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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 4th week of June 2012: DELIVERANCE, THE 39 STEPS, SAMURAI TRILOGY, NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY and much much more!

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s Picks and Peeks. Some wonderful titles this week and a few I’m not so fond of. As usual the images and links take you to Amazon where you can purchase the item in question which actually does give back directly to this column and it’s best efforts. So thank you and here we go…

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012





DELIVERANCE Blu Ray

Just hands down – GREAT FILM. DELIVERANCE is the nightmare lurking in the minds of anyone contemplating a canoe trip through parts sorta civilized. The casting on this movie is just amazing. The beauty of the film is truly stunning. And the violence of the film – well it’s the kind you try and forget and never mention. There’s even the most amazing spontaneous musical number – which might fool you for a half second into believing this could be A COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE, but no. No. Most certainly no, this isn’t SPLASH MOUNTAIN… Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox are all just perfect. Note perfect. These 4 actors were all at such an absolute beginning in terms of what this film did for them. There’s a beautiful special feature shot at Burt Reynolds’ museum with the four of them remembering making this film. It’s spectacular. This Blu-Book is absolutely the way to go with DELIVERANCE. One of the great films, Boorman unleashed with a mighty film this outing. Also, the audio on this edition is just flat out DTS-HD 5.1 surround this time out, and that’s what we like.




THE 39 STEPS Criterion Blu Ray

This film – mad love for this film. Bought this on 16mm, because I love this movie so much. Wanna see where NORTH BY NORTHWEST comes from? Wanna see where pretty much all those kinds of films came from? The romantic foreign intrigue genre? Hitchcock practically invented the genre. This and THE LADY VANISHES just sort of cemented that fact. But this film. For me, this is the one that got me geeking out on Hitchcock. Donat’s banter with Madeline Carroll… It reminds me of the dialogue between Han & Leia throughout Empire Strikes Back. The same sort of energy that Cary Grant uses so perfectly later on in NORTH BY NORTHWEST. This is my favorite of Hitchcock’s British films. My fave B&W for the record is SHADOW OF A DOUBT. Fave color is kind of REAR WINDOW. But then, I love pretty much every Hitchcock film ever made, though MR & MRS SMITH – while fine, just doesn’t feel enough like Hitch for my tastes. In THE 39 STEPS – you wouldn’t mistake any other filmmaker as making it. That gallow’s humor is rich and deep. The growing stature of the conspiracy is just awesome.

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural

Audio commentary by Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane

Hitchcock: The Early Years (2000), a British documentary

Original footage from broadcaster Mike Scott's 1966 TV interview with Hitchcock

Complete broadcast of the 1937 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation

Visual essay by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff

Excerpts from Francois Truffaut?s 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock

Original production design drawings

English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Cairns




THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY Blu Ray

I loved this film, as you probably saw in last week’s AINT IT COOL show, but I do not exaggerate, this is the beariest bear flick you ever did claw for. The Grizzly in question doesn’t seem to be a very ferocious animal, but goddamn the wake of cadavers of every sort of critter both big and small. This bear knows how to kill, but it doesn’t know the first thing about dying. People shoot it repeatedly. Just pisses the bear off. And yes, this bear, like Moby Dick and Jaws… it carries a fucking grudge. Like Ming the Merciless it likes to toy with its prey before annihilation. Nobody and nothing is safe in this movie. The guys in DELIVERANCE take solace in the fact they didn’t have to deal with this fucking bear, because this bear would’ve won. Burt’s bow would be toothpick material for this bear! I love man against nature movies, especially when nature has a stacked deck like this super Grizzly has going for it. And in my monkey mind, I totally accept it. Cartridges were undependable back in them days. A bad ammo dealer would sell light cartridges to spread his profit – and folks would be essentially hurling lead balls quickly at a bear – making the bear go, WHAT THE FUCK STOP THROWING SHIT AT ME – and then killing everything you own. I mean, bears can do this sort of thing. Look at that Yogi Bear movie, that was a really smart bear. This one though… this bear would eat Yogi and all the picnic baskets. This bear plays for keeps.




