Equus (1977) is an adaption from a very disturbing stage play, and concerns a 17 year old boy (Peter Firth) who suddenly blinds 6 horses in a stable where he works weekends with a metal spike. He is referred to psychologist Richard Burton. Burton eventually gets to the bottom of the boy's problems, which involve a strange mixture of strict religious upbringing, ad a love of horses. Along the way, Burton realizes that this boy has experienced more passion than he himself ever has, and wonders if curing the boy, and making him "Normal" is really a disservice. The boy became obsessed wit horses at a young age, and his God became Equus, who he decided lived inside every horse.

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After puberty, is relationship with horses became sexual. He would sneak one out at night, and ride bareback in the nude until he climaxed, then spend hours cuddling with the horse. The problem came when Jenny Agutter offered himself to him in the stable, and he couldn't perform because Equus was watching. His only solution was to blind the horses, so Equus couldn't see him.

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Jenny Agutter shows everything in a lengthy and well lit sex scene with Firth. IMDB readers have this at 6.7 of 10. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 40%. Most who commented at IMDB love the film. The demographics of the IMDB voters are peculiar. Men's votes in different age groups range from 6.5 to 6.9 (excluding the single vote from the under 18 group. The female votes are a very different matter:

18 to 29 7.9
30 to 44 4.4
45 + 8.1

Clearly younger and older women liked the film, while the 30 to 44 crowd clearly didn't. So, it is not really a chick flick. For me, while it was probably a daring, disturbing and effective stage play, it didn't translate well to the screen. Granted, when you need someone to deliver 137 minutes of pretentious dialogue, much of it directly to the camera, Richard Burton is a pretty good choice. Indeed, Burton and Firth won Golden Globes best actor and best supporting actor respectively, and were nominated for Oscars as well. While the soliloquy is a time honored stage tradition, there is a reason films are called MOTION pictures, and long speeches to the camera don't help pace or hold interest. On stage, the horses were played by actors wearing horse heads. Those who saw both say the play was far more powerful. There are some interesting concepts here, the film was fairly daring in terms of nudity (lots of male and female full frontal) and animal gore for 1977, but it was just too talky for me. I had trouble staying awake. The transfer looks rather nice, but is virtually devoid of special features, and, frankly, this film could use commentary. C.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


    1984 is a 1984 film based on George Orwell's eponymous novel which all of us had to read in high school, so I won't write much more here. Future world. Thought police. Big Brother is watching you. Dystopia. Over and out.

    If you want to read LOTS more, follow the above link to the movie info page, where I rambled on interminably.


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    Chicago 2/5
    The Hours 5/2
    The Gangs of New York 9/2
    The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers 8/1
    The Pianist 10/1




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    Graphic Response
    From the movie "Fear City" (1984). Both ladies are topless and show rear thong views.

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    "Starting Over"
    Candice Bergen hasn't shown much in her many years on film and Starting Over is no different. There's some see-through nudity by Candice and the briefest of topless shots of Jill Clayburgh as she takes a shower.

    • Candice Bergen (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    • Jill Clayburgh (1, 2)

    "The Dutch Master"
    The Erotic Tales series of short movies has some excellent nudity. In The Dutch Master we have Sasha Veldman topless, and some sexy shots of Mira Sorvino as well as a stripper at a bucks party.

    "The Cloud Door"
    The Cloud Door is another Erotic Tale, and is based on an Indian fairy story. Plenty of topless shots Anu Arya Aggarwal and full nudity of some women bathing.

    • Anu Arya Aggarwal (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Unknowns (1, 2, 3, 4)

    The last Erotic Tale is Kimono. In this story Miho Nikaido spends most of the film in her underwear. There is just briefest glimpse of nipple.

    • Miho Nikaido (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    "Up the Sandbox"
    The nudity in Up the Sandbox comes from a buxom Carol White and some native African dancers. Some nice cleavage by Barbra Streisand.

    "Funny Lady"
    Lots more of Barbra Streisand's cleavage in Funny Lady.

    • Barbra Streisand (1, 2)

    No real nudity in Tootsie. Geena Davis gets around in her underwear and Teri Garr looks very nice coming out of a shower.

    "To Kill For"
    Plenty of nudity by Laura Johnson in To Kill For, although DVD caps are needed. Kim McKamy is also topless in the brief time she appeared on screen.

    "M Butterfly"
    Annabel Leventon is no spring chicken but she is starkers in M Butterfly.

    "Kiss the Sky"
    In Kiss the Sky we have a topless Sheryl Lee and almost the same of Patricia Charbonneau. A couple of unknowns are completely nude.

    "Married 2 Malcolm"
    No nudity in the British film Married 2 Malcolm, just lots of cleavage and underwear by Josie Lawrence, Tracey Wilkinson and an unknown taxi passenger.

    "The Chain Reaction"
    Brief full frontal nudity by Arna-Maria Winchester in the Australian movie The Chain Reaction.

    • Arna-Maria Winchester (1, 2, 3, 4)

    "Carry on Columbus"
    Another one in the famous (infamous?) series, Carry on Columbus allows you to see Sara Stockbridge's rear and some nice shots of Sara Crowe.

    "First Target"
    No nudity by Brandy Ledford in First Target (unlike when she was the Penthouse Pet of the year) but she fills out a bikini nicely.

    Concluding with a topless Megan Dodds in Purpose, although the most revealing shot could be a body double.

    Rosanna Arquette Black undies and very nice toplessness in scenes from "Black Rainbow" (1990).

    Fay Masterson The red headed Brit topless in scenes from "Sorted" (2000).

    Natasha Gregson Wagner Natalie Wood's little girl shows brief breast exposure in scenes from "Dead Beat" (1994).

    Flower Edwards
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    The Skinemax babe posing for the camera and showing all 3 b's, including views from the gyno-cam! Thanks to Brainscan.

    Romina Power

    Maria Rohm


    From the movie "Marquis de Sade's Justine". 'Caps and comments by Dann:

    Romina Power (then-18-year-old daughter of Tyrone Power) plays the title role in the 1968 film by director Jess Franco. Well known for films of sexual and sadistic activity, Franco left nothing out of this one. Originally released with 30 minutes cut, I actually expected the uncut DVD to be worse than it was, but still, I suppose a film showing nudity, prostitution, lesbianism, murder, bondage, branding, and sadisim can't be called tame.

    The story tells of a young and innocent virgin thrown out of a French orphanage with no money, and set upon by every scumbag in town. Romina Power was perfect in this part; she definitely looked young, sweet, and innocent. Jack Palance had a great role as a sleazy and sadistic priest, and the film is really interesting just because of the people involved.

    One other interesting element of the film is it's really two stories in one; it tells the Justine story, but also shows a very tortured Marquis de Sade writing the story in prison while trying to confront his demons.

    Michelle Duquet
    (1, 2)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the Canadian actress showing a little rear nudity as well as some side breast exposure in scenes from the Canadian series "Bliss".