Well sir, it may say Uncle Spooky up there, but it 's basically Uncle Flauti's
Fun House today, as you'll see when you get to his section. He not only did his usual
Spanish Movie Recap for the month, but since this was not just any
end-of-month, but the OCTOBER end, he also threw in a Halloween special for
good measure. Incredible output. Tuna and Crimson Ghost have turned in some
massive contributions over the years, but I don't think even those guys ever
sent in 339 pictures and two long essays at the same time!
Couple that with LC's latest trip into the future and the usual gang of stars,
and it's quite a page today!
"On 10 Oct 06 ECW had a diva strip poker match. I haven't been
able to find any un-edited movies of this. Has anyone?"
Third party videos:
zipped .mpg of
Rhonda Shear ("Up All Night") and
just kinda standing around in sheer tops.
Nothing unusual for Monique, but fairly rare
From the archives. The quality of these is
not so hot, but Cross My Heart has never
come to DVD and it features topless action
from the pretty redhead
.wmvs zipped together)
The largest digital image in the world.
Did you know that there are still living survivors
of the Titanic?
- Think about it. The ship sank more than 94
1/2 years ago!
St. Louis beats Detroit again - this time in
"Bin Laden’s Tora Bora caves hideout is being
converted — into a £5.3million HOLIDAY RESORT"
Here's a great quiz:
Match the porn with the politician who wrote it!
"A mysterious gelatinous ball has puzzled and
fascinated researchers after undersea photographer
Rudolf Svensen spotted it while diving at the
mouth of the Matre fjord in Hordaland, western
FEDERLINE SHOCKED TO DISCOVER WWE IS NOT REAL
Q&A with the supremely eccentric Crispin Glover
VH1: 100 Greatest Songs Of The 80s
NBC TO MAKE SKILL LEVEL EASIER ON ‘DEAL OR NO
- Under the new simplified rules, contestants
will have to figure out if each model is holding
a briefcase or not holding a briefcase.
BUSH DECLARES THE FOX FALL SCHEDULE A FEDERAL
GOP’S ‘SEXUAL ADS’ BACKFIRE, AS DEMS CAPTURE
SADDAM FOUND GUILTY OF TAX FRAUD: PREPPIN’ OF MASS
Oh, that Darth Vader - what a kidder!
Mexico Bill Hides Congressional Fence Provision
Classic Dave Barry column:
Making fun of Halloween
Woman flashes men's room at Arrowhead
- "... no witnesses were willing to file a
complaint, police said."
"Marcia Cross is a real redhead — judging by some
nude photos that the genuinely desperate
'Housewife' hopes to keep off the market."
This Tennessee-Houston game must have set some
kind of record, if you can define it properly.
- Tennessee won although they never held the
ball. Houston completed 33 passes to Tennessee's
7 (!!). Houston ran 23 times to Tennessee's 11.
Houston held a 27-10 advantage in first downs,
and a 426-197 advantage in total yardage. Yet
Tennessee won. Houston fumbled three times,
losing all three, and they threw two
interceptions. That, and a Tennessee TD punt
return, was all she wrote.
Da Bears. They built up a 41-0 halftime lead, and
then they rested.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Slim Susie (2003)
Slim Susie (2003) or Smala Sussie is a Swedish comedy. A man returns to his
home town to look for his sister, Slim Susie, who has gone missing. He tells
the entire story in flashback as he is being detained by the police. It seems
his sweet, innocent sister had a fling with a rock star, and then became a
druggie. All of his old friends were up to their usual drinking, drugs, porno
movies, etc. It seemed everyone knew more than they were telling. Eventually,
it comes out that the key to the events was a large amount of money.
The film is full of eccentric characters, nobody more so than the wife of
the one town policemen, who is filmed having sex with the local wannabe film
maker. The tape makes the rounds of the town as a running joke.
The film has pace. At times, it is a little disjointed, but everything is
eventually clear. Most who commented enjoyed it. If you are not bothered by
subtitles, give it a try.
