Night Vision (1997) is a 70s style exploitation film starring Fred "the Hammer" Williamson and Cynthia Rothrock. He is a recovering alcoholic loner who has been busted all the way back to motorcycle patrol, and she has been demoted due to a shooting in the line of duty. They are assigned to work together to stop a serial killer who has a thing for media, and a personal vendetta against Williamson. The killer tapes personal details of young women's lives, then kills them, releasing the videos to the press, and selling them through Mafia connections worldwide. As if this wacko and the Mafia connections weren't trouble enough, there is spy on the police force. Rothrock and Williamson find that they are compatible, and she resolves to help him with his sobriety -- help he badly needs.
This is pretty much a standard low budget action film shot in Dallas, with lots of weak special effects, lots of gunfire, and not a lot of substance. On the other hand, it has the required breast exposure from two victims (Nina Richardson and Mary Kapper), good martial arts from Rothrock, and plenty of action. IMDb readers have it at 3.2. It is certainly an anachronism, but no worse than similar films from the 70s and 80s, and is hence a C. I, for one, would rather watch one of these than many huge budget special effects laden Hollywood mainstream films.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Stand (1994):
I guess we can give up all hope that
Laura San Giacomo is ever going to take those monsters out and give
us a good look at them, but she sure looked impressive bouncing
around like mad in this 1994 scene! (.zipped .wmv, no sound)
A Home at the End of the
One of the very few smart things I've ever written
about movies can be found in my review of
Tigerland, written about four years ago, before anyone was aware
of Colin Farrell.
I was especially
astounded by the performance of Colin Farrell as Bozz. He's an Irish stage actor, and
he transforms himself into the perfect independent-minded Texas boy. This
fella may have a
hell of a future.
Farrell's subsequent performances have not been
universally brilliant, but he has unquestionably become a star of
international repute, based on his flamboyant private life as much
as on his acting chops. He has the perfect combination of attributes
for celebrity - talent, looks, recklessness, and an unquenchable sex
In this film, he also proves that he is not just a
star, but also one hell of an actor. In the past, many of his roles
have called for extensions of his larger-than-life public persona -
cheeky, dominant, and wild. The character he plays in this film
could not be farther from that. It is a blissful, submissive, shy,
passive, tame, sexually ambiguous hippie who just wants everyone around him
to be mellow. I guess any good actor could play a part so far from
type, but what distinguishes Colin as more than good, as a great actor, is that he shows
no signs that he is acting. If you did not already know what Colin
Farrell is like, you would assume that this character is just what
Colin is like. He has no trouble at all with the American accent -
you'd never suspect that he isn't an American. His overall performance is unaffected, natural, and
completely free from artifice. It is also warm, generous, and
tremendously likeable. Suddenly, I understand completely why Colin
is so successful with women.
... speaking of which ...
This film is already semi-famous for all the wrong
reasons. As a film, it is virtually unknown, despite some decent
reviews and a respectable festival run. It never reached more than
65 theaters, and grossed only about a million dollars in the entire
United States - and even that modest achievement took 14 weeks of
arthouse distribution. As a cultural phenomenon, however, it is much
Oh, you can't remember hearing of this film by name.
Neither could I. But you've heard of it all right. This is the film
where the screening of Colin Farrell's and reputedly Brobdingnagian
tallywacker caused such a stir that the director ended up cutting it
out of the film. The San Francisco Gate
described the controversy as follows:
According to a British newspaper the Sun, nude scenes
spotlighting actor Colin Farrell's full-frontal manhood have been
cut from his new film, "A Home at the End of the World." Sounds
painful, eh? The paper quoted an undisclosed publicist -- sorry, an
undisclosed source -- as claiming the dimensions of the offending
member disrupted a test screening. "The women were overexcited,"
said the source, "and the men looked really uncomfortable."
Colin was said to be very upset that the scene was
snipped, and was insisting that the scene be restored to the DVD. I
have just watched the DVD, and I saw no sign of any gigantic
penises, so I guess the deleted scene remains deleted. There
are no deleted scenes included in the DVD extras. The disc does have
a featurette, but I fast-forwarded through that and didn't see any
sign of an elephantine manroot. I don't think I could have missed
it, since it is apparently the size of Costa Rica.
