Friday, April 17, 1998

Slappy and the Stinkers

V-003547 G US 1997 Kellman, Barnet children’s movie
Slappy and the Stinkers / Slappy - vallaton veijari. © TriStar Pictures. P: Sid Sheinberg, Bill Sheinberg, Jon Sheinberg. D: Barnet Kellman. CAST: B.D. Wong, Bronson Pinchot, Jennifer Coolidge. 78’. MPAA 34803. Rated PG. DIST: Egmont Finland. VHS PAL viewed in Helsinki, VET, Friday 17 April 1998. * Five 10 year old children who are called the Stinkers decide to free from the aquarium a sea lion called Slappy. The film should be banned from those over 12.

Thursday, April 16, 1998

Porn video watch, 16 April 1998

Police investigation 16 April 1998
Dirty Diana - White Room Bizarre / DE 199- / R-003899 / Goldwin / 73’ / porn / 18
Dirty Diana - Die blaue Herrin / DE 199- / R-003900 / Goldwin / 77’ / porn / 18
Dirty Diana - Domina-Spiele / DE 199- / R-003901 / Goldwin / 89’ / porn / 18
Dirty Diana - Altensex Bizarre / DE 199- / R-003902 / Goldwin / 72’ / porn / 18
Dirty Diana - Nina die Sklavin / DE 199- / R-003903 / Goldwin / 84’ / porn / 18
Dirty Diana - Die fette Herrin / DE 199- / R-003904 / Goldwin / 77’ / porn / 18
Gierig nach Sperma / DE 199- / R-003905 / Goldwin / 86’ / porn / 18
Orgasmus Power / DE 199- / R-003906 / Goldwin / 82’ / porn / 18
All That Sex / DE 199- / R-003907 / Goldwin / 90’ / porn / 18
Dark Angel / DE 199- / R-003908 / Goldwin / 85’ / porn / 18
Gummi Spezial / DE 199- / R-003909 / Goldwin / 86’ / porn / 18
Gummi Domina / DE 199- / R-003910 / Goldwin / 86’ / porn / 18
Flutsch - Schwanger! / DE 199- / R-003911 / Goldwin / 81’ / porn / 18
Flutsch - Fett und geil / DE 199- / R-003912 / Goldwin / 70’ / porn / 18
Flutsch - Noch fetter, noch geiler / DE 199- / R-003913 / Goldwin / 75’ / porn / 18

The Edge

100695 / 16 / US / 1997 / Tamahori, Lee / / adventure / thriller
Edge, The / Reunalla. © 20th Century Fox. P: Art Linson. D: Lee Tamahori. SC: David Mamet. DP: Donald M. McAlpine. CAST: Anthony Hopkins (Charles Morse), Alec Baldwin (Robert Green), Elle Macpherson (Mickey Morse), L.Q. Jones (Styles), Bart the Bear. Shot on location in Alberta, Canada. 117’. Scope. MPAA 35275. R = 17. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Janne Staffans. DIST: Columbia Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 16 April 1998. *** ”Why is the rabbit not afraid? Because he’s smarter than the jaguar.” A good survival thriller about three men stranded in deepest Alaska forest after a plain crash. Anthony Hopkins is the millionaire who can never know whether others really like him and has had to learn to trust only his own resources. A bookworm, he learns to master the skills needed in the wilderness with no fire, no food, no shelter, and no weapons against the man-eating kodiak bear. Hopkins even learns to create fire with ice. - Visually majestic, with no razzle-dazzle. This is good solid story-telling, and it’s not even story-driven but character-driven.

