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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st Wk of December 2011: Hitchcock, Lubitsch, Favreau, Mystery, Giallo, Mossad, MST3K and much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with a DVD column that isn’t making anything up, nor is it late! Woo-hoo! I’m going to try to get next week’s done this week – as after BNAT is a dangerous time for me. Next week’s column is a doozy though. As with all the columns, this one features images and links that take you to Amazon’s page where you can learn more on a title or purchase the item. If you do make use of this, thank you. It helps more than you know. Enjoy the column and get back to preparing for the holidays!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


This and THE 39 STEPS are my two favorite Hitchcock films of the British Era. One of the key reasons I love them is that both of those films just have a delightful proper mystery at their core. The British spirit, no matter where it finds itself is so damn entertaining. I love Margaret Lockwood, she’s just got an indomitable spirit – and Michael Redgrave is so happy go lucky… and Dame May Whitty? Such the British Badass Old Lady! The film feels like a modern Aardman animation in the delightful spirit they share. If a film can be a page-turner, this flick is worth a read! Criterion did an excellent job with this release and filled it with extras – in addition to the stunning print transfer.

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Crook's Tour, a 1941 feature-length adventure film, that features Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne… the pair of British blokes from THE LADY VANISHES as they reprise their characters in CROOK’S TOUR! I love these guys and their passion for cricket… a sport that really makes me scratch my bulbous head!

Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder

Excerpts from Francois Truffaut's 1962 audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock

Mystery Train, a video essay about Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes

Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Geoffrey O'Brien and Charles Barr


I still haven’t seen David Fincher’s adaptation, but I really do love the original Swedish – I’ve only rewatched the first film thus far, but I really liked it quite a bit. I’d need to rewatch the original to compare and contrast the differences, but I will say that the first film didn’t seem to drag at all, rather I was simply more captivated. I love Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in these roles and every additional scene with them just made me like them more. I’m probably going to find another home for the original set. This is how I’ll watch this from now on. I assume I will probably feel the same about the next two chapters – which I’ll get to at some point.


I watched the extended edition of this – and it just played better. But then, I’m not someone that frets as much over pacing as some folks. I love to spend time in the worlds filmmakers create. Unless I just hate that world. Now, I have to say something about the Blu Ray. I saw COWBOYS & ALIENS with Yoko and a pair of BNATTERS after it was released. Couldn’t make the press screening due to REHAB, but watching the Blu Ray at home… everything genuinely felt crisper, sharper and tighter. In particular the night time stuff in the town, firelit, and that attack – it just worked better. The actual image seemed improved. I certainly liked the look of the film better on Blu. Very strange. It might just be that I really love my home screening situation, but I swear. The whole movie just looked better. On repeat viewings, I find myself really loving what Daniel Craig is doing with his amnesiac ex-criminal trying to turn over a new leaf… but finding out not only what the thing on his arm is, but who he is and seek revenge on the creatures that seemed to have put him in his predicament. Plus, I really do love Harrison Ford in the film.


It’s that, “Remember Pearl Harbor-time of the year,” again – and TORA! TORA! TORA! Is the premiere release this time out. If you like your Historic Films historic, then TORA! TORA! TORA! is for real. The scale of the film feels like it is an actual reenactment of the entire affair. No silly melodrama about the lives of the people on the island and their passion, this is a military operation and execution of the material – and I love it. But I do love FROM HERE TO ETERNITY more, because at heart I’m a humanist. To each their own. That said, I’m dying to see this Blu Ray. I’ll be picking it up tomorrow. But it’ll probably be a bit till I get to see it.

Commentary by Director Richard Fleischer & Japanese Film Historian Stuart Galbraith IV

Day of Infamy Documentary

History vs. Hollywood – TORA! TORA! TORA!: A Giant Awakes

AMC Backstory®: TORA! TORA! TORA!

Behind-the-Scenes Gallery

Production Gallery

FOX Movietone News

Original Theatrical Trailer

Collectible Hardcover Book


I’m pretty easy. The drug dealing monkey was exactly the addition that made me cackle through a lot of the movie. Now, is it disappointing how repetitive the structure and plot of the film is? Absolutely. BUT… I fully expected it. In the same way that you kind of have to wonder how the fuck Bruce Willis ever travels or allows his family to travel at Christmas again. After the first one. But it is a necessary convention for a quick sequel that is meant to sell more tickets. It isn’t about originality, it is the comfort of familiarity that many in the audience seek. Thus SitCom television. This is simply a raunchier television and on a much larger scale usually. I personally felt this film could have been raunchier and a bit more dangerous given the locale. Quite a bit of fun!


I don’t know a thing about this, but Yoko says that I’m going to probably witness some of this. Seems like it is a sketch comedy show involving Portland hipsters. Seems mainly liked. We’ll see. It is only here because… well, I do comment on the stuff I am intending to see, as well as have seen. Like the talent involved.


Witchcraft and the Giallo genre should be a sure thing, and as this film in concerned it really is. With a title this exploitive, it is a real wonder that the film isn’t better known. It is a superb giallo. I love that it takes place with a childhood murderer/Horror film actor as the gruesome chief suspect. The gore is pretty crazy. The turns and blindsides that come throughout are pretty damn fun. If you’ve ever enjoyed the genre – you should definitely check it out!


