"Body and Soul"
Body and Soul (1998) is a boxing film. The formula for one of these is well established, and both good and bad ones have been made. They go pretty much like this. A fighter with a lot of heart is after the championship belt. He has a faithful manager who gets screwed, does some nice woman wrong, success goes to his head, then he is screwed by some syndicate. There are several variations on the ending. This film fits within the above outline, but manages a fresh approach.
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini is a small town boxer with dreams of the big time. His friend and manager, Michael Chiklis, travel to Reno to go for the belt. Along the way, they pick up hitchhiker Jennifer Beals. She is clearly not pure as the driven snow and is escaping something, but Mancini likes her. Chiklis narrates much of the story, but in a charming manner such that it did not distract. They manage to impress a former great trainer, Rod Steiger. Mancini is good, and the local promoter (Joe Mantegna) decides to make a fortune on him. To help control Mancini, he brings in Tahnee Welch. Beals is still trying to get her head straight, and Welch moves in. Mancini is carefully brought along by the promoter to extract ever dime he can, and eventually set up for an easy title shot. He becomes a lounge lizard while making several lackluster title defenses, while Chiklis, who has become a loud-mouthed embarrassment, is not with him at ringside.
When a good prospect looms on the horizon, it is time for Mancini to either get it together or lose the title. Either way, Mantegna has positioned himself to make a killing, but expects Mancini to loose. What is a little different in this film is that we know everyone's intentions all along, and nobody is perfect. I found myself very involved in the film start to finish, and really cared about the characters. The film had an aura of believability that wasn't hurt by the fact that Mancini was a world champion fighter. Even though the boxing scenes were absolutely authentic, they didn't spend the entire running time in the ring.
Along the way, they managed to display a lovely array of body parts. The ring girls, credited as Karlinda Aguilar, Cloissa A. Ream and Tamarah Kanogy, are wearing very abbreviated bikinis with t-backs. Tiffany J. Wooster, Olivia Jardine and Bernice Dee show breasts in a hot tub at a part. We have breasts from two uncredited show girls in a dressing room. Kristen Shafer shows great rear nudity doubling for Tahnee Welch.
IMDb readers have this at 3.6 of 10. It does not seem to have had a theatrical release anywhere. I found it a very quick watch, and a worthy addition to a popular genre.C.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Boys on the Side (1995):
Drew Barrymore - what a life. First she
was the adorable little template for a lisping movie child, then we
started to hear how wild she got, even in her early teens. Then she
turned 18 and it seemed that she just couldn't wait to take out her
puppies on camera. Her first few movies after her 18th birthday -
topless nudity. Just like that. Bada bing, bada crosby.
Doppelganger, then Bad Girls, then Boys on the Side. After that, it
seemed that she had gotten it out of her system, and she kept 'em
sheathed for a long time. In fact, she still hasn't really showed 'em
clearly since this film, because when she finally took 'em out
again, almost a decade later, it was for the foggy,
darkness-shrouded, dubious, invisible nipple, pseudo-nudity of
Charlie's Angels 2.
So let's remember the good times, shall
we? A few days ago I looked at Bad Girls. This time is the
girl-bonding classic Boys on the Side.
It would be easy to hate this film.
Boys on the Side is rated 5.9 by guys at IMDb, and 6.7 by women.
Normally we need a difference of 1.0 before we start calling a flick
a chick-flick, but this is an exception. This is a fully certified
chick-flick because it was directed by one of the high princes of
Chickflickland, Herbert Ross. I mean this is the guy who directed
Steel Magnolias and Funny Lady, so right away we know that at one
time he must have had his male genitalia removed and placed in a
Check out this plot.
Two women pair up in New York for a
cross-country drive to L.A. They are a sloppy black lesbian who has
failed as a musician (Whoopi) and a straight white woman
(Mary-Louise Parker) who is dyin' of AIDS because the only guy she
ever went home with gave it to her. Are you starting to pick up
those soap-opera, "men suck" female empowerment vibes? When I say
this woman is straight, I don't just mean "heterosexual". I also
mean straight-arrow, the kind of woman who writes thank-you notes to
the butcher for a nice cut of meat, washes her hands after phone
calls, wears a neatly pressed blazer to sell real estate, and places
all her albums in alphabetical order. If only she could have lived
her life without men. But she's completely heterosexual, which
doesn't work out very well for Whoopi, who ends up falling for her.