Wednesday, April 15, 1998

Porn video watch, 15 April 1998

Police investigation 15 April 1998
Teeners From Holland 4 / NL 1995 / R-003876 / Seventeen / Videorama / 92’ / porn / banned: models under 18
Lesbian Teens 2 / NL 1997 / R-003877 / Seventeen / Videorama / 88’ / lesbian porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 4 - The Window Cleaner / NL 1990 / Dusedo / GERO / 53’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 7 - Weird Lovers / NL 1990 / Dusedo / GERO / 58’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 8 - Summer Dreams / NL 1991 / Dusedo / GERO / 54’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 12 - The Five Fun Boys / NL 1992 / Dusedo / GERO / 58’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 21 - Cupido / NL 1993 / Dusedo / GERO / 61’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 22 - Die Aufnahmeprüfung / NL 199- / GERO / 58’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 23 - Knaben im Brautzimmer / NL 199- / GERO / 54’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 27 - Party-Knaben / NL 199- / GERO / 54’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 32 - Fitness Fans / NL 199- / GERO / 59’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 36 - Sonne, Suff und Super-Sex / NL 199- / GERO / 59’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Holland Boys 38 - Sahne-Schwänze / NL 199- / GERO / 54’ / gay porn / banned: models under 18
Stiff Competition / US 1985 / R-003172 / Caballero / Max’s / 91’ / porn / 18
Stiff Competition 2 / US 1994 / R-003320 / Caballero / Max’s / 87’ / porn / 18
Kändisporr / SE 199- / R-003889 / Max’s / 130’ / porn / banned: Traci Lords under 18
Caged Fury / Kvinnor i bojor / US 1993 / R-003411 / Dreamland / Max’s / 83’ / porn / 18

Blues Brothers 2000

100694 / / US / 1998 / Landis, John / / music / comedy
Blues Brothers 2000 / Blues Brothers 2000. © Universal. D: John Landis. SC: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis. DP: David Herrington. CAST: Dan Aykroyd (Elwood Blues), John Goodman (Mighty Mack McTeer), Joe Morton (Cabel Chamberlain), J. Evan Bonifant (Buster), Aretha Franklin, James Brown, B.B. King + an all star R&B cast. 123’. 1,85. MPAA 35812. PG-13. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Janne Staffans. DIST: UIP Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 15 April 1998. *** Sequel to Blues Brothers (1980). Elwood Blues is released from prison and at once he’s at it again, creating a band and raising hell. The music is even better this time, and the viewer who’s expecting strong R&B performances will be rewarded. The comedy is the weaker element. A big budget is no guarantee of big laughs. Here’s another soundtrack that I’d love to hear again: a great mix of standards and lesser-known but equally thrilling tracks.

Novia que te vea (1)

/ / MX / 1993 / Schyfter, Guita / / drama
Novia que te vea / Like A Bride. PC: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia. D: Guita Schyfter. SC: Hugo Hiriant - based on the novel by Rosa Nissan. CAST: Claudette Maille (Oshinica Mataraso), Angélica Aragón (Sara), Maya Mishalska (Rifke Groman), Ernesto Laguardia (Saavedra). 115’. 1,85. Print with English subtitles viewed in Helsinki, SEA, Cinema Orion, Wednesday 15 April 1998. - I caught the first 30 minutes of the film which is apparently essential for anyone interested in the Jewish experience. It seems to be the history of the Jewish community of Mexico as seen through the perspective of two women, Oshinica and Rifke. It is about the encounter of the Sephardi and the Ashkenazi in Mexico. I hope to catch the rest of the film later.

Tuesday, April 14, 1998

The Real Thing

V-003536 / 16 / US / 1996 / Merendino, James / crime
Real Thing, The / Pettämätön suunnitelma. © LACLP. D: James Merendino. CAST: James Russo, Emily Lloyd, Jeremy Piven. 86’ PAL. DIST: Egmont Finland. VHS pan/scan version projected in Helsinki, VET, Tuesday 14 April 1998. * Gratuitous violence in big heist crime action pic. Walk-through appearances by Rod Steiger and Gary Busey.

Porn video watch, 14 April 1998

Police investigation 14 April 1998
Excuse Me… 1 / NL 199- / R-003860 / Seventeen / Sandbergs / 178’ / pornography / banned: models under 18
Sister Dearest / US 1984 / R-003178 / Four Rivers / Max’s / 78’ / pornography / banned: Traci Lords under 18
Teenysaftsplalten / DE 1996 / R-003861 / MTC / Magma / 98’ / pornography / 18
Doppel-Schnecken / DE 199- / R-003862 / SVK / Scala BV / 86’ / pornography / 18
Teenage Sex Shots 3 / NL 1997 / R-003863 / Seventeen / Scala BV / 87’ / pornography / banned: models under 18
ABC / SE 199- / R-003864 / Scanvip / Max’s / 89’ / pornography / banned: models under 18
Buttman’s European Vacation 3 / US 1995 / R-003865 / Evil Angel / Max’s / 140’ / pornography / 18
Erotic Dream of Aladdin X / IT 199- / R-003453 / Golden Hawk / Max’s / 84’ / pornography / 18
Teenies allein zu Haus / DE 199- / R-003866 / Magma / Max’s / 91’ / pornography / 18
Stacked With Honors / US 1993 / R-003403 / Dreamland / Max’s / 77’ / pornography / 18

