"Fear No Evil"
Fear No Evil (1981) is a typical "Satan is incarnated as a gay High School student who seems to eat golden retriever blood, and is opposed by three archangels, a dead priest, a pushy old woman, and a high school girl who dreams only of him" film. The nudity is breast exposure from an upstate New York chick named Roslyn Gugino who had never acted before (and still hasn't) playing the part of the girl who shows her breasts. As if this isn't enough, the music is putrid, the transfer is grainy and out of focus, the plot makes little sense, and rather than writing an ending, they just added a bunch of laser effects.
IMDB readers have this at an incredibly high 3.7 of 10. Give this one a VERY wide birth. E-.
Ararat (2002) is the latest feature length film from Atom Egoyan. It received a luke-warm reception from the critics, and had a very small box office of $1.55M in the US, but is rated 7.2 at IMDB, with 76.8% of those voting giving a perfect 10. It is reasonable to assume that people who see this sort of film and vote are predisposed to like the film, but that is a whole lot of perfect 10s. The 7.2 is not unusual for Egoyan:
Ararat 2002 7.2
Felicia's Journey 1999 7.1
The Sweet Hereafter 1997 7.9
Exotica 1994 7.2
Calendar 1993 7.1
The Adjuster 1991 6.8
Speaking Parts 1989 7.0
Family Viewong 1987 7.0
Next of Kin 1984 6.4
There are a few directors with better scores, such as Stanley Kubric, whose best movies are rated higher than Egoyan's, but saying that he was edged out by Kubric is not exactly a criticism. The film captured all the major Genie awards in Canada. Egoyan, who is of Armenian decent (as is his wife, Arsinee Khanjian), decided to make a film about the Armenian holocaust of 1915, when the Turks slaughtered the Turkish Armenian community, a fact of history that the Turkish government still denies. He did not, however, make a documentary film, or even an historical piece, but rather mixed several plots, themes and time frames making a very complex film. He was, of course, interested in educating people about the Armenian holocaust, but was also interested in exploring how and why people change history, memories, objects around them, and themselves.
Here is my best shot at the major sub-plots. Charles Aznavour is making a historical epic about the Holocaust, and learns from Arsinee, an art history performer, about a famous Armenian painter, Arshile Gorky, who was there during the holocaust, and includes him in the film. Arsinee has a son, who is working on the production, and is in love with his step sister, Marie-Josee Croze, who hates Arsinee, whom she believes caused her father's suicide. The son Raffi (David Alpay) goes to Turkey to take pictures, and to discover something authentic about his heritage. On his way back into Canada, he is held by customs, who are concerned with some film cans he refuses to open. The customs officer, Christopher Plummer, is reasonably certain that the cans contain heroin, but Raffi tells him the story of the holocaust, and he is predisposed to listen, as it is his last interrogation befor3e retirement, and his gay son has just accused him of not trying to understand.
That probably seems pretty disjointed, and you can include Egoyan's trademark switching among time frames at will, and it is indeed a very complex effort, but, for me at least, it worked. Croze shows breasts in a lengthy sex scene, then brief buns and possibly a little bush getting out of bed. The critics thought the project overly-ambitious, and felt that all of the layers and sub-plots diluted the message. I feel more like the holocaust was a message, but the sub-plots were the point of the film. Egoyan gives great commentary, and, in this case, he explains the film shot by shot, musical choice and transition by musical transition, and symbol by symbol. There is an entire second DVD with deleted scenes and interviews, making this a very nice package. I am going to give this a very high C+. If it is your kind of film, it will be worth the investment of grey matter for you, as it was for 76.8% of the IMDB voters.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
I'm not sure exactly how to describe this movie, but
here's my best shot. Imagine if they remade "Requiem for a Dream" as
Spun uses all kinds of visual pyrotechnics
and fast cuts to recreate the feeling of taking a drug, specifically
crystal meth in this case. In addition to the effects that it
generates with rapid-fire editing and surrealistic sets, it adds
additional craziness through depraved animated sequences, as well as
wildly exaggerated characters and situations. In short, it convey
darkly humorous view of
what it's like to take meth and live in the meth word, without
having to go through the trouble of actually taking the drug or
hanging around with the losers who build their lives upon it. Spun
was originally intended to be a documentary called The Cook,
primarily about the people who make crystal meth (called "cooks").
