Eureka (1983) is a Nicolas Roeg film starring his wife, Theresa Russell, Gene Hackman and Rutger Hauer, with the likes of Mickey Rourke and Joe Pesci in the supporting cast. It is nearly three separate films. Act one is a surreal presentation of Hackman's character literally falling into a mountain of gold, and becoming the richest man in the world. This very strange segment includes his interaction with a tubercular hooker fortune teller, and a mystic experience with some wolves, lightning, and a magic rock.
Act two has Hackman rich and bored on his own Caribbean island during WW II. He is married to an alcoholic woman who reads tarot cards, and his daughter, Russell, is married to Rutger Hauer, a Frenchman whom Hackman believes is after her money. Hauer, we learn near the end of the act, is into voodoo. Rourke is the spokesman for Miami Mafia types who intend to buy Hackman's island, with or without his cooperation.
Act three becomes a courtroom drama, with Hauer accused of murdering Hackman. Roeg gets his wife, Russell, naked nearly every time she is on screen, and we see all three Bs several times. Several women also show breasts in a lengthy voodoo orgy scene. IMDB readers have this at 5.5 of 10. Edinburgh U Film Society calls it a masterpiece, but admits that act three is terrible. The script was based on a book written by a lawyer and was based on a real case. The court case took up most of the book. The film does have the magnificent visuals that we associate with Roeg (Walkabout, Dr. Zhivago), and also the epic length, at 130 minutes. It seems to be making some kind of statement about desire, wealth and happiness, but I am not sure what the statement was. I found it a very tedious watch, but your mileage may vary. C.
Nick Roeg was originally hired to be a second unit photographer in Dr
Zhivago, based on some second unit footage he had shot for director David
Lean's earlier film, Lawrence of Arabia.
Lean fired Roeg from Zhivago before any footage was actually filmed. If I
remember right, they eventually shot a couple of minor scenes using Roeg's
storyboards, which was his sole contribution to the film.
Roeg was certainly single-handedly responsible for Walkabout however. It was
virtually a one-man production.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
I have never seen this movie, although I have always wanted to. I wish they would get it on DVD.
It is the biopic of free-spirited dancer Isadora Duncan, starring
Vanessa Redgrave. Best of all, it contains lots of nudity. Here is a sample in
three new collages from Herr Haut
- Vanessa Redgrave (1,
You were much too generous in your evaluation of The Graduate. I
belong to a film group in Wisconsin, and every Saturday afternoon in
winter about ten of us get together to watch one or more of the IMDb
Top 250. It's our way of learning more about movies that came before
our time. We're all in our 20s. Over the years, we've been
disappointed by some films, like Citizen Kane and 2001 and The
Searchers, which just don't live up to their reputations, but The
Graduate is the only one we've ever shut off without even watching
the ending . Early on, a bunch of people just wandered out and did
other things. About half way through, one of the girls grabbed the
remote and pressed pause. She asked, "does anyone really want to
keep watching this?"
Nobody rose to defend it. There were only about five of us still
We came to a conclusion in our post-film discussion. There are
many films which are rated high and do not live up to expectations,
but The Graduate is the only one of the "great" films that just
completely sucks. It is just a poor movie in so many ways. All of
the actors in minor roles completely stink. Benjamin looks as old as
Mrs Robinson, except without the spray-on gray hair which Mrs
Robinson stole from a high school drama club presentation of Long
Day's Journey Into Night. The musical score consists of "Songs to
Sleep By", and it's the same damned songs over and over. The sound
editing is so bad that half of the dialogue is lost. We can't figure
out why Mrs Robinson wanted Benjamin. Can you explain that to us?
He's three feet tall, and mumbles all the time. We also can't
explain why Benjamin and Elaine wanted to marry each other. Since
Benjamin is supposed to be a genius, how do you explain his apparent
extreme density? Is he stoned all the time? Maybe he's autistic.
Maybe Rainman should actually be called The Graduate II. Mrs
Robinson's daughter is a complete ditz, and what is the deal on her
eyelashes? And why exactly is this considered a comedy? None
of us laughed during the movie, not even once. It's about as funny
as Schindler's List.
