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Rumsfeld: Leader of the Pack
- "Rumsfeld-admirers the world over
awoke Monday to the welcome news that
their hero had landed on his feet with the
acceptance of a new position: Cubmaster of
Richmond Scout Pack 427."
'Sexist' Urinals Auctioned for Over $7K
- "Four urinals shaped like a woman's
mouth have been auctioned online for a
total of more than $7,070, Austrian media
This week in Unnecessary Censorship: Nov
Good Morning America interviews the movie
This site intends to survey all of the signs
in New York City from 14th Street to 42nd
Street. The emphasis is on vintage signs.
"Match the TV sitcom to its establishing
The Colbert Report, Monday, November 13th
The Daily Show for Monday, November 13th
Kerry Botches 'Yo Mama' Joke ... Omits
Words 'Mama' and 'Yo' in West Point
Remember the principal who gave his
student a wedgie? Now one of his students
gave a teacher a knuckle sandwich!
Dave Barry's Blog weighs in ...
The trailer and three clips from Candy
- "Candy," which is the feature helming
debut of noted Australian stage director
Neil Armfield, is based on the
prize-winning novel by Luke Davies and was
adapted for the screen by Davies and
Armfield. In the film, recent
Oscar-nominee Ledger stars as Dan, a
charming but reckless young poet who has
fallen in love with Candy (Cornish), a
beautiful young art student from a
comfortable middle-class family who is
attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that
Dan has long since embraced. In order to
get closer to Dan, Candy, whose previous
drug use has been casually experimental,
starts shooting up. Their passionate
relationship then alternates between
bursts of ecstatic oblivion and bouts of
despair and self-destruction. Hooked as
much on heroin as one another, their story
becomes a love triangle – a boy, a girl,
and a drug.
Iranian actress caught in Paris-style sex
tape, causes outrage in her country.
- Correct me if I'm wrong, but the
Middle East needs some new words meaning
"even more offended than 'outrage.'" After
all, they get outraged by a burnt-out
light bulb, and this must go beyond that.
Here's the high-definition version of the
trailer from The Painted Veil
Eight Clips from For Your Consideration,
Chris Guest's new comedy.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
The Heartbreak Kid (1993)
The Heartbreak Kid is an Australian "coming of age" story in which a 25
year old teacher (Claudia Karvan) falls for, and has an affair with, a much
more worldly 17 year old student. It is set in the Australian Greek community,
and Karvan is engaged to a proper ass of a Greek, picked by her parents. They
even help to buy the house across the street from them, and she will be
expected to hatch babies and keep house. Meanwhile, one of her students has a
real talent for soccer, actually lives rather than blindly following what
society dictates, and has a crush on her.
The film has pace, passion, and the lead characters are likable. It also
says something about the universality of being the minority anywhere, and the
pressures and lack of freedom Greek women deal with. While the plot line is
somewhat familiar, it is a whole new twist. It is the 17 year-old who is
mature and worldly, and their affair is not tawdry or purely physical.
Astoundingly, they manage to find a happy ending, which, given the theme, was
no small challenge.
This is a C. Solid movie. If you like the premise, you'll be pleased with
the execution. Maybe even a little more than pleased.
IMDb readers say 6.2.
Laura's Toys (1975)
Laura's Toys (1975) is a Joe Sarno effort from the days when he was
afraid of US censorship laws and worked in Germany and Sweden. This one was
shot on a Swedish island and, typical of Sarno's films, the performers
had real sex on camera, but the film was shot and edited to look like a
soft-core. It was Sarno's belief that people actually having sex are more
convincing than people simulating sex. I can't argue with that. He also
believed that this took a great deal of pressure off of the performers, and
with the help of good casting, often resulted in real on-camera orgasms. That
was the case here.
Porn superstar Eric Edwards, who was a trained actor, played the male lead
against Mary Mendum as his wife, and Cathja Graff as his assistant. Cathja was
one of Sarno's discoveries. Edwards and Graff developed a real thing for each
other, and their sex was frequent and hot both on and off camera. Edwards
never felt the same with Mendum, although he worked with her frequently.
