"This Girl's Life"
This Girl's Life (2003) is a slice of life film about Moon, porn goddess, and her life and times. She went into porn with eyes wide open, and has become a superstar. Several things make her think twice when her contract is up for renewal. First, she has a new boyfriend who has trouble with her career choice. Second, her father (played brilliantly by James Woods) is sinking into Parkinson's disease, and requires more and more of her time. Third, when her girlfriend asks her to hit on the man who has proposed to her to see if he would cheat (he would), she has found a fun new career. An AIDS scare in the adult film community also makes her think, and then one of the men she nails with her sting operation doesn't take the loss of his wife and child very well.
Moon is played by Russian born Juliette Marquis, and unless she makes some poor role choices, she will become a huge star, as this girl can act. She, and actual porn star Cheyenne Silver supply the nudity doing full frontal and rear. Several men also show the full Monty.
IMDb readers have this at 6.6. Most critics were impressed by Marquis and by Woods' performance, but found the film unfocused and lacking in plot. I agree with those criticisms, but still found it worth the watch, primarily because of Marquis' ability. C.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
James Joyce's Women (1985):
Joyce's Ulysses, in addition to being considered the
greatest work of 20th century literature, is also considered the
most controversial. The court battles and censorship struggles of
this book rival any in history, including The Origin of Species and
Newton's In Principia. Excluding scientific works, Joyce's book must
rank #1 as the most condemned book in the history of publishing, since the controversy over its
publication easily eclipsed the furor over Lolita or any of D.H.
Fionnula Flanagan, a classical actress proud of her
country's literary heritage, wrote and produced this film about six
women in James Joyce's life: three fictional characters plus Joyce's
wife, his benefactress and his publisher. Fionnula wanted to
represent the Joycean universe correctly, so she played all six
characters herself, and delivered close to 90% of the spoken words in this
film. It is more or less one of those "one woman shows".
The highlight of the film is probably Molly's
masturbatory reverie from Ulysses, a passage often cited as the most
erotic in all of literature, the filmed version of which must occupy
about 20 uninterrupted minutes of screen time within the stream of
one woman's consciousness. When it came to the nudity required for
the masturbation scene, Fionnula did not demur, and did everything
on camera. This is an extraordinary moment in cinema, because the
naked woman playing with her privates in front of you is not a
queen-B or a stripper or a porno star or a fading movie queen making
a final grasp for attention, but a legitimate classical actress, ala
Dame Edith Evans or Meryl Streep.
As you can deduce from the above, this is the type of
film that will be considered a great treasure by a very small
percentage of the population, and will also be viewed by some others
curious about the masturbation scene. Those who are studying Joyce
will find this film very useful to make Joyce more accessible and to
understand the context of the society he wrote about. For the great majority of film
audiences, this is simply a static, highly literary film which is
fundamentally a long series of monologues. Most people will find
those monologues as dull as dishwater, despite the sexual charge
Back in 1999, I tracked down "James Joyce's Women" in the
pre-viewed bargain bin at Blockbuster for $2.99. At that time, it
was not available on DVD. I am writing this six years later, and it
is still not on DVD. Worse still, the VHS was never priced for
retail sales, so it costs about $70 new, although you can find it
for as little as $25 from people who have stock to liquidate.
5). These caps are quite decent,
but are still from the same old bargain basement VHS copy.
Anchorman is actually TWO movies:
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a Will Ferrell comedy about
a pompous, preening, male chauvinist of a local 1970s newscaster who
feels challenged and bewildered when his station brings in a female
Although it was highly touted as Ferrell's final step
to superstardom, it didn't turn out to be quite as funny as
expected. The promotional campaign promised a rich treasure of material to be mined from
the pop culture of the 70s, but that didn't really materialize. The
dressed everyone up in bright polyesters and gave all the men
outrageous facial hair and smirking misogynistic swaggers ... and then
stopped short of knockout blows, as if to say "OK, we've mocked the 70s, now let's just do
all of our stock SNL routines." And that's just what it did - presented
a series of Saturday Night Live sketches loosely tied to the rivalry
between the two anchors. To make matters somewhat worse, the
material was not tightly scripted, and the improv material is hit
and miss. There's a lot of "miss" - not because it isn't funny, but because it
is predictable. Comics have a only certain number of devices they
can fall back on for improv. Ferrell has been in the public eye for
many years, and we in that public have seen and heard his best
improv bits before, so Anchorman seemed like a "fill in the blanks"
approach - like doing Will Ferrell Mad Libs. To make matters very
bad indeed, Ferrell has a comic Achilles heel that was not protected
in this film. He's a funny guy, but he never knows when the joke is
over and it's time to move on. When he's working with a tight
script, he can deliver solid laughs within the words and character
he's been given, but when he's allowed to roam free, he often
misses by going too broad, and even his hits tend to drag on too long.
