"Easy Rider"

Easy Rider (1969) is a seminal work of the 60s. With the dearth of new material containing nudity lately, I am catching up on classics that, for one reason or another, I have not previously done. In case someone reading this has not seen this low budget film, the plot is rather simple. Dennis Hopper, who co-wrote and directed, and Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and produced, are outlaw bikers. After a successful coke sale, they take a road trip from LA to Mardi Gras. Along the way, they spend time in a hippy commune, and then are arrested in a small town for parading without a license. They find themselves in a cell with Jack Nicholson, an alcoholic lawyer who has worked for the ACLU. Jack joins them.

Camping outside a small Louisiana town, the locals beat Nicholson to death for hanging around long haired freaks. Hopper and Fonda make it to Mardi Gras, visit a whore house, and take two ladies on a tour of Mardi Gras and have an acid trip in a cemetery. On their way out of town, locals shoot both of them. Just before, there is an important discussion around a campfire, where Hopper is excited about having scored with the dope deal, and that they can now retire in Florida. Fonda only says, "We blew it."

While the music was very nostalgic, and was the first time that "found music" was used in a film, I was not impressed watching it. It was sort of old news. The "we blew it" line did puzzle me. Thank god for a featurette also on the DVD. In a very real sense, the MPAA was directly responsible for this film being made. LBJ had just created the MPAA and put Jack Valenti in charge. Peter Fonda was in Toronto promoting The Trip, and heard Valenti's first public speech. Valenti said, "My friends, you are my friends, we have to stop making movies about motorcycles, sex and drugs, and make more movies like Doctor Dolittle." Fonda went back to his hotel, fired up a couple of joints, had a Heini, and was signing publicity photos, and suddenly knew what he wanted to do for his next film. He woke Hopper out of a sound sleep to get him interested in the project.

The featurette is chock full of anecdotes about the making of the film, and the attitudes they encountered shooting in the south. Most interesting of all was Hopper's explanation of the "we blew it" phrase. According to Hopper, the film is actually an anti-counter culture message. The two "outlaws," by exercising their version of freedom, were actually destroying their country, and with it, their freedom. I would never have guessed that. Indeed, the film was interpreted very subjectively wherever it played. In Texas, they cheered the killing of the outlaw long hair hippy freaks, while California audiences stood up and screamed "off the pigs," which, in a way, makes Hopper's point about "we blew it."

The film was nominated for Oscars for best original screenplay and best supporting actor (Nicholson), won Best First Work at Cannes, and received several other awards and nominations. Interestingly, the 20 minute making of featurette also won awards. Hopper claims that he was trying to make a "European art film" and hoped to win at Cannes. I was unable to find complete Box Office information, but this little independent film, made for $340.00 K, has earned $19,100,000.00 in rentals alone. Not all of the talent was in front of the camera. László Kovács was the DP, and did amazing work. Bob Dylan wrote lyrics for a song for the film.

We have female nudity in two scenes. The first, in a hot springs at the hippy commune, Luana Anders and future California State Senator Sabrina Scharf show breasts. In the second, Toni Basil, as one of the New Orleans hookers, does full frontal and rear nudity.

It is currently sitting at 7.2 with fairly consistent scores from all demographics. There is no doubt about the importance of this film, but I found the back story far more compelling than the film itself viewing it from the perspective of 36 years later. This is a B+, as much for the importance of the film as for its quality.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


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    Crescendo (1970)

    I have never seen this movie. As far as I know, it is not available anywhere on any home medium. I suppose this was taped off a TV broadcast.

    I don't even know much about the film, but I know it features the one and only time when a big TV star from my generation (Stefanie Powers) did any clear nudity. That's pretty much all I need to know.


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    "Keys to Tulsa" (1997)

    In "Keys to Tulsa" (1997) Washington DC-born actress Joanna Going reveals her little ones, and all the rest, in several scenes. The language in these 5 clips from Polish TV is English with a Polish translator in voice-over. How people can ever get used to that is beyond my comprehension. I find it distracting and annoying but I think we aren't really interested in what they are saying here ;-)

    Scoop's notes:

    1. Given the complete incomprehensibility of this film in English, I can't see any additional problems caused by the simultaneous Polish voice. In fact, it may make more sense in half-heard Polish. To tell ya the truth, this is the case of a bad movie that I like because it is sexy, atmospheric, and over-the-top. Joanna Going, however, is beautiful.

    2. I switched from Windows Media Video V8 to V9 after the first two of these .wmv's. You may need to upgrade to that codec. Info here.  I made the .wmv versions of each of the ICMS videos. (He makes the .avis, of course.) The latest codecs for these: Windows Video V9, Windows Audio 9. The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in the Windows Media Player. The advantages of these are (1) that they are compatible with any up-to-date windows OS, and (2) the file sizes are economical. The downside is that the quality is inferior to the originals.

    3. If you have trouble with the .avi videos on this site, there is a tool designed to determine which codec is needed for any video.

    4. Because of a unique combination of circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial bandwidth theft, we have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a picture. When you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there. I know this is not especially convenient, but it allows us to carry film clips. I can protect .zip files from hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips altogether.