In the process of researching the project, writer Will de los Santos
rode for three days with a cook, and ended up writing this very
screenplay as a fictional retelling of those three days.
Is it an anti-drug film? No, not really. It shows the
users and even the dealers people living in squalor and thinking
hazily. It shows some of them getting arrested or shot by the police
or others in the scene. It shows people blowing things and
themselves up while creating the drug. But that's only because those
things happen. It keeps the real tragedy of drug use at arm's length
in the process of re-creating the experiences, the aggression, the
mood-shifts, and the effects of sleep deprivation. The law
enforcement people in the film are just as fumbling and unattractive
as the druggies. The film doesn't try to create sympathy or empathy
for any characters, so it isn't deeply involving, but it has a truly
demented and often brilliant comic sensibility.
John Leguizamo plays the dealer, with his usual manic energy and
uninhibited lower-class "I'm evil, but kinda nice" persona. Mickey
Rourke plays the tough guy who cooks the product. Jason Schwartzman
and Patrick Fugit play the everyday guys who don't seem to belong in
this world. As Shakespeare once said, they are merely douchebags
adrift among scumbags.
Maybe the Bard's wording was
The supporting players include:
Mena Suvari, who talks and fidgets
non-stop as a chick whose brain has been fried by meth.
Eric Roberts, as a gay druglord.
Brittany Murphy, as Rourke's bimbonic but good
A green dog.
Peter Stormare and Alexis Arquette as some insane,
glory-hungry cops. (Credited as "mullet cop" and "moustache cop".)
A woman who is naked through the entire film
Ron Jeremy as a bartender in a strip club.
I ask you, how can you go wrong with a movie that
features Ron Jeremy, Mickey Rourke, and Eric Roberts?
version of the DVD is crazy. John Leguizamo spends the last third of
the film stark naked except for a sock on his dick. Chloe Hunter is
stark naked for virtually the entire movie. (Summoned in the middle
of sex, Schwartzman leaves Chloe tied up on the bed when his
drugmaster calls. Of course, being a complete druggie, he forgets
about her and leaves her there for three days.)
- Chloe Hunter (1,
- Chloe Hunter deleted footage. Ya gotta love this. He had to
cut a couple seconds of footage because the naked actress opened
her legs facing the camera. But he put it in the deleted scenes.
Åkerlund is our kind of guy! If only the quality was better in the
- Brittany Murphy in a bikini (1,
2), but spread-legged, and maybe
showing more than she hoped. Actually this was silly. All the
other strippers in the club stripped, but Murphy came out in a
bikini, wiggled a bit, stayed in a bikini, then collected her tips
and left. IN fact, she couldn't actually be called a stripper at
all, since she never actually removed anything. If I may cite the
Deltas, "blowjob, blowjob, bullshit, blowjob". If a stripper in a
topless or nude joint comes out and stays dressed after using up
my time, she better be prepared to tip ME.
- Charlotte Ayanna. Pokies only. She wasn't as gorgeous as in
Blue Iguana, but she still looked luscious.
Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated.
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
days left until International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19)
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- 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
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Comments by Copperhead, who proves himself a man after Hankster's own heart....
Wild Thing (1989):
In the search for a Damsel in Distress movie, with more nudity
and less "tease", I found a near-perfect film. My copy is called
Wild Thing, on VHS.
Classic outdoor bondage by B & D Pleasures. With Keri Kelley, Tanya
Fox, Slone Winters, Jay Dee, & C J Hall. No other info available.
The IMDB (special
interest/adult) lists it, but very little info. 1989, Tanya
Foxx, no other information.
