"Strawberry & Chocolate"
Strawberry & Chocolate (1993) is a Cuban comedy/drama about a young, idealistic university student, a gay man, and his female confident, who is sometimes suicidal. As the film opens, the young student is in a sleazy hotel room with his girlfriend, who has evidently agreed to lose her virginity, but then, after stripping, convince shim with a crying jag to wait for the wedding. He waits, and she marries someone else for wealth and position.
The gay man, free thinker, radical, and patron of the arts hits on the student at a cafe. He tricks the student into his apartment, eventually scaring him off, but the students room mate convinces him that he owes it to the party to get next to the gay man and discover what criminal behavior he is up to. For the rest of the film, the gay man educates the student about things like friendship, open-mindedness and tolerance, and the woman finally introduces him to sex. IN a way, this is also a coming of age film.
Marilyn Solaya, as the first girlfriend, shows breasts in the opening scene, and we see an unknown woman having sex from the front as the student peeps through a hole in the wall at the next room. IMDB readers have this at 7.2 of 10. It was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film, and won a host of international awards. Critics were enthusiastic. I enjoyed it on so many levels. All of the lead characters were likable. The glimpse into Cuban society, and different ways for the human spirit to survive it was fascinating, and, although the characters were a little larger than life, what happened to them seemed very human. In Spanish with subtitles. B-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Once Upon Time in Mexico (2003):
In many ways Orson Welles and the French New Wave did a great
disservice to film, because they convinced future generations of
filmmakers that a director should be an auteur, not a hired hand,
and that an auteur should control and even create all aspects of his projects.
If you think about that, it is
entirely illogical. Should Shakespeare have been involved in
building sets and writing music and directing his plays, or could he
have used his time more wisely by letting other people do that stuff
so that he could do what he had a great talent for? You see, very
few people have the broad gifts of Michelangelo or Orson Welles - the brilliant
mind, the wit, the scholarship, the visual imagination, and so
forth. Those guys come around about once ever three centuries. Set
your alarm clock. Most of the people who have created the greatest works of mankind
were not broad generalists, but specialists. Charles Dickens didn't worry
about music and lighting and temperamental actors and set design. He just lived and wrote.
The same goes for Tolstoy and Hemingway and thousands of other
Which brings us to Robert Rodriguez.
In many ways, he is one of the five best directors on the planet
today. His movies are virtuoso works of technical wizardry and
visual imagination. His ability to bring a story to life is nearly
unparalleled. The sights and sounds and stunts in his films are so
impressive that they nearly disguise the fact that there is no
script at all. A bunch of people kill a bunch of other people in
very impressive and athletic and exaggerated ways. The end. Oh, he
has some good jokes along the way, and a few interesting situations
and a few iconic (if cardboard) characters, but not a storyline.
He's not a writer, just a polisher. Take away the over-the-top cartoon pyrotechnics and he doesn't have
enough story to fill out an episode of Mannix, and what he does have
seems to have been written by a 10th grader in a weekend.
And not by a tenth grader really into
the project, but by one who had to turn a story in for a
school assignment due on Monday.
Because he can come up with some good
situations and dialogue, R.R. doesn't need a writer so much as
he needs a co-writer, or maybe he needs to buy some source material,
like an Elmore Leonard story. Either way, he needs to
have something interesting happen in a movie besides "guys shoot
and torture other guys in cool ways, repeat if necessary". And
when he does attempt plot, it should be coherent in the future.
Right now his career is trending
in the wrong direction.
- (6.99) -
Mariachi, El (1992)
- (6.82) -
- (6.70) -
From Dusk Till Dawn
- (6.70) -
- (6.40) -
Spy Kids (2001)
- (6.10) -
Faculty, The (1998)
- (6.01) -
Spy Kids 2: Island
of Lost Dreams (2002)
- (5.90) -
Once Upon a Time in
- (5.07) -
Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Note that the first four movies are
still the best four, and the two lowest rated films were his last
Of course, this sort of career path
can be altered. The same thing could have been said of Sergio Leone
circa 1980, and Leone is the director most comparable to Rodriguez.
They are both vastly talented. They both made iconic quickie
Westerns. Making adjustments for the epoch in which they were made, Leone's
violent "Spaghetti Westerns" are very comparable to
Rodriguez's "Tortilla Westerns". Rodriguez's Mariachi character
is similar in many ways to Leone's Man With No Name. Both men made films with "Once Upon
a Time ... " in the title.
The good news is that Leone
recovered. In 1980 people were saying, "where is the talent that he
demonstrated back in 1964-68?" Then, out of nowhere, a 50ish Leone
made one of the greatest films ever assembled, "Once Upon a Time in
Rodriguez also has that kind of
Critics were generally deferential to
this film simply because Rodriguez obviously does have that kind of
talent. I generally liked the film as well, because it has a lot of
entertaining moments, so I ignored the chaotic thought process
behind it and the cardboard characterizations, and really enjoyed a
lot of things about it.
