|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
I can tell you everything you need to know about
Scarecrow in one short paragraph. It is a rural version of Midnight
Cowboy, about two homeless guys who can't seem to make any progress
toward their modest dreams. Gene Hackman plays the part of Jon
Voight. Al Pacino plays the part of Dustin Hoffman. Pittsburgh plays
the part of Miami.
Really. There is no more to say. There are not many
points of difference between the two films. Like Midnight Cowboy, it
concentrates on the development of the main characters to the
exclusion of plot. Like Midnight Cowboy, it is picaresque and some of
the episodes go on too long. Like Midnight Cowboy, it ends with a bus
ride. The crafty Ratso guy doesn't make it. The big dumb guy does.
End of story.
Pacino and Hackman were already on the A-list at the time Scarecrow
was made. This film came out two years after the French Connection,
and the year after The Godfather. They never got along that well, and
they disagreed about the merit of the project. Hackman has said that
his performance in Scarecrow is his own personal favorite, but Pacino
never felt that their on-screen chemistry was convincing. In his
biography he stated:
"Gene and I are two people not very similar. We had to play a very
close relationship, but I just didn't think we were as connected as we
should have been. We seemed apart. We didn't have altercations, we
didn't hate each other. But we didn't communicate, didn't think in the
same terms. Gene and I were thrown together, but under ordinary
circumstances we'd never cavort or be friends. It was two worlds - but
I have to say that I was as much responsible as he was."
If you like pessimistic, meandering,
character-based 70s films about the disenfranchised, it is executed to
heartbreaking perfection here, both by the actors and cinematographer Vilmos
Zsigmond. It won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, but was ignored by
audiences and by the American academy, and subsequently forgotten. To
my knowledge it has never before been available in its theatrical
aspect ratio, and it looks great.
If you don't warm to the thought of such a film, you'll find
Scarecrow to have no appeal at all, because it simply does not
compromise or reach out to you. I tend to agree with Pacino. The
project never really seemed to click for me. I kept looking at my watch. It
is basically a European-style art film, and stays true to its vision,
although that fact is somewhat disguised by the presence of two big stars.
Hey, in the 70s that could happen!!!!!
- It represents Eileen Brennan's only screen
Innocent Lies (1995):
Innocent Lies could be used for an exam in Film
Appreciation 101. Here's how it would work. You watch the film until
all the major characters are introduced. Then, if you can not figure
out all the secrets of the past and everything that will happen in the
future, your degree is denied.
from England visits a French coastal town because to attend the
funeral of a close friend, and because he's curious about the
friend's alleged suicide. He ends up turning a suspicious eye on an
aristocratic family which is filled with the usual stock characters
and situations for all decadent European movie aristocrats in the
1930's: incest, fratricide, Nazi sympathies, anti-semitism, dark
family secrets, and insanity.
I don't think they had any relatives locked in the
attic, but I may have missed that because I was just so bored. In
addition to the gothic premise, Innocent Lies is saddled with all the
worst elements of the worst British movies: lifelessness, excessive
talkiness, slow pacing, irrelevant dithering with sub-plots,
monotonous voices, and sheer tedium. To make matters even worse, the
director felt it was necessary to use some footage again and again,
despite the fact that it wasn't interesting to begin with.
doctor tells you that you have only 88 minutes to live, you should watch
this, because it will seem like 20 years.
These are the actresses from the film Glykia symmoria (1983)
Director Nikos Nikolaidis has his own hand-made website for all of his films,
including this one. The page includes screenshots (some with nudity), reviews, and various miscellany.
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
Today we spend a little time with one of my favorite B-movie girls, Glori-Anne Gilbert in a really bad movie"The Thing Below". Glori-Anne as usual unveils those fabulous Robo-Hooters, the rest of the movie you can skip.
Some "Hankster Light" with Jennifer Aniston in "Picture Perfect". Nothing special, just Jennifer being cute. Love the legs in the office chair!
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
Canadian drugsloitation about hippies and free love which was initially banned in Canada.
: breasts in threesome.
: full frontal in threesome.
: various boob and butt.
"Mad Doctor of Blood Island" (1968)
Horror shot in the Philippines. There is a rumor of an x-rated version with Star Trek babe Angelique Pettyjohn in an unsimulated sex scene but only the television version is available on DVD.
: boob and butt in sex scene.
: filipino actress showing boob and butt.
: full frontal doing the streak.
"A Real Young Girl" (1976)
Film by the controversial Romance director Catherine Breillat which didn't see the light of day in the United States until 2001. Charlotte Alexandra sticks various objects up her vagina.
: almost falling out of bikini.
: explicit upskirt.
L Word Season II
Season two is being released to DVD October 25.
