Kalifornia (1993) is a crime/drama/thriller about a psych major (David Duchovny) who is mainly interested in serial killers. His wife (Michelle Forbes), is a wannabe photographer, and is after him to move to California. He decides to write a book on his favorite subject, and take a tour of famous murder sites to add atmosphere to his work, using her photos, then end up in California. Being starving students, they advertise for a couple to share the ride and expenses. They only get one response, and accept them sight unseen. They are a little put out that the couple are the epitome of trailer trash, but have no idea that Early Grayce, played brilliantly by Bradd Pitt is actually a serial killer. His girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) has the maturity of a about 10-year-old, but is at least washed most of the time.
Although the story is a little weak, the acting is great all around, making it worth seeing. Lewis shows a breast to say goodbye to Pitt. Forbes is seen often in a bra and panties. IMDb readers have it at 6.5 of 10. The experts disagree. Ebert awards four stars, while Berardinelli says 2 1/2. I agree more with Ebert on this one. Pitt gives a truly chilling performance as the remorseless serial killer, making the movie very effective. If the genre is serial killer movies, this is one of the better ones. C+.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
60 great reasons to love the summer! Actually, there
are 60 pictures, so more like 120 reasons.
The esteemed My Sammy Sosa is now #8 on the all-time home run
leaders. He needs only nine more to tie Killebrew for
7th, but Sammy has only 25 this year, and is hitting only .238
since he came off the DL, so 2004 will not turn out to be one of
his great seasons.
John Kerry's daughters fight over John Cusack. Hey,
just make it a three-way, Cusack, and get plenty of pictures!
George Romero's fourth and final zombie flick, now called Land of
the Dead, is going to start shooting in October, probably in
`So cool' pipe break lets college kids kayak through downtown
- Urban Legends Reference Pages.
Claim: The Alicia Keys song 'Diary' has prompted a deluge of calls
to her old phone number. Status: True.
Kobe Bryant Sued in Civil Court By Rape Accuser : "The
Colorado woman who has accused Kobe Bryant of rape today sued the
NBA star in federal court, claiming that she has suffered 'stress,
mental pain and suffering' as a result of the attack last June at
a Vail-area resort."
An in-depth look at the new "Superman" project.
Celluloid Skyline- New York and the Movies, 1930-1975
Kingsley to play Vampire Kagan in the movie version of the 'BloodRayne'
Understanding the Power - Part 3
The artist formerly known as Madonna (she's now Esther) needs a
soundproof room for all her concert appearances. Come
to think of it, that's not so weird. I also need a soundproof room
when near a Madonna concert.
Russian Chess grandmistress Maria Manakova has a unique way of
popularizing the brainy side of the black and white game: by
posing nude for magazines.
'Wack The Iraq' Game Causing Controversy. The game is
located at the end of Morey's Pier in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Players shoot paint balls at live human targets dressed as Iraqis.
"Bill Clinton has two important goals these days -- promoting his
new best-selling book -- and dating the Olsen twins"
The article states that Clinton has kept an Olsen twins scrapbook
for years, has every TV show and movie they've done on video, and
even has a secret shrine to them in his Harlem office.
Saddam has a sex change - and your tax dollars are paying for it.
(Weekly World News)
Muslim scientists are developing a bomb that turns any Christian
within a 30-mile radius of its blast into a homosexual.
(Guess which newspaper this comes from!)
Conservative commentators have been lining up to denounce 'Team
America: World Police' (without knowing anythign about
it!). These IQ-impaired lads don't seem to realize that Matt and
Trey are (1) comedians, whose job it is to make fun of people -
and they do it better than anyone, and (2) middle-of-the-road
Middle America conservatives who will save their harshest barbs
for America's enemies and the liberal elite (Michael Moore,
Streisand, the Baldwins, and Affleck)! Example: "Among the film's
chief villains is Kim Jong Il, who throws UN weapons inspector
Hans Blix into a huge aquarium, where he is promptly ripped to
pieces by a shark."
