Braveheart (1995) this is my second attempt to capture the very dark Catherine McCormack exposure from this popular Oscar winning film. This is not my sort of film, but I must admit I enjoyed it much more the second time through. I still found the battle scenes overlong and somewhat repetitive, but it is actually a pretty good yarn about the Scottish uprising that eventually won them their freedom from an English tyrant. There was a certain realism to the film. Peasants were unwashed and didn't have college educations, and the cities were not modern sparkling jewels.
The film was really about strength of character, and the price people are willing to pay for freedom. McCormack showed breasts in a very dark and grainy scene. IMDb readers have this at 8.3 of 10, placing it number 80 of all time. It won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Effects (sound) and best makeup. It was nominated for a host of others. The lack of acting nominations is notable. Worldwide gross was $203M against a $72M budget. This is a B. Even as a non-genre fan, I managed to enjoy it.
"Color of Night"
Color of Night (1994) is an erotic psychological thriller staring Bruce Willis is a fancy New York psychologist who watches in horror as a patient he has just been a little hard on jumps from his top story window. He, of course, blames himself, and is so shaken that he becomes color blind (her blood on the pavement faded from red to grey as he looked down).
He abandons his practice, and heads out to California to visit his colleague/best friend/school chum hoping to heal. When he first arrives, his friend introduces him to a Monday night therapy group full of characters. The next day, his friend is murdered, and the therapy group becomes suspect. Willis is enlisted to take over the group and try to find the killer. Meanwhile, Jane March enters his life, and they move from hello to heavy moaning in record time.
The detractors of this film mention that it is full of cliches, that the viewer knows who the killer is long before the "stupid characters," and that the directing is lose giving a slow pace. They also complain about excessive nudity and boring dialogue. I must be as stupid as the cast, as I did not figure out the identity of the killer ahead of Willis. I thought the acting was good to very good, the art direction was strong, and some of the character development was good. There is subtlety to the film that I think most people miss. I think the real reason for the bad reviews is that people are expecting Die Hard and get Agatha Christie with a lot of nudity. It would certainly not be as entertaining without the 17 minutes of exposure added to the director's cut. The DVD transfer is very well done.
March shows everything, and is nude several times in the film. There is full frontal from an unknown seen through an apartment window, and rear nudity from a policewoman mooning another cop from a police helicopter. IMDb readers have it at 4.7 of 10, and it grossed less than half of the $40M budget. The nudity from March is absolutely gorgeous, and there are a host of interesting characters. This is a C-, a watchable genre film with a lot of skin.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Miscellaneous movie files:
This is originally one of Charlie's movies. Very brief look at
Irene Jacob in Lettre
d'une inconnue (2001) (.avi version, .wmv version)
The big list of dead porn stars (and a few who aren't dead but
are often believed to be)
Steroids investigation heats up, more names named.
- A high quality trailer is now
Soul Plane. "Why just fly when you can soar with soul! After a
humiliating experience on an airplane, Nashawn Wade sues the
airline and is awarded a huge settlement. Determined to make good
with the money, he creates the full-service airline of his dreams,
complete with sexy stewardesses, funky music, a hot onboard dance
club, and a bathroom attendant. Departing from all-new Terminal X
in Los Angeles, Soul Plane gives "fly" a whole new meaning, taking
its passengers on a maiden voyage full of comedy."
- Three new behind the scenes
clips and a new trailer for
It turns out that Lee Harvey Oswald didn't act alone in killing
the dinosaurs. Scientists question the "lone asteroid" theory.
Cincinnati power company offers Web access through the power lines.
The download speed is similar to the competing Roadrunner cable -
but the upload speed is many times faster!
Kerry cheats at Rock, Paper, Scissors. Here he throws a
"paper", but with a reserve "rock" also ready to fall in case Bush
goes "scissors". Unfortunately, it's too obvious, the cagy
President need only counter with his own "paper", a no-lose
strategy. If Kerry drops the "rock", it's a Bush victory, and if
Kerry holds his "paper", it's a push.
Inaccuracies in The Passion of the Christ. Some of my
favorites (1) greedy Jewish bankers finance the entire Roman
empire (2) a thirsty Christ has a Mountain Dew Code Red, then
remarks that "crucifixion doesn't seem so bad now" (3) Jesus's
wooden cross wants to be a "real boy" (4) Louis "Satchmo"
Armstrong hangs from the adjacent cross (5) crowd does the "wave"
for Barabbas (6) Apostles clean up by taking out massive insurance
policy on Jesus (7) Snoop Dogg smokes too much weed as "Doubting"
Sphincterine - at MintyAss.com
The Bush Administration has instructed the Social Security
Administration to ignore name change requests based on marriage
licenses issued after Feb. 12 in San Francisco.
Jesus demands creative control over his next movie
Edwards is quitting. Kerry is assured the nomination, since he
is now facing only the marginal candidates, Dennis Kucinich and
The mayor of New Paltz, New York was charged Tuesday with 19
criminal counts for performing weddings for gay couples, an
act of defiance that thrust the small community into the center of
the national debate over same-sex marriage.
Why should Lionel Richie pay his ex-wife $300,000 a month in
support? Smoking Gun has her arguments.
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
- URL says it all:
A new "reality show" - Mark Cuban Wants To Be Your 'Benefactor'.
Classic Productions presents the Arnold Classic, Ms.
International, Fitness. Click on names to see pictures.
What's up with Henry Earl, the world's most drunken man? Year
to date, 13 alcohol-related offenses, 55 days spent in jail (out
of 61 days in the year so far).
