Kinsey (2004) is a first rate biopic of someone that not many people know much about. Kinsey was the first American to do a scientific study of human sexuality. His first publication was the male half of his study, and was very well received. The second volume, four years later, was the female story, and was met with outrage in 1953. After all, it reported that Grandma masturbated, when had premarital sex and extramarital sex, and sex with other women.
Indeed, the outcry has not ended even now, over 50 years later. There was a huge campaign, mostly Web based, against the making of this movie. Kinsey spent his early years researching an insect, but cared about his students. His own wedding night had been a disaster, due to his large penis and his wife's large hymen. Fortunately, competent medical help solved that problem, but most people in the 40s did not have access to that sort of help. Further, many of the questions his students asked simply had no answers because nobody had ever researched human sexuality. He developed interview techniques to solicit honest answers from participants, carefully trained a staff, and, given his workaholic nature, collected a huge body of statistical data, which he then summarized and published, always respecting the anonymity of his test subjects.
Remarkably, the enlightened University that allowed his research was in Indiana. The Kinsey Institute is still there, and still trying to help people with a greater understanding of human sexuality. As someone who clearly remembers the 50s, and the sexual climate of the time, this film had a great deal of personal meaning for me. As a matter of fact, a book Kinsey quotes from as an example of the myths and preposterous ideas that were prevalent in the few books on the subject was one I sneaked from my parents bedroom and devoured for my first sex knowledge.
The film was very carefully researched and written. Getting it made was a several year struggle, and it finally ended up on a small ($10M) budget and a short shooting schedule. It is full of wonderful performances, especially from Laura Linney as Mrs. Kinsey. Liam Neeson was also brilliant as Kinsey. IMDb readers have it at 7.6. It was nominated for an Oscar (supporting actress) several Golden Globes, and dozens of other awards. It nearly recouped the $11M budget in a theatrical release. Ebert awards 4 stars and Berardinelli 3. I found it one of the most consistently engaging biopics I have watched. This is especially significant in that it is essentially a talking heads movie, which I would normally hate. Linney shows her left breast in the wedding night scene.
To this wonderful film, they added an entire second DVD of extras, including deleted scenes, bloopers, a modern Kinsey Institute sex survey, and, most importantly, an 83 minute making of that is easily the best such feature I have ever scene. They cover all aspects of the film from inception through release, and intercut it with Kinsey type interviews with cast and crew.
This is a B. Kinsey is worth anyone's time to understand, and this DVD package makes that an enjoyable experience. The MPAA, in awarding an R (There was a lot of worry about their reaction) commented that it would be rated R, and thank you for the education. Kinsey experts all agree that while some dramatic liberties were taken, it was true to Kinsey in spirit start to finish.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Cuban Story (1959):
No nudity here, but some interesting material.
This is the documentary which provides the companion piece to the
legendary Errol Flynn cheesefest, Cuban Rebel Girls. The documentary has
numerous problems, but frankly I was willing to forgive everything
for the never-before-seen footage of Castro, Che, and Errol Flynn. I
shared some of those rare shots with you at the Movie House
- I talked about this ages ago. Here is the Movie House
- Laura Linney
- URL says it all:
The most impressive use of MSPaint ever
Vicente Fox 'regrets' remark that Mexicans take jobs "that not
even blacks want to do". What? Like point guard?
Pitt: Reasons for Aniston Split 'Complex' . They just
wanted different things. For example, he wanted to cram his dick
down Jolie's throat a few hours per day.
A clip from the new French genre film, High Tension. My
kind of film: "Rated R for graphic bloody killings, terror, sexual
content and language." What, no adult situations?
The trailer from Manderlay, the second installment in
Lars von Trier's "Land of Opportunities" trilogy.
The trailer from Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
- In "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," a breezy take on Shane Black's
trademark buddy action/comedy oeuvre, a petty thief (Robert
Downey Jr.) is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition
and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along
with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a
detective (Val Kilmer) who has been training him for his
The trailer and a clip from A History of Violence, a thriller from
director David Cronenberg
- 'A History of Violence' stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of
a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and
quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But
their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an
attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media,
attracting the attention of some mobsters (William Hurt and Ed
Harris) who believe he is someone else."