SOUND OF NOISE DVD

Do you love the beauty of the world and spontaneous musical explosions? Want to see a film where you question how you go about performing a gig? SOUND OF NOISE is a musical terrorist film, where a group of percussionist decide to bring metaphysical perfection to the universe through their musical anarchy. And yeah, that sounds pretentious and shit, but really brothers & sisters it isn’t. The film is just plum beautiful. It really is. One of those beautiful perfect oddities that I bless Karrie League, one of my fellow FANTASTIC FEST programmers for finding. The movie is just perfect blissful wow. Discover it, shake off that saccharine husk of mainstream and embrace the weird awesome of this work from Sweden!




THE ARTIST Blu Ray

Knowing the films this mined made me immune to it’s charms. I just saw it as a pale glimmer of the genuine magic of the eras it was attempting to conjure – and for many, it genuinely did that. Maybe if I get loaded and I have watched something to get in a completely open mood. It is amazing that it won Best Picture – and I love that Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius have finally been given their Stateside due, but personally I prefer both OSS117 flicks they did, which you can check out on Netflix Instant. If you do love this movie and it has genuinely woke you up to Silent cinema, then folks – be prepared for a glorious journey of discovery. There are silent films that will blow your mind. Hilarious, Unbelievable stunts, truly astonishing sets and physical feats. The melodramas are especially potent. I always try to keep you aware of the best Silent releases on this column. So many great films just waiting to be watched. If y’all want I’ll constuct a basic Silent Film cheat sheet to get you kick started in the right directions. If y’all want.




THE SAMURAI TRILOGY Criterion Blu Ray

Ok – so ya say ya love Samurai movies, eh? Then you know of the SAMURAI TRILOGY – that one starring Toshiro Mifune and directed by the great Inagaki, right? This is a wondrous trilogy of films that follows Mifune from being a bit of a troublemaker and over the course of the series you see him mature into – well – a samurai god. If like me, you’ve never seen 35 mm prints on a big screen of this – then you know the films from Criterion’s revelatory original DVD release. So why upgrade? The contrast folks. The BluRay on this film is just night and day quality difference. Everything has a better texture and depth and quality. Vast improvement. That’s probably got to do with their digital restoration of all 3 films which is absolute aces folks! Sit back an evening and devour this Mifune performance. You’ll never be sorry you did.




21 JUMP STREET Blu Ray

Yeah, I absolutely did not like this film. Not that I was ever particularly super hot on the original series when it hit. But I had way too many people tell me this was the funniest fucking thing ever – and yeah, no. Nope, didn’t do it for me. I never care about these guys. I don’t like either of these characters. They’re both dicks. I actually prefer all the High Schoolers. I just didn’t buy these two working together. Ever. It just didn’t feel right to me. I’ll give it another shot at some point, but yeah, this just didn’t make me happy at all.




WRATH OF THE TITANS Blu Ray

So I hated the first one. But was instantly intrigued when I realized they were doing something completely new with Perseus. I like Perseus as a widowed father trying to raise a son outside the realm of the magically fucked up nightmares that share this Earth with man. I agree with that. He’s trying to stay out of the shit, but when you’re the son of Zeus Almighty, you’re gonna get called on to do some pretty gnarly brave as fuck shit. While I don’t feel anything other than the big baddie at the end has even the slightest iconic weight, I enjoy the spectacle of this film. I find it hard to even recall the remake of CLASH OF THE TITANS – I remember a terrible Medusa – and the worst 3D conversion ever. But mainly I remember thinking that it came up short on every conceivable level. This one exceeded all expectations that I had for it. So bravo. I’m actually anxious to see what this director does with NINJA TURTLES. Could be huge.




MIRROR MIRROR Blu Ray

Holy Shit Awful. Lily Collins is absolutely lovely. But everything else – WOW BAD. Like I can’t believe what I’m seeing bad. Dialogue from hell. When the Bollywood song at the end kicks in, you realize that had this been a musical, it would have just been another flavor of shit. Like shit if you only ate chocolate for a week kind of shit. But it’d still be shit. This is just terrible.




Christopher Nolan Director’s Collection Blu Ray

It doesn’t have the PRESTIGE, but it has the others. MEMENTO, INSOMNIA, INCEPTION, BATMAN BEGINS & THE DARK KNIGHT. That said, I doubt if anyone that reads this column doesn’t already have those titles, if they were ever interested. I mean, seriously. Raise your hand if you don’t have these? This set is basically just a repackabe with a book. But at $29.99 – it’s an excellent gift set for a friend that doesn’t have them. Right? I mean, that’s one helluva deal.




