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"Born Losers" (1967)

A special box set of all four Billy Jack films was released this week. The first in the series, Born Losers (1967) was actually written long after Billy Jack -- the film Tom Laughlin really wanted to make. When he couldn't get backing for Billy Jack, he wrote a biker exploitation flick featuring Billy Jack as a loner who gets into it with a motorcycle gang. Seems the gang specializes in molesting girls, then threatening to kill them if they testify. This was commercial enough to sell, and grossed a respectable $36M. Real outlaw bikers were used in most of the biker roles. They also handled crowd control during filming, and did all the truck driving. The motorcycles used were theirs. Surprisingly, most of them could actually act.

I had not seen this film before today. Imagine my surprised when I saw a very obscure beach town in southern California called Seal Beach as a primary location. That was the beach I hung out in through high school. The town had never been used for a film before, and let them shoot with no fees or permits. They also did a sneak shot at LAX without permission. Using whatever they could beg borrow, steal or fake, they made the film on a very low budget. For instance, to get a sorority house bedroom, they shot the front of UCLA from a car, then the outside of sorority row, then went inside to their own bedroom for the scene. The film is no better or worse than other exploitation films of the time, but perhaps with better acting. Exposure is from Elizabeth James, who plays a rich coed with a mostly absent father who is kidnapped and raped by the gang. Billy and she end up together.

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  • Elizabeth James (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    "Billy Jack" (1971)

    The second in the series, Billy Jack (1971) has Billy as a half-breed who acts as law enforcement (read honkie watcher) on an Indian reservation. When he isn't scaring the shit out of the local shitkickers, he is a loving, nurturing friend of the reservation's alternative school. While he and the school director are in love, they don't mention it, or do anything about it. There is a real contrast between the two. Billy is an ex Green Beret who was born angry, while Jean (Delores Taylor) is a pacifist and Earth Mother.

    The film is not well thought of, but Maltin got it exactly right by calling it a grass root hit. The theme song (One Tin Soldier), which had not done anything when it was released before the film, suddenly became a smash hit, as did the film. While it is not especially well-made, it struck a responsive chord with the youth, pitting idealistic youngsters against corrupt over-30 types. Made for a mere $800,000.00, it grossed $98M in the US alone, and has made $32M in rentals. I have to admit I enjoyed it, probably more than the first time I saw it. It was mostly a nostalgic reaction, seeing an era and attitudes that took me back to my youth.

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  • Cisse Cameron (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Johnny Web
    Well, everybody, I sat through three new releases yesterday, not any flesh. Not one screen snap! I have more flicks to go through, but I'm not hopeful.

    Instead of taking my up space here, here are the links to the reviews:

  • The Skulls
  • The Brotherhood
  • Pitch Black

    If you like my sense of humor, read the review of The Skulls, which was a real hoot. Possibly the best unintentional comedy since Road House, and a fine rental if you occasionally fire up a doob.

    The other reviews are straight info. The Brotherhood was unbearably bad (and probably aimed at a gay audience). Pitch Black is a grungy SF/Horror in the Alien mode, and is not bad at all if SF/Horror is your thing.

    By the way, Uncle Scoopy, Johnny Web .... same guy.

  • A few words from Scoopy Jr.
    Sadly folks, the trend of no nudity in the new releases also carried over into the regular stuff that I gather up each day. Usually when the pickin's are slim I'll go back a few months and dig up some really great pics or images of importance to the world of celebrity nudity. However.....I just did that a few days ago and depleted the reserves.