Ok – it is official. I just love Emma Stone. I’ll watch any film with her from now on. So guess I’ll see THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN after all. Heh. I don’t know about you, but I really do like women. I like chatting with them, reading stories about them and the actresses that play them. This isn’t aimed at me, but it is aimed at gals and it does have some great ladies in it. This is a good film.


Ernst Lubitsch’s DESIGN FOR LIVING – a comedy about a woman that loves two men and wants to love two men… The men? Gary Cooper and Fredric March… perfectly lovable men. Both scrappy Bohemian artists living the starving artist life of a would be playwright and a wannabe great painter. Miriam Hopkins plays their MUSE. She’s a woman decades ahead of herself… living in an era where she takes men and molds them into the dreams she has for them. She’s amazing. Famed Chicago reporter, Ben Hecht adapted Noel Coward’s play and Ernst Lubitsch made an amazing film from it. Reminds me of Truffaut’s JULES ET JIM – but in a 30’s theatrical fashion…. But dealing with the exact same situation… really. Criterion did a wonderful job on the disc.

New high-definition digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

The Clerk, starring Charles Laughton, Gary Cooper, George Raft, Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Frances Dee in an episodic film by Ernst Lubitsch which is all about what a whole bunch of different folks and how they would individually handle inheriting a Million Dollars! Raft will kill ya! He rules in this movie. Lubitsch basically got the right to make a film with all the major stars at Paramount of the early 30’s. The result is fantastic. Be sure to watch it too!

Selected-scene commentary by film professor William Paul

Play of the Week: A Choice of Coward, a 1964 British television production

New interview with Joseph McBride on Lubitsch

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kim Morgan


John Madden, director of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and PROOF – my two faves of his, has made an Israeli historic spy thriller with an excellent cast. I haven’t seen the original Israeli film from which this is adapted. But I imagine it is probably pretty damn good. Here Madden has two sets of casts… one playing the Israeli agents out to capture and bring to justice an evil doctor that performed experiments during the Holocaust in the camps. The mission goes awry – and it creates a bond between these characters that ties them back together half a century later. Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman’s script keeps this thriller cracking! Excellent movie, not quite in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY’s class, but very little is.


I love Rondo Hatton aka “The Creeper”. Just the other day, I received the Blu-Ray for THE ROCKETEER and enjoyed Rick Baker’s make-up tribute to Dave Steven’s illustrated tribute to the great Rondo Hatton. But THE BRUTE MAN probably has more from Rondo than any other flick. I really enjoy the film, mainly because it brings me joy to see Rondo on screen. I’ve known a couple of men that have had acromegaly, I’ve sold Rondo Hatton movie paper to them – and other genre works. I sort of dream of a big Rondo Hatton movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro starring Ron Perlman in the greatest film biopic ever. But it’ll never happen I fear. It should. THE VIOLENT YEARS is one of the more interesting products from Ed Wood’s skull… a juvenile delinquent flick. I saw the film once, back when I was going through me completist streak where I would just watch everything from an acclaimed auteur – and in his own particular way, Ed Wood was an auteur – you can sense you’re watching something that he had something to do with – simply due to the fun way in which it watchably sucks. That’s a type of talent to be sure. Of course these are MST3K-afied. I’ve never really dove into these versions. MIGHTY JACK and TIME OF THE APES I haven’t experienced yet, but from looking at some YOUTUBE of them – they seem worth checking out. If you love MST3K – you probably could give a shit what I think. I get the entertainment value, I just prefer the actual films sans the schtick.


This amazing work from Jean-Luc Godard and offers an artistic montage of hundreds of films, I find it just amazing to just watch how Godard makes use of the imagery of a century of cinema. As someone that loves film from all its eras and genres – something like this plays with a particular resonance. And as I’ve seen it over time – I find myself seeking out filmed referenced in Godard’s work. Not for everyone, but if it even sounds intriguing – you should probably give it a shot. It really is quite a document of the 20th Century according to Godard. That’s worth checking out!


Really, It just made me laugh that I had a 12th and a 14th of something on either side of Godard’s cinematic history project… which makes me think of BUTT-NUMB-A-THON as a whole. Given that we’re now in the 13th year! There was a point in time where I never missed an episode of the SIMPSONS – now I just occasionally check them out. You know if you have to have this. Me, not so much any more.


If you have these 3 films already, there’s nothing really new here. In fact, it’s the exact same thing, just at a better price break. If you don’t have them and you want them, it’s a good deal. Just not anything to upgrade for. It’s the same thing.


