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"Baba Yaga"

Baba Yaga (1973) is based on a story in an Italian Comic book written by Gudo Crepax. Crepax stories are about a female photographer, and her mis-adventures, and dreams. In this one, she falls under the spell of a sadistic lesbian witch (Carroll Baker) named Baba Yaga after a famous Russian witch. Crepax comics are very cinematic in the way they present the stories, and he has been used to storyboard films. Director Corrado Farina wanted to make a film that was very comic book like. The film is interesting enough, especially in the way it toys with reality, but it is the special features that make this a must own DVD. In the deleted scenes, we see full frontal from both Carroll Baker as Baba Yaga, and Isabelle De Funès as the heroine. We also have breasts and buns from Ely Galleani as a doll that comes to life, and Daniela Balzaretti as a nude model.

The film is packed with 70s Italian atmosphere, and, like the comic book, full of dream sequences with Nazi clad characters and more. It is worth seeing for the imagery alone, but may keep you engaged trying to make sense of it. This is a C+ as a comic book adaptation, one of the more interesting ones.

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  • Caroll Baker (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Daniela Balzaretti (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Ely Galleani (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  • Isabelle DeFunes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    In Praise of Older Women (1978):

    I just talked about this a few days ago, when I reviewed the video tape, and I mentioned at that time that I had finally found a bargain basement DVD, but wasn't expecting it to be very good. It was produced by The Platinum Disc Corporation of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and I was expecting one of those rip-off VHS-to-DVD conversions like that crap DVD of Stateline Motel that ICMS and I looked at recently. But, what the hell, I gave it a shot.

    It turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise. Oh, they didn't do anything expensive. The film hasn't been cleaned up in the transfer process, the original hasn't been re-mastered, and there are no special features.

    BUT ...

    They did a good job at converting a decent print to DVD! The basic film transfer is satisfactory for a 1978 movie - and it is a widescreen version, and it's even anamorphically enhanced for 16x9 screens. Give the LaCrosse boys a gold star, because they allowed us to look at fairly good captures of 100% of the nudity.

    Nudity summary

    • Karen Black: shows her breasts in a post-sex scene.
    • Helen Shaver shows the whole works including an open leg shot in a lengthy and well lit scene. She looked great. Beautiful body, and a face to match (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
    • Alberta Watson shows her breasts in a lengthy sexual encounter which is mostly talk (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) .
    • Monique LePage shows breasts and bum in a shower scene. (1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Marilyn Lightstone shows one breast in an aborted sex scene. (1, 2)
    • Marianne McIsaac shows her breasts and buns and a very brief flash of pubes as she gets in and out of bed. (1, 2)
    • Alexandra Stewart shows the full monty pre, during, and post sex. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    • Susan Strasberg shows her breasts in a dark sex scene with Tom Berenger, and then clearly in better light after he rolls off her. (1, 2) There isn't much titillation in the visuals, but this is still quite a hot sex scene simply because the lovers make hungry erotic talk throughout the lovemaking, as people often do in real life, but seldom do in the movies!

    ALSO ... (not pictured, because who the hell cares)

    • Mr. Berenger shows his bum and Mr Happy in various sex scenes!


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    Here are the final results and comments for last week's poll Best Nude Debut, the 90's.

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    Irène Jacob
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    Sara Melson
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    From the 1999 movie, "The Big Brass Ring". Jacob looks absolutely stunning in bed while showing breasts and a bum that probably falls into the 'perfect' category (link #5).

    Melson also shows the same 2 B's.

    Meredith Scott Lynn
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    I doubt you recognize her by name, but you have probably seen her in a movie or two. She's had a few small roles in "Hollywood Homicide", "Legally Blonde", "Loser", and "A Night at the Roxbury".

    Here she is briefly showing a little breast exposure in scenes from "Standing on Fishes" (1999). She not only starred, but also produced and co-directed this one.

    Linda Diego
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    From the Crimson Ghost...another porn babe doing some softcore on late night cable. Here she is topless and gettin' it on in scenes from an episode of "Bedtime Stories". In the adult biz, she's often credited as Violet Love and as starred in such classics as "I Fucked Your Girlfriend", "Buttwoman vs. Buttwoman" and of course "Hot Bods and Tail Pipe #11".

    Kathleen Beller Here's one more collage by Kitt featuring 'caps of Beller topless in scenes from "The Betsy" (1978). (There were two collages with full frontal nudity in yesterday's Fun House")

    Michela Cescon
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    DeVo 'caps featuring toplessness and full frontal views in scenes from her first movie, the 2004 Italian film "Primo amore"

    Katrin Cartlidge
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the UK actress baring all 3 B's in scenes from "3 Steps to Heaven" (1995). There are some mega-close ups of assorted body parts here, including breasts (links 7, 8 and 9) and bush (links 6, 10 and especially #11).

    Katie Holmes
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    One more from the Skin-man. Holmes in one of those "he 'capped it so no one else has to sit through it" acts of kindness. Here she is wearing a blue bikini in scenes from "First Daughter" (2004). My question is this...what happened to the fabulous chest she showed off in "The Gift"?

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    She Really Wants To Direct - Jennifer Garner said she's having a hard time with the fact that in Hollywood, "your looks can be just as important as your acting ability." She said in projects like "Alias" and "Elektra," where she has to kick butt while wearing skin-tight outfits, she feels under constant pressure to look good and "sometimes, it's really gotten to me."

  • When you haven't eaten in three weeks, it's HARD to kick butt.
  • If it makes her feel any better, in "Elektra," her acting was AMAZING!...And the acting by her cleavage, even more so.

    Goodbye Already! - Cher announced that her April 30th show at the Hollywood Bowl will be the 325th and last show of her seemingly endless "farewell tour." Cher joked, "I'm old," and said she planned to put her tour bus up on blocks, hitchhike home from the Hollywood Bowl and sleep in her own bed for a change. The show has logged millions of miles worldwide over three years, sold three million tickets, and backstage, gone through 4,731 pizzas, over 3,000 costume changes and 1200 pairs of false eyelashes.

  • And that's just the male dancers.
  • Sorry, that's a typo: Cher has 3,000 costume changes per show.
  • Cher had to stop: she hasn't seen her plastic surgeon in three years.
  • Starting in May, she'll be kicking off her "Comeback Tour."

    Paris Hilton Just Makes An "X" - The new issue of Autograph Collector magazine names Johnny Depp as the nicest star to ask for an autograph, followed by Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, Mike Myers and Angelina Jolie. The 10 worst autograph givers include Cameron Diaz, Tobey Maguire, Justin Timberlake, the Olsen twins, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eminem, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Paris Hilton and at #1: Britney Spears. Autograph hounds have nicknamed her "Bitchney Sneers," and one said that "no one is better at showing their fans how little they mean to them."

  • I KNEW she had to be talented at SOMETHING!
  • Also, when she writes her name, she always misspells it.
  • Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Mike Myers...Notice how the people who don't mind giving autographs have really short names.
  • The male star who really hates giving autographs: Englebert Humperdinck.

    The Charmed Life - Los Angeles prosecutors won't charge Paris Hilton for allegedly taking a DVD of her sex tape from a newsstand and storming off without paying. They said the evidence wasn't enough to convince a jury of her guilt, even though the clerk was an eyewitness and the incident was taped by a security camera.

  • Remember, this is a Los Angeles jury. You'll need a lot more than just a witness and a video of the crime!
  • Everyone knows how good Paris Hilton is at faking it on camera.

    This week, Paris Hilton also host "Saturday Night Live"...She'll give new meaning to the phrase "cold opening."