Loving Feeling (1968) tries to pass as a time crapsule of 60s morality, or lack thereof. There are no votes, reviews or comments at IMDb, which makes me the stupidest person in the known world for watching this. At least I have the honor of being the first to trash it.
Does this sound familiar? A young man does bird after bird, never meeting their needs, then ends up all alone. No, his name is Steevie Day, not Alfie, one of the birds he actually married, and he doesn't seem to have a sadistic streak. He also has a job as a morning DJ. In case we have trouble figuring out what his problem is, every single one of the supporting characters eventually tells us that he never grew up.
Ok, Alfie was a serious film delivering a needed message that indiscriminate sex is not the same as intimacy, and is eventually unsatisfying, and this is really more of an exploitation film with a derivative plot, so we must make allowances. Is it exciting? Not hardly. The sex scenes are all pretty much the same, a flash of breast, facial shots, cut to the next day. There is not one moan nor groan in the entire film. The pace is glacial. They chose to linger on closeups of women who couldn't act for 30 or 40 seconds with no dialogue or facial expression, for instance. There are also lengthy driving scenes during which nothing happens. The key to understanding why this film was even made is the fact that it was originally rated X in England.
To sum up, we have a kinder, gentler Alfie with a precious few tit shots, and no talent performers. We see breasts from Georgina Ward, Paula Patterson, and one actress I was unable to identify. Also, the women are all promiscuous as well, but are good girls at heart and are looking for real fulfillment. Technically, it is marginally adequate, earning it a D-, rather than what I would like to award it.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
A Different Loyalty (2004):
In A Different Loyalty, Sharon Stone plays an
unglamorous 1950s American housewife who is married to the frumpy New York
Times correspondent in Beirut when she falls in love with one of her
husband's colleagues, a freelance British writer. They have a
passionate whirlwind courtship followed by five years of
ecstatically happy marriage when her husband disappears without
warning. When all the smoke clears, it turns out that her husband is
possibly the most successful spy in history, a KGB plant who had
also wormed his way deep into the bowels of British Intelligence.
When his cover was blown, the Russians smuggled him to Moscow. His
wife and family had known nothing of his double life.
The wife visits him in Moscow, after which she is
subjected to humiliating interrogations by the British and
Americans. She returns to Moscow in order to persuade him to return
and co-operate with the British authorities. He must choose between
a wife he truly loves and the Communist ideology he truly believes
in. At one point, Sharon Stone rips her robe open, shows her breasts
to her spy husband and says melodramatically, "You have to choose.
Which do you love more, me or the Communist Party?"
I'm not kidding. That really happened in the film.
Moreover, it really happened in real life! You see, this film is a
roman a clef based on the life of the legendary spy Kim
Philby, at least the portion of it covered by his wife's book, "Kim
Philby: The Spy I Loved." In real life, Philby answered his wife,
"the Party, of course." In the film, the spy was more discreet and
provided no answer. As long as the scriptwriter was going to change
the answer, he may as well have changed the question as well, and as
long as Sharon was baring her breasts anyway, she should have said,
"Which do you love more, THESE or the Communist Party?"
Of course, since the spy was played by the
publicly admitted homosexual Rupert Everett, I guess he still would
have gone with the Party.
Philby was the dominant figure in 20th century
espionage. You've heard of The Third Man, I suppose. That was Philby,
who was a very good friend and colleague of the novelist Graham Greene, the author
of The Third Man. The actual meaning of the term comes from an
episode in which two double agents mysteriously escaped the dragnet
of an internal investigation at the British intelligence agency.
Just as the noose was about to close around them, the two men, who
were supposed to be unaware of the probe, disappeared from England
and reappeared in Moscow. Who tipped them off? The British knew that
there must have been a third man - another KGB plant who was deep
enough into British intelligence that he was aware of the
investigation and helped to smuggle his colleagues out. But who was
the third man? That turned out to be Philby, although it would be
about a dozen years before that was known with any certainty. Philby
was dismissed from the intelligence service in the early 50s, right
after the probe, but the British eventually started trusting him
again, and he was being used as a free lance informant, under cover
as a journalist in Beirut.
