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For the 25th Episode of AICwHK with The Master and about THE MASTER aka Trumbull's Return!

Hey folks, Harry here...

Getting ready to dive into FANTASTIC FEST 2012. Already seen 3 wonderfulfilms... LOOPER, FRANKENWEENIE & DREDD 3D. But before that, I want to welcome you to our 25th Episode of Aint It Cool with Harry Knowles.

There's only 30 at this point, so we're heading into a dark basement here soon. I'm getting a bit nostalgic, but when I saw Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER in 70mm at the Alamo Ritz, I just went nuts for it.

Also a certain master returns to the basement namely Douglas Trumbull to conclude a series of 3 interviews. Here he talks a bit about creating a holodeck... for real.


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  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Is there anyone here who doesn't consider the man a god?


    I know I do!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    RIP DVD column

    by Logan_1973

    Cool episode tho.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    For the slit-scan camera alone.


    Not to mention the hand-animated "CG" for the VDUs aboard the various craft in 2001 and THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN Then there's SILENT RUNNING, which still reduces me to tears every time - although I have to blame Joni Mitchell for that too. And a few lesser known flicks to his credit; BLADE RUNNER, STAR TREK: TMP and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Joan Baez even



  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Wished you asked him about the missing "STARLOST" episodes


    That would have freaked him out.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    A Space Odyssey Docu

    by Straycat

    Please, oh please, where's the documentary Trumbull was working on for 2001??

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Rivaled but never topped

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST



  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST



  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Who killed Natalie Wood?


    Ask him that?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    DVD column?

    by JOHNPOT

    You said you were going to get it typed out and completed last Saturday. The fall of aicn is completely due to one mans laziness.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    "Paul Thomas Anderson's Master!"

    by john

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    FantasticFest is coming up? You

    by D.Vader

  • In fact, kiss any sort of movie news goodbye during that time period too. FantasticFest always seems to be dead time at AICN. Everyone is there.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    regarding the DVD column..

    by Robert Evans

    Harry claims he's working on it but is trying to keep the site from going under. He is saying its pretty dire but you wouldnt know it from the lack of communication and empty promises. Just please patience. the DVD columns dont even have to be complete. just on a weekly basis Harry should just give what he has, regardless if the post is done or not. the ones he hasnt finished he can just tack onto the next week..and so on. just keep it consistent. if the site is in as bad a shape as they are claiming, consistency helps. having your readership knowing that a column will be there for them to post in KEEPS your readership. Traffic keeps your site going.. im just sick of the empty promises that this site has come to be known for lately.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    what is actually the point of the videos? their end game?

    by Robert Evans

    Is it to bring people to AICN? Broaden AICN's audience and readership? Why bother if the site is in shambles? you dont pimp yourself out if there's nothing back at home except a toilet full of used condoms. Get the house in order before showing off what's under the dress, Mama Chop always used to say.

  • Come on CHOPPAH, there've been lots of empty promises over the years. We're still stuck with this shitty talkback code that was the result of the HACKING from a year ago that we were told would only be temporary. Yet we're still here, unable to use quotation marks without screwing up the entire post (unless you know the secret). Bah well. I don't put much stock in anything people say around here. Harry says the site is close to going under and he's been working 'round the clock to fix it, yet we see he's still got time to do videos and go to free movie screenings and whatnot. But the DVD Column he stayed up all night writing last week? Naaaah, who cares. I think he feels like he has to do it ALL in one big catchup instead of just by a week by week basis. But whatever, its not like the DVD Column was that great to begin with (though it was useful to see what was coming out last week). Its more like you said, the broken promises and lack of discipline that's most irritating about the situation. All these "mistakes" just keep stacking. Sigh.

  • a conversation that was fluid and organic..ranging from anywhere from an unseen gem to Kurt Russell kicking ass. but as stated...that was a long time ago.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    true about the empty promises..its been almost two years since the site really shouldnt be that hard... they dont even have to move all the old threads over if that is the problem..just archive here and link em.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Monty says its very complicated, CHOPS

    by D.Vader

    Not that I don't believe him, but eh...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    i believe Monty when he says that but even complications have forward progress. this shit is stagnant.

  • choppah - if every column involved politics, or religion- then it would be much more popular with the talbackers who can't resist being smartassy or insultng

  • Trumball's work on The Tree of Life was also remarkable- he helped to make 2001 one of the best fims ever made

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    This is too cool!!

    by moonlightdrive

    And the next episode sounds great! Can't wait to see it!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    i dont come here to talk politics..i come here to talk film hit me up on twitter if you want to talk politics. @iamchoppah

  • I used to love going to the Senator before it was shut down. Now all the 70mm theaters are going the way of the dodo here in Maryland because of lack of support. It feels eerily similar to passing by roadside attractions on the old route 66 when you pass by an abandoned cinema.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Is this the official AICN: REQUIEM FOR A REAM talkback?

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    STAY ON TOPIC LET YOU GET THE BANHAM--fuckit im too lazy to pick it up

    by Robert Evans

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    long time no see.. here--have some beer and boobies (on the house).

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    choppah - thanks for the invite, but I don't do Twitter

    by Michael Lunney

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I'm voting for whoever fixes this place

    by D.Vader

    In all ways.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Mitt Romney would buy this site and outsource it to the Chinamen

    by Robert Evans

    correct nomenclature notwithstanding

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    d.vader- yeah, me know, whatshisname....

    by Michael Lunney

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos

    by D.Vader

  • after fracking his vast reserves of natural gas, of course.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    are you comparing Harry to a whale to be poached for oil and blubber!?!? bwhahahhahahah!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    i really do hope that a DVD thread is up next Tuesday

    by Robert Evans

    so much good stuff has come out in the last month and next week that its a shame to ignore it and/or pass it up... talking about what came out in the first week of August just doesnt feel right in the middle of October..

