Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
- Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated.
- I've never seen this Mariah Carey nip-slip before, but it sure seems to be
the real deal.
- Penelope Cruz in her very first filmed acting appearance in Serie rose
Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours
This film is also known as "My Nights Are More
Beautiful Than Your Days."
The film begins with a man receiving a diagnosis
from his doctor. Lucas is a genius who has invented
a completely new computer language. Unfortunately, he also has a
disease something like Alzheimer's, which causes his memory to
erode. The supreme irony is that a man who invented a language is
losing his ability to communicate by language.
Shortly after his diagnosis, he
meets an emotionally unstable woman who works as a nightclub medium.
They are attracted to one another, so he follows her to a seaside
resort where they spend time together. As they fall deeper in love,
Lucas also falls deeper into a haze, where is is befuddled by the
world, by his own inability to communicate, and by the mysteries of
his language, which he babbles like a child who is discovering wordplay and
word relationships for the first time.
Stir in some of the obligatory elements of modern
European art films: deserted seaside resorts, a dwarf wearing the
official "call for Phillip Morris" outfit, people wearing top hats for no reason, open windows
framed by curtains blown dramatically by powerful ocean breezes,
long philosophical monologues, a nymphomaniacal mother, gratuitous
naked lesbians, a homosexual husband, tragic flashbacks to family
tragedies, and various colorful cokeheads screaming at one another.
Have you guessed that it's an art film?
An art film taken from a best selling romance
The novel by Raphaële
Billetdoux is about a couple who meet by chance in a seaside hotel
and spend three nights together. I imagine the book's readers would
have been thoroughly confused that this surrealistic tragedy has the
same name as their beloved book. In fact, the novelist had the same
fear, and insisted that
her name be expunged from the credits because the film had so little
to do with her novel other than a few basic ideas and the names of
I think that the basic idea was outstanding, and
could have made for a brilliant film if helmed by a controlled and subtle
director. Since the male lead was losing his grasp of language and needed an
anchor to hold on to, the script could have worked if it made me care about the
main female character, and had drawn her as a normal person trying to cope with
a surreal situation. Unfortunately, director Andrej Zulawski is one of those
guys who goes over-the-top with symbolism and surrealism, so most of the film's
potential gets drowned in a sea of pretentiousness and BoHo excess. He made the
woman seem to have less grasp of reality than the guy! She seemed to be a deeply
disturbed person, possibly even clinically insane, so she was constantly weeping
and muttering away about various crazy ideas while the guy was babbling and
linking words in free association. Meanwhile, many of the minor background
characters were engaged in various loud, abnormal and drug-addled excesses of
their own. With no anchor in reality, the film's atmosphere often degenerates
into something resembling a carnival fun house, and sets up an insurmountable
barrier between the audience and the characters.
Too bad. The premise had
potential, but "Mes Nuits" ended up nothing more than a turtleneck film
If you're interested, here are my thoughts on Factotum, the pseudo-Bukowski
film with Marisa Tomei topless. I finally got through the damned thing. It's not
going to be a blockbuster, by any means, but it is actually a fairly
entertaining movie, and funny in a deadpan way.
I gave up on this unwatchable Mike Figgis film, but I liked this scene with
'Caps and comments by Hankster
Today we look at "The Deviants" with our focus
on four ladies. Now with a title like that you kind of expect you are going to
get non-stop nudity. Not quite true. I think we have another movie with budget
limitations. Not a great movie, but it does have its funny moments.
The Crimson Ghost
|Comments and caps by Dann:
This 1993 horror film is Dario Argento's first American production,
and although it may not be his best work, it's also not bad.
A young woman who is battling anorexia escapes from a mental
institution. Her parents have placed her there, mainly because she was a
pain they didn't want to have to deal with. Asia Argento, then just
18, played the girl, and she herself battled anorexia for some time,
according to reports.
When the girl returns home, her parents insist she must return to the
institution, but before they can arrange that, they are beheaded by a
serial killer who is in the process of giving residents of the town a free
haircut from the neck up. A stranger stops her from jumping off a bridge,
and the two of them start looking into the deaths of her parents and
others. Things start to point in the direction of a tie-in with the
institution, which becomes all the more frightening when the girl is
recaptured by the institution's director and sent back in restraints.
An interesting tale woven by a top-flight horror film director.
Here 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.
The trailer for Just Friends
- "The romantic comedy "Just Friends" stars Ryan Reynolds as a
former high school geek turned trendy Los Angeles music executive.
When he gets stranded in his New Jersey home town due to bad
weather with a superstar singer he is trying to sign, he finds
himself reunited with his high school crush and discovers she is
his true love."
Test audiences have fallen in love with "Everybody Hates Chris."
It's a sitcom about Chris Rock's childhood.
The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft captured stunning images of
Earth during a gravity assist swingby of its home planet, which were
sequenced into a movie.
URL says it all:
You have to love the caption on this Sky News report. (Was it
"Just because they aren't real doesn't mean video game characters
are safe from the decisive action of Fashion SWAT!"
