Hey Uncle Scoopy, I noticed that you guys posted region free
progressive scan DVD players in the Fun House page. I picked a
name brand (Phillips) up from a vendor selling on Amazon and the
price is substantially cheaper. I don't know if anyone is
interested in them but here is the link:
You can pick this Phillips up new from these vendors for around
$85, which is pretty good considering you can also play PAL
formatted DVDs with this player.
Deadwood, Season 2 (2005)
There are twelve episodes in Season Two, but there was female
nudity only in #1, #5, and #11. A little bit of wind came out of
the sails of this series after Wild Bill died, but Season Two
still had Ian McShane's increasingly brilliant portrayal of Al
Swearingen as a complex, thoughtful, highly intelligent bad guy
who mixes near-Shakespearian eloquence with a level of common
vulgarity that Andrew Dice Clay would envy. Great stuff! Powers
Boothe also supplied some interesting moments as another
As always, HBO did a superlative job on every aspect of the
show as well as on the boxed DVD set, which is filled with
commentary and a whole extra disk full of special features.
Episode 1 - Molly Parker shows her breasts in a sex scene and
Episode 5 - Izabella Miko show her breasts in a well-designed
Episode 11 - Robin Weigert provides the only lower frontal
nudity in this season when she flashes her pubes. She also exposes
her bum for a prolonged period. (Unfortunately, she's the woman
who played Calamity Jane - not our first choice to do the nudity!)
Episode 11 - a young prostitute played by Ashleigh Kizer
exposes her amble bosom while blowing Al Swearingen (Ian McShane)
Obesity Rises Faster in
- I don't mean to be
callous, but I think there is a major
problem here with the definition of terms.
By the world's standard, people with too
much to eat are not really "poor"
- Boy this article is
full of bullshit. Check out this quote: "The
campaign against obesity and the struggle
against poverty are, in fact, one and the
same," he said. "...Healthier diets cost
more." That is in direct contradiction to
earlier in the article, where it attributes
the increased caloric intake among poor
teens to sweetened drinks. In other words,
healthier diets cost LESS! Last time I
looked, the healthier choice (tap water or a
drinking fountain) was a lot cheaper than
the unhealthy one (soft drinks). The problem
is not their lack of money, but their lack
of good parenting and/or education about
appropriate lifestyles. If they simply had
more money, they would drink more soft
drinks, not less.
JoBlo reports from Cannes
about Oliver Stone's screening of the first
twenty minutes of World Trade Center
A clip from Southland
Tales, the Cannes entry from the director of
(Click on "le trailer du film," but it is not
A new clip from Babel,
the new drama from arthouse hot-shot Alejandro
The trailers for Ghost
- The movie seems
kinda cheesy, but you'll be impressed with
the quality of the HD trailers.
Former US treasury chief
Lloyd Bentsen dies at 85,
thus living about as long as Joe Kennedy. Of
course, I knew Joe Kennedy and you, Bentsen,
were no Joe Kennedy.
The top headline in
"Man finds badger under
- You regular readers
know that I lived in Oslo for years and the
Aftenposten often had top headlines like
"purse snatched at airport" - and this in a
city with more than 500,000 people.
- I'm trying to
remember why I was in such a hurry to leave
when I had several years left on my
contract. Looking back on it, boredom seems
like a good thing.
The Ten Most
Controversial Religious Movies
This would have to be one
of the harder checks in hockey history
American Idol Steel Cage:
"Will a new pair of boobs
win the attention of Mr. Right?"
All spoilers, all the
URL says it all:
ESPN: NBA Mock Draft 2006
The trailer for The
- "The Banquet has
been described as a loose adaptation of
'Hamlet'; it is a tale of fate and revenge
set in 10th century China"
"Watch Kristen Bell and
Ian Somerhalder in the exclusive trailer for
ABC names Charles Gibson
to lead evening news
Top Ten Things Overheard
Outside "The Da Vinci Code"
Brilliant But Cancelled -
watch forgotten TV Shows that were brilliant,
Last night's episode of
Alias is now available online in its entirety.
Howstuffworks: "How The
Da Vinci Code Doesn't Work"
- It's not about poor
theology, but factual inaccuracy
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
La Peau Blanche aka Cannibal (2004)
La Peau Blanche (2004) is a French Canadian film released in the English
part of Canada as White Skin, and is now available in The USA with yet another
Marc Paquet is an English Lit major at the university, and lives with
Frédéric Pierre, a black student and wannabe author. Pierre has a girlfriend,
but Paquet has had a long dry spell, so Pierre treats them to two hookers as a
birthday present. Paquet explains that he doesn't find redheads attractive,
because their skin is so light, and so was glad that Pierre ended up with
Jessica Malka, whose hair is fiery red. We soon learn just how fiery she is
when Paquet hears Pierre screaming for help. Malka has cut his throat, and he
is barely holding her at bay. Once outnumbered, she escapes out the window.
The two don't report the injury, as they don't want anyone to know there were
patronizing hookers. They tell the hospital a story about a skinhead attack.
The next day, Paquet sees a woman musician playing in the metro, and falls
instantly in love, even though she is a redhead. They end up in bed, but she
suddenly leaves, saying she should never have let it happen. He pursues her,
and they become an item. When she informs him she has cancer, he is 100%
supportive, but her problem is much different, and Paquet begins to suspect
the truth when she turns out to be the sister of the throat-slitting Jessica
I never thought I would be typing this, but it is a new slant on the
vampire theme, and I enjoyed it. Writer/director Daniel Roby
collaborated with the author of the original novel, Joël Champetier, on the
screenplay, and the result was not just a good first feature, but a damned
watchable movie! The film was beautifully shot in Montreal, which is a lovely
city to see, and everything about the film is competent. The characters are
likable, and, if you accept the basic premise of the film, the story is
plausible. Every time I thought I knew where the film was going, it
changed direction. Best of all, it had a terrific surprise ending. In short,
there are much worse ways to spend 92 minutes, and I look forward to Roby's
IMDb readers say 6.1, and this film won several festival awards. The one
review I read agreed with my feelings.
Zara Taylor in Cigarette Burns
(This is another in the Masters of Horror
series, this one from John Carpenter)
Pat's comments in yellow...
Monday, Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson, who is accused of taking a
$100,000 bribe in an FBI sting of his alleged selling of telecommunications
contracts to Africa, denied any wrongdoing. Despite the FBI reportedly finding
$90,000 in his freezer, Jefferson told reporters that there were
"two sides to this story," adding, "This is not the time, this is not the forum"
to discuss it.
* His side of the story: bribery is legal in New Orleans.
In an annual online poll by PETA, "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell was voted
the world's sexiest female vegetarian, beating out Natalie Portman and
Nicollette Sheridan. Bell said she "loves her Brussels sprouts" and never liked
the taste of meat, plus she had a "hard time disassociating the animals I
cuddled with - dogs and cats, for example - from the animals on my plate." The
sexiest male vegetarian was Prince, who displaced last year's winner, Chris
Martin of Coldplay.
* You are what you eat, and Prince and Chris eat nothing
but fruits and nuts.
* We learn from this that there are no sexy male vegetarians.
Halle Berry said she struggles with the racism of Hollywood, and she still
has to audition for parts like every other actor
* If "every other actor" has to audition the same way, how
is this racism?