8MM 2 (2005):
Given that this film went straight-to-vid and contained
none of the original cast, one might assume that 8 MM 2 would be a
weak, low budget sequel to 8 MM, in the manner of Another 9 1/2 Weeks.
One would be wrong.
Given that fact, one might assume that the film is a
very, very similar film to 8 MM, virtually a remake with a different
cast, ala Wild Things 2, Single White Female 2.
Well, if is is neither one of those things, then one
must certainly assume that the two films share themes, or some
important elements with 8 MM.
Nope. The two films have no common denominator,
except in the same sense that Fantasia and Pulp Fiction may have some
common denominators, given a sufficient willingness to exaggerate or
to assign import to irrelevancies. (Let's see. They are both on film;
they both include background music; and, of course, they both feature
violent anal rape. )
If there had not been a previous film named
8MM, that would not be such a bad title for this one, but the film
called 8MM 2 has absolutely nothing in common with the Nic Cage film
named 8MM. 8 MM 2 is not about snuff films or anything
similar. In fact, the film was to be titled The Velvet Side of Hell,
but ended up being released to video under its current name, for no
reason that I can see other than an attempt to cash in on the value of name recognition. A
straight-to-vid called The Velvet Side of Hell would be completely
anonymous on retail shelves, while one entitled 8 MM 2 might pick up
some curiosity sales or rentals.
The story focuses on two Americans living in
Budapest. She's the Ambassador's daughter, and comes from an "old
money" family. He's the Ambassador's legal counsel, and grew up on
food stamps. Despite the gap in their social status, they have become
romantically entangled, and more than that - they plan to get married.
The film's intrigue is driven by the fact that she has a wild set of
sexual appetites, and manages to steer them into a threesome with
another woman at a secluded inn in the Hungarian countryside.
Unfortunately for them, it turns out that the innkeeper is running a
blackmail scam, and makes video tapes to back up his demands.
In attempting to avoid paying the blackmail,
the Americans decide to track down the woman from the threesome. It
turns out that she works in the Budapest sex industry, so the
Americans must get involved with various seedy underworld characters, and
they eventually leave behind a trail of dead bodies. Since they are
connected in various ways to many of the recently deceased, the police
consider them murder suspects. Finally, the couple gets in far too deep and
the blackmailers raise the stakes by kidnapping the man and demanding
a ransom from the rich woman. If you're really good at these sorts of
multiple twist movies, you've probably already determined that things
may not really be what they appear.
Although 8 MM 2 has nothing to do with 8 MM,
it is similar to two of the films I mentioned above. It is similar to
Wild Things 2 in that it centers around a complicated scam, a menage a trois,
various hidden elements. It is similar to Another 9 1/2 Weeks in that
it involves steamy eroticism between two Americans in exotic European
locales. It is similar to both of those films in quality, which is to
say that it is a respectable movie for a straight-to-vid, but not
worthy of being named after its predecessor.
If you can ignore the deceptive title and are
simply looking for an erotic thriller, you
could do worse than this. The actors are better than the usual erotic
thriller suspects. The plot isn't so bad - I didn't really catch on to
all of the the hidden
elements, although perhaps I should have because it seemed fairly
obvious when I thought it over. The ending is standard genre stuff, but
is handled pretty well. The street scenes of
Budapest at Christmastime are beautiful. Most important, there is
plenty of sex and nudity. Lori Heuring finally ends the teasing stage
of her career and strips down to show her chest and her bum in some
sex scenes with Jonathan Schaech, with and without the
Hungarian woman. Schaech himself bares his bum. The exotic
Zita Görög plays the Hungarian woman in the
threesome, and at one point she stands completely naked in good light, showing
everything from the front and rear. She also shows everything again in
the sex scene. Many, many stark naked women walk around in the
Budapest sex clubs, strip joints, and porno film sets.
I suppose the most interesting thing about the film is Lori
Heuring's breakthrough nudity, which include a couple of rear shots
that flirt with gyno-/procto- cam territory. Since Heuring has never
done any real nudity before, I also made a film clip of her one-on-one
sex scene with Jonathan Schaech. (The threesome was too dark to make a
decent clip, but the pics include a few caps from that scene.)
