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|Johnny Web and TomCat
TomCat continues to impress with the material he
finds. A couple weeks back it was the rarely-seen
"Passion of Beatrice", with full frontal nudity
from a very young Julie Delpy. This time it is the
rarely-seen 1985 film, "L'Amour braque", with
full frontal nudity from a 19 year old Sophie Marceau.
This film, an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot,
marked the first of several times that director
Andrzej Zulawski used Marceau as his leading lady.
I don't know anything about the movie, but Marceau -
c'est magnifique. (1,
summary: 7.7 out of 10. (A high score, but based on
only 18 votes.)
Amazon does not have this film available in any
TomCat again. A 1998 Italian film featuring Chiara
IMDb lists the film, but has no information at all. It
does not appear to be available in any medium.
This is Louis Malle's soap opera
featuring those two happy-go-lucky comic geniuses, Jeremy
Irons and Juliette Binoche, so you can bet that there is
plenty of anguish on display.
Binoche plays an emotionally damaged
woman who is haunted by a past relationship wherein her
boyfriend committed suicide. It is later suggested that
the boyfriend was her own brother.
She seems to have some problem getting
rid of the whole incest thing, because she promptly
screws up her one chance for happiness with a normal,
kind-hearted and successful guy by striking up an
obsessive passionate relationship with the guy's father
(Irons). This gives both Irons and Binoche the
opportunity to do what they do best. In Irons' case, this
means he gets to sleep with a younger woman and deliver
many anguished facial expressions. In Binoche's case, she
gets to look like she is about to cry, and actually gets
to deliver a few tears now and then.
To top off the whole soap opera, the son
catches his woman and his dad in flagrante, and is so
shocked by the site that he falls down a staircase to his
death. So it's a feel-good lighthearted summer kind of
Of course, it's a dissection of the
nature of obsession, and the effect it can have on our
lives, and the lives of others. It a beautifully filmed
movie, beautifully transferred to DVD. Do you want to see
it? Well, it does a good job with the subject matter, so
I guess you'll have to figure out if it is your kind of
The nudity and eroticism are not
especially steamy, despite the presence of an
"unrated"version. In fact, although the lovers
have on-screen sex many times before they are discovered
by the son, and they twist each other into most of the
positions in the Kama Sutra, the passion is more
suggested than shown, and is in continuous motion, so it
is not easy to come up with a worthwhile capture. I just
really wanted to catch some of the most beautiful facial
shots to make some better collages for the encyclopedia.
Tuna did a comprehensive job on this film, and you can
find everything on his archive site.
Juliette Binoche (1,
Consensus: about three stars.
6.3 out of 10. Ebert gave it four stars, but Berardinelli
gave in only two and a half.
info from Amazon
Two Moon Junction"
Do I really have to say anything? I'll
bet you already know this 1994 sequel bites the big one.
This time, the other sister visits Grammy's plantation,
and falls in love with a blue collar Fabio lookalike who
is really a sensitive guy.
This one has none of the colorful
atmosphere, erotic charge and imaginative sets that mark
the first one. I liked the first one, which was done by
Zalman King, and which featured about every Decadent
Southern Gothic cliche possible, plus carny folk, Burl
Ives, Tattoo, Milla Jovovich, Kristy McNichol, and some
very steamy nudity and sex. This one, however, is just a
Mindy Clarke (1,
4.8 out of 10.
info from Amazon. (not recommended)
Wildflowers (2000) is being released Tuesday. It was written and directed
by Melissa Painter, who was raised in Marin county, and knows and loves the
area she is filming. This is evident in her choices of location, and her
DP (Paul Ryan) obviously shared her vision. In fact, the photography is
the best thing about this film. The premise, I think, is a good one, and
could be turned into a good film, but that didn't happen here. The film
tries to address the question of what happened to the "Flower Children's"
children. Cally, played reasonably well by Clea DuVall, was raised in a
commune by her father, and never told much about her mother. She is now
about to graduate from High School, and lives with her dad in the Sausalito
houseboat community. She meets an ex-hippy (Daryl Hannah) at a concert, and
becomes fascinated by her. Turns out, Daryl is the mother she has always
missed. Unfortunately, this is a less than stellar performance by Hannah.
She does look the part, however. Even a great performance would not have
saved this one, as there wasn't enough plot to make a film.
This is ponderously slow, and what I hoped would be a story about the
aftermath of an era I lived, in an area I know well turned out to be a
rather unremarkable coming of age story. I did watch the entire thing, and
it was the photography that kept me watching.
Thumbnails, Part 1
Thumbnails, Part 2
Set for release tomorrow, Coming Soon (1999) can finally be seen in the
directors cut, totally uncensored by MPAA. You would expect that means
there is now nudity, but you would be wrong. What the MPAA found so
offensive is the central theme of the film, which is teenaged girls in
search of orgasm. Seems the MPAA does not think girls should have good sex.
