Olga's Sommer (2002)
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Two words: incredibly charming!
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This week's movies (3000 screens):
Failure to Launch - 24% positive reviews.
(Rom-com with SJP and McConaughey)
This week's movies (one trillion screens):
The Shaggy Dog - 33% positive reviews.
(Actual screen count: 3501)
This week's movies (800 screens):
The Libertine - 35% positive reviews
- "Any movie top-billed by a star as hot as Johnny Depp that somehow manages
to sit on a shelf for more than a year after its completion is bound to be a
- "...one of those supposedly daring erotic dramas that could actually work
as a video touting abstinence. The sex is that soulless, that dingy, that
VULVA Original: the authentically natural vaginal
- I'm stickin' with Sex Panther
Here's a tip for you youngsters who hope to become mass murderers.
It's here now! The ideal way for you to store your
Getting people back into the churches:
"Free Porn Weekend - Clermont Fellowship Church"
The Colbert Report: The Enron Trial and Monopoly
- Monopoly has given our children a vital working knowledge of the streets
of Atlantic City.
Stephen Colbert interviews former Secretary of the
Navy turned novelist turned U.S. Senate candidate James Webb.
Stephen Colbert continues his quest to become an
"You can own an American flag that actually flew
over The Colbert Report, and which Stephen wrapped himself in."
As Iraq edges closer to civil war, Stephen Colbert
gives the Iraqis tips in "Sound Advice."
"The Daily Show's Senior Baseball Drug Expert Rob
Corddry witnessed Barry Bonds try to fuck a Coke machine."
The Daily Show:
"We'll help India build nuclear reactors if their
children stop crushing us in spelling bees."
"The Daily Show's Resident Expert, John Hodgman,
takes a look at India and Pakistan, which are apparently two different
The Shaggy Dog as reviewed by The Hollywoody Show
with Woody Whitman
Ten clips from Thank You for Smoking (2006)
- The hero of "Thank You for Smoking" is Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), chief
spokesman for Big Tobacco, who makes his living defending the rights of
smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by
health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator (William H.
Macy) who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR
offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and
enlisting a Hollywood super-agent (Rob Lowe) to promote smoking in movies.
Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's head honcho
(Robert Duvall) and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington
daily (Katie Holmes). Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the
mortgage, but he begins to think about how his work makes him look in the eyes
of his young son Joey (Cameron Bright).
'The Sopranos' returns Sunday after nearly two
years in hiatus.
If you really love all the details, here is the
complete MPAA report which is referenced in the link just below this.
The world box office dipped 7.9% last year
- The USA dropped 6%, to 9 billion. The overseas markets dropped 9%, to 14
"evidence of liquid water on Saturn's moon
- The water is fairly close to the surface and erupts in geyser format. (Or
so they theorize.) At the moment they can't quite figure out how water can
exist in liquid form so close to the surface of a world so cold.
Celebrities share their favorite swear words.
iBuzz - the music-activated
iPod orgasm machine
- Man! They say peanut butter and chocolate are a great combo, but can they
compare to an orgasm and a Manilow song ... ?
Conan visits Finland, is treated like Captain Cook in Tahiti
- "was treated with the same dignity and gravitas as Nelson Mandela meeting
with Mother Teresa,' he said. 'My feeling was, 'Is this really happening?' '"
PRESIDENT OF IRAN IS A "TOTAL WHACK JOB," SAYS KIM JONG-IL ... Recent
Comments Make Iranian Seem Like Madman, Madman Says
- Mr. bin Laden, who replaced Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the Axis of
Evil when he was toppled in 2003, said that trash-talking between Kim and Mr.
Amadinejad was “nothing out of the ordinary” for the two evildoers. “That’s
how they roll,” Mr. bin Laden said, adding that Axis of Evil meetings often
descend into insults and “yo mama” jokes. While the al Qaeda terror mastermind
said that his two colleagues were often exasperating, he said he has no plans
to leave the Axis of Evil: “Someone around here has to be the voice of
The French trailer from Three Times (And, if you're lucky - an ad for The
Dukes of Hazzard in French!)
- Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. The same two actors
play the two main characters in each story. One of the actors is the foxy Shu
Qi (The Transporter)
- Click on "haute rés." for the hi-res trailer.
Six new clips from The Zodiac
(a film about the Zodiac killer)
Five clips from Duck Season (Temporada de patos)
- "Duck Season takes you into one particular Sunday morning in the lives of
two fourteen-year old boys, Flama and Moko. With their neighbor Rita and pizza
delivery boy Ulises, they create their own adventures to overcome their
boredom. Duck Season explores the loneliness of childhood, the effects of
divorce and the curious power of love and friendship."
The trailer for The Godfather of Green Bay
The official blurb:
- Joe Keegan (Pete Schwaba) is the 'Rocky' of stand-up comedy. A fifteen
year comedy veteran who was pegged for stardom early on in his career but has
blown every major audition he has ever had in legendary fashion. Fresh off a
recent fiasco with a heckler that included a broken nose, Joe's friend Kenny
(Lance Barber) tells him he can get them an audition for 'The Tonight Show'
and that it's 'a can't miss.' The one catch is that it's at a roadside bar in
tiny Pine Lake , Wisconsin , hometown of Tonight Show Talent scout, Harvey
Skorik who never misses 'Rocktoberfest'. Having doubts but needing a break
from L.A. , Joe reluctantly agrees to go.
