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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st 2 wks of Nov 2011: Lon Chaney, Dickens, Bill Murray, William Wyler, Errol Morris, exploitation, young JFK, FISHER KING & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the past 2 weeks DVD & Blu columns… Got a little underwater – mainly due to so many titles coming late and not giving me time to screen them. I really do try to watch as many of the titles as humanly possible before I come out with the column, but more and more often I get releases the day before – which just doesn’t give me time to watch them all. But add dealing with BNAT and it just gets me behind. So sorry about that. I’ve managed to get through a crazy amount of releases since Yoko took of for London, so I’m poised to be in great shape for this coming week’s column and the one after that. As usual all the links and pics will take you to Amazon, where you can purchase the item in question. So I hope you enjoy! If you purchase anything through the links, thank you – it helps keep the column going and things easier at home! So thanks. Here ya go…

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011





PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) Blu Ray

Watching this a few nights before Halloween, I was enchanted all over again. Turn your computer screens and tablets and cel phones dark. Sit and imagine a time when films flickered as music played. Simple, powerful, iconic framing. Masterful make-up, humbling craftsmanship. The interior of the Opera is my favorite set I’ve ever visited. Seeing it on the Universal Backlot was the sheerest magic I’ve ever felt. To stand (I was walking back then) where Lon Chaney created this… presence … Mary Philbin’s beauty, those eyes… the theatrical manner in her body… less like the world we live in, more like a nightmare. The stunning 1929 edition’s tinted scenes are just stunning on Blu. They did a fairly great job here. I personally would have loved getting like Savini, Nicotero, Rick Baker and Bob Burns talking about PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Lon Chaney. I feel that each print needs to be mastered in perfect 1080p – and the 480p version of the original 1925 in the wrong aspect ratio. Well. I just want the attention they gave the 1929 version. That said – what is perfect is worth the price of the disk. Given the slim silent pickings on Blu-Ray – I applaud the release. But KINO and CRITERION would’ve done a more exacting job of the release I feel.




CARS 2 Blu Ray

This was the first Pixar release that I didn’t see theatrically. That press screening was held when I had to be at Rehab, was the excuse I used to just not go. I appreciated CARS, but there was always something about the film that left me flat. The trailers for this just didn’t make me feel like I needed to see it. That said, when I put the Blu Ray in and I sat back, turned everything off and watched CARS 2… I enjoyed it. I loved it. I might loathe about 99% of what Larry The Cable Guy’s schtick is… but I can not deny that PIXAR does know how to take that personality and make it comment upon itself and become something unexpected. Pixar has a magic about them, that even when the film feels like a cash grab, at the end of the movie, I couldn’t help but smile like a kid that got candy. The film is just beautiful. The global expansion of the CARS universe continues to just be scary and a little freaky. Something has gone terribly wrong on Earth. If I think of the CARS universe as being our own, it really disturbs me. So instead, I have to think of it as an Alternate Earth where this is simply the way it is. But as that universe expands – I wonder if we’ll ever see a time-traveling car that shows us a look at the history of this universe… pre-Stanley Steamer.




CRAZY STUPID LOVE Blu-Ray

Yeah, Ryan Gosling teaching Steve Carrell how to be a smooth single man that can get a date is kinda fucking awesome. It’s funny. Kevin Bacon is awesome. Emma Stone continues to just be one of my favorite young actresses.  But as I watched this film - it actually singlehandedly tore me away from writing this column and for two days made me an attentive husband towards YOKO who was leaving for a week's stay in London.   I love this film.   Intensely.   Carell, Gosling, Moore, Stone, Tomei and Bacon are all great - as is the kid!   Love this film.   Fave Gosling performance of the year.




CHRISTMAS CAROL: 60TH Anniversary Diamond Blu Ray Edition

This is my favorite version of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. That’s because I just love Alastair Sim. He is Scrooge in my mind. Perhaps because this was the first version of the tale I saw. My parents repeatedly showed this to me as a yearly affair throughout my known memory. It is a vicious cycle that I have not yet learned how to escape, for I haven’t the will to attempt it. Alastair just makes me smile. The idea of him, the voice, those big awesome eyes of his. He isn’t this impossibly twisted evil man, he’s human… relatable… cheap & grumpy, certainly – but delightfully self-absorbed. I believe in the existence… no, I invest a degree of cinematic soul to the existence of this man playing this character. It is simply meant to have happened.




SCROOGED Blu-Ray

If you know this movie, it is already purchased. Bill Murray’s SCROOGED is one of those Bill performances, for which we bow at the base of the Shrine of Murray and pray to worship. Now we have a sharp and killer BluRay to enjoy Bill’s particularly awesome brand of scrooging. He may not be my primary Scrooge – but I do have a particularly warm spot in my heart for this lump of coal.




HOOK Blu Ray

Probably the worst Spielberg film, that I can’t help but love while I’m bitching incessantly about things that just bug the living shit out of me. I loathe Julia Roberts’ Tinkerbell. I hate about 75% of Robin Williams’ performance… I hate Peter’s son passionately. I loathe Refugio. That said… so long as John Williams’ amazing score is belting out the soul the film is otherwise missing, I can veg with a wistful smile upon my face and forget that I really do have massive problems with this… Spielberg’s most disappointing miss. This was the film he was born to do – and it is ALMOST there. Missed by a couple miles, but the elements of Spielberg that do work, work wonderfully. Smee and Hook? Wonderful. The younger Lost Boys. I love them. Old lady Wendy still being in love with Peter though he is now an adopted son-in-law. I love it. I probably would love a commentary by Spielberg on this film, more than any other film Steven did, simply because I know he feels conflicted upon the film as well, and it’d be fascinating for him to discover and reflect upon this film and the experience of making it. The BLU-Ray is pretty bare, but the transfer looks quite popping.




THE BIG COUNTRY Blu Ray

I love this film. Mainly because I worship Gregory Peck. He’s my cinematic Dad. Ever since watching GUNS OF NAVARONE and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as a very young boy, I think of Peck as my fantasy father in cinema. He has a way of doing things that just makes him THE MAN! In THE BIG COUNTRY – he plays this shipping magnate/Captain – that fell in love with this lady who is entirely too hung up on loving her Daddy. So he heads out to her Ranch in the middle of Big Country – with tons of arrogant ignorant Cowpokes played by the likes of Charlton Heston and Chuck Connors… You’ll discover one of the great Burl Ives performances in this. But for those of us that love Jean Simmons… her School Marm is just awesome. BUT what is most awesome about THE BIG COUNTRY? Gregory Peck. He’s just the very model of what it should be to be a man. A man needs to prove things to himself, not to others. It is a mantra that Peck lives by in this film, and he’s the fucking man for it. The throwdown between Peck and Heston is just the shit of legend. It is up there with Wayne and MacLagen throwing down through the streets of that Irish town in THE QUIET MAN or the back alleys of a Fascist Alien run world in THEY LIVE. THE BIG COUNTRY fight is epic in its intimate no-holds barred exhaustion. William Wyler is one of the great directors – check out this Blu and discover why!




COP LAND Blu Ray

I’m not sure if I quite feel like declaring COP LAND as a great film, but it certainly has great performances in it. I love Stallone, Keitel, Liotta and De Niro in the film – though I did prefer De Niro in BACKDRAFT for this type of character. But it’s a good character. So I’m ok with it. I had my PT in REHAB reference this film in relation to what has gone down at PENN STATE with the sex scandal that has brought down Joe Paterno – and I see that. The problem with covering for your buddies, especially if they're fucking 10 year olds, is it drags you and everything you stand for down into a deserved pit of hell. COP LAND is a great “Good Ol Boy” flick – those films where seemingly good guys… Cops… they get together and realize that they pretty much rule – and that power destroys them. Ah hell, it’s a great film. I love COP LAND. Great to have it on Blu!




TABLOID

Alright – so watching Errol Morris’ TABLOID makes me seriously fascinated by the story of Joyce McKinney and this crazy fucking Mormon fucking & kidnapping story. I love every step of this doc, and Joyce is just a fascinating woman on camera. This is a story that just doesn’t seem at all possible, but it happened – and it’s the crazy batnuts shit that worms its way into a Tabloid paper, but those stories are never as captivating as a great filmmaker can make them, and Errol Morris does an amazing job at getting to the heart of the matter. Do not miss this film.




GOING PLACES Blu Ray

Wow. What a fucking movie. Gerard Depardieu plays an ALEX like bastard of a Boy gone Wild type. BTW that’s Alex as in Malcolm McDowell in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. This was Gerard Depardieu’s first film. 1974, French. In France the title if translated, meant TESTACLES… and that’s appropriate. Gerard and his best friend are a pair of ne’er do wells that go through life stealing what they want, fucking whom they want… intimidating, raping, brutally beating… I mean, they’re like the worst things ever. EXCEPT, this is a comedy and while what these characters do is repulsive, they’re shown in such an incredibly charismatic light that you laugh at their antics – which are repugnant. Jeanne Moreau is unforgettable as a woman recently released from prison that Gerard and his friend meet up with. Just outstanding!




BUNRAKU Blu Ray

Just… watch it. If you love wild crazy nonsensical visual splendor and wowitude, then BUNRAKU is for you. Lacking in almost all other categories – does mean it is lacking in the whole experience, but the Visual fun of this film very nearly makes you completely not give a shit about that. You deserve to check it out.




CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND Blu Ray

I really love Clooney’s directorial debut with CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. I also love pretending, as I watch it, that it is all – absolutely true. I’m pretty sure this shit didn’t go down like this, but the world would be better if it went down like this. On that, I’m sure we can all agree. Right? Nice to have this on Blu! Clooney is the most interesting Actor/Director working right now, for my money.




PT-109

The story of PT-109 is one of those awesome tales about John F Kennedy, that just makes JFK all the cooler. Cliff Robertson is playing the young PT boat skipper who, along with a coconut – managed to triumphantly save his men and more. This true story is one for all ages to watch. The ingenuity and thought that went into this true life tale is awesome. Personally, I can see this being excellent material for a remake, mainly to get a better JFK performance. I love Cliff Robertson in the film, but he really doesn’t resemble or act much like JFK. That said – the movie is fantastic. Check it out!




IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Giftset Blu-Ray

That little silver bell doesn’t ring worth a shit. It is the Holiday season again – so that means that we’re gonna be treated to reissues to clutter columns – and if you love IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and somehow don’t own the film on Blu yet, here’s as fine a chance as any. The Blu is essentially the same that has already come out. Filled with extras and giving you about anything you’d want on this film. BUT – I really do hate the little bell. It should have a beautiful tone when it rings. Not a clank. No angel earns wings at a clank. I will not be moved on this issue. As for the film. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of my desert island picks. A film to make you reflect on the good of your own life. What have you done that has counted. How have you helped others in your life? The story of George Bailey is a story to hold on to forever. In some ways the weirdest film of Capra’s career – and it is just perfection.




MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED

Discover the crazy awesome of the Filipino genre films as this documentary highlights them. I love docs like this. They’re like buying crazy cult movie books at the local library – and then the joy of tracking down the films – until you’ve seen them all. This is pretty much what every hardcore movie lover that I’ve known in my life has done. I love funky monsters and nudity – but also the particular look of these films. There’s an energy and a vitality that doesn’t make them half-assed. Fun documentary. It is also on Netflix!




THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.: 8 Movies Collection ( TO TRAP A SPY, THE SPY WITH MY FACE, ONE SPY TOO MANY, THE SPY IN THE GREEN HAT, ONE OF OUR SPIES IS MISSING, THE KARATE KILLERS, THE HELICOPTER SPIES and HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD )

We all know that the world is moving to relaunch this franchise, but for me – there will always be one Napoleon Solo and one Illya Kuryakin – and yes, even just one Mr Waverly! Like the GREEN HORNET movie that came out in the Seventies, the MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. movies were hobbled together from existing materials. But released theatrically. TO TRAP A SPY was essentially an expanded version of the pilot. THE SPY WITH MY FACE came from expanding upon THE DOUBLE AFFAIR. They’re all expanded pre-existing television episodes. You’ll have Rip Torn, Yvonne Craig, Jack Palance, James Doohan, Vera Miles, Telly Savalas, Herbert Lom, Joan Crawford, Jill Ireland, Kim Darby, Leslie Nielsen and Carol Lynley to add awesome to the already awesome world of U.N.C.L.E. Hope they keep this period!




THE QUEST (PILOT)

Remember back in 1976 when Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson were cast in a pilot called THE QUEST – which was essentially going to be a television adaptation of John Ford’s THE SEARCHERS – Now it isn’t a direct adaptation – Kurt and Tim play brothers searching for their Indian kidnapped sister who is now living with an Indian Tribe. Me either. But with Brian Keith and John Cameron Mitchell – I’m there. This just sounds too cool!




BLACK ZOO

Want to see why Tim Burton fell in love with Michael Gough? This isn’t the only reason, but for those of us that have tracked Gough for most of our lives – BLACK ZOO is the film we slip in to show people what Gough could really do. I first saw this on 16mm on a print that my “Uncle Bob” had – and BLACK ZOO is just awesome fun. I love this director’s STUDY IN TERROR which is a criminally underrated Sherlock Holmes film, but this movie has all the elements firing full blast. The animals rule, the score rules, the performances are awesome – and any movie with Elisha Cook Jr is worth checking out. That’s a hard and fast rule btw.




THE PACK

From the director of ENTER THE DRAGON, Robert Clouse and starring WALKING TALL’s Joe Don Baker – we have a horror film about a resort of people upon SEAL ISLAND that are being terrorized by a feral pack of bugnuts doggies left by tourists over the years that hunger for human flesh… AWESOME! This came out during the height of Animal Terror in Hollywood – and thank god!




HYSTERIA

This Hammer production of a Hitchcockian Directorial Debut of cinematographer Freddie Francis is fascinating. You have a man waking with no memory from a car crash, he begins investigating the only leads he has and discovers he may be a crazy killer on the loose… or being framed by a murderous plot against him. Either way – tis fun, lurid and just what I wanted.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011





THE FISHER KING Blu Ray

Terry Gilliam’s THE FISHER KING deserves a real blowout via Criterion – I want hours of extras, commentary, etc with this title. THE FISHER KING is just a film that has the ability to devastate you. To make you love film aggressively. The performances are uniformly amongst everyone’s best work. Same can be said of all other creative partners in the making of this film. It looks beautiful on Blu. Not an idle watch, this is a film that will absorb your complete consciousness until you are overwhelmed with love for the film. If not. You might be broken. Lay under a tree until the day turns into late night. Ponder existence. FISHER KING is one of the greatest Gilliam works. LOVE IT!




THE COLLECTOR Blu-Ray

Another great William Wyler flick. About as far as you could possibly get from THE BIG COUNTRY btw. If you’ve never seen THE COLLECTOR – you’ve never seen anything quite like it. It stars Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. Terence Stamp is a nobody that won the lottery. The kind of man that lives on the fringe of awareness by his co-workers and associates. If someone told you he had been fired, you’d have a Dickens of the time trying to place them. Samantha Eggar is a beautiful lady that never knew that Terence Stamp really existed until he abducted her, put her in the stone wine cellar of his isolated British estate… until she loves him. The film is not TORTURE PORN. It handles the subject brilliantly. Stamp’s performance is amazing. Eggar’s is as well, but the physicality of Stamp… the way he moves and reflects his spirit within his movement is amazing to watch. I’d love to see a modern day sequel to this directed by Mark Romanek and again starring Terence Stamp. Could be the scariest movie ever.




HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 Blu-Ray

We all know that eventually, Warners will complete their big Book sized Blu-Ray releases for Potter, but if you want the film for the here and now – this is your option. The Maximum Movie Mode they have for the film is a great extra – but really – this is about having a great version to watch at home until the really tricked out deluxe Blu hits – later next year I’d wager. Absolutely love the film. And this Ultraviolet shit has got to stop. Just give us our digital copy already!




GIA (Unrated) Blu Ray

You obviously know why you must own the unrated GIA on Blu-Ray. It’s so self-explantory – that we have all already bought it. Cuz we must have it unrated, right. Because it is amazing. Important. Right?




BLUE VELVET Blu-Ray

Yeah. Lynch’s BLUE VELVET is a fever bomb of cinema. The sort of film that makes you sweat, because that is how the human body reacts to this badassness. This is truly a kind of film we just never see anymore. So quotable. Such a great score by Angelo Badalamenti! Looks great on Blu. Fire it up!




MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY Blu Ray

I love seeing this tale told cinematically over history. The Laughton and Gable version is great. I also love Gibson’s BOUNTY. But there’s something about Marlon Brando’s Fletcher Christian that just feels right. Trevor Howard also feels right to me. The nudity of Tahiti is a part of that. It completes the paradise – makes one feel that perhaps their prudish upbringing was wrong. Also – Richard Harris is great here… as he always is. This is a beautiful film. Definitely give it a watch or two. The experience of shooting this film stayed with Brando for his entire life. It changed him, as Tahiti changed Fletcher. You can see it in his performance. Fantastic work! It also has great extras!




ONE EYED JACKS Blu Ray

DO NOT BUY! TOTAL FUCKING RIPOFF! LOOKS LIKE SHIT! Great film that is given the travesty treatment. Looks crap!




LITTLE BIG MAN Blu-Ray

This, THE GRADUATE, MARATHON MAN and ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN are my favorite Dustin Hoffman performances. With LITTLE BIG MAN actually being my favorite. I love the gargantuan jackass that Custer is in the film. I love Chief Dan George. I love “snake eyes” – and when Dustin learns to shoot… it is amazing. I love the real stunts and the absolute epicness of the film. It is such the better version of DANCES WITH WOLVES. As great a film as Hollywood knows how to make.




THE CANNONBALL RUN Blu-Ray

I actually mark this as one of the most important films in my life. Why? Because I use this film to mark the exact moment in my life that I became aware of Jackie Chan. His part was small – but eye-catching to my Kung Fu monkey brain at age 9. As a result, I began looking for Jackie Chan on movies – and it led me to the modern Hong Kong film movement. Opened me up for Jet Li, John Woo and a never-ending run of discovery. And I have CANNONBALL RUN to thank for that. I was already a Burt Reynolds geek, my mom used to talk openly about her lust for Burt. So happy to have this on Blu! It is a party film. They partied making it – and we party watching it!




TO DIE FOR Blu Ray

This would be a great double feature for TABLOID from last Tuesday. I’d recommend watching this first though… cuz TABLOID is even more outrageous! Which is kind of crazy to think about. This is my favorite Nicole Kidman movie. She’s amazing in it. Gus Van Sant is in top form with the film. Love Illeanna Douglas in this! Plus the movie is just so lovely to watch. Beautifully shot. Definitely a must watch!




FANNY AND ALEXANDER Criterion Blu

Amazon’s description of FANNY AND ALEXANDER as the more upbeat and accessible film of Ingmar Bergman’s career – kind of annoys the fuck out of me. I suppose that’s true. But it is just as brilliant as his least accessible work. Bergman’s movies are films to savor. To digest. To think about. They are not films that the second it is over you have 1 thing to say. Like, “It’s great!” – No – instead it makes you reflect upon the film itself, how scenes are open to interpretation and even inspiration. In that respect Bergman is one of the greatest filmmakers because his work is challenging, but incredibly rewarding to work your mind around. FANNY AND ALEXANDER won 4 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film – though it was nominated for 6 Awards. Criterion has done a great job on this Autobiographical tale. Here’s what Criterion has put together for ya:

High-definition digital restorations of the television and theatrical versions of Fanny and Alexander

High-definition digital restoration of Ingmar Bergman’s feature-length documentary The Making of Fanny and Alexander

Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film, a sixty-minute conversation between Bergman and film critic Nils Petter Sundgren recorded for Swedish television in 1984

Audio commentary on the theatrical version by film scholar Peter Cowie

A Bergman Tapestry, a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew

Costume sketches and footage of the models for the film’s sets

Stills gallery

Theatrical trailer

Optional English-dubbed soundtrack for the theatrical version

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by documentarian and film historian Stig Björkman, novelist Rick Moody, and film scholar Paul Arthur

Fanny and Alexander—The Television Version 1982

320 minutes

Color

Monaural

In Swedish with English subtitles

1.66:1 aspect ratio

Fanny and Alexander—The Theatrical Version 1982

188 minutes

Color

Monaural

In Swedish with English subtitles

1.66:1 aspect ratio

The Making of Fanny and Alexander 1983

110 minutes

Color

Monaural

In Swedish with English subtitles

133:1 aspect ratio




ABSENCE OF MALICE Blu Ray

I love ABSENCE OF MALICE – where one man is wrongfully labeled as being under-investigation by the government in relation to a newsworthy crime. Newman is presumed guilty until found innocent – and seeks to clear his name as best he can. Bob Balaban is such a fucking asshole in this movie. And Sally Field is so cute… on Blu, her hair just has the most amazing healthy look to it. Seriously! I love this film, it teaches you a lot about the ethics of reporting – just because a fact is true, doesn’t mean it should be reported. Another great Sydney Pollack movie!




BAND OF BROTHERS / THE PACIFIC Special Edition Gift Set Blu-Ray

For $99.99 you get both series in this rather handsome box set of Spielberg/Hanks produced WWII mayhem in Europe and the Pacific! That’s a 50% savings btw – so if you got a friend that loves this stuff – or a parent or grandparent or greatgrandparent – this is a whole lot of entertainment done right! There is a Documentary exclusive to this set – that’s all about the postwar lives of the veterans of both series – which is outstanding!




FRANKENHOOKER Blu Ray

I love FRANKENHOOKER – but as amazing as it is to see FRANKENHOOKER in 1080p… I’ve never seen the film projected. I first rented this from Blockbuster after I pressed her left boobie and the VHS box screamed, “WANNA DATE?” at me. So of course I took Frankenhooker home – and I’ve been happy ever since. I don’t know if it’s possible to do such product madness on BLU boxes – but until then, VHS owns this Blu! Giggle. Synapse did a great job on this release otherwise! A 2k hd print, 5.1 DTS HD surround, Commentary by Henenlotter and Makeup wizard Gabe Bartalos… plus all kinds of special features. If only the box screamed WANNA DATE!?!?!?




MR. MAGOO: The Television Collection, 1960-1977

Great to have all televised Magoo… I just wish we had them all uncensored. I kept my copy I was sent to review, but I’m annoyed that I can’t hear the original tracks. Have they been lost? What’s the story?




