Cisco Pike (1972)
This is a joint Tuna/Scoopy project. I just
couldn't see any sense in duplicating Tuna's caps of Karen Black,
so I just grabbed the tiny bit of nudity from Joy Bang and wrote a
counter-point. Sorta. We really don't disagree about the merit of
this mediocre film. The disagreement was related to our own
expectations. He was expecting to like it a lot, and found it
disappointingly average. I was expecting to despise it, and found
it gratifyingly average!
Cisco Pike (Kris Kristofferson) was a rock star who lost everything
due to drugs. Pike is hoping to make a comeback in the music industry
with his estranged partner Jessie (Harry Dean Stanton), but all of
that is on hold as he awaits trial on a second drug dealing charge.
Out of nowhere, the narc who busted him twice (Gene Hackman) coerces
him into dealing more drugs! The narc gives Cisco gets 100 bricks of
high quality evidence pot, which Cisco must turn into at least $10,000
to be given to the narc after one long weekend. In return, the narc
will make Cisco's current drug charges go away and will allow him to
keep anything he can raise in excess of the $10,000. (The theoretical
street value is at least $20,000, at the minimum price of $200 per
kilo.) Of course, things do not go smoothly as we watch him trying to
unload all of the pot.
IMDb lists the film as a drama. I would say more drama/comedy. It
rather accurately depicts the "hippie generation" nearing the end of
the 60s, when many were in legal trouble, and many had fallen from
fame to poverty. The narc is also very believable. I, for instance,
knew of one police detective who was the biggest fence in Southern
This 1972 film marked the acting debut of Kris Kristofferson, and
the sound track was a real treat for me. It featured four
Kristofferson songs, and a theme written and recorded by the blues
harp master, Sonny Terry. It is also a film set in a period and an
area I am well acquainted with, the early 70's (read 60s) in Venice,
California. That's three reasons why I should adore this film. Add a
topless performance from Karen Black as his old lady, and Gene Hackman
as corrupt cop/villain, and it sounds like it was custom-made for me.
However ... I found the film terribly dated, and not that enjoyable. It
didn't offer any insight into the times, and seemed like yesterday's
My overall appraisal of this film tops out
near the same level as Tuna's, but I reached a radically different
conclusion about how the film got to that point. When I saw this movie
in 1972 (yes, I was the one) I thought it was just another rambling
drug-addled cinema verite movie with a deliberately casual hand-held
aesthetic which attempted to cash in on the Easy Rider phenomenon.
Let's see. Pretty cool drug dealer with a
conscience wanders around making deals, but really hoping to get out
of dealing. He's not really a "hero" but a classic late-60s/early-70s
antihero. 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
Now which movie was I just writing about, Easy Rider or Cisco Pike?
When it came out, Cisco Pike was just a bunch of stock 1972 characters
running around doing the usual stuff they did in 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
characters and disconnected events. Hell, in 1972 you'd never really
notice a lava-lamp on a guy's desk. It was just part of the
background. Today, lava lamps are iconic 70s symbols, and they draw
immediate attention to their presence. They always make me smile, as
the one in this film did.
Well, this entire movie is a cinematic
lava-lamp. You'd look at it in 1972 and ask "What's the point?", but I
think time has been
kind to it because it now provides a look into a culture long gone,
and a snapshot of times and attitudes generally forgotten. You look at
it today and realize that 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. You can't duplicate that by watching
a 2005 film about 1972.
When this film came out it was a complete failure. The critics raped
it, audiences stayed away, and I hated it as well, after watching it
in an empty theater, even though it was part of a double feature.
That's right - the studio was so convinced of its total lack of
drawing power that they packaged it as part of a double bill (a rarity
in 1972) with some dubbed and incoherent 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
Tuna called Cisco Pike
dated, and I have to agree, but to me that's what makes it so
interesting. Cisco Pike is really a magnificent time capsule.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
I'm already sick of this movie and I haven't even watched it
yet! Anyway, here is the next generation of caps, a substantial
improvement in quality over the ones from yesterday, and here are
two pretty sweet film clips (zipped .avis) from another capper.
- Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated
Excellent Article which features my personal hero, Earl
Hyperbole For Sale: How Earl Dittman And The Studios Have
Destroyed Film Criticism
The regular trailer and the red-band trailer for Slither
A video journal about the making of 300
- "Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller
(Sin City), 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient
Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300
Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his
massive Persian army."
Anthony Franciosa Dies at Age 77. He was once married
to Shelley Winters, who died a few days ago.
Man, ColbertReport.com is really an impressive website!
Stephen pulled out all the stops. Katie, bar the door!
(Whatever the hell that means.)
"NPR's legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg, helps
Stephen with his pledge drive."
Colbert points out that we could put an end to
stone-throwing if we all lived in glass houses.
Colbert Report: Better Know a District, part 10 of 434.
New York's 17th
Colbert says "I have a dream-sicle", because all men
are equally delicious.
The Daily Show: "Bin Laden has released his 19th message;
it's only a matter of time before he starts podcasting."
"A $4 billion revitalization plan would bring major league
baseball to uptown Charlotte." (It would be the
We have seen the pictures of the beautiful Brook Burke and
the Burger King. Now we have the video.
New Horizons sets off for Pluto
Porn filmed on the Bounty
- Now you'll finally find out what sailors mean when
they say "Man the poop deck!
the 100 most annoying things in 2005
Proof that some people have WAY too much time on their
Art created from cans
The Top 10 Craziest Science Stuff you didn't know
The Day I Ruined Thanksgiving ... "Editor's note: this
story was voted the Best Poop Report of 2005."
- Scoop's note: It seems to me that in this particular
category the Number One story would not be as important
as the Number Two
"Frank Abramoff's open letter to George Clooney"
(Frank is Jack's father.)
University of Florida employees have to pledge that
they're having sex with their domestic partners before
qualifying for benefits ... oh, and even though this
is Northern Florida, their domestic partner can't be a
- I want to know how they will identify violators ...
er ... non-violators. This is a job for (siren wails)
... The Sex Detective ... a Quinn-Martin production
"Jessica Simpson says her breasts are her best friends."
This week's movies, update:
Underworld: Evolution - 25% positive reviews.
- That is based on two positive reviews out of eight,
but here are some quotes from the two POSITIVE reviews.
- "Overall, Underworld: Evolution is a huge step up
from the first film. But then again, there wasn’t really
much room to get any worse."
- "Beckinsale’s disastrously thin. Give me the girl 10
pounds heavier from Van Helsing or even 20 pounds
heavier in The Aviator. Also, she really needs to lay
off the Botox because her face fails to make any
worthwhile expression throughout the film."
- "There weren’t as many irritating things in this
movie as there were in the first."
"Peaches Geldof is appealing to celebrities to stop giving
their children ridiculous names."
- Her full name is Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle
Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof. Peaches has three
sisters named Fifi Trixabelle, Pixie and Heavenly
Hiraani Tiger Lilly.
- Most celebrites responded, "Who is she to judge? She
has a normal name."
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Fairy Tales (1979) is a musical sex farce, much in the tradition of the well-known Alice in Wonderland. A prince, on his 21st birthday, will inherit the kingdom, if he can show the ability to produce an heir. Unfortunately, he is rather effeminate, fixated on Sleeping Beauty, who is missing, and doesn't respond to his birthday present of a naked Idy Tripoldi. He is sent to "Fairyland" to solve his problem. There he encounters a host of fairy tail characters. many of them in the bawdy house run by the Old Woman in a Shoe and all more than willing to sport hump. Sleeping Beauty is there, the only virgin, and is being saved for the right customer. Problem is, Old King Cole has suddenly decided he wants a virgin as well.
We have full frontal and rear nudity from Idy Tripoldi, Angela Aames as Little Bo Peep, Ann Gaybis as Snow White, Lindsay Freeman as Jill (of Jack and Jill), Marwin Roberts as the naked elevator girl, and 4 women who do an S&M scene. Nai Bonet shows buns as Scheherazade, and Linnea Quigley shows breasts as Sleeping Beauty. Sherry Bragg does full frontal as the image in the mirror.
