"The Fly" (1986)
The Fly (1986), written and directed by David Cronenberg may be the best gore type Science Fiction ever made. It starts out like a romantic comedy. Jeff Goldblum, a scientist, is being interviewed at a party by a journalist (Jeff's wife at the time, Geena Davis). He invites her home to see his project -- a teleportation machine. After seeing a demo, she can't wait to write the story, but Jeff persuades her to hold off until he is successful at teleporting life. She agrees, and they eventually become lovers after working so closely together.
The problem begins when Goldblum tries the machine himself, and is genetically merged with a fly he didn't know was in the machine with him. HE slowly begins to change into a 180 lb. fly. The lengthy romantic comedy/character development portion of the film serves to build audience rapport with Goldblum, which helps the viewer to stick with the story in the face of extreme gore near the end. Another strong point is the make up (which won an Oscar) and the special effects.
Geena Davis may not have classical beauty, but she pegs my personal cuteness meter with a perfect "Utterly Adorable." She shows us lots of leg, and a side view of most of a breast. Joy Boushel shows us all of her breast in a minor role. The DVD has The Fly on one side, and the sequel on the other. The transfer is good, but there is not much in the way of special features.
"I Like To Play Games Too" (1998)
I Like To Play Games Too (1998) is a sequel to the excellent soft-core I Like To Play Games (1995). Whereas the original had a strong plot (for soft-core) to go with the lovely naked bodies rubbing against each other, this sequel stuck pretty much to the lovely naked bodies. The victim of the first Games visits the woman who nearly ruined him, and offers her a client for her ad agency. This is, of course, a set-up to get even with her.
Although the plot is barely noticeable, this is a good film for watching clearly lit nudity. Tonight, 48 images of the star, Maria Ford. Tomorrow night, the other three main females in the cast.
"The Misadventures of Margaret" (1998)
Silly, talky, chick flick about a woman who goes through a life crisis after seven years of marriage to the only man she's ever slept with. She's also in the process of writing a romantic novel.
Reminds me a lot of the old fashioned New York theater comedies, or the 1930's Carole Lombard flicks. Stars Brooke Shields and Elizabeth McGovern in addition to Parker Posey, who appeared topless.
Not a good movie, nothing original or daring, but tolerable and watchable.
I don't think it ever had a theater run in the USA, and is not even in full video release. No DVD is available at all, no video is available for sale, and rentals are available only at the Blockbuster chain. But don't drive out of your way to find a Blockbuster to get this..
It is nice to see Parkey Posey flashing a bit in a scene we haven't seen before.
IMDB summary: 6.6 out of 10.
"Men in Black" (1997)
If you don't know what this movie is, you've been living on another planet. One of the ten best escapist films of the 1990's, and a rare example of a movie that you and your kids can both enjoy. Silly yarn about an ultra-secret division of the INS that keeps track of REAL aliens - the other planet kind.
So many throwaway jokes that they couldn't be followed in the theater. At one point, MiB headquarters features a masterboard which monitors all the aliens on earth - you see Al Roker, Stallone, many others. At the end of the film, they have to rustle up Bulls tickets for some
visiting aliens "OK, just call Dennis Rodman, he's from their planet" - "hmmm, not much of a disguise".
Hard to believe that Barry Sonnenfeld, who was flying high with Get Shorty, MiB and The Addams Family flicks hasn't done anything in the past three years except the infamous "Wild, Wild, West".
He'll try for redemption in the next year or so, with The Tick and MiB 2, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to forgive him WWW.
Maybe if he directs Wild Things Two - The Lapdancing, and asks me to star.
MiB was just released on DVD yesterday in a two-DVD set with loads of extra features.
Box Office: a monster hit, so to speak. $250 million in domestic box office, and $326 million foreign. Pulled in $84 million on its opening weekend, on 3,000 screens. It is the seventh highest grossing film of the 90's, 15th highest of all-time in dollars, and the 53rd highest of all-time in ticket sales (estimated by inflation-adjusted dollars).
IMDB summary: 6.8 out of 10.
