Friday, May 20, 2022

The History of The Greatest American Hero

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is exactly what sounds the like. The 2020 documentary takes a look at nudity in film from its humble beginnings to the ups and downs of regulation to current views. Interviews with actors and film historians examine the give-and-take in Hollywood pushing experimentation and mores of the time versus waves of censorship in a constantly evolving view on the subject which changes with the times.

Of course the film is also notable for the several nude clips of the movies discussed from everything from 1915's Inspiration to Caligula and Showgirls. Through both the clips and interviews, the difference between necessary and exploitative nudity is also discussed, as are the differing opinions of actresses looking back on their experiences.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

NCIS: Hawai'i - Switchback

The first-half of the First Season's season finale finds Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) drafted into helping the returning Captain Milius (Enver Gjokaj) in a prison transfer that is jeopardized by the death of a Naval security officer in Hawaii. Even with the help of the others who stay behind to investigate, and capture the two mercenaries hired for the kill, NCIS remains largely in the dark as to who is going to such lengths to see a Russian spy returned in exchange for an American who supposedly knows very little worthy of keeping him other than as a bargaining chip.

Immortal Red Sonja #2

Set after the time of King Arthur, in the ashes of the land following the fall of Camelot, Immortal Red Sonja continues with Sonja wandering the landscape in search of Merlyn while having to deal with narration and dialogue from her cursed chain mail. After losing her sword in besting a centaur in combat, Sonja comes to a lake and gets a new sword from the Lady of the Lake (but doesn't pay enough attention to the fine print in their agreement which she quickly struggles to live up to).

The Hardy Boys - A Disappearance

The Hardy Boys returns for a Second Season with some leftover questions about the mysterious artifact from the show's First Season, now in possession of a different evil businessman, and the disappearance of one of Frank (Rohan Campbell) and Joe's (Alexander Elliot) classmates that gets the extremely bored younger Hardy back on the case of solving a mystery, despite the fact that no one is all that keen on him look into things (including his brother). The tension between the boys is dealt with fairly quickly, but it does cause Joe to go off with Biff (Riley O’Donnell) and Phil (Cristian Perri), putting them in danger before being rescued by Frank and ultimately leading to finding the missing Dennis (Leonidas Castrounis).