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"Cuarteto de La Habana"

Cuarteto de La Habana (1999), or Havana Quartet, is a romantic comedy shot mainly in Havana. Ernesto Alterio is a struggling jazz musician in Madrid. His group is refusing to play because he can't pay them, he is about to be evicted, and his girlfriend turns up pregnant. To top it all off, his grandmother dies. He finds a hidden spot in her floor, and discovers letters and a tape from his mother in Havana, so off he goes to find her. On the plane, he meets flight attendant Javier Cámara, who tells him that he is to marry a girl from a very good family in Havana.

When Ernesto arrives at the house, whom should he spot but Cámara, who is engaged to his incredibly hot supposed sister, Laura Ramos. It soon seems clear that nobody is overly concerned with the truth in this house. Cámara has told them he is a pilot, and Ramos is being pushed into marrying him because of his money. That is the same reason Ramos's mother claimed to be Ernesto's mother. They thought he was rich. In actuality, she was his mother's best friend. The attraction between Ramos and Ernesto is obvious, as are the problems between Ramos and Cámara. So, who will marry whom?

We have frequent exposure including full-frontal from the fiery Cuban actress Laura Ramos. It is not the plot that I enjoyed here, but rather the characters and the performances, but I enjoyed it very much. IMDB readers have it at 7.2 of 10. There are no reviews available, and it can only be found on Region 2 DVD. It is one of the more enjoyable romantic comedies I have seen this year. B-.

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  • Laura Ramos (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

    "No te fallaré"

    No te fallaré (2001), or I Won't Let You Down, is based on a popular TV series, kind of a Spanish Beverly Hills 90210, called Compañeros (schoolmates). It is three years after graduation, and the group is still recovering from the emotional damage caused when one of the group jumped off a cliff and missed the water, leaving him severely disabled. The story centers around Valle (Eva Santolaria) who is working as a go-go dancer. Her life gets far too interesting when she kicks a club patron who is fondling her while dancing, and he turns out to be a big Mafia head. She hides with her old sweetheart, Quimi (Antonio Hortelano), but he has a life and a girlfriend, so she ends up with the crooked club owner of the place where she works.

    From there, we have drug double-crosses, murders, lots of chase scenes, and a lot of other noisy jumble. Santolaria shows her breasts in two dark sex scenes. This is only available in Spanish Region 1, but does have subtitles. IMDB readers say 4.9 of 10, which is about the right score. This was obviously made to sell to the fans of the series, and is pretty much teen junk. D. On the plus side, Santolaria is easy on the eyes.

  • Eva Santolaria (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    The Royal Tenenbaums is a bittersweet, highly acclaimed comedy about a dysfunctional Manhattan family of child prodigies and their scheming, manipulative, truth-impaired father. Not for everyone, but if you're one of the people that "gets it", you will think it's one of the best movies you've ever seen.

    • Tatiana Abbey, topless. (1, 2)
    • Gwyneth Paltrow. No nudity, but cute stuff if you're a fan of hers. (1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Incidental nudity. (an anonymous poster)


    Charlie has updated his  French Cinema nudity site. All of his back issues can be found in our archives.

    There are new Naked Encyclopedia volumes for Amanda Plummer, each of the Pfeiffer sisters, and Kembra Pfahler

    Other crap:


    • The greatest hitter of them all is dead at 83. He is virtually one of our lares in the Scoopy household, since he and my dad crossed paths at various times in their lives, mostly related to their mutual love of fishing.

      How good a hitter was Teddy Ballgame? Listen to this - in the year in which Dimaggio had his famous streak, Williams hit better for the entire year than DiMaggio did during the streak (BA, slugging, OBP).  To put it another way - the most revered 56 game tear in baseball history would have been a slump for the Splinter. Now that's good.

    • Naked people run at Pamplona - it's PETA protesting bullfighting.
    • tens of thousands of people get naked together in Chile
    • 64 reasons to hate Attack of the Clones
    • Interesting web site  - the swingin' chicks of the 60's - lots of bio information



    Here are the latest movie reviews available at

    • 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 I inexplicably determined there might be something of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or somebody else besides me)
    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    Kei Mizutani is the Japanese equivalent of Shannon Tweed or Monique Gabrielle: she appeared in a bunch of movies over a six or seven year span and also posed nekkid for a series of books, magazines and calendars. Tuna capped one of her movies, "Sumo Vixens", a few months ago. I stuck the individual frames into theme-based collages. First one has Kei dressed in sumo garb, the second has ber in the shower and the third has her kinda, sorta wrestling. All show Kei's impressive boobs (all the more impressive for the fact that she is Japanese, where all women are beautiful but most stop growing around the age of 12), the second shows bum as well.
    • Kei Mizutani in "Sumo Vixens" (1, 2, 3)

    Also included in today's batch are scans from a couple of Kei's books and from her calendar. Three of the books have the "The Body" somewhere in the title and they tend to throw in some mild fetish stuff with chain- and leather-outfits (links 4-7).

    • Kei Mizutani (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Marianne Denicourt
    (1, 2)

    Topless and frontal nudity in scenes from "Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle)" aka "My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument" (1996).

    Marion Cotillard
    (1, 2, 3)

    Absolutely beautiful topless and frontal nudity in scenes from the French movie "Les Jolies choses" aka "Pretty Things" (2001). Link #2 is my choice for Pic of the Day.

    Mimsy Farmer
    (1, 2, 3)

    Breast expsosure and rear nudity in 1969's "More".

    Patricia Arquette One more look at her nude in scenes from "Human Nature" (2001). Looks like all the really good parts are covered by dirt and/or hair.

    Mia Kirshner A fantastic topless scan of the Canadian actress by ZonononZor. If memory serves, this is from the book "Women Before 10am" by photographer Veronique Vial.

    Michelle Williams The "Dawson's Creek" star topless in bed! Excellent 'caps by nmd from the movie "Me Without You" (2001).

    Margaux Hemingway A collage featuring two topless images, by Desparado.

    Mia Sara
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Despite the fact that she's tried really hard to shake the image, she'll always be known as Ferris Bueller's girlfriend. She even had robo-hooters installed and has done full frontal nudity! But still, to most us she'll always be Sloane Peterson.

    Here are some nude highlights from her career. 'Caps by Jotell and The Night.

  • Link #1...Dark love scene with breast exposure from "The Set-Up" (1995).
  • Link #2...A different scene from "The Set-Up" with better lighting.
  • Link #3...Brief breast nipple sighting in "The Maddening" (1995).
  • Links #4,6,7,8...Topless in "Black Day Blue Night" (1995)
  • Link #5...Full frontal in "Black Day Blue Night"

  • Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Here we go again. Another star develops a case of late-blooming modesty...

    Children's Host Blocks Nude Photos

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Lawyers for a popular children's television hostess stopped a bookstore from auctioning photo negatives of her posing nude.

    The Universal bookstore canceled Thursday's auction of 12 slides showing Xuxa naked after her lawyers warned the images belonged to her and the negatives belonged to the photographer, store manager Roberto Menezes said.

    Menezes said he stopped the auction to avoid further problems.

    The photos were shot by the late photographer Indalecio Wanderley for the now-defunct men's magazine Status-Plus in 1981.

    At the beginning of her career, the 39-year-old Xuxa, whose real name is Maria da Graca Meneghel, posed for several magazines including Brazilian Playboy.

    Xuxa's lawyers also succeeded in banning further exhibitions of an erotic film in which she appeared in the early 1980s.