Blinky's Runway Report
Michelle Behennah (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) Scoop's tips: I'd say number four is the best of a group with little flesh. Some lovely pictures, but ...
Annie Galipeau in "Grey Owl" (1, 2) "Late again this weekend. I was out of town both Friday and Saturday, and had two performances today, too. I think I'm going to have to sign off the regular contributors list. The real world is just encroaching too much on my amusement time. I'll try to finish up Eyes Wide Shut, and I'll send new stuff as and when I find it.

Here's the scoop on Grey Owl: He wasn't an Indian. Only one comment shows up on the IMDB. It says the film is very boring, and Pierce Brosnan isn't convincing as an Indian. Well, if you rented it expecting Brosnan to play James Bond or Remington Steele, then yes, Grey Owl moves pretty slowly. And I think the commentor missed the point that Brosnan wasn't playing an Indian. He was playing an Englishman who claimed to be half Indian. Shoot! I've known full-blooded treaty Cree and Mohawk whose skin is no darker than Brosnan's. Oh well, let's just say that in spite of there being only about 5 seconds total skin in the flick, I watched the whole thing without fast forwarding. I enjoyed it."

First patient in Cruise's office (1, 2) in EWS
Kidman in EWS
Angelina Jolie Oscar night with her brother. People thought her brotherly love was, um, beyond the normal obligation for families, excepting the Manson Family
Thora Birch Oscar night.
Jennifer Aniston Oscar night.
Linda Cardellini the Freaks and Geeks girl in "Dead Man on Campus" scar night.
Sharon Lawrence embikinied in "Fired Up"
Portman portraits, "Phantom Menace"
El Kabong
Garcelle Beauvais almost non-existen bikini top in the new may-june FHM
Jennifer Lopez (1, 2, 3) three MORE from the Danish M! magazine. The third one is the highly dreaded holding-my-own cliche.
Musetta Vander if I understand csv's note, these are from "Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation"
Bree Turner the "Deuce Bigelow" girl in the first issue of Transworld Stance. Not nude, but a good tease.
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Elsa Lunghini "Casanova's Return", from Touch
Miou-miou in "Going Places", from Touch. You'll never guess wthe male star of this French film.
Miou-miou in "Going Places".
Brigitte Fossey in "Going Places".
Brigitte Fossey in "Going Places".
Camille Japy in "Le cri de la soie", from Touch
Camille Japy in "Le cri de la soie", from Touch
Camille Japy in "Le cri de la soie", from Touch
Alexandra London in "Le crie de la soie", from Touch
Julie Anne Roth in "Le sang du renard", from Touch
Julie Anne Roth in "Le sang du renard", from Touch
Teri Hatcher in "The Cool Surface", from Pappa
Teri Hatcher in "The Cool Surface", from Pappa
Teri Hatcher in "The Cool Surface", from Pappa

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"Strip Show", from Tuna

I'll bet you can guess what this is about from the title and the cast. How do they get the casting done for these flicks? Claude Reins turns to his lackies and says "Major Strasser has been shot ....... " And you know the rest. On with the show! The one usual suspect missing from this one was Maria Ford, but most of the others made an appearance. thumbnails Kelly Hoffman (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Monique Parent (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) Hi, I'm Tane McClure (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) Monique Parent AND Tane McClure (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

"The Bad Lieutenant", from Tuna

A movie of almost unremitting ugliness about the pit of man's basest instincts, ala "Blue Velvet". Keitel is a cop, but he ain't exactly Joe Friday. In fact, Charles Manson would find him a little out of control.

He's a cocaine addict and an alcoholic, hates himself, lashes out at his family, gambles, bullies, steals evidence, sells leniency, you name it. No redeeming characteristics that we can see. A soul lost. He is investigating a depraved crime - a nun raped on an altar. His investigation is made nearly impossible by the fact that the nun knows who did it, and will not say because she forgives them. His contact with the nun, and musings upon this dilemma lead him inside himself as well as toward the culprits. Will he find some moral truth, or will he sink to even lower depths? Reviewers were mixed on which of these chpoices was actually evoked by the finale.

