Leaving Scars (1997) is a freshman effort from writer/producer Marc Johnson and director Brad Jacques. It is billed as an action thriller, but is sort of two films in one. Lisa Boyle is an almost recognizable actress on the cusp of her big break, and sleazy produces are trying their best to work her. She is also a total self-absorbed bitch and a cake-head. A friend slips her a floppy disk at a party. After she sees her boyfriend in bed with another woman, she passes out in the bathroom, and wakes up next to a male guest who also passed out. She learns that the friend that passed her the disk is now dead, and people are after her for it. Unfortunately, she has lost it. She more or less partners with the other bathroom sleeper, Robin Downs, to survive, ad find the disk. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a dizzying array of underworld characters, and the people they screw literally and figuratively.
After act two, they kill off several characters and do 5 minutes of exposition, take a deep breath, and head into act three, where Boyle finally disrobes in a sex scene with Downs. She shows breasts and buns, as do an unknown in the opening scene, Elaine O'Meara as an assassin/hooker, and Michelle Smith as a porno actress.
This was a first effort from a fledging film company, and deserves some slack. They had essentially no budget, and imposed on friends and family for locations and extras in the Boston area. Total principle photography lasted 14 days, with a different location or more each day. The producer and director them flew to LA for 5 days to film enough establishing material to set the film in LA, and even used the same house that was used in Body Double. They stole all the shots, and never paid for a permit. The road to selling the finished film was a difficult one, and, at the time the DVD commentary was recorded, they had not yet broken even. They spend a lot of time in the commentary talking about things they would do differently, and pointing out flaws in the film. They also order and eat a pizza, chewing into the mikes.
IMDB readers have this at 4.4 of 10. There were enough ideas here for a good action/thriller film about the floppy disk, or a character driven piece about Boyle's character, her problems, and her reach for stardom. Trying to squeeze both into the same film was not a good idea. There were just too many characters, and some of the plot twists were too easily predictable. There was a lot of tinted lighting used, and some filters were also applied in post production, so very little had natural colors. There is little about it on the net, and probably deserves to be forgotten, but I hope they recouped their investment, at least, as they are not without ability. The two made a second film, also staring Boyle, that is listed at 2.2. This film is not awful, it is just not good. It looks a lot like what it was, a no budget first effort, but it managed to entertain me in parts. D+.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Chattahoochee is a grimly realistic tale of prison reform.
Gary Oldman plays a Korean War Hero who develops some
mental problems after he gets home to Florida. One day he just steps
outside and starts discharging his handgun and yelling for his
neighbors to call the police. The stand-off with the police
eventually results in his shooting himself in an unsuccessful
suicide attempt. These actions eventually land him in a brutal state
institution for the criminally insane, where he eventually becomes a
crusader for prisoner's rights, better conditions, and various
The film came and went without attracting much
attention. The subject matter has been thoroughly covered by other
films, and Chattahoochee really had nothing new to add except
perhaps that it was based on a true story. There's nothing really
wrong with the movie. It's well acted by the leads, including such
respected names as Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand, and it's
fairly well edited and paced as well. There's just nothing very new.
There is one credibility problem in the casting. How can you relate
to a movie which requires the audience to be convinced that Dennis
Hopper is NOT insane? Hopper is muttering and fidgeting and rolling
his eyes about as shiftily as ever, but the script requires us to
think that he is being held in a mental institution unfairly.
Ned Beatty plays the requisite evil warden of the institution,
which was convenient for him because he always enjoys canoeing in
that part of the world, as well as working with toothless rednecks
both on and off the set. Ah, the memories!
director Mick Jackson's first theatrical effort after more than a
decade of TV work. The film was directed well enough to attract the
attention of some significant people in Hollywood, and Jackson
picked up some major projects in the next two years, like L.A. Story
and The Bodyguard, which were written by some major players - Steve
Martin and Lawrence Kasdan, respectively. His collaboration with
Martin was a winner, but unfortunately Jackson could never again
come close to the peak he achieved in L.A. Story, and most of his
projects in the past decade have been either for TV or of TV
quality. Or worse, in the case of Volcano.
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There are plenty of naked men (including a frontal from Gary
Oldman), but there's no female nudity in this film. I watched
Chattahoochee because a guy who worked as an extra told me that
Frances McDormand did a nude scene in this flick, which was filmed
back when she was still a young babe. Unfortunately, that scene is
on the cutting room floor somewhere. It wasn't the only thing cut.
There are several scenes in the trailer that aren't in the movie!
Apparently the director pared out lots of flashbacks to the war and
to the earlier, happier days of Oldman's marriage, thus focusing
more tightly on the prison story. So it goes.
This is our weekend for as-yet-unreleased Val Kilmer movies
Wonderland is a recreation of the 1981 Wonderland murders, in
which a famous Hollywood mobster named Eddie Nash was alleged to
have ordered the murder of some small-time crime figures and their
women as retribution for their having robbed him. The grisly case
(the victims were bludgeoned to death with tire irons) attained an
extra measure of fame because one of the accomplices to the murder
was said to have been John Holmes, the biggest star in the history
of porn (in more ways than one). Holmes's bloody handprint was found
on the scene.
