"El otro lado de la cama"
El otro lado de la cama (2002), or The Other Side of the Bed, is a musical romantic comedy made in Spain. I didn't much enjoy the musical/dance aspect, as it was not a style of music I enjoyed and didn't advance the plot, but that wasn't a big enough problem to ruin what was a pretty funny romantic comedy. Guillermo Toledo is told by his girlfriend, Natalia Verbeke, that she is ending their relationship, because she is in love with someone else. He runs to tell his best friend, Ernesto Alterio, and his girlfriend, Paz Vega about it. Then Alterio meets Verbeke for a romp in a hotel room. Toledo wants to figure out who who the other guy is, and Alterio tries to convince him it is a lesbian. As a matter of fact, I think everyone in the film at some point accuses everyone else of being gay.
Verbeke is furious at Alterio for not telling Vega he was leaving her. Eventually, Toledo and Vega do the deed together, equaling everything out. Along the way, there were some very funny moments, full frontal and rear nudity from Verbeke, and breasts from Vega. IMDB readers have this at 7.3 of 10. It was nominated for a Goya for best film, and won for best sound. Ebert was upset by it, awarding 2 stars. I found it a fast watch with some truly funny moments. C.
"Los peores anos de nuestra vida"
Los peores anos de nuestra vida (1994), or The Worst Years of Our Lives, is a Spanish romantic comedy again staring Ariadna Gil, who is fast becoming a personal favorite. Gabino Diego lives with his parents in the same room as his popular and attractive brother, Jorge Sanz. Sanz works in a bank, gets pretty much anything he wants, and tells Diego that the world is full of girls. Diego is eccentric looking, an artistic type who talks to much but has a great sense of humor, and no luck with women at all. The both meet Gil, and vie for her affection, after engineering her breakup with the married man she is dating but telling his wife in an anonymous letter.
Diego has his day, largely because he performs a song and comedy routine at a club that impresses Gil. I will stop with the plot, as it doesn't end the way I expected, and I highly recommend this one. As a small example of the humor, it is traditional to eat grapes exactly at midnight on New Years eve for good luck. The whole family is gathered around the TV, but Diego doesn't think the bells are the right ones to be exactly midnight, and doesn't eat the grapes. While he is bemoaning a whole year of bad luck, the TV MC chokes to death on his grapes. The title comes from a statement by Diego that these (early 20's) are the worst years of their lives, but if you are in love, you don't notice.
Gil shows breasts in three scenes, as does Carmen Elías as one of the random girlfriends. Ayanta Barilli shows everything as an ex girlfriend. IMDb readers have this at 7.4 of 10. This has a 1.6 chick flick differential, but 7.1 from men is high praise, especially for a chick flick. It won one Goya for Best Sound, and was nominated for three others. It is the third very watchable Spanish romantic comedy in two days for me, and all three were directed by the same man, Emilio Martínez Lázaro. Even watching with subtitles, the humor came through, and I can only imagine how much more enjoyable this film is for a native Spanish speaker. Diego, who was nominated for a Goya for his performance, is truly funny, and Sanz is the perfect straight man for him. Gil lights up the screen in every scene she is in. This is a very high C+, and maybe higher as long as you are a person who doesn't mind sub-titles. The cinematography is up to the usual Spanish cinema excellence.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Schindler's List (1993):
Since Steven Spielberg is now an unassailable cinema
God, it may be difficult for many of you younger readers to realize
that it was not always that way. In fact, that is a comparatively
new phenomenon. If you could travel back in time to 1992, you would
discover that he was then considered a talented but trivial man, a
shamelessly commercial mainstream director whose goal in life was to
achieve massive box office results with movies that were sentimental
and shallow, albeit technically brilliant.
That was not necessarily an accurate perception of
him, but it was a widely held belief. It really had more to do with
the movie industry than with Spielberg. Hollywood has gone through
many cycles in estimating its self-worth. The people of Hollywood,
from the earliest days until now, have always been the best
entertainers in the world, but they have not always been
consistently guilt-free about that fact. In the 1950s, Hollywood was
truly proud of being an entertainment center, and routinely awarded
the Best Picture statuettes to entertainment films with razzamatazz,
like Gigi, Around the World in 80 Days, and even The Greatest Show
on Earth. That didn't last. The cultural revolution of the late 60s
and 70s hung some existential guilt on Hollywood. That reached its
apex in the 80s, and lingers to this day, perhaps finally expunged
by Lord of the Rings. During the late 70s and 80s, even though they
continued to make great entertainment films, and to make their
fortunes from such films, Hollywood's filmmakers often applauded
mediocre message films at award time. In one eleven year span the
Best Picture Oscars went to Out of Africa, Ordinary People, Chariots
of Fire, Driving Miss Daisy, Gandhi, and Dances with Wolves. It was
during this period that Spielberg made his best entertainment
pictures, which always seemed to lose to second-rate films with
noble intentions. Spielberg made Jaws (#79 of all time at IMDb), E.T.
