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"Trading Places"

Trading Places (1983), as you have already read, is a better than average comedy most noted for Jamie Lee' Curtis's breasts. I heard her in an interview, where she mentioned that she was a target for feminist groups in her scream queen days, even though she did no nudity, never used a profanity, and didn't smoke or drink in the films. Then she took her clothes off, and she was suddenly a spokesperson for the women's movement. Which reminds me of an old joke. What do you get when a lion eats Helen Gurley Brown, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton? A feminist movement.

The film features an interesting mix of young comedy talent, such as Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, teamed with veterans like Don Ameche, Ralph Belamy and Denholm Elliott. The film is rated 7.2 of 10 at IMDB, making it one of the better liked comedies. While the story is nothing innovative, the talented cast pulls off some laugh out loud funny moments. The proper score is somewhere between B- and C+.

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  • Jamie Lee Curtis (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Unknowns (1, 2, 3)

    "True Romance"

    True Romance (1993) was written by Quentin Tarantino, and directed by Tony Scott. While Tarantino's stamp is definitely on the film, with rapid fire violence, coarse language and and lots of colorful characters, it is also kind of a romantic fable about Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater. The extra features in this special directors cut included many deleted scenes, all cut for timing and pace, which included additional nudity from Arquette.

    The most interesting special feature to me was an alternate ending, done the way Tarrantino originally wrote it, with commentary by both Tarrantino and Scott. The two quarreled over the ending. Scott felt that he, and the audience, fell for the kids, and really wanted them to get away with it. Tarrantino originally thought that was a bullshit Hollywood ending, and not realistic, but changed his mind after screening the film. He said that, had he directed the film, his ending would have been by far the better choice, but that Scott had included the fable love story, and his ending belonged with the film. He went on to say that Scott had done what a director is supposed to do, take a script, and make it his own. I, for one, would have felt cheated by the Tarrantino ending to the Scott film.

    This is a solid action film, with a tremendous cast that included James Gandolfini as a Mafia type, and Samual Jackson as a pimp. Dennis Hopper even turned in a decent performance. With an IMDB score of 7.6 of 10, the proper score is B-. In this case, I think Tarrantino lite made for a very good film.

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  • Patricia Arquette (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18)

    "Heavenly Creatures" revisited

    Several people wrote in to tell me that, not only was the story absolutely true, but New Zealand journalists became re-interested in the case when the film was released, and went looking for the two women depicted. The one who stayed in New Zealand could not be found, but the one portrayed by Kate Winslet turned up in Scottland as a best selling mystery writer named Anne Perry. She can certainly write with some authority on premeditated murder. At the time of the original trial in the 50s, there was some talk about a lesbian relationship, but most people were not exactly sure what that meant or how to deal with it, so that aspect of the case was hushed up. The two were arrested after the police found diaries written by Pauline. How much of the film is dramatic license is unknown, but the basic facts of the murder are true.

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    Amantes won the Best Picture Goya in 1991. Based on sights and sounds, I recommend it, given that the following conditions don't bother you (1) it is in Spanish (2) it is kind of a Spanish version of the Postman Always Rings Twice - passion salted with criminality in the Franco era (3) it is a chick-flick at heart, and has a completely depressing, weepy-ass ending

    • Maribel Verdu (1, 2)
    • Victoria Abril (1, 2, 3)

    The Road to Wellville. I guess Tuna and I would have to say that the 5.1 rating for this movie is silly. It ain't Citizen Fookin Kane, but it has plenty of positives. It stars some great performers: Cusack, Broderick, Hopkins. It has a richly-imagined alternate universe - a bustling goldrush kind of Battle Creek, Michigan at the turn of the century with 130 competing cornflake companies and the world's most famous health spa. It's a bizarre spoof of educated America's obsession with health fads and instant cure contraptions. It is beautifully photographed. It has some lovely nudity. I enjoyed it in a retro-SciFi kind of way, got a few laughs out of it, and my significant other (who is a naturalized citizen) laughed non-stop, and thought it was a spot-on portrayal of Americans and their obsessions. Her comment "it doesn't seem like America changed much in that past century".

    • Lara Flynn Boyle. Everybody says she's too thin, but she's got some great lookin' breasts on 'er.
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    • Bridget Fonda (1, 2)
    • Traci Lind. She disappeared from the radar five years ago. Busy little career for a while, then it came to a screeching halt - no IMDb credits after 1997. Does anyone know what happened to her?
    • In case you haven't recovered from yesterday's Oz pictures of Olympia Dukakis in the buff, you may want to pass on Camryn Manheim in the altogether.


    Hey, Scoop 

    Scoopy - I'm sure others will reply but it is my understanding that Fantasies was shot circa 1976 (she was billed as Cathleen Collins) but wasn't released until 1981. They were trying to take advantage of her emerging fame as Bo Derek.

    Fair enough. I changed the Derek volume of the Encyclopedia to reflect this.

    Scoop. Topic for discussion. I was watching the DVD of Gypsy Moths and couldn't help but marvel at the courage of Deborah Kerr to do nudity at her age (late 40's) and with her reputation as a film actress. This brought up a question that you might want to share with the Funhouse members. Who was the first established American-born actress to appear nude on screen? A couple of ground rules: she must be established as a good actress before the nudity (so no Jane Fonda since she did nude scenes before her critical success) and the nudity must be clearly seen and intentional (so no Clara Bow or Fay Wray). Any thoughts?

    Other crap 

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    • 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
    • Arielle Dombasle, star of French movies the late 70's going topless in the Red Shoe Diaries episode, "Like Father, Like Son".

    • Portia de Rossi, the Ally McBeal star shows breasts, bum and bush in scenes from the indie film "Women in Film" (2001).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

    Today we start off with B-movie movie and porn babe, Tera Patrick in "The Stalker".
    • Tera Patrick, lots of excellent breast exposure, with bum views in links 9 and 10.
      (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    Next up is Stacy Noel, also in scenes from "The Stalker"

    • Stacy Noel, topless. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Then we move on to Amanda Tapping (of "Stargate SG-1") in "The Void", mostly leg shots but link #4 shows a breast. Although it's probably a body double.

    • Amanda Tapping (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Anne Parillaud
    (1, 2)

    A very young and beautiful Anne going topless and showing some frontal views in scenes from "Pour la peau d'un flic" (1981).

    Géraldine Sales
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    Topless in "La Loire, Agnès et les garçons" (2000).

    Kerstin Draeger
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    Topless in "Un été à la côte".

    Meredith Baxter Best known as the mom from "Family Ties" baring a single breast in scenes from the made for cable movie "My Breast" (1984).

    Muriel Montossé
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Showing all 3 B's in scenes from "La Proie du désir".

    Valérie Lemercier Nice leg view and toplessness in "Sexes faibles!" (1992).

    Virginie Thévenet Breast exposure from "L'Année prochaine... si tout va bien" (1981).

    Dominique Swain The young actress best known from "Lolita" and "Face/Off", caught out in public in an usual pose. A karate kick of sorts that reveals a mega-upskirt.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Looking great in black with a little cleavage at the Latin Grammys.

    Monet Mazur
    Shannyn Sossamon
    Various Babes
    Emmanuelle Vaugier

    The Goose takes a look at the recently released "40 Days and 40 Nights". Not much of a movie, but there is a bit of nudity, the biggest name in the batch is Shannyn Sossamon who made her debut in "A Knight's Tale".