‘Shawshank,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Sans-Men Are Perfect Replies to No-Women ‘The Last Jedi’


Backlash from a certain segment of the Internet to blockbuster movies that cast women (as well as people of color) has led to some pretty horrible things, like online harassment. It also leads to ridiculous, even hilariously stupid things, like someone editing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to remove all the women.

That edit of “The Last Jedi,” which was made from a bootleg recording of the movie made by someone watching it in a theater, purports to be “basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff.” It slices the movie down to 46 minutes, and apart from being an exercise in sexism, the cut has the virtue of making no sense at all.

There’s an upside to the “de-feminized” cut of “The Last Jedi,” though — it has led to some pretty good jokes about the ridiculous nature of the entire idea. The funniest response is probably that of Twitter user Logan James, who decided to make a joke of the reaction to “The Last Jedi” by making a fan edit of his own.

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James’ response to a woman-free cut of “The Last Jedi” was to give equal attention to a movie by removing all the men. His choice is the hilarious part, though — James recut Steven Spielberg’s war epic “Saving Private Ryan” to remove all men from the film. That’s quite an undertaking, since the cast is overwhelmingly male. The result is a short film that’s just over two minutes long — down from the movie’s actual run time of 170 minutes — that’s mostly made up of stoic, sad shots of Arlington National Cemetery. James posted the results to Twitter.

In response to the MRA douche who edited all the women out of #TheLastJedi, I decided to edit all of the men out of Saving Private Ryan. Here it is in its entirety. pic.twitter.com/egZTDhDKi3

— Juche Box Hero (@LoganJames) January 17, 2018

The funniest part of the “Saving Private Ryan” edit is that it actually comes off as pretty artistic with all the scenes of men removed. Cutting from the cemetery to shots of hard-faced women, then to shots of Normandy beach with no one on it — this feels like a student film that might have gotten a decent grade.

After putting out the “Saving Private Ryan” edit, James one-upped even himself, and made another “de-masculated” fan edit. This time it’s “The Shawshank Redemption,” a movie that takes place in an all-male prison and so has next to no women at all. This one comes down from 144 minutes to just 97 seconds.

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If you liked Saving Private Ryan with all the men edited out, then you’ll LOVE the man-free edition of the Shawshank Redemption! Only a minute and a half long! pic.twitter.com/XzwZMb60dx

— Juche Box Hero (@LoganJames) January 18, 2018

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Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86


Terence Marsh, the Academy Award-winning art director and production designer behind “Doctor Zhivago,” “Oliver!,” and “The Shawshank Redemption” died in his Pacific Palisades, Calif. home on Jan. 9 after battling cancer for four years. He was 86. Marsh shared two Oscar wins for his work as art director on David Lean’s sprawling epic “Dr. Zhivago” […]

Every Stephen King Easter Egg in ‘The Dark Tower’ (Photos)


Way before “The Dark Tower” hit theaters, Hollywood had adapted a huge number of stories by author Stephen King. The latest King movie is filled with hidden Easter Eggs and callbacks to other adaptations and King’s novels. Here are all of the secret references to other King works, and what they mean. Warning: Light spoilers for “The Dark Tower!”

“The Shining”
The opening scene of “The Dark Tower” shows an idyllic-seeming neighborhood full of kids, including a pair of twin girls in blue dresses. They look like the Grady twins, the two ghostly girls from “The Shining” who want Danny Torrance to play with them forever and ever and ever.

“The Shining” again
Parked on the desk of Jake’s therapist is a black-and-white photo of a particular hotel: the Overlook, the setting for King’s novel “The Shining.” That’s where Jack Torrance goes mad thanks to the influence of the evil, supernatural structure and tries to kill his son Danny and wife Wendy.

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Walking by as Jake heads home is a big St. Bernard dog, which serves as villain in “Cujo.” In that story, the dog contracts rabies and terrorizes a town, turning from a lovable pet to a frightening, lethal creature.

Stephen King has quite a few stories in which vehicles come to life and murder people, and “Christine” is probably the best known. The red 1958 Plymouth Fury is represented as a model Jake’s friend Timmy plays with early in the movie. In “Christine” story, a supernaturally alive car gets jealous of anyone who gets close to its owner and turns homicidal.

“Stand By Me”
When Jake finds the house he saw in his dream in Brooklyn, it’s adorned with a threatening sign warning of an attack dog. The sign calls back everyone’s favorite scary junkyard dog, Chopper, from “Stand By Me.”

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“Stephen King’s It”
Wandering through the woods of Mid-World, Jake and Roland come across the ruins of an old theme park, suggesting some weird things about the world’s past. The title for one of the wrecked rides is Pennywise, the scary, shapeshifting clown from “It” that murders folks in the town of Derry.

Reaching various locations using sci-fi portals in “The Dark Tower” requires putting in pairs of numbers that serve as addresses for where the portal will take you. When Jake and Roland use the portal in the village to get back to New York, Jake notes the return address above it: 14-08. That’s the number of a haunted hotel room from the King story of the same name, where a writer who debunks hauntings finds himself trapped in a possessed hotel room.

“Mr. Mercedes”
About midway through “The Dark Tower,” the villainous Walter leaves a message for Jake written on a wall, with an extra embellishment: A smiley face. It’s a bit of a stretch, but the other place King has made ample use of villainous smiley faces is in his novel “Mr. Mercedes,” where the serial killer of the same name uses a smiley face with teeth and sunglasses to taunt the detective trying to catch him.

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“The Shawshank Redemption”
When Roland briefly gets trapped in the gun store so that Walter’s goons can abduct Jake, he passes (and touches) a black and white poster of a photo of Rita Hayworth. The same poster was used by Andy Dufresne to cover the tunnel he dug to escape Shawshank prison in “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Hanging out on one of the consoles where Walter’s minions control the big laser he’s using to attack the Dark Tower is a copy of “Misery’s Child.” It’s the book Annie Wilkes tries to force author Paul Sheldon to write to resurrect his beloved character Misery Chastain in “Misery.”

“‘Salem’s Lot”
Near the end of the movie, as Jake and Roland leave the Dixie Pig in New York, they pass a sign for a business called Barlow & Straker’s. The business partners appear in “‘Salem’s Lot” as antiques dealers, but with a twist: Barlow is actually a vampire, and Straker is the human who protects him during daylight hours.

“Doctor Sleep”
“The Dark Tower” makes use of a concept that pops up again and again in other Stephen King novels: the psychic ability he refers to as “shine” or “shining.” That ability is what at the core of “The Shining” and its sequel “Doctor Sleep,” both of which are about the original kid with the shining, Danny Torrance.