"Flesh and Blood"

Flesh and Blood (1985) is a transition film for Paul Verhoeven, in that the lions share of the funding was from a US studio, but with European co-operation, and a mixed cast of US and European performers. He found that the studios interfered more in the plot, but deferred to them, and is not sure he should have. He also found that American actors were used to being pampered, and didn't understand his directing style. They constantly complained about things like unheated castles (those medieval rulers must have been really stupid not to install forced air heating and air conditioning) and lack of privacy. The biggest challenge was the directing style bit, however. Verhoeven was used to walking through a characters part himself to explain what he was looking for, and where. The American performers wanted to know the characters motivation in each scene and their complete psychology. Verhoeven thought those things were obvious from the script.

He went on from this film to making high-budget Hollywood films, with some spectacular successes and failures, but confided in the commentary that he will be returning to Holland and making a few films more true to his artistic muse. His DP this time was Jan de Bont, who worked with him on many of his films both in Holland and in Hollywood. In fact, Verhoeven has only worked with two DPs. de Bont is too busy directing his own films now, and Jost Vacano has now retired, so Paul will have to find a new DP for his next effort. He will be teaming again with writer Gerard Soeteman, who wrote all of his early films, but stayed in Holland.

This film became a story about Jennifer Jason Leigh, torn between Rutgar Hauer and Tom Burlinson, but was originally supposed to be more about men wielding power in Medieval times. IN this film, there are no clear good or bad people, and no heroes or villains. Jennifer Jason Leigh is one of the most conniving and self-serving characters, in that she plays both sides.

Whatever else you think of Verhoeven's body of work, he has certainly given as ample nudity, and this is no exception. With a resume that includes Showgirls and basic Instinct, you could defend him as being the single best mainstream director for female nudity. He and Hauer had worked together on many films, and were very comfortable together in this one. Scoop summarized the nudity perfectly. I kind of liked the ambiguities in the film, something more like Verhoeven's roots than the Hollywood formula. We never know, for certain, which guy Leigh really wants, for instance. There are plenty of digs at violence committed in the name of religion, and other strong political themes. Verhoeven believes he did not have enough budget to make this film perfectly, and was very clear in the commentary where things were not right. This "knights hack and slash and rape and pillage" is not my normal fare, and I enjoyed this one, which makes it a C+.

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  • Blanca Marsillach (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71)
  • Marina Saura (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Nancy Cartwright (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    The Cider House Rules

    Cider House is one of those films which provokes radically polarized reactions, ala The English Patient. James Berardinelli picked it as his #4 film in 1999, and it was a Best Picture nominee. On the other hand, Roger Ebert gave it a mere two stars, and critics were split about down the middle.

    Some of the criticism was related to the film itself, which had some real flaws, starting with a corny musical score that tells you when to cry. Some of the other criticism was related to the film's point of view, which was strongly pro-abortion.

    I discussed it at greater length here.

    I'm not unaware of the film's problems, and its critics had some valid points, but in my mind they were insignificant points. The essence of the film was about real people, complicated multi-dimensional people, caring for one another. At its core, it is not a love story, but rather a film about love.

    When I reviewed it in 1999, I wrote:

    "It argues that we should love each other more in general, we should love our children most of all, and we should not create children unless we plan to love them. It delivers that message powerfully and simply, as Irving's novel did. And when you get right down to it, everything else is less significant than that."

    It has an angelic spirit, and that leads me to forgive its flaws.

    The fact that Charlize Theron gets naked didn't hurt my attitude any, either. Although it is not very explicit nudity, it is beautifully lit and the scene is composed and colored beautifully.




    • You will find about a dozen update volumes in letters H-J, plus Charlize Theron. Gabriella Hall must now be approaching the pole position, with nearly 200 entries in her volume. I don't specifically keep track of that, but I know that Hall has now passed Michelle Bauer, and I think Julie Strain is the only one higher on the totem pole, unless I have forgotten someone.





    JANET JACKSON's new song JUST A LITTLE WHILE was rush released digitally to American radio networks yesterday morning (02FEB04) after it was leaked onto the internet.

    Record label bosses at VIRGIN chose to release the DALLAS AUSTIN-produced track in a bid to scupper cyber thieves' plans to put the record out early as an exclusive download. Ironically, the number was apparently not officially chosen by the label as the first single from Jackson's new album, DAMITA JOE, which will be released at the end of March (04).

    The track's arrival comes just hours after Jackson's controversial appearance as part of the MTV-produced Super Bowl half-time show, in which she exposed her right breast.


    Final Word








    Flesh and Blood, in the scene you capped, there was one good quick flash of beaver when JJL is squirming around.

    Scoop's reply: There were three times when she flashed the ol' 'tang. One of these must be what you are looking for. If not, I'll bet Tuna nailed it above. (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Hey Scoop,

    I've been watching a movie I picked up at a half-price store - called Sunset Strip (1992).  It has to be the lamest stripper movie ever, and I've seen a few.  The strip scenes involve a club, where the audience is  full of middle aged men who cheer the dancers and throw dollar bills like they were frat boys that have never seen a topless woman before.  Most of the dances take two songs before any clothes come off - and then another one just to get the top off.  There's a few side stories about the strip club owner, the girls who are taking dancing lessons for some kind of legitimate competition a la flashdance, and so on, but nothing of any interest.  Speaking of Flashdance, Shelly Michelle is in this movie, but I don't know if any of the nudity was hers since I can't tell which one she is - all of the dancers kinda blend into each other. Well there is one small-breasted dancer at the end that had some gymnastic moves that might be her - and she shows her breasts in a very dramatic fashion (remove top facing away, turn around with hands over breasts, then open the arms wide in an expansive "I love the world gesture". I did like some of the music, but that's because I like 80s rock/metal music that's heavy on guitar.

