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The Last Halloween II (2005)
Actually, I'm just fuckin' witcha. Sorta. These captures are from
The Last Halloween 2, but there is no such movie. It is a brief
lampoon of a scary movie, and it is watched as a
film-on-TV-within-another-film, the parent film being called Ghost Watcher II.
Confused? I'm not going to be able to help much, because I watched
90% of Ghost Watcher II in Fast Forward.
Whoever she is, Cassie Doherty looks good with her shirt off.
This is a BBC3 mini-series.
Two zipped .wmv clips. Nudity from
Sarah Smart and
Dance With Death (1991)
Dance With Death (1991) is a ripper-stripper-thriller. It leaves no cliche
untapped. The decoy stripper (a genre requirement) is ambitious reporter Barbara
Alyn Woods. We have the addict stripper (Alretha Baker), the dyke stripper (Catya
Sasoon), the dyke's bisexual girlfriend (Tracey Birch), an unidentified amateur
stripper and Jill Pierce. All show the usual breasts and buns during the
frequent strip scenes.
It was probably intended as a whodunit with a liberal dose of nudity and
violence, but the writers turned nearly everyone in the cast into a likely
suspect, and were not at all clever about coming to a plausible ending. Along
the way, there was way too much stripping, poor acting and no suspense. By the
time they got around to musical surprise endings, I just didn't care who the
IMDb readers have this at 4.7, with only 30 votes. I have added my vote,
which should lower the score. Even with Lisa Kudrow and Martin Mull in the cast,
there is no good reason to watch it other than the after-market body parts. This
is a D.
|Barbara Alyn Woods
Four Friends (1981):
Four Friends (1981) could be called a coming of age film, the immigrant
experience, a love story, or a portrait of the 60s. During the prologue, young
Danilo and his mother arrive from Yugoslavia to meet his father, who escaped
years before. They settle in with him in the steel town of East Chicago,
Indiana. Cut to 1961. Danilo and his three best friends are about to graduate
from High School. They are all band members, and have clearly been inseparable
for years. Georgia thinks she is the reincarnation of Isadora Duncan, and it is
clear that she is way too hip for small town middle American. Danilo, Tom the
undertakers son, and David are all in love with her.
When Georgia announces that she has decided to lose her virginity, the boys
are not sure what to say. She knocks on Danilo's window one night, offering
herself to him. He declines, partially out of fear, and also because he has her
on a pedestal. The day of the senior picnic, she and David do the deed. Danilo
has never gotten along with his stern steel worker father, and seeing Georgia
with Tom is enough to send him packing. Georgia ends up pregnant, but marries
Tom, because David doesn't want to be married.
Georgia soon leaves for New York to become a famous dancer, and Tom goes to
Nam. Danilo lands in school, majoring in Philosophy. The rest of the film shows
how these middle American young people reacted to the amazing and permissive
times, until They all somewhat mature, and the right people end up together.
Along the way, we are shown as good a portrait of the 60s as I have seen. It is
an ambitious project, but they even managed to develop minor characters, and it
seemed short even at 114 minutes.
Jodi Thelan as Georgia shows breasts wrestling with all three boys.
IMDb readers have this at 6.5 of 10. Ebert awarded a full four stars. This
film is about my era, and I recognize people I knew in every character. This is
a very strong C+. It is a wonderful film, but might not interest those with no
interest in the era or the genre.
Today we go off in a totally different direction. Porn Stars. No, don't get
excited - it's not really porn. It's from a really crappy little movie called
"Being Ron Jeremy". Maybe I didn't like the movie because Andy Dick is in it and
he drives me up a wall. All of these caps are actually from the extras on the DVD.
Today we'll uncover, as promised, Lou Doillon. She is the youngest daughter
of Jane Birkin of whom you could see everything just a couple of days ago in La
Pirate. The occasion for Lou's disrobing is 2001's "Nadia Coupeau dite Nana"
"Nadia Coupeau, dite Nana" is a French TV-movie in two parts. It is based on
Emile Zola's book Nana, but situated in the present and mainly in Brussels. Lou
Doillon, daughter of Jane Birkin and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg, is
excellent as the naive, simple and impulsive Nadia Coupeau, aka Nana. Right at
the beginning of the movie Nana gets raped, becomes pregnant and keeps the child
against the wishes of the headmistress of the high school she attends. This
woman has it in for Nana from that moment on and obtains that Nana's child is
taken away from her. When Nana finds out what the woman did, she gives her a
good beating. From that moment on she tries everything to get her child back and
after a couple of years she finally manages to do so and in the end (sob, tear)
she also finds a guy whom she loves deeply who also loves her very much.
