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Ok Comic Geeks, get ready, CHRONICLE is something all kinds of special. Harry says so.


I don’t hear a lot from FOX.  I give them a lot of strife, mainly because with the properties they have and the potential they have as a studio, I want them to kick ass.  Last year, with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES…  things got real interesting at Fox.    So when the studio called saying they wanted to show me CHRONICLE early…  last week in fact, I was curious.   Director Josh Trank is apparently going to be helming my personal favorite Marvel Comic franchise.   FANTASTIC FOUR.   Now, Fox stumbled the first time out of the gate.   But man, I don’t like bitching all the time.   I want some valid reason to actually hope and believe that Fox will make a great FANTASTIC FOUR film some day.


Well…  if they trust and completely support Josh Trank after CHRONICLE…  we might have something fairly extraordinary.   Because CHRONICLE kicks fucking ass.


Yes, it is one of those, “FOUND FOOTAGE” movies…   BUT, where that usually means a combination of static tripod shots, taping the camera to an oscillating fan…  or shaky handheld work…  HERE, because you’re dealing with the camera man being one of the 3 budding Super Individuals…  he telekinetically begins controlling the camera, and you start getting shots that are absolutely fucking awesome.


Let’s back up.  


CHRONICLE is a chronicle started by a kid that is abused at home, where his mother is dying and the father, who was injured as a Fireman, takes out all his grief on Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan).   He is also picked on at school.   But he begins to retreat behind a camera, putting something between him and the world.   As a result, I began thinking of this kid as being a bit of a Peter Parker type.   Only, if he never had Aunt May & Uncle Ben.   This kid never heard, with great power comes great responsibility.   No.  He has learned to duck his head and try to survive.  Being the weakest amongst us.  But his cousin and the star athlete student at school.  Because of his camera, they’re going to invite him on something that will change all of their lives forever.


Let’s talk about those two for a bit.   Alex Russell plays Matt Garetty, he’s Andrew’s cousin.  While Andrew looks like a three quarter morph from BASKETBALL DIARIES DiCaprio and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK’s Mark Hamill…  My dream to play Anakin in a remake Prequel by Fincher btw.   But Alex Russell comes across like a less cynical young James Van Der Beek.   He’s a good guy.  Not excellent.  He gets by in High School, read philosophy, hatches theories, bit of a joker, but he does try to take care of his cousin.     Then there’s Michael B. Jordan as Steve Montgomery – and I love this kid.   While Dan DeHaan has the angsty awesome show role, Michael B Jordan is the kid we all want our kids to grow up to be.   Charismatic, charming, hopeful and cool.   Without a doubt you believe in all 3 of these kids as being exactly what they’re supposed to be.  


They’re 3 kids that happened to come together at a party to experience an event, kinda like BREAKFAST CLUB, but instead of it just being an amazing afternoon of detention…  it’s a something, burrowed in the Earth, that activates that thing in our brain that would make us all really powerful fucking Jedi Knights.   Like, fuck up Yoda and shit.   


It starts small.   Moving small things.  Moving bigger things.  Tearing things apart.  Pranking folks.  Perform magic tricks.  Fun & Games.   Then you learn you can fly.   This sequence in the film.   Dear God, it’ll give you dreams.   Serious flying dreams.   It’s just friggin perfect, scary and awesome.   Because let’s face it, if you could fly…  that first time, it’d be scary as hell…  and awesome.  


Where it goes from there…  you don’t really need or want to know.   There’s hints in the trailers of a darkening cloud – and folks, this film does turn and the one thing it doesn’t stop doing through out is…  KICKING ASS!


Josh Trank has managed to take the “FOUND FOOTAGE” genre, and instead of telling a very limited tale of occasional things happening, he’s turned it into a first person Superhero Origin story that is absolutely cinematic and intimate. 


How could this be?   Well, I’ve heard that Josh Trank is something of a special filmmaker from folks that know him.   But in addition, he and Max Landis put together this story, and Max wound up with the credit for the screenplay.   And yes, Max’s dad is JOHN LANDIS.


The dialogue in this is not only note perfect, but it is delivered as it all should.  Josh Trank has got my attention.  I just hope he gets to team up with Max Landis for FANTASTIC FOUR, if they nail the casting of those iconic characters as well as they put together their cast for this.   If they nail their characters and given the budget to deliver the action that this small film gave us, but with that group…  Maybe we’ll have a great FANTASTIC FOUR film.


I can’t wait to show Austin Geeks this film next Wednesday!   This is one helluva movie.   Go into it unspoiled, not knowing the twists and turns, relish this first experience.  Then take some friends so you can see them react.  It’s that kind of fun!

When trends come around, there's a few films that come out of it that are really what it was invented for. We've been conditioned to think of the limitations of the P.O.V. film.   Cinematically, there was always a limited of grandeur, because the camera was always moving by human hands.   Here, when Andrew telepathically uses the camera as his avatar eye view, this film becomes something to be in awe of.   But when that gets amplified by other cameras recording things, the cinema of this film explodes and really makes it exciting as hell.  As if every comic panel had a person with a camera there.   And all those pieces became the film.   And really big things happen.   In many ways there are Kirby perspectives at play here.   And I really really like that.  A lot!   As you can see.   

Can not wait to see it again!

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  • Jan. 25, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Christ on crutches

    by Val Verde Historian

    Harry- FUCKING EDIT.

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    But on topic

    by Val Verde Historian

    This looks enjoyable.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, midnight CST

    I think I could dig it.

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    The trailers were intriguing enough. Although I don't always agree with some of Harry's choices, he has definitely led me to some real gems over the years. Adding Chronicle to the list now...

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Ive been waiting for reviews for this...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and the first one is a positive one from Harry... fuck this movie is gonna suck... PS: however, I did like Scott Pilgrim and Attack the Block, so I hope me and the redheaded Faculty extra are on the same wavelength... PPS: but if we are not on the same wavelength, I know to totally avoid this movie PPPS: xenu dammit, can we get a LA contributor who is willing to give me tickets to a free screening again?! i mean, like seriously, xenu damn!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    also I never mention Harry's grammar but...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    "Only, if he never had Aunt May & Uncle Ben. This kid never heard, with great power comes great responsibility. No. He has learned to duck his head and try to survive. Being the weakest amongst us. But his cousin and the star athlete student at school. Because of his camera, they’re going to invite him on something that will change all of their lives forever." to think, if you have poor grammar, you can be an extra in the Faculty...

