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"At Close Range" (1986)

At Close Range (1986) is a crime drama with a very impressive cast, and is based on a true story. Sean Penn does what he does best, playing a bad boy teenager, who gets back together with his father, Christopher Walken. He has met Mary Stuart Masterson, and wants an easy source of income so he can be with her. He knows his father is a shady character, and always has money. His father is actually head of a gang of rather serious criminals.

His father is not keen on the idea of letting him into the gang, but suggests that he start a youth gang with his friends, steal tractors, and sell them to his dad. The appeal wears thin when he is shot in the face with birdshot. He is eventually let into the gang, and things are going well, until he witnesses his father killing a suspected stool pigeon. At that point, he wants to make one more big score, then escape with his girlfriend. Arrested during the "big score," he is help on high bail by a district attorney hoping to get his father.

The father begins to panic, and starts killing other members of the youth gang, including Penn's brother, then rapes Mary. This is my first serious problem with the film. If you really wanted to get Penn's girlfriend on your side, keep her from talking and get her to help keep Penn quiet, is raping her the best approach? Penn has finally had enough, and turns states evidence against his father in exchange for immediate release. The two lovers are about to escape, when Dad's gang catches up to them.

I noticed a serious continuity error while watching the film (which says something about how engrossed I was in the plot), and checked the goofs link at IMDB. IMDB talks about the reflection of a boom mike in the wind-wing of a truck. If you look carefully, there is something reflected in the wind wing that could be part of a boom, or nearly anything else. The error I spotted is far less subtle. While Walken is raping Masterson, we see him tear her blouse off in shreds, leaving her in a bra and jeans skirt, then we see him lifting the skirt, but the blouse has reassembled itself on her. Finally, we see her screaming under him with the blouse gone again (See Image). In 1, he is beginning to tear off the blouse. In 2, 3 and 4, it is clearly completely off. It is back on in 5, 6, 7, and 8, and gone again in 9. I considered the possibility that they had inserted a double, but, after examining the entire scene frame by frame, her is what I think happened. As originally filmed, Walken through up her skirt, pulled of her panties (see frame 8, where he is reaching to pull them down), tore off her blouse, then raped her. My guess is that after frame 8, there was too much exposure for the censors, so they re-cut, and assembled the now mangled scene with the magic blouse.

There is no actual exposure from Mary Stuart, but she is far too cute to pass up completely. We do see her panty croth looking up the leg of her pants, and the top of her breast in bed with Penn. The exposure comes from Janie Draper playing the part of the "anonymous stripper" in a fairly long and well lit scene.

The film is highly thought of. IMDB readers say 6.8/10, Ebert gives 3 1/2 stars and Apollo says 73 (Apollo Users 72). Maltin is the lone dissenter at 2 1/2 stars. I agree with Maltin. The film never grabbed me. Much of the time the pace was painfully slow, a lot of the action seemed unmotivated, and the editing, as show above, had some serious problems. The biggest thing for me, however, was that they assembled a great supporting cast including Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, David Strathairn and Kiefer Sutherland then under used all of them. If they would have done more to explore the dynamics of the family, the gangs, and the love story, it would have made for a far better film. It is unclear to me why this film is so fondly remembered, especially given that it was made for $6.5m, and only grossed $2.347m. From my viewpoint, finding the magic self-healing blouse was the highlight of the film.

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    "The Outlaw" (1986)

    The Outlaw (1943) marked the film debut of Jane Russell, or, more importantly, her more than ample cleavage, in a Howard Hughes Western. Doc Holiday arrives in town, and finds his old friend and partner in crime, Pat Garrett, has been elected sheriff. Doc is looking for a horse that was stolen from him, and finds the horse with no other than Billy the Kid, who bought, not stole it. Doc and Billy start a love/hate relationship, main fighting over possession of the horse, until Billy is shot, and taken by Doc to the home of Jane Russell (Rio), his girlfriend. Pat Garrett and a posse are after Doc, while Rio nurses Billy back to health. Garrett now deeply resents Billy for ruining his friendship with Doc, and is now after Doc as well. Rio falls for the attractive young Billy, and crawls naked into his bed to stop his chills, although we are only shown her taking off her stockings.

    Billy recovers, and we are treated to a scandalous view of Russell's cleavage. Billy and Doc try to escape together, but Rio, now mad at Billy for preferring his horse to her, fills their canteens with sand and tips the sheriff as to their whereabouts. The rest of the story examines friendships, love and justice.

