"The Man Who Fell to Earth"

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) is a Nicolas Roeg film about an alien whose planet is dying from drought. After watching a lot of Earth TV with his family, he decides to visit Earth because it has lots of water. With his advanced knowledge, he writes several patentable ideas, and forms a huge conglomerate, placing Buck Henry in charge. The alien, played by David Bowie, moves to New Mexico, and begins a relationship with Candy Clark, his cleaning maid, who was, at the time, a favorite bedmate of Roeg.

As his company builds, he acquires more and more expert help, including Rip Torn, a science professor who spent most of his time bedding coeds before the job came. Eventually, Bowie, now worth hundreds of millions, announces that all company assets will be redirected into a space program. He is about to take off, when the government seizes his assets, and puts him in protective custody. He becomes more and more human and debauched, as his chances of going home get slimmer and slimmer.

Only Clark and Torn know his true identity. The story, like much of Roeg's work, is about someone alone in a strange society, and dealing with loneliness. Also, like much of his work, it is told with a non-linear time line, and includes a lot of nudity. We see torn in bed with Linda Hutton (breasts), Hilary Holland (full frontal) and Adrienne Larussa (full frontal). Claudia Jennings does a full frontal in a pool scene, and Candy Clark gives a three B performance in several scenes. Everyone in the film ages, as it takes place over several years, except David Bowie. There is a rather strange sex scene between Clark's character as an older woman, and Bowie, where they keep shooting each other with blanks. I now from the bonus features that Clark played herself as an old woman, and also played the alien wife, but the body in some of this sex scene is clearly not hers. It is either a double, or a very good makeup job. I am going to go with makeup job, and think the bra she keeps around her waist hides a seam in the makeup.

The film was shot on location, mostly in New Mexico, but used a largely British crew. IMDb readers have it at 6.5. It was not a box office smash, but was a real achievement, and somewhat ahead of its time. At 140 minutes, it was a long watch, but Roeg's imagery, as usual, was wonderful, which helped pass the time. Other cuts exist, which I understand are not worth seeing. Even uncut, the viewer needs to work to keep up with it. Evidently the censored versions make no sense at all. Roeg is not bothered by his lack of commercial success. Producer Barry Spikings said that if Roeg was offered a script that looked like it had commercial potential, he would turn it down. I am giving this a C+ with the warning that it is not for everyone.

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  • Adrienne Larussa (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Candy Clark (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35)
  • Claudia Jennings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Hillary Holland (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Linda Hutton (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Seed of Chucky (2004):

    This is basically a self-referential comedy making fun of the Chucky series. Jennifer Tilly plays Jennifer Tilly, who is making a Chucky movie when her movie's Chucky dolls are turned into the "real" Chucky and Tiffany, who then concoct a plan to step up one more level on the food chain, and take over the bodies of Jennifer Tilly and Redman. Read all the details here.



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    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    Today from the assortment of video clips. Zipped .wms as usual.

    • Anna Forrest doing some nekkid yoga in scenes from "Blue Thunder" (1983).

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh, topless and in her undies while playing a teenage hooker in a scene from the Alec Baldwin movie, "Miami Blues" (1990).

    • Katie Holmes, and her one and only (and glorious) topless scene. Here she is in "The Gift".

    • London King, topless in bed with 'La Bamba' in a scene from the direct-to-vid movie "A Better Way to Die" (2000)

    • Canadian actress Michelle Beaudoin briefly bares breasts and bum during a sex scene from the 1995 Ellen Barkin/Laurence Fishburn movie, "Bad Company".

    • Beautiful toplessness from Spanish babe Penélope Cruz in a scene from "Open Your Eyes".

    • Polly Niles, showing just a bit of breast and bum views in scenes from the 1972 flick, "Superfly".

    • Suzen Murakoshi showing all 3 B's in "Wall Street".

    • Teal Roberts bares breasts and thong views while working the brass pole in "Beverly Hills Cop II".

    • Victoria Smurfit, the Irish actress shows her breasts during an outdoor love scene from "The Run of the Country".

    Amandine Chauveau
    (1, 2)

    Topless and showing some cleavage during an episode of "Les Monos".

