June 23, 2017

My Wife's First Girlfriend, from New Sensations Tales From the Edge

★★★★☆

Time: 1:54, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: New Sensations Catalog, IAFD

Cast: Jenna Sativa (24yo), Leah Gotti (19yo), Mia Malkova (24yo), Katy Kiss (23yo), Ryan McLane, Karlie Montana (30yo), Abigail Mac (28yo), Dana Vespoli (44yo), Melissa Moore (20yo), and Ryan Ryder (23yo)

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

Pleasure ♀-, Passion ♀-, Balance

Review

After a number of "hotwife" movies, featuring married women who have sex with men other than their husbands, Jacky St James brings up a movie in a similar vein, but in which the women have sex with other women. We greatly appreciated that most of the stories are driven by the desire of the women, as opposed to their husbands, who are nonetheless encouraging. That isn't always the case with the "hotwife" movies.

Unfortunately, however, the four scenes are a mixed bag. The first, with Jenna Sativa and Leah Gotti, has an excellent story. But the sex starts much too quickly, and it all feels a bit scripted. Something similar is true of the second scene, with Mia Malkova and Katy Kiss. It just isn't plausible that they'd be engaging in cunnilingus within a minute.

The other two scenes, though, are very good, and the third is terrific. Karlie Montana and Abigail Mac are best friends, and Abigail's husband has always wondered why they never had sex. So, well, they do. It would have been great if these themes had been explored a bit more, but the sex is fantastic, even though it is an extremely long scene. And, unlike in the first two scenes, the lovemaking starts with lots of kissing and caressing. It's almost ten minutes until there is any genital contact.

The last scene, with Dana Vespoli and Melissa Moore, isn't quite that good, but it has its moments. It's an amusing story: Melissa has lost her job, so her neighbor Dana has gotten her a part-time job selling sex toys at parties; how that leads to sex we'll never understand. It heats up more quickly than in the third scene, but the sex is very natural, and playful.

So, well, as we said, it's a mixed bag.

June 8, 2017

XConfessions 5

★★★★★

Time: 1:55, Director: Erika Lust, Date: 2015

Screenshots: On our Tumblr here and here and here

On the web: Erika Lust's Website

Cast: Eris Maximo, Lana Sue, Julia Roca (25yo), Mickey Mod, Alexa Tomás (30yo), Joel Tomás, Bel Gris, Amarna Miller (25yo), Carolina Abril (23yo), Gabe Tonic, Maria Riot, Marc Morato, and Luke Hotrod

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from Lust Cinema

Review

Erika Lust created the XConfessions series in 2013. She solicits stories and fantasies from her fans and chooses two each month to make into short films. It's a tremendous idea: to give cinematic vision to the sexual imaginings of ordinary people. And it has been extremely successful. It is utterly different from stereotypical porn imagery.

Each DVD in the series features ten of these short films. There is great variation in the themes of the various scenes.

As we said have about the earlier collections, many of these scenes are as interesting intellectually and visually as they are erotic. Lust is extremely tender with the fantasies that have been shared with her, and she tries very hard to bring out what is special about them.

This collection, the fifth, is by far the most successful so far. There are five truly outstanding scenes and two more really excellent ones. The first scene is an unusual, for XConfessions, masturbation scene. Lana Sue discovers her roommate's vibrator...and a fantasy she didn't know she had. The fifth is Lust's attempt to portray BDSM realistically, and she, together with Mickey Mod and Amarna Miller, succeeds wonderfully. The other three great scenes are the second, eighth, and tenth. These are more typical boy-girl scenes, but there is something special about each one.

In some ways, though, our favorite scene here is the fourth, "Dear Brother in Law". The way Lust builds sexual tension is astonishing. Though somehow the scene doesn't quite live up to that promise, it's still wonderful.

As usual, the photography is excellent. Just check out the beginning of "La Reine des Culottes" and the way Lust captures the sensuality of a woman washing her lingerie by hand. Or the beauty of the beach scene in "El Chico de la Playa Nudista".

June 2, 2017

Five Hot Stories for Her

★★★★☆

Time: 1:51, Director: Erika Lust, Date: 2007
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
Cast: Sandra G, Lady Mai (23yo), Bobbi Eden (27yo), Sonia Baby, Eduardo Romo, Rafa Garcia, Nacho Coralini, Karnya, Julia Taylor (29yo), Ramon Nomar (33yo), Claudia Claire (30yo), Lucas Foz, Anthony Martinez, and Daniel Royter
Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Lust Cinema

Review

This is a collection of some of Erika Lust's earliest films. It seems almost unfair to review this now. There's a lot more promise here than there is achievement, and of course we know now that this promise would be realized before long. Lust has since, of course, become a feminist porn legend.
The dialog is dubbed in the first, second, and fifth, with all the problems that brings, especially during the sex scenes. And, as the more detailed reviews below will explain, we found the first and second scenes a bit unsatisfying. But the third, "Married with Children", with Julia Taylor and Ramon Nomar, is a wonderful little story of a couple who, once a week, escape from their domestic life together to have wild, kinky sex at a hotel. And the fourth, "To Be Or Not To Be a Good Girl", is even better. This is an extended version of Lust's first sexually explicit film, "The Good Girl", which was released for free on the web (under a Creative Commons licence) in 2004. The story parts are pretty much the same, but there is more sex here, and it's just excellent. The moment where Alex drops her towel, then waits for her soon-to-be lover's reaction, is amazing.
So, well, it's a mixed bag. But if you have never seen "The Good Girl", you really must.