Sector 7 (3-D) Blu Ray

This is basically a South Korean SyFy movie about Oil riggers that end up unleashing something foul in a fake-bad CG creature that just does not look good, but it also looks gross. So that helps. But they’re totally trying to be a James Cameron movie – like ABYSS meets ALIENS. And it’s kind of hokey fun at that level – but know that you’re in for a lot of cheese! Funky genre fun.




BULLHEAD Blu Ray

Nominated for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – thus getting DRAFTHOUSE FILMS into the Awards world in its first year of existence. Engarde mutherfuckers! Can’t wait to see what’s next. This is a crime film involving the meat world. That guy on the cover of the BluRay? He’s Matthias Schoenaerts – and he’s unbelievably great in BULLHEAD, imagine if Travis Bickle had been born into the Meat world. He’s turned himself into a bit of a crazy brutal ticking time bomb, and just like with DeNiro’s Bickle, you’re held in rapt attention waiting for the explosion. And genuinely fearing it. Corruption feeds upon everything, this is a film that affirms that. Great movie.




ATOR, THE FIGHTING EAGLE

If you buy this and watch it right before you watch WRATH OF THE TITANS – or after. Either way, it’ll have a similar effect. You see, these aren’t the heights of their respective genre… the fantasy film, but it’s outlandish in its own particular way. Miles O’Keefe… he’s kind of special as ATOR. Ator is a special level of agonizing awesome all its own. And Ator’s baby bear! So awesome. Yeah, you know ya gotta know? You’ve got to know, does an eagle fight? And how cool is it?

That’s it for this week, but July brings us BARBARELLA Blu, MOST DANGEROUS GAME Blu, GOW THE HEADHUNTER Blu, TREASURE PLANET Blu, THE HUNTER, GOD BLESS AMERICA, THE ENTITY Blu, SIX PACK, THE PIRATE MOVIE, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY Blu, DJANGO KILL Blu, STEP UP Blu, CRIME DOES NOT PAY shorts collection, GREAT KILLING, THE DEVIL’S NEEDLE, TOUGH ENOUGH, BILLY THE KID and that’s it.

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  • June 26, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Ned Beatty

    by JonRD463

    I've read before that he doesn't like to talk about the film. Sure, it could just be urban legend, but I can't really blame him if it's true. Oh, and first?

  • June 26, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    I like it when Harry doesnt like stuff

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    not sure why, but you hate in a very nice way. Oh and The Prestige is easily my favorite Nolan film, all I need.

  • June 26, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Wrath of the titans sucked

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    It sucked so bad it even compelled Liam Neeson to suck. somehow i did always picture zeus looking like Liam Neeson though....

  • June 26, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Bullhead - Matthias Schoenaerts

    by BelgiumRules

    starred in Jacques Audiard's 'de Rouille et d'os' with Marillon Cotillard, next in Blood Ties with Clive Owen and James Caan, after that in Loft with Karl Urban (produced by Joel Silver). Was also offered (but refused) the lead role in the new Robocop.

  • June 26, 2012, 3:20 a.m. CST

    oh dear

    by sarg2k

    So Harry liked John Carter, Transformers 3, and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter but not The Artist!

  • June 26, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    "It is amazing that it won Best Picture"

    by No Respectable Gentleman

    Don't agree. It would be amazing if it had won Best Picture in 1974, for instance -- it wouldn't even have been nominated. But for my money it WAS the best film of 2011. Which is a different beast entirely.

  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jun/18/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-film Have the older DELIVERANCE Blu. Interested in BULLHEAD - rental maybe.

  • This acceptance of less than mediocre because it has a special effects showreel as part of it is unacceptable to me. Story first. There is none. In fact there`s a 20 minute sequence toward the end where the only lines of dialog were `come on` and `let`s go` plus the usual assortment of grunts. Terrible on every level, everyone involved should be embarrassed and ashamed.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by Karl Childers

    ..for being one of those rare movie reviewers that hated 21 Jump Street! I never understood the love. People are just too easily entertained by pure shit that gets passed off as comedy these days.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Also Sam Worthington's hair cut in Wrath make me feel sea sick.

    by Bradly Durant

  • June 26, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    The Burt Reynolds Museum FTW!!

    by thelordofhell

    In lovely Jupiter, Florida

  • June 26, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Is "The Sound of Noise" film the kind've film for twats who like Stomp?

    by Baron Von Penguin

  • a drummer.

