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Rav starts talking about his love, Lindsay Lohan and CHAPTER 27 in Sundance!

Heya Guys, So last night I watched one of the most buzzed about films here at Sundance, Chapter 27, it wasn’t buzzed because anyone had seen it, all the jibber-jabber was focused on Jared Leto/Lindsay Lohan starfucking and/or the move by a group of beatles fans to picket and boycott the film because it brings a sympathetic eye to Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon. Chapter 27 – Written and Directed by JP Schaffer I originally took a stab at writing a review of this last night, but I trashed that after two tries, because very little happens for most of this movie in those reviews I merely tried giving a full-on scene-by-scene description of the entire movie. You can’t spoil a movie where nothing happens for 2 hours culminating with a forty-second assassination scene. But that was a big mistake, because every scene of the film of the film is so mundane that reading a list of them is about as interesting as reading a stranger’s grocery list. If anyone is still interested in knowing more about the movie after reading this review, I can email you one of those other too detailed reviews by request. Except for about a minute of documentary footage the entire film follows around Mark Chapman (Jared Leto) through his days in New York prior to assassinating Lennon. Unfortunately these days are mostly spent asking people in front of the Dakota building if Lennon is coming back anytime soon or standing at the corner of the building holding a record of Lennon’s that he tells people he is trying to get autographed. To try to make things more interesting the entire film is full of Mark’s internal monologue via spastic voice-over, unfortunately he never says anything quite interesting. I don’t know why anyone would make this film, it doesn’t get in the mind of Chapman at all or tell anything interesting whatsoever. For the few minutes of the film that Chapman actually interacts with people rather than staring around and contemplating his repetitive voice-over thought nothing interesting happens. Lindsay Lohan plays a Beatles fan that occasionally spends time at the Dakota hoping to get a glimpse of Lennon. Unfortunately her character only has about five to ten minutes of screen-time and like most of the film very little happens in her presence except for a very awkward scene where she introduces Mark to toddler Sean Lennon. If you go in expecting Lohan to be a co-star in the film you are going to be quite disappointed, nonetheless she does a wonderful job in the little bit that she appears in the film. The other character (other than Dakota doormen, taxi drivers, and a silent hooker) that MDC encounters is a paparazzi’sh photographer played by Judah Friedlander. Judah has about five more minutes than Lohan does in the movie, but it’s still stretching to even call it a supporting role. Judah’s major moment is toward the end of the movie he takes a photo of Mark getting an autograph from Lennon and agrees to sell the photo to Mark the next day for fifty dollars. Judah is also pretty good the little he is in the movie. Jared Leto gives what could be an academy award winning performance in this boring shitty movie. He’s gained a lot of weight for his role in the film, unfortunately the director wants to ingrain this fact into your mind by obsessively photographing his naked belly for five or more minutes in his crappy motel room. Leto also has mastered the voice of MDC, but too bad he spends most of the movie repeating the same spastic voice-over thoughts. Tom Richmond was working on overdrive when he shot this movie, every scene is wonderfully photographed very dark and murkily. It very much suits the insanity of Chapman, but a well-photographed image can only go so far. The best thing about the movie actually is Anthony Marinelli. Just like Leto, Marinelli has delivered an award-winning score for what is a very crappy movie. At times the score nearly convinces you that you are watching tense and emotional sequences as you watch Chapman just standing around or bundling up in the cold. After watching the movie I still have no idea why Mark Chapman killed John Lennon, the only thing I know is that he’s crazy and in the last bit of text apparently he’s a born-again Christian now. See this movie only if you are interested in watching shots of Jared Leto standing in the cold or crossing streets while thinking “maybe I shouldn’t kill him nah I gotta kill him” for a hundred or so minutes. It’s kind of a depressing thought that this will probably get picked up this weekend for a ton of money. Between the photography, the cast, and the score one could cut a very good trailer for the movie and fool people into watching it. I feel for all the people at boycottchapter27.org now, I thought they were kind of wacky at first, but to be honest this is a very shitty movie that was made in the worst of taste, so it probably should be boycotted as it’s basically just exploiting the death of john lennon and seems to glorify Mark Chapman’s insanity. Rav Lindsay - I'm here for you!

