March 30, 2012, - 7:27 pm

Wknd Box Office: Mirror Mirror, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Goon, In Darkness, October Baby, The Deep Blue Sea

By Debbie Schlussel

So many movies, so little to recommend.  Here’s what’s new at movie theaters, this weekend (I did not see “Wrath of the Titans”–sorry):

*  “Mirror Mirror“:  More like, “Xena Snow White Warrior Princess.”  Everything has a political agenda, these days.  And that includes what was once a charming fairy tale.



They took the Snow White story and turned Snow White into a feminist she-man warrior and the prince (Armie Hammer) into a wimpy dope. The warrior Snow White who kicks butt is the tiny Lily Collins, daughter of retired Genesis lead singer, Phil Collins and she slays men twice her size.  She swashbuckles with and beats the prince, also twice her size. Toward the end, Snow White locks the prince up, telling him that she grew up in the castle “reading so many stories where the prince rescues the princess.  And I think it’s time to change that story.”  Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan would be proud.  Yuck.


Julia Roberts doesn’t have to act.  She’s just playing herself as the wicked queen.  So, it’s very believable.

Other than the feminist BS, of which you’ll have to deprogram your kids, it was a cute movie.  The best part of it was the design.  The costumes and sets were both fabulous.

You’d be better off reading your kids–or having them read–the real “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”  Or showing them one of the many far superior, non-feminism-laden previous movie versions of the real Snow White fair tale.

Oh, and what the heck was with the Bollywood dance ending?  Strange and ill-fitting.

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* “Salmon Fishing in Yemen“: This is propaganda, using a cheesy, obvious, long, boring chick flick wrapped in the veneer of Arabian Nights pan-Muslim faux-charm and manufactured Muslim “mysticism.” Tofurkey tastes more real. I wanted to barf when I saw not just one, but both female leads (Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas) in this movie don keffiyehs–the scarves of Islamic mass murder–as prominent chic fashion accessories.

Because of the war in Afghanistan and a bombing of a mosque (by other Muslims), the British Prime Minister’s press secretary (Thomas) orders her staff to find a positive story about relations between the Brits and the Muslim world. When she learns that a wealthy Arab Muslim Sheikh (Amr Waked) wants to spend millions of his money on transplanting salmon to the Yemen River for fishing (and making sure there is enough water, by building and using a dam), she puts all hands on making it a success. A government fisheries expert, Ewan McGregor, is forced to work on it, even though he thinks it’s ridiculous. But, soon, he falls in love with Emily Blunt, who is in charge of the Sheikh’s investments. She is in love with her boyfriend of three weeks who is in the Army and missing in Afghanistan. He is in the midst of a tired, loveless marriage to a shrewish wife.

As I said, this is a fantasy complete with fake “exotic Arabs are wiser than us mere mortals” baloney. The Sheikh (who looks like he could be Ben Kingsley’s son, but with the addition of a smushed/broken nose) is a charming, wise, kind, decent guy who knows before they do that McGregor and Blunt are destined to be a couple. Riiight. And he is the subject of an assassination attempt by radicals in his country who believe that the dam and the salmon is too Western and anti-Islam. PUH-LEEZE. The fact that the British government spends zillions along with the Sheikh on this silly idea is a gift to jihadists–infidels wasting their money on those who hate them. And the Muslims would be laughing all the way to the mosque, not trying to stop it.

The only good part of this movie was the scene showing all the newspaper headlines and angry Scottish people, when they showed the reaction to the idea of Britain robbing Scotland of its salmon to fly them to Yemen. That scene was great–but not enough (not nearly enough) to make it worth sitting through this propagandist cinematic fable.

Predictable, annoying, and yet another attempt to tell us that Muslims are wise, kind, generous people who would never support Islamic terrorism … if you live on Mars.

Any movie that pimps you on that false notion–while the majority of the Islamic world openly cheers Hezbollah and HAMAS; and any movie that features two women wearing the official scarf of martyrdom videos . . . ain’t worth your time or money.

