Dreamlife of Angles"
The Dreamlife of Angles (La Vie Rêvée des
Anges, 1998) stars Élodie Bouchez who you all
remember from The Wild Reeds, and less well known
Natacha Régnier. Natacha is an incredibly cute
and charismatic petite young actress with lovely
small but all-natural breasts and perfect perky
Ok, go ahead and look. I'll wait here.
Natacha Regnier (1,
See, I told you.
It is difficult to draw an audience in and
hold them through an entire film, even when it is
a high-testosterone suspense thriller, but try it
with a long, subtitled character driven drama.
That is exactly what writer/director Erick Zonca
attempted here, and achieved. It is a slice of
life story centered around two lower class 20
something girls. Isa (played by Bouchez) is a
drifter with a zest for life, an upbeat attitude,
and great compassion and empathy. When she tries
to sell a card (hand made from library magazine
images and construction paper) to a bar patron,
he gives her a real job as a seamstress. She is a
disaster at any regular work, and has no idea at
all how to sew, but it is here that she meets
Marie(Régnier). Marie is a polar opposite --
sullen, caustic and a loner. They meet over lunch
break, and when Isa is fired her first day, Marie
agrees to let her sleep in her flat. To be more
precise, she is house-sitting the flat as it's
owners are in a coma from an auto accident.
Isa and Marie become inseparable. They meet
two motorcycling bouncers, and, after a rocky
start, spend time with them. Marie becomes
intimate with the genuinely nice but overweight
and unattractive of the two, and Isa forms a
friendship with them without getting too close to
either man. After finding a diary kept by the
younger of the accident victims, she starts
visiting the young girl in hospital, and spends
hours reading to her in hopes it will bring her
out of her coma. Her mother has already died from
her injuries. Meanwhile, Marie has become
intimate with a young womanizing nightclub owner.
The more Marie sees of men, the further she and
Isa drift apart.
This is enough to give you an idea. As mundane
as the plot sounds, I was drawn in to these
characters, and their small lives. Part of the
reason was the direction, which was carefully
designed to hold interest, but the chief reason
was brilliant performances from everyone, but
especially Bouchez and Régnier. Mine is not a
minority opinion. They won best actress in nearly
every European festival. It is a travesty that
this film didn't get so much as a nod from the
Academy. Art direction was also great, but not
impressive. Outside shots of the small industrial
French town were intentionally drab and
depressing. Some of the interiors, however, were
vibrant. A lot of the photography was done with
hand-held cameras, which gave a real feeling of
intimacy. The sound and score were done with
absolute precision. This made for a very
realistic feel to the film, and helped to sustain
interest. If you like character driven drama at
all, don't miss this one.
Starr Goes Nudist"
Early exploitation producers discovered that
they could get away with nudity in Nudist films.
This is one of them, but with a twist. It
features Blaze Starr. This is the same Blaze
Starr whose affair with Huey Long cost him the
job of governor of Louisiana. (This was the
subject of the Paul Newman film, Blaze). This was
produced by Doris Wishman. The story is typical
of these nudist films. Blaze is an over-worked
actress, and runs into a theater to hide from
autograph hounds. A nudist film is playing.
Nudism looks like the perfect cure for her
stress, so she joins and loves it.
Something Weird video did an amazing job on
the restoration and transfer, and even included a
short of actual Starr strip performances. The
"nudists" are more than likely
actresses, as most of them have tan lines.
Blaze Starr (1,
I got tricked into
watching this puppy. Recent, R-rated movie,
starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, and IMDb says it
has scenes of sexuality. Baloney. If there is any
sex, I missed it. No nudity. No reason for an
r-rating except a few "fucks" and
"fuck yous". JLH plays a
fashion-obsessed bimbo, but stays fully clothed.
Dreadful, talky, boring gen-y movie about coming
of age. The dialogue consists of crap like
"if you could have Superman on your football
team, would you play him on offense or
defense?" I think somebody thought this was
fresh. As it turns out, it was fresh horse
manure. IMBb viewers rate it 3.5. To make a quick
point of reference, Ed Wood's "Glen or
Glenda" is 3.4.
Created Woman" (1996)
David Friedman's eccentric autobiography,
"A Youth In Babylon" mentions that this
was the first European movie ever to receive
general US distribution in its original version.
