of the movie in the movie we say "man I hate these star wars." It's based on a skit we saw on the state I think where i guy was walking around a video store telling people he said the tiular line in a bunch of movies, including when he said to Luke "Man I hate these Star Wars." In the original star wars.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I've never heard of Man From Atlantis

    by SoylentMean

    If there is in fact man induced dolphin squealing I sense a future ringtone derived from said sound effect!<P> P.S. man induced dolphin squealing sounds like some sorta aquatic bestiality thing

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Still need a "Should Be On Blu" forum!

    by SoylentMean

    There's a shit ton of films that need the high def treatment! We need a place to bitch about it!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    : "I like Brian Cox in this, but he just reminds me too much of his part in ________" Personally, I always preferred his role in Braveheart.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Inside jokes only work when everyone's in on the joke.


    Otherwise ... ah, whatever. Who's up for some hookers and blow?!?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Yeah, all Harry had to do was...

    by D.Vader

    Put a little asterisk explaining it at the end of the story. I mean the very end, after the releases for next week. Its called CYA.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Kane and Star Wars are high on my Xmas list!

    by SoylentMean

    Gotta love co-opted consumer holidays! Why can't we have gift giving for Halloween!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Yeah, but not on a public forum. Makes you look like a tool. Concerning mistakes; you should work on your grammar. Inception had, quite possibly, Brian Cox's finest performance...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS suffers because ...


    ... RKO cut Brian Cox's role.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Harry-Did you watch the prequel blu rays yet?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is it true that they manipulated Phantom Menace's shot on film look (that it had since it was shot on film), softened it, and it now looks like it was shot on HD cameras, hence degrading the original image?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I wish NORDLING would correct his articles

    by D.Vader

    Instead of still leaving the disingenuous bullshit headline on the AICN front page promoting a book by the "writers of SAW". What a crock. He was called out on it in the talkbacks but still, that lie stays.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    The Stuff is very strange

    by SoylentMean

    Why not on Blu?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Walk Hard the Story of Brian Cox

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I'm always confusing Robert DeNiro...

    by scrote

    ...with Anne Hathaway. But it's okay, cos my dad 'gets it'.

  • But it was funny.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    There's probably an alternate universe where...

    by scrote

    ...Brian Cox stars in everything. Maybe Harry's there. At least that way he can never fuck up....

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Harry, I write for TV news...

    by WeylandYutani

    I will drop an inside joke when writing copy once in a while, but the trick is for the viewer to never realize it's there if it is intended for the staff in the control room or my sister or a friend who I have told to tune in. Purposefully posting wrong information is distracting to your readers and weakens your credibility. Let's say you get a hit form a new user and as they read your column. They could easily come across your error and come to the conclusion that you can't even fact check your own damn articles - how are they to know you are trying to give your dad shits and giggles? Bad form Harry. Bad. Form.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Should be on Blu

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Lawrence of Arabia, The Hitchcock Masterpiece collection (at least his films from Rear Window up to Family Plot), The Keep, Thief, The Jericho Mile, Snake Eyes, Chimes at Midnight, 1941, Hammer Horror films, Lifeforce, Chinatown, more 70's Altman, Sorcerer..............

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Cox was in a lot of stuff

    by Samuel Fulmer

    From 2000-2008. Seems like he was in more stuff between those year than he had been up to that time.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    sam fulmer


    im holding out for a THIEF/SORCERER tangerine dream CRITERION double feature..

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Inside joke

    by dukeroberts

    For years we have teased my sister because she said her favorite John Wayne movie was The Parent Trap. She got Brian Keith mixed up with the Duke. So if a movie stars one of them, we will tell her it stars the other and let her figure it out on her own.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Thor looks GREAT on 3D Blu-Ray

    by Snookeroo

    Only saw it in 2D at the theater, but if you have a 3D system at home, it really pops - well worth the extra bucks! There is a small amount of ghosting in some spots, but it's not that distracting. Looking forward to Captain America in 3D, also hoping they release Green Lantern in 3D Blu-Ray. Hate all you want on the 3D trend in theatrical releases, but all these movies 3D effects work much better on your home system.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    choppah-That'd be nice

    by Samuel Fulmer

    My hope is that Thief comes out Criterion with Michael Mann's first movie, the made for tv The Jericho Mile, added as a bonus. They did a similar thing with Killer's Kiss being a bonus on their Killing dvd, and Murder a la Mod as an extra on Blow Out. The Jericho Mile is a good made for tv movie, not as good as Spielberg's Duel, but preaty damn good. Watch that movie, and you basically see the themes Mann would explore over and over in his future crime films.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Thor = Worst Marvel Studios movie, so far.

    by bat725

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    by dukeroberts

    I can't you believe you didn't mention that The Magnificent Ambersons on DVD is included as a special feature with the ultimate collector's Blu-ray set, available only through Amazon. That is the one that I will be getting.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    French films? Ugh...who would watch that cancer?

    by ZodNotGod

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    bat725 -- You forgot to mention ...


    ... that, despite Brian Cox's best efforts, it was the worst Marvel Studios film.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    @samuel fulmer

    by scrote

    ...I forgot that movie. That was a cool piece of television in it's day. Shame about The Keep. Book was cool but Mann fucked it up. Probably should have used Brian Cox instead of Sir Ian...

  • Truth.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by david starling

    I saw that in a double-bill back in the early '90's with Manic Cop 2, which was good fun as well, at a brilliant all night video party (oh, we also saw Flesh Gordon 2, The Rookie and Hardware at the same party). The Riddle of the Sands is a thoroughly decent movie, shown many a time in ITV on Sunday afternoons (probably along with QED, that cool show with Samual Waterstone!!).

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    In the 80s, Brian Cox was in Sean Young


    But, then so was everyone else back in the early 80s.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    scrote-The Keep is mostly terrible

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But it's got two saving graces that would make it a must own Blu ray for me:It's cinematography and the Tangerine Dream soundtrack.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    @judge briggs

    by scrote

    Yes, but because of his considerable paunch he never looks comfortable in the suit. Cox was far superior in Spiderman...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Really looking forward to Trainspotting Blu


    Kelly MacDonald's monster bush in High Def!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Dead Heat Fuck the World

    by bottombrick

    So great. That B-movie is so cheesy but has it's balls on

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    @samuel fulmer

    by scrote're bang-on, mate! Couldn't agree more. The Tang were a kind of awesome coolness in the 80's...aside from Firestarter

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by Skraggo

    Will be a new TB handle before the week is up.

  • Never could take Liam Neeson seriously as a Scotsman though, old wise mentor or not. But that Clancy Brown eh? Who'd think he'd ever top playing Jaws all those years ago opposite Danny Dyer?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Ian Holm in zodiac? Dad! You'll get this...heh-heh...

    by scrote

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry - It's SIKES, not SYKES

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    I still can't believe I grew up watching movies at the same theater you did. Small fucking world.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Funnily enough if Lucas inserted BRIAN COX as the Anakin ghost at the end of Jedi... it would probably work.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    The King goes for 60fps for his Avatar sequels

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE LIFE OF BRIAN. Is the title of Ian Holm's biography.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox was hilarious on the original Hollywood Squares

    by Blanket-Man

    I'll take Charlie Weaver to block, Peter."

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by scrote


  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by scrote this will be 60 Fail-Per-Second other than his usual output. Looking forward to it. Can't stand the dude anymore. Not after Avaturd...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    With great power comes great responsibility.

    by Ardee-El

    So, Harry, why aren't you lobbying for a Danny Kaye box set?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    60 FPS?

    by 3774

    It's one more piece onto the SCREW YOU GEORGE LUCAS pile, and their little joust over who the real 'king' of tech advancement use is. Men and public penis joustings. You guys crack me up...

  • It would be funnier if it wasn't true:

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    @scrote simply put: NO

    by KilliK


  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Okay. Can we agree to not agree? Are you Spanish?

  • i'd rather look at the street than see some cgi dinosaurs body and legs walk past exceptionallyt fast, blocking everything, it's pointless.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...are you Spanish? I take it you're a big fan of Cameroon. I love the biscuit, but can't stand the indigestion afterwards....

