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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st wk of March 2012: Monty Python & The Holy Grail Blu, To Catch A Thief Blu, Plan 9 From Outer Space Blu & BENJI BLU! And More!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest edition of the Picks & Peeks. I like a lot of the stuff this week. Getting ready for SXSW and we’re in the crunch time on the YouTube show. But I will endeavor to do my best to get next Tuesday’s column no matter what. As usual, the pics and links take you to Amazon where you can learn more on the titles and you can purchase the items if so motivated. If you do, a small percentage of the purchase price will help go towards keeping the best efforts of the column going forward.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012...





GAME OF THRONES

Initially I wasn’t a believer. The explosion of hype that birthed GAME OF THRONES set my expectations for fantasy far higher than the show met. SO I dropped off after a single episode. But the hype continued. People that loved it from episode 1 to the end loved each more than the previous. And the conclusion of the season left people drooling to speed up the harvest, so we could see season two. I say “we” cuz, when I got sent the Blu-Rays I decided to commit to just watching it through. GOD DAMN! This show is one of the greatest artful teases of a show ever. They commit to building expectations and have yet to really knock my dick in the dirt. But I get the impression that season 1 was footsie. I have no idea of just how big the show can get, as I haven’t read the books… Peter Dinklage is just superior. He’s amazing to watch navigate this world. His character could very well be the most dangerous character introduced. And I love that. OH – now that I’ve seen this – the photo I have of Momoa trying to rip my head off in a Bowler hat… it rules. Khal Drogo … man, can’t wait for Season 2. The Blu-Ray has a ton of extras – I like the Complete Guide To Westeros. My sis is checking this out now. Amazon currently has it at half off.




IMMORTALS

I’m getting this tomorrow and watching it tomorrow night. Life gets crazy busy, and I never did find my way back to the theater to see IMMORTALS to complete it. I had a massive SICK attack the first time and missed the last third of the movie. But what I saw, I was really really digging. I’m interested in this Henry Cavill… our future SUPERMAN. I liked his Theseus quite a lot. I have no bead on his SUPERMAN yet. The style of the film is double-fisted & gaudy, but in a way that somehow seems pulled off. Mickey Rourke is just such a particular presence in this thing. I just don’t know if you would ever feel safe for a second around that guy. He’s a very bad guy.




MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Blu

As an example of what humanity at its absolute best can accomplish… A true cure all for whatever ails ya… It’s MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. I can’t wait to watch this with my wife & nephew. Then scream about mere fleshwounds! Should be required viewing before every U.N. meeting. Before every session of Congress. The world would work better. I guarantee. Laughing together is something that fixes most problems, cuz after you laugh, you get to work. Bury the bullshit and get the work done. That’s what MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL does – it clears and refreshes the very essence of a person. It is effortlessly brilliant. And all at once, it consistently feels like the most important thing ever. Like there is truth to be found in this precise absurdity. It compels me to watch. Love the look of this Blu. And extras? Here:

Terry Jones Introduces the Outtakes

Enlightening Commentaries by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, Plus General Complaints and Back-Biting by John Cleese, Eric Idle & Michael Palin

Join Michael Palin and Terry Jones in their Special Documentary: The Quest For The Holy Grail Locations

Monty Python And The Holy Grail In Lego!

Japanese Version

How To Use Your Coconuts (An Educational Film)

BBC Film Night

Terry Gilliam Introduces His Lost Animation Reel

Meanwhile, King Arthur & Sir Bedevere...

Elephant & Castle

Run Away!

The Tale of Sir Robin

The Tale of Sir Lancelot

Three Mindless Sing-Alongs

Henry 4th

Cast Directory Photo Gallery

Holy Grail Blu-ray Credits

So as you can see, they really scrimped. BLISS.




FOOTLOOSE Blu Ray

Craig Brewer made a damn fine film out of FOOTLOOSE. It’s strange how different the film is from the original, while basically being the exact same story. There’s a tonal shift and Brewer completely made his own particular FOOTLOOSE – that’s what a good revival will do. For me, the original just holds an ability to transport me back to a station in my life that seems so remote and different from the life I’ve made for myself. Then all again, it feels near. I didn’t see the original FOOTLOOSE in a theater, but years later on HBO. We danced in barns, the county was dry. The odd thing is Craig’s film reminds me of my friends from that period – in a different way, wondering what they’d say about this film and the original and what we remember of the times when it was a really poignant film. Strange how movies and their remakes can play. This is a really good film, give it a shot.




TO CATCH A THIEF Blu Ray

It was strange watching TO CATCH A THIEF on Blu a couple of weeks ago. This is one of the very few Hitchcock films that I don’t believe I’ve seen theatrically. I know it from VHS and I believe I watched it on DVD at some point. But watching it on Blu in my home, it felt like I was discovering the film completely anew. For one, Cannes came to life for me. I’ve been three times, but watching TO CATCH A THIEF late at night, alone… it is a treat to indulge one’s self with. Cary Grant’s “retired CAT” is fantastic. And then there’s GRACE KELLY. Grace is just otherworldly. I still think I love her more in REAR WINDOW, but the vistas are just spectacular here… and REAR WINDOW is a tightly constrained film. So I love them both for their differences. As for the extras:

Audio Commentary with Film Historian Drew Casper.

A NIGHT WITH THE HITCHCOCKS (nearly 24 minutes): Q&A with Alfred’s daughter and granddaughter at USC with students. Very cool.

THE MAKING OF TO CATCH A THIEF (About 17 minutes) Would’ve loved an even longer piece, but this is nice.

EDITH HEAD: THE PARAMOUNT YEARS: love this highlight.

WRITING AND CASTING TO CATCH A THIEF: it’s alright.

BEHIND THE GATES: CARY GRANT & GRACE KELLY: kind of a puff piece.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK & TO CATCH A THIEF: An Appreciation: a great breakdown on Hitch’s style of filmmaking.

There’s a Travelogue. & a piece on Censorship in Hollywood and upon TO CATCH A THIEF. Overall an excellent Blu Ray!!!




DEER HUNTER Blu

A Brutal Film. Many of you have grown up in a world where scenes in DEER HUNTER get lampooned in all too well known parodies, but watch the film from the beginning, and all that comedy drains like blood from a punctured body. This is a film that years and years since its release – fucking Walken? I mean, he’s just amazing. You look at young Walken and just marvel. He’s amazing. De Niro and Streep – JESUS! John Savage? How about Vilmos Zsigmond’s amazing cinematography? It won Best Picture, Director, Best Christopher Walken, Editing & Sound! Then there’s John Cazale’s final performance – and Jesus what a way to go. Be sure to look for that John Cazale documentary, it is terrific!




JACK AND JILL

Fucking Pacino. Jesus. There are things you can’t unsee, so please don’t bother.




LIKE CRAZY

This is a terrific romantic tale. It is also heartbreaking. You can see two people tormenting themselves over an idea they had when they were even younger and more innocent. As they grow up, reality takes hard whacks at their love. They make so many mistakes – that I almost felt like screaming advice at them. Anton Yelchin is fantastic in the film and Felicity Jones is great too. If you love cuddle and tear movies, this is a good one.




9 ½ WEEKS blu

There’s a reason why higher resolution is a good thing… and when Adrian Lyne has 1986 versions of Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in this banging hot bit of steamy erotica… It is a very good thing. Mickey’s performance is electric. Kim Basinger has never been better. Her Elizabeth in this is just a ball of tussled nerves. The ice. So nice. This is sexy great filmmaking. This should be owned on Blu Ray!




PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE Blu

It is like drinking Mr Pibb from a crystal wine flute. Kinda hilarious. The quality of Blu-ray when held next to the cinematic masochism that is loving Edward D Wood Jr… All the better to laugh at. All the better to just marvel in stunned erratic states of the giggles. The box says “IN COLOR” and that is true, but it is also true that the original Black & White is here too. Also on here are some Ed Wood shot commercials and home movies. I really would love a commentary track for this film with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. But alas – that bit of awesome does not yet exist.




Corman’s THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Blu

This is one of the films that my parents have owned in 16mm, my entire life. I’ve seen THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS more than just about any other film… it is up there with KING KONG, STAR WARS, ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, CASABLANCA, JAWS, TREASURE OF SIERRE MADRE, ROAD WARRIOR as being one of my most oft seen movies. Mainly because so many of you have only seen the Rick Moranis musical theater version – and while I surely love that remake with a passion – and especially love watching crazy girls that love to sing all of Audrey’s songs… loudly, proudly. But the original, it’s just a perfect little low budget film. The dialogue is snappy. It is uniformly hilarious. But there’s something that makes me feel like at any moment Spider-Man would swing into Mushnick’s and fight AUDREY JUNIOR. Or maybe that Reed Richards would buy roses for Sue Storm. But maybe that was just me. The film is presented in fake Color and real Black & White. Go with the Black & White. It’s the right thing to do!




BENJI Blu

BENJI could kick that THE ARTIST’s dog’s ass. Benji is on of the most charismatic and expressionistic dog performers on celluloid and if your kids have been brought up with those crappy terrible dog movies that pass for animal entertainment these days – put on the Blu-Ray for BENJI and watch your kids fall in love. It’ll happen, doesn’t have a chance of not happening. BENJI is great, plain & simple. This was an independent film made right here in Texas – and it is great. An independent family film which spawned a franchise. Nice to see this Blu look this good!

Next week we’ll look at THE DESCENDANTS, TINTIN, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, HAPPY FEET TWO, THE THREE MUSKETEERS shit edition, YOUNG ADULT, MELANCHOLIA, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST Criterion Blu, AMERICAN PIE trilogy on Blu, WALLACE & GROMIT: WORLD OF INVENTION, TRIAD Trilogy Blu Ray, WIZARDS Blu-Ray, FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS Blu, VIRGIN WITCH Blu, ALFREDO ALFREDO, CLASH OF THE WOLVES, KILLER’S MOON Blu Ray and that’s about it…

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  • March 6, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    YOUNG ADULT comes out next week? Awesome!

    by Spandau Belly

    I missed it when it played for 5 minutes in my local cinema. Same thing happened with HAYWIRE. I guess if a movie isn't in 3D it doesn't stick around more than week.

  • March 6, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    HITCH, 9&1/2 WEEKS and PLAN 9. yep.

    by justmyluck

  • March 6, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Deer Hunter is a must.

    by john

    Plan 9 too.

  • March 6, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    THREE MUSKETEERS shit edition

    by Logan_1973

    LOLOLOL I just spit coffee halfway across the room. Thanks Harry I needed that. Outside of the MUSKETEERS, next week is a bit of a monster, eh?

  • March 6, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I prefer Red Shoe Diares than 9,5 Weeks.

    by KilliK

    At least Rourke fucks Ottis for real.

  • March 6, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    "Holy Grail" is the holy grail of Blu-ray

    by Hercules

    There are some who call me ... Tim?

  • Classic Harry...

  • March 6, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Momoa was staying in the hotel my brother works in..

    by BookhouseBoy

    He went postal one day and said if any of the staff disturbed him, he would throw them down a flight of stairs....

  • March 6, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    Harry Sick...

    by Righteous Brother

    sure it wasn't The Immortals that made you feel sick big guy? Oh and I kinda like Plan 9, and Night of the Ghouls.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    looking forward to more Game of Thrones...

    by Fortunesfool

    The later books, whilst great, are very padded. The TV adaptations should whittle them down into a tighter narrative. Also see: The Harry Potters.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I don't think GRAIL Can look good; it was shot drab and grainy

    by George Newman

    that was the style of the Terries' shoot. I think. :P

  • The deluxe 3-DVD set was totally stuffed with extras. Hmmm, decisions.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST

    'The Search for One Eyed Jimmy' is on Blu Ray!!!

    by wattos new hat

  • March 6, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I guess Jack and Jill is more important.

    by wattos new hat

  • March 6, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Doing something crazy...

    by Karl Childers

    Buying Game of Thrones outright without having seen a single second of it. I can't wait for Netflix to send me all of the discs in time to watch it all before HBO starts Season 2 next month, so I'm splurging at BestBuy for their snazzy cover. (I'll subscribe to HBO for the few months it airs if I like it enough.)

  • March 6, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    @ Harry - Re: Blurays...

    by Sean1701

    I've noticed more Blu and less DVD. From your point of view, is DVD on it's way out?

  • March 6, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Blu Ray Vs DVD

    by Karl Childers

    I don't think DVD is on the way out. Portable DVD players are a huge seller even outside of the current iPad craze. Do they even make a portable Blu Ray player?

  • March 6, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Best Christopher Walken

    by SoylentMean

    That should be, always and forever, an Academy Award category.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Harry, this site could use a "Most Anticipated On Blu" thread

    by SoylentMean

    Column. Pillar. Supporting Beam. Whatever. Something that's 'cause and concern for continuous discussion (and a constant reason to visit the site). <P> Also, there's this Facebook website thingy that people enjoy having their "likes" posted onto. Many websites have links to that aforementioned website, which somehow increases traffic, at least by the tens (maybe even twenties). <P> Just a thought.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Your YouTube puppet needs to have puppet birds in its beard

    by SoylentMean

    If you're gonna have that epic a beard (either made from hair or fiber threads) something ought to be nesting inside.<P> Puppet bird real estate is hard to come by.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Ive become so spoiled by how great blu looks...

    by Logan_1973

    SD just makes me cringe now. Looking forward to the day when SD goes the way of VHS and Betamax.

  • it took a few episodes to find its footing but hot damn if that is not the best show on TV by far...can't wait for Season 2

  • March 6, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Immortals disappointed in its indistinguishable titans

    by SoylentMean

    Much like I Am Legend (My Dog Done Died) failed to bring me in with its presentation of "Hey, we're vampires and we all look alike", the titans in The Immortals were all slight variations on a theme.<P> I'd rather see gods battle monsters than humanoids.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Immortals WAS indeed unwatchable drivel...

    by quantize

  • March 6, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    The Deer Hunter is fucking incredible

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Just a great, great film. Love how the first hour is just everyone celebrating a wedding and setting up the community before the main characters get dropped in the shit. Such a beautiful and profound work.

  • March 6, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    The Search for One-Eye Jimmy [Blu-ray]

    by wattos new hat

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B006P5KDG0/panandscathed-20

  • March 6, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    GoT spoilers Harry

    by Robert Evans

    But i don't think Drogo is coming back next season.. Did you watch the blus? And WHY are you blocking me on twitter?!

  • March 6, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Bookhouseboy

    by Robert Evans

    Was it when Conan was released? If so..I understand his desire to be in solace

  • March 6, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    People behind me pretty much wrecked my viewing of IMMORTALS

    by Autodidact

    People behind me would not stop talking and kicking my seat during this movie. I finally got up to move my seat and it was during the coolest part of the movie when Aries (or Poseidon) steps in and pops a bunch of guys' heads on behalf of Theseus. So I missed that part.