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  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Jared Leto and Lohan?

    by VanLingoMungo

    I'll pass. But no child rape, so that's, you know, good.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    I smell Oscars!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Sounds like the boycotters...

    by MonkeyBytes

    win on this one. This sounds as interesting as an afternoon nap. Once the word is out, this will be the "Brown Bunny" of '07.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Rav

    by BadMrWonka

    you're a good reviewer...this sounds like a tough movie to review (ultimately lame, but with decent performances, nuances sprinkled throughout)...<br><br>AICN should totally hire you and send you to sundance!<br><br>oh wait...hey, congrats man...been enjoying your reviews, along with that other dude, that's at sundance...what's his name? ;o)

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    i smell bullshit

    by kingoflight

    "If you go in expecting Lohan to be a co-star in the film you are going to be quite disappointed" Are you sure ? Are you really really sure ? If she was dead i would not be disappointed, as for lennon its a shame that this movie even got made, kinda easy to spot it was going to be shit because the acctual events were shitty.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Guy above me

    by kingoflight

    suck his cock already !

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST

    We throw "Award winning performance" around too much

    by IndustryKiller!

    And when its being spoken about Jared Leto thats when you know you gotta pull it back. Gaining weight and speaking in a different voice is not a catalyst for any sort of award. If it was Dana Carvey would win every year in a clinch. You say it's an award winning performance but your description of the film sounds like there is nothing in there that would make it so, other than said weight and voice. Leto is not a bad actor per se, but when was the last time you said "Yeah you gotta see that flick with Jared Leto". I can tell you when it was...never. You say it about Christian Bale, you say it about Ryan Gosling, you say it about Jake Gyllenhaal, you don't say it about jared Leto. Hes always the guy that isnt noticably bad, but if he isnt front and center onscreen at all times you forget hes in the picture. Much like his music he is wholly mediocre. i take that back his band is just plain awful. but really I have nothing against the guy, hes no Hartnett or Kutcher but he has certainly gotten by on his looks. Award worthy....ummm no. Lindsey Lohan on the other hand is insultingly bad. First of all if she is your requisite Hollywood object of affection you have problems. She isnt that attractive shes the cute girl at the college house party that if you happen to make out with her great if not, no big whoop either considering there are much more attractive women at the party. but looks are subjective so lets move on from that. She has also proven time and time again what a vapid loser she is. She doesnt just prove it, she INSISTS upon it. From her drunken escapades to her mediocre acting she is the example that proves that Hollywood will not give up on someone without first shoving them down your throat every which way but loose. Also her behavior on sets is completely disrespectful to everyone else on the crew, and anyone who has spent time on a film set will tell you the crews on those things are some of the coolest hardest working people around so some primadonna taking advantage of them automatically makes that person an asshole.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Are there two bigger idiots than Lohan and Leto?

    by Zarles

    Seriously. Two of the most self-involved, brainless "celebrities" out there. Leto needs to get back to failing with his shitty band, and Lohan needs to get back to overdosing. Pronto.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    kingoflight

    by BadMrWonka

    type "badmrwonka"...you can do it, copernicus! "guyaboveme" is just as hard to type, you brain donor...

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST

    That Food Channel ad is fucking obnoxious.

    by CTU Mole

    That fat bald fuck shows up in the center of the screen and won't go away. Note to ad people: making your ads more invasive does not endear you to your audience.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST

    I hated skinny Leto, why would I like fat Leto.

    by rbatty024

    He's a phony. He's just a ridiculous phony. He's the biggest phony out there.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    "Are there two bigger idiots than Lohan & Leto?"

    by DerLanghaarige

    Paris Hilton and Tom Cruise? Or Paris Hilton & Michael Jackson.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Review = Good, Cameron Interview = Missing

    by WildcatWildcat

    This review may have delivered the goods, but the second half of the Cameron interview has yet to be delivered. The goods are what we crave from AICN, so please deliver them.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I've never watched Ace of Cakes in my life

    by Tin Snoman

    and these annoying advertisements ensure that I never will.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    If Yoko had really loved John...

    by RenoNevada2000

    ...She would have taken the bullets.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Review is as meandering as movie

    by Mister Man

    "Jared Leto gives what could be an academy award winning performance in this boring shitty movie." UM.....