Although many foreign films had traveled the
arthouse circuit, this one actually made it into
drive-ins and the old pussycat circuit. Just
prior to "Woman", Friedman and his
cohorts had circulated Bergman's "Sommeren
med Monika", but the promoters cut it about
in half, dubbed in American voices, and re-scored
the entire movie to make it light-hearted.
Bergman wouldn't even have recognized the thing.
It was successful because (1) it had some
fleeting nudity when Harriet Anderson did a
skinny dip. (2) it somehow escaped the
"Condemned" rating from the Legion of
Decency. I actually enjoyed the Legion's ratings.
I only went to movies they condemned, because you
couldn't trust the ads. Exploitation filmmakers
always tried to make it seem like there was more
flesh in their movies, but if the Legion
condemned it, you could trust that it would have
nudity or extreme weirdness. It also turned out
that these were some of the best films of their
era, like "The Pawnbroker", so I got an
education as well.
Friedman tells one absolutely hilarious story
where they were once picketed by the Knights of
Columbus in full regalia, with ceremonial swords
and the assorted headgear of the old British
Admiralty. Initially, Friedman and his mentor
thought it was a street theater group performing
"H.M.S. Pinafore", but when they
figured out the situation, they turned it to
their advantage as a free publicity opportunity.
During the brouhaha between the promoters, the
cops, the public, and the press, Kroger Babb,
Friedman's mentor, kept referring to the
festooned Knights as "Admiral" and
Anyway, when Monika made a few bucks, the
exploitation guys looked around for some
Euroflicks where they could get the US
distribution rights cheap, and not have to spend
all the money they spent making Monika acceptable
to a general audience. This particular Vadim
flick, And God Created Woman, was in vivid color,
featured the beautiful Bardot in lovely locales,
and wasn't too depressing, so it was a natural to
be the frontrunner. By our standards, there
wasn't much nudity in it, but for the time, it
was shocking. Many more Bardot flicks followed,
and Bardot's fame in America was thereafter
certifiable across all economic classes. The
working class guys couldn't tell you what
continent France is on, but they could tell you
the country's sexiest film star.
Bardot. (These are actually my collages from
Tuna's captures) (1,
In the two words above, you have all the
review you need, "Hackers" and
"1995". Given the rate of acceleration
in technological development it all fields, the
gap between now and 1995 is about the same as the
gap between 1995 and Attila the Hun. Come to
think of it, the best internet site of the first
Christian milennium was probably Uncle Attila's
Hun House, but I digress. It's kind of hilarious
to hear them stand back in absolute awe at a new
laptop computer with a 8k of ram and built-in
28.8 modem! Man, that's the power to harness the
universe right there. Well, it must have
impressed filmmakers who still owned their
It seems to me that future forecasts are
always wrong, since they always base the future
on an exaggerated version of the trends of the
present. But the cycle of history shows that
things do not move forever in a straight line.
When trends become unacceptable to most people,
countervailing trends moderate the development,
often to a radically different path, and we can't
really predict how long it will take for the
direction to change. Vico theorized that it was
circular, but I think that oversimplifies. We
move forward, but not in a straight line, and we
often double back temporarily.
The book "1984" assumed that the
future would be a darker extension of the
Stalin/Hitler phenomenon of absolute state
interference in all thought processes. What could
be further from the truth? If anything, the world
is moving toward absolute anarchy as much as
toward absolute monarchy.
About the only literary future scenario that
seems all too close to us now is "A
Clockwork Orange", which seemed to be on
target in its prediction of a youth culture
filled with drugs, music, sex, and stylized
violence. But even that could change
dramatically. We may yet see a more peaceful
world. If you had seen the sleaze and lawlessness
of Times Square in the 1980's, you could not have
predicted what it would be like today. You would
have imagined Blade Runner coming to life by now.
You would have predicted further deterioration at
a similar rate instead of the response of a
countervailing force which turned it in a
completely opposite direction, so that it is now
like Disney North. An excess of anything seems to
max out at some point and cause a
It seems that very few people, neither
literary nor scientific types, can build any kind
of model that can predict when existing trends
will be modified by countervailing pressures, or
simply by chance. Pretend you were living in
1940, and try to predict what 1946 would be like.
Who could have known that Hitler was stupid
enough to invade Russia so late in the year? Who
could have predicted that Japan wanted to force a
war with the country that had most of the world's
industrial capacity? Who could know that the race
to develop atomic weapons and rocketry would end
up the way it did? Modeling the future from 1940,
I doubt many people had an accurate idea of what
1946 would be like. Now add this to the equation.
