"An Occasional Hell"
An Occasional Hell (1996) is a whodonit. The detective is an ex-cop who, we are led to believe, is an addict. The accused is the widow of the deceased. The girlfriend of the deceased is missing, and the wife is the prime suspect. In an interesting plot device, Tom Berenger (the detective) has mental conversations with the missing girlfriend (Kari Wuhrer) to help him figure out exactly what happened.
He also gets intimate with his client. This relationship does provide nudity (Valeria Golino) but does not follow from the events leading up to it. Both Wuhrer and Golina show breasts. The exposure by Golino is very dark. Kari, however, is shot in very good light by someone who knows how to focus a camera. This could have been an excellent film with a little more work, especially with pace and building tension. I never felt the widow was in danger of arrest, and hence never felt an urgency to the investigation.
IMDB readers have this at 4.8 of 10. Evidently, it is a relatively unknown effort, as there are no reviews available. IMDB calls it a drama/thriller, which it was probably trying to be, but it was not very dramatic, and had no thrills. It played more like a whodunit, but with no atmosphere, and little personality from the Beringer character. D.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
If you're reading this early, I'll get the movie
info pages up in a bit. Here are capsule summaries.
Treading Water. This is
a very honest and affecting lesbian movie about one holiday weekend
in which the rich lesbian is not allowed to bring her partner home
for family Christmas. Small movie, made for a limited audience,
mostly specialty film festivals. I thought the movie was pretty
good, but it really did tread water. None of the characters or plot
situations were resolved or moved forward in any way. Everything
ended exactly as it began. I guess that's where they got the title
from. Anyway, I liked this little, unassuming movie, but most of you
probably would not. Either way, you'll enjoy the nudity. Can't beat
lesbian film festivals in one sense - no naked guys to look
Nina Landey (1,
Angie Redman (1,
The Sleeping Dictionary.
Bad news and good in cycles. Bad news: a "British in the jungle"
film in which everyone is everyone else's secret love child (Dickens
would be proud.) One of those white man's burden films where all the
Englishmen stay in dress uniform in the sweltering heat, while the
native women bathe under cool, soothing waterfalls. "I say, Jeeves,
bring me another gin and tonic - and shoot that frightful beggar on
your way back, if you would, my good man. Tally ho." The good news:
Jessica Alba sex scenes. The bad news: Jessica used a body double.
(She said so, and it is also painfully apparent from the missing
head in every single frame!) Alba is a beautiful woman. I don't know
what her ethnic background really is, but her appearance was
convincing as a generic Pacific islander.
In the Time of the Butterflies
is a made-for-tv film, basically a docudrama about three sisters who
opposed Trujillo's long and repressive regime in the Dominican
Republic. The lieutenant from Miami Vice plays Trujillo in the exact
same flat, emotionless, style he brought to Miami Vice. However, it
does feature one very large Salma breast.
Wisegirls is a piece of
fluff about three friends working as waitresses in a mob-connected
restaurant. One is a mobster herself (Mariah Carey). One is an
undercover cop (Melora Walters). One is the innocent bystander who
watches everything unfold, and gets caught in the middle (Mira
Sorvino). All three girls did well, even Mariah (although she looked
quite a bit overweight), and there's nothing very wrong with it, but
the movie is just basically a time-waster, meant to be watched only
if you're stuck in your easy chair without the remote. No nudity.
New Encyclopedia Volume for LOTR's Miranda Otto (Eowyn)
Uncle Scoopy, Here are Ebert and Roeper's 10 best movies of 2002
just in case you want to comment on it.
Roger Ebert's Top Ten list:
> 1. "Minority Report"
> 2. "City of God"
> 3. "Adaptation"
> 4. "Far From Heaven"
> 5. "13 Conversations About One Thing"
> 6. "Y Tu Mama Tambien"
> 7. "Invincible"
> 8. "Spirited Away"
> 9. "All or Nothing"
> 10. "The Quiet American"
> Richard Roeper's Top Ten:
> 1. "Gangs of New York"
> 2. "25th Hour"
> 3. "Minority Report"
> 4. "Y Tu Mama Tambien"
> 5. "Adaptation"
> 6. "Signs"
> 7. "Rabbit-Proof Fence"
> 8. "About Schmidt"
> 9. "One Hour Photo"
> 10. "About a Boy"
Oh, well. A list
always tells you as much about the critic as it does about the
It's hard for me to
comment because it don't see brand-new films unless they have
nudity, and sometimes not even then. I think I have only seen three
of Ebert's 10, and all three would surely be on my list, and are on
Roeper's as well - Minority Report, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and
Adaptation. I really enjoyed all three of those.
I would have
included The Two Towers.
