"The Door in the Floor"
The Door in the Floor (2004) was reviewed by Scoopy, who basically talks about how it is a very well made adaptation of a John Irving novel, or, more properly the first third of the novel. I frankly do not understand the film. I understand what happens, but often not why it happens, and the ending is a total mystery to me. The acting was top notch, especially from Kim Basinger, Jeff Bridges, and Elle Fanning. The trick was to present basically despicable people as sympathetic characters, and at that, they somewhat succeeded.
Bridges is an alcoholic author of children's books and womanizer, and Basinger, as his wife, is nearly catatonic. After the tragic death of their two sons in an auto accident, the marriage pretty much died as well, but they moved to the Hamptons and had a daughter, the intent being to start over. Basinger has found that she really doesn't want to properly mother the daughter, and, although Bridges tries to be a good father, he kind of sucks at it. When Bridges loses his drivers license, he hits upon the idea of hiring a helper for the summer who wants to be a writer, looks much like one of his dead sons, and drives. There is also some hint that he expects the kid (played by Jon Foster) to end up in bed with Basinger. Bridges also either plans on dumping her and keeping custody of the daughter, or not -- hard to tell, based on the ending.
I thought Foster was way too weak to play against the other performers, although his motives were the most understandable of the entire bunch. I was hoping the feature length commentary would help, but they spent the entire film patting themselves on the back for technical points of the production. Irving, in an interview, thought it was an excellent adaptation of his novel. Basinger is naked, but in a medium-long shot. We see her left breast, and her buns from the side. Bridges runs around bare-assed frequently. Mimi Rogers, as Bridges latest conquest, does full frontal and full rear nudity in good light.
IMDb currently has this at 7.1 of 10. It had a limited Art House distribution. Unlike Scoopy, I did not much enjoy this. It looked good, for the most part, which is always a plus for me, and I was able to relate somewhat to Basinger's character, but could not really accept Bridges' character, which probably prevented me from enjoying the film. It is not one I will rewatch, but those who like this sort of film will feel differently. This is a C+.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
There are 1102 new pictures added to the Encyclopedia in volumes P,
Q, R, S, T, U, now placing the body count at 62,000 pictures.
The Door in the Floor (2004)
I really like this movie, but I am damned sick of talking about it.
This will be the last time. These captures are from the Region 1
DVD, which is finally ready to street. There are basically four
features: a "making of a scene" featurette, an interview with the
director, an interview with author John Irving, and a full-length
commentary from the director and his key staff. The commentary was
pretty unenlightening, but the other features together formed an
interesting revelation of how Irving's novel, which took place over
several decades, became a movie about one summer in the lives of the
Irving's interview is outstanding. He exhibits a complete
understanding of the differences between a film and a novel, and he
sizes up the film perfectly. And of course he's a highly articulate
guy, so the interview is like listening to a prepared lecture from a
lively professor. He was pleased with the film, finding it faithful
to his characters even when it tampered with his chronology and his
dialogue, even when it added new scenes. I agree with him
completely, and am impressed to see how generously he was able to
share his creation. It is also interesting to hear Irving discuss
his characters. I don't think I disagreed with one thing he said in
the entire interview, and gained many insights in the process.
It is, however, a depressing movie with a perplexing and
unnecessarily abstract ending. As some wise man has undoubtedly
pointed out, and if not let me be the first, symbolism only works
when the symbolic action ALSO makes sense on the surface. When a
symbol exists apart from reality, just for the sake of having a
symbol, it becomes pretension. That's what happened at the end of
this movie. Jeff Bridges walked into a door in the floor of his
racquetball court, recreating a moment in one of his children's
books, and echoing the name of the movie.
Very dramatic. Makes for a very stirring image as the film ends with
his hand disappearing and the door falling, as if he were a troll
living beneath the house.
Only one thing wrong with it. It ONLY works on the symbolic level.
