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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 5th wk of Jan 2012: Minghella, Selick, Mulligan, Wilder, Fernando Di Leo, THUNDER SOUL, Refn, Campion, BAY, Trek:TNG and much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… with this week’s DVD & Blu-Ray column. It is a bit late, but that PBS WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY dvd that’s coming out soon, got me completely wrapped up in it last night. Never should’ve put it on after MANHATTAN, I was powerless to look away. Anyway, this week’s column has some crazy good stuff on it – and some not so good junk as well. I’ll leave it to you to decide, although I certainly express my opinion about the matter. As usual, the pictures and links take you to Amazon where you can learn more on a given title – or just go ahead and order if so moved, which is appreciated as a small portion of the price goes to help keep this column kicking. So thank you so much. And now… here’s the Blu Ray release you’ve all been waiting on, that stars ME! Here ya go…

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012





MONKEYBONE (Blu Ray)

One of the biggest micromanaged clusterfucks in the modern history of Fox was MONKEYBONE. Sam Hamm’s original script was awesome. Kind of the dream Henry Selick project. But then, the studio lost faith in the project, began making massive budget cuts, rushing the release date, which meant losing the massive amount of stop-motion that was originally intended. Even though my wonderfully apt cameo remains, pay attention to the t-shirts I’m wearing for Selick’s opinion of me. Giggle. But, it is on Blu. This could have been one of the great weird films of all time. You still see hints of it. You can see some of the shape of it. But it was kneecapped from being what it was intended to be. I have a terribly hard time watching it, because having read Sam’s original script… talking with him and Henry about what they wanted to do… it’s a travesty. I find it interesting that Fox granted the license of this over to Anchor Bay… but then, they don’t even realize that the film, while I personally loathe it, has developed a following of faithful that consider the film borderline brilliant. I can’t see that, but it does make me smile.




TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Blu-Ray Book)

As great a film as has been made. Robert Mulligan’s treatment of of this brilliant novel is one of the great Adaptations in cinema history. Cast beyond perfectly. As great as Gregory Peck is as Atticus Finch, as great as Duvall is, as great as Brock Peters is… it’s those 3 kids that just absolutely make the movie. Watching them in this the other day, they’re just perfect. I didn’t grow up in the era of this film. But I’ve seen this movie so often over the course of my life, that I can actually be nostalgic for everything in it. Everytime Mary Badham is dressed in the Ham costume, I smile and get nervous because I know what is coming. The voice over ? Wow. Then there is in fact a super-genius performance from Gregory Peck who just represents the embodiment of a GOOD FATHER. I feel lucky that I have a father that I’ve hero worshipped like I have Atticus. The Blu-Ray is beautiful. The film looks amazing. The extras are legion. Filled to the brim with everything from tributes to Gregory Peck to the book, to well… just about anything and everything you could want to know about TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. They did a fantastic job on this Blu-Ray. I put it right next to my CITIZEN KANE on my shelf of such awesomery. Ya know… PERFECT FILMS.




THUNDER SOUL

This is one of those films that played like gangbusters at SXSW when it debuted. I was there. This is about a high school band, approximately a 1000 times cooler than any High School Band that you were ever a part of. I loved band. Yes, I’m a Band Geek… Tenor Saxophone and Trombone. I played in our High School Jazz Band – and I liked to delude myself into thinking we were pretty cool. Most Band geeks like to think that way. But then you see something like this – and you realize… HOLY SHIT! THAT IS TALENT! THAT IS JUST AMAZING! If you have a fetish for eras of crazy hair and crazy clothing. If you love to see what those people look like today – and watch something that will do to you, what happened to the Grinch’s Heart at the end of Seuss’ tale…. Well that’s the sort of emotion this film has. It makes you believe that this world we live in. IT ain’t all bad. In fact, there are things going on out there that is enough to douse the cynicism that some of us wear like Kevlar. THUNDER SOUL is not only a heart warming tale of a Band that comes back together to show their aging band director what he meant to them…. But musically, the FUNK… oh man, they bring the Funk in a manner that is just… SO AWESOME. SO SO SOOOOO AWESOME. I wish this was on Blu-Ray so you could get the lossless sound, but hopefully if this sells well, we’ll get that some day. I want it. But this will do till then.




DRIVE (Blu-Ray)

For all of you that had not yet discovered the genius of Nicolas Winding Refn, welcome aboard. There does seem to be a bit of a backlash settling in on this film. The Academy thumbed their noses at it. That lady sued it. It didn’t quite crack nearly enough Top 10 lists for those that worship the film… and you see, that’s the kind of film it is. For those that dig it, DRIVE is the film of the year. Classic Noir-esque fun. The type of film that Steve McQueen did so well. If you love this. I beg you to check out Refn’s BRONSON with Tom Hardy. That film is just incredible – and like DRIVE, BRONSON was also ignored by the Academy – and was just about better than anything that came out against it. More than anything though… I see this as yet another example of a great film by a great international director that stars Ron Perlman. Albert Brooks is just incredible in this. Bryan Cranston is also amazing. The BluRay has some fun extras on it – and if you love it – Blu is the way to go. The music and the visuals… must be perfect.




NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS (Blu Ray)

This is a really nasty mean film from 1975 – about a pair of girls taking a train back home to join their parents for Christmas… but the predatory evil targets them upon the train. What happens is tough to take. There is rape. There is murder. And it is all done to be ugly and not sensualized. This film is brutal – and the turn at the end is kind of spectacular. Aldo Lado did a helluva job on this – and Blue Underground did an amazing transfer on the film – which should probably have never looked this good. If NORTH BY NORTHWEST makes you want to take a train trip, this is the cure.




TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (Blu-ray 3D, Blu, DVD, ETC)

This is the second dip on this title. If you remember, when TRANSFORMERS 3 hit Blu Ray, I warned you that this would happen. That was a bare-bones transfer to Blu. Preying upon the pocketbooks of parents that had children that just couldn’t wait. But if you did, this is the version you should get, if you care to own this film at all. To me, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON was the best of the trilogy. By far. The spectacle is just kind of amazing, especially in 3D. Chicago… wow. Shia’s new hottie? She looks real good on screen… in 3D, she just doesn’t have a lot to do other than look blisteringly hot. As for the rest… Dude… SPOCK is a killer science geek evil robot and I love that! Here, on this full to the gills Blu Ray – you’ll see how Bay planned and shot the CHICAGO sequence. You’ll see PreVis wizard Steve Yamamoto chatting you through the Pre-Vis with Bay and it is amazing to see how it all came together. Also, the “Birdmen Featurette” is just I LIKE! I wish I could do that. It just looks so amazing. TONS OF EXTRAS. The 3rd BluRay disc is nothing but Extras. This is the disc fans have waited for.




TRANSFORMERS Limited Edition Collector’s Trilogy (7 Disc Blu/DVD Boxed Set – all 3 films)

SO you loved the TRANSFORMERS trilogy… I’m shocked. I can’t go there with ya. I like some of the first film, some of the second – and mostly like the 3rd, but shelling out $89.99 for this 7 Disc set is just not in the cards for me. I just don’t love the series that much – and the box set is kind of funky looking to me. Sure, it’s an origami fold out, but I just have no desire to own this thing. You?




STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – Next Level (Blu-Ray)

Personally… I love STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Watched religiously every single episode. But if this hadn’t been sent to me free, I wouldn’t have bought this. Why? Sure – it has 3 great episodes, the pilot, ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT, SINS OF THE FATHER and THE INNER LIGHT. I love that the show is getting 1080p treatment, but… Just issue the seasons on Blu Ray already. Watching these only do one thing… make you salivate for the rest. I mean, we don’t even get a Borg episode. Sure, this is an appetizer, but when you know you’re ready for the main course, fuck the appetizer, right? If you can’t wait – go ahead, Amazon has it for $15. But that’s just taking advantage. Give me the whole shebang!




THE THING (Blu-Ray) (The Terrible Prequel Turd Bomb)

I now totally understand what happened on this film. Watching the making of – you see how everyone involved with this film were huge fans of John Carpenter’s original brilliant film. But when they’re talking about making the film, Director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr says that this is a Ghost Story – because all these people will be dead. He directed them to feel doomed, that’s why none of these characters are alive. As for the CG, yeah – it blows, but what Matthijs did to the characters, that’s the real crime. That they watched the first film and essentially performed CSI techniques to reverse engineer what they thought OBVIOUSLY happened… well that’s why this blows ass so much. They were so in awe of the original film, that they never allowed their film to have a life of its own. Can you imagine if Joe Carnahan had directed this? Just watch THE GREY again.




SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Blu Ray)

I am an unapologetic lover of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE… mainly because I couldn’t stand the epilogue of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. This is a wonderful love story fantasy. I love Gwyneth Paltrow in this. Joseph Fiennes is just kind of awesome in the film. Rush is just spectacular as always. Judi Dench is… well Judi Dench. The writing is just wonderful, but then Stoppard is known for that sort of thing. The Blu Ray looks fantastic. You get one commentary with Director John Madden, another with Cast & crew. About 11 minutes of deleted scenes. A costume featurette and a nearly 22 minute long piece that’s quite diverting. If you love the film, this is a very well done Blu Ray.




DREAM HOUSE (Blu Ray)

Ok – this is one of those films, where the tale is being told from the perspective of a character whose perspective can not be trusted. When the twist occurs, you could throw up your hands and walk away. Me, I held on. I like Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz… I love Ghost Stories – and I love stories about the insane folks. Put these two tastes together – and you still get a fairly lackluster film, but one that I was genuinely curious to see get wrapped up. It is one of those… “kinda good kinda sucky” movies. Depending upon your own ability to invest and enjoy insanity and the paranormal… your enjoyment will vary. Better writing and directing would have helped. Jim Sheridan is usually better than this. But I was still along for the ride.




