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"Children of a Lesser God" (1986)

Children of a Lesser God (1986) would have been just a standard Hollywood formula love story were it not for the Oscar winning performance by Marlee Matlin in her debut film. Not only did she portray the angry, intelligent and defiant deaf girl perfectly, but she gave tremendous insight into what it is to be deaf. Hurt, as the teacher in the deaf school where she works also gives a great performance and carries nearly 100% of the burden for dialogue.

Marlee swims nude twice, but doesn't show much. The scenes were very dark, and the DVD transfer was not very good, but I did the best I could. Nearly everyone agrees that this one deserves 3 stars. Domestic gross was $31.853m.

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  • Marlee Matlin (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    "Human Traffic"

    Human Traffic (1999) is a weekend in the life of 5 Rave/drug culture friends. Told from their perspective, it is totally non-judgmental. The five live for weekends which follow a ritual. They go to a bar for a warm-up, go to a concert, and then attend a party. The Welsh accent would have been hard enough to understand, but with the Rave/Druggie slang, I nearly needed sub-titles. While the film is occasionally amusing, and Lorriane Pilkington does show her nipples, the film is far from a masterpiece.

    There is really no dramatic tension in this slice of life, and we never get very deep into any of the characters. The entire thing has a rock video feel, and there are a lot of quick cuts and characters directly addressing the camera. It does have energy and pace, and managed to keep me awake. Critics have it between 2 and 2 1/2 stars. It was not a box office success, reaching 26 screens on it's best week. The transfer is very nice, and Pilkington is easy to look at.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    These are Lara Flynn Boyle in the new Vanity Fair, and the second one demonstrates why people think she is so skinny. It's not that her body is so small, but that her head is about six sizes too big.
    • Boyle (1, 2)

    Here's some more of Elle and Capshaw in "A Girl Thing". Zononon Zor did the best version so far, and somebody else sent in a couple of looks showing Elle's face and nipples in the same frames.

    • A Girl Thing by Zon
    • A Girl Thing by someone else
    • In case anyone missed these yesterday...
      The first two are mine, the third from PicHound. (1, 2, 3)

    Four more pictures of Venus Williams in her unusual new style.

    • Venus (1, 2, 3, 4)

    From The Insider, our man in the biz:

    • "Scoop - remember John Milius' film "Big Wednesday". These are the two girls who followed Jan Michael Vincent around and got his surfboard when he wiped out. That movie about the house parties - that was my house. I met Milius at Rincon. He was a chubby little kid back then, who wanted to look through my camera and watch the surfers."
      Jan Michael Vincent
      The two surf bunnies

    Yes, I remember it, but not that well. I haven't seen it in 20+ years, and it isn't on DVD. That film is the official anthem of John Milius' sub-generation, which was the one just prior to mine. Anybody who graduated from college between about 1963 and 1967 is part of a very special group very different from those of us a couple years younger. They grew up essentially in the post-war world, but they were the last separate cultural group before the baby boom, born during the war, and they graduated about 10 minutes before the whole hippie, drug, free-love, anti-war movement took over the college campuses in 1968. They went to high school from 1959 to 1963 - so the music of their high school days was the era just after Elvis' heyday, just after the "day the music died" - and just before the Beatles - the age of the Beach Boys, the beatniks, and the folk craze.

    Don McLean - author of "the day the music died" is in the same sub-generation. He was conceived during the war, born a couple months afterwards. For them, that day, Feb 3, 1959 had an overpowering significance - they were all 14-17 when Holly and Valens went down - essentially they were all the kids of high school age on "the day the music died". That day was my tenth birthday, and the plane's fate was meaningless to me at the time. How much difference a couple short years can make.

    Milius' film is the official sociological summary of the coming of age period for that small and forgotten sub-generation, which had an especially innocent incubation period. (Milius was born during the war, graduated from USC in 1967). When the baby boomers got to the University, everything changed dramatically. The Beatles went into their intellectual phase, the campus innocence was lost forever, and the universities went into turmoil for the next few years. But the war babies missed all that. See Big Wednesday to understand their generation.