THE KING OF COOL: Best of Dean Martin Variety Show (Collector’s Edition)

YES! THANK YOU! MAY I HAVE ANOTHER! I love getting 6 hours of Dean Martin’s awesome Variety Show… But I would love a complete collection one day, all these sets do is leave me wanting more. I mean… you get such amazing rare performances with this show! Early Bill Cosby, Carroll O Connor, Mickey Rooney, Louis Armstong, Johnny Mathis, The Supremes and so many others. You kind of have to make room for the king of cool!




A BETTER TOMORROW Blu Ray

I prefer Woo and Chow Yun-Fat’s original – and my love of that film made watching this one difficult – especially as the film went along, although… the Korean version is absolutely riveting. I was just always distracted by the memory of the original. Which goes to the heart of remakes. The filmmaking by Hae-Sung Song is so handsome and so watchable – and yet I wished it was an original story. That said, if you love badass films – this one is badass enough to enjoy! Especially while the only way to get Woo’s original on Blu is to overpay for an Import disc, nearly 3 times the price of this one… which is about right in my mind.




IN A GLASS CAGE Blu Ray

So the PENN STATE news just boggles your mind right? Can’t imagine that kind of thing happening? Well, check out IN A GLASS CAGE, made 25 years ago it’s all about an ex-Nazi doctor who committed terribly appalling sex crimes on little boys during the war went unpunished. He went to Spain and yeah – it gets terrible. The movie is great, the situations are terrible. This film has been compared to SALO by others – consider that your warning. It is, I feel, a better more shocking film.

Alright that’s the first 2 weeks of November – I’ll be back with this Tuesday’s column tomorrow night, but we’ll be checking out the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, THE LION KING blu, WEST SIDE STORY Blu, MY FAIR LADY Blu, EVIL DEAD 2 Blu, LARRY CROWNE, THE ROLLING STONES: SOME GIRLS LIVE IN TEXAS ’78, FARSCAPE Blu, BEGINNERS, LOONEY TUNES Platinum Blu, Kieslowski’s Colors Trilogy from CRITERION, IT TAKES A THIEF series, Moroder’s METROPOLIS!!! CRIME STORY series, THE RULES OF THE GAME Criterion Blu, BELLFLOWER Blu, KOREA: THE FORGOTTEN WAR, INFERNAL AFFAIRS Blu, WWII IN HD, TREASURE HUNTER Blu, PROPHECY Blu, GRIFF THE INVISIBLE, NEVERWHERE, SUPERHEROES and more!

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  • Nov. 13, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    If you know this movie, it is already purchased

    by Bobo_Vision

    English....do you speak it, motherfucker?

  • - Harry Knowles, Cop Land Blu-Ray review

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    ultraviolet copies are shit?

    by Bouncy X

    if i recall, these are "digital copies" you have to download so if this means not having an extra useless disc for the digital copy wasting space that jacks the price up then ultraviolet works for me. i still will never understand the point of digital copies, especially in this age of tech savvy folk with PCs who can just rip the dvd or blu-ray themselves. of course if you already own the dvd or blu-ray, why do you even need those anyway? its sorta like texting, a useless technology.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Little Big Man

    by Manatee

    That film gets better each and every time I watch it. Damn it, I miss the 70's, when studio executives actually let filmmakers practice their craft.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    is TS Hawaiian Vacation on the Cars 2 blu Harold?

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Don't like Hook

    by Bass Ackwards

    But as a kid I loved Rufio.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Hook was the biggest piece of shit

    by celebritydave

    I saw it when it came out and wont watch it again. I hate the entire premise. Just garbage.

  • It was beautifully animated by the great Chuck Jones and almost every frame is a piece of artwork you could clip out, put in a frame and hang on your wall. They used to show it to us in grade school during the holidays when I was a kid and it scared the living shit out of me. Marley's Ghost, in that version, would give John Carpenter nightmares. The two ghostly kids under the Ghost of Christmas Present's robe, Ignorance and Want, are the stuff of nightmares that can scar a man for life. You can see this on YouTube, but it cries out for someone to remaster it release it in all its horrifying glory.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Hook is a movie...

    by HansBubi

    ...that if you were the right age when it was released, you enjoyed it and probably still have a soft spot for it, despite knowing better now that you're older. My friends and I can quote so much of the movie, especially the pre-food fight taunts, anything relating to Rufio, as well as Hook and Smee's interactions. My brain knows it's not a great movie, yet I can't help but enjoy it.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Hook.......

    by david starling

    If ever anyone asks me my most hated film of all time, its always Hook!! They then go off trying to reason that hey, it wasn't a bad film, and its a good family picture - over the years, I've kind of given-up on trying to reason my opinion, tell them they're c^&ts, and that if they show that film to their families, then they must truly be of a sick mind!! Spielberg is a great man, but one day every year, he needs to be bolted into a seat, like Alex from A Clockwork Orange, and fed that film constantly on rotation for that day, with Mountain Dew poured constantly into his eyes during this period. I feel he needs somehow to feel the pain of giving that film to audiences, and the fact that he f^&ked a classic children's story. Rant over!! I love the Cannonball Run dearly, such a damn fine guilty pleasure. Saw Bunraku recently (the missus is a huge fan of Gackt!!), and its alright. A real visual trip, but not much more.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    @ the reluctant austinite

    by Jimmy Frohman

    The 1971 animated Christmas Carol is brilliant. Its been years since I have seen it, but I will never forget that version of Jacob Marley. Terrifying. This does need a proper blu ray treatment.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is "Refugio"? Does the illiterate fatass mean Rufio?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    If so, shows how much research Harry does before writing these awful columns.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Ah, beat me to it, canned_dirty_ape

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    canned_dirty_ape

    by HEADGEEK

    My parents worshipped Bergman, they were in Film School when everyone was going gaga for him. SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT & SEVENTH SEAL were seen in my house OFTEN as a kid. Then in college, I rented all the titles in the Bergman shelf at Vulcan Video. Let's see... I hosted a screening of CRIES AND WHISPERS at the drafthouse 3 weeks or so ago. And I watched FANNY & ALEXANDER the TV cut this Saturday (yesterday)

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    worst Spielberg film

    by professorjack

    Its "The Terminal". I cant imagine anyone thinking he's done anything worse than that. Balki in an Airport with tons of product placement, c'mon!

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Digital copies and texting.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I agree that the inclusion of digital copies in movie packages is weird. It isn't hard to rip a movie or go somewhere on the internet for a more portable version, plus the studio provided ones expire. However, I can see how it would be nice to have a movie to take along with you to watch in case you're bored. Texting is awesome. It's much easier to communicate that way in certain situations. Plus it is extremely popular so it's hardly a useless technology. If you're wanting to meet a friend at the bar, much easier and less of a hassle to send them a message telling them to be there at such and such a time and then getting the ok from them. And any technology that has been abused as much as texting has already proven its value, haha.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    man_drake

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Testify, brother. It's probably my favorite version of "A Christmas Carol," even at only 30 minutes. I like to mention it whenever I can around the holidays because more people need to see it. It's pretty obscure these days just out of neglect.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    @hansbubi

    by Brick_Walker

    I feel exactly the same way. I have lots of good memories watching Hook.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    gotta get that phantom of the opera blu

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    metropolis and king kong looked pretty great.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    three amigos blu next week?

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Why I will always love Hook

    by zacdilone

    For about a year and a half, it was my son's favorite movie. He watched it incessantly, acted it out constantly, and hummed the music all around the house and in the car. He lived for that movie. And those happy memories of him allow me to forgive the movie's faults and think of it fondly. Carpe diem, people--life moves too fast.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Hook and Smee were perfect

    by MCVamp

    The movie around them was shit. It happens.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    all these movies suck!

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    All right, I'll say it: Mercedes Ruehl was pretty hot in The Fisher King...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Seeing her cleavage in Blu-ray alone is probably worth the purchase for me. I make no apologies for these statements...

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    It's Rufio, not Refugio, Harry.

    by DrunkyMcLush

    Someone needs a trip to the Boo Box, and it ain't Glenn Close.

  • What, email wasn't working? And if you already have a phone that you can talk on everyplace you go, why does texting even exist? Its totally unnecessary. Just like MySpace was, and Facebook is. They don't bring you together at all. They separate you from what used to be you life. They keep you unnecessarily tied to technology. Its all just some nonsense that big industry decided to force upon consumers as being "cool", so of course the sheep are going to use it. Bah. I'm not even going to get into it. Just try actually talking to people once in a while.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Scrooged...

    by HansBubi

    ...is a movie I seem to appreciate more every year. However, it's exactly the kind of movie people would say, "Why do you own this? It's on TV all the time." or "Scrooged isn't a 'I need to own this on blu-ray' kind of movie." Either way they have a good point, yet sometimes I get a serious craving to watch it, and it'll be on a week when it's not being shown on any channels. An opposite example: Two or three years ago I noticed that one of the HBO channels was playing it at least once a week from the Christmas season all the way into the summer. By about June or July I was absolutely amazed that they were still playing it every week.

  • Scrooged is great, Hook is not. Cars 2 was better than I thought it would be, but I don't really care for the Cars universe, either.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Refugio also known to his friends as Centrifugio.

    by KilliK

    Wasnt Rufio the fat black kid in the movie? is it me or SS loves using racial stereotypes in his flicks ,like the asian kid who was tech savvy in the Goonies.(he produced/wrote the script),or the ape brain eating Indians. might explain why his buddy Michael Bay is making movies for him..hmmm..

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    texting less a hassle?

    by Bouncy X

    you're holding a phone, just call the person and make the plans. and if they arent available well thats what voicemail is for. course i've never owned a cellphone and dont expect to ever have one so maybe its just easier for me since i'm not obsessed with them and can live in a world where i dont need one. anyway....sorry, this is a movie release talkback so i'll shut up now. :P

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Opposite World!

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Where everything, all opinions, all statements, all rules or decisions are reversed! Merely for reversal sake! That's Right! If You Say Left, I Say Right! If you like something, I say HATE IT! Come on, join Opposite World, where nothing matters and everything's a game in which it's all worth opposeing! WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!! (If you are a snide and manipulative, mean little ... 12 year old.)

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    i see jaka already made my point...thanks. :P

    by Bouncy X

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Mr. Harry, actually really agreed with your "Fanny and Alexander" review

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    And I disagree, as you do, with what is a truly simplistic Amazon review. "Fanny and Alexander" has many of the elements of Bergman's fantasy/horror films, their religious fervor, their emphasis on darkness in order to delineate the light. Easily one of Bergman's most complex films. (Harry, ever see the Billie August film built on the story of Bergman's mother and father's union? I forget the name off the top of my head, but it is a marvelous film that really expands the Bergman universe and his ideas therein. Beautiful film about man and his flawed, earthly relationship with God.) But, yeah, Harry, I thought, before seeing the opposition, that you really summed the film up very nicely. Upbeat just does not describe Bergman. Even his hopeful films would find one quite at odds to even venture upon saying, "How, what an upbeat picture!" Just don't enter into the language.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Cannonball Run! Yes! Ultraviolet Copy! No!

    by bat725

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    And Harry, "Copland" is a Great Film.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    The only flaw I've ever found with it is the fact that Liotta's return at just the right moment might be a bit of a Dues Ex Machina. But that is after TRYING to find flaws in the picture. I qualify it as one of the great modern Westerns and Stallone will always have a place of honour and respect in my mind for his portrayl as Freddy (and for that Orange Julius skit on Saturday Night Live). So much more of a 60s or 70s films than anything we could consider contemporary. Cynical and heartful all at the same time, full of great scenes and wonderful acting from what could have easily been a stunt cast. Great portait of a man stuck in a slump, trying to claw his way up, back toward the light - and, hopefully, bring a few more back with him. Just awesome. Just writing about it makes me want to see it again.