In the surface story, it makes no sense at all. Why would a guy play
some racquetball, then crawl through a door in the floor of the
court? It would make sense if he had a shower or something down
there, but the location of the shower is already established
elsewhere, and no purpose is established for the area under the
court. So he's just doing something symbolic, descending into a
personal hell or something. That is just plain artifice, and draws
away significantly from the sincerity of the story.
The film did absolutely nothing at the box office. If you're an
Irving fan, you'll appreciate it. If you don't like his work, you
should look at the nude scenes and stay away from the film.
Just a couple of items making the rounds on the web
BRITNEY Spears caused a real stink when her smelly FEET gassed a
plane full of people. "Passengers complained when the
pungent pop star shed her shoes on a flight. The nasty niff was so
bad that a stewardess asked Britney to put them back on. One
passenger fumed: 'The smell was unbelievable.'"
Nostalgia puts 'Sonny & Cher' on DVD
Here's that PG-13 nude that Lindsay Lohan did for the cover of EW
Here's the first teaser trailer for Burton's Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, the Wonka re-make starring Johnny
Eva Longoria & Nicolette Sheridan at Oceans 12 Premiere.
Nicolette does not look good in close-up. Eva looks great from any
FORMER JEOPARDY CHAMP LOSES ARGUMENT WITH WIFE. Had Won
Previous 74 Spats
For your homework, compare and contrast this obviously altered but
nontheless official picture of Britney to the REAL picture below.
The Weekend Update site has now added the zipped film clip from
the Luke Wilson show.
Uncle Melon explains How to Use a Vagina
Is it Britney Spears or Hulk Hogan?
Mel Gibson buys the Island of Mago. I think he thought
Mago was the singular of Magi.
Remember that 1954 Home Computer Prediction that never really
appeared in Popular Mechanics? Well, it's now in Popular
First picture of the Fantastic Four together.
Four fey and pretentious clips from The Phantom of the Opera.
Jon Stewart interviews former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul
The Daily Show looks at the American intelligence community
What is the deal on the American Express Black Card?
- What could be a better combo than vintage porn and mesh
Vintage Trucker Hats.
Who has the momentum for a best-actress nomination?
Annette Bening seems to have the inside track, but it's a
wide-open field at this point.
- The Smokling Gun:
According to a Scottsdale Police Department report, after
departing the Pussycat Lounge at 12:45 AM, an inebriated Mike
Tyson jumped on the hood of a stranger's car, causing about $1500
- I'm not sure why anyone believed them in the first place, but
in case you hadn't already figured it out by the fact that her
name was typed wrong, here's the latest scoop on this crucial
The Lindsay Lohan driver's license and Amex floating around the
web are fakes.
The Simpsons' most obscure jokes.
San Francisco in Ruins - aerial photographs taken after the 1906
earthquake. The photographer devised an ingenious
system using kites to make the photographs.
"Billboard" Awards Usher in Victory. The chart-busting
singer just about swept the major awards.
Teenagers and young men should keep their laptops off their laps
because they could damage fertility.
A visit to the set of Aeon Flux.
The trailer for The New World, Terence Malick's new
film about that whole wacky Pocahontas/John Smith thing. It stars
Christian Bale and Colin Farrell as Johns Rolfe and Smith
respectively. This is only Malick's third film in the past thirty
years, so he's not exactly on factory-level production here.
Monkeys finally create perfect copy of Romeo and Juliet.
"One time they got to the fourth act of Macbeth, before making a
mistake. The monkeys also recently typed out a Thomas Pynchon
novel, but that doesn't count."
Here's the trailer from XXX: State of the Union. Ice
Cube takes over the Vin Diesel responsibilities.
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for Other Crap
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the
review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Junior or Brainscan, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Words from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.
NOTE: because of a unique combination of
circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial
bandwidth theft, we will have to do all of our movie files in zip
format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a
you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in
the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there.