Now what is good about this flick ? Four actresses take their clothes off,
with a special mentioning for Lou Doillon who shows that she is as uninhibited
as her mother was in the Seventies. The other actresses are Linda Bouhenni (as
Nana's best friend Zoe) in a short, practically dark, scene, Assumpta Serna as
the wife of a politician who beds a journalist, and someone named Yssa whom Nana
finds in bed with her boyfriend, also in a rather dark scene.
What's not to like about this film ? The script seems written by someone who
doesn't know much about "the system" in Belgium. First Nana's child gets taken
away for something that isn't considered such a big deal here (although not an
example to follow), just like that, without even a proper hearing by the
authorities. The child didn't suffer from malnutrition and she didn't beat the
youngster. In fact, Nana was a very loving mother who would do anything for her
child. She only left the child unattended for an hour at night for a couple of
times. I don't know about other countries, but in this country they don't take
away a child from a loving mother for that.
Then, after she beat up the headmistress, she goes on the run from the police
(who drive a Belgian police car with French license plates, figure that). At
some stage during the movie Nana has a big success as a model for a jeans brand
and plenty of money is coming in. Then her agent gets her a top lawyer who must
get her child back. Top lawyer, my ass. Nana was tried for the attack in
absentia, so she is entitled to a new trial here. In the movie there were no
witnesses to the beating, so it is Nana's word against that of the headmistress.
No lawyer in this country is going to let his client confess to that beating,
thereby jeopardizing even more his clients' chances to get her child back. There
is no bonus for it here, the system doesn't hug you for doing the right thing.
With a confession a lawyer doesn't have any space left to maneuver and you're
almost certain to get a heavier punishment than when you don't own up (unless
it's crystal clear to the court that you did it, which wasn't the case here).
Furthermore Nana's big love is a Belgian army officer on a mission in Kosovo.
Nothing wrong with that one might say. No indeed, except that he's wearing a
light khaki old-style uniform that hasn't been in use about five years now. The
color of the current uniforms of the Belgian army is dark green, like those of
their American colleagues. Let me also add that the DP was saving permanently on
electricity, and that the camera work is only average. All in all I watched
excellent actors in a sloppy, below-average film, just like the DVD which is
grainy in some parts. By the way, the exact running time is 177 minutes and not
the 204 minutes indicated on the DVD case. Even at that it is too long.
There are now 21 votes for this in the IMDb resulting in an overall score of
6.8/10. That's a fairly high score for this below-average TV drama, in fact high
enough for me to become suspicious. My suspicion seems only confirmed when you
consider that of those 21 voters no one scored it lower than 6 with most voters
giving it 7 or more ! Are you thinking what I am thinking or is this just a
Anyway, let's such things not spoil our viewing pleasure. Here's a 19 year
old Lou Doillon in 4 clips (
4 ), showing that she really is a chip
of the old block. Isn't there a striking resemblance between mother and
Dann reports on Saving Face
Interesting 2004 comedy/drama offers
a fascinating look at culture clash, mother-daughter relationships, the
Chinese-American community in New York, and lesbian love affairs.
Wil is a Chinese-American surgeon. Her mom, a very traditional Chinese,
shows up on her doorstep pregnant with no husband, a big shame in the
community. To heal her pain, Mom hopes to finally get Wil matched up with
a "Mr. Right", who of course must be Chinese.
During an anniversary party attended by most of the community, Wil
meets Vivian, a Chinese-American dancer whose father is her boss. They
fall in love, but although Vivian's parents have no problem with the
relationship, Wil is afraid to tell her mother, who would be horrified.
This could be described as a chick flick, but it is fascinating and
extremely well done, with terrific acting and script, and is well worth
Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen
Libby Appears Likely to Be Indicted; Rove Stays Under Scrutiny
NEW TRAFFIC SAFETY PLAN: BUMPER-TO-BUMPER -- ALL THE TIME! Genius
scientists prove serious accidents unlikely at 2 MPH.
Spector loses key court ruling.
- Phil Spector's potentially damning statements to police about the
shooting death of an actress at his home can be used against him
Virtual Gettysburg (in 360 degree panoramas)
This week's movies: second look ...