Cutting Farrell's mighty member seems kind of
hypocritical to me, in light of the fact that an actress is shown
naked in a completely unnecessary scene (a flashback to Colin's
childhood, and memories of his beloved older brother), and that the
nudity is quite explicit. Oh, well, I guess the size of Colin's
prodigious flesh-rocket will have to remain a whispered and
Getting back to the subject of the movie for a
minute, it is a pretty good one. "Why?", you ask. I suppose there are
many reasons why a film can be called "good", and in this case I
felt that way because it made me totally uncomfortable. "Huh?", you
respond. You see, I felt like I was watching people's home movies. I
got the illusion that many of the moments in their lives were really
happening, and were so personal and intimate
that I had no business watching. Colin Farrell was the best of the
cast at conveying that intimacy, but Sissy Spacek almost matched him
beat for beat. To my way of thinking, that kind of honesty is very
effective and convincing filmmaking.
What's it about? Not much of anything. The plot is
meandering. It's character-driven personal
history, I guess. Other people might call it a soap opera which
encompasses decades of life. It's not for the homophobic. Its author, Michael Cunningham, is widely
celebrated in the world of gay and lesbian authors, and he won a
Pulitzer Prize for his other major novel, The Hours.
Queer Studies describes the source novel for A Home at the End
of the World as follows:
Michael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two
boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of
himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York
after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate,
Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall
in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father
Clare's child. Then, when Clare and Bobby have a baby, the three
move to a small house in upstate New York to raise "their" child
together and, with an old friend, Alice, create a new kind of
family. A Home at the End of the World masterfully
depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.
It traces the friendship of the two friends from
boyhood to adulthood. They become close. The one boy is definitely
gay, and the other (Farrell) just wants to please people and connect
with them, so he becomes his friend's lover. He also becomes kind of
a fantasy lover for the friend's mom (Spacek), and by the time the
kids grow up, he takes on a female lover when the two young men get
embroiled in a strange triangular love with an eccentric aging
hippie chick (Robin Wright). The Colin Farrell character is simply
having sex or making connections with everyone of both sexes,
although he never actually initiates sex, and is perfectly content
going without sex during those periods when he's separated from his
closest acquaintances. Farrell's first encounter with Wright and the
first encounter between the two boys are both painfully intimate
scenes. Colin's scenes with Spacek, on the other hand, are not
painful to watch, and in fact they portray a unique and very sweet
May-December relationship of some kind, but those scenes still
create an illusion that we are eavesdropping when we should not be.
The main characters go through various travails.
Since it is based on a Michael Cunningham novel, you can bet that
everyone will be of indeterminate or confused sexuality, and that
AIDS will rear its ugly head. Based on its reputation, The Hours
must be considered the better of the two books, but I liked this
intimate film much better than the film version of The Hours, which
seemed very artificial, rhetorical and stagy to me.
President's Acceptance Speech Inviting the 55 Million
America-Haters Who Voted Against God to Bend Over and Take It Like
a Prison Bitch.
The Drudge Report says: "Attorney General John Ashcroft 'plans to
submit his resignation to Bush in the next several days'... "
Arafat said to be ready to die happy after Red Sox victory.
The UK's Channel 4, no stranger to challenging broadcasting
taboos, is about to cross another televisual rubicon by filming
the decomposition of a human body. This is especially
appealing to those who could not see Cher's farewell tour in
- News from the Bizarro World:
David Spade dumps Krista Allen
MSIE's share of the browser market drops from 95.5 in June to 92.9
The President's daughters during Dick Cheney's speech. The blogger
thinks Barbara really liked it a lot.
The Smartest State Awards 2004-2005. I'm sure Kerry
supporters will be quick to note that the seven smartest states
voted for him while the seven dumbest states voted for the Prez.
The first teaser clip from Bloodrayne has hit the internet.