(#241), Last Crusade (#142), Raiders (#16) and Close Encounters
(just barely out of the top 250) within a fifteen year span. He
became rich, but received not one Oscar for best picture or best
director, although the actual winners were often forgettable films,
and Spielberg's movies became the universal defining elements of
American popular culture.
Hollywood trivialized him completely by awarding him
the Irving Thalberg award when he was only 40. He must have felt
like crying out, like a Monty Python character, "I'm not quite dead
Well, he wasn't even close to being dead.
With Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private
Ryan, he simply kicked everybody's asses. He continued to use his
own highly refined skills at great storytelling, and his knack for
connecting emotionally with audiences, but he also took on the most
important themes of the past 200 years: the sacrifices of WW2, the
holocaust, and slavery. The results were a way of subtly thumbing
his nose at the independents and intellectuals and "message"
filmmakers by saying, "Looky here. You can make 'important' movies,
but you don't have to sacrifice a great story, or human warmth, to
do so." Within a decade, Speilberg had been elevated in status to
the Shakespeare of cinema. And you know what? The sumbitch deserved
it. Of course he had deserved it all along, but the point is that
his recognition finally matched his production. He is a master.
Compare Schindler's List, a holocaust movie, to last year's 21
Grams. The latter just consisted of an unparalleled wallow in
misery, but Spielberg, who could easily have wallowed in misery in a
holocaust film, chose instead to find dozens of real human moments
reflecting the light and darkness inherent in the human condition.
He dug in and found human truth instead of delivering lectures. For
The women in the Pleszow forced labor camp argue
whether the liquidations at Auschwitz are a myth. They conclude that
the stories must not be true, because if they were true, who would
be around to tell the story?
Stern, the brilliant and efficient Jewish business
manager, chastises Schindler, the Nazi business owner, because the
factory is not making properly working armaments for the German
Wehrmacht! Stern just wants to do his job properly, and knows that
Schindler is a chronic screw-up, so he tries to bring his boss in
line as he has always done. Of course, this time Schindler isn't
screwing up, and Stern somehow fails to see the more important
I think the most beautiful moment in the film is an impromptu
one. After the story has ended, there is an epilogue which takes
place in the present day. Each of the surviving members of the
Schindlerjuden walks hand in hand with the actor who plays him in
the movie, and both people place stones on Oskar Schindler's grave
in Jerusalem. Nothing so special about that. In fact it all seemed a
bit saccharine, until one lady, stooped with age, placed her stone
as she had been instructed to do, and then took a second more,
looked at the grave, and softly rubbed the side of the stone with a
couple of fingers, even though she had to bend over in obvious
discomfort to do so.
It was only a tiny unrehearsed moment in the scope of a
monumental epic film, and yet it was the one which made my eyes tear
The film has its bad moments as well. Two come to mind:
- Oskar Schindler's closing monologue, which was over the top.
- The clumsy transition used to resolve the Jews' last crisis.
Stern walks in to say that they are out of money. They have
nothing left for food. They have nothing left to bribe Nazi
officials. The crisis seems irresolvable. Then, abruptly, the
scene shifts to a radio broadcast from Churchill saying the war
was over. Just like that. Introduce a crisis that has no solution,
then solve it in a facile manner. That played out like a Popeye
cartoon. A very false moment in an otherwise brilliant film.
You may be interested to know that there are some historical
inaccuracies in the film. In my opinion, Spielberg got to the real
truth of the situation, beyond and beneath the facts, but for the
sake of accuracy:
(1) Amon Goeth, the brutal commandant at Pleszow, did not shoot
random prisoners from the balcony of his house. His house still
stands, and the location of the camp is still known (see
details here). The camp is on the other side of a hill,
so Goeth could not have shot prisoners from his balcony. Goeth did
shoot prisoners at random from the top of the hill, and he did
parade around his balcony with a rifle (picture
shown on this website), but the incident in the film is
an urban legend caused by blending and blurring the two facts.
