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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 3rd wk of Feb 2012: Bogart, Wayne, Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, George C Scott & a mutant human/giant-catfish movie!!! And more!

Published at: Feb. 25, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… I had no intention of being late with this week’s column. I really didn’t. But this week has had a tsunami of behind the scenes activity here at AICN. I’m working on a show, that is coming soon to AICN. We’re working on some technological advances – concerning this very column that I’m beyond thrilled about. Then there’s a film project in the earliest of stages that got real exciting this week. BUT – 2 of the 3 distracting things are directly intended for you good folks – and the 3rd. If it comes about, you’ll probably dig the hell out of that too. Well enough of that – there’s some wonderful stuff on this list – and a weird mutant Man/Giant Catfish movie on Blu! Wonders never cease to abound. The pics and links once again lead you to AMAZON – where a small percentage of your purchase price goes to support the efforts of this column – and for that you have my profound thanks. Enjoy…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012





FORT APACHE Blu-Ray

The beginning of the great Cavalry trilogy by John Ford, very nearly the greatest director that ever lived. Watching Ford taught Kurosawa, taught Spielberg, taught every director that has ever given us the HERO SHOT, that understood the right angle to create and capture POWER on screen. John Ford fine tuned the cinematic language for cinema. The Trilogy begins with FORT APACHE, then we see SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON and then RIO GRANDE. One a year from 1948 to 1950. The films are absolutely brilliant filmmaking. Warner didn’t really give this the highest grade treatment that they should have. This is off a film print and not particularly cleaned up. It is better than any other print on the market – but a film like this, it should be given extraordinary treatment. Anything less is a bit of an embarrassment frankly. The commentary isn’t anything special – and the MONUMENT VALLEY special feature is not going to set your mind a-reeling. NOW – while this is a barely adequate release – I will recommend picking it up. With Warner destroying prints and refusing to rent 35mm any more, it’s unlikely you’ll get to see the film better. Unless this sells. It would have to defy their expectations to get their attention and do something remarkable. AS THEY SHOULD HAVE! Ultimately though it is the best release of a seminal title that just rules. As great as Henry Fonda and John Wayne are… as cute as growing up Shirley Temple is… For me, Ford’s films were rich for the depth of the supporting casts and his ability to capture the majesty of this planet. Specifically the Monument Valley area of the United States. But you’ll find yourself laughing and discussing folks like Ward Bond, Guy Kibbee, Victor McLaglen, George O’Brien, Pedro Armendariz. B-Movie lovers will spot John Agar and cheer too. Also you’ll see folks like Richard Farnsworth and Ben Johnson doing stunts in the film – but good luck spying them. It’s just cool to know they’re there too. Folks like to point at this next film as being the best western ever… but I really can’t respect the opinion of any critic that would say that. There are 100s of wonderful westerns. Just about every genre has been folded into Westerns. If you love film and you’re trying to really get a grasp of the breadth of it. Get your hands on as many westerns as possible. It is so rich.




UNFORGIVEN Blu-Book

Essentially – this is the exact same release as we’ve already had access too, only in the BLU-BOOK form. Same extras, the same movie. Now the prior Blu-Ray releases people complained about the film being a bit muddy in places, in regards to the transfer. I watched this last night – and had a friend over that described the image quality as being, “Like looking through a window” – and he meant really crystal clear glass that had been freshly cleaned. Cuz it looked beautiful, but I did put on my previous Blu-Ray copy and that looked just as beautiful albeit, I did not watch the whole thing again. I find that my favorite characters in this film are not Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, but rather – I really do love Gene Hackman and Richard Harris’ performances. Most of all, I love the cinematography and the music. That said – anytime I watch this film – I find myself wishing I was watching one of the Leone films or OUTLAW JOSEY WALES – which are my preferred Eastwood Westerns. Still great to have the Blu-Book, there’s just something aesthetically classy that I like about the Blu-Books.