Hunter S. Thompson suicide note published
Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James
The 50 Greatest Independent Films
Dave Barry shows a serious side, writing about FLIGHT 93 Be sure
to read Dave's original essay, which is linked from the page.
The Daily Show's Rob Corddry meets with a man who would like to
change the face of photosynthesis forever.
The Daily Show:
Celebrities, our greatest natural resource have gone through a range
of responses to Katrina
Samuel L. Jackson talks to Jon Stewart about some alternatives for
donating to Katrina victims.
The Daily Show's "Meet the Fuckers" - about a new breed of
public servant, like Michael Brown.
Conan's band reads their fortune cookies and delivers other
incompetent comic performances.
Four clips from On a Clear Day. ... Frank determines to salvage
his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate
test of endurance - which would be either staying awake during a Nic
Roeg film festival or swimming the English Channel.
A new clip from Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride'
Two clips from The Weather Man, Nic Cage's latest.
Barbara Bush to be relocated.
- She was transported to a facility where she will have plenty
of food and water but no more media appearances, the White House
confirmed. “She will be much more comfortable in this new
location, surrounded by armed guards on a 24-hour basis, than she
was at her compound in Kennebunkport,” said White House spokesman
Scott McClellan. “This is working very well for her. She was
- Elsewhere, President Bush mourned the passing of actor Bob
Denver, calling the “Gilligan’s Island” star “a great American and
a role model for me personally.”
It's geek heaven -
The Weekly Script has the treatment and the first four drafts of the
original Star Wars script.
Hollywood heads to Toronto for a tune-up
Weekly World News: "CHINESE ADMIT: 'WE CAN'T TELL EACH OTHER APART,
Hurricane Katrina Aftermath: President's Heartfelt Prayer to God to
Unify America Following His Mega-Competent Administration's
Teeny-Tiny New Orleans Oopsie- (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
Photo Gallery - NFL's Most Surprising Teams
NFL- "10 bold predictions for 2005" ... 10. Carolina will win
the Super Bowl
"Learn When Your Favorite Network Show Returns!!" with new
Little girls formerly in the public eye - Where Are They Now? Did
They Get Hot?
M.C. Esher did have a point with those infinite loops. It involved
This year's cheerleader rundown begins with the world's champs:
New England Patriots CheerLeaders. Our cheerleading expert
opines, "Their Bio page is for crap, and the gallery shot are just
OK. I guess the World Champs should have a cheerleading squad that
is the Reef Girls, the Hooters Calendar Girls, the Swedish Bikini
Team, and all of Hef's Playmates rolled into one. Then it dawns on
me...the talent pool is the greater Boston area. Well, New England
can't be the best at EVERYTHING! Scoop, with the NFL season kicking
off tonight, I start the annual parade of NFL Cheerleaders with the
defending World Champs, New England Patriots. (My rating is about a
6 out of 10.)"
New exhibit at London Zoo - humans
Who is Xenu?
Two clips from Lonesome Jim, Steve Buscemi's film
Three clips and a featurette on Roll Bounce
- In the late '70s, when roller skating was a way of life, X
(Bow Wow) and his pals ruled supreme. But when the doors of their
local skating rink close, it marks the end of an era and the
beginning of another that sees the boys venture into foreign
territory -- uptown's Sweetwater Roller Rink, complete with its
over-the-top skaters and beautiful girls. Through his preparation
for the showdown of the season -- the Roller Jam skate off with
the Sweetwater crew -- X manages to find himself and also help his
dad (Chi McBride) get back on track.
The international trailer from Revolver, Guy Ritchie's latest.
- "Jason Statham is Jake Green, a supreme gambler who easily
defeats casino owner Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta), who's crap at
cards but not used to losing. Literally adding insult to financial
injury, Jake makes the mistake of rubbing it in, and before you
know it, Macha has put a hit out on him."
A new clip from Keane
- "We first meet William Keane in the Port Authority bus
terminal where he is desperately searching for his 6-year-old
daughter, who has been missing for months."
- Looks very intense
Letterman's "Top Ten Signs You've Chosen the Wrong College"
- "Latin motto translates to 'I can't believe it's not butter'"
- "'Kollege'" is spelled with a 'K'"
- Entire library: paperback anthologies of 'Garfield'"
- "Most notable alumnus? Fema director Michael Brown"
George Bush To Investigate Self Over Hurricane Katrina Response
This is not a Borowitz story, but the real thing!
Katrina victims being recruited for Iraq duty!
Video Timeline of Bush, FEMA and the DHS's Response to Katrina.
Katie Holmes to become "Kate Cruise"
Arafat returns fron the dead. Well, sorta. The mystery over the
cause of Arafat's death has taken a new twist with the publication
of the medical reports.
Microsoft sues Europe. It seems to me that it would be much more
efficient just to buy Europe.
Sci-Fi is here.
A private company plans to colonize and mine Mars. "The idea is
to make Mars a center for needs of the solar system economy." They
are not only pioneers in exploration, but in buzzwords as well.
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