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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - Nov 27th Releases: PARANORMAN, MIB3, LAWLESS & THE APPARITION

Hey folks, Harry here… thankfully this was a short column this week. I’m hopped up on pain meds, due to getting some Wisdom teeth removed from my skull today. Most of the day, the side of my face has been throbbing. So – if there’s any inexplicable coherence in the following articles, it’s probably the meds talking. ☺ As usual, the images and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more on a title or if you’re so motivated – you can purchase it, which gives a smidge back to help keep the column going. OH – and you’ll be happy to hear that right now, Apple is reviewing the AICN DVD & Blu app. We’ll be posting a story about it once it gets through the process. It essentially makes all these columns that I’ve been writing for a very long time – and makes them searchable and easy to access in a fashion that my website does not allow. More on that later this week hopefully, now – here ya go…

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


 



PARANORMAN Blu Ray

There are people that don’t love this movie. I weep for them. As a weird kid growing up. As a boy who will still swear to this day regarding my own Ghost stories. As a lover of Stop-Motion animation – and as a huge fan of the substitution animation that George Pal’s Puppetoons pioneered… Watching this film, which has some great technical leaps in how they accomplish all this. As great as the film was… Watching this Blu-Ray and watching every last extra compulsively and in awe… This BLU Ray – for animation lovers, monster geeks and anyone that can remember being weird – this movie kicks ass – and the Blu Ray showing the family of weirdos at LAIKA that just knock not just the movie out of the park, but these extras are fascinating. I love the mad insanity that they tackle this movie with. Sure, they could have just used CG animation to animate mud splatters, or the final confrontation with the “witch” where they used Stop Motion, microwaved CDs, traditional 2D animation and a computer to get an end result that is just riveting. I can love on this film for hours. Love ever character in the film. Love the surprises and all the very non-Disney touches that make this such a particularly beautiful animated film. Stunning animation and innovation. My pick for Best Animated Film of the Year.




MEN IN BLACK 3 Film Giftset Blu Ray

I’m a sucker for figures – and I love this character from MEN IN BLACK – But I do have a warning on this set. The stand-alone MEN IN BLACK 3 has an extra disc that isn’t included in this giftset, but then, it doesn’t have this awesome figure… and if you already have MIB 1&2&3 on blu – gift them to someone you know , Keep the figure for yourself – and get the 2-Disc MIB 3 Blu. At least that’s my plan. I know a certain family member that would love the Blu Rays. AS for MEN IN Black 3, I was very surprised by how much I loved this third chapter – in many ways it is my favorite by far – if only because Josh Brolin’s Agent K is a revelation. Supporting Actor nod? The Academy has done crazier things. Also, I love Michael Stuhlbarg (the film historian from HUGO) as Griffin, the alien that lives with the knowledge of all possible permutations of reality, but is never sure which one he is in at a given time. If this is the end of the series, it’s a damn fine ending.


 



LAWLESS Blu Ray

John Hillcoat returns with another exceptional film. Again working with Nick Cave, Hillcoat has made one helluva Prohibition gangster tale. A true story, written by a living relative of the 3 Bondurant Brothers. Shia plays the runt of the litter, in awe of his big brother played by Tom Hardy – who gives his best performance of 2012 in LAWLESS. Through body language, occasional grunts and to the point lines… Hardy’s Bondurant is one of those Tall Tale characters of the bootlegging hall of fame. This is very possibly the best film of the genre. Gary Oldman is amazing in the too few scenes that he’s in. Jessica Chastain is wonderful. Mia Wasikowska as the Preacher’s Daughter that Shia has his eyes on… GREAT. In particular the foot bathing scene is just crazy fun. And is it just me, or did you get the idea that Shia blew a load in his pants in that scene? In many ways, this film reminded me of THE LONG RIDERS – another film of criminal family – and what a great double bill. Do not miss LAWLESS!




