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Vanilla Sky (2001) is a remake of the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos, staring Tom Cruise. I enjoyed the Spanish version very much, and questioned the need for a remake, but the film grossed $101m against a budget of $68m, is at 7.0 of 10 at IMDB, and received roughly three stars from major critics. I didn't enjoy this version as much as the original, but part of the reason is that there were few surprises for me this time, and it is a film that should be discovered as you watch. For me, Cruise in the lead was the weakest element in the film. PenÚlope Cruz reprised her role from the original, and showed her breasts in a fairly long sex scene with Cruise.
If you haven't see the original, and are allergic to subtitles, by all means see this respectable remake. C+.
Lantana (2001) won every major Australian award, is universally praised by the critics (Ebert 3 1/2, Berardinelli 3) and rated 8.2 at IMDB. It is what looks a lot like a mystery -- one girl is dead, and a woman is missing -- but is really a character driven drama about a group of people who end up interacting in many ways and on many levels. The story centers around Anthony LaPaglia, who is a police detective, married to Kerry Armstrong with two kids, and cheating with Rachael Blake, whom he met at a salsa dance class he was taking with his wife. Blake is newly separated, and is neighbors with Russell Dykstra and Daniella Farinacci, the happily married couple of the bunch. Armstrong is seeing a shrink, Barbara Hershey, trying to solve her worries about her relationship. Hershey's daughter is the murdered girl, and she has written a book to cope with the grief.
All of these characters, and more, are fully fleshed out, and when Hershey goes missing, the interactions become even more complex. This film could have been a complete bore, and it has enough characters that it could have been impossible to follow, but was crafted such that it is an easy watch, and i found myself caring about many of the characters. Rachael Blake has a brief nipple slip early in the film in bed with LaPaglia. The film might well appeal to you even if character driven drama is not your favorite entertainment, and the film is technically top-notch. B-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
My First Mister - is
an offbeat love story about the relationship between a 17 year old goth (Leelee
Sobieski) and a fussy clothing store manager (Albert Brooks). Sound like Ghost
World without Birch and Buscemi? Sorta, except without the irony. It opened the
festival at Sundance. The first half of this movie is brilliant. The second
half is not only atrocious (a Richard Gere weepy-ass dyin' person film), but a
complete cop-out. What a shame. Actress Christine Lahti directed. She'll be back.
Happenstance is a very
charming French movie starring the now-famous Audrey Tautou. Don't be fooled by
the box which states that there is extensive nudity. Oh, it's there all right,
but it is of the wiener persuasion. It is a good movie, but just a little too
precious - just so cute and clever and so proud of being cute and clever.
Corky Romano is supposed
to be a comedy. I can't top James Berardinelli's summary in which he noted that
this film has fewer laughs than Schindler's List.
From Hell is that "Johnny
Depp chasing Jack the Ripper" thing that got pretty good reviews in the USA,
but was soundly trashed in the U.K. I never did figure out the reactions
differed so widely. I thought it was a well-crafted movie, but I didn't get
into it at all.
Abre los Ojos is the
first, Spanish-language version of Vanilla Sky, directed by the same guy who
did The Others.
- Penelope Cruz (caps by The Realist. They are old, but they illustrate the
similarities to the new version.)
Vanilla Sky is the
second, English-language version of Abre Los Ojos, directed by the same guy who
did Almost Famous.
- Penelope Cruz
I don't remember anything about Second Time Lucky,
except that Diane Franklin looks great naked. Caps by Mr Skin
- Diane Franklin
Here 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 I inexplicably determined
there might be something of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or
Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.
Today's cliché-fest is "Cruel and Unusual". This 2001 straight-to-video flick starring Tom Berenger has pacing that rivals that of a thoroughbred snail. Let's not forget the plot that is clearly spelled out for you in first 5 minutes...Literally! I'm not talking easy to guess the twists and turns. I'm talking in the first 10 minutes they flat out tell you exactly what will happen for the rest of the movie!
Berenger plays a drifter serial killer wandering the Pacific Northwest. His thing...getting to know lonely women then "helping them to be happy". He makes 'em feel loved, kills them, then is on his way. Oh, he also kills men and takes on their identities.
Tom meets girl, girl falls for Tom. Tom tries to kill girl but girl is too strong and shoots Tom. Tom presumed dead (for about 1 second) then they show Tom has taken on the id of girl's younger brother (Tom killed him). The end.
Much of the movie takes place outside, and the outdoor photography is quite nice. Of course it was filmed in Vancouver B.C., which means if you want a nice outdoor shot, just turn on the camera. However, this movie is an shining example of how not to light interiors. What little nudity there is is either very dark, or shot in an extremely steamy shower.
Toplessness, and not that great.
- Rachel Hayward
- Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff
More of Daneen Boone without her clothes. This time from "Justine: Crazy Love" (1995).
- Daneen Boone, topless
Another excellent batch from the master of Fashion Scans.
- Thumbail Previews
- Thumbail Previews
- Ann-Catherine LaCroix
- Delfine Balfort, #2 has extreme see-thru views
- Kasia Pysiak, topless
- Megan Ewing
- Paris Hilton
- PenÚlope Cruz
- Tasha Tilberg
- Daniela Pestova, great cleavage
- Ann Hickman, sexy lingerie pics with see-thru in #3 and #5
- Aurora Robles, topless in #4 and #5
An open letter from MSNBC to Britney Spears
I am writing this open letter to you because I fear for your future. As
someone who makes a living poking fun at people's foibles, I'm officially
letting you know that you're becoming a very easy target. In fact, you're in
danger of becoming this generation's Spice Girls. It is time for an image
Now Britney, you may rightfully ask who the heck is Jeannette Walls to be
giving me advice? Does anyone envy Jeannette Walls' abs? Do either
adolescent girls or dirty old men swoon when Jeannette Walls lip syncs? OK,
maybe not. But consider this: A few months ago, I wrote an open letter to
Chelsea Clinton, and not long afterwards, Vanity Fair wrote a nifty feature
article calling her the next John F. Kennedy Jr.! Coincidence? I think not!
