Phoenix (1998) is a crime drama that takes place in an alternate universe where all the cops are corrupt, or are addicted to gambling and owe bookies and loan sharks. Our tale focuses on Ray Liotta, who is a compulsive gambler, but whose three partners are real winners. One is an enforcer for a lone shark, another works for a bookie, and the last one is married to Kari Wuhrer who is having sex with everyone in uniform. To get out of debt to the bookie, Liotta comes up with the bright idea of robbing the loan shark. Things do not go well.
IMDb readers have this at 6.3 of 10, presumably due to the credible cast and non-stop violence and action. Wuhrer shows breasts and buns in one of her sex scenes. Not my sort of film, but it is likely a C. Genre fans seemed to enjoy it. Note that there are other films by the same name with different naked women, a fact which has confused some popular Internet resources.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Shout (1978):
Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout is an adaptation of a
short story by the noted classical scholar and pacificist poet
Robert Graves (I, Claudius). The story caught the director's eye
because of the prevalent "ambiguities and sense of the absurd." I
have not read this story, but that comment surprises me because I've
read "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God", and found Graves's prose
to be tidy and straightforward, and his narrative to be logical. I
don't know if Skolimowski is correct about the source material, but
I can attest to this much: the movie version of The Shout is
certainly ambiguous and unapologetically absurdist.
There is a core story inside of the
various bizarre non sequiturs, but even that is decidedly offbeat.
John Hurt and Susannah York play two English provincials who seem to
have an open relationship. Their quiet life in Devonshire is
interrupted by a stranger (Alan Bates) who ends up accepting their
hospitality, then insinuating himself into their lives and never
leaving. He spins mad tales of having killed his own children, and
of having learned powerful and dark secrets in fifteen years of
living with the Australian aboriginals. Among his purported powers
is the ability to kill with nothing other than a powerful shout. He
gradually uses his Aboriginal magic to turn Susannah feral and take
her away from John,
but John learns some tricks of his own, and ...
Oh, who knows.
As Vincent Canby wrote in the New York Times:
The story starts off well, like
almost any ghost story made up by a child, but then it becomes
so full of loose ends, contradictions, cryptic symbols and
close-ups of objects that, at the moment, have no meaning, that
one eventually tunes out of the narrative, much as one does when
the child's ghost story becomes too hopelessly muddled for even
the child to unravel.
The time shifts from present to past,
and there are flashbacks within flashbacks, and dreams within
reality. Things happen in the present which inexplicably affect the
past. Then there is a framing device in which the entire story is
being recited by an inmate watching a cricket game at a mental
health institution, and we see eventually that the husband and wife
in the story are actually people from the crowd at the cricket game.
So we think, at least momentarily, that perhaps the lunatic just
made up a convenient story from the things he saw around him -
except that ending is apparently not ambiguous or confusing enough, so
there is also another framing device around that framing device,
providing a completely different ending, and we aren't too sure what
the hell that one means.
Sometimes the entire story just
degenerates into silly romps. At one point it starts to rain during
the outdoor game at the asylum, whereupon the scene on the cricket
grounds makes a metamorphosis into complete chaos, with one man stripping
off his clothes and dancing around while others blow up the scorer's
hut, all of which has little or nothing to do with the story in
Devonshire. The entire movie is consistently loud, shrill, and more than a
little bit incoherent.
Some of the horror genre sites love
this movie. DVD Maniacs wrote:
With its eerie electronic
soundtrack (one hates to call it a score, as it's more of a
compilation of odd noises and stings) and moody cinematography
by Mike Molloy, The Shout remains a noteworthy
They are correct about the
cinematography. It is absolutely a a great looking movie. There are
wind-swept sand dunes, angry oceans, verdant country lanes, and
picturesque countryside vistas, all integrated with the human forms
in brilliantly artistic compositions.
I reckon you've heard enough to know
whether you would like it. Even the positive reviews acknowledge
that it is one of the oddest and vaguest films they have ever seen.
I don't like The Shout at all, but I'm not a fan of surrealism or
Theater of the Absurd, and you may be. One must acknowledge that the
production values are excellent, and the actors are first-rate, so
if you're up for something strange and deadly serious, this may turn
out to be a favorite.
