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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 4th Week of August & 1st week of Sept Catch-up column - HARVEY, WALKING DEAD, AIRPORT, MEGAFORCE, MAD MONSTER PARTY & Much More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...  Still behind, still rushing to catch up, in fact, I'm still writing to see if I can get more finished tonight.  So as usual, the images and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more on the items in question, and if you purchase one, well a small portion of that price goes to help support this column, which will get caught up by george!   Now here ya go...   Last week of August and the first of September.   Enjoy...

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012


Just one of the purest great time movies ever made. James Stewart just set such a perfect pitch as Elwood P. Dowd, apparently a 6 ft proper gentleman wascally wabbit. The true gift of this film, beyond the humor, well… it’s that when you talk and listen to Elwood’s voice and the grace upon his face as he happily goes about the endeavors of his day. He’s just happy as hell to have this glorious best buddy, he loves going out with him, and marveling at how folks react to being introduced to him. Harvey is alive throughout this film if you have the imagination to clearly see him. Vita is Elwood’s older sister, who is stark raving crazy too. Worship at the altar of Josephine Hull, she will tickle you throughout. Appreciating this film helps make you a better human being. I honestly believe that. There’s extras that will make you smile & cry wistfully. This is great stuff.


Alright, so sandwiched between a pair of the coolest of the cools, is the damn cool QUADROPHENIA from the Who! Many feel that as far as Album based movies in history go… QUADROPHENIA is the best. Sentimentally speaking, I still most love YELLOW SUBMARINE, but QUADROPHENIA and the Who are an entirely different throbbin wow of Rock. Having Criterion presenting this means the audio, it’s tip top. The image, it too is a tip top job. And here are the special features:

New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version

New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and Tufano

Interview with Bill Curbishley, the film's coproducer and the Who's comanager

New interview with the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden

On-set and archival footage

Behind-the-scenes photographs

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James


The film is shown to perfection – but in many ways it is the making of that I love most. Watching Glenn Strange cracking up as Costello is riffing whilst sitting in his lap… well it killed me. Or watching Lugosi be thrown off by some of Costello’s tomfoolery. I just love this film. It’s the gateway movie to introduce your children to the world of Classic Universal Monsters. My parents personally saved it for the end, so I’d learn to take the classic monsters seriously – but I don’t feel that this movie lampoons them. Dramatically, I love that the Monsters are given their due… The hilarity tends to reside solely in Abbott & Costello. You won’t see Dracula or Frankenstein cracking wise… and Larry Talbot is as desperate and playing for keeps as he ever has. The film is a blueprint for how to handle this sort of genre-mashup – treat the monsters with respect.


Well, McFarlane Toys and Greg Nicotero teamed up to present us WALKING DEAD nuts with an ideal Zombie Keepsake edition of the Season 2 Blu Ray. If you got a bit worn down by the farm at the beginning of this season and you think that without Frank Darabont, WALKING DEAD has nowhere to go. You’re wrong. By the time you get to the end of this season, I guarantee you’ll be juiced for Season 3. I’ve seen the first two episodes of Season 3 and folks – we’re hitting an entirely new level of badassery with this show. What was hinted at the end of the last season, well it’s where we start off – and this is some of the absolute best Zombie storytelling I’ve seen in any format. SEASON 3 is going to be one for the records. BUT emotionally it only works if you’ve seen the Second season. Now if you’re a fan, this set is definitely the way to go – if you just want to get caught up, all of Season 2 is now available on Netflix sans extras/commentaries/deleted scenes and this awesome Zombie Head!


The AIRPLANE comedies lampooned this enormous seventies hit, but this film is actually just fantastic. The cast is stunning – and speaking of stunning is the young Jacqueline Bisset as a stewardess having relations with a oh my god lucky Dean Martin as the pilot of this endangered plane. A while back when I was discussing SANTE FE TRAIL, I talked about a character actor I loved named Van Heflin, well in AIRPORT he plays a suicidal passenger, that takes out a life insurance policy and has made a bomb so his wife can have all the things she’s always wanted. His performance is amazing to watch. As is his seatmate, Helen Hayes, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a stowaway on the worst plane you could have ever hitched a ride upon. Great transfer, wonderful film.


Here’s a Fantastic Fest 2011 veteran, and I’ve talked about HEADHUNTERS on AICN quite a bit. This is a film about a little Napoleon of a man played by Aksel Hennie. What I mean by that is this… He’s short and married to an absolute beauty. The kind of woman that he worships, but he can’t believe that he is worthy of her as is. You see, he’s a Headhunter, finding Corporate Execs for companies seeking the best. On the side, he’s taken to being an expert art thief, so he can provide the level of comfort for his princess that he feels she deserves. When Nikolaj Coster-Waldau enters the picture, he’s an incredibly attractive exec talent, who also happens to have a multi-million dollar work of art – oh, and he’s fucking Aksel’s wife. Everything spirals wildly out of control. The film careens around white knuckle curves and by the end of this thing you’re gonna love Aksel. He’s like a handsome Steve Buscemi – and he plays desperate wonderfully. DO NOT LET THIS MOVIE MISS YOU.


This film is just fucking ridiculous. It looks like a real movie, a real expensive movie. The effects are rock solid, if wildly unimaginative. There are moments of exposition that at first feel like absolute gibberish, until you realize… oh, they just explained how to play the game of BATTLESHIP in this movie. The lengths they go through to fistfuck the game’s premise into our minds is just mind-numbingly LAME. Liam Neeson has an extended cameo. Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch are also pretty much wasted in the film. But it really does have the funniest fucking scene I’ve watched – the REHAB facility in this film is the most ridiculously over-produced sequence I’ve seen in a long time. Perhaps it’s that I’ve been spending an awful lot of my life in the last year and a half in a state of the art Rehab facility, but they absolutely do not reveal anything close to the soul of a place like that. In fact, it’s so fucking lame as to be insulting. Peter Berg set out to make a SUPER MOVIE, he just inserted “SHITTY” between those two words.


The magicians at Aardman are back with their particular brand of stop-frame animation with THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS – a wonderful family film about the Pirate of the Year contest – and a certain magnificently inept pirate with an amazing beard has his heart set upon winning the title. It looks beautiful on Blu Ray. Hugh Grant is the Pirate Captain, but his crew is where a lot of magic lies. Like Anton Yelchin as the Albino Pirate or the furry footed Martin Freeman as the Pirate with a Scarf. My fave is probably Brendan Gleeson’s Pirate with Gout. Though I could have seen an entire film starring Salma Hayek as Cutlass Liz. Very fun flick.

