January 9, 2017

Erika Lust Lauches Major Initiative to Get More Women Into Porn

Erika Lust wants to get more women in porn—in every possible position. Writer. Director. Producer. Star. She broke into the biz herself once and knows what it takes. And, like the growing number of advocates calling for more women behind the camera in Hollywood, she knows that the more inclusive the adult industry becomes, the better—and, OK, sexier—the results.
On Wired.

December 25, 2016

Sisters Share Everything, from New Sensations Lesbian Experience

★★★½☆

Time: 1:53, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: New Sensations Catalog, IAFD

Cast: Elsa Jean (20yo), Trillium (22yo), Cassidy Klein (25yo), Gia Paige (26yo), Adriana Chechik (24yo), Kimber Woods (23yo), Karmen Karma (25yo), and Rachel Midori

Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from the New Sensations subscription site

Review

Much in the tradition of Sisterly Love 2, which appeared in the Tabu Tales series, Sisters Share Everything is a series of vignettes focused on lesbian fauxcest. Unfortunately, it is very much a mixed bag.

The second scene, with Cassidy Klein and Gia Paige, is very good. The story tells of an approach-avoidance dynamic between the sisters, which comes to a head when Gia walks in on Cassidy masturbating. Cassidy is a bit over-expressive, if you know what we mean, but there are some great bits, and the photography is very good.

The third scene, with Adriana Chechik and Kimber Woods, is also very good. The sex is very passionate and convincing, and they both have several orgasms. But it does not really fit the story. It heats up much too quickly, unless they are both much more experienced, and much kinkier, than the story lets on.

Sadly, though, the first scene, with Elsa Jean and Trillium, is terrible. The story is all right, if a bit silly, but the sex is everything bad "lesbian" porn sex too often is. And the last scene just didn't do it for us, since we just can't get into the "bad girl" fantasy.

Overall, then, this is the most disappointing movie we have seen from Jacky St James.

December 18, 2016

XBiz Nominations

Several movies we've reviewed, or eventually will review, or at least that are the types of movies we do review, have been nominated for the 2017 XBiz Awards. These include:
  • Babysitting the Baumgartners, directed by Kay Brandt for Adam and Eve, for Feature Movie of the Year (also for Screenplay and Cinematography and Music and Editing)
  • The Submission of Emma Marx 3: Exposed, directed by Jacky St James for New Sensations for Feature Movie of the Year (also for Screenplay and Cinematography and Music and Editing)
  • Color Blind, directed by B Skow for Girlfriends Films, for Feature Movie of the Year (also for Screenplay)
  • The Proposal, which was Jacky St James's last film for New Sensations, for Vignette Release of the Year
  • Fantasies, directed by Jacky St James, Eddie Powell, and Paul Woodcrest, for New Sensations, also for Vignette Release of the Year
  • A Lesbian Romance 2, directed by Jacky St James for New Sensations, for All-Girl Release of the Year (though there are also several other films in this category that might well be good)
Not surprisingly, a number of such movies are nominated for Couples-Themed Release of the Year:
  • Indiscretions and New Beginnings, both from Stormy Daniels and Wicked Passions
  • Casual Encounters, directed by David Lord for Wicked Pictures
  • Love, Anonymous, Open Couples, and Secret Spa, from Adam and Eve
  • The Masseuse 10, directed by James Avalon for Sweet Sinner
  • The Switch, from BSkow and Girlfriends Films
We'll also quickly mention Best Actress nominations for Cassidy Klein in New Beginnings, Sara Luvv in Babysitting, and Penny Pax in Emma 3. For Best Actor, we have Mick Blue in Babysitting and Richie Calhoun in Emma 3. Over at the Couples-Themed category, we have, just in movies we've reviewed, Julia Ann and Tyler Nixon in Love, Anonymous, and Cassidy Klein and Brad Armstrong in New Beginnings.

November 18, 2016

The Fantasy Project, from Bright Desire

★★★★½

Time: 1:15, Director: Ms Naughty, Date: 2015

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Official Site

Cast: Kara Dasha, Devon, Vivienne L, Max, Harley Jay, Marina Lee, Xavier Steele, Rob Paulson, Jack Locker, Steel, Aeryn Walker, Rex, Madison Missina, and Ryan James

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Bright Desire

Review

Kate Eden (Madison Missina) is researching women's sexual fantasies, which she gathers by email and interview. But she seems to have become so obsessed with the project that it is straining her relationship with her fiancĂ© (Ryan James). They haven't had sex for three weeks, and then she forgets to meet him for brunch—probably because she is so turned-on that she can barely function. When he returns home, she is fast asleep, exhausted, and he starts reading some of the fantatises himself...and masturbating. She discovers him and....

The story just described is only the barest frame for the five sex scenes that comprise the movie (not unlike in the JoyBear movies). No more than a few minutes, really, are spent on it. It is perhaps best to think of it as an extended introduction to the last scene.