6'6" female twins set record heights
Romanian police to ban ladies over 60 years old from topless
sunbathing. Dude, why not go all the way? Get rid of
the naked guys and children, and the ugly chicks - legal
toplessness for hot chicks only. And while you're at it, make it
South Africa terrorized by a gang of fat women. Didn't
I see this on Monty Python? The funniest thing is that the Durban
police inspector says this is not his first encounter with
- McGruff, step aside -
"kids will be introduced to a Homeland Security mascot in the form
of a dog, an American shepherd." Thank God it's not a
German or Belgian Shepherd, but a shepherd from the good ol' US of
A. Can a dog cry "wolf", or is that post-ironic? I can't wait to
hear the comments from Triumph, the insult comic dog.
Sidd Finch may not be real, but Jennie Finch is - and she's just
as good a pitcher.
Walesa says Americans are making fun of Poles. I can't
see how he could think such a thing. He must really have his
bowling shirt buttoned too tight. (Seriously, Walesa has a point.
America requires Poles to get a visa to visit the USA, but not
Frenchmen, despite the fact that Poland is probably America's #1
ally on the continent of Europe)
President Bush criticizes John Kerry for doing the worst,
stupidest thing conceivable - agreeing with him!
The Earth is gradually vanishing from the view of any aliens that
might be looking for us, because we are using fewer
technologies that leak radio waves into space. According to New
Scientist our transition from radio transmissions to cable could
mean that our window of detectability is no more than 100 years.
(This also explains, or partially explains, why our own searches
through the galaxy have revealed dead silence. "Assuming any
hypothetical Aliens have developed at a similar pace to ours, and
accounting for the fact that we're looking for a needle in a
haystack in the first place, we shouldn't be too disheartened that
we've not found anyone out there.")
Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns, said this week that he
believes The Simpsons has run its course and that he'd
'rather not be there now. 'It makes me sad,' Shearer told the
Kerry Unveils One-Point Plan For Better America
- URL says it all:
"Houston, we have a problem". Impressive video made by
a F/X company headquartered in Capetown.
U.S. Department of Faith Proposal to Amend United States
Constitution to Conform to Biblical Principles Regarding Marriage
Overheard eavesdropping in Hollywood. "If I saw me, I
would turn the other way." - Ben Affleck.
Straight Dope Staff Report: In Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party," who
is Mr. Hughes? Short answer: Beatle George Harrison.
'American Pie 4' is on the fast track to production. It
doesn't have a lot to do with the previous three. This time it
will feature a new generation - Matt Stifler, the Stifmeister's
little brother. It appears that a new actor will play that part.
No news on whether any of the famous characters will appear. The
director will be Steve Rash, the director of Under the Rainbow and
Can't Buy Me Love. (And, yes, those were a long time ago.)
- URL says it all:
The Museum of Modern Art: Tall Buildings
Last week, basketball and budding acting star Rick Fox got traded.
This week, he put wife Vanessa Williams on waivers.
- Feeling VERY sick?
Free Next Day Casket Delivery - We Guarantee it!. Ya
gotta check out the
Military and Theme caskets. My favorite was Monet's
Water Lilies under "master artist", or maybe the University of
Arkansas casket under "collegiate" ... "This Art CasketŪ captures
the tradition of the Razorback fan!". Sis boom bah for the ol'
Razorback death tradition - Go Death Hogs! Browse around a bit.
This "theme" stuff is awesome!
A Romanian man says he will sell his penis. Romania is
the anti-Norway. There is ALWAYS something crazy going on.
- From the "I didn't make this up" department:
"Bush also said high taxes on the rich are a failed strategy
because 'the really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes
Here's the trailer for Nicotina. Greed transforms into
twisted desperation when a simple exchange goes awry, and the
lives of amateur thieves, an obsessed hacker and ordinary people
explode in a tumultuous night over a fortune in diamonds. When the
haze finally clears, computers have been hacked, people have been
whacked and lives have gone up in a cloud of smoke. (This offbeat
Mexican dark comedy/crime drama looks like it might have some
merit. Looks like a Guy Richie movie with a touch of salsa. It was
nominated for 12 Ariels, winning 6.)
