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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - Oct 16th's column - PETE'S DRAGON Blu, Sinatra, Wes Anderson, Looney Tunes, Terror Train, Excision & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… Reading my talkbacks recently I saw a good idea, let’s stay current – and I’ll work on the catch-up columns in the meanwhile. Sounds good to me, so that’s the policy from here on out. Don’t worry – all Catchup columns will be done before the release of the upcoming DVD/Blu App we have coming up shortly. We hope. Some paperwork to get done, that’ll be for iPhones & iPad devices, but work is already underway on the Android app as well. We’ve been Beta testing it for a couple months now and people seem to really love it. It really is great to have every title searchable and instantly accessible that feels oddly magic given how long I’ve been doing this column. Anyway – as usual the images and links take you to AMAZON where if you purchase the title through the link, a small portion of the price goes to support our continued best efforts on this column. I’ve seen folks bring up why, if the site is having financial problems, the DVD column hasn’t been up to date. Well the truth is, wow the income from the column isn’t small, it has never been in nearly the league of what we needed to fix some serious issues. I love writing this thing. I want that clear. You don’t write something voluntarily for 7 or 8 years of your life if you don’t. AICN is still in a shaky space, but much better than we were just a few short weeks ago. I’ve had to place the business of AICN, the ability to pay server fees and the wages of the contributors of the site ahead of what I would love to be doing, which would be watching these DVDs and getting write ups out to you. I had to keep the lights on. As a result, I won’t be building Yoko & mine’s house next year as my savings have been depleted just to keep the lights on for AICN. I gave that up so y’all could have a place to talk about film. That’s the truth. And yes, it’s been immensely stressful. And a leap of faith that I personally have that AICN after this particularly miserable behind the scenes section will not only be in a better place, but highly energized. Particularly with me. Tomorrow I shoot the last episode of the first & possibly only season of AIN’T IT COOL with Harry Knowles. It’s been a blast and I hope to continue it next year, if not before. Now – here’s tomorrow’s DVD Column… gosh that’s neat to say again…

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012





SUDDENLY Blu Ray

I have loved this film for decades now. It isn’t loved on nearly as much as I would like. Frank Sinatra plays a hired assassin whose target is the President of the United States, who is scheduled to make a campaign stop in a small little town… and Sinatra is a thug that’s getting off on the idea of killing the president. Co-starring Sterling Hayden (Think DR. STRANGELOVE – Precious Bodily Fluids) as the Sheriff and father to the family in the home that Sinatra has chosen to take his shot from. The film is taut and well played. It was yanked from Distribution and went unseen for a very long time after JFK’s assassination. Now this is the cheap Blu Ray without a lot of extras. Coming later in December is a release of this that’s been restored from the negative and is going to have some commentaries. That version will just be $5 more than this one, but will totally be worth it!




PETE’S DRAGON 35th Anniversary Blu Ray

Somewhere Quint just jizzed, cuz he’s got a humungous love for PETE’S DRAGON. So do I. I loved Mickey Rooney in it – and there was something about Elliot, that I could never resist. He’s just so damn lovable. Also, I’ve had a life long love of Live-Action Animated mixture flicks – which sort of blew everyone away with WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, but PETE’S DRAGON is just a sweet tale that I’ve always considered more closely related to films like HOT LEAD & COLD FEET and THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG, than I did with films like MARY POPPINS or BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS. It just seemed more a part of those worlds. The 35th Anniversary recycles the DVD extras, puts a couple of deleted storyboard sequences including an excised song. Personally I wanted more out of this Blu Ray, but hey… it looks gorgeous!




AVATAR (3D Blu Ray + Blu-Ray/DVD combo)

Got the big Home 3D set up? I’m one more projection bulb from upgrading my projector to 3D – and then I’ll be able to appreciate all these 3D Blu Rays I’ve gotten. My friends with the set up swear it’s far superior to the theatrical 3D, personally I still can’t imagine that. But if it is true, then this title is a must. Second only to HUGO for 3D wow. Amazon has it for just $25.




MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED with Marty’s Rainbow Wig Blu-Ray

If you have a huge skull like me, then Marty’s Rainbow Wig won’t fit you. Truth be told… I think the wig is meant for little children skulls. I was quite frustrated by this, because once I saw the Rainbow Wig, I got this goofy look on my face, ripped into it then spent a good 3-4 minutes trying to squeeze it onto my head. No luck. I know, severe bummer. As for the film, if you’ve been a fan of the MADAGASCAR series, this is essentially more of the same, just more so. Of all the films, this is the heaviest upon action, favorite bits take place in the Circus sequence. The BluRay is filled with stuff. Deleted Scenes, Circus Acts, a Get Them To the Train game, Commentary and a look at how they’ve made the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON live stadium & arena shows – which I find very cool and hope it comes to Austin.




MOONRISE KINGDOM Blu Ray

Wes Anderson’s story of young rebellious love set on a strange island, filled with Boy Scout-like activities, but of all of Wes Anderson’s films – this one felt oddly, the closest to something from my childhood, when Boy Scouts were huge – and secret pre-Junior High rendezvous with a secret girlfriend, but then I had a friend that came along – and there was his girl at the other end too. Anderson’s worlds are so tightly created that I find myself wanting to leap into the screen and be a part of that world. I love Ed Norton’s scout leader and Bruce Willis’ local sheriff, but Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young lovers… and the scouts… they’re the gold of the film. In particular I love that Redford looking kid!




LOONEY TUNES PLATINUM COLLECTION: VOLUME TWO – Blu Ray

If you love classic theatrical cartoons from Warner Brothers and MGM – then this second set will just blow your skirt every which way. Continuing where the last set left off we’ve got some real great cartoons – and as an exclusive to the Blu Ray set, the third disc features 11 classic MGM Tex Avery cartoons, which is just a sublime happy pleasure. The extras are legion and if you welcome madness in your life as wantonly as I do, you can not do better than this. Hell, we even have a beautiful restoration of PORKY IN WACKYLAND… amongst my favorite things ever. I’m also ecstatic about getting YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES – a classic B&W toon that has live action / animation hijinks that I just adore. Jump in animation lovers! It’s great!

DISC 1

A WILD HARE (1940) - Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd (the first cartoon to have Bugs' personality associated with the rabbit).
BUCKAROO BUGS (1944) - Bugs Bunny
LONG-HAIRED HARE (1949) - Bugs Bunny
ALI BABA BUNNY (1957) - Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck
SHOW BIZ BUGS (1957) - Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck
THE WISE QUACKING DUCK (1943) - Daffy Duck
WHAT MAKES DAFFY DUCK? (1948) - Daffy Duck
BOOK REVUE (1946) - Daffy Duck
DEDUCE, YOU SAY (1956) - Daffy Duck as Dorlock Homes & Porky Pig as Watkins
PORKY IN WACKYLAND (1938) (B&W) - Porky Pig
YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (1940) (B&W) - Daffy Duck & Porky Pig
PORKY IN EGYPT (1938) (B&W) - Porky Pig
BACK ALLEY OPROAR (1948) - Sylvester
LITTLE RED RODENT HOOD (1952) - Sylvester
CANNED FEUD (1951) - Sylvester
GIFT WRAPPED (1952) - Tweety & Sylvester
BIRDY AND THE BEAST (1944) - Tweety & Sylvester
HOME, TWEET HOME (1950) - Tweety & Sylvester
GOING! GOING! GOSH! (1952) - Roadrunner & Coyote
ZIPPING ALONG (1953) - Roadrunner & Coyote
SCENT-IMENTAL ROMEO (1951) - Pepe Le Pew
THE FOGHORN LEGHORN (1948) - Foghorn Leghorn
THE HIGH AND THE FLIGHTY (1956) - Foghorn Leghorn & Daffy Duck
TABASCO ROAD (1957) - Speedy Gonzalas
MEXICALI SHMOES (1959) - Speedy Gonzalas

The Blu-ray disc #1 has bonus featurettes, commentaries by animation experts and alternative audio tracks.