If you love George Sanders in films like ALL ABOUT EVE or THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY or VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED or IVANHOE or his many other great roles in cinema, but you’ve yet to discover his Falcon or his Saint series for that matter. Well, there’s 7 films in this set. Beginning with Sanders’ first, THE GAY FALCON. I can hear your snickering, but Gay is literally The Falcon’s first name. Gay Lawrence. In all, they made 16 Falcon movies… he’s suave, acerbic and just a whole lot of fun to watch solve mysteries. They’re all just over an hour long, essentially the TV shows of their era… pre-TV. This is a really solid series! They are filled with interesting talent like Turhan Bey or James Gleason or Keye Luke. At THE FALCON’S BROTHER – they handed the reins over to Gay’s brother Tom, played by Tom Conway – beginning with THE FALCON STRIKES BACK directed by the great Edward Dmytryk! You may recognize Tom Conway from his Val Lewton roles in flicks like CAT PEOPLE or I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE or THE SEVENTH VICTIM… This is a good series and these first 7, I feel is the cream of the run.


If you love action films and foreign film sensibilities and love it when art & the action film fuck and make an awesome baby you can show to everyone and seem like the badass friend that keeps finding awesome… Show them this. It’s really good. Really!


If you feel there’s never been a great movie made of the story of MEDEA, you haven’t seen this… and before I saw this, I always counted Harryhausen’s JASON & THE ARGONAUTS. MEDEA is pretty amazing – so glad to have discovered it on Blu!


From the producer’s of PIECES. That is pretty much all I need to know. I’ll check it out. With the right friends. It does have a Santa Claus killer – so if you want to program your young and impressionable children against Santa Claus – this is one of the many great deadly Santa movies out there. Can’t wait to see it this holiday season.

RAPT Blu-Ray

This time of the year, the enormity of the job of watching everything before the column is tough. This is one of the titles I’ve been looking forward to checking out. I’ve heard it is fantastic. Based on a real life kidnapping of a French Industrialist from the late seventies. This is sure to be a terrific watch, I love true crime flicks when they’re done right – and this has all the earmarks of a suspenseful flick.


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  • Dec. 6, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I'll give your original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo a new home.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Cowboys and Aliens was awful

    by Nico Toscani

    Orci and Kurtzman are the biggest hacks working in genre films. They pay lip-service to understanding the genres they work in but their writing shows they know jack shit.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by white_vader

    The train's on time! Keep it up, Bloodnut.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by phantomcreeps

    Did you like Inception on Blu? Do you own it?

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by Nomoredirtyanything

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Harry, that's all The Help is about - "women."

    by frankenberry

    No matter all that Civil Rights Movement stuff. According to Harry, the film is just a big screen version of The View.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Nice one Harold...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...will definitely be checking out Murder Obsession. Where would we get our weekly dose of great Giallo without you.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    for Frankenberry

    by phantomcreeps

    The Help review: I don’t know about you, but I really do like women. I like chatting with them, reading stories about them and the actresses that play them. Sincerely, Harry K

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST


    by Gelatinousman

    Was a big deception. What an absurd fight at the end. One alien kills ten cowboys, but dozen can finish off a hundred of them. Do the math. You like the actors and the quality of the image, but what about the movie ?

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    "Couldn’t make the press screening due to REHAB."

    by brokentusk

    Please learn how and when to use CAPITALS.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST


    by phantomcreeps

  • From Depalma's master craftsmanship to John Woo's empty but spectacular choreography to JJ Abrams barely legible shaky-cam mess. The history of action cinema over the least fifteen years.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    The Design for Living cover

    by swanstep

    How awesome is that? Nice job Criterion, but beyond that it's the 'Lubitsch touch' shining through. DFL looks like something every one of us would run out to see tomorrow. Cotillard *wishes* there were films like this around now for her to star in. And so on.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Put a bird on it!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    PORTLANDIA is good fun. As a Portlander and lifelong Oregonian, it does a good job of ribbing the weirdness that exists here, but never in a truly cruel way. Plus, the cameos are pretty fantastic.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Harry, did you even watch "The Help"?!

    by john_nada

    Dude, I have to agree with frankenberry on this one. That film is a s much to do with the civil rights movement as is it women. That's a really really ignorant summing up man, and I'm a fan of this site - so not just bitchin for bithcin sakes. "not aimed at me" would be fine if it was truly just about women and womens interests, but the issues surrounding this, and why they took such a huge risk even talking to a journalist / writer is something that ought not to be dismissed out of hand.... ...and does kinda suggest you didn't actually watch the film at all. C'mon man, you ought to apologise for that one.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Cowboys & Aliens looking better on blu

    by Bouncy X

    not too surprised by that statement because it happens now and again. i remember the first time i saw Avatar on 2D blu, it looked much better than it ever did in 3D theaters. and it actually looked pretty good in theaters to begin with, minus the pointless viewmaster effect.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Toshio Masuda co-director of Tora Tora Tora is also

    by Gorgomel

    the guy who made Last days of Planet earth / Prophecies of Nostradamus, one of the weirdest sickest motion picture ever made. They got to release this on DBD / Blu Need those creepy mutants at the end.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Mission Impossible Blu-ray collection is a huge fail!!

    by Titus05

    because it still does not include lossless audio...wait for the collection with MI:4 included which will hopefully have DTS HD or Dolby TrueHD audio

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    the dream of the 90s is alive in portland!

    by Gregg Vossler

    i have to disagree. portlandia is way more than good fun, it's brilliant! it is spot on. although, yeah, i did wonder how narrow the audience that would actually get it is. i said it's spot on satire, even though i've never lived in portland- the hipster stuff is basically universal to whatever scene- brooklyn, austin, pitchfork, etc. they took something really really specific and skewered the fuck out of it. but it's worth watching for kyle mclaughlin alone! i've never seen him funnier. i'm so happy they're doing another season.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I did it!!

    by maxjohnson1971

    I just figured out why Harry doesn't like MST3K! He doesn't get the jokes because they aren't all about toys and childhood masturbation memories! You actually have to be somewhat intelligent to get most of the jokes! Mystery solved!!


