Black Heat (1975) is an Al Adamson film, and is, as the title clearly indicates, blacksploitation, but has fewer black cast members and black culture than is typical in the genre. IMDB also lists it as The Girl's Hotel and The Murder Gang. The feature commentary, which was otherwise pretty mundane, explains this. The original idea was for a titty flick actioner for the drive-in market to be called Girl's Hotel, but the Blacksploitation market, which was mainly large indoor theaters in Metropolitan centers was too large to ignore, so they shot two act one reels, the first for Black Heat, stressing the black cop hero, and the second Girl's motel with much more nudity and simulated sex than Black Heat. It was thought that the foreign market didn't care about the black theme, and was more interested in action than sex, so they released Black Heat under the title The Murder Gang, marketing it as a cops and robbers film. IT was successful in all three markets, even with a largely unknown cast and a rather weak plot.
Three girls, a piano bar entertainer, a TV reporter, and a compulsive gambler all live in the same hotel, which is also a hotbed of illegal gambling, prostitution, and who knows what else. Our hero, Timothy Brown, is boyfriend of reporter Tanya Boyd. His partner is boyfriend of the gambler, Jana Bellan. The owners of the hotel hope to extort Bellan into giving them currier information from the securities company where she works. The money is to be used to buy guns, to exchange for Coke. A rather nasty black career criminal is the brains behind the entire operation.
In the Black Heat version, we bet breasts and buns from Boyd, but the deleted scenes that must have been in Girl's Hotel have breast exposure from Bellan in two different sex scenes. The quality of this 4/3 transfer is not good, and the deleted scenes are much worse. IMDB readers have this at 5.7, but with only 6 votes. I found it barely adequate exploitation fare, so C-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
This is going to make a great DVD (street: July 29th). The movie
is one of those too-honest-to-be-entertaining looks at the foolish
sexual choices of whiny young adults. It opened to mixed reviews and
a complete lack of an audience. In fact, it is still playing now in
a handful of theaters across the country.
XX/XY is caught in the inevitable Indy dilemma. Indy filmmakers
like to think that the difference between their films and Hollywood
formula pictures is that the Indy people can reach in and try to
find the truth about characters and situations. That is all well and
good, and they should do this. But what does the filmmaker do when
the characters are selfish, immature, uninteresting, shallow and
whiny? You see the problem? If you want to make a truthful movie
about real people that you really wouldn't want to hang around with,
it is going to result in the audience spending two hours with people
they really don't like. That can be very effective filmmaking, but
it surely isn't the road to commercial success.
That's exactly the situation with this film. The characters feel
authentic. They fail to develop over the years, but that is also
authentic, since so many of us do that in real life. The dialogue is
authentic as well. The problem is that these are really not
characters you would want to spend any time with. It's a genuine
movie, but it has an entertainment value of zero, and I can't
imagine why anyone would want to see it.
At a campus mixer, a predatory male asks a woman to go to bed
with him almost as soon as he meets her. She not only agrees, but
asks that her roommate be allowed to join in. The guy figures he's
in hog heaven, but when they all start doing the deed, it gets
really uncomfortable. This uneasiness sets the stage for the
interaction that will mark their relationships through college and
then, in the second half of the film, about ten years later as they
hook up again after years of separation.
Hollywood films may tend toward being phony, but the rule of
thumb in commercial filmmaking is that you can't ever sacrifice
entertainment value for honesty, because entertainment fills the
seats in the theaters, thus allowing filmmakers to make a
profit, thus allowing them to make more films. This, on the other
hand, is an honest film which will get some good reviews but fill no
seats at all, thus forcing the filmmaker to go scratching around for
enough money to make his next film. It played at Sundance. It will
make a small arthouse run, then go to video.
The lead character in this film, Coles, ends up in advertising
after a stab at filmmaking, making "art-house movies no one will
ever see". Crude no-budget films on digital video. Like this
So why will it be a great DVD? Maya Stange, an Australian
actress, does a lot of nudity, and she looks mah-velous. Great body.