Thus, some humble suggestions:
1. Pick either slut or innocent. You can't have both. The underage sex pot
thing is getting creepy. You're becoming a little bit too much what JonBenet
Ramsey might have turned into.
2. The rumor is that you and Justin have patched things up, but you should
dump him. And don't date any more former Mouseketeers. Or any guys from boy
bands. It's just too darned cute. Date someone with a little substance.
Don't go overboard in the other direction, either. (Jack Nicholson, for
instance, would conjure images of a daddy complex. Russell Crowe would also
be a bad choice, but that advice applies to all women.) Think more along the
lines of Matt Damon, Heath Ledger. But don't aim too high. Your aggressive
pursuit of Prince William was a tad unseemly.
3. Lose the mom. It's all getting a little too Brooke Shields-ish.
4. Tape a photograph of Pamela Anderson on your makeup mirror with a sign
underneath: "MOVE AWAY FROM THIS LOOK."
5. Avoid Madonna. The "I'm learning from the ancient master" shtick doesn't
work when Madonna is still trying to figure out who she is.
6. Reconsider the Pepsi endorsement. And if the cash is just too much to
pass up, then at the very least, stop swilling competing soft drinks. It
would be nice to see you being sincere about something.
7. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Take a cue from Natalie Portman and
Jodie Foster and get your overexposed bod off to college. It wasn't amusing
that you didn't know who the Beatles were. We know that when John Lennon was
shot you weren't born yet, but a LOT of things happened before you were
8. Drop the movie career. Immediately. This is non-negotiable. Despite the
obsessive film ambitions of so many rock stars, appearing in movies will not
help your career, even if you're a good actor (Diana Ross, Debbie Harry) but
especially if you're not (Elvis, Madonna).
9. Consider rage. Rock stars with staying power have to be at least a teeny
bit angry. Don't go overboard, however. (Cautionary tale: Alanis Morissette
made an entire career out of rage. It got old quickly.) Potential targets of
rage: your mother, the Mousketeers, Justin Timberlake, and the kid who won
during your last Star Search appearance.
10. Finally, and most painfully, publicly declare that you're no longer a
virgin. I know this is majorly ick-making, but I'm afraid you made it an
issue when you publicly declared your virginity. So it's going to be an
issue until you undeclare it. You don't need to go into the details. In
fact, please spare us.
So, Britney, heed my advice. I can't guarantee a Vanity Fair profile, but
perhaps you'll restore 13-year-old Brooke's faith in you. You don't need to
thank me -- but any dirt that you hear backstage at future Diva Live
concerts would be greatly appreciated. Because I am, as always,
Your Faithful Scooper,
BAD-GIRL BRITNEY GOES DIRTY DANCING WITH A DRINK IN HER HAND!
Oops, she did it again - and again - and again!
In an attempt to make her ex-boyfriend jealous, Britney Spears has been brazenly flirting up a storm in nightclubs - and she's using her celebrity status to sidestep underage drinking laws, charge sources.
Here's Britney dancin' n drinkin'
Click here to read the full story courtesy of the National Enquirer
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
>From The NY Post...
May 16, 2002 -- Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione doesn't just have an eye
for porn - he's got X-rated X-ray vision, he claimed yesterday.
Guccione made the odd assertion while testifying in Manhattan federal court
about his mag's topless photos of a woman wrongly touted as tennis tart
Former model Judith Soltesz-Benetton is suing Guccione and Penthouse,
saying she, not Kournikova, is the unwilling star of the June issue's pervy
Guccione has admitted he got it wrong, but spent hours on the witness stand
over the past two days trying to explain how he matched up various parts of
the topless woman's body to photos of Kournikova.
"I can look at a woman fully dressed and give you a very good idea of her
breasts without the trappings of [clothes]," the 71-year-old Guccione said.
"This is another thing, I'm sorry to say, I'm an expert on."
The bizarre boast of super-powered boob vision piercing every woman's
blouse left many in court exchanging nervous glances as Guccione defended
The septuagenarian porn purveyor said he was an expert on female body parts
after viewing "thousands and thousands and thousands" of pictures of women
every month for Penthouse.
Guccione said another factor that convinced him the woman in the video was
Kournikova was she appeared "very lean and her ribs are very prominent."
The woman caught up in the "Porn-ikova" case then took the stand to say
Penthouse had humiliated her.
Soltesz-Benetton, the wife of a Benetton heir, said she was "very
embarrassed, very offended" to see photos of her bare breasts in the
The pregnant former model spoke softly as she explained to Judge Denny Chin
why she filed the $10 million lawsuit.
"I would hope that this issue never reached the hands of my son or future
child," she said. "I also believe it's very wrong because I never gave
consent for the pictures."
Her lawyer, Judd Burstein, charged Penthouse knew the photos weren't
"Mr. Guccione made this up," railed Burstein. "They were looking for an
excuse. You have a magazine in serious financial trouble. They're looking
to boost sales."