"The Last Hand"

The Last Hand (1995, 1997, 2994) was completed and copyrighted in 1995, released on German TV in 1997 as After the Game, and is now in the US on DVD. IMDB scores this 2.0. Interestingly, over half the votes are perfect 10, and 9 of the 10 are from people who gave no demographics. A man wins big in a Monday night poker game in Elco Nevada. ON the way home with the money, he is shot and killed, and the car blows up. His son comes to town to find out what happened. The police have no interest in calling it anything but a drunk driving accident.

The people in the game all figure prominently in the plot, so lets run through them quickly. The casino owner, the brother of the murdered man, a man the casino owner is deeply in debt to, and that man's wife, Susan Traylor. Pay close attention to an ugly blue briefcase, because each time it is opened, the contents change among women's underwear, coke, and lots of money. The casino owner's girlfriend, Hudson Leick, also figures prominently in the story.

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Traylor is evidently sleeping with the casino owner, her husband, and the dead man. Leick, it seems, also plays around a lot, but ends up in the company of the son of the dead man. Everybody wants the coke, the money, and the dead to the casino, which is almost as elusive as the magic suitcase. One by one, everyone is killed except the son of the dead man. We see him hitchhiking out of town, and is picked up by his dead father. We then see him dead, being put into the coroners wagon. Then they see Hudson Leick hitchhiking. The sone says, "Again?" The father answers, "The game is never over."

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The only comments at IMDB says,

"A film noir murder mystery from the camp of Hitchcock, Welles, and Kubrick.

""After The Game" is a film that was influenced by the Coen brothers':"Blood Simple", Wim Wenders':"Wings Of Desire", and Shakespeare's: "Hamlet". It deals on the surface with greed, murder, deceit, lust, and revenge while on a subtler level it explores the spiritual world of Karma, and the afterlife. The world as we know it is only an illusion, much like a movie. I hope "After The Game" provokes thoughts that both tantalize and enlighten."

Indeed, pretty high praise for writer/director Brewster MacWilliams. I would have been even more impressed had that not been written by Both women show breasts. There is lots of shooting excitement, too little sex and nudity, and way too many characters to keep track of along with the elusive blue briefcase. The transfer is a rather poor 4/3 effort with no features. This would have just been another D effort, except for the ending, which deserves a half grade removed, so D-.

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  • Hudson Leick (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
  • Susan Traylor (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    The Eternal (2003):

    There are only three things you really need to know about this film:

    1. It is culled from a Showtime series called The Chromium Blue is an exclusive cruise ship.

    2. The official website calls it "A magic carpet ride into the world of sassy women, brave men, vampires, cowboys, naked golfers, pirates, and ghosts." (For the record, they forgot to mention air boats and heavy metal music.)

    3. It was directed by pretentious, pseudo-arty softcore schlockmeister Zalman King.

    From those three facts, you can picture exactly what happens, the tone used to present it, the musical score, and even most of the camera angles and movement. Hey, it's Zalman King, with no Adrian Lyne around to make it classier. Call it Blue Ship Diaries.

    You still want to know more?

    Well, if you like the idea of vampire pirates, this is your movie. If that doesn't excite you, you'll find that vampire pirates are pretty much like other vampires, except without the fashion sense. Personally, I like the timeless cape and tuxedo look, with no large accessories. That jumbo-ass pirate hat made the pirate vampire look kinda dorky. On the other hand, the parrot makes sense as a handy source of emergency blood if there are no other victims available.

    This particular Zalman King effort differs from some of his more pedestrian work like Two Moon Junction, in that it almost completely discards the entire concept of a "storyline", and is therefore virtually incoherent. In fact, it is so repetitive that it seems to have been created by taking all the parts of the series with a particular sub-plot and just stringing them together. The narrative voice keeps explaining the same things again and again, as if the different parts of the narration were culled from different episodes, with the later episodes summarizing the previous plot for those who did not see those earlier episodes. The visuals are also repeated again and again. What's more, the ratio between narration and other forms of exposition must be something like 75/25, or even 90/10. If you watch this with your DVD player on mute, I don't think you will have the slightest idea what is happening.

    I watched it with the narration turned on, and I still wasn't sure what was happening.

    It's like watching the dreams of a lunatic, as brought to life in a rock video. In fact, it is so indebted to the rock video mystique that it actually shows the names of the songs and the artists in the lower corner, just like a real rock video ...

    ... except longer. WAY longer.

    Plot summary:

    The narrator tells us that the good pirate vampire is so good that he will never feed on the same woman twice, for fear he will turn her or kill her. This apparently disqualifies him from full vampire status and relegates him to the title of "eternal" rather than "vampire". I gather that being an eternal rather than a full bat is like being a light-colonel rather than a full bird. Just as a light-colonel can be called "colonel", an eternal is sometimes called "vampire".

