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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - The Rest of November 2011: Kieslowski's Colors, 12 ANGRY MEN, RUSHMORE, EVIL DEAD 2, Looney Tunes, Renoir, SUPER 8, THREE AMIGOS and much much more!

Hey folks, Harry here… This month is always one of the toughest one me, simply due to the addition of BUTT-NUMB-A-THON duties that tend to take up my typing time. That said, as BNAT solidifies I found myself with the time to bang through this. SO – here’s the rest of NOVEMBER… As usual the pictures and titles link over to Amazon, where your purchases really are appreciated, because part of the purchase price goes to help keep this column going. Which I intend to continue to always do, no matter what. Sorry to get behind. I’ll endeavor to do better. Here ya go…

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Giorgio Moroder Presents METROPOLIS: Special Edition Blu Ray

In 1984 – METROPOLIS was known to readers of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and the serious cinephiles of the world… but for the great masses, METROPOLIS didn’t exist. Certainly not as it does today. KINO’s Complete METROPOLIS is one of the miracles of my film going life. When I saw Moroder’s presentation of METROPOLIS in 1984… I’d never seen anything like it before. I’d seen silent films, but they were always accompanied by a quant organist that usually played a very heavily repetitive score that made me zone out and get sleepy. Nobody got sleepy during Moroder’s METROPOLIS. At the time, he was saving the film. When it came out, it was the most complete version of the film that all but the oldest of film lovers had seen. The bombastic score and songs made METROPOLIS rock! Not mildly either. METROPOLIS was transformed into a pop-rock opera and as Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler, Billy Squier and Pat Benatar belted out the tunes that seemed to fit the story perfectly… I became a life long lover of this film. Suddenly – Everyone knew METROPOLIS – and it caused film restoration geeks to continue searching with the dream of having a complete METROPOLIS one day. BUT – would we be there today without what Moroder did here? Who knows? Nobody can say, but for me… This became my favorite silent film at this point – and a favorite odd experimental piece of cinema. That’s why I played it a couple years back at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON – and the collector whose 35mm print we played… well this print is the exact print that played BNAT. When Moroder heard it screened – well, KINO got involved, got the print and now here we are. SO YIPPEE! The film is now in 5.1 DTS HD – which means those songs and that score that I fell gaga in love with… HOLY SHIT – wow. I’ve been doing a lot of BNAT and work here at the house with this movie playing on a loop when I just need to work. I LOVE THE FILM. You can party with it – and 1 day I will throw a METROPOLIS themed party here at the house and it will be a happy night of class separation. This film is about exactly what the OCCUPY movement is about today. The separation of the Rich and everybody else. Who will be our Freder though? The second happiest release of 2011 for me, right behind Criterion’s release of Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE! Geek must own!


This is one of the most beautifully cinematic films that Robert Wise made in his life. The lighting and transition effects make the film feel like one of the most beautiful impressionistic films ever…. Literally looking painted at times… I really do feel that nobody should be allowed to have a gang, unless that gang has a signature dance that they move in as a group while massing down a street… And all gangs should dress like these guys. No matter what, they’ll still be stupid violent dumb fucks, but at least they could do it with style like the Jets and the Sharks… the best film ever to doublebill with THE WARRIORS… play WARRIORS 2nd on that bill. The Blu-Ray is beautiful. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen as this played. Stephen Sondheim does a song specific commentary, there is an In-Movie Viewing Mode that’s fun, but the best special features are on the 2nd Blu-Ray in this set which has a fantastic making of, but in particular I love the Storyboard to Film comparison montage. I just geek out on that kind of thing. This is the way to own this film!


One of the great tragedies of death, was when it took Krzysztof Kieslowski from us at the height of his film prowess.  These 3 films are so passionate, so uniquely from the voice of Kieslowski.   The use of color and music to evoke a response from the viewer is incredibly powerful.   I watched BLUE and RED tonight - Didn't want to start WHITE, as I knew I'd be finishing up the column before I could finish it and really wanted to just go to bed.   Secret BNAT stuff in the morning - which isn't long from now.   I wish Kieslowski was still making movies - if only so Robogeek would be constantly drooling in anticipation.   Besides, I would have loved to have seen his superhero flick.  Kidding.  Criterion did not come up short on these blus.   The picture quaility is everything that you would hope for these stunners.   And as for the extras?  Here ya go:
New high-definition digital restorations, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray editions

Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski

New interviews with composer Zbigniew Preisner; writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz; and actors Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Irène Jacob

Selected-scene commentary for Blue with actress Juliette Binoche

Three new video essays, by film writers Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim

Kieślowski’s student short The Tram (1966) and his fellow student’s short from the same year The Face, which features Kieślowski in a solo performance

Two short documentaries by Kieślowski: Seven Women of Different Ages (1978) and Talking Heads (1980)

Krzysztof Kieślowski: I’m So-So . . . (1995), a feature-length documentary in which the filmmaker discusses his life and work

Two multi-interview programs, Reflections on “Blue” and Kieślowski: The Early Years, with film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, Insdorf, Jacob, and editor Jacques Witta

Interviews with producer Marin Karmitz and Witta

Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and Kieślowski Cannes 1994, a short documentary on Red’s world premiere

Original theatrical trailers

New and improved English subtitle translations

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans, an excerpt from Kieślowski on Kieślowski, and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Sławomir Idziak, Edward Klosinski, and Piotr Sobocinski


I would put Dominic Cooper’s dual role performance in THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE against every other performance in film this year and say… definitively that he deserves a nomination for BEST ACTOR – and by the time it comes for me to create my list of the best films of 2011 – if the film doesn’t make that list – I will definitely be singling Dominic Cooper out as my favorite male performance of 2011. Lee Tamahori knocked the story of Saddam’s son Uday and as Uday’s double known as Latif. I love this film like I love SCARFACE. The big moments are amazing, the small moment simmer and as it plays out you really begin to realize just what a monster Uday was – and just how horrible it would be to be his double. Also, Ludivine Sagnier is smoking in this film. Sexy, gorey and awesome from beginning to end. Really wonderful movie – do not under any circumstances let it pass you by.


This film feels so friggin weird. It is a film about taking command over your life, even as you’re headed straight into the gutter. That you make the hard decisions, you go back to school and you get the resources to rebuild your life. That it isn’t impossible – and by doing that, you may discover an entirely new world to live. That’s what happens to Larry Crowne. He loses everything and with hard work and sacrifice… that ethic that so many of my generation’s Grandfathers told us was the secret to surviving the Great Depression. However, there’s something that feels artificial about Tom Hanks playing the Henry Fonda kind of character. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I don’t believe in Larry Crowne, even as I love the message… it just feels a bit easy. The film seems to be marching directly at turning Larry’s life around and that’s a great happy story, but I wonder how it works in reality. Now, I’m not an automatic Julia Roberts hater… but Hanks’ Crowne could do way better. I get the idea that the sheerest way for him to end back in the gutter is to get in a relationship with her. Just saying. It’s a sweet film, I just didn’t quite buy it all.

EVIL DEAD 2 (25th Anniversary Edition) Blu Ray

Ok – I know, we’ve all bought countless editions of EVIL DEAD 2 on DVD… but ya know what – I feel no remorse out of being leeched by this film. This film gave me some of the best nights of friendship ever. EVIL DEAD 2 is one of those films that when you hear someone hasn’t seen it, you play it that night. Well, for the foreseeable future, the version you should show them is this 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu Ray. The film has seriously never looked better. The previous print on Blu, while I felt was a vast improvement over DVD, here… they’ve gone back to the negative and really have given us a far higher degree of richness and detail to the image. Really beautiful transfer. There’s a new 100 min long documentary that’s very fun. This is just one of the great genre geek movies. Movie geeks found it. Movie geeks propelled it into the mainstream – and it is a real success that geek films that don’t explode upon initial release should take heart from. Film geeks don’t let go of the great films, even if the masses take 5-10-20 years to find and financially embrace. EVIL DEAD 2 is one of the tenets of geek movie love!


I love this film. I love Rex Harrison, but I feel dedicated to Audrey Hepburn. She’s one of those ladies that hit the screen and whom I was introduced cinematically as what a great lady was. Audrey Hepburn is just a dream. Watching her transformation in this movie is one of the great performances in film history. Sure, I know she didn’t sing the songs, that was the amazing lungs of Marni Nixon – who is a stunning singer… But then, it was everything else about Audrey that I fell in love with. Watch her as Rex Harrison pontificate, fix your gaze on her. Watch as she struggles to understand him, watch as she catches his meaning and understands and is hurt by his actions. Watch the frustration as she works through the very difficult work of learning to speak proper – and she’s dancing circles around THE KING’S SPEECH. MY FAIR LADY is more than a musical, it’s pure iconography upon the screen. The great George Cukor knocked this one out of the park. I watched this with Yoko on the eve to her first trip to London. Such a sweet film to share with one you love. The extras are awesome, but my fave stuff is actually getting to see some of the scenes and songs as Audrey actually performed them. Just amazing stuff! Great Blu!


So Ewan McGregor plays a depressed self-loathing artist, whose father (Christopher Plummer) upon the death of his life-long wife… declares he’s gay only to discover he has life threatening cancer. The film takes place after Ewan’s father is dead and Ewan has a great emptiness in his life. That’s where Melanie Laurent steps in. Their introductory scene at a Halloween party is perhaps my favorite character meeting moment in film this year. I do love throwing my own Halloween party – and I love that cupid has struck for friends of ours while they were not themselves. The flashbacks to Ewan’s life with his dad come naturally as his mind takes him to thoughts of his father, returning us to him… depressed at having missed his father. I have to admit it. I can’t stand this film even as I love everything about it. Why? I just don’t like thinking about my Dad dying. I’ll be honest – it scares the shit out of me. I lost Mom basically right out of High School, but she had become someone I could no longer be friends with. My father and I have been best friends for life. Even now, he’s my favorite person on the planet to talk film and film geek stuff with. Oh – and you see that dog? That dog on the cover? That dog rules!

FARSCAPE: The Complete Series Blu

You can save 52% on this by buying from Amazon. That saves you $104 – which is nothing to sneeze at. I’ve never really dove into FARSCAPE. I have friends that threaten all the time to educate my ignorant ass – and I suppose some day we’ll do that. But at 4086 minutes – I don’t know when I’ll be able to digest it. And that’s why I haven’t dove in. The Blu Ray is packed with extras, like 31 audio commentaries, 3 documentaries, tons of deleted and alternate and extra goodies.

IT TAKES A THIEF: The Complete Series

We talk about MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, MAN FROM UNCLE, I SPY and the other great spy series of the sixties, but one you haven’t heard much about. One starring Robert Wagner, could very well be the best of them all. Essentially, imagine if Hitchcock’s great TO CATCH A THIEF were an on-going series, where Cary Grant had to STEAL things for the U.S. government. I watched a few episodes and I have to say – this is fascinating. This is a show worth discovering. Can’t wait to get to the episodes with Fred Astaire playing his father!

CRIME STORY: Complete Series

For $20, yeah it’s worth it. But someone has got to do a better job on this set. Michael Mann’s CRIME STORY is amazing. Starring Dennis Farina, David Caruso, Stephen Lang, Bill Campbell and others… the show was kind of amazing. Set in the sixties Chicago – guest stars like Julia Roberts, Stanley Tucci, Pam Grier, Andrew Dice Clay, Lorraine Bracco and Michael Madsen… this played brilliantly when I originally watched it. Now – rewatching it – it amazes me how many of today’s best and brightest were throughout this series. If you’ve never seen it – you must discover it. GREAT STUFF! Includes the 2 hour pilot!!!

