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Junior is moving this week. He'll be back somewhere toward the end of the weekend.

Movies 'n' Stuff:

In order to avoid being 12 hours late, I'm postponing my images from Storytelling and Piniero one more day. There is plenty to look at today from the other contrinbutors. Tuna has Dominique Swain topless, for example!

Storytelling (new to DVD) is the alleged comedy from Todd Solondz.

Impostor (new to DVD) is a heavily padded S/F film starring Gary Sinese, from a Philip K Dick short story. A great waste of potential.

Piņero is the offbeat biopic of the hip post-beatnik poet/playwright Miguel Piņero. It gave Benjamin Bratt a chance to prove he is an actor, but the film itself, as Piņero might have said, is a tale of sound and fury, signifying nada, daddy-o.

Here is the info page on Amelie


Other crap:

  • Funny - the top ten excuses given by al-Qaida for why we haven't heard from Osama since Tora Bora
  • A couple of days ago, various sources reported that Sesame Street would introduce a HIV+ muppet. (I thnk the correct info is that it is only in the South African version, is a woman, and not gay, but it has been widely misreported otherwise. In some parts of South Africa, 40 percent of women of child-bearing age are infected with HIV, and in 2000, about 40 percent of adult deaths in South Africa were attributed to AIDS, according to the U.S. State Department). Needless to say, The Onion has to have their say on this matter.
  • announced that a Nazi muppet is next for the German version, "Not every show will deal explicitly with torturing and killing Muppets that don't have blonde hair and blue eyes. We want to show that there is a Nazi member of our community who you can touch and interact with."
  • Salon Magazine reported the existence of the O.J, sex tape a year and a half ago (with some details slighly in error, I guess, assuming that OJ was not a willing participant)
  • argument-starter - the 50 WORST TV shows ever. They did some homework, and included shows from many decades
  • is there anything to the Harken Oil discussion. No, not unless further evidence surfaces. Here's my overview.


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  • 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.

"New Best Friend"

New Best Friend (2002) is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks tries to fit in with the beautiful people story. The setting is a southern college, and, as the film starts, Mia Kirshner, the girl, is in a coma caused by an overdose of cocaine. The investigating officer is a black temporary chief who is expected to investigate to keep the mother quiet, but not make any waves. The entire film is flashbacks showing how Kirshner was paired with one of the in crowd for a school project. They took her in, cleaned her up, and introduced her to their friends. They also taught her about sex and drugs.

Dominique Swain as one of the girls shows her breasts during and after a lesbian scene with Kirshner, and again at the end of the film, waking up with a man and a woman, in what was originally intended to be the title sequence at the beginning of the film. It didn't matter where you stuck the nude scene, nothing could help this film. What is supposed to be a mystery thriller is neither mysterious nor thrilling, and is not even a good character exploration of these southern bell coeds. Reviews are universally bad, and IMDB readers say 4.6 of 10. The film does look very good, with a Spanish Moss draped campus and good set decoration in interiors. What a shame they couldn't come up with a story to make the technical achievement worthwhile. C-


  • Thumbs
  • Dominique Swain (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)


    "The Harrad Experiment"

    The Harrad Expirement (1973) is based on a Robert Rimmer book of the same name that was a best seller on the USS Ranger in 1967 among the liberal triple digit IQ sailors, for two good reasons. It is full of graphic sex, and describes group marriage, and dares to suggest that monogamy is not only not the only possible relationship, but is not really even a good one. Remember the era. This was the sexual freedom, everyone is on the pill, nobody wears bras pre-herpes and pre-aids days of unlimited sexual freedom. The book suggested that this "free love" might even be a great social idea.

    Harrad was a college enrichment program begun by husband/wife psychologists. Students from a nearby college were to live at Harrad with a roommate of the opposite sex, carefully chosen by the doctors, and take extra classes in sexuality and relationships. The book focuses on the inter-relationships of a dozen or so students, and progresses from initial meetings and uncertainty, through "fuck weekend," when most of the students became intimate with their room-mates, through some jealousy and swapping, and ends with five couples going through a rather carefully worded group marriage ceremony, after learning that they were better as a group than as singles or couples.