Arriving in Wisconsin , Joe bombs
his first night on stage when local emcee 'Dug'(Thomas Lennon) sabotages him.
Joe cannot get a break until he encounter's his former high school English
teacher, the beautiful Molly Mahoney (Lauren Holly) who is also at a
crossroads in her life, coming off a failed marriage. Molly is excited for
Joe's 'Tonight Show' opportunity. Joe tells her he just wants to prove to
himself that he hasn't been wasting the last fifteen years of his life. Molly
makes him realize just the opposite - that he has been living his dream.
Things finally start looking up for Joe Keegan until he finds that the
biggest audition of his life will be in front of his toughest crowd yet;
Packer fans, Deer Hunters and The Godfather of Green Bay, Big Jake Norquist
(Tony Goldwyn), a former high school football star turned drug dealer who is
also in love with Molly.
Filled with great characters, big laughs and surprising twists, The
Godfather of Green Bay will not only make you laugh, it will leave you with
such a warm feeling you'll want to move to Pine Lake, Wisconsin!
Gates fortune hits 50 billion dollars as megawealth spreads
Despite the incalculable loss to Western culture,
Madonna promises no more films
- "She fears her terrible acting reputation will condemn any film."
- Amazingly good self-awareness. Leave out the word "reputation," and it is
film criticism on a level with Pauline Kael.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
A History of Violence (2005)
This film is rather conventional by David Cronenberg's
standards, but this in no way diminishes its impact. The opening has two
rather bored companions checking out of a cheap motel. One goes in to settle
the bill, then the other goes in to fill a water jug. It is only then we
realize that the first man has killed the desk clerk and a maid. A little girl
walks in on the scene, and the second man shoots her in the head with no
Cut to a small Indiana town, where we meet the Stall family. The father (Viggo
Mortensen) owns a small diner, his wife (Maria Bello) is an attorney, his
young daughter worries about monsters in the dark, and his teenaged son is a
favorite target of a High School bully. There is a wonderful scene where Maria
Bello dresses up as a cheerleader when the kids are out, and the two have hot
sex, including 69 (the first such scene in a mainstream American film). Her
bum is partially visible in this scene.
The next evening, the two bad guys from the opening scene arrive at the
diner at closing time, and threaten everyone there. Mortensen disarms and
kills them. The incident is reported nationally, and he is suddenly hailed as
a hero across the country, but doesn't much seem to like his new-found fame.
When three Mafia types arrive at the dinner, we learn why Mortensen is
worried. Mortensen was a gang hit man in his former life, and the gang,
including his brother, is after him.
The rest of the film is full of sudden violence as Mortensen attempts to
eliminate the ghosts of his past life. It is not only murder we see, but many
other examples of violence as well. Mortensen sort of rapes his wife. His son
stands up to the bully and puts him in the hospital, for which Mortensen slaps
him. Bello then slaps Mortensen.
What makes the film so intriguing is that the audience becomes completely
complicit in the violence, after which Cronenberg shows the grotesque results
of it, demonstrating, I suppose, that extreme violence is just under the
surface of all of us.
The nudity comes when Maria Bello shows full frontal in an open robe to
Mortensen. After two sex scenes with nearly no flesh seen, this seemed almost
IMDb readers say 7.6. It earned $31.5M against a $32M budget. Ebert says
3.5 stars, and Berardinelli only three. I have not seen all of last years
Oscar contenders, but this is the best I have seen from last year. On one
level, it is a simple revenge film, but on another, it speaks volumes about
how violence is just under the surface of many people. This is a B, and my
favorite to date of Cronenberg's films.
Dann reports on The Ice Harvest:
Almost every character in this 2005 comedy/crime caper movie is a loser,
except the viewer, who is treated to a very funny and enjoyable flick,
with a great cast.
On Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas, an
attorney for strip joints and other sleazy businesses teams up with his
unsavory friend to embezzle two million dollars from a local Kansas City
mob boss. Unfortunately for the pair, the boss figures things out and
shows up, none too pleased, looking for his two million. Now everyone
starts playing screw-your-buddy with everyone else to try and escape the
big guy's wrath.
This hilarious and twisty movie will keep
you laughing and guessing throughout.
Meghan Maureen McDonough
Pat's comments in yellow...
The National Center for Men has launched a longshot legal battle to get out
of child support that's been nicknamed "Roe v. Wade for Men." They say Roe V.
Wade gave women more options in the event of an unintended pregnancy than men
have: the right to choose abortion, put the child up for adoption or keep it,
and all because it has such a huge impact on her life. But the group says the
pregnancy also has a profound impact on men's
lives, and it's unfair that they have no say at all. So the father should have
the right to choose to decline financial responsibility for a child he doesn't
* The father's right to choose generally ends right after
he chooses to take
his pants off.
* And he should have the right to choose not to wear a condom, 'cause those
things cramp my style.
* I have a feeling the judge will exercise his right to abort this case in
under three months.