Scarface (1983) is being released in a special 20th Anniversary edition. The special boxed set contains both the 1983 Al Pacino version, and the 1932 Paul Muni version (which has never been on DVD before. The 1983 version is remastered, and comes with a second DVD full of interviews, deleted scenes, etc. The set includes several lobby cards, and a special money clip with Pacino's logo from the film. The transfer was top notch. The deleted scenes had no new nudity, and deserved to have been deleted. Dawnell Bowers shows breasts and buns in a minor role. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as Pacino's sister, has an open robe scene where we see her panties, and a brief flash of her left breast. Michelle Pfeiffer, as Pacino's love interest, shows cleavage in every one of her costumes.
The story traces the rise and fall of American gangster, Tony Montoya (Al Pacino), a Cuban refugee, in the cocaine trade in Miami's Little Havana. He parlays brass balls, nerves of steel, and lust for wealth and power into being at the top of the heap in the Miami drug trade. Of course, he falls to excesses once he reaches the top and the good life. Pfeiffer, as the girlfriend of his predecessor, who moved on to him when Pacino killed the predecessor, is out for kicks and a total coke head. Pacino has an image of his sister, Mastrantonio as pure and virginal, and makes it his business to try and keep her that way.
IMDB readers have this at 7.7 of 10,, and it earned $44M against a budget of $35M. It received several nominations, including Golden Globes, and a Razzie for worst director. Critical response was favorable. The film certainly had talent on its side, with a script by Oliver Stone, and Brian de Palma's direction. The performances were very good, and the film maintained an edgy tension through the entire 2 1/2 hour running time. On the other hand, these are not nice people to spend a day with, and the character arc is rather predictable. This is a very high C+. If it is your kind of film, or you are a Pacino fan, it is a must see.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Dancer Upstairs (2002):
The Dance Upstairs is the directorial debut of John Malkovich and
while it is neither a great movie nor one that will fill the seats,
it is a good movie and one which shows that Malkovich can do the
It's basically a political thriller in the manner of Costa-Gavras,
in that it tries to show how ordinary life goes on in the midst of
cataclysmic historical events, and how the small personal issues
interweave with matters of global significance. Interestingly, it is
also a standard cops-and-robbers movie about police procedure. How
can that be? Think about it. The two co-exist in a disintegrating
society. A South American country is rocked with signs of an
impending revolution. Martial law is declared. Yet in the middle of
all this, people do not stay huddled in their homes, as they might
in a declared war. The middle class wives still assemble in their
book clubs, the little girls still go to school and dance classes,
people go to work, teenagers go on dates, petty thieves keep on
picking pockets, corrupt cops shake down local businessmen, and the
starving try to fill their bellies. Life goes on normally in many
ways. One of the greatest challenges in such a situation is for the
civilian police force to maintain a semblance of legal order amidst
the military rule. What happens when someone's daughter is raped or
someone's store is robbed? The army is not equipped to investigate
crime, so the police officers must continue fulfilling their
responsibilities. Of course, whenever the Army chooses to interfere,
it will, but the policemen still do they best they can.
The story is a fictionalization of the capture of the infamous
Guzman, the leader of The Shining Path in Peru. Javier Bardem plays
a completely uncorrupt police captain who is simply tracking down a
murderer with proper police procedure, consisting of hard work and
analysis. He wants to arrest the man quietly and get him off the
streets. The Army and El Presidente have a different view of the
case. They believe that the murderer is a terrorist and a
revolutionary, and want to capture him publicly for maximum
political gain. Both sides are correct. In fact, Bardem's tendency
to treat the investigation as a straight murder case causes him to
overlook certain elements that make a revolutionary special,
especially the fact that a revolutionary is a special kind of
murderer, one with the support of a sizeable bloc of the population,
possibly even including people very close to a police captain.
In the midst of the chaos of Martial Law, Bardem seems like an
outsider. He plays a man of intellect, a man of complete restraint
in his speech and facial reactions, a man completely in control of
emotional reactions and body language. He is an outsider in his own
culture. In fact, Bardem's loneliness is the strongest undercurrent
in the film. He's an outsider wherever he goes, not just in the
police force. He's an honest man in an corrupt and entrepreneurial
profession, even though his last three paychecks have bounced.
He's a man of reason in a world of emotional outbursts. He's a man
who settles matters through the law in a world which settles most
matters with violence. He's a man who stays in his country and is
consistently underappreciated, even though his wife obviously wants
a nice middle-class existence in Miami. He's a deep thinker married
to a beautiful, sweet, but totally superficial woman. In a cunning
society in which the upper classes connive for power, he has no
interest in acquiring power, even when his heroism and efficiency
gives him a chance to be President. The only people he feels
comfortable with are his daughter and her ballet teacher, a fact
which causes him to start falling in love with the dancer,
eventually causing himself even greater sadness.
