Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site has been updated.
Pretty big update this week.
Predator 2 (1990):
You know the drill, I suppose. The Predator is a
big-game hunter from another planet. He and his colleagues come to
earth from time to time on safari, in search of humans tough enough to
make the hunt a thrilling challenge. In the original film, the
Predator took on a team of elite special forces guys in the jungles of
Central America. The sequel moved the action to central L.A., where
Predator is taking out the baddest drug lords and cops he can find.
His ultimate prey is Danny Glover, a rogue cop who makes his own
rules. (Gee, we've never seen one of those on film before.)
Not aware that his enemy is an alien, Glover
wants to get Mr Predator in a mano-a-mano situation, but he keeps
getting shunted off the case by his superiors and the Feds. It's not
enough that ol' Danny has to take on an invisible hi-tech alien who is
about 8'6", 450, but he also has to cope with some Feds who know all
about the alien, and want to capture him alive, for scientific and
military purposes. Glover doesn't know jack-all about science, but he
knows this: Seņor Predator killed his partner, and for that he's goin'
I had never seen this film before today. It was a
lot better than I expected it to be. It took some hard shots from
critics, and wasn't a real favorite of the fans of the first Predator
film either, but I found that it had some real positives:
1. The film has an odd and creative visual sense.
2. Some off-beat performances by Morton Downey Jr
and Bill Paxton provide welcome comic relief. Actually, you could list
these as positives or negatives. They were negative in the sense of
"totally lacking in credibility," but, hell, the whole movie is
lacking in credibility so I just kicked back and let it flow. Given
the premise that the story takes place in an alternate universe which
is an exaggerated version of our own, I found those two guys
3. There is genuine tension and a sense of drama
in the hunting and showdown scenes. Director Stephen Hopkins has shown
himself to be quite capable with a lot of very different kinds of
movies. They are not all good movies, but some of them are. He has
made six more movies since Predator 2, and five of them are rated
higher at IMDB.
- (6.78) - The
Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
- (6.40) - The
Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
- (6.39) -
Under Suspicion (2000)
- (6.10) -
Judgment Night (1993)
- (5.70) -
Blown Away (1994)
- (5.50) -
Predator 2 (1990)
- (4.98) -
Dangerous Game (1987)
- (4.70) - Lost
in Space (1998)
- (4.42) - A
Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
There are some weaknesses as well.
1. I had a hard time buying into Danny Glover as
a 1990's bad-ass, especially since the costume department had him
dressed in his sharecropper clothing from Beloved. He looked like he
was ready to plow the Back 40, then offer to share his meager meal
with some hungry strangers, then read some uplifting bedtime stories
to his children.
2. The story ended with a lot of loose ends. What
happened to Maria Conchita Alonso? Why was she pregnant? (I thought
she was supposed to be a lesbian.) Was Bill Paxton the father of her
baby? Why did the alien spare her? What was the deal with the 1715
pirate gun which appears out of nowhere at the end?
I assume that this was once a much longer movie,
but they dropped a lot of clarifications in the editing process.
Unfortunately, although the DVD is a 2-disk special edition, all of
those special features on the second disk offer no real illumination
of these points. As it turns out, there are answers for all the
questions, and they are actually quite interesting, but are not in the
movie. I found out by Googling some obscure facts from the movie that
there are various comic books and paperback novels which feature the
Predator race, and the authors of these works have fashioned quite a
complex mythology about the Predators and their long-term interaction
with humans and the "Aliens" from their own eponymous movie series. I
discovered that a lot of guys are really into this, just as I was once
into the mythology of Conan the Barbarian.
Here's a good summary of the written sources and the actual
mythology for both the Predator race and the Alien race. You may
already know that the Aliens and Predators faced off in in a 2004
movie, but perhaps you did not know that that was foreshadowed in
Predator 2, which was lensed way back in 1990. The Predator had a
trophy case, and it included a Giger-influenced skull which obviously
was meant to be one of the Aliens. Anyway, I guess my point here is
that too much information was "off the page," making details of the
film completely confusing to those of us who haven't read all of these
additional books and comics.
Anyway, I call it a C. It's not a genre classic,
but is a much better movie than the reviews would lead you to believe,
and I actually enjoyed a lot of things about it.
And of course, there's the renegade Playmate,
Teri Weigel. Wikipedia gives
a summary of her
career, including her battles with Hef.
A quick Google Image Search will show you why she's had such a
tempestuous relationship with the clean-cut Hefmag. And here's
her official home page.
Quote of the day: "A celebrity sex tape of actor Steve Guttenberg
was reportedly leaked in the late 1980s, but it did not achieve wide
distribution or popularity."
- Interestingly, this is considered his best film.
- Guttenberg recently said, "I made so many bad movies that now,
when someone else makes a crappy film, I get a royalty payment"
"Red Light District has acquired a tape that shows Kid Rock and
former Creed lead singer Scott Stapp engaged in explicit sex acts
with several female fans."
The Ex Girlfriend Revenge site.
- Actually, the entire thing seems to be a bogus story concocted
to create a porn site. But it is entertaining.
Jimmy Kimmel found some rare footage of Dick Cheney singing a
country song about his shooting incident.