100 voters at IMDb say 5.1. This is one of a very small genre, musical sex films, that includes Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Fairy Tales, The First Nudie Musical, and probably a few others. It is as good as any in the genre. I like that the women are not plastic surgeon beautiful, and all have characters. The song and dance numbers are inspired, and the entire cast obviously had a ball making this. It is an easy C+, as a superior genre effort. Yes, it is silly, but that was, and is, the entire point.
After a brief interlude, allow me to get back to
Limousine Confidential and the women who ride in
comfort. So what's the up side of this disk? Nekkid
wimmin. Lots of them. Not merely nekkid but most
sincerely nekkid. Then what could be the down side?
Well, the guy who plays the chauffeur thinks he is
funny. He is the only one who thinks so but he's the
one making the damn thing so we are forced to sit and
listen to him yammer on about some horseshit; and we
are forced to watch him mug for the camera. Hilarious
stuff, all of it, so long as you think your
brother-in-law's bad immitation of John Candy is the
funniest thing ever conceived by the mind of man.
Still, not too steep a price to pay for what you get
In today's batch we have two gals who play the parts
of a blonde pop singer and a Latina rival, sitting and
squabbling in the back of the limo...until they get
all nicey-nicey together. The pair is played by
Sandee Westgate and the single-named Breanne. Sandee
is why I got the disk in the first place. She used to
be a popular Hefmag model until she got her own
website and whipped out the gynocam (she brought it
along for her performance here). Word on the street
is that she has gone porno, but that's just what I
hear. Breanne is a porn gal but from the titles of
her movies she seems to do only other gals.
Sandee's bod is Pamela-esque. She sports a pair of
robo-hooters with straight lines to them. No one's
hooters are supposed to have straight lines. We call
that bad. Breanne, on the other hand, has a terrific
Third gal in this batch is Mason Marconi, former
Penthouse Pet. Seriously robotized form. Her caps
came from previews of another Peach DVD, the title of
which I cannot remember.
From DeadRed, here is Kate Winslet baring breasts and bum in the mega-blockbuster, "Titanic".
One more from DeadRed, here is the owner of some of the largest, natural main-stream-movies breasts in Hollywood history...Here is Mimi Rogers baring all in scenes from 2004's "The Door in the Floor".
Pat's comments in yellow...
PARIS HILTON INSANITY DEFENSE?
"Douglapoulous?" - Paris Hilton gave a lulu of a deposition in a $10
million defamation lawsuit against her for claiming her ex-fiance's
ex-girlfriend attacked her in a club. When asked to name her companion
that night, she said, "It is like a weird Greek name. Like Douglas,"
adding that she doesn't even know the names of some of her friends. Asked
if the story ran in the U.K., she said, "No...There is stuff in London."
Told that London is in the U.K., she said, "Right, U.K. Whatever." She
claimed her e-mails to her publicist ordering him to plant the story meant
nothing, "It's just words I write." She also said she was scared of the
woman because she believes in voodoo; and at one point, she suddenly
blurted out, "I'm so hungry!"
* Isn't she always hungry?
* She needs assistance eating, so she doesn't forget and stick the fork in
* She finally made one truthful, intelligent statement: that her words
* She may already be under a voodoo stupidity curse.
* Too bad she had to give up her ferret: it was obviously the brains of
CELEBRITY URINE NEWS
And you thought taxis smelled bad before! - The National Enquirer reports that a
Hawaiian cab driver claims Paris Hilton drunkenly urinated in the back of
his cab, and he was so angry at having to mop it up, he saved the towel to
use her DNA against her in a legal claim.
* That's Plan B, since it brought nothing on eBay.
* Fine, but please, please, for the love of God, don't use it to clone her!
* Once again, Paris gives new meaning to the term, "Pee-brain."
REDFORD SLAMS MOVIE REMAKES
Not Butch Enough - Robert Redford said the rumor that Ben Affleck and Matt
Damon were remaking "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is "depressing,"
saying, "There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there's just no
point to remakes. Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect
the first time around?"
* Uh...because they ran OUT of good original ideas around 1983?
* Because the only way to improve that movie is to have Matt Damon and Ben
Affleck jump off the cliff.