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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - The Rest of 2011 - FISH STORY, LOVE EXPOSURE, HEAVENLY CREATURES, THE ROCKETEER, SEIJUN SUZUKI, APES, Woody Allen Time Travel & more!!!

Published at: Dec. 20, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… Here’s a treat. I caught up and even have one more week of releases. That’s right, this is the rest of the year column. Since I’m going to be at DisneyWorld on a Holiday vacation with my fam, I figured I’d just do it up early for ya. It’s been a tough year and next year will be another fight. But I’ll do my best to keep these columns coming and even more regular, I hope. As usual, the images and links take you over to Amazon where you can learn more on a given title or purchase the item, which gives a bit back to help keep the column going. Something that is highly appreciated. Now – here’s the releases through to the end of the year…

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011





HEAVENLY CREATURES Blu Ray

This is the great film that I feel is still my favorite Peter Jackson film. I love it because it dares to get inside the confused, manic imaginations of a pair of girls that committed a horrible, terrible murder. The film is a tragedy told as a romance, with beautiful doses of fantasy, youth and blood. But most of all… it has MARIO!!! More on that with the next film. But HEAVENLY CREATURES really made the entire world pay attention to what Peter Jackson was up to in New Zealand. The plugged in here were already in love with BAD TASTE and BRAIN DEAD (DEAD ALIVE) – but this film stood out not only due to the amazing screenplay, not just the beautiful cinematography or the pure energy that Jackson infused in this film… But due to the discovery of not just Kate Winslet, but Melanie Lynskey – if you don’t fall in love with them, there’s something horribly ajar with your compassion lobe in your brain. But if you get this… I highly recommend getting the following film as well!




THE GREAT CARUSO

Part of the magic of HEAVENLY CREATURES is the giddy schoolgirl mad love that Winslet and Lynskey espouse for “the world’s greatest tenor,” MARIO LANZA! There’s even a poster for THE GREAT CARUSO featured in the film. The key to loving this film, beyond the fact that it’s just fucking a great movie about the life of Enrique Caruso – is frankly the ludicrous joy that screaming out MARIO!!!! Everytime he appears on screen to sing … it is just, a blessed feeling. And allowing yourself to be taken over by mania, it’s so silly and awesome. That said, it really is a great film all on its own. I just love the tie to one of my favorite films.




THE ROCKETEER: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu Ray

Disney can create a far far better release for THE ROCKETEER… but will they? I would love it if they had a Rocketeer versus Commie spies movie and bring the cast back. But it’ll never ever happen. But I’d settle for a deluxe Blu-Ray that would have Joe Johnston talking about the missing action scenes… show us the storyboards. Celebrate the life of Dave Stevens. Do a special feature with Rick Baker talking about Rondo Hatton and why he is beloved and what Rick had to go through to bring him back to life. I’d love a piece on the history of the locations brought to life in the film. A piece on the music. A piece on Art Deco. A piece on B-Movie Serials, from which the spirit of the character leaps from. That said, the Blu Ray transfer on the film is outstanding. Outstanding. Perhaps if this disc sells well enough, Disney will see the light. SO gift it to everyone you know! That’s a geek mission of the highest order!




BRANDED TO KILL Criterion Blu

Those that have been following the DVD column for over a decade will remember my write ups on this title and the next from when Criterion first released them on DVD. Seijun Suzuki’s films played in Japanese Grindhouses… the theaters off the beaten tracks… in the neighborhoods tourists fear to tread. This wasn’t the image of Japan that the government wanted seen. In the United States – it reminds me of pre-code Gangster flicks, before the morality of the nation shifted the stories to G-MEN. The difference is… this film was made in 1967 and has one of the most amazing stylistic pulses that I’ve felt come off of just about any film. You’ll love this film, but when you put in the next one. Holy shit. Watch this first though! It warms you up for the Technicolor awesome of TOKYO DRIFTER!

New high-definition digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and Masami Kuzuu

Interview with Suzuki from 1997

New interview with actor Joe Shishido

Original theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns




TOKYO DRIFTER Criterion Blu

Buy this… fix some cocktails, have everyone dress up in retro suits and dresses and heaven my friends. Think about 1960’s James Bond films… but imagine if instead of Sean Connery, you had a Japanese cool version of Chow Yun Fat, working in a pop-art universe of hot powerful colors – all while telling a Yakuza story that was sexy and fucking awesome. That’s TOKYO DRIFTER! On Blu – it is just stunning to watch. Stunning. I squealed with glee when I received my copy!

New high-definition digital restoration

Video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and Masami Kuzuu

Interview with Suzuki from 1997

Original theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Howard Hampton




SEVEN CHANCES – Kino Blu

In an odd way, I’ve always considered this as Buster Keaton’s TOUCH OF EVIL… a brilliant wonderful film, even if it was forced upon him. A failing business man gets an inheritance that forces him to be married by 7pm that day. This is a film, that I almost didn’t put on the list for fear of some executive seeing this very topical comedic potential that SEVEN CHANCES has. And then the horror as Charlie Sheen gets cast… and then I’m crying. However, if you put Buster Keaton on and you watch SEVEN CHANCES you’ll see the master at work – and he just didn’t have suck in him. Not at all. Kino also gives us Keaton’s shorts… NEIGHBORS and THE BALLOONATIC… you’ll love both. Great job from KINO!




DETECTIVE DEE & THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME Blu

I love Tsui Hark films. That’s just true, even in his glorious failures… they are glorious failures. Big, visionary. This is not a glorious failure. It is a Sherlockian mystery adventure – not unlike Guy Ritchie’s take on that character… and yeah, there’s some magic and weird Chinese hocus pocus – and as someone that loves BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA…. This is more like DETECTIVE DEE’S BIG TROUBLE IN CHINA…. Because the action is crazy, the scope is enormous, the mystery is a tight puzzle box that continues to transform over the course of the film. This is one to appreciate on Blu, the visuals are totally worth it all on their own!




CITY OF GOD Blu Ray

One of the best films of the new millennium, just period. It is also a film that could profoundly affect your desire to go to Rio De Janeiro. At the very least it will make you steer clear of areas of Rio. This film is one for Blu. One of the greatest crime films ever made. Must be seen. This film has the power to shake you. Fantastic filmmaking unleashed. There’s one doc on the disc, the excellent “NEWS FROM A PERSONAL WAR” – definitely worth checking out!