ANATOMY OF A MURDER Criterion Blu

Otto Preminger’s ANATOMY OF A MURDER is just a fantastic film showing a variety of great actors with great and different approaches to acting. Jimmy Stewart plays a brilliant lawyer that’s taken to drinking a fishing with his brilliant fellow lover of the law played by the immensely satisfying Arthur O’Connell, who talks him into defending Ben Gazzara, who killed the local Bar owner, who allegedly raped his wife, Lee Remick, who is a sexpot that wantonly flaunts her sexuality throughout the film. This causes some deliciously uncomfortable moments for Jimmy Stewart. Now Gazzara and Remick are so alive within their method work – that Jimmy & Arthur seem to come from another world. Then there’s the Judge, who is a very real real life judge – and he’s exceptionally brilliant. OH – and then there the State Assistant District Attorney played by George C Scott. I’ve seen the film several times, it’s one of those films that made me want to be a lawyer for a period of time when I was younger. Stewart is pulling what we would now call “a Matlock” – you know when a Lawyer doesn’t have anything other than his down-homesy charm and throws two hands of subterfuge to exasperated the D.A. and make the Jury smile? He’s mounting that kind of defense. Now – see if you can take your eyes off of Jimmy Stewart – and watch George C Scott, who is absolutely dazzled and amused by Stewart’s performance. You can see it breaking his character. You’ll never catch Gazzara losing his character, but George, you can tell he loved Jimmy. Duke Ellington’s score keeps everything moving – and he even appears as a piano player named Pie-Eye in the film. Criterion has done a great job on this disc – here’s the extras:

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

New alternate 5.1 soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio

New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch Critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington's score in a new interview

A look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger

Newsreel footage from the set

Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line

Excerpts from the work in progress Anatomy of "Anatomy": The Making of a Movie

Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine's Gjon Mili

Trailer, featuring on-set footage

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and more




PUSS IN BOOTS Blu-Ray

I really do like PUSS IN BOOTS quite a bit, but I can’t agree with the quote, “BEST ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR” – that should go to either RANGO or CAT IN PARIS, but this is a welcome surprise from the world of SHREK, mainly because it has almost nothing to do with SHREK – other than the notion that the Fairy Tale mishmash world that it all takes place in. Dreamworks Animation has really loaded up the Blu-Ray with extras:

- Purr-fect Pairings: The Voices Behind The Legends

- Deleted Scenes

- Kitten to Cat

- Glitter Box Dance Off!

- Klepto Kitty

- Kitty Keyboard

- Fairytale Pop-Up Book

- Kitty Strikes Again HD

- CATivites (DVD-ROM)

- World Of DreamWorks Animation

Blu-ray Exclusives

- A DreamWorks Fairytale

- Puss' Paw Pouncing Challenge

- The Animator's Corner

- Trivia Track Special Features




UNDERDOG: THE COMPLETE SERIES

By the way, feeding your dog a Tab of LSD does not turn your dog into UNDERDOG… At least I really don’t think it would. But that’s what happens when Shoeshine Boy takes his tab of LSD out of his ring and then he’s flying and fighting crime. Usually trying to rescue his Sweet Polly Purebred. SHOUT! Has loaded this 9 Disc set with every episode of UNDERDOG ever. There’s bonus toons, commentaries, featurettes and tons more. When I first went to college, I had a crazy friend that loved to talk for hours about how UNDERDOG was the first and only LSD powered superhero. I think all kids going to college meet this person. And we’re all the better for it. It does make watching UNDERDOG even better than normal.




TOWER HEIST Blu-Ray

I knew this would be a good flick. The Eddie Murphy that is in this film – is the Eddie Murphy I want to see on film. Brett Ratner absolutely gets that. The film is quite great, but that’s because this is a PG 13 film – and the folks involved would be better served if they could LET GO. We need to see this kind of Comedy EXPENDABLES – but where the old gods unleash. But at least Eddie is acting like he could be a badass – and it has been far too long since I’ve felt that from him. Alan Alda is really quite a bit of fun as the wealthy penthouse living 1%er that has essentially robbed the 99%. The majority is seeking revenge. Not a great film, but a perfectly satisfying watching experience for what it is.