LOONEY TUNES Platinum Collection Vol 1 – Blu

Sheer Fucking Ecstacy! I can’t hug the screen enough. I love this. Love this. Love this. Except that much of the 3rd disc is in Standard Def, which kinda pisses me off, but overall I love love love it. Having a pristine 1080p version of THE GREAT PIGGY BANK ROBBERY would have had me purchasing this set all on its own. It’s amongst my favorite things ever. It just is. Brilliant. Some of the best cartoons in Warner’s history is on this set – a complete list is available on Amazon by clicking on the above link. It really is a delight. Tons of extras – and hours of loving happiness! The Looney Tunes rock more than any gallery of animated characters in history. These toons make me about as happy as I can be. That’s why I bought my copy.


A pretty fantastic film that I wished was a slight bit more fanciful. The film is about a pair of fairly dysfunctional best friends that as their hobby – have been preparing for the post-apocalypse. They’ve made their own vehicles, their own weapons – including a pretty fucking badass flame-thrower that if you had the juice would make you rule in the P.A. The film shows what happens when one of the friends ends up in a relationship… how that impacts their friendship. I won’t discuss my one single wish for the movie, because it goes far too far into spoiler territory for a mere Blu ray review… but if you’re ever curious and you meet me, feel free to bring this up. Sure it’s a cheesy conversation, but I just can’t help myself. It’s what I wish the film had become. Definitely discover this film either on Blu or some other method. It has more champions than haters and should grow in estimation over time. I think.


In the farcical game of crowning a film as the greatest film of all time – many feel that Jean Renoir’s THE RULES OF THE GAME is the very greatest of films ever made. You have to understand that the notion of proclaiming any film as definitively the greatest – well… Ok, but when you’re drunk with friends at 2am – wouldn’t you rather watch EVIL DEAD 2? Probably, but if you were to put on THE RULES OF THE GAME and let it work its magic on you… you could find the way you look at life different. It can change what film is for you. It’s the kind of film that has elegant magic at play. You’ll feel caught in its spell and the evening will turn into something beautiful. I’ve only previewed the image quality on this, which is fantastic btw, as I can’t wait to hatch this film on Yoko. She’s never seen it and has no idea what she’s in for. But it’ll absolutely become one of her favorites. That will be a sweet night. Here’s the package that Criterion has in store for you…

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir

Audio commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich

Comparison of the film’s two endings

Olivier Curchod Presents “The Rules of the Game,” a 2005 documentary comparing today’s 106-minute edit with Renoir’s original script

Scene analysis by Renoir historian Chris Faulkner

Excerpts from Jean Renoir, le patron: La règle et l’exception (1966), a French television program by filmmaker Jacques Rivette

Part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by film critic David Thompson

Video essay about the film’s production, release, and 1959 reconstruction

1965 interview from the French television series Les écrans de la ville in which Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and rerelease of the film

Interviews with set designer Max Douy; Renoir’s son, Alain; and actress Mila Parély

PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by Jean Renoir, François Truffaut, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Bertrand Tavernier; an essay by Sesonske; and tributes to the film and Renoir by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and others


INFERNAL AFFAIRS is such a great movie. I am really quite fond of Scorsese’s remake… but the original cel phone trace scene in this film. I don’t know why exactly, but it makes me geek out. Andy Lau and Tony Leung are so great here. The action is absolutely fantastic. Watching this and THE DEPARTED back to back is a real treat. Not only do you get the masterful original, but you see how a master director could adapt a film so wonderfully crafted and different as to perfectly co-exist. That is too rare of a treat these days. Great Hong Kong flick!


This isn’t a great film, but it is a satisfactory and frankly endearing one. Griff is a superhero, in a manner of speaking – and it is in discovering that manner of speaking that you really do kind of fall for the film. It’s goofy and the cinema of it is not entirely satisfying, but I liked it. Ryan Kwanten is just a kind of lovable persona. If you watch every superhero everything like me, give it a shot. It surprised me.


Ok – so this Blu Ray showed up at my house and I looked at the cover and realized… I think this is a film where Malcolm McDowell has an escort business out of some idyllic college campus. That could very well be a perfectly satisfying romp of a fun sexy flick, McDowell’s persona alone made me put it in. I watched the whole thing. Couldn’t really take it out. I was convinced that there would be some scene of Malcolm, 4 or 5 naked escort/co-eds and possibly naked foul demon spawn. I mean. POUND OF FLESH, right? Alas – this is an extraordinarily plain and mediocre film with zero titillation, zero wit and only the constant class of Malcolm McDowell to hold your interest. It really isn’t quite enough. This was a boring wretch of a flick. STEER CLEAR.


The Terrence Fisher HAMMER production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with Herbert Lom as the masked madman is actually my third favorite version. Chaney first followed up with Claude in second. After Lom is Robert Englund’s rather sleazy awesome telling. I love Christine’s voice in this and having the great Michael Gough running around certainly didn’t hurt… although he won’t remind you much of Alfred in this movie! The music is to be heralded, but the iconography of Lon Chaney can not be denied. He’s something from a nightmare. If you haven’t given this telling a chance, do so – it’ll surprise you!


I’ve never seen this. I’ve had the one-sheet for the better part of my life – and while flipping through lobby cards, I was convinced that the movie had to be a hoot. And I do mean HOOT! I love Donald O’Connor and the thought of him doing “Me and My Shadow” literally gets me excited. I am that much of a musical geek. Especially musical comedy! It is hard to beat Donald O’Connor in the genre. This has been ordered!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

12 ANGRY MEN Criterion Blu

Here’s another of those films that stars Henry Fonda that literally feels like it could just be one of the best movies ever as you’re watching it. Fonda had a habit of making those kinds of movies. Films that felt like you were being given simple hard truths about things that needed to be said. Henry Fonda is sort of the national conscience in cinema. In 12 ANGRY MEN, he’s one of 12 fantastic performances. Looking at the cover, if you’ve ever seen the film – you have an opinion on each of those faces. A moment where one of them pissed you off or made you laugh, that made you shake your head in shame or that made you proud to be in the room just watching them. 12 ANGRY MEN is a great film and Criterion has given it the attention it deserves. From that beautiful cover to the following extras:

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the blu-ray edition

Frank Schaffner’s 1955 television version, with an introduction by Ron Simon, director of the Paley Center for Media Studies

“12 Angry Men”: From Television to the Big Screen, a video essay by film scholar Vance Kapley comparing the Sidney Lumet and Schaffner versions

Archival interviews with Lumet

New interview about the director with writer Walter Bernstein

New interview with Simon about television writer Reginald Rose

New interview with cinematographer John Bailey in which he discusses cinematographer Boris Kaufman

Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer and law professor Thane Rosenbaum

RUSHMORE Criterion Blu

I just fucking love it. Ok. There, I said it. I want full feature films put on by the persona of Max Fischer – put on in a theatrical old school Hollywood soundstage as everything kind of film. In a way, I try to fool myself into thinking that perhaps TROPIC THUNDER is an adult Max Fischer flick… only it wasn’t quite as brilliant as Max would’ve made it. I also love Olivia Williams, I love her because she entertains the romance of Max in her fashion, but I love that she fucks Bill Murray. I respect that. That’s the actions of a really awesome gal. My favorite character in the whole affair is Seymour Cassel as Max’s father. He’s just… perfect. Absolutely perfect. Just like all of Wes Anderson’s work so far for me. They are films that produce constant shit-eating grins from start to finish.

SUPER 8 Blu-Ray

As much as I love the movie, the making of SUPER 8 is an amazing story. When you discover just how incredibly personal this film is… How the movie itself was created by a group of boys that all literally started out making Super 8 Movies together as teenagers… How Spielberg came into their lives at an early age, seemingly by chance… well, watching the Making of just got me smiling from start to finish. I love life long dreams come to fruition. Everytime I hear the story I always realize that someone else’s dream will come true too and that thought is delicious. Realizing childhood dreams with a group of childhood friends is something very few can dream of. Which is why I love working with my childhood best friend on AICN and see it as the miracle it is. THEN – you have the wish-fantasy of SUPER 8. This is one helluva yarn to of had as a child and I can appreciate the dream. What kid didn’t want to encounter an alien and survive? Does it help that it takes place at the exact point in time that I was a kid? Absolutely. It makes the fantasy exquisitely easy for me to indulge. Now, let’s see STAR TREK 2!


A truly wonderful silly fun movie. The internal logic of this movie is fucking nuts – and that is exactly as it should be. I never saw THREE AMIGOS in theaters. At the time, I thought it looked entirely too silly. Now, I find it exquisitely silly. Definitely the silliest adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI… sillier even than A BUG’S LIFE. The film gave a generation a salute of silly that instantly binds those that do it as brothers or sisters of this classic. It feels like a live action Mickey, Donald & Goofy cartoon. That’s kind of splendid! On Blu, the old fashioned look of the film just glows and is radiant. Guaranteed to put you in a better mood.


It really isn’t that good of a film. I like Ron Perlman. I think Jason Momoa with a better director could possibly take on the role, but not with this writing and not with Marcus Nispel. Much of the film looks spectacularly EMPTY. The nudity feels artificial, whereas in the original it felt natural. CONAN as a character is… frankly not Conan. He’s missing about 7 different character traits. Alas. Buy this only if you have that CONAN animated series, cuz that was way better…. And it sucked too. This isn’t KULL THE CONQUEROR bad, this is watchable, but I turned it off before it was over on 2nd viewing. Can’t imagine I’ll be watching it again.

THE BIRTH OF A NATION – Special Edition Blu-Ray

BIRTH OF A NATION can not be praised enough as the historical work of cinema that forever changed film and helped transform the medium from being a carnival trick, to creating the world of Cinema that we recognize today. That BIRTH OF A NATION is still as controversial today as it was in its day… well that’s possibly the truest sign of it’s right to be considered ART and HISTORY. The Ku Klux Klan stuff is pretty fucking intolerable, but the rest of the film. The work of Lillian Gish… she’s amazing. Even more so in WAY DOWN EAST below. Kino has put together a 3 disc set – with BIRTH OF A NATION on Blu-Ray… the spoken introductions by D.W. Griffith and Walter Huston were amazing to me. Then you get 2 DVDs that have quite a bit of D.W. Griffith’s work, all of which is detailed on the above AMAZON site. If you take film seriously, you owe it to yourself to discover BIRTH OF A NATION – and realize – it’s the first real feature film that really resembles film of today.


Your enjoyment of this film will vary dependent largely upon how you come to love Lillian Gish. She has an ethereal quality to her… an actress that really does come from a different era. The way she looks – the costumes… but what I love is here we have a melodrama from 1920 about a gal that got totally trashed by life. Knocked up, baby dies… the sort of thing that destroys some people, but Gish’s lady reforges her life, dares to attempt love again – and it is a powerful story – especially for the era. KINO has done a fantastic job with this release. KINO is really doing wonderful work with bringing silent’s and classic films to Blu Ray. We need far more releases though. So much yet to come.


Yup, that’s Conan’s dad, William Smith on the box – and he’s the HOLLYWOOD MAN – and yeah, that’s Mary Woronov and she’s totally going to score with the HOLLYWOOD MAN… and after this film, you’re going to always SING the words HOLLYWOOD MAN – because in HOLLYWOOD MAN – there is an absolutely ridiculously terrible, yet catchy theme song called HOLLYWOOD MAN! You have to see this film, it’s one that Quentin Tarantino introduced at one of his classic QT fests!


If your family enjoys the original SPY KIDS trilogy, then they should be adequately entertained by the 4th installment. Though I don’t love these kids nearly as much as the original Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara SPY KIDS. But I really love the robotic dog. I’m easy sometimes and C.H.O.M.P.S. still reigns supreme until I get my BLUE FALCON & DYNOMUTT movie with George Clooney as BLUE FALCON and Owen Wilson as Dynomutt. Right? No, not Owen. Who’d be a good DYNOMUTT?


This is just fucking fantastic. If you don’t agree, I weep for you.