CIRCUMSTANCE DVD

The great thing about international cinema is the capacity to peek through the cinematic window and discover an impression of what it would be like to be a pair of lovely teenage girls living in Tehran, Iran… There’s secret dance clubs, drug use, sexual intimidation, the brother that was so smart – now a crackhead. I mean, really, it is a universal tale. Soderbergh told his version here in the U.S. This is also a great film for those that love HEAVENLY CREATURES. It stays more grounded than Peter’s film, but despite the cultural gulf, kids still can get in any kind of trouble anywhere. Beautiful film. Really was surprised by this one.




NORTHWEST PASSAGE

This is a spectacular old flick from fellow Texan, King Vidor, and starring the great Spencer Tracy, but more importantly… Walter Brennan is in NORTHWEST PASSAGE – and Walter Brennan is one of the great character actors of all time. He makes every film he’s ever been in an absolute sit still and watch affair for me. Also this is stunning old school Technicolor. It is a shame that we’re not getting a Blu Ray on this one. It is one worth the format, so worth it.




INTRUDER – Director’s Cut Blu Ray

You know the friends you watch EVIL DEAD with? The folks you watch BASKETCASE with? The folks that just delight in MOTEL HELL with? Well, you just call em all up right now and put INTRUDER in. This is a film that not only features Ted Raimi, but Sam Raimi in a significant and awesomely goofy part! Directed by Scott “Madman” Spiegel – this is fun, low-budget, goofy horror that makes being a horror geek fun. Oh – did I mention it has the awesome of Bruce Campbell in it? Circa 1989? That’s right ladies… come give INTRUDER some sugar baby! Excellent film to watch with Frank Darabont’s THE MIST!




RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu Ray

I really like this movie a lot. I’m just not a fan of the “Contagion” aspect of the film. Anything that took me away from Caesar and his story just kind of annoyed me. I love Lithgow. But that other story just left me rolling my eyes. The rest of the film is too good for that. Will Andy Serkis get nominated at last? I’m really not expecting miracles. Most of all, I just love Weta’s work. It is flat out the visual fx film of the year. Caesar reigns! That said, I don’t quite feel this is the premium Blu-Ray that we’ll eventually see on this title.




KUNG FU PANDA 2 Blu Ray

Feels over complicated to me. The search for Po’s true origin, then directly tying that to the Bad Guy in this film just seemed like a very tired and played out structure. It always seems to end with an explosive death. But my god there’s a lot of fun to be had in this film. The action is visually dynamic and inventive. Yeah. It’s a whole lot of fun, I just prefer the first.




FRIGHT NIGHT Remake Blu Ray

My Fright Night is still better than this, but this is pretty damn fucking fun too. I can’t shrug the nostalgic perfection of the original… but I do love the actors in this version. They’re doing a very different, yet similar movie, with basically zero concern for the original – and that’s the right way to do adaptive material. Like SWAN says, “give it a pulse, make it your own!” Far Out Man, I really wasn’t expecting much on this one, but yeah… Anton Yelchin is just too good of an actor. He’s got mad charisma. But when you add David Tennant and Colin Farrell into the mix. It is just really entertaining. For me, Roddy McDowall puts the original film at a cool factor that a remake, by it’s nature, is going to fall short of. But there’s no denying, this is a really wonderful young horror film. Check it out if you haven’t!




MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Blu Book

Musicals are the soul of cinema soaring. Don’t ask me why I feel that way, but it is true, it is how I feel. The Technicolor serves this film beautifully. The dresses, the vibrancy of the sets. You can really appreciate the lush work. But the real jewel to this film are the songs. In the history of musicals there are few that have as many great numbers. THE TROLLEY SONG is my personal fave from the film. Really wonderful film. It is also filled with extras. So overall a great deal.




THE EXPENDABLES (Extended Director’s Cut) Blu

Yeah, I prefer the longer cut. It gives pretty much all the guys more room to breathe as characters. The opening sequence plays better longer. Feels like a battle of some scale now. This next film is looking like it is crazy awesome. At least I hope so. If you’re a fan, you won’t even question the double dip. We did mention there would be an extended cut, so we all kinda knew it was coming. More is better in this film’s case. The film has been completely put back together from scratch. The result is a far better film I feel. I liked the original, but it felt rough, this is a better cut. Sly did great work putting this together. I’ve decided that I’m going to hold on to both versions though.




VELVET GOLDMINE Blu Ray

Before he was Batman and before he was OB1 Kenobi… they were both bisexual glam-rock stars. That’s kind why they both rule so hard in everything else. If you grok Ziggy Stardust, VELVET GOLDMINE is a movie right up your alley. The transfer is quite nice and the film is as fun as the day it came out. Nice to have this out on Blu! More Todd Haynes please.




99 AND 44/100% DEAD / THE NICKEL RIDE

There’s a lot of folks that just discovered 99 and 44/100% DEAD & they’ve lost their minds for the film. Me, not so much. But THE NICKEL RIDE? That’s a fucking movie! Directed by TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’s Robert Mulligan and starring Jason Miller as the man with the keys to all the warehouses with all the Mob’s stolen shit. He’s the keys to the underworld. And Jason Miller plays it so damn good. First saw THE NICKEL RIDE at one of Tarantino’s QT Fests. So if you’ve been paying attention to those titles over time… then get this, watch THE NICKEL RIDE and see if you lose your mind for Frankenheimer’s flick too. Moriarty did.




DEF-CON 4 / HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN

Because some nights require and demand this precise flavor of ass. If you don’t know – be curious. I won’t say another thing.




TANNER HALL Blu Ray

It’s a girl school story. I always expect these to end in rolls of razor wire, but they hardly ever do. But I always watch just in case. Rooney Mara is good here. The other girls are fine. It’s just one of those “growing up is hard to do” stories. The film is likable enough. It flirts with titillation, but never succumbs. Sex is in the air, but isn’t overt in the film. Ultimately it is a quiet tale, one that you either like following the characters on or not. Me, I liked it.




CLARENCE, THE CROSS-EYED LION

In the 60’s this was a major release from Warner Brothers and yeah it kind of rocks. If you ever rocked out to DAKTARI – then you may know this preceded that. People just loved this movie when it came out. Watching it today – to see a lion completely unaided with CG working like this in a movie is just rather whimsical and magical all on it’s own. Plus it has Judy the Chimp. Yeah. Chimpanzee. It rules!