  • June 26, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    21 jump street is funny as fuck

    by eric haislar

    I was expecting a pile of garbage. But I laughed my ass off. Hell it even made me like that meat head Channing.

  • June 26, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    what's with the "y’alls"? thinking of ways to be more annoying?

    by Skankardly

  • June 26, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see BULLHEAD. Looks great.

    by Spandau Belly

    I'll rent it later this week. Yes, that's right, I still walk to a videostore and rent movies like people did back in the 90s.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    and yeah, that Nolan box set is kinda odd

    by Spandau Belly

    You think they'd do a bundle with all the Batman movies because that's a big series and then do another bundle with everything else he's done.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    and I still can't muster up any interest in THE ARTIST

    by Spandau Belly

    It'll probably be one of those movies I end up seeing years after the hype and enjoy it. Kinda like how I finally saw DANCES WITH WOLVES this year.

  • That's right Harry, The Prestige is not the only Nolan feature left out of the set. God knows who has the rights to the movie, though.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    YES PLEASE a basic silent cheat sheet!!

    by jerenoir

    i've been hoping for a list of this sort from you, harry, for a long time! would be great to have one...

  • June 26, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Deliverance

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Great film. The key scene remains harrowing and hard to take to this day, all the "squeal like a pig!!!" jokes notwithstanding, I wouldn't blame Beatty if he didn't want to talk about. The only problem I have with Deliverance is in some of the canoe shots near the end it's pretty clear that Beatty and Jon Voight are the only two people in the boat, even though Burt Reynolds is supposed to be lying between. Then the movie cuts to a shot of Burt writhing in agony from his broken leg--then back to the shot of Beatty and Voight alone. It feels cheap. But aside from that, basically a perfect film.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Start getting loaded, Harry

    by Logan_1973

    ARTIST is a great film, man.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    When Harry doesn't like a film

    by Prior Walter

    He should say things like "It's no Green Lantern!" or any of those other terrible movies that he "wuvved".

  • June 26, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Nolan box set missing 3 films

    by Lemure_v2

    Don't forget Doodlebug. It's very short, but it's still Nolan's. I'm sure there's room for it on those blu-rays.

  • June 26, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    I agree with erich and Incredible .."Jump Street" was AWSOME!

    by shawn rhoades

    Cmon HaRRY.get with it Bra,,, Jump street was a Really funny movie, and i hated channing until this Movie,,But damn if i didnt laugh nearly the whole flick..Great FLICK!!

  • June 26, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Mirror Mirror isn't that bad. It's no instant classic,

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

    mind you, but it was mildly enjoyable. It was no worse than a lot of the blockbuster-y garbage of the last few years that Harry inexplicably praised, though. It looked gorgeous, though. Tarsem needs to go back to collaborating on a script like he did with the brilliant The Fall, instead of doing studio work like his past two efforts.

  • June 26, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Clint Walker woulda made a great Superman

    by Mickster_Island

  • But seriously, he was funnier that Hill in this. A remake of a tv series done right is a very rare thing and this one nailed it. BTW, I don't own any Nolan on BluRay. I'm holding out for the Batman Trilogy which is bound to happen. I heard Inception was bare bones so I figured I'd wait on that one. Insomnia didn't do it for me. Memento was awesome and I have it on dvd, not sure if it's worth upgrading.

  • June 26, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    OK Harry give us your 'silents' must-see-before-I-take-another-craplist

    by old_man_and_the_sea

    ... please

  • June 26, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    OSS117 and Mirror Mirror

    by beastie

    I really enjoyed The Artist. I felt that the writing and direction were genuine and not just a gimmick. Seeing it, though, made me see the OSS117 flicks, which were just as good. Anyone who enjoys The Artist should really give them a look. Mirror Mirror was an odd one. I felt that every scene with Julia Roberts was atrocious. They felt like they were from a different film than the rest of the movie. The rest of the film, though, was a lot of fun. Armie Hammer was hilarious as the Prince. The dwarves really had some great personality and the sets were magnificent. I saw this in the theater with my kids and it wasn't nearly as bad as Harry says it is, but some aspects of it are truely dreadful.