LONESOME Criterion Blu

Released in 1928, this film will take you back in time to Twenties Coney Island during the Fourth of July. This is a New York City Symphony – and director Paul Fejos threw in the kitchen sink in making this film. From color tinting to early visual effects and wild choices in the editing process – you’ve got a film that is just frankly stunning. Also – be sure to check out Fejos’ THE LAST PERFORMANCE that was shot in 1929 with Conrad Veidt. Criterion deserves hugs and kisses for this release, and they’ve done great work on the extras:

New digital restoration, featuring uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Audio commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski

The Last Performance, director Paul Fejos's 1929 silent starring Conrad Veidt

Reconstructed sound version of Broadway, Fejos's 1929 musical

Fejos Memorial, a 1963 visual essay produced by Paul Falkenberg

Audio excerpts about Broadway from an interview with cinematographer Hal Mohr

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Phillip Lopate


Love this film and even though the soundtrack has been changed, it’s still the performances that keep me coming back to it. The only way to get that original soundtrack on the film is to get the “High School Reunion Collection” – which luckily I own (but not on Blu, dammit) – I can’t imagine being a teenager without this film. It and BREAKFAST CLUB & FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONE HIGH define that era for me. It is a shame that Universal has this as one of their 100th Anniversary releases and didn’t secure the right music tracks to keep this film preserved to it’s original theatrical release. Alas, that’s business for ya. Always going the cheaper route.


Here’s an amazing film from 1980, that I never saw in the era. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, from France, and set in Scotland of the undetermined future. The film is all about the terminally ill Romy Schneider’s Katherine, who doesn’t know that Harvey Keitel’s Roddy has had a camera implanted into his brain to document her life’s end. The film also has the amazing Harry Dean Stanton, Robbie Coltrane and Max Von Sydow. If you love FANTASTIC FEST type genre films – you’re going to love this rather soulful film. It’s pretty damn outstanding.


I have so enjoyed discovering the work of Jean Rollin on Blu Ray. The titillation of these films focuses upon the lovely ladies they employ – but also just how beautifully they’re shot with a slight surreal look. Usually these things are pretty tame in terms of gore, but THE LIVING DEAD GIRL is anything but tame. Yes, expect a healthy dose of gore. We don’t get nearly enough naked zombie girl movies – Love Linnea Quigley’s naked zombie punk girl in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, she’ll always be my dream zombie to be devoured by.


Ok, I know you’ve always wanted to see a sequel to Kubrick’s SPARTACUS about the son of Spartacus played by STEVE REEVES and being directed by the father of DJANGO, that’s right SERGIO CORBUCCI! My second favorite Spaghetti Western director behind Sergio Leone, but Corbucci was more aggressive, more blood-thirsty. This film was late enough in Reeves’ career that his acting improved greatly – and this film is released in it’s original ribbon vision of 2:40-1 – yeah, that’s way wide screen! Gotta love it!


From the directors of this year’s winner for BEST HORROR film of Fantastic Fest 2012: HERE COMES THE DEVIL, comes their 2011 Fantastic Fest hit, PENUMBRA! Penumbra is a very creepy film. The lead character is a bit of an elitest snob, she’s highborn from Spain and is working in Buenos Aires, a place she is not overly fond of. She’s trying to sell or rent out her apartment, and she ends up with this group of strangers in her apartment. She’s handling various crises throughout her day, and as the day rolls on, there are more, until… well, you don’t want to know, but realize that this is very much a film about a cult – and when you have a very rare Solar Eclipse occurring, you can bet that shit is gonna get really real. I wouldn’t put it in the same league with the great Satan Cult films, mainly because at the end, I’m not quite sure I love how they wrapped it all up, whereas in films like ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE WICKER MAN – they’re exquisitely perfect endings. Still a wonderful horror effort – and HERE COMES THE DEVIL is even better, it nails its ending to such a level that it gives ya chills.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012


I own this film in 16mm and when I scored it that way – I couldn’t get it on VHS or DVD. Having the Blu of this – well, it just tickles the Monsterkid in me. One, it’s brought to life by Rankin Bass. But better than that, the designs for all the characters were done by EC & MAD Comics god, Jack Davis!!! And the story by Arthur Rankin Jr was fleshed out by the EC & MAD genius Harvey Kurtzman – and had some of its puns punched up by the ghoulish master punster, Forrest J Ackerman (for no credit). Then you have Boris Karloff as Baron Boris Von Frankenstein. The film is a marvel of monster kitsch. A perfect thing to play during a kids’ Halloween party. This is the good stuff! Amazing to watch on Blu.


I love RE-ANIMATOR. I saw it as a teenager back in the 80’s and can’t believe I’ve met everybody associated with the making of this classic. How great is it on Blu Ray? Well, that stylized lighting just pops beautifully. Starring the great Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton and Bruce Abbott… well it’s a lean quick tale of Lovecraftian woe. Gross & awesome! You get multiple commentaries, cast interviews, extended scenes and more. If you’ve never seen this, worship along with all of it’s notable fans! It has never looked better.


For sale at $344.99 at Amazon is this 31 Disc Blu-ray/3D Blu Ray/DVD release of the whole of HARRY POTTER. There is some new behind the scenes material, but nothing that I could in good conscience tell you to pick this set up, if you have the previous released Ultimate Editions… unless you’re being a completist. The best thing one could say about it is it does have a neat tapestry looking map of the area about Hoggswart. For this sort of price you’d expect some sort of accompanying sculptural something, but yeah, no.

TITANIC Collector’s Edition (Amazon Exclusive) Blu-Ray 3D, Blu, Etc

I love TITANIC. Always have, always will. I loved it from the point in which I read James Cameron’s script and saw that he was making a grand Hollywood melodrama out of TITANIC. When he cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – I couldn’t have been happier. I loved Leo in BASKETBALL DIARIES and ROMEO & JULIET… and Kate Winslet sure was a HEAVENLY CREATURE. You wouldn’t believe the amount of pre-release negativity that the industry stacked up against TITANIC. The L.A. Times was out for Cameron’s blood it seemed and everyone felt it would be an economic disaster on par with the human tragedy of the original tale. Instead, it became Cameron’s greatest triumph… until his next one. TITANIC is probably the dearest to his heart due to the Academy Wins and the sheer struggle it took to get it to the screen, but for me – I just see it as a story about a young man falling in love above his class standing. The film has a beating heart in their tale. Once I upgrade to 3D projection, I will give that disc a shot – I know it’ll look amazing.


John Gulager’s follow up to Aja’s original remake of Joe Dante’s classic is just a shitload of fun. Taking place at a Wet & Wild like water park that unfortunately for those coming to party down… well it’s water is fed by a reserve that has prehistoric Piranha… and Gulager does things with these fish that will have you in stitches and busting some. The film is sexy, gory and funny. Chief amongst the funny is David Hasselhoff, yup, The Hoff is playing himself in this film – and it is a hilarious lampoon. Also you’ll enjoy David Koechner and Gary Busey as well as Clu Gulager. Yup, this film has everything you’d want in a movie called PIRANHA 3DD.

SAFE Blu Ray

Boaz Yakin has directed one of Jason Statham’s best action films in a long time. SAFE is a story about a little girl with a gift, a gift for numbers. The numbers will lead to a great deal of money – and she ends up under the protection of a badass Jason Statham (is there any other kind?) So you basically have Statham vs the Russian Mob. If you love this sort of action, this film has it for you to enjoy. I just can’t get enough of Statham kicking ass, very much looking forward to his take on PARKER.