Al-skipworthy.

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* “Goon“: I love hockey as much as the next person. And I used to represent pro hockey players as a sports agent. But this movie stank. It’s no “Slapshot.” Not even close. It’s not even as good as the awful, “Youngblood,” as far as hockey movies go. This alleged comedy, about a minor league hockey “enforcer” (a goon), just isn’t funny. But it is filthy and disgusting, vile, and just all-around stupid.

Seann William Scott (Stifler from the “American Pie” movies) plays Doug Glatt, a stupid guy who is an outcast from his Jewish family because he’s not smart. (Funny, he doesn’t look Jewish or anything like the son of Eugene Levy, who plays his dad.) He’s tough and can punch anyone out, though, and from that, he finally finds his calling.

At a hockey game with his friend, Jay Baruchel, who hosts an online hockey show, he punches out a hockey player. The local coach sees that and recruits him to play for the team, teaching him how to skate and sending him to a minor league hockey team, where his job is to beat people up on the ice. He falls for this goofy-looking girl who is a slut but still with a boyfriend. He falls for this goofy-looking girl who is a slut but still with a boyfriend.

Glatt is a hero and people hold up signs saying, “Glatt is Hebrew for F–k You.” And I guess his tattoos are Hebrew for “not really Jewish.” Watching it, I wondered if this idiotic character was actually based on a Jewish minor league hockey player I once knew, Howie Rosenblatt, who was also something of an enforcer. He’s just one of several Jewish pro hockey enforcers, so it’s not believable that the character’s Jewish parents are embarrassed by their son’s job and beg him not to do it. Generally, Jews want their kids to work and make a living.

Regardless, I cannot tell you how completely stupid this movie is. My review makes the movie sound far better than it is. I laughed once or twice and that’s it. Mostly is was just disgusting and insufferable. It seemed like it was written by someone severely mentally disabled. I absolutely hated it. But it’s great Al-Qaeda recruitment video material.

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* “In Darkness“: To call this movie, “Holocaust Porn,” would be accurate. I hated this vastly over-rated movie “based on the true story” of a gentile Polish sewer worker who saves some of Lvov, Poland’s Jews during the Holocaust by hiding them in the sewer. Initially, he’s motivated solely by the money, but eventually, he comes to like the Jews.

I’m not exactly sure why he likes them because I could find few people as insufferable and loathsome as the Jews portrayed in this movie. They are crazies, pigs, and ingrates.

One of them keeps having sex with his mistress right in front of his wife and young daughter. And the movies seems obsessed with weird sex scenes between ugly people. This belongs in a Holocaust movie? How about a scene in which a man masturbates on top of his mistress in front of the wife and daughter (and that’s in addition to the actual intercourse he had with her in front of them)? Disgusting. And all of this is by design. It’s beyond sickening that the mistress is the only one who lives out of the three who survives the Holocaust. She also gets pregnant with his kid and smothers it to death. I don’t believe for a second that this story ever happened or that a mistress survived because the husband picked her to live in the sewer over his own daughter and wife.

As I said, the movie is “based on the true story,” which means it’s probably not even close to the truth. I highly doubt all the Jews this man saved were so reprehensible. I also vigorously doubt that any of these people repeatedly had sex with a mistress in front of the rest of his family. But I think the filmmakers had in mind to make people think that all of the six million Jews who perished as no different from these vile creatures on this screen and not feel too bad they are dead. It’s anti-Semitism, plain and simple, but done in a very veiled way. Or maybe not so veiled.

The only decent character looks exactly like Dolph Lundgren and plays a sort of Bielski Brothers type of brave Jewish partisan, but his uncanny resemblance to the Rocky IV star is a distraction. And, of course, the movie has to show him constantly seeking–and finally getting–sex in the sewer. Somehow, I doubt this much sex happened during the Holocaust, especially between sewer dwellers. But even if it had, why is that so prominent in this movie?

Because, like the rest of this movie, it’s just inappropriate and BS. Oh, and by the way, the movie is nearly two-and-a-half hours. It’s long, slow, boring, and not a tight story.