THE APPARITION Blu Ray

I’m a sucker for these kinds of films. It feels very much like a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY knock off – only… this sure as hell was a lot better than the last one of those. Which I actively hated. Ok – so Draco Malfoy, being the total fucking choad that he is, graduates from Hogwarts and goes to a University where his knowledge of the Dark Arts mixes with science. They do a séance, with these gadgets on the heads of the hand holders. These thingamagigs do something that you most certainly would never fucking want to have happen at a Séance. You see, it amplifies the “energy” so this it is like there’s over 400 people holding hands and concentrating to give their energy to an entity to manifest with. SURPRISE – it goes real fucking badly – and the film picks up with one of the survivors of this experience, going with his girl friend to move into a house in a brand new subdivision (again bad idea) – and shit begins going on. What I loved about this thing – was just discovering their particular rules. I also like to place myself in the situation – which is why this is a HOME VIEWING experience, because I’m shouting out advice throughout the film – and if you have friends that love to have fun with a kinda cheap horror flick. Well, I definitely had a good time with it. NOW – don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a classic, it isn’t great… but as a genre hound, this did catch my attention and I had fun with it.


Now, this week was definitely lacking for a number of titles I could recommend… But next week is a doozy. I’ll be giving DARK KNIGHT RISES a second look on Blu Ray, FINDING NEMO hits Blu & Blu 3D, HOPE SPRINGS, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, STAR TREK: TNG Season Two Blu, UP Blu 3D, PURPLE NOON Criterion Blu, GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTED Blu, MST3K: XXV, BRAZIL Criterion Blu, SILENT NIGHT: DEADLY NIGHT 1&2, SILENT NIGHT, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, BUTTER, V/H/S Blu, Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS Blu, Kino’s THE BLUE ANGEL Blu!!!! The Complete SPACE:1999 MegaSet, SUDDENLY Blu, COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL 20th Anniversary BLU, GAMERA THE BRAVE Blu and more!

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  • And don't get me wrong, i love a good action figure/model...but cluttering up my dvd collection with all these frivolous busts and shit...not fucking interested. You have Men In Black aliens, an I, Robot Sonny head, an E.T spaceship, Predator and Alien busts, a Terminator skull, a Game Of Thrones dragon egg, etc, etc...i know some of these things contain the discs inside. I also know i can choose not to buy them, so i don't, but i think they are ridiculous. Plus, they cost extra. Geek consumerism gone just a bit too far if you ask me.

  • Either that or he was tired of everybody giving him shit for liking "Vamps" with Alicia Silverstone and hating the new Batman movie.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I like Paranorman a lot but I don't love it

    by Porco Drunko

    Sadly I don't think the characters are well rounded or interesting enough. Most specifically I kept wanting the sister to have more layers to her personality but it never really came. I still think it's a damn good film but that's mostly due to the awesome third act. Up till then it was good in patches but the characters and dialogue was too patchy. I do give them some credit for the jock character though, because around the closing of the 1st act I kept thinking "boy it would be nice if the jock turned to the girl and said you know I'm gay right" and then low and behold he actually came out as gay at the end - and it wasn't a big fucking deal. It's surprising as hell to say this but Frankenweenie actually turned out to not only be the better movie but also the more moving film as well. From Tim "style over substance" Burton to actually get a legitimate tear from me was something that's been missing from his films for a while. So Paranorman Good but not great and saved by an amazing ending.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Good opportunity to click and order Xmas gifts..and help the site..

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

    ..archiving the DVD columns -going forward- would help us help you a little more. I just ordered a bunch of catalog titles, if I could've ordered via a site link, I would of done.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    An AICN App!?

    by DrGogol

    Now you can not read the DVD column on your phone when it doesn't get written. The wonders of modern science!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    We've got an APP for that!

    by ATARI

    That's good news.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Harry liked Men in Black 3 but not The Dark Knight Rises...

    by sarg2k

    ...I do not even need to say anything else

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    And still no Larry Hagman obit

    by Bop N Rumble

    I am disappointed, Harry. What is so important these days that you can't even do an obit on an American icon?

  • ARE YOU ON CRACK?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Wow. Next week is a fucking monster!

    by Logan_1973

    Feel better, Harry. Looking forward to next weeks column!