Bill Murray has had enough of acting for now and wants mow his
lawn, maybe get rid of those pesky gophers while he's
RUNAWAY BRIDE STRAYS INTO WHITE HOUSE AIR SPACE ...
Final episode of 'Raymond' draws a rating of zero.
Turns out everyone hated the sumbitch. All kidding aside, Raymond
got laid in the final episode.
Robin Williams settles with his impersonator
Bison Bill's Weird West - "nude photo" of Mrs Wyatt Earp
Jerry Layne - Ventriloquial Figure Maker.
Crack Easter eggs for secret DVD treats on recent discs
Security cam catches girl shoplifting cigars ... in an unusual
way. Let's just say that the only way they could nab
her is by hiring Bill Clinton to do their security.
Dictator of the Month - Featuring World Dictators since 1900
JoBlo reports on George Romero's Land of the Dead
(Well, part of it, anyway)
- URL says it all:
A German inventor claims to have created the world's most
sophisticated robot sex doll.
- The sex androids developed by aircraft mechanic Michael
Harriman from Nuremberg have 'hearts' that beat harder during
sex. They also breathe harder and have internal heaters to raise
the body temperature - but their feet stay cold 'just like in
real life', according to Harriman. He said: 'They are almost
impossible to distinguish from the real thing, but I am still
developing improvements and I will only be happy when what I
have is better than the real thing.'
BATMAN BEGINS - new TV spot
Various clips, trailers, and features about Madagascar,
the new animated film from DreamWorks
The Japanese trailer for New Police Story, Jackie
- "There's not enough whisky in the world to drown the sorrows
of Inspector Wing. Once he was Hong Kong's finest cop. Now, he's
just a sad drunken mess. How did it come to this? One year
earlier. A band of young thieves takes down a large bank. When
the police arrives on the scene, the robbers shoot them down in
cold blood. Inspector Wing's elite unit is put on the case.
Acting on a tip, they storm the thieves' hideout. They’re
stepping right intro a trap. The place is a labyrinth, rigged as
a giant video game. Wing must watch helplessly as, one by one,
his team is brutally slaughtered by the audacious gangsters. The
present. Young cop Frank convinces Wing to clean up his act and
return to the force, so that he can finish the case he started.
The thieves are still at large. This is about to change, as
Inspector Wing and his new partner gear up for the final round
of a very dangerous game."
Weekly World News: "BUSH WANTS TO SELL HAWAII! Say
aloha to the Aloha State to raise cash for the war on terror
Natalie Portman says she prefers being bald. I'm not
sure how reliable that is, since she was standing next to Samuel L
while extolling the beauty of baldness.
Looks like Jessica Simpson is available again. She has
been seen "hooking up" with Fred Durst and swimming with Charlie
- From the off the wall department, except actually on the wall.
URL does say it all - except "why?"
- Finally - an item worth reading in the food section:
The worst foods to eat over a keyboard.
eBay item - ADVERTISE ON MY 3RD BREAST - Golden advertising opp.
So far, the bidding is all the way up to a buck and a half!
- Want to make $52 per hour? (That's more than a hundred large
Join the fast-paced world of condom-skimming.
Which actor are you? It told me I was Bill Murray.
First review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Not
positive at all)
The Miss Universe Pageant on Yahoo - swimsuit poses
(Click "forward" for several more.)
Tomorrow is Norway's 100th birthday. Oslo was once my
home, and I have to admit there's a lump in my throat.
Howard Johnson's last EIGHT restaurants ride into the twilight
Lindsay Lohan to co-star in a Robert Altman movie written by
Garrison Keillor. Of course, the "co-star" in an Altman
movie may have about five lines. I have to say that the premise
has NOT whetted my appetite for this film, but I guess I'll keep
an open mind.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - a journal from The Filthy
Jake Gyllenhaal dating Lindsay Lohan?
- "Gyllenhaal, 24, was earlier in the week spotted kissing
Maria Full of Grace actress Catalina Sandino Moreno before
apparently moving onto Freaky Friday star Lohan."