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox was awesome in Jaws...

    by scrote

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I got the Star Wars Blu set for 7 dollars.....A confession.

    by Quake II

    I had 83.00 credit at a local CD/record/dvd store so I broke down and bought the set. My cost was 7 dollars and I did it for the supplemental material. I feel like I caved in as I am completely against George "senile" Lucas and his tampering and destruction of the original trilogy. I'll probably sell it on Ebay after I watch all the extras. I did enjoy the documentaries presented (especially Star Warriors) and haven't even gotten through half of them. I popped in Episode IV to see the changes. The rocks are fucking stupid. No, they don't look fake, they just don't match the landscape. And R2-D2 is almost sealed completely in a cliff now. How the fuck did he get in there? And why did Lucas feel this needed to be done???? The digital creatures added in 1997 look pretty terrible. They are all washed out and the animation is extremely dated. I popped in Attack Of The Clones and it's mostly unwatchable. The digital monsters are really washed out, especially Yoda. They look too cartoony/animated and don't match the scenes. Those tick buffalo things on Naboo are horrible. It's like an animated cartoon character inserted into a film. The color is fantastic but the special effects just aren't very special compared to Avatar and Weta stuff. HD is not kind to the Star Wars films.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Harry - just admit it man... YOU FUCKT UP!

    by workshed

    Everyone fucks up now and again, even a geek like yourself. Admit it - we'll forgive you cos we love ya - or this is gonna follow you round like a Blade II review for like, a decade or something.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I had Trainspotting in my hand.....

    by Quake II

    And put it back for the Star Wars set. But Trainspotting is a must own very soon. The 10th Victim is a pretty cool movie but not worth 26 bucks. That should be a 15 dollar Blu. Let's face it, we all want Ursula Andress in 1080 resolution but the movie isn't a "system showoff" film and 26 is very pricey for a 1965 movie. I would MAYBE pay that for Danger:Diabolik but that movie has major replay value. Speaking of CG, where's THAT Blu?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Kris Kristoferson was also in Alien of course

    by alexander

    Will never be able to see him as anything other than the captain in the Blade movies. And while were at it...

  • Beats all that mo-cap Avatar and Weta bullshit

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    And as far as washed out creatures in Star Wars...

    by Quake II

    I keep my contrast and brightness down on my 42" LCD. The movies look fantastic EXCEPT for many of the CGI creatures. They are much lighter than the actors on screen and have a severe "washed out" appearance. The ships look great as do the backgrounds. Anakin on his speeder bike racing to save his mom at sunset is absolutely stunning. The Jango?Obi Wan space chase looks great as well. I've seen crstal clear prints of Episode IV in the theater in the past 10 years so it didn't impress me much on Blu. Looks great as expected minus the loud, spastic Lucas creature 1997 trash that inhabits every outdoor scene now. The deleted scenes were fun but not much replay value there.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I've loved Brian Cox ever since his performance in FLASH GORDON

    by IAmTommyWiseau

    Sure, it was an over-the-top performance but, then, the movie itself was pretty fucking over-the-top. The scene with him and his hawkmen flying whilst the Queen tune blasts out - fucking awesome.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I loved it when Brian Cox gave fake chow to Holly Hunter in Kingpins


    That was a disgustingly hilarious scene. The Wachowski Brothers when they made funny movies.

  • Before scoring the lifetime role of The Punisher - FAIL!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    yeah, you all missed Harrys real mistake.

    by Tim Hamblen

    The Matt Salinger Captain America movie he says is getting released? Yeah, Ive had that version since April, and it's a burn on demand thing. The one coming out is a twofer of the 1970S cap TV movies. It's called research Harry...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    "The guy that conceived this… he’s doing an AVENGERS movie."

    by Volllllume3

    FUCKING UP an Avengers movie you mean. Joss Whedon, biggest hack in Hollywood?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    VAMP is one of my all-time favorite movies.

    by Neil

    I have a love for movies that take place throughout the duration of one night. The complimentary red/pink and green set lightning is awesome. It has a great, fun cast and I love the introduction dance by Grace Jones. I would love to live this adventure in real life!

  • Those f---ing burocrats!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    The world feels different now

    by Autodidact

    that Star Wars is on blu-ray. Funny, out of all six movies I'm most looking forward to seeing the opening section of Attack of the Clones... the Coruscant chase is just about my favourite SW scene, cheesy as it is.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    @scrote it depends on the hour and the month

    by KilliK

    before 12.00 on Tuesdays,maybe.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    =Kris Kristoferson was also in Alien of course=

    by KilliK

    i hope you are joking...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    nvm the above.

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I loved Brian Cox in Hannibal Rising

    by Fritzlorrerains

    He was amazing.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Walked by the Star Wars Blu Rays several times this week....

    by Steve weaver

    And never even picked up the box to look at it. First time I have ever done that with a new Star Wars release.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by WeylandYutani

    wins this thread with the Anakin comment. LMAO

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    LOVED the old-school SW docs...


    really brought me back...never forgot Mark Hamill's Yoda-impersonation. Old Jabba's-palace song still rules. Here's something along the same lines I just stumbled across...

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Cloony was great in O Brother


    but his character reminds me so much of his character in Goonies.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox in Basic Instinct

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    The scene where he flashes his pussy is iconic.

  • and picked up The Big Lebowski Blu instead. Smartest decision I ever made. Great nick, btw!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox was great as Stifler's Mom!


    That's it. That was the joke.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Les Cousins Dangereux

    by The Baker Man

    I like the way the French think.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by Steve weaver

    Good choice! It is kind of sad that something that once meant so much to me can now men so little.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST



    I did not GUSH about his raped versions of the films, I GUSHED about the 3 Blu Rays of Extras that came with that set. Stated that I would prefer to have not only the original theatricals, but every iteration of Star Wars from the test print with WWII dogfight footage in place of Space Ships. Learn to read.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Wait, Star Wars is on Blu-Ray?

    by cowsaysmoo

    I'm surprised there hasn't been more coverage on this site? What are the special features like? Has Old George added anything more to the original trilogy? What about puppet Yoda from TPM? Has he been replaced by a digital creation? I hope they finally fixed Obi-Wan's Krayt Dragon call. Have they included the original unaltered versions in the set? If not, I'd like to know how everyone feels about this decision.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by danofan59

    The Blob meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. One of my all-time favorite movie lines: "You know, I kind of like the sight of blood. But that's disgusting." Happy to say I'm the proud owner of two original Stuff cups, given to me by Larry Cohen when I interviewed him some years back.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Come on Harry just admit it. Your really Brian Cox

    by ndally

    If he's telling the truth about an inside joke then chances are Harry would of gushed about having an inside joke with his dad in every review of any movie with Brian Cox or Ian holm. Thats what Harry does. Relates films with personal nostaglia so if he's being honest I'm guessing he would of mentioned Brian Cox as Ian Holm in the countless reviews he's done of both actors filmography since AICN has been around. Harry also makes $$ off the DVD column so I don't see it being an appropriate time for an inside joke. I don't know. I don't think it's a big deal. he made a simple mistake. But to cover it up with an "inside joke" is just asking for it. I wonder what other little things Harry has lied about. I don't even know how you could classify this as a "game" or a "joke". It's just not funny from any angle you look at it. Hmm. Is Harry a dishonest person?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox was great as Han Solo


  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I thought Brian Cox was great playing 3 roles in Joe Vs The Volcano

    by JackSlater4

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST



    They look beautiful, but every lame change is an unneeded eye roll. That's how much it bothers me. And I'm not backtracking - read what I wrote - I was very specific about the set not being what we all wanted, but that it had stuff I've wanted my whole Post-STAR WARS life to see. So yeah... that part rules.

  • And in the next format I want a suped up old man Obi-Wan vs Vader fight and lightsaber reflections on Vaders helmet.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Harry, if you actually LIKE Camelot, I can only conclude

    by Mattman

    You haven't watched beyond the first 3 episodes. After an interesting setup and some clever tweaking of the Arthur legend, it descends into a monotonous, angsty tedium with little to no action, and Joseph Feinnes leering at the camera like a pedophile. I warn everyone here against it. It is not nearly as fun as Spartacus, and it's hardly a fly on the ass of Game of Thrones.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by ThatEndDown

    As in a person who grants a lease?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    they canceled it after 1 season


    and it's widely panned. what more do you need to know?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    But the guy playing Merlin just about ruined it.

    by JackSlater4

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you see Drive yet?

    by Tank Williams

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by ArmandVA

    A few years ago, George Lucas made and ate a sandwich. To this day, he's still throwing salt and pepper down his throat to "improve" it.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    The Frighteners sucked.

    by Yelsaeb

    That is all.

