"Who Killed Bambi?"

Who Killed Bambi? (2003) is a very low key French thriller that takes place in a hospital. The "cock of the walk" hot shot surgeon is a perv, anesthetizing young women and then molesting them. One nursing student is wise to him. His attitude toward her makes her suspicious, and then events convince her that he is a dangerous perv, and probably killed at least one patient. We are let in on his secret from nearly the beginning, so the movie is really all about the cat and mouse game between the doctor and nurse Isabelle (Sophie Quinton). He nicknames her Bambi when he discovers that she has an inner ear condition that makes her dizzy and unsteady on her legs.

Quinton has screen presence, can deliver lines effectively, and shows emotion. We will be seeing more of her, or rather, as she did full frontal in this film, we will be seeing her often. Two female patients also show full frontal, Lisa Huynh and one I was not able to identify. IMDb readers have this at 6.5. Some critics were unhappy with the low key ending, others felt that a low key ending was perfect for this low key thriller. I side more with the first group. I found it a terrific film with a weak ending. This is a C to C+, a rather good hospital thriller. It is a letterboxed transfer in French with forced English subtitles.

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  • Lisa Huynh (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Sophie Quinton (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Sin City (2005):

    Since just about everyone knows what Sin City is, I know I will be stating the obvious in these first couple of paragraphs, but I need to do it anyway. I have to provide the background info for those who have just arrived on Earth today from distant planets. I do this as a public service to help them collect the data they need to study our quaint earthling ways, in the hope that by doing so I will get to be a zookeeper/trustee when they enslave our race and force the rest of you into their distant zoos. Most of you will be called upon three times a day (your "feeding times") to demonstrate cute and primitive earthling behavior in a realistic natural habitat. For example, perhaps you will be herded into a smoky bar and forced to sing karaoke. Meanwhile, I will be standing behind the glass walls with the aliens and other condescendingly superior beings like Tom Wolfe, laughing at your poor Sinatra impersonations while all-skillful galactic pleasure women take me to the Inn of the 14th Happiness. Sorry, suckers.

    This film is an adaptation of three noir stories from an eponymous comic book, but to state that is to oversimplify the film's provenance because the comic itself is pretty much of a personal interpretation of the pulp stories of the 30s and 40s, interpreted as they would have been interpreted in the film noir movies of the forties if the mores of that day had allowed it. Therefore, Sin City is something of a third or fourth derivative. If we skip all the intermediary interpretations and filters, we can probably state fairly that it is a story from the pulp magazines brought to life with the technology of today and a tip of the hat to the dramatic lighting of 1940s film noir. Stated another way, it is a living, moving comic book. Oh, yeah, I'm aware that they don't call them comic books any more. Now they are "classical graphic dramas", or "pictorialized novels", or "feats of rendered imagineering", or some such imperial hoity-toity euphemism, but let's not kid ourselves, shall we? They are comic books, for better or worse.

    The intention of the co-directors, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, was to come as close as possible to the precise look and feel of Miller's black and white comic about the lousiest part of the lousiest town on the lousiest planet in the galaxy, a place which looks like what Earth might look like if we had screwed up the development of our world even more than we already have. Sin City is a combination of the worst parts of Detroit and Bangkok and Manila and Hell. The similarity of the comics and the film is reflected in the full name of the movie, "Frank Miller's Sin City", a moniker which not only gives credit where it is due, but will also help you get to the right theater in your local multiplex and thus avoid the mistake I made. Since the multiplex had three theaters playing Sin City, and I thought they were all the same movie, I accidentally wandered into the competing "Charlotte Bronte's Sin City", and it just wasn't the same. I mean instead of nudity and torture scenes, the only sins I saw were withering sidelong looks, hastily averted glances, and subtly smug apothegms. There was not one single decent on-screen castration of any of those Dukes or Earls. What the hell was wrong with those people in the 19th century?

    Once I high-tailed it out of that costumed creepshow and made it into the Frank Miller version, I felt cozy and right at home. The film has just about everything you need in a pulp story: heroes willing to die for little girls, ugly tough guys with a code of honor, creepy super-powered baddies, and hookers whose butts are never covered. And then you get your hybrid archetypes, like creepy super-powered hookers and baddies whose butts are never covered. The violence level? Over the top. What's your pleasure? Dismemberment? Decapitation? Torture? Violence against women and animals? If you can name it, it's probably here. What about the sex and nudity level? Outstanding. Various women parade around in thongs and/or see-throughs. Jaime King shows her breasts in a scene with Mickey Rourke. Carla Gugino walks around in nothing but a thong in a scene with Mickey Rourke, and she is photographed from many angles. Later on, Carla even shows her butt without the thong, in another scene with ... well, I guess you can figure this out. I can't say that I would like to be Mickey Rourke, but there is something to be said for a career which seems to consist entirely of having beautiful women show you their bodies, so a tip o' the cap to the Mickster.