Before AICN, all the way back in 1993, Father Geek & I took my lil Sister Satan on a tour of the western half of the United States and we saw HOCUS POCUS at Disney’s big premiere, purely by chance. The film is a fun playful flick for kids, but I never could stand Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy or Sarah Jessica Parker in this movie. Except in spots. Like I love Midler’s musical number with all the parents. I love Sarah’s Pied Piper song to gather all the children. And yeah, I just don’t like Najimy. I love Doug Jones’ cadaverous outing in the film. But it doesn’t completely come together for me. Give me MONSTER SQUAD or SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES or THE WITCHES or gosh.. there’s so much more. INVADERS FROM MARS!


Directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple that have been engaged for 5 years. We see the whole thing. From right before they get engaged… til what happens 5 years later. The film shows how the couple prioritize things ahead of the wedding, the fear and denial. All of this I don’t understand, because once I found the girl to get engaged, we had the date and began moving immediately in that direction… but that doesn’t matter because at the heart of this film are two actors that I just love to watch on screen. I like Jason Segel and I just love Emily Blunt. As a result I enjoyed this light weight romantic comedy.


You know the bald chick from STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE? Persis Khambatta? Well, if you wanted more of her awesome, serve up a plate of MEGAFORCE – a movie that might be lacking in some glaucoma victims out there. I suggest smoking pot, it will help you see clearly that MEGAFORCE is the GI JOE movie that every kid that was playing with those toys wanted in 1982. Hal Needham directed the living shit out of this. WARRIORS’ Michael Beck – and then… fucking Barry Bostwick as Ace Hunter. The funky vehicles with their colored smoke trails, fucking Killer Kane is aboard. And man, I wanted that flying motorcycle, bad special fx and all. MEGAFORCE is about the attitude it professes. You either get DEEDS NOT WORDS or you suck. Join the children of 1982 in owning this disasterpiece! And please. BLU RAY! Come Hither! I will alert you on that amazing day.


Here’s a crazy 80’s horror classic! It has been hitting me with it’s particular brand of violence and gore since 1980. Now if you don’t want a movie that gets quite “rapey” – stay away from this film. BUT if that’s an area of horror that you can stomach, MOTHER’S DAY features 3 girls going on a weekend of relaxation out in the woods. Never a good idea for horror film girls. They get captured by the inbred woods folks, that bring the three beauties back to their mother, who encourages her sons to. Well, misbehave badly. But there is a comeuppance – and it’s a doozy. So go in knowing that all the worst is a setup for the revenge. And it is a great one. The perfect horror flick to watch with mom? Not really.


Remember this one? 20 years ago – hard to imagine it has been that long, but this was a bit of a guilty pleasure. Rebecca De Mornay was just flat out hot and evil in this. And ol Ernie Hudson, when I was rewatching it, I just wanted to offer him an early exit. A remake of Bette Davis’ THE NANNY, this Nanny is the stuff of kinky nightmares!

UMBERTO D Criterion Blu

Vittorio De Sica, the master of Italian Neorealism creates one hell of a Shirley Temple tale… That’s my way of saying this movie is a tear jerking whimper fest. The film is one of the hardest and most emotional stories you’ll ever see. De Sica knew how to twist a knife. This along with BICYCLE THIEVES make up the essential De Sica masterpieces. And Criterion has done this film right. Here’s the extras:

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

That’s Life: Vittorio De Sica, a fifty-five-minute documentary made for Italian television in 2001

Video interview with actress Maria Pia Casilio from 2003


PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted recollections by De Sica and Carlo Battisti, who plays Umberto D.


One of the great bizarre film noirs. Starring Maid Marion from ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, that’s right Melanie as a pair of murderous twins, well, that’s what Olivia De Havilland’s Twin performance is being accused of. Filled with great talent, like Thomas Mitchell as the Detective – and Lew Ayers as the Psychiatrist that analyzes the twins. I’m a huge fan of director Robert Siodmak and his brother’s contributions to cinema and this film is no exception. Classy from all angles and was nominated for best original screenplay. If you love Noir, don’t miss it.


The other day on Twitter I wrote how much I wish Rod Taylor had played James Bond. At the time, I was fully aware of this picture, and while Taylor is playing a British Secret Agent, it’s a very spoofy affair – so isn’t a straight spy flick. That said, the wonderful Jack Cardiff directed this very fun spy flick. Rod Taylor is a spy of questionable integrity, sub-letting his killing assignments to hit men, as he is a bit squeamish. Like I said, it isn’t a straight spy flick. Although it has the babes, in particular Jill St John, that busty babe from DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! It’s nice to be able to own this!


This Fritz Lang Noir is surreal and moody as can be. Stylized to a jaw-dropping level. Stars Joan Bennett and Sir Michael Redgrave. There’s two additional credits you should be aware of. When I state that the film is a surreal noir – it is fitting that Stanley Cortez, who shot the brilliant NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, shot it – and then it has a powerful score by Miklos Rozsa. I most love noir when cinematically it goes way over the top. Films like MURDER MY SWEET and this are just shots of adrenaline. Love it. A must for Noir fans.


This is an incredibly fucked up film from director Sidney Lumet. Set in a Catholic Boy’s School. The film gets started as former alumni / returning to teach athletics, played by a very youthful Beau Bridges. Wait till you see some of his gymnastics. Anyway, he comes back and finds he still loves his old teacher Robert Preston (MUSIC MAN / LAST STARFIGHTER) and is still dreadfully frightened by James Mason, an exceedingly sadistic Greek & Latin teacher. Their two mega-personalities loom over everything at the school – so when violence starts breaking out. Bizarre cult behavior from the students that ends in the mutilation and possible deaths of some… well, the film just holds your attention throughout. This film will surprise you, I guarantee.


Emily Hagins’ first film to achieve theatrical distribution is a wonderful story about teenagers that go to a local fan convention where it becomes apparent vampires are freely roaming the con taking advantage of naïve vampire loving innocents. The film has a sharp wit and delivers so far above my personal expectations that I can only sit and await Emily’s next outing with even greater anticipation. I also kind of laugh at my own cameo in this flick.
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  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:36 a.m. CST

    What up

    by Nichole

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    i just shit my pants

    by mick vance

    story at 11...

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Slowly but surly.....

    by Brad Grimpe

    The DVD column is coming back.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    coolhandjuke, what happened after you shit your pants?

    by Nichole

    Guess, I'll wait to 11.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Always dig em

    by Kyle H

    I always love these articles. Gives me something to watch always. I will definitely check out Headhunters and Lonesome. The Hand That Rocks The Fuckin Cradle!! I saw that movie when I was 12 and it kicked some ass. Maybe time to revisit.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    by Kev

    So did they replace the music in Sixteen Candles or is some of it just missing?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 5:35 a.m. CST


    by KelseysNuts

    If you like your films with an all-star cast, a heavy slice of melodrama, and freakin' George Kennedy in an Oscar nominated role, this one is for you! Top-notch stuff. Oh, and Jean Seberg, too.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Boy, you'd BETTER love Titanic

    by DrGogol

    Because your set reports from Titanic is what made this site. If there was no Titanic, there'd be no AICN. Oh, and you should still let me write these columns. I'd have them up consistently. Even if Fantasy Fest or Butt-Numb-A-Thon or my child's Christening was going on.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Wow, Megaforce sounds awesome!

