Dangerous Passion (1990) is a made for TV gangster film staring Carl Weathers, Billy Dee Williams, and the multi-talented Tony nominated Lonette McKee. Billy Dee Williams is a crime boss, married to McKee. He is very controlling, and fairy abusive to McKee. Weathers is a straight arrow doing some security installation for Williams. Williams blows away a hit man who sneaks into his house, and Talks Weathers into telling the cops he was the shooter, in exchange for big money. As Weathers is saving to buy land in Napa, he goes for the money. He soon has reason to regret it, as Williams makes him an accomplice to another murder. Things really get in motion when he starts an affair with McKee.
McKee talks him into leaving with her, and Williams sicks his dogs on them. McKee shows breasts in a post coital scene in the back of a car. IMDb readers have this at 4.9 of 10. The basic problem with it is that it looks too much like what it is -- a TV movie. The acting is ok, but the story just was not at all engrossing. All of the twists and turns were telegraphed well in advance. This is a D.
Showgirl Murders (1996) is a Corman produced "black widow" evil woman story. Maria Ford, a stripper, leaves town with a bunch of drug money, and ingratiates herself into a job at a bar owned by Matt Preston and his wife, D. S. Case. The bar is run down, and not even breaking even. Further, Case ran over a little boy the day the bar opened and has been an alcoholic ever since. Ford convinces Preston that she would bring in business, and he hires her as a cocktail waitress. It doesn't take long before she starts stripping, and the bar takes off. It also doesn't take long for Preston to decide he would rather bed Ford than his alcoholic wife. That leaves the wife in the way, but Ford has an idea of how to solve that problem with rat poison.
That is really enough plot. I am sure all of you can figure out where it goes from there. Ford spends most of the film doing strip routines in a thong. She also shows some bush in a sex scene. We also have breast exposure from Nikki Fritz and Jane Stowe as strippers. IMDb readers have this at 2.7 of 10. There is one, and only one positive to this tired story. Each strip act by Maria Ford has a different theme, some of which are creative. Ford fans will be pleased, but Fritz fans will be disappointed by the length of her scene. The nudity is the only possible reason to watch this one. D.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Stay Hungry (1976)
From 1970 to 1990, director Bob Rafelson had a fairly solid
string of successes.
It's interesting to look at them sorted by IMDb ratings.
By now you are probably thinking, "Among all those famous and/or
acclaimed films, how could there be one movie on the list that I've
never heard of - a film which scores below six at IMDb?"
That's a fair enough question, but I guess the film in question,
Stay Hungry, wasn't that obscure when it came out. After all, it
earned a Golden Globe for its co-star, a large muscular man named
Arnold Schwarzenegger. About five or ten years later, the big fella
hit pay dirt in Conan and Terminator, and the rest is history, but
in this film he played a much more realistic role than his usual
larger-than-life super heroes and villains. Arnie played a
bodybuilder from Austria who was competing in the Mr Universe
competition and trying to make a new life in the United States. You
have to admit it was a pretty solid job of casting.
Jeff Bridges is the star of the film. He plays a rich boy whose
parents died in a plane crash. He lives in his parents' home, but he
still calls it "their" home. His own life has not yet begun. He
doesn't really fit in with his rich relatives and friends.
Somehow, Bridges falls in with a sleazy real estate syndicate
which is trying to buy up entire city blocks to erect high rise
office buildings. One project is being blocked by a single hold-out.
(How many movies have used this plot?) A shabby mom 'n pop gym is
the reluctant seller, and Bridges is assigned by the syndicate to
charm, cajole, or otherwise convince the owner to play ball.
Bridges, however, turns out to be one of those rich guys who is more
comfortable with genuine working class people, and he strikes up
friendships with some of the people in the gym.
(This is a recurring Bob Rafelson theme, and is also the basic
concept behind Rafelson's best movie, Five Easy Pieces.)
Bridges pals around with Big Ah-nuld, as well as a slightly
trashy but refreshingly unaffected female employee of the gym (Sally
Field). Ah-nuld and Bridges form a relaxed love triangle with The
Flying Nun, and Bridges pretty much forgets about his assignment to
buy the gym, at least until some sleazebags show up to do with
muscle what Bridges failed to do with guile.
