"Cut and Run"
Cut and Run (1983) -- In Aerospace, we used to say that a camel was just a horse designed by committee. That also goes a long way towards explaining what is wrong with this film. The producer, Alessandro Fracassi, wanted director Ruggero Deodato to do a sequel to his box office smash, Cannibal Holocaust. Deodato wanted to make something more like a documentary on Amazonia. One of the writers was trying to create a character driven drama, while the other writer was after an action thriller. Much of the plot and many of the characters still have me puzzled, but this is what I was able to piece together.
A Toxic Avenger clone is attacking and killing drug manufacturers with the help of some natives. An ex army guy, who supposedly died at Jonestown, is cornering the world drug market. This is somehow supposed to get even with the world for not understanding Rev. Jones. A reporter and her photographer friend cover a drug related massacre in Miami, and find a lead to the ex Jones-ite, and none other than the long lost son of their boss. We never do find out why the kid is there, but we do know he isn't happy. At any rate, the kid has one friend, a female who also is working for the gang against her will. It is into this jumble that the reporter and her friend fly.
Valentina Forte, as the one ice woman in the gang, is seen topless during a rape scene, and then naked afterward in the shower. There may or may not be a glimpse of her bush as she takes of her skirt. Several unknown natives, cadavers and strippers show body parts over the course of the film. IMDB readers have it at 5.3 of 10. This is a terrible film which would need years of therapy to find its identity. C-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
If I tell you that this is a movie about an angry champion
topless lesbian boxer, you'd form a certain concept of what it is
Let me add some more sensational
details. A father and his 18 year old daughter seem to have an
unhealthy bond, which is challenged by a new love in the dad's life.
The daughter resents the woman so much that she punches her in the
face. Unfortunately for the daughter, she has punched the sister of
the angry lesbian boxing champion. Eventually, the two violent women
set at one another.
The story arc is set. Have you formed your idea of
a lurid grade-B orgy of tits and violence?
You're wrong. It kinda starts out in that direction, but does a
complete about face.
In fact, it is a sensitive and well-written
comedy/drama which is beautifully acted, and resembles no movie more
than American Beauty. In crazy sensationalist films, people start
out in natural situations and become crazy as the movie progresses.
In this film, everyone starts out a little crazy and one
dimensional, but each character reveals more and more humanity as
the story develops.
I actually liked this modestly budget Canadian
One thing about the film is very uncomfortable.
The director of the film, a former newspaper columnist named Guy
Bennett, directed a spread-eagle nude scene which featured his own
daughter, Sonja Bennett. This not be comfortable under any
circumstances, but in this case it is a mirror of a scene in the
film, in which the daughter, jealous of her dad's lover, pretends to
be concerned with a lump in her breast, and asks her doctor father
to look at it. He doesn't want to, but he gives in because she is
acting scared and she's his little girl. In other words, it is a
film about a father doing an inappropriate pseudo-sexual thing with
his daughter, filmed by a father who in the very act of filming it
did an inappropriate pseudo-sexual thing with his daughter. In the
film, the father tells his girlfriend what had happened and she says
I tend to have the same reaction to him filming his daughter's
spread shot. Bennett justifies it in the commentary by saying that
he wasn't in the room and was watching in another room on a very low
resolution monitor, He therefore misses the point that your average
director wouldn't insert a spread-shot in any sensitive film about a
troubled teen, let alone one which featured his own daughter opening
Even more so because he thinks being in the other
room makes it OK. A little less creepy, yes, but not uncreepy. It
reduced it from 100 on the creepy scale down to about 90.
Of course, I took a good look, so who am I to talk?
Oh, did I mention that he also wrote the script as
well as directed? Do you think a lot of this film came out of his
Oh, well, Guy and Sonja Bennett have to work out their own
issues. Their film came out fine, if an unusual blend of
sensationalism and sensitivity.
You have to love the fact that it was partially funded by
Telefilm Canada. Normally when national film boards spend their
taxpayers money on projects, they try for projects with an artistic
pedigree and an intimate connection to their national heritage -
Peter Greenaway's The Tempest and Tarkowsky's Andrei Rublev come to
mind. Canada says to hell with that arty crap and funds a topless
lesbian boxer movie. Canadians, you can feel that your taxes are
being spent wisely, because this is, in fact, the Citizen Kane of topless
lesbian boxer movies. In fact, it is pretty good for any kind of movie.
