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"Protector" (1998)

Protector (1998), according to IMDB, is made for TV, and called Valentine's Day. It is full of nudity, and boasts a pretty impressive cast including Rae Dawn Chong, Mario van Peebles, Randy Quaid, Ben Gazarra, and a lovely and talented Zehra Leverman, who I was not familiar with, but has several credits at IMDB. IMDB calls it an Action/Drama/Romance/Thriller. It is actually a Mafia vs good cop/bad cop story, and a fairly good one, but has more than enough nudity and simulated sex to fall into the soft core genre.

We have two anonymous models showing breasts, Rae Dawn with clear and well lit breast exposure, and Zehre showing pretty much everything over and over. van Peebles is the good cop, trying to get a high ranking mafia boss to turn states evedence. Without giving the plot away, he trusts some of the wrong people. Rae Dawn is his ex wife and district attorney, and Randy Quaid is his partner.

IMDB readers are very harsh at 4.0/10, but totally missed the point that this is a soft core with a strong cast and way more plot than the norm. C+.

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  • Rae Dawn Chong (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Zehre Leverman (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    The Big Brass Ring is the 1999 film of the last script written by Orson Welles some two decades earlier. (With some modifications to Welles' script)

    I like the movie, although the odds are you will not. It's a gabby Southern Gothic political scandal thing, with the usual Tennessee Williams characters, long poetic speeches, dark family secrets and blatant symbolism. I guess I sort of have a weakness for this kind of Americana. The DVD is weak. I re-watched the film because I wanted to, and because I thought I could improve my earlier images. I really couldn't do much. I upgraded a bit, especially the first two, but the DVD video transfer is somewhat sub-par, and the sound is downright atrocious.

    • Irčne Jacob (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • There were three other obscure naked women in the film and the deleted scenes. See my captures in the Feb 11, 2000 edition.

    An interesting sidebar. I've been reading the video store trade magazine and I've noticed that for most films, rental income is almost exactly as high as domestic box office, and it tracks closely among all categories of film, from box office hits like Unbreakable to specialty fare like Pollock. Some examples: 


    rental ($Mill) box ($mill)
    Unbreakable 95 95
    Dracula 2000 33 33
    Double Take 30 30
    Sweet November 25 25
    Family Man 82 75
    3000 Miles to Graceland 18 16
    Pollock 9 9
    The Mexican  65 67
    The Wedding Planner  63 60

    Of course, I chose these as the best examples, but the general rule holds true except for two categories: (1) youth-oriented movies with an R rating do better in video. Kids seem to have less trouble renting The Gift or Saving Silverman (or getting somebody to rent it for them) than they do getting into the theater.  (2) small children's movies don't do anywhere near as well as rentals. I'm not sure, but I think this is because parents will purchase their kids' favorite movies rather than rent them. As I remember, it's worth it, because kids can watch the same film dozens of times.

    Some examples of these cases:

    rental ($Mill) box ($mill)
    The Gift 22 12
    Saving Silverman 25 19
    Saving Silverman 25 19
    See Spot Run 13 33
    Recess: School's Out 11 37
    Pokemon 3  4 17

    Excluding these two categories, here are the surprise hits and misses of the past months

    Video Hits rental ($Mill) box ($mill) ratio thoughts
    Memento 32 25 1.3 Only out three weeks, still #4 last week. Will finish with a ratio close to 2.0. Great word of mouth, plus the video allows you to go back and watch the confusing parts
    Head over Heels 20 10 2.0 Believe it or not I saw this, but didn't review it. I don't know why it has been comparatively more popular on video. It is just OK
    Thirteen Days 59 34 1.7 I don't know why it has become a mammoth video hit, but it's a terrific movie, made for $80 million, that deserved to do better at the box. It is also a great DVD


    Video Losers rental ($Mill) box ($mill) ratio thoughts
    Hannibal 69 165 .4 Overperformer at the box office. Had a massive first ten days, then killed by word of mouth. Of course, that initial curiosity was absent from the rental market.
    Enemy at the Gates 31 51 .6 No thoughts. A very good movie.
    Chocolat 52 71 .7 I don't know why it underperformed, but 50 million is still a lot of money!


    A little more baseball. Some more interesting aspects of the 2001 season.

    What is the best offense in the majors?

    The Mariners

    They scored nearly 500 runs on the road. More than the Rangers, Indians, Oakland, or any of the other better-known high-powered offenses.

    Many of you laughed when I said that the Mariners had the best offense in the majors last year. Nobody is laughing now. The 116 wins lent them some credibility. This year their offense was so good that even their pitchers' park wasn't able to dampen their offensive stats by that much, and they led the majors in total runs scored, despite playing in that pitchers' park. 

    How good were they? They improved their offense despite losing the best offensive player in the American League. 

    Boone took up the slack in the middle infield, and Ichiro, after only one season, now leads all living players in "most hits in a season". He had the highest single season total since 1930, 9th highest of all time, and he broke the rookie record by 9. That record lasted for 90 years, and was held by Shoeless Joe Jackson.

    Take a guess who led the American League in RBI's on the road? Giambi? A-Rod? You'll never guess.

    Mike Cameron. 

    Cameron knocked in 74 runs on the road. Also hit .310 with 18 dingers on the road. That's how good the Mariners are. Their obscure players are leading the league in important things.  Do you think of Cameron as a 150 RBI man? 

    By the way, Bret Boone tied for fourth in road RBI's on his way to leading the league overall. When your second baseman knocks in 141 playing in a pitcher's park, you have a helluva team already, because the journeyman second baseman will knock in 50 in the same circumstances..