That brings us back to where the movie begins.
Despite a substantial thirteen million dollar
budget and some pricey location shooting in London and Moscow (and
Malta, which played the part of Lebanon), A Different Loyalty never
received theatrical distribution in the United States or the U.K. I
suppose there is some justification for that. The film quite clearly
shows that Mrs. Philby was treated far better by the authorities in
Moscow than those in the U.S. or the U.K., who used threats,
insults, and scare tactics to extract information from her. This was
handled with melodramatic flourish as thuggish FBI agents threatened
to throw her out a window and hurt her children! It treats Philby as
a hero of sorts who was really not a traitor to his country, but
rather a man who was loyal to the only thing he believed in - The
Soviet Union. In Philby's mind, he did not choose to be born in
England, but he did choose Marxism, and he received a hero's funeral
in the Soviet Union in 1988. I suppose if the film had been a
potential box office monster, distributors might have been willing
to take a chance on it, but nobody felt that way, so everyone
steered away from the controversy, and it went straight to video.
It's not a great movie, but it is a fairly good
one simply because it stays quite close to reality in many ways. The
facts are embellished, entire incidents are cut from whole cloth,
and the script does not restrict itself to Mrs Philby's book, so the
names of the characters have been changed, and it is clearly
represented as a fictional story. In spite of that, it is
substantially the story of the Philby marriage and their attitudes, so it provides some
accurate insight into how people thought in an earlier time, and how
Philby and his family viewed the world(s) they lived in. If
Michael Mann had made this film, it could have been a masterpiece.
As it is, it's not half bad.
- Sharon Stone collages. (1,
- Sharon Stone .wmv film clips. (1,
HERE'S WWN'S EXCLUSIVE LIST OF ... THE 25 MOST DISGUSTING
Yo Mama's Internet Sex Video
Musipedia: The Open Music Encyclopedia
- They claim: "Musipedia uses the "Melodyhound" melody
search engine. You can find and identify a tune even if the
melody is all you know. You can whistle or sing it to the
computer or directly use the Parsons code. To "name that
tune", you don't need to know the key signature, exact
rhythm, or intervals."
- I didn't test it. Pressed for time. Let us know if it is
KIM JONG-IL FIRES MICHAEL JACKSON INTO SEA OF JAPAN
... Last-ditch Attempt to Grab World Headlines
HOLLYWOOD MATH AND SCIENCE FILM CONSULTING
A beta test of Content Based Image Retrieval.
You're searching for an image by using a concept (or perhaps
the URL of another image) rather than a keyword.
Green Acres' Theme - in French (There are two .wav
files at the bottom of the page, one French, one Anglais.)
Cool fan film - prequel to the Matrix. (NOTE: it is
62 meg in size. This is a direct link to the film, so you
should probably right click and save for maximum efficiency.)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - is running 100%
positive reviews so far, including some absolute
raves! Universally praised as the best since The Empire
Strikes Back, some say it is even better than any or the
originals. Could it be true? If so, it could challenge
Titanic's box office records.
Burt Young has revealed he has been approached to play 007.
Or maybe it was Burt Ward. Oops, I guess it was Daniel Craig.
Abi Titmuss has revealed she would like to bed Britney Spears.
Meanwhile, Abi is due to take part in a show called Celebrity
Love Island which, I'm guessing, probably won't make me forget
Bodypainting: another collection of painted neekkid bodies.
(More than one reader has advised me that bodypainting is a
favorite subject for skilled Photoshoppers, and that some of
the pics we see are probably just regular old nudes with the
Weird Fortune Cookie Collection
WebGardi.com adds two silly new pictures every day.
New star added on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Man shoots himself five times, then jumps off bridge.
- The hospital reports that he is in satisfactory
- Just kiddin'. He's deader than Alicia Silverstone's
- The story concludes, "A coroner's jury will make a final
determination on the cause and manner of Carver's death." My
question is this - how much more do we really need to know?
