Olivia (1981) -- When Ulli Lommel arrived in Arizona to begin Boogeyman II, he ran headlong into the London Bridge, which, for some reason, he hadn't known was there. He was so taken with that fact that he decided to write and make a film about the bridge moving from London to the Colorado River, and a girl who grew up near the bridge and moved with it. He wrote the script, cast his wife, Dupont heiress Suzanna Love in the lead, and told the cast when they arrived that their were still making a movie, but that it had changed a little. Love had her own money, and financed many of his films.
Love's mother was a hooker who worked in the shadow of the bridge, and was killed by a John. Cut to 12 years later, and she is in an unhappy marriage, still dreaming of the prince her mother promised her, while reading the story of Rapunzel to her. She starts talking to her dead mother, who tells her to start picking up men while her husband is working, and she meets an American consultant who is there to help decide the fate of the bridge. Her husband finds out, has a big fight with the boyfriend, and falls off the bridge in the struggle.
Cut to several years in the future, and the American consultant is back in the US with the bridge, and runs into Love, who is now selling real estate. Then we have a bunch of nudity from Love, including full frontal, a resurrection, and a couple of murders. Ulli, in the interview included on this DVD, talks about how the MPAA unjustly gave him an X, while giving Body Heat an R. HE blamed a double standard, which gives the benefit of the doubt to major studio big budget films. Although there is truth to this, Ulli mixed violence with sex, which is a real no no, and this film is no Body Heat. He sees it as his finest film.
IMDB readers have it at 3.7 of 10. The concept was probably not bad, but it would have required a great deal more talent to make a good film of this story. C-.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
This the the last of the Claude Chabrol collection with any
significant nudity, so you'll probably be relieved to know that I
won't be talking about him again for a while. To be fair, two of the
films which I didn't write about, The Butcher and This Man Must Die,
were actually quite good. They were both made in 1969, as was The
Unfaithful Wife, the story which later became Unfaithful, with
Richard Gere and Diane Lane. That's quite amazing, when you think
about it. Chabrol has 30 films with enough votes for an IMDB score,
spanning more than 40 years of filmmaking, and three of his top six
films were made in one year. Another of his top eight, La Rupture,
was made just a few months later. He was on quite a roll there for
about 18 months:
- (7.46) -
Boucher, Le (1969)
- (7.33) - Une
affaire de femmes (1988)
- (7.24) - Cérémonie,
- (7.11) -
Femme infidèle, La (1969)
- (6.96) - Cousins,
- (6.94) -
Que la bête meure (1969)
- (6.74) - Enfer, L'
- (6.72) -
Rupture, La (1970)
The ones in yellow are in the boxed Claude Chabrol collection, along
with: Nada, Les Biches, Innocents with Dirty
Hands, and Ten Days Wonder. (The last two feature
English-speaking actors, Rod Steiger and Orson Welles, respectively,
but neither is any good.)
Nada is not like the others in the collection. It is not a
personalized story of murder or revenge, but a political tale of
international intrigue, comparable to a Volker Schloendorff or
Costa-Gavras movie. A group of terrorists capture the American
ambassador to France and demand a ransom to finance their cause. The
terrorists comprise brutes, drunks, cowards, and alleged idealists
with no specific ideals. The police match the stupidity of the
terrorists and add brutal over-reaction to the mix. Everyone bungles
every possible move on both sides until every major character is
dead except the higher-up politicos with "deniability".
If the movie has any point, which I doubt, it seems to be that we
are all conniving, brutal, and cynical fools, irrespective of the
politics we embrace. The film has some of the elements of a
political thriller, and some elements of a black satire ala Dr
Strangelove, but is not especially good at either, and is completely
lacking in subtlety.
some very naked and very beautiful anonymous woman (1,
Mariangela Melato, who is neither very beautiful nor
very naked, but was a fairly big star. She played the Madonna part
in the original version of Swept Away. (1,
volumes: Romy Schneider
New volumes: Sofia Shinas,
Seka, Ludivine Sagnier, Theresa Ann Savoy, Jill Schoelen, Hannah
Schygulla, Paola Senatore, Penelope Milford, Jessica Moore, Melissa
Moore, Barbara Moore, Mary Millington, Zora Kerova, Ina Klink.
Keira Knightley, Linda Kozlowski
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
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there might be something else of interest.
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'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
"Son of the Beach"....BJ Cummings. Notch Johnson. Anita Massengil. Howard Stern. That's all you need to know about the show. What you are going to get with every episode is humor so puerile as to approach and oft cross the line into the infantile. And you get babes in thongs and lingerie and all kinds of semi-revealing, pokitudiness clothing. What's not to love.
First season of the show is on DVD. Three DVD's to be exact. I got the first of em. Given my predilections to cap Hefmates, this was a frigging goldmine. Not only do you get your Jaime Bergman as the clueless BJ Cummings (a Clintonian virgin, whose intial-laden nickname was given to ber by the men's volleyball team), you also have the Dahm Triplets as wordless androids, and Victoria Silvstedt in a short set of outtakes. And there is also the luminous Leila Arcieri, cute as a button Kim Oja with legs up to her ears and pokies of the first magnitude, and a bunch of buxom guest stars in bikinis. I ask again, what's not to love.
Thirty-five collages, gentlepeople. Hefmates first...as it should be.
Jaime Bergman spends a lot of time in a bikini. No! Who woulda thunk? But of her 13 collages, only four or five are of such scenes. For you see, the show often stops dead in its tracks so that Jaime and Leila can parade around in lingerie or thongs of some sort. I live for that kind of stuff.
So you see cleavage and pokies and bum. Lots of bum. My favorite is the third collage, showing Jaime climbing a ladder. Most fun I ever had piecing together a collage. A true labor of love. Most of you will also like the penultimate collage, from episode 6, which shows Jaime eating a banana in a way that bananas were meant to be eaten.
Victoria Silvstedt shows up in some outtakes. In this collage she lifts up her shirt, revealing her robohooters covered in little pastie devices that should have been outlawed in the previous century.
The Dahm Triplets play android lifeguards sent in to replace Notch Johnson's unit, which is not the largest, but is the best. The triplets do a bangup job of striking a pose and shutting the fuck up... as all twenty-year-old people should.
Leila Arcieri looks terrific in every scene of every episode. For episodes 1 and 2 and in the outtakes Leila's two-sizes-too-small bikini top is a work of art. But things get even better in episodes 3, 4 and 5 as the decision was made to put her into some booty-revealing lingerie. The best collages are from episode 5, as they show off Leila's killer rumpus in all its glory.
Kim Oja plays the necessary role of the logical, Midwestern girl who gets and is confused by all the double entendres. She spends a little time in some lingerie and gives up serious pokies.
And then there are the guest stars, most of whom are little known outside of their hometowns.
One you will recognize, however. She plays a sorority girl in episode 2, one whose bikini top cannot hide the fact them hooters is man made, y'all. The babe is Cerina Vincent, who would go on to play the preternatually nekkid foreign exchange student with shifting accent in Not Another Teen Movie. Never before had I seen a bod more obviously tooled with while covered up, but Cerina's does look more natural when liberated.
Other guests in bikinis include Joanna Bocalso, the exuberantly attractive Kristen Miller, Natashia Williams and Nina Grace Cho.
So, what's the bottom line? Well, despite the deliberately low aim of the show's humor, it is not often obnoxious. I laughed more than I groaned.
And the babes... well, they look oustanding. A real winner of a DVD, IMHO.
|Topless in sex scenes from the straight-to-video flick "Bare Witness".
|Brief, but always lovely breast exposure in scenes from "The Weight of Water".
||Brief nipple sighting as Kidman and Sam Neill fight the evil Bully Zane in the 1989 movie "Dead Calm". Collage by nmd.
||She's best known around these parts as Tricia Jones from "Mallrats"...here she is topless in scenes from "The Sex Monster". Great collage by Vejiita.
|Topless and brief pube views in the video game turned sci-fi movie, "Resident Evil".
|Señor Skin 'caps of Brick in several topless scenes from the lesbian vampire flick, "Scarlet Countess" aka "The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
AMERICANS FOR OBESITY!
Conservatives Who Like Food Stamps? - The Washington Times reports that the
Free Congress Foundation, a conservative think tank, is opening a new
policy center, "Americans for Obesity," to defend Americans' right "to
stuff themselves until they burst, whether the government and the trial
lawyers like it or not." They say obesity is a lifestyle, not a medical
condition, and their office overflows with cookies and donuts. The center
will be equipped with sturdy chairs, double-wide doors and its own Krispy
Kreme store. They plan to fund it by asking all overweight Americans to
donate $1 a year, which should raise $100 million.
Look for donation jars at your local Wal-Mart.
But they need that dollar for food!
They plan to speak up for obesity, whenever their mouths aren't full.
The center will be a place where conservatives can find common ground
with Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy.
ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTENDED TO ANTS
Brides Feel Antsy Enough - Nancy Owen, owner of Alegra's Bridal shop in
Austin, Texas, is furious at her landlord, Jeanne Daniels. Ants have
invaded her store, and she says Daniels refused to let her spray
insecticide because she's an animal rights activist. She says Daniels
suggested she just relocate the ants. Owen is moving her business instead.
She said she really wanted to move the ants to Daniels' house, but didn't
know where she lived.
That's easy: just follow the trail of cockroaches.
The joke's on Daniels: those aren't ants, they're termites.
Would spraying poison on army ants make you a war criminal?