The two of them set off to L.A. for
somewhat indeterminate reasons, and on their way they decide to make
a stop in Pittsburgh to visit Whoopi's old friend, a zonked-out
space cadet of a nympho druggie (Drew Barrymore, who else), who is
in an abusive relationship with a scumbag drug dealer, a guy whose
mental condition is so far gone that he makes Drew seem in
comparison to be as focused and logical as Judge Souter. During this
visit, the three women subdue the guy, hit him with a baseball bat,
duct tape him to a chair, and flee. Empowerment rules, dudesses!
Unfortunately for our newly-empowered babes, the scumbag dies, and
they become fugitives from the law.
Did I mention that Drew is pregnant,
and that the father may be Mr. Scumbag? Or not, since Drew has slept
with the entire male student body of Carnegie-Mellon University, and
one entire sell-our crowd of a Steelers game eight weeks earlier. So
we have a dyin' woman, a pregnant murderer, and a rather conspicuous
black lesbian takin' a road trip through the heartland, searchin'
for America and their own souls and that kind of meaningful crap.
And then the murderess falls in love with a handsome and idealistic
young cop (Matthew McConaughey) who loves her but is having
some trouble with the whole wacky murder thing.
Yeah, yeah. I know it sounds like it
sucks. It has every possible strike against it. But actually it
doesn't suck. There is some humor, and all of the melodrama is
underplayed to the extent reasonably possible. All of the women's
actions lead to reasonable consequences (which means death for one
and a jail sentence for another), and the emotions are played with
restraint. The situations may start out larger than life, but people
end up dealing with those situations in measured and realistic ways.
Most important with a soap opera, the character development is deep,
the characters are both real and sympathetic, and the actresses knew
how to bring them to life. To be honest, all of those positives make
up for the preposterously contrived story. I think you'll miss them
when they're gone, and you'll wonder what will happen to the two who
survive. I got into the story and never thought of reaching for the
fast-forward because I liked the characters and enjoyed having them
in my living room.
There was a surprise for me. If I was
ever aware that Whoopi could mimic singers, I didn't remember it.
She sings one song in the manner of Janis Joplin, and one or two in
the manner of Karen Carpenter (!!), and she does a passably good job
of mimicry in each case. The few bars she sings of Superstar,
accompanied only by her own halting piano work, will bring tears to
your eyes, given the context of the film.
So, it's a dyin' woman female
empowerment chick-flick all right, but it's not one of those so
drenched with estrogen that you guys have to stay away for fear of
having your testicles shrivel up. If your significant other forces
you to sit through it, you can probably pretend to be interested and
work that into some post-cinema hanky panky, and you'll be charged
up by the sight of Drew's full and ripe young melons.
Drew Barrymore (1,
Packers Fan Wears Favre Jersey for 408 Days
Here's the girl from the Go-Daddy commercials:
Candice Michelle, The Official Website.
WRESTLING-NEWS.com - gallery of divas, some of them for mature
audiences only. The Go-Daddy girl has her own gallery
MovieJuice!: reviews Boogeyman
Bush Approval Increases to 57%, Highest Rating in a Year
The second coming of MTV2. "'What MTV2 is, while a
departure from MTV, is really harkening back to the early days of
MTV ... "
IRAQIS PAINT FINGERS PURPLE TO PICK UP CHICKS. Phony
Voters Pack Baghdad's Clubs.
Many say Malcolm Hardee was the most influential figure in
British comedy in the post- Peter Cook era. Whether that is true
or not, he was undoubtedly the king of alternative anarchic
comedy, and one crazy generally naked mofo! His body was found in
the Thames last week. He was 55.
The obit in The Times.
Google Maps - a beta test of their alternative to Mapquest
Take a look at the former Mrs. Jacko
Pitt is news even when he kids about being news.
Letterman's Top Ten Philadelphia Eagles excuses
The Straight Dope: Does average human penis length vary among
Almodovar said over the weekend in Rome that his next film is
Volver, starring Penelope Cruz. The movie will take
place between Madrid and his native La Mancha in a tale that
involves both ghosts and tango.