DISC 2 (This disc presents collections of 'mini-series' as well as a special favorite selected by cartoon fans in an online poll)

WABBIT TWOUBLE (1941) - Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd (voted on-line as a fan favorite)
RABBIT FIRE (1951) - Bugs & Daffy in the first of the "pronoun trouble" trilogy.
RABBIT SEASONING (1952) - Bugs & Daffy in the second of the "pronoun trouble" trilogy.
DUCK! RABBIT, DUCK! (1953) Bugs & Daffy in the third of the "pronoun trouble" trilogy.
DRIP-ALONG DAFFY (1951) - Daffy Duck & Porky Pig western parody.
MY LITTLE DUCKAROO (1954) - Daffy Duck & Porky Pig western parody.
BARBARY-COAST BUNNY (1956) - Bugs Bunny & Nasty Canasta
TORTOISE BEATS HARE (1941) - Bugs Bunny & Cecil Turtle, first in hare & turtle trilogy
TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE (1943) - Bugs Bunny & Cecil Turtle, second in hare & turtle trilogy
RABBIT TRANSIT (1947) - Bugs Bunny & Cecil Turtle, third in hare & turtle trilogy
PORKY'S HARE HUNT (1938) (B&W) - Porky Pig and a white rabbit (forerunner to Bugs Bunny).
HARE-UM SCARE-UM (1939) - A hunter & rabbit, forerunners to Elmer Fudd & Bugs Bunny.
PREST-O CHANGE-O (1939) - two dogs are heckled by a magic white rabbit (forerunner to Bugs Bunny).
ELMER'S CANDID CAMERA (1940) - Elmer Fudd hunts a gray rabbit that is not quite yet Bugs Bunny.
BUGS BUNNY GETS THE BOID (1942) - Bugs Bunny & Beaky Buzzard
THE BASHFUL BUZZARD (1945) - Beaky Buzzard
THE LION'S BUSY (1950) - Beaky Buzzard
STRIFE WITH FATHER (1950) - Beaky Buzzard
AN ITCH IN TIME (1943) - Elmer Fudd
A HORSEFLY FLEAS (1948) - the flea from An Itch In Time
HOLLYWOOD STEPS OUT (1941) - Hollywood characters
PAGE MISS GLORY (1936) - an art deco one-shot cartoon.
ROCKET-BYE BABY (1956) - a sci-fi one-shot.
RUSSIAN RHAPSODY (1944) - wartime themed musical.
DOUGH RAY ME-OW (1948) - Louie the Parrot & Heathcliff the housecat

The Blu-ray disc #2 has bonus featurettes, commentaries by animation experts and alternative audio tracks.

DISC 3 (Included in Blu-ray Only)

King-Size Comedy: Tex Avery and the Looney Tunes Revolution
Tex Avery, the King of Cartoons
Friz on Film
ToonHeads: The Lost Cartoons
Real American Zero: The Adventures of Private Snafu
The World of Leon Schlesinger
Friz at MGM
The Best of the Rest of Tex (MGM Tex Avery Cartoons!)
1) Blitz Wolf (1942)
2) Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)
3) Screwball Squirrel (1944)
4) Swing Shift Cinderella (1945)
5) King-Size Canary (1947)
6) Bad Luck Blackie (1949)
7) Señor Droopy (1949)
8) Wags to Riches (1949)
9) Symphony in Slang (1951)
10) Magical Maestro (1952)
11) Rock-a-Bye Bear (1952)
Private Snafu
Mr. Hook




CHERNOBYL DIARIES Blu Ray

People seem not to like this, but for me… Well… I love movies about stupid fuckers that do everything that I would absolutely would never do. I mean, raise your hand if you’d like to take a guided tour from an “Extreme Vacation” ex-Soviet Military guide that’s taking you to Pripyat, the little town outside of the Chernobyl Nuclear facility that of course went all China Syndromey on the Ruskies? Ok – ME EITHER! No fucking way I want to get within 300 miles of that place. I haven’t read much about this film – but just knowing the basic premise I predicted MUTANT PEOPLE, MUTANT ANIMALS and yeah… you get both in spades. Really, the joy to be found in movies like this is… ONCE the characters make the decision to go here instead of Moscow. If you can just give them that. If you get in the van. If you go. And then the shit hits the fan, how would you have reacted differently if you had gotten yourself into this situation. You’ll scream at characters. But really, it’s a completely fucked situation. I mean, pretty much one of the worst vacations you could ever take. If you like movies like OPEN WATER – then you might find some fun, WHAT THE FUCK out of this movie. Me, CHERNOBYL is one of those places like 3 MILE ISLAND that I never ever want to see. When I was in Romania and drove by rows of cooling towers for their Nuclear plants, the hairs on my neck stood up and I know that means I’m irradiated. I do not like radiation horrors – because they’re just horrible. Seriously, worst vacation ever.




TERROR TRAIN Blu Ray

Roger Spottiswoode directed this way back, with a young and very hotly in demand after HALLOWEEN, Jamie Lee Curtis – and she’s great in TERROR TRAIN – a film that is much better than it feels like it really needed to be. And as a slasher flick – it is absolutely elevated by the inclusion of Jamie Lee Curtis, who just makes me want to protect her as a viewer. Plus Ben Johnson is having fun in this. Then there’s just the absolutely bizarre performance from David Copperfield as KEN THE MAGICIAN. Once I’m out of this chair, I’m all about hosting a Terror Train train escapade. The Blu Ray is pretty solid. And yeah, I totally recommend the film. Fun stuff.




A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Blu Ray

Penny Marshall’s A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. The giveaway for tickets was at Half Price Books on Guadalupe here in Austin. That location closed years ago. It was in that time period when Geena Davis as a huge film draw. Tom Hanks was stomping about making hits repeatedly. Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna were very on in the film. Hell, I just kinda love this flick. One I love those vintage uniforms. And who could ever forget that beautiful whine of Tom Hanks as he milks the line, “There’s no crying in baseballlllll!” – Love it. You get a cast & director commentary, then a lot of standard def DVD content stuffed on the Blu. Fun to revisit!




THE FUNHOUSE Blu Ray

THE FUNHOUSE is a film that I love for all sorts of moments, the set design, the concept… but I don’t quite love the movie. The production design is killer. Love all the rides, the look of the film is beautiful on Blu, but once the film goes into the deliberate Horror aspects, it loses a bit of ground for me. That said, the makeup, lighting, sets and the look of the film makes it a great one to watch as you ready up for Halloween. And if you don’t watch it, it can get you caught up in some of the scares. Commentary with Tobe Hooper hosted by Tim Sullivan. And a pair of interviews. Overall, really great job on the Blu Ray!




EXCISION Blu Ray

Quint fell for this film at Sundance, but when I picked up the Blu Ray for Movie Night last Sunday with Diana & Yoko… I totally spaced that out. Instead I got caught up in the cover art, read the quotes like all of you would… and thought, “looks interesting.” We put it in, and it kicked our asses. Do you like the following horror films: MAY, MARTYRS & IN MY SKIN? If so, then you may flip for this. Another film in the genre of… “I really don’t want children” horror. Ya know, like WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. Here you have a young girl lost. She reaches out for help, but the people around her just don’t have the faculties to deal with the issues she’s going through. Parents ill prepared to deal with a young girl that seems to be going through some rather macabre obsessions. Her gore fantasies and obsession with surgery – well… the parents don’t see her fantasies like we do, but if they did… yeah, she would have received the help she was crying out for. This film takes you to the horrific ends that very few horror films dare go. Absolutely beautiful gore, shot hypnotically. Love Traci Lords’ turn as the “at wit’s ends” mother. If you’re a gore loving chick, you’re gonna lap this up! So good!




GONE IN 60 SECONDS Blu Ray

This is the original 1974 movie that absolutely did not star Nick Cage. But it did have a 40 minute chase sequence that is pure seventies car chase smiles and knee slaps. There’s just something about watching this film that as you see the movie continuing you just know that everyone nearly died constantly. There was no CG, this is real metal on metal, no fiberglass cars, gearhead happy times. I miss this. Less so now that I have the Blu! The movie absolutely looks nothing like the cover. Check out the trailer on YouTube and if you dig that… the movie delivers.




LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN Blu Ray

Want to see a brilliant film? A movie that profoundly gets in your head? We’re talking full on masterpiece level filmmaking by Max Ophuls, the man that influenced directors like Stanley Kubrick & Paul Thomas Anderson. Ophuls was one of the brilliant German directors that fled Nazi Germany all the way back in 1933. This was his second American film, and his most perfect American film. It’s great. If you love this, by all means seek out THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE – it will just stun you. Staggeringly brilliant. But we’re talking about LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN. This is one of the greatest purely romantic films ever made. Both Louis Jourdan and Joan Fontaine have never been better. OLIVE FILMS, I heart you so much for this release! It will prove you have a heart.




