"The Naked Truth"
The Naked Truth (1992) is a Nikos Mastorakis entry into what I will call, for lack of a better term, the "Naked Gun" genre. Two friends, both named Frank (Robert Caso and Kevin Schon) fly to Hollywood with the intention of acting, then eventually becoming writers and directors. They appropriate someone else's suitcases at the airport, and get tangled up with an FBI plot to catch a ketchup tycoon/drug kingpin. To escape the airport after seeing a murder, they open the suitcases, and dress in drag from the contents. I won't even try to trace the plot after that point, as it is just as silly and meandering as other films in the genre.
The film is loaded with celebrities, including Zsa Zsa, Billy Barty, Shannon Tweed, Dick Gauthier, Yvonne De Carlo, Erik Estrada, Norman Fell, Lou Ferrigno, Little Richard and Bubba Smith. Unlike others in the genre, this one has nudity, including breasts, buns and a hint of bush from Shelley Michelle, breasts and buns from former Miss USA Courtney Gibbs, and breasts and buns from two strippers. A glance at Shelley Michelle's credits reveals that she has doubled Julia Roberts, Kim Basinger, Catherine Oxenberg and Barbara Streisand.
Like all others of this genre, some of the gags left me cold, but some were laugh out loud funny. My personal favorite was the motto on an LAPD car which read, "We treat you like a king." Then there was little Richard doing the Grey Poupon commercial, but from helicopter to helicopter.
There are no reviews listed at IMDB, which leaves us with the IMDB score of 2.9 based on 37 votes. This was far lower than I expected (I see it as somewhere between 5.6 and 6.4), so I decided to analyze the 37 votes. The first thing I noticed was that the mean score was 6.1 and the median was 5, so this is yet another example of the special formula IMDB applies to the votes. Looking at the demographics was a real eye opener.
Total Votes: 37
Women 18 to 29 2
Women 30 to 44 0
Women 45 to up 1
14 of the 37 voters gave it a 10.
Maybe I am dense this evening, but given that you must be 18 to vote at IMDB, and only 3 of the 4 women voting were over 18, does that mean the last woman voter was dead? Even more puzzling is the total votes. We have 21 men, 4 women, for a total of 25, and then 12 votes from something other than men or women to make the total of 37. Maybe the fact that US and non-US voters only account for 27 of the 37 votes has something to do with it. Evidently, several of the votes are from aliens, male, female, and something else.
This film is no better nor worse than the two Naked Gun sequels or the airplane sequel, and is therefor a C. IF you like the genre, you will get enough chuckles to get through this one with a smile on your face.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Laurel Canyon (2002):
Laurel Canyon is named after a street which has a reputation
as a Greenwich Village West, home to the more bohemian types of
California artists. Frances McDormand plays a 50ish hippie, a
record producer who is living that Laurel Canyon life, smokin' dope, skinny
dippin', and trying to come up with a hit single for a British band
whose young lead singer (played by Alessandro Nivola) has become
her live-in lover.
They are joined by McDormand's
ultra-straight son (Christian Bale) and his even straighter fiancée
(Kate Beckinsale), who are both recent graduates of Harvard medical
school. The young couple had moved to Los Angeles to live their
serious conservative life, Bale to begin his psychiatric residency,
Beckinsale to write a Ph.D dissertation about some esoteric
application of genetics. The young conservatives had been promised a house to themselves,
but when they arrived, Bale found out that his mom would be sharing
their quarters because she gave her beach house to an ex-boyfriend.
Mom comes with a resident rock band. Beckinsale, therefore, must work on her dissertation while a
loud, partyin' rock
band plays and parties on the floor beneath her.
As time goes on, Bale finds his
mother's life increasingly distasteful. Beckinsale, on the other
hand, starts to be seduced by it. This situation is exacerbated when
Beckinsale starts to ignore her thesis in order to smoke dope, party with the
rock band, and even to have a sexual liaison with Bale's mother.
Bale, without realizing what is going on, is struggling with his own
attraction to a beautiful fellow resident. (Natascha McElhone)
I regret to say that it is just as
good as it sounds, no better. If it sounds like your kind of material, go for
it, because it is made by professionals. The only thing that might
hold you back from enjoying it is one of those crazy endings where
absolutely nothing gets resolved, and it seems like there should
still be about another thirty minutes to go.
If it doesn't sound like your kind of
material, there's really no extra spin on the film that allows it to
rise above the soap opera level described above. The McElhone character is very
thinly drawn. She's basically a plot device. The other characters
are more like archetypes than real people. The talented Bale is
wasted in a one-dimensional role in which he mumbles quietly through most
Only Frances McDormand rises above the script and brings real life
to her character. In fact, thatcharacter would be completely lacking
in credibility if handled by 99% of the actresses in the world, but
McDormand is one of those magical geniuses who can figure out how to
deliver bad lines in a way that creates a genuine human character.
