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"Cleopatra" (1963)

Today, I watched Cleopatra (1963), the film that made a spectacle out of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Fox studios. For those who missed Scoopy's excellent review, it is still available in the archives. I could have reviewed this film with two words, me to, but after using up 5 hours of my Sunday, I had to say something. First, Liz, to me, was not Cleopatra. Cleopatra was Egyptian, regal, beautiful, seductive and passionate. Liz was well above her fighting weight (see the thunder thighs in image 3), and never came across as a coherent character for me, much less one of the greatest seductresses of all time. Richard Burton as the heroic conquering general Mark Anthony played a pussy whipped, whining little boy. As Scoop mentioned, the scenery is sometimes amazing, as is the costuming and photography. Indeed, Cleopatra won Oscars in all three categories, in addition to visual special effects. Note that it received no nominations for writing or direction.

Speaking of the Oscars, Tom Jones was the big winner, and is not nearly as well known today. One of my favorite Hitchcocks, The Birds, was skunked, and Portier got a well-deserved Best Actor for the wonderful Lillies of the Field. Hud also did well that year.

The DVD release is 4 hours, and is the best cure I have found for insomnia since Hegel's Philosophy of History. Still, some of the visuals are not to be missed. Liz never got naked in this one, but shows about 7 square miles of butt in a massage scene (image 1), possibly a nipple shadow in the bath (image 4) and a good pokie (image 5). The others are cleavage shots. The tops are different on every image this time. I give it a solid C. It is a very good spectacle, but not a very good film.

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  • Liz Taylor (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    I looked at two Almodóvar films, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Live Flesh. Women is a silly 1930ish farce updated 60 years and moved from New York to Madrid by a younger Almodóvar in 1988. Pure Almodóvar magic - stylized music and images, vivid colors, crazy characters. Live Flesh is a recent film, and a departure for Almodóvar from his classic Spanish material and his highly personal style into the more traditional and international world of a noir mystery. It's written by a Brit, features the French and American film noir staples. It's a good movie, but will probably disappoint you. If you like Almodovar, you'll probably find it too straight, too plot-heavy, not very Spanish, and too murky. If you like noir, you'll probably find it too full of operatic flourishes, and insufficiently attentive to the essential details of the characters' motivations. But I liked it anyway. This guy has a real flair.

    In fact, I liked both films a lot, but they couldn't be more different.


    Continuing the great director discussion, I looked at The Adjuster, a very eccentric film from a pre-fame Atom Egoyan. Brilliantly structured and literary, as Egoyan's movies always are, but cold and creepy, and unlikable, and strange just for the sake of being strange. Atom could stand to borrow a bit of Almodóvar's warmth. How different the two geniuses are. Almodovar features people that we would normally think of as creepy, and shows us their essential humanity and normality. Egoyan looks at normality and makes it seem creepy, then finds creepy stuff and makes it seem even creepier. Egoyan, like Terry Gilliam, can be sheer inspiration when he has a focus and and grounding in human feelings. Also like Gilliam, sometimes you think he's just showing off how odd he can be.


    I guess these must be what we read about yesterday from Center of the World. These aren't my clips, just segments that I made from bootlegs that are floating around the net. I haven't seen this movie. We have two sound clips this time, both around 6 meg.. Sorry, I'm just not sure if either of these are Molly Parker.  But the lollipop clip seems to be Molly's character and is a must see. NOTE that the closing credits list "body doubles", and if anything would be body-doubled, it would be a woman sticking a lollipop in her juicer. (The other clip one is a take it or leave it. I'd leave it at 6 meg, unless you have a super fast connection. Check the still previews to see if you're interested. In this case, the still is the only worthwhile frame, anyway)

    • Number 1 is the one we read about in the review, I have to guess. The character is a stripper, she puts a lollipop in her crotch, then sticks it in her customer's mouth. (Still preview)

    •  Number 2, just your basic stripping while guys practice amateur gynecology, not sure who it is. Only breasts visible in this one. (Still preview)

    Encyclopedia Volume C, part 4,  is not complete, but it has the two new .mpgs under "Center of the World"

    Was away from the scanner for a couple of days so I edited a bunch o' caps others have posted. They meet the following criteria: 1) I liked the originals... a lot; 2) if stored separately they would consume my 20 Gig hard drive in about a year.