  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Roman numerals

    by Speedbumped

    --Really, It just made me laugh that I had a 12th and a 14th of something on either side of Godard’s cinematic history project-- XXII doesn't mean twelve, Harry...

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I loved Cowboys and Aliens

    by BlaGyver

    I accept that I was in the minority on this one, but I really did. I'll be picking it up today.

  • Amazon sure is getting its money worth!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    That's an interesting theory. I mean, how can anyone not like MST3K? Just thinking about the bots is making me smile sitting here at my shitty job.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    All in all, a pretty crappy week.

    by bat725

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    " I’m going to try to get next week’s done this week " - HarrySpeak for

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    its going to be two weeks late. And I love when Harry states he STILL hasn't seen Fincher's remake of Tattoo, because outside of the filmmakers, who has? (and I believe that is the correct usage of capitals)

  • hgf

  • uiouo

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    choppah - stop confusing the issue with facts

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I guess I was in my own small way chopped

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    hghjdfgdfgh is my favorite talkbacker!

    by Simpsonian

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    It's overrated. Maybe if they called it EXPOSITION I'd like it better. The Dark Knight is also overrated. I'll save going into it any further until the next Batman thread.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    nico toscani

    by Cruizer Dave

    Had it right. The only reason Star Trek didn't suck complete donkey balls was that Abrams knew how to make it energetic. The actual script was garbage. The hacks that wrote Cowboys and Aliens shouldn't be working. AT ALL!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Portlandia is a horrible show

    by Cobb05

    Todd Margaret is way better. Portlandia feels like the same sketch over and over. The characters talk in almost whispers a lot.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Re: Murder Obsession cover art

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Is the US version called "Golden Shower Of Death"?

  • I was going to spend it on Amazon blu-rays, but damn, OAKLEY! TIFFANY! This is going to be the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Portlandia is Excellent

    by homer40

    Portlandia is really a brilliant little show. It has a totally offhand sense of humor. I suppose if your tastes run towards the badabum nature of network sitcoms, setup-punchline humor, it won't be your cup of tea. However, if you like character based comedy, skits that take a little time to develop, nothing you could ever use a laugh track on, it might be for you. It is definitely spot on, and I wonder if the detractors might find the satire a little too close to home. I remember bringing a bunch of guys who played in bands to see Spinal Tap, and they didn't laugh. It was just so perfect a sendup of their lives that they didn't find it funny. If you are a hipster dufus, and dedicated to your vegan-I'm better than anyone else lifestyle-you might not like Portlandia. Occupiers should look elsewhere, unless you have a sense of humor about yourself.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by onaps6453


  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by 3774

    ....your comment on 'The Help' is so bizarre that it could be read as either stilted and pretentious to all women everywhere (RE: 'I love women! They're like art that you can have sex with!'), or some weird, desperate plea to be let out of the lavender closet. Whatever the case, we don't need objectified, or a new gay friend. What we need is a so-called movie reviewer who, you know....actually watches the movie. Which you clearly haven't. Oh, and thanks for the heads-up on Murder Obsession. That's escaped my giallo radar until now.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Gay Lawrence's got nothing on Gay Perry.FACT!?

    by Stabby

  • And it's ridiculously gory! With regards to "Cowboys & Aliens," I managed to see it in the theater without reading a single review or spoiler. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a straight ahead Western with all the sci-fi elements removed. The aliens manage to look just like everything else in modern alien design and their ultimate motive, to mine and steal gold, could easily have been used for any human enemy. Just as a Western, it's kind of fun, but as a sci-fi film it just bores.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Hitchcock, Lubitsch, Favreau...

    by MooseMalloy

    One of these things is not like the other...

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I like women A LOT too! Should I buy The Help on Blu?

    by Quake II

    There's very little I like more than women. The way they talk, walk, smell, dress....So The Help sounds like my kind of movie! Hot chicks walking around in 1950's period clothing! Woo-hoo!!!! Sign me up! Cowboys & Aliens was really paint-by-numbers. What happened to Favrea? Iron Man II and now C & A? Has he sold out or what? These reviews are all either nonsensical babble or "I haven't seen it but a friend said it's great"....It's like a kid who didn't study for a test trying to bullshit his way through it.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    At least the DVD column is on time - nice

    by Ben Addiction

    I mean, who cares if he's actually seen the films? A lot of times the description he gives is pretty damn vague even when he HAS seen it.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    simpsonian, did you see the amazing deal on a Coach Purse?!!!

    by Quake II

    I too was going to click on every single Amazon link here but decided to support the fashion wing of AICN instead (styleown). I spend 1500 on some great Chinese made Italian designer clothing! Thanks AICN! Maybe I'll hit the Blu ray links next week if there are no more clothing deals......