Kobe Bryant's lawyers said Monday that the woman accusing him of
rape had sex with someone else less than 15 hours after her
alleged assault by the NBA star.
Jeff Garcia released by the 49ers.
Colorful Cincinnati legend Marge Schott is dead at 75.
1000 women to march in topless protest at end of Bike Week
Supreme Court Hears Online Porn Case.
Jacko's new personal web site opened today.
- Earky reviews for
Starsky & Hutch are quite solid.
UNEMPLOYED HOBBITS ROB 7-ELEVEN. End of Trilogy May Spark
Crime Wave, Experts Fear
- Federal investigation reveals:
Bonds, Giambi, Sheffield received steroids
- Here are ten new clips from
"Starsky & Hutch"
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for inclusion in 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 from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.
The great scene between Kelly Preston and Tom Cruise
in Jerry Maguire (.avi version, .wmv version)
Have you had your daily quota of cheese? If not,
then you'll want to see Joan Collins in The Devil Within Her to
fortify your system permanently against cheese deficiency. (.avi version, .wmv version)
Mitzi Kapture, of "Silk Stalkings", was very sexy.
Here she is, young and ripe, in Private Road: No Trespassing. She is
still in her 30s, but I haven't seen her in years. She dropped
completely out of the public eye for a period between 1999-2002. She
has since returned to work, but she doesn't really do anything
except a soap opera (The Young and the Restless). (.avi version, .wmv
This has nothing to do with celebrities. Shiloh just
thought you'd like to see some astounding footage from 9-11,
including at least one new-to-me camcorder version of the second
plane crashing, which was filmed almost from the base of the WTC
(about 37 seconds in). (.avi version, .wmv
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
The Ghost takes a look at two 80's flicks today...
First up, one of my all time favorite 80's comedies, "Up The Creek". It's dumb, silly, full of slap stick, one liners, evil frat boys, nekkid co-eds and Tim Matheson at his Animal House best. Matheson is joined by fellow Delta house member Flounder and also by Pee-Wee from Porky's...making it one the best examples of low-brow and low-budget 80's comedies.
- Jennifer Runyon, from 80's classics like "Ghostbusters" and the TV series "Charles in Charge". She didn't give up the goods, but looked great in a bikini top.
- Jennifer Runyon .wmv
- Lori Sutton, another babe we remember from great 80's movies like "Malibu Express" (1985), "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) and "History of the World: Part I" (1981). Here she is going topless.
- Lori Sutton .wmv
- Peggy Trentini, the b-movie and occasional Skinemax babe going topless.
- Peggy Trentini .wmv
- Topless unknowns
- Topless unknowns .wmvs
Next up, Tawny Kitaen...before "Bachelor Party" (1984), before the Whitesnake videos, before the breast implants and before beating her husband. Once upon a time, she was young, hot and nekkid in scenes from "The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak" (1984).
- Tawny Kitaen, toplessness and skimpy leather outfits
- Tawny Kitaen .wmvs
|Excellent 'caps by DeadLamb of the "Friends" star in scenes from "The Runner" (1999). In link #2 she is topless and getting groped, but a dude's hands are covering her nipples during a love scene.
|Marvin 'caps of the naturally busty, former adult star going full frontal and also in hardcore scenes from "Sweet Young Foxes" (1983).
|Señor Skin 'caps of the busty B-movie actress topless in deleted scenes from the off-beat comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" (2001).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
WHY IS KEITH RICHARDS STILL ALIVE?
They Just Prop Him Up And Play The Tape - Gerontologist David Demko wrote
an article for Blender magazine called "When Will Your Favorite Rock Star
Die?," predicting the lifespans of various musicians. But he had to admit
that he doesn't know why Keith Richards is still alive. Demko said
Richards "defies all conventional wisdom." He's 60 and still going strong,
but judging by his history, habits and lifestyle, actuarial tables predict
that he should have died at 52.
He did...It's just that nobody's told him yet.
The actuarial tables don't take into account the deal that he and Mick
made with Satan.
Keith is living proof that alcohol is a preservative.
If they knew what kept him alive, they'd bottle it...Oh wait: I think a
bunch of pharmaceutical companies already bottle it.
CLOONEY CLARIFIES TOGA OFFER
Toga Party Pooper - George Clooney issued a clarification: he won't put on
a toga and wash the car of anyone who gives $500 to his dad's congressional
campaign. It's only for people he personally invited to a fundraiser at
And all of them are former Playboy Playmates.
And okay, they actually have to give $50,000.
One more thing: it's his dad who'll be in the toga.
CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH RUBBED AWAY
Queen For A Day, And That's It - Britain's Sun tabloid reports that Tim
Walker of Somerset, England, spent $1500 (US) at a charity auction for a
guitar autographed by Brian May of Queen. He then used it to play a
raucous Oasis song, and afterward realized he'd wiped the autograph off
with his sleeve. May heard about it and offered to sign it again.
And this time, he'll use ink, not chocolate sauce.
Just don't let any fat-bottomed girls sit on it.
Oasis also heard about it and smashed the guitar over his head for
playing their song.
He Kareemed His Jeans - Sophie Flores, 12, of Pollock Pines, California,
bought a Sears basketball at a yard sale for $1 for her dog to play with.
As the dog was drooling all over it, her dad noticed that it was
autographed, "Best wishes, Lew Alcindor, '68 NCAA champs." He grabbed it
before the dog licked off the autograph, and he's offering it on eBay for
thousands of dollars.
Drool sold separately.
The dog didn't wipe off the autograph...Proving once again that dogs are
smarter than rock guitarists.