"Eyes Wide Shut", from
The oddest thing about
this movie: despite the supposed breaches in
security, almost everything you saw about this
movie in the advance gossip was wrong, from the
sex scenes to the plot summary.
The movie is masterfully
filmed, as you will see in the captures. Even
Peter Greenaway has to take a back seat to
Kubrick in the use of light. (Barry Lyndon was,
as far as I know, the only movie ever filmed
entirely in natural light indoors and out.) I
just love the effects he creates, and admire the
genius it takes to think of them. There is one
scene where Kidman is standing in her night
clothes in a room bathed in orange light, and
moves in from of the doorway leading to a room
bathed entirely in dark blue light. What an
effect. (See it in collage #4 below). I just
stood in awe of the way the scenes were lit, and
the settings they found in which to shoot them.
Tremendous visuals, tremendous music, as always
in a Kubrick film.
I think you can find
plenty of legitimate things to complain about
with this movie. Kubrick, always languid in his
pacing, descends to a snail's pace in this one.
The two and a half hour movie has less plot than
the average two minute MTV video. Kubrick
(apparently) compromised and included a scene at
the end for the very dumb, where Cruise meets
with Sydney Pollack, and Big Sid explains the
events of the previous night. The scene, for me,
plays like James Joyce giving Dan Quayle a
two-minute overview of Finnegan's Wake. And,
frankly, I didn't want all the mysteries
explained. Sometimes magic is better when you
don't know the secrets. What would you rather
look at, a normally unmagnified picture of Liz
Hurley naked, or a picture multiplied 50 times
where you can see the individual pixels?
Personally, I rarely care about the pixels.
Furthermore, a smart doctor (Cruise) wouldn't
believe those bullshit cover-ups anyway, and he
could easily call Seattle to see if the missing
piano player was really there.Although I thought
Nicole Kidman got the rhythm of the movie
perfectly, Tom Cruise seemed to be out of pace
with the rest of the movie, and ill at ease in
his role as a doctor. He still seems like the
handsome frat boy whose mom still keeps expecting
him to grow into his sweaters. Personally, I
would have completely axed the sub-plot with the
female friend whose father died. I couldn't see
the relevance, and they dropped it with a phone
call in which Cruise called her but hung up when
the boyfriend answered. The only purpose that I
could fathom for this sub-plot was to get Cruise
out of the house late at night, and any other
pretext could have worked as well without slowing
the movie as much. Hell, Cruise and Kidman were
arguing - he could have gone out for a
I believe this was the most incisive review of
this film, with plot info and some background on
the ratings controversy. If you really want a
broad cross-section, here's the "Rotten
Tomatoes" digest of 43 reviews, which range from
"masterpiece" to "stillborn".
I did the magnificent
Kidman today. I'll do the others as time goes on.
Sorry, I can't do 110 in a day like Tuna! I
recommend #3, and #7, but I'll be heartbroken if
you miss any of them.
(#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10)
TV", from Johnny Web
movie trying to recapture the spirit of "The
Groove Tube". Radicals take over a TV
station, but nobody will listen to their message
until they get naked. Not even remotely
resembling humor, but I spent a few minutes on it
because it features clear full-frontal nudity
from Jessica Hecht, the women who plays the
lesbian lover of Ross's ex-wife on
Jessica Hecht Tamayo Otsuki
from Johnny Web
almost-important stuff from "Stigmata"
for those of you who asked. If you haven't seen
the movie, you don't know so I'll tell you that
there's really nothing here worth seeing.
Arquette leans over in bed, but
you can't quite make anything out. bare buns from an uncredited
extra. Three hookers hit on a priest. The one
witty line in the movie was an ad-lib from this
woman. When Byrne reveals that he can't get laid
because of his priest's collar, she replies that
she gives a Vatican Discount. looks like somebody's bumhole.
This was in the deleted scenes. I don't know if
it is Arquette or a body double. a bare breast from the same
deleted sex scene
bathtub scene - maybe, just
maybe, you can make out a bit of nipple. Or maybe
not. Arquette in the bathtub. the
director's commentary says this is really
Calls: The Movie, Part 2", from Tuna
Skinemax flick about a
bunch of people searching for hidden money at a
remote mountain resort. Aparently, they think it
must be hidden inside a vagina, because they
explore all available ones at great length.
Anyway, lots of nudity, sex scenes, whatever.
Just premiered on cable less than a month ago,
and I'v enever seen caps from it. Tuna remedied
that with a mere 109 collages!.
Amber Newman (1,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) Julie Ashton (1,
10, 11) Maria Ford 1,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25) Stephanee LaFleur (1,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) Various (1,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28)