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Hey folks, Harry here… Sorry for being this late with this. The show is a really huge distraction for me, but I love doing it, it’s just made it where usually every Monday night as I’m getting ready to settle down to write, I get a rough cut of the show, where I’m then asked to find and suggest clips – which usually results in me watching the rough cut about a dozen times, then seeking the various associations that my mind links to. But it takes hours to track that stuff down and I have to get it to my team asap, because they have to get it into the show, do sound, VFX and more. As a result, it just gets me behind the 8-ball. Then there’s been a wild bachelor party, more and more summer screenings… and non-stop work on the show, which everyone is overworked on, but damn if we don’t love doing it! As usual all the images and pics link to AMAZON – where you can learn more on the item in question and/or purchase it. If you do, the money goes to help make this column the best it can be. Now that I’m caught up – I’m gonna try to get ahead, but I gotta get the PROMETHEUS review up first. You’ve waited long enough, here ya go…


Tuesday, May 15th, 2012


Perhaps the best movie to be released theatrically this year, thus far, for my dollars is Joe Carnahan’s THE GREY. It isn’t the escapist joygasm that is THE AVENGERS, but it is a film of superheroics. There are few things that I can think of that would be more terrible than to survive a plane crash. To survive that plane crash in some manner of frozen tundra… fuck. Instantly my mind would turn to ALIVE – and eating the bodies of the dead crash victims. Unless… Scary fucking wolves wanted to eat me and them. In which case – yeah – we’d all pretty much be fucking dead. THE GREY is a man’s man’s movie. Liam Neeson is tremendous in the film. Frank Grillo is knocking on his door though. As I said in my full review, this film plays like the greatest survivalist flick made. At home, alone… air conditioning turned on a bit high, so you have to cuddle beneath a blanket… And yeah – it’s just perfect for that kind of film watching. The sound on the disc, I just love the mix on the film. Neeson reaffirms his badass stature with this – and Carnahan delivers a movie that slaps most other films and challenges them to pick up the glove and make something that just counts like this one. This is a tremendous film. Just outstanding.

CHRONICLE Blu Ray (Director’s Cut)

Just watched Josh Trank’s director’s cut version of CHRONICLE and I’m the sort of person that the second the movie was over – I wanted more. I love the three leads. I love the perspective from which the story is told – and the longer Director’s cut is a bit character indulgent – but personally I love all the extra minutes with Michael B. Jordan’s Steve. I love every extra prank and the additional scenes of menace and Yes, even love. Was any of it integral? Not really, but I enjoyed them all just the same. Personally, I would have preferred had there been at least 7 hours of extras on this movie. I kind of love it, but this is a good Blu Ray! I just have a very distinct feeling that this film’s popularity is only going to grow in time – I suspect that this won’t be the last version we’ll get on this movie.


I couldn’t stand this. Really unfortunate too, I like Katherine Heigl, but I just felt she was completely wrong for this. But that might be wrong too. It could be the script wasn’t there for me. Or that might be a source material jab. All I know, I should have been supremely interested in everything Heigl did in this film – and I couldn’t care about any of it. It just felt, limp.


Getting to review this film with Ebert was one of the great early joys and film discoveries. Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman… Everything about this film. From Cameron Diaz to John Cusack to Catherine Keener and all the John Malkovichs. The film is a pure joy. One of those movies that makes ya love movies and what a movie can or could be. Criterion has done a great job with this disc – here’s what you have in store for ya:

New high-definition digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

New selected-scene audio commentary featuring filmmaker Michel Gondry

New behind-the-scenes documentary by filmmaker Lance Bangs Conversation between John Malkovich and humorist John Hodgman

Director Spike Jonze discusses Being John Malkovich via photos from its production

Two films within the film: 7½ Floor Orientation and “American Arts & Culture” Presents John Horatio Malkovich, “Dance of Despair and Disillusionment”

An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Puppeteering, a documentary by Bangs

Trailer and TV spots

PLUS: A booklet featuring a conversation between Jonze and pop-culture critic Perkus Tooth


This is that flick I described as having more exorcisms than in any previous exorcism movie. Now, it’s important to know that you won’t much care for anyone in this film. These are disposable characters at best, but there’s definitely some fun to be had with the Exorcisms. Especially the Exorcism in the Car. Worst Idea Ever. You do not want to activate Satan while driving. Transporting a possessed person is just a really truly rotten notion to ever have. Would have been better had it just been a film about the events, instead of being just an ok YOU ARE THERE flick. Watching with friends is a key.

1900 Blu Ray

You get the entire massive unedited epic from Bernardo Bertolucci, all 5 hours of it. Robert De Niro, Burt Lancaster, Gerard Depardieu and the amazing Sterling Hayden. HOWEVER – you should be aware – this is not a new print, in fact I’m not real sure what this is, but it isn’t the beautiful, masterful transfer that Bertolucci deserves. If you have the DVD – I’d skip this particular release, I’m not sure you’re getting an extra pixel from that. Actually, it is sharper than the existing DVD, but the print itself… needs to be shown more love. Now, 1900 is far far faaaar from Bertolucci’s best and many consider this film about 20th Century Italy to be a bit of a failure. But I’ll be damned if I can stop watching the film – even at its huge running time.


First thing that caught my attention was the name Ronald Neame – the cinematographer/writer/director who did each of those jobs, along with a host of others over his career. He directed POSEIDON ADVENTURE, the original, and that’s been a New Year’s Eve movie of mine for a better portion of my life. But when Quentin Tarantino showed us Neame’s GAMBIT all those years ago… HOLY SHIT, I went on a run of trying to see as many of his directing films as possible – and that isn’t very easy. Diving into his career from its different angles has been fun. BUT add to that, that THE ODESSA FILE is based a true secret post-ISRAEL creation… NAZI PLOT to destroy Israel… Well holy fuck. And it stars folks like Jon Voight as the undercover man that discovers the plot. But he’s dealing with Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Derek Jacobi and a pitch perfect rest of the cast that just make this taught thriller something to write to a ton of readers and say… WATCH THIS MOVIE! IT rocks. If you love films like TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR… This is your poison too. Check it out.


Directed by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese… Yeah. Buy it. I love each of the three parts of this movie. Each director’s section is sort of a sonnet that I love. Each in their own particular style. It is a film to notice the direction – and it is a very fun showcase of styles and themes… and really how could a movie calling itself NEW YORK STORIES be anything else. The BluRay doesn’t have much of anything other than the movie and that’s enough for me, and how else will my Woody Allen, Coppola and Scorsese film collections be complete without it.

WALKING TALL: The Trilogy Blu Ray

This is one of those film trilogies that I absolutely owe Quentin Tarantino a big fucking “YOU RULE,” for introducing me to at a QT Fest. I’d never heard of Buford Pusser. I knew of Joe Don Baker and Bo Svenson – but I wasn’t aware of their cinematic blood brotherhood, until I saw this epic Redneck Bit of Paradise. Buford Pusser was a Tennessee sheriff that was mad as hell and not taking it anymore. He carried half of a redwood tree and beat the fuck of the lackeys and pieces of shit that worked for what essentially boils down to a Redneck Mafia. Buford’s story is a tale of woe and of personal badassery. The first film stars Joe Don Baker as the Bigger Than Life Sheriff. It also happens to be the film that tells Buford’s story – as he was still living it. When Bo Svenson replaced Joe Don Baker – one the plotline and circumstances of his casting worked so well within the Pusser story that while you’ll have trouble shaking Baker’s performance… I think I prefer Bo Svenson’s Buford. It’s just a manner to his portrayal I love, plus the directions that this story takes are just bizarre… but true. This BluRay is just amazing. This was one of those Drive-In movies that I just never expected to get the royal treatment and that’s exactly what SHOUT! did with this set. I would have loved had SHOUT! been able to get Tarantino and Svenson in to do commentaries, but Quentin is a busy guy – and my fantasies in regards to extras are rarely ever realized. Here we get a 30 minute doc that has both Joe Don and Bo talking about Pusser. Outstanding set of films.


Glenn Close has a history of playing really fascinatingly bizarre cross-dressing men that never seem to impress me as men. I’m thinking of HOOK, where she played the worst Pirate ever. That scene always has bugged the hell out of me. ALBERT NOBBS is like that bad scene from HOOK, but feature length. I just could never get past how uptight looking Close was for the entire film. The other performers – folks like Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson are great, I just would rather watch a whole season of DOWNTON ABBEY than ever watch this film again. At least in DOWNTON ABBEY I love all the servants that have bizarre and outlandish secrets. Not a fan.

