Crack House (1989) is a story of drugs and gang warfare between a group of blacks and a group of Chicanos. It centers on a young man who has left the gang to be with his 18 year old girlfriend, Cheryl Kay. She is a senior in a rough High School, and lives with her drunken single mother. When the rival gang kills her boyfriend's cousin, he leads a revenge raid, and is arrested for about 7,000 felonies. The police want to cut a deal with him in exchange for help breaking up a crack ring, but he would never squeal to the police, at least until he discovers that someone turned his girl into a crack whore, then gave her to the head dealer for partial payment of a debt.
Things I learned from this film.
1) Drugs suck (I hadn't realized).
2) Gang Bangers are not good life insurance risks.
3) Coke whores will do anything for a fix.
4) People do nasty things to coke whores.
5) Blacks and Chicanos are not necessarily best friends.
6) Narcs have really cool tanks to assist in busts.
The nudity is more of a story than the film. I fast forwarded after the first few minutes looking for nudity, not wanting to sit through it if there wasn't. There was a shower scene, where we saw breasts, but not head for Kay's character, it was cut sloppily between breast and head shots, and in one frame I saw part of a white bra. Obvious double, right? Then a minor character, Heid Thomas, showed breasts and buns as a crack whore who ODs, probably intentionally, so I watched the whole thing. It was then I discovered another topless scene with Kay's character that showed much of her face. The DVD also had a full negative 4/3 aspect ratio version for further investigation. In the full frame version, we can see a partial face with breasts in the shower scene, but even more frames showing the white bra at the end of the scene. However, we now see the entire face, and in lighter frames of the other nude scene. The breasts, body and partial face look enough alike that I don't think a double was used, especially given that she shows the same breasts in the other scene, but I can't explain the white bra at the end (see the last two images).
IMDb readers have this at 4.6 of 10. It earned a whopping $838K in theaters. The cast did include Jim Brown and Richard Roundtree. I think it was meant to be hard hitting, and may have been in 1989, but it oscillated between boring and unpleasant to watch. This is a very low C-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Re the hot sex scene in the L-Word in yesterday's edition, this in
"That is Leisha
Daniels on today's (March 23 2005) page. Thought you should
Make it so.
Being Julia (2004):
Julia is a famous actress on the London stage in the late 1930s. She
is losing her passion for performing the roles she has made famous,
and she is getting too old for those roles, so she is beginning to
see her current existence as the end of Act One of her life, and is
wondering what will happen in Act Two.
It doesn't take long for her world to change. Act Two of her life is
also Act Two of the film. She falls in love with an adoring American
half her age, and the rejuvenation of her sex drive stirs her
passion for work as well. She abandons her plans for a vacation, and
plans to work through the summer. Unfortunately, her American's
infatuation was short-lived, and Julia is doubly humiliated when the
young man not only dumps her, but dumps her for the beautiful young
actress who seems to the the Julia of the future. She tries to turn
to her long time platonic friend for passion, but finds out he is
gay. She tries to turn to her aging husband, and finds that he, too,
is infatuated with the up-and-coming young actress.
The final act is basically Julia's carefully orchestrated revenge.
This act is the film's weakness. The revenge is limp and tepid. The
result? No climax. No catharsis. The film ends up a beautiful piece
of foreplay, with no actual lovemaking.
Despite the unrealized potential of the main plot, there are lots of
delicious little things going on, all performed by great actors and
photographed lovingly. The husband and wife (Jeremy Irons and
Annette Bening) are a magnificent couple past their prime. The
mother and son (Anne Bening and young Tom Sturridge) relationship is
the best part of the film: the gentle and soft-spoken son is the
only one who always dares to tell his mother the truth - about
himself and about herself as well. Julia can also get the truth from
her loyal dresser (Juliet Stevenson) if she needs to hear it. The
relationship between Julia and the gay aristocrat (Bruce Greenwood)
is also quite charming, as is the imaginary relationship between
Julia and her dead mentor (Michael Gambon). A lot of the charm in
those relationships derives from the fact that the six characters
involved are all real people - even the dead guy- and are all
essentially good people. We can recognize them, we like them, and we
root for them. The parts of the film that don't work as well revolve
around the dramatic conflict, and involve the characters who are not
so nice. Of course, the villains are not really that bad, and
nothing so bad really happens to them, which is appropriate, but ...
well, really boring as hell.
