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Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Junior is on a mini-working-sorta-vacation, so I'm writing the page for a
bit. He's in Amsterdam with some buds, the lucky dog, but will resume writing
the page from Europe in a day or two, assuming he doesn't discover brown cafes.
Original Sin is a soap
opera, in convenient thriller format, but the unrated DVD is pretty damned
sexy. It ain't no PG-13! Banderas and Jolie hump away for about three minutes
in their first sex scene. S-s-s-mokin'. Between the two AVI's you will see the
entire scene in near DVD quality, provided you can figure out how to read a
DIVX 4.02 codec. I think they'll have something which will help you out at
www.divx.com. I hope their new 5.x codec is
backward compatible, because I haven't picked it up yet.
I made some movies because still captures don't really give you a feel for
what's going on. At one point, they are pumping away like mad, and at another
point, Jolie's boobs are bouncing around so fast you can barely see them. Very
By the way, the first still frame shows something dark between Jolie's legs
- tattoos, pubes, crotch patch - who knows?
(I hear that her tattoos were digitally removed, by the way)
Deadly Drifter is
pretentious and incoherent. How did the grounded, sensible
Danny Glover get roped into this? He must have been desperate for work. Man, I love
this completely incomprehensible 1982 film. My kind of gibberish!
True Blood is
an undistinguished 1989 action/melodrama starring Jeff Fahey,
but it featured some nudity from Sherilyn Fenn, which is a good
enough justification to make a movie. I'll have those tomorrow. Both this DVD and the one
for Deadly Drifter include quizzes on the movie content. I
passed this one, but I flunked miserably on Deadly Drifter. I'll
be able to figure out the time paradox in Donnie Darko, the puns
in Finnegan's Wake, and Steven Hawking's Brief History of Time
before I can piece that one together.
Here 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 I inexplicably determined
there might be something of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or
Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.
"Camp Blood 2" (2000)
Camp Blood 2 (2000 video) is an abysmal slasher movie. The photography is a poor
second to Blaire Witch Project, the plot is detailed in 6 words -- Tees slashed
in woods by clown, and the acting would disappoint a grammar school Christmas
pageant director. I will have to give them some credit for pretty good gore
effects, and full frontal from Lisa Marie Bolick in a shower scene. Thumbnails
As it delivers considerable "bad movie" energy, and gore effects, I will award a
"Angels and Insects" (1995)
Insects & Angels (1995) is a dull as dishwater costumer set in Victorian
England. The worlds stupidest prominent scientist, an entomologist, is
shipwrecked on his way back from 10 years in the Amazon, losing all of his
specimens and notes. He is taken in by one of his sponsors, the Alabaster
family, and put to work tutoring the children, and organizing the natural
science collection. Along the way, he falls in lust with one of the daughters,
and ends up marrying her.
Despite the fact that she nearly raped him on their wedding night, the fact that
she often locked her door to him, none of their resulting children even remotely
resembled him, his brother-in-law was deeply jealous of him from the beginning,
and he saw the brother-in-law making free with a young servant girl, it came as
a total surprise to him that his wife and her brother had an incestuous
relationship. I will admit to having a low tolerance for pretentious dialogue,
stuffy costumes, people that fuck with all or most of their clothes on, and
endless scenes watching ants crawl around, but this is not a film I will
re-watch. It would probably be decent from a visual point of view with a good
wide screen transfer, but the letterbox version just released is very grainy and
noisy when enlarged. Patsy Kensit, as the adulterous sister/wife, does show full
frontal, and there is a lengthy sex scene behind gauze curtains.
IMDB readers award 7.0 of 10, and critics also like it. Scoopy was able to enjoy
symbolism, but admitted that it was a rather boring, tedious effort. I can't
give this more than a C-.
Scoop says. I'm on board with you. I agree with every
word you wrote, although I saw some things I liked. I wrote
"Frankly, the story plods along like a dray horse, and we can
guess the "surprise" and the conclusion after about 15 minutes, thus
rendering the labored resolution nearly unnecessary. As for the
metaphorical parallels to the insect world, and the other heavy-handed
devices (the rich family is named Alabaster, for example), let
me quote Dennis Miller (who was speaking of a completely separate
subject), "If the symbolism were any more obvious, Andrew Lloyd Webber
would be writing music for it".
haven't already given enough examples, consider this: in addition to her
many butterfly dresses, Kensit also wears one gown which is striped
black and yellow like a honeybee. (I don't have any expertise in this
area, but it doesn't seem like an accurate period look to me. On the
other hand, if it is, I am edified and amused to know that there was
a time when black and yellow horizontal stripes were considered both
fashionable and flattering. Well, except on John Belushi.)
It's an intelligent film, but not
one that is especially subtle or entertaining, and the first half hour is
tedious and almost completely devoid of energy."
- Patsy Kensit
More Steph McMahon pop-outs (1,2).
Ya gotta love that McMahon family. I don't know whether you like Vince or not.
