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"La Voz de su amo"

La Voz de su amo (2001) is a Spanish combination thriller and love story. Eduard Fernández as Charli, former soccer hopeful before a career ending injury, now works as a bodyguard to a Portuguese businessman who has made a fortune on a dubious stock scam. Now the ETA terrorists are after his entire organization for bilking people out of their money, and the cops are after the terrorists who are killing people almost daily. Charli is asked by his boss to take his 15 year old daughter (Silvia Abascal) to stay with him for her safety. The daughter has a huge crush on him, and he can only resist her sexual advances for so long. When the boss is apparently kidnapped, and people around Charli keep turning up dead, like the boss's girlfriend (Ana Otero), her junkie and her lover, the plot picks up some steam. Can Charli save his boss, avoid the police, and deal with the daughter? And just how much does he approve of the things his boss has done?

Abascal, actually 22 when the film was made, was very believable, both physically and character-wise as the 15 year old seductress, and showed her breasts, a quick shot of her bush in a very dark scene, and a very nice well-lit view of her buns. Otero shows breasts in a sex scene, and then see though action later in the film. There is also full frontal of Fernández. The film was shot in Basque country in Spain, providing breathtaking scenics, which the DP took full advantage of, the art director provided lots of color and detail in interior locations and the transfer on this region 2 DVD is excellent.

Note that the ETA was an actual terrorist group operating in Basque country, and the murders were real. The actual terrorist story has little or nothing to do with this film, however.

IMDB readers have this at 5.8 of 10, but based on only 9 votes. Here we have another thriller filmed in good light, without smoke and fog, and with good nudity from a gorgeous woman. Some of the performances were less than Goya caliber, but, overall, it held my interest, and I cared for Charli and the girl, so was invested in the story. I am a tough audience for a thriller, and enjoyed this one. C+

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    "Todo sobre mi madre" aka "All About My Mother"

    Todo sobre mi madre, or All About My Mother (1999), a film by Pedro Almodóvar, won the Oscar for best foreign language film, most of the Goya's, and a total of 35 awards and 20 nominations. IMDB rating is 8.1, # 163 in the top 250 films of all time. Almodóvar started with a character - a woman who could act, and did so in her life, but was not an actress, and an interest in the people who must deal with the bereaved, and convince them so sign an organ donor card. From these first ideas, the idea for the film was born. Cecilia Roth works in a hospital, teaching other workers how to council next of kin and get them to donate organs. Ironically, her son is run over and killed trying to get an actresses autograph, and Roth is approached to donate his organs.

    Roth moves to Barcelona both to confront the actress whose rudeness, she feels, caused her sons death, and also to look for his transsexual father. Seems Roth was a prostitute in Barcelona, and left when she found she was pregnant. Once back in Barcelona, she goes to the red-light district to begin looking for her father's son, and runs into an old friend and colleague, Antonia San Juan, who is being brutalized by a customer. Roth saves her, and the two renew their friendship. Roth confronts the actress, and ends up working for her for a brief time, until she stands in for the actresses girlfriend, and is run off by the girlfriend. She is also introduced to a young nun played by Penélope Cruz, who works with street walkers, is due to leave for San Salvador to replace some murdered nuns, and has a father with advanced Alzheimers. Turns out the nun is also three months pregnant, and has AIDS. The film continues in this vain, and is full of actresses, hookers, transvestites, trans-genders, and people with AIDS.

    I never did decide if this was a comedy or a drama, and if it was character or plot driven. That might be one of its strengths. It is definitely unique. There is very brief breast exposure from San Juan during the sexual attack. Both Ebert and Berardinelli, in awarding 3 1/2 stars, give lengthy reasons why they like it, most of which has to do with the unique approach, the unexpected, and a basic honesty in the plot. Rotten tomatoes shows 98% positive overall, and 100% from the top critics. As regular readers well know, I am not afraid to differ with the critics, but, in this case, I agree completely. I think most people will find something to enjoy in this film, despite having to rely on subtitles, and it is available in a very nice Region 1 DVD with interviews of the cast and a lengthy interview with Almodóvar in English. This is considered one of his better films. I agree, this has wide crossover appeal, and is a B+.

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    I don't know what The Love Letter (1999) is, but Kate Capshaw shows her nipple (#2), and a blurry look at her bum #1). Why didn't she show this stuff off when she was 20 or 25?

    • Mrs Spielberg (1, 2)


    Slackers is a movie that didn't inspire me to write one more word than what Tuna had already said, which is that it is hopelessly irritating and unfunny - kind of like Andy Rooney gone MTV.

