* 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.








5x2 is a French tale of a disintegrating marriage that starts in the divorce courts, and shows five earlier time periods in the marriage of the two people, hence the title. The segments are shown in reverse chronological order, which changes the entire focus of the film for the viewer. The end of the marriage in an unfriendly divorce is a given, so each time capsule provides some understanding as to where the couple went wrong, and how we might also make similar mistakes.

In the first segment, the couple leaves the courtroom, checks into a motel, and starts a farewell fuck. She changes her mind, and he anally rapes her. Pretty obvious he is not the caring, gentle lover type. The next episode takes place at a dinner party, where he demonstrates that he cares much more for his son than his wife. Next we see the birth of the son, where the husband takes a powder. Episode 4 shows their wedding night, where he passes out that night with her wanting sex. She goes for a midnight walk and screws a stranger out of frustration. Finally, the last segment shows how they met. He is with his current girlfriend on vacation in Sardinia. He ditches his current girlfriend to swim off into the sunset with his future wife.

Note that others could probably summarize the same plot and make her seem more responsible for the failed marriage.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi shows full frontal early in the film in good light, and shows buns in the deleted scenes. Geraldine Pailhas, as the girlfriend in the 5th episode, shows a nipple.

IMDb readers say 6.7, and Tedeschi won a minor award for her performance. Berardinelli liked it at three stars, but critical approval was not unanimous. I personally found it a very watchable film dealing in a realistic way with a real life subject.

The proper score is C+. Although it is a thoughtful movie, it is in French with English subtitles, and thus has zero cross-over appeal to those who don't like subtitles.




 Geraldine Pailhas, as the girlfriend in the 5th episode, shows a nipple.



Valeria Bruni Tedeschi shows full frontal early in the film in good light, and shows buns in the deleted scenes.










Pamela Prati in Carmen nue
Minh-kai Phan-th in Viergetielt in Morgengrau
Sabrina White in Die Verbrechen des Professor Capellari
Johanna Liebeneiner in Mit der liebe spielt man nicht
Tina Ruland in Steins Faelle: Danielle







Beautiful Target

She's back, Yoko Natsuki got out of trouble yesterday as she escaped the killer in Beautiful Target. Apparently she did not learn her lesson as she fell right back into the clutches of the madman in these "Babe in Bondage" scenes. Fear not she once again escapes - after being raped. Caps and six clips.








Unnatural & Accidental

"Unnatural & Accidental" is the film adaptation of the stage play entitled "The Unnatural and Accidental Women" by Marie Clements. The film is about the real-life murders of Aboriginal women on Vancouver's downtown east side and tries to temper gritty true-crime elements with spiritualist fantasy sequences.

Rebecca (Carmen Moore) has returned home to be with her dying father. His last wish is that she track down her mother, an aboriginal woman who has long been missing. As she turns over the stones that hide the debris of the unwanted and forgotten, she is drawn into the mysteries of ten missing Native women whose spirits lead Rebecca to the killer who still haunts the alleys, streets and hotels of this urban wasteland.

Michelle Thrush


Tantoo Cardinal


Tinsel Korey



Trina Sxwithul'Txw

Scoop's notes: And I though Polish names were hard. I don't even have a guess on how to pronounce Sxwithul'Txw. Is she related to that little guy that Superman had to trick into saying his name backwards? Her ethnicity? She is a member of one of the indigenous peoples of Canada. I have forgotten which tribe, but it's not a famous one.






Notes and collages

"Farscape" - Part 34

Season Four, Episode 18

Raelee Hill

Claudia Black









William H. Macy is one of my favorite actors, because among other things, he seems to bring a realism to his performances that many don't. In 2005's Edmond, he plays a troubled man who seems to make all the wrong decisions for the right reasons. It is a dark and taut thriller with an inevitable ending.

Unhappy in life, Edmond leaves his white-collar job at a Manhattan firm one Friday and stops at a fortuneteller for a Tarot reading. She tells him "You are not where you belong", and he believes her. That night, he walks out of his marriage and into the streets of New York, quickly descending into a personal hell that starts with a classy bar and ends in the slums.

This is an excellent story, with great acting, not just by Macy, but by a great supporting cast.


Bai Ling Mena Suvari Julia Stiles Rebecca Pigeon






Film Clips

Starship Troopers

Beautiful quality HDTV film clips of Dina Meyer and others. Better than DVD quality. Samples to the right

Bitter Harvest

These clips feature nudity from Kerry Condon, of "Rome" fame


Under Siege

More beautiful HDTV clips, this time of Erika Eleniak


Invasion of the Body Snatchers

One more time with HDTV clips, this time of Gabrielle Anwar.




From deep within the Vault of Obscurity, Le Rayon Vert is a 1986 film from Eric Rohmer, whose characters drone on so interminably that Quentin Tarantino would be tempted to ask them for some quiet time. This particular actress is not an actress at all, but a famous hair stylist who did such big budget extravaganzas as the Jacques Demy musicals. Her name is Carita. That's all. Not Carita Schwarz or Carita Rodriguez or something, but just Carita.
A new collage of Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
Nicole Kidman in that Diane Arbus movie. The outdoor scene is a body double. Besides having a completely different shape from Kidman, the double has a small mole or birthmark on her lower back which does not match up with previous Kidman nude scenes.

Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (no nudity)
Angie Milliken in Solo