"The Holy Land"
The Holy Land (2001) is an Israeli tragic love story and coming of age story set in Jerusalem. Were it set anywhere else, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. Mendy is son of a Rabbi, himself a rabbinical student, but is too obsessed with sex to study. His Rabbi gives him a bit of advice from an obscure Talmud to go to a strange city, find a prostitute, get it out of his system, then come back to his studies. Mendy goes to the red light district of Tel Aviv, and falls for a Ukranian hooker (the adorable Tchelet Semel). He also meets Mike, who owns Mike's Place, one of the few bars in Jerusalem. Mike tells him that the way to get close to her is to see her when she isn't working. Note that many of the characters and events are taken from writer.director Eitan Gorlin's own life, including Mike's Place, where he did, in fact, tend bar.
Mendy goes to Mike's Place, as she is due to show up for some kind of party, and ends up staying and working for Mike, while trying to get close to Semel. This is almost cliched, young kid falls for hooker with a heart of gold, except for where he comes from, with the conflict between his moral upbringing and his youthful lust. The thing that made the film for me, however, was the portrait of The Holy Land, and all the Jews and Arabs who inhabit it.
Semel shows breasts in several scenes, and Julia Galinski, as another hooker/stripper, shows everything. IMDb readers have this at 7.0 of 10. Critical response was generally favorable. It earned a little over $.5M in a limited US release, and won some festival awards. While it is primarily in English, you hear a lot of Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic and some Russian, making it a treat for the ears as well as the eyes. Some of the photography was wonderful. The DVD includes a full length commentary with director and cast, a featurette, and a narrated photo album. This is not for everyone, but if you tend to enjoy looks at other place and cultures, you might also find much to enjoy here. C+.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
La Femme Publique, part 3 (1984):
From 1981 to 1984, Valerie Kaprisky was one of the most discussed
actresses in the world, all because she made about a half dozen
movies without wearing a lot of clothing.
Hoo, boy, was she hot!!!
In this film, she probably achieved a record for the second most
nudity done by one female star one film. The record, which I presume
will last forever, is Emmanuelle Beart in La Belle Noiseuse. Beart's
nude scenes (about two hours on camera) in that long film (about
four hours) actually last longer than most entire films!!!
These last two Kaprisky clips - both long downloads - consist of
nothing more than Kaprisky hanging out stark naked. In the first
one, she dances to music while a guy photographs her - similar to
the first clip we saw two days ago. In the second one, she
admires herself in a mirror, then loves somebody long time.
Iron Jawed Angels (2004):
This is basically a docudrama which looks inside of a pivotal time in
American history, the era of the last group of suffragettes who
marched, spoke, picketed, and otherwise campaigned for the right of
women to vote.
To bring the issue in clearer focus, let's review the
circumstances. Black men received the right to vote after the Civil
War (in theory at least), but women were still disenfranchised at
the time of WW1. The general legal consensus was that the situation
could not be changed by an act of Congress, but would require a
constitutional amendment, and thus the approval of 2/3 of the
Nothing is ever simple in politics. President Wilson
thought it politically inexpedient to support the vote for women,
even though he was supposed to be the idealistic social liberal. The
suffragettes thus directed much of their protest activity in his
direction. Wilson was also a wartime President, and many people felt
that it was inappropriate, even treasonous, for the women to picket
against him. Furthermore, liberals, who would normally have
supported the women, were appalled that the picketers were
embarrassing the liberal Wilson and driving voters toward the
There were more sub-plots and divisions among the
women, split along racial and age lines. The white, educated
suffragettes were divided into various warring factions among the
older women who wanted to work within the system as good liberal
Democrats, and the more radical younger women who advocated activism
against anyone who failed to support the. Furthermore, the white
women were asking black women to march in the back of their parades,
so as not to antagonize the racial separatists, because they needed
every supporter they could get.
This story is told with a clear, simple narrative, so
that the issues and personalities are clear. Your reaction to the
movie will hinge entirely on your interest in the topic. If you
wonder about the struggles women had to go through to get the vote,
a right which is universally recognized today, but was highly
controversial only 80 years ago, or if you are interested in
American politics and history, Iron Jawed Angels is a painless and
moderately entertaining way to learn all about the matter. If you
are studying this topic in school, you should by all means watch
this movie, since it will enable you to understand the topic on an
emotional level and in context, rather than as dry facts written in
a textbook. Many of us alive today can remember the great struggles
which black people have faced since WW2, and the great victories
which they have won, but there is virtually nobody still alive who
can recall the passage of the women's suffrage amendment, so this is
one way to get "inside" of the history. I found it fascinating and
edifying. Iron Jawed Angels is, as always from HBO, a handsomely
If the topic does not interest you,
my advice is to skip it. Although I found it interesting, you
probably will not. It's basically an "educational" film, gussied up
with a few cheesy moments of romance and fluff. There is no action.