    by James

    I gotta get me some of that!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Hand That Rocks the Cradle: "A remake of Bette Davis’ THE NANNY..."

    by buggerbugger

    No it fucking well isn't. Have you even seen 'The Nanny' for fuck's sake? They're nothing alike, other than both films feature kids, parents and nannies. I guess 'The Omen' must also be a remake of 'The Nanny', only this time Bette Davis's character hangs herself at a party and the rest of the movie shows what happens to kids when they aren't supervised by nannies?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Better Late Than Never DVD Columns?

    by Karl Childers

    No thanks, Harry! Pass the torch to somebody who can stay on schedule if you have too much on your plate (literally). Many of us look for the deals on release week and some of those actually happen through your handy-dandy Amazon links.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Dueling bush through the nightgown scenes...who wins? Karen Allen in ROTLA or Rebecca De Mornay in THTRTC?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Wait, what? The Hand That Rocks The Cradle is a remake...

    by Terry Powell

    ...of The Nanny? How? Other than the fact that it features two killer nannies, I can't think of any other similarity and I've seen both films in the last three years. Also, while I love Airport, my favorite has to be Airport 1975, if for no other reason that it features the singing nun and the dying girl(linda blair).

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Good Luck getting this column back on track, especially..

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

    if you're going to watch your way through Bond 50.. It's a monster.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    freebeer - Animal House Music

    by charlobby

    What exactly do you think was changed for the music of Animal House? Besides the shitty 5.1 mix that drops a word of dialogue.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by eggers

    About fucking time. I remember seeing this as a kid in the 80s with my brother and cracking up at the awfulness of it all. Must have.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Poor selections

    by FatSeagal

    Yay for ReAnimator, Harry Potter, Quadrophenia and Safe (Stafe!). MegaForce and Piranha 2DD are two of the worst films i've ever seen.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Wait, MEGAFORCE is not in blu?!

    by Logan_1973


  • Oct. 2, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Fast Times soundtrack

    by Kentucky Colonel

    The only way to see it with the real soundtrack is to catch a showing of it. I hate that!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    The Pirates!

    by Dollar Bird

    I have to say, I really enjoyed that movie. Saw it on a plane recently and I liked it so much, I watched it again. (Albeit hours later. It was a long flight.)

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Where's the Michael O'Hare obit?


    The lead actor of one of the best and certainly one of the most influential SF shows of the last twenty years dies and not a peep from AICN. Shame.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Dr. Gogol

    by D.Vader

    I just watched the movie that spawned your screenname a few weeks ago. Great stuff!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter (Extended editions)

    by Judge Briggs

    I really wish that WB went the route in which Peter Jackson did with LOTR ... shot additional footage for the HP movies and release them in extended versions, especially in the later movies that were basically butchered in terms of material. Order of the Phoenix comes to mind ... longest book in the series that becomes the shortest movie. The fuck?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Had Harvey Blu on Preorder, Got it a while ago. The rest..Blah.

    by higgledyhiggles

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Fair warning on Megaforce...

    by Phimseto

    ...reading the Amazon page, it looks like the DVD has some serious audio issues. Might want to wait for a re-issue.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Amazon link that matters.

    by Metroid_Fetish Treat yourself to something nice, Harry. You earned it by buttfucking the English language into submission yet again. I don't know how you manage to stay so on top of things, you fat, butter slurping fuck.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    TITANIC...*The film has a beating heart in their tale.*

    by FlickaPoo

    That's some classic DVD column gobblespeak right there!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    What? 16 Candles - Different Soundtrack?

    by BojTrek

    I am not buying it, so it is not a problem for me. I just have never heard of this before. How does a movie lose songs from its soundtrack? I thought it was a one time deal, they secure the rights to a song and that is it. Do movie companies have to renegotiate when they release a movie on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray with the song owners? WEIRD! I have heard of it in games like Crazy Taxi recently released on X-Box Live... that ruins that game. Would this not ruin the movie from its intended form? VERY WEIRD!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    MEGAFORCE Fuck Yeah!

    by mr. smith

    carry on

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Everyone has different tastes, I get that.

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    Still, I'm stunned by your opinion of Piranha 3DD. I'll get over it though.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Animal House music

    by Mr Lucas

    I vaguely remember renting it on VHS and the music was different (I think they re-used a few tracks) from the one I'd seen on TV. I had no idea about music rights being the reason back then. I just thought they'd done it by mistake.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Im fucking pumped for these films. I cant wait until they come out..

    by Robert Evans

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Headhunters > anything Nolan has directed in the last ten years

    by Flip63Hole

    Great flick. Can't wait to see what Morten Tyldum does next!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    ANIMAL HOUSE music

    by Robert Evans

    Can we confirm if this is just UK? We've had this discussion before and the Region 1 discs are untouched. Sam Cooke plays during the cafeteria scene.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    by RasporangePants

    Either they do a really good job of covering up Alison Brie's miniature arm on Community, or that is a really bad photoshop job on the 5 Year Engagement cover. Also, Hoggswart?

  • Hell, at that age I was lucky to finish my homework. I think I was still highly entertained by lighting my farts on fire.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Bojtrek: I was a little surprised by that too.

    by Playkins

    Especially a movie like 16 Candles, which is an absolute 80s classic. I've watched the "wonder Years" on Netflix with the alternate songs/covers... It just isn't the same.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Dean Martin is flying the plane?

    by Robert Evans

    smoke up boys! this baby's going down.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by Evil_Homer45

    Looks like Harry needs a bit of an Editor to look over his posts before going live with them. Hit me up if you would like some help as I am a professional editor! :)

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Animal House Music

    by charlobby

    Just checked my Blu-ray. It is indeed Sam Cooke during the cafeteria scene. No changes here.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Megaforce is ok but drink yourself retarded first

    by Steve Lamarre

    Very nice dvd column this week, with some releases to celebrate for sure. Mad Monster Party! Saw it on a school projector when I was like 8 yrs old, projector kept breaking but I loved it anyway. Some nice Criterion releases, esp Lonesome. Death Watch, holy shit! what a discovery! Glad to know Safe is good, but will check out Penumbra first. Sixteen Candles is fairly essential coming-of-age stuff, but Quadrophenia is fucking bad-ass.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by Mel Garga

    How much do actors receive on residuals? Does the guy who played Jake in Sixteen Candles receive a fat check everytime they re-release a new DVD? Check that; I know he gets a piece of the action but I'm genuinely curious if it's the kind of dough that one could live on. If the money's decent than it stands to reason that the cast of Matlock and/or In the Heat of the Night must be some wealthy hombres.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Animal House music, UK, DVD/ Blu-ray

    by Keith Maniac

    I bought Animal House, UK Blu-ray and all the music is present and correct like the tv version or the original vhs rental copy. The sell through vhs and the previous dvd copies had that fucked up background music. Hence i wouldnt have them in the fakkin house. On the subject of Megaforce, putting Henry Silva in charge of a battalion of heavy armour = winning.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    freeman lowell--i celebrated these DVDs a month ago..

