"Swimming Pool"

Swiming Pool (2003) is not at all what it appears to be. Critics are split. There are some things I submit as fact.

1) The nudity from the breathtakingly beautiful and sexy Ludivine Sagnier is plentiful and gorgeous.
2) The camera work and lighting is flawless, as is production design.
3) Both Sagnier and Charlotte Rampling showed great acting ability, conveying much of the plot through expression.
4) The camera was also used as a player, where shot selection conveyed extra information.

Most everyone likes a good surprise ending, and only the hopelessly young mind seeing the mature Rampling doing full frontal. So why do people split in this? It is slow moving , it is character driven, rather than plot driven, the pace is very even, and there is really no clever dialogue. In fact, most of the dialogue could be inferred from the images and the acting. I was entranced. I had no idea where this film was going, and, when it finally reached the end, I had to think before I knew where it had ended up. I suppose what entranced me was the characters, and there was nothing wrong technically to jar me out of being involved with them. This is in the C to C+ range, but is higher on my personal appreciation list. I will watch it again. For more clues about the actual plot, read Scoops review.

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  • Charlotte Rampling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)
  • Ludivine Sagnier (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53)

    "Angel of H.E.A.T."

    Angel of H.E.A.T. addendum. Before removing this from the drive, I checked the "slide show," and found very nice full frontal of Marilyn Chambers, but presented in such a way as to make it hard to reuse. I believe these were shot to convert into a title sequence.

    At any rate, Here's Marilyn.

  • Marilyn Chambers (1, 2, 3)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    The Pawnbroker (1964):

    The Pawnbroker, now 40 years old, in B&W, and very dated in technique, is probably best remembered for its daring:

    • In an era when The Sound of Music was consider an Oscar winner, The Pawnbroker went after heavy issues related to survival, pain, guilt, and memories too unbearable to face. It was about a holocaust survivor running a pawn shop in Harlem, a miserable, sad man dead to the world around him. Certain events in his current life trigger a haunting by the once-buried memories of how his wife and children failed to survive the European graveyard.

    • Director Sydney Lumet shot a lot of the action in actual Harlem streets, giving the film an authenticity and grit uncharacteristic of the films of its time.

    • In an era when the Hays Code and the Catholic Legion of Decency still held control of the nation's filmed morality, The Pawnbroker dared to show quite a bit of nudity. In response, it was condemned by the Legion, despite its tone of gravitas about solemn subject matter, and the absolute necessity for the nudity. (Seeing a topless prostitute stirs the pawnbroker's memories of his wife in the concentration camp, and we are watching through his P.O.V.  That clearly was the best way to tell the story with maximum impact.) This official church vilification meant, of course, that I had to see the movie. What better recommendation could a 15 year old boy have than a condemnation by the Pope himself. That HAD to be hot! Well, I did get to see some breasts during a time when filmed breasts were impossible to find, and I was at an age when I wanted to see them, but I surely had to wade through a lot of depression and pain to get there. It almost made me feel too guilty to look.


    I think the Pawnbroker was the second film I ever saw with naked breasts. The first was an Italian comedy called Boccaccio '70, which somehow managed to make it to Rochester New York with some nudity, probably on the strength of the noteworthy directors who collaborated on that modernized Boccaccio anthology (DeSica and Fellini, to name a couple).

    The Pawnbroker is not as good a film as its reputation. The characters are stereotypical, which left the film trapped somewhere in limbo, between a legitimate art film and a pedantic TV drama. The corny background music is often horrifically inappropriate for the somber goings-on. The general quality of the story and acting are no better than best TV dramas of the time,  except for a remarkable Oscar-nominated performance by Rod Steiger in the title role.

    Steiger lost the Oscar. It seems impossible to believe when viewed with the eyes of our current consciousness, but there was a time when a great performance about a holocaust survivor lost to a comical portrayal in a Western genre spoof. (Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou). Yes, Virginia, that could and did happen in 1965. It's hard to imagine an Oscar today being handed to Leslie Nielsen for his work as Frank Drebin, however brilliant that might be, while Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis frown from the audience, but  ... well, these things go in cycles, and that was a time when the culture's biorhythms were very different from today's.

    • Thelma Oliver

    • Linda Geiser (As far as I know, she never spoke a word of English in her acting career. She appeared in silent flashbacks in this film, and the rest of her films were in German.)

    • Unknowns (1, 2)


    Movies from Shiloh:

    Shiloh sent in some winners today

    • Cristina Ricci and Charlize Theron doing that whole lesbo thing in Monster, the film which should earn Charlize an Oscar. No nudity from Ricci. Nudity from Charlize, but she's 30 pounds overweight and uglied up. The quality is not bad at all, considering that it's a long clip with sound and is only 1.9 meg in size.