STERILE CUCKOO Blu Ray

Alan J Pakula is a badass. Watch this blu of STERILE CUCKOO and see just how great he was! This is Pakula out of the gates and knocking the ball out of the park. Liza Minnelli is such a wonderful quirky & beautiful coed. The sort of girl that if you ever knew back in college, this film suddenly becomes overwhelming for ya. This is a brutal open wound of a love story. Realistic and unblinking. If you love this – also seek out DAVID & LISA. Liza was nominated for Best Actress for her work here and you can easily see why. I miss this Liza, love being able to visit her on Blu!




FEMALE VAMPIRE Blu Ray

The opening credits feature busty Lina Romay in a black cape, naked, in a very moody woods – and yes, any doubt you had about whether or not this was a Jess Franco film – cascade to the side. Franco shoots Romay beautifully as this erotic undead succubus… well, this is how Romay debuted. It’s glorious. There’s a simple beauty and fetishry at play in these films that show how impatient we’ve become as an audience. The simple beauty of Lina Romay in the various atmospheric and erotic situations… I’m convinced modern audiences would have no clue how to react if a film like this were unleashed upon them. This is the domain of film lovers. Folks like you and me that love seeing film when it wasn’t so damn anxious and desperate to capture your attention with convoluted subplots and a zillion things going on in the screen. I love modern films, but it would be so nice to just slow shit down a bit and allow the audience to react honestly. Beautiful Blu Ray, and it counts on a movie like this.




TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!

Remember when Molly Ringwald was aching to get kissed, to go all the way, because she was going boy crazy? Remember when girls in movies wanted to get laid as badly as the guys did – they just had no idea how to communicate it to anyone? Paralyzed by inexperience. Well this Norwegian flick TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! Is a tonic for that sort of thing. Here’s a girl that because she is as sexually obsessed as most boys her age, she’s labeled and she suffers. This is a small town story in Norway, but it could be any small town girl really. The film is a very sweet and honest look at a teen girl’s life and not in an exploitive manner. This isn’t about putting Helene Bergsholm on display, she’s so great in this though. You’ll love her. Really great teen flick! That they can’t see cuz it’s Unrated. Bollocks.




THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD Criterion Blu Ray

Remember MARIA FULL OF GRACE from back in 2004? Well this is director Joshua Marston’s follow-up film THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD which came out last year. The film is set in Albania and is a fictional tale of the very real unfortunate reality of Albania, where families inherit the wrath of those, who were sinned by the Father’s actions. Blood feuds. The film is just amazing. Everyone is great in this. Let’s hope Marston continues making films as great as this and Maria. Criterion has done a great job getting this release out, and give us these special features:

New high-definition digital transfer, approved by producer Paul Mezey, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary featuring director and cowriter Joshua Marston

Two new video programs: Acting Close to Home, a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi Laçej, and Truth on the Ground, featuring new and on-set interviews with Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and Laçej

Audition and rehearsal footage

Trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde




SLENDER THREAD Blu Ray

We got Alan J Pakula’s debut film this week and now we have Sydney Pollack’s film debut! And yeah, it’s outstanding too. Starring Sidney Poitier, Telly Savalas, Anne Bancroft, Ed Asner and Dabney Coleman. Sidney Poitier plays a college kid working the Volunteer Suicide Line when Anne Bancroft calls having taken an overdose of meds. The film is Poitier trying to keep her on the line talking as they trace the call to get her the help she needs. The score by Quincy Jones is fucking on fire. So great. We see pieces of her life as she tells them to Poitier and this film is a masterful work of suspense. Will she live? GREAT FILM! Both Poitier and Bancroft are at peak powers. So great.




THREE SECRETS Blu Ray

Haven’t seen this one yet, but I’m jazzed to. It’s a Robert Wise film I haven’t seen. You know, the editor of CITIZEN KANE… Director of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE HAUNTING, SOUND OF MUSIC, STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE, BORN TO KILL, RUN SILENT RUN DEEP, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW… oh yeah, and WEST SIDE STORY. This is in Wise’s period when he was making Noir style flicks mainly. The year before DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. In fact, he has the brilliant Patricia Neal starring with Eleanor Parker and Ruth Roman. You remember her from Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN or with Jimmy Stewart in THE FAR COUNTRY. Anyway, she’s great too. You see there’s a boy that’s 5 years old that is the sole survivor of a plane crash – and the story goes everywhere. It’s noted that the crash was upon the boy’s birthday and that he was adopted – and suddenly 3 women across the country that gave up a child for adoption begin to wonder if the baby is their baby. Wise was a helluva filmmaker. Can’t wait to see these three powerhouses doing their thing in this flick!

That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll be back with that Tuesday’s releases. I’m going to try and get the other missing weeks caught up, but I’ll keep it at least current while I attempt the catch up. SO – next week we’ll be looking at: MAGIC MIKE, SECRET OF THE WINGS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER, STAR WARS: CLONE WARS Season 4, BLADE RUNNER 30th Anniversary Blu, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, UNIVERSAL Monsters Coffin Box Blu, Kubrick’s FEAR AND DESIRE Blu, THE INVISIBLE WAR, BAT MASTERSON TV series, OCTAMAN!!!!, SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY Criterion Blu, 247°F, ATHENA GODDESS OF WAR, THE AMBASSADOR Blu, The Universal Monster Blu – separate Blus, THE FUGITIVE Complete series, WOMEN ORDERED TO LOVE, THE PENALTY Blu and more…

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  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    fuck the haters

    by Ken Follet Brown

    love ya harry

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Best of luck with everything, Harry

    by Bobo_Vision

    This place has been a fun hangout/pass-time/diversion. If the people complaining about the lack of DVD columns ever gets you down, just remember the movie Rainman and that change and a lack of a regular schedule makes Rainman scream and bang his head.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    THIRD...well I'm stoked!!!

    by foles

    People all too easily over look the fact that Ain't It Cool is LITERALLY Harry's domain that we're invited to drop in on and contribute to in whatever way we choose. What ever you think of Harry and what ever your 'idea' of contributing is when it comes to film discourse, I for one cherish the conduit that is AICN. So more often than not it's a polemic but I don't care and neither should anyone else. Keep them reviews coming Harry.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    " the wages of the contributors"

    by D.Vader

    You know, a lot of your new contributors aren't really that well respected by much of the talkbackers. We can always blame that idea on the talkbackers being a pejorative term to begin with, but I'm just saying... Its not like all your contributors are worth what they're probably being paid. This isn't the good old days of Moriarty, Quint, Capone, Massawyrm, and others.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I zoned out after *Hey folks, Harry here*

    by Ted Knight

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Original Gone in 60 seconds is a classic!

    by Superponte

    This is absolutely on my buy list. With all the budget of the remake, they could never match the sheer awesomeness of what Halicki accomplished by calling in every favor he had out there. Watching this and Vanishing Point is the perfect evening.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Ophuls

    by brad negrotto

    Has to be the most underrated director of all time. He is just fantastic. I bought LETTER on VHS right out of high school. Ever since then I've fell in love with his work. The above mentioned along with LA RONDE and THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... are some of the best films ever made. Can't wait to grab LETTER on blu. And man am I getting old. Back in middle school, I took my first date to see A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Or should I say had my mom take us.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    caught Funhouse on HBO a month ago

    by Ted Knight

    and was surprised at how similar it was to Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobe just fit the whole creepy rural freak family formula into a circus setting. lazy, lazy

  • Ill make coffee..this is gonna be a long night.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Come to think of it..

    by Robert Evans

    I saw one of my skulls, didn't you?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Harry is a Klopek

    by Robert Evans

    He has a basement full of baby skulls

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Moonrise Kingdom is the best film of the year

    by Robert Evans

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks

    by Robert Evans

    If i remember correctly, A League of Their Own was Hanks' comeback. After Big, he had a string of modest commercial flicks, but nothing critical. It wasn't until his supporting role that he came back and has stayed in the audiences hearts since.