Annette Bening has always been an unusual actress. She's one of
those whose appearance doesn't really match her aura. She is
obviously beautiful, and elegant, and may have the most perfect
smile in history, but we get the feeling that underneath her classic
looks she is too smart and calculating for her own good, and that we
should not trust her, no matter how much warmth her smile may
radiate. She's not sweet enough and she's too aloof to play the
"girl we love" Meg Ryan roles, but she's too damned likeable and
vulnerable to play the bitchy Joan Collins roles. This leaves her
typecast as the woman who seems benign until betrayed, then turns
Machiavellian and insidious. As it turns out, that's exactly what
she was called upon to do here. Bening is magnificent, because the
role not only makes use of her greatest strengths, but does so
virtually in the context of her own life story. She, like the
character, is a beautiful woman getting too old to play the
beautiful seductresses. Some aging actresses can drop the seductress
roles, change gears and start playing ugly old crones and drunks,
ala Anne Bancroft. Neither Bening nor the fictional Julia is that
kind of actress. In another parallel, Bening, like Julia, is married
to a man once considered the handsomest in the world, but now
obviously much older than herself. Given a chance to act out her own
life in many ways, Bening delivered a charismatic and showy
performance that let her showcase what she does best. Julia's son
points out in the script that his mother is always acting, onstage
and off, so it's a really juicy role, and it got Bening a deserved
One other thing to mention. Completely irrelevant to the plot
development, but of great interest to me, was the curious scene
where a street busker did an impersonation of Neville Chamberlain,
the famous "appeasement" minister. Ya know, you really don't see a
lot of Neville Chamberlain impersonations among today's crowd of
mimics, and all's the pity for that.
That's about all you have here. Strong date film material that the
woman probably will like more than the man. (IMDb scores: 7.2 males,
7.8 females). Great costumes, elegant sets, plenty of interesting
things going on, and a brilliant cast in a film which seems like a
fast flyweight boxer who dazzles with his footwork but just doesn't
know how to deliver the K.O.
Shakespeare in Love without Shakespeare.
Or the Love.
- Annette Bening (1,
2). Just the tiniest flash of her tiny left breast
in the massage scene (#1). Collage #2 is the love scene, but
nothing is out there.
MrTwig's SouthPark site has the new episode available.
The boys become talent agents.
East Texas house stolen brick by brick.
- "When Smith County Constable Dennis Taylor got a call
reporting a stolen house, his first question was, 'Is it a
trailer house, ma'am?'
- 'No, it's a brick house,' the real estate company
Borowitz: "IN BEARISH SIGN, GREENSPAN RUNS OUT ON CHECK AT
SIZZLER. Analysts See Fed Chief's Move Signaling
Superstar CELINE DION has hit out at audiences at her Las Vegas
shows - insisting they are not 'real fans' and often fall asleep
while she sings. Damn, she wasn't supposed to reveal
that. If you have Sominex stock, sell short.
“Britney hates being overweight and is keen to shed the pounds she
has put on since getting wed.”
"An overwhelming 82 percent of the public believes the Congress
and President should stay out of the Schiavo matter."
Wow! I guess these guys kinda miscalculated their spin.
"Playing simple computer games at the office could improve
productivity and job satisfaction." Not to mention high
Jon Stewart interviews Craig Ferguson.
CNN's Rick Sanchez proves he's a man who's not afraid to get
50,000 volts for a soft news story.
The Daily Show's Rob Corddry reports on the controversy of
government produced news.
The Daily Show: As the White House teaches, if you want something
spun right, you've got to spin it yourself.
Lewis Black takes comfort in seeing Congress take on such pressing
issues as steroid use in baseball.
