"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+.

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  • Kim Basinger (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Mimi Rogers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • 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 characters.

    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.



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    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 picture. When 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 altogether.



    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:

    Shiloh says:

    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. Hope this is useful to you or your users.

    Scoop says:

    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.

    Crimson Ghost
    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 (1, 2)

    • Robin Wright zipped .wmvs (1, 2, 3)

    '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 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    '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 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Endangered Species"
    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.

    Liv Tyler
    (1, 2, 3)
    Rachel Weisz
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    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.

    Gillian Anderson
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    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.

    Josie Bissett
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

    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
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Comes Fast - According to a survey of more than 5,000 people with broadband 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.

    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 Donald Trump.
  • 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, "You're fired."