  • Why give this dude an established IP to reboot, when he has his own franchise, that's new and could become a big hit? Look, I know the big trend these days is reboots\remakes, but Fantastic Four, imo, is something that should be put to rest on the big screen. On the otherhand, how is a reboot or a sequel of a comicbook movie, really that different of a new comic issue or new comic series? I guess, if seen that way, it really isn't. Idk, Chronicle seems like something new and original and already, Fox wants this director to reboot Fantastic Four? Sigh.

  • *Flying camera* *Flying teens* *Flying BUS* Will be a tough sell past the silly quotient.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Prettgy Good review fatman.

    by Phategod2

    And I like this kid Dane DeHaan, he has a big future he was great on HBO's in Therapy.

  • Fox will try to make a b!tch out of him and give him a crap budget theres maybe 2 or 3 people who Fox will write a blank check for and if your last name isn't Speilberg or Cameron, then you better be one hell of a "film alchemist".

  • This is the only movie site I post on, and there are times I'll have something movie-related to say but it doesn't fit in with any of the current posts. If anything, it could help to keep the discussion going when news is slow.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Looks great, and I'm looking forward to it, but. . .

    by Atragon

    From what I've seen, this is AKIRA without the bikes and exploding city. The dynamic is AKIRA, and depending on how much they borrow depends how much credit I'll give them.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Two Things

    by tusk1113

    A) Nice to see Harry actually posting something NOT an ad for his amazon affiliates account. B) For Cthulhu's sake, proofread.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Harry, please work on your writing skills

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    Seriously man, I love to read your reviews. I love your passion, silly as it often is. You voice is unique and why I read the site. But your utter refusal to edit your work is becoming distracting to the point where I don't even want to read it anymore. I am a teacher, and if you wrote like that in my class you would fail, and I don't even teach English. You clearly know how to write. When you actually put effort into it I love to read it. But this IS FUCKING TERRIBLE! On another note, you sold me on seeing it.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I've read this a couple of times...

    by steele8280

    And I still don't get who's whose cousin. Are there 2? 3? If you saw it last week the incomprehensible grammar can't be due to rushing...

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I'm not buying it...

    by Andrew Coleman

    This movie looks like it's made for angry teens who hate being told to do homework and not sext each other all the time. The trailers keep showing three dip shits just fucking with people with their powers... OH AWESOME! Looking forward to seeing the theater for this one... If it takes some big jumps I might check it out but it seems pretty generic like someone said "It will be like Paranormal Activity, but with super heroes!"... Yawn. Just seems like a movie made up of small moments "What if you could fly?", "What if you could move stuff with your mind?", "What if you could flip girls skirts with your mind?"... We saw that in Bruce Almighty for fucks sake.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    *Tetsuo, not Kaneda

    by justmyluck

    (getting old, sorry)

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Another paid "review" . . . did they give you a free promo t-shirt too ??

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    and wasn't Captain Amerikkka one of the best films you ever saw, along with Where the Wild Things Are . .. . and neither one cracked your top ten in those respective years..

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Showing Chronicle next Wednesday? When/where?

    by zillabeast

    oooh do tell

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by mynamesdan


  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST

    This "review" was poorly written,

    by poop

    I'm surprised Brian Cox didn't make a ducking appearance. Dear god man, writing is made for reading. This shit can't be read by human eyes.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Jesus at least my typos are just from autocorrect

    by poop

    BRIAN COX, how many cousins are where?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    sold me on the movie

    by jsfithaca

    but as others have been saying, this needs editing. i almost stopped reading halfway through. also i love micheal b jordan in the wire and friday night lights

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry.....

    by ChiefRoberts

    Is Brian Cox in this?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Awesome Chronicle artwork...

    by arco2002

    I have to say that I agree with you Harry, it is an awesome film, but also I really think Fox are turning a corner with regards to the way they treat their films... for example they got me and a bunch of other online artists to create posters for the film... they gave us complete artictic freedom to create anything we wanted within the remit of "what are you capale of" Anyway here are the posters... and my site... Really I think Fox couldn't have handled the promotion better, and with last years doublw whammy of Rise of the Apes and First Class I reckon they are going to make sure F4 will be awesome!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    The trailer won me over...

    by bubcus

    I will see this.

  • You might as well put "Paid for by Fox Studios" on the bottom. Yeah, Harry and others on AICN get accused of being sell-outs, but here's the reason why this is a blatant example: By not going into details about the film, its basically just a paid advertisement for it. All he does is says positive things but then gives no examples by spoilers. You're just supposed to go to the movie. You're just supposed to trust him. Its typical snake oil salesmanship. First, there's the quick blasting of "bitching all the time". REALITY CHECK: Harry hardly ever "bitches". He gives a positive spin to everything. So, that sentence wasn't meant for him ...its meant for me and you and anyone else who has anything negative to say about anything. So, stop bitching and just go see the film. Second, the brief romanticization of "flying". No details given on how or why its portrayed well - He doesn't want to spoil it. You'll just have to go see the film. Third, big name dropping of the film makers commending them on a great job to the point of actually indirectly stating they are a great choice to make another property. No examples written for why the story is well done - He doesn't want to spoil it. You'll just have to go see the film. So, you should go see the film, but, if you don't like it then don't "bitch". If you don't go see it, you can't "bitch" because you haven't seen it. Therefore, the only choice you have to possess any type of an opinion about this film is pay your money to go see it and keep your mouth shut afterwards unless you have something positive to say about it. Paid for by Fox Studios.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Unfortunately, the acting is terrible.

    by Bryn Pryor

    I've also seen "Chronicle," and from a plot standpoint, it does exactly what you want it to do. Directorially, it manages to do the unthinkable; breathe fresh life into the most stale and annoying new "genre" studios have yet found to make millions off cheap-ass POS movies ("Devil Inside," anyone?) HOWEVER, the three kids in the movie simply don't have the chops to hang an entire movie on. Unlike Harry, I never believed a single word coming out of their mouths. They were very plainly ACTING from frame one, and to me, it made the film a non-starter. Great concept constructed with very faulty tools.