Every once in a while the film breaks loose with some genuine
inspiration, but most of it is just predictable, dependable laughs
with no real unifying concept, and the concept it starts with covers
the exact same ground (chowderhead 70s anchorman) which Ted Baxter
on the Mary Tyler Moore show already milked to death. (Anchorman
gives a tip o' the hat to MTM in the name of Burgundy's
smarter-than-him doggie, Baxter.)
Mind you, dependable laughs are not such a bad thing. It may be
formulaic humor, but "dependable" is a decent substitute when
"inspired" isn't available. Anchorman is generally a pleasant way to
pass the time.
I have to warn foreign readers that you may not like this. There was a major difference of opinion between American and
foreign critics on this film. I suppose the jokes are rooted too
"inside" American pop culture. Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli
both found it amusing and awarded three stars, and the film scores
an average critical score of 64 at Metacritic, which is outstanding
for a lowbrow comedy, but the British
critics generally despised it, awarding an average of one and a half
stars. Perhaps you non-Americans won't "get it," because the
outrageous characters are actually not far from the truth, and
recognizing that makes it funnier to us.
Anchorman: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy is not really a
sequel, but a straight-to-vid consisting of some footage which was
not used for the theatrical film. When
the first film was released, the director was sitting on two and a
half hours of additional material. A lot of that extra footage had to do with the
improv technique, in which actors try to do radically different
versions of the scenes, and a lot of it had to do with a sub-plot
which was completely deleted and replaced. What to do with all that
great material? Hell, let's cut it into another movie, and explain
the plot of the new film with a lot of voice-overs. Some of the plot
of the second film is downright confusing if you saw the first film,
because the chronology is obviously cobbled together. Events that
are supposed to take place after Burgundy and his co-anchor become
lovers are obviously taking place before they were an item.
Ultimately, that doesn't really matter. A foolish consistency, after
all, is the hobgoblin of little minds, and nothing is more foolish
than caring whether the plot makes sense in a lowbrow comedy that
has a lot of good laughs.
I'm pretty sure you will enjoy the second film if you
liked the first one. I watched it with my youngest son, who is a
huge Will Ferrell fan, and we both felt that the second film had
some great moments that were excised from the theatrical release for
reasons unrelated to their quality. Steve Carrell, as the drooling ,
"retarded" weather man, delivers a brilliant comic turn when he
suddenly snaps back to the brilliant military strategist he used to
be, and takes charge of the team by barking a complicated series of
commands, which the others all obey unquestioningly. Their only
response when the mental midget suddenly turns into General Patton? Will Farrell calmly, portentously says "looks like the
Captain is back!" My son and I almost fell out of our chairs! That
was a really funny idea that simply had to be cut because it was
tied to the deleted sub-plot, which involved some terrorists, and it
would have made no sense without the paramilitary counter terrorism
required from the news team (!!). Another brilliant Ferrell line had
to be cut from the first film because Christina Applegate smiled,
which was out of character, but the director wisely realized
the line was too good to be lost forever, and placed it in the second
film, warts and all.
All in all, the two disk set includes about five
hours of madness, and is well worth owning if you're a comedy buff
or a Ferrell fan. It may not be as cohesive a comedy concept as we
hoped for, but it's still a lot of fun, and there's a lot of it in
the two-disk set.
Christina Applegate from The Legend of
Ron Burgundy (1,
Christina Applegate from Wake Up, Ron
This Girl's Life (2003):
This is a strange one. It is a pseudo-documentary
about the internet's first great porn star, who lives in a house
full of web cams. She talks to the camera for a good portion of the
film's running time. This role is played by an unknown actress, and
her best friend and sometime co-star is played
by Cheyenne Silver, as herself, a real-life porn star.