When one reaches
Ebert's level of influence, a list like this becomes as much an
exercise in politics as in art. If Ebert thought the ten best
movies of the year were all Hollywood films, I doubt if he'd allow
his annual list to reflect that opinion. Just as much as Clark
Gable or Brigitte Bardot, Ebert represents film to the world. He's
part of the cultural history of the medium. Thus, he has an
obligation to air more than his own taste, and balances off
his list with a sampling of foreign language and independent films.
I think that his choice of Spielberg's film as number one is one of
the perfectly reasonable choices for that honor. Minority Report is
topical, and thoughtful. It is a good action flick. It is a good
noir. And it has a kick-ass look to it.
I find Roeper's
choices harder to defend. I've seen seven of them. I think Signs,
One Hour Photo, Gangs of New York, and About Schmidt were pretty
good flicks, but they don't seem to me like the kind of superior
films that should edge out The Two Towers for a spot on the Top 10.
The other three
Roeper named, which I have not seen, are as follows: his number two
is a Spike Lee film rated 6.8 at IMDb, number ten stars Hugh Grant
(although to be fair, everybody praised the performance of the new,
mature Hugh), and his number seven I have never heard of at all.
But maybe he's right in every case. I just haven't thought it all
On the other hand,
off the top of my head, does it make sense to you guys that they
left The Two Towers and The Pianist off the list? Those are some
mofo'n good movies. And My Big Fat Greek Wedding was mighty popular
And what about
That has to make my list.
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the
review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
- Rebecca De Mornay topless in a love scene, plus some sexy tongue action in scenes from "Never Talk to Strangers" (1995).
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
Belated wishes for a Happy New Year to the Sr and Jr Scoopsters. Let's set some sort of record for 2003.
Today's stuff was grabbed off usenet by The Gimp. They show some major fashion babes and some lesser known ones on the catwalk. I mucked around with a few of them (Eva's in particular) but the majority are WYSIWYG.
The major babes include:
- Eva Herzigova in lots of see-thru thingees (the last three are the best, but you just have to see #4).
- Gisele Bundchen showing off legs that go almost to her ears but that end, instead, at a bum-bum you don't find just everywhere.
- Frankie Rayder in skimpy bikinis.
- Bridget Hall, Missy Rayder (1,
2) and Veronica Blume in see-thru stuff.
- Adriana Lima in all sorts of skimpy things, the most revealing of which are #'s 6 and 7.
The lesser known but nonetheless beautiful fashion babes include:
- Anna Eirikh in see-thru outfits for all four links.
- Anouck Lepere in a see-thru top.
- Daniela Lopez, cute as a button face, Kylie-Minogue-class bum.
- Delfine Bafort in see-thru tops.
- Dewi Driegen in all sorts of skimpy things, and a clear breast in 3.
- Elena Rosenkova in a most odd outfit that puts jus' 'bout nuttin between us and her breasts.
- Eugenia Volodina in two outfits, both of which let loose one of the twins.
- Inga Savits in see-thru tops in 1 and 3, and a skimpy little thing in 2.
- Karolina Kurkova see-thru things and bum exposure in every last one of them. See is a major babe.
- Kasia Pysiak in a net top that would let most tuna and mackeral through.
- Katrina Scola in two see-thru outfits.
- Kristin Enstrom in a wide-open white top that gives you a real nice view from a certain angle.
- Liisa Winkler, skimpiness only, but I love the way she looks.
- Martina Klein in bikinis that encourage things to go poking out.
- Natalia Vodianova in outfits that get reeeal close but then fail us at the last moment.
- Raquel Zimmerman in a metallic bikini with lots of holes in nice places.
- Talytha Pugliese in plunging necklines and see-thru tops, the best of which is the last. Stallone shoulda used her last name for the title character in the Rocky movies.
- And Tua Fock in three open-to-the-breeze tops. We are not making fun of her name, no we are not. Would be too easy.
- and last up is the biggest fashion model of them all, a woman to call when JLo's bottom is just too damn waifish for your tastes.
'Caps and review by CKRoach:
"Cross of Iron"
Cross of Iron represents Sam Pekinpah's only venture into the war movie genre. This movie came very late in his career. After this film he was to make only three more films before his death in 1984.
Cross of Iron is set on the Russian front in 1943. The story centers around sergeant Steiner (played by James Coburn), a battle hardened veteran who leads a recon platoon. The daily routine changes when he is given a new commander, a Captain Stranksy (played by Maximilian Schell) who comes from a line of aristocratic officers. Stranky's sole purpose of his assignment is to acquire the Iron Cross. Stransky will stop at nothing, including the sacrifice of his underlings, to acquire the medal. Other members of the cast include David mason (with his English accent) as the battalion commander, and David Warner, as his adjutant. Senta Berger plays Eva, a nurse at a German field hospital where Steiner convalesces after receiving a nasty head wound.
The story takes several twists and turns. Steiner ends up betrayed and forced to return home from deep behind Soviet lines. It never seems to fully resolve. It ends with Steiner telling Stransky "I will show you where the iron crosses grow"
The production was excellent. The movie was filmed in Yugoslavia. The details were well done down to using real T-34 tanks from the Yugoslavian Army. Throughout we see Peckinpah's characteristic Slow-action style of filming. One gets the feeling of just how much mud and blood were part of the eastern front soldiers life.
