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Crash (1996) is a dreadful David Cronenberg thriller about an alternate society, not too different from our own, except that the relationship between sex and cars is even stronger than in the US. Further, there is a sub-culture fascinated by car crashes and mutilation. If this sounds rather unpleasant to you, you are right. Audiences stayed away in droves, it is rated 5.6 of 10 at IMDB, and only grossed $3.17M on a $10M budget. The plot centers on a couple with an open marriage, who delight in telling each other the details of their extra-marital affairs. He is involved in a serious accident, and they are drawn in to the world of crash fanatics. Crashes are their religion and their aphrodisiac. They watch safety films and crash tests on video, and, for real fun, reenact historical fatal crashes.

It is beautifully filmed, and a cold steel foreboding atmosphere is held for the entire film. The nudity is the highlight, and includes exposure from five actresses.

Holly Hunter shows breasts.
Debra Unger shows everything multiple times.
Rosanna Arquette shows breasts
Alice Poon shows breasts and partial buns.
Yolande Julian shows breasts and buns.

I found, in looking through my archives, that I had only capped an R rated VHS version of this film, and had not watched the NC-17 version on DVD. The additional nudity and sex, and the high quality transfer made it a somewhat better viewing experience this time through. It won a jury award at Cannes, and 6 Genies out of 8 nominations. Ebert said 3 1/2 stars, while Berardinelli awarded only 2. It received 55% overall at Rotten Tomatoes, and 33% from top critics. So who is right? Both sides. It is a very well made and consistent film about a totally depressing and repulsive subject. You will love it or hate it, but you have to admire the achievement. The proper score is C+.

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  • Alice Poon (1, 2)
  • Deborah Unger (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Holly Hunter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Rosannah Arquette (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Yolande Julian (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)


    Plenilunio (2000) is a Spanish thriller about a killer of young girls, but is much more, as it focuses on the detective assigned to the case. The name, which translates plenilune, meaning full moon, relates to the fact that the full moon triggers the killer. A 12 year old girl is found naked and bruised. Her hymen was torn by fingers, she was slightly cut, but the cause of death was choking from her panties being shoved into her mouth. There were no traces of semen. This is the case Miguel Ángel Solá is confronted with, and, as he watches the autopsy, he becomes dedicated to solving the crime. He has just been reassigned to the city, after many years in Basque country. The constant threats there put his wife in an insane asylum, and caused him to become a drunk, and loose faith in nearly everything.

    In the course of the investigation, he meets the victim's teacher, Adriana Ozores, who is a divorced mother of one. The two immediately have chemistry. Now, he is not only doing a job he feels matters, but is becoming involved with a woman he can truly love. We learn the identity early on of the killer, so the only suspense is if he will kill again before he is caught.

    Ozores shows breasts in a very passionate sex scene. I don't know if it was her performance, or her personally, but I was totally charmed by her, and she is not at all hard to look at. We do see the victim, and an intended victim, naked, but I didn't see the need for images of children in our archives. IMDB readers have it at 6.2 of 10. It was nominated for 5 Goya's including best actor and best actress. As a crime drama, it was rather weak, but as a character driven drama and love story, it was much stronger. I liked it a lot, but then, for ninety minutes, I was madly in love with Ozores. It is only available on Region 2 PAL. The transfer is good, and much of the scenery is photogenic. In Spanish with English subtitles. This is a strong C.

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  • Adriana Ozores (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)


    Slaughter (1972) is a blacksploitation film that feels more like a crime thriller. It stars Jim Brown in the title role. It was bad enough when the bad guys killed his father with a car bomb, but then they called him a nigger, which really pissed him off. He is supposed to be a Green Beret captain, but doesn't act in the least military. After he blows the first crook away, he is recruited by ATF to go to Mexico and get rid of the rest of them. The film is divided from there on into nudity, and gun fights, with the occasional fist fight thrown in for good measure.

    Stella Stevens starts out the girlfriend of one of the bad guys, but is ordered to get next to Slaughter, so she does, and likes it. We see breasts from her in two sex scenes, and breasts and buns in a great shower scene, where she walks out into a well lit room drying her back, and giving an extended look at her rather impressive breasts. Marlene Clark shows breasts and buns when Slaughter throws her out of his motel room into the hallway naked.

    IMDB readers rate it 5.8 of 10. Much of the film was shot in Mexico, with colorful locations, and good, sometimes innovative, cinematography. The plot was mediocre at best, and I was not overly impressed by any of the acting. The sound track was not the usual Motown I expected. I am not sure what it was, but calling it music is a stretch. Still, there is plenty of action, and some very impressive nudity. C-.

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  • Marlene Clark (1, 2)
  • Stella Stevens (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    One Hour Photo is one of three films this year in which Robin Williams has played a psychotic. He's good at it. The critics generally raved about the creepy atmosphere, but theater-goers were lukewarm, and the film finished about $30 million at the box.

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    I've pointed before  that if you are a young filmmaker, you should make a film about something you actually know and understand. Above all, don't try to make a vampire film.

    Francis Ford Coppola is arguably the greatest director in history. The first two Godfather films and Apocalypse Now form as strong a 1-2-3 punch as any director has ever assembled. If he couldn't make a good vampire film, what are your odds? If you've forgotten, this is the film where Gary Oldman played Dracula as a drag queen. Not sure if he was more butch than Tim Curry as Dr. Frankenfurter.

    Keanu Reeves was on hand to provide about the most complete underacting in screen history, but he was more than balanced off by Tom Waits, who went for the opposite trophy. It is, of course, pretty difficult to out-ham Gary Oldman unless your last name is Shatner, but Waits did his darndest. And wait until you hear Keanu's 19th century British accent!  Unfortunately, the film is not supposed to be a comedy.


