"The Wife"

The Wife (1996) is billed as a dark comedy, and shares much with Who'se Afraid of Virginia Wolf, in that they are both based on a play, the entire film takes place in one house with a very limited cast, and, as people get drunker, we learn that they are all screwed up in some way. In this case, Tom Noonan and Julie Haggerty run a sort of New Age counseling business from their home. They are trying to spend a quiet weekend alone, when patient Wallace Shawn and his wife (Nancy Young), who they have never met, show up in their drive way. They decide to have them for dinner, and what follows is meant to be revelations about all concerned and their relationship.

Noonan turns out to be a womanizer who toys with people, Haggerty is addicted to prescription drugs, Shawn married beneath him, and would like to step up, but doesn't have the nerve, and Young is still distraught over a miscarriage and the knowledge that Shawn wants to leave her. Young shows her breasts in a lengthy scene where she talks about how they met when she was a stripper, and again outside talking with Noonan.

IMDB readers have this at 5.9 of 10. Ebert liked it at three stars, as did Berardinelli. The highest marks at IMDB are from women. I found it way too talky, and wished for one character I could like. There was no action to speak of, and I found it depressing. The dark lighting throughout didn't improve the depression factor either. This is a C+, with appeal to those who like talky character driven dark comedy, and the put-down of New Age therapy.

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  • Karen Young (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)

    "Wings of the Dove"

    Wings of the Dove (1997) is a Merchant-Ivory-esque snooze feste costumer set in the early 20th century in London. Helena Bonham Carter is the daughter of a rich and important woman who lost everything because she married well beneath her. Upon her death, Carter is allowed back into the fold, on the condition that she remember her station, and not associate with those beneath her. Unfortunately, she is in love with a common journalist. When she meets a rich American heiress who has a fatal disease, she sees a way out.

    The idea is for her lover to seduce the American girl, inherit her wealth, and become acceptable in her social class. She didn't count on her lover actually falling for the American girl. The photograph is magnificent, but the film is total boredom until the last few minutes, when Carter shows us all of her charms, including a lengthy rear near gyno shot. Other than the nudity, this is not a film I enjoy watching, although, admittedly, costumers are usually not my favorite. It is currently rated 6.9 at IMDB. Critical response was 3 to 3 1/2 stars. It was nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Actress. The proper score is probably B-, with a little more appeal than the costumer genre.

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  • Helena Bonham Carter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


    I don't have time for words today. I spent too much time on what you're about to look at. Two hot stars, buck naked, in movies that just opened in the theaters, and the quality is not bad at all, considering the circumstances. These will be two must-have DVD's.  I'll comment tomorrow because I'm so far behind as I write this..

    • Salma Hayek in Frida - I have a little more of this for tomorrow, but for now here's the lesbian scene. (1, 2, 3)
    • Rebecca Romijn in Femme Fatale. (1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Rie Rasmussen in Femme Fatale



    • Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated


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    • The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined there might be something else of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick Locke, or somebody else besides me)
    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    Graphic Response
    • Bridget Fonda, a young Bridget baring breasts and bum in scenes from "Aria" (1987)
    • Elizabeth Hurley, also baring the two more common B's while lip synching opera in more scenes from "Aria".

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

    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    First off, thank you to Jazzmaster for the recent delightful caps of Cheryl Ladd in Charlie's Angels. I promise to be better prepared next time!

    All the goodies are on view in the mediocre Deceit (aka Il Gioco) by Claudia Gerini and Susan Lynch.

    • Claudia Gerini (1, 2, 3)
    • Susan Lynch (1, 2, 3, 4)

    "Barton Fink"
    No nudity by Isabelle Townsend, described as a Dream Girl in Barton Fink.

    "The Busy Body"
    Again, no nudity by Arlene Golonka in The Busy Body, just an interesting outfit.

    • Arlene Golonka (1, 2)

    There's almost full nudity by Patricia Skeriotis in Mercenary. It looks like some manipulation was done to delete the bush. Pokies by Lara Harris.

    "Growing up Brady"
    Some nice bikini shots and pokies by Kaley Cuoco in Growing up Brady, a film about the TV series The Brady Bunch.

    • Kaley Cuoco (1, 2)

    "Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York"
    The briefest of boob by Rebecca Dianna Smith in Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York, a film as pretentious as the title.

    • Rebecca Dianna Smith (1, 2)

    "Alive and Kicking"
    A nice butt view and the briefest of boob from Diane Parish in Alive and Kicking.

    • Diane Parish (1, 2)

    "Wet Hot American Summer"
    No nudity in Wet Hot American Summer just a lot of nice bikini shots, especially by Elizabeth Banks and some unknowns. Marisa Ryan gets her top off. The film is just a 2001 version of those teen summer camp movies from the 80s, but without the nudity.

    "Double Bang"
    Elizabeth in her bra in Double Bang.

    "Wild On!"
    Some close up pokies by bunny babe Alison Armitage in a recent episode of Wild On!

    • Alison Armitage (aka former heffer Brittany York) (1, 2)

    Not the most pleasant of caps, some butt shots by Vanessa Redgrave and unknowns in Agatha.

    "The Art of War"
    Marie Martiko manages to get undressed in the front seat of a car, but we see naught. The topless views come from some unknowns.

    "The Park is Mine"
    A topless Helen Shaver in The Park is Mine.

    "Death Ring"
    Topless shots of Tammy Stones and Isabel Glasser in Death Ring.

    • Isabel Glasser (1, 2)
    • Tammy Stones (1, 2)

    "Ghost in the Machine"
    A lovely cleavage shot of Shevonne Durkin who plays a baby sitter in Ghost in the Machine.

    "Unwed father"
    No nudity by Nicholle Tom and Emmanuelle Criqui in Unwed Father, but they're down to their underwear.

    "Peeping Tom"
    There is a brief topless shot of Pamela Green, who plays a photographic model in Peeping Tom. Susan Travers is a body model, and you'll see why.

    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    Today, a look back to 1971 for a "Babe in Peril" in "The Godson", as this topless unknown is threatened with a gun by the villain.

    • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    On the lighter side a peek at Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in a rather revealing outfit on Leno last week.

    • Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    "In Praise of Older Women" (1978) is a Porky's for the Canadian arthouse crowd. It was also one of the first mainstream movies to feature a lot of sex and nudity. So raunchy was the film that the Toronto Film Festival organizers risked jail by showing the uncut version not approved by Canadian censors (it was shown uncut in Quebec under the French-Canadian title "En hommage aux femmes de trente ans").

    Eight actresses had nude sex scenes including up-and-coming Helen Shaver and Alberta Watson. It also put Tom Berenger's butt on the map with a record of seven sex scenes.

    Compared to photos published in Celebrity Skin the time the movie was released, the explicit sex scene between Tom Berenger and Helen Shaver seems to be have been cropped to avoid showing her genitalia. But judging from high quality of these pics it seems that Helen Shaver was wearing a fur piece over her crotch.

    Nudity in order of appearance:

    Mail Bag

    Do you guys know anything about Stacie Lambert? The IMDb only credits her with "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland" (1988). Has she done anything else?

    A number of websites rave about her good looks. I thought so too and thought I'd share a vidcap of Stacie topless from "Sleepaway Camp III".