COLD MOUNTAIN (Blu Ray)

I don’t quite think COLD MOUNTAIN is a masterpiece spectacular as the box would say. What it is, is a stunning almost masterpiece that just doesn’t quite succeed for me. Anthony Minghella, the man who directed this and THE ENGLISH PATIENT and who was taken from our plane of existence at far too early an age, he was attempting to make EPIC films. With THE ENGLISH PATIENT he succeeded wildly. With COLD MOUNTAIN he created imagery that I will never forget, but there’s just something about the story that just doesn’t quite satisfy my tastes. But I respect the film. Love watching it for the column, but it just feels a bit disconnected to me. Jude Law is my favorite character in the film. Kidman and Zellweger feel a bit false to me. The BLU RAY is stunningly beautiful. The blu has commentary with Minghella and Walter Murch! The hour plus look at the making of COLD MOUNTAIN is absolutely worth a look. I found the deleted scenes compelling. I didn’t dive into the hour and a half “Words & Music of Cold Mountain” yet, figure I’ll give that a shot eventually. There’s also Storyboard comparison pieces. Very nice Blu!




THE ENGLISH PATIENT (Blu Ray)

Now this is Minghella’s masterpiece – along with THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY (which I really really really really love), but THE ENGLISH PATIENT is just a kind of film that we don’t have made anymore. True romantic epic. It is just so great. The cinematography by John Seale and the music by Gabriel Yared must be seen and heard in the best fashion that you can muster. This is just masterful. Ralph Fiennes’s Count Laszlo is just stunning. The make up, the performance, the light that graces him. I love his and Kristin Scott Thomas’ story. But even more, I love Juliette Binoche and Naveen Andrews’ story. I love Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth and Jurgen Prochnow and just everything that happens over the course of the story – and I love that this is the sort of movie that makes you, forces you to become enthralled. To be wrapped up in a masterful story that makes your heart sing and ache. It makes me sad watching this. I don’t know when we’ll get anything of it’s like again. That’s a tragedy. This Blu is absolutely what it needed to be. Not only is the sound and image exactly right, but you get a dedicated Minghella commentary – and a second commentary with Anthony, Saul Zaentz and the author of the novel, Michael Ondaatje. There’s a nearly hour long making of. 20 minutes of deleted scenes with Minghella. Long interviews with Minghella, Zaentz, Ondaatje and Walter Murch. Lots of small featurettes too. Very much worth the dip.




THE PIANO (Blu Ray)

I love THE PIANO. Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill are just fascinating to watch in this incredible film. And then there’s the rather disturbing reality that the 8 year old is played by Anna Paquin, who is currently a oh so hot sexy fangbanger today – and Yeah, I was out of college when this movie hit, which means I’m really fucking old. Thank you Jane Campion. For making me feel old and for making such a sexy and thrilling fairy tale for all us grown ups that love tales just like these. Now – this is a barebones release. No real extras, beyond a trailer… but really, this is a film that is about the performances and the story being told. I don’t necessarily need an indepth look on this title. I just want a great image and sound release and that’s what this release covers.




ADAPTATION (Blu Ray)

I love that Charlie Kaufman is doing a film that is going to make all us internet film critics out to be the lunatics we are… But that’s just because I can’t get enough of Kaufman’s skewed brilliance – and when he works with Spike Jonze, it is particularly wonderful. Here, Nicolas Cage gives a great performance… or two. And Meryl Streep – I would rather see her romancing with Chris Cooper than being a Biopic character in another boring biopic. Here, she’s amazing. IRON LADY, not so much. I’ll never forget the conversations late at night with Moriarty about this film. He just lost it for the flick. Hell, he lost it for the script. Oh man, we have a new Kaufman on the way! Isn’t that just great? I really do wish that this had a ton of extras. I really do. Sadly you get a 2 minutes BTS in a swamp. It is a fun 2 minutes, but more than anything, it makes you thirst for more. Sigh. Great sound and image though. Just a title I would have liked more upon the release.




MALCOLM X (Blu-Book)

Spike Lee nailed this. Such a great film. The good news is that we get a great Blu Ray release. First, it is a Blu Book, which I personally love having a collection of. But more so – in addition to great video and audio transfers… we get 9 Deleted scenes with intros by Spike himself. We also get a 30 minute making of that details the difficulties in bringing this story to the screen. Most of all, you get that performance from Denzel Washington, that is just spectacular. OH – and they throw in a feature length documentary on DVD along with everything else. So they’ve done a really great job. The colors pop, the blacks are deep… just gorgeous. Absolutely worth picking up!




FERNANDO DI LEO Crime Collection BLU-RAY ( CALIBER 9 / THE ITALIAN CONNECTION / RULERS OF THE CITY / THE BOSS )

I have to just give thanks to Quentin Tarantino. Without his QT FESTS – I doubt seriously that this would exist. Prior to those screenings at the original Alamo on San Antonio, Fernando Di Leo seemed to be utterly forgotten. Then Quentin showed a gorgeous print of THE ITALIAN CONNECTION – and the critics in the audience woke up and we all started digging for the rest of Di Leo’s movies. These 4 are his very bests. They’re incredible films. Unlike the mafia movies of the west, that seemed to almost hero worship the mob, Di Leo hated the mob. Saw them for the trash that they were and fucking NAILED THEM. These films made from 1972 to 1976 are simply 4 of the best crime flicks you’re likely to see. They’re tough, brutal and have an edge that’ll draw blood. He doesn’t only make the mob look bad, but reveals their daughters to be the sluts that Fernando saw them as. He trashes their entire way of life, and it is absolutely awesome. NOW in 2012, FERNANDO DI LEO warrants this amazing box set of BLU RAYS that are just an absolute delight. Not only are these the very best transfers that these films have ever seen, but the Blu Rays have Documentaries on Fernando, and each of the films have Docs about them. That’s just amazing. I’ve written an awful lot about Di Leo’s work over the last 14 or so years. If you haven’t caught on to how great these films are yet, this is as sure a time as any to leap aboard. You’ll see films unlike anything you’ve seen. They’re outstanding!




FRIDA (Blu-Ray)

This film is wonderful. One, Salma is just friggin hot as hell in this film. Then you have the amazing production design and look of the film. Then you just have great performances from not only Ms Hayek, but Alfred Molina? Are you kidding me, he’s just spectacular as Diego Rivera! But then there’s great roles by Antonio Banderas, Geoffrey Rush and Edward Norton. This is a good Valentine’s day watch! But if you loved Frida Kahlo’s artwork, this is a great film to accompany whatever artbooks you have. Spectacular! Julie Taymor does a commentary for us. There’s a 40 minute conversation with Salma where she details her passion for the part. There’s a 30 minute Q&A with Taymor at the AFI. 20 minutes with Taymor and Bill Moyers. Oh – and about 10 additional special features too. This is a great release on this title!




THE MILL & THE CROSS (Blu Ray)

If you’ve ever seen Pieter Bruegel’s “WAY TO CALVARY” – his very famous painting… what we have here is the greatest single exploration of a single painting in the entire history of cinema. Here, you dive into the painting – and it comes to life. Rutger Hauer plays Bruegel, and I loved watching him sketch and talk about his themes and why he placed things where he did in the painting. Then you have Michael York as his patron, with Charlotte Rampling as York’s wife – and the production design and stylized look of this film really shows off the OOMPH of your home theater situation. The film pushes you to ruminate upon the details of the painting, letting those characters come to life. Mostly without dialogue, the film lets you discover the era that Bruegel painted. It turns the perspective to give you a dream of a look inside of a masterpiece. I found the film utterly hypnotic – and yet again another example of why we have to have companies like KINO that’ll bring titles like this to us, because we never get the theatrical opportunity to see it. If you love art or Rutger Hauer, I highly recommend this.




GRAND CANYON (Blu Ray)

Anchor Bay releases a barebones release of the great Lawrence Kasdan film that really is so much better than CRASH, that it isn’t funny. BUT… GRAND CANYON, while being loved by most film lovers I know, is getting the short shift, yet again. None of the aspects of this release are where I feel they should be for this title. The image and sound are not as sharp as they could have been – and extras? Forget it. 21 years… it’d have been nice to get the cast back together to talk about the making of the film. Get Kasdan talking about it. Alas, we only have a middling release of this great title.

That’s pretty much it for this week. However, there’s one more title that I feel like I had to include in this column. Last week, I didn’t have THE APARTMENT in the column, mainly because I didn’t get sent a screener for it – and it wasn’t in AMAZON’s listings as coming out. For a bit it looked like only Canada was getting it, but sure enough it did hit, and I did get the disc, two days late. SO – here we go…





THE APARTMENT Blu-Ray

THE APARTMENT is my personal favorite Billy Wilder film. And I love a whole lot of Billy Wilder movies. SOME LIKE IT HOT, SUNSET BOULEVARD, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, SABRINA, THE LOST WEEKEND, ACE IN THE HOLE… no wait, ACE IN THE HOLE is my favorite. Actually, if put to the sword it’d probably be THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS. But THE APARTMENT… after you see it, you can’t help but count it as your favorite. Although STALAG 17 is really great too. But THE APARTMENT… it’s just something so wonderfully devastating and real and honest and poignant… and I just, Jack Lemmon is so amazing here. Fred MacMurray – such a douche. Just amazing. And Ray Walston is also great. But this film is about Jack Lemmon and his apartment which he lets his higher ups use as a hump shack for their mistresses so he can climb the corporate ladder… it is just, suddenly, well – let’s just say there are complications that he doesn’t expect – and it is brilliant. Like everything else that Billy Wilder does. He made films that rang true. That had soul to them. Watching this and his other films make you feel like the world has devolved in a way. As if we didn’t learn from the lessons he was teaching us with his films. THE APARTMENT is amazing. The Blu Ray has a Film Historian Commentary. There’s a half hour look into the making of the film. Jack Lemmon’s Son discusses his father’s life and career quite eloquently. Over all – this is a great film that is only missing a 30 minute conversation with Steven Spielberg about his love for this film, from being perfect.

