Songcatcher (2000) is a Maggie Greenwald film about a female musicologist who is passed over for a full professorship at an anonymous eastern private college, and joins her sister at a mountain "settlement school" in the mountains. There she discovers a tradition of ballads going back to ancient English and Scottish ballads, literally unchanged from when their ancestors first immigrated.
The story is set at the turn of the century, which is several years early for this discovery, but nonetheless is based on an historical event that marked the beginnings of country and western music. In a good commentary track, Greenwald explains exactly where she took artistic license and why. Where she didn't take any license at all was in the music, which was performed exactly as collected in the 20s.
Settlement of the mountain folk was prompted as much by coal mining companies and their desire to strip mine the land as anything, but the initial contacts were by missionaries encouraged by them who started schools to turn the hill folks into modern citizens, and lay settlement schools, privately owned, who had the goal of educating, but preserving the local culture. The musicologist, played by Janet McTeer manages to become accepted by the suspicious residents and starts collecting this amazing work. Meanwhile, we learn that her sister, played by Jane Adams, is in a lesbian relationship with the director of the school. Greenwald essentially doesn't belive that all school teachers were sexless old spinsters, and wanted to give them some sexuality. IN fact, she had a love interest of some kind for every woman in the film. McTeer herself ends up falling for one of these crude hill folk.
Adams shows breasts when McTeer discovers her sexual secret, and McTeer's large breasts are pretty clearly outlined in period lingerie. IMDb readers have this at 7.2 of 10, and it garnered many awards and nominations, including a special jury prize at Sundance. I adored this film, but then it is decidedly my sort of film. As a 60s vintage folk aficionado, I recognized most of the songs in the film as the ones that influenced people like Joan Baez, The Kingston Trio, and Bob Dylan. I also enjoyed the cultural insights. Again, that is my kind of material. The scenery was breathtaking, and the performances very convincing. Overall, however, it was the music that carried the story. Taj Mahal even stopped in long enough to write and perform a traditional sounding banjo piece.
I suppose this is a C+. If you don't like folk music and have no interest in the culture, you won't find much to like here. If this is your kind of film, it is amazingly good.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Body and Soul (1981)
This was a movie that had a lot of potential, almost
all of it unfulfilled.
The basic idea was to update an eponymous
boxing movie with John Garfield, which is a little-seen film which
seems to be regarded positively (8.2 at IMDb). Since the original provided some good material and
had not been widely seen, it really seemed like a perfect candidate
for a remake in 1981. Since the ethnic composition of the boxing world
had changed dramatically between 1947 to 1981, it also made
sense to have the script updated by African-Americans, to star black
and Latino boxers. Leon Isaac Kennedy took on the remake as a vanity
project. He and his wife, a 5'10" beauty queen turned
sportscaster named Jayne Kennedy, played the leading roles.
Jayne, formerly Miss Ohio, was one of the most beautiful women who
ever walked the earth. Several gorgeous women got naked, including
three former Playmates (Azizi Johari, Rosanne Katon, and Ola Ray). The greatest living boxer, Muhammad Ali, took a
major acting role, playing his cocky self as the mentor of the fictional boxer.
I liked some of the musical score, especially a romantic duet with
Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (once Mrs. Stevie Wonder).
The publicity machine was also oiled well for this
film. Jayne Kennedy was a fast-rising and much discussed star. The
Playmates' presence guaranteed good coverage from Playboy.
Muhammad Ali was - well, only the most recognizable man in the world.
The right pieces seemed in place.
It should have worked ...
Unfortunately, Leon just didn't have the right stuff to
pull all that off. Despite the gimmicks, it wasn't a box office
success, and it just wasn't a good movie either.
Mind you, Leon was not such a bad actor. He was no James Earl Jones,
but he was able to
create a character who seemed both cocky and sensitive, and he also
possessed star looks and zero percent body fat. But his boxing just never looked right. His footwork seemed smooth
enough, and he did
have a conditioned body, but he never seemed to learn to throw a punch.
delivered his blows while crouching over, with his weight way back,
and he used no shoulder power, just a little limp arm-waving and occasionally a big stiff-armed roundhouse swing.
Float like a butterfly
Sting like a ... smaller, weaker butterfly.
Leon's real weakness, however, was not the boxing, but
the writing, which he inexplicably chose to do himself. He just didn't have the skills and savvy to deliver a
polished movie script. His characters are unrealistic caricatures, his dialogue isn't natural,
and the storyline is about as syrupy and trite as possible.