Clemens's stolen orange Hummer found. You do have to
admire the sheer cojones of any crook who thought he could get
away with stealing a full-sized one-of-a-kind Longhorn orange
Hummer belonging to to most famous guy in town. I wonder how they
planned to slip away unnoticed. This could turn into another one
of those "dumb crooks" movies. Get Michael Rapaport on the line.
When your pet dies - turn him/her into a pillow!!
- An era passing ...
GM Says It May Kill Off One of Its Brands. Buick and
Pontiac are the obvious choices.
"INGLORIOUS BASTARDS to be broken up into two volumes KILL BILL
“We don’t want your gay business districts, same-sex marriage,
body pierced, tattooed to the ankles, (c)rap music, lowrider,
celebrating diversity-while-standing-for-nothing liberal nonsense
here in Idaho."
The teaser, trailer, and six clips from a new Brit comedy, It's
All Gone Pete Tong
Proof positive that Barry Bonds did not take steroids.
Former Playmate and Santa arrested for stealing power tools.
Those fuckin' reindeer games are getting a lot kinkier.
Maxim plays an April Fool's photo prank on the Bush twins.
Letterman's "Top Ten Signs You've Hired A Bad Easter Bunny"
- 9. Reeks of tequila and Easter egg dye.
- 5. Only gives the kids candy after they attend his
presentation on the time-share condos.
Nostalgia: 80's Movie Trailers
Study shows that monkeys can do deductive reasoning,
are thus ineligible for U.S. Senate.
Playwright Edward Albee and actors Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin
are involved in a new staging of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
I have good memories of Edward Albee. When I was still in high
school I published an article about "Virginia Woolf" in The
Rochester Times-Union. It kinda sucked, I suppose. After all, what
does a 16 or 17 year old know about modern drama? But my mom was
impressed with it, as moms will be, and sent it to Albee without
my knowledge. The cool part of the story is that he was kind
enough to respond to me with a hand-written letter! I still have
it, envelope and all, and that was 39 years ago. (It has a five
cent stamp!) So I guess ol' Ed is a pretty cool guy.
Louis Black weighs in on the institutional betrayal of public
Sean 'P Diddy' Combs is planning to make an Ocean's 11-style heist
movie - but with an all-black cast. I'm still waiting
for the all-black version of The Last Polka.
Nicole Kidman hopes to get a degree in philosophy.
"Soup Nazi" plans to franchise his store.
Two men left a trail of coins from a convenience store they
burglarized to their home.
CARDSHARK Online - The World's First Card-Cheating Web Site
C-list celebrities hope peace rally will re-invigorate careers.
- "Glover and Garofalo were joined by thousands of other
ex-celebrities across the globe passionately fighting for their
own recognition, including Ethan Hawke, Harry Belafonte and Mike
Farrell, better known as B.J. Hunnicutt of TV’s M.A.S.H. "
iowahawk: How to Blog Good
If you just can't get enough octopus porn, this site's home page
is gonna make your day.
- The NY Post says
PAT O'Brien, the host of 'The Insider' who entered rehab on
Sunday, has more to worry about than sexually explicit voice-mail
Anti-piracy office accused of piracy.
Latino Review has some new images and a summary of Everything is
Illuminated, which stars Frodo, and was written and
directed by actor Liev Schreiber.
Oh, thank God. There will be a Santa Clause 3.
SHAQ TO TESTIFY ABOUT DOUGHNUT ABUSE IN NBA. Krispy
Kreme Calls Government Hearings "A Witch-Hunt"
Baretta says he has an empty wallet. Not to mention an
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since it's sorta in real time.
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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.
This week's poll is another look at a poll from a few years ago...
Best Sex Scene in a Mainstream Movie
For this poll it's A-list only. No skinemax or adult stuff. You'll also notice a lack of lesbian lovin'....I'm saving that for another poll.
Here are the results of our most recent other polls...
The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s
Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper.
Who has the best bum in Hollywood?
Best All Time Television Comedy
Best Nudity in an Oscar-winning performance.
Email Scoopy Jr. with more nominees, comments or suggestions.
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Today the Ghost takes a look at the Fred Olen Ray mega-lo budget sex comedy, "Bikini Airways" (2003). Looks like all the girls are topless and joining the mile high club. I guess the obvious question is..."Where can I get tickets?"