I had only a poor quality DIVX bootleg to work with, but here's a
- Maya Stange
- Bonus: here is Stange in an Aussie movie, including a near-frontal
in the last one. Caps by Oz.(1,
Big City Blues (1999):
OK, I'll describe a film, you tell
me which one it is.
Two hit men are driving along in a
car, headed for a job. Instead of discussing murder and gangster
stuff, they are discussing real estate, settling down with a family,
fast food and religion. One of the hit men is played by an actor who
used to be the biggest box office star in Hollywood, and is now
making a comeback. Later in the movie, two of the main characters
are captured by homosexual perverts who bind them in S&M devices.
No, Pulp Fiction is wrong. The movie
is the immortal "Big City Blues", and the former mega star isn't
John Travolta, but Burt Reynolds. This proves, one again, that if
there were no Quentin Tarantino, we would have to invent him.
You've read many
reviews where the reviewer said the movie was almost unwatchable,
right? Usually the reviewer was speaking figuratively. But not this
time. This movie is unwatchable. Literally. It is so dark that you can't tell
what is going on, and three times it literally goes black. I'm
guessing that they mishandled the negative or shot it wrong, or
something, and then tried to cover it up with some additional dialogue
where the characters notice that the lights went out.
Frankly, however, I think the film
would be incomprehensible even if you could see what was going on.
Some of the scenes don't seem to have anything to do with the other
scenes. In other words, this is a really,
really, bad movie. Really bad. Think about "From Hell It
Came", "Leonard, Part 6", and those Count Yorga movies
from Mexico. Think about the fact that if all other movies were like
this, Kevin Costner would win best director every year.
Not to mention best actor.
I had to give the film an F, only
because our system doesn't allow anything lower unless Jeff Fahey is
in the film. I wish they had snuck Jeff into a scene, just so I could
have reached deeper into the alphabet. On the other hand, the English
alphabet only has 26 letters. I would have had to brush up my Russian.
Tuna managed to skirt around the Fahey
rule when he reviewed the film. He gave it an "F-". IMDb viewers rate
it 2.6/10 which is abysmal, but it also means some people rated it
higher than the minimum, which is hard for me to believe. Three people
rated it 10/10, which had to be the director's family, or maybe some
stoners just goofin' on the IMDb.
Georgina Cates was the best thing
about the movie, and she got naked. If it had been in better light,
without all the crazy blue and red mood lighting, that could have been enough for me to forgive the movie quality.
least you can tell it's a woman. I guess that Georgina was hoping that
if she wore a crazy wig in really funky lighting nobody would
recognize her in this movie, and if she had used a pseudonym, she
might have pulled it off.
- Georgina Cates (1,
(the encyclopedia wasn't working right yesterday)
Updated volumes: Emmanuelle Seigner, Kristin Scott Thomas
New volumes: Barbara Windsor, Marisa Tomei, Marie-France Pisier,
and the case of the missing breasts - one thing about
the internet - you can't sneak much past it
MTV Movie Awards - best actor? Nic Cage? Adrien Brody? Jack
Eminem, who else? Best actress? Kirsten Dunst, "Spider-Man".
remember topless superstar Samantha Fox -
she's now in the German version of Celebrity Boxing She did
OK, losing on points to a top-notch athlete who is four inches
taller and ten years younger.
Baghdad Bob is still alive
a Madonna, Kaballah, a bicycle - lethal combination
Richard Chamberlain admits he's gay. Whoa! There's a
shocker, eh? My little world is turned upside down. Next you're
gonna tell me Harvey Fierstein is gay.
Chamberlain on the cover of a Dr Kildare book
Baptists say Jim Carrey was
getting paid $20 million to squat down and poop on the Holy
Bible. I think this parody site is written by the same
people who do whitehouse.org
Movie Juice review of Bruce Almighty is guest-written by
Saddam's daughters seek asylum and employment in England.
Their job qualifications? Well, their
favorite hobby was driving around in a Mercedes with pals,
shouting insults at poor countrymen. I guess they could be movie
critics, or Tory back-benchers.
ya gotta love The Sun.
