* Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

* White asterisk: expanded format.

* Blue asterisk: not mine.

No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.







Demolition Man

Demolition Man (1993) is billed as a Science Fiction/Thriller/Crime film. If I believed that for a moment, I would be writing a very different review. This is a comedy, pure and simple, and may be Sylvester Stallone's best performance. The film starts in the near future, with ultraviolent supercop Stallone going after arch psycho killer Wesley Snipes. While he takes Snipes into custody, he blows up a building in the process, living up to his nickname, and the hostages he was looking for are found dead in the building. Snipes is sentenced to cryo-incarceration, but so is Stallone, for the death of the hostages. Years later, after the 'big earthquake" in a new ultra PC society, Snipes escapes at a parole hearing. Cop Sandra Bullock suggests defrosting Stallone to catch Snipes.

Bullock, who was awarded an undeserved razzie nomination, was a 20th century groupie, and about to perish from boredom working as a cop in a society where saying damn was serious crime. She and Stallone team up to chase Snipes. Her use of 20th century slang is hilarious. Snipes was deliciously over the top. There was also an underground, who lived literally underground, to add a little breadth to the plot.

IMDb readers say 6.1. Critics were generally unkind, but it earned $68.1M at the box office. Rent this expecting a comedy, and I think you will enjoy it. C.

Scoop's notes:

One thing I have learned over the years is that people don't like their action hero stars to appear as parodies of themselves. Demolition Man is an excellent comedy, and The Last Action Hero is both funny and perceptive, but Stallone and Schwarzenegger fans hated them. Bruce Willis fans hated Hudson Hawk as well. But Tuna, Junior and I all love The Last Action Hero and Demo Man, and Junior even likes Hudson Hawk!

Or maybe that just proves that we DO love to see action heroes appear as parodies of themselves. Whatever. At any rate, I see no reason why comedy and action can't co-exist. To me, Last Action Hero pulls off exactly the same self-referential magic as Scream, and is funnier in the process, but Scream is considered a classic of genre parody, and Last Action Hero is rated an anemic 5.1 at IMDb.

Brandy Ledford shows breasts on a cyberscreen.











Teenage Bride

Sharon Kelly is back, this time in Teenage Bride, as the Time Machine travels back to 1970.  As usual this freckle- faced beauty is showing off all the goods in these caps and five clips.







Victim of Desire

Pete Starky (Marc "Beastmaster" Singer) is on the trail of $70 million in embezzled cash. The trail leads to Leeland Duvall (Wings Hauser), a wealthy white collar killer. But when Duvall dies in a mysterious car accident, the victim's sexy wife Carla (Shannon Tweed), becomes the prime suspect. Just as Starky becomes romantically involved with Carla, evidence points to him as her accomplice in the murder.

Scoop's notes:

You want to feel old along with me? Get this: the Beastmaster will turn 60 in January!



Julie Strain



Shannon Tweed








Notes and collages

"Farscape" - Part 17

Season 3, Eps  9-12

Tammy MacIntosh, S3, E8

Susan Lyons, S3, E10

Claudia Black, S3, E12









Goya's Ghosts


Natalie Portman









Anarchy TV is an odd little no-budget film about a bunch of activists who take over a TV studio and use it to broadcast alternative programming. The good news is that includes nudity, as seen in this film clip. The most famous person to get naked was Jessica Hecht, who had a recurring role on Friends as the lesbian who stole Ross's first wife. The other woman is Tamayo Otsuki, who works as a stand-up comic. (I guess, based on this.)