Just notes today. I watched two new releases, but didn't find anything
Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated.
Stripper Academy (2007) - is loaded with topless nudity. In fact, it's
pretty much non-stop boobies, as you might expect. Unfortunately, it's not
really a movie, but just a strip-'n-wiggle video with a perfunctory plot of
some kind, one which moves so slowly I couldn't even follow it. It goes like
this: there's some half-assed plot exposition, then ten minutes of wiggling
and giggling, then some more attempts to create a context, then back to the
stripping and lap dancing. The stars are real strippers and/or other sorts of
breast-enhanced professional undressers like staple girls. It was shot on
video and seems to have used the sound from the built-in mic. The acting is
virtually nil. The only really competent actor on board in Richard Tyson, who
must have done this as a favor to someone. The line delivery doesn't matter
much anyway, since the plot is unimportant, and even Meryl Streep would sound
tinny with the echo effect from the poor sound.
It so was totally boring, that I gave up on it after about five minutes,
although I got about 20 minutes into the film thanks to the fast forward
button. Sorry that I have nothing to show for it. The only thing that might be
of interest to one or more of you guys: I vaguely remember that a couple of
you guys are interested in the Costello twins, who have featured roles.
Frame of Mind (2009) is about a New Jersey detective who accidentally
stumbles upon new evidence in the Kennedy assassination. When he gets close to
exposing the details, very bad things start to happen to him, his friends and
his family. It's a low-budget project created almost entirely by one
guy, Carl T. Evans, who is the author, director, star, and producer. The only
established performer in the film is the guy who plays Mr. Big in the Sex and
the City projects.
The project isn't altogether awful. Mr. Evans is a likeable actor of the
laid-back Charlie Sheen variety, and the plot is kind of fun, but Evans the
author had absolutely no idea how to end it. The finish is totally
unsatisfying. It introduces, then drops, a central plot point just as the film
ends. Then there is am epilogue which jumps into the future so awkwardly that
it seems that another 30 minutes of the film must be on the cutting room floor
somewhere. Moreover, everything important is completely unresolved at the end
of the film, so that the entire plot only seems like a prelude to something
else, as if it were a pilot for a TV series. Maybe it is. I don't know. But I
advise you to avoid it since there did not turn out to be any nudity in it,
and because the ending is so frustrating that you'll think you've invested
ninety minutes for nothing.