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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - last 2 wks of Oct 2011: Samurai vs Demons, Clowns, Batman, Jack Sparrow, Captain America, The Guns of Navarone, ATTACK THE BLOCK, Coppola & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… I’ve been a helluva busy bastard recently. All manners of extra responsibilities, plus just the BNAT preps, Halloween Party preps… Screenings, etc. I really do want a vacation. I need one really bad right now. Not getting near enough rest. BUT – here’s the past two weeks of columns, catching us up! There’s just some frigging amazing titles on this edition. Enjoy!!! As usual the images and links take you to Amazon where you can purchase or learn more. If you do order through a link, a small portion of your price goes to help keep this column’s best efforts going. Been doing this for a decade now. Still my favorite column I’ve written. Here ya go…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

KURONEKO Criterion Blu Ray

Ok – it is fucking OCTOBER… the month of HORROR – and frankly… I kind of feel the pickings for horror should be stepped up a bit. That said… Criterion brings us a doozy! Many a good geek knows the name of Kaneto Shindo, the director of the legendary ONIBABA – which William Friedkin famously lays some of his inspiration for THE EXORCIST upon. The second I opened this up, I was ecstatic. This is Shindo’s Samurai vs Demon/Ghost flick – and it is atmospheric, scary and all kinds of evil. I love this movie… I love how the box – the figure in the middle will go negative image when you tilt it in the light. I love just how scary this movie is. I mean… riding on a dark road back in these Samurai days had to be curiously creepy affair… but when you’re going down a dark road to some ancient ruins… and there are demon ghosts that will rip the throats out of wandering samurai… well, it is scary. The film is creepy & genuinely spooky. So beautiful in black & white. Here’s what Criterion has for ya:
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan
New video interview with critic Tadao Sato
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and more!


Ok… ya say you love RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD… well, until you own this… that love is incomplete. You get Dan O’Bannon’s final interview, you hear from EVERYBODY! And really in many ways – this is what every film that anybody loves should have made about the film and the filmmakers. I know most of the folks that made this film, I’ve met most at conventions over the years and if nothing else – it’s nice to be able to put this one and remember conversations and good times. Suffice to say, it is absolutely terrific. Excellent October release!


This is one of those movies that I followed pathologically the making of. I had been reading James O’Barr’s CROW upon its release, was reading WIZARD, reading every issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY… back in the earliest days of the internet for me. There was no information online that I could see in those days. But I remember clearly driving with my father away from a gas station in the Hyde Park area having just read an article on the stand in Entertainment Weekly that was asking if THE CROW set was CURSED. I was telling Dad how I thought Brandon Lee would be the perfect Peter Parker for James Cameron and the news came over the radio that actor Brandon Lee was killed in a freak accident on the set of THE CROW. And I was devastated. I really did feel that BRANDON LEE was going to completely eclipse the film legacy of his father. I was so excited about that. The impossible tragedy hitting both father and son was devastating. BUT – I LOVE THE CROW. I find there’s days when I hit a funk that I can’t seem to shrug… I put THE CROW on to remind me, “It can’t rain all the time.” This Blu-Ray is gorgeous. Beautiful sight and sound. There’s a commentary with Alex Proyas, behind the scenes, a James O’Barr profile, deleted scenes, original poster concepts… all kinds of stuff. A really nice Blu!


Fellini’s CLOWNS is a purely fetish film for Fellini, who traces his fascination with clowns to its root, introducing us to many great Italian clowns. All of this is incredibly delightful, but what makes it truly magic is the score from Nino Rota! I’ve had the music for years, and it was only on the old DVD release that I finally saw the film. This was shot for Italian TV by Fellini – and it was done with so much love that it defies the box it was made for with today’s Blu Ray release. Truly wonderful film.


Here’s a film that I saw at Fantastic Fest 2010, when Alex De La Iglesia came for its U.S. Premiere! I fell madly in love with the film. What you have here is fine mad art at its most purely cinematic way. There’s so many of Iglesia’s established passions upon the screen that it can be a bit much for those unfamiliar with Iglesia’s influences – which range from Stan Lee’s days of writing SPIDER-MAN, to German Expressionism and how it led to Universal Horror’s style… There’s a love of Circus, a love for a particularly dark era in SPAIN’s history – in which this film is set. It is constructed exactly like a MARVEL comic from the 1960’s… Only it is set mainly in the early 70’s near the end of Franco’s rule. Instead of being focused on the history, he decides to reflect upon the horrors of the era – while being focused on a twisted story of a Sad clown and a Happy Clown. The Sad Clown is kind of our hero. If you know your SPIDER-MAN – you’ll relish in how Iglesia has redressed a rather powerful storyline from Spidey’s life. I love it. The film is a historical satire horror hero flick. Brilliantly done in a style that plays like DePalma doing Hitchcock – but at Iglesia’s peak! The movie is stunning on Blu Ray. If you love this – check out 800 BULLETS and DAY OF THE BEAST as soon as possible!


Absolutely love this DC universe direct to BluRay animated adaptation of the brilliant Frank Miller YEAR ONE comic. BATMAN: YEAR ONE is why I’ve never quite been completely head over heels for Nolan’s BATMAN BEGINS. It takes a lot from it, but isn’t nearly as great a tale as this one. Watching this film, I longed to see Gary Oldman playing this Gordon. Like NEW FRONTIERS – I’m finding these direct adaptations of classic DC works to be the most satisfying work they’ve done. I mean, if I got to Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – done in that style – as hard and as brutal as that book… Or Brian Bolland’s KILLING JOKE adapted in that visual style animated. You’re talking about possibly my favorite media products I’ve yet to buy. I’d just go nuts. I’ve watched BATMAN: YEAR ONE with multiple groups of friends. Watching it and spending a couple hours talking about how the animated BATMAN is still our favorite version of him. This is a very hard PG-13… you would have to be careful showing this to young children. This is more adult BATMAN. I’m grateful for that. The Paul Dini scripted CATWOMAN is such a light awesome little bit of titillation. I still long to see a Dini scripted live-action BATMAN and Manbat or Clayface or JOKER story. His BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY is currently blowing minds in the gaming world and it is absolutely in no small part due to Dini’s gift with the character. One day, someone in power at Warner will realize this. I hope.


Not as spectacular as the three previous versions. Coming up especially short next to the second film which visually is an epic with very few parallels in summer ILM whizbang. This version seemed almost cheap by comparison. I like it, like I like the least favorite Hope & Crosby ROAD TO movies. I still like the characters, but this isn’t a very well thought out film. It is a jumbled mess in many respects… but Jack Sparrow thrills me. And always will, I feel. I just hope before they do any future PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN adventures – that they nail a great script – with a great visual director. I like Rob Marshall musicals. This, not nearly as much.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4-Movie Collection Blu-Ray

If you have somehow not acquired the Gore Verbinski trilogy – here’s a chance to pick all 3 of those exquisite Blu Rays and this new one – all in a really truly exceptionally geeky pirate looking edition. 15 discs. Warning though – the image of the box is deceptive, the disc holder – that coin is actually paper and not a great Aztec Cursed Blu-Ray Holder, but a paper version. But the chest is pretty cool. Little cheesy, not sure if it’s worth the $169 price tag.


This CLONE WARS animated series has really blossomed into something special. Really defining Star Wars for a young generation of kids that were raised in a post-Prequel society. More than that, in some ways – this CLONE WARS series is informing and giving addition nuance to a story that seemed to be missing the dream of THE CLONE WARS in its grander sense. This show is in someways what some of us dreamt of. I highly suggest picking these 3 seasons on Blu Ray up. Well this is just Season 3, but you should check out Season 1 and 2.


I really enjoyed BAD TEACHER… I do have a thing for Cameron Diaz – there’s no denying that I’ve been entranced since THE MASK – then her magical swirling ass… but here I got to imagine a Bad Teacher version of her. Just imagining being a kid in her class… epic. The stories we would’ve had. The crushes. But really, it’s the ensemble of this movie that wins me over. So many funny… off… teachers. Plus, I like Jason Segel. He effortlessly makes me laugh, while liking him. Can’t wait to see THE MUPPETS.


Love this movie. Gregory Peck’s Mallory combines with his Atticus to be my two favorite roles from this great actor. But here… Having to work side by side with a man that has sworn a blood oath to kill you, played by a brilliant Anthony Quinn… who is only your best possible ally, because he wants to kill Nazis more than anything… Their relationship is BRILLIANTLY conceived and executed. But then you have David Niven – whom I just worship in this movie. He is one of the greatest whiney bitch characters in film history. His self-righteous indignation at Mallory captivates me. This is the definitive MAN ON A MISSION film. It has never been and never will be better. At least in the way this film hits me. The Dmitri Tiomkin score is one of my favorite scores ever. I find myself humming it often. This was STAR WARS for an entire generation of kids. I loved the GUNS OF NAVARONE playset… and often had my STAR WARS figures scaling it to Jedi those Nazi guns! This disc is one that feels like required ownership. The transfer is genius. The extras… well look:
The Greek Resistance
The Old School Wizardry of The Guns of Navarone
World War II and the Greek Islands
The Real World of Guns of Navarone
The Navarone Effect
Military Fact or Fiction
Commentary with Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin
Commentary with Director J. Lee Thompson
Forging the Guns of Navarone: Notes from the Set
Ironic Epic of Heroism
Epic Restoration Featurette
A Heroic Score
Narration-free Prologue
Roadshow Intermission
Memories of Navarone Retrospective Documentary
Message from Carl Foreman
Great Guns Original Featurette
No Visitors Featurette
Honeymoon on Rhodes
Two Girls On The Town Original Featurette


Contrary to most of the online critics that attended Sundance, that hated this film with a burning hate that I frankly can’t understand. Kevin Smith’s RED STATE won the top prize at the prestigious Sitges film festival, the finest Genre film festival in the world. That isn’t something to take lightly. They don’t traditionally suck up to the unworthy. I was constantly surprised by the directions the film took. I had purposefully not read any advance reviews, wanting to make up my own mind. I first saw the film on PPV on Time Warner Cable, but checked out by Blu Ray about a week ago. It’s a completely different direction for Kevin… and I like it a lot. Michael Parks is incredible. John Goodman kills me in this. The 3 boys… Awesome. The Church? Over the top, crazier than crazy? Yup, but that’s the sort of exploitation film this is. The name alone tells you that. This is a dangerous satiric Kevin Smith. I’m happy his gamble paid off – and I hope this success has reinvigorated the gloriously cantankerous one – because I for one will always give him a fair shot. He’s yet to shit in my face.


For the longest time, this was the Scorsese film that the most serious Scorsese geeks would get into drunken brawls over. I have always sided with Marty on this one. I love how this isn’t really a remake of CAPE FEAR, but a combination of CAPE FEAR and NIGHT OF THE HUNTER… at least as goes the character of Max Cady – who is one of the great DeNiro characters for me. I just get such a kick out this performance. When he’s the sexual predator in this movie… whether it is with Juliette Lewis or Jessica Lange or Illeana Douglas… he scares the bat shit out of the Congress Avenue bridge. He makes you not want to have children, for fear that they could meet someone like Cady. On the otherhand, how the Simpson’s parodied Deniro with Sideshow Bob in that classic Simpson’s episode… Well, it made me love Scorsese all the more. I love Mitchum and Peck’s roles, I love the reorchestration of the brilliant masters’ score by Elmer Bernstein… I feel Scorsese made an incredibly powerful and cinematically delicious retelling of the great J. Lee Thompson original. It celebrates the theatrical side of movies. Rather than today’s obsession with some level of mediocre reality, rather than the grandeur of theatricality – which can only exist in films this drunk in love with cinema. Damn. Now I find myself wanting to rewatch the HUGO trailer!


This is a fascinating look inside The New York Times during the amazingly difficult modern times that face Newspapers and Old Media. Loved this documentary. If you’re curious how the chronicler of the modern world will survive – this gives you a good idea. I believe in the institution of the New York Times. It is still a daily read for me.


Ya know. Sometimes nostalgia isn’t enough. I kind of hate Reb Brown fiercely in the role. He’s just… he reminds me of Will Ferrell’s Dubya. He has that sort of fierce intellect and powers of articulation. These are only really watchable as a fascinating document about how far we’ve come. Why did I lose my mind for Joe Johnston’s… it’s because I grew up having seen these.


For a little over $61 bucks – you get the robot series which represented why I never fully loved TRANSFORMERS the cartoon. ROBOTECH was just so much better. Here you get the whole shebang. All of it. All 85 episodes. LOTS OF EXTRAS… all new. Now – I would really love zero responsibilities for like 4 solid days so I could just redevour it all – consecutively. If you’ve never discovered it. It’s a lot to digest, but well worth it. This is the epic live action series I’d love to see translated in a badass way to our screens. Sigh. One day. Hopefully, the memory will not be raped.


Want to see a 5 star brilliant fucking crime film? Something better than this year’s DRIVE – and I love that film. THE ROBBER is a German film by Benjamin Heisenberg with an absolutely riveting performance by Andreas Lust – who plays a paroled criminal that dedicated himself to running in Prison. Is released to take up a dual career as brilliant marathon runner and a brilliant bank robber – that pulls off robberies that you won’t believe the balls of. This director and this movie represent my favorite kind of discovery in this column. A movie with an interesting cover. One that I had heard praise of, but when I saw it. I stopped everything, turned off the computer, turned the ringer off my phone and just became wholly absorbed by the cinema of this movie. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE! Seriously. It is just amazing.


This was Jonathan Liebesman’s first film. Since then he’s done the second modern take on THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING and BATTLE LOS ANGELES. I never saw his THE KILLING ROOM, but he’s hard at work on CLASH OF THE TITANS sequel, WRATH OF THE TITANS. I’ve no idea what to think of that. I’m hoping for the best. BATTLE: LA was a lot of fun to watch, but I found myself wanting a better drawn out group of characters and story… but enjoyed it for what it was. That’s sort of how I feel about Jonathan’s first film, DARKNESS FALLS. I don’t find it offensively awful. In fact, there is fun to be had on it. Also, I know Liebesman had some tumultuous studio involvement on this film… Also, it was one of those ill-advised over dependent on CG movies from 2003… when bad CG was – unwatchable. Oddly now, looking at it, I found myself ignoring the lack of quality of the vfx, instead concentrating on the intention of the scenes – and I had fun with the film. By no means is it great. It is absurdly silly and constantly redefines its own rules. The ending will probably piss you off. But funky films serve to get me passionate when I’m watching them with a friend. So that’s why I enjoy having this otherwise forgettable film. It’s a C-grade film that I know how to have fun with. Perhaps you’ll be the same.


The former head of MGM’s advertising… who was lampooned in INDEPENDENCE DAY by Emmerich and Devlin… well, he directed this excretable waste of time. FUCKING UNWATCHABLE. Except, I did. It hurt. It has not one saving grace. Total crap. Somewhere Dean is smiling.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


I’ve watched it 4 times now. Once with commentary. You know the scene immediately after Cap’s transformation? That chase? Hearing how it was shot is kind of crazy awesome – especially when you realize how well it all came together. But more than anything, this is a total COMFORT FILM for me. I watch it and the boy that grew up on 16mm projected movie serials – that my father and his group of friends collected… well this is the dream of those. The 21st Century version. This is an introductory film, that gives the highlights over the course of a war. Any single mission would have made a great film, if fully expanded and realized. The recent announcement that the upcoming Cap sequel will take place wholly in the modern world has sort of depressed me a bit. I’m anxious to see how that plays out, I’m sure we’re gonna love Evans in AVENGERS. But honestly, I’d love nothing more than fully realized single missions during WWII. We’ll see. If Disney/Marvel is smart – Cap will become their James Bond. Doing long series with each actor to play the part. Each time, finding a new tone and manner to tell his tales. That’s my hope. Oh – and the Marvel One Shot: “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THOR’S HAMMER” is awesome. And get ready to achieve geekwood over the AVENGERS tease on here.