  • Love what you said Harry, about a Savini voice track on "Phantom." Was just listening to the commentary on Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and his love for Chaney is infectious and very wonderful to hear in the mouth of another. He is a great commentator, and a lot more eloquent than you would expect. (Carnegie Melon, really? That's awesome! Go Savini!)

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    William Wyler was a tremendously versatille filmmaker.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Never knew that "The Collector" was his. There are some really great stills of that in a book "Dark City" that traces the development of film noir up through the late 60s. Knowing that it is Wyler makes me what to check it out even more. Like Powell doing "Peeping Tom," minus Pressburger. Guys like Wyler and Curtiz were such work horses and not tied to genre, merely to good scripts and great acting. It is easy to take 40s and 50s filmmakers like them for granted. Wyler is usually a stamp of approval for me, seeing his name as director. His "The Best Years of Our Lives" is such a surprisingly modern post-war film. A rouseing, beautiful and entertaining examination of issues of dread and repair that faced a public not ready to deal with the price spent for freedom from fascism. It not only still holds up, but the fact that many veterans still face those same issues, especially with this war and its vast amount of amputees, makes it prescient, lovingly human, and forever noble. (His treatment of the personal complexities of post-war years made me re-examine my opinion of "Mrs. Miniver," what I orginally thought of as a great piece of propaganda, but little more. I then saw the heart of it, the very real desire to make a film that exemplified life in England during the Blitzes; might make for a great double feature with "Hope and Glory." Two very different decades take on the same era. Then and now.)

  • -is that your buddies are fucking ten year olds. period.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Just because texting isn't for you doesn't mean it isn't for everybody or anybody.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Are some of you people still in that self-centric stage of your life, like when you're 5 or 6 and your mind cannot quite grasp the outside world or the nature of things past your own selves? I know a lot of people that prefer to text, and it isn't some stupid "corporate brainwashing" nonsense. It's a convenience issue -- I even used the qualifier when I said in "certain circumstances". Sure, texting isn't always a good thing but sometimes it is. It isn't up to you egocentric people to decide who it is convenient for. Jaka, you're getting into strawman arguments when you say people don't actually talk on the phone if they text. That's just stupidity. And I never said that they do. In fact, I provided an example that goes against your idea of technohermits and their avoidance of the world. I use it to make plans for social engagements, not avoid them. I am sure curmudgeons like you of past generations were talking about how evil corded phones were because they keep you from actually visiting people in person. Technophobia has always existed. I can't believe I am debating fucking texting. It basically boils down to if you don't see a use for something in your life, that doesn't mean someone else -- or everyone else -- will feel the same way. That's pretty much the definition of close-mindedness. It's a universal argument with interchangeable factors, this one having to be the use and social validity of texting.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Best Kidman's looked in a movie. This and Batman Forever.

    by planetran_fan

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Director Ben Affleck > Director George Clooney

    by joe90025

    Actor George Cooney > Actor Ben Affleck

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Kidman looked hotter in Malice getting screwed by Alec Baldwin

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    And Hook's Rufio was the voice of Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Kidman in Malice

    by Bouncy X

    she's never looked hotter than she did back then. Malice is to Kidman what Mean Girls was to Lindsay Lohan except that Kidman doesn't look like a drugged out crack whore these days and is still sexy. :P

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Everybody watch "Little Big Man"

    by ufoclub1977

    It's a great epic story, and hilarious too. One of my group of friends favorite movies. Led to me reading my favorite book by the same author: "Arthur Rex"

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    There's one quiet moment in "Hook" that is actually great.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    The rest of that film is appalling. I'd sit through "...Crystal Skull" 20 times before watching "Hook" again.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    How is texting easier than making a phone call?

    by Jaka

    That argument is so ridiculous. Dial the number, talk or leave a message. Done.

  • When his face gets revealed... true horror.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Christmas Carol animated by...

    by micbenxyy

    Richard Williams

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Its not NECESSARY, period.

    by Jaka

    Its a choice you make. And that choice IS making people anti-social and stupid. Check out the nationwide average jr high and high school English test scores if you think otherwise.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Refugio? Refugio? Really, Harry, what the fuck, Refugio?

    by D.Vader

    Do you think he was played by Brian Cox too?

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I love HOOK

    by D.Vader

    Saw it for my 10th birthday. Loved it then, and I'll always love it since.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    jaka, you think test scores are low in America due to texting?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Point me to one study that says so because that's a pretty arbitrary connection. You could just as easily claim that test scores are low because of Pokemon. <p> There are many good reasons why have texting as an option is good: <p> 1) Sometimes you have people from work who want to hang out with you, and you have to blow them off because you don't like them and hanging out with them is torture....texting allows you the time and comfort to come up with an excuse and not having to act out that excuse on the phone on the spot. <p> 2) Sometimes your friends are in meetings when you're free or you're in meetings when they're free and you don't want to call each other at work.....texting saves the day. <p> 3) Sometimes you have to cheat on your S.O. because they're crazy and they're getting fat, but you can't talk to the woman you're cheating with because she'll get wise....texting to the rescue. <p> 4) Sometimes you want to break up with that S.O. but don't want to listen to her cry for 2 hours. Hurray for texting. I could go on and on. <p> And finally....and in conclusion....it's really ironic and hypocritical to declare that texting is making people antisocial...and to do so on an internet messageboard. What are you doing here, jaka? Why aren't you out discussing movies with people face to face instead of being antisocial and typing messages to strangers. Your arguments fall apart like wet spaghetti. BOOM.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    The absolute best part of HOOK:

    by Fuzzyjefe

    "This is it. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you'd better get up off your ass, and stop me!" I peed a little.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I'll grant this to Hook: it earned Julia Roberts the nickname "Tinkerhell."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That still makes me laugh.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    And, um, Harry the pedo, take a deep breath, exhale slowly, relax.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I hope whatever in your life is making you so angry goes away. I really do.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I miss Kidman's pre-botox face

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I watched The Others last month for Halloween, and God DAMN, did Nicole look ravishing only ten years ago. Now, her face looks as shiny and taut as a baked apple.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I thought I saw 'Bukakke' instead of Bunraku.

    by 3774

    I've been spending too much time in these talkbacks. It's poisoning my brain.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Why would GIA ever be rated?

    by Bungion Boy

    Wasn't it made for HBO? Of course it's unrated.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Like I said, if you don't want to text, don't. But don't act like you speak for everyone.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I can't explain it any more to you. Again, texting is for some people and not for others. That doesn't make it useless or pointless. It's the same argument for people that don't want media features on a video game console. Before my network Blu-ray player, I watched Netflix on my 360. I don't need it now, but I don't suddenly say it's useless. It is to me, but it obviously isn't useless to people that use it. If texting bothers you, don't do it. Simple. Good thing you don't decide things for the rest of us.

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    @reluctant austinite, torrents are your friend

    by Simpsonian

    i loved it as a kid and finally found it last year. A Christmas Carol (Richard Williams Productions, 1971).avi

  • Nov. 13, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Kidman was so sexy in To Die For.

    by BigTuna

    I jerked off to her a lot in that film.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    That wild-eyed look Alastair Sims gives at the end

    by Crimson Dynamo

    of A Christmas Carol is gold

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Ummm... JOHN Cameron Mitchell?

    by MaxTheSilent

    Boy, Hedwig sure does look good for his age.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    The Fisher King was released by Criterion

    by lonniebeale

    on Laser disk.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Little Big Man was a Big Piece of Shit

    by Cash907

    Hated every second of that movie, from Hoffman's squeaky fake voice to how worthless an individual he played for the entire film. Who just sits there and watches while their entire family is killed, and then tries to pretend to be the good guy of the story? If you're going to spend a couple hours watching a gigantic pussy on screen, there are better looking ones than Dustin.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Hook is a masterpiece

    by Legolars

    Honestly, what is not to love. Williams is superb. Hoffman IS Capt Hook. Spielbergs direction, Williams music, Cundeys cinematograpfy... all top notch. One of the great family films of the nineties.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    "Fave Gosling performance of the year."

    by loafroaster

    So, not Drive then? I'd expect that kind of statement from a woman's mag.

  • Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Jaka

    by BangoSkank

    A Luddite who uses a computer to complain about technology, and an internet message board to complain about a lack of social real world contact. Are you also vegetarian who champions animal rights while snacking on KFC takeout?

  • Harry you must be fucking high on cheese wizz or something because by the time Carrel delivers the mandatory 'speech' at the end i was just stunned at how unfunny and lame the whole film was. Zero chemistry in the cast and woefully try-hard.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    I'll take Hook to the grave

    by T 1000 xp professional

    Childhoods were affected by it everywear. Thanks, Spielberg. Screw every other critic.... Fanny and Alexander is kind of a big deal too :)

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Perfect timing for Scrooged

    by T 1000 xp professional

    "Now, I have to kill all of you."

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    A Christmas Carol... THE best version...

    by ZodNotGod

    is the George C. Scott version from 1984. Aired on CBS. Outstanding! It's scary, sad and uplifting.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    TExting is awesome....

    by ZodNotGod

    Simply because if I remember something at 4am and don't dare call a buddy up and disturb them, send them a text and they have it bright and early when the wake.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    One eyed jacks

    by Johan_Schmidt

    Thanks for the heads up, the way this movie gets treated breakss my heart.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Mr. Magoo edited set.

    by Chris Ballard

    Harry, the Mr. Magoo box set has only a third of the episodes with the original Charlie voice the rest have the pc version. Shout Factory was unable to gain access to the original negatives and had to use the 1980s USA Network transfers. - www.mrmagooschristmascarol.blogspot.com/

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    ufoclub1977

    by BenBraddock

    What you said.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Harry, have you seen Hoffman in STRAIGHT TIME?

    by BenBraddock

    Def one of his best performances. In fact the whole film is amazing.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Btw, Harry, can't you list extras on discs that have them?

    by BenBraddock

    After the actual film that's what interests people the most.

