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Barfly (1987) is a slice of life film about two Barflies. Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway were cast against type, and performed brilliantly. The screenplay was written by poet and author Charles Bukowski, who lived on the streets, and feels true art should be absolutely real. The story is autobiographical, and concerns three days is his life. As the film opens,we enter a bar, then go out to the alley to see Rourke and the bartender trying to pound each others face in. Rourke is doing it because people think he can't, and because the bartender is a macho asshole, who treats all of his customers as if they were scum. Rourke loses badly, and is left unconscious on the sidewalk.

The next day, we see him do a little writing, discover that some upper class woman has hired a PI to find him, and see him go back to the bar and kick the crap out of the bartender. He stops in another bar to celebrate the victory, and spots Dunaway at the end of the bar sitting alone. He asks the bartender about her, and is told that people leave her alone because she is crazy. That is high praise as far as Rourke is concerned, and he heads over, and spend his last two dollars buying them a drink. When she learns he is broke, she takes him home.

He learns that she is every bit as much a barfly as he is. She informs him that if a man came to her with a fifth, she would probably go home with him, and that she makes bad decisions when she drinks. Rourke moves in to save rent. LIfe gets more complicated when the upper class woman finds him, and turns out to own a literary magazine. She wants to pay him for a short story, and take shim home to bed. The film is perfectly book-ended, as we see Rourke enter the same bar, but this time with Dunaway. In comes the magazine owner, and we are treated to a terrific cat fight. Like real life, there is no redemption here. They start the film drunks, and end the film drunks, although, for the moment, they are drinking together.

Dunaway shows both nipples in a bathign scene, lots of leg in her apartment, and her panty crotch during a cat fight. The Widescreen DVD is beautifully transferred, and full of special features.Ebert awarded 4 stars, IMDB readers say 6.6 of 10, and, while I completely agree with Ebert, it is properly a C+, as it is not for everyone.

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    "The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet"

    The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet (1968) is another costumer from Harry Novak, and shares a DVD with The Notorious Cleopatra. Again, the transfer is beautiful, this time with a Widescreen transfer, and a feature length commentary from a whole crowd, including Novak. The film included some interesting cast members, including cult director William Rotsler, director of many films Bethel G. Buckalew (who is actually named John Cole), and Jay Fineberg and Jimmy Johnson, who owned and managed the Pussycat theators.The film was made in three to four weeks in a one room store studio, Each wall was turned into a different setup. Total budget was about $200K, and Novak claimed that it grossed millions. Again, the film is full of red bush, and very loosely based on Shakespeare's work. They adopted a Laugh-in approach, with lines like "beautiful downtown Verona," "sock it to me," and "Here come da prince."

    Juliet is far from a blushing virgin, but wants to get together with that hot stud Romeo, but their parents are feuding. Everyone has sex with everyone, and all of the women show everything over and over. I included Diedre Nelson, who plays Juliet, Karen Thomas as a maid, Antoinette Maynard and Dorthea Cristie, also maids, and Mickey Jines, who plays Lady Capulet. The film was a pure delight in the drive-ins when it was released, and is still seeing distribution to this day. Asked if he would make a sequel, Novak said it would be too expensive to do nowadays. 8 people at IMDB have this at 4.5 of 10. He, it is a late 60's skin flick, suitable as a date film, and is well photographed, well acted, and full of good looking women and hot sex scenes. Based on that, it is a C+.

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  • Antoinette Maynard (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Diedre Nelson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)
  • Dorthea Cristie (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Karen Thomas (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Mickey Jines (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


    • Volume M includes three new personal volumes which are long overdue - Virginia Madsen, Elle Macpherson, and Kate Moss. More than 200 pictures between the three of them. The Encyclopedia now includes more than 35,000 images. Tuna's section includes between 25,000 and 30,000 - and that includes only his own work! The entire site now includes more than 200,000 .jpg's.



    Cocktail is not a good movie, representing pretty much the career nadir for every major participant (Cruise, the director and the writer). The nudity is as undeveloped as the rest of the script. Cruise and Gershon do a lengthy sportfuck, falling out of the bed, hanging from the chandeliers, the usual "uninhibited movie fucking" cliches. Only two problems (1) the scene was lighted with 5 watt bulbs (2) in all that time, they keep adjusting the covers so that nothing interesting is exposed. Pretty fucking uninhibited, eh? Therefore, you have one or two frames of Gershon nipple in Stygian darkness. In the other scene, you have Shue's breasts, no nipples at all.

    • Elisabeth Shue (1, 2)
    • Gina Gershon (1, 2)

    Now here's some nudity! The Sheltering Sky was Bertolucci's next project after his great success, The Last Emperor, which grossed forty million and won just about every possible Oscar. This one grossed next to nothing, and won no Oscars. I don't know how much money they lost on this, but it has to be close to the all-time record, because the production was of epic proportions. It looks magnificent, and sounds even better - nearly two and half hours of sweeping views of the Sahara and perfect atmospheric shots of other North African locations. The film itself is completely opaque. I understood what happened, no confusion there, and I understood why it happened. I just didn't care, not for a second. On the other hand, it is a tremendous travelogue. It would make a good IMAX film, and the nudity occurs frequently.

    • Debra Winger. Every inch of her body makes an appearance. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
    • Amina Annabi. Unadjusted. This woman has some of the biggest, most beautiful natural breasts you'll ever see. Check out collage #3. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Amina Annabi. Because Amina is gorgeous, and because Bertolucci just loves that amber filter, I decided to adjust the images back to their original color. No collages, just the raw frames from the first four collage above. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


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    • Another crazy radio station contest: "Fax us your privates"
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      Jr's note...I made out a little better, my best match was Kristy Swanson!
    • From the Library of Congress. The origins of American Animation.
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    • Hey, Scoop:  I heard on the radio this morning that Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci are starring together in "Frankie and Johnnie" on Broadway. The DJ said that he saw the performance and both Falco and Tucci appeared "completely nude" in the opening scene. I don't know if any pics are floating around. Here's the story.
    • ARGENTO'S SLIP OF THE TONGUE: Sexy Italian actress ASIA ARGENTO accidentally confessed to having plastic surgery after a misunderstanding. The XXX star revealed slightly more than was required at a recent press conference for the spy flick, according to an American tabloid. The Italian stunner misheard a question from a reporter asking where she got her boots from and replied that she got her boobs done by a plastic surgeon.  A silence descended on the media before the mix-up was explained.
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    Here is my reader's digest version of the Ken Russell movie "Crimes of Passion" (1984).

    • Janice Renney, topless and rear nudity. (1, 2)

    • Kathleen Turner, topless (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Heidi Klum
    Here's another look at The GQ 45th Anniversary issue with überbabe Heidi Klum starring as several different actresses in their most famous poses. This batch of scans by Big Daddy and Cougar are bigger versions of the scans we ran a few days ago.

    Alexandra Pic and Isabelle Teboul Both are topless in scenes from the French movie "Two Orphan Vampires", by legendary Euro-sleaze director Jean Rollin. Thanks to Dann for the collages.

    Lene Elise Bergum
    (1, 2)

    The Norwegian actress topless in scenes from "Hodet over vannet", aka "Head Above Water" (1993).

    Clara Mars
    (1, 2, 3)

    Close up nipple sightings and rear views in scenes from "Le Miroir du désir" (1996), by Mortis.

    The Funnies by Number 6
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