WORLD ON A WIRE Criterion Blu-Ray

Based upon the science fiction novel SIMULACRON-3, Fassbinder crafted an amazing 3 & a half hour 70’s science fiction flick that evokes the great serious minds of the genre. Vonnegut can be felt. Kubrick’s influences can be seen – and yes, there’s dashes of the great Dick himself. This deals with virtual reality – long before THE MATRIX made it incredibly cool… then cliché as hell. Here, you get a stylistic world that is just very cool looking. If you like Truffaut’s FAHRENHEIT 451, and there are many that don’t, then you may be perfect for this Criterion jewel. Be forewarned, if you have distractions, then save this for when you can be absolutely absorbed by it. Tis the only way to enjoy.

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Fassbinder's "World on a Wire": Looking Ahead to Today, a 50-min documentary

New interview with German-film scholar Gerd Gemunden

New English subtitles

Trailer for the 2010 theatrical release

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter




J. EDGAR Blu-Ray

This film has terrible make-up. There’s just work done here that looks BAD. I’ve always been fascinated with J. Edgar Hoover. His story created modern paranoia with our government’s ability to track us, be aware of us and allegedly protect us. As bad as Leo’s old age make-up looks – Armie Hammer’s make-up is snicker-worthy. I like the script and the story – but for me personally, I can’t get past the bad stage make-up. At best this is something to catch on cable, don’t spend money on this unless you really are a freak for J.Edgar Hoover stories.




WAR OF THE ARROWS Blu-Ray

I watched this just a couple days ago. It’s outstanding. Perhaps one of the best Archery combat films yet captured. I loved the tactics that get used in the film. This tells the tale of the 2nd Manchu invasion of Korea – I’m not used to this sort of South Korean film, since most of what I see are films set in their modern day. As a result, I was delighted by the change of pace – delivering a film that takes us to this era – which is just amazing. Warning though, apparently there’s a lot of gross simplification in the subtitles – according to Yoko – my resident Korean. But it did not bother me in the least. This is really cool shit.




MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Blu-Ray

Elizabeth Olsen is hypnotic in this film. One of the things I love about this film is the notion of choosing another way to live life. Alternative living in America is a great subject. I mean, so many of us complete High School, go to College and/or get a job/start a career. Move out on our own and settle down into a life. Here, Olsen’s character is a bit of a mystery to her Sister and Husband. They can’t quite figure her out. She’s got completely different priorities. She seems traumatized. But she had been living in a cult existence. A communal lifestyle. An abusive one. She willingly became incredibly subservient in that world – and she’s left it. She’s got adjustment issues with her more traditional sister. But life offers us many paths. Olsen’s performance is one of the best of last year. There is a depressed funk that lingers around the edges of this film, so it might not quite warrant multiple viewings – but I think a lot of you are going to really and truly dig the hell out of this thing. Wonderful film.




HONEY 2 Blu-Ray

This is laughably bad. You ever watch films cuz the people are pretty, they dance real crazy, and you can discuss with a friend, significant other – about how actively brain damaged the film you’re watching is? That’s why to watch HONEY 2. Because it ate all the lead paint chips. It is just dumb. Dumb as a stump. Where do these DANCE GANGS exist? Do people laugh at them openly? Are they all this hilariously dense? I kinda hope so.




CONFLICT (1945)

This is one of those wonderful Bogart Film Noirs that is all wrapped around pulling off a perfect murder. I love those subjects. I also love Bogie’s motivation. You see, he married his wife and lived with her for 5 long years. She was a bit of a cunt you see – and over that time, Bogart discovers that he married the wrong sister, that he’s actually in love with his wife’s sister. NOW – See – it’s sort of a Porn plot – but it is incredibly classy. I mean… in addition to Bogart you have one of my favorite fat character actors of all time. SYDNEY GREENSTREET – the fat man with the fez from CASABLANCA and the fat man from MALTESE FALCON that covets the curious black bird. I can watch a film like this at the drop of a hat. Watching a Bogart film – it makes the world right. It centers me and makes me dream of suits & dames & things that go bump in the night. This is a great Warner title. Check it out!




