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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 2nd wk of Feb 2012: Jerry Lewis, Johnny Depp, Samurais, Disgusting Surgical Horror, early Anti-War, Jeff Speakman & much more!

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s DVD PICKS & PEEKS… Fun stuff to be had, it’s a little late due to the work involved in getting that Andrew Stanton interview up, but I hope you appreciated it. As usual, the images and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more on a given title, or purchase it, which does result in supporting the best efforts of this column, and for that I thank you greatly. Now – let’s get into it…


Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 “VALENTINE’S DAY!”


Johnny Depp returns to the Hunter S Thompson universe… THANK GOD! While the film doesn’t quite match the pure awesome of Gilliam’s FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS… but I have to say – I am thinking of throwing a little Hunter party with a double bill of these two. For me, that means RUM DIARY first – and build to FEAR & LOATHING… There’s a 12+ minute piece where Depp talks about Hunter & his relationship with the man. Along with a bit of translating this book to film. Then there’s a 45 minute doc taking a look at Hunter and the history of trying to bring the book to screen. I actually liked this quite a bit. Now to plan the RUM / ACID party.


Without exception. Everyone I know has seemingly seen and loathed everything about this film. I have the Blu-Ray. I’ve held the box and thought, “Maybe I’ll put it on,” but when you know that at best folks will get a mouth of shit in the film… it is kinda hard to work up the motivation to sit back with your baby carrots and watch. I haven’t been at the right mental state for HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2. I need to choose a fellow victim to watch this with, but you know…. That’s genuinely hard when everyone I know has seen and hated it. I should just bite the bullet and watch it, but I just don’t know if I will. Does anyone like it? The FANTASTIC FEST audiences that saw this just really seemed to dislike the film, at least the ones that talked to me about it.


This is a horrifying zombie film that is stunningly shot on location in Africa, specifically Ghana. Being in Africa when the Zombie Apocalypse goes down. Being a relief worker, who crashes off the coast then swims to shore and instantly fight zombies. NIGHTMARES man. I saw this at the Drafthouse and Greg Nicotero was in the audience – and after the film – we both went over to the Ford Brothers, the directing team that made THE DEAD, and congratulated them on making a film that tonally belongs with DAWN OF THE DEAD, for the sheer visceral horror of zombies. There are some zombie moments in this that are just stunning. Beautifully shot… horrifically created… Slow moving zombies done right. Really fantastic!


The best male acting performance of 2011, for my money, belongs to Michael Shannon in TAKE SHELTER. He is a man that believes he might be going crazy, that he might have some form of tumor, but whatever is going on with him makes him compulsively build an underground shelter because he believe, Chicken Little-style, that the Sky is going to fall – and the pain and angst he goes through is just fantastic. Every actor in this film does exactly what they need to, but Michael Shannon, as he so often is in film, is an actor you can’t look away from. He’s so compelling to me. I find his situation truly horrific. To be aware that you may in fact be losing your mind, but not wanting to worry your family, you go to seek treatment, I love it. I love that at the same time he’s seeking treatment, he’s also taking the visions seriously and building his shelter. It is a bit of a Noah tale for the modern era and again. I love it. This is a great film. That said, it doesn’t work on EVERYONE. Devin Faraci absolutely loathed the film at the screening at FANTASTIC FEST. Try not to read much on the film before seeing it, there are surprises.


Ok – so we’ve all been bitching for years about the lack of EXTRAS on Woody Allen films released to Home Video, Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray. Well, for $21 you can buy this PBS documentary that is absolutely fantastic, taking you through the entirety of Woody Allen’s life – from being a young boy, to his initial joke writing jobs – through every film, all the way through the success of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. It’s over 3 hours long and is absolutely essential to all the WOODIES out there. OH – and there are extended interviews in the extras on this DVD. So – put this next to your WOODY ALLEN collection and access it whenever you want more on his life and work. I watched it and was riveted. Really great doc!


If you’re a film geek – you’re probably a Japanese Samurai film geek too. Because at some point somebody sat ya down and showed you some Akira Kurosawa flicks, maybe some ZATOICHI, perhaps HANZO, perhaps LONE WOLF & CUB. But for many of us, that just whetted our appetites. I will watch ANY Samurai movie ever made. It’s just one of those live lessons that I’ve had. I love samurais. THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI is by Hideo Gosha. Gosha is one of the directors that makes Samurai films that just kick unholy ass. Watch his GOYOKIN or SWORD OF THE BEAST or the great TENCHU! Or SAMURAI WOLF 1 & 2. And yes, the great THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI. If you love this film from Criterion, take it upon yourself to track down those other titles, and if you’re still in love with Gosha, check out THE GEISHA and ONIMASA for something different.

Anyway, these are cynical badass samurai having to deal with an oppressed peasant class that involve them in something bigger than themselves and that’s just fantastic. This was Gosha’s first directoral film and it is seriously one of his bests. Criterion has done a great job here, gorgeous 2.35:1 widescreen – the crispness of the image and the grain is just wonderful. You have an illustrated booklet and a trailer – I’m disappointed that Criterion didn’t dig up something with Gosha – as he really should be greatly celebrated more than he is. Great flick!