Oh fucking hell yeah! A tale of Hillbilly hate and redneck revenge from 1973? If you look this film up on IMDB and read the review – that review has me laughing and I feel like I must experience the pain. Why? Because I feel like I should witness this kind of shit, because who else will? Right?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011


I didn’t really love this. It is fascinating to watch, but awfully repetitive, but frankly… I can watch anything that I get to hear Werner Herzog’s voice doing the narration. Never got to see this in 3D at a theater dammit! If Werner Herzog obsessing on a single cluster of Cave Paintings for a long good time sounds right for you, check it out. If it sounds like you’re gonna be staring at a painting on a wall for a long time and that scares you. You should probably skip it.


Ok – you see the cover? If that scares you. If you think, “This looks like shit!” That’s what I thought. Then I put it in. I really dig the living shit out of TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL. This film is pretty fucking funny and is a great 1-joke film that absolutely gets how to milk it for everything and not feel cheap. If you love Alan Tudyk, it’s a must check out!


Perhaps it was that their ONE DAY, the day that brings them back together throughout the film happens to be Yoko and mine’s Wedding day… and just that bit all on its own kinda makes the film intolerable to watch for me. I just didn’t like either character enough to ever really root for either of them. In fact more than anything, I found myself hoping they never saw each other again. Because everytime they get together, it’s pretty terribly miserable. By the time they get their shit together, I’ve disliked them more than not. This romance just fell flat to me.


This film is a whole lot of fun. What makes it work is that Jesse Eisenberg is playing it like a man that has not yet lived that has a bomb strapped to his chest and simply must do whatever it takes to survive. The film is violently funny. Terribly mean and hilarious. Aziz and Jesse rule… But Danny McBride owns this film with his brilliant plans – This would be an interesting double feature with BELLFLOWER, from earlier in the list. Play this second. Because Danny and Nick will remind you of the BELLFLOWER duo to a degree.


Everything you need to know about this movie is on that cover. The dream of a movie that that artwork evokes… the film delivers. The names upon the case… Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas… each, living up to the utmost that their names mean to you. Lee & Cushing are a pair of 19th/20th century anthropologists – there’s a prehistoric thawed creature that turns victims into bleeding eyed zombies… Telly is an absolutely fucking bugnuts Cossack officer … and the film…. The film is all set aboard a racing Trans-Siberian Express of that era – and the film is stunning. This film print is beautiful. So fucking gorgeous. I find Blu-Rays like this one to be a genuine miracle. So happy to have this!


A Jewish Frankenstein creation of Hitlers? A Burlesque Strip dancing Statue of Liberty shaking its tits at a giant Godzilla sized fanged sperm…. Zombies… all manner of ridiculous absurdities. Not entirely satisfying, but something fun to have on in the background. The film is fun though. If you have friends over – you’re getting a bit drunk and want to laugh and talk over a film – this is that kind of party film. Unless you’re in a rotten mood in which case you’ll be miserable.


HOLY SHIT! The long fabled STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN – the musical version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring BASIL RATHBONE as Scrooge. I ordered this just now – because I’m so excited at the notion of seeing Rathbone as a Singing Scrooge. The notion is a bit mind-boggling really. Can not wait to see this!


I really kind of dug Renny Harlin’s 5 DAYS OF WAR between Russia and Georgia that took place during the Chinese Olympic games! The movie has Andy Garcia as the President of Georgia, Val Kilmer as a bit of a hippie war / Hot Zone correspondent, Dean Cain plays an advisor to Andy Garcia. Roller Girl is great in her bit in the film. This is a bit of a hard film. Really showing the brutality that happened in just 5 days. Not great, but completely watchable. Surprisingly good.


Amazon is out of stock of this, but I will eventually possess this movie – and it is only because my grandfather used to race those kinds of racing cars back in the day – and I need to watch this… one just to see cars of that era being amazing. But two… I want to see how close to the dream that poster evokes, the film actually is. So dynamic. Can’t wait. Amazon, get more copies!

Alright, that’s it for November and I’m all caught up. In less than 8 hours I must be awake and alertly elsewhere, so let’s get to the preview for our first week of December: We’ll be checking out HANGOVER Part 2, COWBOYS & ALIENS, THE HELP, THE DEBT, more MST3K, DRAGON TATTOO TRILOGY Extended Edition, TORA! TORA! TORA! Blu-Book, LADY VANISHES Criterion Blu, REACH FOR THE SKY, DESIGN FOR LIVING Criterion Blu, MEDEA Blu, POINT BLANK Blu, RAPT and that’s about it! See ya next week…

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  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Thank you

    by waxxel

    I missed that one movie that came out three weeks ago.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Numero dos!!

    by Kevin


  • Building your own camera does not excuse boring the fuck out of people

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Give me the choice of what to watch tonight out of all those films above, and i'd probably choose HORROR EXPRESS... Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas, and what looks like the arm of a giant gorilla, together on a train. Sounds great!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    by DementedCaver

    I think that I may actually have to agree with HK on this one. Cave of Forgotten Dreams was a fascinating watch....good...but not great. Just getting to get see the artwork in that cave was worth the price of admission though. Only saw it in 2D as well. :~(

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Crime Story? do better with???????????

    by j2talk

    Someone has got to do a better job on this set-with what? the extras or the transfer? finish the review!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Amazon have put Metropolis on hold

    by steve

    Some kind of issue that they didn't really go into...

  • ......I don't know what that means.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    "Our Idiot Brother"?

    by Jay Mammoth

    This comes out today. Did you miss it or did Paul Rudd piss you off?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Somebody help me out...

    by BlaGyver

    Drawing a total blank....there was some great performance from an actor recently (I wanna say it was this year) who played a German (or something of the like) character and the actor said that he was basically just being Werner Herzog for the role....I cannot remember for the life of me who it was.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Got it

    by BlaGyver

    Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. Never mind.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Super 8 really shows up the problem with todays blockbuster filmmakers

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's a film about nothing. A film made in the style of a great filmmaker by a comptenet TV director. It's such a depressing state of affairs. All the much-vaunted 'heir to Spielberg' can make is a bland, empty homage to his favourite childhood director and three films based on 60s TV shows? Jesus.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Kieslowski had retired before he died

    by Spandau Belly

    I'm sorry the dude died young and all, but he had retired from filmmaking so it's not like we really got denied a bunch of films from him. Tom Tykwer directed a script Kieslowski never filmed called HEAVEN and he did a good job aping Kieslowski's visual style, but it just wasn't a good film.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Bellflower was admirable, but not a very good film

    by Spandau Belly

    I don't regret watching Bellflower and I would like to see more work from this guy, but it's really an average movie at best.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Love that Criterion Box Art

    by Aquatarkusman

    I would definitely buy a painting-sized print of that 12 Angry Men cover. The old-timer's portrait (I forget the actor's name) is priceless.

  • Trinity Repertory Theater does it every Christmas, and they never disappoint.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Didn't even realise DEVIL'S DOUBLE had been released

    by melonman

    Least not any cinema near me

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by Shpadoinkle

    Caught it at the IFI Horrorthon and haven't had that much fun in a cinema in yonks - but I was most certainly drunk. In fact everybody who was drunk came out raving about the flick, especially the Diary of Anne Frankenstein. Not since Story of Ricky have I ever had to recommend that you need to get properly fucked up to get the full experience. Not even alcohol could save The Theatre Bizarre though, I wept.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Bith of a nation gets a special ed. but no song of the south

    by Cobb05

    Birth of a Nation is on DVD but movies like Song of the South, Coonskin and Hey, Good Lookin' will never be released. Hell, I can get Leni Refenstahl's propaganda films on DVD, but I can't see a movie about a talking fox and bunny?

  • Larry Crowne was an ok movie. I did think that the ending sucked. I mean he loses everything, has to work in a diner, but he's taking classes at community college. Sure, he gets Julia Roberts in the end, but it's still a downer. I think if this was a low budget, indie movie, starring Richard Jenkins, way better movie.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    cobb05, the LARRY CROWNE cover blurb says it is *refreshingly funny*. Im not sure exactly what that means? Except perhaps that Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have been in some really unfunny films recently so this one here has now become refreshingly funny?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    When I saw that LARRY CROWNE movie I was expecting another PHILADELPHIA, but in fact I found it *refreshingly funny*.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Crime Story

    by TDavis

    I'm curious as to the soundtrack on this release. The older DVDs had to use different music than what was used in the telecast due to huge royalty fees. The "new" music really hurt the ambiance of the show.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    You're kidding me, this is actually up?

    by D.Vader

    Woo hoo, just when we needed it most!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai!

    by D.Vader

    How goes it?

  • But I think what we'd REALLY want him to "do better" on, is fixing these TALKBACKS. Its been almost a year since AICN had its big security breach, and almost a year since Harry said this was only a "temporary" talkback code until they fixed everything. And have we seen any progress on that front? Any progress at all? No. So what gives? Was Harry just lying? Has he forgotten? Does he just not care? Or is everyone just being lazy about it?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Three Amigos Bluray missing a piece of dialogue

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Joe Mantegna no longer says "Your asses have just been streamlined.The Three Amigos are history!"

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Asi's Pick of the Week: The Last Circus

    by Asimov_Lives

    It's like some sicko crazy superhero origin story about two psycho clowns with top-notch production values and direction made in my next door neighboring Spain. It is Fantastic! The most fun I've had watching a movie all year! Highly, highly, high-ly Recommended! Now streaming on Netflix. WATCH IT!!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    d.Vader it goes well! My martial arts mastery remains unparalleled and my plans for world domination are coming along very nicely. Soon all humanity will bow, quake, shake and piss themselves with fear at the terrible might of the dojo* *present company accepted of course. You'll be invited in to the dojo for a nice cup of tea and scones.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The original Crime Story DVDs looked like garbage

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I guess chalk it up to the horrible (but hey it saved money back in the day) practice from the 1980's to the mid 90's of a lot of shows being shot on film, but then being editied and mastered on tape.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    "The Ku Klux Klan stuff is pretty fucking INTOLERABLE"

    by Sith Witch

    Good one Harry! Did you mean to do that? Griffith would LOL.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox as Dynomutt?

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    Somebody was bound to say it.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    picked up the Jackie Brown Bluray from Target for 4 bucks

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is it just more or just in have some weird orange tint to it that wasn't there in theaters, like Tarantino tried to Grindhouse it up by making it look like some weird color bleed was going on (because afterall the Bluray states on the cover "Director approved transefer").

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The Last Circus

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    That movie fucked my brain so hard, and I wanted more. I can't fucking believe I'm living right now with Cinema of that calibre (well, you know silver lining in the land of remakes and reboots). A movie hasn't been that tasty since I Saw The Devil. What's next?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by D.Vader

    Will there be sesame cake too?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Chillerama...what someone not drunk thought of it.

    by Kyle

    I caught this at Rock and Shock...well I should say...I caught like 1/4th and a half of it? I got through Wadzilla, and about half way through the gay werewolf thing before I got up and left...couldn't stand anymore of that gayness or the stupid musical numbers in it...dunno how the rest of it played out...but I just couldn't take it anymore...Wadzilla was alright...really fucking cheesy. No where near as bad as the werewolf thing...