  • ...or else Mary Woronov will kick his ass.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox raped my childhood

    by angry_spacboy

    I believe you Harry, and spot on about Halloween 2. Nowhere near as good as the first, but still light years ahead of the drek we get in horror films now. But why no comments on picture and sound quality? Did you actually watch it?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST


    by angry_spacboy

    Thats right

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    The Vessel with the Pestle has the pellet with the poison...

    by Mark

    ...The Chalice with the Palace has the brew that is TRUE!". In all my years of being a movie geek, I've just never been partial to musicals...EXCEPT anything starring Danny Kaye! He was the best. Inspector General? Amazing! The Court Jester? Hilarious! The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Brilliant! If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and seek them out.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    The Stuff

    by Steve weaver

    Chocolate Chip Charlie RULES!!!!!!!!!

  • Perfect.

  • I love watching both HALLOWEEN I & 2 back to back! Carpenter director Unit 2 shots on the movie too by the way! Nice Sequel!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    @ Choppah...

    by 3774

    Simpsons 'McBain' attempt at Stand-Up reference well done. Now i'm going to have a hard to NOT using his voice in my head when i read all your future posts. Well done, dammit. And i copyright violated you in the pigs-in-shit 'Two Broke Girls' talkback. Sorry about that. Please don't violate me in return.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    ...have a hard time NOT using...

    by 3774

    You know what would be cool? Editing ability. After all these years, nobody must have mentioned it before. Because if they had, surely Harry would have DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT BY NOW.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Have not seen The Stuff in a long while

    by Turingtestee

    Might have to throw in my DVD if I get an afternoon free.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    And someone release Blood Beach already

    by Turingtestee

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Loved Hopkins as Bilbo Lecter in LOTR ...

    by ReportAbuse

    Brought a much-needed cannibalism to the proceedings, it did.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Thor sucked sweaty ballsack

    by Lucasblows

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    yeah, I have a game I play...

    by darwinmayflower

    It is called you are so full of shit.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    oh and Fuck star wars blu

    by darwinmayflower

    until he releases the OG.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Totally agree about Thor. I was totally surprised, near shocked, at how much I like it. <p> Hesher is really good, but I'm not sure it rules. I actually think all three of the people on the cover have done better work. <p> You like Camelot? Really? I wanted to, but I ended up kind of loathing it. I'm actually glad it wasn't picked up for a second season. And does anybody really need to see any more of Eva Green than was shown in 'The Dreamers'? I mean, unless she goes hard core, its kind of all right there. <p> Trainspotting is definitely still as great as it was 15 years ago. Whenever Born Slippy starts underneath that Ewan McGregor voice over I always get the impulse to start it over. This may be the first time I wished you made more comments about the transfers and sound on these blu-ray re-releases, though. I already own it on DVD, do I really need it on blu-ray? <p> The Tempest, I found it to be completely engrossing. Absolutely loved it. But there is no doubt that its not a film for everyone. If you like Shakespeare or experimental filmmaking you should definitely give it a try. <p> The Others only really works well the fist time you see it, and only then if you don't know what's going on. I saw it without knowing anything about it and it freaked me out.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    reluctant austinite

    by angry_spacboy

    Whats the picture like on the Halloween 2 blu bud? Harrys thorough article didnt mention.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    I don't give a shit what the inside joke was because

    by Conaw

    what's on my mind is that Harry can't even spell documentaries. For fuck's sake, learn to spell.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    Hay Sailors! Cock's mmmmhmmm So,

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Hung Like Black Men

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Just Because. Frend fried taters. And COCKS

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Loved That Cunt

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Worked as Juice Terry's Fluffer during the filimg of Rab's Porono. Fuck His brother too the boxer. Cock. I'd Cock the fuck out of Begbie's Ass catboy Why? COCK

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Billy ?

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Rab's brother the boxer opened some bar. And i'd fuck the dogshit outta him too. Filming - you COCK. keyboard is stuck from too much COCK JUICE. terry- fanny caird schools, rod stewart and of course juice lorry's Porno COCK.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Oh, Fuck yea ,cock that's right

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Called that cunt Carl- THE MILKY BAR KID Hot ass on that ginger CUNt Cock like a cannister of OUST air freshener spray, that cunt. Air sanitizer citrus scent big cock Brian Cox became cum my friend after inception. the milky boy kid and his fucked up loyal father will never understand just like the rest o you lot. of COCKS

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Hail to the thief Mary you Dippit Dipstick ; Sail to the Moon Chinky

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Or die, OK

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    cockcunts. Rod Stewart and Brian COX: Top drawer CUNTS

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Cox - Don't feel bad Harry...

    by Fortunesfool

    He was on the panel for a science discussion on a UK TV show. Clearly it was meant to be Professor Brian Cox the physicist.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by BookhouseBoy appears I'm drunk on power!!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Halloween 2 was pretty good


    the best scene was when that guy was fucking that big tittied girl missionary style and Jason walks into the room and chops both their heads off with a machete, blood spurting onto the wall. Shit was crazy dawg.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    The Frighteners was pretty good too


    but I liked Michael J Fox more in Flatliners.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST

    When you think about it...

    by scrote

    ...Brian Cox is the busiest mo-fo in Hollywood. I just saw the latest shots of his new movie, and damn if he didn't nail Tintin. His best performance though has to be in Scarface. That line, "Say hello to my fat friend!" is priceless...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Q: Who is Keyser Soze? Ans: BRIAN COX.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...Maybe we're just getting old...and jaded. I hear what you're saying; There are no 'event' movies anymore, stuff you hear through word-of-mouth. The last really cool movie experience I had was re-watching Thief and remembering how I spent a fortune getting hold of the soundtrack for that. Movies are supposed to generate an emotion, get your neck hairs rising. Saw Brian De Palma's The Fury the other night and, even though it's a flawed movie, the goosebumps were still there... I don't get that very much nowadays. The movies we see today- by and large -are very much pap for the disconsulate...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Sorry, meant bad

    by scrote

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    My dad will know...heh-heh

    by scrote

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    big lebowski

    by taff

    Last night I watched The Big Lebowski because of Harry's recommendation. O Brother is one of my all time favorite movies. The Big Lebowski will never come close. It is a mess of a movie. The dialogue is nothing but one F-bomb after another. Sam Elliott's character is the only interesting piece of the movie. Glad I watched it on DVD so I could fast forward through the boring dialogue, which was most of the movie. Too bad no effort was put into the screen writing.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    I think you're right. The internet has taken a lot of the 'oomph' out of seeing movies. And I'm like yourself when it comes to siftting through the detritus on the net to find a nugget regarding a particuler movie's development, I can't help it. Agrere with ya 100 per cent on the bullshit you have to go through just to sit down and watch something you've paid your hard-earned dollars for. I'm sure the average movie-goer feels much the same way, which pretty much explains why the 3D explosion took off for a while; it was a gimmick to get people back into theaters, despite the attendant bullshit you have to through to see a movie. My gf is bringing around a copy of Friedkin's Sorcerer tonight and I know for a fact that even if said movie is a piece of shit, I'll have a far better time watching it than I would have if I was in a theater. (Not talking dirty here). You're right, dude, the net has taken away a lot of the mystery regarding movies, to the extent where you feel like you've already seen the damn thing before you sit down. Do what I do; elective discretion. Actively avoid anything you might possibly be interested in. I can remember seeing Blade Runner in a theater on epening day and came out of that experience with my head feeling like it had been blown-off. Everyone else was expecting Raiders Of The Lost Androids, I was too. But because I had very little other information back in those pre-internet days, I was happily prepared to give it a shot. Turns out, it wasn't a bad flick...heh-heh. There are very few surprises anymore regarding movies...but they are still there...just avoid the sign-posting if you can...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Apologies for the typo's

    by scrote

  • Him and Veerhoven got the idea when they hooked up for a TMNT marathon - y'know, the cartoon they based that movie on that had Robert Deniro playing Casey Jones

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I thought Brian Cox was awesome when he was playing Fat Albert

    by scrote

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    He was cool when he was played by Streep in Scent Of a Cox.

    by scrote

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Does Brian Cox realize how busy he is?

    by scrote

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, could you comment on the sound quality of Manhunter Blu?

