Spun (2003) is a brilliantly filmed portrait of the Crystal Meth culture, including pusher, cook, and assorted speed freaks. The story takes place over the course of three days, while everyone is on a speed trip. The cast, which included Mickey Rourke and Ron Jeremy, together with the cutting and special effects, gave a compelling insight into what Crystal addiction must be like. Nothing was glamorized, not were any moral judgements presented, although it was obvious, once again, that drugs suck.
It was a somewhat easier watch than more serious films about drug abuse due to the very dark comedy, but I couldn't relate to any of the characters. While I admire the effort put into the film, and see its strong points, it was not a movie I could really enjoy, other than the full frontal nudity from Chloe Hunter through the entire film, naked and tied to a bed. IT is a very well mad efilm, but targeted to a very narrow audience. C+
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Read My Lips (2001)
Original French title:
Sur mes lèvres
Carla is a frumpy 30-something secretary in a construction company.
Her career and private life are going nowhere. She's almost
completely deaf. At work, people either ignore her or exploit her.
At home, she has no love life, and her friends use her to baby-sit,
or ask if they can use her apartment for wild sex while she sits
quietly in a cafe until they finish. She allows herself to be
exploited without more than a peep of protest.
When her boss
lets her hire an assistant, she chooses a scruffy ex-con with no
office skills. He is barely on society's edge. Unable to get any
other job, homeless, without friends and family, and deeply in debt
to baddies who don't believe prison paid his debt to them, his life
is headed nowhere but down. It isn't clear why Carla would hire such
But it made for a good movie.
Amazingly enough, the two losers form a
symbiotic relationship that creates one highly competent individual.
His tough-guy skills come in very handy for intimidating office
bullies and people in the construction industry who hold up her
projects waiting for kick-backs. On the other hand, her lip-reading
skills are indispensable for planning criminal activities.
There are no lovable
characters. Carla is truculent, pathetic, and anti-social. The con is
a sleazeball. The fact that their interaction isn't predictable makes
things more intriguing as they lead up to their big score, and
possibly a romantic involvement as well. If it were an American movie,
we would know full well that the frumpy goody-two-shoes secretary
(Sandra Bullock?) would stop short of criminal mayhem, and the unkempt sleazeball (Mickey Rourke?) would eventually reform. But this is a
quirky, amoral French premise, and not an American formula. It is
never quite clear just how far Carla will venture toward the dark
It's kind of an odd movie in that the first half is kind of a
comedy/drama which takes place mostly in the office, while the
second half is a bloody and tense caper film. Overall, it is
neither, but an interesting dual character study of the interaction
between two people who make each other better.
The critics absolutely adored it.
It garnered 96% good reviews, and James Berardinelli picked in in
his annual Top 10. I can see why people
like it so much, but I didn't really share in the mass enthusiasm.
The movie simply didn't bring me the pleasure that it brought most people,
and I was mystified that the critics seem to have overlooked its
has a sub-plot with the con's parole officer, for example, which is
confusing, slows the pace, and is completely supererogatory.
I think it was a good
movie, but I'm at a loss to understand why it met with such
universal acclaim. The 7.3 at IMDB pegs it more accurately that
the 96% positive reviews. It is solid and creative, but not at
the masterpiece level.
- Emmanuelle Devos (might be a double, I suppose.) (1,
The nudity in this film was disappointing, but Charlie bailed us
out with a comprehensive look at her career.
Guilty by Association (2002)
Whoa, did I get suckered in by this one. I'm pickin' up all the
worthwhile new releases at Blockbuster this week, and here's this
movie sitting there with a picture of Morgan Freeman on the cover.
The DVD box has been beautifully engineered to look like a clone of
Along Came a Spider or Kiss the Girls, with Freeman dominating the
box, staring meaningfully and compassionately off into the unknown.
I should have wondered why I never heard of the movie, but what the
hell, I can't keep track of every movie everywhere, so I figured it
just slipped by me.
Turns out it is a confusing, no-budget black urban street drama
shot on DV, indistinguishable from about a zillion similar films in
the new releases section at Blockbuster (with exactly one copy of
each on the shelf). Morgan's part is almost irrelevant. I guess it
was a vanity project financed by the rap group Section 8 Mob. I
found it difficult to understand the dialect, the editing was
confusing, and one guy plays two parts, so I'm not too sure what the
hell this film was about, but the plot is something like this:
Two friends work their way up from the streets to the rackets.
The one guy gets a big head, starts to show off his wealth, and
recklessly attracts the attention of the cops. They nab him, he rats
out his friend. A gang war results in a dead little girl.
Then Morgan Freeman comes out as a police captain, and looks
soulfully into the distance, and pontificates about how "evil" is
bad and certainly worse than "good", because "good" behavior usually
doesn't result in little kids getting gunned down while they slide
in the playground, and it would be much better if we had more good
and less evil. Especially for little kids.
Then Morgan thinks about the crimes in a musical montage, solves
them, punches the timeclock, and collects his paycheck. To be
fair, I can't believe Morgan did this for money, because they
couldn't have paid him enough to make it worth scheduling around,
and he certainly couldn't have done it because he was attracted by
the aesthetics of the project. So I'm guessing that he has a friend
or relative involved somewhere, and he agreed to appear for a couple
of minutes as a favor to someone who felt that Morgan's face on the
DVD box would trick some old white farts into renting it at
That may be sleazy, but it sure ain't stupid!