SHERLOCK HOLMES Kino Blu

I really do have a large Sherlock Holmes collection. If put to a blade to name my favorite literary character, I’d most likely say Sherlock Holmes. I love reading about him. Love watching tons of different actors playing him. John Barrymore is a fascinating Holmes. Wish this had been a better Holmes story though. Really cool seeing William Powell in his first. Early Film Blogger Hedda Hopper also appears.




WHAT! NO BEER?

I have to see this. Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante. I will see this soon. This was the last film on Keaton’s MGM contract. And what I’ve heard is that Buster and Jimmy decide to open up a beer selling business to start selling on the first day after the end of prohibition, figuring they’ll become millionaires. Of course shit goes down. And that’s what I can’t wait to see. I love Prohibition tales.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011





MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Blu Ray

If you’ve ever had the Time Travel fantasy conversation… the destinations in history explored in this film was sure to be amongst the most popular choices. With the exception of during the Nazi Occupation… it is almost always a nice place to be… Paris that is. Woody Allen is magical when he plays with fantasy. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is one of his very best films. For much of the year, this was my pick for the Best film of the year. That has changed.




WARRIOR Blu Ray

I love this film. Not real sure why the rest of the world didn’t jump all over this, but with Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte – this single film contained 3 of the best performances in film this year. The fights are simply brutal. The drama is superbly crafted. I love sports tales and while I know jack and shit about MMA, this is a story about brothers and a father and they’ve been fighting all their lives… not necessarily on each other’s sides. Nolte is superb in the film. He’s simply on a higher plane of great acting here. He should collect the Oscar, but probably won’t because the heat isn’t on this film. That’s a shame.




NOTHING SACRED Kino Blu

In the world of Screwball Comedies – Carole Lombard was the picture of perfection. Beautiful and dizzingly funny. She believes she has radium poisening. The brilliant Fredric March plays a Journalist wanting to turn her human interest story into a meal ticket. Written by the great Ben Hecht and James Street and directed by William Wellman (OX-BOW INCIDENT, PUBLIC ENEMY, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY and many other great films). This early 3-strip Technicolor flick is beautiful. Kino struck the digital master off the original Nitrate master. It doesn’t get better. And the movie is funny as hell.




A FAREWELL TO ARMS Kino Blu

A real man cries for love, Hemingway will teach you that – and teach you that it is noble and right. Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes play an ambulance driver and a nurse that fall in love in the midst of WWI. The film is fantastic. Adophe Menjou… whew. This is a great film. Love Gary Cooper in it so much.




LOVE EXPOSURE

I am told this is my favorite film that I’ve yet to see. The movie is 4 hours long in Japanese. I have it sitting right here on my desk. Everybody I know that has seen this film is hopelessly in love with the film. I have zero doubt that it will play that way for me, although I know nothing about the film. I won’t read anything on it. Right now – this is a film that Yoko and I want to just sit down and digest. Without the possibility for interruption or disturbance.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011





APOLLO 18 Blu

I hate this film. It isn’t quite worthy of hate. It’s just – a found footage film about evil moon rock monsters, the original APOLLO missions and a phantom Soviet Moon shot. Dammit, how do you fuck that up? This thing is just crazy boring. Nothing gripping. The dialogue feels too modern. I don’t believe the actors. It just doesn’t work on any level for me. Bad.




SID & NANCY Blu Ray

Watching this the other day at home, I just admired just how amazing the story of Gary Oldman the actor is. He’s best known for BIG performances, but in this year’s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, he plays brilliant quiet every man so well that you have no idea there’s a volcano inside of him. Alex Cox’s SID & NANCY is a fantastic film. Great to have on Blu Ray!




FISH STORY

The greatest film ever to espouse the true power of art. The film is on Netflix, but trust me, you’re gonna have to own this. It’s the kind of brilliance that we’ve come to expect from director Yoshihiro Nakamura. You may remember that Massawyrm was a raving lunatic about this film. He raves a lot, this is one time you might ought to listen to him.

Well that’s it for 2011 for Blu-rays and DVD. We’ll kick back up on January 3rd, 2012 as we talk about CONTAGION, THE GUARD, SERENDIPITY, MILDRED PIERCE, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, THE LAST LIONS, SHARK NIGHT, SHE’S ALL THAT, UNLEASHED, PUNCTURE, SWASTIKA and well… that’s the first offering of the new year. Till then, be happy and safe with those you love, be they family or friend. I’m off to DisneyWorld!

Readers Talkback

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  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    enjoy your 3 cents!

    by muggles

    Reminded me I had to get a Christmas present for my boss... Tokyo Drifter it is! Thanks, Harry!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Nice picks, Harry. BRANDED TO KILL and TOKYO DRIFTER are must-buys.

    by cactusjack1972

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Merry Christmas..

    by MattsSwellHouse

    ..I'm sure you'll add a rundown of your Disneyland trip to your new year's output. I look forward to reading it..(by about mid-March!) Cheers Fella!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    .....

    by MattsSwellHouse

    (Disneyworld)

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Last chance to get 1985 FRIGHT NIGHT on Blu-ray

    by justmyluck

    December 19 - Special Offer! Buy $100 or more (pre-shipping) from the Twilight Time catalog and get an autographed copy of Fright Night on Blu-ray for FREE! Signed by writer-director Tom Holland--only 100 available! Put the request “Add FREE autographed Fright Night” in the notes field on the final page of checkout. 100 will go fast--don’t delay! LESS THAN 30 REMAINING! http://www.screenarchives.com

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Warrior

    by DavidDunn

    Seemed like no one saw this movie. It connected with me really deep and I second Harry's thoughts on it. Hardy puts one of the best heart wrenching and broken soul performances on screen that I have seen in a long time. From what I understand, this movie is effecting people in big, emotional, ways quite often. For me, it was having a strong relation to Tommy and Brendan but I can see many other possible connections. Everyone has something to fight for and this movie really captures that.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    WARRIOR was pretty good, and excelled with the performances.