  • Sorry, I just can't support the gimmick anymore. Cloverfield was the last one.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    A less cynical young James Van Der Beek

    by loafroaster

    That made me laugh my hole off.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Horrible review

    by Golden_Ux

    Hang your head in shame Harry. I was starting to think little of what you've wrote made sense because I've just got up from a night shift but im glad to see most hear agree. I even hate the gushy titles of each review you use. This is a perfect example 'Ok Comic Geeks, get ready, CHRONICLE is something all kinds of special. Harry Says so' You make me sick you fat ginger fuck.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    What puts me off is the "Twilight" colour grading.

    by TheManWhoCan

    And Harry was probably paid for this review. For shame!

  • Rather of seen a sequel to X-Men than this.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Fox "stumbled" with Fantastic Four?!?!??

    by Rupee88

    Those two movies made something like $1 billion. That's what they try to do you know...make films that make them money...quality is never a consideration. But the two FF films were huge successes even if you or I may not have enjoyed them.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Harry's Attack of the Clones Review

    by WerePlatypus

    Never forget.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    can't wait

    by cheekerpot

    From what I've seen so far and some of the reviews I've read I'm really looking forward to this one. It looks different enough to be interesting and just the right amount of wacky to be an entertaining flick!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox

    by sarg2k

    If Harry liked it, it will probably be shit Lets see if Harry's Phantom Menace 3D review matches his original one from release

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    If you can make one superhero movie...

    by paint163 can make em all. Apparently.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Goddamn was this written by a six year old?

    by Eric

    Mt 8th grade daughter can write a more coherent piece that this.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    I will check it out

    by KevinMuller

    The concept is interesting and according to the reviews, it has been done right.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    To be honest...

    by Deano316

    I quite liked Fantastic Four!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by Sean1701

    I think Harry uses "stream of consciousness" when he writes. Yes, his grammar can be a little off, but his passion is clearly on display here. I have been coming to this site for 14 years and I still find his reviews entertaining and insightful.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    more like stream of unconsciousness...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I was reading. And then thinking about. Perhaps I will see this. Like the trailers, they look. *giggle* Very cool. Will probably see when.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Another Chronicle review here

    by FireFriendly You know, not everything on this site that gets a positive review is paid for by the studio. Sometimes some things are, you know, good.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    What's up with the detailed summary of the movie?

    by Nerd Rage

    That kind of spoils the fun of discovering the movie on our own. If a movie sucks, spoil away cause we probably won't ever watch it but if a movie is great let us unravel the story in the theater, please.

  • I bought them both on blu-ray, and I've only watched them once. However, I rented Attack the Block and ended up watching it three times. Believe.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    trailers make this look all kinds of retarded so i don't care.

    by alienindisguise

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Good thing cycnicism isn't a corporation.

    by gotilk

    Fucking sell-outs. lol I hate saying this but....

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Wow the Harry bashing has gone on too far!

    by Tank Williams

    Seriously who cares people. Do you honestly, really care about his writing style/grammar choices. You read the review didnt you, well then you got the fucking point! He either liked the movie, or he didn't. Leave it at that. You dipshits actually act like your offended by this, like your fucking god or something, why should Harry step up his game to impress a bunch of fucking assholes like your selves. I'm just tired of all the hat in this talk back.. Bunch o' Bullys I tell ya!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Nice review Harry, looking forward to seeing this one

    by Tank Williams

    And the thought of us getting a well made FF flick, makes me very excited. Jessica Alba is burned into my memory as Sue, in a bad way. So hopefully they can get some good casting rolling on this thing

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    My dream to play Anakin in a remake Prequel by Fincher btw.

    by the new transported man

    What in the hell are you talking about, fat man?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I am not so sure throwing insults to Harry is the way to go.

    by ChezKing

    I mean, yes, he needs serious work with his grammar, but, jeez, guys, when you guys pile on the insults, you really go too far. It's actually a bit ridiculous how insulting and extreme many of you go. I appreciate his review regardless of the mistakes, but, I absolutely HATE mob mentality. Anyway, I really look forward to seeing Chronicle now. My curiosity has definitely been peaked.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    I'm sure Harry is trying to make nice with Fox

    by Jaster Mareel

    But I'm also sure that Chronicle is more fun than beating a retard with a stick.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    And yes, it looks like Akira

    by Jaster Mareel

    Someone want to explain to me why that's a bad thing?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I have to be honest about something...

    by 3774

    ...I haven't bothered reading Harry's reviews in quite a while. And back when I still did, I always skimmed over the endless personal set-up to get to the actual movie. I took a glance at this one because he made a declarative statement for comic book fans, and then checked back out at the beginning for one reason: no real comic fan would be rooting Fox on to continue the stranglehold they have on three of Marvel's biggest character franchises. Let the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spiderman return to Marvel studios where they belong.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Thanks for convincing me not to see this, Harry.

    by TheNothing

    Your defense of Red Tails alone devalues your opinion. And holy mother of Cthulu, hire a middle school student to edit your writing. They couldn't make it any worse, and they'll work for ice cream.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Geez, can a regular Joe get a break nowadays? Reitman, Kasdan, Brooks, Landis,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    shit, Sally Field's son directed Tucker & Dale.... I guess if you grow up in a show biz family..... But, the trailer for this does look promising. Harry just has to dial it down to below 11.

