"Things Behind the Sun"
Things Behind the Sun (2001) is an Independent film from writer/director Allison Anders, in large part based on her own rape at a very young age. As the film opens, Kim Dickens, drunk, passes out on the lawn of a house. We have no idea why. We soon learn that she doesn't either, but this is the third year in a row that she has done this. Normally, she is kept busy being a drunk, lead singer of a band whose music, in large part, talks about her gang rape as a young girl, and being a pain to her manager and wannabe savior and lover, Don Cheadle.
Meanwhile, an LA music reporter helps his girlfriend champion a project to interview Dickens. The editor wants no part of the travel budget until the writer, Gabriel Mann, mentions that he knows who the rapist is. He is assigned the story, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend who unearthed it, Alison Folland.
So Mann is off to Florida. Along the way, he visits Eric Stolz, who plays his brother, in prison. Through a series of flashbacks, we eventually learn all about the gang rape, actually one of many committed in the house, all spearheaded by the Stolz character. As if gang rape wasn't enough for a 12 year old to endure, she ended up with VD, leaving her sterile. Also, she can only be intimate with men she doesn't know, and then wants to be restrained and have sex with more than one at a time.
This is not a typical rape story where the victim is a sweet, sympathetic character and all of the rapists pure evil (although the Stolz character is pretty much all bad). Rather, we see that the experience turned the victim into a dysfunctional adult, and that she was not the only one permanently affected. The film takes place long after the rape, and shows the long lasting effects of this crime. It is hard to imagine that anyone could watch this film without being moved by it. So much of it has the ring of truth.
Dickens shows breasts in a sex scene, and again in a shower scene. Folland also shows breasts. IMDb readers have this at 7.5. It premiered at Sundance. As it is distributed by Showtime, and garnered an Emmy nomination, I am guessing it went to TV from there. It was shot on a very aggressive schedule on digital, but is technically sound. Since both leads are part of the music business, the songs and sound track were very important, and Anders got clearance on an amazing number of songs for the soundtrack. All of the performances were spot on. The flashbacks where specially adjusted to have a very different look than the current time stuff. They were shot highly saturated, desaturated, then pumped with yellow and red , for a very distinctive feel that was nonetheless very clear.
This is not a feel good film, although each of the characters finds all the redemption they deserve, but it is certainly an effective one, and will give most many things to think about. C+
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
'Riddler' Frank Gorshin dies at 72
- It's obscure fetish time:
Pipi - dedicated to women peeing outdoors.
Class Dissection Of Live Dog Outrages Parents, Students
Combination sexual cushion and doll.
31 Really Bad Masturbation Techniques
Streaking Skaters In Trouble For Stunt. "Two
Waterville, Maine, teenagers are in hot water after one was
arrested on suspicion of skateboarding nude through the center of
town as his friend videotaped the stunt."
Free Computer Tutorials and Lessons
Playstation 3 - Madden 2006 ad
Sin City 2 is greenlighted
"Evolution cannot explain female orgasm" Yawn. Call me
when you find an article that CAN explain female orgasms.
Newsweek Lutefisk Story Sparks Fury Across Volatile Midwest
Happy 75th anniversary to an American institution - and
it's not the Cher farewell tour.
- Part Three of
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic's
- Obvious finding of the day:
Colgate has found it can't sell enough toothpaste to support a
factory in the UK.
University Of Iowa Offers Porn Class. Maybe it's time
for me to return to academia. You have to love the unintentional
porno joke in the story: " ... all 20 student slots have been
The trailer for The Da Vinci Code. No, you're not going
nuts. They haven't shot a frame of footage yet, but they have a
trailer. (Hint, choose large rather than full screen, assuming you
want to avoid the iTunes download.)
Kudzu Covered Houses
Investigator Confirms Discovery of Nessie's Tooth
- It was found in the ribcage of a half-eaten deer carcass
near Loch Ness.