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by Frojitsu

    Love ya, Harry, but enough with the crapping on MST3K, please. We know you don't like the show.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Portlandia is excellent, so good,

    by alexander

    Not for tit-for-brains, and maybe it's just the area I live (not Portland O) but...

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I love Time of the Apes

    by disfigurehead

    "Sandy Frank Sandy Frank here we go again!"

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Bigdada

    God bless you sir!

  • "If like me, you like looking at naked women on film then you will like Amistad as much as me, because Amistad starts out with the most full frontal nudity I've ever seen in a mainstream movie since Shcindler's List, but, be forwarned there is also a lot of penis in this film too, but that just means that you can watch it with your lady friends will enjoy watching it too.

  • "If like me, you like looking at naked women on film then you will like Amistad as much as me, because Amistad starts out with the most full frontal nudity I've ever seen in a mainstream movie since Shcindler's List, but, be forwarned there is also a lot of penis in this film too, but that just means that you can watch it with your lady friends will enjoy watching it too.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    "The Clerk"?

    by Ardee-El

    Since when is "If I Had a Million" called "The Clerk"? What's up with that?

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by Stabby

    Yeah, he also goes on to claim that Amistad was one of the first torture porn films and how it is a sadomasochistic masterpiece including such staples of the genre as whips and chains. I don't think Harry quite got the subtext.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Choppah... TDK

    by Autodidact

    To keep it short: The movie is GOOD overall. I have mad respect for being dead straight with superhero material (although I don't feel it is *always* called for, not even with Batman). But that fourth act is a goddamn mess. Dent's turn is less convincing than Anakin's turn. The entire bombs on boats sequence is intolerably didactic. And as I've said before, Ledger's joker is brilliantly acted but not as true to the Joker character as Nicholson's Joker. Ledger's actions were too pointed (AKA he was too butt-hurt... please don't point out to me that he was making up abuse stories or I'll hunt you down Jay and Silent Bob style).

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by angry_spacboy

    A talkback raising fucking womens issues, and no sign of genderbender Is she dead?

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Maggie Gyllenhall

    by Autodidact

    This chick is not only not pretty enough to play that type of role, but then her character is nagging everyone with a pained expression on her face the whole movie, making her doubly unattractive. Seriously next time you watch TDK, pay attention to what an annoying cunt her character is.

  • I should have known he was a class a tool for crapping on MST, honestly. I'm going to make a rare, ill-advised, blanket statement. If you don't like MST3K, you are a tool. And probably would be about as much fun to hang out with as a punch to the tits.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    "cowboys & aliens"... horrible cover art

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    that horrible image chosen to represent the bluray hurts the movie more than any bad review could - studios have to stop letting interns design movie posters - on watching movies at home over theaters - i cant remember the last time i saw a movie in a theater where the projection was better than my home setup

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I've never seen someone regress so much as Harry.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    His reviews get worse by the minute, not to mention his grammar which was already terrible. He really should give this feature over (hell, give the SITE over) to someone who is more capable, which wouldn't rule out your average 12 year old.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    "If you love MST3K – you probably could give a shit what I think. "

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    First of all, "it's COULDN'T give a shit". Second of all, no one gives a shit what you say about anything. Your sole job it seems is to run a website and write/post reviews and movie news, and you can't even do that right. Hell, as evidenced by TWO articles on the Starship Troopers remake, you don't even READ this fucking site, which is probably the first item on a long list of why this site and its webmaster sucks on an biblical level. Third, you're a fuckwit of the highest caliber for not liking MST3K. I suppose you feel they're "mocking" the films you grew up on or your profession. Who knows what your half ass reasoning is, and who cares frankly. I suppose they forgot to send you something free (pwesents -- yousa luvs dem!).

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    How Harry got a woman at all is beyond me

    by sunwukong86

    What he wrote on The Help is just weird.

  • Harry's review makes it sound like there's a second full-length Lubitsch picture on the disc. There isn't.

  • plus its FUCKING BORING

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Valley of Gwangi kicks Cowboys vs Aliens to the curb!

    by quantize


  • Dec. 6, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    "plus its FUCKING BORING"

    by Mattman

    Yeah, that's the main problem with Cowboys & Aliens. It's just not exciting.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Harry and Amistad

    by DukeDeMondo

    For Christ's sake, you lot, that was clearly a joke. Harry's review of Amistad: That took three seconds to find. And MST is smug, idiotic garbage. While we're on the topic.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Should say...

    by DukeDeMondo

    Was also a FUNNY joke.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    22nd mst3k not 12th

    by quequeg1

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    i was trying to find a way to defend MST3K

    by Bobby Brown

    i didn't think it was smug at all, and had some pretty intelligent humor. but who fucking cares. nobodies going to listen to me. why am i posting this

