Videodrome (1983) is a Sci Fi fantasy effort from David Cronenberg. James Woods stars as the owner of a small cable company which caters to fringe markets with had and soft core porn and the like. He is searching for a new, edgier product to boost subscriptions, and decodes a very strange underground show called Videodrome, which features extreme torture, and no plot. He wants it for his station, and sets about trying to get it. His girlfriend, Deborah Harry sees a short tape at his house, and decides she wants to be a contestant on the show. Up to this point, the film is relatively normal and accessible.
Then woods finds the source of Videodrome, and discovers that there is subliminal content that causes physical changes in your body, and leads to mind control. From this point on, it is not possible to tell what is supposed to be real and what is hallucination, and I fell asleep trying. Reviewers claim this is all about the influence of media on society, and is based on the philosophy of Marshall McLuhan.
IMDb readers have this at 6.8 of 10. The makeup effects were excellent, as well as some of the other special effects, but it was the story that left me cold. Genre lovers enjoy this one, but I would not suggest it to anyone else. C-.
Straw Dogs (1971) I find this a very well made film, but a disturbing story. It is the story of an American mathematician (Dustin Hoffman) who rents an English farmhouse for a year with his young wife in her home town. He hopes the country quiet will help him with the studies for which he has received a grant. Hoffman is a wimp, a pacifist and a loner. His wife (Susan George) is also easy to intimidate. When Hoffman ignores her in favor of his book, she begins to flirt with her childhood boyfriend and his pals who are doing some construction on their property. Eventually, the boyfriend lures Hoffman out of the house for a snipe hunt, then returns and has sex with George, then his drunken partner brutally rapes her at gunpoint. She never tells Hoffman.
When the town folk decide to break into their home to catch a local mentally ill man who they think has molested a town girl, Hoffman finally has had enough, and snaps. George shows breasts in two scenes, the first flashing her bare breasts to her old friend and his cronies, and the second while she is being seduced by her old boyfriend then raped by his buddy. IMDb readers have this at 7.3 of 10. While there is no doubt that it is a well made film, it is not one I was able to relate to. The first half of the film pretty much showed that nobody had it together, and the last third was pretty much all action. I think the big payoff was supposed to be that Hoffman suddenly grew testicles, but a little too late. The fact that I didn't personally enjoy it doesn't take away from the quality of the film. This is a C+.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
- In case I forgot to mention it Friday, Charlie's (French
Cinema) page is updated.
- About 40 new volumes have been added, raising the encyclopedia
count by another 300 or so, mostly in Volume O. All new ones are
New Zealand considers giving beer to the homeless.
Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Newark Bears.
Henderson is now 8 years older than Lou Gehrig was when he died.
Oh, hell, Henderson is probably older than Methuselah was when he
died. Henderson knew Cher's PARENTS, fer chrissakes.
American voters find Bush more likeable and compassionate than
John Kerry, their electric can openers, and other inanimate
The ten most dangerous countries to be a journalist.
Guess which one is number one.
Lady Madonna wants the lowly peasants evicted from her estate, and
will not tolerate Robin and the merry lads poaching her deer.
Ex-diplomat on wife's spy identity leak. Wilson's
revelations were quite over-hyped. He came forward with no real
evidence at all, just "what anonymous sources have told me" - that
the outing of his CIA wife originated in the office of the V.P.,
probably with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He had no reason to
connect Cheney, other than the usual "how could he not be aware of
something so important in his office" stuff. As for the
involvement of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby himself, that rumor has
been around forever, but no hard evidence has yet emerged to back
Half of Americans Pressed for Time; a Third Are Stressed Out.
But the others are totally mellow, dude.
Brad Pitt says, "I'm hung like a hamster". He lied.
It is the morning of May 3rd, and only team seven games above .500
is - (drumroll) - the Texas Rangers! And the White Sox
and Padres are right behind, six games over! .
- Today's most exciting story in Norway:
Norwegian Polar Institute names new cabinet position - Polar Bear
Researcher. Armed with a Ph.D., his job will be to
count the number of polar bears. Without that info, the Norwegian
government would collapse. "Twenty six, twenty seven ... oh,
drittsekk, I think I already counted that one. Start again."
McDonald's manager agrees to a pay cut, becomes President of
Panama . He announced that he'll stimulate the economy
by plus-selling to Panama's illegal drug traffickers. They will be
asked if they want weapons to go with that. His assistant manager
now has to choose between managing the MickeyD's or the Presidency
Police seize Michael Jackson's underpants. Wedgie!