  • Am I alone in this? I've heard rumors that other sites like AICN are in (or were recently in) financial trouble. Perhaps their time has simply passed...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I rented Terror Train for one reason and ONE reason only.

    by Ted Knight

    Vanity. My attraction for that woman is sick! Her best: Never to Young to Die The Last Dragon Action Jackson 52 Pick-Up and for its pure fappiness... Tanya's Island

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Or perhaps, Mr. Nice Gaius

    by D.Vader

    Those in charge of the websites failed to keep them up to date, failed to respond to criticisms, and squandered the money they had made, thinking it would keep rolling in forever... I think any troubles this website has comes from the way it is run, not from any sort of internet social phenomena.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    D.Vader - Perhaps...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...perhaps, indeed. I guess that means we should be getting that fabled Talkback "upgrade" any minute now!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Its been two years, right, MNG?

    by D.Vader

    Its COMING SOON!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Terror Train came out way before...

    by MagicJesus

    I found out Jamie Lee had a tree trunk in her pants...quite off-putting.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    @gaius, others. Talkback upgrade?

    by adeceasedfan

    I'm curious to know what kind of upgrade you're looking for? I know the common complaint has always been an edit function or the fucking quotes bug, but what else? Of all the websites I frequent, AICN is the only one I comment on. I've personally never had a problem with the talkback, but I'm probably naïve to what is current or available.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by HEADGEEK

    AICN is in a very robust and strong recovery. A huge financial blow hit, we weathered & fought back, I had to make great personal financial loss, but my faith in AICN has been firmly re-established. I've been working on solving some pretty huge technology, financial and business relations issues. We're about two months from being in a much better place. But man, AICN was in tougher times back in 1999, when the Ad crisis exploded. My book advance saved the site, this time it was my savings account. Thank the maker. Getting AICN back on its feet & healthy is my paramount concern right now. A lot of good people depend on AICN financially. AND it seems a lot of you like to have a conversation on it.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Only the AVATAR theatrical cut in 3D.

    by justmyluck

    Saw the *expanded* cut in the limited 3D release, so its a bit of a head-scratcher why they didn't include that with seamless branching. Probably just repackaged re-pop of the Panasonic-bundled disc.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Ya know, it STILL amazes me

    by Fart Magnus

    That people get paid to write for this site! Can I please have a $200 cheque every time I c & p an article from Dark Horizons? Hell, you'd see eighteen articles a day from me like that douchey Kidd used to post!!!

  • DEEP RISING. Need I say more?

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Oh and I STILL

    by Fart Magnus

    sing songs from Pete's Dragon. Waah wah wah waaaaaah I love you too! My grandparents took me too it when I was eight and I fell in love with it! That was back in the day when you felt like Uncle Walt was still somehow there, guiding Frank, Ollie, Ward and Marc Davis. He had only been gone ten or so years and it felt like he wad still around. I miss those days.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    ADeceasedFan, Harry promised a new TB 2 years ago

    by D.Vader

    AICN got hacked. I don't know if you know that or not, but two years ago, they were hacked and the talkback code was changed to reflect that. That is why everyone's name is in lower-case and why capital letters are a capital offense. Harry said that this talkback code was only temporary. He said we'd only have it for a short time before it was fixed. But again, like I said, that was almost 2 years ago. And that is what Mr. Nice Gaius refers to.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by HEADGEEK

    Talkback upgrade. In about 4 months, hopefully, I'll finally be able to comment on this. To say I'm angry about the "WHY" is an understatement of epic proportions. But I will say that we in good faith entered into an agreement with a third party that did not in any way that I feel have really done a single thing that I originally asked for. The talkback is right now, is actually nothing at all what I asked for. And I haven't been able to get it even corrected back to the way I had it before. Much less the bells & whistles version that I've asked for.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    d.vader

    by adeceasedfan

    I remember some hubbub about the hack in my lurker days, but I wasn't fully aware of the ramifications. Thanks.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Why not ask for donations?

    by tatoosh

    I'd throw in a few bucks in the collection plate. And Harry, you need to learn how to leverage the AICN brand better. (Harry Knowles bobbleheads, chia pets, tshirts, pillow pets, etc). You've got a potential goldmine here with a ton of traffic and a link on drudge report. This is the golden age of geek culture and you should be the poster boy. You need to hire an agent and get your ass out there on the late night talk show circuit and other media outlets to expand your audience. But, if the site is in trouble, just say so, and you'll see how many fans and friends will come out of the woodwork to help you out. It's a wonderful life George Bailey!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I imagine that's been frustrating, Harry

    by D.Vader

    Sounds like a bad deal had ramifications worse than imagined.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Shout Factory's Halloween II (1981) and H3

    by Flexfill

    are also out on blu-ray and the transfers are really good... lots of extras on those discs as well. Even if you're not a fan of H3 the quality of the transfer alone is stunning.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by HEADGEEK

    sometimes when you enter into a relationship it isn't the dream.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Harry.

    by adeceasedfan

    I hope for your sake and ours that everything that you hope for comes to fruition. I appreciate the positive outlook you're projecting here by trying to *stay current* This place brings me more joy than should be allowed, but sometimes the negativity can be infectious. I've got grudges that I need to let go of and should just be thankful that I have somewhere to voice that. Thanks for staying current. I'm going to go watch a movie now.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Oh, so I guess that would explain the lack of real cool news of late...

    by Amadeo Zeller

    Like what's been happening at Fox with the whole Regime change (Tom Rothman's departure) and the hiring of Mark Millar to over see their Marvel Properties.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    You don't have to tell me, Harry

    by D.Vader

    I'm getting married! *forehead smack*

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    d.vader, congrats man!

    by adeceasedfan

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Rainbow Wig

    by James

    *once I saw the Rainbow Wig, I got this goofy look on my face, ripped into it then spent a good 3-4 minutes trying to squeeze it onto my head.* HUUUURRRRRRR!!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Avatar 3D Extended Edition?

    by MCPot

    So does this disc have the EE as well?

  • say what now on the avatar 3-D release?!...I pre-ordered a month ago, not directors cut?...do you know anything about the bonus features? all the best knowles, for real.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    DVD column

    by VibroCount

    This is a reasonable solution, Harry. This column and HercVault are the two main reasons I visit each Tuesday. I hope you can catch up with the missed stuff, but new columns on current releases are the joy. Thank you.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    @mcpot & @ponyboy360, re: AVATAR 3D Blu

    by justmyluck

    No expanded or extended cuts or extras; just the theatrical cut as a 3D-BD/BD/DVD combo pack. Bummer.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    justmyluck...

    by ponyboy

    hey bro, thanks for the quick reply, appreciate it. but pfffffft!!!!!...looks like i'll have to hang onto this release until the next "ultimate" edition ( yeah I'm one of those guys)...still, this should look amazing. again, thanks for the reply, you're good tb'r...all the best.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST

    What?

    by DrGogol

    Looking over the talkbacks you decided just to skip weeks of releases? Who suggested that? I only come here for the DVD release column. I think I just became a hater.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry!

    by Karl Childers

    For bringing back the current releases version of your DVD column. I would miss out on some of the first week deals without it.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    well, shit...

    by Terry Powell

    ...been wanting to get Suddenly for a long time, but couldn't figure out which version was widescreen or was the best version. Then harry showcases it on blu and I'm all set to order it, but then says there's a better version coming in Dec. So I wait a little longer. Harry, I'm surprised though that you didn't mention the Dial M For Murder Blu just out(in 3D as well!)

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Tatoosh nailed it!

    by billyhitchcock1

    Tons of sites ask for donations Harry. there's no shame in it whatsoever and you'd be back on the straight and narrow in no time. The commercial opportunities is another great point. You ARE the biggest, best and most celebrated geek in the world and if that means you exploit the fuck out of it then fairplay to you sir.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Harry, I know you're playing catch-up and all...

    by Blanket-Man

    But could you at least review the biggest DVD/Blu of the year, THE AVENGERS??? Hard to believe that it's been on shelves for 3 weeks now and you haven't written a peep about it. Is this AIN'T IT COOL NEWS or not?!?

  • I remember passing on a Greek joke about seperating the men from the boys with a crowbar and getting an e-mail from some med student in Crete. It was awkward at first, to be sure, but we became pen pals after that. Of course, that was in 2001....

