March 12, 2018

XGirl vs Supermacho, from Ovidie and Lust Cinema


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


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


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


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


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


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 ✔+


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 ✔-


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'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.

November 28, 2017

The Submission of Emma Marx: Evolved, from New Sensations Erotic Stories


Time: 2:00, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2017

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD, Rich Moreland's Website, Rich Moreland's Website

Cast: Riley Reid (26yo), Van Wylde (27yo), Violet Starr (21yo), Damon Dice, Jay Smooth (31yo), Penny Pax (27yo), Mick Blue (41yo), and John Strong (48yo)

Source: 1920×1080 downloaded from the New Sensations subscription site

Pleasure ✔+, Passion ✔+, Balance ✔--


We were very surprised when we learned, from Jacky St James's blog, that this movie was in production. Partly because she'd left New Senstations some time ago. But more so because The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed had seemed like such a natural end to the story. There's always the temptation to try to keep going, though, especially with a series as successful as this one has been. So, does it work? Well, half of it does.

Before we continue: You can't possibly understand this movie without having seen the earlier ones. So don't even try.

At the end of The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, Emma (Penny Pax) had begun a new D/s relationship after the death of Mr Frederick. That has not survived, and she has now given up the 'lifestyle' entirely. Her sister Nadia (Riley Reid) has split up from her husband Ray (Van Wylde), as well, though for reasons we are not told. Then again, Nadia and Ray are still having sex—hate sex, Nadia says—and she also claims it is the best sex she's ever had. Emma has moved in with Nadia, who, to be able to stay in the palatial house she and Ray had shared, has also gotten another housemate, Mariah (Violet Starr). Who, it turns out, is into fairly kinky sex, as Emma finds out one day when she gets trapped under Mariah's bed as she's having sex with one of her many 'visitors'.

That's roughly the first half of the movie (strictly, the first 42 minutes). And, basically, the story has hardly begun. Indeed, we found ourselves wondering at that point what any of this actually had to do with Emma. We've complained about this kind of thing before. It's one of the main, and only, complaints we've had about the Emma Marx movies: that the intitial sex scene, with Nadia and Ray, is never particularly good and delays the actual start of the story. Here, though, it is much worse.

The scene with Nadia and Ray is terrible. We have seen Riley Reid in a lot of movies, and we have never seen her over-act her pleasure the way she does here. It's about as stereotypically pornish as it gets. And then we are subjected to another such scene, with Mariah and her anonymous fuckbuddy. She once again over-plays her pleasure, and the sex itself is completely unconvincing. What's worse is that the photography in these two scenes is also stereotypically pornish, much of the time. The scenes with Nadia and Ray in the other films were never shot as interestingly as the ones with Emma. But this scene might just as well have appeared in some all-sex gonzo extravaganza as in what's supposed to pass for feminist porn (at least one from New Sensations, which are not nearly as extreme as what one sees from other studios).

In a way, there's a point to that: a contrast is set up, as always in these films, between Nadia and Ray's shallow sexuality and the considered, deeply personal experiences that Emma craves (or at least used to crave). But it's a point that could be made much more quickly, and without forcing the viewer to endure over half an hour of bad porn sex.

The good news, though, is that, once that's all over, the movie becomes everything you wanted it to be. Almost.

Seeing Mariah's bruises the next morning, Emma lets on that she knows more than a bit about BDSM. She shows Mariah some of her old toys, hidden now in a locked chest, willing to talk but unwilling to open up that part of her life again. But Mariah begs her to help her, and Emma starts to introduce her to the world of BDSM as her "temporary dominant". This part of the movie is wonderful, strongly reminiscent of one of our favorite parts of The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee. We get a long series of little snippets showing us the evolving relationship between Emma and Mariah. See? You don't have to have a twenty minute scene to make a point that moves the story forward. (And, frankly, it would have been a lot better if we had a twenty minute scene with these two rather than with Mariah and her fuckbuddy.)

The rest of the story, we won't give away. Suffice it to say that it is filled with love, loss, and redemption.

The two sex scenes in this part of the movie are much better than the first two. The highlight is the third, when Mariah has her first experience with a male dominant (Jay Smooth). The BDSM here is realistic without being over the top, and the photography is much more reminiscent of the excellent work done in the first three films in this series. But, for much of the time, the last scene—in which Emma has one last experience as a submissive, with two male doms (Mick Blue and John Strong)—actually doesn't feel all that different from a whole lot of mainstream porn. The BDSM context is, of course, supposed to make a difference, but, while you know it's there, it's barely present in what actually happens.

The best thing about this movie, to be honest, is Violet Starr. She's wonderful as Mariah (even if her first sex scene isn't so wonderful), and her girlish enthusiasm for her new experiences is absolutely infectious. Indeed, for the most part, the acting is once again strong, though Riley Reid and Van Wylde are almost as bad during the argument that precedes their sex scene as they are during that scene. And Richie Calhoun's narration is a bit inconsistent, especially toward the beginning. But Penny Pax, as usual, is excellent, and her interactions with both Mariah and Nadia are convincing and touching.

So, there you have it: a very mixed bag.

November 21, 2017

Around the World In 80 Ways, from Trenchcoat X

Director: Stoya, Date: 2015

On the web: Official Site

Cast: Stoya (29yo), James Deen (29yo), Mickey Mod (36yo), Michael Vegas, Wolf Hudson (31yo), Vex Ashley, Steve Holmes (54yo), and Zak Sabbath (39yo)

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from TrenchcoatX subscription site

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ✓+


Around the World in 80 Ways is an on-going series of vignettes that Stoya has been shooting as she travels the world for work. What is particularly distinctive about them is that they are entirely shot on a handheld camcorder, by Stoya and her partners. This gives the scenes an extremely "real-life" feel, since what she is doing, really, is just filming herself having sex with her friends. Oftentimes, the camera is just set on a dresser or a table; sometimes it is held by Stoya or her partner, in which case they often make good use of whatever mirrors happen to be available.

The feeling, overall, then, is just of people having some harmless, if sexy, fun. As you might guess, though, this is a mixed bag. Many of the scenes are an absolute joy to watch. We'll particularly recommend the second scene, with Stoya and Mickey Mod, and the seventh scene, with those two and Wolf Hudson. The the sixth scene is especially interesting, as it involves Stoya and Mickey Mod playing off-set with Vex Ashley while they are shooting for Four Chambered Heart.

Highly recommended.