"Sandra The Making of a Woman"

Sandra The Making of a Woman (1970) stars Monica Gayle as a young woman who lives in a small town with her abusive, alcoholic father, who is constantly accusing her of being a slut. He removes himself from the picture running his car off a cliff in a drunken rage. She loses her virginity to her local sweetheart, then leaves for San Francisco. She has many sexual adventures, including one with Uschi Digard as the Avon Lady. What is unique, and very 1970s, about this film is that she does not meet a biblical end for al her promiscuity. In fact, through the authority figure of a shrink she goes to work for, her spirit of sexual freedom is praised as being the healthy ideal.

Uschi shows her breasts, and Gayle gives a three B performance. Five voters at IMDb have this at 6.2. It is nice, for a change, to see a film about a young woman enjoying healthy sex. As always, I enjoyed the time capsule of San Francisco. This DVD-R was mastered from a heavily scratched work print. The genre is early 70s grindhouse, and this is one of the better ones. C+.

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  • Uschi Digard (1, 2, 3, 4)

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    Black Day Blue Night (1995):

    This film is your basic sweaty American desert noir story. Crimes occur. Criminals flee the police. Innocents may be in the way. But who is innocent?

    The film begins as an armed women (Mia Sara) interrupts some coupling between her husband and an attractive blonde in a motel. The wife is obviously shy and meek, and no gunfire is exchanged. Both women just want to get away from the creepy husband so, even though they are strangers, they end up leaving together. They get caught in a rain storm, and end up stuck in the mud on the side of the road. As they prepare to bed down inside the car, they see a face at the window. It's a hitchhiking drifter stuck in the storm. Creeped out and scared, the women use their weapon to drive him off into the soggy night. The women run into him again the next morning in a cafe, but this time they judge him harmless and attractive, and the three eventually drive off on a road trip together: two women who do not really know each other and a drifter carrying all of his earthly possessions in a single suitcase.

    Meanwhile, a police officer is tracking down some thieves who robbed an armored truck and shot a cop in the getaway process. Only one of the thieves is still at large - a man, carrying a single suitcase full of money.

    The cop gets an unexpected break in his pursuit. Somebody spent one of the marked bills from the robbery. It was the blonde. The road trip has changed somewhat because the three strangers in the old red Cadillac are now fugitives.

    The cop and the three fugitives finally meet up in the desert.

    There you have the basic set-up. To say more would spoil the fun.

    This is one of those films that started with a good enough script. If somebody like Tarantino had read the script and liked it and made it his own, Black Day Blue Night might be remembered today as a noir classic. As it is, the screenwriter also had to direct the film, he had a budget of about sixty cents, and no theatrical distribution, so the film is all but forgotten. Frankly, J.S. Cardone wasn't much of a director at the time, either. Altogether too many scenes consist entirely of one shots, primarily facial close-ups. (To mitigate this criticism, let me say that   I thought Cardone brought a lot more pizzazz to his direction of Outside Ozona, a similar noir which he wrote and directed three years later.)

    Black Day Blue Night is not even on DVD in Region 1, and it isn't available in a widescreen version anywhere on any medium, at least to my knowledge, but it's a respectable genre script, filled with the usual twists and turns, and a strange, unexpected, heartbreaking ending which is perfectly appropriate for any noir true to its roots. If you can overlook the non-existent production values and enjoy Mia Sara's nudity and the sleazy pursuit by J.T. Walsh as the tough cop, you might get a kick out of this.

    • Mia Sara. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) Mia never had any problem getting naked in front of the camera. Unfortunately, she always insisted on turning off the lights first.


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    Jr's Polls
    Ok...once again I am revising the poll and chosing a category that is much easier to define...

    Best All Time Television Comedy

    This is one we did a while back, but I thought it would be fun to see what, if anything, has changed.

    I did leave out some wonderful sketch comedy shows, as well as one of the best shows ever..."The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", but that leaves this poll more focused on traditional TV formula comedies. Any exceptions (like MST3K) were added in because they were featured in the poll last time.

    A quick note...a few people have asked "Why are shows like "Sanford and Son", "Cosby Show", "Jeffersons", "Good Times", etc. not included in the poll".

    A good question with a simple answer...the last time we ran this poll, "Sanford and Son" and "Cosby Show" were both included but no one voted for them. (they earned 4 and 2 votes respectively out of the 1018 total votes cast).

    Here are the final results and comments for last week's poll Who has the best bum in Hollywood?

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    The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004

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    The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s

    Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper.