But I can't help but think this:
On the DVD special features,
Rodriguez brags about how fast he can make a movie. This movie is rated 5.9 at IMDb, and it is the third consecutive
film Rodriguez has made in that general range or lower. I suppose he
can churn movies like that out at the rate of two a year forever,
and make a lot of money.
Yup, he can probably get away with
this until he dies, and he'll probably get rich in the process.
But why is a man with 8.0 talent
content to make 5.9 movies?
French Chicks plus one. Some .wmv
Early in her career, Juliette Binoche made a film
with some fairly explicit nudity called Rendez-vous. Here are two
short .wmv film clips made from VHS. I wish they would get this film
to DVD, because it has some mighty sexy scenes. (1,
Speaking of early careers. Here's Julie Delpy, still
a teenager, in a film with several minutes of frontal nudity. These
are also .wmv clips from a VHS copy of one of the darkest, most
cynical movies ever made,
The Passion of Beatrice. ((1,
Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek is not
French, of course, but this is some rare stuff. As far as I know,
this is her only screen nudity, from Wildly Available, a movie which
isn't available at all. Very hot sounds, even if the visuals are
Hello, cowboy. So Ang Lee plans to make a gay
western? Is there any other kind?
If you like Space Invaders, you'll love Bush Invaders.
Come to think of it, nobody likes Space Invaders.
Heated Buying at Sundance, but audiences are
unimpressed, and experts declare it a "lesser year"
- There are now teasers and trailers online for
Barbershop 2: Back in Business. Oh, be still, my
Will the Turks and Caicos Islands become part of Canada?
Can you wear flannel shirts on the beaches there, eh?
- The good news: there will be complete nudity on Star Trek
Enterprise. The bad news:
it's Dr. Phlox
Disappointed Virginity - The Photography of Marc Blackie
Paris Hilton shows you the finger - and
It's a new ball game in New Hampshire. Since the
Iowa caucuses, Kerry has gone from being down 9 points to
being up 10! He now holds a 31-21 lead on the rapidly fading
Dean. Kerry's reaction: "pretty fuckin' cool".
Sarah Jessica Parker, dog poop, The Sun Tabloid. A
South Park Studios: Games and Fun. Create your own
South Park character, for example.
- So that's why he felt so fuckin' groovy!
Art Garfunkel arrested for marijuana possession.
"the trooper didn't realize who he arrested until later,
although Garfunkel told him he is a celebrity."
The Sun brings the naked news anchor fame in the U.K.
SCO lobbies the U.S. Congress against open source software.
The Open Source rebuttal to SCO's letter to Congress
- Time to play Family Feud. Adults were asked
"Which necessary invention do you hate the most?".
The alarm clock finished second. Can you guess #1?
Jesse Orosco retires. When Orosco began his career
with the Mets in 1979 (not 1978 as the story says), fellow
National Leaguers included Jim Kaat, Lou Brock, Willie
Stargell, Pete Rose, and Honus Wagner. OK, I made up the
Wagner thing, but the rest are real.
An entire site dedicated to Brazilian bikini bottoms.
Secrets Shroud 'Next Top Model' Orgy: "for several
finalists on 'America's Next Top Model,' the only recourse to
the tension was what host and executive producer Banks
indelicately describes as an 'orgy.' Four of the wannabe
models and four unidentified young men engaged in a healthy
dose of on-camera carnality which viewers of the UPN 'dramality'
series will get to see in heavily edited form."
GALACTICA given greenlight?
Panther Fans Respond to Philly
ASC (Cinematographers)announce annual TV nominations
Carmen and Dave settle down. The former Mrs Rodman
and her new hubby are the latest televised reality couple.
The Daily Show analyzes the Iowa results
Music Industry Sues 532 people, but it doesn't know
WHICH 532 people.
The Woodsman,' starring Kevin Bacon, may not play
in Peoria -- to paraphrase the show business saying -- but if
the film about a pedophile can win fans anywhere, it is here
at the Sundance Film Festival. "
- Stills from
The Passion of the Christ.
Care Bear and Antichrist - together at last
eBay item:: 1944 British Colossus Class Aircraft Carrier, 693'
What is James Casmeron up to now? High budget
sci-fi, I guess.
Size matters when it comes to sex - the size of part of the
brain, that is.
2004 film preview: same movies as 2003, except with a "2"
Lie-detector glasses offer peek at future of security.
In other news, reporters with glasses have been banned from
all future press conferences.
Beautiful stories for ugly children
Mr. Bill from Saturday Night Live Official Website
Wicked Weasel Bikinis - the 2004
BRITNEY SPEARS has jetted in to London - trying to hide a
diamond ring on her wedding finger.
Connecticut Bar Owner Fights For Naked Karaoke.
David Letterman's Top Ten Howard Dean excuses
The "first version of the script from Leon" (The
'American Idol' Has Best Debut of Season: "The
talent show drew 29 million viewers Monday, the best start for
any series in the 2003-04 season"
- What is
"Dough well done with cow to cover"?. That and
every other possible piece of information about diners and
diner slang can be found here.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium: interview with Eli Roth, director of
Cabin Fever. Roth is a great interview. He is
funny, and completely candid about everything.