The Daily Show's Lewis Black looks at "meaningless stunts"
DVDs change the shape of entertainment
Unsolicited toe-licking would be banned in the Netherlands under a
law sought by the Dutch Labor party. The poor Dutch.
What good is smoking all that reefer if you can't suck some toe
Author Contemplating Lawsuit Over 'The Village': "Its
plot and surprise ending allegedly parallel Margaret Peterson
Haddix's first book 'Running Out of Time,' published in 1995. "
What's new on DVD in the upcoming weeks?
- Most moons have no haze layer at all - why does Titan have
two? Images from the Cassini spacecraft that slipped into orbit
around Saturn last month confirm that
Titan, the Solar System's most mysterious moon is surrounded not
only by a thick atmosphere but also by two distinct spheres of
Paris Hilton falls out of her top
Matt Damon says: "I want to do a character-driven porn movie"
The Porn Identity?
Understanding the Power
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
I really like The
Devil's Advocate, a sleazy movie about the Devil which is great fun
to watch. It has an interesting plot, an over-the-top operatic
characterization from Al Pacino, and lots of entertainment value.
Ranked high among the entertaining features is this great
full-frontal and rear nude scene of lanky, sexy Connie Nielsen (
.avi- zip) (.wmv - zip) .
Both Nielsen and
Charlize Theron are topless in this one as Keanu Reeves makes love
to one and imagines the other. ( .avi- zip) (.wmv - zip)
Hannah! Isn't that innocent Amelie?
The incredibly cute
Audrey Tautou, the young, French version of Audrey Hepburn, in Le
Libertin. And a naked friend as well. And even screen legend Fanny
Ardant hanging around fully dressed.( .avi- zip) (.wmv - zip)
.wmv conversions from Scoop
Holly Hunter in
Thirteen. With the slim, firm body of a teenager 40-something Holly
Hunter shows her breasts, and even flashes some pubes in the last
few seconds. (.wmv - zip) .
This is kind of the
grandmother of internet sex tape scandals, from back in the mid 90's
or so. Mimi Macpherson, Elle's sister, tickling the taco. (.wmv -
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:
Junior year. Seminars in Fiction. The Anti-Utopian
novel. What did I learn? Not a hint of subtlety in
the whole genre. Thought police, delta semi-morons
bred solely for menial labor, handsome idiots
nominally in charge while pure evil pulls the strings
in the background. Things that could never happen in
a decent society.
Senior year. The Modern Film. Post-Apocalyptic
Visions. Same ol'same ol'. Subtely comes in the form
of enraged Aussie cops running over radiation-sickened
evildoers in hockey masks.
So, boys and girls, let's put the two together. A
Post-Apocalyptic Anti-Utopian movie is what we're
talking about. And if we do the math... zero subtlety
times zero subtlety... what is there to expect but
Yet even in that context, the dreadfulness of Roller
Blade (1985) is unexpected. One can imagine that with
a defter hand the story of a religious order of women
dedicated to justice in a fascist state years after
the apocalypse might be entertaining stuff. Even if
if were played as farce... truly the last refuge of
the talentless film maker...you could see
possibilities. What you don't expect is Donald G.
Jackson, writer, director, producer, cinematographer,
special effects technician and all-around anti-Midas
of this film. He touched it and it turned to lead.
The awfulness that is Roller Blade can be illustrated
with the help of a few visual aids. Said aids have
nekkid gals in them, and those are the only saving
graces in all the film.
Suzanne Solari plays the main good-gal, Sister Sharon
Cross. Gets something real bad spilled on her skimpy
outfit toward the end of the movie and takes it off as
quick as can be, while making sure she gives up few
goodies. She looks great in a really silly scene.
Stupider stuff happens early on as Michelle Bauer is
roughed up by a bunch of guys and made to wrestle
another woman, played by a gal named Lisa Marie, but
who is really Lisa Stagno; who if you recall from the
last damn movie I capped, is pornstar Crystal Breeze.
This is scene right out of TBS, this guys making hot
chicks wrestle thing. Michelle gives up boobs and
bum. Later, she and Crystal and a second pornstar,
Barbara Peckinpaugh, enter the cleansing waters
maintained by the religious order, who call themselves
the Bod Sisters, and are healed of all wounds. All
three gals are fully frontally clean.