Javier Bardem did a great job in this film. He is a broad,
passionate, expressive, visceral actor who not only had to stifle
all of that to play a man 180 degrees away from his own personality,
but also had to do it in a language which he has not yet fully
mastered. His credible and sympathetic performance is really a
triumph of professionalism.
John Malkovich brought the exact elements to this story that you
would expect. It is mature, subtle, soft-spoken, slow-moving and
quietly menacing - pretty much like Malkovich himself. It also uses
the photography brilliantly, to show a society with many strata, and
a richly varied geography.
Although the story is too slow and subtle to appeal to mass
audiences hungry for action, it may appeal to you as an elegantly
composed study of a society walking a tightrope between order and
chaos. I generally like political thrillers, and I often like police
procedurals, so I was predisposed to be interested, and you may have
to weigh that into your evaluation of what I'm saying, but I liked
this movie a great deal. It builds very slowly, but the overall
impact is quite moving, and I ended up staring at the credits sadly,
as one sometimes does when a movie works effectively with emotions.
Recommended - as long as you remember it's a special interest
film, and only for a small number of you, those who do not need
every film to be a cartoon filled with broad characterizations,
rapid movement, and stylized violence.
Since I don't have a volume for Laura yet, here are six pictures
of her from four other movies. (Sorry, I've lost the original file
Miner's Massacre (2002):
Ah, the art of cinema at its finest.
Miner's Massacre is a grade-b horror film in which the ol'
prospector who was killed by the townsfolk back in the 1850s has
placed a curse on his lost gold. In fact, unlike most ol'
prospectors, he is an immortal who defends his gold personally. If
anyone tries to remove any of it from his lost mine, his ghost comes
after them with a big ol' pickaxe implanted into one of his arms. In
other words, it's basically that fisherman dude from I Know What You
Did Last Summer, except with a pickaxe instead of a fishing gaff, a
duster instead of a raincoat, and and an ol' prospector hat instead
of a Gloucester.
A bunch of young city people head out to a remote are in search
Oh, wait, you know that part?
Then they have sex, and the ones who get laid are killed by ...
What's that you say? You're heard that one?
Then some of them get really greedy for the god, and the
greediest ones die a horrible ...
You know that too?
Well, here's one you don't know. The two nice kids get away
because they throw away the last of the gold, and the Ol' Prospector
stops chasing them and returns to his grave, consarn it. But then
the cop who finds them goes back to the mine to check for clues,
finds the purse with some of the miner's gold in it, says "hey,
didn't you kids lose this ....?" He walks toward them, thus starting
to remove the gold from the mine ...
And I'll bet you'll never guess what happens last.
Here are two of Elina's other nekkid screen appearances:
OTHER Babe Stuff:
- Charlie's French Cinema Nudity Site is updated. This week's
highlights: full frontal nudity from Isabelle Huppert in her 1981
prime and gyno nudity from Laurence Fremont in "L'ombre des fleurs"
More runway nudity.
The thumbnails on the right also lead to topless pics, even though
the appearance of the thumbnails is misleading.
Final Vote Results for Roll Call 521 on the no-call
list. The Senate vote was
95-0 in favor, the house voted 412-8. Here are the names of the
Evil Eight. If they are your representatives, please inform their
potential opponents of this vote, and please send these eight
people to the prosperous future they deserve - working the
Here are the phone numbers of the eight congressmen
who voted No on the no-call list. I guess they would be interested
if you'd like to sell them your old golf clubs, because I have a
feeling they will be needing them.
Talk show host Tucker Carlson's correct home phone
number is 703-519-6456,
and he also welcomes your unsolicited commercial offers.
Here is the contact info for the latest judge to
rule against the no-call list
Here is another contact number for Judge
Nottingham, the latest guy who overruled the do-not-call list.
Carlos Delgado hits four homers in a single game
300 words that will get US Government agencies
looking at your web page
See the two new moons around Uranus. Uranus is
filled with gas.
Boston Red Sox make the post-season!
The Weekly World News claims to have found the
world's most-wanted terrorist. Osama bin Laden - perhaps
embarrassed by his habitual bed-wetting, or seeking a scenic
backdrop for his new reality show - is occupying a love nest in
Alaska with an Eskimo bride
Here's that photo of bin Laden hiding out in Alaska
Best Weekly World News article EVER! Get this: "Osama will never
be captured because he spends all his time on the move, mushing
his huskies, ice fishing and rubbing noses with his new bride.
That noble titan of the tundra, that sheikh of the sheet ice, he
doesn't want to be a terrorist no more".
