Atanarjuat (2001), AKA Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, is an Inuit production telling the myth of Atanarjuat, a story which includes adultery, evil spirits, murder, jealousy, and caries the important message for that culture that the family unit has to get along and live for the good of the group to survive in the tundra. As the Inuit had no written language, the story was handed down in oral tradition. When they decided to make the film, that had several elders recount their version of the myth, then wrote the story based on all the versions.

Like many indigenous people, the Inuit are largely unemployed, and have a suicide rate ten times the rate in the general population. Most of them have not learned their cultural heritage, and have lost the sense of community. This production crew is solving several problems at once. They brought in experienced film makers to train an Inuit crew, cast nothing but Inuit people, and shot the entire film in Inuit land. They carefully researched the tools, clothes, canoes and dwellings of the ancient Inuit people, taught the skills to the props and set folks, and all costumes, props and locations were created using traditional methods and materials. They made a real point to be as accurate as possible, as they were preserving Inuit cultural heritage for their own people, and educating the world.

As an example, igloos in "southern Inuit movies" not made by Inuit, are lit by a huge torch or fire in the middle of the Styrofoam igloo. Here, they used the traditional seal oil lighting, which is carefully tended small flame, in real ice igloos. In other words, everything about the production is as authentic as possible. Cast and crew lived on the tundra in harsh conditions during shooting, in traditional dwellings -- igloos in winter, and hide tents in summer.


The myth, briefly, starts with an evil shaman arriving amid the clan, killing the good ruler, and leaving a creep in his place. The father of Atanarjuat and his older brother, The Strong One, is a good man, but beset by bad luck and scorn from the leader. His two sons, however, are the hope of the clan. Atanarjuat and Atuat are in love, but Atuat has been promised to the evil son of the evil leader, Oki. Atanarjuat and his brother are better hunters than Oki, and much better liked, so Oki and his two friends have a vendetta against them. Oki's sister, Puja, decides to marry Atanarjuat, both because she is in lust with him, and because she hopes it will break up the romance between Atuat and Atanarjuat. That doesn't work, and Oki finally challenges Atanarjuat to a fight, the winner getting Atuat.

Atanarjuat wins, and Oki swears to kill him. Early one morning, Puja screws Atanarjuat's brother, starting world war three. Atanarjuat is furious at his brother, the brother's wife is furious at her, and Puja runs home to daddy, claiming that her husband tried to kill her for no reason. Oki and his friends ambush the two brothers while they are asleep, and kill the older brother. Atanarjuat escapes naked on foot, outrunning them. He recovers, and, with the help of the dead former clan head's spirit, restores order to the clan.

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Puja, played by Lucy Tulugarjuk, shows breasts during the adultery scene, and again near the end of the film. There is very brief breast exposure from Atuat (Sylvia Ivalu), but nothing clear enough to cap. IMDB readers have this at 7.5 of 10. It won all the Genies in the world, and several other international awards. This is an Ebert four star film, and critical consensus is 92%, with 93% from the top critics. I approve of everything this native Inuit production company is trying to accomplish, and wish native American groups would follow their example and preserve their own cultures. I found it fascinating. The scenery is breathtaking, provided you like white. The DVD is only available from Canada, and is a two disk special edition, with tons of special shorts on every aspect of the production. There are several sub-title tracks, some of which give background between the actual dialogue. The closest thing I can compare it to is Quest for Fire, but, unlike quest for fire, it is 100% culturally accurate. I have to award this a B-. I think most people will be fascinated by this glimpse of a forgotten culture, and the legend itself is certainly spicy enough to keep your interest.

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  • Lucy Tulugarjuk (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

    "Bad Influence"

    Bad Influence (1990) is a good thriller staring James Spader as a securities analyst, and Rob Lowe as a handsome, mysterious stranger who rescues him in a tight spot in a bar, befriends him and helps him get ahead, then systematically fucks over his life. Spader is up for a senior analyst position, and is engaged to a doctor's daughter. He is not sure he wants to be married, and his rival for the job is playing tricks to make him look bad. Spader reacts by leaving the office and going into a bar. He irritates some Neanderthal who is arguing with his girlfriend, and the guy pins Spader's head to the bar. In walks Lowe, who breaks a bear bottle, and chases off the bad guy, then leaves.