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Good job Harry, thanks.

    by Logan_1973

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Financial troubles = Yoko divorce proceedings.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    She is going to take half of the DVD/blu-ray collection when she splits, so Harry is scrambling for enough cash to buy them all back from her.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    no new house for Harry

    by Titus05

    Harry will save us all...his savings account depleted...his book advance depleted...he will save the site seriously though I didn't know AICN was in such financial distress...how did this come to pass?...save some cash by cutting back on food expenditures for the AICN contributors...I notice most of them are on the portly side...give Quint his $$ for more Hobbit set visits to New Zealand but cut everyone else's expenses

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    metroid_fetish

    by Logan_1973

    Is that supposed to funny? Asshole. I've been harsh on Harry too but don't make it personal.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Hey, fellow underscore-in-name-guy.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    My giveafux capacitor is all out of fux to give.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    You should put up Flattr tip jars.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Harry your not going to like what I have to say

    by eric haislar

    Take donations. I would gladly donate, been a reader since launch. But maybe you should also auction off a bunch of your crap. I mean We have all seen pictures of your house, you have so many collectibles. You could probably sell a ton of that stuff and make a killing. I know you love your treasures but really it's just stuff. You don't have to get ride of all of it. But man you could sell and make some money.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Forget the tips jar, start a swear jar. Anyone who uses profanity in their posts has to put a dollar in the pot. This site would reach its first million before xmas.

  • hear you big guy. personally i feel the same way about Austin....or... more specifically..... all of Texas in general. <p> waka waka. <p> but seriously, i do have extended family that lives in Texas who constantly try to get me to visit and everytime they bring it up all i can think is..... why the fuck would i want to go to TEXAS? i'm sure i'll get there at some point when i've run out of ACTUALLY cool places to go see. but until then, just figured you might want to know that there are people who feel the same way about your home state as you do about 3 mile island Harry. cheers.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Wait, people get PAID to write reviews for this site?

    by loafroaster

    Fucking hell, there's a million reviewers out there with more talent and better grammar that'd do it for free.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Good luck Harry!

    by Darth Thoth

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Misplaced Music

    by barsoom44

    When I purchased the DVD of "Gone in 60 Seconds", I was instantly caught up in a wave of nostalgia. A glorious feeling of being that teenager watching in a theatre and enjoying every last second. A feeling that abruptly ended when the soft tender ballad "Lois Lane Blues", which plays in the quiet moment right before the last chase, was removed and replaced by some generic disco crap. So my question is... Have they come to their senses and restored the soundtrack to it's original awesomeness? Come on! Just throw a couple o' bucks in Warner's direction and go for it!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Don't do it!

    by barsoom44

    Never had the pleasure of strolling thru the "Akermansion" or "Son of Akermansion". But hopefully one day will see the sights of your place (which I heard is growing to match those legends that came before). Don't sell your stuff!

  • Those were the dark times.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    No Mad Men season 5? I guess my purchase won't support the site.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Oh well, maybe I can help AICN when they finally link to the Masters of the Universe blu-ray. What kinda sucks with the late DVD column is the prices have often gone up by the time it gets published on the site. So a lot of us are less likely to make the purchase.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Quick way to save money at AICN

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Fire ALL the 'writers'. Paid wages for those guys? You've got to be kidding me. They are all uniformly atrocious, and shouldn't even be paid in dog biscuits. The only good staff writers that ever graced these parts were McWeeny (even though he was an insufferable ass as a person) and Vern. No one even reads the articles at AICN. Why should they, when the 'musings' are terrible and most of the stories are days old, cut-and-pasted from other, more professional sites? So that's all you need: one member of staff to cut-and-paste news stories from other sites, with the 'articles' only to serve as ice-breakers for conversation. The Talkbacks will take care of the rest. We don't need to hear useless additional commentary from people like Billy the Kidd or Nordling, nor stories of how Quint loved absolutely every piece of pop culture that ever existed as a child. Follow that system and it would cut down on expenses considerably.

  • F*cking despise their message boards. G*ddamn near impossible to track a thread of conversation or have any kind of continuing discussion.

  • This isn’t about putting Helene Bergsholm on display, she’s so great in this though. You’ll love her. Really great teen flick! That they can’t see cuz it’s Unrated. Bollocks.

  • Just ordered it last night.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Thank you for your sacrifice, Harry

    by SlappyBones

    Sorry to hear that your Ain't It Cool show might not survive, I really enjoy it. No commercials! Which means you're paying for that show out of your own pocket. Thanks for your dedication and your heart. Best wishes for the turnaround.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Harry, I say this as one of your biggest detractors as of late.

    by BlaGyver

    Good job. The biggest issue with our relationship as talkbackers with you lately is that there has been no communication. I know you're busy with the show and fixing the site, but you basically didn't let us know what was going on in detail for several months on end. If we'd known that this site was really really REALLY in the shitter financially....shit man, I'd be willing to bet that if you had done an IndieGoGo or Kickstarter of some sort, you could have fixed this sooner. I know I would have donated. If you respond to serious talkback posts and maybe put up an update every once and a while...I won't promise you won't get trolled, but it'll be out of love or idiocy. We appreciate this sort of thing, especially those of us that have been here for a while. Sincerely hope that everything is working out. Thank you for your participation in this talkback. It has been eye-opening in a very good way

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    And elaborating for a moment

    by BlaGyver

    When you don't communicate, it gives us the impression that you don't give a shit. Thank you for reminding us that you do.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Never mind, I just figured it out.

    by SergeantStedenko

    Teens can't see Turn Me On, because it is unrated. Still doesn't make any sense. It would have to be actually rated something for anyone to be denied from seeing it.

  • Sinatra used his mob influence in Chicago to help Kennedy during the primaries, but after Kennedy won the Democratic party's presidential nomination for President, Kennedy dropped Sinatra and completely distanced himself from one of his biggest supporters. Sinatra was devastated by the diss. I wonder if he did this movie as some form of vicarious revenge.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Madagascar

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    is essentially more of the same, just more so.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Maybe instead of new Talkback code, switch to a free alternative?

    by SavourTheSea

    Like Disqus?

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Funhouse

    by Chrisolo

    That movie scared the shit out of me when I was a kid,although yes it's just really a copy of Texas chainsaw expect in the carnival.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    sarge

    by edaday

    I assume he means it won't make it to the multiplexes where the teens hang out. Many theaters won't show unrated movies because of pressures from the major studios. If they don't get it rated, they're forced into the indie/foreign screens--though this would end up there anyway since (I assume) it's not in English.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Prometheus?

    by donkey_lasher

    One of the finest DVD releases of the year and Harry has left it out? Never mind what you think of the film, the extras are worth the money itself.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Beta Tester

    by puto tenax

    Sign me up, Mister K. I'd like to help out in any way I can. Enjoy the site and it'd be the least I could do.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Donations? Hellur, Kickstarter!

    by knowthyself

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Save AINTITCOOLNEWS?

    by knowthyself

    Heck yeah I'd throw in a few bucks. Come on Harry. If you need help. Ask for it buddy. We love ya.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, noon CST

    Thanks, Harry!

    by zombieslayer

    As a talk backer who has bemoaned the lack of DVD updates (bc I like them) thanks for a current column, and the updates are appreciated. I'm looking forward to the app, and I for one wouldn't mind paying a buck or two for it to help support the site.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Fox has balls releasing Avatar bare bones and theatrical cut.

    by knowthyself

    UGH. They're going to milk this and it's not like they haven't already made so much dang money already.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Speaking of which, where IS DeDrek?

    by Monroville

    He is pretty much the reason I come to these DVD REVIEW threads anymore.

  • Besides, Harry put some effort into this one, and it shows. Oh, there are still some whoppers of illogic and loose grammar up there, but it reads like he at least paid a little attention this time. I'm waiting for those catch-up columns. In the meantime, ponder this: *There’s just something about watching this film that as you see the movie continuing you just know that everyone nearly died constantly.* and this: *OLIVE FILMS, I heart you so much for this release! It will prove you have a heart.* oh, and this (please wear a life-vest before attempting to traverse the next cascade of thought): *Wes Anderson’s story of young rebellious love set on a strange island, filled with Boy Scout-like activities, but of all of Wes Anderson’s films – this one felt oddly, the closest to something from my childhood, when Boy Scouts were huge – and secret pre-Junior High rendezvous with a secret girlfriend, but then I had a friend that came along – and there was his girl at the other end too.* ...uh, and here's a little blurb for a DVD cover, courtesy AICN: *a film that is much better than it feels like it really needed to be*

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    donkey_lasher

    by Logan_1973

    PROMETHEUS was released on dvd on early October, which puts it in the "catchup" group Harry said he is working on. Pay attention before posting.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    HARRY

    by Rob

    Sorry to hear about your financial troubles mate. Good luck getting everything together. Now, regarding the new writers... One day these new paid writer's just seemed to pop up. No introduction from you or anything else. Were they one-off guest reviewers? Were they now full-time? TB'ers did not know It seems that some of the most cherished personalities disappeared (Massa in particular) and there is no recognition of this fact. But mainly, you giving the community a heads up (hey there are these new reviewers coming on board, here are their names and qualifications) and as someone else said, it helps us feel like a)you're giving a shit and b)it makes us give a shit.