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by bishop37

    I've enjoyed Doug's three visits to the cave tremendously. Hope he gets to make his film and we all get to see it in the way he intended.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    yes yes yes! CABIN IN THE WOODS

    by Robert Evans

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    this thread has less than 50 posts

    by Robert Evans

    and most of that is lamenting on the lack of DVD column... how many posts do DVD columns usually get, i wonder?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo STARLOST was...


    ...a flawed but brilliant, early 1970's SF show that Doug Trumbull produced and no less a god than Harlan Ellison wrote, about a colony ship that has veered off course and is heading for a sun. Many of the inhabitants don't even realise they're on a spaceship as generations have passed since launch. It starred Keir Dullea, who Doug knew of course from 2001. The show was canned, but rumours persist that the final two episodes were in fact filmed, just never shown. They're one of the lesser known holy grails of missing SF TV. Can't believe Harry didn't sit on DT until he blabbed!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    jimbocop I watched the show- but knew nothing about lost episodes- thnaks!

    by Michael Lunney

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    HyperCinema sounds as gimmicky as 3D.

    by jack

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Saw STARLOST in 70s on TV when I was 5 or 6

    by tangcameo

    It was the middle of the afternoon and they must have been playing it as filler. I saw it on my aunt's cable tv and got it into my head that besides my Mom's soap operas on afternoon television there were also science fiction soap operas on afternoon weekday television. For the longest time (I lived in a small town with 3 channels and no cable) I believed there was some 5-day-a-week space soap on the air that I'd be able to see if we only lived in the city and had cable tv.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Harry's videos are appointment 'TV' watching

    by tangcameo

    Since I cut my cable (I'm a recovering tv-holic, plus how many fucking storage locker shows can they put on the air before you scream 'IT'S CRAP! IT'S NOT WORTH THE CABLE BILL!) I've been really selective with what I watch. Harry's basement tapes are my Thu-Fri choice, between my Wednesday The Wire and Friday NX. *sits back and sips coffee* Let 'er rip, Harry! *waves hand in front of face* Not that, Harry! ;-)

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by DrGogol

    Seriously. That's Amazon clicks lost forever. Let me write it. I have no resume whatsoever, but I can crank out a column once a week. With a blurb about every film. I'm seen a lot and sometimes even have thoughts about ones I haven't seen yet.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Roman Kroitor co-creator of IMAX passed away this week

    by tangcameo

  • When the DVD column comes back, are all of you guys complaining going to click away? I'm standing my ground.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Some geek/mainstream Blu-rays since Harry's last column...

    by justmyluck

    If you're DYING for new Blu-ray Amazon links: 1. go to Amazon and click *Shop by department : movies, music & games : Blu-ray* 2. you'll get a list of new Blu-rays with A DATE below them. Click THE DATE for that week's new releases. INDIANA JONES box. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN TITANIC 3D GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS 3D ED WOOD! HALLOWEEN II & III JUDGE DREDD THE VICTIM (Michael Biehn)

  • great to hear you state that TWBB is aicns top film ever! great thoughts & observations on the master! whish I could smoke a fatty & listen to trumbull talk film for hours. harry, you should just film the dvd/blu segment in the would show your enthusiasm etc..think it would work, you could fit a lot in in 15 mins...just sayin.

  •'s getting REALLY depressing hearing that he can't get enough investment in his dream project(s). Honestly, I remember reading him saying, *it was supposed to be in ShowScan* since 1983. If I could offer any advice, with much due and high respect of course, it would be to try and find a story that works regardless of the format. Honestly, trying to sell a new exhibition format with a *Sci-fi* story piggybacked onto it seems like JUST ANOTHER RIDE FILM. Things like Cinerama and VistaVision came and went, as will IMAX when all professional digital cameras will have 12K and up resolution. But, you know, we don't remember great movies because they were in A FORMAT - they play fine on 16mm, 35mm, VHS, LD, DVD or whatever and whichever format we can see them. I'd recommend getting some known talent attached to a solid script in as casual manner if possible with a great story through their agents. Then throw the *We're going to image it LIKE THIS.* as an afterthought so IT SURPRISES PEOPLE WITH NO EXPECTATIONS for something new and amazing. Creating a buzz around something new always involves SURPRISE. It still sounds like Trumbull is treating the Sci-Fi project AS A TEST FOR SOMETHING, which MAY OR MAY NOT SURVIVE THE TEST. I'd imagine backers might feel the same way. Peter Jackson's 48FPS THE HOBBIT demo was epitomized this kind of flummox, by putting high resolution imaging right into the stage and leaving fans with high anticipations shocked at how *stagey* it looked. Formats like Cinerama and IMAX stuck to Westerns, wonders of the world, nature, space, etc, for this very reason. My initial response to Trumbull's hopes to have an actor break the fourth wall and look right at the audience with the highest possible clarity is: RUT-ROH, ABORT, ABORT! MAJOR PERSONAL SPACE VIOLATION! I could go on about this all day but, if Trumbull is reading, I'd say two questions have to be addressed before jump-starting his project: a) Are you trying to create a ride film, special subject, technological test, or a story that would work as a novel, play or even a comic or graphic novel? b) If it's not just another ride film-like project, do you have SOMETHING TO SAY which the new technology would enhance TO SAY IT BETTER? Just my $0.02, and very glad the Nerdist Channel followed-through on the Trumbull triptych.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Trumbull should do what Cameron did with 3D.

    by jack

    Make a movie about a classic,universal story and use your technology to enhance the cinematic experience of that story. Scifi concepts like time-dilatation and a movie star breaking the 4th wall and directly addressing the audience, are all good ideas but they should not be the selling point of the movie, they must only be treated as parts of a larger story that you want to tell.

