"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.
|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.
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
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
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
Sorry to say these are the same old three pictures you've already
seen. I'll keep my eyes open for more.
Scientist impregnates beluga whale. He was just warming
up for his date with Kirstie Alley.
Various ways in which websites marked April Fool's day this year.
Some good stuff!
Letterman's Top Ten Signs You're Not Getting Enough Sleep
CrazyIllusion.com - An Astounding Optical Illusion
Vince Vaughn will join David O. Russell's next project,
as the wiseass host of a radio call-in show "whose life gets
turned upside down when he starts becoming his callers." Whatever
Kiki, lookin' mighty sexy!
The Pat O'Brien re-mix - cuz he's one groovy cat.
Europe's new cigarette pack warnings. (Let me point out
that Larry Flynt was doing this 15-20 years ago and everyone
thought it was gross.)
A good, non-religious reason to avoid pork - Carl's Poo-Eating
Both trailers for Turtles Can Fly
- "'Turtles Can Fly' is the third feature from internationally
acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi ('A Time For Drunken
Horses'). Written, directed and produced by Ghobadi, the film
features of cast of local non-actor children."
The trailer and four clips from Walk on Water
- "'Walk on Water' follows Eyal, a fierce Mossad agent (Lior
Ashkenazi of 'Late Marriage') and second-generation Holocaust
survivor on assignment to track down an aging Nazi war criminal,
Alfred Himmelman. Posing as a tour guide, Eyal befriends
Himmelman's German grandchildren in Tel Aviv: Pia and her openly
gay brother, Axel. What begins as a deceptive mission evolves
into a deeply personal and political journey of conflicting
ideologies, changing Eyal's view of the world forever."
Hootie J. Blowfish sings about chicken sandwiches.
Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin Stripped Of Crown For Standing Up.
In fact, around midnight on St Patrick's Day, she's the only
person in Wisconsin who can stand up.
PC gone rampant - Cookie Monster eats sensible snacks.
This is awesome - the dialogue in Closer compared to the meaning
of the Chinese subtitles on a pirated DVD.
Passing the Big Hat - How a new Pope is Elected
- Just to show you can bet on just about anything:
Betting Odds on the new pope
Weekly World News weighs in on the legend that is Hogzilla
What's Up With Wrestlemania XXI. I actually attended
one of these! It was the one that was held in three different
areas, and I saw the portion in the Nassau Coliseum - featuring a
"boxing" match between Mr T and a man who was not only my favorite
wrestler, but my favorite movie star as well, Roddy Piper. Other
80s icons were present, like George The Animal Steele, The Macho
Man, Jake the Snake, and The Magnificent Muraco. (Who can forget
his incredible performances in Fuji Vice?)
Fox News Channel scooped all the other networks in reporting the
death of Pope John Paul II on Friday afternoon. Only
one problem. They were reporting it on spec! That was odd enough,
but the story gets better. My favorite part of the report:
"Television networks have been preparing for this story behind the
scenes for years, renting apartments and space on roofs
overlooking St. Peter's Square so their anchors and reporters will
have backdrops for the story." So they were, in fact, renting
apartments on spec!
Naomi Watts doubts she'll ever find love because she only attracts
"jerks." Like ... oh ... I don't know .. Heath Ledger??
Assuming she can wait a few weeks, Affleck should be available.
One-Eyed Bob's Inappropriate Toys for Children.
- Did he test them personally? Why do you think they call him
- (I'll bet he tested the Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action
Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!)
Hunkin's Experiments (over 200 home experiments)
- The Museum of Hoaxes presents:
The 10 WORST April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever. (For the
best, see below.)
The Museum of Hoaxes presents the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes
of All Time
Classic April Fools jokes as presented by the fans of PressAnyKey
Pat Buchanan gets his salad tossed
The Smoking Gun: American Idol Finalist's Violence Rap
- Bond. James Bond.
The new James Bond has finally been chosen, and it's a dark horse
- former Philly firstbaseman John Kruk! All
kidding aside, they have finally made a choice. It is an actor
named Matthew Goode, a handsome kid in his late 20s.
Here's a picture and interview.
100 Better Ways to Leave Your Lover
JoBlo breaks a huge scoop: Fincher is currently directing
- "David Fincher is currently shooting a sequel to his first
major hit from 1996, SE7EN, starring the same two men from the
original, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, in what is tentatively
known on the set as EI8HT. Our source from the set, who asked to
be called Jimmy Doe, told us that every single person working on
the film had to sign NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) so that
the project would be as secretive as possible."
- LOTS more detail on the linked page.
THREE INCHES OF THUNDER: Confessions of an ill-equipped man whore.
PETA to Target Star Jones Reynolds. Geez! Who do ya
root for? This is why Vince McMahon rarely pits baddies against
'Sin City': 7 deadly sins. Director Robert Rodriguez
"simply ran out of rules to break."
Remixing vintage pulp fiction art as commentary about our mixed-up
world. I know that sounds pretentious and boring, but
it is not. It's actually quite a good concept once you get into
it, and some of it is very well realized.
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for Other Crap
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 (Best Sex Scene in a Mainstream Movie ) was a close race but we do have a winner!
I'll have the offical results and write up in a day or two.
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.
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today from the Ghost....3 video clips featuring some of the nude highlights from Madeleine Stowe's career. (zipped wmvs as usual).
'Caps and comments by Dann:
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.
|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".
|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.
||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.
|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).
|Klintoe goes full frontal in scenes her one and only movie, the 1999 Mike Figgis film "The Loss of Sexual Innocence".
|Isild Le Besco
|Toplessness and full frontalness at age 18 in scenes from the French movie "Sade" (2000).
||The UK actress also going full frontal. Scenes from "Complicity" (2000).
|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.
|aka Elizabeth Lambert. Here she is topless and baring a bit of bum in scenes from "Witchboard III: The Possession" (1995). 'Caps by Flautista.
|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 www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
JACKSON IS #1 FOOL
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?
LAPDANCE FANS JUST TRYING TO "HELP WOMEN"
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
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
Someday, that lapdancer could be another Britney Spears...And someday,
Britney Spears will be working at a lapdancing club.
VW BEETLE: A CAR FOR PUSSIES
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
Of course, if you really want it to purr, you've gotta get
under the hood.
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