  • First of all, I TRULY HOPE that you are disentangling yourself from whatever happened when the Russians hacked you, D.Vader got banned, and the TB's went haywire. Looking at a traffic graph, it seems that's when things started to take a downturn. I think the show was a step in the right direction and I think it showed that you really could step up and deliver something better than 99.9% of the web show TRASH out there and even better than some things on tv. It definitely restored some faith. I agree with whomever said that you could leverage the AICN brand WAY, WAY, WAY more than you are. This could be many more things than it is, as long as you keep the core brand, which would be your 'characters' and the TB's. It's unbelievable to think this could go to waste as the audience for the site continues to wane... who knows how much time there is or if there's a flatlining of the AICN audience, where as long as you continue to post articles, a certain number of people will come back, but it could just be so much more than that. I also think there are people out there who would just like to run something on the site without getting paid, just as a once-a-week hobby that adds something to the site. Also wanted to say that whatever you think of Prometheus, the blu-ray is FUCKING SUPERB. It's up there with the Blade Runner discs. The documentary is THREE HOURS AND FORTY MINUTES LONG. It covers everything exhaustively and definitively, and if that's not enough, the commentaries, pods, second screen tech, and galleries mean you probably get a week's worth of entertainment or more out of this blu. Be aware that you have to buy the version with the 3D disc to get all the extras, something I haven't seen in any other set. As for the movie itself, I think it's an interesting failure and the set is almost inadvertently honest as to why. First and foremost, it seems like they had a bunch of amazing and BIG as Ridley likes to keep saying, ideas and the characters were filled in as almost an afterthought. More than the questions the movie doesn't answer that frustrates some people, it's the terribly poor character motivations that tank what SHOULD have been an instant classic piece of sci-fi. I still love the look of the thing, the ambitious ideas, and some of the story. Lastly, funny aside about when you could email TBers by clicking on their name - Patrick Read Johnson, the dude who did that movie about when Star Wars opened, 5-25-77, emailed me out of the blue back in 2002 when I said something like, "Can filmmakers of that generation get beyond Star Wars already?" It was a stupid and ignorant thing to say and I immediately regretted the entire post, but it bothered him enough to write to me and it put us in touch for a little while. I (along with many others, I assume) read the script he sent along and thought it was actually very good if a little painfully autobiographical (the Kubrick dreams were strange). Anyway, good luck with getting AICN back on its feet, Harry, it looks like everyone is pulling for you!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    One way to help this site would be to fix the main page

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Just have different areas on the page for different headlines. I don't know how many times I've seen multiple headlines clog up the main news page with: Austin people enter to win tickets to blah blah blah, south florida people enter to win tickets to blah blah blah, Chicago people enter to win tickets to blah blah blah. The readers that don't live in one of these places don't care. Also when the studio PR team starts spewing shit an an alarming rate (like the Carrie remake in the past day), put all the articles together, we don't need 5 seperate basically PR pieces thrown out in different articles in a day. Just put them all together.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    sk229-Can filmmakers of that generation get beyond Star Wars already

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Well I think it's finally happening. For most the rose tinted glasses have come off.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Sk229 and Stereotypical Evil Archer

    by D.Vader

    I do want it cleared up that my banning had nothing to do with the site getting hacked. It was a separate issue (Beaks was being a dick). But my return came at the same time as the hack, and it seems lots of previously banned posters were able to come back from the dead too.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    This is why I thought Vader got banned

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Beaks didn't want people posting bad things on the Sally Menke obituary because he thought that QT may possibly read them, I think Vader asked a question as to why some people got banned, and Beaks got Vader banned because he was trying to cover up that others got banned. Of course back then people were constantly posting in the talkbacks, so it was caught. Later it was claimed Vader was banned because he got off topic, and that was a bannable offense, especially in an obit talkback. Of course it made no sense because people go off topic all the time on obit talkbacks, and don't get banned, but once again because it was somebody who died that was connected to a friend of the website, that's why I think Vader was banned.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    d.vader: So the hack brought about zombie talkbackers???

    by kindofabigdeal

    Your a zombie vader!!! (aim for his head)

  • They are the bukkake movies of car-crash porn. Terrible, but so much fun.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Slender Thread sounds really great

    by Alec.Eiffel

    but God damn is it expensive.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Anyone ever read the novelization of "The Funhouse?"

    by Danny Boil

    There's a ton of cool backstory that is not even hinted at in the movie.

  • Ed Norton was so fucking kick-ass in that movie. Everyone was, but he really knocked it out of the park.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Just ordered MOONRISE KINGDOM via AICN/Amazon clickthrough

    by Logan_1973

    Support AICN! And BTW, MOONRISE is a great film.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Good luck getting past the helmet, kindofabigdeal

    by D.Vader

    Yeah the biggest dead talkback who returned that I can remember was GabrielGrey, and he wasted no time in bombarding the talkbacks lambasting AICN for its failures. I know there were others, but he stands out the most.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    WTF!

    by 1badmutherf@cker

    Dude take care of your life and your wife. Enjoy your life for GOD's sake. Let's face it you are not getting any breaking news. Other websites have you beat buy hours and sometimes even by days. You're not getting the inside info that made you and this site anymore. Let's hang it up for awhile and focus on your own shit. If you are deciding not building a home for you and your family in order to keep this site going is something you are going to regret in the long run.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    ultratron, thought you were gone for good...

    by ponyboy

    thanks for making me laugh yet again, you crazy bastard!!!...glad you're back man. again, is there any way we could get an amazon.ca link for us canadians?...& or an amazon.uk link for our fellow uk brothers?...that could generate more revenue I would think, no? keep on keeping it ultra! peace

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Gratz on the 'nups Vades...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Hopefully she's as much of a dork as you.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Thanks for you financial commitment to the site, Harry

    by DougMcKenzie

    You should have let us known earlier, and I'm sure some of us would have helped out. Been coming here almost 15 years now, and don't have a problem keeping it around with contributions. But seriously, if some of these guys are paid, you need to demand some better effort and results. This is an established web brand, and has to have some cache around here. I know people complain about the lack of scoops, but that whole industry died when the studios tightened up ship, used faked news to source out the leaks, and are more quickly to threaten with the lawsuits. Thus the turn to more of a review/nostalgia site.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    FUNHOUSE and TERROR TRAIN

    by Jared Parker

    got both blu rays coming in the mail from amazon.com. can't wait to watch them both!!!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I'm baaaaaack....

    by terrynation

    Banning over, it seems. Not much I can add to the above comments; of course we all want this site to keep on keepin' on. I don't chime in very often, but it's fun enough just reading the talkback banter- I'd miss it! Patch the boat, Harry!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Turn Me On Dammit was briefly banned in Bama

    by TuskDude

    Southern pastors complained about its title and subject matter without having seen it and demanded it get pulled from the film series lineup. http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/06/tuscaloosa_arts_council_revers.html

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I almost never post...

    by BeingHere

    and I am sure I am not alone in that. I read this site like some sort of crack addict. I would hate to see how many times a day I look at this site. I hate to see that it has fallen on hard times. I would love to see some merchandise for sale on this site. A nice Ain't It Cool News t-shirt or poster would be awesome. I don't see the problem of asking for donations. You don't have to bring everything to a halt like NPR does with fundraising...just put the option out there. I don't know you Harry and wouldn't try to get all up in your business, but be careful putting your savings up before exploring all options. A note to all of you complainers out there....SHUT UP. This site is free. Freaking FREE!!! You sound like a bunch of entitled assholes. The most annoying thing is when people complain about something free. THere is just a certain type of jerk that complains about something free...I should know I did 8 years as a food stamp caseworker. Thanks for this site Harry. I know it is a thankless job...8 years as a food stamp caseworker!

