"Don't Sleep Alone"
Don't Sleep Alone (1997) is an erotic thriller that uses the ever popular multiple personality disorder to fool the audience. It is rated 1.8 at IMDb. Note that this is real the same plot device as the surprise evil identical twin. Star Lisa Welti and three strippers show the usual breasts and buns. It is not the plot device that sunk this film, but bad dialogue, poor acting, and weak story telling. That should be all the warning you need to avoid this film.
This is a great time, however, to explode the myths about Multiple Personality Disorder. The condition was first documented in France in the late 1800s, where it was thought to be a rare form of epilepsy. It became a very popular clinical diagnosis in the US after several popular films, beginning with The Three Faces of Eve (1957), created an awareness of the condition. It was later discovered that annalists were actually creating these so-called personalities in therapy. People like to please authority figures, and if an annalist tried hard enough, the patient would oblige. The myth exploders and urban legend folks will be quick to tell you there is no such thing as Multiple Personality Disorder. While that is technically correct, there is more to the story.
In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994), the handbook of personality disorders, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) was changed to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This was largely due to the official position of the British Psychiatric Association that each person has one, and only one personality. DID does, however, exist, and is a close cousin of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The cause of DID is said to be severe physical, mental or sexual abuse in early childhood. As in Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the mind uses the normal self-protection mechanism of suppressing things too terrible to dwell on, but to an extreme. Thus MPD was not debunked, it was simply renamed. I have seen estimates that between 2 and 10% of Americans suffer from some sort of Dissociative Disorder, however, there are many degrees of severity. Many mental health professionals still use the term "multiple" to describe this disorder, as it is far more descriptive than the official current name.
Almost nobody has seen this film, which is as it should be. As it is more or less technically competent, the proper score is E+.
Concealed Weapon (1994) is a straight up thriller, not an erotic thriller, despite the presence of a topless Lisa Boyle in a small role as a Polish immigrant who is murdered in the intro to the film. Daryl Haney arrives in Yugoslavia for a choice part in a film to be directed by a deported American director. The director feels this deportation places him in the same league as Chaplin and Polanski. Just before his arrival, the director is killed, and he is asked to direct the film. There is a sub-plot about white slave traders involving the same people, but we learn early on that the actor will be dead within 24 hours. The reason? Something that is a near cousin to the multiple personality/evil twin plot device, the old plastic surgery creates an evil twin gambit.
Boyle shows breasts, when the American who brings the forged immigration papers that are supposed to get her group into the US demands sex in exchange. She swallows a 45 slug rather than have sex with him. Talk about rejection ... Julie Baltee, as a stripper/girlfriend of the bad guy shows breasts and buns, and Karen Stone shows breasts and buns in a good old shower scene.
IMDb readers have this at 4.7 of 10. The premise is not that bad -- it has been used in many decent films, and the idea of identity theft to fool immigration is a sort of clever slant on the theme. The effort was marred by excessive voice-over, too many characters, uneven acting, and removing all suspense and mystery by giving away the ending in the first 5 minutes. I don't know if that was intentional, or just very clumsy insertion of clues. The film seems to have an alternate title of The Art of Murder, which relates to the plot. Concealed Weapon doesn't have any relationship to the plot at all. It is like someone did a market research study and determined that a two word adjective/noun title was the way to go, and Weapon is one of the more successful nouns. This is far from the first time I have watched an unknown film that had a decent original title, but went straight to vid and oblivion with an adjective/noun. I will give this a very low C-, and that is giving extra credit for trying. It is obvious that the film makers were trying to make a real film with almost no budget. The IMDb plot summary was written by the distributors, and is very misleading marketing hype.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Sometimes the right ingredients just come together.
When Mario van Peebles was 13 years old, he watched his father go
through the painful experience of financing and creating the first
major independent movie made by a black man for black audiences,
Melvin van Peebles's Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song.
