Baadasssss! (2004) is a mockmentary by Mario van Peebles about the making by is father Melvin of Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song. It was not a great film, but was the first strong black film, and a very early indie. Mario plays the part of his father, much as Melvin played the staring role in Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song. He based the film on a book written by his father, and on his own personal memories. Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song had been a major success, partly because black audiences were looking for a film that portrayed real black people, and partly because of a lot of support from the Black Panthers.
The story is a great yarn, and is well told. Peebles senior had finished Watermelon Man and was offered a three picture contract with a studio. He had arrived in Hollywood, but was expected to make more stereotypical black comedies. He had a different idea, and proceeded to do it outside the studio system. He decided early to use a 50% minority crew, and so had no union support, so he went to the porn industry to find qualified crew. In a full length commentary with van Peebles Jr. and Sr, senior frequently comments on how accurate the story was that was told. Mario created some composite characters based on several real life people, but essentiall told an accurate story of the making and marketing of the film.
Karimah Westbrook, and several other actresses show everything/ IMDb readers say 7.3 of 10. Baadasssss!, like Sweetback's Baadassss Song was made in a little over two weeks on a very low budget. Even with the small budget of $1M, the film looks great, and held my interest start to finish. This is a very strong C+. Obviously, some people weren't as taken with it as I was, but it is one of the better films I have seen this year.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
I suppose the full Spanish name of this film should be Siesta de
Cuz' that's what it is about.
You see, it is yet another of those re-tellings of
Ambrose Bierce's "An
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". This is a famous story about a
Southern civilian who was hanged by the Union Army during the Civil
War. The noose snaps, he falls into the creek, escapes .... to make
a short story even shorter, it turns out that none of that happened.
The entire story of his escape is simply the thoughts that go
through a man's mind as he is about to die. The story ends with his
neck snapping - he is still in the noose.
Since it is recognized as one of the great stories
in the history of American literature, I suppose that just about
everyone in the United States had to read this story in high school,
along with The Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,
The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Monkey's Paw, To Build a Fire, and two or three of
Poe's most famous stories. Even if you have read nothing else in
your life, you have probably read most or all of these classics,
through the educational force-feeding process.
Here is the
complete story if you are one of the eleven people in the world
who has never read it.
When it was written, the surprise ending probably
packed a pretty good punch. Even when I was a kid, I was impressed
Rod Serling's version on The Twilight Zone, which aired just
before I had to read the story for a sophomore English class, so I
wasn't expecting the ending, and it really worked for me. (Note that
this was not a Twilight Zone original, but an award winning French
short film which had been adapted by the Twilight Zone people,
adding Serling's customary solemn pontifications at the start and finish.)
That was nearly a half a century ago, however, and
the ol' "dying man's last thoughts" gimmick has been worked and
reworked so many times that it is now almost as hackneyed as "I woke
up, and it was all a dream." I guess the best version of it in
recent years was Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder", which succeeded
because of Lyne's masterful control of the film's atmosphere, and
because of the meticulous attention paid to nuances and details. It
is one of the few "surprise ending" films that you can watch and
re-watch, just to see all the clues planted into the story. When you
watch it a second time, you will be kicking yourself for not
realizing that you had never seen his post-Vietnam life as that era
really was, but rather as someone in the late 60s would have
envisioned the upcoming years.
Oh, well. I'm straying too far from the topic, which
is Siesta, yet another version of Owl Creek Bridge.
Ellen Barkin wakes up on a runway in Spain, covered
with blood. She is wearing only a red dress, with no underwear. Her
memory of the previous days is unclear. She is haunted by the
nagging feeling that she has been involved in a murder.
As it turns out, she was right. Unfortunately for
her, the murder was her own.
That's the short version.
The longer version of the story is that she is some
kind of female Evil Knievel, and is planning a stunt so daring that
she may not survive. It seems to involve a free-fall into a volcano,
so I can certainly understand her trepidation. Since the stunt may
take her life, she decides to settle some accounts before she
attempts it. She visits an ex-boyfriend in Spain to make peace with
the love of her life. He's sorta happy to see her, but his new wife
is decidedly not.
