"The Hollywood Knights"

The Hollywood Knights (1980) is about a car club in Beverly Hills in 1965 that is stuck in the 50s. It is more or less about the end of the era of hot rods and rock and roll. It all takes place on Halloween night, and tells several stories, including the closing of the drive-inn that is their hangout, a fat nerd, a love story between Michelle Pfeiffer and Tony Danza, a member of the club headed to Vietnam, and the Beverly Hills association responsible for shutting down the drive-inn. It is full of crude gags and 50s style pranks, like pissing in a punch bowl, hiding in the ladies room taping a conversation, then playing it on a PA system, and torturing the jerk cops who kept harassing them.

The music was mainly from the 50s, but was one of the highlights of the film. It was odd for me seeing 1965 events through the eyes of 50s characters. We have breast exposure from Dawn Clark and Kim Hopkins, and bush from Michelle Drake as a cheerleader who forgot to put her panties on before her routine. IMDb readers have this at 5.5 of 10. This is my sort of film, but I enjoyed it much more the first time through. Most of the pranks are rather mean spirited. The hot rods were amazing pieces of mechanical artistry, and were rented from the owners of these classic hot rods. This is a C+. Those who always like High School irreverent comedies will enjoy it.

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  • Dawn Clark (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Kim Hopkins (1, 2)
  • Michelle Drake (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (1, 2, 3)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Late Last Night (1999):

    Late Last Night is an offbeat comedy scripted and directed by Steven Brill, who also wrote and directed Little Nicky, then took the helm with another man's script for Mr. Deeds.

    Don't be scared off by that resumé. Although it was an earlier Brill work, and was a non-theatrical release, Late Last Night probably comes closer to being a good movie than either of those two high budget Adam Sandler vehicles. In fact, Late Last Night has some very positive elements, although they just didn't quite manage to coalesce into a solid whole.

    Emilio Estevez plays a man whose wife has left him. He genuinely loves her, and didn't see the split coming, so his reaction is a combination of hating her and hating himself. On the day she loads her u-haul and moves out, Estevez heads out on an extended bender. He begins by drowning his sorrows in an alkie bar, but that turns out to be the wrong place to turn for a sympathetic ear, since the jaded regulars and the bartender simply bait him in order to get him to bare his soul - all so they can make fun of him. He realizes that he has to have a sympathetic ear, but dozens of phone calls prove unproductive until he reaches a mysterious ex-friend played by Steven Weber.

    Weber leads Estevez into a crazed evening on the wild side, buying crack from strangers, picking up coke whores, attending orgies, stealing cars, breaking into hotel suites, playing midnight golf by the headlights of a cadillac - a veritable frat boy's wet dream of an evening. Weber says and does everything that Estevez has only read about during his conservative marriage. This works on one level, at least temporarily, until we realize that Weber's behavior crosses over into the surreal and we realize that he is not a real person at all, but just some kind of doppelganger who has been summoned from the Estevez subconscious to do and say the things that are impossible for Estevez's timid conscious personality.

    The time when we realize that Weber is an alter ego is about the time when the movie stops working, because after a certain point we just don't know how to assess Weber's behavior. (At one point Weber answers a question by breaking into a Broadway song and dance number, using the local coke whores as a back-up chorus. He's pretty damned good, by the way!) Are we to assume that  Estevez actually did say the words spoken by the Weber character? Or are we to think that Weber only represents what Estevez would like to have said, and that Estevez actually remains timid in these situations? Is he even in these situations, or is it some kind of dream? Does Estevez himself know that Weber is imaginary? He seems not to - but he also seems so drunk and stoned that our interpretation of events is polluted by his own altered consciousness. In short, we simply can't tell what is happening and what is not, and this makes the author's thought process hard to follow.

    The end of the film involves some philosophical and sentimental reconciliation between the two halves of the Estevez personality, a change in tone which is marked by more than a hint of poetry, the kind of ruminations that might actually happen at the end of a frenetic evening, when the bulk of the drugs have worn off and quiet sadness has replaced the frenzy.

    Anyway, the film is not so bad at all. If it doesn't quite work, it is not because it shot too low, but because it shot for the stars now and then, and didn't quite have enough thrust for lift-off. I think it could have been quite an enjoyable movie if it had not been so ambitious, had been more straightforward, has eschewed the gimmicks of uncertain reality and occasional surrealism. I think I would have liked it much better if the film had used an omniscient POV instead of the Estevez POV, so that I could have understood what was actually happening in the real world, which could then in turn have allowed me to understand when and why Estevez resorted to alternate internal realities.