  • Is that why the site is having financial trouble? ...Kidding. But, no seriously...what the fuck? See...i could care fucking less about the Oscars. I could care just as less about the MIB franchise. But (despite a vain and ever so slight, half hearted wish to see genre films get a better type of 'critical acceptance' if you will...ala Sigourney Weaver's Aliens performance at the 87 (?) Oscars) do i want to see the limp as shit, screenplay devoid fucking Men In Black franchise rewarded?!? No!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I'm a sucker for pain meds.

    by Simpsonian

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Wow. Congrats harry!

    by Robert Evans

    Three weeks in a row during a busy time. I'm impressed.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    One From the Heart next week.

    by Robert Evans

    Under appreciated Coppola is always a good thing

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Paranorman was a bit too seamless

    by lagomorph

    Putting aside the writing, tone and character issues that keep Paranorman from being a classic and strictly speaking as a long time fan of stop motion animation. Aside from a few moments when I felt the stop motion animation deeply, I think they've made the process too seamless and smooth. Coraline walked that fine line wherein you still felt a rough handmade quality to the action but the movie was slick at the same time. For some reason Paranorman settles into a kind of Dreamworks animation zone that I don't find as charming. It's stunning in its own way but it's just over a line that I didn't quite realize was there.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Hoping One From the Heart gets a single disc release

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It's coming in a set with Apocalypse Now & Redux, which I already own on blu ray.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Best thing about "Lawless"

    by Toe Jam

    Naked Jessica Chastain. Otherwise, it's merely a decent period action-slash-drama flick. Tom Hardy is good, though, as usual.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    "Paranorman" put me to sleep in the theater

    by Toe Jam

    But that seems to be the case with a lot of movies lately. It used to never happen, but "Total Recall" and "Lincoln" also had me drifting off at points. Maybe I'm just getting old.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    You may weep for me...

    by Kirbymanly

    I wanted to love "ParaNorman" but it just doesn't work. The story stinks and the voice-acting is boring and lifeless and all of the jokes/gags fall really flat. It's such a shame because the animation is amazing and its heart is in the right place.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    hillcoat and dominik-aussie legends

    by Hugh Gustavus

    i like the fact that they have been able to get films made that definitely arent what the studios want to make. good on em, assassination of jesse james and the proposition are classics

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Inexplicable coherence?

    by Keith

    I had fucking knee surgery last week and probably didn't take as many meds as you do in one day. Don't blame it on the tooth extractions, you coulda had this column in the tank for a week. I, for one, look forward to any coherence and relevance to movies discussed for a change.

  • Nice one Harry, a little self-deprecation!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    sam fulmer

    by Robert Evans

    The Coppola set also has CONVERSATION. but yeah hopefully they will release it as a standalone because i sure dont want to buy those two blus again..

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    MIB was DOA

    by higgledyhiggles

    I enjoyed Paranorman but it fell apart in act 3 completely and never recovered it`s momentum instead opting for sentimentality. If in doubt, add more Goonies, not less.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I thought I was the *only* person who half-liked The Apparition

    by Collin Armstrong

    It's really not a good movie - at all - the logic is terrible, the characters paper thin - but for some reason, I found myself enjoying it. Reminded me of Stay Alive in that regard. Terrible, terrible movie, no question... but if I happen upon it, I always watch it. I guess these qualify as guilty pleasures? Dunno.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I wonder which One From the Heart it'll be

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The original 1982 cut, or the DVD cut from 2002?

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I know it's lesser Coppola, but I'd like to see The Cotton Club

    by Samuel Fulmer

    get put out on blu ray.

  • This is called being able to tell a decent movie from one so overstuffed with its own self-importance that it's as boring as a first year environmental studies chick who has just smoked her first joint and is now convinced of the brilliance of her own every word.

  • What a piece of shit!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Not an excuse for you to be even lazier but an idea.....

    by Chris Kirby

    If you are feeling pressed for time at least give us a column with the important releases that people give a shit about. It was actually nice seeing a column without some 70s fetish porn on DVD.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Has Harry done Prometheus yet?

    by donkey_lasher

    .

