Meg Ryan - In The Cut
Britain's News of the World scoops everyone with the first look at 41 year old
Meg Ryan topless
in screen captures from In the Cut. Gotta love the British tabloids!
"Sex, Lies, & Politics"
Sex, Lies, & Politics (1997) is another in the Alain Siritzky "click" series, based on the comic by Milo Manara. IMDB has yet to hear about it. It is not as good as the recently reviewed Rod Steele, but is also full of naked aroused women, and does still have a tongue in cheek sense of fun, which is one of Manara's trademarks. This time, the inventor, Dr. Fezz, gives the clicker to a Washington lobbyist, because he approves of his agenda. The lobbyist, Ron Slick, first uses it on a US senator, played by Kim Dawson, to change her vote on a logging bill.
That is really the end of the lobbying thread, as he comes under personal attack from a female reporter, and uses he clicker in self-defense. He also uses it on Miss Sweden and Miss Norway in the Lincoln room of the White House.
Again, way too much nudity for one night. Tonight, we have:
Kim Dawson showing breasts.
Petra Sexton (the blonde Miss Sweden) and Stacy Leigh Mobley (brunette, aka Holly Hollywood). Sexton shows breasts and buns, Mobley shows everything.
Tatiana playing a wife at the cinemaplex with her husband, who is used as the guinea pig by Fezz to prove that his invention works. She shows breasts in a darkly lit scene.
Tomorrow night, the rest of the review, and the other women.
Petra Sexton and Stacy Leigh Mobley
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
One of the most difficult challenges for a
screenwriter of thrill-based entertainment (horror films, thrillers,
murder mysteries, etc.) is to hold the audience's attention in the
set-up stage, especially if the premise is complicated.
Doing just that is one of the many things that Dana Stevens did
right in this, her first screenplay. Although the gimmicky premise required
the transmission of a lot of information, the first 25 minutes went
the many necessary facts in a painless manner, and got the audience
involved in the characters.
The overall premise could have made this just another gimmicky film
in which the killer, or an important witness, or an intended victim,
has a unusual medical malady. (Multiple personality disorder or
amnesia, anyone?) In this case, the set-up is kind of a really
complicated version of "Wait Until Dark". The key murder witness is
blind. Well, actually, she was blind until six weeks ago. Since her
transplant, she is still kinda sorta still blind, but she can also
kinda sorta see. Sometimes she sees things clearly, but more often
not. Most important to the plot, she seems to have some kind of a
delay in her nervous system. Stuff happens before her eyes on
Tuesday, but she doesn't actually see it until Wednesday. To make
matters even worse, some of her visions are flashbacks to events
which happened decades earlier, so she is trapped in a world of
dimly perceived sights which may or may not be clear, and may or may
not be happening as she sees them.
For example, she went to a mirror and saw herself in the mirror as a
child - the last thing she saw before she lost her sight twenty
years earlier. Then she saw her friend in the hospital, although the
friend had actually been there the day before. Given those facts,
how could she know whether the criminal she saw was someone she
really saw then and there, or someone from a day before, or even
twenty years before?
To say the least, the police found her testimony
to be lacking in credibility. In fact, they didn't even believe her
at all when she first tried to report the crime - until a murder
victim was found and the investigators stumbled into the formerly blind woman
living in the apartment below the victim, thus supporting completely
what she had reported earlier. The thrills of the thriller are
generated by the woman's repeated sightings or visions of the
murderer she may or may not have seen the night of the murder. Does
she keep seeing him? Is he following her? Or did she ever see him at
all? Since her vision is still developing, she can never really be
sure what she is seeing, and she perceives most things as if in a fog or
a distortion mirror.