DVD info from Amazon
Sound Track info from Amazon
Just a straightforward made-for-cable recitation of the highlights of the life of new wave superdupermodel Gia Carangi - more or less a docudrama. If you want to learn about Gia Carangi, and see Jolie with her clothes off, then you may want to check it out.
Unfortunately, they couldn't find any "hook" to make it truly cinematic. She was a lively rebellious girl who became a model, caught on because she was something new, got caught up in the drug scene, started a downward spiral of dependent behavior, died of AIDS-related causes.
The script was co-written by Jay McInerney, author of the familiar novel "Bright Lights, Big City", and a semi-official chronicler of the high life in New York in the 70's and 80's.
OK, that's good material to work with. McInerney is a literate and knowledgeable observer of that scene, and Gia lived an interesting and tragically short life, but ....
With biographical films I always ask myself this "If it weren't about a real person would it really be interesting enough to watch?"
Maybe not, except for Jolie's nude scenes. Of course, Jolie alone is not a bad reason to watch the film, because she's an excellent performer with a healthy young body, and she pranced around unclad on several occasions.
And Gia was a real person, so the story may hook you on that basis alone, because it captures a time and a scene and a person you may be interested in. HBO did their usual classy job of producing, the story has the ring of truth to it, they present Gia "scars and all", and Ms. Jolie is a charismatic (and daring) performer.
Very clear, straightforward, and colorful photography created some beautiful captures, and I think the collages came out quite nice, even though I'm about the last guy to do this movie.
Lovely Elizabeth Mitchell also provided some brief nudity in a sex scene, in the famous "link fence" scene, and in the shower hugging Jolie. The Mitchell shower scene is not a single frame from the film, but several frames from a downward pan that I montaged together. I was quite pleased with the result.
IMDB summary: 7.2 out of 10. (Very good for a made-for-cable film.)
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Two works from the TomCat today:
Aurore Clement in "Les Demoniaques". No, not the Rollin film, the OTHER demoniacs. This is an obscure 1992 film that didn't even make the IMDb. It's real - mentioned on other web sites in the director's filmography.
Kylie Minogue in the "Spinning Around" video. Yawn.
|Being a huge Kari fan, I jumped at the chance to offer the very first DVD vidcaps of Kari from the movie "Vivid" (which has been renamed "Luscious" for the release).
A little background:
This movie was a low budget (but well produced) straight-to Canadian video. Outside of when we have mentioned it in the past, I don't think any one has ever heard of this movie. After watching it. I wonder if Kari has even heard of it. It first came to our attention during my first round with Fun House about 2 years ago. It was just released on DVD at the end of August.
I'm not an imaging artist, so I didn't do any touch up work. (Actually, I don't think any is really needed, but I'll get to that in a second.)
Gathering good images from this was a little tough for one reason...too much of the dorky guy on screen and not enough frames of Kari by herself!
For me, the idea of seeing Kari nude, in sex scenes, and covered in paint sounds great. BUT...this movie is so boring that even Kari nude wasn't enough! The plot...artist hits a creative block, starts having sex with girlfriend covered in paint, paintings sell, but girlfriend wants normal sex. They fight, they make up, the end. I'm not kidding, that is the whole movie.
The art direction is actually really good. I guess if you're making a movie about an artist, you had better at least get that right! The colors of the paint in this movie are gorgeous, and anyone out there who is an artist of anykind will be able to appreciate how this films looks. The production values were high, and pretty much every scene was shot to show off Kari.
The sex scenes are dull, and like I said before, there is too much of the dorky guy. The dorky guy in general is just horrible. I was very surprised to see that he's been working regularly in Hollywood since '82. Including a few small parts in major movies like "A River Runs Through It", and "Gone in Sixty Seconds".
Then of course there is the lame story. It was weak to begin with, and executed very poorly. A good director could do a lot with the character that the dorky guy was supposed to be...a passionate and talented artist. Instead, our "hero" literally just walked around the set either hitting himself in the head, of pulling his hair. I have a vision of the director with a clip board in his hand that had bulleted itmes on it.....
have guy walk around and hit head
have Kari come in and pout
throw paint everywhere and film sex scene
Let's not forget the cliches!
All artists are manic depressives that will go into a violent tantrum on minute, then curl up in a fetal position the next.
