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"About Adam" (2000)

The first thing you need to know is that About Adam isn't about Adam. It is about Kate Hudson, her two sisters, and her mother. Kate, who has gone through boyfriends as often as most women change underwear, meets Adam, who is a really nice guy, genetically predisposed to fulfilling women. Before he is done, he will perform as advertised for Kate, both of her sisters, and her mother, actually becoming intimate with both sisters.

Think Run Lola Run meets son of Something about Mary. This film uses an increasingly popular narrative structure of telling the same story three times from different perspectives. The first example I am aware of was Rashomon (1950). With Run Lola, Run, the technique became as popular as bottled water. Adam is much like Mary, in that he is completely irresistible, and does what he does, being mostly unaffected by how others react. We are manipulated by the director into loving him, then hating him, then loving him again.

It is an ok romantic comedy, other than the fact that we get to see it three times in 105 minutes, so there is really only about 45 minutes of plot. An Irish production shot in Dublin, I enjoyed the Irish accents, and much of the scenery was charming. Kate had a brief scene where she exposed one breast, and spent the rest of the film being charming. A real plus for me was the music. Kate actually "sold" such tunes as Gershwin's The Man I Love, Cole Porter's You Do Something to Me, And Sammy Kahn's All the Way. Other classic ballads included Irving Berlin's "Sisters" from White Christmas, sung by Peggy Lee. Scoopy liked this better than I did. I suspect that he isn't as tired of the baseball (1, 2, 3 strikes) narrative structure as I am. Still, with the great tunes and nice photography, I will give a C+.

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    Goldie Hawn Update

    I have edited all of my images of Goldie Hawn, as many were from my early projects, and were easily improved. The films are:

    Everyone Says I Love You (1996) 6.8/10
    Criss Cross (1992) 4.7/10
    Housesitter (1992) 5.9/10
    Bird on a Wire (1990) 5.1/10
    Overboard (1987) 6.0/10
    Wildcats (1986) 5.5/10
    Protocol (1984) 5.2/10
    Swing Shift (1984) 6.0/10
    Best Friends (1982) 5.2/10
    Private Benjamin (1980) 6.0/10
    Seems Like Old Times (1980) 6.4/10
    Lovers and Liars (1979) 5.4/10
    Butterflies are Free (1972) 6.7/10
    Dollars (1971) 6.4/10
    There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) 5.2/10

    I would say that the scores reflect the material she had to work with, and not her ability or her performances. My favorite of her films is Swing Shift. It should be much higher rated, but was not what people expected. Hawn fans are looking for the Laugh-In Goldie (Butterflies are Free), and this is an historical drama concerning arguably the most significant single event in US history, in terms of its impact on our society. Goldie plays a "Rosie the Riveter." Her husband enlists the day after Pearl Harbor, leaving her alone and with nothing to do. She takes a job in an aircraft plant, where she faces a major battle with the men who were rejected for military service, but excels, and becomes a foreman. Her loneliness gets the best of her, and she has an affair with a 4F trumpet player. Her husband's homecoming signals a crisis in their marriage, and also the end to her job, as returning veterans are hired to replace the women.

    Women didn't, however, return to being stay at home housewives after a taste of a career, and the American home model became one in which both partners work, and the children are raised by child care. The economy adjusted to the two paycheck norm, and prices went up accordingly. I won't say if this is right or wrong as I see both good and bad in it. I can think of no other event that so changed the American family and gender roles. I thought Goldie was brilliant in the film, and that the film portrayed the times with accuracy, sensitivity and insight. Were the genre comedy, 6.0 is a decent score for the genre, but this is a far better and more serious film.

    The free Tuna site now contains all of the Goldie images I have done, and the archive has the improved images as well.

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    Keetje Tippel is another early Paul Verhoeven film in Dutch. Intelligent, well-presented, but basically a docudrama only for those predisposed to be interested in the effect of the industrial revolution's urbanization on the lives of the European village families that migrated to the cities. I found it to have a lot of integrity and excellent photography, but I also found it very slow going

    The nudity is good, and van de Ven is sexy. 