One of the greatest anti-war films ever made, was done so by Universal in 1930 and went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Directed by Lewis Milestone and starring one of the most haunted faces of cinema history, Lew Ayres, who you may know as President Adar in the original Battlestar Galactica pilot in 1978. Although many of us remember his term of service as Dr. Kildare in that long running series through the 30s and 40s. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is the harrowing tale of World War 1. I love Universal’s 100th Anniversary celebration, if for no other reason than it gives them an excuse to reach back into their amazing catalogue and come up with releases like this. On the Blu, you get not just the sound version but the SILENT version. You see in 1930 when this came out, there were still a lot of theaters that didn’t believe that SOUND was a big deal, so they didn’t have the capacity to show films that way. Universal was nice enough to create a SILENT version with title cards and different edits throughout the movie. This LIBRARY OF CONGRESS print is also on here, but sadly in Standard Def. Robert Osborne does a standard, great intro for the film. I would have loved a second Blu Ray with James Whale’s sequel to ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, called THE ROAD BACK, but alas – that was not to be.


What a ridiculously awesome time. I somehow missed ever seeing THE PERFECT WEAPON in 1991 when it was released. I don’t know how that is possible as I was a freak about seeing pretty much anything with martial arts – but THE PERFECT WEAPON looks like a parody on 1980s martial arts films. Mako is in this! James Hong is in this. But my fave is Professor Toru Tanaka, who plays TANAKA, in the film. Tanaka is essentially doing his best ODDJOB aka Harold Sakata – and like Sakata, Tanaka is a human bulldozer that nothing and nobody is going to stop. He is seriously a SUPER VILLAIN – and once you see how Jeff Speakman has to destroy him, you can’t beat him. You can only utterly destroy him. You’ll cheer. It’s just blissfully stupid fun. For extra fun you 1991 era Dante Basco in the film, that’s RUFIO from HOOK – and Yoko was so excited to see Rufio acting like Rufio in this film. In fact, I actually believe that you can watch PERFECT WEAPON as a prequel to HOOK. Right before that movie, Basco became a Lost Boy and went to Neverland and got an even more ridiculous hairstyle. Also – it is fun to see that this is an evil Korean neighborhood flick – although almost nobody is Korean. Great fun flick.


I can’t watch a lot of Jerry Lewis in a row. It can be damaging on your brain. As a rule, studios should only release Jerry Lewis Blu Rays once every other month, because then… it doesn’t feel like a frying pan to the noggin. ROCK-A-BYE BABY is directed by Frank Tashlin, the ol Termite Terrace genius – that went on to do great stuff like SON OF PALEFACE and WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? And THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT. Tashlin made a few flicks with Jerry, my fave being GEISHA BOY, this one… what with all the babies… it just, it makes me want to put on Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE and imagine Jerry Lewis taking care of Baby Selwyn. I’m sorry. I’d love to see that. The gags and the insanity are typical to Tashlin’s genius. Very enjoyable. The transfer is beautiful, these are such colorful films.


Director Jose Padilha is helming the ROBOCOP remake. For that reason alone you should see this. BUT – this film is also an amazing tale of corruption within a police and governmental level that is terrifying. The screenplay is by Braulio Mantovani, the writer of CITY OF GOD and it shows. This film went on to become the highest grossing film ever in South America. This is a brilliant crime saga that draws you in and shows just how hard it is to be a hero in a world where… to make things right, ya gotta kill a lot of people, you have to expose even more. And everyone wants you dead. GREAT film, watching this will get you incredibly excited for Padilha’s ROBOCOP.


I couldn’t finish the film. It just didn’t hold my interest at any level. I’m sad to report. BUT I just admitted to watching Jerry Lewis movies with babies in it. So you might want to dismiss my opinion and get a second opinion. Here’s what MACHETE has to say about it:


I would love to see this theatrically double featured with A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI. Seriously. Jerry Lewis plays a magician with a magical rabbit named HARRY. As a result, you will hear my name screamed a million whiny ways from Jerry Lewis. The physical gags with the rabbit alone are worth the price of this Blu Ray. The little girls in their Geisha costumes? SO CUTE. That boy on the cover? SO CUTE! That boy’s aunt? SO CUTE! This film is just a blast. So funny, so manic and crazy that you know it could only have been directed by Frank Tashlin! Oh – and Suzanne Pleshette is a certified hottie in this thing!


Love this film, saw it at one of the early QT fests when they were still at the Dobie Theater. I remember Quentin going on about how he just believed that the only reason that Tony Curtis signed on for this was to have sex with every stewardess in the film – and when you see the movie – you’ll absolutely get that impression. This is a sexy, very funny comedy with Jerry Lewis and the always brilliant Thelma Ritter. This will get remade someday. It involves a playboy played by Tony who is juggling 3 affairs with 3 different Stewardesses, whom he’s using Airline schedules to stay out of the doghouse. Hilarity ensues


Having seen Ronald Garcia’s THE TOY BOX and THE PLEASURE MACHINES – and knowing this is a film about a couple that decides to enter the Swinging scene, and the husband goes a little wacky… Well, that sounds like seedy grindhouse fun. I haven’t seen this film yet, but it has been ordered.


