Shakespeare in Love
my review from eight years ago.
These two zipped .wmv's (1,
2) are the condensed version of DeadRed's
magnificent hi-res DIVX .avis. If you want the originals in all their
splendid glory, get them from the RapidShare link, which is down the
page just a bit in the Other Crap section. Before you make that
commitment, make sure you have a good connection (the compressed file
is 88 meg), and know how to uncompress. rar files.
Walking Tall, Part 2 (1995):
completely with what CK Roach wrote about this film, but I thought I'd add a few curiosity
First of all, I think this is the only film which has
been notarized. It begins with a baritone recitation of a sworn
statement. It's pretty funny if you
read it (it's linked at the Movie House article), because it doesn't say anything at all. Based on this "sworn
statement," just about any conclusion may be drawn about the factual
accuracy of the events portrayed here, ranging from "the film is pure
fiction," to "every event in the film is God's humble truth, except with
the names changed."
Second, I wondered why CK
and I seemed to be so much less impressed with the film than was the dean of
American cinema letters, Roger Ebert. Then I looked at the dates.
Ebert wrote his review
on January 1, 1975, and the notarized statement at the film's
opening was dated May 1, 1975. There's your answer. Ebert saw an
earlier, non-notarized version, which must have been far better.
Third, this film needed WAY more nudity. C'mon, it was 1975! The only
flesh was this brief topless scene with Angel Tompkins.
Ask Ann Coulter (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
- "Coulter works tirelessly to promote understanding
and unity amongst people of widely diverse strains of
whiteness and right-wing demagoguery.
A very special Valentine musical video from that romantic
rock group, Stephen and the Colberts
Here are some beautiful hi-res videos of Gywn Paltrow in
Shakespeare in Love (compressed in .rar format, 88 meg
Polish movie posters for familiar movies
- These range from the truly beautiful to the truly
bizarre, and they all look like undercover magazine
covers from 1969
Ultimate Surrender - the ultimate female competitive
sexual wrestling site!
- This is a pay site, but the previews are pretty hot
Perversion for Profit
- Anti-pornography film circa 1964, linking
pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline
of Western civilization.
Have you seen Calista Flockhart lately?
Favorite facts about Chuck Norris:
- Chuck Norris's tears cure cancer. Too bad he has
- Chuck Norris doesn't sleep. He waits.
- The dark is afraid of Chuck Norris
- Chuck Norris is the only man in the world who hates
both Sara Lee and Raymond
- If at first you don't succeed, you're not Chuck
- Chuck Norris doesn't wear a watch. He decides what
time it is.
- The pen is mightier than the sword, but only if the
pen is held by Chuck Norris.
- Chuck Norris does not lift weights. Weights rise
before Chuck Norris
Sweden shuts website over cartoon
Conan O'Brien in Finland; will ask president for Cabinet
- "In my country, when someone is instrumental in
helping someone get elected it's customary for the
president to give that person a Cabinet or ministerial
position," O'Brien told reporters in the airport's VIP
Top Topless Beaches 2006
Report from Berlin:
Bleak novel "The Elemantary Particles" toned down for film
Researchers at University College London modelled a
mathematical formula for the best way to impress a woman.
- "By offering expensive but worthless gifts, such as
dinner and theatre trips, the male pays no cost if the
invitation isn't accepted. And if women are not
interested they are unlikely to accept the invitation."
There is a tiny bit of non-explicit Jennifer Aniston
nudity in Rumor Has it
Unnecessary Censorship - Superbowl Edition Hang on
till the end. The last one is the best.
Clooney Doesn't Expect to Win Any Oscars
- I think he's right, but if the Oscars were based
solely on my opinion, he would be on the short list for
Good Night and Good Luck
- He had to make some key directorial decisions in the
course of creating that movie, and if he screwed up any
one, the film would not have worked.
- He had to use Joe McCarthy instead of an actor
playing McCarthy. McCarthy was such an exaggerated and
unpleasant character that if an actor did a perfect
impersonation, the right wing nutburgers would have
jumped on Clooney for creating a hatchet job. He
decided correctly (as Murrow once did) to let McCarthy
- He had to film in black-and-white, not just
because of some arty whim, or to create a fifties
feel, but because it was completely necessary to make
the McCarthy footage fit in seamlessly, and because
the "real McCarthy" decision was immutable.