CHAIN LIGHTNING

I’d never seen Humphrey Bogart as a test pilot, specifically testing the Ejection Cockpit. If you’ve always suspected that Bogie had, “THE RIGHT STUFF,” this is the movie where he shows it off. In addition – there’s romance with Eleanor Powell – who is one of the most attractive ladies in film history. She’s just a vision. This isn’t one of Bogart’s top titles – but I believe that it is a film geek’s duty to see as many Bogart films as humanly possible. But then my parents drove that home into my mind. I’m the same way with most of the leads from the 30’s-50’s. Bogart did so many different types of roles on screen – and discovering all the facets of this fascinating man… it prepares you to become the coolest old man ever. Learn from the master.




BIG FOOT

THE POST and the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER are fucking insane. This is by no means the greatest monster movie since KING KONG. Nor is this the most realistic horrifying film ever… even if we’re talking about it being 1970. However, this is a film about a Bigfoot that captures some women – and a group of Bikers set out to hunt down Big Foot and get their women back – and it stars the seed of Robert Mitchum. And JOHN CARRADINE. The film is pretty terrible – but fun. Cheesy as a grilled cheese sandwich. If you want a much better scary BIG FOOT/YETI story to watch, check out ABOMINABLE by Ryan Schifrin – it’s still my fave of the genre.




CONVOY COLLECTION

My Father-In-Law is a Trucker. So when I see a collection like this of films that I know nothing about – but that has the tagline, “DON’T MUCK AROUND WITH THESE TWO-FISTED MOTHER TRUCKERS!” Well, I purchase the under $10 triple feature of THE TRUCKER’S WOMEN , MOON FIRE TRUCKER and THE CONCRETE COWBOY and then I wait to see just how awful it all is. IMDB doesn’t have a listing for the 3 films. Very curious!




ZAAT

I’ve never heard of ZAAT – but apparently this is a film made the year I was born, 1971, and concerns a mutant human/giant catfish hybrid – that does what any natural mutant human/giant catfish hybrid would do. Having seen OKIE NOODLING – I wonder if they eventually catch ZAAT by dangling their arms into a murky lake? Somehow – the film has a Blu-Ray. That Blu-Ray must be mine. ZAAT sounds amazing. Right?

Next week I’ll be looking at HUGO, JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM, THE BUCCANEER on Blu, SCARLET STREET Blu, VANYA ON 42ND STREET Criterion Blu, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL – First Season, Fritz Lang’s THE SPIDERS, NIJINSKY Blu, BABA YAGA Blu, RABIES, WHERE LOVE HAS GONE Blu, THE MOUNTAIN Blu, MANDRILL Blu, L’AUTOMOBILE, MISS BALA, PAC-MAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, THE YELLOW SEA, VOICE OF THE CITY, MAN TO MAN, THE IDLE RICH and that’s about it.

Readers Talkback

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  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Bang on time, Harry

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    pretty weak week....zing!

    by Mel

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Tower Heist was flamin' awful.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I think Zaat

    by SilentBob X

    Is Blood Waters of Dr. Z, judging by the monster, but I could be mistaken.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Pretty thin pickings, release-wise, but thanx anyway H.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Unforgiven - An Absolute Masterpiece

    by KelVarnson

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Mediocrity, thou hast a yardstick: Tower Heist

    by Laughing Boy

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Why are current "Asian" movies always 'excellent' or 'outstanding'?

    by googamooga

    To be honest, I can't sit through most of them, and no, it's not because I can't be bothered to read the subtitles. There are exceptions, of course, such as anything by Stephen Chow, but generally I find them to be borderline psychotic (action and effects-wise) or bloated attempts at historical epics.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Tower Heist left me cold too

    by Kenny8

    ...despite Alda. The rest makes the original "Italian Job" look like the classic it is.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Jesus, next week's releases look even worse. What's goin' on?

