I received this in the mail:
"Tuna, loved your caps from the DVD of Valentino. One request - another popular actress who had a nude scene in that film is Linda Thorson of Avengers fame. According to The Bare Facts, she was briefly topless in the first 15 minutes of the films. As she did little nudity in her career, I would appreciate seeing that when you get a chance."
Sure enough, her nipple was briefly visible near the start of the film.
"Strip for Action"
Strip for Action (1996) -- There is a veritable epidemic of strip-sploitation films being released next week, and I have the dubious privilege of capping them. If all of them are the same caliber as this one, it is going to be a very long weekend indeed. The most interesting thing about Strip for Action (called Hot Ticket at IMDB) is the name of the DP, Harry Box. Unfortunately, that is the only box we see. The exposure is limited to breasts and butt-floss g-strings from female leads Maria Ford and Nikki Fritz, and also from a few anonymous strippers. This is supposed to be a crime thriller, and had very modest aspirations. It fell way short of its goals.
We start, naturally, in a strip club, where armed men enter, shoot a whole bunch of guards, strippers and patrons, hold the owner at gunpoint until the time lock on the safe can be opened, then kill him, and leave with lots of cash, Maria Ford (niece of the owner), Nikki Fritz (handy stripper), Maria's ex, who happens to be a manager at the club and brother of the bad guy, and Maria's current boyfriend and manager of the club. Maria is also a manager of the club. Actually, the club seems to have more managers than strippers or patrons. We find out that ex-boyfriend is the brother of the bad guys, and is in on the robbery. Now, get this. The bad guy was sent by the mob to collect a huge gambling debt from his brother. Bro told him that the owner of the strip club laundered huge amounts of cash for the mob. So bad guy decides to rip off the mob, rather than collect from them. The plan is to fly to Vegas, with an injured assistant bad guy as the pilot, and Fritz, Ford and Ford's new boyfriend as hostages. Naturally the pilot dies of blood loss, the plane crashes, and we have a lengthy trek through the wilderness.
IMDB readers have this at 3.6 of 10, which is very generous. Both comments there complain about the body count, but appreciated the breasts from Ford and Fritz. I also appreciated the breasts, but would have been much happier if neither had any lines. The DVD quality is abysmal. So, to sum it up, bad plot full of holes and excessive violence, dark nudity limited to breasts, and not much of that, terrible acting, and an embarrassing 4/3 transfer. F.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Women and Filmmaking:
Yesterday, I asked "what is the best film ever directed by a
woman?". I decided to research the issue.
Women generally aren't in the three key filmmaking jobs (writer,
director, cinematographer) to begin with. Year after year, the percentage of films directed
by men hovers around 95%. Writers: 88%. Cinematographers: 100%. Not
only are the female numbers minimal to start with, but they are also
trending negatively! Martha M. Lauzen, a San Diego State
professor who studied the issue, found that women directed seven
percent of the 100 top-grossing films released in 2000. That dropped
to four percent in 2001. The situation is slightly better for
screenwriters, but even there, women maxxed out at a mere 14% in
2000, dropping to 10% in 2001. The most dramatic exclusion is in
cinematography. Professor Lauzen's study shows that men were the
cinematographers on 100% of the top 250 films in both 2000 and 2001.
Well, I guess establishing the bar at 0% at least prevented a
No unquestioned masterpiece has ever been directed by a woman.
The IMDb Top 250 includes no film which has been directed by a
woman, although the acclaimed kiddie film Shrek (#111 of all time)
was co-directed by a woman and a man. No woman has ever won the Oscar for best
director, and only two have been nominated: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven
Beauties" in 1976 (7.5 at IMDb), and Jane Campion for "The Piano" in
1993 (7.3 at IMDb), both of which are basically art house films.
Other female directors with successful recent films:
- Kathryn Bigelow: Strange Days (6.9), K-19
(6.6), Point Break (6.5)
- Julie Taymor: Titus (7.3) and Frida (7.5)
- Martha Coolidge: Rambling Rose (6.7)
- Nora Ephron: Sleepless in Seattle (6.7)
- Agnieska Holland: Europa Europa (7.5)
- Marleen Gorris: Antonia's Line (7.5)
None of these films are truly chick-flicks by our objective
definition, which requires that the rating from females at IMDb be
at least a point higher than the male rating. Each of the films
mentioned above is rated at least 6.4 by men, but none is rated more
than 7.4. It takes 7.7 to make the all-time top 250 at IMDb.
