- Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site has been
Rampage is yet another film about the Hillside Strangler murders.
The last one, which featured C. Thomas Howell as Kenneth Bianchi, was
a straightforward and accurate account of the crimes and the
apprehension of the killers, seasoned by a bit of back story about the
relationship of the killers to their families. It was, more or less, a
This film takes a radically different approach. In
essence, it tries to view the stranglers in the context of LA in the
seventies. It is a fictional story which blends in elements of the
real Hillside Strangler investigation, but even those real details are
presented with a great deal of dramatic license. The principal
character in the film is not Kenneth Bianchi, but a fictional
psychiatrist who was called in the by the D.A. to evaluate Bianchi's
story. The shrink first believes that Bianchi is not capable of
multiple murders. As time goes on, her head begins to clear and she
begins to suspect that Bianchi is a skillful phony. She gets him to
agree to hypnosis and sets some traps to see if he is faking his
The real Bianchi was (actually IS - he is still
alive in person) a very complicated man. He was intelligent, and a
pathological liar. He was a self-pitying fraud who faked such things
as cancer. He was both a good family man and a mass murderer. He was a
charlatan who set up a phony counseling practice. He was a pimp, but
he wanted to be a cop. In addition to faking multiple personality
disorder while in custody, he also talked a crime groupie into
attempting some copycat murders while he was imprisoned, in a wild
scheme to exonerate him. His story is one of the most fascinating of
all the tales of 20th century criminals.
This particular film
focuses in solely on his attempt to simulate multiple personality
disorder, and the script consolidates the evaluations of five
different mental health professionals (a psychiatric social worker and
four psychiatrists) into one person, the psychiatrist played by
Brittany Daniel. Since these five people formed vastly different
opinions about Bianchi, it was necessary to make the film's
psychiatrist undergo a somewhat improbable change of heart, starting
with one conclusion and eventually experiencing an epiphany and
reversing her earlier opinions. In order for this to work, the script
had to change the relationship(s) between Bianchi and the mental
health professionals, so that his erratic actions outside of the
clinical interview setting would lead her to change her mind. To my
knowledge, Bianchi never interacted with any of the psychiatric
professionals outside of clinical visits during his incarceration. In
the film, Bianchi makes visits to the psychiatrist's home, and even
kills a woman who had been in a threesome with the swinging shrink
earlier on the same night before her murder. Bianchi even makes a pass
at the fictional shrink! Her change of heart is based at least in part
on the observations she is able to make in these completely fabricated
situations. To add some credibility to her mental transformation, the
script gave her a bizarre drug-addled social life which could be seen
to contribute to her early misdiagnosis. When she got rid of her
abusive, sex-crazed, drug-dealing boyfriend and the debauched
lifestyle she shared with him, the Bianchi case seemed to come into
The script wanders so far from the true story that it
really becomes a fictional story which uses some real names and
events. Bianchi was not brought in by the police as pictured here. The
L.A. investigation proceeded nothing like the film's version. Bianchi
was not caught twice in L.A. and released over the objections of the
investigating officers. He was caught in Washington State, where he
had settled down into a routine job with his girlfriend and their
child, and he might have escaped prosecution forever except that he
killed two more girls in Washington, and certain clues led the police
in Washington to contact L.A. The fact that Bianchi really did have
some form of split personality, if not the type he pretended to, was
indicated by the reaction of his girlfriend when he was arrested. She
attested that he was an ideal husband and father - not exactly the
typical serial killer profile! Bianchi's court-appointed lawyer was
the first to sense that he might have mental problems, and that there
might be grounds for an insanity plea, so he asked for the opinion of
a psychiatric social worker. The sympathetic social worker was
probably the single real-life character who most closely inspired the
initial reaction of the film's psychiatrist, but all of that happened
There was some real-life basis for the film's
portrayal of the tension between the police and the psychiatrist. One
of the first psychiatrists to interview Bianchi in Washington fell for
the multiple personality ruse, a fact which stunned the L.A. detective
who observed the same interview and saw many clues that Bianchi was
faking. That detective's observations, combined with the clever work
of the last psychiatrist to evaluate Bianchi, formed the basis for the
methods used by the film's psychiatrist to expose Bianchi in the
What does all this prove? I honestly have no idea. I
sure didn't gain any insights from it.
The seemingly pointless
script was matched by some irritating and nauseating camera work. The
early part of the film is filled with all sorts of camera techniques
which simulate the drug-addled fog of the psychiatrist. The two most
common gimmicks are circling the camera around the subject and
multiple dissolves. Sometimes these gimmicks are used together. In one
scene in which the psychiatrist interviews Bianchi, the final screen
images have been created from three separate sequences dissolved
together - and the camera is circling in all three of the sub-images.
To make matters worse, some of the sub-images include start-stop
tricks to simulate the kind of image trails seen by pot smokers. If
you are prone to motion sickness, this film could actually induce
vomiting. Literally. The camera crew also seemed to be short of light
bulbs, and the few they had seemed to be red. I can't recall when I
have seen a more difficult film to watch.