The star is an amateur boxer
planning to go to medical school, but forced to turn pro to earn money
for the care of his little sister, who has sickle
cell anemia. His mama hates his boxing. His girlfriend thinks at first
that he's a cocky scumbag and leaves him, but comes back to him when
she finds out that he's really fighting for his dying sister. At first our hero stays aloof from the temptations and
corruption of boxing stardom, but then he gets caught up in his own
hype, starts getting corrupted by the temptations of the good life, and is persuaded by some promoters to throw a
big fight. At this point, his girlfriend leaves him yet again. But
maybe, just maybe, he'll defy the evil gamblers and fight the big
fight to win, thus saving his soul and winning his fickle girlfriend
back yet again, even though the gamblers and promoters will kill him
if he does so.
Or maybe not.
The big fight makes up the last 20 minutes of the film,
and the direction is clumsy. Show some ring action. Show Muhammad
Ali's reaction. Ring action. Mama's reaction. Ring action. Little
dyin' sister's reaction. Wave to little dyin' sister, get punched by bad guy while
waving. Get way behind, need a dramatic knockout to win. You know the
Leon does not throw the final fight. He sees it
through, and wins, even though his opponent is a real bruiser. The
fight strategy was similar to Ali's own rope-a-dope strategy against
The sappy story and clichéd dialogue were not good, but boxing movies seem to
be able to work around those problems, as Rocky did. The bad acting
from Playmates and Peter Lawford might have been ignored. I was ready
to forgive the dyin' sister and the fact that Jayne woke up in the
morning with her hair done and her lipstick unsmudged. Even Leon's wimpy
punching style might have been overlooked, except ...
... except that there is also a complete deal-breaker
which makes the film just downright irritating. The script simply
didn't deliver on its own promises. The end of the fight is the end of
He wins. He raises his hands.
Every single plot thread ends unresolved. I was actually
starting to get into the soap opera elements of the plot - you know
how it is, even with corny movies - and then when it ended so
abruptly, I had no idea what happened to any of the elements that they
had used to hook me in.
- What about all the gamblers/promoters who
threatened to kill him.
- What about all the wiseguys that those gamblers
were indebted to.
- If Leon survives the gamblers and wiseguys, will he finally
quit boxing and go back to med school?
- What about the mother who hated his boxing, no
matter how successful. Is she proud of him now that he may have
saved his sister?
- What about that dying sister? Is she gonna make
- What about the girlfriend who kept leaving him?
back to see the big fight. Since he did not throw it, are they together again?
What the hell?
I really wanted to like this film, and forgave it a lot of mistakes,
but this crazy ending was the last straw.
Maybe I saw a print where they forgot the last reel.
According to IMDb Jayne Kennedy starred
in an unreleased movie called "The Dorothy Dandridge Story" in 1980.
Ultimately, the story was produced by HBO and starred the 90s
equivalent of Jayne, Halle Berry.
Leon Kennedy disappeared from show
business altogether in 1987. IMDB says he is now a preacher, and a
partner in Smokey Robinson foods. (Smokey was the best man when Leon
and Jayne got married.)
You will find some pictures and links
to reviews and such fol-de-rol at The Movie House.
I made quite an elaborate page. I feel kind of a connection to this
film. Even though it is a shit movie (rated in the threes at IMDb,
and barely released to theaters), it has a lot of cool stuff in it,
although that stuff has have nothing much to do with the actual
Ola Ray (a Playmate in 1980) (1,
- Azizi Johari (a Playmate in 1975) (1,
- Rosanne Katon (a Playmate in 1978) (1,
Ingrid Greer (1,
- Jayne Kennedy used the ol' "breasts behind
the frosted glass shower door" trick.
Three naked Playmates? It's like a "made for Brainscan"
Sideways and Million Dollar baby join Jamie and Blanchett with SAG
- I'm sorry, but in this case I can't think of anything funnier
than the simple truth.
Corey Feldman will star in the stage version of 'Fatal Attraction'
in the role originally made famous by Michael Douglas.
I'm hoping it's a gay interpretation, and Corey Haim will play the
Glenn Close part.
Google loses trademark case in France. The specific
issue is that Google infringed on trademarks by allowing business
competitors to "bid" on the right to appear prominently in search
results for names owned by their rivals.
- Follow-up to an earlier story ...
Here is the entire, unedited video of the brawl that broke out in
the high school girls' basketball game in Alabama.
- What is the relationship between Jordan Ladd and Rosario
Dawson? They are the least and most annoying women to do
award-winning nude scenes in 2004. (This surprises me.
