I'm taking some "working vacation," which means I'm still at my
desk, but only 6-8 hours a day instead of 16. So I should be here with
The official site for Superman Returns
(teaser/trailer coming soon)
2005 Latin America Tour: President's Remarks to
Adoring Latino-Ricans Marking the End of His
Super-Successful Five-Day Visit (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
House cat survives a jump from a speeding pick-up,
traffic, a 70-foot fall into a river, and a 600-foot
swim. (This sounds like it might have been my
"Is this the smoking bum? You're looking at the rosy
red rear of the Denver man who claims to have been
superglued to a toilet in a Home Depot restroom. "
James Lipton's take on K-Fed's rap.
The trailer from The Proposition
- "In this uncompromising Australian period drama,
conscience competes with loyalty and love spurs
revenge. Three brothers fight for their place in a
beautiful, brutal landscape, but one must be
forsaken to save another in the unconscionable
'Proposition'. Set in the 1880s, the film opens in
the middle of a frenzied gunfight between the police
and a gang of outlaws. Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce)
and his brother Mikey are captured by Captain
Stanley (Ray Winstone). Together with their
formidable brother Arthur (Danny Huston), they are
wanted for a brutal crime. Stanley makes Charlie a
seemingly impossible proposition in an attempt to
bring an end to the cycle of turmoil."
Five clips from Christmas in the Clouds - a film
which appears to have been formed by cobbling together
some episodes of Fawlty Towers, as re-tooled for
- Kate Montgomery's film is a lighthearted tale
that features an almost entirely Native American
cast, and a refreshing take on tribal culture. Ray
(Tim Vahle), the overly conscientious manager of his
tribe's new luxury resort, finds that an anonymous
critic has booked a suite for the holidays.
Determined to get a good review, Ray has his work
cut out for him. His chef (Graham Greene) doesn't
want to cook meat, his loyal assistant (Sheila
Tousey) is distracted by a particularly juicy
romance novel, his handyman (Jonathan Joss) is busy
flirting with the ski bunnies, his housekeeping
staff has decided to turn the hotel into a daycare
center and his father, a retired chief (Sam Valhos)
just wants to win the Jeep Cherokee at the Christmas
bingo. When a beautiful and mysterious young woman
(Mariana Tosca) arrives from New York, she's
mistaken for the critic, while the real one (M.
Emmett Walsh) encounters one problem after the next.
Nine clips from Pride & Prejudice
"Study Says There Is More Sex on TV "
100 Greatest Internet Moments
Premiere Magazine: The 50 Greatest Movie Stars of All
- Who would have guessed that Julia Roberts is the
7th greatest movie star of all time?
"TOM CRUISE'S SISTER REPLACES ROVE" ... Bush Seen
Jumping on Oprah's Couch
Jon Stewart interviews John McCain
The Daily Show reports on the torture controversy.
- "We must do anything we can to protect our
country that is a beacon of liberty and freedom.
The Daily Show:
"Eastern Europe's only had democracies for a few
years, and now they're helping us subvert our own."
Cheerleadergate. Day 4 - Penthouse Magazine courts the
Comcast's "Strange News"
The full trailer for King Kong
InterestingIdeas.com: Outsider art, roadside art,
Major pharmaceutical company develops anti-gay pill.
"For more information about Homosexuality, contact
your doctor or other health care professional."
Colbert welcomes Catherine Crier to the show.
Stephen Colbert - talks about T.O. and the Eagles
The Daily Show discusses "Interro-gate"
Breasts, not bombs
Adrianne Curry: Opie And Anthony Nip Slip Video
Check out the subtle songs of that legendary album
Blood, Guts and Pussy, from the Dwarves. I love the
album cover. Unfortunately, the music sucks.
Ask David Addington: the new Vice Presidential Chief
of Staff takes your questions. (Whitehouse.org
LOVES this guy. He's the one who wrote them the
vaguely threatening letter about making fun of Mrs
"For the first time in six years, HBO will go months
without new episodes of an original prime-time series.
Letterman's "Top Ten Signs You've Run A Bad Campaign"
NBC's election night round-up
Who buried Paul McCartney? A documentary about the
famous 1969 hoax.
Kansas math teachers to teach that Pi = exactly three.
"I'm just saying, sheer idiocy has a place in Kansas
Are You a Metrospiritual?
Weather Channel hires Lewis Black to make the weather
more interesting. I guess Andy Rooney was
The trailer for Big Momma's House 2
Comedy Central's I love the 30's - Babe Ruth. (Odd
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Night Moves (1975) stars Gene Hackman as a former pro footballer turned broke Private Eye. He is married to the owner of a ritzy antique shop, and, about the time he is hired to locate a missing person, he discovers that his wife is cheating. He is to find a promiscuous 16 year old runaway, Melanie Griffith, and return her to her mother. The case doesn't prove too difficult, he locates her in Florida with he step father, and returns her home. When she turns up dead a few days later, Hackman is back on the case, this time on his own, and discovers that there was much more going on than he realized.
The first 60 minutes of the film sets the characters and provides exposition intermixed with a little humor and some clever dialogue. The last act of the film is where all of the action, suspense and mystery lies. Griffith shows everything in a moonlight film, and breasts in a daylight shot. Susan Clark, as Hackman's wife, shows breasts, and Jennifer Warren, partner to Griffith's stepfather, shows breasts in a sex scene. The ending was intentionally vague, which I found somewhat irritating.