And officially, that is all for this week. Next week, we have our first releases of February which starts with two of Yoko’s obsessions… Season 2 of DOWNTON ABBEY and BREAKING DAWN Part 1, then there’s LADY AND THE TRAMP on Blu, A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS Blu, ANONYMOUS Blu, PROJECT NIM, DANGEROUS LIAISONS Blu, CASINO ROYALE (1967) Blu, IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD Blu, A STAR IS BORN Blu, LA JETEE / SANS SOLEIL Criterion Blu, LOVE STORY Blu, A FISH CALLED WANDA Blu, COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, DEADLY SPAWN Blu, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN Blu, KNUCKLE, DREAMGIRLS Blu, YAKUZA WEAPON Blu, QT’s CSI “GRAVE DANGER” BLU,

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  • Jan. 31, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Grand Canyon is a near masterpiece for me.

    by Randy

    A truly underrated film.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    The Big Year...

    by cinemixtape.com

    ...is also out today. Not a great film, but I enjoyed it when I saw it in theaters. The cast does good work and it's definitely more of a "sweet" movie than the awkward goofball comedy the trailers sold it as. Lots of great on-location shooting, as well. I hope people give it a chance.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    The StarTrek TNG Blu Ray Sampler is a begining

    by magnetoelectric

    Apparently , we're going to get two full seasons released this year, and another two every subsequent year. Hopefully in a year or two we'll be talking about DS9 on Blu :D

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    DRIVE

    by dylanisis

    So Harry, did you finally watch the REAL version of Drive instead of reviewing the workprint?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    never saw the end of cold mountain

    by mick vance

    started watching it with a girl who broke my heart. she fell asleep on the couch, and i walked out of her life forever...

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I can't remember who wrote the music for Drive...

    by loafroaster

    Could you help me Harry?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    The Lost Weekend is my fave Wilder.

    by john

    I watch that shit like people listen to music.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    loafroaster

    by dylanisis

    Was it Brian Cox?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Di Leo films

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    Bonus that all 4 in this re-issue are on streaming right now.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    What's so "Noir" about Drive?

    by sunwukong86

    I've heard this a couple times and I dont get it.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Who considers Monkeybone borderline brilliant?

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    I'm not trying to be a wise-ass, just curious if anyone will fess up to that statement. I realize everyone has different tastes, but let's be rational.

  • -Monty Cristo

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Harry had to throw a giggle in there

    by Nerd Rage

    He had to.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Just bought Drive on blu-ray, kiss my genitals

    by JackSlater4

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    RE: Mad Men/The Apartment

    by mr.underwater

    In the show, Joan (the secretary with the big cans) decides to stop fucking her boss after seeing The Apartment. So that's where you're probably making the connection.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    The English Patient was a laborious movie to watch.

    by vorlonkosh

    I don't get the gushing over it. Would rather watch Phantom Menace. At least its shorter.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Also, the “Birdmen Featurette” is just I LIKE!

    by JackSlater4

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Harry has chosen The Grey over Drive and here's why

    by Mattman

    The makers of Drive didn't approach him. Maybe they could have won him over if they had.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    The Apartment cover

    by fullrotor

    That cover for The Apartment is the most egregious Photoshop crime of the last few years. It was used on the most recent DVD release too. Just awful. Someone took Shirley Maclaine's body and right arm from the last scene on the couch where she's handing Lemmon a card, erased the card, duplicated and flipped the arm to use for her left, pasted a different head in, added a skirt below the movie title, and then slapped Jack and Fred next to her, with a mysterious glowing white door in the background. WTF? There must have been plenty of promo materials and existing movie posters to work from. Ridiculous. (Look at the DVD cover from a few versions ago online if you want to see the photo this came from.)

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Guess I'll give Drive a 4th try.

    by Flip63Hole

    Still haven't made it through the whole thing... I'm starting to wonder if Ryan Gosling can actually act. Seemed like he was retarded or something. And I don't get why Carrie Mulligan still gets roles. It's as if there's an empty space on the screen wherever she is... As far as "The Thing" goes. I'd say it's MUCH, MUCH, MUCH worse than Harry says. There was no reason it should have been made. And man, really a reminder how well Carpenter can cast a movie. Was the cast in this new one CGI, too? It seemed like it. Could not believe the tacked on "origin" stuff during the credits. Total shitting on my childhood...

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by jsfithaca

    grey>drive. maybe thats why. though drive is pretty damn good

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    jsfithaca, Drive is far superior to The Grey

    by Mattman

    Every decision Neeson makes goes against logic. Not to mention the superpowered CG "maneaters" and dumb action scenes, like blindly leaping off a cliff.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Italian Connection and Drive

    by chad kuhns

    Two visceral, engrossing movies that would make a perfect combination for any movie night. In a way, Fernando Di Leo and Nicolas Winding Refn feel very much akin as directors, simply plying the same outlook at crime in different eras. Thinking about it now, how cool would it be to see Alfred Molina and Albert Brooks in a movie together reconnecting the intensity from the respective movies...I'd be there.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    If Joe Carnahan directed The Thing prequel

    by Mattman

    A pack of wolves would have shown up and killed The Thing.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    The Drive/The Grey comparisons

    by chad kuhns

    Why even try to draw parallels between the two movies? Both are fantastic films, and both deserve to be recognized on the merit of the individual stories they tell. Rather than compare and debate which is better, why not simply celebrate the awesomeness that is both. We already know Liam Neeson makes for a serious badass, and now we know Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks can be too. Enjoy them for what they are and hope that filmmakers take notice at the things that made both work in their own individual ways.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    evildeeds, because Harry put The Grey on his best of 2011 list

    by Mattman

    and not Drive, which actually came out in 2011.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Just back from The Grey.

    by john

    That shit will haunt me. Drive was class too, but not enough violence for me. I'm desensitized.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    DAMN YOU MICHAEL BAY

    by Damnyou

    DAMN YOU MICHAEL BAY

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    The Thing.

    by Yelsaeb

    Bravo, Harry. You summed all its flaws up perfectly. I really wish I hadn't seen that movie because now John Carpenter's version has a bad after taste.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    2-Headed Shark Attack

    by thelordofhell

    Featuring the thespian antics of Carmen Electra and Brooke Hogan

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    _Drive_

    by William Munny

    _Drive_ would have been a lot better had that given Ryan Gosling some dialog. In the movie we learn absolutely nothing about his character - except that he can be badass when he needs to be. Good action - but they really need to develop his character more.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Harry, I'm done approaching this intelligently.

    by BlaGyver

    I've been trying to approach this politely and intelligently for far too long. Fucking stop. Just fucking stop. This is depressing. Between the sentence fragments, grammatical errors, bought opinions, and GOD FUCKING DAMMIT. STOP TYPING GIGGLE. IT IS ABSOLUTELY SPINE-CHILLING TO SEE YOU TYPE IT.....I really just cannot stand this column, or anything you write, anymore.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    choppah, I have to agree.

    by film11

    I also preferred HDDVD to BD. Best authentication at the time is that, while many HDDVDs looked better than the BDs (THE THING, for example), and even more looked the same as the BDs...there was never a BD that looked better than an equal HDDVD. Plus, HDDVD players upconverted standard DVDs better than the BD players of the time (and even many of today's). Still have my player and discs and have never felt the need to trade in an HDD disc for a BD. And even after a few years, BD still gets "buggy" occasionally. A shame that Warners caved in to Sony's cash. But then, Warners has always been anti-consumer. (56-day moratorium on disc rentals anyone?)

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    HD DVD...

    by HEADGEEK

    Actually, I bought my HD DVD player at Best Buy, along with I believe it was about 10 discs, came home, wrote that article... THEN the HD DVD makers started sending me discs. Same for when I bought my first Blu Ray player - something that was incredibly buggy and problematic. In fact I went through 5 Blu Ray players before finally giving in and doing the PS3 route, which I've never had a problem with. BUT - the HD DVD discs were always less buggy. However, This PS3 has been running solid for 2 years and still loads things faster than any of the stand alone Blu Ray players I had. The only Hardware that I was ever given was when they gave everyone at BNAT a HD DVD player, a month before their format died completely.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    The colors pop, the blacks are deep

    by Dave

    This is so amazing. He mentions the quality of the transfers for other releases, but only uses this language for Malcolm X. Hilarious Another note - where did this HD-DVD discussion originate from?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Fuck SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

    by Mugato5150

    People think they're deep because they get all the supposedly in-jokes with Shakespeare but it really didn't deserve an Oscar. But then there are a lot of Best Picture films that didn't deserve it.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Fuck SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

    by JackSlater4

    That creepy bastard ruined the otherwise OK Camelot.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    jackslater4

    by phifty2

    Bastard. Pre-ordered Drive a month ago and I get an email today it just shipped. They should have shipped that shit so it arrived TODAY!