In the process of Barkin's adventures in Spain, many
confusing and arty things happen. Poseurs pose. Eurotrashers act
trashy. Spain's only taxi driver is always everywhere when a ride is
needed. He doesn't even need a road. Everyone acts far too mysterious, and all characters possess
far too many eccentricities. Everyone skulks around, shifts his eyes
beadily, and obfuscates. The film makes Mulholland Drive seem as
simple and straightforward as The Sound of Music.
All the confusion is, of course, theoretically resolved when we find
out that Barkin is already dead, and we have been watching the
jumbled thoughts of her final moments - a hodge-podge of memories,
fears, fantasies, and free associations.
Siesta had a good cast.
The film co-stars Gabriel Byrne, who romanced Barkin
on and off screen, and later married her. (The film was made in
1987. They married in 1988, divorced in 1993.)
It also features Jodie Foster. Jodie was a child and
adolescent star from 1976 to 1984 (ages 14 to 22), and then became a
major adult star in the period from 1988 to 1994 (ages 26 to 32).
Siesta was made in the lull between her two periods of success, when
her career was truly in the doldrums, and she was looking for an
The rest of the cast is filled out by some of the
top B-list actors: Isabelle Rossellini, Martin Sheen, Julian Sands
and Grace Jones.
It did not have an especially good director.
The director, Mary Lambert, had achieved a modicum
of success directing music videos before attempting to make the move
into feature films. Lambert's video for Madonna's Material Girl was
voted among the top twenty when Slant Magazine chose the Top Hundred
Videos of All-Time in 2003. Lambert's feature film career has been
notably less successful. Here's how it looks, ranked from best to
- (5.69) -
Pet Sematary (1989)
- (4.91) -
Grand Isle (1991)
- (4.90) -
- (4.04) -
In Crowd, The (2000)
- (3.64) -
Sematary II (1992)
It appears that Ms. Lambert would make an
excellent subject for Dr Peter's disciples when they make their
next study of the Peter Principle. It appears that Music Videos
represented her highest level of competence, and that her skill at
making them got her promoted to theatrical films, which represent
her personal level of incompetence.
If Ellen Barkin had never removed her dress, this
movie would be unbearable. But the fact of the matter is that Barkin
did remove that dress. She got naked several times, exposing every
nook and cranny of her tremendously well-toned body, including a
scene where she sunbathes on her back in bright sunlight. Therefore,
I am suggesting that this film is not without great entertainment
value, since Barkin is one of the sexiest and most athletic women in
screen history. So watch it for that alone. Just make sure you have
your remote handy, so you can fast-forward through the crevices
between Barkin's nude scenes, and thus avoid any contact with the
poor man's David Lynch movie which resides in those crevices.
The film clips below were provided by one of our all-time great
contributors from the early days, ICMS, aka The Flemish Flash.
- Ellen Barkin. Only one capture, but it's a good one. I ordered
a copy of this Region 2 DVD from Amazon France, and should have
some extensive still captures in the next week or two.
- Ellen Barkin clips (zipped .avi versions, about 5 meg each) (1,
- Ellen Barkin clips (zipped .wmv versions, about 2.5 meg each) (1,
'Boondocks' strip spoofing reality shows may offend many.
Dangerfield's Wife Says He Is in Coma in L.A.
A new trailer for Stage Beauty, a film about the men
who used to play women on stage, and how they coped when female
parts started going to women.
Four TV spots for Friday Night Lights, Billy Bob's
movie about Texas high school football.
Two clips from Woody Allen's new movie, Melinda and Melinda.
An international teaser from Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great
VIETNAM SEEKS CONFIRMATION THAT WAR IS OVER Recent
Bickering Over War Leaves Communists Confused.
Billy Joel gets a star on the Walk of Fame
The Emmy Fashion police
Last month, TBS announced that it was doing a reality show called
The Real Gilligan's Island. Now, Carmen Electra has been chosen to
be 'the movie star'
Dan Rather's apology over the Rathergate memos.
"I'd like to say that Dan Rather needs to resign from his
profession. But, judging from the last few days, he already has."
ABC's star-studded Sunday telecast of the 56th Annual Primetime
Emmy Awards scored an all-time low rating, and lost the
night to a slate of CBS re-runs.