There is minimal plot development and virtually no dramatic
conflict, since you know how it all came out. The film basically
consists of people long dead talking about issues long since
resolved, and the character development is not deep enough to carry
the film as a stand-alone work of entertainment.
Ghost Story (1981)
Ghost Story was originally a layered best selling horror novel by
Stephen King's friend and sometime collaborator, Peter Straub. I read
it. Pretty spooky stuff which centered on a race of shape-shifters
who live among us. It is quite lovecraftian in its use of isolated New
England settings as the battleground for the war between us, johnny-come-lately
human beings, and them, an older race embodying what would be
unspeakable blasphemies in terms of our Christian mythos. Most
frightening of all, they represent an eternal evil which cannot be
For reasons which I cannot fathom, Universal paid to acquire
the rights to Straub's terrifying novel, then ignored it. The book and the film
have little in common except a title and some character names.
So what is the film about?
Well sir, it seems that a bunch of old codgers in this New England
have a terrible secret. Fifty years ago, in a moment of drunken
bickering, they accidentally killed a mysterious foreign women whom
they were all sweet on. Panicking, they disposed of her body by
pushing her car to the bottom of a pond. There was no reason for
them to panic, because the other locals quickly lost interest in the
woman's disappearance. She, however, did not take death lying down.
Her corpse may have been in that waterlogged car, but her spirit
continued to roam the earth. In ghastly form, she continued to haunt
the old geezers and their offspring.
Well, to tell you the truth, the son was only there
for plot exposition. He continues to ask the old guys if they know
something about this women, and they gradually spin their "Ghost
Story." In order to reveal the mystery at the appropriate pace, time
switches back and forth between the events surrounding her death and
the present day.
Blah. blah, yadda, yadda.
It's basically a scareless movie with a facile and
too-sudden resolution which will leave you thinking. "That's it?
That's all they had to do to defeat her? Meh." Instead of
winning a temporary respite from timeless shape-shifting evil, they
defeated her soundly by simply opening a car door and exposing her
corpse to the light. That's it. End of movie. Done in by the
dreaded, feared open car door!
The best part of the movie, at least as far as I was
concerned, was the exquisite elegance of the woman, as played by the Borg Queen herself,
Alice Krige, as the epitome of cold, sexy beauty, sort of a
South African version of Catherine Deneuve.
The film does have an interesting cast. The four doddering
old windbags are played by Melvyn Douglas, Fred Astaire, Doug
Fairbanks, and John Houseman, so you'll get a chance to see how some
of the great screen figures aged. This was Douglas's last movie.
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've written about her many times. She seems to be
an incredibly beautiful and ageless but daffy hippie chick, but
appearances are deceiving. Arielle speaks several languages fluently
and is married to a philosopher considered by many to be France's
foremost intellectual (Bernard-Henri
LÚvy)! She's also a singer, and those who know her say that she
seems to know every song ever written in every language - at least
they've never been able to stump her.
Here she was in her prime, in The Boss' Wife
Arielle Dombasle. (.avi zipped) (.wmv zipped).
Arielle Dombasle. (.avi zipped) (.wmv zipped).
Arielle Dombasle. (.avi zipped) (.wmv zipped).
Arielle Dombasle. (.avi zipped) (.wmv zipped).
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:
A real quick one today. Bonnie-Jill Laflin is a former Miss Dallas-Fort Worth, a former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, a current Coors Light model and now an ESPN reporter-type person. Gal's made it big. Posed nekkid a lot, too. The Hefmag, for one. And an online source or two, plus an anti-rodeo poster for PETA (arms across the boobs, daisy dukes below with a caption that read, "No one likes an 8-second ride." Truer words ne'er written).
So Bonnie-Jill did a little topless work for a disk called H2OOOH. All the gals were shot in or near water, ya see. That's the H2 part, and they're all supposed to leave you saying "Oooooh." Reminds me of a Monty Python skit. But then most things do. Anyway, here she is, Bonnie-Jill, Renaissance Woman, showing off a spectacular mouth and other nice features.
- Bonnie-Jill Laflin
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.
Odds n' ends from the Ghost today....
First up, the second half of his coverage from the 1993 Richard Grieco movie "Tomcat: Dangerous Desires".
- Former Bond babe Maryam d'Abo (The Living Daylights) looking pretty darn good topless in this love scene.
- Maryam d'Abo zipped .wmv
Other assorted video clips...
- Ione Skye (zipped .wmvs) topless in a love scene from the indie film, "Gas Food Lodging" (1992)
- Zipped .wmv video clips of Skinemax regular Regina Russell in "Passion's Obsession" (2000). Toplessness in #1, breasts, bush and pseudo-sex in #2, toplessness and more pseudo-sex in #3.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Ski School" (1991)
Sex comedy filmed in Canada finally released
to DVD although the quality of the video transfer is
abysmal and there are no extra features.