(To be honest, I wasn't impressed)
"Take Lindsay Lohan, The O.C. and sheep brain pie, put them all
together and what do you have?" I'm not sure of the
answer, but throw in some KY-Jelly, and I'm there, dudes!
- I LOVE this headline (which is real news; not from a satire
"Blood-Sucking Monkeys Attack Hundreds Of Kids". Man,
those Republicans will stop at nothing to keep new voters from the
- Borowitz Report:
IT'S GORE!! CBS Declares Former Veep Surprise Winner.
The Daily Show's Samantha Bee conducts some intimate exit polls of
MSNBC has assembled a raw summary of nationwide exit polls.
- Where did Bush win? He polled 57% among married voters. He
polled 58% among white voters. He polled 56% among voters making
$50,000 per year or more.
- Kerry was strong among unmarried people in general, but
remarkably so among unmarried women, who preferred Kerry in 61%
of the cases. Unfortunately for Kerry, the ol' wedding ring
causes women to change their support dramatically - only 44% of
married women supported Kerry. Even more unfortunately for
Kerry, married women are the largest single bloc of voters among
the four combinations of gender and marital status, comprising
about a third of all voters. (The number of married female
voters is more than twice the number of unmarried males.)
- This leads into another interesting question. Why doesn't
the mood of the internet come anywhere near to reflecting the
pro-Bush results of the actual voting? Several reasons: (1)
those unmarried men who are relatively insignificant in
elections are very significant on the web, while the massive
bloc of married women make very little web noise (2) needless to
say, the internet is international. There are plenty of
non-Americans on the internet, and President Bush is not popular
outside of America's borders (3) So look at it this way -
married American women may supply something like 1% or so of the
internet's voice, but they supply 31% of the votes in U.S.
Electoral Vote Summary Retrospective - how did the experts do?
- Rasmussen called every state correctly, although they ruled
eleven states too close to call.
- However, of the states too close to call, Rasmussen's polls
showed a leader in eight of them - and their leader won the
state in all eight cases. Rasmussen ruled! In fact, one of the
three states they called a dead heat was Iowa - which was (and
pretty much still is) a dead heat.
- RCP called all states correctly.
- The New York Times called all states correctly
- On the other side of the coin, Electoral-vote.com couldn't
have done too much worse. Their
November 2nd electoral map called Florida, New
Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Hawaii wrong. They showed no
particular bias - they called three Bush states for Kerry, two
Kerry states for Bush, and a Kerry landslide state undecided.
New Jersey and Florida were their big flubs, since (1) they had
the only electoral map calling Florida for Kerry or New Jersey
undecided. (2) Rasmussen was showing Bush in the lead in Florida
in their final poll (although they did not call the state), and
(3) Neither state was especially close.
Ted DiBiase, the Million Dollar ... Preacher ???
The cast assembles for "Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork"
A California man is facing rape and kidnapping charges after his
alleged victim recently spotted him appearing as a contestant on
the NBC reality show 'Blind Date.'
The Moscow Metro is or was considered the world's most beautiful
underground railway, and pictures of it, once
forbidden, are exceedingly rare.
Does this outfit make my labia look fat?
Silly sex laws - with pictures of a couple breaking them.
New Hannibal Lecter movie gets director Peter Webber.
Behind the Mask will be directed by the same guy who did Girl With
a Pearl Earring.
An eight minute excerpt from The Daily Show's live election night
Here's a new clip from Unleashed: "This is the story of
Danny (Jet Li), a slave who has lived his whole life without any
sort of normal human education, with the mind and personality of a
young child, with only one lesson learned: how to fight. Treated
like a dog by his owner/boss, Bart (Bob Hoskins) which includes
having to wear a collar, Danny has been raised to be a lethal
fighting machine who fights in illegal gladiator-style fight
clubs, where he earns lots of money for Bart as the undisputed
champion. After a car accident that lands Bart in a coma, however,
Danny meets a kind elderly blind piano tuner (Morgan Freeman) on
the run because he knows secrets some bad guys don't want known,
who uses music to teach Danny some things about the world and
about being human."