Meanwhile, Bridges takes a certain perverse pleasure in foisting
his new friends on his rich pals, and watching the fireworks between
the two groups. Fields finds it callous of Bridges to take aloof
pleasure from everyone's lack of comfort in the forced social
mixture, so their relationship becomes turbulent.
Rural country music and Ah-nuld's bodybuilding provide the
colorful backdrop for the film, often in tandem, because Ah-nuld's
character is a helluva country fiddler as well as a bodybuilder! The
bodybuilding and musical scenes provide a nearly surrealistic
underscore to the film, especially when Ah-nuld's gigantic hands
finger the ol' fiddle. Bridges does an amazingly good solo dance
number when his character gets liquored up and is persuaded to dance
inside a circle at an impromptu country jamboree. He has to perform
well, albeit drunkenly, and he has to convey both exuberance and
embarrassment at the same time. He pulls it all off with aplomb.
This is not a very good movie, as you can guess by the fact that
you never heard of it despite the presence of several major talents.
It is kind of an interesting movie in some ways, often veering off
into truly quirky and surreal directions. Let's face it, there's a
lot of fun in seeing Ah-nuld playing the fiddle, or Jeff Bridges
clogging up a storm, or Ah-nuld wearing a Batman outfit, or Sally
Field just prancing around in the altogether in her first and last
real screen nudity. Perhaps you join me in having a lot of curiosity
about seeing what those three big stars looked like a quarter of a
The major problem with the movie is this: after I watched it, I
read the DVD box and noticed that it was supposed to be a comedy. I
never suspected that for an instant. I thought it was just supposed
to be an offbeat romance about a guy trying to find himself. I don't
remember thinking anything was especially funny, although certain of
the most surreal scenes seem funny in a way. There is a scene, for
example, with dozens of bodybuilders prancing through downtown
Birmingham in their little bathing suits, occasionally stopping to
do pose-downs for the street people, and even riding single-file,
standing, on top of a public bus. I guess that was supposed to be
The film was not extraordinarily popular back then; it has been
forgotten over the years; and it doesn't seem good upon a fresh look
either. Given the presence of Rafelson and some big talents, I
expected more than this film delivers, although I still enjoyed
watching it for the curiosity value.
There were also some naked floozies. Tuna covered
them. See Tuna's section for his images.
JoBlo does Cannes, Part 10
New pictures from Soul Plane
President Down - Bush falls off his bike. The secret
service wrestled the bike to the ground, and Laura sprayed some
Bactine on Dubbie's "owie".
May 2 - Kerry falls off HIS bike. Is it part of a
conspiracy? Was it the same bike? Is Nader, with his
bike-repairing army of drones, behind it all?
America humiliated in Vietnam because the KGB dedicated billions
to anti-war protests back home.
Yeah, I still have a bunch of the money the KGB paid me to
march in anti-war protests. The Republicans are supposed to be
all in favor of personal enterprise and such, but those cheap
bastards never offered a tenth of the bribes that the KGB
Plus, the KGB always had the best Cuban Cigars, the best dope
and hookers from Southeast Asia, and obviously the best Vodka.
They even had all the bootleg James Taylor albums. Oh, man, how
we anti-war guys used to party with the KGB. We'd all be sitting
around, singing "Fire and Rain" (the KGB's favorite song) with
the spook Colonels, drinking their vodka, and planning the
political demise of that valiant American patriot, Richard
Man, that was cool when we hippies and Russkies broke into
DNC headquarters and made it look like Nixon's CREEP dudes did
it. Man we were shiatfaced that night. But afterwards, oh, how
we laughed that deep, hearty laugh that comes up only from the
chests of the truly wicked.
Good times. Good times.
Finding religion in the killing fields - Khmer Rouge for Jesus.
If you saw Old School, you know they are the greatest band in
history - The Dan Band. They sing girly music. They
dance like total dorks. They wear plaid sportcoats. And Dan can
really sing, so you have to pay close attention to know they are
kidding. But it is worth it!
