A new essay:
Did you know that the average
American in 1946 bought seven times as many theatrical film
tickets as the average American of today? That means that they
probably saw at least TEN times as many theatrical films, because
there were so many double features.
And there were half as many
screens! It was a sweet business back then, when
there was no TV to compete with.
Here are the
Some miscellaneous film clips
I didn't create any of these, not
the clips or the caps, but there is some great material here.
Once Upon a Time in America is one
of the greatest films ever made. It's a four hour movie and I wish
it were longer. (Movie House Review).
Today's clip is a lengthy and unpleasant scene in which Robert DeNiro rapes Elizabeth
McGovern. There are a few frames in which McGovern is quite
exposed. High definition
zipped .avi here, sample HD captures below. There are also
captures of two other actresses from the same film.
Kristin Scott Thomas is a
distinguished actress, and The English Patient won the Best
Picture Oscar in its time, although Tuna didn't care for it, and I
was lukewarm. (Movie
House Review). It is simultaneously one of the most
loved and most detested films ever made, and the two sides can't
see each other's points, as shown comedically on Seinfeld.
zipped avi here, HD captures below. There is also one frame of
Juliette Binoche from the same film.
For years, the only known captures
of this Stripes scene were seen in a Playboy article, but the last special
edition of Stripes (Movie
House Review) finally included the full sex scene between
P.J. Soles and Bill Murray. Here it is as a
The Specialist (Movie
House Review) is not an especially good film, although it is
watchable, but Stallone and Sharon Stone
did do a very hot shower/sex scene.
Sagnier is a Fun House Favorite, and her nude scene in La
Petite Lili (Movie
House Review) was chosen by our readers
among the top nude
scenes of 2004. Here is the
shows how to disconnect lip movements from
"Warren Buffett, the
world's second richest man, announced plans to
give away an estimated 85 percent of his
estimated 44 billion dollar wealth to
Harriet, the oldest
living creature, has died in Australia after a
short illness. She was 176.
- Legend has it that
she was studied by Darwin himself.
Snakes on a Plane - a
re-creation of the auditions
If your last name was
Calcote, would you name your son Wiley?
At least he didn't go to work for the Acme
There is a Scientology
Orientation video on YouTube.
I'll bet it won't be there long!
The Un-Funny SEQUEL About
A truly nasty review
The Fast and the Furious
3, as seen by The Filthy Critic
Microsoft Should Buy
Yahoo, Says Merrill Lynch
Has string theory tied up
better ideas in physics?
- Nobel physicist
Wolfgang Pauli didn't suffer fools gladly.
Fond of calling colleagues' work "wrong" or
"completely wrong," he saved his worst
epithet for work so sloppy and speculative
it is "not even wrong."
Weekend Box Office
Results for June 23-25, 2006
- Sandler came in
strong,consistent with expectations or maybe
a hair below.
- Waist Deep did
almost double what was anticipated, and
nearly equaled Sandler in revenues per
screen! 83% of the audience was black, so it
represented some very successful marketing
to the African-American community,
especially women. 57% of the audience was
female. That film took the number four spot
despite being on a mere 1000 screens,
grossing more than Tokyo Drift, which was on
- Last week's two
highest grossers dropped dramatically. Nacho
Libre and Tokyo Drift fell about 60% apiece.
- The DaVinci Code
passed $200 million
- The top twelve were
up about 7% over last year. That is the rut
into which the summer has fallen. The last
five weeks have run +7, +2, +8, +7, +7. The
industry hopes to break out of that routine
next week, because Superman Returns is
widely expected to kick ass, while last
year's War of the Worlds inspired little
Michael J Nelson's
the very funny guy who was the star/writer of
Jon Stewart, Enemy of
The mystery of the
Clearwater Monster has been solved.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Was
A Dixie Chick Fan
A clip from The Devil
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
9 Songs (2004)
9 Songs (2004) was reviewed by
Scoopy, so it will come as no surprise to you that it is a hard core rock
video, with nine bands intercut with hard core sex scenes between Kieran
O'Brien and Margo Stilley. The entire thing is sort of narrated by O'Brien as
he flies over the Arctic. Supposedly, the story takes a year, and chronicles
the relationship from initial lust through comfortable sex to the inevitable
break-up. As Scoopy admittedly does not like hard core action and simply
doesn't watch it, I has originally thought it entirely possible that he was
wrong about this one. In his only faint positive about this film, he mentions
that the music set his mood, rather than the sex action on screen.
After watching this for myself, I still have a major quibble with Scoop's
review. Nothing done by the 9 groups of unkempt kids with stringed instruments
remotely resembled music by any definition I agree with. Oh, yes, and the sex
is every bit as boring as Scoop said it was. Therefore, the entire film
consists of narration (always boring), flying over the Arctic (after two
seconds, you have seen it), boring sex and terrible music.
There are extra features on the DVD, including interviews, trailers, and a
photo gallery. All in all, it was given a release just as if it had been a
This project seems to have worked for Margo Stilley, as she has two
projects in post-production and another one in the talking stages. She
certainly has demonstrated a willingness to show body parts, and is not afraid
of on-camera sex, but ... well ... if she put her bra on backwards it
would likely fit better.
As a hard core film, this is an F. However, in the same genre as
recent hard core French mainstream films, the proper score is C-.
- IMDb readers say 5.0.
- Roger Ebert was unimpressed, and said, "a movie that marks an important
director's attempt to deal with explicit sex. As an idea, the film is
fascinating, but as an experience it grows tedious; the concerts lack
closeups, the sex lacks context, and Antarctica could use a few penguins."
Scoop's note: Actually, when I mentioned that the music
set my mood in the sex scenes, I was referring to the background music that
played during the actual sex, and not to the music played during the nine
concerts. I didn't like the concert bands any more than Tuna did, although
perhaps that is because our generation gap is showing.
shows everything, and inserts penises, tongues and vibrators into most
of her orifices.
Today we finally wrap up "Sexy Movie."
Our two porn stars return and they are not afraid to show off the goods.
First up Mary Carey.
Then Mary and Kaylynn together.
Kaylynn goes solo.
We end it with two topless unknowns.
Dann reports on Vlad:
No, this is not a promotional video for Winnebago, although the motor home
in the flick, whatever the brand, was pretty nice in a retro way. As you
undoubtedly realize, this is a B-movie direct-to-video slasher film that
is not exceptional, but like most of these, is still fun to watch. A group
of young friends set out in a vintage RV for a weekend in the woods. In
the woods, they encounter a park ranger and a machete-wielding nutball in
night vision goggles. It's hard to tell which one is the scarier.
Complete with a surprise ending and some
nudity, this one goes on the "slightly-better-than-reruns" stack.