"Black Heat"

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-.

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  • Jane Bellan (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Tanya Boyd (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    XX/XY (2002):

    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. 

    The essence:

    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 one.

    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 preview.

    • Maya Stange
    • Bonus: here is Stange in an Aussie movie, including a near-frontal in the last one. Caps by Oz.(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


    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.

    Your guess?

    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. Well, at 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, 2, 3, 4, 5)



    Yesterday's Updates:

    (the encyclopedia wasn't working right yesterday)

    • Updated volumes: Emmanuelle Seigner, Kristin Scott Thomas
    • New volumes: Barbara Windsor, Marisa Tomei, Marie-France Pisier, De'Ann Power



    Other crap:

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    • 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.
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    • 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 naked).

    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

    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".

    Bonus stuff:

    • 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). (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Asia Argento
    (1, 2, 3)

    Topless, frontal nudity and sex scenes with guys, girls and herself from the movie "Scarlet Diva" (she also wrote and directed).

    Deepti Bhatnagar
    (1, 2)

    From the Fred Olen Ray movie "Inferno" aka Operation Cobra (1997). Soaking wet see-thru exposure.

    Elisabeth Shue Most of a breast visible in scenes from the 1988 stink-fest "Cocktail".

    Gina Gershon An extremely brief nipple sighting, also in scenes from "Cocktail".

    Kelly Lynch Several thong views in even more scenes from "Cocktail".

    Francesca Rettondini 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
    (1, 2)

    All kinds of JLH cleavage, and two possible partial nip slips in scenes from the Jackie Chan movie, "The Tuxedo".

    Judy Greer Very lovely breast exposure in scenes from "Adaptation".

    Uma Thurman Excellent wonderbra cleavage from "Hysterical Blindness" (2002).

    Rene Russo
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    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.

    Irene Visedo '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".