Spaghetti Western Double Feature: GRAND DUEL & KEOMA Blu ray

Before I see DJANGO UNCHAINED, I’m gonna watch a shit ton of Spaghetti Westerns. Every one that I have, just because I want to just use the excuse of the film to wallow in this particular genre. I’ve watched THE GRAND DUEL, mainly because I’m attracted to all films starring Lee Van Cleef… thank you John Carpenter and Sergio Leone for making me love him so much. I haven’t gotten a chance to watch Franco Nero in KEOMA yet, but I love Nero’s Django so much that the notion of watching him in this is a future watch that I’m looking forward to. This release isn’t great, but it looks damn good and it’s just $5.99 for both films. And I can tell you that THE GRAND DUEL is pretty awesome.


You know when you’re watching RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK or one of the other Indy movies when you thought, “It’d be so badass if Indiana Jones could do a leaping split kick!” Your friends have always thought your diet was mainly lead-based paint chips, but you know the truth, you’ve see THE ORDER and those monkeys are still swinging after Shia. Seriously though, this is a dreadful film… with CHARLTON HESTON… but I’ll be honest, I have a total weakness for the Muscles from Brussels. He was my mother’s last ridiculous boy obsession. We saw all the Van Damme films together because he did it for her – and those Van Damme films I loved. This later stuff though… not so much, but even the worst Van Damme flick, it’s great to watch with friends and bitch non-stop about the hilarity of the ineptitude. So I must have this – just waiting on the right friend to watch this Blu.


I have to admit… I have a connection to this movie that will guarantee my life long affection for it. Part of Richard Garriott’s mission when the Gaming God traveled to the former Soviet Union and hitched a ride on a Russian Rocket that docked with the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION for a few days of – FUCK EVERYTHING, I’M IN OUTER SPACE!!! …as I was saying, part of his mission involved storing the DNA information on a very crazy awesome list of folks, of whom I was one, on the ISS. So folks, my DNA is safely in orbit so that I can survive the apocalypse of 2012! Whew. Also, Garriott recorded me a Birthday Greeting from Space for BUTT-NUMB-A-THON – and a very dear friend scored the film. BUT I have to say when I went to see this film, I was expecting to not like it. The notion of buying one’s way into space generally makes me go into a jealousy fit because… man, I just don’t foresee myself getting to go into space. It is amongst my fondest dreams, but listening to Richard Garriott’s story – I suddenly realized that Richard’s father was a NASA Astronaut. That Richard grew up with this dream. When he founded his gaming empire it was out of aggravation that he wasn’t going to be an astronaut… but then, that career path lead him to his dream. The story of his Cosmonaut training – and I’ll be damned if the film just doesn’t capture that dream. That dream that one of us got up there. Garriott is an Austin badass and good on him for this. I’m a NASA and Space super freak. I would have celebrated this film had I had zero connections, mainly do the accomplishment of a lifelong dream in the most unlikeliest of manners. But my essence orbits Planet Earth – and that’s just fucking amazing. Watch this film and then realize your own dreams.


When I was living up on my family’s ranch in North Texas… One day, I found a cache of VHS porn. That was one of those days I’ll never forget, because very clearly… actually it wasn’t that clear, it was a dubby VHS, but it was 1080p to my young eyes, but amongst those sacred titles was this film, and flicks like BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR, INSATIABLE, DEVIL IN MISS JONES and the musical porn adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. I was the only kid that any of us knew that had porn. I shared with friends and we all became instantly terrified and anxious to enter the world of adult relations. DEBBIE DOES DALLAS isn’t nearly as awesome as a great many other porn flicks… But like everything from the 1970s, there’s a really bizarre innocence to the depravity that makes this film irresistibly fun to wank to. The premise alone is just disgusting – a group of High School cheerleaders are working to help Bambi Woods’ Debbie to become a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader – and they need to raise money, so they get jobs in the community and fuck their lascivious bosses and one another. The final and most infamous scene, where you finally see Bambi in the classic Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader uniform and the athletic goods store owner dressed in a football uniform with a raging boner, the scene and the iconography of that moment is burnt into my memory. This was in the period where getting this sort of thing was impossible. There was no internet. If you wanted porn, you had to raid your relative’s collections or beg an older questionable morals person for the good stuff. When you had to work up the courage to attempt to buy a magazine as the counter help winked at you knowing that if you’re old enough to attempt to buy it, you’re ready to watch it. Now, it’s so accessible. However, this is a classic. RESPECT this Porn, it paved the way for what we know now.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

LETHAL WEAPON Collection Blu

I love that every film started shooting with the idea that at the end of the shooting – Martin Riggs was meant to die at the end of the film… And they just can’t kill that stubborn half-crazed badass. I dearly love the LETHAL WEAPON series – yes, even LETHAL WEAPON 4 – which doesn’t technically completely earn that love, but the residual awesome of the first 3 – and the particular awesome of LETHAL WEAPON 2 almost casts this Criticism Shield over the whole of the series – simply because it really does kick that much ass. “DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY!!!” Indeed. This is sort of the no brainer. In fact, it makes you wonder why the fuck we haven’t gotten this set earlier… like they did in the UK. But it’s worth the wait. For me, as badass as Mel is – it’s the humanity of Murtaugh… Riggs’ conscience, the man that gave a shit when nobody else did. The scores, Donner’s direction and the continual casting decisions that drove this series forward. I did get tired of Joe Pesci’s character – but at the same time, I love love love how Riggs and Rog treat him as their own personal Stooge to pummel and abuse wantonly, even though there’s love there for him. And for those that just want to scream about LETHAL WEAPON 4… but that scene on the Pier… MAJOR LOVE. For everyone that bitches that Riggs lost his martial arts abilities… Well I’ve had a perspective on that, that I want to share. In the first film, Riggs is suicidal, a gun without a heart… he had a heart, she died. He’s just a Lethal Weapon. Over the course of the 4 film journey, his anger was reinforced in the 2nd. But then Rene Russo shows up in 3. She’s the sort of woman he could never have imagined. After the near death of 3, I hold that Riggs entered a new portion of his life. One where being the deadliest weapon on Earth was no longer important. He’s lost his edge. Like in ROCKY III, he no longer has the Eye of the Tiger. Most people do, it’s something that life does for you if you’re lucky, you become HAPPY. CONTENT. IN LOVE. Then along comes Jet Li… Let’s face it, Jet Li could kick Mel Gibson’s ass at any stage of Mel’s life. I love Mel, but let’s face it… Jet Li is like magic. At the time of LETHAL WEAPON 4, Jet Li… well I have no problem believing he could dismantle a pistol in a single move. That’s Jet Li. The thing that Rog gave Riggs was a purpose, a reason to fight, a reason to live. Riggs and Murtaugh would always win – because they have a reason to. Jesus I love these films – and the Blu Ray is outstanding.


My favorite TV show. I fucking love this show. When I watched Season 1, it felt like a hallucination. Loved it so much, that when Martin Freeman was cast as Bilbo Baggins – I was terrified it would mean the end of this brilliant series. Benedict Cumberbatch, holy fuck man. SO AWESOME. I’ve heard rumors that he may be up for DR STRANGE and if they put that white streak in his hair and that moustache and the Eye of Agamotto, the cloak and the costume and make me so damn happy! When news hit that Season 2 was coming – I was beside myself with anticipation. Luckily the BBC sent me screeners slightly ahead of release and oh god did I love this. In particular – Just how brilliant is THE REICHENBACH FALL? The adaptation is just riveting. I love HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, mainly because the adaptation oddly makes me think of V FOR VENDETTA by Alan Moore in a strange abstract kind of manner. I never want this to end. They’re just so awesome. So so so awesome. It is amazing how quickly Benedict Cumberbatch became one of favorite working actors today – but I’m dying to see his Smaug. I mean… can you imagine? So brilliant.


In a recent DVD column I wrote up a Blu Ray for the film THE ASPHYX, well THE WOMAN IN BLACK reminded me of that film in all the best ways – without an unfortunate title that became hysterical dialogue. HAMMER hit this one out of the park for me. The atmosphere isn’t necessarily realistic. It’s a bit surreal. Radcliffe plays his character as though he is resolved to go to the gallows. He’s not really living, since the death of his wife… he’s remained in shock. Going through the motions of raising a child, having a job… but he’s dead inside. Nothing touches him except the memory of his wife, who he feels could always be in the room with him. This is the age of reason, his reading of a newspaper account of Arthur Conan Doyle revealing charlatan after charlatan that was attempting to claim to be SPIRITUAL – gives him the confidence to discount his fears as irrational, even if he knows in his heart it is all true. THEN – he gets the creepiest fucking job ever. I mean seriously. The fucked up level of DON’T FUCKING DO IT, that he wanders into… well you know he’s fucked, Ron & Hermione don’t have his back this time. And Ginny apparently died. This is Gothic, not Hot Topic.