  • with that loose cable hanging on the roof, during his entrance scene. ;)

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Choppah gets my vote to write the DVD column each week

    by murray_hamilton

    send the man some advance copies and let him have at it

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by Heartland

    Just saying.....

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I review book and audio cds for MonsterLibrarian

    by mukhtabi

    And I would LOVE to do a DVD column. That would put all the crap I studied for that MFA in Film and Media Arts to frackin' work!!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Speaking of my reviews

    by mukhtabi

    I'm most proud of this one I did for Cabin in the Woods: Check it out!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    The damn link does not go all the way to what I need it to. If you visit the link, go to Monster Movie Month and hit 'Lovecraftian Horror Movies'...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Trumbull on Blade Runner 2?

    by Party_Animal_IV

    Trumbull on Blade Runner 2?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I'll do the DVD column...

    by Jacob Underhill

    ...but then Harry will have to do my usual job: isolate and list the ten worst sentences in my article. I can take it :).

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Does the headline make sense?

    by thefreshestthing

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    No thefreshestthing, it doesn't make sense

    by D.Vader

    Harry hardly ever makes any sense. Its so amateur.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    25th? I must have missed a whole bunch

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST

    There will be blood had no protaganist - didn't really affect me at all

    by FrodoFraggins

  • This is the next step from 3D and D-Box. Do it...

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Trumbull almost hung...


    That was Douglas' idea and gag... I have to say - it was one of the weirdest things I ever saw in person... Doug hanging himself in my basement. In a million years I'd never expect that sort of thing, but Doug was just having a great time and was having fun. So glad he could come and play with us.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Megaforce came out on DVD weeks ago!!!

    by thelordofhell

    Fuckin' MEGAFORCE man!!!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    It takes more than mere spectacle to get me into the theater.

    by Dollar Bird

    Long gone are the days where I went to see a movie every weekend. Now I see maybe 2 or 3 a year. I hope the story for his personal-space-redefining film is interesting enough to lure me into the movie house. I never even saw AVATAR, no matter how much my friend's wife said, "You should see it just to see it." That's no longer a good enough reason for me.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Harry! When are you going to review Magnolia?

    by shalashaska

    Once upon a time you promised that you one day would. I am going to ask every time a PTA movie comes out so... um... what gives!?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Witness the respect of the TBers Harry gives

    by Robert Evans

    Not even so much as an excuse anymore..he's just ignoring it. Dont plan on a DVD column next week boys and girl with all this Fantastic Fest shite. with BNAT and Oscar contenders ramping up, we are on our own.. Disgraceful

  • Ugh.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    i feel like a kid during lunch at school...

    by Robert Evans

    I'll trade you THREE Frankenweenie reviews for one week of DVD column.. Sale or no sale?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Five Frankenweenie stories, CHOPS

    by D.Vader


  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Harry is too lazy to even come up with an excuse

    by Mike J

    So last week the excuse was that there was one of these often-recurring MAJOR PROBLEMS which Knowles supposidly had to spend all his time and energy to avert otherwise it may have resulted in the end of civilisation as we know it. But somehow he still manages to find time to film another of these shows. Hmmmm. And now we don't even get any excuses. Probably because he has already played he "major disaster" card this month. Frankly I'm suprised he hasn't trotted out that other old excuse about being struck down with a near-fatal illness, something that also seems to affect Knowles' life with alarming regularity. Man alive, Harry is an unlucky chap - always blighted with almost terminal disasters and sickness! Mind you, we don't need excuses. Its painfully obvious that Knowles much prefers to indulge his ego in front of a camera these days and that his interest in the website is at best secondary. What annoys me though is that he could so easily assign the DVD column to another contributor here. But that won't happen because then Knowles wouldn't be the chief recipient of screener discs to swell his collection with - and we all know how much he likes his pwesents. Barry really is a waste of flesh.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST



    As I've told darling adorable Chopper - something fairly catastrophic financially has occurred on AICN, I'm not getting into it because it involves some personal embarrassment regarding someone dear that made a fairly profound misjudgement. I am currently attempting to raise 6 figures to save the site. As in, keep the lights on. As in, have the site up next month. As in, trying to make sure I don't have to fire everyone you see writing on the site because the site is in that kind of dire state. I know, "where's the proof," well - hopefully you'll never see the lights on AICN go out permanently. Why do I have time for AICwHK? I really don't. But I am contracturally obligated to fulfill the 30 episode order - and I do wish we were going to keep going, but I actually have a personal legal responsibility to keep doing those shows for the next 5 weeks. DVD column. It requires a mindset. I have to watch the discs, I have to write the column. But when you are faced with losing the thing that you have spent 16 years of your life dedicated to... You tend to have a problem with blank pages. My mind and time on the keyboard is helping my team to stop what could happen. I've depleted my personal savings to almost nothing to keep the lights on this month. It's looking like I've got the problem covered right now, but we still haven't received the funds that will save the site, but they are enroute. FANTASTIC FEST - as Co-Owner & Co-Founder of FANTASTIC FEST - I have many duties, but mainly I need this festival to recharge my passion. It reminds me why I do what I do. I get to meet a lot of you folks and have conversations with fellow film geeks that make me smile - and I really do need to. Yes, it is aggravating for you folks. I know you think I just sit all day and masturbate and do nothing, but you know - AICN doesn't just happen automatically. There are people that work here and I have a responsibility and a duty to them above all else, because hell man... Quint has been with me since he was in High School. Now he's in his thirties and trying to buy his first house - and I don't know where his next paycheck is coming from. CHOPPER likes to think we make a great deal of money off the DVD columns and if I really needed money I'd be doing that. The DVD columns do not bring giant sums in. Definitely nothing on a scale that would even put a dent in the problems AICN is currently dealing with. The TECH ISSUES with the site are due largely to a situation that I am not allowed by my Business Partner to even go into. I've currently got over 2000 words of the DVD column written, but there's 60 unwritten reviews or previews. All I would need is a single dedicated day to finish it. That day doesn't exist till a week from today. And I am not going to promise it, because well - as things have been going with the AICN business side, just when I think things are simplified, things spiral into complicated problems that the next thing you know... the entire day has been spent writing emails, fixing problems and making phone calls to massage the situation - the good thing is - I can see light through this tunnel I've been in for the last 5 weeks. Too Lazy "Banned Dirty Ape" - I wake up early in the morning, go to the Festival, rep the fest to the best of my abilities, get home around 1:30am, begin going through tons of emails. Then... I even had time to check out this talkback and write this response. THEN, I'll be up for another 3 hours writing up the day's film experiences... then around 5am I will be able to think about sleeping. Around 9am, I'll be up again. Again going through emails, sending off responses to business affairs, then review this next week's show, send notes on that, then get in the car and go see 5 movies at FANTASTIC FEST, then come home - go through hundreds of emails, write up those 5 movies - and go to sleep, most likely around 6am Sunday morning, get up around 11am Sunday - and do it all over again. I'm sorry and embarrassed that the DVD column is this far behind. We're also on the verge of releasing the DVD column app for iPhone - and yes, I'm approving things on that, dealing with paperwork, legal work, working through Apple's approval process. And yes, Plan BNAT, prep for AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL - all while continuing to do REHAB 3 days a week. Sorry I'm so fucking lazy.