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    -- "From the producers of DAWN OF THE DEAD"

    by MooseMalloy

    Give me a frickin' break! Yeah, nothing existed before you came along.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Watching Shoot to Kill! AKA - Deadly Pursuit in UK.

    by john

    This has nothing to do with the DVD column, it's just that I'm alone, a wee bit drunk, and wanted to share with my fellow AIC Talkbackers. Clancy Brown is the balls in this movie.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    phifty2 from who amazon?

    by JackSlater4

    Because the only time I got a pre-order release day and date from them was the Star Wars blu ray, which may be the only time I ever pre-ordered and maybe only happened because it was Star Wars.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    CoolHandJuke

    by SebastianHaff

    Spooky, I had virtually the exact same experience. <br><p> Except I was dumb enough to go back to her later. <br><p> She was a cunt.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by I am_NOTREAL

    While is it still necessary to decry the epilogue of Saving Private Ryan (or anything about it) to justify liking Shakespeare in Love? The two films could not be any more different. Just because they were both nominated for Best Picture and one won, it doesn't seem necessary to continue comparing them 12 years later. You don't have to justify liking Rocky because you disliked something about Taxi Driver, right? You either like the film on its own merits or you don't. Personally, I didn't care for Shakespeare in Love, it was terribly overrated fluff, but I don't think about it in terms of Saving Private Ryan. Admittedly, the epilogue (really, the whole framing story) of Ryan was ass, mostly because it was so shamelessly misleading (old Ryan's eyes turn into Miller's on the Higgins Boat why??? Because Spielberg the button pusher wanted you to think Tom Hanks lived, that's why). But Shakespeare In Love neither rises nor falls in my estimation because of that; that movie is what it is. That particular tidbit from the mind of Harry just made no sense to me.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    The Thing

    by BugDOC

    I bought it for my son because he loved it in the theater. One of only four we paid to see this year. It didn't lessen my deep love of the original at all. In fact, it made me realize what a true masterpiece it was and how great the cast performed. While I agree th prequel was poorly done, I appreciate that my son liked it and can watch 4 hours of the thing in one sitting. With two great hours and two ho hum hours. Not the total abortion cited by many and if it gets younger fans to watch the original then great.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    HARRY - READ THIS - IMPORTANT

    by SebastianHaff

    What's wrong with the ending of Private Ryan? You can't say something like that and then not back it up! <br><p> Too sentimental? I bet that's it. Maybe you're right. I once dated a girl who cried through the whole movie, until the end when Old Ryan cries and goes, "tell me I'm a good man!" Then she started laughing, and for the rest of the relationship, whenever I did well at anything, she'd use this creepy old man voice to tell me I'm a good man. <br><p> Then she fucking cheated on me.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I'd rather watch Phantom Menace than English Patient any day, too

    by I am_NOTREAL

    but that's like saying I'd rather get a good swift kick in the nuts than have a root canal. Neither option is particularly appealing.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    billy wilder

    by SpencerBarnes

    three words... One, Two, Three. my personal fave of his.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    jackslater4

    by phifty2

    I believe it was the last Stephen King book, 11/22/63. Might have even come a day before the street date.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    sebastianhaff

    by phifty2

    Fucking broads. One day they're your soul mate, the next, some frat guy is recording her sucking his balls on his I-phone.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I am, geoffrey_fourmyle ?

    by Mugato5150

    I didn't know that. Care to elaborate?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – Next Level (Blu-Ray)

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    can we get that on dvd?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    English Patient is such a boring and pointless film.

    by Randy

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Hey headgeek.....what is the story behind

    by southafricanguy

    Monkeybone?? What exactly went on there? Could you elaborate more? I cant find any more info online...

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by chad kuhns

    Point taken sir, and total party foul on Mr. Knowles part. Come to think of it Harry, how the hell did that happen? How are you practically the only person on AICN that didn't give Best of props to Drive?

  • kind of like your own list? You are a douche-bag, Knowles. Stop putting films that you caught early but that do not open until the following year on your best of the year compilations.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper

    by chad kuhns

    I'm sure you could get STTNG on DVD, but the supposedly brilliance of the High Def remastering would be lost. Either way, I'm with Harry, no need for a 3 episode cock tease when we really want the seasons cranked out.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Just bought Drive on blu.

    by Tristan

    Film of the year, imo. Vahalla Rising was interesting too.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Monkeybone story

    by HEADGEEK

    you can read more here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/8216

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Harry. Disapointed with your Star Trek TNG "review."

    by End_Of_Line

    I was hoping you'd elaborate on the actual disc instead of just a complaint about it not being the whole season. How is it?

  • The end scenes in particular are very hokey and unrealistic... go ahead, watch it

  • What the fuck kind of sense does that make? Harry, you are absolutely insufferable. Jesus Christ

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Drive and the Apartment.

    by MainMan2001

    I absolutely LOVED DRIVE on my first viewing in the theaters. I've watched it once more but found it kinda boring except for a few scenes. It's still on my top ten list of the year but it doesn't hold up as well as I hoped. The first viewing was complete gold and maybe that all I need. The Apartment is a complete masterwork on the highest level. I loved every single second of that film and every part of the filmmaking. Classic.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    mainman2001

    by chad kuhns

    I do agree with you about Drive after multiple viewings. The sharp violence that separated the character moments are part of what made the movie so good the first time. After watching it more than once, the wow factor of the violence is gone. Still, I think it's a good watch just for the performances alone...and the visuals of Los Angeles at night, mixed with that soundtrack make for great viewing as well. The Apartment is a classic by almost any measurable asthetic.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Really liked new Thing...better than getting nothing.

    by dead youngling

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    dead youngling

    by chad kuhns

    What was it that you liked about the new Thing? While I can't really rave about it, I thought the creature designs (despite poor CGI execution) were interesting, and that it did maintain the feel of the first fairly well. The last act though, when they actually ended up in the ship and afterwards really kind of ruined it for me..just felt like too much. As a prequel, I felt the ending should have spent more time blending in to the events of Carpenter's film, rather than creating another loose end for a character probably never to be seen again. Lol, and to those that might think otherwise, by no means did I prefer it to Carpenter's...his version is the pinnacle of modern horror/scifi imo

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    The NEW Thing is a decent movie! WTF Harry?

    by Drunken Busboy

    I can't believe the slagging this flick is getting! Was it a classic masterpiece like the first two movies? No! Was it the shitbomb Harry makes it out to be? Hell No! Out of the 3 THING movies, this is the Godfather III of the three! A Classic like the previous two? No! But an entertaining movie! The effects were a tad uneven but I thought they blew away the effects for Frank Darabont's THE MIST which were horrid and a lot of people had a boner for that movie on this site! The NEW Thing had only one very bad cheesy scene (The scene Inside the creature's crashed ship) and one very cool scene that was better than anything in Carpenter's movie (the scene where the guy broke apart into many thing creatures). Let's all try to remember that this is a B-Movie remake of two previous B-movies! This isn't the cure for cancer and the film makers never presented it as such! In fact you could tell that the producers took great care in linking the new movie to the 1982 one. I find it ironic that Roger Ebert gave both the 1982 & 2012 versions 2 1/2 stars! He didn't have a boner for either movie but he wasn't flacid either! ;) My girlfriend's 13 year old kid LOVED this movie! Then was stoked and begged to see the Carpenter version! He really LOVED that one too! If it weren't for the NEW Thing he never would have heard or had interest in the 82 version. What really sucks with your shitting on this movie is that we will not get another THING movie but instead will get another PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4! Kurt Russell probably would have been up for another round of McReady! Hell; he agreed to do ESCAPE FROM LA! But nope! Because no free swag was sent anyone's way that won't happen now! Thanks Assholes!

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    giggle giggle goo goo ga ga

    by redmule

    makes me ill

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Why TNG is taking so long

    by gary_buseys_upper_half

    ST:TNG was shot on film, then transferred to SD videotape for editing and effects shots, which is why the show always had that "video glow" fuzziness about it. That means that to transfer the show to bluray, ALL of the effects elements had to be tracked down and recomposited in HD and the raw film had to reassembled to match the original edit points done on video. It's like they had to re-produce each episode all over again from scratch. Not an easy, quick or cheap thing to do. There were rumors that Paramount's sale of streaming rights to Netflix of the Star Trek series was to finance this project. It wouldn't surprise me if this teaser video was to either provide more financing or determine if there is enough interest from fans to follow through with such a costly and complex venture. My point being, if you guys want to actually SEE all the seasons of TNG make it to bluray, or any of the subsequent series, maybe you should support this release instead of bitching about it.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    That Pieter Bruegel movie

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    with Rutger Hauer looks very interesting. Thanks for suggesting it. I hope it's entirely unlike "Girl with the Pearl Earring" though, I found that horrible.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Might wanna put a leash on Monty Cristo, Harry

    by Mattman

    His HD-DVD explanation was downright slanderous.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Should I trade up?

    by dukeroberts

    Should I trade up my current DVDs of Mockingbird and The Apartment for the Blus? Damn, I hate that. And, favorite Billy Wilder films: Sunset Boulevard Ace in the Hole Double Indemnity The Apartment The Seven Year Itch Lost Weekend Damn, he made some great f'in movies.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    'Grand Canyon' = another old laserdisc replaced for me.