Yet those actresses are working with some extremely impressive
people like James Woods and Ioan Gruffudd, as well as some
dependable back-up actors like Michael Rapaport, Tomas Arana, and
Rosario Dawson. Impressive cast.
The film portrays the web porn star as a person with great depth of
character. She was the smartest girl in her school. She takes care
of her dad, who has Parkinson's Disease. She is open and frank about
her sexuality. She is able to charm anyone into or out of anything.
She has the same trouble getting a date with a nice guy as the rest
of the women in the world, probably even more trouble since her
latest boyfriend doesn't really know if he wants to thinks about a
future with a porn queen.
It's a movie based almost completely on
characterization. The plot is minimal, and mostly episodic. The key
development is that she has an AIDS scare, and this bears on her
decision whether to re-sign with her producers. She is considering an
alternate career as a sexual investigator who well test
boyfriends or husbands for faithfulness, but this job can be riskier
than porn if she busts
some guy and he finds out her real name and address.
On the one hand, this film is extremely well acted by
the experienced stars and (in the lead) newcomer Juliette Marquis, who looks like a
larger-breasted version of Milla Jovovich. On the other hand, those
actors are performing in a production which basically contains the
production values of a home movie. It is possible to argue that the
home movie ambiance is basically a nifty piece of artifice which
makes the "documentary" seem more real. There is some truth to that,
but the amateurish production values and minimal camera movement can
also be distracting. I watched this without ever getting convinced by it
or absorbed into the story. I kept wondering if James Woods knew that he
was giving one of the best and most difficult performances of his
career in a glorified home movie.
Oh, well, maybe you will see something special if you
watch this film. Several reviewers, including Roger Ebert, remarked
that this debut by Juliette Marquis should mark the beginning of a
tremendous career. If those people are correct, this could be your
chance to see a star in the making. Perhaps in ten years we will
look back on this in the same way that we now look back on Cyborg 2, Angelina Jolie's first adult film role, and her first
screen nudity. One nice feature is that we will not have to wonder
what Juliette looks like naked if she becomes a superstar, because
she flashed it all right here, and even did a lesbian sex scene with
a porn star.
Juliette Marquis (1,
Cheyenne Silver (1,
Sung Hi Lee
- Three words:
Japanese TV commercials.
Complete pictorial of the 2005 Detroit Auto Show.
Naomi shows her stuff on the runway. Amazingly, she has no areolae.
Still alive - he played for the St Louis Cardinals - in 1931!
Letterman's Top Ten Perks Of Being The New White House Dog.
"If you eat the President's briefing papers, it's not like he'll
TowerSeek.org is a bittorrent search engine in beta testing
- Whoa - Fantastic Four may actually be worth seeing!
Trailer footage from Fantastic Four. The "MTV" version
is the one you want to click on.
Bob Marley's widow Rita has denied she plans to exhume her
husband's body in Jamaica and rebury it in Ethiopia.
Her spokesman's denial is complete bullshit: "She does express
honestly and candidly the fact that Bob, as a Rasta man, loved
Ethiopia and she would love to see the day where he is laid to
rest in his father's land, and she has never been secretive about
that. But we have never ever put out anything saying Bob is going
to be exhumed, and returned home, and it is very painful to see
something so wonderful is being twisted.''. I wonder how they were
planning to lay him to rest in Ethiopia WITHOUT exhuming his body.
The trailer for INSIDE Deep Throat: "'INSIDE Deep
Throat' examines the unanticipated lasting cultural impact
generated by 'Deep Throat,' a sexually explicit film first shown
in a midtown Manhattan adult theater in June 1972 that quickly
became the flashpoint for an unprecedented social and political
The trailer for King's Ransom, a comedy crime flick:
"Malcolm King is a wealthy and arrogant businessman whose ex-wife
to be has plans to take him for everything he's worth in their
divorce settlement. Determined to avoid losing his fortune to her,
Malcolm plans his own kidnapping with the help of his dim-witted
mistress and her ex-con brother. Unfortunately for Malcolm, he is
not the only one with a kidnapping plot."
The 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards show is set for Sunday night.
The Globes have become the second-biggest movie awards show.
- After a seven year interplanetary voyage on board the Cassini
the European Space Agency's Huygens probe parachuted to a historic
landing on Saturn's moon Titan, and sent back its first raw
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'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Heart of America" (2003)
Teenspoitation about some high school students who
take revenge on their classmates.