  • We ALL Fuck with you, but You are a Pioneer of This Genre of Internet videos and talk. Take a Step back and realize we luv you. Here is the link again. Please watch it Harry, and keep up the good work. You fucking...just kidding :) For my friends at Aicn, My girlfriend found this. It is the History of EC Comics. Highly recomennded, haven't watched all of it yet. Link

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    And, You are far from LAZY.

    by Nichole

    You Are a Pioneer and have accomplished more Than most of us could ever hope for. Enjoy yourself.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    This should be easier to copy

    by Nichole

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Freedom of speech with the exception of Nordling that is.

    by Darth_Kong

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Thanks for the (relatively) frank reply. You'll forgive me though if I point out that there is an air of daja vu about your comments. Obviously I can't say much about your site's financial plight but You having to raise cash is just something every business owner has do do all the time. And deny it all you want but AICN is a for-profit business. And you have taken your eye off the ball either because of indifference or, more probably I suspect, because you are just too thinly spread out on your various projects. The fact that all your other activities are detracting from the DVD column is symtematic of a lot of business failures - where the primary personnel simply over extend themselves, to the detriment of their core business. Nobody forced you to do these silly little video shows that you are now contracted to, nobody forced you to do Fantastic Fest, nobody forces you to plan BNAT, you chose to do those things and, by your own admission, they take up so much time that the web site - that thing that you have spent 16 years of your life dedicated to (your words) is now a secondary or tertiary concern. Being completely frank with you Harry, you need to grow up a bit and start running the website (and all the subsiduary things you do) like a proper business, deligating as much of the responsibility as is necessary rather than trying to keep it all to yourself. That way maybe the site would be in good shape both financially and quality-wise and would stop haemorraging readers all the time. Heck, a decent business manager would easily find you investment but again you would have to accept that you would lose a degree of control. The question is - can your ego take it? I have to say I thought your defensive attitude about critiscism that you are lazy was hilarious. I accuse you of being lazy and you contest this by citing that you are spending long hours at a movie festival and planning your BNAT birthday party! Oh and having watch a bunch of free DVDs and review them. What a life! Now maybe if you had done all that stuff and held down a proper job too I'd have had huge respect, but that thing is you don't. Unless of course you are going to tell me that AICN IS your job - in which case DO IT PROPERLY! I'm pretty sure all your readers who go to movie festivals, watch and review movies as a hobby etc cannot use the I WAS VERY BUSY HAVING A BLAST WITH MY HOBBY as an excuse for poor performance as work. Maybe I'm wrong to accuse you of being lazy. Maybe you have just got your priorities wrong. Either way, you really only have yourself to blame for the state of AICN today and you need to get your head out of your arse and concentrate on what is (or should be) important. Let me help you free up some time to work on the site. You don't have a contractural obligation to BNAT so cancel that for starters. There you go, I've just saved you all that time you would have to devote to planning your glorified birthday party. Now you can do the DVD column right? Right? Cue tumbleweeds......

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    by justmyluck

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, keep focused on what's important

    by Chris

    Clearly the main priority should be getting healthy, and ideally walking on your own. I'm glad that you share your passion with us. I think (and I'm sure many others would as well) that if keeping the site running requires some shmoozing then we can live without a DVD column for a bit. If that's the biggest worry in people's lives, then I honestly have pity for them. I hope everything works well financially. Keep gettiing well.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I'm impressed Harry

    by sunwukong86

    that was the best thing you've ever written. No ego at all, just honest.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I fall in between here

    by Chris Kirby

    I agree with Harry that he should be able to have some semblence of a life. I also agree that he works his ass of and has a fine site when it is being kept up to date. I also think the financial stuff is none of our business but he could reach out to his readers. People have done worse. HOWEVER Banneddirtyape is completely correct. I still fully believe that Harry hangs on to the column for selfish reasons. He wants the free shit. He has never responded to the idea of someone else, even a reader doing it. He is spread way to thin and needs to give it up, along with the free shit. It's not like he doesnt have enough anyway.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Boo Hoo me...

    by paul burnett

    I sit around on my fat arse watching films all day. I sit around on my fat arse reading e mails all day. Whaa whaa whaa.. You have no idea how real life works.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Delegating the DVD column to some one else


    No. I love the column - and it helps give me a reason to discover more and more cinema. Also, it's my favorite thing to write. I love it. Once I get this immediate situation solved, there's going to be some very hard decisions that have to be made regarding AICN. The column represents my personal film fetishes and interests. I love it as a document of my relationship with film. For now, patience... it will get done, as it has since 2005 or so.