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I absolutely ADORE the soundtrack to that film, and I just wanted to know how the sound mix was.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    donny, you've as much chance as having Harry comment on a sound mix as you have BRIAN COX coming round your house, drinking all your milk, and spewing it all over the place in tribute to Ian Holm's performance in ALIEN.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Dolphin Noise??

    by Robbiemc9

    Screw all this Brian Cox shit. It jumped the shark after the third joke. I can't believe no one else was horrorfied at the mental image of Harry pulling off the following - "patented full body wave swimming technique whilst making dolphin squeals is something I can’t help but still do while swimming at least once every time I take a dip". You can imagine it, but you can't UNIMAGINE it. FLUFFY PINK KITTENS, FLUFFY PINK KITTENS, FLUFFY PINK KITTENS - nope doesn't work.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    So, Cobra, my chances are pretty good then? LOL...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Damn you Cobra...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I've been laughing five minutes straight at the image you've planted in my head, and my co-workers are starting to get a bit...concerned.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai


  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    about editing

    by jawaburger

    Isn't editing that thing you do before you post. It only takes a couple seconds to reread what you just typed (unless you are one of those people who write books in the talk-back). It is annoying reading posts were people bitch about not being able to edit what they just posted. If you didn't want to post it, why the hell did you click on the "Post Your Talk-back" button in the first place. A little preventative measure goes a long way. Waawaawaaaaaah!!! I posted something that looks stupid. I want to go and change it now. Why isn't there an edit button. Waaaaah! Fucking cry babies.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Goddammit Brian,goddammit.

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox is going to have a large grin on his face very soon

    by D.Vader

  • Look at how serious he is about the sun and shit, perfect android.


  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Harry, Did You Catch Albert Pyun at SDCC?

    by Grimjack99

    He was there promoting the DVD release of the 1991 Captain America, and balls-out DEFENDING his film. He stated that his film was about how real-world problems can't be solved by a guy in tights and a metal shield, thus proving to the fan world at-large that he SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR THAT PROJECT! <rant>THE RED SKULL IS NOT ITALIAN! HE DOESN'T HAVE A NOSE! CAPTAIN AMERICA ISN'T ABOUT REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS!! F*CK YOU, ALBERT PYUN! F*CK YOU WITH A LARGE METAL SHIELD!!</rant>

  • I remeber seeing this movie at a very young age in which "under 17, was not admitted" and goddamn if it wasnt a brutal film especially what Ginty's character eastman did to some of the lowlifes from dumping a mobster into a giant meat grinder to torching some piece of shjit pedophile. I repect James Glickenhaus for showing the beauty and ugliness of NYC. (Citing the central park scene with Jazz musician Stan gertz performing in the background while at the same time,within the park, street punks who mugged and kicked the shit out of some elderly woman.) The political plot points played an important role in the story and not to mention very realistic as eastman was on the Goverment's shit list for actually cleaning up the city, when the politicians could not. Great ending that left me wanting more. (unfortunately the sequel sucked donky dick..well what do you expect, it was produced by Canon Films.) One of the best vigilante films ever and should be on every action/grindhouse buff's list.

  • Marvel is kicking WBDC's ass..and very well might I add. With Thor, XMen 1st class , Captain America, MVC3, and not to mention the Marvel Animes. 2011 will go down as a Marvelous Year! Nuff-fucking-said!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The Exterminator 2

    by UGG

    I remember excitedly borrowing a supposed pirate VHS of Terminator 2 and it ended up being this. I was gutted.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Kill this guy, would you?

    by spire_walk

    "Kill this guy....kill this guy....kill this guy...." "Lady, I'm fuckin' dead." Ah, Dead Heat... I need to re-watch Vamp. I remember it and Fright Night being on opposite sides of the same coin.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Harry couldn't catch a sloth in winter...

    by Jaka

    ...if he was rolling downhill. Please.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I concur, fuck Pyun. (I did like sword and The Sorceror however.)

    by Stalkeye

    Anyone who bitched about First Avenger's song and dance scene, should be strapped to a chair while sitting through Pyun's Craptain America. You'll suddenly appreciate Johston and Evans' effort now. (0:<

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Citizen Kane wasn't in Alien.....

    by Marlboroliteman

    I don't buy the "in joke" excuse about Brian Cox in Alien. This whole column is full of mistakes and horribly written. Is this supposed to be a DVD review/recommendation article or some sort of desperate way for you to shove your uninteresting life story down our throats a tid bit at a time.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, noon CST

    The BEST extra on the Star Wars Blu-ray...

    by Angry Bald Guy

    Brian Cox's deleted voice overs as the original Darth Vader.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Brian Cox playing Thorin in THE HOBBIT?

    by flax

    That should have happened.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST



    It is going to happen ... in a future DVD column.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Oh for the love of crap.....

    by rogueleader66

    Same shit, different TB....a joke is made about something (Harry's mentioning of Cox in Alien) and the rest of the TB is consumed by every idiot in the world making a stupid joke about Cox being in a movie he wasn't in. Do any of you people have an original thought in your heads??? Anyone? It's one thing to make a few posts about it, but after 30 or 40, it's not funny. Unreal.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    -you're a fucking drag. Go get laid...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    rogue, the joke is not Brian Cox in movies he wasn't


    The joke is busting Harry's balls for making a mistake and then trying to cover it up with a bullshit excuse. As annoyed you are with this Talkback, I'm sure Harry finds it a thousand times more annoying. And that, my friend, is hilarious.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I believe that Harry was actually joking about Brian Cox.

    by frank

    One of my friends and I used to joke with each other in similar ways. That was before I became a shut in, of course.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    @francis begbie

    by A_Banned_Apart

    The sketch you referred to is from Upright Citizens Brigade. (If your attributing it to The State was intended as a parody of the Brian Cox thing, my apologies.) I quote that sketch all the time myself!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by frank

    The fuck are you talking about?

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66-What do you expect

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I asked Harry about the prequel trilogy's video quality (specifically the overdigitized softening of Phantom Meance to take it's look from 35mm to HD shit) and someone else asked about the sound quality on Manhunter and got no response. What else are people going to talk about on here?

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    LOL dude...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Not sure if that LOL was meant to be insulting.

    by frank

    Fuck it... can’t be worried about that shit.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    frank, thanks for pointing out taff's absurd post


    He is either a humorless prick and/or he has no taste in movies. TBL is my personal favorite Coen brothers' movie and should at least be in everyone's Top 5.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    the angry spacboy

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The image on the "Halloween 2" Blu-ray is very, very good. It's sharper than the DVD and the colors look great. It's not a shoddy high def transfer at all, and they didn't over price it either. The deleted scenes aren't remastered and are full screen. They're just extra scenes from the TV version that don't amount to much, but are worth a watch for Halloween enthusiasts. The alternate ending where Lance Guest survives (spoiler?) is also included in full screen. But the inclusion of "Terror in the Aisles" puts the value over the top and makes it win-win purchase for fans. Best value of the week if you ask me.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    @samuel fulmer

    by scrote

    ...I thought you were being bad...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Agreed, choppah.

    by frank

    My favorite Coens movie also. Did that guy really call the screenwriting lazy? That script is a swiss fucking watch.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Harry because he made a mistake...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    and because he wouldn't even man up to it. Just made some bullshit excuse about it being an inside joke with his father... In the small probability that Harry's excuse is true: he's crazier and more out of touch with reality than I thought he was. Hopefully it's only the drugs talking...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...It wasn't...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    I'm a drag? Whatever man....excuse me if the utter lack of intelligent conversation on this site has me a bit annoyed. This place used to have a lot of good movie it's just insults, lame jokes and flame wars...with the occasional intelligent discussion squeezed in between all the stupid shit. So go piss up a rope. I just got laid last night, and will again tonight, but thanks for the advice.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    You're not really a shut-in, are you?

    by scrote

    ...If so, I take back my snarky remarks. Sorry, dude...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    samuel fulmer

    by rogueleader66

    I hear ya regarding Harry, but come on....after 30 or 40 times, any joke becomes stale, and the Cox joke became stale almost immediately. Sorry, but I dont find humor in constant repetition...not to the degree that it's practiced on here.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by frank

    OK, I thought maybe you were mocking my naivete at believing Harry’s excuse. Would I be considered a shut-in if I am not technically allowed to leave my house by law?

