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Halfway through the screening of Luc Besson's dismal mob comedy The Family, an image from one of Robert DeNiro's early, funny films flashed through my brain.

Miami, 1962, and they've just tossed a bloated Jake LaMotta in the cooler where he proceeds to smash his skull against the wall of the jail cell while asking the musical question, "Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?"


I included the image of head-banger Jake in my zero-star review and, as all social media whores must, proceeded to post it on Facebook where it caught the eye of Paul Schrader, the man responsible for penning the string of interjections.

Look how Luc makes him look, Mr. Schrader. Like a bum! Like a mamaluke! The mamaluke of Hollywood! Look how far they've come from the river, Mr. Schrader. Now more than ever we need your skill as America's preeminent wordsmith of the profane to help put Marty and Bob back on the righteous path. Hopefully Shark Tank 2 hasn't been placed in turnaround and they'll take your call.


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tward77 Sept. 15, 2013 @ 1:14 p.m.

Shirley do you even know Scott? This is a man who would ask his students to tell him what their favorite films were and then proceed to tell them in front of the whole class why their choices were so wrong.



shirleyberan Sept. 15, 2013 @ 1:24 p.m.

tward77 - I signed onto Reader this year. I'm getting a clearer picture of Scott every week! Someday maybe I'll write a review of his review, but I like what I see!!


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