"Fruits of Passion"
Fruits of Passion (1981) was one of my earlier projects. This is what I said at the time.
"It appears to be a forgotten film. There are no reviews anywhere on the net that I could find, and there are only 13 votes at IMDB. Directed by noted Japanese director Shuji Terayama, it is a sequel to the Story of O and stars Klaus Kinsky as Sir Stephan, Isabelle Illiers in her debut as "O" and Arielle Dombastle as another of Sir Stephan's girlfriends. O is taken to Hong Kong and made to work in a brothel as the next step in her education. Meanwhile, the Boxer Rebellion is starting around her, and Stephan is ignoring her more and more. As I am recommending this one, especially in light of the recently released DVD version, I won't write a spoiler.
"This film has less discipline and S & M than the first O story, and is mostly about submission with a little bondage thrown in. The locations are spectacular (which is the main reason I threw in the unknowns), and the photography creates some memorable images. The acting is good, the pace could have been a little faster, and the plot is a little thin, but this is erotica we are talking about with major stars. Anchor Bay did a good job on the DVD transfer, and included a mini-bio of Kinsky."
A few more have discovered it since my last writing, but the reviews now listed at IMDB are not favorable. The current rating is 5.4 based on 35 votes. The story isn't as good as I thought the first time through, but the imagery and nudity were even better than I remembered. This film is a C as erotica, but would be lower as a drama.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
Intacto is a European production which will soon
be remade by an American studio, in the tradition of other
innovative recent European films like Abre Los Ojos (remade as
Vanilla Sky) and Insomnia (remade as Insomnia).
Intacto takes place in its own universe, which is very similar to
ours except that luck doesn't even out over the long run. Luck is a
spiritual and physical commodity, like a special talent, or seventh
sense. It is a quality we possess, like intelligence. People who are
exceptionally lucky are always lucky, just as an intelligent person
today will still be intelligent tomorrow. The only time the luck of
the gifted fails them is when they are matched against someone who
has even more luck, in a situation in which only one of them can
win. The theology of chance also includes these credos: (1)
someone's luck can be changed by physical touch (2) very gifted
people may steal all of another's luck.
A luck cult exists.
The luckiest people in the world meet to test themselves against
each other in contests of pure chance. For example, at the entry
level of the luck competitions, three people sit in a room with
molasses on their hair, and the winner is the one who attracts a
giant insect to his or her head. At an intermediate level, people
run through a forest blindfolded, going as fast as they can until
all but one have run into trees. At the highest level of
competition, two people play Russian Roulette with five bullets in
the six chambers. The stakes of these games range from
personal possessions at the lowest levels, to the stolen luck of other
people in the mid-levels, all the way to "everything" in the Russian
Roulette game. If you lose that last test, you lose your life, your
possessions, and whatever else you wager, like the luck of a loved
The cult of luck includes people like a
bullfighter who never received a single scratch in a long career.
The master of luck, the "fucking king of fate" as another character
says, is a concentration camp survivor (Max Von Sydow) who was the
one and only Jew left alive when the allies overran his camp. If his
luck needed to be attested further, one need only look at his
octogenarian life despite a long history of playing the five bullet
version of Russian Roulette, in which he always goes first. Since
he keeps winning other people's luck, he just keeps getting luckier
Four decades after The Seventh Seal, Van Sydow is still playing with
Death, still winning.
The entire cult of
luck is aware of Van Sydow's undefeated record, and few are
confident enough to challenge him to a face-to-face Death Game, but
some others in the cult take
on a scouting role - remaining eternally vigilant in the search for
a protege - a prospective newcomer who might be introduced to the
cult, and might some day become the new king of destiny, splitting the proceeds with
the scout who discovered him. One scout thinks he has the right man,
the sole survivor of an airline crash who walked away virtually
unharmed despite the fact that everyone else aboard was fried to a
crisp. (It sounds a lot like Unbreakable at this point, but the
connection is merely superficial.)
The storyline of
the movie traces the intersecting destinies of the newcomer and the
"fucking king of fate", during which time the young man rises through the gaming
ranks in pursuit of the king, while he himself is pursued by an
intrepid policewoman, and perhaps betrayed by his own scout.
