Tuesday

The Wrong Guy

This is a laid-back comedy which is conceptually very similar to the early Woody Allen movies, except with Dave Foley playing the Woody role as the hapless, wimpy schmuck with an inflated view of his own skills. As the film begins, Dave enters his office one morning, filled with confidence that he will be named his company's next president. When he hears that the position is going to a rival named Ken, he protests because he has gone so far as to become engaged to the chairman's daughter. Turns out that Ken has one-upped him and is engaged to the chairman's favorite daughter. Dave keeps whining and the chairman is finally forced to tell him that he's a complete schmuck and a weakling who could never run a big company, whereupon Dave goes ballistic and threatens to kill his future father-in-law.

Funny thing about that.

A short time later, when Dave marches into the chairman's office to offer another piece of his mind, the big kahuna is lying there with a knife in his neck. Dave tries to pull it out, then realizes that the man is already dead, while he's standing there with a bloody knife in his hand and his clothes soaked in blood, and that all this has happened about an hour after he threatened to kill the guy. So he runs - out of the office and into a life as a fugitive, assuming he'll been hunted as a desperate, violent criminal.

Only one problem with that assumption. The police have access to the company's 24-hour surveillance tapes and know that Dave has nothing to do with the murder. In fact, the police detective keeps calling Dave "the woman who found the body," because the same security tapes show Dave's reaction when he sees the knife, and he's wailing and shrieking like a 13-year-old girl at a Beatles concert. That's what the movie is about: Dave's perception of himself as a big-time wanted criminal on the run, as contrasted to the world's perception of him as a unimportant witness and a complete pussy. In order to make things a bit more interesting, Dave's flight keeps crossing paths with the real killer and the screenwriters construct the scenes in such a way that Dave thinks the police are actually after him.

Pretty funny idea.

It's a ten-year-old Canadian film which took five years to get to video and was never released in the States at all. Furthermore, I had never heard of it. As you can imagine, I had minimal expectations. Frankly, I only watched it for the Jennifer Tilly nightie scene. It turned out top be a pleasant surprise. While this is no comedy classic, it has some moments of real inspiration. It's basically a Kids in the Hall sketch expanded to feature length, but I have to say I got a big kick out of it. It deserves much more than the total obscurity to which it has been consigned. If you liked the offbeat cable show "The Higgins Boys and Gruber," you may enjoy this since it was written by the same guy, with Dave Foley as his co-author. It was directed by David Steinberg, who was one of my favorite comics back in the day.

It's rated a surprisingly high 6.9 at IMDb, and has somehow developed a fan club, as reflected in the IMDb comments and the message board.

The Jennifer Tilly nudity is not really nude at all, just a see-through, but it is one of the sexiest non-nude scenes of all time, and one of the rare cases of a genuinely funny and sweet "nude" scene. I recommend it highly. The stills do not do the scene justice. You have to watch it.

The other film clip is just a silly sequence from the film in which the cops finally corner the real killer (Colm Feore), who is by then holding Dave and Jennifer Tilly as his hostages. This has no nudity of any kind, and is just for laughs, but if you enjoy it, you might consider buying or renting the movie, because this clip nicely reflects the film's offbeat sense of humor.

Jennifer Tilly

 


 

* Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

* White asterisk: expanded format.

* Blue asterisk: not mine.

No asterisk: it probably sucks.

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The Machinist

The Machinist is a mysterious mind-fuck film about a man who hasn't slept in a year. Scoopy, in his review, did a good job of walking the fine line between discussing the plot of this film and revealing too much, so I see no point in repeating that exercise.

The Machinist was written on spec by Scott Kosar out of film school, and made the Hollywood rounds. Eventually, Brad Anderson attached himself to the project and started looking for financing. He finally had to go to Spain to make the film. The producers wanted to use local Spanish talent for minor roles and then dub, but Anderson resisted, and hired mostly expatriate Americans and Brits, with Aitana Sanchez-Gijon rounding out the cast.

Scoopy covered me pretty well in his conclusion. "I don't mean to imply that the film's narrow appeal indicates a lack of quality. Not at all. The Machinist has an intriguing story, and is performed well, especially by Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Michael Ironside. I was not only hooked into the mystery plot, but I also admired all the work that went into the film's sights and sounds. The director, the cinematographer, and the composer managed to do an excellent job on the look and tone of the film, allowing the audience to share the machinist's distorted perspective. The script allowed the audience to understand more about the delusion than the machinist could understand, yet not too much more. By never fully pulling away the veil of madness, the director allowed the mystery to unravel at the proper pace. Although I can see why the film would be unattractive to most filmgoers, I thought it was terrific."

In contrast to Scoopy, who liked it and could see why many people would not, I didn't like it so much but can see why many would. I often dislike overly dark material, and I don't like the constant feeling that the director is playing games with me. This sort of manipulation works much better for me when the director does it the way he did in Fight Club, where I had no idea I was being tricked through the entire film, but on watching it a second time, saw that all the subtle clues were there. In The Machinist, the manipulation was too obvious, and therefore a turnoff. In the opening scene, we see Bale unroll a carpet containing a body into the water. There is no doubt, as we see shoes and ankles sticking out of the blanket. This is the first clue to not believe a thing the director shows.

IMDb readers have this at 7.7, which makes you wonder why the box office was so weak at $1.08M. It garnered many awards and nominations for the look and feel and for Christian Bale's uncanny commitment to the part. Bale not only lost a full third of his body weight to play this role, but managed a perfect American accent, and Jennifer Jason Leigh supported him with a fine performance as the stereotypical hooker with a heart of gold.

The proper score is C+, as lovers of this sort of film will like it very much.

 

 

Jennifer Jason Leigh shows breasts in a post-sex scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fair Game

It's a "Babe In Bondage' day. The Time Machine goes back to 1986 for an Australian flick called "Fair Game." This is not the one with Cindy Crawford, but another with the same title starring Cassandra Delaney, an Aussie-born actress who is also a singer-songwriter. Cassy was married at one time to John Denver and they had a daughter together but divorced before his tragic death. Caps and four clips of Cassandra as the bad guys tie her topless body to the hood of their truck.

 

 

 

 

 

Notes and collages

The Ladies of Sci-fi/Fantasy

The Omega Man

When Charlton Heston was in the Sci-Fi phase of his career he starred in "Soylent Green" and "Planet of the Apes," both of which stand today as classics.

He also made "The Omega Man" which is so bad it seems like a parody

...but on the good side there is Rosalind Cash...

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Hunger"


Episode "I'M DANGEROUS TONIGHT"

A fashion designer is enthralled by a piece of red fabric, so designs and makes a dress with it, leaving everyone who sees it under its spell. Mimi (Marie-Jose Croze), who works there, steals it. Her boyfriend Tony (Esai Morales), who is a criminal, asks her to do a favour for him, but the dress has other plans.

Marie-Jose Croze was already in the "A MATTER OF STYLE" episode, where she looked great but didn't do any nudity. She looks and acts very hot in this episode and shows a fair amount of T&A. The only thing that sucked was the red dress, which is pathetic. If it was going to be the center of the story they should have done better than that.

 

Marie-Josee Croze

 

 

 

 

 

 


"L'Or"

(2001 French Language TV Series from Canada.)

Annie Dufresne

 

 

 

 

 

Images

Trine Dyrholm in A Soap

Videos

One more clip from the Kim Kardashian sex tape. (If you are a regular at Other Crap you've already seen it, but here's your chance to download it.)

Today's collection-builder is La Bardot, who just about invented modern screen nudity

 

Pics from La Verite (no nudity in the first one)