"Hide and Seek" (2000)
Very dark drama about a deranged couple
(Jennifer Tilly and Brown Bunny director Vincent Gallo)
who kidnap a pregnant woman (Daryl Hannah) and chain her
to a bed so they can have her baby. This movie is
highly recommended for scoopsters wanting to build up
an immunity before watching Vincent Gallo get himself fellated
in The Brown Bunny.
"Wedding Night" (2002) aka "Nuit de noces"
French-Canadian romance comedy.
||Rollergirl showing some cleavage during a recent guest appearance on the NBC comedy "Scrubs".
||The Spanish actress also showing off a bunch cleavage. Thanks to Penman for these 'caps from the Hugh Jackman/Kate Beckinsale movie "Van Helsing". Look for it on DVD October 19th.
|Even more cleavage....Here is the ditzy blonde pop star showing some pectoral skin in scenes from an episode of one of the more recent versions of "The Twilight Zone" TV series. Episode: The Collection".
|Señor Skin 'caps of Karasun looking fantastic in a triple B performance. Scenes from the 1993 movie "Lake Consequence", starring Billy Zane and Joan Severance.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
PLAYBOY SEEKS WOMEN OF McDONALD'S
Hey, They Found Dorothy Stratton At Dairy Queen - Playboy.com is seeking
women for a nude pictorial on the "Women of McDonald's." They say they
want McDonald's sexiest employees "to serve a little shake with their
fries." Editor John Thomas said they approach big companies because
there's a bigger likelihood of finding a "girl next door" with the
potential to be a model, and they pick unexpected ones like Home Depot or
McDonald's because "you don't think of their employees appearing in
Even after you hear it, you don't want to think about it.
Don't laugh: they discovered Anna Nicole Smith at McDonald's... She
didn't work there, she was wolfing down Big Macs, but still...
The hardest part of the shoot will be attaching their name tags.
Before posing, the women will go to plastic surgeons, point at their
breasts and say, "Supersize me!"
KIDMAN BOOED AT FILM FEST
They're Both Kids To Lauren Bacall - Nicole Kidman had a rough time at the
Venice Film Festival promoting her shocking new movie, "Birth," about a
widow who thinks a 10-year-old boy is her reincarnated husband. First, in
a group interview, a reporter asked Lauren Bacall what it was like working
with a legend like Kidman. Bacall snapped, "She's not a legend. She's a
beginner!" Then at the premiere, the crowd booed and walked out in disgust
during an erotic nude bathtub scene between Kidman and the boy.
It's child abuse! You know how much kids hate taking baths!
Even the boy was booing: he HATES girls! Yuck!
Men were booing because there were too many bubbles in the way.
Nicole is so white and skinny, it looked like Michael Jackson's home
Good thing they walked out before Lauren Bacall got in the tub.
RAPPERS MUST PAY FOR ALL SAMPLING
It's Not A FREE Sample! - A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that
hip-hop acts such as NWA or P. Diddy must pay royalties for all music they
sample from other people's records, no matter how short -- even if it's
just the beat, three notes or one chord. The court said, "Get a license or
do not sample. We do not see this as stifling creativity in any
But how can rappers be creative if they can't steal other people's
A lot of hip-hop artists will be hip-hopping down to the unemployment
One chord isn't much, but if you're sampling Bruce Springsteen, that
might be the entire song.
PARIS HILTON'S ADVICE: LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG
Not Just Dewy, She's Mountain Dewy! - Paris Hilton's book "Confessions of
an Heiress" has some baffling health and beauty advice. She says she
sleeps in her makeup instead of cleansing her face because it makes her
skin look "dewy." Also, drinking diet soda shows you "have no nerve," so
drink only real soda. And "don't be afraid to eat fast food as often as
you can. Always order the largest portion of French fries. Eat pasta as
often as you can. Eat as much chocolate as you can. Eat popcorn at night.
In fact, eat all carbs at night. In fact, only eat carbs at night." As
for fashion, she says wear only clothes that show your navel.
If you eat like her, you'll be so fat, all your clothes will show your
Her plan is to make all other women so fat, she'll look even thinner
standing next to them.
Who knew she stole all her beauty secrets from Britney Spears?
All her friends eat that way and stay thin...Of course, they're on
Now I know why she tapes herself naked: because 10 years from now, it
won't be a pretty sight.
"DAVID" NOT SO PERFECT
The Greek God Pilates - Michelangelo's statue "David" is considered to be
an icon of male beauty, but not by today's standards. Alan Herdman, one of
Britain's top Pilates experts, said his pelvis is "all wrong;" it's thrust
forward and pushing into one hip. His right side isn't straight, and he'll
have a weakness in one hip and suffer lower back pain. Plus his right
buttock isn't as strong as it should be. But he said that with enough
Pilates classes, David could improve his posture.
And then, penis enhancement surgery.
Right now, he's just not flexible enough to do Pilates.
He also needs a plastic surgeon to do a little more chiseling on his
Proving that Michelangelo was nothing compared to the artists on