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Judah Friedlander

    by Fried Gold

    is playing Paul Goresh. Who wasn't paparazzi. He was an obssessive fan who wanted a photo, but ended up becoming Lennon's last official photographer. Think his photos were used as album artwork as well.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Punctuation!

    by Uncle Clay

    ...and Capital letters...and grammatical correctness! Please, Rav, give 'em a try! (Or, could someone at AICN proof his stories before they post?) Jeesh!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Happy belated birthday to Mr. Ernest Borgnine

    by Borgnine JR

    .

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Maybe they should retitle it "30 Seconds to Nap Time"

    by tonagan

    It might bring in the kids.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Brown Bunny

    by JohnRevik

    Someone mentioned 'Brown Bunny' and it's reputation. I saw it recently and can honestly say it's one of the saddest movie's I've ever seen. The 'oral' scene was relevant to the story. I've loved everything Vincent Gallo has done to date (The Funeral, Buffalo 66, Palookaville) and hope for more. Just goes to show these festival attendees are sometimes full of shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the .....

    by kinghenryVIII

    This site has been boring for a while.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    to hell with this film...

    by sonnyhooper

    and to hell with eveyone involved in making this film. by making a film like this you give the piece of shit who shot lennon what he wanted: fame. i hope to god that if the fat fuck who killed lennon (who shall remain nameless) ever gets out of jail he is shot by someone hoping to "steal" his "fame".

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    JOHN LENNON

    by DoubleFantasy

    Thats the only name that should be the subject of a movie. As a massive Lennon fan I may see why someone would - maybe - want to make a film about MDC but this just seems a little bit too much. And as far as a scene where MDC meets Sean Lennon... well that just seems exploitive. Strange that Lindsay Lohan's character is the one introducing them as Lindsay Lohan starred in Sean Lennon's DVD from his new album last year, Friendly Fire. Even stranger is that the actor playing John Lennon in this movie is called... Mark Lindsay Chapman. But when it comes to Lennon strange coincidences are the name of the game. Number Nine Forever.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    damn....

    by Buzzsawlenny

    you liked vincent gallos flicks? buffalo 66 is most definately in my top 5 worst of all time...<p> That movie review was way too funny..a pretty good movie...even though it sucks!..but alas inconsequential and not entertaining are not qualities i look for in films

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Ain't Nothin' Billy Jack Couldn't Take Care Of

    by Douche Baggins

    They should have used some artistic freedom with the storyline and had Billy Jack put a boot across the face of MDC and save Lennon. Then proceed with showing what a wonderful world it would be with John still alive, bringing peace to the middle-east, wiping out scurvy, being elected president for life with Billy Jack as his v.p. Holy Crap!! I gotta start finding investors!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    about the Cameron review!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    There was a fire! The interview was cut short. Harry should put a fucking banner on the top of this site with this info. so that people will shut the hell up about it. On topic, personally I think LL is really cute; this movie though is about a horrible human being (Chapman), so if it doesn't have anything intelligent to say, it should be put in a vault somewhere and forgotten about! imo

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Pop up ads

    by purplemonkeydw

    are almost as annoying as Lohan.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with J.D. Salinger

    by Pound Sand

    And he said that Jared Leto was a phony.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with AA

    by la_sith

    They've never heard of this "Blowhan" character....