Quartet

090207 / 16 / GB / 1981 / Ivory, James / / drama
Quartet / Neljä kohtaloa / Kvartetti (TV3). © National Film Trustee. P: Ismail Merchant. D: James Ivory. SC: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - based on the novel by Jean Rhys. DP: Pierre Lhomme. PD: Jean-Jacques Caziot. ”The 509” and ”Full-Time Lover” performed by Armelia McQueen. CAST: Isabelle Adjani (Marya Zelli), Alan Bates (H.J. Heidler), Maggie Smith (Lois Heidler), Anthony Higgins (Stephan Zelli). 101’. 1,66. English and French dialogue. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Eija Pokkinen / Maya Vanni. SEA / EuropaVision print viewed in Helsinki, SEA, Cinema Orion, Tuesday 14 April 1998. *** Paris, 1927. The reconstruction of the ambience is far superior to Alan Rudolph (The Moderns) or Philip Kaufman (Henry and June). The atmosphere is so exciting, the film can be enjoyed as a pure visual spectacle. It is a story of relationships based on exploitation. Sophistication is only a shield for sordidness. The character portrayed by Alan Bates is based on Ford Madox Ford.

Monday, April 13, 1998

Tartüff

013393 / G / DE / 1925 / Murnau, F.W. / / drama
Tartüff / Herr Tartüff / Tartuffe / Tartuffe - tekopyhä. PC: Ufa. P: Erich Pommer. D: F.W. Murnau. SC: Carl Mayer - based on the play Le Tartuffe ou l’imposteur by Molière. DP: Karl Freund. PD: Robert Herlth, Walter Röhrig. CAST: Emil Jannings (Tartuffe), Werner Krauss (Orgon), Lil Dagover (Elmire). Framing story: André Mattoni (The Grandson), Hermann Picha (The Grandfather), Rosa Valetti (The Housekeeper). Music for live accompaniment composed by Giuseppe Becce. 1876 m /24 fps/ 68’. Silent b&w. Yleisradio TV2 PAL transmission at midnight on 13 April 1998 of a ZDF reconstruction (1973?) by Gerd Luft and Jürgen Labenski, with the score by Giuseppe Becce arranged by Rolf Unkel, with Finnish subtitles by Pirkko Vikkula. Caught on Easter Monday on VHS. ** The print was shown through a wrong gate, cutting people’s heads. The original music was somewhat lethargically interpreted. - ”Vielfach ist die Zahl der Heuchler auf Erden! Vielfach die Maske, unter denen sie uns begegnen!” The Grandfather sees through the wily schemes of his housekeeper as his grandson projects for him a film of Tartuffe. Murnau’s meeting with Molière is like the elephant storming the porcelain shop. The first rate actors save what they can from the pedestrian direction of the story. Murnau as a storyteller is here at his worst. But the visual composition is immaculate. As a photo album Tartuffe would be marvellous. Using the freeze-frame on video one can cherish the best effects. - Having written this I notice the harsh judgement of Kracauer: Tartuffe is an example of ”all-pervading paralysis”, ”itself Tartuffish”.

Friday, April 10, 1998

Dark Passage

027920 / 16 / US / 1947 / Daves, Delmer / / thriller
Dark Passage / Pimeä käytävä. © Warner Bros. P: Jerry Wald. D+SC: Delmer Daves - based on the novel by David Goodis (1946). DP: Sid Hickox. M: Franz Waxman. CAST: Humphrey Bogart (Vincent Parry), Lauren Bacall (Irene Jansen), Agnes Moorehead (Madge Rapf). 106’. B&w Academy. 106’. 16mm print viewed in Helsinki, SEA, Cinema Orion, Good Friday 10 April 1998. *** Framed for his wife’s murder, Humphrey Bogart escapes from San Quentin and changes his face to track down the real killer. Excellent use of subjective camera is in striking contrast to the unhappy experiment in The Lady In the Lake. We first see Bogart’s face when 68 minutes of the film have lapsed, but thanks to the imaginative and exciting cinematography this is never a problem. Too many coincidences at the start weaken my involvement in the story. Otherwise this is a fine thriller.

