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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st 2 wks of Oct 2011: DEAD ALIVE, PULP FICTION, SALO, THE BAD SEED, FOUR FEATHERS, TREE OF LIFE & GREEN LANTERN + more!!!

Published at: Oct. 11, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest DVD Picks and Peeks! This is a double edition, to make up for the missing week. I had a pulled hamstring that made sitting at my desk writing very difficult with that leg fully extended and being stretched out. BUT the leg is better and so I have no excuse to not pull long marathon writing sessions. Plus, I do love writing the column and getting to talk about so many different types of films. The images and pics link you to Amazon where you can purchase the item in question, which does result in supporting this column monetarily… THANK YOU… or you can just learn more about the release in question. Now, let’s get into it… Tuesday, October 4th, 2011





DEAD ALIVE Blu Ray

This is the film that Peter Jackson made that made me a lifelong fan of his. DEAD ALIVE was the first Peter Jackson film I saw. I then tracked down BAD TASTE, saw MEET THE FEEBLES at the Dobie, then HEAVENLY CREATURES… so yeah, by the time FRIGHTENERS came out the year of AICN, I was a huge fan. The first half of Peter Jackson’s career was brilliant in a totally different manner than the second half. DEAD ALIVE is gore at near it’s highest level of absurd perfection. Baby Selwyn! The Lawn Mower. “I KICK ASS FOR THE LORD!” and so so so much. Look for Forrest J Ackerman in the ZOO. He was actually shot months later when he visited New Zealand for a Fan event and Peter convinced him to run to the Zoo with him. If you watch DEAD ALIVE and don’t love it. Our friendship is pretty much not possible. DEAD ALIVE is beautiful on this Blu. It still isn’t the treatment I really want for this film though. I’d love for Peter to get a shot at putting together a really pristine Blu ray with him and Richard Taylor really sitting back and laughing about the film and how it was made. This film is a masterpiece of Horror, Romance & Comedy.




CINEMA PARADISO Blu Ray

Just as great as a film about film gets. Winner of Best Foreign Film. Most of all this is the sweetest Projectionist story ever told. I’ve known a whole bunch of projectionists in my life. My “uncle” Bob, John Stewart of the Paramount theater, old Charlie Osborne – who first started projecting films in the silent era – and thrilled me with stories of the green tinted version of FRANKENSTEIN he projected in 1931. Projectionists are to film, what priest are to churches to me. A theater with a great projectionist that has stories about projecting films for decades… The best friends to ever have. CINEMA PARADISO captures it in an amazingly beautiful manner. A true film lovers film. Gorgeous transfer!




PULP FICTION Blu Ray

PULP FICTION is the shit. The film is intoxicating, creating a cinematic high that makes you increase the speed of your own dialogue, you find yourself noticing the little things in your life, and compare them to the little things they talk about. The film makes each of us as cool as a pair of badass hitmen. At least, that’s how it feels. It’s a film I’ve seen so many times now that I know it beat for beat. Watching the Blu Ray… it played fresh. My eyes drinking in the detail lost to years of 420p at best. Seeing all the gory details of Marvin’s brains. Hearing the soundtrack perfectly. The film just has an electric life on Blu. The extras are particularly awesome. I just watched “Not Your Typical Mindless ChitChat” which is essentially the cast of PULP FICTION recalling how they came to become aware of the script, their memories of casting process, in particular – Sam Jackson’s recollections of his audition are priceless… then there was the filming memories, in particular Travolta really comes across amazingly in these recollections. There’s a lot of other extras on there for me to dive in, but for some reason I decided to save them for subsequent screenings of the film, so that I’d discover something new each time. GREAT release!




JACKIE BROWN Blu Ray

JACKIE BROWN is the Brandy of Tarantino’s career. A film to sip, savior and grow accustomed to with age. It’s a fine cigar. Quentin doing Elmore Leonard directly is simply bliss. I’ve often referenced this film along with movies like JUNIOR BONNER and even WILD BUNCH and BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID… They’re all films about growing old. Trying to hold on. As I begin to stare 40 coming up on the otherside of this hill of a year I’m climbing, I can’t help but evaluate my life routine and want desperately for it to change a bit. I’m fighting hard for it this year. Working every day to recapture my physical life. It’s less action packed. No guns. Just the good drugs. But JACKIE BROWN is a film about badasses thinking about the rest of their lives and knowing it doesn’t necessarily get better from here on out. If you don’t like JACKIE BROWN, give it a decade and try again. Eventually you will come around. One day it may be your favorite.




PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE Blu Ray

I have friends that feel, honestly, that Tim Burton attained the pinnacle of his career when he made PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE – and I have to say… I would absolutely kill to have Tim Burton team up with Paul Reubens and do a truly psychedelic Fleischer-esque PEE WEE adventure on a very large scale. But I’m really really weird that way. PEE-WEE’S REALLY REALLY BIG ADVENTURE. But I’m fine with this one. I do want that Bicycle – and I would totally focus on one day riding it around. It’s a fetish object you can obsess over. I absolutely get Pee Wee’s love. I love Large Marge! And yes, the ALAMO’s basement! So awesome! Pretty damn fine disc. Commentary by Pee Wee and Tim Burton. A score track that also has Elfman commentary. And more! Great Blu!




THE LION KING Blu Ray

Yeah, DISNEY did a great job on this! Watching those warm golden scenes take over the screen – damn. Just gorgeous. That said, I’ve grown a tad cold to the film. I think it’s all the really juvenile butt jokes that just feel well crass. When the film is above that, it soars. That was always sort of, kind of… well, a mix bag for me. I get how it plays great for small kids, but it kind of makes me wince a bit. I like the film, but it is nowhere near being the King of Disney films. For me, that belongs to PINNOCHIO.




DAFT PUNK: INTERSTELLA 5555 Blu Ray

Sadly – you should stay away! Really shabby quality!




FAST FIVE Blu Ray

It took them 5 films to nail it perfect. But now that I’ve seen the 5th film, it’s almost like there was mad genius at play for the whole series leading up to this film. This film has definitely expanded the “FAST-Universe” and it seems that Universal is making that F-U even bigger with what I hope will be called FURIOUS SIX… but it won’t. This film makes every character seem monumental, but none moreso that Vin and Dwayne. They’re simply superhuman in this film. Crushing furniture, fracturing concrete… wantonly defying the laws of physics and reality as we know it, but ya know what? I could give a shit, because I’m too busy loving it. Justin Lin and this universe are simply perfect for each other. The film has an aggressively packed Blu.




SCREAM 4 Blu Ray

Yawn.




THE BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON 3

Man, I was a religious BIONIC WOMAN watcher as a kid. When the third season kicked off with a two parter episode introducing THE BIONIC DOG… well, a few years later I was comparing C.H.O.M.P.S. to these episodes – and yeah, I still loved C.H.O.M.P.S. I didn’t fully understand why Jamie fell out of love with Steve Austin and instead was interested in this new… non-Bionic douche. It confused me as a kid. Later as an adult I discovered it was because of the Network shift. Damn corporate walls! It destroyed the sanctity of Bionic Love and completely dashed all hopes of a Bionic Wedding. Sigh. Bittersweet this season is, for after this, there were no more!




THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season Special Edition

If you remember, back when the initial Blu Ray set came out for THE WALKING DEAD… we were all bitching about inadequate extras and wanting more special features – and how we thought the initial BluRay was a money trap… Well, none of us really could resist, and yeah – this is the much better release. Lots of extras, commentaries on everything, Darabont specially calibrated a Black & White version of his Pilot episode! So awesome. The new season is starting soon. So nervous. Loved Season one quite a bit. Seems everything is changing this season. Hope I still love it.




ALMOST FAMOUS Blu Ray

Nordling gave me this Blu Ray back when I was living in that damn Hospital earlier this year. Way back in March this came out as a Best Buy exclusive and is only just now becoming available at large. The 162 minute cut of the film is now one of my favorite things. I love it. Absolutely love it. Because it’s like a really rewarding and complete TOUR now. If I could spend weeks with these characters I would. They’re just wonderful to be in the room with. Ya know? It’s good times and great memories. Perhaps Crowe’s masterpiece. Had the Blu-Ray just been the 162 minute cut of the film, I’d been ecstatic, but it really came loaded! Special features include:
* Audio commentary with Cameron Crowe and Alice Crowe
* Audio introduction by Crowe
* Featurette: The Making of Almost Famous
* Interview with the real Lester Bangs
* Cameron Crowe's Top Albums of 1973
* Music video: "Fever Dog"
* Stillwater's Cleveland Concert
* "Small Time Blues"
* Stairway
* "B-Sides" behind-the-scenes footage
* Seven Rolling Stone articles with audio introduction by Crowe:
o The Allman Brothers from Dec. 6, 1973
o Led Zeppelin from March 13, 1975
o Neil Young from Aug. 14, 1975
o Peter Frampton from Feb. 10, 1977
o Fleetwood Mac from March 24, 1977
o Van Morrison from May 19, 1977
o Joni Mitchell from July 26, 1979




SPACE JAM Blu Ray

I’m clicking on this link and ordering tonight. Yoko and I have checked all our local Blu Ray purchasing haunts and have not found it anywhere yet. So getting it from Amazon is the only avenue left. Why the desperate hunt? Well Yoko was brainwashed with this film as a kid. Plus, it’s a AICN Year One flick, and I collect those.




