"Flesh and Blood"
Flesh and Blood (1985) is a transition film for Paul Verhoeven, in that the lions share of the funding was from a US studio, but with European co-operation, and a mixed cast of US and European performers. He found that the studios interfered more in the plot, but deferred to them, and is not sure he should have. He also found that American actors were used to being pampered, and didn't understand his directing style. They constantly complained about things like unheated castles (those medieval rulers must have been really stupid not to install forced air heating and air conditioning) and lack of privacy. The biggest challenge was the directing style bit, however. Verhoeven was used to walking through a characters part himself to explain what he was looking for, and where. The American performers wanted to know the characters motivation in each scene and their complete psychology. Verhoeven thought those things were obvious from the script.
He went on from this film to making high-budget Hollywood films, with some spectacular successes and failures, but confided in the commentary that he will be returning to Holland and making a few films more true to his artistic muse. His DP this time was Jan de Bont, who worked with him on many of his films both in Holland and in Hollywood. In fact, Verhoeven has only worked with two DPs. de Bont is too busy directing his own films now, and Jost Vacano has now retired, so Paul will have to find a new DP for his next effort. He will be teaming again with writer Gerard Soeteman, who wrote all of his early films, but stayed in Holland.
This film became a story about Jennifer Jason Leigh, torn between Rutgar Hauer and Tom Burlinson, but was originally supposed to be more about men wielding power in Medieval times. IN this film, there are no clear good or bad people, and no heroes or villains. Jennifer Jason Leigh is one of the most conniving and self-serving characters, in that she plays both sides.
Whatever else you think of Verhoeven's body of work, he has certainly given as ample nudity, and this is no exception. With a resume that includes Showgirls and basic Instinct, you could defend him as being the single best mainstream director for female nudity. He and Hauer had worked together on many films, and were very comfortable together in this one. Scoop summarized the nudity perfectly. I kind of liked the ambiguities in the film, something more like Verhoeven's roots than the Hollywood formula. We never know, for certain, which guy Leigh really wants, for instance. There are plenty of digs at violence committed in the name of religion, and other strong political themes. Verhoeven believes he did not have enough budget to make this film perfectly, and was very clear in the commentary where things were not right. This "knights hack and slash and rape and pillage" is not my normal fare, and I enjoyed this one, which makes it a C+.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Cider House Rules
Cider House is one of those films which provokes
radically polarized reactions, ala The English Patient. James
Berardinelli picked it as his #4 film in 1999, and it was a Best
Picture nominee. On the other hand, Roger Ebert gave it a mere two
stars, and critics were split about down the middle.
Some of the criticism was related to the film
itself, which had some real flaws, starting with a corny musical
score that tells you when to cry. Some of the other criticism was
related to the film's point of view, which was strongly
I discussed it at greater length
I'm not unaware of the film's problems, and its
critics had some valid points, but in my mind they were
insignificant points. The essence of the film was about real people,
complicated multi-dimensional people, caring for one another. At its
core, it is not a love story, but rather a film about love.
When I reviewed it in 1999, I wrote:
"It argues that we should love each other more in general, we should
love our children most of all, and we should not create children unless
we plan to love them. It delivers that message powerfully and simply, as
Irving's novel did. And when you get right
down to it, everything else is less significant than
It has an angelic spirit, and that leads me to
forgive its flaws.
The fact that Charlize Theron gets naked didn't hurt
my attitude any, either. Although it is not very explicit nudity, it
is beautifully lit and the scene is composed and colored
You will find about a dozen update volumes in
letters H-J, plus Charlize Theron. Gabriella Hall must now be
approaching the pole position, with nearly 200 entries in her
volume. I don't specifically keep track of that, but I know that
Hall has now passed Michelle Bauer, and I think Julie Strain is the
only one higher on the totem pole, unless I have forgotten someone.
JACKSON RELEASES NEW SONG EARLY AFTER INTERNET LEAK.
JANET JACKSON's new song JUST A LITTLE WHILE was
rush released digitally to American radio networks yesterday morning
(02FEB04) after it was leaked onto the internet.
Record label bosses at VIRGIN chose to release the
DALLAS AUSTIN-produced track in a bid to scupper cyber thieves'
plans to put the record out early as an exclusive download.
