Saturday

 

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

2010

Gemma Arterton is a fast-rising star in the cinema mainstream. She was in The Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans and The Prince of Persia. It is therefore a bit surprising to see her toiling away in a zero-budget British indie in which she gets kidnapped and stripped naked on camera. She made the decision herself. She takes pride in her edgy indie roots, and she told The Times. "Im not slating Hollywood movies, but I wouldnt normally go to see them. Alice is the sort of movie that I would go and see." Plenty of critics agreed with her assessment of the film. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 80% of the reviews have been positive.

Frankly, I don't know what Gemma and those critics were thinking. I found it to be very competently acted and directed, but all of that stalwart effort takes place in service of a script which is too talky and completely predictable. The entire film is essentially a three-character stage play which takes place on a single set with two rooms, minus all of the clever dialogue and character development you would expect from a night in the theater, because virtually all the dialogue here has to serve as exposition for a complicated plot. It's one of those thrillers that relies on multiple plot twists, each of which reveals new information previously hidden from certain characters and the audience. It turns out that the kidnappers and Gemma are bound together by various connections and promises, and will eventually be divided by a string of betrayals. It's just the usual genre stuff, and you should have no problem guessing how it will unfold if you have seen similar films before. That's why I'm so puzzled about the plaudits from the critics. My general understanding of the qualifications required for a film critic includes an assumption that he or she must have seen a lot of movies, and it seems to me that anyone who has watched a lot of films would anticipate almost every single plot twist in this one, except one, and that one has proved to be guffaw-inducing with festival audiences.

Oh, well, maybe it's just me being jaded. Obviously, many people did like this film, so I won't advise you to stay away. The film is technically excellent, the pace is very fast in the first ten minutes, and you will see Gemma Arterton's impressive breasts exposed on several occasions in good lighting conditions, so the film will provide some guilty pleasures and will certainly not be a complete waste of your time.

But don't say I didn't warn you when you start groaning.

Trailer:

 

Here is a film clip which is supposed to show all three of the nude scenes, but craps out in the middle, before the sex scene. It's still worth watching for the first half. I don't know why it does that. I didn't do that clip, but I did snap off some HQ captures from the VOD version, and they are below. Definitely good additions to your collections! Nice quality and Gemma looks great.

 

 

  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.

OTHER CRAP:

Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Night Porter

(1993)

Charlotte Rampling film clip. Samples below.

The movie is so-so. The nudity is legendary, although some of the nudity is anti-erotic holocaust material, and all of it consists of Nazi themes and imagery.

 

 

Today's theme: the year 1997.
 

A Thousand Acres

The topless nudity in A Thousand Acres (1997) comes from a prosthetic on Michelle Pfeiffer.

Jessica Lange flashes her underwear.


Boogie Nights

A classic for nudity is Boogie Nights (1997), especially the full frontal by Heather Graham.

 

And a little more of Heather from the deleted scenes:

Julianne Moore was also in her prime, and topless.

 

Other topless women were Summer Cummings and Skye Blue.

The pornstar Nina Hartley was also topless but, perhaps ironically, you can't see anything.

Other sexy women are Amber Hunter,

Grace Bustos,

Laurel Holloman,

Melora Walters,

Nicole Ari Parker

and some not identified.


Demolition University

Showing a lot of cleavage in Demolition University (1997) is Ami Dolenz.


Excess Baggage

Nowadays, it's a case of whatever happened to Alicia Silverstone? In Excess Baggage (1997) she shows some pokies.


Family Plan

No visible nudity in Family Plan (1997).

Karen Grosso is topless but facing the wrong way.

Emily Proctor

and a couple of unidentified women look good.


I Know What You Did Last Summer

No nudity in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), just plenty of cleavage by Anne Heche,

Jennifer Love Hewitt

 

and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

 

There are also some beauty contest participants in their swimsuits.


In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory

Again, no nudity in the movie In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory (1997).

Lori Loughlin is briefly down to her underwear.


Little City

Joanna Going is in her underwear in Little City (1997).


Picture Perfect

Jennifer Aniston is at her sexiest in Picture Perfect (1997) - she gets down to her underwear.

 

 

Illeana Douglas also has her blouse off.


The Last Time I Committed Suicide

Gretchen Mol is topless in The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) but we only see her in silhouette.

Claire Forlani takes off her shirt.


Two Came Back

No real nudity in Two Came Back (1997).

There are pokies by Melissa Joan Hart

 

 

and Susan Walters is sexy in a bikini.

There are a couple of other sexy women.


Vegas Vacation

Another movie with no nudity is Vegas Vacation (1997).

There are pokies by Marisol Nichols.

The rest of the women also look good with plenty of leg and cleavage: Beverly D'Angelo,

Christie Brinkley,

Shae D'Lyn

and some not identified.


Where the Air Is Cool and Dark

Where the Air Is Cool and Dark (1997) has a bit of nudity. There is brief bush by Hollis Welsh

and Darlene Renee Sellers shows her backside.


 

 

Clips

Two great Monica Bellucci scenes from How Much Do You Love Me?  Samples below.

Ashley Totin in The Hills Have Eyes