Although the overall ratings indicate a dead heat for first place
between Seven Beauties, Frida, Europa Europa and Antonia's Line, all
at 7.5, a look inside the numbers shows that Frida is clearly ahead
of the others. Female voters alone would place Frida into "classic"
status at 8.2, and it is also rated as high or higher by men than
any other film on the list.
|Point Break (Bigelow)
|Antonia's Line (Gorris)
|Sleepless in Seattle
|Europa, Europa (Holland)
|Seven Beauties (Wertmuller)
|The Piano (Campion)
I guess the answer to my original question is "Frida".
All of the films on the list above are good, but it seems strange
to be discussing them as the best of all time. After a century of
filmmaking, it is not at all unreasonable to argue that last year's
Frida is the best film ever directed by a woman. I think Frida is a
good movie, and I think Taymor's own Titus might be even better, but
there's never been a better one? Wow. That's staggering.
Filmmaking is the last boy's club.
La Belle Epoque:
It's about damned time they got this charming Spanish film,
winner of the best foreign film Oscar in 1992, on Region 1 DVD
The thing I admire most about the filmmakers of Spain is that
they seem to have the ability to invoke a highly developed aesthetic
sensibility without descending either into maudlin sentimentality or
pretentious, arty bullshit. They just work the art into the story.
Francisco Trueba, the director of La Belle Epoque, is a perfect
example. One of his other films, The Girl of your Dreams, is one of
the most consciously styled films I've ever seen, practically a
1930's stylistic wet dream, yet it uses the art only to support the
characters, and never allows the aesthetics to overpower the
humanity of the story.
This movie, Belle Epoque, is not as stylized, but is just as
effective in blending the aesthetics with the storyline. Similar in
joyful hedonism to "Sirens" and "Stealing Beauty", it is an
ode to a special hopeful time in Spain, the brief Republican dream
that stirred the imagination of the entire world in between the
death of the Spanish monarchy and the rise of the fascists.
"La Belle Epoque" means "The Beautiful Age", and usually refers
to the peaceful time of artistic flowering which took place in
France at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th,
the period in which the modern world of art began. Spain's Belle
Epoque was a shorter one. The republic lasted only from 1931 until
1939, but it gave Spanish intellectuals hope that the old bastions
of repression, the Church and the monarchy, would finally lose their
joint death-grips on Spanish thought. During that period, many
celebrated their ability to cast off the repression, to think as
they chose, to embrace sensual lives, to choose agnosticism, and to
speak their convictions freely in public. This film uses one large,
intellectual, free-thinking Spanish family to show how the new
attitudes in Spain affected various lives.
Jorge Sanz plays a deserter who ends up in the countryside home
of an elderly painter. When the old man's four daughters arrive,
they all compete for the attentions of the handsome and eligible
stranger. In a sense, they all succeed. Even the lesbian! The best
part of the lesbian episode is that the director actually found a
way to make that sexual encounter believable, by letting it occur
during a masquerade party in which the lesbian is attracted to the
man because he is quite an attractive woman in his costume. The
lesbian sister dances the tango with him, she dressed as a soldier,
he as a maid, her leading of course. Then, aroused by her command of
the situation, she forces him to get on his back, and mounts him.
This film is a pure pleasure to watch from start to finish.
American filmmakers seem to have to choose between humanity and art,
and their films seem to have one or the other, never both. The most
"artistic" films of America seem to renounce life, not celebrate it.
They could learn a lot from this film, and from director Fernando
- Ariadna Gil (1,
- Penelope Cruz (1,
- New volumes: Tilda Swinton
- Updated volumes:
- Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated. With
respect to new films not yet in his update, Charlie reports,
"Charlotte Rampling has her clearest
full frontal ever in Swimming-Pool, in which youngster Ludivine
Sagnier is naked half of the time!"
wisdom of Gen. George S Patton
You think the New York Times has troubles? The supermarket tabloid
The Weekly World News was rocked by a journalistic scandal today
as editors acknowledged they had fired a staff reporter for
“inaccuracies and forgeries” in a recent story about the
half-boy, half-bat creature known as Batboy.