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Anatomy of a Murder

    by MrDexter

    based on a real case - my uncle was a Marine buddy of the 'Barney Quill' character.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Fort Apache...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...is one of the ten best westerns ever made. Simple as that. If you haven't seen it you should. The final scene, where one character is describing another to a group of reporters, is the perfect encapsulation of how the myth of the old west was created. Plus, it would be a great match with Unforgiven, which is entirely about the way mythologies, both personal and for public consumption, are built. Anatomy of a Murder is a great movie, the kind of movie you need to have watched. It doesn't hurt that George C Scott is one of the twenty greatest actors in the history of cinema. The movie is put together with such a beautiful, clockwork consistency. Those are the top keepers from this batch, and I say that as a guy who has a Maltese Falcon sitting in my office. Conflict isn't a bad movie, but Chain Lightning is. You want to watch Bogart out of his element try Sahara instead.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Terrible week for releases.

    by lochkray

    Tower Heist, I guess, is the only one I'll go for. And can't say I'm too excited for it. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised. Oh well, at least I'm not banned_of_brothers. Poor guy, forced to come here , week after week, to read Harry's article. An individual far too intelligent for this site, but coerced through some supernatural power to return here time and time again. At least he still has the strength to tell us everything wrong with the article, to fight through adversity like a super hero, and stand up to the powers that make him read this. Weaker men would bend or break. Or just stop reading the fucking articles, and find some site to go to that is worthy of their brilliance. Christ, this site has been around for nearly fifteen years. Any you're still complaining about the quality here? Jesus-suckling-on-the-virgin-mary's-titties-Christ, who is the bigger dumbass? The site operator, or the person who keeps coming back and complaining?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Just because you don't know the titles

    by HEADGEEK

    doesn't mean it's a bad week next week. Some great foreign new releases. MANDRILL is a film that you'll find yourself watching over and over again. Ask VERN. MISS BALA is an extraordinary flick. VANYA ON 42nd STREET is tremendous. Fritz Lang's SPIDERS is awesome. THE MOUNTAIN on Blu is very exciting. TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL is the best thing you don't know anything about, most likely. So addicting. I've personally shown the entire series to about 8 friends now - at individual times. SCARLET STREET is WONDERFUL. THE BUCCANEER by DeMille is really a whole lot of fun. THE YELLOW SEA is tremendous as is the weird sexy awesome of BABA YAGA. It's a good week next week.

  • The voice.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    That's pretty presumptuous of you, H.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Fred...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Now, sir. We'll talk, if you like. I'll tell you right out, I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Just read the above...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...and let Greenstreet's voice do the rest.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    No London Boulevard review?

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    Harry, you mentioned last week that it was among your picks for this week. Was looking forward to your take on it :/

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Harry, he never said he didn't know the titles..

    by Fritzlorrerains

    He said they look worse than this week. That is his OPINION and in no way does he indicate that he never heard of the films. Good job crapping on one of your readers. Maybe next time he should shower you with PWESENTS and then, only then, would you give his post a positive review.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    All Bogie, all the time

    by Clio

    The time is always right to watch a Bogie film. I especially enjoy watching his often overlooked films, like Conflict. For many years, at least once a year, I pop in Bogie's *All Through the Night.* And I get a nice fuzzy feeling of nostalgia for his greatness.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Mandrill...

    by scrote

    Should you run out and see this film? No. But is it worth a rental on a rainy day when nothing else good is available? Sure.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Anatomy of a murder : Saul Bass titles in HD!!!!

    by Gorgomel

    We need more Saul Bass on Blu! How about a Blu with Phase IV and all Saul Bass amazing shorts (including Quest)?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    clio...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...yeah, but All Through the Night rocks.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Tell you what H...

    by scrote

    ...I'll do you a favour and not bother checking out your next column. It's not your fault it's slow couple of weeks, but in future please don't assume your TB'ers are completely ignorant when it comes to 'Titles'. Spencer Tracy, Fritz Lang, DeMille...not my cup of java, dude. I've seen one episode of 'Todd...' and it's not bad. Shitty week for releases next week. We'll just have to agree to disagree.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    World On A Wire seems to be the standout release this week

    by lv_426

    I have to disagree with The Matrix making virtual reality cliché. What other big budget mainstream virtual reality movies have been made since, besides Tron Legacy, that really did anything majorly involving virtual reality? Caprica the TV series had an interesting take on it with their V-world. I think VR still has, well really limitless boundaries to be explored on film.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Mandrill...

    by scrote

    While I'm all for a good fun ride of a film, this movie was at times so purposely campy & cheesy it was painful to watch. On top of that, the plot was paper thin, and the acting mediocre.

