Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
This was probably my favorite pure
entertainment film of 2005, and I've written about it many times. (Comments
(Zipped) film clips by LC:
Collages by me (from the DVD, not from the
film clips. The DVD streets on Tuesday):
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
This was probably the funniest pre-1994 zombie
movie. Since that date we have seen Cemetery Man and Shaun of the
Dead, but I suppose The Return of the Living Dead still belongs in the
#2 or #3 slot. (Comments
here.) It also contains Linnea Quigley's famous tombstone boogie
which is not only Linnea's career nudity highlight, but one of the
all-time great nude scenes for anyone.
I'll bet you all know what this is. In case you've been imprisoned
in a Cuban cell for the past 12 years, it's Mel Gibson's multi-Oscar
effort about William Wallace, a 13th century commoner who united his
fellow Scots against the oppressive English rule. It is in the Top 100
of all time at IMDb, was nominated for ten Oscars and won five,
including Best Picture and Best Director.
Catherine McCormack and Mel Gibson did a very sexy topless embrace
in this film. Although it was beautifully photographed (Best
Cinematography was one of the Oscars won by Braveheart), the love
scene was deliberately kept dark to create a certain atmosphere. The
element that really makes the scene striking is the sight of their hot
breath in the cold night. That was great for lovers of art, but not so
great for those of us who wanted a better look at Catherine's healthy
This clip probably offers the clearest view I've seen.
Daily Box Office -
Friday, June 9, 2006
(No major surprises. The analysts had it
Drive-In Intermission 10
ESPN, the Parody
"This is the unedited
version of the 'Rollin' with Bob Saget' music
video from Jamie Kennedy"
Great moments on CNN - "I
don't mean the athletic stats; I mean the rape
Ontario, California looks
to curb the First Amendment after a curse is
placed on a city official.
- Oooh - a curse. I'm
so scared! Quick, see if Maria Ouspenskaya
is still alive, and tell her to bring plenty
George Lucas told Access
Hollywood that he is pushing to get Sean
Connery to appear in Indiana Jones 4, which
Lucas executive produces.
If you have never seen
this, it is something to behold.
Honda turns an Accord
into a Rube Goldberg devices for an ad.
- "And you thought
those people that set up a room full of
dominos to knock over were amazing ... There
are no computer graphics or digital tricks
in this film. Everything you see really
happened in real time exactly as you see it.
The film took 606 takes. On the first 605
takes, something, usually very minor, didn't
work. They would then have to set the whole
thing up again. The crew spent weeks
shooting night and day. By the time it was
over, they were ready to change professions.
The film cost six million dollars and took
three months to complete, including full
engineering of the sequence. In addition, it
is two minutes long so every time Honda airs
the film on British television, they're
shelling out enough dough to keep any one of
us in clover for a lifetime. However, it is
fast becoming the most downloaded
advertisement in Internet history. Honda
executives figure the ad will soon pay for
itself simply in "free viewings." (Honda
isn't paying a dime to have you watch this
commercial!) When the ad was pitched to
senior executives, they signed off on it
immediately without any hesitation -
including the costs. There are six, and only
six, hand-made Honda Accords in the world.
To the horror of Honda engineers, the
filmmakers disassembled two of them to make
the film. Everything you see in the film
(aside from the walls, floor, ramp and
complete Honda Accord) is parts from those
two cars." The voiceover is Garrison Keillor.
When the ad was shown to Honda executives,
they liked it and commented on how amazing
computer graphics have gotten. They fell off
their chairs when they found out it was for
URL kinda says it all:
Remembering the Zark-man
The great music videos of
The RED HOT CHILI
PEPPERS' recent hit ''Dani California'' is
uncomfortably similar to TOM PETTY's 1993 song
''Mary Jane's Last Dance,'' according to two
The trailer for Jindabyne
- "Stewart Kane, an
Irishman living in the Australian town of
Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated
hill country with three other men when they
discover the body of a murdered girl in the
river. Rather than return to the town
immediately, they continue fishing and
report their gruesome find days later.
Stewart's wife Claire is the last to find
out. Deeply disturbed by her husband's
actions, her faith in her relationship with
Stewart is shaken to the core. She wants to
understand and tries to make things right.
In her determination to help the victim's
family Claire sets herself not only against
her own family and friends but also those of
the dead girl. Her marriage is taken to the
brink and her peaceful life with Stewart and
their young son hangs in the balance. The
story of a murder and a marriage. A powerful
and original film about the things that
EW ranks 'Passion of the
Christ' most controversial film of all time
- "All time"? Some of
their choices do belong on the list, but
Entertainment Weekly doesn't seem to realize
that there were movies made before 1971.
- Here are some films
significantly more controversial than United
93. Some of these films are/were more
controversial than ANY they mention, even #1
Passion of the Christ!
- The Birth of a
- Triumph of the
- Pretty Baby
- Women in Love
- The Sign of the
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
"The Quiet Earth"
The Quiet Earth (1985) is a New Zeland Sci Fi drama with a now familiar theme. The population of the Earth has been destroyed by a scientific cock-up, and it looks like Zack (Bruno Hobson), one of the scientists working on the project, is the last man on earth. He goes through the expected adjustment period where he tries to find others, then starts helping himself to everything he has ever wanted. He doesn't even have to step over dead bodies, as the people completely vanished. Solitude gets to him, and he nearly swallows a 12 gage shell as it is being fired, but decides to live. Not long after, he meets the beautiful Joanne (Alison Routledge). Life is instantly better, although it takes her a while to warm up to him sexually. About the time they are finally intimate, they start searching for other survivors, and find one in the person of Api (Pete Smith), an aborigine. He and Joanne hit is off well, but there is soon trouble in paradise when Zack figures out that the system that caused the original effect is going to do it again unless they can turn off the grid.
Alison Routledge shows buns in one after sex scene, and breasts in another.
IMDb readers say 7.1. It won nearly every New Zealand film award for that year. The truth is that it is a fine effort, although the same film has been mad emany times and didn't cover any territory that others didn't. The first act has a single character and no dialogue, making it very slow gong. Routledge lights up the screen, and it was far more interesting once she turned up. This is a C+ as a post apocalyptic survival film.