"Friday the 13th"
Friday the 13th (1980) is a low budget ripoff of Halloween, in other words, a copycat teen slasher film. I have no explanation why it was a box office bonanza, and spawned so many sequels. It is pretty much a by the numbers teen slasher. Kids at camp, all councilors. The first ones to have sex are the first ones to die. Lots of gore, pretty well done, I might add, lots of startle scares, high body count, and room for a sequel.
The only nudity is one breast from Jeanine Taylor as the first victim. IMDb has this at 5.7 of 10. Made for an estimated $700K, it grossed $37.5M. The first act is well photographed, introduces some entertaining minor characters, and has a few laughs. Once the ripping stops, it is dark and stormy ad hard to see. This has a Bacon number of 0, in that it was Kevin's premier film. This is a C+. Slasher fans seem to agree that this is one of the must see films of the genre.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
It's not easy to do a good job with either vicious
satire or black comedy. The inherent problem is that those literary
genres tend to establish a relationship of condescension between the
audience (in unison with the author) and the characters in the
story. Since the audience has nobody to identify with, and since
identification is the essence of vicarious literary pleasure, the
black comedy must compensate the audience in some other way. The
typical compensation would be one of the following:
1) Method One: The black comedy is so inventive and
funny that the lack of an emotional anchor is not noticed by the
audience. (The Stanley Kubrick approach in Lolita and especially in
2) Method Two: The black comedy is offset by a true
generosity of spirit toward some sympathetic characters. (The Mel
Brooks approach, seen most clearly in Blazing Saddles.)
The problem with Smile, a parody of small-time beauty
pageants, is that it wavered between method one and method two.
It seemed to be trying at times to give us some
characters to love:
the nice, naive girl
the bitter town drunk who questions the false values
of the town which is hosting the pageant
the professional choreographer whose rough exterior
disguises compassion and genuine concern for the girls
the son of the pageant organizer, who is a normal
teenager and just wants to see naked contestants
In the last analysis, however, none of the
sentimental devices or attempts to portray "genuine" people really
worked. In fact, the sub-plot about the town drunk could and should
have been cut completely from the film, since it really had no
relevance at all. As for the other characters, the film needed to
commit to them emotionally, and could never quite cross that line.
It did a better job on the actual satire of the
vacuous contestants and the unctuous low-level showbiz types who
organize and host the pageants. I liked the film best when it was
being really cruel. One contestant shamelessly uses her
Mexican-American heritage for sympathy. One girl's "talent" is
folding clothes. The choreography is hilarious. The judges have
private agendas. The host is an insincere empty suit with a massive
ego. And so forth. That assortment of characters gave the film
And that's what you'll get if you watch. Moments. Now
that I think about it, I have about the same reaction to many of
director Michael Ritchie's films: Semi-Tough, Fletch, The Scout.
Some good moments, nothing more. The films always seem to lack
sufficient inspiration to be great black comedies, but they always
seem at times that they might ... almost ... get there.
The Internet's Top 20 Security Vulnerabilities - The Expert
Totally Flabbergasted - 11 really nice nude galleries.
MAILBOX: "Scoop: On that “Totally Flabbergasted” link, girl #5 is
Ami Cusack, who is on this season's edition of "Survivor" and has
become a lesbian (one of two on the show). These Flabbergasted pix
were from ’96 when she was a smokin’ hot 23-year-old blonde. Now
she’s a 31-year-old (not aging well) brunette. But it’s the same
girl. I’m not watching this season (haven’t watched since Richard
the fat naked guy won), but I checked with someone who does, and
so far, they’ve eliminated 4 contestants, and Ami is not one of
them, she’s still in the running."
Rod Stewart bans daughter from posing nude!
The good news: Texas defense holds mighty Oklahoma to 12 points.
The bad news: Texas offense got stuck in Austin airport, missed
Kate Winslet captured by a paparazzo - first look at her breasts
since she had her baby.
Bush Declares Solid Anti-Slavery Position
The National Toy Hall of Fame
Keith Olbermann scores The Hooey in St. Louie
Playmate Gallery - Shanna Moakler from December 2001 - Courtesy of
Four free short videos from SPICE TV RAW!
- This article won first place from The Satire Awards this year:
John Ashcroft Has Tightest Sphincter Ever Recorded, Says Walter
Reed Proctologist. (Doesn't say much for the state of
The FBI yesterday seized a pair of UK servers used by Indymedia,
the independent newsgathering collective, after serving a subpoena
in the US on Indymedia's hosting firm, Rackspace. Nobody seems to
The relationship between George Bush and Gary Busey.
Some 38 years after the album was first conceived, Brian Wilson's
'Smile' finally makes its debut on the Billboard 200.
This Election's Spoiler May Turn Out to Be a Libertarian.
When they are included in the polls, the libertarians are drawing
1-3% support. The great conflict of America is that we are by
nature independent souls who distrust our slimy politicians, hate
giving up control of the money we earn, and want the government
out of our hair as much as possible - we are, by definition,
libertarians - yet both of our political parties are free-spending
authoritarians. (They just want to spend our money on different
things.) There was a time when free market libertarian
conservatives like me could feel comfortable in the Republican
Party, but those days are long past. The current Republican Party
seems to want even bigger government and more deficit spending
than FDR. Of course, the existing Libertarian Party has been
filled with radicals who want to legalize heroin and other such
utopian beliefs which render them totally unelectable but, in my
opinion, if the libertarians could ever get organized and slick
and mainstream, their party might become the most significant
force in American politics.