OK, I know he was 67 years old, so maybe it is possible he
died of old age.
Conservatives ♥ South Park.
- The book South Park Conservatives has rather
inaccurately portrayed South Park's creators as sympathetic
to conservatism. That is, of course, nonsense. They are not
ideologues, but satirists. Their job is to make fun of
people, to prick the bubble of pretension and hypocrisy
wherever it occurs. Although they consider liberals fair
game, they also consider conservatives fair game. They hate
all ideologues. Indeed, they hate conservatives, although
they hate liberals a little more.
- One of the best conservative-bashing episodes was the
one where various conservatives insisted that the Lord
wanted Kenny to be kept alive with a feeding tube, while the
Archangels looked on powerlessly and said things to one
another like "I just talked to the Lord five minutes ago,
and he actually wants the kid to die. Why do you think he
was run over by a truck?"
- In that same episode, Satan was asked how he could
possibly manage to keep Kenny alive against the wishes of
God himself, and the dark lord replied that he would do what
he always does when he needs evil done on earth - call the
Here's the full trailer for Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Pitt
and Jolie play professional assassins hired to kill each
other. Only problem is that they are also married to one
- I added a lot of embellishments (new pictures!) to my
review of my new favorite movie:
Cuban Rebel Girls.
- I didn't think anything would ever fill the special
place in my heart reserved for Hell Comes to Frogtown, but
this film has pushed Sam Hell out of that spot. Cuban Rebel
Girls would be the perfect movie if only it starred Rowdy
Roddy Piper. Maybe he could star in a remake! Does anyone
know Ewe Boll's phone number?
The trailer for The Dukes of Hazzard .
- It is said that Pope John Paul's greatest regret was
that he could not live to see this film. Of course, as a
chaste man he paid no attention to Jessica Simpson, but the
pontiff was a huge Johnny Knoxville fan.
- I'm thinkin' the new pope is more of a Stifler guy.
Stifler sounds kind of German, doesn't it?
- Y'know, all kidding aside, this is a very charming
trailer, and it looks like the movie might be a lot of fun!
- I can't believe I just typed that. Man, I better watch a
Tarkovsky movie for penance.
The Daily Show calls the UK the "Bizarro US," a
place where conservatives are powerless and liberals rule the
The munchkin coroner tells all. "And she's not only
merely dead / She's really, most sincerely dead!" For those of
you who are finished reading all those boring autobiographies
of statesman and inventors ...
This week's theater counts and box office predictions from The
Weekend Warrior. He believes that the two wide
releases will easily take the top two spots. His prediction:
Kingdom of Heaven - $31 million, House of Wax - $24 million.
- This week's movies (800 screen sneak preview on Sunday
Monster-in-Law - 33% positive reviews. This is the
comedy with J-Lo and J-Fo. That score is based on only three
- This week's movies (1700 screens):
Crash - 79% positive reviews. This is the only one
of the widely distributed new films which got solid reviews.
Serious movie which the critics compared to Magnolia and
- This week's movies:
House of Wax - 29% positive reviews. The crits
offered mostly cynical barbs for the Paris Hilton epic.
- This week's movies:
Kingdom of Heaven - 46% positive reviews. Mixed
notices for Ridley Scott's epic about the Crusades.
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
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.
Scoop came up with a good idea for our next poll that should stir up some conversation, if not some controversy.
This week's poll....
Email Scoopy Jr. if you'd like to add nominees or offer suggestions for future polls.
Here are the results of our previous polls:
The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s
Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper.
Who has the best bum in Hollywood?
Best All Time Television Comedy
Best Nudity in an Oscar-winning performance
The Top 20 Best Straight Sex Scenes
Best Lesbian Love Scenes
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today from the Ghost, another batch of assorted video clips. Zipped .wmvs as usual.
