- The first item of note is that this is our 11th
- The second is that Tuna is rapidly approaching an
anniversary of his own - 100,000 images. Our site spider
counted his images on October 31st, and the magic number was
95, 215. It's difficult to imagine anyone creating that many
collages. I've been doing it for 11 years or so, and my
total is about a fourth of that! (And I suppose I am
probably the second-most prolific creator, which shows how
far ahead Tuna is.) He does somewhere around a thousand per
month, maybe fifteen hundred, so the magic number is coming
up around Easter time.
Moment by Moment (1978):
Travolta: "I've had it with cheap sex. It leaves me feeling
Tomlin: "I've never had cheap sex before. I was sort of
looking forward to it."
Robert Stigwood was probably
the hottest producer on the planet in 1978. He was fresh off
back-to-back blockbuster successes with Saturday Night Fever and
Grease. Saturday Night Fever was the #3 film at the 1977 box office,
behind only the two space epics, Star Wars and Close Encounters.
Grease did even better, rising to the very top of the 1978 box
office list in the USA, and also taking the #1 spot world-wide.
For his next project, Stigwood
wanted to stick with his main man, ol' Barbarino himself, John
Travolta, who had danced and sung his way to the top of the A-list
in both of Stigwood's major hits, thus earning an Oscar nomination
and making himself the hottest draw in Hollywood. He was still
playing Barbarino on "Welcome Back, Kotter" in 1978 as well, so he
was in the rare and enviable position as the master of two media.
Stigwood and Travolta - they
were magic, they had the Midas touch, they could do no wrong.
Until this turkey came along.
Realizing Travolta's popularity
with female audiences, Stigwood conceived of using his white-hot
star in a classic chick-flick, a May-December romance between a
bored middle-aged housewife and the sexy young man who would put a
spring back in her step. For his female lead Stigwood wanted Lily
Tomlin, whose smash one-woman show was the hottest ticket on
Broadway. Between Travolta's fans and Tomlin's, Stigwood hoped to
rule the entertainment world.
There were two problems.
Problem one was Lily herself. Although Tomlin had picked up some
good notices for her work in Nashville, she was no dramatic actress,
and was certainly not the classic romantic lead, given her
monotonous robotic voice, her one-and-only non-comedic facial
expression (a dazed, "deer in the headlights" stare), and her own personal sexual preferences. That brings us
to problem two: Lily wouldn't play with the boys unless she could
bring along her creative partner, who also happened to be her life
partner, Jane Wagner. Wagner had worked with Tomlin on their many
characteristically bittersweet comedy sketches, but was ill-prepared
to take on the role of screenwriter for a "ladies picture" in the
tradition of Doug Sirk. Indeed, she was ill-prepared to write any
kind of feature-length film involving a cohesive storyline. Some of
the writing in this film just makes no sense at all.
Example One: Travolta finds a
stray dog on the beach and determines from the dog's responses that
his name his Corky. Tell me, how does this process work? Did
Travolta try out every name he could think of until one worked? It's
a good thing the dog's name was in the "Cs." If the mutt had been
named Zeke, Travolta would still be out there.
Example Two: Travolta tells
Tomlin that he met a "really rich lady" in a disco, and she offered
to take him to St. Tropez. He then asks Tomlin if he is pronouncing
the port's name right. Think about that for a minute. A woman in a
bar asked him to go to St. Tropez. If he knew nothing about the
place, why would he be led to believe that his pronunciation was
wrong? The only circumstance where one might be confused about
pronouncing "Tropez" is if one had seen it written but never heard
it pronounced. So ... are we to assume that the very rich disco lady
gave him a written invitation? Do you think she just carries those
around like business cards, or did she send a runner out from the
disco to Kinko's? Ah, the rich. They are different from you and me.
Not even the slightest thought
was put into the exposition used in this script. One of the most
important characters remains entirely offscreen! Although Travolta
talks constantly to Tomlin about his friend Greg and the friend's
legal problems, and even mourns the friend's subsequent death, ol'
Greg is never seen. We do, however, get a quick glimpse at Greg's
probable killer, a big-time hoodlum known as (I'm not making this
up) Mr. Main Event. The esteemed Mr. Event is played by that
hard-faced guy who played the lieutenant on the Rockford Files. The Greg
character is only one of many red herrings and dead-ends in the
film. The film is essentially a two character sketch that has been
padded out by various sub-plots and digressions, none of which have
any bearing on the Tomlin-Travolta relationship, none of which
provide any form of cinematic pleasure, many of which take place
As for the dialogue ... well,
you can see a good example at the very top of this page. The
highlight of the verbal badinage revolves around the fact that
Travolta's character is named "Strip," and Tomlin keeps intoning,
"Oh, Strip" over and over in the same uninflected half-mumble, as if
it were her mantra. Don't ever get hornswaggled into playing a drinking game
while watching this film.
