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"Die Hard" (1988)

After uploading last night, I was checking the Tuna archives, and found I had never capped the brief exposure from Cheryl Baker as the young woman who is trying to find an empty room to give her boyfriend his Xmas present. This is the only female exposure in the trilogy. Many scenes such as this were added to put some "joy" into a terrorist film, which is hard to do. The director thought it important to not wear the audience out until the end when things actually do get very tense. I am not the only one to like this film, as it is rated 7.9/10 at IMDB, making it #129 of all time. Any other year, this film would have won several Oscars, but was up against:

The Accidental Tourist
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Rain Man
Dangerous Liaisons
Mississippi Burning
The Accused
Working Girl
Stand and Deliver
A Cry in the Dark
Gorillas in the Mist
A Fish Called Wanda
Married to the Mob
Running on Empty
The Last Temptation of Christ
Bull Durham
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Tequila Sunrise
Coming to America
The Milagro Beanfield War

With this competition, three nominations is not bad. I have to rate this A-. It is technically very good, and, because it downplays the violence for most of the film, has tremendous cross-over appeal.

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  • Cheryl Baker (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986)

    Little Shop of Horrors (1986) was based on a Broadway show, which was in turn based on perhaps Roger Corman's best known film of the same name from 1960. After reading the comments by Whyscan last night, I took another look through my archive, and didn't see the nipple slips he was talking about, but went to the DVD, and found several frames of Ellen Greene on the ground in her wedding dress that seem to have one, then the other nipple exposed. While I was at it, I added a few more images, gave my old ones a much-needed facelift, and added a few more images of the amazing anamatrons used as Audrey II in the film. Granted, some if the film is just plain stoopid, but it has enough brilliant moments to more than make up for it. My personal favorite is when Audrey convinces Seymore to murder the dentist, and sings, "That guy sure looks like plant food to me."

    Maltin says 2 1/2, Ebert says 3 1/2, despite the cleavage from Greene, Berardinelli says 3 1/2 as well, and IMDB readers agree more with Maltin at 6.3/10. I say B-, a good enough musical with crossover appeal due to a love story, a horror element, a history (the Corman Version), great puppeteering, and lots of humor. B-.

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  • Ellen Greene (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
  • AudreyII (1, 2, 3, 4)

    "Girl On a Motorcycle" (1968)

    Girl On a Motorcycle (1968) stars 60's rock icon and Mick Jagger cronie Marianne Faithfull as a young woman, newly married to a teacher in France, with a lover in Heilderberg, Germany. According to the director, who fancies himself a modern James Joyce, the film is a stream of consciousness by Failthfull as she rides her motorcycle to visit her lover. She never actually rides a motorcycle. Whenever her face is in frame, she is sitting on a prop, with a projection behind her of the moving countryside. She shows breasts and buns a few times, some of which are definitely hers, and possibly full-frontal, but mostly in very dark and grainy scenes. Most of the film is voice-over, flashbacks, and bizarre psychedelic effects that the director is very proud of.

    I strongly suggest you pass on this one. Even if the DVD quality were at least as good as a bad VHS, the film has very little for anyone. Maltin says 1 1/2 stars, IMDB readers say 3.9/10, and I say D-.

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  • Marianne Faithfull (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    After watching The Hotel New Hampshire yesterday, I thought it was about time to revisit the Kinski nudefest, Cat People, which rivals Sirens for pure celeb nudity quotient. It is as well photographed as Sirens, from an artistic viewpoint. Unfortunately, it isn't as brightly lit!

    The most controversial footage stayed on the cutting room floor. Both director Paul Schrader and star Nastassia Kinski said that he shot some open beaver shots of her on the set (he threatened to use them when she dumped him as a lover!). After a stern lecture from his producer, Schrader didn't get anything blatant in the final cut, but he did manage to sneak in a passing beaver shot, almost invisible because of the darkness and motion blur. It is included below. It looks like crap because I've  manipulated it so much to show you what is really in the shot.

    Because of the disputes with management, the irresponsibility of the shooting schedule, the profusion of coke on the set, and the box office failure of the film, this picture just about ended Schrader's studio career, although he was considered one of the best screenwriters around. (He wrote three of Scorsese's top films). Like Bogdanovich and other Hollywood exiles, he's still around doing made-for-cable and minor stuff like that. Last year, he directed Forever Mine, that Gretchen Mol fluff piece with Shakespeare and Ray Liotta.

    I had been saving these puppies for the next time one of the uber-cappers sent in some images of Japanese actresses...

    Not a classic beauty but damn, boys, what a bod.

  • Kei Mizutani (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Blackshine
    From Andreas H. Bitesnich's new book "Woman". Mostly unknown models, but oh my are these ladies gorgeous (and nude!).

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  • Various models from "Woman"
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)

  • Whyscan's Revenge, Part 2
    First up...brand new paparazzi pics of two "Hollyoaks" girls. #1 and #2 have both ladies topless.

  • Joanna Taylor and Danielle Brent (1, 2, 3)

    A nice variety of Sarah Michelle Gellar scans from assorted sources (including the August issue of FHM) and artists (thanks to nmd and Proteus).

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  • Buffy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

  • Penman
    Kristin Davis See-thru nipple sighting from "Sex and the City".

    Cynthia Nixon
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    A variety of exposed breast 'caps from the second season of "Sex and the City"

    Jenny Agutter
    (1, 2)

    From the disco-sci-fi movie "Logan's Run". Link #1 shows her barely dressed, and link #2 takes care of that problem.

    Rena Riffel A little topless, lesbo lovin in scenes from "Undercover".

    Lynn Whitfield
    (1, 2, 3)

    Very nice topless 'caps of Lynn in the title role from "The Josephine Baker Story" (1991).

    Three superb tribute collages by Zon. Despite the lack of nudity, the Carrie-Anne Moss collage is my pick.

    Joey Heatherton Topless, and other scenes saluting her role in 1972's "Bluebeard".

    Carrie-Anne Moss So why is this collage of Carrie-Anne in "Red Planet" my pick of this litter....
    1.I like the artistic presentation. Zon did a fantastic job.
    2.Carrie-Anne's serious pokies -nuff said.

    Jennifer Holmes Topless scenes from "The Demon" (1979). Later, Jennifer went on to star in "Newhart" and "Misfits of Science". She also went on to do several forgettable guest spots on some of the greatest television shows of the 80's. Including:
    "The Incredible Hulk"
    "Bosom Buddies"
    "Falcon Crest"
    "The Dukes of Hazzard"
    "The Fall Guy"
    "Knight Rider"
    "Murder, She Wrote"
    "L.A. Law"
    And of course the best of the best...."Baywatch"

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