Chapter 27


Chapter 27 is a docudrama which recreates Mark David Chapman's final 3-day vigil at the Dakota apartment building in New York, which led ultimately to his assassination of John Lennon. The title refers to the fact that Chapman identified strongly with Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of Catcher in the Rye, which has 26 chapters. By extension, his own life was the unwritten 27th chapter.

It offers very little back story or character development and very little insight into Chapman's motivations. It's narrated by Chapman, and the choice of a first-person point of view allows us to experience what went through his mind, but the inherent nature of a first person narration done by a crazy man limits the ability of the filmmaker to present any objective analysis, or even to establish his own viewpoint. Thus we know WHAT Chapman was thinking, but not WHY. Ultimately that makes the film uninformative. At the end of the story, I could form only the extremely general hypothesis that the murder occurred solely because Chapman's head was messed-up, but that was the one and thing I had actually remembered about the case before I started watching the film. The lack of insight leads one to wonder why the film was made to begin with.

The film's redeeming factor is an interesting performance from Jared Leto, who apparently attended the Christian Bale / Robert De Niro academy of gimmicky weight changes, and managed to put on some seventy pounds of flab in order to duplicate Chapman's appearance to near perfection. He also did a good job of mimicking Chapman's whispery voice and soft Georgia accent. Leto might have received serious Oscar consideration, as excellent impersonations often do, if the script had been a good one.

It isn't

In addition to being uninformative, the film is also boring. Based on the films about Chapman and other similar individuals, I've formed the opinion that frustrated, mentally disturbed loners are not particularly interesting or exciting people. If they were, after all, they would be surrounded by scores of friends and curiosity seekers, and would no longer be so alone and alienated. The same qualities which make them unappealing to society also make them inherently unappealing to film audiences who, after all, form a reasonably representative sample of society.

Boring, unappealing, and uninformative ... not much of a recommendation, is it? If Dean Wormer had been the dean of a film school, he would have counseled against those things instead of fat, drunk, and stupid. After all, fat, drunk and stupid people sometimes make interesting films, as we know from Guillermo del Toro, Richard Harris, and Michael Moore, but boring, unappealing, and uninformative people probably should not be in the entertainment business, although Lord knows they sometimes manage somehow to slip through the cracks, as demonstrated by the career of Rosie O'Donnell.

How limited is the film's appeal? Well, the distro offers some damning evidence. Chapter 27 features a Leto performance that might ordinarily be considered Oscar-worthy, and it also features tabloid favorite Lindsay Lohan in a small role. You would think that those elements alone would guarantee fairly wide distribution during the annual December effort to push prestige pictures into some theaters to establish Oscar eligibility. Never happened. Lensed in 2006 and screened the following year at Sundance, the film was ignored in December of 2007, then released in the spring of 2008, premiering in a single location, never reaching more than eleven screens. It grossed a total of $56,000 in the entire United States. There are many reviews at Rotten Tomatoes (only 20% of them positive), but that does not indicate a wide theatrical presence. Most of those analyses were filed long before the theatrical release, in response to the Sundance screening.

Is it a bad film? No, "bad" would not be a fair characterization. The 5.6 score at IMDb gives just about the right impression. It features professional production values and an ambitious performance. The problem is that the film's professionalism is not enough to make it worth an investment of your time, because the assets can't overcome a script which ultimately has absolutely nothing to say, and manages to say nothing in a rather tedious manner.



The nudity comes from Jeane Fournier as a hooker hired by Chapman the evening before the murder. Here's the film clip.





Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2

The season two premiere of this Showtime series is still several weeks in the future, but the first two episodes have been leaked, probably as part of a teaser campaign.

There's no nudity in episode two, but episode one has a wild scene. Duchovny and McElhone are at a swanky Hollywood party and decide to get it on. Duchovny can't climax with her because he has just had a vasectomy, but he promises to lap her labia like a champ. Duchovny heads to the bathroom while McElhone gets naked and awaits the promised tongue. The house, which belongs to a legendary rock music producer, is so big that Duchovny gets lost and re-enters the wrong bedroom. He starts licking away, but soon discovers that he's slurping the wrong snatch ... eventually resulting in full frontal and rear nudity from the other woman, as you'll see in this clip. The woman in the clip is named Zita Vass. (McElhone did not really get naked on camera, as usual.)

Tuna and I both noted that season two would be difficult to write because all the plot points were resolved at the end of season one, and everything was tied up in a neat fairy-tale ending. The scriptwriters chose to take season two in a new direction: Hank (Duchovny) really wants to start a new life without booze, drugs and infidelity, but Satan appears to tempt him in the form of the rock producer who wants Hank to write his bio, which may be the hottest project in the entire book business. Unfortunately, writing that bio would involve hanging out with the producer, who fucks more women and  snorts more coke than Hank ever did, and is just as cynical as Hank himself. But Hank obviously needs the project to restore the luster to his writing career. Can our anti-hero retain his resolve to reform while confronted with constant temptation? That question forms this year's plot.


  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Obsessed With Lust

Ashlie Rhey film clip, samples right








Sascha Knopf putting on one hell of a tit tease, but they finally come falling out.



 Fox Business News (!!??)

Also another leggy "News Babe" with Liz Clamen from "Fox Business News.






Notes and collages

Dream On


Carolyn Lowery

Scoop's note: I have been disappointed in the timing for the release of this series. The uncensored cable versions of seasons 1 and 2 were issued in 2004. I loved the hell out of 'em. Good laughs, good characters, creative editing, lots of nudity ...

And that was it. I'm still waiting for the rest of the series. I guess the first DVD must have sold poorly, which is a real shame, because this is one of the best cable TV comedies in history.







Poison Ivy 2


Kate Rodger film clips here. Caps below.








This section will present film clips to accompany Charlie's collages (which are found in his own site).

Today's star is Olivia Brunaux:

La Lune d'Omaha (1985)

Rhapsodie en Jaune (1985)

Grand Guignol (1987)

La Trajectoire Amoureuse (1988)

Allez (???)






The Unseen


This spooky horror flick from 1981 has a very different style fromn most modern horror films. It is a true scary movie, with little blood and gore, little on-screen violence, but lots of implied mayhem. The story is kind of lame and predictable, but overall, it worked for the era in which it was made.

A TV reporter and her all-girl crew go to cover a small-town festival, and due to an error, find that there are no hotel rooms for them. A seemingly kindly museum owner offers them a room in his own farmhouse. Things go well enough until, one by one, the women disappear. In looking for her friends, the lead reporter discovers there's a pest in the basement, and it is more than just a nuisance.

While this thing probably didn't win any awards, it truly is an old-fashioned scary movie, tame enough for weak stomachs, but still plenty scary, with a nice full frontal bathtub scene to keep things interesting.

Lois Young






Film clips

A bit of surprising nudity from Reese Witherspoon in Overnight Delivery. (A sex scene with ... wait for it ... Paul Rudd)

Claire Skinner in I.D., way back in 1995


The women of the Warlock sequels: