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"The Gift" (2000)

The Gift (2000) is written by Billy Bob Thornton, and stars Cate Blanchet as a young widow and mother of two who supplements her social security by doing readings for her neighbors. Her family has a history of psychic ability, and she is no exception, but also makes use of a genuine concern for others, and insight into their problems to do her own brand of therapy. One of those she tries to help is a battered wife (Hilary Swank). Blanchet realizes that Swank needs to leave her husband (Keanu Reeves), but Reeves finds out and swears revenge.

Blanchet is not facing her feelings about her husband's death, is now dealing with threats and harassment from Reeves, is helping a severely disturbed Giovanni Ribisi, then all hell breaks loose when upper-middle class bitch and slut Katie Holmes turns up missing. Gradually, Blanchet begins to "see things," and finds Holmes' body in Reeves pond. We now start a round of red herrings, so I will leave the rest of the plot for you to discover. Blanchet is perfect as a southern woman in a small town, Reeves is very good, and Ribisi is amazing. Holmes has a lot of breast exposure, the first time during the opening credits dead and illuminated by lightening. We see a breast as she is dragged from the pond, then a lengthy but slightly dark scene of her murder as Cate "sees" it.

Maltin says 2 1/2 stars, admitting that the performances were very good. Berardinelli says 3 stars, as does Ebert. IMDB readers are unimpressed at 6.8/10. The psychic powers were played very straight, and made to seem natural, normal, and incontrovertible, and the extra layers to the story, such as Blanchet needing to come to grips with the death of her husband greatly added to the film. Technically, the film is solid. The DVD could have used more in the way of special features, but had on ok production short. I award B-, agreeing with Ebert and Berardinelli. The film works as a thriller, Sci Fi, and character driven drama.

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  • Katie Holmes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

    "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984)

    I was thrilled when the DVD release for this film was announced, as I remembered it fondly as a wonderfully quirky film full of what Reel used to call off-beat energy. I did not enjoy it nearly as much this time. It could be that, after the number of strange films I have seen in the last 24 years, it was not off-beat enough for me. There were still a few laughs, but I was mostly bored. It is hard for me to take seriously when one of the main characters is a dog that is put to sleep because of too many farts, then reappears stuffed and kills the grandfather. On the other hand, it is difficult to see it as a comedy when a young girl who is already a best selling author jumps out a window. See Scoopy's recent review for a scholarly discussion of the author of the book, and the attempts to bring his material to the screen.

    Another film from his books, The World According to Garp, improved with age for me, possibly because the humor was less scatological, and the characters more like people I have met. Technically, the film was well done, but the DVD release has a disappointing lack of special features. Why is it something as inane as The Girl on a Motorcycle has a full-length commentary, and something this odd has not so much as an interview? C-.

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  • Anita Morris (1, 2)
  • Nastassja Kinski

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    I was one busy bee today! 

    Cactus is not worth your time, except for Isabelle Huppert nudity, which can be seen immediately below. Tuna and I both pretty much hated it, despite having to grudgingly admire its beauty.

    • Huppert (1, 2, 3)


    I think you are all familiar with The Gift, and the very impressively topless Miss Holmes.. End of discussion.


    I suppose you are unfamiliar with Luckytown. Thank your lucky stars. Kirsten Dunst as a stripper! Theatrical release only in Germany. What more is there to say? A piece of cow dung, despite some recognizable names.

    • Jennifer Gareis. A very lovely Rebecca Romijn lookalike who was quite amusing as "virtual girlfriend" in The Sixth Day. (1, 2, 3)

    • Theresa Russell. Maybe a hint of nipplage. Maybe not

    • Kirsten Dunst stripping and just hanging out. No actual nudity, but some pretty cool stuff. (1, 2, 3, 4)

    • various unknown clothing removal engineers and personal lap entertainment consultants (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    The Movie: "A Clean Kill" aka "Her Married Lover" (1999)

    The only reason I did this movie was to help out the Fun House reader who challenged someone to do it in the June 20th edition. Otherwise, just look at these 'caps and call it a night. The movie isn't worth renting. Currently it's not available to purchase on DVD or VHS, but I found the DVD at Netflix.

    The Plot:

    In all fairness, while the plot is a little basic and formulaic, it had the potential to be a decent 92 minutes. However, three things really mucked it up...

  • 1. The fact that Roxana Zal is the star, and acts about as well as Sizzle-lean acts like bacon. It may say "move over, bacon" on the package, but it's just not the same.
  • The execution.

