"That's not Kat Germain as the nude dead woman in Small Town Murder Songs. She plays the other cop's wife and is very much alive when her role came up (the credits are in order of appearance which confirms this). The character's name for the nude woman is Melissa but no actress is credited for that role. My theory is the filmmakers recuited one of the local strippers who'll flash her bush on camera for a thousand bucks."



Thanks, as always.


Yana's Friends

Here's another film I watched for a Russian class. This one is a quirky comedy and it features a pretty crazy nude scene. It takes place in Tel Aviv during the first Gulf War, and the two main characters end up getting turned on  by making whoopie during the SCUD attacks, while wearing gas masks. The woman is named Evelyn Kaplun. See below.


A Tale of Two Actresses

Bonnie Bedelia and Meryl Streep are about the same age, and played the same kind of parts when they were young. Both are good, sensitive kind-eyed actresses who also happen to look good, but Bedelia was a hare and Meryl a tortoise in the career race. In 1973 nobody had ever heard of Meryl Streep, but Bonnie was a constant presence on both daytime and prime time TV and had also been in some big studio movies, including Lovers and Other Strangers, and They Shoot Horses.

Bonnie took some time off to raise a family, but Meryl still lagged far behind. By 1976, Bonnie had established a career AND had borne two children, while Meryl was still unknown. And then Meryl exploded. Here's what Streep did in the next five years:

  1. Sophie's Choice (1982)
  2. Still of the Night (1982)
  3. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
  4. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  5. The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
  6. Manhattan (1979)
  7. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  8. Julia (1977)

Here's what Bedelia did in that same period:

The Big Fix (1978)

The tortoise won the race. To stay consistent with my rubric, "A Tale of Two Actresses," I should predictably note that the 1977-82 period was the best of times for Streep, the worst of times for Bedelia.

Bedelia would win acclaim for her performance as Cha-Cha Muldowney in her 1983 comeback film, Heart Like a Wheel, and she would later pick up some face recognition from her role in the mega-popular Die Hard films, but she would never again be considered in the same casting decisions as Queen Meryl, who would become enshrined in acting Valhalla.

I'm not saying that Bedelia was a good an actress or would have become as big a star as La Streep, but I believe Bonnie's career could have had a radically different trajectory if she had not taken her extended maternity leave. She might well have become an A-lister or an Oscar winner, or both.

So it goes.

By the way, her real name is Bonnie Culkin. Yes, those Culkins. Her brother, Kit Culkin, is the father of the Home Alone kid and his siblings.

This was Bedelia's kinda-sorta topless scene in Lovers and Other Strangers. (See below.)

I took a date to see this movie in 1970, but I don't remember a damned thing about it other than the famous Carpenters song (you know the one - it began "Love, look at the two of us ... ") which dominated the soundtrack. I also remember that it was filled with familiar faces, and was written by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, who had originally brought it to the New York stage as a play.

That's it. That's all I remember. I don't even remember whether I liked it.

By the way, IMDb says

1. Lovers and Other Strangers was Sly Stallone's first appearance in a non-porn film. He was an extra.

2. Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna are still together. They will celebrate their 46th anniversary this Sunday!



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Fired Up


Kate French in 1080p (See below).





"Insiders' Guide to Love"

(2005 - New Zealand TV)

Giving out some love for our brothers and sisters across the Tasman today with the film Crooked Earth and "The Insiders Guide To Love" series over on JMTV.

Camille Keenan film clip (collage below)


Crooked Earth


Crooked Earth is a 2001 New Zealand drama thriller that begins at the funeral for a local Maori patriarch. His son, Will (Temuera Morrison channelling Jake the Muss), has been dishonourably discharged from military service and comes home to the funeral and meets up with his daughter Ripeke (Jaime Passier-Armstrong). The death of the patriarch has left a struggle for the head of the family between Will and his brother Kahu. Will is reluctant as he had left this life, so Kahu has no problem taking over as it allow him to flaunt his power for his criminal ways (turns out Kahu a drug dealer). When a local land deal that was first struck up by their father is hijacked by Kahu, Will is forced into action to stop his brother reeking havoc in the area with his new drug dealing friends. And Kahu is not going down without a fight, even if it means killing his brother and his niece. Solid film about the new ways mixing with the old, but Once Were Warriors did that way better. Good, but not great.

Jaime Passier-Armstrong film clips (see below)



Film Clips

Tila Tequila stripped down for Howard Stern last month. See below.

Lake Bell in A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy (2011-trailer). See below.

Emily Cox in Eine koenigliche Affaere (2010). See below.

Ceci Schmitz-Chuh in Wenn die Welt uns gehoert (2009). See below.

Joana Lopez in Yo soy la Juani (1990). See below.

Veronica Echegui and Laya Marti in Yo soy la Juani (1990). See below.

Ingrid Thulin in La Caduta Degli Dei (1969). See below.