- Michelle Bauer
- Crystal Breeze
But the real chuckles come when you focus on Crystal's
character. She is so earnestly in prayer in her first
collage, so thoroughly cleansed in the second, all by
the power of a being who we like to call The American
Idol. You gotta see it to believe it, what it is
these women worship. And again, in the hands of
someone who knew what he was doing, the use of a banal
modern symbol as a religious icon coulda been amusing.
But when you are hammered over the head with it and
when the whole cleansing ritual is made to work...
wounds are healed, bodies made whole and beautiful
again... you just gotta shake your head and mutter to
yourself that this guy...Donald G. Jackson... must
have been ridden out of Hollywood on a rail after
Roller Blade came out.
Nope. IMDb lists terrible movie after terrible movie
in which he played a fundamental part. It's then I
realized. Most of the really horrible movies are made
by a handful of people. We're not talking the former
cast members of SNL, either; cuz for every Corky
Romano or Coneheads there is an Old School or a
Ghostbusters. We're talking guys who never ever made
a movie that anyone would graciously call halfway
decent. Bombs, stinkeroos, disasters of the first
order. One after another. What I can't figure out is
how that is possible. Who is making money off these
things? That's what I wanna know. Only reason I
watch em is to grab a few frames of Michelle Bauer,
nekkid again, but that's not everyone's motive, no
matter how pure it might be.
Okay, enough of that. Last thing is a collage I found
hidden in the wrong file. Its a topless gal from Hot
Club California; I sent in collages of other gals from
this movie many moons ago. This one is Angela Olivan
in her only credit on IMDb. Terrible shame.
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 grab bag of assorted .wmvs
- Chase Masterson (zipped .wmv)...The "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" co-star goes topless and shows very brief glimpses of the other two B's as she gets it on with Don Swayze (Patrick's younger brother) in a scene from "Digital Man" (1995).
- Rachel Ticotin (zipped .wmv). Here is the "Total Recall" (1990) star topless in the tub in a scene from the 1981 Paul Newman movie "Fort Apache the Bronx".
- Rosario Dawson (zipped .wmv). The busty actress doing a topless scene in the 1998 Spike Lee movie "He Got Game" (1998). On the downside, her goodies are obscured by backlighting, shadows and/or hands.
- Jacqueline Lovell aka Sara St. James (zipped .wmv)....One of the better soft-core actress of the mid-late 90's. Here she is full frontal and being loved on by another topless woman in a scene from the Zalman King movie "Women of the Night" (2000).
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Puffy 80's hairdoos and some really nice boobs may be a reason to watch this 1987 horror flick. It may be the ONLY reason.
Well, there is a plot too, of course. At a summer camp for cheerleaders, one of the cheerleaders is having nightmares as her boyfriend is having wet dreams over the other girls at the camp. When the girls start to be killed off, does she have a split personality that is killing them?
The movie is billed as a comedy/horror/thriller. By about half way through this thing, you may find yourself rooting for the killer. Nice scenery, though, and as a comedy, it's not bad. As a horror movie or a thriller, it's pretty dismal.
This movie was released in the UK with the title "Bloody Pom Poms". Huh, and I thought the British were more subtle, but the highlight of the movie was actually the "dueling boobs" scene at the beach between Teri Weigel and Krista Pflanzer......no blood, just boobs.
|Mr. Nude Celeb 'caps of Bello topless and showing some rear views in scenes from the excellent indie film "The Cooler".
||The beautiful French actress topless at age 20 in scenes from "Descente aux enfers" aka "Descent Into Hell" (1986). American audiences of course know her best from "Braveheart" and "The World is Not Enough"....unless you were one of the 6 people who thought it would be a great idea to see David Spade as the lead in a fluffy romantic comedy. In that case you know her from "Lost & Found" (1999).
|Señor Skin 'caps of the former Pet O' the Year (1980) topless and and only wearing undies in scenes from the 1980 comedy favorite "Used Cars", starring Kurt Russell and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Click here for Scoop's review.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
NON-SPONSOR FOOD BANNED FROM OLYMPICS
My Big, Fat Greek - Organizers of the Athens Olympics announced that
visitors will be barred from events if they are carrying food or drinks
from anyone other than the sponsors, Coke and McDonald's. For instance, if
you're eating a Burger King Whopper or drinking a Pepsi, you won't be
A Greek guy will stand at the gate and yell, "No Pepsi! Coke!"