This isn’t the great telling of the Tuskegee Airmen, but this is the comic book telling. I’m not sure what people where expecting from George Lucas and crew on this film, but this was exactly the film I thought he’d make. A little silly, stunning aerial combat and thinly drawn heroic archetypal pilots. For me, this is a film to file with my ACES HIGH comics from E.C. Good fun. Great DVD, the behind the scenes on the making of this flick were very well done. Now if Kathleen Kennedy would secure the rights to WEIRD SCIENCE and do a series of movies off of them. Yes please.


The charisma of Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon is enough to keep this film entertaining and fun. This is the exact sort of movie meringue that McG can easily whip up that I can lightly enjoy and forget until it pops on Cable and all of a sudden I’m watching and smiling at this film again. But there’s no real value or weight to what’s going on and the constant deception and wasteful government spending to the service of Macho posing. So, want something light and silly and kind of maybe a bit sexy? This works enough to get the job done.


Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, this take on THE BORROWERS is just an absolute delight. In particular what the wonder of how Ghibli handles the animation of miniaturized water. It actually got Yoko cooing, “that’s soooooo cool,” and I have to admit that I geeked out over her geeking out over the animation of micro-fluidal movements. I love this film, THE BORROWERS and THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD. Absolutely wonderful for kids and adults alike.


Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS – Miyazaki chose this to be his 3rd feature – and it’s a wonder. Seriously. The sense of motion and his films have the power of dreams. I watch a Miyazaki film and I will dream there that night – and wake up the next day feeling lighter, feeling better about the world and loving 2D animation more than I’ve ever loved CG – and I love many CG animated films – but the craft of this. I love it. The designed universe is exquisite. Sookie Stackhouse provides the voice for Sheeta, but the best thing about this set is the fact that you can watch in the original Japanese with subtitles – which is the way to watch, though the English dub isn’t BAD, it’s just unnecessary.


A fucking great spaghetti western. Klaus Kinski is great. El Chucho is that Gian Maria Volonte from FISTFUL OF DOLLARS – again, just fantastic here. A man that was born for the genre but actually didn’t do a ton of them, dammit. This is just a film that if you’ve ever loved a Spaghetti Western, that you must check out. Simply outstanding.


An utterly fantastic science fiction apocalypse flick that did not get nearly the attention it deserves. First off, it stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as a cook and as a CDC type of lady. When the plague that takes us all out begins in this film, the first sign is that everybody’s sense of taste goes away. Then it progresses. What does a cook do when his taste goes away along with everybody else’s? I found this film frightening, emotional and very powerful. DO NOT MISS.


Honestly, I feel this is the best looking of any of this particular subgenre of Japanese filmmaking has done in eons. Oddly, while being crazy over the top like usual, it actually makes a lot of sense and I like what is going on. Still funky as hell.


I like Lou Diamond Phillips in the same way I like Van Damme – except Lou made LA BAMBA which I love more than any of JCVD’s work. That movie gets me. But here, Lou Diamond Phillips works at an alternative energy facility that has deployed giant solar collectors in outer space that collect the energy from a massive solar flare – inadvertently it becomes the METAL TORNADO – which is a really fucking bad problem to have. Kinda like the zombie apocalypse that’s happening. This is total rot your teeth bad for you entertainment.


YES! Damn straight YES! Childhood personified.


This Italian Crime film kicks ass. The title is ridiculous, but once you meet Mama The Turk, you’ll get it. Massimo Dallamano knew what he was doing on this one. There’s only 500 copies in the world and each is hand numbered, so get one of the 499 other copies, I got mine.

Tuesday May 29th, 2012


I had not heard of this film. Thought I’d seen all the Nicholas Ray films, but somehow this had escaped me. Nicholas Ray is one of those truly tremendous underappreciated great directors of yesteryear – and RUN FOR COVER starring James Cagney and John Derek is just wonderful. Cagney is an ex con, we don’t know that – but when we meet him at the beginning of the film he’s looking for a new place to live. He comes across this young man while riding and they decide to keep each other company as they ride for the nearest town, where Derek lives. John Derek brags about his marksmanship then misses an eagle he was aiming for, then Cagney casually shoots it out of the sky. Some train guards panic and a series of events begin. This is one of those McCarthy Era films – where they took the politics out – and just played to the lynch mob conceit of the Old West. The film is just brilliant. Cagney and his relationship with Viveca Lindfors is so refreshing. In particular, I love how he courts her and her father. It’s just something missing from the modern era. That sense of proper etiquette. Love this movie, gorgeous Blu Ray transfer. If you love Cagney or Ray – this is a must.


Personally I prefer the Blu-Book format which is $7 more, but this Clamshell is a mere $10 – and you get the same content minus the book. It’s one of my all time favorite westerns, Chief Dan George has a lot to do with that, so does Clint… But the memory of seeing this at age 5 at the Village 2 screen theater in Austin – and the other screen was playing SONG OF THE SOUTH. Went with my mom & dad and about a dozen of their cinefriends. I can remember standing around outside after the film as I worked to keep up with their conversations about exactly why Josey Wales was so fucking awesome – and the Bill Gold artwork on the Posters was brought up often. This is the best $10 you can spend on a blu.


I would prefer an animatronic Lancelot Link figure that opened up and had every LL:SC episode ever shot on Blu Ray, but beggars can’t be choosers and this is what we got, 17 episodes for $16.39 – and I know what you’re thinking, I don’t see the value, I mean – Harry – you just said I could buy OUTLAW JOSEY WALES for $10, why would I get this? You see, they’re chimpanzees dressed as humans playing Cloak & Dagger style. It’s as sublimely brilliant as modern culture will have ever experienced.

TRUE BLOOD: 4th Season Blu

This is a TRUE BLOOD household. It’s sexy as all hell. Bill & Eric and Sookie are just amazing. LC, he’s a bit of a bitch I feel. This season was the Season of the Witch – and she was just an awesome season device. The new season is about to hit – and that will comfort me , when I see the last GAME OF THRONES for this season tomorrow. Yoko is seriously addicted to this.


I thought this was a fun little caper movie. It’s nowhere near THE STING or GAMBIT or SNEAKERS area, but it is a diverting flick and I love Elizabeth Banks in the film. Definitely worth checking out – and it is only mainly ridiculous. Everything with Jaime Bell is hilarious to me – and any movie with Ed Harris is automatically given 3 stars.


Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut is an ambitious effort and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here. In many ways he seemed to be borrowing from that Cronenberg starkness. I love how flexible Shakespeare is in talented hands. Great cast – and the film is a magnificent, though probably not a frequent watch.


Being a Texas boy, I’m pretty ignorant in the ways of Hockey. It’s one of those mystical Polar Bear sports that Northerners play… although Austin does have it’s own Hockey team, I’ve yet to attend, though I’m thinking about it. Just so I might be able to get into the next Hockey comedy. Nothing can top Paul Newman and the Hanson Brothers. All I can do is compare this to SLAPSHOT – and at the end of the day, I vastly prefer that film. Still this is an amusing film.


I like Amanda Seyfried, but I fucking was bored shitless by this movie – which I just could never believe a frame of. I just don’t believe the movie. It feels badly conceived and written. It feels like it wants to be R-rated but just didn’t commit to it. Limp and uninteresting.


Ignored by the Academy, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN has just continued to escalate in my estimation. Tilda Swinton is brilliant, and I totally understand why the film isn’t popular. The film doesn’t condemn, it is a victim to itself. Imagine if your kid became a Columbine-esque mass-student killer. This film takes a look at the life of a kid and his family life. The movie is chilling and brutal. Ezra Miller and Tilda Swinton are just brilliant. This is one of last year’s films where if you love tough and emotionally raw cinema, this is great. If you’re someone that never wants to have kids, this will reinforce that belief. Want to you’re your significant other out of reproducing, this may do the trick. The film is brutally honest and frank. It is also responsible for me not buying my nephew his Bow & Arrow set this Christmas.