SALO or the 120 DAYS OF SODOM Criterion Blu-Ray

Taking Marquis De Sade and applying it to a Fascist Italy of the Forties is just like the evil dark perverted twisted flip side to MALENA – which I can actually enjoy greatly. SALO is a blackeye film. A movie that tests one’s limits of what they can see. Brilliant and absolutely disturbed. And I don’t believe you can really debate that. The film is amazing. Criterion is the perfect company to handle difficult material like this. Here’s what they have for you with this release:

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Salo: Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute 2002 documentary

Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute 2001 documentary

The End of Salo, a forty-minute documentary about the film?s production

Video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar

Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene & more




PLANET EARTH: Limited Edition Blu Ray

I really do love working to PLANET EARTH on my projection system. This series is simply one of the most breathtaking experiences you can have on Blu Ray. The first set was coming out when Blu ray was making its waves. Now you get the whole of PLANET EARTH – and in this really kind of awesome packaging. In particular – I love the inside of the globe. It feels kind of magic.




AMER Blu-Ray

You’d look at that cover and instantly believe you were looking at an old Italian Giallo poster from the Seventies. And you’d be wrong. It is an Italian Giallo, but it is from 2009, oh… did I mention that it isn’t really Italian. It seems it. But it’s actually a Belgian film. The film is a film geek’s delight, because it visually echoes some of the great stylists of cinema. Definitely worth checking out!

 

 

October 11th, 2011





THE BAD SEED Blu Ray

I love this film. I love scary psychotic little girls. There’s something amazing about an outright evil little girl that nothing can stop. THE BAD SEED features one of the all time great little girl performances from Patty McCormack. She got a nomination for Best Actress. But Henry Jones’ Leroy… one of my all time favorite characters in screen history. Just fantastic. I’ve seen some sites complaining of a softness in the image, but THE BAD SEED is a soft film. I have an original 16mm print that was from the time. Gorgeous print, but THE BAD SEED was shot to sort of look like the 1950’s Television happy world. Which was always a bit soft. I compare it visually to LEAVE IT TO BEAVER… if suddenly Beaver had a cleaver! And I’ve always dreamt of seeing that done via modern digital wizardry. But it’ll never be as perfect as THE BAD SEED. The disc has a Commentary by Patty McCormack and Charles Busch. This is a great film!




THE FOUR FEATHERS Criterion BluRay

One of the great Adventure films of all time. If you have never seen the magic of Zoltan Korda… Behold his FOUR FEATHERS via Criterion’s stunning Blu Ray release. I appreciate the remake quite a bit, but the original is just something I can’t help but love. Ralph Richardson’s performance alone… Brilliant. It also helps to create a fuller appreciation of Sir Ralph Richardson’s greatness. Many of us know his work in films like DRAGONSLAYER, GREYSTOKE and his amazing voice in WATERSHIP DOWN… but check this out, then seek out his ANNA KARENINA, THINGS TO COME, THE FALLEN IDOL or EAGLE IN A CAGE. The man did brilliant work in cinema for a very long time! There are scenes captured that defy the brain to imagine modern Hollywood matching in spectacle. Korda’s framing and the gigantic massive scenes he constructs. Truly amazing filmmaking. Must be appreciated! The incredible Technicolor must be seen in 1080p. Stunning.

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Audio commentary by film historian Charles Drazin

New video interview with David Korda, son of director Zoltan Korda

A Day at Denham, a short film from 1939 featuring footage of Zoltan Korda

Trailer

Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow




GREEN LANTERN Blu Ray

Technically it gets released on the 14th of the Month, but that’s between columns, but it feels like it should be in this one’s. I will officially only be watching the Extended Cut of this movie for the rest of its existence. The film originally was going to have quite an extensive introductory scene to the formation of who Hal Jordan was as a human being. The scene was powerful in the script, and when it was missing from the film… I really did miss it. Now that I’ve seen it in the Extended Cut, I can’t imagine ever watching the film without it. To me, it’s the soul of the film, the pathos that completely gives the character everything that was missing originally. SO MUCH BETTER! I liked GREEN LANTERN. Sure there’s things in the film that are just visually insane, but that’s exactly what a GREEN LANTERN movie should look like. The bugnuts Helicopter Hot Wheels scene? Well, GREEN LANTERN does crazy stuff like that. Because he can simply IMAGINE it into existence. I love that. It’s like having the power of a cartoonist’s imagination and being able to create anything. Like if Chuck Jones gave you DUCK AMUCK powers. I love that. There’s a lot of extras on here. And the Maximum Movie Mode has not yet been explored.




THE TREE OF LIFE Blu Ray

The movie is simply transcendently beautiful. A true work of art. I do not have the Blu Ray yet. Sadly. I will have it tomorrow though. It reportedly has a 30 minute documentary on the making of the film… that also has Fincher and Nolan talking about their love for the movie. I very much can’t wait to pick this up!




HORRIBLE BOSSES Blu Ray

I really didn’t like this film. Sadly. I just found it tedious.




SCROOGE Blu Ray

I’m not a huge fan of this musical version of SCROOGE, mainly because I think I always wanted a straight version of the tale with Alber Finney playing Scrooge. In fact, I still want one. In 20 years, let’s make one with Liam. But I do enjoy the film and music. I put the Blu Ray on about 4 days ago and was struck with how beautiful the film was. They’ve done a really nice job with the transfer. Looks very sharp to me.




LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN Blu Ray

Saw this my first year of college. It felt like a slug in the gut. I had always thought of 1950’s America as the period where everything was hunky-dory. Then I saw this flick based on Herbert Selby’s great novel, which I picked up about a month after seeing the film. It’s even better. I saw the film because it starred Jennifer Jason Leigh, upon whom I’ve had a crush since seeing FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH at a highly impressionable age. Not due to parents, but my own addiction to cinema and theater employees that didn’t care. God bless them. Well, I wasn’t ready for LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. It’s so much harder than even something like MAD MEN. Great film, looks fantastic on Blu!




DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW Blu Ray

This was made for TV horror at its finest in my opinion. Directed by the novelist behind AUDREY ROSE, which was later adapted into a pretty damn fine horror film of its own. But I saw this on TV back in 1981. I was a voracious TV GUIDE reader as a kid, knowing what was on TV was empowering to me as a child. I’d read the articles and this thing is actually really damn scary and atmospheric. That said, I didn’t get sent an advance copy of the Blu, but I’ve ordered it already. Hopefully it’ll show up with today’s mail! I really can’t believe this is on Blu, mainly because the DVD release is coming out today for the first time too! So VHS was the only way many could see it. I, only had a bad dub copy on VHS that a buddy taped for me back in the 80s. This is a real surprise and treat!




MANIAC COP Blu Ray

I love William Lustig’s MANIAC COP! I love Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins in it. And I really love MANIAC COP 2 too. Watching the original always pumps me up for watching the 2nd, but alas, I’m gonna have to wait for it to hit on Blu. This looks so damn good on Blu! I love that William Smith and Richard Roundtree are in this! Here’s what you get on the Blu: • Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1 • DTS 6.1 Surround Sound • Maniac Cop Memories Featurette • Out the Window - Interview with Tom Atkins • Three Minutes with Danny Hicks Featurette • Motion Still Gallery • Additional Japanese TV Scenes • Theatrical Trailer • TV Spots Spanish Radio Spot

Alright, well next week I’ll kick off the report with a loving write up of DC Animated’s triumphant BATMAN: YEAR ONE which I would love to see theatrically released! PIRATES 4, BAD TEACHER, THE CROW Blu, THE GOONIES Blu, THE CAPTAINS – A FILM BY WILLIAM SHATNER, IT TAKES A THIEF, RED STATE Blu, ZOMBIE Blu, WILLY WONKA 40th Anniversary Collector’s Blu Edition, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE Blu, CAPE FEAR remake Blu, PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES, CAPTAIN AMERICA / CAPTAIN AMERICA II: DEATH TOO SOON, KURONEKO Criterion Blu, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY Blu, the complete LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE HOWLING REBORN, THE LAST CIRCUS, THE ROBBER, DARKNESS FALLS Blu, FREERUNNER, CLOWNS Blu, THE PYX, ATTACK ON LENINGRAD, DEATH WILL HAVE YOUR EYES and more!

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  • Oct. 11, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Didn't catch GL at the Cinema

    by Righteous Brother

    Will give this extended cut a go though.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I actually liked Scream 4

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Sure it dragged at times, but other times it was almost as good as the first one. If you haven't checked out Dead-Alive yet, and you like stuff like Evil Dead 2, you definitely gotta see it. It's too bad they missed the bulls-eye with Green Lantern, it had some pieces that could have been assembled into a great film. I didn't like Sarsgard's character at all, though. And the roller-coaster scene with the helicopter, the movie needed at least 1 more scene just like that. I can see why they want to do a sequel because Sinestro was great and he could make a helluva villain.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    YAWN is not a review Harry!!!!!

    by dylanisis

    I thought this was a DVD/Blu Ray REVIEW column????

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    how much is added in th GL extended cut?

    by j2talk

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Pretty good selection this week

    by Bobo_Vision

    Cinema Paradiso, Pee Wee, Pulp Fiction, and Last Exit to Brooklyn are blus I'll buy. I'll rent Tree of Life. <p> Hope Paradiso includes the long, extended version where he seeks out his former love as an adult and then they hump in a car. Most girls I've talked to don't like the longer version because the film loses its innocence when he becomes an adulterer.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry for the comment on my Amer cover

    by can-D

    Sadly for the US version they put a scarf around her body, here's you the original http://www.towatchpile.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Amer-poster.jpg

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who hated Fast Five?

    by KevinMuller

    I thought it was so cheesy and laughably acted. The final chase scene was cool though

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    IMO, Pee wee is Burton's best.

    by dalcross

    Ed Wood is also a fine film, but Pee Wee BA just encapsulates what I expect of Burton on every film since and am disappointed by. So many let downs, but he does try and I appreciate what he's attempting to do, so I'll keep hoping.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Yawn?

    by Sanyi

    That's it? Scream 4 is a pretty fuckin' entertaining flick, enjoyed every second of it. Same with Fast Five Green Lantern to me was a huge dissapointment. It seems the writers completely lost their track half away. It was poorly written, the main villain is nothing special, and that melonheaded professor was...Well...forget it.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the "Scream 4" review, Harry.

    by frankenberry

    But seriously, I actually was looking forward to reading your thoughts on the sequel. I wish I could figure out why the public has mostly ignored it. Maybe people have just grown tired of the "teen slasher" genre, preferring "torture porn" and "found footage" horror instead.

