Last week's New Releases:
Sleeper Cell (2005 Cable Series):
This is quite a good Showtime series about terrorists
living in America and planning attacks upon American soil. There is
lots of tension of the nail-biting variety, focusing on dilemmas, like
"How can the undercover agent keep his cover while informing his
superiors of the terrorists' sudden changes in plan?" and "Can the FBI
figure out the plans before significant numbers of innocent people are
I watched about four of the ten hours, and was
impressed by its the maintenance of dramatic tension, and its ability
to paint its characters in shades of gray. I was less impressed by the
usual contrivances of the genre. like the ability of the undercover
agent's handler to work 24 hours per day, with no other cases, always
vigilant and instantly able to mobilize a well-prepared fighting team.
If only our government employees really worked this way.
Unfortunately, in real life the handler would probably have been more
likely to be some fuck-up like "Brownie."
Marebito (2004, Japan):
This is a typically creepy and grungy-lookin' Japanese
horror film from the same director who has done all five Grudge movies
(two in Japanese and one in English already released, with two more
English films in the pipeline.) Summary: "A fear-obsessed freelance
cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving
mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo." It has lots of
spooky atmosphere, but I watched it in fast forward, so I have no more
to say other than that the ambiance was pretty cool.
How to Lose Your Lover (2005):
This is a likeable enough rom-com which was shopped
unsuccessfully for theatrical release. One of the reasons why it was
presumed to have no box office appeal is that the male star is Paul
Schneider, a virtual unknown whose only real claim to fame is as a
buddy of independent filmmaker David Gordon Green. Schneider had a
part in Green's George Washington, then starred in and co-wrote
Green's All the Real Girls. If I remember correctly from the panel at
Sundance, Green and Schneider went to college together somewhere in
There is nothing original about the film, and it has a
completely improbable ending, but it did provide some pleasant moments
along the way. There's no real nudity, but the chick from Kissing
Jessica Stein came very close. Maybe you can spot some areola or
nipple if you stare long enough.
Not yet on Region 1 DVD:
Oh Marbella! (2003)
A comedy about the goings-on within resort
communities. In a typical example of cosmopolitan Euro-productions, it
is a flick made by Spaniards in English and is currently available
only in Germany. I haven't seen it, but I have it on order. The nudity
is sweet. Here are some cool film clips from Watty (two clips zipped
into one package), and the captures follow:
This is a new film about the life of Brian Jones, one
of the original Rolling Stones. The film opens in America Friday, in
The Shield, season 5 (2006 TV)
This clip of Gina Torres and Michael Chiklis is from
the tenth episode of season ten, which aired last Tuesday.
Big Love, season 1 (2006 TV)
This capture of Chloe Sevigny is from the premiere
episode, which aired last Sunday.
One more of Monet Mazur in Stoned
Monet Mazur in Stoned
Nicki Aycox and Cathryn DePrume in episode
eight of Over There
Amazing MLB Catch by Ron Belliard
(And a tremendous job by the shortstop in anticipating the throw and
holding on to it bare-handed!)
Hamster 'Roid Rage Lasts Long After Drugs Wear
Off, thus explaining much about
Edie Dearing in Episode 10 of Huff
Nichole Robinson in Episode 2 of Huff
Paget Brewster in Episode 2 of Huff
Paige Peterson in House of the Dead 2
Allison Pill topless in Dear Wendy
The trailer from Oh Marbella
- The trailer includes brief nudity. See
below for several nude clips.
Go George Mason, you magnificent bastards,
whoever you are
- Mason is an 11th seed, and has one more
good chance to win, since their next game is against a fellow
underdog, 7th seeded Wichita State.
- Since the inception of the modern bracket
system, no team seeded worse than 8th has ever won the national
championship. (Eighth-seeded Villanova won in 1985.)
- Only one teem seeded worse than eighth,
11th seeded LSU in 1986, has ever made the final four.
The Top Upsets in NCAA history
One last clip of Hayek and Cruz in
(non-nude, but sexy)
More of Salma Hayek and Penelope
Cruz in Bandidas
(non-nude, but sexy)
Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz in
Bandidas (non-nude, but
Lara Belmont naked in Oh Marbella
The Tuva Novotny nudity in Stoned,
the new Brian Jones biopic (opens Friday)
Sara Stockbridge naked in Oh,
More of Charlotte Lucas and Sara
Stockbridge naked in Oh, Marbella
Charlotte Lucas and Sara Stockbridge
naked in Oh, Marbella
The trailer for Stoned,
the biography of Brian Jones (original Rolling Stone).
Weekend Box Office Results,
March 17-19, 2006
- It was another disappointing weekend, producing the second straight week
of 11% declines from last year, and the third straight week of double-digit
declines. It was the fifth straight week below last year, and the seventh in
the past eight weeks.
- The two films with the most positive results (relative to the estimates)
were the Dynamic Duo of Disney Doggies. Quality seems to be irrelevant to the
winning equation. The poorly reviewed Shaggy Dog kicked ass, and the
critically acclaimed Eight Below has proved enduring.
- The original and daring but charmless V for Vendetta won the weekend, but
with a total considerably lower than expected.
There is some Gillian Anderson
nudity in Straightheads.
The toughest cowboys in the
world - the cat herders
Porn star Mary Carey: "I
actually get hit on more in Washington DC, by Republicans that are drunk than I
do by porno fans in Vegas."