I'm not aware that Rosario is annoying. I guess I need to get out
- What do Britney Spears, Osama bin Laden, Jacko, and Paris
Hilton have in common? They are among
the ten most annoying people of 2004, as per AmIAnnoying.com.
Wow - the Motley fool really is a fool! Get this - he
thinks financial solvency is more important than Super Bowl
tickets. What a maroon!
Vicious Valentine Cards. "Baby, if you were any more
special you'd need a ramp"
North Korea officially protests the depiction of Kim Jong Il in
the film Team America: World Police. Does that mean
that Kim has watched the film? I wonder if he sings along with
"I'm So Ronery."
Lots of stills from Hostage, starring Bruce Willis.
The trailer for Cry Wolf , a modern-day retelling of
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf," featuring Jon Bon Jovi. (Very slow
American Marine General: It's 'fun to shoot some people'.
Ain't It Cool News presents a spoiler review of an advance rough
cut ... of the Super Bowl.
- We have to buck the trend and call the Big Day for the Eagles.
Oh, we don't know crap about football, but the
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders have the edge over the
New England Patriots CheerLeaders.
A Heather Graham love scene from Killing Me Softly.
Quite good quality, plenty of nudity, and free.
Was former President Bush Deep Throat?
Letterman's "Top Ten Things You Don't Want to Hear In A Super Bowl
Matthew McConaughey, is getting ready to pop the question to
Penelope Cruz. And that question would be "how in the
hell do you have a movie career?"
Dustin Hoffman will join the cast of Stranger Than Fiction, a
comedy starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma
Thompson and Queen Latifah. The film tells the story of an IRS
auditor (Ferrell) who suddenly finds himself the subject of a
narration only he can hear. The narration begins to effect his
entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
- The Daily Show:"Stephen
Colbert" "reports" "live" from "Baghdad."
Anderson Cooper returns from Iraq with spoils for Jon Stewart
Music industry sues woman who died in December, aged 83.
That was one hip old file-swappin' broad! Can't quite figure this
one out. She was actually computerphobic and hated even having a
computer in the house! The saddest part is that her daughter faxed
her death certificate to the industry lawyers when they advised of
the upcoming action, but they went ahead with the lawsuit anyway!!
Gun Raps For Hip-Hop Brothers. "Hard to believe, but
two star rappers were just arrested in Los Angeles on gun
possession charges. Yes, that still is considered a criminal
offense for members of the hip-hop nation."
Lindsay Lohan is threatening legal action against publications
that dare to report on the newest twist in the teenage starlet's
Jacko's Ex Can't Talk About Sex. "Upon divorcing his
first wife, Michael Jackson got the woman to sign a
confidentiality agreement barring her from ever speaking about the
singer's purported drug use, his mental and physical condition,
and certain other behavior."
Cops: Sherry Enema Killed Texan. "... a Texas woman is
facing a homicide charge for allegedly helping her husband 'drink'
himself to death with a massive amount of sherry. We put the word
drink in quotes because the wine entered the deceased guy via an
orifice other than his mouth."
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for 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.
Words, pictures, and vids from
Housewives" (TV - 2004)
Desperate Housewives" (2004) is a real come-back for Teri
Hatcher who didn't hesitate to lock herself out in the
nude in her street in episode 3. Although she looks to
be completely naked, nothing is really visible here, FCC
obliges, but I thought it might be nice to have another
peak at Teri in her embarrassing situation. And in these
two clips that show Miss Hatcher's entire coy appearance
from this episode you get the Dutch subtitles as a
bonus for no cost at all !
commit impure acts" (1971)
"Non commettere atti impuri" (1971; Don't commit impure acts) is
yet another of those silly 1970's Italian "comedies" that mainly
present viewers with stupid jokes and naked girls. I'll spare you
the stupid jokes but the naked girls might hold your attention.
Two actresses were called in for nude duty. Today you'll get a
better look at one of them, namely Barbara Bouchet who managed to
keep her pubes hidden although she got entirely naked. The second
actress who showed her charms is Simonetta Stefanelli and she will
appear on this page tomorrow. In case you would like to know what
this movie is about, please read the only commentary about it in
the IMDb where it is still awaiting 5 votes. I think it'll take
much time for this to make it to commercial DVD, if ever ;-)
1. I made the .wmv versions of each
of the ICMS videos. (He makes the .avis, of course.) The latest codecs for these: Windows Video V9, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The advantages of these are (1) that they
are compatible with any up-to-date windows OS, and (2) the file
sizes are economical. The downside is that the quality is inferior
to the originals.