collection of weird web sites
Speaking of weird,
Tim Burton may remake Willy Wonka
U.S. director Vincent Gallo is so hurt by the scathing reaction
to his film "The Brown Bunny," that he has vowed to make it his
last. We can only hope, but somehow I suspect he has plenty
more bad films inside of him, trying to burst out. Once again,
though, you have to admire his refreshing honesty. He said , "It
is a disaster of a film and it was a waste of time. I apologize
to the financiers".
the BBC claims that thr rescue of Jessica Lynch was all faked
(the special will air Sunday)
top 10 signs that your wife is earning extra income as a lap
top 10 surprises in that new Hitler movie (my favorite: his
middle name was really Dwayne)
Sorenstam was even par after 22 holes, but couldn't stay there.
Amid massive crowds and unprecedented media attention, she
finished 71-74 to miss the cut. Not so bad when you consider
that Sergio Garcia, one of the world's best, shot 72-71.
bad wrestling gimmicks -
Maybe I'm behind the game, but what's interesting here is every
story about Larry Wachowski
mentions the "well-known" dominatrix Karin Winslow, yet she's
nowhere on the web.
WENN sent a story last night identifying her as ILSA STRIX. Punch
that in, and
she's everywhere...make that WAS everywhere ... you know how when somebody's
all you get are "404s" -- Karin/Ilsa is in the middle of a -- who
100, 200 million divorce settlement. It must be in somebody's
interest to get her
off the web.
Here's the story in The Mirror, which says, "
Sporting dangly earrings and a knitted cap, he was accompanied by
Karin Winslow - a well-known sado-masochistic dominatrix, who had
her trans-sexual husband and taken on Wachowski as her "slave".
Karin first experimented with S&M after leaving school and by then
one of the most famous dominatrixes in the city.
In one interview, she said: "My favourite activities range from
my stiletto heel to piercing, rope-suspension bondage and
At the time, she was happily married to Jake, who, although born a
underwent a sex-change operation in 1995, three years before he
I've found exactly
ONE picture of her, and
I had to go a non-Google
engine (wisenut.com) and I'm not even positive it's her.
Scoop's notes: Ilsa's own sites are
disappearing faster than liberal Republicans, but here are some
other sources of info.
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the
review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
- Isabelle Adjani, baring a single breast in the infamous "comedy", "Ishtar".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
Today I offer up a plate of leftovers.
First up Jennifer Love Hewitt in "I know What You did Last Summer", wearing only a towel. Sexy.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt
Then it's on to TV land to visit the Pam Anderson show "V.I.P.". Here we have Leah Lail with some pretty decent cleavage. Now maybe I am crazy, but I have always thought Leah is the hot one on that show.
'Caps and comments by the G-man:
First up, Meridith Haze's name is spelled "Merideth" at the IMDb, but I went with the version on the credits of DEATH WISH CLUB from 1983... also known as CARNIVAL OF FOOLS, written by Philip Yordan. She handled herself well with two meaty roles, a porn actress whom our hero becomes obsessed over, and a male split-personality... a Cagney-like tough guy. The quirkily weird film was edited as part of a horror anthology in 1985 film entitled NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR. The film evidently marks Ms. Haze's only screen appearance to date.
Theresa Jenson is the good, stable girlfriend to the hero of DEATH WISH CLUB... as opposed to the wacked-out woman he is really in love with. Ms. Jenson apparently has never shown her skin on any other set of sprockets, since.
Ella Raines plays the good, stable girlfriend to the hero of 1949's releatively well made film noir, IMPACT... Brian Donlevy, the victim of
attempted murder by his wife and her lover. No nudity, but Ms. Raines came across as a very attractive and appealing person of the feminine
persuasion, and I wondered why I had never heard of her before (trying to suppress the glaring answer: gross ignorance).
Here's an unknown in the recent "controversial" TV mini-series, HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL. Why was it controversial? Not long ago, in an April TV Guide look, the film was named HITLER: RISE TO POWER. The producers wanted to make sure to appease the voices of concern that Adolf will NOT come across as a glamorized, sympathetic hero (what would the possibility of that have been anyway, in a mainstream media outlet like a major television network?), so they hammered the point home by re-titling the title. In that very interview, the executive producer wished to take the heat off by explaining the film could be interpreted as a cautionary tale to today's America, where bad things can happen if we give into our fears and paranoia... and where especially people are becoming afraid to offer counter-opinions. For his views that may not have fallen in line in what should be more popularly accepted, the executive producer promptly got fired! At any rate, any glimpse of nudity on American prime-time television is still something to marvel at, and the film featured a moment from a model in the teen-aged Fuehrer-to-be's art class. (Julianna Margulies, as the aristocratic wife Hitler expresses an attraction for, came across as very sexy in this film... with her clothes on, of course.)
