"Pump Up the Volume"

Pump Up the Volume (1990) is a film I avoided assuming that it was a rock music story, which wouldn't interest me at all. HUGE MISTAKE. Although Heathers is the cult pick for the ultimate teen angst film, Pump Up the Volume has amazing insight as to how much it can suck to be a teenager, and exactly why. It should be a required watch for anyone who works in a High School, and any parent with a kid turning 13. Interestingly, like Heathers, it stars Christian Slater.

Slater has been moved to the middle of Arizona in his senior year of High School and away from his friends in New York because his father became the district superintendent. Not only was he uprooted and is now in a school filled with strangers that seem nothing at all like his friends, but there are serious problems with the school, despite its reputation for having the best SAT scores in the state. He is smart, shy and withdrawn, but finds an outlet running his own pirate FM station as Hard Harry. He catches the imagination of the entire student body, but most especially Samantha Mathis, who figures out who he is, and eventually breaks through his defenses.

When a student commits suicide after calling his show, the powers that be, already disturbed over his popularity, the music he plays, and the fact that the student body is becoming more and more unruly under his influence, blame him for the death and bring in the police and the FCC to catch him. It turns out that the principle has a clever scheme for keeping those SAT scores high. She collects the federal funding for each enrolled student, then finds a way to expel anyone she feels might not do well on the tests.

Mathis has a nice long topless scene with Slater, which is better watched in the 4/3 version, although both are on the DVD. IMDb readers have this at 6.8 of 10, with scores inversely proportional to age of voter. I like "Up the Establishment," films anyway but this one dealt with real teen perceptions. Not only that, but they found a way to have an ending that was at once realistic and hopeful. This is a B-, as one of the better teensploitation films.

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  • Samantha Mathis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26)

    "One Million Years B.C."

    One Million Years B.C. (1966) is a Hammer film much like Quest for Fire and Clan of the Cave Bears, but a million times worse. The blonde cave people and the dark haired cave people battle each other, dinosaurs, and a volcano, all the while grunting and smiling at each other. The only thing notable is Raquel Welch in a skimpy cave girl outfit showing lots of cleavage and half her butt cheeks. This really is unwatchable, but Raquel is always worth a few images.

    IMDb readers have this at 5.2 of 10. If the genre is stone age man movies with invented languages, then this is the worst of the genre I have seen, but they did an amazing restoration job for the DVD. All in all, lets give it a low C-.

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    "Mother, Jugs & Speed"

    Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976) is a black comedy mixed wit serious moments about two rival ambulance companies competing for work, and eventually the city contract. Mother is Bill Cosby, somewhat eccentric, but an experienced and capable driver. Jugs is Raquel Welch, who is the switchboard operator/dispatcher at the start of the film, and then gets her EMT and riving certificate. Speed is Harvey Keitel, a suspended cop. The three end up driving together for a short while near the end of the film.

    Raquel has nothing approaching nudity, but her nipple was sticking straight through her shirt in the opening scene of the film. IMDb readers have this at 5.3 of 10. Critics weren't impressed judging by the 40% positive at Rotten Tomatoes. I am a Cosby fan, and Welsh wore tight tops the entire film, so I enjoyed it for the most part. What can I say? I am a cheap date. Give me laughs and boobs and I am happy. This is a C-. It gets in trouble when it strays from comedy, and some parts are over the top. Cosby has nearly all the really funny lines.

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    FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the vids says the video codec:  DivX Decoder Filter & audio codec:  Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with. When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG Layer-3.  A friend of mine told me about compressing the audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
    When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp & asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost too much to buy in my opinion.

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    I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9. The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly larger, and slightly lower quality.

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    "Carry On Up The Jungle"
    More nakedness in the 1970 Carry On Up The Jungle. Jacki Piper gets wet in a flimsy top and Joan Sims is topless, although its a long distance view. Valerie Leon shows off her sensational cleavage.

    • Jacki Piper (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Joan Sims (1, 2)
    • Valerie Leon (1, 2, 3)

    "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry"
    Also in the 70s is Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. Susan George is Dirty Mary but the sexier shots are of Lynne Borden when she takes a shower, with possible pokies afterwards.

    "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes"
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is PG rated so there's not a lot to see. Genevieve Page goess topless but we see nothing.

    • Genevieve Page (1, 2)

    Fiona Lewis and Bonita Thomas are topless in Villain.

    Newsfront is an Aussie movie and the nudity comes from an actress in what is supposedly a porn film. The quality is not great.

    "Charlie's Angels"
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    "Cheek to Cheek"
    Finishing the retro caps we have an actress in her 70s (or thereabouts). A completely naked Melissa Jaffer in the Aussie short movie Cheek to Cheek.

    • Melissa Jaffer (1, 2)

    "Conspiracy of Silence"
    More nudity in Conspiracy of Silence, this time Catherine Walker is topless. She is also obviously wearing some sort of crotch patch that extends right round the back.

    • Catherine Walker (1, 2, 3)

    "Liberty Stands Still"
    A very sexy Linda Fiorentino is topless in Liberty Stands Still but we only see her from the rear.

    • Linda Fiorentino (1, 2)

    "Wyatt Earp"
    The very brief topless nudity in Wyatt Earp comes from Joanna Going. There is also some see-through nipple exposure by Annabeth Gish on her death bed.

    "Silent Cry"
    I think there's a need for an Internet site dedicated to all the unnamed strippers in movies. There's another one in Silent Cry, in this case she's just topless. Emily Woof also shows a lot of sex appeal when she dresses down.

    Nicole Richie Paris' sidekick posing with an exposed breast and a nipple ring.

    Elisha Cuthbert The hot young actress from "24" and "The Girl Next Door" looking very sexy in undies and a tank top in scenes from "Old School". Thanks to Twitchy.

    Lina Romay
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)

    Marvin 'caps of the 70's sexploitation star showing everything including gyno-views and some BJ action in scenes from "Die Marquise von Sade" aka "Doriana Grey" (1976).

    Venesa Talor
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Señor Skin 'caps of Talor showing all 3 B's while gettin' it on in scenes from the Skinemax flick "Timeless Obsession" (1997).