    Later that night, Spader runs into Lowe while jogging, and the two strike up a friendship and go clubbing. Lowe encourages Spader to return the dirty tricks on the rival for promotion, and Spader is feeling pretty good about life. Then Lowe gets him laid, and videotapes it, then plays the video tape for his fiancee's parents at a party, ending the engagement. Spader is angry, but relieved. Then, things turn nasty, as Lowe pulls increasingly vile stunts, culminating with murdering a woman in Lowe's apartment and framing him for the murder. The rest of the film is Lowe and Spader playing a cat and mouse game to see who will win in the end.

    The plot is somewhat derivative of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. The video tape incident is a case of art imitating life, as it was shortly after Lowe was cleared of charges that he had sex with a minor and video taped it. Four women have exposure in the film. During the opening credits, we see a naked woman asleep, as Lowe is removing evidence that he knew her, and sneaking out. She is played by Palmer Lee Todd, and we see her breasts as she turns in her sleep. Lisa Zane, as the woman in the video tape who is eventually murdered, shows breasts and bush and partial buns in the video tape, which we see on a TV. Charisse Glenn plays Lowe's real girlfriend. We see her breasts near the end of the film in a three way with Lowe and Adrienne Leigh. Leigh shows buns, including a rear bush shot in the same scene.

    IMDB readers have this at 5.7 of 10. Ebert awarded three stars. I tend to side with Ebert on this one. It is a pretty good thriller with decent acting, Lowe is deliciously evil, the plot idea is unique, there are no major holes, you have no idea what to expect through the first two acts, and the ending makes sense. I have to give it a C+.

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  • Adrienne Leigh (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Charisse Glenn (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Lisa Zane (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Palmer Lee Todd (1, 2)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)



    • Charlie's French cinema nudity site is updated. It includes the first of his caps from the French nudity classic la Belle Noiseuse - a film which is pretty much just Emmanuelle Beart standing around naked for about four hours. I think the point is that it is possible to make any subject boring, even beautiful naked women.
    • new Encyclopedia volumes for Amy Madigan, Heike Makatsch, Valeria Marini, Laure Marsac, Cristina Marsillach, Laia Marull, Robin Mattson, Yuliya Mayarchuk, Alex Meneses, Marion Michael, Nell McAndrew, Gail McKenna, Linsey Dawn McKenzie
    • updated volumes for Madonna, Julianne Moore, Demi Moore, Mathilda May, Kelly McGillis

    Shameless Propaganda, part 5:

    Pat Reeder is a guy whose name is not familiar to you, but who touches your life almost every day. He's the guy who writes the jokes that your DJ tells every morning during your drive to work.  He's also the guy who writes those Comedy Wire things that you see on the bottom of this page from time to time. If you wonder why your DJ and the Fun House tell the same jokes, Pat's the reason. At the moment, Pat has a new book out called "Nine Hallmarks of Highly Incompetent Losers."  It's a "reverse self-help" book that helps the reader attain success by avoiding nine stupid mistakes made by failures and idiots.  He illustrates his points with over 200 hilarious-but-true stories from his syndicated radio service, "The Comedy Wire."

    If you like weird news and dumb criminal stories, or if you've ever been forced to suffer through a boring business/self-help book like "Who Moved My Cheese?", you'll love "Nine Hallmarks of Highly Incompetent Losers."  It earned four stars from Wireless Flash News, and will be in bookstores nationwide next spring, but you can get the jump on the rest of America and get it now through Pat's website.  Cheaper than Amazon and every copy is personally autographed! 

    Click here ( for a book excerpt, Real Audio updates on "Losers In The News," samples of the Comedy Wire and more. 

