"My Best Friend's Wife"

My Best Friend's Wife (2001) is an update on Bob & Carol and Ted and Alice. Two couples have been best friends practically since childhood. One of the men frequently suggests wife-swapping, jokingly. When the other husband loses a promotion in another city, he feels life is passing him by, and thinks the swapping is a great idea. He sets out to convince the others. I don't want to give the rest of the plot away.

The characters were reasonably well developed, and some of the attitudes had the ring of truth. The problem was that the story really needed to follow everyone into the bedroom, yet stars Meredith Salenger and Tara Westwood showed no skin at any time. The nudity was from Juliette Alexander as a stripper/girlfriend of a single friend.

IMDb readers have this at 5.3. It won an audience choice award at an obscure film festival. It seems to have had a very short theatrical run in New York. The film is fine technically, and the characters are all sympathetic. With a little more nudity/sex in the bedroom, and a little more comedy in the script, this could have been a good couples erotic romantic comedy. As it stands, I doubt that it pleases any audience. This is a low C-.

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  • Juliette Alexander (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

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    Siesta (1987)

    I discussed this at great length the other day. Here's the info if you care to review it. The French Region 2 DVD is bare-bones, with no features except a poor quality trailer, and no widescreen version of the film.

    The good news, however, is very good. Although there is no widescreen transfer, the full screen version is an open matte full frame, so there is nothing missing, and the visual quality of the transfer is completely satisfactory, resulting in an excellent upgrade of our images from this film.

    • Ellen Barkin. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) It always seemed to me that Ellen could have had a better career than she actually did. She is neither very beautiful nor a very good actress, but she is beautiful enough and talented enough that her sheer sex appeal, her offbeat style, her crooked smile, and her rare athleticism should have added up to a big career, but it did not. She did fine, of course, but never as well as I expected, so maybe I'm one of only a few who find her so goddamned sexy.


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    • 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 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.




    Meg Ryan - in In the Cut. Meg still looks great, but I wish she hadn't waited until she was 40 to get the clothes from her lower body, and I wish she had chosen a venue less gloomy than this movie. I once referred to actor Mark Ruffalo (seen here with Meg) as the world's most irritating actor. To some extent, he still irritates me, but I have to admit the guy is quite talented. If you saw him here, in Eternal Sunshine, and in 13 going on 30, you would barely recognize that it is the same guy.




    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. http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ 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.


    Comments and vids by Striplight:


    • First up we have the gorgeous Julia Stemberger, in “Der Konig von St Pauli”. Here she will be mostly checking her look in the mirror, whilst slipping off the little she has on.  (.wmv zipped)
    • Then there’s a clip from my favorite saucy film - the totally crazy “La Bete”. Here we have Lisbeth Hummel answering the door, reading a letter, wandering around completely naked.  (.wmv zipped)

    Words and vids from ICMS

    Hi Scoopy !
    Regarding Kristien Van Pellicom on Saturday's Fun House I really can't add much. Although Flemish, she is practically unknown over here, but this is probably going to change since she was introduced this month as a new character on the daily soap series "Thuis". She'll have to do interviews for the tabloids sooner or later, so I might have something to report in a few months. In the meantime I guess more people know her in the States and elsewhere thanks to the Fun House and the movie Innocence! I've sent along a clip with a little bit of nudity from the aforementioned soap so you can get an impression what it is like. In fact it's something to cherish as in this series we are only entitled to a bare breast about every 3 years. This clip dates from an episode from 1998 and features Marijke Hofkens (Leontien Vercammen in the series) in bed with her brother-in-law Frank Bomans (Pol Goossen) after a few drinks too many. Her husband Luc Bomans (his brother) knocks on the door of their hotel room.
    Until today Sunday I wasn't aware the film "Species III" even existed. Apparently Natasha Henstridge didn't take her clothes off in it but she did unhesitantly in 1998 in the Brazilian-American co-production "Bela Donna". This clip from that movie will make up for that, don't you think ?  There's plenty of caps from this film in the encyclopedia as well. (the clip is in the best possible DivX quality recorded from digital satellite TV on DVD-R in best quality also)
    That's it for now, but I'll be back with more clips soon.
    Yours faithfully,
    Graphic Response
    A couple of DVD upgrades from previously 'capped movies.
    • Former "ER" star Alex Kingston topless and full frontal in scenes from "Croupier" (1998).

    • Moira Kelly, the former "West Wing" co-star and voice of 'Nala' in the "Lion King movies. Here she is topless and getting seriously groped in a love scene from "Little Odessa" (1994).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.

    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    Today we have a small batch of video clips featuring Heffers and Pets. (zipped divx .avis as usual)

    First up...Gig Gangel aka Gig Rauch (Heffer, January 1980). Brief breast exposure in a scene from "Killing Device". This is her only screen exposure.

    Next, here is former Pet Jenna Persaud topless in a scene from "The Other Woman" (1992). Jenna did her Pet thing in April of '87.

    Moving on we have four clips of Heffer O' the Year 1995, Julie Lynn Cialini topless in "Wolfhound" (2002). She plays a dog that (who?) turns into a woman...sorta the opposite of Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters.

    • Julie Lynn Cialini (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Finally today, the mother lode of nekkid Hefmates on the silver screen...well, on DVD extras anway. Here are Jami Ferrell, Natalia Sokolova and Deanna Brooks (l to r) from the the extras section of the "Boat Trip" DVD. Two other Hefmates... Shauna Sand on the left and Teri Harrison in the middle...keep the bikini tops on. Call me greedy, but why did they have to go and do that?

