Mulholland Dr (2001):

Most critics say this is David Lynch's best movie, and he received a nomination for the best director Oscar.  (Movie House Review.) Other critics called it moronic garbage.

One thing is not in dispute. This is a great lesbian scene, and one of the participants is Naomi Watts, who has since become a big star. (Zipped .wmv)

This scene isn't bad either, although it is way too dark, and Lynch digitally blurred Laura Harring's coochy.  (Zipped .wmv)


Third party videos:

Linda Fiorentino in Jade (Three avis zipped together). Directed by William Friedkin (French Connection). Written by Steve Eszterhas (Basic Instinct). Starring the always interesting Fiorentino. So it's pretty good, right? Nah. 4.7 at IMDb. Roger Ebert gave it two stars, and James Berardinelli was even less impressed, assigning it a single star.




One of those pre-season football articles predicted that the Caroline Panthers might suffer some mid-season pressure to go undefeated. Guess what? The pressure is off. The Panthers were crushed by the Falcons.
  • The Falcons' defense held Carolina to 215 yards of total offense.

"Oops. Hey, coach, can I reconsider that retirement?"
  • Favre turns in his worst performance since "There's Something About Mary." No TDs, 2 picks, finishing on the wrong end of a 26-0 shellacking. It's gonna be a long year for the cheeseheads.

Bill Maher: New Rules, September 8
  • I was disappointed with this. I usually find Maher very funny and incisive, but he's now getting into a level of Bush-bashing which is not funny at all, just negative for the sake of being negative. I don't much care who ya make fun of, right or left, but it's gotta be funny, not just juvenile ranting.

Scientists Say Knicks Are No Longer a Basketball Team ... Prague Conference Demotes New York Team to Dwarf Status

Weekend Box Office Results for September 8-10, 2006
  • Football 7, Movies 0.
  • Egad! What a disaster. The worst weekend of this year had been $77 million. The worst of last year was $74 million. This weekend was $54 million. It was the worst weekend since September 5-7, 2003, when the box office was topped by Dickie Roberts, Child Star.
  • The highest grosser was the critically reviled The Covenant, and that failed to crack the $10 million mark. Moreover, it was avoided by its target audience. It's aimed at the WB female tweener market, but 75% of ticket sales went to people over 18.
  • Every single film fell below expectations.

For baseball geeks: the mystery of Mark Teixiera's missing and rediscovered power

Drunk Ben Affleck Babbles Away and Hits on Reporter

A one-hour c-span interview with Jon Stewart

Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert debate Islam vs. Christianity

Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Four of the Apocalypse (1975)

I Quattro dell'apocalisse is a spaghetti western, one of three made by Lucio Fulci before he found his niche with horror and gialli. The source material is obviously two short stories from Brett Harte, The Luck of Roaring Camp, and The Outcasts of Poker Flats. As the result of a morality crackdown by the good citizens, a gambler (Fabio Teste), a drunk (Michael J. Pollard), a crazy black cemetery worker (Harry Baird), and a pregnant hooker (Lynne Frederick) are tossed out of town with nothing but a wagon and horses. The four petty criminals are soon joined by evil personified, in the form of a bandit named Chaco (Thomas Milian), who rapes Frederick, shoots Pollard in the leg, and leaves everyone to die in the desert. The rest of the film is taken up with their journey to reach a town. After significant hardships, the gambler and the hooker reach an all-male mining town, where her son is born. Of course, the baby is named "Luck."

These two stories were staples of High School freshman English in the early 1960s, and can be read online:

As a master of capturing the local color of the Western states and territories, Brett Harte is usually cited alongside Mark Twain himself. In fact, there is a town in the gold country today called Twainharte, named for both of them. Unfortunately, the plot of this movie does not do justice to The Outcasts of Poker Flats. Harte's story pitted the Outcasts against the elements, and the elements won. As obnoxious as Thomas Milian is, he is not as fearsome as severe winter storms. The baby portion of the story is a little stronger, and is more in the spirit of the source material, but the love angle between Teste and Frederick generates no heat at all.

This spaghetti western is not just a failure at capturing the flavor of Bret Harte, but also fails to capture the flavor of the American West. Nor does it do a very good job at the western genre in general. The pace is glacial and there is virtually no action. There is a fairly bloody shootout at the beginning of the film, and then very little gunplay after that.  Furthermore, there is no good guy. Westerns were, after all, morality plays with easily distinguishable heroes and villains. You only needed to check the hat colors to be sure, but it was pretty obvious who the good guys were. In this story, nobody.

There's nothing wrong with the acting, but ... this is no better than a C-, a weak spaghetti western for genre fans only.

IMDb readers say 6.3.


Lynne Frederick, who was married to Peter Sellers, but rebuked by his family as a gold digger, shows breasts in two scenes, and is seen naked from the side.

Scoop's notes:

Lynne was only 20 when she made this film, and still only 22 when she married 51-year-old Sellers. She was still with him three years later, when he died the day before her 26th birthday. If she was a gold-digger, she was a successful one. She received almost every last penny of Sellers's estate.

Within an astonishingly quick six months of Peter's death, his grieving widow was consoled by another marriage to another successful older man, the famous TV interviewer and satirist David Frost. That one didn't take at all. They divorced the next year.

A very heavy drinker, Lynne died while still in her 30s, of ... er ... natural causes. (An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death.)







Dann reports on Jenifer:

Another excellent episode from Showtime's Masters of Horror series, maybe one of the better ones, this 2005 episode directed by Dario Argento is designed to creep you out, and believe me, it will.

A police detective saves a disfigured young woman from being beheaded by an old man with an ax. Assuming the old guy was crazy, he shoots the guy and saves the girl, but did he get it backwards?

Authorities have no appropriate place to put her, so he takes her into his own home, upsetting his wife and son. Coming down the next morning and finding Jenifer calmly munching on what's left of the family cat, he begins to wonder if a disfigured face is Jenifer's only problem.

As repelled as he is by Jenifer's actions, he is also drawn to her, especially her body, which is as beautiful as her face is disfigured. Further complicating things is the fact that Jenifer seems to like initiating sex with him, and often. Knowing he must prevent her from hurting anyone, he takes her to a remote little town, but things continue to spiral downward.

Creepy, scary, and extremely well done, full of sex and gore typical of Argento, this is another must-watch episode of a must-watch series.

Carrie Anne Fleming Brenda James




Chryssa Florou in Celibataires
Clara Bellar in Kill The Poor
Dita De Leon in Bottoms Up
Simona Fusco in BottomsUp
unknown in Bottoms Up
Emily McDonnell in Before It Had A Name
Giada Colagrande in Before It Had A Name
Judy Greer in The Great New Wonderful
Juli Drajko and Judit Viktor in Severance
Meghan Maureen McDonough in Bad City
Sara Forestier in Hell







From Rokwatch, as he says, "A great ethical moment in a great comedy. Sarah Holcomb in Animal House."

Scoop's note: I still refer to the characters from Animal House by their names, without having to look them up: Pinto, Bluto, Otter, D-Day. That shows that the film established a powerful presence in the consciousness of my generation. For the sake of a comparative example, Jack Nicholson is a great actor, but you probably can't name that many of his characters. Jack Torrance, Jake Gittes, the Joker. (Lots of J's). I don't know the name of his character in Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Missouri Breaks, The Postman Always Rings Twice ... but I know Clorette - a minor character from Animal House, as shown in Rokwatch's collage.

Nothing fresh here, but some nice new collages of Dina Meyer in Starship Troopers ...

... and Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas

Sylvia Kristel in La Femme Fidele, which was made only a couple of years after Emmanuelle