    Please Email Scoopy Jr. with more nominees, comments or suggestions.

    Crimson Ghost
    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    Today from the Ghost...a few video clips of Fun House favorite Amber Smith baring all and gettin' it on in scenes from the "Red Shoe Diaries" episode: "As She Wishes".

    • Amber Smith zipped .wmvs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Jennifer Jason Leigh Topless in bed with a completely emaciated Christian Bale in scenes from "The Machinist". You may recall us mentioning that Bale lost 63 pounds for this role!

    Kyra Sedgwick Topless and showing serious pokies in love scenes with real life husband Kevin Bacon in scenes from the controversial movie "The Woodsman". Click here for the Scoopy.com review.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "3 Steps to Heaven"
    A perfect example of what American TV SHOULD be (and isn't), this 1995 made-for-British-TV mystery has tons of nudity by an actress who isn't beautiful but at least looks like a real person. Unfortunately the story plods a little too much to hold the viewer's interest. Still, I wish we did stuff like this other than just on the pay cable channels.

    When her live-in boyfriend goes out alone for a night on the town, he turns up several days later, unfortunately quite dead. The police call it an accident, but after finding out that the boyfriend was last seen in the company of several shady characters, the girlfriend sets out to find out what really happened that night.

    Unfortunately, her investigation is handled in the typical British low-key manner, and it makes for a slow-paced and sometimes boring movie, aside from the nudity. The ending also leaves more questions than it answers, but fans of in-depth character studies may well enjoy this movie despite its flaws.

    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    "Serving Sara"
    Elizabeth Hurley flashes a whole bunch of underwear in Serving Sara. Amy Adams also adds some nice cleavage.

    • Elizabeth Hurley (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    • Amy Adams (1, 2)

    "The Seventh Sense"
    Plenty of nudity in the soft-core The Seventh Sense. There is probably a more explicit version around to the one we saw. Apart from some girls not identified we see a lot of Lucy Jenner, LoriDawn Messuri and Anna Davidoff.

    Tottie Goldsmith
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Johnny Moronic 'caps of the Aussie actress (and Olivia Newton-John's niece) going topless in scenes from an episode of "The Secret Life of Us".

    Kimberly McArthur
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    Peggy Trentini
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    Señor Skin takes a look at the 1982 comedy classic, "Young Doctors in Love". Both ladies are topless, especially former Heffer McArthur!

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

    Personally, I'm A William H. Harrison Man - In a President's Day poll by CNN-USA Today, Americans picked Ronald Reagan as the greatest president, followed by Bill Clinton and Abe Lincoln, with Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy tied for fifth. In a poll by Washington College, Lincoln beat Reagan for #1, and George Washington came in 7th. Analysts said it reflects how little Americans know about history: in the college poll, only 46 percent knew Washington led the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and fewer than half of young Americans knew Washington's wife's name was Martha.

  • That's nothing: 90 percent of Americans thought Mrs. Jefferson's name was "Weezy."
  • They knew Dolly Madison, but only for her snack cakes.
  • 54 percent thought Reagan lead the Continental Army, when he was actually just a foot soldier.

    Hacked-Off Celebrities - The Drudge Report revealed that the FBI is investigating the hacking of Paris Hilton's cell phone. The hackers posted on the Internet all the private phone numbers and e-mail addresses of Paris' celebrity pals, including Eminem, Lindsay Lohan, Christina Aguilera, Ashlee Simpson and more. One star expressed fury that Hilton stored the super-secret numbers on her cell phone. The hackers also posted Paris' private notes, such as her road directions and airline and hotel preferences.

  • She was mortified that people discovered she prefers the Trump Plaza.
  • All those notes about "Paris Hilton's double occupancy policy" were not references to the hotel.
  • The good news for the celebs is that once they change their phone numbers, Paris Hilton won't be able to call them anymore.
  • This is shocking...Who would've guessed that Ashlee Simpson was on the A-List?!

    You Complete Me - Contactmusic.com reports that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's break-up cost Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London nearly $20,000 (US). They were the first celebrity couple to be built joined together, and to separate them, Brad needed a new arm and Jen a whole new torso. A source said they'll really be kicking themselves if the two reconcile, which has made the wax museum bosses think twice about celebrity couples.

  • They put J-Lo next to a male dummy with interchangeable heads.
  • Celebrity couples shouldn't be made out of wax because they melt down too easily.
  • $20,000 to rework an arm and a torso? They must've imported a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.
  • This is the first time anyone's ever said that Jennifer Aniston needs a new torso.