JURASSIC PARK Ultimate Trilogy Blu Ray

This is a set to splurge on. I love these three films. 2 & 3 are not as great as the original, but then as much as I love these films – I’ve always wanted to see James Cameron’s take, as the reins to this series were originally up for grabs between these two. Cameron would’ve gone digital on this, he was headed there full steam ahead. Ultimately, what makes me love Spielberg’s take is his ability to make me in awe of the dinosaurs. Seriously. I’m a dinosaur freak. I even love dinosaur movies when they glue fins to iguanas, so this shit? Yeah, I’m there. Favorite Dinosaur movie is still the 1933 KING KONG. But there’s no denying the beauty of these Dinos. I saw a beautiful 35mm print of JURASSIC PARK at the recent Mondo Mystery Movie event that had Phil Tippett there to play with us. And ya know. This Blu-ray has what sure seems to be a sharper, more crisp image. Beautiful transfers. Great extras. That just never stop. And here you get a great statue ta boot! Those extras? Here – swim:

Bonus Features Digital Copy of all three films (offer expires 12/31/12)

Return to Jurassic Park: Six-part documentary featuring all-new interviews with directors Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston plus cast and crew

Archival Featurettes

The Making of All 3 Jurassic Park Films

Original Featurettes on the Making of the Films

Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park

Hurricane in Kauai Featurette

The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton

The Compie Dance Number: Thank You Steven Spielberg From ILM

The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III

The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III

The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel

The Sounds of Jurassic Park III

The Art of Jurassic Park III

Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs

Behind the Scenes

Early Pre-Production Meetings

Location Scouting


Before and After the Visual Effects

Foley Artists


Tour of Stan Winston Studio

A Visit to ILM

Spinosaurus Attacks the Plane

Raptors Attack Udesky

The Lake

Production Archives: Production Photographs, Design Sketches, Illustrations, Conceptual Paintings, Models, The World of Jurassic Park, The Magic of ILM, Posters and Toys

Deleted Scenes

Jurassic Park: Making the Game

Jurassic Park III Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team

Theatrical Trailers

Blu-ray Exclusives

BD-Live: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more

My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes

Pocket BLU App: Experience an exciting new way with the app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and now enhanced for iPad



Disney’s latest 2D animated wonder was sacrificed beneath the great stone that was the release of the final HARRY POTTER, which blinded an audience that really is starved for great family entertainment theatrically speaking… This is a FALL or SPRING film. Not in the summer, not as counterprogramming for the cultural event for a generation of folks. WINNIE THE POOH is sublime. Beautiful and hypnotic – making you smile and be wistful. Bliss. GORGEOUS on BLU!


I can not wait to watch this. I don’t have this disc yet. But I can’t watch to work while watching it on repeat some night soon. ATTACK THE BLOCK is an R-rated modern day tribute to the great 80’s style horror adventures. The film is incredibly smart. Having the intensity of something like ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 – mixed with the insanity of the best child endangerment films. Moses is one of the great heroes of cinema this year. Watch the film and discover his heroism. One of the great anti-hero character arcs in modern movie history. So great. The disc comes with 3 commentaries and a lot of fun extras it looks like. A definite high priority pick up for the day!


One of the shining jewels of classic horror! Paramount made a very disturbing & perverse telling of H.G. Wells’ classic literary work. Charles Laughton is amazing. Richard Arlen is put to the test and comes up amazing in the movie. But by far, my favorite aspect of this film is the monster make-up. There’s some stunningly surreal and powerful old school make up creations throughout this film. It takes almost all the right lessons that horror on film had given us to that point. Bela Lugosi’s makeup is one of my very favorite make-ups in cinema history. I actually bought my father a beautiful painting of Lugosi in this makeup – we’ve quoted this movie at one another my entire life. Knowing that DEVO does the same, made me immensely proud of how awesome my Dad was to have this be one of those incredibly early films in my life. Plus. You must form an obsession for the Panther Lady! She’s… AMAZING! Criterion has great new video interviews on here. Like the conversation between John Landis, Rick Baker and Bob Burns. Or the interviews with DEVO’s Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, who believe without this film – we would have no DEVO! Then there’s Richard Stanley’s interview which tells an amazing tale of his own journey to this island. Criterion goes above and beyond on this great horror classic! DISCOVER THIS FILM.


Want to see a great film? A movie of such fine craftsmanship as to instantly make you a bit depressed by the offerings we have in the days we live today? That’s Francis Ford Coppola’s CONVERSATIO. A masterful film. Just exquisite. THE CONVERSATION was, for the longest time, an impossible to get movie. Coppola owned the film, so it hardly ever showed up in TV packages… So frustrated did I get back in the early 90s – that I bought a beautiful 16mm film print, that I’ve used to introduce the film to many of my local friends. No longer. This Blu Ray is beautiful – and the sound design? WOW. An auditory delight. This is a great great BluRay – these extras are wonderful:

Interview with director Francis Ford Coppola and composer David Shire - NEVER- BEFORE-SEEN

Discussion with Francis For Coppola about his early film exercise, "No Cigar" - NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN

“Harry Caul's San Francisco” featurette - NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN

Archival screen tests with Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams – NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN

Archival footage of Francis Ford Coppola dictating the original script – NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD

Archival on-set interview with Gene Hackman

“Close-up on THE CONVERSATION” featurette

Audio commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola

Audio commentary with editor Walter Murch

Theatrical trailer


If you’re getting ATTACK THE BLOCK… then I must insist that you pick up RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE – a film of incredible ambition. Tonally it feels like a really scary Johnny Quest episode involving wild feral Santas. This is one of those Great genre films that popped up at Fantastic Fest 2010. In fact it was Father Geek’s favorite film from that year’s fest. He saw it twice. Both times, I had to be introducing conflicting screenings with Q&As. So I didn’t discover it until the distributor sent me a screener earlier this year and yeah. I totally get it. Father Geek is absolutely right. There’s aspects of THE THING, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and a ton of shit that I just don’t have a reference for. As for why to own this on BluRay? It is a stunningly beautifully shot and presented film. Action, Horror, Christmas… for the Weird out there – this will become a classic in your household… This is the new CULT CHRISTMAS CLASSIC!


Ok animation aficionados, here ya go… the first 37 theatrical TOM & JERRY cartoons… uncensored and mastered in the pristine beauty of 1080p! Your support of a set like this will eventually get all the truly great cartoons out, no matter what they had in them. If you’ve only ever known the bullshit Tom & Jerry of TV afternoons… Be prepared to be stunned. First the animation is amongst the most beautiful cartoon work of this variety. Tom is bloodthirsty. They get close to ITCHY & SCRATCHY in their ferocity. I love this era of TOM & JERRY – especially the Pac-Man eyes with the Green version of TOM. So manic and scary. Love him! Buy this for everyone! Great Christmas present that promises to warp in the positive ways!

BARNEY MILLER: Complete Series

Here’s 4,440 minutes of Barney Miller – the great show starring Hal Linden! The coolest cop ever. Seriously. The show ran from 1974-1982 and was constantly a fixture of conversations in my youth. My parents dug the Greenwich Village Police Captain, and they weren’t usually fond of the Fuzz. As they were radicalized by well, THE MAN. Barney Miller was most definitely not THE MAN, but simply a cool as hell cat! This is pretty much the way to have this show! In addition to all of BARNEY MILLER – you get the spin-off 1st season of FISH, plus the original unaired Pilot! SHOUT! Does great work again!


If you listened to me, you didn’t buy the bad Blu Ray – and you held off for the Criterion like I advised you to do. If so, your happy day is today! Richard Linklater knocked it out of the park with this… I’m still waiting for Linklater’s long gestating College film that is supposed to be a thematic sequel of sorts to this. Alas, I’ll believe it when I see it. Knowing Richard as we do, he could be shooting it right now. He’s a sneaky one that guy is. If you need convincing of this edition’s superiority, here’s what Criterion is giving you:

High-definition digital transfer of the director's cut

Audio commentary by Linklater

Making Dazed, a fifty-minute documentary by Kahane Corn

Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage

Footage from the ten-year anniversary celebration

Audition footage and deleted scenes

Original theatrical trailer

Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Kent Jones and more!


This is one of those flicks that reminded me why I love martial arts movies so much. This was my favorite genre as a kid. I found the best Martial Arts films showed the folly of a violent life and the value of being righteous. That the bastards that took only the violent lessons of Martial Arts were corrupted by the power it gave them. While those of the true faith… they could weather starvation, torment and torture – with great calm. The application of the Shaolin lessons are applicable to all things in life. Inner peace is something that allows you to be invincible to many of life’s barbs. This is something reinforced in this fantastic martial arts epic. This film has a GREAT Jackie Chan character… who uses COOKING FU! OUTSTANDING! Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse are essentially Sith Lords to the Shaolin Jedi – the their character arc is – well – awesome! HIGHLY RECOMMEND to lovers of the genre!


A Masterpiece. Unrated. For extreme cult cinema lovers only. It’s likely to burn rage into everyone else. Watch IRREVERSIBLE first – if you can’t take that, you should probably stay away from this. This is where the line is drawn for many film goers of more delicate natures. Personally – the offending scenes – just don’t appear realistic to me. The knowledge that every penis is rubber – and all sex is simulated. Well, that just doesn’t cut it for some. Be wary. This is more intense than most can take. Highly Recommended to those that get it.


The original BBC miniseries based upon John Le Carre’s great Spy story. Spy geeks love this! Alec Guinness’ George Smiley is something I’m looking forward to discovering soon. My best friend, RoRo, highly recommended this to me, when we were talking about wanting to see the new version, which has Gary Oldman in the Alec Guinness role. This has a 20 minute interview with the great spy author! Can’t wait for this to arrive!


I’ve ordered this on the word of my Best Friend. If in the future you hear me refer to him as a Dear Friend, you’ll know why. Just kidding. Alan Rickman is in this – as is Michael Gough and Ian Richardson. It is a sequel mini-series based upon Le Carre’s follow-up book. This is the first time either of these series have been offered on DVD in the U.S. I imagine to the delight of its many fans. Look forward to joining them in admiration soon.


Beware – this film is very rapey. I know some of you can’t stand that – but this is a brutal film about the infamous “Rape of Nanking”. I’ve always heard that phrase and thought it was metaphorically used. I never read up on it. After watching this film. Wow. When the Japanese army conquered Nanking, they really did drop all humanity it seems. This is a real life horrors of war story unlike any I’ve seen before. This Chinese production is a very angry and powerful film. Wasn’t really expecting it to be the film it was. Truly a masterpiece.


Here’s a film that I’ve heard about for a long time, but have never had the opportunity to view until now. I’m wildly fascinated by the Lady Bathory stories – that have given so much awesome inspiration to the Lesbian Vampire films over cinema history. That Julie Delphy wrote, directs and stars in her own adaptation of this tale… I’m fascinated. William Hurt co-stars!


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  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Batman: Year One

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Yeah, I was disappointed with Batman Begins compared to BYO, too. I still would've loved to have seen what Aronofsky and Miller would've done with it way back when.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Cape Fear was Bernstein

    by Dublin579

    Hi Harry, It was actually the great Elmer Bernstein who adapted the classic Cape Fear score. Elfman did the honours for Psycho. :)

  • I love the graphic novel but seeing the adaptation really showed up what DIDN'T work in a movie form. Nolan made some really intelligent decisions with Begins. If Year One had had a direct translation to the screen it would have been cringe-worthy. Among others: Gordon being a Green Beret beating hardman; the bat bursting through the window; Gotham's famous son putting some scar makeup on as a streetwalking disguise; Wayne leaping across buildings to keep up with a car chase; the fact that it is set over a year is great on the page, but would be disastrous on screen. And this is coming from a big fan of the comic. It's like Alan Moore has always said - they really are two different mediums, and have to be approached differently to get them to work. I loved the comic, liked the cartoon, but am damn glad it never made it to live action.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    This week has a lot of interesting releases

    by KilliK

    to the bat-warez robin.

  • No, he wouldn't have. No disrespect intended, but he was a so-so actor/action star in an already crowded market, doing shit like "Big Trouble in Little Tokyo". Bruce Lee, while not making too many movies, was THE action icon of the 70s.

  • Gaspar Noe is an artist, and IRREVERSIBLE goes from extreme ugliness to a work of great beauty in it's final moments. The SERBIAN film-makers are more about cheap shock tactics. I believe it IS a better movie than many will give it credit if for, but it can never be considered great.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    DARKNESS FALLS is complete fucking shit

    by melonman

    THE KILLING ROOM was probably LIEBESMAN's best movie, in that it's vaguely watchable. But after BATTLE: LOS ANGELES this guy's name on a movie is going to seriously make me think twice about seeing it.

  • Released about the same time, starring 2 brothers who basically look the same. DAZED is pretty much perfect though.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    WINNIE THE POOH is one of the best movies of the year

    by melonman

    Seriously. It really is.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Clone wars seasons 3 was

    by Tomarru

    It was hit and miss, lots of one offs. The maul clone was cool, neesons cameo was cool and there were a number of good episodes at the start and end of the season. However it wus full of fluff episodes that just sat on the stagnant political issues that made little sense in the conext of what was going on and had nothing else to offer to offset the mononoty of the convoluted crap they were trying to weave. Also, the couple of episodes that neeson was in did as much damage to the mystery of the force as medichlorines did. They were also full of awfully written dialogue and poor plot points. I'd say the season was 70% good 30% bad. Although it is by far better than the awful start to season 4. There has been nothing this season except relying on the worst pillars of the franchise. Droid episodes, jar jar episodes, cutsey new races, a 2 parter that felt like a michael bay movie with just walls of crap blowing up and no real heart.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    I really do want a vacation. I need one really bad right now. Not getting near enough rest.

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Jesus, Harry, at least the other writers on this site don't bitch. They may not acknowledge that their entire lives are a vacation and rest. Some of us out there have to get out of bed every day at 4:30 A.M. and go bust our asses working in the elements with a Chicago winter looming before us. You need rest? Your fucking job is sitting on your fat ass watching movies, or sitting on your fat ass writing about a movie you watched, or sitting on your fat ass setting up a screening at which you'll sit on your fat ass and watch a movie. Now Harry, I've taken shots at you before just like everyone else, mostly playful jabs regarding your complete and utter lack of literacy, and it's always been in fun. But don't come on here and whine about how tough and tiring your fucking gravy train ride is. It's insulting to those of us that have to actually work for a fucking living.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Cape Fear and Schindler’s List

    by CooperZeus

    I had a friend who was working for the American Film Institute when Cape Fear was released. He scored me tickets to an early screening of the film with Scorsese in attendance. Marty spoke before the film and he told us that he was originally working on Schindler’s List and Spielberg was working on the Cape Fear remake. Marty realized that after the controversy he went through with The Last Temptation of Christ that perhaps he needed to do something more accessible. He and Spielberg ended up trading projects. He compared Cape Fear to The Color of Money-a studio film aimed at reaching a wide audience. And then he begged us to return to the AFI the following night for a rare screening of a Technicolor nitrate print of Pressburger and Powell’s Black Narcissus.

  • Though, Scorcese had trouble with the broader elements of the CAPE FEAR script written specifically for Spielberg. Spielberg/Amblin greenlit a rewrite for Scorcese, which focused more on the family issues. That's what Wesley Strick says in the disc extras, anyway. Very nice looking Blu-ray, even with all those *Spielberg skies*.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Bye, bye, cash.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    *Scorsese (always misspell his name)

    by justmyluck

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Barney Miller

    by Truxton Spangler

    also has one of the great TV theme songs...and Abe Vigoda.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    So Red State didn't get a wide release and went straight to video?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Stick a fork in him, Smith is done. Those who argue that he made his money back on this film with that traveling speaking tour, people paid the 65 bucks to hear him speak...that's his loyal fanbase which is steadily dwindling. But it's not an accurate box office. Its like if Sharon Stone gave blowjobs for 65 dollars as part of the entrance fee to see her latest film, that shouldnt be included in the box office figures.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    I know the Godfathers and Apocalypse Now are considered

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    his masterpieces, but I'll always think of The Conversation as the film that Coppola combined all his visual and audio talents into one brilliant whole. Last week, some posters were commenting that Carpenter's The Thing was a perfect film. It's one of my favorites, for sure, but I'd say THIS is a perfect film, from start to finish. And a film that no studio would touch today, I'm sure.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Why are 'Fucking Unwatchable' movies always 'pick of the week'?

    by truedog67

    Is it for their terribleness???

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Serbian Film on blu ray - beaks won't be leaving the house

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • did we really need (what seemed) like a ten minute sermon from the Parks character telling us what a religious nut (along with his faithful) he is? Nice to see Kevin Pollak..for a bit.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    they were radicalized by well, THE MAN.

    by Mo_Rephus

    Uh, hunh. Yeah, they weren't responsible for their own actions or choices. That was all someone else's fault. Of course. Nothing's ever anyone's own fault. It's always someone else to blame, isn't it? Harry, I'd say you seriously need to work on not only your grammar, but you REALLY need to use spell checker. Desperately. Now. If you had the teachers I had, you'd fail 9th grade English.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by jpdisco

    I'm sorry, but a masterpiece? Really? It was boring, badly made, shocking for shockings sake rubbish. Seven Samurai is a Masterpiece. The Virgin Spring is a Masterpiece. Close Encounters of The Third Kind is a Masterpiece. A Serbian Film really isn't a Masterpiece. It's barely even a piece.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I'll watch that ROBBER movie

    by Spandau Belly

    Looks cool, but Harry recommending it doesn't bode well.