    • Kelly Monaco (1, 2, 3)

    • some coke ho (1, 2)



    The Big Bounce (2004):


    What the hell went wrong here?

    • The story idea was fine. It was an Elmore Leonard story, like the ones that drove Get Shorty and Out of Sight.
    • The starring cast is solid: Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinese, Owen Wilson.
    • The script layered in some colorful minor characters played by Willie Nelson, Harry Dean Stanton, Bebe Neuwirth, Charlie Sheen, and Vinnie Jones.
    • There are some crazy cameos. Remember Have a Little Tea With Goldie from the Smothers Brothers show? Goldie is in this movie. Remember NFL running back Tony Dorsett? He's here as well.
    • There's a little nudity from sexy young Sara Foster.

    It should result in a frothy and pleasant concoction, right?

    You would think so, as I did. I like all that stuff, and was eager to see this film.

    You'd be just as wrong as I was.

    Owen Wilson tries to do a Bob Hope - to play one of those characters who is technically part of the movie, but is really apart from it, commenting on it. He doesn't talk aside to the audience, but he never takes any situation as seriously as he should. After all, it's only a movie.

    That premise doesn't really work.

    Throughout the film, the audience is left scratching its collective head, wondering how much to take seriously and how much is in his mind or something. The movie can't decide, so some scenes end up playing out as surrealism. An example: Wilson gets caught burying a box full of stolen wallets by another character, Freeman, who plays the local judge. Then a cell phone goes off inside the buried box. The judge witnesses the entire burial scene and hears the phone, but doesn't seem to care. Owen knows he's been caught, but acts completely unsurprised when the judge brushes it off.


    When we find out that the judge is the real criminal mastermind on the island, we can look back on that scene and realize why he ignored the obvious evidence of Wilson's felony, but the scene just doesn't work in the moment. We may be able to accept it, but the Wilson character should not. He should be thinking, "Wait a minute. Why is this judge letting me get away with a felony right under his nose, when he knows I have a long record of B&E? Why is he pretending not to care?" Wilson should know something stinks. But no-o-o. Wilson just accepts it, and continues to march blindly forward because, like a Bob Hope character, he knows he's in a crime movie, and he needs to keep moving forward toward the actual crime.

    So is it all supposed to be a comedy? Well sort of. And it's all supposed to be a crime noir. Tough balancing act. It is possible to balance the two, as other Elmore Leonard movies have shown, but it requires talent and subtlety. (Soderbergh directed Out of Sight.)

    This entire film is lacking in both energy and focus. Sinese, as the rich "mark", has to end up a one-dimensional baddie, because he is given too little opportunity to develop a character. Bebe Neuwirth, as Sinese's rich and perennially drunk wife, seems to be acting in a different film, one requiring Dudley Moore in drag. The Charlie Sheen character has way too much screen time, even though he seems completely unnecessary to the plot and could have been written out altogether. Owen Wilson is the same as Owen Wilson always is, and that was just fine. After all he was playing a laid-back surfer and occasional petty criminal, a role Wilson was born to play! But Wilson needs an intense or  high-energy foil to balance his laid-back charm. Her needs Jackie Chan or Steve Buscemi or somebody like that. Instead, he is paired up with Morgan Freeman, the only actor in the world who is even more nonchalant than Wilson himself. Their lifeless interaction consists entirely of mellow indirection, non-confrontation, and shrugging off things they should take notice of.

    It's all supposed to come together at the end, when the film finally leads up to a big caper, but that heist is completely mismanaged and mistimed by the writer and director, so that the twists and revelations in the denouement are both confusing and lacking in tension.

    Bottom line: skip it. Major disappointment.

    • Sara Foster (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)




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    .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 picture. 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 altogether.


    Teri Garr

    Ever the cute and ditzy girl next door type, likeable Teri Garr always seemed like someone who could be your own girlfriend. This is pretty much the extent of her career nudity, but it's good stuff.


    Lee Remick

    In her physical prime in the 50s and early 60s, sexy Lee Remick was born a few years too early to deliver much screen nudity. She certainly delivered about all she could by covering her magnificent breasts with only a thin gauze in this scene from 1968's No Way to Treat a lady



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    Shiloh says:

    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.

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    Scoop says:

    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.

    Crimson Ghost
    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.

    Another day of the Ghost's Summer O' Skinemax. Today it's the last of the video clips from the 1995 softcore flick "Forbidden Games".

