A short one.
I've missed the past three or four days. Junior filled
in for me. I attended my 40th high school reunion in Rochester, New
York. I was late on today's edition, as some of you may have noticed,
but I'm back on my normal routine starting with the Thursday page. Had
a great time, but it's good to be back!
THIRD PARTY VIDEOS:
The brief but sweet nude exposure of Milla Jovovich
in No Good Deed, (Movie
House Commentary). (This is not good quality. I'll try to find
a better clip.
Erica Durrance (zipped .avi)
in Butterfly Effect 2. I'll look at this one tomorrow.
Ariadna Gil (two .avis
zipped together) in Libertarias.
Bettie Page (zipped .avi)
in the short which can be found on the DVD of The Notorious Bettie
Page. (Movie House
Homework. This is Joan Collins,
except for the nudity, which is done by a body double named
Joy Michael (zipped .avi).
USS George H. W. Bush
Christening: President's Remarks Honoring the
Long-Overdue Launch of a Bush-Themed Vessel of
- (WHITEHOUSE.ORG satire)
Police Officers Served Pot
In Burger King Hamburgers
- The lead officer on
the case said, "Whoa, we noticed almost
immediately that something was wrong with the
food, dude. Like, stress ALMOST."
A cool demonstration of the
Four clips from Catch a
- Powerfully telling
the story of a South African hero's journey to
freedom, "Catch a Fire" is the new film from
director Phillip Noyce ("The Quiet American,"
"Rabbit-Proof Fence"). The political thriller
takes place during the country's turbulent and
divided times in the early 1980s, and in the
new South Africa of today.
A large collection of free
celebrity nudity video clips
In New Poll on Ethics,
Public Ranks Congress Lower Than Pirates
Streisand to heckler: 'Shut
the fuck up'
A clip from The Santa
Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Four new clips from The
The Weekend Warrior's Box
Office predictions for the upcoming weekend
- He says The Grudge 2
will win by a mile.
The REAL reason why Google
Did The United States lose
the War of 1812?
Top Ten Yankees' excuses
Laundry Found Aboard Sunken Spanish Galleon"
Weekly World News -
"Aliens Abduct Fugitive,
Prompting America's First Interstellar
Pravda has become the
Russian version of Weekly World News:
Egyptians used their
pyramids as waterworks to pump water from Nile.
Hey, it must be true. Pravda means "truth."
Headline of the day so
Town bans Ledd Zeppelinn
after car chase
Urban Legends Reference
Pages: Is this a ceiling mural in a smoking
Urban Legends Reference
Pages: VERY Big Dog Free to Good Home
Trekkies spend $7.1 mil at
'Star Trek' auction,
highlighted by the $576,000 sale of an
Enterprise miniature which was used in filming
the title sequences.
A Pima, Ariz., couple has
stepped down as leaders of a church that
considers marijuana a sacrament and deity.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Othello (1995) is a screen interpretation of the classic Shakespeare
tragedy by Oliver Parker. Whatever you decide about how well he did, you will
find major critics who agree with all of your points. I might as well throw my
impressions into the mix as well. Shakespeare was first and foremost a
wordsmith, not a story teller. Many of his stories were taken from oral
tradition. All of this makes one wonder at the wisdom of cutting more than
half of Shakespeare's words from the production. Hold that thought. For the
first time on the silver screen, he cast a black man as the blackamoor
Othello. In 1964, in honor of Shakespeare's 300th birthday, a Southern
California Junior College cast Othello as a black actor and Desdemona as a
white actress. This was hugely controversial, but the school backed up the
director's decision, and the show played to rave reviews. It took 31 years for
movies to manage what a junior college achieved.
Now follow closely here. They cast Laurence Fishburne in the title role.
Had the dialogue been faithful to Shakespeare, and showed Othello as an
eloquent and lordly character, the casting simply wouldn't have worked.
Fishburne was a very good choice for this Othello, who was a heroic general
who doted on Desdemona, but had one weakness, jealousy. While the full version
of the play is thought to be a hard watch, this film version was much more
accessible. So, for the first two major departures, I like them both. Making
Othello a simpler person, and cutting much of the flowery dialogue was a valid
artistic decision. The third distinguishing component of this production was
in fact, the production, and they were highly successful in making the set and
the photography seem like separate characters in the film.