  • Do it whenever you have time, Harry. Also, give Raven a raise. I want to ask her something soon and she/we may need the extra income.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    See here's the thing...

    by django_il_bastardo

    I really miss the DVD column because it always lets me know about what major releases are out and some cool stuff I never would have heard about otherwise...period. I don't give a flaming rat's ass about Harry's personal attachments such and such a DVD has to his child hood, name dropping, or personal fitness regime. That stuff used to make the column interesting and dare I say fun to read but that feeling is long gone. Let someone else write an interesting DVD column and I'm there, as I'm sure 95% percent of the people who come to this site would be. And the Amazon clicks would be there too I would bet. But if Harry doesn't write it himself...well, that might mean less free DVDs...which I am sure are still filling his mailbox despite the lack of a column to speak of. Someone asked what the end game of Harry's show is...unfortunately the vibe I get is that the show should be called "Ain't Harry Cool?" as it seems to be one big narcissistic ego trip...the end game is too sadly inflate Harry's all ready zeppelin-esque ego...

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Delegating the DVD column - a response

    by Mike J

    So Harry, in one small post you have given a very clear precis as to why AICN is in such dire straights these days. Your inability to let go of the thing you love writing - the DVD column - just shows that you care far, far more about YOUR PERSONAL GRATIFICATION than what is in the best interests of the site. In fact everything is about YOU isn't it? YOU want to do the DVD column because YOU love it. YOU want to organise BNAT because YOU need to indulge your ego with studio support and sycophants rayher than just having a small family birthday party, YOU need to be one of the hosts of Fantastic Fest. YOU don't really give a shit about what is really in the interests of the general god of the site just so long as YOU are happy doing your thing. Don't you see that, Harry? Don't you see that in the real world of grown ups, sometimes you have to delegate a task you love, just because it is the right thing to do? If as you say the DVD column is so important to you the. delegate something else - the business side of running the site for example (Monty Christo would be a good bet) Or as I said earlier, put your BNAT indulgence on hold this year so you DO have the time to attend to the DVD column and the site generally. You don't even have to give up doing the DVD column for ever - just rent it out pro temps until you are better organised with your time and other projects and can actually put your reviews in on time. Harry, you live a priviledge and spoilt life. You've never done a proper day's work in your life and instead just get to live your dream. Some of that is down to your inheritance in circumstances which were horrible I appreciate, and some of it is down to the fact you were in the right place at the right time with starting AICN when you did. But the problem is you have no real connection with reality as a consequence of the way you've grown up. You want to be able to do your geek thing, and run a website, and be a movie producer and the first man on Mars for all I know. But its time to come back to Earth and deal with things like an adult - all those things like business difficulties and not having the time to go out to dinner or the theatre or a bar cos work has to come first. Jesus christ man you are, what, 40 years old and yet you are acting like a child. Waaah, I don't want to do my chores because I want to play with my toys. Fucking grow up, put the stupid Green Lantern ring and Thor helmets away and get things sorted properly, rather than belating on with excuses all the time. Shit happens, so deal with it like a grown up for once. You want to save AICN? Then fucking get a grip, stop living in a fantasy world and just get on with it. YOU can do it.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    My 2 cents worth....if it's worth even that.

    by MovieDeal

    Banned_Dirty_Ape, I get what you're saying. And, I'm no Harry apologist by any stretch. But, you're making quite a few assumptions and stretches of logic to make your argument. I hear what you're saying. I don't want AICN to die an awful, horrible death. And I do agree about the DVD column being more regular than it clearly isn't right now. However, if you're that invested in the workings of this site, have you ever emailed Harry personally? I make no assumption that you did or didn't. But, maybe your thoughts on the TB would go much farther if you take another avenue of communication with him in a more personal medium. I mean, he DOES know you exist here and that you do care. Just something that may already be obvious. I hope you get some answers. And, Harry, thanks for giving me a place to look up everyday when I get home from a crappy day at work!

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    re: serious AICN changes