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    Apologies, dude. I shouldn't have said that. Had a pretty bad day today and I got all Jeff Goldblum -The Fly - on ya. Won't happen again...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I think I like this scrote guy.

    by AssyMuffJizz

    He's refreshingly non-confrontational and self-effacing. On another unrelated note, those American hikers were TOTALLY North American spies...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST



    That's just, like, your opinion, man.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST



    Definitely spies. No doubt about it. Spykers.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66 IS Brian Cox

    by fred

    nice try infiltrating our message board

  • BARRY LYNDON and SALO as CHOPPAH's top film of all time ...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...I was gonna use 'Refreshingly non-confrontational and self-effacing' as a handle, but I've found that there's like, one hundred other people who've done the same... Go figure...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    No worries man, and my apologies if I was a bit harsh in my reply as well. We're good.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Yea it is shitbox, what of it? LOL.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Man, they are TOTALLY spies. Like Brian Cox in SNEAKERS level spies.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    that's Commander Cox to you

    by Roger Moon

    Kneel before Cox, Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    typical chick behavior

    by fred

    crying at the end of The Dark Knight

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    scrote...I thought you were being bad...

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Well actaully sorta, I was just seeing if the guy who professes to be this huge film lover (and apparently gave Phantom Menace a glowing review back in '99) might give his take on the film being visually downgraded for Blu ray. That Star Wars Blu Ray article who wrote last week was just baffeling. It was kind of like I love Star Wars, Star Wars introduced me to so many things in regards to film and pop culture, the new blu rays have amazing video quality (even though he'd only gone throught the OT), and you should buy this because it was so important to MY childhood. Which in a way is kind of offensive because he probably got it for free. Sure I'd love a subpar product too if I didn't have to pay for it.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by frank

    I commend your work as being strongly vaginal.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by evergreen

    The Buddha teaches us that repetition is change. And, in some cases, hilarious.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    I'm not sure about the legalities vis-a-vis your current situation but, really who wants to go out? To quote Michael Keaton (actually his kid in Mr Mom): "It's a jungle out there."

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    @samuel fulmer

    by scrote

    ... I totally got it dude. I KNEW you were taking the piss...kudos...heh-heh...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    @samuel fulmer

    by scrote

    Actually he did kind of get it for free: Patricia/ Yoko bought the damn thing for him...if ya believe that...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    scrote-Well I guess that's not as offensive

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I thought he got many of these new releases for free from the studios so he could "review" them.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I like Pandora's Box too

    by fred

    cept I'm talking about the place in NYC

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by scrote


  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Anyone who quotes Mr Mom is ok in my book.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    scrote....anyone who quotes Mr Mom is ok in my book.

    by rogueleader66

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    @samuel fulmer

    by scrote

    Love the sarcasm. "review"...awesome

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST



    I'm surprised that you wouldn't appreciate the critique of patriarchal hegemonic fascism present in Salo.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Genderbender! You're alive! My old friend!

    by AssyMuffJizz

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    testing 123?

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Posts disappearing. Harry vengeance?

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    I'll be doing 'The Squeeze' quotes anytime now and you won't thank me for that

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Re: genderbender

    by evergreen

    The Buddha teaches us to recognize a Valerie Solanas vibe.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    No, I definitely won't be thanking you for that.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    How exactly do you realistically quantify what "most males" want? I mean--let's make things nice and sparkling clear--you are accusing most males of harboring rape fantasies and enjoying depictions of rape on the big screen. Wow. Why do you hate men so much? I don't usually lend any credence to the idea of reverse-sexism let alone reverse-racism, but you might well fit the bill. I hope to god you're getting treated for your delusions about and your anger towards men.

  • so I don't think all those things you mentioned were intentional. Regardless, including Twilight on your Top 5 films list seriously calls in question your film aficionado cred.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Bravo assy

    by rogueleader66

  • It abides itself.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by scrote


  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    I'm with you man - Cameron will transform movies yet again with 60FPS! And I for one cannot wait.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The Brian Cox/Ian Holm Youtube mashup


    Make it happen Internet!

  • At least fanboys discuss the quality or lack thereof about the things they geek over on sites such as this. Twifans on the other hand just gobble up giddily the piss-poor quality garbage Hollywood spoonfeeds them.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Twilight does deserve credit...

    by evergreen

    For introducing the film industry to 10% off at Hot Topic coupons.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    reluctant austinite

    by angry_spacboy

    Cheers for that pal, and you're right about Terror in the Aisles too. Defo getting this blu.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Ah genderblender...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    So eager to play. So unwilling to admit it.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Nothing genderbender says is meant seriously, btw.

    by frank

    In case people didn’t know. He is parodying genderblender (note the L), who has since changed her name to bitchboom, presumably due to constant confusion with genderbender. It’s kind of depressing that I know that.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Was the Mazursky goof also an in-joke Harry?

    by Mike J

    Don't tell me, you and your pet goldfish have a private joke that the cleanshaven, bespecticled director of Harry & Tonto and An Unmarried Woman looks just like the balding, bearded and deceased Paul Bartel? Or do you actually think Mazursky directed Deathrace: 2000? Now THAT is funny!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    You might want to pick up the Halloween II blu ray ASAP

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Rumors are swirling that it will be recalled because presented by Moustapha Akkad doesn't appear in the credits, and if it gets recalled, who knows if it'll come back with Terror in the Aisles on it.

  • Especially, when it is derivative of far superior sources mostly written by men.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Dont worry Frank

    by angry_spacboy

    I dont think anyone here takes that crazy bitch seriously (with or without the L).

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    But wait... I'm confused. Genderblender the one who got banned. Personally, I think they're probably one and the same person. If s/he/they is/are really just a troll, s/he's/they are an/a couple of extraordinarily confusing/complex troll(s).

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    We know all about it franks_television

    by evergreen

    He's actually Yoko. Has been all along.

  • Pretty hot, huh? What's up with successful lesbians having the same desire as men to have a trophy wife?

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Seriously: genderb(l)ender may well be Yoko.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Harry's Life Story

    by Rerun

    Somebody should really compile all of Harry's inane ramblings about his childhood and peice together a narrative. I'm sure it'd be a fascinating and disturbing read when looked at collectively.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    The Collected Works of Harold Throckmorton Knowles IV ... I like it.


    Great idea, rerun. Such a tome would be the Tristam Shandy for shut-ins, creeps, perverts, manchildren and weirdos.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Harry does more naval gazing than an orange farmer.


  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Navel-gazing, sorry.


    Too much goddamn coffee today.

  • check out all the pics and info here on

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    An excerpt from the Brian Cox autobiography....

    by Marlboroliteman

    CHAPTER 12, page 965 ...and I told that pompous son of a bitch to go eat a corn dog with extra mustard from your fucking arse hole. Now regarding Alien, yes that was a project I wasn't particularly keen on I mean what the fuck is an android?!? I thought at the time and to top it off Ridley, who by the way is an absolute wonderful fellow, told me I was going to have milk for blood!! Milk for blood!?!?! I absolutely despise milk, first of all Im lactose intolerant and secondly what the fuck is an android?......

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Once again, genderbender is someone just doing a

    by Dennis_Moore

    parody of genderbLender. Not that genderblender was real, mind you. Yet another aicn talkbacks performance art character.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66, actually....

    by Jaka

    .... I made a joke about Harry being fat and slow. Fuck Brian Cox.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Thor #1 seller Blu and DVD

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Ah I remember the days of "waaah, it will never get made" and "waaaah, it will flop". Only the highest grossing superhero movie of the year and a great movie that gets even better after repeat viewings.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    In Soviet Russia, religion loses YOU!

    by Roger Moon

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Last word: genderblender is Brian Cox

    by evergreen

    This is what we in the Buddha business call "epistemic clooosure". Now bring me some rice and fish heads.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Cox yea, Shtick and being old, YEA

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Yea, information overload and the internet has ruined everyone. Sctickin' around makes us older and old jokes make us old too. Being young on the internet and being ruined is one thing. A Hairy and the Henderson's Cox performance another. I'm obviously all for it. Go cox yourself ( ill ) Getting old Cox is better than not. Get em' Cox Cox Madden Football cover boy 2012 . All Day. Everyday. Corny rehashing - YEA Trainspotting is my favorite movie ever- For whatever the COX that's worth.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Confusing Shtick and Humor

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Cox Yea I am

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Just a confused Brian Cox

    by triplesixclickqueer

    In The Happening that M Night Lady watcher Cox had my head a laughing last week on Curb . 'Pre-Gay' Our Cox was. Fabulous performance and Cox reaction after receiving , Like , the Greatest Gift Ever, a sewing machine was Coxin' dynamite. COX Kid . ALL day . Everyday . Cunts.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Re-Gurgitation Masterbatin'

