This story is based upon a working hypothesis about the death of
Brian Jones, the founder of the Rolling Stones, who died in his
swimming pool about a month after having been sacked from the group.
The official account of his death has always been treated with
suspicion, not just because of the natural 60s attitude of
disrespect toward authority, or the natural tendency to assume
cover-ups and seek conspiracies when celebrity deaths are involved,
but because some things just didn't make a lot of sense. Jones
drowned in an relatively small 80-degree swimming pool when he had
very little drugs or alcohol in his system, despite the fact that he
was a championship-caliber swimmer. The coroner ruled it a "death by
misadventure," whatever that means. I think it means, "He's a
rock star and he destroyed himself. That's what they do, isn't it?"
The writers and director acquired the rights to four books about
the end of Jones's life, including the account of his girlfriend,
Anna Wohlin, who was at the estate the night he drowned, and helped
fish him from the pool. They went one step farther. Another woman
was present at the estate that night, a nurse who had promptly
disappeared from the public eye for forty years until these
filmmakers hired a private detective to track her down and give her
side of the story, which had never been told since the perfunctory
contemporaneous police investigation. Only when the authors
felt that they had a story which conformed to all the reports in all
their sources, and reflected the accounts of all the eyewitnesses, did they assemble this script. You have to give them credit for a
story well researched. Is it true? I don't believe we will ever know
for sure, but it is plausible.
The director also assembled a cast which evoked the cast of real
characters, and employed a cinematographer who went to a great deal
of time and trouble to capture the feel of the 60s with period
equipment and film stock. In fact, he used many different lenses and
film stocks to create different moods in different contexts, and to
help the audience navigate through the labyrinth of times and places
which form the back-story.
So, the director, writer and cinematographer put a lot of careful
effort into a film about my favorite rock group. Why the hell didn't
I actually enjoy the film? A few reasons:
1. The film is over-produced. Too many different cinematographic
tricks, too much arty editing, flashbacks within flashbacks - like
the work of a film school senior trying to demonstrate the breadth
of his mastery, but at the expense of coherence and narrative.
2. Although the film does finally offer some interesting insight
on the mystery of Brian's death, it takes 84 minutes before it even
lets on that there IS a mystery. Given the framing structure of the
film, I was led to believe that the flashback story was going to
explain the psychological deterioration of the principal that led
him to an excessive lifestyle, hence deathstyle. You know, your
basic "drugs suck" movie. Turns out it has a completely different
story to tell, but takes a very long time to get to it. Too long, in
my opinion, and too little energy is expended on the way.
3. This point is the deal-breaker. It's a film about the Rolling
Stones, but the filmmakers couldn't acquire the rights to the Stones
major hits of the period. As a result, the director had to resort to
a few atmospheric scenes of the boys covering old blues standards
(as they did in their inchoate stages), one cover version of "Time
Is On My Side," and some other period songs. Saddest of all, the
other songs were not always appropriate. For example, "White Rabbit"
is the soundtrack for a drug-taking scene in 1965. Oops! Not only
has the song turned into a dead horse in general, best avoided
completely because it's an instant 60s cliché, but it is a 1967 dead
horse, the music of a substantially different musical era, one which
had not begun in 1965.
Hollywood Reporter hit it right on the head in their review - the
film has plenty of sex and drugs, but no rock 'n roll. That left me
with the same feeling about this film that I had about that Sylvia
Plath biopic with Gwyneth Paltrow. Both films had some good
production values and performances, but you shouldn't make a Sylvia
Plath film without permission to use her poems, and you shouldn't
make a Rolling Stones film with Jefferson Airplane music. That's
This film was released three weeks ago is still playing in the
USA, but is already on DVD in the UK after a November theatrical
man calling himself a 'stateless American' ended up
floating on a raft of oil barrels and wood planks in the
waters between Denmark and Norway."
Tribeca festival turns somber with 9-11 films
As opposed to most years when it's just chock-full of
wacky lowbrow comedies?
Judge: Web-surfing worker can't be fired, even after
"For the last few years, a coalition of technology
companies, academics and computer programmers has been
trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act.
Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite"
How it all began:
Sophomore novelist gets caught!
"Examples of Similar Passages Between Viswanathan's Book
and McCafferty's Two Novels"
Jolie and Pitt Issue Privacy Plea
I propose a deal. They give up their big-time acting
careers and all of their possessions except enough to
live on fifty grand a year, and the reporters will leave
them alone, like everyone else who fits that
"13-year-old male and female students were forced by a
teacher to watch porn because they didn't do their
Yeah, that'll teach 'em.
You think that's bad. I had a teacher that made us watch
Johnny Tremain as a punishment. Some of the worst
goof-offs eventually went insane, and are still walking
around Rochester singing that Liberty Tree song.
250 pound woman loses 120 pounds, becomes a Seahawks
cheerleader - all within less than two years
The trailer from The Puffy Chair, an Indie comedy -
"three very different people and a giant purple puffy
chair in a too-small van ... " Man, that sounds good! I'll
bet the laughs never stop, and yet it's not afraid to take
on the great issues of our time.
The trailer from Killer Diller, an independent drama about
the formation of a blues band.
Five clips from United 93
Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass ("Bloody Sunday,"
"The Bourne Supremacy") writes and directs an
unflinching drama that tells the story of the passengers
and crew, their families on the ground and the flight
controllers who watched in dawning horror as United
Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on
the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil:
September 11, 2001.
Four clips from Stick It, the gymnastics comedy
A new clip from Mission: Impossible III
Discovery Channel documentary on the History of Video
Games from Mario to Online Gaming. "It's 46 mins so
sit back, take a drink and enjoy good old memories."
RED-FACED BIN LADEN ADMITS LATEST TAPE WAS A RERUN ...
Al-Jazeera Accuses Madman of "Phoning it In"
“I had promised my fans that I was going to be releasing
a new terror tape with 100% new material,” an
embarrassed Mr. bin Laden said in an official statement
posted on his fan club’s website today. “I know I let my
fans down, and that’s what hurts most of all.”
USA National Gas Prices - mapped by county. (Very cool page.)
- Some of the variance has to do with state taxes. Note Georgia,
and Florida for a very clean example. Florida's state taxes are 17
cents per gallon higher than Georgia's. Georgia has the lowest
gasoline taxes of any state in the lower 48 (Alaska is lower);
Florida is one of the highest.
- OK, trivia hounds, if you really have to know - Nevada has the
highest taxes of the contiguous 48 - but Hawaii is higher. If the
chart is right, gas retailers in Elko, Nevada must be making just
about no profit at all, unless they get some kind of state tax
exemption in their county.
Gas taxes by state
Brian Campbell throws a huge hit on R.J. Umberger in the first OT of
the first Flyers-Sabres playoff game.
Demand for Duke lacrosse gear soars
- Sadly, this is not a spoof, but a real article from ESPN
The Top 19 Imaginary Movie Blunders of All Time
New Audi has built-in coffee machine
Snakes on a Plane: So stupid, it's brilliant
CBS Radio confirmed Monday that shock-jocks Opie and Anthony will take
Howard Stern's old slot
Comedies, frequently snubbed by award shows, will be front and center
at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
Exxon executives celebrate becoming #1 on the Fortune 500 list
" ... no religion in history has spread as fast or as far in as short
a time as Scientology and it is practiced in more than 30 languages in
159 countries on every continent."
The Smoking Gun - Estranged Wife Denise Richards Paints Scary Portrait
Of Charlie Sheen
- Sheen denied the charges, saying that Richards was just trying
to ruin his reputation.
- This reminds me of a line in Best of the West, a forgotten TV
show. Christopher Lloyd played a baddie called the Calico Kid, and
the hero asked him, "You'd kill innocent women and children and
household pets? What about your reputation?" The Kid responded,
"That IS my reputation."
- Actually, the accusations may have helped Sheen's reputation. I
read the charges and he isn't as bad as I imagined.
Ben & Jerry's outlets will be offering free ice cream on Tuesday,
April 25th. (One scoop. From noon until 8:00 P.M.)
RapidShare Video: Claire Danes nude in Shopgirl
VIDEO: "Different objects hit by bullets."
