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AICwHK Ep 29: ARGO, John Chambers, Lon Chaney & a love of Movie Makeup!


Hey folks, Harry here... 

As you watch this I head back into the basement for the second day of shooting for the final episode of this first season of AIN'T IT COOL with Harry Knowles. That does not mean there will be a second season, that's up to the powers that be. NERDIST loves the show, but it was always contracted to be a 30 episode commitment.

Personally, I'd love to keep doing these - but we're still in a bit of a Neutral Zone in terms of knowing where things are with that coveted 2nd Season. When I first met with my director, Brett Hart, and told him my insane plans for this crazy show, I just wanted to shoot 30 episodes that at the end of it all, I would be absolutely satisfied that we told the kinds of stories and episodes that I've always wanted to. Nothing forced upon us, just shooting what interested us. I'm ecstatic with how it has come along.

This episode starts off discussing Ben Affleck's ARGO which is in theaters now. After watching the film last week, I decided that I wanted to give folks a bit more on LORD OF LIGHT which became the screenplay ARGO that was used for the CIA's mission to get the US Embassy workers safely out of IRAN, but also I wanted to give more about famous Hollywood Make Up man John Chambers... which sent me on a nostalgic journey through other famous Make Up effects folks and some remnants of their careers.

I didn't focus on Stan Winston or Rick Baker in this episode, as I would love to do full episodes on their work next season. Besides, there's only so much you can do in 15 minutes. If you like the episode and would like to see more, just click here for AIN'T IT COOL's Playlist!

Keep it cool!




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  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    The picture at the end made me laugh so much. Brilliant episode. Best yet.

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    You watched it in 2mins?

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

    Take your time..

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    leonardsbellbottoms, No. I was notified of it by Nerdist twitter feed earlier today.

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Argo fuck yourself

    by Logan_1973

    Great film.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    It's my Berf-day

    by DarthQueefer

    I think that's what he said...maybe not, I'm a little death in one ear.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    It's got a fleck in it!

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1 p.m. CST


    by Talkbacker with no name

    Would love to see a second season. I imagine in the big scheme of things you would like to talk about and people you want to talk to, you have barely scratched the surface yet? Even if Nerdist doesn't commission a second season, couldn't you just do it and put it up on youtube yourself? No disrepect to Nerdist, but I imagine AICN generates just as much if not more traffic to promote it. Then again, I guess then the budget for the show would then come out of your pocket?

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    why is everyone jizzing themselves over Argo

    by animas

    as a film it is nothing special. The story has nothing new we haven't seen before and the 70's homage is played out. However it is a blatant piece of propaganda for the upcoming attack on Iran.

  • I'm sure he could raise several thousand for just a couple items in his collection. I know he would prob never sell, but on a practical level...

  • The Amish looks is so 1742. I need to see Argo since Affleck is one of the top 10 directors working today. Who would have guessed that would happen?

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I feel like I'm in kindergarten when I watch these.

    by Quake II

    I like watching Harry's enthusiasm for film and I share some of it but I feel like I'm being talked down to. These shows are kind of designed for people who don't know shit about movies or film history. And Citizen Kane is nowhere near as brilliant as BioDome or Barbed Wire.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    watch dog day afternoon instead of argo

    by animas

    if you want the same movie but better writing acting and directing and actually made in the 70's instead of fellating that era.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Justice League movie to start shooting next year

    by eric haislar,0,6421111.story No Director, No Script, No Stars......But hey they have a release date. WB is never going to get it. They just want money they don't care about these characters or the story.

  • Even if Rick Green says the chair got chewed up and shat on by raccoons in his garage. Harry, have you ever seen the show? TVO has the old shows on its website.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Gimme dat box!

    by Pwesents

    Give to me Harry me want......MINE!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Drinking game for these videos:

    by DrGogol

    Drink if Harry says "I looove" followed by a long pause. That's enough to get you drunk.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Argo Vis-A-Vis

    by chien_sale

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    All this stuff should be in a Museum

    by chien_sale

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST



    That's my retirement plan, to have a museum that I can teach film history in.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Great ep. Glad you included the photo. Awesome.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Harry, heard the film is really good but...

    by moonlightdrive

    there's a fascinating sounding documentary that I found out about through Kickstarter about the true story and science fiction land etc. Not sure if we're allowed to post links here of the sort but I'm sure you can find it if you're interested and don't know about it (the doc) already. That memorabilia is too fuckin cool!!! You're blessed and what a childhood you had! Very lucky.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Fringe/niche is the WTG. Much better episode.

    by justmyluck

    Re: ARGO, when the CIA occasionally declassifies their sophisticated methods of deception, should you believe anything they've classified as a *true story*?