  • March 6, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Reindeer Games director's cut

    by Autodidact

    LOL.

  • March 6, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Scatman is a cunt for spoiling GoT for Harry

    by Robert Evans

    Thats a sure fire way to be on the business end of the BanHammer

  • March 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I'm spoiled by HD too

    by Autodidact

    I have sort of a new GF and she's not getting the fact that if I can see something on blu I'm pretty much unwilling to watch it on DVD. She keeps trying to bring over DVDs or get me to agree to let her bring over DVDs. She will learn or she will be gone! The last one she tried to bring over? Meet Joe Black! Fuck that I'm not watching that bullshit EVER I don't care what the resolution is!!!

  • March 6, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Coincidentally my coworker just had a sOn and named him Karl Drogo

    by Robert Evans

    Cursed Nordics

  • March 6, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    If a movie is bad and I shouldn't bother...

    by truedog67

    Why the hell is it a 'pick of the week'?

  • March 6, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Deer Hunter is Genius..a beautiful film.

    by FleshMachine

    easily in my top 10.

  • March 6, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Scatman--an honest mistake?!?

    by Robert Evans

    OF instead of OFF-- Go back to school hippy!

  • March 6, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Scatman - you cocksucker

    by kiwicanuck

    Undeniably the biggest asshole I have seen on these boards - the kind of asshole who takes pride in being hated because I'm guessing he has nothing else.

  • March 6, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    ot to get all nerdy fanboy...BUT

    by macheesmo3

    The titans were all linked together in this box, it had described length and breadth yet when they were unleashed there were like 367 of em.... It was lazy direction . Not to mention the entire film was just photographic poses from an REM video turned into live action. Tarsem is a talented visualist, but the guy needs a script worth a damn and a producer with some balls to tell him when to shut up and make a movie..

  • March 6, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Immortals was awesome what are you guys talking about

    by Autodidact

    Yeah it looked like a bunch of paintings... film is a visual medium so score on for that. Meanwhile guys' heads are exploding. What more can you ask for!?

  • March 6, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Reindeer Games video quality got a bad score on Bluray.com

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • March 6, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    The Deer Hunter--meh

    by Robert Evans

    The explosion of hype that birthed THE DEER HUNTER set my expectations for 'Nam Films far higher than the film met. SO I dropped off after the first hour. But the hype continued. People that loved it from the opening credits to the final shot and with each viewing loved more than the previous. And the conclusion of the film left people drooling to see what happened next. Finally I decided to commit to just watching it through. GOD DAMN! This film is one of the greatest artful teases about Vietnam ever. They commit to building expectations and have yet to really knock my dick in the dirt. But I get the impression that the hour long wedding scene was footsie. I had no idea of just how big a steelmill town can get, as I haven’t desired to ever visit Nowheresland… Robert DeNiro is just superior. He’s amazing to watch navigate this world. His character could very well be the most dangerous character introduced. And I love that. OH – now that I’ve seen this – the Simpsons ep where Walken is reading Goodnight Moon to the children--it rules. Christopher Walken… man, can’t wait for the sequel.

  • March 6, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    For the 10 Cimino fans out there rumor has it that Heaven's Gate

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is getting a Criterion sometime in the next year.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    DVD is still around for new releases but it seems

    by Samuel Fulmer

    A lot of the newer director's cuts for old movies are stricly bluray (ex. The Expendables, Star Wars films, Last of the Mohicans, etc.).

  • March 6, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    scatman--

    by Robert Evans

    the thought of you not being able to log in to AICN because your IP is blocked does give me a hard on..

  • March 6, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Plan 9 from Out Of Space sucked. You could tell it was fake.

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • March 6, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Movies rumored or confirmed for Bluray this year

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Indiana Jones Trilogy, Empire of the Sun, E.T., Jaws, Jaws 3-D, at least enough Universal Monster movies to sell some kind of box set, box set of all the Eon James Bond films, Battle Royale, Badlands (Criterion), Heaven's Gate (Criterion), Ministry of Fear (Criterion), Major Dundee (Twilight Time), As Good as it Gets (Twilight Time), Journey to the Center of the Earth (Twilight Time), The Big Heat (Twilight Time) Buck Privates, Chinatown (with Fincher/Towne commentary), and The Birds.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Gayme of Thrones sucked too.

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • March 6, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    No love for 9and a half Ninjas?

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • March 6, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    You're Amazed That The Man Who Fell Asleep In INCEPTION Bailed On Episode One Of GOT?!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

  • March 6, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    scatman--sure you know who i am..please expose me...

    by Robert Evans

    Enlighten US

  • eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

  • March 6, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    samuel fulmer, I wonder if the Universal monster set will also

    by SoylentMean

    have a deluxe edition, complete with miniature busts of each monster? I have the legacy set on DVD that came with Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman miniature busts. <P> I also wonder if they'll have all the movies together like they did on DVD. <P>

  • March 6, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    soylentmean - I wouldn't be shocked

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I think the Jurassic Park blu rays came with some kind of T-Rex bust. As far as the rumors go it seems kind of unclear which films are coming though. The only confirmed ones are Dracula (American and Spanish), Frankenstein, and Bride of Frankenstein.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Finished Game of Thrones season 1 last night...

    by Tank Williams

    Gotta say, pretty damn epic! So pumped for season 2.. Awesome characters, set pieces, and very brutal fight scenes. Love it.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I prefer 'em in 480px

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Fits my budget. Woo woo woo... you know it!

  • the_choppah_strikes_back MORE INTEL TO COME SOON.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Ok seriously Harry get rid of this guy^^

    by Tank Williams

  • March 6, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    i will miss you scatman..

    by Robert Evans

    you've made the morning very..hemorrhoidal..

  • March 6, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Walken VS Deniro. I'm goin with walken FTW.

    by UltraTron

    Catch me if you can was recent walken perfection. Where ya goin frank? Sumplace exotic?

  • March 6, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Tank Williams

    Right! He gave me the motivation I needed to attack the day! What a D-Bag though. Harry, don't listen to scatman he's full of shit. Those aren't even real spoilers so don't let his trickery fool you.

  • Long-winded, tedious, puffed up with faux-Hemingway fumblings for profundity. Ooh! Russian Roulette as a metaphor for American intervention in Vietnam! Ooh! Jerk me off some more, Michael Cimino, you lying hack! I love it!!!! Walken was good.

  • I remember you didn't hear the word for many years and I thought it was dead and that we had moved into a new enlightened star trekian world. Then after 2001 it seemed like the return of base ignorance and petty in-fighting.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    How can you say Sean Bean dying is a spoiler?

    by thelordofhell

    He dies in everything he's in. It would be more of a spoiler if a Sean Bean character lived through a movie/TV show and somebody mentioned it.

  • Walken is a god amongst men. But why do deer hunter to yourself? God I love the end scene of Tree of Life so much. What a scene.

  • Like Schindler's List or any other movie that is great cinema but too painful or disturbing to want to see more than once.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    You love the end scene of Tree of Life? Which part exactly?

    by Autodidact

    The part where Sean Penn wanders around on a beach barefoot in a suit and there are like linens flapping in the breeze like it's a perfume commercial? Or the space shots at the very end?

  • March 6, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Ultratrons statements could easily be about the GOP

    by Robert Evans

  • March 6, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Christina Hendricks sweater puppies!!

    by thelordofhell

    http://tinyurl.com/7w7m8vn Christina Hendricks and Kat Dennings can shove their beast mounds in my face all day!!