It was screened at Sundance and Cannes. Critical reaction was tepid. Nobody really hated it,
but it had few enthusiastic champions. Our all-star team basically
scored it a 2/4, and none of them really recommended it, but the
Rotten Tomatoes evaluation shows 67% positive reviews, a "fresh"
rather than a "rotten", so there were plenty of critics that warmed to
it. I looked through the reviews at movies.yahoo.com, and they seemed
to range from a lukewarm C to a lukewarm B, with universal praise for
McDormand. The only score lower than C or higher than B was a D from
Rolling Stone (they gave it one star and said it was cliché-ridden).
Based on this description, this
film is a C-. Predictable soap opera which wastes Bale and
McElhone. McDormand's performance provides the only real spirit.
Frances McDormand (1,
Kate Beckinsale (sorry, no real nudity) (1,
Days Later (2002):
There is nothing original about the
premise of an end-of-the-world zombie movie, but this one is done
beautifully. The director is Danny Boyle, who seems to have
rediscovered the skewed cult appeal he showed in Trainspotting,
after years of minor efforts and minimal productivity, the nadir of
which resulted in the atrocious "The Beach".
A man wakes up in
a hospital. He has apparently been in a coma for quite some time. He
pulls out his IV's and investigates the hospital. It is empty.
Ravenously thirsty, he vandalizes a Pepsi machine. He walks out into
the streets of London. They are all empty. He finds a newspaper which
hints of a plague which was destroying human life. There is no
electricity or plumbing or any other services. The city seems
Eventually he meets two more humans who
inform him that they don't know of any others who are "uninfected".
All the other humans seem to be victims of the plague, have turned
into flesh-eating zombies, as required by the movie code of conduct.
In the course of the bonding between the three remaining humans, the
other man (not coma boy) becomes infected. The woman chops of his
head. And then there were two. Coma boy spots Christmas tree lights
on an upper floor of an apartment building. It must mean there are
humans! Zombies don't build generators. It is a man and his
daughter, looking for human assistance to undertake a trip to
Manchester, where there are radio reports of the last military base
They must then make the trek in an old Taxi, through
an ocean of zombies, and when they finally arrive in Manchester,
they find that hanging out with sex-starved rogue soldiers is not
significantly better than hanging out with zombies.
This film works perfectly for everything but the last
ten minutes. After all, how do you end an end-of-the-world movie?
The evil soldiers, the good guys, and the zombies square off in a
Battle Royale, and ... well, you'll have to see it.
And it is worth seeing. Trust me. I hate zombie movies, but I liked
this one. It has impressive shots of deserted London, real wit, an
attempt to portray the situation as it might really occur, scary
moments, tension, and some genuine moments of emotional truth. Even
the freakin' zombies aren't completely irritating.
Ebert and Berardinelli each awarded three stars. Those British
critics are tough, averaging only 2 1/4 stars.
There is full-frontal male nudity, but the only naked woman was a
The greatest wines come from France and California and ... now ...
The US Army will confirm the BBC story that Jessica Lynch fired no
shots, sustained all her injuries from a vehicle accident, and was
actually saved by the excellent medical attention she received
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Britney Spears Asks Public to Stop Ogling Her Boobs and
Concentrate on Her Vagina
Cameron Diaz admits Charlie's Angels is about T&A
Go to the middle of the page and read the user reviews of the
Condor S golf balls. Many of them are hilarious.
accordions are cool. Clooney and Pitt will undoubtedly be
playing them in Oceans 12. Dean Martin was never without one.
Edward James Olmos, the star of the new ``Battlestar Galactica,''
has some advice for devoted fans of the 1970s sci-fi series: Don't
watch the remake.. Or anything else with Edward James Olmos in
it, except Blade Runner
Pirates first basemen arrested for clouting the kielbasa, beating
the meat, slamming the sausage. That's a crime now? Man, that
homeland security is everywhere.
Angelina Jolie admits that she likes to chew the carpet
Weekly World News: "Thirty-five men, women and children are
buried, embalmed or cremated alive every single day, not in some
foreign country, but right here -- in the United States! "
Belushi remembered by `Animal House' cast 25 years later
Men follow up on penis enlargement spam
Dusty Baker fears that President Bush can't take the heat in
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
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 Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
- One more of French actress Isabelle Adjani. Here she is topless in the 1981 movie "Possession".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
Day 2 of the Heather Graham marathon.
Heather topless in lovemaking scenes from "Killing Me Softly". I just love this woman.
- Heather Graham
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
'Caps of Heather Graham in "Killing Me Softly". Oft done, I know... but resistance was futile.
- Heather Graham
'Caps and comments by CK Roach:
Review for "Walking Tall Part 2"
A "based on a real story", David versus Goliath cop movie. This movie is the sequel to the original "Walking Tall" which starred Joe Don Baker in the role of real life legend Buford Pusser. Buford Pusser was a sheriff in Tennessee during the 1970s. He became famous for his war against the "State Line Mobs" along the Tennessee-Mississippi border. His trademark feature was a long oak club he carried to deal with undesirables on duty.