Stefanie von Pfetten
: breast peak having lesbian sex in episode "Lagrimas de Oro".
"The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess" (2004)
An update from last week's Funhouse. Tammy Morris is the blonde showgirl. She is best known as the homewrecker behind the breakup of Bennifer Afflect's engagement to J-Lo.
: topless with pasties.
I just had the idea to combine two similar pix of Lysette Anthony from "Save Me" into a 3D view. Surely I am no wizard. My pic is rather a proof of concept than a piece of art, but the idea is interesting: take two pix in a sequence where the camera moves and put the together to get a cross-eye 3D pic.
I'd love to see what some of the 'capping wizards out there can do with this concept.
|Here are a couple of great collages featuring Carla Gugino nekkid in several scenes from the Robert Rodriguez movie "Sin City".
|Shana Hiatt...the co-host of "World Poker Tour" going full frontal and having some pseudo-sex on the beach in scenes from "The Girls of Hawaiian Tropic, Naked in Paradise" (1995). Thanks to Starbase.
|The Skin-man takes a look at the recent direct-to-vid release of "Carlito's Way: Rise to Power". Scoop hit a bullseye with his review when he wrote this this is a pretty good movie and one of the better direct-to-vid movies ever released.
He also got it right when he mentioned the one really big downside to this flick...other than the name 'Carlito', it has pretty much nothing to do with "Carlito's Way".
Still...a very good watch, plus it has some nice nudity to boot!
Here 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 Junior or Brainscan, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Oops! Wisconsin was missing one key ingredient of a good team.
A little thing I like to call defense. They allowed Northwestern to
score on seven straight possessions, and to amass nearly 700 yards
of offense. Northwestern scored 27 in the third quarter alone, and
their freshman running back romped for 244 yards.
Daily Box Office - Friday, October 7.
- Wallace and Gromit took the top spot as expected
- In Her Shoes disappointed, and was not able to wrest the #2
spot from Flightplan
- The big surprise was that film I never heard of until last
Tuesday. The Gospel absolutely kicked ass and doubled the per
theater revenues of the next best film. WTF?
- And the next best film, based on revenues per theater, was
Waiting! which defied all expectations and finished a respectable
- The third best film in terms of revenues per screen was Two
For the Money, the sports gambling flick with Pacino.
- The fourth best in "per screen" revenues was A History of
- In case you haven't been scoring at home, Wallace and Gromit
did not do that well on a per-screen basis.
- In general, exhibitors found themselves with Corpse Bride on
way too many screens (3000), as interest in it has flagged
"Only 28 percent say the country is headed in the right direction
while two-thirds, 66 percent, say it is on the wrong track"
- "Those most likely to have lost confidence about the nationís
direction over the past year include white evangelicals, down 30
percentage points, Republican women, 28 points, Southerners, 26
points" (Punctuation taken directly from the original)
Many people say that
the new Iraqi currency has been heavily influenced by the
USA, but it's not really apparent. I think the influence is mostly
in the anti-counterfeiting measures and other technical elements.
For example, I'm holding the trillion dinar note right now, and I
can see a highly sophisticated new watermark technique right between
the pictures of Joanie and Chachi.
- Oh, and I just noticed. There is a new alphanumeric
identification system just below the picture of Jesus
Groucho Marx interviews a naive young couple on You Bet Your Life.
Groucho gets in some good zingers.
Jesus to host the next Apprentice spin-off, "Miracle Workers".
- He's down one disciple since that messy Judas episode - and
the new 12th man could be you!
Bill Bennett to head up National Genital Mutilation Day for black
An hilarious video from a game show named Catch Phrase
Judge Dismisses Snipes Paternity Suit, based on the very
tenuous legal technicality that Snipes isn't the father. What is the
country coming to when the truth interferes with our God-given right
Conan talks to U2 fans.
Four clips from Kinky Boots.
- "Charlie Price faces the impending shut down of the
Northampton shoe factory that his family has owned and operated
for generations. Just when he feels that all is lost, he has a
chance encounter with Lola, a flamboyant transvestite cabaret
star. Lola's desire for stylish, kinky boots for herself and her
colleagues provides a glimmer of hope for the factory and its
The international trailer for The Three Burials of Melquiades
- Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
- "A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west
Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery.
Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman
and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and
the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic
journey into Mexico."
Ig Nobels announced. Pooch Neuticles win!
- "The Ig Nobel for literature went to the Nigerians who
introduced millions of e-mail users to a cast of rich characters
... each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so
as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are
China to develop its own DVD format. As Andy Warhol might
have noted, in the future everyone will have his own DVD format for
"HBO is actively poisoning the BitTorrent downloads of the new show
Rome." "In addition to an older tactic of offering bogus
downloads that never complete, HBO is now obstructing the downloads
offered by other people."
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