  • While i don't think that HOOK is a bad movie per se, it's terribly flawed and, in the end, quite boring and pointless. For a long time, i used to think that Spielberg had never made a bad movie, HOOK was just his weakest. But now i know Spielberg can truly make bad movies, and he has made one, one so godawful it can only compare to a Michael Bayass or JJ Abrams movie. And that's CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK. Fuck, i hate that fucking movie! Fuck that shit! Can't fucking believe Spielberg did that shit! And no, it was not just Lucas who fucked up, Spielberg as much to be blamed, if not more.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's worst movie is....

    by ZodNotGod

    War of the Worlds and Lost World, give it a rest on Krsytal hate....geez.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Mr Magoo? Who cares?

    by ZodNotGod

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Better late than never

    by DrGogol

    These columns are why I come here.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I refuse to watch Larry The Cable Car

    by thelordofhell

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Gia----Angelina Jolie at her nakedest

    by thelordofhell

    Original Sin comes in 2nd

  • What you say? Mr Darling was dead at the time the story of of Hook is set? That's why Cox is the best actor ever playing a zombie.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    GIA---- Angelina Jolie at her lesbianest

    by AsimovLives

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    COP LAND, Stallone's best career acting

    by AsimovLives

    And it's not just his best acting in his career, it's a very good acting job by any standards. He was excelent. Truly excelent. I couldn't believe! It's not that Stallone has never done good acting before. He was quite good in ROCKY and F.I.S.T.. But in COP LAND, he's an equal to DeNiro at his best. Fantastic acting job from Stallone, fual of nuances and subtleries. I just wish that Stallone had build an entire career of that type of acting.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by AsimovLives

    Considering that OUTLAND is a remake in all but name of HIGH NOON... Except that in COP LAND, the villains don't go to the sherriff, but the sherriff goes to the villains... while suffering from a severe case of the deafness.

  • Crystal Skullfuck is an entire movie made of the scene of the kid returning in WOTW. Crystal Skullfuck is terrible beyond description. Fuck that movie and shame on eveybody involved in it and all who support it. Shame on you!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox's greatest lines in HOOK:

    by AsimovLives

    As Peter Pan: "I want to be a kid again". As Hook: "This time i'll kill Peter Pan for good" As Smee: "This time you will kill peter Pan for good, sir" As Mr Darling: "Braaaiiiiinssss"

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    rogueleader66

    by AsimovLives

    I can't wait to watch DRIVE. I just can't! I have became a big fan of Nicolas Winding Refn, and i love VALHALLA RISING as a vampire loves blood. Can't wait to watch any movie made by this fantastic filmmaker. To think he will make a remake of Logan's Run is all kinds of awesome!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    ONE EYED JACKS is great.

    by AsimovLives

    Marlon Brando proved to be quite a damn good director with that movie. Too bad he didn't directed more. however, the stories of the making of the film, a very hard and conflictuous affair, does make us understand why nobody ever wanted to give Brando the reigns of another movie behind the camera. But the movie is great. One of the most unususal but thrilling westerns ever made. And as many of you might know, Stanley Kubrkick got this close to direct it, and spent almost a year in script rewrites until Marlon finally fired him (or Kubrick quit, depending on sources).

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by AsimovLives

    Kunis played Gia as a child, correct?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Harry - The Quest

    by Yer_Maw

    In case you didn't know, the Quest actually went to series (just one season, I think). I remember watching it as a kid. To this day I think of Tim Matheson primarily as the guy out of The Quest.

  • http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5148521/stallone_on_snl_1997_orange_julius_skit/

  • @ the end when the mother wakes up and realizes the kids are back in their beds and she runs to hug them while crying then the williams music hits that perfect fucking note and BAM! Besides William's score and a few smee/hook scenes the movie is defiantly the beards worst. Robin Williams getting shot in the balls with his voice going high? It's just embarrassing. But that magical fucking score. I don't believe in God or heaven but if there if there is one I hope it plays John Williams music 24/7.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Michael Jackson and Hook -

    by Professor_Monster

    This is the movie where he was supposed to play Peter Pan but right when they were about to start the first kid came out and said he was glitter jibbled - and Speilberg dropped him like a hot rocket (much the same he did John Landis 10 years earlier). -

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    There are TWO versions on Cannonball Run - which is this?

    by Professor_Monster

    There's one where all the curse words fly. When Dom Delouise says "Nice car father." Dean says back "Fuck you asshole"

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Wuts Up Wit Dis?

    by DrMorbius

  • Type a phone conversation? Fuck it. The world got along just fine before texting. Texting is for suckers who can be convinced that it is a convenience. Off course, some of the bigger idiots are defending it here. And Twitter? Jesus fucking Christ.... phone conversation: Meet me at the bar tonight at 6? Sure, see ya there, back to work, busy, bye. texting: M-e-t m-w q-t t-g-e b-s-r t-n-g-h-t? ------ohg fuck it

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    All the Hoffman scenes in Hook are excellent

    by Mattman

    Hilarious performance. The Pan scenes don't work for me anymore, though they did as a kid. Williams' incessant screaming bugs me. And Rufio was badass.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    zodnotgod's 4 a.m text to his buddy, which must be sent

    by Michael Lunney

    H-i- w-r-t-t-e-u-n-y-r-v-m-i-a-h-9-j-t-e-n-e-m-r-m-f-y-u-l-o-0-q-- r-i-g-h-t?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Hating WOTW just because the kid returns is fucking stupid

    by Mattman

    That one scene does not ruin everything that has come before. If it does, then movies aren't for you.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by jawaburger

    i am not sure what you are trying to do in your responses to texting, but most texters use phones with qwerty keyboards with hard or virtual keys. If I only have a sentence or two to say to someone it is a lot faster to text. You can also text several people at the same time. Maybe you don't have more than one friend you want to tell something to, but if you did, texting is a quick way to do it. Oh, and there are a couple of good movies up there today.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I'm typing this from an iphone... oh yeah, texting is SO hard

    by Mattman

    People who find texting difficult must be the same folks who "just can't get into Boardwalk Empire".

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    texting - faster than speaking? sure

    by Michael Lunney

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    yes,

    by jawaburger

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    @choppah - Blue Velvet

    by toxicopoulus

    Harry didn't watch the blu. He's probably only seen the original once because if you haven't noticed, Lynch is really Harry's cup-o-joe. It's like I keep saying every time he tries to pull this shit; Harry hasn't seen a FRACTION of the films and discs he writes about. And I'm not hating; it's a good gig. But why keep just making shit up to build up your bonafides? The readership would be better served if Harry just sent a list of upcoming releases out to a few select reviewers and have them submit ACCURATE reviews on releases that they have seen and care about. Harry can handle the "Naked Bikini Girls In Pain" type of flick because lets face it; that really is his level. Everything else is bluster. After all these years it should be apparent to all that Harry does not possess the maturity, attention-span or life experience to "truly" appreciate Bergman or Herzog or even Lynch. And again, I aint hating; all of this is wildly on display every time the guy tries to write about something that he "loves". PUHLEEZE! the man is an infant. look, it's a great gig but the readership would be better off if we just cut the bullshit

  • And his lack of social connections. He is the type of person people text because they'd rather not speak to him or they want to blow him off. <p> Too mean?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    yes

    by jawaburger

    if you are calling someone, you also have to dial the number or access their number from you contacts. You have to wait for the phone to ring and for someone to answer. If they don't answer you have to leave a message. Then someone has to listen to the message to hear what you said. With texting, you also have to go to contacts or press the texting button, but once you type out the message, and I can type on my phone quite fast, and that's it. The person on the other end just needs to press one button and they can see what I sent. If I am going to have a conversation, calling is faster for sure, but for just a sentence or two, texting is faster.

  • Yeah, a lot of chicks drug their significant others to see Drive because they liked Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love and The Notebook. LMFAO!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    bobo_vision

    by Michael Lunney

    No, not too mean. I got by my whole life, socially connected and all, with never having to text. If a job requires it, I will do it- otherwise - it is unnecessary. Texting is just another timewasting pacifier that is just another addiction to benefit phone company profit margins.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    oops sorry - convinced texting better

    by Michael Lunney

    no reason why - it's just better....

  • I only saw it once in theaters, but watching it probably 5-8 times again on Blu-Ray, it doesn't seem as terrible as some say. I've seen studios do much worse with animated films, but it feels that John Lasseter didn't just go for a typical 'cash grab.' Then again, it depends whose kool-aid you drink. I drink the kind prepared by John Lasseter that says he wanted to show a Cars world outside of Radiator Springs. While the other kool-aid has people saying that JL was strong-armed into making the sequel because of all the money that the first film and the Cars Toons merchandise had generated. I share John's love of cars because I was fascinated by them as a boy. If a show had a cool car (Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Back to the Future), I was so there! Plus, regarding the first Cars film, I have over 228 die-casts related to the first film sitting in cases at my office desk.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    =there wouldn't have been JP=

    by KilliK

    JP is way worse than Hook.sorry.

  • It does.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    @professor

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    He says "Thank you, asshole."

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Sorry Killik

    by Mattman

    Hard to take anything seriously after "JP is way worse than Hook".

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I have received the filthiest texts from the sluttiest of women...

    by Billyeveryteen

    THANK GOD for texting.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    billyeveryteen

    by Michael Lunney

    I prefer fucking to texting

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    So do I...

    by Billyeveryteen

    But to set up clandestine coitus? Thank you texting.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Run Home, Jack!

    by kidicarus

    Hook is a movie that I grew up watching on VHS. I guess if I had never seen it when I was little and only saw it as an adult, I'd hate it, but that nostalgia factor is hardwired into the film for me.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    billyeveryteen

    by Michael Lunney

    Geez, you should just fuck in public, like everyone else --- Herman Cain

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    A Harry review: "Me, me, me, my my , my, i, i , i."

    by greedosolo

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Nobody took Harry's bait about the "true" story of PT-109?

    by Man in Suit

    Harry is pulling our chain and wanted to see if anyone was paying attention. The PT-109 story was Papa Joe Kennedy's paid fabrication. The story is too good to be true . . . because it is! Google, Yahoo, etc., the terms and see for yourself. A fun movie and interesting wartime propaganda artifact? Possibly. True story? No.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    3 out of 4 people who own mobile devices text.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    So you people that think the technology is useless don't use email either, right? You actually hand write a letter using parchment and feather and ink? Because if you do email you're a hypocrite. Emailing and texting are hand in hand. SMS addresses even use email like formats (your number @ your carrier). Hell, what are you doing here on a website posting messages? Shouldn't you be out nailing hand bills to trees and checking every few weeks to see if someone posted (meaning nailed) you a reply?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    stabby

    by AsimovLives

    That DRIVE story you told is hysterical!!

  • Too young to relate to the middle age crisis of adult Peter or the childish shennigan stuff in Neverland. Or maybe the movie is just really piss poor ands age has nothing to do with it. I fancy this later interpretation.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Gia....the greatest story ever told

    by Mugato5150

    Well I've never seen it with the sound on but still. Jolie at her finest. Lesbian action with the girl from Lost and well, Mila Kunis as a young Jolie...the less said about that the better. Hook was a punch in the dick. Great premise, great director, great score....Robin Williams sucks ass as always and the movie was full of annoying kids as always in any Spielberg movie not involving Nazis but still, it didn't have to be so Goddamned boring.

  • you should.JP minus the VFX is nothing.nothing at all.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Destroy All Monsters on Blu not worthy?

    by Gojira_X

    Never looked so good. It's got the AIP dub for those that care.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Hook had the same problem as Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...in that it plays like a joyless sequel to a NON-EXISTANT MOVIE. Both films, instead of just just making a new version of the classic story, instead have "grown-up" versions of the title characters being dragged against their will back into their childhood fantasies and consistently complaining about how "impossible" it all is. It's the equivilent of seeing a fantasy or sci-fi movie with someone who is not a fan of either genre, and listening to them bitch incessantly at you for two hours about how "stupid" and "unrealistic" it all is. Had Spielberg just made an actual Peter Pan movie, with a child actor, it might have worked. It might even have been great. But the whole thing is weighed down by the framework of the story. What kid gives a shit about "boring grown-up stuff" like negligent fathers and midlife crisises? Ditto Alice In Wonderland...had Burton just made a new version of the story and injected the proper ratio of dark humor, it might have been great, but instead he made it into this bizarre LOTR-lite fantasy epic with precious little humor or charm.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    the_shropshire_slasher

    by Professor_Monster

    He says "thank you asshole"in the PG version - there is an R rated one where he says "Fuck you asshole" - no kidding. There are a TON more curse words in there and(I believe) a side shot of a tit.