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    A great underrated movie, and as Harry pointed out, miles better than that undeserving oscar winner 'Crash'. I love these kinds of films with multiple, interweaving characters and plots and this is a great one. However it is not as good as 'Short Cuts' or 'Magnolia'. In what world does 'Shakespeare in Love' win best picture over 'Saving Private Ryan'?

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Dukeroberts, such are the mysteries of life.

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    I made a vow to never buy a blu-ray that I already own on DVD, after replacing thousands of dollars worth of laserdiscs on DVD. But I have done it several times and may have to again with 'Adaptation'. I feel like a recovering drug addict trying to say no whenever I walk past row after row of $10 blu-rays that scream 'buy me'. Blu-ray is it for me though, I will never buy the same movies in another format again, Christ I have probably bought John Carpenter's The Thing about 5 times. Madness.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    If yu need hep, hehre ai aihm...

    by Stegman84

    I still can't believe that they gave Zellwegger a fucking oscar for that performance. Tak about a walking caricature... The praise lavished on er for that role and performance will forever remain a mystery to me, it truly will...

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    RE: Di Leo blu-rays

    by MaxTheSilent

    Doe anyone know if this set is region free? Amazon says it's region A, but I'm sure they have to say that.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    hopefully we see those Streep interviews some day

    by ciroslive

    here's to you, pal!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Bronson

    by BERSERKR

    Fucking LOVE that movie, Valhalla Rising was none to shabby either, Also really enjoyed Drive this weekend.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Drive

    by Neurotica

    With its Tangerine Dream-ish synthesizers and songs to its lush scenery of California, "Drive" was like a great Michael Mann film. You know, back when he made GOOD films (read: any film he made before "Ali;" the key exceptions being "Collateral" and "Miami Vice"). Anyway, back to my point. Sorry. "Drive" reminded me of Mann, when he made movies like "Manhunter." You know, that OTHER Hannibal Lecter movie that still kicks all of the others' asses (yes, I'm looking at you, "Silence of the Lambs"). "Drive" is just full of bad-assery. That scene in the elevator? Right?! Was that not the oddest/coolest combination of sexy (that kiss was perfectly handled slow-motion) and horrific violence?! Between "Drive" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," This was Gosling's year, man. The fact that he was shut out by the Academy shows just how fucking stupid, old, and crotchety the members have gotten. And the fact that Albert Brooks wasn't nominated for Supporting Actor? One of the worst snubs by the Academy. And, ya know what? I'm a dude and I'll say it. I'm not ashamed: The bland-ass douchery that is Bradley Cooper beating Gosling out for People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive? Well, I'd like to pull an Albert Brooks on the whiz-kids that thought that one up! Oh yeah, 20 years from now, people are TOTALLY going to remember "Limitless" and "The A-Team" over "Drive!"

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST

    The Thing prequel

    by Bass Ackwards

    Unnecessary in the most literal sense. We didn't need to see what happened to the Norwegians, because that's exactly what Carpenter's film was about. Carpenter's movie was about unraveling the mystery of the Norwegian base, and in doing so we end up discovering those events and seeing them transpire again when the "thing" afflicts the characters of the American base. Its why the prequel ends up feeling so much like a remake. Its telling us the story Carpenter's film already showed us.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    neurotica

    by Bass Ackwards

    You do realize that the way you're breaking down Mann's filmography, post Ali but with the exceptions of Collateral and Miami Vice, you're simply saying that you didn't like Public Enemies.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    bass ackwards

    by Neurotica

    I hated Ali and couldn't even finish Public enemies, but yes, you are correct: Aside from those films, Mann's one of our best. Therefore, I acquiesce, regarding that particular comment about Mann. The rest I stand by. Love the name, by the way.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Just finished up watching Drive and it was just an OK movie.

    by Ted Knight

    Maybe I was expecting it to move mountains after reading the gushing praise lavished upon it by the AICN faithful and it just never stood a chance at meeting my high expectations. It felt like an elongated story chapter of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It even had the bold neon pink titles reminiscent of the games famous font. I didn't like the long drawn out gazes and stares the leads would often engage in either. Just seemed TOO intentional and self conscious. Finally, everybody seems ecstatic over Brooks supporting role and comeback of sorts in a part that just called for him to curse loudly, make threats, express constant disappointment/agitation and stab hapless victims with various sharp utensils. Mind you, he performed the role as well as anybody could be asked, but it's just that the role was just too linear and lacked nuance to warrant academy recognition. Not a bad movie at all as far as revenge flicks go but does fall short of trumping the awesomeness of a Point Blank or even Taken for that matter. side note: They could have substituted a blow up doll for Carrie Mulligan and nobody would have noticed. An emotionless performance if ever there was one. One of the most thankless roles in recent memory.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    scatman666

    by Ted Knight

    empty, dead eyed, souless ...HA!! so you saw that Mulligan performance too?

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Underappreciated Wilder classic --

    by john

    5 Graves to Cairo!!! Fantastic movie!!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Unused practical FX for The Thing (2011)

    by Gojira_X

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2bsXC-uhXQ The CG was fine in this, but the unused practical stuff looks really cool. Also, the unused "pilot" creature makes me wonder what changes were made in ship scenes.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    What's up Harry?

    by Toby Ferretti

    No love for 'Five Graves to Cairo' or 'One, Two, Three'?

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Oh, and how could you forget...

    by Toby Ferretti

    'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes'. The thing is that Billy Wilder is probably the most under rated director ever.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan

    by beastie

    A Thin Red Line should have won. Personally, I preferred Shakespeare in Love because it didn't have Spielberg telling a manipulative story. It was a nice comedy. Don't get me wrong Spielberg deserved the directing Oscar that he earned that year, but the film was not the best film of the year.

  • But as is usually the case, there isn't much going on below the fashionable posturing. In the end, it was a stylish pastiche of Michael Mann cool and Miike shock violence, anchored by some strong performances. I felt like the director was imposing his style at the expense of story and character. Of course the headlights would be busted. But it looks cooler to have them backlight Gosling ;) Films directed within an inch of their life always risk showing their hand and pulling you out of the experience. Recommended, despite the GTA Vice City contrivances.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The Kashmere Stage band is amazing.

    by hst666

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Fuck

    by hst666

    Everyone should at least have a copy of their greatest hits. If you have any interest in funk, listen to them. I am getting Thunder Soul for sure.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I had no idea about the background of Monkeybone,

    by hst666

    But I thought it was a great little comedy. With the Apartment, Malcolm X, and Thunder Soul this is a good week.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    beastie:

    by UltraTron

    Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. Nobody has seen Shakespear in love since it came out. Harry the epilogue rubbed ya wrong? Really? Maybe you should watch it again now. Ya know? With more mature eyes

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Oh, wait..

    by UltraTron

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Forget where I am sometimes

    by UltraTron

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    That first thing freak out on the copter is

    by UltraTron

    like the best alien freak out ever done I think. Just splits open and goes for it. Perfectly done. Mary Elisabeth Winstead is just a fun name to say in a porno trailer voice. Watch as Mary Elisabeth Winstead battles The Thing! From another world..

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Talented Mr. Ripley was a steaming pile of dogshit

    by Rhinosaur

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I have to give MONKEYBONE this:

    by DerLanghaarige

    It predicted the gross-out cartoon wave of today. When the movie came out, it seemed a little bit far fetched that a badly drawn cartoon about a horny, constantly farting monkey would be a hit or even on TV at all. Okay, SOUTH PARK was already on air, but that had at least some real cleverness behind it and most of all was more the exception from the rule. Now look at 2012, with Seth MacFarlane and much of ADULT SWIM mostly going for the next "edgy" moment of sex, violence, crudity or borderline racism, instead of a real joke and even making lots of money with that.

  • I'm gonna get seriously baked and watch it.

  • The Shirley MacClaine in the movie is as cute as a button. Probably at her cutest.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Giggle. My god man really?

    by clancy021061

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Chris Kattan is awful. No wonder Monkeybone was junk

    by clancy021061

    The guy is NEVER any good. That SNL skit where he apes around jamming apples in his mouth? Funny? No. And the did that skit over and over. And English Patient is freeking unwatchable. Eat cardboard it will be more fun. Dam that movie stunk.