    Mick plays some kind of deformed super-human monster with undefined and mysterious maladies that give him great strength and a very confused mind prone to delusions. Not unlike what Mick himself is like in real life. This particular story is kind of a new take on Beauty and the Beast. In all of his miserable existence, even hookers have refused to sleep with the beast, even the special extra-sleazy Sin City type of hookers! Only one woman has ever been kind to him. When some bad guys kill her and frame Mick for the murder, well ... remember Bruce Banner's line, "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry"? Well, the Mickster is like that, too, and he is one angry monster dude. He does whatever it takes to get revenge. This story was absolutely the best of the three - the grossest, the wittiest, the sexiest, and ... Mick was just terrific. Miller came up with some tremendous lines in this section. At one point Mick is about to kill a corrupt Cardinal who was behind the murder of his girlfriend when the cardinal says, "you're going to enjoy killing me, aren't you?" Mick responds with an evil smile and a flick of his cigarette, "The actual killing - no. But everything leading up to that - that'll be a gas!!" When ol' Mick finally gets the electric chair, someone pulls the switch, he convulses and seems to be overcome, then opens his eyes and sneers furiously, "Is that the best you got?" Mickey Rourke's career should be in full-fledged comeback after this film is widely seen. Know what? He deserves it. He played the man-beast perfectly. He got the integrity. He got the sleaze. He got the humor. He just plain nailed it. 

    The other two stories weren't as good as that one, and they seemed to run a bit longer than necessary, but they were kept constantly energized by the visual imaginations of Miller and Rodriguez. I don't think it is at all unfair to talk about this film among the great genre films of all time: Rear Window, Pulp Fiction, The Good the Bad and The Ugly, Blade Runner, or any other one you can name. Robert Rodriquez has taken the film noir genre about as far as it can possibly go, and he's rendered the comic-to-film genre about as accurately as can possibly be done. I have always said he was probably the most talented director in the world (although I have not always liked his movies), and I am ready to reaffirm my belief.

    Interestingly, Rodriguez is following the wild-cannon prediction that I made for him a couple of years ago. I likened his career to Sergio Leone's, and I said that the next step would be to master genre films, before moving on to deeper material. Leone delivered Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly,  thus doing just about everything that could possibly be done with a Western. After a lull of about a decade and a half in which he couldn't seem to move forward, Leone suddenly emerged with one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of film, the full-length version of Once Upon a Time in America. Mr. Rodriguez now seems to have mastered genre films. I suppose he will make a few more. Will he eventually follow Leone's path and try to create something deeper from some important source material? Lord knows he has plenty of time to mess around. He's only 37.

    Not everyone will like this film, and you should absolutely not expose young children to this material. Hell, one character gets castrated twice - try explaining that to your impressionable minds! The R-rating was generous. It could easily be NC-17.  The film is lurid and seamy,  is filled with gratuitous sex, and is politically incorrect. It is filled with violence committed by despicable, ugly people who take pleasure in the suffering of others, and the violence is often portrayed graphically and explicitly.  In other words, it is everything it should be to interpret pulp stories properly. Even if you don't like it, you still owe it to yourself to have seen it if you consider yourself a lover of films or a student of what can be done with the art of cinema, because this is the 9th Symphony, the Pieta, the Hamlet of genre films. Look, Sparky, I think it's a safe guess that Beethoven, Michelangelo and Shakespeare are not likely to come back to life, so you might want to enjoy the work of a master while we have still him among us.

    Sorry to say these are the same old three pictures you've already seen. I'll keep my eyes open for more.





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    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Soho Square"
    A very good British crime drama from 2000, Soho Square requires some patience and close attention, but delivers a good thriller in return.

    A police detective is investigating a series of killings in the Soho Square area. This is a very nasty killer. He kills his victims by setting them afire with lighter fluid, while they're still alive. His score is eight, and he shows no signs of stopping.

    Complicating things is the fact that the detective is still mourning the loss of his wife who killed herself. The movie plods somewhat in the middle, and if you don't pay attention, you could easily get lost.

