"Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2"
Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) is a strong candidate for worst sequel of all time. The first 40 minutes consists of flashback footage from the first film, with Billy's little brother, now grown and in a hospital for the criminally insane, telling a new shrink his story. They did recycle the best footage from the first film, including most of the nudity, but the narration, and the acting by both little brother and the shrink is abysmal. Finally, 40 minutes in, little brother relates his own killing spree, which was mostly for no apparent reason, and then escapes and heads for mother superior.
We have a left breast from Joane White when she is fending off her boyfriend before little brother does him in, and partial breasts and buns from Elizabeth Cayton as little brother's girlfriend, before he finds out she was naughty before he met her, and he punishes her. The buns do belong to Cayton, as they were revealed in a continuous pan from her head down. IMDB readers have drastically over-rated this at 2.1 of 10. The only use for it is as the Readers Digest condensed version of the first film, for those in a hurry. E.
Silkwood (1983), for those who don't know the story, is a low key thriller with a top notch cast, which includes Meryl Streep in the title role, Cher and Kurt Russell. It is the true account of a young woman, Karen Gay Silkwood, who worked in a Nuclear fuel plant in Oklahoma, who threatened to blow the whistle on dangerous and illegal practices to the New York Times, and who died under mysterious circumstances. Police ruled her death accidental. Herein lies the problem with this film. If you are familiar with the story, you know, in general, what is going to happen, and how it ends, and there is not a lot left to hold your interest.
On the other hand, Meryl Streep was wonderful in the role, and Cher proved once again that she has a great knack for choosing roles which suite her. I enjoyed this more than many, as the evil management vs, Silkwood vs. apathetic workers vs. union officials is just my sort of controversy. To the films credit, they didn't portray any side as perfect. The film feels as much like a documentary as a drama, and is hence a slow watch for most. Streep shows her left breast flashing a co-worker. She is braless for most of the film, and has several pokies.
IMDB readers have this at 7.0 of 10. It grossed $35.6M in the US, and was nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Writing and Best editing. Cher won a Golden Globe for supporting actress. Critical response was generally favorable. I enjoy this film immensely, as the themes resonate with me, but it is not especially "theatrical." It is a classic C+, a very well made film that you will enjoy if you like the genre, but slow going for those who don't.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
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This is one of those movies that generated polarized reactions.
Part art movie, part supernatural/horror, it didn't please many fans
of either, but was very well reviewed by some critics (RT: 61%
appreciated the director's ability to maintain a feeling of dread
It starts out as a New York version of Deliverance. An upper
middle class Manhattan couple take their son to a remote cabin
in the Catskills for a weekend retreat. Things start out badly when
their car strikes a deer, and they run afoul of the hunters who were
chasing "their" deer. One of the hunters is testosterone-crazed and
gets into some heavy chest-thumping with the father. We basically
watch this activity through the eyes of the little kid, who sees a
bunch of violent gun-toting men shoot a deer at point blank range
(actually a mercy killing), then wave their guns around while
shouting at his parents.
Here's a tip for you youngsters from a native of
Upstate New York - if you go up there, always be afraid of white
guys named "Otis", unless they are cookie manufacturers. I never met or heard of any
such people up there, but if I
did meet one, I'd know enough to give that mofo some elbow room,
especially if he was mad at me and was carrying both a rifle and a
handgun, because that sucker would be mighty ornery, being so far
from the Confederacy and all.
The next major development in the
film occurs in the small town near their
rental house, where the little kid is handed a carved totem by a
mysterious Native American, only to have his mother find out that
the mysterious stranger was not really there at all, and that her
son was probably making up a story to get the "toy". Or was he?
Before vanishing, the non-existent stranger told the boy that the
totem represented the Wendigo, a mysterious, powerful,
shape-shifting spirit who could kill men and take their souls.
I think the maintenance of tension is excellent because the
director stayed inside the little kid's POV, and underscored the
boy's fear with
an effective, mysterious score which blends elements of classical
music and Native American rhythms. Fair enough.
The film also had some problems:
One genuine problem.
