"Set It Off"

Set It Off (1996) is summarized very well at IMDB, "Four Black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks." The women are played by Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise. All four characters are well set up, so that, by the time they decide to go into banking, they have a lot of audience sympathy. Queen Latifah is an ex con and lesbian who can't catch a break, one of them had their little brother killed by the police in a case of mistaken identity, another had her child taken by child protective services because he got into some cleaning fluid when she had to take him to work because she couldn't afford a babysitter. And the last lost her bank job because someone she knew from the projects where they all lived robbed her bank, and she didn't "Set it off," referring to the silent alarm.

Once they start robbing banks, there is nothing subtle about them. The detective who shot the brother knew almost immediately who the four women were, but had to proceed cautiously because the department had taken so much heat of the death of the brother. So, the four of them are trying to grab enough money to get out of the projects and retire, and the noose is slowly tightening around them. Samantha MacLachlan, as Latifah's main squeeze, shows buns and partial breasts in fishnet lingerie. Tamara Clatterbuck shows breasts in a sex scene.

IMDB readers have thsi at 6.1 of 10. It earned a whopping $36M against a budget of only $9M. Ebert says 3 1/2 stars and Berardinelli gives three. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 45% positive, but with 75% from the top critics. I enjoyed it very much. The action sequences were top notch, and I felt like I knew these women. I suppose you could label it something like Female crime blacksploitation, but I found it a very enjoyable watch. C.

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  • Samantha MacLachlan (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Tamarah Clatterbuck (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    "Preachin' to the Sistas"

    Preachin' to the Sistas (1999) is a zero budget film about two con men who get tired of working at Three Card Monty, and decide to become a church, but the second half of the plan is brilliant. They will syphon money from the church, and start a mortgage company, which they advertise from the pulpit. The preacher is married, but sleeping with most of the good-looking female parishioners, and his partner is a deacon, but prefers the company of strippers. Things are working out fine, until one sista won't put out, and the IRS gets wise to them. One of his dalliances, played by Tempest, shows breasts and buns, but not her own. The body is courtesy of Barbara Bisset. Trinita Turnet, as a birthday stripper, also shows breasts and buns.IMDB seems to know it as Player Preacher, and rates it 4.0 of 10. This is a film with absolutely nothing to recommend it. The plot is as simple as a classic melodrama, the acting was nothing special, and it was technically amateurish. E.

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  • Barbara Bisset (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Trinita Turner (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

    As a general rule, I've never found it entertaining when people just act weird, or when movies wear their weirdness as a badge of honor. It requires a special kind of daring to make that kind of posturing into an appealing art. Andy Kaufman had the elan to pull it off, but Tom Green usually does not.

    I guess I must have a weak spot for Dennis Potter, the official British weird guy, because I always seem willing to give him more artistic leeway than I would give a dilettante like Tom Green who uses weird for cheap laughs, or a heavy-handed playwright like Harold Pinter who uses weird as a substitute for character development. The fact that Potter rarely repeated himself in any way, that he was always out there adding some new oddball credentials to his resume, gave him a lot more appeal than Pinter and Green whose careers seem to consists of recycling the same ideas and devices again and again. Potter, like Andy Kaufman, was fucked-up, but was wildly inventive, and I like that.

    If you aren't familiar with Potter, he's the guy who created The Singing Detective (both versions), Pennies from Heaven, and Dreamchild (the story of the little girl who was Lewis Carroll's model for Alice in Wonderland). In theory, I should hate all of those works and Brimstone and Treacle as well, but I don't. I think Potter has just enough panache to pull "weird" off.

    The story here is macabre, morbid, and not a little bit demented.

    Sting plays some kind of an evil drifter who insinuates his way into people's homes with clever cons and sweet words (the treacle), and then creates hellish nightmares for them (the brimstone). Is he an evil man? Is he Satan? Who the hell ever knows that kind of thing in a Potter script? Robert Downey was talking about The Singing Detective at Sundance last year, and after he answered one question, he said to the questioner, "you seem to know what was going on in this film. Can you explain it to me, because I can't make any sense of the fuckin' thing." He wasn't the only one. The audience felt about the same way, but I liked that film as well, in defiance of all my own predispositions.

    We know Sting can't be Satan because of something that happens at the very end of the movie, but if he isn't Ol' Scratch, he certainly is surrounded with enough religious and mystical trappings for ten dark angels and a few spare vampires.

