Body Heat (1981)
The Silver Anniversary Special Edition DVD of Body Heat has
now been released. Lord a'mighty, can 25 years really have
passed so quickly? The disc includes the remastered film,
vintage interviews with Hurt and Turner, and new featurettes
which again feature interviews with Turner and Hurt as well as
Kasdan himself. Most interesting to those of us who love this
film, the DVD also includes five fully-finished scenes which
were excluded from the final theatrical cut. What a treasure!
Body Heat is one of the most widely imitated films in history. Just about
every contemporary straight-to-vid "erotic thriller" seems to be a variation of this film.
Soft-core sex films copy it. Murder mysteries copy it. Even hard-core sex films borrow
from it. Even the name is copied. There have been five videos named Body Heat
In fact, Body Heat itself was
not really original, but was a brilliant revival of a long-dormant genre. The
"duplicitous woman noir" was a popular B&W genre in the 40's and
50's, but disappeared for a
while until Lawrence Kasdan brought it back in color, with his own flourishes,
in 1981, casting Turner and Bill Hurt in the roles formerly reserved for
Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray.
Hey, I'm not so impressed that this was Kasdan's first
attempt to direct. I mean any schmuck can make a great directorial debut if he
has a script written by on of the greatest screenwriters in history. Kasdan
simply hired the guy who had written Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire
Strikes Back, the two best films of the preceding year. Hell, the only thing
Kasdan really accomplished was being lucky enough to hire that guy. Of course,
finding him wasn't that hard. He only had to look in the mirror. Kasdan would
go on to earn three Oscar nominations for films written after this one: The
Accidental Tourist, The Big Chill, and Grand Canyon.
Kasdan did an especially good job at recreating the "sassy
dame" dialogue from the 40s. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler would be
proud of this, their step-child.
"You're not too bright, are you? I like that in a man."
"What else do you like? Ugly? Horny? Lazy? I have it all."
"You don't look lazy"
The plot twists were unpredictable when this film came out,
although we've seen it copied so many times that it seems formulaic now. The
fundamental requirement for a good femme fatale picture is that the woman has to make the patsy do her dirty work,
but both he and the audience have to think it was all his own idea. If she
pushes him into it, he will realize he's being set up, and we will lose the
pleasure of the ultimate surprise. Therefore, the spider really has to do her
homework on the fly's weaknesses, and she has to spin her web subtly and slowly, so
as not to appear obvious. In this case, Ned Racine (Bill Hurt) really was intellectually lazy and incorrigibly
horny, just as he claimed to be, so those were the faults that Matty exploited. (Although I don't think women
would agree with that part about Hurt being ugly.)
The film also includes some of the hottest, sexiest build-up
of sexual tension in film history. Who can forget the scene when Turner and
Hurt first make love? The wind chimes tinkle gently in the sweltering evening.
Hurt can see Turner through the locked glass door. Hurt grabs the chair from
the porch, shatters the door, storms through, and takes her. She is more than
Finally, I have this on my short list of films where the casting director
should have gotten a special Oscar. (The Outsiders, The World According to Garp and Bridget
Jones's Diary also come immediately to mind.) The casting was sheer genius, right down to
the minor roles. Check out Ted Danson of Cheers as the D.A. who really wanted
to be a dancer. If only they could have obtained the musical rights to
the dance classic written especially for him. I refer, of course, to "You Make
Me Feel Like Danson."
What are you waiting for? If you haven't seen the film, do
so. If you already love it, get your hands on the new special edition DVD and
watch the deleted scenes.
- Film clip (Zipped .wmv) - all the
Kathleen Turner nudity from the film on one
- Film clip (Zipped .wmv) - deleted scene #1. Turner walks
around in a negligee. Meh. Nothin' special, and too dark.
- Film clip (Zipped
.wmv) - deleted scene #2. Here's the winner. This one is a must-see. Turner walks
around clad only in her panties and a see-through bra.
Third party videos:
- Maria Bello in Auto Focus.
Maria has come close to the A-list in the time since this film
was released, and you just have to love a sex scene involving
Colonel Klink. "Ho-o-o-gan!" (Zipped .avi).
Fairly entertaining movie, but a complete dud at the box office,
with two million total gross. Tuna pointed out quite incisively
that it is a movie about the evils of sexual addiction, but the
true believers for that message are not going to be very pleased
by the fact that the film is loaded with the kind of sensational
sex and nudity that those addicts would crave! So we suppose the
target audience is sexual addicts who are ashamed of their
addiction. Pretty small group. (Movie
- We've seen some collages of red-hot
Martina Stella in the Italian mini-series La Freccia Nera.
Now, here is the film clip. (Zipped .avi).
(Note: this is a comedy item).
To Catch A Congressman
- "Congressman Mark Foley was caught by
NBC's 'To Catch A Predator' long before the
scandal broke, but had the footage buried. Now
it has leaked out, and we have it!"
The official page for ::SHORTBUS::, a film
noted for its visual beauty and extreme sexual
explicitness. It was directed by the same guy
who did Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- "Numerous New York City-dwellers come to
the exclusive club Shortbus to work out
problems in their sexual relationships. Rob
(Raphael Barker) and Sophia (Sook-Yin Lee) are
a happily married couple, except for the fact
that she has never experienced sexual climax.
This irony follows her to work, because she is
a couples counselor who frequently has to deal
with the sexual issues other couples have. Two
of her patients are Jamie (PJ DeBoy) and James
(Paul Dawson), a gay couple who have been
monogamous for five years and counting. James
wants to bring other men in to the
relationship, and his own history with
depression may hint at an ulterior motive.
