"Japanese Story"

Japanese Story (2003) is an Australian cross cultural communications study and a look at just how relationships, however fleeting can impact our lives. It is told within a tragic love story. Toni Collette is a bright geologist, and partner in a firm trying to sell its software modeling program. She is called upon to play tour guide to a visiting Japanese businessman, and, hopefully, get him interested in the product. She knows nothing about Japan or the Japanese, and is not thrilled about this baby sitting task. Their initial meeting doesn't go well at all. He gives her his business card, and she unceremoniously stuffs it into her back pocket. He waits for her to load his luggage into the van. She is sure he is an arrogant asshole, and he sees her as nothing but a driver with a loud mouth and a big butt.

It is not until he forces her to drive off the highway and they get stuck in a bog in the middle of nowhere that they start communicating. Somethign about being in a life or death situation breaks down the barriers. Seems he was experiencing burnout, hence his trip to Australia. It is two short steps from understanding to bed, and then she discovers that he has a wife and kids in Japan. Meanwhile, he no longer feels like his life with family and work obligations and an overcrowded country are closing in on him.

Spoilers Ahead

He breaks his neck diving into a shallow billabong, and the rest of the film deals with notifying his wife, making arrangements, and Collette making peace with the wife and herself. This third act is really the meat of the film, and it is very well crafted.

End Spoilers

IMDb readers have this at 7.1 of 10. It not only won every award in the entire country of Australia, but I think they invented some new ones as well. Both Ebert and Berardinelli adored it at 3 1/2 stars. It is a character piece start to finish, and we understand the depths of emotion of all the principles as well as exactly how deeply a brief encounter can touch us. The photography is stunning, and Collette shows breasts and buns in the sex scene. Those who know something about Japanese culture will probably get more from it than those who don't. The deleted scenes, which were cut for the American release to pick up the pace, are included on the DVD, but contain no extra nudity. There is also a director's comentary. This is a C+. If it is your sort of film, and you should know by now, it is very well made.

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  • Toni Colette (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)

    "Star Hunter"

    Star Hunter (1995) is a straight to vid highly overrated at IMDb at 2.3 of 10. Take a $50.00 budget, Roddy McDowell and Stella Stevens and a young woman, Wendy Schumacher, willing to show a breast, and lets shoot a movie. Borrow some robots and some space ship sets, and an old warehouse. Oh, I suppose there should be some plot. OK, the kids are coming back from a football game as there wasn't room for them on the team bus, and they get lost. Now for a dash of central conflict, lets use the Most Dangerous Game premise, but using the space things as the hunter.

    There we go, now lets get Schumacher out of her bra in a bedroom before anything starts, and then lets kill off Stevens first. Schumacher is much easier on the eyes. This is an intergalactic fugitive who escaped from prison, and hunting life forms is his thing. He has super weapons, nearly impenetrable defenses, and regenerates when he is wounded. Indeed, he has no trouble disposing of a bunch of cops when they join the party. He is no match for this group of teenagers, however, as they foil him (literally) with tinfoil and other clever devices. Heard enough? Me too.

    The one on-line review gave it one star. The DVD quality is commensurate with the story quality. Avoid this at all costs. F.

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  • Wendy Schumacher (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)

    I covered this in great detail at The Movie House, and you need to read it there, since it is filled with pictures and hyperlinks. I liked a lot of things about it. Another first-class effort from HBO

    • Alexa Davalos. (1, 2) If you are a fan of  "Angel", the Buffy spin-off, you'll recognize her. She will be in The Chronicles of Riddick this summer.
    • Rita López Carrasco. For all I know, she's not even an actress. Although she's in a couple of scenes, I don't remember her speaking, and she has no other credits.




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    .avi's from Shiloh.

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    Don't Look Now (1973)

    • The movie has that requirement for all artsy films pre 1975 - an evil dwarf! He's also a serial killer, and he wear a bright red raincoat. That was to make his serial killing easy, because nobody ever notices an insane dwarf in a bright red raincoat. We have a family of evil dwarves next door, and they ALWAYS wear red raincoats, even on sunny days. Our Reviews.

    • Julie Christie - bathroom scene.  (.avi, .wmv)

    • Julie Christie - sex scene, part one.  (.avi, .wmv)

    • Julie Christie - sex scene, part two.  (.avi, .wmv)

    I have read about the uncut version of the scene, in which Sutherland is obviously lapping on Christie's labia, but I have never seen it, except in miscellaneous stills. It is not on the DVD, nor in the clips above.


    Center of the World (2001)

    • Minor film. Tuna hated it. I recommended it only for the arthouse/hothouse set. It's not a pleasant movie, it is deliberately cheap-looking, and is not very entertaining, but it does have some artistic merit, and Molly Parker is way hot. Our Reviews.

    • Aliska Klass and an unknown.  (.avi, .wmv)

    • Molly Parker. To my ears, she has the sexiest voice in the business. (.avi, .wmv)

    • Molly Parker.  (.avi, .wmv)







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    Crimson Ghost
    Today from the Ghost...

