"Smoke and Flesh"

Smoke and Flesh (1968) is half of a Something Weird Video release which also includes Alice in Acidland. It is by far the better or the two, and has two of five naked women I was able to identify. The purpose of the film is to exploit dope smoking and show flesh (Hmmm, good title, huh?), and it does both, and little else. The film starts with elaborate preparations for a pot party, which involve trickery the CIA would be proud of in the purchase of the "key." One couple comes to the party so he can watch someone else of his wife's choice have sex with her. He is impotent, but is doing research for a book. She is horny. Other highlights include strip HO scale car races, and turning a lovely but unidentified black woman into a Sunday. Things get iffy when some bikers crash the party, but slipping acid to the meanest one solves that.

The horny wife, played by Cherie Winters, shows breasts. Janet Banzet, and two unidentified women do full frontal and rear nudity, and a third unidentified woman shows breasts. Call me strange, but the idea of naked slot car racing, together with the plentiful nudity was enough to amuse me. C-.

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  • Cherie Winters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Janet Banzet (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Unknown #1 (1, 2)
  • Unknown #2 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Unknown #3 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Drowning by Numbers (1988):

    I was ready to shut this movie off during the opening credits. A young girl skips rope as she names the stars in the cadence of her count to 100. "13 - Rigel, 14 ... " - get it? Now you'd think most filmmakers would pick up this little symbol at a point near its end, but not Peter Greenaway. We see the whole count in real time. I nearly fell asleep before the movie title appeared, thinking it was going to be a Greenaway pretension-fest like Prospero's Books.

    I persevered only because of the nudity, but I'm glad I didn't give up.

    Of course, it never did become a normal movie. This is one weird effort, a Salvador Dali painting come to life, but beneath the madness it is also a charming entertainment. The counting to 100 in the rope-jump prefigures the appearance of the numbers one through a hundred in sequence throughout the movie. It's fun after a while to see if you can spot them or to predict their appearance.

    The plot, such as it is, centers around three women with the same name who all drown their husbands, with the assistance of the coroner, an inveterate gamesman who protects the women from the law in return for sexual favors. It's quirky, personal filmmaking, and the main characters are all utterly amoral. I'm assuming they really are three separate women, but that is by no means certain. Maybe they aren't real at all. They are, but they aren't.

    Does the plot really matter? It's a black comedy, and a puzzle. "The play's the thing."

    Who else but Peter Greenaway could have written the dryly amusing script? Who else but Greenaway could have imagined the ethereal landscape, which was not unlike Prospero's Island in Greenaway's version of The Tempest. The visual presentation is poetic and rich with symbols. One might even say "cluttered with symbols", or just plain "cluttered." The camera angles are unusual, befitting the material photographed.  For my money, nobody creates a richer texture of visual imagery than Greenaway, and his vision is truly unique. You will not mistake this film for the work of any other director.

    For me, the only disappointment was an unsatisfying ending. Besides the ones I mentioned, the other main character in the film is the coroner's bizarre number-obsessed son, who narrates, and actually does most of the numbering that marks the progress of the film. The ultimate fate of that boy-narrator seemed unduly harsh to me. Oh, I guess this was how it had to end. I couldn't come up with a better solution to the puzzle, but I just wanted some of the characters to fare better than they did. Still and all, it was Greenaway's game, and that's how he played it.

    I'm not sure why anyone financed this film, because the potential audience is small, but I sure liked it. I have seen nine of Greenaway's movies, and this is my favorite.

    These are VHS caps, so not quite up to the usual standard, but this is another film not available on DVD.

    • Joely Richardson. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) I did this movie in the hope she would win a Golden Globe and I'd have the timing perfect. She did not. Oh, well! The Nip/Tuck star used to appear nude in arty stuff like this. I miss those days.

    • Juliet Stevenson

    • Jane Gurnett. I have no idea who Jane is, but I guarantee that her long, drunken bath would have been one of the 20 top nude scenes of the year if this web site had existed in 1988! It is visually magnificent. Her body is curvy and natural. She showed the whole magilla.


    Who's Your Daddy (2003):

    This is a really poor movie.

    The plot description sounds like something  I might like. A high school nerd from Ohio finds out that he is adopted, and that his biological parents have recently died, leaving him the heir to a massive soft-porn empire similar to Playboy, complete with the magazine and the mansion. He and one of his nerdy friends jet out to run the porn biz in California, where they get hornswaggled out of the whole shebang by his evil uncle and his personal shyster, Mike Hunt. Together with the Playmates and some loyal employees, the nerds fight to get the empire back from Uncle Dunky.