The Weather Man - 63% positive reviews. The original low score has
reversed, and the general consensus is that this is a pretty good movie.
(Although the bad reviews are quite contemptuous, and everyone agreed it may
be the feel-bad movie of the year.)
Eragon movie footage, filming footage, concept art.
- Based on the Christopher Paolini-penned bestselling fantasy novel
about a farm boy who learns he is the last of a breed of benevolent Dragon
Riders, whose magical powers are derived from their bond with the beasts.
Sulu is Gay?
- And you wondered why he was always thrusting too close to Uranus.
Greenland Ice Cap Thickens, Pisses Off Environmentalists. (Note: this is
a satire based on a
Letterman's "Top Ten Dumb Guy Tips For Avoiding The Bird Flu"
The traile for Brick
- "Brick, the dynamic debut feature from writer/director Rian Johnson,
won the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Originality of
Vision. While taking its cues and its verbal style from the novels of
Dashiell Hammett, it also honors the rich cinematic tradition of the
hard-boiled noir mystery, here wittily and bracingly immersed in fresh
territory - a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high
The Trailer for Three of Hearts, an odd documentary.
- "Sam meets Steven, a handsome 19-year old college student, and they
fall in love. Soon Sam gets an idea. Hey, wouldn't it be great to bring a
woman into the relationship!? Steven eventually agrees and they set out to
find a woman who would agree to live in a trio relationship. When they
meet Samantha they know they have found that someone else special."
Four TV Spots for In the Mix - a romantic comedy starring Usher
The trailer for - I Love Your Work
- "Sometimes somber, somtimes sly and self-parodying, and always
surreal, "I Love Your Work" chronicles the disintegration of Gray Evans
(Giovanni Ribisi), a movie star losing his grip on reality, unable to
adjust to his own celebrity, and consumed by a twisted nostalgia for love
and simplicity lost. With his recent and highly publicized marriage to the
beautiful starlet Mia (Franka Potente) already strained by the glare of
the media and their own dueling egos, Gray begins an impossible,
self-indulgent struggle to reclaim a sense of authenticity that ultimately
drives him mad."
The trailer for 'Take The Lead'
- "Inspired by a true story, Antonio Banderas stars as internationally
acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane in the family drama "Take the
Lead". The film revolves around a professional dancer who volunteers to
teach in the New York City public school system. But when his classic
methods clash with his students' hip hop instincts, he teams up with them
to create a new style of dance and becomes their mentor in the process.
"Take the Lead" co-stars Alfre Woodard and marks the feature directing
debut of veteran music video helmer Liz Friedlander (U2, Blink 182, Simple
- Dude, I'm already in line for this, typing these words from a laptop!
Another clip from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
A clip from 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'
Listen to Dolly Parton's new album online. I think she did a nice job on
an old folk standard, Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"
"SENATORS GRILL MIERS ON PLANS TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY" ...
Letter of Withdrawal Incomplete, Lawmakers Complain
- "Just minutes after Harriet Miers, President Bush's nominee for the
United States Supreme Court, issued a letter withdrawing her nomination
for the nation's highest court, members of the U.S. Senate blasted her
withdrawal, calling her plans to spend more time with her family vague and
MrTwig has the new South Park episode.
- Not wildly funny, but one of the most brilliantly conceived episodes.
The boys interweave an international espionage story about the doomsday
device with Stephen King's Pet Semetery. Incredible how they bring it all
Man, Yahoo is really right up-to-the-minute with these headlines, eh?
"Jackson Sunbathing Video Hits Internet" ... Yahoo flashing news: Hitler
"Stephen Colbert reads from his new book, 'Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A
Tek Jansen Adventure.'"
The Colbert Nation. It's a fan site, but Colbert promotes it on his
Steven Colbert reflects on "perspective"
Jon Stewart's headlines: Plamegate and Harriet Miers
Former Atomic Kitten star Jenny Frost says her boobs are like tea bags.
Maybe it's good to be the king, but it sucks being a prince, says Chuck.
"Things Men Can't Live Without " Not a great article, but a good
Lingerie Bowl: The Girls Of Lingerie Bowl 2005
Could Porn Save Blockbuster?
Highly targeted Christmas gift (Office Space fans):
Initech Red Swingline Stapler!
Yanksfan vs Soxfan: Cartography 101. This provides a map of major league
rooters by geography. (Readers were invited to submit their location and
their favorite team.)