  • I'm going to check it out again.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Edited again...hmmm. My last post was quoted from IMDB.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Harry...just do one favor for us RE: the HUGO blu review nxt week:

    by Logan_1973

    Just give us some good insight to the extras (if any), and how good the transfer is. I think the extras would be a fascinating watch, and I thought the 3D dulled what should have been a very vibrant picture. We all know how much you loved the film...so just the facts, ma'am. Please?

  • Clearly doesn't know shit about design. That art for "World on a Wire" is fucking brilliant, and I can't remember the last Criterion box art that elicited anything less than "Wow!"

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    World On A Wire is good

    by clownparts

    World On A Wire is a fascinating film. Way ahead of it's time. It made me think both of Inception and the Matrix. It definately looks like a product of its time. It has wonderful stylized camera work. It is long, and like Harry said, is a film you have to pay attention to and give enough time to so that you can sync to it's wavelength.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I so want that Anatomy of a Murder blu

    by lotharius3rd1118

    One of my favorite films of all freaking time! Saw it when I was seven and fell head over heels for it. One of the very best courtroom dramas ever made with some awesomely witty banter between Jimmy Stewart and George C. Scott, an ambiguous ending, a jazz score that makes you want to wear shades, and the funniest judge in cinema history! I love all the actors in this movie! Just watch how they are each doing something, even when they are not the focus of the scene. For instance, after Jimmy Stewart has his big blowup moment in court and rails at the DA, watch how Gazzara calmly sits a chair back up after it gets knocked over and offers a little smirk in the process. I love how that one little action, showing just so much cool under pressure kinda throws a little doubt on his whole temporary insanity defense. This cat is too cool under any sort of pressure to imagine him snapping so easily. Or watch how George C. Scott is constantly trying to get between Stewart's view of Remick! Fucking great stuff and that hasn't even mentioned the amazing drunk off his ass Arthur O'Connell! Seriously, people, if you haven't seen this one do not let it slip past you!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I'm curious about World on a Wire

    by lotharius3rd1118

    Is this a more cerebral 70's sci-fi like Solaris where it's not very clear for most of the movie that it actually takes place in the future?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    It's about time I just bite the bullet

    by lotharius3rd1118

    and get Unforgiven on blu. Saw that as a double feature with Honey I Blew Up the Kid when I was ten. Need to have it just for that bit of nostalgic value, but mostly so I can re-watch the ending over and over.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    rise...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...actually, there was. But I started thinking of Scott, who is one of my favorite actors, which always leads me to think I need to watch They Might Be Giants again soon. And then I started thinking about Jimmy Stewart, who was an extraordinary actor. And I thought about why I prefer Scott to Stewart. And then I thought of Arthur O'Connell's drunk in this film and Edmond O'Brien's drunk in Seven Days in May and the different notes they played in two reasonably different but very strong performances. And then I thought about how Lee Remick really was pretty hot back in her day... ...and I lost track of what I was going to write and just gave up. Now this could be a sign of early onset senility. Or maybe that kind of thing is always happening in Harry's head and we should all cut him some slack. My money's on the early onset senility, though. I do that more often than I'm comfortable with.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Two weeks from now Harry, I dare you...

    by Travis Denson

    ...to write a review of the Blu-ray debut of "54" w/Mike Myers. I can assume that one will be HILARIOUSLY, dementedly pregnant with disdain :)

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    jeez girls...

    by shrimp_shack_shooter

    Kind of a fun column this week I thought. But I digress...I totally agree with Lochkray, good post. Only switch mine to describe Choppahs +antics+

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Why is Johnny Knoxville

    by Hercules

    on the J. Edgar cover?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Game of Thrones is next week as well

    by Mattman

    Between that and Hugo, I'd say it's a good week.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Hercules, OMG, LMFAOROFLSMP!!!!!!!

    by JackSlater4

    NT

  • They aren't quite bad enough to be his. Close, but not quite.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Tower Heist is one of the worst films I've seen in years

    by Jaka

    It doesn't even get close to "good".