- Unfortunately, the tooth is now missing, so it will be
impossible to prove whether it is actually part of the deer's
- "We could be on the cusp of a great discovery and the fact
that local authorities in the Scottish Highlands are refusing to
cooperate with this investigation is reprehensible"
Two trailers and a featurette from Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of
Weekly World News: Inventor creates fart-muffling cushion
Astronomy pic o' the Day, May 18 - Three Kilometers Above Titan
The Weekend Warrior predicts the upcoming weekend's box office.
- Even I might be able to predict the winner this week, given
the facts that (1) it's the only wide release (2) it winds up
the Star Wars saga.
- The only matter to resolve is "How high can it go?". The
Warrior says $93 million.
- If he is correct, Sith would be in the top five of all time,
but still far short of the record - $114 million and change -
held by the first Spider Man movie, which also opened in May.
- We are only four years into the new millennium, but the
pre-2000 record of $72 million seems like a quaint and
dimly-remembered relic from a lost chapter in history. It's
sorta like trying to remember the double feature, or a good
movie starring Ben Affleck. That old record has already been
bested twelve times in the new century.
- Amazingly, Sith's screen count of 3661 is far short of Shrek
2's record (4163). Sith's number isn't even the highest of the
year, which would be 3776 for Robots.
- This week's movies:
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Huh? A prequel to
the Exorcist starring Stellan Skarsgård as Father Merrin? Didn't
we already see that? Sorta, but no. I don't know if the movie is
any good, but the story behind it is great.
- The Village Voice described it as follows: "In 100 years of
movie business goldbricking, impulse production, and high-flying
market pursuit, we've never seen anything quite like this: a
movie—a prequel and the fourth entry in a decades-old horror
franchise—made twice, the two variations on a theme released
nine months apart, constructed by two different directors from
two disparate screenplays and with minor cast overlap. In a
nutshell, astringent moralist Paul Schrader shot, cut, and
delivered his Exorcist film—detailing the African backstory of
Father Merrin in the years after WW II—to Morgan Creek prez
James Robinson, who was reportedly put off by the shortfall in
monster F/X and by the surplus of ethical debate. He canned it,
fired Schrader, hired Renny Harlin to reshoot, and voilà."
- Everyone said Shrader's version would end up as an extra
feature on the DVD. That was not the case. Instead, hardcore
fans are now getting a chance to see it in theaters.
- This week's movies:
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - 84% positive reviews.
When will they stop releasing these obscure films that nobody ever
"Quotables" from Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- Example: "Starbucks announced today that it will not sell
Bruce Springsteen's new album, 'Devils and Dust,' because one of
the songs is too graphic. Starbucks said, 'We don't want people
listening to a song about getting screwed while they're paying
nine dollars for a cup of coffee.'"
Conan introduces some new spring characters.
Conan O'Brien goes birdwatching in Central Park
Conan introduces the hot new action figures of Star Wars Fans
Conan adds a hunky newcomer to boost ratings.
Spears and Husband Do Letterman's Top 10 List. The
couple's Top 10 reasons to check out their new show are ...
Some 30 Nobel Laureates and other great minds gather for a
problem-solving session. You are going to think I made
this up, but the list of invitees, supposedly the roster of the
world's greatest thinkers, includes Richard Gere.
Maverick zillionaire Mark Cuban argues that the RIAA's damage
suits should be limited to five bucks per month.
Security Fix: "Before You Fire the Company Geek..."
BBC announces content download available in pilot market
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
since it's sorta in real time.
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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.
|The petite, French actress going topless in a couple of scenes from "L'Homme est une femme comme les autres" (1998).
|Vejiita takes a look another French film, 1993's "Les Marmottes". The late Trintignant bares all 3 B's, the other two bare breasts only.
|Mr. Nude Celeb
Mr. Nude Celeb takes a look at the indie film that shows us the on stage and off stage life of strippers, "Dancing at the Blue Iguana".
- First up, the someday future Mrs. Scoopy Jr, Charlotte Ayanna going topless.
- Daryl Hannah, also topless and in incredible shape at age 40!
- Jennifer Tilly showing off her big'uns.
- TV, B-movie and Internet T-shirt babe (www.justdumped.com) Kristin Bauer going topless and showing just a hint of pubes.
- "Sideways" co-star Sandra Oh topless and shownig some see-thru exposure.
