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"Gorky Park" (1983)

Gorky Park (1983) is a very classy whodunit staring John Hurt as a Moscow city detective who is brought in to investigate a bizarre triple murder. Three bodies are found in Gorky Park, and all of them have had their faces and fingertips removed. Hurt smells KGB from the beginning, and tries to get off the case, but is persuaded by the head of the department to stay with the case. His biggest lead is a young woman (Joanna Pacula in one of her first roles) whose skates were found on the feet of one of the victims. Hurt's prime suspect becomes an influential American, Lee Marvin, and he forms an uneasy alliance with a New York PD detective played by Brian Dennehy. Dennehy's son was one of the three murdered, and he is in Russia for revenge.

The film is beautifully filmed, and the performances are top notch. The part of Moscow is played by Helsinki. I didn't sense much chemistry between Hurt and Pacula in their love scene, but Pacula showed breasts and buns. The film, at over 2 hours was a little long for me, but I enjoyed it, despite numerous plot twists. Maltin says 3 stars, and IMDB readers have it at 6.5/10. The film grossed $15.9m in the US alone. This is a B to B-.

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  • Joanna Pacula (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
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    I took a look at "The Crew". I'll write about it tomorrow. It's the Burt Reynolds and Richard Dreyfus movie about low-level wiseguys in an unhappy retirement in Miami Beach. Only a touch of anonymous nudity, but LOTS of J. Tilly cleavage, and the director shot right down her blouse!

    Thanks to an informed visitor who caught my mistake on Young Guns 2. There IS a modest but rather lovely nude scene from sexy Jenny Wright. This makes a nice addition to the archives.

    • Jenny Wright (1, 2)

    Here's There's Nothing Out There, Low budget film made by college-age guys in 1991. Horror film genre parody where the characters defend themselves with their knowledge of horror film cliches. In other words, it was "Scream", before Scream ever thought of becoming itself. Promising concept, some positives, but amateurish delivery. (These images from a poor quality tape.)

    I took a look at a VHS copy of the Jude Law film "The Wisdom of Crocodiles". I decided to order the DVD in the hope that there is more flesh in the widescreen version. (Elina Lowensohn is just barely cut off from nipplage, for example). I kind of enjoyed this oddball film, so it must be pretty good, because I hate vampire movies. You guys know that the only thing I hate more than vampire films is arty vampire films, and that's what it is, but it has a certain lyricism to it, some interesting characters, and a kind of crazed pretenious romanticism that is so far over the top that it seems to work within its own demented logic. I was also impressed with the cinematography. I'll tell you more when I review the DVD.


    The ol' Pole Cat came up with a pretty good find in Katrin Cartlidge in Claire Dolan, which was directed by the Star Trek Dude, Jonathan Frakes. And he had a few more for us as well.

    Graphic Response
  • Elisabeth Brooks, frontal nudity from the 1980 movie "The Howling".
  • Julie Graham, breast exposure highlighting an extremely erect nipple in scenes from 1990's "The Big Man".
  • Juliette Binoche, gettin' it on with Jeremy "Mr Laughs" Irons in scenes from "Damage" (1993).
  • Miranda Richardson, topless, also in scenes from "Damage".

  • l'Helvete
    Still more naked babes from French movies....

    Emma Sjöberg Very interesting 'upskirt' from the movie "Taxi 2" (2000). Very revealing, but such an odd image.

    Géraldine Pailhas
    (1, 2)

    Nice breast exposure in a love scene from 1999's "Peut-être".

    Laetitia Pesenti
    (1, 2)

    #1 features great full frontal exposure, and #2 has Laetitia topless, and bare bummed. Both collages highlight scenes from "À la vie, à la mort!" (1995).

    Laure Raoust
    (1, 2)

    Topless, frontal, and partial rear exposure in these scenes from her only IMDb credit, "À la place du coeur" (1998).

    Natalia Negoda Topless in scenes from "La Petite Véra"
    Romy Schneider Excellent job by l'Helvete 'capping the brief breast exposure from 1969's "La Piscine"

    Zabou Topless in scenes from 1986's "Le Complexe du kangourou".
    Elsa Zylberstein Another great job of 'capping the limited nudity. Topless...yes. Frontal...maybe. If you look at the image in the center...look in the mirror and go south, I think you see a hint of pubes. Maybe.

    and ...
    Jennifer Connelly
    (1, 2, 3)

    Like many Fun Housers, I never get tired of seeing Connelly topless. The day I do, please, for my own good, someone put me down Ol' Yeller style.

    Here are DVD 'caps of Jennifer's magnificent chest (as well as a few other images) from "Inventing the Abbotts". Link #1 is a collage by Dann, the other two are raw 'caps.

    Katie Holmes
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Nice glamour pics for the Katie fans from "Wonder Boys" by Akira. Some mild pokies in #1 and #2 but that's 'bout it.

    Janet Gunn
    (1, 2, 3)

    #1 and #2 are from her only nude scene (that I can recall) from the movie "Night of the Running Man" (1994). #3 is new to me and has Janet in a very see-thru bikini from an episode of "Silk Stalkings".