The film is famous for some graphic Harvey Keitel nudity. It is gritty, uncompromising, scummy, and inspired by the darker angels of our nature. Very few of the characters even have names, lest our knowing them keep us from the detachment we need to despise them. In other words, a good date movie, or a real feelgood hit for you and the kids.

thumbnails Victoria Bastell (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Frankie Thorn (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

"The Big Easy", from Johnny Web

Assistant District Attorney Ellen Barkin knows that cop Dennis Quaid is corrupt, but how corrupt is he? Is there a good guy beneath all the institutional corruption in Louisiana, or is he really dirty? And does he love her, or is he posing to get insider info from her? It's an OK flick, no great challenge to your intellect. Would be terrific as a hot mainstream entertainment if only Barkin had shown a lot more, ala Turner in "Body Heat". But she did give us some peeks in this atmospheric N'awlins pic. Ellen Barkin (1, 2, 3, 4)

"Final Analysis", from Johnny Web

I'm not sure if you Hitchcock fans will love this extension of the master's genre, or be appalled at the blatant rip-off the the great man's techniques. The climax is staged on a crumbling lighthouse, at night, in a storm, with people clinging to railings, with the raging sea and rocks far below. Several shots in this movie are shot straight down of almost straight down from a dizzying height. You'll see some of that in the caps. Tuna didn't like it much, but I thought the movie was pretty darned cool, although I still don't know exactly what was going on. It's one of those with continuous twists and turns, and I didn't even understand the last one. You need to keep a flow chart to keep track of it all.

Gere is a psychiatrist. His patient, Uma Thurman, suggests that he meet with her sister to help unravel blocked memories from their childhood. Her sister turns out to be Kim Basinger, so Gere drops his initial reluctance and proceeds to play hide the kielbasa with Kim, as any of us would have done, given the same opportunity. As it turns out, Kim herself needs Gere and his contacts as support for a medical condition known as "pathological intoxication", which she intends to use as an alibi for ...

What is Uma's real role in the entire plot? How much is real and how much is artifice? Did Uma make up her entire past as part of Kim's master plot? Or is someone else besides Kim pulling the strings? Are either of them telling the truth? Gere has to use his head to sort through all the stings and counter-stings.

Quite a spectacularly filmed movie. Not only attractive, but plenty of things like gothic angles and over-the-shoulder POV shots of people running. Completely Hitchcockian, like it or leave it. For me, grade B Hitchcock is still pretty good entertainment. If only someone with a bit more animation and color than Gere had been in the shrink role. He is really just kind of a generic guy, isn't he? Great looking guy, delivers a line competently, nothing really wrong with him, but no noteworthy unique characteristics, no charisma, no real personality in his characterizations. He's just there. You don't remember one thing about his character after the movie has finished. If Brando has too many eccentricities in his portrayals, Gere seems to have none at all, which is equally unrealistic.

Kim Basinger (1, 2, 3)

"The Messenger", from Johnny Web

Milla as Jeanne d'Arc. I talked about it before. She's the female Keanu. Like Keanu, she can be effective if used properly, but this was a role calling for real depth, plus the ability to step out of 20th century speech and mannerisms. Milla was just not cast wisely, ala Keanu in Dracula. I kept hearing her Valspeak as she summoned the troops, and she has approximately the same commanding voice as the late Margaux Hemingway. Of course, the director was her husband, so that could explain how she got the job. That director, Luc Besson, is proving to be a major disappointment. This is not a good movie at all, but especially not from a man who has shown the great talent of Besson's past. He was just a kid when he dazzled the world with "La Femme Nikita" (he actually wrote The Fifth Element when he was in his mid teens). He's only 40 now, so he has plenty of time to recover, but so far his great talent is leading nowhere. There's plenty of realism and technique on display here, but what makes Besson think that a film needs about 45 minutes of realistically grisly and chaotic 15th century battles, where we viewers can't tell which side the soldiers belong to, and where we can't find an emotional anchor because we don't know who is who? I hit the FF button constantly. In fact, I probably watched the entire movie in about 30 minues, because I just forwarded through the battle scenes until the plot stasis dissolved and something else happened.

The movie shifts back in forth in its interpretation of Joan. Was she simply a lunatic? Were her successes just accidents, as some of the military men claimed? Was she ever believed, or did everyone always realize she was loony, but decide to exploit her until she was no longer useful. Milla portrays Joan as blatantly over-the-edge, so convinced that she is God's messenger that she will brook no disagreement with her positions, no matter how minor, since such is disagreement with God.

In this representation, everyone was glad to be rid of her when the torch was lit. As the viewer you think, as a rational man would have thought at the time, "Maybe she was railroaded on the heresy charges, but thank God I don't have to listen to her any more." I would have lit the fire myself if I could have reached through the screen. The interpretation can't be blamed entirely on Milla. After all, the director let her do it that way, so they must have created it jointly.

I'm not sure if you can see a nipple here or not, but I capped it. You can make the call on your own, I guess. Milla

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