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  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    yes i can;t wait!!

    by DarthBlart

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    RUM DIARY: terrible. TAKE SHELTER: stunning.

    by Logan_1973

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    The Perfect Weapon!

    by DarthBlart

    escape from atlantis was Jeff Speakman's best movie though.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Jerry Lewis = The Adam Sandler of his day

    by darthvedder81

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by MrLongbaugh

    So the Rum Diary sucked? I held off going to the theater just in case. I was planning on doing a Red Box. Waste of time and a dollar?

  • breaks my heart.

  • the rum diaries was terrible

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I'll watch Human Centipede 2 with ya, Harry!

    by BeanGrud

    I laugh more than I get offended!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Tiny Furniture

    by Ageoffroyi

    No mention for Criterion's Tiny Furniture release?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Nude Nuns with Big Guns? Seriously?

    by 3774

    Way to layer your fetishes. You guys crack me up.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    Awful, man. Just awful. There's a reason why the bloody thing sat on the shelf for three years.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by PatientZer0

    You have become a fucking TERRIBLE writer. Intellectually and grammatically lazy. It wasn't always this way. Come on dude...You're lowering the standard, as Bill Hicks would say. I can tell you have worthwhile things to say on these films, but your sloppy sentences just read like...well... They just read like shit. As a fan of the site from the WAY early days, I can see your writing has slipped, and your heart is either not in it, or distracted. Recommit...PLEASE. You have a unique and intelligent voice that is betrayed by your lack of attention. Long time fan, meaning no disrespect.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Loved Elite Squad 2

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    It was as if City of God and The Departed had a baby.

  • Seems like the silent version would be interesting to view, if perhaps a little redundant. The ending with the butterfly is pretty much perfection - pure cinema. And so realistically filmed that footage was mistaken for genuine newsreel for years.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I will watch Michael Shannon in anything

    by sunwukong86

    He's just fantastic

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    BOEING! BOEING! absolutly hilarious.

    by gregg benac

    I have seen that one a couple of times and i got very excited to see it offered on Blu-Ray!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Checking out The Dead and Elite Squad for sure...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Might just buy them since it's been shit on DVD for a little while.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Saw several of these multiple times in theaters...

    by fathergeek

    Four of these motion pictures I saw at festival screenings with their directors present for Q&A. Went to RUM DIARY on 3 occasions once with Depp there... Saw THE DEAD twice... Witnessed ELITE SQUAD at 2 screenings... Experienced TAKE SHELTER two different times... all of these are worth owning, I wouldn't have bothered revisiting them in theaters if there wasn't something very interesting about them.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The PBS Woody doc is amazing

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    That's some damn fine reviewin' there.

    by Mugato5150

    I don't blame Harry for not wanting to watch The Human Centipede 2. Then again, my entire job description isn't reviewing newly released videos once a week.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Take Shelter- most uneasy I have felt since The Shining

    by DavidDunn

    Agree with Harry, don't read anything about it and go for the little ride it puts you on. I was on the side that fucking loved Take Shelter. I would classify this as horror, but it is a different type of scary. It is just pure creepy and eerie. Mental illness can be a horrifying subject and they do a great job of putting you in Shannon's place as an audience member. Tension, tension, tension. I really did feel I needed to take a moment and take a deep breath when the credits rolled. Honestly, since watching The Shining as a child (which was fucking horrifying) I have not felt that uneasy during a movie. Can't wait to own this.

  • No? But, Mel Gibson gets blacklisted by moviegoers for making some anti-semitic comments? WTF?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Where the Buffalo Roam!

    by longloaddropper

    Must be added to any Hunter S. Thompson night. It is a little slow paced - but goes crazy places. And Bill Murray + Peter Boyle are awesome.

  • Those who are dismissing the film, or worse accusing those of liking it of being sick... well, come on, now. It's not the content, its how the content is used. HC2 is not some mindless charnal-house gorefest. It's a very sad, surreal, painful, funny gorefest. It's remarkable. And to back me up (and apparently give you one more person who liked it), Owen Gleiberman of EW gave it a B+. That's about right!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Human Centipede 2 -

    by john

    Avoid it Harry. It's a dirty piece of shit. I actually enjoyed the first movie - in a twisted way - but this flick is nasty just to be nasty! You know when a movie makes you feel dirty for like a week? Well this one will make you feel like you just bludgeoned your wife to death, cut her up in the bathtub, dumped her dead ass chopped up body in a trash bag, pissed on said bag, then jacked off with an AIDS ridden dildo rammed up your arsepipe. That dirty. No redeeming features whatsoever.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Bravo bat725!

    by art123guy

    I couldn't agree more. I don't give a crap how talented Woody Allen is (or how much people say he is). I still think he's scum.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Tired Asses

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    The Rum Diary was good but don't expect Fear & Loathing.

    by Quake II

    Everyone who hates Run Diary seems to hate if for what it ISN'T, not what is IS. It's not over-the-top and silly like Fear And Loathing but it's still a solid story with some beautiful scenery, vintage clothing/cars and a couple hilarious situations. Plus it's nice to see Depp not looking like gay clown, pasty corpse or dirty pirate for once.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Yes, the Perfect Weapon!

    by Raymar

    Used to watch this o WPIX 11 all the time!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    krinkle--I know...