- Susannah York (1,
"Lesbian Celebrity Images". (Well, not really. Some of
these are just innocent hand-holding and other pictures are not
who they are supposed to be ... but you may still find some
BitTorrent is developing a torrent search engine which will be
located on their home page
Fred Flintstone Dies at 85. We shall never hear the
tinkly sound of his feet again. Although they will play a slow,
mournful version of "tinkly feet" as his funeral dirge.
Jeopardy nerd to get his own game show.
Weekly World News reports on "THE BATH MAT FROM HELL!"
- Father's day is coming up, so you may want to check out ...
George W. Bush Yard Gnomes
- Is Disneyland for Fundies!
Creationism Museum Sparks Evolution Debate
The Color Diamond Encyclopedia
- "Diamonds of all colors can be found in nature. Over 300
colors have so far been identified, however these come in an
infinite number of shades and hues."
- I didn't know that. They sure are some purty-lookin'
Those JibJab guys went from making fun of Bush to working for
The Most Tasteless Porcelain Figurines
Here's the trailer for Joss Whedon's Serenity, which will come out
around Labor Day.
- Joss is the creator of Buffy and Angel
- Just for fun, I downloaded the Windows Media High Definition
trailer, which is 132 meg - a healthy download, to say the
"Antibiotic" Beer Gave Ancient Africans a Healthy Buzz
Wormhole 'no use' for time travel
Darth Vader uses his Sith Sense to probe your mind.
There's just something about Benicio Del Toro and elevators.
Poll Results: The 10 Most Overrated Movies!
- Three words for connoisseurs:
Vince Neil Wine
Darth Vader starts his Illinois crime spree by robbing
a theater playing his movie. I guess Lucas isn't sharing a lot of
those royalties from Darth's action figure.
Oprah, Cruise, and Katie Holmes all hug. Well, isn't
The Future of Television, by Conan O'Brien. Conan is
still not that good on camera, but the guy is one of the best
comedy writers in history. This is his article in Newsweek.
Stream The New White Stripes Album 'Get Behind Me Satan'"
The trailer for Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
- "'Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow' is the first of three films
in which Theo Angelopoulos plans to relate the past century of
Greek history. The film begins in 1919 as a contingent of Greek
refugees fleeing the Red Army arrives near Thessaloniki. One
family, headed by the imposing Spyros (Kolovos), has brought
Eleni (Aidini), an orphaned young girl, with them. Years later,
she elopes with Spyros's son (Poursanidis), initiating a series
of events that evoke classical Greek tragedy. After a brief
period of happiness, Eleni's husband emigrates to the United
States in search of a better life for the family, leaving his
young bride alone to cope with the passage of time, the dangers
of World War II and the betrayals of the Greek Civil War."
U2 turns down twenty million bucks to use one of their songs in an
- It's still too early to make the call, but here's a contender
for headline of the day:
"Elephant attack boosts business at eatery."
Laura Bush to star in Arab Sesame Street . She will
share a treat with Falafel Monster, and help Osama the Grouch
destroy the Zionist Entity.
Jon Stewart talks to Tracey Ullman
Jon Stewart interviews Martin Short
- The Daily Show:
Ah-nuld: The first 539 days.
John Stewart talks to affable weatherman Al Roker.
Jon Stewart talks to Wanda Sykes
Stephen Colbert's This Week in God - Spiritual Heritage
Lewis Black does the Communism Round-Up for the Daily Show
The Daily Show - Gaywatch
How to create a bra from men's underwear.
ATTENTION PATRIOTIC KIDS! Help Barney Teach Miss Beazley How to
Keep the White House Safe from Trespassing Liberal Vermin!
- Ladies - perhaps you have trouble finding someone to cum all
over your face?
No problem, when you have new Bukkake in a bottle.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as reviewed by the greatest film
critic of them all - Filthy
FilmJerk's Early Report for May 22
Sexy Pix Mega Post: Mardi Gras fun
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.
Finally...here are the results of our recent "Most Overrated Movie" poll
.Email Scoopy Jr. if 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
Danielle Petty and Diana Kauffman
|Nice toplessness and some mild lesbo-lovin' in scenes from the extremely low-budget movie "The Mailman". You gotta give indie director Tony Mark credit for following the Scoopyian unities of film making. If you're going to make a movie about a axe murderer, you're going to get an R rating...so you might as well have some hot chicks gettin' nekkid!
|All three ladies go full frontal in two (out of three) segments from the collaboration of short films called "Eros" (2004). Ele Keats is seen in the segment "Equilibrium", written and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ranieri and Nemni are nekkid in the segment "Il filo pericoloso delle cose", written and directed by legendary Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni.
||The Finnish actress briefly baring her breasts in a love scene from the 2003 comedy "Nousukausi" aka "Upswing".
||The "Rain Man" star bare a breast during a love scene from the 2004, French crime drama "36 Quai des Orfèvres", starring Gérard Depardieu.