All artists live in HUGE lofts that even the richest of the rich would have trouble affording
All artists in the movies are in excellent physical condition.
Basically...just stick to the vidcaps. There is absolutely no other reason to watch this movie.
|All of these images by Scorpion are from a couple of lesser known movies, begining with these topless tanning bed scene from "Shadowzone". You may also recognize Maureen from such video greats as "Bikini Hoe-Down", "Bikini Traffic School", "Bikini Squad" and "Bikini Summer"
||From 1990's "Mortal Passions"
||From "Club Extinction" also called "Dr. M". I have never heard of this one, so I must point anyone interested in the actual movie to the IMDb user comments. However, from what I gather, the love scene with Jennifer showing some skin is the only thing that really matters.
Wilbur and Lowry,
|Comments by Snowblind
Just finished digging up a tape of the 1972 classic (hah) "Score" Saw it was running on Showcase last night so I dug up my copy. Well, it isn't a fantastic movie, but I always enjoyed it, I guess the first time I saw it was when I was a kid, and at the time all I cared about was the nudity, then I saw it again a couple years ago and enjoyed it a lot.
It's a story of a "70's Swinging Couple" (I kept expecting to see Mike Meyers pop up on screen) the female played by Claire Wilbur (man she reminds me of Cher), don't wanna go into the guys at all in this message. Who, decides to seduce a young couple down the street, She want's to get the Girl (Lynn Lowry) and he wants to get the guy. (I really didn't think anyone would mind me not capping the guy-guy scenes heh) Well the "swingers" intoduce the "innocents" into the world of Drugs and sex, then the Innocent's become the aggressors, staling away their playfreind the phone company guy.
Not much plot, but lots of skin and a few laughs. Lowry has always been a favorite of mine, extremely beautiful, but Wilbur has the bod heh. Oddly enough, this is the only credited film that Wilbur ever made, as a matter of fact, this film is the only listing for her anywhere. I guess either she took terminally Ill, or Cher sued her for.. well, I dunno, looking like her heh (or maybe she is Cher heh)
| and ...
||A fantastic tribute to Joile by ZonononZor.
||A great find! Lucy topless from 1997's "City of Industry", by Riddler.
||Sisyphus gets the best fins of the day award for this one. He did not do the original scan, but he did clean it up and do some text removal. What we end up with is a whole lot of skin from the tennis babe.
||From Germany...topless scenes from "Die Musterknaben".
|Jennifer Love Hewitt
||Here's Jennifer and her cleavage doing some press from one of her upcoming movies. Not sure of the movie, but the outfit makes her look like a reject from the Crystal Bernard sit com "It's a Living". (How's that for an obscure reference!)
||Believe it or not...Angela actually did a movie besides "H.O.T.S."! Here she is in a topless scene from 1981's "...All the Marbles".
||I actually just watched "Dune" last week on the Sci-Fi channel, nice to see how well Alicia has grown up since then!
|Denise Van Outen
||Here is a new to me see-thru of Denise from Sky Magazine.
||"Top Gun" made her a star, but it's scenes like these from "Grand Isle" that kept us watching. Thanks to UC99.
Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. What do you think would be a fair price for her? I also know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Now I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Then, Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?
A friend of mine also feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? And Lev. 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
ACTUAL UNEDITED DOCTORS' NOTES ON PATIENT'S CHARTS
On the 2nd day the knee was better and on the 3rd day it Disappeared completely.
She has had no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1993.
The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
The patient refused an autopsy.
The patient has no past history of suicides.
Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.
Patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 lb. weight gain in the past three days.
Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
Since she can't get pregnant with her husband, I thought you might like to work her up.
She is numb from her toes down.
While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
The skin was moist and dry.
Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
Patient was alert and unresponsive.
**Rectal exam revealed a normal size thyroid.
She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.
I saw your patient today, who is still under our Car for Physical therapy.
Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stockbroker instead.
Skin: Somewhat pale but present.
The pelvic examination will be done later on the floor.
Patient was seen by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.
Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities
YA'LLS SOUTHERN HOROSCOPE
It has become pretty obvious that our present astrological signs have served their purpose and that we should get rid of them. When out driving around one can see bulls, and once in a great while I suppose, even see a ram. Up the street there may be some twins. The rest of these things are just too obscure. You only see crabs on vacation. There are no lions, or scorpions, not many archers and no damn water bearers. Virgins? The neighborhood's not crawling with them either, needless to say. So what we need here is some relavance. We need things we can recognize up there in the night sky.
Okra Dec 22 - Jan 20 Although you appear crude, you are actually very slick on the inside. Okra have tremendous influence. An older Okra can look back over his life and see the seeds of his influence everywhere. Stay away from Moon Pies
Chitlin Jan 21 - Feb 19 Chitlins often come from humble backgrounds. Many times they're uncomfortable talking about just where they came from. A chitlin, however, can make something of himself if he's motivated and has plenty of seasoning. When it comes to dealing with Chitlins, be very careful. Chitlins can burn and then erupt like Vesuvius, and this can make for a really terrible mess. Chitlins are best with Catfish and Okra. Remember that when marriage time rolls around.
Boll Weevil Feb 20 - Mar 20 You have an overwhelming curiosity. You're unsatisfied with the surface of things, and you feel the need to bore deep into the interior of everything. Needless to say, you are very intense and driven as if you had some inner hunger. Nobody in their right mind is going to marry you, so don't worry about it.
Moon Pie Mar 21 - April 20 You're the type that spends a lot of time on the front porch. It's a cinch to recognize the physical appearance of Moon Pies. Big and round are the key words here. You should marry anybody who you can get remotely interested in the idea. It's not going to be easy. This might be the year to think about aerobics. Maybe not.
Possum April 21 - May 21 When confronted with life's difficulties, possums have a marked tendency to withdraw and develop a don't-bother me-about-it attitude. Sometimes you become so withdrawn, people actually think you're dead. This strategy is probably not psychologically healthy, but seems to work for you. One day, however, it won't work and you may find your problems actually running you over.
Crawfish May 22 - June 21 Crawfish is a water sign. If you work in an office, you're always hanging around the water cooler. Crawfish prefer the beach to the mountains, the pool to the golf course, the bathtub to the living room. You tend to be not particularly attracted physically, but you have very very good heads.
Collards June 22 - July 23 Collards have a genius for communication. They love to get in the "melting pot" of life and share their essence with the essence of those around them. Collards make good social workers, psychologists, and baseball managers. As far as your personal life goes, if you are Collards, stay away from Moon Pies. It just won't work. Save yourself a lot of heartache.
Catfish July 24 - Aug 23 Catfish are traditionalists in matters of the heart, although one: Whiskers may cause problems for loved ones. Your catfish are never easy people to understand. You prefer the muddy bottoms to the clear surface of life. Above all else, Catfish should stay away from Moon Pies.
Grits Aug 24 - Sept 23 Your highest aim is to be with others like yourself. You like to huddle together with a big crowd of other Grits. You love to travel, so maybe you should think about joining a club. Where do you like to go? Anywhere they have cheese or gravy or bacon or butter or eggs. If you can go somewhere where they have all these things, that serves you well.
Boiled Peanuts Sept 24 - Oct 23 You have a passionate desire to help your fellow man. Unfortunately, those who know you best - your friends and loved ones-may find that your personality is much too salty, and their criticism will probably affect you deeply because you are really much softer than you appear. You should go right ahead and marry anybody you want to because in a certain way, yours is a charmed life. On the road of life, you can be sure that people will always pull over and stop for you.
Butter Bean October 24 - Nov 22 Always invite a Butter Bean because Butter Beans get along well with everybody. You, as a Butter Bean, should be proud. You've grown on the vine of life and you feel at home no matter what the setting. You can sit next to anybody. However, you too, shouldn't have anything to do with Moon Pies.
Armadillo Nov 23 - Dec 21 You have a tendency to develop a tough exterior, but you are actually quite gentle. A good evening for you? Old friends, a fire, some roots, fruit, worms and insects. You are a throwback. You're not concerned with today's fashions and trends. You're not concerned with anything about today. You're really almost prehistoric in your interests and behavior patterns. You probably want to marry another Armadillo, but Possum is another somewhat kinky, mating possibility.