  • March 6, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Christopher Walken's best role.........

    by thelordofhell

    Being the last guy to boink Natalie Wood. He probably knocked her up and when she told Robert Wagner, she got tossed off the boat.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Just a note that, "Monty Python's: The Holy Book of Days", is

    by Maegnarval

    Also out now! It is a companion iPad/iPhone App for when you watch the new "Monty Python & The Holy Grail", Blu-Ray & documents the 28 days of filming the movie!!! http://tinyurl.com/6q7vuo6

  • March 6, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    LordofHell.........................

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

    Where's some pics of Kat Dennings sweater puppies?

  • March 6, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    please.

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • March 6, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    NIKE.

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • If he lived would he have done his Rocky & Bullwinkle or Balls Of Fury...?? Who knows.

  • Thankfully the 2nd name mention doesn't immediately jump out. I'll def forget that name and forget what happens. Sean Bean not so much..but who knows maybe I will,. I will put that series on hold for a a while maybe I will forget. I think I will give Spartacus a go instead.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I know a lot of people who dropped out of Game of Thrones after 1 ep.

    by TitusPullo

    they're call douche bags.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I am pretty sure Tyrion is still alive.

    by jawaburger

    I haven't read the sixth book yet, but as far as I know, neither has George Martin. Otherwise, he was right.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    youre_gonna_bust_dixie

    by thelordofhell

    Here ya go......... http://tinyurl.com/7rnumvm

  • March 6, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Monty Python & The Holy Grail

    by TitusPullo

    easily in my Top 3 movies of all time

  • March 6, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Thankyou Lordofhell.

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • March 6, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    youre_gonna_bust_dixie.....no problemo

    by thelordofhell

    Just don't hurt yourself jerkin' it over those pics all day......even though that would make a good story for the hospital staff.

  • Well every scene in the movie he looks that way. I took the movie as a profound look at the lives of every earth family moving through eternity and the questions and ruminations they incure while undergoing their various archetypical tribulations. It's the closest thing I've seen to a painting of a family. Only this painting spills out of it's frame and pours out onto the walls for 3 hours to tell you it's meaning more intimately. I still wouldn't just go recommend it to someone who is going to try and watch it while doing laundry. I screen all movies in a real theater. My friend owns one. I work at the Ross next door so when I get off its after hours and we watch everything.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I saw Tree Of Life on the big screen

    by Autodidact

    I loved the movie overall despite finding the final 30 minutes to be a chore. I think I might wait until I have my own kids and a ten foot 4K cinema of my own to watch it again. If ever again. It might be one of those like Schindler's List that I'll only ever see once.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Not enough horrible things can be said about Jack and Jill

    by Mugato5150

    I had to take my niece to that. It wasn't just unfunny. Plenty of well intentioned comedies miss the mark and turn out unfunny. This was fucking hateful to the audience. The entire film was product placement, no even attempt at humor, cheap production values and they had the balls to declare its budget at $79mill. Someone needs to be brought up on charges for that film.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Wait a sec...Mass Effect 3 is out today? Well there goes a week or two,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    lost in gaming bliss.

  • Fuck that. The ONLY movie that EVER made me cry. Must have for any decent collection.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Sure

    by UltraTron

    I don't think you can safely argue whether or not tree of life is a good repeat viewing experience. Certain movies fit certain moods. You may find yourself in the mood to see it again someday.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    isaac_r ... now I'm dating myself, but you've never seen Brian's Song?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Have not known a man NOT to cry during that one.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Huh

    by DrGogol

    Really short column this week.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    No shame in dating yourself, openthepodbaydoorshal.

    by Robert Evans

    I dated myself for a couple years back in the early days of the Reagan era, when AIDS was starting to get hip. Most satisfying relationship of my life.

  • March 6, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    thelordofhell --God Bless You Sir!!!!

    by welcometothepartypal

    Because of you I just saw 4 great tits. Now mind you I'm at work, but I could not stop temptation. I cleared my history only to be paranoid that my computer will break down and my boss will say' "Hey let me fix it" and (he is waay more computer savy than me) 4 awesome tits will suddenly pop up!!! My nights will be sleepless, just like the time(maybe it was you) when someone posted a link to those beautiful Scarjo pics. My computer DID break down, but nothing happened. Thank God!!! Anyway lordofhell keep up the good work, maybe Satan is real? NAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

  • March 6, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    9 1/2 weeks on VHS....ah the memories

    by nobbythehappyelf

    As a teenager I once had 13 wanks in a single day to that movie... I swear I was just shooting little puffs of air by the last couple...

  • March 6, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    @karl childers--Blu Ray vs DVD

    by syoungkin

    Portable Blu Ray players are made and are becoming more and more affordable. I got one to take with me on the road. At night, I can hook it up to the hotel's tv with an HDMI cable and watch blu rays on there. I prefer that over streaming because the WIFI connection in the hotel is usually so horrible that it's not even worth using. In addition, not everything I want (e.g. new releases on discs) are available on streaming and also because I love the bonus features (commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries, etc) that you can't get through streaming. And, with a DVD/CD portable case, I can bring along 32 discs so I have plenty of selections to choose from. As for me, I have both DVDs and Blu Rays. For most of the new releases, I tend to buy Blu Ray over DVD for the picture/sound quality as well as the additional bonus features. For movies I currently have, I will upgrade only if there is a definite reason to do so (new features I didn't have before or the difference in quality is markedly different). Otherwise, due to the number of DVDs I have (600+), it would be WAY too expensive to double dip on all of them if there is no real difference between the DVD and the Blu Ray. I suspect that this will be the decision made by most people. As a result, I see DVDs being around for some time until streaming becomes the norm (which I see happening within the next 10 years if not less).

  • March 6, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Always love for The Deer Hunter but never any for Heaven's Gate..

    by Baron Von Penguin

  • March 6, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    choppah-- I also dated myself for awhile in the late 90's.

    by welcometothepartypal

    I found that I enjoyed the same food and could talk about movies to no end. I even knew more about movies than I thought I did. Each date ended with an incredible hand job! It's like I knew my own penis.

  • March 6, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    @hanyoyo RE: Immortals

    by Baron Von Penguin

    I too found Immortals to be totally unwatchable. Seriously, what was the story with the gods choice of apparel? Dreadful CGI, dreadful dialogue, Mickey Rourke lowering himself to turn up and chew the scenery in this pile of shit was a depressing sight to witness. This was nothing more than 300 reimagined as a perfume commercial. For proof of this just look at any of the scenes with the gods sitting about on that mountain talking shit to each other. All it was short of was some supermodel/beautiful actress turning up with a fancy looking bottle of scent whilst a voiceover says something incomprehensible in French.. Absolute bollocks

  • March 6, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by Robert Evans

    Yeah, those were the days. I'm on my sixth wife. Perhaps I should take a hint and go back to those halcyon times.

  • March 6, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    TRANSFORMERS PRIME Season 1 Out Today

    by Wes

    You should watch it because... Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime. Frank Welker is Megatron (the original voice). Jeffrey "frickin" Combs! Steve Blum hits Starscream out of the park! Because Ernie Hudson has 'a chip in his butt that tells the Pentagon when he stops for donuts." Because Arcee kicks some serious butt. Because Gina Torres and Clancy Brown voice recurring characters. Because John Noble is Unicron! Because Opimus Prime and Megatron team up and fight back to back to defeat Unicron! Because soundwave knows actions speak louder than words. Because Knockout knows you have to "watch out for the quiet ones."