The only moving scene is at the end when the sewer dwellers come out to freedom because the war is over. They are greeted with cake and drinks by the sewer worker’s previously disdainful wife. But that ending wasn’t worth the crap we had to wade through (yes, the movie is a cinematic sewer, too) for almost three hours. And, frankly, I wasn’t sure I wanted most of these people to have lived.

Methinks that was the point of the movie all along: why save the Jews? They aren’t worth it.

And, yet, dumbass Jews all over the U.S. are raving over this crappy movie. They’re too stupid to know better. After all, those Jews who go to see this are mostly the same ones who voted for Obama.

The movie is in Polish with English subtitles. Maybe they should dub it in Arabic, too.

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* “October Baby“: This is one of the rare Hollywood movies that comes with a pro-life message. And while I appreciate that, I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it, either. But I have no use for overwrought melodramas or weird goofiness. This had too much of both. It was interesting seeing stars of the ’80s, John Schneider and Jasmine Guy (Whitley from the “Cosby Show” spin-off, “A Different World”), though.

Rachel Hendrix plays a conflicted and troubled college freshman who collapses at her debut in a college play. After she is rushed to the hospital, she eventually learns that she is adopted, and it changes everything. Her parents (her dad is played by Schneider who is still blessed with his good looks and has aged well) are religious Christians who sacrificed everything to adopt and care for her. But there’s an even bigger secret.

Hendrix goes on a spring break trip with friends, including a boy in whom she is interested. While on the road trip, she seeks to find her birth mother.

As I said, it’s rare–and refreshing–to see a pro-life movie. And on top of that, it’s a movie in which religious Christians are portrayed as good people and great parents, something you also don’t often see.

Still, it was a little emotional for me, especially for a movie mixed with a lot of forced goofiness and odd characters who don’t seem to match the serious tone and distract from it. And the movie could have been a little tighter.

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* “The Deep Blue Sea“: Rachel Weisz plays an emotional wreck in a pointless, overly melodramatic movie about a married English woman who leaves her judge husband to live with a World War II veteran. The veteran doesn’t love her, and it’s merely a sexual affair. She repeatedly writes suicide notes and threatens to kill herself. Plus they are always fighting. Not sure why you’d need to watch this pretentious movie, when you can watch Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook fight over their divorce in real life. But it was mildly entertaining and showed the waste of time that her affair was, while throwing out the husband who truly loved her. Still, guys, you will hate it. It is mired in misery.

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I FEEL SORRY FOR UR KIDS THATS IF U HAVE ANY. MAY ALLAH GUIDE U IN THE RIGHT PATH INSHALLAH. THAT SHOW HAD NOTHING TO DO WIT BEING A MUSLIM. HALF OF DEARBORN ARE NOT TRUE MUSLIMS. THE TRUE MUSLIMS ARE BACK HOME GETTING KILLED FOR WAT? STAYING TURE TO THEIR RELIGION, HAVING KNOWLEDGE THAT AMERICA DOESNT WANT U TO KNOW. FUNNY ENOUGH YOU LOOK AT THE SCHOOLS HERE AND THE ONES IN THE MIDDLE EAST SEE WAT SCHOOLS OFFER A MORE BETTER TEACHING. LETS NOT FORGET WHERE ALL THE WORLDS KNOWLEDGE CAME FROM AND HOW IT GOT HERE. ITS FUNNY HOW GOD PUT ALL THE OIL IN THE MIDDEL EAST ISNT IT. I WONDER DEBBIE IS THEIR ANY MUSLIM IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU DO NOT HATE. AND FOR ALL YOU DEBBIE FANS OUT THEIR DEBBIE IS JUST LIKE AMERICA THEY BOTH LIKE TO MIND FUCK YOU. STAY AWAY FROM ISLAM ITS NOT EVEN A RELIGION. HAHAHAH I WONDER WHY ITS THE FASTEST GROWING ONE THO. I BET ALL THE PEOPLE THAT CONVERTED ARE JUST STUPID OR WERE FORCED REALLY??? MAYBE THEY WERE SMART ENOUGH TO SEE WIT 2 EYES INSTEAD OF 1. YOU SEE PEOPLE WHAT YOUR DOIN ALL YOU ISLAMIST HATERS. I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE HATE YOU SPREAD ABOUT ISLAM BECAUSE WHEN A PERSON THAT DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ISLAM SEE IT THEY TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK IT UP. SO YOU CAN REALLY SAY THAT YOU HELP THOUSANDS CONVERT TO ISLAM BY JUST BRINGING THE SUBJECT UP. LOL DONT YOU SEE THAT THE TRUTH NEVER HIDES. I LOVE ALL YOU ISLAMIC HATERS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LOL!!!!!!!!! AND NEVER STOP HATING