If you had to drink every time Tomlin said "Oh, Strip," you would surely die
of alcohol poisoning.
The problems with Tomlin's
stiff face and inexpressive voice were exacerbated by the fact that
the entire film basically consists of sex scenes and many forms of
sexual foreplay, verbal and otherwise, ranging from flirting to hot-tubbing
in the altogether. Kathleen Turner, she ain't. Tomlin might not have
done an especially good job at this with a female co-star, but she
was a dead fish opposite Travolta. From Travolta's point of view,
the entire sex angle would have been uncomfortable enough if he had
merely been making love to just any lesbian in front of her real
lover, with the lover in turn, as the director, encouraging him to
make it look real. It went beyond creepy and into Greek tragedy
material in light of the fact that the lesbian in his arms was
almost a dead ringer for his own sister, Ellen Travolta. As Los Angeles magazine reported
from the set, "The chemistry between Tomlin and Travolta began to
rival that between Menachem Begin and Yassar Arafat." One crew
member recalled, "Two weeks into the shooting on location in Malibu
there was nobody on the set that didn't know we were in the middle
of a turkey. It was like being on the voyage of the damned."
How bad is it? Check out the soundtrack:
||Moment by moment
by Yvonne Elliman
||The lady wants to know
by Michael Franks
||Everybody needs love
by Stephen Bischop
||Moment by moment theme
||You know I love you
by Charles Lloyd
||Sometimes when we touch
by Dan Hill
||Moment by moment
||For you and I
||You heart never lies
by Charles Lloyd
||Moment by moment
"On the beach"-instrumental
||Moment by moment (Reprise)
Film version (Yvonne Elliman)
You know you're in trouble when
the romantic highlight of your
film is Dan Hill's notoriously sappy ballad "Sometimes When We Touch."
By the way, the film's title has nothing to do with the storyline.
The movie was, in essence, named after the soundtrack's recurring
song, which was (one presumes) a hopeful break-out hit.
The film was indeed an utter
disaster and an embarrassment to all concerned.
Well, except maybe Dan Hill. I
imagine he would be hard to embarrass.
It was released as a Christmas picture in 1978, and was
greeted by critical derision and audience guffaws. It soon
disappeared and has been buried ever since. In all these years it
has never come to video tape, laser disc, or DVD. Bad movie lovers
should not despair, however, because there is still hope. The
article says, "A high-definition video master, suitable for a DVD and/or HD-DVD
release, exists and has been broadcast on Universal HD."
Travolta had one more hit
(Urban Cowboy) in 1980, and received some respectable reviews in
Brian de Palma's Blow-Out in 1981, but his next partnership with
Stigwood in 1983 proved to be another megabomb, Staying Alive, the
ill-advised sequel to Saturday Night Fever. That second failure
signaled the Hollywood community that Stigwood and Travolta
had obviously lost their magic. After Staying Alive, Travolta
descended far from the A-list and would not be in demand again until
after Pulp Fiction earned him a second Oscar nomination in 1994. The
period that began with Staying Alive and ended with Pulp Fiction
produced eight of the eleven Travolta films with an IMDb rating
below five, but not his three worst. Moment by Moment has the
second-lowest rating, and would be the
worst effort on the filmography of just about any major star, but
Travolta is not just anyone. More than two decades later, he managed
to make a film which is considered even worse! In fact, it is
currently ranked as the 36th worst of all time.
- (4.70) -
- (4.69) -
of an Angel (1991)
- (4.20) -
- (4.09) -
a Kind (1983)
- (3.87) -
- (3.83) -
Staying Alive (1983)
- (3.71) -
Who's Talking Too (1990)
- (3.52) -
Who's Talking Now (1993)
- (3.28) -
Devil's Rain (1975)
- (2.90) -
by Moment (1978)
- (2.41) -
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000)
Travolta had his problems
between 1983 and 1994, but
he survived Staying Alive and Moment by Moment better than Stigwood. The one-time high-flyin'
impresario would not have another IMDb credit of any kind for the
next thirteen years. Hollywood has a short memory for successes, but
a long one for failures.
Third party videos:
file of multiple .avis - a
Ludivine Sagnier in Water Drips on
And it's a favorite despite the fact that
I've never even seen it!
The final Jennifer Connelly scene in Requiem
for a Dream (zipped
.avi) - "Ass to Ass." Mr Skin
calls it a body double, and he is wise about
such matters. Double or not, it's a hot
scene for sure. There appears to be
penetration on screen.
The Sun sends a reader to Kazakhstan to find out
if Borat is right.