The Europeans

088839 / G / GB / 1979 / Ivory, James / / drama
Europeans, The / Eurooppalaiset. © National Film Trustee Co. Ltd. P: Ismail Merchant. D: James Ivory. SC: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - based on the novel (1878) by Henry James. CAST: Lee Remick (Baroness Eugenia Münster), Robin Ellis (Robert Acton), Tim Woodward (Felix Young), Wesley Addy (Mr. Wentworth), Lisa Eichhorn (Gertrude Wentworth), Nancy New (Charlotte Wentworth), Norman Snow (Mr. Brand). 91’. 1,85. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Anna-Lisa Holmqvist. A somewhat worn Valio-filmi / SEA print viewed in Helsinki, SEA, Cinema Orion, on Good Friday 10 April 1998. *** Let’s list the successful films based on Henry James: The Lost Moment (1947, based on Aspern Papers), The Heiress (1949, based on Washington Square), The Innocents (1961, based on The Turn of the Screw), The Bostonians (1984), The Wings of the Dove (1997) - and this one. The production is simple and elegant. It’s filmed on location in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The autumn colours are delightful. The actors of the ensemble carry their roles soberly. The dialogue is sharp, the characters grow, and there is a great sense of humour in the vision which is brought to the screen.

Thursday, April 09, 1998

Absolutely Fabulous - Iso Tank. Birthday. Magazine

V-003535 / G / GB / 1992 / Saunders, Jennifer / comedy
Absolutely Fabulous - Iso Tank. Birthday. Magazine. / Helt hysteriskt. Serie 1. Isoleringstank. Födelsedagen. Magazine. © BBC. P: Jon Plowman. D: Bob Spiers. SC: Jennifer Saunders. CAST: Jennifer Saunders (Edina), Joanna Lumley (Patsy). 88’ PAL. DIST: DHE Castle Oy. VHS projection in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. *** Edina has a nightmare in her isolation tank. - Edina’s 40th birthday party turns into a disaster. - Patsy’s magazine gets to present fashion news on morning TV: she invites Edina’s daughter and mother as her models.

The Benny Hill Show 5

V-003534 / G / GB / 1988 / Hill, Benny / / comedy
Benny Hill Show, The, 5 / Benny Hill. Femte delen. © Thames Television / Thames Video. P+D: Dennis Kirkland. CAST: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Anna Dawson, Hill’s Angels. 52’ PAL. DIST: DHE Castle Oy. VHS projection in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. *** Benny Hill in top form in TV show to be released on video. Sketches include: jogging; erasing offending graffiti in a banana republic; female lion-tamer drilling a team of middle-aged men in underwear.

Shall We Dansu?

100691 / G / JP / 1995 / Suo, Masayuki / / dance
Shall We Dansu? / Shall We Dance? © Daiei; Altamira Pictures. D+SC: Masayuki Suo. CAST: Koji Yakusho (Syohei Sugiyama), Tamiyo Kusakari (Mai Kishikawa), Naoto Takenaka (Tamio Aoki). 112’. Japanese registration number: 114594. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Tarja Sahlsten / Ditte Kronström. DIST: Buena Vista International Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. *** The original version is supposedly 135’. The print viewed was the Miramax international release version. - ”Ballroom dancing is regarded with great suspicion in a country where couples don’t go out hand in hand or say ‘I Love You’”. The stressed salaryman starts to indulge in a secret vice: taking dancing lessons. His wife gets so suspicious she even hires a detective. It’s a film about breaking loose from routine, but it’s also a great dance film.

Porn video watch, 9 April 1998

Leather Vixens
R-003839 / 16 / GB / 1996 / Dewitt, Hugh / / pornography
Leather Vixens. PC: Mistique Productions. D: Hugh Dewitt. CAST: Yvette Coles, Danni De Wolfe, Josie Harkness. 49’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Delights of the Dungeon
R-003840 / 18 / GB / 19-- / Dewitt, Hugh / / pornography
Delights of the Dungeon. PC: Mistique Productions. D: Hugh Dewitt. CAST: Chanel, Suzie La Roche, Karen Knight. 49’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Mistress Leather
R-003841 / 18 / GB / 19-- / / / pornography
Mistress Leather. PC: Mistique Productions. CAST: Louise Hodges, Kelly Marsh, Sarah Matthews. 47’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - S/M, Lesbian.

Dirty Talking Girls 2 - Sarah
R-003842 / 18 / GB / 19-- / / / pornography
Dirty Talking Girls 2 - Sarah. PC: DTG. CAST: Sarah. 44’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Solo; masturbation.

