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"Catch-22" (1970)

1970 was a banner year for war movies, including Tora Tora Tora, Patton and M*A*S*H. Catch-22 was the weakest of the 4, and didn't get a single nomination. It is based on Joseph Heller's autobiographical novel about a bomber squadron in WW-II Italy. We will forgo the complaint that the film isn't as good as the novel -- they never are. In all fairness, there is entirely too much material in the novel to fit into a feature length film. The title refers to what has become an American idiom. Anyone who is crazy is not allowed to fly in combat. They must make a request to the doctor. That is where Catch-22 comes in. Anyone who does not want to fly combat missions is obviously not crazy.

The cast looks like a who's who of Hollywood: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Norman Fell, Charles Grodin, Liam Dunn and Alan Alda. The photography was top notch, and the audio and special effects were also excellent. The problem is with the script itself. The story is kind of surreal, with flashbacks, dream sequences, etc, and is hard to follow. It also drags in parts. There are, however, some truly funny moments. The film is especially important to us, as it features full frontal nudity from Paula Prentiss, the first such exposure in a post Hays Act mainstream Hollywood production. (The first mainstream full frontal would, of course, be Hedy Lamarr in Ecstasy (1932)). Olimpia Carlisi also appears topless in bed with Alan Arkin.

Maltin says 2 stars, but IMDB readers have it at a surprising 6.9/10. The DVD is well done. The transfer is a very nice Anamorphic, and there are plenty of extras. It fits easily into two genres, comedy, and anti-war, and is rated higher than usual for a comedy. Based on this description, the film is a C+.

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    "Beyond the Law" (1992)

    Beyond the Law (1992) is based on the true story of a cop who was raised by an abusive cop uncle, was fired by a corrupt police chief, and became an undercover narc infiltrating a biker gang. Along the way, he nearly decides he likes the bikers better than the cops, but his work led to record-breaking arrests. He meets and beds Linda Fiorentino, a photo-journalist, who has some great peek-throughs and upskirts, and some dark breast exposure. There is also an anonymous stripper.

    The head of the bikers is played by Michael Madsen, and the cop is Charlie Sheen. The acting is good, and there is more character development than is usual for this genre, but the film sort of loses its momentum along the way. Maltin says 2 1/2 stars, watchable but not memorable. IMDB readers agree at 5.8/10. It is more than just an action film, and includes some symbolism in the form of a parable told by an old Indian about a brave who chased away his shadow, and then missed it. He descended into hell to reclaim it, but found that climbing back out of hell was much more of a challenge. This symbolizes Sheen's struggle with his childhood, and deciding between good and evil. C+.

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    "Bravo" (1998)

    Bravo, Carlos Bravo, was a Mexican Secret Service agent, fired for sleeping with the president's daughter (Maribel Oporto). He decides to work as a Mariachi. Meanwhile, the president has managed the largest cocaine seizure in Mexican history. When the bad guys decide to crash a party at the presidential residence and hold all of the guests til they get their drugs back, guess which mariachi band is playing the gig.

    Maribel shows breasts during the sex scene with Bravo, and two unknowns are seen topless in a pool with the bad guy. Bravo, of course, takes on the entire army of attackers, rescues everyone, and wins the girl. Very little is available on line about this film, and I suspect that the DVD was the first time this was shown anywhere. It is a very respectable action film, sort of like a Van Damme movie, but with a more likable star. I give it a C+.

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    Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. A misleading title. They hook, but they aren't really hookers. The prostitution is a just a lure to obtain bodies for human sacrifice to the ancient Egyptian chainsaw god. As Jack Paar used to say: "I kid you not". Now a cult favorite across the world. Funny, gross, dumb, and the only movie I know of where you can see a woman do a sexy belly dance while operating two chainsaws (Linnea had some serious muscles for a thin, petite woman!), then see her challenge another woman to a duel fought with chainsaws. And this wasn't done with F/X. They were really swinging those chainsaws at each other. (The blades were replaced with a smooth band made of felt, but it still wasn't all that easy.) Bizarrely bad movie, yet intriguing because it revels in its own badness.

    A fun DVD. Director Fred Olen Ray points out in one of the special feature segments that he spent much more time on this DVD edition than he actually spent making the crappy movie in the first place. (It was shot in two weekends with borrowed equipment that he picked up Friday after the real owners shut down their own filming for the weekend. He had to use every possible minute of time in order to have everything back to the owners by Monday morning. He saved time by getting their permission to film in their offices, so he didn't have to lose any time or hire any people for the purpose of transporting the equipment. In addition, he picked up sets for free. He points out that the "Egyptian" cult had some Egyptian artifacts, but also plenty of Mayan, because that's what was lying around!)

    Graphic Response
  • Valentina Vargas, topless and full frontal nudity in several different scenes from "The Tigress" (1992).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

  • Brainscan
    Tons of scans, acres of flesh, from pictures that were just too beautiful to pass up.

    Batting lead-off we have Anna Karlstrom; the B & W pics were pretty enough but the ones in color are a couple of the best I have ever laid eyes on.

  • Anna Karlstrom (1, 2)

    Second up is Andrea Yamaguishi, proving the benefits of hybrid vigor. She is Japanese/Brazilian with the best of both world in one terrific bod.

  • Andrea Yamaguishi (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Another Brazilian, showing the typical asset of babes in that there country...

