Rowing Through (1996) was covered by Scoopy the week it was released, and his review, as is often the case, is one I agree with. The crime in this film was that the DVD transfer wasn't better, as it was beautifully photographed. Most genres have formulas, for instance, we have the boy meets girl, boy looses girl, boy finds girl Hollywood love formula, the boy meets girl, boy loses girl, such is life French love story, the athlete shows promise, athlete suffers possibly career ending injury, athlete becomes superstar formula, and the athlete becomes successful, athlete turns into an asshole, athlete becomes a human being again formula.
The strength of this Canadian release, to me, was that it did not follow the formula. Rather, it was a true story about real athletes, the amazing amount of dedication they have, and more agony of defeat than thrill of victory. Formula pictures exist because the general public understands them, and doesn't get lost. When you step outside the formula, you are running a risk. I admire the film makers for taking a story about athletes in a minor sport, and presenting their lives in a very realistic manner. The only question remaining is whether or not the characters are interesting enough to be entertaining, and for me, they were.
IMDB readershave this at 5.5 of 10. To recap the nudity, Helen Shaver shows breasts and partial bush, and Leslie Hope shows everything. The film will not appeal to action oriented viewers, and is properly rated a C, but I will personally order a remastered DVD if it is ever produced.
China Moon (1994) is a fairly slick thriller is the tradition of Body Heat, where a good guy is led astray by a woman to get rid of her husband. In this case, the guy is a homicide detective (Ed Harris), and the wayward wife is Madeleine Stowe. There is a nice extra twist or two at the end that I won't spoil for those who haven't seen it.
It is a great film for nudity. Stowe does a full frontal in a rowboat at night, Patricia Healy shows breasts during the credits, and Theresa Bean shows full frontal as a corpse. IMDb readers have this at 6.0 of 10. It is rated slightly higher by women than men, and popularity his highest in the 45 + age group. Berardinelli awarded two stars, but admitted that the film picked up in the second half, and that Stowe and Harris gave reasonable performances. I will give this a low C, not perfect, but it should entertain genre fans.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
- It had to happen -
as a Result of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ," Jesus is
Now More Popular Than John Lennon.
A review of the Mouseketeer's Vegas show.
Rolodex of Love - more definitions. The Zombie Mask, The Woody
Woodpecker, The Rusty Trombone, and more.
The Justice Department is dropping its effort to subpoena medical
records. Gosh, what a surprise, just as activists start
clamoring for Ashcroft's medical records. Who would have guessed?
Greg Norman's Yacht - "Aussie Rules" - Photo Gallery. Pretty
good ship, but always runs out of gas just before making it into
If you have DISH satellite network, say sayonara to MTV and comedy
central, couch potato-san.
The Daily Show reports on lobbyists
The Daily Show reporting on the Martha Stewart convictions.
- Three teaser-trailers for
Pamela Anderson takes a shower.
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope unveiled the deepest
look into the universe yet, a portrait of what could be the most
distant galaxies ever seen. The new image, called the Hubble
Ultra Deep Field, includes objects that until now have been too
faint to be seen and includes ancient galaxies that emerged just
700 million years after the Big Bang theory from what astronomers
call the 'Dark Ages' of the universe"
Hello, am I speaking to IKEA? I need a fartfull.
Break out the Darwin award: handyman shoots himself in the head
with a nail gun, leaving a nail lodged in his brain.
Interestingly, the nail in his brain improved its performance.
Great error page. "Cannot find the damn server"
Police Apprehend FBI Impostors: "They flashed FBI
identification saying they were agents Erik Estrada and Julia
Stiles, but the employees, who are Vietnamese immigrants, did not
recognize those names as belonging to Hollywood actors." I don't
anyone else would associate those names with acting, either.
Japanese lady wrestlers turn to prostitution for extra earnings.
"I only sleep with my fans and not just anybody"
Each of the Marlins' 85 World Series rings -- courtesy of club
owner Jeffrey Loria -- features more than 240 gems and is believed
to cost about $20,000.
100 Most Often Mispronounced Words. Actually, there are some
errors and misrepresentations on this page. One of my favorite
hobbies is looking up things that "experts" claim to be wrong, but
are not. Here are some that relate to the article:
- "Card shark" is not a mispronunciation of cardsharp, as is
commonly believed, and repeated in this article. It is a
separate phrase, with a different meaning. A "cardsharp" is a
swindler. A "card shark" is a proficient, cutthroat, honest
player. Goldfinger is a "cardsharp". Omar Sharif is a "card
shark". Of course, people do use them interchangeably, sometimes
- I took a quick look in two unabridged dictionaries (Random
House and Webster) and both listed "dip"-theria as a legitimate
- Flounder is not a mispronunciation of founder. In fact, the
truth is nearly the opposite of what they claim in this article.
