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The Big Blue

1988, 1920x800

Scoop's note: Long before Guillermo del Toro made his little fish-fuckin' movie, Luc Besson was right there. Of course there was a difference. Del Toro's film is a poignant allegory about people's failure to accept anyone that is not like them. Besson's film is literally about a guy who likes to fuck a fish. (OK, it's not a fish, but a dolphin, if that matters to you.) Not only that, he would rather fuck his fish than Rosanna Arquette. So it's a realistic family film.

Taking a short break from Spin City. It'll be back soon!

Nymphomaniac, Volume 1


Note to members: if you want to download all of Oz's collages in one fell swoop, here is a .zip file.

Continuing with Scandinavian this week with movies from Denmark and Sweden, although nearly all of them are co-productions with other Scandinavian countries.

Nymphomaniac Vol. I (2013) has lots of nudity and some explicit sex, although the latter is performed by body doubles.

The women include:
Charlotte Gainsbourg

Sophie Kennedy Clark

Stacy Martin

An unidentified woman gets a gynaecological exam.

The 1970s

Cisco Pike


Karen Black

Scoop's comments:

When I saw this movie in 1972 (yes, I was the one) I thought it was just another rambling, drug-addled cinema verite movie which attempted to ride on the Easy Rider bandwagon with a deliberately casual hand-held aesthetic and various other similarities to the Fonda/Hopper box office phenomenon.

Let's see. Pretty cool drug dealer with a conscience. He's not really a "hero" but a classic late-60s/early-70s antihero. He wanders around making deals, but is really hoping to get out of dealing. He spends a lot of time driving around wordlessly while complete songs play on the soundtrack, creating trite "mood footage." He has a buddy who is not as cool and, in fact, is kind of wasted and pathetic. They meander from place to place, pick up two hot chicks and have drug-distorted adventures. Karen Black is on hand. Cops are mean pigs. Along the way, the dealer loses one of his companions to 70s Death Syndrome, a disease which had two variants, either OD or KBR (killed by rednecks). The whole thing leads up to a wildly melodramatic guns-blazing climax.

Now which movie was I just writing about, Easy Rider or Cisco Pike?

When this film came out it was a complete failure. It just seemed to consist of a bunch of stock 1972 characters running around doing the usual stuff they did in all counter-culture movies. It didn't provide any insight because you could walk down the city streets yourself for 48 hours and experience the same sorts of random characters and disconnected events. The critics raped the film. The DVD box is promoted with the damnation of Leonard Maltin's faint praise that it is "surprisingly good." One might make the point that this is not really praise by noting that his comment is "surprisingly accurate." Audiences stayed away from Cisco Pike, and I hated it as well, after watching it in an empty theater as part of a double feature. That's right! The studio was so convinced of its total lack of drawing power that they packaged Cisco as part of a double bill (a rarity in 1972) with some dubbed four-year-old "Spaghetti gangster" film called Machine Gun McCain, a film which held a certain fascination for me because Jim Morrison of the Doors had a small acting role.

We see Cisco Pike in a different light today. In 1972 all the cool-ass 70s iconography in this movie was lost because it was familiar. Hell, in 1972 you'd never really notice a lava-lamp on a guy's desk because it was just part of the background. Today, however, lava-lamps are iconic and ironic 70s symbols, and they draw immediate attention to their presence, as the one in this film did. That provides a metaphor for the entire film - it's a cinematic lava-lamp. It draws one's attention to an alien culture long since disappeared, and offers a snapshot of times and attitudes generally forgotten. It pictures the era as it saw itself, and also gives us an intimate glimpse at Hollywood's 1972 theories about marketing to the counter-culture. It is a priceless cultural artifact which provides an authentic time-travel experience that could not be duplicated by watching a 2006 film about 1972.

Sure it's dated, but to me that's what makes it so much more interesting today than it was in 1972. People would watch it in 1972 and ask "Why does this film exist?" Now, 34 years later, there is a value to the film: Cisco Pike is a magnificent time capsule.

Chained for Life

2019, 1080hd

Jess Weixler film clip (sample below)

Nash Laila, Maria Bopp and Ana Hartmann in Me Chama de Bruna (s3e4) in 720p




An enhanced 2160hd clip of Rachel Brosnahan's famous strip in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (e1)

Amanda Clayton in Bad Frank (2017) in 1080hd

Susan Dey in First Love (1977) in dvd quality

Jessica Alba see-thru, circa 2005

Laetitia Casta see-thru, Ella Francais, July 2019