- Sheila Kelley not only co-starred as a topless dancer, but also co-produced "Iguana".
||More of Mia topless and showing some pubes on last Sunday's episode of "The L Word".
|One more look at the French babe's recent red carpet oops at Cannes. #5 shows her comical reaction after pulling her top back up.
|Johnny Moronic looks at the 1996 French film, "L'Appartement". Italian mega-babe Monica Bellucci shows cleavage only, but good lord does she look beautiful! Romane Bohringer delivers some toplessness.
|The Skin-man rustles up some 'caps from Sunday night's episode of "Deadwood". Kizer shows off her big'uns and Weigert bares her bum. The scene also featured very brief breast and pube sightings, but today it's rear nudity only.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
"STAR WARS" MANIA IS A MENTAL DISORDER
Prozac, You Need! - The New York Sun reports that people waiting in line to
see "Revenge of the Sith" may have a psychiatric disorder. Cornell Prof.
Alfredo Nudman said people who skip work to wait in costume for "Star Wars"
have "significantly low self-esteem" and are trying to escape into a
childish fantasy world where good and evil are sharply defined and they
feel safer and more fulfilled than in their own lives. He said they don't
have a clear sense of self so they identify with fantasy characters and
project onto them an ideal of what they feel they should be and never will.
But he said it's only when people start spending their vacations at "Star
Wars" conventions or all their money on Yoda collectibles that they really
In other words, they all really need treatment.
For treatment, he prescribes three nuclear wedgies and an Indian burn
every hour until the nerdiness goes away.
Don't waste your vacation in a childish fantasy world! Go to Disney
Personally, he goes to psychiatric conventions dressed as Sigmund Freud.
Or maybe they're just waiting in those lines because they thought it
would be a good place to meet girls.
WOMEN REGRET ONE-NIGHT STANDS, MEN DON'T
"Adults"? - In a Cosmopolitan magazine poll, almost two-thirds of women
said they've had a one-night stand, but nearly all said they regret it. 30
per cent of women do it once or twice a month, and 1 per cent do it on most
weekends. Many blamed it on alcohol, getting over a break-up, irresistible
chemistry, or a "why not, we're consenting adults" attitude. Nearly half
hoped it would turn into a relationship and were disappointed, and 62
percent regretted most one-night stands. However, 40 percent of men said
they'd have a one-night stand anytime, and 49 percent said they'd never
The other 51 percent have done it, and their wives found out.
And 100 percent of men NEVER want it to turn into a relationship.
They never regret it until they wake up sober and see who they did it
If you're having one-night stands every weekend, maybe you just regret
being a loose drunk.
NEWLY-SKINNY LOHAN STILL THINKS SHE'S FAT
Lean Girls - There is a lot of gossip about how once-curvaceous Lindsay
Lohan suddenly looks unhealthily thin, but Lohan denied to Teen Vogue that
she has an eating disorder. She said she's just lost her "baby fat," she
feels good about her new emaciated figure because "you can fit into more
things," and most amazingly, she said, "Compared to a lot of actresses my
age, I'm actually overweight. There are so many really, really thin girls
Why, when she goes out with the Olsen Twins, she's the only one who
casts a shadow!...It's SO embarrassing!
She's so overweight, the other day, she stepped on a scale, and the
She can fit into lots of things now! Like a clarinet case!
STEWARDESSES POSE NUDE FOR PENSION MONEY
It's Taking Off - In a record default, United Airlines is handing its
pension plans over to a government insurance program that can't guarantee
$9.8 billion in obligations, so five flight attendants created an alternate
retirement plan. The five, all very attractive women aged 55 to 64 who
call themselves "The Stews," are selling a 2006 calendar showing them
posing on various planes wearing nothing but strategically-placed items
like a feather boa. The calender is for sale at www.stewsstripped.com and
is called "Stewardesses Stripped (Of Their Pension?)"
This calendar gives new meaning to the term "Hot flashes!"
They hope to raise $9.8 billion.
They're also planning a video in which they move their tails for you.
Unfortunately, all the men aged 55 to 64 are buying the Hooters Airlines
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