Screen Junkies » murder Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 7 Awesome Crimes to Commit During a Purge (Other Than Murder) Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:25:04 +0000 bgoldstein Or you could just beat hobos to death all night. That works too.

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By Jason Iannone

Hollywood almost never dreams up an original idea, but they did just that with 2013′s The Purge, about a dystopian society where once a year, for 12 hours, people vent their anger by committing any crime they want without suffering any consequences. In true Hollywood fashion though, they screwed everything up by insisting that the #1 reaction to a day of immunity would be “yippee, time to kill everybody!”

Seriously, that’s all that happens. In both The Purge and its new sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which hits theaters tomorrow, thousands of perfectly good crimes (unlimited free food from the local market anyone?) are ignored in favor of hurting and killing all who breathe. It’s not offensive that they think we’re that vindictive of a species, but it’s sad they think we’re that boring and unimaginative.

What about all the non-violent, yet intensely satisfying crimes one can commit during a Purge? You could finally right some societal wrongs in ways would generally be illegal as hell. Instead of killing random photogenic white people or cowering in your basement and weeping like a corrupt Japanese politician until the Purge is over, you could …

7. Kidnap Jenny McCarthy‘s Kids and Vaccinate Them

It’s long been proven over that “vaccinations = autism” is pure pseudoscience. This hasn’t stopped McCarthy from fighting the supposed real enemy, because staying the course is more fun than admitting you were wrong. Plus, if she actually let her kids get shots, they might cry really loudly because the boo-boo made an ouchie, and that would be obnoxious.

And we all know how much Jenny McCarthy hates loud, annoying noises.

But if you can get a hold of some shots (not hard, since burglary is legal during a Purge), travel to Hollywood and play Doctor with her kids. They’ll thank you later, provided you don’t accidentally inject cement into their veins. Luckily, if that happens, you can’t be sued. Malpractice is also totally legal during a Purge.

6. Vandalize George W. Bush’s Art Gallery

In case you missed it, Bush Part Deux embraced his inner Grandma Moses post-retirement, painting portraits and pictures that might garner him a C- in grade school Art class, if the teacher was feeling generous.

Maybe if Putin took care of the horrible growth on his neck, he’d smile more.

These crimes against color are where you Bush-haters get him. Break into his personal gallery and give his disasterpieces your own personal twist. The more disgusting and offensive, the better — it might not make him go on international TV and apologize for being terrible at his former job, but it’ll get his attention much quicker than endless Facebook bitching (which should be illegal at all times, even during a Purge).

5. Stage and Film a Gigantic Orgy In and Around Chase Bank

The people in charge at Chase Bank hate porn stars. Not enough to stop jacking it to them, just enough to deny them service. They’ve been shutting down porn stars’ bank accounts lately because their career is “questionable”. In addition, they’ve turned down mortgage loan requests from porn stars in the past, because roofs are for people who wear pants at work.

In which case, we’re screwed.

Obviously, sex isn’t a crime. But during a Purge, sex REALLY isn’t a crime, so nothing would stop you and a bunch of horny people you find on Craigslist the day before from stripping down and doing it at your local Chase branch. And be sure to film it — that way everyone will forever associate Chase with hot sexy fun, just like they always intended.

Hell, if their new image takes off, maybe they can change their name to capitalize. Chubby Chaser Bank, perhaps? Finally, the term “corporate fatcat” would mean something positive.

4. Transform Pat Robertson’s House into a Giant Muslim Shrine

A few months ago, Robertson made headlines by commanding a good Christian woman to destroy a Buddha statue that her friend placed near a cross. Because while Christ might have preached love and tolerance for different beliefs, Pat Robertson knows how God REALLY feels.

It’s understandable if your Purge Plan A is to kill Pat Robertson dead. But there’s a better solution, one that will keep him away from his beloved Jesus and stuck on Hell-Earth just a little bit longer: turn his humongous mansion into an ode to heathenism. Turn it into a Muslim Kaaba, like so:

Then, surround it with dozens of Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes. Yes, shapes — if you can find a muscular, square-jawed, hunky Buddha that makes Pat Robertson question everything about his manhood and how he’s been using his penis these past 80 some-odd years, go for it.

We will not apologize for flooding your brain with thoughts about this man’s penis.

3. Hack into Donald Sterling’s Bank Account and Steal His Money

Theoretically, you could hack into any bank account during a Purge. But what’s the point in robbing the stash of someone who needs it? You need to find somebody with A) way more money than anybody needs, and who B) doesn’t deserve a penny of it. Cartoonishly racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is that man.

Provided he hasn’t eaten all the pennies already, amirite?

As of this writing, Sterling is still fighting the NBA banning him and forcing a sale of his team, because he’s so rich as it is, he can afford to be pornographically stubborn. But if you help yourself to his bank account, he’d probably be more willing to cut a deal. But don’t just keep it — Sterling’s a crook, and might respect you if you keep the money. But if you instead donate it all to every black charity you can think of, then his gears will be properly ground, and isn’t that just the best feeling?

Wait, here’s an even better feeling: If he sells the team by Purge 2015, he’ll have even MORE money so you can steal from him AGAIN and donate to MORE black charities. Who would have pegged old-timey racism as the gift that keeps on giving?

2. Pee on Justin Bieber

That way he’ll know how that poor mop bucket felt.