    by justmyluck

    It sold itself out to be a sports movie in the end, and couldn't resolve the conflict of how to satisfy the arc of both brothers, while at the same time requiring one of them take a fall. Still, pretty great and affecting.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    i saw warrior 3 times in the theater

    by antonphd

    i predict that it will be one of those movies that eventually find it's way into just about every man's film library. you visit your friend at his house and while he's grabbing drinks from the fridge you are gazing at his movies on the shelf and see Warrior, and say loudly 'oh, you have Warrior too, that's a great movie' and you buddy says 'fuck yeah' and you both pause for a moment and think about your dads and brothers and then blink and you are back to sitting down for the game.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Sid and Nancy: One of Oldman's best peformances ever!

    by Stalkeye

    Actually, methinks it's that very same movie that put him in the spotlight. Tragic but great film and not to mention Joe Strummer's superb "Love Kills" during the credits.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Cheers Harry, I will double bill HEAVENLY CREATURES with THE GREAT CARUSO. Then the next night i'll double bill THE EXPENDABLES with MEET ME IN ST LOUIS.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    APOLLO18 does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    btw when the APOLLO 18 trailer came out one of the aicn writers ran the story and mentioned how good it looked. To a man, the talkbackers responded by saying how shite it looked. Seems like talkbackers 1, aicn 0.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    City of God is magnificent.

    by Happyfat73

    It is, without a doubt, my #1 film of the noughties.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    wow, lotsa good stuff this week!

    by Spandau Belly

    I'll probably grab TOKYO DRIFTER, and I already have HEAVENLY CREATURES on regular DVD, but it's fullscreen and a horrible transfer that looks like VHS, so I might upgrade because it's one of the best movies out there. I will revisit THE ROCKETEER, although it might be one of those movies where I buy it, watch it once, have a nice time but realize I'm never going to watch it again, then sell it off.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Apes

    by lock67ca

    Also known as Harry's Inception Review: The Sequel

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    just, just, just, just, just

    by Dollar Bird

    That said, just.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Hate that Sid and Nancy cover.

    by beastie

    The Photoshop looks terrible (not that I can do that at all) and it seems to embody a late 80s early 90s punk attitude, not The Sex Pistols.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Warrior (spoilers)

    by tattooedjackass

    It was an ok film but way to predictable and over the top too cheesy, all the performances where great but the need to show Nolte's character drunk was not needed and pointless, also it ended so quickly i mean did the brother give any money to the dead soldiers wife???? how long did Tom Hardy's character do inside, questions i wouldn't have minded knowing about!! Definatly prefered The Fighter as a movie to this!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Finally agree with Harry on something...

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    City of God is one of the best movies EVER!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Rocketeer

    by hspahr

    Not sure why there is so much love for Rocketeer on this site. I remember going to see it in a theater back in the day and thinking it was pretty stupid. Even my massive Jennifer Connolly crush wasn't enough to save the movie for me. (And please, Jennifer, put on 20 pounds or so - you looked so much better in your Reubenesque youth)

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    I didn't like Apes either.

    by DiscoGodfather

    It had an interesting concept, was technically well done and Serkis was phenomenal, but a major logic flaw early on in the movie kind of took me out of it and kept me from buying in 100%. Basically, how did the world's greatest chimpanzee scientists NOT know that the chimp they were testing experimental drugs on was pregnant? And if they didnt care, why didnt they explain this? It was just "Oh, this one was pregnant and she just had a baby." I can and have overlooked plot holes in plenty of movies, but I just couldn't get over this one.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Velvet Goldmine

    by c4andmore

    Great movie, would make an excellent double feature with Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Where's the bluray for that one?!?!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Love Exposure is radiant!!!!

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    Sion Sono is my favorite director right now, just an entertaining film and those 4 hrs go by so damn fast!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    We need the original Fright Night & Frigh Night 2 on Blu

    by Gorgomel

    Julie Carmen in 1080P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Disney should release Condorman and The Black Hole on Blu too

    by Gorgomel

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Connelly in The Rocketeer....

    by Mugato5150

    ...drool....

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Rocketeer 20th anniversary edition

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I don't know why you make a big hoopla puting that on the cover when all you get is the movie, but hey, at least it's anamorphic this time out and in HD!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Disney live action on Blu-How about Treasure Island (1950)!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    People love Warrior? Really?!?

    by huskerdu2

    There's a reason it flopped, guys. It's crap! It's the most obvious, over the top, poorly written and weakly conceived piece of male-on-male emo-porn ever committed to celluloid. I'm no fan of 'The Wrestler', but it shits all over this turkey. Even the three lead actors, whom I usually adore, are weak in this flick. It wants to be 'On The Waterfront', but ends up drowning in three feet of treacle. Not good.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Harry, couldn't agree more about 'Apollo 18'

    by Judge Briggs

    What a fucking waste! Seriously, didn't the producers see the South Park episode of crab people? Rocks on the moon? So silly! And sadly, a waste. QQ What's up with the found footage movie, 'Area 51?'

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Velvet Goldmine suuuucccckkked

    by hst666

    And Bowie never fucked Iggy.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Sid and Nancy wasn't exactly a slave to reality

    by hst666

    It's loosely based on the facts. Also, Nacy Spungeon wished she looked half as good as the actress in that film.

  • I hope for the people that knew the real Sid and Nancy, that they weren't quite as aggravating as the people depicted in the movie.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    k-gin...

    by disgustingduo

    People who knew Nancy Spungen have said that Chole Webb's performance in Sid and Nancy was pretty much spot-on. We heartily agree with you about the depiction of Sid, though - he wasn't nearly the mindless moron seen in the film.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    If only micheal bay hadn't come out with

    by UltraTron

    literally the most advanced visual effects ever committed to film this year with transformers 3 then I think apes would have taken it. Haha- of course it's going to win. Nobody saw transformers(the greatest superhero giant robot action movie ever made) because they thought it would suck. Put it this way- if you didn't like that girl's ass- you are fucking insane. I'm sure homosexuals appreciate her ass. That's how fine that chick is. And now that Shia has been beat down on video I can handle him. We know somebody has beaten him down for all of us. He also gets double chest stomped in the movie which is really satisfying.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    And the award for the Most Overrated Film Ever goes to...

    by brad negrotto

    City of God.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu Panda 2

    by aaron

    FYI, your link and photo are incorrect, it links to the original kung fu panda not the sequel