- If you watch this in the right frame of mind, you'll see many of
the sequences produce beautiful images.
LatinoReview.com has an exclusive script review of Iron Man!
(Which did NOT get greenlighted or greenlit, as the case may be.)
Universal Studios summer preview
"Kris Benson Rediscovering the Whore He First Fell in Love With"
Paul McCartney Accidentally Clubbed by Seal Hunter
- "Tell you the truth, I thought he was a walrus," said one
hunter, adding, "Ko ko ka choo."
FilmJerk.com's Early Report for April 24
NBC EXECUTIVES ACCUSED OF BURNING DOWN "CELEBRITY COOKING SHOWDOWN"
IRANIANS FEAR U.S. ATTACK, SEAN PENN VISIT
Two clips from Driving Lessons, the dramedy starring that redheaded
kid from Harry Potter
"FEMA TELLS KATRINA VICTIMS TO STOP BEING HOMELESS SO THAT IT CAN SEND
THEM BILLS" ... Homeless Scam is Busted, Says Agency
President Hu Visit: President Bush Toasts Annoyingly Uncooperative
Head of Communist Nation That Owns America Lock, Stock, and Barrel
Namibia has deported three French paparazzi and a South African
photographer for the heinous crime of trying to snap Angelina Jolie
- Man, where are those Nuremburg tribunals when we really need
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Event Horizon (1997)
Event Horizon is an overly expensive British Aliens clone, loaded with
special effects. Basically, all it lacked was a credible script, and they
might have had a film. I must admit that I am not fond of movies that are long
on glitz and short on meaning, nor does setting the film on a dark and
elaborate spacecraft make it more palatable, but this one is a real mess. A
rescue ship is sent to Neptune to rescue crew members of the Event Horizon, a
ship that disappeared years before. They learn that it had a new gravity drive
that folded time and space over upon itself, making it possible to cover any
distance instantly, and they learn that from Sam Neill, who was the original
architect of the ship. He will be doing double duty as the villain, as the
"space monster" this time is the ship itself. Apparently, it escaped the
universe entirely, and became a living, breathing evil entity.
Most of the film deals with crew member hallucinations, and flashes of
fireworks, as they try to sort out what is going on, and find a way to return
IMDb readers have this at 5.8. It amassed worldwide earnings of $47.1M,
which sounds good until you see the budget of $70M. Ebert and Berardinelli
both say 2 stars, I think it was a total waste of $70M, but, I admit, it is
not my sort of film. This is a low C-, barely adequate for genre buffs.
Scoop's note: Ebert had a great line about
this film. He said it was filled with foreboding and afterboding, but not
enough actual boding.
False Lady (1992)
False Lady), or "Ai ye nu peng you," is a Hong Kong Category 3 comedy
built on a familiar premise, a man ending up in a woman's body. Ah Man (Chung
Ling Lee) has the world by the short ones. He is a successful real estate
broker with a cute girl friend GiGi (Git Goo), a great roommate/buddy/coworker
John (Michael Tiu Dai Yue), and a boss he can manipulate (Charlie Cho). After
business cocktails, he, his girl and John are attacked by three robbers. Ah
Man makes short work of them with his kung fu prowess, which is described in
the subtitles technique by technique, including flies stretch legs, yellow dog
pissing and dragon swing tail. Then a woman angry over the noise they are
making accidently drops a piss pot on his head. An angel makes a mistake, and
he leaves his body, but is told he shouldn't be dead, and to hurry back. It is
too late, as he has already been cremated. He sees a hit and run victim under
a tarp, and decides to use that body in place of his. Unfortunately, it is a
He changes from Ah Man to Mandy (Wing-Chi Chan), and tries to resume life
as usual. At first, he wants bigger boobs, but after seeing a video of the
operation, changes his mind. His job is easy to resume, as he knows all about
the bosses philandering, especially with his secretary, Hung Chun. Charlie Cho
and Hung Chun are going at it hot and heavy in the office, and Mandy calls his
wife, Wai Jan Goo, to come over quickly. She "correctly" determines that his
illness is horniness, and practicably rapes him. Note that she is well past
her "best if eaten before" date. Meanwhile, Hung Chun is stranded naked on the
balcony. She falls face first into wet cement several floors below. Mandy
comments that it is a good thing she has big tits, or she would have broken
Another office worker, Yuet Sin Lee, has the hots for John, John is falling
for Mandy, and Mandy still wants Git Goo, who has move don to living men. Yuet
Sing Lee has a birthday party, and dusts the door knob of her bathroom with
aphrodisiac powder. It infects many party guests, but John, with Mandy's help
escapes her clutches. In a fight scene analogous to the one near the
beginning, with the same three hoods, Mandy adds another kung fu technique, "
monkey steal peach," which is essentially "grab testicles and twist."