IMDb readers say 6.5.
as the policeman's wife, shows bush and her right breast.
Tuva Novotny, as Slim Susie, shows her
Notes and collages
Adrienne Barbeau in "Escape from New York"
Adrienne Barbeau really struts her stuff in this film as the
protective & vengeful "Maggie."
These are Flauti's comments and captures
FLAUTI's Monthly Spanish Movie Recap
Part one of this month's recap is just one film - but a very major
one starring a big international star and directed by Spain's most
acclaimed director. This would be Almodovar's Volver, which has
generated some Oscar buzz for the performance by Penelope Cruz, and
which is expected to be a strong contender for the Oscar for the best
foreign language film.
|Madrid. Ahora. Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) es una madre joven, emprendedora y
muy atractiva, con un marido en el paro y una hija en plena adolescencia. La
economía familiar es muy precaria, por lo que Raimunda tiene varios trabajos. Es
una mujer muy fuerte, una luchadora nata, pero a la vez muy frágil
emocionalmente. Desde su infancia guarda en silencio un terrible secreto.
Su hermana Sole (Lola Dueñas) es un poco mayor. Su marido la abandonó y desde
entonces vive sola. Un domingo primaveral, Sole llama a Raimunda para decirle
que la Agustina (Blanca Portillo), una vecina del pueblo, le ha comunicado por
teléfono que su tía Paula (Chus Lampreave) ha muerto. Raimunda adoraba a su tía,
pero no puede ir al entierro porque momentos antes de recibir la llamada de su
hermana ha encontrado a su marido muerto en la cocina, con un cuchillo clavado
en el pecho. Su hija le confiesa que lo ha matado ella porque el padre, borracho,
la acosó insistentemente.
A regañadientes, Sole se desplaza sola al pueblo.
Entre las mujeres que la acompañan en el duelo escucha rumores de que su madre (que
murió en un incendio con su padre) volvió del otro mundo para cuidar en los
últimos años a su tía Paula, que estaba enferma. Las vecinas hablan con
naturalidad del "fantasma" de la madre (Carmen Maura). Cuando Sole vuelve a
Madrid, después de aparcar su coche, escucha unos ruidos procedentes del
maletero. Sole lo abre y allí encuentra, rodeada de bolsas, al fantasma de su
madre. Sole no tiene otra opción que convivir con el fantasma materno e
integrarlo en el trabajo de la peluquería. Por su parte, Raimunda sólo le
comenta que Paco, su marido, las ha dejado y que intuye que no volverá. En
realidad está tratando de desembarazarse del cadáver. Lo insostenible se
convierte en cotidiano, cada cual por su lado, las dos hermanas emprenden una
huida hacia adelante, sobreviviendo a situaciones muy tensas, melodramáticas,
cómicas y también muy emocionantes. Ambas mujeres las solu-cionan a base de
descaro y mintiendo sin la menor contención. "Volver" es una historia de
supervivencia. Todos los personajes luchan por sobrevivir, incluso el fantasma
de la abuela.
En resumes, una película entretenida con buen argumento y un reparto de lo
más adecuado. Por otra parte ha sido elegida entre "Alatriste" (2006) y
"Salvador (Puig Antich)" para representar a España en los Oscars como mejor
película de habla no Inglesa
|Madrid. Now. Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) is a young, enterprising and very
attractive mother, with an unemployed drunkard for a husband and a daughter in
the heat of adolescence. Their everyday financial situation is very precarious
so Raimunda has several jobs. She is a tough woman, and a fighter, but also very
fragile emotionally because she has been holding in a terrible secret from her
Her slightly older sister Sole (Lola Dueñas) is living alone since her
husband left. One spring Sunday, Sole calls Raimunda to tell her that their
Aunt Paula's small-town neighbor named Agustina (Blanca Portillo) told her that their
aunt (Chus Lampreave) has just died. Raimunda adored her aunt, but she
cannot go to the funeral because moments before her sister called, she found her
husband dead in the kitchen with a knife in his chest. Her teenage daughter
confesses to her that she killed her father because he harassed her insistently.