A lot of people don't, but I think he's great. He has managed to get very rich
by having a lot of fun, and at the same time providing people with cathartic
lowbrow entertainment. I'll bet most of us would gladly swap places with him.
He is the P.T. Barnum of his own time, has lots of imagination and a truly
demented sense of humor. Most important, he figures his daughter is an adult,
and if she wants in on the con, he writes her and her chest into the script.
Scoop - as requested, here is Joely Fisher in Baby Bob (1,2)
Scoop, A little more from "Girls Are For
Loving". Today Cheri continues her love making with the boy friend and
Jocelyn Peters (1,2,3) topless with a bad guy (She's the bad spy).Then Cheri
(1,2,3,4) topless on the beach and then grabbed by 5 bad guys and stripped.Tomorrow she winds up stark naked and tied up.
- A second installment of the past weekend's efforts. All of these are collages of Tuna's previously submitted caps.
Michelle Chavez is a little chunky but has a first rate set of hooties
that she shows off in Warm Texas Rain.
- Astrid Frank (1,2,3)
does all 3 B's and woulda done more if there were more to do. Even an upskirt
pose in the immortal Au Pair Girls.
- Audretta Gay topless
and in a thong bikini (also a scuba tank, if that's your particular thing) in
- Beverly Lynne, cute
as the dickens and topless, in a sport-humpin scene from Hell's Highway.
Crimony, that would be the Long Island Express any time of the day or
- Brigitte Fossey (1,2),
terrific French actress and all-around nice piece of tail (the first I can
attest to, the other I assume) topless in one weird scene from Going Places.
That babe-magnet Gerard Depardieu was cut out of these frames because I have a
very sensitive stomach.
- Carolanne Hawkins,
lying around the dungeon with her bra at her side, in Zeta One.
- Catherine Deneuve (1,2,3)
in Belle De Jour. Onliest exposure here is some see-thru bum stuff in the
second collage, but the images in third one are some of my favorites.
At the time she made this movie, Deneuve was arguably the most beautiful
- Maribel Oporto,
Mediterranean beauty, topless in Bravo. In her case, brava.
- Marthe Keller, in a
post-coital, topless pose with Dustin Hoffman lying around on or near
her... all from The Marathon Man. This was the movie that turned a simple
question, "Is it safe?", into a threat. It also did wonders for the
profession of dentistry.
- Mary Shannon,
topless and doing the cowgirl thing in Dead Sexy, a feature film put out by
the Society of Morticians and Undertakers.
- Maureen Larrazabal,
topless and half-submerged in Blood Surf.
- Michelle Bauer and
Karen Russel, both topless, in Dr. Alien. Senior was right on about Ms.
Bauer: she was nekkid in something close to forty movies and videotapes and it
should be our collective goal to see that each on winds up in the
Enycyclopedia. A quest, gentlemen. A lofty pursuit.
- Monique Gabrielle
in the only non-Tuna caps of the bunch. These are JohnnyWeb originals from
Deathstalker II. Best parts of the whole movie were the out-takes,
particularly the ones of Monique as she pretends to hump someone, when
obviously only the cameraman could have been under her (frames on the
top left of the collage). In the background you can hear people
cracking up over her "performance" and that prompts a spirited response from
our heroine. Worth the price of rental, alone.
- Finally, we have Nathalie Perrey with full frontal action in two movies,
Levres De Sang and
La Nuit de Traqueés.
Gotta love the Funhouse: a few months ago I didn't know Nathalie Perrey from
Nathalie Merchant. Now I've seen more of her bush than of maybe four
old girlfriends', Mrs. Brainscan's and a few dozen strippers'.
|A slight slip of the nip from Pam. She is standing next to Liz
Hurley. Liz is famous for "the best tits in London", but next to Pam she looks
about as buxom as Audrey Hepburn. (Hurley's, of course, are real. Pam's are the
best money can buy.) |
I think these Watty caps are the best ones I've seen from "Hardcore".
GR's collage from "Two Shades of Blue"
GR's collage from "Two Shades of Blue"
|Pat Reeder The Comedy Wire
Pat's comments in yellow...
From Ananova.com, a new award for acting: the Keanus.
Now, here's an award that Ethan Hawke has a chance of winning...
Bad film awards named after Keanu Reeves
A website has launched its own worst film awards, and has named them after Keanu
Reeves. The Keanus are described as the "alternate Oscars." Fans can vote for
the Celebrity Most Likely To Be Crushed By The Weight of Own Ego or Actor Most
Apt To Take Mantle From Keanu Reeves. According to
www.alternet.org, the awards were named
after Reeves in honour of the "Actor most able to make bad movie after bad
movie, with little real acting skill in evidence, and yet emerge unscathed and
From IMDB News. Sounds like I'm not the only one who is
baffled by the alleged appeal of Penelope Cruz...
Cruz Dropped By Ralph Lauren
Movie beauty Penélope Cruz has been dropped as the face of Polo by Ralph Lauren.
