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"The Cell" (2000)

Scoopy did The Cell a few days ago, and wrote a detailed review. I agree with him that this is probably not a film for everyone, and I also enjoyed it very much. The one area I differ with him is the way the images affected me. Scoopy found some of the more graphic scenes very disturbing, while I didn't. In the excellent director's commentary, first time director Tarsem Singh mentions that he didn't think the imagery would be disturbing because it was part of a dream sequence and "not real." He was surprised when most of the viewers found the imagery very disturbing. I viewed the imagery in the context of a nightmare, and didn't take it literally.

The DVD has several deleted scenes, which are the same high quality as the film itself. Both the studio and the MPAA hacked at the film after Tarsem thought he was done. From an exposure standpoint, there were many more minutes of Catherine Sutherland. Tarsem thinks, and I agree, that good film is all about images. He also shows us the story, rather than telling us the story. This is especially true in the way the nightmare sequences show, to a large extent, how Stargher came to define his detailed ritualistic perversion. Tarsem uses innovative camera angles, creative lighting, special effects, makeup, costume -- every tool at his disposal -- to show us the story.

He intentionally gathered a crew of highly talented people who had never worked together before, hoping that they would mesh and create something extraordinary. I believe he succeeded. The crew members, in the commentary, said that he encouraged them to go "way out there." When they showed him what they had done, he said very good, but can you go further. I will skip the plot summary, which Scoop did his usual great job on. I am beginning to believe that the director is a better criteria to predict the quality of a film than any cast member. If this first film is any indication, we can look forward to a lot of great moments from Tarsem.

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  • Jennifer Lopez (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Catherine Sutherland (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
  • Glenda Chism (1, 2)
  • Tara Subkoff (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    Today's Euro stuff from Tom Cat...

  • Emmanuel Salinger, in the French movie "En Face" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Hanna Meron in "Yom Yom". The IMDB lists this as a French/Israeli movie that is both a comedy and a drama. Sounds obscure enough! (1, 2)
  • Brainscan
    Today I'm pleased to announce that some of Brainscan's submissions are taking home more than just Rice a Roni and a lifetime supply of Turtle Wax....that's right gang, Brainscan has won an award!

    Something I just made up that I'm calling "The Connelly Award". Just like it goes to the best image of Jennifer Connelly submitted on any given day.

    Why? Well, I just decided today that I'm going to embark on a personal mission to make Cindy Margolis be forced to publicly admit that she is NOT the most downloaded woman on the web! So send in your images, let's get the server logs, and have have some fun!

    Laura Prepon
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Tatiana Zavialova
    (1, 2)

    Jeanette Lee

    To finish up the Jan 2001 Maxim scans here are five more Laura Prepon images, two of Tatiana Zavialova and one more of professional pool player, Jeanette Lee. You had to figure once ESPN showcased Jeanette talents that one of the tease-oriented men's magazines would have her pose for them. Good idea, guys. Now about the Laura scan I know all of you are looking at, no I did not blur, airbrush or otherwise digitally obliterate her nipples. Yes, she is wearing a diaphanous blouse and no you cannot see a damn thing underneath it but don't blame me. Hell, I almost Photoshopped the requisite equipment into the image. The boys at Maxim did the retouching and for that they deserve a visit from Mr. Wallace's homeboys equipped with a blowtorch and a pair of pliers.
    Jennifer Connelly
    (1, 2)
    I can believe that Jennifer Connelly is the most down-loaded babe from the Funhouse and the Encyclopedia, since there isn't much worth looking at that she doesn't have (first time I rented The Hot Spot, and got to the scene... you know? THE SCENE?... it was a total mess on my VCR. Some poor slob or combination of slobs had paused and slow-moed his (their) way(s) through it so many times the damn tape just wore out its feeble heart). So why do I mention all this crap? 'Cuz of Jennifer Connelly.... at the premiere of her latest movie.... in a dress that could have been thinner but is just nice and thin anyway, thank you very much. Pulled six frames off a wire service site, cleaned em up, stuck em together in a couple of collages and am sending them puppies on to you, Junior, because it is the right thing to do.

    Merry Christmas to one and all.

    Comments by Snowblind:

    Last time...I mentioned that I was about to cap a couple of my favorite movies. The big trouble is, that I don't have real good copies of the films. So I did what I could with what I had.