Son Mario played a couple of parts in the film, even doing a sex
scene with a plump, older woman. Father Melvin produced, directed,
starred, and wrote a lot of the music for the film. Later, he wrote
a book about his fascinating experiences. Some thirty years later, a
grown-up Mario has written and directed his own film about his
father's film. He has combined his own memories and his father's
book into Baadasssss, a movie in which he also stars as his father.
The father's film, truth be told, was not much of a film at all.
(Review here) The
film was shot in 19 days on a minimal budget with a non-union crew,
family, friends, amateurs, and volunteers. As filmmaking, it is
about on a par with Manos, the Hands of Fate. It was more of a
social statement and an entrepreneurial success than an artistic
achievement. The lead character, for example, is on screen for
nearly the entire film and only has about six lines. The dominant
action in the film - more than thirty minutes - consists solely of
Melvin looking over his shoulder, jogging wordlessly through various
urban and rural landscapes, accompanied by a jazzy, looping musical
score. A good chunk of the rest of the film consists of explicit sex
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song may not have been a very good
film, but it was a cultural phenomenon. It turned out to be an
enormous financial success which convinced the Hollywood suits that
there was a large, untapped black market to pander to, just as Easy
Rider had established the existence of a lucrative hippie market.
Although Sweetback itself was not an exploitation picture, it
identified the market for a solid decade of blaxploitation to
follow, and the story behind it made a helluva story for the son's
Baadasssss is a helluva movie, not so much because it is executed
well as because it just had such a ripping yarn to start with.
- Melvin couldn't sell his story to the Hollywood suits. They had
no interest in a story about a non-political black man radicalized
into a police-beating rage when he witnesses corrupt police violence
against another black man, especially since the black man is
unrepentant and escapes scot-free at the end. With that avenue of
cash blocked off, Melvin had to find some other route toward
financing, and that process provides the film with some of its best
laughs. Melvin's hopes are raised and dashed several times, the
worst shock coming after he got a drug dealer to finance the film,
only to get busted a few days later, when the shooting schedule had
already been laid out.
- When the actual filming got started, the wild times really began.
Melvin had to browbeat his crew. He had to outsmart the unions by
pretending to shoot a porn film. (The unions didn't mess with porn,
so Melvin needed to convince them it was a porno in order to avoid
paying union wages.) He had to commandeer a hooker on short notice to
play a role which his would-be star refused at the last minute. He had to use his son
in a scene which would be considered kiddie porn today. He had to
take an emergency $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby to finish the film.
He even beat the crap out of his editor when the kid threatened to
- When the film was completed, Melvin couldn't get anyone to
distribute it. It opened on two screens: one in Detroit and one in
Atlanta, and there was no money to advertise it to its target
market. Somehow, against all odds, black people did eventually find out about the
film, and took to it as the youth market had taken to Easy Rider. It
ended up one of the top grossers of its year, possibly the biggest
moneymaker, considering its shoestring budget.
With his script and his performance, Mario plays his father as a
complex man, detestable and admirable all at once. Like many men
with a definite goal who are obsessed with achieving through hard
work, Melvin tolerated nothing that stood between him and his goal,
and suffered nobody whose energy and dedication failed to match his
own. There was no room for kindness, gentility or honesty unless
those characteristics were necessary to get the film made. Mario saw
that when he was a boy, still sees that, and does not shy away from
telling it like it was.
Baadasssss is a must-see film for anyone who is really interested
in the history of independent film. It may be the most interesting
and candid film I've seen about the independent film process, and it
may be the most honest movie ever made about making a movie of any
kind. It also carries an important sub-text about the typical
portrayal of black people in films made before Sweetback. More
important than any of that to general audiences is the fact that
Baadasssss is not a somber, dry, history lesson or a filmmaking
lesson, because those things have very narrow appeal. It is also a
well paced and entertaining experience with very little down time.
It's funny, and it's touching. If the subject matter is at all
interesting to you, I recommend it.
- (89% positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes)
- 76/100 at Metacritic
- The 6.5 score at IMDb is misleading. There are about 280
votes, and about a quarter of them gave the film a one out of ten,
which is completely fucked up. This is one of the better films of
the year so far, and received a long "standing o" at Sundance. The
correct score should be about 7.5, give or take.
