Following the lead of Brittany Daniel, here is the second nude
scene which will eventually end up as a nominee for the year's
best, come December.
The film itself is dreary. It starts out as kind of a 1950s
version of Lady Chatterley's Lover. A new administrator moves into
a mental health care facility in the countryside. His
marriage seems loveless and virtually passionless, and his wife
feels frustrated and bored by her life on the campus. She ends up
starting a passionate affair with the gardener, who is a young,
lusty and Russell Crowe-lookin' mofo. Of course, in this case the
risk is a bit higher than in Chjatterley, because the gardener is
also a patient in the asylum, and a rather dangerous one at that,
one who killed his wife in a particularly gruesome fashion. The
affair leads to some unfortunate consequences, a simple summary of
which would read "tragedy ensues." The plot twists become more and
more melodramatic until they bordering the absurd and testing the
patience of even the most tolerant viewer, which I am certainly
Some have described Asylum as a psychological thriller, perhaps
because it features several psychologists as characters, although
nothing seems to explain the "thriller" portion of the equation. I
believe it would best be described as a film version of a a
particularly over-the-top gothic romance novel, even though that
may not be a fair description of the actual source novel, which
seems to be respected as an analysis of female subservience in the
repressed culture of Britain in the 50s.
Natasha Richardson and Marton Csonkas provide substantial
nudity in several sex scenes, and Ms Richardson adds two bathing
scenes. It seemed that Natasha had given up screen nudity,
but here she is, 13 years after her last nude scene, looking
absolutely great without her clothing, and showing us her body in
good light, including a procto-cam! Who would have predicted that?
It looks like she's had a boob job, but they look great, real or
not, and she also has a flat tummy, and elegant legs to go with
Lord of War (2005)
Lord of War is a black comedy in which Nic Cage
plays an arms dealer and Ethan Hawke plays the Interpol agent
obsessed with his capture. Let me cut to the chase with this one.
This is one of the best movies I've seen in years, and is probably
the second-best anti-war black comedy of all time, after Dr.
Strangelove. The script is brilliant in just about any way you can
imagine. The narration by Cage is hilarious, yet often very
moving. The situations are imaginative and bizarrely twisted, yet
almost real because ... well, because the life of an arms dealer
is pretty damned surreal to begin with. The attention to small
details is impressive. The ending is a truly cool way to finish
the cat-and-mouse chase, although the final outcome is annoyingly
inconsistent with an important plot point established either.
The film's visual imagination is a perfect match
to the spirit of the script. Not only is it inventive, with
several outstanding scenes, but this is just a slickly packaged
and generally great-looking movie which came up with some
incredible location shots. It is so damned cool that Elya came in
to tell me something and ended up watching the rest of the movie.
As I filled her in on what had transpired earlier, she was
laughing out loud at my description, and I was giggling while
recalling it. Whether the film is picturing the massive fire sale
of weapons which accompanied the fall of the Soviet empire, or the
corruption and tragedy of Africa, it is simultaneously funny and
The only real weakness of the film is that the
overall point is obvious. I mean, is there someone out there who
doesn't think that arms dealers are bad dudes? I chose to ignore
that point simply because I can't see any reason to create a rule
that says nobody can make fun of arms dealers. Given the absence
of such a rule, the film does everything it should. It is both
entertaining and emotionally involving, and it even has a lot of
How did this film get forgotten at awards time?
She is a South African model.
is her portfolio.
in the deleted scenes. She is theoretically naked beneath
her robe, but I can't really reach any definite conclusion
about what we are actually looking at here.
I watched four other new releases today. Capsule summaries:
There is no nudity in Puppet Master vs the Demonic
Toys, and the film is about what you would expect for a film with
that title which stars Corey Feldman.
There is brief Jamie King nudity in Two for the
Money, the gambling movie with Pacino and McConaughey.
Unfortunately, the scene is so dark that no detail can be seen at
all. Jamie may be wearing a bra, for all I know. The first half of
this movie is excellent, fast-paced, well-plotted, and with a real
driving energy supplied by good editing and joyful performances from
the two leads, who really seemed to be relishing their roles.
Unfortunately, the screenwriter didn't know what to do once he
established the set-up. The second half is a mess. It's
melodramatic, it lacks credibility, the characters' motivations are
confusing, and some of it just doesn't seem to make sense. The two
halves seem like two separate movies, one of which I liked very
much, and the other of which I didn't like at all.