    by art123guy

    ...but what he did was just as sick. No, he wasn't her father or step father, but it's still messed up. That stuffs only acceptable in porn.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Jerry Lewis Blu ray!!!! Best news ever!

    by Gorgomel

    Hope they will release FAMILY JEWELS, THE LADIES MAN and CRACKING UP on blu too!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Bitch Fest In Full Effect

    by MooseMalloy


  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Glad that worked

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by DavidDunn

    Yeah, I was skeptical of putting The Shining up because of the Kubrick comparison. I didn't mean the movie was like watching Kubrick tension, just that the last movie I remember making me feel so uncomfortable happened to be The Shining. I am always hesitant to tell people that when I am recommending it because I don't want to hype it too much or it will take away the experience. Also, I can definitely see it as a movie many will not like.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    take shelter - instant classic!

    by budala

    couldn't stop thinking about it for days. fucking beautiful!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I don't really support Mel...

    by art123guy

    ...prejudice just seems more, I don't know, common? Screwing your girlfriends adopted daughter isn't. Plus I think the year each happened plays a big part in how I see things. In Woody's case, it was 1992. We didn't have half the media we have now. I recall no one saying anything about what he did. Since the media is 24/7 now, Mel's story was posted EVERYWHERE for months. He seemed to be blackballed. Yes, what Mel did was stupid, no doubt. But is that worse than what Woody did? Sorry, no. Yes, life should go on for both, but it just seems that Woody never got the media scrutiny that Mel did. I remember some comedian saying, "Since I'll never be in a Woody Allen movie, I'll say it like it is." I think most actors had the feeling of 'Woody's a genius and if I speak my mind, I'll never be in one of his movies'. BTW I'm no saint or feel I'm better than anyone. But some thing just make me go 'WTF is wrong with you?!?' For me, that goes more towards Woody than Mel.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    John Severin has died

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Elite Squad 2 is shit. Elite Squad is THE shit.

    by futurementat

    Seriously though, the sequel which is what you are advertising here is soooo boring and cliche after the first one which was brilliant and heartwrenching. Watch the first one. Also, Gibson's probs the best writer-actor-director of all time (that is at all three).

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Trying to decide which performance was more nuanced...

    by chaburchak

    ...Professor Toru Tanaka as "Tanaka" in THE PERFECT WEAPON, or Professor Toru Tanaka as "The Professor" in Chuck Norris' EYE FOR AN EYE? My vote is for WEAPON; it was ten years later and he'd had that much more time to work on his craft. As for Dante Basco, he should be known less for Rufio and more as the voice of Zuko in AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. Well done, sir.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    RUM and ACID is a great concoction...

    by KHjLL

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 yet...

    by KHjLL

    I'd CHILLOUT and watch it?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    You should have a 3 bill night...

    by KHjLL

    Out WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM on RUM and ACID... I have...

  • same director/writer and star; got darn good reviews too from the looks of it, but I'd never heard of it before. There are probably tons of very good flicks out there that go under the radar...

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    I love...

    by KHjLL

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by KHjLL

    awesome films can't wait till next week...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    I think Boeing Boeing was redone on Broadway...

    by eustisclay

    ...a couple of years back. I don't know about a remake, tv shows and countless other films have done variations on it. Maybe if they did a remake set in the 60's but really sexed it up, I don't know. Definitely getting the Lewis blurays, LOVE The Geisha Boy. In March they are releasing It's Only Money(hilarious) and Who's Minding The Store(great). Excited about Kansa City Confidential, now how about a The Phenix City Story on blu? I just read Wicked City by Ace Atkins and there is a really great movie that could be done on Phenix City. It's one of those stories where truth is strander than fiction. Or it'd be great to see an adaptation of Stephen Hunter's Hot Springs, that'd be an awesome flick!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Worst than Human Centipede is...

    by Mike Kosic

    A Serbian Film...from what I've read. I want to check that out. Any reviews on Aintitcool? Outlaw Samurai sounds right up my alley. That's why I check out this column every now and then - to find some cool old/new sht and some messed up new sht.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Still waiting...

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    for Speakman's comeback vehicle, Stop With The Kicking! Seriously, The Dead and Take Shelter look promising.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST

    No love for Mike Judge?

    by chubb rock

    Beavis & Butthead Vol 4 came out, no mention on that one?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Sandler isn't even the scum on Jerry's loafers.

    by Kenny8

    Comparing Sandler to Jerry Lewis is an insult, and I wouldn't even consider myself a "fan" of Lewis. Sandler is an absolute hack whose name should never be mentioned in the company of talented comics like Lewis and Allen.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum


  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Michael Shannon is brilliant

    by centilope

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for his Zod interpretation

    by centilope

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    I'm no believer but Take Shelter IS really good

    by centilope

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I'm no saint...

