"The Five Senses"
The Five Senses (2000) is arty, slow paced, has very little plot, and is actually several sub-plots rolled into one film. All of the characters live in, or have business in the same apartment building, and the disappearance of a little girl provides the time line, as well as some of the sub-plots. The five senses are the theme, each sub-plot representing one of the senses. We have a gay man that can smell love, a shrink who loves classical music and is going deaf, a massage therapist, and a cake decorator in love with her Italian teacher. The entire film is more about characters and moods then story . It's strength is in film making and character development, but not story telling. The director shows real ability to let us learn about the characters as they learn about themselves, rather than in some narrative form. One of my criteria for a film is always if there is anyone in the story I can relate to or like. This is an entire film full of characters that meet that description.
IMDb readers have this at 6.9 of 10, very high for an art film. Critics loved it. This is an excellent effort from Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa.. He also wrote and produced. I hope he tries another feature length film soon. This is a B with far wider appeal than a normal art house character driven drama.
"Boys Dont Cry"
Boys Don't Cry (1999) is the controversial biopic about lesbian Teena Brandon, who was brutally raped then murdered because of her sexual orientation. Hilary Swank won Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe for her portrayal. Costar Chloe Sevigny was nominated for the Golden Globe best supporting spot.
Brandon is no angel. She has a history of crime, including check forging and grand theft auto. She is a complete cross-dresser, has a drinking problem, and is always getting herself in trouble. When she first sees Sevigny, it is love at first sight, and Brandon succeeds in seducing her. Her sexual performance was good enough that Sevigny didn't notice, or at least consciously admit to herself, that Brandon was a biological female. Unfortunately, Sevigny's family and friends discover the truth about Brandon. While Brandon was no saint, the friends and family of Sevigny are much worse.
Swank shows all three Bs, but none of them with her face in frame. I do not, however, suspect a body double. Sevigny shows breasts in two sex scenes. IMDb readers have this at 7.6 of 10. It earned $11.5M against a $2M budget. Ebert says four stars, Berardinelli, 3 1/2. This is not an especially pleasant watch, and much of it takes place at night, making for a dark film. It does, however, give much insight into what life was like for Brandon, and the sort of pressure folks who choose an alternate lifestyle are subject to in many parts of the country. This is a B, but is in the category of excellent films that are something of a chore to watch.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Comfort of Strangers (2003):
A young British couple returns to
Venice, where they had once shared a fiery romance. They have lost
some of that flame, and hope to rekindle it. While there, they get
lost one night and are rescued by a mysterious Italian who resides
in a nearby palazzo. As the film progresses, the normal young couple
start to realize that the older man and his wife are very strange,
and will eventually require something very intimate and perverse from the young Brits. At
first, the younger couple sees hints of mild eccentricity in the
elder duo, but the hints become flagrant, and the mild
eccentricities turn out to be deep psychoses. The primary dramatic
tension in the film hinges on whether the young couple will
recognize their apparent, if unstated, peril in time to escape from
it. The secondary source of dramatic movement is the audience's
curiosity about exactly what that peril might be.
This movie has "menacing" down to a
science. Here's the formula:
hire Harold Pinter to write the
get Christopher Walken and Helen
Mirren to deliver the lines
set it in Venice late at night, where
every corridor seems to lead into a desolate, foggy, dead-end, and
every road is a waterfront.
shoot every camera angle with a weird
add the extra touches. Have a
tracking shot sneak through an alley and come upon the young lovers.
Have doors and windows being opened by unseen hands. Show plenty of
close-ups of potential weapons for murder or torture.
You get the picture.
Comfort was directed by Paul Shrader,
who co-wrote Martin Scorsese's best films. Shrader's direction is not as
accomplished as his writing, but he's had some interesting if not
altogether successful directing credits, like Light Sleeper, Cat
People, and last year's Bob Crane biopic, Auto Focus. As you can see from that list, he likes dark,
themes and is not afraid of nudity.
I liked the movie, although it is
certainly not a mass market offering. A truly creepy, odd,
ultimately mean-spirited film which makes brilliant use of Walken as
the vehicle for Pinter's omnipresent sense of dripping menace
lurking beneath a patina of polite words. Walken, who is menacing
while being amiable and polite, even while being gracious, was meant
to act in Pinter's screenplays. There could be no better setting for
these sinister goings-on than Venetian alleys and interiors.
This is probably the most fully realized example of Harold Pinter's
genius on film, just as Langrishe Go Down is probably the worst
example of Pinter-to-film.
C+. 6.0 at IMDb. 2.5 stars from Roger Ebert.