- Amy Lindsay
- Amy Lindsay zipped .wmv
- Belinda-Gavin zipped .wmv
- Loni Lynn shows off her robo-big'uns plus a bit of pubes.
- zipped .wmv
- Skinemax regular Regina Russell gettin' it on in two scenes.
- Regina Russell zipped .wmvs
|First up in links 1-3 we have another look at the star of "The Princess Diaries" wearing a dress that almost fully reveals one of her breasts in a side view. Links 4-7 are proof that the movie "Havoc" actually exists. Sorry, no skin yet.
|Flautista 'caps of Tomanovich in see-thru black undies and topless in a sex scene in "Amnesia" (1997). If you don't know of her, it's ok. After all, the biggest film of her career is the Pauly Shore classic, "Bio-Dome".
||The "Desperate Housewives" star wearing a very low cut dress and showing off plenty of cleavage. Thanks to Squiddy.
|The Skin-man takes a look at the 1992 Crime/Thriller "Unlawful Entry", starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe. Not a great movie, but not a bad one either. Russell plays his usual good guy, Liotta of course is great playing the psycho bad guy while Stowe and Rose provide some decent nudity. There are worse things to watch at 2am.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MICHAEL JACKSON UPDATE
Made For Each Other - Tuesday at Michael Jackson's trial, a female fan in
the courtroom began screaming, then fainted to the floor. It was later
reported that she was such a fanatic, she had claimed she hadn't had sex in
18 years and was saving herself for Michael Jackson, and she wants to have
a dozen or more kids with him.
Hope she has an industrial strength turkey baster.
Michael likes the dozen kids idea, but not the sex part.
Wouldn't she prefer someone more masculine, like LaToya?
So we finally have an answer to the question, "How delusional ARE
Michael Jackson fans?"
Only One Rule In Vegas: Hands Off The Kinder! - If Michael doesn't go to
jail, he may have a new gig. Us Weekly claims that Donald Trump and his
partners in the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas think that while Jackson
may not be selling records anymore, like Barry Manilow, he might be a big
draw as their house performer in Vegas. They've already spoken to his reps
about an $80 million contract, but it would include "morals clauses."
Only Michael Jackson could get kicked out of Las Vegas for violating the
Michael likes the idea, but he'd rather play at Circus Circus.
He'd headline a new show called "Freaks!"
Michael would like it there: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and
kids stay free!
Vegas already has a dozen Michael Jackson impersonators who look a lot
more like Michael than Michael does.
OPRAH'S "FREE CAR" FLOPPING WITH BUYERS
"G6: The Edsel Of Cars!" - Oprah may be losing her magic touch: she talked
GM into letting her give away 276 new Pontiac G6 cars to her audience,
which was hailed as a brilliant advertising move. But despite GM's claims
that the G6 is selling well, industry analysts say it's a flop. It's sold
less than half of the Grand Am's monthly average; and GM has ramped up
incentives and rebates to over $3600 just to try to make it sell.
People want the "Oprah Rebate: 100 percent of MSRP."
It's starting to remind Oprah of the time she had on the cast of
At least nobody can say that "you can't give it away."
HORROR TALES FROM THE OFFICE
Take-Your-Anger-To-Work Day - A Maxim magazine survey found that 74 percent
of readers said their boss disrespects them and over half had been publicly
humiliated, like a man whose boss demoted him in front of his visiting
kids. But some took revenge, such as: having fetish magazines sent to him
at the office, stealing his clothes from the locker room, sending him a
fake $500 gift certificate to a restaurant, and changing his Caller ID to
"Lord Farquar," the short, nasty ruler from "Shrek." Most clever was a
woman whose boss always stole her ideas. Convinced he couldn't tell a good
idea from a bad one, she came up with some that were so bad, when he stole
them, he was demoted.
It was the best idea she ever had.
She just wished she could think of ideas bad enough to get him fired.
She must not work in television: when you steal bad ideas in TV, you get
The "Lord Farquar" trick didn't work: that boss liked being called
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