  • I'm all for fascist dictators taking it in the ass as they pray to Shiva to let them lie... but newborn baby sodomizing is where i cross the line.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    re: Captain America. Did you know JOSS WHEDON WORKED ON THAT?!?

    by tonagan

    That's what Herc says.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    EW didnt give two shits about THE CROW until Lee's death


    Then he got the cover..

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I was hoping for mention of "The People VS GEorge Lucas"

    by BlaGyver

    Actually pretty excited about that flick.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    And NO mention of the Blu Ray release of Fulci's Zombie?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    A travestry wrapped in shame.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by homer40

    I'm no fan of Rob Marshal, frankly I hate his musicals with a bloody passion. It isn't that I hate musicals, I just think his movies suck. Chicago was watchable, but just didn't have the life of the Broadway show. Dreamgirls was, I thought, one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It was just awful. That being said, I really liked his Pirates movie. Yea, like all of them, it is twenty minutes too long, but it was one of the most enjoyable stupid summer films. I think it was the right move to focus more on Depp. Having him basically a secondary character in II and III was a bad idea. And Pelelope Cruz just looked so fucking cute in her pirate outfit.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The Conversation

    by homer40

    This was the movie that Coppola got to make in exchange for Godfather II, which he had no interest in. It is a favorite, just perfectly made. I still think GFII is a better film.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Cape Fear

    by homer40

    Cape Fear was a blast. Yea, do I wish Scorsese would focus more on artistic works than straight ahead genre exercises? Of course I do, but Cape Fear just worked. It was a genuinely harrowing experience.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Captain America

    by homer40

    I loved this movie. It was, for me, sort of a sequel/remake of The Rocketeer. Invokes the same feelings. I agree with Harry that it is a comfort film, the cinematic equivalent of meatloaf with mashed. The thing is, done well, meatloaf is delicious.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Dazed and Confused

    by homer40

    I never liked this movie. So shoot me. I think Freaks and Geeks did a better job of re-creating the high school experience.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Its 2011--when are we getting a widescreen INNOCENT BLOOD?


    DVD..Blu...i don't give a shit..just bring it!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Winnie the Pooh

    by homer40

    I watched this last weekend. Loved the Zoe Daschanell music, and the film was very pretty, but you know what, I think Pooh works better as a short, which is how Disney presented him. I will say that the compilation film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, worked very well, particularly the ending, which Walt never got to make. That final scene on the bridge, as Christopher Robin moves from childhood to young adulthood, well, if you can get through that without bawling, then you are more of a man than me.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Harry, *really* important question about TTSS

    by Phimseto

    The American DVD release a few years ago reflected the American broadcast - which was edited and reordered from seven episodes into six. I've always wanted to have a copy of the original British broadcast. Do you know if that's what we have here or is it just a rerelease of the American version?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Also, re: Smiley's People

    by Phimseto

    Don't get too excited about Alan Rickman's role - it's very "blink and you'll miss it." About the only good part of it is that he looks exactly like Hans Gruber in it, so if you pretend that that's who he secretly is, then the five seconds he is on screen will make the experience more fun.

  • How he watches it over and over again and how he tries to re-enact the horrific atrocities of the first film in real life with real children. Oh, and it should be shot in B & W and AICN can promote the crap out of it.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by KilliK


  • This gets the Faint Praise of the Year Award.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Robotech and Clone Wars

    by jawaburger

    I swear I bought the complete Robotech series a few years ago that had 6 discs of special features including the first few episodes of a season they never finished and a Robotech movie. Don't need to buy that again (Love the show). Clone Wars is enjoyable, but the case for season 3 is a standard bluray case. It is not the sweet book case like the first two seasons. Way to stay consistent. Pirates 4 sucked ass! I dozed off during it.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Batman: Year One

    by Bass Ackwards

    Frankly I don't get the love for these adaptations, they take great comic stories, condense and edit them to shit and turn the artwork into cheap WB animation, we're just getting shorter, crappier looking versions of stories we already love. That aside, the Batman voice sucked in year one. I don't know if it was his fault, I feel like he was directed to try and sound like a robot, weird pauses and no weight/gravitas. Bryan Cranston, animated or not, makes and would make for a great Gordon though.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Brilliantly done in a style that plays like DePalma doing Hitchcock

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    DePalma doing Hitchcock? Wow, that's something I'd like to see ha ha. So basically, the movies style is just straight up early DePlama style cuz that's all he did early on was emulate Hitchcock.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Island of Lost Souls Criterion

    by AlibyebyeEssmob

    Truly a great adaptation of the great Wells novel. I can't wait to pick that up.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Fuck that! For my money LOST WORLD is the Beard's finest Dino-film.


    I understand the sense of awe and wonder is not present but it doesnt need to be..TLW is a thrill ride like TEMPLE OF DOOM was a rollercoaster of a flick..the set pieces are just as good as JP and there are more plentiful. The plot holes and logical questions were tightened in the sequel as well, and the FX were improved. Score--much more menacing and thematic than the first one, which basically was two themes on repeat.. There's a hero and a tied and true villain for this one as well..someone we can root cant fuck with him

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Hey, at least Into The Night is available in anamorphic WS -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    another overlooked Landis goodie.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    @dancetothebeatofthelivingdead You're an idiot

    by Candice

    You're seriously suggesting that the only people who "work" are people who are outside doing construction of some kind? So anyone who does "work" with their brain isn't "working"? Scientists, computer programmers, doctors, writers, etc. are not doing work because they are able to do their jobs while seated? Please don't advertise your stupidity using technology that someone invented while sitting down.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Harry Harry Harry

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    You know brother, it's somewhat ridiculous just how much you infuse yourself into your reviews. Not to get too specific but according to your reviews and memories that you've shared you're not 39-40, you're 25 - 50 all at once. I mean, I remember when Taxi Driver came out on BluRay you went on and on and on about how vivid your memory of seeing it on the big screen upon its release with your dad. You went on about how much it affected you and how you understood immediately that it was a new dawn for cinema and how much you identified with not only the movie, but Travis himself at times. Pretty deep for a three year old. This latest claim, however, is just ridiculous. The only thing we had seen Brandon Lee in when The Crow started production was that shitty little cheesy Dolph Lundgren movie, Showdown in Little Tokyo, I think? In that film he was as wooden as a 2 X4, terrible actor who displayed not one iota of his father's charisma or physical prowess. All you had seen of The Crow was photos of the make-up. Yet, based on that you knew that he was to surpass Bruce fucking Lee? Come the fuck on, bro

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Dude, just tell us this is a bi-weekly column!

    by SoylentMean

    We'll get it. We'll understand. Having said that, I love this time of year! A ton of stuff gets added to my Xmas wishlist (many from the suggestions here).

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park Blu-Rays = My Must Have Set of the Year

    by SoylentMean

    Jurassic Park is my #1 most watched movie of all time. Hell, I bought both the widescreen and full screen versions of the dvds. Just because they existed. Something about dinosaurs, man.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Barney Miller is a police procedural at its finest


    Fuck The Wire.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Bad Teacher was shite, except for the carwash scene

    by SoylentMean

    That scene was, well, rewind worthy.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by SoylentMean

    I know one of the first things I'd do if I was filthy, stinking rich would be to buy any and all Criterion released dvds/blu-rays and set up a Criterion shrine in my house. Right after stocking the moat with crocodiles.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The Last Circus was amazing!

    by SoylentMean

    Which is a lot for me to admit as I despise clowns and their painted smiles. Maybe it was the sad clown being the protagonist that rang more true? Also, the girl who played Natalia was fuckin' gorgeous!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Here's 4,440 minutes of Barney Miller...

    by Gumbo1

    great intro Harry, love it! Keep it up dude.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    @ dancetothebeatofthelivingdead...

    by 3774

    You are my new favorite person. If it's one thing that drives me crazy, it's blatant lying. Give that fat man hell. Cue some idiot bleating in defense about Harry's 'real' and 'important' work in 5...4... ...oh, wait. I'm already too late.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I couldn't finish IRREVERSIBLE, so never even mind A SERBIAN FILM.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • I mean, no Fulci love? And for such a Man In Suit Fan, I'm surprised DESTROY ALL MONSTERS didn't warrant a mention. That one's got, like, all the men in suits, dude! And next month will see the Blu-ray release of GODZILLA VS. MEGALON. What's going on around here?

  • Just check out the reviews on Amazon. So, you'll have to look elsewhere for your pedo-snuff fix.

  • I know that Beaks is probably pissed.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The Departed


    Has someone mentioned that yet?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    A note on early De Palma and the Lost World

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Early DePalma was very much influenced by Godard, I even believe he was called the American Godard at one time. As for the Lost World, yeah it's flawed, no I don't think it's better than the first film, but it's got a lot of good set pieces in it (the trailer hanging over the cliff, the Compys chomping on the dude from Fargo, Raptors in the tall grass, Dino amok in San Diego). Little girl gymnist was dumb, but that was still more believeable than basically anything in JP3 (the JP movie that has almost a direct to DVD vibe to it!!!).

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    You can find out what is actually coming out, via Amazon

    by SoylentMean

    However, you can't get Harry's skewed take on those films at Amazon. Most of this stuff that I want has already been in my wishlist at Amazon for months. But I like reading the guy's hyperbolic perspective.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks very much, Harry

    by David

    I've always been an intermittent visitor to this site; and probably always will be. But, I did just finally register--mainly because I wanted to thank you for posting this news and the reviews. While I don't agree with you all of the time, I do appreciate your enthusiasm and your attempt to keep us all informed about what's happening in the world of DVDs. So, thank again.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    So, the NY Times is a daily read for ole Harry.

    by Ted Knight

    What a coincidence! It's a part of my daily regimen as well. I do have one minor complaint about it though ...I hate how it leaves ink on my ass when I wipe with it.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    The Robber and Red State are both available on Netflix Instant Watch

    by future help

    I also recommend THe Perfect Host

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    NOT THE FIRST TIME for "Tinker, Taillor" & "Smiley"...

    by Admonisher

    They've been out on DVD in the U.S. for many years. These are just reissues. That said, avoid them and go for the Region 2 UK versions. The R2 sets are uncut (the R1 DVDs are the shortened American broadcast versions), remastered, and DIRT CHEAP. Seriously -- you can get both series combined from for under $20 American. Hell, even if you don't have a region-free player, you could buy one with the money you save getting the superior R2 discs!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I envy you that this is your first viewing of TTSS

    by IamZardoz

    I promise you that you will find this and Smileys People as some of the best television ever. I sure hope you write about it after youve seen them.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    No, I was suggesting that Harry has the easiest job in the world and constantly complains about how tiring it is. My wife is a teacher and I respect her mental strain just as much as my own physical. I didn't say anything about you desk jockeys, just Harry. So before you go throwing the idiot word around, sharpen up on your comprehension skills. My post was to Harry and Harry alone.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Can we NOT talk about A Serbian Film this talkback?

    by sweeneydave

    Everything that has ever needed to be said about it has already been said multiple times. I'm tired of reading about it. There's lots of other movies on this link to talk about.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    dancetothebeatofthelivingdead's post

    by BGDAWES

    dancetothebeatofthelivingdead - I could not have said it better myself and thought the EXACT same thing when I read how Harold really needs a vacation from planning so many parties and watching movies. After reading that, it almost makes it seem like Harry's never had a 'real' job if he feels that he needs a break so badly. Oh Harold, I wish you could spend a day in my shoes working at a job you hate, getting yelled at by your boss, and trying desperately to stay employed in a completely cut-throat environment wondering if the mortgage will pay itself if you get laid-off. I think you might enjoy your vacations even more with that perspective. I'm sorry to sound so mean but dancetothebeatofthelivingdead was so right: reading about how much you need a vacation is really tough to swallow for people that have real jobs. (You know, job-type jobs. *Couldn't resist the Reservoir Dogs quote...) Also, in terms of your comment about Robbery - 'Something better than this year’s DRIVE'. I agree, and I think it was the score by Angelo Badalamenti and the Brian Cox cameo that gave Robbery the one-up on Drive.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Harry, I completely agree with you on Captain America.

    by sweeneydave

    I LOVED the WWII era of it all. The lighting during the expo was pure magic. It falls into that "comfort film" niche for me too. I know the final scene was supposed to be a "HOLY CRAP" moment when we reveal that he is now in modern times, but I was kinda disappointed about it. Now he's here in our boring modern times with regular lighting.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I had never heard of The Conversation until a few years ago.

    by sweeneydave

    So when I found it, I fell in love with it. It's nice when GREAT movies aren't mainstream. It feels like it's more mine. I guess that's what "cult" movies are. The Nightmare Before Christmas was like that once upon a time. Sigh...once upon a time...

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    thechoppah.....dude, if you dig TLW then more

    by southafricanguy

    power to you my friend. but to claim its more logical than JP is not something i can take seriously. What about the entire utterly ri-fucking-diculous last act? Almost nothing makes sense....all the hands on the ships controls? How did the HUGE t-rex get in there? How the fuck did it open the door? and those are just a few I can think of now. For me persoanlly TLW was one of the laziest sequals I have ever seen. The worst type of sequal in that its basically just a remake of the first film (ala Ghostbusters 2), with almost nothing new added to what came before. Not to mention the script is simply damn weak imho. I still find it entertaining, and I certainly dont hate it or anything, but i in no way consider it a good movie.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Oh...and Captain America was damn good

    by southafricanguy

    i was so suprised by it. Best period superhero film since ythe Rocketeer imho. Very fun, right amount of heart, and well made and written Really enjoyed it....a really nice suprise

  • What a douche. You would forgo mentioning the Blu release of fuckin Zombie while giving more props to ASF?!? That being said, I just might check out what the hype is all about: Attack the Block. Oh, and Batman Year One has got to be the best DCAU feature thus far. Frank (Miller) should be proud. now bring on The Dark Knight Returns adaptaion Bruce Timm and Co.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The Conversation

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    All five movies with John Cazale should automatically come with that documentary HBO put out on him a year or so back. It was so good. A testament to how talented he was is the actors that came out of the woodwork to be interviewed for the doc, not only some of the hardest interviews to get, but seemingly all of the hardest interviews to get in Hollywood were all interviewed and really opened up. I can't remember the name of the doc, but it was a famous line from one of his five movies. Maybe, "I knew it was you?" I don't remember, maybe someone else can help me out there. Anyway, the point is, the guy only made five films. Godfather 1 & 2, The Conversation, The Deer Hunter, and Dog Day Afternoon before dying way too young. As a matter of fact, he was dying when Deer Hunter was being filmed, that's why he looks so sickly in it. Long Live Fredo, and get that doc on the special features of his five movies now, dammit!

  • Meanwhile, must haves this week: The Conversation and the Tom and Jerry collection. Shit! Battlefield 3 is out today as well. I hate this time of the year. Movie and game studios cram all the most anticipated titles into this pre-holiday release window and every year I'm left deciding between rent/sustenance or overpriced entertainment media products that will subsidize these gazillionaire celebrities next extravagant chateau on the riviera ...decisions, decisions

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I've warmed up to Captain America.

    by Quake II

    When I first saw Cap this summer I felt like it was 1/2 of a great film. Once Cap gets to Europe the movie becomes a montage with no real story. Zero Red Skull character development didn't help the story. I've since seen it again and enjoyed if for what is, NOT what I wanted it to be. That said, Marvel/Disney is stupid to not show us an amazing WW2 epic Captain America adventure for the sequel. Why not keep one of their heroes in the past to show us amazing war stories that can't be done with the other Avengers. Oh yeah his WW2 costume is a lot cooler than the modern one they're using. ANd The Last Circus is bugnuts crazy. I don't ever need to own it but it was an interesting watch.

  • However, my wife thought it was trite and rediculous especially during the scene in which Cap broke out into a song and dance number. "Star spangled Man with a plan". Afetrwards, she had clowned me for liking the movie. Y'know,the idea of living single is so tempting at times. As Chris Rock would ask: "Commitment, or new Pussy"?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Congratulations Harry!!!

    by DrMorbius

    It only took you 2 weeks to figure out how to pull your head out of your ass, so you coud 'publish' this column! Would have thought you'd have it down to a science by now but ....