This is one of my favorite erotic works from Ingmar Bergman. One, Harriet Andersson is just amazing to watch in this film. This isn’t a juvenile film by any means, this is adult eroticism told with a steady and even hand by Bergman. If you loved WILD STRAWBERRIES give this a chance, you’ll love it.


An adult woman, dissatisfied with the direction her life has taken is haunted by terrific memories of a Summer Romance that has long since passed. Another brilliant film from Bergman. This is such a great film. Definitely check out what Criterion has done here. Two heady sexy films from the master.


An absolutely fantastic film noir starring Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin and the lovely Lizabeth Scott. Directed by Lewis Milestone, who gave us ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, one of the greatest war films of all time and Sinatra’s original OCEANS ELEVEN. Stanwyck is just awesome in this, she’s such a great powerful female lead. You quake under her commands – if you love this try to get your hands on THE CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA. Beautiful on Blu!


Jean Rollin’s REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE kind of reminds me of HOUSE OF THE DEVIL in terms of it being about innocence destroyed and cult like groups. The film is erotic, but atmospheric as all hell. These reform school girl runaways turned Vampire chow. JUST AWESOME. Middle film in a trilogy that ends with SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES. Rollin does great work folks. Gorgeous print.


Jean Rollin’s first film is filled with beautiful French women that the town believes to be vampires so they murder each one of them, then they all get resurrected and join the Queen of the Vampires. This is the beginning of the trilogy that continues in REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE. Great stuff to have on Blu, sexy, violent and hot.


John Cassavetes directs this film starring Bobby Darin and Stella Stevens. It’s all kinds of brilliant. Bobby plays a douchey self-involved hipster Jazz punk that thinks he’s better than everyone and lives to regret that. Stella Stevens is beautiful and tragic in this. Such a wonderful film. Emotional and yet it transports you absolutely to the era. If you love this, seek out Cassavetes’ TV series from the period before this called JOHNNY STACCATO. SO GREAT! Love having this on Blu.


Basically a Thin Man film, but instead of Myrna Loy – you get Ginger Rogers. Formula isn’t as solid, but the film is still a delight. For all you William Powell lovers – he’s fantastic here. Powell’s a newspaper man, Rogers is his dame that helps investigate a mystery who wants a ring on her finger. Good stuff, tons of fun.


Directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney – I’ve just ordered this because this is one of the Chaney’s that I haven’t seen, but thanks to growing up with Forry’s obsession with Lon Chaney, I’ve heard of it, seen photos. He plays a gangster known as The Blackbird, that disguises himself as a crippled brother that wanders about. Can’t wait to see this, so excited to discover it is out!


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    by Adam Stephen Kelly


  • June 2, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Uhh... THIRD?

    by Astronut

  • June 2, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by barnaby jones

    The Grey is the best movie of the year !? Give me break, have you seen Moonrise Kingdom yet ?

  • June 2, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Timothy Boone

    I saw it when I was high high, and I still thought it was pretty bad. None of the characters said anything a human would say

  • June 2, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Castle in the Sky subs

    by StarWarsRedux

    Does this mean that the Blu Ray's subtitles represent an accurate translation of the ACTUAL original Japanese script, or that it's just regurgitating the script of the poor English dub, like the most recent Disney DVD of the film? If the subs are genuinely, honest to good subtitles, then it's worth getting. But if they're just dubtitles, I'll pass. <p> <p>Quick way to check-- in the scene where Pazu shows Sheeta his father's photos and collection of Laputa research, do the subtitles mention Johnathan Swift? In the Disney dubtitles they don't, but in the proper subtitles, they do.

  • June 2, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    DEbbie does Dallas

    by rakesh patel

    Never watched it. Totally remember the times pre internet though. That was bloody awkward. thank the lord for those 10 minute porn satelite channel previews.

  • June 2, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    The Grey--best Gil

    by Robert Evans

  • June 2, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    The Grey--best film of 2011

    by Robert Evans

  • June 2, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    New York Stories blu

    by Robert Evans

    First time in widescreen. Reason enough to buy it.

  • June 2, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Is The Grey the best film of 2011 or 2012?

    by zillabeast

    I've heard it both ways. Or is that a GRAY area?

  • June 2, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    From Joe Don Baker to The Rock?

    by TallanDagwood

    Well, not quite, but Dwayne did remake Walking Tall. I preferred the Joe Don Baker version though

  • June 2, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Cocktail blu!!!

    by Robert Evans

    Fuck yes!

  • June 2, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    holy shit Klaus Kinski did a spaghetti western!?!

    by ltgalloway

    I have to see this NOW! Plus I'll have to check out that Lon Chaney film as well. Thanks Harry!

  • June 2, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Woah. It

    by SoylentMean

  • June 2, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by SoylentMean

  • June 2, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by SoylentMean

  • June 2, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    DVD column!

    by SoylentMean

  • June 2, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    The Woman in Black was a good, creepy movie!

    by SoylentMean

    I was hoping they'd release the original film on Blu to coincide with the new one. Oh well...<P> That movie will probably get a couple spins during October at mi casa.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    If Harry gets the next column up on 6/5 I will be impressed.

    by SoylentMean

    Well, not really. More like surprised.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The Lethal Weapon set is actually supposed to look nice.

    by SoylentMean

    Time to replace the ol' DVD flipdisk/one case 4 movie set!

  • June 2, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to hear Harry's excuse as to why he fell asleep

    by Robert Evans

  • June 2, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    In John Carter..

    by Robert Evans

    He should be ashamed of himself

  • June 2, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Not covering Breaking Bad Season 4 next week? For shame ...

    by chewyou812

  • June 2, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Franck

    Just for giggles. Love this column. Harry please make sure to always let us know whether the Blu-Ray mastering is worth the purchase, it's usually what makes me buy the release. Nothing worse than grainier grain.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    That's it. Screw the Disney Castle in the Sky

    by StarWarsRedux

    I'm going with the Japanese or Hong Kong versions. Thank goodness for Region A.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Prometheus announced on Blu already

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Fox know they have a shitcake on their hands. Bombs away!

  • Saw it on TV back in the day, but I can't remember if it was any good.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    Man, that was such a trip down memory lane. I miss Showbiz Pizza, Chuck E. Cheese was good and all, but it didn't have Billy Bob. Everyone loves a talking Bear

  • June 2, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I walked out of THE GREY in the first 10 minutes...

    by Mike Soiseth

    ...and went to see WOMAN IN BLACK instead. I split for a couple reasons. 1. When Liam walks into the 'bar' on the oil rig sight, I turned to my bud and said 'If the first thing you see inside that bar is a bar fight, this bodes badly for this flick adhereing to any semblance of realism.' I know, I have freinds who work the rigs and pipeline in Alaska, and anyone getting smashed and fighting would be shit canned so fast it would make your head spin. Sure enough, he walks in as a guy smashes another guy over a table while everybody else around just sits there like they see this all the time. Stupid, predicable and retarded. So, the next scene, Liam is watching over the oilmen on a barren field surrounded by woods. Suddenly, Liam sees a lone-LONE-wolf, a big, healthy wolf, tearing out of the woods at full bore at the oil men standing beside a lone SUV. The wolf runs and runs and is almost on the men when Liam shots it dead at their feet. Now, I know you city geeks ate this crap up, but any outdoorsman-ANY outdoorsman worth a plug nickle knows the wolves do no behave this way. Ever. Never ever never. That was so fucking lame, like having a killer whale jump out of the sea to eat a kid sitting on a dock-that I had to leave. If they had said these were SUPERnATURAL wolves, it would have gone down better and I would have watched this flick. But people talking about how realistic this survival tale is? Just unforgivable and stupid.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    THE GREY, SHERLOCK: total awesomeness. RED TAILS: not so much

    by Logan_1973

    RED TAILS was a very literal comic adaptation, and proof of exactly why liberties should be taken. What works on a comic page just doesn't work on film.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Prometheus pre-order

    by Bouncy X

    don't know if its a sign of anything, Avengers is already up for pre-order in multiple packages including a steelbook...the covers are up and everything. so Fox probably thought that was a neat idea and did it too.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    I'll take dramatic tension over logic any day.

  • The best it can be, ie, "Two and a half weeks late!"

  • June 2, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The Rock a Fire Explosion? BOY I WISH THAT HAD AN EXPLANATION

    by D.Vader

    It looks like its all about Billy Bob and Showbiz. But what is it, a documentary or what?

  • June 2, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by RedeyeJedi

    You should seek out The Great Silence on DVD for another excellent Klaus Kinski spaghetti western. Plays a real evil bastard.