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Man. The new Sandler produced COX movie. ( That oneDid try too hard.) For the Cox of me, I'll stop and pretty sure I mangled our English language grammar. Brian Cox smiled. YEA

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The Life of Brian Cox

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Starring Brian Cox alone. I'm a tool Cox , I tell ya unoriginal as COX Bless it The Cox

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Apropos Cox

    by triplesixclickqueer

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I'm Buying this Cox

    by triplesixclickqueer

    I'm fucking buying it. I'm all in ala Cox in Rounders. I'm an easy mark ala Cox in some fucking ocean 12 movie. I'm playin alone ala Cox in some fucking baseball movie. Thank Cox this is all free. For now

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    Allah is: Brian Cox The fucking movie 3Cox D

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    A connection is Made

    by triplesixclickqueer

    Elastica: the real story of Brit pop. Yea, directed by Brian Cox In reference to my unformed pre Coxian mind making the ala to allah connection. Great tune and the band's legend will only be prolonged by the Cox rendition. He , COX, will breathe new life into a stale genre . His , COXES, ( ooh, like Coke another Cox connection is Made...BOOM) interpretation of Elastica is the stuff fucking dreams are made of. (oooh.wet dreams are made of . COX) and on, and on, My momma's on crackrock

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by big_log

    Yeah, I love that part where Brian Cox's character tells Jaime Lee Curtis' character to go make him a grilled cheese sandwich. Best ever.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox was fantastic in X-Men 2...

    by AttackingClone


  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    The Stuff

    by RomeroZombie

    Great satire shot in my area.Pass by locations from it almost every day.The scene where Chocolate Chip jumps Mo and Post Office was shot has my ex friend Flimzy Joes house in it.The post office was shot in my friend Katrinas family general store.Really love the this day everytime II eat a peanut butter and fluff sandwich I cant help wondering if its really eating me!

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Sanyi, x no exist

    by aceldama

    X ratings have not existed for years now, man.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Don't think Harry is backtracking

    by alexander

    Arn't you guys familiar with 'the game' in Galactic Pot Healer for example? Anyway, Harry does deserve his own life story in cinema form. Something like a subtle blend of Shine, Ali, and Citizen Kane; all those.... I'm thinking either Michael Mann or Nolan to direct maybe, especially Nolan if the narrative timeline jumped back and forth in his memory to heart-tug rending effect along with psychological insight and raw intensity - a little like the prestige or Batman Begins does effortlessly occasionally. Ian Holm to play him of course, for we need to shakespeare gravitas matched to a very natural or method sensibilities in acting.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Oh and sorry Gender but over time Twilight will have nothing on

    by alexander

    Manos: The Hands of Fate. It'll be known as that Z-rate poor sorry excuse for a John Hughes with Vampires and Werewolves movie, and dull as shit. However dull shit is.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    we need THE Shakespeare gravitas

    by alexander

    Cox damnit

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Does bitchbloom exist yet?

    by flax

    Make it so, internet.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Your mother sucks Cox in hell (sorry, you said youmwanted something different)

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Ian Holm...

    by scrote

    ..was awesome in TDK...can't wait for The Life Of Ian-Uncut...

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Touche my good man!

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Man From Atlantis...

    by angry kitty

    from Harry: "His patented full body wave swimming technique whilst making dolphin squeals is something I can’t help but still do while swimming at least once every time I take a dip. " Holy Moley, that is a disturbing image that I really need someone to scrub from my brain. PRONTO

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    just you wait 'till Michael Mann films it

    by alexander

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Harry swimming like the man from atlantis

    by deelzbub

    much more entertaining than centipeding his own poo

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    For anyone who has seen The 10th Victim

    by mcgoocain


  • A true movie geek wouldn't need much convincing.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox in LITTLE WOMEN, playing ALL roles.

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    In Soviet Russia, all Brians are Cox

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    A Brian Cox For All Seasons

    by AsimovLives

  • Toland came from German Expressionism and no one can deny that Kane has a very German Expressionist visual style. Not to discredit Welles, but the young Welles came from a background of theater and radio. He depended on the master filmmaker Toland greatly and I believe that all of the visual innovations were the genius DP given free reign over the look of the film.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Tristram Shandy: A Cox and Brian Story


  • Sept. 22, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Exterminator... finally!

    by Robert

    Now bring on The Soldier! (biggest squib ever!)

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I can't stand repetition of a joke

    by Autodidact

    See Bill Hicks' reaction to people yelling "Freebird" at his show for how I feel about it when people incessantly repeat a word or phrase and call it a joke:

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Spartacus only started off as a 300 rip-off...

    by Mattman

    it's become its own thing. The characters are incredibly fleshed out (literally and physically). The plotting and interweaving storylines go beyond anything in 300. It's more like a hardcore, hyperstylized version of Rome.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    mattman, how's the Eva Green nudity in Cameltoe?


    Is it at least worth fastforwarding though? I'm still waiting for Criterion to release a Blu-Ray of the Dreamers with Special Features including every outtake of Eva Green nudity.

  • It's certainly not worth trudging through the entire series.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    You and Bill Hick

    by triplesixclickqueer

    That's lots o Cox. "Leave the great Hick's out of this."- Brian Cox Do I really need Hick's great opinion about this?! Next thing you know " HickCockian thrillers. Bill Hick's enter to comment on: COX I'm appalled

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer


  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "I actually attribute a lot of the credit for Citizen Kane being great to Gregg Toland the cinematographer" Orson Welles would agree with you. Notice that he shares the same title card for their respective credits as director and director of photography. welles was truly huimbled and in awe of Greg Tolands' contribution to the movie. CITIZEN KANE is one of the top best photographed movie ever made, for sure. My friend, again you proved why i dig you so much, you also enjoy and love CITIZEN KANE. Badass! Thank you. Fun trivia about CITIZEN KLANE: Remember the begining of themovie which is a series of shots showing Kane's palatial mansion from different angles while it closes on the window? If you notice it carefully, you will notice that the lit window of Kane's bedroom is always positioned at the same place in all those shots, evne inculding one that's a reflection in a pool. Next time you check out the movie, notice that. The movie is filled with such type of easter eggs all throughout it.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    Appalling COX enters: comments to follow

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    Like a girl soiled by just some random COX. What is Lenny Bruce's take on this appalling form of bad humor?

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    the_choppah, bloody hell, you saw the TRISTAN SHANDY movie too? Cool!!

    by AsimovLives

    If you dig those Steve Coogan/Michael Winterbottom partnership shows, you should check out the six part british TV show called THE TRIP. It stars Coogan and Rob Brydon (an awesome british comedian) as charicatures of themselves as they go on a gastronomical jornalist assigment on the north of england, trying out various restaurants. Though they play exagerated versions of themselves, and while it's always played for lauhgs, the show has quite a very nostalgic and melancolic tone to it. It's understated comedy at it's best. And it's hillarious. You should check it out. The scene in the first episode where both make imitations of Michael Caine is of anthology.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    My personal inside-joke for movies...

    by Darth Macchio

    ..wait, does it count if it's just inside to me alone? Yes? Excellent! Anyway, I love tiny little weirdo scenes from movies, especially if the character makes a mistake or something similar (purposeful with regard to the script)... Anyway, I love the scene in '83 Scarface where Tony (Pacino) is in the bedroom tub takin a bubble bath and smokin a cigar as Manny (Bauer) and Elvira (Pfeifer) are walking back and forth and talking to him...he sees the Miami channel 4 (i believe) news commercial (which I should know well as I lived there in the late 70s/early 80s) and there's a scene of Pink Flamingos flying away and Tony says, "Fly pelicans!!!" or something similar to what are obviously NOT pelicans. Now, anytime I ever see a bird fly away, especially a flock of birds, any type of bird whatsoever flying or about to fly, I always say, "Fly Pelicans!!" Yeah, not particularly funny but certainly less bullshit pretentious than walking around spouting "Say hello to my lil' friend" when showing somebody my pet mouse or something.

  • And the prequel series is even better. John Hannah as Batiacus stole the show. I consider him the best thing on both Spartacus series. No insult to the othe actors, who were all pretty good. But Hannah stole the show. One of the most fun examples of chewing the scenery for good effect. My favorite moments of Batiacus was when he wnet into psychopatic wheever soekmbody pissed on his ambitions, or literally pissed on him in the prequel. Batiacus on psycho mode is a joy to behold! I couldn't get enough of him! If Batiacus is not on the next series (with good reason), i fear much of what i found fun in the show will be dead to me.

