"The Hot Spot", (1990) from
What more is there to
say about The Hot Spot? It must be the most
capped movie in history, attributable solely to
one beautiful close-up scene of Jennifer Connelly
topless in bright sunlight. It is certainly not
common to see someone so young, so famous, and so
perfectly formed in such perfect clarity. Bravo
to Jen for preserving the memory for all of us.
Can you believe that this movie is now a decade
old, and Jen is becoming a senior citizen before
our very eyes? Hold on to your seat for this next
sentence. She turns 30 this year.
Don Johnson was well
cast as an egocentric, thoughtless, and dishonest
man. The part called for a cold man whose heart
was touched by the innate beauty and innocence of
the Connelly character, even if things can't
really work out between them. Johnson had the
cold part down to a T. I'm not so sure he sold me
in the part where his heart is supposed to melt.
To me, it all seemed like just another scheme. It
doesn't seen that Johnson is very effective when
warmth is required. Let's just say that when he
enters a room the mongooses start to fidget.
The other woman in
today's group is Debra Cole, now a top morning DJ
in Texas. You have to give her credit. It must be
intimidating to be photographed topless next to
Connelly's world championship bosom, but Debra
held her own and looked good in her own right.
Not that anybody was looking at her.
I'll have Virginia
Madsen tomorrow. There's quite a bit of Madsen
material, and it needs a lot of massaging, so I
couldn't get it done for today's edition.
Debra Cole (1,
Jennifer Connelly (1,
Lesbos" from Tuna
Vampyros Lesbos has been
discussed extensively by Scoopy then Mongoose. I
tried to find some frames that weren't covered by
them. I don't remember them discussing an odd bit
of symbolism a moth in a fishing net and a
scorpion. The scorpion represented the Vampire,
and the moth, her victim (who was drawn to her
like a moth to a flame). I also don't recall them
explaining why this DVD edition is dubbed in
German. At any rate, it has the slow pace of a
Rollin, and is about Lesbian Vampires, but does
not have the lighting, color or photography of a
Rollin. It was set in a city I have spent time in
- Istanbul - and it is always noce to recognize
locations in a film.
Thumbnials Ewa Stromberg (1,
10, 11, 12, 13) Miranda Kussin (1,
Salo is the crudest and
most pointless film ever made. Don't let the fact
that this out-of-print film was done by Criterion
to fool you into thinking it is some great
masterpiece. It is meant to attack the fascist in
WW2 by showing just how evil they were, and how
thoroughly you can demoralize the human spirit.
Eight young boys and eight young girls are
captured and taken to a mansion where they are
used as sex toys by a group of Facists. A hooker
tells erotic stories while another plays piano,
and the men grab a young boy or young girl
anytime they feel like it, and perform every
depraved act I know the name of, and some I
don't. I have no idea who any of the eight young
actors are, but if seeing these images satisfies
your curiosity about this film, I have done a
Someone at IMDB called
it brilliant because it is so thoroughly
disgusting, and all of us should enjoy that
experience. I don't agree.
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10, 11, 12)
collages from GR
GR has three classics
for us today.
Carol Kane, who later
became famous as Latka's wife on Taxi, with her
perfect impersonation of Andy Kaufman's idiolect.
She is seen here in The Last Detail, a pretty
decent but largely forgotten Jack Nicholson flick
about two Shore Patrolman who take a naive young
sailor to begin a long stretch in military prison
for a petty crime.
Barbara Hershey in
Boxcar Bertha. I think these are probably the
best looks at the beautiful Hershey when she was
still young and ripe. GR did a heck of a job on
this collage because I don't think the movie is
available on DVD yet, and he got some large and
Morgan Fairchild, dream
date of Jon Lovitz when he played The Liar, in
"The Seduction". Yeah, that's the
Carol Kane Barbara Hershey Morgan Fairchild