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Charmed is a TV show based on the adventures of three sisters, The Charmed Ones. There were four main women from a sex appeal point of view, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan. Kaley Cuoco spiced things up in the eighth and final season. There was no nudity but plenty that was very easy on the eye. These caps are from the fourth season and were made in 2001 and 2002.

Episode 9 Muse to My Ears (2001)

Alyssa Milano

Cindy Ambuehl

Holly Marie Combs

Rose McGowan

Episode 10 A Paige from the Past (2002)

Alyssa Milano

Holly Marie Combs

Episode 11 Trial by Magic (2002)

Alyssa Milano

Rose McGowan

Episode 12 Lost and Bound (2002)

Alyssa Milano

Episode 13 Charmed and Dangerous (2002)

Alyssa Milano

Rose McGowan

Holly Marie Combs

Episode 14 The Three Faces of Phoebe (2002)

Alyssa Milano

Rose McGowan

Episode 15 Marry-Go-Round (2002)

Alyssa Milano

Holly Marie Combs

Rose McGowan

Rise: Blood Hunter


Cameron Richardson

Scoop's comments:

Rise is a genre hybrid created by crossing a vampire movie with a Charles Bronson revenge film. Lucy Liu plays a reporter on the trail of a mysterious cult which ends being a vampire group. They promptly kill her and drink all of her blood, a double coup which not only puts a stop to her investigation, but also simultaneously meets 100% of their daily vitamin requirements.

Turns out that death just pisses her off!

It seems that she has the necessary will or genetic structure or susceptibility to vampirism, or whatever bullshit explanation the script comes up with, and she gets turned into one of the undead, with an assist from a female vampire who helps to "turn" Lucy for her own purposes when the chief vampire is not paying attention.  Lucy wakes up in the morgue, kicks her way free, and resumes her life. After feeling the craving for blood and subsequently killing a few drifters, however, she starts to get the feeling that the whole vampire lifestyle is really not for her, so she sets out to destroy the entire tribe of vampires who cursed her to this life which is not a life. After being trained by a rogue vampire, she sets out on a mission to kill the evil nightcrawlers with a magical vampire-killing crossbow. (Surprisingly there is no waiting period to buy one. Bless the NRA. Or maybe the NCA.)

You have to measure a film like this by the quantity and appeal of its guilty pleasures. Rise stacks up nicely. It's fun to watch, even if (like me) you don't like the whole throat-slitting, flesh-eating vampire ambience.

Several reasons I found it appealing.

1) A nice bit of "mismatched buddy" action between Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis, as a tough cop who  arrests her because she did, after all, kill a whole bunch of vampires, and he doesn't know they were vampires. He thinks he's caught a serial killer. Of course, she doesn't stay caught, but once Liu and Chiklis learn and believe each other's stories, they team up to take on the chief vampire.

2) A lot of fun cameos by a great variety of people ranging from Robert Forster to Marilyn Manson to ... Nick Lachey.

3) A fairly entertaining evil mastermind, ala a Bond villain, in the person of the boss vampire.

4) A surprisingly solid performance from Lucy Liu, who moved easily through the action scenes and remained natural and convincing throughout the dramatic moments.

4) Some great topless nudity from Cameron Richardson, and some coy nudity from Lucy Liu.

5) Entertaining over-the-top comic book violence, in the manner of a Frank Miller work.
6) A sense of humor.


Unfortunately, the extended unrated version on the DVD is a major disappointment. Despite a much longer running time (27 additional minutes), it actually contains LESS nudity from Lucy Liu than the screener (albeit a smidgen more from Cameron Richardson). Moreover, the footage has been reassembled to make the narrative more complex, which only makes it less suspenseful and harder to follow.

Shakespeare in Love


Gwyneth Paltrow

Scoop's comments

"This is not life, Will. It is a stolen season."

If we had the choice to relive one part of our lives, how many of us would choose to bring back first love, the special love of our youth, the love that took us away from the world and transported us to the ethereal plane? Unless it is happening to you right now, you realize that it can't last forever, no matter how favorable the circumstances, no matter the effort expended. It is something unique, to be savored as long and as well as possible, for it will never return. Looking back on it from old age, it seems not part of the ordinary march of the calendar, but a stolen season. I suppose everyone stole a season, even Shakespeare.

Especially Shakespeare.

Of course, this isn't actually a play about the real William Shakespeare. It can't be. Frankly, we don't know jack shit about the guy, just a few broad strokes in his bio. The film is really an attempt to allow contemporary audiences the privilege of enjoying Romeo and Juliet with the same reaction that might have been provoked in Shakespeare's own audience. It's a "best of" Shakespeare, taking only the best parts of Romeo and Juliet, and combining them with hypothetical events in Shakespeare's life during the period when he composed the play, thus ostensibly showing how the play might have been inspired, but also allowing modern ears a better chance to hear people comment on it in prose. It has a sensibility in equal parts 16th and 20th century.