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST

    moonlightdrive, why wouldn't you be allowed to post a link to a doc?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Share, brother. Would love to see it.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    I had no idea Bret "Hit Man" Hart directed all the episodes!

    by brokentusk

  • Fingers crossed for that second season, Harry.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Crossing fingers for season 2

    by Jennifer Falkner

    I absolutely love these nerdist videos with Harry talking about whatever film fun strikes his fancy at the time. I sincerely hope that there will be a season 2, with half hour episodes!

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by Simpsonian

    Harry, pay more attention to what we want and not what you want to do, unless you don't care about going bankrupt.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    So if your contract has ended then Harry....

    by Mike J

    ... I assume you will not be signing upto do any more of these silly shows for a while, given how you are so busy working every hour of the day trying to save the website eh? Bet you do though. Your ego is far more important to you than the website.

  • Each to their own I suppose, but seriously, the addulation given to Harry Knowles for these silly little videos is just lost on me. And no I am not being a troll or trying to be deliberately contraversial. Take this episode for example. The story of Argo has been in the public domain for 3 years - Empire magazine ran a superbly detailed article on the whole event back in 2009 - so this was not an earth-shaking revelation by any means. So what are we left with? A grinning bearded imbecile bleating on about how everything is sooooo coooooool who, when he isn't patronising his audience is gloating about the goodies he has that don't. I haven't watched all of these stupid little Aint My Ego Huge With Harry Knowles videos because I find them infantile in the extreme, so in fairness I cannot judge the whole series properly. And in fairness there have been some good bits - Douglas Trumbull for example (although Knowles' constant interuptions of the interview were really dumb - I just wish he would shut up and let his guest speak), but overall I've found these things incredibly purile. Fine if they were aimed at 9 year old movie fans or people in special needs programs but other that those I genuinely can't see why they are appeal to people so much.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Dirty Ape


    Yeah couldn't be out of loyalty to the crew that get paid to do the show and depend on the money. Or the friendships that came out of that. Or just the fun of sharing something I love with folks. Right now, I'm up watching Fritz Lang's DIE NIBELUNGEN for the DVD/Blu column. Reading this talkback finally, after that I've got to review some business emails regarding the site's eventual migration off of Ruby on Rails. We're in the process of seizing the tech end of the site back from a team that has grotesquely limited the technology growth of AICN in the past several years. This won't be a quick turnaround. We test things on multiple platforms. All the paperwork has gone through on the App, that was earlier today. Very excited about that. I haven't been paid in months from AICN. I'm quite excited that the site is beginning to get close to the point of security again. But it doesn't just magically happen. I have to be a grown up most of the time, that's why it's so refreshing when I do get to enjoy myself. But realize, I have had to cut out seeing a ton of movies this year - I am almost constantly working as Blu-Rays play - but often I hit pause for business calls, which trigger 4 other calls to put that 1st call to bed. I tend to work most nights till 5am taking care of business and help site folks with their issues. And I'm married, going to rehab, being present in my family's lives but less and less sadly in Friend's lives - though once the site is squarely on its feet, I look forward to real recreational time.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Prisoners Of Gravity

    by tangcameo Taped around 1991, using interviews usually filmed at sci-fi or comic conventions or press tours. Some even play along with the 'stuck in the sattelite' gag. For all I now, Herc might be in one of these.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Best episode yet

    by Mike McCoy

    Keep up the great work, man. Really hope there's a second season.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    simpsonian, Wrong.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Maybe you should be paying attention to the comments here instead of living in your own world where you think everyone likes what you like.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Man, the views on these episodes have dropped like crazy!!!

    by thefreshestthing

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST

    best play ever man

    by IndianaPeach

    season 2 better happen mr. knowles

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    nerdist would be insane not to give you a second season harry!

    by billyhitchcock1

    the show is an integral part of the site now. you should've done it years ago!

