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The Killer Inside Me

2010

The Killer Inside Me is Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Jim Thompson's eponymous 1952 noir novel, which had previously been made into a 1976 movie starring Stacy Keach.

A small-town deputy gets caught in the middle of a situation involving a prostitute, a rich man, and the rich man's son, who falls in love with the hooker. Before the situation can get resolved to everyone's satisfaction, the deputy finds himself in a sado-masochistic relationship with the prostitute, and their violent sex triggers some evil instincts which had been buried deep inside of him. He ends up killing the prostitute and the son, and he has to murder several others in the process of covering his tracks.

Jim Thompsonís nihilistic novels have also inspired a number of other crime films such as After Dark My Sweet, The Grifters, two versions of The Getaway, and some French films. His works are always difficult to adapt into commercially viable projects because the themes are so dark and the action is so perversely violent, but this one is especially difficult because it's written entirely in the first person, and the narrator, deputy Lou Ford, is a sociopathic murderer whose words are unreliable, self-serving and delusional. This creates all sorts of headaches for a film adaptation because ambiguity is difficult to maintain without confusion when the audience is actually witnessing events taking place. Are we seeing what we see because it really happened, or because the film is in the P.O.V. of an unreliable narrator? Our natural instinct when watching a film is to believe our eyes. Another problem in the book-to-film process occurs because some elements of character development which are obvious on paper, like a virtually illiterate man's claims to be some kind of cultured genius belied by his poor writing, are much more difficult to convey visually.

The 1976 version of the film kinda pulled a switcheroo to portray Lou accurately. Instead of letting him represent himself to be better than the deeds portrayed, Lou is shown to be a ostensibly beloved and respected citizen who betrays himself in the interior monologues heard by the audience. The 2010 adaptation is closer to the novel, in that Lou lies to the audience as much as he lies to everyone else. As a result, I found myself quite consistently confused. For example, Lou is finally trapped by the one thing he could not deny - the testimony of an eyewitness. Or so it seems. But the eyewitness is somebody who had died much earlier. Therefore, we have to ask ourselves, "Is the witness actually still alive, or are we watching Lou's guilt come home to roost?"

Beats me.

It seems to me that the last ten minutes of the film must be Lou's fantasy. But then that's just my supposition. Or perhaps the entire story we have witnessed is actually Lou's fantasy. That may well be, because all of the female characters love Lou in direct proportion to how violently he beats them, and that ratio seems to exist outside of objective reality. So if some of we have seen is drawn from Lou's imagination, can we rely on anything else we have witnessed? Has the film portrayed the events objectively throughout, or is everything meant to portray Lou's delusions? Or has the camera shown us some events objectively and some through Lou's delusions?

Frankly, I just don't know. The film fails to convey any answers to those questions.

If I had adapted this story into a film, I would have avoided using any voice-over and would have changed the narrative voice to make the camera an objective observer, just to obviate the problems I've just described. Of course that would not make the film any easier to watch. In addition to being a confusing film, The Killer Inside Me is also an extremely unpleasant one. It's filled with graphic violence against women.

Surprisingly, those weaknesses don't prevent the film from exuding a mesmerizing aura. We are pulled so deep into Lou Ford's world that we start to feel the noose tightening around him, as if we ourselves had committed the heinous acts, and were starting to run out of alibis. It's to the credit of director Michael Winterbottom and star Casey Affleck that we actually start to get deeply involved in the fate of such an evil person, because they create that involvement without ever trying to make us like Lou, and without sugar-coating Lou's deeds.

There is nothing in this film for mainstream viewers, who will find the action both confusing and ugly, but arthouse devotees and omniverous cinephiles may well find something to like. I have to admit that the film held me in thrall.  Bottom line -  I was confused, but I never lost interest and I wanted to see how it would all play out!

Rotten Tomatoes 55%

IMDb 6.7/10

Roger Ebert 2.5/4. Ebert and I generally agree on the caliber of the film, but he has a completely different take on it, so his article is definitely worth reading if you have any interest in the film.

NUDITY:

Who knows? Three women get beaten with a belt, and the action focuses on their backsides. Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba may have used body doubles. Alba is on screen for something like ten minutes of sex scenes, but the editing techniques keep everything hidden except for the one butt shot in which her face is not visible.

