#86 – Tossing texters from the theater

During a film, you never know how an idiot using their smart phone will react when you ask them to put it away. Last Wednesday, about 45-minutes into a screening of Our Idiot Brother, a woman using her phone kinda went nuts one me when I asked her to stop texting. These inconsiderate dolts much be stopped!

Katie Holmes finds her new house a bit of a challenge in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.'

In this episode, John and I talk about what to do when, during a film, you’ve come to the conclusion that a texter (or any other obnoxious moron) must be tossed from the theater. We discuss the right away, if there really is one, to go about it.

Getting the full review treatment this week is the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and director Jesse Peretz’s comedy Our Idiot Brother.

Paul Rudd as Mr. Happy-go-lucky in 'Our Idiot Brother.'

We also discuss the 1963 epic Cleopatra, which played during the Harvard Film Archives’ The Complete Joseph L. Mankiewicz retro this past month. They showed the complete version – all 248 minutes or so, with overture and intermission music. Nearly a 5-hour evening for me, without a single texter in attendance. Harvard Film Archive patrons take their movies seriously, and they respect other patrons!

Also up for discussion are the new Blu-ray and DVD releases:

Top Gear: Series 16 from the BBC…

Director Jodie Foster’s The Beaver. We urge you to side-line any Mel Gibson issues and check it out.

And Akira Kurosawa’s 1962 procedural High and Low, starring Toshiro Mifune.

Undercover officers tail a kidnapper though the streets of Tokyo in 'High and Low' - new from the Criterion Collection.

Click on the links below (or the video up top) and enjoy!

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