Swept Away(1974):


This is the original version of the film which Madonna and Guy Richie remade in 2002, much to the joy of the Razzie committee.

I agree with Tuna's analysis that the original is an interesting film once the two principals reach the island. In many respects the Guy Richie remake is nearly a shot-for-shot recreation of the original. So why is one considered a masterpiece, or nearly so, while the other won the Worst Picture Razzie (and several others)? Well, besides the obvious - the presence of Madonna in the remake - I see three main areas where the remake failed:

1. One reason is that the intricacies of Italian politics and Italian sectional rivalries are lost in the remake, and that loss, in turn, takes much of the tension out of the struggle between the protagonists. Italy is virtually two countries which barely manage to co-exist: the sophisticated industrialized north, birthplace of the Renaissance; and the rural, sometimes lawless south. If Italy were split into two countries, the part from Rome north would contend to be the richest in the world per capita (adjusted for buying power), and the part south of Rome would have economic data more appropriate for Africa than Europe. The cultural and economic divisions between the halves mean that the country of Italy is essentially two distinct cultures sharing the same language. (The rich woman in the film even looks down on the sailor's skin color.) In order to capture this in an English-language film, the two main characters would have to be changed to a rich, white, thinly-disguised racist from the Confederacy and a poor black man from Harlem, two people who would be divided not only by money, but by a vast chasm in their cultural values. Without making such a transposition in the remake, a lot of the tension between the characters is lost.

2. A second reason is that the original film balances romance, politics, and humor. The remake lost all of the humor.

3. To me, the most important reason is that the remake toned the film down to make it more politically correct, and that took away all of its edge. The remake's failure to capture the original's racism was only a part of that. The new version also toned down the brutality, the dirty talk, and the nudity. I find the S&M aspects of the original film to be very powerful and very sexy in their way - one might call the sex and violence transgressive, even now, by the standards of a period thirty years after the film was made.

I think the remake might have been a good movie with three changes: (1) dump Madonna and hire a real actress who can play an upper-class bitch effectively - like Patricia Clarkson or Nicole Kidman, for example; (2) make the servant a poor but bright and very sexy black man, ala Denzel Washington, and the rich woman the racist wife of a greedy corporate robber baron; (3) keep the same levels of nudity and brutality as in the original - or even add more.

Mariangela Melato



City Limits (1985):

I haven't seen this film, but Watty says it is awful and the Region 2 DVD quality is unacceptable. Be all that as it may, we get to see Kim Cattrall when she was young and fresh in this zipped .avi.

Kim Cattrall


Other Crap:

Brewers hit five homers in one inning.

  • Here's a real curiosity: this has only been done four times in National League history, and all four were against the Cincinnati Reds!

Chernobyl's lost city - 20 years later

Incredible early-60s kitsch: Vic Damone singing Look What I Found

  • If I'm not mistaken, this is a clip from an obscure TV show called The Lively Ones, which was basically one long "swingin'" car commercial for Ford products. "If you wanna ride, get some wheels, but if you wanna swing - get a Ford."
  • A bit of trivia to win bar bets: Vic Damone and Al Martino are two different people, impossible though it seems.

A fun clip: The great Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers

A collector deliberately placed three valuable U.S. pennies into circulation in New York in April 2006.

Dave Barry's summer vacation tip: 2006 Great Lakes Manure Handling Expo

  • This year's theme: "keep it in the root zone"

Bonds ends 30 AB power drought with first homer of season, 709 of career

Prep school QB phenom commits to Notre Dame

Daily Box Office - Friday, April 21, 2006

  • No major surprises. Silent Hill was #1, as expected. Scary Movie 4 held on to the #2 spot, as expected.

Speedy Share Video: Kim Cattrall topless in City Limits

The home page of the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Society. Includes strategy tips, info on R-P-S-playing robots, and a gallery of World Champions.


Massachusetts Mandates Health Care, Bush Calls in Nuclear Strike

Our nominee for the douchebag of the year.

A clip from Stick It

  • "The writer of the hit comedy 'Bring It On,' takes on the world of competitive gymnastics in 'Stick It'."

APOD: an interesting chart of the Mars retrograde effect. (I wonder how the ancients explained this.)

Running of the nudes (A naked protest to the annual running of the bulls.)

Letterman talks to Gretchen Mol about being Bettie Page

AbsurdlyCool Freebie Finder

  • "Freebie Finder is an automated free stuff aggregator. I've designed it to collect free stuff offers from top freebie sites, while filtering out most scams and referral pyramids."

Denise Richards' declaration, asking for a restraining order on Charlie Sheen

  • Among other things, Richards says in her declaration that during their reconciliation last September, she discovered Sheen was visiting websites with "very young girls, who looked underage to me, with pigtails, braces, no pubic hair, performing oral sex with each other."

Oleanna Potter is the women whose nude stamp was rejected by Canada.

Still looking for a gift for dad? How about being able to play Pebble Beach in his den, with full swings? (Better have a high limit on your credit cards.)

Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.




"The Fruit is Swelling"

The Fruit is Swelling (1997), or Mi tao cheng shu shi, is a category 3 (NC-17) film from Hong Kong. Think Big, but with a young girl in the Tom Hanks role. Peach (Chun Chung) is 8 years old. She is curious about sex, but her father (Elivis Tsui, king of the genre) and mother won't give her useful information. She is also very jealous of her big sister Lychee (Christine Hung), who is always going out on dates. When her best friend, Fatty Girl talks her into running away from home, they camp by the magic tree, and both wish to be 18. They wake up in the morning with the bodies of 18 year olds, but 8 year old minds.

Of course they can't go home. Peach spies on her sister having sex, and also her philandering father, who does the police woman sent to investigate, and her school teacher who comes to find out why she has missed classes, and still doesn't fully understand it, but sets her sights on her swimming teacher, whom she has always had a crush on. He is taken with her innocence, but his ex girlfriend, Baby (Stephanie Fong) is stiff competition. She ends up getting a handle on love and sex, but not overnight.

Chun Chung, Christine Hung, Stephanie Fong, and two unknowns do full frontal.

IMDb readers say 6.6, which is a very high score for a soft core in any language. It is well deserved. The characters are wonderful, the film sparkles with humor, and the story is touching. This one makes my list of top ten soft core films, which are, in no particular order:

I Like to Play Games
Warm Texas Rain
The Lovers
The Fruit is Swelling
The Erotic Adventures of Zorro
Body Heat
Desert Hearts
9 1/2 Weeks
Two Moon Junction

To me, of course, this is an A, but the proper score under our system is C+.

Christine Hung

Chun Chung

Stephanie Fong



As promised Dixie's back. This time she's not on "Hooterville", she is "Hooterville" as we visit "The Notorious Cleopatra", a sexploitation costume drama (actually there are not that many costumes).

So enjoy Dixie Donovan's luscious body totally revealed. Yes, time travel is great and gas is so much cheaper back there in 1970.

Dixie Donovan

The paparazzi catch Scarlett Johansson in a bikini while at the beach.

Here's another look at everyone's favorite party babe Tara Reid showing a little see-thru nipple exposure while posing for the cameras.

From the is former "O.C." babe Amanda Righetti showing off breasts and bum in scenes from the lo-budget flick "Angel Blade" (2002), starring Marc "Beastmaster" Singer and Richard "Night Court" Moll.

Also from "Angel Blade", here is newcomer Kathleen Pederson going topless.