The movie gets a 7.4/10 rating from the IMDb. The nudity is sparse as Peckinpah seems to have gotten prudish in his old age. We see Senta Berger's backside as she changes clothing in the hospital. We also have a scene as Steiner's lost patrol captures a Soviet bridge outpost and proceeds to steal the uniforms from some female soldiers. We also get treated to a very painful scene as one of Steiner's soldiers gets his member bitten off by a woman soldier, whom he forced to perform felatio on him.
The DVD transfer was a big disappointment. The quality of the video is mediocre at best. The extra features are decidedly lacking. Only a chapter search (big chapters at that) and a photo gallery are available. The DVD is priced rather high at $29.99 from Amazon and seemingly, everyplace else. This is not a bargain considering the decidedly mediocre quality.
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
Today we look at a really bad movie, "Witchcraft 2:The Temptress". About the only good thing to this movie is Mia Ruiz, seen first in an overflowing bra and then naked making love in a scene that is being
hallucinated by her boyfriend. The final cap shows a pretty gruesome marked up chest.
In the clean out your hard drive category, here's a couple of caps of a young Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") in 1980's "Hollywood Knights".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
CLINTON MASSAGES MORE THAN THE TRUTH
It Also Equivocates! - It's never too early to start shopping for next
Christmas, so visit www.talkingslickwillie.com and buy the Talking Slick
Willie Presidential Massager, just $29.95. It's a personal vibrator shaped
like Bill Clinton, which the maker promises "tickles, stimulates, vibrates,
vacillates, exaggerates" and even talks, saying seven funny phrases. The
makers claim they don't mean to insult the ex-president, but to "erect a
monument" to him -- a vibrating monument.
Well, it's sure more appropriate than a library.
If you can't afford the vibrator, a cheap cigar will do.
Best of all, it's small enough to fit inside a Monica Lewinsky handbag!
When pundits say Hillary has Bill in her pocket, this may be what they mean.
NAKED GYMNASTS OFFERED KEYS TO THE CITY
He'll Bend Over Backwards For Them - Three female Romanian gymnasts were
banned from the sport for five years for making a naked gymnastics porn
movie, but Bucharest Mayor Trainian Basescu has offered them the key to the
city to show his support for them having the courage to do what they want
with their lives. He said they can have the keys as soon as they want to
come and get them.
They don't have to jump through any hoops, although if they want to, he
The only thing those keys fit is the door to his penthouse.
Nice to hear that Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy aren't the only
politicians willing to stand up for a woman's right to make naked
DIANA ROSS'S LOVE HANGOVER
Stop! In The Name Of The Law! - Tucson, Arizona, police released their
account of Diana Ross's arrest for "Extreme DUI." They say a citizen
called at 12:30 a.m. Monday to report Ross's car going south in a
northbound lane. An officer responded and saw her pull into a handicap
parking space at a video store and get out. She said she was lost and
denied she'd been drinking. But the cop said she smelled of booze, her
eyes were watery and bloodshot, she was wavering and slurring her words,
she could not write the alphabet, and she fell down while trying to count
Oh, come on! MOST celebrities can't write the entire alphabet or count
If she can't count, maybe that's why she thought the speed limit was
Are they sure this wasn't Whitney Houston?
She wasn't just extremely drunk, she was really quite Supremely drunk!
Tucson has three levels of drunk driving: "DUI," "Extreme DUI" and "Nick
MOVIE SETS NEW BOX OFFICE LOW RECORD
Luckily, It Cost $37 To Make - The Hong Kong movie "Psychedelic Cop" set a
new box office record by earning just $41.85 (US) in its one and only week
in a single theater. It drew fewer than 10 ticketbuyers, making it the
worst flop in Hong Kong history.
Just wait: "Swept Away" hasn't opened there yet.
And all 10 ticketbuyers demanded their money back.
Too bad: it was Kevin Costner's first kung-fu movie.
"FRIENDS" TO MAKE RAUNCHY MOVIE?
I'll Be Bare For You - Internet Movie Database News claims that NBC got the
cast of "Friends" to do a 10th season by promising to produce a "Friends"
film that would finally give them a shot at movie stardom. An anonymous
studio source said without the TV censors, the movie could be more adult
and even include nudity. For instance, the source suggested that Matt
"Joey" LeBlanc might be the first to disrobe, since he has a big following
among women and gay men who'd flock to theaters to see him naked.
It'll make their day, their week, their month, and even their year.
Great! We wait ten years to see the cast of "Friends" naked, and they
give us Joey!
Maybe they could also add some graphic violence involving Ross.
The "Friends" movie would be part of a double feature, and be followed
by some really crappy comedy nobody wants to watch.