  • I can't believe you get kickback for this column. You don't write reviews, you write summaries populated with tidbits of your very average life and opportunities for you to namedrop. Your technical knowledge of Blu-ray is equivalent to your knowledge of film -- non-existent! You ramble on like a pre-teenaged girl with as much sense and you clearly have no idea how to formulate a sentence, much less an article. Hopefully companies will realize how irrelevant AICN truly is and stop the bribery.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Could you please express your comments ... Almost nothing makes sense....all the hands on the ships controls? How did the HUGE t-rex get in there? How the fuck did it open the door? and those are just a few I can think of now. Having a hard time trying to figure out what you are trying to convey! all the hands on the ships controls? ... The T-Rex was not a stow-away, it was captured and put in the cargo hold to bring back! How did it open the door? When did it do that?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Of course Harry isn't going to badmouth his friend Kevin.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Who was only his friend to get good word of mouth when this site was actually somewhat influential, and by influential I mean having a .001% effect on the box office.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    City Of Life & Death.....

    by Quake II

    The Japanese were 1000x more brutal and sadistic than the worst Nazi in WW2. Watch The Men Behind The Sun to see some other lovely things they did to captured Chinese prisoners. And then there's The Bataan Death March, cutting off the genitals of US soldiers and stuffing them in their mouths, hiding grenades under babies to blow up US Marines, rape, torture etc. It's amazing what 2 Atom bombs did to change the direction of the Imperial Japanese in the 1940's. Not a moral argument, just an observation.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Nice ...

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    When the 'Berg says, "I'm making this for the fans..."

    by gaygoonie for the hills. I KNEW Crystal Skull was going to suck when he said, "I'm making this one for the fans." That's the same line he used when making the wonky LOST WORLD. Steven, never for the fans. Always to exercise your own passion.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    ."...but newborn baby sodomizing is where i cross the line.' Don't you mean ... where I draw the line?

  • It would have to be digital to render his pen style. It would be a breakthrough if they could pull that off with any reasonable budget

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST



    Freudian slip? (-;

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Hey...what about Laurl and Hardy?

    by bdhthx1138

    I thought I heard that the great set that was available overseas is now available here. Can't seam to find much info on it yet though. It would have all of their movies from 1929 to 1940 on it? Any info Harry??

  • 1000x more brutal and sadistic than the worst nazi? hmmm maybe your right, after all the Kruats only threw the "undeseribles (Jews, Gypsies, Homos, etc.) into Hitler's easy bake ovens and not to mention the "showers". (Zyklon B) But it's interesting how the US overlooked nuking the hell out of Nazi Germany after dropping the big "A" on Hiroshima. That's what happens when you attack America, dammit.

  • But NOTHING comes close to his misguided support of A Serbian Film. Very sad. Unbelievable levels of sad.

  • Wow! Just vile sinister devils our military are.

  • While in the meantime there were plenty of Nazi fugitives who found refuge within the US ans well as Argentina. UnfortunatelyIn Japan, the innocent Men, Women and Children had nothing to do with what went on during the japanese commited attrocities; Pearl Harbor , nanking, etc. thus they were subject to a cruel fate when the bomb dropped. War (litterly) is Hell.

  • Undeniable Fact.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Well hello there, Barney Miller and Tom & Jerry

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Definitely picking those two up.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    More Attack The Block gushing???!!!

    by Mike J

    Jesus here we go again, AICN praising this decidely average movie, even to the extent that Harry even capitalizes the title in the header of this colum unlike all the other films he mentions. Ok AICN we get it. You all luuuurve this flick. You've earned your pwesents for gratuitously plugging it so now can you please just shut the fuck up about it. Its NOT a great film, it flopped big time in the UK and it will flop on blu ray too.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    The Guns of Navarone

    by david starling

    Fucking brilliant film!! Time to update my trusty old DVD with this, especially with that amount of extras!! Seriously, a great film, with a sublime heavyweight of great talent - Niven, Peck, Quinn, Quayle, Baker - I don't think, seriously, there's a film out there today to match with the balls this has. I've been meaning to buy season 2 of the Clone Wars, and now season 3 is out, I have to update my collection soonish and stop relying on Cartoon Network!! Clone Wars has stepped out of the Star Wars movie shadows, and is its own entity now. And with good reason - its a belting show!! Captain America - enjoyed it greatly in the cinema (yes!! Despite what some sceptics thought, some of us in Europe and the UK did go and see it!!), with only the eventual end of the film ruining it. Was there an alternate ending? Would love to see it, and not the almost obligatory signalling to something next summer. I could see the point of Irreversible, and it was upsetting, but it made a valid point. I cannot see the point of A Serbian Film, and while I'm at it, I still cannot see a point for Attack the Block either!!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    too bad the dfead babies couldn't read the pamphlets before being nuked to death - Akira

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Disney Pooh'ed on its 2D animators

    by MCVamp

    Why was this released up against Potter? Disney had their summer movie already, Pirates 4. "Pooh" would have cleaned up in August. It seemed like Disney wanted to get it on disc as soon as possible for the Christmas dollars but didn't want to have another one of these dirty, dirty traditional animation relics making it harder to make the inevitable move to CGI mo-cap. Don't get me wrong, it's going to make a MINT on BluRay and DVD for decades, but the theatrical release got no respect from the studio that proudly brought you "PROM: The Movie."

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Also, Harry...with you on Captain America

    by MCVamp

    A lot of geek friends I have didn't like it. I think there's some definite subliminal flag-phobia going on there. I understand some cynicism. But it's CAPTAIN AMERICA. If anything I wanted MORE jingoism. I certainly missed it in Superman Returns. Too bad the sequels will be present-based...and the Avengers costume looks...Rebbish.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I just saw Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers and was blown away by it. It was an amalgam of motion comic with computer animation, and it was rather stunning. Perhaps The Killing Joke could have the same treatment. You should check out Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers to see what I mean.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    KEVIN SMITH did however, shit in MY face, Harry.

    by poop

    Literally. But this was back in the mid-80's, when face-shitting was common among us real men, For future reference, the "face-shit" should be referred to as a "ROLLING BROWNOUT". Get with the times, man.

  • Isn't that how every country should handle foreign attacks? If there is no threat of an epic reprisal, what will discourage another Pearl Harbor or 911? And we didn't nuke Germany because it was filled with Allied soldiers where as Hiroshima was only Japanese populated. Dropping the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki avoided a full scale invasion and bombing campaign against Japan itself thus actually saving millions more American & Japanese lives. This feminine PC culture we currently live in will be our eventual demise. The US cannot survive without some degree of backbone.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I found Attack the Block to be very overrated

    by cekma

    still a fun movie. But way over hyped by the fan boy websites. I also think Pirates 4 was the strongest since the original. 2 and 3 were way too long and had way too much going on. Least this one was contained and the story coherent.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Quake II

    by BlaGyver

    fuck yeah.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    quake ii

    by MCVamp

    If "Red Dawn" happened in 2011, the Wolverines would have surrendered by the end of the first reel.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Way to bait us Harry....i'll get banned but

    by liljuniorbrown

    I have to say it.."For those that get it"? So again it wasn't "rapey" enough for you? Why do you want everyone to think you are such a sick sack of shit? Is that your goal,just to have everyone disgusted in you and drop off the site? Every column or movie review you have to drop in some shit about how you enjoy seeing simulated rape and torture. We get it, you're a fucking sicko pervert that's gonna end up locked up for pedo porn. If thats the legacy you want i'm sure you'll get it.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    And Harry....

    by BlaGyver

    I would consider myself a cult cinema lover. Even an extreme one at that. I love it. A Serbian Film is awful. God fucking awful. There is no "message", and if there is, it's delivered poorly. It is scummy. It is exploitative. It is perverse for the sake of being perverse. And I really do worry about anybody that wants to rewatch it. One critic that liked it said that regardless of his appreciation of it, he would never watch it again. You seem excited to watch it again, and that worries me.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo. Not if it SAVES lives it's not.

    by Quake II

    Those 2 Atom bombs ended a war which had no end in site. The Japanese were set on fighting down to their very last man and we did NOT want to be fighting in the streets of Tokyo house to house or bomb Japan into ash. After seeing the power we had at our disposal, to protect JAPAN itself they surrendered immediately. Let's not forget the Japanese in 1945 believed their Emperor was a god and that they were the chosen race. Hard to bargain with that logic.

  • It's still hard to call two atomic bombs killing a ton of people a GOOD thing, but extending the war another 5-10 years would have crushed the world. In hindsight, we're lucky the USSR didn't decide to blow up Afghanistan. If there had been an actual invasion threat to Mother Russia instead of Afghani people just defending their land, it might have gone that route.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Captain America: COMFORT FILM

    by Mattman

    That phrase pretty much sums up the way I feel about Captain America. It isn't nail-biting. You know the hero will come out on top. Very enjoyable movie.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    mcvamp... If Red Dawn happened now we would negotiate.

    by Quake II

    The movie would be about some kids that played Call Of Duty a lot (but never touched a real gun) thinking they could fight back. They would be killed during their first raid, most never firing a shot. One tubby kid escapes (leaving his insulin behind) but eventually dies from his type 1 diabetes in the forest. The film would have a running time of about 25 minutes.

  • I live in Louisville, the city nuked in the original "Return of the Living Dead," and it has been a personal favorite of mine since its theatrical release. I also have met many of the people involved in making the film, although sadly, I never had the opportunity to meet Dan O'Bannon. I doubt any local retailers will be carrying the documentary; you can't count on brick and mortar stores to carry anything except Hollywood blockbusters these days. Looks like I need to hit up Amazon!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Choppah, I was just telling someone at work...

    by eustisclay

    ...about Innocent Blood. For a moment I forgot why I didn't have it. But yeah, they need to put out a widescreen version. Shit, speaking of hot naked women in horror movies, Warner Archive just released Night School with an insanely hot Rachel Ward. We might have read about it, if Quint would ever post his round up of horror films on the dvd-r sites.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Japanese ghosts

    by Dollar Bird

    I just watched "Kuroneko" the other night. Good movie. Moody with some really nice images.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    quake ii: 'If Red Dawn happened now ... '


    It NEVER happened. Leave your cock-obsessed commie paranoia in the 80s.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    quake ii

    by Michael Lunney

    You say: Dropping the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki avoided a full scale invasion and bombing campaign against Japan itself thus actually saving millions more American & Japanese lives. This feminine PC culture we currently live in will be our eventual demise. Hyperbolic, and debatable -- and misogynistic. When it comes to the U.S., you are the love it or leave it guy, right?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Did dropping 2 a-bombs on Japan really save millions of lives?

    by Michael Lunney

    Why it is debatable: General Curtis LeMay, chief of the Air Forces: The war would have been over in two weeks without the Russians entering and without the atomic bomb. PRESS INQUIRY: You mean that, sir? Without the Russians and without the atomic bomb? LeMay: The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all. September 29, 1945, statement. The most authoritative Air Force unit during World War II was the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, which selected targets on the basis of need, and which analyzed the results for future missions. In Hiroshima's Shadow, the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey report of July 1, 1946 states: "The Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs did not defeat Japan, nor by the testimony of the enemy leaders who ended the war did they persuade Japan to accept unconditional surrender. The Emperor, the lord privy seal, the prime minister, the foreign minister, and the navy minister had decided as early as May 1945 that the war should be ended even if it meant acceptance of defeat on allied terms.... It is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to December 1, 1945 and in all probability prior to November 1, 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated. So...............................

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    robbers on netflix streaming?

    by jsfithaca

    jizz. i want to see that. and cape fear was fucking awesome whne de niro was talking, everything else complete shit. huge dissapointment for a scorsese film. and fuck hugo, why is he doing a family film? i want the irishmen or wolf of wall street damn it!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Wow, that's some pretty rough stuff...

    by MCVamp

    So we just dropped Fat Man and Little Boy to spike the ball? Of course, others would interpret it as the military saving face. "Yeah, we totally had these guys ready to give up, then the suits had to barge in with their unnecessary nukes. But we had them ready to quit." Either way, the nukes were an ugly solution to a war that has been posthumously shined up to be much less ugly than it actually was. In more recent news, the Jurassic Park set looks tempting. Hard to believe it's been almost 20 years and the CG dinos look more convincing than most of today's CG.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo, if that is true (hey, that sounds catchy)...

    by Ted Knight

    ...then why refuse to surrender after the 1st judge was dropped on Hiroshima? In fact, The Emperor of Japan only accepted the demand for unconditional surrender after the Nagasaki nuclear bombing and in his surrender declaration stated that American possession of these weapons was the pivotal factor in his surrender to the Allies.

  • You always manage to top yourself on how truly vile and disgusting you are. I really hope you eat yourself to death, you worthless piece of trash.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Oh great, that's all talkbacks need... another rape victim

    by Mattman

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    mattman, everyone on AICN's boards is a rape victim.


    At least our childhoods are.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Mattman


  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    home run, choppah

    by MCVamp

    home run.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    One other factor to take into consideration is

    by Ted Knight

    that it would have been nice if the Japanese moved all of their war machine facilities out of cities, then there would be no need to harm innocent civilians. The reality is that these facilities WERE in cities and military equipment was being produced in civilian homes and in many factories next to houses. In many cases these were legitimate targets.there were no smart bombs back then unfortunately.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Choppah revealed!

    by MotherPussBucket

    "but newborn baby sodomizing is where i cross the line". Dude, are you sure you don't mean 'draw the line'?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure which is worse, Choppah

    by Mattman

    Sodomizing newborn babies... or preferring The Lost World to Jurassic Park. :)

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo. Yeah, I'm the love it or leave it guy.

    by Quake II

    And your the new vocal minority that's trying to splinter the US from the inside out by slamming everything this country has done in the past 200 years. Let's call you the hate and stay in it crowd. The moment a nation loses its national pride is the moment it ceases to have an identity. Lack of a national identity is the catalyst for a civil war. Keep fueling the anti-America propaganda and enjoy the outcome. 50 years ago guys like you would have been accused of being Communists. Now you're just called a liberal. I don't support everything my government does but I don't question simple historical facts. 1st Atom bomb produced no results. Second Atom bomb Japan surrenders. The war in Europe had no impact on the Pacific Islands so why the fuck are you bringing up Russians? Germany surrendered before the bombs were dropped.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    quake ii: "I don't support everything my government does"

    by Mattman

    Then 50 years ago you might have been accused of being a Communist too. There was no gray area back then, only black and white.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    the_choppah_strikes_back = Sad poser

    by Quake II

    Where's the REAL Choppah when you need him?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    quake ii

    by Michael Lunney

    Like I said, and you continue to deliver, hyperbolic, and now, overly simplified. I din't attack you personally. I love my country, I am just not afraid, or angry at the rest of the world. Why do you hate so many of your fellow Americans? Is it fear-induced?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    You rang, quake ii?


  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    (I was busy crossing some lines...)


  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    But I am the_choppah.


    I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Paranoid freaks like quake ii would end up dictators in lesser countries.


    And he'd end up sodomized and executed by angry rebels.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Paul is dead.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    the_choppah_strikes_back. School's out already?

    by Quake II

    Well get on Arkham City and finish that last level kid! Let the adults talk for a while.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Sodomizing quake ii is where I cross the line


  • Oct. 25, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I wish I was a dictator.

    by Quake II

    It would be raining vagina at my palace as I sipped 100 year old Scotch watching old war movies in my private movie theater.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Great month for Fulci fans

    by I am not a number

    ZOMBIE (aka Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters, and a hundred other names) and HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY on blu ray! I preordered those and can't wait for them to arrive. Now when are they going to release THE BEYOND?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Instead, quake ii, you're a dick tater.


    You know, an especially gritty lump of smegma.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by K-Gin

    Actually it has been claimed that Japan had been trying to surrender since May of 1945 but the requests were ignored. One thing is for sure is that the Kamikazee were last ditch effort on Japan's part to fight back,and proved to be a complete failure. This leads credibility to the point that Japan was willing to surrender without the need for the use of the Atom bomb.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    By the way, I am the real CHOPPAH.


