Gorky Park (1983) is a very classy whodunit staring John Hurt as a Moscow based state detective who is brought in to investigate a bizarre triple murder. Three bodies are found in Gorky Park, and all of them have had their faces and fingertips removed. Hurt smells KGB from the beginning, and tries to get off the case, but is persuaded by the head of the department to stay with it. His best lead is a young woman (Joanna Pacula in one of her first roles) whose skates were found on the feet of one of the victims. Hurt's prime suspect becomes an influential American sable importer, Lee Marvin, and he forms an uneasy alliance with a New York PD detective played by Brian Dennehy. Dennehy's son was one of the three murdered, and he is in Russia for revenge.
The film is beautifully filmed, and the performances are top notch. The part of Moscow is played by Helsinki. Pacula showed breasts and buns in a lengthy sex scene with Hurt. Two things bothered me. The first was accepting Hurt as a loyal Russion police detective. An accent would probably have helped, but they elected not to do accents, with the exception of Pacula, who garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Denehy was especially believable as a bear of a detective.
IMDB readers have it at 6.6/10. The film has a running time of over 2 hours, but it kept my interest throughout. I am still a little fuzzy as to what part the KGB was playing in the whole thing, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment. The film grossed $15.9m in the US alone. This is a high C+. If you like murder mysteries, this one will hold your interest.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Updated volumes: Victoria Abril, Pam Anderson, Lisa Boyle, Jackie
Bisset, Phoebe Cates, Rae Dawn Chong, Courteney Cox, Cameron Diaz,
Caroline Dhavernas, Sammi Davis, Shannon Elizabeth, Claire Keim,
Nastassja Kinski, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mia
Kirshner, Rachel Miner, Helen Mirren, Miranda Otto, Bijou Phillips,
Helen Shaver, Ione Skye, Shannon Whirry, Mary Woronow, Kari Wuhrer.
- The best stories never get old:
President Jimmy Carter and the "killer rabbit" - the true story,
with the picture
Crispin Glover's notorious "kick" in David Letterman's face.
The Smoking Gun starts outing Jacko's grand jury proceedings.
team america -putting the "f" back in freedom. You
know this is gonna be funny and just plain nuts if Trey and Matt
are doing it!
What is the deal with re-makes? - Everything old is new again at
- Everyoen has a blog now, so it is no surprise to find
The Incredible Hulk's blog.
Just hours after the commission on 9/11 published its official
report, President Bush proposed that a new commission be
empanelled to read the document and publish a Cliff's Notes
- We're number one! We're number one! Give me a B ...
Bangladesh was chosen as the world's most corrupt country in
2003, Finland the world's least corrupt. You have to
give a big thumbs-up to Chile, which is showing that it may be
possible to run a fairly honest government in South America
while nearby countries like Paraguay and Bolivia as just as
corrupt as ever.
- Today's news from Norway:
Angry hotel workers in Norway want to ban pay-TV pornography to
stop naked porn-watching guests calling room service to lure
female staff to their rooms.
Internet Archive: Prelinger Archives 48,000
"ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur)
- Check out the various Lucky Strike commercials, or just go
to "Classic Television Commercials".
- Don't miss "Duck and Cover"!
Claim: Walt Disney was born in Robinson, Illinois, and named
after a helpful townsperson who assisted his parents. Status:
- I love this headline in The Star.
Hugh Grant - midlife crisis or man-slut?
3.2 percent of the adult population in the United States is
imprisoned, on parole, or on probation
JoBlo.com covers Comic-con 2004.
- RAZZIE POLISHING TIME:
Halle Berry's Catwoman has been de-clawed at the box office,
thus bombing with audiences as well as critics.
The martial arts genius of "Karate Todd" Weeks!
- URL says it all:
Microsoft is in talks with five or six potential buyers for its
online magazine Slate
G-mail evaluated in comparison to other web-based e-mail
After six weeks in rehab for an "eating disorder", Mary-Kate
Olsen was discharged late Friday
Clinton's 'My Life' is sold out . Imagine how many
copies he COULD have sold if he had included the fun stuff.
The frequency of the 86,800 most common English words.
- "The" is number 1 of course, and "fuck" is #5598. Unless
Dick Cheney is talking, then reverse them.
- Number 86,800 is "conquistador". How could that be so low?
I must say that five times a day. "Honey, there's a
conquistador on the phone for you, and he's claiming your
garden in the name of Ferdinand and Isabel."
The Yankees' Jason Giambi tests for potentially fatal disease.
Giambi keeps shrinking and keeps getting weaker, but nobody can
come up with a diagnosis.
McDonald's expands its plans to accept plastic.
- The actual headline:
Mercury mission set for launch. Quick, get Walter
Cronkite down to Cape Canaveral! It's really talking about the
planet Mercury - where the probe will bask in 700 degree
sunshine. Whoa, dudes, make sure to wear flip-flops when you hit
the beach. That sand will be radically hot.