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Lots of thoughts about all of these

    by BlaGyver

    I hate that I haven't seen The Rocketeer. I hear so much about it but I've never gotten around to watching it. Tokyo Drifter actually sounds really cool. Thanks for the recommendation, Harry. I love City of God. Love it. My friend popped it in as sort of a way to bide time one night at senior beach week a few years ago before we all went out. We ended up staying in far later than we meant because we were all so enraptured by the film (this included friends of mine that aren't film buffs by any means). What a great movie. I actually really want to see Fright Night. I'm a big horror fan and a friend of mine said that this movie convinced him that a horror remake can be good. I'm gonna be alone on this, but Warrior tied with Drive as my favorite movie I've seen this year so far. This is the only movie I've seen in a theatre this year that: 1. Had tears literally streaming down my face. 2. Had the audience cheering DURING the movie (during the fight scenes). 3. Got actual applause, not just half-assed clapping, when it finished. I'm breaking my "don't buy anything for myself until after Christmas" rule today to go get this movie right now. I want to sit down and watch it with my dad.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Forgot about Rise of the Apes (spoilers)

    by BlaGyver

    I'm mixed on that movie, and not in the conventional meaning of the term. I think it's a great movie. I loved watching it, I loved the performances....shit, one of the coolest moments of the year was sitting in the theatre and hearing the collective gasp from the audience (and participating in it) when Caesar spoke for the first time. The fact that it was back-to-back with "damn dirty ape" was fucking cool. But it's funny...I have no desire to rewatch it. I kind of wish I did, but for some reason....it's not out of a disliking for the movie, I just don't particularly care if I ever see it again.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    For every person in the world that doesn't like City of God

    by BlaGyver

    The Grinch steals Christmas presents from an underprivileged family.

  • Way to slack off there at the end.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Chop

    by BlaGyver

    I will say that as far as the actual plot goes, it is somewhat....I don't wanna say melodramatic, but something to that effect. It's one of those instances where if the performances weren't so incredibly strong, it would be corny. It hit me the right way. However, I do know people that didn't really get it. And City of God....I can't think of a movie that is so simultaneously Tarantino-cool at points and Lars von Trier-rip-your-soul-out-heartbreaking at others while maintaining balance throughout.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Wrong Kung fu panda, Harry

    by tatoosh

    You actually have the cover and link to the first Kung Fu Panda movie in your article. Don't feel bad...my wife went to target intending to buy KFP2 and picked up the original blu. Dreamworks made the covers intentionally similar so lots of people would make this mistake and boost sales.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Funny - thats the years end? I picked up Straw Dogs and Columbiana at Redbox today..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    ..the well reviewed Margin Call and John Landis' Burke & Hare come out today, and Final Destination 5 comes out next week. Yea, your year end wrap-up is really complete Harry.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Fright Night

    by Andrew

    Does anyone know what Harry means by "My Fright Night is still better?" Is he referring to the original?

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Chops, Winslet is delicious

    by Stabby

    And a truly fabulous actress as well. I think she will soon replace Meryl Streep as our greatest working actress. She's got the acting CHOPS!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Hugo is a better film than Paris

    by Stabby

    Arguably a perfect film. that said, I will lob the same criticism at Hugo that I had of Midnight in Paris: it should have been funnier. Or at least the funny scenes that were their should have been more laugh inducing. That said, both films are more about fantasy than giggles. Paris did suffer from the dreadful cardboard cutout cliche that was Rachel McAdams' character. At least if Woody had made us see something in that stereotype to help us understand what Owen Wilson's character saw in her... The best review I heard of Midnight in paris is that it was as light and delicious as a souffle. I completely agree. Hugo on the other hand imparted wisdom and life lessons.

  • I certainly own it because it's great 80s MST3K type of fodder - like The Last Dragon. And it gets bonus points for a couple of cool conventional effects scenes and Roddy McDowal. But other than that, the new remake was WAY better. I was expecting something similar to the original and instead I got everything that I love about vampire movies - like it was a big SCREW YOU to Twilight.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Melanie Lynskey

    by Bouncy X

    man, who knew she'd go from that under average chubby girl you wouldnt look twice at to being freakin gorgeous and sexy. i know some people are "late bloomers" but damn.

  • Because, you know, it will be....

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave- they are almost apples and oranges

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Neither was supposed to be more than a scary/funny movie to take a date to. But McLovin' is no Stephen Geoffreys (sp), and the gotcha female face worked better in the original.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    X - The Unheard Music on Blu

    by Noddy93

    come on Harry... only one of the best.

  • I can see that. Both movies can be loved for completely different merits. Bear with me, fellas. With my sheltered past, I only saw the original Fright Night 3 years ago. I watched it right after Near Dark. Near Dark gripped me with ruthless talons. Fright Night didn't so much (but clearly I liked something I saw in it since I bought it).

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    The Fighter > Warrior

    by elsewhere

    Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy's performances are great though.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Apparently the Fright Night (1985) Bluray has sold out

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Most of Harry's reviews are spent talking about other fucking movies.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    It's pretty obvious he hasn't seen most of the items on this list. The movies themselves, maybe. But not the disc versions he posts about. If it takes so much effort to write something so completely half ass, perhaps he should give it up. I can't imagine Amazon getting much money from this partnership as he doesn't even comment on the DISC itself most of the time (no mention of quality or extras), he just uses the review as an exercise to see how many movies he's seen that he can list in order to try to wow us. Does Harry namedrop or titledrop more? Harry's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is like his INCEPTION "review": he picked those movies to dislike just so that he can use them as evidence to counter the arguments of him liking everything. Plus he didn't receive any PWESENTS from them. Check out Harry's WIKIPEDIA article. It's pretty sad when the controversy section is almost as big as the biography section, and it still leaves out details like how GREEN LANTERN won Harry over with a free ring from Warner Bros. I'd love to take some time to fill out the controversy section. Unfortunately, Harry deletes a lot of his old film reviews and articles which incriminate him. I so wish I had screen-capped that page where he actually BEGGED for PWESENTS. Yes, begged the studio to send him "pwesents" because he "wuvs" them.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Sid & Nancy Criterion DVD

    by thelordofhell

    still blows away any BluRay of the movie

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Harry. Make no mistake. It's MY Fright Night.

    by UltraTron

    I had the soundtrack on cassette tape beotch. We're talking actually seducing chicks by singing botched lyrics from that soundtrack

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    My criterion laserdisc could crush your Sid and Nancy blueray

    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Seven Chances already remade...

