"Red Shoes Diaries: Some Things Never Change"
Red Shoes Diaries: Some Things Never Change (Feb 13, 1995) is not one of the
better episodes of this couples oriented Soft core for couples Zalman King
series. It is part of the soon to be released Red Shoe Diaries 10 DVD about
to be released, and is the only episode of the three marginally worth
Marina Giulia Cavalli is an ad exec, and hires an ex lover to
direct a shoe commercial. Just as before, they can't resist each other in
bed, but fight constantly as soon as they leave the bedroom.
Cavalli also appeared in the popular Auto Erotica Segment. Here, we get numerous views of
her ample breasts, and not much else. As usual, the camera angles and
special effects are distracting. This episode is a D. You Make Me want to
Wear Dresses had no exposure from the lead, and Alphabet Girl, which rounds
out the DVD, is a lame model poses 26 times for an Alphabet series shoot.
This is probably the weakest Red Shoes collection so far.
Marina Guilia Cavalli
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
a Gemini, and Geminis don't believe in astrology"
Very cool quote, although it think it
would be more accurate to say that Geminis disbelieve in astrology
half of the time.
"The world breaks everyone. And
afterwards, many are strong at the broken places. Those that will not
break, it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the
very brave, impartially. If you are none of these things it will kill
you too, but there will be no special hurry."
If I tell you that it's a movie about
an aspiring author who takes a croupier job, you probably already know
that it's one of those "loners with integrity" movies.
Authors, after all, practice to be detached objective observers, and
croupiers can't get involved either with bettors or with other members
of the casino staff. Of course, despite his practiced lonership and
alleged integrity, Croupy manages to get involved with everyone. He's
got more women undressing in front of him than Warren Beatty, a harem
which includes both staff and bettors. He not only dates bettors, but
conspires with one to participate in a scam to rob the casino. Or does
There are several
interesting background elements behind The Croupier
- Director Mike Hodges is the guy
who directed the original Get Carter way back about twelve minutes
after the Big Bang. I guess that isn't so completely absorbing
unless you realize that he pretty much did nothing noteworthy in
the thirty years between these two good movies. He is now close to
seventy years old.
- The film was a critical darling
(97% positive reviews), but was disqualified from Oscar
consideration because it first appeared on Dutch TV. (This is
essentially the same reason they disqualified Linda Fiorentino for
her performance in The Last Seduction.)
- Clive Owen is now being mentioned
as the leading candidate to replace Pierce Brosnan as Bond, James
This film is tres cool. In
fact, it's beyond cool, and all the way to cold. And the atmosphere is
maintained quite well. It has other characteristics of the
"honest loner" genre, most notably the dreaded voice-over
narration. But, frankly, this is really just another
narration-over-saxophone movie, except with British accents. It looks
low-budget and it is low-budget. It is even sloppy in spots. There is a ham-fisted editing error at about 58:40, and they just left it
Now, I'm going to completely ruin the
surprise ending for you, so you may not want to keep reading if you
want to see it. The croupier's role in the casino robbery was
irrelevant. His father only set him up to prove that his integrity was
not inviolate - that he could be bought. Obviously there is a history
we are not completely aware of, but can imagine - the corrupt father and the oh-so-pure
holier-than-a-mofo son, with
the father getting in one last swing from thousands of miles away. OK,
fair enough, but Croupy should have seen that coming.
After all, Alex Kingston offered him
10,000 pounds to do something that he would have done anyway. All he
had to do was behave like himself, as she pointed out. So if he didn't
have to do anything, why should they give him ten thousand pounds for
that purpose? If they had never made the offer, the distraction
would have gone off exactly the same, and Croupy would have done the
exact same thing. Even if he had refused the tenner, the distraction
would have gone off exactly the same, and Croupy would have done the
exact same thing. So why didn't he know that something stunk when
people were giving him a bunch of money to do what he would have done
it obvious to him that the entire purpose of the ten grand was to
corrupt him personally, and not to facilitate the robbery?
Then, Croupy sees that Alex
Kingston's bruises have inexplicably disappeared when he visits her,
but he goes ahead with his part in the plan anyway. Since it is
obvious that he knows he has been scammed, are we supposed to
believe that he simply doesn't care? Maybe one of you can tell me why
he agreed to go along after he deduced that she was scamming him. (I
guess the fact that he doesn't care is a plausible explanation. He
tells his girlfriend that he took the money because he needed a car.)
And then his improbable book became
a best seller in hardback, even though he sent it anonymously to an
agent - unsolicited!
Give me a break.
I'm not saying that this is a bad
movie. It is not. I liked it. It is cool and dripping
with atmosphere, and sexy, and the dialogue is interesting and witty
and eminently quotable, but don't
expect a taut and tense thriller. In a sense, it was widely overpraised by the
critics, and its primary value is as a moody atmospheric piece with a unique
take on noir, in which the moral tables get turned on the clichéd lonely guy with
"Hold on tightly, let go
Although the movie is cool, don't even
think about getting this DVD, which may be the worst ever. They
haven't cut a DVD of this film in the States yet. The only one
available in Region 1 is a Canadian DVD which is about the same video
quality as those bootlegs they film from the screen in Singapore. Not
only that, but there are no features, and there's no widescreen
More from the French Box collection:
Updated volumes: Alex Kingston, Nastassja Kinski,
Valerie Kaprisky, Sally Kirkland, Mia Kirshner, Sonja Kirchberger,
Sheryl Lee, Diane Lane, Beverly Lynne, Juliette Lewis
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
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there might be something else of interest.
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'Caps and comments by Spaz:
Medium-budget Canadian sci-fi which is something like The Matrix but with sex and nudity very close to an NC-17 rating.
"Dead Awake" (2001)
Canadian action-thriller kept afloat by Michael Ironside and a bunch of contrived lesbians only a madman can dream up (one a co-worker played by Janet Kidder). No nudity with the exception of a porn movie shown on a movie screen.
"The Calling" (2000)
Another Canadian/UK horror starring Laura Harris and Alice Krige. Both keep their clothes on this time but if you keep your eyes open you'll see UK actress Rachel Shelley topless in the hottub.
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
Today we return to 1971's "Straw Dogs", and of course it's the classic rape scene with the beautiful Susan George.
More to come...
- Susan George
||Topless in a love scene from "Ring of Steel" (1994).
|For me, I'll always remember her as the love interest in one of my all time favorites grade Z movies, the Vanilla Ice movie, "Cool as Ice" (1991). Here she is just a couple of years after that monster hit, very topless in several well lit scenes from the movie "Flashfire" (1993) (also starring Billy Zane and Carrie-Anne Moss way before they were famous!)
||A classic moment in B-movie cinema..Tanya topless in "The Beastmaster"
|Amy Jo Johnson
||The former Pink Power Ranger, topless in a far off love scene in 'caps from "The Pursuit of Happiness".
|The "Spy Kids" star topless in scenes from 1996's "Jaded". 'Caps by nmd.
|Debra K. Beatty
|Señor skin 'caps of the busty Skinemax babe topless and full frontal in scenes from "Cyberella: Forbidden Passions" (1996).