    • Mamie Van Doren (1, 2, 3)


    The Mothman Prophecies isn't a bad movie - probably the best one Richard Gere has done in years. I would liken it to The Sixth Sense or The Others, except it has no real kicker at the end, which gives it no real knock-out punch. The director did a nice job, however, at creating a mysterious, creepy atmosphere. Call it a very long episode of X-Files or Twilight Zone. In my all-too-lengthy review I didn't actually mention the movie much. What interested me more was the phrase "based on real incidents", so I tried to

    • lay out the real incidents
    • show how they were distorted by a crackpot book (the author believes that the "old gods" of our planet still communicate to us and have done so through history, or at least that's what he purports to believe)
    • then show how the crackpot book was solidified in the movie by all sorts of scientific proofs and corroboration. If the events in the movie really happened, it would be pretty convincing evidence of some paranormal activity. Of course, the movie is a completely fictional retelling of a book which was already loony to begin with ! It is, I think, kind of an interesting read.

    Turns out it was based on real incidents in the same sense as Plan 9 From Outer Space - "can you prove it didn't happen?"


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    • Diane Lane, gettin' groped in a topless scene from "Unfaithful". (still in theaters!)

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    Today we finish off our look at former hefmate Barbi Benton. Here she is all tied up and topless in "Deathstalker". Lousy actress, but a great scene in my mind.

    Dann takes a look a the nudity in "Vanilla Sky"

    First up, a comparison of Penélope Cruz's nude scenes. Link #1 features more, and better nudity from the original Spanish version, "Abre los ojos" (1997). #2 is from the Cameron Crowe directed remake.

    • Penélope Cruz (1, 2)

    Next, up a real treat as Dann discovers Cameron Diaz nudity! It's extremely brief, and I agree with Dann's idea that she probably had no idea she was showing anything...but there is nipple!

    Ann Hickmann The model poses in lingerie with a very see-thru nipple sighting.

    Victoria Beckham
    (1, 2)

    The Spice formerly know as "Posh". Non-nudes of course, but looking pretty darn good.

    Geri Halliwell
    (1, 2)

    The Spice formerly known as "Ginger", "Sexy" or "Chunky". Showing off her new and improved bod in these non-nudes.

    Estella Warren

    Kelly Harrison
    (1, 2)

    The UK model/actress, and her cleavage.

    Virginia Madsen Baring a bit of breast in a bathtub scene from the original "Candyman" (1992).

    Elpidia Carrillo
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    The Mexican actress appearing topless at age 20 in scenes from "The Honorary Consul" (1983).

    Élodie Bouchez One of the most often nude women in the movies today (excluding hard/softcore of course). She has done about 40 movies since she began her career in 1990, and she's taken off her clothes in at least 15 of those. Today's toplessness and very slight hint of pubes come from "Le Plus bel âge" (1995).

    Sophie Aubry Breast and bum views, also in scenes from "Le Plus bel âge".

    Monica Bellucci The beautiful Italian actress nude in scenes from "Malčna" (2000).

    Rachel Ward A great rare find by Mr. Skin, Rachel Ward topless and baring her bum in scenes from her very first movie, "Night School". A 1981 slasher pic.

    Pat Reeder
    Our comments...

    This first item sounds like a complete suckfest to us...

    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Good luck getting that butt to shrink...

    NEW YORK (Variety) - Jennifer Lopez is set to play the incredible Shrinking woman.
    Columbia Pictures has made an option deal on "Shrink," a comedy based on an Internet comic strip by former Marvel Comics creator-illustrator Rob Liefeld, which will be developed as a cross between "Men in Black" with "Analyze This."

    The comedy deals with a world populated by superheroes who turn to the shrink (Lopez) to unburden. The protagonist was once a superhero herself until a traumatic incident prompted her to shield that power. She finds herself in a love triangle between a villain and virtuous superbeings.

    Columbia hopes to use recognizable Spandex-clad heroes, the way "Shrek" did animated characters, to create a large-canvas comedy with a serious side.

    It's the first project deal Lopez has made at the studio since signing an overall deal there under her Nuyorican banner. She is currently starring in "Enough" for Columbia. "Shrink" is a co-production between Nuyorican and Handprint, with Lopez producing along with Benny Medina, David Guillod, Liefeld and Kevin Messick.

    "Rob came in with five visuals and the pitch, and the studio went for a film, which we hope will kick-start a comic book, TV series, anything we want," Guillod said. "After Jennifer made the Sony deal, we wanted to start with something that could be a gigantic franchise, and this is it."

    >From IMDB. Denise Richards has decided she likes her enlarged butt. Look for her to start having those deep-fried Twinkies flown in from Brooklyn...

    Denise Richards Likes Her Enhanced Butt
    Denise Richards has forgiven producer Brian Grazer for digitally enhancing her backside on posters for her new film--because she's getting complimented on the look. The actress fumed when she first saw posters of her dressed in a tight white catsuit for Undercover Brother, insisting the butt featured on the marketing shots wasn't hers. But now she says, "Brian's a marketing genius. It's a digitally enhanced behind, but I'm getting so many compliments that I've started saying, 'Yeah, that's my behind.'" Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is helping to make light of his fiancee's poster enhancement controversy--he's telling pals it's his backside pasted onto her body.