Lipstick (1976) is not a great movie. In point of fact, it could easily have been an afternoon special, other than the nudity of star Margaux Hemingway. Those who read Scoops review http://www.scoopy.com/lipstick.htm already know the plot about the rising model who is raped by her kid sister's music teacher. I would like to weigh in on some of the controversial questions concerning this film. First, was the length of the rape scene, and the nudity necessary? My answer is an emphatic yes.
The entire point of the film was that Hemingway was violated by her rapist, then by the courts, then by the jury. For us to see that, we needed to know beyond any doubt that she was the victim of a vicious rape. As to her voice, and uneven line delivery, I am not so sure it was a mistake in casting, but rather a choice. Her character was actually two women, one, a rising professional supermodel, supposed to be every woman's ideal of what they would like to be. The other was a rather quiet, naive, and trusting Catholic girl, dedicated to her baby sister. There was a point to this duality in her character. The jury believed the femme fatal supermodel persona, even though that was just an act.
As for the ending, I can only think of it as fantasy. In the real world, Hemingway would be doing time, and her sister would be the object of a wrongful death suit. The fantasy ending did show the writer's idea of justice. So how good is the movie? Just mediocre. Mariel Hemingway, as the little sister, was outstanding, the messages of the film were well-intentioned, and it does give some insight into the mind of the rape victim. To those who always claim that a graphic rape scene is misogynistic, nonsense. Rape scenes that show it for the violent violation of women that it is are pro-woman. Any attempt to show a rape as possibly justified because she was asking for it, or as just an over-eager consentual sex act is misogynistic. This film generated way more controversy than it deserved, partly because it was a story that had no been told before as graphically. I have to wonder how sincere those who have recently commented that the rape scene is very disturbing are. I think it is worth watching for any fan of either Hemingway sister, otherwise, there are many better choices for the same story. C-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
There are two reasons why the March 21, 1966 edition of Newsweek
is now memorable:
- it was the issue which first quoted John Lennon's declaration
that, "we're more popular than Jesus now"
- it featured an anonymous, pretty young woman on the cover - a
symbol of the new youth movement in America. That woman would
later become quite famous on a TV series called WKRP. Yes, she had
a sex change and played Les Nessman. No, of course I'm fuckin'
witcha. She played Bailey Quarters. Here is the cover which
featured a 16 year old Jan Smithers. I would love to have a better
version of this, if any of you have one.
Smithers almost completely disappeared from the public eye in the
late 80s. She was married to, then divorced from, James Brolin, who
is now famous or infamous as Mr Babs. In a short stint in the public
eye, Smithers left behind no nudity for us to remember her by.
2 Days in the Valley (1996):
The success of Pulp Fiction must have been a
liberating thing for many in the industry, including writer/director
John Herzfeld. Herzfeld had been in the industry for about a quarter
of a century when he made this movie, and his only theatrical
feature film was made 13 year earlier - something called Two
of a Kind, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featuring
Gene Hackman as God. I'm not kidding. I haven't seen Two of a Kind,
but I guess it must be just about as good as it sounds, scoring in
the Ed Wood range at IMDb, with 3.7/10.
Herzfeld must have looked at Short Cuts (1993) and Pulp Fiction
(1994) and thought "I can do that". So he did, and he did it well,
despite having nothing in his previous decades in the industry that
would show him capable of this film. 2 Days in the
Valley is one part Tarantino and one part Altman, but Herzfeld has more heart than either of
those directors. From Tarantino, Herzfeld got the strange
combination of violence and comedy, and the admixture of cosmic
or life-endangering events (murder and kidnap plots) with everyday dialogue about food
and pets and other mundane matters. From Altman, he got the general
feel of a large ensemble cast of superb actors playing interesting
characters, in a plot in which none of them can emerge as a star,
but all can shine in their moments. I guess that Danny Aiello has
the most important role, but I wouldn't call him the star. There is
no star. It is true ensemble acting.
The storyline follows all the parties in a murder.
First we see the crime being committed by two men. Then we see one
of the killers kill the other, after having planted some
incriminating evidence at the murder scene which would tie the
killed man to the crime. Seems neat enough.
Except that the dead killer is not dead at all. He
was wearing a protective vest, and now must flee for his life. He
ends up taking refuge in the home of a whiny rich art dealer and his
devoted secretary. They are eventually joined by the art dealer's
sister and a suicidal movie director. So the runaway would-be hit
man suddenly finds himself with four hostages.