    by BangoSkank

    ...but Woody AND Mel are on my own little list of personally blacklisted Hollywood fuckwits. Gibson Woody Polanski Victor Salva and FF Coppola **I think that's the short-list, but it's early, and I'm only halfway through my first cup of coffee.** Fuck these fools. I'm no high and mighty crusader, but these people are shitty human beings and I don't want to put money in their pockets. There are plenty of other Hollywood d-bags out there (racists, bigots, and general cunts who can't keep their mouths shut and should know better), but that's my little list. I actually do everything I can to avoid interviews with actors and directors because I don't want their personal shit fucking up my enjoyment.... But sometimes there's just no helping it. I will add, that I did buy SECOND-hand copies of China Town and Apocalypse Now, shamefully enough. It's easier to watch a movie you fell in love with before you realized the creator was a piece of shit... Also with directors at least you don't have to see them on the screen. Conversely, I gave my Braveheart DVD and Mad Max trilogy to my nephew, because I can't stand to see Gibson on my tv screen. He was thrilled, and couldn't give a shit about anything Gibson might have said. Just my 2 cents.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Harry, on The Dead, What did you think of the pacing?

    by angry kitty

    I really want to see this, the visuals look stunning. But, I've heard the pacing is really poor. I am torn between wanting to see what looks to be a great atmospheric thriller, and avoiding a potential snoozer. Any thoughts? Much appreciiated

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST

    choppah and bangoskank

    by art123guy

    choppah--Woody's scandal may have been big at the time, but we didn't have 500 different news stations running 24/7 or the internet (I don't think Gore invented it yet). I seem to remember Howard Stern talking about how everyone in Hollywood was afraid to speak their mind since they wanted to be in a Woody Allen film and didn't wanna upset him. It could be I'm remembering it wrong. I think the thing that bugs me most about Woody is that everyone praises the hell out of him and I just don't get it. But, that's just me. bangoskank--Interesting that you gave away your Mel Gibson movies. I'd give up Mad Max and Thunderdome, but Road Warrior?!? That's commitment! What's the deal with FF Coppola?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    John Severin

    by BenBraddock

    I'd say "Hey AICN, where's his obit?" but it'd only turn into a magnet for attention-seekers and sickos anyway... RIP John - a great career from a great artist!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by Craig

    I'm not a staunch anti-reboot guy but there will never be a reason to get "incredibly excited" about a Robocop reboot.

  • Elite Squad is a over-the-top violent and gritty black-black-you-wont-believe-how-black comedy about how police brutality is actually a good thing - marketed as an action thriller. Elite Squad 2 is a badly paced latin america soap opera with no consistent plot or characters. Boring things just happen, characters behavior makes no sense, and the whole third act is done as 10 seconds long voice over. Literally. Skip it.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    The Woody "Scandal" happened in 1991

    by jawaburger

    I was using the internet then. Entertainment Weekly existed. So did People magazine and dozens of other tabloids that blasted that story all over. Also, Soon-Yi was 21 when they started dating. Two completely unrelated adults getting it on is not incest, and it was amazingly completely covered everywhere.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    *there's really nothing left to gripe about. * I'm not looking to get into a talkback pissing contest... But the guy cheated on his wife with her adopted daughter, a young woman who he had helped raise for over a decade. That's nothing to gripe about? You marry a woman who brings her 8 year old daughter into your home, you raise her as the father-figure and then start banging her behind your wife's back when she turns 18. THAT'S NOTHING TO GRIPE ABOUT?!?! He was also accused by Farrow of molesting her son, but the court through the case out, so I try to give him the benefit of the doubt on that one. I don't judge anyone for continuing to be a Allen fan, I just can't stomach it. But whatever, I said my 2 cents, and will now leave it at that.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    Victor Salva was a Coppola protege who videotaped himself raping an 11 year old boy who was an actor in one of his flicks. Coppola stood by Salva (not good) but then as producer of the flick, sued the boys family for breach of contract when they pulled the kid out of the movie after being raped (very not good).

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    No edit button blah, blah blah...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    What Woody did wasn't immoral but...

    by art123guy

    ...screwing your longtime girlfriend's adopted daughter is 'Jerry Springer' messed up. Ever look at the people on that show and think, 'Well, those people aren't messed up'? Concerning the coverage, yes, there was coverage everywhere. But 'coverage everywhere' in 1991 isn't the same as 'coverage everywhere' today. Media changes and now we get told everything about famous people. Stories are milked until the next big star messes up.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Immoral? Or Illegal.

    by BangoSkank

    Illegal, no. But immoral, that I would argue. Sorry. Swore I was done with this.

  • Woody Allen's pervasive pro-infidelity message in all of his movies has always bothered me. He seems to be pushing an agenda that he wants the rest of the world to agree with him and be as amoral as he is. That said, while it is extremely creepy what he did by hooking up with his girlfriend's adopted daughter, he did do so in a legal manner and waited until she was an adult. Plus, we do not know how involved Woody was in raising Soon-Yi. My guess would be very little. Also, there are two people involved in the relationship and the couple is still together so it was not just some twisted fling. Maybe it was true love. Still creepy though, but not on the same level as Polanski who is a pedophile who drugged and anally raped a 13 year old girl against her will and then fled the country to avoid sentencing fof the crime he committed.

  • Or will I actually feel some revulsion?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I'll have to look into the Coppola-Salva thing

    by Joe Plumber

    Damn, I really like Coppola's wine and movies though. :,-(

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    So does everyone just feel THAT bad for Mia?

