Easy Sex (2002):
Aka Mustang Sally and Easy Six.
An odd little film. An unfulfilled English professor in a
third-rate college (Princeton of Florida) will attend a Milton
conference over the Christmas break. The conference is to be held in
Vegas, because where else would you hold a discussion of serious
literature? The professor's best friend, an athletic coach, has
asked the lecturer to look up his estranged daughter while he's
there. After all, the professor was her favorite teacher.
He finds the girl, all right. In the novel she was working at the
notorious Mustang Ranch (and her name is Sally, hence the title).
The film has changed the name of the brothel, but the idea stays the
same. She's a legal professional hooker. The professor is basically
a man of scruples, and doesn't know how he will break the news to
Sally's father. After a few successes at the tables and a few
drinks, his moral code becomes considerably less rigid and he takes
a car out to the ranch to have sex with the girl who is not only his
former student but also his best friend's daughter. He not only has
sex with her, but ends up falling for her, and they shack up for a
couple of cozy nights.
Sally decides to call her dad and to come home for Christmas.
That turns out to be a disaster because dad finds out about the
affair, and the professor finds out that the daughter doesn't love
him. The bottom line is that the professor is without a job, a
girlfriend, or a best friend. That's only the beginning of his woes.
The father becomes obsessed with the idea that the professor is the
one who turned his sweet innocent daughter to prostitution in the
first place. The old boy takes to heavy drinking while watching home
movies of his happy daughter as a young girl. He gets so worked up
that he buys a gun and decides to get some revenge.
The film was coherent up to that point, albeit with some strange
and abrupt tone-shifts from comedy to tragedy, but the script sort
of deteriorated at the end. The professor and the daughter ended up
back in Vegas getting married by an Elvis impersonator. The father
traveled to Vegas to kill the professor, but it turned out that he
could only buy a pellet gun ("I can still put your eye out.") He
causes enough of a scene to attract a Vegas cop, gets into a
wrestling match with him, and ends up
wandering around the strip brandishing a real police-issue gun.
Well, it turns out that the Elvis impersonator is a Vietnam war
hero. In fact he is John Rambo, master sniper, the very guy played in the
movies by Stallone. Ol' Elvis/Rambo has finally had enough of the
demented whining from the pussy father, so he simply takes out a
high-powered rifle and blows the old fella away.
Hey, I told you it was an odd film.
You might call this a comedy, and there is a lot of silliness in
it, especially from Jim Belushi as Elvis/Rambo, but if it is a
comedy it is a very dark one, verging on Stygian blackness.
When the film ended, I was still unclear on a lot of points. For
- What was the strange enmity between father and daughter, and
how did it get started? We can guess that it was some kind of
incest, but a lot of the character motivation in the film hinges
on knowing how this began, and how bad it is. Without
knowing those things, some of the the daughter's actions don't
- When the father caught up with them, the professor and the
daughter were headed to the Vegas airport to catch a plane for
their honeymoon in Hawaii. After the father is killed by
Elvis/Rambo, we see them getting in separate cars and going
separate ways. Why did they change their minds about spending a
life together? I just didn't get it. (If I remember right, they
were still together at the end of the novel.)
- Why were the father and the professor friends in the first
place? These two men seemed to have absolutely nothing in common.
The film's auteur (Chris Iovenko) acted as editor in addition to
writer and director, and had never performed any of those functions
in a feature-length film before. That shows, especially in the
clarity of the script. It's not a good enough film to recommend, but
it has enough interesting elements to convince me that Iovenko
should stay with this career.
Here's one more of Ms Katharine Towne,
this time as captured by Herr Haut in Sol Goode
There isn't any real nudity in this "nude" picture of
Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, but I
think she looks fabulous.
Here are several zipped .wmv's of
Lauren Lee Smith in Lie With Me (Not
mine. I created them from .avis which were too large to be practical)
The Smoking Gun:
used dashboard cam to film women's butts, cleavage "
aerial photographs of Mexico City
beautiful photographs of China
Who would have expected to read this headline again?