  • i mean come on allready give the guy a break. hes kinda dammed is he does or dammed if doesn't at this point. if he likes something it's a bought and paid for review, if he hates something hes a moron. <p> yeah, it's ridiculous that he fell asleep during Inception but reviewed the film anyway. <p> yeah, it's ridiculous that he gives almost every superhero movie a pass because he likes superheros <p> and yeah it's ridiculous that he dreams about a remake to the prequels directed by David Fincher. (btw Harry.. let it go, Star Wars is AS dead as disco) <p> but COME ON..... <p> you guys are bashing a guy who can't find his asshole with both hands and a flashlight. and i don't mean that figuratively as a joke, i mean he literally can't find it. <p> so go easy on the dude, he's suffering enough.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Stiguy, Chezking

    by BlackLodger

    Very True. Guess it's just my hopeful heart that expands the talkbacks and expects to read and possibly comment on great genre film & TV discussions being had by thousands of fans from around the world. Instead it's a sad series of one-ups and "insider" callbacks...Usually having very little to do with the original AICN post...which just usually becomes a diving board for the for some reason angry, wannabe joke writers to take up space with nit picky crap. Hell, now I'm taking up space being the "trying to talk sense into the other talkbackers guy." Just as much of a cliche, so I will say that Harry's review, especially regarding the filming techniques, made me want to see this film when it comes out on Netflix. I can wait.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    pink apocalypse, Fox doesn't have Spider-Man, Sony does

    by Jaster Mareel

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by Jackson

    I was worried this film would suck after watching the trailer because the premise is gold. But now i'm so seeing first day!

  • Or at least if it's any good it will be a reworking of it. Everything comes from Star Trek.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    And yes, Max’s dad is JOHN LANDIS.

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I wonder if that's something that helps you get your foot in the door or hinders it considering three actors died on a John Landis set.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Found footage films generally suck

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But this one actually does look intriguing, not go to the movie theater intriguing, but maybe bluray rental intriguing.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    My dream to play Anakin in a remake Prequel by Fincher btw

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is this before or after the shot for shot Phantom Menace remake directed by Gus Van Sant?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by 3774

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    You're right, sorry, I'm tired.

    by 3774

    I still wish they were under one roof, so that all of them had more of a chance of internal consistency. And maybe even cameos or cross-overs.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    This film kicked my ass!

    by fathergeek

    Annnd I promise you you don't want to know any more going in. Its not Blair Witch, or Paranormal, its a much broader motion picture than they were. It exercises the full range of emotions, explores a large array of complex life situations, and looks & feels as it should like a real live cinema experience.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Wow. I was prepared for it to be rubbish. Nice going, Fox.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    How do you get your own site when you write like a child?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I'm sorry, is he not going back and proof reading? I wrote better shit in the 4th grade. Maybe he was too doped up on oxycotin to know what the hell he was watching or saying.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    If it was about 3 good looking girls, maybe I'd see it...

    by mypalfish

    But a bunch of annoying guys making wisecracks...nah.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Just read Film Crit Hulk Instead

    by Sodomy Redux

    He also has a kind of dumb gimmick, but at least he actually writes cohesive, coherent, though-provoking pieces. Harry just doesn't give a shit.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    the black one of the 3 kids

    by superman76

    black kids don't act like this in real life folks. pc-pandering studios...making movies fake again.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Anybody else picture Harry banging wildly on the keyboard, hoping...

    by SoylentMean

    What do you want for nothing? Rubber biscuit. Bow Bow Bow Bow.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    WTF? That is not what I typed. Fuck this!

    by SoylentMean

    Fuck it I say!

  • I see an AICN quote hitting commercials after release, along with quotes from Marc. S. Allen.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Improve the site, proofread what you write!

    by SoylentMean

    Occupy AICN!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Re: FF Reboot

    by Larry Jay

    Andy Serkis IS Ben Grimm/The Thing. The time has come. As much as I loved Micheal Chiklis, MAN_IN_SUIT is so 21st century. MOCAP THE THING!!!!!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Buncha English teachers?

    by sundancekeed

    Why don't y'all give it a rest? So Harry doesn't adhere to all the rules of grammar. Big deal. I still got what he was saying. Maybe he was in a hurry to get this out, maybe he wasn't feeling up to par, who knows and more importantly who cares? This is a pretty decent site, with a fair amount of scoops, opinions, etc. And the talkbacks are the best part of it. But honestly, I have never seen so many people bitch about so much trivial shit. If it bothers you that bad, go see how the CHUD chumps mangle the language.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    This reminds me of those live action commercials for the Rachet and Clank videogames.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Kind of like mini Jackass scenes, but with high powered weaponry.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Wait, What? ...they all have the same power?!

    by blhotz

    Guess I'm an X-Men junkie, but the previews looked to me one could move things... one was invincible...? But really they're all the same with "heightened brain powers?"

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by superman76

    we're currently in the 21st century.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Sounds cool... But something far more interesting...

    by Benja the Ninja

    was said. Harry's dream prequel remake. So, I'm not the only one hoping and praying this happens. The way I see it, Lucas will not own the empire forever, however, I have to assume that his daughter will... Did anyone see the clone wars episode she directed. Very good. Honestly, it would be cool if she could see how amazing a proper prequel film could be. Katie Lucas, start thinking about it! A completely re-imagined Star Wars prequel trilogy. Not sure this kid would make a great Anakin however. Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    There's no way we'd get prequel remakes

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Without full on remakes of the entire Star Wars saga.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Ugh Harry Come On.

    by some dude

  • Seriously, I don't mean to be overly critical, but I've been coming here since close to the very beginning (November 96), and, if anything, Harry, your writing has gotten worse. How can that be? I know it's de rigueur to bash on your grammar, and a few minor things here and there don't bother me all that much. But when it gets to the point that it detracts from your ability to get your point across--either because the errors are too numerous, and therefore fucking distracting, or because I simply can't comprehend what the hell you are saying--you probably want to start thinking long and hard about maybe putting a little more thought and effort into what you're putting on your site. And I'm sorry, but your claim that "how i write reflects how I think" simply does not hold water any longer. All it does is betray a lack of consideration for your audience and for this site, which you've nurtured and built up over all these years to be one of THE destinations for (nearly) all things entertainment. If you are too busy or too lazy to take the time to post content that is readable and understandable, by all means leave it to those contributors who aren't...

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Chronicle is going to...

    by arco2002

    Surprise a lot of angry film geeks who have written it off already. Seriously Fox seem to be getting better in a lot of ways. I see this as only a good thing as it means more good films for us peeps to go see. Why write of a film as crap before it has even be seen! Harry is right this time!