    Aurélie Laverret
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Topless and baring her bum, also from an episode of the French series "Les Monos".

    Arielle Dombasle
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    The American born star of French cinema going topless in scenes from "Pauline à la plage" (1983).

    Natascha McElhone
    Mila Kunis

    No skin in these HDTV 'caps by DeadLamb, but both ladies look fantastic while stopping by "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".

    Lynn Lowry DeVo 'caps of the 70's cult favorite going topless in scenes from the early David Cronenberg movie, "Shivers" (1975). Lowry earned her cult following by starring in several movies by then unknown film makers that would later become kinda famous. She worked on early films by Cronenberg, Lloyd Kaufman (in some of the first Troma films), George A. Romero (in "The Crazies") and Jonathan Demme (in one of his first movies "Fighting Mad").

    Delphine Zentout
    (1, 2, 3)

    Kitt 'caps of the French actress topless and showin a bit of pubes in scenes from "36 fillette" (1988). Written and directed by French author and film maker, Catherine Breillat.

    Jeannie Millar
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

    Kimberly Rowe
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Señor Skin takes a look at the 1997 B-grade action/thriller, "Black Scorpion II: Aftershock" starring Joan Severance. Sorry gang, Joan doens't give up any goodies, but Millar shows off her exotic nekkidness and Rowe also takes off her top.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Start Time: 5:45...Actually, 8:15 - Tuesday, Loews Cineplex announced that it will begin advertising the actual starting time of movies, in addition to the time of the "overall show," which includes all the trailers and commercials. They said they did it after "some of our customers have suggested that we also publicize the start time of the movie."

  • Just a small minority of them, who stormed the box office with torches and pitchforks.
  • But then customers will learn the truth: There IS no movie.

    Nothin' Could Be Finah Than To Satirize "Vagina" - Two conservative students at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island were placed on probation and reprimanded for satirizing feminist "V-Day" pro-vagina activities. They declared a "Penis Day," staged a show called "The Penis Monologues," passed out fliers with such slogans as "My penis is majestic" and "My penis is studious," and had a mascot named "Testaclese" in a six-foot penis costume. They videotaped him shaking hands with a smiling official who thought it was a mushroom costume until he got a certificate dubbing him a "Penis Warrior." He got furious, confiscated the costume and pressed charges.

  • His penis was envious.
  • That's what happens when you try to prick pomposity.
  • The last time he saw a six-foot talking penis, he was ON mushrooms.
  • When will these oppressive officials learn, you can't keep penises down!
  • "The Penis Monologues" wasn't a real play...It was more of a stand-up routine.

    Worse Than Losing Brad - A People magazine poll let people vote on which parts they'd pick to make the perfect Hollywood body. They choose Angelina Jolie's lips, Kate Bosworth's two-toned eyes over Charlize Theron and Catherine Zeta-Jones' eyes, and Sienna Miller's button nose over the formerly most-wanted nose, Nicole Kidman's. Salma Hayek's cleavage edged out Halle Berry's and Lindsay Lohan's. And in more bad news for Jennifer Aniston, her famous hair came in second to Jessica Simpson's.

  • Jessica's hair grows faster because under the roots is nothing but fertilizer.
  • On the other hand, Jennifer doesn't have brain damage from all the bleach.
  • Angelina Jolie has perfect lips, except for that trace of blood at the corner.
  • Teenage girls will be wearing one tinted contact lens.
  • So now we know what Michael Jackson will look like next year.

    They Also Bought Streisand's Old Dead Rabbit - Britney Spears' alleged pregnancy test was bought by online casino, which buys pop culture junk for media attention. It was supposedly removed from the bathroom trash can of her Los Angeles hotel room by an inside source who sold it to an Ottawa radio station. The sale price was not disclosed. Proceeds will go to two children's charities.

  • Which have to PROVE they're for real.
  • The test shows she tested positive for pregnancy, nicotine, alcohol and steroids.
  • It's rare because other than the concept of musical integrity, it's the only thing Britney Spears ever peed all over.
  • UPN announced that the reality show starring Britney Spears and Kevin Federline will be called "Chaotic"...Someone had already used the title "The Beverly Hillbillies."

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