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    "I’m hopped up on pain meds..." Isn't this everyday?

    by D.Vader

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    An app for bad reviews that don't tell you much, awesome.

    by D.Vader

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    By much, I mean...

    by D.Vader

    These aren't reviews of discs, just a list of releases and reactions to the movie. They hardly ever tell you if the disc is worth a purchase based on video, audio, or extras. That's all I mean.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Harry vs. TDKR II

    by Deceased Fan

    I've got ringside seats. See you next week.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Rises

    by Silv

    Discuss.

  • Ya go to the video store and they tell you its not out till friday. Pisses me off so much that I try not to buy friday releases.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    TDKR

    by AlibyebyeEssmob

    Loved the damn film. I thought it had tons of heart, and was a very fitting end to the Nolan trilogy. I'm not sure why batfans get their panties so bunched up. It's a cinematic adaptation of Batman, it's not necessarily the Batman YOU want, but it is A Batman, and they're all good films. Rises had great acting, and some spectacular scenes. One of my favorite films of the year, by far.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Why is it so important to everyone that Harry like TDKR?

    by MrWug

    The man is entitled to his opinion. I didn't particularly like it either.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I'm a sucker for these kinds of reviews

    by Jabber_Jaw

    I get sucked in

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Erects

    by BD Mahony

    Just watched it for the first time. The first half (other than the hijacking) is a total fucking mess. The second half is entertaining. I think Nolan/Goyer had a good idea, but I don't think they knew how to pull it off. That or the studio really fucked things up (add more about John Blake, you know, just in case...)

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I’m hopped up on pain meds, due to

    by BD Mahony

    it being tuesday. BONER!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The One From the Heart DVD isn't the original cut?

    by Mystery Roach

    What's the difference? I fuckin love that movie... haters be damned.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    My pick for Best Animated Film of the Year?

    by lovesamuelfuller

    NO! My pick for Best "Film" of the Year... I just watched it and loved every frame of it. Coraline was my favorite movie of that year. Paranorman at this point is my favorite movie of this year. (and i own a videostore - yes they still exist - and see many many films)

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    autodidactic, that was a perfect analogy for TDKR.

    by SergeantStedenko

    For those who didn't catch it: This is called being...a...movie ...so overstuffed with its own self-importance that it's as boring as a first year environmental studies chick who has just smoked her first joint and is now convinced of the brilliance of her own every word.

  • ZING! But seriously, I'm coming around to the notion of actually watching MIB3. The second one filled me with so much hate that I swore off any further sequels. Maybe not, after all. I do love Brolin.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    It's pretty clear Harry isn't as enamored with Nolan as most people.

    by SergeantStedenko

    He fell asleep during Inception and hated TDKR. I agree completely with Harry regarding the latter. And I think that Nolan is one of, if not, THE most overrated directors working today.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I LOVED the first two Nolan Batman films...

    by bass

    ...and thought the third was listless, flaccid, boring AND predictable. Hey, let's send every single policeman underground all at once!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    And if Harry likes TDKR?

    by Sean1701

    What then?

  • "Once you believe, you die" IS NOT IN THE FILM AT ALL. They made it up because the actual movie is such a piece of shit they couldn't sell it. So naturally, Harry lurves it.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I think Harry is addicted to pain medication at this point.

    by kindofabigdeal

    They tried to send him back to rehap and he said no, no, no. As long as he has his site. And Yoko thinks he's fine.

  • Surely there are some more worthy releases to warrant coverage? Anyhoo...if you get Halo 4 play Spartan Ops...its pretty pukka! :)

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    samuel fulmer, Cotton Club is one of my faves

    by Simpsonian

    Sure it's not perfect, but it's one I can watch over and over. And my god it has a young, nude, Diane Lane in smokey eyed flapper mode; yumm

  • Said Harry last week. So we're 3 for 6 with no catch up column. Time to hand over the column Harry. Maybe the site.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    No Top Ten Sentences list from me this week, but...

    by Jacob Underhill

    ...do a site search for the phrase *I weep* and enjoy some prime Harry rhetoric.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    There are people that don’t love this movie. I weep for them.

    by jimmy_009

    I liked it, but didn't love it. It had some story problems that could have been ironed out. Still a fun movie.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Batman should have died at the end of TDKR

    by alan_poon

    Cop out ending to an underwhelming final installment. I loved the first two but this one was bloated, boring and in some parts even laughable. (Talia's death scene)

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Is Pain Medication fattening???

    by Jones Jonez

    I sure hope not... geez

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Rises was such fucking shit.

    by Volllllume3

    Somebody needs to shoot Nolan and all his braindead fanboys.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    These Aren't Reviews

    by aceldama

    To the people bitching about these "reviews," they AREN'T reviews. They are just short little blurbs about the titles. Quit getting on his case for these being shitty reviews. Fucking fuck fucks.