  • I liked Kattan's Golem impersonation.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Bronson is overrated self-indulgent garbage

    by Joe Plumber

    Tom Hardy is a good actor, but his over the top performance seriously needed to be reined in to avoid becoming the parody that it is. That said, Bronson has hints of greatness, but they are hampered by a pretentious attempt at creating a mental masturbatory performance art piece on film.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    The Thing:Not bad, actually well made, but as it's been stated - unnecessary

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    It starts out with an impressive establishing shot (real or CGI..or a combo of both?), the camera gliding over arctic terrain before settling on a dot in the landscape, panning with the tram as it travels across the snow, and continues with a nod to Predator perhaps? Two characters sharing a "dirty" joke just before the shit hits the fan. As improbable as the snow tracker crash is, it is visually impressive. I share Harry's problem, in that, by trying to hew itself to Carpenter's film closely, it has no life of its own. They also tried to "Ripley-ize" the main character, making her the initial voice of reason, while the men around her scoff at her. There is even a duplicate of the "Ripley wall crawl" when she tries to reach a grenade. And the checklist aspect got tiresome...split head creature-check, axe in door-check, suicide guy-check..... The effects (actually a combo of CGI and practical) are quite good IMO, but Bottin aced it the first go around.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The monkey's bananas are surrogate penises for the actors. Giggle!

    by Joe Plumber

    Which is punctuated by the statement, "Get Boned!" Giggle!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Drive is perfection

    by memento108

    It's a film that's all too rare these days. If you don't like Drive, I have to question your taste in film.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Just saw the Mondo poster for DRIVE...

    by Tank Williams

    SICK!!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I want one...

    by Tank Williams

    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/check-out-mondos-awesomely-pink-poster-for-drive-by-ken-taylor/

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Clancy RE: Kattan in MONKEYBONE

    by DerLanghaarige

    Don't know why he got top billing, since he is only for 10 minutes in the movie and doesn't show up until the last act, but he, playign a re-animated corpse with a broken neck, is definitely one of the funnier things in this movie.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    That thing video posted by gojira_x makes me want to throw things...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Goddamn waste of some beautiful practical effects. Did that stuff even make it to a test audience before they scrapped it?!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Check yourselves, Drive was good, but it is far from perfect

    by Joe Plumber

    The ending was anticlimactic and a let down. The deaths of the two villains did not live up to the promise of the elevator scene and thus were anticlimactic and a let down. The best scene in the film was the opening scene and nothing ever rose to its level. That opening scene should have been foreshadowing for a much more intense car chase sequence in a film called Drive. The car chase after the botched robbery was a serious let down. While I really liked the interesting choice of music and the soundtrack, it left me confused as to what it was trying to achieve. Was the film supposed to be taking place in the 80s? No, doesn't look that way. Then is it supposed to evoke thoughts of films in the 80s in the audience? And if so, which ones? There was a lot to like in Drive. Refn is a director to watch. But, his work of yet is spotty with moments of brilliance. Drive was a mixed bag and I think that was reflected at the Box Office despite the great buzz as the next big thing it had.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I absolutely love so much of Drive, but the song "Human Bean Is A Hero" or whatever,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    annoyed me like fingernails on a chalkboard. And yes, Albert Brooks got gypped.

  • Call Mary.. And she comes.. and comes. What is the secret of Angeloni's funeral parlor? See as Mary Elisabeth Winstead battles The Thing.. from another world. Watch as she pays her own ransom.. ANY way she can. Try it guys it's fun. Just say Mary Elisabeth Winstead in a grind house porno trailer voice. You won't be able to stop

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks Monkeybone borderline brilliant

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was probably camping out at Best Buy to pick up that She's All That bluray that came out last week.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    podbay your mangling of that song's title made me literally LOL

    by Autodidact

    "Human Bean is a Hero" LOL.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I agree about Drive, but not Grand Canyon.

    by homer40

    I wanted to love Grand Canyon, I really did, but the movie left me completely cold. I didn't like Crash either (other than the scene where the two black guys complain in a very erudite way about racial profiling before stealing a car). Both movies fail the Altman Test (or the Nashville test). These multi-character movies are tough to pull off. Nobody has come close to Altman's brilliance. The best scene in Grand Canyon isn't as good as the worst scene in Nashville, or Short Cuts for that matter. Really, only Paul Thomas Anderson, in Magnolia and Boogie Nights, among modern directors, understood how to make this kind of film. And I love Kasdan. Wyatt Earp is one of the great westerns, especially the long version. Just thought Grand Canyon didn't work, though I loved Steve Martin. Drive is right near the top of my best of list for this year, and Albert Brooks deserved an Oscar. His performance was note perfect. The night before the Oscar nominees were announced he tweeted, "Tomorrow morning I get to find out how many awards shows I have to attend to get beaten by Christopher Plummer." The next morning he tweeted, "I was robbed! No not the Oscars, when I woke up I realized someone stole my shirt and shoes." Gotta love Albert Brooks. BTW, his novel 2030 is fantastic. Drive was great, even if it was sort of a remake of Walter Hill's The Driver, which was at least as good.

  • Okay, I get sampler packs for cigars, and beer. But for a fucking TV show? People are actually buying that? And people complain about companies doing the double and triple dip. Buying a sampler disc, of episodes you will eventually buy in a few months. Say what you want about Lucas,... at least he never did something so blantently pathetic as that.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by Joe Plumber

    I agree that the actions Driver takes are in line with his character. However, REfn decided to shoot the scenes the way he did and I found them as a result to be anticlimactic. He shoots the scene on the beach where Driver drowns Nino from afar, a huge contrast from the intense closeness of the elevator scene, and yes I know that an elevator is a tighter space, but as a result of this decision we do not get to see the intenseness of the life and death struggle that is going on. It also has the effect of minimalizing the murder that Driver is committing. Perhaps, Refn was afraid of his protagonist losing his hero status if he showed him drowning someone to death with his bare hands. I don't know, but there is no denying that it diminished the scenes effect to shoot it that way. Next, we have an even more egregious example. Driver and Bernie, the big bad are caught up in a hand to hand life and death struggle involving a knife. Refn does not show this final battle, but again pusses out, choosing to tilt the camera down to shadows on the ground denying us resolution. I'm sure his intention was to not glorify the violence of the scene and give the audience the bloodlust it desires and guess what, it worked, because I found it extremely dissatisfying. You don't throw bloody meat at the crowd in one scene and then deny them in the next. Oh, you can do that, but you risk pissing off your audience and this is part of why I think the film didn't connect with a larger audience. I won't even go into Driver not taking the money, except it did not come off as an act of integrity to me, but one of stupidity. He earned that money by the end of the film and no one would have been able to trace it to him after the death of Bernie.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Yeah the sampler set should actually be free

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Or at least five bucks or something.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Stop treating the new The Thing like a victim

    by JacksParasites

    Now I haven't yet seen this faux-prequel but anyone who took the project without knowing that anything short of brilliance would garner serious backlash would have been a damned fool. John Carpenter's The Thing is a certified masterpiece and a beloved work of art. And the fact that this new "prequel" supposedly plays more like a remake where basically all the same things happen while also employing CG instead of the beloved practical effects of the original--it clearly didn't bode well for this film. Don't make excuses for it. I'll certainly check it out. And maybe it isn't a total train wreck, but remakes/prequels invite comparisons with the original (or in this case the beloved first remake). And if that earlier version is a masterpiece, then you brought any criticism you receive on yourself.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    A Fish Called Wanda Blu

    by Loosejerk

    no it didn't

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    The Kashmere Stage Band is legendary!

    by tintab

    If you can find their LPs, buy them! I have a few and they are killer!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Adaptation was Cage's last best performance!

    by welcometothepartypal

    I never saw his BAD LIEUTENANT, I try to avoid anything he does(I did see GHOSTRIDER only cuz I'm a comic book guy and it sucked, deep down I knew it would). Give me RAISING ARIZONA, MOONSTRUCK even VALLEY GIRL and PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED any day. But all this CON AIR, NATIONAL TREASURE, WEATHERMAN bullshit and countless other paychecks he does just suck. I miss 80's Nick, he was fun. He did rocked in ADAPTATION thou. Now he just sucks.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    darth

    by memento108

    Valid points, I suppose, but you might be missing the point. No one ever said this was a chase movie. It kind of is, except the driving sequences take a backseat (so to speak) to the emotional, subtle crime drama (and love story) taking place. Refn even said he didn't want anyone to focus on the driving aspects. Refn explains the use of that type of 80s-ish music in relating how he and Gosling came up with the idea for the film, as Gosling was driving a high-on-flu-medicine Refn around Los Angeles and REO Speedwagon came on the radio, causing Refn to become emotional. Drive (an amalgamation of Refn's idea and the novel) was born. No, I'm not a shill...just love this fucking film and I just finished my second viewing as well as the special features.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by Joe Plumber

    That's the problem for me, I've seen it too many times before. By contrast, the elevator scene was completely unexpected. I'm glad it worked for you. I would have preferred a close up on the two men's eyes as they stared down each other to one of their inevitable deaths. Also, I think that the shadows could have been made to work if it had been shot somehow differently. Maybe if it was longer and artier and there was more blood on the ground. I don't know. It left me Meh.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    And as choppah said

    by memento108

    That final scene with the shadows was brilliant. It's reminiscent of the best horror films, where what you don't see is that much more effective.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Still have not seen the PIANO. Maybe it's time.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Choppah..

    by Nick

    Why waste the money on a set that's coming out in a few months? We all know WHAT Blu Ray is, and how great proper transfers look. This is nothing but a pathetic cash grab to fans who have no self control and too much disposable income. Frankly, you buy this, your the problem with the studio system.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    if Star Trekl, The Sampler is just a cash grab

    by Nick

    If the studio REALLY just wanted to show you WHAT they were doing with the releases, then this set would be FREE. Why not offer it as a free gift right now, to all those who prepurchase the season 1 set? Why not sell it, then offer a $15 off coupon for any future blu ray set? It's a CASH GRAB.... in the worst way.

  • Driver's silence in the film is one of it's main themes and Gosling did an great job doing so much with so little. It was one of the things that I liked most about the film and I found it completely refreshing in the world of Alan Sorkin, everyone talks a mile a minute and verbally vomits all of their internal angst all the time.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    darth, that's totally true

    by memento108

    Isn't it nice when more is conveyed in a glare or posturing than any amount of dialogue?