The third woman - not sure of the ID. Deep at Sea says it is Caitlin Turner. Somebody else says it is Blake Lindsley. I can't tell from the story and credits. Of the two choices, Turner is more likely. (It doesn't look like Blake Lindsley, and I don't know what Caitlin Turner looks like.) Whoever it might be, the butt and head are matched up. There are also some grimy pornographic Polaroids of her. Or of somebody!

Film clips by third parties

Some Alba (or body double) caps

One collage of the third woman

 

 

  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.

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Dexter

in extreme HD! (1920x1080)

This is the third of a five-part multi-part series of HD nudity from Dexter.

Today: s2e5

Jaime Murray film clips (See below)

 

 

It's the end of the 90s; these movies are from 1998 and 1999.

Andromina: The Pleasure Planet

Andromina: The Pleasure Planet (1999) is just there to show off the bodies of some very sexy women.

Those who were topless include

Flower (Edwards),

 

Gina Raye Swenson (aka Gina Raye Carter),

Griffin Drew,

Michelle Turner (aka Susan Featherly),

 

Shannan Leigh,

 

Shyra DeLand,

 

Stephanie Brown,

Susan Hale (aka Darby Daniels)

and Tess Broussard.

Here's Drew and Broussard together

Here's Brown and Carter together

 

Samantha Phillips

 and Sandra Wurzer add to the eye candy.


Anywhere But Here

No nudity in Anywhere But Here (1999) but Natalie Portman

 

and Susan Sarandon look good in their bathers.


Asunder

Both Debbi Morgan

and Desiree Marie Velez are topless in Asunder (1998).


Board Heads

Another movie with plenty of sexy women and no plot is Board Heads aka Beach Movie (1998).

Those that were topless were

Avalon Anders,

Kat Davison

and Victoria Silvstedt.

Gabrielle Anwar was topless but the good bits were hidden.

 

 

Other sexy women include Ai Wan,

Betsy Monroe,

Brande Roderick,

Delores Klemmer,

Loretta Swit,

Meadow Sisto,

Portia Dawson,

 

Sara Melson,

Teresa Ganzel,

Traci Bingham,

Traci Dali and Tawny Graf,

and some not identified.

 

 

 


Clubland

No clear nudity in Clubland (1999).

Lori Petty shows some see-through breast

 and Heather Stephens is sexy being wet after going for a swim.


A Crime of Passion

No nudity in A Crime of Passion (1999) but Kelly Rowan is down to her underwear.


Drive Me Crazy

No nudity in the teen movie Drive Me Crazy (1999).

Melissa Joan Hart is in her underwear,

 

and Ali Larter,

Jacque Gray,

Keri Lynn Pratt

and Susan May Pratt are looking good.


Eyes Wide Shut

Plenty of nudity in Eyes Wide Shut (1999), mainly by some identified women.

 

Abigail Good

and Julienne Davis are also completely naked.

Nicole Kidman

 

and Lisa Leone aren't wearing much.

The rest of the women,

Fay Masteson,

Leelee Sobieski (with a bit of padding),

Stewart Thorndike and Louise Taylor,

and Vinessa Shaw look good.


Just a Little Harmless Sex

No nudity in Just a Little Harmless Sex (1998).

Jessica Lundy

and Kimberly Williams are sexy.


Kissing a Fool

Again, no nudity in Kissing a Fool (1998).

Mili Avital,

Vanessa Angel

and some unidentified women look good.


Letters from a Killer

No nudity in Letters from a Killer (1998). However, Kim Myers is in her underwear.


A Perfect Murder

A sexy Gwyneth Paltrow is in her underwear in the thriller A Perfect Murder (1998).


The Replacement Killers

Mira Sorvino is in her underwear in The Replacement Killers (1998).


Sabrina Goes to Rome

The most we have in the kids movie Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998) is brief pokies by Melissa Joan Hart.


Universal Soldier: The Return

The breast exposure in Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) comes  from some unidentified strippers.

Heidi Franz,

Heidi Schanz

and Kiana Tom show a bit of cleavage.


 

 

Pics

Diane Kruger in Inhale

 

 

Clips

L'Armee du Crime just began its arthouse run in the USA. The stars are Virginie Ledoyen and Lola Naymark. Samples below. Ledoyen left.

Emmanuelle Beart film festival: Un Crime and Nathalie. Samples below. Un Crime is represented in the two to the left.

Marina de Van and Geraldine Pailhas in Je pense a vous. Samples below.

Pailhas

de Van

both

Kirstie Alley and Marina Sirtis in Blind Date. Kirstie looks great.