Discoveries (1999) is the last from the Skinemax series Intimate Strangers. This time Kim Yates is closing the bar, when Julia Kruis and her husband come in for an anniversary drink. Seems they met in that bar, and have been together for ten years. Yates serves them, and they tell her about their open relationship, which the credit for their happy marriage. First, they relate the hot sex when they first met, then an episode with Kruis and a fashion model/bell boy, then Yates tells about the night she was stripping for someone after the bar was closed, and discovered that someone was watching through the window/

The couple then describes a recent three-way they did with a high priced call girl, played by Kimberly Woods. Woods and Kruis show everything, and Yates shows breasts and buns, keeping her thong on. Same story as before, mediocre sex scenes shot in decent light, and so C-. The one thing I will say for this series is that they used a real variety in the cast.

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  • Julia Kruis (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, 27, 28, 29, 30 31, 32)
  • Kimberly Woods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Kim Yates (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    "Seductive Fortune"

    Seductive Fortune (1999) is another in the Intimate Strangers Skinemax series. This time, We start with Nikki Fritz and an unidentified Asian actress having sex, but that has nothing to do with the story. Tane McClure is tending bar, and Kira Reed shows up depressed, because she just caught her husband in bed with Stella Porter. She goes on to admit that she really prefers girls anyway, so Tane takes her home for sex.

    Fritz and McClure show breasts and buns, and Porter and the unknown also show bush. Again, this is tepid sex scenes, but shot such that you can see them, and therefor a C-.

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  • Kira Reed (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Tane McClure and Kira Reed (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  • Nikki Fritz (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
  • Stella Porter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Young Adam (2003):

    Young Adam is a film which is just about to open in a very limited arthouse run in North America. You know those commercials that say "coming soon to a theater near you"? Well, this movie isn't coming to a theater near you unless you live in Greenwich Village.

    It played in England last year, and hit the British streets on DVD already on Monday. The British critics went ga-ga over this arty, sexy Scottish Noir film set on a coal barge in 1957. Sounds cheerful doesn't it? The protagonist is an antihero, but not in the sense that Rick is an antihero in Casablanca. This guy is pretty much of a complete scumbag, a cowardly drifter with no sense of right and wrong.

    • He betrays his employer by sleeping with his wife.
    • Then when the wife becomes his new employer, he betrays her by sleeping with her sister.
    • When a kind man takes him in, he promptly takes the man's wife to bed as soon as the man heads off to work his night shift.
    • He makes no effort to save his pregnant girlfriend from drowning when she falls in the river
    • Then then he sits idly by and watches some poor schmuck get tried for his girlfriend's murder.

    He aspires to become a writer, but eventually realizes that he is made to live out a life, not to describe one, so his typewriter meets an appropriate fate.

    Although the drifter is not a sympathetic lead character, this film manages to create a balanced look at him and the blue collar lives he affects in Scotland. The tone is not really tragic. There is neither pathos nor bathos, but simply sadness. The background score is minimally intrusive, and the background noises are virtually absent. There are long periods of virtual silence, as you might expect in the films of Bergman or Tarkovsky. It was an effective move to cast boyish, soft-spoken, handsome Ewan McGregor as the drifter. He gives off an aura of decency that lent some balance to the portrayal, and deepened the sadness because he seemed to be a man who could have achieved far more, could have been better, but always seemed lost. In the final analysis, I felt sympathy for the drifter because he was not a bad person, just a person who wanted to be good but didn't know how, and who wanted happiness as much as any of us, but found it elusive. As did the other doomed characters around him. As do so many people.

    I like the movie, but it's genuinely an art film for the Bergman crowd, and definitely not a multiplex crowd pleaser. The one thing that gives it a bit of crossover appeal is that the film is not structured as a drama, but as a murder mystery (even though it turns out that nobody is actually murdered). That genre film structure gives the film a "grip" on the audience that a heavy-handed drama might not normally be able to establish.

    There is a substantial amount of sex and nudity. One sex scene is particularly wild. McGregor loses his temper with girlfriend Emily Mortimer when she works a hard day and complains that the only thing he did all day was to make some custard. So he covers her with the custard and some ketchup and other food items, then he canes her behind, and finally takes her from the rear. Pretty steamy stuff.

    In addition to the scenes below, Ewan McGregor also whips out his light saber, as is his wont. I understand that his sausage has been expunged from the North American release. (Yeah, like anyone is ever going to see this movie!)





     Yesterday's question:


    "Have you seen the Hummer H2 TV commercial where this babe is "driving" her hummer on the deck of a cruise ship?  Regis Filbin, unfortunately, stickes his head in her window and asks if she'd like a drink.  She has one line : "I LOVE off-roading!"  She is absolutely the hottest thing I've seen lately (and I see a lot!).  But, WHO IS SHE???  Are there any GOOD photographs of her?"
    Today's answer:

    The model is Allesandra Ambrosio.  I'll send a couple of pix. Nephew J.