So this is really more a collection of vignettes than it is a movie. As such, however, it is still terrific. The first two sex scenes are fantastic, and the other three are excellent, as well. The first four come from Kate's research, and we really appreciated the voiceovers, in which the women describe their fantasies, and how they feel about them, as we watch them being enacted. All of these fantasies are at least a touch kinky, and they are handled with care and compassion, in a way that seems true to them. In that respect, the last scene comes as a bit of an anti-climax, though it's still very hot.

As one would expect, the camera work throughout is very good. Ms Naughty makes a special point of not cutting the men out of the scenes, which we appreciate. To be honest, though, she does not have the cinematic talent of an Erika Lust or an Ovidie, though she does try, and there are some nice shots now and again. For the most part, though, Ms Naughty shoots sex scenes in a fairly documentary way, without commentary, and the emotion is left to be conveyed by the performers themselves. Fortunately, they all do a very good job of that.

This film was nominated for a Feminist Porn Award in 2015. It is available from Lust Cinema, as well as from Bright Desire.

November 15, 2016

Cherry 2, from Kay Brandt and Digital Playground

★★★☆☆

Time: 2:26, Director: Kay Brandt, Date: 2011

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Andy San Dimas (25yo), Jiz Lee (31yo), Dana DeArmond (32yo), Evelin Rain (24yo), Missy Martinez (22yo), Zoey Holloway (45yo), Brooklyn Lee (22yo), Diamond Foxxx (38yo), Kimberly Kane (28yo), and Tuesday Cross (24yo)

Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from Digital Playground subscription site

Review

Although this is a sequel to Cherry, there are not as many continuities with the first movie as you might expect. The owner of the club, Cherry (Judy Thompson), is of course still the same. But, with a few exceptions, none of the really central characters from the first movie return.

There is a story here, but it only really emerges at the very end of the movie. Indeed, until very late in the movie, there's never more than a few minutes in a row that are devoted to the story. As far as the story goes, however, there is a mysterious woman (Tuesday Cross) who appears at the club and grabs Cherry's attention, and there's some intrigue about her that is spread through the movie. We eventually learn that she has some kind of history with Cherry. But that storyline is totally disconnected from everything else that happens. Harlow (Riley Steele), Cherry's latest toy, does reappear toward the end, reprising the central drama of the first movie, but she has not been mentioned at all to that point. As far as we knew, she'd been forgotten long ago. And if not, what happened to Winterlynn and Devon? Our general sense is that the storytelling here got lost. There is an idea for a story, but it never gets enough attention to be developed.

And, unfortunately, the generally aren't that great, either. The second is terrible, and the third just doesn't make a lot of sense, though it goes on for 50 minutes. The first is the only one that is very good at all, and even it is only all right. Some of the acting is pretty bad, too, such as the interaction between Avery and Katherine before Dana and Evelin fuck. And the photography is not nearly as good as in the first film, feeling much more pornish.

There are also several issues with the filmmaking that we would call continuity problems, except they aren't quite that. Dana and Evelin keep talking about all the other people who are around, for example, but there is absolutely no sign of anyone else in the club. Something similar happens when Amanda is talking with Cherry. Couldn't they have had some extras milling about? There are extras in other parts of the film.

It's just weird how great the first movie was and how utterly mediocre this one is.

November 11, 2016

Cherry, from Kay Brandt and Digital Playground

★★★★½

Time: 2:50, Director: Kay Brandt, Date: 2011

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Lux Cassidy (26yo), Riley Steele (24yo), Judy Thompson, Celeste Star (26yo), Sinn Sage (28yo), Nina Mercedez (32yo), Ash Hollywood (22yo), Raylene (34yo), Ann Marie Rios (30yo), and Vicki Chase (26yo)

Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from Digital Playground subscription site

Review

The first movie from Kay Brandt, Cherry is largely set in a strip club run the by epponymous Cherry (Judy Thompson). The story revolves around Cherry's failing relationship with one of the women who works there, Harlow (Riley Steele), and the "new girl" Winterlynn (Sinn Sage). It seems to everyone as if Winterlynn might be about to replace Harlow, but it ends up seeming as if the most likely successor is actually Winterlynn's roommate and lover Devon (Celeste Star).

A reasonable amount of time is spent on the story, about forty minutes, but the plot line we just mentioned is not really developed. In fact, we are not sure the movie really has a coherent plot. There are, however, some truly fantastic sex scenes. The best are the third, with Sinn Sage and Celeste Star, and the last, with Ann Marie Rios and Vicki Chase, but the fourth, with Nina Mercedez and Ash Hollywood, is also very good. The last two are both "first times", and the women all do an outstanding job staying in role, which adds a lot to the scenes. A lot of the sex is slow and soft and playful, but it is no less hot for that. In fact, there's a lot of slow buildup and anticipation that really had us squirming.

There is great camera work throughout, with a terrific mix of closer and wider shots that keeps it varied and interesting.

Overall, then, we very much enjoyed this movie and strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching women who love to have sex with other women have sex with other women.

This film was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay at the 2012 AVN Awards, where Kay Brandt was also nominated for Best Director. She was nominated for the same award at the 2012 XBiz Awards, where the film itself won for All-Girl Release of the Year.