Rubber Girls In Macs
R-003843 / 16 / GB / 19-- / / / pornography
Rubber Girls In Macs. Released by Shine Films. 66’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Fetishism.

Rubber Girls At Sea
R-003844 / 12 / GB / 19-- / / / pornography
Rubber Girls At Sea. Released by Shine Films. 58’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Fetishistic poses.

La Soumise percée
R-003849 / 18 / US / 19-- / Rainer, Janus / / pornography
Soumise percée, La. Released by Dèmonia. D: Janus Rainer. CAST: Mistress Jacqueline, Sharon Mitchell, Tanya Foxx. 55’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - S/M, Lesbian.

Male supplicié
R-003850 / banned / US / 1991 / Rainer, Janus / / violent pornography
Male supplicié. PC: Star Maker Video. Released by Dèmonia. D: Janus Rainer. CAST: Destiny, Deanne, Timmy. 52’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Actual assault and battery.

Traci Lords värsta
R-003851 / banned / US / 1984 / Traci Lords / / underage pornography
Traci Lords värsta. Released by Max’s. CAST: Traci Lords, Christy Canyon, Ron Jeremy, Robin Cannes, Tom Byron. 123’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Traci Lords (born 1968) made some 80 porn films while under 18. They are banned in the Western world, except for Holland, Denmark, and Sweden. In porn films, the models have to be over 18 years of age, and the proof has to be found on file. - In Finland, dozens of Traci Lords films are in circulation, courtesy of the Swedish, Danish, and Dutch distributors. - Traci Lords quit porn after a few years, but it seems difficult for her to get rid of her error of youth.

Tori Welles bästa
R-003852 / 18 / US / 1988 / Tori Welles / / pornography
Tori Welles bästa. Released by Max’s. CAST: Tori Welles, Jamie Gillis, Victoria Paris, Peter North, Randy Spears. 119’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 9 April 1998. - Tori Welles started her porn career in 1988.

Wednesday, April 08, 1998

Mercury Rising

100689 / 16 / US / 1998 / Becker, Harold / / thriller
Mercury Rising / Salasana: Mercury. © Universal. D: Harold Becker. SC: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal - based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Pearson. DP: Michael Seresin. CAST: Bruce Willis (Art Jeffries), Alex Baldwin (Lt. Col. Nicholas Kudrow), Miko Hughes (Simon), Kim Dickens (Stacey). 110’. Scope. MPAA 35891. Rated R = 17. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Timo Porri / Eirik Udd. DIST: UIP Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. *** An autistic boy cracks the code of a secret government agency. Now the boy’s life is in danger, but maverick FBI agent Bruce Willis comes to the rescue.

Maailma Video - Ukraina 3

R-003810 / 18 / FI / 1997 / / / pornography
Maailma Video - Ukraina 3. PC: PNG. 120’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998.

Porn video watch, 8 April 1998

Global 4
R-003811 / 18 / NL / 1994 / / / pornography
Global 4 / Doma Video Special 4. PC: Doma. Released by Scala B.V. 58’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - S/M. No assault or battery.

Fitness Domination
R-003817 / 18 / NL / 19-- / / / pornography
Fitness Domination. PC: Doma. Released by Scala B.V. CAST: Mistress Kimberly, Slavegirl Linda. 58’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - S/M - fetishism - Lesbian. No assault or battery.

Ecstasy of Payne, The
R-003818 / banned / US / 1994 / Seven, Bruce / / violent pornography
Ecstasy of Payne. PC: Bruce Seven Productions. Released by A.S.V. Video. D: Bruce Seven. CAST: Alexis Payne, Casee, Suzie Matthews. 62’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - S/M with actual assault and battery.

Maso 10
R-003819 / banned / FR / 1996 / Master, Eric / / violent pornography
Maso 10. PC: Concorde. D: Eric Master. 61’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Masochism with actual assault and battery.

Maso 11
R-003820 / banned / FR / 1996 / Master, Eric / / violent pornography
Maso 11. PC: Concorde. D: Eric Master. 59’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Masochism with actual assault and battery.

Sado 3
R-003821 / banned / FR / 1996 / / / violent pornography
Sado 3. PC: Concorde. 57’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Sadism with actual assault and battery.

Crazy Times
R-003822 / banned / US / 1995 / Seven, Bruce / / violent pornography
Crazy Times. PC: Bruce Seven Productions. 64’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Sadism with actual assault and battery.