    • More of Kerry Fox in intimacy. (1, 2, 3, 4) Not the BJ, but lots of VERY explicit nice-nice in clips that are pretty good quality, but only 316x140 in size.



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    Shannen Doherty
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Gorgeous 'caps of the 90210 bad girl topless and in undies in love scenes from "Blindfold: Acts of Obsession" (1994).

    Penélope Cruz
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    The Spanish babe and Tom Cruise's girlfriend showing off her lovely breasts in scenes from one of her very first movies "Jamón, jamón" (1992).

    Lea Thompson
    (1, 2)

    Following "The Cruiser" connection...Let's take a trip back to the 1983 movie "All the Right Moves" and take a look at Thompson showing all 3 B's in her very first nude scene.

    Moira Kelly
    (1, 2)

    The former "West Wing" co-star topless and being seriously groped in a love scene from 1994's "Little Odessa".

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    Jacklyn Lick
    Mia Zottoli
    Lick and Zottoli

    All the usual B's, pseudo-sex and a 3-way scene from "All for Lust" (2003).

    Monique Alexander
    (1, 2)

    The young Skinemax babe topless and gettin' it on in scenes from the "Maid Service" episode of the late night series "Hotel Erotica" (2002).

    Mia Zottoli

    Mia Zottoli and
    Ann Marie

    Mia Zottoli and
    Natalie Moore

    Mia Zottoli and
    Regina Russell (1, 2)

    Regina Russell (1, 2)

    Mia is a tad insatiable as she bares all in several lesbo scenes from "Visions of Passion" (2003).

    Michelle Trachtenberg The young co-star of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" showing off some very nice cleavage for the poster of her upcoming movie "Eurotrip" (2004).

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

    Señor Skin catches the Munroe baring her robo-hooters and showing some far off rear nudity in scenes from "Freddy Vs. Jason" (2003).

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    It's His Passion - The Sunday Times of London reports that philosophy Prof. Simon Blackburn of Cambridge University is campaigning to have lust removed from the Seven Deadly Sins. Oxford University Press commissioned books on each of the sins, and Blackburn's says lust has been wrongly condemned for centuries by old men and Puritans, when lust, if reciprocated, leads to pleasure and should be reclassified as a life-affirming virtue. He said we don't condemn thirst just because some people are drunks, so why condemn lust because it can get out of hand?

  • If you're lustful enough, it NEVER gets out of your hand.
  • Could happen: in America, we've already reclassified gluttony as a virtue.
  • I'll bet this is the only one of the seven books that's a bestseller.
  • There's been no movement on this because people are too slothful.

    Needs More Aging - The Neuzeller Kloster Brewery of Germany has developed "Anti-Aging Beer," which they plan to sell in grocery and drug stores. They claim it contains added ingredients that slow the aging process. But they may run afoul of a German law dating to 1516 which states that anything called "beer" can only be made from barley, hops, yeast and water. A company spokesman insisted that Anti-Aging Beer "tastes like beer more than it tastes like anything else."

  • Well, aside from urine...
  • The extra added ingredient: Vasoline Intensive Care Lotion.
  • How can you look younger when you've got "bitter beer face"?
  • Drink enough Anti-Aging Beer and you'll get an "Extreme Hangover."

    Born Rappers - A UCLA study of nearly 2,000 sixth-graders found that all the "child experts" are wrong: schoolyard bullies don't suffer from low self-esteem. Psychology professor Jaana Juvonen said that in fact, bullies have high self-esteem, show no signs of depression or loneliness or anxiety, feel good about themselves and are often psychologically healthier than "well-adjusted" kids. They are also popular and considered "cool" by their classmates, who respect them for their dominance and strength.

  • And because if they don't, they're dead.
  • See? The Bush foreign policy WORKS!
  • Bullies are also wealthier, because they have everyone's lunch money.
  • So bullies don't need therapy, they just need a good pummeling...Whoever would've suspected THAT?!
  • The theory that bullies are unhappy and have low self-esteem was created by a lot of psychologists who used to get routinely pantsed as kids.

    What Yo-Yos - Bad news for men who like "big, beautiful women": the Lane Bryant plus-size fashion chain has canceled this year's lingerie show because it was too hard to find celebrity spokesmodels, what with Camryn Manheim, Queen Latifah and even Anna Nicole Smith all slimming down. A Lane Bryant spokeswoman said, "We applaud them, but how do we find a role model?"

  • Just postpone it a few months; Anna Nicole will be back.
  • Renee Zellweger will pack on 40 pounds if you pay her enough.
  • In Hollywood, the women on "Friends" are considered "plus-sized."
  • The fat Queen Latifah had removed from her breasts weighs more than most Hollywood actresses.