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    Because that girl is a friggin nut job. Always was. Woody may be salacious boob who made an unpopular and questionable choice, but I don't get all the Mia worship. She's just some brittle hippy waif who lied to try and destroy a man's career. Yi was an adult. Mia wasn't even her legal guardian anymore. Yi wasn't being manipulated, and she certainly wasn't destroyed. You can object to the way the relationship began, but calm the eff down. You know who I really feel sorry for? Ethel Tenenbaum. Creepy.

  • The movies take place in cities with no activity. Even stage plays have more ambience. I've seen them all and there seems to be no exception. This is a deliberate decision of woody Allen and I bet that if asked he would say something like his intent is to have you focus on nothing but the dialogue.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Rum Diary was disappointing, but it is worth checking out

    by Joe Plumber

    if nothing else but for the gorgeous Amber Heard who never looked better. Giovanni Ribisi's small role was decent too. The most disappointing thing was the acid trip. It went nowhere. But, the film is a great commentary on neo-colonialism and the corruption of journalism.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Oh no. Severin is dead. Enjoy all 7 levels of the afterlife buddy.

    by UltraTron

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I agree, Adam Sandler is not in the same league as Jerry Lewis

    by Joe Plumber

    Lewis was a comedic acting genius who paved the way for the likes of Sandler, Jim Carrey, Yahoo Serious, Roberto Benigni, Pauley Shore and their ilk. Not a huge fan of a lot of his work, but his influence and originality cannot be denied.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Still on the Woody-Soon Yi thing? Key-rist. They've been married for over 14 years.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I've haven't read any reports that he beats her, whores her out for extra cash, shoots herion under her toenails, it seems that their relationship is working. Could un-informed idiots leave the subject alone?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Fathergeek, did you ever drop acid?

    by Joe Plumber

    If so, any cool experiences tripping and watching movies? I saw Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in the theater while tripping. Now that was A TRIP!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Tiny Furniture is for people with tiny penises

    by Joe Plumber

    called clitorises.

  • Is this really something you want to be associated with? You may as well just do porn. It's the same thing.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    The Dead

    by Craig

    I saw this back in October in Philly a few hours into a 24 hour marathon so my opinion might not be the best. It was an OK Zombie movie but by no means a game-changer. CGI-blood and the lead actor was pretty wooden.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    i remeber 1991...

    by gus

    that woody soon yi thing was fucking the time woody was considered one of the best filmakers in the world...and the greatest comic talent it was very first it was his "daughter" then "adopted daughter" as it turns out she was neither..she was a 21 year adult and new what she was doing...they have been together for 20 years at this point so i guess there was somthing to it...Then mia went crazy and accused him of molesting his other daughter and shit really hit the glad to see that he recovered somwhat first with match point , then vcb and now midnight.. it amazes me people still think she was some naive preteen that was seduced by a middle aged man...20 years and 2 kids and they still seem happy to this day...but its still a shitty thing to do to mia and his natural born son who still seems very confused about the issue and wont speak to them at all..weird situation but not incest or pedophilia by any means

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by Joe Plumber

    He's right about Polanski, though. Polanski is a criminal, a fugitive, a pedophile and a child rapist.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Hating on Woody still? Guess what you're gay

    by MooseMalloy

    No seriously, you are a homosexual man who hates women and loves only himself. Come out of the closet and feel better about the world. Either that or YOU are the PEDOPHILE!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    The Dead actually came close to resembling Fulci's Zombie.

    by Stalkeye

    And just like the 1980 classic, it too had a fucked up ending. Worth seeing!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I just ordered all 6 blu's...

    by ufoclub1977

    All 6 Star Wars movies on blu-ray, which for some reason are cheaper if you by the two sets of three movies separately instead of the full box of 6. I can't help it, even if there's a few moments of BAD CG in the first three, and I get depressed if I see any of Return of the Jedi (the worst of all 6 in my opinion), and the new 3 movies don't function at all in terms of character or plot, and ruin the sanctity of Star Wars 1977. I still want the eye and sound candy as background while I work. Should I be ordering it to be delivered in a brown paper bag? I also ordered Jacob's Ladder and Legend on blu. I think Jacob's Ladder is incredibly under-appreciated for how much it influenced horror and makeup effects. That shit was creative and potent.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Polanski and woody are 2 very differant stories...

    by gus

    Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl...death to you my friend...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Take shelter is oscar worthy.

    by Bigdada

    The acting is amazing. It would seem that Michael Shannon not only kills his role, but brings up the acting of the people around him as well. The mark of a genius.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I should have resisted ever posting....

    by BangoSkank

    Someone above asked why people who hate Allen defend Gibson, insinuating anti Semitic views. I stated that I don't care for either, and am done supporting both as a movie goer. Faulkner went on to say that what Woody did was nothing to *gripe* about. I disagreed. Simple as that. I never compared what Allen did to what Polanski or Salva did, other than that it put them all on a short list of people that I've wiped my hands of. Not sure why Faulkner is getting so defensive about it... Unless maybe he's got a hot little step daughter he's had his eye on... I keed. I keed. (Wait 'til she's 18 though, okay?)

