I have to say that I never realized Cary Grant was such a great actor. I know that he was the star of Notorious, but I never realized played a fat, young black rapper! He should have gotten an Oscar for this, like Charlize Theron did when she played that fat murderer, or like Danny DeVito did when he played Shaq in that biopic.

Although it is a biographical story about an actual gangsta rapper (Chris Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls) who died violently, Notorious is an amazingly square movie about a middle class private school kid raised by a straight-laced teacher. Biggie had to adopt a rugged street persona to achieve street cred, and sometimes just to survive the streets of Brooklyn. Although Notorious doesn't shy away from the unsavory elements of the rapper's life, it's really about how he finally learned how to get beyond all that, to live without the false front and become a man. And it's about how his life was taken from him almost immediately after he figured out how to live it.

If that sounds like a sanitized, obsequious hagiography of the life of Biggie Smalls, it's probably safe to say that's because the producers of the film include Biggie's mother and his good friend Sean Combs. Who knows? Perhaps it's God's honest truth, and Biggie was just a lovable ol' momma's boy who lived the life of a generic Hollywood rise-and-fall story. Or perhaps the character is presented the way his momma wanted him to be. Or perhaps the story was deliberately crafted to maximize its profit potential by appealing to a cross-over audience instead of just focusing on the hard-core rap market. I don't know. I do know that it turned out to be a remarkably accessible film which I enjoyed watching, even though it's two hours long and filled with gangsta rap, a musical style I don't find very appealing at all.  Given that, I have to think that you'll like it a lot if this happens to be your kind of music. The general consensus is that actor/rapper Jamal Woolard brings back Biggie with uncanny accuracy.

Possibly even better than Cary Grant would have done.

I wouldn't know about that, but I know it's a pretty good yarn, a lot like a B.I.G. song.

  • Notorious split the critics right down the middle: 63 thumbs up, 62 thumbs down.
  • It grossed a respectable $36 million.
  • Roger Ebert liked it a lot and awarded 3.5 stars.
  • It's rated a surprisingly low 5.9 at IMDb. It is a better movie than indicated by that score.


A tremendous upgrade from previous clips from this film ...


  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Part 3

Gena Gershon: film clips








Justine: in the Heat of Passion


part 2

Daneen Boone returns with more "Babe in Bondage" action in "Justine: In the Heat
of Passion", sexy in her lingerie and the topless again. Caps and two more clips.


TV Land

Over in TV Land Amy Robach is back again, but this time she has Natalie Morales and Jenna Wolfe on the couch with her for a leg duel. Caps and a HD clip.








Notes and collages



Myriam Watteau









Girls of Sunset Strip


Coming your way will be clips from a strip-and-wiggle disk called Girls of Sunset Strip. Not your typical fare in that the girls in question include a bunch of B-movie regulars. They would be Kim Dawson, Mimi Fallace, Monique Parent, Nenna Quiroz (who often gets cinema nekkid as Lisa Throw) and Tanya Poole.  And there is this other gal named Crystal Nelson. 

The disk suffers from one huge fault - stupid camera tricks.  Post-production editing added all sorts of unnecessary and obscuring features to the nekkid gals, as if the producers were attempting to show they could put out a work of cinematic art.  Sheesh.  I edited out that shit, leaving the gals in all their glory.

DVD bonus features included three clips of other disks in which Julie Strain. Lorissa McComas and Shauna O'Brien get down to their birthday suits.  With Kim, Julie, Lorissa and Monique, you have to figure this disk includes actresses in a few hundred B movies. 

Today: Julie Strain















Michelle Borth in "Just Tell Me You Love Me"

Ally Walker in "Just Tell Me You Love Me"

Sarah Paulson in Swimmers


Film Clips