"Juana la loca"

Juana la loca (2001) is a Spanish period piece about Queen Joan the Mad. It is currently playing in a few US theaters under the title Mad Love. This 1500 century Spanish costumer is at the $250K mark, and is not gaining momentum. Pilar López de Ayala plays the title character, who is shipped to Flanders for an arranged marriage to Philip the Handsome. When her parents die, she becomes queen, and Philip king. He should have been named Philip the pussyhound. When she catches him in bed with Carolina Bona. she cuts off Bona's hair, and becomes insanely jealous. Philip eventually has her declared mad, and imprisons her for life, usurping the thrown. There is also a sub-plot about Spanish racism against the Moors, when Philip has a lengthy affair with a Moorish dancer, played by Italian Manuela Arcuri.

Manuela Arcuri shows all three Bs, first through a two way mirror, and then in a sex scene with Philip. Bona shows her breasts, one at a time, applying rouge to her nipples to attract her lover. Ayela shows breasts and buns. IMDB readers have this at 6.3 of 10. It was nominated for 12 Goyas, but only won three (Costume, Actress, and Makeup). Indeed, it looks very good, but after a fairly hot and somewhat humorous start, it slowed down to shear tedium for me. Rod Armstrong at put it very well, "Shame on writer/director Vicente Aranda for making a florid biopic about mad queens, obsessive relationships, and rampant adultery so dull." Rotten Tomatoes has it at 49% positive, with 50% from the top critics. Granted, costumers are not usually my sort of film. It could have been much more, but, as is, it is a good genre effort. C.

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  • Carolina Bona (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Manuela Arcuri (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Pilar Lopez De Ayala (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    "Sweet Bird of Youth"

    Sweet Bird of Youth (1989 TV movie) is a remake of a film based on a Tennessee Williams play of the same name. Elizabeth Taylor is horribly miscast in the lead, and Mark Harmon, who was supposed to be the next Clark Gable, played the male lead. Fortunately for us, the lovely TV actress Cheryl Paris played Heavenly Finley, and showed breasts and buns in a flashback sex scene with Harmon. Valerie Perrine gave a good performance as bar owner/mistress of Boss Finley. Taylor is an aging show business legend, facing the end of her career, and Harmon is a never was. He brings Taylor home to impress the small town, and hopes to bring his old flame, Heavenly, to Hollywood with him. The town is decidedly not impressed, and tries to run him out of town. He must also face the fact that his "sweet bird of youth" is flying the coop.

    Stage play adaptations are tricky. With a live performance, the cast can read the audience, and adapt their performance. They are playing every part large, so those in the cheap seats can enjoy the play. And, of course, they are talky. In this case, Taylor could not pull off proud screen legend, Harmon had nowhere near the charisma required for the role, and they butchered William's words, robbing the film of much of the meaning of the play. This is decidedly not a film I recommend. E+.

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

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


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    • Scoop - check out this Fox newscast - the announcer says nobody will give J-Lo a "blowjob ... um .. I mean block party"


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    • If we made up a list of women who should have gotten naked more, Bonnie Bedelia would be pretty close to the top. Ain't gonna happen now 'cuz Bonnie turned 56 this year. Come to think of it, she should also make the list of actresses who should have had a better career, but she did it her way, mostly away from big commercial pictures. Sensitive eyes, expressive face, excellent actress, and (as the Deltas would say) major league yabbos. Here are four of her. Mr Skin did a new one from The Gypsy Moths (1969), the next two are from The Stranger (her only real nudity) (1, 2), and the last one is her see-through bra in Needful Things. See how good she looked in Needful Things? She was already 47 years old in the film, so you can imagine how good she must have looked with her clothes off back in the day.

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    Graphic Response
    • Natasha Henstridge, brief topless scene from one of the many Jean-Claude Van Damme, twin brother movies..."Maximum Risk".

