Apparently that clip from the new Entourage was mis-identified in my first post on the subject. The correct ID seems to be Erica Taylor. Here's the 720p Deep at Sea clip again, with lots of samples below.


  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.








The Tall Guy


Emma Thompson film clips. (sample captures below)

scoop's notes:

Now that the world has generally acknowledged Groundhog Day to be a top comedy, The Tall Guy may be the most underrated comedy at IMDb. This movie is one funny mofo, written by the same guy who wrote Blackadder, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary. He also wrote much of the Mr Bean material, but I guess we can forgive him for that, based upon his good deeds elsewhere. This is the rare movie which is both very intelligent and very funny, like the best work of Woody Allen or Steve Martin, but it is edgier, more stinging, and just generally bitchier than either Steve or Woody.

Jeff Goldblum is the tall Woody Allen of the film, playing an American actor stuck in a dead-end stage job in London, as the anonymous sidekick who gets bopped over the head by an acclaimed baggy-pants slapstick comedian, played to perfection by that ubiquitous presence in all British comedies, Rowan Atkinson. Although Rowan is all smarmy rubber-faced charm on stage, and is a Fawltyesque suck-up to the Royal Family, he is in fact a petty person who despises anyone who gets a bigger laugh than he.

After six years of playing Rowan's stooge in baggy pants revues, Goldblum gets sacked, leaving him with very few opportunities. He goes to his agent, and the conversation goes something like this:

Agent: You have to take what you can get. You have been out of circulation for six years, and 73% of all actors are unemployed.

Goldblum: And yet Roger Moore works.

Agent: The universe is mysterious.

That conversation led him to the lead role in a musical comedy based upon The Elephant Man, called (appropriately enough) "Elephant!". This show is hilarious. The author is obviously not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber, because he has managed to take all of the musical and stylistic excesses of Webber's (and Sondheim's) musicals and combine them into a tasteless new pastiche. The songs really sound like they are right out of a Webber musical, but the words are blackly comedic. When the Elephant Man dies, heaven welcomes an "angel with big ears".

Ostensibly, this movie is a simple romantic comedy about a relationship between Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson, who plays a prim nurse with a volcanic sexual nature hidden beneath her starched whites. The film handles that with aplomb as well. The sex scene between Goldblum and Thompson is excellent, and laugh-out-loud funny - a parody of all of those movie scenes where the couple is swept away by passion. At one point they have all four feet on a piano keyboard, and are playing chords as they frolic. After they finish, their room looks a hotel room in war-torn Sarajevo after a weekend stay by Kid Rock.

The film is filled with obscure and fun references, like an episode of the Simpsons or a Dennis Miller rant. In fact, the London song which opens "Elephant" is very similar to the Simpsons' famous New Orleans song in their musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire. (This movie came first, if you are wondering)

Some of my favorite lines in the movie were complete throwaways. Goldblum at one point is watching an award show rooting for anyone to beat Atkinson. One of the other nominees for "best comedic actor"  was Christopher Reeve in "Whoops, Hamlet". Another was "Dudley Moore for Death of a Salesman". Well, I suppose that play would be sort of funny with Dudley in it. Or at least as funny as anything else with Dudley in it. Now that I think about it, maybe Dudley would be more effective in a play where the audience is not supposed to laugh. Certainly he wouldn't have had that much trouble adjusting to the absence of laughter.

There is no absence of laughter in this movie. I laughed out loud through most of the film. This movie is so-o-o good, and nobody has ever heard of it!







Arielle Dombasle in Gradiva

Marie Espinosa in Gradiva

Dany Verissimo in Gradiva

Winona Ryder from a few years back. Awesome cleavage.

Kourtney Kardashian from the Kardashian sisters' reality show

Angelina Jolie in Foxfire



Barbara Schulz in Erreur De La Banque En Votre Faveur

Fanny Magier in La Morte vivante

Francoise Blanchard in La Morte vivante

Isabelle Carre in Cliente

Natalie Pemberton in the first season of Underbelly (720p - sample below)

Stephanie Kellner in Das Familiegeheimnis (sample below)

Inga Busch in Einfach raus (sample below)

Anna Fischer in Liebeskind (sample below)

Julie Boewe in Gefangene (sample below)

Britta Dirks in Oi! Warning (sample below)

Diane Lane in The Big Town (samples below)

Diane Siemons-Willems in Barfuss bis zum Hals (sample below)