  • I was always surprised at how quickly the banhammer came out in those days. I was a fellow zombie talkbacker during the dark times of the hack. I remember being shocked that I was able to post before my penalty period was over. And boy, did I miss posting in the talkbacks during those 90 days. The zombie talkbacking didn't last long, but allowed these rotting long fingers a moment of life.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Criterion, where you at?

    by Hunter Graybeal

    New Wes Anderson movie, what is this "Focus Features" flimflam? Hold out for Criterion, they'll be along.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Criterion

    by Robert Evans

    yeah im assuming MOONRISE KINGDOM will get a criterion treatment, but not for a while. remember FANTASTIC MR FOX aint released yet either

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Excision was great!

    by thefreshestthing

    My favorite line from the lead character: "Make it quick I have to take a shit."

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Chernobyl Diaries and 3 Mile Island

    by RaySquirrel

    Harry, nobody died as a result of 3 Mile Island. There have been 13 separate epidemiological studies that have confirmed this. Same thing with Fukushima. Nobody died but everybody is afraid because nobody understands how radiation works. Radiation is nothing to blindly fear. You are exposed to radiation every day it is called natural background radiation. And nuclear power plants contribute so little to that natural background radiation it can barely be measured. I have spent the past few years of my life making a documentary feature on this subject. You can watch it if you'd like.

  • ...and I enjoyed it quite a bit. If I had to give it a five second pitch in High Conceptese I'd say it was "Donnie Darko mixed with Juno." You have a dark comedy about an awkward teen who's witty beyond her years, doesn't fit in with her family, chafes at social norms, endures the Christianity and hypocrisy around her, and is surrounded by a mood that suggests bemusement or doom or both. Well, all that plus gore, nifty cameos, and several great performances. It's an odd one, definitely. I recommend it to you sick fucks, but it's not one that most of my normal friends would enjoy.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    "Sterile Cuckoo" - FINALLY

    by MovieManStill

    Great flick. Minnelli is perfect - nominated for an Oscar. I love the music, though some think that it's intrusive. For years, I've had to save this on my DVR (recorded from TCM).

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Leverage does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I also dont know how much you pay writers for the site and whether you think they provide value, but I am sure you could leverage the talkback community to produce content. You've got a lot of knowledgeable and opinionated, and also quite a few funny fuckers on the talkbacks that make for great reading. How about this for a weekly article - FLAME WAR. Pick a film like PROMETHEUS that has split audiences and then have one talkbacker write the *for* argument and one write the *against*.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Surprised to hear about the finacial problems. To me AICN is the main movie site.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Even if it's late on news, when the news appear here it's always the best talkbacks. Nothing comes close. I suggested in another talkback that you should have someone getting the news from other sites, so that we can talkback about it here, on the original, proper, movie fan site. Who cares who scooped it, just get it on here faster, I know I'd probably only visit AICN then.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Harry! Thanks for getting this up.

    by End_Of_Line

    I'm very happy to have a current DVD column. The show has been great, and it's great that in one post, you updated us all on whats going on at AICN, and gave us a new DVD column. I have to agree with the others up above that I'd be more than happy to donate a bit to help the site out. I've been coming here for years, have often been to great screenings through the site, and had no idea that you were having such problems. I know you get a lot of grief from a lot of people in the talkbacks, but I think the key to getting AICN back on top is to make it MORE personal. We come here because you created a great pace for movie discussion, and while sometimes the TBs can get ugly, there is also some fantastic commentary here too. Whats been missing lately is interaction with YOU! Almost all of the free screenings over this past summer were offered through Twitter, and you only posted a small handful of reviews. You aren't present in the TBs much anymore. The idea of getting some merch going to help out is great too - Hell - just some AICN t-shirts would go a long way! Anyway, keep up the great work, and I look forward to the season finale of the show - I watch every Thursday, and I really hope Nerdist can renew you for another year!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Robert Wise.

    by HenryLeconte

    Harry, I wonder how you can name-drop eight films that are directed by Wise and NOT mention his very best which is 'The Set-Up'? :-)

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    And hey...

    by HenryLeconte

    ... best of luck to the site and all. I didn't know times were bad for AICN and I am sad to hear it. I've been a regular reader since '99 and I seriously wouldn't be the same movie enthusiast that I am today if it hadn't been for you, Harry. And that says a lot coming from a guy whose life to a certain degree owe it to the movies. Thank you kindly, let us all know if there's anything we can do to help the site. Good speed ahead for AICN!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    So that's why the TBer's names are all lower cased!

    by Pat

    I just thought everyone here was being modest. Anyway, glad to the behind the scenes goings on are on the upswing in AICN Land. Glad to see the column back up.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Add a PayPal Donate button Harry. You might be surprised.

    by Antz

    I must admit, I use ad block, but mainly because of the horrendous bandwidth chewed up by imbedded video ads etc. Not everyone has a good high speed connection or cheap data plans. Also, many of them make it extremely difficult for me to read a page pleasurably. I buy the majority of my movies by actively linking through this column to help out though.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Why don't you review 2016 Obamas America???

    by slick

    ??

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    I'm slightly less rich than I used to be. And when you say you picked up excision the other day you really mean you downloaded it from a torrent site right?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I dunno if we'll make it that far but it's fun to hope

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Cheers!

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I got un-banned too...is this AICN amnesty day?

    by The_Cellarrat

  • http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/the-hobbit-peter-jackson-warner-bros-1-billion-79301

  • You have lauded many of her movies in these very DVD columns.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Agreed..Emmanuelle needs an obit

    by Robert Evans

    Ive (and Im sure scores others) have retired socks and shirts to her escapades... Hell, I've fucked blankets of lint to her scenes.. No shame...no shame at all.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by SergeantStedenko

    I'm maintaining a semi all day today to keep my penis at half-mast as a symbol of my mourning.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    In honor of ms. Kristel, my erection will be at half mast today

    by Robert Evans

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    My ban has also been reversed

    by FuckinAmateurMan

    I said some unkind things about this site in general and Harry in particular. I kept it on the professional side, but didn't mince words about the frustration of where this site has been going the last year or so, and the general lack of effort on display from all involved. I'm glad this is the thread that I'm getting reinstated, because it seems like the big guy is sorting it out.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    There is only one Emmanuelle in this Dojo

    by paulloch

    All others, though very pretty, never matched her sexuality and presence. Dissapointed the obits didn't post the really good pics of her.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jim Dale as Doc Terminus in Pete's Dragon

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Fantastic Performance - Every Little Piece is a definite highlight in the film, as is the Passamaquatti song (Passamashlutty?) Oh, and where's the Alex Karras obit?

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Pasamaquaddy Mother****ers!

    by Puñeta

    ')

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Harry you're gross.

    by Fries Against

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    NO ONE is getting reinstated in THIS thread

    by D.Vader

    Fuckinamateurman, you've probably always been reinstated but didn't realize it until you heard us discussing how talkbackers came back from the dead during the hack.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Cinemax should go dark Friday night. RIP Emmanuelle.

    by adeceasedfan

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    wrong again vader

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Harry wants to teach film history?????

    by Mike J

    Well.... we all have dreams I suppose. But the suggestion of Harry Knowles teaching movie history is just very, very, very funny!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Huh? Kobe?

    by D.Vader

    Just what am I wrong about and what's your proof?

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    FAO Harry

    by rakesh patel

    your greatest asset are we the talkback and zone contributors. Get a plan together, ask for ideas, help input and you'll be surprised at the stuff that will come back to you. and if you beta test stuff, please let some of us contribute. You don't want to push out something that everyone will hate. we can provide invaluable insight and perhaps provide opinions you may not have thought of. Cheers. Onwards and upwards my friend.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    PETE'S DRAGON

    by The Alienist

    "You can't have him. You don't love him. All you've done till now is break his heart. You'll abuse him. You'll just use him. Stop now! Or I'll take you apart! (We'd like to see you try it.)"

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    d. vader

    by FuckinAmateurMan

    Actually I hadn't been here in a long time.I checked back recently because I'd heard that a short I did some work on was featured by Muldoon. I thought that was pretty awesome, and went to log in. I was still blacklisted, and this was only a few weeks ago. I started checking here again periodically after that, because hell, I missed it. You're right about my curiosity getting me yesterday though as all these old TB er's started popping up. In any case, it's nice to be back.