  • The buildup is a big part of what makes the effects work. That's what impresses me about JP, and always will. And it's what too many movies forget.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty, Hook joyless!?

    by Mattman

    If anything, it suffered from too much joy. Burton's Alice is much darker and offputtingly mellow.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I always forget about Scrooged, despite it being awesome

    by Mattman

    "I'M ALIIIIVE... AND SO ARE YOOOOUUUUUUU"

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Spielberg and Roberts clashed in "Hook"

    by darthliquidator

    Roberts was already fairly high maintenence....and it didn't help that Spielberg shot her scenes with the old "Darby 'O Gill And The Little People" technology....basically shooting her with lights so high in wattage, he almost blacked out Burbank, not to mention blinding Roberts and generating almost enough heat to set fire to her costume.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I liked Hook

    by tbrosz

    But then, I was a dad with two small children of my own when I saw it for the first time. Maybe it hits some different places then.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Oh jeez - the texting thing. It's always on or off with you guys.

    by white_vader

    Yes, texting is popular. No it's not useless. Also good for having a record (like emailing's electronic paper trail). But yes it's an inefficient technology which only exists for one simple fucking reason. It's CHEAPER. Most people don't have unlimited plans. Inefficient? Fuck yes. Here's a simple analogy/example. Texting on a phone. Touch-typing on a full-sized keyboard. Just because some freaks can use two fingers or thumbs super-fast out of necessity in no way means it's "better" or justifies it, just means that they've adjusted. And if you think you can two-fingered type on a tiny screen faster than ten-fingered on a full-sized keyboard or simple bloody talking you're either deranged or have speech problems. Why on earth do so many contractions exist as part and parcel if it's not inefficient? Everyone writes like Prince song titles these days with the numbers and contractions and yes spelling and grammar are generally shit. I won't even get into all the "but it's only texting/only the internet" bullshit. Like they still send handwritten letters all the time or something… And no, emailing or posting in a forum IS different. Full-sized keyboards there too mostly. Imagine this rant on a phone? Nope. But I guess it goes with the average apes' attention span so that probably works out fine for them. And I don't need to go into people's monumental rudeness when they ignore people they ARE actually talking to to grab the text that just came before their heads explode from a possible attack of patience/common etiquette. If regular phone calls were cheaper than zapping a few ones and zeroes down the line you can bet it would be nowhere near as popular. But don't kid yourself it's a fully-formed or mature technology. There are both plusses AND minuses. Get your black-or-white/on-or-off heads around that.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    asimov

    by rogueleader66

    You will love Drive, I guarantee it. I am also a big Refn fan, if his name is attached as director, I am seeing it.....and I have not even seen Bronson or the Pusher series. Have seen Drive 3 times already, it's just awesome.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Sorry Chop

    by white_vader

    It does tend to hang out past my shorts.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Seriously...

    by Jose Armenta

    What is it with some of you people? Every time he posts something you get on his ass and start sprouting this incessant, juvenile, vitriol that serves no purpose other than to satisfy... Honestly, I dont know why you guys do it. Is it a sexual thing? Some kind of sick fetish I'm thanfully not familiar with? Harry, You've probably thought about this, and there is probably some reason I dont know about why you dont do this, but just in case you dont, hire a moderator to clean up your forum and kick these trolls out and keep them out. I've been a lurker of your forum since you first started it, and the only reason I've never bothered with your talk back forum is because of these assholes! And I don't think I'm alone in this.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Scrooged

    by BERSERKR

    is my favorite Christmas movie, am i the only one? P

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Harry, are you sure badalamenti scored blue velvet?

    by dalcross

    and it wasn't cliff martinez? I kid....

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    darthliquidator..Spielberg nailed Roberts during Hook.

    by Quake II

    Both of them (as well as people who worked on Hook) have alluded to the fact that Spielberg and Roberts had a "fling" during the filming of Hook. She was a know whore in Hollywood so that's not a suprise at all. And yeah, Hook is a terrible movie that still has me scratching my head years later....WTF was Steven thinking? The Peter Pan remake movie that came out a few years ago wipes it's ass with Hook.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat Legacy on Blu last week. Buy it.

    by Quake II

    Even though the web series is available on youtube, there's nothing better than seeing it in 1080p on a big widescreen format with the sound bangin'. Made me appreciate how fantastic it is even more. The Raiden segment is my least favorite but Kitana/Mileens & Scorpion/Sub Zero segments are as badass as anything in the movie 300. Plus the 13 bucks you spend will encourage WB to make the hard R rated Mortal Kombat movie that we deserve. And there's a bunch of behind the scenes stuff as well.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66

    by AsimovLives

    You saw DRIVE 3 times in the theater? Damn, that's quite an endorsement. I never got the oportunity to watch VALHALLA RISING in the theater, but i saw it in video, and was like, five days after first watchign it i had seen it six times already. The first day i saw it, i watched it twice in a row. I was that impressed. BRONSON is great. In so man yinstance BRONSON reads like a love letter to CLOCKWORK ORANGE, which is. So many moments in that movie are like pure Kubrick. Others are like David Lynch on a helium. And the movie is fun and funny like hell, while also very scary. If there's a movie that proves what a fantastic actor Tom Hardy is, that's it. The PUSHER trilogy movies are completly different in style to BRONSON, VALHALLA RISING and i suspect, DRIVE. The Pusher movies are more documentary style, raw and direct. Refn's movies starting with BRONSON is quite stylized. In Refn's audio comentary for the VALHALLA RISING DVD, he said he made a definitive break from his former style, and now his movies will be made more in the style of VALHALLA RISING. Me very happy. I gather you also enjoyed VALHALLA RISING. Well, my advise to you is to get the DVd and listen to the audio comentary. Refn is being interviewed by an english film jornalist, and it's a great comentary. Both very informative and very funny too. Can't wait for more Refn movies. He has become one of my favorite director working today, so i'm crossing fingers for DRIVE.

  • ... that Hook wanted to be but failed miserably. Spielberg himself, who is very protective of his movies, claims to be quite disapointed with that movie. He calls it a very flawed movie, and his heart was not in it. And it shows. If i never watch HOOK again in my life, i'll count that as a blessing. I even pretend that it doesn't exist. If i want tos ee a big screen presentation of the Peter Pan mythos, i watch the 2003 movie.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Oh c'mon people, we all know that Spielberg's worst was his Kick The Can episode

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    for The Twilight Zone movie. Not only was it the lowest point of the quadrilogy (thank God Dante's and Miller's segments followed to take the bad taste out of our mouths), but it's as if the entire film was dipped in honey, and the gooey, sickening sweetness oozed from each frame. And as much as I enjoyed Scatman Crothers over his career, he couldn't escape the cloying direction.

  • Ludivine Sagnier nailed Tink's naughty, bordering-on-evil nature.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal, you are correct, sir

    by Mattman

    That segment was disgusting.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    asimov

    by rogueleader66

    I did indeed see Valhalla Rising and enjoyed it immensely.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    DRIVE was one of the top five movies I've seen this year

    by Mattman

    Rise of the Apes Drive Black Death Rango Adjustment Bureau (Fuck off, I'm a sucker for GOOD romance)

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Surprised Harry didn't mention...

    by eustisclay

    ...Wilford(TheThing)Brimley in Absense of Malice. Fuck Balaban, Brimley came in at the end and owned the movie for ten minutes("I'm gonna have someone's ass in my briefcase"). I thought he'd win an Oscar, but I don't think he was even nominated, even though it was one of the greatest supporting roles I've seen. And how does Cannonball Run get a bluray release but White Lightening, Gator, Hooper and Sharkey's Machine doesn't even merit a widescreen dvd?

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Warner Brothers Pulls HP

    by mara69

    Warner Bros announced a couple of weeks ago that they are no longer selling the Harry Potter DVDs in the US after the end of the year. So your big beautiful set will probably wait a lot longer than next year. Look at how long Disney keeps their stuff in the vault.

  • Fuck what others say, wear your love for that movie on your sleeve and shout it with pride. It's a damn good movie. Damn good movie. Proof, if need be, that SF, real SF, is ABOUT PEOPLE and ideas, and not just cool SFX.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66

    by AsimovLives

    Valhalla Rising... man! Love is the only word i cna think that can accuratly describe what i feel for that movie. That movie kicked my ass!! It was a royal curb-stomp ass kicking that movie delivered on me, and i completly surrended to it. I can't say the same for most movie i have seen in my life. Can't wait for DRIVE.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Everybody was great in 2003's PETER PAN.

    by AsimovLives

    Every actor was chosen to perfection. And it was great to see the movie followed the common tradition of using the same actor to play both Hook and Mr Darling. And of course, Jason Isaacs was great as both. And i loved the humour in the movie. The movie was hillarious. There would always be a moment of utter hilalrity even among the scariest or action scene, and always worked. Oh, and the movie was also scary. It's too often too common the portait Hook as a baffon, but in this movie he's dangerous. He's Peter Pan's match. This Hook is dangerous and deadly, as he should. I only have praise for that movie. The movie also proves that Spielberg doesn't have connered the market of childlike whimsical. This australian director P. J. Hogan mananged to out-Spielberg Spielberg without the use of mawkiness and schmaltz (which Spielberg used and abused in Hook). In fact, i'd say that Spielberg has lost it quite a long time ago, and if he's still involved with whimsical movies, it's more out of his name as a brandname then with anything to do with his heart's real desires.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Asi, what's with the Spielberg bashing?

    by Mattman

    You didn't like Hook and Indy 4, so Spielberg has "lost it" now? Are you forgetting Catch Me If You Can, A.I. (which was plenty whimsical), Minority Report, and Munich? Spielberg has lost nothing. Indy 4 sucked for a variety of reasons, but just because it was his most recent movie doesn't mean he won't turnout more excellent work in the future. He's always had a few goofy misfires amid the masterpieces. Nothing has changed there, except maybe you're attitude towards him.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Jaka is right, fuck Texting.

    by phantomcreeps

    In Fact Fuck E-mail too. Now, your arguments of why I would complain about something, when in essence, I'm texting right now? I'm having fun. Plain and simple. I work at a TV station doing Master Control, which simply means if my finger hits the wrong button, your viewing experience will be altered. My point is, I loathe the collective asinine attitude of "Work" in America that is essentially texting each other for 8 hours. I was actually bitched out at work, because I never checked my E-mail. I had over 300-400 messages and my Inbox was clogged. This was a problem to them. I did not receive that E-mail, telling me about my E-mail situation. Long story short, if there is a problem, Tell me. Only a hallway and door seperates you from doing that. I'm not going to spend my time "working" looking at E-mails all day. I'm trying to make you money! It annoys me when everyone I know, including my girlfriend, Texts me at work or in general, BECAUSE they EXPECT me to text back. Just call me. Rant over, good talkback by the way. Your thoughts on Phantom, may be some of your most eloquent words put down, Harry:)