Press Your Luck - the Michael Larsen episode
- URL says it all:
The creator of one of the world's most famous guns, the AK-47
assault rifle, has launched another weapon in Britain --
Kalashnikov vodka. Get drunk with Kalashnikov? It's
Kitty Kelley Bush Biography: President Bush's Statement Formally
Refuting Specifics of Kitty Kelley's Rude Examination of Pre-1974
Youthful Presidential Hijinx - WHITEHOUSE.ORG
The Daily Show reports on Hurricane Ivan.
BeingFamous.com | Wacky Funny Videos and Home Made Movies
- Weekly World News:
YOU CAN KEEP the fires of love alive no matter how old, cranky and
wrinkly you are. 'Just because you're a bag of bones
with a face like an alligator shoe doesn't mean you have to give
up on romance,' says Dr. Sheila Marsha, a geriatric sexologist
from West Palm Beach, Fla.
CBS News Concludes It Was Misled on Rathergate Memos
Update: the movie version of DaVinci Code
The trailer from Unleashed, a film written by Luc Besson.
: "This is the story of Danny (Jet Li), a slave who has
lived his whole life without any sort of normal human education,
with the mind and personality of a young child, with only one
lesson learned: how to fight. Treated like a dog by his
owner/boss, Bart (Bob Hoskins) which includes having to wear a
collar, Danny has been raised to be a lethal fighting machine who
fights in illegal gladiator-style fight clubs, where he earns lots
of money for Bart as the undisputed champion. After a car accident
that lands Bart in a coma, however, Danny meets a kind elderly
blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman) on the run because he knows
secrets some bad guys don't want known, who uses music to teach
Danny some things about the world and about being human."
'Fat liberation' movement declares war I don't think
we're supposed to say "fat" or "lard-asses" any more. I believe
the proper term is now "Crisco-Americans"
President Clinton's Final Days - starring the real President
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
Nevada is an offbeat film with a cast consisting
almost entirely of women. The two pictured here are Kathy Najimy and
Dee Wallace Stone, who were 40 and 48 respectively, when they filmed
this scene. Unfortunately, Amy Brenneman declined to join them in
The comeback kid
Back in the late 90s I used to joke about dividing
Carre Otis's career into pre-Snickers and post-Snickers. The model
who wanted to be an actress (and failed miserably) ballooned up to
Anna Nicole Smith territory there for a while, but she, like Anna,
eventually slimmed back down, Carre looked as exquisitely beautiful
as ever in this 2001 film, Under Heavy Fire, except maybe for some
track marks and tattoos, the lingering residue her life's two long
relationships, one with The Mickster and the other with Happy Juice.
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:
My own treatment of the well-capped Auto Focus (2002). Movie was okay, I guess, but it gave me a great idea: let the dust settle and do a biopic of Bob Guccione. He's lead a much more interesting life than Bob Crane, with the kind of rise and fall story that made Aristophanes famous. And just think of the number of nekkid babes you would have to cast to do justice to the story's essential truth. In fact, I'll let you keep the writing credits, just let me be the casting director.
Anyway, here's the exposure as done by all but one of the credited gals...I'm saving the last for another day.
About the collage labeled Kelly K.C. Quan: IMDb identifies her as the blindfolded gal. Well, there are two women blindfolded, one of them much larger than the other. Don't have a clue which is Kelly.
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.
Today from the Ghost...part 2 of his tribute to Skinemax babe Regina Russell, featuring scenes from "Sex Files: Creating the Perfect Man (2000).
- Regina Russell zipped .wmvs. She is fully nude in all of these but pretty much only shows breasts. However, #5 does offer some pube views.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
Jeremiah: season one DVD set
Made for Showtime sci-fi series starring Sideshow Luke Perry as
a survivor named Jeremiah in a post-apocalyptic world.
Twenty episodes from season one are available on a
six-DVD set with a bonus DVD featuring some Stargate episodes.
Note syndicated episodes shown on regular cable networks
such as Spaced in Canada has the nude scenes removed.
The main starlets:
The nekkid guest starlets:
The sexy guest starlets:
Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (1997) (DVD)
This is from the bonus DVD that came with the Jeremiah set.
