The Boost (1988) begins as James Woods and Sean Young are living in New York in near poverty. She supports him, while he tries to make a good score selling tax dodges. Everything changes when he applies for a director of marketing job for a new shopping center. The committee hates him, but one of the members, a huge investor, likes his style, and invites him to move to LA and work for him selling real estate tax dodges. They arrive to be greeted by a limo at the airport, driven to their Beverly Hills house complete with pool, and it turns out that Woods is a great salesman, and it is a sellers market.
Success goes to his head, and when the IRS threatens to kill tax loopholes, he is left several hundred thousand in debts, and no earning power. It is at this time that he tries his first hit of coke. The rest of the film traces their decent into the world of drugs, leading to a unique and startling conclusion, that drugs suck. I have no idea why so many film makers think "drugs suck" is a good enough premise for a film. While I have liked a few of them very much, such as Clean and Sober, which had a lot of facts right, but managed some believable redemption at the end, and supplied enough humor along the way to keep the viewers from suicidal despair, and Days of Wine and Roses, which was an early and accurate look at alcohol addiction, it is one of my least favorite movie themes. There was nothing wrong with the way the film was made, and the acting was just fine. It is just not a story I needed to see, and taught me nothing about drug addiction.
Sean Young shows breasts, and a distorted bush shot swimming nude in their pool. IMDB readers have this at 5.5 of 10. Ebert gushed over it, calling it a modern day Death of a Salesman, and awarded 3 1/2 stars. Total US gross was $750K, which had to be a small percentage of the budget with filming on both coasts, lots of locations, and a large cast. If you like the drugs suck genre, this is a good one, I suppose, based on the novel Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream. Other than a fairly young Sean Young showing her body, there was nothing for me in it. C.
"Fair Game" revisited
Fair Game revisited - Scoopy pointed out that there were frames in the very dark and oddly lit train car sex scene that showed both face and breasts. When I brightened up frames from this spot in this shooting scene, sure enough, we see Cindy's breasts kind of pushed down by her top, which was pushed up around her shoulders, as well as her face. I am now reversing my opinion on body double. The only thing I can think of to explain all of this is that she said, "I will go topless, but I don't want my face and tits shown together. This was probably more of a vanity decision than a modesty one, as she is bound to look better in carefully posed nude stills than she would in a film. So they used three different techniques to satisfy her. They cut off her head in the shirt changing scene, started the pan from the chin in the railroad car, and then darkened the shooting scene. Looking frame by frame, a gun flash was added via CGI, rather than by firing a squib. It doesn't illuminate her at all. Clearly, an effort was made to keep face and boobs out of the same frame when you view the film normally.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The new issue (#28) of Celebrity Sleuth is out, and he has the
all-time supreme layout on Diana Ross. (1,
J-Lo and B-Af shocked celebrity-watchers by announcing they were
putting their wedding on hold because it had become a media
circus. Instead, they plan to get married in a simple ceremony
with a judge. Of course, it will be while that same judge is
presiding over the Kobe trial.
Yoko to get naked for peace again. Maybe it's time to give war
People ask me which game should be the next one added to the
Olympics, and my answer is always consistent. Nude twister. In
fact, it could (and should) be played in both the Summer and
DAVID BOWIE says he refuses to accept a knighthood from the Queen.
Wait a minute, I thought he WAS the queen.
After debuting at the top of the box office last weekend,
Paramount's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, starring David
Spade, has been plunging rapidly during the week. In fact, the
film had already fallen to second place on Sunday, behind MGM's
Jeepers Creepers 2. By Monday, it had fallen to sixth place. On
Tuesday it was down to seventh place.
Anka Romensky, Playmate for February 2002, Free Nude Gallery
Courtesy of PlayboyPlus.com!
Yahoo! Movies Exclusive: Kill Bill Trailers, Slideshow, and
1939 chosen as top year for films. "Gone With the Wind",
"Wuthering Heights'', and "The Wizard of Oz''
POLICE ACADEMY 8 is in the works.
Dennis Miller jabs Democrat all-stars
When District Attorney Robert M. Carney cleaned out an evidence
locker in the county courthouse, he found the expected flotsam and
jetsam of prosecutions: old legal files, murder weapons, blood
samples and confiscated drugs. He also unearthed an old
controversy: a copy of 'Deep Throat,' a groundbreaking adult movie
seized from a State Street theater 30 years ago in an
I guess the Cheech and Chong reunion will have to wait - "Comedian
Tommy Chong has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison"
Oh, sure he's been convicted but I won't truly feel safe until
those big steel doors close behind him. Can you believe the U.S.
government has nothing better to do with our tax dollars?
CHRISTIAN BALE IS THE NEXT BATMAN Jeez, they actually made a
great choice! Bale is perfect for the role, although I was hoping
Tom Green would edge him out.