    Golden Globe results:

    • Best drama: Gladiator
    • Best comedy: Almost Famous
    • Best foreign-language: Crouching Tiger
    • Best director: Ang Lee
    • Best actor, drama: Tom Friggin' Hanks.
    • Best actor, comedy: George Clooney. (And the best speech of the night. "When you look at the guys nominated in my category - you gotta figure I'm gonna win this. I mean - DeNiro, Carrey, Cusack - what have they done?")
    • Best supporting actor: Benicio DelToro
    • Best actress, drama: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich (a sure Oscar, as far I can see)
    • Best actress, comedy: Renee Zellweger (she was in the bathroom when they announced her award!)
    • Best supporting actress: Kate Hudson

    Biggest surprise: Soderbergh himself shut out - no best director, no best picture, despite two nominations in each category

    So you got your Maxim and you got your FHM and you got a few other teaser men's mags out there, but the one I like the most and the one that sells the fastest in this shop is Ego. First few issues sold out so fast I didn't get a chance to scan em. Not makin' that mistake again. So for you and the boys here is about half of what Ego had to offer this month in the way of babe pics.

    Natasha Allas was Miss World USA 1999. At 25 she wasn't the youngest contestant but she is sho nuff pretty. If she didn't win the swimsuit competition I wanna see who did. Turns out she has her own web site and a calendar; log on and get that puppy, fellas. The third scan is huge, I know, but it was a two-pager and I enjoyed piecing it together and... well, I just don't think you will regret the time spent downloading it. (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Jessica Cauffiel is one of the current hottie crop of young actresses; she isn't nekkid but she is cute as the dickens. (1, 2)

    Leslie Beck is less well-known, a bikini model apparently in need of some encouragement; okay, boys, with one voice now: Leslie, keep modeling. (1, 2)

    And the babe of the month I liked the most is an unnamed woman from Tahiti. Yikes, she is yummy.

    Okay, guys, that's it for Ego of this month; there are a lot more pics and some features that are worth spending time on. For the price it is a serious bargain.

    Maria Ford
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    Pre-boob job 'caps of Maria playing an exotic dancer in "Stripteaser"

    Nikki Fritz Also playing a dancer, and working the pole like a pro! More 'caps from 1995's "Stripteaser".

    Anne Marie Holman Stripping at gunpoint in even more scenes from "Stripteaser".

    and ...
    Lil' Kim
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    Jennifer Connelly
    (1, 2)

    Penélope Cruz
    (1, 2, 3)

    From DeVo..two great babes that go great together!

    First up, Jennifer topless, plus a nice upskirt or two from "Inventing the Abbotts" (#1) as well as partial breast exposure with Jennifer in her undies from "Of Love and Shadows"

    Next, 3 very nice (and nearly life-sized) vidcaps featuring Penélope topless in scenes from "Jamón, jamón".

    Linda Hayden
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    Vidcaps of the British actress from 1974's "Confessions of a Window Cleaner", by Demon. #1 features full frontal nudity, and #2 is topless only.

    Nadja Auerman
    (1, 2, 3)

    Gisele Bundchen

    New scans by Sknib from Photo magazine. Nadja teases in #1 and #3 but not to worry, #2 offers crystal clear topless exposure.

    Meanwhile...Gisle looks fantastic in this extremely wet and see-thru outfit.

    Victoria Abril An excellent collage by Dann exposing Victoria from every angle in scenes from 1990's "ˇÁtame!"

    Frederique van der Vaa1 An excellent topless B&W of the famous Victoria's Secret model.

    Astrid Veillon Very nice breast exposure and partially obscured full frontal exposure from the 1999 French movie "La Femme du boulanger", by Touch.

    Nathalie Baye Topless scenes from "Une liaison pornographique", also by Touch.

    Laurence Côte From UC99, scenes from "Les Voleurs" with nice bum views, and south of the equator exposure.

    Alanis Morissette Nude in her oh so shocking (YAWN) video for the song "Thank You". Excellent job as usual by Watty. Say...isn't it time for Alanis to be on VH-1s "Where are they now"?

    Monica Bellucci Beautiful partial exposure from the February Maxim.

    Alicia Silverstone New 'caps by Scanman of Alicia in "The Crush". Has DVD revealed some exposure we've never seen before? Some say yes. However I say it's a very close call, but any nipple exposure is a figment of the imagination.

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