- He concludes that the real Kazakhstan is
different from what Borat portrays - but
pretty much just as bad.
Daniel Craig's performance as James Bond has
been hailed as "terrific" and "simply brilliant"
in early reviews of his 007 debut in Casino
- I've seen Craig in several movies, and his
performances are uniformly excellent, so I
have always expected him to be a great Bond
despite the apparent physical mismatch that
many people were worried about. He's probably
the best actor ever to essay the part.
A CD filled with songs that dogs like.
- They prefer the sound of sambas,
squeak-toy noises, can openers, and somewhat
surprisingly, "Sometimes When We Touch."
ABC News: Children of Nazi racial engineering
meet in Germany, in an effort to banish the
specter that has haunted many of them since
their birth, and to eat some great sausage hors
A 22 minute press conference held by Borat.
"Unnecessary censorship" of a Batman cartoon
Borat's response to Kazakhstan's official
defense of their country
- His basic premise is that the alleged
Kazakh officials who condemn him are actually
Daily Box Office for Friday, November 3, 2006 -
Borat goes insane!!!
- Never seen anything like this. Although it
was only in 837 theaters, Borat took in almost
as much as Santa Clause 3 and Flushed Away
added together - and they were in a combined
7100 theaters! I guess internet hype can work
if the film is more than just a title. Borat
took in an incredible $10,800 per theater. To
give you some idea of that that means, Revenge
of the Sith took in only $9,200 per theater on
its opening Friday!
- The other two openings had to be
disappointing, but kiddie films don't do as
well on Friday as on Saturday. Neither of them
could unseat last week's champion, Saw 3,
although Santa Clause 3 did manage a tie,
albeit in more theaters. In terms of revenues
per theater, Saw 3 remained the highest among
widely-distributed films at $1,600 - about 15%
of what Borat achieved.
"A couple that began squabbling in a motel room
Friday morning carried their dispute over to an
adjacent Waffle House diner in the nude"
Transcript of the President's Poetic,
Confidence-Inspiring Stump Speech on Behalf of
Congressional Republicans (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
PUSH POLLING IN ACTION: See Karl Rove's
Informative Surveys for 2006 Senate Battleground
Races: ... (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
Borat on Conan's show Thursday (Conan did a
great job at working with the eccentric
character, and the segment went on for about
The Orlando Weekly reviewed Borat's movie in
"… face it, Borat is the funniest movie ever
Top Ten John Kerry excuses
- Lightheaded from too much Botox
- Hasn't been himself since he heard Bob
Barker is retiring
- Hoped saying something really stupid would
make him seem more presidential
- "So I botched a joke -- Letterman does it
- "Hey, it was still funnier than most of
the jokes on this list"
"Electronic Voting Machine Slays Nine" ...
Terrorizes Florida in Thrill-kill Rampage
"Kerry Found With Duct Tape Over Mouth" ...
Dean Denies Involvement
- Elsewhere, Britney Spears' husband Kevin
Federline said he plans to write his
autobiography, "as soon as I learn the
"Traveling Liquid and Gel Salespeople Protest
Doogie - gay as a blade. Gay as a caballero.
Gay as the nineties. Gay as Paree.
Gayer than a magician's convention.
"Naked man arrested after pulling awl from
- "Mindful that a 6-inch metal awl wrapped
in black electrical tape could be used as a
weapon, officers kept their weapons trained on
- Darn the luck, if he had pulled out a
screwdriver, they would have had to let him go
scot-free. Hey, it's Northern California.
Sadly, he was tired of being screwed in the
ass, and was looking for something a little
- Hence the origin of the phrase "it's awl
You know young boys love action figures, so
their Christmas will be really special when they
open up the
Dr. Laura Talking Action Figure.
- Make sure they open this last, because
once they start playing with this, they will
lose interest in their other presents - at
least until Talking Dr. Laura's good counsel
sets them straight!
Colbert Report for Thursday:
The Daily Show for Thursday. Note that Part 3
is Jon's interview with Borat.
Part 1 ...
Part 2 ...
Part 3 ...
The 10 Coolest LEGO Creations. (Which is
about like saying "the 10 coolest Lawrence Welk
The first six minutes of the Tenacious D Movie
are now online
THe HD Trailer for Meet The Robinsons, a new
animated Disney movie.
The trailer from Balls of Fury
- An outrageous new comedy. In this secret
society, the competition is brutal and the
stakes are high. It is the unsanctioned,
underground, and utterly unhinged world of
clandestine Ping-Pong tournaments.
Down-and-out former professional Ping-Pong
phenom Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) is sucked
into this maelstrom when FBI Agent Rodriguez
(George Lopez) recruits him for a secret
mission. Randy is determined to bounce back
and win, and to smoke out his father's killer
– arch-fiend Feng (Christopher Walken).