  • June 2, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Klaus Kinski did a ton of spaghetti westerns.

    by BeanGrud

  • June 2, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Choppah?..Creepy?..come back??

    by paul burnett

    Hello,hello?? Whats the story mother? Murphy..its you The fuckin nazi party! That's me, done.....unless!

  • June 2, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Re: SuperBitch

    by Sandy

    I ordered mine... 498 left.

  • June 2, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    @d. vader Rock-A-Fire

    by adeceasedfan

    Everything you need to know about the rise and fall of Showbiz Pizza and the hardcore southern geeks that collect its memorabilia. Passionate is an understatement. I caught it on Netflix streaming.

  • No fucking way. Wolves don't hunt humans like Giger's Alien. If it's a monster movie, then fine, but a survival movie needs to be reasonably realistic.

  • June 2, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    We Need To Talk About Kevin was

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    The best film of 2011-not even close. Also, Ezra Miller's band Sons Of An Illustrious Father put out the best album of 2011, One Body. Check both out!

  • June 2, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    WTF!? Glen Close in Hook as a man????

    by zach hill

    Holy shit. Mind = blown This is a misprint? I only watched it 20 billion times as a kid...

  • June 2, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Harry, I can't believe that you never saw Walking Tall.

    by adeceasedfan

    That was a childhood staple. I grew up in KY and we used to rent movies from this tiny video store, the kind that had the brown clamshell cases. Walking Tall and pt.2 were in regular rotation at my house. I would usually head straight to the horror section, but would rarely get what I wanted. My older brother was terrified of horror and he usually got to pick by default. The dark stuff was forbidden and is probably why I love horror so much now.

  • June 2, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by zach hill

    I just watched a clip... I'll be damned that is her.

  • June 2, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    We Need To Talk About Kevin is moronic

    by Paul Macadom

    Possibly one of the most inept films I've seen in a long time, and easily one of the 5 worst things I saw in 2011. Hideously one note - the Kevin character plays like a parody of Damien. The child actors and Ezra Miller are fucking hopeless, and Swinton does the best she can with such insipid material. Lynne Ramsay directs with all the subtlety of a sledge hammer - I've never seen such gratuitous and hilarious use of the colour red. Fuck this film. This crap is only chilling if you have totally unsophisticated taste. It's a pretentious turd.

  • June 2, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Sad to say, but I really wanted to like THE GREY

    by Monroville

    But as mentioned by other TBers, it's just too stupid to take seriously. From the previously mentioned bar fights, lone wolf in broad daylight running at a group of men by a vehicle, to Liam not have a friggin PISTOL much less set of knives and the singular watchman outside the plane going out into the darkness to take a piss AFTER they know there is a pack of wolves out in the dark to them getting into a pissing match AFTER 2 of them die to wolves... Jesus Christ, this was an exercise in self-fulfilling failure. Hell, just from watching a number of those MAN VS. WILD shows my dad and I started joking about just what a failure Liam was as a survivialist. He saw the movie before me and started to describe the opening. He then asked me: "You find out you're surrounded by wolves in your wrecked plane, what do you do?" "Um, set traps?" He shakes his head yes. What does Liam do? He gets them all killed. Oh yeah: SPOI-LERS!

  • June 2, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Movies are movies.

    by JakeKaufman

    Movies aren't necessarily made to be realistic, they are made to tell stories. Complaints that movies aren't real enough are idiotic at best. Get off the fucking internet and enjoy life for once. It's better outside of the screen.

  • June 2, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    The Grey

    by Baryonyx

    It would've been more believable with better CGI wolves - or actual wolves/dogs used to make the threat more real.

  • June 2, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by Chris

  • June 2, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I just ordered Walking Tall, so I'm doing my part.

    by adeceasedfan

  • June 2, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Paul Paradis

    The annoying first people just got owned.

  • June 2, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Instead of watching The Grey...

    by Baryonyx The Trap instead. It uses German Shepherds instead of real wolves, but the action is well-done... and it stars Oliver Reed!

  • June 2, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Well, THAT was gigantic.

    by justmyluck

    Only picked up 1900 and NEW YORK STORIES, though.

  • June 2, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    And still no Prometheus review

    by donkey_lasher

    I've not seen it yet, but I thought Harry would have. No LOVE for this film?

  • June 2, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Klaus Kinski also in The Great Silence

    by Steve Lamarre

    btw I love the opening theme :)

  • June 2, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    "I kind of love it, but this is a good Blu Ray!"

    by phifty2


  • June 2, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    The Color of Money next week.

    by phifty2

    One of the greatest sequels ever made.

  • Part 1 is a dark, funny, endearing, action filled piece of 80's magic. So is 2 but just not on the same level.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    WHOA I just realized...

    by Logan_1973

    Next up is HOOSIERS in blu? Damn well better be a great transfer!

  • June 2, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Guess what else about HOOK, dudeinabox

    by D.Vader

    That's Phil Collins as the British inspector investigating the missing children. And that's David Crosby as the mustached pirate mocking the children "Save me, daddy!" And Jimmy Buffet is in there somewhere as a pirate too, but I haven't figured out which one yet.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    The Woman In Black - A good 'Alone in the dark' flick

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Every friday night I get to stay up late cuz the wife gets up early with the baby on Saturday. So that's my night to stick the headphones in, lie in bed in the dark while the wife sleeps, and watch whatever flick I want. This one was very effective. There's a half hour stretch at one point where it was non-stop chills hair standing up on your neck scares. That's the goal....loved it.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Harry, man, how can you not get ALBERT NOBBS

    by Jaka

    Glenn Close was SUPPOSED to be uptight. The character she was playing, Albert Nobbs, was an uptight, neurotic, paranoid, delusional mess! I just can't agree with you about this one at all. I've seen it three times now and it actually gets better for me each time.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    I agree with syd. Probably not too effective on a sunny day.

    by SoylentMean

    By the way, Hammer is restoring a bunch of their older films for later in the year. <P> Exciting.

  • That movie messed me up. I don't cry at movies - I just don't have that gene. The last time I cried in a theater was when Wind In His Hair was yelling at Shumani Tutanko Owachi about always being his friend at the end of Dances With Wolves. That's a long ass time ago. But I got REAL CLOSE during Perfect Sense. Very powerful movie. Especially if you can watch it with someone you love.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I'd love to read Shane Black's 'Play Dirty' before I die

    by The Mothman

    It's up there in my list of possibly great lost scripts (along with Kevin Jarre's Judgment Night). LW2 & 3 haven't aged well, they missed way too many opportunities. The other cops in 2 are there for decoration when they could have been put to more use, and having the South African 2nd in charge be responsible for his wife's death seemed arbitrary and unnecessary. After all, the guy had just killed his girlfriend - how angrier did Riggs need to be? 3 was even worse, as I recall it took a good 40mins for the plot to kick in because Riggs and Murtaugh were too busy coming up with lame puns and doing stupid shit like guessing what wire disarms a bomb. They could have put the young rookie under Riggs' wing for a while (after all, he's childless), then when the kid gets taken out you have an excuse for him to go old-school. As entertainment, the series is OK, but it's a case of what could have been. Btw, We Need To Talk About Kevin is watchable. If you think Kev is a bit too simplified for a villain, just visit your local mall.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Also totally agree about that one. Although I have to say, it wasn't as in your face as I thought it was going to be. It's dark and it's heavy and all that, but it just wasn't as disturbing as I was expecting. Truly a great film, though.

  • June 2, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    HOOK is perfect..

    by Robert Evans

  • June 2, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Hook is a disaster

    by murray_hamilton

  • June 2, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Sherlock bothers me because...

    by Mike Provant

    ...three shows make a 'season?' That series deserves more!

  • ...I still like it. Liked it then, like it now. It's not a great film. Whatever. It's still a fun watch from time to time. And my 7 year old nephew thinks it's great, which was probably the audience it was meant for to begin with.

  • June 2, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    ubermanagain : you nailed it

    by 9000rpm

    The Grey was so far outside the bounds of reality it's absurdity is insulting. People who say The Grey has anything to do with survival just don't get it. The Grey is how people forfeit their lives by throwing their lots in with a depressed and suicidal leader. Without barely a second thought. On that level it's mildly interesting. But as a survival film The Grey makes Piranha 3DD look like a documentary.

  • June 2, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Dispelling spiritualism

    by dukeroberts

    Houdini was actually the one that dispelled spiritualism. Arthur Conan Doyle believed in it and wanted to belive in it, therefore clouding his judgment. Houdini saw those charlatans for what they really were.