The gossipy A List weighs in on Hollywood personalities.
Featuring the stars of Van Helsing:
- "Beckinsale, Kate. Has a penchant for setside squabbling.
'Cold fish. Tremendous amount of plastic surgery. Hates other
- Jackman, Hugh. mmmmMM! Very nice guy, humble and faithful to
his wife. (Although, sad to say, I'm hearing rumors that
pre-marriage he was a bed-hopping slut. *sigh*) (I've also heard
the opposite, which I'd much prefer to be true). Possibly a
little too friendly with John Travolta. (NOOOO!) Current word in
NYC is that Hugh is discreetly shagging his 24 year old male
assistant, though I've had some Broadway types tell me that he's
just queer-friendly and a fag-stag.
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Did NHL tough guy Eric Lindros lose
a bar fight to figure skater Elvis Stojko. Yup, right
after Mini-me beat the crap out of Mike Tyson in the prelim.
Weekly World News editors captured by space aliens, forced to
eFilmCritic - EARL DITTMAN EXPOSED Film Criticism's Greatest Shame.
"His blurbs included in the advertising of a movie generally
indicate that the film has been resoundingly trashed by all
others. And some of his video-box quotes are so obviously a
work-for-hire deal that you can’t help but shake your head. His
name is Earl Dittman, and in our humble opinion, his profession is
- Both Laws of Attraction and New York Minute feature Dittman
quotes in the advertising.
- Review of the week:
Envy, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic: "Envy is billed
as a comedy, and maybe it is. Maybe it's some new brand of comedy
that has no jokes or humor or, I don't know, any reason to exist.
This thing is one of the most carefully and patiently made turds
I've seen since some asshole told my retard cousin Larry that
shit-sculpture would be in this year's Special Olympics. I wish I
could express to you how fucking awful Envy, but it takes more
than words. It takes puppets, and the proper costumes, and a hell
of a lot of lighter fluid."
FilmJerk.com - The Early Report for May 2, 2004
The French trailer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
How many servers does Google use? At least 79,000,
perhaps more than 100,000. Check out the amazing stats.
Weekend Box Office. Mean Girls beat the other four new releases
- The golf movie bombed big-time. (One million total, less
than $900 per screen).
- The other three were in the 6-7 million range.
- Mean Girls was a hit - 25 million total, almost $9000 per
- Man on Fire had an excellent second week, with only a 33%
drop-off, indicating good word of mouth.
- Kill Bill seems to have run out of steam.
WOW! Here's a team I could root for! - The Texas Tech Women's Swim
Height makes right. Kerry favored in presidential race by four
The steroid test results of all 1,200 Major League Baseball
players from last season have been obtained by federal
investigators after the players union reneged on an
agreement during the BALCO probe.
The World's Shortest Stuntman. The 4'2" stunt man
mentions that he really looks up to Tom Cruise. Hell, he even
looks up to Devito!
Writers' DVD deal talks continue past expiration date.
The dispute is over DVD profits. The writers want a cut. The
studios say that the healthy profits from DVDs are necessary to
make up for the poor economics of theatrical releasing.
She's a Playmate and a Baywatch Babe. Playmate Gallery of Marliece
Andrada, Courtesy of PlayboyPlus.com!
Four free short videos from SPICE UNCENSORED!, the stuff too hot
for Spice TV
'Matrix' co-creator Larry Wachowski about to get a wangerectomy,
become "Linda" Wachowski
- From the Independent:
Antarctica is likely to be the world's only habitable continent by
the end of this century if global warming remains unchecked
according to the British Government's chief scientist, Professor
Sir David King.
Checkstand rage after woman brings 13 items into the "12 items or
- Tinfoil hat department:
Dick Cheney and his friends are using Drosnin's Double Top Secret
Bible Codes. No, really, not the regular bible codes,
but additional proprietary ones available only to Cheney. The ones
they are using are not available in stores,
Kerry Struggling to Find a Theme, Democrats Fear. So
far, they are leaning toward "I'm a douchenozzle, but I'm not
Bush, and I'm less of a douchenozzle than Nader", but other
strategists feel their position needs to be more pithy.
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
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.
Words from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.
War is either intended to be a comedy or is a laughably bad
movie, but Charlotte Lewis is one megababe. (.avi, .wmv)
Dervla Kirwan whips off the top for the Brit
miniseries "A Time to Dance" (.avi, .wmv).
