"Waiting for Messiah"
Waiting for Messiah (2000) is a Spanish/Italian/Argentine co-produced character driven drama set in Buenos Aries. The story centers on Ariel Goldstein (Daniel Hendler), a young Jewish man, son of a restaurant owner, expected to marry Estela (Melina Petriella), and take his traditional place in the family. A world-wide stock market crash puts all of the plot elements in motion. Santamaria is a bank employee, suddenly unemployed, and consequently kicked out by his wife, who resorts to purse snatching, then returning the ID for a reward, who begins a seduction of the attendant in the ladies room of a train station where he goes each night to clean up. She is waiting for her husband to get out of jail on a robbery conviction. Santamaria snatches Goldstein's mother's purse, shortly before her death, and contacts Goldstein to return the ID.
Goldstein is not pleased with what he perceives to be the box society has placed him in, and lands a job at a TV station, where he meets Laura (Chiara Caselli), who is a TV personality with a show highlighting ordinary people. She is try-sexual, currently living with Annie (Dolores Fonzi). Annie is openly gay and looking for commitment. Laura longs for her estranged father, who promises to visit, but never does. These colorful characters interact with each other is mostly predictable ways. Laura and Ariel get together, Laura interviews Santamaria for her show, and Ariel eventually "outgrows" his Jewish heritage. Estela waits patiently for Ariel to return, much as she is still waiting for Messiah. Annie takes a break from the unsatisfying relationship, and Laura sets off to find her father.
Petriella briefly shows breasts. Caselli and Fonzi both show breasts and buns. IMDb readers have this at 7.4. It garnered several awards and nominations in both technical and artistic categories. The film lacks pace and focus, but that is not necessarily a bad thing in a character driven piece. In the end, your enjoyment will be determined by how much or little you like the characters. The film uses a rich color palette, and is well photographed. Presented in Spanish and some Yiddish with forced subtitles. This is a C+.
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This film does not actually have any nudity, but some Helen Hunt
(age 21) images were requested by a reader.
Tim Thomerson is kind of the grade-B Harrison Ford,
inevitably a sly or seedy tough guy who is a reluctant hero. It is
therefore fitting that Thomerson gets the Harrison Ford role when
the first third of this film plays out as a grade-B version of
1982's Blade Runner. Of course, the rest of the movie is a rip-off
on 1984's Terminator, but I guess that's how the whole wacky grade-B
Thomerson is a future cop named Jack Deth whose beat
is the city built upon the ruins of Los Angeles, which was destroyed
by a massive earthquake and tidal wave. Deth eats in sleazy street
diners and his specialty is retiring replicants ... er ... I mean
trancers, humans who come under the spell of an evil guy named
Whistler who wants to plunge the world into chaos. He retires a few,
and thinks he can finally retire himself, after killing the
nefarious Whistler himself on the seventh moon of some planet or
another. Ol' Deth is scuba diving and working on his tan when the
police chief shows up on the beach and calls him back from
retirement for ... (is your guess locked in?) ... one last job.
It seems Whistler was not killed after all and has
hatched an invidious new plot involving time-travel to 1985. This
takes us into the Terminator section of our plot. The only thing
that keeps 23rd century Earth from degenerating into utter chaos is
the benevolent rule of "The Council", but Whistler figures he can
really fuck things up by going back to pre-quake L.A. and killing
off the ancestors of the councilors. Since Trancers is basically a
no-budget movie, time-travel consists of sending Deth back into the
body of a 1985 ancestor who bears a strong resemblance to Jack Deth,
whose identity he must use to defeat a another guy who bears a
strong resemblance to Whistler. This time-travel gimmick managed to
free the filmmakers from any further obligation to imagine or design
the future, or to pay for the services of an art director for the
last 2/3 of the film.
When in 20th century Los Angeles, Jack Deth hooks up
with his ancestor's girlfriend, and together they fight Whistler and
try to protect the councilors' ancestors: a former relief pitcher
who looks like Rollie Fingers, and a muscular surfer dude who owns a
tanning salon. Unfortunately, Deth gets to the surfer dude too late,
after Whistler has turned him into a surfing trancer. This was my
favorite part of the film. The muscle man knocks Deth unconscious.