The film was intended to function as a murder
mystery as well as a thriller. The murder mystery portion of the
development just doesn't work at all. When the police finally
figured the case out, the relationship between the victims was
something that we could not have solved from our theater seats,
because the solution hinged on something hidden from us - the fact
that one of the victims was killed by mistake. Furthermore, the
criminal was never developed as a character, and his motivation,
while eventually sufficing as a satisfactory explanation for his
actions, got tossed in from deep in left field. On the other hand,
if we forget about the cerebral part of the puzzle and react to the
visceral portion, Blink is actually a pretty effective thriller,
because director Michael Apted managed to keep the audience in the
POV of the semi-blind woman, thus experiencing her paranoia and
The best part of the film, the element that lifts
it above the dozens of similar films that go straight to video every year,
is the character development. It is done so well that the gimmicky
premise is soon fully internalized and accepted as a given. The four good characters - two cops, the
blind woman, and the blind woman's doctor - are all developed, and
are all real people. Like all of us, they said things they
regretted, they said things that were politically incorrect, they
hurt each other, they goofed off when they should have been working,
and they made mistakes. The lead detective and the blind woman did
fall in love, as required by movie convention, but not until after a
lot of hesitation and false starts. Even after they fell in love,
the screenwriter was daring enough to suggest that their mutual
obsession got in the way of the bone-crunching detail work necessary
to real police investigations. In time, the detective dumped the woman on a
uniformed cop so he could get back to the station and get some work
done. He then ducked her calls, not because he was mad at her, but
simply because he had a job to do, and jobs don't stop so people can
fall in love. That was pretty damned effective, because (1) it was
true-to-life (2) it made things more emotionally satisfying for us
when they overcame the problems and worked things out sensibly.
The director brought something very interesting into the film - the
sights, and sounds and geometry of Chicago. I used the word "geometry"
with a great deal of consideration, because Michael Apted plays his own
visual games with the changing geometric shapes of the city of Chicago,
just as Jean-Pierre Jeunet did with Paris in Amelie. The camera angles
are set up to catch the triangular symmetry of the entry stars to the
El, or the unique curve of the train's approach, the diamond of the
Wrigley infield, or the repeating rectangles of the skyscrapers whose
details are lost in the morning fog. This is a very impressive subtlety
that really invokes the feel of the city on a very deep level for those
who have been there. It makes the film smell like Chicago.
C+ by our standards. It's a good little movie that should not have
been forgotten so soon. I recommend it for people who enjoy crime
thrillers. It has great characterization and the "hook" (her lack of
clear vision) works quite well to enhance the tension of the story and
put the audience in her POV. That is more than enough to compensate for
the gimmicky nature of the premise and the failure of the murder mystery
to provide any audience engagement.
Promised Land (1987):
Promised Land is a "Last Picture Show" wannabe
about young lives in a small town.
The four main characters are
- a high school basketball star who washed out in
college ball, lost his scholarship, and came back to work as a cop
in his podunk town, where he could still bask in some of his
- his cheerleader girlfriend, who was studying at
a distant university, but was still pulled back to her small town
by the warmth of family, her love for the ex-basketball star, and
the memory of having been a very important person in the hierarchy
of her small town society.
- a geek who had been a long-time friend of the
jock and the cheerleader, who left town without graduating from
high school, drifted through menial jobs, and finally married a
crazy speed freak he had known for three days.
- the crazy speed freak.
All four characters seemed to be seeking a family
unit that they couldn't quite find. The geek and the speed freak
returned to the small town from Reno, both of them looking for a
family, only to face the realization that the geek's bleak family
life could not provide either of them with what they needed. For
him, the reunion with his father was a severe disappointment, but
for the speed freak, even a dysfunctional family seemed better than
no family, and she wanted to build some kind of nest. They argued,
and the result of their argument was a melodramatic tragedy with
brought them back into the lives of the cop and the cheerleader.
Promised Land is a mediocre movie which seems to
have a good movie hiding somewhere inside of it.
