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season six continued

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Emilia Clarke

This week, movies from 2011:

Monte Carlo

No nudity but Katie Cassidy,

 Leighton Meester

 and Selena Gomez look very good.

Hollow Man


Rhona Mitra film clip (collages below)

Kim Dickens film clip (sample below)

Yeah, I'm sure you're expecting this to be a cinema classic, right?  Contrary to your expectations generated by the title, this is not a biography of John Tesh, but rather yet another version of The Invisible Man mixed in with a fantasy autobiography of director Paul Verhoeven, the guy who directed "Showgirls." Actually, it's not so bad. I went to see it with my kids, and we all kind of enjoyed it on a brainless summer blockbuster level, although a bad sign is that the kids thought it was kind of dumb. To them, Papa Smurf is like Stephen Hawking, so when they think something is dumb, it must really be obvious.

The plot is the usual mad scientist crap. The research is ready to test on humans, so the mad scientist decides to test it on himself. And he doesn't tell the congressional oversight committee that he is ready for that stage. Then he delivers such classic lines as "They say I'm mad, but I'll show them, I'll show them all. Mua-ha-ha-ha". Then the scientist/girlfriend says "Be afraid, be very afraid". Then they muse about what might have happened if he had used his genius for good instead of evil, and whether man is meant to challenge God.

You get the point. The usual horror cliches.

n the end the handsome good scientists triumph over the handsome evil scientist, and they escape the flaming underground bunker through an elevator shaft. The runaway elevator stops three inches from their heads, the dead mad scientist is not really dead yet ... thereby adding the usual action cliches to the horror cliches.

They did forget the thunderstorms and the ticking bomb that stops at 0:07, but I'm sure those will be in the sequel.

Amazingly enough, all the scientists in this film, good or bad, drive very expensive automobiles, live in luxury, and are uniformly handsome and buff, despite spending 22 hours per day with their test tubes. The leading scientist (Kevin Bacon) apparently has discovered the Fountain of Youth as well as the invisibility serum, because Professor Bacon looks about the same as he did in Animal House 30 years earlier. Anyway, the invisibility serum makes Bacon a for-real mad scientist, so he develops some deranged murderous impulses to go with his previous God complex - and he was already a big Freudian mess to begin with. Then the invisibility thing gives him absolute power, and he gets even crazier, and starts raping and killing and pillaging small Eastern European villages, and refusing to share his plunder with his fellow invisible freebooters.

So what's good about it if it has all those corny genre-film cliches?

I'll show you. I'll show you all, mua-ha-ha-ha.

(Actually, this isn't from this movie but is an actual quote from director Paul Verhoeven's life, when he was discussing his decision to make a gazillion dollar movie starring Elizabeth Berkley.)

Well, it isn't really good at all, now that I think about it. I mean you won't confuse it with "Henry V". But it does have Rhona Mitra and Kim Dickens showing their breasts. (Bacon slips off Dickens' blouse when she sleeps, and he peeks in on Mitra.) And it does have some absolutely great invisibility effects. The Apollo reviewer led with, "Hollow Man is a tragic waste of brilliantly realized visual effects". Berardinelli wrote , "(a) masterpiece of visual ingenuity sadly lacking in many other creative categories". That about sums it up. The best effect, by far, is the one with the bodies appearing and disappearing on the operating table as the visibility or invisibility potions take effect. Very cool stuff, just like those "visible man" things you can buy your kids to help them understand biology. Unfortunately, the filmmakers liked this device so much they repeated it about 1200 times, and I got the point after number 2. But it's must viewing if you have an anatomy final coming up.

Besides the f/x, I think the reason I liked it a little bit was the fast pace of the opening (which slowed considerably in the middle).

And the breasts, don't forget those.

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Laura Dupre in Slack Bay (2017) in 720p

Anna Zakharova, Angelique Vergara and Laura Dupre - also in Slack_Bay




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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary (2002) in 1080hd


I found Secretary to be a very satisfying film, although it is determined to be as strange as possible, and I don't often take to films when they are laboring to be offbeat.

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a girl from a dysfunctional family who has just been released from a mental institution. Her particular psychological disorder is auto-masochism. (She repeatedly inflicts pain upon herself in private.)

In order to integrate into "normal" society, she applies for a job as a secretary at a lawyer's office. This is where it starts to get downright crazy. The office has a big lighted sign outside - "secretary wanted" - it looks like a "no vacancy" sign at a seedy roadside motel far from civilization. Passing the cheesy sign, she walks into an elegant and magnificently designed building - a cavernous office styled in greens and golds, which appears to be capable of housing dozens of people comfortably. In the middle of the foyer is a very disgruntled women emptying her desk. The desk is surrounded by garbage, which is strewn everywhere. She grabs her box full of possessions, and leaves wordlessly. Her departure leaves Gyllenhaal standing alone amidst the chaos, announcing herself with a shout down the vast hallway. It turns out that the massive building houses only one lawyer, a very introverted and eccentric fellow played by James Spader.

After an uncomfortable interview, Gyllenhall is hired to be his secretary. As she settles into the routine of the job, she finds that she's not allowed to type with a computer. All work is done on old-fashioned typewriters only. This is a deliberate ploy by Spader to get the secretaries to make mistakes, so he can punish them. The previous secretaries didn't find it very rewarding to be made to crawl along the floor with reports in their mouths, or to bend over their desks to be spanked vigorously. But Gyllenhaal is not just any secretary. She's a loony, after all, and her disorder is masochism. It's a match made in heaven. Spader finally has a secretary who likes his sadistic ministrations, and Gyllenhaal finds that she likes this type of masochism much better than the self-administered kind.

The film starts out with the two principals avoiding each other, shifts to a pure sexual S&M relationship in which they have no real personal contact, and finally settles on a tone of gentle romantic comedy. You probably think that S&M is as far from tenderness as one may go on the sexual spectrum, but this is actually turns out to be a very sweet movie. Spader is actually ashamed of his sadistic proclivities, and is trying to quit, but Gyllenhaal will have none of that. Imagine Tom Hanks as the Marquis de Sade, giving a woman a spanking only because she really wants one.

This film has a certain kinship with David Cronenberg's Crash, in that you could react by saying "this is absurd, and not at all like real life". There's some truth to that, but as in "Crash", once you accept their alternate world, which is like our world, but not quite the same, everything makes sense, or at least as much sense as things ever make.