Mandy’s Slavery
R-003823 / banned / / 19-- / / / violent pornography
Mandy’s Slavery. PC: Real People Video. 85’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Sadism with actual assault and battery.

Rubber Loving Housewives
R-003824 / 16 / GB / 1996 / Roberts, Dave / / pornography
Rubber Loving Housewives. PC: G&M Fashions. Released by Shiny Films. D: Dave Roberts. CAST: Karen, Sue. 61’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism, mild spanking.

Rubber Ghost 1 - The Conjuration
R-003825 / 16 / / 19-- / Hammar, Jo / / pornography
Rubber Ghost 1 - The Conjuration. PC: Jo Hammar Productions. Released by Shiny Films. D: Jo Hammar. CAST: Natalia Mulhausen, Ria Ashley, Susan Herzog, Sierra Sharon. 37’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Rubber Ghost 2 - Bizarre Breakfast
R-003826 / 16 / / 19-- / Hammar, Jo / / pornography
Rubber Ghost 2 - Bizarre Breakfast. PC: Jo Hammar Productions. Released by Shiny Films. D: Jo Hammar. CAST: Natalia Mulhausen, Ria Ashley, Susan Herzog, Sierra Sharon. 36’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Rubber Ghost 3 - Rubber Melody
R-003827 / 16 / / 19-- / Hammar, Jo / / pornography
Rubber Ghost 3 - Rubber Melody. PC: Jo Hammar Productions. Released by Shiny Films. D: Jo Hammar. CAST: Natalia Mulhausen, Ria Ashley, Susan Herzog, Sierra Sharon. 49’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Kinky Dancers
R-003828 / 16 / GB / 1996 / Roberts, Dave / / pornography
Kinky Dancers. PC: G&M Fashions. Released by Shiny Films. D: Jo Hammar. CAST: Melissa Richmond, Sara Regan. 58’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Amateur Model Spectacular
R-003829 / 16 / GB / 19-- / Roberts, Dave / / pornography
Amateur Model Spectacular. PC: Shiny Films. D: Roberts, Dave. CAST: Vicky Lee, Elizabeth Leather, Lisa, Victoria. 44’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism, Lesbian.

Rubber Riding
R-003830 / 16 / GB / 19-- / / / pornography
Rubber Riding. PC: G&M Fashions. PC: Shiny Films. CAST: Lucy Lockett, Linda Lovett, Holly Claymax. 50’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism.

Hidden Delights 4 - Security Camera Secrets
R-003833 / 16 / GB / 1995 / / / pornography
Hidden Delights 4 - Security Camera Secrets. PC: Pure Platinum. 52’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 8 April 1998. - Fetishism.

Tuesday, April 07, 1998

Reign of Terror

031110 / 16 / US / 1949 / Mann, Anthony / / historical thriller
Reign of Terror / The Black Book / Yllämme giljotiini. © Pathé Industries, Inc. Presented by Walter Wanger Pictures. P: William Cameron Menzies. D: Anthony Mann. SC: Philip Yordan, Aeneas MacKenzie - based on the story by MacKenzie. DP: John Alton. PD: Edward Ilou. M: Sol Kaplan. CAST: Robert Cummings (Charles D’Aubigny), Arlene Dahl (Madelon), Richard Basehart (Robespierre), Arnold Moss (Fouché), Jess Barker (Saint Just). 89’. B&w Academy. MPAA 13481. British 16mm print carrying the title The Black Book and the Eagle Lion distributor’s logo. Viewed in Helsinki, SEA, Cinema Orion, Tuesday 7 April 1998. **** A Dumasian adventure plot is mixed with a film noir ambience. It is about a race against time - the quest for Robespierre’s black book. The whole film is based on a chase, often on horseback. The dialogue is sharp and the production design effective. Most memorably, the cinematography is masterful and can be appreciated even in this 16mm print.

Gattaca

100687 / 12 / US / 1997 / Niccol, Andrew / / science fiction
Gattaca / Gattaca. © Columbia. D+SC: Andrew Niccol. DP: Slawomir Idziak. M: Michael Nyman. CAST: Ethan Hawke (Vincent / Jerome), Uma Thurman (Irene), Alan Arkin (Detective Hugo). 112’. Scope. MPAA 34793. PG-13. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Janne Staffans. DIST: Columbia Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Tuesday 7 April 1998. *** Intelligent science fiction thriller about the world of tomorrow governed by new elites created with genetic manipulation.