    by Robert Evans

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Bill Howard

    I really think Battleship is just a movie that fanboys think it is cool to hate. I was expecting crap and really enjoyed the hell out of it. Good characters, good laughs, ingenious integration of the board game dynamics into the film without making it seem forced and great special effects. It was what popcorn movies are all about. And how you can hate this but dig Piranha 3DD is beyond me.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    SAFE is not just Statham vs the russian mob

    by JackSlater4

    It's Statham vs the russian mob, and the chinese mob, and a bunch of corrupt NYPD, it's awesome. He seriously fucks everybody up.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Piranha 3DD was fucking garbage, period.

    by TheLastCleric

    I've written it before and I'll write it again: one of the worst movies I've seen in recent memory. It contains none of the charm of Aja's remake and the whole thing looks like it was shot in an afternoon. Un-Fucking-Watchable.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Not to be a stickler but..

    by Robert Evans

    I think life insurance policies become null and void when you blow up planes and shit.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    And there's nothing wrong with Battleship

    by JackSlater4

    And it's use of real vets. It is a little weird that all the stars are foreigners though. Taylor Kitsch is Canadian Liam Neeson is Irish Alexander Skarsgard is Swedish Rihanna is Barbadoan?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Top sentences in this article.

    by Jacob Underhill

    12. The film gets started as former alumni / returning to teach athletics, played by a very youthful Beau Bridges. 11. For this sort of price you’d expect some sort of accompanying sculptural something, but yeah, no. 10. They get captured by the inbred woods folks, that bring the three beauties back to their mother, who encourages her sons to. 9. Here’s an amazing film from 1980, that I never saw in the era. 8. DO NOT LET THIS MOVIE MISS YOU. 7. The true gift of this film, beyond the humor, well… it’s that when you talk and listen to Elwood’s voice and the grace upon his face as he happily goes about the endeavors of his day. 6. It and BREAKFAST CLUB & FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONE HIGH define that era for me. 5. Ok, I know you’ve always wanted to see a sequel to Kubrick’s SPARTACUS about the son of Spartacus played by STEVE REEVES and being directed by the father of DJANGO, that’s right SERGIO CORBUCCI! 4. The film has a beating heart in their tale. 3. Although it has the babes, in particular Jill St John, that busty babe from DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! 2. Their two mega-personalities loom over everything at the school – so when violence starts breaking out. [WARNING: Please have an aspirin and a Life Preserver ready before attempting to traverse the following sentence.] 1. Starring Maid Marion from ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, that’s right Melanie as a pair of murderous twins, well, that’s what Olivia De Havilland’s Twin performance is being accused of. SPECIAL MENTION, for review that is best imagined as written in crayon and taped to a refrigerator: The Pirates! Band of Misfits! (reprinted in full below) The magicians at Aardman are back with their particular brand of stop-frame animation with THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS – a wonderful family film about the Pirate of the Year contest – and a certain magnificently inept pirate with an amazing beard has his heart set upon winning the title. It looks beautiful on Blu Ray. Hugh Grant is the Pirate Captain, but his crew is where a lot of magic lies. Like Anton Yelchin as the Albino Pirate or the furry footed Martin Freeman as the Pirate with a Scarf. My fave is probably Brendan Gleeson’s Pirate with Gout. Though I could have seen an entire film starring Salma Hayek as Cutlass Liz. Very fun flick.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    dedrek--you missed one

    by Robert Evans

    though I could be mistaken and you might still be reading the long fookin' sentence: **A while back when I was discussing SANTE FE TRAIL, I talked about a character actor I loved named Van Heflin, well in AIRPORT he plays a suicidal passenger, that takes out a life insurance policy and has made a bomb so his wife can have all the things she’s always wanted. **

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Clu Gulager????

    by donkey_lasher

    He's still around? I might watch Piranha 3DD now.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    3DD was the worst of the four films

    by edaday

    I so wanted to like it, but just go back and watch P2 The Spawning, if you want to be blown away (if you're into such things). Otherwise, check out Penumbra--I loved it. I went in cold, though; I'd say it's better not knowing what's coming.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Choppah -- I stand corrected.

    by Jacob Underhill

    You are a stronger man than I. I think I attempted that sentence, ran out of breath from the exertion, and fought my way back to the beginning. You are correct, though; it does belong on the list. Another one I considered listing is the following: ** If you got a bit worn down by the farm at the beginning of this season and you think that without Frank Darabont, WALKING DEAD has nowhere to go. You’re wrong. ** Nice random use of a period to turn one (nearly) fine sentence into two non-sensical ones.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    no worries..Jack Torrance is still looking for his boy in that sentence.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by DrGogol

    Yeah, Mad Love is super great. What's the inspiration for your handle so I can watch yours?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    My favorite line from Megaforce

    by thelordofhell

    Eggstrum: Dallas, when a person doesn't have less on, they have...? Dallas: "More on"? Eggstrum: Exactly.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by fumbles

    Tied with The Phantom Menace as the worst movie ever made.

  • Seriously, it makes Piranha 3DD look like Jaws.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    fumbles--you're a fucking idiot

    by Robert Evans

    Say what you will about the plot of Titanic (you wont hear it from me--i love the film) but technically its a professional and masterful film. and its damned riveting entertainment. to erroneously suggest that two films from 1997 and 1999 are the worst films EVER made shows more about you and your viewing habits than of the films you slander. Watch more films...please. In the meantime consider yourself... not yet. CHOPPED

  • Just hit Netflix. Guess I'll go and find out if this is true. Oh, and who in their right mind would buy that freaking Season 2 zombie bust? Seriously, where the Christ are you going to keep that thing. If you're married that thing is going in the closet of the basement. Same thing if you're single and want to have a chance of ever getting laid.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    you'd be surprised how much ass this gets you..

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Picky Picky Me

    by Horrorfanatic

    "The best thing one could say about it is it does have a neat tapestry looking map of the area about Hoggswart." Hoggswart? Really, Hoggswart? This must be an all new mythical place that was not shown or mentioned in any of the books or movies. It's the only thing that can explain the healthy price tag. Now if it is a tapestry of HOGWARTS, it might just make a bit more sense to include in the set.

  • Luv ya to death, Harry. But sometimes your reviews are waaaay out there! Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

    HA! I'll have to take your word for it.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    fumbles proves when you dont have less on, you have more on.

    by Logan_1973

    If TITANIC isn't your type of movie, that's fine. But to call it the worst ever made, or even one of, is pure moronic considering its resume; box office, Oscars, critical acclaim, and mass appeal. Its place in history is secure.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Titanic 2-tape VHS is the way to's really 2 films

    by thelordofhell

    Titanic VHS1----The Chick Flick Pampered cute girl who is destined to marry a dull millionaire boards a sweepingly beautiful mansion ship and finds a broke ass cute guy and falls in love for the first time in her life......... Titanic VHS2----The Guy Flick Chick gets naked and then gets fucked in a car, then a special effects laden segment of huge ship sinking spectacularly while everyone fights for their lives..........

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I couldn't tell you, Dr. Gogol

    by D.Vader

    I 'm not sure what the D stands for, actually.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    As for Mad Love

    by D.Vader

    Man that was a great performance by Lorre!

