The December Boys

The December Boys was originally a coming-of-age novel by Michael Noonan. It related the story of some orphans from the Australian outback who get a chance to take a dream vacation together at the seashore one summer in the 1930s. The filmmaking team apparently thought that premise was too non-commercial, so they updated the kids' story to about 1970 or 1971 (the oldest boy and his girlfriend listen to and sing along with "Who'll Stop The Rain?"), and they added a framing story that takes place in the present, allowing one of the boys to narrate the tale as a recollection, and creating an opportunity for the boys to have an emotional reunion as adults. That change was obviously meant to target the baby boomer market, and that ought to have provided a financial benefit since it would alter the pop culture backdrop to fit the memories of a very large group of prosperous people, almost all of whom are still alive to buy tickets, most of whom are self-absorbed enough to wax nostalgic about the period when they lost their innocence. Very pragmatic. Plenty of potential ticket-buyers remember childhood in the 1970s, but there are not many left alive who remember boyhood in the 1930s.

There was another key change from the book. The story had originally been about five pre-pubescent boys who were all about the same age. In order to add further spice to the film, the five were consolidated to four, and one of them was promoted to teenager status, thus creating the genre-obligatory feature of a doomed summer romance. As a kicker, Daniel Radcliffe, known to the world as Harry Potter, was cast as the older boy. The final product therefore lined up a well-established source novel, spiced it with baby boomer nostalgia, and added Harry Potter's first sex scenes. It seemed like a respectable formula.

All those changes did not create a box office winner. Major films appear in about 300 theaters in Australia, but The December Boys opened quietly in 72 theaters, barely making the top ten in its opening week, then dropping immediately off the leader board. The film grossed about a half-million Aussie bucks. There was no U.S. distributor to believe in the film, so it never reached more than 13 theaters in the States and grossed less than $50,000.

I tend to be too picky about faulty chronology and period details, but in this case I think it is worth noting that the scriptwriter just wasn't paying attention, and made the chronology downright confusing. The boys' holiday has to be taking place no earlier than 1970, so the three younger kids have to have been born around 1960. That would place them in their late 40s in their 2007 reunion, yet the actor hired to play Misty as an adult, and thus to narrate the story, is 67 years old! Poor Misty lost twenty years of his life. The other actors are not famous enough to have published birth dates, but they also seem to be in their sixties or seventies. That was not the only time I got totally confused by the timeframe of the story as I was watching it. When the boys were in the orphanage I thought the story was placed in the 1930s. Then I saw the scene where Harry Potter and the girl were listening to a 1970 pop song, and I started to wonder just when the hell it did take place. Even after I started paying attention, the references didn't seem consistent. That's what happens when you decide to mess around with a book's chronology in a film adaptation. You lose track of the details. Even the great Kubrick got caught in this trap in Eyes Wide Shut. In my opinion, the potential financial benefit to be derived from moving a story into the lifespan of a vast number of filmgoers is not worth losing the integrity of a project.

Well, unless it's really a big chunk of money. If you can duplicate Titanic-sized grosses in Titanic 2, then I guess it's OK if you take a pass on the boring old iceberg and have the ship run into a spaceship full of vampires and mismatched buddy cops who play by their own rules.

Anyway, December Boys is a small movie, even with the changes. One of the four boys overhears an attractive and kind-hearted young couple debate about adopting one of them rather than sending all four back to the orphanage at the end of summer. The three younger boys then start modifying their unruly behavior to conform to their concept of a properly desirable adoption candidate while Harry Potter sneaks off to a cave and gets laid. End of story. There's really nothing that can make a sweet, simple, sentimental, devoutly religious, coming-of-age tale into a blockbuster, not even if the cast includes Harry Potter, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, and Jessica Alba naked.

I think the last feature mentioned would drive some DVD sales, however.

I don't agree with the vitriolic review written by The Guardian's resident curmudgeon, Philip Bradshaw, but it's worthwhile to cite his overview:


"There is no magic in Daniel Radcliffe's first non-Potter movie: it's an incredible clunker: naff, sentimental, like an episode of the treacly US TV show The Wonder Years, full of golden summery memories and riddled with irritating, unconvincing child acting.

Radcliffe is the oldest of a group of boys at a 1960s Australian orphanage who are allowed a wonderful holiday by the sea. There are tears and laughter and for Radcliffe a coyly dramatised sexual awakening with a local girl. Nothing about it rings true and the touches of whimsy and fantasy are toe-curlingly awful."


Unlike Mr. Bradshaw, I don't think the entire film rings false, but he's on the right track. Parts of the screen adaptation did seem phony to me as I watched it, especially the romance, the reunion, and the smallest kid's ultimate refusal to be adopted and leave his mates. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that those elements were all tacked on to the novel's original story when the screenplay relocated it to the 1970 era. The young couple in the novel never offered to adopt one of the boys. Noonan didn't grow up listening to CCR. He and his friends were too young to have girlfriends.

The details of a personal recollection, in order to be worthwhile, have to presented as remembered by the person it happened to, and cannot be orchestrated by the marketing department. This sort of sentimental first-person narrative has to be candid, personal and close-to-the-bone to work perfectly. Author Michael Noonan was born in the 1920s and was therefore the age of these boys in the 1930s, where he had originally placed the story. It was a story he must have known well. The various changes which were necessary in order to move the story into the 1970s and add a romance did not leave the author's original voice sufficiently intact to retain the degree of sincerity necessary to lift this kind of personal recollection to a level more memorable than the usual contrived genre formula.

It's rated PG-13, but there is some subtle nudity. Here are two clips of Veronica Hill and a single screen grab.




  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.










Eve (2002) is a Canadian film with no dialogue whatsoever. It is the story of the first woman, who lives at one with nature, but somehow suspects that something is missing. When she happens upon a hand print in a cave drawing, she begins to suspect that she is not alone, and begins a quest to find the other person, and, in the process, love. Her quest takes her through many different types of scenery, and her dreams are filled with ideas of what this "love" will be like.

The film was shot over an 118 day period in spectacular locations:

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
  • Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Jasper National Park, Alberta
  • Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
  • Mt. Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
  • Roughneck Falls, Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota
  • Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Olympic National Park, Washington
  • Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
  • Mono Lake, California
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Dixie National Forest, Utah
  • Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah
  • Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
  • Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • Arches National Park, Utah
  • Newspaper Rock, Utah
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
  • Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
  • Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
  • Sunset Bay State Park, Oregon
  • Shore Acres State Park, Oregon
  • Cape Arago State Park, Oregon
  • Harris Beach State Park, Oregon
  • Redwood National Park, California
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Red Rock Canyon State Park, California
  • Monument Valley, Navajo Nation
  • Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona
  • White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
  • Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • the Island of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Neil St. Clair wrote and directed a story told entirely in pictures. Cinematographer Rob Plowman was nothing short of amazing in his photography, often finding natural shapes conforming to actress contours. Some of his pans and dolly shots in the redwoods with huge depth of field took my breath away. Kudos also to Calvin B. Grant, the editor, who managed to make the women and the environment fuse together time after time. 

If you have an interest in nature photography, and/or the naked human female form in natural environments, and could appreciate a story told only in images, with an evocative and eclectic sound track to help with mood and emotion, then add this to your collection.

Highly recommended


This film is only available in the US in a Region 3 DVD from RLDVDs.com.

Trouble Every Day

The first woman is played by former Miss Norway, Inger Ebeltoft. The women in her dreams are played by Stacey Atkinson, Maria Cilea and Jen Wettlaufer. All of the women do full frontal and rear except Maria Cilea, who only shows breasts and buns.



Inger Ebeltoft 25


Stacey Atkinson 6


Maria Cilea 6


Jen Wettlaufer 26










Naked Fear

On Saturday Scoop ran a review and a 19 minute movie clip from this film, so here are some matching caps of the lovely and totally naked Danielle De Luca as she wanders the wilderness trying to escape the man stalking her with the intention of killing her. She is one hot babe.






Notes and collages

Alien Nation

Leslie Bevis

"I recommend this film for the time spent to watch it; it's a cop scenario in the sci-fi genre. Explaining more would spoil the film."

Scoop's note: plus it offers the rare opportunity to see Bevis working alone without Butthead.









Arabella Holzbog in Evil Lives
Ashlie Rhey in Cannibal Taboo
Beverly Lynn in The Girl from B.I.K.I.N.I.
Chelsea Bleu in Voyeur's Sex Club
Connie Sellecca in The Bermuda Depths
Cory Lane in Bare Naked Bottoms
Gina Ryder in Voyeur's Sex Club
Holly Sampson in Voyeur's Sex Club
Jezebelle Bond (& Gina Ryder) in Voyeur's Sex Club
Julie Strain in Evil Lives
Lisa Hartman in Bodily Harm
Melissa Ann Moore in Evil Lives
Monique Parent in Desert Blues
Nikki Fritz in Voyeur's Sex Club
Regina Russell & Jessica Simon in Cannibal Taboo
Sherri Shattuick in Dead On
Susan Hale in Bare Naked Bottoms
Tracy Scoggins in Dead On









Film Clips

Film clips Samples if available
Jeanne Moreau in Mata Hari and La Notte

Here's one we've been waiting to see: Ang Lee's new film, Lust Caution, featuring Tang Wei. If you love big nipples, this is for you.

One more of Asia in Une Veille Maitresse
And one of Roxanne Mesquida from the same film



Mr Skin came up with a real rarity - Alexandra Paul (from Baywatch) in something I'm sure she'd like to forget: Lesbian Fun Shorts






The Comedy Wire

Comments in yellow...

The AP asked the major presidential candidates which president of the other party they most admire.  The Democrats all named Teddy Roosevelt, and all the Republicans chose Harry Truman, except for actor/Senator Fred Thompson, who picked Martin Sheen from "The West Wing." 

*  He only likes Democratic presidents who don't really exist. 


While campaigning in a livestock auction barn in Iowa, Hillary Clinton told the crowd that it reminded her of cattle auctions back in Arkansas, adding, "I know you're going to inspect me. You can look inside my mouth if you want."

*  This is similar to the process Bill used for picking interns.

Bob's Big Boy restaurants are expanding nationwide, but their big, plastic, kewpie-like mascot is not welcome in Norco, California, because he's "not Western enough."  The restaurant agreed to put a cowboy hat on him, but the city commission chairman said that's not enough: there are 11 other items about him that don't comply with the city checklist.  He said, "Yes, there's a corporate image for Bob's Big Boy, but Norco has an image as Horsetown." 

*  They tried putting chaps on him, but he looked so gay, he was like Big Boy George.