There are only 5 votes at IMDb, obviously by Hong Kong Category 3 lovers.
Again, this is much more enjoyable than typical US soft core fare. While the
final sex scene went on way too long, most of the sex was played for humor,
making the time fly by. If you like soft core and comedy, and don't mind
forced subtitles, you should enjoy this one. C+.
A tribute to Spanish cinema:
- Juana Acosta
- Maria Reyes Arias
- Ariadna Gil
"Un rey en la Habana"
- Yoima Valdes
- Paulina Galvez
- Lola Marceli
- Leticia Dolera
- Cristana Castaño and Estrella Zapatero
- Monica Godoy
- Miriam Diaz Aroca
Brainscan returns with a few more video clips (zipped divx avi) of former Heffer and Pet,
in scenes from "Satin Smoke". Victoria bares all as she wiggles around the
house and then in the back of limo.
Brainscan adds: "Perhaps I ought to mention that in all these clips Vicky
carries around a cigar and gets seriously nekkid. The only thing that change
is the setting...a den, a rooftop and then a limousine. Triple B performances
in all locales; tame stuff...no gynocam...but a thorough search for freckles
and moles over all of Vic's external surface."
Pat's comments in yellow...
TheSmokingGun.com posted a shocking deposition by Denise
Richards against estranged husband Charlie Sheen. She said she had been
pressured to keep quiet to protect his image, but she needed a restraining
order. She claimed Sheen had shoved, cursed and threatened her in front of
their kids; is addicted to hookers and gambling and was checking his pager for
his betting results while she was getting a C-section; subscribes to a website
for sexual hookups where he's posted a photo of his penis; and visits gay porn
sites featuring both very young girls in pigtails and braces and young boys, all
of whom look underage. Sheen denied the charges, saying Richards was
trying to torpedo his image.
* His image as a wholesome, responsible drunk,
drug user and sex addict
who dates porn stars and hires hookers.
* Actually, compared to what I thought he did in private, that makes him
Nehemiah Nunez of Allentown, Pennsylvania, reports that he was walking
home at 1:37 a.m. when a man pulled a gun and demanded money. He told police he
handed over a quarter, and the man fled. Police are searching for him.
* He's not considered a dangerous criminal, just a
British-born Helen Evans moved to Brisbane four years ago to marry her
Australian boyfriend, but she's facing deportation because she's not fat
enough. She's always been tiny and weighed only 37 kg (81 pounds when she
applied for citizenship. She was told she had to prove she had no health
problems and gain 10 kg (22 pounds) or be deported. After $1300 worth of tests,
she found she had a gluten intolerance and she's since been able to gain 13
pounds. She said people think it's laughable when she tells them she's had to
go through all this because she's too thin to be an Australian.
* No wonder Nicole Kidman moved to America.
In Livingston, Montana, hunting safety instructor John Lundberg
will be disciplined by Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials for using live
ammo in a hunting safety demonstration. He told 50 kids how, in the
excitement of the hunt, people can load the wrong ammo into a gun. To
demonstrate, he loaded a 28-gauge shell into a 20-gauge shotgun, which
promptly discharged, blowing a hole in the library ceiling. Putting a good
spin on it, Lundberg said that lesson in how quickly a mistake can turn
dangerous was "something that will stay with those students for a long
* Just like the scars from the falling plaster.
* He really is a good hunting safety instructor...He taught Dick Cheney.