Pacific Heights (1990):
John Schlesinger directed this real estate thriller.
Did that catch your attention? Look at it this
way. It's probably the BEST real estate thriller. It's the Citizen
Kane of Real Estate Films.
Drake (Matthew Modine) and Patty (Melanie
Griffith) are an unmarried couple who are
looking in San Francisco for their first place to co-habitate. Like
many of us, they end up buying a property far beyond their means, a
classic from the 1880s, by convincing themselves that it is a wise
investment, and that they can make it affordable by renting out two
downstairs units. The rental scheme seems reasonable to them, given
that the vacancy race in their neighborhood is virtually zero, so they
sink all of their life savings into buying the Victorian house and
fixing it up, only to end up renting one of the units to a
professional scam artist.
Carter Hayes is very familiar with the
law, and uses it to his advantage. He finds overextended yuppies,
rents from them, then does everything he can to be as annoying as
possible. He ducks the rent, makes noises at all hours, scatters
roaches through the walls and plumbing, and changes everything that
the landlords have tastefully created. He hopes to accomplish one of
two things. Either he gets the landlords to overreact in a way he can
sue them for, or he simply forces them to miss their financial
obligations, either way affording him an opportunity to obtain the
property for himself at a price far below its market value.
According to one comment at IMDb:
Pacific Heights is required viewing in all
Apartment Management courses in San Diego County. It is a chilling
tale of decent but uneducated and unprepared new owners with a dream
unknowingly up against a seasoned player in the professional renter
game. This viewing requirement is one of the tools used to introduce
starry-eyed management newcomers to the harsh and not-so-easily
apparent world of the sick, the dangerous and the sue-happy portion of
the rental market who will try to get the management stripped of all
their personal assets and possessions, fired and possibly jailed.
This is billed as a thriller, but that
description only applies to the last ten minutes or so, Before that,
it's an annoyance
movie. Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton) just keeps getting more and more
irritating until we are forced to despise him and root for the yuppies. That isn't as easy to do
as it is to conceive, because Matthew Modine's good guy doesn't seem
even remotely sympathetic, and his reactions seem so exaggerated and
panicky that you may end up rooting for Michael Keaton's bad guy -
just because he isn't a complete wuss. The film might have worked
better if the script had taken the time to develop the three main
characters, allowing the audience to bond with Modine in some way, and
allowing Keaton to be a real flesh-and-blood villain, more like a
cold-blooded pragmatist and less like a cartoon bad guy. In a rather
odd twist in the last fifteen minutes, Keaton switches from merely annoying
into full-bore threatening. He grabs himself a nail gun, starts holding
it to Melanie Griffith's head, and crosses the line from manipulative
To Keaton's credit, he did what he could with
this script and made the film much better by his presence. Given his picky attitude toward projects,
however, it's difficult to see what he liked about the role in the
first place. I suppose he just wanted a chance to be a bad guy because
he did this at the peak of his success, between his two Batman movies.
There's just not much to relate to in this movie. How much can the author
expect me to care whether some virtually anonymous yuppies can make an enormous mortgage
payment on a $750,000 home? What if they fail? Do they face being cast out into the humiliating world of
sub-standard $350,000 housing - or even (gasp!) an apartment?
Will they lose their Starbucks card? This suffering ain't exactly on
the same level of empathy as The Pianist.
Beverly D'Angelo is in the opening credits and
one more very short scene. She is not credited. Unfortunately, her
famous beaver shot is NOT on the widescreen Region 1 DVD, which is
framed more modestly. The capture below in collage #1 is actually OZ's
capture from the full screen version. I made the other two from the
Final Destination 3 (2006):
I haven't seen this one, but here's a
zipped .mov file of the
uncensored sunbathing scene, and below are two sample caps of Chelan
Simmons. The film opens Friday, and is expected to top the weekend Box
"Some DVD titles pass the Canadian customs test, some don't."
The site says:
- Those rejected for importation included the DVDs "Give Me
Gape #2," "Horny Hot Dog," and "Tonsil Train 3." Among the
productions deemed acceptable for Canadian eyes were "Total
Access--Yes I'm Catholic," "Uncle You So Big," and "My Sister's
A Sex Dwarf!"
Judge issues restraining order against noted mobster Paris Hilton
- "Brian Quintana, 37, had testified that Hilton accused him
of planting unfavorable stories in the press and had shoved him
three times, threatened him in numerous phone calls and told him
she would have him killed."
"'Banned' Aphrodisiac Soda To Be Sold In Stores"
The Filthy Critic reviews the Matador, and talks about his own
dream of becoming a torero
- I never worked as a matador, but I've been a webmaster.
That's pretty similar. In both cases, you wear pink socks and
dance around a lot of bull shit.
- Of course, in the case of webmasters, it's because the red
t-shirt got mixed in with the whites at Quick Wash.