How will it end? This is a movie worth seeing,
so you'll get no more hints from me. I don't often like strange
films, but this one impressed the hell out of me, and I hope
Hollywood does it justice on the remake.
hope Van Sydow lives long enough to reprise his role for Hollywood,
because he maximized the impact of his limited screen time by
turning in one of the most remarkable performances of his already
impressive career. He is one of the most adaptable actors around. As
he has aged, he's done whatever was necessary to stay at the top of
his profession, never repeating or trying to recapture what he used
to do when he was young, but constantly reinventing himself at a new
stage, as if he were not one man, but several who shared the same
body at different times.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+. Will you like it? Look at the description above,
and be aware that it is spooky and ethereal, and is a very arty
and peculiar movie which takes place in an alternate universe, like David
Cronenberg's Crash. It is mostly in Spanish, although French and
English are also spoken from time to time. It is humorless. Most of you have lost
interest by now. Are you still interested? If so, you are going
to love it, because it is unique and, in many ways, a somber masterpiece of startling
originality, and the game playing is a
fitting postmodern equivalent to Van Sydow's chess game with
death in The Seventh Seal.
Sangre Eterna (2002):
"Eternal Blood" is a role-playing game, kind of a vampire version
of Dungeons and Dragons, which is played by the Goths in the
university at Santiago, Chile.
We see many vampirical things happen, but those turn out to be
adventures spun by the players during the game. Then one of the
Goths begins to suspect that his colleagues are not just a bunch of
kids who fantasize about being vampires. He secretly witnesses some
events which lead him to suspect that some of the players really are
vampires. Fearing for his life, he steels himself for battle against
the forces of darkness, and starts killing his friends, or at least
So the mystery, such as it is, is this:
1. Is he killing vampires, or is he a deeply deluded druggie
killing his friends?
2. Did any of the vampire adventures actually happen, or were
they simply more visualizations of events created within the game?
I know that I , for one, didn't care about either question..
This Chilean genre film is not especially interesting, but it
does try to conceive of some new vampire mythology, and this leads
to some pretty cool splatter scenes. For example, the vampires don't
bite one's neck. They pull off one's head with their super-strength,
then hold the head aloft and drink from the dripping blood.
You have a choice of Spanish with English subtitles or English
dubbing. Neither is adequate. The English dubbed dialogue is more
accurate and flavorful, but the actual dubbing is incompetently
performed by non-actors. The subtitled English, on the other hand,
is a watered-down version of what they are actually saying. The most
fun can be had by watching it dubbed in English with English
subtitles, because its like watching a Tarantino film translated
into Disneyspeak. A character will say something like, "that's
totally fucked", and the subtitles will say something like, "gosh,
that isn't good".
It's a classic C- movie by our rating system. If you like vampire
films, this adds some new concepts with some interesting
visualizations. If you don't like vampire genre films, it's another
one with some heavy-handed rapid editing and an oppressive heavy
metal score, in which the creative visuals don't offer enough of
what you are looking for in a film. Plus you either have to watch it
in Spanish or poorly-dubbed English.
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.
First up, Graphic gives us a very detailed look at Kristn Davis in bed from Sunday night's season premier of "Sex and the City". After reviewing the 'caps, I agree with Graphic, like just a shadow, and not any kind of nip slip.
Getting back to the collages...here are scenes from the 80's classic, "The Beastmaster".
- Kristin Davis thumbnail previews
- Kristin Davis
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
|Topless and full frontal scenes in scenes from the Spanish movie "Salomé" (2002).
||Topless in scenes from "Igby Goes Down".
|Toplessness, frontal and rear nudity from the Tino Brass movie "Senso '45" (2002).
|Topless in scenes from "Milou en mai" (1989).
||Brief breast view from "Marion et son tuteur" (2000).
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"The Notorious Cleopatra"
Basically, this 1970 sexplotation movie tells the story of Antony and Cleopatra, pretty much as you've always heard it. The difference in this version is they left in the nudity and sex, not a bad thing to leave in. :-)
More fun than the history channel!
|Señor Skin 'caps from a Euro-version of the movie "Jade" (1995). Check out link #4 for a brief, open leg shot with plenty of bush.
||Gorgeous toplessness in a scene from the HBO series "The Wire".
||Thanks to Gman for these 'caps of Cox looking hot in a bikini from the long awaited Mr. Show movie "Run Ronnie Run!". For the Mr. Show fans, look for the feature to come out on DVD September 16 and the complete 3rd season on August 26.
|The Canadian "punk" pop starlet showing some carpenter crack at the Much Music awards.
|The Italian actress shows breasts, bum and bush in more scenes from the Tinto Brass movie "Senso '45" (2002).
In yesterday's Fun House you mentioned Justine Bateman as "finally" getting topless. However, I'm positive she appeared topless in a cable TV movie a few years ago called "Another Woman".
I have never heard of that nude scene, and no other sources mention it either.
1. It is not listed as a Bateman nude scene in The Bare Facts
2. It is not mentioned in any of the Bateman articles in the back issues of Celebrity Sleuth
3. It is not listed in the Bateman skin scenes on Mr Skin's site, and there are no caps from this film on that site or any other celeb site that I checked.