    My handle was blocked and hijacked by one of the mods. I think it was Beaks or one of the others who can form coherent sentences. Or maybe it's Merrick's revenge for my getting him to change the rules of the DocBacks.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Facts can can messy things, which is why so many ignore some of them, while clinging to conclusions they think are facts.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    how come the cops

    by mick vance

    always pulling me over?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    The conspiracy theory possibilities are limitless.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    I will be picking up Rare Exports

    by Juggernaut125

    and watching it every year around Christmas time.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I can't believe you spelt The Simpson's with an apostrophe

    by mintox

    You must have seen the title a thousand times on your TV!! And you did it TWICE, so can't have been an accident. Was this another in-joke with your dad? Can't wait for The Avenger's.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Tom & cartoons ever.

    by TheWacoKid

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Attack the Block was great! Fuck all you haters!

    by SoylentMean

    Allow it!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by peterhengl

    is Austrian, not german. Please correct.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    It should be said: What a great fucking week of releases!

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by Quake II

    If you're the REAL original Choppah then who's the new and improved Choppah? And where's harry_the_pedo with his sweet poems and tribute pictures to Mr Knowles? I miss his loving banter.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    So it's A SERBIAN FILM time again --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- widdle' Harry must need some more attention.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    The only way the_choppah_strikes_back can be me


    is when I decapitate him and soak up his energy with lightning.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Choppah, I hope you were wearing a kilt...

    by SoylentMean

    when you typed that last post! There can be only the number that comes before two!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film used Grindhouse fonts and packaging

    by Quake II

    LAME. But it's apparantly a masterpiece. I heard that somewhere.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Who is number 1?

    by Michael Lunney

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Who is number 1?

    by Michael Lunney

    You are number 6.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Loved Captain America but the commentaries sucked

    by tphile2

    They didn't point out the marvel geek shots like at the fair The Original Human Torch or how the Stark Flying Car was a homage to Fury's SHIELD car. and so on The commentaries of the deleted scenes was even worse or non existant. Peter Jackson commentaries are still a high standard. The movie never had the Howling Commandoes speak their names. They could have included some Captain America comics.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo...Not as forgiving

    by Quake II

    I just don't have sympathy for the Japanese in 1945. What they did to Chinese civilians alone is worthy of a response. In regards to Pearl Harbor and the A-bomb drops, I say if you poke a tiger in his cage and it claws your face off you can't really blame the tiger now, can you?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Better than Drive?

    by Kammich

    Fuck you, Harry. Not really. Well, kind of.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    Yeah, the fact that they skimmed over the Howling Commandos was pretty weak. My wife thought Gabe Jones was supposed to be Young Nick Fury.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    quake ii

    by Michael Lunney

    I hate to say it, and it is not my thought, but using your own logic and analogy, you could say the same thing about 9/11.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Bullshit Harry. I do not have a delicate fucking nature...

    by Jaka

    ... and A Serbian Film is still foul. Also, your pontificating that "its all ok because I know its fake" is such a complete cop out. It goes against hundreds of thousands of your own words regarding why you love movies and the suspension of disbelief. We get it, you think its cool to be shocked. Baby rape is still over the line. And honestly, it did absolutely NOTHING to make the film better, watchable, more interesting, or even good. Its there for no reason other than its shock value. I don't believe art of any kind should be censored. But I also don't believe in people spouting bullshit rhetoric about something this ridiculous in order to justify its existence. There is plenty of art that has crossed lines without apologies. This movie goes there. Its foul. The fact that you actually like it and defend it as much as you do, whether you understand it or not, speaks volumes about you as a person.

  • Only that AICN had hyped it. I loved it. I mean I seriously LOVED IT! Totally looking forward to a sequel.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I dug Captain America and Thor, and I'm anti super hero

    by Jaka

    I found them both highly watchable. Haven't enjoyed either of the Iron Man movies, though. They're pretty much everything I don't love about super hero movies.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Also, for fucks sake! Learn how to write!

    by Jaka

    Fuck, man! Do you not recognize how poorly some of these reviews are written? Seriously, are you just doing this shit to fuck with the grammar Nazi's?

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I am not a number! I'm a free man!

    by Ted Knight

    k-gin... The Japanese mokosatsu'ed ("ignored with contempt") the Potsdam Declaration and other warnings prior to the atomic bombings. There was NO evidence of Japanese willingness to surrender before Hiroshima or even AFTER Hiroshima. Fact is, When the atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, the Japanese thought that we had exploded the only bomb we had left, because they knew of the one we tested at White Sands, NM. And that these bombs were made in pairs. They had no knowledge of something called Plutonium. ...and bobo, the Japanese attacked US first at Pearl Harbor without notice or declaration of war. So, if I were to stoop down, introduce myself, leave my calling card then proceed to stab your family residing in the cardboard box you call home, you better believe I'd expect retribution in a compelling manner from bobo bronson.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    quake ii

    by Mattman

    While I agree the bomb was effective, I still have sympathy for the families annihilated by it. Many of them died horrible, horrible deaths, and they had nothing to do with the war. I'm not taking some moral stance here one way or the other (it's not a stretch to argue the bombings were necessary evils), I'm just saying... it wasn't pretty. Innocent families did not deserve that fate.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Been waiting a long time for the Barney Miller Box Set

    by DougMcKenzie

    The ultimate character-based comedy. You can't call it a sit-com as the situation was the same every week, squad room detectives responding to calls that are almost the exact same every time. Can't wait to sit down with Wojo, Dietrich, Harris, Fish, Chano, Nick, and Capt. Miller!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    mattman ...Agreed.

    by Quake II

    As a parent my sympathies are for the women and children left behind. Absolutely horrible fate. I can barely watch the aftermath footage without getting upset. Sadly they were victims of their government and ours.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Harry.. You felt Brandon Lee was going to eclipse Bruce Lee?...

    by MST3KPIMP

    I was a teenager when Brandon Lee started putting out films and they were absolute garbage. What in Sam hill did you see that made you think he had one tenth of his Dad's charisma or skill? Of course after the Crow hit everybody was surprised that it was better than "Rapid Fire" so to be patronizing they'd lament of how great he would have been.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    mattman, necessary evils or not...

    by Jaka

    ...they ended the war. A war that would probably have continued much longer if they hadn't been used. And lets not forget Pearl Harbor. Its hard for us now, in a world where constant small wars are part of the daily discussion, to understand how much the attack on Pearl Harbor affected the U.S. as a whole. At that time, simply put, Japan was the enemy. I'm not defending any of the actions on any side, though. All of it is horrible.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    quake ii, yeah

    by Mattman

    There's an anime movie called "Grave of the Fireflies" that deals with two children left behind which is fucking gut wrenching. But, it worked. Far more would have died in the war had we not done it. Was there another way? I can't think of one (that doesn't mean there wasn't one, but I can't think of one that would have ended it as quickly as that did).

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Moral Outrage! Fuck Yeah!

    by Turingtestee

    GET MAD!

  • Damn. Does Criterion create the best damn packaging and artwork for DVD and Blu-ray or what? Nothing else really comes close anymore. Maybe a few of the recent box set releases like the Alien Anthology or the LOTR Extended Editions. The Band of Brothers and The Pacific tins were clever... ... but overall nothing really ever has the same class and artistry of the Criterion packaging these days.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Pirates 4 falls short of the second?

    by Mugato5150

    That's disconcerting. I haven't seen P4 but I do know that P2 was boring as hell, although I do agree that the FX were top notch, especially Davy Jones. The cover art for Dazed & Confused is horrid, BTW.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Adding The Conversation to queue

    by Turingtestee

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Harry - James Cameron doing Jurassic Park you say?

    by lv_426

    I didn't know that Cameron attempted to set up his own Jurassic Park adaptation back in the day. It is hard to say if it would have been better than Spielberg's version. Even The Lost World was pretty damn good. I'm sure Cameron could have made something at least as good as The Lost World and much much better than Jurassic Park III. One thing that might have been interesting is that all the geeky science and evolution stuff, chaos theory, etc. that Crichton when on and on about in the novels, that stuff might have been given more attention and screen time by James Cameron. The reason I think this would have been the case is the unproduced screenplay for Bright Angel Falling (Cameron's giant comet hits Earth story that was thwarted by both of the inferior 'killer asteroid' movies Armageddon and Deep Impact). Anyways, the Bright Angel Falling script is loaded to the gills with all kinds of NASA and comet minutiae due to Cameron being a fanatic of scientific detail and realism. Such a shame that it didn't get made back in the late 90's. It would have been a blast to see. So yeah, I could have gone for a James Cameron version of Jurassic Park if that were how things worked out, but I can't say I am complaining because we did get Spielberg's amazing adaptation of it. No, what really bums me out is that Cameron never finished the Terminator saga by making one last definitive future war set film starring Michael Biehn, which would have ideally been released in 1994 or 1995 instead of True Lies. Also, while I really like the film he did write and produce in 1995, Strange Days, I'd have preferred to have seen what it could have been with a bit more action and directed by Cameron himself.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Whoopsie daisy... looks like I spelled Blu-ray as Blu-rau

    by lv_426

    What's up Blu-rau? Nothin' brah.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by tphile2

    Yeah and where was Gabe Jones bugle, he could have been playing it in the pub at least. and they should have cast Hayley Atwell as Agent Sharon Carter in The Avengers movie. She was supposed to look alike and that would have been a great subplot for Cap. Also was any of the newspapers seen The Daily Bugle? and where was Dum Dum Dugans cigar? I am not a smoker but I think they take the anti-smoking thing to far

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Dazed and Confused is another great flick

    by lv_426

    But damn it if I haven't already seen it a billion times. I don't know if I absolutely have to own it again, even if it is a shiny new Blu-ray version.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    you haven't lived until you've seen a dude skull fucked on screen


    seriously though I don't know, I kinda hated Serbian Film.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Attack The Block yet, but

    by tphile2

    In Casablanca, Rick tells the Nazis "There are certain sections of New York I wouldn't advise you to invade". Which I thought a totally cool line and great premise for a movie. Street gangs, mobsters etc fighting a resistance war with an invading army alien or Homeland. A Red Dawn in the City.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Lost World is Spielberg's worst

    by Mattyboy122

    With the possible exception of Indy 4. Even Spielberg's notorious failures like Always and Hook at least have that spark of interest in them. You can feel Spielberg at the very least enjoying what he's doing in those films. Hell, with Hook you can feel Spielberg's genuine love for the Peter Pan story (which informs so much of his other films). But The Lost World and Indy 4 are both just soulless. They're tired. They're bored. Spielberg on autopilot. And there's nothing worse. Even though he's forgotten how to end his films, I can at least find something to enjoy or marvel at in almost all of his films, from Sugarland Express to Munich. But those two films stand out as being films without a reason to exist besides simply to make money.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST


    by poop


  • It was very stale and uninteresting. To be fair, I haven't see it in a while... I'll give it another shot when I get the blus.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    the_choppah_strikes_back is my dickhead twin brother.


    He's got this thing where he always has to be the evil twin. The prick even grew a goatee. Fukkin attention whore.

  • Whatever. I'm going to go run over people in Grand Theft Auto IV.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Wait! The Lost World is amazing! Don't bash it!

    by Yelsaeb

    I grew up watching it over and over again. I can't stomach hate directed at it.

  • I think that fool only made one post, and it wasn't nearly as unfunny or nonsensical as mine. Plus, I don't think there were enough F-bombs, Brian Cox references that I won't let die, or huge gaps of space with dozens of exclamation points, spattered with comments regarding Steven Spielberg's furious racism and the incredible talents of Sir Tyler Perry. SHIT WAS WEAK.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Don't think Ian Richardson is in Smiley's People

    by Longtime Lurker

    Trust me. Tinker, yes. Smiley, no. (Richardson has has a brilliant entrance in Tinker. Classic.) Also, if this is the American version of Tinker, then it has been cut and rearranged a bit. Sad.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I disagree that Lost World was his worst.

    by Mugato5150

    Besides the enormous plot issue that the "good guys" were the ones who released all the dinosaurs and were responsible for everyone's death, I don't see what was so terrible about it. Well, except the annoying kid. But what Spielberg film that isn't about Nazis doesn't have an annoying kid? Maybe 4? Hook and War of the Worlds were much worse.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    A SERBIAN FILM = nothing even close to IRREVERSIBLE.

    by alice133

    not even close.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    mugato5150... haha

    by Mattman

    Barring the fact that the good guys kill everybody and the annoying, what's so bad about Lost World? Well, everything you just mentioned. The characters are unlikable assholes without personality, aside from Roland. The villain is ridiculously one-dimensional and stupid. But it does have a few good action scenes that keep it from being the worst Spielberg movie, as a few have called it. I don't hate it, but I don't love it as I do the first film. Hook is debatable, but War of the Worlds is a FAR better movie than Lost World. It's focused, the action is much better, and Spielberg clearly showed up for work.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by menacingphantom

    You just defined a sitcom. The situation never changes. That's a sitcom. That's the whole fucking point. And yes, Barney Miller rules.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Harry, allow me a rebuttal Re: Brandon Lee movies eclipsing Bruce's

    by TallanDagwood

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and some are more informed than others, but I respectfully submit that you are incorrect in the assertion of le fils étant éclipsant que le père. Sometimes perspective is needed of the long kind. I grew up in the late sixties early seventies. There were three and only three Iconic Male action movie superstars during the early seventies. In no particular order: McQueen Eastwood Lee And that is it. McQueen was the man's man. The women, the cars, the guns, the excitement and the risk taking. Eastwood was the big, strong silent type that you never, ever crossed. He would as soon as kill you as look at you. and then there was Lee, Bruce that is. An entirely new breed of action star that the United States and I daresay the entire movie going palnet had never seen before - or since. He was a worldwide phenomenon. His rise not unlike that of Eastwoods, coming from movies that never were never released to American mainstream audiences, and yet the word of mouth spread worldwide - pre internet on just the strength of the of the man and what he did on screen. But, even moreso, because of how he did it on screen. Never before had audiences seen a man who could use martial arts in the way that Lee could, he made you believe that he could beat any man, no matter their size -because he really could. It was exhilarating and breath taking,. He did not use guns like McQueen or Eastwood, he used his fists and feet and ...nunchaku. He made audiences leap to their feet with his on screen prowess, which was backed up by his off screen exploits. McQueen and Eastwood never had that power. Brandon Lee's death was a tragedy for his family and everyone who hoped for his career, but I have no hesitation in saying no matter what he did he could never eclipse an Icon.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is an underseen masterpiece

    by reise reise

    I'm a bit sad that it isn't pushed for a bunch of awards that would help encourage people to watch it. It seems like a no-brainer to me; not only does it deal with some heavy subject matter, it's also really fucking good (and certainly better than completely forgettable Oscar bait like THE IDES OF MARCH). The director, Lu Chuan, really should be on people's radar. The comparisons to SCHINDLER'S LIST are apt, but I think CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is probably the tougher movie. I'm willing to bet it's also more shocking than A SERBIAN FILM and a bunch of other "extreme" horror movies out there.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    For Fuck's sake, that shitty kid killed a raptor with GYMNASTICS...

    by Billyeveryteen

    What a putrid, putrid movie.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Wow, double negative much? Never were never?

    by TallanDagwood

    My old eyes are have taken over my fingers!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Lost World was really not great

    by Autodidact

    I got more out of Jurassic Park 3. Lost World really didn't have any verve, and Jar-Jar Golblum's gymnastic routine was the low point of Spielberg's career.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Well, mattman

    by Mugato5150

    I liked Jeff Goldblum in Lost World and I like Julianne Moore in anything and Roland (that's the hunter guy, right?) was an interesting character (more so with the deleted scenes) and as an FX guy, I appreciate that the visuals were very good for its time. I don't see the villain as being all that one dimensional. He's just a CEO of a big corporation, they're all like that. So while I agree with most of your points, I don't think it's Spielberg's worst. I remember Hook just pissing me off with how boring most of it was and the fucking daddy issues Spielberg can't get away from. And War of the Worlds, Tom Cruise's son was worse than the kid in Lost World. But anyway, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The Lost World < Jurassic Park III

    by Quake II

    Lost world was a rehash of the first film with less excitement. It all seemed so familiar. Jurassic Park 3 was full of suprises, not to mention a bunch of Pterodactyl attacks!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    I don't see how JP3 was any less of a rehash than JP2

    by Mugato5150

    Except a couple more variations of dinosaurs and the main characters being more uninteresting. And everything again climaxes with the raptors.