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Sesame cake, Sesame Street, Sesame burger bun... In the Dojo there is Sesame for every occasion.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Actually I tell you what, if you stir fry noodles in sesame oil rather than regular oil, and also chuck in a pinch of sesame seeds - man oh man. Big difference in taste from your regular noodles. I know this is a movie forum but just a quick digression into the joys of sesame oil and noodles.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    What happend to the Oldman-back?

    by Asimov_Lives

    You bitches are loosing your touch!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    The reason why Birth Of A Nation gets released and Song Of South does not...

    by Nasty In The Pasty because the former can be excused as "historically important" and will be mainly viewed by adults who understand its place in cinema, and the latter is a film aimed at children from a studio that tries to cover its ass at every opportunity.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    nasty, your wrong

    by Asimov_Lives

    It's because Disney has no balls. And it probably wouldn't be that much of an issue if Walt didn't have such a reputation as a racist to begin with.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Kinski Paganini & Highway Patrolman

    by David

    For something less commercial and worthwhile: Mya Communication released Klaus Kinski's Paganini (on NOV-8th) and MicrocinemaDVD released Alex Cox's Highway Patrolman (on NOV-15). Both are also available on Amazon, although Microcinema is currently offering the latter title for $12.50.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hey pedo...

    by shartron

    It's actually TRULY you moron. Take your bitterness someplace else. You're like the concrete boots of these forums.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Also out this week: Becoming Chris

    by Asimov_Lives

    This gripping documentary follows the deeply emotional journey of Chastity Bono, daughter of entertainers Sonny and Cher, as she embarks on a program of gender reassignment to become a man transforming into 2016 Republican presidential hopeful and New Jersey governor, Chris Christie.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Cave in 2D

    by fullrotor

    For those of you dismissing this movie and then saying you didn't see it in 3D...well, you really need to see it that way to appreciate it. The whole point is to put you in that cave looking at the artwork, and the artwork is on curved surfaces, so just for that reason you can't really appreciate its impact without seeing it in 3D. And it also helps with the immersion of feeling like you're IN the cave. I could see how spending that much time on the cave paintings without the immersion and full effect of seeing how they wrap around and over the walls could get boring.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    FARSCAPE: The best SciFi show of the last 15 years or so.

    by DerLanghaarige

    It was creative, willing to be unpredictable and changing the status quo whenever it was necessary, dark as fuck but at the same time funny as hell and when something horrible happened to the protagonists, it was permanent! In a perfect world, this show would have the dedicated fanbases of FIREFLY and BSG. (I'm not saying that FIREFLY is bad, though. It's a watchable show. BSG was horrible, on the other hand.)

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Metropolis and OWS

    by Obama_is_a_walking_turd

    "This film is about exactly what the OCCUPY movement is about today. The separation of the Rich and everybody else. Who will be our Freder though?" Wow, such a stupid statement. So Occupy Wall Street AKA Louts, bums, scums, whiney bitches, rapists, criminals, Marxists, NAZIs, Socialists, et al is about the separation of the "rich" and everybody else? So why do I see and endless parade of human debris - celebrity edition - showing up for appearances? So Michael Moore is on the "not Rich" column? Russell Simmons? Anne Hathaway? Miley Cyrus? Susan Saran Wrap? Don't be such an idiot Harold. OWS is about one thing: The destruction of America and American style liberty.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Cool Three Amigos story

    by homer40

    I was at NYU film school, and decided to take acid and go see Terry Gilliam's new film "Brazil". This was a one week engagement of his cut of the movie. So I go see Brazil, dosing my brains out, and, wow, the end just sent me into a tripping nosedive. I was walking around NYC, surrounded by monsters on every side, trying to get my head together. I had seen Three Amigos, and when I walked towards a theater playing the movie, I just knew I had to go in. I sat through three showings (you could do that in those days) and, as I expected, my bad trip frown turned into a lovely smile. I was safe and happy. To this day, I watch Three Amigos whenever this shit life starts to overwhelm me, and it always makes me smile. You can gauge a man by walking up to him and saying, "It's real." If he knows what you are talking about, he's a cool guy. Most guys will get the Fletch references, or Caddyshack, but only the true dudes will immediately get the Three Amigos reference. This was a much better film than Tropic Thunder, which was mean spirited remake. Nothing mean about this movie. It has a "plethora" of hilarity. I also love "Spies Like Us".

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Did you check out the box-art for Speed Devils? Pretty sweet eh?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    You stopped going to it, that's what happened!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    You're an f'n idiot! Please refrain from talking about things you know absolutely nothing about. You're the real p.o.s.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    obama_is_a_walking_turd, you ignorant slut

    by Mugato5150

    You have no idea what the OWS is about. Try getting your information from somewhere other than Fox News.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Funny how OWS is about "destroying America"

    by D.Vader

    And yet there are many Tea-Partiers who agree with aspects of the movement. Weird.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Oh why did I even bother with that reply

    by D.Vader

    The above post about OWS was such obvious troll baiting and full of such ignorance that it didn't deserve a response. Le Sigh.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Sorry! You're right!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS was one of this year's best use of 3D.

    by LoneGun

    Admittedly, the doc is short on actual information. But I think the main purpose of the film was to simply show off those caves in eye-popping 3D. For most people, this is the closest they will ever get to viewing the oldest paintings known to humankind. And they are beautiful. There was a strong reason to film it in 3D - so that you could appreciate the paintings on the curvature of the cave walls as they actually appear. In ancient times, they would have only been visible by firelight, so they would almost have the appearance of movement. The film is really worth seeing, but it has to be viewed in 3D, preferably on the big screen. Under those circumstances, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is a really profound movie experience.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Btw, vader, did you see the Lost Blu-Ray deal at Amazon yesterday?

    by Asimov_Lives

    Complete series for $129.99!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    lonegun, have you reviewed any 3D porn yet?

    by Asimov_Lives

    I heard that Riley Steele's cave is amazing in eye-popping 3D. You can actually see the stalactites and stalagmites on her cave walls.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I did not, Asimov_Lives

    by D.Vader

    $129.99 for the blu? Is that a deal? I thought that was the regular price!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The difference between the Tea Party and OWS:

    by Asimov_Lives

    The Tea Party is funded by the Koch Brothers. And OWS is fueled by coke! As in White Vader.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    OWS is about lice, scabies, rape

    by Obama_is_a_walking_turd

    and public defacation. I'm not buying the bullshit that OWS is about the seperation of the rich from the not rich, when multi-millionaires Michael Moore and Russell Simmons show up and join the crap-on-police-cruiser festival. Fucking leftist losers.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    3d Porn

    by homer40

    Just run your illegally downloaded 2d files through a 3d simulator (either a blu-ray player with a 2d-3d converter, or on a computer I use Tri-Def 3d player. The 3d effect is great-and particularly suited to seventies/early 80's porn because of the huge bushes, which just POP in 3d.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    asimov_lives - Riley Steele in 3D

    by LoneGun

    They need to get Werner Herzog's droning narration for that. It could be quite something.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    I miss bush. From the 70's and 80's, not the aught's.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Rock Metropolis and Evil Dead 2 in HD

    by donkey_lasher

    What a great week.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Chillerama is a hell of a lot of fun...

    by fathergreedosarducci

    ...something that's sorely lacking in what passes for the modern horror film. However well made they are, on a technical level, horror movies now just aren't that much fun to watch-- compare the Tom Holland Fright Night with the by-the-numbers remake, and tell me which of them is better, and which of them the cast and crew actually seemed to have fun making. Tim Sullivan's a great director. If you liked what he did with 2001 Maniacs, check out Chillerama.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Evaluating "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" in 2D is not good.

    by ufoclub1977

    The 3D was probably the main winning concept of documenting the cave extensively in movie format. We saw it and remarked how the point of some of the shots wouldn't even make sense in 2D. So evaluating it from a 2D screening is kind of like watching a big special effects movie like District 9 with only placeholder effects and raw colors. Sure you get the basic plot, but you don't get the intended feeling... experience... or meaning. The whole point was to see these things in the depth and perspective of this strange environment, and to see how certain images were placed on foreground and background parts of the cave that create a very unique mood, and point to some incredible creativity in how they were placed in the space by the original primitive artists. In 2D you can't get any of this information.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Here's why I love Harry's reviews, even as I hate them:

    by Asimov_Lives

    "Oh – and you see that dog? That dog on the cover? That dog rules!"

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Hmmm, I'll have to give Devil's Double another try.

    by Flip63Hole

    Seemed like I was watching the same scene over and over for a while. Ended up turning it off. Do any likeable characters ever show up? Is there a plot of some sort that starts to take place at some point?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    SUPER 8, the movie that could had be, but isn't

    by AsimovLives

    There's this small part of the movie, the stuff with the kids before the train wreack, that could had been the basis for a very good and tender coming of age story. But JJ Abrams, being the idiot that he is, had to fuck it all up royaly with all that alien bullshit. and if that wasn't bad enough, he also had to spend time with the fucking anoying unlikable fuckass adults whose presence in the movie does fuck all to the story. And then there's the train wreack itself, which has to be one of the most retard moment of bad cinema this year. This movie could had been a contender... if JJ Abrams wasn't such an stupid idiot! What an ass! Fucker should return to TV, where he belongs... probably!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    by the way, Asimov_Lives is not me

    by AsimovLives

    I'm me.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    "Do any likeable characters ever show up?"

    by Mattman

    That's like complaining there are too many female characters in Bridesmaids.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Upon second viewing Super 8 is truly the Emperor's New Clothes.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Abrams nails the late '70s details (Pillsbury meal sticks, Super 8 Filmmaker magazine, hairstyles and fashion..), and gets good performances across the board, sp the young cast (good to see Ron Eldard on the big screen, and Elle Fanning is marvelous). But it boils down to "can't we all just get along"? Kids understanding their parents, parents understanding their kids, kids understanding the alien (using the hoary convention of thoughts transferred by touch). Unlike Spielberg, whose movies stay with you, Super 8 evaporates moments after viewing.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    there are to many females in Bridesmaids. My menses was synched up with the characters by the end of the movie. And I don't even have a vagina!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i'm sorry to disagree with you on ther,e my heartie, but INFERNAL AFFAIRS is far better then THE DEPARTED. And it hurts like hell to say this about a martin Scorsese movie, but there it is. It is what it is. And to think that of all the movies of his career, that's the one he wins the oscar for is down right insulting!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Did you see The Last Circus? I know that it's spanish, not Portuguese. But just curious what you thought of it. My suspicion based on other films you talk about is that you would think it kicked as much ass as i did.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I also have to disagree with choppah and agree with myslef

    by Asimov_Lives

    Had Scorsese reigned in the worst instincts of Jack Nicholson, perhaps The Departed would have been a perfect film.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Patrice O'Neal just died

    by Asimov_Lives

    R.I.P. fat prince!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Good one, Asimov

    by Mattman

  • "Fucking rats!"

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Nicholson's opening monologue is fantastic. But, as the movie progresses I feel that his acting deteriorates into self-parody. By the time he's dismembering bodies in his apartment I thought I was watching the return of The Joker. Granted, it is a fun performance. It just doesn't belong in the same film as Damon's, DiCaprio's and Wahlberg's superb "realistic" performances. Also, Baldwin and Sheen. Imho, Nicholson was the weakest link.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    The Departed was a great movie

    by Dave

    Watch it stoned, it's even better. Matt Damon totally looks like girls when you watch it stoned. I think I may have fapped to him.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Super 8 NEVER had a chance with Asimov

    by Dave

    Anyone who comes to this site knows that. Any review or opinion he gives is tainted. Sorry but it's the truth.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Asimov, the reason I feel Nicholson's performance totally fits

    by Mattman

    Is because he's the catalyst for everything going on around him. He should be over the top, to illustrate why every event in the movie revolves around him. Nicholson is the sun and the rest of the cast are planets inevitably orbiting him. Yes, he's blindingly luminous and impossible to ignore. And he deteriorates with the movie because he is literally going insane. And I don't think he's channeling The Joker... I think he's much more controlled insane here. His acting in the scene where he's discussing rats with DiCaprio is superbly nuanced... much more subtle than Joker.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I like Infernal Affairs

    by Mattman

    But I love Departed. Infernal was a great starting point though, and I appreciate it for that... but I feel Departed is far more layered and really elevated the material

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon was incredible in The Departed

    by Asimov_Lives

    I think that Damon gets a raw deal and is overlooked because his appearance is so bland and whitebread. But, he always brings it in almost everything he's in. He was great in The Informant and True Grit too.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Uhhhh...Wahlberg was preaty over the top in The Departed too

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But once again, it fit his character, just like with Nicholson's. And if anyone here is looking for a low key Nicholson performance from the past decade, check out The Pledge, very underrated film and performance from Nicholson.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by Kevin Fields

    Couldn't agree more about The Departed, Jack almost ruined the movie for me when instead he should have carried it and for years to come people should have been talking about how great he was in it instead we get to see him hitting Leo's hand with a boot from a mile away on the pool table and lets not even bring up his awful boston accent. Nicholson FAIL

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I think most people have a beef with The Departed

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Because they think it wasn't as good as other Scorsese films that should've won an Oscar. I liked the film a lot and think that yes it's not as good as some of Scorsese's other films, it's still a very good film. I would not put this in the same camp as Pacino winning an Oscar for Scent of a Woman when he really didn't deserve it, and basically won it more as a lifetime achievement award.