- Miscellaneous unknown ho's. (1,
ways to make baseball brawls more fun
The latest from the Wicked Weasel Bikini Competition
Radio personality Bobby Harper, whose on-air antics were the
basis for WKRP's scruffy, spacey Johnny Fever, died yesterday.
Deficit-Wracked Maryland will be closed indefinitely on August
Eagle Teen Offered $12,500 For Kobe Bryant Story. The story
also says "the pictures of the alleged victim circulating on the
Internet are not her but a classmate with the same first name."
A few thoughts on the Kobe accusations.
1. I'm not saying Kobe is guilty, but I don't think the D.A.
would have brought a "he said, she said" case to trial. The
prosecution has the burden of proof in a trial, and a case like
that would probably get dismissed early before going to a jury,
thus making the D.A. look like the world's stupidest guy in
front of the whole country on national television. Nobody wants
that, so the guy must have some strong evidence that leads him
to believe her story.
2. One person says she was all jokey and bragging about the
incident, while another says she was obviously traumatized and
physically battered. Somebody is very full of baloney.
Godfather of Soul James Brown has announced his separation from
his third wife in an advertisement featuring a family photo with
the Disney character Goofy. Disney's lawyers will be so
19-year-old woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexually assaulting
her attended a party just days before charges were filed against
Bryant and appeared to be in a good mood and “bragging” about the
incident, several teen-agers at the party told NBC News on
the sons of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis will perform together.
Oprah Winfrey is No. 1 on VH1's assessment of the 200 Greatest Pop
- the ten most
overrated sexy celebs. Sample comment about Julia Roberts: "
... the insane smile of hers that spreads from ear-to-friggin-ear.
She's like the Joker's bubbly sister "
Chris Penn gets into a fist fight with a midget. Chris is
5'10", weighs 200 pounds. His opponent was 3 feet 5 inches tall.
As guards dragged him away, Penn reportedly roared, "Let me knock
out that midget!"
Great story - Brooklyn road signs get some attitude."Leaving
Brooklyn . . . Fugheddaboudit."
T-3 chick into voodoo, human bones, heavy drinking, heavy cussing.
How did Colin Farrell miss this girl?
Three women were being hunted by Greek police yesterday for giving
men oral sex on a crowded beach. Ah, the beach. Waves lapping
on the shore ... Whoa, Beavis, he said "lapping". Heh heh.
Interesting article from TIME - Michael Elliott - Europeans Just
Want to Have Fun: "Why do Europeans and Americans differ so
much in their attitude toward work and leisure?"
Manchester United starts on a U.S. tour ... met by 12 fans.
Hey, there would have been 13 fans, but Ugo got sick. The funny
part of the story is that the club had earlier made a decision to
whisk the players secretly from the plane to the hotel, as if they
were Pitt and Aniston. What planet are they living on? Those guys
could walk down the main street naked, with their names and
"Manchester United" painted on their arses, and nobody in the USA
would bother them!
- The Dude
Abides. Still takin' 'er easy for all us sinners.
CBS premiere dates
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
days left until International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19)
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.
||Serious see-thru pokies, and side breast views in scenes from the German movie "Voll normaaal" (1994).
||Topless in the tub scenes from "Sau sticht" (1995).
||Full frontal nudity in scenes from "Tödliche Besessenheit".
||Toplessness in scenes from "Die Reise nach Kafiristan" (2001).
||Breasts, and almost frontal views in scenes from "Königskinder".
||Very nice breast exposure and subtle full frontal views in scenes from "Erotic Tales Nr. 23".
|She's best known as one of Macaulay Culkin sister's in "Home Alone" (1990) and of course from my pesonal favorite, the Vanilla Ice movie "Cool as Ice" (1991). Here she is topless in scenes from "Diamond Men" (2000).
|Some very nice cleavage from the "Alias" star in 'caps from "Daredevil". Thanks to nmd.
|Showing plenty of cleavage in several 'bra revealing scenes' from the movie "My Teacher's Wife". Great collages by DeadLamb.
|Some far-off toplessness in scenes from "The Last Time I Committed Suicide" (1997), by C2000.
|Awesome 'caps by the Skin-man. I think these are the best images I've seen of the Haiduk's amazing toplessness in 1990's "Luther the Geek".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
50 CENT LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINE
Really Hot Merchandise - Thug rapper 50 Cent, who hit #1 with the CD "Get
Rich or Die Tryin'," has signed a deal to endorse his own line of clothing,
leather goods and watches. Every item will have a 50-cent price point: for
instance, a T-shirt will be $29.50.
But it'll be worth 50 cents.
Of course, the prices won't matter, since his fans will just shoplift
He charges $29.50 for a T-shirt?! No wonder he was shot nine times!
Look for them on sale out of a car trunk near you.
HEIDI KLUM PREFERS EYES TO BOOBS
Men Will Look For A Message There Anyway - Supermodel Heidi Klum told the
German GQ that she uses her eyes to send a clear message to men to approach
her by staring at them. She added, "My breasts don't have any message to
send. They just have to fit into my bra and that's that."
They really don't even have to do that...Really!
If you want to send men the message to approach, wear a bra that your
breasts DON'T fit into.