- Karimah Westbrook (1,
- Other chicks (1,
- zipped .wmv files. (1,
3) The first is Westbook and the hippie check.
The second is the set of a porno film where Melvin recruits his
crew. The third is Westbrook re-creating a scene from the movie.
In addition to the nudity, these are entertaining scenes. The
sound's a bit out of synch, but they're watchable.
Notes on nothing special:
I went to see Baadassss today at a multiplex theater which is
also showing Fahrenheit 911 on two screens. My showing was at 11:50,
Moore's film was at 12:05 and 12:50. Both of Moore's showings were
sold out, and people were outside on the apron scalping tickets as
if it were the Super Bowl.
My theater, with hundreds of seats, had seven people in it
including me. A real shame for a film many people would enjoy, if
they only knew about its existence.
Leading actresses to show some skin in Broadway's Dracula.
Play Scissor-Paper-Rock with Richard Simmons!
Actic Ocean study expected to uncover a Lost World. The
American team believes that the study will the most primitive life
forms to be discovered since the study of Alabama.
Grandma and grandpa go to war. Wasn't that a movie with
Jeopardy wizard passes $600,000, hits personal one-day high of
Valedictorian who ripped her school is denied a diploma.
Because, by God, what kind of country would this be if our schools
taught our children to tell the truth? Hey, you're laughing, but
think about it - where would our lawyers and politicians come
Man flown into midair by fast-rising big kite drops, breaks limbs.
Rhys Ifans has already been signed to play the man in the film
The trailer for Mar Adentro : "The real-life story of
Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of
euthanasia and his own right to die." And it's a lowbrow comedy
from the writers of Eurotrip! OK, maybe not. It's written and
directed by Amenabar, the talented Chilean who did Abre Los Ojos
and The Others, who is not known for his lowbrow comedies.
The trailer for Steamboy: "A retro, Japanese anime
science-fiction epic set in Victorian England, 'Steamboy' features
an inventor prodigy named Ra Stim who receives a mysterious metal
ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire
nation. This young boy must use it to fight evil, redeem his
family, and save London from destruction. The lush Victorian
interiors and the elegance of the era's mechanical design allows
Otomo to create dazzling visual backgrounds and machines for this
film. With more than 180,000 drawing and 400 CG cuts, 'Steamboy'
is sure to be one of the most elaborate animated features of
A History of Picture Stories : Over 350 pages of comics, or
comics-related illustration, dating from 300 A.D. to 1929.
Thousands of Clevelanders pose nude for world-renowned artist.
MAJORITY OF KERRY VOTERS BELIEVE HE IS NOT BUSH "Asked
to name the issue that concerned them most, 9% of Kerry voters
named “improving the economy,” 12% named “fighting terrorism,” and
a whopping 79% named “electing someone who is not George W. Bush.”
- Holy moley!
Fahrenheit 9/11 was the top movie on Friday, despite being on a
mere 868 screens (!!!). It is a true phenomenon. It
took in $9,447 per screen, compared to $2,480 for the next best
Spider-Man - Indian style
If you're looking for an internet date, you can't go wrong with
this one. Well, except that it probably some kind of
scam. I woudl have tried, but I'm older than her age limit.
Livejournal Random Images generator This Script will go
on Livejournal.com and grab the last 30 images that have been
posted on public journal entries in users journals and community
- Star magazine reports:
Jake Gyllenhaal is officially the new Superman
- If you're a fan of the highly stylized film
Dark City (as I am), this guy has just about captured the entire
movie in stills.
Evil Dead - The Musical
Very tough sledding for President Bush in Ireland
Cher Extends Farewell Tour Extension. Her farewell will
now end "if and when she dies"
The Top 100 Albums of the 1970s. Some strange choices
in this one!
JoBlo.com's Rumor Attack! Is Quentin Tarantino working
on a a new film?
The trailer for the movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The
Phantom of the Opera
Other Crap 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.