    Carla Bruni A B&W with Carla fully nude, but only one breast is visible. Scan by Desparado.

    Élodie Bouchez Single breast exposure from "Louise (Take 2)" (1998). Vidcaps by Jotell.
    Eleonora Bose Appearing topless in the Spring issue of POP magazine.

    Vitamin C See-thru nipple sighting from the pop singer in Gear magazine. Thanks to PicCap.

    The Funnies
    Beer Warnings

    Since product liability litigation is only expected to increase in the new millennium, beer manufacturers are considering using the FDA's suggestion that the following ten warning labels be placed on all beer containers produced in the US during the year 2001:

    1 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
    2 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like an idiot.
    3 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
    4 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your pants.
    5 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you can converse logically with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
    6 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you have mystical kung-fu powers.
    7 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary.
    8 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead.
    9 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter and more handsome than some really, really big guy named Bubba.
    10 - WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may actually CAUSE pregnancy.

    Golf Lessons

    My wife told me it was about time that I learned to play golf - you know, golf, that's the game where you chase a little ball all over the country when you are too old to chase women.

    So, I went to see Mr. Jones and asked him if he would teach me how to play.

    He said, "Sure, you've got balls don't you?"

    "Yes, but sometimes on cold mornings they are hard to find."

    "Bring them to the clubhouse tomorrow morning and we will tee off."

    "What's tee off?"

    "It's a golf term and we have to tee off in front of the clubhouse."

    "Not for me" I said, "you can tee off in front of the clubhouse if you want, but I'll tee off behind the barn somewhere."

    "No, no, a tee is a little thing about the size of your finger."

    "Yeah, I've got one of those."

    "Well, you stick it in the ground and put your ball on top of it."

    "You play golf sitting down? I always thought you stood up and walked around."

    "You do, you're standing up when you put your ball on the tee."

    Well folks, I thought that was stretching things a bit too far and I said so.

    He said, "You've got a bag haven't you?"


    "You're balls are in it, aren't they?"

    "Of course," I told him.

    "Well, can't you open your bag and take one out?"

    "I suppose I could, but I'll be damned if I am going to."

    "Don't you have a zipper on your bag?"

    "No, I am the old fashioned type."

    "Do you know how to hold your club?"

    Well, after 65 years, I should have some sort of an idea and I told him so.

    He said, "You take your club in both hands..."

    Well folks, I knew right then that he didn't know what he was talking about.

    Then he said, "Swing it over your shoulder..."

    No, no, that's not me at all. That's my brother he's talking about.

    He asked, "How do your hold your club?"

    And before I thought about it, I said "With two fingers".

    He said that wasn't right, got behind me, put two arms around me, and said for me to bend over and he would show me.

    Well, he couldn't catch me there for nothing. I didn't spend four years in the Navy for nothing.

    He said, "You hit the ball with your club and it soars and soars..."

    I could well imagine that.

    "... and when you're on the green..."

    "What's the green?"

    "That's where the hole is."

    "Sure you're not color blind?"

    "Then you take your putter in your hands"

    "What's a putter?"

    "That's the smallest club made."

    "That's what I got, a putter."

    "And with it, you put your ball into the hole."

    I corrected him, "You mean the putter."

    "No, the ball. The hole isn't big enough for the ball and putter too."

    Well, I've seen holes big enough for a horse and wagon.

    "Then," he said," after you finish with the first hole, you go on to the next 17."

    Well, he certainly wasn't talking about me. After two holes I'm shot to hell.

    "You mean you can't make 18 holes in one day?"

    "Hell no! It takes me 18 days to make one hole! Besides, how do I know when I am in the 18th hole?"

    "The flag will go up!"

  • Aspect ratios keepingus from the goodies!
    Aesthete's DVD caps of "A Map of the World" reminded me of the discussion a while back about aspect ratios and the differences in different film and video formats. When this movie was first released on video, my local store didn't have the DVD version, so I rented the VHS. Because (I guess) of the 4:3 ratio, what I found was that Sigourney's exposure south of the border, while just a suggestion on DVD, is relatively explicit on VHS; the picture goes almost to mid-thigh. You might want to pass this on to someone who (unlike me) can do something about it.

  • Nip Slip Request
    There might be a gem for us Fun House lovers in this...

    In January 1991 I remember I was watching the Australian Open tennis final with my roommate here in Barcelona. If you remember, Monica Seles (one of the players involved in that championship game) used to play without a bra on. You have in the Encyclopedia a faint see thru of her in those early days before the unfortunate stabbing incident. And she started using a sports bra soon after that. Well, I remember vividly, that at one of the changes she was sitting on the side of the court, the camera was centered on her from the front, and while she dried herself with a towel there was a moment where you could very clearly see her nipple through the sleeve of her shirt. I remember looking at my roommate and asking: "did you see what I saw?", and he smiled and said "yes".

    I know there are some tennis fans out there who cap many scenes, but I have never seen this one. It might be it never showed up on US TV because they may have been showing commercials at that particular time. But it sure showed in Spain's TV. I wonder if there is a way we could find it...


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