Coming Soon is about 3 young women, all seniors at an exclusive prep school
in Manhattan. They are best friends, and share everything, including their
hopes and dreams. These are mostly orgasm with a partner, and getting into
Harvard or Yale. As the film opens, we see Bonnie Root (or, more exactly,
Bonnie Root's face) as she loses her virginity. When the young man rolls
off, she is still waiting for the good part. Her girlfriends show up to ask
how it went, and she asks them how to get the diaphragm out. They tell her,
and she hands it back to them. Seems she borrowed it. This is as sexy as
the film gets.
Gabby Hoffman and Tricia Vessy are great as Bonnie Root's best friends, and
Mia Farrow is superb as her mother. The photography is top notch, the score
suits the film, and the New York scenery is also well done. The story,
which you can think of as an American Pie for girls, is fresh, sharp and
funny, and is told with great pace. In sort, this Indie is very well made.
Even though I am a polar opposite of the target audience (teenaged girls),
I found it very entertaining. This film had no US distribution at all.
Why, you might ask, would a film that everyone who has screened it loves
not have a US release? First, it was slapped with an NC-17 by MPAA. The
MPAA admitted that the same material, but spoken by boys, would not be a
problem. After finally securing an R by cutting out the funniest material,
they still found nothing but closed doors at the distributors. Fox did
purchase International distribution rights, but their domestic department
said that there was no market, and they had no interest at all.
Writer/director Colette Burson ask, "what do you mean, nobody wants to see
teenaged girls? Teenaged girls want to see them, teenaged boys want to see
them, men want to see them, women want to see them." So what demographic
group doesn't want to see teenaged girls in pursuit of orgasm? Fathers of
teenaged girls, and men who are afraid they are not giving as good as they
Burson deliberately shot the film expecting a PG, since her target audience
was teenaged girls. To give you an idea of the inane MPAA objections, at
one point, Bonnie gives her date a blow job. We know this because she goes
out of frame into his lap, then comes back into frame rubbing her sore jaw.
MPAA decreed that either the going out of frame, or the returning to frame
had to be cut, because showing both implied duration. The duration, of
course, was the joke. They also objected to a scene where Bonnie has her
first orgasm in a Jacuzzi, using the water jet. All we see is her face the
entire time. Seems killing teenaged girls (8 MM) is only R material, but
the thought that girls can come is NC-17.
Support this film for two reasons. First, it is a very good film. Second,
we need to get a message to the MPAA that we don't like the way they are
doing their job.
|new from Crow
Toni Braxton at the MTV Video Movie Awards. (Mo nudity)
Stephanie McMahon, WWF Raw. Her dad, according to the financial trade press, is America's newest billionaire.
Ashley Judd in "Eye of the Beholder"
|pics and comments from Brainscan
Joe Don Baker and celeb nekkidness: now those are two words you don't find
together on just any website. In fact you find them together only in the
Funhouse. It's something of a strain, but here you are: a few weeks back
Mike and the bots on MST3K watched a movie called Final Justice,
starring..... Joe Don Baker, in the role of.... a maverick lawman in...
Cyprus. Don't ask. JD is paired with an actress named Patrizia Pellegrino
(Greek, Italian... six of one, half-dozen on the other, I always say). The
name rang a bell and sho nuff I find squirreled away on my hard drive a few
scans of one Patrizia Pellegrino. I think its the one and same actress
although her own web site does not list Final Justice in her filmography
(who the hell can blame her?) and she has discovered the wonders of peroxide
in the mean time. These are not my scans and some were in wretched shape,
but I cleaned em up a bit.
In another part of Europe we have your page 3 babes. It seems that a few
programs on British telly were or are the equivalent of Married With
Children: they employed as guests or bit actresses the prominent nekkid
models of the land. That's true of the two lovelies I sent along, Debbie
Linden and Gillian Duxbury: they wound up on the same shows after showing
off their finer features on page 3.
| and ...
||From Akira. New captures from "Waking the Dead", which is new to DVD today (Tuesday).
|Helena Bonham Carter
||From HBS Graphics. New captures from "Margaret's Museum". Best quality caps that I've seen from this film.
||New captures from "Dangerous Beauty".
|new from Scanman
Rae Dawn Chong
||New captures from "Valentine's Day"
||in "Muertos de Risa"
||Olympic 10m diver loses her suit underwater in the semis
||in that Minnie Driver in the desert flick, "Slow Burn"
Elle naked and pregnant
||"the body" is heavy with child in the September Vogue. You thought she had big boobs before? Look at 'em now!
||one more naked picture of the new Satan, this one from her GQ layout