"The Box"

The Box (2003) is a tragic romance/crime thriller. James Russo has just been released after a three year term for sticking up a jewelry store. After a life of crime, he is finally sick of prison. He is given a room in a fleabag hotel and a job in a junkyard. Then we discover that he stashed the jewels with a fence, and is intent on getting his money. Things are still looking rosy when he becomes chummy with the waitress in the local greasy spoon (Theresa Russell), but he is forced the kill the fence, and she has more than a few skeletons of her own. From that point on, the story gets very mean-spirited. Russo plays a stone face with no emotion, but Russell gave a decent performance.

Russell, who is now well over her fighting weight shows most of a breast. Meadow Williams, as a stripper, shows breasts. IMDb readers have this at 4.4 of 10. It premiered at Cannes, but doesn't seem to have had a US release. They succeeded to the extent that I was rooting for Russo and Russell, which made the ending hard to swallow. The atmosphere is consistently dark, making the film reasonably competent. This is a C-.

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  • Meadow Williams (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Theresa Russell (1, 2)

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    .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 picture. When 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 altogether.




    • Gwyneth Paltrow - in Sylvia. It's a film about Sylvia Plath, a semi-famous poetess with a history of mental illness. Unfortunately, the movie was not able to quote from any of her work, and offered no insight into her mental decline, which didn't leave much except some good performances, and an emotional pairing of a real life mother and daughter (Blythe Danner and Gwyneth) as a movie mother and daughter.

      At the time, I wrote:

      "In other words, this is a film about a mentally unhinged poet, yet it offers no insight into her mental condition, and never uses her poems. Sylvia Plath without the poetry and without some insight into her mental illness is about as interesting as "Oklahoma!" without the songs."

    • Paltrow clip 1 (.avi zipped) (.wmv zipped).

    • Paltrow clip 2 (.avi zipped) (.wmv zipped).



    Carla Gugino

    This one is NOT from Shiloh

    • Carla Gugino - in Sin City (.wmv zipped). What can you say. Nice, short clip. This is required viewing.



    Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble with the codecs for these movies:

    Shiloh says:

    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. Hope this is useful to you or your users.

    Scoop says:

    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 Spaz:

    "Total Recall 2070" tv series (1999-2000)
    Another Showtime sci-fi series. Only the two part pilot is available on DVD although all 22 episodes are available on bootleg VCD.

    Crimson Ghost
    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.

    Another batch of assorted video clips from the Ghost today. Zipped wmvs as always.

    • Jenilee Harrison, the former beauty queen turned Rams cheerleader turned "Three's Company" star turned B-movie actress turned infomercial spokes person. Here she is topless in love scenes from two of her movies. Link #1 is from "Prime Target" (1991) and #2 is from "Fists of Iron" (1995). (1, 2)

    • Jessica Paré, the busty young French Canadian actress topless in a scene from "En vacances" aka "Holiday" (2000).

    • Kelly Macdonald, the cute, petite Scottish actress bares all 3 B's and gets it on with Obi-Wan in a scene from her first movie, "Trainspotting" (1996).

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Norma Jean and Marilyn"
    Well known and often-capped 1996 made-for-HBO movie shows the disturbing side of the life of Marilyn Monroe. In the process of focusing on the bad (drugs, abuse, mental breakdown, etc.), they may have forgotten about the good. No one can argue that she succeeded more on looks than acting talent, of which I personally think she had none, but Marilyn was still a huge star and icon, and this is still a very interesting movie.

    The approach of using several actors for different ages of a part is not new (they used 4 for Marilyn), but using Ashley Judd for pre-plastic surgery Marilyn and Mira Sorvino for post-plastic surgery Marilyn was a little different, although the transition was not as seamless as they probably hoped. The movie holds your attention, but the history is pretty shaky in many places.

    Not perfect, but this is still an entertaining, worth watching movie. It's been capped a ton, but with the recent release on DVD, look for a new flood. This is my version.

    Mr. Nude Celeb
    Mr. Nude Celeb takes a look at "Swimming Pool". I think Scoop summed it up very well in his review when he said "It plays out like a slow, arty, Ingmar Bergman remake of Wild Things."

    If that turns you off from the movie, then how about this...It's beautifully filmed and chock full of gorgeous nudity from Ludivine Sagnier and Charlotte Rampling!

    • Ludivine Sagnier (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    • Charlotte Rampling (1, 2, 3)

    Sunny Mabrey
    Amelia Cooke
    DeadRed 'caps of both babes baring breasts and bums in scenes from the direct-to-vid sequel, "Species III". Natasha Henstridge does return as "Sil", but doesn't give up any goodies. Some folks may recognize Sunny Mabrey from the entertaining comedy "The New Guy". Currently she is filming the pseudo sequel to the Vin Diesel movie "xXx". The follow up is called "XXX: State of the Union" and stars Ice Cube instead of the Vin-man.

    Amira Casar
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    LC 'caps of the former model showing toplessness and frontal views in scenes from the French movie "Anatomie de l'enfer" aka "Anatomy of Hell" (2004). This is the latest film by Catherine Breillat, the same writer/director who made the sexually explicit French film "Romance" (1999).

    Angel Boris
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the former Heffer baring all in scenes from the low-budget creature flick, "Boa vs. Python".