After Hours (1985) is a very dark comedy that marked director Martin Scorsese's return to his roots of low budget film making. With the collapse of United Artists and the cancellation of Temptation of Christ, he re-evaluated his career, and went back to the sort of film that made him famous. The short plot summary is very simple. Griffin Dunne meets a girl in a restaurant, Rosanna Arquette, phones her when he gets home, after midnight, and she invites him to her Soho apartment. He then has one disaster after another.
His money blows out the window of his cab, he discovers that he doesn't really care for Arquette, meets her sculptor room mate, Linda Fiorentino, and then runs. Unfortunately, it is pouring rain, and he doesn't have enough money for subway fair. Then things go straight down hill.
Fiorentino shows her breasts in two scenes. The film is rated 7.3 at IMDb, and earned $10.6M against the $4.5M budget. Ebert adored the film and awarded 4 stars. It received an 86% positive from Rotten Tomatoes. I remember enjoying it a lot the first time I watched it, but the second time through was not nearly as entertaining. This is a C+, a very well made dark comedy.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Girl Next Door (2004):
The Girl Next Door received some pretty solid levels of pre-release
buzz on the internet, then quietly disappeared after grossing a
modest $14 million, despite some fairly good reviews (58% at RT and
a 6.8 at IMDb). What went wrong?
The problem is that it is not a teenage sex comedy, as implied by
the premise. A clean-cut straight A high school senior starts to get
crazy when he falls in love with the porn star who moves in next
Could be raunchy fun, ala Porky's.
Could be gross humor, ala American Pie.
What is it? A formulaic romantic comedy about the relationship
between a straight arrow and someone in the world of adult
entertainment, in which the straight-laced guy gets drawn partially
into her porn world to make a few bucks, ala Risky Business (Tom
Cruise falls in love with hooker, turns his parents' house into a
bordello), or maybe Night Shift (Henry Winkler falls in love with a
hooker, turns the morgue into a bordello).
So what's wrong with that? People love romantic comedies, right? And
Risky Business was a big hit that made Tom Cruise a major star.
True enough, but those who do like romantic comedies may not
necessarily like this one.
Let me take you back to Risky Business for a minute, and draw a
comparison by making some changes. Suppose Tom Cruise had been
worked over a couple of times by thugs from the porno world. And I
mean really worked over, until his face was a blood pulp. Suppose he
had been slipped Ecstasy and had to face his parents' world while
wacked out of his mind and still looking like he had just been
beaten severely. Suppose the hooker he was in love with was right on
the edge of going back to her old life, and really couldn't seem to
choose between the two. Suppose the hooker was filled with
self-loathing about having been a hooker, yet was non-judgmental
about the other people in the business. Suppose Cruise found himself
getting a lap dance in a strip club - with one of his dad's best
friends getting one in the adjoining chair. Suppose the creepy
Alfred Molina guy from Boogie Nights presented a threat to the lives
of Cruise and his girl unless they co-operated with him.
And there you have The Girl Next Door in a nutshell. Risky Business
with moments of dark, ominous, and sometimes very ugly tone shifts.
It just isn't what people want it to be.
To make matters worse, one of the leads is quite unsympathetic. Not
only is the porn star in this film filled with self-loathing, but
she is not an entirely nice person (as you'd imagine from a 19 year
old who had been hardened by years in porn). As Roger Ebert wrote in
a scathing review:
Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert) has two personalities: In one,
she's a sweet, misunderstood kid who has never been loved, and
in the other she's a twisted emotional sadist who amuses herself
by toying with the feelings of the naive Matthew. The movie
alternates between these personalities at its convenience,
making her quite the most unpleasant character I have seen in
Furthermore, although the film eventually manages to produce the
obligatory happy ending, there were moments when it seemed to be
vying for the title of Most Heartbreaking Coming-of-Age Film since
The Last American Virgin.
It is a different kind of movie, and I felt it was kind of a good
one, although I understand why it made many people uneasy. It's much
more soulful than you would think, with characters drawn much closer
to the reality of teen life and porn life than you would expect.
Yes, it has the veneer of a teen comedy, but that is a thin coating
at best. Underneath the laughter, it comes very close to being a
real-life drama, and often cuts close to the bone. It is, in
essence, the real story of what might happen if a good kid fell in
love with a porn star, and the porn star was unable to pull both
feet out of her old life. It is much too close to reality to work as
a feel-good coming-of-age fantasy, ala Risky Business. You just have
to accept this film on its own terms, and many people could not do
Amanda Swisten (1,
3). You also saw Amanda topless in American Wedding. She
was Fraulein Brandi, the fantasy maid, at the bachelor party.