  • Every episode was excellent. And it had one of the most exciting final episodes I've ever seen on television. Batiatus is an excellent character, truly multi-faceted. You can't help but like him, despite his more despicable traits. John Hannah deserved an Emmy.

  • The love triangle is as bad as Pearl Harbor. And in the end, not much happens. Asimov: avoid at all costs. It will get your hopes up and quickly dash them.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Hell, I'd suggest Legend of the Seeker over Camelot

    by Mattman

    As cheesy as it was, at least it wasn't afraid to have fun. And the main characters had a little something called CHEMISTRY.

  • Weird. Let’s see if it happens again.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    That part always makes me laugh.

  • and ended up in Manhunter instead.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Holy friggin' crap

    by Chakalak

    The Man from Atlantis" is on DVD?!!!! I thought I'd gone to heaven seeing that - loved it!! Now if they can just bring out the old "Cliffhangers" series, the movie "The Mind of Mr. Soames", and most of all, the TV version of "Logan's Run". At least we have "Quark.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Asi, they released The Trip as a single film here in the states


    Unfortunately, I missed its short run in the theater although I did catch the trailer and it looked funny. I am a Steve Coogan fan. He is the Rich Man's Russell Brand. I loved his segment with Alfred Molina in Coffee and Cigarettes. And I am the only person I know who liked Hamlet 2. I thought it was a riot.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST



    Glad to see a fellow Seeker fan. Let's keep that on the down low, ok? I was in love with Bridget Regan and am still on a campaign to have her play Wonderwoman in the big screen adaptation.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Bridget Regan and Tabrett Bethell

    by Mattman

    are two very beautiful women who can actually act. If casting directors had any sense, they'd be swarming them.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    mattman, wow, harsh words on Camelot. Ouch!

    by AsimovLives

    I was tempted to watch it because of Eva Green... obviously! She being naked sure helps a man's decision. But it looks like i would be wasting my time on it. Seems like Camelot is what i feared Spartacus would be, but thankfully wasn't. And i'm glad to see you share my positive opinion of GODS OF THE ARENA. I found that show even better then BLOOD AND SAND, and i loved BLOOD AND SAND. Truly, every single episode of GODS OF THE ARENA was very good. By the way, you know why eventually both Spartacus shows got good? Because a certain guy called Bruno Heller was creative producer on the shows. And who's he? The main creator and main screenwriter of ROME. Telling, isn't it?

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Kahlan and Cara


    are still at the top of my list for my ultimate three-some. And I agree about their acting skills. I think that they are too easily dismissed because no one takes Legend of the Seeker serious. That said, while the lead actor had his charm he was not such a good actor. I thought Tabrett Bethel would have made a great Catwoman.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by triplesixclickqueer

    I was a bit psychotic up there and do apologize. Steve Coogan was dynamite in 24 hour party people. Sure ya'll already know but I rewatch that probably more than any other movie. Making amends so sorry for the interruption. I have therapy soon and this helps. ooops. after 24 hour party people I am a Happy Mondays and Sean Ryder fan 4Life. Coogan was blazing in that movie. Paddy Consintine (sp?) too. Just great memories. Glad to be off the , yea

  • And you say she can act too? Sweet!

  • I love that actor!

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    bloody hell, where are my other posts?

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I have been wanting to ask you this for quite soem time, so i take the opportunity, sionce we are chattign about historical fun stuff in here. Do you like the Total War games? Me, i'm particulary a fan of rome and Medieval II. Moreover, there's two mods for those games i enjoy evne more then the main games themselves. I love Europa Barbarorum for Rome and The Long Road for Medieval II. In Europa Barbarorum, i love to play with the Romans and the Barktrians. They are for me the two coolest civilizations, and also the oens with the most ballanced units. In The Long Road, my prefered nations to play are Spain, France and England. Though it takes me lots of fun to have the oportunity to play Portugal right from the start. Funny thing is, i always avoid going too far off what really happened in real history, at least in the nations i play. I rarely go conquering the whole of the Peninsula Iberia with Portugal and just refrainfromthe historicla regiosn my country controlled, while as Spain i tend to spare Portugal and never go too much into French or north african Moor territory. Spain and France have marvelous different units which can be lots of fun to coordenate ona battlefield. The fun with England is, of course, the longbowmen, and it's always immensely fun trying to recreate Azincourt in every battle. It's also loads of fun to use english units fighting in the crusades, just for the fun of the contrast with the muslin units. Though as crusades goes, i love going crusade crazy with the frenhc, becaus,e well, mostly the crusades, specially the first ones, were mostly a french business, including Richard Lionheart. My favorite muslin nation has to be the turks, because they have some of the best units of the game, specially later when you can hire the janissary and the sihipi. But playing with the turks is hard because of the fucking mongols and the even more fucking timurids. Those fuckers put the fear of Allah in one's heart.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    Bruno Heller... I never made the connection. That makes perfect sense. Spartacus's impeccable dialogue and plotting definitely has a Rome quality to it... although amped up. I love it. I actually haven't played any of the games you mentioned... I'm more of a RPG guy (Oblivion being my #1). Sounds interesting though, I might have to check them out. I'm hoping the upcoming Game of Thrones RTS doesn't suck...

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The Total War games and their mods are far from being RPG games. They are strategy games. I always loved Strategy games since i ever got my first computer. The beauty of the Total War games, specially since Rome, is that they are played on two modes: There's the stregical map mode, where you have a 3D map where you have the cities and you move about the armies and the agents. When a battle happens, and if you so chose to fight it manually instead of an automatic resolution, then the game goes into a fully 3D map with displays the reasion as if in a RPG enviroment, but where instead of controling a single character you command a whole army made of different units, each unit made of individuals. You have the fun of establishing a tactic depending on the terrain and your unit composition. It's quite real life like, in that tactics can and most of the time are what really makes you win a battle. Many time i mannaged to win battles in which the odds were against me, like a more numerous adversary. You can have the oportunity to aply some tactics that famous generals in history have done to win wars, or just military common sense, and you can have it play out in front of your eyes and notice that, yes, war tactics exist for a reason, and they work. It's fun to, like reuse and being inspired by what Henry V, Alexander The Great opr Julius Caesar did in real life and see that those guys knew what they were doing, live. It's so much fun. Then there's the fact that your factions are made of a family. You order about the males of your family as generals (in Medieval 2, the female princesses act like court diplomats), and it's fun to see a family member general became a badass and a top general due to his constant winnings. And then they fucking die of old age but with luck they left sons behind. In fac,t one of the most stressful thying sin the game is not so much losing a battle or a city, but to see one important family member never get to have sons to follow his bloodline. Family take s awhole new meaning. Loads of fun. I'm certain that with that knowledg,e you cna now see Heller's influence on Spartacus. He himself wrote 3 episodes, at least as credited. But i believe he must have done some script doctoring in some other episodes. As you said, soemtimes Spartacus almost gets to the level of Rome in dialogue and plotting, if only on a budget. Another fun thing in Spartacus is, if you love history, if to detect when the show is fantasy or accurate to history. And the funny thing is, there's more historical accuracy in the show then you would first believe. Yes, the show hasd all that 300 visual style to it, and so much of it is obvious historical fantasy. But the thing is, ther'es also a lot of good accurate history in it as well, and in places you would least expect. For example, the reaosn the show was set in Capua is not so much because they didn't had a budget to portait Rome (which they didn't), butr because the gladiator games really started at Capua. Capua was always the capital of gladiatorial games. All the ebst and most important and well known ludus were all in Capua. Another subtle but very accurate thing about Spartacus is the way Batiatus' atempt at social progression are always meet with failure, while his fathe ris so eager to mantain status quo. While the show doesn't openly state why, ther eis one good reason for why he can't: the fact he's a ludist. The romans had an attitude toward all people involved with death, they were considered dirtied and low social casts. People like gravediggers, butcher and ludus owners were considered peope who traded in death, and as such, low social status people, people with blod in their hands and dirtied. The only exception were soldiers because romans put a lot of honour in war. Now, if you were rish, you could own a gladiator. Then you would hire a ludus owner and give your gladiator to be trained there. there was no social stigma associated with owning a gladiator. But there was for the ludus owners. No ludus owner in all of rome history ever made big in rome society's. So, Batiatus' aspirations for social climbing are beyond unreasonable, they are even demented. His father knows that, Batiatus never learns that lesson. And ther'es other stufff like that all throughout the show. Sure, there's many historical nonses as well. My favorite historical nonsense was how the Getai were portaited in first episdoe, as this savage barbaric ferocious quasi-orcs dudes. They were the dudes which the romans hire the thracians as their auxilia to help fight them. In reality, the thracians and the getai were very similary in terms of culture, both were very helenized people and they didn't got to achive the same civilizational level as the greeks because they were too stuck with their tribal costums and never build cities. But they did build many towns which showed a lot of sophistication in planning and execution. They also have a quite sophisticated lawful society and were expert goldsmiths. So, no, the quasi-barbaric way that both the thracisn and the getai are portaited in the show is nonsense. however, it's now accepted by most that Spartacus must had been in some pointinh is life an auxilia working for the romans and a very proeminent one. Proof of that was how he was able to use some of the romans' own tactics when he taker lead one of the slave armies, and also including his own innovations. If you start to know some of the costums and things of that era, it's loads of fun to see where the show got right and fantasized about. I sure had.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    And Oblivion is a damn good game.