    The Stinger worms his way into the lives of a suburban couple who have lost their daughter to an automobile accident. No, the daughter isn't dead, but she has been transformed into some kind of vegetable that lies down all day and makes strange noises and gestures, obviously the victim of some kind of horrible brain damage. As time goes on, we see that the daughter's condition is directly related to something her father did. On the surface, her father is good man and a respectable publisher of solemn, religious material, but this facade hides a kind of wormy decadence. The great British character actor Denholm Elliott was perfect for this compassionate-yet-seedy role. Come to think of it, he always plays compassionate-yet-seedy. Sting earns the trust of the despondent, unhappy couple, then uses that trust to weasel his way into being alone with the brain-damaged girl, for whom he has planned various obscene and blasphemous activities which you can well imagine.

    The thing that impressed me most with the script is that scriptwriter Dennis Potter figured out a way to get out of the situation. I mean where do you go after you have a trusted houseguest fucking the brain-damaged daughter? After that vile scene, Potter came up with two resourceful plot twists that manage to leave the viewer feeling that everyone got pretty much what was coming to them, yet he pulled that off without any unnecessary cruelty or violence.

    Potter wrote this as a four character stage play, and that's still basically what it is. It was originally filmed in 1976 for BBC, but the network chickened out and the original TV version (also starring Denholm Elliott) was never aired. Given the passage of six years and a theatrical release which freed him to seek his true audience, Potter tried it yet again, and at least this time he managed to get the story told and shown exactly as he pictured it, including many lingering shots of the smarmy Sting doting over the drain-damaged girl with lascivious looks and caresses. Director Richard Loncraine managed to bring the same kind of perverse, dark and dissolute feeling to this film as he did to Michael Palin's The Missionary and Ian McKellan's Richard III

    It obviously can't be more than a C+ by our rating system. Maybe it is less. Don't go to this film with your parents or your very religious and/or straight-arrow neighbors. You can tell from the description that it is weird, and even if you can handle weird, you may find it utterly offensive. But what can I tell you? I kinda liked it. It was like a blasphemous, obscene, and generally nasty episode of The Twilight Zone, and it's only about 80 minutes long between the credits, so it doesn't overstay its welcome.

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    • Suzanna Hamilton. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) She did some great theatrical film nudity between 1982 and 1988, including frontals, but after that she stuck mostly to TV work and kept her clothing on for about a decade. I don't know what she's up to now. She's still quite young (43), but according to IMDb, she hasn't worked since 1997.




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    Hi Uncle S. 

    Celebrity Sleuth has some pictures of Zora from Joe Millionare showing her tush from some calendar.  They look fake but they're apparently real.  Do you think you could get them for the site?

    Scoop's reply:

    Here they are: (1, 2, 3)

    These pictures can't be the July cheesecake pic from the calendar from Powerco Inc., which was said to be a bikini pic with no nudity.

    The Enquirer described the actual calendar picture as follows on February 19, 2003 (link to full story)

    Judging by the sexy photograph, Zora, 29, isn't nearly as shy and innocent as TV's favorite pseudo-millionaire Evan might think. The only thing that's covering the bottom portion of her hot bod is a baby blue, teeny-weeny string bikini. A blue see-through sarong wrapped around the middle of her lithe body leaves little to the imagination. The photo is too explicit to print in a family newspaper.

    Sleuth reports that these three are pictures taken the same day, by the photographer, Boz Swope. Swope is quoted by Sleuth as having said, "She (Zora) was the one who brought the black see-through top to the shoot."


    Here 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.

    Graphic Response
    • Kim Cattrall from Sunday night's episode of "Sex and the City". Once again Kim in looking great topless, plus this time around there is some frontal nudity (it's probably stunt bush).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    Alexa Rae

    Alexa Rae and Monique Alexander

    Monique Alexander
    (1, 2, 3)

    Plenty of skin from the Skinemax series "The Best Sex Ever", episode "Boy Toy". Both ladies show pretty much everything. By the way, Alexa Rae is not just a Skinemax babe, but also a real porn actress who has starred in classic titles like "Debbie Does New Orleans".

    Tawny Kitaen Topless in scenes from a pre-"Bachelor Party" movie called "The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak".

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "A Man Apart"
    Vin Diesel actioner about a DEA cop bent on revenge after his wife is killed brings no surprises, but plenty of ass-kicking action and killings, so fans and thrill-seekers will love it.

