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Members Bonuses- Basic Instinct
I never really intended to cap this movie. I just wanted to revisit it after Tuna dumped on it, but how can you resist a few caps? I didn't do a thorough job because this movie has been done from a-to-z by the best guys out there. As I recall, Aesthete, Tuna, and RDO all did an especially good job if you want to look it them up in the back issues. But I did do a few of the scenes I especially like, or the ones less capped.
In a nutshell, Tuna was right. The screenplay to Basic Instinct was written by Joe Eszterhas, who was the highest paid writer in the history of Hollywood, and whose scripts are filled with holes wide enough to fly a 747 through. I've discussed before the logical inconsistencies in "Jade" and "One Night Stand". "Basic Instinct" probably has the biggest ones of all.
All of the tension of the movie is based on whether the murders were committed by Sharon Stone or by someone trying to frame Sharon by killing her boyfriend in a manner re-enacting the murder in her novel.
Right? Wrong. As usual, there are gaping errors.
The director in question, and I always forget about him when I talk about the guys with the biggest gap between their best and worst movies, is Paul Verhoeven. At his peak, Verhoeven directed respected films like "Soldaat van Oranje" and "De Vierde Man". In the middle he directed some of my favorite fun junk movies like "Starship Troopers", "Robocop" and "Total Recall". On the lower end, he directed "Showgirls". His range is from 7.5 to 3.54. In all fairness, though, the direction of "Showgirls" is OK. The visuals are often dazzling. The only really dumb thing he did was to cast Elizabeth Berkley. The real culprit in "Showgirls" was the screenwriter. Can you guess who it was? None other than omnipresent Joe Eszterhas. In addition to everything else I said about Eszterhas, you probably should know that he wrote also the scripts for "Sliver", and "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn". I don't know about you guys, but I've always been a big fan of the late Otis Redding, and it depresses me to no end that they hired Eszterhas to write the screenplay for that new movie about Otis starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Not that any of that matters to "Basic Instinct". You don't watch this film to see the plot, let's face it. It's one of the five sexiest movies ever made. Sharon Stone is naked throughout. It has sex scenes that border on porn. It has the famous beaver scene. Who the hell cares about the silly plot, anyway?
However, even if you forget about the inconsistencies and just completely suspend your critical functions, you must notice something ... familiar ... Michael Douglas plays a handsome plainclothes homicide detective in San Francisco, and his partner is a more sensible rumpled inglamorous galoot with a big nose. Hey - it's just an episode of "Streets of San Francisco", except they show the crimes and sex on camera instead of off.
If you rent the DVD, watch the "widescreen" side. The "standard" is blurry for some reason.
One last thought. This movie gets my Oscar in the following category: "Most smoking in a movie not involving Eastern Europe, Bogart, or Cheech and Chong"
Sharon Stone today. Tripplehorn tomorow. I certainly don't have to give you the "no nudity" warning, but in all honesty, I have to admit that the last four collages kinda suck. The first three are pretty decent.
|Hello Uncle Scoopy! Finally I'm
feeling well again, so I figured it was time to come
First I would like to draw your attention to a program on German TV called Blitz! It deals with items that aren't important enough to make it on regular news and is aired at 7 pm. Normally there isn't much to be found for the Fun House on that show but last week they had an item on how TV stations in the Czech Republic and Russia boost ratings on late-night news and weather reports.
Let's go to the Czechs first. Here is how weather girl Barbara Jaburek presents the late-night weather forecast on a Czech TV station. Amazing, no?
Now let us move on to the Russians. They have a TV channel where newsreader Svetlana Pesotzkaja, whose boyfriend for 5 years left her over this, reads the late-night news like this and the weather report is spiced up with girls who wear these outfits. I've never seen anything like this in "The Free Western World". Look what the Czechs and the Russians have achieved in that department in only ten years! When will we get this in western Europe and the US ?
Blitz is presented by Caroline Beil (non-nude collage 01), who tried in vain not to laugh when she announced this item, saying : "Could you imagine me presenting this show completely naked? Ridiculous of course". She probably laughed because it's not that hard to imagine her presenting a program naked. Take a look a this collage from another vidcapper that I found on Patten's message board and you know what I mean (all credit goes without saying to RolandXox, who created this collage). I don't feel very comfortable about using material from someone else but it fitted the subject very nicely and as far as I'm concerned this is a once only, so please forgive me.
Time to move over now to the 1994 Austrian film "Ein fast perfekter Seitensprung" in which rather heavy actress Elfi Eschke has several nude scenes. Our Greek god of daybreak, the unsurpassed Eos, writes about her as "the passionate exhibitionist Elfi Eschke in one of the many films in which her husband, director Reinhard Schwabenitzky, features her always naked". Finally I decided to play for fake detective myself and I think I've found out the truth about those alleged nude pictures of Charlene Tilton that keep floating around the net. Recently I was going through some old issues (around 1985 ; I only kept the pages with nudity and forgot to write the date on this page) of German magazine Neue Revue when I found this article about a certain Gina Sörensen from Denmark who was presented as a Charlene Tilton lookalike. I think that this girl looks exactly like the girl in the nude pictures said to be of Charlene. You can compare the images in this collage.
That's it for
now. I hope you'll find this contribution enjoyable and
of any use for the Fun House. Yours truly, ICMS
|Yesterday: Natalie, 20, from
Brighton. (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4)
Page Three Gold feature is Sally Nicholson from 5th July 1979.
|+||Ever wonder what the Playboy,
Page Three, and other softcore models do when not
modeling for Playboy or the British tabs? Fred does.
Fred, or as he is known in the ancient Elventongue,
"Frodo", specializes in "outing" the
harder action from these ostensibly wholesome girls.
"Jo Guest and Charmaine Sinclair are both Playboy and Page 3 favorites. Charmaine is a well known European Porn Star which may be why Playboy tried to sell her as Charmaine Garth initially. Charmaine may be better known in the mainstream for her affair with Robert DeNiro."
|"I'll bet nobody else sends you this first set anytime soon. Former English teacher and radio personality Juliet Anderson, who retired from teaching to make porn movies at age 40 as Aunt Peg. I think she eventually was able to move into more mainstream films! (#1,#2)|
||Redneck||Here's a new guy trying out his
"Hey Scoop! This is "RedNeck", formerly Homebrew. The Fatman gave me a DVD for XMAS and the first thing I did was rent Animal House: Collectors Edition. I think I have done a fine job capturing all pertinent material. Please do your own commentary if you choose to use the enclosed caps and identify me as RedNeck. I hope you think it is good enough for you to use. You have a truly professional site and I visit everyday. Keep up the good work."
|GR||Graphic Response has some material from Celebrity Sleuth's last two issues||Crow||Leftovers from the King of the
|Snappy Pappy||Snappy has three more spectacular shots of Casta in lingerie from Victoria's Secret and two non-nudes||RJL||RLL scanned the new Movieline.
I have to subscribe to that. I had no idea they ran this
kind of stuff. New pics of Rebecca Romijn's bare butt,
Sela Ward, and Jolie's chest? What more does one need in