There is no nudity in Half Light, the ghost story
starring Demi Moore. It is a tragedy - basically a
supernatural/psychological soap opera with slick production
values. It's a mediocre movie, neither very good or bad, certainly
not the right engine to power Demi's comeback.
There is no nudity in The Man, the mismatched buddy
cop movie with Eugene Levy and Samuel L Jackson. The movie is not
worth a look, in my opinion.
This is the first time I had ever seen these pictures of
Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller
Weekend Box Office Results (update)
- The weekend estimates have been replaced by actuals.
As it turns out, Hoodwinked did NOT win the weekend box
office. Glory Road edged it out by $38,000
- We finally see what happened to BloodRayne's attempt
to bypass the standard distribution system. They
originally created and distributed 1900 prints. Only
half that many theaters ever played the film at all.
After only a week, 600 more theaters dropped it. (Within
typical distribution channels, theaters agree to a
mandatory two week run when they take a film.) At this
point, I don't know if the theaters dropped the film on
their own, as a pure financial decision, or if they
received pressure from the distribution companies.
"The Golden Globe Awards named 'Brokeback Mountain' the
best picture of the year. But it still won't be showing at
Larry Miller's theatres."
Where's Frodo today?
- A day by day account of "The Red Book of Westmarch"
(a.k.a. "The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the
Return of the King") as told by The Beatles
"Top Ten Reasons Saddam Hussein's Chief Judge Resigned"
- Wants to spend more time with his goat
- Lost faith in everything after finding out Oprah's
book club is rigged
- Finally got clearance to open Iraq's first Jack in
the Box franchise
Man Jailed For Not Killing a Woman
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift! Make your own Romance
Tell-tale parrot exposes cheating girlfriend
Daily Show: "Nuclear Schematics"
- "Iranian expert John Hodgman downloads a nuclear
bomb schematic, with the help of a young person"
"This Week in God: Limbo"
- "In a move to making Catholicism more appealing, the
church reorganized the entire netherworld."
This week's movies (expanding to 460 screens):
Match Point - 77% positive reviews
- Woody Allen's new movie - a kinda-sorta noir
thriller set in England!
This week's movies (NY and LA only):
The Matador - 72% positive reviews
This week's movies (expanding to 800 screens):
Terrence Malick's The New World - 55% positive reviews
- "Malick's exalted visuals and isolated metaphysical
epiphanies are ill-supported by a muddled, lurching
narrative, resulting in a sprawling, unfocused account
of an epochal historical moment."
- "This lavish coffee-table-book of a movie gradually
reveals itself as an uninvolving, crashing bore."
- "Thanks, Mr. Mallick, for 2 1/2 hours of pretentious
This week's movies (165 screens):
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World - 60% positive
This week's movies (1100 screens):
End of the Spear - 75%
- "A crowd-pleasing entertainment based on the true
story of missionaries who ultimately persuaded an
indigenous tribe in the Ecuador jungles to stop spearing
This week's movies (3000 screens)
Underworld: Evolution - no reviews yet
The Weekend Warrior looks at the upcoming weekend.
- He thinks Underworld: Evolution will completely
school the competition, pulling in more than the next
three films added together.
- He's expecting Malick's The New World to sneak into
the Top 10
"DELAY PROPOSES SENDING ABRAMOFF TO PLUTO ... Would
Become First Disgraced Lobbyist in Space"
My favorite video theme:
Naked chick shopping in big city
Headline of the day:
"High Court says no free speech for penis"
The Daily Show: "Nukes of Hazard"
- It's easy to be diplomatic when we've only got two
armies left to deploy: Salvation and KISS.
The Talking Head Vibrator knows how to talk to women.
- The most popular recording: Antonio Banderas
offering to help with the dishes.
"David Hasselhoff has admitted that his marriage collapsed
due to his alcohol problems."
- That, and the fact that his wife had to keep
listening to his version of "Hooked on a Feeling"
New pic from V for Vendetta
New pic from Return to Superman
The British trailer from Imagine Me and You
- "Imagine Me & You" is the story of a girl who falls
in love on her wedding day...but not with the groom.