The incident was portrayed fictionally in the second half of the
notable P. T. Anderson film, Boogie Nights. The Mark Wahlberg
character was based on Holmes. The Alfred Molina character was based
Holmes eventually claimed to have been present and to have
participated unwillingly in the murders, supposedly forced by Nash
to participate because of Holmes's putative involvement with the
earlier robbery. At one point, Holmes was tried and acquitted on the
murder counts. Holmes went to his grave in 1988, a victim of
AIDS-related illness, without ever admitting to voluntary
participation in the events. Since Holmes was generally acknowledged
to be a compulsive liar, nobody knows if any of his versions of the
story were true.
Although Nash was never convicted of involvement in the
Wonderland murders, he was indicted on federal RICO charges in 2000,
and reached a plea bargain in 2001, which the US Attorney announced
as follows: "After pleading guilty to federal charges of leading a
racketeering enterprise and conspiring to commit the notorious
“Wonderland murders,” Eddie Nash was sentenced this afternoon to 37
months in federal prison. A plea agreement between the government
and Nash was unsealed today, revealing that the defendant has agreed
to fully cooperate with federal, state and local authorities who are
continuing to investigate Nash’s racketeering enterprise and other
criminal conduct of which Nash has knowledge. John Curtis Holmes,
the pornographic film star ... was a member of Nash’s narcotics
trafficking enterprise, and ... orchestrated the robbery of Nash
that led to the murder conspiracy." Unfortunately, that tantalizing
revelation was to be the last public access to Nash's confessions to
this date, and the public has still not seen Nash's specific
statements about Holmes.
The film gives two versions of the robbery/murder sequence. The
first is told by a member of the Wonderland Gang, the only one who
escaped death because he wasn't in the house on the night that
Nash's minions arrived. The second version is related by Holmes
himself (Val Kilmer). The audience cannot be sure what to believe,
because both men are notorious for their inability to tell the
truth, but the film concludes with a "objective" version of the
murders, a scene which must represent the filmmakers' personal
conclusions about what really happened.
Unfortunately, the film makes one very major factual error or
misstatement (the filmmakers probably felt justified under the guise
of dramatic license). It shows a bloody, tearful Holmes washing
himself off in his wife's bathtub after the murders. She thinks at
first that he has been hurt, but then realizes that the blood is
somebody else's. Presented in the film as if from an omniscient
narrator, it represents damning physical evidence to support
Holmes's participation, and it must have been reported by Holmes's
ex-wife, who was a disinterested third party to the crimes, and the
only other person in the room. Right? Only one problem. The incident
never occurred. Holmes did make the famous bathtub confession to his
ex-wife, but he did so three weeks after the murders.
Therefore, there was obviously no blood involved, and without that
physical evidence, it was just another John Holmes story, no more or
less reliable than any of the many other versions he told over the
years. The film is not a documentary, so it has the right to some
license in the interest of compression, art, and comprehensibility,
but it was leading us to believe that the last version was the
truth, and I don't think that was an appropriate time to
fictionalize the actual events.
I'd love to know what Nash has told the law enforcement people in
the process of his co-operation with the 2000 indictment.
Although it's a bit show-offy in terms of technique, the movie is
skillfully made. It is also unrelentingly ugly and grim. It is a
sordid telling and re-telling of incidents involving people taking
vast quantities of drugs, living in squalor, and committing ugly and
violent acts upon one another. It's ugly non-stop. The final
portrayal of the killings, the objective version, is brutally honest
and honestly brutal, almost at the level of Irreversible.
The grotesque drug-addled lives of the participants are enhanced
by speed-ups, multiple images, sudden changes in saturation and
lighting, a grainy shot-on-video newsreel feel, and other techniques
designed to draw the audience deeper into the lives of the people
portrayed. Those people are uniformly unpleasant and evil. It is not
possible to sympathize with Eddie during his humiliation in the
robbery, because he's the biggest scumbag in L.A. It's not really
possible to sympathize with the murder victims, despite the
brutality of their slaughter, because they are not far below Eddie
on the scumbaggery scale. In fact, they more evil than Eddie, albeit
less successful at turning evil into profit. There are really no
major characters that are attractive or likeable in any way,
although Holmes's girlfriend and ex-wife are portrayed as innocent
victims of his crazed lifestyle, and one does feel for them.
The truth does justify the ugliness of the portrayal, and I
support that in theory, but that doesn't mean I liked watching it. I
didn't. I wish I hadn't. I admired a lot of what the director
accomplished, but I never got involved in the film at all.
Although it is a movie about a porn star with one of the biggest
working schlongs in history, it has minimal nudity. Val Kilmer shows
his butt. Kate Bosworth only shows the side of her hips, and even
then no face is in the frame.