This was not Spielberg's decision. He followed the story as it was
told in Thomas Keneally's eponymous book. It was Keneally who
accepted verbal reports of the incidents without checking the
plausibility of the accounts. It doesn't really matter. The film
ultimately portrays Goeth's actions correctly in a moral sense,
albeit with some dramatization.
(2) Goeth was arrested in September of 1944 by the Nazis, in
connection with his having stolen the property of the state to
enrich himself. He had used some of the prisoners' private
possessions to enrich his own bank accounts. He was also stealing
food intended for prisoners and selling it on the black market. An
internal SS report confirmed that Goeth and others were guilty of
(A)" Individual criminal acts - in these cases having broad
implications - included: the assumption of a license to kill by
commandants and subordinates concealed through falsification of
medical death certificates." (B) "Arbitrary conduct, chicanery,
unlawful corporal punishments, acts of brutality and sadism,
liquidation of no-longer-convenient accomplices, theft and
black-market profiteering." Spielberg left out the account of the
internal Nazi housecleaning, since it would have tended to provide
some ostensible exculpation to the Nazi higher-ups.
I should point out here that the Goeth arrest does not really
show that the Nazis and SS were more human than normally believed.
It would seem so on the surface, but this is actually a
complicated issue which requires some depth of study. (1) Goeth
was not being arrested simply for taking the property of the
prisoners. He was supposed to do that. He was arrested for hurting
the war effort by taking that property and keeping the wealth for
himself, instead of turning it over to the Nazi Party. (2) He was
not supposed to be running a death camp. He was running a forced
labor camp for the production of war materials. Therefore, the
prisoners under his command were to be kept healthy enough to
produce uniforms, and furniture, and whatever else was deemed
war-essential. The mistreatment of those prisoners was
objectionable to the Nazis, but not on moral grounds. The
production of those prisoners was considered essential to winning
the war, and those people were the slaves of the state, intended
to serve the aims of the state, not the personal aims of Amon
To illustrate this point clearly, the Nazis did not charge
Goeth with any wrongdoing in the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto,
which resulted in the wholesale slaughter of thousands of people.
The investigators were simply concerned that their labor camp
"assets" were being improperly used by their commandants for
personal gain, contrary to the interests of the state.
Spielberg did not want to include all the complicated "what
ifs" and "on the other hands". Who could blame him, since he
already had a three hour movie? Although his film up to that point
had been about both Goeth and Schindler, Spielberg simply let
Goeth disappear from the story, and shifted the focus entirely to
Schindler and his Jews.
(3) Thomas Keneally, author of the book "Schindler's List",
admits that the story about the rescue of the women from Auschwitz
may be apocryphal. Nobody seems to be very clear on where those
women went, or how they were rescued.
- Embeth Davidtz - wet t-shirt. (1,
- two unidentified Schindler mistresses -
- Magdalena Komornicka - breasts and a brief
open crotch shot when her pajama bottoms are pushed aside. (1,
There is additional prisoner nudity, of course, including male
and female full frontal nudity, but it is not the kind of material
that belongs on this kind of page.
The Other Side of the Bed (2002):
This is a musical comedy from Spain about the relationship between four people
two couples. Do you want to see it? Well, it's a Bollywood-style
musical comedy. It's in Spanish. The music sucks. That
probably tells you right there.
The rest of the film is OK. It's a fairly charming
comedy. There is nothing much wrong with the
film, but it's just a piece of trite and
superficial fluff, completely predictable, with no special insights.
It is less like a Spanish film, and more like those colorful, fluffy musicals
from India. For some reason incomprehensible to me, it was
nominated for the Best Picture Goya, which probably tells you less
about the film than about the lack of depth in the Spanish film
industry. I think they really have to struggle to find enough
nominees worthy of statuettes.
The critics generally savaged it - the average was
about one and a half stars on a four star scale (42/100 at
Metacritic, two from Roger Ebert, two out of five from TV Guide),
but it was a big popular hit in Spain, perhaps because of the
novelty value of a production musical in Castillian Spanish.
All four are friends, but it seems
that one of the men and one of the women are fooling around - with
each other. They resolve to tell their partners. The woman breaks up
with her boyfriend, but the man does not break up with his
girlfriend. The resulting story is a chronicle of how they mix and
match, pair up and then pair up again in different combinations.
It is strictly for fans of musicals, and let me warn
you that you may not like it even if you like musicals
It's in Spanish, with subtitles
The music isn't much good. The melodies are bland.