The trailer for The Number 23
- Jim Carrey plays a man who becomes
obsessed and haunted upon reading a book that
seems to be about his life but ends with a
murder. The number 23 is woven throughout the
Coming Soon now has 20 clips from Flushed Away
The R-rated international trailer for BLACK
CHRISTMAS, a new horror/slasher film.
- This comes from the team of Wong and
Morgan, the same guys who created Final
Destination 1 and 3, so it may have some
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Witchery is an Italian ghost witch story shot on an island in
Massachusetts. There is a haunted hotel on the island, and David Hasselhoff is
helping his girlfriend Leslie Cumming do some research there. Unbeknownst to
him, she didn't have permission to be there in the first place. They are
joined by a group of realtors and the new owner. The ghost/witch has some
scheme involving killing several people in odd ways, which will allow her to
come back to life and have a baby. Witchy starts sucking people through
bathroom drains and into dumbwaiters, torturing them, and then doing them in
imaginative ways. Another component of her plan involves the loss of
Cumming's virginity, something Hasselhoff has been totally unable to manage.
That's no problem for a ghost/witch, however, who can simply ask the devil to
rape her in Hasselhoff's stead. Now that I think about it, that probably
worked out better for Cumming as well.
After that, things got too weird for words.
It's a bad film. In typical Italian fashion, all voices were badly dubbed.
Given that most of the film took place in the rickety old hotel, there was
more dialogue than action, making the bad dubbing a real problem. On the other
hand, watching Witchery is not without its rewards. Any day I can see
Hasselhoff both tortured and with blue balls is a good day, and then there is
the matter of Leslie Cumming showing her breasts while the devil is taking her
virginity, and a cast which also included a pregnant Linda Blair.
I suppose Hasselhoff's presence gives the film bad movie points, but, even
so, this is a very lame effort.
IMDb readers give this a 2.5.
Fourplay is a comedy set in London and starring Mariel Hemingway, Irene
Jacob, Mike Bender and Colin Firth. The original release was called
Londinium, and it has been variously known as Fourplay, Four Play, Love
Affairs and Love After Sex. Seems like about one title for each viewer who has
Bender plays a TV scriptwriter who is brought to London to work on a sitcom
starring Mariel Hemingway's character. He is introduced to Irene Jacob,
playing a make-up girl who is also working on a book about London ("Londinium"),
and they become a couple. Hemingway is married to her producer, played by
Firth, but the relationship is going stale. Eventually, the couples end up
switching partners. That is pretty much it, except for Colin Firth's method of
letting off steam. He gets pissed in a pub with his mates, then takes them
outside and kicks the crap out of them.
The message seems to be that marriage will always go stale. If you find
that a humorless theme for a comedy, I agree with you. Fourplay is
competently filmed with good production value, and does make London look very
inviting, but has no other merit. It is a complete failure even at simple
story-telling, much less being amusing. Don't look to the sexy premise and
stars for some guilty pleasures, either. For a film that is entirely about
sex, marriage and infidelity, than is not much in the way of sex or nudity.
This is a D.
IMDb readers say 4.9.
The only review listed at IMDb says 2 stars of five.
shows her left breast from the side in her one sex scene.
shows her right breast from the side in her one sex scene.
Notes and collages
Bev D'Angelo in Pacific Heights
...a couple of tangent comments about this collage/film:
1) Michael Keaton is one scary son-of-a-biscuit in this tale of a "bad
2) Ms. D'Angelo is not in this film's credits on screen. If you look at "Four
Rooms," Bruce Willis is not listed in the credits. Kevin Spacey is not listed in
the front credits of "Seven" per his request, since he was the serial killer and
he felt that his name in the opening credits would make his role in the film
obvious... (I agree.)
...and then there is that older film "The List of Adrian Messenger" which
Hollywood created because it could with a gigantic all-star cast (which no one
knew about until the unmasking at film's end...see the film if you like such
Laura Dern in Rambling Rose
... if I may say, Laura Dern is an
average looking woman with a phenomenal torch personality; when I saw her
walking away from the camera in those worn jeans in "Jurassic Park" I just
stared and stared...
Halle Berry in a
see-through. 2003 picture, but an upgrade in quality. I don't really know
what Halle is up to these days, but she sure was hot there a couple of years
Wacky supermodel Kristin
Susan Bayliss in
Kelly Reilly in
Russian Dolls. A treat for those who loved her in Mrs. Henderson.
Helen Mirren in
Shadowboxer. I can see why Mr. Skin listed these in his nudity section, but
I'm just not sure whether his conclusion about that dark spot is