How many film references can you spot in this promotional
Cab Calloway sings "Reefer Man"
The Guardian talks about owning ideas
"At 6:29 p.m. on October 31, the Canadian province of Nova
Scotia disappeared." (I'll bet you can guess which
newspaper ran this story.)
You think Penelope Cruz lacked credibility as a doctor?
Wait until you see her as a cowgirl.
- Talk about an ornery rootin'-tootin' desperado! Look
at the way she's holding the guns. She may be trying to
shoot a bird out of a nearby tree - if the recoil
doesn't break her arms.
- I love that stylish three-sizes-too-small hat
balanced precariously on the top of her head. I wonder
how she keeps it on when she's a ridin' and a whuppin'.
Maybe she uses a rubber band like those clowns with the
Woman calls 911 when onion rings arrive cold. (This is
a real story.)
Christina Aguilera marrying this weekend, hoping to
break the Cubs' curse.
- Amazingly enough, she seems to be marrying
Bratman. She will wear a Christian Lecroix dress,
while he will be wearing his Cubs hat and some
Harry Potter casts a spell over the box office.
- Potter's opening day was the highest grossing
non-summer day in movie history!
- It was the 9th highest day of any kind, and the
other 8 were all in May and June
Here is the link for the "best days" chart.
- Despite Potter's incredible numbers, Walk the Line
did as well as expected, and then some. It obviously
appeals to a completely different demographic.
- On the other hand, Chicken Little and Zathura were
swamped by the head-on competition for the kiddie
market. Those two films each dropped about 70% from last
POP mum Britney Spears was reportedly ducking for cover
after an alleged x-rated home video has surfaced.
- Behavioral researchers are hailing the important
find as the only known proof that Kevin Federline is
capable of moving his ass.
This is funny. The German ad for the Pam Anderson sex tape
- translated into English by Google.
"No ruling after 14-hour T.O. arbitration hearing"
Online daters are suing the top matchmaking web sites for
"Resident Evil 4" is the video game of the year
MadTV- R.Kelly "The Greatest" Parody
Festivus - The Holiday For The Rest of Us - a Brief
Excerpt from the Book by Allen Salkin
Some people who take Christmas decoration WAY too
The first teaser-trailer for Superman Returns
This is a real headline:
"Radish recovering after murder attempt" (I didn't
read the article, but it is undoubtedly one of the more
interesting radish stories out there.)
Two more clips from Usher's In the Mix.
- Can Usher bring to film that whole crazy Mobius
Strip sense of looping infinity that he brought to his
art? Only time will tell. For reference, read that
landmark book "Gödel, Usher, Bach"
Paris Hilton Video Network to Launch Friday: "an
eclectic mix of cultural analysis, philosophical and
political debate and scientific discovery"
Round up the usual celebrity justice:
Russell Crowe pleads guilty to assault, is fined a
whopping $160, and told to be a good boy.
Civil Jury Says Blake Behind Wife's Murder
In Touch magazine has picked Denise Richards as the
Stephen Colbert reports on the all-important selection of
the Sexiest Man Alive
The Daily Show takes a look at the whirlwind romance of
The Daily Show:
Former anti-terrorism czar Richard Clarke discusses his
fictional book about altered intelligence used to start a
Requiem for Usenet
- "A number of Internet service providers have been
quietly dropping Usenet as a quaint, little-used relic
of a dimly remembered digital past."
FEC rules that bloggers are journalists, and are
therefore exempt from campaign financing limitations. The
essence of the ruling is that a lack of objectivity does
not disqualify a media source as a journalistic entity.
Hell, Dan Rather and Fox News could have told you that.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Mata Hari (1985), like Lady Chatterly's Lover, is a Golan Globus production staring Sylvia Kristel intended as a serious film with as much production value as they could deliver on a low budget. Golan and Globus have been quoted as saying that you have to be stupid to lose money on any English language film made on a low budget. Of course, they at one time owned a chain of theaters, ensuring a theatrical release. It is easy to imagine their thinking. Emmanuelle set records in Paris, London and New York, clearly making a naked Sylvia Kristel a profitable commodity. Mata Hari, the WW 1 supposed double agent, made a perfect role to get Kristel naked frequently, but have a liberal dose of redeeming social merit. The only problem in this recipe is Kristel's limited theatrical range.