Between this film and Kubrick's 2001, you guys must have been
smoking a lot of loco weed back then.
Scoop's says: I can't really explain why I
liked this movie so much back then, but I do remember that I loved
it, and it seemed that everyone loved it. It was just an integral
part of the Zeitgeist. Some things get lost in the passage of time,
and this seems to be one of them. I had one other similar experience
since starting this site. I once wrote that I can no longer remember
why I used to think Dudley Moore was funny, but I'm pretty sure you
will experience the same thing someday when your grandchildren ask
you about David Spade.
Yet I and other people did laugh at Dudley
Moore wacky hijinks (and people do like Spade), and people did love
The Graduate. Many still do, including some young people. I guess
those facts give us an understanding of how we differ from one
another, and even from younger versions of ourselves.
1998 Penthouse Pet of the Year, Paige Summers, is
Here is the major Yahoo Group dedicated to Paige
The Sabrina Setlur blue "cat" nudes
Reality TV becomes Reality Internet - lads compete
to be Jordan's new flame.
With real nipply goodness.
Porn actress Mary Carey's message may not be
resonating with many voters but her bid to become California
governor is a marketing coup of the first order!
The best news in ages - Berkeley Breathed and Opus
CIA seeks probe of White House, seeks identity of
WH Official who blew an agent's cover.
Comic book site claims Orson Welles planned to do a
Batman movie! Yeah, right.
Perhaps there was some LSD in the ink on that guy's comic books.
Welles himself would have loved this kind of hoax. After all, he's
the one who convinced people The War of the Worlds was real.
GM introduces an Aztek with 665 horsepower
The Top 10 things you need to know for college
KC Chiefs Cheerleaders
Computer optical illusions
The Hotel Morgan is looking for a neon light
The Condiment Packet Museum.
"This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever known about! Talk
about a waste of time & money." - email from Museum visitor, July
Perhaps Tom Green's favorite site? For the woman who has
everything - what gift could say love better than a yard-long
model of a horse's cock? (Check out Thor)
The Movie Quote Quiz! Test your movie quote
Singer Robert Palmer dies at 54
Will Ferrell has inked a deal to play the Man in
the Yellow Hat in the CURIOUS GEORGE movie
Pinky's World of Female Masturbation Euphemisms!
Homer Simpson's Dream Comes True - Beer Truck
thousands of cans of Bud Light beer on the road"
Bennifer buy a pickup truck in Georgia
U.S. Deportation Plan Angers Mexicans.
The US government is deporting illegals to places in Mexico
hudreds of miles from their homes, in an attempt to reduce
The Sun's guide to eating.
Bizarre pseudo-erotica splashed with humor.
Florida Marlins make the post-season.
The only remaining spot is being contested by the Cubs and the 'Stros.
There's one other
thing up for grabs in baseball.
Tigers lose #119.
Two games left. They need to lose one to tie the record, both to
Baseball Geeks - Major League Baseball Away Hitting
Stats. Which teams really
have the best and worst offenses? Perhaps the best way to answer
that question is to look at their performance in road games, which
eliminates the bias caused by home stadiums. Who has the best
offense? The Yankees, not the Red Sox. The sox scored 532 runs at
Fenway, only 424 on the road to the Yankees 466.That surprised me
a little but what surprised me more was who had the worst offense.
I would have guessed the Tigers, Dodgers, and Rockies. Those three
were 2,3,4, but the worst of all was Les Expos.
Baseball Geeks - Major League Baseball Away
Pitching Stats. There are
not as many surprises in the pitching stats. The Dodgers have the
lowest ERA on the road as well as at home, so Dodger Stadium does
help them, but they are just plain good. The worst is no real
surprise - the Tigers, although the Texas Rangers made it a
contest. But we knew the Rangers sucked, so that's no real
surprise either. I guess the big negative surprises to me were the
Cubs, Marlins, and the A's. My guess, before looking at the stats,
for the five best pitching staffs would have been D-Backs,
Dodgers, Cubs, A's, Marlins. The Cubs were only fifth, the A's a
surprisingly low 9th, and the Marlins totally suck. They only seem
good because of a 3.16 ERA at home (4.99 on the road).