Ironically, the number was apparently not officially chosen by the
label as the first single from Jackson's new album, DAMITA JOE,
which will be released at the end of March (04).
The track's arrival comes just hours after Jackson's
controversial appearance as part of the MTV-produced Super Bowl
half-time show, in which she exposed her right breast.
TODAY's QUOTE COMES FROM COMEDIAN TOM DRIESSEN
"IT'S IRONIC: THE CAROLINA PANTHERS SHOULDN'T HAVE 'GONE FOR TWO'
AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SHOULD HAVE"…
Flesh and Blood, in the scene you capped, there was one good
quick flash of beaver when JJL is squirming around.
Scoop's reply: There were three times when
she flashed the ol' 'tang. One of these must be what you are looking
for. If not, I'll bet Tuna nailed it above.
I've been watching a movie I picked up at a half-price store -
called Sunset Strip (1992). It has to be the lamest stripper movie
ever, and I've seen a few. The strip scenes involve a club, where
the audience is full of middle aged men who cheer the dancers
and throw dollar bills like they were frat boys that have never seen
a topless woman before. Most of the dances take two songs before
any clothes come off - and then another one just to get the top
off. There's a few side stories about the strip club owner, the
girls who are taking dancing lessons for some kind of legitimate
competition a la flashdance, and so on, but nothing of any
interest. Speaking of Flashdance, Shelly Michelle is in this movie,
but I don't know if any of the nudity was hers since I can't tell
which one she is - all of the dancers kinda blend into each other.
Well there is one small-breasted dancer at the end that had some
gymnastic moves that might be her - and she shows her breasts in a
very dramatic fashion (remove top facing away, turn around with
hands over breasts, then open the arms wide in an expansive "I love
the world gesture". I did like some of the music, but that's because
I like 80s rock/metal music that's heavy on guitar.
A lot of the nudity is not very clear - either dance club scenes
or with that hazy, vaselined lens look that Penthouse popularized.
One reason I'm mentioning it at all, is it had the longest trailer
I've ever seen (why do they call them "trailers" if they come before
the movie???). I didn't clock it, but I swear it must have been 12
minutes. It was for Bikini Summer II, and showed more nudity in the
trailer than I remember was even in the movie. More than was even in
the main feature, for that matter.
I noticed a couple of days ago you mentioned Susan Sarandon,
Jennifer Aniston, and Charlize Theron (Theron as she was listed) by
name only. Was there some reason why you had to qualify Julia
Roberts as "Actress Julia Roberts"? Kind of like saying George
Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
Scoop's reply: I don't remember that. It
doesn't sound like me. Hard to believe that I would refer to Julia
Roberts as an actress with placing "alleged" before the term.
- Why were Betty and Veronica captivated?
Archie Had A Huge Cock
Enough is enough, says Greg Norman. Let the women play on their
golf tour and stay away from men's events. Because, you
know, they might fold up under pressure in the final round of a
major, like little girly men.
Bobby Knight tosses the salad.
EARL DITTMAN EXPOSED Film Criticism's Greatest Shame
Avert Your Eyes! - High-definition porn has arrived. That's bad
news for HDTV.
- There are now several clips and trailers online for
- The high quality trailer for
The Alamo is now online.
BUSH ACCUSES SADDAM OF TELLING TRUTH. “After years of
lying about his weapons, Saddam Hussein willfully decided to tell
the truth about them,” Mr. Bush said. “His treachery knows no
Howard Dean dismissed as 'silly' a government inquiry into whether
indecency rules were broken during the broadcast of the Super Bowl
halftime show when pop diva Janet Jackson's bodice was
ripped to expose her right breast."
Wikipedia - the free online Encyclopedia project - has now passed
Janet didn't show Bush. He fell asleep during the first
The Top 11 S/F Movie Gadgets
FANTASY: if Justin had managed to snag both
Janet apologizes, says Super Bowl stunt went too far.
She says that MTV and CBS were NOT in on it, and that she made the
decision after final dress rehearsal. She did not mention whether
Timberwolf was aware of exactly what he'd expose.
- Slow day at work? Learn to do
Tricks with your Pen.