The women sing fairly well, but compared to the men in this film,
Lee Marvin sings like Pavarotti. The one guy just talks through his
songs, and the other guy makes nothing resembling a musical sound.
- Paz Vega (1,
- Natalia Verbeke (1,
Howard Stern says the end of his career is close
Janet Jackson to Host NBC's 'Saturday Night Live'
Totally Unreel - Hundreds of Movies - none of them real
Three Kings and a Baby, Saving Private Benjamin, and more.
Monster and Cold Mountain are put on the fast track to DVD
Air Force One phone records subpoenaed. Grand jury to
review call logs from Bush’s jet in probe of how a CIA agent’s
cover was blown.
- A new official site for
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
- Oh, those wacky Germans -
EROTISCHE FRUECHTCHEN (Various cutesy erotic fruits)
The Victoria's Secret fashion show.
The Daily Show reports on Kerry's triumph on Super Tuesday.
- A new trailer for the Brad Pitt as Achilles movie -
- A new trailer for the multi-zillion dollar epic disaster
The Day After Tomorrow.
- Dreamworks has opened up an official site for
ANCHORMAN, the new Will Farrell movie.
President Bush announces that gay marriage wiped out life on Mars.
“The Mars rover tells us that Mars at one time was host to a great
civilization, perhaps even more advanced than our own,” Mr. Bush
said. “But that civilization and all living things in it were
ultimately destroyed by gay marriage.”
- Too long to explain -
you just have to see the astronomy pic of the day.
Controversial Princess Diana tapes broadcast in the US
The complete history of that Penguin-bashing game and its
Kerry practices throwing a "rock".
- Here is a picture of
Elle's lingerie ad which was ruled offensive to British
TBS Superstation is launching production on a reality series based
on the classic Gilligan's Island series. I always
thought that if TBS did a reality show they would base it on
Beastmaster. Doesn't TBS stand for The Beastmaster Station?
In a wildly inventive Roshambo move, Kerry tries to throw two
"papers" at once, but again telegraphs his strategy,
allowing Bush to slip in the dreaded "double scissors"
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan is back. Health problems
pushed aside, wrestling's all-time funniest commentator is back
with a new book and a new announcing contract.
- Here's my candidate for governor:
Texas governor's race gets Kinky - Kinky "Big Dick" Friedman, that
is.. The former singer-songwriter vows to fight "the
wussification of the state of Texas".
- The official
Kinky Friedman Song File Index. This is from his
official web site.
- This sounds like a bullshit story to me, but WENN is usually
Jessica Simpson was convinced she was pregnant after reading it in
gossip magazines, so she insisted on a check-up. (It
sounds like a joke-turned-faux-history, ala Dan Quayle's comment
about needing to study Latin to converse in Latin America.)
Stifler gets stiffed. He tried to get into a club
without standing in line, but none of the bouncers recognized him.
- Springtime for Osama?
A documentary about a Canadian family closely linked to Osama bin
Laden portrays the Al Qaeda chief as a well-meaning family man who
banned ice in drinks, loves volleyball and has trouble controlling
his children. "You know, not many people know it, but
bin Laden was a terrific dancer. And Osama - there was a painter.
He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon - two coats."
Volleyball? Well, he's tall, and his people control the world's
largest beaches. I suppose being hooked up to the dialysis machine
hurts his defense a little. Do you think he plays in Speedos like
those beach volleyball dudes on TV?
You get bush but only if you don't get Bush. Women band
together to get naked if President Bush is defeated. Their URL is
- She was the Playmate of the Month in May 200 - here's a
Brooke Berry - Playmate Gallery Courtesy of
- Four more free videos from
SPICE RAW!, from Playboy's
Ever thought about giving a finger to a policeman? Think again.
J.K. Rowling hints at more 'Harry Potter' books. She
originally said she'd stop after seven, but she is now waffling on
- The final exam for
"Coaching Principles and Strategies in Basketball" at
the University of Georgia. It includes such brain teasers as "how
many halves in a game", "How many quarters in a game", and the
ever-challenging "how many points for a 3-point field goal?"
JoBlo.com interviews Vince Vaughn about Starsky & Hutch
Time-killing game - get all the blue balls on one side, reds on
The Daily Show presents Lord of the Oscars: Return of the Colbert
The Daily Show offers an overview of TV series finales.
