July 9, 2018

Sibling Seductions, from Sweet Sinner

★★★½☆

Time: 1:35, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Aidra Fox (21yo), Logan Pierce (25yo), Elsa Jean (20yo), Chad Alva (31yo), Cassidy Klein (25yo), Lucas Frost, Karla Kush (25yo), and Tyler Nixon (29yo)

Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from the Mile High Media subscription site

Pleasure ✔--, Passion ✔-, Balance ✔+

Review

This film is divided into two shorter stories, each comprised of two scenes, just as Mistress was.

The first, "The Virgin", finds Logan Pierce's girlfriend Elsa Jean unwilling to have sex with him, since she is a virgin—and his step-sister Aidra Fox is teasing the hell out of him, in a number of different ways. She offers to give him a hand if he ever needs it, and he eventually takes her up on it. Guilty, he starts losing interest in Elsa, which leads her to talk to her step-brother Chad Alva about it. He tells her that one day she'll just really want to do it with someone. And she says she does—with him.

The two sex scenes are both pretty good, but the sex in the first scene just doesn't fit the story at all. For one thing, it's just gratuitously rough in places, and Aidra really overplays her arousal. The second scene is much better, and they actually manage to play the 'virgin' story pretty well. The sex does end up seeming a bit more...adventurous, though, than really fits the story.

In the second, "The Manipulator", Karla has long been lusting after her step-brother Tyler, and is seriously sick of his girlfriend, Cassidy. She tells Karla how much she wants to have Tyler's children, and Karla warns him not to trust Cassidy's claims about being on the pill—which leads to its own crisis. And to Cassidy's fucking her newly minted step-brother, Lucas. Which gives Karla the opportunity to get what she wants.

Unfortunately, the two sex scenes here are both so bad that we couldn't even finish watching them. The first one is ruined by two very badly 'acted' orgasms, and both of them are marred by the sort of pornish moaning that gives moaning a bad name. The acting is really quite bad, too.

These two scenes are a great example of how male sexual values enter into porn. The women are presented as wanting nothing more than to be fucked "deep", etc, and to be driven absolutely crazy just by the presence of a cock in their pussies. Even if there were nothing else that was objectionable, that alone would promote an androcentric conception of sex.

Overall, then, a mixed bag: Watch it for the first story and give the second a miss.

March 25, 2018

The Luck of the Draw, from Adam and Eve Pictures and Mickey Mod

★★★★☆

Time: 1:31, Director: Mickey Mod, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Cherie DeVille (38yo), Mickey Mod (37yo), Mona Wales, Nikki Darling (28yo), Sebastian Keys (26yo), Arabelle Raphael (27yo), Bella Rossi, Siouxsie Q, Daisy Ducati (27yo), and Owen Gray

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Gamelink

Pleasure ✔+, Passion ✔+, Balance ⚧-

Review

Siouxsie Q has a radio show on which she interviews people about their sex lives, in particular, about fantasies and pushing sexual boundaries. The four main scenes come from those interviews. One of the themes is a 'card game' that involves picking cards from a deck with sexy instructions, and you have to do whatever you pick. But nothing is ever really made of it. Which is too bad, because that could have been fun.

Overall, the sex scenes are fine, but not much beyond that. The sex is fairly natural, but it is never very passionate, and it is often predictable. The highlight, for us, as unlikely as this may sound, is the facial with which the third scene ends. We've always believed that it was possible to do these right, but one rarely sees it done right. In this case, though, it emerges naturally from what they are doing, and clearly seems to be what she wants. But what really makes it is the fact that they kiss right afterwards, while his cum is still on her face, and even in her mouth. So much for the idea that men find cum disgusting.

The acting is pretty good, and very good in places. But there are other places that it is not very good at all. (Yes, Cherie DeVille, we are talking about you.) So, basically, it is uneven.

The photography is generally pretty good, though, and in the third scene it is actually very good. See the descriptions of the individual scenes for more information.

March 12, 2018

XGirl vs Supermacho, from Ovidie and Lust Cinema

★★★★½

Time: 1:01, Director: Ovidie, Dist De Kaerth, Date: 2015

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Official Site

Cast: Stoya (29yo), Anna Polina (26yo), Ricky Mancini, and Josh

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Lust Cinema

Review

This is a fascinating project. Ovidie wrote and directed a short film, then invited a male director, Dist De Kaerth, to direct the same script, on the same sets, and mostly with the same cast. Both films feature the inimitable Stoya as the female lead, with Anna Polina as the other woman. The male leads are different: Ricky Mancini, in Ovidie's version, and Josh in De Kaerth's. Neither film reveals who plays the role of the second guy. We think we have seen him in other films, though.