    The ending is twisty, surprising, and even shocking, but all in all it's 90 minutes well spent.

    Amira Casar
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    The French actress going full frontal in scenes from "Anatomie de l'enfer" (2004). This was written and directed by Catherine Breillat who also took on both jobs for the 1999 movie "Romance".

    Emilia Fox
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    The UK actress going topless and also showing frontal views in scenes from "Prendimi l'anima" aka "The Soul Keeper" (2002). You may recognize her as 'Cassandra, Princess of Troy' from the made for TV film "Helen of Troy" starring Sienna Guillory.

    Emmanuelle Béart Some folks think the 4 hour movie "La Belle noiseuse" is sheer genius. Other folks...not so much. Regardless, one thing that stands out about this film is the fact that Béart is fully nekkid and on screen for about 2 full hours. Granted, we literally watch paint dry in this movie, but it just might be worth it.

    Emmanuelle Seigner
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

    Mrs. Roman Polanski topless and showing a hint of pubes (link #7) in scenes from the French movie "Corps à corps" aka "Body to Body" (2003).

    Hanne Klintoe
    (1, 2, 3)

    Klintoe goes full frontal in scenes her one and only movie, the 1999 Mike Figgis film "The Loss of Sexual Innocence".

    Isild Le Besco
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Toplessness and full frontalness at age 18 in scenes from the French movie "Sade" (2000).

    Keeley Hawes The UK actress also going full frontal. Scenes from "Complicity" (2000).

    Gabrielle Anwar
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    A new Vejiita Comic featuring the star of "The Three Musketeers", "Scent of a Woman" and "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" showing off a little bit of skin in scenes from several of her movies.

    Locky Lambert
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18)

    aka Elizabeth Lambert. Here she is topless and baring a bit of bum in scenes from "Witchboard III: The Possession" (1995). 'Caps by Flautista.

    Kristin Novak
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Iva Singer
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Señor Skin takes a look at the 'bikini road trip' flick, "Malibu Spring Break" (2003). Novak shows off some toplessness while Singer bares her bum and robo-hooters.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    What A Doo-Doo Head! - For the third April Fools' Day in a row, Michael Jackson has been named America's Most Foolish Person in a poll by PR consultant Jeff Barge. 80 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that Jackson had done something foolish in the past year. He beat out runners-up Scott Peterson, Martha Stewart and Paris Hilton. Barge said it's hard to imagine an America in which Michael Jackson isn't the most foolish individual, and short of Paris Hilton having a lesbian wedding, he can't think who could push him out of the #1 spot.

  • It could happen: Paris Hilton says lesbian weddings are "hot!"
  • How about if Martha Stewart and Scott Peterson had a prison wedding?
  • Question: who are the 20 percent who DON'T think Michael has done anything foolish this year?

    Nothing Much Occurs To Them - A study by the West of England University found that men who frequent strip clubs believe they're doing the women a favor. They told researchers that in a world where Britney Spears pole-dances on TV, they see strip clubs as mainstream entertainment and it never occurs to them that the lapdancers are being sexually exploited. All the men interviewed insisted they had no fantasies and never believe the women would fall in love with them. One even claimed he buys lapdances to help the women become financially independent more quickly, and that he is never sexually aroused by the women he's helping.

  • Michael Jackson goes to strip clubs?
  • He's like Mother Teresa, if she'd been a horny guy who went to strip clubs.
  • He could just give them the money, but he wants them to have the feeling of pride that comes with earning it.
  • Something about those poor lapdancers really touches them, in a very special way.
  • Someday, that lapdancer could be another Britney Spears...And someday, Britney Spears will be working at a lapdancing club.

    Press Button To Open Hood - Nelly Node, a hairdresser and design student, was forced by Los Angeles police to paint the hood of her VW Beetle because it was creating a dangerous driving situation. As an art project, she had taken a photo of her own nude crotch, blown it up, and covered her hood with it. She called the car her "pubic Beetle." Police began looking for her after getting a series of reports of accidents caused by drivers who claimed they were distracted by a giant female pubis.

  • You should've seen the pile-up Rosie O'Donnell caused.
  • The picture on her Pubic Beetle was so big, you could see her Pubic Lice.
  • It wasn't that attractive...Some people thought she'd covered her hood in shag carpeting.
  • Of course, if you really want it to purr, you've gotta get under the hood.

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