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Phifty2 and STFU

    by maxjohnson1971

    Agreed! How can you, as a movie fan, NOT love MST? I mean we all love great movies, but we also relish making fun of terrible ones. Harry is a poser, making himself out to be a film "purist" and feels that no work of "art" is worthy of some of the disdain put towards the movies made fun of on that show. BUT..... If Harry were honest, he'd admit that he has done the exact same thing at home watching a shitty, cheesy movie at home. Hell, I like good movies as well, but I can enjoy a truly awful one as much as the next guy. What Harry doesn't understand, besides the jokes, is that MST actually celebrates great movies by pointing out some of the most awful ones ever made and MAKING them enjoyable! No love for MST = geek card revoked!!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    And what up Choppah?

    by maxjohnson1971

    Just wanted to say hi to Choppah is all.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Harry?

    by maxjohnson1971

    You are right. I COULD give two shits what you say about MST.... But I don't.

  • I guess that makes about as much sense as anything.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    i remember when MST3K used to be on sci-fi channel

    by Bobby Brown

    i miss those old days. things were so much simpler.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    MaxJohnson, and the whole MST business

    by DukeDeMondo

    MST is not about celebrating great movies. It's about pandering to an audience who think that any film from a disreputable genre - especially if they haven't heard of it, and if it looks like it was fairly cheap to make - is awful, and it tells them, yes, these films are awful while they're seeing them FOR THE FIRST TIME!! It trades on ignorance of the object being mocked - anyone with any critical abilities whatsoever should be able to see that a vast number of the films up for the hyuck-hyuck on MST are, if not brilliant, then at least interesting, often strange, occasionally really fuckin well made pieces of work. But of course you can't see that, for the inclusion in that show already tells you that it's, like, so bad it's awesome, and fit for nothing but the smug guffaws of a bunch of insufferably patronising, literal minded goons. More than that, if it's celebrating anything, it's celebrating bland conformity and adherence to a certain - tasteful - filmmaking, a - proper - way of filmmaking. Anything even slightly off-kilter is - so fuckin, like, STOOPID, - same with anything that isn't pristinely shot - and many of the MST films ARE, as it happens, and many more are open to mockery purely on account of the seriously degraded nature of the film stock. I'm not saying Santa Claus Conquers The Martians is a brilliant film - but it's certainly got a lot more invention and personality and imagination than it takes for a bunch of sniggerin tits to sit pointing at it for 90 minutes because, like, the dialogue's really crappy. And this is without even mentioning Ed Wood.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Bobby Brown

    your right. im sorry for saying anything. i guess i was a pretty stupid kid.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    I never said that the movies that they make fun of on MST aren't at times interesting, original, or worthy of some sort of praise. But for the most part, they are pretty bad movies. They don't point out that a movie is bad because it is of a certain genre, because they have made fun of movies of almost all genres. I have seen a lot of the movies they made fun of before I saw them on MST and liked them. Of course, that was when I was 12 or 13. I think that most of the people that hate the show tend to hold ANY movie in high regard, despite how bad it is. And I don't need MST to TELL me a movie is bad. I'm capable of doing that on my own. I've seen a few movies on MST that I thought were MUCH better than some of the movies I saw that were not made fun of at all. But we have to consider that they had to get the rights to most of these movies in order to mock them. I would have loved to have seen "I Know Who Killed Me" made fun of, but the show was gone and there was nothing that could be done. MST is just a creative and funny show. Probably one of the funniest ever, and even funnier if you are really a fan of movies.

  • Now there's an extended edition box set? Why does that always happen? Really, I bought Memento, then the next week a 10th Anniversary Blu-ray came out. They were basically the same thing, but I still needed to have it.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I like Mystery Science Theater 3000 jerkface!

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    General Misinformation

    by maxjohnson1971

    I hear ya!! Misties of the world unite!!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    I was wondering when you'd chime in!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Hi Keeba, bite me, c'mon it's fun

    by Fred J Walsh

    Just wanted to see if I've been banned from posting. Mitchell!

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    MST was great and Rifftrax is even better

    by Mugato5150

    You either dig it or you don't. There's no convincing anyone of anything. Cowboys & Aliens was full of cliche'd plot points and dragged a bit but it was somewhat entertaining and original. Original meaning that it wasn't a sequel, reboot, remake, reimagining or rehash of an earlier movie or comic book. I realize it was based on a graphic novel but not in the same way as yet another iteration of Spider-Man or Superman is. Nowadays, that makes it fairly original.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, pardon me then, Duke.

    by 3774

    I will leave you waiting with baited breath for the inevitable Criterion Collection Edition of 'Manos - The Hands of Fate'. Joe Don Baker was so pissed at their treatment of Mitchell, that if he saw Joel and the boys at a party, he would have taken a drunken swing, missed by a mile, and spilled his drink all over his by-the-hour companion. The only thing more hilarious than some of the episodes of MST is overly-serious clowns like you that can revere that crap. I'd recommend seeing your creator soon. The bolts in your neck need tightened.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by Gregg Vossler

    You might want to know that you sound like an asshole by saying Occupy Wallstreet folks wouldn't like Portlandia because they have no sense of humor about themselves. so basically the people out there being your voice (unless you are a millionaire), in the shit, while you are lazily sitting at home are self-righteous douchebags because they take what they're doing seriously. you know, i wear tight jeans and vintage glasses, and i think portlandia is, like i said, dead on. not all hipsters are douchbags and not all granola hippies lack a sense of humor.