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

    This week's poll...
    Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper?

    Here are the results of our most recent other polls...

    The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004

    The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s

    Email Scoopy Jr. with your nominees, comments or suggestions.

    Morgan Fairchild
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    About 400 plastic surgeries and 23 years ago...Here she is topless and showing a bit of bum in scenes from "The Seduction" (1982). Not the best quality 'caps, but considering that this was a lame, lo-budget movie then and is not on DVD now...these aren't that bad.

    Hye-jeong Kang
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    Jin-seo Yun
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Both ladies are topless in scenes from the South Korean movie "Oldboy" (2003). I've never heard of this movie before today, so naturally I was a little surprised to see it ranked at #105 in the the IMDb top 250!

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Nailing Vienna"
    Shoot video of your every move, and turn it into a movie. That's the premise of this 2002 comedy from the UK. It's also, unfortunately, the way they made the movie, so what you get is 1 hour and 34 minutes of video, purposely (I assume) made to look very amateurish.

    Three petty thieves, and not very good ones, decide that the real money is in making a movie about bank robbers. They enlist a very thuggish bank robber for the part of the villain, and he turns the tables by committing a real robbery during filming.

    There are some funny bits, but frankly, overall this thing falls flat, and the video gimmick is downright annoying, even though they kept the quality decent. Kate Magowan and Caprice Bourret are beautiful, and there are a few more lovelies flitting about, but that's maybe the only reason you might want to check this one out.

    Julian Wells
    (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)

    Crimson Ghost 'caps of the Skinemax babe doing her thing in scenes from an episode of "The Best Sex Ever". Toplessness everywhere plus rear nudity in links 8,9,10 and 25 and pubes in links 32,35 and 43.

    Chingamy Yau
    (1, 2)
    Jacqueline Ng
    (1, 2, 3)

    Kitt 'caps featuring scenes from the Hong Kong flick "Xiang Gang qi an zhi qiang jian" aka "Raped by an Angel" (1993). Yau is topless, Ng is mostly seen getting groped, but there is a side/rear breast view in #3.

    Krista Allen
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the B-movie favorite and former "Emmanuelle". Here she is topless in scenes from the direct-to-vid Burt Reynolds movie, "Raven" (1997).

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Lost In Translation - 20-year-old actress Scarlett Johansson says she's sorry she told a newspaper that she enjoys the company of her older male co-stars, such as Bill Murray and John Travolta. Asked if she'd date an older man, she said, "A guy who's 40, 50 or 60 years old...why not? I don't think that you can control who you fall in love with." She said that ever since, "It's horrible," that only "balding men with giant guts" ask her out. She pleaded, "Young men can feel free to seduce me."

  • Sorry, Ashton Kutcher prefers MUCH older women.
  • She wishes Jack Nicholson would just LEAVE HER ALONE!
  • Of course, these days, the young guys have giant guts, too.

    Big Boobs, Deep Pockets - A Los Angeles couple are suing Lindsay Lohan for hitting their car with her Mercedes last summer. The suit claims Lohan "negligently owned, controlled, repaired, entrusted, maintained and operated an automobile as to cause it to, and it did, become involved in an accident or collision, injuring and damaging plaintiffs," resulting in continuing "pain, discomfort and physical disability." The New York Post notes that paparazzi photographed the fenderbender, and neither car looked all that dinged up.

  • They insist that their car WAS dinged, scratched, scuffed, bent, folded, crimped and mutilated.
  • Their lawsuit must want damages to be paid by the word.
  • I may sue Lindsay, too: her CD has caused me more pain and discomfort than this fenderbender caused.

    That's Tom's Fantasy - Playboy has released its first video game, "Playboy: The Mansion." It's a fantasy role-playing game like "The Sims," in which the player becomes Hugh Hefner and has to build the Playboy empire while keeping the bunnies happy and partying with virtual celebrities. Spokeswoman Deanna Brooks (Miss May 1998) said, "I could potentially be having sex with Tom Arnold or Carmen Electra." Except the celebrities were given the option of what their computer lookalikes could do, and Tom Arnold's is programmed only to play sports and smoke cigars.

  • And fidget.
  • The programmers figured, "Why bother? Sex with Tom Arnold is nobody's fantasy."
  • When they say "virtual celebrities," they're not kidding.
  • Each player starts the game with 100 cases of Viagra and has to finish before it's all gone.
  • They promise it will keep you gripping your joystick for hours.

    They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore - Thursday at the Alamo, irreverent author/singer Kinky Friedman of the Texas Jewboys announced his candidacy for governor. To those who worry about his lack of experience, he said, "Trust me. I'm a Jew. I'll hire good people." Under signs reading "Let's Get Kinky, Texas," the cigar-chomping Friedman promised to run on a "de-wussification" platform. He would legalize casinos to pay for schools, rethink the death penalty, and outlaw the declawing of cats.

  • He's already lost the votes of everyone with upholstery.
  • He wants to make sure that only guilty people get the death penalty, which is 'way too wild an idea to win in Texas.
  • Unfortunately, Austin is the only place in Texas that will get Kinky.