If These Walls Could Talk 2 (1999)
Three eras, same house,
always populated by women of the ... um ... sisterhood.
If only these walls could talk.
Yeah, the premise
sounds pretty lame, doesn't it? The film, actually three
short films, is pretty good.
Do you remember those educational films they showed
you in school. Instead of talking about the Battle of
Hastings, they showed you a historicallyt accurate story
and you were able to swallow the bitter pill of education
in convenient chewable baby aspirin form. This movie is
the same kind of deal. None of the three stories taken
alone will challenge the memory of O. Henry, and I don't
think future generations will find them anthologized,
like "A Rose for Emily", but they are not
without merit, and they contain plenty of illumination,
and some fine performances..
I guess I never thought of these issues. When lesbians
live together for fifty years, and one of them dies, the
other has no rights to access the possessions of the
deceased. The things they shared together for all those
years probably become the property of the relatives of
the deceased, and will be stripped of their emotional
When one partner goes to the hospital, the nurses say
to the other "sorry, you can't see her, family
only". And so forth.
I think we tend to view lesbians as some kind of
homogeneous group, but they are all unique, and within
their community they have as many internecine squabbles
as we have in the heterosexual community. They have spent
their lives as pariahs because they are different, yet if
one of their own is different from them, they shun and
ridicule her just as cruelly as society ridicules them.
This is not something that is unique to lesbians, but
is a sad indictment of the human race in general, isn't
it? Our own resentment and pain from the prejudice
directed against us rarely seems to make us any more
tolerant, and we in turn mete out resentment and pain
when we have the floor.
A movie like this has to engage your mind this way,
and not just your heart. If they just show that lesbians
are sympathetic and human characters, that doesn't touch
us. After all, we are aware that it's all fiction, and
they can make all the characters as sympathetic or
unsympathetic as they want them to be. But when they show
the real issues applied in real situations, there is no
turning away from them. They aren't made up. We can see
that's the way it really would be.
Anyway, I was forced to swallow the medicine of issues
that I wouldn't normally think about, and I got to do it
in the convenient pill form of stories and bare breasts,
so I have no complaints. It's an OK rental.
The third story, with Degeneres and Stone is a very
weak story with little to engage your mind or heart, and
is held together solely by the charm and energy of the
performers, mostly Sharon (Anne Heche directed this segment, by the way). The first story, with Vanessa
Redgrave, has no nudity but in my opinion is the most
literate, the most touching, the best acted, and the most
I also learned one more thing from this movie. I also learned that Chloe Sevigny and James Spader are the same person.
Four women showed some bare breasts: Michelle
Williams, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Ellen Degeneres. I
concentrated more on Stone and Degeneres because so many top guys have already done Williams and Sevigny in great depth. To see much,
much more of everything, search for Tuna's column a few
days ago in the back issues.
summary: 7.1 out of 10.
info from Amazon.
I'm not going to say anything more about "Roadhouse". Most of you regulars know that I'd probably rather watch this movie than have sex. Well, I suppose it depends on who I'd be having sex with. If I get to tie up Vanessa Angel for a few hours, I guess I could skip Roadhouse. But in most cases, rev up the VCR and pop in Big Ben.
Anyway, I just ... um ... happened to decide that I needed to upgrade the picture of Julie Michaels from that movie (as if I needed an excuse to watch Roadhouse), so here it is.
If there is anyone who hasn't already read all my jokes about Roadhouse, here's a link to the review. In fact, I re-wrote and expanded the review when I rewatched the film.
||in "Death Weekend". I don't remember ever seeing this scene before. Some exposed breast action. In the upper left, it looks like she's wearing that same fur from Midnight Cowboy.
||on the other hand, don't trust your memory. I looked at these briefly, thought "I wonder why PAL is sending in frames from Another 8 1/2 Weeks. he always looks for rarer items". Wrong, Scoopy. It looks like the same scene, but it's actually a similar scene from "The Gardener".
||in "Star Maps". I've missed this movie, but I have to see it just to see how this old geezer guy manages to have sex. Eeeeewwwww.
||DVD caps from "Alien Visitor"
The Dixie Chicks
Nia Long - a rare nipple exposure from Nia in "In Too Deep"
|pics and comments by Brainscan
||she is a certified page 3 honey, as the first scan demonstrates. And she, like so many others, lets down her hair and her knickers on pages 4, 5, and 6.
|Ana Paula Teodoro
||She was the cover girl on Sexy magazine a while back - (Sexy is Brazil's answer to P-10 ... and then some). She is one of 4,000 Brazilian actresses and models named Ana Paula, and one of four million Brazilian women with a killer ass. Been to Greece, been to Australia, been to the French Riviera. Only place left to visit is Rio.|
Scoop's comments: I don't know if Brazil has the best looking women in the world, but I've been in most corners of the world, and Brazil would have to rank in my personal top five. In this hemisphere, the only legitimate competitor I can think of would be Venezuela, but Venezuela is a small country and there are just so many beautiful Brazilians to see. Unfortunately, don't get your hopes up too high, because the country is also filled with handsome, tanned, buff young men, so the competition is fierce.