If a ship is proceeding clumsily, or being tossed about by the
waves and out of control, it is floundering at sea, with the L.
If a chip is filling up with water and sinking, it is foundering
at sea, without the L. Flounder has meant, "to struggle
violently and clumsily; to plunge, roll and tumble about, to
struggle along with difficulty" since Shakespeare's time.
- Both Webster and Random House list "erb" as the #1
pronunciation for "herb". Pronouncing the h is for anglophiles,
but then again, if you're an anglophile you don't pronounce the
American "r", so it doesn't really make much sense for any
American to pronounce it like the man's name "Herb". The
American pronunciation makes no sense, of course, since
Americans say "herbivore", not "erbivore", but that is the way
it is, like it or not, sensible or not.
- The three-syllable pronunciation of "miniature"is listed in
Random House, and even in the venerated OED. I have no idea why
the article insists that the four syllable variant is the only
- Every dictionary I checked (including OED) lists "often" and
"offen" as alternate pronunciations, of o-f-t-e-n. The root word
- Parliament???? In this case, the article seems to be
completely in error, and what it claims to be correct is, in
fact, incorrect. No less an authority than the OED says that
Parliament can ONLY be pronounced par-li-ment, NEVER
pahr-lyê-mênt . Random House agrees. The variant with the soft
"y" sound makes no sense linguistically, since the word comes
from the French word parlement, which can be found in the
Chanson Roland, which was written about the same time as the
Norman Invasion. I guess the Normans just brought the word with
them, and I'd guess further that the middle syllable has always
been pronounced like the French "le". That supposedly "refined"
pahr-lyê-mênt variation sounds to me like some uninformed
upper-class affectation. Whatever the motivation of the authors,
it appears that they just plumb made this shit up, as we say in
- It is probably pernickety of me to comment on this, but if
you are American, persnickety is a perfectly good word, just as
Americans are "achievement oriented", as opposed to "achievement
orientated". The fact that the words are American does not make
"oriented" and "persnickety" somehow wrong. Yes, "pernickety"was
originally a Scottish word. Then we changed it. Feel free to use
the original if you find yourself in Glasgow.
- I agree with the article that it is very irritating to hear
Texas TV commercials refer to a "living room suit", but I also
acknowledge that language is flexible and evolutionary. The
American dictionaries are now accepting that "suite" can sound
like "soot" instead of '"sweet", when referring to furniture, so
I guess it's time for me to get over it, as long as they don't
make me say it myself.
- Tijuana. Some Spanish speakers also say Tia Juana, which
derives from the 19th century name of the area, which was
"Rancho de Tia Juana" (Antie Jane's Ranch). In 1864, it was
officially called Tia Juana in some official documents, Tijuana
in others. By 1891, it was universally Tijuana. The exact
process of transition is not known. More to the point, the
Random House dictionary lists the four-syllable pronunciation as
the ONLY acceptable English variant, but it also lists the
correct three-syllable pronunciation as a Spanish alternative.
You can forget about that Spanish alternative, however, unless
you can pronounce the Spanish "J" correctly. At any rate, Random
House says it is either "tee-a-wann-a" or "tee-hwann-a", but
never "tee-wan-a". I'm not sure, but I gather that this article
wants me to use the one that is never correct.
President Bush will privately answer all questions raised by a
federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. A White
House spokesman said the President had decided to lift the
one-hour limit because he didn't think an hour was enough to
include all the lies and spin he is planning.
ANGRY GLUTTONS MARCH ON MCDONALD'S. Lardasses Protest
Supersize Phase-out in "Million Man Munch"
Now it will never be over. Opera company fires soprano for being
- Dumbest crook ever?
Woman tries to pay for Wal-Mart purchase with a million dollar
Indecency bill near approval by Senate panel. So far, they
have reached these conclusions. One bare breast on TV: indecent.
Giant kickbacks to Senators: totally decent.
Eldin kicks the paint bucket.
Albuquerque plays host to the International Clown Convention.
For the first time in ages, this is being held separate from the
www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org - Warbirds Resource Group.
Obviously no nudity, but just because dudes love fighter planes!
This dude knows his stuff. Kinda cool.
A 'Dear Abby' advice column was pulled because it included a
letter based on an episode of The Simpsons.
- Here are four free galleries
Playboy's Beach Babes!
- Brooke Richards was the Playmate
of the Month in December 1999. Here is her sample
playmate gallery courtesy of PlayboyPlus.com!
Candidates are always good for a laugh
John Walter ('How to Draw a Bunny') is teaming with John
Malkovich's production company on an adaptation of Lawrence
Joseph's novel 'Lawyerland,'
Bush accuses Kerry of trying to weaken the nation's intelligence,
presumably by a nefarious plan to throw the election.
