• * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.









Lilian's Story


Scoop's notes:

Lilian's Story begins with an elderly woman being released from a mental sanitarium after 40 years. The film then proceeds to answer two questions for us:

  • How can such a person now survive in the outside world?
  • What led to her mental condition and eventually to her institutionalization?

The basis of the fictional film is the decidedly non-fictional life of Bea Miles, a busker in Sydney, Australia whose unique form of street entertainment was Shakespearian soliloquies. She became well known in Sydney, and she was able to survive off the contributions earned by her eccentric performances. Perhaps everyone knows of such a person. When in lived in London in the early 90's, and made the walk every day from Waterloo station to Shell-Mex House across the Thames, I passed the trumpet lady every day on my way to the upper level of Waterloo Bridge. She performed (and probably lived) in the bowels of the bridge, an environment which gave her shelter from the elements and, just as important for her act, great acoustics. Her impersonation of a trumpet echoed resoundingly through the cavernous structure, and she could be heard for hundreds of yards.

Bea Miles was the Sydney version of the Trumpet Lady. She was the Shakespeare Lady.

Perhaps you've wondered where those people come from. Were they normal children from normal homes? At one point did they detach from the behavior limitations that govern the rest of us? A novelist named Kate Grenville wondered about Bea, and while "Lilian's Story" did not stay faithful to the facts of Bea's life, it represented an interesting reconstruction of how she might have come to be there, presumably synthesizing many such stories into a single fictional character.

It is a good film with no artificial happy turns of events, although it suffers in comparison to Shine, which covers much of the same ground. Lilian's story is kind of the grade b Shine, in that:

  • it just isn't as luminously well filmed, even though Kieslowski's D.P. worked on the project. The flashbacks are all presented through an amber tint which is quite an ugly shade of yellow, and which was completely unnecessary. Why did the director think we needed to have the old period in yellow? It was obvious that the young girl and woman were Lilian 40+ years ago, and the yellow tint was nothing but an aesthetic horror.
  • in the same way that Shine was filled out with piano music, Lilian's Story is filled out with Shakespearian monologues. But Shine's David Helfgott, although unusual, was a genius who won competitions. Lilian was a dotty street performer who knew the words. I never got tired of good Rachmaninoff in Shine, but I sure got tired of mediocre Shakespeare in Lilian's story. In addition, music can act as background to action, thereby allowing the pace to maintain itself. Lilian's recitations simply stopped the forward movement of the film until they were done.

Toni Collete film clips (samples below).



Love, Pain and Vice Versa

(Mexico; 2008)

Johnny's comments:

"Amor, Dolor y Viceversa or Violanchelo or Love, Pain and Vice Versa is a film that reaches high, but falls on it's own sword. Consuelo (the incredibly gorgeous Bárbara Mori) is living in her own fantasy world where she is in love with the perfect guy, a doctor who may or may not be real. So, she decides to take matters into her own hands and find him for real, so she files a rape claim against him, giving the police a detailed description of his face and hoping they will find him for her. And they do, in a most unusual way. And then the doctor wakes up from his dream... Interesting idea told from both Consuelo's and the doctor's perspective, but falls flat in the second half when it gives away far too much information early and it feels like a repeat of what we already know. Shame really, I liked the idea."

Here are the film clips of Barbara Mori

The collages are below:




Amanda Seyfried in Chloe

Julianne Moore in Chloe

Raquel Bianca in Huevos de Oro

Maribel Verdu in Huevos de Oro


Maria de Medeiros in Huevos de Oro

Uschi Digard in The Carhops


Frederique in The Carhops

Isabel Fontana




Today's final clip from The Wife in Apartment C again features Mara Kelle

Rachel Crawford in Show Me Yours

Two HD clips from The Pacific: Annie Parisse, Claire van der Boom

Cindy Lopes in Stars de la Telerealite

Emma Booth in Underbelly, s3, e13 (720p)

Karoline Schuch in Zeiten Aendern Dich (sample below)