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Choppah You're right as always.

    by phantomcreeps

    I'll Harden up, but you sound like my Dad. And my boss.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    And I think some of my points were missed

    by Jaka

    First, I don't have a problem with email. Its a valid part of record retention for a lot of companies. If you send an email it can be printed or backed up electronically to be saved for whatever length of time the law requires. Do some people abuse it as a way to get out of having a face to face discussion in the workplace? Sure. But that has nothing to do with texting. <p> At what point did it become OK to text in the middle of whatever you are doing no matter how many other people it affects? Because really, its no different than taking/making a phone call. If you are in a situation where you can't make or take a phone call, politely remove yourself from said situation or just wait until you have time to do so. <p> Why don't people talk anymore? Do you even realize that you aren't talking as much as you used to? Or writing as much? To find out what someone is doing, you check their fucking Facebook status. If that doesn't tell you what you want to know, you send them some fucked up text speak message and get some fucked up text speak message in return. Just pick up the damn phone and have a 30 second conversation with somebody. Hear their voice. FEEL their voice. Untether yourself from the false belief that you are SUPPOSED to use Facebook and texting to live your life. You aren't. Its a choice that you've made based on the programming you've received through the constant bombardment of modern advertising (including bullshit like friend counts and Twitter posts). You've been fooled into the devolution of society through blatant consumerism and false "cool". In short, they're unnecessary. <p> One of two things would happen if Facebook and texting ceased to exist tomorrow. One, nothing. Two, your social and family life would improve. <p> More, how quickly people forget that just five years ago MANY people still didn't have cell phones. You know what? The world kept turning. You can leave the house without a cellphone, laptop, iWhatever, etc and still live a full, rich, happy life. Buy them if you're so inclined. I enjoy a good piece of technology as much as the next person. Just don't let THEM run YOUR life.

  • I have a niece and nephew who are a senior and sophomore in high school respectively. They've had cell phones with texting plans since the sixth grade and it sure as fuck has affected their knowledge and use of the English language. And not in a good way. I mean, how many of you have kids? How many of you have kids with cell phones that have texting plans? And how many of you have kids who have teachers that have given up and allow their students to text in class? (Both of the highs schools in the town where I live allow it without question.) What! The! Fuck!? How sad is that? They should be expelled if they're going to class to text their friends. Go home and stop taking up state funding. Lazy, illiterate, unable to have a polite and mannerly face to face conversations S.O.B.s! Grrrr!

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Pulling Harry Potter DVDs?

    by Jaka

    Did it say they were pulling Harry Potter blu-rays, too? Because I seriously doubt that. They haven't even finished releasing the deluxe "Year" sets, yet.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    My favorite Peter Pan movie is Finding Neverland

    by Jaka

    And I don't expect that to change any time soon.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Jaka, Thank you, Seriously.

    by phantomcreeps

    For saying things that I have a hard time articulating. It is backwards technology. A landline phone is much more interesting, than texting. Guess what, I can talk to you over a PHONE From hundreds of miles away. Oh, forget that. Fuck that innovation, I'll just write you an electronic letter. Fuck that voice stuff. Again, Thank you, Jaka. No matter what people say, You and I, may be the only sane people left. I'll hopefully hook up with you after Armegeddon hits. How will we talk with each other, if we can't Facebook each other? Oh, I'll turn my head and use my archaic vocal chords.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    THAT SAID

    by thedottedlion

    I will give anyone a shiny strawpenny if they go back and count every time Harry has used the words THAT SAID. After all these years, it has to be thousands. Some weeks it's in every blurb.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    thedottedlion

    by phantomcreeps

    They will die before they could collect your prize :)

  • They could just as easily be playing handheld PSPs, and if the teachers allow it, then you'd be declaring that handheld PSPs are causing them to be dumb. It's their poor schooling. Or if their teachers allowed them to use Sony Discman and listen to Justin Bieber during class, then you'd be declaring that Sony Discmans or Justin Bieber are making kids dumb today. <p> Your arguments lack logic.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    bobo-vision

    by phantomcreeps

    You answered your own statement. They all suck, and your right. Your argument lacks logic, actually.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    phantomcreeps

    by Bobo_Vision

    So you hate Sony Discmans and handheld PSPs, too. Do you hate digital music and mp3 players and X-box and playstation? <p> I think choppah may be right....you might just be a luddite.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    And phantomcreeps....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...I'm pretty sure you're gonna spend a few hours clicking and refreshing this talkback....so there's really no excuse for you to not check your email. Perhaps you just don't like the extra responsibilities and expectations required of you from your job.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    bobo is cool.

    by phantomcreeps

    I like you, you're probably right. I like Discmans, but I never had a PSP. I like Turbographx-16 and Bonk.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Wow Jaka!

    by white_vader

    Your last few posts were like an echo! I keed. But like I say, resist the urge to go so hard in one direction OR the other in this case. And hi again btw. Actually I take the lack of replies as validation. Folds arms, TBer-style.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by Bobo_Vision

    Truth be told, I am kinda lonely. I've got a really good job now, but I'm living in a backwoods kinda town until this contract is done. After that, I'll be living the dream. Until then, it's kinda like serving time. These talkbacks offer a good diversion in the meantime. <p> But if I ever start inventing an online persona where I lie about having numerous wives and being a multimillionaire...you'll have permission to shoot me.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by Bobo_Vision

    You have such anger and violent tendencies within you. That's the second time you've talked about wanting to shoot me. I know you can't stand anyone on these talkbacks (or anywhere) getting more attention than you, because of your mom who didn't pay you any attention. <p> That's why you invented this Fudgepack Friday, where you try to gain attention from talkbackers while talking about and imagining some woman getting penetrated anally to help release your anger towards your mom and other women who ignore you. I also noticed that this past Fudgepack Friday crashed and burned. You invited people on numerous talkbacks to play along but no one did. <p> You were rejected. That's gotta sting, eh, choppah....it's like invited all the kids to your birthday party and no one coming.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I like you Two!

    by phantomcreeps

    Now about that Turbographx-16

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I luv ya Bobo

    by phantomcreeps

    Life will work itself out :) Really.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Fags

    by Bobo_Vision

  • "No one talks to anyone in person anymore!" Wasn't true then, and it isn't true now.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives liked Terminator 3

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    but not Minority Report. So obviously his taste in science fiction movies is impeccable.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    So you saw Cannonball Run before Enter The Dragon?

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Seriously.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    What?

    by Grandpa Bunche

    No mention of the release of the complete It Takes A Thief? The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was fun but wildly uneven and at times downright bad, whereas It Takes A Thief was a hell of a lot of fun and maintained its considerable coolness for the majority of its run. Oh, and regarding the U.N.C.L.E. movies, the transfers look terrific and the films include elements of violence and 007-level stronger-than-for-television sex and violence. Luciana (Thunderball) Paluzzi's even in the first one and the bit where she gets it on with Napoleon Solo...God DAMN, that woman was hot.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Etiquette

    by jawaburger

    I think that the people who are angry at texting are more angry at the people who don't display proper etiquette while using it, not as much at the technology. I use it very sparingly, maybe only a couple of times a day. I also spell correctly and use proper grammar (sometimes I do make mistakes). As a person who is pro texting, I also find it disgusting when people are lost in their phones. A friend of mine saw someone fall down some stairs because they were too busy looking at their phone texting to see the stairs. Ha, ha.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Poised for what now?

    by DrGogol

    So BNAT takes up, what? Two months of your year? Three if you use the "recovering from" excuse afterwards. Whatever. They're all excuses. I really like the column and miss it when it's not here.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Τhe only good thing in Hook was Hopkins and Hoffman.

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    SMI,SMI,SMI,WHAT ABOUT ME??

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Ah its Smee.

    by KilliK

    FUCK THIS SHI.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    BANGARAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!

    by Pipple

    FUCK YOU HARRY. Hook is a classic and will be remembered as such.

  • And it's WAY more consistent than Harry's DVD posts.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, noon CST

    So, it's Wednesday afternoon...

    by SoylentMean

    just thought I'd point that out. I'll keep checking back, but not really expecting anything.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    "AsimovLives liked Terminator 3 but not Minority Report"

    by Mattman

    Please tell me that isn't true.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I liked Terminator 3...but also Minority Report...

    by ZodNotGod

    I also LOVE Krystal Skull...sorry...love my Indy. My nephew digs it too.... I also love to text. It makes a good time killer while at work or on the crapper. It's only as dumb as the people using it. if they haven't learned how to spell and construct sentences and paragraphs before texting came along, that's their glitch. I laugh at them for not being able to fill out a simple job application. It's their fault. Ditto on Spielberg's twilight zone segment- awful.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I hate video games!

    by ZodNotGod

    Don't play them, hate them!

  • Yeah it's preferable than calling someone while on the crapper. That can be bad.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    @choppah But the absence of the shark from JAWS

    by KilliK

    is what made that movie a trully all-time masterpiece.Because the mechanical shark was a failure,SS was forced to change a lot of scenes from the script and focus his direction in giving hints of the shark,than showing the shark itself. In fact,even when we get to see the whole shark in all its fully glory near the end of the film,the VFX is so bad that it turned the shark into a notorious pop culture joke. But even the terrible mechanical shark didnt manage to ruin the movie because SS had successfully manage to craft a very suspenseful and thrilling story without even the physical presence of the shark itself!. So no,JAWS without the shark is not nothing.it is EVERYTHING. JP on the other had is indeed nothing without its dinosaurs.Take those visual effects out from the movie and the story/characters which remain,are not strong enough to keep you interested.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    JAWS without the shark?

    by Mattman

    The shark is the basis for the entire story. The story doesn't happen without the shark. Therefore, without the shark, Jaws is nothing. I like you, Killik, but that argument makes no sense.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Nope.The awe and terror of the audience is the key

    by KilliK

    for the movie's appeal.And that comes from the visuals of the dinos.Not the story,the characters or the atmosphere. Really now,show me one scene in the whole JP trilogy which is as emotionally powerful as the one with Quint talking about the USS Indianapolis tragedy.In fact show me one character from the whole trilogy who is as iconic as Quint. and dont tell me Goldblum because he is not.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Killik

    by Mattman

    John Hammond reminiscing about the flee circus.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    JP is a Frankenstein story about science got wrong

    by Mattman

    And it handles that perfectly. And sequences like the kitchen scene are suspenseful not because of the effects, but because of the way Spielberg films it, and because he's led us to care about Lex and Tim.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Obviously if you remove the effects, it wouldn't work...

    by Mattman

    just as Jaws wouldn't work if Quint were eaten by nothing.

  • The shark and the dinos are the mcguffin of the movie.no shit,we all know that. But this is not what i am talking about.I am not referring to the shark and the dinos from the storytelling point.I am only saying that they were used as the selling point for both movies. But the difference is that with JAWS the VFX was a failure so they were forced made a quite different movie that they were planning.Lesser visuals means more focus on the story,characters and atmosphere.You got a Hitchcockian movie with scares instead of a spectacle show with scares. In the case of JP,the VFX were not a failure,instead they were a revolution in special/practical effects.People were talking about how real-life the dinos were looking and how excellent the visuals were.Yes they got their scares but not because of the story and the atmosphere.They were more interested about the dinos themselves rather that Goldblum bumbling about chaos theory.They wanted to see how terrifying those real-life looking dinos were. That's the difference i am pointing out between JAWS and JP.Both movies were revolting around animals,but whereas the former managed to scare the audience without the visuals of the animal,the latter needed the visuals of the animals to scare the audience. And exactly for that difference alone,JAWS is the superior all-time classic while JP is an overrated piece of shit, big-budget effects show.JP is the Bay-fied version of Jaws,a bit more modest and less offensive than Bay's turds but not as imaginative,creative and fresh as SS's early works.