De Kaerth's version is full of porn cliches, and that is entirey the point. This is not just true of the sex, but of the way the story unfolds, and everything else. Maybe what's most striking is the lack of subjectivity in De Kaerth's version, not just for Stoya, but for her male partner, too. The whole thing is clearly a send-up.

The sex in Ovidie's version is natural and seemingly unscripted. As usual, Stoya herself is fantastic, and wonderfully expressive, though in a way that is completely natural. In De Kaerth's version, of course, all the sex is much more pornish, with facials and anal in the first threesome, then POV and dual cock sucking in the second.

The photography in Ovidie's version is intimate, focused on their faces and details of their bodies, though there are some wider shots, too. In De Kaerth's, it is of course much more pornish, again.

February 27, 2018

XConfessions 7, from Erika Lust

★★★★½

Time: 2:14, Director: Erika Lust, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr here and here and here

On the web: Erika Lust's Website

Cast: Zoe Davis (24yo), Max Deeds, Vex Ashley, Mickey Mod (37yo), Olympe de G, Parker Marx, Amber Nevada (26yo), Eris Maximo, Julia Roca (26yo), Anneke Necro, Joel Tom├ís, Eze, Jowy, Sadie Lune, Jesse Stryder, Misha Cross (27yo), Juan Lucho (28yo), and Owen Gray

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Lust Cinema

Review

The seventh collection of vignettes from Erika Lust's now famous XConfessions series, it is the first to feature 'guest directors' in three of the scenes: the third, fifth, and eighth.

There are four really outstanding scenes here. The third, directed by Olympe de G, features a bad-ass motorcycle chick who picks up a hitchhiker and has her way with him with a strap-on. It's hot, dirty sex, and one of the best scenes in the XConfessions series. The fourth scene is a playful and inventive role play with four women pretending to be cats, which eventually turns into an all out orgasmathon. The eighth scene, directed by Paulita Pappel, focuses on female ejaculation. It's very much focused on her pleasure and is as realistic a portrayl as we've seen in porn. Finally, the ninth scene is an artsy combination of dance and much rougher sex than you usually see from Erika Lust, but it's clear it's what Misha Cross wants, and it's very, very hot.

There are two other scenes here that are also excellent, both of which feature the wonderful Vex Ashley. The second is a medical/BDSM role play involving nipples clamps and a wand-style vibrator. The tenth is an eighteenth century story about a witch who has been longing for a man, and it is hauntingly beautiful.

Overall, then, this is a collection that very much lives up to the high standard XConfessions has set.

February 3, 2018

The Mistress, from Jacky St James and Sweet Sinner

★★★★☆

Time: 1:53, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2017

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Alexis Fawx (42yo), Chad White (29yo), Chanel Preston (32yo), Donnie Rock, Lily LaBeau (26yo), Michael Vegas, and Abella Danger (22yo)

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from the Mile High Media subscription site

Pleasure ♀-, Passion ✓+, Balance

Review

This film consists of two short stories, each comprised of two scenes.

In the first, "Becoming the Mistress", Chad has been having an affair for some time with Alexis. His wife Rebecca (Chanel Preston) starts to suspect, and eventually finds proof on his phone. Rather than confronting him, she decides to get even. She looks up Alexis's fiance, Carlo (Donnie Rock), meaning to tell him about the affair, but it turns out she likes him. Which leads to a great little twist at the end.

In the second, "The Best of Both Worlds", Lily (LaBeau) and Michael (Vegas) have hired a nanny, Abella (Danger). Trouble ensues. Michael and Lily have the best sex ever, but that does nothing to interrupt what's happening between him and Abella. Lily suspects, but Michael convinces her she's being irrational...which, of course, she is not.