Ain't It Cool News says "Lost" is a great show.
A bra designer in Florida has created a new bra that supposedly
enlarges your breast size while you jog. We need to
see the infomercial.
- Parents shocked when
hard-core porn replaces youth football on Web domain.
Halle Berry, one of the world's most beautiful women, insists
looks are not enough to make a fella stay faithful. Instead you
need to be 'a freak in bed'. Yeah, that theory is
really workin' out for her.
Hollywood Calls for a ban on silly string. Whoa!
Hollywood types really have time for the minutiae since Pitt and
Aniston brought peace to the Middle East. I saw that ad before
the trailers yesterday. "I'm Tommy Lee Jones, and I'd like to
talk to you for a moment about something important. Silly
KillSomeTime.com - Caveman Foosball
This fall, the 1964 Cleveland Browns would like to celebrate the
40th Anniversary of winning their historic NFL championship
trophy. Unfortunately, they lost it.
'Magic' Johnson opens a Starbucks in Compton
Texas Tech is still waiting for that refund on Bobby Knight's
Piracy making a comeback, attacks on the rise: The
trend represents a major economic boom for the world parrot
market, as well as for financially beleagured Eyepatch
- Lord Byron department, Part 1:
Saddam Hussein is spending his time in solitary confinement
writing poetry, gardening, reading the Qur'an and snacking on
American muffins and cookies. "Hey, Sayeeed, what
rhymes with Bush? Get me Whoopi Goldberg on the line."
- Lord Byron department, part 2:
The leader of Turkmenistan has shown another side to his talents
- by revealing himself as a poet. "I am the Turkmen
spirit, reborn to bring you a golden age," his poem begins.
"Hey, what rhymes with age? Rage? Sage? Gauge? LePage? Jimmy
Page? Get me Saddam Hussein on the line."
The Dodge Ram logo is really .... I don't wanna think about it.
Kerry's wife tells reporter to "shove it", winning
that round, but leaving her a heavy underdog in the cuss-out
semis against Darth Cheney.
Next April 15th - file your taxes, then head off to Japan for
the Kanamara Festival. The festival celebrates the
vanquishing of a demon that lived in a woman's vagina and would
bite off the penises of her lovers! According to legend, a local
craftsman fashioned a steel phallus which broke the demon's
Slight Leads for Kerry in Ohio, Bush in Florida.
Missouri a Tie.
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for Other Crap
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 Junior or Brainscan, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Words from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.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
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
Could it have been only
a decade ago when Madonna could open a movie and Julianne Moore
would have a tiny role? Shit do happen.
BONUS (not from Shiloh)
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
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.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
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.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
In the days when Golan and Globus ran Cannon Pictures
you knew pretty damn well what you were getting when
you walked into the theater. Action. Lots of action.
Tough guys, tough gals, bad guys, victims, villains,
heroes... those were the staples, the raison d'etre
for the film you were watching and for the studio that
turned it out.
And Charles Bronson. You got Charles Bronson, a lot
of Charles Bronson, kickin' ass and takin' names, or
maybe not takin' any names but still kickin a lot of
ass. Usually played a cop who had stepped outside the
law, most often falsely accused, sometimes with all
good intentions. Common man against The Man, that's
what Charles Bronson was... a Dirty Harry for all
Charles Bronson played Murphy in Murphy's Law (1986).
It could have been another 10 to Midnight, and that
would have been sad because it had been done and
wasn't so very good the first time, either. But
Murphy is much better.
A good part of the reason for the quality of Murphy is
the screenplay. Oh, there is some silliness and a
couple of scenes where things happen only because if
they didn't the plot would have gone in another, less
dramatic direction. But by and large, the story is
more than sorta okay and the dialogue is really quite
respectable in moving the story along and in filling
in the characters' lives so that, wholey moses, you
actually care what happens to them, the big lugs.
But what really elevates Murphy's Law above the
average Golan and Globus production is the cast. A
young Kathleen Wilhoite, at the beginning of her
career, adds a youthful bounce to things as she plays
off Bronson's world-weariness. And Carrie Snodgrass,
in the middle of her own career, brings gravitas to
the role of a professional killer who likes her work a
bit too much. They are both terrific in this movie.
The very last scene where Carrie's character goes from
plaintive to desperate to vindictive in the span of 60
seconds is worth the price of admission on its own.
IMDb says 5 out of 10. I put it a full point higher.
Seeing as how this a G-and-G production you can expect
some T, a little A...but no, no, no B. Only question
is, who supplies the T & A.
Answer is: Angel Thompkins. I could write volumes
about Angel, how she was in Playboy several times in
the 70's, how she played the vilest role in the
history of cinema... that of a 20-something teacher
who seduces her own high-school student played by
Dennis the Menace (the horror, the horror)...how she
did a shit-load of guest shots on TV shows and,
finally, how her career just petered out as the
youthful glow left her face. Twas an above-average
career, to be sure, but not the one I suppose she
imagined when she moved to Hollywood.