Now what do you think he will do next? Mind you, the entire purpose
of Whistler's existence is to kill Jack Deth, so you'd expect the
zombie surfer dude, under Whistler's mind control, to pick up Deth's
gun and kill him, right?
Instead, he puts him in a tanning booth and sets the
timer past the safety zone!
I guess it could have been worse. He could have tied
him up and told him the plot twists.
I'm assuming he did not do so because there were no
Anyway, Deth manages to get a fabulous tan, and does
eventually manage to save Rollie Fingers, and thus earth itself. The
whole thing gets resolved fairly predictably, except that Deth gets
trapped in the 20th century with his ancestor's girlfriend, which
he's perfectly happy with.
The film ends there, with the lovebirds smooching,
but there's a big problem with that scenario: Whistler's ancestor
was a cop, and he was exercising his trancer power over other cops
so, in the process of the rescue, Deth and Helen have just killed
about a bazillion 20th century L.A. cops, and you'd have to think
that the L.A.P.D. would not be happy with their explanation.
Whatever. Obviously we're not supposed to take it
Tim Thomerson has always been most effective in two
types of roles. One, as I mentioned earlier, is the seedy reluctant
hero. The second is a parody character, the oh-too-serious action
hero who proceeds with a comically rigid pose of the tough loner.
Thomerson gets to do both of his characters here, because the film
just couldn't really decide whether it wanted to be an sci-fi
adventure movie or a parody of same. Lots of situations in the film
are played out for laughs. One of Whistler's 20th century trancers,
for example, is a shopping mall Santa who engages Deth in a fist and
gun battle in front of some horrified children, ala Jay and Silent
Bob's encounter with the Easter Bunny in Mallrats. At other times,
Deth spends his free moments watching his favorite 20th century TV
show - Peter Gunn. He also enjoys watching 20th century
infomercials, especially the one for the great art reproductions,
which includes his personal favorite, "Whistler's Mother."
The film certainly moves quickly and never gets a chance to wear
out its welcome, since it runs only 76 minutes including the credits
at both ends. I suppose the most similar grade-B film is Hell Comes
to Frogtown. Both movies take place in a post-Apocalyptic world, and
both resolve their plots seriously, but wink slyly at you along the
way, just to let you know that they find their ideas just as silly
as you do. Both heroes, Jack Deth and Sam Hell, are classic
smart-ass anti-heroes, exaggerated for comic effect. Each film
inspired several sequels. The only major
difference is that
Hell Comes to Frogtown has
been brought to DVD with
great care and expertise in a gorgeous re-mastered widescreen anamorphic
transfer. The Trancers DVD, on the other hand, has no widescreen
version, and the film looks like it has been transferred from a VHS
tape, and not an especially good one.
After several years on video, Trancers built up a cult following and
eventually inspired a theatrical sequel - made a full six years
after the original! Three straight-to-vids were churned out in a
hurry right after Trancers 2. That seemed to be the end of the
franchise, but eventually there was also a Trancers 6. That one was
more or less related in name only, because it was made eight years
after Trancers 5, at which point Thomerson was no longer available
to play the iconic Jack Deth, who is the heart of the franchise.
Here's the series rundown:
Movie, (year), IMDb score
Trancers II, (1991) 4.9
Trancers III, (1992) (V) 5.1
Trancers 4: Jack of Swords, (1994) (V), 4.4
Trancers 5: Sudden Deth, (1994) (V), 3.6
Trancers 6, (2002) (V), 4.0 (No Thomerson.)
The original Trancers also offers you a chance to see a 21 year old Helen Hunt when she had neither fame nor
breasts. She hadn't developed any acting ability or cheekbones yet,
either. Hunt's career struggled for many years, and she came back to
play Mrs. Deth in the first two sequels in 1991 and 1992. Helen
finally landed her sitcom breakthrough, Mad About You, in 1992, and
that soon elevated her to national prominence and liberated her from
the further need to play Lena Deth.
The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)
Emmanuelle Beart seems to have been around forever, with thirty
years in the industry. She started as a child star. She was a major
international star twenty years ago after the release of Manon of
the Spring. About fifteen years ago, she set the all-time record for
most nudity by a mainstream actress in one film when she walked
around stark naked for more than two hours in La Belle Noiseuse.