    I found it very trite, but the action and beautiful women made it still worth seeing. Rachel Sterling dancing in her see-through outfit was stunning. Several of her pictures, plus the pictures of the unknown actress in the tanning bed, are from the DVD's deleted scenes.

    Asia Argento Showing breasts and bush while smoking and shaving in a movie she wrote and directed called "Scarlet Diva" (2000).

    Emmanuelle Béart Full frontal nudity from the French movie "La Belle noiseuse" (1991).

    Hanne Klintoe
    (1, 2, 3)

    Saffron Burrows

    Scenes from the Mike Figgis movie "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" (1999). Klintoe goes full frontal, and Burrows wears a semi-see-thru bra.

    Irène Jacob Toplessness and rear nudity in scenes from "Victory" (1995).

    Matleena Kuusniemi
    (1, 2, 3)

    Baring all in a couple of sex scenes from the Finnish movie "Levottomat" (2000).

    Tiina Lymi
    (1, 2)

    Toplessness and close up bush views in scenes from another Finnish movie called "Akvaariorakkaus" (1993).

    The Tinto Collection
    A great assortment of 'caps by As2 of various nude scenes from Tinto Brass movies. Naturally, if it's a Tinto movie that means plenty of breasts, bush and especially rear views (often with plenty of rear gyno-views).

    • Claudia Koll in scenes from "Così fan tutte" aka "All Women Do It" (1992) (1, 2, 3)

    • Debora Caprioglio showing plenty of bush and gyno-views in "Paprika" (1989) (1, 2, 3, 4)

    • Katarina Vasilissa bares all, including plenty of gyno-cam views from "L' Uomo che guarda" aka "The Voyeur" (1993). (1, 2, 3)

    Carla Gallo
    (1, 2, 3)

    Cambo, Rookie and Finite all put together collages featuring Carla's topless scene from Sunday night's premiere episode of the new HBO series, "Carnivàle".

    Natalie Appleton
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    One of the members of the pop group "All Saints" showing off excellent toplessness and baring a little bit of bum in scenes from her one and only movie "Honest" (2000). Thanks to the Skin-man.

    Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    "Beniffer" May Require Surgical Separation - Sunday, on what was to have been the day of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's mega-hyped wedding, People magazine reported that Ben had dumped J-Lo after having "second thoughts." Some sources said Ben's mom had urged him to think about whether this was really the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Citing unidentified "close sources," People said J-Lo was "devastated" and "in tears."

  • It could be WEEKS before she's ready to get married again!
  • We're all so, so sad...especially divorce lawyers.
  • J-Lo beat her own record: this time, she got divorced before she even got married!
  • The last straw was when J-Lo said her entourage would be coming on the honeymoon.
  • When Ben thought about who he really wanted to spend the rest of his life with, he realized it was Matt Damon.

    Kids Got In Free - Michael Jackson played Willie Wonka Saturday and opened his Neverland Ranch to several hundred visitors who paid $5,000 each for a day of food, music, and amusement park rides hosted by the Gloved One. Some celebrities were among the visitors, including Ashanti, the Backstreet Boys and Mike Tyson, who said, "This is one place I'm truly impressed by."

  • I'm truly impressed to hear that Mike Tyson still had $5,000.
  • There's something about a spendthrift lunatic who hides from lawsuits on his estate full of exotic animals that really impresses Mike Tyson.
  • It raised thousands of dollars for a charity: the Michael Jackson Cranio-Facial Reconstruction Fund.
  • $5,000 sounds like a lot, but it was cheaper than going to Disney World.

    And No Kissing! - Jackson biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli quotes a friend of Lisa Marie Presley as saying that Presley claimed Michael is actually "amazing" in bed, but that he would never go to bed without makeup or allow her to have the lights on and see him during sex.

  • That was Michael's "sex stand-in"...He was actually over at Macaulay's house.
  • As if anyone would WANT to see Michael Jackson while having sex.

    Lourdes Prefers Britney Spears - Over the weekend, Madonna held a "tea party" to launch her new children's book. She said she keeps her daughter Lourdes, 7, completely ignorant of her stage persona because sex "shouldn't be part of her repertoire." She also said she wants to have a third child but is having to consult with doctors since "because of my exercising and this, that and the other, I've kind of screwed up my cycle a bit."

  • It's called menopause, Madonna: deal with it!
  • By "this, that and the other," she means "The Lakers, the Knicks and the entire cast of 'Cats.'"
  • Her attitude about Lourdes is odd, considering Madonna lost her virginity at seven.