TV Round-Up

Brief nudity from Adelaide Clemens in episode 5 of Parade's End

Brief nudity from two women in s2e6 of Boss:

Hannah Ware

Kathleen Robertson

Moonrise Kingdom


The year is 1965. Two pre-teen misfits, one of each gender, become close pen pals. They eventually decide to meet and run away together. Their journey is not an easy one since they live on a New England island with no paved roads. The boy is an experienced scout, so he dresses for hiking and brings everything necessary for wilderness survival. The girl, on the other hand, is an impractical dreamer who shows up in her Sunday school shoes and brings only a few items of clothing, her six favorite books, her kitten, her ubiquitous binoculars and a battery-powered record player.

The story follows their budding relationship and the attempts of the adult world to locate their "Moonrise Kingdom," which is what they call the campsite they establish on a lovely tidal inlet in late summer. The adults are distressed not only by the implications of the kids' precocious sexuality, but also by the fact that New England is about to be hit by the storm of the century, and the kids are oblivious to their peril.

Certain directors have a style so distinctive that one can watch only a few minutes of their movies before saying "This must be a ________ movie." We don't have many of those people any more. Most of today's biggest directors hide their own voices and completely adapt their approach to the material in their current project. There's no such thing as a typical Spielberg movie, or a typical Soderbergh, Eastwood, Fincher, Verhoeven, Cameron, Scorsese, etc. On the other hand, we can still hear distinctive voices when we leave the realm of the blockbusters. Woody Allen's films seem to be more generic than in years past, but the dialogue still retains Woody's cadences. Other classic auteurs who still leave their marks on every scene include Aronofsky, Mike Leigh, Gondry, Tim Burton ...

... and Wes Anderson.

Anderson's films are easily identified by his gentle, offbeat humor, his eccentric families, his magic realism, his rich pallette, the inevitable deadpan expressions he requires from his actors, and his ensemble casts which always seem to include Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. They're not just distinctive films, but good ones as well. Yes, he's a weirdly creative dude, but he's also a very talented one. None of his films are rated below 7.0 at IMDb, and this particular one is rated 8.3 (in the top 250 of all time), a highly positive evaluation supported by 94% of the critics.

I agree completely with those lofty appraisals. There's really not a weak scene or character in this film, and the film's dramatic tension is created without any broadly conceived antagonists or cartoon characterizations of evil. There are times when we dislike some of the adults and some of the boy's fellow scouts, but in the end we get to see them as people who are capable of reaching out to others with understanding. The kids are brilliant in their roles. Every one of the adults is fascinating and absolutely unique. No character is generic; no characterization is perfunctory. Anderson takes the time to make every role distinctive, and his usual repertory cast is ably supported by superstars Bruce Willis and Edward Norton as two meek doofuses who eventually reveal unsuspected depths of courage and compassion.

Anderson's attention to detail is amazing. While his characters are not especially true-to-life, at least not to OUR life, they are completely distinct, and their lives are so richly detailed that they seem utterly credible within their own universe. Wes Anderson enjoys creating every last detail of his realms, and the people are only one aspect of that. The depth of his creativity is illustrated by the girl's six favorite books. None of those books exist in our world, but Anderson created them from scratch in detail, and they come complete with plot summaries, book jackets with pictures of fake authors, and even long passages to be read aloud. The books are just one example of Anderson's creative process. One could write essays about the detailed geography he created for the fictional island locale, or about the various ersatz merit badges and insignia worn by the fictitious "khaki scouts." He could have used books from the real world, or the real insignia of the boy scouts, but he obviously enjoys creating and controlling every aspect of his universe, so that it resembles ours, but is not quite the same. That slight difference gives him a lot of latitude to add his quirky humor to his stories.

It's an odd little film, but tender, and brilliantly done. In a world filled with sequels and comic book adaptations, I would love to see a pure cinema offering like this to get nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. This is the sort of inventive, original work which makes use of the unique capabilities of the film medium, and we should celebrate it as we once celebrated the power of the best literary inventions.


Oh, in my rhapsody I almost forgot to mention that Anderson even managed to sneak a Frances McDormand topless scene into the opening credits! (Although nobody really seems to have noticed it.)

  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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This concludes the British invasion, with movies from 2007 and later.

Part 2 of 2

28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later (2007) has Catherine McCormack showing a bit of breast.

The Boat That Rocked

The Boat That Rocked (2009) has lots of naked ladies, none of whom are identified.

Breakfast on Pluto

No nudity in Breakfast on Pluto (2005). Antonia Campbell-Hughes

and a few unidentified women are in their underwear.

Brideshead Revisited

Again, no nudity in Brideshead Revisited (2008). Hayley Atwell shows a lot of cleavage.


Mary Stockley is topless in Britz (2007)

and Manjinder Virk is in her underwear.


Juliet Oldfield is in her underwear in Bronson (2008)

and there is also a topless stripper.

Butterfly on a Wheel

Maria Bello is in her underwear in Butterfly on a Wheel (2007).

Coco Chanel

Barbora Bobulova is topless in Coco Chanel (2008) but not much is visible.


A substantial part of Confetti (2006) is set in a nudist colony and Olivia Colman is starkers.

There are a few other topless women.

Dog Pound

Dog Pound (2010) has a sexy Nicole Maillet.

Easy Virtue

Kimberley Nixon flashes her bum in Easy Virtue (2008)


and Jessica Biel looks good.

Notes on a scandal

Again, no real nudity in Notes on a scandal (2006) but Cate Blanchett is looking good


and Judi Dench is showing her age.


Sarah Parish gets naked in Recovery (2007).

A Room with a View

Elaine Cassidy shows a breast in A Room with a View (2007).

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010) has a topless Anna Madeley

and Maxine Peake.

Stuart - A Life Backwards

Candis Nergaard is naked in Stuart - A Life Backwards (2007).

Swinging with the Finkels

No nudity in Swinging with the Finkels (2011). Mandy Moore

and Melissa George are looking good.

Tamara Drewe

Tamara Drewe (2010) shows Gemma Arterton's backside

and there's an upskirt by Jessica Barden.

Tristam Shandy - A Cock and Bull Story

Tristra Shandy - A Cock and Bull Story (2005) shows Keeley Hawes' backside.

Until Death

Julia Horvath is topless in Until Death (2007),

as is an unidentified woman.


Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe were caught by paparazzi while they were quite undressed on the set of The F Word