George Plimpton dies.
He's the guy who refused to experience sports vicariously like the
rest of us. He actually went out there and took some snaps with
300 pound guys trying to knock him down. It's amazing he lived
this long, when you think about it.
Plimpton's famous story, The Curious Case of Sidd Finch, which
used enough real details to fool many credulous people into
thinking it was true.
Youth baseball league makes best athletes play with
a handicap! Kurt Vonnegut
wrote a short story about this decades ago - Harrison Bergeron.
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.
'Caps and comments by Oz:
"Simone de Beauvoir's Babies"
Simone de Beauvoir's Babies is an Australian mini series about four thirty-something women worried about their biological clock. The most nudity comes from Anne Looby and Sally Cooper. Sonia Todd is topless but the view is fleeting.
- Anne Looby
- Sally Cooper
- Sonia Todd
Table One is about a group of friends opening up a restaurant, and turn it into a topless bar to make it profitable. Mary Hammett makes a interesting cowgirl and there are some unidentified topless dancers.
"Venus & Mars"
Daniela Lunkewitcz goes topless in Venus & Mars and there's some see-through nudity by Julie Bowen.
- Daniela Lunkewitcz
- Julie Bowen
Very brief pokies by Hope Davis in Daytrippers.
Some side nudity by Judy Morris in an Australian thriller called The Plumber.
"Point of No Return"
Some barely visible dark nudity by Nikki Coghill in another Australian movie called Point of No Return.
Nothing unusual here but Kim Cattrall is briefly topless in Palais Royale.
- Kim Cattrall
The nudity in Fright Night comes from a topless Irina Irvine, just before she's killed. Heidi Sorenson shows some pokies as does Amanda Bearse. Amanda may also be revealing a little more.
No nudity in O but there are some sexy poses by Julia Stiles and Rain Phoenix.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
I am a big fan of Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodovar but this 1983 film is not one of his best.
A nightclub singer seeks refuge in a convent populated by gay nuns on dope. The movie is crazy and disjointed not really sure if it wants to be a comedy, drama, or druggie story. Interesting in parts but basically disappointing if you're looking for classic Almodvar.
||The UK actress and sister of Hayley Mills, topless and showing a little bum in scenes from the 1972 movie "Avanti!".
|Assorted toplessness and rear nudity from a couple of contestants on the Danish Big Brother.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the French Canadian actress showing off a great body while she's on top in a sex scene from the Atom Egoyan movie, "Ararat" (2002).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
ARNOLD DENIES TOILET INTENT
Civic Doody - After the California gubernatorial debate, Arianna Huffington
slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger as anti-woman, claiming that his line that he
had a perfect role for her in "Terminator 4" referred to a scene in "T3" in
which a woman's head is shoved into a toilet. Arnold said he meant all the
"Terminator" movies had strong roles for women, like Linda Hamilton and the
female robot, and if that's how Arianna interpreted it, that's her problem.
And if she doesn't like it, she can go soak her head.
Besides, a sequel would NEVER just repeat the exact same scene!
Besides, Linda Hamilton could kick her big, fat, Greek ass.
Arianna is lucky the debate moderator didn't shove her head into a
NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Just For The Record - The latest edition of the Guinness Book of World
Records is out, and it contains entries from people who did a lot of weird
things to get a little fame.
They include a Russian woman with 69 children...
Doesn't Mia Farrow have 70 children?
...A Dutchman with a collection of 3,240 airline barf bags...
They call him "The Flying Dutchman"...
...Someone who swallowed 95 worms in 30 seconds...
And still came in third on "Fear Factor."
...A man who unhooked 17 bras with one hand in under a minute...
As if Colin Farrell weren't famous enough already.
...And a group of 982 people who set a new world record by all sitting down
on Whoopee cushions simultaneously.
They cheated: at least 25 of them weren't using Whoopee cushions.