For Othello to work, you must have a very strong Iago, and a sympathetic
Desdemona. Irene Jacob as Desdemona was sympathetic, and what she lacked in
language skills, I thought she made up for in character development. Kenneth
Branagh, for me, was a weak Iago. He simply wasn't slimy or evil enough. I
would have liked to see some work with varied pacing, and more joy than a
single love scene to contrast with a very dark ending.
IMDb readers say 6.8. It only earned $2.11M against an $11M budget.
Critical reaction was all over the place. Could there be a better screen
Othello? Certainly. On the other hand, it could have been much much worse. I
will give this a C+ as a film that Shakespeare buffs should see.
Another Way (1982)
Another Way (1982), or Egymásra nézve, was created by Hungarian master
Károly Makk, based on a novel written by one of his ex students, Erzsébet
Galgóczi. It is set against the immediate aftermath of the failed revolution
of 1956. Makk loved the chance to talk about the revolution aftermath, and
also that there was a captivating love triangle story to flesh out the work.
It was unimportant to him that this triangle had lesbian content. I suspect
that once the gay/lesbian audience gets a chance to see this film, they will
feel it matters a great deal. At one point, Makk had to film a love scene, and
realized that there was at least one thing that was different about the fact
that there was a lesbian relationship. He had no idea how girls did it.
Someone else on the crew had a lesbian friend, and was sent off to ask the
question. He came back relieved, and said, "It is simple. She told me it can
be done with one, two or three fingers. Now get out of here, and make your
movie." The line made it into the movie.
The story opens with star Grazyna Szapolowska in the hospital with some
neck injury, and co-star Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak dead near the border. The
film is told in flashback. Jadwige has been unemployed for three years for
political reasons, but lands a job with the same newspaper that Grazyna writes
for, telling as much of the truth as is possible. Jadwige shares an office
with Grazyna, and the mutual attraction is obvious. There are more than a few
problems. Grazyna is married to an army officer, lesbianism is illegal, and
Jadwige is a radical dissident, out to expose the truth about the communist
party. Obviously, this has to end badly, and it does.
IMDb readers say 7.3. Although it played at the NY Film Festival in 1982, I
doubt if many Americans have seen this film. It is an indifferent letterboxed
transfer with mushy sound and burned in subtitles, but none of that bothered
me. Even though Makk was not interested in the gay angle of the film, he
portrayed the experience of being in love with someone of the same sex in a
repressive society with great sensitivity. I believe if this film was being
released today, bright and shiny with a widescreen version that is would do
very well. Both actresses have numerous credits, reinforcing Makk's
casting decision. Those who don't tolerate subtitles well will find this one a
chore to wade through, but for everyone else, it is worth checking out. The
genre is foreign art film, and this is a C+.
Scoop's note: I am curious about some elements of this film. How the hell
did Makk find two Polish actresses who could speak Hungarian well enough to
pass as native Hungarians? (The two languages have nothing in common.
Hungarian has nothing in common with any major languages except Finnish and
Estonian.) Why couldn't he find any Hungarian actresses? Everyone else in the
cast is Hungarian except the two stars.
Dann reports on Kicking and Screaming
Jerry Seinfeld got rich and famous doing a TV show about doing
nothing. I'm guessing the producers of this 1995 alleged comedy didn't do
as well, although their movie is basically also about doing nothing. It
also is a stretch to call it a comedy; at best it's mildly amusing.
Following college graduation, a group of
students hang around campus and basically do nothing. They don't move on.
They don't make new friends. They just take a place near campus and
continue to hang out at the same haunts, chasing the same women, that they
did while in college.
No one wants to make a move that could
drastically alter his life, although they also don't want to end up like
the college "professional student" (all colleges have them, it seems) who
has been hanging around for 10 years without graduating.
This story has been done before and since,
and probably better. It definitely has some amusing parts, but it's also
boring and dumb much of the time.
Amber Tamblyn falls out
of her dress at the premiere for The Grudge 2. The third picture is actually
larger than life-size
Karen Black in Miss Right
Marie-France Pisier in
Margot Kidder in Miss Right
Erica Durrance in The
Butterfly Effect 2
A slight see-through from Naomi
The obscure Candace McKenzie in the
timeless screen romance known as Pinocchio's Revenge
Rose MacGowan get skinny!! She looks so
different that the first glance is quite shocking, but she still has quite a
nice shape. Somehow, she managed to keep the boobs large and firm, despite
all the weight loss. (With
some help?? I don't know, but that seems logical.)