"Barry Manilow Tops US Chart"
- And, yes, you wiseacres, it is a music chart and it is in February 2006
Conan O'Brien's latest set of "quotables"
- Earlier today, Judge Samuel Alito was confirmed as the United States 110th
Supreme Court Justice. President Bush congratulated Alito and said he hopes he
gets along with the other 109 judges.
- According to the Washington Post, one of Presidents Bush's biggest pet
peeves is when a cell phone rings during a meeting. Apparently, his second
biggest pet peeve is when his Pez dispenser gets jammed.
- Paris Hilton is reportedly upset because her private diaries have been
stolen. Police say the suspect must have had access to her bedroom; so, it
could be anyone.
Two trailers from Sir!
- ... a documentary about the anti-Vietnam movement which soprung up within
the ranks of the U.S. military itself. "Even though it profoundly impacted
American society, it rarely appears in historical accounts."
The official trailer for Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction
Daily Show: This Week in God. (Voodoo)
The Daily Show's Jason Jones notes that the Danish cartoonist community has
always courted controversy.
Daily Show: Helms - Looney Toons
- Senior Middle East Correspondent Ed Helms files his report...in disguise.
'Mouth-To-Beak' to Save Chicken, then celebrates her success with some
Seething Midwest Explodes Over Lombardi Cartoons
The home page of
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
- My new musical heroes. I can't believe I'm being unfaithful to
The Dan Band.
The National Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain ... this is surprisingly hip
Refuting racism: putting an end to the belief that Swiss people are slow
Three Things I Like, with George Clooney - from CRACKED magazine. That still exists?
Here is the trailer for Idlewild, which you might call the black Moulin Rouge, a new-wave musical about the Adrican-American music scene in the 1930s.
The mystery of author 'JT LeRoy' unravels
- "The writer penning the novels of JT LeRoy, a purported 25-year-old former male prostitute and drug addict, has been unmasked as a 40-year-old woman who allegedly undertook the ruse to get her work recognized."
- One title written by LeRoy: "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things."
Swedes say 'no' to racy bra ads on buses
- "An ad campaign for a new line of bras has been banned from Stockholm's transport network. It wasn't the photos of scantily clad women in Lindex's ad campaign that were objectionable, it was the slogan 'We love boobs!"
Daily Show: Headlines - Mohammad Mo' Problems
- After dallying on the swing set, protesters burned the Danish and Norwegian missions in Damascus.
A clip from the DaVinci code
"U.S. OFFERS TO RELOCATE INSURGENTS TO IRAN ... Keep Doing What You're Doing Next Door, Rumsfeld Says"
A new fashion: The Eye Jewel
President Bush's Private Congratulations Message to Newly Confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
The first six violent minutes of Running Scared, a new gangster flick.
Exclusive: Can the President Order a Killing on U.S. Soil?
Fox Cancels Cartoon Series About Mohammed
The New Village People Promote Good Old Fashioned Conservative Values
World Cringes in Fear of Danish Response
- "The Danish response is expected to be swift and bloody. But first, many thousands of longboats have to be carved..."
George Bush reveals new terror threat - Balrogs
- Have we already defeated the human/animal hybrids?
"Top Ten Slogans For That New Sex Soda"
- "Soft" drink? I don't think so...
- Get it in the can
The High-def trailer for Marie Antoinette, starring Kirsten Dunst, directed by Sofia Coppola
- The trailer includes a strategic nude scene from Kirsten Dunst - not very revealing, but very sexy, indeed.
WITH SWEEPS UNDERWAY, NETWORKS ASK RUNAWAY BRIDE TO RUN AWAY AGAIN ... Ratings-hungry News Nets Make $1 Million Offer to Wilbanks
Stephen Colbert's latest "Threatdown"
Colbert reports on the State of the Union address
- "Any poet will tell you, words like President Bush's are the sugar-spun stuff of dreams."
