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"Music Man" revisited.

I got in a hurry with last night's review of The Music Man, and forgot a few points I wanted to make. First, Pacific Title went all out on the opening credits, and created miniature hand painted band members, then used stop motion animation to create the titles. Second, Meridith Willson used a technique I first saw in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (The Work Song) where he starts a number with the noises around the characters, then mimics them in the song. The first is on the train ride into River City, and, in the second, he compares a bunch of the older women in the town to a bunch of hens scratching. This was autobiographical for Willson, who wrote it about his home town of Mason City, Iowa. The world premier was held in Mason City, and yes, they held an "ice cream sociable" and a big parade of marching bands.

"The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977)

The Spy Who Loved me is widely considered Roger Moore's best performance as Bond. When Carl Stromberg captures a Soviet and an English nuclear sub, Bond, and Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) are sent by the respective governments to find the subs. Bond and the major end up pooling their resources, and, by the end of the film, bodily fluids. Stromberg is intent on starting a nuclear holocaust to destroy civilization, so he can start a new one in the ocean. He sends Jaws (Richard Kiel) out to kill anyone in the way. It is shot mostly in Egypt and Sardinia, and there are some lovely scenics along the Nile.

Bach shows a lot of cleavage, and her character is seen nude through partially open shower curtains. I have no idea if this is a double or not. Made for $13m, the worldwide gross was $185.4m. Maltin scores it 3 1/2 stars, and Berardinelli gives it three. IMDB readers have it at 6.9, which I think is a little low. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Carly Simon's rendition of Nobody Does it Better. We had toys from Q, and lots of action from Moore. This is equal to the Connery Bonds in my opinion.

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  • Barbara Bach (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)
  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
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  • The Last September, a soporific period piece that can cut down on your Sominex bills. On the plus side, it was filmed by Kieslowski's cinematographer, and some of the Keeley hawes collages came out very pretty.

  • Immortal Beloved, the "what if" hypothesis about the mysterious note that Beethoven left behind to an unnamed lover. The film attempts to explain the unexplainable elements of Beethoven's life in a construct that revolves around the identity of the "beloved". Not history or biography, but a very fine movie.

  • Forever Mine That link leads to a fascinating story about this movie, a film with a substantial budget that was originally supposed to have a theatrical premiere in February of 1999, was lost for a while because of financial machinations, and was finally seen yesterday. It ended up on cable when its production company filed for bankruptcy. I suppose the key point is this: beautiful Gretchen Mol, naked. Here's the trailer, as well. (Real video)>.

  • The 1999 Oscars revisited. Just because I was curious, a retrospective look (cleverly disguised as a review of Magnolia), based on the current IMDb rankings, at one of the best years in American film history. Hey, they might have rounded up the right suspect for once!

    As always, if you skip the words and get straight to the smut, here's a bunch of babes:

  • Valeria Golino, "Immortal Beloved" (1, 2)
  • Geno Lechner, "Immortal Beloved"
  • Johanna ter Steege, "Immortal Beloved" (1, 2)
  • Hawes, "Last September" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Gretchen Mol, "Forever Mine" (1, 2, 3)
  • Brainscan
    A mixture of the famous and the obscure to start off the week.

    Teri Polo Teri Polo is a class act of an actress who has not yet made the A list. She sports, in a scan taken from Interview, what seems to be the latest fashion, a blouse cut down to her navel. For once I think fashion designers may be on to something.
    Amy Smart Amy Smart is the latest post-teen Hollywood nubie; keep 'em coming.
    Davinia Taylor
    (1, 2)
    Davinia is a Brit babe who appeared in one of the half-dozen, high gloss, men's magazine clones, the name of which I forget now that I have removed the print from the scan (the one with her in bikini bottoms). Decided to leave a bit of the print 'cuz the irony of it all was too darn funny to wipe out.
    Caterina Cerezo
    (1, 2)
    Caterina is a honey but I have not the foggiest why she appeared in Man magazine a couple of years ago. Hablo espaņol... like a damn native, y'all... and still I could not figure out who she is and what she's done to become a celeb of some sort.
    Chantelle Barry
    (1, 2, 3, 4)
    Chantelle is a Canadian singer who is not be in the same league as Shania Twain in either the fame department or the looks department.
    Loni Anderson #011 in the Archive series (sadly, nothing new in this collage)
    Taja Rae
    (1, 2)
    #04 and #05 in the series are 2-pic collages of Taja Rae (these are scans from an old "Mayfair" magazine BTW).

    I've also decided to run for President of the US in 2004! I'm still working on a complete platform but I've already decided to offer full tax-exempt status to any hot female celeb who poses nude. And to avoid any nasty copyright disputes, the photos will be published in the monthly IRS newsletter (FREE to all US taxpayers)!

    Kerry Fox and Sophie Ward Lesbian love scene 'caps from "A Village Affair".
    Kate Hardie Full frontal and dorsal nudity from the UK movie "Safe".
    Cathryn Harrison Topless scenes from "The Chair". Another movie from across the pond.
    Jacqueline Pearce Very scary topless vidcaps from 1987's "White Mischief".
    and ...
    Laetitia Casta
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    Part two of Blackshine's Laetitia retrospective. Unfortunately, no nudity in today's batch. Lots of beautiful scans though, so don't be afraid to check 'em out if your a Casta fan.
    Lila Baumann
    (1, 2, 3, 4)
    4 from Scanman featuring a variety of nudity from "The Diary". Topless, posterior, frontal, and even a lesbo scene.
    Taylor St. Claire
    (1, 2, 3, 4)
    Brand new 'caps by Se7en of Taylor doing some very hardcore stuff in "The 69th Sense".
    Deborah Falconer Comments by Fireplug:
    I went to high school with Deborah Falconer who was recently featured in the Funhouse. Yeah, I know she is not much of a star, but I have waited for a long time to see if she would ever do a nude scene. Today you granted my wish. In return, I made a collage of her high school yearbook pictures combined with her latest pictures. This might be something fun for your viewers to see. I always get a kick out of seeing who stars used to be, somehow makes them more real.
    Emmanuelle Chriqui 'Caps and comments by Elliffen Graphix:
    A cute (and well built) brunette from the movie "Snow Day".
    Anna Ammirati Extreme upskirts, by Pappa.

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