  • So he thought an app would be a really stellar idea for all those ppl who constantly complain that Harry's DVD review is absent....when in reality those people don't really care about Harry's opinion on movies, they just have Asperger's syndrome, so his tardiness makes them bang their heads. Bonk! bonk! bonk! bonk!

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Best animated film of the year? PUSS IN BOOTS !

    by Autodidact

    Was that last year? I fucking loved that movie on blu-ray. Laughed my ass off.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    The great thing is, Nolan doesn't give a shit what you think.

    by TheLastCleric

    He is an auteur in every sense of the word and he’s also one of the most commercially and critically successful directors of the last decade. He took an iconic hero and condensed his mythos into three films spanning one epic story arc and populated his movies with some of the greatest working actors in the business. And despite what some have claimed to the contrary, he did a fantastic job of preserving the integrity of the character even while making some admittedly significant alterations to the source material. The backlash to Nolan and his films was inevitable; anyone who garners that much praise and success is going to also generate a small but vocal base of naysayers who don’t particularly like his films and need to foist that dislike onto the rest of us in some tenuous hope that they can spread their derision like a virus. If you don’t like Nolan’s films or TDKR in particular that’s your prerogative but the manner in which some of you attack Nolan and his fans is bizarre.

  • Nov. 27, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Loved Lawless!

    by slave to the one

    The author of the novel the movie is based on is a descendent of the Bondurant boys...Matt Bondurant. He's actually a professor at my school, University of Texas at Dallas. Really thinking about taking a creative writing class from him!

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    - truly woeful music that really tries way too hard.

    by quantize

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Rise of the virgins who have decided to hate TDKR

    by Andrew Coleman

    Boring. I'm sorry but the hate that movie has gained since wrecking the box office is pathetic. We get it you want to rebel and be negative. But every time I read a post like: "TDKR was a piece of shit!" or that one lunatic talking about shooting Nolan and his fans. I just imagine a teen covered in zits crying because girls won't even look at him so he vents here about movies. Get over it.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Why Did AICN Ignore Larry Hagman's Death???

    by Graphix67

    Did I miss it???

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Why did AICN Ignore Randy Poffo's Death???

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Its the spit polish hair....

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    ..and the bug shit crazy...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Because.....LARRY HAGMAN DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS DOJO!

    by Simpsonian

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Hardy has been great in some movies, not Lawless

    by SlyWalker

    All he did was grunt around. I fail to see how this is great acting:/

  • Why would I go in wanting to see Nolan fail when I loved TDK and consider it one of the best superhero movie of all time? Maybe TDKR was actually as bad as we unfortunately believe and you guys are the fanboys who are in denial. Oh, and LOL that I'm a virgin because I didn't like a comic book movie! The irony!

  • Because he is so skilled he was able to make a watchable coherent film from that mess, but just barely, imo. But, because he also co-wrote the script and decided to direct what was on the page, he also gets the blame for being a lousy storyteller this time out.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Those who liked TDKR are in denial? Really?

    by TheLastCleric

    Because the film enjoyed overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics (87% on RT) and has grossed in excess of one billion dollars worldwide. So again, feel free to loathe the movie but let’s not pretend that such widespread adoration is the product of mass denial. I’ve seen the film multiple times and I think the biggest problem is that TDKR tried to tell too much story and could have easily been divided into two films. Other than that, I loved it and consider it a fitting conclusion to a pretty goddamn brilliant Batman trilogy. For those of you unsatisfied with Nolan’s take, I sincerely hope the next cinematic interpretation satiates you.

  • If you can explain that, ill buy it.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Only four movies this week?

    by Yelsaeb

    Alright.