    Some evil full vampire doesn't like the good light-vampire for some reason or another, so he sends a woman after the sweet-hearted and soulful pirate light-vampire. (He strums on an acoustic guitar constantly. How soulful is that shit?) She challenges the light-vampire to some extreme and illegal auto racing. (??) Elegant but effete Europeans bet on these races, which someone photographs and broadcasts to casinos. The racing woman seems to fall in love with the light-vampire. Or is she just pretending, under the orders of the full vampire?

    The narrator says something like. "Poor Maria. Always in control, then for once she gives herself away to total crazy, crazy love, and it's with  ... a vampire"

    Well, technically, a light-vampire.

    Then some more similar, equally incoherent stuff happens, while the camera swirls around and sensuous music plays for 90 minutes. Some of it has nothing to do with vampires, but simply pictures other irrelevant passengers and crew from the cruise ship.



    The Job (2003):

    Daryl Hannah, there is good new and bad news.

    First the good news: you're now getting some very cool leading roles.

    The bad news: they are in home movies.

    Oh, I'm being mean. The Job isn't a home movie, but rather a straight-to-vid. It is a competently filmed, but totally unappealing story about a female hit woman who softens up when she gets pregnant at the same time she's asked to kill another pregnant woman.

    It's more or less a vacuous bloodbath. Various unlikable people hunt each other down and shoot one another.

    Daryl did OK in the movie, but she's playing someone who has almost completely lost her ability for normal emotional responses, so pretty much anyone could have handled the part.

    Alex Rocco, Brad Renfro and Dominique Swain round out the uninspired cast, all of them overacting enough to make up for Hannah's stylized numbness.

    • Daryl Hannah (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)



    Some .wmv clips. Today's theme - when they were young.

    • If you think Diane Lane is hot now, then you're going to be drooling when you see her in Lady Beware.

    • One of the most famous bottomless scenes of all time: Julianne Moore proves that the drapes match the carpet in Short Cuts

    • Sissy Spacek was gorgeous at one time, and she sparkled in Prime Cut




    From Wednesday's Fun House Report: Australian Idol chick has the winning showbiz formula  Actual quote: "'I want to have shorter hot pants than Kylie, have more scandal ..... etc"  Um...well, hate to inform you, Uncle Scoopy, but Courtney Act, the "girl" in question, is actually a gay transvestite. She still looks hot...except for the bulge at the front of her minidress.




    • Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated.





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    • Kristin Davis in Sex and the City (.avi version, .wmv version)

    • God this is hot! Jennifer Connelly in the deleted scenes from Walking the Dead. If they would add this scene back in and run this film in theaters, I would pay full price to see it, despite the fact that the movie itself kinda sucks. (.avi version, .wmv version)


    Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble with the codecs for these movies:

    Shiloh says:

    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.

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    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.

    Graphic Response
    • Ally Sheedy, the star of such 80's classics as "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), "The Breakfast Club" (1985), and "WarGames" (1983). Here she is topless in lesbian love scenes from "High Art" 1998.

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    Four commonly recognized elements are lighter than air. Two are hydrogen and helium. The other two are Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.

    Put either Wahlbergum or Anistonium into a celluloid product and it's not the same as having nothing at all there. Professionals can work around empty space and fill it with their own personalities. But these two elements exist, occupy the space and in the end contribute only their lightness.

    Three Kings, Boogie Nights and Perfect Storm are prime examples for Wahlberg, and Office Space nicely illustrates the lightness of Aniston. Say what you might about Office Space, it is peopled with carefully crafted, eccentric personalities that stick with you. Even the secretary in the first scene who answers the phone time and again with the same phrases and squeaky intonation is a work of art. Aniston's character, however, is a cypher, a nought, a zilch. Watching her performance was like aiming a modern guided weapon: see it and forget it.

    So someone wondered what would happen if you mixed Wahlberg and Aniston. And the answer is Rock Star (2001). Lighter than air, the whole thing, but oddly enough it is elevated not one inch above ground level. Things go on you just don't care about, conflict ensues between our two principals (conflict without reaction) and all comes out sorta kinda okay in the end.

    There are girls everywhere in the movie, as you would expect in a story about rock musicians, but the exposure is minimal. Well, there is this one scene of a hotel room the morning after a party, with about a dozen half-naked babes lying around. A decidedly panoramic view takes away any chance to see much, however. Didn't even bother to cap it.

    Capped scenes include the following:

    Jennifer Aniston with pokies (one scene) and cleavage (another scene), put together in one handy collage. The second collage is really a montage of a slow pan with Jennifer wearing the same pokitudinal outfit as in #1... without the pokies. She sure looks good, however.