Anyway, Angel plays a stripper. You get to see her
boobs and bum when she strips the first time, her
boobs covered with little shiny pasties the second
time. Bronson's character has history with Angel's.
So he hangs out at the strip club. But he doesn't
enjoy himself one little bit. Disgusted and bored is
he. Bottom line here: it's okay to go to titty bars
as long as you don't like it when you're there.
Kathy Wilhoite gets real close to giving up an
unintentional hootie. She's in a tiny, loose-fitting
bra and almost lets a nip out on a couple of occasions
as she pretends to seduce a security guard.
Carrie Snodgrass is in a bra as she drowns a guy.
Grabs him by the thighs and dunks him under the water
til he drowns. Both of Carrie's arms, together, are
thinner than one of this guy's thighs but still she
pulls this off without fuss or muss. I'd have loved
to have taught a course on Physics and Physiology in
Hollywood, but those days are gone.
Last up in the exposure dept is a gal who gets all
friendly with a bad guy before Charles and Kathy
interrupt them. Pretty gal. She shows us her bum in
a thong and a good part of one breast but avoids
giving up the major goodies. First collage shows a
sequence of bum and almost-hooter shots, whereas the
second is a montage pieced together from four frames
showing off her bum again.
Now, I would stop there but while I was piecing
together the collage I recognized the woman. She goes
by Lisa Vice in the credits and IMDb says it's her
only role. Well, maybe as Lisa Vice, but as Lisa
Lorient she played one of the main characters in
Pretty Smart, also made in 1986. Here's an old
collage of Ms. Lorient made in the days when: 1) I
capped only videotapes; 2) didn't have a clue what I
was doing. She and Lisa Vice are the same woman,
right? Well, I think she is.
So far as renting Murphy's Law is concerned it gets
down to this: if you watch one movie a week and
haven't seen the original Rear Window or Silence of
the Lambs or Apocalypse Now, then pass on Murphy's Law
until you've run out of A-list movies. When you get
to the B list, however, put this one near the top.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
ESPN cable series about a fictional pro football team.
released on a 11-episode 3-DVD set.
This is a definitive jock tv series and
all the actresses are relegated to
guest starring credits. Despite the adult
nature of the series it shyed away from any real nudity
although an actress' nipple did pop up
at the very edge of a DVD frame.
And if a garment is ever nominated for a supporting role then
it should be awarded to Jennifer Baxter's hot pink t-shirt.
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.
Today from the Ghost...a look at the movie "Get Carter". No, not the Stallone stink-fest, the original 1971 Michale Caine version.
Here we have topless 'caps and clips of 60's and 70's favorite Britt Ekland...the model/actress/girlfriend.
- Britt Ekland
- Britt Ekland zipped .wmvs
|Finn 'caps of the UK actress baring all in scenes from "Lovely & Amazing" (2001). American audiences probably know her best from "Scream 3" or the always-on-cable Samuel L. Jackson movie "Formula 51". Look for her on the big screen next summer in "The Pink Panther", starring Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the original Queen of Blacksploitation going topless in scenes from 1975's "Friday Foster".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: IT'S ALL THE RAGE
With John Edwards As Justin Guarini - Variety noted that the major TV
networks will air only one hour a night of presidential convention
coverage, which is one-sixth the amount of time they devote to picking an
Yeah, but an American Idol has to represent us to the rest of the world!
But then, Al Gore doing the Macarena is even dorkier than Clay Aiken
Political conventions are more like "Survivor": a bunch of clowns who'd
eat bugs if you gave them enough money are stranded together until one of
them is crowned the winner.
YOU DESERVE A JOINT TODAY
Tommy Chong's On Work Release - Valier Valle, 16, of Round Rock, Texas,
ordered a frozen yogurt parfait for breakfast at McDonald's and found a
partially smoked marijuana cigarette in it. She took a refund, declining
an offer of a replacement.
Even though they promised the replacement would have a complete,
unsmoked reefer in it.
This gives new meaning to the term "fast food joint."
When she said there was a roach in her food, they imagined something far
At this McDonald's, now we know why they call it "special" sauce.
KIDMAN REJECTS DATE WITH MICHAEL JACKSON
Not Dinner: Neither One Eats - Nicole Kidman told an Australian paper that
Michael Jackson called to ask her to be his date to the MTV Music Awards.
She'd never met him. Nicole declined the date, saying, "I keep thinking of
those ridiculous photographs of Michael in a shocking wig at Disneyland
looking ridiculous. So call me crazy, but it just didn't tempt me to want
Plus, he wanted her to bring her kids along.
I knew she had a boyish figure, but I had no idea HOW boyish.
He'd seen her in "The Hours" and thought she wore a putty nose, too.
Nicole would never be a beard for some big star who's not really
interested in women.