I laughed when I saw the actual Wendigo, and I couldn't have been
the only one laughing. It may be a shape-shifter, but the only form it seemed
to take here was that of a giant reindeer that walks on his hind
legs. In fact, it looks exactly like the famous hoax animal,
the Jackalope, aka The Warrior Rabbit. Let's face it, how scary
can a reindeer be? They are herbiverous ruminants - basically
cows, albeit prettier and more agile - so they present more danger to your
flowers than they do to your family.
"Look out Marge, I think it's going to graze"
I grew up right next to a deer preserve, and
the animals are sometimes nuisances because they get into
gardens at night, and they can't distinguish between open space and
glass, so every once in a while a big 'un tries
to run into somebody's sliding glass door or greenhouse. Saddest of
all, they sometimes run into a road, as the deer did in this film,
thus endangering themselves and the motorists. But they aren't very
scary, and they won't attack with their teeth no matter how hungry
or frightened they are. They are herbivores. I guess Manhattanites
could find one scary, but I can't imagine why. There is nothing more
peaceful or pastoral than to see a family of deer wandering around
the back yard on a snowy morning.
Anyway, I guess the all-wise Indian spirit wasn't
quite as tight with nature as it was made out to be. If it had a freakin'
clue about nature in Upstate New York, it would have taken the form
of a big, riled, starving, female bear ransacking a trash can and protecting her cubs. Now those mofos
Rudolph the freakin' red nosed reindeer, on the
other hand, is about as scary as Freddie and the Dreamers.
OK, maybe that was a bad example.
If SCTV was still on, Mrs Prickly would book this
movie for Monster Chiller Horror Theater, and Count Floyd would have to
bullshit the kids into thinking reindeer are scary. "Look, kids, did
you see those pointy antlers? Arooooooooooooooooooo!"
Here's another tip for you youngsters. If you make a
movie like Jurassic Park, feel free to make a special feature on the
DVD in which you explain how the special effects were created. On
the other hand, if you make a film where the supernatural creature
looks like a guy with limp wrists wearing a reindeer head with a goofy smile, don't
create a 30 minute documentary explaining how you did it. (Gee, let
me guess, you had a guy wear a reindeer head? Yup, sure enough.)
Also, you might want to leave out the original artist's conceptions
of the monster if they are, in fact, even sillier and less scary
than the actual representation in the movie.
Problem 2 - this one is not a problem in my estimation, but was a
major irritant to many people who watched the movie. The finale was
a complete downer, felt incomplete, and was one of those endings
which leaves people feeling "what the ....?" To tell you the truth,
I liked it. It ended like an art film, not like a horror movie, but
that was OK. The entire film was about maintaining a certain tone,
and the film's ending capped that off perfectly. It did leave some
things unsaid and unexplained, but sometimes mystery is better left
mysterious, and I was OK with that, because it was handled artfully.
The one thing I simply didn't understand was an extra scene after
the credits started rolling. As you can guess from what I have
already said, most people were wondering if the movie was
really over. The credits started to roll over black space, and then
there was a very brief intercut of a truck being towed, a scene
which may or may not have explained something earlier. This seemed
to promise more footage. No such thing. The towing scene was just
hanging there on its own, and the rest of the credits rolled
uninterrupted. Was that just a trick to force people to watch the
I don't know.
But I do know this, Babs. It'd behoove ya ta check yer uvula.
Oh, yeah, and it would have been better not to show the actual
creature. It was more powerful in the imagination.
- Patricia Clarkson. (1,
3) After years of working in relative
obscurity, the Yale graduate from N'awlins, with the compassionate
eyes and distinctive croaking voice, seems to be on the cusp of
stardom at age 43. She was in four films at Sundance, and I wrote
that she might even get an Oscar nod if people with the power to
grant such things saw Pieces of April.
What is the deal on Stephanie McMahon's breasts? Has she gotten
them enlarged again? They looked absolutely monstrous on Smackdown
A page dedicated to Monica Bellucci worship - many
nudes and near nudes!
Porn industry faces critical midget ... um ...
shortage. I think this
article is serious, so here's a big opportunity for our shorter
CBS | Late Show Top Ten Questions asked on
Schwarzenegger for Governor phonelines
The poetry of President Bush.
I think T.S. Eliot's place in the pantheon is safe for now.