  • Seriously. The CG in JP1 holds up better than the other two (not to mention a ton of other new shit still coming out today!) That ain't nostalgia talking, either. Everyone notices it.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Can Tinker (BBC series) be on a film screen?

    by Standfast

    I'm not familiar with projection etc. I've read somewhere that both Tinker and Smiley were "filmed" which means little to me. If anyone could explain I would be grateful.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Ian Richardson

    by Standfast

    To all the posters who have commented on the different versions of both Tinker and Smiley, they still appear cut according to Amazon's description of running times. If you enjoy the two productions the BBC issues are more complete. I was wondering if the same happened to House of Cards.

  • I think there was a good movie in there somewhere, but it got buried under tons of stupid choices, like the Godzilla/Godzookie climax in San Diego, it was a last minute change to the ending of the film. The idea of contemporary humans in another island with dinosaurs, but this time with even less modern amenities than in the original JP island, and the whole hunters vs. ecologists could've/should've produced something better, but instead we were given girls using gymnastics to kill velociraptors. Maybe it should've stuck closer to the novel, but then again, the novel had it's own problems. JP3 was just a bunch of set pieces strung together by the flimsiest of plots, and it has the worst CGI shot from all the series: the weird brachiosaurs that "smile" to the camera.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    The cliff scene in Lost World was pretty neat

    by Mattman

    Loved every minute of that sequence, from the rexes to the breaking glass.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Lost World >> Jurassic Park. FACT.

    by KilliK

    JP1 is an overrated shit.if it had Bay's name it wouldnt have gained this kind of classic status and over-praise.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    @mattman i agree about the cliff scene.

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Killik, if Jurassic Park had Bay's name on it...

    by Mattman

    Hammond would be played by a deranged John Malkovich, Grant would be played by Nic Cage, Lex would be a ridiculously hot teenage hacker, there'd be an action scene with a T-Rex running down a freeway tossing cars aside, and two black raptors with gold teeth.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    @maxcherry dont forget that Brandon didnt want to become

    by KilliK

    a martial artist-actor like his father,he abhorred that,that's why he never became a great MA fighter like his father. He only wanted to become a serious actor like Marlon Brando (his words) but he first had to start his career doing martial-art movies in order to establish his name (and make a lot of money) in the show business and later to move on with his dream. Ofc his father's name had a lot to do with the first steps in his movie career,but this kind of nepotism that arises from such a huge legacy and heritage, ,is sometimes more like a curse than a blessing. Then Brandon got his big break with the Crow where he proved that he could have become a great movie actor-star,even more popular than his father in the general movie audience,but then Death came out and stole his life by cheating in the most ironic way possible. What a tragedy for both the father and the son. :/

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    =and two black raptors with gold teeth. =

    by KilliK

    ha,i would pay to see that.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Also, when the rex tosses the raptor into the skeleton...

    by Mattman

    It would explode.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Jurasic Park 4, robo dinosaur soilders?

    by liljuniorbrown

    I know at one time that was the planned out script. Dinosaurs used as soilders with human dna or something. I read it on this site years ago. Anyways i always figured they should have went all dark and "Reign of fire" with the last one. The dino's make it over to the main land and start fucking stuff up,the humans fire off too many wepons and what not to take them down while others want to let them be free to do what they like and let nature take its course. Mean while the cast from the original come u with some sort of plan to take them out that one finish off mankind. See,it writes its self. Send me the check Steven

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    I've never loved these movies, not even the first one

    by Jaka

    But to whoever said they got more enjoyment out of the third one than the second, I'm with you. They've all been on cable in the last six months and I found the third installment to have MUCH more re-watch value. I was actually pretty damn entertained. I'd dismissed the second one so much that I actually forgot Vince Vaughn AND Julianne Moore were in it. At least the third one has Sam Neill in it again. Postlethwaite was good as Roland in Lost World, though.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Red State was fucking scary as it was hilarious

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Combine "The Last American Virgin" with "The Apostle" and add the mom from "Carrie" with just a dash of "Hostel" and you've got a fucking insanely entertaining piece of grindhouse cinema. And if Smith would have had the balls to film the ending he originally intended it would have been so much cooler. That said, the ending kinda blows. I will say that Michael Parks and John Goodman are amazing in it.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Serbian Film was pretty childish

    by Ryan Malcolm

    Saw the film at the movies. Found it pretty funny, Not disturbing at all. Fantastic skull fuck scene. But when Spasojevic says it's satire because it's like the government is fucking you from birth to death, then it's pretty juvenile satire

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST

    What I mean is

    by Ryan Malcolm

    I had no more understanding of Serbian politics after watching it than I did before watching it. The only reason you'd have a political awareness of the film was if you were aware of it before. Even then it's pretty thin

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Not a bad week at all

    by alexander

    Kuroneko, Island of Lost Souls, The Robber, Tinker Tailor, Guns of Navaro, City of Life and Death, The Crow, Batman: Year One and Attack the Block! To be fair I havn't actually see Attack the Block yet, but I can wholeheartedly say... fuck Spain, and fuck Penelope Cruz. With Batman Begins I do have to admit that one of my only main gripes since the first viewing has been how it feels - for a year one fan - like they stole that moment from Gordon when he delt with Flass personally, effectively replacing him with The Batman. But I'm stoked for now they've straight up adapted Year One... just hoping the animation does justice to all the still images and artwork they've presented so far. And Twilight Zone coming soon!

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Forgot Robotech too

    by alexander

    Seems somehow like it has maybe a tiny bit of an influence on Battlestar Galactica, can't put my finger on why... space, people... people together in space, on a ship etc.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox was a much better Robert McKee

    by alexander

    Is all I'm sayin'...

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Stalkeye--Nazi Germany and Japan

    by Hipshot

    Germany surrendered May 2, 1945. The atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima August 6th. The bombs simply weren't ready while the war with Germany was hot.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Brandon Lee and other subjects

    by Hipshot

    1) To this day we've never had an Asian star who has been able to really crack the American market. Note Jackie Chan's disgust with the limited roles he was offered. In Bruce's day he would have been even more of an "exotic", unable to even star in the show he created because white people wouldn't accept his humanity. Simple truth. Brandon being more than 1/2 white, would have been able to "pass" and be presented unreservedly as a hero. While not a fraction of his father's martial arts capacity (and no, Bruce couldn't "beat anyone"--that was just his fighter's ego, and Hollywood hype. But he was a superb martial artist), and didn't have Daddy's charisma, he was a much better actor, and spoke in fully enunciated English. He had a damned good chance to "eclipse" daddy's career. 2) Does anyone know why the Howling Commandos were never named? Is this touched upon in the commentaries? I'm guessing some weird legal issue. 3) Dropping the A-bomb on Japan. The only way I'd feel guilty about it is if I thought Japan wouldn't have dropped it on us. Anyone want to try to make that argument? Can you say Nanking?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    "Dropping the A bomb on Japan. The only way I'd feel guilty about it is if I thought they wouldn't drop the bomb on us." <p> That's kind of like saying America shouldn't feel guilty about slavery because Africa itself used to sell and use Africans as slaves. Who's to say that if Africa were to gain imperial dominance before the British that they wouldnt have used whites as slaves, too.

  • a fallacy,the fallacy of Tu Quoque: try harder next time.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by knowthyself

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    and yes USA nuked Japan as a clear showcase to the others

    by KilliK

    of their rise into the no1 military,and soon to be economical,super-power in the world,after the British Empire and the other old european super-powers had been collapsed permanently with the end of the WW2. You historically brainwashed americans can justify the Japan nuking in any way you like it,but you can not hide to the rest of us,the fact that what USA really did at that point of time,was to make a point to the entire world.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Not really. I'm saying that in war, human beings have traditionally used everything they have to survive, or defeat the foe. That there have been very few instances when people deliberately used less force than they had, and that when I see THAT I am heartened, and impressed. Going all-out is just standard human procedure, and no, I don't feel guilty about that one bit. I feel saddened that war is necessary at all, but guilt? Nope. Try harder yourself.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Exactly, precisely. I have NEVER suggested that anyone feel guilty about slavery. I've never suggested that whites were more racist than anyone else. Never. Find one post where I did. You can't. I ask people to be conscious of the consequences of their choices (especially unconscious ones). "Guilt"? No. Conscious, awake, loving, humane, and adult? Sure. Slavery was an economic institution, using human beings as machines and sex toys. Far worse than slavery were the belief systems ("blacks are less than we are, natural slaves, and we're doing them a favor") that grew up to support it, to in essence deflect the guilt. People couldn't be honest enough to just say: we were strong enough to do this to them, and so we did. They had to JUSTIFY it. The justifications outlived the institution they were created to defend, and only started breaking down in the 70's. Guilt is bullshit. Just wake the fuck up, and love your fellow man. That's quite enough.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Harry and fatigue and his reviews

    by Hipshot

    1) Harry has serious health issues, as anyone reading this for any period of time knows. Those who wonder about his fatigue, and laugh at his size, display a clear lack of basic human empathy and maturity. He provides this site for free. You need not spend a dime. And you come here, hang out, and try to feel superior by ragging on him. Fine. 2) You criticize him for making his film reviews rather autobiographical. Wow. Isn't that like criticizing Gumby for being Claymation? That's how he writes reviews. You all know that. Why read them, just to state the obvious? It feels like serious jealousy. Find it very, very hard to believe that anyone who does that could possibly have accomplished anything of note in their own lives. Harry, for all his human flaws, is living his dream. It takes more work, focus, and ability to handle pressure (and criticism) than anyone who has NOT succeeded can imagine. I appreciate the fact that AICN is here for us, while wishing Harry well with his issues. And feel rather sorry for the constant Harry-bashers.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Sure sure and it was a banker's idea to nuke em.

    by UltraTron

    We all know these things. Man that pulp fiction blu was the best it's ever looked. Watched it on the 200 incher. Better than it looked in the theater. The sound? Tarintino is the greatest living director. That's all you will say if you see and hear that thing in my theater.

  • find the shot. Cinema verte. Such a fuckin masterpiece

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    God it was the best movie I can remember seeing in years

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    ultratron, you have a 200 incher?

    by Bobo_Vision

    We should move in together. <p> Side note: When I typed ultratron just now, my iPhone changed it to Ultra Ron. Because Ultra Ron some how makes sense? Wtf?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by AzulTool

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Ultra Ron is my uncle. I come from a long line of Ultras.

    by UltraTron

  • But you don't hear blacks moaning about that or starting marches or riots over that. Yes, over there blacks still enslave their brothers and sisters, not to mention rape, rob, brutalize, and murder them by the bushel on a daily basis.

  • Seriously great stuff. Some of the best the box had to offer in the 70's, from either side of the pond.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    hipshot ,

    by JMG84

    I could not agree more. I have always wondered what motivation these Harry bashers have. I come to read this site, enjoy it, and go on with my day. Why are people so hateful? Get a life.

  • But everytime I feel like buying a blu I just Netflix it instead and just walk around the store holding it till I get bored of it. Then put it back on the shelf. Then I pour the money I save into the sound system. Been doing this so long that I have a system that has won awards in several magazines including Absolute Sound, Home Theater, Audio/Video Interiors, Widescreen Review. It's beyond the very best theaters on earth. Just a fucking place of magic and wonder. The new addition of the 200 inch screen does this- finally the image is as big as the sound and they hold hands. That fireball in casino royale that goes up the construction site is actual size in both sound and image. Fireball washes over you and you do a double take. Been holding off on empire and all the Starwars. I think jurassic park is next. Every movie is like the first time again. Sets are real scale too so you find yourself enjoying rooms in houses and stuff. Oh look at that furniture set. Look how comfortable that chair looks. I never noticed that shoe on the wall. Yeah it never gets old.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Frankly no director I know has a 200 inch screen.

    by UltraTron

    Once a movie leaves the theater it comes to my house to live forever. Everyone else is pretty much fucked.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I'll sell you my patented screen paint for a nominal fee.

    by UltraTron

    Better black levels and color and all that shit than the very best screens you can buy. Guaranteed. You too can have a 200 inch flawless panasonic plasma on your wall for cheaper than you would fucking believe

  • What you wrote about Harry, in his defense, was very well said, and most definitely needed to be said. For someone with such physical problems, what he is able to accomplish is rather impressive. He is living a life that others here who mock him can only dream about, but what he has accomplished, and continues to accomplish, does make people jealous. The harder anyone tries to put him down, you can smell their jealousy. His review style is perfect for what he is doing with his life. He gets it. I wrote film reviews for many years, as an entertainment editor for a newspaper. Harry just needs a good editor! And I am available--- Harry! hey Harry!!! Kudos to Harry for persevering.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    a serbian film...nothing but a cheap gimmick told by talent less hacks

    by alienindisguise

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    =I don't feel guilty about that one bit.=

    by KilliK

    οfc not. you didnt feel guilty for massacring the native didnt feel guilty for enslaving the native africans. it is a given that you are not going to feel guilty for burning to the ground several thousands of 'yellows.' isn't so?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Batman: Year One

    by Judge Briggs

    Was far, far too short! The movie was only 1 hour and 5 minutes long. Wtf? Surely, there was more than enough material for at least 1.5 hours? If Oldman stops playing Gordon, Cranston needs to step up! He's perfect for Gordon.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Americans seems to have a problem with learning from mistakes.. We keep repeating the same ones, over and over... A lack or shame and guilt, in proper perspective, allows for this trait. Maybe, one day, we can truly be the greatest nation on the face of the earth, by demonstration, rather than merely thinking it.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Nope, don't feel a bit of guilt. Never would, unless I did something that violated my own sense of ethics. If war is an expansion of one-on-one defense, then I understand exactly what would trigger the "guilt" response: 1) If I attack someone without provocation, I have violated my ethics, and "guilt" would apply. 2) If someone attacks me, I will try my level best to cripple or kill them, until they are totally out of the fight, unconscious, or outside support (the police) arrive. If they are damaged, well, they shouldn't have opened that door. Anyone on this site who sees my posts knows that I strive to be polite. Fuck with me at your own risk: I have taken 100% of the shit I'm going to take in this lifetime. In war, you start it, we finish it. We went WAY out of our way to try to repair afterwards--something quite unusual in human history. 3) Guilt about slavery? Even if I was white, I wouldn't feel guilty about it. I didn't do it. Nor do I hate or dislike white people for being descended from those who did. What I DO strive for is to treat all people with dignity, and love. To treat those who have been disadvantaged with special kindness and respect. Guilt? That's bullshit for children, an excuse not to do something. "Wow! I feel guilty about what my ancestors did!" No. Not the slightest bit. 4) Guilt about the slaughter of Native Americans? No more than the genocide against Jews. Absolute horror. A symptom of what human beings do when they are AFRAID. Guilt is a form of fear. I refuse to live my life from a position of fear, in any way. I prefer to come from love. Last I heard, guilt and love aren't particularly compatible. If you need guilt to treat people with compassion...o.k. I myself do not. I love human beings, and see the terrible things they do when there is not enough love in their hearts to share with others. And will do nothing to decrease the amount I feel. In all sincerity, I wish the same for you.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    =Nope, don't feel a bit of guilt. Never would,=

    by KilliK

    god forbid..

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    The Lost World and Hook

    by murray_hamilton

    the only Spielberg movies I truly dislike

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Interesting comments - you do understand, hopefully, that if someone attacks you, and you kill them - you could mistakenly be tried for murder and executed. You could be in a situation that you misread, and kill someone accidently that might not deserve the death you mete out This is America - it happens. I understand your bravado, so, I guess you are willing to take that chance. But, would you love your attacker, right before you kill him?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Choppah's Pan of the Week: Super (2011)


    Super 2010 Written and Directed by James Gunn Starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon Man o' man, this movie sucked hard! Super tells the story of a middle-aged loser (Wilson) who is called by God to don a superhero costume and fight crime as the Crimson Bolt after his wife (Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Bacon). This being the third and worst movie I've seen in the last few years about a normal person becoming a superhero, I'm beginning to wonder if we are seeing the creation of a new superhero movie sub-genre. Or if it is just another nail in the coffin of the genre as a whole, parody being the last stage of any genre. In any case, after this I have no desire to see another ripoff of the original and far superior Nunzio (1978). Super starts off with the implausible relationship between milquetoast short order cook, Frank Darbo, and the too hot for him Liv Tyler as Sarah. Shot in amateurish handheld shaky-cam, at times out of focus, the film shows us the disintegration of their marriage in a montage of sequences in which Frank looks on passively as his wife gets high on drugs with her shady friends, one of which is Kevin Bacon's strung out drug dealer, Jacques. Eventually, Frank comes home to find his wife gone and all of her belongings missing. He is then spurred on to become a costumed crusader by Nathan Fillion as The Holy Avenger, a low rent superhero on a religious cable network. If this plot sounds funny to you, so far, I assure you that the humor does not register on screen. In fact, my biggest problem with the film is that it is not funny. And the few laughs it does deliver, you feel embarrassed for laughing, because everything else about the movie is so terrible and not in a so bad it's good way. Another thing that stifles any laughs is the extreme violence depicted when the Crimson Bolt goes about his crime fighting exploits. While this worked in the film's over the top predecessor, Kick Ass, here the gore just comes off as mean spirited. The talented cast does its best to raise writer/director James Gunn's morass of a film, but are shackled to a terrible screenplay. In fact, halfway in I began to wonder how Gunn managed to get such actor's interested in this mess, let alone a studio to fund it. Ellen Page particularly goes above and beyond the call of duty to pep up this downer as Libby, Frank's wannabe sidekick, Boltie. Going so far as to perform one of the most painfully embarrassing sex scenes I've ever scene in a film, where her character is literally begging the twice her age Dwight Shrute to bang her. And what happens to her character in the end is not only mean spirited, but extremely depressing and I won't spoil it, but only say that it punctuates the film's theme of graphic violence with a middle finger to human decency. Super's ultimate message is that violence is the answer to all your problems, despite what happens to Boltie. It ends similarly to the far, far, far superior Taxi Driver, but where Martin Scorsese intended the ending to be ironic, Gunn plays it straight. If there is anything positive to take away from this dud, it is for all you aspiring filmmakers out there, if James Gunn, whose work includes Tromeo and Juliet, Slither and Scooby Doo 2, can make it in the film industry then anyone can.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Shut up, Choppah!