Maria Conchita Alonso is charming in
Moscow on the
Hudson, and the flick is actually worth watching. (.avi, .wmv)
I didn't remember a damned thing about this movie,
but I must have seen it, because I wrote a short review of it four
years ago, before the Movie House came along.
Flypaper is a slight twist on
the Tarantino formula. It does have the intersecting plot lines,
sensationalized violence, and perverse humor, but it twists the
knife in a slightly different direction. It goes directly for the
humorous aspects of the grotesque violence, rather than for the gory
aspects. As a result, one guy walks around with his ear off, and
another guy spends the last third of the movie with a knife in his
head. Now that I think about it, I don't know if anyone ever dies in
this movie. They just keep accumulating more bizarre wounds, and
losing more body parts. Anyway, it is funny in a sick and twisted
way, but the essence of the movie is just pointless schlock, and a
little of that goes a long way for me. Look for a truly twisted
scene where Lucy Liu and her lover take anti-venom antidote and make
love in a nest of snakes, while being bitten viciously in graphic
detail. I think this heightens their pleasure - or something.
That was written a while ago. In the intervening
years, Lucy Liu has become a major star.
Sadie Frost (.avi, .wmv).
Lucy Liu (.avi, .wmv). As described above, this is a
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Adam & Evil" (2004)
Recently released low budget teen horror with all the cliches.
The only real sex scene was ruined by the blatant use of a body double.
"Savage Island" (2003)
Another recent relesase.
Hicksploiation about a yuppie couple
who run afoul of some hillbillies on an island.
A surefire recipe for disaster. No nudity.
"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1999) (TV)
Deadful Coppolla movie ruined by Adam Baldwin.
The euro DVD release "The Prophecy of the Tiger" shows more
skin by Karen Cliche.
"The Fear: Resurrection" (1999) aka "Fear 2: Halloween Night"
Horror on available on DVD in Europe. Stars a wooden statue
with the acting range of Adam Baldwin. No nudity.
Two excellent finds by LC...
- Italian mega-babe Monica Bellucci topless in scenes from "Agents secrets" (still in theaters in Europe and not available in the US).
- Natalia Verbeke, the Spanish cinema star showing breasts and bush in a sex scene from "Dot the I" aka "El Punto sobre la I" (2003).
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Sometimes the acting makes a mediocre story worthwhile, and that's the case in this 2003 drama/romance. Outstanding performances by William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and Alec Baldwin make up for a plot that's sometimes slow and thin in the middle, but with a cool ending. Maria's nude scenes didn't hurt, either. :-)
Macy plays a "cooler", a guy whose luck is so bad he's used as a jinx by a mob-run Vegas casino, to kill the luck of patrons on a winning streak. He does his job well just touching a roulette table will stop a run, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress. When love causes his luck to change, his crooked boss is less than pleased. Despite it's flaws, this very well-acted movie is worth watching.
The movie was originally rated NC-17, then re-edited to get an R rating before release. Apparently they didn't release the NC-17 version (yet), but I sure wish they would.
New on DVD, Johnny pays tribute to the ladies of the "Love Actually".
- Elisha Cuthbert and January Jones, no nudity but both still look just fine to me.
- Sienna Guillory, also known by Fun House readers as Helen from the the "Helen of Troy" mini-series. No nudity.
- Keira Knightley, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star also stayed dressed.
- Laura Linney, the Oscar nominated actress goes topless (link #2).
- Heike Makatsch, the German born actress wears a tight sweater in #1, and looks amazing in a red bra and panties in #2.
- Martine McCutcheon
- Lúcia Moniz
- Joanna Page, ultra-cute and very nude.
- Emma Thompson
||The young and gorgeous Dutch actress going full frontal in scenes from "Cloaca" (2003). Lenssen is the daughter of another well know Dutch actress, Renée Soutendijk. 'Caps by Lament.
||DeadLamb 'caps of the former "Party of Five" star all grown up and showing off some very nice cleavage and leg views during a recent appearance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn".
|The "Mean Girls" star showed off a ton of cleavage on this past weekend's "Saturday Night Live". This episode was something of a rarity for this season of SNL...it was actually funny! Thanks to DeadLamb and don22
|Señor Skin 'caps of the lovely Kiwi actress topless in scenes from "Stickmen" (2001).