It is quite pleasant to
see Brittany Daniel naked. She proves that the combination of nudity
and physical fitness can provide a very stimulating and beautiful
contribution to a film. Unfortunately, this particular film didn't
have much else, and even that was ruined by crazy lighting. If I
were you, I would skip it.
What was the Spanish Main? Was there a Spanish Backup?
Twigs Bent Left or Right
- "Understanding how liberals and conservatives
differ, from conception on"
A script review of El Cantante, the upcoming Hector
The reviews start to come in for Ewe Boll's latest
BloodRayne - 0% positive reviews.
- Ewe is still seeking the elusive zero. Alone in
the Dark scored 1%. Dare to dream, Dr. Boll. Dare to
Blood Rayne is "merely bad instead of a cinematic
Amazon.com: Elk Carcass. Check this out. People who
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- "You Are Going to Prison" by Jim Hogshire
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I was in retail for many years, but would never
have thought of plus-selling anal douche to the elk
carcass consumers. No wonder I failed!
Dave Barry's Blog: REAL ESTATE UPDATE
-Cheerleader Guy reports, "Texas won by three, but
who won the battle of the cheerleaders...we all did!"
His note: "Neither site has updates from
Wednesday's Classic, so there are no pics of the USC's
traditional white sweaters with roses, or of Texas'
White Cheer Squad (AKA the hotties wearing chaps in
the back of the end zone)."
Nine clips from Last Holiday, a new comedy with
The first two clips from Underworld: Evolution
"Horns could repeat if Young returns"
- No shit, Sherlock. Current ranking with Young:
could beat USC. Current ranking without Young:
couldn't beat DeVry.
"Britney Spears is making her pop comeback - by guesting
on hubby Kevin Federline's debut album."
- I'm sure you'll be thrilled to know that the first
official single, PopoZao, Brazilian slang for
big-butt, is available for download on
Grammy-Winning Singer Lou Rawls, Age 72
"An artist who chained his legs together to draw a
picture ... hopped 12 hours through the desert after
realizing he lost the key and couldn't unlock the
- And the drawing? "He brought it down with him,"
Ford said. "It was a pretty good depiction of how a
chain would look wrapped around your legs."
On quarterbacks making their playoff debuts (There
are five this year)
After O'Reilly-Letterman "knife fight," Juan Williams
compared Letterman to serial killer John Wayne Gacy -
the "clown killer"
- Actually I think a "clown killer" is someone who
kills clowns. I think Gacy was actually a "killer
Top 20 most anticipated movies of 2006
Whatever happened to ...
Androgynous former MTV VJ Kennedy
- She now hosts a show exactly like Talk Soup,
except it is about reality shows instead of talk
"The body of singer BARRY COWSILL, who was reported
missing last year around the time of Hurricane Katrina,
was found by police at the Charles Street Wharf in New
Orleans on Dec. 27."
- Last words on his sister's answering machine: "I
don't know how to get out of town except wait for a
bus ... I've been so ... lonely ... I hope I get in
touch with you."
A woman can't get all that much more beautiful than
Halle Berry photographed by Mario Testino for Versace
The Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005
The trailer for Pizza, "A fast food comedy about life in
the slow lane."
- "Former high school hotshot and college town
legend, thirty-something Matt (Ethan Embry) is now the
world's oldest pizza delivery boy, filling his time
with meaningless relationships and political activism
that leads nowhere. Matt can't commit to anything but
pizza, for which he holds an almost mystical devotion.
'Pizza is my buffalo,' Matt explains. 'The Sioux had
The Buffalo; I have Pizza. It provides for all
The trailer for Kill the Poor
- A documentary about the Republican party platform
committee? Nope, it's about a marriage of convenience
which becomes the real thing. Joe (David Krumholtz)
moves his pregnant French wife (Clara Bellar) to a
tenement building on New York's Lower East Side. The
street is like a war zone with none of the nostalgic
appeal that Joe remembers from tales of his immigrant
grandparents arriving in the same neighborhood with a
new life. This is the urban frontier filled with a
wildly funny mixture of gentrifies, homeboys, dealers
and local residents simply bent on staying afloat.
Adapted from Joel Rose's novel by Daniel Handler AKA
The unrated trailer for TAMARA
- "After a teenage prank on the unpopular girl goes
horribly wrong, the pranksters decide to cover their
tracks and bury the body. However, death won't keep
Tamara down. Returning from the grave with a new,
seductive look and a motive for a revenge to match,
Tamara hunts down and kills all those involved in her
The trailer for Why We Fight
- "Why We Fight," the new film by Eugene Jarecki
which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance
Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy
of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable
personal stories with commentary by a "who's who" of
military and beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain,
Gore Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard
Perle and others, "Why We Fight" launches a bipartisan
inquiry into the workings of the military industrial
complex and the rise of the American Empire.