  • The film still kinda annoyed me with its fart jokes and I always kinda hated his father and mother for thinking they were the shit, all the other animals bowing down to them. Ugh. BUT....the 3D was superb, multi-layered and glorious. They just need to release Pinnochio and Jungle Book in 3D now.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Never got all the Walking Dead love (spoliers).

    by loafroaster

    It started strongly, but dissolved into cliche, and the deviations from the book leading to the finale were awful. The underground bunker setting was horrible.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Pee-Wee's Best Character: Amazing Larry!

    by Autodidact

    I want to know: What's the deal with Amazing Larry? And does he have something to share with the rest of us!?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    420p vs. 480p

    by MCubMN

    In the Pulp Fiction write-up, Harry refers to "420p." Is that a special cannabis enhanced setting where you lose 60 lines of normal screen resolution due to red bloodshot eyes? Sounds even worse than 480p. Besides, I thought smoking pot enhances your vision by relaxing the surrounding eye muscles. I do love watching The Big Lebowski in 420p though. Best setting on my blu-ray player by far ;)

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Tree of Life was a cosmic beautiful meh

    by Spandau Belly

    It's all beautifully shot and visually poetic and honestly, I forgot it as soon as I left the cinema at the end.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Night of the Scarecrow on Blu!!!

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    My prayers have been answered. Had no idea this was coming out. Shit like this is the reason I still read this column.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Jackie Brown is the Casablanca romance masterpiece of our time

    by Spandau Belly

    But I'm not upgrading to blu. I can see Robert Forster's thinning hair just fine on my standard def DVD.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Space Jam is crap! Bring on LT : Back in Action on Blu!!!

    by Gorgomel

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Oh come on Horrible Bosses wasnt that bad

    by sunwukong86

    I for one thought Jennifer Aniston was great.

  • Are you talking about the image??? Confusion.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    HORRIBLE BOSSES was tedious and GREEN LANTERN was great?

    by brokentusk

    I can't wait until next week where Harry tells us that blowjobs are boring and being raped by a horse is terrific.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Harry, that would be PINOCCHIO

    by BenBraddock

    One of these days you're gonna have to get organizized

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    The Lion King... are you SERIOUS?

    by Greigy_Back_and_Pissed

    The ultimate in cosy, smug, stereotyping emotional pornography that Disney specialise in. Lets face it, do you know what the difference between a Mickey fan and a Bugs Bunny fan is...... about 100 IQ points usually. Disney is beautifully crafted but is intellectually devoid drivel. Which is the reason it is soooo popular with over weight white trash throwbacks... (not a personal comment, a genuine observation).

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Horrible Bosses was definately superior to The Hangover Redux,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and likely Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits and The Change Up (didn't see those..). Why? Two words. Charlie "Wild Card Bitches" Day. And a slutty Jennifer Aniston didn't hurt.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Pulp fiction is the most overrated turd of all time

    by alienindisguise

    Boring as all hell. The love of this and fear and loathing in las vegas makes me want to decapitate every film school poser faggot I see.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Bought Lion King for my kids. Cant stand it

    by Knobules

    Nathan Lane and his Broadway bigmouth BS are annoying as hell. SIR Elton and his bag of ham theme song.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Harry & juvenile butt jokes.

    by CaseyMcCall

    No, that'll never work...

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Agreed about Horrible Bosses. Charlie Day is my man! i need to buy that man a drink (or two). Its a shame H8R got cancelled or i wouldve started a campaign to meet the man. Jennifer Aniston talking filthy is good anytime as well.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Wrong about DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW DVD Harry...

    by Chris

    Harry, I hate to tell you, but you're wrong about the DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW DVD. It's been available on DVD since September 2010. I know because I bought it the day it came out. Great image and sound quality so I'm sure the Blu will be awesome also. Plus there are alot of nice new special features for this new release. I love the movie too so I'll be picking it up too.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction an overrated turd?

    by Stifler's Mom

    Alienindisguise, you are so right! Finally, somebody has the nerve to state the obvious! Do you also agree that Casablanca is boring, and the Beatles were untalented idiots, and Michael Jordan sucked at basketball!?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    TV Horror

    by TheCrouton

    If you want the best TV horror film ever made, and if you can track it down, get hold of the late eighties version of The Woman In Black. It still creeps me out even now. It really is hard to believe this was made for TV in the UK.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    When I saw Dead Alive it was called Brain Dead

    by melonman

    Which is a better title

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Last Exit to Brooklyn deserves to be reappraised

    by melonman

    Great big brutal movie - terrific performances. Saw it at the cinema with my jaw dropping to the floor.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    BEST FILM ABOUT FILM is and always will be INCEPTION

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    INCEPTION is every film. You would know that Harold had you not slept through the damned thing.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    My Take

    by frongbak

    Walking Dead - Amazing, the 2nd greatest zombie film ever made (Night of the Living Dead # 1, 28 days later is infection, not Zombie); Salo - the deeply disturbing, authetic film experience hack Tom Six jerks off to; Pee Wee great but Burton's best is Scissorhands, that is all

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Yawn on scream 4? You suck harry.

    by knowthyself

    You really do suck.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Scre4m was brilliant commentary on the state of horror today.

    by knowthyself

    Its the only movie where the characters from the original come in and fuck up the attempt at a remake of the original. How fucking awesome is that?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Space Jam on Blu Harry?!?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You are seriously buying a film that came out the same time you created your site?!? If you want a reminder of the yesteryears of your web site, look no further than the current format you have. It looks no better than the day you shat it out.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!

    by Brian

    Say no more Horrible Green Lantern movie. Brian Cox. You just got..... . . . . . . . . . ....coxxed!!!!

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Choppah-INCEPTION is every film

    by welcometothepartypal

    What dos thou meaneth? What I miss?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    28 Days Later is a Zombie Movie

    by Autodidact

    Everyone knows they're not technically zombies. Stop being so pedantic.

  • ..though some will fault Bambi for it's somewhat cheerful and kiddie-ish songs. There's a painterly grandeur to much of that film with such minimal dialogue. It feels like in some scenes, Bambi's animators and layout men learned off what they had done in Fantasia, such as the use of minimal colors and patterns during the fight between Bambi and Ronno for Faline. Though my favorite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast, Lion King kind of takes me back to the time my Mom had cancer. I remember her Brother visiting us from Calfornia, and taking me and my sisters to see the film...and remembering how impressed he was by it.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Grey Haired and Pissed at Generalized Comment

    by Will Rodriguez

    greigy_back_and_pissed Where do the countless minority fans that flock the parks, watch the movies, buy the merch and view the tv channels stand? Just an observation... it takes no mental superiority to view buggs' bashing Pete Puma over the head or to watch a safe dropped on the coyote's head. Grante some movies produced by Disney are not up to par but can you compare an animated film with a cartoon short? You bias and ignorance is showing and that should piss you off more than anything else.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    welcometothepartypal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    INCEPTION is the culmination of what film WAS and what film has become. Inception is the new Citizen Kane. It is also about the act of creating a world in which you are the audience, protagonist, and sometimes antagonist. Dreams like films are only a stage to see your wildest dreams come to fruition. (In some cases, like Serbian Film and Human Centipede--only Beaks dreams. ). If you look at Gone With the Wind, you will see Inception. If you look at Gremlins, you will see Inception. Study Vampyr and you will see Inception. The many layers in which Inception works has yet to be evaluated. In time, the world will understand.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Jackie Brown just doesn't do it for me

    by Hipshot

    Sorry.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I am in love with that Almost Famous bluray

    by Randy

    The cover is amazing, you get the 162 minute version, tons of great features and it's all in beautiful blu quality. I mean I love Cinema Paradiso and Pulp Fiction, but that Almost Famous bluray is like everything good in the world.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Almost famous is what unloaded Kate Hudson on us dopes

    by Knobules

    Now we are stuck with her in a new chick flick every 2 weeks. Thanks alot

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Tree of Life

    by VaderSabre

    YAWN

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    the_choppah - How the hell did you happen to use Gremlins as an example?

    by welcometothepartypal

    I just mentioned it in The Howling BTS pic thread. I wonder if we typed Gremlins at the same time!(Inceptiony?) Anyway, always appreciate your observations. I loved Inception, I just never looked at it like that, probably should see it again. Truly over time I'm curious to see what happens with it.

  • Can't get that idea out of my head.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    welcometothepartypal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    THAT is why INCEPTION is all films.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    extended green lantern blew ass

    by coz

    I can see why they cut that shit, it turns a mediocre-to-fair movie into a tedious waste of time. And it's all retread later in flashback, more effectively I might add.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    watch the theatre cut of GL

    by coz

    don't waste your time with the extended

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    alienindisguise

    by coz

    I'm sensing a lot of hostility, what, you got rejected by some chick who was trying to be Uma in 1996? Two ways you can go here: continue on your path of overbearing, pompous, belligerent buffoonery, or just fucking let it go.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Scream 4 was damn good

    by Jack Burton

    Easily the best since the first. The story is constantly surprising, the conventions get turned on their head, and the villain motivation is well thought out. This is also the goriest of the series as well. The only problem was Courtney Cox' plastic surgery is incredibly distracting. Neve Campbell on the other hand looks gorgeous. Ignore Harry's non review, if you liked Scream it is worth watching part 4.