  • Jesus Christ.

  • June 26, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Wrath of the Titans was shit, just like the first movie

    by D.Vader

  • June 26, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Wrath of the Titans was shit, just like the first movie

    by D.Vader

  • Come on, he befriends the nerds and becomes one of them! How do you not like that!

  • June 26, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Wtf AICN?

    by D.Vader

    Weird reposts.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Mirror Mirror

    by Bileranter

    Is like being sprayed by unprocessed sewage and forgetting to close your mouth. It's actually like they were trying to make something that bad. Its sort of impressive actually

  • June 26, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    MIRROR MIRROR looked faker than Rose McGowan's lips.

    by brokentusk

  • June 26, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    It made 300 look like it was filmed on location in Sparta.

    by brokentusk

  • June 26, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Inception

    by hspahr

    Wow, Harry forgot to mention how much he hated Inception.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    The Artist

    by DrGogol

    People who say they are immune to The Artist because they are familiar with silent films already are idiot braggarts. Being familiar with the source should mean you can appreciate it MORE. Same with all of Tarantino's oeuvre. Scorsese's too! I loved that movie but I wish to hell it didn't win Best Picture. Because now I have to listen to jerks bitch about it forever.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Deliverance and @brokentusk

    by jcrow

    "It made 300... Sparta." Nice. Deliverance is great, and it is nice that Harry acknowledges the significance of the "spontaneous musical number." I have thought upon later viewings (in my 30's and 40's) that this was like an overture to the film. You have Ned Betty making fun of the hicks, Burt Reynolds carefully watching, and Ronny Cox trying to keep up with the banjo boy, then saying, "I'm lost" at the end. Just fantastic.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Negative review = Harry didn't get a free copy

    by googamooga

  • June 26, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Didn't love 'The Artist' or '21 Jump Street'.

    by tyler_turden

    Wrath looks so bad, FUCK I hated Battle L.A. I wouldn't see anything that dude makes in the future. My take on the aforementioned titles http://thecrat.com/movie-reviews/adam-doesnt-jump-for-21-jump-street/ http://thecrat.com/movie-reviews/adam-thinks-the-artist-is-overrated/

  • June 26, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Don't support this reissued digi-book release of Deliverance

    by gruntybear

    Digi-books suck out loud. It's a packaging variant and nothing more. Deliverance was already out years ago on bluray, and I suspect the disc in this new shitty cardboard book is the exact same disc.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The Samurai Films Are A Must!!!

    by THX1968

    I didn't know about this new set, and I am seriously amped to get it. The DVDs are a cherished part of my collection, but this is more important to me than just about any other BD upgrade. Absolutely awesome cinema that everyone should see. So damn great - how I wish I could see them in a theatre!

  • June 26, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I hate how on Amazon's website...

    by ufoclub1977

    They mix up reviews of all editions and versions of a movie the from a VHS of to blu-ray. It nullfies the value of the review for the product and makes me stop browsing.

  • so...yeah.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't MIND a silent film...blah blah and so on.

    by rollin2001uk

    i'm too munted for this.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Mirror Mirror

    by Loveinformant

    I don't get it, why would Tarsem even think about putting something like that out? Surely the money cant be that amazing? It looks like a parody of a Tarsem film, which in itself can be quite parodic.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Just got back from the Ned Beatty museum . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . just seeing his dirty tighty-whiteys from Deliverance and his hat from Superman made the trip SO worth it.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    gruntybear, I disagree, I wish all movies had digi-book versions

    by SergeantStedenko

    Once physical media becomes obsolete, digibooks will still have special value to collectors and they look great on your bookshelf.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    "Yeah, you know ya gotta know?"

    by army_of_me

    I know I gotta know! Do YOU know ya gotta know??!