Seems like either way, you'd be getting the taste of grease.
As you can see, the Olympics are all about bringing the body to peak
PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAIN SHUT DOWN
Real Textbooks Don't Have Half As Many Errors - Last week, California
authorities seized the assets of California Alternative High School, a
chain of 30 private schools that charged mainly Latino immigrants up to
$1,450 for a 10-week course and a bogus diploma based on a book riddled
with errors. Students were taught that there are four branches of the US
government, not three; the Senate is for Democrats and the House for
Republicans; Arthur Miller's classic play was called "Death of a Traveling
Salesman;" and there are 53 states, but the flag hasn't been updated yet to
include Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
The book was written by someone who attended a REAL California public
Officials knew something was wrong when Jay Leno started taping his
"Jaywalking" segments at their graduation ceremonies.
I shudder to think what they told them in Sex Education class.
On the bright side, most of the students flunked, so maybe they know the
TRUMP LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINE
And For Your Feet: Trump Pumps! - Donald Trump is launching his own line of
business clothing. He said he got the idea when he saw "Apprentice"
hopefuls lining up for interviews in their expensive three-piece suits and
power ties and figured it would be lucrative. His line debuts this fall
and feature suits, shirts, ties, sports coats and possibly even golfwear,
all with the Trump family crest. He said there's already "tremendous
Wait'll they find out the Trump family crest has a pair of dice and a
bad hairdo on it.
But there's no interest in his other idea: Trump Hair Salons.
He also has a line of businesswear for women that features
microminiskirts and plunging necklines.
LATOYA CHANGES HER NAME, LANDS A HIT
Just Wanna Have A Hit - 24 years after her last hit, LaToya Jackson has
finally done it again: "Just Wanna Dance" is at #14 on Billboard's Hot
Dance Club Play chart. But there's a catch: she's changed her name, and
the song is credited to "Toy." LaToya said she wanted the song to be
judged on its merits and "people weren't giving me the chance to do my
thing, which is to sing." She giggled that she is calling DJs one at a
time to tell them "Toy" is really LaToya, and some suspected it but some
But they all stopped playing it.
How could anyone not recognize that amazing singing voice immediately?!
People who know LaToya were shocked to learn that her thing is to sing.
She's also planning a new Playboy layout under the name "Sex Toy."
Who can blame her? If I were in the Jackson family, I'd change my name,
DEMOCRATS DITCH DIVA
Sticking Her Nose In - The National Enquirer claims that Barbra Streisand
gave organizers of the Democratic Convention pages of demands for her
speaking appearance, including makeup artists, hairdressers, a fleet of
limos, hotel suites for her entourage, and an army of bodyguards. She even
dictated strict security rules to the FBI and insisted that party donors
pay for it all. One insider called her a nightmare and said they told her
to just stay home.
She's one of those "People who need people"...A LOT of people! For
She needed the fleet of limos for all her makeup artists.
The one thing she actually needed, she didn't ask for: a speechwriter.
Besides, it's not like she's a political expert, like Bruce Springsteen.
To be fair, anytime Barbra Streisand gives a political speech, she NEEDS
an army of bodyguards.
STARS TO PLAY OPPOSITE SEX ROLES
Banned In The South - Sissy Spacek and Alan Cumming are co-starring in a
movie called "Southern Comfort," in which they play sex-change patients who
fall in love. But Spacek plays a man who used to be a woman, and Cumming
plays a woman who used to be a man. Spacek, who has to wear a fake nose
and beard for the role, called it a great challenge, noting, "We've got to
do sex" scenes.
So the nose and beard aren't the only fake things she wears.
If you thought the CGI effects in "Spider-Man" were amazing...
It might've been easier to cast Rosie O'Donnell and Richard Simmons.