    Rona Hartner
    (1, 2)

    I capped Rona Hartner in "Gadjo Dilo", A Romanian film about a young man from Paris who goes into the Gypsy villages in Romania to seek a singer and falling in love with a Gypsy woman (Hartner).

    Emily Watson Next up was Emily in "Breaking the waves". The Story of a paralyzed man who makes his feeble minded wife seek sex with other men, and evidently, she gets killed because of it, then he recovers. heh, poetic justice at it's best.

    Agathe Cornez

    Anne-Marie Polster

    Michele Shor

    Finally, I capped Agathe Cornez, Anne-Marie Polster and Michele Shor in The Sexual Life Of The Belgians. The Sexual life story of a writer, from his aunt who wears no nickers to his friend who won't wear clothes, to the girl who ripped his foreskin with her false teeth heh.

    And...'caps of Catherine Zeta-Jones in "The Haunting", Jewel in "Ride With The Devil", Meg Ryan in HurlyBurly and Renee O'Conner in an episode of Xena. Outside of Xena, I never really watched any of these, just caught bits and pieces while channel surfing.
    Summer Altice
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    Season's Greetings from Blackshine, and the December issue of the German GQ. The cover is the most festive (link #1), but if you're out there Santa...what's behind links #5 and #6 would be nice to find under my tree on Monday morning!
    and ...
    Heidi Sorenson From Helcrom...the former bunnyperson showing off her big fakes, and very nice bum in Roger Corman's "Suspect Device".

    Christina Venuti Topless scenes from "Susan's Plan". I think these may be the first vidcaps I've seen of her. Thanks to Penman.

    Lara Flynn Boyle Also from "Susan's Plan".

    Jenny McCarthy Jenny and her newer hair, and clad in leather. Scan by Pappa from Che magazine.

    Erika Eleniak The all too famous jumping out of the cake scene from "Under Seige". Without question, "Under Siege" is the best Seagal movie. Of course when you compare all Seagal movies, that isn't saying much. But in my book it's a pretty decent action movie. If for no other reason, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey...has there ever been a better psycho-bad-guy tag team?

    Just for Scoop, let me see if I can whip up a Tim Robbins comparison...."Under Seige" is like Die Hard meets MacGyver on a boat.

    Sherilyn Fenn Vidcaps by Guitarman from "Two Moon Junction". Again, familiar territory, but who cares! She still looks great topless.

    Amy Smart Topless of course in scenes from "Road Trip". On a barely related note...during a sleepy, lazy afternoon break yesterday, I unfortunately stumbled across the ultra-lame, SNL sketch turned movie "Superstar". This stinker ranks right up there with "It's Pat" in the skit-to-movie category. So where is the connection Jr? Well, I would only recommend "Superstar" as a sleeping aid, but if you do happen to see it, Tom Green fans can see a clean shaven version of the Canadian comic acting almost completely normal. In fact, he was basically just a glorified extra

    Charlize Theron Full frontal 'caps by Evil Scan from "The Devil's Advocate".

    Carmen Electra Running around in her undies from "Scary Movie", also by Evil.
    The Funnies
    26 signs that you're an adult:

    a. Your potted plants stay alive.
    b. Having sex in a twin sized bed is absurd.
    c. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
    d. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to sleep.
    e. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.
    f. You watch the Weather Channel. You carry an umbrella.
    g. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hookup and breakup.
    h. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 7.
    i. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as 'dressed up'.
    j. You're the one calling the police because those darn kids next door don't know how to turn down the stereo.
    k. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
    l. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
    m. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
    n. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's.
    o. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
    p. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 p.m.
    q. Dinner and a movie -The whole date instead of the beginning of one.
    r. MTV News is no longer your primary source for information.
    s. You go to the drugstore for Ibuprofen and antacids, not condoms and pregnancy test kits.
    t. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer 'pretty good stuff'.
    u. You actually eat breakfast foods at breakfast time.
    v. Grocery lists are longer than macaroni & cheese, diet Pepsi & Ding Dongs.
    w. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going to drink that much again."
    x. Over 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
    y. You don't drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
    z. You read this entire list looking for one sign that doesn't apply to you...

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