    • Jennifer Aniston (1, 2)

    Dagmara Domincyzk... a real beauty... in a cleavage-revealing outfit. Her character, by the way, stands up to pee... which means she plays a guy, I suppose. I mean, I'm only guessing here, but micturition whilst standing upright seems a cardinal sign of guyness.


    And then there are three Hefmates... the three reasons I grabbed this movie in the first place.

    • Jennifer Rovero plays the other topless sunbathing beauty.
    • While Heidi Mark and Carrie Stevens play wives of band members who travel together from one venue to the next. Cleavage only from each.

    This last bit of casting, I have to say, is a really odd choice. Hollywood is overrun with terrific looking young women who can act, but the producers went out and got Hefmates (and Rachel Hunter) to play these small roles and then didn't get their kits off. Isn't that why you hired them in the first place? Make it gratiutous, make it blatant, but get em nekkid. Words to live by.

    Deborah Kara Unger
    (1, 2)

    The Canadian actress bares all, including some near gyno-views in scenes from the David Cronenberg movie "Crash" (1996).

    Jessica Alba One of the most beautiful women on the planet showing off some cleavage at red carpet thingie. Thanks to Squiddy.
    Emmanulle Béart LC 'caps of the French actress topless and showing a little bit of rear nudity in scenes from "Les Égarés.

    Kristin Dattilo Thes sexy co-star of the Showtime series "The Chris Isaak Show", baring most of her bum during a guest appearance on the Charlie Sheen comedy, "Two and a Half Men".

    Jennifer Gareis
    (1, 2, 3)

    C2000 'caps of the "Young and the Restless" co-star and virtual girlfriend from "The 6th Day" topless and also in bikini scenes from "The Groomsmen" (2001).

    Katarina Vasilissa
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26)

    Marvin delivers a few more 'caps from the Tinto Brass movie "L' Uomo che guarda" aka "The Voyeur" (1993). Of course being a Tinto movie, we have plenty of nudity, especially from the rear view. Also seen are plenty of gyno-views and even some penetration.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    MEN WIRED TO LOOK AT BREASTS Bottom Line: Men Are Apes - Britain's Sun tabloid, famous for its topless Page Three Girls, reports that men can't help staring at a woman's chest. Desmond Morris, author of the pioneering human behavior book "The Naked Ape," believes it's genetic. He says that female monkeys attract males by holding their rear ends up in the air, and that evolution caused full female breasts to develop when human beings began having sex face-to-face. Noting that breast size has nothing to do with milk production, he says big, round breasts and cleavage developed solely to attract males by directly imitating the shape of the female bottom, only in front.

  • So Pamela Anderson is just trying to look like J-Lo walking into a room backwards?
  • Except in Brazil, where women still attract men by waving their bottoms.
  • Okay, Dr. Morris: explain "toe cleavage."
  • If a woman has big, round breasts, men never do anything face-to-face with her.

    He Paid A Lot Of Cabbage, Too - A 27-year-old Belgian man traveled by train to Amsterdam to buy marijuana. Upon his return, he reeked of pot so badly, police checked his bags and found his stash. But he'd been swindled: his "marijuana" was dried cabbage. He was released, since it's not illegal to bring cabbage over the border. But police said he was furious. He'd smoked so much pot in Holland, he didn't realize he was being sold cabbage.

  • If this were America and he were Tommy Chong, they'd send him to prison for buying cabbage.
  • He was too stoned to see the upside of the situation.
  • That won't even satisfy his munchies!

    P. Daddy - Misa Hylton-Brim, the ex-wife of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, is in court demanding that his child support for their 10-year-old son be raised to $30,000 a month. She says Combs pays $30,000 support to the mother of his illegitimate six-year-old son, and he should pay her the same. Her lawyer said she needs that much to provide him with private school, a full-time nanny, 'round-the-clock security, and everything else the child needs because of "his father being who he is."

  • So that means he needs to maintain a posse...And buy a cabinet full of automatic weapons.
  • His dad is responsible for J-Lo's music career, so the kid needs bodyguards.
  • If he has that kind of money, he should be investing in condoms.

    Wow! Clay Aiken's Aged! - Art Garfunkel was charged with marijuana possession in upstate New York, after a trooper pulled over his limo for speeding and smelled pot inside. It carries only a $100 fine. The trooper said he didn't realize who he'd busted until later, even though Garfunkel told him he was a celebrity.

  • Art, when you have to tell people you're a're not a celebrity.
  • You can tell Art is back with Paul Simon again: he can now afford things like limos and pot and $100 fines.