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

    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    "Neurotic Cabaret" (1990) is an erotic comedy written, produced and starring Tammy Stones who plays a stripper who will stop at nothing to raise money to make a movie. So what is missing? For one thing Tammy and her friends do not show any signifigant skin exposure and the only boobs are shown by some no-name "featured dancers". But if you want to see Tammy's wonderful hooters, rent "Death Ring" (1993) instead.

    • Tammy Stones: keeps her top on but showing mega-cleavage and panty crotch shots. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Colleen Keegan: plays Tammy's friend, bare back only.
    • Gangbang: Tammy, Colleen and another actress gangbanging a guy. Oh the horror!
    • Unknowns: toplessness probably by Gervus Wright, Ange Mertens Sheffield, Brenda Byars.

    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    Today it's back in time again to 1968 for more b&w images from another sexploitation flick of that era, this time from "The Pick-Up". We see Tracy Saunders all tied up and water poured on her naked breasts as the bad guy attaches the bare wires from an electrical cord to her tits and shocks her.

    In the last two caps she is joined by Lin Harris as the are whipped by the man trying to get information from them, seems the girls took a suitcase of money from them. The weird part is in the end the 2 heroines wind up marrying their captors. Gives new meaning to the old saying of "Tough Love".

    • Tracy Saunders (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
    • Tracy Saunders and Lin Harris (1, 2)

    'Caps and comments by ICMS:

    First up...

    A couple of days ago a Fun House reader asked about a Bunny pictorial of Elke Sommer at age 50 that was never published. I checked it out, and it was published in the October 1991 edition of Playboy Holland. Check this link or go to

    I finally found a DVD of the fourth Ilsa movie, The Tigress of Siberia (1977), the one that was never released by Anchor Bay. It's a Dutch version in English with removable Dutch subtitles and the disk is all regions PAL, widescreen enhanced. Oddly enough I didn't find it in the shops here but had to order it online from a Danish webstore that only delivers in Europe (Sazuma also carries it).

    The story of this movie is by far the least incoherent of the four films. The story begins in a Gulag in the Soviet-Union, just before the death of Stalin (1953?). Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne) is in charge and has, as always, a sadistic pleasure in torturing the inmates in various ways. She also spends a great deal of time in bed having sex with her guards and drinking vodka. After each drink they smash their glasses in the fireplace, so at least there was no shortage of glasses in the Stalin era. Then Stalin dies, the new people in charge in the USSR don't need Ilsa's excesses anymore and so she has to flee the country.

    Then the story makes a 24 year leap in time to 1977's Montreal. Although no-one seems to have aged 24 years, Ilsa is in charge of several high end brothels over there and she convinces the competition with her own methods to hand over their businesses to her. Then comes in one of her former inmates from back in the USSR. She is convinced this is not a coincidence, she captures him and once again tries to break his will. Unfortunately for Ilsa the man is now an important figure in the Soviet-Union and his disappearance doens't pass by unnoticed. The Russians send in their men and once again Ilsa has to flee, this time on a snowmobile. The ending is somewhat different and more original than in the 3 previous Ilsa epics.

    Nudity report: Dyanne Thorne shows everything in several lenghty scenes, hence the 32 collages I did of her. Furthermore a bunch of unknown women are featured in several degrees of undress throughout the movie.

    Rating: D+ (with D- for the other 3 Ilsa flicks).

    I also made several vidcaps of the unknowns of "The Tigress of Siberia". They all are 1 time actresses, in a variety of nude scenes.

    Shannon Whirry
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    The all-natural-busty B-movie babe topless and showing off her bum in scenes from "Private Obsession" (1995). 'Caps by Briggs.

    Elke Sommer Excellent toplessness from the 60's and 70's sex symbol in vidcaps from "Lisa and the Devil" aka "The House of Exorcism" (1976). Thanks to Don Juan.

    Kerry Fox

    Rebecca Palmer

    Vidcaps from the French film, "Intimacy" (2000). Fox shows frontal nudity, gives a BJ, and gets it on for real. Palmer shows breasts and bush.