Gia -- made for cable (1998)
is of the "superstar has hard childhood,
can't handle the pressure of success, turns to
drugs, dies drug-related death" genre. This
time it is Gia, the first runway superstar.
Played to perfection by Angelina Jolie, the story
is essentially a true one. Her lesbian lover,
played by Elizabeth Mitchell also does a very
good job. As a matter of fact, there was nothing
wrong with the production values, the direction,
the photography, or any of the performances.
Everyone loves this film -- everyone except me.
The first film I saw in this genre was
"The Rose." Midler did a great job on
it, and after it was over, I was impressed by the
achievement, but depressed over what had been
depicted. Then I saw "Sid and Nancy."
Again, the acting was top-notch. This one left me
wondering if I really needed to see a film this
graphic about such a depressing waste of two
lives. Now, after Gia, I really don't ever need
to see another film about a superstar ruined by
drugs. One of the problems with these films is
that the last half features an obnoxious addict
ruining their life and hurting everyone who cares
about them. I no longer find this entertaining. I
believe drug addiction is a bad thing already, so
the message is wasted on me.
The DVD is not bad quality, but HBO chose to
release the R version on DVD, which is 5 minutes
shorter than the Unrated VHS release. From
various reviews, it looks like they chopped full
frontal of Jolie, and most of a shower scene with
Mitchell. One can only guess which major video
chain influenced this decision. If you like the
poor little rich addict type of film, see this,
but get the Unrated VHS version, not the DVD.
Angelina Jolie (1,
Elizabeth Mitchell (1,
Montenegro is a Swedish/English film from
Dusan Makavejev. It is a black comedy about a
bored and neglected housewife (Susan Anspach) who
becomes sexually liberated while the guest of a
group of Yugoslavians who run a strip
club/illegal still. One of the highlights is
Lisbeth Zachrisson doing a striptease, and
dancing with a dildo mounted on a radio
controlled tank. Zany, offbeat, weird, strange,
unusual all apply here. I have to say it was pure
fun from beginning to end.
The DVD was not the worlds best quality, but
this one is definitely worth watching. It is
rated a 7 at IMDB, and even Maltan liked it, and
he never likes anything.
Susan Anspach (1,
Lizbeth Zachrisson (1,
movies, from Johnny Web and TomCat
Hunger is one movie that should be on DVD. Not
that it's such a good movie. It used a unique
technique to dramatize the lives of vampires who
live forever. The movie shows every minute of
their lives in real time. I think Susan Sarandon
and Deneuve were virgins when they started
filming. Come to think of it, they'll have to put
this movie on about 3000 DVD's. Oh, I jest, it
isn't infinitely long. It only seems that way. It
is, however, infinitely pretentious in a
"look at me, I can copy those European art
films" kind of way. Tony Scott directed this
movie, but I think brother Ridley (Blade Runner,
Alien) got the cream of the gene pool. Tony is
kind of the Randy Quaid of the Scott family.
Anyway, the point is that the movie should be
on DVD because it features some pretty clear
nudity from Susan Sarandon, and a very naughty
scene between Sarandon and Deneuve. Nudge, nudge,
Thanks to TomCat who did a pretty good job on
the video version of this difficult-to-capture
film. In order to maintain their union cards in
the Arty Eurotrash Film Club, they filmed it with
the lenscap on, and even put some vaseline on the
lens, just as insurance, lest some light
accidentally sneak through the sides.
Sarandon (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Deneuve
The other file is Sharon Tate in her husband's
immortal comedy classic, The Fearless Vampire
Killers. Actually, although the concept of a
Polanski comedy seems impossible for the human
mind to conceive, this movie is actually pretty
funny. It is a genre parody, and it does a pretty
good job at skewering some of the cliches.
Polanski himself, looking about 11 years old,
plays an assistant vampire killer, thereby
showing that if he had not chosen to be a child
molesting filmmaker, he could have carved out
quite a career as a child molesting Bob Denver
For the three of you not aware of it, the
lovely Miss Tate was killed at age 26 by the
Manson family, in the low point of the hippie
era. Her name is chillingly memorialized in the
term "Tate LoBianca killings". I wish
we could just remember her as a sweet woman who
appeared in doofy movies, but such is not to be
(1, 2, 3)
|Helcrom, my b-movie vidcapping
hero once again graces our stage with more of the
women of late night cable. Beginning with a
modern legend in the softcore biz... Kira Reed.
These vidcaps from "Losing Control".
|From the movie
||Sure, she's a star on one of the best shows
on TV now...but before she made it big on
"Law and Order"...there was a little
show that I like to call "Baywatch
Nights". That nutty Hasselhoff! Apart from
her tv career...here is Angie topless from
||An excellent find! Topless
vidcaps from Liz' second screen
appearance...1987's "Rowing with the
Wind"! Personally, I think she's even better
On a completely unrelated side
note...The IMDB lists her as having a salary of 3
million for "The Spy who Shagged Me".
Kudos to her agent since the one scene she
appears in only lasts about 2 minutes! Now...for
the serious movie buffs, here is a question. Kurt
Russell was paid 20 million for his role in
1998's "Soldier". He had very few words
in the movie, and I read somewhere that it broke
down to some ridiculous payscale of like $250,000
per spoken word. I'm wondering what sort of
payscale Liz made out with for "Austin
Powers 2"? Not quite the same as Kurt's,
obviously, but it must be the highest for a
female actress! There are only a handful of
ladies who get the big bucks in Hollywood anyway,
and it's always for intense dramas chock full of
cheesy dialog. My guess is that Liz raked in
about 80-100k per spoken word in "AP2",
I don't think Demi, Sandra, or Julia can make
that claim...Even with their price tags hitting
the $20 million mark!
Regardless if Liz doesn't get the money per
spoken word award, her role in "Austin
Powers 2" must be the highest paid 2 minute
screen performance ever!
||Having fun with pop-cicles in these 'caps
from "Losing Control".
||From "Rowing with the Wind"
|WhyScan's Page Three
|If Page Three is unfamiliar to
link describes the Page Three tradition.
|Today's Page 3 girl....Jodie, 20,
from Kent. (1, 2, 3, 4)
|Very nice....topless 'caps from
"Reindeer Games" by Akira. #1 has all
of the goodies, #2 has some excellent head shots.
|Another excellent find by UC99.
Going all the way back to 1969...here is a very
young (24!), and very topless Helen from the
movie "Age of Consent". Is it just me,
or does anyone else think Helen in #1 looks a lot
|More topless paparazzi pics of
the Italian actress.
||Mostly naked in a soap commercial, by
||An outstanding vidcap collage by Meg@bit
featuring some topless frames from
||Comments and pic by Watty:
Well the Sunday papers have done it again, last
week it was Melanie Sykes and now it is Tracy
Shaw. Can't wait to see what they have for us
|The Funnies by Number 6
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