The authors had fun with speculation. Think about this. Shakespeare is probably the greatest writer who ever wrote in any language.  Romeo and Juliet is probably the most widely known and widely read non-religious work in history. It is translated and studied in virtually every language, and has been the direct or indirect source for dozens of movies. So how did the audience react on opening night? The audience saw what would become the most famous play of the greatest writer who ever lived. Did they know how privileged they were that night, living in a moment that many of us dream about traveling back to? Did they even like the play? Or did Romeo and Juliet get a reception like Battlefield Earth? If the latter, could that mean a time will come, several centuries hence, when people will be watching Travolta in Love?

Most movies about Shakespeare or adaptations of his plays seem to treat him as if he were some stuffed-shirt like the people who typically attend his plays. Based upon his work, he wasn't anything like that. He was earthy, romantic, profane, horny, poetic, thoughtful, funny, sometimes anachronistic, and sometimes a bit tipsy, as well as the greatest (and maybe also the fastest) wordsmith who ever picked up a quill. Unfortunately, it is no longer easy for us to appreciate those things because to most of us his plays seem to be in a foreign language. The author and director of this film, Tom Stoppard and John Madden, have essentially translated the man and his work into modern terms for us. They tried to do what Shakespeare would have done if he had written in our century about theirs. As Shakespeare himself would have done, Stoppard wrote a script that everyone can enjoy, but hid inside of it many treasures and inside jokes for scholars and aficionados. I believe that Shakespeare himself would be proud to claim this work, and the script devices are typical of and equal to his own inventions - mistaken identities, low humor, coincidences, and entrances timed to match up with dialogue. The additional words are not as great as Shakespeare's words, for that is not possible, yet they blend smoothly with the Bard's phrases. I say it is the mark of a great writer when his words are juxtaposed to Shakespeare's own, and do not appear inadequate.

Is there anyone who saw this movie and came away not completely in love with Gwyneth Paltrow? She had exactly the right quality, and very few actresses could have done this. She has a sweetness, a toughness, an idealism, a special look in her eyes, and a special fragile lilt to her voice that made her the essence of romantic femininity. She got a dream assignment - the chance to play four roles, two of them male, one of the others probably the greatest role ever written for a woman. And it was in the fourth role that her star shone most brightly. As Viola, Shakespeare's mistress, she was finally as good as her potential, presenting a wonderful combination of ardent lust and spirituality.

Oh, damn them for making this movie so good.  I had seen it twice before, so I was hoping to watch a couple of scenes, review all the special features on the new Collector's Series DVD, then write it up. Maybe an hour of my time.  I ended up watching the whole damned film and every minute of the extra features. It's funny, sad, ennobling, then funny again. It's about the joy of performing and creating art, the idealism of youthful love, and the sadness of parting. It is an excellent movie on its own, which also includes an excellent interpretation of Romeo and Juliet within it. It is one of my five favorite movies from the 90's.  It may have the most literate script of any film I saw in the 1990's, greater even than The Sweet Hereafter or The Red Violin.

It's also damned funny, and the cinematography looks great.

What more is there to say?

In a way, the film itself seems to be true to its own running gag. As the plot of the film develops, it always seems that things cannot work out for the good, and somebody says so. When somebody else insists it will work out and is then asked how that could be, the answer is always the same. "I don't know. It's a mystery." Same deal with the movie itself. If you had heard in advance about the casting in this film, what would you have said when you heard that Ben Affleck was playing the greatest Elizabethan actor? That couldn't work. Yet it did.

How? It's a mystery.

Of course, Gwyneth and some of the bit players like Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson are always superlative, but many of the principal parties involved in this film have never come remotely close to this level again. Ben Affleck is the most obvious example, but consider director John Madden. Madden made his two great movies "Mrs Brown" and "Shakespeare in Love", in short order, but his next strongest film at IMDb is Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a highly respected book that he turned into a sloppy, often sappy, movie. And then there is Joseph Fiennes. He dazzled the world with his portrayal of Shakespeare, but he has continued to play Shakespeare ever since. In Forever Mine, he was El Señor Shakespiro, hopelessly in love with another guy's wife. In Enemy at the Gates, he was Komrade Komissar Shakspirov, hopelessly in love with another guy's woman. In Elizabeth, he may have worn the exact same clothing as in Shakespeare in Love, and seemed to be playing the same guy, hopelessly in love with Queen Elizabeth this time.

How did everything and everyone just somehow deliver their lifetime achievements at the same time for Shakespeare in Love?

I don't know. It's a mystery.

But I do know this. It's just about the ultimate romantic movie. If you take a woman to this movie and don't get laid, you will probably die a virgin.

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