IMDb readers have this at 6.8. Ebert loved it at 4 stars, praising Hackman's portrayal, for which he garnered at BAFTA nomination. Director Arthur Penn created a 40's style detective thriller, but obviously set in the 70s, complete with 70s mores, and believable, interesting characters. This is a C+. Whether you see it as a noir thriller, or a character driven drama, it will please.
"Warm Summer Rain"
Warm Summer Rain (1989) is one of those unique film concepts that you are likely to love or hate. Whether you enjoy it or not, you must award a lot of points for originality. In an era where I can guess the endings of most films from studios after the first ten minutes, that is not all bad. On the other hand, this is a very talky film with nearly no action and not a lot of logic. Scoopy sort of nailed it in his first line, "My God - it's Last Tango in Barstow." It had much of the mood of Tango, and even the same theme, more or less.
Kelly Lynch slits her wrists, checks herself out of the hospital, boards a bus still in her hospital gown (her complete wardrobe for the film), asks the driver to drop her in the middle of the desert. She then walks into a bar, buys a 5 legged iguana and knocks a guy cold with it. She wakes up the next morning in bed with him, married in a barroom ceremony, in a house they have broken into. They have a lot of intercourse, verbal and sexual, and we discover what drove her to opening her veins, and something about him as well.
Lynch shows her lovely if slender body from all possible angles.
IMDb readers have this at 4.9. It is major chick flick territory, with women giving it 7.3 compared to 4.8 for men. This is a C-. It will be of interest to those who really want to understand a character and her motivations, and it is a good example of what indie films can try.
Today I would like to present you 3 clips from a film I never heard of until
two days ago. It's a 1992 film that mostly goes by its video title "Me & the
Mob" but whose original title is "Who Do I Gotta Kill?". It mentioned
Sandra Bullock on the cover, and cost only € 1.49, so I picked it up. As I
expected, there is no nudity in this movie, although to my big surprise Sandra
Bullock was down to her bra and panties in a funny love scene. And it is this
scene I made clips of because I don't think many people have seen it. It sure
looks like Sandy was less covered-up in her pre-fame days 12-13 years ago.
The movie itself was actually not a bad watch. It is a simple comedy with a
voice-over narrative style and a 40-ish film noir look. Sure, it has its slow
moments, but all things considered I found I had spent 87 non-unpleasant
minutes. Sandra Bullock is the only celebrity in this independent effort and she
has only two scenes. (Except for Steve Buscemi that is, but I must have blinked
my eyes cause I didn't notice him.)
The film is a about a man who is related to a family of NY mobsters but tries
to make an honest living as a writer. He fails miserably though, turns to his
family and becomes a wise guy. We then see their shenanigans which are
more or less funny. That's it plotwise. The film is rated only 3.9/10 in the
IMDb, which is a bit low to my taste. I would give 6/10 or C- on the Scoopy
scale: the decent performances of the unknown actors and the 40-ish narrative
film noir style lift this effort just a little bit above average. As I said,
just a little bit.
The DVD is a from the bargain bin, which is often one of the warning signs that the quality
isn't as it should be. Unfortunately that is the case here: the full screen transfer
is never really sharp, it looks like someone forgot to focus correctly somewhere
down the line.
You can see what I mean in these three clips (1,
Still, I'm sure you'll be able to enjoy them.
Pat's comments in yellow...
YOUTH VOTE GOES FOR ALDA
Oops! - NBC's stunt of holding a live "West Wing" "presidential debate" seems
to have backfired. Insiders say the show's writers assumed the younger
viewers NBC desperately needs would support sexy young liberal Matt Santos (Jimmy
Smits) over gray-haired Republican Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda). NBC hired
pollster John Zogby to gauge the results. Before the debate, viewers under 30
preferred Santos 54-37 percent. But after watching it, they switched to Vinick, 56
to 42 percent. Smits still has strong support from viewers over age 65.
*He could be elected president of CBS.
*The difference between real elections and TV is that in real elections,
what older people think matters.
*Younger viewers liked seeing Alda foam at the mouth.
McCONAUGHEY "SEXIEST MAN ALIVE"?
People Or Mother Jones? - The New York Post's Page Six claim an inside source
told them that Matthew McConaughey has been chosen as People magazine's
"Sexiest Man Alive," a title many actors shunned because of fears that it's a
career curse. But a People spokeswoman refused to confirm that naked bongo player
McConaughey is the pick, saying lots of guys are up for it and no final
decision is made until the last moment.
*So Carrot Top still has a shot!
*Matthew made a movie with Penelope Cruz: he laughs at career curses!
*Matthew figures if it curses his movie career, he can always fall back on
*Just drop the "Alive" part and name Cary Grant.
PANTHERS STUPIDLY FIRE HOT CHEERLEADERS
To Chastity Bono - Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders arrested for allegedly
getting in a brawl while having lesbian sex in the bathroom of a Tampa bar
have been fired for embarrassing the team. Their profiles were also purged from
the cheerleaders' website. But they probably won't be unemployed for long:
they're being contacted by everyone from radio shock jocks to Playboy.
*And Ellen DeGeneres is frantic to book them.
*Or the bar will pay them to come back every weekend...After all, it's
(SING!) "where everybody knows their naaaaames..."
*They could rent a stadium and sell more tickets than the Panthers.
*It just shows there's no limit to how far you'll go if there's no limit to
how far you'll go.