Sung Hi Lee (1,
Elisha Cuthbert (1,
unknown strippers (1,
This may be the worst-reviewed major movie of the year. Rotten
Tomatoes shows that the critical overview was 3% positive, 97%
I think that probably underrates the film. If I had to
describe Godsend in one sentence, I would not say "it is a bad movie,
skip it". I'd say, "it had moments when it seemed like it was going
to be an OK movie, then degenerated a bit with some logical lapses,
then pissed everyone off by not being able to come up with an
ending." I'm pretty sure that the complete lack of resolution caused
people to leave their theaters in an irritable mood, and thus write
some nasty reviews.
Frankly, I don't know if there was a way to end it. A
couple lose their beloved son, Adam. They are talked into cloning
him, and have another Adam. Things are hunky-dory until Adam 2
reaches the age at which Adam 1 died, at which point he starts to
get eee-villlllll. Turns out the cloning doctor had some mysterious
secrets which he didn't share with the bereaved parents.
OK, here's the major problem. You come up with an
ending. Give the characters a fate they deserve. The doctor who
plays God - he could die, I guess, but that wouldn't resolve the
film. We would still have the evil kid. So we kill the evil kid,
right? I don't know. Adam 2 was just a kid. 99% of the time he was a
sweet as Adam 1. He didn't do anything to cause the evil. His
parents cloned him, and the doctor did some very crazy stuff which
screwed the kid up. So do we let the kid live? Then how do we stop
him from being evil, when he has major problems in his DNA. Do we
come up with a miraculous ending in which another doctor comes along
and cleans his DNA? That isn't realistic. What about the parents?
What fate do they deserve? Adam 2 was brought into the world only to
be an exact replica of another human being, and the parents kept
Adam 1 a secret from Adam 2. They are not exactly morally pure in
The writer and the director were well aware that they
had painted themselves into a corner. They shot five completely
different endings, which are on the DVD with their rather rueful
commentary. They finally decided to use one of
those "the end???? endings that didn't really resolve anything, and
left the film open for a sequel.
Thank heaven the critical and box office reactions
were so negative that we will not have to face the possibility of
Rebecca Romijn in the movie, with only this fleeting glimpse of a
nipple to show for the love scene. This same PG-13 version of the
love scene is on the DVD and was in the theatrical release. (1,
Here's the love scene when it was R-rated in a pre-release version.
(And as it was reportedly shown overseas.) (1,
Follow Up: This Land is Your Land is really made for you and me.
Turns out it is in the public domain! Remember that
copyright suit about the Kerry/Bush parody? Ain't gonna happen.
PARIS HILTON CALLS FOR END TO SWIFT BOAT FLAP.
Distracting Attention Away From Her, Heiress Says
Veg Porn :: Titallating tofu eaters.
The Wayans brothers have signed with Universal Pictures to make a
film version of the 1960s TV show The Munsters
John Kerry won the endorsement of 10 Nobel Prize-winning
economists Wednesday. Unfortunately, the genius
economists don't understand the economy well enough to match the
contributions of the rich guys who finance President Bush.
The latest release of The Dave Matthews Band is a big load of
The lone voice speaking out for sensible tolerance and acceptance
for others in a too-hateful world is ... Dick Cheney????
Well, kiss my grits and call me Horace.
It looks like Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz get
into some lesbo threesome action in their new movie 'Head in the
Justice Dept. Cracks Down on Illegal Internet Downloads
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, whose work on the 5 stages of grief
revolutionized care of terminally ill patients. dies at 78.
No that can't be true. Curse you, Lord, no just God would
take her from us. I wish she was back. Geez, life stinks. Oh,
well, that's the circle of life.
Will the internet melt down on Thursday? (bottom story)
The Pleasure Boat Captains for Truth raise questions
about the President's reputation as a serious drinker.
Weekly World News claims: "Half of all Pentagon generals speak
with a strikingly effeminate lisp."
"in taverns per capita, seven of the top eight U.S. cities are
located in the great state of Wisconsin" And the other
one is probably just across the border, filled with commuting
- The Smoking Gun has hired Captain Obvious.
"New York toll takers are vulgar, rude, downright creepy"
- Reader says:
"I have started up a very basic website about movies".
Comments and advice welcome.
I'm surrounded by naked women 4 times a week and I'm miserable.
Now some people might say "dude, I wish I had your problem"... NO
Matt Damon talks about The Bourne Ultimatum, and more.
How much does it cost to have sex with a girlfriend or wife?
