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Cleopatra is a made for TV mini-series staring
Leonor Varela. Of course, there is no nudity, but
someone forget to tell Leonor's nipples. They did
their best to poke through nearly every one of
her costumes. For those who don't know her, she
is half French and half Chilean, and mostly grew
up in Colorado. She has an ever-growing list of
credits at IMDB. This version of Cleopatra is
based on a novel by Margaret George, and focuses
on a picture of Cleopatra as a fleshed out woman,
not merely a power-hungry gold-digger. Most of
the budget was spent on art direction, sets and
costuming, and the film shows the effort.
Although a little long, it is definitely
watchable. Most of the performances were good. If
I had to make a criticism, Ms. Varela reverts to
a Hispanic accent when she gets excited.
Leonor Varela (1,
The Trigger effect was conceived when David
Koepp saw the Carl Sagan PBS series Connections.
He envisioned a film that would show how everyone
is interconnected, and also how we have all
become slaves to our toys. The film stars
Elisabeth Shue as half of a yuppie couple with a
baby whose marriage is not exactly in high gear.
When a massive blackout takes out everything, the
stress brings their marital problems to light.
Their best friend arrives the morning after the
blackout begins, and she invites him to stay. The
rest of the film shows their efforts to survive
in a world where credit cards and insta-tellers
won't function. The film never explains what
caused the power outage, which was probably a
good plot decision.
Reviews pretty much call this one a near miss.
Some criticize the second half of the film,
others criticize the beginning, and most hate the
ending. The film begins in a mall, where a chance
trip accidently spills coffee on someone. He is
then rude to another, and the chain reaction
shows how even a small incident can have huge
ripples. I could watch a film that followed this
beginning through the whole film. It is
abandoned, however, when the Yuppie couple get
home to find their daughter with a high fever
from an earache. Shortly after, the power goes
out, and they find themselves in a real survival
situation as looting and paranoia run rampant.
I won't give away the ending, but will say
that I thought it was appropriate, and really
made the point of the film, that the
relationships we count on with other people and
with technology are based on trust. This film
does require a thinking audience, and there are
some subtleties to the ending that many will
miss. First time director Koepp probably could
have made his points more obvious, but I enjoyed
it. Not every film has to be a ten.
Elisabeth Shue (1,
Can a film be bad
Shakespeare and a good movie? I surely don't see
any reason why not.
Some of the actors in this film really butcher
the iambic pentameter. Fishburne is below
average, but it is Irene Jacob who delivers that
immortal, oft-quoted Shakespearian mot,
"wata neefee tware". If I'm right, and
mind you I'm only guessing here, I think she
meant to say "what and if it were?".
Lord, save us. I guess it could have been worse.
They could have cast Van Damme as Othello and
Rodman as Desdemona. Rodman could have worn that
dress he wore when he wedded himself. What the
hell, it keeps it a bi-racial couple, even if the
moor is now the female. And Keanu Reeves could
have been the satanically rational Iago. And I'm
sure there's a part for Kevin Tighe in there
The filmmaking team also took the liberty of
cutting about half of Shakespeare's lines, but no
problem by me. I much prefer the blessed silence
to Jacob's delivery. Thankfully, they didn't
replace Big Bill's lines with some written by,
let's say, Joe Eszterhas. They simply condensed
the dialogue to the essentials.
Personally, I think that was a pretty good
artistic choice. There's no market for four hour
movies, and Othello has never been one of
Shakespeare's most accessible plays. Iago's
motivations have never really been very clear to
me, and the play is talkier than usual, so it's
really a play for the purists of the Old Italian
Body Count School of Drama. So, a bit of
condensation served the story well.
They also altered the focus enough so that it
may as well have been called "Iago"
instead of "Othello". In order for the
play to succeed on Shakespeare's terms, Othello
must fall because of his own flaws, not because
he is manipulated by Iago. If Othello is nothing
more than a simpleton pawn, then he is no tragic
hero, is he? Yet in this version Iago seems a
puppetmaster, pulling all the strings and, with
his confidences expressed in asides to us,
drawing the audience in as his co-conspirators,
even using chess pieces to represent his
manipulations to us. The identification with Iago
is sealed by Branagh's performance, since he may
be the best actor in the world at closing the gap
between Shakespeare's words and modern audiences.
He understands all the nuances, and can convey
them in ways we can easily grasp. Thus, the focus
of this movie becomes, "Look, I am Iago, a
modern man with modern motivations like any of
you. Look how any of us modern rational thinkers
could control these medieval simpletons".
