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Here's a fantastic THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE exclusive one-sheet debut!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...

I'm mulling over my review on THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE, a film that Lionsgate acquired at Sundance this year - and one that Quint liked there quite a bit.   I've begun nicking the film as "SCARFACE OF ARABIA" and it really does fit.  Uday Hussein was a crazy mutherfucker from every account I've ever read.   Uday was also quite the movie nerd, so I bet he was a fan of SCARFACE - because if anything in this amazingly insane story about Saddam's W.   Well, technically it isn't firmly upon Uday, but his body double that would stand in whenver Uday wanted or needed.   His witnessing is kind of astonishing.   Lee Tamahori does a great job on this.  It rocks like SCARFACE, though perhaps not quite that iconic.   But who knows, maybe this could catch on.   Dominic Cooper's performance is my fave of this very short year thus far, but this Summer film is one unlike the others - and a welcome break from all the 4 quad entertainment.   

Now this poster just sort of cements the notion.   The film is never exactly that gaudy, but Uday does have golden weapons of death.   Love this poster - and I love this movie...


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  • April 19, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    post 0


    THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE poster is as golden as the film itself, Exclusively on AICN.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    That looks...

    by ThisBethesdaSea


  • April 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    What the FUCK are you talking about?

    by D.Vader

    " because if anything in this amazingly insane story about Saddam's W. Well, technically it isn't firmly upon Uday, but his body double that would stand in whenver Uday wanted or needed. His witnessing is kind of astonishing." What the hell does this statement mean? I've read it six times and can't for the life of me figure out what you're trying to say.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    I has it.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Could it look any more cheap?

    by alienindisguise

    Looks like the garbage I see in my local film scene..pathetic.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Spell check maybe?

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Does Harry ever check his spelling or look these articles over for grammatical errors? Parts of this look like a 4-year-old wrote it.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I mean, take some pride in your writing.

    by D.Vader

    Oy, headache... I need some Stimutax.

  • April 19, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by golden tribw

    I'm guilty of hyperbole often enough, but in absolutely seriousness -- understatement, if anything -- I could not for a million dollars tell you what the fuck this means: "Uday was also quite the movie nerd, so I bet he was a fan of SCARFACE - because if anything in this amazingly insane story about Saddam's W. Well, technically it isn't firmly upon Uday, but his body double that would stand in whenver Uday wanted or needed. His witnessing is kind of astonishing. Lee Tamahori does a great job on this." !?!?!?!?

  • April 19, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    The Man with the Golden Package

    by Demosthenes2

  • April 19, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    That was almost impossible to read ...


    Fuck sake Harry ... I would blame the meds but its often this bad .... Chubby fingers?

  • April 19, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    You see, this post here.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    It was, hard to read. You see, there was trouble....comprehending what the. Well, HELL was even being said. *Giggle*

  • April 19, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Voice recognition software?

    by c4andmore

    That's the only thing I can think of with the "Saddam's W" (double u) maybe?

  • April 19, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Maybe it is voice recognition software

    by D.Vader

    Which makes Harry even lazier.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    One thing I don't understand:

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Spider monkey space jelly with the bellydancer. Mauve neutrons are especially ambivalent with the honey badger theme song. And then there are the desert flytraps making screeches at the gunpowder. Jabberwocky two-tone lizard pancakes!

  • April 19, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Collin

    Hilarious. You aped him wonderfully. I'm not nearly the grammar Nazi that some of the other TB'ers are but this is beginning to drive me crazy. It's clear that Harry has no intention of correcting his writing. Whether for the sake of looking better or for appeasing a couple of hand wringers. Hopefully though, Harry will take notice of the ribbing and edit this article, at least, so I can understand what the fuck he's talking about. I mean, this site is meant to deliver "news" right? I have to be able to understand it for it to serve it's purpose.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Apple Sauce

    by Collin

    Who's the boss? Twinkle toes clearly likes. It was a clear movie lovers, so I hesitate, to say. I haven't seen a performance like this since two years ago when they delivered their. Which of course, if you're following me, was a notion, of, brilliance, not yet done. I'm drunk. Right?

  • April 19, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Sorry. Had to give it a shot

    by Collin

  • April 19, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Thank you captjohnboyd.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    It's really....well, quite easy. You just, place commas in inappropriate. Places and then end sentences suddenly without, warning and then you can. Start the next one with the next, well, word of the interrupted sentence and sometimes add a nice, run-on sentence. With pussy juice.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Good job captjohnboyd!

    by kermit_the_fraud

    See? It's, fun to do. That sort of, well....writing.