  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    If by "god forbid" you are referencing the concept of guilt specifically as a Christian concept, I must retire from the field of argument, with respect for your beliefs.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I'm perfectly aware of the legal implications. I'm also aware that the person who sits here typing isn't the same guy who would be triggered to deal with such a situation. A number of things come into play here: 1) no offense. I would NEVER give someone a legitimate reason to want to attack me. You can have my wallet, talk about my mother, do whatever you want. That's all bullshit. I'll apologize profusely and be totally polite. 2) I will retreat to the wall, or attempt to retire from the field. 3) If forced to defend myself, then the part of me I've trained for almost forty years will do its level best to kill and maim that person. This I know. 4) If and when they are disabled, I will stop. If in a genuine self-defense situation, I won't attempt to protect the opponent WHILE they are aggressive, any more than a cop tries to shoot someone in the leg or arm. 5) To the police, I would say: "I was afraid. I tried to stop him from hurting me. I'm so sorry." 6) The graveyards are filled with people afraid to go all-out when all-out was required. I have access to excellent legal assistance. I have no record, and am a peaceful person. I'd make an excellent defendant, and juries would love me. 7) I don't know what you mean by "bravado." I'm not saying I'm a badass, and can take someone out. I'm saying what I would TRY to do, to unleash the full measure of my capacity, if the situation truly calls for it. I'd be too scared to be rational and measured. 8) When it comes down to it, I'd rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Trying to respect you, but finding myself drawing a line - be well.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    May I politely invite you to clarify what is bothering you? If it is my thought that, in a self-defense situation a person should go all-out until the situation has been neutralized, I can understand why this might be troubling, and it was not my intent to trouble anyone. Hopefully, you will also take into account that this attitude, a sort of "let the wolf out of the cage" attitude, motivates me to do ANYTHING honorable to avoid a fight. I would not fight over money, or words, or anything other than pretty much a life and death situation. I am not proud of this aspect of my personality, am just aware that it is there, that the survival drive is wired up to the martial arts training in a very specific way, and it motivates me to be as polite and considerate to any and all human beings as I be.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Bandon Lee would have been the Collin Hanks of Martial Arts...

    by MST3KPIMP

    If he was lucky he would have showed up in a season of Dexter playing some half-baked faith killer.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Colin Hanks is terrible in Dexter


    Shame, because the end times serial killer plot is well done otherwise.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    hipshot, killik and mcgootoo


    STFU... ...and read my review of Super!

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    LMAO. Colin Hanks does indeed seem terrible. Unless... **SPOILER** ## ## ## have you seen the speculation that EJO might exist only in his imagination? That he is already dead, and no more "real" than Dexter's father? In that case, they are playing a very, very cagey game, and Hanks' performance might actually be quite good.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Harry apologists like hipshot are idiots.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    The reason people justifiably criticize and sometimes bash Harry is because he took a good website and ran it into the ground with his greed, ego, and lack of morals. A website that used to be filled with valuable scoops and movie news is now nothing more than a place for studios and filmmakers to send bribes in exchange for positive reviews. Notice how Harry likes everything now and there are so many instances where contributors on this site are like, "I could go either way on this or that." And look at this review column; it's garbage. How many times has Harry said a transfer looks great yet on actual Blu-ray review sites the exact opposite is said? How many times do we need to hear Harry namedrop or actually show us the bribes sent to this site (Green Lantern ring, anyone?)?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST



    That's a good theory, but it doesn't explain the evidence that their are two people involved in the crimes. Unless Colin has multiple personalities instead of visions like Dexter.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Yep, multiple personalities is the idea.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    alan_grant_lives, Battlestar Galactica

    by jawaburger

    came out in 1978. Robotech came out in 1985. So, you may have meant that Battlestar Galactica had an influence on Robotech. You do know that the Battlestar Galactica series from 2004 was based on the tv show of the same name and plot from 1978, don't you?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    What bothers me is that you might kill an innocent person, accidentally,by misjudging the danger of a situation, just because you can. So, you do love a person as you are killing them? I wasn't being sarcastic, but really curious, as you say that nothing will decrease the amount of love you feel for your fellow human beings. Would you feel remorse if you were attacked by someone who you could not reason with, someone mentally deranged who thought you were trying to kill their mother, and he attacks you, in the dark, with what looks like a knife. You strike him, he hits his head against something, and he dies. He was holding a comb, or a crucifix in his hand. Would you feel any guilt, any remorse for taking the life of someone, accidentally, someone you profess to love?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I read your review of Super. I liked it more than you did, and yes, the fate of Bolty was indeed dark and depressing.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Sounds like you are a glutton for punishment. Harry is not going to change because you do not approve of his work. Try joinging the OWS movement if you want a real chance at change.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    ultratron...I see you avoided the topic of me moving in with you

    by Bobo_Vision

    I see how it is.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    So let me get this right. Harry creates a site, you join it without paying him a dime. You don't like what he does with it, but instead of creating your own site (I assume you have the talent, intelligence and energy to do so, of course) you sit back and insult him for doing with HIS site what he wants. I simply cannot imagine why you don't create your own site, eclipsing the work of this man who has so little of your respect. Clearly, you are an individual of exceptional capacity, and it is a tragedy that we haven't the opportunity to bask in the light of the wonderful site that you would create, if only you would have mercy on us, the unenlightened folk who have fun here, and appreciate Harry for throwing a party. Your reasons for not creating such a site are obviously beyond my limited understanding, and I bow to your magnificence.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Mcgootoo - when you've been around here longer than a few days you'll see.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    You're obviously new. I never expect someone with an ego larger than his stomach to change anything. Plus why try to improve yourself by improving grammar, site content, relations with other sites, technical knowledge (especially if you're going to review Blu-ray), the site itself, etc. when the bribe money is rolling in. Hopefully you're just ignorant to the truth about Harry (google him many articles pertaining to his ethics) and don't share his work ethic.

  • Did you really think about your comments, genius? This is a site where people review movies. So when a reviewer here on this site you so gloriously defend negatively reviews a movie (I know, a rarity, unless it's Inception) in a fashion that you disagree with, do you throw out the same lame retort about going and doing it better to THEM? Unless you agree with everything this site says, I really doubt so. It's a lame and mindless retort anyway, along the lines of "if you can't do it better, don't say anything bad about it."

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I have been visiting this site for over 4 years. I do not visit movie review sites of people I do not respect. Feel free to waste your time any way you want to. I wrote film reviews for years. I wrote what I felt. I was comped tix all the time. Movie reviews are a form of marketing. I understand what Harry does for a living, you do not. He works hard, AND he has fun. I admire what he does. He is a quirky, non-traditional film reviewer and writer.You do not always have to agree with a reviewer's PERSONAL OPINION, to maintain that respect. Yes, he needs a good editor. I could vastly improve the writing on this site, if given the opportunity. I was a newspaper editor for 8 years. He is living the geek life to the fullest, and I cheer him on. He has respect within the film industry for his accomplishments. You feel superior by mocking his accomplishments. That is not a superior accomplishment to what Harry, despite the odds, has managed to do with his life. Have fun just howling at the moon. Tis the season.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    No, sierra...

    by Hipshot

    Criticizing a review is one thing, and totally within reason. But you resorted to ad hominem attacks on Harry's character, and that is a different matter altogether.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Cape Fear

    by toxicopoulus

    Here's another clue that Harry hasn't seen even a fraction of these films and is the laziest, least perceptive person out there who claims to be a "film geek" Newsflash: Scorcese didn't direct "Cape Fear". Spielberg did. Any serious discussion of the film has to start there. And it's not like the hints aren't there; from the obligatory shooting star to even the quality of the film stock and the filters that were used. peace

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    You misspelled Scorsese, and do you wear a KICK ME sign on your back?

  • don't have a clue what you are talking about. Also, many of us have been here more than ten years, some for the full fifteen. Our issues with the way Harry writes now, and with what he chooses to ENDORSE, are far beyond the issue of a reviewer being comped a ticket. First of all, he seems to have forgotten how to properly use the English language. Second, the movies he chooses to "love" or "hate" are more than slightly suspect a fair amount of the time. It didn't used to be that way, but its pretty apparent lately. And I'm not just saying its a payout thing, either. For me a lot of the time it appears to be something personal getting in his way. Regardless, it makes a lot of what he says now come off as biased and in direct contradiction to the way he used to write.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Cape Fear, also


    It wasn't Robert DeNiro who starred in it. It was Brian Cox.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    If Harry has changed so much to your displeasure, sounds like it's time for you to move on. Almost dying can change a person.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo, lamest argument EVER

    by Jaka

    What does Harry have to do with all the other columnists, articles or the interaction in the talkbacks? Get off you high horse and try and actually conversing here, bud. AICN has ALWAYS allowed freedom of thought, expression and opinion. I'm surprised you haven't figured that out after "four years". Also, near death experiences are known to IMPROVE many people's work ethic, not ruin them. I'm not sure whose cause it is you think you're taking up. But I can assure you, with the path you're on, its a lost one.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Spielberg didn't direct Raiders, Lucas did. It is so obvious with the way the sound sounded, and the movie moved.

  • It seems they are deliberately trying to get people's goats. But, the thing is that if someone has a problem with depictions of rape in films, it is most likely because they are decent human beings. Not saying that people who enjoy rape in movies are not decent human beings, but it does make you scratch your head a bit.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    This talkback just turned into an elementary school playground


    Mcgootoo, time to retreat home. When your dad asks about the black eye, give him the ol "you should see the other guy!" fib, so he can be proud of his little weakling.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    "Movie reviews are a form of marketing. I understand what Harry does for a living, you do not." LOL, thanks for clearing it up. You're just as clueless on this site's issues as you are on the idea of review. Writing for some dude's blog doesn't count as writing legitimate reviews, thus you're nowhere near the expert you want to think you are. You obviously want to ignore the MANY examples of Harry's lack of integrity in his supposed field, so if you want to continue to ignorantly defend his site and look the fool, more power to you.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I read his review. He liked it, but did not recommend it. I understand where he is coming from. I have no desire to see it. He said: A Masterpiece. Unrated. For extreme cult cinema lovers only. It’s likely to burn rage into everyone else. Hardly pimping a rape movie, but I understand your ire. Baby's gotta eat.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    OK, fine. Insult Harry all you want. Won't change anything. Read it all and weep. Boo hoo for you. Do you think insulting Harry elevates you or diminishes you as a person?

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    @ sierratangofoxtrotuniform

    by toxicopoulus

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    @ sierratangofoxtrotuniform

    by toxicopoulus

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by toxicopoulus

    exactly! basically all i'm trying to convey here is that Harry is full of shit! and it's so unnecessary with all of the name dropping and trying to beef up his resume'. peace

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo, as the choppah has pointed out...

    by Jaka're level of interaction is a bit below what I usually involve myself in. If you'd like to have a conversation, now or in the future, cool with me. I certainly don't have anything against you personally. But "boo hoo for you" definitely diminishes YOU as a person. Me? It plays no part in my decision to post an opinion at AICN. Harry opens himself up for these comments, and he knows this. Its my opinion that he purposely pushes into certain areas in order to rile up the talkback crowd. He certainly knows that his integrity CAN BE questioned at this point. And there is NO WAY that he can't be aware of how poorly some of his "reviews" are written. I mean come on man! They're filled with incomplete sentences and improper use of punctuation. And don't even get me started on his use of ellipses. So anyway, my point is really pretty simple; if you want to stand on the other side of the fence, that's cool. I totally respect that. But there's no reason for you to make your responses personal or insulting. Particularly when its clear that you're actually ignoring most of the CLEAR points many talkbackers have made in order to push your own pro-Harry agenda. We get it, you dig what he does. Most of us did at one time or another. Some of us still do from time to time. Doesn't change the fact that the complaints about dude are not being pulled out of thin air. *shrug*

  • ..the production history:

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    All the LOST WORLD hate is understandable...

    by chaburchak

    ...since they marketed that movie all wrong. Title is too generic, doesn't tell you what's going on. If they'd just called it "DINOSAURS VS. GYMKATA" like I wanted 'em to, maybe it would've got the respect it deserved (and possibly a sequal or three with Goldblum's daughter fighting ninjas or pirates or cowboys...)

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Now that we have Jurassic Park on Blu...

    by SebastianHaff

    Where the fuck is Congo, bitches?? <br><p> Also, quit eating my sesame cake.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Yousay you've been 'visiting' this site for 4 years, why not just say 15, no one would know by your posting history. All your posts have been in 2011.

  • Oct. 26, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    @hipshot no,i was being ironic..

    by KilliK

    and you can retire from the argument.i already did.three posts of yours ago.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    jawaburger: Battlestar

    by alexander

    Yes, I know. @Choppah: While I can understand your dissapointment - or disdain - for Super, personally I found at least the scenes with him violently beating criminals round the head with a wrench or dropping a brick on their heads from above hilarious - including the couple in the que. The whole point of Bolty wanting to nail frank is that (apart from being horny, or maybe relative to being horny) shes clearly fucked up in her own way, as I believe is franks wife despite her self righteous analysis of a guy like him at the end, hell, everyone in that movie is screwed up, and I believe the whole thing - as opposed to taxi's closing moments - plays like a nihilistic fantasy of vigilante superheroism. But it didn't go far enough in fleshing out these ideas. Maybe I was jusyt very pleasently suprised with the guy who wrote scooby doo. Anyway Alan Grants Mansatchel of the week: IRONCLAD. 2011 Some good talent wasted on a shitty script and film overall. Paul Giamati does his best to chew scenery and revive something of Alan Rickmans Sheriff from prince of theives crossed with naughty-schoolboy-with-a-huge-daddy-complex to alliviate all the shitness, but alas, he has no lines that could touch "and tell everyone Xmas is cancelled!" or "I'll dig your heart out with a rusty spoon" or whatever it was. No Morgana either. Shame. Brian Cox is all the while however here to save us all by acting in a completely different film - like Shakespeare - most of the time, which does make pretty much every moment with him - maybe it was just the chong - extremely gut bustingly funny, culminating in a scene that nearly made me piss myself with Brian Cox + Catapult + Pythonesque dummy shot + wall. At least one talkbacker here will scream "Coxxed!" with joy when he or she sees it. Someone seriously needs to re edit the movie into a short film where we get pretty much every moment of Brian Cox's cut inbetween every gore-money shot, climaxing with the momebnt leading up to and including Brian Cox in a noose + dummy double in a catapult + wall and cut to black, finish. While I'm at it, I guess I'm with the people who wish that those who bitch and moan about Harry - not just for fun or affections sake - would just piss off and have a go at doing what he does themselves, or be content with the various alternative news and reviews sites available to you. For Christ sakes, you act like he's a cancer or something.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    uhh... Paul Giamatti, queue etc.

    by alexander

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Enjoyed Cap, but it was disappointing when compared

    by Dennis_Moore

    to the early part of the Brubaker/Epting run. Such a missed opportunity for something greater.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    well, at least you didn't call him a fat bitch and

    by alexander

    A pathetic tard who should go drown himself for all you care, instead we got a open intepretive considered analysis, so that's something...

