|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Junior threw out his back yesterday, so I'm the host today. Big, big update.
144 pics, seven film clips.
The two latest and greatest web finds:
Carly Pope in a film called Various Positions. This 2002 film came out on DVD
about a week ago in Canada. You can find it at amazon.ca and other sources.
Here's a teaser:
The hot film clip for the day is The Constant Gardener, the new
political thriller with an A-list cast, including Rachel Weisz, who flashes her
breasts in this film clip. (Zipped
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
Today we take the Time Machine back to 1979 for a
look at "The Sensuous Detective", this was a porn film
starring Serena, who was well known back then in the porn
industry. Back then they made porn films that actually had a
little plot and Serena played a detective who wound up as a "Babe
in Bondage." Be warned a couple of these are a little graphic
such as Serena tied up doing oral sex.
I apologize for the quality of these, but we had a computer
crash yesterday and lost what we were working on, so I dug these up from a very worn VHS tape.
'Caps, clips, and comments by ICMS:
Today is the day of the two Valeria's.
First there is Valeria Golino, best known in the
States for her role in "Rain Man". As you can see in the Encyclopedia she has
never been shy, but I didn't realize that she had allowed herself to be shot
by the gyno-cam until I watched "The King's Whore" (1990). These clips and
caps come from a Spanish region 2 DVD which is just under 90 minutes long. I
believe there is also a region 1 DVD available, but that's just about it I
The movie itself turned out to be a pleasant
surprise for me. I had expected some boring 18th century costume drama with
overlong dialogues. It was luckily nothing like that. While the direction is a
bit static, there is a wide variety of different locations and the sometimes
fierce dialogues between the two main characters and their states of mind
managed to hold my interest during the entire film. Although the director lost
control of the story-line a bit near the end, it doesn't really hurt his film,
especially since both lead actors, Valeria Golino and Timothy Dalton, put in a
strong performance and held everything together.
This drama is set at the beginning of the 18th
century at the royal court of Piedmont in Turin. Valeria Golino plays the role
of the Countess of Verua. She and her husband, the Count, have something
strange going for a couple of royals in those days: they married because they
are deeply in love with each other. They end up at the royal court and as soon
as the King (Timothy Dalton), who isn't used to no as an answer, sees the
fresh countess, he wants her to himself. His yearning is such that it becomes
an obsession to him. Pressured and black-mailed by everyone at the
court, including by her husband's family and the Queen herself, so the King
would become better humoured again, the countess practically has no choice but
to give in and become, as the title indicates, the King's whore. She certainly
doesn't give away her charms for free and has a large influence on him. The
King too is not the easiest of guys to deal with but is he really the brute we
are lead to believe he is? And is the initially sweet and innocent countess
only bedding him because she has no choice and for personal gain?
The image quality of this Spanish full frame version DVD could have been
sharper and the colours a bit crispier,
but it is still acceptable.
All in all this film could have been better, but it's a nice and
effective effort as it is that doesn't give you an urge to press the fast
forward button. In my opinion this is a solid C. If you re-read Scoop's review
in the Movie House you'll notice that we don't exactly share the same view on
this one although I can agree with his conclusion. His review, however, refers
to the 114 minute region 1 DVD. An additional 15 minutes would probably result
in a too slow-paced flick.
Since I mentioned a second Valeria in my
introduction it is high time I started dealing with this one. When I saw the
vidcaps from Franšois Ozon's "5x2" of Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi on Saturday's Fun
House I thought it might be interesting to send in clips.
Zipped .avis: (1,
Let me situate the
scene a bit. Valeria and her ex-hubby have just come out of a notary's office
where they cut the last bit of red tape that officializes their divorce. They
head straight to a hotel for one last fuck for ol'times' sake. Ah those
Frenchies...In case you're wondering if her ex is raping her in clip 3, no he
isn't. Apparently Madam likes it that way. Am I glad they weren't my neighbors
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is the sister of top model Carla Bruni and hails
from Turin, Italy, where coincidentally Valeria Golino, from Naples, played
the King's whore. Tedeschi also won the best actress award for this effort at the
Venice Film Festival in 2004.
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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.
Keira Knightley topless at esquire.com. (You are looking for the
third picture in the slideshow.)
The Filthy Critic offers a sensitive, analytical, and yet concise
overview of The Man
Kristanna Loken will flash some flesh in BloodRayne
Original Wicker Man director is "flaming furious" over Hollywood
- According to the story, The Wicker Man remake includes a swarm
of killer bees. And I don't know about some of the other changes,
either. Some people question whether the Wicker Man should have
even one pantomime horse.
- I have to think that "flaming" may carry a different
connotation in Scottish slang. To me, the only flaming furious I
can picture is Richard Simmons sending back some cold food.
VICTORIA Beckham has been voted the UK's "most pointless celebrity"
Coming off a 4-12 season, the Dolphins may not be as good as they
looked, but they sure have the Broncos' number. Denver has never
won a game in Miami. Never. Ever.
Shaq does his share, urges others to help out victims of Katrina
Sportscaster Chris Schenkel Dies at 82
The Ultimate List of Practical Jokes
JoBlo.com reports from Toronto: Day 1
Film Jerk's Early Report for September 11, 2005
"FEMA HEAD REFUSES TO BE EVACUATED FROM OFFICE" ... "You'll
Never Take Me Alive," Says Shotgun-wielding Brown.
The Exorcism spins some heads. What can ya say? People want
scares and raunchy laughs. It has often been cited that escapist
fare does better in tragic times. I don't know whether that axiom
would hold true if one approached it analytically, but it seems to
be in effect at the moment. Emily Rose got only 42% positive
reviews, but it met today's demand.
- The Exorcism took in $30 million, about $12 million more than
anticipated by The Warrior. That $12 million was monumental,
because very little of it was cannibalization from other films -
maybe a couple of million. The total box office was $10 million
(16%) above the same weekend last year.
- The Exorcism was made with a $19 million production budget, so
it looks to be a cash bonanza for Screen Gems
- The other tale of moderate success was spun by the two raunchy
comedies. Each managed to pass a film which bested it last week.
(Wedding Crashers passed Four Brothers, while The Virgin managed
to hold the #2 slot by passing Transporter 2.)
- Last week's champ, Transporter 2, didn't show much durability,
- The other major new release, "The Man," bombed even worse than
expected, limping in a poor sixth despite being on 2000 screens,
and finishing with only 16% positive reviews.
- The film with Redford, Freeman, and J-Lo did well in terms of
per-screen average, but it was in only 139 theaters, and received
only 42% positive reviews, so it's not looking like a big one.
- The Wedding Crashers officially passed $200 million.
AstroPic o' the Day - Jupiter seen up-close and personal.
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