Monday, April 06, 1998

My Son the Fanatic

100684 / 16 / GB / 1997 / Prasad, Udayan / / drama
My Son the Fanatic. © Son of Zephyr Ltd. P: Chris Curling. D: Udayan Prasad. SC: Hanif Kureishi - based on his short story. CAST: Om Puri (Parvez), Rachel Griffiths (Bettina), Stellan Skarsgard (Schitz). 86’. Finnish subtitles by Cinema Mondo. DIST: Cinema Mondo. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Monday 6 April 1998. *** Pakistani / British cultural clash in Northern England. Om Puri is the taxi driver whose son turns into a religious fanatic.

Porn video watch, 6 April 1998

Sexymodels 2
R-001463 / 18 / FI / 19-- / Adams, Tracey / / pornography
Sexymodels 2. PC: Banana Production. P: Kullervo Koivisto. CAST: Martta. 78’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Monday 6 April 1998.

Three Blondes
R-003788 / 18 / ES / 19-- / / / pornography
Three Blondes / Blondit 1. PC: Papillon Films. Released by Calbourne Trading. CAST: Sabina,Kristina, Linda Thorén, Ricky Great. 81’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Monday 6 April 1998.

Glasnost With Love
R-003789 / 18 / FI / 19-- / Adams, Tracey / / pornography
Glasnost With Love. PC: Kullervo Koivisto Production. 116’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Monday 6 April 1998.

Gorbi’s Töchter
R-003790 / 16 / DE / 1991 / Mattinen, Heikki / pornography
Gorbi’s Töchter / Gorbas Sisters. PC: Pictures & Roba. Released by Photorama / Tele Team / Banana-Foto. 89’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Monday 6 April 1998. - Soft-core.

Tutti Frutti
R-003791 / 16 / DE / 1991 / Rex, T.C. / / pornography
Tutti Frutti. PC: Roba Hamburg, Photorama. Released by Tele Team / Banana-Foto. 74’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Monday 6 April 1998. - Soft-core.

Friday, April 03, 1998

Wishmaster

V-003428 / 16 / US / 1997 / Kurtzmann, Robert / horror
Wishmaster / Wes Craven’s Wishmaster. © Live Film and Mediaworks. P: Pierre David. EX: Wes Craven. D: Robert Kurtzmann. DP: Jacques Haitkin. M: Harry Manfredini. CAST: Tammy Lauren (Alexandra Amberson), Andrew Divoff (The Djinn), Robert Englund (Anthony Beaumont). 90’. MPAA 35576. Rated R = 17. Letterboxed VHS projection in VET, Helsinki, Friday 3 April 1998. ** Fantasy horror nonsense well produced but lacking a director’s touch.

Eurodisc Playlist For 12.41.03

100682 / G / US etc. / 1998 / various / / music video
Eurodisc Playlist For 12.41.03 / Musiikkikooste 12-41-03. Compiled by Pioneer Video Manufacturing. DIST: Ulkokaupat Oy. Laserdisc projection in Helsinki, VET, Friday 3 April 1998.
Backstreet Boys: All I Have To Give **
Wes: Alane ***
Metallica: Unforgiven II ***
Imani Coppola: Legend Of A Cowgirl ***
Robyn: Show Me Love **
Solid Harmonie: I’ll Be There For You ***
Huff & Herb: Feeling Good **
Shania Twain: You’re Still The One ***
Enya: Only If **
Aaron Carter: Crazy Little Party Girl **

German Natdisc Playlist For 19.81.03

100683 / G / DE etc. / 1998 / various / / music video
German Natdisc Playlist For 19.81.03 / Musiikkikooste 19-81-03. Compiled by Pioneer Video Manufacturing. DIST: Ulkokaupat Oy. Laserdisc projection in Helsinki, VET, Friday 3 April 1998.
Nana: Too Much Heaven **
Epsen Lind: When Susannah Cries **
Groove Gangsters: Funky Beats ***
Gil: Round ‘N’ Round (It Goes) **
Spektacoolär: Du bist abgehau’n **
Sweetbox: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright **
Tic Tac Toe: Bitte küss’ mich nicht
X-Perience: Game Of Love **
Lisa Loeb: I Do **
Largo: Tango Passion **

Thursday, April 02, 1998

Porn video watch, 2 April 2008

Blue Movie
V-003525 / 16 / US / 1995 / Zen, Michael / / pornography
Blue Movie / Michael Zen’s Blue Movie / Paparazzi saa tulikasteensa. © Wicked Pictures. D: Michael Zen. CAST: Jenna Jameson, Jeanna Fine, Steven St. Croix. 81’ PAL. DIST: Mondeeni. VHS projection in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998. - Soft version without genitals.