Da Vinci's Inquest: Cinderella Story part 1 & 2
Season two opener about a prostitution ring
with Katharine Isabelle returning as a hooker
showing alot more then her bellybutton.
No nudity but lots of hooker cleavage.
Moccassin Flats season 2: The Ties That Bind
Sarah Podemski sister to Jennifer and Tamara joins the
cast and clearly is the best stacked of the Podemski sisters.
Episode opens with a lesbian sex scene between Andrea Menard and
a no-name actress with an unpronounceable name.
Battlestar Galactica minsieries
Opener for the latest installment of the television series
but without Pa Cartwright.
- Tricia Helfer: bare back having sex, very nice cleavage.
- Unknown: parital boob and panties caught having sex.
Various episodes mostly from season four.
Cleaning up my hard drive...
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"This Girl's Life"
It should be easy to write a review for a movie that everyone seems to think is terrific. 2003's This Girl's Life which first appeared on Showtime, got good reviews from the critics, raves from viewers, and was generally very well received. My problem is I was under whelmed. It's not bad, but based on all the things I'd heard, I expected better.
Basically, this slice-of-life drama follows the daily life of internet porn star Moon. She narrates most of the movie as if talking to a friend. Moon has lost her mother to suicide, and we meet her father, who suffers from Parkinson's disease.
Moon is happy in her work, and unapologetic about her lifestyle, because she likes sex, so she's she's doing something she likes to do. She does yoga to prepare herself for a scene, and frankly, one of the things that kind of put me off on this movie was their attempt to turn porn into some mystical life-awakening experience. Hey, guys, at the end of the day, it's having sex for money. I have absolutely no problem at all with that, but let's not turn it into something glamorous, because there's a lot about the adult industry that isn't.
On the other hand, I was very impressed with the scenes involving the father, played by James Woods. He did a great job as a man suffering from Parkinson's, and the interplay between the two characters was very well done. The father knows what his daughter does for a living, but he prefers to insist she's a vet, and asks if the "animals are behaving", to find out how she's being treated by her co-workers.
Another problem with the film for me was that after setting a liberated and positve tone through about three quarters of the movie, they suddenly switched gears and ended with a predictable and almost lame moral message. That was fine, but had a phony feel because of the first part of the movie. In short, I thought they snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory.
Apparently, based on the comments I saw, a lot of people expect great things from Juliette Marquis, who played Moon, and was appearing in her first film role. I hope so, because she is very pretty, but her implants aren't great (which made her a more realistic porn star, I guess), and even though her acting in this film was very good, she still reminded me of a lot of other pretty girls with bad implants who show up night after night in the cable skinploitation flicks. Personally, I hope she does much better.
As you'd expect of a film about a porn star, there's plenty of nudity. Although I think it drags in parts, this film is definitely worth seeing, but if you make the mistake of reading all the hype first as I did, you may be disappointed.
||Cybill Shepherd's daughter making a busty guest appearance on the FOX series "House, M.D.". As I've mentioned before, while I haven't seen the show yet, it does have some star power behind the scenes. "X-Men" director Bryan Singer is one of the executive producers and even directed the pilot episode. Check it out Tuesday nights on FOX.
||The cute young actress posing for "Holding your own boobs" magazine during a guest spot on last week's episode of "Desperate Housewives". In the collage by Gman, we also see Eva Longoria showing a bit of cleavage, and Marcia Cross stuffed into some tight pants and walking away from the camera.
|Mr. Nude Celeb 'caps of one of the most beautiful women in the world starring in one of the lamest movies in the world...1993's "Cyborg 2". I'm not really sure why this movie was even made considering the original "Cyborg" was not only a stink fest, but such a lame movie they couldn't even get Van Damme to come back for a sequel! Regardless, at least the producers were smart enough to provide us with Jolie's first screen nudity.
|Señor Skin 'caps of Barrymore baring her breasts (side views) and also giving us an upskirt-ish view in link #4 in scenes from the amazing lame Western, "Bad Girls" (1994). Barrymore, Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson and Andie MacDowell play old west prostitutes who decide to do something cliche like 'get out of the biz and buy some land to make an honest livin'". Naturally there are some evil men who try to stop them, so the "Bad Girls" decide to fight back. One IMDb user summed it up perfectly like this..."(it's) A girl-power western for the MTV generation".