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Choppah, wait for what?

    by Nick

    They've seen the episodes before... there is nothing new in terms of content... it's just upgraded visuals and audio... waste of money, and just encouraging studios into wasting fans time. Remember MGM and how the released bond on DVD? Finally, it seems like studios are getting it in terms of releasing films... but now. after seeing this? not so sure

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Drive is the 3rd Sony Blu-Ray that won't play in my Vizio.

    by Quake II

    Fucking Sony with their weird copyright bullshit. Every Sony product that comes out eventually becomes problematic due to the massive overkill of new tech shit they add to stop pirating. Couldn't play Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark either. The disc loads, the Sont logo shows up with the music and then the screen goes black FOREVER. No menu options, no FF, no play. It locks up the player completely. Now I have to buy a new Blu-Ray player JUST for Sony discs. And it WON'T be a Sony player.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I'm Calling Time on Drive...

    by Baron Von Penguin

    I thought it was wayyyy to stylized and assure of itself. It seemed as if they set out to try and make a "cult" movie. Also was it just me or did anyone else find that pretty much every scene of Gosling was framed with homoerotic undertones. Most importantly of all for me that whole story involving the woman and her child was so cliched. The ex-con husband was the final straw. The one thing I did like was the stomping of the villain's head into the elevator floor but that only lasted about 15 seconds and by that point I was fantasizing about doing it to Gosling, Mulligan and her annoying little pussy-turd that I was supposed to be feeling sorry for.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    darth cont.,... I understand that Driver was given more dialogue but Gosling

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and Refn cut it to the bone.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    DRIVE was number 1 on most Top Ten lists that I saw.

    by Knuckleduster

    I think Harry's just trying to justify his own shitty Top Ten list.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Driving Miss Daisy Was at the top of my list

    by Baron Von Penguin

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I boycotted THE THING so as not to taint the original.

    by Quake II

    I pretty much decided when they announced the new THING that it was on the same list as British period dramas, Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon movies and anything starring The Rock. In other words I will NEVER see the new Thing and I'll probably be better for it. Remaking Carpenter's best films has been nothing but a bust so far YET they keep doing it. The good news is they've already fucking destroyed all but one of his great films (the soon to be horrible EFNY remake will finish off the list) so I don't care what they do with his lesser films.

  • How any man other than George Lucas could take such a huge shit on his own work is beyond me. My guess is Carpenter doesn't like to work and just sold out his movies to keep the cash flow coming in.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    They depicted the Southerners as wanting war. Simply not true.

    by Andrew Coleman

    How do you know this? You lived during the Civil War? Sorry that comment was just too funny. To me most people who didn't like Drive only do so because they thought it was be like Fast and Furious. Sorry but it was far better than those films. The Thing prequel was almost there... The CGI was just really bad and the end... Ugh... Just horrible decisions. The pieces were there though.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    @quake ii

    by mrm1138

    Ummm... I don't think John Carpenter really had any say as to whether or not the new Thing movie was made. The property is owned by Universal Pictures, and it's theirs to do with as they wish.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    @Choppah

    by Baron Von Penguin

    I didn't mean the film. I meant the physical act of driving her around a dusty southern town in the 1950s whilst being a black man...

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    The Thing Practical Effects/CGI

    by jawaburger

    Having seen the movie and the youtube clip, most of those practical effects are in the movie. Unfortunately, the studio decided to "tidy" them up a bit by overlaying CGI. So they did use most of those effects, they just ruined them in post production.

  • The whole film I kept thinking that Gosling's Driver totally wanted me. And I'm pretty sure baronvonweasle felt the exact same way.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    HDDVD has to win the format war,

    by bob

    I also have a habit of picking the winning formats. I could be wrong this time, but most of my filmmaker friends, in fact all of them that I have had a conversation regarding this with... have told me... HD DVD is the format to go with.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    @farth_breath

    by Baron Von Penguin

    Look, watching Drive dressed in my rubber hot pants doesn't make me any more gay than the next man but I just thought there were far too many shots of Gosling's muscley chest and crotch. The fuckin toothpick? Just give him a ten gallon hat and some chaps with the arse cut out of the back. Very gay indeed

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    If anyone has a blockbuster video closing down where you live

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Check it out if they are having a going out of business sale. I stopped in today and picked up 5 previously viewed blurays for $7.50. Granted they were in those blockbuster on-line sleeves, but at least I could look at them to make sure they looked okay.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Sam, what blus did you pick up?

    by Joe Plumber

    Also, do you know if Blockbuster still edits the videos they rent?

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Actually, baron, you may be on to something

    by Joe Plumber

    A lot of guys do seem to have an almost obsessive fixation on Drive and Gosling's character in the film. I think that it may tap into some latent homosexual tendencies. And be on the look out for any dude wearing one of those knockoff scorpion jackets. He most definitely plays for the other team.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    quake ii... I got a quick fix for that problem

    by Nick

    Don't buy a Vizio wal mart POS blu ray player or TV...

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I got

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Scott Pilgrim, Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, Despicable Me, and How To Train Your Dragon. The movies that were blockbuster on-line previously viewed items were still in those little netflix like jackets with the title synopsis on them. The selection on these in bluray was limited to about 20-25 titles, most from the years 2008-2011, but I couldn't pass it up to get five of these for $7.50 total. They had a ton on DVD like this too going for the same 5 for 7.50, but I didn't bother because I assumed most were scratched to hell and I didn't have the time to sit there all day and go through looking for ones in good condition. Since blurays are preaty hard to scratch, I was able to find five scratch free with little to no fingerprints on them.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    In addtion to that stuff though

    by Samuel Fulmer

    They had the movies that were titles they actually rented out of the store. I think used blurays and DVDs in boxes were going for 4.99 each. I almost picked up Poltergeist on bluray, but I know the day I do that, Spielberg will actually give the go ahead to release a version that actually has special features on it.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    choppah-OH SHIT

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I guess I better get my ass back over there.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    THE MILL AND THE CROSS...

    by fathergeek

    Is an absolutely astonishing, mesmerizing motion picture adaptation of the book (The Mill and the Cross) about the creation of 16th century Dutch master Pieter Bruegel's legendary masterwork "Way to Calvery." Bruegel was heavily inspired by the earlier work of the great Dutch painter Heironymus Bosch who created among others the famous "Garden of Earthly Delights" that rests in Madrid's Prado Museum. If you have even the slightest interest in art & art history you MUST see this film. If you're a fan of Bruegel the Elder, or Bosch you will find this movie one of your all time favorites annnd a MUST HAVE for you home library. It literally transported me into the world "Way to Calvery." Captured my attention and held it in awe.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    LOL @ the juxtaposition of fathergeek and dirty_apes posts

    by Joe Plumber

    One is about art. One is about bush.

  • It is scheduled to stream on Netflix soon and I can't wait to light up a bone and enter the painting.

  • No amount of drink or smoke helped make that P.O.S. good. And believe you me, I tried!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Garden of Earthly Delights

    by Joe Plumber

    No serial killer's home should be without a print of it on the wall.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    re: "I couldn’t stand the epilogue of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN"

    by buggerbugger

    Is that the epilogue where Ryan's family chooses HD-DVD over Blu-Ray?

  • at least according to IMDB Wow that would have been a totally different movie

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Original Alamo on San Antonio?

    by mattkski

    The Original Alamo Drafthouse was at 409 Colorado Street

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    DON CORNELIUS IS DEAD! WHERE IS THE TALK BACK?

    by Jonathhan Kana

    I MEAN WTF, IS THAT ONLY FOR DEAD WHITE GUYS?

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Drive= Overrated...yeah...I said it.

    by sonnyfern

    I really was getting into it and then it was over and it just left me going, "THAT'S IT?" I don't know what's up with hollywood these days dropping the ball when it comes to endings. Since when did not giving the audience a satisfying conclusion become the cool thing to do? Damn it, make your ending BETTER!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    riseofphantomcreeps

    by Gojira_X

    My understanding is that they were originally going to use CG enhancements over the practical effects, but for whatever reason they just decided to go all CG on a lot of shots. The practical Griggs is amazing and that Edvard-Adam Thing is really cool. I think some of this stuff is still there, but some of it was just covered up (i.e. not enhanced) with CGI. From what I understand ADI put this up to show all the hard work that didn't make it to the screen.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    I Bought THE THING 2011 on BluRay Today!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Screw You All! It's a decent flick that is better than most of the Horror/Sci Fi offered by Hollywood. I'll watch it back to back with Carpenters! Oh yeah! While I'm here a big F-YOU to all on this site who recommended the movie SCOTT PILGRIM! These are the same people who dissed THE THING 2012. Those who haven't seen this yet, go see it. It is entertaining and plenty of THING action. No Kurt or Carpenter aren't involved but it is not a waste of time!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Can someone please explain this "Ryan" thing

    by WizardandGlass

    I'm actually not a big fan of Saving Private Ryan, but it has nothing to do with the epilogue. I mean, what's so bad about an old man grieving at a cemetary? Also, I have to say I'm happy to see The Thing prequel get a little bit of love in this talkback. Its not a great movie by any means, but it was good enough to get a whole new generation of young fans to go out and rent the original, just so they could find out what happened. The producers could have been completely lazy and just made a flat out remake...at least they did something a little different.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    by Stephen

    Drive looks fuckin epic, i really want to see the new version of the thing!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Dayem. That's quite a buffet of films

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    oh snap, Cold Mountain. Totally forgot that movie existed. It was over-hyped then everyone shit on it when it was released, right? I loved it. Transformers 3 was missing Megan Fox. A model to replace her? Really Bay? Fucking douche. I love the first one. Drive! A beautiful misfire! I admire the art involved but I hope Refn evolves more towards conventional storytelling and directing. I hated the ending too and think that it almost completely ruins the entire film. I highly anticipate his next movie and I bet he wants to make a bit more of a mainstream film. Or not. That's an interesting take on The Thing by Harry. Totally makes sense. It was aight.

