• Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated



  • Chloe Sevigny in her pre-Bunny days in the controversial Kids (Zipped .avi)

  • Catherine McCormack in The Tailor of Panama, I thought she looked great in Braveheart and even better in Dangerous Beauty, but she de-glammed after that. After her terrific performance in Dangerous Beauty, matched by her stunning looks, it seemed that she might become an A-list movie star, but her best work since then has been on stage. (Zipped .avi)

  • Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. (Zipped .avi) Kind of similar to McCormack's situiation,  in a way. It seemed she was ready to become a major leading lady after Thomas Crown, but didn't. Of course, she doesn't have McCormack's acting ability, and she got kind of a late start (45 when she made Thomas Crown), but perhaps she contributed to her own problems with some very weak career choices like The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Yours, Mine and Ours.




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Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.






King David (1985)

King David (1985) has Richard Gere slaying, smiting and begatting his way through four books of the bible. The filmmakers could have gone for epic battle scenes, or focused on what a horn dog David was, but they opted instead for a remedial Sunday School lesson. Considering that God wrote the source material, it must have been more exciting than what finally hit the screen. In fact, it's just about at the sleep-inducing level of those infamous Know Your Bible comic books, except that Gere had less dynamic range than the typical comic book figure.

The esseence of the film is that whenever Gere's David gets off course, some prophet or other shows up to kick his butt. I guess the theme is that you shouldn't piss off God ...

 ... which might explain how the MPAA assigned a PG-13 rating to a film with full frontal nudity from Alice Krige as Bathsheba and breasts from Cherie Lunghi as Saul's daughter.

King David was directed by Bruce Beresford, who has turned out several films I found watchable, including Don't Party, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy, and Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. Even his low-rated Puberty Blues had its moments. I am not genetically predisposed to hate Richard Gere either, and enjoyed An Officer and a Gentleman immensely. It is just this particular Beresford/Gere effort I don't like.

As bad an idea as all this sounds, the film is not really terrible. It's just not very good.

Terrible would have at least made it fun.


  • IMDb readers say 4.7.

  • Gere was nominated for a Razzie.

  • This is a D on our scale.




Alice Krige





Cherie Lunghi






Today the Time Machine goes all the way back to 1971 for "The Fiend". We have a topless Susanna East who decides to go swimming with "The Fiend", not a good move as she winds up on a meat hook in a frozen food locker. Caps and two zipped .wmv clips.






No Mercy for the Rude

"Killer" grew up in an orphanage, teased incessantly because of a speech impediment. The taunts that he had to endure as a child became bad enough that he simply stopped talking altogether. The only good memories he has of his childhood days, was of another orphan girl that took care of him and treated him like a normal person. She pushed him to stand up for himself and they soon became best of friends. As an adult, Killer worked at a neighborhood restaurant making use of his best talent: his mastery of the knife. While spending his days working at the restaurant, he decided to see if he could get his speech impediment fixed. The doctor that he saw told him that his tongue was abnormally short and to fix his problem would require a specialist. He told Killer that the price of the operation would cost $100,000. In order to get the money for his surgery, Killer decides to make use of his talent with the knife and become a killer for hire. His one rule would be that he would kill only rude people.

 "No Mercy for the Rude" is another great Korean Movie, like many coming out these last few years. The actor that played Killer is Ha-kyun Shin, who has played in some very impressive films like Save The Green Planet, JSA, and Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance. He is impressive here as well, he can create a great character without saying a word. The movie is influence from by Chan-Wook Park's revenge trilogy (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance), but is not a copy of any of them, it also feels a lot like Luc Besson's Leon. I really recommend the movie to any lovers of Asian cinema, you will not be disappointed.











Notes and collages

The Supernatural Ladies

Kathryn Erbe

Stir of Echoes

...I like this ghost film but don't take my word for it since I despised "Interview of a Vampire" which other people adored... - (RokWatch)

Scoop's note: I pretty much agree with you on both counts. I think Stir of Echoes underperformed financially because it came out at about the same time as the mega-blockbuster The Sixth Sense, and is a very similar movie.

Stir of Echoes came out while The Sixth Sense was still in theaters, still riding near the top of the box office. Analysts wondered how many "kid seeing dead people" movies could be supported simultaneously.  In the context of that time, it seemed that the kid in this movie was putting up his hand in the back of the class and saying "What about me? I see dead people too!" To make matters worse, Stir of Echoes came out the exact same week as Stigmata - another significantly hyped story about supernatural events. Therefore, in its the opening weekend, Stir of Echoes finished third behind two very similar movies. A tough draw! In spite of that, the film eventually grossed a respectable $21m, even though its distribution level was only moderate.