The trailer for Battle in Heaven
- "Marcos, a general's driver, is haunted by the tragic
outcome of a child kidnapping he perpetrated with his wife. In
his troubled search for relief, he confesses to Ana, his boss'
- The film itself includes unsimulated sex acts, but the
trailer only hints at them.
- This trailer is probably not safe for a work environment.
Besides containing some brief nudity, it is also very loud.
The trailer for Art School Confidential, a dark comedy from
- "Jerome goes off to art school convinced that he'll become a
great artist. Instead, he comes to learn that he has undeveloped
talent and watches the girl of his dreams fall in love with
another artist. He is then inadvertently accused and arrested
for being a murderer and thus becomes the celebrity artist he
always dreamed of being."
The trailer for Fragile, a new horror-mystery entry.
- "Calista Flockhart stars as a nurse who takes a new job at a
desolate children's hospital during its closing days. She
struggles to keep the kids safe and uncover the mystery behind
apparent attacks of an unknown origin that hurt the kids so that
they cannot leave the premises."
The international trailer for Fearless, the new Jet Li movie.
A pretty cool nature video -
a dog and a goat fight over a feeding area.
Urban exploration - abandoned railroad line NYC area.
Montana, Bradshaw deny skipping SB XL over cash
Police bust NHL
- "Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet financed a nationwide sports
gambling ring in which about a half dozen current NHL players placed bets"
Gun has the Pellicano Wiretap Indictment and a concise summary of the case.
Warrior's box office forecast for the upcoming weekend.
- He thinks that the new releases will take four of the top five slots,
headed by Final Destination 3.
MOST AMERICANS FEAR OPRAH ... Tops Terrorism, Global Warming in University
of Minnesota Survey
"Scientists say they have found a real-life 'Lost World' in an Indonesian
- I need to take them thar scientist fellers to West Texas if they really
wanna see a lost world.
Another one of those "combined" trailers:
"If brains were french fries, Britney couldn't fill a Happy Meal."
"Deputy Ed Johnson was in uniform. He was also sitting in his marked patrol car. So he was a bit surprised when a man approached Friday and allegedly offered to sell him some cocaine."
Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley Nude Pictures from Vanity Fair
World War II - Color Photos
- They are real, but there is a natural tendency to think they are from a movie or re-enactment.
Hungry? Print Yourself Some Bacon
Funny TV commerical about the "meet market" process
Here is the latest free Yeti-Penguin game
Pirate DVDs mock Chinese government's "Geisha" ban
Muslim Clerics Say Cartoon Misrepresents Islam As Violent; Threaten Violence
The trailer from Ask The Dust, which stars Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell, and has been directed by Robert Towne
- Passion and ambition drive two dreamers in 1930s LA. Their love affair is ferocious and hot-blooded as they fight the city and themselves to make their dreams come true.
P Diddy has changed his name again
- He will now be known as Alistair Windsor III.
- Or maybe just "Diddy"
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
She Mob (1968)
This is a woman's gang exploitation film staring Marni Castle, who plays a
dual role as a business woman, and as the lesbian leader of a girl gang. In
role one, she keeps a gigolo. While she is at work, the leader of the girl
gang calls him and asks him to come over and service three of the gang
members. She is happy with her girlfriend, Eve Laurie, but the other three
girls, Twig, Joy Dale and Ann Adams all want a man.
Castle, realizing he has a rich patron, decides to kidnap him for ransom at
the same time. The business woman brings in private detective Monique Duvall.
The gang was started when Castle stole the warden's car and broke the other
four out of prison. In trying to find the gigolo, Castle calls a known
acquaintance, a huge black man with a tiny girlfriend played by Peaches
Chapman. All of the women show breasts, and most show buns either bare or
through sheer panties.
This is pure corn, but reminds me that the world wasn't always full of
lovely young women with plastic tits, and that many of the women in early
soft-core were far from beautiful. The only bright spot was Twig, who is a
high energy dynamo. I would not mind seeing her again. The fight choreography
is pitiful, car chases end in unexplained wrecks, and the hottest sex scene
has Castle watching Eve Laurie play with herself. This is a C-, only because
the genre has VERY low expectations.
In La Soldatessa alle Grande
Manovri (1978) it is once again up to Edwige Fenech to deliver the goodies.
This time she shows us her breasts and, in see-through, her pubes and buns. I
hope you'll enjoy her performance in these silly situations that are supposed
to take place in the army.
Gomez & Tavares (2005)
Pat's comments in yellow...
Roseanne Barr told Attitude magazine that she used to have a photo of George
Clooney's private parts dressed as Groucho Marx. A young Clooney was a regular
in the early days of the "Roseanne" sitcom, and he had a goofy sense of humor.
One night when they were all drunk, John Goodman took a photo of him naked with
a pair of Groucho glasses over his crotch. They kept it on the show's fridge
with a magnet over it until one day, someone stole it. Roseanne said she keeps
checking eBay to see if anyone's selling it, but it's never shown up.
* You can tell it's not the real Groucho...He was Jewish.
* It looks a bit like Groucho. Close, but no cigar
...More like a Tiparillo.