Up in the Air


In a year when the Oscar race has no 600-pound gorilla in the room, Up in the Air has been touted as a Best Picture candidate. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, the film is supremely slick and it does have some depth underneath its brightly polished veneer. The film is a reflection of its lead actor, Hollywood's designated silver Fox George Clooney: gleaming, glib, smooth, in control, with just enough vulnerability to imply that it's more than a pretty face. If there was an Oscar division for the products with the best packaging, Clooney would win every year, and Up in the Air would be a champion.

But he doesn't and it isn't.

In fact, for 93 minutes it is a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy lifted somewhat above average by its fine cast and its willingness to take on a heavy theme (the pain of losing one's job). Then at minute 94 it takes a dramatic and daring turn and defies all of our expectations. In fact, I was close to giving the film a standing ovation at minute 94, but before I could leave my seat, I realized that the screenwriter didn't know what to do with his brilliant and bold plot twist. The last ten minutes of the film just wander off into nowhere, sort of pretending that several of the film's key developments had never happened at all, dazed like a prizefighter after a hard head shot.

So here's what Up in the Air would be like if it were a person. It's the jock who decides that he's not going to spend his life chasing after a little ball, but instead he's going to go back to the dream that made him happy. He's going to try to write the great American novel and spend time with his family. We are moved by his story. We stand up and applaud him for walking away from all that money and fame to do the right thing for his wife and kids, and for himself. But then he disappoints us. He tries, and he just can't do it. He's a bad writer and a sub-par husband and father. The only thing he's good at is playing ball, and when he was doing that he at least had some focus in life. Now that he has quit, he's not good at anything. He walks around dazed, like a prizefighter after a hard head shot.

In other words, it's not good enough to come up with one brilliant plot twist which subverts the genre conventions. You also have to know what would happen to your characters in case that twist happened to them. Or if you don't know, at least come up with a hypothesis. Don't just end the movie with everyone walking around like a dazed boxer.

After having boldly declared that Up in the Air should not be a Best Picture winner, let me mitigate that position just a bit. First of all, George Clooney is magnificent at being completely charming while playing an essentially odious character. Since Cary Grant retired there is probably no other actor in the business who could make us like and feel empathy for the man who is delivering the lines Clooney has to deliver in this film. And since I'm saying Clooney is the only actor in the world who could have pulled this off, I guess I'm also saying that he is a legitimate Oscar candidate. And although Up in the Air should not really be playing in the Best Picture League, it is still a worthwhile film. It's not very deep or very smart, but it's deep and smart enough to realize that its first 93 minutes could easily have led to a bullshit ending, so it did not go there. That alone makes it worth the time invested in it.

If only it could have replaced the bullshit Hollywood ending with some other ending, as opposed to no ending at all.

I seem to be quite isolated in my position, by the way. The film is rated a spectacular 8.3 at IMDb, and received 89% positive reviews. It seems to be an almost certain Best Picture nominee, especially given this year's expanded field.

Vera Farmiga's nude scene was performed by a body double. According to Vera, director Jason Reitman shot the film both ways, with her and with the double, and decided to go with the double for reasons unknown to her.



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Late Fee


Today we have a pair of "Babes in Bondage" from "Late Fee," which is a really terrible movie, trust me on that.

Kerri Miller gets tied up but keeps her clothes on. Caps and a clip.

However we do have an unknown actress who gives full frontal while strapped down by some kind of a mad Doctor. Caps and a clip.




TV Land

Wash that down with some "Hankster Light" from TV Land as we have "Dancing with the Stars" babe Edyta Sliwinski putting on a nice leg & thigh show for Jimmy Kimmel. Caps with an HD clip.




(TV miniseries, 2009)

Modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland which got high ratings despite  a cast of virtual unknowns in the leads with Caterina Scorsone as Alice and Andrew Lee Potts as the Hatter.

Caterina Scorsone: wet but unrevealing dress

Charlotte Sullivan: sexy dress

Teryl Rothery: sexy cougar

dancers: sexy outfits


Our Alice in another role

Not my caps but here's an early Caterina Scorsone showing some bra-less pokies and buns in "Borderline Normal." This got a very limited release in French and only ordered 5 copies, so this DVD is very scarce.


"Tin Man"

(TV miniseries, 2007)

From the makers of Alice this is a modern retelling of the Wizard of Oz..

Zooey Deschanel: sexy as Dorothy.

Kathleen Robertson: cleavage as Wicked Witch

Tinsel Korey: sexy as fortune teller.

April Telek: sexy as uncredited prostitute.


"Once a Thief"


 episode: "That Old Gang of Mine"

Victoria Pratt: very sexy in her first appearance.

Cynthia Preston: sexy as peep show stripper

episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"

Kari Matchett: sexy

Colombe Demers: sexy


V for Vendetta


Natalie Portman: Queen Amidala in brassiere and showing some upskirt

Death Warrior


Looking at this straight-to-DVD a second time it looks like Dawne Furey, who played one of the uncredited seductresses, is also the uncredited booby double for  Tanya Clarke.




Lindsay Lohan's butt hanging out past the lower edge of a bikini bottom

Monica Bellucci in Shoot 'Em Up

Monica Bellucci in Malena  3456


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