- Earlier in the WEEK? My hat is off to Jake. This man is my
Zeta "has the perfect body"
Back in Ann Coulter's Ass-Saddle Again: "She began
huffing and grunting like a cow having a seizure. I could hear her
strumming her clitoris like Earl Scruggs picking out Foggy
Mountain Breakdown on the banjo. "
Urban Legend: "President Eisenhower once noted that 'a few Texas
oil millionaires' wanted to 'abolish social security.'"
Status : True. He went on to say, "Their number is negligible and
they are stupid."
What is it like to drive through the city at nearly the speed of
light? Quiet a bit like a movie from 1969.
"The National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society is open to
anyone interested in the collection, research and preservation of
toothpick holders" ... who also has twenty bucks.
- In fact, forget the interest in toothpick holders. Just send
the double sawbuck, and you're in.
- It's a membership card you'll display proudly in your
wallet, right next to your American Express Black Card, your
Mensa card, and your membership in the Very Large Penis Society.
- I'd like to say I have those, but the only things in my
wallet are my Captain Midnight Decoder and my partially filled
punch card for a free order of toast at Denny's.
Complete wrap-up of the Tribeca Film Festival
Europeans hail Star Wars as brilliant anti-Bush diatribe!
- I personally consider it the best anti-Bush kiddie film
since Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, although the Bush
Administration parallels are quite strong in Air Bud 4: Seventh
- Of course, you could just as easily argue that the dark side
is Islam and that the Empire represents the bin Laden dream of a
pan-Islamic state with a single religion. Therefore, Bush is
represented by Obi-Wan, who struggles alone to maintain freedom
and the Jedi values of the good side of the force.
DOOM: The Movie, a videogame-based movie starring The
Piracy is Good? How Battlestar Galactica piracy in the
UK built up a demand for the show in the USA.
I-Mockery.com | A Look At The Twisted Future Of Free iPod Banner
So You Want to Be A Hobo? America's 1st Hobo Fantasy Camp
- I know what you've been thinking:
"I know I could pick up the hottest chicks if I only had spinning
teeth". Your dream has come true!
IBM sides with FireFox.
- "The security problems faced by FireFox last week have made
many analysts question the wonder browser's chances to compete
with Internet Explorer. IBM came with the response and
officially announced that it will adopt FireFox, recommending
all 300,000 employees to download and use it. "
- As per the submitter:
"Google Map of Matrix: Reloaded - 2 miles of highway built just
for the movie chase scene"
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.
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, a couple vids of French actress Romane Bohringer showing off her mighty impressive big'uns, as well as the other 2 B's in scenes from the 1995 film "Total Eclipse".
- Romane Bohringer (zipped .wmvs)
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"The Last Shot"
This train wreck of a movie has a fantastic cast, which was totally wasted, leaving only a boring mess.
The 2004 comedy tells the story, supposedly true, of an FBI agent who posed as a producer in order to ensnare Mafia bad-guy John Gotti. In the course of this, they actually did start to make a movie, tricking writers, directors, and stars. What they didn't get was Gotti, who was actually captured off of a different operation.
The laughs are few and far between, the script is lame and fairly pathetic, and the whole thing is boring.
You'll grow to hate the FBI, and feel really sorry for the poor film folks that were duped, but what you won't do is like this movie. Toni Collette looked great, however.
|Mia once again going topless and full frontal (links 14-18) on "The L Word"!
||The former Cosby kid...actually she's also the actress formerly known as Lisa Bonet. In 1995 she had her name legally changed to Lilakoi Moon. Whatever her name is, here she is topless in scenes from the excellent noir film, "Angel Heart" (1987)
||The Almight Alba-licious mega babe looking incredibly hot in a bikini on Cameron Diaz's MTV series "Trippin".
|A very cool and rare find. Here is the "Las Vegas" co-star showing a little cleavage and looking very leggy while stopping by the long since cancelled Keenen Ivory Wayans talk show.
||The slightly off-her-rocker pop diva showing a little leg and cleavage while stopping by "The Tonight Show".