  • It aims for "so bad it's good" but it's simply fucking unwatchable. Shame on you, Harry.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    USS Harvey

    by Ninja Nerd

    Wanted to comment on two movies, Harvey and Battleship, and to agree on the first and absolutely disagree on the 2nd. Harvey is one of the best movies of all time. For me, the conversation between Elwood and Dr. Chumley, where Elwood explains "...I tried smart; I prefer pleasant..." sums it up perfectly. As to Battleship, I think Harry is completely wrong. This is not a great movie, but it is certainly not shitty. In some ways, I liked it better than 'Independence Day'. Good popcorn movie? Yes, it is.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Somehow, this movie passed me by until today. I read your DVD reviews and it seemed intriguing, so I checked Netfilix and there it was. However, due to reading your review column, the whole fucking movie was totally fucking spoiled. I don't know how long it would have kept me guessing, it is pretty telegraphed, but perhaps it was telegraphed because I had you, Harry, tell me what the fuck was going on before I knew I was beign spoiled. Now, I've learned to ignore the grammar, even though you are quite possibly the worst writer in the history of literacy; and that's not an exaggeratio. I've also learned to ignore the fact that you seem overly enthusiastic about constantly pointing out that you are a medical marvel, and that your physical state of being is physically impossible. You see, Harry, someone who's had the stomach stapling surgery and who has also spent month after month after month after month in intensive rehab as you claim, well... most people in that situation would ave lost about five pounds by now. So after ignoring these things, and the way that you bend history in stating that movies that came out when you were three left lasting memories of going to the theater and changing your life, well... I would think that I could get through one fucking unintelligible paragraph without the only fucking intelligible thought to seep out being the ending spoiled. How's that for a Harry sentence?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    chopper, this is my personal P-Magnet:

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by Jacob Underhill I always make it a point to position myself in a spot that can be seen by all the ladies when I am reading this after a nice covered-dish sunday luncheon down at the methodist church. When they ask, I usually say something along the lines of 'oh,'s better in Klingon, but I am amused by this translation.' Then I re-enact Harry's Blade 2 review for them.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    dedrek and sergeantstedenko

    by Robert Evans

    that right there are some panty dropping products..

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by david starling

    I saw on BBC2 on a Sunday night, on Alex Cox's videodrome, in the mid-'80's - and yes, I can confirm that its a fucking fantastic movie, and you should see this as soon as you bloody can!! Harvey is brilliant, I first saw it around the mid-'80's as well. Quadrophenia is superb, and I'm sorry Harry, but judging it against The Yellow Submarine? The Yellow Submarine may have the visuals, but Quadrophenia has an infinite amount of substance (no pun intended!!). I must pick up Pirates, loved it when I saw it back at Easter!!

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    by James

    I have a sore butt.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    You wanna know what is really "so fucking lame as to be insulting"

    by django_il_bastardo

    Harry pretending his lame attempt at rehab has given him some kind of insight into the rehab soldiers like those portrayed by real vets in Battleship go through. You miserable fat fuck.

  • First time in a while that I've been able to watch two episodes of a TV show back-to-back and felt just as keen to see a third one.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I just realized something. "Harvey" could travel through time.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • In fact, all I own right now is the 1-6 DVD set, and that was gift. I haven't personally spent a dime on the dvd/blu-rays since Prisoner of Azkaban. I KNEW that, one day, this set would exist, so I didn't want to waste a single penny more on something I KNEW I would buy again. Well, hey look! I was right. Yes, I WILL be buying this ASAP (like, this afternoon).

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by saunderizer

    And Battlehip was a shitload of fun...check your brain at the door and see shit blow up real good

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Battleship is worse than Batman & Robin


  • Oct. 2, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    so i figure it's 11 somewhere...

    by mick vance

    i totally shat my pants this morning. then i paid an old man to clean them for me. he did a pretty good job and even pressed them for me. he charged me 5 bucks or said we could barter and i could bang his old, fat wife. long story short, i banged her rotten...

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    You know the bald chick from STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE?

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    um...yeah *ahem* direct your eyes to my handle

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Emily Blunt should have been catwoman.

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    Instead she is fucking around in an annoying pseudo-sophisticated relationship dramedy.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Epic 'chop' was well deserved

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Anyone who, in all honesty, thinks that a movie as well crafted as Titanic is actually one of the worst movies ever made should be constitutionally banned from having an opinion on cinema ever again. On a somewhat related note, I found it funny how, on a recent promo tour for the Titanic Blu-Ray, Cameron related the story of how AICN, in its heyday, had helped spread positive word on Titanic after all the negative pre-release media barrage - and remarked, as an aside, about how AICN had 'fallen to the margins in recent years'. See, Harry, even Cameron knows AICN sucks nowadays. But you're so far gone now that I doubt even King Jim's disapproval would motivate you to clean up this shop.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Hey, good catch dedrek

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    I'm going to going to sit her action figure at the table while I sing happy birthday to her Deltan of course

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I don't know turd

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    Jim takes looooong hiatuses during his projects and likewise Harry takes his own sweet time producing DVD columns. If anything their careers mirror each other.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Re: turd

    by BillEmic

    It's a shame because most movie websites would kill for this site's viewership and it really wouldn't take much effort from Harry to turn things around. All we want is coverage of movies that geeks actually care about (so much Twilight coverage and not even a peep about Resident Evil: Retribution, I guess cause Harry hates Paul W.S. Anderson) and reader reviews from people who have caught advanced know, like AICN used to do.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Harry, again a fraud

    by Chris Kirby

    Flaunting his new shit on Instagram. Currently watching a blu that comes out in three fucking weeks. How fucked up is that?

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Francis Buxton

    by Chris Kirby

    Equals Harry Knowles

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    A remake of "The Nanny"? No.

    by MovieManStill

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Saunderizer69: MEGAFORCE on blu-ray? Your command is my wish!

    by Monroville

    It comes out in Japan in 9 DAYS:

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    hidden links + atari

    by mrgray

    First of all, it's kind of hilarious that Harry talks about Mother's Day being a remake when Mother's Day itself was just remade last year.... STARRING REBECCA "HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE" DE MORNAY!!! I mean... did Harry not catch that? The movie that got people to believe De Mornay as an evil woman is released on Blu the same week as the movie she recently remade in hopes of rebooting her career... as an evil woman. That's a funny coincidence, isn't it? ... No? Well, go to hell. Also worth mentioning is the fact that for me growing up in the 80s, Megaforce meant one thing: a confusing but kind of awesome* Atari game. You could ride around the desert on the motorcycle killing vaguely missile-shaped bad guys or you could move to the sky and fly around killing vaguely UFO-shaped bad guys. *Kind of awesome in Atari terms means you move multidirectionally and can change forms of transportation.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Dedrek & Baldalienprobeinhighheels

    by Mike J

    October 2nd WOULD have been Persis Khambatta's birthday were it not for the fact she sadly passed away a few years ago.