  • March 6, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    "Oh well For the Love of Benji"...

    by donkingkong

    followed by, "Chrissakes!".Oddly I find myself saying that frequently. Tag. http://tinyurl.com/76gh7cy

  • March 6, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Three Musketeers > John Carter

    by Flutchy

    at least those steampunk thingies were new and entertaining and not clooooooooones

  • March 6, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Jawaburger - revelation - scatman IS GEORGE R R MARTIN

    by Goodbye_America

    WRITING SPOILERS AS HE WRITES THE NEXT BOOK, HOLY SHIT.

  • March 6, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Dammit!

    by jawaburger

    He "was" my favorite character!

  • March 6, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    After GoT's episode 1 cliffhanger you dropped out??

    by Flip63Hole

    Jesus, Harry... Glad you finally watched it...

  • *insert pic of Picard facepalming*

  • March 6, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    mattman

    by Goodbye_America

    To be brutally honest, Thrones the show had some average acting and so-so writing. To be honest, the book didn't always have great dialogue either. But still, hard not to love an original an unique series, flaws and all. Just... admit there are flaws.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I believe Harry said...

    by jawaburger

  • March 6, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    by jawaburger

    That he stopped watching the broadcast show after one episode, but watched them all on Blu-ray.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    deebo12, you must be thinking of a different show

    by Mattman

    Audiences and critics disagree with you. More importantly, I disagree with you. ;)

  • March 6, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    And everything has flaws

    by Mattman

    Average acting? What, from on one of the extras? Certainly not from the leads.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Sorry, not joining any Thrones backlash

    by Mattman

    If that show hasn't earned praise, no show has.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    jawaburger--i call bullshit on him being current with GoT

    by Robert Evans

    otherwise, he would know a certain character wasnt coming back... and i seriously am starting to question his quality of character...for someone ALL THINGS GEEK, this shouldve been Mecca for Harry. I understand some people found that it takes a few eps to get into (not me) but GIVE IT A FUCKING CHANCE.. its definitely not something to put on in the BG while mashing out reviews and situps..

  • March 6, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Holy Grail, Deerhunter, and GOT? Fuck, I'm about to be broke!

    by MiggsFacial

  • March 6, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Harry, Robert Sherman Obit?

    by jimbojones123

    I knot you loves some Disney stuff.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    miggsfacial

    by Robert Evans

    I think the series has the potential to even surpass the novels. Martin himself admitted that the narrative sorta got away from him in books 4-5 (although he brought it under control by the end of 5). The series will give him a chance to streamline the fuck out of it.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Spamalot Blu!

    by jimbojones123

    Since I have only made it to NY twice in my life and I hate going to live shows, I would love some musicals converted for home viewing. This used to be a regular thing a few decades ago. Now nothing. Ii can only guess it would help touring shows.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    welcometothepartypal-----keep those pics on the work computer

    by thelordofhell

    If your boss is a real man, he'd give you a 400 dollar raise........100 for each glorious tit!!

  • March 6, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Robert Sherman wrote "It's A Small World After All"

    by thelordofhell

    Sure he wrote a lot more enjoyable classic Disney songs, but he's been forever tainted for that one mistake in his life..........R.I.P.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    lordofhell--No obits today..

    by Robert Evans

    for Bobby Sherman or Terra Nova..

  • March 6, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by jawaburger

    Yes, I agree I shouldn't believe everything I see written on this site. I was just paraphrasing what Harry typed in this "review." Yes the show is very good and the books are great. I was a little disappointed in how they translated some of the finer details in the stories though. Martin goes into some exquisite detail about what people look like and how they dress. Since the show is cast from a lot of unknowns, it seems they could have chosen some people who looked more in character. Just nitpicking though.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    thelordofhell - My boss is also my father-in-law...

    by welcometothepartypal

    Hence the sweating at night. My wife also has great tits, but I just like looking at ALL of them, since I can't touch new ones anymore :(

  • She's quite the hotty!

  • March 6, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    jawaburger

    by Robert Evans

    I think you just gotta let go of what you thought the characters were like in the books. At first, I wasn't sold on Emilia Clarke as Dany because she didn't look *young* enough, but I ended up buying her arc more because she looks a bit older than the character is in the books. Renly wasn't quite what I expected, either, but who cares when you have such spot-on casting as Littlefinger, Tyrion, Jamie, Ned, Joffrey, etc.?

  • March 6, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Matt

    by Goodbye_America

    I loved it, but I also had problems with it. No need to defend. Some scenes were stilted and so was some of the acting - but mostly it was great. I'll have to re-watch for examples, this was from my impression after watching months ago.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by jawaburger

    It took me about half way through the first season before I could let go. I was rereading the first book as the season progressed, so everything was very fresh in my mind. As I said, it was just nitpicking. I do really enjoy the show and will be picking up the blu-rays very shortly. I have learned over the years to try to ignore the voice in my head that has read the book.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I also admit, jawaburger,

    by Robert Evans

    that, at first, the effect of having read the books kept me from being as enthusiastic about the show as I should have been. It took a rewatch or two of an episode or two for me to really let go. Once I did ... bliss.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Scatman you fucking CUNT.

    by loafroaster

  • March 6, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    @autodidact

    by MrLongbaugh

    When someone does that stuff(especially kicking the back of my seat), I give them a warning the first time. After that, I will not hesitate in showing my ass. If that includes a physical altercation, so be it. My advice. Just go batshit crazy on them. People are scared of crazy people.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    @Harry

    by MrLongbaugh

    Seriously big guy, the scatman douche bag needs the banhammer. All that was totally uncool.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Harry suffers from an extreme case of scatophilia

    by amin

    it's a condition. you become turned on by shit like green lantern or ghost rider and you get bored with inceptiion. at least with game of thrones he was ashamed of himself and pretended to like the show. shame is a good first step toward recovery

  • March 6, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I love Plan 9

    by disfigurehead

    and Holy Grail aint that bad either

  • March 6, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    @scatman

    by MrLongbaugh

    If you want to start throwing out challenges to people, I have one for you. I'll be in N.C. this weekend. Come on down and have your ass handed to you.

  • March 6, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    @syoungkin

    by MrLongbaugh

    I am like you in regards to a large number of DVD's. I have 800+ and it kills me to double dip. I did beat them on one thing. I never purchased any of the SW DVD's, so it felt good to get them all in the same Blu collection knowing I wasn't buying something I already had. I still have both versions on VHS though. I have some tough decisions coming up though. Die Hard Blu, Alien Blu, Indiana Jones Blu. Oh well. That's the life of a movie fan. Cheers!!

  • March 6, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I too have been spoiled by Blu-ray.

    by welcometothepartypal

    Last night we rented PUSS IN BOOTS on DVD and all I could think is how great this must look on Blu. It's hard to believe that not too long ago when I'd watch a cartoon/CGI movie I'd think "How much better can the Blu ray look?" Oh 2009 welcometothepartypal, how young and stupid you were.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    choppah, scatman

    by Monty Cristo

    I deleted the offending spoilers from his comment title. His expression of regret bought him a reprieve.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Read on, Monty. There's more ...

    by Robert Evans

  • March 6, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    scatman is currently filming Star Trek 2

    by Robert Evans

    He's an actor named Chris Pine.. you nerds hack his ex's phone..he'll spoil a beloved TV show for ya. tit for tat. or more accurately..tit for bleached ruby starfish..

  • Will it be the dawn of a new age for AICN?