SUMMARY: Plane crashes in the
jungle, no one is found, did anyone survive??? Did the 10 year old
girl survive??? We follow a search party 9 years later checking out
tales of a "Wild Woman" living in the jungle. This is similar in
plot to an Italian movie from the 60s
called Tarzana the Wild Girl, which is available through
SinisterCinema.com and maybe Something Wierd Video. In that other
movie, the relatives search for and find a young Tarzana, wearing
only a G-string, in the jungle.
PLOT DETAILS: A scientist and his
two beautiful students set out to search for her. They find the
almost naked "Wild Thing" caught in
a trap, set up by an adventurer, who is trying to capture her,
mainly to sell her to Slave Traders. Not knowing their
intentions, she fights them, losing her shirt, so they bind her hand
and foot, and carry her back to camp, topless wearing only
skimpy bottoms - more of a bikini than a loin-cloth, probably due to
budget restraints. What follows is a sequence where each of the
female helpers is caught by the adventurer, and bound, then rescued.
Then they are caught again, as is the still topless Wild Thing, so
the bad guy now has all three
females captive. Time to head for town, where he wants to sell them
to the slave-trade. He pulls up or takes off the tops of the two
college girls, then all three gals are tied arms behind back,
connected by a neck rope, and marched topless through the
jungle. Along the way, he
decides to leave a clue for the Professor, so he strips the Wild
Thing of her bottoms, making her march completely nude. After a
break, he ties the wild one and one helper back to back, sitting on
the ground, and takes the other helper and spread-eagles her to the
ground, stripping her to her panties. The Bad Guy decides the two
students are slowing him down, so he decides to leave them as a
trap for the scientist. First they are stripped completely naked and
tied back to back to a post, which is holding up a large rock. Then
he marches off with the Wild One, still completely naked with her
arms tied behind her back.
The scientist finds his student helpers, naked and bound, figures
out how to free them, and they take off after the bad guy again.
- First, the Plusses: It does have a story, which could have
been more developed. I really liked the near-nude, then
topless, then completely naked Wild Thing being captured and
bound. I also liked the fact that the two female student
helpers were also captured, bound, marched topless, then stripped
completely. One thing that really helped a lot, is that the
3 females don't have that porn-star look, or even that typical
Hollywood look. They are more average, girl-next-door types.
None of them have perfect bodies, but they are very realistic and
natural in appearance. Some might not find their bodies that
attractive, but I did, as they reminded me of women I have known
in my life.
- And then the Minusses. Acting was about as expected. Costumes
(the Wild Thing's bikini bottoms would have been hard to
explain,since she was stranded as a child), set, and so on also as
expected for this type movie. Neither added or distracted from
the action. Directing was amateurish, probably working without a
script. There is on clear ad lib when you hear a rock fall
This movie is about 95% perfect. With just a few
adjustments, this would have been the "perfect" DID
(Damsel-in-Distress) movie of all time. I only wish they would have
gone the extra 5%. Here's what I would have told the director, if I
1. After being stripped naked, the two student assistants should
have been rescued either by strangers or some of their college
peers, to add to their embarrassment. It would have been better for
them to have had their clothes stolen, too.
2. The two female helpers were left tied up naked, but it never
showed them actually being stripped. It showed their tops being
removed, yes, but not the bottoms.
3. Only the Wild Thing was forced to march totally naked and
4 . Another big oversight: Although this type of movie works
best if NOT porno, I did hope for some better exposure. There
was one brief spread shot by Wild Thing, and one brief spread shot
by one of the student helpers, as she struggled against her ropes.
have done that A LOT better without even trying. For example, they
could have had the two naked girls tied STANDING (they were sitting
or crouching). And one was tied spread-eagled, but she was
wearing panties. The third naked girl didn't have much exposure.
More exposure and more embarassment (not much was made of
their nudity when they were rescued) would have added a lot of
5. More could have been made of the "Slave Trade" angle. Maybe
they could have been delivered to the market and forced to strip or
put on display for a buyer, before being rescued by some students
from the college, for maximum embarassment.
NUDITY: All three actresses show
everything, see comments and plot details above.
FINAL COMMENTS: So far, this
is the BEST DID movie I have found or even heard of. I have a
feeling it exists under different titles and maybe longer/shorter
versions. I'm sure either way you'll be lucky to find a decent copy.