Heck (Matthew Goode) and Rachel (Piper Perabo) are a
happy young couple about to embark on life together. But
at the church, Rachel catches the eye of an unexpected
guest. In that moment, she realizes that maybe Heck
isn't the one for her. Of course, they will never know
for sure unless they give it a shot. What follows is the
romantic, humorous and sometimes poignant journey
familiar to anyone who's ever been lucky (or unlucky)
enough to be under love's spell.
The trailer for Winter Passing
- "Ed Harris toplines as a reclusive novelist who has
an estranged relationship with his daughter (Zooey
Deschanel). She returns home after a seven-year absence
to a house full of strangers that include a wandering
loner (Will Ferrell) and one of the writer's former
students (Amelia Warner). The daughter's arrival is the
catalyst for change in all of them."
Colbert Report: Double-Stick Tape
- It's the magic substance that makes a spandex
bathing suit stick to a ripe, young butt-cheek.
Colbert Report: Better Know a District: New Jersey's 9th
- Stephen hits up Congressman Steve Rothman for
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
That Man Bolt (1973)
That Man Bolt (1973) is a Fred "The Hammer" Williamson actioner.
He plays a professional courier, living in Hong Kong, who is forced to carry
$1M from there to Mexico. While there was a lot of discussion and several
plots and counter-plots revolved around the money, I never really understood
where the money was going in Mexico or why. It really doesn't matter, as this
was a vehicle designed to allow The Hammer to kick ass in some exotic locales,
and seduce women in the process. There are very few moments when
Williamson is not on screen.
His registration of the currency with the American Embassy displeases the
folks who forced him to take the job, so he goes to Las Vegas, kicks major
ass, then goes back to Hong Kong and kicks more ass. He has sex with a club singer
(Theresa Graves) in Vegas, who is evidently an old flame. She is killed. Back in Hong Kong, he seduces the
mistress of the rich evil Japanese man that is behind all of the trouble.
This seems to be a forgotten
film, as it well should be. Despite all the ass-kicking, the fight scenes are
not particularly impressive. Of course, a strong black man as hero was a
fairly new idea in 1973, so it had some appeal.
Overall, this is a C-. IMDb readers say 4.9, but with only 47 votes.
Theresa Graves shows her left breast.
Witchcraft 6: The Devil's Mistress (1994)
A serial killer is after young women wearing crosses, and two bungling cops
enlist the aide of a psychic divorce attorney to catch the perp. Seems Satan's
current Earth honcho needs a virgin in LA before an eclipse, and has sent
Shannon McLeod and her main squeeze searching for a suitable victim. Slight
problem. The main squeeze is screwing the virgins before turning them over.
It all comes down to the psychic lawyer's secretary, who is a virgin. Will
Satan triumph? You will have to suffer through this just as I did to find out.
This Troma release is listed at IMDb as horror, and IMDb readers score it
2.7. No wonder it's that low, if they were expecting horror. This was clearly
a comedy, although the biggest laughs were unintentional. The correct genre is
"bad movie," but this one is not quite bad enough to satisfy genre fans. D.
Rome Episode 11 - "The Spoils" - contains no
nudity except for a fraction of a second by an unknown actress. Not even
worth bothering you with. Let's hope that the last episode may still offer
us something to look at. As for the plot, Titus Pullo falls deeper and
deeper and is rightfully convicted for murder. Mark Anthony and Atia resume
their affair while dictator-for-life Caesar seems to underestimate his
adversaries. Meanwhile his relationship with Brutus cools off below freezing
point. I wonder how that will end ;-)
So now that you know what I haven't got, it is
high time to tell what I do have for today.
First 4 clips from 1978's The Shout (1,
4 ), starring a fully nude
Susannah York. Rated C+ by Scoop in his review in
he Fun House, these moviebits only seem to confirm his findings.
We conclude with 2 clips from the Wim Wenders film
"Bis ans Ende der Welt" (1991; aka. Until The End of The World) with William
Hurt and Sam Neill. We point our attention however to the breasts and buns
baring performance by lesser known Solveig Dommartin.
More of Brittany Daniel in Rampage (2006)
I was wondering how this scene from Rampage was described in the screenplay.
"Okay. You know, like Brittany walks butt-naked across the room and down the
stairs and out to the pool and then to the edge of the deck, and all the while
the camera follows her with her magnificent rumpus sharply in focus."
Brilliant! Nobel Prize in Literature is sure to follow. I'd sure as
shootin' vote for the guy, whoever he is. Anyway, a bunch more caps of the
magnificent rumpus part.