  • March 6, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Scatman’s ‘spoilers’ are just random.

    by frank

    Some might be true, some might not. I will just say that they are certainly not all accurate. He probably hasn’t read the books.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    monty--i saw no regret..

    by Robert Evans

    fuck that cunt

  • March 6, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Sansa should have been hotter.

    by frank

    That’s pretty much my only complaint with the show. Oh, and I like charismatic book Renly better than milquetoast TV Renly. Margaery had better be smoking.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    mrlongbaugh-- Got Alien on blu.

    by welcometothepartypal

    I got it because the reviews were all great. But DIE HARD is killing me. I want it so bad, but all the reviews say the transfer is pretty average(better than the DVD, but still average). So I'll wait to see if they re-release it around DH5 with a better transfer then I'll double dip? Maybe triple dip I can't remember. Hopefully Indy looks awesome.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    choppah baby

    by Monty Cristo

    Just did, scan back up to see what I done did.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    partypal

    by Robert Evans

    wait until they add special features for these blus you want.. theres really no excuse for a film to be bare-bones in this day and age.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    monty

    by Robert Evans

    Cute.. i like your style..but i think its not gonna stop him from doing it in the future. Im all for free speech and letting these TBs run wild like a sodomy buffet at Caligula's, but that fuck needs to go. He got the reactions he wanted and now its time for some swift justice..

  • March 6, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Monty: A mod who knows what the fuck is up!

    by Robert Evans

    Good shit, mang.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    @welcometothepartypal

    by MrLongbaugh

    Did you buy the single movie? or the whole collection? and most importantly, was it worth it? I am holding off on Die Hard and Indy because there is speculation that a 5th movie will be made for both of them. If I am going to spend the money, I want the whole collections. Even the Crystal Skull, LOL. Thanks!!

  • March 6, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    All things considered, of course

    by Robert Evans

  • March 6, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    @montycristo

    by MrLongbaugh

    Nice job sir. I do agree with The Choppah though in the fact that he showed no regret. Thanks!!

  • March 6, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    he who scats and runs away can scat and get chopped another day!

    by Robert Evans

    NOW GIMME MY FUCKING GAME OF THRONES BLU BOX SET!!!

  • March 6, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    mrlongbaugh- I wait untill they are all available in single editions.

    by welcometothepartypal

    And wait for a good sale, I've become very frugal with my movie buying, plus I won't spent money on a movie I do not love, I can always rent those. It's almost 5 where I am, time to clock out, see you cats later.

  • March 6, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    montycristo, good work

    by Mattman

  • March 6, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Sansa and Arya are exactly as I pictured them

    by Mattman

    The only character I can complain about is Renly. They turned him into a pussy, and he was not a pussy. He was very confident, without a care in the world.

  • March 6, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by Monty Cristo

    Oh yes indeed, the big changes and projects and so on are things that will interest you very much.

  • March 6, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    mrlongbaugh

    by Monty Cristo

    I had only read so far at that point.

  • March 6, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by Monty Cristo

    Also, the moderation and functionality of Talkbacks is broken on the tech end, and not as simple to fix as one assumes, so you know. Take this from someone with extensive development experience.

  • March 6, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    GoT is decent, but it ain't no Legend of the Seeker

    by Joe Plumber

    Ah, if only LotS had been on HBO, so we coulda got some hot Tabrett Bethell and Bridget Regan nudity.

  • March 6, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    It is like drinking Mr Pibb from a crystal wine flute.

    by Erik Radvon

    ROFL

  • March 6, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Legend of the Seeker had two of the hottest women on television

    by Mattman

    Why Tabrett and Bridget haven't been cast in EVERYTHING is beyond me. They were stunning AND they could act.

  • March 6, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    @mattman

    by Jarek

    Here, here! Seconded. That show was good too...wish it lasted longer. Though I feel it must have to die so that Spartacus may live. That's how I rationalize it.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Holy Grail blu

    by Greg

    Picture quality is pretty inconsistent. Some shots look sharp with good color and contrast, some really soft and muddy, lots of grain (but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing). Sounds great though. Don't know what special features if any are missing from the super swank DVD edition, but there significant special features on the blu ray. Don't know if it's the case on non internet connected players, but there were ads on the main menu when I watched on my PS3. Racket and Clank, the Smurfs and Zookeeper.

  • March 6, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Alien blu is so worth the double-dip

    by Autodidact

    I was never impressed with the quality of the DVDs for Alien. The blu-ray is a revelation. Aliens even more so.

  • FUK THAT The MIB3 talkback was choppah and his troll hair bear bunch free, and it was a fukken revelation. Now you just bend over and kiss hizz azz? And by the fukken way Tyrion is not dead, and books 4 and 5 suck the stink off the underside of a goat's scrotum - was that a spoiler?

  • March 6, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I agree, that Immortals was unwatchable!

    by jvamvakias

    From the trailer you might be fooled into thinking, 300 part two, but this is a dark sissy hybrid of 300 and clash of the titans. With perhaps the exception of Mickey Rourke all performances were forgettable. Even the eye catching special effects fell limp to the poor direction of style. I do not bash many films, I wanted to like this film, and was upset that it gave me nothing.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    liberal_warrior

    by Monty Cristo

    Choppah doesn't tell me what to do. The (Alleged) Artist Formerly Known as Dickblood just happens to share opinions with me on a variety of things.

  • And you are proud to share his opinions and bail his fukken water? FUK THAT. Aicn will always have more than its fair share of motarded, socially inbred, female fearing, no life-low life, know-it-all/know nothing, emotionally constipated, borderline socipathic, goat fukken, shit-eating trolls. But the mods are supposed to be different. Are you that fukken desperate? When you start publicly aligning with that type, then you can swing on my muthafukken nutz.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    liberal_warrior

    by Monty Cristo

    you misunderstand. I just agreed with him that scatman was scat. I assume you might just be scatman. Que sera sera

  • March 6, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I may have to grab The Deer Hunter

    by lv_426

    I'm trying to save money these days by not buying every damn Blu-ray that catches my interest on these Tuesdays, but Deer Hunter is just amazing. I agree Harry, when some of the great lines and scenes from movies become embedded in pop culture, it kind of saps something from these great films in a way. Also, Game of Thrones is amazing, but I've got HBO On Demand with HD GoT season one available on there for a few more months. I can't believe you weren't sucked into GoT from the first episode Harry. I think GoT might be better than the Lord of the Rings films. Maybe just by a hair. Hard to say though. So far though GoT just doesn't have any great battle scenes. Hopefully season two will show a good epic and bloody battle sequence or two. Other than that though, just phenomenal stuff.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    scatman was dick and deserved whatever he got

    by Liberal_Warrior

    This has to do with you and nordling kissing up to dickblood/choppah who just happens to be one of the biggest black rhino raped trolls around. You want to publicly align this site with that sort? Fine. You want to publicly align this site with a known female fearing misogynist and his cohorts? Fine You are proud to share his opinions? Fine. I assume you know all about them. Own them.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    I am not Dickblood.

    by Robert Evans

    Although I am flattered by the implication, and I respect Mr. Dickblood's contributions to society, he and I respectfully disagree on several topics, especially the Star Wars prequels (he likes them; I believe them to be a form of cinematic scat, in large part). Not to mention, he hated DRIVE, a movie I consider a masterpiece. But Mr. Dickblood and I get along quite well on Twitter in spite of our differences. We also enjoy different types of drugs. He's more a coke man; I like my weed, especially as I advance in age. In other words, liberal warrior, fuck off. Come at the king, you best not miss. CHOPPED.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Don't fukken insult me with your backtracking

    by Liberal_Warrior

    When you say "Artist Formerly Known as Dickblood just happens to share opinions with me on a variety of things. " That is a helluva lot more than just agreeing about that asshole scatman. Or did the word "variety" take on a whole new meaning? Like I said dickblood/choppah aint the biggest turd around here, but his sticky diarrhea is attached to the bowl and you want to smear it all around the site.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    The king of explosive diarrhea -dickblood/choppah has spoken

    by Liberal_Warrior

    Let the fukken walls tremble with his smeared goat fukked feces

  • March 7, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    dickblood didn't like Drive??

    by Mattman

    Never know what that dude is gonna like...