- I don't know if he did a better job than Robert
Rodriguez (unnominated), Peter Jackson, or Steven
Spielberg, but if I had to choose between Clooney and
Ang Lee in that category, I'd probably vote for Clooney.
'Throttling' Angers Netflix Heavy Renters
Daily Box Office - Friday, February 10, 2006
- New releases took the top four spots, headed up by
Final Destination 3. The champs from the previous two
weeks took the next two spots, followed by Brokeback at
Daily Show celebrity interview: Will Arnett
The trailer for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
Bobby, a summer comedy with Will Ferrell
- "The film tells the story of NASCAR stock car racing
sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) whose 'win at all
costs' approach has made him a national hero. He and his
loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr.
(John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo -- dubbed 'Thunder'
and 'Lightning' by their fans for their ability to
finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with
Cal always in second place. When a flamboyant French
Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen),
challenges the 'Thunder' and 'Lightning' for the
supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own
demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as
racing's top driver."
Here's the trailer for The Sentinel, a thriller
starring Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland.
- "When a colleague is murdered, Secret Service agent
Pete Garrison is put in charge of the investigation. But
Garrison himself becomes a suspect after he is
blackmailed by someone who knows of his affair with the
first lady. Stripped of his duties and now a fugitive,
Garrison races to prove his innocence and save the
Obscene fortune cookies liven up Chinese New Year in
- "It's nothing that Brooklynites can't handle. If it
happened at an uptown Chinese restaurant on the upper
East Eide, it would have been a travesty," he added.
"But this is Brooklyn. We shake it off."
Spielberg's Lincoln movie "won't roll anytime soon"
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
"Lo Strano Vizio della Signora Wardh"
Lo Strano Vizio della Signora Wardh (1970) is a Giallo produced with joint Spanish and Italian money, registered in Italy as country of origin. It was initially released in Italy, and did quite well there, and all over the world. A version was released in the US under the title Blade of the Ripper in 1971 that was cut by a full 10 minutes. It must have been quite a butcher job, because the person who wrote the plot summary for what IMDb calls Blade of the ripper was wrong on a key point.
Edwige Fenech and her husband, a stock broker, are not especially happy together. She also wants to see nothing of her ex boyfriend, which whom she had a BDSM relationship. He doesn't seem to know it is over. Her solution? Find another boyfriend. Meanwhile, someone is ripping women with a straight razor. When Edwige is attacked, she tries to figure out which of the three is the serial killer. Naturally, that is the wrong question, and by the time the intricate plot twists are over, it is the wrong questions for lots of reasons.
Writer Vittorio Caronia is rather proud of his plot twists, but said he thinks there are maybe 20 Different plot devices that can be used in thrillers, and he used intricate ones here. He also talks, in the special features, about some reviewers claim that there is a hint of male sexuality in the story. He smiles, and said that he left that little bit of ambiguity in on purpose. The actors involved say that it is a silly claim, and there was no such intent, but when asked the question, Edwige Fenech thought about it, and then said, yes, probably. At any rate, it is not really important to the narrative.
It was the first giallo directed by Sergio Martino, who had been doing westerns. Everyone in the cast and crew were thrilled at how well the film did. The only real controversy was over the name of the title character. It was originally "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Ward" and the only Mrs. Ward in Italy asked that the h be added to the name, because she was being teased in the streets.
Edwige Fenech had made several films by then, and was in top form. The supporting cast was also strong. Nudity includes breasts and buns from Fenech and Marella Corbi as a slasher victim. Conchita Airolde, in her first film, showed breasts. She later moved on to produce, and is still doing so.
IMDb readers say 6.5. but who knows which version of this one they are voting on. The No Shame release I watched was up to their usual standards, presenting an UNCUT version in a good transfer with interesting special features. Here is a picture of 57 year old Fenech taken last year. This is a C. If you like gialli, you should see this one. I would caution you to pay close attention to the plot.