"Auto Focus"

Auto Focus (2002) is a low budget biopic about Bob Crane (Colonel Hogan of Hogan's Heroes), starting with his arrival in LA as a popular disk jockey, and ending with his murder in Scottsdale, Arizona. It chronicles the effect of his sexual addiction on his life. He started as a conservative happily married Catholic and non-drinker, but had a secret stash of porn. After his rise to stardom, and with the help of his new best friend, John Carpenter, he divorced, starting making his own porn in which he costarred, remarried, and eventually lost all sense of propriety and self control, which, of course, didn't do his career any good.

The story was at least somewhat fictionalized, to make for a better narrative. For instance, in the film, he had the same loyal manager, whereas, in real life, he went through several. He definitely was killed in a hotel in Scottsdale, and had a huge collection of porn, much of it starring him. He was known to have hit on nearly every woman he met. Although Carpenter was tried for his murder, he was acquitted. There is debate among his errors as to wether he was a major league perv before stardom, or wether it was success and easy availability of women that caused his obsession. There is also debate as to wether or not he was ready to seek counseling and reconcile with his second wife when he was murdered.

To show the steady decline down the "slippery slope," the film makers started out with bright colors, warm film, good lighting and dolly shots, and slowly degraded to colder color temperature film stock, ugly muted colors, blown out backgrounds, shaky cam, and nothing but close-ups. I understand why they did it, but would have preferred that they maintained good photography start to finish.

There is a ton of nudity:

Alex Menses - side view of breast and nipple in blouse.
Amber Griebel - breasts modeling for Bob
Maria Bello - breasts
The Porcelain Twinz - breasts as strippers
Teri Geary - all three Bs as a stripper

Numerous unknowns also show everything from breasts to full frontal in several scenes. IMDB readers have it at 6.8 of 10. Despite a low budget of $7M, it managed to lose money with a US gross of $2.06M. It is possible that those who would normally have enjoyed the nudity and sex (they had to make cuts to avoid an NC-17) felt uncomfortable with the darkness of the film, and the strong message about the evils of sexual addiction, while it has far to much nudity for those who would rather not see it, leaving a fairly small audience. Ebert awards 4 stars, and it was not clear to me from his review why. Berardinelli was similarly impressed at three stars. As for me, I enjoyed the start more than the end, as the ending was predictable, and very dark. Acting was excellent. C.

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  • Alex Menses (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Amber Griebel (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Maria Bello (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Porcelain Twinz (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Rita Wilson (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Teri Geary (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Unknowns (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Scoop took the day off, but will be back soon with more 'caps and movie reviews.

    Other crap:

    What're the odds?


    MLB Regular Season Special: Player to hit the most home runs in the majors

    "Simply select which player you think will score the most home runs in the 2003 MLB regular season. Pre and postseason games do not count."

    This Matsui guy must be pretty darned good, because he's listed above some really solid guys. Jim Thome is averaging more than 50 homers per year over the past two seasons, and Matsui has lower odds.

    Jeff Kent might be an interesting long shot. He will be in the line-up with Berkman and a fully healthy Bagwell, and he'll be playing his home games in Minute Maid. I don't know if he will lead the majors in homers, but I expect him to have a monster year.

    By the way, they offer 350-1 odds on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays winning the Series.


    Bet Selections Win Odds
    Sammy Sosa 2/1
    Alex Rodriguez 7/2
    Barry Bonds 9/2
    Hideki Matsui 9/1
    Jim Thome 10/1
    Jason Giambi 10/1
    Troy Glaus 14/1
    Lance Berkman 16/1
    Ken Griffey Jr 18/1
    Manny Ramirez 20/1
    Shawn Green 20/1
    Gary Sheffield 33/1
    Jeff Kent 33/1
    Adam Dunn 33/1


    Here are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.

    • The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined there might be something else of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick Locke, or somebody else besides me)
    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    Kim Ju-Hyeok
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    The Korean actress showing her bum as well as some brief toplessness in scenes from the movie "Say Yes". Vejiita adds that the movie is kinda like "The Hitcher", a couple gives a ride to a madman and everything ends bad.

    Sammi Davis and Amanda Donohoe
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

    Both ladies show lots of breasts, bum and bush in several scenes from the 1989 Ken Russell film "The Rainbow".

    Kelly Hu
    (1, 2)

    Very nice partial exposure in scenes from "The Scorpion King".

    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    Today a trip back to 1983 and a visit to a classic teen movie "Risky Business" which was the stepping stone that sent Tom Cruise on to stardom.

    But our interest lies in a young Rebecca DeMornay who plays a hooker hired by Tom to visit him at home while his parents are away.

    We see the classic scene as she enters his home and quickly begins to disrobe for young Tom and he gets what he paid for. Really we don't see much here, but it was a classic sexy scene.

    Watch it again sometime, it's a fun night's entertainment.

    • Rebecca De Mornay (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Rochelle Swanson The Skinemax favorite shows off her lovely breasts and some rear nudity in pseudo sex scenes from an episode of the late night series "Love Street".

    Julie Newmar
    (1, 2, 3)

    Scans of Catwoman showing some serious cleavage.

    Heidi Klum There is a reason she's one of the biggest models in the world...she's amazingly gorgeous! Here is a great scan of her holding her boobs by F2K from the August '02 issue of GQ.

    Adriana Lima A see-thru nipple sighting from another mega-hot model. Thanks to Squiddy.

    Carla Bruni
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

    Very nice B&W scans of the supermodel by Marsie.

    Here's the breakdown:
    Topless...links 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 11
    see-thru breast views...link #9
    see-thru rear nudity...link #12
    subtle hint of pubes...link #11

    Traci Lind
    (1, 2)

    Toplessness and a rear dorsal view in scenes from "The Road to Wellville" (1994. 'Caps by Pappa.

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    BRITISH DEMAND FREE VIAGRA AND BOOB JOBS British Women Say Once A Week Is Plenty - Sex is causing problems for Britain's financially-strained National Health service. They give impotent men only one Viagra pill a week to hold down costs, but a new study found that British men, particularly those 20 to 44, say that's not enough and they want more sex.

  • That's ridiculous! They're British!
  • They change their minds when told it would require a tax increase...Sex is taxing enough on British men already.
  • Can't they just hoard the pills until they find someone who'll have sex with them?
  • Yet another strong argument against socialized medicine!

    Feeling A Bit Flat? - A growing number of British women are applying to the NHS for government-paid breast implant surgery, claiming they believe it's necessary to solve their problems. Demand is so high in one county, small-breasted women now have to see a psychologist to determine if they really have a depression that would be cured by breast implants.

  • If the government is paying the psychologist anyway, wouldn't the money be better spent on boob jobs?
  • I'll bet implants would cure their boyfriends' depression.
  • Maybe if the NHS would pay for more boob jobs, men wouldn't need as much Viagra.

    SIMON SEZ, "SLOW DOWN THE 'IDOLS!'" Put It On "Idle" - Simon Cowell told the New York Post that he agreed to do a third "American Idol," but only if Fox puts it off until 2004. The network is so hungry for ratings, they want another one in the fall, but Cowell says they're not giving the winners enough time to become stars before they crown another "Idol." For instance, the new series is well underway, and Kelly Clarkson's first album hasn't even been released yet.

  • Kelly Clarkson? She's so OVER!
  • Simon's first commandment is "Thou shalt have no Idols before Kelly!"
  • If you want to be a pop idol, you'd better get used to the idea of having a shorter shelf life than a loaf of Wonder Bread.