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"Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her" (2001)

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2001) is an estrogen-centric made-for-Showtime that examines several women who are very loosely connected in 5 separate stories. Scoop did a good job of summarizing the plots in his review, so I won't repeat his efforts. If there is a common theme in the stories, it is that most women actually live life feeling alone, no matter what relationships they are in. The explanation seems to be that either they have a poor self-image, or they fear to trust. The film tends to blame men, but I think the average man would say that the characters are creating their own isolation, and most women would see feelings they can relate to. For example. Holly Hunter, who has the only exposure in the film, is a 39-year-old bank manager who discovers that she is pregnant alone in a bathroom stall. She opts for an abortion without consulting the married black man she has been having an affair with for three years, does not want her friend and OB/Gyn there during the abortion, and has sex with a co-worker the night before but leaves the minute he falls asleep. Her isolation is clearly due to choices she has made.

The film is made for cable, and intended to be shown in 4/3 aspect ratio, yet they created a "widescreen" version for the DVD by cropping top and bottom and enlarging, which not only degraded image quality and cropped one of the two partial breast shots, but also took away other important content. At one point, Hunter is talking to a bag lady who doesn't believe she is single and asks her to show her her ring finger. In the 4/3 version, we see a very naked hand. The hand is completely cut off in the widescreen version. When looking for exposure, you really have to watch both versions, but when simply watching a film, you should see it in the original aspect ratio, as that has the framing the director intended.

I didn't much enjoy this film, but it did cause me to do a lot of thinking, so the content is obviously meaningful. Technically, the film is excellent. This could really use a commentary to help men get it. Women, as indicated by the 8.2 from women at IMDB, already get it, or it at least strikes some familiar chords with them. C+.

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  • Holly Hunter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    "Alien Nation" (1988)

    Alien Nation (1988) is a cop/buddy/SciFi film that takes place in the not to distant future. An alien race genetically engineered to be able to adapt and work anywhere in the galaxy becomes stranded on Earth, and LA is trying to assimilate them. There is, of course, a lot of bigotry and prejudice against the newcomers, especially since they are stronger and smarter than humans. LAPD detective James Caan agrees to partner with a newcomer to catch his former partner's killer (also a new-comer). Once you get past the make-up, which I think was done well, it is basically a catch the badass druggies movie, with Caan and newcomer Mandy Patinkin learning to like each other.

    Leslie Bevis as an exotic dancer has good see-throughs, and partial breast exposure. Maltin says 2 1/2 stars, Ebert says 2, and IMDB readers have it at 6.1/10. The set-up is very promising, and the performances by Caan and Patinkin are good, but the film doesn't live up to its potential, although it spawned a TV series. US gross was $25.216m. The film is dark throughout, so it is fortunate that the transfer is a good one. It crosses several genres, and is watchable, but less than great. C+.

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  • Leslie Bevis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    "Tenebre" Revisited

    Thanks to a Funhouse reader, the unknown lesbian in Tenebre has been identified as Mirella Banti. Updated images are in the Tuna archive and below.

  • Mirella Banti (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    Scoop is on vacation, enjoying a fruity umbrella drink on a beach somewhere.

    More europorn from Tinto Brass. The movie "Snack Bar Budapest" (1988) is a crime-drama about a lawyer trying to muscle over a snack bar of the same name. As per usual Tinto Brass movie, lots of gyno-cam shots and none of the actresses wore any underwear. The lead actress is a former Miss Italy.

    Raffaella Baracchi
    (1, 2, 3)

  • (1)the former Miss Italy of 1983 quickly goes full frontal. Then her butt as she's sleeping in the hospital bed.
  • (2)Near the end of the movie we get a gyno-cam view of her although it's dark and her pussy is now shaved.
  • (3)For reference...Baracchi as Miss Italy 1983

  • Giuditta Del Vecchio Topless and full frontal although the Greek subtitles cover her bush, partial buns hiding underneath the table.

    Unknown She's most likely listed in the credits. Topless and then distant full frontal.

    (1, 2)

    Some topless and butt but mostly explicit lower frontal nudity using the gyno-cam.

    Dancer Someone should have told her that she forgot to put on her underwear. Major upskirt: butt and bush.

    A bonus pic...

    re: July 1, Oz's Lisa Jakub's submission

    Oz was correct last week that Lisa Jakub used a body double in "Dream House" (1998). Leslie Spongberg is credited as the stunt double for Lisa's character. Leslie is also Jessica Alba's stunt double in the television series "Dark Angel". Anyway here are some caps Oz overlooked.

  • Lisa Jakub and Leslie Spongberg

  • Blackshine
    More fantastic nude and non-nude scans from the book "Woman" by Andreas H. Bitesnich.

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  • Alessia Marcuzzi

  • Assorted models. Links #3 and #8 are particularly nice. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

  • Whyscan's Revenge part 8
  • Anna Kournikova in the July edition of the UK GQ. (1, 2)

  • The girls of the pop band Hear'Say, also in the July UK GQ. (1, 2, 3)

  • Schmutzfink
    This week's theme...a few Germans.

    Isabell Gerschke Very brief, side breast and nipple exposure from "S.O.S. Barracuda - Der Hai von Mallorca" (2001).

    Katja Giammona Very clear breast exposure and bikini 'caps from "Love Trip" (2001).

    Annika Murjahn Beautiful face. Oh, and the topless nudity isn't bad either. Vidcaps from "Wilder Kaiser - Das Duell" (2000).

    Penélope Cruz
    (1, 2)

    Beautiful breast exposure from "Open Your Eyes" (1997)

    Elsa Zylberstein The French actress showing some brief breast exposure from 1997's "Tenue correcte exigée"

    Estelle Larrivaz Very nice topless scene from "Restons groupés" (1998).

    Irène Jacob Breast exposure in a love scene from "Incognito" (1997).

    Victoria Hamilton Quick, but very clear and well lit nipple sighting in a love scene from "Mansfield Park" (1999).

    and ...
    Jennifer Rubin
    (1, 2, 3)

    Going topless in 3 different scenes from "Deceptions II: Edge of Deception" (1995).

    Krista Vendy Very nice topless scan by Aussie. Known to most for her role on Aussie soap, "Neighbours".

    Samantha Morton The young English actress appearing topless in the UK mini series "Band of Gold" (1995). Vidcaps by Mr. Skin.

    Celeb Nudity News
    From a Fun House reader... According the August issue of Premiere, in Diane Lane's upcoming movie "Unfaithful", she will be doing some serious nudity including "wild and racy acts of passion". Woo-Hoo!

  • In the meantime, here's a bit of cleavage for her fans.

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