DEBBIE THE DOWNER on March 31, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Drinking and typing is a bad idea at 5 AM. Next time, just back away from the keyboard and quietly pass out.

    Freddy on March 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

    DTD, are you an example of the fine education offered by Muslim schools in the Middle East? Apparently they do not teach English or spelling – or correct internet etiquette either. Perhaps you would be well-advised to stay away from this website – or at least from commenting here.

    There is an old saying, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” I suggest you take that advice.

    DG in GA on March 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

    (Skzion, it’s posts like the freak’s above that make me wanna start with the dreaded WOW the way I’d want to scratch an itch!!!)

    Wow, so all of we who distrust Islam and believe it to be an illegitimate religion (proven in Genesis BTW) would get to be like you? A raving starker who caresses the Caps Locks button too much? Gee, where can I sign up quickly.

    You’re right, Islam has a lot of offer women. Coverage from head to toe in heavy fabrics no matter the weather, men who have the liberty to carry out honour killings to their daughters, wives and sisters, women who have been violated and raped by repressed horn-dog Moooooooslim men get the luxury of defending themselves with FOUR male witnesses or being killed because the raped are worse than the rapers, not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia, pedophiles who love to have sex with young boys and girls SOMETIMES within marriage but sometimes taboo (Bacha Bazi Boys) but it’s ALL GOOD under Islam, the Baadi girls of Afghanistan, inability to have a dog and enjoy it as a member of the family, taqiyya also seems to work out for the hypocrite “holy roller” Mooooslims who can get their porn on and strip club going on all in the legitimate name of allah.

    Also, those who DO convert are never respected as much as those born into the religion (nothing I would brag about) and Islam is also NOT tolerant to those who want to get OUT of the hellish religion to a more kind and gentler one. Price is DEATH.

    NO THANKS. KEEP YOUR ISLAM. Will you try to tell us that you have a dread disease and we are all lesser than because we are not afflicted as you are? LOLOL!

    You’re just hot and bothered because we are on to you HERE more than any other site. And we WILL spread the word! Take your Death Cult and SHOVE IT!

    Skunky on March 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    It’s jackasses like you are the reason why us infidels throughout the world are more and more vigilant towards you muslims who are islamist deep down inside. Lookit, we have a good and legitimate reason to hate and loathe islam, because it is an theocratic theology that’s more of an ideology that teaches violence, hatred, anti-semitisim, misogyny, racisim towards people of color, etc. I’ve read most of the koran, hadiths, surah, etc. and there is NOTHING but violence, hatred and all sorts of vile and disgusting writings. The theology of islam does NOT teach peace and love, also the definition of islam means, “SUBMISSION”. As Skunky, said to you this morning, “keep islam to yourself”, don’t you or any of you’re co-religionist dare try to impose and force you’re viewpoints down my throat.

    Now to the main topic, I’ll be honest with you DS and everybody, I didn’t see any TV ads about the film Goon, I’m a hockey fan as much as the next person, if you said that Goon sucked, then I’ll not waste my money of on it. I can trust you on any of you’re film reviews Debbie, because you’re the one who’s the “film-critic” here and knows what you’re talking about, I on the other hand am not a film-critic and if I were a film critic like yourself DS, I’ll say similar stuff to what you’re saying about the films you review each week.