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    why is Her

    by shrimp_shack_shooter

    A commentator for this site?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    why is Herc

    by shrimp_shack_shooter

    A commentator for this site who removes the c from my above post, to make me look like a hack who cant edit or be clever? See what I did there? No? Herc?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Abominable

    by davidrod1978

    yes, abominable FTW

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, ZAAT is Blood Waters Of Dr. Z of MST3K fame

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    How wonderful we have that film, Troll 2 and (soon) Manos on Blu-Ray, but not fucking Lawrence Of Arabia.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    J. Edgar's make-up made Watchmen's look good.

    by Yelsaeb

    That is all.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    by DrMorbius

    Nah, Red your good. by riseofphantomcreeps fyi ... you are or you're would be the correct usage in your post. Your indicates the possessive form of the word. Also, I think the BANHAMMER fell on creepythinman in the Romay obit. Any guesses as to what his new handle will be? I think it will be creepythinmanadnauseam.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Zaat!

    by dukeroberts

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Zaat!

    by dukeroberts

    Zaat! was shot in my hometown, Jacksonville, Florida. You're welcome, planet Earth.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    That Anatomy of a Murder Blu will be mine

    by dukeroberts

    Oh yes. It will be mine.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Which movies consist Ford's Cavalry Trilogy?

    by KilliK

    i want to show them to my father since he is a big fan of John Wayne and the Western genre.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    riseofphantomcreeps

    by DrMorbius

    I consider us friends, that is why I prefaced by stating fyi. And commas (fucking or otherwise) weren't needed in my post. Sorry if I hit a nerve, pally!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Got to see "Anatomy..." with Jimmy Stewart

    by MisterManReturns

    USC film school - 1986. It was incredible. Each week, they screened a film, with either the star, or director. Yes, he was the class act that you hoped he'd be. And Eve Arden deserves recognition for her role.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    As for Blu-Ray ...

    by DrMorbius

    I don't think it is neccessary for most movies (caveat:everyone has personal preferences), but for some it enhances an already great image astoundingly. Planet Earth would definately be a good Blu purchase. I think a Blu player 'upgrades' regular DVDs to a certain extent. Is this true?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Martha Marcy

    by Tank Williams

    Amazing film. However, truly one of the worst endings in cinema history. Period. Because of that, I cannot recommend it to any of my friends or family. Unfortunately. Terrible ending!!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    "Alternate Living" Seriously?

    by SuperXY

    Spoiler alert It's a raping cult of people that break into houses. That's not "the road less traveled." I get what you meant, but don't try to make this movie into a commentary about anything but a girl that was psychologically and sexually abused. Frankly, that's just stupid.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    @ killik

    by PDepew2181

    The Cavalry Trilogy is Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande. For years I thought The Horse Soldiers was the 3rd movie, not Rio Grande, but The Horse Soldiers takes place in the Civil War and was made about 9 years after Rio Grande. Still worth watching, though, as is the entire Cavalry Trilogy (though I admit I haven't seen Rio Grande start to finish).

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    UNFORGIVEN & DANCES WITH WOLVES

    by gaygoonie

    Both stunning on blu-ray. Can we please have a fucking American best picture winner next year and not some French trifle that no one cares about except actors with screeners who fear extinction.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Harry, please explain the ending to "Martha"...

    by Tristan

    I don't know what the fuck happens in that very last scene. While I thought the film had some strong performances, I was a little annoyed of how they went from flashbacks to the present. I understand though, that they were just trying to show how she tries to adjust to living with her sister. Anyway, I think they should make a sequel to "Bigfoot", called "Zombie Bigfoot".

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST

    drmorbius, Blu-ray

    by lv_426

    Yes, a Blu-ray player will up-convert standard DVD's to look better and sharper on an HDTV. Some can actually look really damn good, and can even give their Blu-ray counterparts a run for their money. A lot of the time though, the Blu-ray version is much much better and sometimes makes the DVD version look really shitty. Not so much a big deal for a rental, but for me, if I am actually purchasing a film, it's Blu or Bust.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    @pdepew2181 thanx for the info.

