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"Moulin Rouge" (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001) is the second film with spectacular production values in a week (the other being The Lover). Everyone loves this film, and I am no exception, although two things kept me from adoring it. First, much of the music is 70s, 80s, and 90s, and I am more of a 50's and 60's person. Second, as the film switched gears from the Moulin Rouge excitement to the tragic love affair, the pace slowed, the color palette became increasingly muted, and my interest waned. The first two thirds, however, was so spectacular, daring, colorful and high energy that I can forgive the last third. Nicole looked spectacular, sings not only competently, but with heart and soul, and gave a kick-ass performance. The rest of the cast was superb as well. Scoop already mentioned that the production values were outstanding across the board.

I deviated somewhat from my normal approach for this project. I created enough images of Kidman to use most of the good frames I had of her (nude and clothed), and then selected the 36 nicest images of the rest of the film, and have given you several choices for getting them if you want them. First, the thumbs of these bare frames are larger than usual, and will give you an idea of what Scoop and I are raving about. The images themselves are in this issue, and are also in the Tuna archive. And, in case anyone wants it, I have included a Windows screen saver version of the same images. Beware, however, as it is about 2.5 meg. Scoop only gave this film a C+. On the other hand, it is not his kind of film on two counts (musical, and not grounded in reality) and he loved it anyway, so I submit that the crossover appeal is a little higher. Lets say B-.

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    "Artemisia" (1997)

    Artemisia (1997) is a French film set in Italy in 1610, and is supposedly a biopic about the first woman to make a living as an artist. In fact, there are not many details known about her life, so the writers were pretty free to be creative with the truth. The artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, was nearly forgotten after her death, but rediscovered about 40 years ago, and is renowned as both an artist (she is hung in the Louvre and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art), but as an early feminist.

    As the film opens, we see Artemisia in a convent school, stealing a candle from the chapel. That night, in her own room, she lights the candle and starts examining her body, in what looks like adolescent sexual awakening, but turns out to be her using herself as a figure model to work on her sketching ability. The nuns find her nude sketches, and confront her father, who is a well-known artist. Her father see talent in the work, and decides to let her work in his studio, as the nuns clearly aren't teaching what she wants to learn. She is an apt pupil, and is soon as good as her father.

    Up to this point, the film is on strong ground, as we learn how she became an artist, and how creativity and sexuality are intertwined. In act two, she becomes the pupil of another artist, who is also a randy old goat. She continues to learn from him, but the sexual tension is growing. In act three, they start getting it on, which is great fun for both until they are caught. The father has the guilty man arrested and charged with rape, to rescue his daughters honor. It was at this point that the film became rather tedious for me.

    Valentina Cervi, in the title role, proved that she could act in an intelligent role, and showed pretty much everything between the self-examination scene, and a sex scene. There was a couple she caught doing the beast with two backs on the beach, a parade of nude models in the studio, and several women in an orgy scene. Maltin says 2 1/2 stars, and Berardinelli and Ebert agree at 3 stars. IMDB readers say 6.9/10. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe. The cinematography is rather nice. The outdoor scenes are very scenic, and the first scene with the candle and the mirror is very well done. The DVD transfer is a little noisy, and there are no special features. I can't give this more than a C, as I barely enjoyed it, and it is my kind of film.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Sleepless is Dario Argento's newest movie.  Dario is one of the masters of the Senecan school of gory Italian murder mysteries. While it is not up to the Dario of 20 years ago, it is a return to the giallo movies that made him famous, and it is way, way better than his previous few movies. Some of the Italian guys at IMDb thought it was just a pale copy of his classics, but I sorta enjoyed it, especially the first fifteen minutes, which had me biting my nails.


    The Center of the World is the controversial film with the lollipop scene. Read the review for the details on that. The quality of the images was disappointingly similar to camcorder quality.


    Many people have trouble sneaking a movie past the MPAA, but the new film from David Fincher (the SE7EN director), can't even get the trailer approved. Here it is, make up your own mind. I sure don't see any reason not to clear it. Great trailer, some creepy shit, but 15 meg, so don't try it without broadband.


    The winners of the 2001 New York Film Critic's awards have been announced:

    Best Picture

    Mulholland Drive

    Best Director

    Robert Altman, Gosford Park

    Best Actor

    Tom Wilkinson, "In the Bedroom"

    Best Actress

    Cissy Spacek, "In the Bedroom"

    Best Supporting Actor 

    Steve Buscemi, "Ghost World"

    Best Supporting Actress

    Helen Mirren, "Gosford Park"

    Best Cinematography

    "In the Mood for Love"

    Best Screenplay

    Gosford Park



    Some of you may have missed some great stuff from Tuna yesterday, thinking  "Oh, it's just more Basic Instinct. Been there, done that." Thought I'd point out some stuff to you (same Tuna caps from yesterday, if you've already seen 'em)



    Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated



    Who is likely to be Time's Person for the year for 2001? Here is the Person of the Year home page, which catalogues every choice since 1927, including such infamous figures as Stalin, Hitler, and Khomeini. It seems to me that Time, by pointing out the evil men who have dominated certain previous years, and defending that choice on the basis of their selection criteria, is softening us up for their inevitable selection of Osama. But maybe I'm paranoid. 

    Osama probably has had the greatest impact on the news in 2001, so he should be the selection based upon their own definition, but they will certainly face a shitstorm if they make that choice, and they are already trying to deflect some of it. People, of course, will see that as some kind of honor, even if a left-handed one, and as a platform for Osama to get his message out to others. And perhaps people would be right to say such things, n'est pas?