Ceth (Pronounced like Seth, played by Jay
Brannon) may be the perfect addition to their
family, but Caleb, a voyeur from across the
street, may have his own ideas about that. At
the urging of the two Jamies, Sophia visits
Severin, a dominatrix with secrets of her own
Neil Young, live in concert, 2-27-71
See, it's not all bad news in the world:
Women Can't Sue After Flashing Breasts
SEINFELD GOES TO BAGHDAD, TO VISIT THE ‘WAR
The trailer for Big Nothing, a new comedy
starring David Schwimmer
- "Charlie (Schwimmer), a frustrated,
unemployed teacher decides to take revenge on
life by embarking on a 'fool-proof'
blackmailing scheme by joining forces with an
unpredictable scammer and his ambitious
ex-girlfriend. When absolutely nothing goes
according to plan, things rapidly go from
unimaginably bad to worse in Jean-Baptiste
Andrea's stylish and darkly-comedic, 'Big
Snipes to continue filming in Namibia
"The sudden ascendancy of Illinois Sen. Barack
Obama has many Democratic Party regulars afraid
that a White House win by the charismatic
politician would destroy a proud losing
tradition that has taken years to build"
I rarely link to a serious article, but I
found this interesting:
Kids in the Baltic states want to leave. 66% of
young Lithuanians would rather be elsewhere.
Unlike most places where people want to leave,
Lithuania has a low unemployment rate and rapid
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL’S ‘THE BOLLIXER’
"Warm and fuzzy cold war memories" A vintage
Dave Barry column written in 1994.
Hillary Clinton foe says she would look hideous
if not for plastic surgery
"Paris Syndrome" leaves Japanese tourists in
MovieJuice! gives the satirical treatment to The
What did people say about books 500 years ago,
shortly after Gutenberg made them possible?
Letterman on Jon Stewart's old talk show in 1995
Watch the first four minutes of Borat's movie
The President is calling on all Americans who
oppose terror to avoid Borat in person, on TV,
and on the big screen This is post-post
modernism. Borat himself is a put-on, and this
article is putting Borat on.
The Prestige, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic
Here's something that tell you a lot about Eyes
- Critic's rating: 87/100. Voter's rating
16/100. I wonder if that is the all time
record for such a gap in perception.
Bill Maher - New Rules, October 20 edition
See a smoker in Omaha? Dial 9-1-1
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
The L Word Season 3 Episodes 5 through 8 (2005)
These episodes contain few surprises. Dana
is diagnosed with breast cancer, has a mastectomy with a less than favorable
prognosis and drives Laura away from her. Alice will be her caregiver, but
Alice has a vampire in her life. Helena bought a movie studio, and has hired
Tina to run it. Good thing, because Bette still isn't working. Helena wastes
little time seducing a film maker, and Tina also starts a relationship with a
film maker, but a man this time. A publisher decides to publish Jenny's novel,
giving her delusions of adequacy, and Moira has started the process of
becoming Max. Kit is having a mad affair with a much younger man, and is
starting into menopause. Dana cheats on Carmen with Rosanna Arquette. This is
proving to be a dark season for fans of the characters.
As a cancer survivor, it is interesting for me to watch Dana's character in
dealing with this. While I can't relate to her pushing those close to her
away, one bit rang very true. She was given a choice of reconstructive surgery
at the same time as her mastectomy, but that would delay the surgery. Her
immediate reaction was, "I want this off of me." I, and everyone I know who
has dealt with cancer, has had exactly that reaction. "Get this out of my body
right fucking now." In fact, for me, waiting for surgery was much harder than
The breast exposure this third season seems to be greatly increased over
last year, but we have few buns and no bush so far. I will finish the season
in tomorrow's edition.
EPISODE 5 has breasts from Erin Daniels, Leisha Hailey, Erica Cera,
and Katherine Moennig as well as pokies from Rosanna Arquette.
EPISODE 6 has breasts from Katherine Moennig in a mirror.
There is no nudity in EPISODE 7
EPISODE 8 has breasts from Erin Daniels, Rachel Shelley and
Dann reports on The Break-Up:
You've likely heard about this 2006 comedy/drama/romance, but it was
probably more because of the romance between stars Jennifer Aniston and
Vince Vaughn than because the movie was great. It's not bad; it's just not
what you'd expect.
A couple that bought a luxurious condo in Chicago together come to a
parting of the ways. She breaks up with him. Neither wants to give up
their part of the condo, so they continue to live together, but in
separate rooms of the apartment. As time progresses, things get meaner and
nastier as each tries to run the other one off. Brooke (played by Aniston)
actually wants to reconcile, but her way of doing it is to have lots of
dates to make him jealous, which only succeeds in him doing the same, so
instead of bringing them together she drives them further apart.
While there is some romance, and some comedy, this movie is actually
heavier on the drama. If you're looking for a light romantic chick flick
with a feel good ending, you're in the wrong place. If you're in the mood
for a comedic drama that realistically shows two people struggling through
a break-up, with neither wanting to admit they've done anything wrong,
you're there, dude. Oh, and happy endings? ... Well, you decide.
Notes and collages
Laura San Giacomo in The Stand
A cute lady with a phenomenal natural chest.
Kathryn Herrold in Into the Night
The full scene of Harrold adjusting herself in that swimsuit.
It's difficult to compete with RokWatch in a tit-off when
his champion is Laura San Giacomo, but here's my humble effort.
Patricia Arquette with the perfect combination: Dolly Parton's
breasts in Nicole Richie's blouse.