    BTW, I’ll be looking forward to you’re review a few weeks from now “The Three Stooges”, I hope you give that film a good/great reviews, becacuse The Three Stooges is one of the funniest comedy shows of all time.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on March 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Ironic, your people sweetheart invented the word, well not exactly, you simply borrowed it from the Nazis and resurrected it with the help of your pedophile gore loving Jew hating, infidel hating, kuffar hating prophet Mohammed decendent of the Momzer.
    Yes, America is corrupt, yes it is obcessed with money and sex, but when it comes to pure HATE you guys take the cake.
    If there are no kuffar Jews to dismember, go slaughter a Christian, or a Shiite, or a Sunni, or your own daughter or wife take your choice, Allah allu Akbar! Meanwhile if you guys have it so perfect over there why the hell are you HERE? Oh! maybe you’re allergic to bombs and bullets. Seventy two virgins, what do the chicks get seventy two cases of herpes?

    Ron Wolf aka "Columbo" on March 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Both my kids are adopted, Debbie. And both have known since they have been able to talk. They also know that there is a complete file on their biological mothers which will become theirs on their 18th birthdays. Easy way to avoid mysteries.

      Occam's Tool on April 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Now you’re spamming the movie thread. And stay classy with your four letter foul language!

    There may be kind and wise Arabs but you certainly don’t resemble the Arab character in “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.”

    Debbie and I would be happy if Islam was truly the Religion Of Peace.

    It isn’t and no movie on earth will change its true nature.

    NormanF on April 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Downer, people who use all caps in their writing tend to be serial killers or insane, which are you?

    Are you up to expressing yourself without screaming?

    Worry on April 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Do you know the term for a man who has sex with a 9 year old girl? Well I am SURE you do! ANd that pervert is WHO you think is a perfect man…. HHAHAHHAHAHA!

    Alabama Pride on April 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Projection, it is you, spouting what you just said, who is the hater and it is you who is irrational.

    jake49 on April 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Speaking of Fairy Tales, I liked James Garner’s ‘Politically incorrect Bedtime Stories’, and the way he twisted all of them to fit just about every PC agenda there is – Feminism, wiccan rights, environmental activists and so on.

I’d really love for someone to take any of those stories and turn them into a movie. That would be a hoot to watch – endings like Princesses not marrying but instead, becoming totally self dependent queens and making utopia out of their kingdoms :D

Infidel on March 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

Allah is in the North Pole with Santa Claus, he is a wooden headed carved moon god who married the sun goddess and had 3 daughters. Are the daughters made out of wood also?

Tina on March 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

I didn’t hate “Mirror, Mirror” as much as I expected. Partly this is for the reason Debbie gave: Julia Roberts played herself and was convincing as a witch. What hasn’t worked for a long while has been when she tried playing someone you’re supposed to like.

One scene that got a good laugh was when Hammer is in a spell and the dwarfs try to break the spell by slapping, punching and jabbing him. This is probably a pretty effective way for women to work out their hostility towards men; the same type of comedy was used in the Disney cartoon “Tangled” and that got a big laugh from that audience, too.

One scene that didn’t work was trying to fit Roberts into a tight dress and pretending that she was too fat. This worked about as well as if a joke were made about Skeletor being overweight.

Burke on March 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I wrote this after my first cup of coffee when reading another man’s review of Fishing In The Yemen.

Sorry about all the swear words.

The “Religion of Peace” goes fishing.

chuck 07:03:19 AM – Fri. Mar 30. 2012

Get the fuck outta here.

Hollywood’s piscatorial pursuit of box office revenues with a gentle admonition for “understanding” our Muslim bruthas is f******* disgusting.

I know George Clooney is not in this movie, but just for the record, I hope he eats s*** and dies.

More coffee.

I need some anger managment, I know.