    by eustisclay

    ...a The Bachelor or something like that? Had what's his name in it, Robin from Batman and Robin. And as much as I liked the original Fright Night, I thought the remake was pretty good. My main problem with it was (SPOILER) the ending where all the vampire victims become human again. Does this mean all his victims from all time return to life? And why didn't Peter vincent's hot squeeze come back to life? Reminded me of that movie The Invasion's ending which I also hated. Otherwise, pretty good for a remake.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Of course Harry has a problem with RISE OF THE APES

    by Mattman

    It was, after all, the best summer film of the year.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    FRIGHT NIGHT remake was horrible

    by TitusPullo

    although the actors were good for what they were given, the script was lame and the F/X sucked. Plus, it's the first of these "3-D" movies that actually looked like they were making it for 3-D when you watched it in 2-D i.e. things keep being thrown or poked or shoved toward the screen. Yes I'm a fan of the original and yes I went into this one with an open mind.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    eustisclay - another movie that bothered me with the

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    "they're all okay after the threat is killed" concept is The Faculty. So Jon Stewart, hows that pencil in the eye feelin'?

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Sid and Nancy Criterion's commentary

    by Ben Addiction

    That commentary is one of my favorites. That the title wouldn't get licensed back to them for a proper Blu-ray makes me sad. I loved how they included people who had no problems sharing how much they DIDN'T like the movie, due to it's inaccuracies. Too often commentaries are a circle jerk of self-adulation, but Criterion did it right. I read an interview with Johnny Rotten and while he of course hated how he was portrayed, he did give Gary Oldman credit as a very believable Sid.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Suzuki fans - check out the Koreyoshi Kurahara box set

    by Ben Addiction

    Criterion's sister label Eclipse released the Kurahara box set earlier this year - and "The Warped Ones" was mind-blowing, jazzy, anarchic and funny. Arguably better than the Suzuki stuff that's getting the more prominent release. The protagonist was like a Japanese amalgamation of Elvis and Sid Vicious. Amazing stuff.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    We need one last villainous bat shit crazy performance from Oldman

    by rapscallion86

    He has been amazing as Jim Gordon, Sirius Black, and from what I've read Smiley in 'TTSS'. I by no means am complaining but I would love one more over the top terrifying performance from him ala 'Leon'.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I felt the same way about WARRIOR, Harry

    by hollywoodsummers

    Well crafted and acted film. Best Picture, no, but some solid performances and leaves a lump in the throat at the end for even the most hardened tough guy.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave mentioned Last Dragon!!

    by Ted Knight

    He gets talkbacker of the week honors for that. But then must forfeit the award for proclaiming that Fright Night (1985) was not great. Easy come, easy go.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    wow, i thought I was the only one that remembered Condorman

    by pedro cassou

    I have the original one sheet, one of my favorites movies, but I only have it in VHS

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Harry. Cmon. You liked the new Fright Night??

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    If ever there was a moment that you should look at the films you're openly supporting, this was it. I appreciate you saying the original is always going to be the best. That is obvious. But to then turn around and say this is a good young horror film?? Give me a break. It was bloody awful from beginning to end, a pale shadow of Fright Night 2 - let alone Fright Night itself. Fucking terrible film, fucking awful they didn't go the "meta" route with Chris Sarandon as was originally intended before they decided to go cheap as chips instead. Terrible. Without doubt one of the worst of 2011 and that's before you even count it in comparison to the original.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The thing about Rise of the Apes

    by Mugato5150

    Was that I feel like I saw the whole thing in the trailer. I realize it was a prequel and we already knew what was going to happen but still. And like King Kong, the face close-ups look good but they neglected all the rest of the CGI.

  • That's got to at least put me at a C- on the geek report, right?

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Dang it. Missed the "k" in Svankmajer. Fail.

    by sweeneydave

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    The thing about Rise of the Planet of the Apes...

    by Baryonyx

    ...is that it makes you care for Caesar despite the fact that he looks so obviously a CGI creation. How can people, including Harry, say stuff like "It is flat out the visual fx film of the year"..? The apes NEVER look real in this movie. Roddy McDowall is still more realistic that what Weta can currently come up with.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Some of you are real jealous...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Like the one rambling about Harry's Wikipedia page. Then constantly used the words "pwesents". Look you can disagree with him all you like but holy shit what is your problem? Must be jealousy. You come to his site and then ramble off like a child... Hey moron you're still coming here and posting. If you think he is being bought off fine but you look like a dip shit coming here and bitching. Thing about movies is some people like them and some people don't. Just because he disagrees with a movie you liked doesn't mean you have to take it so personally. Shit. Haven't seen Fright Night remake but I will check it out. Warrior I really enjoyed. I don't really compare it to The Fighter or anything like that. Real different movies really. Tom Hardy's performance was amazing.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    The "That Said," Drinking Game

    by Michael DA

    You take a big gulp every time Harry uses the overused phrase "That said," in a review. Not bad, only three times this week. Means I can get home unimpaired this time...

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Preach it, myphdisdoom!

    by sweeneydave

    It makes no sense to go to McDonalds EVERY DAY to complain about the food. Get over it people. McDonalds isn't a steakhouse. It's never gonna be a steakhouse, no matter how loudly you complain. I come here regularly because I like the hamburgers. But too many people come here and shout and scream and you're ruining my appetite. It's not like y'all are paying a monthly Ain't It Cool subscription. The food here is free! The hosts are topical. The company is great, minus the screaming haters. I don't care about all this "but they used to serve much better food here" crap. That great! I believe you! But now, it's just hamburgers, so deal with it or eat somewhere else! I don't want to hear about you whining how the behind-the-scenes-pic-of-the-day shake machine is down, when Quint is dolling out free Hobbit apple pies!

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    WARRIOR should be getting awards buzz.

    by blackwood

    I'm not going to say I saw a lot of films this year, but of those I did, WARRIOR was among the best. Yes, it's a sports movie -- but about a sport a like, and is relevant. It has a lot of the sports movie cliches, but they don't come of as contrivances, just circumstances. Both Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy are amazing, and Nick Nolte gives one of the best performances of his career. And it's exciting. Genuinely exciting. That the film is able to make your root for both guys, sincerely -- that last match is incredibly weighted and every bit earned. Very well done, highly recommended.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    The make-up FX in the original Planet of the Apes were great

    by Mugato5150

    The ones in the terrible 2001 remake were even better. But in this one since they had to have a dozen apes running up a building in one shot, they had to go for everything or nothing CGI-wise and I think they did a pretty good job. Giving Andy Serkis an Oscar might be overkill though.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Just wondering..

    by BookhouseBoy

    Was Brian Cox is ROTPOTA?