  • And yes the Bionic dog was there too joining in the festivities.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Love the insane, multiple "Bad Seed" endings!!

    by darthliquidator

    Patty McCormack's ultimate fate in the movie is just flat out hilarious.....(nothing like the stage play, which technically ends about five minutes before the movie takes it to all new idiotic heights....and then the movie even trumps it with the insane cast "curtain calls"...and one final nutty confrontation between the film's two leads. You can literally hear Jack Warner sweating bullets offstage, terrified of putting out the first official Hollywood psycho-child-serial-killer movie.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Maniac Cop in HD

    by coz

    what a wondrous time to be alive...

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    There's a GREEN TINTED version of "Frankenstein"?????

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Wow, Harry, I consider myself somewhat of a Universal/classic horror scholar, but I've never read or heard about such a version before. It's certainly believable, as 1931 marked the first year of "talkies," and tinting of silent films was quite common. Although I don't think I've ever seen a GREEN tinted film. The thought of it is just so cool it brings joy to my heart.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Muggsy Bogues was in Space Jam right?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Now that's a cinematic milestone for ya!

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I'm in the mood for a Tree movie

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Should I watch The Tree of Life or The Guardian?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    SPACE JAM: RAPING CHILDHOODS THREE YEARS BEFORE LUCAS!!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    im holding out for TREE OF LIFE Criterion disc...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    that's just begging for it..

  • "Scream 4" is really only guilty of too closely following the formula set by the original, but it delivers the formula in the most entertaining way possible. I suppose "Scream" haters need not apply. I fully understand that most "Scream" haters didn't hate the original film, but instead they hated what that film did to the horror genre in the 1990's. Every studio wanted a part of the trend of attractive Warner Brothers TV series kids in slick horror thrillers with the same ridiculous "faces" poster in the advertising. The problem was that most of them were absolutely terrible and it took the J-Horror and Tourture Porn trends to stop production of those soulless cash grabs. By the time Wes Craven unleashed "Scream 4," the horror genre and its fans had changed so drastically that there was basically no audience for the film, which is a bit sad because it seems today's audience has forgotten how to have fun in horror films, and "Scream 4," for those who care, delivers a fun ride. For those who liked following the journey of the central three characters, this chapter closes the book on a postive note (I hated to see the series go out on its weakest link) while delivering a barbed message on our current obssesion which being famous for doing nothing and celebrated victimhood. For a fun Halloween season's night viewing with a bowl of popcorn and some friends, you could do a lot worse than "Scream 4."

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Harry's Scream 4 review...

    by fathergreedosarducci

    ...is spot on. "Yawn" encapsulates everything that is wrong with that movie. It is competently made and reasonably well cast, but it is boring, and that is one thing slasher films should never be. As I've commented in other threads there are two people going by the name Wes Craven: the genre genius who made Last House on the Left (and RIP David Hess), the best entries in the Elm Street franchise, The Hills Have Eyes, the original Scream, and The Serpent & the Rainbow. Then there's the Wes Craven who made Vampire in Brooklyn and the increasingly mediocre Scream sequels. They struggle for creative control and unfortunately for us, Sucky Craven has won out a lot more in the last few years. Scream 4 (or Carpenter's "The Ward," for that matter) would be "okay" coming from another, lesser director: but from these heavyweights we want more, expect more, and the disappointment we feel from these films is understandable. Neither film is bad or badly made, but still we long for another "Elm Street," or another "Halloween." We'll just keep waiting.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Scream 4 was a LOT better than Scream 3

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The third movie was totally running on fumes, but the fourth had a lot more energy to it. Inventive deaths, a proper ration of scary-to-funny (as opposed to the outright slapstick of 3), and some amusingly pointed criticism involving remakes/boots ("Never fuck with the original...!"). Aside from some drab cinematography, I had a good deal of fun with it, and will probably skip right over the third movie in all future Scream marathons.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Wes Craven-Brian Cox was in Red Eye

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Does anyone else love this in a so bad it's good way like I do?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Beauty and the Beast 3D is a work of art

    by Mel

    Must be seen. One of the best 3D movies ever.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    AMER is really incredible.

    by fustfick

    I caught a screener of AMER last year and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. The audience reaction was split down the middle, with half loving it like me and the other half absolutely hating it. To me, that's always the mark of an interesting film. All you guys should check out AMER. And crank it up, the sound design is amazing.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Agreed, fustfick; Amer is THE BEST movie of the past three years!

    by Sith Witch

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I can't believe more people aren't raging about Amer

    by Sith Witch

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Quiet week for DVD releases. Not much BRIAN COX.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Horrible Bosses was HILARIOUS! Way better than Bridesmaids.

    by Quake II

    Harry finds a great comedy tedious? Ok. Hangover 2 was tedious. Tree Of Life. I watched it TWICE in the theater and found it tedious the second time. In fact, I think it's Malick's WORST film to date. The lack of structure would be ok if it was actually telling a story. Sadly the movie is all over the place and doesn't know where it's going (an afterlife reunion on the beach???). The creation of the universe segment is the highlight of the film and for that part alone I may buy it on Blu as a "background" movie while I surf the web or clean.

  • is the filmmaker themselves. They should feel uneasy about the journey they are about to embark. Nowadays Craven has become an almost comforting presence. Even though the "rules have changed", Craven has delivered a competant, dependable slasher thriller. Maybe not as extreme as a yawn, but more like, okay...whats next.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Re: Red Eye's plot was so nonsensical, that you just didn't suspend disbelief,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    you threw it out the window. Once you did that, you could enjoy it on it's own B movie terms, like the "cell phone thriller" Cellular. Red Eye came out just before the similar themed Flightplan with Jodie Foster, and it was just more enjoyable. Of course, following Rachel McAdams for the entire film helps.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Space Jam is everything that's wrong with WB cartoons.

    by Quake II

    That movie is a piece of shit and an absolute "cash in on a 5 minute trend" studio move. I hate everything that WB has done with their classic characters since the 70's. I couldn't even make it through Space Jam when it was on cable in the 90s'. Dreck.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    BrokenTusk, EPIC

    by HoweHatTrick

    Classic post.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    That Almost Famous blu is excellent

    by Mattman

    Picked that up at Best Buy a while back and I didn't regret it. And Pulp Fiction's new transfer is sick.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    This column

    by Mike J

    I finally get it; Its all one big in-joke between Harry Knowles and his Dad. So to your average reader, Harry comes across as a boardline retard, an almost illiterate buffoon who knows a lot about film posters and movie-related toys but actually nothing about film itself. And to us his BD reviews seem as if they are written by a 7 year old. But thats 'cos we are not in on the private joke. Knowles junior & senior have worked out that they can amass a vast blu ray collection, totally free of charge courtesy of Amazon et al, and all Harry has to do is mash his keyboard a few times with his stubby, sausage-like fingers to spew out a couple of lines of almost incoherant rubbish. This has to be the only reason because surely nobody can be expected to take this dreadful, ill-informed rubbish seriously. I mean my fucking cat could write a better constructed review than the kind of cobblers Knowles puts out.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    GL without Lively and the yellow cloud would have been great

    by Adelai Niska

    Seriously, if they had a better Carol (both in script and casting) and a villain who GL could actually fight (rather than just run away from until running=winning), then that would have been the movie of my dreams.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    and also age-appropriate casting would have been nice

    by Adelai Niska

    Since there ain't no way people will believe Sarsgard, Lively, and Reynolds are the same age while Robbins is a generation older.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    @ Pulp Fiction Hate

    by jawaburger

    I agree, Pulp Fiction is not a masterpiece, but you have to agree that the dialog in that movie is some of the most memorable dialog of any movie. There is some seriously funny shit up in there. PS: I haven't watched it in 10 years, but I still find myself quoting it regularly.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I always lump Space Jam in with the Failed WB Store

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Remember when you could go to the mall and purchase Rosie O'Donnell dolls, Taz t-shirts, Drew Carey Show mugs, and 500 dollar Batman the animated series animation cells.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    re: greigy_back_and_pissed

    by Riff_Randell

    Please marry me. I swear, I'm the only person of all the fuckers I know who hates Disney. You wouldn't believe how revered TLK is to idiots like my sisters and their respective broods. Blah! Gimme ol' timey Bugs/Daffy anytime. And, is it me or is the clip of Simba laughing, meant as a mock to everyone who will buy, yet another, version of The Lion King? When it says, "The Lion King in 3D," and then comes the laugh? To me it says, "you people will buy anything we put out, won't you? Losers!"

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Why does a movie always to be deciphered on thirty different levels?

    by darth nihilus

    Why not let a movie be just that, a movie? Not a social commentary "about how horror movies are now", blah blah blah... scream 4 was a horror movie, and if you take it at face value, not a great one. sure it was the best since the first, but how hard is that?? liked that it was a straight slasher flick,but come on, that ending was AWFUL. No one in a hospital except for the main characters? Gee, there's some defib paddles over there, wonder what happens next? anyhoo, still say if it would have ended with the ambulance scene it would have been much better, but alas, i'm sure that wouldn't have been happy enough, or have given Neve Campbell the opportunity to cheese off a one-liner.....

