Sunday

FILM CLIPS:

Oh, jeez, am I a complete dork! OZ sent in his usual weekly contribution and I managed to delete his e-mail before saving all the pictures and comments! (OZ  - please send the e-mail again!)

I hope we'll get those into tomorrow's edition. In the meantime, luckily, I couldn't do anything dumb enough to delete his film clips, so here they are (zipped .avis):

 


 

Here's a zipped .wmv of Bai Ling's incredibly sexy dance for William H Macy in Edmond, which is now playing in theaters.

Well, sorta.

Edmond is a David Mamet play adapted into a screenplay by Mamet himself. IMDb listing. It was made with a ten million dollar budget, features an excellent cast, and it is currently playing in a theater near you - provided you live next to one of the whopping two theaters in the USA where it is showing!

See still of this and other women in this movie down in Catch o' the Day


 

Here's a zipped .wmv of the new "Heads Will Roll" video from singer Marion Raven. Marion herself gets topless, although covered by her hair. The background performers show a bit more than that.

 


 

This zipped .avi is one of the stranger items we've ever seen, and quite a rarity. Just before she reached international fame in Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Carol Laure appeared in a prototypical piece of 70s crime-schlock called Blazing Magnums. IMDb listing.  I've never seen it, but one IMDb commenter claims it is a masterpiece. You may find that unlikely once you see the clip. Although it is a dramatic scene, it's difficult to keep a straight face when watching it. The background music is awe-inspiring! I kept looking around expecting to see Jim Lange or Bob Eubanks ask me a question dripping with sexy double-entendres.

The film is long out of print and long forgotten, but here's the original poster art:

Here are some images from Blazing Magnums:

Carol Laure

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER CRAP:

Monty Python Spanish Inquisition Part 1



Monty Python Spanish Inquisition Part 2

This is for real: Hasselhoff To Star In Musical Based On His Life

"Rodriguez and Tarantino Present Grindhouse at Comic-Con"

North Korean leader gets married

The trailer for Running with Scissors
  • "Running With Scissors is the hilarious and poignant feature film based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs. Growing up in the 1970's, young Augusten (Joseph Cross) was living a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and a bipolar mother (Annette Bening), an unpublished poet with delusions of becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augusten's mother sends him to live with her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox) and his eccentric extended family. "Running With Scissors" chronicles Augusten's survival under the most extraordinary of circumstances. Written for the screen and directed by Ryan Murphy, the film stars Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Joseph Cross."

The trailer for A Good Year, a new dramedy which was created by a superstar team. Ridley Scott directed. Russell Crowe and Albert Finney star.

The trailer for Stranger than Fiction (The link will appear in the center window, rotating with three other films)
  • Stranger Than Fiction is a comedy about a novelist (Emma Thompson) struggling to complete her latest, and potentially finest, book she only has to find a way to kill off her main character, Harold Crick, and she'll be done. Little does she know that Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is inexplicably alive and well in the real world and suddenly aware of her words. Fiction and reality collide when the bewildered and hilariously resistant Harold hears what she has in mind and realizes he must find a way to change her (and his) ending.

A behind-the-scenes webisode about Grudge 2

Tina Fey says she's quitting SNL after six seasons as head writer and co-anchor of Weekend Update

Daily Box Office for Friday, July 21, 2006
  • Lady in the Water is sinking. It was expected to win the weekend, but seems to be headed for third.
  • Super Ex-Girlfriend isn't flying. It opened below Little Man!!!
  • The Clerks rung up some healthy sales. Smith's movie is running at the top end of expectations.
  • Monster House seems to be about on target.
  • ... but it looks like Captain Jack Sparrow will haul off the box office treasure again!

SAM KINISON live at Dangerfield's

"Shyamalan = Bad Streak or Bad Filmmaker?"

The popularity of YouTube is growing at an astronomical rate
  • Web traffic to the video-sharing site grew 75% just in the week ending July 16!

RiffTrax - funny DVD commentaries by the head writer of MST3000

 

Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.

 

Murder Rock (1984)

Murder Rock is a Lucio Fulci giallo set in a New York school for the performing arts, where the advanced dance students are being dispatched by a hat pin to the heart. Some of this class will be chosen for roles in an important project, jump starting their careers, and everybody is sleeping with everyone else, so motives abound. There is the usual misdirection, including one nifty little bit, in which a character decides to mimic the murder for a revenge killing, then backs out at the last minute. It is the job of detective Cosimo Cinieri to sort it all out. Cinieri's Lieutenant Borges is low key, nearly unflappable, and is played for deadpan comedy. Interestingly, he seems so single-minded in identifying the killer that he makes no effort to protect the rest of the dancers in the target group!

The 80s disco-style rock score is appropriately cheesy, the dance choreography is surprisingly good, and the cinematography is, in typical Fulci fashion, innovative and effective. The performances are also fine, although the English version does have some awkward dialogue timing for some characters who were not actually speaking English. Overall, I was entertained by the offbeat lieutenant, and wasn't sure whodunit until near the end.

The few critiques available are perhaps more interesting than the film. Everyone seems to see the murder method as nothing more than an excuse to show bare breasts, ignoring the fact that there is only brief nudity from three women. They also agree that the level of gore is not at all consistent with a slasher/horror film, again ignoring the possibility that this might not be intended to be a splatter film, but a tongue-in-cheek giallo, at which it is not bad at all!.

IMDb has this at 4.9. I would that is a little low. Were I to assume that this was actually a horror/slasher, it would be a D-, but as a humorous giallo, it is a C-.

 

Angela Lemerman, as the first victim, shows breasts and buns.
Olga Karlatos, as the head dance instructor shows breasts and buns. 
Belinda Busato, as a victim, shows a breast.

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Stiles doing a kinda sorta topless scene in Edmond. (Julia Stiles?? William H Macy??)
More from Edmond. The bulk of the nudity was provided by Bai Ling,  here seen showing her own goodies to the love god, William H Macy. (Film clip above, in the Scoopy section.)
More from Edmond. More hot babes for William Macy. This time it is Rebecca Pidgeon, actress and folk singer, and the real-life wife of author David Mamet.
Say what you will about Jessica Simpson, there's no denying that the girl fills out a bikini properly. Muscular legs, great lungs .. what can ya say?
The rest of this section consists of some pretty cool stuff on Linnea Quigley from the Skin-man

First: 1988's Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Then: 1991's The Final Nightmare - hmmm - looks familiar, nu?
Next: 1995's Jack-O. This is nearing the end of Linnea's nude career.
Next: 1998's Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula. I checked the 1998 Oscar nominees, and this seems to have been overlooked. Linnea was about 40, still looked good, and did show her booty in a virtually non-existent thong
Last: 2000's Blind Target. Just a bikini this time. By this time, Linnea was in her early 40s. She's now nearly 50 (48), impossible though that seems to most of us.