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LC captured the latest installment of Masters of Horror, this one called "Imprint," directed by Takashi Miike. If you're familiar with his work, you know that Miike's films can be kinda brutal, so be forewarned that these scenes will  be comparable to the nasty ways in which Brave Sir Robin was "not at all afraid" to be killed.

  • Michie Ito (zipped .mpg, sample captures below left)
  • Miho Ninagawa (zipped .mpg, sample captures below right)
Michie Ito Miho Ninagawa

Lena Olin has spent most of her movie career trying to make worthwhile and meaningful films, but every once in a while she cuts loose, and Romeo is Bleeding was the loosest. She created one of the most memorable villainesses in cinema history. Tuna and I disagreed radically on the movie. He hated it, but I think it is a marvelous exercise in excessive atmosphere and style, one of those films that works as a genre film and a genre parody at the same time. (Movie House Review.) Most critics agree with Tuna. Be that as it may, Lena Olin's breasts were certainly award-winning. (Three .avis zipped together)


Melissa McGregor in Satan's Little Helper (Two .avis zipped together)



"Cameron Diaz Showing Her Ass Crack In A Sexy Thong"

The top 10 ugliest, most embarrassing fashion trends of the past 25 years

Daily Box Office for Friday, September 22, 2006

  • Jackass the Second opens BIG with an $11+ million Friday. (Expectations were in the 6-7 range.) Jackass took in more than the next five films added together.
  • Jet Li is on target for about nine or ten million for the weekend, as expected
  • Flyboys is more or less on target toward its predicted six million range.
  • The critical hammering of All The King's Men was an omen for its box office performance . At this point, it doesn't seem to be able to achieve even the very modest hopes of the forecasters (five to six million). Looks like it will struggle to reach four million. It not only lost to the other new movies and last week's champ on Friday, but it also lost to last week's disappointment, The Black Dahlia!

According to unauthorized Kidman bio, she called Scientology "absolute bullshit."

Richie Valens gets battery charge.

Osama allegedly dead. France to probe leak of secret death report

  • The GOP is livid about this leak, which was supposed to happen much closer to election day

"In his latest attempt to deflect attention from his insult to Muslims, Pope Benedict XVI has attacked Madonna, calling her a 'worthless, thousand-lire whore who ought to be raped on a cross for embodying all that's tawdry about decadent Western culture.'"


Grey's Anatomy Beats CSI head-to-head

The trailer for Home Of The Brave

  • The story of four American soldiers nearing the end of their tours of duty in Iraq. Shortly after learning their unit will soon return home, they are sent on one final humanitarian mission to bring medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. The unit is ambushed and takes heavy losses. The surviving troops suffer both physical and psychological injuries.

The high quality trailer for Eragon

  • Based on the best-selling novel, this epic fantasy-adventure centers on a young man named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, discovering that he alone has the power to save – or destroy – an Empire.
  • Yeah, I know it sounds like a Uwe Boll movie, but it has a decent buzz and a solid cast, so it must be a lot better than it sounds. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, John Malkovich.

Cops: "Don't Open Your Door, There's a Gator on Your Porch"

  • By the weirdest of coincidences, this is also the title of 14 different Zydeco songs.

Russia prepares emotional return for last Tsar's mother

  • Hell, you'd be choked up, too, if someone who died in 1928 showed up on your porch. Especially if they were near the alligator.

Letterman: "Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Eating Spinach"

Youngsters reach baseball milestones

  • It's been a bad year for Jimmy Foxx, who formerly held the record for most homers for a hitter playing in Boston (50) and Philadelphia (58), and is on the verge of losing both in the same season. Ortiz took the first record down a couple of days ago. Ryan Howard tied the second one last night, hitting number 58 against the Marlins.
  • (XX actually set his record playing for the Philadelphia A's, an American League team which later moved to Kansas City, and then to Oakland. Foxx still holds the season record for that franchise. The Phillies record was 48 before this season, a feat accomplished by Mike Schmidt.)
  • Miguel Cabrera become the fourth player to have 50 doubles and 25 homers in a season before his 24th birthday.

Just for fun: the celebrity x-ray gallery





Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Coup de Torchon (1981)

Coup de Torchon, a French language film released in the USA as Clean Up, is based on Pop. 1280, an American pulp novel by Jim Thompson. The noted French director Bertrand Tavernier read the book and very much wanted to make it into a movie, but could find no way to adapt the story to a French locale. It concerns a southern sheriff who gets no respect, and one day decides to start killing the people who make his life difficult. Since there's nothing comparable to a small-town sheriff in France, and the theme of racial differences wouldn't quite work, he was stuck until it occurred to him to set it in French Equatorial Africa in a time just before WW II, when the local policemen were very sheriff-like, and a handful of decadent French were riding roughshod over the black population. Tavernier shot the film on location and made an effort to present a realistic Africa, with a muted color palette, and dusty streets.