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    samuel fulmer ..WB store memories.

    by Quake II

    There was a LOT of horrible merchandise that pissed all over the memory of Chuck Jones like Taz playing basketball hats and Bugs Bunny dressed like a rapper shirts but there were some gems as well. I bought an amazing Batman Beyond resin statue as well as some extremely thick DC superhero 16 ounce mugs and pint glasses that have still held up all these years later.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    @melonman

    by Ditko

    My copie was: Brain Dead or your mother ate my dog! All better than Dead Alive.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I'm still on the fence about Scream 4, although...

    by SoylentMean

    it does have what could be the best kill in the series. I'll wait for the price to drop and then add it to my collection.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    banned_dirty_ape , you're probably right about that.

    by Quake II

    Harry seems to be getting a LOT of free Blu-rays thanks to this column, not to mention some actual monetary kickback. For all we know he gets 25 free Blu's a month and a 1000.00 check for about 3 hours worth of work. I rarely buy new movies from Amazon, I go to Target or Wal Mart and usually save 5 bucks..

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction hate just seems like a desperate cry for attention

    by Mattman

    "Pulp Fiction sucks! Look at me! I'm a contrarion!" Try analyzing it and presenting a detailed dissenting opinion, instead of just screaming "It sucks!" without backing up why.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    "I agree, Pulp Fiction is not a masterpiece"

    by Mattman

    Pulp Fiction IS a masterpiece. The dialogue alone makes it so. And it's also a breath of originality that so many talkbackers whine that modern films are lacking. Yet they trash Inglourious Basterds in the same breath.

  • I literally almost got into a fistfight in a movie theater once by saying out loud how bad I thought "Space Jam" was during the advertisments before a film. Some girl sitting by me had to pipe up about how great she thought "Space Jam" was and how everyone she knew loved it, and how I must have some kind of personality problem for not liking it. I said something like, "I guess everyone has their own taste," to which her jock boyfriend said, "I guess you don't have any taste if you don't like Michael Jordon and Bugs Bunny." I couldn't possibly explain that I DID like the Looney Tunes and this movie completely neutered them; robbed them of their personalities to sell crap! Even Michael Jordan seemed like a soulless robot here, making fun of the fact that he had completely sold out to pimp products and appeal to the profitable demographic of parents and their easily amused kids. This wasn't a harmless fun exercise, it was a dangerous precident! I still can't believe how bad it is, and I also can't believe that Joe Dante didn't fair much better when he tried to reclaim some dignity for the Looney Tunes.

  • Because movies are more than that. Sure there are some that are dumb fun, but the good ones demand deciphering. Besides, if you don't you are a big dummy.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Glad to see some Bionic WOman Love up there!

    by ZodNotGod

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction hate just seems like a desperate cry for attention

    by ZodNotGod

    People who hate it, are idiots who've not seen enough movies to understand why its so great. Don;'t understand it because their ADD brains will implode. Any other movie of Tarantino's can take some heat, but not this one, never this one.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    RE: I agree, Pulp Fiction is not a masterpiece"

    by ZodNotGod

    It is a masterpiece! Basterds sadly is not, although I still like it.

  • The guy is average talent promoted to superstar status by an easily impressed audience who genuienly believe that some film student movie homage coupled with a bunch of previously-used film tunes equate to "cool". Sorry but motormouth Quim-tin is the most overrated film maker of the last 30 Years. Those people who fawn over him ought to look at the films he rips offs to see some proper film making rather than just his B+ movies. QT is pretty good at gurning though, and inteligently inserting the word "fuck" into every line he utters but as a film maker he really is absurdly rewarded.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Space Jam - Ugh.

    by ZodNotGod

    WOW! How I hate this turd. First mistake, Michael Jordan and his millions of Jock Sniffers that got this made. Why not do an animated movie with Pete Rose, gambler, baseball player? Ugh.

  • For example everyone was comparing Drive to a Tarantino film and no doubt Refn was inspired by Frankenhead Footfetish.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    And by definition, Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    At the very least, Tarantino's masterpiece. Tarantino is a master filmmaker and hence Pulp Fiction being his piece is a, 'master piece.'

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Jackie Brown

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    The only film in existence that Bridget Fonda didn't completely wreck and burn with her horrible goddamn acting. When DeNiro shot her and left her for dead I stood up and clapped.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Average Movie Trailer > Tree of Life

    by Flip63Hole

    Seen stories told better and more compellingly than the Hallmark drivel in Tree of Life. I actually felt embarrassed for Sean Penn. As fartsy as artsy gets. Hope Malick retires ASAP. Makes me feel bad for American art. We aren't THAT cheesy of a country!

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Malick ain't what he used to be

    by Flexfill

    and if Pulp Fiction doesn't qualify as a "masterpiece" of film in the last 20 years, then nothing does. At least two thirds of all the movies from the last couple of decades are completely disposable crap. If it wasn't for guys like QT, we'd have virtually nothing to celebrate in cinema. Oh yeah, Roll Bounce was pretty good, too.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    flip63hole and TREE OF LIFE

    by Krinkle

    What is it like being a witless idiot? I mean, what does it FEEL like? Are things slower? Blurrier? Do you actually think slow, like you see the words going by in your brain like a teleprompter? Fascinating throwback! TREE OF LIFE is a masterpiece. Saw it 3 times in the theater. It is INCEPTION for actual film lovers.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are both masterworks

    by mattb68

    If you love movies and understand the whole medium and what it takes to create a perfect movie, Pulp Fiction is the templete. It is a masterpiece and right up there with The Godfather, Kane, all the greats. It is flawless at every level and is immensely rewatchable. Harry hit the perfect note on his brandy and cigar comment for Jackie Brown. It ages beautifully and does get better with every viewing. He had balls to make it the way he did and did'nt compromise and try to duplicate Pulp. I think in a few years that to will be as revered as Pulp at least by us film dudes.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern / Captain America TV Movies!!!!

    by THX1968

    Green Lantern hurt me. Hurt me so much that I rail against the idiots that produced it while defending Campbell and Baird. I could not wait to see it. Green Lantern is my favorite - right there with Batman, Supes, and Spidey, but Hal is the guy that I identify with most. In the books, I especially like his run ins with Batman after his Parallax episode. I can tear the film apart piece by piece, I've gone over it a million times in my head, and if I hate the extended cut as much as the theatrical, well, people are gonna hear about it. I still feel that the idiot producers tried to jam too much of GL's current history into this first movie. GL was around for a long, long time before Johns decided that the yellow impurity was Parallax. That's neither here nor there. The film has been made and hopefully this extended cut will make me happy. Of equal and very great interest to me is next weeks Captain America TV movies!!! Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! Thank you Shout Factory! While not resembling Cap's origins in the slightest, it is still some seriously creative and super fun television.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction isn't a masterpiece

    by Ben Addiction

    I didn't like it in 1994 when I first saw it, and am still not crazy about it. It's not just wanting to be contrarian- I don't pay to see movies unless I think I am going to like them. Pulp Fiction has lots of problems. It doesn't feel like a real, organic film - it is just a mish-mash of things Tarantino liked in other films all compiled together. It's like "hey - let's use that Cleaner character I liked from La Femme Nikita but give him a "cool guy" persona and stupidly call him "The Wolf" (hell, I can even hire the guy who played the part in the shitty American remake)." Also, everyone speaks in the same voice - you can almost hear Tarantino himself reading all the dialogue aloud in your head. That's not characterization, it's grandstanding. You can buy the idea that Quentin's a 'poet' and love his dialogue, or you can find it horribly pretentious and artificial. It's like thinking everyone in a Diablo Cody film saying retarded crap like "home skillet" feels in anyway natural. It just doesn't - and if you find "home skillet" dumb - you are pretty much out of luck, because the Cody persona as told through dialogue quips is what she's selling. That's also why Kill Bill 2 was a massive bore- too much pop pontificating to show off his "poetry" and too little effort to make a real story or dynamic scenes. And any film that grinds to a halt so Bruce Willis can pointlessly hang out in a motel room isn't a classic. The film has serious pacing problems.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Tree of Life

    by Autodidact

    I loved it up to the last 30 minutes where the slow trickly of information stopped and it got really repetitious and showed some bullshit conception of heaven that felt like a goddamn perfume ad to me. I definitely love the movie overall but that final 30 minutes makes me feel I'll never want to see it again, at least not for a long time, maybe when I'm an old man.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    D.C. Cab is a masterpiece

    by Roger Moon

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Hey, ya' know what's a masterpiece?

    by MooseMalloy

    X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds made me root for the Nazis

    by ReportAbuse

    They were, literally, the most sympathetic characters in the film. All the basterds and their associates were pure shits, or over-the-top caricatures (ahem Brad Pitt ahem.) If anything maybe it opened some people's eyes to the last forty years of Hollowco$t propaganda bullcrap.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Tree of Life is not a movie-movie.

    by fathergreedosarducci

    It doesn't have a beginning, a middle, and an end, with a through-line to explain how the protagonist goes from ABC to XYZ, with a cameo from Kyle Broflovski to say, "You know, I learned something today..." It fails at narrative filmmaking, and that's okay, because it never starts out on that road in the first place. It's a meditation. It's Malick's 2001 and it's Malick's Inception and it's Malick's look at the universe through the eyes of Terrence Malick. It's Malick thinking about God the Father, and the years in all our lives when our father is just about God. It's deeply personal. And it resonates.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    If you want to shit on Pulp Fiction, fine...

    by MCVamp

    But calling it overrated in the face of all the careers it created, resuscitated, or propelled into stardom, in the wake of Tarantino instantly becoming the most influential mind in Hollywood at the time (for better or worse) and the fact that Miramax practically became a major studio overnight? Pump your brakes, kid.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    So Harry likes Green Lantern but not Horrible Bosses?

    by DeadStar

    Really?

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction easily the most influential film since Star Wars

    by FleshMachine

    Star Wars begat half the films made in the 80's..After Pulp Fiction EVERY studio wanted their films to be more Pulp Fictiony...they still do. there would be no Guy Ritchie, Danny Boyle, Nolan..etc etc..everyone started making "tarantino" style, fast clever dialogue, guys with guns, non-linear films. not over-rated at all..it is a masterpiece and one of the best films of the 90's...and indeed all time.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Yawn.

    by joelcrary

    That tears it. Done with this column.

  • Oct. 11, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece whether it fits your personal taste or not

    by JacksParasites

    You don't have to personally like a movie for it to be a masterpiece of cinema. There are lots of great films that I personally don't care for that much. For instance, I'm not a huge fan of Gone With The Wind. But just because it doesn't suit my taste, I'm not about to call it overrated or in any way subpar. Pulp Fiction changed the art of cinema. That's a fact. It also has one of the best screenplays of the last several decades. Though I think Reservoir Dogs may be the slightly better film, there's no denying Pulp Fiction's massive impact, the kind of impact that Tree of Life will never have. And don't expect to hear Sean Penn on the Tree of Life home release; apparently he didn't care for it. I found Tree of Life to be a beautifully shot meditative film devoid of any real substance.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Where are all these fart and butt jokes in Lion King?

    by Jaka

    I've watched it twice all the way through in the last week and personally I think too big a deal is being made of that aspect. No fart/butt jokes for the entirety of young Simba at Pride Rock, which is A LOT. Then, after Timon and Pumba are introduced there's only a handful of them. Once Rafiki is re-introduced and everything starts moving towards the climax, no more fart/butt jokes. <p> I think the issue may lie more with the fact that EVERY movie aimed ever a little bit towards children these days is filled with them so we've all become burnt out. <p> The magic of Lion King is that it can be a coming of age story with a mother/father/child relationship, have an evil takeover plot - including the DEATH of the father, a fish out of water story (which is a great Disney tradition) and a revenge in order to take your rightful place story all in one film. It has songs, jokes, drama, tragedy AND fart jokes (although they never actually say the word), all in one 90 minute film.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction IS a masterpiece.

    by Jaka

    Jackie Brown is not.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I liked Fast Five...

    by Jaka

    ...and I wasn't a fan of the series previously.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Like others, I totally skipped Green Lantern...

    by Jaka

    ... even though I wanted to believe it was good before it was released. But everyone I know who saw it absolutely hated it (GL/comic book fans or otherwise). But again, like others, I will give the EE a chance. I'd always planned on checking it out at home and I'm a sucker for a good EE.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for 15 yrs for Last Exit to Brooklyn on DVD

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Jennifer Jason Leigh rules.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    "The Lion King" will always be the farting pig movie to me

    by gruntybear

    Dropping the film below crap like "Aladdin 2" and "Air Bud" - Truly a case of mismatched tones, ruining the piece as a whole.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    THERE ARE NO FARTS IN THE LION KING

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    They dance around the subject of Pumbaa's flatulence, but you never actually hear him toot at any point in the film (there *is* a tuba blatt on the soundtrack at one point). Compared to the non-stop scatological humor in today's kiddie flicks, The Lion King has virtually NO poop or fart jokes.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    margot tenenbaum....I was waiting for it, too

    by Bobo_Vision

    I watched it for the first time about a year ago....can't remember where I got the DVD from but it wasn't Netflix because they didn't have it for the longest time. When I first read the book a few years before that, I had to keep putting it down and take breaks from it for weeks at a time because it was so brutal. I thought Herbert Selby must have been a total scumbag because he seemed to know the lifestyles of these degenerate characters on an intimate level. When I finished reading it, it sat with me, lingered, and troubled me....but it was beautiful on some level. Like a great tragedy. I came to learn that Herbert is actually a very sweet, humanist...but he likes to find the truth in characters. It also helped that he lived in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn that I was living at the time. <p> Watching the film was equally brutal at times just like the book...but equally beautiful like a sad symphony. This is a Blu Ray that I will buy, and that DOES need to be given attention, because it's a great film loaded with great performances. Selby's work needs revisiting, too. Most people only know him for Requiem for a Dream.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Not Herbert....Hubert

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    INCEPTION

    by Sanyi

    Yawn. That's right! You heard me!

  • Being willfully obtuse about this film isn't helping your obviously limited understanding of cinema.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    the pro-Pulp Fiction crowd can't make an argument

    by Ben Addiction

    Other than -"yes it IS a classic" and "it's not overrated because it was so influential" - hey influential and overrated are not mutually exclusive. Sorry guys- the dialogue is a problem. I know you love it - but it is massively over-written. It's like any other element in a film - if it is so over done that it constantly calls attention to itself (usually in an attempt to draw attention to how cool the writer so desperately wants to be) then it becomes a distraction. You wouldn't want over-the-top production design to distract you, nor a big showy score that pulls you out of every scene. How about showy editing? Cut cut cut cut - did you notice how cool the editor is? Straight up - it's all attitude to convince you of T's awesomeness, hung on a bunch of ideas he lifted from other films. That just sucks. I want to see a decent film, not an advertisement for someone else's ego.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by AsimovLives

    You know the Carl Dyer movie VAMPYR? FUCKING AWESOME! I knew i had chosen wisely to have you as a geek friend. Again, you impressed me, sir!

  • There is an amazing film within Tree of Life, just get rid of all the sub par looking nature shots and just focus on the story of Penn remembering fleeting moments of his past, which were excellent and handled well. The lame pseudo philosophy of we are all just a drop of water that is the tree of life was boring and over the top hammered in. Also any single shot of all of Planet Earth is better then any nature shot in Tree Of Life, he should've just used stock footage from that series or bought the rights to use some of the shots. Some of the shots were even the same, like the sea of sharks (i think it was hammerheads?). But seriously people focusing on the nature shots of life, that's nothing special nor particularly good, that's why there are rumors of a 4 hour cut featuring more Pitt than more lame nature shots.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    sanyi

    by AsimovLives

    Not everybody are blessed with the gift to acknowledge greatness when they see it in front of their eyes. Like you. My heart bleeds for you.

  • I guess a double feature of Last Exit to Brooklyn with Salo is a sure way for instant suicide.

  • And movies like INCEPTION are needed because they remind us that blockbusters don't need to be dumbed down dumb-ass bullshit of the Michael Bay and JJ Abrams variety to be entraling and exciting and entertaining. INCEPTION reminds me that if a blockbuster is smart and intelligent it entertains much, much better.

  • Any film-lover/movie geek/cinephile worthy of the name would know that for sure without the need for explanations.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Why did they alter the lion king for the blu?

    by Geomancer21

    the scene just after adult simba sees his dad in the clouds there was a shot of him running across the field chasing the rolling clouds, but in the blu the clouds aren't there its just open sky. seems like a odd change to make. and i got the trilogy box set so i dunno if the regular blu is the same, but i imagine so.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Dead Alive is...

    by kubricksnutsack

    Braindead. I hate the fact that the US has a different title to the rest of us. At least mention the proper title in your summation.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I love Tree of Life, 2001, and Pulp Fiction

    by Autodidact

    but not Inception. I'm going to give it another year or so and try watching it again. But it's not like I couldn't follow the movie. I just found it kind of boring wall-to-wall exposition, and consumed by its own gimmicks. I have the same reaction to Memento.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    ben addiction, you're trying way to hard

    by Jaka

    I respect your opinion and anyone else who doesn't like Pulp Fiction, which is why I haven't taken part in this discussion (argument). Plus, its been had a thousand times. But the points you're making, people who love the film know these things. In fact, you're listing many of the reasons why a lot of people feel its a classic. Plus, those lines are extremely well acted/delivered. Far better than in anything else he's written/directed, imo.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I don't dislike it though

    by Autodidact

    I liked it well enough. I think maybe if I hadn't been in a theatre full of jackasses I might have gotten more out of it.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    To Live and Die Hard in Russia

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Heavenly Creatures" still should have beat "Pulp Fiction

    by Ben Addiction

    for that Best Screenplay oscar. Now there's a true classic - smart, stylish and still subtle and human. But the screenplay wasn't screaming "look at me!!!!" - of course the showier pic won. Sort of like how Al Pacino couldn't win until he hoo-hawed his way to an award - "I'm playing a blind guy - I'm acting really really big! Look!!!" He does a truly great, subtle performance in Donnie Brasco and nada. It doesn't pay to be artful - just brash.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Not just Pacino

    by fathergreedosarducci

    I think Denzel Washington's experience was close to Pacino's: after years of strong, mostly subtle performances, he went scenery-chewing berserk in "Training Day," and got the Oscar for it. Denzel deserved the award-- just as Pacino did-- but not for the films that actually won them those Oscars.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    No grammar posts yet? Ye fail me again, talkbackers!!