    Graphic Response
  • Stella Stevens topless in "Monster in the Closet" (1986), a tribute to/parody of 50's and 60's horror and sci-fi flicks.

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

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  • Kirsten Dunst all wet with great pokies in the upcoming "Spider-Man"! Thanks to KG.

  • Even more Dunst from "Spider-Man". This time Turtle adds to the wetness with a little cleavage and a nice tight top. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    A great find by C2000!

    This is the first time I have seen the extended doctor's office scene (with additional toplessness) from "The In Crowd". Sadly, it's from VHS, but the views are still very nice.

  • Susan Ward (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

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    Laura Albert Topless in "Dr. Alien" (1988), staring Dame Judy Landers.

    Julie Gray More breasts in "Dr. Alien". From the looks of this really bad install, I'm guessing Dr. Alien wasn't a plastic surgeon.

    Michelle Bauer
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    Michelle shows of her big'uns in "Dr. Alien" (link #1) and then goes full frontal in scenes from "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama" (1988).

    Juliette Cummins
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    From "Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning". Many fans call this the black sheep of the series...mainly because Jason isn't really in it. I say screw that!'s still nothing more that a low budget, cheesy, 80's horror flick. But aside from all of that, there is a hint of a decent story that attempts to introduce a more psychological twist to the Friday the 13th series. Granted, most of the that subtle new plot line was acid washed away like the baggy jeans all of the horny teens are wearing, but at least they tried.

    I want to say that a better director could have done something with the psyhcological thriller aspect, but who am I kidding. This was never meant to be anything more that a cheap, mega-gore, T&A filled, cash-in-on-the-franchise sequel. Sadly, that was all the market wanted at the time because behind the hockey mask, there was the potential for a decent flick.

    Moving on...Juliette is seen topless in her panties, as well as dead of course.

    Melanie Kinnaman Slight wet t-shirt see-thru and pokies also from "Friday the 13th".

    Debi Sue Voorhees
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    For my money...the star of "Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning" was Debi Sue, or more importantly, her large natural breasts. Her love scene was very poor, but at least there was plenty of gratutious breast exposure after the horny teens got it on in the woods.

    Linda Hamilton A fantastic collage of Linda topless in "The Terminator".

    Val Kline Topless in scene from 1982's "The Beach Girls".

    Xenia Seeberg Very nice cleavage on "Lexx".

    Caren Kaye Before "Dirty Dancing" landed on HBO back in the late 80's, I think "My Tutor" was a contender for most frequently aired movie. Here is Caren showing topless and rear nudity.

    Nadia Farès
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    Breasts, a little bit of bum, and she gets lathered up in a shower scene from "Poliziotti". (nudity in link #2 and #3).

    Claudia Koll Topless in scenes from "Rivière rouge".

    Alexandra Vandernoot The Belgian actress bares her breasts in a love scene from "Charmant garçon" (2000).

    Ariane Lartéguy
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    Two different tub scenes from "Les Hommes préfèrent les grosses" (1981). In #1 she shares a bath with a chick. In #2 she shows a little bit of everthing as she is seen soaking in Palmolive.

    Marine Delterme
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    Breast exposure in "Te quiero" (2000).

    Sandra Speichert
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    Topless in #1, all 3 B's in #2. Vidcaps from "Profil bas" (1994).

    Virginie Ledoyen Naturally, keeping the tradition alive with Virginie nudity. Here she is once again topless in "Jeanne et le garçon formidable" (1998).

    Nicolette Sheridan Topless and every nice bare bum 'caps from "Raw Nerve". You know this movie must be stars Mario Van Peebles and the wimpy guy from "Gremlins"!

    Simone Kessell The kiwi actress seen topless in "Stickmen". Thanks to C2000.

    Jane March Another round of gorgeous nudity from "The Lover". An excellent collage by Dann.

    Nikki Fritz
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    Another installment of "Hankster-lite". But at least it is one of my favorite late night ladies doing what she does best. Nikki shows all 3 B's in scenes from the incredibly lame, "Secret Pleasures". Even by my lowered, Skinemax standards, this movie is a dud. The sex scenes are poor and they try way too hard to follow a script that made me long for the high quality writing found on Bazooka Joe wrappers.

    The Funnies
    A guy walks into a bar with a dachshund under his arm. The dog is wearing a Detroit Lions jersey and helmet

    The bartender says, "Hey! No pets are allowed! You'll have to leave."

    The guy begs him, "Look, I'm desperate! We're both big fans, the TV's broken at home, and this is the only place around where we can see the game."

    After securing a promise that the dog will behave, and warning him that he and the dog will be thrown out if there's any trouble, the bartender relents and allows them to stay in the bar and watch the game.

    The big game begins with the Lions receiving the kickoff. They march down field, get stopped at the 30, and kick a field goal. Suddenly, the dog jumps up on the bar and begins walking up and down the bar giving high-fives to everyone.

    The bartender says, "Wow, that is the most amazing thing I've seen! What does the dog do if they score a touchdown?"

    The owner replies, "I don't know, I've only had him for three years."

    Celeb News
    >From IMDb news

    Oscar-nominee Kate Hudson is so famous she's forgotten all about her acting past - as Jennifer Love Hewitt discovered. Jennifer ran into Kate at a celebrity event and jokingly asked for her autograph. The pair knew each other from the show Party Of Five, which Love Hewitt starred in and Hudson guested on in 1996. Kate blankly asked, "And your name is," to which the shocked actress replied, "Jennifer Love Hewitt. We worked together." Kate paused for a moment before realizing her mistake and saying, "Oh, yeah, how are you?"

    Once again, thanks to Pat Reeder at The Comedy Wire

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