AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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10/14/07

DOA: Virtually Faceless Bosomy Kick Butt Babes


A metaphorical training bra for ogling boys - along with second childhood Dirty Old Aged men - DOA gives new meaning to females hooking up and hanging out, when it comes to airborne upper body intimate wear and its gravity defying plastic contents alike. Joy stick addicts can also get a metaphorical rise out of plenty of thigh splitting view kicks as well, in this popular video game to sleazy screen adaptation.

The purely incidental sidelined plot as backdrop to an assortment of virtually faceless bosomy kick butt babes, is an invitational mixed-gender martial arts tournament on a remote tropical island, with a multi-million dollar prize for the victor. Hong Kong foot fight filmmaker guru Corey Yuen (The Transporter) relocates for this reported first ever Mainland production in league with US, Uk and German co-collaboration, to take on flesh pressing issues like girl on guy violence, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit competition style let it all hang out brawls.

Yuen assembles his cutie crew of hard bitten bottle bleached blondes like Serbian Aussie pop singer, model, actress and amateur Muay Tai kick boxer Holly Valance, and former gymnast screen star Jaime Pressly, whose claim to dubious fame counts a 2001 episode on the Howard Stern Show, where she referred to Howie's less than pretty boy looks as getting slapped by 'the Jew stick.'

Perfume model Devon Aoki, daughter of Olympic wrestler turned Benihana Steakhouse magnate Rocky Aoki, also turns up as pampered ninja princess Kasumi. She seems to be the only babe on board with a mission beyond money, in search of her brother who disappeared during a prior tournament, possibly at the hands of bout honcho Dr. Victor Donovan, played by the reliably sinister Eric Roberts. So there's more than just an eager baring of bodies as the side dish spectator sport in DOA, as the film also casts a sexist slant on the baring of presumably weaker sex souls of the women here - in contrast to conventional male action screen heroics - who readily stomp on comrades and kin for a grab at that booty of the major cash variety.

Prairie Miller

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