  • Could be that, anyway. Now if I could just figure out why my totally innocuous was deleted I'd be set.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    That's bullshit, Jaka

    by D.Vader

    Trust me, its bullshit. Harry is worried about losing the website of AINTITCOOLNEWS *entirely*. He does NOT give a shit about previously banned talkbackers. This goes for you too, fuckinamateurman. It sounds like the timing is pretty close, but I god-damned-guarantee you Harry did not suddenly decide, on THIS particular story, to bring you back from the dead. There's no evidence. It makes no sense. Harry doesn't care. Harry hasn't given *any* indication this is true. Like I said, the only reason some of you decided to try and log back on was because we were talking about undead talkbackers. We could have spoken of this weeks ago in another AICN contributor's TB and you'd probably try then tool. It makes no difference. Point is, you'd be free then or now. Harry can hardly be bothered to respond to your questions and complaints; what makes you think he'd suddenly decide to pardon you without warning?

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    You misunderstood the context of my comment

    by Jaka

    I didn't mean that harry 'decided', I meant that it could be a byproduct of the changes that are taking place. If they're switching companies (developer, host, whatever), or just moving data around, it's possible some logs were dumped (punny), lost or left behind. And probably not on purpose, not as a choice.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Oh sorry Jaka!

    by D.Vader

    Had a few drinks last night and watched Cabin in the Woods with friends. Must stop talkbacking while drunk. Nice logs pun.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Wow!

    by Banned-ki-moon

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    recently I saw a good idea, let’s stay current

    by givinguponAICN

    I give up. Deleting my bookmark.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    This is a popular column

    by DrGogol

    Why would he let it languish? I used to look forward to this column. Then it was coming once every other week. Then he'd go a month. Then once he went five weeks, caught up and said he'd NEVER let it go that long again. Now here we are. Harry, you're the George Lucas of this column. You're fucking it up. Let someone else have it now.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    More broken promises

    by Chris Kirby

    Harry is so full of fail that I just find it funny now.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Wow, harry....1 week in a row is the best you can do?

    by Jacob Underhill

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Harry are you a narcissist?

    by Chris Kirby

    Posting pics on IG showing off your stuff instead of keeping your site up to date?

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    let's stay current" "all Catchup columns will be done

    by VibroCount

    Reading my talkbacks recently I saw a good idea, let’s stay current – and I’ll work on the catch-up columns in the meanwhile. Sounds good to me, so that’s the policy from here on out. Don’t worry – all Catchup columns will be done before the release of the upcoming DVD/Blu App we have coming up shortly. We hope.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    It's Tuesday evening--do you know where your DVD column is?

    by Robert Evans

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Another broken promise

    by JOHNPOT

    Well it only took a week for Harry to break another promise. God how lazy can one man be?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    LAME LAME LAME

    by LarryTate

    LAME LAME LAME LAME

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    What saddens me some

    by Stewie_Griffin

    Is that obviously there are loads of people here who love this column, and it seems that it is in some way a money generator for the site, but rather than come on here and say 'sorry guys, I screwed the pooch again' there'll be nothing for a week or two until the next one come up with some rubbish excuse about why it's not been done. You know people are on here commenting, waiting, just a line or two saying sorry, telling us when the next piece will be up (there's no need for past weeks to be put up on a Tuesday, and day will be fine for a 6 week old review) and letting us know when the piece will be up. Either that, or get someone else to do it. It's not that hard. A couple of thousand words a week, but I guess it's all about priorities.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    It's all about selfishness

    by Chris Kirby

    Harry is too selfish to give up the free stuff so he won't give it up. He won't even comment on this issue

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    RIP DVD Column.

    by Robert Evans

    i will never forget the times we had. all those laughs on the pier. but you got sloppy and a little overweight. and starting getting really inconsistent. and then you stopped showing up. While you were gone, i grew up and matured. I realized i really didnt need you. There was nothing wrong with me but in fact you. It was YOUR fault. But then you came back and apologized and said you’d try harder and you’ll make it up to me. You’d spend time with me and you were sorry you had been so busy with other things.. You took me to the Cheesecake Factory and on the surface, it was normal, just like it used to be. Like it was supposed to be. You went on and on about work and how once, this Cheesecake Factory was a theater and all the memories you spent there in your youth. Oh how you glowed. And even though I could tell that something was a little off, you were still gentle with me later. It was good to have your arms around me, DVD column. I woke up the next day to an empty bed and a note saying “See You Next Tuesday!” All week, I waited in anticipation for you to ring my bell and surprise me but you never came. I called and left voicemails. I tweeted you. I texted you. I even drove by your house to see if you were there. (you were) I felt cheap and used. All those months in therapy were wasted with your empty promises. I just don’t get it. Why wont you call me?

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Why Harry sucks

    by Jones Jonez

    He is morbidly obese

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    RIP DVD Column.

    by JMG84

    Lol, choppah.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Hey folks, Harry here

    by thelordofhell

    Fuck everything I said before about the DVD column........I'll do it whenever I damn well please. Now if you'll excuse me, time to give my gastric bypass surgery another "fuck you" and gain another 20 pounds.........suck it fanboys

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    not a hater, but...

    by mercilessmagic

    you realize you are abandoning your core business, right. I come here for reviews. Movie Reviews and DVD/BD reviews. you have apparently abandoned all hope of catching up on your missed weeks, and are starting with current DVD/BD reviews. OK, fine. Unfortunate but understandable. We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast. You managed to get one weekly DVD/BD review out, and now you are again 2 weeks behind. This site is becoming more like MTV. Music Television with out the music. I would suggest you either put some effort into being consistant with DVD/BD release lists, or just give up and give us our Real World/Road Rules of behind the scenes pictures and celebrity interviews.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    This week's explanation from the Knowles-Excuse-o-Matic

    by Mike J

    Hey folks Harry here.... golly gee, I was like sooooo going to update the DVD column this week when, you know, shit happened. This time, the software to Yoko was hijacked and even though I can't tell you who, what, why or when, just trust me it is very serious. So serious that, fuck me, I contracted a really serious illness in my right toe that I looked up on the internet and has a really long latin name (stubeos Toeus) but it is really serious and I was in hospital for like hours and even had the last rites and everything. But as my life started to flash before me I suddenly thought back to issue 78 of The Green Lantern in which old GL stubs his toe but still goes on to defeat Sinestro. And cos I have a rare Warner Bros ring I identify with this stupid comic book character so I fought my illness and even though it will take years of exercise I am fighting hard to overcome this near fatal illness. But it isnt easy cos the site has like major major finacial problems. And, yeah, like, millions of people have offered suggestions as to sort it out, but you know, like, I love this site so much I have to do things my way which is basically to ignore all the good advice and continue to be a fuck up. Cos I'm so famous and know famous people. And thats sooooo coool. But despite the Yoko On Rails software being held hostage, my near death experiance, the sites financial problems and all the other MAJOR PROBLEMS which I can't tell you about at all but really, really do exist, the great news is that ButtFuckAThon is all on schedule and so the 73 of you who get into that will be able to to worship me like the god I believe myself to be. Pity me. Looooove me. Trust me.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Hey folks, Jenkins here

    by Jones Jonez

    Harry may be stuck under a memorabilia cart, everyone knows lightning doesn't strike twice but no one ever mentioned how many times memorabilia carts strike... dun dun DUUUUUUN

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Jenkins

    by Mike J

    That was hysterical! Very good. Actually I have a theory that Knowles's Tale about the comic book cart may not be true at all. It is kind of funny that everything in his whole life seems to have some connection to the geek world so whatever actually happened, Knowles has embelished to fit in with his revised biography. That isnt to in any way make light of Harry's disability in any way at all. But he already has a track record of telling porkie pies so I remain to be convined about the comic book related accident.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    banned_dirty_ape

    by Jones Jonez

    thanks :)

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    No DVD column again..not surprised

    by Robert Evans

    if Obama loses today, i really wont be crushed. Its Tuesday and my heart has become accustomed to being disappointed on Tuesdays thanks to KNowles and his commitment to his DVD column.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Lies

    by JOHNPOT

    I even tweeted harry to try to get a response. He said that the column would be back today stronger than ever. We can now see thats a typical harry knowles lie to get them off your case.

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