"Ice Cold in Phoenix"
Ice Cold in Phoenix (2004) is a direct to vid thriller. The film starts with Jose Rosete outside the Phoenix airport, obviously broke with nowhere to go. He hijacks an arriving passenger, takes him out into the desert, and kills him. He then drops by to see his alcoholic abusive father, then goes to the man's house with his shrink wrapped body in the trunk. He handcuffs the wife, has sex with her twice, and she asks him to kill her husband so she can be rid of him and collect the insurance. When a maid and a pool cleaner arrive, he kills both of them, then kills the wife. We next see him burying two bodies in the desert.
He then checks into a hotel room with hooker Pamela Campbell, but can't get it up at first. When she threatens to leave with his money, he more or less rapes her. Cut to the next day, when he picks up hitch hiker April Shepard. Things seem to be going well when the two have sex in the desert. Then, she and her boyfriend turn the tables on him for a double surprise ending.
Campbell shows breasts and buns in a Tback. April Shepard shows breasts. There are several problems with this film. The first is that it has absolutely no nuances, but is a flat, emotionless narrative. Second, there are no sympathetic characters. As a matter of fact, the film makers went out of their way to make even minor characters into jerks. IMDb barely knows it exists. The video release is rated R for language, sexuality and violence, but there was an NC-17 version at some point. Most scenes are in focus, and the editing isn't jarring, but set design is whatever was there when they borrowed locations. This could have been a C- erotic thriller with lots more nudity and sex, and something to create suspense and dramatic tension, but as it is, it is a D-.
"The Driller Killer"
The Driller Killer (1979) is a very early effort from Abel Ferrara (The Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, Cat Chaser, The Funeral) which was dismissed at the time as exploitation with no merit in the US, and was banned in several countries, probably undeservedly, as it just wasn't that gruesome. After Ferrara gained a reputation, the film was revisited. It was shot on weekends on a shoestring budget on 16 mm.
It is the story of the decent into madness of and artist (played by Ferrara). He loves with his girlfriend (Caroly Manz) and another girl in a 4th rate New York apartment. He is getting pressure from the art dealer who handles his work, and has given him an advance, to finish his latest painting, the roommates are broke, and a punk band rents a room next to theirs where they practice day and night. Ferrara goes slowly mad from the pressure, and starts using an electric drill with a portable power pack on anyone in his way, including a lot of winos.
Carol Manz shows breasts and buns in a gratuitous shower scene, probably caused by Ferrara's desire to see her naked. The DVD includes a commentary from Ferrara. His public address style reminds me very much of Bob Dylan, and I found most of it nearly as unintelligible as the film itself. IMDb readers have it at 4.2. The film does have cult fans, who seem to enjoy calling it a Punk Rock film. Several of those commenting at IMDb mention the great soundtrack. It was as distasteful to me as Punk usually is, so I suppose it might have been excellent Punk. The entire film is dark, Ferrara played a one note character, and it was not nearly as shocking as what I had expected based on the hype. Watch at your own risk. The likelihood of this entertaining you is proportional to your love of the gruesome, punk music, and New York 70s style. Most would be well advised to avoid it. This is a D.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
3-Way is a twisting noir thriller based on a 1963 Gil
brewer novel called Wild to Possess. It was directed by Scott Ziehl,
who most recently did Cruel Intentions 3.
Dominic Purcell plays Lew, a drifter who is down on
his luck. In a flashback, the prologue shows him walking onto a
power boat and discovering the dead bodies of his wife (Roxana Zal)
and her lover, apparently not long after the wife left him. Having a
criminal record and knowing full well that he will be the #1 suspect
in the double murder, he takes the boat out to sea, sinks the bodies
with the boat's anchor, then abandons the boat and rows back to
shore in a dinghy.
The story returns to the present. Lew is working at
a loser job, planting bootleg signs on the side of a lonely highway
in the dead of night, when he hears the unmistakable sounds of human fornication in
the near distance. He investigates and finds a car parked in a
secluded spot, its inhabitants (Ali Larter and Desmond Harrington)
simultaneously having sex and planning a crime. The couple intends
to kidnap the guy's rich wife, then kill her after they get the
money from her family. After Lew overhears the plot, he
realizes he can be a good Samaritan and an entrepreneur in one quick
stroke, by employing a plot in which he re-kidnaps the rich wife,
thus saving her life while using her to get the money for himself.
That was a pretty good plot right there, and was
probably complicated enough on its own, but the story gets much more
complex, perhaps too complex. Someone from Lew's past shows up,
gets wind of the plot, and wants in on the action. Ralph's
girlfriend (Joy Bryant) finds out about the plot and may or may not
double-cross him. The kidnapped wife (Gina Gershon) is a real pain
in the tush, and completely ungrateful for Lew's having saved her
life. The six main characters (the two kidnappers, Lew, Lew's
girlfriend, the guy from the past, and the kidnapped wife) form and
re-form alliances, often double-crossing each other, pretending to, or appearing
It is not a noir classic, but it
isn't a bad little mystery/thriller for a straight-to-vid.