  • I saw the preview last night at the theater. I hate to use the word "retarded", so I'll just say that this flick should be wearing a helmet. Equipped with a drool pad.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The most important asset to any reviewer is credibility.

    by aceattorney

    Why does it seem like Harry's has gone away somewhere?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Please please please

    by perrybw

    Harry, for years I have, like most of your readers, figured that the "stream of consciousness" style of writing was part of the charm of your reviews and not just ignored it, but actually enjoyed it. This review, however, is possibly the worst I've read yet. Parts of it are almost incomprehensible. Please have someone proofread your copy before posting, if only so that we'll actually know what you're saying! We WANT to know what you're saying. Thank you!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    This is sad.

    by BlaGyver

    Regardless of my optimistic anticipation....this review is fucking sad.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Ridiculously Incoherent Bad Sentences: The Harry Knowles Story

    by Brian Hopper

    CHRONICLE is a chronicle started by a kid that is abused at home, where his mother is dying and the father, who was injured as a Fireman, takes out all his grief on Andrew Detmer. The dialogue in this is not only note perfect, but it is delivered as it all should. When trends come around, there's a few films that come out of it that are really what it was invented for.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    @ Harry

    by Sean1701

    I am currently out of work. If you need an Editor-in-Chief, I'll send you my resume.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Harry has pimped too many shitty movies...

    by firewhale

    ...for me to take a review like this seriously. If he happens to be right this time (insert the old "broken watch" analogy here) I'll wait for a couple other respectable reviewers to echo his sentiments before I get in line.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Just to make sure...Harry didn't like Inception but loved Chronicle.

    by SpaghettiWall

    Okay, just checking.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Harry and GLS? Reading now. Thanks Choppah

    by Roger Moon

  • The only fix is that it's not written to begin with.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    No Desire to See This - No Matter Who Says What

    by impossibledreamers

    I agree with many that the early commercials and trailer probably did a lot of damage, by playing up the 'douche bags with powers' part as opposed to showing the sympathetic, downtrodden kid who suddenly has an outlet for revenge and empowerment. Maybe thats the angle they should have shot for.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by superman76


  • "Dad, stop taking all your grief out on Andrew Detmer!"

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by Joe Plumber


  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    My final found footage movie was THE TROLL HUNTER

    by Roger Moon

    and I think that'll do it for me. End on a high note. Interesting sub genre. BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was certainly effective and TROLL HUNTER was a lot of fun but these POV movies have a really limited appeal. I'd rather watch a filmmaker craft a story with all the creative tools at his/her disposal, all cylinders firing. Found Footage's realism element can't overcome its storytelling limitations, at least for me.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Here's an idea

    by Boxcutter

    Read Harry's columns. Agree with them, or disagree. Maybe you'll get something out of them, maybe you won't. Go see the film(s), or don't. But relax, for fuck's sake. Has he violated anything other than the English language occasionally - your children, your privacy, your sense of decency? Embezzled your savings? Sometimes he shills, other times he shines. So what? Digital democracy: fucking great. Enjoy it.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Give me your honest opinion when you're done. Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    Thanks, Harry. This film sounds cool. The trailer kind of surprised me, and I'm glad to read the film isn't rose-colored glasses. And Josh Trank: nice job! For your next film, however, instead of remaking "Fantastic Four" I'd urge you to go original again. Kind of like Neil Blomkamp is doing with his second film. Don't cave to the establishment, please. You'll be much better liked and even revered in the long run.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    In many ways there are Kirby perspectives at play here.

    by Larry Sellers

    Dude, you would NOT be making that comparison if this guy weren't directing Fantastic Four.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    In many ways there are Kirby perspectives at play here.

    by Larry Sellers

    Also, what exactly does that mean??

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    H to the Izz-O.. V to the Izz-A

    by CT1

    boot out Nordling? but he's like the new Muldoon

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    NOTICE TO ALL readers

    by aabiohazard1972

    I have been coming to Harry's site for a LONG time; I have seen the multitudes of haters gripeing and bitching over his writting style or how he 'like/loves' a movie.....Has everyone forgotten Movies are supposed to be FUN? perhaps like myself, Harry can for the most part find enjoyment in MOST movies that he decides to spend time watching?? and I know I am about to use an example that a good portion of the hater/wanna-be critics that trash Harry all the time will not really get. its kind of like having sex, long as its willing done, you are bound to enjoy most things about it...... now let loose the self involved intellectuals to rant about my uneducation or whatever catches their fancy today about how dare I defend guys are supposed to be fans for crying out loud.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Gonna make me motion sick?

    by FrodoFraggins

    Both Balir Witch and Cloverfield made my stomach upset. I don't want to sit through another movie feeling slightly nauseous.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Willing to give it a chance

    by SeVen Higgins

    Besides the black guy was the kid in The Wire who Stringer Bell had killed by his own friends.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this

    by Tim

    Looks damn cool

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    How did Josh Trank get started?

    by D.Vader

    Born in LA... Wrote and directed for Spike TV's first original television program at the age of 22. So the question is: Who does he know or who is he related to to get such incredible connections? Yeah I'm insanely jealous.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    The ending to Trollhunter sucked

    by D.Vader

    Rest of the movie was good, but the end was terrible. It was as if the crew had literally shot the film in sequence and ran out of money there at the end.

  • What? And I'm drinking PBR and it makes no sense.