1. Endlessly Stalk and Film TMZ and Other Paparazzi

In a Purge, there’s no line between “annoyingly persistent” and “blatant stalking”. You can follow literally anybody at anytime, break into whatever building they’re hiding in, hang around their bathroom, go through their stuff, sniff their underwear, stare at them while they’re sleeping, and not get into a quark of trouble.

But while a lot of lesser minds would take that opportunity to stalk pretty people and see them naked, you could do far better. All those TMZ-style paparazzi? Turn the tables on them. It doesn’t matter if it’s their boss or just some intern who seriously thinks we care about Lindsay Lohan’s trash cans. Both the literal and figurative versions.

Not even Oscar the Grouch would motorboat those.

When you find one of these idiots, just follow them everywhere with your camera. No matter what they do or where they go, stay on their trail, making sure to ask them every annoying, personal question you can think of. Feel free to get right in their nose while doing this, just so they know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of their stupid job.

Or you could just beat hobos to death all night. That works too.

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Lena Dunham Apologizes To Canada Over Murder-Rape Joke Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:37:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson Canada has yet to apologize for Justin Bieber.

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Not content to simply dress as Psy for Halloween, Lena Dunham has courted controversy by recommending a costume via Twitter. It all began when Mindy Kaling tweeted Dunham suggesting that she, Kaling, and B.J. Novak dress as the West Memphis Three. Dunham responded that Kaling and Novak should dress as Canadian rapists and murderers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, adding: ‘I’ll be her sister they murdered. Scariest! Luv U,’ referring to 15-year-old Tammy Homokla.

Her Canadian followers (including those that knew victims of the couple) voiced their offense and Dunham quickly apologized with the following tweets.

‘I obviously don’t find rape or murder funny, rather the concept of a trio of hapless people in poor taste Halloween costumes,’

Sounds like a fun party. We’re obscure early 90′s Canadian murderer/rapists and their teen victim. You’ve probably never heard of them.

‘Generally not a proponent of apologizing for one’s work but that tweet wasn’t my work — it was as throwaway as most 140 character thoughts.’

So…. that’s an apology?

‘Obviously didn’t understand what a painful part of the Canadian identity the Bernardo/Homolka case was. Saw a TV movie w/ Laura Prepon,’

Don’t drag Laura into this.

‘Part of the reason I was so concerned is that I’ve always dreamed of retiring to Canada.’


If anything, this serves as a reminder that we all need to be more careful with the thoughts we share in this day and age. And if Lena Dunham is still trying to decide upon a Halloween costume, here’s a suggestion: PANTS. (Daily Mail)

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8 Shocking Acts Of Animal Cruelty In Film Production Wed, 08 Feb 2012 18:51:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson Times were tough before special effects.

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The news that two horses had to be put down during the filming of HBO‘s Luck is really unfortunate. However, that is the hazard with a series like this, and everyone knew that going in. And it’s not like the animals were intentionally abused. The network was working within guidelines set forth by the American Humane Association at the time incident, and from all appearances, it was just a horrible accident.

In the spectrum of animal cruelty in film production, Luck doesn’t even come close. HERE are the worst offenders. Not cool, Hollywood.

Heaven’s Gate

"This is my seat!"

It’s fair to say that director Michael Cimino isn’t an animal lover. While filming his bleak anti-western, he allegedly killed chickens and bled horses in order to collect their blood and smear it all over his actors. In addition, he also allegedly BLEW. UP. A. HORSE. with dynamite during a battle sequence. And the scene made it into the final cut of the movie! That’s insane. To think what animal actors had to go through before Steve Jobs invented computers.


Reds director and leading man, Warren Beatty, apologized to the public when horses were harmed during the film’s production. While Beatty was away from set, the Spanish crew used tripwire to make horses fall during a battle sequence. In their defense, have you ever tried to get a horse really drunk?

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Good News For The Guy Who Got His Head Cut Off In Hollywood: They Found His Hands And Feet! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:16:30 +0000 Penn Collins If it's anything like my experience with puzzles, the authorities will assemble the body only to discover they're missing one tiny piece. Frustrating!

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The media has a way of perpetuating the notion that all news stories in and around Hollywood have to do with the glamorous entertainment industry. We at Screen Junkies would like to give our readers the entire story, and that means offering some Los Angeles-based news that might not make it to ‘USWeekly’ or Entertainment Tonight

Hooray for Hollywood! The unidentified head that two dogwalkers found on Tuesdays now has matching hands and feet. This is no doubt the result of a job well done by the cadaver dogs, a ragtag assortment of mutts that play by their own rules, but, dammit, they get results.

On Wednesday in Hollywood’s Bronson Canyon Park, over 30 policemen, some of whom were on horseback in keeping with the “canyon” motif, scoured the area looking for more body parts in an effort to identify the head.

The L.A. Times reports “as officials were about to leave for the day, the feet were found.”

Isn’t that always the way it works? You’re just about to check out for the day, looking forward to dinner with the wife, when all of a sudden your boss tosses a stack of feet on your desk and says, “Identify these.” Ugh. The ole’ rat race.

No ID has been made yet, and the search for distinguishable characteristics and evidence continues today.

If anyone is missing their head, hands, and feet, please contact the L.A.P.D., as they are interested in speaking with you.

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