  • April 19, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Horrah Kermit! Thanks

    by Collin

    You too can enjoy the butchery of the English language right in your own home! H,A,R,R,Y! Fun for hours! Kids love it too! Even Grandma will get in the game! Tired of the same old writers "writing" good and stuff? Well reserve your H,A,R,R,Y! today at Kay Bee Toys and other fine retailers! You'll enjoy hours of nonsense for only 19.95! Less than you'd pay for something more intelligent! So don't delay, otherwise, they'll. Be, gone before. Know it!

  • April 19, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST



    Fuck you, you fucking racist. Keep off of the talkback that shit, asshole.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Honestly, this site needs an editor or something...

    by tang126


  • April 19, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Sorry...RATHER watch

    by Cheif Brody

  • April 19, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    I'm digging the one sheet, big time.

    by fustfick

    And this movie sounds pretty cool. Also, I like the way Harry writes. It reminds me of William Shatner's acting. But I'm not sure why.


  • April 19, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Meaning of "Saddam's W."

    by Kevin Bosch

    George H.W. Bush is to Saddam Hussein, as George W. Bush is to Uday Hussein

  • April 19, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    and regarding harry's writing style...

    by Kevin Bosch

    It's never going to change. I dont get why people get upset, this is how he's always written. Don't know why we should expect anything different. If he proofread or re-wrote or had an editor to do it for him, it wouldn't be the same. Plenty of other people on this site write coherently, let harry have his joyful ramblings.

  • April 19, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Collin

    As I said earlier, I don't have a real gripe with the way he writes. I suppose you could even say it's endearing, in an offbeat way, at times. I do have a problem with it when I legitimately can't understand what it is he's trying to convey. Especially when it relates to a movie I'm interested in hearing about, which happens just a little too often

  • April 19, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    this guy could destroy Green Lantern

    by Hercules


  • April 19, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Kevin Bosch

    Its true, it is endearing. But I love it ESPECIALLY when I can't understand anything he's saying. And lets be honest, I love Harry, LOVE him, hes the best. But he rarely has anything to say about a movie that is really all that important. Its usually just giddy gushing. Which I love.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Its actually *not* how Harry has always written. Back in the day he used to try. He wanted to impress you, wanted you to come to his site, so he actually *tried* to write well and have good grammar. You used to be able to understand exactly what he was trying to say. But he's gotten extremely lazy these last, hell I dunno, 5 years, and now you need a goddamned protocol droid to interpret for you.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Wait, DocBosch must be doing a schtick

    by D.Vader

    I just read his last post about all the ways he loves Harry. He either knows him in person, is doing some bit of performance art, or is fucking crazy because none of what he wrote makes any sense at all.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    Off topic, but I've been meaning to say, welcome back d.vader. We missed you man. May the glorious banhammer B'jolnir be wielded by less of a douche next time. :)

  • April 19, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Hey thanks, Grooldemon!

    by D.Vader

    Its good to be back. And so far, thankfully, I've managed to avoid going anywhere near said douche with the B'jolnir =).

  • April 19, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    NP Vader

    by GroolDemon

    Indeed, he who shall remain unnamed should take advice from Spiderman. For, having great power takes great responsibility. Wielding B'jolnir takes not only spite, but a sense of humor and forgiveness as well. Thus, it shall be written in the Book of Rage.

  • April 19, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    Somebody sure like some gold there don't they? Kind of an odd poster choice, but still loads better than the metric ton of bullshit the XMen New Class art department has been throwing our way. All in all, it will be interesting to see how Cooper plays out in the dual role of Hussein and Yahia.

  • April 19, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Anybody else

    by GroolDemon

    getting the localhost/node/ error? Try typing in of page, if you are also having issues for now. I got it to work for me that way...

  • April 19, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Yes, please don't misinterpret my good-natured ribbing

    by kermit_the_fraud

    of Harry's writing.......'style' bitching. He usually does come across as very stream-of-consciousness. THAT SAID (tm Harry Knowles), you have to admit that this post is ESPECIALLY incoherent and borderline babel-fishy.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Killer poster...