    by justmyluck

    Having a gang of staff writers posting trailer links and links to other movie news stories can definitely be lopped off. There's zero distinction in that these days. Promotional set visits may pay but, you know, they're sincerely BORING when the reporter is holding back details to not piss off the producer/director. BTS coverage of something like THE HOBBIT is, of course a draw — most set visits aren't because they're PLAYED SO SAFE. Likewise, the junket interviews we get EVERYWHERE, so REDUCE those to essential reads. If you want to inherit the mantle of 4e, and we know you do, just continue to embrace the fringes as you're (sometimes) doing in the Nerdist shows. Having X number of links every day makes everything a little less special, and AICN won't stand out as a movie news clearinghouse. Hopefully that's become more clear with the crisis.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Hi Ansolutely worth more than 2 Cents. I've never emailed Harry direct, no. To be honest up until now I've always blamed him for the demise of AICN and so didn't think he'd be receptive to such an approach. But recently I've come to recognise he does still care, he just doesn't care enough and - as is the case with so many children - he puts his own desires and selfish requirements above all else. I dont think he does so in a malicious way, I just dont think he has anyone in his life who is actually telling him its time to grow up. As I've said, Harry is just so stretched out these days. When I posted before, I'd forgotten he had also take. over editing the Famous Monsters website so add that to the long list of things that takes away his focus from the web site. Someone - ideally someone he cares about and who he respects - shou,d tell him he needs to reign himself in, to throttle back to basics. To focus on the stuff he really cares about and to relinquish those projects that his heart is no longer in. If AICN falls into the latter category then he needs to let go. He can still be the figurehead, can still do his beloved DVD column and whatever, but the day-to-day runningof the site can be passed over, to someone who is passionate about genre stuff sure, but who also has business acumen and a desire to loom ater the readership rather than just satisfy their own needs. And if he doesn't really care about AiCN - and frankly I doubt that is the case - he should still just delegate to someone who DOES care. Being frank I do have some personal animositytowards Harry but only because of his apparent indiffernce to this once brilliant site, a site he built a d for which we owe him all so much. I dont hate him as a person but I hate his apathy, his lazyness and his selfishness. Like I said before, he just wants to play his games the way he wants to and just doesn't want to grow up. Not sure me emailing Harry would result in anything to be honest - I'd only say in more detail what I've said in this talkback. And I would say it brutally too, probably too brutally for Harry. I'd talk to him exactly as I would a work colleague who I saw as basically a great asset to the firm but who had gone off the rails. In other words, I'd kick arse, but only because I believed things could be turned around. I somehow doubt that Harry would appreciate such an approach as he seems happier surrounding himself with sycophants and yes men. I wish I didnt have to moan I really do. For years ai visited AiCN as an addicted lurker, reading everything faithfully but never posting. And in recent years I've been saddened to see it decline to the point that it is now a joke. And that is why ai have become so critical and outspoken. I'd much rather spend my time and energy being outspoken about movies and locking horns with fellow TBs about that sort of thing but to be honest unless folk like me do speak out there will be no AICN left to talk back in. Anyway, the solution to AICN's problems doesn't rest with the likes of you and me. We are actually pretty irrelivant in the overall scheme if things. Only one man can make the changes and to do so he needs to change himself. au til he does, no amount if well-intended tough speaking will help him or AICN. Like I saidbefore, Harry needs to grow up. Hopefully he will recognise that himself before it is too late but sadly I worry that it will be only after AICN fails thhat he will see this himself. I hope not.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    For the record- I have never imagined you masterbate!

    by don

    clearly your arms are not long enough.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Justmyluck -Bravo!

    by Mike J

    You hit the nail on the head. Strip the AICN site back to basics - forget about all the links to movie news that other sites have run several days before, junk all the studio-paid-for srt visits and i terviews and take AICN back to the glory days where it was a lone voice standing up to the studios and running titbits from spies. Keep the talkbacks and the dvd reviews, hell keep the movie reviews too as long as they are honest and not written so as to not upset the studios. There is currently no movie site I'm aware of doi g that sort of reportage today. AICN could be fantastic just by going back to the roots of where it all began. But for that to happen would mean Harry would have to give up all his pwesents and studio-shmoozing in order to regain his integrity. And sadly I can't see that ever happening. Knowles says he loves AICN but the sad reality is he loves his Z list celebrity status and supposed cache with the studios far far more. And I'm willing to bet that will never, ever change. And man would I love to be proved wrong.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by MovieDeal

    Banned_Dirty_Ape. You post renews my faith in the people who populate this site with something to actually say rather than any random troll-like dribble. But, I do also enjoy your rants. Thanks again. And, Harry, about that DVD column.........

  • Get a real job and I'll listen to your bitching! Until then- YOU ARE LAZY! You make your living sitting on your fat ass watching movies!

  • You are bitching, about a website, you are on. Fuck the lot of you. This website is great. Your lives, not so much. Fuck off.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Here is another link to one of the weirdest fuckin things ever

    by Nichole

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Harry, why no Dredd review?

    by Mr. Waturi

    One of the best comic book movies ever, and it's barely being covered on this site. It would be a shame if this movie ends up being nothing more than a cult classic.


  • Keep the site going, I'm banned everywhere else.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Wow, Dandelion. What a powerful and succinct metaphor. It really says it all.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    And why don't you tell me to do something involveing the word "fuck." It isn't as though it is something I would expect.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    It's a paraphrased quote from In Bruges, dipshit.

    by Dandelion.


  • the AICN community who have followed the site for varying lengths of time to donate (if they choose to) in order to hit the necessary monetary target in order for the site to continue. I know you may have a number of reasons for not doing this but as a last resort I think it would be an incredible waste not to explore every avenue for saving this site and at the least, give the readers of this site who have supported it over the years the opportunity to save it if they really care for it and want to see it continue. I think to not give them this opportunity would be to cheat them and after all, the site is predominantly for others (the readers) is it not? For me, this has only ever been the one movie news site I've visited and I would hate for it not to continue. I would miss it. Yes, from time to time I have visited some of the other movie news sites that have sprung up over the years but I very rarely visit them. I like AICN, I'm familiar with it, I like the simple and uncluttered format and navigation, I like the contributors and it's the one movie site that I have long consistently visited. Good luck raising the funds Harry and may AICN continue for many years. You will be sorely missed from the Internet's movie news media in this very enjoyable incarnation if the wost happens.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by Dandelion.

    Next time you're going to try to sound like a pretentious douchebag and pretend that your thoughts are on the same level as those in an award winning filmmaker's latest work while highlighting the importance of speech AND simultaneously calling out someone else for being a fool either: A) Learn how to fucking spell and use grammar properly or B) Just don't fucking bother, thundercunt.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by IndianaPeach

    how about a 'donate' button? i'm good for a few bones.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Financial solution

    by myfatarse

    Sack the Kidd! Everyone is thinking the same. It's the combination of being shit AND pompous that means he's definitely not worth a paycheck.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    A thought about raising funds for AICN