  • Feb. 15, 2012, noon CST

    And there are plenty of others in Hollywood....

    by BangoSkank

    ...that I struggle with, as also stated. It was tough to watch Seinfeld reruns after Kramer started dropping n-bombs. Charley Sheen. That pompus windbag Baldwin. Jesus. There's no shortage of potential future list additions. And yeah, no one is perfect, we all make mistakes... My entire point with Allen and Gibson was that their personal lives made viewing their movies more of a struggle than it was worth, and I was done with them. It was my mistake to even bring up Polanski or Salva. It muddied the water of the point I was to make. Bango out.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Woodys a dick not a criminal...oh yea and a genius

    by gus

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    I'll look into both, thanks for correcting me if I was wrong. However.... Woody cheated on his wife with his wife's daughter, and Salva videotaped himself sucking off an 11 year old, and his buddy Coppola stood by and supported him. These ARE facts. My mother was a cheating whore, and I worked for years with children who were sexually abused... So I admit that I can be a little touchy about both subjects. Again, though, I'll look into Coppola's lawsuit. I'd love to be wrong about that one.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Woody's an idiot, too

    by Joe Plumber

    Mia Farrow's hot and Soon-Yi has a face like an octopus. It's gotta be love!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Thanks Chopps...

    by BangoSkank

    ...I may sleep better tonight knowing that.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    At least Brad Pitt traded up

    by Joe Plumber

    Meanwhile, Woody picked the apple from his girlfriend's tree and then dropped it, so it fell hitting every rung of the ladder he was standing on on it's way down and then landed in the bottom of the barrel, which is where Woody retrieved it.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by Craig

    By buying the 2 trilogies separately you lose an entire bonus disc. That might be the reason for the price difference.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    My friend banged his 15 year old cousin

    by Joe Plumber

    But, it was ok, because she was adopted and therefore not his biological cousin.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    wee willy faulkner

    by Dave

    It doesn't matter that it wasnt his daughter you ass....he obviously had his eye on her long before she was legal. When she was of age, he went and got her. So yea, in the eyes of the law he did nothing wrong. But from a moral standpoint he is still a perverted old guy who wanted some young tail. But in your view, what he did was no different than Brad cheating on Jennifer.....yeah, it really is no different. Idiot.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Interesting takes on Woody

    by Blanket-Man

    I vividly remember Howard Stern's vicious attacks on Woody Allen back then, and I was right there with Stern. Legal, illegal, moral, immoral... if nothing else, it was definitely icky. I've never been able to sit through one of Allen's films - his humor just doesn't do it for me - but my opinion of him as a person has lightened up as the years have gone by, and he and Soon Yi have gone on to presumably live happily ever after. Maybe the ends justified the means after all - but those means were pretty icky.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were NEVER married.

    by jawaburger

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    Nah, my comment came from your steadfast belief that cheating on your wife with her daughter is the same as cheating on your wife with a coworker. But I guess it was unneeded and something of a low blow. Sorry for that. And fair is fair, throwing my own Psych 101 bullshit back at me... I guess I earned it. You and I just don't see shit the same way. That's life. And as stated above, I did work with the victims of pedophilia, so yeah, it is sort of a touchy subject. But that's not really here, nor there. No witch hunt going on. I never labeled Allen a pedo, just a sleaze who cheated on his wife with her daughter (though meeting a girl at the age of 8, watching her grow into a woman, only to then start sleeping with her might make some people wonder). And the handle BangoSkank comes from The Dark Tower books, though I guess I'm setting myself up for being mocked for my choice in literature... Oh well.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    still on my all-time favorites list. with some of the best deleted scenes ever left out of a film

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Shit, Rum Diary came out?

    by Mattman

    I was hoping to not spend money this week.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Jacob's Ladder is indeed a great film

    by Joe Plumber

    SPOILER One of the best "I'm dead and really in hell, but I just don't realize it yet" films.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    The Dead

    by sambellishungry

    I was really excited for this one and it was so fucking lame I didn't finish it.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    And peace be with you, my man...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Shit, I did miss out on some good discs on those Star Wars Blu's

    by ufoclub1977

    I wish I had actually clicked the links and read what was included. I guess I can return the ones I bought and buy the big box for those extra discs. Really looking forward to Legend (even though the story sucks) and Jacob's Ladder. Are there deleted scenes on the disc for Jacob's Ladder???

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Why do I still visit this site?

    by coconutgroves

    Fucking seriously, I need to add it to my blocked site list to remind me to not visit it. Harry - seriously man, time for a redesign and some new blood for writers. Your shit is so old, old hat calls it old hat.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    The HC films are worthless

    by liljuniorbrown

    Everybody knows it and Harry, you know it too. I know you love to try and stir the talk backers up with those you love defending torture porn or anything depicting rape or vile treatment of women. You might want to try dropping that shit or go back to watching it alone and only telling your fellow creeps when you're cruising around together in the panel van with the free puppies sign

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Gibson doesn't have to apologize to anyone

    by Mugato5150

    He was drunk and talked shit about the jews. It was fucking stupid given his profession to piss off the jews but he doesn't need to apologize for it.

  • Anything less is cheap.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    woody allen movies bore the shit out of me..

    by paul burnett

    I have never worked out why joe public dig his shit or why he can click his fingers and get any name to appear in one of his films. Then if you see an interview with any star who has been in an allen film,they will allways say...'well when i heard it was woody allen, of course i jumped at the chance to be in one of his films' I just dont get it..