  • And some of you like it? I'm shattered.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 2:39 a.m. CST

    MEGAFORCE Finally!!!!

    by piltorp75

    Saw this one with my dad in the 80´s Been looking for it ever since...but could never remember the titel! Thanks Harry!!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    thing I don't like about Titanic

    by James

    they keep on shouting each other's names all the time. *Come on, Jack!* *OK, Rose!* *Jump in the water, Jack!* *It's cold, Rose!* *Rose, Jack, Jack, Rose!* It's a good movie, I'm not like a naysayer, but look next time you watch it, it's annoying, but it's kinda funny.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

    I had no idea such a thing existed. Sounds like a great SNL skit. Now, I want to see a Klingon production of Hamlet, dammit!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    mrgray, I totally forgot about that Megaforce Atari game

    by SergeantStedenko


  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Five year Harry

    by SuperXY

    One of my favorite things about this site is how any time there is a movie or show about average human interactions Harry has to jump in and let us know how it makes no since since he did it differently and his way is they only possible way it could ever happen. Seriously. Check the archives. He does it every time someone doesn't jump in and marry a chick in four days. Talk about living in a bubble.

  • Every nerds fantasy girl.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Harry, seriously....go see Dredd 3D and post a review

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Movie is ridiculously awesome, and a travesty it's not doing well at the box office.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Harry has seen DREDD 3D multiple times already.

    by Robert Evans

    why else do you think he hasnt the time to write a DVD column or a review?

  • Note to Harry: I DO indeed believe that this site has business and housekeeping issues that have to be attended to, but your excuses that the upkeep of the site keeps you from posting anything *cool* (as is *Ain't it?*) become either hypocritical or paradoxical. If the site requires THAT much back-of-the-house attention (that you seem to insist upon doing), then you need not be promising to post: Your writers are good, and many of them would make a fine showing of you DVD column (I'm thinking The Kidd: I love that he is unforgiving of bad movies and that he can still enjoy so-bad-its-good stuff). If the business side is that engrossing, then by all means attend to it and stop posting 6-week old 'new releases' columns. No one is that hungry for your prose or insight; they want your thought on NEW releases. You could then post at your occasional and non-time-specified *Harry Comments on...* post. Or how about this: instead of hiring more writers, hire a temp (or even full-time) office worker. Then you could post more than your usual 2-4 articles per month. Furthermore, you could spend a little time editing them, and faithful readers (like myself) could at least engage in healthy debates or hearty agreements with your points, instead of laughing our arses off over inarguably funny things like *Hoggswart* and your choices to spell panic as panick and naive as naïve (seriously...of all the goddamn places to concede to spellcheck.)

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by Mike J

    I agree with all you've said. Thing is though, despite what Knolwes likes people to believe, he doesn't run the business side of the site all by himself. As I posted in another TB recently, Aint It Call Inc has two other directors. Whilst I don't doubt that there are problems at the coalface, these have probably been exaggerated by Knowles to provide an excuse for the delayed DVD column. Agter all, doesn't it seem strange that whenever people moan about a delay, there always seems some major catastrophy affecting the site or Harry or both. The site is insolvent! We've been hacked! I've contracted Mad Cow Disease! Monkeys stole my pants! The Harry Knowles Excuse-o-Matic has been working ivertime of late. As I've said before, he has just spread him out too thinly on other projects, projects which he wants to give priority to over the website. Loads of people, myself included, suggested that the DVD column be delegated but Knowles responded that he won't let it go because he loves to do it, a response which says it all. Self gratification is more important to him than the best interests of the site. One of the reasons Knolwes sited for the delay of the column this time around is because he is flat out organising this years BNAT. Seriously, he actually considers that organising his glorified birthday party - which he is obviously not obliged to do - is an acceptable reason for his failure to post the DVD column on time. And when I suggested that perhaps he could just not hold a BNAT this year so he had more time to resolve the site's problems, he responded with total silence. Knowles won't delegate the DVD column to anyone else, ever. He is simply too selfish to do that. Its pathetic.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Somebody else might use a different referral code.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Can't have that. Without all that sweet, sweet Amazon store credit, Harry would starve. Did you know they sell entire cases of Snickers bars on their site? Harry does and Harry NEEDS DEM BARS.

  • File it right next to METALSTORM: The Destruction of Jared Syn

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Saw Headhunters last night and Harry is 100% correct.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Better see the original before Hollywood fucks it up with Tom Cruise in the lead. What's frightening is that I could easily see Cruise in the American remake, with all the shit (figurative and literal) the character goes through. The lead, Askel Hennie, actually resembles, to me, a cross between Steve Buscemi and an early '70s Christopher Walken (see The Anderson Tapes). Anywho, its a beaut.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko is absolutely right.

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie is the worst movie ever made. Unless it got significantly better after 15 minutes, as hard as I tried I just couldn't watch anymore. Youtubes of colonoscopies are more entertaining. Carry on.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Walking Dead Homework?

    by lagomorph

    I feel like the way Harry reviewed Season 2 of TWD is total BS. I shouldn't have to watch, or for that matter BUY, a mediocre season in order to get some promised pay off in Season 3. Either Season 2 was good TV or it wasn't. I don't care how much they try to spin the mistakes of Season 2 into successes in Season 3. It won't change the quality.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Thing about Titanic I didn't like

    by Chris

    Was that Cameron took one of the most dramatic real life events and decided : I need more. I know, let's have a gun chase while the ship is sinking. You can't tell me that weren't enough survivors' stories to fill that extra time. Up until that point, I was good. Still can't listen to Celine Dion's song because it was played incessantly when the movie came out.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by shawn_h


  • I freaking hate it when they change music for those types of movies. Like fast times and other great classics, its those pop songs that give those films more relevance as a bookmark on those "good old days" (if you where alive then). Same thing with slapshot, I had the vhs version in the early 90s and most of the soundtrack was replaced by generic 70s music...and there was only 3 songs that I remember played through out most of the film: 1.The Maxine Nightingale tune "Right Back Where We Started From" 2.Sonny James country tune entitled "A Little Bit South of Saskatoon" 3.Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word". Its just not the same when cheap out on shit like that, I dont think I watched the vhs version I had more then twice because of the missing music.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by reni

    Way ahead of it's time. Kietel, Romy, Harry D & Max are outstanding plus Bill Nighy & Robby Coltrane in early roles. Really good film.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I scratch my head at the films Harry "Likes".

    by BigTuna

    Mother's Day is terrible. And yes, I know it's a zero-budget exploitation flick, but it's fucking BORING. At least be entertaining trash. This is not.