The three are doing archeology research on a remote island. Edwards is the
expert. Cathja is his student assistant, and it is Mendum's job to be bored to
death and distract Edwards from working. Things get more interesting when
Mendum's school chums, including Anita Ericsson arrive. It seems Mendum and
Ericsson were lovers from age 11 until quite recently. Mendum visits Ericsson,
and Edwards and Graff finally do it. Mendum sees them, and at first plots
The nudity is nearly constant, but not that explicit, especially during the
sex, when Sarno prefers to focus on the women's faces. Sarno believes
that suggesting sex and showing real emotion is sexier than genital close-ups,
and I agree completely. Even though the entire plot of the film concerns sex,
it never became boring or repetitive. The transfer is lovely, and, given a 70s
frame of reference, the story is believable. All three of the leads can
actually act, and, as Peggy Sarno pointed out in the special features, Graff
announces her orgasms with veins that bulge out of her forehead. There is a
feature length commentary with Eric Edwards, whom I couldn't help but like,
and he describes being young, hung and horny in Sweden in the 70s.
C+. The genre is soft core, and this is one of the better ones.
IMDb has only 5 votes.
Notes and collages
The Celebrity Stripper series continues
Melanie Griffith in Fear City
...I cannot recommend this film in any context (aside from nudity; ) on
the other hand I can recommend the following Melanie Griffith films: "Night
Moves" which is a detective thriller she made when she was 18-19
(recommended for the plot of the film) and "Nobody's Fool" after she got her
breasts amended (recommended for Paul Newman's performance) and "Working
Girl" for HER performance (all of which films she is naked in various
Daryl Hannah in Dancing at the Blue Iguana
...another addition to my stripper series, check out the muscles on Ms.
My favorite of her films is actually "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"
because of it's beautiful jungle photography AND because it points out the
shameful historical factoid that missionaries often killed the people they
were trying to help by introducing diseases which the "helped" had no
...she does have a nude scene in the film if that inspires you to see
Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard
...sorry about the graininess of the imagery; when I get a better clip
someday I'll create a new collage.
Regarding Ms. Steenburgen, I recommend a well-crafted time travel film
named "Time After Time." No nudity just a clever story.
Scoop's note: There are no very good options
on Melvin and Howard. The DVD cuts out the lower frontal nudity and the
transfer is mediocre. The video tape does have the full screen nude scene,
but - well, it's a video tape. Too bad, because the movie is interesting.
Jason Robards is memorable in a small role as Howard Hughes.
Two film clips from Scorpion today:
Pat's comments in yellow...
Movie stars love to lecture us about the environment, but a surprising, two-year
UCLA study found that the Hollywood movie industry is the second-biggest air
polluter in Southern California, behind only petroleum manufacturing. While
some producers try to offset their pollution by planting trees or recycling
sets, they're the exception. Researchers said when people think of
movie-making, they think of "creativity," but they don't consider the
construction of huge sets, trucks idling all day, diesel generators providing
power, and even the smoke from special effects explosions.
* Actually, when people think of today's movies, they're more likely to
think of "pollution" than "creativity."
* The average Arnold Schwarzenegger movie created more smoke than the
Tuesday, nearly 10 years after renaming itself "KFC" to downplay the word
"fried" and try to appeal to the health conscious, the restaurant chain unveiled
a new logo Tuesday that again reads, "Kentucky Fried
Chicken." To mark the occasion, they created an 87,500 square-foot version of
the logo with Colonel Sanders on the desert near Area 51, creating the first
fast food logo big enough to be seen from space.
* Great, now we'll be invaded by big, fat space aliens.
Russia has taken another step toward Americanization with the first successful
frivolous consumer lawsuit. Natalya Kashuba says she became addicted to
Coca-Cola because of a promotion to win such prizes as a radio and an inflatable
mattress. After drinking three liters a day for five years, she claimed she
suffered insomnia and heartburn. Russian courts agreed that Coke should
have warned her of the health risks of drinking too mu ch and awarded her $117
(US). She's seeking another $112,000 in "moral damages," but lawyers are
already happy because this could open a floodgate of similar suits.
* She used the $117 to buy cigarettes and Vodka
The Fox Network will air a two-part interview special with O.J. Simpson,
based on his new book, "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," in which he
describes how he might have hypothetically killed his ex-wife and her friend, if
he'd done it
* EXACTLY how
* He must've finally found the real killers, who filled
him in on the details.