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Little Miss Sunshine...

    by The Ghoul

    and she said with the success of her film get ready for a bunch of movies featuring losers.<p> R.I.P. John!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    couldn't read the article as it was covered in pop ups

    by Reelheed

    please help us

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    What The Fuck!

    by Renholder

    Pop UPS!? The cost of marrying Yoko appears to have exceeded Harry's budget.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Jared choked Frodo for not liking his band

    by triplefive

    and the world turns.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I JUST SAW ROCKY BALBOA

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    DAMN, THAT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Snakes on a train!

    by Snikkar124

    Sounds like a fun film,but it will pale in comperisson to the awsome Snakes on a Train(not the crap from 2006 dammit,im talking Sam J,Travolta as the conduktor,Billy Dee as the ticket collector)

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Choking Frodo?

    by Douche Baggins

    is that like waxing the dolphin? beating the bishop? tickling yoda behind the ears?

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I love POP-UPS that invade your space!!!

    by Orionsangels

    The fact that it interrupts what I'm doing online makes me happy. I appreciate some guy popping up on my screen freezing everything. It makes me wanna see their show even more...NOT!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    AISN

    by ewokstew

    Aint It Sundance News.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    My fav are pop-ups on AIM

    by Orionsangels

    The ones that blast Lil-jon at 3am and wake up everybody in your house. I think, wow. I'm gonna buy that product now. Hell to the no! no! no! Bobby B! Pop-ups are the worst marketing tool ever devised by man! Pop-up ads are the Jehovah witnesses of the Internet. They bother you. They want you to do something you don't want too and they won't go away!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Choking the Frodo = Spanking the Marlowe

    by triplefive

    which is not completely unlike Shooting the Lennon

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    So, DerLanghaarige, are you suggesting that...

    by Childe Roland

    ...Hilton paired with either Cruise or Jackson would give you a bigger idiot quotient than Leot and Lohan, but the Cruise/Jackson combo would not? I'm gonna have to go ahead and recommend you re-check your math. ;) And, JohnRevik, if you actually sat through the Brown Bunny and found something nice to say about it afterward, good for you. But it kind of predisposes me to think that you and I would have near nothing to talk about concerning the relative merits of other films.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Lindsay Lohan

    by Amy Chasing

    was cute in Herbie, but my heart still belongs to Christina Hendricks.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Judge Dredd, I just got off the phone with ....

    by The Ghoul

    the term "FUCKING AWESOME". It said it was happy to be associated with the film Rocky Balboa.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Rob Schnieder..

    by just pillow talk

    he wonders why you never call him anymore Judge Dredd...

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by Jek Piggy Porkins

    Yes...bitches!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by Jek Piggy Porkins

    Yes...bitches!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Chapter 27 Boycott - fight with Don Murpy

    by Cory849

    I got in a huge fight with Don Murphy (the producer of Transformers) over the chapter 27 boycott on his message board before Christmas. Its kinda crazy insane so you might enjoy it. Follow this link to my blog which will give some context and then take you to his forum if you are interested. http://tinyurl.com/2v3aw2

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland

    by JohnRevik

    No sir, please don't shut me out. I take it back. I'll forget that art is subjective and affects people differently...jagoff.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Touchy, aren't you JR?

    by Childe Roland

    That's okay. Your uninspired use of the "jagoff" insult merely confirms my suspicion that you are not at all worth typing with, even just for entertainment value. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I'd sure like to Juggfuck Lohan

    by LittleDudes

    So how is the movie? I got distracted.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    You guys should read Cory849s fight with Murphy

    by IndustryKiller!

    I read it Cory and I gotta say...bravo. I mean is that really him responding? Jesus. He's less a man than an errant child. It's frightening and pathetic that anyone with authority in Hollywood, a man whose job it is to make connections, would be so foolish in a public forum. How the hell does this guy raise millions of dollars to make films and how are people like Steven Spielberg in business with him. He sounds like a Christian fundamentalist with his calls for censorship. Anybody who cant distinguish that lusting for fame and lusting for mass attention from the public are one in the same obviously isn't playing with a full deck. But it just blows my mind that there are thousands in Hollywood trying ot break into the business one way or the other and this is one of the few who does it. Probably a rich kid with money to throw around. If I wasn't convinced Transformers was going to be an abomination before I certainly am now.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Child Rolande

    by JohnRevik

    Dude, read your remark...'k? Not only did you shit on my opinion (which is fine) but the subtext suggests your taste vastly exceeds mine. It conjures an image of you sipping cognac while donning a monacle. Do you still not think you're a jagoff? Thank you.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    monacles rock

    by triplefive

    wish i had one

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Um, JohnRevik, you really brought all your own...

