|Last minute addition.
ESPN's Rob Neyer picks "The team of the nought's". Here.
A sincere apology
No Kentuckians wrote in for obvious reasons, but several people from other places felt I might have offended Kentuckians when I associated that state with the sexual exploitation of barnyard animals. Let me point out the road sign was just a joke, and was not meant to imply any relationship to real behavior in Kentucky or any other of America's fine and distinguished sheep-loving states.
|One Fish, Two Fish|
|Yesterday was Leilani, 20, from Bournemouth. (#1 #2 #3 #4)|
|+||Ever wonder what the Playboy,
Page Three, and other softcore models do when not
modeling for Playboy or the British tabs? Fred does.
Fred, or as he is known in the ancient Elventongue,
"Frodo", specializes in "outing" the
harder action from these ostensibly wholesome girls.
"Yet another Page3 Girl named Andrea (Clarke) who went elsewhere in Europe to do Porn. Andrea was a regular in US magazines in the 1980's. She had a regular "ask Andrea" column in Club Magazine. Had it not been for the internet (and Usenet) the porn experiences of many of these girls might have remained a secret."
Members Bonuses- Besieged
What a poor movie this is. I looked at the fine cast, the director (Bertolucci), and was actually excited to begin watching it. Dummy.
Bertolucci is one of the supreme film artists of the 20th century, one of the few men always capable of transforming motion pictures into motion art. Some of that still shines through, but he just doesn't have enough of a core story to work with here. In fact, the movie is basically a two-character drama which takes place in a single building, like a stage play. Boring!
Here's the scoop. David Thewlis is a pianist in Italy who teaches a little piano and lives in a very beautiful apartment left to him by a rich aunt. Thandie Newton is an African imigre whose husband was arrested and is being held prisoner by the government in their native land.
Thandie and Thewlis come together because she is his maid. She cleans up his apartment in return for some living space downstairs. They have nothing in common. They don't understand each other or relate to each other in any way, but Thewlis decides that he must have her. In the process of wooing her, he discovers that the only thing that would make Thandie love him is if he got her husband free.
So he does so. He gradually sells off everything in the apartment, tapestries from the walls, records, furniture, even his piano, in order to pull the strings he needs to pull. Finally he gets the husband freed.
Now what? Thandie is grateful, of course. She feels the immense power of his obsession with her, and she doesn't know how to thank him. After all, the husband will be at her doorstep in two days. First Thandie tries to write Thewlis a thank you note, but she realizes that is an inadequate gesture. Finally, she realizes that she is completely trapped, his siege has been successful, and she'll have to sleep with him. The guy gave up everything in his life to free her husband. Thewlis wakes up the next morning with a note in his hand that says "I love you". Thandie is sleeping beside him, her breasts exposed. Then the doorbell rings. It is the husband returned from Africa. It rings and rings. Thandie gets out of bed, but the husband continues to ring outside. The movie ends.
So I guess it is one of those giant "Gift of the Magi" ironies. The only think that would make her love Thewlis is for him to free the husband who will take her right back from him. He sells everything he has - for what? To return Thandie to her husband. But she gives up the purity of her love for the husband by writing that note.
That's it. On the artistic side, the best emotional tone is generated by Bertolucci's gradual portrayal of the apartment, first full of the artifacts of the elegant life, gradually stripped of its treasures like a ransacked Egyptian necropolis, and finally nothing but a mattress on the floor and a cheap television on a metal rolling cart.
It has some moments, but does that sound like your kind of movie? Well, you know what to expect. Act accordingly. Warning to those who rent it for the flesh: These scenes occur in the final waning minute of the movie, so have that fast forward button primed.
Because of Bertolucci's eye for an artistic image, the collages did come out quite nice.
|Two from the King of the Ring. Marlena (Terri Runnels) showing highly developed pokitude at RAW (#1 #2)||FR||"Scoopy, these Marie Gillain caps are from a brandnew French movie.I don't think anyone has capped these before.I only got a preview of 2 minutes,but Charlie said there wasn't more nudity in it,so maybe I capped all nude scenes." (Scoop's note: both Gillain and Valle are beautiful women. Don't miss them.)|
|The Snapper||Hi Scoop, got the scanner fired up today for work so I thought I might send you something as well. Photographs today by Pascal Baetens, a Belgian photographer whose particular talent (and here I'm paraphrasing the introduction to his book) is to take young Belgian actresses, dancers and models, and to photograph them nude against the decaying backdrop of post-industrial Belgium - hey, don't laugh man, this is Art! Actually, Baetens' day-job is as a photographer for Dutch Penthouse, so he is clearly one of those lucky individuals whose work is also his hobby." (#1 #2 #3)|