  • You wanna do a tribute to Rob Bottin then do it all practical FX! Oh yeah, I forgot it is a lost art form and we will never see the likes of it again. We were promised practical and we get this crap?! I hate these people.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    The Thing 2011

    by Winston Smith

    Absolutely dreadful. Firstly, no one dressed like it was the 80s. Secondly, you have CGI and decide to just redo what was done so brilliantly in 82? USE YOUR FUCKING IMAGINATION and do for CGI what the first remake did for practical effects. Finally... story. You just repeated the 80s version, except not as well. No real sense of place. The movies don't connect together well. Failure, failure, failure.

  • The suits probably got involved in pushing the CGI! All interviews pretty much stated they were doing practical effects as much as they could. Sounds like the CGI decisions were made while the movie was in poster! It still had way better CGI than THE MIST! Said it once and I will say it again, still a pretty decent movie!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I'm watching DRIVE right now

    by ReportAbuse

    Great flick so far, I don't see what people have a problem with. Car chases, violence, Gosling, Perlman, great techno music track, what's the bitching about?

  • It has an ending similar to the one we see in the film "Shane". Even to this day I can't figure out whether Shane rides over the mountain and dies or he just keeps on going. In Drive I am still trying to decide whether Gosling drives on a few blocks slumps over the wheel dead and by unfortunate happenstance mows down Mulligan and her mute crumb cruncher who are skipping along on the sidewalk with ice cream cones or, he just keeps on going. Lately I have come to think and or choose to believe that Shane and The Driver live and keep on going.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    surprisingly there's a lot of practical effects

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    http://www.the-back-row.com/index.php/2012/01/26/a-look-at-the-practical-effects-of-the-thing that's not the only video I've seen They really tried to do justice to The Thing. Too bad it was such a bomb.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Drive ending

    by ReportAbuse

    I'm fairly certain Gosling lives. I mean, he's stabbed in the gut but ... looks like he's dead behind the wheel for a minute or so ... then wakes up, starts up the car and does what he does best, drives. Next shot of him, it's nighttime so he's obviously been driving for a while and hasn't died yet. He can't go back to the girl because that would put her in danger so he heads off on the open road. It is very stylized ... if you don't like Refn you won't like Drive probably. I liked Refn's work on Bronson and Valhalla Rising which is what made me rent Drive.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    'THE GREY' IS A FESTERING PILE OF SHIT

    by SpaghettiWall

    AIN'T IT COOL IS OFFICIALLY ON DEFENSE MODE FOR THIS GARBAGE. HARRY HAD IT AS #5 OF 2011 BEST FILMS AND IT FUCKING SUCKED.

  • Gosling, and everyone else involved in that piece of shit trainwreck aren't worthy of licking Steve's boot. Worst freaking movie of 2011, and that's really saying something considering the absolute shit that was released last year. And why the hell was he driving backwards in that one scene? Hey, fuckwad, that car could only do 20-25mph tops in reverse, so what part of that seemed like a good maneuver for a trained stunt driver to pull in the middle of a high speed chase? The only "backlash" regarding Drive is the audience, who absolutely hated it, against the retarded critics that were falling all over themselves for it just like you apparently.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    The Thing is a new movie genre I've coined...

    by Monticello

    The Re-Quel. It's a film claiming to be a sequel or prequel set in the same universe as a beloved classic, but is really just an almost beat for beat remake of said original. Predators is also an example of this.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Okay enough is enough...

    by Andrew Coleman

    I have lightly defended the Thing prequel but some comments on here have taken this too far. That movie stands no where near The Mist. The CGI in The Thinquel is fucking barf worthy in many places. Where I would not say that about the Mist. Also just because "They tried" doesn't mean The Thinquel was a good movie. SPOILER!!!They should never went to the ship towards the end. We should have never see the Thing in some large alien form with legs. END OF SPOILER. What I really don't get is if they wanted to make it cheaper and close to the original, cut out the ship, cut out most of the CGI, make it dark, barely set it outside. Would have been cheaper, scarier, and fans would have been happy.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    People are defending the Thing prequel???

    by KilliK

    ROFL !!

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    True

    by fxmulder35

    Shakespeare in Love...over Private Ryan...truly a NUTTY statement!

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Rolling Thunder is out on blu! Where's the write up? ????

    by ZodNotGod

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Damning The Thing with faint praise perhaps, not defending.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Perhaps because I was expecting a total piece of shit, and it had some good things (no pun intended) in it. But almost all is a mere echo of the original. At best, it's a grade C.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    From the original Monkey Bone talkback...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Mar 07, 2001 3:55:45 AM CST god I'm sick of harry-bashing by lupe "ok. so its just as pointless to come here and say how much Harry rules as it is to come here and say how much harry sucks but I'm going to anyway because I'm sick to death of it. I LOVE Harrys site. Harry provides a service. I choose to read what he writes and (luckily) I can choose to agree or disagree with him, I can also choose to ignore what I see as insignificant and subscribe to what I see as useful. you people who come on here saying "harrys sold out" or "Harry's opinion is worthless" seem to be forgetting that this place is FREE. if you hate it so much don't bother coming. Its not fucking compulsory! your presence on this board is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to demoralise disenfranchise and disrupt (oooo alliteration) something which is bigger than you. Harry's site is more important than the individual talk backers and ~dare I say it~ more important than Hollywood, it represents one mans love of a genre that is so passionate it has transcended the normal boundaries of fandom into a film buffs dream come true. Harry isn't just a critic he represents the human spirit and its ability to rise above the powers of consumerist greed and succeed just because.....well just because your fucking passionate about something. I like this site I like the reviews and I think I like Harry. Not because every word he writes is gold dust but because he has succeeded because he believes in something. I hope that one day you wankers sitting behind your corporate desks slagging Harry off in-between ferrying your bosses pointless paperwork around realise just how fucking worthless your dreams have become in the face of what he's done." I love AICN. He's right about you fuckers sitting behind a desk slagging him and the site off. No? Oh don't lie, mother fuckers! haha

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Billy Wilder = Great

    by KelVarnson

    Double Indemnity and Some Like It Hot are my personal favorites. The Apartment, Stalag 17, Sunset Blvd are also absolutely brilliant.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    deaft0ne, I'll check it out thanks.

    by welcometothepartypal

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The Thing is a pre-make

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Drive was a great film. Get over it.

    by Stalkeye

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    RE: "if you don't like Refn you won't like Drive probably"

    by Stalkeye

    On the contrary, I couldn't get into Valhalla Rising but I was pleasantly suprised after watching Drive. Great film that pays homage to the silent Anti hero archetype not to mention fun 80's-esque technopop. And I thought they would have killed off The Driver but had they did, it wouldn't change my overall opinion of the film either way.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Harry, Frida is a HORRIBLE Valentine's Day movie!

    by Joe Plumber

    Unless you want to have a conversation with your woman about why men are such dicks. Diego Rivero was such a creep and a scumbag to Frida. Yet, she kept coming back for more. Such a heartwarming love story there. That said, Molina plays a great dick head.

  • Feb. 2, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    You know.....

    by Brian

    once again, YOU ALL JUST GOT........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................COXXED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • That makes no sense. I can understand if you were an Academy voter in the year they were both nominated for Best Picture and that was your rationale for giving Shakespeare the Oscar. But why would one completely different film's ending have any impact on your feelings about another film? Jesus, that's a stupid thing to say.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Re: Monkeybone

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I don't give a fuck who wrote it, what was left out of it, how much Fox interfered with it, what fucking t-shirt Harry is having his little girly giggle about, none of it. The day they hired Brendan fraser and Chris Kattan to star in it, the fucking movie was doomed. PERIOD.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Holy fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I'm two-thirds of the way through Harry's little blurb about Mockingbird and he actually fucking amits that he did not grow up in the era, and that he has no secret, personal connection to this movie like he does with every other film ever made. As a matter of fact, hr may just discuss this movie based solely on the film's own merits, which would actually be writing instead of lazy ass....oh wait. He just claimed his dad was Atticus Finch. Fuck.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Hellstrom Chronicle!

    by Gray Mattre

    Hey Harry, I'd think your Dad was a big HC fan and, by osmosis, you as well....curious as to your thoughts on Olive's Blu release!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Night Train Murders is fucking hardcore. Loved it.

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Drive was like playing GTA: Vice City.....

    by Darth Saruman

    ...only not nearly as good.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    sonnyfern

    by shodan6672

    Last I checked, the director of Drive is from Denmark, not exactly Hollywood. Actually, the biggest criticisms of this brilliant film all seem to focus on it's non-Hollywood nature (not enough action, he doesn't have any Julie Robertsesque pointless monologues, the film is slow, etc). I saw bring on more films like this. We need a little ambiguity.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    maxcherry

    by shodan6672

    Could not agree with you more. The Thin Red Line was a masterpiece.

  • Maybe I need to rent it after all...

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The Confusingly Titled prequel to THE THING was quite good

    by TheFifthCylon

    Quite Good indeed. People trashing it are goofy.

  • I was wondering around the selections on redbox, I came across it. No wonder AICN has ignored this. OMFG. This makes Uwe Boll look like Kubrick. No joke. It is that bad.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    If you think Monkeybone is a masterpiece . . .

    by LordSoth

    You can have my DVD of it. Call me.

  • I know many people who are actually pretty upset with how The Grey depicts wolves. Maybe they're wolf-hugging nuts or maybe they don't like inaccurate depictions of nature. Anyway, I'm having trouble getting behind that movie.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Drive

    by LordSoth

    I liked the TV show with Nathan Fillion better. So there :P