    This is one of the "choppiest" movies I've ever seen directed. The story follows three time lines: One in the past as told by Zal, and two different perspectives of the present all wrapped up in a "he said, she said" manner. Except it flows about as smoothly as 4 cylinder engine missing a spark plug or two on a road full of potholes with a flat tire. I'm talking amateur hour. As a result of the poor direction and editing, the film ends up not only being predictable, but slow moving and dull. The real irony is that the central character in the movie is a film editor.

    This is Roxanne Messina Captor's only credit as a director in the IMDB, she also produced.

    The 'caps:

    The love scenes stink in this movie. Here's why:

  • Because they start about 50 of them, but only show 2.
  • Both scenes are almost identical...Zal standing and showing brief single breast exposure. The only real difference is location, and the fact that Zal changes sides of the screen for us. Looking back after watching the "surprise" ending, this could be justified, but as I mentioned before....poor execution.

    Link #3 is only frame worth 'capping with both nipples in sight. Link #6 has decent lighting, but her nipple is partially covered. #4 and #5 are the best caps of this bunch.

  • Roxana Zal (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

  • Whyscan's Revenge, Part 6
  • Jennie Garth. Nothing too revealing from the former 90210 babe. #1 has minor pokies, the rest highlight her breasts with small tops or minor cleavage.
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

  • Majandra Delfino. Proteus scans of the "Roswell" star almost nekkid in FHM. In #1 her hair is the only thing covering her breasts, but there are some see-thru pubes! In #2 she's wearing nothing but leather shorts and some tin foil over her nipple.
    (1, 2)

  • Traci Lords. Plenty of cleavage and a little leg from FHM UK. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • and ...
    Virginia Hey The Aussie actress best known for her role on the Sci-Fi series "Farscape". Here she is doing a lesbo scene in the obscure Italian movie "Pathos - segreta inquietudine" ("Obsession: A Taste for Fear") (1988). Breasts and bush in these 'caps by Aussie.

    Consuelo De Haviland All 3 B's are here, but mostly we only see bum and bush. Nice 'caps by DeVo from "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988).

    Bai Ling Or Ling Bai, or whatever her publicist calls her these days. We mentioned "The Chris Isaak Show" a few days ago, and so far no one has answered the call for Samantha Ferris or Kristin Dattilo 'caps, but DAI did put together these 'caps of super pokies and extreme see-thrus of Bai Ling.

    Katie Price (aka Jordan)

    Adriana Sklenarikova and Natasha Henstridge

    A couple of great scans by KZ from the July issue of Loaded.

    Katie is wearing a skin tight, latex outfit with plenty of cleavage. Adriana is in her undies. Natasha is wearing leather pants, and is the only one to give up any goods with a very clear nipple sighting.

    Debra Winger In a bath tub scene that Scoop and I don't recall seeing before from "Mike's Murder" (1984). Thanks to Mr. Skin.

    Joan Severance
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Nothing new here, but Joan has her place in B-movie Nudity History, and has long been a Fun House favorite.

  • Link #1...Joan topless, showing a bit of bum, doing a sex scene, and dressed up in a latex outfit in scenes from "Black Scorpion" (1995), by Dann.
  • Link #2...Helcrom catches Joan's breast and bum exposure from "Criminal Passion" (1994).
  • Link #3...Chumba 'caps of Joan topless, plus a bonus...May Karasun showing all three B's. Vidcaps from "Lake Consequence" (1993)
  • Link #4...Full frontal nudity in the Red Shoe Diaries episode "Safe Sex", by Donbun.
  • Link #5...One of Joan's early nude scenes, from the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" (1989).
  • Vidcap opportunity...
  • Subject: Karen Allen nude in "Until September" (1984)

    Karen Allen in the nude, with lots of exposure, will be on display in "Until September" on The Movie Channel on Saturday, July 14th, at 3am EST.

    This never gets shown on tv! Dish viewers get two shots at taping this, as the West Code feed will repeat the film. So, dish viewers on the East Coast can catch it as 3am and 6am, Saturday. As a fan of her small but sexy frame, I'd love to see someone here capture as much of the nudity as possible, and give it a new perspective. Some of the darker scenes needs the artistic touch of someone here to bring all its real beauty.



  • News
    Here's an article from the San Francisco Chronicle talking about the upcoming movie "Bully".

    From Director Larry Clark, the same guy that made "Kids", "Bully" looks like like it will be just as edgy. The fact-based story is about a group of Florida teenagers who murdered a 19-year-old kid '93.

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