Speech Watchers React to Bush's Message, by Gallup.
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for inclusion in Other Crap
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the
review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Junior or Brainscan, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
First up today...cult favorite Charlotte Rampling and gorgeous, French mega-babe Ludivine Sagnier both looking amazing in nude scenes from "Swimming Pool" (2003).
Next, Graphic takes a look at the 1984 movie, "Lassiter", starring Magnum PI as a jewel thief in London during the 30's.
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
||Everyone's favorite nude foreign exchange student going topless once again...this time in scenes from "Cabin Fever".
||Just released on DVD. Salma showing some pokies in scenes from the third installment to "El Mariachi" movies, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico".
||A busty blonde who appeared in a couple of movies in the early 80's, only to disappear completely soon after. In "Stripes" she played one of the mud wrestlers. In "Doctor Detroit" she played a 'dream girl'. In these 'caps fropm 1985's "Into the Night" she played 'Girl on Boat'. Very nice topless scene...plus you've gotta love the 80's glasses she's sporting.
||One of my all time favorite topless scenes. I've never really been a Sarandon fan, but this scerne from "Pretty Baby" (1978) commands my respect.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Strip 'n Run"
A " mobs vs. mobs" movie can be a lot of fun, even if kind of predictable and hackneyed. This one could have been too, but unfortunately, L. P. Brown, who has one of the main roles, sleepwalked throughout the movie. He wouldn't know emotion if it bit him in the ass.
Others in the movie did better, so it wasn't a total loss. In the story, a private investigator already down on his luck (Brown) sees a man get shot and takes a case from him. The case contains money and a computer disk, and now our zombie hero is caught between three mobs hunting for the case. Along the way the PI involves an innocent stripper in the chase, but of course she turns out not to be so innocent.
This movie never would have been called great, but a little more effort by L. P. Brown would have helped a lot, because Roxana Zal as the stripper and Michael Madsen as a crime boss did a decent enough job.
|A new Vejiita comic featuring her amazint toplessness in scenes from "Waking the Dead" and "The Hot Spot".
|Marvin captures Garavaglia showing all the goodies, including many up close and personal gyno-shots and (some with insertion) in scenes from the Tinto Brass movie "L'Uomo che guarda" (1993).
|More of Cerina topless in love scenes from "Cabing Fever".
|Wednesday Addams all grown up and going topless in scenes from "Prozac Nation".
|From "Battle of the Network Stars"...What a great idea this was back in the 70's and 80's! Take the hottest celebs on the big 3 networks, put them in skimpy swimsuits/outfits, make them fight it out for bragging rights and find as many ways as possible to get them wet!
At the time of this version of "BOTNS" (verision 7, 1979), Catherine Bach was of course teasing us as Daisy Duke, Erin Gray was stuffed into skin tight jumpsuits on "Buck Rogers" and honestly I don't remember Cassidy on tv back then, but she was on a show called "240-Robert".
Thanks to the Skin-man for the this flashback to 70's TV fun.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
JIMMY DEAN SAUSAGE FIRES JIMMY DEAN
Big Bad Jerks - Country music legend Jimmy Dean has been dropped as the
spokesman for Jimmy Dean Sausage, which he sold to Sara Lee Corp. Dean,
75, said they told him they wanted to attract younger housewives to Jimmy
Dean Sausage and didn't think he was the one to do that. He said, "I think
it's the dumbest thing, but you know, what do I know?"
But NOBODY doesn't like Jimmy Dean!
They'll make the sausage longer, and put Tim McGraw's name on it.
They'll probably put the name "Atkins" on it, and triple the price.
With what they put in sausage, I don't think I'd WANT my name on it.
LEWINSKY RESTAURANT A UNIQUE ORAL EXPERIENCE
Must Be An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet - The Sydney Telegraph reports that four
entrepreneurs in Darwin, Australia, are opening a theme restaurant called
"Lewinsky's." A spokesman said they think Monica will be "quite
flattered." They say the restaurant will be "very funky," and will feature
handbags designed by Monica Lewinsky, and of course, they'll sell cigars.
What you do with them is up to you.
Their slogan: "The best you ever put in your mouth!"
If I want to be reminded of Monica Lewinsky while I'm eating, I'll go to
The atmosphere is fine, but the food sucks...And the service is great:
they'll get down on their knees to please you.
JULIA ROBERTS, SEXIST?
Moaning Lisas - The New York Post reports that some female jazz musicians
who appeared in the "female-empowerment" film "Mona Lisa Smile" are suing
Julia Roberts and her production company. They claim they were promised
$800 a day but only got $400, then they found out that male musicians in
the movie were paid $650 a day.
If they want money, why don't they just marry rich husbands?
It's set in the 1950s, and Julia wanted it to be very authentic to the
They would've gotten more, but Julia had to pay herself $20 million.