"Power of Attorney"

Power of Attorney (1995) is an action/crime/drama filmed mostly in British Columbia. Elias Koteas is a hotshot deputy district attorney. As the film opens, he loses a case of a mobster accused of murder. We learn that he failed to call one of the witnesses that the state bought and paid for. His boss is unhappy, and decides to handle the prosecution of the big crime boss, Dannie Aiello, that Koteas has been after for years. Koteas, of course, goes private, and agrees to defend Aiello, after Aeillo promises that he is not guilty. Of course, we all know a crime boss would never tell a fib. Koteas is engaged to a woman who speaks in nothing but perfect cliches, but has a fling with Rae Dawn Chong, a junior partner in his new lay firm. He also has a brother who is in the business of breaking laws, not enforcing them, and has a history with Aiello.

Rae Dawn Chong shows breasts having sex in a big chair in a long, but dark scene. IMDb readers say 5.6. This seems a little generous to me, as the story is predictable, but full of plot holes, the characters are all stereotypes, and the dialogue is really trite. This is a low C-. Crime addicts may not mind it.

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  • Rae Dawn Chong (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Ragtime (1981):

    I want to write volumes about Ragtime, but I am way past my deadline, so the words will have to wait until tomorrow. The pictures alone are pretty nifty.

    First of all, the film was rated PG in the time before PG was split into two ratings. Although a 1981 PG is not the same as a 2005 PG,  because the former encompassed both today's PG and today's PG-13, it is still quite an unexpected pleasure to find a PG film in which the beautiful lead actress (Elizabeth McGovern) is topless in clear light for four straight minutes of screen time, during which she briefly shows us the rest of her body as well!

    Second, McGovern did another long topless scene which was deleted. I would not have deleted that scene for three reasons:

    (1) the film is much too long and rambling, even after the cut. Cutting the running time from 2:41 to 2:35 was not significant enough to warrant losing good material.

    (2) the scene would have plugged up a gigantic hole in the film's narrative

    (3) the scene has merit in many other ways besides the flow of the plot.

    • It was essential to the character development of Younger Brother.
    • It's both erotic and amusing to see Elizabeth McGovern undressed by another women with Younger Brother watching from the closet.

    I'm not sure why, but the DVD shows the deleted footage in black and white, with McGovern's nudity digitally blurred. Fortunately for us, it was not quite blurred well enough, and we can pick up a pretty good look in the occasional frame.

    • McGovern in the film (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
    • McGovern in the deleted scene (1, 2)
    • The entire nude scene. (Massive download - 18 meg-  but a great scene and well worth a look. I got the sound off by a hair, but the visuals are beautiful, and the sound synch isn't completely irritating.)
    • The entire nude portion of the deleted scene. (Large file, 10 meg, and this one is just for the completist, because the blurring is irritating. If you want to see the nudity, view the collages.)


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    Jr's Polls
    Scoop came up with a good idea for our next poll that should stir up some conversation, if not some controversy.

    This week's poll....

    Email Scoopy Jr. if you'd like to add nominees or offer suggestions for future polls.

    Here are the results of our previous 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 Straight Sex Scenes
    Best Lesbian Love Scenes

    Jolene Blalock
    (1, 2, 3)

    Linda Park
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Cyia Batten
    (1, 2, 3)

    Some of the recent sexy outfits from "Enterprise". Blalock looks fantastic in a Classic Trek outfit as well as showing off her abs. Park shows some abs and is seen wearing lingerie. Cyia Batten guest stars as a super hot green alien chick...the kind used to bang all the time.

    Patricia Heaton
    (1, 2)

    Showing a bunch of cleavage and wearing only black lingerie in scenes from a recent episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond".

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "The Lost Angel"
    Good actors don't really save this mediocre 2004 crime thriller from Canada, because the story line's been done a million times before, and there are few surprises.

    Female Police Inspector Billie Palmer is chasing a serial killer while running from allegations of brutality and using excessive force for shooting a suspect. He lived, and he's not a happy camper.

    The killings seem to be patterned after an ancient devil worshipper ritual where every day for 20 days a victim is killed and displayed as if hung on a cross. After 20 days, the killer will be elevated to the devil's right hand in hell.

    On top of chasing the killer, Billie is obsessed with protecting her sister, who lives with her after the brutal killing of their mother when they were younger. The sister was raped after the killing, while Billie was tied up and helpless to assist her sister.

    The problem with all this is it just doesn't work well. Predictable storyline, uninspired script, good actors who really aren't convincing in their parts, just leaves you feeling that you sat down to eat a feast, and wound up with hamburger.

    Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    The Italian actress going topless in scenes from the French film "Ah! Si j'étais riche" aka "If I Were a Rich Man" (2002).

    Jennifer Beals
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    "The L Word" co-star showing a rare bit of breast exposure in a love scene from "The Prophecy II" (1998).

    Alexandra London
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Cleavage, upskirt views and toplessness in scenes from the French movie "Pourquoi pas moi?" aka "Why not me?" (1999).

    Tracy Ryan
    (1, 2)

    Here are two more 'caps of the naturally busty adult star and Skinemax babe baring all 3 B's in scenes from "Instinct to Kill" (2001).

    Elisha Cuthbert
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    The "24" and "Girl Next Door" babe looking über-cute and showing some cleavage during a guest spot on Letterman.

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

    Señor Skin 'caps of the "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" co-star going topless and baring a bit of bum in scenes from the 1993 small budget flick, "Twenty Bucks" (1993).

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Want Giant Buns? - Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, lost its claim on the world's biggest hamburger (11 pounds) when another restaurant introduced a 12.5-pound burger. But Denny's has reclaimed the throne with the Belly Buster, a 15-pound burger. It has 10.5 pounds of beef, 25 cheese slices, a head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, and 1-1/2 cups each of catsup, mustard, mayo, relish and banana peppers. It costs $30, and they say it can feed a family of ten, but if you finish one in three hours, it's free. Four men tried over the weekend, and failed. One said it was like trying to eat half a cow.

  • Worse...They've all eaten half a cow before.
  • If only they'd said to hold the lettuce...
  • Ruben Studdard wants to know if they have Two-For-One Tuesdays.

    Clapton Is God! Well, Him Or The Inventor Of Viagra - The original hard rock supergroup, Cream - Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker - just played their first reunion concert in 36 years in London. The members are all over 60, but fans stood in line for three hours and said they were phenomenal, even more so since they admit it was their first time performing sober. The tickets sold out in two hours, with some fans paying over $4,000 each on eBay, plus the expense of flying from America.

  • Apparently, some old hippies did put their money in the stock market.
  • The fans will always remember this concert...And for the first time, the band will remember it, too.
  • Just like in the '60s, the fans were yelling, "Turn it up!"... But that's because these days, they actually couldn't hear it.

    Cart By Bob Mackie - Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, Cher played what she swears is the last date of her three-year, 325-show farewell tour. She told the audience there are only two reasons people come back: if they want money, like the Rolling Stones, or if they're old divas who have to be adored by their fans. But the 58-year-old star joked, "I'm approaching 80," and said if she came back in five years, "I'd be driving around in one of those carts, you know, the ones with the joysticks you see in Costco."

  • I think Bette Midler already does that.
  • "Old divas," still touring? Does she mean like Elton John?
  • Old divas keep touring so they won't have to SHOP at Costco.

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