  • This is a MAJOR release, since it's the first time the 40s version of JUNGLE BOOK -- the single best adaptation of that tale -- will be available on DVD in a truly remastered format! Every prior edition has been a public domain transfer ... some better than others, but none of them very good. Since this is part of Criterion's "Eclipse" series, there are no real special features (sadly), but you do get two other classic film starring Sabu -- ELEPHANT BOY and THE DRUM. This is THE release of November for me, and I'm very disappointed it didn't make the column.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Just because Departed won an Oscar and Goodfellas didn't

    by Mattman

    doesn't mean Departed didn't deserve an Oscar that year.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I think most people have a beef with The Departed

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    because of the rat on the ledge. Really Marty? A rat walking on the ledge of a building in broad daylight? It would have been more subtle if a character spelled R A T in their own blood. I think its a good movie though, kind of second tier Scorsese. Love the scenes with Wahlberg and Baldwin giving each other shit.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Wahlburg was over the top

    by Asimov_Lives

    but not to the cartoon character proportions that Nicholson was.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I'm just happy Marty got a best director oscar

    by Asimov_Lives

    True, he was robbed with regards to Raging Bull. But, I do feel The Departed was one of the best films that year. Now, if we can only get one for David Lynch.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Who exactly are we comparing Nicholson's performance to

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'm just curious? I don't recall The Departed being shot in a pseudo documentary style a la the snooze worthy cinema of Paul Greengrass. I also don't recall Nicholson being so over the top that he derailed the film. Anybody that thinks that probably puts on Heath Ledger Joker make-up when they get out of the shower and head to their entertainement set-up to watch a Casanova/Dark Knight double feature capped off with copious amounts of lunesta and anti-anxiety medications.

  • Why say something so vague like "someone needs to do a better job" and then not even fucking tell us what needs to have a better job done on it? Picture quality? Extras? It's like you fell asleep writing that review. Was Inception on in the other room?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    And Open Range

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The best Western of the last ten years.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Samuel, you are spot on

    by Asimov_Lives

    As long as it's Fellini's splendidly awful Casanova and not the Ledger shitfest. And are you really suggesting that Legder's Joker was too over the top for a Batman movie? Or not OTT enough? And for the record I do love Ledger's Joker performance. I also like Jacks. Just not as much. Of course, R. P. McMurphy could wipe the floor with Ledger Joker's emo ass!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Ordinary People

    by Asimov_Lives

    Who says that they want to revisit Ordinary People? EVER?! NO ONE! And they never will.

  • Schindler's List is pretty great, but that fucking Nazi stuff is pretty awful! Your reviews are MST3K-worthy bad.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    E.T., the movie that could be, but isn't

    by D.Vader

    ... "There's this small part of the movie, the stuff with the kids before E.T. shows up, that could had been the basis for a very good and tender coming of age story. But Steven Spielberg, being the idiot that he is, had to fuck it all up royaly with all that alien bullshit. "

  • but I can't say that I really dug any of the flicks he's directed.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Bridesmaids- Awful movies

    by D.Vader

    In my opinion.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives

    Actually, if I were Speilberg, I would have focused the entire film on the kids playing D&D.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    "The Ku Klux Klan stuff is pretty fucking intolerable"

    by Asimov_Lives

    But, newborn baby rape is perfectly acceptable.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Confirming that Harry's DVD column is utterly worthless aside from getting a list of titles that will be released two weeks ago. That's all. You want a review? FUCK YOU You want a list of extras? FUCK YOU You want to know if the picture quality is great in his eyes or flawed in experts' eyes, or if its a bad transfer which he wouldn't know anything about anyway? FUCK YOU Instead, you'll get a list of obvious, known releases along with a couple of exploitation flicks no one else cares about. AND YOU'LL FUCKING LIKE IT.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Awwwwww....I think Asi misses Felicity

    by Dave

    Just cannot admit it to us. That's probably the root of his Abrams hatred. Felicity got cancelled and he has never forgiven Abrams for that. Let it go Asimov, let it go. The key to your salvation lies in that.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The only film I like that has Apatow's name in the credits

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is Walk Hard.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by emteem

    I'm certainly not saying watch it... I've enjoyed what I've seen, but that's probably less than a 1/4 of it in total. However, you don't know where you'd find the time to start? You know how you're always writing, "When this movie arrived today I threw it immediately in and watched it 3 times back to back"? Watch that movie one time and then watch a couple episodes of Farscape. You'll be done before you know it.

  • I love both performances. The Joker is such a dynamic villain, and I think both actors nailed the different eras. Ledger certainly nailed the 80s Joker. The only problem with Nicholson's Joker is not his fault... the unfortunate need to tie his backstory into Batman's, and killing him off in the end.

  • The man whose mug is in the GIF on the top left-hand corner can do whatever defukk he wants.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Bridesmaids was just as overhyped as the Hangover

    by Mattman

    It's one of those movies that if you didn't see it before all the hoopla, it might not work.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Yay Rushmore!

    by baronweazle

    I still fucking love that film! And it actually stars Brian Cox!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Bridesmaids had a great arc for a few characters

    by D.Vader

    But the laughs were few and far between. And the secondary characters were all useless without *any* resolution. Oh, here's a young, virginal girl who can't wait to get married and live a long life with her husband. Oh, here's an older, tired, and married woman who's been committed for years, has kids, and hates it. Oh! Here they are having a lesbian moment on a plane! And they're going to Vegas! Shit's going to go CRAZY! Wait, you wanted something fun in Vegas? FUCK YOU You want something to come of that lesbian moment between the characters? FUCK YOU You want to find out what happens to the virginal character, if she changes her mind about marrying her husband bc of what the older bridesmaid said? You want to find out what happens to the older woman, if she decides she loves her life after all? You want a character resolution for these people based on the arcs that have been started? FUCK YOU! What a waste.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Three Amigos FTW!!

    by darthderp

    One of those movies that you wish there was a sequel for, but knew that a sequel wouldn't match up to the original. Good stuff.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Bridesmaids=Cowboys and Aliens

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Not really bad films, but not good either.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the visual, Chopp...

    by darthderp

    Now I've got to remove my brain from my skull and scrub a few lobes to get that image out of my head...where's that wire brush at?!?

  • The cave paintings are humanity's greatest treasure. 35,000 years old.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    LOL, D.vader. Was that post inspired by Glengarry Glen Ross?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Glengarry Glenross

    by Dave

    Fucking great movie, and even better to watch high. Never laughed so much in my life. Although Alec Baldwin's speech did frighten me on many levels, when i'm not stoned, it's just funny. Shit....i'm hungry.....where the fuck did all the food go.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    That Intolerance gag went over a bunch of geek heads.

  • You could not exist in a normal revue forum without this site. Jesus wept Harry!!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Gotta give a shout out to 30 Minutes..the movie that should have

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    made the bucks that went to Bad Teacher. AND that it was shot in Grand Rapids MI (and didn't go directly to DVD like the Fiddy Cent movies that have been shot here). Watching Danny McBride and Nick Swardson try to pronounce "entrepreneur", is funnier than some entire comedies. And Fred Ward plays the biggest upper-middle aged baddass in the world. FACT!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Inspired by Alec Baldwin, that's for sure

    by D.Vader

  • Careful what you wish for. A sequel is already in the works. What? You really don't think there is a need for sequel? FUCK YOU! You're getting one whether you like it or not! And your girlfriend will want you to take her to it!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Btw, i would totally smoke weed with Salacious Crumb

    by Asimov_Lives

    and listen to Max Rebo albums.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Kieslowski retired before he died.

    by lutz

    So you probably wouldn't have any more movies after Red.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Bridesmaids did go on 20 mins too long

    by Mattman

    It also gets a little too serious near the end... the big mistake that 95% of comedies make.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Oh lordy Asimov_lives

    by D.Vader

    Careful what I wish for indeed! And I did want to see some character resolution for them, especially because it had been blatantly set up for an ending that never came. That's just really shoddy filmmaking, especially for a movie that everyone had said was "so good".

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Exactly, Choppah

    by D.Vader

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    super 8 is my movie of the year

    by disfigurehead

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    The Last Circus is my movie of the year

    by Asimov_Lives

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    When asked what his favorite film was, Herman Cain claimed:

    by Asimov_Lives

    Citizen Cain Thought I was gonna say 'Jungle Fever', d'n't you?!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Afghanistan bananastand...

    by Billyeveryteen

    The Hot Rock is pretty great, and Bobby's awesome in it. Nothing beats The Sting, but Butch and Sundance sure does try.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Cain's favorite film The Contender?

    by D.Vader

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by phantomcreeps

    Is it just me, or does it seem Metropolis is released every freaking week?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Mittens Romney's favorite movie:

    by Asimov_Lives

    My Five Wives

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    I'm saying that during the movie certain moments of why the paintings are so remarkable was because of their layout in the cave which is quite complex and vast, and believe me, during the film, I would close one eye to see if that aspect translated in 2D, and it really didn't. There was a great sort of mood and understanding that came with sensing just how far back a wall with a painting was from another painting on a formation close to the camera. But in 2D it became a more flattened canvas with implied depth from shadow or parallax that was only a fraction of the drama of the real depth. It seemed to me that this sort of glimpse of their use of depth to form a 3D layered picture from one vantage was a big part of what is remarkable and surprising. That's the meaning I'm trying to shape out here. It also let you feel out and "experience" the crazy space of the cave. But here's the conspiracy... there was one or two quick moments... and I was not the only one who noticed... when the depth edge seemed to shift or be confused on a person or rock in the foreground. Almost at is if they had roughly converted a 2D shot to post 3D... for whatever reason. Maybe just a couple of quick shots were post converted to fit in the 3D edit, but for some reason only were in 2D originally.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Newt Gangrape's favorite movie

    by Asimov_Lives

    The Hangover That's not a joke. It really is.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Michelle Bachman's favorite movie(s)

    by Asimov_Lives

    Cum Fart Cocktails (the entire series)

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    phantomcreeps-I agree

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Evil Dead 2 is another one that I swear they just keep bringing out different discs.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    John Huntsman's favorite movie

    by Asimov_Lives

    The Invisible Man

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Super 8 was really good

    by Mattman

    But it falls a bit short of brilliance in the end. I LOVE the cast and interplay between them, and Abrams did a great job with the cinematography and pacing. The script is a little wonky in the final stages, but the final shot works very well for me. Not a homerun, but damn close.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Rick Santorum's fave film:

    by Asimov_Lives

    who cares who defukk is Rick Santorum?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    Just didn't really work for me. It didn't seem to have any of the true feel of E.T. or Close Encounters (sure it seemed to reference some surface aesthetic stuff, but tv commercials have been doing that for years)... and it didn't have the fun contemporary monster mood of Cloverfield. And it didn't have the empathizable characters of LOST or Star Trek. I'm not sure what it had for me! It did have some impressive triple faux anamorphic/digital streaked flares that were crazy... and kind of blue. Sometimes they were doubled or tripled... crazy time. Seems like they could have shot real flares separately and composited them in to seem more authentic. Actually, why wouldn't the real light sources flare if they used the same lens brands?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Ron Paul's favorite movie:

    by Asimov_Lives

    Dr. Dolittle

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Marty's next film: 'Hugoodfellas'.