Brian Urlacher - the Colin Farrell of football
This week's Sports Illustrated on Campus has been
banned from Brigham Young University
Board Meeting at 4; Nudity Required
"imagine this: You, your boss, and a whole bunch of your
colleagues stripping naked, sweating, and beating the tar out of
yourselves with tree branches. Wouldn't that be hell? Actually,
that would be Finland,"
Long-Eared Dog Makes It Into Guinness Book Of
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
Disappointingly, only three "Heathers" and one Brandi, which could
result in their suspension from the league, unless Brandi dots her
i with a little heart.
Willy's World of Male Masturbation Euphemisms!
vote for the Stuff cover girl
a new generation of electronic paper may soon be
able to bring a moving image to a foldable screen near you
The Boob Aerobics class means that there are now
alternative ways for a girl to get the bust of her dreams.
I want a local franchise.
That '70s Show - Episode Guide
The Problem With Music - if there is a million
dollars in profit from an album, who gets it all?
Go to the bottom table on the page for a shocking breakdown on one
A proposed regulation to kill 'lap dancing'
threatens to close all of Connecticut's strip clubs
Infinium Labs' Executive Seen on Survivor:
"As if there wasn't enough controversy already surrounding
Infinium Labs and its upcoming Phantom console, now the company's
chief marketing officer, Burton Roberts, appeared as one of the
castaways last night on the debut of CBS' Survivor: Pearl
Nude pictures of Amber Frey, the massage therapist
who is a key witness in the Scott Peterson Case, have been posted
on the internet. As I
write this, they are available only at a pay site located at
www.schmidtysworld.com, but their wider appearance is inevitable.
New York Post Online Edition squarely places the
blame for porn entering the mainstream::
"If you must, blame it on Dennis Franz."
Li'l Kim is the latest diva with eccentric
backstage demands. I
notice she also demanded a bikini top several sizes too small, as
Inga Drozdova, Playmate of November 1997, Free Nude
Gallery Courtesy of PlayboyPlus.com!
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for inclusion in 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 Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
|The paparazzi's ultra bright flash bulbs show off more than the young star probably hoped for at the premiere for the new Jack Black movie "School of Rock". Here we see some clear nipple sightings through her dress.
|The busty, blonde pop starlet barely keeping the goods contained. Link #1 is a great image of Simpson wearing a low-cut dress that reveals a hint of nipple. Links 2-4 feature truckloads of tank top and bikini cleavage from the MTV reality show "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica".
|Ana de la Reguera
||Brief, but very nice toplessness in scenes from the Mexican movie "Por la libre" aka "Dust to Dust" (2000). Thanks to Vejiita.
|Señor Skin pays tribute to the legendary scream queen. Here she is topless in two movies, "Assault of the Party Nerds" (1989) and the sequel, "Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting Detective" (1995).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
ARNOLD SURVIVES DEBATE
The Real Winner: Gray Davis - Arnold Schwarzenegger participated in his
first California gubernatorial debate last night. Several polls named him
the winner, at least on style. Indeed, the moderator at one point slipped,
called him "Governor Schwarzenegger," then joked, "I'm going to have to
lower my meds." Arianna Huffington earned bad reviews and low poll numbers
for talking over the other candidates and making personal attacks. At one
point, offered a chance to rebut a low blow, Arnold retorted, "I have a
perfect part for you in 'Terminator 4.'"
As the first person terminated.
Arianna thought she was on Bill Maher's show.
Crazy people shouting insults in impenetrable foreign accents...Was this
a gubernatorial debate or a U.N. meeting?
The moderator was the only person on stage who needed to be on LESS
EAT MORE FRIED, BREADED BEEF CHEESE!
Ram This Down Your Piehole! - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is
promoting a new appetizer: "cheeseburger fries." It's a mixture of ground
beef, cheese and breading, deep-fried and shaped like a french fry, only it
tastes like a cheeseburger. It's been around for a year, but Ram
International, owner of the Ram brew pub chain, just agreed to carry it, so
it's finally taking off. The Beef Association is already developing
jalapeno, Philly Cheesesteak and bacon-barbecue flavored cheeseburger
Thank God they're working on a way to include bacon!
They're also trying to find a way to add some meat to your beverage.
At last, a truly American alternative to French fries!
Ram's parent company also owns a chain of heart clinics.
MAGICIAN BANNED FROM DRIVING BLINDFOLDED
Just Make The Cops Disappear - German magician Thorsten Strotmann spent six
months memorizing every bend in a winding, 12-mile mountain road in
Austria, which he planned to drive with a steel mask and a black sack over
his head. Then the police heard about it and told him he didn't have the
necessary permits and the stunt was off.
He should do it in Los Angeles: they'd never even notice... Plus, if
he's an illegal alien, they'll even give him a driver's license.
What IS the "necessary permit" for driving with your eyes closed? A cab