Quentin Tarantino has penned parts for both Sylvester Stallone and
Bruce Willis in his upcoming war epic "Inglorious Bastards".
Attached already are Adam Sandler, Michael Madsen and Bo Svenson.
retroCRUSH: The 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs. He has
posted 100-28 so far, more to come.
Irate lawmaker would share bears. This is actually a
cool story. The people of rural Maryland find the burgeoning brown
bear population to be a nuisance, and they want to hunt and kill
them. But the suburban rich folk want to save those bears. So the
rural folks have proposed a compromise - inside of hunting the
freakin' bvears, they will export them to the suburbs!
The Weekend Warrior predicts this weekend's Box Office.
He thinks Will Smith's new romantic comedy, Hitch, will be a big
winner on 3450 screens. The only other major release this week is
a Winnie the Pooh thing for the kids, which will hit 2550 screens.
- This week's movie:
Hitch - 86% positive. That's based on only seven
reviewers, but this looks like a hit in the making, especially
since its release was timed brilliantly. It has no competition
TRENDY NEW DESSERT: CHOCOLATE COVERED PORK FAT
A clip and the trailer from National Lampoon's Blackball.
(This is actually a two year old film from the U.K. I'm not sure
how National Lampoon got involved.)
Whitney book will be 'shocking'. "A tell-all book is
set to reveal intimate details about Whitney Houston and her
husband Bobby Brown."
Has Drew Barrymore dumped her rock star boyfriend? Some
time back, Tom Green reportedly broke up with Drew because she was
"too immature." My question was this: if you're too immature for
Tom Green, who's left?
Supermodel Naomi Campbell highlighted the parade of samba schools
as Rio's Carnival climaxed on its final night.
- I guess I should have been a better dancer, but I couldn't
afford to go to Rio, so I attended a correspondence samba
school headquartered in Midland, Texas.
- We really sucked at the samba parade performance, since we
couldn't actually be there in Rio. If you were so inclined, you
might say we mailed in our performance.
- One thing we were good at, though. Lone Star Samba By Mail
really kicked the asses of the "brick and mortar" samba schools
- But we always took their cheerleaders to the prom.
- Lots and lots of naked celebs (and other stuff), straight from
the bunny's mouth. In honor of Playboy's 50th anniversary,
Playboy.com presents the 50 most memorable images from the
magazine's glorious photographic history. Numbers 1, 2,
and 3 are Monroe, Mansfield, Andress. Kim Basinger and Bo Derek
also made the top ten. Governor Ah-nuld made it at #50. Don't miss
Joan Severance at #18.
This Apollo 11 Image Library contains all of the pictures taken on
the lunar surface by the astronauts, together with
pictures from pre-flight training and pictures of equipment and
the flight hardware.
Sam's Mailbox Pictures. Just what it says. Pictures of
mailboxes. But it's surprisingly entertaining.
This is True . "Truth is stranger than fiction because
fiction has to make sense."
- Out Shoveling?
Here are the things to say to a neighbor you've never met before.
Feds track down three million missing nickels. Man,
it's always the last place you look. Wouldn't you know it, they
were hidden in a very large gumball machine.
JLH tries very hard to have a wardrobe malfunction in Confessions
of a Sociopathic Social Climber. Or not.
The story behind the GoDaddy Super Bowl ad.
---=== Baby Queen ===
i used to believe - is a collection of things that
adults used to believe when they were kids. "It will remind you of
what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the
world in equal parts."
A whopper of a fish tale. Nearly 3 years ago, 3 guys go
fishing. They catch a sailfish, and one of the guys (who's going
through a divorce) puts his wedding band on the fish's bill, and
sends it back into the briny deep ceremonially. Fast-forward to
1/22/05, same three guys, same fish caught again, wedding band
still on the bill!!!
- And what's more, this time they were on a fresh water pond,
fishin' for sunfish with bamboo poles and homemade bobbers, when
they reeled in the magical sailfish and it spoke to them, and
granted them three wishes.
Miyagi and Daniel-san reunite to do DVD commentary for Karate Kid.
Over the years, Macchio has gotten a little weak at "wax on", but
he has no problem when he "wax off".