The Toronto International Film Festival reviews of Wonderland
(2003), the story of porn star John Holmes and the Wonderland
murders (for which he was tried and acquitted).: "The question
that the film festival response may begin to answer in Toronto is
whether an audience will want to spend nearly two hours living
those doomed, vacant lives vicariously. "
The trailer for Wonderland (2003): Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Lisa
Kudrow, James Cox
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
How to stay out of the way of the RIAA
Golf cart driver faces DWI charge
Sports the way you like it - completely made up
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
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days left until International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19)
Link goes to (where else)
- now with new English-to-Pirate instant translator
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the
review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick
Locke, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
- Here is an important piece of nude cinema history...Hedy Lamarr topless and far off full frontal nudity in scenes from "Extase" (1932) aka "Ecstacy" (1940) (USA).
- Much less historic is Paulina Porizkova topless and giving us a full dorsal view in scenes from the Tarentino-esque movie "Thursday".
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
watchusdie.com (2002) is a straight to video monstrosity. Now, to be sure, someone had a great idea. Make that half a great idea.... no, two halves of two very different great ideas. Yep, that's what someone had.
First half of the first great idea was to take the old murderer-in-a-locked-house concept and update it so that the house is the setting for a dorm-cam website. So now thousands of voyeurs get to see the murders unfold. What you need, then, is a first-rate screenwriter and a director like a young Spielberg to make it all work. That half of the first great idea evaded the producer, however. So what you get is muddled, stupid, banal, boring can of week-old nightcrawlers left out in the sun.
Best advice: throw that mofo away. BTW, if you are a veteran of stripper-murder movies, you will know who done it by the end of the second reel.
First half of the second great idea was inherent in the dorm-cam set-up. Fill the damn house with some fine-lookin' wimmin and get their clothes off.... just like the people in Chicago vote, which is to say early and often. That way the right folk (i.e. fellow Funhouse readers) won't care this isn't a modern Rear Window.
Yet even here the makes of watchusdie.com screwed up at levels seldom seen outside NASA and the Bush administration (sic). Only two of the seven inhabitants give up top-shelf goodies in a couple of shower scenes. Three others show some bum, yet the best looking one of them all gives up nothing, and a former Hefmate-turned-Pet keeps her frigging clothes on. Since that former Heffer is
a woman who seems as comfortable with her clothes off as most of us do in a baggy sweater and overalls, the failure to call for some el primo nudity is beyond strange. It's perverse.
The rundown, from most exposed to least, goes like this:
Amy Miller, who appears often in the Hefmag and is credited in the bios as being a former Hefmate...Wrong!... does a looooong shower scene . Amy looks like a young Anna Nicole Smith, up to and including her mega-monster-robo-hooters. If you likes em large and you doesn't care about the elemental content of them hooters, you will like these. First four collages are hooters only, the fifth is hooters and bum (you will notice there is no bush. That's right: direct to video, no reason for the MPAA to rate the thing, and there just ain't no bush). Sixth collage is from the DVD extras, a behind-the-scenes look at a poorly-edited part of the movie, in which Amy shows off bum in a bikini.
The second woman to do the shower scene thing is Mariangela Spiezia. Far be it for me to complain when a decent-looking woman with a small, attractive bod shows it off in a movie. But if I'm making this puppy and I'm planning on two of the gals getting nekkid, Mariangela is not at the top of my list. In fact, not to put too fine a point on things, she is at the bottom of that list. But here she is, topless in a nice enough shower scene.
Although she fails to give up top goodies, Tiffany Remley shows off a killer caboose. Tiffany is a real-live fitness model, whose pride and joy is her bum, and so she gives a real nice view of it, first in a french maid's outfit and then in a thong. The thong view was shot by the main camera (collage 2) and by the behind-the-scenes camera (collage 3).
Jenny James was the first murder victim, done in before she or anyone else gave up any goodies at all. But in the still photo section of the DVD, she poses nicely. You can see Jenny nekkid in the Hefmag, since she was in one of those girls of some NCAA conference.
Erin Cottrell woulda been my choice for one of the two shower scenes. She's a strawberry blonde with acres of freckles and (apparently) a kick-ass body. But we get to see her in lingerie only. Oh, the humanity!
That leaves the central character of the movie, a woman with a great smile and a fine-looking frame. Her name is Jennifer Cooper. Collage 1 shows her giving up some cleavage, while collage 2 shows her doing the
kiss thing with Amy Miller.