I know this is not especially convenient, but it
allows the film clips to continue. I can protect .zip files from
hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some
reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not
play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory
work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this
new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want
to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips
My Tutor (1983) (day 2)
Male fantasy premise - horny and sensitive teenager,
gorgeous young tutor. The co-stars, Matt Latanzi and Caren Kaye, had
short-lived careers. Caren attracted a lot of horny stares for many
years, but couldn't translate her "favorite nude scene" status into
lasting fame. It seems that she was always on Battle of the Network
Stars or Love Boat, but not much else. Here is the second group of My
Tutor caps, two more of Caren. (There are three in yesterday's
edition as well). Tomorrow: the other nekkid women in this movie.
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today from the Ghost...Robin Wright aka Mrs. Sean Penn aka Princess Buttercup aka Jenny from "Forrest Gump".
Here she is topless in scenes from the 1996 movie "Moll Flanders".
- Robin Wright
- Robin Wright zipped .wmvs
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
It's a short trip today in the old time machine back to 1994. To we visit a "Damsel in "Distress" in scenes from the Fred Olen Ray/Jim Wynorski movie, "Dinosaur Island".
B-Movie veteran Becky Lebeau is topless and tied up while waiting for the dinosauar to claim his victim. Believe me this truly is a B-Movie.
- Becky LeBeau
'Caps and comments by Vejitta:
Here are some caps of Alessandra Ramos in the movie "Carlito's Angels". I don't think I even need to take to time to say "this movie stinks", but I will say that the girls look good.
I only capped Alessandra because she was the only one who did nudity, however, you can see the other 2 girls in some of the
caps. Their names are Evly Pacheco and Jeni Garcia. Enjoy :)
- Alessandra Ramos, sexy outfits and cleavage in links 1-12. Topless in links 13-16, rear nudity in #17
'Caps and comments by Dann:
In this 2002 plot rip-off of 1987's The Hidden, a detective is investigating a series of slayings at health spas. The killer shoots 20-25 people in the eye, then takes 6-8 bodies with him, only the most perfect specimens.
What starts out as a crime thriller becomes a Sci-Fi when it turns out that a mysterious stranger who is also stalking the killer is a game warden, and the killer is in fact a poacher. Think about it.
Decent enough storyline, but it's also a B-movie all the way, with some pretty lame acting, but some OK nudity. In addition, they have some good action sequences including a pretty decent car chase. Sci-Fi lovers will probably like it. I did.
|Flautista takes a look at the 1996 Bernardo Bertolucci movie "Stealing Beauty". A beautifully filmed, but slow moving story that is probably only remembered because of Liv Tyler's topless scenes. "The Mummy" star Rachel Weisz also bares her breasts as well as a hint of pubes.
|Johnny Moronic 'caps of Agent Scully briefly baring her breasts in scenes from the 1997 movie "The Turning". As for the rumors about a possible second X-Files movie...sadly, nothing new to report.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the former "Melrose Place" co-star going topless and baring her bum in sex scenes from "All-American Murder" (1992). Links 7-15 feature some 3-way and lesbo lovin'.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
PC NEWS: FASTER PORN
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Internet in the UK, almost one in four admit that they got it to download
porn faster. A third got it to download music. Only 5 percent got it to
share files with friends and family.
Their friends and family are too busy downloading porn to look at them.
Only 5 percent want to share their favorite porn with their moms.
TRUMP GETS FIANCEE A FREE RING
The Art Of Romance - Donald Trump got his fiancee Melania Knauss a
13-carat diamond wedding ring for free. Graff diamonds agreed to provide
it in exchange for an appearance of its products on "The Apprentice" and
Knauss posing for their ads. Trump boasted that jewelers were just
"throwing diamonds" at him, and the ring he picked sells for $1.5 million;
although a jewelry expert told the New York Post that a ring like that
would normally cost about $500,000. He said when you get it from a tony
supplier like Graff, you're paying extra for the name.
Well, YOU are, Trump's not.
They have to charge you more, to recoup their charitable donations to
Jewelers are throwing diamonds at Donald Trump? I wonder how much money
they've tossed into Salvation Army pots lately?
Melania gets to keep the ring until the day he calls her in and says,