    Everything proceeds predictably, but that's not the problem with the film. As we all know, it is possible to make this type of film a lot of fun even if predictable, but this one fails in every way. The acting is so broad it would embarrass Ace Ventura. The jokes have been culled from an intensive study of the best humor from seventh grade playgrounds in 1964. Even the nudity is boring - just uninvolving topless shots of anonymous women while the three female stars do rip-off nudity in which their naughty bits are covered with strategically placed long hair or bubbles.

    Tuna pointed out last week in his review of Snapdragon that you know your movie is in trouble when Pam Anderson gives your best performance. How bad is it when your major thespian is Patsy Kensit?

    Avoid this like the plague. It's rated a weak 4.3 at IMDb, which is just about where it should be.


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    Another Time, Another Place (1983)

    In the 1983 film "Another Time, Another Place" Scottish-born Phyllis Logan (.wmv zipped, .avi zipped) puts in a full frontal performance.



    Martha (1974)

     The same goes for Margit Carstensen in "Martha" (1974), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Margit was, along with Hanna Schygulla who often shed her clothes, one of Fassbinder's favorite actresses. She didn't usually didn't show much skin, but here she made an exception.



    "14 Tage lebenslšnglich" (1997)

     Finally Sylvia Leifheit shows breasts and buns in "14 Tage lebenslšnglich".

    Cast Your Vote!
    Today we're kicking off a series of new reader's polls! The goal is post a new poll every Monday in the Fun House. Naturally if any readers have suggestions for future polls, please send them to Scoopy Jr..

    This week's poll....Best Nude Debut.

    The focus of this week's poll is first movie and first nudity. Please give us a hand and email Scoopy Jr. the names of any actresses you can think of that made screen debuts with nudty. Look for the voting to begin Wednesday or Thursday.

    Here is a very short early list of nominees...

  • Juliette Marquis in "This This Girl's Life"
  • The recent winner of our 2004's Best Nude Scene poll...Eva Green in "The Dreamers".

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    'Caps and comments by PAL:


    Here are my latest collages....

    First up, a here's a redo of a previous effort.

    They are airing "The Hunger" series in Germany at the moment and the transfer rate seems ok.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Amityville: Dollhouse"
    This 1996 direct-to-video addition to the Amityville haunted house horror series is one of the better ones. Not great, sure, but a decent enough horror flick with some nice twists.

    In this one a family (slightly dysfunctional) movies into a newly built house, and in the storage room left on the property, discovers a doll house. The father gives it to his daughter, not knowing it is a replica of the infamous Amityville house. Soon bad things start to happen.

    The family must fight to work together to battle this evil, even as the family itself is torn apart because of the recent marriage which brings together the father's teen son and young daughter, and the mother's nerdy royal-pain-in-the-ass bratty son. This dual struggle is a major part of the plot.

    Good acting and decent special effects make this enjoyable for horror fans, maybe even more so than the original. Incidentally, Lisa Robin Kelly plays the older sister on That 70's Show.

    Christine Taylor Taylor (aka Marica Brady and Mrs. Ben Stiller) very fit and showing some nice cleavage in scenes from one of the funniest movies of 2004, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story".

    Erika Christensen
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Shiri Appleby
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    From the teen version of "Fatal Attraction", 2002's "Swimfan". We see Christensen in her bra and also mostly topless (link #5). We see Appleby soaking wet with a t-shirt clinging to her bod.

    Milla Jovovich
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Milla is nekkid underwater in scenes from the sci-fi actioner, "Resident Evil: Apocalypse".

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    Amber Smith The supermodel/actress and Fun House (and Brainscan) favorite baring all 3 B's in scenes from the "As She Wishes" episode of "Red Shoe Diaries".

    Neve Campbell Neve topless and baring her well toned bun in a shower scene from "When Will I Be Loved" (2004).

    Next up scenes from the flick "Voyeur: The Motion Picture" aka "Voyeur: Inside Out". It 'stars' a bunch of porn babes having sex and masturbating. Looks like the scenes in the movie may have originally been hard core, but all hard stuff has been edited out for airing on late night cable.

    Tara Reid
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Kitt 5000 'caps of the "American Pie" and "Van Wilder" star going topless (pre-implants), baring a bit of bum and gettin' it on in scenes from "Body Shots".

    Natalie Portman Another excellent quality collage of Portman in "Closer".

    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Here are a few B&W 'caps by Mr. Skin featuring the Material Girl topless in scenes from the 1991 documentary, "Truth or Dare".