    by justmyluck

    ...or at least a hot date for the silverized Rihanna from her UMBRELLA video. I remember when the photos of Uday and Quasay's supposedly reconstructed corpses were fed to, and run across, the worldwide news agencies. The CIA was basically announcing to the world (like Charlie Sheen), "WINNING!!!" So, yeah, I'm afraid what's been published in the West and Europe's news about Saddam, Uday and Qusay has a high probability of *cough* analysis from intelligence agencies. Likewise, there seems to be more to this ritual of making 'devils' digestible and fictional. The Uday Husseins and Carlos the Jackals keep transforming into brand-name baddies through crime glam movies. "Scarface of Arabia" will sell tickets for a creativity-drained Hollywood - feeding off a crazed despot for story ideas - so it could just be as simple as that. But, as I scan through the juicy quotes, here: and... "Uday took "a beautiful woman and transformed her into a barely breathing hunk of meat" " ...and... "The book has sold over one million copies worldwide in twenty languages." It all seems a bit sensational and convenient. Coalition bombing on Iraq turned more beautiful people into barely breathing hunks of meat than the Husseins ever did, but that's not evil or psychotic enough for true movie it?

  • April 20, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    His witnessing is kind of astonishing!


    Wise words from Harry. I just wish I knew what the fuck they meant.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    So it's not just me who can't understand Harry's writing

    by Ray Gamma

    Harry, get a proof reader.

  • April 20, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    Indeed... looks as though it is "working" for now...

  • BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA! FACT: AICN is officially being run by TEPCO. :)

  • April 20, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    But seriously guys...

    by GroolDemon

    Keep up the great work. Running a website in today's world of viruses, malicious threats, spyware, and denial of service attacks is a BITCH. Let alone just picking up small errors in hundreds if not thousands of lines of flash or html code... Webpages are vile temptresses that can and will fucking TURN on you like an insane girlfriend or wife with no regard or recourse for your feelings. So it is written in the Book of Rage.

  • April 20, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST


    by Kevin Bosch

    I've been reading this site since at least 97/98. I know, because it was the only movie news site I read at the time, because it was the only one with any worthwhile news (Dark Horizons has good news too, and Corona Coming Attractions had great archives of past genre movie news). I know, because at some point in high school, I chose to write a review of Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow for an english class in the "style" of Harry. He's always been a bit off the cuff, shooting from the hip, no-need-to-proofread sort of guy. I think he indulges in that. Has it gotten worse over the years? Yes, but he also writes a lot less for the site now, so you can expect some concentration. The reason I mentioned that I LOVE Harry is because I do, i think hes great. This site helped me mold and form my opinion about films and knowledge about filmmakers at an important age. Reading other sites, like Badass Digest (which I enjoy immensely) i realize that Harry fits into a rare type, the happy film geek. I've experience, in person and on the internet, the phenomenon of the angry, cynical, film geek. Besides a few choice titles, Harry loves film, and tries to be positive about everything he sees, if he can. It's now refreshing considering how many angry film nerds there are out there now, on the internet and in real life. I'll admit I've started to be bothered by Harry's write ups enough where I just skip his reviews or his descriptions of pictures or posters. But I wouldn't want him to change his writing style to make the TalkBackers happy, cause that would just be the opposite of what AICN is about.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    was that translated from another language?

    by shoveller

    Maybe Mr Knowles typed it in french and google translated it, because that's sure as hell what it read like...

  • April 20, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Harry has been hacked by the spammers


    and now onluy speaks in broken english. Typing the write, is astonishing when words they happen, and then to see the proof of reading. Well, is always. Plus and to not mention, Uday had happened once not to. Hi folks Harry here!

  • April 20, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    it seems my post was eaten too.


    maybe because i mentioned that Harry's brain has been hacked by the spammers and now speaks in broken english? and then i proceeded to type that way....

  • April 20, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    fuck nevermind


    apparently there is just like a 6 minute delay before your post 'takes'

  • April 20, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I too have been reading this site since the early days, since 1996, and that's why I'm telling you Harry's quality of writing (and what seems to be his care and regard for his readers) has fallen extremely low. You cannot use the fact that he writes less for the site as justification for why his writing sucks. "So you can expect some concentration." What does that mean? Are you agreeing with me that his writing *should* be better because he has even less stories to focus on? This site has been extremely influential to me over the past almost 15 years. That's why I get so aggravated to see Harry shit on his readers the way he does. He has zero respect for them. Yes, its good to see an optimistic film critic, but that schtick has gotten old. Most of us have all moved beyond that. Even you yourself have said you skip his reviews and descriptions. Why, if you love him so much? That says volumes about the state of this website and particularly the part he plays in it. Its not his writing style that bothers me; that's been consistent over the years. Its his complete lack of clarity and his pisspoor handling of the English language and grammar, and his willful resistance to fixing it or having it edited. It shows a lack of respect for his own writing and a lack of respect for his readers. He doesn't need to change his style (which typically involves invoking his own personal life, lots of gushing with bad metaphors and similes, etc). He just needs to actually *write* so people understand what he's saying. Right now everything just comes off as lazy, like he can't be bothered to do better because people like you will just accept it as is.