  • June 26, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    ufoclub1977--I couldn't agree more!

    by art123guy

    I'm trying to figure out what features the newly packaged Spider-Man BluRay movies have and I can't make heads or tails.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    The Artist - the best Best Picture winner in over 15 years

    by Proman1984

  • June 26, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I would like Criterion to start making Blu-books

    by SergeantStedenko

  • June 26, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Hated 21 jump street...didn't like The Artist.

    by knowthyself

    Is Harry just allergic to good movies or what? Then he turns around and promotes crap like Green Lantern. Sigh. wtf Harry.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    "Fuck you science!"

    by knowthyself

    But Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was amazing huh?

  • June 26, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    How much Keefe would you say is in Ator?

    by Collin Armstrong

  • June 26, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The Artist was a boring piece of shit.

    by Jason Bartlett

  • June 26, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    The Artist

    by brad negrotto

    A film of great moments and utter boredom. Plus I never understood why they chose to use the aesthetics of early talkies instead of the silent era. Best Picture worthy? Well it does continue the academy's four year streak of picking extremely average movies as winners: Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker (okay, maybe a little less than average), The King's Speech, and The Artist of course.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    academy's four year streak?

    by knowthyself

  • June 26, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    academy's four year streak

    by knowthyself

    More like their LIFE LONG streak of picking average movies to win best picture.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Yeah the Nolan collection leaves out his best work

    by Autodidact

    But does include MEMENTO, the most overrated movie I can think of.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    .. his best work being THE PRESTIGE

    by Autodidact

  • I'll give my five best whores to the first person who can crack this clusterfuck of a sentence.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    worst line up ever

    by Micah

    not one of these movies looked liked worth even writing about.... fuck 'em

  • June 26, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I'd say there's miles o'Keefe in ATOR.

    by fustfick

    MST3K FTW.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    SIX PACK!!?!? as in Kenny Rogers/Diane Lane/Terry Kiser SIX PACK!?!?

    by Robert Evans

    :mindexplode:

  • June 26, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    HARRY! I wouldn't mind one of those CHEAT SHEETS. I never know where to begin.

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

  • I haven't seen The Artist yet, but if you know silent films from the past there was no possibility of vocal language, and therefore had to film as such - broader gestures, more extreme physicality and such. I'm generalizing, but The Artist is able to focus on more subtle facial features and emotions, and the audience of now is better able to grasp those and understand what is going on. Easier to build stronger acting moments. It's a silent film, but it is unfair to compare to the films of the silent era. This is why Harry needs to watch it with an open mind, not comparing it to those films.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    @choppah

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    As much as I would love to procure your five best, the required task is well-nigh impossible.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    choppah - what Harry is saying that if you, like him, have not seen

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    those particular films projected on the big screen, then surely, you know them from....no...if you've only seen these on the big screen then the Criterion ...no... fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

  • June 26, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Choplings..

    by Robert Evans

    I will give partial credit for work shown..

  • June 26, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    choppah, what Harry's saying is:

    by SergeantStedenko

    If you haven't seen the Samurai films projected in 35mm, like Harry didn't, then you did see them when Criterion previously released them in DVD. I want my whores!

  • June 26, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Ok, so my sentence was almost as bad as Harry's. Let me try again:

    by SergeantStedenko

    If you haven't seen the Samurai films as originally projected in 35mm then you probably saw them as I did when Criterion previously released them on DVD.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Harry's top ten sentences in this article.

    by Jacob Underhill

    10.The movie is just perfect blissful wow. 9.I actually prefer all the High Schoolers. 8.I just saw it as a pale glimmer of the genuine magic of the eras it was attempting to conjure – and for many, it genuinely did that. 7.This is basically a South Korean SyFy movie about Oil riggers that end up unleashing something foul in a fake-bad CG creature that just does not look good, but it also looks gross. 6.I love man against nature movies, especially when nature has a stacked deck like this super Grizzly has going for it. 5.In THE 39 STEPS – you wouldn’t mistake any other filmmaker as making it. 4. If you buy this and watch it right before you watch WRATH OF THE TITANS – or after. 3.One of the great films, Boorman unleashed with a mighty film this outing. 2.Do you love the beauty of the world and spontaneous musical explosions? 1.Like shit if you only ate chocolate for a week kind of shit. HONORABLE MENTION, Best sentence featuring a new word for us to enjoy: This set is basically just a repackabe with a book. HONORABLE MENTION, Byzantine Stream-of-consciousness: I like Perseus as a widowed father trying to raise a son outside the realm of the magically fucked up nightmares that share this Earth with man. I agree with that. SPECIAL NOMINEE FROM OUR DEPARTMENT OF "HELLO? HARRY? WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME BACK TO TOPIC AND PERHAPS TALK ABOUT THE MOVIE?" DEPARTMENT: Cartridges were undependable back in them days. A bad ammo dealer would sell light cartridges to spread his profit – and folks would be essentially hurling lead balls quickly at a bear – making the bear go, WHAT THE FUCK STOP THROWING SHIT AT ME – and then killing everything you own. I mean, bears can do this sort of thing. ISOLATED SENTENCE THAT ENCAPSULATES HARRY'S REVIEWS QUITE WELL: But this film.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    @ Choppah