I guess it's a story about the failure of the
American Dream, whatever that means. The plain truth of the matter
is that in America, as in every other country, young people dream
glorious dreams, then settle into less than glorious lives. With
only a very few exceptions, people don't get a chance to live out
their youthful dreams, and even those few who do achieve everything
they dreamed about often find out that happiness does not accompany
Immature filmmakers, however, love to tackle the
grand subject of "America as Promised Land", the gap between the
media conception of American life and the reality of everyday
existence for average people. In the case of this filmmaker, he not
only attempted to take on that weighty subject, but tried to do it
with grand religious symbolism, in the rarefied atmosphere of fallen
angels and religious hymns. This movie must show more angels than a Botticelli
exhibition. There are even the obvious symbolic angels with broken
wings! Oh, well, I guess that's part of being a young filmmaker, and not
realizing that a good story carries its own weight in terms of wider
applicability, when and if people can see their own lives or familiar lives
This film would have worked much better without
all the angel statues, and it certainly could have lost the cut-ins
of Ronald Reagan speeches. The characters in the film didn't suffer
tragedy because of the false promises and misrepresentations about
America. There's no reason to believe that their lives would somehow
have been better in another country, or with another, more
compassionate President. In fact, the characters in this film were
only about 20 years old, celebrating the Christmas vacation only a
year and a half after high school graduation. That's a bit young to be
a tragic failure, isn't it? At 20, one may have to re-adjust the
vision of the future one had in high school, but that adjustment
just involves setting a more sensible height for the bar, not
wallowing in despondency and sorrowful longing for things past.
The most effective element of the film was the
wintertime cinematography of the desolate wide-open spaces between
Reno and Utah, stark imagery which effectively underscored the film's message.
That emptiness, and the individual lost lives encountered on the
way, set the proper mood far more effectively than the heavy-handed
religious and political symbolism.
Heaven's Prisoners (1996)
This is an overlong N'Awlins noir starring Alec
Actually, that's not completely
accurate. It is too long, and it did start out as some kind of Southern Gothic Noir, but
it ended up being a revenge film, ala Death Wish. Alec Baldwin spent
the last 67 minutes of this film tracking down and killing the three
guys who killed his wife. The problem is that it took 63 minutes to
get his wife killed in the first place. The two halves of the movie
are related to one another, but not very directly. The first half
has a complicated story about a reformed alcoholic, a retired policeman who
running a small fishing resort in the bayou when he and his wife saw
a small plane crash near their boat. They dragged a little girl from
the plane. The DEA showed up. Hit men showed up. More hit men showed up.
Baldwin got beat up a few times. He beat a few guys up in revenge.
The baddies showed up to get counter-revenge, and killed the wife
when Baldwin was not there.
Then Alec started drinking again. Old girlfriends showed up. He
informally adopted the little girl from the airplane. Meanwhile Eric
Roberts was involved, as Baldwin's childhood friend turned bad guy.
Then there were some Northeastern Mafia guys who thought their
partnership with Eric was becoming too public. Then there was Eric's
wife (Teri Hatcher) who may or may not have betrayed her husband -
and everyone else for that matter. Then there was a stripper with a
heart of gold, a voodoo priest, and I don't know what else.
The plot rambles, to say the least.
Frankly, I was lost for a while in the first half of the film.
Baldwin's problems all started because the DEA agent came out to talk to him,
but I can't for the life of me figure out why the DEA made that visit in
the first place. The agent told Baldwin to stay out of DEA business,
but there was no reason to think Baldwin wanted to do that, or to
get into any trouble of any kind. He was just living a pastoral
existence with his pet ducks and his fishing boats.
As the story progressed, I couldn't figure out who was working
for whom, or how people knew to be where they were when they got
there. There was a surprise ending about 70 minutes later which
explained why I (and Baldwin's character) had been confused, but by
that point I had forgotten about the mystery and was watching what
was essentially another movie - the Charles Bronson portion of the
entertainment in which Baldwin hunted down the three killers and
tried to find out who ordered them to make the hit.