- Natasha Richardson (1,
- All the covers of
Reverend Al calls it quits. Kucinich is the only
Nudity At Bikini Party Leads To Arrests In Daytona
- Months ago, al-Qaeda planned:
Bombs 'to split Spain from allies' . "We think the
Spanish government will not stand more than two blows, or three at
the most, before it will be forced to withdraw because of the
public pressure on it," the al Qaeda document says. If its forces
remain after these blows, the victory of the Socialist Party will
be almost guaranteed -- and the withdrawal of Spanish forces will
be on its campaign manifesto."
This is a series created a while back by Trey Parker and Matt
Stone for Shockwave. It was never used, for reasons
which will soon become apparent.
Detroit Tigers exempted from steroid ban. In fact, to
restore competitive balance, the Tigers are actually being forced
to take steroids.
MadonnaShots must have just
about every picture of Madonna ever taken. Nudes, non-nudes, you
300 excellent pictures of beautiful naked
- This is fantastic.
McDonald's has a trip planner for any two addresses in the United
States. It is incredibly detailed. It told me to leave
my driveway by turning left and proceed exactly 130 feet in that
direction, then turn right on Such and Such. Then it told me every
single turn between here and my sister's house, 1665 miles away in
Rochester, NY. Of course, it also shows the location of every
McDonald's along the way. But that's cool. They need to partner it
with non-competitive outlets. It would be really cool if it also
showd me the location of every major chain motel, every Mitsubishi
dealer, every tire repair store, and other such useful info for
Turns out "Elliot in the Morning" was fined a quarter of a million
dollars for a 50th birthday celebration for porn god Ron Jeremy!:
The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook
SXSW offers more than good movies in Austin.
- Trailer for
The Notebook, "a sweeping love story starring Academy
Award nominees James Garner, Gena Rowlands and Joan Allen opposite
newcomers Ryan Gosling (Murder by Numbers) and Rachel McAdams. As
a man (Garner) reads from a faded notebook to the woman (Rowlands)
he regularly visits at a nursing home, his words bring to life the
story of a young couple (Gosling and McAdams) who are separated by
World War II, then passionately reunited 14 years later after
their lives have taken different paths. Adapted by Jan Sardi with
a screenplay by Jeremy Leven ("Don Juan DeMarco"), "The Notebook"
reveals an epic story of love lost and found, of new beginnings
and second chances."
- The trailers for
The Calcium Kid . "Jimmy Connelly (Orlando Bloom) is a
happy-go-lucky milkman who has the burning ambition to become the
regional manager for his employers Express Milk Dairies. But
Jimmy's life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally injures
Britain's contender for the upcoming boxing World title during a
sparring session in his local gym, and puts him out of action.
With no time to find a suitable replacement Jimmy is thrust into
the boxing ring and onto the world stage as Britain's new hope for
the championship, in a match of true David and Goliath
- Two new clips from
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Four new clips from "Jersey Girl"
7 more clips from "Taking Lives"
Princess Di dated General Zod
The front and back covers of Lynne Cheney's notorious lesbotronic
If you missed your chance to create a silly Bush-Cheney poster
fromt their official site, here is the program one more
time from a parody site, this time with unrestricted text.
The French say they nearly caught Bin Laden in Afghanistan.
He got away from them with a traditional al-Qaeda trick - erecting
in their path a makeshift store selling gourmet cheeses and rich
Andy Rooney gets 30,000 mail responses to calling Mel Gibson a
Complete WrestleMania XX results.
NCAA Basketball Men's Brackets for March Madness. St
Joe's is still a #1 seed.
- Bad taste link of the day:
The Passion of the Christ - with a catchy Mambo beat.
and Rabbis cheering for his pain - with pom poms.
JoBlo reviews Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and
Kiefer Sutherland: "This isn't a film that's likely to
go into anyone's 'Top 10 Thrillers of All-Time' list or inspire
any major enthusiasm from fans of the genre, but on this night,
going into my screening with the lowest of expectations, it held
my interest throughout, maintained an effective dark style,
manipulated the story enough for me to be somewhat surprised with
the 'reveal' and offered many a close-up of Angelina Jolie's fat
lips (as well as a gratuitous 'jolie' tit shot), for which alone,
I'd have paid the price of admission. "
- Hey, Jane, I like that scent. What perfume is that?
Why it's Mouseketeer Brand - for all your smell needs.
- Spectacular photograph of
The Great Nebula in Orion
Americans are suddenly very pessimistic about the economy.
In January, 66% of Americans felt the economy was improving. That
has fallen to 47% in just two months.
nude Janet Jackson paparazzi pics
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for 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.
Shiloh stays on top of The L-Word. On Sunday,
Rosanna Arquette showed some buns, and Katherine Moenning again
flashed her gazongas. (.avi version, .wmv version)
Susan Ward and Leila Arcieri in Wild Things 2.
Arcieri's character takes the bra off, but her breasts and head are
never in the shot together. (.avi version, .wmv version)
Laura Linney in Love, Actually. Nice quality clip,
not yet on DVD! (.avi version, .wmv version)
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.
