In The Cut (2003)
In The Cut is less-than-so-so thriller, but is
pretty effective as a dark character study. It's most noteworthy for
featuring the erotic highlights of Meg Ryan's career. Notes
at the Movie House.
I recently took a second look at it based on some
HDTV clips that were in Usenet.
Here's a short zipped .wmv version
of some key nudity.
And here are three new captures of the Megstress
"British Bars Selling Sex Toys in Machines"
The Smoking Gun:
"Mary J. Blige is one demanding diva "
#1 song on any date in history since 1940
- I never heard of the song from the day I was born or my first
birthday, but I remember every one from my second birthday onward.
episode of America's Top Model that you may have missed
"All-Electronic Aibo Team a Hit With Iditarod Fans"
- My one experience with the Iditerod was a major failure. I had
my sled pulled by cats. It was a mess, because cats are small and
you need like six hundred of 'em to pull a sled. I did seem
impressive there for a while, at the starting line, when I barked
"On, Puff. On you tabbies." Unfortunately, they all started
running in different directions, most of them pursued by dogs from
the other sled teams.
Jon Stewart Hosts Hilarious Fake Oscar Ceremony
- "Some of the biggest names in the film industry were punk'd on
Sunday night when they showed up for what they believed to be the
78th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony. Instead, plastic 'Oscars'
were handed out at random during a three-hour comedy show hosted
by the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. 'You got me!' exclaimed actress
Rachel Weisz at the fake after-party, where she finally learned
that her award was hollow and filled with sand. Weisz appeared in
a gardening-themed thriller that earned a disappointing $33.6
million at the box office--over $5 million less than The
Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D. The sham Best Picture
ceremony honored an obscure slate of nominees, the most profitable
being a gay western that was the twenty-sixth highest grossing
movie of 2005. Also supposedly in the running were a film about an
anti-terror assassin (#63 at the box office), a documentary about
some old-time newscasters (#90 at the box office), and a
slow-paced film about a writer conducting interviews for his
true-crime novel (#97 at the box office)."
Cheney confesses to having assassinated both Kennedys
Arabs Start Beheadings at US Ports, Seize Carnival Cruise Lines
Fashion Police - Red Carpet Patrol with Melissa Rivers and Aleksandr
Cox Merges With Ucker
Conan O'Brien's visit to a Finnish sauna
Four more clips of Malkovich and Depp in The Libertine
The trailer for BLACKBALLED: THE BOBBY DUKES STORY
- Tries to do for paintball what Dodgeball does for dodgeball.
Stars some of the Daily Show regulars
The British trailer for Confetti (which includes nudity)
- Official blurb:
- A sharp and affectionate comedy featuring an ensemble of UK
comedic talents, "Confetti" follows three couples as they duke it
out to win a bridal magazine contest for "Most Original Wedding of
the Year." The talented cast -- which includes Martin Freeman
("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "Love Actually," "The
Office"), Jessica Stevenson ("Shaun of the Dead," "Spaced," "The
Royle Family"), Stephen Mangan ("Green Wing"), Felicity Montagu
("I'm Alan Partridge"), award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr in his
first screen performance and Alison Steadman ("Topsy-Turvy," "Life
is Sweet") -- was afforded total creative freedom within the
confines of a carefully crafted story frame. To prepare, the cast
took part in weeks of intense workshops where they began the
process of developing and inhabiting their unique roles.
from The Zodiac, which is based on the eponymous murderer.
Slither **uncensored** featurette
- "Slither" is an edgy blend of heart-stopping terror, wry humor
and surprising humanity from genre-bending screenwriter James
Gunn, whose "Dawn of the Dead" became one of 2004's most
The international trailer for The Benchwarmers
- They're going to release a David Spade baseball movie
The French trailer for Basic Instinct 2
An international trailer for Click, Adam Sandler's new high-concept
comedy which co-stars Walken at his weirdest.
The trailer for A Prairie Home Companion
- "A Prairie Home Companion is a fictionalized account of
Garrison Keillor's award-winning show, which currently runs on
more than 558 public radio stations. The film follows the show's
cast of characters preparing for the final live broadcast on the
eve of being shut down after 30 years. As passions erupt, secrets
emerge and a mysterious stranger lurks in the shadows, the
vigilant stage manager must hold it all together since the show
must go on."
- Maybe not as bad as it looks in the trailer. Directed by
Robert Altman. One of the best casts ever assembled.
The trailer for Mission: Impossible III
Here's the trailer for the new X-MEN movie, THE LAST STAND
Whatever happened to colored toilet paper? (NOTE: "Scott still
makes TP in beige, blue and pink, but it can be hard to find.")
Streisand says Bush runs a "currupt dictatoriship."
- The funniest part of it: I checked Streisand's blog, and she
did finally correct it, but altered only the errors which Drudge
cited specifically, leaving numberless other grammatical and
- See if you can count the errors in this sentence alone: "Our
congress, who is supposed to serve as the checks and balances of
the executive branch of government, has completely lost their
voice." Here's another classic: "The arrogance of this C student
who maligns his opponents’ credibility by calling them flip
floppers, is the biggest flip flopper himself!"