|A few HDTV 'caps of the "Desperate Housewives". Sheridan shows a bunch of cleavage. Longoria is seen in a sports bra. Hatcher is caught in her bra and Cross is wearing white pants that may reveal a see-thru undies view.
|The busty B-babe going topless in scenes from "Vice Academy Part 3" (1991). Kaitan later went on to co-star in parts 4, 5 and 6 as well.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the 2 time Oscar winner partially nekkid before she was famous in scenes from "Heartwood" (1998). In links 7-9 you can see a bit of nipple.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL UPDATE
Case Closed! - Friday in Michael Jackson's trial, his ex-lawyer Mark
Geragos testified that Jackson is a child-like innocent, ripe for being a
target for lawsuits, and that Michael had told him personally that he was
Well, that should be good enough for anyone!
Of course, every client he's ever had has told him he was innocent, but
Michael has such an honest face.
You're Thirteen, And I Like It! - Jackson also got some unexpected advice
from fellow androgynous rock star, Alice Cooper. Alice told ITV.com, "He
can't possibly go to any jail that exists right now. My idea was that they
build him a fantasy jail, like Captain Hook's ship because he's so into
this Peter Pan thing." He also suggested that Michael tone down the weird
clothes and heavy makeup, saying, "He goes into court with red lipstick on,
and I'm going, 'You're fighting for your life here, son. Come on.'"
You know you're over the edge when Alice Cooper is telling you you wear
too much makeup.
And that little boy sitting on his lap...come on!
The difference is that Alice Cooper looks LESS frightening without
CHAPPELLE SAYS HE'S NOT INSANE
I'm Sane, Bitch! - AWOL comic Dave Chappelle, who didn't show up to shoot
his Comedy Central series he's being paid $50 million to do, told Time that
he is not partying, smoking crack or living in a mental asylum. He said
he's just staying with a friend in South Africa where he can "do a lot of
thinking" and go unrecognized.
That's so bizarre, the Hollywood press never would've guessed it...No
wonder they assumed he was crazy!
At this rate, he'd better start getting used to being unrecognized.
When he realizes what he's done, THAT'S when he'll go into a mental
PARIS HILTON RESTAURANT ILLITERACY NEWS
Or Young, Horny Guys - The Carl's Jr. hamburger chain has a controversial
new TV commercial featuring Paris Hilton in a black thong bikini, washing a
Bentley to the tune of "I Love Paris In The Springtime." A Carl's Jr.
marketing executive said it's designed to appeal to their loyal customers
who are "young, hungry guys." The message is that Paris and their new
Spicy BBQ Six Dollar Burger are "hot." One industry insider told Brandweek
magazine that with all the skin, suds and shooting hoses, "It couldn't be
more pornographic." But there will be a longer version available only on
...that is more pornographic.
The Internet is filled with video of Paris Hilton that's more
pornographic than that.
They seriously think people who see Paris Hilton in a bikini will
believe that she's EVER eaten a hamburger?
To me, Paris Hilton in a thong conveys the message, "Lots of buns, but
not much meat on it."
Her Chihuahua Reads Menus For Her - Pamela Anderson told GQ that she had
dinner with Paris Hilton and Paris "slammed the menu down and screamed, 'I
hate reading! Someone tell me what's on the menu!' I mean, I'm blonde,
but come on."
Compared to Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson is Stephen Hawking.
Paris has never even read her own book.
Paris explained that it was a Mexican restaurant, and she doesn't read
BRITNEY LETTING HERSELF GO
How Kirstie Alley Got Started - Teen Hollywood reports that since marrying
Kevin Federline, Britney Spears is "letting herself go" and doesn't care
about being beautiful. She admitted she'll always have a weight problem,
and as for her baggy clothes and uncombed bed hair, Britney said, "I walk
out of my house in my pajamas, with no makeup on, and I just don't care
because that's how I feel more comfortable. If you want me to wear a fancy
dress to go to Starbucks, then you are completely wrong."
She might spill her triple mocha latte on it.
That's just what she screamed at Kevin.
She's also thrown away her razor and her toothbrush.
She'd better do more to hang onto Kevin...He's quite a catch.
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