    A few .wmvs to compliment Brainscan's recent look at "Passion Network". Check out the May 6, 2004 update in the Daily Archives for Brainscan's 'caps and reviews

    • Former Heffer Devin Devasquez shows breasts and pubes in a very spirited sex scene! (1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Jane Smith aka former adult star Tina Tyler. All natural toplessness, plus some pubes in #3. (1, 2, 3)

    • Maggie Louie...a pseudo sex scene in the bath tub (while the guy still has his pants on). (1, 2)

    • Nichole McAuley...the busty blonde shows all 3 B's as she joins Devin Devasquez for a 3-way with some dude. (1, 2,)

    • Stephanie Beaton, baring all while flying solo in #1, then riding a dude still wearing pants in #2. (1, 2)

    • A decent lesbian threesome scene. (1, 2)

    • Tracy Turner a couple of pseudo-sex scenes with robo-hooters and clean shaven views. (1, 2, 3)

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    A few scenes from the late night series "The Best Sex Ever". Episode: "The Dressing Room".
    • April Blosson. The Adult film actress taking a side trip down Skinemax Lane. Here she is showing breasts and full frontal nudity. (1, 2, 3)

    • Ava Molina, a brief brest view.

    • Olivia Saint, another hardcore actress doing a little softcore. Here she is topless and almost going frontal. But seriously, why shy away from showing some pubes on Skinemax whe you co-star in movies like "Big Cock Seductions 3" and "Ass Cream Pies"?

    • Ava Molina and Olivia Saint, of course...the lesbian scene. Ava shows more skin and gives up toplessness and pubes.

    • Chelsea Blue, all 3 b's and some pseudo sex from another hardcore actress crossing over to the softcore world. (1, 2)

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Love Actually"
    This 2003 British comedy/romance is easily the best of it's type that I've seen in several years. A big-name ensemble tells 10 separate but intertwined stories, set in London two weeks before Christmas. As the movie counts down the days to Christmas, things build to a climax.

    There's nudity, but better yet, there's some great stories performed beautifully by the exceptional British and American cast, and it never gets boring. The comedy is subtle rather than slapstick, and the romance well handled and sweet without getting sickening, and as a bonus has a really good sound track, so most people should really enjoy this movie. Excellent!

    Kate Beckinsale
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Some "paparazzi" pics of Kate caught working out. It's great to see Kate doing lunges and working out her bum (#3 and #4). However, I find it interesting to see that she exercises with her hair done while wearing make up.

    Eva Mendes
    (1, 2)

    DeadLamb 'caps of the beautiful Latina actress showing cleavage and wearing a bikini in scenes from the Matt Damon/Greg Kinnear comedy, "Stuck On You".

    Ashley Judd
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Mira Sorvino
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Watty takes a look at the made for cable bio-pic "Norma Jean & Marilyn" (1996). They both played the legendary Marilyn Monroe, but each played a different part of her personna. Judd played the real person of Norma Jean Dougherty while Sorvino played the blonde bombshell movie star.

    Both bared their breasts and a little bum, Judd also shows pubes in #4.

    Jenna Bodnar
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

    Excellent 'caps by the Skin-man of the Skinemax babe's first direct-to-video movie, "Huntress: Spirit of the Night" (1991). She shows everything...and it is good. In fact, there is even a gyno view in #11.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    They Must BE Nuts - People for the Ethical Treatment of animals has declared Michael Moore, Ruben Studdard, Luciano Pavarotti, John Madden and John Goodman as their "Flab Five," and they're trying to convince them to switch to a vegetarian diet. PETA is offering all five obese celebs a "Veg Eye for the Fat Guy" makeover. They will each receive a free care package containing health and diet tips, suggestions on how to change your lifestyle, and PETA's "vegetarian starter kit."

  • Nuts, breads, pasta, avocados...Yeah, they'll lose weight.
  • Add two pounds of braised beef, and it makes a pretty good stew.
  • If these guys all became vegetarians, it would cause a worldwide grain shortage.
  • Meanwhile, the Beef Council sent them all an Atkins Diet book.

    Arachnophobia - Just one day after announcing it, Major League Baseball dropped a deal to put ads for "Spider-Man 2" on bases. Both fans and teams protested, led by the New York Yankees, who said they would do it only during batting practice of one game. Yanks pitcher Mike Mussina claimed it went too far, saying, "They're using every place they can to advertise...Where do we go from here? 'Chico's Bail Bonds' on us?"

  • Actually, that would make a lot more sense than "Spider-Man."
  • I think Darryl Strawberry is Chico's celebrity spokesman.
  • George Steinbrenner would never let money sully the good name of baseball!

    So Can We Stop Talking About Him Now? - Less than 24 hours after accusing Disney of political censorship for not distributing his upcoming Bush-bashing movie, Michael Moore admitted that Disney told him a year ago that they had no intention of distributing it. Disney says they never even signed a contract with him. But the story got Moore worldwide publicity.

  • He hates lies and capitalism, but he loves hype and money.
  • Is this the movie where he tries to prove Bush is a big fat liar?
  • Hey, I've got a film on my teeth, and Disney won't distribute it! Help, I'm being censored!