- One of Streisand's arguments is that Bush is unfit to make
good decisions because he was a C student!
Keith Olbermann's oddball plays of the month
And the Oscar for "best see-through dress" goes to:
Behind the scenes - The Academy Awards show you never saw
The shower scene in Porky's
The filmed intro to last night's Academy Awards show.
Police called to fight over toilet paper
- Hey, it was the rare 3-ply!
- This is a real story, and the following a genuine quote from
it. Somebody send this to Tarantino for Kill Bill 3.
- "The maids at the Siesta Motor Lodge in North Charleston armed
themselves with a plunger and mop after accusing each other of
taking toilet paper from each other's cleaning carts"
Japanese researchers extract vanillin from bull shit, thus
explaining the unlikely contract between Ben & Jerry's and Bill
"FOREIGN AFFAIRS MAGAZINE REFUSES TO PULL JESSICA ALBA COVER"
Scientific American is considering hardlining as well.
HOLLYWOOD PROVES IT'S NOT RACIST
- "Most observers had expected that Hollywood would demonstrate
it's not homophobic by giving its top honor to Brokeback Mountain.
But in the end, industry voters felt it was more imperative to
prove they are not prejudiced against non-whites than
Under Pressure from National Institute of Mental Health:
NCAA RENAMES MARCH MADNESS -"MARCH BIPOLAR DISORDER"
"The Academy Awards were down 10 percent from last year's ceremony,
based on preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings from the
nation's 55 biggest markets."
- No surprise there. The box office was down about the same
amount from the previous year, and the biggest box office films
weren't even nominated for any major awards.
- The year can be summed up by the fact that no film earned more
Academy Awards than Memoirs of a Geisha, which received 65%
negative reviews, and grossed less than $60 million.
MovieJuice! takes a satirical look at 16 Blocks
BBC NEWS looks at America's Oscar show, says it sucked worse than
the nominated films.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
The Hookers (1967)
This film is vintage exploitation, justified by dramatizing how young women
become hookers. Three case studies are presented. In the first, Fleurette
Carter, a young black secretary, is working late when a sleazy salesman hits
on her. After remembering the rape that drove her off of the country farm, she
decides to start selling it. In the second, Barbara Wood plays Julie, a
wannabe dancer who is stripping while she tries for her big break. Her
boyfriend turns out to be pimping other girls in the club, and converts her as
well. The last story is of Barbara, played by Monica Davis, who is
essentially a bored and pampered housewife, but has a gambling problem. Her
bookie explains how she can pay him back and make a little extra in the
This is a C as an amusing historical artifact. I found the narration
particularly quaint, and the transfer was very good for the age of the source
Dann reports on Death Tunnel:
This 2005 horror flick built a story around
events that occurred in a Kentucky hospital in 1910. Unfortunately, the
movie doesn't depict the events themselves, which is probably too bad,
because the story they did tell is not that great.
The true part: The Waverly Hills
Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky was built in 1910 to care for people
infected with Tuberculosis. Over 63,000 people died in this place. To deal
with the huge death toll, they built a five hundred foot underground
tunnel to a burial pit to allow them to bury people without revealing how
many had actually died. This became known as the "Death Tunnel". Stories
printed in newspapers of the day claim the place was haunted. The facility
was closed in 1961, but is still standing, and tours are given.
The movie part: In 2005, five
college girls on an initiation are forced to spend 5 hours in the
abandoned building, each separated from the other and placed on a
different floor. At a party held to celebrate the initiation, the MC tells
the crowd "5 floors, 5 girls, 5 hours, 5 ghosts".
As you might guess without much effort,
things don't go well for the girls, as they do indeed find ghosts. What I
didn't find is a very good movie; we'll call it so-so at best. The true
story is interesting, but they basically snatched defeat out of the jaws
of victory with the rest.
Kristin Novak (and others)
Pat's comments in yellow...
Last night, in one of the biggest Oscar upsets ever, the heavily-favored gay
cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" lost the Best Picture Oscar to "Crash."
* The voters thought "Crash" was also about gay people because they heard
someone in it got rear-ended
* Once again, the "Brokeback" guys got the shaft in the end
*Ironically, they never expected "Crash" to come in
through the back door
* "Brokeback Mountain" is about two handsome men who
hide their homosexuality with sham marriages to women, and people in Hollywood
just couldn't relate to that.
George Clooney said he's glad Hollywood is "out of touch" with America because
Hollywood leads America on important issues, like giving a Best Supporting
Actress Oscar to Hattie McDaniel in 1939.
* And a Best Actress Oscar to Halle Berry, just 62
years later! A
year after Selma, Alabama, elected its first black mayor.
PHOTO OF THE DAY! A water buffalo gets
too close to President