Grudgingly, Sole goes to the small town alone to attend the burial. She hears
rumors that her mother, who died in a fire, returned
from the other world to take care of feeble Aunt Paula in her last years. To
Sole's surprise, the
neighbors speak with casual confidence of the existence of the ghost of the mother (Carmen Maura).
When the skeptical Sole returns to Madrid, she encounters the ghost herself, and she has no
option other than to coexist with her dead mother and to integrate her into the work in
her hairdressing salon. On the other hand, sister Raimunda is trying to dispose of her
husband's murdered corpse. The two sisters survive very tense, melodramatic,
humorous and very exciting situations. Volver (“To return”) is a survival
history. All the characters fight to survive, even the ghost.
Directed by the legendary Pedro
Almodóvar, Volver has been chosen over Alatriste (2006) (2006) and Salvador (Puig Antich) to
represent Spain in the race for the Oscar for best foreign language film.
Penelope Cruz (no
nudity, but lots of cleavage)
Yohana Cobo (a small
amount of nudity)
Part Two of this month's recap is the new releases from Spain and
Latin America. The featured film among this group is Dark Blue, Nearly
Black, a film which earned some positive reviews after its screening at
Venice. I will take an in-depth look at this film and will also feature
its star, Marta Etura in a new segment I call "Get to Know an Actress"
Get to know an actress: Marta Etura
|Marta Etura nació el 28 de octubre de 1978 en San
Sebastián, hija de una decorada y un empresario. Desde pequeña quiso
ser actriz, pero para tranquilizar a sus padres estudió dos años de
dirección y uno de montaje.
Para emprender estos proyectos se trasladó a Madrid y se matriculó
en la Escuela de Cristina Rota. Para poder sobrevivir trabajo de
camarera e intervino en algunos spots publicitarios. Nada más
finalizar sus estudios, Joaquín Oristrell contó con ella para el
filme Sin vergüenza con varios de los últimos actores de dicha
escuela, en donde interpretó a Belén, una joven actriz que mantenía
unas difíciles relaciones con su madre.
En este filme Marta mostró su cara más combativa, más independiente
y con mayor rabia en su interior; una mezcla de fragilidad y
entereza, vulnerabilidad y dureza.
Eduard Cortés extrajo de nuevo ese registro en La vida de nadie,
donde encarnaba a una niñera que se enamoraba del padre de los hijos
a los que cuidaba. La hosquedad del personaje parecía empujar a
Marta hacia el perfil de veintañera enemistada con el mundo, que
sólo miraba por su individualidad a la que defendía desde la
agresividad verbal y una gestualidad distante. Marta logró quedar
candidata al Premio Goya a la mejor actriz revelación.
Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón rompió esa imagen y extrajo de ella una
interpretación más suave tanto en El Caballero Don Quijote (2002)
como en La vida que te espera (2004). Entre la una y la otra rodó el
thriller 13 campanadas -que la apartaba momentáneamente del drama-,
Hay motivo y Frío sol de invierno, donde se puso en la piel de Mimo,
la hija de un chatarrero que amargaba su existencia y que encontraba
el amor en Gonzalo, el hijo de una prostituta que haría aflorar su
lado más cálido. La Unión de Actores la recompensó con una
candidatura al premio de mejor actriz de reparto.
Al año siguiente estrenó Entre vivir y soñar y Para que no me
olvides. Por su papel en esta última Marta recibió una candidatura
al Premio Goya a la mejor interpretación de reparto que venía a
simbolizar el paso entre la joven promesa que era 2001 y la actriz
instalada en la industria que ya era.