- Sonja Bennett (1,
- Meredith McGeachie(1,
- Kathryn Kirkpatrick. (1,
3) (Note: those of you who wrote in to
complain about our pictures of Kathy Bates are advised to avoid
Ms. Kirkpatrick. In a world full of this woman, Kathy Bates would
be their Michelle Pfeiffer.)
- unknowns (1,
Report: Drugs, violence marred Kennedy-Bessette marriage.
How long will you live. Lifeline calculator. Damn new-fangled
stuff. In my day we had old gypsy crones to do this and, by God,
that was plenty good enough for us.
Eminem, who earned 21 million last year, was hailed as the saviour
of modern poetry by one of the world's greatest poets. Seamus
Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature, said the rap
phenomenon arouses interest in poetry in the way Bob Dylan and
John Lennon had in the 1960s and 70s.
Nabbed Buying Potter Book: "CIA agents secretly nabbed Saddam
Hussein at midnight last Friday while the former Iraqi dictator
was waiting in line at a Topeka, Kan., Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Saddam was waiting to buy the just-released Harry Potter book, the
spy agency revealed today."
Break out your Dead Pool entries one more time. Buddy Hackett is
The Hulk - Size Doesn't Matter
Steven Hawking runs over Jim Carrey's foot. Amazingly, The
Prof and The Mask are good friends.
Where Are the WMD? The Winners Are . . . (washingtonpost.com
BBC poll determines the "worst film accent'. Amazingly, Dick
Van Dyke did NOT win for Mary Poppins - he finished second.
College English professor suspended for requiring a story by James
- 'My Wild,
Partying Days Are Behind Me' by Dick Cheney
OJ finds the real killer, says Weekly World News: "AFTER years
of intense, behind-the-scenes detective work, insiders predict O.J.
Simpson is close to revealing who really killed Nicole Brown
Simpson and Ronald Goldman. "
Carson Daly responds to his roast: "I thought I was a nice
guy, but I've come to realize I'm just a big douche bag". Wow,
it's amazing to see a man with such self awareness. Other famous
douchebags, like Al Gore and Hugh Grant, don't seem aware of it at
team to seek reversal of American Idol vote at Supreme Court
to sell dead Iraqis as souvenirs
President to wear flight suit at all public functions
Nader considering another try at White House in 2004,
Oregon's medical marijuana program is running such a big financial
surplus that it is cutting fees charged to patients who want to
smoke pot to ease their pain.
Thurmond Obituary: STROM THURMOND MURDERED BY SHOCK OF SUPREME
COURT INTEGRATIONIST SODOMY RULING: President Decries Judicial
Slaying of Hero Senator
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
Dear Uncle Scoopy, I doubt that anyone cares much, but “unknown
1” in your caps from Stripteaser 2
(the dancer wearing the white mask) is Elena
Sahagun, in a scene from a 1990 movie called Naked
Scoop's note: Wow! So even more
footage in that film borrowed from elsewhere! (See the other
details in yesterday's edition.)
Hey Scoop, I found a used video of Hard Drive (aka Enter Delilah
- play on words). One of the actresses, who was just in a dream
sequence in this movie, was Melanie Moore. Not to be confused with
Melissa Moore, who was in the Sorority House slasher movies, as well
as Angel Fist. I was surprised to see that Melanie Moore has over
180 movies listed in the IMDB, most of them porn. She must hold
some kind of record. What I found interesting was the non-porn
movies listed, like Lady in Red, Return to Melrose Place, Lethal
Lolita (Amy Fisher Bio/Doc), Adventures of the Neutron Man, Mystery
Date, Student Nurses, I Want a Divorce, W.A.S.P, Arsenal of Fear,
and possibly more where the title could be taken two ways. Julie
Strain only has 93 entries. Shannon Tweed is a lightweight with
68. I found this to be pretty amazing.
Scoop, the August issue of Playboy includes a black-and-white
photo of Patricia Heaton in a see-through black sweater at an event
spring. I am not asking for a posting of said photo because of its
appearance in the bunny mag, but if anyone has any color photos of
Patricial in this outfit, please. There apparently are several on
WireImage, so they're out there.