- The White Sox have no primary fans except in small portions of
- The Red Sox are the team of choice in New England and ... Utah??? The
loyalty of the Rockies stops at Colorado's western border, and the
Diamondback rooters end at Arizona's northern border, leaving Utah open
- The portion of the Michigan U.P. with a Wisconsin border identifies
with Wisconsin, not Michigan.
This week's SI gallery of NFL Cheerleaders
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes
announced she is gay. (She has a son and an ex-husband.)
Al Franken talks to Jon Stewart about his new book 'The Truth (with Jokes)'
and flirts with running for office."
Jon Stewart points out to the conservative Bill Kristol that Kristol was
wrong about Iraq before anyone else.
PENTAGON TO SPEND $2 MIL STUDYING URINALS
Just Spend A Penny - Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake complained that the House Defense
Appropriations Bill earmarks $2 million for the Pentagon to study "no flush"
urinal technology. Flake said, "Talk about flushing taxpayers' money down the
* The Pentagon said with this new technology, they'll be
able to dump tax money directly into the sewer without flushing.
* Nice to see there's one politician who stands up, and doesn't just go with
* It's about time taxpayers started looking out for #1.
NEWS FLASH! PMS AFFECTS WOMEN'S BRAINS!
12 Angry Women - A Cornell University study found that women's brains really do
work differently in the days before their periods. Twelve women's brains were
scanned while they read words with negative, positive or neutral connotations
and were asked to do behavioral tasks. During the premenstrual time, there was
greater activity in the areas of the brain that control emotions than when they
did the same things after their periods. It shows that premenstrual women's
brains "shift gears" to control emotions and keep hormonal changes from
affecting their thinking.
* And occasionally, it works.
* They try to shift into neutral, but usually slip into hyperdrive.
* For instance, when the researchers asked premenstrual women to do behavioral
tasks, it activated the part of their brains that restrains them from clubbing
men with a frying pan.
WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE COCKTAIL
Drinks For Everyone! - On Halloween, the London West End nightclub Umbaba plans
to debut the world's most expensive cocktail. The Magie Noir is made with Dom
Perignon, Creme de Mure, aged cognac, imported lemon grass and yohimbe bark, an
herbal aphrodisiac from Africa. It's served in a crystal glass with a white
gold cocktail pin, and will cost $591 (US). Umbaba hopes to get into the
Guinness Book of World Records. The current priciest drink is the Ritz Sidecar
at the Paris Ritz for $337.
* That contains two drops of the world's most expensive
liquid: printer cartridge ink.
* Before you order it, you already have to be really drunk.
* Do you at least get to keep the glass?
* The yohimbe bark isn't an aphrodisiac, but letting women see you buy a $600
WHITE PUMPKINS ALL THE RAGE
The Great White Pumpkin - There is now a status system attached to Halloween
pumpkins. The hottest trend across America is white pumpkins, also known as
Ghost Riders, Snowballs, Luminas or Caspers. Albino pumpkins are more expensive
than orange pumpkins, but fans say they're easier to draw faces on, they have a
cool ghostly glow in the dark, and people think they make their Halloween
parties seem more chic. The editor of Country Living magazine said white is a
very strong home design element now, and "white pottery, sofas, and white
pumpkins add a very iconic look."
* Oh, and white people...
* If there's one thing I hate, it's Halloween decorations that don't blend in
with the decor.
* Orange pumpkins are as vulgar and low class as red and green Christmas
decorations...This year, Christmas is topaz and ivory!
* Also, when you hurl a white jack o'lantern at someone's house, it's less
likely to leave a stain.
NAKED FAST FOOD CUSTOMER ARRESTED
He Was Priddling Himself - A female employee at a drive-through restaurant in
Thamesford, Ontario, took an order around midnight for a large coffee. When the
car pulled up to the window, the driver was stark naked and touching himself.
He handed over the money with his left hand, his right hand being occupied, and
drove off. The clerk got his license number. Joseph Priddle pleaded guilty to
an indecent act. He said he did it for the thrill, and claimed that "fantasy"
just got the best of him.
* He'd never ordered a LARGE coffee before!
* His fantasy was to spill hot coffee on himself and sue, but he chickened out.
* He nearly spilled his coffee, but at least he had no trouble carrying his
* You know you're eating too much fast food when you get sexually aroused by
the clown at the Jack In The Box drive-thru.
STOP THE PRESSES! WNBA STAR A LESBIAN! (CAREFUL! NOTE SUBJECT!)