Meanwhile, the other hit man and his moll get
together with their client, who turns out to be a woman who ordered
the original hit on her husband in order to collect on a fat
insurance policy. The squabbles and in-fights of these baddies also
touch upon a vice detective who really wants to be in homicide, and
turns out to be much too eager about investigating the crime, because he gets
close enough to the truth that the hit man needs him out of the way.
Those nine characters lives keep winding together
in very clever ways, so that we know the two hit men must inevitably
confront each other.
It's a clever movie. The script is contrived, but
you will have no trouble forgiving that because of the sheer
entertainment value of the film, and the emotional rewards it
supplies. Although it is filled with violence and cruelty, it also
provides a very satisfying and almost too sentimental denouement for
the characters who seem to deserve good luck.
Danny Aiello is very amusing as the hit man who
gets set up as a patsy and narrowly escapes dying himself. He plays
this character as a remarkably human person, a guy who could easily
be your uncle. His pride is wounded because he's been working at a
pizza parlor. He stops everything to adjust his bad toupee. He is
afraid of dogs. He is so hungry that he cooks himself a gourmet meal
while holding a gun on his hostages. He rightfully chastises the
rich man for failing to respect and cherish his secretary.
Most of the characters are drawn with similar
depth and affection, especially Eric Stoltz as the naive cop who
really wants to get into homicide, and director Paul Mazursky as a
washed-up and suicidal director.
I must be director Herzfeld's biggest fan, because
I seem to like this movie more than anyone else does, and
I was about the only person in the world who thought his follow-up,
15 Minutes, was very close to genius, a skillful blend of action
film and social satire. I believe I wrote that it was "the brilliant
satire which Natural Born Killers should have been". Chances
are you won't like his films as much as I do, but I recommend them
for fans of Tarantino and/or Altman.
- Charlize Theron (1,
6) plays an ice cold Swedish gun
moll, with nothing on her mind but sex and murder. Charlize's acting
career has taken a radically different turn since this movie, so it
is a lot of fun to look back on this earlier period, to see her
playing an evil woman and doing explicit sex scenes. She also does a
memorable catfight with Teri Hatcher.
- Teri Hatcher (1,
Love the Hard Way (2001 or 2003 - take your
pick. It started hitting the festival circuit in 2001, had a brief
theatrical release this summer.)
Typical romantic urban street melodrama. Round up the usual plot.
Sweet straight-A student from Columbia falls in love with a small
time con artist. Turns out he's a soulful guy working on a novel,
and she really has the potential to fit into his criminal world.
Unfortunately, police detective Pam Greer (working undercover in one
of Huggy Bear's old costumes), manages to make life really miserable
for the hustler, and sends him to the slammer. And he's luckier than
the college student.
Pretty much pure baloney. Take away the nudity, and the only
reason to watch is Oscar winner Adrien Brody as the lovable, shy
street hustler with a deep soul or some such crap.
Anyway, fuck the plot. It's really not a bad movie (Roger Ebert
awarded a triplet), but nobody is ever going to see it. It isn't
good enough to wow the arthouse crowd, and it's too gritty for mass
audience appeal. It grossed a whopping $43,000 in the USA, and it
took six weeks to get that much!
So when you discuss this film, and you won't, only three words
are important: Charlotte Ayanna topless. The incredibly beautiful
Ayanna has four, count 'em four, sex scenes in this movie, and her
exposure gets progressively better as the movie progresses. It
starts out as dark stuff, Ayanna underneath, with a hint of nipple
in a frame or two, but by the end of the movie she's topless, facing
the camera, in pretty good light.
She is one beautiful young woman. Junior and I were both ready to
propose to her after Dancing at the Blue Iguana, and she looks every
bit as good here.
Tragically, Dutch teens will now have to learn
about sex the old fashioned way. The popular sex ed TV show
'This Is How You Screw' is off the air.
I know how they feel. I still can't believe Howdy Doody is gone
forever. Of course, Howdy didn't do much fuckin' with Buffalo
Bob. Good thing, too, because that could have given Bob some
very painful splinters.
Headline in the Twin Cities: "ARE THEY FUNNING
WITH US?" Survey says Minneapolis is most fun city in U.S.
Yup, I agree. Fuck Vegas and N'Awlins and Miami and New York.
Give me a summer cold, nasal accents and a top-notch mall every
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is mysteriously
buckling The Department
of the Interior has been sent to do an environmental study,
since celebrities are America's most precious natural resource.
Dutch Chicks - Beach - Sun 'nuff said.
CIA displays some of its spy gadgets
Actress-singer Courtney Love was charged with two
felony drug counts Tuesday
Courtney charged with drug use? What are the odds?
