Big Little Lies

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Reese Witherspoon (body double?)

Bates Motel

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Rihanna - not naked but it's Rihanna in a middling TV show!


season one, episodes one, two and three

Synnove Karlsen




Based on this movie, the term "Mandingo" refers to an African group which seems to be especially suited for brawling with bare knuckles and servicing neglected southern belles. In this case, the designated Mandingo is played by the former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, who in real life was a pretty good brawler with the knuckles padded. He fought Muhammad Ali three times, with all three fights going the distance. Norton won the first in a split decision and broke Ali's jaw in the process, thus winning the championship and handing Ali only the second defeat in his illustrious career. (Ali's only previous loss had been to Smokin' Joe Frazier.) Ali won the rematch on another split decision, and a highly controversial one at that. Ali won the third fight three years later when Norton got far ahead and "coasted" too early. All cards showed Norton ahead 6-2 after 8 rounds, but he managed to blow a 15 round decision - unanimously!

Norton took time off from boxing in between the second (September 1973) and third (September 1976) Ali fights, and it was in this period that he made two much-reviled exploitation films about slavery, this one and its 1976 quasi-sequel, Drum. After that period, Norton returned to the ring and would eventually be named the heavyweight championship one more time - on a technicality. The reigning champ, Leon Spinks, would not fight Norton, who was the #1 contender, so the WBC simply stripped Spinks of the title and handed it to Norton. Norton lost that paper title in his very first defense, so he retains the rare honor of having been champion without having won a fight! Whether his reign was based on a mere technicality or not, the fact remains that Ken Norton was recognized as the world heavyweight champion both before and after having starred in Mandingo and Drum, and in three fights he battled Muhammad Ali to a standstill. In terms of qualifications for this part, Norton was no actor, but one must concede that the man knew what to do with his fists.

His athletic abilities were not restricted to fisticuffs. He was one of the greatest high school athletes in history, if not THE greatest. He was a champion in pretty much every track and field event. He won so many different events in an Illinois track meet that he single-handedly forced the state to enact a rule change which limited any participant to three events. (It's still called the "Ken Norton Rule.")

This film was banned by the Catholic Church. Usually, being banned by the "Legion of Decency" was the mark of a must-see film, but not in this case. One reviewer noted:
"Every once in a while you stumble upon a movie that leaves you completely speechless. You sit in stunned silence with only an occasional "My God!" escaping from your lips. "Mandingo" is such a movie, a film that's so hilarious and hysterically offensive that it's a wonder that African-Americans nationwide didn't storm Paramount studios and slaughter the executives who green-lighted it."
Take away the slave-impregnating and prize fighting and there would be nearly nothing left of the tedious 127-minute running time other than slave-whipping and slave-boiling. So it has the all-time worst combination of two adjectives to describe a film: it's both boring and offensive. That's the bad-film perfecta. It is embarrassing that this film exists, and even more shameful that it spawned a sequel. There is no reason for this film to exist, other than as example of the way we were, or rather the way we didn't have enough sense to avoid. But here it is, in Blu-Ray glory.

The Southern Belle in need of his manly (or mandingoly) services in this film is played by Susan George.

Laura Misch Owens plays a white prostitute

The various female slaves are played by:

Brenda Sykes

Debbi Morgan

Reda Wyatt

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Sarah Daykin

Ma Famille t'Adore Deja

2016, 1080hd

Alice Endelman and Valerie Karsenti


2016, 1080hd

Carmen Lagardere - she's VERY old, like Jessica Tandy old

Celine Fuhrer

Claire Bournet

Il Est Des Notres


Carmen Lagardere - three years younger, as the world's oldest stripper

Celine Fuhrer


2015 short, 1080hd

Catherine Jandrain

Je Les Aime Tous

2016, 1080hd

Corine Masiero

One Night

2014, 720hd

Dorcas Coppin

Mon Frere Bien Aime

2016, 1080hd

Elsa Lunghini

Mes  Funerailles

2016, 1080hd

Justine Lecoq Chardin and Viviane Michaud

This week, continuing with movies from the late noughties, mainly 2008 and 2009:



Christina Ricci shows a lot, although some of it will be prosthetics.