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Artist Joey Spiotto has a knack for taking the brutal worlds of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and the like, then reducing them to children’s book cover art that you’d actually want to share with kids. But you shouldn’t, because meth and dragons are just not for children.

Rather than run through the roster (American Psycho, Daft Punk, etc), let’s just get to the images, which are what this guy’s work is really all about. He had his gallery premiere in LA last week, and the few remaining prints can be purchased here.

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘American Psycho’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/soundtrack-studies-american-psycho/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/soundtrack-studies-american-psycho/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:48:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262730 Do you like Huey Lewis?

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Here we go. This should be a pretty common lexicon among Screen Junkies readers. American Psycho was largely considered “unfilmable” when the Bret East Ellis novel hit shelves in 1991. The book, meant to be a satire of 80’s excess, and the privileges afforded the wealthy, males, and of course, the wealthy males, followed around one Patrick Bateman, a shallow material sociopath.

The only things that really moved Bateman were a predilection for the finer things in life (condos, clothes, gym memberships, vacations) and brutally murdering people for no reason. He was insane and empty, but his status alone masked these shortcomings, and his peers were all too self-involved to notice.

That’s American Psycho. For many reasons, including brevity, and to omit extremely graphic and tedious scenes, director Mary Herron decided the film would leave most of the book on the cutting room floor. For instance, it was nothing for Ellis to have Bateman take us through five pages of why one designer’s latest work had fallen flat. Or three pages on why Genesis were the greatest rock band of our generation.

Except the parts about music made the cut and stayed in the movie. In American Psycho, Christian Bale’s Bateman would often give his unknowing companions a brief education on Whitney Houston or Huey Lewis before chopping them up with an axe.

It was one of several moments of levity that helped us digest the gravity of the film. What made the scenes so fun was a) Bateman’s taste in music was TERRIBLE and unabashedly 80’s and b) he really was interested in talking about these bands.

One of the more interesting things about the film and its pop soundtrack (it also has a score we won’t discuss) is that all the pop music that we hear in the film is heard by Bateman as well. I’ve talked before about diegetic music vs. non-diegetic, and by hearing only what he hears, we’re taken one step further into his mind (or, at the least, one step further out of our reality). It’s not like when the hip young architect is riding his bike to his San Fran townhouse and “Semi-charmed Life” is playing for no reason. We are listening to this music because Bateman listens to this music. In fact, we never leave Bateman for any significant period of time throughout the entire film. We’re here to follow him, and that’s what we do.

There’s no better way to make fun of an era than to discuss the clothing and music popular at the time. And unfortunately, Bateman’s fashion is pretty much on-point, so we’re left to revel in his terrible pop music tastes from which he strives to derive meaning that just isn’t there.

There he goes on talking about Phil Collins while getting a friend and a hooker to have a threesome. Note the wistful and satisfying look on his face when he gets to talk about these guys. He’s over the moon.

Then he kills them with a knife and chainsaw. Tricky business, this dichotomy.

While the soundtrack did sell particularly well (mostly because very few people saw the film in the theater), the film has found a second life due to word of mouth and ridiculous scenes like the one above.

I guess the moral here is that as mean and as sociopathic as we can get, we’re never immune from the charms of pop music.

Enjoy the soundtrack and, if you haven’t already, go see the film, it’s very fun.

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Dexter Vs. Patrick Bateman http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-vs-patrick-bateman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-vs-patrick-bateman/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:28:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258867 Somebody found a way to make Dexter entertaining again!

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Somebody found a way to make Dexter entertaining again! Although, not cool Dex. I know you live by a code but at least let the guy finish taking a leak.

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‘American Psycho’ Follow-Up Series In The Works At FX http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/american-psycho-follow-up-series-in-the-works-at-fx/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/american-psycho-follow-up-series-in-the-works-at-fx/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:23:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256899 I bet he'll now be extolling the virtues of Mumford and Sons and Carly Rae Pepsen.

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FX has announced they’re working on a follow-up to the book and film American Psycho, this time picking up on “hero” Patrick Bateman in his 50′s. Interesting. Wonder what kind of mid-life crisis sociopathic murderers go through.

In the pitch, Bateman would pick up a younger apprentice as part of some sick experiment on his part, which I guess would jack up the sex appeal beyond that of a middle-aged serial killer.

The premise sounds ridiculous, but then again, so was the premise that inspired it. Further, FX has gone a long way in the past few years, and though there may have been some missteps, they’ve proven with Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, and Sons of Anarchy that they can dabble in camp about as well as anyone else can.