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    If you watch DEAD ALIVE and don’t love it. Our friendship is pretty much not possible.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox was great in Scream 4

    by CondomWrapper

    I don't know why Harry hates it with the Coxster in it.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Two Tree of Life Complaints

    by brad negrotto

    Did you people watch the film? Firstly, there is no heaven at the end. Don't know what movie you saw, but it wasn't in The Tree of Life. Secondly, there is a three act structure. I really don't know how you could miss it.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Spoilers

    by barry convex

    I didn't like at the end of Cinema Paradiso how the kid grew up to be an albino.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Was showing "The Lion King" to kids at school today.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    And it has always been a movie I liked. For one, it is pretty visually stunning - and with some great music and a mastery of iconic imagery. But that is what is interesting; while I was talking over certain things with the kids, prepareing them for certain moments (some being quite young), I found myself really paying attention to the story itself. It is one of the great pieces of modern mythology. It is such a clean piece of moral filmmakeing, but not sanitized. It is one of those basic, core stories, elevated by great storytelling. Its power is pretty undeniable - in fact, I am pretty sure that for a lot of people in the world it is one of the first - if not the first - times that they were privy to on-screen death. Major core emotions are explored: guilt and love, jealousy and hate. The path of its hero bespeaks thousands of years of storytelling, how the internal story is masked by the external one. But miracleously they both take precedence. Its characters are foils, models of the great stereotypes: the wise man, the king, the jealous brother ("the black Lion" as one child called Scar), the son, the friends our hero as adopted during his life in exile. Pretty brilliant stuff, done simply but majestically. (Granted, all this is serviced by an over-reliance on the instant retail value and cheap laughs of the scatalogical kind- but honestly, this lightness at the film's center really really alleviates some really heavy content and a spirit of depression; escapist, but at the service of softening the overall tone.)

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    jamador79

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    My favorite was Jackie Brown being a movie to savior. "This is the film that Peter Jackson made that made me a lifelong fan of his" is also classic.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    "Tree of Life" certainly has a narrative.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    But because it reads like a great sprawling impressionistic novel, you must see it in parts, parts that contribute to the whole. Opening: the seed of love (dually: shot of the flame that guides us on, and the love of the mother as a child for her father, the man who modelled masculinity for here, the guideing light in her search for love as an adult). The connundrum, the problem, the plot: two sets of adults dealing with the effects of tragedy in their lives - the father and mother at the early and mind-bogglingly unexpected and shocking death of their youngest son, their most purely joyful child, their most fragile and preciously unearthly contribution to life, and the son and his wife dealing with the dissolution of their love (this is what I interpreted their distance as). The son seeks to find what it is that will explain to him his pain. In seeking a cure of his apathy and loathing, it is his family's loss of years before that he most closely associates his own pain to. The paradigm is introduced: the scale of life itself, from deepest beginnings to the creation of diversity of life. The man is then asked to make peace with the reality of his existence. Thus, he returns to his childhood. He travles from what was purely good to what is most evil in him, trying to find the balance that sets things right. It is his brother. The brother he lost. The love in the brother that is now in the man gone on, grown old. The love of the brother brings the man to his father, the man he has become. The second paradigm: the spiritual plane where all things lead to what will be. All spirits mingle. The veil is slowly pulled away. The journey begins where the road has ended. Nature's paradigm returned to: the end of the earth, the eventual demise of the planet. Closure: the man returns to his circumstances. He sees his world anew. He is afterall, a builder of bridges. The film ends as it began. It is a spiritual narrative (watch the votive candle sequences, how it is a very compact, very intense variety of scenes combined by the effect of prayer into focused thought). But yes, not a film everyone will respond to. I even disagree with parts of it. It is terribly earnest, especially honest. It is its filmmakers memories, dreams, thoughts, beliefs. Some would feel a great film this does not make. I see it as the definative film of one of the world's greatest filmmakers - he communicates himself so well in fact that it is pretty obvious whether you like him or not. And the ending itself is still ambigious. The man still has his entire life to live. The answer is merely a small revelation. Life itself is not solved. It is more about achieving a small amount of peace in a life fraught with suffering and doubt, when the deepest part of you cries deeply to believe in that which you cannot see - but feel.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    What was the beach at the end supposed to represent?

    by Autodidact

    If not heaven, where parents are reunited with their dead children?

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Okay so it's just his mental state of peace?

    by Autodidact

    Or always carrying his kids with him in his heart/mind and thus finding peace or something?

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    If you look at the reaction of Malick's core audience

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Those who hold deeply and personally his films, I have ran across very very scant few who have felt betrayed by this film. What he is expressing here is much of why many of us care so deeply about his output as a creator of art and film. His films matter to us. And here is one that is undeniably powerful to us. We who love it, see ourselves in it. This proves to me that as a filmmaker, he has created a film that does more soundly, more concretely what all of his films have sought to do: a log of the human spirit, a divination into that which is both human and unearthly within us ("Badlands," the film so many critics now seem to lament as the last, first and only truly narrative film of Malick's, is very much about the banality of evil, how youth is cruel and blind at times). It is about capabilities, the capacity of a single human being to love and be loved, to map the heart of the spirit in a way that truths are known, made with the sort of Old Testament tone that all his films have been made with. But if those were merely Parables, this film is the Message. It is a sort of Testimony. I don't expect everyone to like it or even admire it, but I wish that they did. It is very beautiful to me. And I would also like to point out that Malick has been moveing in this direction for some. "the Thin Red Line" is very much about interconnectedness, the shareing of a single human soul. While "the New World" evoked this by haveing a shifting narrative focus: the love that John Smith feels for the Indian Princess transfers the rights of the story to her, and from her she begets the story outward, to life itself, as is seen by her growth of love for a man she never intended to be with. They are indeed films about a certain spiritualism - not merely a single belief, but of a desire to know the Spirit, to communicate and dispense its knowledge. Also doing this are the works of Tarkovsky, Bergman and, to a degree, Kurosawa ("Dersu Ursala" is very much like a Malick film). They are about processes of the soul.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    It is a reconciliation of sorts.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Here is the single best explanation I've read of it. I wish I could say it as beautifully as this person said it. If you do not like following links, it is a review by a customer named Tristan on the Amazon page for the dvd. He is below one of the one-star reviews marked "So Painfull." His explanation of that portion is in the seventh paragraph, and it is the part of the film that he associated the most with and thus his reading of it is very intuitive. It was the part of the film that spoke to me the least - but I love reading his reading of it. <P>http://www.amazon.com/Tree-Three-Disc-Blu-ray-Combo-Digital/product-reviews/B005HV6Y5W/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R3DV9MC1RID404

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Sorry, it is in the ninth paragraph.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Much of the way I see the non-biblical version of heaven

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    where people are reunited with their loved ones, is that it is the finding of what has been lost. The death of child is as much a loss of innocence, a separation of one's own youth from one's later life. I own mother feels she finally see my older brother, the child she miscarried, a child that never was a child. It is the first great tragedy of her life. Her life before different from the life after. Thus, by finding what was lost, we become more whole. The interesting thing in "Tree of Life," the beautiful thing, is that it finds that this process does not need death. It is a process wihtout death. That the son forgives his father, and carries that forgiveness to his current life, coincides with the family comeing together in the other place. They happen simultaneously. It is a unity of Spirit that is experienced. Here he can see his mother as both a child and as an adult. It is a healing place. (And a place where love is passed on.) And its effects are seen in Jack's world also.

  • Oct. 12, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Salo on Blu-Ray = Christmas has come early for beaks

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    HUBERT Selby

    by Al Delvechio

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    not Herbert Selby

    by Al Delvechio

    As I have said several times in the past...you need a proofreader. I am available very very cheap.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Lion King is great

    by Ruddy Heck

    I remember coming out of the cinema when it was originally first released and hearing a friend's father crap on about how it 'was not for kids' because of the bit when Scar croaks Mufasa. Kids need more of that IMO, a truly evil villain, a real sense of loss, peril and eventual redemption. Although 3D adds nothing to that... That morning report DVD extra song would be just as shite in 3D. Lion King = farkin good, 3D = cash grab ploy. Screw saccharin Disney, Lion King kicks kids' arses.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Salo is brilliant and amazing?

    by CherryValance

    All I saw was people eating shit. I guess now the picture quality of people eating shit makes it that much more brilliant. LOL That was a good one, miyamoto_musashi.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Dead Alive made me sick to my stomach.

    by sweeneydave

    Not because I was frowning in disapproval. But because the gore is just SO FREAKING EXCESSIVE. I totally understand that's the whole point, and I laughed lots at the cartoon absurdity of it. But I actually felt nauseous when it was all over. Bravo, Mr. Jackson.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Cinema Paradiso made me feel nostalgic of things

    by sweeneydave

    that I never experienced. Is there a word for that? Surely some psychologist has invented an adjective or verb or noun for that sort of thing.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    cherryvalance

    by AsimovLives

    Salo is an amazing and brillant movie. It's also not an easy movie to seat through, which is the point. It's not one of those "entertainment" movies. There's more to movies then just entertaiment, you know?