    by Childe Roland

    ...baggage to that little fantasy you conjured of me doing the cognac/monocle thing. Sounds like you have serious inferiority issues to work through. I simply surmised that your taste in movies is clearly different enough from my own (note, at no time did I say inferior or superior) that we probably wouldn't have any common ground on which to base meaningul discussion on the topic. You've gone ahead and proven that assumption correct (and told us all a lot more about yourself than we ever cared to know) with the quality of your highly defensive and terribly mundane posts. Clever the way you rearranged the letters in my screen name, there. How long before you accuse me of being a virgin who lives in his mother's basement? Or challenge me to make a movie of my own before criticizing someone of the talent you ascribe to Gallo? Do you have anything remotely interesting to type or are we just going to read more excerpts from your insecure imagination? Because I'll go get a real drink if that's the case.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I have a tri-focal monacle

    by Douche Baggins

    I enjoy wearing it as I goosestep around the back yard, my riding crop nestled snuggly under my arm in one hand and choking frodo with the other.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    CR

    by JohnRevik

    you gotta practice getting your thoughts across in one paragraph or less. I can't read all that. Thank you.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    And that, JR, is why you won't...

    by Childe Roland

    ...never learn nuthin'. Again, good luck in life. You're gonna need it.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    yeah - I thought so too

    by Cory849

    Yep. He's a character alright. Despite the fact that my personal information is exposed, I have no problem seeing this spread around. So feel free. Whether you think the movie is tasteless or not stops being the issue. It just seems clear that he'd be a spooky guy to have any dealings with whatsoever.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Sundance Blows!

    by jimmy_009

    Lame articles on movies no one wants to see. Bring back the real movie news!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Schnieder cheadled Diane Lane when I wasn't looking

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Hi ex! Courts adjourned. I demand all UK based talkbackers go see Rocky right now!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Corey 849 in my pants

    by DonMurphysTool

    I read the Murphy fight too- boy did he smack Corey's face in the shit. This guy was unable to comprehend that MAKING THIS FILM was morally wrong and Murphy and the rest were perfectly within their rights to fight against it. I am glad good has won.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    The Catcher in the Rye?

    by Dick Nicely

    I read this book and killed everyone I knew. Then I made some new friends, re-read The Catcher in the Rye, and killed them. I... have problems.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    PharteGodd

    by Cory849

    I know you are a mindless Don Murphy stooge, I just don't know why. What's in it for you exactly? It's confusing to me.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Six Degrees of Separation

    by Dick Nicely

    Along with My Kid Could Paint That, this is the second story today that reminded me of Six Degrees of Separation. What the fuck is going on?

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Don Murphy is the saddest excuse for a human ever.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I remember getting in a battle with him at the IMDb forums. He eventually got banned, and I did not. All he can do is call you names in different, increasingly un-creative ways. Yeah, he's a producer...but mostly of shitty movies. That's like someone bragging that they work at McDonalds, which by the way he should be doing now.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Hey PharteGoddPrime

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Why is ol' Don Murphy no longer listed as a producer on IMDB?

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Interesting Read About Chapman & Lennon...

    by DarthCorleone

    http://www.secweb.org/index.aspx?action=viewAsset&id=73

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Is Rav into the herpes?

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    Because Lohan has the herpes.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 12:55 a.m. CST

    in all honesty..

    by sonnyhooper

    ...if you have ANYTHING to do with the movie, you should of die of gonnareha and rot in hell. FUCK free speech. this huge fuckwad killed one of the beatles. he deserves to be kicked in the balls for the rest of his life, not a halfassed bio-pics.