  • March 7, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    canned_dirty_ape

    by Monty Cristo

    We/Harry have not ignored Sherman. Putting the proper time into something good rather than rushing.

  • March 7, 2012, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Wizards Blu???

    by gotilk

    Oh my yes.

  • March 7, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Portable blu-ray players...

    by Volllllume3

    They're called expensive labtops.

  • March 7, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Immortals

    by jawaburger

    Having just watched Immortals, I am convinced that Tarsem will be the next Shyamalan. I liked their first movie, loved their second movie and liked their third movie. I am predicting that it will all be down hill from here on out for Tarsem!

  • March 7, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    lisab, yes, it is racist

    by Joe Plumber

    But, there are white people who do say that and believe it. Heck, there are black people who believe that. It is actually in character for these characters to say that.

  • March 7, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BLU-RAY!!!

    by Joe Plumber

    If the holes in the middle were bigger, I'd have sex with my Blu-Ray collection.

  • without having to revert to calling people fukktards and whatnot does not mean we are kissing each others' asses. its the opposite of being anti-social. and its perfectly acceptable.

  • March 7, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    I don't know Choppah

    by Joe Plumber

    Just keep it real.

  • March 7, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Choppah is always 100%

    by Robert Evans

  • March 7, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The Imp and Bastard Show...just started watching GoT and

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    if it weren't for Peter Dinklage (and Mark Addy), it would be half as entertaining. And no. No double meaning intended.

  • Without comment from the mods don't mean the rest of us have to stay silent. Then again, maybe that's what they want to turn this into aint it porno news. Well why the fuk not? OK EVERYONE start posting your porno like choppah and his bunch, do it every damn day in every conceivable way lets fuken rock dis jernt i will give a warrior no-prize to best hardcore porno piece written

  • by hurling pornographic scat at him yerslef? This is a serious question. Or are you truly that un-selfaware?

  • March 7, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    If I ran a website and ANYONE demanded an obit for ANYONE

    by gotilk

    I would banhammer the living fuck out of them and move on. But I guess that's because I myself have a bit of a persecution complex which has given me a chip on my shoulder. So take that with a grain of salt. And then shut up.

  • March 7, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    liberal_warrior is afraid of pornography. Says it all right there, foax.

    by Robert Evans

    Perhaps liberal_warrior would be better off over at at ChristianMingle.com.

  • March 7, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Just got "Little Big Man" blu-ray in the mail!

    by ufoclub1977

    Oh yeah, I also made a UFO special effect 40 second promo for a film festival with some cool college undergrads: http://vimeo.com/38004329 "like" it if you like it. :)

  • All those teenagers and gays and James Cameron fans and sex-havers are making it difficult for him to wallow in silent misery.

  • March 7, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    liberal_warrior... "lets fuken rock dis jernt"

    by Mattman

    Oh shit. You so gangsta.

  • March 7, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    jjsdyn-o-mitelensflares and dickblood/choppah and cristo

    by Liberal_Warrior

    aicn is talkback is a rough and raunchy place and over the years i have smacked around more than my fair share of inbred, ass raped, zebra sniffing, goat stroking motards and will continue to do so in language best suited for the occasion. I am neither a prude or better than anyone, but i do realize that there is a time and place for everything. colorful and profane language are one thing and i fukken embrace that. but out and out hard core pornography the likes of which dickblood/choppah and his cohorts post - or maybe you are unaware of his fudgepack friday posts - are another matter. if the mods are ok with it and want to turn the whole fukken site into aint it porno news , ill fukken show you just how down and dirty I can get becuz then it would be the right time and place and no one should care

  • March 7, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    mattman - suk dickblood/choppahs dick

    by Liberal_Warrior

    oh you already do you so fukken gangsta

  • March 7, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Once again, pay no heed to subtitles_off.

    by Robert Evans

    Oops, I mean liberal_warrior.

  • March 7, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Liberal_warrior,

    by Mattman

  • March 7, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    @liberal_warrior

    by MrLongbaugh

    What did The Choppah ever do to you?

  • March 7, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Liberal_warrior, "Porno is bad... now go suk a dick, Mattman!"

    by Mattman

    Someone's mixing his meds again.

  • March 7, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    liberal_warrior is itching for Fudgepack Friday...

    by Robert Evans

    and it's only Wednesday. Patience...

  • doesn't he?

  • March 7, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Hey subs....I mean liberal....oh I mean kobe.......

    by Dave

    Who the fuck knows who you are anymore? Too bad all of your online "personalities" are all boring, next time try to give one of your aliases an actual personality.

  • So you take pride in a verbal attack against a total stranger? Wow, that is sad is so so many ways....then again, look who I am dealing with. You and your poor, meaningless life need some kind of fulfillment I suppose. Just sad that this is how you get it.

  • March 7, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    TOPHER GRACE EDITS STAR WARS PREQUELS INTO ONE 85 MINUTE MOVIE!!!

    by Billy_D_Williams

    http://collider.com/topher-grace-star-wars-prequels/150596/

  • March 7, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    GEORGE LUCAS DISPATCHES KILL SQUAD TO TOPHER GRACE'S HOUSE!!!

    by Robert Evans

    http://www.whogivesafuckwhattophergracedoes.org

  • March 7, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Wow, liberal_warrior is one sad panda

    by al

    he also really needs to get a sense of humour.

  • And by the way, THE DEER HUNTER is great.

  • March 7, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Should harry even bother writing a john carter review?

    by knowthyself

    I mean we all know what he's going to say...I'm pretty sure WE could write his review for him and it would be spot on word for word mindless gushing.

  • March 7, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    If you missed Immortals, I'm gonna spoil the ending

    by Majin Fu

    All the Immortals get KILLED. There, now you can skip it. Singh hasn't directed a good movie since The Fall anyway. There's a simple formula for figuring out what movies Dickblood likes. Simply observe the general opinion of a movie (for example: Star Wars prequels suck!) and then imagine the inverse of that opinion. There, it's that simple. Also, I've never seen Deer Hunter. How does it hold up in comparison to Apocalypse Now?

  • March 7, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    majin_fu

    by Robert Evans

    Both DEER HUNTER and APOCALYPSE NOW are great, great films. But don't go thinking that just because DEER HUNTER is a Vietnam film it's going to be anything like APOCALYPSE NOW. Perhaps the most appropriate comparison, stylistically speaking, is THE GODFATHER.

  • March 7, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    What? No 54 BD?

    by Travis Denson

    I may be the only living being in humanity who cares about this, but I was really hoping to read Harry's obviously scathing Blu review of 54. I personally dislike what they did with the movie, but I have this weird fascination with it. There is still yet to be a better movie made about Studio 54.