Entre el estreno de la película y la candidatura, Marta rodó y Azul
Oscuro Casi Negro y Remake, así como la serie de televisión Vientos
de agua, protagonizada por. En la primera interpretó a Paula, una
mujer encarcelada por error, que abortó en prisión y que desea
quedarse embarazada de nuevo de Jorge, un portero licenciado en
empresariales y que es hermano de un recluso llamado Antonio. El
deseo de superar su maternidad frustrada, de empezar una vida de
nuevo como licenciada en filología y asistente social, hacían de
Paula una mujer que traía esperanza a la vida del joven, algo de
calidez en un mundo donde los sueños no se materializan. Según la
actriz lo que más le atrajo del proyecto fue que su personaje pesar
de estar encerrada, busca la libertad de conocerse y de conocer sus
deseos reales, no los que le imponen.
Marta Etura was born on the 28th of October of 1978 in the Basque town of San
Sebastián, the daughter of an industralist. From a very early age she wanted to
be an actress, but to pacify her parents she studied two years of direction and
one of design, finally moving to Madrid to study at the famous acting school of
Cristina Rota (Spain's equivalent of The Actor's Studio), while working as a
waitress and acting in some ads.
For his directorial debut in "Without Shame", screenwriter Joaquin Oristrell
hired Marta to play Belen, a struggling actress who had issues with her mother.
She was one of many struggling young acting students hired to play struggling young
acting students in this film. Marta's complex character appeared combative,
independent, and with a lot of internal anger; but was actually a mixture of
fragility and strength, vulnerability and hardness.
Eduard Cortés again drew upon that same range in "Nobody's Life", where Marta
played an au pair who fell in love with the father of the children she was
caring for. The character turned out to be a twenty-something already angry at
the world, using surliness and verbal aggression to assert her individuality and
worth. Marta was nominated for the "Best New Actress" award at the Goyas.
Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón broke that image and allowed Marta to play a more
charming character in Don Quijote, Knight Errant (2002) as well as in Your Next
Life (2004). In between those two films she took a momentary break from the
serious drama and made a thriller called The Clock Struck 13.
Next came The Cold
Sun of Winter (2004) in which she played a junkman's daughter who fought for
a better life and found love when she brought out the warmer side of a
prostitute's son. The Spanish Actor's Guild nominated her for their award as
Best Supporting Actress.
The following year she released Searching for Love, and then So You Don't Forget
Me, the latter of which finally earned her a nomination for a Goya as the Best Supporting
Actress, symbolizing the passage between the promise that was 2001 and the
actress now respected by and entrenched in the industry. Between the opening of
that film and her nomination, Marta made Remake, as well as the TV series "Vientos
de Agua," and the movie we are viewing today, Dark Blue, Almost Black. .
In Dark Blue she plays Paula, a woman jailed in error, who aborted in prison
and hopes to become pregnant again so that she can enjoy a comfy life in the
prison's posh maternity ward. She tries to accomplish this by having sex with a
fellow inmate named Antonio, but he proves infertile, and offers as a substitute
his brother Jorge, a janitor who is working to build a better life and has
earned a university degree in business administration. The return of Jorge's
girlfriend complicates matters. This film was screened at the Venice Festival,
and a comprehensive English-language review and summary can be found
... continuing Part Two: new Spanish and Latin American
We have at last arrived at Part Three, which consists of
Spanish actresses in foreign films
Flauti's Halloween Special
Como es halloween mando las capturas de la colección "Películas
para no dormir" basada en la mítica serie de Narciso Ibañez Serrador "Historias
para no dormir": Se trata de seis títulos de terror, creados para
la ocasión por seis directores españoles de renombre; La Culpa de Narciso
Ibañez Serrador, La habitación del niño de Alex de la Iglesia, Regreso a
Moira de Mateo Gil, Para entrar a vivir de Jaume Balagueró, Adivina Quién
Soy de Enrique Urbizu y Cuento de Navidad de Paco Plaza. Hay más
información sobre las películas (en español)
Since it is Halloween I decided to send in captures from
the collection “Films To Keep You Awake," based on the mythical series of
Narciso Ibañez Serrador, “Stories to Keep You Awake." This includes six
titles of terror created for the occasion by six esteemed Spanish
La Culpa from Narciso Ibañez Serrador
La habitación del niño from Alex de la Iglesia
Regreso a Moira from Mateo Gil
Para entrar a vivir from Jaume Balagueró
Adivina Quién Soy from Enrique Urbizu
Cuento de Navidad from Paco Plaza.