Stephen Colbert discusses his Newsweek article
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
No Inhibitions (2002)
This is yet another soft-core made by hard-core performers, and with a
hard-core plot. This time, April Hannah finds an ancient Indian fetish while
she's raking in her garden. It has an odd magical effect, at least on blondes.
It makes them immediately take off their clothes, then have sex with
themselves, or, better yet, anyone nearby. She fondles first the talisman,
then herself while fantasizing about sex with Dawn Arellano. She contacts her
old anthropology professor on the net, and he identifies it as one of four
identical such fetishes that he knows about. She then watches neighbor Alana
Evans fondle it, and have sex with the pool cleaner. She again contacts the
professor, and he relates stories of the other women who have found one,
including Lola, Lexi, Nina Ferrari and Roxanne Hall.
Tonight, images of Lola, Lexi, Nina Ferrari and Roxanne Hall. All show
Tomorrow night, the other women, and the rest of the review.
This morning I received the rental DVD of
Manderlay starring Bryce Dallas Howard in my mailbox. Since that we only
have one soundless clip of this movie in the Fun House, I immediately
captured the scene that is important to us. So we will now have 6 clips with
the original English audio. I also did some raw vidcaps but since the
transfer is rather grainy, like the film was in theaters I suppose, they
didn't come out as well as I had hoped. Maybe you can still use them, or
not, it's up to you. I did use the zoom feature on the open crotch shot as
you can see. On TV it sure looks like Bryce isn't covering up anything, in
the caps it's less clear.
I haven't had time to see the film yet, I might
comment on it later on. It's amazing how much Bryce resembles her dad when he
was young. To me it was a bit like seeing Richie Cunningham again in Happy
Days. Well, from the breast upwards anyway. For the rest Bryce is every inch a
woman. I wonder how Mr. & Mrs. C. will react on these clips of their
Film clips: (1,
Caught by the paparazzi.
Most of these gals require no introduction. Perhaps the only two who are
not household names are Giorgia Palmas and Tamara Beckwith. Giorgia was Miss
Italy in the 2005 Miss World contest. Came in second. Gotta see who won the
Tamara Beckwith will win no beauty contests, is British and appears to do nothing, so I
she must be a distant part of the royal family.
About the others...
Amanda Bynes looks great while sporting a pair of puffy pokies.
Cindy Margolis is the latest Lingerie Bowl, where at least the referees have an
excuse or two for missing a great game.
Dannii Minogue looks better and better with each passing year.
Mira Sorvino may have fallen off the Hollywood A list but she still looks mighty
So does Shakira.
Vanessa Marcil, in something that looks like it should be see-through but just
Sure is nice to see something of Josie Maran again. She looks kinda nice...which
is much like saying Manute Bol was kinda tall.
And Pamela Anderson. Poor, poor Pamela. She was once a natural beauty. But now?
Grotesque. And so sad.
Speaking of sad...Katie Price...the younger Pamela with a British accent.
Pat's comments in yellow...
The annual "Hollywood" issue of Vanity Fair is out today, and as usual, it
has a newsmaking cover. It features hot young actresses Scarlett Johansson and
Keira Knightly nude, their skin looking eerily pale, posing with male fashion
designer Tom Ford. Inside is a nude photo of Angelina Jolie in a bathtub, plus
a fully-clothed George Clooney and other stars. Ford was a last-minute
substitute when rising actress Rachel McAdams reportedly stormed out of the
photo shoot, furious to discover that all the actresses were expected to pose
naked. Ford downplayed the controversy, saying that McAdams "did want to do
it," but just got cold feet on the set.
* You can tell the other girls were cold, too, and not
just their feet.
* The most honored Hollywood movie of the year is "Brokeback Mountain," and
they can't think of a reason for any of the men to get naked together?
* Angelina looks like she's wearing clothes, but that's just all the tattoos.
* It's the cleanest Angelina's ever looked.