A tribute to the kiddie shows of the 70s. Electra
Woman, The Ghostbusters, Isis, The Far-Out Space Nuts, and more.
The new edition of MAXIM ONLINE has a pictorial
on the incredible Jessica Alba. No nudity, but she is a living
work of art. What a babe
she is. I think that the last time we did those polls to
determine the most beautiful woman and the sub-polls for the
best legs and so forth, Laetitia Casta won "best face" and
"hottest all-around babe", and I probably cast the same votes
myself. I would now seriously consider changing my own vote to
Alba in both categories.
Pamela Anderson, woman of letters.
Q: 'If a guy really wants to impress you, Pamela, what should he
do?' A: 'Besides penetration? It's the little things.'
(She really said that!)
'Jackass' star found drunk, naked on hood of car.
Why are they reporting this? I think it comes under the heading
of "dog bites man", doesn't it?.
Kylie has revealed that she will not bare her
backside any more, fearing that she is too old.
Did you ever wonder where strippers get their
outfits? From an online stripper boutique, of course.
Your one-stop shop for acrylic platform shoes, thigh-high boots,
NASA satellite photos of the fires in California.
The Absolute Bottom 50 Worst Names for Horror
Watch the VW Beetle Morph from the original until
the latest. Cool!
vote for MAXIM HOMETOWN HOTTIES
free Miki Sawaguchi gallery
Dr. Fart speaks: "Everything you want to know
about flatulence, and some things you don't."
The author would be surprised by how little I really want to
know about farts.
need a Pulsed Plasma Mobile Hydrogen Generator?
Got 95 million bucks?
Get it now on e-bay!
Said Mel Gibson to the Lord, "Lord, just give me
a sign if you disapprove of my Jesus movie. Any sign, no matter
Rod Stewart goes all Mr Blackwell bitchy on his
Elvis Presley is Top-Earning Dead Celebrity
The ancient art of Trouser Semaphore
Play: "strip that girl"
WayTooPersonals.com Personal ads that cross the
Get Rid Of Telemarketers By Being Silly
RIAA Sues Amish Man for Illegally Whistling
Page3.com ::: Page 3 Idol 2003 voting
What is Chicago's #1 Halloween costume this year?
The scariest thing in Chicago history - Steve Bartman.
A monstrous amount of Resident Evil: Apocalypse
film set pictures/videos/script tidbits
Approaching 60 and coming off a second prison
term, baseball's last 30 game winner, Denny McLain, hopes to
bounce back one more time.
The Brooksville Police Department is looking for
an unidentified man who pointed a handgun at an Arby's employee
and made off with his dinner - $4 worth of chicken fingers.
The suspect apparently thought that the bag the victim was
carrying contained the night's deposit.
How to pick any Master Lock
Disposable DVDs a Slow, Slow Sale
To help meet the budget, Bush Lays Off Congress;
will Outsource Lawmaking to India
I can't even guess what Bjork is doing here
Weekly World News: "Bulb-headed space aliens
suffer terribly from migraines because their brains are the size
of basketballs. And it's the desperate search for new and better
painkillers that brings these creatures to Earth.
Kutcher's Punk'd Show Goes Too Far
Pranks on people like Mrs Rodman and Mr Pam have turned sour.
Feds bust "designer supplement" chemist.
Insiders say the trail will lead to Barry Bonds.
Spiderman actress Kirsten Dunst is set to wed her
boyfriend, Donnie Darko star Jake Gyllenhall, according to
reports from London
Demi Moore has dismissed reports she is planning
to marry toyboy lover Ashton Kutcher on Valentine's Day in
Vegas, being given away by Bruce Willis.
She says every detail of the story was fabricated. Too bad. It
was a pretty cool story.
Still no peace in Middle East, despite the
tireless efforts of Pitt and Aniston.
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
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- 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 Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
It was an SNL skit, with Phil Hartman I think. He looks at the camera and says, "I'm not a real actor. I just play one on television." In a similar way, these caps are of women who are not actresses, they just play one on DVD.
What I've gone and done here is cap a couple of DVDs with no plots. no acting, just nekkid babes running around. Sorta like a Tinto Brass film.
In keeping... sort of... with a recurring theme of mine, a recurring nightmare of yours, or wet dream of some, most of the babes posted today have posed for the Hefmag. They have not achieved the lofty status of Hefmates, but they have got down and dirty in one of the Chicago-based publications.
First DVD is entitled Luscious Liquids. Entertaining piece of fluff, complete with interviews and behind the scenes stuff and then a lot of serious posing. All the babes do the triple-B bosa nova.