  • Jurassic Park is actually pretty reserved in its effects, and builds the story through interesting dialogue and characters before that T-Rex breaks out. We don't even see a full raptor until very late in the movie. The buildup is half of what makes JP such a great movie, imo. Bay would have had the dinos break out in the first ten minutes. He can't be bothered to develop his films. He just wants to get right to the action. Jurassic Park spends a lot of time building the suspense, with characters engaged in scientific debates that apply to the story. When the T-Rex finally breaks free, it is much more impactful because of everything Malcolm has warned would happen. Anyway, we're not gonna agree, so I'll cut short my argument here.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Choppah, who doesn't like Fudgepack Fridays?

    by Stabby

    That's like not liking ice cream!

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    killik

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Goldbloom. Chaos theory baby oh yeah, that's as iconic as it gets

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    All I know is Asimov has been seen praising T3

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    at the very least calling it a good movie that he enjoyed while here he is bashing Spielberg post 80's. I'd like a clarification on that, Asimovlives. Please rate T3 and Minority Report on a scale of 1 to 10.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    T3 7 Minority Report 8.5

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Email vs. Text...

    by 3774

    Number of inputs to get to the message on my Blackberry... Texting: Contact > Name of person > Writing message. Email: Contact > Name of person > Writing message. Verdict: Same. Amount of time to send message: Text messages arrive instantly, whereas email tends to have a delay in sending and receiving by several moments. Verdict: Txt msg wins. Ease of use: Text message screens are a simple blank screen with text. Emails involve headers and information that often overtakes the actual message. Attachments for both work the same. Verdict: Txt msg wins. Only an idiot would argue for the ease of calling or emailing someone to let them know that they are going to be ten minutes late. Likewise, only an idiot would break up with someone over txt. There is such a thing as an appropriate use.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Only an idiot would say something like...

    by Jaka

    ... "Only an idiot would argue for the ease of calling or emailing someone to let them know that they are going to be ten minutes late." <p> Nothing personal Pink, but are you kidding me here?! I mean, jeez, thank you for proving my point. CALLING someone when you are going to be late is considered GOOD MANNERS! It always has been. <p> And my points have NOTHING to do with ease of use. Doing something because its easy doesn't always make it right. Sometimes it just makes you lazy, rude, anti-social, or all three at once.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    You misunderstand me.

    by 3774

    In the time it takes to dial, wait for the ring, and pick up, you can just send a text letting them know.

  • Maybe it's just the college life thing. But freaking out about 10 minutes is something that never happens. And calling over it would be awkward. It would be something like, '...that's all you wanted to say? Uh...ok.' You don't strike me as such, but you're sounding like a retired man in his 60's.

  • OK - I get that you can wash your hands. But how do you wash your phone? Remind me never to shake you by the fecally-contaminated hand. Revolting. Stop fucking texting in the crapper and just take a crap! Jesus! And if that makes me sound old all I can say is - kids these days: facepalm.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    If you text on the crapper before you wipe your asser....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...then there's no fecal matter on the hands or phone. Some people are so anal.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    "Remind me never to shake you by the fecally contaminated hand"

    by Bobo_Vision

    Dude, more than 50% of people don't wash their hands. And everyone who leaves the public washroom without using a paper towel to hold the handle as they exit then have about 100 different stool samples on their hand. I have a public bathroom ritual to avoid that....but be aware...I'd say about 90% of people don't have such rituals. <p> So if you really want to watch out for fecally contaminated hands....you're gonna have to just do fist bumps like Howie Mandel.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Correction

    by Bobo_Vision

    That statistic of 50% of people not washing their hands has gone down since I took microbiology...it's now around 20%....but the poo handles, those are still ever present.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    It's OK - I'm well aware Bobo

    by white_vader

    Hell, even if you wash your hands you gotta use the tap again which is already contaminated from the first time you touched it (and everyone else). And sure then there's the door. But you're kidding yourself if you think the toilet door isn't contaminated or the cubicle itself. So the phone point stands. Some people are so selectively naive. All of which is beside the point of needing to text on the toilet in the first place. Jesus. And why bother with quoting facts and figures to me? Just because you can tell how many people are pigs doesn't make any difference. They're still pigs. And "I'd say 90%"? I thought you were quoting figures, not personal guesswork. BTW, most public places (where I am anyway) have swinging doors for the entrance. No need to touch them, and many have those s-bend entrances. On the correction - I'd like to see the venn diagram that shows the crossover between those that are anti-bacterial wash mad and those that don't wash after the toilet. Bet you there's a decent middle section. And watch out for cinema seats too. They're crawling with the fecal. My resistance is decent though. I have kids. But it's a double-edged sword. And isn't it typical that THAT post of mine got a response and not my initial one. Where's the rolleyes emoticon?

  • Thats' funny, the three traits most geeks are known for; most can't live without them. This place wouldn't exist, (nor would a Star Wars talkback) without such behavior! Most of you complainers are the epitome of these very traits. I'd hate to go out in public while you harang your waiter/waitress. How and why would there by crap on my phone or hands before I wipe? Why would there be crap on my hands???? I'm not 3y/o. I do put the phone away when its time to do that... I have the germ killing gel to use afterwards that I use regularly on my phone to avoid colds so thanks for reminding me to wash the hands, Mom. I don't shake hands so don't worry about being contaminated....

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Texting on the crapper is no different than reading a mag...

    by ZodNotGod

    It's a nice distraction other than sitting there staring at my cat's litter box.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Texting is so much easier than Email...

    by ZodNotGod

    I have instant access to texts. Emails, I have to log on my computer, go to the site....ect...My phone doesn't log on easy to email accounts so it has to be texts or phone call....

  • People who defy technology are amusing to say the least. Like the old buggers who still refuse to use computers and are afriad of that thing called the intro-net. The place I work takes job applications over their website only. If i had a dollar for everytime I've gotten odd looks when I say that...some people are just stupid and refuse to accept the mission. Technology isn't going anywhere so accept it, use it and shut up or just shut up.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Texting is one of the best inventions for modern dating

    by Stabby

    It helps you avoid those awkward conversations early on that can kill a potential relationship before you even have a chance to get to know the other person.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    stabby... well, except for autocorrect

    by Mattman

    "I can't wait to see those big beautiful nipples of yours. DIMPLES! NOT NIPPLES!"

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I turn auto correct off

    by jawaburger

    It keeps guessing wrong, so I force myself to read what I am typing.

  • I wouldn't know, because I am officially OFF the Mac bandwagon after the way they totally fukked the fuk up FinalCut Pro. I am in a non-disclosed location as we speak being deprogrammed.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    white_vader

    by Bobo_Vision

    It doesn't matter if the toilet door or the tap is contaminated because you wash your hands immediately after....duh? All that matters is what you touch after your hands are washed. Capiche? <p> So....tap gets turned off with paper towel. No paper towels, then tap gets turned off with foot Bruce Lee style, or tap doesn't get turned off. <p> You don't understand the logistics of texting on the toilet, clearly...or the logistics of not getting poo on your hands in public toilets...so your disgust at people who text on the toilet is misinformed as you are clearly one of the poo-handed ones in this world. Poo-handed.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Speaking of finger in anuses!

    by ZodNotGod

    In college, I worked with this old guy who was on the shift before me. He was past 70, a nice guy, but acted as if he was past 190 considering how much of a doddering old fool he was, but before this incident, he did an acceptable job. I liked the guy at first, but the more you talked to him the more pathetic he was as he let life kick him in the nuts and just rule over him and break him down. One morning I come in and some folks tell me, that the old guy has shit all over the bathroom. That of course was an exaggeration, but I did see some fecal on the door handles of the bathroom door and as I talk to him later, he did apparently have problems with evacuation. Oh the joys of upper management! I asked what the problem is and he gets this serious look on his face and says, “Well…I have hemorrhoids really bad see. So I stuck my finger up there (anus) to push the hemorrhoid aside while the poo poo comes out...” (Hence, the fecal matter on the door. I guess washing it off was too much to ask) I stopped him after that. I was not really grossed out, just astounded that a grown man would use the word, “Poo poo” and I was about ready to bust a gut laughing. He did have this penchant for using the women’s bathroom while the Facility was empty. I never did figure it out if he did so because that was the closet toilet or if he was a just dirty old man. Roughly, 6 months later, I had moved on, he was fired for doing it again, only this time far worse. He took a big dump over all over the bathroom; on the OUTSIDE of the toilet, on the floor and then walked in it and made a nice shit trail wherever he went. Why he never saw the inherent disgust in this act and attempt to clean it up, one will never know. It was unbelievable! My cat knows how to leave her turds in the litter box and not make a mess, yet this old fool is walking around unsupervised. What was scary was this guy drove a vehicle. He of course was fired for this…too much shit is never good.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Let's sell more West Side Story discs this week!

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Ok, so I'm supposed to think the reopening of the Natalie Wood case within 24 hours of the new release of West Side Story on Blu Ray is just a coincidence?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Bellflower, FTW.

    by Kammich

    Between "Bellflower" and "Drive," I'm beginning to understand how guys that are about 10 years older than me must have felt when "Fight Club" came out. MOTHER MEDUSA, BITCHES

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    A week in London?

    by Isaac R.

    She's gonna cheat on you Harry, you know that, right?

  • What now?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Hook was not a good movie.

    by Chris

    If you enjoyed it, that's your perogative. Hoffman and Hoskins did a good job and the music was great, but it was a bad concept having Peter Pan grow up and have a mid-life crisis. And Robin Williams couldn't (in me at least) inspire the wonder that Peter should. Rufio was a punk. And let's be honest, Julia Roberts made Tinkerbell less sexy, which can't be forgiven.

  • ...

  • Good Lord. Pay me 10% of what you make on this column and I will write it for you every week. I will wiki the shit out of the movies and write something about each of them. It may not be funny or informative or popular or even good, but it will be on time.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    HOOK goes on the shelf right next to TOYS

    by Autodidact

    .. the shelf for boring, lame-ass fucking movies with opressively dense production design which I've never been able to sit through even a single time.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I mean art design

    by Autodidact

    Not production design.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Hook is next to Toys on your shelf?

    by DrGogol

    You either can't alphabetize or you don't have a lot of movies.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    There's not a lot of movies on that shelf

    by Autodidact

    Lots of them exist but not many I've actually made repeated failed attempts to watch.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    And by lots of them

    by Autodidact

    I mean lots of movies with art design so dense and overblown that it becomes opressive.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Peter Pan (2003)

    by ZodNotGod

    Screw Hook! This is the version to watch!

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Poised to do what now? Tight ship you run, here Harry.

    by adamdek

    Tick tock.

  • Nov. 27, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    So the money Harry gets goes to fund a late feature filled with incoherent reviews?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Good job, Harry. You don't deserve to run a geocities page, much less a movie website.