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    *In

    by BookhouseBoy

    Fail..

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    bookhouseboy, Brian Cox was not in Rise...

    by Mattman

    But Ian Holm was excellent in it.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Warrior and Apes 2 of the best this year

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    The visual effects in Planet of the Apes were amazing. Some of you guys are too fucking spoiled by 200 million budget cgi-fests, seriously. The Fighter was pretty good but I liked the Warrior a lot more. It was a masterfully crafted film.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Myphisdoom, unhook your lips from Harry's ass.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Then maybe you can understand. I don't understand, however, is why morons like yourself get so butthurt when people use forums to complain about articles. It's only been written about a million times why people still come here, and if you're too stupid or stubborn to realize this, go fuck off and die. Sorry we're calling out your ginger boyfriend, but he deserves it. He took a great website and ruined it with his over-inflated ego. And what, you think we're making up the "pwesents" thing? Seriously, perhaps you're used to feeling Harry's breath on the back of your neck so you're blind to him, but you truly don't know jack shit, retard.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    "Warrior" was great.

    by Mr. Waturi

    Sure it's a crowd pleaser, but it's a well-crafted crowd pleaser. Nolte and Tom Hardy are spectacular.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    I felt the same way about WARRIOR

    by CherryValance

    at the time no one here wanted to talk about it except me and one other person. On twitter it seemed like most people who saw it loved it. The Oscar race isn't over. There's still time to champion it. Especially now that it's on DVD and people have a second chance to find it. Anyone who hasn't seen VELVET GOLDMINE should. I love that movie. Must have watched it 50+ times by now.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    quantize

    by Baryonyx

    Go watch a documentary showing real chimps walking in a jungle, then re-watch the opening scenes in Rise. Notice how the Weta apes don't move in a realistic way? By the way, they aren't photorealistic, or you'd be tricked into thinking they used real chimps - but, obviously, even you know they're not real because they are CGI. They should've used real chimps sometimes, to help trick the viewer into the illusion.

  • With the exception of during the Nazi Occupation… it is almost always a nice place to be… Paris that is. Eh? I'd also recommend not going to Paris during the Reign of Terror as that was also a time when it was not nice to be - there that is. So, avoid 1783 and 1784 when travelling to Paris as well as the Nazi Occupation. I lived in Paris for six months and fucking hated it by the way - rude Parisian bastards!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    I wonder why they didn't call it Judge Dee?

    by HornOrSilk

    And will they ever release the 70s tv movie?

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Sometimes AICN is like - Here are some words and stuff I know

    by Samson_K

    Fright Night - I like Fright Night with Roddy McDowell but Andie McDowell was rubbish in Greystoke but I like Tarzan, Africa is nice and has elephants and lions but not tigers they come from India. The End!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    why does no one grok Harry?...

    by Brian

    probably because he's been...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................coxxed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Wasn't aware I had a 'compassion lobe'.

    by scrote

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    samson k

    by paul burnett

    now thats a review,funny,informative and to the point, take note boys..

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    by thomskis

    Tosser.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    by thomskis

    bookhouseboy that is. Fucking noobs eh. Nice column Harry by the way. Cheers man.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    icanthavethat - thank you

    by Samson_K

    I should make it clear that I was taking about MY Fright Night - the one with the friendly dinosaur sidekick and Jerry Dandridge being played by Jerry Mouse. Giggle.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    About CITY OF GOD...

    by AsimovLives

    .... you guys who do not know portuguese do not know how funnythe movie really is. While somef the humour is translated by the subtitles, it's not often. Scenes and dialogues that in english translation might sound serious in the original brazilian portuguese is just simply hillarious, in a very dark humour sort of way. It makes me think of how much humour i might miss out from watching movies whose language i'm not familiar with, like chinese, japanese, korean, finnish, swedish, etc...

  • Mega Alpha Males Fucking Each Other: The Movie. Kidding aside, it's a pretty good movie. A sort of Citizen Kane version of the earlier career of David Bowie, but as if Bowie was not a cool guy but a real stinky motherfucker. It's full of references to glam rockstars, from the mor eobvious (Bowie and Iggy Pop) to more subtles (Brian Eno). It's also a very funny movie. Specially if we consider the later developement of the actors' careers.

  • various species of simian. I think outside of the "child" Casear, the CGI works amazingly well. And IMO the work on Maurice the orangutuan is better than the main character. I have to admit Kubrick did a damn fine job with actors in the Dawn Of Man scenes during 2001, a , what?, 40-some years ago... And I just watched the original again, and the only problem I have with John Chambers' amazing (for the time) make-up, is Maurice Evans' habit of speaking so forcefully that you see his mouth behind the appliance. It's like seeing the zipper in the man-in-suit, takes me out for a second.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Did he really say "...with my fam."? What a dork.

    by Jeffrey

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry! Where you staying?

    by captain_kirk

    Gonna be at the DW this week too!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Rocketeer's Missing Rondo Hatton Featurette ...

    by Guru Onsen

    ... can be found in the latest MST3K DVD release, on the same disc with the episode riffing The Brute Man. But since Harry hates MST3k, he will never see this great bonus feature.

  • Not if you're a Nazi!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    baryonyx: totally agree

    by sunwukong86

    movie was a waste of time

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Apollo 18

    by longloaddropper

    I actually thought it was pretty good. Saw it on the big screen. I thought they did a good job re-creating cold war era NASA and I thought the actors the actors were believable as astronauts. Not an overly ambitious film but a solid horror effort.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    DEF-CON 4? Amazing film.

    by Leto III

    Recently re-watched this one after not having seen it in almost 20 years (via a second-hand VHS tape copy so old you could feel the heaviness of the metal oxides). And you know what? Dear God, what a thoughtful, meaningful meditation on what the end of the world could mean, and how it could affect the survivors. Its pacing would never be allowed in today's machine-gun action-cutting environment, but the film gives the characters room to breathe, takes its time (but not too much time) in getting to the next big setpiece, and the director did an amazing job with squeezing every penny out of his budget -- the spacewalk sequences, for example, look amazing even today. Bottom line...this film has aged remarkably well, and is worth at least an encore viewing.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I watched DEF-CON 4 for the first time ever recently

    by Autodidact

    And it was not as good as the poster/video box always made it out to be. But it was good enough to recommend if you like to explore cold-war, nuclear brinksmanship, or post-apocalyptic movies from the past. It starts off rather strong and feeling like a proper sci-fi movie. It doesn't end poorly but kind of descends into more and more common, but well-executed territory.