Belgian chick strips in a public park
Scotty doesn't know - Karaoke style
More women's beach volleyball
Letter from Mrs. Richard Cheney to Homosexualist Governor James
McGreevey Expressing Her Disgust on Behalf of Normal Women
Blair and Bush in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a related story, Keanu Reeves is considered a strong Oscar
Four free short videos from Playboy's Spice Uncensored, stuff too
hot for Spice TV
Playmate Gallery - Kelly Monaco, April 1997 - Courtesy of
The law-enforcement officers who cuffed Michael Jackson have been
Here is the trailer for Goldfish Memory. ""Goldfish
Memory" is a light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of
dating in contemporary Dublin. When Clara sees her boyfriend Tom
kissing Isolde, it sets off a chain reaction of romances and
heartbreaks until the entire cycle has turned full circle, each
character trying to solve the pressing question of what is the
perfect relationship! Some favour marriage, others a
week-at-a-time arrangement. The only thing they can all agree on
is that love is the one thing we can't live without."
Here's the trailer for The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the
Here is an R-rated trailer for The Boys From County Claire.
"This heartwarming comedy centers on two brothers, John Joe and
Jimmy, who haven't seen each other in twenty years. Having parted
on bad terms, they meet at the All Ireland traditional music
finals as leaders of rival Irish dance bands. Romance ensues
between Anne (Andrea Corr), a beautiful fiddle player, and Teddy,
a brilliant young flute player, members of the rival bands leading
to more than just a musical rivalry."
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
Two all time nudity classics
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.
- Angelina Jolie showing off her wonderful toplessness in a hot sex scene from the unrated DVD of "Taking Lives".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
Today...a few clips of Diane Franklin in scenes from "Second Time Lucky". Fifteen of em, encompassing about 2.5 minutes of nekkidness!
Fourteen of the fifteen come from the Garden of Eden sequence; the last is from the firing squad scene.
Diane shows off top B's in all of them, bum in 1, 2, 5 and 7; a couple frames o' bush in 13. Be aware that 9-11 are of a nighttime scene and the DVD was already dark. I brightened things as much as I could. Numbers 4 and 14 are my favorites.
- Diane Franklin (zipped divx .avis).
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...Tara Reid gets nekkid and gets it on in scenes from "Body Shots" (1999). We see breasts in all 5 'clips, plus bum views in #4 as she takes Jerry O'Connell for a ride.
- Tara Reid zipped .wmvs
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Even if you don't especially like a movie, you can understand why it's considered important. 1973's Mean Streets is considered to be Martin Scorsese's first great movie, with breakout performances by very young Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. Most people rave about it. I personally found it boring and draggy, but I still realize the performances were top-notch. I just wasn't impressed with all the character development; the movie took too long to go anywhere.
The story tells the tale of small-time hoods trying to succeed on the streets of Little Italy in New York. The characters were sterotyped, but still believeable. Frankly, though, I think The Sopranos does it better, but given the time differences, that's probably unfair.
It's a movie most people should probably see, draggy or not, and seeing Amy Robinson's amazing 2-inch nipples will probably be worth the time spent.
|The German actress going topless and full frontal (#1) in scenes from the Canadian movie "Desire" (2000).
|The Luxembourg native bares breasts and bum in scenes from the Italian comedy, "Questo e quello" aka "This and That" (1983).
|Helena Bonham Carter
||The "Fight Club" star topless in scenes from the UK movie "The Heart of Me" (2002).
||Lovely breast exposure in scenes from the 1993 movie "Lake Consequence", starring Billy Zane and Joan Severance.
||Fully nude, but covering up the goods in scenes from the made for TV movie "Uprising" (2001).
||The paparazzi catch the heiress and wannabe actress/singer showing some skin...again. This time a breast escapes while she is getting into her car.
|No nudity here, but the model turned actress looks gorgeous in undies in scenes from The Rock movie "Walking Tall".
Bonus points are awarded to Eve for these 'caps....1)because the DVD is not due out until September 28, and 2)because the presentation of the images is pretty cool.
||The long time star of French cinema (plus a couple of Hollywood movies you've all heard of like "Braveheart" and "The World is Not Enough") baring all 3 B's in scenes from "Beyond the Clouds".
|Sung Hi Lee
|New this week on DVD....Señor Skin 'caps of the Asian model/actress in scenes from the Elisha Cuthbert comedy "The Girl Next Door".
Here's the breakdown:
Links 1-2...a little lesbian make-out session.
Link #7...holding her boobs.
Links 8 and 9...thong views. #9 features yoga in her undies.
Link #10...more undies yoga.
Links 11 and 12...undies.