  • Dec. 6, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    MST3K = laugh track for geeks

    by ReportAbuse

    They basically come up with the jokes that you should have come up with yourself had you just sat and watched the same film with several friends. Now ... instant snark, no thought required.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 12:22 a.m. CST


    by edaday

    Me, I'm all about Lars Von Trier's version. The plot is right up his alley, and he did a great job for Danish TV.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    C&A is already underrated...

    by Jay

    I swear it seems every negative review whines that it wasn't funny enough or that it was too serious. Really? It's not a fucking comedy. It's a western through and through. If this had come out in the 80's it would be called a cult classic on this site for it's genre mixing. When was it a bad thing for movies to take themselves seriously? Not that I thought it was perfect. I did find it too long and a bit of missed opportunity. But for the most part is was very entertaining. As Harry said, I loved the world and characters it created. We were lucky to get a great western not too long ago (True Grit. Also produced by Spielberg) and were even luckier to get a serious take on a high concept one like C&A. Meeks Cutoff was okay BTW. Mark my words. C&A will find a loyal audience on video. And in the years to come when Transformers 11 and Pirates 9 is in theaters, C&A fans will say "I wish more movies like this were made."

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    @ hanyoyo

    by sai_justin

    Couldn't have said it better - this is either the most bullshit DVD Picks segment ever, or this site has completely jumped the shark (and after frequenting this site for about 2 years now, I'm leaning towards the latter). Everyone around here seems more worried about starfucking than putting out accurate, on-time news and unbiased reviews.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Harry you take movies too seriously

    by Charles_Corkey_Thatcher

    I get how absurd that statement is but you really need to get over your whole MST3K thing. It is just observationial humor and these guys are the best at it. If you can't laugh at something you love then you don't really love it, you are obsessed with it. That isn't good. You need to just let the jokes wash over you and enjoy the crappy funness of the movies. Seriously dude, get over it.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Yeah Saturday mornings, 9 o'clock. I'd get up, make some coffee, let the girl sleep in (ahhh silence) and watch Mike and the bots while doing my Sound for Film homework. Those were the golden days.

  • I love old Godzilla movies. I EXTRA-LOVE old Godzilla movies on MST3K.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I hate MST and love RiffTrax

    by Autodidact

    I think the difference is that RiffTrax is doing movies I've seen and half of it is just making jokes about the content on screen. MST is old movies I'd never watch and there's a more mocking tone.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    No need to defend MST3

    by Hipshot

    1) I used to attend SF conventions, and these guys would sit in the film room and yell at the screen and crack us the fuck up. I'm delighted that they've found a way to share their bizarre sense of humor and make a frickin' living--no small thing in this world. 2) I thought "The Help" was an honest piece of film, even if from a limited perspective. 3) Hated "Hangover 2". Cannot believe they tried to act as if that Asian father would just forget that the son he had raised from childhood to be a surgeon had been maimed and deprived of a livelihood, and just roll over and embrace Ed Helms as a son in law. Comedy has to be based on some bit of psychological reality, at least on its own terms. This was just...horrible.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Harry hates MST3K....

    by benlinus

    yet loves the Godzilla remake. That pretty much sums it up. MITCHELL!

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Portlandia. If you live in this area it is pretty accurate

    by Mike Myers

    Coffee swilling douche's who like to be "underground" but not really. The show nails it. Of course no place is hipper than Austin so you probably don't care.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Harry if you like women then you are into Misogony

    by Mike Myers

    Sorry gang that was a genderbender hangover kicking in. That gal/whatever must be laughing herself silly hitting the bong and typing her venom at you dopes. I respect her and cant stand her at the same time. Its probably a nun. Those things are all fucked up.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by Life Proof

    I don't know about you, but every single hipster I know loves Portlandia.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Magneto..... Cerebro....

    by Autodidact

    Magneto... hahahaha

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    The Debt was shit

    by celebritydave

    Total shit. Helen Mirrens character was just unlikeable. The best scene is when shes getting stabbed with a pair of scissors.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    It’s that, “Remember Pearl Harbor-time of the year,” again

    by celebritydave

    Is that a bad thing? Or are we meant to forget Pearl Harbour cause you married a Jap?

  • Hope you will be able to review the new 2011 Blu-ray DVD of 1951's "Christmas Carol: 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition". This is the 2nd Blu-ray version by VCI, and the NEW video/audio restoration has gotten Many KUDOS. The ONLY complaints I've read, are that some copies of the actual DVD disc have been defective, that THIS release does NOT offer a "Colorized" version, and that the "Echo" issue of the soundtrack from previous VCI releases of the film, remain. In light of various customer complaints about getting defective copies, recently put a temporary "Hold" on offering the DVD for sale on their site, and returned the batch of copies they got from VCI for replacement. But as of 12-7-11, they have started offering it for sale, again;So hopefully, the "Defect" issue has been resolved.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Master Ninja Theme Song

    by Mr Lucas

    Push the button, Frank. Ahhhh - good times.