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    Words from Scoop.

    .avi's from Shiloh.

    .wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.



    • Sheryl Lee in Bliss. Clip three is the winner. The .avi includes all scenes.  (.avi version,  .wmv version (1, 2, 3, 4)).

    • Funny stuff. Amanda Swisten in American Wedding.  (.avi version.wmv version).


    Mediocre movie - watchable, but shallow, like a decent episode of a good TV drama. Very pleasant nudity, however, from gorgeous, famous chicks.



    Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble with the codecs for these movies:

    Shiloh says:

    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.

    A reader says:

    You mentioned that some users were having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool designed to determine what codec is needed for a video. Hope this is useful to you or your users.

    Scoop says:

    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.

    Graphic Response

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    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    Nothing much to comment about or upon. Julie Benz and Claire Stansfield in the oft-capped "Dark Drive" (1996). Couldn't resist.

    Audrey Tautou The star of the multi-Oscar nominated movie "Amélie" showing a little bit of breast in scenes from "Dirty Pretty Things" (2002).

    Carla Gugino
    Robin Wright Penn

    Unfortunately, neither shows any skin in "The Singing Detective".

    Jennifer Connelly The Fun House Queen shows a brief nipple view during a bath scene, and also wears a semi-see-thru bra in scenes from "House of Sand and Fog" (2003).

    Mr. Nude Celeb
    Audrey Tautou Another look at her brief nipple peak from "Dirty Pretty Things".

    Janeane Garofalo
    (1, 2)

    The actress/comedian showing some pokies in the pretty good indie flick "The Minus Man" (1999), starring Owen Wilson as a 'nice guy next door serial killer'.

    Keira Knightley
    (1, 2, 3)

    All wet and also showing pokies from last year's huge hit, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003).

    Charlize Theron
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Teri Hatcher
    (1, 2, 3)

    From 1996's "2 Days in the Valley". Despite often being referred to as a pseudo-"Pulp Fiction", it's still a decent flick. Plus Charlize Theron did get nekkid for her breakout film role.

    The Snapper
    'Caps and comments by The Snapper:

    These pictures are by model turned photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Her house style is the grainy BW shot although she’s perfectly capable of producing more ‘posed’ looking photography. Fortunately she seems to specialise in nekkid chicks, which makes her my kind of gal.

    Today we have:

    Elizabeth Hurley
    (1, 2, 3)

    Gorgeous paparazzi pics of Liz sunbathing topless.

    Molly Sims
    (1, 2)

    The model/actress wearing a see-thru top in a behind the scenes thingie from the SI Swimsuit 2004 DVD.

    Lisa Comshaw
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the B-movie and adult film star bares breasts and bum in several scenes from "Portrait in Red" (1995).

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Why Would Anyone Fire A Bird? - Donald Trump's attempt to trademark the phrase "You're Fired" has run into a roadblock: Chicago pottery merchant Susan Brenner. She has been emblazoning the phrase on kiln-fired ceramic plates, mugs and birdhouses since 1997. Her attorney sent Trump a letter warning that if he tries to sell any "You're Fired" merchandise in Illinois or surrounding states, he'll be in violation of her trademark.

  • So Trump better keep his mug out of Chicago.
  • Trump likes her spirit...In fact, he'd like her to come work for him so he can fire her.
  • Trump just fired the lawyer who does trademark searches for him.

    Trump Slump - Forbes reports that auditors for his Atlantic City casinos warned that they are struggling against heavy competition, losing money, laden with debt, and may not remain a "going concern" if they aren't bailed out somehow.

  • Trump took immediate action: he fired his auditors.
  • This week on "The Apprentice," the teams will compete to see who does the best job of burning down a casino for the insurance.
  • He's managing to lose money when he owns a casino, and he's judging OTHER people's business skills?!

    Can't Give It Away - A joint study by Harvard and the University of North Carolina found that teenagers are right: file sharing isn't killing music sales. They studied 1.75 million downloads in 2002 and found most were by people who wouldn't have bought the album anyway. At worst, they estimate downloading reduced album sales by 2 million copies in 2002. From 2000 to 2002, album sales fell by 139 million copies. The study suggests the problem isn't downloading, it's that nobody thinks today's music is worth buying.

  • Hell, it's hardly worth downloading.
  • It's so bad, your virus-killing software erases it.
  • For the first time ever, kids, parents and grandparents all agree on modern music!
  • Downloading just gives people a little preview of what the album sounds like...and that's why they don't buy it.
  • People who downloaded Britney Spears' last album said they think the record company should have to pay them.