This is a major shift from "Look, I am the
very embodiment of evil. Let me see who among
these supposed innocents can be corrupted and
But, you know something? I think Shakespeare
would like a lot of things about the way they did
it here. If he were writing it today instead of
in 1600, he'd write it like this. He'd make it
entertaining and simple enough to play to the
groundlings. He'd focus in on advancing the story
at a pace appropriate to our times, and yet he'd
ask us to think about the greater implications. I
feel about this film about the same way I feel
about "Shakespeare in Love". It's not
the way Billy Boy really intended it, but it's
the way he would have done it if he could have
written it in our times, understanding our
I rather liked it.
Irene Jacob. By the way, I don't mean to
deprecate Jacob as an actress. I like her. She
can act with her eyes and her body, and in other
movies she has even been capable in the English
language, when her rhythms and accent were
appropriate to the role. Plus she's absolutely
gorgeous, and she has a really sexy voice for
both speaking and singing. The only problem is
that she just can't recite the blank verse.
Jacob (1, 2, 3, 4)
Eastwood, flashing the goods from
"Friends and Lovers".
|Comments by SC:
Here are a few more Rare Vidcap collages. These
first two are American actress Jewel Shepard who
went to Spain to star in the film 'Cristina'. She
made numerous American films in the 80's. This is
her most explicit and most revealing film and it
has never been seen in the US!
||The second is Lilli Carati, this
time in the Fernando Di Leo's film - 'To Be
SC invites everyone to check out the video-clips
for these 'caps at: www.skincinema.com
|Now here is something you don't
see everyday...A large breasted woman shedding
her clothes, but not showing her chest! Sure, she
drops her shorts, and leaves nothing to the
imagination below the equator, but it just isn't
the norm. Vidcaps from the Italian movie "La
Signora della notte".
||From 1993's "Snapdragon". From
Pam's earlier days, before she became 100% fake
looking. I find it absolutely amazing how much
difference real eyebrows can make!
|WhyScan's Page Three
|If Page Three is unfamiliar to
link describes the Page Three tradition.
|Today's Page 3 girl....is Sophie
from August 24, 1999 (1,
Topless paparazzi pics UK TV babe Melanie Sykes
from News Of The World (1,
Plus, more topless paparazzi pics Lea
Kristensen, from some UK game show.
|More of British TV host topless
at the beach. #3 wasn't sent in by Whyscan, so
that one is new. #1 is a larger scan, and #2 is a
||From her video for the single
"Lucky". Is it me, or does it look like
she is trying to act?
|Comments by Unique 1:
Caligula, The Movie that wins the onscreen
backstabs, beheadings, betrayals, bush close ups,
cancer sores, castrations, disembowelments,
ejaculations, fingering, fondling, forced liquid
overdoses, fornication, gluttony, hand jobs, hand
shoves, idolatry, incest, jerks, killers,
lickers, liars, lovers, mammaries, maimings,
masturbation, milkings, murder, nighties,
oddities, orgasms, orgies, penetrations, poverty,
primitive cum-rogain, puppies, rape, rim jobs,
Sloth, S&M, spreadshots, stakes thru the
Did I miss anything?
Jr's Comments: Nope, I think that about covers
These 'caps come from the Uncut X-Rated DVD
version. Not to sound like a pansy, but some of
these images are pretty hard core. So, just
incase disembowelments, primitive cum-rogain, and
stakes thru the privates aren't your bag...I've
separated, and hopefully labeled the images
|#1 features the dreaded
"stakes thru the privates".
|Unknown, large breasted women
|Nothing hardcore here...
|Teresa Ann Savoy
|Topless and bottomless, but
nothing too graphic.
|Miscellaneous and mostly hard
|Here's the breakdown:
Link #1...More Extreme S&M, and some baby
batter. Link #2...More goo. Link #3...fingerings
and disembowelment. An odd combo, but talk to U1
about that. Link #4...Mammaries and maimings.
Link #5...Oddities and Penetrations. Link
#6...Orgies and Orgasms. Link #7...not hard core,
Caligula grabbing a handful. Link #8...lesbian
love, up close and personal.
On Saturday, July 29, in Malibu,
California. Jennifer Anniston became Mrs.
Brad Pitt. A loyal Fun House viewer asked
if we could declare today an official Fun
House Day of Mourning for Jennifer giving
up her single status. Well, all I can say
is buck up little camper...there are
other celebs in the sea! But, we all deal
with grief in our own way. So, for those
of you feeling the loss, I offer a moment
Say, does anyone have.....
A Fun House viewer passed along this
tidbit of news....Apparently at the
British Open there was a streaker on the
18th hole waiting for Tiger Woods. She
was said to have been wearing 'just a
tattoo' and was dancing around with the
cup's flag. Is this a tabloid rumor? Does
anyone have any pics?