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My Condition...

It was the extreme shortness of breath that got my attention. I was admitted to the hospital in atrial fibrillation with a heart rate of 180. They rather quickly drained 1.4 liters of bloody fluid from my right lung. They have subjected me to dozens of tests, and ruled out many possible causes of this, but they still don't know what went wrong. I am still in atrial fibrillation, but with a heart rate under control using 3 drugs. I am home waiting for some of my medication to reach the proper level in my system, then I may have another hospital stay to try and convert my heart to normal rhythm.

I am able to spend some time at the computer, and am again reading my Email.


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Twenty Bucks (1993)

Baritone: "A story 58 years in the making ... "

Endre Bohem was a Hungarian immigrant who became a screenwriter back in the 1930s and eventually migrated into television, where he wrote for The Cisco Kid, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, and other classics of early TV. He lived long enough to see his son Leslie become a successful screenwriter in his own right, and it came to pass that one day the father showed the son a movie script he was proud of, one written in 1938 but never produced. This film. The son was impressed by the script, and eventually shepherded it into this very film, after more than a dozen re-writes and years of plugging away. The father lived to be 90, but that was not long enough to see the realization of a screenplay he wrote when he was in his thirties. He died in 1990. The film was finally made in 1993.

A lot of other people must have been impressed with the script as well, because the final product features a massive ensemble cast including many once and future stars who must have agreed to work for peanuts in order to bring this film in for six million dollars. The cast includes William H. Macy, David Schwimmer, Melora Walters, Elisabeth Shue, Spalding Grey, Brendan Fraser, Christopher Lloyd, Steve Buscemi, Linda Hunt, Jeremy Piven, and Gladys Knight sans Pips. Oh, yeah, and about a zillion more people.

The reason for the monstrous cast is the gimmicky nature of the film's premise. It follows a twenty dollar bill from the time it is minted to the time it is burned and destroyed, and thus the story constantly moves from one episode to the next, forming into a series of vaguely interconnected short stories, each with a separate cast. Especially memorable is the story which features Christopher Lloyd as a straight-laced professional with none of his usual eccentric mannerisms, but with a rather unusual career - he's a liquor store robber ... and a perfect gentleman. Sometimes the script drops characters altogether when they lose possession of the twenty, but at other times, it brings them back for cameos in one or more of the other stories. In at least one case, a character appears in several of the stories. A homeless woman (Linda Hunt) appears many times and actually possesses the bill twice.

That basic concept had the potential to be a recipe for a shallow and/or pretentious disaster, yet another one of those gimmicky, "high concept" Hollywood movies. I would suppose that many of you, having read the general description, have already decided that the film probably sucks. I was in the same boat, but this is a case where the author's skill allows the charm of the characterization to rise above the gimmicky nature of the premise. Leslie Bohen was right about his father's script. It was worth the effort he expended to re-write and produce it. It is a light drama which provides some good moments and actually manages to develop some audience identification with a few of the characters, and it really lightens the load by serving the drama with a very large helping of comedy. The screenwriter knew exactly which moments to focus on, and managed to weave the comedy seamlessly into poignant, economical, self-contained stories. I can see why so many stars were impressed with the script.

The film works just fine, and is well worth a watch. It is also an amazingly full-featured DVD, given the obscurity of the film.


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'Caps and comments by Hankster:

Today we return to "Flower & Snake" for a new "Babe in Bondage". This time it's Misaki Ito Yozabuko who is in a heap of trouble. She loses her clothes and gets a little electro stimulation to her breasts.

Not forgetting the "Hankster Light", from the same movie we also hae the sexy Aya Sugimoto out of bondage and dancing stark naked in the final scene of the movie.

  • Misaki Ito Yozabuko (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

  • Aya Sugimoto (1, 2, 3, 4)

'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

Just couple of quickies today...
Don't know if you have seen these before, but I cannot recall them being run in the Funhouse. Here are 'caps of Lina Romay in a 1975 movie entitled Rolls Royce Baby. In my opinion, these 'caps of Romay shaving downtown are must-sees!

  • Lina Romay (1, 2, 3)

At while I'm at it...This is a collage made from images found on the web of Madeleine James in scenes from the Aussie movie "Maslin Beach" (1997).

Corrine Charby
(1, 2, 3)

aka Corynne Charbit. The former model-turned actress-turned 80's French pop star. Here she is looking gorgeous topless in scenes from "Un été d'enfer" (1984).

Heike Makatsch
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

The German actress who first found fame as a VJ on the German music channel Viva. Most Yanks know her best as the sexy secretary from "Love Actually". Here she is in her undies and showing some partial nude views in scenes from the 1997 movie "Obsession".

Pascale Bussières
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

The French-Canadian actress baring breasts and bum in scenes from "When Night Is Falling" (1995).

Mischa Barton
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

The paparazzi catch the star of "The O.C." at the beach in a bikini.

Mayko Nguyen
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Kimberley Warnat
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

The Skin-man takes a look at what IMDb readers are referring to as 'Canadian Pie'. Both ladies are briefly topless in scenes from "Going the Distance" (2004).

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