    A lot of the nudity is not very clear - either dance club scenes or with that hazy, vaselined lens look that Penthouse popularized.  One reason I'm mentioning it at all, is it had the longest trailer I've ever seen (why do they call them "trailers" if they come before the movie???). I didn't clock it, but I swear it must have been 12 minutes. It was for Bikini Summer II, and showed more nudity in the trailer than I remember was even in the movie. More than was even in the main feature, for that matter.

    I noticed a couple of days ago you mentioned Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Aniston, and Charlize Theron (Theron as she was listed) by name only. Was there some reason why you had to qualify Julia Roberts as "Actress Julia Roberts"?  Kind of like saying George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, and comedian Jerry Seinfeld. 



    Scoop's reply: I don't remember that. It doesn't sound like me. Hard to believe that I would refer to Julia Roberts as an actress with placing "alleged" before the term.



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    Graphic Response
    • Holly Hunter, baring breasts and bush and looking fantastic at age 45 in scenes from "Thirteen" (2003). Hunter was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for this role.

    • Hudson Leick, the Evil Callisto topless in scenes from "After the Game" aka "The Last Hand".

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.

    Crimson Ghost
    Part 2 of the Ghost's coverage of the Skinemax flick "Pleasurecraft" (1999).

    • Andrea Hargitay, robo-hooters, pubes and the occasional thong views.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    • Brandy Davis, showing all 3 B's while cheerleading, and then toplessness in pseudo-sex scenes.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    • Shayna Ryan, robo-boobs and gettin' it on.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    • Group pics including Amber Newman, Brandy Davis and Taimie Hannum in a 3-way lesbo scene.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Nikki Ziering
    (1, 2)

    Playing the naughty stripper cop from the bachelor party scene in "American Wedding".

    Janet Jackson
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    Just in case you haven't seen enough of Janet's boob yet....here are a few more pics of of her half time "wardrobe malfunction".

    Ludivine Sagnier Dragon 'caps of Ludivine's gorgeous and dare I say perfect toplessness in scenes from "Swimming Pool".

    Meg Ryan A fantastic collage by ZonononZor of Meg nude in "In the Cut".

    Nicole Eggert
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    The former "Charles in Charge" and "Baywatch" co-star baring breasts and bum in a sex scene with one of the two Coreys in scenes from "Blown Away" (1992).

    Ornella Muti
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the Italian actress going topless in scenes from "Somewhere in the City" (1998).

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    An Uplifting Game - The Patriots beat the Panthers 32-29 in the last seconds of a Super Bowl squeaker, but afterward, all the talk was about Janet Jackson. In an MTV-produced halftime show, Justin Timberlake sang, "I'll get you naked by the end of this song," then ripped off Janet's top, exposing one breast with a solar-shaped nipple medallion. CBS was swamped with complaints and claimed they had no idea it would happen. But the Drudge Report claims they did, and that MTV even issued a pre-game PR release on "Janet's Shocking Moments." Timberlake also apologized, calling it a "regrettable...wardrobe malfunction."

  • He thought she was wearing underwear...Good thing he didn't rip off her pants.
  • It's just a good thing Janet always wears nipple jewelry to preserve her modesty.
  • All those commercials for erectile dysfunction drugs, and after the halftime show, no men needed them.
  • It was part of Houston's Super Bowl theme: "Things are bigger in Texas!"

    ...Super Bowl ads were so expensive, the cost averaged out to $75,000 a second...So Bud Lite paid $225,000 just to broadcast the sound of a horse farting.

    Janet Can Say She "Did It For The Troops" - U.S. troops watched the Super Bowl in Iraq by satellite. In Tikrit, soldiers ate wings, hot dogs and hamburgers as they watched the game on a movie-size screen in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

  • Meanwhile, Saddam was watching the "Queer Eye" marathon with his cellmate.
  • The screen was so big, Janet Jackson's boob looked the same size as Pamela Anderson's.

    Corporate Stooges - The NFL forced a number of Las Vegas casinos to cancel their Bowl parties, claiming that showing it on TV to the crowd would be stealing their "intellectual property."

  • And by "intellectual property," they mean a football game, Janet Jackson's boob and a farting horse.
  • The NFL accomplished the impossible: they made Las Vegas casinos grumble about someone else being too greedy.


  • Good critical rundown of the Super Bowl ads here
  • View all the major ads online here

    From The Journal "Duh" - Psychologist Katherine Black of the University of Hartford proved that wealth makes you more attractive. 160 undergraduates were asked to read vignettes describing a sexual come-on and a "touch to the genital area" from a stranger and to imagine their reaction. While none reacted positively when the touch was described as rough, they were much more likely to tolerate a gentle touch when the person was expensively dressed or driving a fancy car. Men were more willing to go along with a rich stranger's advances than women were, perhaps because men are generally more willing to fool around.

  • Ya think?...This doctor must specialize in proving the obvious.
  • Money makes even ugly guys attractive...which explains why fashion models date rock stars.
  • This is why Donald Trump gets so many hot babes, even though he has hair like Donald Trump.

    "Average Joe: The Next Phase" - Computer engineer Jon Blake Cusack of Holland, Michigan, talked his wife Jamie into naming their newborn son "Jon Blake Cusack 2.0." He sent out an e-mail birth announcement saying that version 2.0 contains many features of version 1.0 with additional features from Jamie.

  • It was definitely an upgrade.
  • Their biggest worry now is keeping it safe from viruses.
  • I'm astounded that a guy this geeky could even talk a woman into marrying him.