"Sex is Comedy"

Sex is Comedy (2002) is a Catherine Breillat film, with automatically means lots of pretentious but unintelligible French dialogue, female nudity, and a feminist slant on everything. Breillat here has given us a portrait of a female director, played by Anne Parilloud, who is directing a film about two teenagers that is to culminate in a nude sex scene. As Breillat would say, the two stars are complicated. They don't like each other, just as a start. The young girl (Roxane Mesquida, the attractive sister in The Fat Girl) has a no nudity clause, the male lead is constantly clowning for the crew, but not taking direction well, there is a technical issue making a penile prosthesis for him to wear, and the director using an in your face technique to motivate her actors.

Billed as a comedy, I found nothing about it funny. Some reviewers praise it as an insight into film making, but all admit it is too talky. Mesquida does a beautiful full frontal when the climactic sex scene is filmed, and shows breasts earlier in the film. IMDb has it at 6.1. Ebert awarded 3 stars, but got several plot details wrong in his review, and I would never have guessed by his review that he liked it. I would say that Breillat has made exactly one good film, The Fat Girl, several terrible films, and this one, which is watchable if and only if the insight into film making is of interest. C-.

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    Catching up on some movie clips:



    Heather Langenkamp's nudity in the twenty year old Nickel Mountain is all but forgotten. The tape has been out of print for years, and no DVD seems to be forthcoming.

    Heather seems to be out of showbiz now. If you've forgotten her horror movies, perhaps you remember her as Nancy Kerrigan in the made-for-TV movie about Tonya Harding.

    According to IMDb, "She has a degree in English from Stanford University."


    Jennifer Beals:

    A rarely-seen clip of Beals in Claude Chabrol's Docteur M.

    The legendary French director was 60 when he made this, some two decades after his best work. Chabrol's sort by rating page at  IMDb lists 39 films, and this one is dead last. And being Chabrol's worst movie is no minor accomplishment, because he made some real crap.

    Anyway, here's Beals ...



    I guess you know you she is. She steadily cut back on the nudity throughout her career. She started off with a bang in 1001 Nights, then did a little topless flash in Out of the Blue and Resurgence, then the little pseudo-nudity you see here in Splitting Heirs. This film was written by Python Eric Idle, and also featured Idle as a performer, along with his Python colleague John Cleese.


    Kerry Fox:

    I suppose we all know of her infamous on-screen blowjob in Intimacy. Here's a more traditional bit of nudity: a brief topless flash from Shallow Grave.



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    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.

    A mega-post from the Ghost!

    First up, some assorted video clips. (all zipped .wmvs as usual)

    From the excellent British romantic comedy "Love Actually". Ok, so it's kind of a chic flick, but it's one that guys can watch too. Personally I enjoy this movie very much. Especially because of Bill Nighy's scene stealing performance as a washed-up rock star trying to make a comeback.

    • The incredibly cute Joanna Page playing a nude stand-in. (1, 2)
    • Heike Makatsch, the German actress looking absolutely sizzling after stripping down to her red undies.
    • Laura Linney, the multi-Oscar nominee briefly topless.

    Next up, here is the always sexy and exotic Charlotte Lewis baring her bum and showing some partial breast views while making out with James Spader in a hot tub in scenes from "Storyville" (1992).

    Here is Greta Scacchi also baring little bit of breasts and bum in scenes from the intelligent and wonderfully moving Canadian film "The Red Violin".

    Next up we have UK actress Natasha Richardson showing toplessness and far off frontal views in scenes from the 1988 "Patty Hearst".

    Sexy sci-fi babe Lexa Doig, topless in a dark love scene from the direct-to-vid thriller, "No Alibi".

    Closing out the assorted is Kristin Scott Thomas topless and briefly full frontal in scenes from "The English Patient" (1996)

    • Kristin Scott Thomas (1, 2)

    Part 2 of today's mega-post...the Skinemax section! Featuring 'caps and clips from the Fred Olen Ray flick "Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold" (1995). This is of course is Ray's tribute to the 1958 sci-fi classic "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman".

    • J.J. North is the 60 foot centerfold. We see her robo-hooters, plus a bit of bum. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
    • J.J. North zipped .wmvs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    • Raelyn Saalman, also topless. (1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Skinemax regular Nikki Fritz topless in a brief and completely gratuitous scene.
    • Nikki Fritz zipped .wmv.

    • Here is former Penthouse Pet turned porn star Tammy Parks posing topless and looking good in a bikini. (1, 2, 3)

    • North, Saalman and Parks all posing topless during a photo shoot at the beach. (1, 2)
    • Beach photo shoot zipped .wmvs (1, 2)

    • North, Saalman and Parks zipped .wmvs. Once again all 3 are topless and posing. This time for a photo shoot at the studio. (1, 2, 3)

    Pam Anderson
    (1, 2)

    Pammy's boobs kinda falling out as she "arrives" at a Heatherette fashion show in Vegas.

    Ronit Elkabetz
    (1, 2)

    Baring all 3 B's in scenes from the Israeli film "Late Marriage" (2001).

    Eileen Davidson Kitt 'caps of the day time soap actress ("Days of Our Lives", "Santa Barbara", "The Young and the Restless") topless in scenes from the 1983 horror flick "The House on Sorority Row".

    Julie K. Smith
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the former Pet turned B-movie and Skinemax favorite baring all 3 B's in scenes from the 1987 movie "Disorderlies", starring 80's old school rappers, The Fat Boys.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    They're Agitated Now - Federal Judge Harry Edwards ruled that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its power by requiring digital TV devices, such as DVD players, to recognize copy protection software. The FCC argued that they could regulate the reception of TV and not just its transmission, since Congress didn't specifically forbid it. The judge told them "ancillary powers" doesn't mean the FCC gets "to rule the world." He asked if they thought the FCC could regulate washing machines, since Congress didn't specifically forbid it.

  • Well, they DO send sound waves into the air...
  • Yes! It's their business to keep everything clean!
  • The FCC then fined the judge $2 million for speaking his mind.
  • If the FCC ruled the world, there wouldn't be any more bare-breasted native women in "National Geographic."

    All That From A Woman's Bild? - Bild reports that Italian sexologist Piero Lorenzoni claims he can tell a woman's personality by the size and shape of her breasts, much like astrology. He's categorized them by fruits: for instance, women with small (cherry) breasts are funny, exciting, intelligent, and moderately interested in sex. Women with "oranges" like conversation and partnerships, but have little interest in sex. "Grapefruit" women may look erotic, but are bashful and prefer tenderness over sex. And women with melon breasts like eating and being spoiled and admired, "but seldom like sex."

  • Did he study any "melon" women other than Anna Nicole Smith?
  • So the bad news is that the bigger the breasts, the less they like sex.
  • None of them were "very interested" in sex...At least not with him.
  • If you can line up three cherries, you've hit the jackpot.
  • His theory may be garbage, but it sure was fun researching it.
  • He's right: this IS a lot like astrology.

    Bad First Impression - Scottsdale, Arizona, school superintendent John Baracy has changed half a dozen job titles. The receptionist is now "Director of First Impressions," school bus drivers are "Transporters of Learners," and the assistant superintendent is the "Executive Director for Elementary Schools and Excelling Teaching and Learning." Critics call it silly and confusing, but Baracy says the titles make a statement that "we value learning."

  • They put in a lot of effort, just learning their job titles.
  • I assumed they made a statement that "the pay stinks, so have a fancy title."
  • The superintendent's title may change to "ex-superintendent."
  • The cafeteria ladies are now "Biohazardous Substance Engineers."