    This film created a huge scandal due to Ms. Russell's costumes, and her implied pre-marital sex. It was banned outright in Finland and Sweden, and, until recently, was only available in a shortened version. The DVD version is the full 120 minutes. Maltin gives it three stars, pointing out that the film is proof of Howard's interest is Russell's breasts. IMDB readers have it at 5.6/10. It was a box office smash, although no numbers are available. Rental receipts alone are $5.057m. Is it a good film? Technically, it is good. The choppy transitions common in the early 40s are absent, although fade out/fade in is the most common transition between scenes. The score is overbearing, and sometimes overly cute, but played well in 1943. The relationships are very interesting, but the dialogue is full of 40s slang. The depiction of the West is, of course, not even close to realistic, but Westerns back then never were. I must say I enjoyed it a lot, as much for its historical value as anything.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    I looked at another new release, no nudity: Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th. A movie almost identical in premise and execution to Scary Movie

    I looked at Oliver Stone's Heaven & Earth. Good movie, but tries to do more than any movie could possibly accomplish. I'll do the images tomorrow. I'm pressed for time because I'm filling in for Junior today

    Honte's site is updated.

    Brainscan (words and pictures)

    So, Junior, these are some of the last caps I'll be sending for a while. Always figured a person should find something he's good at and do it. And it seems to me I'm a whole lot better at scanning than I am at capping, perhaps because of the equipment I use. Plus, the software driving my ATI card sends my system to ground all too often. So, I'll finish editing what I've capped, look for a better card and pick up things when I get that new puppy. Until then you will just have to live with scans of drop dead gorgeous women. Oh, the humanity!

    So what DO we have here? Mates of the bunnymag type in real movies. A lot of them... from different movies... capped and presented in one post. What a novel idea, you say. Yes, well, we do hate to repeat ourselves.

    Let's start with a personal fave, Angel Boris . She looks a lot like Mrs. Brainscan when I first met her, lo those many years ago. Here she is a highly choreographed strip sequence from the movie, Exit. Just like all those high-energy, skillfully produced shows you and I always see in strip clubs, right guys?

    Then there is Ava Fabian . Fabulous face. Used to introduce the episodes to that Red Shoe Diaries rip-off Erotic Confessions. Only two things better about EC than RSD were: 1) the host got nekkid every episode; 2) the host was not David Duchovny. Here's Ava reading one of the many letters... in the buff.

    Two Hope Marie Carlton's (1, 2) for the price of one, both in the tub. First is from the movie Terminal Exposure and the other from the Sidaris masterpiece, Picasso Trigger. It was the latter that brought to consciousness why I detest Sidaris movies. HPC walks into the hot tub nekkid, grabs a glass of wine and talks to some dork while playing with his hair. And what does the guy do? Nothing. Nada. This is a pre-adolescent fantasy of what makes up eroticism: a naked babe within eyeshot. No intimacy, just a clear view of bare hooters. That's Sidaris in a nutshell. What a friggin waste of... well, not talent. Time? Money? Yep. But not talent.

    Lousy caps of Linda Beatty Carpenter, in the movie A Different Story. Twas her only scene ever, however, so I'm sending it along.

    And then there was Kathy Shower , otherwise known as the poor man's Shannon Tweed. Lots of movies. Nekkid in all of em. Junior, I know you're thinking she could poke out someone's eye with those; and I wouldn't mind getting close enough to test that prediction.

    Let's finish up with Rebecca Armstrong, as the unconscious hooter-grabbing victim in the Immortalizer

    Juliette Lewis (1, 2, 3, 4) Lots of stuff from Snowblind today, starting with Juliette Lewis in Kalifornia
    Jamie Lee Curtis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) in Mother's Boys
    Michelle Forbes (1, 2, 3, 4) in Kalifornia
    Christina Ricci in that immortal screen classic Bless the Child
    The Insider
    Scoop, I shot a new model. Needed to get away from my dad's problems. Met her at Malibu. Took Maui for a walk.Great babe magnet, Maui.I got her to sign a release, so use it..She is a great looking girl.... and is 6'4" - not a star, yet, but maybe .....
    The Amazon (1, 2, 3, 4)
    Jutta Speidel
    (1, 2)
    in "Die letzten Ferien", which is Gaelic for "Die, you lazy fairy!". It's a revisionist telling of Cinderella. Or maybe not.

    and ...
    Aaliyah in her forthcoming film, "Queen of the Damned"
    Silva Rocca
    (1, 2, 3)

    BlackSheep scans of Rocca in a new magazine
    Benson and Hannigan kissing each other on Buffy. Captures by DAI

    Meg Ryan Great idea! Caps of Meg in The Promised Land. Unfortunately, not a good enough source medium to produce much, but thanks to DeVo for showing us a glimpse of what few have seen.

    Paulina Rubio fabulous public nipple-slip. Scan by Panman

    The Funnies
    According to properly undocumented Urban Legend, this is an actual job application a 17 year old boy submitted at a McDonald's fast-food establishment in Florida...and they hired him because he was so honest.

    NAME: Greg Bulmash

    SEX: Not yet. Still waiting for the right person.

    DESIRED POSITION: Company's President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be applying here in the first place.

    DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.


    LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

    SALARY: Less than I'm worth.

    MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

    REASON FOR LEAVING: It sucked.


    PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS?: Yes, but they're better suited to a more intimate environment.

    MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be applying at McDonald's?


    DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do you have a car that runs?"

    HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

    DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job no, on my breaks yes.

    WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde super model who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing that now.


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