    by AsimovLives

  • Lots of fans of that saga even before the show was aired, thanks to the books.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    Yeah, it already had a large fanbase before the show even started. I myself first read Game of Thrones ten years ago and then sped through the subsequent books. I got all my friends hooked on it. My friends and I were clamoring for a show before it had even been announced. I remember when it finally was announced that HBO would be making a show out of it... which was about four years before it actually aired.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    I've logged an unhealthy amount of hours in that game. I'm trying to finish a few more questlines before Skyrim comes out.

  • Well thank you Captain Obvious, I had no idea!

  • Well thank you Captain Obvious, I had no idea!

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    Sebulba in Return of the Jedi


    Funny, I've seen no mention of this change anywhere. Just watched ROTJ and noticed him right before Leia rescues Han.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    The Man from Atlantis

    by Riff_Randell

    Well I'll be... Never thought I'd see the day The Man from Atlantis came out on DVD. It wasn't a great series, but I was a big fan back then. I'd rather buy this than the whole stupid abortion of a saga.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by Mattman

    I have nothing against someone buying them if they really want them... but I personally haven't because LucASS ruined my favorite scene in the entire saga with a stupid soundbyte. Several of my friends exercised uncharacteristic restraint as well and avoided buying them. I doubt it will take much of a hit from people like you and I refusing to buy it... but even if it did, Lucas would probably be an asshole about it and say, "Well clearly blu-ray isn't taking off!"

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Fuck you maxcherry


    I wanted the deleted scenes & all the other extras/docs. Plus OT looks great despite some of the additions I disagree with. Good for you for not buying...would you like a fucking medal?

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    I'd say that better than Cox

    by Riff_Randell

    in Alien, it has to be Jon Finch. He was superb. Or James Remar in the sequel.

  • And there's many who learned of the books AFTER watching the show as well. So, again, save on the smarty-arsery, smarty-pants.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    *smarty-pants* eh? Poor Vader, that's got to sting. In the words of Brian Cox, can't we all just gettalong?

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    And btw Total War series and Oblivion are both awesome games, best of genre. I'm dreading November when Oblivion V: Skyrim is released at the same time as Call Of Duty: MW3... only so many hours in the day.. which to play... which to play...!

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Eek, meant to say Elder Scrolls V - BRIAN COX WOULDN'T HAVE MADE SUCH A SCHOOLBOY ERROR!

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    But again, Asimov, you're only stating the obvious

    by D.Vader

    As if no one could have figured that out for themselves. It was unneeded to say it, and it makes you look like you're talking down to everyone, lecturing them. Don't you see that?

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    And of all the many things i wrote, that was the only thing you though it merit coment? That extremely unimportant thing? Very frigging weird, dude. Your priorities are kinda askewed, if you ask me.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    So you don't feel like you should address the fact that you talk down to people and lecture about very obvious things? You don't want to address that concern? Okay. Sure. Yeah, I thought that statement about how Game of Thrones had many fans of the series that came from the books, before a show was ever made, was a very obvious statement to make. It was so obvious in fact, there was no point to it. Why say that? Other than to look as if you're better and smarter than someone else? It was "extremely unimportant" as you say. Glad you agree.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    asimovlives? Talking down to everyone? Lecturing them?

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Nah, that would never happen! ;^)

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    Some of your comments do come off as condescendingly informative or as though your correcting something someone said when they were in fact agreeing with you. For example, I said "I'm more of an RPG guy" and you said responded, "The Total War games and their mods are far from being RPG games. They are strategy games". Well, no shit! That's why I said "I'm more of an RPG guy"... because I knew those were strategy games and thus far from RPGs. You stated the obvious in an informative, correctional tone.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    asimovlives is passionate about everything

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    The things he loves and the things he hates. He tends to overstate his positions. Your best course of action is to enjoy it & be amused by it because he isn't going to change. And he's going to keep spelling the word purpose as porpose no matter how many times I correct him. He's in a good mood today. Leave him be.

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    $84 milliion


    Lucas owns u

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    It's Fudgepack Friday!


    Today's contestant: Dame Helen Mirren! So ... does The Queen allow commoners and their Brian Cox in her backdoor?

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Actually, Sebulba is right before Luke arrives...


  • Sept. 23, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Dame Helen Mirren takes on all comers. The Cook. The Thief. His Wife. Your Mother...

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Well, at least now I know why that guy chose "Harrythepedo" as his Talkback name.


    And it's also good to finally know why everyone keeps going on about brian Cox in every Talkback. I feel smart when I'm in on the joke.

  • and made that creepy incest baby, played by a young... Brian Cox.

  • Sept. 24, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Jesus Fucking Christ, chill out, people!

    by AsimovLives

    Aren't we seeing insults in the smallest most inocous things? Such over-sensetivity, gosh! Chill out! Seven hells!

  • Sept. 24, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson's desvirginator in EXCALIBUR.

    by AsimovLives

    Lucky bastard!

  • Got it. But it will take a while until i finally get the hag of this particular word. old habits die hard. Thanks again, cymbalta4thedevil. And you were right, i was in a good mood. Until my intentions were completly misread and misinterpreted because... hell if i know! Bloody hell!

  • Sept. 25, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Of course you didn't like Bridesmaids

    by Jack Burton

    It lacked nudity and the misogyny that seems to be so important for you to give a recommendation. After all, you recommended the fairly awful Camelot a few selection above based solely on Eva Green's nudity. Bridesmaids is the funniest movie in a hell of a long time. Your "pass" on it is indicative of the continued slide this site is exhibiting toward mediocrity and lowest common denominator fluff. The only one doing anything worth a damn any more is Quint.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Thor / Avengers / Whedon

    by Mr Gorilla

    Man, poor Natalie Portman.Did she do ANYTHING that helped Thor in the movie, apart from occasional chauffeur services? Remember the 70s when George Lucas gave us gutsy women like Marion or Leia. Women who didn't just go gooey at the sight of a pair of pecs. Pathetic. We should all be ashamed. I'm genuinely intrigued at what Whedon will make of AVENGERS. The Marvel movies seem to be basically built on an appetite for war. There's a fascist element to them. The thesis of IRON MAN seemed to be 'weapons are bad, unless they are a really good super-weapon, in the hands of an unelected guy that we somehow should all trust'. And SHIELD, man they are so darn creepy. I haven't read the comics, so please, someone, tell me that they turn out to be the bad guys. 'Cause otherwise this is nasty shit. You know, blockbusters don't absolutely need to be militaristic. (Though Verhoeven's STARSHIP TROOPERS gleefully acknowledges that they have a tendency to do so.) Harry Potter is about friendship. At the end of HELLBOY 2 they go 'screw the agency, we quit!' Which is why I'm intrigued because Whedon, although he can sure stage a fight, is at heart a peace-loving guy. And the Avengers seem to be to be a warmongering set of assholes.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Wait....did two people here just slight Hudsucker Proxy?

    by bah

    Fucking HUDSUCKER PROXY?!?! I used to unhesitatingly call Raising Arizona my favorite movie. But the more I see Hudsucker (it's my one must-watch December movie), the more brilliant it is. The dialog the camera work...always great in a Coen flick, of course, but they're at the top of their game here. "Soft spot"?! "one of the lesser..." I'm going to ignore that you said that about Oh Brother, that's beside the current point.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Not enough Danny Kaye love in the world.

    by Blitz

    I am one of those who grew up and saw a lot of Kaye movies as well. He was a hell of an entertainer, nuff said.