The teaser-trailer for Stormbreaker
- "Based on the first novel by Anthony Horowitz
about a 14-year-old orphan named Alex Rider secretly
trained to take on dangerous missions for the British
- Interesting secondary cast of genre stalwarts:
Bill Nighy, Mickey Rourke, Andy Serkis, Obi-Wan, more
The trailers for Madea's Family Reunion
- "Based upon Tyler Perry's acclaimed stage
production, 'Madea's Family Reunion' continues the
adventures of southern matriarch Madea begun in the
hit film 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'."
The trailer for Flight 93
- "Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass ('Bloody
Sunday,' 'The Bourne Supremacy') writes and directs an
unflinching drama that tells the story of the
passengers and crew, their families on the ground and
the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror
as United Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth
hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist
attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001."
Amother NBC affiliate mutinies over "The Book of Daniel",
the show where Jesus is a secondary character. As I
explained yesterday, the producers might have given him
a bigger role if he had a good agent, but there are no
good agents in heaven.
"RETURNED ABRAMOFF DONATIONS ERASE NATIONAL DEBT ...
Lawmakers Scramble To Shed Trillions in Tainted Cash"
The Directors Guild of America announces its 2005
- Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Bennett Miller
(Capote), Paul Haggis (Crash), George Clooney
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
"Bizarre Lust of a Sexual Deviant"
Bizarre Lust of a Sexual Deviant (2001) began life as a short, and the first film from Sub Rosa Extreme Wicked Pixel. Eric Stanze directed under a pseudonym. It was released to VHS and did sell enough copies to make back the infinitesimal budget. Now that the studio is in the black, they decided to shoot some additional footage, and expand it into a feature. The expanded version is now available on DVD. Scott Loomis plays a fetishist who surprises women in the apartments, knocks them out with chloroform, takes nude Polaroids of them, leaving one for them to find, then goes home. We see three such episodes with Nas (in a dream sequence), Emily Haack, and Lisa A. Morrison.
We eventually learn that he has had this particular fetish for some time, and that is stems from a poor self image. Haack and aned Nas both show breasts. Morrison shows all three Bs. Other than an interlude with Haack and her boyfriend romping through St. Louis that seems to have little or nothing to do with the story, most of the screen time is occupied by Scott Loomis and one unconscious woman or another.
17 IMDb voters have this at 5.3. This was an ultra low budget, and is as Indie as you can possibly get. The new and original film elements do not match up well, but, based on the commentary from Loomis, it is much better than the short was. It is roughly the quality of a student film, but has an edginess that most student films would not have. For me, at least, it was a mercifully short curiosity. I enjoy Haack when she is conscious, but, unfortunately, she wasn't this time. I suppose this is a D or worse, by I applaud the film makers, who are doing this for love of film, and daring to break all current conventions in doing so. Perhaps we will, someday, get back to the point where innovation is prised in mainstream cinema and the nude body is seen as healthy in mainstream films, but, until that happens, that sort of thing will come from film makers like these.
Pat's comments in yellow...
SOAP OPERA COMAS UNREALISTIC
Reading That Put Them In A Coma - It's now official: soap operas are
ridiculous. In the British medical journal BMJ, a group of coma researchers report
that they read 10 years of plot synopses of US soaps such as "General Hospital"
and "Days of Our Lives" and examined 64 stories involving comas. In real
life, patients in non-traumatic comas have a one-month survival rate of just 15
percent. But in soaps, 89 percent of coma patients made a full recovery, and
two patients who "died" were later revealed to still be alive. They said this
gives viewers wrong ideas about medicine, and soaps should occasionally air
compelling, realistic stories about coma patients who die with dignity.
* And their evil twins.
* It's also not true that after you come out of a coma, you have to wear an
* Also, when real people are in comas, they don't get daily hair and makeup
* The problem with soaps is that their writers are in comas.
GUYS LIKE PARKING WITH HOT CHICKS
They Make $10,000 A Night In Tips - Just six months after it launched, Los
Angeles-based Girls Valet Parking is buying out competitors and expanding to
four new cities. The service provides car parking by struggling actresses and
models. Founder Brad Saltzman said, "Given the option of hiring acne-riddled
teenage boys in red vests, or beautiful and sexy models and actresses trained in
safety and hospitality," restaurants, hotels, clubs and celebrity party hosts
choose the women. Clients can even pick their "uniforms," including bikinis,
miniskirts or lingerie, but Saltzman said, "We draw the line at nudity or
* Can they at least go topless when they're parking convertibles?
* Something tells me he got this idea while watching '80s drive-in movies on
* Of course, the REAL struggling actresses are all over 50.
ROLLING STONES TOO OLD TO WATCH THEMSELVES
Can I Bring My Walker? - The Detroit Free Press reports that 2,000 people
will be allowed onto the field during the Super Bowl Halftime show by the Rolling
Stones. But they will be expected to dance and cheer, and they must attend
several long rehearsals and stand in the tunnels throughout the first half.
It's so physically demanding, only people age 18-45 are eligible. That means
the Stones, whose youngest member is 58, are too old to be in their own audience.
* So are most of their fans.
* And Mick's girlfriends aren't old enough.
* That's okay, they prefer ragtime music anyway.