Production values are solid, the acting is satisfactory, the plot is
fairly interesting, there are no deal-killing plot holes, and the
characters aren't completely generic. The only major weakness is
that the plot gets excessively serpentine.
There's nothing so vivid or original as to knock you
out, but you should find it to meet your minimum standard if you
like the genre, and it has some nudity to boot.
- Joy Bryant (1,
- Ali Larter (1,
- Roxana Zal. (1,
3) She had about four lines, and was dead before the
opening credits stopped rolling. Roxana's qualification for this
role consisted of the fact that she looked enough like Gina
Gershon so that a man seeing one in a quick flash might think of
- Gina Gershon (no nudity)
:: HardCore Muscle Magazine - Rasslin Babe Torrie Wilson August
2004 Gallery ::
The full trailer for Catwoman is now online.
Gar!!! Piracy arrest at 'Spider-Man 2' opening night.
"A teenager was arrested early Wednesday in a California theater
showing 'Spider-Man 2' after a projectionist using night vision
goggles saw him using a camcorder to make an illegal copy of the
IRAQ TRIES TO GIVE SOVEREIGNTY BACK. "No Way", Says
Anne Hathaway at the School Of Rock Premiere
The Daily Show's Lewis Black looks at Campaign Ads and Finance
Jersey City's 9/11 memorial is female genitalia, ten stories tall.
- Another action-packed day in Norway.
Today's top story in Norway - Coop stores will change their brand
of corn flakes!
Man spends 30 years collecting a million pennies, finds out he
can't swap them even for greenbacks.
Xtina's sexy new image.
President Bush's job approval rating has fallen to the lowest
level of his presidency, according to the latest New York
Times/CBS News poll. Despite a 42% approval rating,
Bush remains in a statistical dead heat with Kerry in the "if
election today" poll
Why are barns red? I didn't know this. It is because
the cheapest, most readily available component in colored paint,
back in the days before paint could be purchased from Sears, was
iron oxide - common rust.
Britney Spears says she's met her 'prince' after kissing a 'bunch
The official site for Blade Trinity has a lot of new material.
The ACLU sued in federal court to keep the state of Virginia from
shutting down a no-clothing camp for juveniles. One
line to note: "Visitors undergo background checks, and the camp
has strict rules against lewd, lustful or lascivious conduct". How
does one prevent "lustful" conduct when 15-year-old boys are in
contact with naked 17-year-old girls?
Every single picture currently available from Batman Begins.
What The Font? Very useful site if you use different
fonts. You upload an image or website URL, and it tells you the
name of the font employed, or the closest approximation.
The John Ashcroft Amateur Video Contest. Winner is the
"Sexiest 1 minute or shorter video that Includes a discussion of
Attorney General John Ashcroft"
The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the first
time in four years. More increases are anticipated
before year's end.
Are the Browser Wars Back? - How Mozilla's Firefox trumps Internet
Explorer. I can't compare them point-for-point, but I
agree that Mozilla has done a very good job on Firefox.
Twenty television stations that aired pop singer Janet Jackson's
infamous live breast flash during the Super Bowl should be fined
$27,500 each, according to a staff recommendation to U.S.
"Porn Site Axes References to First Ladies "
A watchdog group says it will file a complaint with federal
election officials, accusing two conservative organizations of
illegally helping Ralph Nader's presidential campaign,
possibly with support from President Bush's re-election campaign.
I don't know. The evidence is pretty clear to me. The support
organization is called "The citizens committee to pretend to
support that douchebag Nader".
Roger Ebert writes a love letter to Sam Raimi over SPIDER-MAN 2.
- Just as we've always suspected,
Yankee fans aren't good for Dick.
"Official Washington and the entire press corps will be rocked
when Hillary Rodham Clinton is picked as Kerry's VP"
"So predicts a top Washington insider, who spoke to the DRUDGE
REPORT on condition he not be named."
- Fox News doesn't know dick. Literally.
Fox News looks at "Porn in the USA" - promoted by a XXX image!!
They blurred a breast, following the Janet Jackson rule, but
allowed a picture of a woman being violated by a monster dick. I
guess we should cut them some slack since this is only the second
Dick they've ever promoted.