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    It's a lighthearted CGI romp about a young boy who lives in a clocktower coming of age in the Mafia. Seriously.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Mattman: Really?

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I thought it was a vain attempt to mimic the Beard's style with no disappointing... But to each his own.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Rise of the Apes is the king of 2011 summer movies

    by Mattman

    Showed that to my family on thanksgiving... my grandma, who is fairly lethargic these days, was cheering by the end.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    joaquin_ondamoon, having recently lost a parent

    by Mattman

    I can tell you the film had substance. It portrayed the emotional fallout of that loss in a very realistic way (not including the alien, of course).

  • a reminder of how the movie started and eventually arrived to its bleak ending: the two main protagonists were given a job,to spy on some people and give that information to their bosses,to rat on,to be rats.That job had heavy consequences on their psychology,their personal lives and ofc their own lives. Well,that's my guess,maybe Scorsese put it there simply because he wanted to fuck with out is his own movie after all.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    The rat in Departed is like the spinning top at end of Inception

    by Asimov_Lives

    Perhaps the rat is Jack Nicholson's character reincarnated? Is Leo stuck in the dream world? Or did he make it out?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    btw, great understated Nicholson performance:

    by Asimov_Lives

    About Schmidt I really believed that was a real man.

  • And I believe OP deserved to beat Raging Bull. Y'all just don't like movies that aren't about testosterone. I get it. Bunch of fuckin' children. And there is no, and I mean NO, comparison between ET and SUPER 8. ET is a masterpiece, one of the best films about love (not sex) ever made. SUPER 8 is Abrams mistaking THE GOONIES for prime Spielberg (it's a piece of shit, directed by Richard Donner) and aping its "bunch of Vaudeville-esque kids screaming for 90 minutes" aesthetic. Awful.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Asimov, I also loved Nicholson in The Pledge

    by Mattman

    Dark, dark, dark movie.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Fat Harry

    by Juice

    I'm sick of that fat fuck Harry. Every week he has some lame ass excuse for being a lazy fat fuck - my computer broke down, therapy, movie marathons and on and on. There have been times when I would support the site and purchase from the links, but the reviews are never on time. A movie reviewer should be an easy job for a fat fuck. Quit making excusing - I would have respect for you if you just admitted to being a lazy fat fuck. You Suck!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Je-e-etts, come out and Play-e-ay!

    by elmo

  • descent into madness.Nicholson just went mad.Pure direction there mr Penn.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    He goes mad in the end because he was right all along but deprived of that. The ending scene with the murderer in the charred vehicle is what ruins him.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by phantomcreeps

    No doubt, Evil dead 2 has to be the worst. Oh look, this is THE definitive issue thus far. It has a special feature you've never seen, that you'll probably watch once. Great, I'll Stick with my VHS. You know, the one with the movie on it.

  • He didnt know what happened to the murderer.He was still waiting for him,whom we see burning in the crashed car.And in the exact next scene of the movie,which happens to be the last one of the film,we see Nicholson aged and completely mad. Sorry,but this is weak direction,simplistic cinematic storytelling.Penn failed to show to us the viewers,how Nicholson became mad.How that mission he had sworn to accomplish,that pledge,how it ruined his life and changed him as a man.Visualization of that process,cinematic narration of the character's development or in this case decline. It is a pity that the basic concept was perfect for someone like Scorsese to direct it.he would have killed it.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Pure direction = poor direction.

    by KilliK


  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Super 8 was good until the last 30 minutes

    by sunwukong86

    It needed a real ending, like a "one month later" type ending. And what was the alien doing for the 20 years that he was on earth? How did anyone else not notice it?

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    You'll watch hours and hours of shitty movies, but

    by Dingbatty

    can't be arsed to watch Farscape -- or Firefly (which isn't that many hours). You need to turn in your geek card.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    You'll watch hours and hours of shitty movies, but

    by Dingbatty

    you can't be arsed to watch the brilliant and weird Farscape -- or Firefly (which is only one short season). You need to turn in your geek card.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    ROTPOTA and Attack the Block are in my top ten this year...

    by quantize

    and fuck every one of you tasteless losers

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Moroder's Metropolis version is an abomination.FACT.

    by KilliK

    I love the Queen but sometimes,some things just dont go together.

  • It just proves time and time again that the team of Arny and John Milius was genius and will be the defining vision of Conan on film. Sadly, we only have one Conan movie with both of them involved. But what a film it was.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    choppa ok but

    by sunwukong86

    How did they hold him for 20 years? I find it hard to believe that this was the first time he had tried to escape.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    It is too bad that David Lynch is done with movies

    by lv_426

    I remember reading or seeing interviews he gave around the time Inland Empire was released. He liked making that one because he was able to do it cheaply and with more freedom by using a DV camera as opposed to the gargantuan endeavor that is shooting on 35mm film with a Panavision or Arriflex camera. All the financier bullshit and stuff. So Lynch filmed Inland Empire on a Sony PD-150, which is not even HD and pretty ancient by today's digital camcorder standards. It is too bad that he isn't that into making films anymore. Hell, even just short films for the fun and artistic satisfaction. With all the stuff available for filmmakers these days to go do stuff on the cheap. I mean look at all the digital cinematography toys available: Red One/Epic/Scarlet, Sony FS100, Panasonic AF100, all the various HD DSLR cameras. The real kicker is that these cameras all have 35mm or Super 35mm sensors, and aren't limited to the small little video sensors that cameras had up until recently. So these cameras are not sacrificing "film look" or the "cinematic look" like the DV and HD cameras of old. I am surprised Lynch hasn't tried doing more film stuff lately using all this great and affordable new technology.

  • Cause that is his favorite book.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Just watched CHILLERAMA....

    by Jarek

    It's 3/4 a lot of fun. Just too bad Tim Sullivan's sequence is AWFUL, and drags everything around it down. But the majority of the flick is fun.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST



    I've seen FIREFLY - it's fantastic.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    The Evil Dead 2 Blu

    by maxjohnson1971

    For ten bucks at Wal Mart, it is a HUGE bargain. Not only does the movie look GREAT but the extras are out of this world. I've only bought it twice now. The old out of print Elite disc and this one. Don't pass it up if you're a fan!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Conan was a more authentic interpretation of Saw than Howard's Conan


    It was absolutely dreadful. Total amateurish fail all around, had nothing to do with the absence of Arnold.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Super 8 = Derivative, empty fluff

    by ReportAbuse

    Cheezy pastiche of E.T., Goonies, Close Encounters, and a few more minus the heart and originality. When all these movies first came out, they were unique and groundbreaking ... Super 8 could never be that and even flubs the areas in which it could have been good, namely the relationships among the children. Except for Elle Fanning's performance, they are all one-note characters and the film only bothers to give each of them a single "tic" to identify them (fat genius director, pyro-kid who will either grow up to be a psycho or a great FX guy, et al.) The adults were just as bad: the Sheriff dad would could've been borrowed from Twilight, the slacker-loser (Fanning's dad in the film) doing a very lazy Dude caricature, etc. ... Not to mention the logic gaps, like a pickup truck being able to utterly knock a huge train off the tracks without instantly killing the driver (and the way those cgi train cars kept flying through the air for what seemed like minutes afterward, you'd think the thing was going 200 mph when it got hit) ... The alien was effective and scary, though I think there was some disconnect between the way we were supposed to feel sorry for it at the end (as the Kid bonds with it) and its rather annoying tendency of kidnapping people and hanging them up in its lair to munch on. This was particularly galling since the alien is established as telepathic, so it had to know it was eating sentient beings. Then everything gets nicely wrapped up at the end as the kid's new buddy flesh-eating alien takes off in a flash of light and we also get a cut and dried resolution of several family problems at the same time. And the kid gets a girl way out of his league.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Incidentally ...

    by ReportAbuse

    Was there really any point of setting Super 8 in 1979? Okay, so the kids get to play with 8mm film which is a lot of fun to watch (and I hope this stupid movie doesn't drive up the price of old 8mm equipment on eBay) but it could as easily have been set in modern day with the kids using videocameras. Granted, the plot tried to make something of the waiting period for the film to get developed (since we knew that the camera had inadvertently captured some interesting footage during the train wreck), but in the end that really didn't seem to have much impact on the plot. Anyway, I'm ranting while it's fresh in my mind because I just saw it yesterday via Redbox.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Sorry quantize, but its true

    by D.Vader

    Bridesmaids had much fewer laughs than I expected, especially after the way so many people raved about it. The female "Hangover" it is not (aside from the crude humor); the latter was much, much funnier.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    But quantize, since you liked Bridesmaids...

    by D.Vader

    ... I guess I'll call you a TB fucktard! =)

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Harry has obviously never actually READ a Conan story....

    by Douglas

    and is probably still masturbating to the Arnold Scwarzenegger snore-fest. You COULD say Momoa's Conan was "missing 7 different character traits", but Arnold's Conan was missing about 50.....if not all. The only thing Arnold's Conan and the literary Conan share is that they were both thieves. Sorry, Harry (and the rest of you Millius apologists out there), I'll watch this Conan any day of the week happy that they finally got the character closer thn it has ever got before.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by Brian

    this thread has officially been............ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...........coxxed!!!!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    There is truly a touch of magic to "Rules of the Game."

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    It feels like no other film ever made. A dreamy quality that goes beyound any phsycial contribution, any technical mastery: it is touched by genious. As elegant as film can be.

  • It well never be the highly regarded film masterpiece that is Milius's Conan. It remains the definitive vision.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    thanks deaft0ne for the crime story info

    by j2talk

    thanks deaft0ne for the Crime Story info, the review was lacking details....I guess I'll hold on to my Video tapes of the show ....Ah nostalgia, got to love those old commercials.....

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Where's "The people vs. George Lucas"?

    by darthwaz1

    Didn't that come out in the past couple weeks? Great doc.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I really enjoyed the new Conan.

    by TheLastCleric

    It wasn’t perfect but it was a damn sight better than Arnold playing the character as a meathead. Momoa was a great young Conan who comes into his own by the end of the film and the script at least attempted to understand and emulate the source material rather than ignore it almost entirely. I grew up with Arnold and regardless I was never pleased with the original as it simply took far too many liberties with a fantastic character. 2011 Conan was a kid who could crush in five adult skulls where by contrast Arnold’s Conan spent his formative years as a slave and a bitch. (He cowers when his master releases him for fuck’s sake!) It’s truly adorable when Knowles claims the 2011 Conan is missing character traits given how much more accurate this version is to the original source material. Like Burton’s Batman, the 1980’s Conan is a decent film that has little respect for the mythos of the character.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    There is nothing definitive about Milius's Conan

    by TheLastCleric

    It’s not a bad film but it abandons just about every aspect of Conan that makes the character so compelling, reducing him to a muscular dope. It’s fine if people prefer the older flick but claiming it is the definitive Conan is as erroneous as claiming Burton’s Batman was the definitive take on that character. After all the bad press and feedback I was genuinely shocked at how good the film actually was and how well they managed to capture, accurately, the Conan from Howard’s stories.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Tried to watch SUPER 8 --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- on some bootleg fireworks shit (somebody's streaming channel). Terrible.

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    West Side Story is one of my favorite musicals ...

    by DrMorbius

    But Robert Wise is a God for ... THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL !!!!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    @lv_426 since you are a Lynch fan,you will love this:

    by KilliK

    he made the trailer for the Viennale 2011 Film Festvial. Lynchean paranoia in all its glory:

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Colors Trilogy Order

    by elwinransom451

    The order s/b Blue, White, then Red. There's a short sequence at the end of Red that brings together many of the characters in the films. Kieslowski had said that he'd retired, however, he was already writing a trilogy based on Dante's "Divine Comedy," entitled Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. It's widely believed that he would have would up directing the films since he had not planned on directing the "Colors"trilogy either. Of the three in the Only "Heaven" (directed by Tom Tykwer) has been released in the states the other two "L'Enfer" and "Nadzieja" have had European releases. Wait! Just ordered "L'Enfer"from amazon! SCORE!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by Mattman

    Yeah the new one is much truer to Howard's tales... it's also poorly directed and lazily written and generally uninteresting. I agree that MILIUS' Conan isn't the definitive Conan... but it succeeds in being a damn good movie. The new one did not.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox was great in Rushmore

    by thelordofhell

    Oh wait............