The 'Daily Planet' brothel in Melbourne - A sex industry spokesman
told AFP that Australian brothels are stocking up on whips in
anticipation of a boom in business generated by this month's Rugby
World Cup. With naughty picture.
Oh my Lord - Courtney Love on the night of her arrest/OD Some
nudity, not that you'd really get turned on.
She's lookin' mighty skanky even by her own elevated standards.
even bigger versions of our favorite Mouseketeer in the green
shirt with advanced pokiosity
Mariah turns heads in Milan by (almost) falling out of her Versace
PORN star Mary Carey, running for governor of Califiornia,
stripped in front of an Arnie lookalike in a mock-up of the
governor's office for an election advert. Her policies include
legalising ferrets and lap dancers. Ferrets? Well, she can
count on Richard Gere's vote.
The US attorney in New Jersey says his area's politicians are as
corrupt as Chicago's. Of course, his area also includes
Nigeria. It's good to know that Jersey was able to challenge
Chi-town for the title. I guess they picked up some good draft
picks and a few free agents in the off season.
Four people under arrest for printing fake (m) million dollar
bills. They actually managed to pass 500 of them in South
Korea. Five hundred million dollars? Wow! Counterfeiting is
underrated. How do you get someone to accept a million dollar
bill? "Um, I'll take a Slurpee, and the new Playboy, and can you
change a million? It's not nine o'clock yet."
The true story behind Skull And Bones
X-Entertainment's Halloween Contest! Name The Quotes, Win Some
Vice President Cheney's Warm Remarks at the Formal Unveiling of
Danforth J. Quayle's Capitol Rotunda Marble Bust
The (apocryphal) origin of the middle finger salute
UC Berkeley Admissions Scrutinized. Berkely TURNED down 641
students with 1500 or more on the SAT's. I suppose the same would
be true at other elite schools, but I never thought about it.
California in Crisis - proof the state is falling apart
The world's most useless research? - A study of gay necrophiliac
BRITISH actor Jude Law is being lined up for his most divine role
yet - playing Pope John Paul II in an Italian TV movie.
Apparently Colin Farrell turned the part down.
You have to love Australians - Prince Harry attends rodeo - rodeo
president calls him a "useless pommy jackeroo"
Dave Barry's follow-up column about the national do-not-call list
Cubs win first postseason series since 1908! With the best
rotation in the game, they are looking mighty tough.
Sox win - will start Pedro in Game 5! With Pedro on the mound,
they are now favored to win this series.. Of course - this is the
way it has to end for the Sox. You know they wouldn't go down 3
games to 0. It is an important part of Red Sox tradition to get
right to the edge of victory before disappointing everyone. I
figure Pedro will leave with a 4-0 lead, and the bullpen will blow
it with two out in the ninth, preferably by having a fielder miss
a routine play. Is it too late to trade for Jose Cruz?
A dictionary of slang - English slang of the UK
Rush Limbaugh is dominating the headlines in a Florida
pill-popping probe, but he was never a major target of the
investigation, sources said yesterday. The latest is that Rush
was just an especially pathetic and voracious junkie who was being
watched only to uncover his sources. Amazingly enough, the lawyer
for Rush's maid is a guy I know from college debating days. He was
a top debater at the University of Miami.
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Vejiita takes a look a nude cinema favorite, the 1998 movie "Denial" aka "Something About Sex".
- Hudson Leick aka 'The Evil Callisto' from "Xena" topless in one of the best sex scenes scenes ever.
- Leah Lail, best known as the nerdy sidekick from the Pam Anderson show "V.I.P.", in a brief topless scene.
- Shawnee Free Jones, breasts and some rear nudity while gettin' it on.
- Amy Yasbeck, showing serious pokies and some see-thru views.
|Scenes from the 1972 Lee Marvin/Gene Hackman movie, "Prime Cut" (1972).
Baldwin goes full frontatl, Spacek bares all 3 B's in her first real movie, and Tompkins briefly bares her breasts.
|Eva shows off her nipples, and Werner is topless while gettin' it on in scenes from the German movie "Lieb Vaterland magst ruhig sein" (1976).
||Sarandon looks absolutely fantastic topless in scenes from the 1978 movie "Pretty Baby".
|The ex-wife of "Starsky and Hutch" star David Soul briefly going topless in scenes from "Amityville: A New Generation" (1993).
||Full frontal nudity from "The Magdalene Sisters".
||The singer/songwriter/poet and sometimes actress showing off one of her many new looks in a recent video. Fortunately for us, this look features very nice cleavage and tight t-shirts.
||The star of "Wayne's World", "True Lies" and the syndicated series "Relic Hunter" bending over and giving us one helluva down blouse view at a Glamour magazine press thingie.
||Topless in scenes from the 1997 Keanu Reeves movie, "The Devil's Advocate".
|Very lovely, soapy breast views in Señor Skin 'caps from the Spanish movie "En la ciudad sin límites" aka "The City of No Limits" (2002).