Will Jessica Simpson be Daisy Duke?
- New trailer for the kiddie film,
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
- Here is a new internet-only
Alien Vs. Predator
- Five new clips from the new
Johnny Depp thriller,
California Lawmakers Want Voting Age Lowered to 14. The
lobbying effort is being provided for Citizens for Timberlake.
Two sketches from last week's SNL, Ted Koppel and Bill Clinton
Our official rasslin' hero, Rowdy Roddy Piper, is still as Rowdy
Nader takes votes away from Kerry, not Bush.If the results
include likely voters only, Kerry leads 52-44 in a two man race,
50-44-2 in a three man race. In other words, if only likely voters
are polled, 100% of Nader's support (all two of his points) comes
directly from Kerry. (Nader does fairly well among registered
voters unlikely to vote, bringing him up to 5% in the general
population of all registered voters.)
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.
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.
- Jane Fonda, topless and showing rear nudity in scenes from 1978's "Coming Home".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
Just some odd vidcaps I had lying around. They from
DVDs that Tuna aptly named "strip and wiggle" disks.
There are dozens of them and they have the same
1) Babe shows up
2) Babe strips
3) Babe wiggles
Babes in this case include a few you know: Amy Lynn
Baxter in the days before the robohooters, Lorissa
McComas in the days after and Dita Von Teese.
Two others do all three steps. They are Tyler Gates
and Jamie Pope.
Rae Dawn Chong
|Both ladies are topless in scenes from the Mario Van Peebles, straight-to-video flick, "Valentine's Day" (1998).
||The ex-wife of horror film maker Wes Craven...here we see her in red lingerie and topless in scenes from "Last Gasp" (1995).
|Lesley Ann Warren
||Showing a bunch of cleavage and wearing a semi-see-thru bra in "Baja Oklahoma" (1988).
|Jennifer Love Hewitt
||WOW! Outstanding cleavage from the actress and wannabe singer. Many thanks to Squiddy.
|Marvin 'caps of the Belgian actress going full frontal in lesbian a scene in the Jesus Franco movie, "Die Marquise von Sade" aka "Doriana Grey" (1976).
|Vejiita 'caps featuring brief breast exposure from the Argentinian actress in scenes from "Apasionados" (2002).
|Señor Skin 'caps of the the busty, blonde, B-movie actress and former Mrs. Lorenzo Lamas. Here she is baring breasts and bum in scenes from "The Corporate Ladder" (1997).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
NAKED BIKINI MODEL IRONING BOARD
She Hasn't Been That Flat Since The Surgery - The Welsh company Reveal All
Ltd. is selling an ironing board with a big picture of the silicone-enhanced,
buxom British bikini model Jordan on it. When the material heats up from the
iron, the bikini fades away, leaving her naked. Creator Jason Carr said he
originally saw it as a novelty gift for young women, but it's mostly men and
middle-aged women who are buying them. (here's a link to a news story featuring a picture)
Middle-aged women who've finally found a way to get their husbands to do
The middle-aged women also requested a Rosie O'Donnell version.
Men just hang it on the wall, over a heating vent.
It makes a lousy ironing board: the picture is 3-D.
JESUS MOVIE A SMASH
Finally, A Language Hollywood Speaks - Hollywood pundits expected "The
Passion of the Christ" to drop sharply over the weekend, but it remained at #1 and
made another $51 million. It's made $214 million in 12 days in North America
alone, and already entered the top 50 moneymakers of all time.
The "experts" thought it would be around for about three days, then
So it's official: Jesus is now bigger than Ben Affleck!
Hollywood is already working on a sequel: "Jesus 2: The Second
Coming!"..."This time, it's Biblical!!"
ACTUAL HEADLINE! From MTV.com: "'Christ' Outguns 'Starsky & Hutch' In
Box-Office Showdown"... Now, THAT'S a movie I wanna see!
IT'S NOT THE DRESS, IT'S YOU
Now She's Flat Broke - Margaret Christie of Dundee, England, was upset that
her wedding dress was "shapeless" and didn't make her look voluptuous enough.
So she took the dressmaker to Sheriff's Court to demand her 250 pounds ($465
US) back. But the sheriff had her try it on and ruled the problem wasn't the
dress, it was her. He said, "Unfortunately, she did not have the necessary
basic ingredients for having voluptuousness." He suggested she try tape or a
Wonderbra to enhance her flat chest. She complained that both suggestions were
offensive and sexist, called his ruling disgusting and ridiculous, and vowed to
Good luck finding someone she can appeal to in that dress.
She doesn't know whether to appeal to "Judge Judy" or "Extreme Makeover."
The appeals court ruled that she was trying to make mountains out of
The appeals court found that the dress also made her butt look big.
She could appeal to a Higher court and PRAY for bigger breasts.