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Kanye’s Half-Assed ‘American Psycho’ Parody Is Now Out http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kanyes-half-assed-american-psycho-parody-is-now-out/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kanyes-half-assed-american-psycho-parody-is-now-out/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:59:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255401 No surprises here. Not even positive ones.

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It stars two series regulars from the Kardashians TV show and lives, Scott Disick, and a guy named Jonathan Cheban, both of whom appear to be just terrible human beings and actors.

Nonetheless, it’s Kanye, so we have to scope it out to see if there’s anything stupid-crazy-funny here. There’s not, so let’s just keep moving about our day, knowing that the next one will be better, and probably won’t be a trite parody that’s been done a million times before.

Also, buy Yeezus. It’s really good.

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The 6 Nicest Apartments In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-6-nicest-apartments-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-6-nicest-apartments-in-film/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:45:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249363 Yes, but do they have vintage freezers. You know, the kind without ice machines?

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It’s nice to get away from the painful realities of life by going to the movies. While entertainment like HBO’s Girls often tries to make its depiction of life as real as possible, there’s something to be said for the decadence and opulence that films can bring to the table. And rarely is that more clear than in the fanciful depiction of apartments and condos in the movies. Even entry-level characters, like Big’s Josh Baskin, get to rule the roost in giant lofts with hardwood floors and staggering views.

So let’s forget about who can afford what and get after a few of the nicest apartments in movie history. Call your real estate agent and berate him or her for a while after perusing this list.

The Penthouse from Oldboy


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The premise of this Korean revenge flick is so sinister that it’s only fitting that the villain has a penthouse to match. It’s strikingly beautiful, but also so bizarrely over-the-top that it’s hard to imagine anyone ever feeling comfortable living there. Of course, we quickly learn that the antagonist is probably incapable of feeling comfort at any stage of his life, so the fountain in the middle of the giant space probably won’t help that much. However, the opening and collapsing closet might be the coolest design feature in any of the apartments listed here, so maybe he took some solace in that. You know, just a little, maybe.

Bateman’s Bachelor Pad in American Psycho

The American Gardens building isn’t real, which is a shame, because Patrick Bateman’s white-on-white-on-white apartment has a timeless appeal that isn’t just for serial killers anymore. Rather, it transcends its painfully 80’s setting to look like a bitchin’ bachelor pad in any era. Just use a coaster when setting your sorbet on the table, otherwise you might get a nailgun to the back of the head, and that could seriously drive down property values.

Say what you will about Bateman, but the man had taste that most of us would, ironically, kill for.

The Lofted Mansion in A Perfect Murder

Michael Douglas is at his best when playing a rich asshole, and in A Perfect Murder, he’s got the apartment to match. If you can even call it an apartment. It’s more like a mansion stack on top of another building. He’s got a huge terrace overlooking Central Park, a giant closet to house his awesome clothes, and a really cool bathtub his wife can bathe in before she gets murdered.

It’s the ultimate “eff you, I’m rich” house, and while it’s not my taste, I do enjoy letting people know that I’m better than them, so that makes this apartment right up my alley, aesthetics aside.

The Ridiculously Large Loft in Big

Josh Baskin made like $350 bucks a week working for a toy company in 1988. I don’t know what the Manhattan real estate market was like in the late 80’s, but I’m assuming that it wasn’t enough for a man-child to rent a 3,000 sf loft and still have enough left over to get bunk beds, pinball machines, and his very own vending machine. Also, he was 12 years old! His credit history must have been shit! How does he get a loft like that?

Anyway, this list is about the dwellings, and not the specious logic that allows the fimlm characters to move into them. The loft is a kid’s dream house, essentially one big playroom with some bunk beds in the middle. I don’t know if I would take it over some of the other entries on this list, but it would be pretty close. If I was 12, it would be a no-brainer.

The Old-Money Palace in Cruel Intentions

Another “old money” townhouse here which ostensibly belongs to the parents of Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s parents, though they’re nowhere to be found. Every room offers a perfect locale for brooding and staring out a window while issuing an ultimatum to your sibling, which is certainly something I look for in an apartment.

It is vast and decorated in a very impersonal Victorian fashion, which completely matches the characteristics of most every character in the film. Again, as I’m not an “old money” type of guy (as evidenced by the fact that I write about movies on the Internet), but the intimidation factor of a place like this supercedes any reservations I have about its design.

The Christmas Party House in Eyes Wide Shut

The “apartment” owned by Bill Hartford’s patient, Victor Ziegler (played by Sydney Pollack) is about as fantastic as the premise of the film itself. It offers a seemingly endless expanse, all in soft light, and a staircase not matched in many five-star hotels. We never learn what Victor Ziegler does, but we can assume he’s pretty damn good at it to own a place like that. Moreover, the details in the apartment (even though it feels weird calling it that), are quintessentially New York, right down to the checkered flooring in the bathroom.