About ten tears ago, she made a Tom Cruise film.
Here she is after all those years, still only 38, still as spooky
and beautiful as ever, presumably with some refurbished boobs, in
The Story of Marie and Julien.
- Emmanuelle Beart (1,
The Woodsman (2004)
Excellent movie with non-existent commercial potential. Kevin Bacon
as a child molester. I've already covered it
here. The commercial DVD is now available.
- Kyra Sedgwick (1,
- A uniquely complex way to structure an online quiz -
Battleground God from The Philosophers' Magazine
Is the GOP ready to drop The Hammer?
- Remember dreaming of a Blue Christmas? Then you'll be the
target audience for
X-Entertainment's Bunch Of Smurfs Stuff!
Into the future with Robin Williams
Sahara was the #1 film in an uninspired weekend. Fever
Pitch pulled up in third, just behind Sin City. King Fu Hustle
totally kicked ass per screen ($41,000!!!), but on a mere seven
ANTI-HERO ART: A White Trash Museum. "This site
contains crazy shit, fucked up shit, shitty shit and just plain
"The name of this restaurant is Toilet Bowl. They use toilet bowls
as containers for their delicious cuisine."
- Household tips Martha Stewart never told you.
How to make a pretty purse from your dead cat.
The nonprofit Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo spends $110,000 on
a conference table and chairs, and a quarter of a
million bucks on free booze for the staff.
Tiger and DiMarco make it a two-man race. Tiger wins in sudden
death. Only Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen have won
more majors than T, although he is only 29 years old.
First Cookie Monster switched to healthy snacks. Now Ernie and
Bert have made their own changes.
A new "behind the scenes" featurette about The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy
"topless picture of Melissa Auf Der Maur (former Hole & Smashing
Ex-NFL Player Cole Ford fires shotgun blasts at the home of
Siegfried and Roy. "While watching Siegfried and Roy,
he had a sudden realization that what was wrong with the world was
linked to the illusionists' treatment, dominance and unhealthy
intimacy he saw them having with their animals. He thought the
entertainers' contact with their animals was sexual and related to
the development of viruses such as AIDS. He felt they threatened
(the) world, and he began to figure out how he could stop them."
- After all these years, he finally mastered the shotgun
- Maybe he thought he was playing the Lions.
- A psychiatrist ruled that he was "dangerous, and crazy, yet
with excellent taste"
How to get crowds at your art show? Let me recommend 100 naked
chicks. Maybe even more.
Time magazine's second annual 'Time 100', of the world's most
influential people includes Dubya, Martha Stewart, Michael Moore,
and curiously enough, Scott Baio.
Sahara takes Friday, Sin City and Fever Pitch battle for second.
The "Golden Bear" makes his emotional final prowl at the Masters
- Here's the headline:
"A man charged with trafficking in cocaine burned his fingertips
with acid to obliterate his fingerprints and hide his identity.
- And now here's an example of some brilliant deductive
reasoning on the part of the police: "Police do not think he
gave his true identity." Gee - whoda thunk it?
- It's official:
Revenge of the Sith has been zapped with a PG-13 rating
- Two points: (1) this is not a parody (2) this was not made in
"America We Stand As One"
San Jose State Suspends Sexy Dance Team. Damn, there go
my hopes for a full scholarship.
- I hope this reviewer is wrong. I fear he may be right.
Hitchhiker's Guide, "I'm very sorry to report, is bad. Really bad.
You just won't believe how vastly, staggeringly, jaw-droppingly
bad it is. "
Actress Bijou Phillips falls out of her dress on a runway modeling
- Site title says it all:
Jewish Treats for Dogs & Cats
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This week's Poll...
The Best Lesbian Love Scene
Here's the short list of nominees.