  • And it has one of the *BEST* scores ever from John Williams.

  • Here's a clip:

  • June 2, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Oh goddamnit AICN. You screwed me.

    by D.Vader

    I reload the page once and my post doesn't appear. I reload it a second time and now BOTH are there. Crap.

  • June 2, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    sherlocks your favorite show???

    by jsfithaca

    all time or shows still on tv? even if it is shows still on tv i seriously doubt its better than breaking bad.

  • June 2, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST



    Haven't dove into BREAKING BAD - haven't had the time, waiting for like a week off from everything.

  • June 2, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST



    seriously - that transfer on HOOSIERS better be a window into the midwest. Such a stunningly shot film - and a great sports movie. Hopper is fucking amazing in that film.

  • I've only seen Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre, and Nosferatu so far. Haven't dived into the rest of his catalog. Guess I need to add a few dozen more movies to my list!

  • Like, IN the movies, or as extras? Because if they're in the movies I may have to go ahead and grab that set. I don't have a complete one at this point.

  • i was annoyed at first because i want the directors cut in blu, but there's also a few extra scenes i never saw before but for some odd reason the scenes on the pure lethal documentary found on the 4th movie disc have never been included seperately.

  • the hbo mel gibson video diaries not included though is a damn shame. a real damn shame. a damn shame. they were funny. real funny.

  • June 2, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Someone deleted 1 of my HOOK comments. Harry was that you?

    by D.Vader

    KUDOS to you if so, sir. Now I look like a bigger idiot than before =)!

  • June 2, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    d.vader - I am honestly...

    by Jaka

    ...laughing out loud right now.

  • June 2, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Carnahan's commentary for The Grey is pathetic

    by Cobb05

    The guy acts like he's some non hollywood douche, mans man, who drinks scotch and tells it like it is. The guy is a mega douche. First off, i forget what commentey it was on, maybe a-team, but he didn't know who Warren Oats was. How the hell can you not know who Warren Oats is? But he talks about The Grey like it's some amazing drama, that transends the movie into this Oscar worthy piece of art. It's a fucking survival movie. It's men being chased by wolves in the snow. It's not a Kurosowa movie. He talked about how the movie is so emotional and people cried while watching it. What movie were they watching? It's a decent movie, but who the hell was moved to tears by it? He just seems like such an asshole. You're not Michael Mann, so stop trying to be him.

  • June 2, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Sherlock is awesome HATE Moriarty though

    by Cobb05

    I just find the actor really annoying. His voice is like nails on a chalk board. And was Moriarty gay in the books? It just sucks because Benedict is so great as Sherlock, to have Moriarty be so annoying sucks. On paper, great character, but the wrong actor.

  • June 2, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    But if it makes you laugh, hey, kudos to you too, sir =). I will admit I've been drinking whiskey tonight and watching RANGO, but I don't think it would have *that* kind of effect on me. Or would it? Wait, its what time now? Almost 1 ?!

  • June 2, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Late to the game

    by RustyShakelfort

    Just saw Super 8, and WOW! Where was the heads up on that suck fest? Here's a new drinking game: take a shot of your least favorite drink every time a light flare pops onscreen -Oh, that's Abrams' "trademark" Good to see the DVD column again Harold

  • June 3, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    d.vader - No, no, man. You misunderstood my laughter.

    by Jaka

    I saw your double post. <p> I saw you comment about it. <p> I read your comment about looking dumber now that one of them has been removed. <p> I laughed.

  • June 3, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Well thank God, Jaka. I hoped as much.

    by D.Vader

    You must be one of the Chosen People. Thank you for that =).

  • June 3, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    We Need To Talk About...METAL TORNADO.

    by adeceasedfan

    I'm pretty sure I saw them at the Rainbow opening for W.A.S.P. I seriously want to see this just from the title. WTF?!

  • June 3, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Yeah man. My midichlorian count is off the charts.

    by Jaka

  • June 3, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST


    by dalcross

    How you can watch any Joe Don Baker performance from back then without this phrase constantly on loop in your head is beyond me.

  • June 3, 2012, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Ian't Summer with Monika the top grossing film in the US?

    by dalcross

    That is foreign language? I understand that's the case because the legend that is Kroger Babb got his hands on the rights and worked his brand of "magic" on it and released it on the drive in circuit.

  • June 3, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    love love LOVE Sherlock

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I hate the decision to have him do that thing where he "accesses" his mind like its a computer from Minority Report.

  • June 3, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Keoma: Absolutely fucking brilliant Spag-West! Better than Django.

    by Baron Von Penguin

  • June 3, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    bass ackwards

    by Logan_1973

    That's actually an element from the book(s). Wonderfully adapted, actually.

  • June 3, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Do NOT wait for the perfect time to watch Breaking Bad.

    by gotilk

    Do not wait for a few days off, they never really come. Do not wait for anything. See it. Now.

  • June 3, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    If you walk out of a film 10 minutes in....

    by YourMomsBox3D

    You waive the right to have an opinion on it.

  • Irene Adler is in the first episode of season two, but aside from the scene with the safe and her being "THE WOMAN," it has little to do with Doyle's original story, A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA. Now, ZERO EFFECT (Jake Kasdan's first movie, released in 1998) is a pretty damn clever and faithful updating of the story. The characters are not called Holmes, Watson, and Adler, and the setting is Portland, OR, and ,as far as I know, Kasdan has never fessed up to it being an adaptation of Doyle's story , but you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to recognize Sherlock Homes when you see him.

  • well maybe not that soon, but by the third or 4th season you won't be able to stop watching

  • June 3, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    THE GREY/Carnahan

    by Logan_1973

    I agree Carnahan's commentary is a bit off-putting, but it's dismissive to just call the film a survival filck, as there is a lot more going on in there. Ottway's story arc is as clever as I've seen; in the beginning he didn't give a shite about his life or the lives of his colleagues, and by the end he was fighting for both. He had to face death (in the form of the wolves) to make that turn. I also think it was clever that just when he was about to take his own life, it was a wolf howl which interuppted him. To me THE GREY is more of a personal journey than another take on ALIVE. And I admit to being moved to tears in at least two scenes.

  • June 3, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Garriot in Space...he's been spaced for awhile.

    by K-Gin

    He's a nice enough guy I guess, but I have issues with someone who was looking for people to help him pay 20 million dollars to go up into space while his company tanked because of him and his incompetence while costing his publisher 60 million dollars who he had the balls to turn around and sue for 28 million for wrongful dismissal. If it wasn't for Texas xenophobia, he would have never had won. In fact, I am surprised NC soft didn't turn around and sue him and his incompetent chronies. And Ultima succeeded in spite of him..not because of him. The industry passed him by 15 years ago...he was just in the right place at the right time. Anyone know if he still insists on people calling him Lord British?

  • June 3, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Harry, if ya love SHERLOCK so much...

    by sabalomglitz

    Ya really owe it to yourself to check out Moffat and Gatiss' other brilliant show- DOCTOR WHO (which Moff has been masterminding from Series 5 onwards- though he and Gatiss have been contributing scripts since the show started up again in 2005). If nothing else, watch Moff's Season 3 story, BLINK, which is probably the cleverest thing he's ever gonna write. Oh yeah, and check out JEKYLL sometime.

  • Harry can be so wrong sometimes.

  • June 3, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    The Grey. Zero Effect.

    by mrgray

    1) ubermanagain clearly doesn't understand metaphor. Or dramatization. Yeah, asshat, most of us KNOW that wolves don't act that way. Most of us ASSUME that bar fights are a bad idea when everyone, including management, hangs out in the same 10x10 shack for a beer or two. That wasn't the point. Which I'm pretty sure Carnahan understood. And hooray for you and every other survivalist nut who scoffed at Neeson's fuckups. If any of you actually paid fucking attention, you would've seen that Neeson pretty much confesses to winging it. It isn't ABOUT survival, despite the circumstances. He doesn't appoint himself leader because he's a naturalist, he does it because he's the least terrified and least idiotic of that bunch of terrified idiots. I definitely got choked up a couple of times, especially at death scenes. Carnahan knew what he was going for and it succeeded with many people (hence the success of the film despite your pithy "real world" nitpicks). 2) Anyone calling out Zero Effect as being underappreciated and excellent gets a free beer from me. Um... if we ever meet and I happen to have the money. Kudos for the mention, though! Also great about that film is that the female lead is played by Lost's very own Kim Dickens.