This pilot features full frontal nudity by one of the stars
but the rest of series only maybe had one other nude scene
|Jamie Lee Curtis
|Jamie Lee at age 26 in scenes from "Love Letters" (1984). There is a little rear nudity in #5, but of course she's also showing off her amazing toplessness.
||Drgaonscan 'caps of the often nude Brazilian actress topless in scenes from the 1975 TV series "Gabriela".
|Señor Skin 'caps of the gorgeous former Heffer showing off her all natural big'uns in scenes from "Late Last Night" (1999).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
NEW MISS AMERICA CROWNED
Healthy Enough To Survive Anorexia - Saturday, Miss Alabama Deidre Downs,
an aspiring medical student, was crowned Miss America on a vow to work to
regain public respect for the pageant. She pledged to help bring Miss
America "back into the realm of popular culture" as a major event, and end
criticism that it's outdated and irrelevant to modern women. She began by
defending the new scanty Speedo swimsuits, such as the string bikini she
wore, saying they demonstrate a healthy lifestyle at a time when obesity
has become an epidemic.
Any woman who really reflected America would be more familiar with
string cheese than with string bikinis.
To demonstrate their physical fitness, next year, they have put on
string bikinis and do jumping jacks.
Plus she's a medical student, and that's a suit you'd see at Club Med.
MACAULAY CULKIN ARRESTED
Stoned Alone - Friday in Oklahoma, Macaulay Culkin joined the celebrity
mugshot club when he was arrested for possession of marijuana and Xanax
without a prescription during a traffic stop. He paid $4,000 bail and was
out quickly. In his mugshot, he appeared bleary-eyed and unshaven, but had
the same smirking little smile famous from "Home Alone" posters.
It's all those anti-depressants.
It'll take him another 30 years to look like Nick Nolte.
His next "Home Alone" sequel will be called "Home Detention."
He's not afraid of being locked up with a bunch of twisted guys who like
to touch young men...He used to hang out with Michael Jackson.
BRITNEY MARRIES, TUSSLES WITH CHUCKY
He's Such A Catch, She Couldn't Wait! - Britney Spears fooled paparazzi by
secretly marrying her backup dancer Kevin Federline Saturday night at a
home in Studio City, California. Even her mom and sister were stunned that
what they thought was an engagement party turned out to be a wedding.
She'd already sent invitations to a wedding next month, which will now be a
post-wedding party. This was Britney's second surprise wedding this year.
But probably not her last...There are still three months left.
The big question now is, "Will they still be married by the time that
party rolls around in October?"
The marriage got off to a bad start when Kevin impregnated three
bridesmaids in the receiving line.
"Why Does That Doll Hate Me?!" - The New York Post reports that Britney
Spears is feuding with Chucky, the homicidal horror movie doll. She was
reportedly upset that Rogue Pictures wanted to use "Hit Me, Baby, One More
Time" in an "inappropriate" manner in "Seed of Chucky." It was to play
while Chucky had sex with a Britney doll to produce a satanic heir.
Britney's people sent a cease-and-desist letter. The song was removed, and
the movie is being marketed as "the movie Britney doesn't want you to see."
That sounds better than "the movie all the movie critics don't want you
Who would be the satanic offspring of Britney Spears and Chucky? Avril
"Hit Me, Baby, One More Time" is supposed to be a tender, sentimental
DVD SPILLS SECRETS OF "STAR WARS"
"MC Squared E Equals!" - "Star Wars" fanatics, some already lined up in
costumes at video stores, are awaiting tonight's midnight release of the
DVD box set of the original trilogy. It includes a documentary with a lot
of previously unknown trivia, including: Yoda was based on Albert
Einstein...Chewbacca was a cross between George Lucas' dog and the "2001"
apes...Luke Skywalker was originally intended to be a midget, and Han Solo
was to be a green monster with gills.
And thanks to the miracle of CGI effects, they now ARE!
And the cantina was based on the bar that Lucas was spending way too
much time in when he came up with those ideas.
Jar Jar Binks was a cross between a guppy, an offensive racial
stereotype and Jon Lovitz's "Annoying Man" character.
The boxed set is entitled: "Star Wars: The Good Ones."