25 new stills are up at Rope of Silicon (Spider-Man 2 Movie
The first pictures from Renny Harlin's prequel to The Exorcist.
If you are really into The Exorcist, you need to bookmark
First photos of Nic Cage working in The Weatherman
Moore's anti-Bush film wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Moore now holds the American record for scarfing up the most Palme
d'Ors and the most Pommes d'Frittes
Time Magazine accused of subtly giving the President "Devil Horns"
on the new cover. Silly me, I got tricked the same way
I fell for Lindsay Lohan's breasts - I thought they were natural.
Poker Novice enters the World Series
Dave Barry offers ten rules to make this a better world
Lindsay Lohan appears in the new Vanity Fair
A new TV spot for Spider-Man 2
The world is becoming a smaller place, and the great smell of P.
Diddy is part of that
KERRY WOOS NADER WITH TRIP TO SEAWORLD. Nader Praises
Dolphin Antics, Fun Ride
Spanish heir weds ex-journalist in sumptuous Madrid ceremony
attended by 30 royal families
Dennis Rodman has sold his Newport Beach home - because his
neighbors party too much.
Here's the trailer for THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut.
Woman Killed At Shaq's House: "Police arrested an
18-year-old man Friday after he allegedly stabbed his mother to
death inside a Sugar Land, Tx. home owned by Los Angeles Lakers
star Shaquille O'Neal."
- You worry about making your mortgage payment? Better hope the
company doesn't move you to San francisco.
Bay home prices rocket - Median clocks in above $500,000 for first
Ellen DeGeneres Earns Emmy Cred. Bob Barker won Best
Game Show Host, as he has every year since the invention of
A funny new trailer for Anchorman, the legend of Ron Burgundy
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.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
One of my
favorite movies. The rare film that manages to be artistic
without being pretentious, and brainy without losing its heart.
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.
Another batch of in depth Skinemax coverage from the Ghost....
Today is part one of the Ghost's coverage of "The Awakening of Gabriella" (1999).
- Anna Kaminskaia, toplessness.
- Crystal Craft showing breasts, bum and a hint of pubes while gettin' it on.
- Crystal Craft .wmvs
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Cannibal Rollerbabes" (1997)
Minor cult hit by the same people who bought you Solid Cover.
No-name cast with the slight exception of Canadian
hefmag model Lisa Heughan who
had a bit role in Death Wish V and
is now a frequent Howard Stern guest.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
My biggest complaint about this 2004 direct-to-video comedy is there was not enough. Not enough laughs, not enough plot, not enough acting talent, and not enough naked women.
When two painters from the barrio gain access to a house in Beverly Hills for a night, what do they do? Throw a party, of course. Predictable, lame, not very funny except in a couple of places, and just barely enough scenery to make a collage. My advice is to skip this one (and I wish I had :-).
'Caps from the 1989 Italian flick "Diva futura" (1989). Both ladies bare all 3 B's and even show some gyno-views.
- Moana Pozzi
- Petra Scharbach
'Caps and comments by Oz:
Starting off with a chick surfing movie, and not the worst one I've seen. No real nudity just lots of sexy bikinis and pokies. The lead actress is Kate Bosworth and we do get to see a bit of worker's crack when she takes a shower. The girls with her are Sanoe Lake, Michelle Rodriguez and Mika Boorem. There is also some nice cleavage by an actress who looks familiar but I couldn't place her.
- Kate Bosworth
- Sanoe Lake
- Michelle Rodriguez
- Mika Boorem
In Double Whammy there's the briefest of nipple shown by Elizabeth Hurley as well as a bit of see-through. Laurie Ann Wallace, Majan Dore and Tamika Thomas show a bit of low quality non-nude cheerleader action.
Plenty of nudity in the British movie Deep End, although the story was pretty weak. Some brief bush by Jane Asher, whose main claim to fame is to be a former girlfriend of Paul McCartney. There's also nudity from what looks like a Swedish naturist film and Anita Lochner. Diana Dors shows that she has seen better days.