Clooney places a "Small Penis On Board" sign on Brad Pitt's car.
Serena wears a see-through dress to meet Pierce Brosnan.
WOW! She is as bold off the court as on.
The release date of Mr and Mrs Smith (Pitt, Jolie) has been "put
back indefinitely". Not mentioned in this story: the
studio has been asking internet sites to remove the trailer!
Weekly World News: "ACTOR SUES AFTER FAULTY HAIR DRYER SHRINKS HIS
Four free short vids from Playboy's Beach Babes!
Playmate Gallery - Brooke Richards, December 1999 - Courtesy of
5'5" Renee Zellweger goes from a plump 145 pounds to a stick-thin
By accidentally failing to erase a test screen, CNN shows Good
Time Ralphie leading in Louisiana. You go, girl!
A funny spoof of campaign ads.
A new clip from After the Sunset, the crime caper flick
witrh Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek.
Seven clips from Finding Neverland, the film with
Johnny Depp as the author of Peter Pan.
Three new clips from the next blockbuster - The Incredibles
Here's the trailer for Imaginary Heroes. "Imaginary
Heroes" centers on a family that on the surface seem to have the
ideal life. This perfect façade is smashed when an
incomprehensible event shatters the Travises, spinning their lives
out of control. Only by facing the truths about themselves, each
family member must confront the past in order to regain control of
their future. (Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch,
Britney buys Kevin a $100,000 watch!
This is the funny twist for the election night. NBC and
Fox will not call Nevada although the President has obviously
already won it (ABC and CBS have called it for Bush). Why not make
the call? NBC and Fox have trapped themselves with a tenuous call
of Ohio, placing Bush on the brink of victory with 269 votes. If
they call Nevada for the Prez, it puts him over the top, and they
are therefore calling the election for him. Therefore, they have
only two choices (1) admit they called Ohio too soon, or (2) call
Nevada without changing Ohio, thus calling the election and
risking the chance of being forever remembered as the "Dewey Beats
Truman" network. Neither one wants to go first, but Fox is
especially vulnerable to a charge of bias in this regard, and
would look really foolish if they were the only network making the
incorrect call in Bush's favor, so I have a feeling Fox won't call
Nevada even after all the votes have been counted (unless they
decide to retract their call of Ohio).
- Tom Brokaw is really weaselling his way around the Nevada
- Even more embarrassing for those two networks is the fact
that they have both given Bush the election and don't realize
it. They think that Bush needs 270 to win. While it is true that
Kerry needs 270, Bush needs only 269, because a tie is broken in
the House of Representatives. The two networks have called 269
for Bush, but don't realize that is enough to assure him a
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for Other Crap
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- 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 Junior or Brainscan, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Words from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.
NOTE: because of a unique combination of
circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial
bandwidth theft, we will have to do all of our movie files in zip
format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a
you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in
the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there.
I know this is not especially convenient, but it
allows the film clips to continue. I can protect .zip files from
hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some
reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not
play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory
work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this
new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want
to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips
Diane Keaton tribute - Day 3
Long before Something's Gotta Give, Diane showed
some skin in Looking for Mr Goodbar, probably
Diane's sexiest role.
Here are clips five and six from Mr. Goodbar. There
are two others in yesterday's edition, and two in Tuesday's page.
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
First up from the Ghost today...'caps and vids from the very off beat movie 1993 movie "The Pickle".
Next up, Mimi Craven. A former flight attendant as well as ex-Mrs. Wes Craven. Here she is topless and showing thong views while playing a brass pole enthusiast in scenes from "Dog Watch" (1996).
'Caps and comments by Dann:
What I found interesting about this 2002 less-than-zero-budget horror movie (I think the actors paid to appear) was the appearance of Tiffany Shepis as the deranged killer. What I didn't find interesting was the movie itself.
Gore and sexploitation are the main offerings of this stinker, but oddly, Tiffany, who is not shy about getting naked, kept her clothes on in this one. Hell, even porn star Ron Jeremy, who has a small part as a drunk bum, stayed clothed. Fortunately, a couple of other actresses didn't, which may be the movie's only saving grace.