NOTE: because of a unique combination of
circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial
bandwidth theft, we will have to do all of our movie files in zip
format. Click on the files as you normally would to play them. When
you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in
the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there.
I know this is not especially convenient, but it
allows the film clips to continue. I can protect .zip files from
hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some
reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not
play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory
work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this
new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want
to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips
Here's one you've never seen
Lost Horizon was made in 1937, and the DVD has a
nude swimming scene with Jane Hyatt (who would later become the
mom on Father Knows Best). Oh, sure, the actual nudity takes
place very far from the camera, and some of the butt may not be
Hyatt at all, but a body double, or it may be a body suit at that
distance. But all that is beside the point. The real reason
why this is important is that there was virtually no nudity in
mainstream American films from 1934-1966, the years controlled by
Hays Code and the Catholic Legion of Decency. The Hays Code
was actually passed in 1930, but was not really enforced for a
while, so you will see occasionally some nudity in 1930-33, but a
nude scene from 1934 onward is a real rarity, even when so
inexplicit as this one.
(.avi - zip) (.wmv - zip)
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.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Queer as Folk", season 3, episode 10
A long scene where Michelle Clunie goes down
on Thea Gill and then gets out the dildo.
Later Thea Gill gets the taste for the real thing and has
loud hetero sex with a real guy.
- Thea Gill: nude, mostly breasts.
"Show Me Yours": episode The Following Game
Another episode, another nude guest star, and Rachael Crawford
still keeps her clothes on.
"Naked Josh": episode Game, Set-up, Match
A porpoise humping moment for any erotic tv series is
when they show alot of skin in the first episode
and none in the following episode.
"11th Hour": episode Hard Seven
Another season 2 episode.
"Falling Over Backwards" (1990)
Light drama movie starring Saul Rubinek and Paul Soles
(the original voice of Spiderman).
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today the Ghost takes a look at "Blown Away", the 1992 direct-to-video flick starring not one, but BOTH of the Coreys.
Former "Charles in Charge" and "Baywatch" star Nicole Eggert shows breasts and bum views in several love scenes with Corey Haim.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Santa's down and dirty in this 2003 comedy about a thief who works a Santa gig every year so that he can rip off a mall at Christmas. He's a drunken, sex-crazy, foul mouthed jerk who hates kids but loves stealing. His accomplice is a black midget who hates everything including his partner, but also loves stealing.
Things go on the same way every year until an 8 year old kid "attaches himself" to Santa. Despite trying to drive the kid away, our non-hero starts to grow a heart.
This is an extremely funny movie, but be warned....the nudity is brief and the sex is mostly implied, but the language is some of the foulest I've seen in a movie. This guy can't say a sentence without the f word, and that's the tamer part of his vocabulary.
The unrated version on DVD is called Bad(Der) Santa, but I imagine even the R rated version is pretty rank, so if you don't like profanity, you might want to avoid this movie. Since I'm pretty warped anyway, I loved the flick.
'Caps and comments by Oz:
"I'm Watching You"
Plenty of everything showing in I'm Watching You, which is about an apartment block where everybody spies on everybody else. Jacqueline Lovell plays an artist's model and so spends most of the film starkers. LoriDawn Messuri is the 'innocent' girl but still likes hanging around naked, and Vanessa Blair is the randy wife. Nenna Quiroz is in the gratuitous nude scene.
- Jacqueline Lovell
- LoriDawn Messuri
- Vanessa Blair
- Nenna Quiroz
"Dynasty : The Reunion"
I never saw the original and, after seeing The Reunion, I realise I didn't miss much. However, Heather Locklear shows that she must shave the pubics (see collage 6) and also displays some nice pokies.
- Heather Locklear
"Murder in Greenwich"
It's a similar story in Murder in Greenwich where we have some very sexy bikini shots of Maggie Grace.
"Fast Food Fast Women"
Only a little nudity in Fast Food Fast Women by an anaemic-looking Anna Thomson, with some sexy caps of Valerie Geffner, Maggie Baisch and some unknowns.