    • Jami Ferrell, Natalia Sokolova and Deanna Brooks (1, 2)

    'Caps and comments by PAL:

    Katja Bienert The German actress going topless and full frontal in scenes from "Schulmaedchen_Report 13". According to the IMDb, she was 13 or 14 when she did this movie. I simply can not believe that. (Compare it to Brooke Shields' in "Pretty Baby"). My guess is somebody has been caught lying about their age.

    Tatum O'Neal O'Neal topless and almost full frontal in scenes from "Circle of Two" (1980).

    Patricia Rivera Patricia Rivera from Chile (I guess) in "Johnny cien pesos (Johnny 100 Pesos)", a movie based on a true event in Santiago about a robbery attempt. Together with four other criminals trying to rob a video store, a young man (Johnny) gains national fame when the crime goes awry and turns to a hostage situation broadcasted live across the country.

    Prunella Gee Prunella Gee showing a brief nipple view in "The Wilby Conspiracy", a 1975 action-drama about apartheid in South Africa.

    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    "Short Cuts"
    It's a while since we've seen caps from Short Cuts. Julianne Moore's, Lori SInger's and Madeleine Stowe's nudity is well known, and there is the briefest of bush by Frances McDormand. Anne Archer and Susie Cusak also look good.

    "Married With Children"
    A topless Meadow Williams was seen on Sunday night and this is what she looked like in a bikini a few years ago in an episode of Married With Children called Spring Break. More bikini caps of Christina Applegate, Lisa Boyle and Heidi Marks.

    "White Oleander"
    White Oleander is a bit of a chick flick centred on Katie Lohmann's troubles when she is fostered out after her mother is put in jail. There's nice thong view of Robin Wright Penn, and Liz Stauber and Katie Lohmann are in their underwear. There may be a nip slip by Katie in the second collage but it would require a higher quality capture to be sure.

    "For Da Love of Money"
    For Da Love of Money is supposed to be a comedy but don't expect to laugh too much. No nudity but Sacha Kemp is down to her underwear and Tanya Boyd shows a lot of cleavage. Danielle Hobbs, Princess Maggay and Lisa Darden add a bit of sex appeal. (The IMDb lists Lisa Darden as Cherry Lynn but the only Cherry Lynn I could find a picture of is a white porn star, and it is definitely not her.)

    "Little Fauss and Big Halsy"
    Lauren Hutton shows some distant bush in Little Fauss and Big Halsy. Linda Gaye Scott shows some breast and bum, as does Erin O'Reilly. Another unidentified lady bares her backside in Linda's collages.

    Charlize Theron In theaters now! Charlize topless in scenes from "Head in the Clouds". An excellent find by LC!

    Michelle Trachtenberg I've seen other versions of this floating around, but Squiddy takes home the big prize for finding the best of what's out there. Here is a great partial nip slip from the "Eurotrip" and "Buffy" star.

    Lindsay Wagner ZonononZor 'caps of the Bionic Woman's rarely seen toplessness from the 1973 movie "Two People". On a personal note, I have to thank Lindsay for giving me my new favorite pick-up line! Next time you are out looking to hook up with someone, give this one a try.... "Hey baby, what's your sleep number?".

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

    Señor Skin 'caps of the indie actress in scenes from "Mascara" (1999). Very nice toplessness in almost every image, plus brief pube views in link #3 and #15.

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    He's Now Bob Dole - Newsweek reports that Bob Dylan's upcoming memoir "Chronicles" will contain some big surprises. The man called the "voice of the '60s generation" says, "I had very little in common with and knew even less" about the hippie generation. He said all the "dropouts and druggies" trying to track him down made him feel like a prisoner in his own house, and he packed a Colt pistol and Winchester rifle out of fear of "rogue radicals." Dylan writes, "I was fantasizing about a nine-to-five existence, a house on a tree-lined block with a white picket fence, pink roses in the backyard...I wanted to set fire to these people."

  • And see their ashes blowin' in the wind...
  • Sounds like Bob Dylan hired Ted Nugent as a ghostwriter.
  • Of course, if he dictated this book, that may not be what he said at all.
  • Sounds like an interesting book...But let's hope Bob doesn't record the audio version himself.

    Get The Onus Off Us! - The New York Post's Page Six reports that CBS is thinking of sending Janet Jackson the $550,000 bill for the FCC Nipplegate fine, because they don't believe it was an accident. They want to make the point that the onus for inappropriate behavior is on the people supplying the content.

  • Like really, obviously fake memos?
  • Hold on! Janet just showed her breast, not her onus!

    He's A Piece Of Work, All Right - Last Thursday, 18 scholars met at Yale for the first academic study of Michael Jackson. A race and gender teacher said Jackson is the "black male crossover artist of the 20th century," and we all have watched him grow up and have a great investment in him, even if we now find his image disturbing. Panelists picked apart Jackson from a number of angles. An art expert declared him "a self-created piece of art;" experts debated how his pedophilia allegations feed into false stereotypes about gays; and they discussed how his plastic surgery reflects shifting racial and gender roles in America.

  • Finally, a leading professor of abnormal psychology declared him to be "crazy as a bed bug."
  • It took 18 leading experts from Yale to determine that Michael Jackson is black and male.