    I was eager to see the film, and couldn't imagine that it could portray all of the sex and intimacy in the book. It didn't. Further, the first version I saw was in terrible condition, and full of jump cuts obviously made to take out nudity. I have tried several versions since, only to find them cut and terrible transfers. Then, I got my shipment from Australia, and the Region 4 version is 5 minutes longer than the longest version I had yet seen, and is a good Widescreen transfer. There are still a couple of bad jump cuts where tits should have been, but some of the nudity is intact in this version. So, now that I have seen the film in something close to its real version, how is it? Well, they made Harrad a college unto itself, simplifying the settings, and focused on 3 couples. It is true to the spirit of the book, except that each of the 6 main characters overcomes some personal hang-up and becomes a more complete person, but there is only the slightest hint of polygamous relationships. All in all, it is a pretty good film, albeit one that may not make sense to someone who didn't live through the sexual revolution of the middle 60s.

    James Whitmore and Tippi Hedren played Drs. Margaret and Phillip Tenhausen, founders. We see Tippi in a bra and panties teaching a student a lesson with a swift kick to the ego. Couple number one is Laurie Walters and Bruce Kirby Jr. He is a young swinger with lots of notches on his bedpost, who runs from commitment and intimacy. She is a shy and introspective virgin looking for true love and fulfillment. Not hard to see why they were paired. Walters has the most exposure in the film, showing breasts in three scenes, one in bed, one in a swimming pool and one in a bathtub. We can also see the dark shadow of her pubic hair in the pool.

    Couple 2 consist of the outgoing and sexually experienced Victoria Thompson, and inexperienced Don Johnson, who has self-image problems. We get brief glimpses of her breasts in a sex scene and a pool scene.

    Couple 3, Sharon Taggart and Elliott Street are mostly there as plot devices for the other couples, but Street has a small weight problem which makes it hard for him to adjust to the nudity requirement during exercise, and Taggart is what is commonly called easy. We see most of her breasts in the pool, as well as her buns, and she has a lengthy scene in a bra and panties with Kirby.

    The dialogue and attitudes are very 60's, as is the costuming. With more freedom from the censors, a much better film could have been made (it's too bad it wasn't made 5 years later) but it is still a very good effort. It is essentially a character driven drama, and I ended up liking all of the characters. This film is a very high C+, but only in the uncut version. Watch for a brief appearance by Melanie Griffith as an uncredited extra at the ripe old age of 16.


  • Thumbs (1, 2, 3)
  • Victoria Thompson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Tippi Hedren (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Laurie Walters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
  • Sharon Taggart (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Scoop's note: this is still the censored version. I don't see any flesh in these caps that was not in the 90 minute VHS version or the region 1 91 minute DVD, which I have at my arms' reach.version, although the quality represents a significant upgrade.

    When you find the uncensored version (if any prints still exist), you'll know it!!! The nudity is not subtle. Here is an example of Laurie Walters in the uncensored version. There was also substantial male frontal nudity from future stars like Don Johnson and Bruno Kirby.

    Graphic Response

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.


    Scoop, today we have Shari Shattuck (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) in "Body Chemistry 3: Point of Seduction" from 1994. Always thought she was a really sexy babe.


    Mims Farmer (1, 2, 3) in "More"

    Therese Liotard in "Viens chez moi ..."

    Marie-Anne Chazel (1, 2) in "Les babas cool"

    Anne Jousset in "Les heros ...."

    Anne Richard in "Dernier Stade"

    some people think this is Jewel (1, 2, 3, 4) Let's be honest, the only reason these pictures are here is because I'm tired of explaining by e-mail why I have not used them. I have not seen any credible source claim that these pictures are actually Jewel. But, for the record, here are the pictures that people are whispering about.

    Melora Walters in "Desert Saints"

    Xuxa (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) Spaz sent in those missing pictures of Brazilian kiddie show host Xuxa in Love Strange Love. I can see why the kids like her so much.

    Batgirl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Somebody else sent in their Yvonne Craig collection (no nudity) 

    Selma Blair Dann's version of the "Storytelling" scene

    Selma Blair nmd's version of the "Storytelling" scene

    Kathryn Harrold the rarely-nude beauty shows off her cleavage in "Raw Deal"

    Jeri Ryan at the ESPY's

    Sheryl Lee her PETA ad

    Traci Bingham a video about the making of her PETA ad

    Lucy Clarkson (1, 2) in the new issue of Loaded

    Marisa Tomei (1, 2, 3) Great public shots. The first is a see-through. The next two are solid pokiosity.