4. It is not listed on the Celebrity Nudity Database site.
I would have ordered the tape, but the movie is not available anywhere, at least not so far as I can see, so I guess we may have a long wait to see those scenes.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
BAGHDAD BOB (POSSIBLY) CAPTURED
What Roadblock? - The London Daily Mirror reports that Iraq's Information
Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, better known as Baghdad Bob or Comical
Ali, was captured at a roadblock in Baghdad. An anonymous coalition source
said, "He has some serious talking to do...this time." There was no other
confirmation of the story.
Well, Baghdad Bob confirmed it, but nobody believed him.
He's being questioned by Americans in Baghdad, but all he'll tell them
is that there ARE no Americans in Baghdad.
Just in time: Bush needs a new spokesman!
DO-IT-YOURSELF FUNERALS AT HOME
Weekend At Bernie's 3 - Jeri Lyons of Sebastopol, California, has a
non-profit group called Final Passages that helps give people a cheaper
alternative to funerals, so you don't burden your family. She teaches
seminars on how to hold a funeral at home, including the legalities of
transporting a corpse home from a morgue, how to bathe a corpse, how to
build a coffin, and how to keep a body cool. Tip: if the body will be at
home for over 24 hours, you'll probably need to keep it on ice, although
some people have improvised and used frozen vegetables.
It's also a great way to defrost them for the wake.
If you have a big backyard barbecue, you can cook the vegetables and do
the cremation at the same time.
This is LESS of a burden?!
In bathing a corpse, lesson one is "Don't use the jacuzzi."
If you can't afford to build a coffin, try duct tape and two Hefty bags.
LACK OF NUDE BALLET DANCERS IS FALSE ADVERTISING
Schwantz Lake - Britain's Advertising Standards Authority upheld a
complaint by an anonymous ticket buyer who was upset that the visiting
Phoenix Dance Theater performed in clothes. Their poster featured an arty
shot of a male and female dancer leaping through the air nude. The ASA
ruled that the ad was misleading, and people who saw it were likely to
expect to see naked dancers.
So now the dancers have to perform naked.
That explains why a ballet performance was standing room only.
They were also mislead by the headline: "Come See Our 'Coppelia!'"
If male ballet dancers had to leap around nude, every show
would be "The Nutcracker."
PLAYBOY PLAYMATES REFLECT THE ECONOMY
Men Are So Practical! - Psychologists at Mercyhurst College in Erie,
Pennsylvania, studied Playboy Playmates of the Year from 1960 to 2000, to
see if there's a link between economic conditions and the women readers
prefer. They found that when there's a bull market and times are good, men
go for softer, more vulnerable women they could have fun with. But when
times are hard, they like strong-looking women, perhaps because they want
someone who can take care of them and herself. For instance, in 1993, one
of the worst years for the economy, the Playmate of the Year was big-boned
Anna Nicole Smith.
She can take care of herself, all right...She can lasso a billionaire
and smother him to death.
For Anna Nicole, the next decade was a period of severe inflation.
When times are bad, men want a woman who's already paid for her own
Men want softer women during a bull market because soft women will take
This sounds like a feeble excuse for a bunch of dweeb researchers to get
paid to look at naked women.
SNOOP DUMPS WILD WHITE GIRLS
As Long As The Money's Green - Rapper Snoop Dogg announced that he will not
host any more "Girls Gone Wild" videos -- not because the owners are in
legal trouble, but because they have only white girls, "and that...ain't
cool, because white girls ain't the only ho's that get wild." Snoop said
black women are "complaining to me like crazy" because they think he likes
the white girls, but "I don't, I just did that for the money." Snoop says
he plans to start his own similar series, to "bring some flava to the
It's nice to know that he respects all girls equally.
It's about time someone gave black girls the chance to prove that they,
too, can be wild, drunken ho's!
As part of the Supreme Court's new affirmative action ruling, at least
15 percent of all drunken college coeds must be black.
SPIKE JONES JR. WHACKS SPIKE LEE
Feedlebaum TV - Spike Jones Jr., son of the famous comedy bandleader, filed
papers opposing Spike Lee's attempts to prevent TNN from renaming itself
"Spike TV," and saying it's "frightening" that Lee claims he's the sole
owner of the name "Spike." He's working on a movie about his dad and wants
to call it "Spike."
Spike will spike that.
He could call it "Jones"...Nobody else has that name.
Spike Jones Jr. should sue Spike Lee for using rap in his movies,
because his dad invented the idea of crossing music with gunfire.