  • April 20, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Maybe it's just me...

    by toxicbuddha

    but i actually followed Harry. I just filled in the blanks. "because if anything in this amazingly insane story about Saddam's W. " as in george w bush to george herbert walker bush "Well, technically it isn't firmly upon Uday, but his body double that would stand in whenver Uday wanted or needed. "...the "him to" is now we should all be used to harry's writing and auto fill as needed "His witnessing is kind of astonishing." Taken by itself this se4ntence is self evident. Ugly as a warthog's nutsack, but still sussed out easily enough.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I disagree with Harry..

    by MegaBeth

    I much prefer Saddam's Q and maybe even his X to his W. But his W is far better than his C which is really wacked out.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I read it as THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Now THAT'S a good ass movie. Scary as hell.

  • April 20, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Where's his mini-giraff?

    by Datascream

  • April 20, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    kermit, it's not just pussy juice

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    I believe, it's chocolate pussy, juice.

  • April 20, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    kermit / balls...

    by ClayMatthews was "chocolate coated". I don't even know how you "coat" juice. But I am laughing so hard I am crying right now. Priceless.

  • April 20, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't have to 'fill in the blanks' toxicbuddha

    by J.B.M.A.

    Harry is not mentally disabled. I'm not giving him a pass for utter failure to proof read his posts. His absence from this talkback speaks volumes. Does the guy send emails out to professionals or friends like this? A drinks invite from harry would need the Rosetta Stone to translate.

  • April 20, 2011, noon CST

    j.b.m.a point taken

    by toxicbuddha

    i see what u guys are so vexed about now. i was initially taken aback by the vitriol, but now i fell it is fairly warranted.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Gaudy ain't the word I would use for that poster

    by darthderp

    That shit's messing my eyes up just looking at it.

  • April 20, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Guy who kisses little giraffe

    by twogunjames

    Is going to LOVE this poster!

  • April 20, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    it should have been prince sitting on that throne

    by The_Ritty

    then i would have laughed

  • April 20, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Still Don't Get it

    by Secretagentnumber6

    The whole obsession with Scarface among certain groups. Okay movie, sure. Iconic, only because of what certain people have done with it. When it comes down to it, Scarface is a mediocre at best film, De Palma has done much better, yet Scarface is the one that seems to get the most mention. Just do not get it.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    I Love GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD! The Shmell of it, The Tashte of it........GOOOOOOOOOOLD!!!!!!

  • April 20, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    this is what real posters are made of

    by Foucault


  • April 21, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT HARRY!!!!!!!

    by brattyben

    I come to your site everyday. I like it. I get my udpates and what not, but, seriously, I am sick of reading your incoherent BULLSHIT!!! You have the means, you OWN this site, get a fuckin' editor, a proofreader, your grocer, the mailman, ANYBODY!!!!!! THis is beyond unprofessional. Take some damn pride in yourself and your site, and how you want to be portrayed. Do you seriously want your legacy to be a fat, dirty, nerdy, uneducated fucktard?! Cause with the way you've been writing, this is your fate. Turn it around and at least take a Writing 101 class. Shit, man. I love your enthusiasm and your zest for movies and movie culture, but, if you have that much love and respect for it, have some for yourself, and mostly FOR US WHO COME TO TRY AND READ THIS INCOHERENT SHIT!!! thank you.

  • April 21, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Not every day you get to read a sentence like this...

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    "Lee Tamahori does a great job on this." I could barely stop laughing long enough to CTRL+V it. Then again maybe I give him too much shit for directing one of the worst/mind-numbingly stupid Bond films ever made.

  • April 22, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    anyone else....

    by ihatefanboys

    tired of movies based on real people and events...who cares about uday hussein ?? movies are and should be fictional entertainment. if i want a real story ill look one up for myself. i dont need the news or some biased writer telling me how i should feel about a subject. thanks !

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Ignorance is bliss....

    by A Gonsalves

    "Scarface Of Arabia"...??? Iraq is PERSIA... All this ranting about bad grammar and poor writing, you'd think someone would make even a tiny point about FACTS being wrong..? The really irritating thing is, that line is now tagged on the poster all over the place here....!! Oh well....