- Audie England, the co-star of own of our favorites ("Free Enterprise") baringe breasts and bum (maybe a hint of pubes too if you squint) during a love scene from an episode of "Red She Diaries".
- Jennifer Rubin in scenes from two movies. Clip #1 features breasts, bum, pseudo sex and some really lame special effects in a scene from "The Wasp Woman" (1995). In clips #2 we see her topless in 1991's "Delusion".
- Denise Cheshire bares breast and bum while doing a parody of the famous nekkid swimming scene from "Jaws". Here she is scenes from the Steven Spielberg movei "1941" (1979).
- Christa Sauls, topless in scenes from the Jeff Fahey movie, "Ghost Rock" (2003).
- Christa Sauls zipped .wmv
||Topless in scenes from the French flick "Livraison à domicile" (2003).
||Another French babe....here she is going full frontal in scenes from "Le Poulpe" (1998).
|More nudity from "Le Poulpe". This time we have lovely toplessness and rear nudity, plus frontal views in #10.
||Yet another babe gettin' topless in scenes from "Le Poulpe".
|The almost always nude French actress topless in a love scene from "Les Kidnappeurs" (1998).
|Topless and also briefly baring breasts and bum in scenes from "Ah! Si j'étais riche" aka "If I Were a Rich Man" (2002).
||The seemingly not-always-sane pop "diva" wearing a very tight top and showing some pokies while out in public.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the supermodel turned somtimes actress going topless in her mega-lame action film debut, "Fair Game".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MICHAEL JACKSON UPDATE
Fried Bank Account - Michael Jackson's prosecution rested Wednesday after
calling Jackson insider Rudy Provencio to back claims that Jackson tried to
silence his accuser's family. But more interesting was the previously-unknown
trivia he revealed. For instance: Michael doesn't own a cell phone. He calls
money "French fries" and never carries any, so he's always asking flunkies to
"give him some fries." He had a chimp named Max that we never heard about. And
he liked to go to Universal Studios theme park unrecognized by dressing as a
Nobody would ever suspect it's Michael Jackson, what with the silly
clothes, the fake nose and the whiteface makeup.
There's nothing more enjoyable for Michael than hanging out in a theme
park, in a disguise that attracts children.
If he didn't want to be recognized, he should've worn blackface makeup.
With the big, red nose, he actually looked more normal.
We never hear from Max the chimp because he saw too much and had to be
STRIPPING IS AN ART
Stripping Furniture, Maybe - A court in Oslo, Norway, has ruled that
stripping is an art. Tax officials had declared that it wasn't an art, so tickets to
strip clubs should be subject to the 25 percent VAT, or value added tax. But
the judge sided with club owners, finding that it is an art, like ballet,
opera or stand-up comedy. One stripper told NRK radio, "I'm very pleased. Ninety
percent of the guests here tell me that what I'm doing is art."
Only because the guy she's currently doing is named Art.
And men would never be dishonest when flattering a stripper!
The other 10 percent are passed out drunk at their tables.
Strip clubs are like art: both have nudity and oils and are wildly
What the judge meant was, "If stand-up comedy is an art, then stripping is
If they wrestle naked in a vat of Jello, is the vat subject to a VAT?
FARRELL HIT ON 69-YEAR-OLD CO-STAR
She Plays The Dust - Colin Farrell is famous for bedding leading ladies, but
Dame Eileen Atkins, his married, then-69-year-old co-star in the upcoming "Ask
The Dust," said she was surprised when he burst into her hotel room demanding
sex. She said it was "deeply inappropriate," but he kept saying, "The reason
you won't do it is because your body isn't as good as when you were young,
isn't it?...I don't care about that." She told him she was the same weight,
"but it's all distributed in a different way," and spent 2-1/2 hours saying no.
But she said the attempted seduction did help her blissfully sail through her
She and Ashton Kutcher had a great laugh about it, in bed.
She couldn't stop picturing the full frontal nudity.
Sweet talk obviously has no effect on her.
He was researching the role of Alexander the Great and wanted to conquer
Cher said she'd do him.
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