    FREEBIE ALERT!  Be the first Funhouse denizen to order a copy via credit card and win a free year's subscription to the Fun House. That's a whole year of access, completely free. If you pay $39.95 per month, that's worth more than $450! Plus the damned book costs less than thirteen bucks to begin with, including an autograph! Just mention on the order form that you saw it in Uncle Scoopy's Funhouse. (If you're not a member now, and are reading this on the free version, you'll have to prove that you're 18, or the second guy will get the prize.) This Sunday, Pat will let me know who got in first, and we'll announce the winners in next Monday or Tuesday's edition, depending on how long it takes to verify that the winner is old enough.

    Sample from Chapter Five:  Work While Drunk, High or Otherwise Indulging Your Addictions

    ...Not only is alcohol a drug, but alcoholism is the most common (and as our society has determined, the funniest) of all major substance
    addictions.  To prove this, try sitting through a double bill of "Arthur" and "Scarface," and see which one has more laughs, if you don't count Al Pacino's Cuban accent.  

    From Falstaff to W.C. Fields to Dean Martin to Homer Simpson, pathetic drunks have always been one of our greatest sources of amusement.  But why content ourselves with Hollywood boozehounds when we are surrounded by the real thing, all making desperate but futile attempts to blend in and function normally while utterly plastered?...

    *  At a bar in El Paso, Texas, a drunk became belligerent and was ordered to leave.  As he was being escorted out, he pulled a gun.  But since he wasn't thinking too clearly, he pulled it out using his prosthetic arm - and his arm fell off.  He was charged with assault and aggravated assault, but, of course, not armed assault....

    *   A man in Sibiu, Romania, was celebrating the birth of his first child when he accepted a party bet from friends.  The bet was apparently intended to prove that a drunken man will put his penis into anything, for it somehow required him to insert his manhood into a metal wheel bearing.  It got stuck, so he reached for yet another tool and tried to cut off the wheel bearing with an electric circular saw.  The saw slipped and sliced his penis off.  After a five-hour reattachment operation, surgeons said he would be back to normal in a few months.  Or as close to normal as a man who has drunken sex with a wheel bearing can be said to be...

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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.

    Brainscan's Holiday Heffers
    'Caps and comments by Brainscan: 3

    • May 1979 Hefmate Michelle Drake in DVD caps from "Hollywood Knights" (1980). Michelle plays a cheerleader who forgets to wear shorts to a pep rally. So you get a high leg kick (collage 1), two cycles of jumping up and coming down (collages 2-4) and a turning-around double-B routine (collage 5). (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    • December 1990 Hefmate and former Miss World Canada, Morgan Fox in DVD caps from "Flesh Gordon and the Cosmic Cheerleaders". Terrific movie. Subtle plot. Excellent pacing. Sorta like a combination of "The Sting" and "All's Quiet on the Western Front". NOT! This is one penis joke after another and you have to take those things seriously. But Morgan shows the goodies, many times in a see-thru get-up (collage 1) and then a couple of times when she or someone else peels away the top (2-7). (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    • Feb 1990 Hefmate, the one, the only Pamela Anderson in "Barb Wire". DVD caps. So sure you saw a bunch of Pam caps from this movie just a couple of days ago, but I saved the best of them for today. The last three or four are worth anyone's time. Hooters only. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

    • April 1978 Hefmate Pamela Jean Bryant in her first and last movies. First are topless caps in "Don't Answer the Phone" (1979). Notice how she keeps her right arm demurely by her side while she is being strangled. These are VHS caps; there is a DVD of this movie but the violence and nudity were chopped. (1, 2)

    • And then there is Pamela Jean's last and triple-B performance in "Trapped". (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    • November 1988 Hefmate Pia Reyes in VHS caps from "Auntie Lee's Meat Pies" (1991).

    • November 1988 Hefmate Pia Reyes in "Forbidden Zone: Alien Abduction" (1994).

    • November 1988 Hefmate Pia Reyes "Nighttime Lover" (1995).

    • Sept 1978 Hefmate, Rosanne Katon, topless in VHS caps from Lunch Wagon (1981).