Because then, after more coffee, I wrote this…

There are apparently not enough f****** jews in Hollywood.

chuck 08:26:35 AM – Fri. Mar 30. 2012

Of course this fuckin joke of a movie, is directed by a left wing whacko f*** from Stockholm who lives in Bedford New York.

While our president today goves protected status to all Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Terrorists in the United States-

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j602Qodbu1cyTDsIKXEKIO0–DYg?docId=CNG.bf5d089cf24ee0e2049a013355d10a48.9f1

we can distract ourselves from the truth by going to see “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”????

Next, the idiots in Hollywood (Seriously, where the f*** are the Jews? How does this f****** movie get made?) can create a video paean to the “Arab Spring”, where the democratic process triumphs.

More like “Triumph Of The Will”.

America has gone completely f****** insane.

In the face of Islamic hate, terror, murder and a culture that is dedicated to the destruction of all things Judeo/Christian, we lower qualifications and encourage immigration from those same countries and cultures that promote that same hate, terror and murder.

While watching Europe disintigrate under the onslaught of the Saracen and retarded immigration policies that initiated same, we copy and emulate the same destructive folly.

Maybe Mr. Gorbachev will come to our rescue again and tear down that f****** wall, only this time, it should be, stone by stone the f****** “Wailing Wall” and we can reassemble it in North f****** Dakota and bring in the last 15 million fuckin Jews alive (Thats all that is left, its a dying breed.) to America where they belong.

Or maybe, we can, as we are now so wont to do, shirk our responsibilties to our friends and allies and pretend that if there were only trout in Yemen, we would all be bruthas.

This fuckin movie is a f****** disgrace.

I will now go take some more Valium.

Keep fighting the good fight, we Vikings are with ya.

chuck on March 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

By the way 5:51.

Hate has a bad name. I am sure Charles Martel wasn’t all “Touchy Feely” that day at Tours in 732 AD. He was full of hate. Hate for the aggression of a culture committed to the destruction of all things Occidental.

We respect your hate 5:51. We do not take you and your religion lightly, or your aims of world domininane by way of the sword, takia, suicide bombings and most importantly, your successful and proven ability to seem innocuous, in the face of the unambiguated evidence of your violent intent.

Like I said, hate gets a bad name. Hate is necessary and a natural emotion when faced with annihilation.

I am ok with it.

chuck on March 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I also saw “Wrath of the Titans.” I don’t blame Debbie for skipping it. There are just so many British god movies a person can stomach.

I thought this particular god movie was the best I’ve seen of the ones that have been made lately. It was so expensively made and there were so many monsters, large crowd scenes, and expensively choreographed fights that I had the feeling if I blinked, I’d miss two to three million dollars in special effects. There isn’t any real effort to create interesting characters, but at least the monsters aren’t retreads–they’re all original. I think my favorite was the two-torsoed one that moved at lightning speed.

I gave up a long time ago waiting for a god movie which would match in quality “Jason and the Argonauts.” Berrnard Hermann died, and no composer is likely to take his place; Ray Harryhausen died, and CGI will never seem as real as what he did with stop-motion; and the fifties and early sixties culture has disappeared and along with it an older kind of humanism which valued character over hipness. This film, though, at least had enough impressive effects to be diverting.

Burke on March 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Ray Harryhausen didn’t die, he’s still around at 91 years young.

    Harvey Fenwick Lung on April 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

      Happy to hear that he’s alive and well, Harvey. Ray is my hero (along with Bernard Herrmann).

      Burke on April 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Strange to base a movie title on a movie quote “mirror, mirror”. But damn funny that they got the quote wrong. The witch says “magic mirror”.

Seems like another netflix weekend.

ender on March 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

Salmon fishing in Yemen? I’m not a fish expert, but AFAIK, those fishes live in colder climes, like the US & Canada. If they’re put in the hot waters of the Gulf of Aden, they’d die really fast.

Just like the Soviets who tried growing cotton around the Aral Sea and oversaw the greatest environmental disaster ever, Hollywood matches them w/ this movie of putting Salmon in Yemen. I thought those guys were smarter than the rest of us and more concerned about the environment – after all, they support those who oppose hydel dams in the US on the grounds that the salmon would get killed. So what happened here?