Triumph the Insult Comic poops on us
You think we live shallow, pointless lives in
America? Japanese policy experts are debating whether to ban the
sale of used underwear.
Prior is awesome - Cubs win!
If only Harry could have seen it.
Tiger Critically Injures either Sigfried or Roy
Top 38 words used in the names of Chinese Food
Interesting. Does multiple personality disorder
really exist at all?
Doubtful, and certainly not as you understand it. So far, there
are exactly zero authenticated cases of patients in which the
alters were truly independent. Except in the movies, of course.
Saudi Arabia bans issue of National Geographic with
article on Saudi Arabia.
The article was produced with the complete co-operation of the
Tarantino's 'girl power' flick:
"'If you are a 12-year-old girl or boy you must go and see 'Kill
Bill' and you will have a damn good time,' the director said. "
(The film is rated R for extreme violence and a gang rape scene)
New Trojan Horse Bedevils Explorer Users.
If you can't connect to Google, for example, your computer may be
Aristophanes with attitude -
: "The Wannabes, the story of a
mismatched band of small-time crooks that stumble into an unlikely
career as politically incorrect children's singers. With its
ethnic amalgamates, cops and robbers subplot, and plays on gender
stereotypes, The Wannabes is a uniquely Australian film, unafraid
of crudity and pushing the boundaries of taste."
Interesting study of how incorrect impressions
helped create public support for the Gulf War.
A hooded bank bandit who often smells of alcohol
and is possibly intoxicated during his armed robberies made his
26th bank heist on Tuesday.
Am I on fire or is it just German TV?
Remains Of Xena-Like Woman Found:
"The remains of a six-foot tall woman, buried with a shield and
knife, were recently discovered in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in
Soldier On Leave Wins multistate $150 Million
First it was "Am I Hot or Not", then came "Rank
Me", now we just cut to the chase... Rate My Cleavage!!!
Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders - The Buffalo Jills
The energy crisis is solved. Two graduates
converted an old Volkswagen to run on fryer fat and plan to use it
on a road trip
The Smoking Gun looks at Tyson's bankrupcy filing.
He may be in debt, but he can't cut his clothing bill below
$18,000 per month.
NEW TOY for the friend who has it all! The
Costumes for couples.
Great Halloween costumes
Waitress says Hooters restaurant promised her a
Toyota, gave her a toy Yoda
A newlywed couple were shocked to return home from
honeymoon to find half a car on the roof of their garage.
Family Angry Over 500-Pound Woman's Burial
Courtney Love breaks into a home, arrested on drug
charges, posts bail, later found OD'ed.
Good thing that was a Thursday. On the weekends she gets crazy.
Canadian PM aspires to be a doper.
The world's oldest man died last week. Sadly, he
was the last one who could remember when Saturday Night Live was
a picture of Affleck's shampoo ad. Still looking
for the video.
President Bush Enlists Panel of Prominent Experts
to Counter Preposterous Liberal Charges that Rush Limbaugh is
Who is the leaker? Suspicion centers on Lewis Libby
former 'Law & Order' star Angie Harmon dreams of
being a prostitute and servicing some of Hollywood's leading men
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'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
A whole mess o' paparazzi edits.
- Alessia Mancini, topless
- Alicia Silverstone, cleavage
- Alizée, the young French pop-star shows off her amazing posterior
- Alyson Hannigan, cleavage at an "American Wedding" photo-op.
- Angela Lindvall, the model actress in a tight top
- Annalise Braakensiek, the Aussie babe topless and showing off her amazing bum at the beach.
- Anouska Golebiewski, the UK Big Brother contestant showing plenty of cleavage.
- Ariane Sommer, the German babe wearing a very lo-cut dress with awesome cleavage with some subtle nipple exposure.
- Beyoncé Knowles, stuffed into a dress about 2 sizes too small...which makes for excellent cleavage.
- Cameron Diaz, serious pokies.
- Camen Electra, in great shape and barely dressed...as usual
- Charlize Theron, showing some great pokies
- Christina Milian, the actress, singer and songwriter showing legs and cleavage
- Courtney Peldon, a variety of great cleavage pics
- Elenoire Casalegno, see-thru breast views from the Italian babe.