The South Park Scientology
Episode that Tom Cruise doesn't want you to see.
The trailer and a clip from
spin-off from the typical noir detective story, it takes place in high school.
Weekly World News: "ALIENS
REVEALED AS COW-NAPPERS! ... Cow Mystery Solved
- "The Weekly World News reveals shocking proof that it was Aliens all along
that have been responsible for the strange cow-nappings that have shocked the
nation. If you need information about your missing cow, please visit
www.planetinneed.com for more information"
"The first town ever auctioned
on eBay soon will be back up for sale on the online auction site."
Phoenix, Witherspoon duet
earns a nomination for best country video
"Jessica Simpson is starring
in a new film entitled EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH. In it, she plays a Costco employee
who declares she'll date the next titular employee."
Senators renew call for .xxx
"A federal judge on Friday
ordered Google Inc. to give the Bush administration a peek inside its search
engine, but rebuffed the government's demand for a list of people's search
Daily Box Office - Friday,
March 17, 2006
- V for Vendetta did take the top spot, but its grosses were softer than
The trailer for La Mujer de Mi
- "After almost ten years of marriage, the stunningly attractive Zo�
realizes that her marriage to Ignacio no longer carries the passion and spark
it once had. Emotionally adrift, she is left to search for those sensations
once again, and soon finds herself seduced into the arms of Gonzalo, her
husband's brother. At first, Zoe becomes reinvigorated by the romance. But her
decision soon launches a series of events that drives these three people
through a gauntlet of revenge, secret and despair that will unravel them all."
The High-Def trailers for
Trust The Man
- A smart, sophisticated comedy about the challenges of love and marriage
among modern day New Yorkers, "Trust the Man" features the romantic escapades
of two couples: a successful actress (Julianne Moore) and her stay at home
husband (David Duchovny); and her slacker younger brother (Billy Crudup) and
his aspiring novelist girlfriend Maggie Gyllenhaal). The film follows these
four on their pointed, often surprising and frequently hilarious search for
love in the midst of careers, family, infidelity and the ever-daunting search
for Manhattan street parking.
The Religious Affiliation of
Comic Book Characters
Jennifer Connelly nude sex
scenes compilation Video
Tackles Robbery Suspect
Aussie government orders spoof
- "A spoof John Howard website that featured a soul searching 'apology'
speech for the Iraq war has been shut down under orders from the Australian
Google wins a court battle
- "In a legal win for Google, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a
writer who claimed the search giant infringed on his copyright by archiving a
Usenet posting of his and providing excerpts from his Web site in search
"South Park Creators Respond
To Episode-Disappearing Scientologists"
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Savage Weekend (1979) is a slasher movie with a masked slasher, long before that had been done to death. A group of Manhattan sophisticates head upstate for vacation to work on boat construction, work on their tans, and diddle each other. The most politically incorrect item in the film was a flamingly gay man in the group, who picks a fight with two rednecks, then kicks the shit out of them. Next in line would be the local, useful only as a red herring, who didn't like the way his cousin was behaving, so he striped her to the waist, and branded her with the letter H right between the breasts. Why H?, you ask. H for whore, of course. Nobody said he could spell.
Each of the five main characters has a back story, and if you pay attention while they are being set up, you will know who the masked slasher is.
The highlight of this film is the nudity, which includes breasts from the unknown actress who was branded, breasts and buns from Caitlin O'Heaney, and breasts from Marilyn Hamlin. O'Heaney is better know for stage performances beginning at age 8, but also appeared in 16 TV shows and five other movies. This was her first feature film. Marilyn Hamlin you might remember from Shaft's Big Score.
IMDb readers say 3.5, clearly indicating that they have no appreciation for 70s trash cinema. I mean, come on ... a flaming fag that beats up on rednecks? The murders are not especially clever, with one notable exception. The women are attractive. As the boom mike, and even the boom in a few cases, make frequent visits, I am sure I was seeing a full negative version of what was meant to be a Widescreen film. IN fact, there are brief sections of the film that are Widescreen. This is a C-, as an early masked slasher effort with unintentional laughs and lots of breasts.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Based on the life of Andrei Chikatilo, "the Monster of Rostov", who assaulted, murdered, and ate more than 30 children and young people in the Soviet Republic in the 1980's, this 2004 dramatization, which changed some of the facts, is somewhat slow-moving, but features an outstanding performance by Malcolm McDowell as the serial killer and cannibal.
The killer, credited in the movie version with over 50 kills, leads an ordinary life while the police search for the person responsible for the horrific crimes. The movie focuses on the both the killer, and the lead detective who eventually tracked him down.
As you might expect, the movie is fairly unpleasant, and unfortunately somewhat draggy in parts, but McDowell's performance is very good, making it an interesting if not groundbreaking examination of a serial killer.
A few odds n' ends from Penman...
First up, coming to DVD on Tuesday...here is Jennifer Aniston showing pokies, cleavage and a little leg in scenes from the "Derailed".
In Euro-theaters now! Here is young UK actress Tamsin Egerton briefly topless in scenes from "Keeping Mum".
Last but not least...here is Kate Beckinsale wearing plenty of skin-tight latex and also showing a bit of skin in scenes from "Underworld: Evolution".