    It features a rare scene for a "mainstream" film - the guy who takes Monique's cherry approaches her with a full hard-on, shown on the screen for an ... um ... extended period. It then shows him again as he pulls out his 3/4 erect penis covered with her blood. Pretty explicit stuff. Unfortunately, the female nudity was less explicit. (There is an open-leg shot of Monique, but shot in virtual darkness with noting visible in the shadows)

    • Monique van de ven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    • Hannah de Leeuwe (1, 2)


    in the following, Scoop's comments in white, other people's words in yellow

    The question today about "Cuba" and "Cuber" is one I had for awhile myself, noticing it quite frequently in today's music (and especially in the movie Thirteen Days... every other word is "Cuber"). The word "Cuba" morphs into "Cuber" when it is immediately followed by a word that starts with a vowel.

    The phrase "Cuba is full of plants" would (in speech) be "Cuber is full of plants"... while "Cuba lends itself to photosynthetic habits" would remain... "Cuba lends itself to photosynthetic habits." Those who make this change (I can't figure out any specific nationality or background... about 1 in 5 people I know do it) usually make it only with the letter 'a'. "A champagne supernover in the sky"...  I should also mention that most of the Romance languages have a rule called "hiatus" which allows two words (with the vowel-vowel thing) to be smashed into one word. "Tanta animis caelestibus irae" becomes "Tantanimis caelestibus irae"... but I think that's just too much information. Well, that's my explanation, etc.. etc..

    I'm a graduate student in linguistics, and here's what linguists have to say about the whole "cubar" buisness that is going on in Boston. It's a case of what linguists call 'overcompensation'. to begin... In 'r'  less dialects (boston), an interesting thing happens when 'r' appears at the end of a word. If that word appears at the end of a sentence or if the following word begins with a consonant, the 'r' is deleted, so we get  'I have a fastah cah'. If the following word begins with a vowel, the 'r'  is left in. (this is not absolute, but it's a similar idea to liason in french). So you get "my car is in the yahd".  Speakers may in turn overcompensate, and apply this rule to 'r-less' words that end in vowels, particularly schwa's and 'ah' like vowels. So now you get sentences like "yoa pahker is in the locka'  or 'I'm going to Cubar in the spring'.

    I think I understand. Maybe. Thanks, you guys.

    These types of morphs are very hard to impersonate for people who are not native speakers of that dialect. I learned this in Scandinavia. For example, native Norwegians change the sound of s when it comes before l or after r. Thus "Norsk", is pronounced "Norshk" and "slik" is pronounced "shlik". This is easy enough even for non-native speakers, because one patterns after the familiar sounds.

    The problem comes when the sounds come in separate words or compound words!

    The "r" in the previous word changes the pronunciation of the following word beginning with s. 

    "sild" (herring) is pronounced pretty much like it looks, similar to "silled"

    but "sursild" (sour herring, literally) is pronounced like "soor shilled". Where did that "sh" sound come from? It's easy for native speakers to do this. In fact, most Norwegians didn't even understand the rule when I asked them about it. They just say it right because they say it right.  Unfortunately, it's difficult for non-native speakers to pick up on every instance when "s" follows "r", and it drove me crazy, even though I knew the damned rule. 

    Based on your explanations, I'm sure I would never be able to pose as a Bostonian! 


    After trying to properly formulate the such/so rules myself, I finally decided to take the easy way out and look it up. The rule for the example you gave on your page ("such big hands" as compared to "hands are so big") is simple enough - "such" modifies the adjective-plus-noun combination,  whereas "so" modifies only the adjective - but I found the rules for other
    cases more difficult to construct.  There's a decent tutorial at:


    "Such" vs. "so" is an interesting case.  It's one of the hardest English rulesets to define concisely, yet I've only rarely seen either
    incorrectly replaced with the other.

    Thanks. Yes, you are right in that this usage is simple for native speakers, and we rarely swap them, but it's a bear to explain to people who are studying the language. This is quite similar in a way to the instance I discussed above. Just as Norwegians couldn't explain "sild" and "shild" to me, I couldn't explain "such" and "so" to them, although we were all using the correct forms when speaking our respective native languages.