    First up, Ashlie Rhey bares breasts, bum and possibly some pubes in a pseudo-sex scene (links 2-6, #1 has bikini views only).

    These next vids are a continuation of the Ashlie Rhey scene above. This time Rhey is joined by "Son of the Beach" babe Amy Weber. The scene is dull and the exposure is limited as the two ladies tie up some dude. However, Weber fans may think it's worth a look since she hasn't given up much nudity and we do see some breast and bum views here.

    For those Rasslin' fans out there who remember "GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling", Becky Mullen's character was 'Sally, the Farmer's Daughter'. Here she is topless and showing some partial rear nudity.

    Finally, Griffin Drew and a couple of other unknowns do some topless sunbathing and rub lotion on each other.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    Sometimes you see a movie and you enjoy it even though you know it's absolute garbage. 2000's Gangland is such a movie. I enjoyed the storyline and action even though I know it's pretty pathetic, and the theme has been done numerious times, and much better.

    Set in 2010 Los Angeles after a nuclear war and the plague have decimated the planet, a gang has become the ruling power, and terrorizes everything in their path. A scientist with a possible cure for the plague tries to reach the plague-untouched mid-west to give them the cure. He is aided by two men who have had their families killed by the gang.

    This thing has run on cable a million times, and bad as it is, I enjoyed the lame action/acting and predictable story, but be warned - it's pretty bad.

    Pamela Anderson
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Mr. Nude Celeb 'caps of Pam topless in scenes from the movie everyone loves to make fun of, "Barb Wire" (1996).

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    Yuliya Mayarchuk
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43)

    The Eastern-Euro babe bares absolutely everything in scenes from the Tinto Brass movie "Trasgredire" (2000).

    Gwyneth Paltrow
    (1, 2)

    Meg Ryan
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Barbara Alyn Woods
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Señor Skin 'caps from the 1993 movie "Flesh and Bone", starring Dennis Quaid, James Caan and Meg Ryan. Paltrow and Ryan both have topless scenes, while B-movie actress Woods bares a bit of bum.

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    I'm At Ze Rally To PUMP...You Up! - Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to apologize for calling Democratic California lawmakers "girly men" at a GOP rally Saturday. He said those "girly men" don't have the guts to tell voters they're delaying the budget by catering to special interests like unions and trial lawyers. Democrats called the insult sexist, homophobic and "very, very insensitive."

  • Wow! They ARE girly men!
  • When told Arnold wouldn't apologize, they cried into their pillows all night long.
  • Then the union bosses and trial lawyers told them to quit whining, and they said, "Okay."
  • California legislators are so touchy-feely, Michael Jackson calls them girly-men.

    Mmm! Tastes Like Ham! - Arnold's homeland of Austria introduced a postage stamp with his face on it.

  • But if you lick it, Arnold will call you a girly man.

    Help! - The London Mirror claims Paul McCartney is turning into a diva on his current tour. He reportedly threw a fit when a vase of lilies was left in his Madrid hotel room that weren't the exact type he likes from a certain florist. A staunch vegan, he also bans all meat and meat byproducts, even fake animal prints on clothes. Leather limo seats must be reupholstered before he'll ride on them, and he demands tables made only of sustainable woods. Glass and lacquer furniture is forbidden because the manufacturing process might be harmful to the environment.

  • In fact, he won't stay in a hotel that has glass windows!
  • Maybe he just threw a fit over the lilies because they were in a glass vase.
  • As soon as he leaves, they reupholster the limo with leather from a different cow.

    A Time To Cherish - Friday, Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months confined to her home for lying to investigators about a stock sale. Afterward, she vowed to appeal, and urged people to show support by buying her magazine and other products. Martha told ABC's Barbara Walters that if she has to go to prison, she could deal with it. She said she'd gone camping before, slept on the ground, and could handle hardship. She noted that many great people had gone to prison, like Nelson Mandela.

  • You all remember when Nelson Mandela was sent to Club Fed for insider stock trading?
  • And Nelson Mandela doesn't even have his own magazine!
  • A lot of lying crooks have gone there, too.
  • So, prison...it's a good thing!
  • Other people who've gone camping with Martha Stewart agreed that the experience was like prison.

    She's Already Stir Crazy - While Martha is under "house arrest," she won't be able to roam her entire estate, which is 153 acres, but will have to stay close to the house. In fact, the house itself is so big, it will require multiple electronic bracelet monitoring units just to cover it.

  • So when they say Martha's going to "the Big House," they really mean it.
  • It's so big, she could be arrested for crossing state lines just by going to the bathroom.