Almost done. One more small matter.
I have re-sent the pictures from Rosario Tijeras from last month's
special, in order to correct a small error. If you are a collector, use
these to replace the old ones.
Cheers to all, and I hope you enjoyed this month's
*** Flauti ***
Hey Guys! Here is a decent picture I ran across
of Christy Turlington in a weird magazine that I have started getting all of
a sudden. The magazine is View and it's pretty lame but ... every now and
then! This shot of Christy isn't nude but it has some nice cleavage and
serious pokies. It's an ad for something red, I gather. Too bad this
magazine's best picture this month came from an ad, huh? Oops!
Pat's comments in yellow...
San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius reports that some women are
complaining that they can't find any Halloween costumes that aren't incredibly
revealing. One store owner said the slutty women's costume trend
began because costume and lingerie makers held trade shows in the same cities
and realized they were targeting the same customers. But parents are disturbed
because not only are costumes such as "Sexy Army Lady" and a skimpy nurse outfit
called "Sponge Bath Betty" being aimed at girls as young as 10, one company is
selling a costume for even younger girls called "Miss Teddy Bare" and a French
maid costume for a toddler.
* It's never too early to teach kids the value of
* Don't worry: it comes with little breast implants to help it stay up.
The Kootenai Humane Society animal shelter in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, announced
that it will not allow anyone to adopt a black cat until after Halloween, for
fear they might be harmed in pranks or sacrificed in Satanic rituals. They have
97 cats awaiting adoption, and 28 are black. A New York
ASPCA spokeswoman criticized the move, saying that the cat sacrifice tale is an
urban legend, and black cats are already hard to find homes for because they're
stigmatized by superstition, so why penalize them by limiting the times when
they can be adopted?
* Nobody will be allowed to adopt anything black before
Halloween ... except, of course, Madonna.
Friday in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin, a masked robber entered a fireworks shop
carrying a shotgun and fired a warning blast. It set off the fireworks, and the
entire store burned down in a spectacular shower of sparks and flames. The
owner was able to wrestle the gun away and pull off his mask. Nobody was
injured. Police later arrested a young suspect.
* This is nothing: you should've seen the fireball the
time he robbed that gas station.
* Good thing: his next plan was to rob a nuclear power
* The fireworks explosion was like the Iraq war: a big, fiery, stupid
mess ... but still oddly patriotic.
Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, is doing its bit to curtail global
warming by powering the campus with cow manure. They say it will reduce carbon
emissions by 3500 metric tons a year, the equivalent of removing 758 cars from
the road. Vermont has one cow or calf for every two people, the highest ratio
in the US, so the campus will generate power from cow manure harvested from
* If that's not enough, they can harvest it from the
The Oslo, Norway, Natural History Museum is showing the world's first
exhibit on gay animals. The organizer told AFP that it's to counter the
argument that homosexuality is against the principles of nature, when it's been
seen in 1500 species, even such "macho" animals as lions and sperm whale. For
example: female flamingos live together and only mate with males to have babies,
which they raise together. Male big horn sheep have sex with each other to be
accepted into the flock and get access to females. The exhibit angered some
church leaders, including a Pentecostal priest who
said the taxpayers' money would have been better spent helping the animals
correct "their perversions and deviances."
* Unfortunately, only the parrots can ask God's
Forzie, a four-legged chicken hatched last month in New Zealand, has died due to
the fact that he also had two anuses. Owner Marlene Dickey said, "I think he
got glugged up"
* It was never diagnosed: their poultry doctor is a