A worker at a chemical plant contracts a virus which mutates her into a half-human creature with a craving for blood. After killing and eating a bunch of co-workers, she disappears and the factory is closed. Years later, young people partying at the condemned plant discover she's really not gone, and she's hungry as ever.
Gross and really badly done, but with a little interesting nudity. For hard-core gore fans only.
|The "Desperate Housewives" star showing plenty of cleavage and also some nice breast views in these Vejiita 'caps from the 1994 movie "The Cool Surface". For those who are more familiar with her famous not-so-hot nude scene in "Heaven's Prisoners", not to worry, the goods look much better here.
|Penman 'caps of both ladies topless in scenes from the 1983 Tony Scott yuppie-vampire movie, "The Hunger".
||aka Leilani Sarelle Ferrer, the ex-wife of Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan" co-star, George Clooney's cousin and the official movie trailer voice over guy that always says "this summer, only one man can save the world"). Here are Sarelle and Ferrer gettin' it on in a couple of scenes from "The Harvest" (1993) (they were recently married when they filmed this). Sarelle shows her breasts, some brief pube views and side bum views in these 'caps by Scorpion.
||AS2 'caps of the Belgian actress showing off some nice toplessness in scenes from "Le Cimetière des durs" (1987).
|Señor Skin 'caps of Ferris Bueller's girlfriend showing off her robo-hooters in a scene from the direct-to-vid Lou Diamond Phillips movie, "Undertow" (1996).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
ZELLWEGER FED EXES HER UNDERWEAR
All Sizes - Renee Zellweger told Femalefirst.com that she's so terrified of
airport guards handling her underwear at baggage check-in that she sends it
home by Fed Ex. She said the guards recognize her and always go through
her phone book and underwear, and she can't stand it. She says it might be
cheaper to buy new underwear, but "I'm not going to throw away perfectly
good underwear." She admitted that other private items and "anything
scandalous" also goes into the Fed Ex box.
Now the guys at Fed Ex are going to be checking out her underwear.
It would be cheaper to buy new underwear since her Bridget Jones underwear
is so big, it has to be Fed Exed in a refrigerator crate.
MARTHA SCRUBBING PRISON FLOORS
Brush With Fame - The New York Post reports that Martha Stewart was
assigned a plum prison job of cleaning the officials' offices. A prison
source said she "was complaining about how nasty the place was," so she
"got down on her hands and knees, scrubbing the floor." The source added,
"I guess she knows how to work."
This is the first time a prisoner ever complained to a guard that the
floor wasn't scrubbed clean enough.
This is such a waste of her talents...She should be yelling at someone
else to scrub the floor.
NOT OKAY: MAGAZINE OFFERS FREE SEX
Improves Circulation - For their 20th anniversary, the Swiss men's magazine
Okay wanted to beat the free CDs and posters their rivals give away, so
they are offering every subscriber a free trip to an "erotic studio" with
free sexual services. One politician called it a disgrace, noting that
Okay isn't even an adult magazine, and radio stations refused to air the
ad, but it just got them more publicity. Okay's spokesman said, "I don't
know why the radio stations refused to carry the advert, every man wants
Well, no man accepted when Rosie O'Donnell's magazine offered it.
Swiss radio stations should be neutral on free sex.
Heff never offered free hookers, but subscribers do get to have sex
BEST PICK-UP LINE IN THE WORLD
Let's Be Barfing - The Sun reports that a Japanese dating show hired a team
of sociologists and psychiatrists to develop the best pick-up line in the
world. The line they chose translates in English to, "This time next year,
let's be laughing together." They say the word "together" gives an
impression of fresh romance, "laughing" softens the phrase to make it
easier to deliver, and "This time next year" sends a signal to the woman
that the man isn't just looking for a one-night stand.
Even though he is.
This time next year, he'll look you up and laugh about how he slept with
you and dumped you.
The other key to success: finding a really stupid woman.
Better yet, try: "This time next year, we'll be laughing together in my