A clip from Ultraviolet
Sony put a tremendous amount of effort into the official website for
Basic Instinct 2
Headline of the day:
"Officers monitor urination hotspot"
The trailer for The Woods, a new horror film with Bruce Campbell
and Patricia Clarkson
A new clip from the DaVinci Code (doesn't work with Firefox)
Lisa Marie Presley marries #4
"Michael Brown's job performance has been downgraded from 'Heckuva'
to 'Faulknerian Idiot Manchild'"
Daily Show: Trendspotting: Social Networking
"Jon Stewart doesn't want to ask Julianne Moore to cry on cue, but
"A musical based on the songs of Bob Dylan is heading for Broadway,
triggering further head scratching among fans of the reclusive rock
icon over his recent commercial projects.
Lindsay Lohan gets all sexy for Allure
Tom Cruise on Oprah - As It Should've Been
Eva Green to be the new Bond Girl?
- She certainly has the body for it.
The trailer for Miami Vice
World Baseball Classic: Rosters
- Here's a partial line-up for the Dominican Republic: 1B Pujols,
2B Soriano, SS Tejada, 3B Beltre, OF Guerrero, Manny Ramirez P
"Terrell Owens television will become the latest in a never-ending
line of 'reality' programs in the not-too-distant future."
Letterman's take on the Cheney Shooting
The Haunted Places Index
Did you hear the one about Dick Cheney?
HALLIBURTON WINS CONTRACT TO RECONSTRUCT CHENEY'S REPUTATION ...
At $42 Billion, Largest Contract of its Kind, Company Says
"The Vice President has gone four consecutive days without shooting
someone in the face."
Howard Stern's crew debates whether "the world's best breasts" are
Mads Mikkelsen will fill the shoes of James Bond nemesis Le Chiffre
in Casino Royale
Incredible pictures of a Russian Ice Festival
Reporting on Cheney's hunting accident in orange fatigues? Part of a
distinguished journalistic tradition.
Iraq, the Musical
"This is the official 'Unofficial' Monty Python And The Holy Grail
screenplay. This file contains the script as it was on March 20
1974, before filming took place.
Top Ten Good Things About Winning A Gold Medal (Presented By
Olympic Gold Medal Winning Speed Skater, Chad Hedrick)
Film, TV actors take the mic on "Unexpected Dreams"
- "Actress Scarlett Johansson, 'Moulin Rouge' star Ewan McGregor
and 'Desperate Housewives' principal Teri Hatcher are among the
celebrities who will put their own spin on famous tunes on
'Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars.'"
- One of the most highly-anticipated cuts will be Vice President
Dick Cheney's mellow version of Eric Clapton's rock anthem, I Shot
- Cheney was meant for Top 40 stardom. After all, he's already
#2 with a bullet.
A bazillion new pics from V For Vendetta!
TomKat bares litigious claws at mag
- "Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are as committed and in
non-creepy love as ever. And what about Life & Style magazine's
Web site story, which says otherwise? Let's just say TomKat's
attack lawyers have been fitted with their extra-fancy spiked
Bourne Franchise to Exceed Three Films?
- Now, see, that surprises me. I thought that if the third one
made a gazillion dollars, they would just walk away happy, because
- hell, how much money does anyone really need?
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Lake Consequence (1993)
This is a Zalman King
made-for-TV production. Think in terms of a 90-minute Red Shoe Diaries
episode with no narrator and no cute dog. Joan Severance is a bored
housewife and mother surviving in suburbia when she stumbles across a
tree trimmer (Billy Zane) who gets her juices flowing. With her husband
and son away on a fishing trip, she goes into his trailer, looking for
someone to scratch her itch with, when the trailer door slams shut, and
he drives off with her locked in the back.
She wakes up parked by a small lake, with no
sign of Zane, but a very naked May Karasun swimming in the lake. Billy
returns, and the three go into town for a Chinese New Years celebration,
where she has sex with Zane in a Chinese laundry. Then, they do a three
way in a bath house. Severance gets mad and tries to leave, but Zane
catches her and drives her home to husband and son, after ravaging her
again in a field.
I found the monotonous sax score irritating and the flash inserts
jarring, and I never felt any heat among the characters. C- as couples
erotica. 4.2 at IMDb.
Dann reports on Eros:
Lovers of artsy-fartsy and somewhat
pretentious drama will like this trilogy of erotic tales best, while the
rest of us can just enjoy the nudity.
Directors Michelangelo Antonioni (The Dangerous Thread of Things),
Steven Soderbergh (Equilibrium), and Kar Wai Wong (The Hand) each
contributed a segment.
- Of the three, Equilibrium was probably the best and most clever
story although the nudity was mediocre. An advertising executive under
tremendous stress at work and his psychiatrist, who turns out to have
his own issues, delve into the reasons for the exec's recurring erotic
- The Dangerous Thread of Things had the best nudity, but the worst
story. A squabbling couple each separately meet and romance a young
woman at the beach.
- The Hand had no nudity, and an interesting but unspecial story of a
doomed love affair between a very exclusive 1960's call girl and a young
Regardless of your preferences, there's plenty to like and dislike in
this group of short stories, so it's probably worth checking out.
Pat Reeder's comments in yellow:
Macdonald and Paris Hilton were posing for photos at a party after a showing of
his fur fashions at London Fashion Week when they were attacked by a PETA
protester who threw a flour bomb at them. An onlooker said they were covered
with white powder. Paris couldn't stop laughing. They were hustled into a
limo, but returned a few minutes later, all cleaned up.
* They just drove back to the fashion show, where models
snorted all the white powder off of them.