Lesley Milne plays the blond, innocent heroine in 1988's VAMPIRE AT MIDNIGHT. The vampire, Gustav Vintas, adopts a can't fail Eastern European
accent that might have made Lugosi envious, as a hypnotist who mesmerizes the young lady... to the point where she no longer becomes shy about
showing all. It seems Ms. Milne has not adorned the silver screen since she kindly allowed a peek at the intimate details of her personage.
Esther Elise is an Italian policewoman in VAMPIRE AT MIDNIGHT who has the hots for the film's hero, a fellow cop played by Flesh Gordon himself, Jason Williams. She expresses her desires by showing up while he slesps in his bedroom, handcuffing his wrist to the bedpost, then making some none-too-subtle moves. If I only had a nickel for all the girlfriends who showed their sexual affection for me so blatantly, I don't know what I would do with all that money. Ms. Elise, whose name is "Alise" in the movie, has also shown her charms in the same year's HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS; Uncle Scoopy has already done the backbreaking work to let you in more of her bare details, if you run a search.
As alwaysm Mister Grundy invites you to visit his yahoo group at Sick Sexy Sinema Shots
|Topless in the 1987 French comedy "Club de rencontres".
||Breast exposure in scenes from "Intimisto" (2001).
|Breast exposure and also a sex scene from "Sex-shop" (1973).
||Also baring breasts in "Sex-shop".
||Full frontal nudity in even more 'caps from "Sex-shop".
||One last collage of toplessness from "Sex-shop".
||Very impressive cleavage, and a great breast view in scenes from the 1974 movie "L'Ironie du sort".
Today's batch of late night goodies feature the ladies of "Erotic Obsessions".
- Flower Edwards, pseudo-sex and frontal nudity.
- Skinemax regular Griffin Drew shows off her robo-hooters, and even lets us have a look below the equator in link #2.
- Susan Hale, gettin' it on of course.
||The German actress topless in an outdoor scene from "Tage des Sturms" (2003).
|From the controversial, 1976 Japanese movie that pushed the "is it art or is it porn" boundry, "The Realm of the Senses". Matsuda shows it all, including a gyno view in link #6, penetration in #1 and giving oral in links 2 and 4.
|More 'caps by Señor Skin from the 1973 movie "Ms. Don Juan". The UK actress is seen topless and almost full frontal.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
DOGS DISAPPROVE OF CAT TV
Sounds Like A Dog - Oprah Winfrey's "Oxygen" cable TV channel for women
will air a special called "Meow TV" sponsored by Meow Mix cat food. It
will be aimed at cats and cat lovers, with such segments as film of
squirrels running up and down a tree and Sandra Bernhard reading "Cat
Haikus." But not everyone is pleased: Meow Mix CEO Richard Thompson
revealed at a New York premiere party that his butt was swollen and
bandaged because he'd been walking near his home when a dog viciously bit
Apparently, dogs have more taste than Oprah.
Usually, dogs like Sandra Bernhard...They think she's one of their own.
Is he sure that was a dog and not a TV critic?
Sandra Bernhard reading cat haikus? I'LL bite him!
GETTING NAKED WITH "CHARLIE'S ANGELS"
We're No Angels - "Charlie's Angels" director "McG," real name Joseph
McGinty Nichol, said he's so comfortable with his friends Drew Barrymore,
Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz that when they attended the Super Bowl of
Motocross together, they all stripped naked and hung out in the back of a
limo van, listening to Motley Crue records in the nude. He said, "They're
all very free with their physicality...That's how we get down." He added,
"It's sort of fabulous the way we all trust one another, most particularly
Drew. Drew is very into the body, very natural. It's a splendid thing."
Is he sure this isn't just a dream he had?...Because it's a lot like the
dreams I have.
Yes, they totally trust each other...not to blab to the press.
I think we have a new frontrunner for the title of "World's Best Job."
In fact, they shot the entire movie naked, and clothes were added
They should forget the stupid movie and just film the breaks.