Hamlet - For the Love of Ophelia
V-003524 / 16 / DE / 1995 / Sarah Young / / pornography
Hamlet - For the Love of Ophelia. © Sarah Young Communications. D: Luca Damiano. CAST: Sarah Young (Ophelia), Christophe Clark (Hamlet). 85’ PAL. In German. DIST: Mondeeni. VHS projection in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998. - Soft version without genitals.

A Clockwork Orgy
V-003523 / 16 / US / / Cramer, Nic / / pornography
Clockwork Orgy, A / Kellopeliorgiat. PC: Pleasure Productions. D: Nic Cramer. CAST: Kaitlyn Ashley, Rebecca Lord, Nicole Lake, Isis Nile. 66’ PAL. DIST: Mondeeni. VHS projection in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998. - Soft version without genitals.

Red Corner

100678 / 16 / US / 1997 / Avnet, Jon / / thriller
Red Corner / Punainen labyrintti. © MGM. D: Jon Avnet. SC: Robert King. DP: Karl Walter Lindenlaub. CAST: Richard Gere (Jack Moore), Bai Ling (Shen Yuelin), Jessey Meng (Hong Ling). 122’. 1,85. MPAA 35271. Rated R = 17. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Anna-Lisa Holmqvist. DIST: UIP Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998. *** American TV businessman is framed for murder in China while trying to close a huge satellite deal. Caught in the net of Chinese jurisdiction he is helped by a female attorney. The theme of the clash of the cultures is a strong one, and also as a court drama this of course treads new ground.

Porn video watch, 2 April 1998

Euro Clips 11
R-003714 / 18 / DE / 19-- / / / pornography
Euro Clips 11. © MTC. Released by Magma. 60’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998. - Compilation.

Heisse Rammel-Tour
R-003719 / 18 / DE / 19-- / Crawali, Jack P. / / pornography
Heisse Rammel-Tour. PC: Silwa Film. Released by SVK-Copy / Scala B.V. / Videorama. D: Jack P. Crawali. CAST: Britt Lung, Ria Love, Tom Baron. 236’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998.

Transbizarre Spiele
R-003720 / 18 / DE / 1995 / Moli / / pornography
Transbizarre Spiele. PC: Topsy / Magma. Released by Razzel / Sandbergs. D: Moli. CAST: Claire, Yvette, Christoph. 76’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998. - Transvestites.

Exzesse ohne Grenzen
R-003723 / 18 / DE / 19-- / Bannol, Ronald C. / pornography
Exzesse ohne Grenzen. PC: Silwa Film. Released by Scala B.V. / Videorama. D: Ronald C. Bannol. CAST: Jordi Crown, Karen Leeb, Buck Ives. 237’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998.

Kinky Debutante Interviews 5
R-003777 / 18 / US / 1994 / / / pornography
Kinky Debutante Interviews 5. PC: In X-Cess Productions. Released by Inner View Video. CAST: Dallas D’Amore, Golden Jade, Arnold Schwarzenpecker. 112’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998.

Schwanzgeile Nymphen
R-003778 / 18 / DE / 1994 / Moli / / pornography
Schwanzgeile Nymphen. PC: Magma / Metrofilm. Released by Razzel / Sandbergs. D: Moli. CAST: Annette, Sophie, Sendrine. 86’ PAL. VHS projection for police investigation in Helsinki, VET, Thursday 2 April 1998.

Wednesday, April 01, 1998

Desperate Measures

100675 / 16 / US / 1998 / Schroeder, Barbet / action
Desperate Measures / Piinaavat hetket. © Mandalay Entertainment. D: Barbet Schroeder. SC: David Klass. DP: Luciano Tovoli. CAST: Michael Keaton (Peter McCabe), Andy Garcia (Frank Conner), Marcia Gay Harden (Samantha Hawkins). 100’. 1,85. MPAA 34792. Rated R = 17. Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Timo Porri / Janne Staffans. DIST: Columbia Finland. Viewed in Helsinki, VET, Wednesday 1 April 1998. *** San Francisco cop Andy Garcia can only help his terminally ill son with bone marrow transplant from psycho killer Michael Keaton. Non stop overkill of spectacular action. The title of the film is more apt than the producers might want it to be.