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
Was there really a fascist plot to overthrow the United
States government in 1934?
A Belgian songwriter has won a court battle against pop
star Madonna after accusing her of plagiarizing one of his
songs. Or at least, this was the solemn pronouncement
of a court in a small southern Belgian town called Mons.
Fortunately for him, European and International Laws
require everyone to respect the decisions of courts in
tiny towns named after pubic areas.
Top Thirty Random Chuck Norris Facts
Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks - News and Updates
President Bush Declassifies Leonard Parts 1-5
Numsefilmen by Jens Mikkelsen. A Danish guy tries to
talk his girlfriend into anal, and she agrees on one
Conan O'Brien goes channel surfing (Funny piece)
A clip from the remake of The Shaggy Dog
- "The new version will be based on the storyline from
The Shaggy D.A., a sequel to the original 1959 Fred
MacMurray comedy. Allen will play a lawyer whose
devotion to his career comes at the expense of his
family. His transformation into a dog hampers his
career, but teaches him to be a better father and
The trailers for Rumor Has It
- "Sarah Huttinger's (Jennifer Aniston) life is in a
tailspin. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend
Jeff (Mark Ruffalo), but isn't at all sure that marriage
is what she really wants...in fact, she's not sure what
she wants in general. As conflicted as she is about her
love life, her professional life isn't much better. An
aspiring journalist, Sarah's career has stalled at the
New York Times obituary column. To top it all off, she's
on her way home to attend her sister's wedding, which
means spending a lot of time with her tennis-obsessed
Pasadena family. Somewhat of a black sheep, Sarah's
never quite felt a part of things when it comes to her
relatives. But when she meets Internet millionaire Beau
Burroughs (Kevin Costner), their encounter unexpectedly
unlocks some well-kept secrets that may help Sarah
uncover the truth about her family and finally discover
who she truly is."
AFI looking for the 100 most inspiring films. I don't
know why, but that depresses me.
"Nicole Kidman is reportedly engaged to country music star
Keith Urban." Just a rumor at this point. Kidman has
not confirmed, Urban's publicist denies it.
The trailer for the latest version of Tristan and Isolde
- "This longtime dream project of executive producers
Tony Scott and Ridley Scott explores the medieval legend
of a princess and warrior's love affair, which threatens
to tear apart an uneasy peace between England and
Ireland. A tale of epic battles, royal intrigue and a
timeless, star-crossed passion."
Here's the trailer for The Sentinel.
- A-list Hollywood thriller (Michael Douglas, Kiefer
Sutherland, Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger)
- When a colleague is murdered, Secret Service agent
Pete Garrison is put in charge of the investigation. But
Garrison himself becomes a suspect after he is
blackmailed by someone who knows of his affair with the
first lady. Stripped of his duties and now a fugitive,
Garrison races to prove his innocence and save the
Russell Crowe is scheduled to appear in Manhattan court
today (Friday) to face charges stemming from his
Vince Vaughn was stuck for words when an interviewer asked
him what it was like to have sex with Jennifer Aniston.
Mia Farrow's audition tape for the movie version of
The Sound of Music
Letterman's "Top Ten Signs There's Global Warming"
- "'Cool Ranch' Doritos really 'Lukewarm Ranch'
Colbert tells Congress to stop asking for Bush's plan,
since he doesn't have one.
The Daily Show gets an early start on election 2008
John Hodgman, author of 'The Areas of My Expertise'
regales Jon Stewart with tales of hobo rebellions.
(This guy is very funny.)
The Daily Show: "Bush travels to Japan and drops a
The Daily Show's Samantha Bee profiles a Newark newsman
who's taking bribes in front of everyone's back.
Daily Show Headlines - Weakened Update. "Reports on
the Iraq war four times a year? It's like a report card if
you went to Fiasco Jr. High."
Coke stock expected to plummet as competitor introduces
salmon-flavored soda! I'll bet my Labrador Retriever
would like it.
Crashing a Smart Car
KANSAS CITY AWARDED A SUPER BOWL
HQ Image - Jessica Alba
The forgotten musical: Les Risibles
Nothing says “I’m not in the mood” like scrolling LEDs on
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Naked (1993) is a British film starring David Thewlis as Johnny. As the film opens, we see him in Manchester, raping a hooker on a street corner, stealing a car, and driving to London. Once there, he waits on the stoop of a flat, and we get the impression that he has spent more than his share of time on the street. Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge) arrives, and he asks her about Louise, who is at work. Cartlidge invites him in, and the two get to know each other. Sophie is obviously high most of the time, and is about the same socio-economic level as Johnny. She and Louise are leaving in a nurse friend's flat while she is off in Africa. Johnie and Louise clearly have a history in Manchester.