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Scream 4 and Fast Five were both completely awful!! Period!!

    by Tank Williams

    How could anyone try arguing that? I was shocked when Fast Five scored good reviews and everyone was glowing over it... WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Wait.... Harry didnt like Inception?

    by Tank Williams

    Why? Explain please.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    the reluctant austinite...1931???????? Nope.

    by MisterManReturns

    "The Jazz Singer" was 1927, but not a true "talkie," per se. July 6, 1928, the first all-talking feature, "Lights of New York," premiered. The last silent film was released in 1929.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Everybody in "Bosses" is white.

    by MisterManReturns

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    It ain't easy being Green (lantern)

    by Stalkeye

    DC/WB really dropped the ball on this snoozefest. Sure the first 10 mins during the extended cut added more to the otherwise borefest of a film, but when you have silly shit like Hot Wheelsesque race track (an obvious plug for Mattel who is responsible for marketing DC comic based toys.) a boring villian and a lame performance from Reynolds, it's a total waste of 100 minutes. The other saving grace would be the ending during the credits that involves Sinestro who should have been the main baddie in the first place. I'll put First Flight over this anyday. And that was an animated DTV film. Harry you are so "Jaded'.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Looking forward next week's release of Zombie blu

    by Stalkeye

    Zombie vs Shark in HD, Bitches.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction was QT's best ever.

    by Stalkeye

    Unpredictible? Hell yeah!! That scene with marcellas and Zed alone was the highlight WTF moment. (Straight outta left field as no one saw it coming.) The pacing and dialog especially from Samuel Jackson, helped to raise the bar when it came to Crime based dramas to the extent inspiring studios to release lame ass imitations: 5 Days in the Valley, Thursday and Things to do in Denver.. Unfortunately Quentin got a lil' beside himself with crap like Death Proof and to a lesser extent Inglorious basterds. here's to his finest work in cinematic history.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    DRAGONSLAYER, aside from the great Dragon puppet...

    by ZodNotGod

    Is a terrible movie. Watched again recently. Bad. Fast Five is fun,dumb fun. Green Lantern was the best superhero movie of the summer!!!!! As for the scumbag anti-semite who wrote this,----- "If anything maybe it opened some people's eyes to the last forty years of Hollowco$t propaganda bullcrap." by reportabuse I HOPE YOU BURN IN HELL!

  • YES! I remember, opening night and reading up on this expecting a good time and knowing some parts would offend the pantywaists and daffodils out there… Per usual with movies like this there is always a couple or pair of schmucks who walk in and you know they will not last till the end. The pair was the old married couple pushing 80 at least. Shuffle in acting like they had no clue what was going in. I wondered about these people and who do they pick a movie at random if words like FUCK offend them so. Once the F bombs were dropped and Sam Jackson was talking about a bloody maxie pad (or maybe it was before that?) they were done and got up in a huff….hahaha. I hate people like that. If you hate Pulp Fiction, you hate the history of cinema simple as that. Saying you hate it doesn't make you look smart or original, it makes you look like a clueless, ignorant douchebag.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    My favorite part of Lion King

    by jawaburger

    was in the "gag reel" part of the special features. When the monkey was holding up Simba on the big rock in the beginning, he tripped and dropped Simba over the edge.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Ben Hur Blu-Ray

    by david starling

    I know it wasn't reviewed in this weeks DVD/Blu-Ray reviews, but I thought I'd add an additional comment, especially for those who are considering it. After a while of waiting for a shop to stock it, my wife bought it for me off Ebay. I sat and watched the movie Tuesday night, and the extras last night. The quality of the transfer is just incredible!! I have the 4-disc DVD version, and it blows that out of the water. Dare I say it, but in addition to how the movie stands-up as a piece of entertainment (not only is it influential, but in this tired day and age, the film is somewhat contemporary - there is a reason why they haven't remade it, they don't have to!!), the quality gives the film a look and finish that feels like the movie was made yesterday. The extras are the DVD extras, but with a superb documentary with Charlton Heston's son added as well. I've heard people say "oh, this movie is a benchmark for your setup" - I have to say, if you want a benchmark movie for your Blu-Ray setup, or you want a decent movie to watch, and be amazed - still!! - buy, beg, or borrow Ben Hur!!

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Some extra thoughts:

    by david starling

    (1) I liked Green Lantern, and the packed Vue Cinema (on a rainy Friday night) liked it too. Yes, there are faults, but maybe the extended version can redress some of them. I'll be buying it. (2) Jackie Brown is a superb movie, and I feel it is the point where Tarantino learned to tell a tale, and let the audience follow the film, at their pace. Yes, there are the soundbites, but there's so much more to this film. I think the Kill Bill movies are okay, and Death Proof is awful (Inglourious Basterds was very good though!!), but Tarantino should be proud of Jackie Brown. (3) Fast Five is bloody fantastic!! A decent sequel, that may just make you revisit the others. Watch 1, 4 and 5, and you have a perfect trilogy. 2 and 3 are purely side-stories. (4) Dead Alive as you know it (Braindead here in the UK!!) is superb, a slice of Jackson that we haven't seen in eons. When he's done with Hobbits, I'd love to see him go back to his roots!! Because, after all, Derek's aren't scared!! (5) Perhaps it sounds ironic, but I have time for Terence Malick. He will challenge, infuriate, tease, and bore you even, but his tales always, always have a point!!

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I'm in the pro Pulp Fiction camp

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Best of the nineties and one of the most influential films of that decade. Right behind that I would place The Matrix. And I don't think it's overwritten at all. The dialogue sucks you into that world. The only QT film that I think suffers from being overwritten is Death Proof. There's a few scenes I would have done away with because the acting was a bit off. That said I still love the film. Basterds is a great film, it should have won best picture.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I'm a big Malick fan, but found Tree of Life extremely pretentious...

    by Rebel Scumb

    for all the reasons that people normally criticise his other films (which I don't agree with) Thin red line is in my top 10 of all time And I will say that Tree of Life is not bad for lack of ambition, and it's quite possibly the most beautifully shot film of all time, but the story was just a mess in my books.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Been waiting for Interstella 5555 on Blu Ray for years...

    by nostairway

    And now you tell me it sucks? Nooooooooooooo! I fucking love that movie and I'm surprised more people on this site don't talk about it. It's an animated movie set to the music of Daft Punk's Discovery album. There are no words, the music and the visuals tell the story and it's damn near perfect as far as I'm concerned. You can watch it out on You tube by song if you want to check it out, just make sure you start at the beginning.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    "Scream 4" is, indeed, pretty bad.

    by MisterManReturns

    I'm at the hour mark, and could not care less. I may actually do something that I never do - fast forward. "Yawn" sums it up, nicely...

  • But there it is.

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    the_choppah: "INCEPTION is every film."

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    No, it just seems that long. ;^) I picture Nolan dancing around singing "I'm every film! It's all in meeeeeeeeeeeee..."

  • Oct. 15, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    JACKIE BROWN is the "Jesus" of Harry's Blu Ray Collection

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    A film to savior.

  • Classic film.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Salo....

    by Jimmie Harp

    ...was INDESCRIBABLY boring!! I bought the old Criterion off of ebay a few years ago, and found the film ridiculous and extremely tedious. Most of what's supposed to be so contraversial was god-awful boring. And the "storyteller" bits? Ground the film to a dead halt.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Scream 2 was/is still the best film in the series....

    by TheFifthCylon

    ....but Scream 4 was awesome.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Fuck I was still waiting for tree of life to start in the theater.

    by UltraTron

    Guess it got so talked about I never noticed wether it was playing or not

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    if you don't like pulp fiction you..

    by UltraTron

    are a square.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern - I concur with Harry

    by david starling

    My biggest beef with Green Lantern in the cinema was the fact that the start of the film, with regards to Hal, was incredibly rushed, and didn't properly set things up for later on. I still found the film enjoyable, but still the fault marred the movie. With the proper introduction scene now put back into the movie, it adds purpose and dimension to the film, and makes the film a lot more satisfying. Yes, the film is slower, but the pace seems a lot more even. I still think Green Lantern has faults here and there, but its a good film, and better than Thor, of which I've seen on Blu-Ray recently, and of which seems a lot more plodding.

  • Oct. 18, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Scream Movies

    by Autodidact

    The first one is the only really good one. It's the only one that has any genuine scariness (or coolness).

  • Oct. 18, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Made a mistake in seeing Tree of Life not alone

    by Autodidact

    I tried to take someone to Tree of Life who I thought might find some beauty and meaning in it. Instead, by the time we'd gotten to the car afterwards, she'd already said the imagery was obviously all drug-induced and that, despite what I said, the movie had a totally traditional story. Being completely neurotic with a troublesome memory, I'll never be able to think of or watch Tree of Life again without the irritation caused by those two comments. This is why I choose to watch so many movies alone. Don't throw pearls before swine.

  • Oct. 18, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Choppah, that's not the definition of masterpiece

    by Autodidact

    A masterpiece is a work wherein every element is masterful, meaning it's done to the standards of a master. Pulp Fiction has masterful writing, direction, acting, music, lighting, set design and decoration, etc.. every element is masterful if you examine it outside personal tastes. This is why Pulp Fiction is inarguably a masterpiece. As is Forrest Gump.

  • That would be a masterpiece.

  • Oct. 18, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I really wanted to like Green Lantern. I tried. I really, really tried....

    by Dyslexic_Palindrome

    I didnt see it in the theater, because a friend of mine who saw it a week before told me it would break my heart. Im not a Reynolds hater, but I wasnt the biggest advocate for him either. He was good as Deadpool in that trainwreck of a Wolverine movie, and I truly think he would have been excellent as Wally West/The Flash. I was hoping the casting folks would have chosen Ben Browder for Hal Jordan. Sure, it wouldve been basically his third test pilot in a row.... fourth if you count the time he played Lee Majors in that Charlies Angels bio pic, but I could see Browder pulling it off. The easy choice is Nathan Fillion, but again, he's an easy choice and rightfully so. After watching the extended cut last night, I havent felt so.... blah.... about a film in dawg's age. If this film were any more cliche, it would be autonomic. I'm reminded of that line in Futurama where Zapp Brannigan gets in a fight with the Neutral Planet. He questions: "What makes a man go neutral?" I swear, I really wanted to like this film. I did. If I were giving it a thumbs up or thumbs down.... I would simply say: "Thumbs opposable" The film is just there.

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  • Oct. 20, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I hate the history of cinema then...

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    ...because I hate Pulp Fiction. I hear QT's irritating fucking voice in every "quirky" line of dialogue he writes. Gotta be one of the most annoying human beings on earth. I bet you loved "Juno" too.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Well played, maxcherry.

    by AlfordHitchcoke

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