Today I took a look at the Paul Verhoeven movie "Hollow Man" (2000). Or more specifically, I took a look at Kim Dickens getting felt up by an invisible Kevin Bacon in "Hollow Man". I've been a fan of Kim's since I first saw her in "The Zero Effect" and her recent nudity in the Showtime series "Out of Order" inspired me to have a crack at this sci-fi flick. Kim has a dykey-tomboyish-all-natural-girl-next-door appeal that I kinda go for, so it was a nice treat to see her topless in very good lighting.
- Kim Dickens
Former Lara Croft model Rhona Mitra appeared topless as another one of the Evil Bacon's victims. There is even more toplessness in an extended rape scene that you can find in the deleted scenes on the DVD. Unfortunately my 'puter didn't want to play nice today and wouldn't let me access the special features. For those who just have to see the extra nudity, go to the back issues and check out the Januray 3, 2001 update.
|Another look at the pop star/actress showing some skin on the late night talk show circuit. Link #1 is a collage by Gman featuring impressive cleavage on Letterman. In link #2 we see her showing some serious leg exposure on Conan. Thanks to DeadLamb.
||Classic 90's nudity with the Canadian actress/model making her movie debut in topless scenes from the sci-fi flick "Species". Great collage by Finn.
|The Dutch actress best known as the original "Emmanuelle" topless and full frontal in scenes from "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (1981).
|Topless and rear nudity in scenes from the Dutch film "Ik ook van jou" aka "I Love You Too" (2001). The soapy, wet bare bum in link #1 is my favorite.
|Toplessness in Señor Skin 'caps from the UK movie "With or Without You" (1999).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
"HOOTERS OF COFFEE HOUSES" THREATENED
Keeps You Up All Night! - Tony Nunez, owner of Sugar's coffee shop in San
Jose, California, claims he's being harassed with countless tickets for
minor parking and maintenance problems, to force him to move. Sugar's
coffee is served by buxom, scantily-clad women; Nunez calls it "the
Hooter's of coffee." Customers love it and say the coffee is better than
they expected, but Nunez has even been ticketed for sponsoring a lingerie
show. A spokesman for the upscale neighborhood association said, "The
desire of the neighborhood has always been for a Starbucks."
Let me guess: gay neighborhood?
Actually, that was the neighborhood spokes-WOMAN.
For what Starbucks charges for a cup of coffee, I expect the waitress to
be buck naked.
But this place has great coffee! And the best cheesecake in town!
Here's a tip: order the "bottomless cup of coffee."
At Sugar's, guys can drink decaf and still be wide awake!... They come
for the coffee, but they stay for the milk jugs!
ORIGINAL "G.I. JOE" FOR SALE
G.I. Can't Afford That! - The 1963 prototype for the original "G.I. Joe"
action figure will be sold at auction today at Comic-Con in San Diego.
It's been lying in a cardboard box in the home of its creator, Don Levine,
for decades. The minimum bid is $600,000, which would make it the most
expensive toy ever auctioned. Even rare Barbies from 1959 have brought
And G.I. Joe has only one outfit.
Back then, men were worth a lot more money than women.
$600,000?! They must've asked the Pentagon what one uniform and a
"ANGELS" AND DREW BOTH LICKED
Fox entertainment reporter Roger Friedman reports "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" has made only $83 million and is
fading fast. It cost $120 million, and salaries for Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz alone totaled over $40 million. Friedman says there probably won't be a third "Charlie's Angels" unless they cast much less expensive
The new "Charlie's Angels" will be Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue
If they want to make money, just call it "Charlie's Angels 2: Full
But since they all have so much FUN working together, wouldn't they do
it for free?!...Ha-ha! Just kidding!
I Blame Tom Green - Drew Barrymore declared that she's bisexual and has
bedded "lots of women." She said, "I love a woman's body. I think a woman
and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are
beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through
So it's like masturbation, only more work?
It also helps to be really sloppy drunk, which Drew has also explored.
If they want to make money, let Drew write the next "Charlie's Angels"