Saturday

Quite a few interesting items today:

Spartacus

s1e6

Lucy Lawless did another great topless scene in Spartacus, episode 6. I have not watched it yet, but Deep at Sea did some great 720p film clips, and I snapped a few sample captures, seen below.

Lawless and Lesley-Ann Brandt

Lawless Brandt and others

currently unidentified

 

 

Sickened

2010 (maybe)

Sickened is the latest (still unreleased) from the guy who directed Into the Woods.

We've seen Nancy Feliciano earlier.

Here are come caps of Debbie D from the movie

And here are some publicity snaps

 

 

A Closed Book

2010

Act 2 spoilers below. Act 3 is not spoiled, at least not in that sense of the word, although it is spoiled by its bad writing.

A Closed Book is essentially a stage play in three acts with two characters, similar in many ways to Sleuth.

In Act 1 we meet a crotchety old English art critic who has lost his sight in an accident. The curmugeon hopes to write one more book, and is interviewing a 40ish woman named Jane to be his amanuensis. She accepts the job, which consists of living with him in a massive gothic mansion (played by Knebworth House) and typing as he dictates. Things progress in a normal, predictable way for some thirty minutes, with no indication that the film will be a thriller or a mystery. This act theoretically relies on the verbal interaction between the characters to grab and hold our attention.

Things start to get weird in Act 2. As the pair works together in a late night session, the blind man asks his amanuensis to put another log on the fire. She responds by throwing his first edition Thackeray into the flames. She continues to mislead him in various ways. She brings him the wrong jigsaw puzzle from a museum gift shop. She gives the housekeeper a week off so that he has no other contact with the outside world, then she reads him the newspaper and simply fabricates absurd stories - "Donald Trump has become a Muslim." Her pranks gradually turn more malicious.

In Act 3, all the mysteries are unveiled and we are finally allowed to see what is really going on. There is a rapid-fire series of plot twists.

This screenplay was adapted from a highly regarded literary thriller, and it has to be considered a failure and a disappointment, considering that the author of the eponymous novel, Gilbert Blair, also authored the screenplay and managed to turn his much-praised book into a dreary little film.

There is essentially nothing happening in Act 1 except set-up, so the author needs to catch our attention with an intriguing premise and hold it with some sharp dialogue. He does neither. The crotchety blind luddite, played by Tom Conti, is a literary clich and his genius is never evident to us. Oh, we are told he is a genius, but that is demonstrated neither by his words nor by the inchoate new book, which seems to be nothing but stuffy posturing. If the genius is merely lacking in genius, the secretary seems to be lacking any discernible personality, so the dialogue between the characters is mundane and predictable.

Act 2 is largely successful in maintaining its air of mystery, but even that stanza is marred by some heavy-handed musical cues, and some behavior which is out of character for the amanuensis. There is an awkward nude scene, for example, and the fact that the secretary, while subverting some trivial elements of the author's life, is recording his precious book faithfully! In the book (according to the reviewers), it was clear that the secretary was feeding the author misinformation so that he would incorporate it into his book and thus destroy his own credibility with claims that seemed like surreal madness. That makes excellent sense, but no such indication is given in the film.

Act 3 delivers the unraveling, but it is underwhelming and banal. The build-up of Act 2 leads us to expect something much more original and satisfying in the final stanza. The plot twists would be obvious except for the fact that they tend to be smaller-than-life, or at least less dramatic than we might have expected, and the melodramatic final twist is handled so casually as to seem like an anticlimactic afterthought. Indeed, perhaps it was an afterthought. I think the script must have been rewritten many times because the IMDb page lists a female cast member playing "Jane's successor." Not only did I not see that actress, but the current resolution of the film, at least the part I called an afterthought, precludes the possibility of a successor, thus indicating that a previous cut of the film must have had a different ending. (I don't know how the book ends.)

Why does the film adaptation fall so flat? I think some problems must have been generated by the fact that the male British secretary was played by a female American, namely Daryl Hannah, whose inner-directed acting style and limited emotional range frequently made it seem that she wasn't interacting with the author at all, but just kind of mumbling to herself. She does two nude scenes, one of them probably body-doubled, but neither of the scenes seem in character. (After the curtains have been pulled back, the full-body nude seems to make no sense in retrospect. I can't explain more without spoiling the plot.) I don't suppose the scenes would have been there at all if the character had been a male, as originally written. Those awkward moments seem less like character development than simply excuses to show an attractive naked woman.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Official home page for the movie


Here are Daryl Hannah's nude scenes. The topless scene is clearly Hannah. The other scene does look exactly as Hannah looked 30 years ago, but seems like much too young a body to be her current one. In general, Hannah does look good for her age (she turns 50 this year), but she had something done to her lips, ala Meg Ryan, and the results seem grotesque to me.

Two samples below:

 

  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.

OTHER CRAP:

Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The House on Hooter Hill

2007

Today we have soft-core stuff from "House on Hooter Hill." With a title like that you know what you are going to get, plus it's directed by Jim Wynorski, who loves his skin. It's chock-full of nudity, but we will focus on two of the ladies.

First up Glori-Anne Gilbert and her fabulous boobs in an outdoor sex scene in which she bares it all. Caps and a clip.

 

Then we have porn star Danni Woodward who also gives it all up in another sex scene with one lucky dude. Nice perky tits. Caps and a clip.

 

 

 

Resident Evil: Extinction

2007

Aesthete continues with part 2 of his 3-part overview of the the Milla nudity in this series.

Milla 1280x544 film clip (samples below)

 

 

Pics

Lady Gaga in her street clothes

Carla Gugino in Women in Trouble. There's no nudity, but it's Carla Gugino!

 

Film Clips

Alice Eve in Starter for 10. No nudity, but she's a real beauty and delivered one of the top twenty nude scenes last year.

Alison Routledge in The Quiet Earth. 1985. "A scientist awakes to discover he is the only person left on Earth and it may be his experiment that caused every one to disappear."

Angela Featherstone in Dark Angel: The Ascent. One of my favorite nude scenes in Sci-fi/Fantasy. It's not quite up there with Species or Lifeforce, but slips nicely into the second tier.

Anna Dereszowska in Nigdy Nie Mow Nigdy (Never Say Never Again, Poland, 2009)

Kaya Scodelario in Skins, s4e5, in 720p

Mi-seon Jeon in Salinui chueok (aka Memories of Murder, South Korea, 2003) in 720p

The women of L'Alcova, a classic Joe D'Amato wack-off film from 1984: Lilli Carati, Annie Belle and Laura Gemser (samples below)

Carati

Belle

Gemser