They Have Shuffleboard, Swimming And Diving - The WNBA's 2005 MVP Sheryl Swoopes
was promoted as the face of the women's basketball league because she was
married with kids and team owners were trying to fight the WNBA's lesbian
image. Tuesday, she announced that she is a lesbian. The now-divorced Swoopes
insisted there are lots of straight women in the WNBA, but she's just not one of
them. She also announced that she will be the new spokeswoman for Olivia, a
lesbian cruise line.
* Where the "all-you-can-eat buffets" have a totally different meaning.
* They offer the only ships with no seamen.
* There are lots of straight women in the WNBA ... Not in the stands, of
* Wow, a lesbian in the WBNA! What next, a gay guy on Broadway?!
NO MORE BIKINI POSTCARDS FROM RIO
Get 'Em While They're Hot - Tuesday night, the state assembly in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, voted to ban the sale of postcards featuring beach babes in bikinis.
Even though Rio is famous for tiny bikinis and hot women like "The Girl from
Ipanema," and the postcards are sold everywhere in Rio, critics claim they
attract "deplorable sex tourism" and attract the "wrong kind" of tourist.
* News flash: that's the "only kind" of tourist.
* They plan to drive away those tourists by selling only postcards of fat guys
* But tourists don't just come to Rio for beach babes in bikinis! They also
come for Mardi Gras babes in half a bikini!
WALKING IS AS GOOD AS JOGGING
Even Better: Less Sweat - A Duke University study found that there may be no
need to run for exercise. Two to three hours a week of mild, moderate-intensity
exercise such as taking a brisk walk provided the same health improvements as
jogging 12 miles a week.
* Unless you're like me, and you do all your walking back and forth to the
* I give my heart a workout by just watching woman jog.
POLICE SUSPICIOUS OF RAPPER SHOOTING
The Next Tupac - There have been no arrests in an incident in which rapper
Cam'ron was shot in both arms during an alleged attempt to carjack his electric
blue 2006 Lamborghini. But the Washington Post reports that DC police are
skeptical of Cam'ron's story. They say carjackers rarely go in shooting, and
stealing that unique car would be like stealing one with "Here I am, police!"
spray-painted on the side. Police are said to be looking at alternate theories,
including a botched gang hit, road rage or a publicity stunt for his upcoming
album, "Killa Season."
* In that case, the album should be called "Flesh Wound Season."
* It's extreme, but if the album doesn't sell, the Lamborghini gets
* No, when rappers really need publicity, they let themselves get shot in
MOVIES THAT TAUGHT US EVERYTHING
They Thought Brits Were Twits - The UK's National Archives will place online 60
old public information films from a time when the government told Britons the
proper way to do everything. They include 1945's "Coughs and Sneezes," which
informs sneezers to close their eyes and use a hankie. A 1958 film on how to
cross the street admonishes, "It's no good thinking you can have a sleep or eat
your breakfast out there because you'll soon find yourself in trouble." And a
1975 film has a crossing guard teaching children how to cross the road. He's
played by David Prowse, who later become famous as Darth Vader.
* He taught children how to cross over to the Dark Side.
* He creeps the kids out by constantly telling them, "I am your father..."
* He teaches them that they can eat breakfast in the middle of the road, if
they just use the Force.
* Imagine a time when the government thought it had to tell everybody what
50 CENT BILLBOARD PROTEST
It's Edu-tainment! - Activists in high-crime areas of Los Angeles are calling on
Paramount to remove billboards for 50 Cent's upcoming movie, "Get Rich or Die
Tryin'," showing the rapper holding a mic in one hand and a gun in the other.
They said it glorifies guns, and one billboard is right next to a preschool.
* So it's educational!
* Luckily, the kids are too busy listening to 50 Cent on their iPods to notice
PRINCE HARRY DROPS TROU
To The Rear...Harch! - Britain's Prince Harry was marching with other Army
trainees at Sandhurst Academy when the sergeant ordered him to drop his pants to
see if a rumor was true that he'd had his girlfriend's name tattooed on his
royal rear. The embarrassed prince dropped his pants and was about to lower his
underwear when everyone started laughing, and Harry realized it was a joke and
laughed, too. His comrades said it showed he had "the right stuff."
* They could tell it was inside his underwear.
* He's obviously ready for what the tabloids are gonna do to him.
* At Sandhurst Academy, trainees must be able to drop their pants at a moment's
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