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Oh Harry,

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Oh Harry,

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Your father-in-law is not a trucker. I know you feel the need to fabricate a little story about yourself and inject it into each review because in the fantasy world you live in, every single movie that has ever been made speaks to you at a deep personal level because you have lived the same life, or at least enough of a similar life of every character ever put on the screen. Now that was a Harry-esque run-on! However, I call bullshit on this one; Yoko's pops was not an open-road trucker.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Jpharry

    by OutsideChance

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Harry, no way was Stewart pulling a Marlock in Anatomy

    by OutsideChance

    He might have been folksy, but his character was far from throwing things at the jury. He did legal research, retained an expert witness (the army doc), and built his entire case around a legal theory (temporary insanity). He then spent the entire case questioning witnesses and putting on evidence to advance that theory.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    PHASE IV and QUEST on Blu

    by Gorgomel

    The world needs some Saul Bass magical features released on blu-ray. Check out the Phase IV trailer and his short Quest to have your eyes, ears and senses blown away! Avatar is for sissies!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    @supersxy

    by Tank Williams

    Agreed. Honestly, I really wish Hohn Hawkes character would bite the bullet. What a bastard he was

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    @aftermath

    by Tank Williams

    There is no ending, literally. I read the script. Spoiler alert!! As the vehicle approached the screen cuts to black. She was going to say something but didn't, instead sat there frozen in fear. I think the audience is suppose to get the point that the cult had caught up with her, and most likely her sister and husband would be killed. So yea, Harry wouldn't know

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by Tank Williams

    Does some of these technological advances include an iPad app? Do it!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Since Anatomy of a Murder is getting so much love...

    by Jaka

    ...the Duke Ellington soundtrack is also quite stellar. It's a soundtrack I pull out a couple times a year to listen to without it the inclination to do so being attached to watching the movie.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    lv_426

    by DrMorbius

    Muchas Gracias Mi Amigo!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Rango was terrible and ugly to look at

    by jah_kingdom

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Fort Apache deserves the Criterion treatment

    by Bibliographer

    One of my all-time favorites. It's got it all. Action, comedy, romance, cinematography, political relevance, even a couple good musical numbers -- what else do you want?

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Dear Harry....

    by The_All_Dead

    Although this list always has it's fair share of negative nancys in the talk back,im pretty sure this week it all stems from the fact that you seem to think that Tower Hiest was an ok-good film. Its not. It..It...just isn't. Ratfink is not a good director, he's bland and has no style and.....forget it, all this stuff has been said before. But i will leave you with this thought, isn't it weird that as the educational system in America gets worse directors like Ratfink make more money at the box office? Just pointing that out.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Zaat

    by Grimjack99

    Holy crap, was that a stinker. Even MST3K couldn't rescue that one. IMO, made Manos, The Hand of Fate watchable in comparison.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    frank isn't after more good VR films

    by frank cotton

    franks is after some good VR in the actual world. seriously, what the fuck's the holdup?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Convoy isn't in the Convoy Collection?!

    by Joe Plumber

    Meh.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    The great Bigfoot movie has yet to be made

    by Joe Plumber

    Abominable is a B-movie blast, but the Sasquatch in it is laughable, not scary.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    As for Zaat...

    by Sandy

    MST3K did a riff on that one. "Big Foot", hunh? Sounds like a promo film for Chickenfoot.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    The Ending of Martha Marcy...

    by djscott95

    Is PERFECT... This is a film about how someone escaping from a situation like that would forever be paranoid about being found, and that's exactly what that final scene is... It is the protaganist being paranoid about being found. If you didn't get that, just go back to watching movies with Sandra Bullock in them, or something that you read in a comic book. You don't get stories. And to the idiot that said the academy should stop awarding french films... What American film was better this year? This was one of the worst years for films in recent years, and the only film that was better than "The Artist" was "Hugo" which was marketed so badly that there are still some people that think its a childrens film. Please, Please, Please stop talking about things that you don't understand. You just make me want to punch a baby.

  • Feb. 29, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    by Zach Reisfeld

    What happened to The Way?! fairly major release this week that you teased in the previous column?! Curious at your thoughts Harry!