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"Disappearing Acts" (2000)

Kind of hidden among next Tuesday's DVD releases is an HBO film called Disappearing Acts. I need to make a distinction between direct-to-cable, and made for HBO/Showtime/PBS. Some amazing talent is finding rewarding work with guaranteed distribution creating material for Premium Channels and PBS. That is not so say that direct-to-cable is always junk, but some are there only because they could not get a theatrical release.

Disappearing Acts is a very good Hollywood formula love story, and a little more. The couple, Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan, are mainstream black culture, but from slightly different levels of society. She is educated, teaches music in a public school, and has dreams of becoming a recording star. She is tired of dating yuppie black men, and wants someone who will love her for her. Snipes is a construction worker, separated with two kids, who can't cross the color barrier and get into the union, so works only sporadically. He never graduated from High School, but has dreams of becoming a contractor. Lathan appeals to Snipes immediately, and he succeeds in showing her that he is a very nice man, and totally into her. There are several bumps in the relationship before the happy ending. All this, and it is told from the woman's point of view in a way that most men will "get it."

The story is based on a book by Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale). Terry also produced. Gina Prince (Love and Basketball) directed. DP Tami Reiker did a marvelous job, as did art director Derrick Kardos. Lathan shows her nipples in a dark love scene with Snipes, and has good cleavage and pokies. Frankly, she looks great even fully dressed. IMDB readers say 5.8/10. I enjoyed this film very much. Even though it is made for TV, and tells the story of a black relationship from the woman's point of view, I found it very accessible as a California honkey. The messages are there, and provided a lot of insights, but they didn't get in the way of the love story. I am going to say B-. This is one you can watch with your significant other.

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  • Sanaa Latham (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    The Pledge is the detective film directed by Sean Penn, starring Nicholson. Penn did a great job, but the artistic, depressing,  film struggled at the box office. No nudity.

    The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is a beautifully photographed and poignant movie that won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Picture in 1971. It was directed by Vittorio de Sica. Apart from Orson Welles and Chaplin, De Sica is the only guy I can think of who was both a great actor and a great performer. He acted in 166 movies, and directed 35, including one of the all-time top 100 (The Bicycle Thief). De Sica even went Welles one better, since he acted in multiple languages. Of course, one of the best things about the movie is Dominique Sanda, who challenges even Pfeiffer and Deneuve for pure beauty.

    • Sanda (1, 2)

    Spanish Judges is ... well ... it's a movie with Matthew Lillard as the psycho killer. 'Nuff said. Valeria Golino got naked. She isn't that young, her face isn't great, she can barely speak English, and she doesn't have the most womanly bosom, but nobody stays in better physical condition. She is a hardbody.

    • Golino (1, 2, 3, 4)

    A couple of days ago, Spaz asked if we'd like to see some vidcaps from "Amor estranho Amor" -"Love, Strange Love" (1982). It's an ultra-rare Brazilian movie staring Xuxa Meneghel. Apparently she has been doing her best to keep it banned from US distribution.

    Naturally, we said sure. Here are some details by Spaz:

    Xuxa is Brazil's hottest property since Carmen Miranda and is considered South America's answer to Madonna. She has been a popular children's show hostess since the mid 1980s. Naturally it did not sit well when she posed nude for the December 1982 Brazilian edition of the bunnymag. She also starred in the Brazilian soft-porn movie "Love, Strange Love" (1982) which involved her in various states of undress. She tried to launch an English language version of her children show in the US in 1993 but the show was cancelled due to low ratings.

    Notes about the movie, and the reason for banning distribution:

    Xuxa's best nudity occurs when she is seducing an 11 year old boy! Since we would like to keep bringing the Fun House to you everyday, instead of sitting in jail with a new friend named "Bubba", you won't see those. But we can show you the tame pics, and we'll gladly tell you about the other scenes....

  • The popular children's TV show host has scenes an 11 year old feeling her up.
  • and...A scene with her completely nekkid, in bed, seducing the little guy.
  • Spaz also mentioned a scene with Vera Fischer in sex scene with the 11-year (she plays his mom!) at the end of the movie (after bitch-slapping Xuxa for trying to seduce him).
  • In another scene, the boy imagines himself humping a prostitute.


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  • Xuxa Meneghel (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

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  • Vera Fischer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

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    Eleonora Bose
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    Another addition to Blackshine's never ending collection of fashion images. This model is a little too skanky for my tastes, but hey, whatever works for ya!

    Carmen Electra
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    HOT new scans by NMD from the July edition of FHM (UK).

    Here's the breakdown:

  • Great bum views...links #1 and #3
  • Topless...links #3 and #4
  • partial topless...links #1 and #5

  • Brittany Murphy
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    Non-nudes, but VERY hot. I'm not sure of the source, or even who to credit for these, but I will recommend them highly if your a fan of the young actress.

    Eva Herzigova Another fabulous collage by Pi. (with and without breast exposure)

    Dina Spybey
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    Pandora Peaks

    Topless strippers in scenes from "Striptease" (1996), by Penman.

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  • These individual quotes were reportedly taken from actual employee performance evaluations in a large US Corporation.

    (1) "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom.....and has started to dig."
    (2) "His men would follow him anywhere...but only out of morbid curiosity."
    (3) "I would not allow this employee to breed."
    (4) "This employee is really not so much of a 'has-been', but more of a definite 'won't be'."
    (5) "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap."
    (6) "When she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet."
    (7) "He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle."
    (8) "This young lady has delusions of adequacy."
    (9) "He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them."
    (10) "This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."
    (11) "This employee should go far, ..... and the sooner he starts, the better."
    (12) "Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together."
    (13) "A gross ignoramus - 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus."
    (14) "He certainly takes a long time to make his pointless."
    (15) "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
    (16) "I would like to go hunting with him sometime."
    (17) "He's been working with glue too much."
    (18) "He would argue with a signpost."
    (19) "He has a knack for making strangers immediately."
    (20) "He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."
    (21) "When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell."
    (22) "If you see two people talking and one looks bored, ... he's the other one."
    (23) "A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on."
    (24) "A prime candidate for natural de-selection."
    (25) "Donated his brain to science before he was done using it."
    (26) "Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming."
    (27) "Has two brains: one is lost and the other is out looking for it."
    (28) "If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week."
    (29) "If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change."
    (30) "If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the oceans."
    (31) "It's hard to believe that he beat 1,000,000 other sperm to the egg."
    (32) "One neuron short of a synapse."
    (33) "Some drink from the fountain of knowledge;.....he only gargled."
    (34) "Takes him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes."
    (35) "The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."

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