    by Jacob Underhill

    Here's my crack at it. Here is the sentence as printed: This is a wondrous trilogy of films that follows Mifune from being a bit of a troublemaker and over the course of the series you see him mature into – well – a samurai god. If like me, you’ve never seen 35 mm prints on a big screen of this – then you know the films from Criterion’s revelatory original DVD release. So - "If like me," - no comma there between "If" and "like." He is saying "If [you] like me" in Tonto/Bigfoot Speak. "you’ve never seen 35 mm prints on a big screen of this -" - he is positing so far that if you are a person who likes Harry, you have not seen projected onto a big screen a 35 mm copy of something he is only referring to as "this" so far in the statement. Now, moving forward in the sentence, we see the next subordinate clause is about "films," but since "Films" is plural and "this" is singular, we must assume he is referring BACK to a previous point. The preceding sentence is about a hero's maturation from troublemaker to samurai god, so that fits the bill. "then you know the films from Criterion’s revelatory original DVD release." - self explanatory, and since "revelatory" means "something hitherto unknown," we can now reconstruct Harry's point. I have done so below: ** If you like me, these films were revealed to you for the first time on Criterion's DVD, and you have never seen a Samurai God mature on the screen. ** Not exactly trenchant, so I have taken the same cues, applied Harry's writing style, and tidied it up a bit, as seen below: ** Pure fucking GEEK orgasm. Giggle. I discussed cunnilingus with Robert Rodriguez. So true. Sigh. **

  • June 26, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Andrew

    Harry is saying that he didn't see the movies in theaters, he only saw them on DVD. Although personally, I think revelatory is an odd choice of an adjective. I'm an English major, and that sentence was a tough nut to crack.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Choppah's back...?

    by paul burnett

    ...An their's gonna be trouble!

  • June 26, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Ator - incest is best

    by None_So_Blind

    I actually saw Ator in the theaters, must have been 7 or 8. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the movie open with young Ator's parents getting killed, and some nice old man adopts him, then fast forward 18 years and Ator confronts dear old dad and says that he wants to fuck his younger sister? And Dad actually is OK with this? He tells Ator he's adopted, so yeah, by all means, pound your sissy raw!

  • .....wait? what? you mean to tell me there is a Burt Reynolds Museum somewhere on this earth and I am JUST hearing about it now? <P> ARE YOU SHITTING ME? <p> i must go to this place and revel in all things Burt Reynolds....RIGHT. FUCKING. NOW.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    choppah - and looking forward to Friday, if you know what I mean

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    -and I know you do.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Miles O'Keefe

    by dukeroberts

    That's a lot O'Keefe.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    The Artist

    by dukeroberts

    I loved it. I saw it twice and am buying the Blu-ray today. Forget ya'll. And yeah, those silent film connoisseurs who didn't like the movie and didn't feel it was enough like silent films of yore: So what? What the hell does that matter? Michel wanted to tell a simple story in a way that nobody else tells stories anymore. Why does it have to be anything like movies were back then?

  • June 26, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Ator is a special level of agonizing awesome

    by Mike

    First of all, that quote should be on the cover. Second of all, Ator is really one of those awesome so bad it's good movies. Though I just prefer to say it's awesome because it is.

  • June 26, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    The previous Samurai Trilogy release

    by Mike

    I dig the Samurai Trilogy, but the previous DVD release didn't have great picture quality. Sounds like the blu ray is better.