- Eliza Dushku, showing a little cleavage
- Gina Gershon, also showing a little cleavage
- Ilari Galassi, topless and thong views while sun bathing
- J Lo and Gwen Stefani
- Jennifer Aniston
- Jennifer Garner, the "Alias" star wearing a very lo-cut dress
- Lil' Kim, her now famous accidental breast exposure
- Mariah Carey
- Paris Hilton
- Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
- Sarah Connor, subtle see-thru nipple sightings.
- Shania Twain, looking gorgeous
- Sharon Stone
- Sigourney Weaver, see-thru nipple sighting
- Uma Thurman, showing off a pair of AMAZING legs at a Kill Bill event
- Victoria Silvstedt, topless at the beach
- Vivica A. Fox, tons of cleavage.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Gas Food Lodging"
Ione Skye gets topless in this well-done 1992 story of a mother and two teen-age daughters trying to get by and get along. Ione plays the hell-raising-always-in-shit daughter while Fairuza Balk plays the basically-a-good-kid daughter. Well acted and interesting, but the nude scene is dark and grainy, so the collage isn't as good as I'd like, but it was still worth doing.
||The American born star of French cinema topless in scenes from the 1983 movie "Pauline à la plage" aka "Pauline at the Beach".
||Breasts and bum in scenes from "Einsatz Mord - Kommissarin Fleming und der Mord vor der Kamera" (2002).
||The French actress probably best known to US audiences from the first "Mission: Impossible" movie bares breasts, bush and partial bum views in 1988's "À gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur" aka "Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator".
||Topless in "Until the End of the World" (1991).
||Full frontal nudity in scenes from the 1976 Bernardo Bertolucci movie, "1900".
|For all the youngsters out there, here is proof that older women can be hot and sexy too! Here is the 45 year old Helgenberger wearing a tight tank top and showing off some lovely cleavage on Thursday night's episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".
|Excellent 'caps by The Rock featuring both ladies showing leg and some cleavage during recent appearances on Leno.
|Señor Skin 'caps of Webb topless in scenes from her big screen debut, "Sid and Nancy" (1986). The biopic about Sid Vicious of the punk band, The Sex Pistols.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
PILING ON ARNOLD: DAY TWO
Bill Clinton Does More Groping Before 9 A.M.! - Following accusations in
the L.A. Times that he groped the breasts and buttocks of six women over a
20-year period, Arnold Schwarzenegger said much of the story was lies. But
he apologized if he offended anyone with things he'd done on "rowdy" movie
sets, which he "thought then were playful."
If women in Hollywood don't want you playing with their breasts, then
why do they buy the extra-large size?
On most movie sets, they grope six women in 20 minutes...And that's just
for the cameras.
Any other Hollywood actor who's only groped six women in 20 years would
have to deny rumors that he's gay.
NOTE! Since the L.A. Times is pushing a three-year-old Premiere magazine
story as news, it's only fair that we pull out the three-year-old rebuttal
from the archives.
Click here to read the rebuttal
G.M. FOOD PROTESTERS USE WOMAN WITH FOUR BREASTS
Sucky Idea - Campaigners against genetically-modified foods in New Zealand
protested modified milk by putting up billboards showing a naked woman with
four breasts being milked. They said the model had gone into hiding in
case people really thought she had four breasts, and the idea was to
disturb and revolt people.
Except so far, they've had 10,000 requests for posters of it.
Mothers of quadruplets think it's GREAT!
And the hands milking her? Arnold Schwarzenegger's...
IT TAKES SIX PEOPLE TO HIDE KYLIE'S BUM
Covering Her Ass - Kylie Minogue told Q magazine that she was shooting the
cover of her new CD at a swimming pool in a skimpy bathing suit when her
shoot was interrupted by paparazzi. They were so intent on getting a photo
of her butt, she had to get six minders to surround her with boards to
block the view. She then had to put on a sarong and shimmy backwards into
the water. She said, "You have no idea the lengths we went to not to show
"...to anyone who wasn't paying to see it."
Why? It's not like we all haven't seen it a thousand times.
It hadn't been freshly waxed.
Why doesn't she skip recording the CD and just sell the cover?
She needs six flunkies just to obstruct the view of her butt... That
sounds like a lot, but J-Lo has 35.