    Three Mariners were in the top seven in the league in hits on the road. Edgar had his usual season (.423 OBP, 116 RBI). Ichiro had his 242 hits, leading the league in that and in batting average. Olerud knocked in 95, and had a .400+ OBP. Remember again that half of this occurred in their pitchers' park. These lads can play. They scored about 440 runs at home, by the way, their opponents scored only about 280 in those games! They came close to leading the AL in runs scored at home, despite playing in the toughest park in the league to hit in!

    What is the best offense in the National League?

    The Padres

    No kidding. Yes, I know they suck, but that's not the fault of their offense. 

    Their offensive brilliance is totally hidden by their home park. They led the NL in runs scored on the road, but they were almost dead last in runs scored at home. They scored about 320 at home, 460 on the road. Their road total exceeded any other team in baseball except the Mariners.

    Nevin and Klesko would be acknowledged offensive superstars in a different park. Nevin finished 7th in the NL in slugging pct on the road - ahead of Todd Helton, not to mention Piazza and Pujols. If you knew before reading this that Nevin was a better slugger than Helton, you're a lot smarter than I am.

    Of course, the Pads had the second worst pitching in the league (based on road ERA). They allowed the Pirates pitching staff to be slightly worse, but perhaps they can pick up Lima in the off season and close the gap.

    Who has the worst pitching staff in the majors?

    Our hapless Texas Rangers

    They can hit, but they allowed 968 runs. You can't really blame The Ballpark. They allowed 490 at home 478 on the road. They allowed more road runs than anybody in the majors, and would also have allowed the most runs at home except that the Colorado Rockies are still around. (The Rockies allowed 531 at home, despite having one of the best pitching staffs in the NL. They allowed 375 on the road, 4th best in the league. You have to love the Rockies' stats. Hampton was 14-13 with a 5.41 ERA)

    Who has the best pitching staff in the majors?

    Take your pick: Braves or D-Backs

    The Braves allowed fewer runs. The D-backs allowed fewer earned runs. Both races were neck-and-neck, could have been decided by a single game. Either answer is good. The Mariners are good, but aren't as good as you think, because of the effect their home park has on their stats. They allowed 277 runs at home, but 350 on the road. Their ERA on the road was a normal, human 4.05. (D-Backs 3.46, Braves 3.53)

    A Diamondback led the NL in ERA on the road. Do you know who?

    Schilling? Nah, he was way back at fifth.

    Unit? Nah, a mere second.

    The winning answer is Miguel Batista.

    By the way, 8 of the top 15 were from the Braves or the D-Backs, including all of the top five.

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    Ok gang, let the controversy begin! Most of these are the usual Gisle in tiny bikini poses. However, link #6 has full frontal nudity! This is completely new to me! We all know that Blackshine is pretty much the king of fashion scans, so we have little reason to doubt it. All of the elements look right, the only thing partially obscured is her face (hence the lack of 100% certainty). If anyone knows for sure, please let us know!

    In the meantime, here are additional comments about the Gisele nudity from Blackshine himself:

    I'm not sure about bssc880(link #6) - the environment looks the same as in bssc879 (link #5). It's taken from a Mark Selinger book and was placed in the nude-section... unfortunately no pictures where credited. Inez van Lamsweerde did some nearly nude shots of her with the same look some time ago for visionnaire (again, same environment).

  • Gisele Bundchen (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7)

  • Jennifer Anniston in her undies. (1, 2)

  • Kirsten Dunst, also only wearing undies. More specifically, high heels, stockings, garter belt, bra, and a riding crop.

  • Kate Moss (1, 2)

  • Laetitia Casta, a familiar and always welcome nude pose.

  • Linda Evangelista

  • Uma Thurman

  • UC99
    Anja Kruse In scenes from "Giovanni oder die Fährte der Frauen" (1989).

    Maria Grazia Cucinotta Excellent cleavage from "Il Postino" (1994).

    Alexandra Kamp German TV bikini 'caps.

    Anette Hellwig Topless in scenes from "Dr. Stefan Frank - Der Arzt dem die Frauen vertrauen" (1995).

    Claudia Wenzel
    (1, 2)

    Also topless in an episode of "Dr. Stefan Frank - Der Arzt dem die Frauen vertrauen".

    Yuliya Mayarchuk
    (1, 2)

    Great body, and great nudity in scenes from the Tinto Brass movie "Trasgredire" (2000). Excellent rear and gyno-cam views (similar to the kind you would normally see in hardcore).

    Liv Tyler Plenty of cleavage and all lathered up in "One Night at McCool's".

    Consuelo De Haviland Exposure below the equator in frontal and rear formats. Scenes from "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".

    Pam Anderson
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    About 95% nude on the cover and in a spread from the November GQ (UK edition).

    Michelle Krusiec Known to some as the "hot Asian babe" from the HBO series "Mind of the Married Man". Of you you are like me and watch hours and hours of the Travel Channel, you'll recognize her as one of the regular hosts of the series "Travelers".

    Christianne Gout Topless and rear nudity in scenes from "Undercurrent" (1999), by Scanman.

    Kelly McGillis Vidcaps of Kelly's lesbian love scene from "The Monkey's Mask" as published by the British tabloids. I wonder whose 'caps they used :-)

    Carice van Houten Topless in the tub from the Dutch movie "AmnesiA" (2001).

    Brittany Murphy She may be wearing clothes in this scan from Entertainment Weekly, but that doesn't mean we don't get to see a nice view of her caboose.

    Consuelo De Haviland Bush and bum views in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".

    Izabella Miko
    (1, 2)

    Nice toplessness by the young actress in scenes from the vampire movie, "The Forsaken".

    Rachel Weisz
    (1, 2)

    Aesthete 'caps of her breast exposure is this love scene from "I Want You" (1998).

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