  • Wait a minute, so no one else here is having their credit card charged $39.95 a month by Harry for access to this website?

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    City Of God/La Haine

    by DustinBones

    City Of God is number 2 on my list of favorite/best movies. La Haine is number 1 on my list. I never understood the comparisons between City of God and Goodfellas, never once thought of GF while watching CoG. Thematically, CoG has more in common with La Haine: the kids in the slums with now way out.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Harry, do you drop acid before you write these columns?

    by Jaka

    Are you using some kind of pirated voice recognition software that converts everything you say from Russian to English before it types it out? *siiiiigh*

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Planet of the Apes had me worried in those first 10 minutes

    by Bass Ackwards

    The way they got the basic plot set-up was pretty stupid, and each act is propelled forward by its own "villain," which would be fine if the villains weren't all so thinly drawn and over-acted. Yet I still ended the film really loving it, and completely awed by the FX. I'm anxious to see what these guys can do with a sequel that will obviously get a bigger budget and will hopefully get genuinely strong script to go along with it.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    And as for Harry's writing

    by Bass Ackwards

    The Expendables is longer and longer is better. More is better. This release is a longer cut. I feel like this cut is better. There's going to be a sequel. This is not the original cut of the film, its a new cut, and I like it more.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    As for Harry's writing

    by Bass Ackwards

    Harry's writing has always been poor, but I'm guessing its deteriorated even further due to twitter. Hell, many of these "write-ups" feel like they're just random tweets that were culled together.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    "Hand over ze rocket or I blow her brains...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ... all over ze cabin!" Classic, and about 1000 times better than Captain America. Greatest Horner score ever too.

  • purposes. Woooof! I mean. Daaamn. It is turd in need of flexy-seal to make it float. I mean daaaamn. It got a slight lift when doctor who showed up but it sucks the chrome off in every scene it can. I wasn't trying to compare it really. It forced me too. From the needless apple eating to you name it. The original is a take of Rear Window- this one is I guess trying to make a visual representation of Ron Jeremy's asshole. This is just a perfect example of terrible. It's just such an easy target. Let's take Colin Farrel. Ok. What is he like- 5 feet tall? Ok. Fine. A 5 foot 40 something vampire. Ok. I'm going to resist comparing him to Chris Sarandon who still could have played the part with a slight youth makeup. Let's just talk about his zero screen prescence and complete lack of intimidation. How about the no setup whatsoever? How about that? How about the neighborhood from the suburbia circle of hell that is never used to any effect after being established nicely? How about there are no people living there or they'd call the cops with all this madness taking place? How about every scene in the movie missing the point of the original -yet every scene wants to nod to the original. How about that balding 30 something looking high school lead? Hey look he's 5 times as ripped as Colin Farrel. Just a bucket of fried shit slung out a bus window

  • Dec. 24, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Harry's like Charley from Its Always Sunny

    by Jerkmeister

    I love Tsui Hark films. That’s just true, even in his glorious failures… they are glorious failures.

  • Dec. 24, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Harry's english is awful because he guzzles cum while typing.

    by Jerkmeister

  • I've been a friend of Harry's and a fan of the Alamo for almost 15 years. I love Time League and Zack and Lars and the whole Alamo staff and wish all of these wonderful people a Merry Christmas today! I've had a rough week that included a best friend's mom who I grew up with passing away, so maybe I wasn't in the best of moods when I read a ridiculously indulgent, seemingly unedited and endless rant from the mind of one of BAD's new writers. I posted a bit of a snarky response before heading off to the funeral home and came home to find out I had been banned for life by Faraci. Devin, from California and CHUD, moves into the Alamo's website and starts banning long time fans who he doesn't know from Adam. What a windbag. He seems to think he can completely control the comments section of the website. I appealed to him, but he didn't care and basically insulted me for even trying to appologize (although I shouldn't have to). You Talkbackers who insult Harry on a constant basis, I don't always like, but I appreciate the freedom of expression your given on this site. This site is not ruled with an iron hand by an oppressive asshole who can say whatever he wants to whoever he wants and ban anyone who says something he doesn't like without warning. If anyone here knows me or has remembers anything I've said over the years, please appeal to Tim League that Devin, while a good writer and sharp witted reviewer, might not be of the right temperament to represent the Alamo on the web. The Alamo has always represented fun, craziness and love of film to me. It has really lessened my enjoyment of the Christmas season to be banned by this know-it-all Grinch.

  • There are only 500 of those out there, did you or did you not snag one Harry.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    For all the heaps of shit people pile on Harry...

    by Ben Addiction

    it's amazing he doesn't censor the talkbacks. Thanks for taking it in stride even when it gets really nasty and personal and letting people express themselves here. Nobody's gonna see this since the article's a couple weeks old, but thanks. That's pretty cool.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Harry's cum stained hands

    by Jerkmeister

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Harry isn't even writing in English anymore

    by Jaka

    English would make sense. That shit he's posting doesn't make sense about 3/4 of the time. So it can't possibly be English.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    My early childhood was filled with Mario Lanza.

    by gotilk

    My dad was fanatical about him and would listen to him daily. That and , oddly enough, Trini Lopez. I know... Listening to Mario Lanza now can be difficult because it brings the loss of my father back into sharp focus every damned time. In spite of that, I must own that disc. Also, all of the main actors in The Rocketeer have aged REMARKABLY well(especially Jennifer Connelly RAWR!!). Why NOT bring the cast back together?

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    FISHU STORY!

    by gotilk

    YES! LOVE that film. Must own it.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Warrior Cover Art

    by 88keyz

    Is it just me or is the Warrior cover art not totally giving away the ending? Isn't that kind of like having a picture of Rocky having lost on the cover of Rocky. Studios are so stupid sometimes it hurts.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Already late with this week's

    by DrGogol

    Offer's still up, Harry. I have no writing ability, no "voice" and most of the time I rub people the wrong way. But I can get a column in on time every week. Give me the job.