    by Mike J

    Over night I've been thinking, would I make a donation to AICN if the cash crisis became so critical that it looked like the site may shut down. And sadly I concluded I probably wouldn't, not unless Harry agreed to stand down as CEO. And then something dawned on me. Harry may own the site but it is actually run by Aint It Cool Inc, in other words an incorporated company. Now it occurs to me that over the years there have been a LOT of promotional items sent Harry's way by studios etc. I'm not just talking about his undisclosed pwesents here (although those count too) but stuff like preview copies of books, movie press packs and posters, blu tays from Amazon etc. Now, I assume - and this is obviously just conjecture on my part - that Harry retains these items as his own property, to swell his huge personal collection. But in reality, are they technically his? Or should they actually be the property of AInt It Cool Inc? Because if the latter is correct - which it surely must be if we assume Harry is protected from personal liability by trading under the corporate umbrella (and theres nothing wrong with that at all) - then why should readers of this site even have to consider putting their hands in their pockets for cash when Aint It Cool Inc would seeminly have a substantial amount of film memoriablia stock which could be liquidated to generate capital? Obviously, I accept that Harry had his huge personal collection before the business was incorporated, and it is entirely up to him to decide if he wants to sell items off to keep the site running (that depends on what he loves the most) but since the business became a corporation I genuinely believe that anything sent to him by the studios was not given to Harry Knowles the individual but actually to Harold Jay Knowles as a director of Aint It Cool, Inc. And thus he is just holding those items on trust for the company. I don't know for sure how the business of AICN is run but all of the above hypothesis about the corporate entity is probably correct. And if that is right, and Harry does not also trade in his own right as well (which would seemingly be both unnecessary and reckless given the protection the incorporated business would afford him) then I cannot see how he could argue that all the stuff sent to him was his property. I have no idea of the level of cash injection AICN needs nor do I have any clue as to the dollar value of the assets the company has acquired from studios, publishers etc. But one has to assume that there are a LOT of blu rays which would be worth a few dollars apiece and, more significantly, some of the rare stuff Harry has bragged about getting would probably be of substantial value (that Green Lantern ring for example). So my argument is that, if as Harry claims the site has serious fiscal issues, then he should do what any RESPONSIBLE company director should do; sell some of the assets to raise funds. If he fails to do that then surely he is in breach of his fiduciary duty. I wonder what the business partner Harry sometimes refers to thinks of all this? And does anyone know who that is?

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool, Inc

    by Mike J

    Not that this makes any difference to my earlier point about the assets of Aint It Cool Inc but the other directors of the company are Roland Denoie & Paul Alvarado-Dykstra (aka Robogeek). Harry is listed as President. What this does mean though is that Harry is not the only captain of the ship and despite what he may like to project about doing all the AICN stuff singlehanded this is clearly not the case, which places even further doubt on his excuse about the lateness of the DVD column. It is interesting that Harry has recently stated that his business partner (sic) has requested that no information be divulged about the technical problems on the site. Now this may well be to protect the brand I suppose, in which case that is probably a well-reasoned decision. But maybe, just maybe, there is some internal friction between the Officers of Ain't It Cool Inc. Perhaps the other directors are as fed up as the readers are about the declining quality of the site and Harry's increasing committment to other projects (interestingly neither Denoie or Alvarado-Dykstra appear to have any involvement with Harry's Famous Monsters undertaking). Of course, Harry also mentioned that some poor decisions had been made by someone close to him which had caused the financial issues. Presumably this could only have been someone with authority within Ain't It Cool Inc. Either way the plot thickens. Are all the various problems Harry has cited just exaggerations to excuse his lateness on the DVD column? Or are there some major underling issues? Something to speculate on while we are all waiting for the DVD column and the Dredd review!

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    D-wave. They're almost there.

    by Darth_Kong

  • Far be it for me to tell another man his business, but maybe it's not worth raising all the $$$ to save a website that you don't seem to have the time to pay attention to. Love ya big guy, but I really don't get it.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    So DVD column for the next 5 weeks

    by thelordofhell

    Finances are fine........Harry is just using his time he used to have to "watch" blu-ray/dvd's and is making these youtube eps.........

  • To pay the AICN bills. Seriously, what the hell happened? How expensive is a website anyways? You post some advertisements, link to Amazon and get the $10 to $20/month your web page provider charges (besides, I hear GoDaddy is pretty cheap as far as monthly web rates go). If you don't have the time to do a regular DVD column (or other things), then why not recruit some of your friends to fill in the gap? I'm sure you could find a few suckers who wouldn't mind writing a column for free.

  • Which is why you post one every 2 to 3 months? Seriously, if you just don't have the time, or don't want to actually spend your own money to.. I don't know... actually PURCHASE these so called movies that you love, then just hand it over to someone who cares enough to stick to a schedule. Besides, there is nothing saying you can't do one every so often (in between the regularly scheduled ones)... like you already do.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Pointless ranting

    by Hieronymous

    banned_dirty_ape has got to be the most annoying Talkbacker this site has ever seen. Is there a point to all his/her ranting and rambling about the DVD/Blu column? I mean, seriously, just choose a DVD/Blu to buy based on your own personal preference and then buy it. You don't need Harry to hold your hand. banned_dirty_ape, this is a website you don't work for that runs movie news and rumors. Find something more worthwhile to fight for/against.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Can I suggest you re-read all my *pointless ranting* ? If you do you will find that I am simply citing the lack of the DVD column as part of the overall demise of AICN. The most annoying TB this site has ever seen? Wow that is some accolaid. However it really suggests you haven't been here very long if you really believe that. I'm puzzled though.... if you find me that irritating why the hell do you bother reading my posts? I wasn't aware I was mandatory reading. As to your sage advice about me finding something worthwhile to fight for, well, it might have taken you a couple of hours to string your post together but for me I probably spend about five minutes to do a post maximum. I do a lot of positive things in my life actually, but thanks for the lecture. I always appreciate being told what to do by a total stranger who doesn't know me at all.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Hypnotic cinema!!! HOLYEEEE FUUUUUCKKKK!