Johnnny, we quickly learn, is highly intelligent and well read, but on the doll, and given to sarcasm and shocking people. He and Sophie eventually get together, much to Sophie's delight, and then he starts treating her badly. Johnnie leaves, and has various adventures around London, then returns having been beat to a pulp. When the nurse, brilliantly played by Claire Skinner, she is not pleased at the sleeping arrangements, the state of the flat, or anything else.
Katrin Cartlidge shows breasts, as does Deborah MacLaren as one of Johnnie's adventures in London.
IMDb readers have this at 7.6. Ebert awards for stars, and Berardinellu 3.5. Director Mike Leigh and star David Thewlis won numerous awards at Cannes and elsewhere, and in my opinion, Thewlis deserved an Oscar. While Thewlis was brilliant, Cartlidge and Skinner also deserved some recognition. This is a character based drama about the dregs of society running 131 minutes, with only a little nudity. If I read that line in a review, I would probably avoid the film. However, I really enjoyed this one. Most of the film was created using improv, and the main characters spent months developing the relationships of their characters. Out of this preparation came a wonderful script that feels entirely natural. It has been criticized as relentlessly dark, but I disagree. Certainly, none of the characters in this film will become role models, but they are all sympathetic characters anyway. This is a B-. It has the advantage of being very original, the performances are outstanding, and nearly constant humor helps the 131 minute running time fly by. Criterion did an excellent job on the DVD, including commentary and a second disk with interviews and more.
"Alvin Purple "
Alvin Purple (1973) is an Australian sex comedy, and the biggest box office smash of the 70s there. The concept was to reverse the usual formula, and present an ordinary bloke who, for some reason, was irresistible to the opposite sex, and all of this attention caused him problems. As the film opens, Alvin (Graeme Blundell) is swearing off sex. We first see him on a bus which is full of attractive and revealingly dressed women. In a fantasy, he rips open the blouse of one of them. Then, in his flat, there is a knock at the door. It is a neighbor, wanting to borrow a cup of sugar. He imagines her naked, and we get a wonderful full frontal. All of this is before the opening credits.
Then we have a flashback, where we see that Alvin has always had this effect of women, and was sleeping with the wife of his High School teacher, and many of the girls in his class. After college, he tries selling waterbeds, and has several encounters with female customers. He sees a shrink, in hopes of controlling his libido so he can marry the girl of his dreams. This doesn't work out either, and leads to even more sexual encounters.
There was a great deal of nudity:
Anne Pendlebury - full frontal
Debbie Nankervis - breasts
Elke Neirhardt - full frontal
Jackie Weaver - full frontal
Kris McQuade - full frontal
Lynette Curran - full frontal
Shara Berriman - full frontal
and an unknown shows breasts in the opening sequence.
IMDb readers have this at 5.3 of 10. It has a catchy theme song, great pace, and a lot of nudity, making it a very entertaining film, at least for me. This film was very controversial at the time of its release, which was only made possible by the creation of the new "R" rating. It is tame by today's standards in terms of simulated sex, but is rather graphic nudity, even by today's standards, with both male and female full frontal. Much of the humor comes from poking fun at the sexual revolution of the 70s, including shrinks, water beds, women's lib, and more. I first say this on Beta many years ago, and was more than pleased to find it available on DVD, but only on Region 4 in Australia. It is packaged with the sequel, Alvin Rides Again, and includes a featurette and an image gallery. This is low brow humor, but with good acting, cleaver innuendo and great pace. This is a C+
Pat's comments in yellow...
10 MOST DANGEROUS TOYS OF 2005
Endorsed By Ted Nugent - WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) issued
their annual list of the 10 most dangerous toys. Several are preschooler
toys that are choking hazards, such as Animal Alley Ponies and the Little
Mommy Bath Baby Doll. More intriguing are the Air Kicks Kickaroos
Anti-Gravity Boots...The Camouflage Water Bomb Fun Kit, a slingshot that
fires water bombs...The Splatmatic Pistol Splat Paint Shooter, which fires
high-velocity paintballs...And the "Lord of the Rings" Uruk-Hai Crossbow
* Aim too low, and you'll shoot somebody right in the Bilbo.
* On the bright side, it's the most efficient way to take geeks out of the
* This is also known as "Every Boy's Christmas Wish List."
* There is a warning label..."Warning: Do not taunt Camouflage Water Bomb
* These killjoys take all the fun out of Camouflage Water Bomb Fun.
FLEISS PLANS BORDELLO FOR WOMEN
"Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute" - "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss is going
back into the sex business, but with a twist. She plans to open a legal
brothel in Crystal, Nevada, where male prostitutes will cater to women, and
dress as such female fantasies as cowboys and firemen. Fleiss said, "I am
opening up a stud farm. I am going to have the sexiest men on earth.
Women are going to love it."
* Especially women who love to fantasize about the Village People being
* These guys will fulfill every woman's wildest fantasy: they'll give you
a foot rub, listen when you talk, then wash the dishes!
* Is that really a problem for women? They just can't find men willing to
have sex with them?