Philippe Noiret plays the ostensibly feckless local policeman who never arrests anyone, and is the butt of local jokes. He gets less respect from the community than Rodney Dangerfield, and things are no better at home. His wife harasses him, steals all of his cash from his pockets, and seems to be sexually involved with a house guest she claims is her brother. He does find his own diversions with a school teacher, Irčne Skobline, and the abused wife of a local blowhard, Isabelle Huppert. One day, he decides he has had enough, and starts killing those who are a thorn in his side, making up stories to cover their deaths.

Philippe Noiret was excellent as a man who has completely hidden the fact that he is intelligent, and hence can get away with his schemes. Unfortunately, the deliberate pace made this a hard watch for me. Although this was clearly intended to be a very dark comedy, it just didn't have good comedic timing -- everything was too slow and methodical.

This is far from the only film adapted from Jim Thompson's writing. The Getaway, The Grifters, and After Dark, My Sweet are others that come to mind. I can't help but wonder if there is room for an American film in Pop. 1280, which is available used at Amazon for as little as $2.99. The only drawback is that the MPAA would likely ruin it. The American distributors narrowly avoided an NC-17 rating for the French version by trimming a scene in which Noiret shoves his hand under Huppert's skirt.

Roger Ebert didn't get it, and awarded 2 stars, but the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, and most of the Cesars.

IMDb readers say 7.6.

This is a C.


Irčne Skobline shows breasts showering, when someone peeps at her.

Isabelle Huppert shows breasts, buns and a hint of bush in several scenes.


Praise (1998)

Praise is an Australian film about a co-dependent couple.  He is a chain smoking asthmatic who works in a package store and lives in a flop house. When he is asked to work a fourth day in a row, he quits his job and becomes a full time loafer, filling his time with cigarettes, beer, and conversations with his fellow flop house residents. Out of the blue, he gets a call from a barmaid (Sacha Horler) who had worked in the pub portion of his workplace. The slightly plump girl with hideous eczema turns out to be a nymphomaniac and a recreational user of drugs and alcohol. His kind of woman! It would be a perfect match, except that he is rather ambivalent about sex, and a premature ejaculator. When they move in together, it looks as if they may forge a relationship, but, in the end, they are not compatible.

It's similar to Leaving Las Vegas in the themes it explores and the mood it establishes. Like Leaving Las Vegas, you might not enjoy it, but you will almost certainly admire it. While I generally don't appreciate films about truly unpleasant people, this one is a big exception, perhaps because the performances are just so outstanding. Both characters are presented so intimately and believably that you can almost feel them as you are watching. Sacha Horler is especially brilliant as the barmaid, and does full frontal and rear nudity as well.

This is a C+.

It won numerous Australian Film Institute awards, including best performance by an actress, and best screenplay. James Berardinelli praised it and awarded three stars.

IMDb readers say 7.1. Most of the IMDb comments are full of superlatives.


Sacha Horler








Soem miscellaneous non-nudes that struck my fancy. Left to right: Jessica Simpson in Employee of the Month, Buffy in The Return, Elisha Cuthbert in The Quiet, Sharon Case on The Young and the Restless.


  • When I watched Hollywoodland, that film about George Reeves, I was struck by the fact that it could just as easily be about Sarah Michelle Gellar. Let's hope her bio has a happier ending. If nothing else, she made a lot more money as Buffy than Reeves made as Supes.

  • Sharon Case looks great in a bikini!


Monica Keena in Left in Darkness. I watched this and thought it was pretty damned good for a zero budget film, but I passed on capping or reviewing it because this plumber's crack was it from Keena, and the only other nudity was two unimportant sorority babes flashing in bad light and focus.

It's kind of a thinking man's horror film - very little violence or nudity or splatter, more like a Rod Serling idea in that the heroine dies almost immediately - and has to run a demonic gauntlet to get into heaven.

Helen Latham in Episode 34 of Footballer's Wives

Three from Rokwatch. Left to right: Paula Prentiss very naked in Catch 22, and two sexy non-nudes: Colleen Camp in Clue, and Patricia Arquette in Tales From the Crypt