I liked the film, and most critics did as well. It scored 70% at Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave it the same three stars he gave to The Sixth Sense, and James Berardinelli gave Stir of Echoes a far better review than The Sixth Sense. Of course The Sixth Sense took in close to $300m, while Stir of Echoes barely cleared $20m, so ... sometimes it's all about timing! You have to wonder how it would have shaken out if their releases had been reversed.



Dann reports on Totally Awesome

This is totally dumb, totally stupid, totally clichéd, and that's totally OK because it's totally supposed to be.

It's also totally funny.

The premise of the 2006 comedy is that VH1 found a "long-lost" unreleased teen film from the eighties and is airing it now (in 2006). It's about a loser whose family moves from Pittsburgh to California, and who is considered the most uncool/unpopular kid in his new high school. Naturally, he immediately falls for the most beautiful/popular girl in the school (Brittany Daniel), who is dating the most handsome/popular guy in the school.

His sister is also distraught because she wants to be a dancer, but dancing is outlawed in the town they moved to due to an unfortunate incident years ago where all of the students' legs fell off during a dance contest. Now, school dances are banned and instead they have "stand-arounds."

Oh yeah, it's just as silly as that, and spoofs every 80's movie you can think of. It has some hysterical moments, and the stereotypes fly at you left and right. If you're in the mood for total goofiness, this is the movie to pick. Also, let's have a big round of applause for Zara Taylor, who, although she doesn't seem to land big roles, has managed to show her boobs in every movie I've seen her in. My kind of actress


Zara Taylor Brittany Daniel






Mr Skin looked at Ingmar Bergman's underrated masterpiece, Roller Booty, which was loosely adapted from Strindberg's somber, cynical Expressionist play, The Dance of Death.

OK, so it wasn't a literal interpretation

First up, Zoe Britton



Roller Booty: Jennifer Lee



Roller Booty: Samantha Ryan



Roller Booty: Angie Savage



Roller Booty: Cheleste Star


enough of Roller Booty ... at least until Bergman delivers his long-promised sequel. Hope he makes it before time catches up with him. I really need to know if Candy and Big Boots can save their innocent friends by winning the Roller Derby against Death. At the end of Part One, Death seems to be having some trouble skating with that long robe on, and I'm hoping he switches to short-shorts for the sequel.

Today's last set exposes Brigitte Petronio in The House at the End of the Park





Pat's comments in yellow

The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that cheating on your spouse can get you life in prison.  It stemmed from a bizarre case in which prosecutors convicted a man of trading prescription painkillers for sex by citing an obscure law that defines criminal sexual conduct as occurring whenever "sexual penetration occurs under circumstances involving the commission of any other felony."  Since adultery is still listed as a felony under an old law that's never enforced, the judges said they had no choice but to rule that cheating on your spouse is criminal sexual conduct that can land you in jail for life.
*  So I guess the Detroit Pistons won’t be winning any NBA championships for a long time.

Miami Beach city commissioners upset residents with a proposed amendment that would ban all large private parties at homes.  It's designed to crack down on the unscrupulous rental of houses for large paid events that cause traffic and noise problems.  But it would ban any private gathering in which the guests contribute more than $100.  That means if you have 15 guests who each bring $7 worth of gifts, wine or food, your living room Super Bowl bash, cocktail get-together or Christmas party would be an illegal commercial event eligible for a fine of up to $15,000.


*  With the Christmas gifts my family gives each other, keeping it under $100 total would be no problem.


Kathleen Ensz, a retired French professor from the University of Northern Colorado, is on trial for "use of a noxious substance" for allegedly wrapping dog poop in a political mailer from Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and leaving it at Musgrave’s office.  At her hearing, her attorney tried to argue that dog feces is protected free speech under the First Amendment.  As precedent, she cited Thomas Jefferson's criticism of the British King, and "South Park's" Mr. Hankey to show the acceptability of feces as a modern method of expressing disdain.  


*  She obviously considers bull feces to be a form of free speech.

*  I think we all remember how Jefferson declared America’s independence by leaving a flaming bag of dog poop on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace, ringing the bell and running.