- Important social issues department:
Here's your chance to determine which of these beautiful ladies
will grace the cover of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2004-2005
Cheerleader Lingerie Calendar. No real nudity, but very
- Highbrow literature department:
If you have finished Gravity's Rainbow and Remembrance of Things
Past, you may want to read To Be the Man, the autobiography of Ric
Howard Stern's show adds nine more stations in his battle against
the forces of evil. I think this is merely a temporary
victory for the rebel troops. I think we have not heard the last
of Darth Cheney, Grand Moff Michael Powell and the rest of the
Mike Tyson says he's been living in homeless shelters.
Marlon Brando is as broke as Mike Tyson, but he won't
be living in homeless shelters until they have king-sized beds.
A Journey Through Bodie Ghost Town - a Photo Gallery.
VERY cool B&W photographs. Genius!
USATODAY's complete summer movie guide.
"Bare-breasted for Jackie Chan!" from The Times of India
Der Furor - Bush and Kerry already invoking Godwin's Law in their
election advertising thread.
- If you don't know the term, Godwin's Law states that the
likelihood that someone will be compared to Hitler approaches
100% as the length of an online argument increases. There is a
Usenet tradition that the thread ends when this occurs - making
it the internet equivalent of "jumping the shark", and thus
naturally delimiting the maximum length of threads.
- When a TV program has "jumped the shark", it has done
something to show that it can no longer sustain the elements
that originally made it work, is grasping for gimmicks, and is
ready to die. The term is said to derive from an episode of
Happy Days, which "jumped the shark" when Fonzie jumped a shark
while water skiing in his leather jacket.
Spiderman's REAL enemy - Doc Mock (Michael Moore)..
Sources say that Moore's distributors have ordered 2,000 prints of
Fahrenheit 9/11, putting it in a position to block Spidey's
assault on the all-time box office records. Nobody can estimate
the upside potential of Moore's film, because there is nothing
else comparable. Mario Cuomo is still on board as legal eagle for
Fahrenheit, to take on any legal challenges against the film's
distribution and advertising.
The Dutch are sick of seeing their country represented by
windmills, tulips and wooden shoes. The government will
work toward creating new official symbols from things that really
represent the Netherlands today: legal dope, kinky sex, leftist
politics, overmarketed van Gogh images, and herring.
A very cool two minute clip from I, Robot - which looks
like it will be much better than indicated by the early trailers.
The Daily Show looks at a Republican punk rocker - raging FOR the
Merriam-Webster Online - readers' top ten favorite silly words.
I had to look one of them up "callipygian - having shapely
Good news for the President's credibility: scientists conclude
that the smartest creatures are the most dishonest.
Scientists have also revised their estimate of Nixon's IQ to 1000.
Incredible picture of Phoebe, the "Comet Moon" of Saturn
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. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a
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
The Lost Horizons clip was from TCM. Most of my really old clips
come from premium channels or TCM. TCM has been showing Lost
Horizons for as long as they've been a network, they usually don't
edit the really old movies ... I haven't rented any movies
from video stores in about two years. I rent occasionally over the
net. That's what's great about the net - you don't need
video stores, and I believe they will soon be extinct.
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.
- Joan Collins in undies, topless and baring her bum in scenes from "The Devil Within Her" aka "I Don't Want to Be Born" (1975).
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
It is an avocational hazard, this watching of stripper
movies. It has to be done no matter the cost on
personal time and fragile psyche. First rule of
stripper murder mysteries: one of the gal has done it.
Sort like the butler in rich and snooty murder
But not in Stripteaser II, which I guess takes up
where Stripteaser I left off. Cabbie goes looking for
his lost sister on the streets of LA, meets a veteran
stripclub dude and figures out, with the help of a
woman planted in the club as one of the strippers,
what happened to sis, who done it and why. All of
that is just fine and dandy. Nothing great, but
nothing downright awful, either (despire an IMDb socre
in low 2's).
What separates SII from most other stripper murder
movies is the quality of the women playing the
strippers. No, you don't get Kay Lenz or Daryl Hannah
or that gal from Saved By the Bell who isn't Tiffani
Amber Thiessen. But you do get a collection of
extremely fine-looking B-movie types who
honest-to-goodness strip like gals in these clubs,
rather than act out some complex, highly choreographed
scene. Major points there.
Kim Dawson plays the manager of the club. She doesn't
strip but she does the sport-humping and shows off a
form that was still el primo a-way back in 1997.
All the other exposure is from clothing removal
Stacey Leigh Mobley (who practices the adult film arts
under the name of Holly Hollywood) shows a fine rumpus
and a well-shaped upper bod in a couple of
tied-up-for-the-VIPs scenes. She also spies upon Kim
and her paramour whilst topless. Good choice.
- Stacey Leigh Mobley
Lisa Ann Brown whips out the jumbo jacks in a bunch of
scenes. This gal has a pair of enhanced twins that
are certainly large but not grotesque. In fact she is
the reason I capped this puppy. Ya might recognize
Lisa from the pages of the Hefmag's newstand specials.