2. There is no point
If you have trouble with the .avi videos on this site, there is a
tool designed to determine which codec is needed for any video.
4. Because of a unique combination of
circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial
bandwidth theft, we have to do all of our movie files in zip
format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a
you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in
the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there. I know this is not especially convenient, but it
allows us to carry film clips. I can protect .zip files from
hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some
reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not
play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory
work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this
new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want
to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips
Here are the final results and comments for last week's poll Best Nude Debut, the 90's.
This week's poll...
Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper?
Here are the results of our most recent other polls...
The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s
Email Scoopy Jr. with your nominees, comments or suggestions.
|From the 1989 John Candy movie "Who's Harry Crumb?"...Coleman goes topless while Potts wears a see-thru bra with clear nipple sightings.
||Here's Stone in a topless scene from a pre-super-fame movie called "Scissors" (1991)
||The French-Canadian actress baring all in an underwater scene from an episode of the made for cable series "The Hunger".
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
Really bad thriller about a psychopath daughter in various states of undress.
"Tanya's Island" (1980)
Movie starring Prince's girlfriend formerly known as D.D. Winters.
"The Jitters" (1989)
Grade-Z vampire comedy.
"Viva Lexx Vegas"
Episode from the final DVD set, season 4, volume 6.
"Chasing Cain" (2001)
Pilot for a tv series that never materialized.
Forever Knight: season one
The final two episodes. If there's any German scoopsters
they should catch the first season on their local
kable stations as these episodes are uncut with all the
Moccasin Flats II: episode Home Security
Relic Hunter: Irish Crown Affair
Rescue Me: episode Orphans
"That's My Bush!"
Not my caps but this not-so-hopelessly dated cable series should be
released on DVD.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Who's Your Daddy?"
If only they had shot this on film instead of video, we might have a movie of sharp boobies running around the entire movie. As it is, we're stuck with fuzzy, poor-quality boobies, but boobies there are aplenty in this 2003 comedy.
A high school nerd, adopted, suddenly inherits a porn empire from his real parents. This includes a magazine, centerfolds of the month, mansion, the whole works, and worth about a billion dollars. Of course, there's an evil uncle who wants to take it all for himself, and beautiful playthings to rally around and help him keep it. Stir in the nerdy but cute wanna-be-his-sweetheart-but-never-had-the-guts-to-admit-it girl high school newspaper editor to make things even more predictable.
Funny but expected bits, lots of nude boobies from mostly anonymous starlets, shaky acting, easy to anticipate script, and poor direct-to-video photography, make this just a mediocre comedy, but the beautiful women make it worth a watch.
Another great batch of HDTV 'caps featuring some of last week's prime time skin highlights.
||The gorgeous Kreuk in a shower scene on "Smallville". All we really see here is a silhouette behind a shower curtain...but it's a darn nice silhouette!
|Showing excellent cleavage in #1 and stripping down to just a bra and jeans in links 2 and 3. Scenes from an episode of the WB series "One Tree Hill".
|"The O.C." co-star pretty much not wearing anything in #2. Of course no goodies are on display...but now at least I can say "I didn't know she had a tattoo there".
||The "American Idol" judge showing off a bunch of cleavage.
'Caps and comments by Oz:
No nudity in I-man just some nice caps of Cindy Higgins.
"Rock 'n' Roll High School"
Rock 'n' Roll High School seemed to be a musical outlet for the Ramones. No visible nudity but pokies and cleavage by P J Soles, Dey Young and Marla Rosenfield.
- P J Soles
- Dey Young
- Marla Rosenfield
No nudity in the enjoyable Fletch Lives but Julianne Phillips is down to her underwear, and I like Julianne Phillips.
It's just pokies and cleavage in High Crimes but they are very nice ones by Ashley Judd, Paula Jai Parker, Dendrie Taylor and particularly by Amanda Peet.
"Igby Goes Down"
More Amanda Peet in Igby Goes Down but this time she's topless. Claire Danes is also topless but we don't see anything.
- Amanda Peet
- Claire Danes
"The Last Dragon"
Lots of cleavage by Vanity in The Last Dragon.
|Vejiita 'caps featuring Astengo topless in a couple of scenes from the Peruvian flick, "Django: la otra cara" (2002).
|Señor Skin 'caps of Lee topless in scenes from "Notes From Underground" (1995), co-starring Henry Czerny, Jon Favreau and Seth Green.