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    If the site is in financial trouble, how come....

    by Mike J

    .... that it can still afford to pay for the animated Harry Ego Trips? I mean, if the people like The Kidd actually get paid for the rubbish they put out (I hesitate to say they write it- knock together would be a closer description) then presumably whoever does these litle animations gets paid too? A very easy overhead to do away with if the site needs to cut corners. But then of course Knowles wouldnt be able to indulge his ego if he did away with them. And as we all know by now (well those of us capable of rational thought rather than sucking up toZ list celebrity Harry Knowles - and there are sadly quite a few of thise idiots still around) this site is far more about indulging Knowles' vast ego than anything else these days.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    over/under 2.5 weeks tomorrow

    by Chris Kirby

    also, how many promises do we get? is he still writing? did he die and get resurrected this week? are the keys beginning to stick on his ergonomically correct keyboard? I'm taking bets.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    There doesn't seem to be...

    by DrGogol

    ...a DVD column this morning. Huh.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I'll Start . . .

    by jawaburger

    Prometheus and E.T. came out today; discuss.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I'll discuss E.T.

    by Chris Kirby

    I was on the set with my dad when I was younger. *giggle*. It represents what film was all about in the 80's. Spielberg and aliens and fun. *giggle*

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    You need to be a little more long winded.

    by jawaburger

    Tell me a little more about your feelings while you were on your set visit.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Ok, I'll try reviewing Prometheus as Harry

    by SergeantStedenko

    Well, this one turned out only the second most disappointing movie this passed summer. The first I won't name comes out next month. The biggest problem with this movie was the script and I really wish that Ridley had gone with the fake script I was sent instead of the piece of deep-fried dogshit by Damon Lindelof. The second worst part of this is the complete lack of Aliens, unless you count that Travelocity gnome-headed thing that burst out of the octopuss at the end, which I don't. I mean, it was actually bigger than the creature it came out of. How is that possible? Not even some good work as an android by Brian Cox could save this turd from sinking.

  • Given that Knowles doesn't even seem to watch some of the blu rays he reviews this column really should NOT be hard to write, even for a simpleton like Knowles. Last month Knowles Excuse-o-Matic reverted to the oft-used undisclosed top secret but absolutely earth shatteringly bad problems threatening the site, although clearly fearing that people had sussed him out now, Knowles expanded a bit by citing supposed financial woes and that he was working flat out to resolve those. In between planning his ego teip birthday party, BNAT that is. A few - like Choppah- have pointed out that the DVD column DOES itself generate revenue so efforts should be focused on that. Several others, me included, suggested delegating the column, which Knolwes responded to by swying he couldn't possibly relinquish it because he loved doing it so much (as evidenced by how unfrequently he writes it and how sloppy the writing is when he does get his lazy arse in gear). And I suggested he could simply put BNAT on hold this year while he worked on the site's problems. That one was met with stony silence. And despite all the delays and all the other lame reasons Knowles continues to cite from his Excuse-o-Matic, I'm willing to bet BNAT will go ahead and on time. I recently accused Knowles of being lazy and he reacted by telling me he wasnt, offering proof that he had been busy at Fantasticfest and organising BNAT. So I will withdraw the lazy allegation and instead say that Knowles is just an idiot instead, letting the site he supposidly loves go down the drain while he is playing with his toys.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Harry's free schwag

    by Chris Kirby

    Is it coming directly from Amazon? If so, should he be reported for being a lazy ass that reaps free rewards for doing jack shit? I think this needs to be investigated.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Harry discovered that a person cannot eat DVDs and blurays.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    His interest waned.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Come out of hiding Harry

    by Chris Kirby

    Offer us an excuse for fun

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Man, what I wouldn't do

    by DrGogol

    to have the ready-made audience this site affords. I would have a column out every week on time.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Here's how to make AICN seem up to date with current DVD reviews..

    by paul burnett

    Simply go on holiday for 14 days to a place that has no wifi access. On your return log into AICN, and voila,the latest movie news and reviews at your finger tips. ;)

  • Oct. 11, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, very much off topic and couldn't find your e-mail but...

    by InfiniteGeist

    I know you and Jim Cameron are sometimes in frequent communication with each other. Not sure when or if you'll get time in the near future, but when you get the chance to chat with him again; could you ask him something for me? I know he's in super Avatar mode right now(can't blame him.) but I just want to know if he sees himself actually getting to do Battle Angel, sometime after Avatar. Love your pics for week, btw, and couldn't agree more. That Najimy witch was painful to see, on any screen. Monster Squad FTW!

  • Oct. 14, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by bender

    Er, did you mean Hogwarts?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Taylor Kitsch isn't WASTED IN BATTLESHIP.

    by knowthyself

    He is waste.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    DVD reviews are no absurdly late BUT.....

    by Mike J

    .... at least Harry's ego-indulging birthday party Lazy Twat A Thon is bang on schedule. Way to go with caring about your website Harry.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    @autodidact- Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared Syn

    by Knuckleface fun to watch in 3D. If ever it gets shown in a 3D revival in your town, make sure to catch it. It's surprising how much less shitty that movie looks in the third dimension. I feel ya on Megaforce though. That movie was massively disappointing for my 10 year old self. To be honest, I don't remember it ever coming out in the cinema, but I had the Atari 2600 game which was similar to Guardian, except you can drive your motorcycle on the ground or you could fly around. This led me to believe that the film was full of awesome flying motorcycle battles. When I finally caught up with it on Cinemax, it was such a buzz kill. Honestly, somebody should remake Megaforce the way we kids actually wanted it to be.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST


    by DrGogol

    Is in December. You can't already be using that as an excuse. Why is it that people interested in the same kinds of films that I am have to be such lazy douches? And consistently so? I guess I better go take a long look in the mirror. Because it can't be EVERYone else. Must be me.

  • Oct. 27, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Hell On Wheels

    by squarebird

    When will that be out?! That series combines Breaking Bad and Walking Dead as far as intense and unexpected story-telling.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    these DVD companies need to step it up

    by TheBaxter

    it's so lazy of them to keep releasing the same DVDs every week, for what? almost 2 months now? i'll admit, the first few weeks they tricked me into buying Battleship all over again, but i'm onto them now. i refuse to buy any new DVDs until the DVD companies release new ones. that said, i commend Harry on his dedication to reviewing the same collection of dvd releases week after week after week. even if the reviews ARE just a cut-and-paste job from the previous week, that's still got to be a lot of work for a guy who is as busy as Harry. he doesn't HAVE to review the same DVDs he's reviewed for the past 9 weeks. he does it because he loves us and doesn't want us to miss out on any movies that have been released 9 weeks in a row. i, for one, am impressed with Harry's dedication to keeping this column up-to-date throughout this whole period of disheartening week-to-week re-releases of the exact same movies over and over again. keep up the good work!

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Anyone watch Safety Not Guaranteed?

    by jawaburger

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Just trying to get the ball rolling again!

    by jawaburger

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Did Harry Actually Take Down This Column!?

    by 120chester

    This was my favorite part of the AICN site. I really looked forward to it. I can understand if Harry was busy with other projects and would fall behind, but at least he would let us know. A few weeks ago, Harry pledged his support of the DVD/Blu column. He promised to keep it current! However, one week later we have found that to be a lie (even if it was well intentioned). And now he takes down his last column because of the complaints and talkbacks? YOU EARNED THOSE! Remember, Harry, you gave us your word. You are the one failing us. I have to admit that AICN has become a second tier site for me. I visit it less and less. The reporting is rarely, if ever, original; the reviews are not very insightful; and now a popular column has simply disappeared. Can someone tell me why I SHOULD continue to stay with AICN?

  • Nov. 8, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Same ol, same ol

    by Zack

    It appears it is time to move on from this site. As I said and many of you have this point I only came for this column. The rest just doesn't do it for me. So long Aintitcool....It was good while it lasted.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    taking bets on DVD column tomorrow

    by Robert Evans

    Any takers?