Kiva shows up a couple of times and Maria Ford appears
briefly as a stripper in a club that competes with the
movie's main venue (rule number two of stripper murder
mysteries: Maria Ford will play some role, big or
small, in the movie).
That leaves Taylor St. Claire. Taylor started out as
a B-movie actress but moved into hardcore things
around the turn of the century. She is attractive,
but if she had Catherine Zeta-Jones' mouth she would
be one of the sexiest women on the planet. That's
'cuz she has a delightful natural body. Really
kick-ass is what I mean.
Taylor has two stripping scenes and a backstage,
dressing room scene. Grabbed frames to make up one
collage each from the first stripping thing and the
dressing room exposure. Then I ran into what I figure
is the most-attractively choreographed and
best-photographed stripping scene in the history of
these things. Put together 13 collages from that
scene and could have done a dozen more but I didn't
want you guys to think I'd gone cheese-brained on you.
- Taylor St. Claire
There you have it. Within in its own genre...stripper
murder mysteries... this is a 2.2 times 4. Really.
Some thought went into it and some care was shown in
casting and performing. And the babes... well, they
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 the Jim Wynorski flick "Hard to Die" (1990).
'Caps and comments by Dann:
The biggest surprise in this 1994 music comedy/drama is that Willie Nelson can act. Unfortunately, the story isn't as strong as the performances.
A singer/songwriter aspires to be a music mogul, and he wheels and deals with fellow singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson to outwit a bigtime promoter.
The story's pretty lame and sometimes boring, but there's plenty of good Country music, and Willie pulls off his role very well. Enjoyable if limited.
On Tuesday you posted a link about the new production of Mozart's Serail from the Komische Opera in Berlin.
Here, for your enjoyment, is an edited clip of the news-story from Berlin Tv.
Warning, female and male nudity.
Here in another link to the story
- Nekkid Opera zipped wmvs
|The singer and former Prince protege going topless in scenes from the 1986 movie "52 Pick-Up"...directed by John Frankenheimer.
||The German actress going topless in scenes from "Die Singlefalle".
|The "JAG" star barely keeping the twins contained at a photo event.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the long time Fun House favorite topless in scenes from "Mulholland Falls" (1996).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
STARBUCKS DRINKS MAY BE FATTENING
Wake-Up Call - Today, Starbucks is introducing low-fat frappuccino drinks
and nutritional brochures to help customers shocked by a recent report on
how fattening their beverages are. For instance, it turns out a large Java
Chip Frappuccino contains 650 calories, 50 more than a Big Mac. A
University of Washington dietitian told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that
people have a perception that if it's something you drink, it doesn't have
Like a milk shake!
That explains all the beer bellies.
So wake up and smell the coffee!
At least with Starbucks, all the caffeine makes you burn off the
calories by twitching.
MOM ATTACKS CHUCK E. CHEESE
Guess Disneyland Is Out? - Police in Macon, Georgia, report that a teenage
girl was dressed in a large rodent costume at the Chuck E. Cheese
restaurant Sunday when an unnamed woman threw a slice of pizza at her. The
woman accused the mascot of not paying enough attention to her child, then
threatened to "whip" the girl when she changed out of her costume. The
cops were called, but no charges were filed, and the angry mom was
They sent her to a rest home for parents driven insane by Chuck E.
I'm guessing that DAD was supposed to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese.
SHARPTON TO HOST REALITY SHOW
He Has "Spike" Hair - Al Sharpton may never be president, but he has landed
a gig as a reality show host. Spike TV hired him to host "I Hate My Job,"
in which eight men will quit their jobs and work with two "life counselors"
to figure out what they want to do, and a panel decides which ones have to
leave each week. A spokesman said Sharpton is the perfect host because he
had a modest upbringing and is now a major political force. And Sharpton
declared, "I'm the working man's (Donald) Trump."
Sharpton's not Donald Trump...He's not even a working man.
How does never having a real job make you qualified to host "I Hate My
He's probably THE most major political force currently hosting a game
show...He beat out Bill Clinton for this job.
TRUMP LAUNCHING MAGAZINE
Skip The Hair Section - Donald Trump is launching a magazine called "Trump
World" that will cover the best of everything, from real estate and fashion
to food and entertainment. He first put it out in Trump hotels in 2002,
shelved it, then decided to revive it to cash in on his hit, "The
Apprentice." An industry expert said everyone wants to be rich and famous,
so for $5.95, he's giving them a vehicle to "be just like me."
Only with a lot less money.
But they already have bad hair and are paying alimony and child support.
The first cover story is "101 Things You Can Do With Gold Leaf."