  • Cant really say I'm "happy" as its the first time i've heard of this. I'd possibly be happy as a longtime talkbacker if you could give us a time and an update of site improvements that you've eluded to in the past. The thing that killing us is the lack of information. give us an update. you don't have to spill everything if you have legal issues. just keep us informed. As supporters of the site and projects you do it can only serve to help everyone understand what is going on. The lack of a Hagman orbit just proves my point. everyone was expecting one considering his contributions, none was given. even a wiki cut and paste would have done! lots of people are asking and still no explanation is forth coming. yes, true you don't owe us anything, yes it your sandpit you can do as you please. yes we could go elsewhere. But come on some quid pro quo here, if you want us to click on links, just tell us what's going on. this site is built on movie information, yes information about the site is sorely lacking. IF your doctor said " you have a problem" and didn't elaborate you'd be fucked off. IF your builder knocked out your walls without telling you before hand you'd be pissed. C'mon man an update with some timelines. Your pal, Jimmy Olsen

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    As a weird kid growing up.

    by knowthyself

    I totally believe you harry. I really honestly do.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    the real reason there was no Hagman obit

    by shiekybaby

    Hagman. I just. What can u say? He was JR, the fucking man. But he was also more. When I think back to watching Hagman as JR on Dallas, HE was just awesome. I mean really a bad ass guy. And remember the game who shot JR we used to play with our hands? But I loved Hagman way before Dallas and the awesome awesome bad assery that it was on 80s small screens in america. to me he will always be major tony nelson, on the wankfest reruns we got to see after school every day. it reminds me of how I used to copy all of his smooth Moves when I would manipulate women to go down on me in high school, which was shortly before I had the genius idea to create a movie site and elevate myself to a minor deity in geek culture. that said, I was a very cool kid. i was just. kinda like. Those were great time! If you didnt understand my thoughts, it is because this is actually a special inside joke for my father.

  • I should create my own site.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Yep, after this length of time, I guess it's official:

    by terrynation

    AICN gives a heartfelt FUCK YOU to Larry Hagman. You say nothing, Harry, and you don't pressure any of the people who *ahem* contribute to the site you allegedly own and run to say anything. Not a word, nada, just... silence regarding a man rightly deserving of the title of television and movie legend. I'd say shame on you, but I doubt you really understand the meaning of the word. Once again, you and your site have collectively dropped the ball, and you richly deserve all the scorn you're receiving. Just pathetic.

  • So, what?

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Hagman was also great in PRIMARY COLORS...

    by TopHat

    ...shame no obit.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko, I liked ASM.

    by TheLastCleric

    I thought it was a hell of a lot better than any of the Raimi films, which suffer from a morose and flat leading man and a milquetoast leading lady. As to the issue of quality, my point is that calling those of us who like TDKR delusional fanboys who are in denial is a pretty damn ridiculous assertion given the critical and commercial success of the film. I get that the internet is full of geniuses who, if they quit their boring day jobs, could write and direct brilliant films with half of their cerebellum tied behind their backs but really, get a fucking grip. I’ve seen TDKR numerous times and my love of the movie had nothing to do with denial and everything to do with a genuine appreciation of its quality. If others dislike it that is their problem, not some fucking mass psychosis on the part of critics and audiences.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Lawless is really good

    by Jaka

    Not great, but really good. Every actor does a great job, though. First time I've really liked Shia LeBouf since that golf movie. Guy Pearce is great. Hardy is great. It's very solid on that front. Interesting story, too, but a little slow. But so was The Proposition, which IS great. So if you liked that, you should probably give this one a try.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I enjoyed Lawless

    by Mattman

    Calling it 'exceptional' is some seriously misguided hyperbole, though. Hardy was of course the best thing about it. Shia is actually decent. But the story doesn't add up to much, and the ending is absurd (even more absurd considering it's supposedly based on a true story).