Juliette Binoche & Lena Olin in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
Juliette Marquis & Cheyenne Silver in "This Girl's Life"
Asia Argento & Selen in "Scarlet Diva"
Sarah Michelle Gellar & Selma Blair in "Cruel Intentions"
Charlize Theron & PenÚlope Cruz in "Head in the Clouds"
Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau in "Desert Hearts"
Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in "Bound"
ChloŰ Sevigny and Michelle Williams in "If These Walls Could Talk 2"
Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres in "If These Walls Could Talk 2"
Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis in "The Monkey's Mask"
Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve in "The Hunger".
Elizabeth Mitchell and Angelina Jolie in "Gia"
Email Scoopy Jr. with more nominees, comments or suggestions.
Here are the results of our most recent other polls...
The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s
Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper.
Who has the best bum in Hollywood?
Best All Time Television Comedy
Best Nudity in an Oscar-winning performance
The Top 20 Best Sex Scenes
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
Direct-to-video comedy indie. There's a
costume party where five women took off their tops
for a truth-or-dare game. But Patricia Bellemore
stole the movie with her large natural D-cups.
- Patricia Bellemore(1,
6): boobs, buns, and makin' bacon in kitchen.
- Keara Anne Baggio (1,
3): boobs and buns makin' bacon with Leah Ramsay.
- Helene Taylor (1,
2): partial breast as female executive-turned-dominatrix.
- Anmar Strand: boobs as hefmag bunny.
- Leah Ramsay: boobs as naughty nurse.
- Aimee Lysak: robohooters as very naughty nurse.
Godiva's: episode Masters of Delusion
Erin Karpluk has her first nude sex scene
but opted out for a body double.
Bliss III: Tying Up Gerald
Episode about s&m.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Who Killed Bambi?"
What director Gilles Marchand was trying for in this 2003 French horror/thriller was a classy film about unspeakable acts. What he got was considerably less, but still an interesting if somewhat predictable and slow-moving film. Copious nudity didn't hurt, either, although elements of the plot are downright nasty.
Beautiful young nursing student Isabelle (are nursing students ever ugly in the movies? ) meets Dr. Philipp when she starts experiencing dizziness. He's helpful but standoffish, and calls her Bambi because of her shaky legs. She fells strangely attracted to him, but he makes it obvious he isn't interested, calling her a slut. As things progress, young women recovering from surgery mysteriously "disappear" soon after surgery, apparently leaving on their own without being discharged.
To add to the hospital's problems, patients are waking up in the middle of surgery as if the anesthetic had been diluted, yet tests on the anesthetic used shows no apparent problem. On top of this, now nurses who are in charge of recovering surgery patients start disappearing, and Isabelle begins to suspect that Dr. Philipe is involved.
While I can't give more details without spoiling the whole movie, suffice to say it's a pretty decent thriller despite some dragging, and I stayed fairly interested throughout the film's 2 hours and 6 minutes.
|Here are a few more excellent, high quality images of the "Bully" and "Havoc" star baring a breast while making her runway debut.
|A new Vejiita comic featuring "The Mummy" star. The nudity comes from two of her movies, "Stealing Beauty" (1996) and "I Want You" (1998). In both movies she bared breasts and a bit of bush.
|Here are a couple of video clips of the former "Charles in Charge" co-star all grown up and nekkid in scenes from Nicolas Cage's directorial debut, the indie flick "Sonny".
Jennifer Jason Leigh
|Awesome collages by ZonononZor featuring Phoebe and Jennifer giving up the goodies in scenes from the 1982 classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High".
|Mr. Nude Celeb 'caps of the "xXx" star topless in scenes from "New Rose Hotel" (1998), starring Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe. The movie is based on a cyber-punk short story by William Gibson, However, it's not that easy to make a short story into a full length feature, and in this case they didn't even come close to succeeding. In fact when they ran out of plot, they just repeated the story in flashback form -lame. I think Tuna said it best in his review....
There are only two good points to this film, one on each of Asia Argento's breasts.
||Topless and wearing only undies and stockings in scenes from the direc-to-vid movie "Deep Evil" (2004), starring Lorenzo Lamas.
|Kitt 'caps of the robo-hootered B-babe showing off her implants and a bit of bum in scenes from "Hunting Season" (2000). #1 is the more tradtional sexy scene stuff, but FAIR WARNING...links #3 and #4 feature Pena in a rape scene.
|The paparazzi catch the teen pop star surfing in a bikini.
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