This movie is a cliché in the celebrity nudity
racket. Every time I tell people what I do (which is not often, to
be honest), they ask me, "why did Teri Hatcher do that balcony
scene?" I have gotten tired of talking about it over the years, but
it is a good question. Hatcher was considered one of the sexiest
women on the planet in the mid 90s. She looks fantastic with her
clothes on - slim-hipped and darkly exotic, ideal for leather or
sultry mystery, but easily convertible to the girl next door. What
guys always say to me is, "I thought she was so hot until I saw her
topless, then my desire deflated completely". For some women, nude
scenes can be a great career move - they sometimes provide a
much-needed image transformation or a giant leap in recognition. For Hatcher,
to the contrary, the nude
scene was the wrong decision, the destruction of a magnificent
illusion. I don't know why she agreed to do such a straightforward
scene in bright daylight, but it was not the right career move, and
it showed off her body too clearly. Her breasts aren't ugly, by any
means, but she looks totally, completely ordinary between her waist
and neck, no better than our wives. Before she did the balcony scene
she was a goddess. Goddesses cannot afford to be ordinary.
"Cheers" argument fodder. Add this to the "sweatiest movie" debate,
along with the greats like Cool Hand Luke. Alec Baldwin is drenched in
sweat or rain or both from start to finish.
- Teri Hatcher (1,
4) -in the pics of Hatcher from behind, what the
hell does she have between her legs? (I mean besides the usual fun
stuff.) Either she's wearing some kind of thong, or she has the
worst hemorrhoids in history.
- Connie Whittemore
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'Caps and comments by PAL:
Various TV-caps from all around.
||Full frontal and rear nudity in scenes from "Rendez-vous". I've seen many caps of J. Binoche from this movie but no caps of Caroline Faro so far.
||Topless and great thong views from "Luckytown".
||Frontal nudity in a shower scene from "Quella villa in fondo al parco".
||The German actress topless in scenes from "Eingeschlossen - Die Nacht mit einem Mörder" (1995).
|Thuy An Luu
||Doing a topless dance in "Off Limits".
||Beautiful breast views in scenes from "Le Lieu du crime".
||Topless and an upskirt view in scenes from 80's classic "National Lampoon's European Vacation".
||Topless in a love scene from "Vaya con Dios".
||Toplessness, pokies and thong views in scenes from the Snoop Dogg movie "Bones".
'Caps and comments by The Gimp:
Scoops...some hardcore 'caps featuring three women in scenes from "Wild Pair". Two of these babes are familiar faces on Skinemax.
Diana Espen is the most famous of the bunch. In addition to several late night cable thingies, she has been in a couple hundred porn films (using the names April, April Flowers, April Rain and April Summers). Monique Alexander has made Skinemax appearances in episodes of "The Best Sex Ever" and "Hotel Erotica". Britney Foster is a newbie.
'Caps and comments by Oz:
"The Last Tycoon"
In The Last Tycoon we have boobs and bum from a young looking Ingrid Boulting.
- Ingrid Boulting
Lots of naked flesh in Greetings especially by Sara-Jo Edlin and Ashley Oliver. There's less visible, but still worth a look, from Megan McCormick, Roz Kelly and Ruth Alda.
No nudity in Large but some interesting pictures by Mirren Delaney, Melanie Gutteridge and Lucy Voller.
It's a similar story with Jennifer Coolidge in the pointless movie Pootie Tang.
Likewise, Laurie Foel and Natalia Novikova in the Aussie film Russian Doll.
"Goddess of 1967"
Another Aussie movie is Goddess of 1967, but in this case we see a topless Rose Byrne.
"Complex of Fear"
Farrah Forke is down to her underwear in Complex of Fear.
"Bed and Breakfast"
Michelle Axbey is topless in Bed and Breakfast.
Jane Alexander is naked in A Gunfight but not much is visible.
No nudity in Insignificance. Theresa Russell and Desiree Erasmus are down to their underwear. Theresa does a Marilyn Monroe impersonation and looks particularly sexy.
- Theresa Russell
- Desiree Erasmus
"What Happened Was..."
A bit of cleavage by Karen Sillas in What Happened Was...
Valerie Perrine is topless in the black and white movie Lenny, and there are some other topless dancers.
- Valerie Perrine
- Topless Dancers