According to futurists the rate of change is
accelerating constantly. In other words, it's
probably about a thousand times harder to predict
2006 from 2000 as it was to predict 1946 from
Let's consider science, and how recent
developments have altered the thinking from just
five years ago.
One team in Italy, another in Princeton, New
Jersey, are convinced that the speed of light is
not an absolute. That it may be possible to force
a laser beam through controlled environments at
hundreds of times the speed of light. Think about
the implications for space exploration, and how
it might change all our assumptions about the
Just a couple years ago, virtually all
scientists would tell you that the universe must
be teeming with other technological societies,
given the vast number of stars, the likelihood of
planets, and the presumed life-imperative. (Which
means that when life can exist, it will exist.
Nature's imperative.) But we have now scoured an
area 40,000 light years in radius without finding
any trace of radio waves. Nothing. Now scientists
are turning toward the theory that while life is
an imperative, technological life may be an
accident. Remember it appears to have been an
accident on our own planet. They now believe that
technological life exists only because of a one
in a zillion fluke: the Alvarez Hypothesis. A
meteor strikes earth, destroys all the giant
reptiles who have held sway for 140 million
years, and permits mammal life to flourish in the
new world. But take away that fluke meteor,
change its path in space by a thousandth of a
degree, and there's no technological life on this
planet. The dinosaurs made no progress toward
technology in 140 million years, and they'd have
made no more in the next couple of million.
Imagine what's going to happen in genetics in
the next few years. I wish I were my daughter's
age. I would own every book on genetics. Remember
how the computer age has developed from 1980
until now. Genetics are about at the stage now
that computers were at in 1980. Now that they've
assembled the human DNA sequence, what is the
limit to that knowledge?
Finally, what happens in astronomy as we look
out ever farther? Each time we see stars farther
away, we are seeing them farther back in time.
Where does that end? Do we finally see an end to
that? Let's say the universe is "x"
years old. What happens when we look at stars
whose light is "x+1" years away. If
there is no more physical universe, what is
The answers to these questions may radically
change the future in ways we can't begin to
predict. Or the chaos theorists may have their
way, and something which now seems completely
unpredicable, some chance occurance in global
climate, perhaps another rogue meteor, may
re-shuffle the deck again. OK, interesting
speculation, but enough of my babbling away like
Marshall McLuhan. Here's Jolie, looking quite
different from today. The frame where she wears
warpaint is from the trailer, and I didn't see it
in the film. The one of her in the transparent
blouse came as a surprise to me, since I didn't
remember it from the captures I had seen.
Angelina Jolie (1, 2, 3)
Nixon from "Sex and the City",
episode: "Games People Play".
|WhyScan's Page Three
|If Page Three is unfamiliar to
link describes the Page Three tradition.
|Today's Page 3 girl....Melanie,
20, from Watford. (1, 2, 3, 4)
|DeDee Pfeiffer and Holly
Robinson playing in the mud from the show For
Your Love. The consensus is that they were
topless, but I did see a bodywrap on Holly after
she dropped her robe.
|Comments by C2000:
These are caps from the British movie 'The War
Zone'. Its a very black film and unfortunately
the scenes were quite dark as well. It is also
being released on DVD so hopefully better quality
caps will appear.
The film is about incest and
a thoroughly dysfunctional family. The acting is
very good and it was critically acclaimed. This
was the young, British actress' first role. She
was only 18 at the time, and there is
considerable nudity from her.
#1 and #2 are topless scenes. I apologize for the
poor quality of #2
#3 Full frontal nudity. It was a quick flash but
I managed to snatch quite a few captures!
#4 and #5 Full nudity as she has sex with Ray
Winstone (her father)
||Comments by C2000:
Here is something I was hoping other viewers
might be able to clarify for me: I've come across
what looks like a screen grab of model Laura
Bailey (of Richard Gere fame). Do you know of any
movies she has appeared topless in? She was cut
from the cinema release of "Lock,Stock &
2Smoking" Barrels - may be this is from the
|From the new VH-1 movie
"Out of Sync". Kari plays the Milli to
someone else's Vanilli. No nudity, but several
'caps full of skin and cleavage. Overall, #2 is
probably the best.
|Several collages of the
"American Pie" star topless from
"Body Shots" by Mr. Skin.
||Again from "Body Shots", but this
time by Akira
||Nice assortment of topless 'caps from
"Fleshtone", by Aussie
||Full frontal vidcaps from "Lady
Chatterley", by Watty.