  • Because so was I. The entire movie is a big, clunky mess, and suffers from some of the worst editing I've seen in ages. It suffers from trying to be too many Batman stories at once. Is it KnightFall? Is it The Dark Knight Returns? It it The Dark Knight Part II? The answer is yes to all, and that's the problem. I could go on, but I know the non Nolan fanbois know what I'm talking about. I gave up trying to have any rational discussion with the Nolan lovers who have their noses so far up his ass, they could pick his snots. When he's engaged in a project, he makes great movies. Here it was quite obvious he was glad to be done with Batman.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Get off of Larry Hagman's balls.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Those dead, shriveled up, necrotic balls. A lot of you faggots must have slept with him or something. Did he tell each and every one of you that you're special, or what? Wear your black veils somewhere else. Oh and Harry is fat. Expecting him to do anything in a timely manner is futile. You'd be better off teaching a cat to give blowjobs.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I for one wish AICN would do *less* obituary posts

    by Autodidact

    It's not cool when someone dies.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I agree with autodidact

    by Bobo_Vision

    The fake sympathy for someone you never knew screams Entertainment Tonight. It's even worse when you didn't really care for their work.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I agree with autodidact and bobo_vision

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I mean unless it's Harry posting an obit where he talks about briefly meeting some famous person for like 2 seconds, and somehow Harry changed their life, why bother. We know J.R. is dead, if you want a death circle jerk, go to the IMDB message boards.

  • Because I know Harry wanked it to her films, because he said so. And his expressed love for 70's soft core. True, they should only do obits when they someone's work really meant something to them, as was the case with the lovely Kristel. I will never forget, Harry!

  • And Puh-lease don't tell me that delusional fanboys of Nolan don't exist and that their savior can do no wrong in there eyes and that even Insomnia is an underrated masterpiece in their eyes. Sorry, I like most of Nolan's films very much but he is not God and he is not by any stretch of the imagination the best director ever.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    The Crapparition

    by thefreshestthing

    Terrible movie. Boring as hell. I thought it looked awesome from the trailer, and I love most horror films but this was not good. Honestly, Harry giving this a good review is ... suspicious.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko, of course it has flaws.

    by TheLastCleric

    Most films have flaws, even those praised to the heavens. I’m relatively certain that if films like Raiders of the Lost Ark or JAWS were released today both would get picked apart in the same way that genuinely great contemporary films receive flak. I think the biggest problem with TDKR is that the film is almost too large and probably should have been split into separate movies. There are some very abrupt transitions and I think that has to do with Nolan being forced to edit this down to a more manageable (under three hours) running time. However, it’s still a compelling and epic story and I think it was executed beautifully and in such a way as to put a definitive end to this particular iteration of Batman. As to the Nolan love, I think the weakest film he has made was Insomnia, which was still pretty damn great. Everything else had been outstanding and I’m a true believer that Inception is this generation’s equivalent to something like Blade Runner. Nolan has achieved much at a young age and I think he will only improve as he progresses. Then again, I’m somebody who tends to focus on the positive where by contrast the Internet has become a place of perpetual negativity, where a certain segment of the populace gets off on nitpicking and complaining. I think we got a pretty brilliant Batman trilogy and for those who didn’t like it, I hope the next version is more to their liking.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I just didn't understand TDKR

    by thefreshestthing

    The Dark Knight is in my Top 10, but I just didn't understand Rises. Nothing anyone did made sense to me. Nobody's motivations made real senseto me. Plotwise it all added up, I guess, but ... for example, Alfred. Everything he says to Bruce makes sense, sure. It's all very rational. And his exit works great with the plot. But under harsher scrutiny, and looking at all of his interactions with Bruce in the past films, it's clearly just a contrivance. And that's how most of the characters' actions feel. I thought Anne Hathaway was great. Did I ever feel that Selina Kyle was a real person? No. Did all of her actions and rationalizations fit with the plot? Of course. I don't know. It all ened up being a very hollow and contrived experience for me. These were characters whose actions did not dictate the plot, but the plot dictated the characters. I did like the movie overall, though. The Prestige is my favorite Nolan movie if that helps the fanboys dismiss my opinion any easier.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Batman fucks children.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Nolan made child porn.