The stunning Spaniard's contract with the women's collection has not been
renewed, after Cruz starred in a string of box-office flops. American designer
Lauren signed Cruz in 2000 after she was tipped as the next big thing in
Hollywood. But despite starring alongside major A-list stars such as Matt Damon
and Nicolas Cage, Cruz's flicks have failed to set the American box office
alight. The Madrid-born star will continue to be the face of Lauren's newest
fragrance, Glamorous, until 2003.
Oscar trivia article from the NY Post by Lou Lumenick.
WHITHER GEORGE CHAKIRIS By LOU LUMENICK
WINNING an Oscar can make an actor's career - but it can also be a terrible
burden that ultimately reduces them to little more than an answer in Trivial
For every Walter Matthau or Goldie Hawn, who had lengthy strings of A-list
hits after breaking through with supporting wins for "Fortune Cookie" and
"Butterflies are Free," the Academy has embraced a brace of one-hit wonders.
You need to the scour the video-store racks (or watch TV) to follow the
subsequent careers of winners Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite"), Linda Hunt
("The Year of Living Dangerously"), Louis Gosset Jr. ("An Officer and a
Gentleman"), Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck") Beatrice Straight ("Network"),
Louise Fletcher ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), Marlee Matlin ("Children of
a Lesser God") and perhaps the saddest and most obscure case of all, George
Chakiris ("West Side Story").
Things can be even tougher for Best Actor and Best Actress winners, if recently
history is any indication. Kevin Spacey, who won two years ago for "American
Beauty" (and also has a supporting actor trophy for "The Usual Suspects") has
gotten mostly terrible reviews for three bombs in a row: "Pay it Forward," "K-PAX"
and "The Shipping News." That year's Best Actress winner, Hilary Swank,
was hailed for her work in "Boys Don't Cry" - but critics held their noses for
her latest, "The Affair of the Necklace." Angelina Jolie, who won 1999's
Best Supporting Actress award for "Girl Interrupted," disgraced herself in two
of last year's worst-reviewed movies, "Tomb Raider" and "Original Sin."
Or take the top winners in 1998. Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared on many more
magazine covers than in watchable movies since being named Best Actress for
"Shakespeare in Love." Her post-Oscar resume includes such dubious entries as
"Bounce," "Duet" and "Shallow Hal."
And no one on this side of the Atlantic is exactly holding their breath awaiting
the latest offerings from Best Actor winner Roberto Benigni:
"Asterix et Obelix vs. Caeser" and the self-directed "Pinocchio," with himself
in the title role. Sometimes the problem is that actors have already
less-than-great follow-ups to Oscar wins already in the can, or are
contractually committed to them. Good scripts can be few and far between -
particularly for actresses - so even for Oscar winners it's often a choice
between a lengthy hiatus or accepting B-grade material. Julia Roberts, who
won last year for "Erin Brockovich" has been marking time by taking smallish
parts in ensemble pieces - "The Mexican" and "America's Sweethearts," which
tanked, and "Ocean's Eleven," a hit. She's got good reason to be concerned.
Geena Davis ("The Accidental Tourist") lately has been playing second fiddle to
a mouse in the "Stuart Little" movies and the sporadically
employed Jessica Lange's ("Blue Sky") latest assignment has her ludicrously
impersonating a New York Jewish mother in the upcoming "Prozac Nation." Kim
Basinger went directly from her Oscar win in "L.A. Confidential" into two
certified dogs, "I Dream of Africa" and "Bless the Child." Speaking of canines,
there was the sorry sight of winners Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire") and
James Coburn ("Affliction") as father and son in the woeful kiddie comedy "Snow
Dogs" earlier this year. Was it a case of "Show me the money"?
Occasionally, someone escapes the curse of Oscar. Ben Kingsley, winner of Best
Actor for "Gandhi," looked for years to go the way of F. Murray Abraham
("Amadeus"), whose biggest subsequent credit was the notorious Schwarzenegger
dud "The Last Action Hero." But Kingsley hung in there and was subsequently
nominated for "Bugsy" and is up again this year for perhaps his finest
performance, in "Sexy Beast." So is Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny"), who's been
nominated for her excellent work in "In the Bedroom." If she wins this time,
there will be no cruel jokes that the presenter read off the wrong name.
I disagree with him on a few points. For instance, I
liked "Shallow Hal," which I thought did pretty well at the box office, and
"Tomb Raider" didn't interest me, but I thought it was a pretty big hit. I
don't think those hurt Gwyneth or Angelina's reputations. By the way, did you
hear that the producers of the Oscars decided there will be no dance numbers at
this year's show? First we get Whoopi Goldberg hosting, now this! There'll be
nothing to laugh at! In previous years, the sight of Rob Lowe doing the bunny
hop with Snow White or the Riverdance troupe stomping cockroaches to the love
theme from "Saving Private Ryan" was the only moment of entertainment in four
hours of tedium. Makes my job that much harder, too. Oh, well, let's just hope
that Geena Davis comes dressed as a giant accordion.