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.
- Justine Bateman and her much talked about topless scene in last week's episode of the Showtime series "Out of Order".
- Courteney Cox, very brief partial exposure as the "Friends" star gets groped and has her breast kissed in scenes from "The Runner" (1999).
- Ţrúđur Vilhjálmsdóttir full frontal nudity the Iclandic movie "101 Reykjavík" (2000).
- Victoria Abril, full frontal and full dorsal nudity, also from "101 Reykjavík".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
|Brainscan's Holiday Heffers
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
Getting ready for the 4th with with a few former Hef-mates...
First up, Julia Schultz in Tomcats, clothed...just barely... and looking better than any woman except one who adores me has any right to look. Julia plays the love interest of a confirmed bachelor who eventually falls for Shannon Elizabeth. I, myself, would have taken Julia. The header to these frames is from the funniest part of this disappointing movie. Julia is messing around real close to our hero's privates when she asks him to say the "three magic words." He assumes those would be "I love you" and beats a hasty retreat. Shee-it, if Julia's face was near my privates I'd recite the Declaration of Independence... backwards, if necessary. Of course, the three words she wants to hear from the nimrod is "Suck my cock." And as the door to her escape elevator closes she gives him the one-finger salute.
Asshole deserved it, too.
Next up is Katie Lohmann in Tomcats and in Embrace the Darkness 2.
In Tomcats she plays a centerfold model come to life as our hero spanks his monkey in a sperm-donation clinic. Katie's image soons turns into Shannon Elizabeth's and as a result the male personage is able to donate several cups full of precious bodily fluids. Katie shows lots o' cleavage in this movie but nothing really vital.
Not so in Embrace. There she shows off her man-made mighty-fines, does the full-frontal tango and does the gyno-cam dance. Nothing left to the imagination, for which we are all thankful.
- Katie Lohmann in "Tomcats"
- Katie Lohmann in "Embrace the Darkness 2"
- Kimber West plays the part of a waitress dressed as a french maid in Dish Dogs. Not a lot of exposure but good gawd, the woman is a beauty.
Shannon Tweed is a commando of sorts in Shadow Warriors 2. The people who made this film watched too many Ah-nold movies whilst puffing on the crack pipe. They managed to combine elements of Commando (damsel in distress, held by mercenaries, only in this case the damsel is plural and is played by a team of gymnasts... some of whom are guys but should properly be thought of as damsels anyway) and Predator (team of commandos to the rescue including one who fires a chaingun and another who is played by Carl Weathers). The result is truly, mind-bogglingly awful. But Shannon shows off her aging but still righteous hooties in a sport-humpin scene and gives us a major pokie scene a while later.
Last up is Stella Stevens in Troma Production's Monster in the Closet.
Stella must have been fifty when she gave up the top goodies in a very long shower scene, but she looked passably good anyway.
The movie, I should add, was a mess even by Troma's usual standards.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Hable con ella" aka "Talk to her"
This Spainish film by Pedro Almodóvar won the 2002 Gold Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Understandable, because it's a great drama, although a little slow in parts. In Spanish, with English sub-titles.
A week after meeting and falling in love with a young woman, a male nurse becomes her caretaker after she's left in a coma following a car accident. Four years later, he befriends another man who is trying to cope with the goring of his bullfighter girlfriend, which has also left her in a coma. Very well done, with an interesting and unexpected ending.
The black and white collage is of a silent movie shown in the film. Most of the nudity (except the full-length shot) is simulated, but it's one of the stranger sequences I've ever seen, so I had to cap it.
First up, toplessness in scenes from the Spanish comedy "Cha-cha-chá" (1998).
Next up, scenes from "100 Girls" (2000).
And finally, from "200 Cigarettes" (1999)
|An awesome 70's flashback with Carter looking amazing as Wonder Woman! Great cleavage and legs in 'caps by Bully.
|Very nice toplessness in scenes from "Radical Jack" (2000), starring the king of mullets, Billy Ray Cyrus. 'Caps by Señor Skin.