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What can I say that we haven't already said about Kari Wuhrer?
She's probably the Queen of the B movies. Excepting hard-core sex
films, think of any kind of movie you can imagine, and there's a
chance Kari has probably been in at least one of that type. One day
she's playing scenes with Nicholson, then she's off to do nudie
exploitation stuff like Vivid, then a few B movies, then she's
co-starring in a PG movie with David Arquette, then a Tarantino-style
pulp flick or a direct-to-vid horror movie. Imagine her with big
breasts or with a flat chest, because she's done both and looks good
IMDb says she's on General Hospital now!
Whatever. I don't know about that, but I know she's always pretty
and sexy, and I can't think of a time when she hasn't delivered what
the role asked for. She's a pro, just as much as Meryl Streep. Of
course, when the Oscars are on TV, Kari's watching at home with the
rest of us, but that is a shame in a lot of ways.
- Kari in King of the Ants (1,
had the implants removed before doing this flick.)
Rogue Trader (1999)
Rogue Trader (1999) is a British film about an ambitious investment banker
who starts investing bank funds, rather than customer funds, in the Japanese
futures market. This, of course, is not legal. The first time, it was to save
one of his employees, who made a mistake, costing a customer a fortune. He was
successful. Along the way, he became the best trader on the floor. Then, when
his biggest customer was being courted by another firm, he started the illegal
gambling again to offer discounts to keep the customer. His losses brought down
the 200 year old Barrings bank of London.
Early in the film, he meets and marries Anna Friel. She is not aware of what
he is up to, even though she came from the banking industry. She shows breasts
in an early sex scene. Ewan McGregor was completely believable as Nick Leeson,
and it was easy to believe that he was able to dupe bank officials into fronting
the money, as he was able to dupe the audience.
IMDb readers say 6.1. As in most true stories, this one was constrained by
actual events, robbing some of the dramatic potential. Still in all, the film
held my interest once it got going. This is a C.
The Girl from S.I.N. (1966):
Joyanna stars in the title role of Poontang Plenty, the Girl from S.I.N, the
diabolical henchman for the evil Dr. Sexus. Sexus has also enlisted Silk Suit,
the man from M.A.F.I.A, to help him steal an invisibility formula from a
scientist, and his assistant, Mary O'Hara. Mary is seeing a photographer in the
same building. Unfortunately, Silk Suit grabs the scientist's tax return,
thinking it is the formula. They grab the photographer, and, when Mary comes to
the rescue, naked and invisible, they subject her to the dread steam cabinet
There isn't one word of dialogue in the entire film. It is, in effect, a
silent film with a music track and voice-over narration. It is the narration
that provides many of the unintentional laughs. This is truly bad and demented,
in other words, part of a Something Weird Video release. Joyana shows breasts,
and Mary O'Hara and an uncredited model show breasts and buns. The acting is
laughable, but it is the narrator that will have you rolling on the floor.
The genre is early exploitation, bad film division, and this one is a C, more
than enough for drunken chuckles.
First I would like to present you my clips from the first episode of
"Rome" (2005). I know we've had this on the Fun House before, but it aired
just yesterday evening on Flemish TV and I recorded it from digital
terrestrial television. The screen result looks just great with crisp sharp
images and beautiful lighting. Some of that luster is evidently lost when
transferred to DivX, even when encoded in better than usual quality. But while
awaiting the commercial DVD you can still enjoy my version in 3 clips.
First we see Polly Walker (1,
as Atia of
the Iulii already riding and she still hasn't managed to buy the horse. Just
watch how that is possible and how she pays for it.
Based on this one episode I've seen so far, the series itself looks somewhat
talky, but, aided by the actors who deliver a more than competent job, it
always managed to keep my attention. More importantly it doesn't shy away from
the real mores of its era, which is a welcome relief in these times of too
much political correctness. I'll certainly be watching again next week for
Now it is time for a two day effort since there is too much material for one
contribution. Today I'm sending in two clips (1,
"Performance" (1970). They feature Miss World 1964, Ann Sidney, in various
stages of undress. Ann never had a prolific acting career as you can see in
the IMDb and this may probably be the only time she showed some skin.
That's all for today, I'll be sending in the remainder of the clips tomorrow.