The film is as muddled as was the life of the real Mata Hari, executed by the French as a traitor. It was, and is impossible to tell if she was pro Germany, pro France, or just liked spreading her legs for attractive and attentive men. Unfortunately, we never see what is between her legs, but do get frequent looks at her breasts and buns. Several unidentified women show everything at an orgy, including the ever popular "topless fencing duel."
It is rated 3.0 at IMDb, showing that it has no audience. It has too much story and too little pace for softcore fans, and lacks the acting ability for it to work as a costumer. However, it has far more production value than most soft core films. As a softcore, it is a C-. While it is a little lacking in sex and nudity, it has extraordinary production values for the genre. Take away the nudity, and it is not watchable.
"Alvin Rides Again"
Alvin Rides Again (1974) after the huge box office from Alvin Purple, it was decided that a sequel was in order, to capitalize on the popularity. Star Graeme Blundell refused to do more of the same, however, and they invented a lame story to give him a chance to act, which was a huge mistake, as it pretty much killed the franchise, although it also made money.
Alvin leaves town to escape his woman problems, but they, of course, follow him. He ends up in a casino, where he looses all of his money, then is befriended by a mobster that looks just like him. When the mobster is accidently shot and killed, he is forced to impersonate the mobster. All the cleverness is gone from the dialogue, most of the intended humor comes from slapstick, and there is less nudity than the original, violating the first law of sequels:
Abigail - breasts
Briony Behets - breasts and buns
Candy Raymond - bush and buns (no face in frame, but probably not a double)
Chantal Controuri - Breasts
Joy Thompson - full frontal
Judy Stevenson - full frontal
Kris McQuade - full frontal
This is rated 4.8 at IMDb, and I would agree. They not only reduced the nudity for this sequel, but dumbed down the dialogue, and had Blundell in the gangster persona for over half of the film. The audience, of course, came looking for Alvin. This is a D+, and a good example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Had they made a proper sequel, there might have been as many Alvin films as Carry On.
A light update on this day of the Lord with some heavy stuff and cruel humor
by nuns in 3 clips from 2002's The Magdalene Sisters. The
identifiable women of the group are Nora-Jane Noone (Bernadette; with more
hair down there than on her head as the nun says), Eileen Walsh (Crispina),
Dorothy Duffy (the auburn/blond one) and Anne-Marie Duff .
This movie about girls who "go astray" in Ireland in the 1960's who end up in
a sort of reform school/prison run by nuns, is rated surprisingly high in the
IMDb at 8.0/10 with women liking it even more than men. Personally I found the
movie very slow paced, to focused on the abuses by the nuns with no
interest in anything else. So I found myself reaching for the fast forward
button more than once. Maybe if you only discover the excesses of (catholic)
faith through this film you'll be amazed, but to be honest I didn't discover
anything surprising or new here.
I'm gonna keep it short. My dad watched this film as well and his comments
were: "What the heck was the purpose of this movie? To show a bunch of women
in the buff?". Well it's a bunch of Irish lasses and still not too long ago
this scene would have been impossible with an all Irish cast. God really works
in mysterious ways and sometimes for the better.
Here are the vids....(1,
'Caps and comments by Dann:
Ah, B-movie badness. This 2005 horror film got it right - it's pretty horrible.
An airplane is carrying a scientist who has as cargo a preserved female body that dates back to the Ice Age. Unfortunately, the plane crashes near a popular ski resort, triggering an avalanche.
Doctor and cargo survive, but the cargo, mysteriously returned to life, escapes. For her victims, she selects people conveniently trapped in the ski lodge when the avalanche covers it.
This low-budget nightmare actually has some pretty good special effects, which keeps the movie watchable at least, but the movie itself is only about as good as Jennifer Hill's implants.