Disney detractors to withhold votes for new board.:
"Roy Disney, the nephew of company founder Walt Disney, and
Stanley Gold, a former director, said they're concerned that
company directors are not conducting a thorough search for a
successor to outgoing CEO Michael Eisner"
NASA budget would kill Hubble
Radio station still in trouble from tsunami parody.
- Here's front page news for The Sun:
Teri Hatcher gets laid. I ain't kiddin'. That's really
PORN actresses are blowing the whistle about their sleazy romps
with Hollywood stars.
Fantastic Four moved back a week. They don't want to go
butt-up against Spielberg and Cruise's War of the Worlds, so
they've decided to open against a softer opponent - Bewitched.
- We all love dumb criminal stories. Without these to make into
movies, what would Michael Rapaport do for a living?
Suspect Eludes Police, Calls Sheriff's Office After Getting Lost
In The Woods.
- Start your own business. Raise drug-sniffing dogs!
It's So Cute! He's Going After Junior's Backpack!
"NOTHIN' LIKE GETTIN' HAMMERED IN A 23 FOOT GENERAL LEE"
ESPN rates the Super Bowl parties: Maxim outstrips Playboy in the
Rock matriarch SHARON OSBOURNE refused to watch the SUPER BOWL -
because she knew there would be "no titties on display."
- Here are playboy.com's official pictures of their
super bowl party - the girls of jacksonville
- "Hey, Scoop. The Eric Prydez video has been sifting around the
net for a little while and is pure gold! Here are a few links
featuring my favorite new aerobic instructor, Deanne Barry."
Image Gallery - Deanne Berry ...
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
"Once Upon a Time in America"
"Once upon a Time in America" (1984)
is of course one of Sergio Leone's cinematic masterpieces. Both
Scoop and Tuna reviewed and capped this one thoroughly, so I have
nothing to add. Please also have look at Scoop and Tuna's
excellent caps in the back issues of June 9 and 13, 2003. My clips
come from a version that aired on BBC. Compared to the version
reviewed it looks like Elizabeth McGovern's gyno shot is darker
while Ann Neville's hair color in both places is more brownish
instead of reddish. Sadly I don't know Miss Neville well enough to
know what color is closest to reality.
Olga Karlatos remained really chaste
exposing only one breast, stroking it with a gun. (.wmv zipped
, .avi zipped
1. Here is the Movie House page for
Once Upon a Time in America.
Since I have argued on several occasions that this is probably the
single greatest film I have ever seen, I can't really add any more
praise, can I? I wish I had never seen it, so I could watch it again
without knowing any of the secrets. The DVD is much brighter and
lighter than this broadcast version.
2. 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 advantages of these are (1) you know the codecs; (2) they'll play in
the Windows Media Player with any up-to-date windows OS; and (3) the file
sizes are economical. The major downside is that the quality is inferior
to the originals.
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: Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper
I wanted to revisit a poll we did a few years back to see how or if things have changed. So on that note...
This week's poll:
Who has the best bum in Hollywood?
Here is a short list of nominees.
Phoebe Cates in "Paradise"
Claire Danes in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (thong)
Jessica Alba in "Idle Hands" (partial)
Natalie Portman in "Closer" (thong)
Halle Berry in "Monster's Ball"
Elisha Cuthbert in "Girl Next Door" (thong)
Ludivine Sagnier in "Water Frops in Burning Rocks" and "La Petite Lili"
Audrey Tautou in "Le Libertin" and "A Very Long Engagement"
Irčne Jacob in "The Big Brass Ring" and "Spy Games"
Nicole Kidman in "Dead Calm", "Billy Bathgate", "Billy Bathgate" "Malice", "Eyes Wide Shut", "The Birthday Girl" and "Cold Mountain"
Denise Richards in "Wild Things"
Neve Campbell in "When Will I Be Loved"
Kari Wuhrer in "Boulevard", "The Crossing Guard" (thong), "Beyond Desire", "Vivid", "Ivory Tower", "Poison", "Spider's Web" and "King of the Ants".
Jamie Pressly in "Poison Ivy: The New Seduction"
Mimi Rogers in "The Door in the Floor"
Mädchen Amick in "Dream Lover"
Laetitia Casta in "The Blue Bycicle"
Bridget Fonda in "Single White Female" and "Jackie Brown"
Elle MacPherson in "Sirens"
Holly Hunter in "The Piano" and "Living Out Loud"
Angelina Jolie in "Gia"
Milla Jovovich in "Chaplin" and "No Good Deed".