Lewis Black gets the quote fo the day "The shocking news for Ross
in the Friends finale? Schwimmer is just weeks away from
carpooling with Sulu to autograph conventions"
Jon Stewart analyzes the situation in Haiti.
- There is now a high quality online trailer for
Shaun of the Dead
- Fox now has an official site for
Greeting card picture evokes race stereotype. This is a
result of outsourcing work to overseas. Some printers in China
didn't know that Sponge Bob was supposed to be yellow, so he ended
up black - with disastrous consequences.
Local Colorado radio station issues a tidal wave warning.
Upset at Oscar snub, Godzilla taking a break. Mr Zilla
and Bill Murray were both snubbed by the academy after successful
efforts filmed in Tokyo.
Niners trade Terrell Owens to Baltimore for a second round pick.
Slideshow: billionaires behind bars
John Singleton will direct the Luke Cage movie. (Marvel
The Federation of Gay Games has chosen Chicago for its 2006 games,
and organizers said they hope to avoid the problems that forced
previous hosts into bankruptcy. "Gay Games VII will
bring athletes from around the world to compete in roughly 25
sporting events and three cultural events".
- Chicago? Carl Sandburg wrote: "here is a tall bold slugger
set vivid against the little soft cities; Fierce as a dog with
tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against
Air Force, Navy, North Carolina and Michigan State are in talks
about playing a basketball doubleheader on the flight deck of an
aircraft carrier in November. My money is on Navy,
unless dramamine has improved over the years.
- The new
PlayStation 2 version of Grand Theft Auto will be based on San
- An online bookie is making
odds on 'Sopranos' whackings.
- URL says it all:
- The quiet revolution continues:
First same-sex marriages performed in Portland, Oregon
World subway systems, all on the same scale.
What does The Simpsons intro look like in India?
Hypothetically, of course.
Using a morph to watch a woman age 69 years.
Then & Now: From rookies to vets. Public figures just
seem to ... expand.
- Two new trailers for the Angelina Jolie thriller,
First look at the George W Bush campaign ads for 2004.
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
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are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
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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.
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ashamed to admit it.
Words from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.
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.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
Speedway Junkie (1999) starts out like Showgirls.
Take one young person drifting toward Las Vegas, add
one rip-off artist who makes off with all the
belongings and you have a person, desperate for money,
turn to the sex industry for something vaguely
resembling gainful employment.
Because the young person in Speedway is male and
18-yrs-old there is no fall-back on the clothing
removal arts. Hooking is all there is. And so this
little film is nittier and grittier than Showgirls,
but not nearly so nasty in its protrayal of its
practioners. It was just okay, interesting enough
with characters sufficiently well-written and
well-played to make it worth watching once.
Jesse Bradford did a bang-up good job playing the
boy-drifter-turned-prostitute. Jonathon Taylor Thomas
plays a much more hard-bitten boy hooker, who will do
anything and anyone if the price is right. And to
complete a trio, Jordan Brower plays a ill-starred gay
boy in love with Jesse's character.
The people who made this movie were serious about it
and worked hard to avoid any whiff of exploitation.
Unforunately that translates into a skin vacuum. Lots
of girls, most of them famous, none of them naked.
Tiffani Thiesen plays a recently and regretfully wed
young woman who takes our hero back to her room and
proceeds to seduce him. Takes off her shirt and
everything. So you get to see Tiff in a bra and that
isn't anything to sneeze at.
As the story goes, Tiff's hubster... a marine... comes
back to find the couple shirtless in bed. One of the
few, the proud, the Marines proceeds to beat the snot
out of the poor boy. Which got me to thinking...a
woman who looks like Tiff comes on to you. Do you
take her up on the offer knowing her husband, the
Marine, may return at any minute? Is it worth the
risk? Well, is it punk?
Daryl Hannah plays the friend of the gay boy's late
mother. The boys hang out with her a lot and she does
our hero the favor of showing him how to properly
entertain his female clients. An act of true
nobility. one to be celebrated in song and story.
Former Hefmates Angela Little and Jaime Bergman play a
couple of hotties who cruise the streets looking for
someone to join them in wild sex. They pay him, too.
Now, this happens to you guys all the time, I'm sure.
Beautiful women offer you money to screw them because
they can't get anyone else any other way. Quite the
tragedy, but quite the opportunity. It is the only
scene I did not like. Not only because it is just too
stupid for words, but also because the former Heffers
keep their clothes on. This is not a trend I wish to
Although there is quiet desperation everywhere you
look and one character comes to a tragic end, the
movie concludes on a happy note. Isn't that sweet?