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    No Offense

    by phantomcreeps

    BUT Fuck ALL Evil Dead 2 Re-issues. Seriously, fuck that. come on, don't even try to defend t

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    that shit

    by phantomcreeps

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I'd say that Super 8 was good (though with still some flaws, aka, the adult characters) in the first 15 minutes. In fact, it's quite easy to tell when the movie turned to shit: when the train wreack happened. That's when the movie went form promising coming of age tragi-comedy to total mental retardness and mind-boggling non-stopping current of lost oportunities.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Every movie has a chance with me. Proof of that is that my major complain about SUPER 8 is that it has, at it's core, a truly good movie that wants to get out but was bogged down by the retard alien bullshit. I wish i could had seen the movie that SUPER 8 should had been. I would now be praising the shit out of Abrams if he had done that, if he had done the right thing.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives really?

    by phantomcreeps

    You are defending Super 8 By JJ? For shame! I'm disappointed.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I haven't seen THE LAST CIRCUS. But i did watched THE SKIN I LIVE IN. Which is also spanish. Great movie, by the way.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    INFERNAL AFFAIRS title makes sense within the chinese culture. And ends up making more sense then the american remake title. Nicholson performance in THE DEPARTED is a disgrace. A litle more subtlery could had gone a long way. The problem with Nicholson's performance is not that he was over-the-top when the character went on psycho mode, but he was over-the-top all the time. and foer what reason? None whatsoever. It was just Nicholson playing his Joker act. IN A REALISTIC CRIME MOVIE, for Mr Jesus' sake!! Nicholson's last great performance was in ABOUT SCHMIDT, he's magnificent in it. When i saw that movie, i though i was seeing a return of the Nicholson who in the past became the great actor he used to be. Instead of Jack Nicholson The Clown he have became. In truth i tell you, after THE DEPARTED i vowed never to watch a movie with Nicholson in it. I'm fucking fed up with his clownass shit. He couldn't had fuckoing tone that shit down for the chance to work with Scorsese? He was not making a movie with Antoine Fuqua, for fuck's sakes! It's Scorsese, who's as much a legend as Nicholson is. So, yeah, i'm pretty much done with Nilcholson. The same way i am fed up and done with Tom Cruise after the fucking ego bulshit crap i had to endure in MI3. No more!

  • His was the only character that had some depht to him. The others were far more bi-dimentional, some even simple cyphers. i was even rooting for Damon's character, not because he was a nice guy, but because he was by far the more interesting. Contrary to popular belief, he's the actual protagonist of the story, not DeCaprio. And contrary to what many others sauid, it's Damon's character who's the real cathalist of the story. Everything in the movie ends up being about him and his choices. By the end, everybody is reacting to his doings. Even the last scene is a reaction to what his character did throughout the movie. My take on the movie, anyway.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The problem with THE DEPARTED is that it has very little of Scorsese. That his his movie that's the closest to a pure studio movie he ever made. and for that he earned an oscar. It's insulting beyond belief. The academy finally gave Scorsese the oscar when he acted like a good dog. Table scraps oscar for when Scorsese finally acted like a tamed plaything for a studio. Outrageous and embaracing! I actually felt shame for Scorsese when he won that oscar.

  • Fully agree with you on that, pal. And also best shootout scene as well. Damn good movie!

  • Too bad the studios don't think like you do, and they made their point emphatically by finally rewarding Scorses with an oscar for the most milquetoast, studio friendly movie he ever made in his whole career. That oscar was not validation of his career, but a bone for good behavior. THE DEPARTED is a good movie. But oscar worthy? The fuck it is!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:47 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Are you actually equating SUPER 8 with ET? You cna't be that clueless! ET is a movie about alien who cames to earth and befreinds a human boy. the whole movie is made for that. everythign falls into place in that movie for the teling of that tale, because that's the tale that was set to be told. ET is thigh storytelling, pratically a textbook example. And are you telling me that Super 8's jambled, mixed up, thrown everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, obvious mix up of two independent stories into one is comparable to ET? Are you kidding me? Are you taking the piss? Even if you were a Abrams fanboy you couldn't be that daft! ET is a smartly well made movie. Super 8 isn't. Did you swallowed all that Abrams is the new Spielberg bulshit too? Are you that easy to fool?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    The Last Circus

    by maxjohnson1971

    Can't remember just who suggested it, but thanks. Watched it last night and it is the greatest Joker origin story ever told. I say that as a joke, but it really would make a good origin story for The Joker, and some new Batman villain as well. On its own, it still kicked ass. Isn't this the kind of movie that AICN used to clue us in on?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I have lost a family too, i lost my mother years ago. I know what's like to suffer through that. So, in this regard, Super 8 should had worked well in that regard. But it didn't. Well, the earlier scenes before the train wreack did worked well with the kid and his father. The scene when the kid catches his father crying inthe bathroom alone works wonders to establish both characters and their attitude and emotional hurt toward the death of the mother. As i said before, until the train wreack shit, the movie works mostly well. There's some other character scenes with the kids which also work pretty well. The scene when Elle's character meets his father pissed drunk and broken down and she leaves, and her father runs after her, that's, for me, the most powerful emotional moment in the movie. And the funny thing is, Abrams miscalculated which character had the most powerful emotional drama. It was Elle's character, who was a victim of parental abandoment from her mother, when she run away. The kid had her mother killed by an accident. As in, it was an accident. An unforceable event outside of anybody's control. Elle's character had a mother who walked on her, and a father who felt into deep depression and was fading away from despair, guilt and alchoolism. Despiste his father's hardass attitude toward him, the kid still had a good live living in material confort, he was doing the stuf he liked, and he had a group of friend and a very carring family of the fat director who were there for him. Elle's character, it's easy so see, she's completly alone in the world save for her nearly useless father. Abrams failed to understand that the character who actually had the best chance at a character arc to carry a movie was Elle's, not the kid. Basically, the movie should had been about Elle's character. The move should had been about the kids. And just the kids. The alien shit is just there to bring the movie down. And it cheappens the drama. Just because i had a death in the family, soembody who is as close as it can get, doesn't mean i'll fall easily prey to basic melodrama tactics from a filmmaker who can't even understand his own movie he hiself created. This seems to be a constant in every work that Abrams puts his hands on.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    As fpor Super 8's spielbergian nature...

    by AsimovLives

    ... well, in many scenes the movie does mannage to get it from the choice of lenses and camera movements. But whatever the image side of things the movie gets right, it fucks up with the editing. The editing is pure Michael Bay wannabe crap, evne if does tones down and slows down. but still so often you watch a scene where you can feel that Abrams cuts way before Spielberg would had in the same scene. Abrams always cuts too short. This is specially jarring non-action stuff, both drama and suspense. Abrams trues, but no matter how often he claims that it's Spielberg who is his greatest influence as a filmmaker, in truth the greatest influence on him in the making of movies is Michael Bay. But i guess seeling oneself as the next Spielberg brings more pedigree then to be the next Michael Bay.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I defend, if you chose to call it that, the good stuff that's in the movie and which, had Abrams any brains in his ugly head, he would used to make a proper good movie that Super 8 begs to be. Instead of the milquetoast nonsense bogged down by sheer stupidity that the movie is. If the movie had actually been really good, i would had praised it and Abrams. If the move had been good. Because that's what matters to me the most, a good movie being good. If Michael Bay had directed INCEPTION, i would had loved it as well as i do and would praise Bay for it. But just for it.

  • Could you not tell I was joking? Or are you really that clueless. Come now, friendo, I was just tossing your shit back in your face. No ill will intended.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Asimov, you don't need to give me a lecture

    by D.Vader

    I guess you didn't pick up on the joke, huh. I was just jerking your chain.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    The Departed won best picture because it had no real competition.

    by Nerd Rage

    Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and THe Queen weren't so good that it required another Scorsese snub.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    For fuck's sake, asimov

    by Zarles

    It's really not that important. Go outside. Eat a chili dog. Pet a kitten. Talk to a woman. Most importantly, quit telling everyone their opinion is wrong, you worthless decaying piece of fat trash.

  • I felt the 'Beard-ian' stuff was just that - stuff (I'm talking camera angles and 'style', not story). I'm in Asi's corner (!) when he says it could have been a good movie, right up to the train wreck. 'Splosions and stuff that went on forever. All that was missing was Ironhide and Bumblebee. The whole, 'look, he's a nice alien!' stuff at the end was just - ugh! Hated the design of the creature itself. And then there's the whole lens flare middle finger to everyone at the very end. I thought the 'movie' the kids shot was a whole lot better. Sorry, Mattman. Agree to disagree, bro.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Hey Asi...whats up dude?

    by southafricanguy

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Abrams wrote Bay's Armageddon

    by sunwukong86

    and they both use those hacks Kurtzman and Orci

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    What about Our Idiot Brother? If you're a Paul Rudd fan,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    you can't go wrong, and Rashida Jones and Zooey Deschanel play the cutest lesbian couple that you would never, ever, ever see in real life.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    How the F*CK is Millius' Conan "important".

    by Douglas

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Seriously, how???

    by Douglas

    It took a multi-layered and interesting fantasy character and made him BORING. Conan seems to stand idly by mutely watching shit happen to him throughout most of the movie. The leaps of logic required to believe any of it makes it hard to suspend disbelief (and I'm not talking about people turning into giant snakes). But then I shouldn't be surprised by how inacurate it was to the Conan characters. It was co-written by the self-absorbed know-it-all Oliver Stone. He probably thought he was doing Conan better than Robert E. Howard could. You want a better, more "important" fantasy film that SHOULD have had the Conan name in it's title, try THE SWORD AND THE SORCEROR. A far more entertaining film than Millius' snorefest.

  • I wouldn't imagine sending a personal email to a friend with all of the grammar errors here, much less publishing them on an international website. What a pathetic slob.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    "Asimov, you don't need to give me a lecture"

    by AsimovLives

    Sometimes i feel i do. And i get that feeling more often now then i used to.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    nerd rage

    by AsimovLives

    Can't speak for THE QUEEN and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE because i dodn't saw them. But BABEL and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA are very fucking good movies. Any of those two winning over THE DEPARTED would had been justice. Fact is, THE DEPARTED was the obvious studio boy among the competition.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    It's not everybody opinions i say it's wrong, silly boy. Only those which are. Andi work for a living, i'm a contrubuting memmer of society, i'm not one of you basement dwellers or whatever is the newest slang among the nerdingly geekry.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The lens flares was the least of my problems with SUPER 8, if you know what i mean. It had more pressing matters to worth my attention and disagreement.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Hey friend! How's everything in ol' South Korea? Seen DRIVE yet? That's the movie i most want to see, by far. The waiting aches!

  • A fact worth repeating again. Also, don't forget, Abrams also wrote REGARDING HENRY and JOYRIDE. Yeah, he's so the next Spielberg!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Great to see you also loved THE GOOD SHEPPARD. That movie is seriously underrated. It needs more love then what it gets. In that year of 2006, it was Scorsese who made the souless studio movie while it was DeNiro who made the Scorsesean soulful movie. As the modern parleur say, DeNiro directed it out of the park.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That you even need to ask that question is enough to damn you. Nothing anybody here could say against you would be more damning then what you did say yourself. Damn, man! Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    That's because you're being condescending, Asi

    by D.Vader

    Anytime you feel you need to lecture me, its because you're being condescending.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i'm not condescending because you just don't like what i said. that's another reason why i feel forced to have to lecture. how hard it is for you to realise that perhaps i'm not like most people you know? that i might actually mean what i say? hum?