  • People want to come here to read cool news, they want to come here to read good reviews and discuss movies with good people. And when Harry shits on his own review, its like saying to us "I don't care enough about this site or about myself to even attempt at doing a good job writing this review." He's basically telling us he doesn't care, which bothers some people bc they DO care. And then it becomes embarrassing to say "yeah, I go to AICN everyday, I read stories that look like they were written by a 12 year old." If Harry can't respect himself or his writing or his fans and readers, why should they respect him?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by Alex Moore

    Tetsuo was the telepath, not Kenada

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by Roger Moon

    It's clear a lot of heart and effort went into summarizing the ongoing Knowles/aicn situation - very detailed and current, B. Someone unfamiliar with all this stuff could read this and come away with a clear picture. The whole "GLS syndrome" is clever and totally apt. Liked how you offered a solution and not just a litany of complaints, although they were there too, legion, unchanged, like so much stuff at aicn. Yep, let's hear ideas, solutions. An editor-in-chief, maybe Quint? Who knows, but you've struck a vein. The only part I didn't care for was when you described your reactions with love and hate in the final paragraph, seemed like you'd already made your point(s) just fine.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    That Dane guy does look like a better Anakin...

    by Mephisto the Great

    He has that evil eyes thing going on. We've redone Spider Man within a decade...why not the SW prequels? Lucas says he's not interested in doing more SW anyway, so why not sell the rights to me? I'll hire that kid, and film the remakes myself. Time to walk the talk. ;)

  • Fact. (cause I said header)

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Bacon, many thanks. Appreciate that you took the time to read it as well as the time to type up some feedback. Vader, EXACTLY. Would we be saying this shit if we didn't care? Plus....I'm sorry, but if you put something on the internet and open up a forum for reply, the whole "Why are you guys complaining, you don't have to read it!" argument is null and void.

  • The write-up is FUCKING UNREADABLE. Granted I can search it up on another site, but we come to the TB's for the "cool news." But when it's "cool illiterate news," then ya always gotta say wtf? At least have someone sit at the computer to type it for him while Harry dictates the review; however it would probably take 3X the amount of time as any literate person would have to constantly stop and correct him at every single sentence spoken.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    I just don't buy that someone would keep holding the camera and recording

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    I have an even harder time buying they'd devote a portion of their telekenetic power to operating a camcorder. I'll just keep happily waiting until the geeksplosion that is going to be the summer movie season.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the link to the blog, choppah

    by CrusherJen

    It's a good article. Gotta love a writer who describes Star Wars I-III as "something the fandom commonly refers to as _Those Fucking Prequels_..."

  • The guy holding the camera would realistically drop the fucking camera after encountering the blair godzilla moon demon. And I haven't seen this movie yet but why is it that every character in these found footage movies are assholes? Is it because usually they all end with the people being dead so they just figure, fuck it?

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Very much appreciate the compliments. I'm actually writing a piece now about a conversation my friends and I recently had. We changed a single plot point of Episode I and believe that, had that plot point been changed, the effects of it could have made the prequels much better movies.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    That was a terrible sentence and I want it to go away.

    by BlaGyver

  • I just didn't buy Inception's take on the subconscious. It didn't ring true for me at all. Anyway, Harry needs to get an editor. Hell, get an intern from the college. I get that AICN isn't the New Yorker. Even so, the reader should have some idea what you're talking about and should not have to stumble over mangled syntax every other sentence. "Like, fuck up Yoda and shit" is the best-composed sentence in the whole review.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    blagyver: great blog - and spot on.

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Thanks Chop, for pointing the way. As usual. * Chop-lings bow *

  • Let Avengers, Superman, the new Spidey, Thor 3, etc., etc., play themselves out. FF shouldn't be just another comic who-cares film, as the first two horrible films were. It should be special, and epic, and you have the characters, villains, and storylines both small and cosmic to take the films anywhere you could want. That should either really be the focus of a studio, without so much other clutter around it, or it should be left alone until it can be more of an event.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    * Sorry, meant Thor 2.

    by kevred

    Thor 3 might be wishful thinking.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    I remember the last time I believed a review like this from Harry

    by Autodidact

    It was for EAGLE EYE. I dragged a friend out to see that movie based on Harry's review. I'm still embarassed.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, John Landis, who dropped a helicopter...

    by FeralAngel

    ...onto Vic Morrow and two little kids. While filming the Twilight Zone movie. THAT John Landis. The dick.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    This is like PUSH or JUMPER

    by Roger Moon

    we're getting a bunch of poor man's Marvel movies, concepts rehashed and recast with 90210 teenager types.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Another great found footage movie

    by Peter Lemonjello

    This is a no budget found footage thriller VICTIMS- check it out Gritty and realistic...

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Stop reading the website

    by Jon Forbing

    Stop reading the website. Stop reading the website. Stop reading the website. I just don't get it! Why would you read a website you hate, run by a guy you hate, every day just to comment on how much you hate it? That's like eating your least-favorite food for every meal just so you can complain about it. I DON'T FUCKING GET IT.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Again, we don't hate the website. We love the website and we love Harry. We just wish that he'd get his shit back together. He used to be an extremely entertaining writer and that has changed recently. We complain because we want him to get back into the swing of things, and sometimes tough love is necessary.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    yea because a movie like this make you read to do FF?

    by chien_sale

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    So, this review was bought by FOX?

    by Lewis

    Then, these ones must've been bought too...

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    OF COURSE Harry likes this. NO, it's not a Fox plant.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Acting surprised that Harry liked this is like being surprised if you found out that Harry liked ZAPPED. Harry was a comic book nerd as a kid and almost certainly spent an inordinate amount of time (as I did) daydreaming about how he'd use superpowers if he got them. Sometimes the daydream is ZAPPED. And sometimes it darkens a little and it's CHRONICLE. Always remember, Harry is not a film connoisseur or anything. He drops a lot of film names, but at the end of the day he's a kid at home on a Saturday watching bad man-in-suit movies and SOYLENT GREEN and thinking how fucking cool they are. That kid watches CHRONICLE and likes it. And you know what? It looks good to me, too.

  • Jan. 27, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    OK I read more comments and I understand a bit better.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Some of you are angry because you say the movie looks like 'douchebags with powers' and you can't understand why anyone would like that. Are you nuts? That's exactly what looks GOOD about this. Douchebags get powers. Not fucking Peter Parker, who is half a douchebag for one scene and then is a wisecracking standup superhero forevermore. Douchebags. Outright douchebags. And you know what? If I had powers, I would be a huge douchebag. I would flip tailgaters into fucking lakes. Absolutely. And I'd end up fighting the police. No doubt in my mind. This is maybe the only realistic superpowers movie I've ever even seen conceived.