Super Bowl Commercials atSuperBowl-Ads.com - all the ads since
Kerry leads Bush in new poll, 53 to 46 head-to-head. Of
course, at this moment, Bush also loses 53-46 when matched
head-to-head against a pop-up toaster.
Gorbachev to Trademark His Forehead. This is not a
satire site. It is a legitimate headline.
- The trailer and five clips from
The Girl Next Door. Innocent "girl next door" is a
former porn star.
The Honky Tonk Man Website - "Greatest Intercontinental
Champion"... takes on Vince McMahon
The Bill O'Reilly Iraq WMD Apology Countdown Clock
At least seven U.S. congressmen are boot-licking zombies
controlled by Haiti's supersecret AIH intelligence agency
(Weekly World News)
FilmJerk.com - The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: "The
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was set to begin principal photography
with Ben Affleck in the lead role and Betty Thomas behind the
camera before Disney suddenly and unexpectedly shut the film down.
Rumor had it that the bad press from Affleck's stinker Gigli was
the cause. Disney, red-faced, immediately denied the charge and
set Affleck up with another film. So why did Ghosts get so close
to only fall apart at the last minute? I think I know: because the
script is an abomination."
FilmJerk.com's Early Report for February 2
Selma Blair and Ahmet Zappa capped their six-month whirlwind
romance with a wedding last week.
FCC to investigate Super Bowl breast-baring. The best
comment so far: Timberwolf's comments that it was a wardrobe
malfunction. Right. Janet didn't expect that giant nipple-pinching
contraption to be exposed. She was just wearing it under her
clothing for the sheer comfort of it.
It took some convincing before police would respond to reports of
a camel on a Swedish road in the middle of a snowstorm.
Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger has become governor, Gray Davis has
taken up ... acting. "I'll be hack". I already have my
tickets for "Grey Davis's Othello". Ok, in that case it would be,
"I'll be black". Chris Klein is tentatively on board as Iago. Hey,
he's trying to overcome typecasting. As for Davis, he pointed out
that this was nothing new, since before becoming a politician, he
was known for years as character actor
Lots of online clips from Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates.
(His girlfriend - Drew Barrymore - has that same memory disease
from Memento, and can't remember anything that happened on
JoBlo interviews Kurt Russell about Miracle. (Disney
film about the American hockey team defeating the Soviets at Lake
Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax, doesn't really want to be a
studio exec churning out phony-baloney films and bullying Oscar
voters. Instead, his real dream is to DIRECT
phony-baloney films and bully Oscar voters. Unfortunately, that
may not be covered by his contract with Satan.
Dark Horizons summarizes the Trades for Monday, February 2nd
- Here's a trailer and a clip from
Danny the Dog, a strange film written by Luc Besson of
A Jan. 28 story on MTV's Web site promised 'shocking moments'
during her performance in Houston, and her choreographer made
similar comments in a recent interview.
Hairy little rat calls for six more weeks of winter.
The 'hog was booed by the Pennsylvanians. Of course, these are the
same people who boo the kids who don't find any Easter Eggs. Talk
about celebrity nudity. This story includes plenty of pictures of
Phil in the buff.
Complete ranking of the popularity of all Super Bowl ads.
Bud Light wins the Ad Bowl, Mike Ditka's soft Dicka finishes last.
- Here are four more free videos from
Playboy's Twins & Sisters!
- Quote of the day from writer Wayne Davis, "TALKING ABOUT LAST
NIGHT'S HALFTIME SHOW, HE SAYS "EVEN JANET'S BROTHER MICHAEL WAS
OFFENDED. HE SENT CBS AN E-MAIL SAYING IT WAS 'INAPPROPRIATE
VIEWING' FOR THE 12-YEAR-OLD BOY HE WAS IN BED WITH"
CBS sorry for Jackson's breast in show. They claim that
it was NOT approved in advance, and swore that MTV would not
produce another show for them. Unless you thought it was cool.
Then it was their idea.
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
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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.
- Holly Hunter, baring breasts and bush and looking fantastic at age 45 in scenes from "Thirteen" (2003). Hunter was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for this role.
- Hudson Leick, the Evil Callisto topless in scenes from "After the Game" aka "The Last Hand".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
Part 2 of the Ghost's coverage of the Skinemax flick "Pleasurecraft" (1999).