Another great batch of collages featuring some Prime Time Skin highlights!
||The "Survivor" babe and "Amazing Race" contestant showing a little cleavage on Leno.
||Here is the "All My Children" co-star looking fantastic in a very low cut dress while accepting an award at the Daytime Emmys.
||The new "ifer" in "Benifer" in a very leggy scene from "Alias".
||The former Heffer (April '97) turned actress looking beautiful in blue, and showing some cleavage at the Daytime Emmys.
|I'm not really sure why she was hosting SNL for the second time this season, but I can say that her new, "I'm a blonde now and I haven't eaten in 3 months" look just doesn't work for me.
||Here's the SNL cast member doing her best (and very busty) Tyra Banks impression.
||Here's the real Tyra and her cleavage for comparison.
|The "Desperate Housewives" star showing some cleavage while stopping by "The Tonight Show".
|Paris all wet, covered in suds and fondling a Carl's Jr. burger.
|Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas video clip
|Not available on video! Here is the star of "The English Patient" briefly baring a breast in scene from the French film "Arsène Lupin" (2004).
|Excellent, high quality pics of the actress/party girl stuffed into some skin tight jeans and also showing some pokies.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the "Hot Shots!" star baring a bit of breast and bum in scenes from 1991's "Year of the Gun", directed by the late John Frankenheimer.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
BRAINS CAN BE LOADED INTO A COMPUTER
Ross Geller Already Predicted This - British futurologist Ian Pearson of BT
telecommunications says IT technology is progressing so rapidly that by
2050, the entire contents of someone's brain could be "downloaded" into a
supercomputer. Pearson said that person's memories and thought processes
could live on through the computer indefinitely, so dying would not be a
major career problem. However, it will be so expensive at first that only
very rich people will be able to be immortal.
Great: Donald Trump will be firing people for all eternity.
Paris Hilton could afford it, but then, her brain could fit on one
The bad news: every time Windows crashes, it'll be like getting
SOME "STAR WARS" FANS HAVE NO SITH SENSE
Idiot Wars - "Revenge of the Sith" shattered box office records, earning
over $158 million in four days. But what happened to all those "Star Wars"
geeks who waited in line for weeks at Grauman's Theater in L.A. because
they didn't believe it when they were told it wasn't booked there? A
blogger covering the group said that as a good will gesture, George Lucas
sent some "Storm Troopers" to escort them to a free showing at another
theater. Most went along, but some called them "sellouts" and angrily
stayed at Grauman's to protest them not showing the movie.
They have crossed over to the Dumb Side of the Force.
They waited in line for two months, and they're the only geeks on Earth
who haven't seen it yet.
Oh well, it wasn't like they had anything else to do for the past eight
On the bright side, they all got great seats for "House of Wax."
HOW TO SPOIL A CHICKEN LONG-DISTANCE
But Can You Dress A Turkey? - Wired News reports that the National
University of Singapore invented a way to stroke a chicken over the
Internet. Users touch a chicken-shaped doll, and it transmits the "tactile
information" to tiny vibration motors in a lightweight jacket worn by a
real chicken, which feels the stroking as if the person were touching it.
A spokesman said, "We understand the perceived eccentricity of developing a
system for humans to interact with poultry remotely, but this work has a
much wider significance." For instance, a person with allergies could
stroke his dog, or a zoo visitor could pet a bear.
The big question is, who's gonna put the jacket on the bear?
They won't get rich until they figure out a way to choke the chicken over the Internet.
SPICE GIRLS WANNABE RICHER
Old Spice - Former Spice Girl Mel B claims that the group may reunite next
year for the 10th anniversary of their first hit, "Wannabe." While most of
them have flopped at solo careers, music industry insiders say if they went
on a world reunion tour, they could make nearly $20 million each.
I say we take up a collection and pay them $21 million each to stay
But would their old fans turn up after 10 years? Most of them are busy
in high school by now.
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