The stories are both quite interesting, though as usual not a lot of time is spent on them, about nine minutes each, so barely a tenth of the movie. And, unfortunately, the sex is generally not great. There's only one really good scene here, the second, with Chanel Preston and Donnie Rock. The sex feels as desperate as you'd expect it to be: passionate, and even a little dirty, though she never does seem quite to cum. The third and fourth scenes, with Lily LaBeau and Michael Vegas, and then with him and Abella Danger, are both all right. The former is rough, angry sex, and, while it works in the story, they end up seeming almost too comfortable with that style. And the latter just isn't as passionate as you'd expect, so it ends up feeling too long. The first scene, with Alexis Fawx and Chad White, has similar problems, but worse.

The photography is about as usual for these. The camera is relatively quiet, and there is a pretty good mix of wider and closer shots. There are ways in which it is more male-centered at times. The men's faces are out of frame much more often then the women's are. But the men certainly are not absent from the scene, and it is a lot more egalitarian than most porn. There are also some really nice shots, from time to time, though not as many, unfortunately, as St James was working for New Sensations.

January 3, 2018

Brett Rossi is Delicious, from Trenchcoat X

★★★★½

Time: 1:17, Director: Kayden Kross, Stoya, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Brett Rossi (27yo), Manuel Ferrara (41yo), Charles Dera (38yo), and Tommy Gunn (49yo)

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from TrenchcoatX subscription site

Pleasure ⚧-, Passion ⚧, Balance ✔+

Review

A 'star showcase', this movie consists of four very different scenes featuring Brett Rossi. All of the scenes are of reasonable length, the longest being 22 minutes, which is great by us. If you've read many of our other reviews, we often complain about the scenes being too long.

For the most part, this is not the kind of sex that we usually find hot. It's non-emotional, pure bodily porn that is on the rougher side (though not nearly as rough as a lot of gonzo porn). But it's done much better than most of what we've seen. Still, it's very much not for everyone, and if mouth-fucking and gagging and slapping turn you off, then this definitely isn't for you. Still, we can see how someone might really like it (without having to be an asshole). The ratings of the individual scenes undoubtedly reflect our biases, so we've gone with a higher rating for the movie in an effort to correct for that.

And we ourselves really enjoyed last scene, which involves Rossi blowing five or six guys through "glory holes". It's creative and playful and fun, and she's clearly enjoying having all these colorful-icing-covered cocks to herself.

The movie was nominated for Best Star Showcase at the 2017 AVN Awards and for Performer Showcase of the Year at the 2017 XBiz Awards.

We had sound problems with the 1920×1080 file for the first scene, at least when streaming it to our Blu-Ray player, although it played fine on the computer. The 1280×720 worked just fine, though.

December 31, 2017

Tease, from JoyBear

★★★★☆

Time: 1:35, Director: Jessie Black, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Official Site, IAFD

Cast: Stella Cox (26yo), Tyler Nixon (29yo), Amber Nevada (26yo), Billy King (42yo), Ava Austen, Luke Hardy (33yo), Victoria Summers (26yo), Mark Rose, Carly Rae (23yo), and Ella Hughes (21yo)

Source: 1040×584 MP4s downloaded from the Joy Bear website

Pleasure ✔-, Passion ✔-, Balance ✔-

Review

Skyler (Ella Hughes) is a lingerie designer and a 'creator of possibilities'. She gets her inspiration from her friends and their desires and interests. But there is not really much of a story here. The movie is really just a collection of vignettes, the common thread being the presence of Skyler's lingerie.

There is one really good scene here, the last, a 'lesbian' scene with Ella Hughes and her assistant Maxie, played by Carly Rae. Tension is built over the first few minutes, as Maxie fills in for a model who didn't show up. The sex that follows is natural and passionate, and we think both of them cum. But there are some abrupt edits, and some of the sequences are a bit long.

The first scene, with Stella Cox and Tyler Nixon, is also pretty good. It's a sexy premise, with 'Gail' getting all hot and bothered from wearing sexy things under her corporate clothes. The second scene, with Amber Nevada and Billy King, is also quite good, with a mild BDSM feel and natural, playful sex. In both cases, though, things just never did seem quite to click. The other two scenes are by no means bad, but there was not much sense of connection between the lovers, and the sex really lacked for passion.

As for the photography...it's probably unfair that we watched this right after watching XConfessions 5 and some of the Bright Desire movies. The way Erika Lust and Ms Naughty shoot sex is proof that it can be done right. There really is no need for these tight shots on the women's bodies during intercourse, or shots from in front of her when they're spooning so you can't see him, and so forth. To be sure, Joy Bear does a better job with gender balance than most. But it could still be so much better.