  • June 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Lethal Weapon - all time classic, dangerous and funny and cool. Lethal Weapon 2 - very solid sequel. Lethal Weapon 3 - weak villain and the shtick was beginning to wear thin. Lethal Weapon 4 - lazy crap.

  • June 3, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Katherine Heigl is a shrill bitch who killed her own career

    by I am_NOTREAL

  • June 3, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Village 2 Theater

    by puto tenax

    Village 2, Pantera's Pizza, Aqua Fest, and Magic Time Machine. RIP, right Harry?

  • June 3, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Harry, any news about a director's cut Lethal Weapon set?

    by Mandolorian

  • June 3, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by Mike Soiseth

    I clearly do not understand dramatic tension. Just for you, who says wolves dont behave a certain way but you dismiss that because its a movie, a 'survival against the hard cold facts of nature' movie nevertheless. I'm used to shit like DELIVERANCE, or SOUTHERN COMFORT, or THE BEAR, or ALIVE-you know, stupid, far fetched stuff passed off as 'it could happen' far. If i had an audience of mrgreys, I'd have my wolves have wings because theyd be waaaaay scarier swooping down on the stranded crew. Then I'd have Liam find the Hammer of Thor and don a pair of tights while shoving said hammer up the rectum of an enraged Pepsi cola drinking polar bear. Gritty! Intense! You'll never trust a flying wolf again!

  • June 3, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    What's with the cover of the THIS MEANS WAR Blu?

    by Jacob Underhill

    It looks like everyone has 1 knee-less leg and 1 badly broken one.

  • June 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    @ K-gin - good point, but...

    by Jacob Underhill

    I am going to cut-and-paste your comment below, with a few bits removed (most of the first paragraph actually, though it is still a bit relevant, and a few bits re-worded, mostly names. What I reword, I will mark with brackets [ ]. Tell me who you have also accurately described besides Lord British. "He's a nice enough guy I guess, but I have issues with someone who was looking for people to help him...while his company tanked because of him and his incompetence...I am surprised [AMPAS] didn't turn around and sue him and his incompetent chronies. And [AICN] succeeded in spite of him..not because of him. The industry passed him by 15 years ago...he was just in the right place at the right time. Anyone know if he still insists on people calling him [Headgeek]?"

  • I've always been pretty sure that, at best, you play some of these movies in the background while doing something else and claim to 'watch them'. But describing Rollin's movies as such just confirms it. They are patently terrible. Calling them 'sexy, violent and hot' (aren't sexy and hot pretty much the same thing?) is blatantly casting an undeserved hook for amazon sales. Or possibly a psychological cry for help. Maybe both. I don't mean to sound like a bitch, but come on. Somebody's got to call you out when it's this blatant.

  • June 4, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by piltorp75

    was not answered...are the Lethal weapon versions the dir. cut versions (that were released on the DVD´s) or the theatrical versions??

  • June 4, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Albert Nobbs: Three very poorly Photoshopped heads.

    by Pop_aristocrat

  • June 4, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    Did you also walk out of The Dark Knight in the first ten minutes because there's no way a school bus could drive out of the side of a bank without anyone noticing? I can't imagine what you must have thought of the first ten minutes of The Empire Strikes Back. Seriously, if THAT'S your argument for why the film doesn't work, you should stick to Daniel Radcliffe movies. Probably more your speed and FAR more realistic. Bottom line: if you walk out of a film after ten minutes, your opinion is invalid.

  • June 4, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by DarthBlart

    theatrical versions

  • June 4, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Red Tails-My guess is it's a Victim of Lucas post production fiddling

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Apparently the film was originally shot in early 2009 by director Anthony Hemingway, then in 2010 reshoots were done by Lucas with rewritten scenes by Boondocks creator Aaron Mcgruder that convinced Lucas to cheese it up. Hemingway was off shooting something else and was not there. Mcgruder admits the cheesing up of the film to make it more Star Warsy in this article And I swear there are scenes in this film, especially in the later half of the film that seem like they are going somewhere dramatically, and then there's just some shitty avid-esque disolve and the scene just ends ubruptly. I don't know, maybe Hemingway's stuff came off as so bad and melodramatic that Mcgruder thought the only way to save it was to go even more silly.

  • June 4, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    That being said I did find Red Tails mildly entertaining

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But I can see how it's gotten bad reviews.

  • June 4, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    I would be more shocked if Glenn Close was in a movie

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Playing a woman.

  • A young blond girl of simple stature, waitress/high schooler, discovers she has talents that aid her in her dealings with the supernatural. Hellmouth and Bon Temps (sp) seem to be focal points of all type of creatures..demons, were-panthers, shape shifters, fairies....our blonde heroine falls for the dark haired vampire with, if not a soul, then with a conscience. They seperate, and she falls for the blond haired "bad boy" that she sees in a new light. And of course, this season, there are the witches, with spells cast and spirits inhabiting folk left and right. Does Joss Whedon get a cut?

  • '40s war melodrama imaginable. And if I had to look at one more shot of Cuba Gooding Jr looking stoic while smoking his pipe, my remote was about to hit the tv.

  • June 4, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I thought The Grey was only ok

    by jawaburger

    I think I went in with very high expectations because of all the dick sucking it got on this and other sites. I do agree with an earlier poster that the actions of the wolves was unnatural, and therefore made it harder to suspend my belief. If someone told me it was like Jaws, for example, but with wolves, I would have watched it in that light and probably enjoyed it a lot more. It seems that there was a lot of praise for its realism early on and that is how I went into it.

  • June 4, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Enjoyed Lethal Weapon 4

    by Hipshot

    And put it on a similar level with 2. Mel "losing" his martial arts abilities is really just time passing, if you don't practice regularly...tissues lose elasticity, and skills degrade. What remained was ferocity, basic punching ability, and willingness to get hurt to hurt the other guy. Jet Li was the "lethal weapon" here, and Riggs knew it, felt it, couldn't walk away from it. I thought the Chris Rock character was overdone and undercooked, but other than that, loved the way they brought the series to a conclusion as a family of beloved whackos, Riggs finally finding some kind of peace. Really enjoyed that.

  • I really expect better from this team. The airplane plot in the first episode was idiotic. How long was that charade supposed to last? The couple of hours that it would take for the world to realize none of the passengers or crew have mourning relatives? Then episode two had the ridiculous, bad thriller cliche of guessing someone's password. That, and the "I must have read about this experiment one time". They had no way to drop a clue into the plot, so he just "read it some time". Ultimately, Moriarty grew on me, and I liked the last episode. But I hope they step up the writing next time around. The cast is stellar, but they can't hang their hat on that and half-ass the writing. It's a Holmes mystery.

  • June 4, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by Mike Soiseth

    No, I stayed for BATMAN because its a comic book adaptation and thus most will give it more wiggle room based on that. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a fantasy-NOT hard Sci Fi. If your making films that scream "IT COULD HAPPEN!" that exist in the REAL WORLD, then you need to do your homework and not just pull shit out of your ass because your 7 year old psyche thinks it would look cool.

  • June 4, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Hondo should be in 3-D

    by photosurrealism

    Bad enough the bitches at Wayne's estate made it too expensive to show at the World 3-D Film Expos, but they keep releasing it flat on video- even now when there's a viable standard format. If pan & scan is blasphemy (which it is, of course), so's showing a real 3-D movie flat.

  • June 4, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Chronicle was

    by UltraTron

  • June 4, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    good but the characters were un-good

    by UltraTron

  • June 4, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Harry, how the fuck can you have never heard of Buford Pusser?...

    by Terry Powell in nut that you are? Anyway, I've had the Walking Tall set for about two weeks and I can tell you, the documentary blows. Joe Don Baker is reduced to little voiceovers, Bo Svenson isn't in it all, and, oddly, even though it has Pussers reallife daughter and granddaughter in it, there is not one picture of the real life Pusser in the doc. It would've been really cool if they had covered what is fact and what is fiction but no. Mostly it consists of people saying things like "Oh, Joe Don Baker was great" or "Noah Beery was great" etc. And Pusser's granddaughter for some reason is included even though her mother was 14 when Pusser was killed(actually, I know why the granddaughter was included, it'll remind you of Damon's granddaughters in Saving Private Ryan if you catch my drift). And Harry, kinda dissapointed you didn't mention that Luke Askew was in Walking Tall 2. the guy died in march and really should've had an obituary on here. He was in everything from Cool Hand Luke(with Baker) and Easy Rider to The Beast Within. Plus, my all time favorite performance of his, the quiet gunman in The Culpepper Cattle Company. As far as Lethal Weapon, it's funny, last night I watched To Live And Die In LA for the first time in years and was surprised at how similar William Peterson and Martin Riggs are. They dressed teh same(including the white tennis shoes with their standard jeans and cowboy style shirt) plus st the drop of a hat, they'd both take off runn ing full speed. Peterson(Chance) even has a partner that says"I'm too old for this shit".