  • June 26, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Cheat Sheet

    by Pwesents

    Harry please give unto us your cheet sheet from on high so we lowly humans can take fledgling gulps from the font of silent film knowledge. Thank You..that is all

  • June 26, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Sector 7......

    by HiWayRobry

    ...sounds interesting. If it's anything like 'The Host' then it's worth checking out. Besides, I'm all for watching sexy Korean women!

  • June 26, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I tried with "The Artist"

    by nyj_et

    It was offered as a choice between two movies offered on a recent flight I had taken. The other movie was something with Drew Barrymore and that guy from the baseball hat commercials with Alec Baldwin about saving whales trapped in the ice. I switched over to the whales after about 20 minutes.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Harry's "writing"...as if you didn't know already...

    by Darth Macchio

    The dude doesn't "write" he speaks and then types out what he's saying and how he says it, almost phonetically. That's why you get a sentence like this: "But this film." It's a meaningless sentence grammar-wise but it's part of a larger 'stream of consciousness' type of writing - imagine you speaking to someone and emphasizing certain aspects as you speak - that's what I think Harry does. It's like someone writing "What. The. Fuck." It's not remotely grammatically correct but you get the emphasis. Not to defend the Ginger one so much as to defending against the knee-jerk response of grammar corrections to what is otherwise extremely informal writing. It's one thing if there's no clear meaning to a sentence, even in informal writing (and Harry's dropped more than a few) but another entirely if the meaning is clear but the syntax/grammar is incorrect. A little QT to whit.... Dimes: "..So they bring his ass in and me an' Nicholson go to work on him." Nicholson: "Nicholson and I" Dimes: "Nicholson and...err..what's the fuckin difference?!?!"

  • June 26, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    No Following in that Nolan box set either.

    by Yelsaeb

    Seriously, when the frick are we going to get a Following Blu? I'm thirsting to see that movie.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    "Plum" versus "plumb"

    by MisterManReturns

    I was curious, as I always heard people say "plumb" - turns out it's chiefly a US usage (and perhaps more Southern, where I grew up).

  • June 26, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    i havent even seen memento or insomnia let alone own them

    by jsfithaca

    yea i said it. actually i was really close to watching memento last night but decided to watch robocop instead, which totally lived up to the hype. w/e memento and insomnia are on instant, i actually do own inception and dark knight and batman beings isn't good enough for me to buy.

  • June 26, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I've never seen Deliverance.

    by adeceasedfan

    I know...I know. It's one of those classics that has alluded me. Everybody has one or three. This Blu might just rectify that.

  • Because he says things in all the "reviews" of the films he doesn't like that are just kind of, I don't know, "off". Like he read a synopsis, but never actually saw it.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Deliverance is a pretty solid film, even now. And...

    by Jaka

    ...it has a lot of scenes in it that have become real life, internet and movie geek meme. It's watchable just for the fact that you'll finally know what "squeal like a pig" and "looks like that kid on the porch playing the banjo" really mean.

  • "Muthafuck science" was kinda funny and Depps cameo ruled but aside from that? Blah.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    dedrek, thank you for that

    by Mr Lucas

    awesome deconstruction. It has made me (Harry word) giggle.

  • June 27, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    dedrek

    by brokentusk

    Hilarious shit.

  • June 27, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    yeah who hasn't pictured a 6'4" Irishman playing a Greek god

    by maxcherry

  • June 27, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Funny

    by DrGogol

    adeceasedfan said the funniest thing in this thread. And I'm not sure if he did it on purpose or not.

  • I know Harry has disdain for MST3K because it supposedly mocks his movies, because all movies are SUCH SERIUS BIZNESS and none are above mockery.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Dedrek, PLEASE make your top ten list a weekly feature

    by J

    Reading the commenters pick Harry's attempts at English to bits are the best thing about these columns. You had me in tears for ten minutes, literally

  • June 27, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    The Nolan set doesn't come with THE PRESTIGE? That sucks.

    by Mark Williams

  • July 1, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Following is on Netflix instant

    by DiscoGodfather

    Figured more people here would know that... hmm. Its in my queue but I still havent watched it yet.

  • July 1, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    21 Jump Street was great!!

    by James

    What the fuck is wrong with you, Harry.

  • July 2, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    discogodfather, Following is is a decent low budget noir

    by SergeantStedenko

    I just happened to see it when it was originally released in the theater before anyone knew who Nolan was. You should definitely check it out.

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