The Top 10 viral e-mails and bouncing breasts. Letterman
should hire these guys. It's like the top 10 body parts or Van
Pattens (the #1 answer was Dick)
perfect hindsight -
some of the stupidest things ever said about the future
naked protestors demonstrate against the G-8 summit.
a few years back, a cliché gag introduction on those "roast"
shows was "and now here's __________ , he's a new kind of
comedian - he isn't funny". In the same vein, England has a new
kind of nudist -
are fully clothed.
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.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
Another batch of Simandl goodies...
Empire of Ash
Lloyd Simandl action series made during the late 1980s in British Columbia. Simandl's proto-lesbian named Baalca is played by Michele Chiponski (Middle Age Crazy) and later by one-timer Nancy Pataki.
- Michele Chiponski: partial breasts and buns in very revealing outfit.
- Nancy Pataki: full dorsal nudity getting a full body massage (but when she gets up she appears to be wearing a thong).
Chained Heat II (1993)
Technically Lloyd Simandl's first 'czechploitation' as it was
his first of many low budget exploitation films made
in the Czech Republic. Along with American actresses Kim Kates
and hefmag bunny Kari Whitman (who amazingly keeps her clothes on),
the local cellmates are played by czech actresses Lucie Benesova (as Lucie
Benes) and Marketa Hrubesova (who could have stole the film had she got
Sleeping Dogs (1997)
One of Simandl's first czechploitation sci-fi's. Some of the
scenes have been used as stock footage for countless of his later movies.
Sins of the Realm (2003) (Asian edition)
The latest Simandl UK release "Chained Sinners: Medieval Fleshpots"
is missing all scenes of the naked princesses getting
strangled, flogged, and branded with a red hot iron.
With a saucy title like that you expect a few iron maidens
and perhaps a burning at the stake. These caps are from
the uncut Asian edition available at amazon.co.jp
Other recent Simandl czech babes:
- Petra Kulikova: topless love scene in "Lethal Target" (2000).
- Dana Sedlakova: bra-less pokies giving Kim Dawson a full body massage in "Lethal Target".
- Vladimira Kopal: topless in far left getting ready for lesbian threesone in "Last Stand" (2000).
- Katerina Brozova: dreaded fully-clothed lesbian threesome in "Last Stand".
- Kimberley Kates: full frontal gyno-cam stepping out the shower in "Armstrong" (1998)
- Marketa Hrubesova: full frontal in the softcore adaption of the opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" (1992).
|Topless, frontal nudity and sex scenes with guys, girls and herself from the movie "Scarlet Diva" (she also wrote and directed).
|From the Fred Olen Ray movie "Inferno" aka Operation Cobra (1997). Soaking wet see-thru exposure.
||Most of a breast visible in scenes from the 1988 stink-fest "Cocktail".
||An extremely brief nipple sighting, also in scenes from "Cocktail".
||Several thong views in even more scenes from "Cocktail".
||The beautiful Italian actress bares breasts and bum in scenes from "Ghost Ship" (2002).
|Helena Bonham Carter
||The British actress topless in a sex scene from the Steve Martin movie "Novocaine" (2001).
|Jennifer Love Hewitt
|All kinds of JLH cleavage, and two possible partial nip slips in scenes from the Jackie Chan movie, "The Tuxedo".
||Very lovely breast exposure in scenes from "Adaptation".
||Excellent wonderbra cleavage from "Hysterical Blindness" (2002).
|Sweaty sex scenes, topless sunbathing, and see-thru dress showing off the caboose in scenes from the 1999 remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair". Great 'caps by Mr. Nude Celeb.
||'Caps and comments by Vejiita:
Here is Spanish actress Irene Visedo, she currently stars in the hit spanish TV Serie "Cuéntame", that is something like "the Wonder Years". Some people may remember her from the excellent movie "The Devil's Backbone" that was directed by Guillermo del Toro. Here she is showing her breasts in scenes from "La Mujer de mi Vida".