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    First The Muppets

    by maxjohnson1971

    and now MST3K! It's a pile on!! Harry will not survive!! Look out for snakes!!

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    has Harry reviewed the INCEPTION blu-ray?

    by AsimovLives

    or did he fall asleep again?

  • Dec. 7, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Just wanted to.....

    by Brian

    ....self cox..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............coxxed!!!!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Joel era MST3K rocks

    by heroic_duo

    I killed that fat barkeep.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Canned_dirty_ape, I've read your posts and we are exactly of the same mind.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by LordEnigma

    you can't be a headgeek and not appreciate MST3k. Seriously, that's just crazy sauce but not as crazy as acting as if appreciating those shit movies gets him some badge of honor.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Cowboys and Aliens..

    by mcgillj

    I am in.. a third camp.. it wasn't fantastic.. neither was it ALL bad and horrible and the worst thing to ever happen.. I found the MOST unfortunate thing, and it may just be me here, but I found Daniel Craig.. just damn BORING and uninteresting. I know in the beginning of the film they were going for the stoic Eastwood-like Man with No Name vibe.. not alot of words.. but when he spoke? pretty dull and boring. I WOULD say the same thing for Harrison Ford.. in the first bit of the film. but here was the GREAT thing.. in the last act? maybe as much as of the second HALF.. he became MORE than just the scenery chewing bad guy.. His relationship with Adam Beach? FANTASTIC stuff.. Hell.. I wish there was MORE of that.. and onf of the better SUPPORTING casts as well.. Sorry.. I don't .. well no.. I get it.. Olivia Wilde is HOT.. she is.. I thought she was hot in Beckford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas.. but.. aside from that film.. I can't say I've found her INTERESTING in anything I've seen her in.. same holds true here, sadly. But.. there were some real treats.. Paul Dano is GREAT.. its a thankless kinda jerk kid part.. but.. he's great at it.. Clancy Brown.. Walton Goggins? just great guys to put in this kind of flick.. not a first for Goggins from the neo-Western Justified to the.. flat out comic Shanghai Noon.. he has done the genre before.. But.. by the end of the flick.. it was kind of dull.. and the whole working together thing was more interesting than then actual FIGHTING.. Ford and Beach though to me.. are what really held the flick together.. in terms of a through line.. Craig was boring to say the least.. and just rather predicible. Kind of a disappoinment.. seeing how Iron Man 2.. felt like a bit of a let down after the first.. and knowing he's not taking another shot at the character to get it right.. and this was a poor substitute. Wasn't awful.. not great.. kind of a mess.. some good character work tho. as for "The Help".. I'd say you're spot on.. I don't know alot of the actresses (Stone, Howard, Janney aside) by NAME.. but they all did a pretty fantastic job.. and Sissy Spacek was a blast in the film.. love seeing her pop up lately.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    re: Dragon Tattoo and 3 months LATE?

    by mcgillj

    ummm.. no offense. but HOW is the review 3 months late? I KNOW for a fact the new BOXSET of the trilogy was JUST released.. was looking into getting it myself, having seen the three CUT versions. This new boxset is the UNCUT version as they were originally aired and are significantly longer, as I've read.. although have not seen them yet. So.. why blast Harry on being 3 months late on discs that are just now out?

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Top Gun Sequel?

    by smylexx

    Since we can't actually rely on this site to bring us up to date info on movie news, here's something reported on the BBC News website yesterday which might be of interest to many: Or if you're scared to click on a link (and who isn't these days?) , go to and then slink over to the news section then the 'entertainment' bit.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Who was your favorite MST3K host?

    by Crooooooow

    Harry's was Brian Cox

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    hey you fat bastard, stop fucking yoko

    by john

    call your dad, and have him write an obit for jerry robinson goddamit....shoulda been up here already

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I take it mcgillj is new here...

    by Mattman

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    This is all kinda sorta kinda sounding like kinda the ladies

    by gotilk

    that came over to my house to play cards on summer weekdays.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Portlandia is hit and miss, but many times dead on.

    by v3d

    I used to live in Portland and while not always funny, it is pretty accurate in it's caricatures of a number of Portland "types". The line, "where young people go to retire." is especially spot on.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray news?

    by static007

    The original Fright Night from '85 is available on Blu-ray in limited edition form, only 3,000 copies available and not sold in stores. Online only, from one place. You would think that Ain't it Cool would cover this news.....

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    "Humanist" = Pussy

    by Taillefer

    That is all. T.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Agree with hipshot

    by MCVamp

    Hangover 2 was balls. A couple of funny gags but after it built up to the wedding...the reaction of the father and the bride was awful. Suspension of disbelief was already out the window, this was just a screenwriter pissing in the audiences' faces and the director holding his dick.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Where is this weeks column?!

    by jawaburger

    He was doing so well there for a couple of weeks.

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    MST3K is "shtick"?

    by Meglos

    “When we write a joke, we never ask, ‘Who’s gonna get this?’ We always say, ‘The right people will get this’.” - Joel Hodgson