    So stay tuned...tomorrow I should have a lot more for everybody.

    and ...
    Victoria Silvstedt
    (1, 2)
    From Crow...Vidcaps of the busty blonde in a guest appearance on "Son of the Beach".
    Rosanna Arquette
    (1, 2)
    Two excellent collages by Mongoose featuring breast exposure from "The Big Blue".
    Emily Lloyd
    (1, 2, 3)
    I think all 3 of these have been seen here before, but I'm a sucker for nice breasts. Call it a character flaw if you must, but try enjoy these topless pics of the lovely Brit anyway. #1 is a B&W #2 and #2 are familiar pics of Emily in a see-thru vinyl top.
    Valeria Christodoulidou
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    Who? That's what I said at first, but then I had a look at the 'caps and I wasn't disappointed. This Greek actress looks pretty good topless, and shows off the goods in all of these except #1. Scenes from the movie "Elefteri katadissi".
    Posh Spice Victoria Adams-Beckham in a skin tight jump suit from a new video.
    Comments by Freakie:
    I couldn't take tape caps because of the fast movements so I had to cap "Live" this time. Probably one of the best quality caps I ever made (hehe)...don't worry I don't cap "live" often :)
    Sarah Michelle Gellar By the time this hit my inbox, the story that came with it went a little something like this....
    This scan by PicCap is of the questionable Buffy see-thru that was all the rage a couple of weeks ago. The Fake Detective proclaimed it a fake. Mainly because this image was seen in at least 3 or 4 magazines with various levels of transparency. Supposedly this is an unaltered scan, and as you can see, it's pretty sexy, and partially see-thru.
    Maria Conchita Alonso Maria posing with topless exposure from W magazine.
    Thora Birch More of Thora showing the goods from "American Beauty".
    Megan Gale Topless on the cover of the November issue of the Italian Max.
    Patsy Kensit A great collage by ZonononZor of the new and improved Patsy...Now 25% bigger!

    Comments By Zon:
    Well, my new issue of "Gear" finally came in the mail today so I decided to knock out a collage of Patsy's pics. Since a lot of ppl seem to like their images big these days, I made this one at 1600x1200 instead of my usual 1024x768.

    The Funnies
    Yesterday morning I followed a link from a Fun House reader to an item up for bid on Ebay. What did I see when I got there?....

    Al Gore's Soul!

    The highest bid was $14,999.00 made by a guy from the checkout lane "magazine", The Weekly World News. Sadly, within a few hours Ebay pulled it.


  • Windows Humor (1, 2, 3)
  • Halloween Costumes
  • How to turn on a woman VS. how to turn on a man.

    Rimshot Specials
    A young woman who had been married for several years was growing more and more frustrated at her husband's lack of interest in sex. She wondered about ways to add some pizzazz to their sexual relationship, and finally decided to purchase some Crotchless underwear she had seen in a novelty shop.

    One evening when she was feeling particularly desirous and he was, as usual, watching television, she took a shower, freshened up, and donned her Crotchless undies and a slinky negligee. She then strolled between her partner and the television and naughtily tossed one leg up on this chair arm. "Want some of this?" she purred. "Are you kidding?"he replied, 'look what it did to those panties."

  • Feedback from the Mail Bag
    "American Beauty"....Another perspective

    Hi Scoops,
    I'm writing this to give another perspective on American Beauty. After thinking about it for a long time, I realized that the Burnham family is probably what the Clintons would have been like if Bill wasn't in politics and they lived in "typical" middle-class suburbia.

    First, Lester (Bill): marijuana user, chases girls who are his daughter's age, weak-willed ass kisser ("politician": strong-willed ass kisser), supports gays which upsets the military (next door neighbor).

    Next, Carolyn (Hilary): into real-estate (um...Whitewater?), very bitchy, bosses husband around, uses husband to further her own career, putting on a good public face most important social activity.

    Last, Jane (Chelsea): only child, realizes her parents are idiots (most teens only *think* their parents are idiots, she happens to be right), wants to run away from home (Stanford best "quality" school furthest away from DC). OK, so Jane and Chelsea happen to be like every other teen out there, but in their case I think everyone understands why (even people who don't understand teenagers whatsoever).

    I haven't seen the movie since it was in the theaters, so there's probably a lot more that I'm "missing" from my original musings on this concept, but I think you get the gist of it.

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