A bunch of paparazzi edits by Brainscan.
'Caps and comments by Oz:
"The Awakening of Gabriella"
Susan Featherly is Gabriella, and when you see some of the main actresses include Crystal Craft, Jeannie Millar, Anna Kaminskaia and Taime Hannum you know this film is not going to appear at the Academy Awards. There is some brief bush by Susan and the other actresses are at least topless. Judging by the editing I'd guess there is a more explicit version of this film out there somewhere.
- Susan Featherly
- Crystal Craft
- Jeannie Millar
- Anna Kaminskaia
- Taime Hannum
"Carry on Follow That Camel"
No nudity in Carry on Follow That Camel but Anita Harris looks exquisite doing a belly dance.
Perfect Strangers is a British mini-series and we see a topless Claire Skinner and a nice Sarah Guyler.
"The Haunting Passion"
The Haunting Passion is a telemovie and was very predictable. Some minor pokies by Jane Seymour.
- Jane Seymour
"Once Upon a Time in the West"
Sexy caps of Claudia Cardinale from Once Upon a Time in the West have appeared before but I don't think the brief (two frames!) nip slip has.
- Claudia Cardinale
Very good pokies by Liz Phair and Robin Tunney in Cherish, with some side nudity by Robin.
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon is supposed to be naked when taking a shower in Bad Company but she is obviously wearing something. However, there are some nice caps anyway.
- Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a bit of a chick flick but there are some nice caps, including some pokies, of Ashley Judd, Katy Selverstone, Kiersten Warren and Sandra Bullock.
|A new Vejitta comic featuring 'caps of Reese in bathing suit scenes from "Cruel Intentions" and "Legally Blonde" as well as her only toplessness in scenes from "Twilight".
|New versions of the recent paparazzi pics of Jackson sunbathing nude.
|Judith M. Brown
|Señor Skin takes us back to 1971 for these topless 'caps from "Women in Cages".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
FATBURGER BUCKS THE HEALTH TREND
Want Fries With That? - With McDonald's eliminating Supersizing and Krispy
Kreme working on a low-sugar donut, one fast food chain is bucking the
health trend. California's Fatburger is launching a nationwide expansion
of 250 new restaurants. A spokesman insists that the name harks back to
its '50s origins, when "fat" meant "cool," as in "fat city." He also noted
that they have a grilled chicken sandwich and will offer a low-carb bunless
burger. But the signature sandwich is still the Fatburger, with 1/3 pound
of meat, or the Double Fatburger, with two-thirds of a pound of meat.
Also affectionately known as "The Bulimic's Delight."
To be healthy, order it without a bun.
If you're on a diet, finish your meal with a low-sugar Krispy Kreme
Eat enough of those, and YOU'LL be expanding nationwide.
JULIA ROBERTS: NONAGENARIAN CRACK DEALER
America's Sweetheart - A Cleveland County, North Carolina, woman was
charged along with some relatives and accomplices, with running a drug ring
out of her home. She's 96, which makes her America's oldest alleged crack
dealer. Her name: Julia Roberts.
And she's got as much money as the famous one.
She blamed it on her ne'er-do-well 99-year-old brother, Eric Roberts.
They're making a movie about her called "Pretty Old
Woman"...It's just like the original, only this Julia Roberts is older, and
a crack whore (with a heart of gold, of course).
MARGE SIMPSON, COVER GIRL
Homer Erectus - The Wireless Flash reports that the men's magazine Maxim
will feature a new kind of hot cover girl: Marge Simpson. She'll appear on
an upcoming issue posing in a wet, low-cut dress while scrubbing a floor,
and inside the magazine in bed with her blue hair down. The
editor-in-chief called her "the sexiest mama in toon town," and said
working with the Simpsons artists to capture Marge wasn't much different
than working with a live cover model. But to hedge their bets, only a
third of the issues will feature Marge on the cover, and the rest will have
So the theme will be "Two-dimensional cartoons."
Paris Hilton? How about somebody really sexy, like Jessica Rabbit or
If Marge can find Homer sexy, she must be every Maxim reader's dream
They had to use Marge: she's the only woman on TV who hasn't already
posed for a men's magazine, other than Peggy Hill.
JUDGE JUDY ROLLING IN MONEY
Screw That "Judge Not" Crap! - According to Parade magazine's annual "What
People Earn" issue, such hot celebrities as Simon Cowell ($2.3 million),
Anna Nicole Smith ($1 million), and even Halle Berry ($15 million) made far
less last year than Judge Judy ($25 million).
Simon Cowell's gonna have to get a LOT meaner.
Anna Nicole actually made $25 million, but she spent $24 million of it
on breast implants and Cap'n Crunch cereal.
In a related story, Anna Nicole Smith asked Judge Judy to come to San
Francisco and marry her.