  • March 7, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    magin_fu

    by jawaburger

    Immortals is the only movie he has directed since The Fall. He only has three movies under his belt at this point with a fourth, Mirror Mirror, on the way. Immortals was great eye candy. It was beautifully shot, but the story was a little generic. I did not get invested in any of the characters like I did with The Fall.

  • March 7, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Benji is good, but can't compare with Benji the Hunted

    by Geomancer21

    If you aren't balling at the end of that movie YOU HAVE NO SOUL.

  • March 7, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    To Catch A Thief Is Awesome fun!

    by DavidBanner

    And of course The Holy Grail is brilliant.

  • March 7, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Benji was no C.H.O.M.P.S.

    by jawaburger

  • I respect the amazing performances, I really do. The acting is fucking incredible but the pace bored the shit out of me. I'm not some asshole that needs explosions or action in general to appreciate a movie, I just have this feeling when I've watched Deeer Hunter that it really could of been cut down. I feel like a douche bag for even suggesting that. Deer Hunter is a movie I'm ashamed of for not liking and saying "I don't like it because of the pacing". I shouldn't say I don't like it because that's just to simple of an evaluation for a film like this. I appreciate it. There are unforgettable scenes, great performances and yet I don't have an easy or reasonable excuse for not liking it. I've noticed I'm not big on Vietnam films in general. It's not a politcal thing since I generally enjoy war films but I wonder why Vietnam films are different for me? I can't stand Platoon, or We Were Soliders. Apocalypse Now isn't a favorite of mine either. I guess the only Vietnam film I love is Full Metal Jacket. I was born in the '80s and I didn't see Deer Hunter until my late teens so maybe it just didn't seem as groundbreaking to me as it did when it was released. This may sound strange but I really wish I could appreciate Deer Hunter like most film fans do. Anyone else feel like Deer Hunter could of used some editing? Or am I just some rube unworthy of its greatness? I'd list some of my favorite films so some of you realize I'm not a rookie film fan but doing so would seem like I'm pandering for acceptance. "look I love this movie and that movie now excuse me while I go fart in an empty wine glass and inhale"

  • March 7, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Choppa and Jawa

    by Majin Fu

    First of all, thanks Jawaburger, I am fully aware of Singh's filmography. That was just my way of saying I didn't care much for The Immortals (it was alright I suppose, but forgettable), and call me crazy, but Mirror Mirror looks like shit. And yeah, comparing DH and AN because they are both movies about Vietnam probably isn't accurate, especially since I heard one takes place mostly after the war. That Godfather comparison is interesting though. I have wanted to see it but never really felt compelled to hunt it down until now.

  • March 7, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    No shame, ndally. No shame at all.

    by Robert Evans

    We all have our movies like that.

  • ...He was only in the first Benji as he was getting on in years by that time. He was replaced in the sequels by his daughter, BenJean (I am not making this up) and a succession of similar looking dogs. Higgins was the best, though, it sounds stupid, but that dog could act! Another useless fact, Benji's trainer had him cremated when he died and kept the ashes in an urn on his mantel for many years. When he died, he had the ashes buried with him in his coffin.

  • March 7, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Is BENJI related to AIR BUD?

    by melonman

    I was forced to watch AIR BUD 3 on a Thai Airways flight once. The scars will never go away…

  • March 7, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    ndally

    by Bobo_Vision

    You know, I watched Deer Hunter recently, and I also felt it was moving at a snail's pace when De Niro was back home after the war, but I find that the pace was really necessary to make the disturbing scenes that much more disturbing. <p> Also, after watching it again recently, I found that the pace tricks people into thinking that the movie is deeper than it actually is. So Walken is tortured mentally because he is forced into playing Russian Roullette by his captors, so because of PTSD, he ends up staying in Vietnam playing Russian Roullette because he's so messed up mentally. And then when De Niro comes to rescue him, that's the night he blows his brains out. <p> It's disturbing on the surface...but when you dissect it rationally, it's totally unrealistic. That's why the slow pacing was necessary. The realism of the slow scenes back home in the U.S. help make the scenes in Vietnam seem more real. If they edited the movie down...it would seem like a pretty silly movie.

  • March 7, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Don't feel bad... everything in Deer Hunter goes on 50% too long

    by Autodidact

    That movie could easily lose 45 minutes and be improved for it.

  • March 7, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I hated Tarsem for THE CELL that movie really turned me off

    by Autodidact

    But I will defend IMMORTALS, even though Tarsem himself says he only made it to get the money for the movie he really wanted to make. I think IMMORTALS is jam-packed with stunning imagery and cool supernatural/heroic moments. I don't mind all the slow motion at all. I like it. You can see exactly what is going on.

  • March 8, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Benji was the first movie...

    by Buck_Futt

    ... I fell in love with as a child. Think I must have been kindergarten or the first grade or so when it came out. Couldn't wait to give the DVD to my nephews when they were that age.

  • March 8, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    GoT on Bluray...

    by Just

    ....looks amazing. And HBO did a great job on the extras. Actually worth my 35 dollars.

  • March 8, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Oh Heavenly Dog is the Return of the Jedi of Benji films- FACT!

    by UltraTron

  • March 8, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    What someone is posting porn?! Where?!

    by UltraTron

    You guys probably mean the links that I can't see because I'm using a fucking iPad

  • March 8, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    canned dirty ape

    by Robert Evans

    I wouldnt hold your breath for a Sherman obit now that SXSW has begun. you *might* get one next weekend.

  • March 8, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    At this point, I pretty much judge a person by their opinion of GoTs

    by Knuckleface

    I seriously question the taste of anyone who doesn't like 'Game of Thrones'. I want nothing to do with them. I'll go ahead and call GoTs the best filmed entertaining in a quarter-century, and I'll say that with conviction. I have watched the series several times over now, and since read the books, and the show has only gotten better, richer. It rewards dedication in a way nothing has since the early days of Star Wars, but it's not just a geek thing, the show is spectacularly well-written and cast. The acting all around is superb. I've wondered why this site hasn't committed more press to GoT. I couldn't figure out how Harry was not blogging constantly about every episode. I'm very disappointed that he gave up after only one episode, especially since the pilot is so freak'n gangbusters. I have no idea how the writers and director fit so much into a 1 hour episode, and yet still managed to avoid making it seem rushed.

  • March 9, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Is It Sad That What The Original Footloose Does To...

    by pr1c3y

    Transport you back to the very moment of your youth when you watched it, is it sad that Kuffs does this for me?

  • March 9, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Benji may have been great...Jed's better

    by Darth Macchio

    Jed, being the dog (half-Husky/half-wolf) from Carpenter's "The Thing"? That's the greatest animal performance I have ever seen. Watch it again if you doubt - the dog never once looks at the camera, never once "breaks" character (as absurd as that sounds, it is most plainly true in the film), never wags his tongue or tail at bad moments, or looks excited. It's a triumph of animal performance and brilliant editing. When he lifts his head and just looks and those frozen moments where he just stares - not slowed down or frozen frames, when he very slowly walks into the kennel a few paces and just stops and slowly sinks to that sphinx position - never looking at the camera or off-camera "behind the viewer" at the production crew - simply a perfect performance for an animal and better than half, if not more, than the human actors we get nowadays. I can't say it enough - its a brilliant and amazing animal performance and from what I've read, they had no idea the scenes would come out as good as they did and no idea that the husky would be as good as he was. They apparently didn't have to do many takes as the husky's performance was spot-on on almost every take.

  • March 15, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Offer is forever open

    by DrGogol

    I see we are two days late on this week's column. I would write it for you, Harry. Cheap. Heck, I'd do it for the free blu-rays, why not?