Another nugget of ignorance – all the oil rich sheikhs that one associates w/ the region are usually from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrein. In fact, Yemen is the one country that’s not a member of the GCC, and is not overflowing w/ oil like its neighbors. Yet the makers of this movie had to pick this country – the land where Osama is originally from – to pimp their message. The next question ever posed should be ‘Are you smarter than a Hollywood producer?’

Infidel on March 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Its Teman in Hebrew. But in the pre-Islamic time, it was a land ruled by Jewish kings. People have long debated how Ethiopia got Judaism. I’m inclined to believe it was spread by Jewish merchants from Yemen who introduced it to Africa and converted some of the native peoples there to Judaism. Christianity came much later. These days there are few Jews left in the Hadramaut and none in Ethiopia.

    NormanF on April 1, 2012 at 1:18 am

Bravo, another great week of reviews! You certainly sit through them way better than I could (even though I have always wanted to be a movie reviewer…sans the crappy flicks). I have a very low tolerance for bad films.

“Mirror Mirror”. Gee, back in my late teens THAT would have been my dream movie! Not now. Talk about a FantasyLand! It’s so off putting. I am so glad I saw the light (and told feminism to eff off!!!). Lily Collins looks like a young Davy Jones. I am tired and bored with small girls kicking men’s butts. FairyTaleLand!

I enjoyed your thoughts on the Moooooooslim propaganda film. It must annoy you when you have to sit through such crapola and the rest of the audience is oblivious to how fake and false and pandering it all is. It would drive me mad and I may have an episode ala that CrAzY Jet Blue Captain! My gosh.

What number false Mooooooslim propaganda is this now? They are nauseating!

I don’t even know what to say about “In Darkness”!!!! Your description seemed so unbelieveable to me!!! That really is Holocaust porn!! What an outrage. Who would make and star and such a filthy and despicable film???? I couldn’t believe what I was reading!! What filth.

Your Dolph Lungren mention reminded me of a fascinating article I read on him in Entertainment Weekly back in December. It shocked the sh** out of me. Dolph Lundgren is a Chemical Engineer and has an IQ of 160! It was a fabulous article and I LOVE to learn shocking stuff like that. Who knew? I certainly was not a fan in the 80s but I sure knew who he was.

Read it <a href="http://www.expendablespremiere.com/1/post/2011/11/dolph-lundgren-in-ew-my-thoughts-on-the-expendables-2-poster.html“>Here

We need more fun articles and shocking but fun news like that in lieu of someone is an alcho and drugs and sex pervert. Now a dinner with Mr. Lundgren would seem like a fantastic adventure! (Oh and I would have to ask him about Grace Jones though! I’d must!)

Skunky on March 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

“Oh, and what the heck was with the Bollywood dance ending?” I think I can explain that… the director is Tarsem Singh, who is from India. “The Times of India” quotes him in an article from Nov. 27, 2011 (“I’d like to make a Bollywood film: Tarsem Singh”), as saying, “I think the Bollywood aesthetic is fantastic…. perhaps in the future, I would like to make a Bollywood film” (http://bit.ly/vBt8WQ).
As for, “They took the Snow White story and turned Snow White into a feminist she-man warrior and the prince” into something considered less manly… the reason for that, I think, is due to the damsel in distress concept being considered “misogynistic”. This was first brought to my attention when I read a review on “Enchanted”.
In the Blu-ray/dvd featurette “Writing The Green Hornet”, the female character was revised to make her less “sexist” and the commentary of the remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” indicated they had a female character act differently because modern women would not act like the one in the 1962 version.

Over at the Huffington Post there is a 3/30/2012 article called, “‘Mirror Mirror’: What The Snow White Narrative Says About Women, Beauty And Aging”.

MH on March 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

DTD, what happens when you let your pets near the keyboard. What a waste of typing.