  • June 4, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Did you just bash LANCELOT LINK: SECRET CHIMP?

    by KingDingaLing

    Better not have... :)

  • June 4, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Luke Askew...

    by Terry Powell

    ...oops, just reread my post and can't believe I forgot to add Askew's performance as "Automatic Slim" in ROLLING THUNDER. Tarantino would probably have led off with that, and it's a great role. Askew made a chlling villain which is what he mostly did, which is why my favorite of his is the quiet, sympathetic cowboy in Culpepper... Didn't get to see his nice side too often. Kinda like Roy Jenson(look him up, that guy was in EVERYTHING).

  • June 4, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by johnny_utah69

    Saw GOON this wknd and find it superior to SLAP SHOT in every way. The Hansens are an undeniable excellence but to call the rest of the movie 'shaggy' is to praise it way too much. GOON is heartfelt and more than a little shaggy itself, but it has a genial voice-- at least as genial as a movie about semi-pro enforcers can be-- and I will look forward to recommending it in a way I could never get behind the too-long overhyped SLAP SHOT. Mien two cents...

  • June 5, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    ubermanagain: who said it was ULTRA-REAL?

    by mrgray

    In all the press and lead-up to The Grey, where did anyone say, "This is what real wolves would do!" or "What Liam does in the film is what anyone in his situation should do!"? Nowhere. Because it didn't fucking happen. Because Carnahan and the studio knew it was making... hold on... a dramatic narrative. Would it have been a better film if the wolves had acted realistically and if Neeson's character had been a Bear Grylls (or Survivorman, or whoever the fuck you think he's supposed to be) type character? Maybe. But that didn't happen. And that's fine because the movie wasn't about that. The survival situation was the backdrop for the drama. Just like most WWII movies aren't *really* about WWII. Bridge Over the River Kwai isn't an immaculately detailed engineering film about how to build a bridge in a war zone, is it? If you had bothered to take the movie on its own merits instead of walking out 10 minutes in because it didn't conform to your standards of "realistic survivalism", then maybe we wouldn't be having this conversation. Which, incidentally, has been me vulgarly explaining why the movie works and you veering off into unreasonable bullshit hyperbole. Yeah, I can see how "dramatization" = "flying wolves and Mjolinor". Sure, that's exactly what I was getting at.

  • June 5, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I couldn't get through Red Tails either...

    by Jaka

    ....too much ham and cheese.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    The Grey is Horrible!

    by Kelly

    I usually have the same taste as you guys in your movie reviews but The Grey was a horrible unrealistic piece of garbage. I love wolves and I love Liam, I was very very disappointed with the grey! It was so unrealistic, the wolves looked aweful, and they would never act that way, even protecting a den! And then the ending, well there was no ending, soo bad!! Saying it was one of the best releases this year is insanity!!! This is the worst movie I have seen this year by far!! Dont waste your money! Sorry Liam!

  • June 5, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    MRGREY (Sigh!)

    by Mike Soiseth

    So, based on your logic, it could have been man eating zebras chasing Liam and you wouldnt mind, as thats just backdrop for the real story. As to your other comments, yeah, the Bridge over RIVER KWAI was not about bridge building-the bridge was just subtext over the real dramatic narrative, but if the same friggin Bridge was built by Peruvian Elves, well, that would just kinda take me right out of the picture. Duh.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Realism is Overrated

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    If it wasn't, every porno would be shot in real time and involve only POV shots from one angle. Even the ones that pretend to be shot that way aren't really.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    They Live coming to blu...

    by Terry Powell

    ...just read that They Live, Halloween 2 &3 and Deadly Blessing are due on bluray this fall. THAT"S cool news!

  • June 6, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    naturalbabe and ubermanagain, go have babies

    by mrgray

    Man-eating zebras chasing Liam as a backdrop could work fine. Sure. If that's what the movie's A-story premise involved, that's fine. Oh, sorry, don't mean to throw screenwriting terms at you. For the record, building a bridge is never subtextual unless you mean a metaphorical bridge. Try to use your vocab terms correctly. And not that I want to repeat myself, but clearly I have to, you're being unnecessarily (and idiotically) hyperbolic. How you equate peruvian elves building a bridge to wolves acting unnaturally aggressive is beyond me. Same goes for naturalbabe. If you couldn't get past the fact that these wolves weren't acting like they would on the Discovery Channel, then you need to reconsider your standards for storytelling. Did you think you wandered into a nature doc? Unless Morgan Freeman was talking over the footage of those wolves and I didn't notice...

  • June 6, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    Don't bother, dude. It's like trying to explain to someone who listens to the first ten seconds of a Bob Dylan song and says, "I don't get it, this is shit."

  • June 6, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by Jason

    SPOILER! We should have died in that plane crash! Instead we're all going to die one by one in various gruesome ways! But because it has Liam Neeson being a badass and some breathtaking vistas, it's praised as something more than it is. I don't care about the realism, or anthropomorphized wolves, or whatever. When the guy gets his fucking boot caught under a rock somehow and drowns inches from the surface of the river (maybe untie your boot to get your foot out? Hello?) I checked out. I guess I thought I'd be seeing something other than what I saw, but instead it was clear I was just watching a series of deaths and the only suspense was who was going to be next and how it was going to happen. And after that guy went down it was just Liam left, so... Oh, the men all have loved ones, yes very sad. This movie didn't earn its sentimentality. Fuck this depressing pointless shit.

  • June 6, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Sorry Harry

    by django_il_bastardo

    DJANGO UNCHAINED will be as much a spaghetti western as Olive Garden is real Italian cuisine.

  • June 6, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I love it when Harry gets nostalgic about porn.

    by Mysterious Meat

    It's weird intoning the words "When I was your age.." Especially when it has to do with porn. We didn't have the internet back then. We had to really work for it. Kids would have to put together Ocean's Eleven-style plots to raid their older brother's or dad's porn stash. And then if your dad or brother is a closet case...

  • June 7, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST

    kingslayer, no

    by mrgray

    The only common element is that both movies involve fleeing from Death. In Final Destination, a bunch of bland teenagers are systematically dispatched by a series of increasingly stupid Rube Goldberg devices. And none of those kids are responsible for their demise, so it's not even like there's a trace of tragic irony in their deaths. In The Grey, these guys make mistakes and it costs them. They're stalked by wolves and in the middle of a frozen wasteland. Every one of them dies of something directly related to their situation. And yes, they have loved ones. There's more character depth in one of those characters than the entire cast of a Final Destination movie. I won't disagree about the final dude, that one felt a little cheap to me, BUT I also think that was on purpose. That was the final "fuck you" to Neeson on the part of God/Fate/Luck/Whatever.

  • That scary nun on the cover is not a character in the movie and literally in it for 3 seconds as the characters walk by her. I have no qualms about spoiling this, because it has nothing to do with the movie's plot, at all and if you are checking this movie out purely based on that scary picture than you need to know that she ain't a part of this movie. The movie is listed as 1 hour and 23 minutes long but is actually about 78 minutes in length with the extra time being filled up by the slowest crawling credits I've ever seen. Hate shakycam, avoid at all costs. This has some of the shakiest camera work I've ever seen. As far as exorcism goes, this movie adds nothing new to the genre. And some of the possessed acting is laughable. Some of it, like the double-jointed girl is good however. The mockumentary aspect of the movie did not work for me because of the poor writing and mediocre acting. At no point was I able to lose myself and believe that these events were actually happening. These new exorcist movies just prove what a brilliant classic the original Exorcist was, imo. If you want to watch a truly brilliant recent treatment of exorcism, I recommend the BBC series Apparitions starring the excellent Martin Shaw.

  • June 7, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    That's fine gray, we can agree to disagree

    by Jason

    I didn't see the depth in the film that you did, nothing wrong with that. For my money, if I want to watch a 2 hour meditation on death I'll pop in THE SEVENTH SEAL.

  • He'd be a great choice, hell get Moffat to write the script, and Tarsem to direct and you could make a great Doc Strange movie!

  • June 12, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Marvel, not marve.

    by Rebel Scumb

    stupid fingers

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by BD Mahony