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    maxcherry - way to make shit up.

    by Yer_Maw

    Quick fact-check for you: Allen was never married to Farrow (they had a very odd relationship - the were together for 12 years, adopted a couple of kids, but never actually lived together), and therefore he was never Soon-Yi Previn's step-father - or her guardian in any way. Their relationship started when she was 20, they got married when she was 27, and are married to this day. Was it a fucked-up situation? Yes. Was Allen's behaviour inappropriate? Clearly. But that's as far as it goes.

  • Midnight in Paris made only $56 million domestically. Generally people with discerning taste who like good films go see Woody Allen's movies. Actors love to work for Woody, because he is a genius filmmaker with a unique vision who writes great characters. Especially, for women. The reason you do not get it is most likely because you ARE Joe Public.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy, actually yes, now that you mention it

    by Joe Plumber

    F' Jeremy Lin and F' the Giants and all of the overpriced corporate New York teams.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Joe Public is stupid...

    by gus

    woody has made over 40 films...many of them classic and a few are even masterpieces...the actors take less money to work with him because he has a rep for getting them oscar noms...just look what he did for scarlett, charlize, keaton, farrow, wiest, cruz, tilly(ugh i know, but got her a nom) and sorvino...

  • Feb. 18, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Blockbuster doesn't carry The Dead. God, I hate Blockbuster!

    by bat725

    Oh, and you're welcome for the Woody Allen discussion. Fuck all you Woody Allen fans that didn't like it. He's a fucking sleeze.

  • Feb. 18, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Harry watch Human Centipede II ONCE

    by hitchcockintheziplock

    Dunno if you saw it yet, but if you think you can sit through the gore, which is really only in the second half of the film, there's superior storytelling in this little gem. One of my favorite acting performances of 2011, by Lawrence Harvey. It's no holds barred, and be sure, it's probably one of the most disgusting things you'll see put on film. I promise this movie was more than just torture porn, though. It's thought provoking, and despite what a lot of people will say, humorous. Black and White enhances the already good cinematography. I'd say check it out once, and don't bother trying to show this to a friend. I think it's better to absorb this alone, so you can either completely like it, or completely hate it with unbiased opinion. I completely liked the film, I admit, but I also will admit that I will not watch it again for some good long years.

  • ..Sorry but Allen does nothing for me.Nothing,leaves me cold. I find their seems to be quite a lot of film snobbery concerning his films, where if the viewer doesn't enjoy it, it must be the veiwers fault/problem for not 'getting it'.

  • Increase the dendrite formations in your brain. Then try again.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    maxcherry: what you call sick and demented-

    by UltraTron

    Allen calls a fine piece of Asian hair-pie. If she was over 16 it's legal. I say good ass is where ya find it. Sure it's lazy and un-cool as fuck to do to your wife. But hey. She should have given him more action.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Emporer doesn't have any clothes...sorry

    by paul burnett

    The End.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Whatever else you say about the Human Centipede Franchise...


    You've got to admit the dude knows how to cast. The main bad guys in both flicks were superb. I think the sequel is something you watch once and then put away forever. Nothing about it caters to a second viewing--except the performance of the lead, maybe. There is some clever stuff in there and the style is a bold choice, which I'm always a fan of. But the scenes with the mother and the baby in the car are so overboard that it brings you right out of the movie. You wanna say, "Dude, it's 'Human Centipede 2.' Stop trying so hard."

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    HC2 is this year's Serbian Film

    by unmask

    The holier-than-thous are going to get all pissy and totally dismiss the film. It one-ups the first, and the scenes away from the centipede are actually the best. All the people I've talked to have been shocked how good the film is.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Offer still stands

    by DrGogol

    I have a wife and child and a 40 hour a week job that *isn't* writing for the most popular genre movie website on the net and I could STILL get a weekly DVD release column in on time. Guaranteed by Tuesday morning every week. Let me write this column for you, Harry. I won't be nearly as popular as you so there won't be as many readers and therefor less clicks to the Amazon links. However, "less" is more than "none". Which is what you have now.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Some of you people are soul-less morons

    by Raptor Jesus

    It doesn't matter one bit if she wasn't legally Woody Allens daughter. He raised her since she was like seven years old then fucked her when she was 18 and left nude polaroids out for her adoptive mother and his girl-friend of ten years to find. They could skin this prick alive and roll him in salt and I would cheer them on. Too bad there's no hell, because I sure wish he would rot in it.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    icanthavethat doesn't have any taste in film...sorry

    by Joe Plumber

    There's not one Woody Allen film out of 45 that you enjoyed? Just out of curiosity how many of his movies have you watched or tried to watch? There's 45! They're not all the same. And many of them don't have Woody acting in them, if that is one of the reasons you don't like them. I guarantee that out of 45 movies, I could find one that you would enjoy. But, you'll never know because you're already living in the assumption that you're just not into his stuff.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    calm down

    by paul burnett

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    sodding smart phone.

    by paul burnett

    Doesnt matter what i have or havent seen,it shouldnt matter to you unless allen gives you comission for every person you get to watch his films. Dont take it so personally,he dont give a fuck about you,i dont give a fuck about you. So if you want to watch his films and you enjoy them, thats great..but dont expect me to as well. ITs all or nothing with people like you...bored now.