  • First off is Annabelle Gurwitch of TBS's Dinner and a Movie, in the classic Not Like Us. They are from Umpire's site, which I look at every few days 'cuz this boy has terrific taste in movies. He has about 140 other caps of Annabelle from this movie.

  • Next is THE older woman I dream about, Bonnie Bedelia in The Stranger. Odd friggin movie; BB plays an amnesiac. Gets nekkid in two scenes: here's one of them. Do not know the original artist but whoever you are, Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Then there is Johnny Web's caps of Brigitte Bako, mega uber cutie, in one of the Red Shoe Diaries episodes.

    Okay, then we run into a flurry of Tuna caps:

  • Cathy Graham in Shivers.

  • Cathy Rosier in Love By Appointment (sounds like the brief fling I had with a med student. "Well, tomorrow is the Neuropath final, then the Pharm final on Tuesday, so we can go out a week from yesterday").

  • Charlize Theron in a single frame from Cider House Rules. This 'un shows the luminous Charlize's bum and as you guys know I am partial to such.

  • Corinne Clery in Love By Appointment (sounds like the brief fling... Oops, did that one already).

  • Diane Lane in Knight Moves. So far as I am concerned Diane Lane is the most beautiful woman on the planet. She was ravishingly cute when she was young and is deliciously attractive now that she is in her late thirties. Would that only we all aged so gracefully.

  • Jeannie Millar in Black Scorpion. Jeannie plays a stripper, which got me to wondering: 1) what proportion of the U.S. makes a living as clothing removal engineers? 2) what proportion of movie actresses have played such professionals? 3) do those two proportions differ by five or six orders of magnitude? Not that I'm complaining or anything.

  • Judy Pace in Cotton Comes to Harlem. Love that body.

  • Kim O'Mara playing a stripper in Blowin Smoke. (1, 2)
    Okay, new requirement when Junior takes over as commissioner of the IRS: every actress other than Camryn Mannheim who plays a stripper, complete with full three minute performance, gets a year of tax-free income. Camryn does it and she gets bumped into the 98% tax bracket

  • Scorpion's Skinemax
    Madison Clark
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    From the horror/soft-core movie "Embrace the Darkness". The only thing we don't see are gyno-views. Here's the breakdown:

  • Links #1 and #7...Topless and thong views
  • Link #2...Masturbation
  • Links #3 and 6...Simulated sex scene with bare breasts and close up pubes
  • Link #4...Simulated sex scene with full frontal and rear nudity
  • Link #5...Lesbo scene with Angela High

  • Angela High Very nice breast exposure in more scenes from "Embrace the Darkness".

    Tracy Keijser
    (1, 2)

    Once again, everything but gyno-cam views in these two different sex scenes from the late night series "Passion Cove".

    Angela Nicholas Full frontal nudity in another sex scene from "Passion Cove".

    Pamela Sue Martin Topless in 1979's "The Lady in Red".

    Stella Porter
    Nenna Quiroz
    Michelle Von Flotow

    Plenty of robo-hooters to be seen in these 'caps from "Bare Deception".

    For those keeping score at home...
    Lesbo scenes...2 (Stella and Nenna)
    Straight scenes...1 (Michelle)

    and ...
    Anna Kournikova
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    More bikini pics. 5-8 are more scans of the recent topless paparazzi pics, 1-4 are different bikini pics. Not nude, but still very nice. Thanks to Inquisit.

    Anna Thompson
    (1, 2)

    Scenes from "I Shot Andy Warhol", based on the real life story of 60's radical Valerie Solanas' attempt to Kill the famous artist.

    Here we see Anna showing off her ample bosom in #1, and only wearing undies in #2. Thanks to DeVo.

    Myleene Klass Those nutty British tabloids! From News of the World, here is yet another Euro Pop star topless.

    Alicia Witt Low-cut top with some mild exposure. By the way Alicia, next time you buy a pair of pants, keep in mind that you can have the length altered. Granted, everyone wants to avoid high waters...but that doesn't mean your pants have to drag on the ground.

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