Please Email Scoopy Jr. with more nominees, comments or suggestions.
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
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s
'Caps and comments by Flautista:
This film is based on the novel "Yerma" of Federico García Lorca who is a good and important Spanish writter. And directed by Pilar Távora. The movie shows us the culture in a Spanish Region called "Andalucia" in the 70's
Nudity Review: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón appears topless.
- Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
"Dead of Night"
Nudity Review: Tara Taylor shows the breasts and a thong view while being undressed in a car.
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today from the Ghost...a couple of vids of former fashion model turned actress Ely Pouget in scenes from "Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass" (1995).
She topless in all 3 and getting in on in clips #1 and #3.
- Ely Pouget (zipped .wmvs)
||The star of "The Princess Diaries" showing a whole bunch of cleavage at some Hollywood event. Unfortunately there is still no release info for "Havoc", her latest movie which features her very nekkid.
|Jennifer Love Hewitt
||As mentioned in Other Crap, in the upcoming made-for-Oxygen movie "Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber", JLH strips down to sexy undies. It's hard to tell from these 'caps, but there may (or may not) be some areola on display. Look for it on cable March 12th.
||Here is the sexy co-star of the 70's sci-fi classic "Logan's Run" going full frontal in scenes from the Aussie movie "Walkabout" (1971). 'Caps by Kitt.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
|Mr. Nude Celeb takes a look at the 1992 flick "Single White Female". Both Fonda and Leigh go topless. Fonda also bares her bum in #1, and shows a hint of pubes in link #3.
|Part two of Vejiita's 'caps featuring Urbina topless in more scenes from the Peruvian flick, "Django: la otra cara" (2002).
|Señor Skin 'caps the "Terminator 3" babe baring a bit of breast in a love scene from Lord of the Rings style movie, "Ring of the Nibelungs" (2004).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MAN CONVICTED OF ASSAULT WITH McMUFFIN
Egg McMullet - In Holland, Michigan, Scott Rodgers was fined $600, given
probation and three days in a work program and banned from McDonald's for
misdemeanor assault and battery after he threw an Egg McMuffin at a McDonald's
manager. He had ordered four of them with ham, but one had sausage. His attorney
claimed he didn't throw it but rather returned it quickly. But the prosecutor
said, "The manager was picking egg out of her hair."
And sausage! Which was the POINT!
So what? Customers are picking hair of their egg all the time.
He eats four Egg McMuffins at a sitting? He SHOULD be banned from
These days, he's lucky she didn't sue him for assault with a deadly weapon.
WILL SMITH SAYS HE'LL ASK PERMISSION TO CHEAT
Big Willy - Will Smith told the New York Post that his wedding vows with Jada
Pinkett-Smith didn't include the words "forsaking all others," but he'd never
cheat without asking permission first. Smith said, "Our perspective is, you
don't avoid what's natural. You're going to be attracted to people... The vow
that we made was that you will never hear that I did something after the
fact. If it came down to it, then one spouse can say to the other, 'Look, I need
to have sex with somebody. I'm not going to if you don't approve of it - but
please approve of it.'" Smith said other celebrity couples have sought
marital advice from them, including Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and Bruce Willis
and Demi Moore.
Well, THAT worked!...Now, ALL of them are having sex with other people.
So far, the only co-star Jada's given him permission to have sex with is
Tommy Lee Jones.
BRITNEY FORGOT SHE HAD KNEE SURGERY
Oops! I Did It Again! - Britney Spears may be out $10 million due to her bad
memory. She's suing eight insurance companies for refusing to pay the cost of
canceling her tour due to a knee injury. But the insurers say she didn't
check the "pre-existing condition" box and reveal she'd had knee surgery five
years before. Britney's lawyers claim the new injury is unrelated to the old
one, that a doctor certified her "in a fit condition to tour," and she just
innocently forgot she'd had knee surgery.
It could happen! She's already forgotten her first marriage!
Obviously, the doctor who declared her fit to tour isn't a voice
Gee, I wonder how Britney wore out her knees while becoming a star?...