It smacks of a cop-out, a sappy end to a hard-bitten
story. So I'm wondering if the makers were going to
do something to muck with their enterprise why could
it not have an exploitative level of nekkidness.
Woulda been a whole lot popular decision in many
The Ghost takes a look at the 1998 Skinemax flick "Life of a Gigolo"
- Leslie Harter aka Leslie Harter Zemeckis, yup as in wife of Director Robert Zemeckis. Here she is showing breasts, bum and bush.
- Nancy O'Brien aka Nancy O'Neil...topless and rear views in a pseudo sex scene.
- Taimie Hannum, topless and gettin' it on while blindfolded.
- Tara Deffenderfer (I wonder if she's a fan of the Steve Martin character 'Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr' from "The Man With Two Brains") Robo-hooters and bare bum views.
Here are a few .wms from "Life of a Gigolo"
- Brande Roderick, the former Heffer (April 2000) in a pseudo-sex scene.
- Gwen Somers, topless.
- Leslie Harter, vids of her sex scene 'capped above.
- Nancy O'Brien, vids of her sex scene 'capped above.
- Taimie Hannum, vids of her sex scene 'capped above.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Pieces of April"
This film has been classified as a comedy/drama, but there's very little comedy in it, although there are a few funny parts. Instead, what we really have is a family tragedy, as a young woman estranged from her family tries to reconcile.
April lives alone and has little contact with her family. Her mother, dying of cancer, has few good thoughts of her daughter. Instead she remembers only the strife caused by April's rebellious teen years. When April tries to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the family as a way to reconcile, everything goes wrong.
To me, this was a very sad movie about a bunch of selfish and superfluous people (the family) who were so self-centered they could only focus on April's shortcomings. I found it a giant downer, but I suspect many others enjoyed it. The ending, at least, was upbeat. Katie Holmes did a very good job as the struggling April, but it appears this was shot directly on video, and the quality is pretty bleak.
|Topless in a love scene from "Money for Nothing" (1993). The movie has a great cast including: John Cusack, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini and Philip Seymour Hoffman. But even with that much talent, I think a total of 8 people have actually seen the movie.
|Maria de Medeiros
|She's best known as Bruce Willis' girlfriend in "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Here she is baring breasts and bum in love scenes from "Henry & June" (1990). 'Caps by the Skin-man.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MOVIE STARS HOLD UP CAR LOT
Erik REALLY Needed The Money - Wednesday, a man and woman in Ft. Worth,
Texas, burst into a car lot owned by Vietnamese immigrants who couldn't speak
English well. They claimed to be FBI agents and held the owner in his office for
four hours demanding money and a car, while flashing badges identifying them as
agents Erik Estrada and Julia Stiles. The owner finally got a message in
Vietnamese to an employee, who called the cops to arrest them. The owner said it
went from scary to funny when he learned the names were two American movie
Well, one movie star and Erik Estrada.
Actually, the man WAS Erik Estrada...
Couldn't they have at least used fake badges with real FBI agent names,
like Mulder and Scully?
ELTON JOHN NOT GETTING MARRIED
Kiss The Bride - Amid the rush of gay "marriages," Elton John denied a rumor
that he was planning to marry his boyfriend of 11 years, David Furnish;
although he said he'd "like to" marry Furnish, and "I already have in my mind
anyway." Elton was married once before, to female singer Renate Blauel, but it
lasted only four years.
That's as long as she could go without sex.
By then, he'd worn all her clothes.
The wedding industry is PRAYING that Elton will get married; that one
ceremony could double their yearly profits.
WOMEN DESIGN A CAR
Top Speed: 45 mph - Tuesday in Switzerland, Volvo unveiled the YCC (Your
Concept Car), the first car designed entirely by women. Volvo says women wanted
what men want - a roomy, 215-horsepower car - but with more. It's a
low-emission gas-electric hybrid, with gull-wing doors to make it easy to unload things,
lots of storage, easy-open gas cap, dirt-repellent paint and exchangeable
seat covers. It's low maintenance, needing an oil change only every 31,000
miles, and it automatically calls a service center that alerts the owner when it
needs work. And it has sensors that guide the driver when she has to parallel
Oh, her husband in the passenger seat will do that.
It even senses when a traffic light turns green, and Oprah's voice comes
out of the dashboard and says, "You go, girl!"
The best part is the lighted, three-way, full-length rear view mirror with
Men want a car that just shuts up and leaves you alone.