  • Jan. 28, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Cinematically, there was always a limited of grandeur

    by ReportAbuse

    Because of human hands moving camera, creating cinematically a FILM. ... You know? Yet .... something to be in awe of. That said, the cinema of this film EXPLODES with a camera eye, as if every panel had a person. And it was pieces. And the pieces sort of fitted, together, sort of. And things happen, like ... you don't want to know! In many ways, Kirby, perspectives ... That I like a lot. So when Brian Cox called, I giggled a little. Tee-hee. But I need a nap ... going to the awesome Alamo Drafthouse to snooze thru a showing of Inception! Click on the Amazon links!

  • Jan. 28, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by Isaac R.

    Take a close at this example - *No. He has learned to duck his head and try to survive. Being the weakest amongst us. But his cousin and the star athlete student at school. * Don't like to jump on anyone's bandwagon but yeah, dude could use an editor.

  • Jan. 28, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Fathergeek should...

    by Caerdwyn

    Fathergeek should teach his son how to write sentences. You know, proper grammatical structure? I was writing more coherently in 1st grade, man. This is brutal.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    The premise sounds interesting, BUT....

    by Orbots Commander

    ....I'm never paying movie theater ticket prices to see another movie in the 'found footage' genre again. Ever. I'll likely wait until it hits Redbox.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    correcting someone's grammer and spelling is...

    by SaunDann

    far more offensive then the error or errors itself. What kind of site do you want? Aint It Cool news is a professional site in a sense but at the same time it has this underground sensibility to it. If you want mainstream "Official" movie news then there are lots of places to find that. Aint It Cool News is a hybrid... Fan site and "real" news source in one. I don't come here for grammar and spelling. Give our husky ginger haired friend a break!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I also agree that....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...Harry needs to peruse a copy of Strunk & White's excellent little primer, desperately.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    What you're saying makes little sense. Writing well has little do with being 'underground' or 'a pro site'; what it does do is make you a better communicator to your audience. One who makes a living from his writing can always learn to improve. The main culprit that I see is that Harry, as he admitted, is not much of a reader. In order to write well, you need to read widely, including the classics.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    orbots commander

    by SaunDann

    This is why it makes sense.. I don't expect Harry to write well because essentially Harry has a fan site that happens to have gained legitimacy and a large fan base. The minimalistic design, the spelling mistakes, and the over the top talkbackers add to the charm that I don't see anywhere else. To be fair, when I look at,, etc.... they often have spelling, grammatical and factual mistakes in them as well and their readers often take them to task and claim that it's bush league. Spelling and grammatical errors are a fact of life in the fast paced world of publishing/reporting on the web. I can live with it, especially on this site.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    and frankly orbots commander...

    by SaunDann

    when you complain about someone's lack of grammer, spelling and claim that they haven't read the classics it makes you seem like a snob. Next time you're in mixed company, correct people's grammer and question them on their scholarship of "the classics" and see how much they enjoy your company.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST


    by Frank

    The whole purpose of reading reviews is to potentially spark people's interest in paying for a ticket tot go see them. ESPECIALLY is Harry is getting a FREE screening. So, imagine if Harry reviewed Casablanca, Goodfellas, From Here to Eternity, Citizen Kane or most importantly, the 1986 Transformers animated movie. How would you feel about going into see those films (if you even decided to after a Harry review) after reading an illegible review about anyone of them? I was generally interested in seeing Chronicle and have been talking on this site for over 10 years. I think most of us on here are disappointed and frustrated in the lack of incompetence and shell of a site of what it used to be back in the day. So when I click on a review, I guess I am used to reading a competent review. So fuck that. The dude runs a site where he makes $ off it; he should learn to fuckin' write a sentence.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    Oh, *I'm* a snob, when I complain about bad writing......on a site that sells its writing (about movies) for a living? WTF? I suppose you also like writing illegible news articles and feature pieces.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Let us not forget...

    by innominatus

    ...this is the same f-tard who said "Meesa loved him!" -- three words which officially disqualify you from ever having an opinion about ANYTHING, EVER again...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    "Lack of incompetence"?!?

    by innominatus

    I beg to differ -- if there's one thing Harry's never been short on, it's incompetence...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    So is it better than Zapped!

    by thelordofhell

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    That was definitely difficult to read.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    I'll read other sites and see if they are finger-banging it like Harry seems to sort of say in his review.... like a UFO, like, I saw something but didn't know what it was..... LIKE.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Canned & Banned

    by phifty2

    My two favorite tb'ers. Keep up the good fight brothers.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    and canned

    by phifty2

    It is gone. Interesting.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Wow, it is gone.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    I tell ya what tho; anyone who posts on this TB better use spellcheck, lol.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Screening post

    by thFOOL

    He always pulls the screening post after the slots have been filled.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    articles like this confirm that Harry is 100% Whiskey Tango

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    2nd look at CHRONICLE

    by fathergeek

    Last night I viewed the "CHRONICLE" (the movie, not Austin's weekly) for the 2nd time in a theater. 1st was private with just 3 of us. This was in packed house with the director & a long Q & A, among those I spotted attending were Robert Rodriguez & Austin Chronicle editor Louis Black. The film held up great for me, annnd crowd response was high. Everyone loved it. A massive group of filmgoers hung out outside talking enthusiastically about it for well over an hour...

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I'm saving this node, and here's why......

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Cause after watching this I'm coming back.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Save the node because the film's at 85% on RT

    by FluffyUnbound

    And all these bitches who are all like, 'Wah! Harry lies! Wah! I'm never seeing a found footage again! Wah!' are going to look pretty dumb if the movie's really good. I still can't see how you can see the trailers and not think there's at least a CHANCE the movie is good.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I'll save it too, fuckface

    by Frank

    But Harry has let us all down before with his retarded reviews. Read the thread and see I'm not the only one who feels this way, dickbag.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Really dug this one...

    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    I wasn't too jazzed up for this movie. The trailer was cool but didn't really jump out at me, but Harry's right, this is a hell of a debut for Trank. The found footage produces a lot of interesting shots, but may have been better if used part-time a la District 9. Overally, great flick, the POV shots of them flying are not to be missed. P.S. Vince fuckin' Howard!!!