Those babes include Elina Gianni, Myla Martin, Shyra Deland and Brandi Coppock, the last of whom resembles Daryl Hannah. Which reminds me. Meant to congratulate Scoopy Jr for posting pictures of Lori Singer last week without referring to her as the poor man's Daryl Hannah. A moment in history.
A quick note about Myla Martin. She had a short scene in Rowdy Girls, that magnum opus starring both Shannon Tweed and Julie Strain. Myla didn't take her clothes off in that one, which pissed me off mightily because she looked so yummy (yumminess demonstrated here).
Well, she more than sorta made up for that sin of omission in Luscious Liquids. She is nekkid, nekkider and nekkidest while showing off a bum that could make a grown man swoon.
- Elina Gianni
- Myla Martin
- Shyra Deland
- Brandi Coppock
Second DVD is entitled Bikini Showgirls. It has two women of very different body types.
Erin Kay is a cute little thing, with a svelt, attractive and natural body. In contrast, Summer Leigh is a larger gal with a couple post-factory, off-the-shelf add-ons. I'm just sure someone finds her attractive.
- Erin Kay
- Summer Leigh
'Caps and comments by Scoprion:
Thought I'd dig into my VHS vault for this batch.
|From the early 90's erotic thriller, "The Pamela Principle". Plently of breasts, bums and pseudo-sex.
||The long time day time soap actress topless in a shower scene from "Take Two" (1988).
|Scenes from "Sexual Malice" (1994). Baton goes topless and full frontal, former Heffer Kathy Shower goes topless and the former Pet Sam Phillips also goes topless and shows off a little bum.
|J-Lo in a bikini and showing off her massive posterior.
|Great collages by DeadLamb featuring the former "Baywatch" babe baring pre-implant breasts and bum views in several sex scenes from the recently released DVD of the Two-Corey's movie, "Blown Away" (1992).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
ASHTON KUTCHER GETS POLITICAL
I-Rock, Dude! - Matt Drudge reports that Ashton Kutcher is getting involved
in politics by hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for struggling
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards. A source close to the
Hollywood hottie said, "Ashton has been brushing up on all the issues."
Like Medicare and Social Security, which his girlfriend taught him
And he's old enough to vote now!
Why, he knows almost as much about foreign policy as Barbra Streisand!
He also really admires the way John Edwards can talk to people's dead
Who would pay $1,000 for a hot dog, some Kool-Aid and a Twinkie?
ROD STEWART SLAMS FELLOW ROCKERS
Spare The Rod - In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Rod Stewart took
some unusual swipes at his fellow rock stars. He called his old pal Elton
John a "miserable bugger" who has fake-looking hair and needs to lose
weight, and mocked Sting as "Mr. Serious who helps the Indians." He also
said it's not fair that people knock him for dating younger women when they
don't knock Paul McCartney for marrying someone much younger. Rod said it
may be because Paul has a knighthood, which he's never gotten, even though
"I do my bit for charity."
He's very involved with wayward girls.
The Queen is thinking of dubbing him "Sir Gripes-a-lot."
He dates younger women because they're the only ones who'll put up with
Believe it or not, Rod's hair is REAL.
THE WISDOM OF BRITNEY SPEARS
I'm Like, Really? - Britney Spears unloaded to Newsweek magazine, saying
that after Justin Timberlake broke up with her and revealed on TV that
they'd had sex, "I was like, 'Okay, I'm over men. They're mean. For like
six months, not a single thing happened. Not like they weren't drawn to
me, but there wasn't a single real attraction. I'm like, 'What's
happening? I know I'm not a lesbian.'"
No, a lesbian would do things like kissing Madonna.
She's not a lesbian, she just plays one on TV.
Sex with Justin has a way of turning women INTO lesbians.
She's, like, an idiot.
She Means "Undressing" - Britney also thinks she may have gone too far with
her recent near-nude photo shoots. She explained, "I was in a moment. I
had, like, eight Red Bulls and said, 'OK, let's do it.' I learned my
lesson and you won't see me like that for a while. I'm kinda over it
myself. Not that it's dirty or tacky, but it is really revealing, and I
wouldn't want my kid, at 21, to be dressing like that."
At this rate, by the time her kid is 21, singers will be performing on
TV stark naked.
She had, like, eight Red Bulls and said, "Okay, let's do it"... That's
also how Justin says she lost her virginity.
So Red Bulls make her rip her clothes off? Buy stock in Red Bull! Guys
are about to buy a billion cans of it for women!
Britney makes Jessica Simpson look like Stephen Hawking.