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    you have no idea how often i feel like that.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Stop making assumptions Asi

    by D.Vader

    How hard is it for YOU to realize that people have their own opinions? That I am an intelligent person who does not need to be talked down to in regards to cinema? You - "you just don't like what i said." What even gives you that idea? You're making assumptions, Asi. You're making an ass out of yourself. I was just making a joke but you were being too thick-headed to see that.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    And how dare you insult me like that, Asi

    by D.Vader

    By suggesting I surround myself with people that don't mean what they say.

  • oh my god. Watch them both again back to back.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    When did David Lynch say that he was done with filmmaking?

    by frank

    That is tragic news. Not that his other projects aren’t awesome also, but I think film has the greatest capacity for emotional impact of any artistic medium, since it can sort of bring all other media together. I do love his paintings though, and I keep meaning to check out his album.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Asmiov-Babel was awful

    by Samuel Fulmer

    As is preaty much every film that Iñárritu has directed other than Amores Perros. It's like every film he makes is Magnolia, just not as intriguing. Oh wow fate and we're all connected by our actions, I get it. Wonderful. It's almost as pedestrain as the tonally similar Crash from the previous year. You get one decent story surrounded by 4 or 5 dull ones. And the fact that the composer won for basically the same guitar piece that Michael Mann used of his in The Insider is just criminal. Letters From Imo Jima was good, but honestly the only real intriguing part about it was it was a film directed by an American showing the Japanese view of WWII, otherwise it's not anything special.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't count Lynch out yet

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I mean he's what 64. Now if it's five years from now and there's still no film news from him, then I'd say he's finished. Kind of like when it was 2008 and Gene Hackman still hadn't done a film since Welcome to Mooseport. You kind of knew something was up (even though there is the rumor that he might act in the next Alexander Payne film Nebraska).

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead 2 BluRay...

    by workshed

    Gonna buy it and I don't even have a BR player. WORKSHED!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    take a stress pill (that's a THX 1138 quote, by the way).

  • I would... if i was mad.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    by samuel fulmer: "Asmiov-Babel was awful"

    by AsimovLives

    That's what you say.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    David Lynch have been saying he's done with film since DUNE.

    by AsimovLives

    And yet he keeps returning. This is not the last we heard of him, i'm sure of that.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Asi, its a joke by the way

    by D.Vader

    Again Asi, it passes over your head.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Good thing Lincoln's dead

    by Roger Moon

    If he saw America now he'd never stop throwing up.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Douglas

    Anybody who claims that Millius' Conan is in someway "the perfect fantasy movie" is shooting themselves in the foot. Two hours of a steroid king stumbling around letting others do all the thinking for him and this is somehow "entertaining"??? The swordfights alone were a laugh riot (what with Arnold's tree trunk limbs trying to spin around a sword convincingly). It would have been a subpar gladiator movie if it didn't have the Conan name on it (and I probably would have liked it alot more). It wouldn't have been remembered AT ALL if it wasn't for the soundtrack. This was probably ALOT of fanboys first view of naked titties, which is probably why it is held in such high esteem.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by Douglas

    It's kinda hard to do that when SWORD AND THE SORCEROR is out of print. What I remember of the movie is that the lead character at least was quick-thinking, able to move quickly, and looked like he could handle the sword convincingly. Something which cannot be said of the lumbering, mute, steroid-king in Millius' CONAN. I also remember being highly entertained and had alot of fun watching THE SWORD AND THE SORCEROR....which I did NOT while watching Millius' CONAN (or CINO as I call it).

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Open Range is an amazing movie!

    by SoylentMean

    Also, it directly influenced one of the crazy close up kills in Red Dead Redemption (reaching in to shoot whomever, point blank in the stomach). Everytime that happens in Red Dead Redemption I smile, because it reminds me of Open Range. Also, because I just shot a pixelated character point blank in the stomach.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Our Idiot Brother was great, why no mention?!

    by SoylentMean

    Seriously, why overlook that movie? It's good!

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Just want to agree with those praising Open

    by southafricanguy

    Range....truly one of the best Westerns in years. Damn well acted, smartly written, and a fucking good shoot out. A very classy film all around...

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I got the Looney Toones blu...

    by eloy

    minus the collectibles and extra shit for only $14.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST i have nt seen drive, its not in Korea yet

    by southafricanguy

    otherwise life in Korea goes well...just getting damn cold. Otherwise the cost of living remains low, the standard of living its all good. Its like the economic crisis did nt even happen here....Its like the Koreans say Asi...Europe and North America borrow and spend while Asia saves and exports, exports and exports.....Its hard to argue with them...

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    All this talk about Conan, but what of Solomon Kane?

    by SoylentMean

    I know they made the movie, did it ever hit home video? I wanted to see that other well known Robert Howard character come to life.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I still have nt seen SAuper 8

    by southafricanguy

    its just arrived in my local DVD/comic book store (they are always combined in Korea) store, but somehow I have nt been able to work up the motivation to watch it...

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Bellflower, FTW.

    by Kammich

    Loved that movie. Probably #2 behind "Drive" on my list of favorite films of 2011, thus far. I went into the film knowing very little, and left the film not being able to think about anything else for a day or two afterward. I watched the trailer AFTER seeing the movie, and its an amazingly cut trailer. I think a lot of people who read that Festival hype and watched the trailer before seeing the actual film could've been disappointed, just by the sheer awesomeness of the trailer itself. But I loved it. One gripe... I've seen a lot of people referring to it as a "Hipster" film. What the fuck is a "hipster," anyway? Is that, like, this year's "emo" as far as words that are just plugged in randomly to sentences like a madlib to describe something that you don't like? What, at all, is "hipster" about two guys in their 20s who are obsessed with Mad Max, drink liquor, build flamethrowers and work on cars? *shrug* Between "Drive" and "Bellflower," I feel like I've been given two versions of MY GENERATION's "guy movie." I know how guys that are 10 years older than me must have felt when they saw "Fight Club" in 1999. Both of those movies just struck a chord with me. The music from both films immediately flooded my mp3 player, I immediately recommended them to all like-minded peers, etc. Neither of them have mass appeal, but I think they will strongly speak to a certain niche crowd.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Open Range, Costner's last, great, immortal effort

    by Roger Moon

    A Western that will stand the test of time. Costner's brilliant depiction of a hard-hearted, murderous cowboy sometimes gets lost in all the cinematography and directing accolades (not to mention Duvall's usual stellar work), but KC was mesmerizing, even scary, in what could have been a very stock role, the strong silent type.

  • Nov. 30, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Millius Conan is barely remembered at all.

    by TheLastCleric

    Outside of the geek crowd and the Arnold fan base the film is pretty much forgotten. It was a bit of a flop in the 80’s and despite what some claim it really doesn’t hold up all that well today, save for the brilliant soundtrack. I keep reading these claims that it was some masterpiece but that seems like a significant stretch. Conan is 80’s fantasy cheese in the same vein as Legend, Krull, Beastmaster, etc. There are aspects of the film that are undeniably awesome but the pedestal some of you have placed it upon strikes me as overkill. Also, to each their own but I thought the new film had a solid script, a decent cast and some slick effects along with plenty of R-rated gore. The main criticism I could levy against the film was that it didn’t feel epic but rather like a slice of Conan’s life; a brief episode or short story put to film. That understood, I’ll take a smaller scale over a bloated and inaccurate epic any day.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Infernal Affairs...

    by Baryonyx

    ...looks cooler than The Departed.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    not having much motivation to waste time watching Super 8 is a feeling i know all too well. and there's times i which i hadn'. It would had spared me the irritation of seeing a good story go to waste because of the filmmaker's stupidity and cluelessness.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    The Thulsa Doom set was pretty fucking amazing though

    by Roger Moon

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Three Colors - White Audio Issue (Disc Exchange Info)

    by ElGato

    If you already have this otherwise amazing set - contact the good folks at Criterion, they are doing a corrected run for White and have an exchange process. Apparently the audio for the second film was not encoded properly and the Dolby Surround decoding essentially makes the entire audio track for this film come out of the center speaker: "We are aware of the audio issue on "White," and we are preparing a corrected run of the "White" Blu-ray disc. These discs are expected to be available mid-December. At that time, we'll reach-out to you with details on exchanging your disc for a new one, directly from us. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for supporting Criterion!"

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    "Now, let’s see STAR TREK 2!"

    by TheFifthCylon

    That came out in 1982. The next one is 'Star Trek 12'.

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    To say the Departed is better than Infernal Affairs is ...

    by alpha

    like saying the new Conan is better than Conan with Arnold. I'm sorry Scorsese fans but it lacked the subtlety of the original. I never really bought DiCaprio's performance in the same way I bought the original cop as criminal performance. In that one Tony was just so desperately screwed up and doomed. Not saying The Departed isn't a good flick but it just doesn't have that same humanity at it's core. To be honest thats probably Leo's fault, in real life he seems a great guy but on screen, well I never quite buy him .... he always seems to be acting rather than being. I will say I thought Damon was a tad better than Andy was in the original, he is just an incredibly gifted talent. Scorsese is a great director (well except for Shitter Island which was a steaming pile of crud whose twist I picked in the very first scene) but The Departed is a 8.5/10 for mine while Infernal Affairs is a 9. Oh and Evil Dead 2 is still my favorite guilty pleasure film, it's awful and fantastic at the same time in a way that people who have never seen it wont really understand. They embrace the inherent ridiculousness of the plot and go so far over the top that any idea that it is meant to be a horror film goes away and it becomes pure comedy gold whilst at the same time occasionally delivering a genuine scare (which most horror films never really do).

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Super 8, interesting from a technical standpoint...

    by SK229

    because as a filmmaker, I want to know how the fuck they got some of those details so right. And I don't think anyone has ever imitated Spielberg's style so deftly... they figured out the exact alchemy of the shots, the pacing, and the sound. I'd just like to know what went into that process, even if it's J.J. Abrams saying he just sat down and figured out a 1-to-1 style from watching Spielberg's 70's and early 80's output on several monitors (with JP thrown in) with his script in front of him. Did he really have it in him to just show up on set and know what to do or did it take a lot of studying and drawing things out? The film itself I thought was a bit empty after the train wreck, which was absolutely awful. For God's sake, give us a NORMAL train wreck that obeys physics and FEELS real, rather than some over-the-top Michael Bay shit. It stood out in contrast to the rest of the movie even for people like my sister and brother-in-law, who normally wouldn't notice. And I thought the father-son relationship was forced, as was the relationship of the girl to her crazy-ass alcoholic father. Something just didn't feel right. I did think the performances of all the kids and how they interacted were pretty amazing and THAT part of it felt real and decidedly divorced from the way kids are portrayed in movies today. I also walked away thinking... gee... kids today don't seem to have a lot of magic in their lives. True, they could be starving in Namibia or working in a fucking salt mine, but I'm just saying that compared to how I grew up, and even my parents, this really is a time of cynicism somehow combined with SPECTACULAR stupidity.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    What's it like to be free enough of neurosis

    by Autodidact

    That you can enjoy a comedy in a crowded room full of people?

  • But KC is the man we all love to hate. If you really think about it, he hasn't really done much to garner it, either. Waterworld and The Postman were self-indulgent and not quite as good as they should have been. But on the whole the guy has actually had a more than solid career. Plus, he gave us Dances With Wolves and Open Range, which will always allow for a slight pass in regards to his missteps. Supposedly the mini-series he's trying to get done (working on?) looks pretty solid. Hatfields & McCoys, I think.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Because he gets kickbacks from Amazon each time somebody follows a link and makes a purchase. Shit, maybe even when people just click-through and look at them.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    KC gets a lifetime pass for JFK alone!

    by ZodNotGod

    Sure the movie is full of shit, but its awesome in every way.