JeffT on March 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I may see the Yemen movie only because I love fly fishing and have never tried to go after salmon. The last trout fishing movie was “A River Runs Through It” and there were not too many scenes of actual fishing. Ah! the perfect cast off a weight foward fly line with a perfect presentation to the fish. Yup thats what I enjoy. Boring? To some women yes.
Whats boring to me is golf, followed closely by that Canadian-Scottish pastime of pushing a stone down the ice and frantically brushing its path with a broom.
I suppose you think Gefilte Fish comes from a jar.
PS just saw a DVD “The Serious Man” complete with lessons in Yiddish about a nebish Jewish physics professor going through the trials of Job in 1967 Minneopolis.(2009 release). Star studded cast including Alan Arkin.

Ron Wolf aka "Columbo" on March 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    As long as you don’t take it too seriously. I’ve seen the “Arabian Nights” and there much to said for the sublime attractiveness of the fatalism and exoticism that pervades Arabic story-telling.

    NormanF on April 1, 2012 at 1:21 am

Just saw Mirror Mirror with my daughter and thought it was cute. We liked it.

Karen on March 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Cute it was, Karen. Gobs and gobs of cuteness. Then, even more cuteness. There were cute dwarfs, and cute character actors (e.g., Nathan Lane) and cute music (the kind that goes “plunk plunk”), a cute, non-threatening romantic lead, and even a cute monster at the end (looked like a pussy cat—awwwwww).

    Burke on April 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Well, there’s a reason they have to come up with phony “feel-good” Islamic stories. There are no real ones.Yet Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul continue to support them in the ME.

Incidentally, DTD, Nazism was the fastest growing political movement in Germany in 1934. 50% of all people have an IQ below 100.

Occam's Tool on April 1, 2012 at 3:31 am

“: To call this movie, “Holocaust Porn,” would be accurate.

Dear Debbie: Overrated Holocaust porn is nothing new. Ever hear of SEVEN BEAUTIES? THE NIGHT PORTER?

I’m sure THE DEEP BLUE SEA won’t be as good as the Vivien Leigh orginal.

Miranda Rose Smith on April 1, 2012 at 4:44 am

The only moving scene is at the end when the sewer dwellers come out to freedom because the war is over. They are greeted with cake and drinks by the sewer worker’s previously disdainful wife.

Given the attitude of many Poles, they’d more likely be greeted by insults and rocks.

Miranda Rose Smith on April 1, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Also, it is hard to absorb Soviet occupied Poland as being free. The new authority was not hesitant about transporting those deemed unsuitable to the Gulag, or simply liquidating them. The only reason that this was not on a larger scale was due to the Third Reich having done most of that work already.

    Worry on April 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    There were a lot of Poles who saved Jews. There were also a lot of Poles who hated Jews. The greatest number of Jews killed in the Holocaust were killed in Poland—50% of the total number, 90% of the pre-war population.

    There’s an idiot named Jan Peczis who encapsulates the Polish attitude completely. On the one hand, he is proud of the Poles who saved Jews; on the other hand, he believes that the Jews were swine. Then he wonders why Israelis are so hostile to Poles?

    Skip this movie. Consider seeing: A Film Unfinished.

    Occam's Tool on April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Got no kick against Mr. Allah. Peas be upon him.

P. Aaron on April 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    WHat kind of peas? Green,crowder, cow, chick, dried or some 9 days old…with mold on top?

    Yes, let’s go with the peas in the pot 9 days old with mold.

    Alabama Pride on April 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Youngblood was awesome! Rob Lowe at the height of his “powers.”

A basic story that doesn’t try to be anything it’s not…a great skater learns there’s more to hockey than skating and shooting…there’s fighting. Yeah, now that I think about it, pretty dumb movie. Keep up the good work DS!

rupert on April 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

“Salmon Fishing in Yemen” a Al Qaeda recruitment movie? They were the BAD guys in this movie.

Did you even watch it? One thing alot more insufferable than the movie was your awful review.

Bill on June 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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