  • Diana Raga

    Two Eurobabes follow:

  • Aurora Robles
  • Barbara Bernardi

    And then there was a fashion model:

  • Caroline Andersson

    Eliza Dushku is a television babe who posed provocatively but all too clothed in this month's Maxim.

  • Eliza Dushku (1, 2, 3)

    Sporting transparent duds is Frida Utter; I expected someone with that last name to have large hooters.

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    Another Italian babe, Greta Cavazonni. Wonder what would happen if you placed an order for cavazonni at your local bistro.

  • Greta Cavazonni

    And then for the scoopsters (Sr. and Jr.) there is beauty queen and fashion model...

  • Helena Christensen

    Okay, and still another Italian babe, Maurizia Paradiso, in some rather interesting poses.

  • Maurizia Paradiso

    Two more fashion models:

  • Liberty Ross
  • Ana Isabel

    A famous B movie bim in a series of scans I pulled off the web and glued together.

  • Kira Reed

    Last up is Dr. Christine Lydon, former orthopedic surgeon and current bodybuilding competitor. Have seen pics of her in the altogether but they were published in a Hefner-based magazine, so this is all your gonna see for now.

  • Dr. Christine Lydon (1, 2)

  • Penman
    Catherine McCormack
    (1, 2)

    Penman is the big winner today with these collages of Catherine showing off her wonderful breasts in "Shadow of the Vampire". The movie about the filming of Nosferatu, with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. Due for VHS and DVD release on 5/29.

    Cynthia Gibb
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    Two excellent collages from "Youngblood" (1986). Great breast and bum views.

    Scorpion goes 'old school' and takes us back to the days of bell bottoms....

    Cheri Caffaro
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    Full frontal nudity in the days before implants. Scenes from "Girls Are for Loving" (1973).

    Jocelyn Peters All three B's this time in more scenes from "Girls Are for Loving" (1973).

    Sylvia Kristel The original Emmanuelle topless and also showing a bit of bush in scenes from "Game of Seduction" (1976).

    and ...
    Rebecca De Mornay
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    Topless in scenes from "Never Talk to Strangers" (1995). Fantastic collages by ABYS.

    Claudette Maillé
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    The not exactly petite actress going topless in a shower scene from "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992). Link #1 is a collection of four frames, #2 is a full screen image. 'Caps by PhD.

    Lexa Doig Topless scenes from "No Alibi" (2000). Like many folks, I never knew who she was until I saw the sci-fi series "Andromeda". Hopefully her new PG-rated popularity won't keep her from showing more skin on screen!

    Mariel Hemingway Topless in the shower in scenes from "The Mean Season" (1985).

    Jennifer Connelly Connelly cleavage and a bit of pokies while out on the town.

    Nekkid News
    A few items from Thanks to Pat Reeder at the Comedy Wire for pointing these out to us.

  • 2,500 Canadians strip for 'naked pavement' photo.

    An estimated 2,500 volunteers stripped naked in Montreal to pose for a photographer. Spencer Tunick had to obtain a special permit from city authorities for his 'Naked Pavement' photo session. People were asked to lie down and create a 'sea of bodies' outside the Museum of Contemporary Art. All those taking part will get a free copy of the photo. The photo session started at dawn and took about an hour. Mr Tunick has been arrested five times since 1995 while photographing 'street nudes' across the world. He has photographed naked volunteers in 50 American states, as well as in London, but he says the response from people in Montreal is the best yet. Volunteer Stefan Verna told Canada's CBC News: "The most overwhelming part was really when we first took our clothes off - everybody stripping and the landscape totally changing."

  • Ambassador's wife in 'topless' picture fury

    The wife of the Swiss ambassador to Germany is suing a magazine which mocked up a topless photo of her.

    Germany's Tip magazine transposed the head of Shawne Borer-Fielding on to a picture of a busty topless model. The 31-year-old wife of Swiss ambassador Thomas Borer is a model and former Miss Texas. She says the magazine's actions have damaged her and her husband's careers, and their marriage.

    Mrs Borer-Fielding has caused controversy in Germany by continuing her career, taking part in various fashion shoots. But she has defended her actions by pointing out that she is not paid by the Swiss government, nor is she a diplomat.

    Mrs Borer-Fielding claims Tip magazine's picture was a "scandalous attempt to ruin my marriage and the career of my husband, as well as my own career, and must be ended".

    She is suing the magazine and a local newspaper which reproduced the photo- albeit with the model's breasts concealed.

  • Glossy Bible will use pictures of fashion models

    A glossy version of the Old Testament will replace sketches of biblical characters with pictures of fashion models.

    Claudia Schiffer is expected to be chosen to portray Eve in the Illuminated Bible, which will retain traditional text.

    The project is the brainchild of four Swedish entrepreneurs who want to make the Bible more attractive to young people. It has drawn a mixed response from religious leaders.

    The four businessmen, who trade under the name Fishtank, are still negotiating a publishing deal but hope to launch the Bible later this year.

    Gustaf-Wilhelm Hellstedt, said: "Instead of a boring drawing of Adam and Eve we may well have a couple walking down a New York street, kissing."

    Photographers signed up to the project include Paolo Roversi - who has often worked with Miss Schiffer and Madonna.

    David Phillips, the general secretary of the Church Society, branded the project a gimmick. He added: "The real concern is to make known what the Bible teaches, not to make it attractive."

    The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Michael Turnbull, told the Sunday Telegraph: "Anything that enlivens people's interest in what a good read the Bible is, is good. But it needs doing with taste."

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