  • And not because it wasn't the Batman in the comics or the Batman I grew up with and one day dreamed of being put on the big screen like Harry. I don't think I ever read a Batman comic in my life and I was heavy into comics in my youth and teen years. I think my disappointment stemmed from my high opinion of Nolan and the fact that TDK was such an achievement. One of my main problems with TDKR was the lack of a compelling villain, something that the previous film had in spades. I also agree with therefreshestthing that much of the film felt contrived and I think that has a lot to do with what you are saying that Nolan tried to cram too much into it and hence character motivations are not fully developed, but forced by plot. In contrast, I was not disappointed by ASM because my expectations were low. ASM was by no means a great film, I'd give it an average rating, but it is also not a complete disaster either as I was expecting. It's just definitely not Amazing. Not that the previous films were all that great, but I didn't have as much fun with it as I did with Raimi's. And the Lizard's design sucked. At least he did have his lab coat on for a few seconds.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I also thought MIB3 was a better movie than DKR

    by HornOrSilk

    MIB3 did what it set out to do; it wasn't pretentious about doing what it wanted to do; it did it, did it in an enjoyable way, and it was a nice, light-entertainment film, the best of the series. DKR was over-pretentious, and, because it tried to act as if it were realistic and full of insight, it didn't live up to what it set out to do, and indeed, it consistently did things which would never work in a real-world situation. It not only failed to live to its potential, it was a 2 start movie at best.

  • Of course, sodomy was still a crime at that time.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    He's fucking his own son now, and he's 10 years old.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Also, they got a dog. That poor, poor dog. =(

  • Did you find the ending of Lawless unbelievable, or the epilogue? I found the ending to be a little unbelievable and of a tone that didn't exactly fit with the rest of the movie, but the epilogue worked for me. First it was a genuinely nice bit of follow up information, then it was surprising (redacted for spoilers) and left me feeling the way I think the end should have to begin with. But yeah, crazy that it's a 'true story'.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    ...Biollante?!?! Region 1? Are you fucking serious?!?!

    by yourvillainbobby

    You mean 1985 is the last one I'll have to own on bootleg? Praise Jeebus!!

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST

    TDKR was garbage

    by Tank Williams

    Smelly, shit falling out the sides, garbage.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    LET'S NOT FORGET, HAGMAN WAS ALSO IN SUPERMAN THE MOVIE...

    by Astronut

    ... as the military officer in charge who, made it a priority to give mouth-to-mouth to Miss Tessmacher...

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    MIB3 was complete shit. The whole film felt like a mess.

    by frank

    .

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Nobody gives a fuck that Gary Fagman or whoever died.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Get over yourselves. Tell you what, if you all kill yourselves, they'll post an obit. Prove you care.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    TDKR was excellent

    by FlyingToupee

    I don't get the hate. Maybe it's because many fan's wanted a slavish adaptation of the source material. I thought it was a great conglomeration of different Batman stories, all done with Nolan's particular flair. There was more bloat and clunk than is usual for Nolan, but that's because there was so much he wanted to tell. Other filmmakers who have curried favor with fandom can only dream of making a film this good. And if this post is colored by my liquid lunch, I apologize.

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Some Hobbit reviews are tricklin in and EEEK!

    by Darren

    Here's a particularly notable and more than a little worrying- "Like all unexpected journeys, there are a few pitfalls along the way, most notably the tangential subplot surrounding bumbling wizard Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), whose buffoonery at times descends into JAR JAR BINKS territory. Make of that what you will; I’m not going to be too worried about it." NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • Dec. 1, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I've walked out of one other movie in my life, and that was Batman and Robin

    by TheDroidYouAreLookingFor

    Apparition marked the second. It was somewhere in the 3rd act, and I was like, "I'm out." My girlfriend sighed, chuckled, and said, "Oh good, I thought it was just me and I was gonna have to sit through the rest of it." She's NEVER walked out of a film before (she likes Twilight and all that garbage).

  • Then I realized those were her elbows. At least I hope they are.

  • Dec. 2, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    It figures the guy too big to leave the house does the DVD picks.

    by Fries Against

    Got any good pay per view recommendations, fatty?

  • Dec. 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    The only way to make this column worse....

    by deathwheeler

    is to pay $1.99 for it....oh wait.

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