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Um just saw it...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Really bad. Do not understand the hype. Matt's character... Empty and pointless. Graphics were fucking terrible. I mean the jugging bits were so fake I was stunned... I mean that shit is easy. The nuked the fridge or jumped the shark which ever you want to say with the found footage shit here. Pathetic frankly... SPOILER!!! At one point Andrew just randomly has peoples cell phones spin around him just so they can keep up with it. END SPOILERS Really bad. Like a student film with a big budget.

  • Nothing is more pathetic than "geeks" in their late-30s hopped up on energy drinks stuttering on and on about which magic power they would love to have.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST



    Thought it was alright. Think I'm totally done with all these found footage films now. Troll Hunter was alright but then it's being made by a Documentarion. This is just some whiney kid I did not give a fuck about and that's a problem for me, I didn't really like the Character and wanted him dead. I also hate how all these films have to get on with it so the main character has to go completely insane really quickly. I mean given that he has these powers, befriends the coolest kid in school and enjoys popularity at levels he's never come close to, why does he go on the kill crazy ramage he does? Cos he pukes on some bird whilst receiving a blowy, we've all done that and it's funny as fuck. In all fairness he's never had it so good! And why, given his power, does he not rob a bank or fly to the drug company and nick all the drugs his mum will ever need? That's all I came out of the Cinema thinking. I was also annoyed with how strict they were throughout the movie with the filming on the cameras but during the fight at the end just reverted back to a normally filmed action film. I haven't thought about this movie much at all since seeing it as The Grey which I saw the night before really blew me away and I've spent alot more time mulling over that classic instead.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    This ginger never heard, with great traffic comes great penmanship.

    by Immortal_Fish

    But his pwesents and the famous director.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    A lack of soundtrack hurts it

    by The_Warrior_Poet

    I like movies that play with my emotions. In the Matrix, when Neo is resurrected and stops the bullets with his mind, that scene is greatly enhanced by the score. This movie has no soundtrack. You hear a song on the radio or at a party, but that's it. It's the "found footage" POV nature of it. The next movie needs to be filmed sans found footage gimmick JUST SO IT CAN HAVE A SOUNDTRACK! Get Michael Giaccino on the case. Beyond that, I liked some of the decisions they made in this film quite a bit. They weren't afraid to show flight; something that Smallville was terrified of for 10 straight years. Overall, kickass movie for it's modest $19 million dollar budget. But if you stack it up against your average $75-$100 million dollar tentpole, it feels small. We want the sequel given the full studio treatment

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Where did the ;ighting come from from?

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    "Oh shit he's a ninja." He didnt do a fuckin thing.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    dont call the cops or anythin

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    whats your dad do? He beat your ass in one small scene

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    so far

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    So far, this is sucking. AICN got PAID

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Dicks with superpowers. "Yes it was the black guy this time."

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    This is fucking horrible.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by ToughGuyRizzo

    An then the make a rule number 3 after saying rule number 2 is "it."

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    So now cause one guy can fly, the rest can. yeah.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    wow. this is crap

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    oh. magic.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST

    this a reality superhero movie done in the worst possible way.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    A low budget Covenant.

  • I dunno man, my nose was bleeding and I found you.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    its cool to film a funeral

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2 a.m. CST

    holy gayness

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Motherfucker. They really threw BOWIE in there. Are U fucking kidding?

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    play by play: this is really some stupid shit.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I saved this node. And here's why:

    by ToughGuyRizzo


  • Feb. 6, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Thank you Stoli's (and Eli)

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I am reading that Chronicle is a shameless ripoff of Akira

    by KilliK

    is this true?

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Rizzo you douche

    by FluffyUnbound

    I could personally watch Harry take a cash payoff from a studio and I'd still trust his word more than your bullshit. So you stomp around here about how you're saving the node so you can come back, and I'm supposed to think you went into the film with an open mind? Yeah, right. Absolutely. That's exactly what you did. And if you fucking used your phone to comment on this site while actually sitting in the theatre, in addition to being a douche you fucking deserve death. Anyone who uses their phone in a movie theatre should be fucking tortured to death. In fact, if I get telekinesis that's the first fucking thing I'm doing. Going to a movie, waiting for some asshole to take out their phone, and then I'm going to tear the fucking flesh from their bones with my mind one cubic millimeter at a time for the next fucking week.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Banned, Blag, Canned

    by Jon Forbing

    Wow. Thank you for actually answering me in a mature and thoughtful manner. I'm sure you guys aren't watching this TB any more, but if you are, thank you. I may still not agree with all of your opinions, but at least you guys took the time to explain them to me instead of just taking the easy way out and calling me a faggot or something. I'll tell you what: you guys are obviously passionate about movies, and about the way people write about them, so why don't you guys start up a film review/news site? I'll read it. In fact, I'll even contribute. I wrote a few reviews for a film site here in the Sacramento area a while back, and I like to think I did a pretty good job. Ball's in your court.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Who said I was in the theater? Especially on Super Bowl Sunday?

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Come to Harlem and get me Fluffy. Come on. I triple dog dare you.

  • But come to Harlem. See what happens.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Wow, so now you're angry that you didn't like the movie you stole?

    by FluffyUnbound

    Harry, you fucker! This Chinese food I didn't pay for doesn't taste as good as you said it would! Wow I am pissed at you! I am not going to stand for being disappointed by stuff I got for free!

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Fucking squirrels.

    by FluffyUnbound

  • March 8, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Don't know what crawled up rizzo's ass

    by shran

    but I liked Chronicle. And anybody who has the tag of tough guy is absolutely not tough. And probably not a guy, either. But just to show you I'm fair, I'll fly you to my house and you can prove to me how tough you are. Wow, how fun is it to act all macho on TB. Especially when nobody is looking.

  • April 3, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    All this fuss

    by phathands

    About a movie that isn't that great or terrible. Mediocre at best. The best part is it displays a fairly realistic example of what these powers may be in real life, awkward, unwieldy, and ultimately used for ill gains.