- Free online analysis of your results in the
Jung-Myers-Briggs typology test.
Nintendo Official Magazine Presents - The Evolution of Mario.
Mario is now 23 years old!
Presidential candidates Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and David
Cobb (Green Party) were just arrested. Badnarik was carrying an
Order to Show Cause, which he intended to serve the Commission on
Presidential Debates (CPD).
G.I. JOE, HASBRO, AND THE METAMORPHOSIS OF A BRAND (A.K.A WHAT THE
HELL ARE YOU GUYS DOING?)
A Republican senator is demanding 'sexuality screening' for cows
after recent research revealed a rise in cow homosexuality in
recent years. Senator Rick Santorum, rising GOP star
from Pennsylvania, released details today of a new initiative to
galvanize his conservative base, saying, "So far there is
insufficient evidence to suggest that homosexual beef might be a
factor in turning children into homos."
Gallup: Bush and Kerry battle to a standstill in the second debate
In Demand, the largest pay-per-view distributor in the U.S., is
planning to air Fahrenheit 911 between 8 and 11 p.m. on the night
before election day.
- (The deal is contingent on a waiver from Columbia TriStar,
which has the right to block broadcast during DVD distribution.
DVD sales are going nuts, so who knows whether the sales will
slow down enough by then for Columbia to agree to a TV showing.)
- The Post's source says, "If Moore and the Weinsteins can cut
a deal with Columbia Tri-Star allowing the flick to be shown on
TV, it seems likely that, to appease Tri-Star, they wouldn't use
the "Fahrenheit 9/11" title. Instead, it would be part of a
three-hour pay-per-view "event" titled "Michael Moore's
Pre-Election Special," bookended by interviews with like-minded
Oh, the Things That Return To Haunt Us ... Matt LeBlanc appeared
on the cover of the 1990-91 Spartacus International Gay Guide.
- Must-see site. Probably a bookmark for many of you.
ELMS- The Encyclopedia of Lesbian Movie Scenes. This is
a TREMENDOUS free resource for those of you interested in this
subject. Click on the name of the film, and it takes you to an
info page which includes a gallery of clickable thumbnails. The
quality of the larger caps, including many nudes, is not bad at
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for Other Crap
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.
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
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
Yesterday we saw Mimi Rogers posing naked for Jeff
Bridges in A Door in the Floor. Today we have a very similar scene
in which Amy Irving shows her stuff to Dennis Hopper. (.wmv zipped,
We also saw Mimi Craven, Wes's ex in an episode of
Dream On. Here's the former Mrs Craven in Dogwatch. (.wmv zipped,
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
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.
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.
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today from the Ghost...some assorted video clips (zipped .wmvs as usual)
- Felicity Huffman aka Mrs. William H. Macy...here she is topless and gettin' it on with Eric Stoltz in scenes from the made for Showtime series "Out of Order".
- Judy Greer, very brief, but well lit toplessness in a scene from the multi-Oscar nominated movie "Adaptation.".
- Penelope Ann Miller doing some topless dancing in the Brian De Palma film "Carlito's Way" (1993), starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Catherine Deneuve stars as a 2000 year old vampire in this 1983 cult classic. Susan Sarandon plays a doctor researching aging.
When the vampire takes a lover (and she takes both male and female), the lover becomes immortal, at least as long as they're the current lover. Once cast aside, they age rapidly, usually within a day, and die of old age.
When her current lover dies, the vampire takes up with the research doctor, allegedly to help research aging, but of course, she has something else in mind.
A decent vampire story that's also notable for the lesbian scene between Deneuve and Sarandon.
DeadLamb's latest weekly Prime Time skin report.
From the NBC series "Las Vegas"
- Molly Sims, some teaser down blouse and upskirt views.
- Nikki Cox, her usual amazing cleavage.
- Vanessa Marcil, not much skin, but very tight pants, and she grabs her crotch after getting laid.
From the WB series "The Mountian"
From another WB series, "One Tree Hill"
- Bethany Joy Lenz, tight tops and a great down shirt cleavage view.
- Summer Altice, the former Heffer (August 2000) wearing skimpy lingerie and showing a bit more partial rear nudity than you'd normally expect to see in prime time.
One more from the WB. From the series "Smallville"
- Brianna Lynn Brown, doing the arms over boobs thing as she runs out of a locker room soaking wet and without her shirt on.
'Caps and comments by Oz:
We'll start with the naked ladies in Guarded Secrets, a movie for which the plot is irrelevant. The full works by Brandi Coppock, Carla Sofia Lescius and some unnamed women. Almost as naked were Gabriella Hall and Lesli Kay Sterling.
- Brandi Coppock
- Carla Sofia Lescius
- Gabriella Hall
- Lesli Kay Sterling
No nudity in The Allnighter but a lot of nice looking women headed by Dedee Pfeifer, Janelle Brady, Mary Petrie, Denise Dumont, Christina Lane and Ruth Zachariah. Susanna Hoffs (of The Bangles) is supposedly naked as she has sex whilst using a sheet as a form of contraception.
Mimi Craven appeared topless on Saturday's Funhouse and she flashes a breast in Last Dance where she plays a stripper.
A bit of knicker is shown by Helena Bonham-Carter in Sweet Revenge.
|Fantastic, high quality stills featuring scenes from her upcoming movie "Closer". Even though she plays a stripper, there is no nudity here, but still...Portman looks stunning!
|Sarah Kaite Coughlan
|Both ladies are topless in Señor Skin 'caps featuring scenes from the 2002 direct-to-vid Eric Roberts movie, "Endangered Species".