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by TheBigFuckinLebowski

    You want to know why some folks love these shows? I don't think I'm a 9 year old, and yet, I love them. Especially when Harry geeks on about his love of movies, and memorabilia, and toys, and... everything he loves! These shows are geared toward the child in all of us, and if it's lost on you then it's because you also lost your inner child. Simple as that.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I'm with thebigfuckinlebowski

    by schlockthemonkey

    Love these shows and hope they keep coming.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST american that can pronounce Notre Dame correctly!

    by Righteous Brother

    Well close anyway. I'm dumbfounded by the criticism Harry's getting about these shows. It's just a geek talking about geeky subjects that we're all into. Would love to have a pint with Harry and chew the know what I mean.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by bigtime_charly

    I enjoy watching these shows for the pure, unbridled enthusiasm Harry has for cinema. I appreciate them in the same way I appreciate listening to friends opinions, geeking out on the latest films they have seen. This season of AIC has been highly entertaining, connecting me with the type of movies I love, presented by a down to earth guy who is passionate about the content of the show he presents. Basically, if you don't like it, then fuck off.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    The first couple of paragraphs of your reply were the sort of level head, albeit contrary to my own, view that I was hoping to read about. Shame tou had to spoil it with a childish reponse so typical of Knowles gushers - waaa you don't like my fwend Harry so fuck off if you dont like it etc. What a shame. Still, From your immature rejoiner to me I can fully understand why Harry's little videos would appeal to you. Not for all the valid things you initially said, but because you clearly have the mentality of a six year old like good old uncle Harry. Thebigfuckinlebowski said much the same as you did but in a way that made me respect his view, notwithstanding they are different to my own. I bet you think everything Harry says is soooooo koooooowlllll and probably collect toys too. And I'd also be willing to bet you absolutely believe Harry to be the supposed movie expert he pretends to be. Still, I can't be too hard on you - kids are easily impressed.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Thanks for your reply. I appreciate what you say but you really are misisng the point. Again. No, it absolutely doesn't have anything to do with your loyalty to the crew who make the show or the friends you have made there, because you Harry were the ine saying only recently that you were trying to look after people like Quint who depend on their income from AICN. Surely your first loyalty should be there and to the site, not divided amongst other things. What about the folk who depend on income from Famous Monsters? Or all the other projects you keep dipping your fingers into. Please stop bleating on about how you work 8 days a week, 25 hours a day. If you prioritised and delegated properly you wouldnt have to. I suggested before about delegating the DVD column for example and you said, no, can't do that cos you LOVE doing it so much. Like I said, running a business - as AICN most certainly is - is not all about fun or personal indulgences. You are absolutely right that you should be giving more time to your family - that is way, way, way more i portant than anything else including your supposed loyalty to others. And if that has suffered then you should learn from that. The only thing stopping you from delegating stuff is your ego so you only have yourself to blame. Learn to do that and watch how the site is turned around AND at the same time you have more quality time for your own life. I know I seem totally anti-Harry and to be fair I do blame you for the mess that this site has become in recent years (and I only hate that because it was SO great at one time) but - and I am saying this sincerely to you Harry - one of the absolute key things about running a team or a business is the art of delegation. And yes it isnt easy - I may be on your case all the time but I do appreciate how hard it is to let go of things - but honestly dont just take my word for it - just read any book on management and you will see that motivation and delegation are the Citizen Kane of business skills. Please, please, please.... just try it. Yes it will hurt initially - you will read the DVD column and think tou could do it better etc. But I swear to you the site will improve as a result and you will also have some proper quality time with your family. And hey you may even be able to watch a movie at home without having to pause it.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by bigtime_charly

    Heh. Whatever mate. I like to think I'm a fairly positive individual who warmly regards enthusiasm in other people. Alternatively, I could quite easily cast judgement and express my boring, verbose opinions on everybody else if that's what you want. Ultimately, nothing gets to the point like a good insult. So shove it up your arse, you horse faced cunt.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by Mike J


  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Mr Kite

    Much off the movie industry is run by business men and it shows. Reboots, sequels, prequels, re-imaginings, soulless blockbusters etc etc. What about vital components like art, creativity, imagination, talent and enthusiasm. There are many things about this site that I don't like (talkback trolls are right at the top of the list) and I would agree with you that it was better in the early days but I don't agree with you trying to teach Harry about business or your insulting remarks. Harry has made it clear that he is trying to improve the site and hopefully we will soon see a return to form. In the meantime I have enjoyed watching these videos for what they are....light hearted, movie related fun.