Pusser was active in the production of both of these movies. He described the films as "eighty percent true" which is a very high mark for so called "true stories in Hollywood. "The first movie had Joe Don Baker playing the role of Pusser. For the second film, Pusser was going to star as himself. It seemed that not long after signing the contract, Buford Pusser was killed in a car wreck while returning home. This left the starring role to be filled by Bo Svenson. Unfortunately Bo just isn't up to the role if you have seen Baker in the first movie. While certainly believable as a Tennessean, he doesn't play the character like his predecessor.
This movie was somewhat of a disappointment after the original film. When I first saw the movie, I found myself always knowing what was coming next. It was a constant sequence of busting illicit whiskey stills, breaking up fights in bars, and dodging assassination attempts by the mob. It seemed like the highlight of the story was his using the oak club to dismantle (with extreme prejudice) a mobster owned custom Camaro in the course of a search warrant.
The DVD version of the film is somewhat of a disappointment. The transfer is marginal at best. The special features are limited. As a slight mitigation, the DVD cost was under six dollars at Suncoast. The movie somehow managed to garner 5.1/10 on the IMDb. Perhaps the small number of vote (80) explains this.
Angel Tompkins plays a role of a seductive killer working for the mob. She makes the movie bearable by breifly appearing topless trying to lure Pusser to an island where her shooters are waiting to kill the sheriff.
|Excellent 'caps by Johnny Moronic of the UK actress topless in scenes from "Tipping the Velvet". By the way, Stirling is the daughter of Dianna Rigg, aka Emma Peel of the 60's series, "The Avengers".
|Diaz, Liu and Barrymore
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
|The Angels and a few other babes at the "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" premiere. Pink wore a see-thru dress-like thing...are those granny-panties?
Ok, so Cammy got paid 20 million for this flick...you'd think she could afford to buy a pair of shoes to wear on the red carpet (check out links 2,3 and 7).
|Señor Skin 'caps of the "NYPD Blue" star topless in scenes from the 1988 flick "The Drifter".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
CHEEESY MISHAPS LEAVES FONDUE ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY
Call In Marlon Brando! - Firefighters in west Wales spent 90 minutes
fighting a major blaze on the highway after a truck carrying 10 tons of
cheese caught on fire. The mountain of cheese melted and dripped all over
the road. Firefighters said they've had to endure hundreds of fondue
Being in Wales, you'd think they'd be getting Welsh rarebit jokes.
This is the first-ever incidence of vegetarian roadkill.
Nothing jazzes up the flavor of roadkill possum like melted cheese!
INNOVATIVE IDEAS FROM McDONALD'S!
We'll Call It..."The Automat!!" - McDonald's is testing a new system in
several cities that will let customers enter a kiosk, place their orders by
touching pictures on a computer screen, and put in their money, all without
ever having to talk to a human.
Or a McDonald's employee.
They were having trouble finding minimum wage workers who could form
This will save them having to train employees in how to touch a picture
of a burger on a computer screen.
McBotulism - The McDonald's in Chicago's Field Museum was shut down this
week after health inspectors allegedly found the employees used pens to
change the expiration dates on milk cartons from July 7, 2003 to July 9.
If it didn't sell by the 9th, they'd whip out the pens and make it the
They were passing it off as their new "healthy entree," McCottage
STRIPPER SUES PAM OVER "STRIPPERELLA"
I'll Bet He Loved Her Concepts - Former stripper Janet Clover of Palm
Coast, Florida, is suing Pamela Anderson and comic book legend Stan Lee
over the animated TV show, "Stripperella." She claims she's the true
creator, and that she asked Lee's opinion about her concept a year ago
during a private dance session at a strip club in Tampa.
And she thinks he was actually listening to what she was saying?!
Stan wasn't thinking about Stripperella then; he concentrating on The
CHARLIE'S ANGELS' MONEY TROUBLES
The Studio May Throttle Them - "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is looking
like a box office disappointment, but stars Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu say
that "doesn't mean anything to us." The stars said it wouldn't matter to
them if it only made one dollar because they "didn't make this film for the
They did it for the vast contribution it makes to our culture!
Then I assume Cameron Diaz will be refunding her $20 million paycheck?
If the studio wanted three starlets to blow $100 million, they would've
just sent them shopping on Rodeo Drive.
Sorry, Charlie - Actor Robert Wagner is suing Sony Pictures for half the
profits from the two "Charlie's Angels" movies. Wagner says when he and
his late wife Natalie Wood agreed to star in a made-for-TV movie called
"Love Song" in 1974, producer Aaron Spelling paid them by giving them part
interest in five shows he was pitching to ABC, and one of them was
And whatever the other four were, Hollywood will probably turn them into
bad movies, too.
Robert's attorney was inspired by his old ABC series, "It Takes A
Uh, Robert...WHAT profits?