    • July 1983 Hefmate Ruth Guerri in "Stingray". In these VHS caps she is nekkid but manages, just barely, to keep the goodies covered. An inch one way or another and we would have had paydirt. But noooooo. Ruth was a real cutie, too.

    • Jan 1981 Hefmate... and the queen of Hefmate nudity... Shannon Tweed. And get this, I found a movie of hers that has not been capped. At least it's not in her volume of the Encyclopedia, and since everything but movies of her wedding night are in that volume, I gotta figure I'm the first to do this'n. The movie is "Last Hour" (1990), made while Shannon was still pretty much in her prime. They are topless VHS caps of her sport-humpin (collages 1-3) and topless and bum caps of her in the shower (collage 4). (1, 2, 3, 4)

    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    As promised here's the rest of the caps from that sexy movie "The Hot Spot". First up it's Jennifer Connelly looking cute, then into a bikini and finally showing us her fabulous boobs. Jennifer is joined by Debra Cole in one montage.Then we move on to the ultra sexy Virginia Madsen who gives us some exposure of her great boobs. Fun Movie with a great jazz score.

    • Jennifer Connelly (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
    • Virginia Madsen (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    "Cheerleader Camp" (1987) is a slasher horror this time involving cheerleaders.

    Fleshtone (1994) is an erotic thriller. These caps are from the unrated version.

    • Debi Giezing: nude in phone-sex fantasy.
    • Daniella: showing all three B's gettin' it on with some hot lesbo lovin' with Debi. These two are obviously porn stars acting under pseudonyms.
    • Melanie Walker: nude photographs, then topless in bed. (1, 2)
    • Lise Cutter: almost all three B's in a very hot above-the-sheets love scene. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Alexandra London Topless in scenes from the French movie "Eugénie Grandet" (1994).

    Marianne Anska Flashing her breasts in "Les Filles du calendrier" (2002).

    Marianne Basler
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Several brief but very nice breast exposure scenes (plus some pubes in #4) from "Contrainte par corps" (1988).

    Mélanie_Bouffier Side breast view from the French movie "Permission moisson" (2001).

    Ottavia Piccolo
    (1, 2)

    Yup...even more breast exposure from a French movie. This time from "La Veuve Couderc" (1971).

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...


    Let's Eat Crab Legs Instead Of Turkey - University of Florida history professor Michael Gannon says that Thanksgiving wasn't invented by Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1621. 800 Spanish settlers in St. Augustine, Florida, held a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sept. 8, 1565, and invited the Seloy Indians to join them. Spanish explorers had held similar masses in Florida dating back to 1513. But Gannon said that England beat Spain for control of North America, so they got to write the history books.

  • No, the Florida version of Thanksgiving never caught on because it took them six months to finish counting their blessings.
  • The ones who settled in Florida instead of Massachusetts actually had something to be thankful for.
  • The first Florida Thanksgiving was really more of a kegger.

    No Skate Blades In The Gloves! - After cleaning Paula Jones' clock on "Celebrity Boxing," Tonya Harding has decided to go for a real pugilistic career. She plans to make her pro boxing debut on the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Clifford Etienne bout on Feb. 22. Her opponent hasn't been lined up yet.

  • Oh, heck, I say let her have a go at Mike Tyson!
  • But she likes to bash people's kneecaps with clubs and brain them with flying hubcaps...She should be a professional wrestler.
  • If she can't win with her fists, she'll drink her opponent under the table.

    I'm Bad! I'm Bad! - Michael Jackson is trying to reverse his bad public image by sitting down for his first major tell-all interview in years, with BBC reporter Martin Bashir. Jackson is negotiating with Bashir over the parameters of the interview. He reportedly hopes it will show the world what a great dad he is.

  • Or mom...The kids aren't sure which.
  • In that case, this can't be a "tell all" interview.
  • If Michael Jackson really told all, who'd have the stomach to listen?
  • Interesting that he has to negotiate parameters for a "tell all" interview.
  • His other idea for showing what a great dad he is: to take his new baby to the shark tank at Sea World.