If you are a young man on the prowl, a better bet is Eastern Europe, where the women are gorgeous and the men look like members of ZZTop.
| and ...
|Lips of Blood
||a Jean Rollin film capped by Catscan. First one is Annie Brilland. Last four are unknown.
||a Romanian gymnast.
||a champion Russian gymnast, in action
||in "Die Liebende", from Scanman
||Nice captures of her from "Pie in the Sky", from HBS-Grafix. Humorously, the film seems to have been renamed "Mr Traffic" to be shown in Europe. Why rename an English-language movie with another English name? I can see renaming it if you need to translate it into Estonian or Urdu or something, but why simply rename it in English? (For you foreigners reading, "Pie in the Sky" was a good title. It has several possible meanings in this context. It can be about dreaming without action, or about baseless hope for something unattainable, and is also a wordplay on "Eye in the Sky", which is another term for traffic helicopters. This is a cute movie, but not a special movie, however the original title was well conceived and rich in meaning. "Mr Traffic" of course, is not.)
||in "Heisser Summer in L.A", from HBS-Grafix. Sorry, I don't know the American title. It just means "hot summer in L.A.", but I can't find any film with that title in Sage's resume.
|Berrit Arnold and Katja Keller
|Berrit Arnold alone
Katja Keller alone
||UC99 captures from an episode of Charmed. No nudity.
||Chumba caps from "Alive & Kicking". Non-nude.
|| in "M.A.S.H", from Graphic Response
|| in "Zwei zum Verleiben"
|| in "Zwei zum Verleiben"
|| in "Sonnenallee"
|| in "Einmal Himmel und Retour"
|| in "Einmal Himmel und Retour"
|the lead singer of Bliss
| comments from ICMS
Hi Scoopy ! |
(Responding to Scoops' comments from yesterday) I certainly wouldn't overrate the significance of the "International Flanders Film Festival". It's not an insignificant minor event - otherwise foreign stars wouldn't attend it -, but it's not a major event either. This year the festival opened with the film "Titus" and we have Molly Ringwald on the jury and Morgan Freeman as one of the guests. In the past we already had Karl Malden and Melanie Griffith to name only a few. A nomination only, no prize, in such an event doesn't mean much IMHO. The aim of the festival is more to help "the more difficult" ( read non-commercial film ) to get a release in theatres. The most important part of the festival is the Joseph Plateau prize for best Belgian production, director etc... What puzzles me more is "The Golden Spur". To be honest I never heard of it and I can't find anything about it on the festival's official website ( found through the link in the IMDb ), not in Dutch, not in English ! Maybe this is an unofficial name that is used abroad because I don't remember a prize in the media over here being called golden spur ( Gulden Sporen ). I'll be very attentive next week when the prizes will be announced.
Golden Spur would refer to the battle of the golden spurs which took place on July 11, 1302 when some 600 Flemish peasants made about 4000 French knights on horses bite the dust, or rather the mud, killing most of them and taking their golden spurs. This day is now the semi-official public holiday of Flanders and somewhat a symbol of the ongoing battle that the people in Flanders always had to wage in order to defend their region and language against the dominance of the French and the French language.
Just a few thoughts. Titus is only released now in Europe, in the US it's already available on DVD, luckily still without Warner's Region Code Enhancement. Who knows if there's ever going to be a region 2 edition. Those region codes suck and create some kind of cultural discrimination. No-one sees any harm in ordering books or CD's in another country if you can't find them in your own country, but when films are concerned the big companies suddenly see it as some kind of criminal behavior. Why is there no government that takes action against those big production companies ? I'm talking about "The Patriot" of course, which is also available on VHS. Most VCR's in Europe can play NTSC on PAL tv's, so it's alright to see The Patriot on VHS but not on DVD. I can't see the logic in all this. Time to end this message, I think I've ranted enough now ;-)
I hope to bring a new contribution somewhere next week. My archives are finally sorted out and filed properly again. It took me much longer than I expected.
Scoop's reply to ICMS:
You have to love any festival in which the main screening theater is called the DecaSCOOP - "10 Scoop's", if my Flemish is up to speed. Flanders may be a smaller place than the United States, but we only have two Scoopy's here, and must bow to your ten. Actually 11, because there is also a "Studio Skoop" theater, named after me, I suppose. I assume they are paying me back for my fine contribution to the cause of Flemish film nudity. I must say I am honored. I hope they will screen "Roadhouse" and "For Your Height Only", in my honor. (Dubbed into Flemish, of course). Tell them I will come to Ghent personally to discuss these movies in "Studio Skoop", as Tarantino does in Austin with his favorite films.
Actually, all joking aside, the festival covers nearly two weeks and screens about every movie ever made. I looked at the calendar for today alone, and they were screening about ten new films and about thirty from film history - 10 from Denmark alone.
Sadly, the tiny Baltic Republic of Estonia was again ignored. Perhaps on one of the other days .....