What's the bottom line here, you ask? As entertaining drama, this movie isn't one star... it isn't even zero stars. It's somewhere in the negative numbers, perhaps double digits. More important for our purposes is the relatively small amount of exposure and complete lack of heat to this thing. So that even by erotic thriller standards, it's an F- and digging its way passed G and H and landing squarely on I... for idiocy. All you need to know is this: the initials of the movie may be WUD, but that's the last thing you're gonna get by watching it.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Wolf Girl"(2001) aka Blood Moon
"La Fille seule"(1995) aka A Single Girl
- Catherine Guittoneau: one-timer having explicit hot monkey love
with Herve Gamelin from several Emmanuelle movies.
||Brief breast exposure in scenes from "Bienvenue chez les Rozes" (2003).
||Getting felt up in scenes from "Bâtards" (2003).
||Another French actress going topless. Here she is in scenes from "Un pur moment de rock'n roll" (1999).
|The beautiful French-Canadian actress bares breasts and bum in sex scenes from the movie "Ararat" (2002).
|The co-star of "Rainman" and "Hot Shots" goes topless in scenes from the Italian movie, "Respiro" (2002).
|The sexy Vulcan wears some Vicky's Secret pjs, then takes them off for a 'hands holding boobs' scene during Wednesday night's season premiere of "Enterprise"! Links 2 and 3 are show the most skin, and it's pretty impressive for primetime.
|Joyce Van Patten
|An interesting find by Señor Skin...Joyce Van Patten ("Eight Is Enough" dad, Dick Van Patten's sister) topless in scenes from the 1972 movie "Bone". Links 9-14 are obviously her. The others feature close up breast and gyno-views that most likely belong to a body double.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MEG RYAN DEFENDS NUDE SEX SCENES
"You've Got T*ts" - At the Toronto International Film Festival, Meg Ryan
defended her decision to star in "In The Cut," a violent erotic thriller in
which she does steamy nude sex scenes. The 41-year-old queen of romantic
comedies scoffed at the suggestion that she was baring her body to
revitalize her career or change her goody-goody image. She said that out
of 30 movies she's made, only seven are romantic comedies, "so I don't know
what the typical Meg Ryan movie is."
Neither do I, but I'm pretty sure she wasn't having sex naked in it.
But this will be the first Meg Ryan movie that men will drag women to
She's made 30 movies? I only remember about...seven.
JESSICA SIMPSON THE NEW OZZY
Gracie Allen Lives - MTV has already optioned a second season of its
surprise smash, "Newlyweds," the show that follows pop star couple Jessica
Simpson and Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. Viewers are fascinated by the
boundless stupidity of Simpson, the new Ozzy Osbourne. One fan told the
New York Post that Simpson is "dumb as a stick," and you can tell Nick is
annoyed at having to explain the simplest things, but she's so sexy, he
puts up with it. Her defining moment was when Nick had to assure her that
her tuna fish really was tuna, and that "Chicken of the Sea" is just a
Don't worry, Jessica: it's not chicken...and it's not mermaid.
If her body were like a stick, this marriage never would've happened.
At least Nick can tell all the blonde jokes he wants...Jessica doesn't
She's so dumb, she thought a member of 98 Degrees was a star.
Drugs destroyed Ozzy's brain...What's her excuse?
Nick's still deciding whether he wants to pick up an option for a second
year of marriage.
J-LO AND BEN POSTPONE WEDDING
But How Will We Survive?! - Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck announced that
they've indefinitely postponed their wedding, set for Sunday, because too
many details had leaked out and they were afraid media intrusions would
ruin it. J-Lo had reportedly hired four decoy brides to fool the
paparazzi. Some speculated that the postponement might itself be a
fake-out to throw the media off their trail. Others wondered if it might
be related to a report that J-Lo demanded Ben sign a pre-nup agreeing to
give her half of everything he has if he ever cheats on her.
That's ridiculous: it was to give her EVERYTHING he had.
Ben was afraid to sign it, considering he'd already slept with all four
Plus she added a clause saying they can NEVER make another movie
They'd better hurry up and get married because the divorce is already
scheduled for November.
They can't postpone this wedding: it will throw thousands of reporters
out of work!
BLAINE TORMENTED WITH LASER POINTERS
Next Time, Use Bulletproof Plexiglass - Spectators in London continue to
torment David Blaine as he hangs over the Thames in his plexiglass box.
The latest incident came when guards had to chase away a man and two
teenagers who were shining laser pointers in Blaine's eyes. It freaked
Blaine out because he thought it might be laser rifle sights. A website is
reportedly trying to organize a "flash mob" stunt in which a lot of people
will show up Friday and point lasers at him at once.
And you thought David Blaine was the only guy with a lot of time to
On the bright side, this is much more exciting than he thought it would
Wow! He's already freaking out, and Penn & Teller haven't even shown up
Worse, last night, someone snuck up to his box, slapped on some postage,
and air-mailed him to Texas.