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Also on the subject of Super, forgot to mention...

    by alexander

    I rented this from lovefilm and, when it gets to the bit where SPOILER! Bolty rapes Frank END SPOILER! well the disc curiously enough-would you believe it, skips and often freezes right when she's mounting him. Teenagers... it must be teenagers...

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    CAPE FEAR blows.

    by WarrenSmooth

    Not because it's a bad film but because Deniro's cartoonish accent makes it unwatchable. "Come Ow-what, come ow-what wuh Eff-uh yee-oo ah!" It's not a southern accent. I don't know what it is... but it makes the whole movie silly.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    That POTC box set

    by slave to the one

    yeah, I was a bit bummed to open and find the disc holder made of paper....what gives Disney? Luckily it's only $92 on amazon right now!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST



    I would say that calling ASF a, "masterpiece" is indeed, "pimping!"

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST



    Mcgootoo used to be mcgoocain until that username was BANHAMMERED and he has been here for awhile.

  • But I still think the film is well done. It lingers with me after I watch it and I feel like I need to give my brain a shower. By the end of the film, De Niro seems like the devil himself. <p> But I agree that the film is flawed. Like at the end when De Niro breaks the third wall and starts talking to the audience as though he's a lawyer talking to a judge.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Liberal guilt...funny thing....

    by ZodNotGod

    Damn right the USA nuked Japan, to prove a point and to save more lives and for their cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor. Stop weeping and deal with it.

  • The overthetop performance by DeNiro is totally in fitting with the genre. It is one of DeNiro's finest performances, imo. Nommed for an Oscar btw. Love it!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Right. And if masterpiece were the only word he used, then I would agree. But, it is not the only word he used. Seems like a lot of wasted time to find ways to put down Harry. I agree with some criticisms of his work, and I would never promote a film like that. So you disagree. Let the hate begin. Whoopee.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Conservative cognitive dissonance ..... sad thing...

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Thank you for giving me your permission to not hive mind hate Harry. Pretty thinned skinned if you take someone saying boo hoo to you as a personal insult. Wow, just, wow.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    RE: mcgootoo

    by ZodNotGod

    Of course its sad. Liberals cry about everything and do nothing. Par for the course. Spineless.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I only weep for you.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Cape Fear

    by ZodNotGod

    I hate Deniro but he is very good here and Juliette Lewis is not a skank....yet. It seems to spin out of control in the last act, too much houseboat business. Although I tend to hate Nick Nolte, but he and Jessica Lange spark off each other in great southern gothic way...lots of stuff bubbling under the surface, pent up emotions/feelings. She hates his rotten guts and he doesn’t quite get it. A fun movie, one Scorcese needed after all the praise from Goodfellas, a knock down to keep his ego in check. Too long and too trashy to be a masterpiece, but still good.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    And dammitt! CAPE FEAR is 20 years old!!!!!

    by ZodNotGod

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Cape Fear is actually 49 years old, but from the comments, it doesn't sound as if too many have seen the original version. But like you, I am sure Scorsese made a remake, to knock himself down and keep his ego in check. The best filmmakers do that all the time.

  • The reason Red State is brilliant is because you see the family display their over the top spite and cruelty throughout the film and then, in the final moments, you hear the trumpet that makes the land itself shake. And then, if you have any sort of functioning IQ at all, you're supposed to think 'Oh no! What if they were the ones who were right all along?' Then, John Goodman clears it up for everyone with a longwinded story during his official statement. Brilliant work by Kevin Smith. This is proof he can go on without having to constantly revisit Jay and Silent Bob.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    One more thing, to Melonman

    by Sick Fixx

    Actually, once you see the rape scene in Irreversible, there's really nothing else that remarkable in the film. It is Irreversible that doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Serbian Film.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Everyone is talking about the remake, I was talking about the remake. Blow.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Red State...

    by ZodNotGod

    Didn't like it... sick fix, you make an excellent point, that stuff was clever. Still not sure why it left me cold... Maybe because the kids wanted to actually fuck that nasty old hag....? I'll give Smith an E for effort and making up for the lousy Cop Out and for not babysitting Jason Mewes.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    RE: Mcgoooon

    by ZodNotGod

    Climb off Harry's cock.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Get off Harry's back.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    sick fixx: IRREVERSIBLE was about more than shock-horror

    by melonman

    As far as I can remember the second half of the movie (after the rape) ends with Bellucci discovering she's pregnant and the joy and happiness it brings her. it shows the beauty of life to contrast with the absolute Hell of the opening scenes. That's why I think it's a great film. It's not remarkable because of shock tactics but because it's about far more than that, and IMHO has strong thoughts about the fragility of life, and the decisions we make. Comparisons to SERBIAN are like comparing chalk and cheese - they're just completely different kettles of fish. It was a cheap move of Harry to mention IRREVERSIBLE in the above review just because it was also controversial. Then again, he also describes CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH as "rapey" so I suppose nothing's too cheap for him anymore.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Yawn. You don't get it, bud. Clearly, you don't. And I'm too old to deal with passive aggressive internet nonsense like yours. You didn't insult ME in the slightest. The point I was making is that you don't seem to be able to have an actual conversation. You just keep ATTEMPTING to seem clever by making what you perceive as sly insults. They're not. They're childish and pointless. A lot of people have attempted to make clear points for you. In my case it was in the hope that you would actually try having a discussion. Since you seem to be unable to climb up to that level, I'm gonna move on now.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    re: Irreversible/Melonman

    by Sick Fixx

    I haven't seen the film in many years, but I'm pretty sure the whole thing runs backwards. So her pregnancy is irrelevant because she's in a coma and likely near death, therefore so is the baby.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    A baby could be removed from a woman in a coma

    by Jaka

    Depending on the circumstances it could also be completely healthy and live a long, normal life. I have no idea why I took the time to post this, I just know its true. *shrug*

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Defend Harrys point but he still hates you

    by liljuniorbrown

    He keeps doing the rape and pervy shit because he is either trying to piss every one off or deep down he is trying to justify his sick sexual perversions. This is the same guy who wanted to know if the cheerleader from Heroes hyman kept healing himself cause "i would love to take her virginity over and over giggle" What a sick fucking looser. He needs to be on a list. Thats my opinion and most of the talkbackers feel the same. We hate it when Harry does that shit

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I just saw ANTICHRIST, how does that compare to SERBIAN FILM

    by strykebr

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Speaking of ad hominem attacks, read Harry's reviews of a Paul WS Anderson movie

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Yes, the guy deserves it, but don't get all sandy-pussied when people point out Harry's obesity, which he is proud of by the way. He likes to be considered "morbidly obese" FYI. And he brought it on himself so it's hard to feel sympathy for someone like that, especially when he considers it a point of pride.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Yes, Harry likes to provoke, as does the site in general.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    The siterunners KNOW that posting idiotic shit will get the traffic on this site (Justin Bieber movie reviews,anyone?) because they don't have awesome scoops to get it anymore.

  • Who chose to ignore this, so they could cry out about the nerve and injustice with the rest of the country, and send all their boys to the ffontlines so they could profit hugely and emerge as a world superpower. So brave... such backbone... The kind I'll always appreciate, still today echoed in words of people like Zod here on talkback forums while others, echo how Harry is a scrote cancer that needs a thorough roasting for his grammer and highlight of Serbian film. Right here, it's what they died for. Never forget. Oooh More Brains and Rare Exports sound exciting too

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Negative points about Harry taken and acknowledged. You are just as passive aggressive as the rest of the usual gang of idiots here. If you don't know what that is referencing, feel free to take it as a personal insult. You are not trying to have a conversation. Move along.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Yup, Harry sure does have a lot of power over some of the weaker minds around here, apparently. More power to him.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Americans do love their *chop down the cherry tree" version of history- all neat and tidy - no muss- no fuss- quick and easy clean up - the quicker pickerupper...

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Oh, I get it now. Funny!

    by Michael Lunney

    Harry provokes you guys, so you must react with personal insults. This is so funny now- Harry is the puppeteer for all the easily provokable. Way, way too funny.... Funny how some feel provoked, and some don't. Funny how some just need to react with this provoking with personal insults, and others don't. Funny....

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    mcgootoo, provocation is just lazy journalism


    and it's not just Harry and AICN that is guilty of it. CNN and HuffPost like to get peoples goats with their endless stories about 16 year old brides.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Usually films like this have a point to make, but when the point is merely to offend, what's the point? Anti-Christ at least some "artistry" to it and even "Human Centipede" is not nearly as awful as I predicted, quite good actually...(have not seen 2.) but to take something as natural and everyday as sex and twist it for the sake of it, that's a bit gross and slighlty disturbing, esepcially by those hailing it as something brilliant or masterpiece.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I will be the first to agree that lazy journalism is rampant, but reacting to it with consumed hatred sounds a lot like: I had to beat my wife. She MADE me do it. To make ot even worse, if you believe you are being provoked woth words on a website, and you must respond with unhinged hatred, on a regular basis, not an occasional explosion...well... someone has a problem...

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Well fan is short for fanatic...

    by Michael Lunney

    This site seems to be a magnet for obsessive fanatics..Fun!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The clone wars is fucking shit...

    by Volllllume3

    ...even for a kids show. Just DIE already George!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Harry called it a masterpiece because he wanted to personally disturb you. It is so obvious. His work seems effective to me.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Ditto on Clone Wars..

    by ZodNotGod

    It is quite amazing. Season 4 is kinda weak at the moment, except for the Ackbar and Tam episode. The droids and Jar Jar eps were fluffy time killers. Meh.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST



    Do I usually respond with unhinged hatred on a regular basis? Usually even if I am pissed I try and interject some facetious humor into my rants. But, on the flip side of your argument, more and more I am feel like an abused wife returning to this site day after day only to have Harry, et al, take a sh*t in my face.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I hope you're getting something for your defense of Harry, mcgootoo.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    the_choppah - my apologies

    by Michael Lunney

    I never had anyone shit in my face, so can't relate, but of course, that turn of a phrase is gaining popularity here. My apologies, I meant to say: if one believes they are being provoked with words on a website, and one must respond with unhinged hatred, on a regular basis, not an occasional explosion...well... someone has a problem... Rather, I respect your sense of humor and style, which shows more humanity on a regular basis than those who just like to come here to unload their neuroses on Harry. some of the stuff can be entertaining, like the *Cox* running gag, buthe unrelenting, humorless barrage of unbalanced venom and vitriol for Harry is what makes this site, shall we say, somewhat *special*.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I am getting nothing for defending Harry. I only expected to be spit on by those who are definding their right to insult Harry because Harry makes them do it. Sure enough, the Harry-deserves-it bunch took some time out from beating their wives, shaking their babies and kicking their dogs to let me know how wrong I am. I think anyone like Harry, with such great power over people's mind's and behavior, is someone worth defending.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    If he is as

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    If he is as "great" as you fantasize about, he doesn't need defending.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    You're still failing completely to get the point. It isn't that Harry has this great power. It's that this once great site, which has accumulated a lot of followers over the years, has been run into the ground because of the greed and ego of it's creator. Websites like these, despite this one's own immense problems, are hard to let go of because there is still hope it can return to its former glory, although that thought is proving more and more futile by the day. Why do you so blatantly ignore the tons of examples that point to Harry's true character? At least us "haters" acknowledge that this site was once great whereas you seem to gleefully dismiss and ignore all the controversy surround set visits and studio kickbacks. You must not have been around when Harry ASKED for studio kickbacks, or "pwesents" as he called them. You must not have been around during or after the Godzilla debacle, where Harry was FLOWN to the set and afterwards, as a result of that no doubt, gave the film an overwhelmingly positive review, despite a consensus from other critics that disagreed. He even changed his review when he actually gave in to the criticisms and charges of bribery, stating some lame excuse about being caught up in all of the madness of set visits and what not. More recently, he posted a pic of himself with a Green Lantern ring, sent to him by the studios which proved for them to be a wise move as Harry gave that film an overwhelmingly positive review again in spite of critical consensus. What about Dylan Dogg, a film that was offered to Harry as a hosting gig by the filmmaker? Yet another movie that got a positive review by him but is universally panned by real critics. There is plenty of evidence like this. If you want to continue to ignore it, as I said before, more power to you.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    So don't read him if you have no respect, based on your examples. That would make sense. But, hard to let go of because of former glory? Please...You don't have to agree with him, ever, but the unbalanced degree of hate? I don't base my movie viewing on what Harry thinks or doesn't think. Again, please... As a former film reviewer, I have no respect for that sort of behavior either. But I did like the presents I got. They never swayed me one way or the other, though. So thanks for sharing about some things I did not know about . Harry has been compromised, everyone assumes he is always compromised, and that compels the weaker minds to let Harry control their actions, and if you are really a thinking person, you know exactly what I mean by that sarcasm.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Anybody who comes to a TB to hate on Harry

    by Autodidact

    is pure jelly. That said (heh), critiques of Harry's writing, which to my disbelief seems to have gotten worse over the years, are fair game.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Brilliantly well said. Sums up my feelings 100%.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Guns Of Navarone

    by Robert G Griffith

    All new hack directors should watch this

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    You're a retard. A pile of useless, rotten afterbirth. And you clearly wouldn't know the meaning of passive aggressive if it shit down your gaping maw. I was having a conversation you blithering fucking idiot. I hadn't insulted you in any way, even though you had done so to me (again, thinking you were being clever), several times. The above comments are insults - said plainly, clearly and pointedly. I'd ask if you now understand the difference between that and your passive aggressive bitchery, but I know you don't. You'd have to have a reading comprehension level of at least a third grader, and clearly, you don't. You're one of the biggest, most clueless simpletons I've ever had the displeasure of running into on the internet. You're arguing in circles, saying the same thing over and over, about topics which you clearly know NOTHING about. You're defending a person you DON'T KNOW against things he's ADMITTING doing. Dumb ass. I get the distinct impression that we should start calling you Yoko. Because there is nobody else on all of the Earth (or anywhere else, for that matter) who should be defending Harry to these lengths.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    They get worse on a column by column basis. Its absolutely shocking to me that a human being who has had a book published with their name attached to it would care so little about the English language.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo - "As a former film reviewer,..."

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    So what do you do now? Just troll on various film sites bragging about your "experience"? Fuck off you wannabe Ben Lyons.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Serbian Film makes it's point in the opening scene.

    by Fortunesfool

    It creates a disturbing atmosphere in the first act but after the 'newborn porn' scene it just descends into silliness. 'Irriversible' is a much tougher watch.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Fuck the geeks for killing "Boy Wonder"

    by Foucault

    Your corrosive influence has killed a very good film, just because it looked like a comic book movie and it happened to be too deep for your juvenile minds. Fuck You.

  • Nov. 1, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Hooray for Netfilx! It stopped me purchasing KURONEKO.

    by riskebiz

    I had KURONEKO in my Amazon shopping cart based on this article, but then I thought better of it and wondered if it would be at Netfilx. It was. I got to rent. Atmospheric? Yes. Is it any good? I don't suggest buying it. Worth a rental, but I would still like those 90mins back. Just because it's old asian horror on Criterion does not make it worth all the hullabaloo.

  • Nov. 2, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Where's this week's?

    by DrGogol

    These DVD columns are getting more and more inconsistent. They're supposed to be every Tuesday. Now they're twice a month if we're lucky. I really love these columns. I keep my Netflix open whjile I read so I can add as I go. I would really love if they happened more consistently.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    "In a World where...."

    by rben

    Pablo Fransico comedy special tonight at 11 on comedy central. yer welcome!

  • Nov. 8, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Looks like November is gonna get only one DVD column

    by SoylentMean

    I hope everything is all right.

  • Nov. 9, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I only ask one thing of this site:

    by DrGogol

    A consistent DVD release column. When they come out on time, they're always well-written or fun (rarely both). But when they're late like this, they're rushed and jotted down absent-mindedly. How hard can it be to put out a column in a timely manner? I have a full-time, boring 40- hour-a-week job and I could write one easily (it wouldn't have the Knowles touch, but it would be out every Tuesday). It's not like Harry is doing this out of the kindness of his heart. He gets money from Amazon when you click a link and buy ANYTHING immediately after with the Amazon window still open. Whatever. I wish I wrote for a living. I like to think I'd be more vigilant. I'm jealous.

  • Nov. 9, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Harry, I mean this in the nicest possible way

    by Nick