    I sure learned something today. In all the frigging years I had teachers who beat me over the head with this crap, I never realized that you need a different adverbial to modify a adjective-noun than to modify an adjective alone. I guess I slept through that chapter. I thought an adverb was an adverb. "You have grotesquely big hands". "Your hands are grotesquely big". Live and learn.

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    Avalon Anders The cute blonde going topless in a sex scene from and episode of "Beverly Hills Bordello".

    Keri Windser
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Breasts, bum, bush, masturbation, pseudo sex, aqua-sex and a lesbo scene with Kira Reed....The Ultimate Skinemax performance in the "Passion Cove" episode, "The Getaway".

    Kira Reed More scenes from the same episode, only this time, Kira shows breasts, and pubes while getting it on with a dude.

    Nikki Fritz
    (1, 2, 3)

    I'm a Nikki fan, so any images of her are good in my book. I caught part of this one last night and while she looked fantastic, the pseudo sex scene wasn't very good. As Cartman would've said last week...it was hella-lame. Vidcaps of Nikki's robo-boobs, bum, and some pubes.

    (1, 2)

    Rear upskirt, and topless 'caps from the French movie "Le Quart d'heure américain" (1982).

    Isabelle Carré
    (1, 2)

    Very clear topless scene, plus a quick upskirt view from "Le Cocu magnifique" (1999).

    Julie Dray Breast exposure in the French mini series "Méditerranée".

    Macha Méril Also seen topless in "Méditerranée".

    Delphine Zentout Topless in scenes from an episode of the French TV series "Navarro".

    A very nice selection of big name celebs today (non-nudes).

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  • Chloe
  • Emmanuelle Seigner
  • Grace Kelsey
  • Leah Wood
  • Liliana
  • Selita
  • Molly Hallam
  • Paris Hilton
  • Val Geffen, a see-thru nipple peek in this one.
  • Julia Roberts
  • Julianne Moore
  • Winona Ryder
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Juliette Binoche
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • Jeane Moreau
  • Meryl Streep
  • Isabelle Adjani
  • Angelica Huston

  • and...
    Victoria Silvstedt
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

    Looking gorgeous in her 2002 calendar. A few months are missing, but here is the breakdown of what we do have...

  • Bare breasts...all links except #3
  • Bare bum...link #3
  • Breasts and bum...link #7

  • Chelsea Field
    (1, 2, 3)

    Excellent 'caps by Watty from "A Passion to Kill", aka "Rules of Obsession".

    Here's the scoop...

  • Link #1...Full dorsal nudity! A very nice bum, especially when you factor in that she was 36-37 at the time!
  • Link #2...more bum views, and very see-thru top while she gets it on with real-life husband, Scott Bakula.
  • Link #3...bare boobs while she does the deed in the front seat of a car.

    Now for the big question...if you could only see one Chelsea Field movie, which would it be...

    a)"Masters of the Universe" or
    b)"Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"

    I know, it's a close call! My Scoopy roots tell me to go with the Mickster and choose "HD and MM", but "Masters..." is just as good in it's bad way. Come on...Dolph Lundgren vs Frank Langella! What a combo!

  • Josie Maran
    (1, 2, 3)

    The nearly perfect nekkid body of Josie from the UK edition of FHM.

    Ok Brainscan, before you and the rest of the gang say

    "Wait a minute Jr, what do you mean by 'nearly' perfect?"
    allow me to explain the two things that would make these 100% perfect....
    a) nudity below the equator
    b) photos taken by me just before Josie says "put that camera down and have your way with me"

    Seriously gang...it that too much to ask?

    Virginie Ledoyen
    (1, 2)

    D'oh! A few days ago I missed these full frontal 'caps by Mr. Skin from "Le Voleur d'enfants".

    Corynne Charby

    Véronique Jannot

    Both actresses can be seen topless in vidcaps from "Un été d'enfer" (1984), by Helvete.

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