- Andrea Hargitay, robo-hooters, pubes and the occasional thong views.
- Brandy Davis, showing all 3 B's while cheerleading, and then toplessness in pseudo-sex scenes.
- Shayna Ryan, robo-boobs and gettin' it on.
- Group pics including Amber Newman, Brandy Davis and Taimie Hannum in a 3-way lesbo scene.
|Playing the naughty stripper cop from the bachelor party scene in "American Wedding".
|Just in case you haven't seen enough of Janet's boob yet....here are a few more pics of of her half time "wardrobe malfunction".
||Dragon 'caps of Ludivine's gorgeous and dare I say perfect toplessness in scenes from "Swimming Pool".
||A fantastic collage by ZonononZor of Meg nude in "In the Cut".
|The former "Charles in Charge" and "Baywatch" co-star baring breasts and bum in a sex scene with one of the two Coreys in scenes from "Blown Away" (1992).
|Señor Skin 'caps of the Italian actress going topless in scenes from "Somewhere in the City" (1998).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
SUPER BOWL UN-WRAP-UP
An Uplifting Game - The Patriots beat the Panthers 32-29 in the last
seconds of a Super Bowl squeaker, but afterward, all the talk was about
Janet Jackson. In an MTV-produced halftime show, Justin Timberlake sang,
"I'll get you naked by the end of this song," then ripped off Janet's top,
exposing one breast with a solar-shaped nipple medallion. CBS was swamped
with complaints and claimed they had no idea it would happen. But the
Drudge Report claims they did, and that MTV even issued a pre-game PR
release on "Janet's Shocking Moments." Timberlake also apologized, calling
it a "regrettable...wardrobe malfunction."
He thought she was wearing underwear...Good thing he didn't rip off her
It's just a good thing Janet always wears nipple jewelry to preserve her
All those commercials for erectile dysfunction drugs, and
after the halftime show, no men needed them.
It was part of Houston's Super Bowl theme: "Things are bigger in Texas!"
...Super Bowl ads were so expensive, the cost averaged out to $75,000 a
second...So Bud Lite paid $225,000 just to broadcast the sound
of a horse farting.
Janet Can Say She "Did It For The Troops" - U.S. troops watched the Super
Bowl in Iraq by satellite. In Tikrit, soldiers ate wings, hot dogs and
hamburgers as they watched the game on a movie-size screen in one of Saddam
Hussein's former palaces.
Meanwhile, Saddam was watching the "Queer Eye" marathon with his
The screen was so big, Janet Jackson's boob looked the same size as
Corporate Stooges - The NFL forced a number of Las Vegas casinos to cancel
their Bowl parties, claiming that showing it on TV to the crowd would be
stealing their "intellectual property."
And by "intellectual property," they mean a football game,
Janet Jackson's boob and a farting horse.
The NFL accomplished the impossible: they made Las Vegas casinos grumble
about someone else being too greedy.
Good critical rundown of the Super Bowl ads here
View all the major ads online here
COOL WEB LINKS!
WEALTH MAKES YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE
From The Journal "Duh" - Psychologist Katherine Black of the University of
Hartford proved that wealth makes you more attractive. 160 undergraduates
were asked to read vignettes describing a sexual come-on and a "touch to
the genital area" from a stranger and to imagine their reaction. While
none reacted positively when the touch was described as rough, they were
much more likely to tolerate a gentle touch when the person was expensively
dressed or driving a fancy car. Men were more willing to go along with a
rich stranger's advances than women were, perhaps because men are generally
more willing to fool around.
Ya think?...This doctor must specialize in proving the obvious.
Money makes even ugly guys attractive...which explains why fashion
models date rock stars.
This is why Donald Trump gets so many hot babes, even though he has hair
like Donald Trump.
COMPUTER GEEK NAMES SON "VERSION 2.0"
"Average Joe: The Next Phase" - Computer engineer Jon Blake Cusack of
Holland, Michigan, talked his wife Jamie into naming their newborn son "Jon
Blake Cusack 2.0." He sent out an e-mail birth announcement saying that
version 2.0 contains many features of version 1.0 with additional features
It was definitely an upgrade.
Their biggest worry now is keeping it safe from viruses.
I'm astounded that a guy this geeky could even talk a woman into