Kubrick may be incredibly divisive as an auteur, but we can all agree the man knows tasteful interior design.

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8 Actors Who Could Play Patrick Bateman In The ‘American Psycho’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/8-actors-who-could-play-patrick-bateman-in-the-american-psycho-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/8-actors-who-could-play-patrick-bateman-in-the-american-psycho-remake/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:06:36 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240311 Robert Pattinson is already killing stray cats.

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Hard to believe that it’s 2011, a whopping 11 years after the release of American Psycho. The film is a rare example of an adaptation that’s better than the book, mostly because Bret Easton Ellis is a hack with all the talent of a junior-level copywriter for the Sears catalog. Still, one of the biggest reasons the film works so well is the god-tier performance by Christian Bale. He’s got some seriously difficult G.J. Cleverly & Co. shoes to fill. Here are some people we think might be up to the task, regardless.

Tom Cruise

Christian Bale went on record as saying that he was channeling noted mental health expert Tom Cruise while filming American Psycho. The great big smile with the totally blank, 1,000-yard stare is common among Operating Thetans, particularly those who have gazed in the abyss of Xenu and his DC-10s in space. This might work better as a SNL skit than as a full movie, but we’d like to see Tom give it the old pre-Clear try.

Vincent Gallo

If Vinnie Gallo, Jr. signs on to play Patrick Bateman the movie will get filmed, edited and post-produced before Gallo burns every copy out of spite. We’re kind of OK with that, considering that this movie is going to totally suck balls.

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Bret Easton Ellis Has Two Suggestions For The Next Patrick Bateman http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bret-easton-ellis-has-two-suggestions-for-the-next-patrick-bateman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bret-easton-ellis-has-two-suggestions-for-the-next-patrick-bateman/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:20:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240001 Hint: neither is Michael Clarke Duncan.

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One makes perfect sense. The other makes absolutely no sense. As is typical, Bret Easton Ellis won’t just hand over his thoughts on the casting for American Psycho; we have to work for them. The logical (perhaps too logical?) choice is Miles Fisher, a blossoming star with memorable roles in Mad Men, J. Edgar, Final Destination 5, and a homemade music video for the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place,” in which he plays Patrick Bateman in an American Psycho send-up.

So no surprise there. The other choice is baffling, until you realize that it might just be brilliant. Scott Disick, a “star” of Keeping up with the Kardashians, is Ellis’ other pick. Nobody likes this guy, but perhaps that’s what makes him so right for the part. Patrick Bateman isn’t supposed to be charming or secretly likable. He’s supposed to be completely empty inside, and no one is more empty on that show than he is.

Bret is witholding his approval unless one of these two gets cast. Considering Lionsgate is remaking the film a scant eleven or so years after the original, my hunch is they’re really not seeking anyone’s approval on this thing. But who knows. Maybe they’re insecure.

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Our 9 Favorite Scenes Involving People Killing Defenseless Animals http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/our-9-favorite-scenes-involving-people-killing-defenseless-animals/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/our-9-favorite-scenes-involving-people-killing-defenseless-animals/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:42:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233903 To help get you through the rest of the week, here's a list (with video) of people killing animals.

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As a reader of this site, you probably know as well as we do that there’s nothing better than the sadistic killing of animals for pleasure and/or as an outlet for anger. Well, since those liberals in Washington (state) frown on us killing animals for no good reason, the next best thing is watching it happen in TV or film. Sure, it’s a distant second, but it’s more fulfilling than tearing apart a stuffed animal or beating a veal shank with a billy club.

So if you’re having a bad day, the neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking, or if you just realized your childhood ended wayyyyy too soon during that 4th of July party some years back, enjoy this list of people killing animals, but not out of necessity.

Lenny and the Rabbit – Of Mice and Men

After thug inmate Maurice Miller promises to get a pet goldfish to a rich inmate whom he is protecting, Mr. Miller enjoys a change of heart (as is his right) and crushes the bagged goldfish with his bare hands, which isn’t all that much of a feat. There’s no real glory in crushing a fish. Maybe a tuna or a halibut, but a goldfish? No way. That’s cowardly.

I’m aware this is in German, but feel it works better that way. 

The Cow – Me, Myself, and Irene

Of course, the cow in this film doesn’t die, but it really should have. Jim Carrey’s Charlie comes across an ailing cow, then, to put it out of its misery, ends up shooting, bludgeoning, and attempting to suffocate the cow to end its suffering. After shooting the cow nine times, we assume that the cow has finally shuffled the mortal coil, only to learn later in the film that the damn thing’s “lucky to be alive.”

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