Colbert: "'Scalito' is Italian for Little Scalia. That is called brand
extension, and it is good marketing."
The star of The Lonely Lady is dead. Not Pia Zadora, the guy who was her
mentor. He also starred in Manimal that same year! (Lloyd Bochner was his
name, and he was a solid character actor for 50 years.)
Mariah Carey on the balcony, is it cold? (I guess these pics are
undoctored, although I've never seen 'em before.)
What's the story on diplomatic immunity?
Homeless man jailed for breaking into Aniston home Swears he thought it
was Jolie's home.
Here's a tantalizing tidbit:
Wicked (2007) will be written by Charlie Kaufman and ... Roger Ebert!
Spike Jonze will direct. I had heard that Kaufman and Jones were going to do
a "horror movie," but this Ebert thing is a new wrinkle.
1st look at the script for the upcoming SPLINTER CELL film written by Stuart
Pretty cool Photoshop Contest - Monsters in classical art. Some of these
guys are really talented.
First look - several pictures of:
Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in D.C. to film The Visiting (a "virus
from outer space" sort of thing)
Kung Fu Jesus: Fists of Glory
"Rob Corddry would love to report on Scooter Libby, but there's a giant ball
of tin foil to look at." (Very funny and incisive dialogue between Jon
Jon Stewart interviews D.L. Hughley
This week's movies (expanding significantly)
Good Night, And Good Luck - 97% positive reviews.
- George Clooney's hagiography of Saint Edward Murrow is considered a
strong Oscar candidate, and has been doing very well in limited release.
- Box Office Mojo says Good Night will be on 640 screens, Coming Soon
This week's movies (expanding to 500 screens)
Shopgirl - 56% positive reviews. Steve Martin's foray into Woody Allen
territory left critics polarized. Old rich guy (Martin) romances retail
clerk in her 20s (Danes).
This week's movies (2400 screens):
Jarhead - 56% positive reviews. (Based on only nine reviews. There are
indications that critics will be sharply divided on this film.)
This week's movies (3000 screens):
Chicken Little - 43% positive reviews (Meaningless score - only seven
reviews, and some really liked it.)
The Weekend Warrior's prediction for the weekend of Nov 4-6
- He thinks Chicken Little will top 30 mill, with Jarhead coming in
- He thinks Good Night and Good Luck will rise to seventh place in an
expansion to 1000 theaters. (I would not be surprised if it finished as
high as fifth, assuming Warrior is right about the thousand theaters - a
number which Box Office Mojo contradicts.)
Capital letter lovers, rejoice:
NBC NEWS ANNOUNCES ITS FLAGSHIP BROADCAST WILL BE AVAILABLE ON MSNBC.COM,
MAKING IT THE FIRST AND ONLY NETWORK NEWSCAST TO BE OFFERED FREE ON THE
INTERNET IN ITS ENTIRETY
MovieJuice! reviews The Legend of Zorro - Ay Carappa!
Epstein the boy wonder steps down as general manager, leaves Red Sox
The 'Dukes' of 'Smallville' ... Luke and Bo Duke together again.
CNN Reviews the Video iPod
Scientists: Pluto may have 3 moons (The planet itself is only 2/3 the
size of our own moon.)
Why do golf courses have 18 holes? I dunno. Because Saint Andrew said
so? Hey - that was right!
Cultural Oddsmaker - What are the odds on various prominent candidates to be
the next self-outed gay athlete?
The Racial Slur Database
Speaking of the thin line between real news and satire - this is an
actual headline from the Toronto Sun:
"Penis size used as defence in trial ... Accused claims he's too large to
have committed sexual assault."
The trailer for 2001 Maniacs -
- Travelers who take a wrong turn wind up becoming the planned main
course for the hungry residents of Pleasant Valley. Based on the original
motion picture Two Thousand Maniacs! by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
- Because if ever a film needed a remake or sequel - it's 2000 Maniacs!
BUSH CHALLENGES GEENA DAVIS TO DEBATE ... President Angered By High
Ratings for ‘Fake Girl President’
Jon Stewart: "Libby was indicted on two counts of perjury and one count of
not being as smart as Karl Rove."
If you are a Lucy Clarkson fan, here she is - topless, in a thong.
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