He's watching films, and he's angry about it

Television

December 05, 2004|By Joe Neumaier | Joe Neumaier,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

The days of the sweater-clad, thumb-ranking, warm-and-fuzzy TV film critic may be at an end: Rocker Henry Rollins is in the movie house.

The front man for '80s punk band Black Flag, radio talker, spoken-word artist and self-proclaimed "angry man" now hosts his own movie review program, Henry's Film Corner, airing the first Saturday of every month at midnight on the Independent Film Channel.

The first episode was to air last night.

True to his contrarian ways, Rollins - who has acted in such films as Heat and Bad Boys II - proclaims his love for art-house dramas and such foreign directors as Akira Kurosawa and Werner Herzog before rhapsodizing about Die Hard and Predator.

"Every genre will get a fair shake on my show," Rollins said. "I love big blow-'em-up films. Yet I want to say to young people, `Sure, go watch all your action films, get yer ya-yas out. But leave time for Cool Hand Luke and The Godfather. If it's junk into your mind, then it's junk out. If all kids do is watch Dumb and Dumber, then they, too, will be dumb and dumber."

In addition to such staples of review shows as discussions of recent blockbusters and DVD choices, Henry's Film Corner will include an examination of political and social issues in films and "Rollins' Revenge," a segment in which no movie is safe from the host's pent-up wrath.

Rollins, wearing a black T-shirt, also will discuss cinema with celebrity guests and everyday folks. In the first episode, he talked with his mailman, Raoul, about the similarities between the Tom Cruise epic The Last Samurai and Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai.

"Hollywood wants guys like Raoul to shut up and consume, so they can feed him another turgid, overdone, CGI-filled piece of junk. But I want to hear Raoul's thoughts," said Rollins, who cites Apocalypse Now as his favorite movie.

And he knows what he doesn't like.

"I have a contempt for lazy filmmaking," he said. "A movie like Terminator 3 was boring and insulting to the bricklayer who pays 10 bucks times two, with parking, for him and his date. Arnold Schwarzenegger owes that guy dinner!"

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