    by Bigdada


  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST


    by Hieronymous

    First: You're welcome. Second: I read/skim most of the posts and comments. You are the most annoying commenter the Talkbacks have ever seen my opinion. Been reading this site for a decade and never seen anyone as annoying as you. Seen a few crazier and more offensive, but none more annoying. You toss out names, companies, instances, and bits of info like you have some personal investment in what Harry (or the people who work for him) does with it. You don't. You're just 99% of the people who visit this site: A visitor. You don't work here. And since you don't work here, it's none of your concern whether columns get posted regularly or even at all. It's the concern of the person who runs the site and that isn't you. If everybody working for this site quit tomorrow and never wrote another article, you'd have absolutely zero control or say so in that decision. Third: I call "bull" on the five minute post claim. Your posts reek of "cut and paste" ranting you've spent days working on, just waiting to tweak them for that key Harry post to dump them on. Explains why everything you've said on this particular Talkback has so very little to do with the actual post. You just waited for a brief mention of "site problems" and then dropped your ...whatever they are. If they're not rants then what are they? All I know is that there's no way you whip that stuff in five minutes. No way to prove you do, no way to prove you don't, but I'm calling "bull". Fourth: Thanks for the laugh with that last paragraph. Couldn't stop laughing when you posted "I always appreciate being told what to do by a total stranger who doesn't know me at all". This from the guy who posted "You want to save AICN? Then fucking get a grip, stop living in a fantasy world and just get on with it" a few paragraphs earlier to a total stranger." and then demanded Harry step down as CEO. That's some funny stuff, guy/girl. Maybe if you posted more funny stuff like that then you wouldn't be so annoying me. Because you're annoying to me. In my opinion. You're annoying.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Re: banned_dirty_ape

    by Hieronymous

    In case my point didn't get across in my response, let me state it clearly: banned_dirty_ape, I find you to be annoying.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST


    by Hieronymous

    I'm always down to hear what you have to say, darth_kong. No complaints here. banned_dirty_ape, on the other hand...

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    All of my best wishes...

    by HughHoyland

    To Douglas Trumbull! I REALLY hope he's able to get the needed funding and anything else he needs to make his idea into a reality (unfortuantly things are tight right now or I would do SOMETHING). But I find the whole thing fascinating. Make it so.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Great blog, young Harry...

    by Darkness

    I've admired Mr. Trumball for years. I like the fact that he always tries to evolve the way we experience cinema. His work on "2001" and "Blade Runner" are second-to-none. The latter proving that it can reduce the current crop of visual effects movies into an overwrought, incoherent, meaningless display of visual tricks. His work on "The Tree Of Life" was the only endearing aspect of such an encumbered movie experience.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Sorry, I nodded off reading your post. But I think I got the point though. You're a fan. I'm flattered. Modesty will prevent me bothering to read any more of your posts as I can only take so much flattery. But doubtless you will write a response nevertheless.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Right on, moonlightdrive!

    by Sprell

    The DVD reviews are nice and all, but they're the LAST reason I come to this site 4-5 days per week. I come for the movie rumors and news. The DVD reviews, for me, are just icing on a very hefty cake!

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Sprell

    Maybe Harry could conduct a survey of his readership. List everything he's involved in and have us rank them in order of importance to us?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    What Can I Say Harry But The Best One Yet!

    by Real Deal

    I've always followed Mr. Trumbull's work and I'm so glad he's still being innovative. I remember reading about " Brainstorm " before it came out and was so disappointed he couldn't do the film the way he wanted. Please keep us informed about his new SF film project dealing with accretion discs and time dilation it really sounds very cool! Thanks Harry! Ps. Sorry to hear about your financial problems with the site and hope they can be fixed as this is really the main place I go for info on anything in film or TV.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute...People get PAID to review films on AICN?

    by conspiracy

    Why? You realize there are dozens of equally qualified movie fans in the Talkbacks that could/would write reviews of the films they see...and in fact do just that...for nothing? Is there a hallway of USC film school diplomas lining the AICN halls that would at least present a valid argument as to why some people get paid to review, and others don't? Seriously...when a film comes out...we get 3-5 reviews of said film...and these are all paid reviews...for the same film??? That makes no sense. And there is NO REASON that a site this relatively simple should take six figured to just isn't that resource or bandwidth sucking that it should take so much cash. Harry...I like you dude...I respect what you built here, and I've been here almost since the beginning. But you REALLY need to get someone to run this thing that has a business background, who can handle the books, run it as a business and make sure it is in the black... and not a personal labor of love. You're too close to it need to let it go...into more business capable hands.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Dear HARRY, Did I misunderstand something?

    by Bigdada

    D. Trumbull just said that he's created films that HYPNOTIZE the viewer. That, to me, is about the most amazing, scary, Cronenbergian cinematic break-through imaginable. Fuck 70mm! Imagine not being able / or wanting to change a channel. This is an advertisers wet dream come to pass. Please ask Doug about this.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Well said. I totally agree with you and your suggested reforms for AICN. But be aware that you will probably get attacked for expressing such views by Hieronymousstone who considers that we are not entitled to express a view because we do not work for AICN.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Hieronymous

    Of course you agree. Considering the syntax of your posts and Conspiracy's is pretty much identical, I'm guessing the two of you are one in the same. His/her sudden appearance in this Talkback when you needed someone to back you up only reinforces this thought. Try to shake up your writing style and wording next time you use one of your alternate accounts to give yourself a supporter. AICN is a movie site, not a place of commerce. It provides movie news (as well as television, comics, video games, etc) to you on a daily basis for free. As in, you pay NOTHING to view this site. If this were a pay site, your suggested reforms might be justified. Wanting to get the most out your dollar is a perfectly understandable. But this isn't that. You're demanding changes to a site that provides you with daily new material and never asks you pay for it. I guess that's the big problem I have with you: You don't work for AICN, don't pay for it, use it everyday but you demand massive reforms, an intense site overhaul, and the out-and-out firing of Harry Knowles. You're basically the guy who sees a painting and statue and then demands it be redone because it doesn't suit your tastes. You're annoying and ungrateful.