    Other crap:

    For the record, my quick list of choices, off the top of my head:

    • The Babe calls his shot. Real or not, it is baseball's most famous and best story

    • Berra watches helplessly as Mazeroski's homer clears the fence, ends the 1960 series

    • The Miracle at Coogan's Bluff, The Shot Heard Round the World. Russ Hodges screams: "The Giants win the pennant. The Giants win the pennant." The Flying Scot homers to cap incredible Giants comeback year in 1951 NL championship game.

    • a dying Gehrig declares himself the luckiest man in the world at home plate in Yankee Stadium.

    • Berra jumps into Larsen's arms after last pitch of 1956 Series perfect game

    • Gibson hits his pinch-hit, one-handed, limping homer to decide game one of 1988 series - in his one and only at bat of the series.

    • Routine third out ball rolls through Buckner's legs, shatters Red Sox dreams in game six of 1986 series.

    • Aaron hits number 715

    • Jackie R takes the field in 1947

    • Mays makes the most famous catch in history in the 1954 series.

    Honorable mention:

    • Fans toss disco records on the field, causing forfeited game on Disco Sucks Night

    • midget Eddie Gaedel steps up to bat

    • Vandermeer gets the final out of his second straight no-hitter

    • Hartnett hits the "homer in the gloamin'"

    • Maris hits number 61

    • Fisk watches homer curve toward the foul pole in 1975 series.

    • Rose takes Fosse out in the All-Star game





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    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    Graphic Response
    • Valérie Kaprisky, topless, rear views and full frontal exposure in scenes from "Breathless" (1983).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    A fellow Funhouse reader reminded me a couple of weeks ago that Candy Clark gave up some serious goodies in The Man Who Fell to Earth and I didn't cap that scene. Went back and did so last night and discovered that whereas it is most decidedly Candy in some frames, the real explicit ones with boobs and bum and bush starred a body double. I suspected as much whilst grabbing the frames, but it was real clear when I started to work with them. Candy Clark may not have been the most breath-takingly gorgeous woman in Hollywood, but she had a kickass body, as firm and well-proportioned as that of any starlet. Not the body double. No sireee. The difference made sense in the context of the movie since years were supposed to have passed since Candy's character and David Bowie's first met. And then in a couple of frames, which I used in the body double's header, you can see her face, and she looks nothing like Candy. Brave woman, though, showing off a 40's body as completely as any model on the web.

    So far as Candy's part in all this, you get to see boobs when she is supposed to be middle-aged and, in a flash-back, when she is supposed to be in her 20's. The last of these is my favorite.

    By the way, this is strangest scene in a very strange movie. Lots of gunplay and nekkidness. I'm guessing Andy Sidaris was the second unit director.

    • Candy Clark (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    • Clark's body double (1, 2)

    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    Joy Tanner is the bleach bottle blonde having a pseudo-lesbian scene with Star Trek DS9's Nicole DeBoer in Prom Night IV. Later her body double fills in for a nude love scene.

    "Lola's Game" (1998) is a the type of movie MTV would air if they could show softcore movies with lots and lots of sex and strippers. Elise Muller plays the femme fatale rock singer who helps Doug Jeffery solve the murder of his girlfriend Lola (Kristen Winnicki).

    • Kristen Winnicki from the Sabrina tv series shows her 36 caliber robo-hooters.
    • Elise Muller topless in a love scene.
    • Strippers ahoy! Mostly topless but the last shows all three Bs. (1, 2)

    Loene Carmen not nude but very sexy in the Noah Taylor film "The Year My Voice Broke" (1987). Underwear, bikini, pokies, and upskirt.

    And now for some historical nudity.

    The original nasty girl Leni Riefenstahl is without a doubt the film industry's most controversial figure living today. She started out as a regular dancer/actress and caught Adolf Hitler's eye in the 1930s. She made Nazi propaganda films for him, the most notorious being "Triumph of the Will". Up until this week the German authorities were still pursuing her on war crimes but figured at 100 years old she's too old to prosecute.

    She also did the documentary for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. At the prologue (or beginning) she's one of the nude dancers. It's probably her in the first picture set but she may be in the second. The 'caps are from "The Olympiad Vol. 1: The Festival of the People". US Olympic sprinter Jesse Owens is also featured. Still available for sale on VHS but the DVD is only available in Germany strangely enough.

    • Leni Riefenstahl (1, 2)

    Mr. Nude Celeb
    Mr. Nude Celeb takes a look at the latest installment of the Friday the 13th series..."Jason X".
    • Kristi Angus...Jason cops a feel as she exposes her tummy. (1, 2, 3)

    • Lexa Doig, no nudity, but she sure is cute. (1, 2, 3)

    • Lisa Ryder, toplessness, but it's prosthetic and/or computer generated. (1, 2)

    • Unknown topless babes (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Jane Birkin
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Model, actress and sex symbol from the late 60's-early 70's posing for LUI magazine. Awesome scans of Birkin showing it all as we see her handcuffed in a variety of positions (including cuffed to the bed).

    Maria Ford
    (1, 2, 3)

    Michelle Moffett
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    A few 'caps by Mr. Skin from "Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans" (1990). The nudity in this one is great, and features Skinemax babe Maria Ford before her implants. However, this installment in the series is not our favorite. Our favorite of course, is Deathstalker II...the one starring former Pet Monique Gabrielle in her prime, directed by Jim Wynorski and featuring WWF style rasslin'!

    Mail Bag Request
    Hey Scoops,

    Have you seen the new Leann Rimes video? She seems too have turned into the country version of Christina Aguilera. Some killer pokies and butt shots in the video...anyone have any 'caps?