May 10, 2017

Win a Date With Sofia Blake, from Wicked Passions

★★★★☆

Time: 1:33, Director: Stormy Daniels, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Wicked B2B, IAFD

Cast: Olivia Austin (30yo), Marcus London (48yo), Charlotte O'Ryan (22yo), Mia Li (26yo), Derrick Pierce (42yo), Bianca Breeze (34yo), Jake Taylor, and Ryan McLane

Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from Wicked Pictures subscription site

Review

The story revolves around Sofia (Olivia Austin), who is engaged to Brett (Marcus London). But he turns up on the covers of the tabloids fucking his mistress, which leads her to go out and get drunk, then get busted for DUI on the way home. So her publicist (Mia Li) cooks up a scheme to raffle off a date with her. The winner is a small-town guy Justin (Ryan McLane), who is as cynical as he can be...and rightly so, really. But, well, you figure it out.. though remember this is a Stormy Daniels movie, so there are twists along the way.

There have been a lot of really excellent movies from Wicked Passions, such as the last one, Off Limits. Unfortunately, however, this is not one of them. It's a pretty good story, and a good bit of time—thirty minutes, about a third of the movie—is devoted to the story. But the first two sex scenes happen right at the beginning, before we really have any idea who these people are. Once the story actually starts, the movie gets much better. But the third and fourth sex scenes do not really feel well integrated into the movie, and the music is, if not typical pornzak, annoyingly repetitive. The acting is mediocre, too, for the most part, though Ryan McLane is, as usual, terrific.

The photography is about as is typical for the Wicked Passions movies: well balanced, and fairly intimate. There are a lot of nice shots of the women's faces, especially, but also of the men's, and Daniels does a good job of editing the scenes so they are not too long without making them seem fragmented.

May 5, 2017

The Darker Side of Desire, from Sweet Sinner and Jacky St James

★★★★☆

Time: 2:37, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2017

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Cassidy Klein (26yo), Mickey Mod, Cherie DeVille (39yo), Tommy Pistol (41yo), Gia Paige (27yo), James Deen (31yo), Riley Cruise, and Michael Vegas

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

Review

Is it fair to compare this movie to The Submission of Emma Marx? No, of course not. Emma Marx is one of the best pornos ever made and a great movie period. Still, the comparison is inevitable. Jacky St James has made other BDSM-themed movies beside those in the Emma Marx series, such as Restraint. But this is the first (allegedly) story-based movie about BDSM since the stunning conclusion to the Emma Marx trilogy, and in many ways the plot is similar. Natalie (Cassidy Klein) has long had dreams and fantasies about being dominated, but she has for just as long struggled with them. And now, at the beginning of what looks like a promising relationship with Bryce (Mickey Mod), she is wondering whether to share her fantasies with him and risk rejection, or just to keep quiet. It's hard to imagine a more promising story.

So, how is Darker Side? Not great, we're afraid. The first problem is that far too little time is actually devoted to the story: fifteen minutes in a movie that is over two and a half hours long. OK, so, again, it's not really fair to compare. But, just for some context, there's more time than that between the first two sex scenes in Emma Marx (which, overall, spends over fifty minutes just on the story, out of just over two hours). But, even without making comparisons, it seems pretty obvious that fifteen minutes isn't nearly enough time to develop the characters and allow us to get into their heads. It's really too bad, because, as we said, there's a lot of promise in the story.

The second problem, which isn't unrelated to the first, is that, by and large, the sex scenes are way too long. The second, with Cherie DeVille and Tommy Pistol, is a good example. The scene (a dream Natalie is having) begins with some BDSM. The way Cherie and Tommy talk to each other is really terrific, and the play, while hardly heavy, is hot and convincing. But after 22 minutes of that, they move into genital sex, and that lasts almost another 17 minutes. Why? We'd have been all for some quick fucking or whatever, but the scene would have been much more effective had the focus been kept on the BDSM, which is what is actually relevant to the story.

Maybe most disappointing, to us, though, was the fourth scene, featuring Natalie's friend Robin (Riley Cruise), who thinks BDSM is anti-feminist. Her boyfriend (Michael Vegas) expresses some shock that she harbors such thoughts and volunteers to be tied up and dominated. Now, it hardly needs saying that female domination that isn't cartoonish is hard to find in the world of porn, so we were thrilled that St James was now going to include some of it. But the opportunity is squandered. There's hardly any BDSM here at all. Rather, what we get is relatively conventional sex, but with Vegas's legs---just his legs, not his arms—loosely tied to the bed. And then, at the end, he unties himself so he can "take the power back". It's as if the idea of female domination can't quite be tolerated.

We know we're being very critical. By no means is this a bad movie, and there are aspects of it that are quite good. The first sex scene, with Cassidy Klein and Mickey Mod, is terrific, though, ironically, it's the only one of the five scenes that doesn't involve BDSM. The sex is passionate and convincing, and both Cassidy and Mickey do a great job staying in role. Indeed, we thought they were both excellent, overall, in the lead roles, and the supporting cast do a fine job, too. Another plus is that the BDSM parts of the three BDSM-themed scenes are very good. And the camera work, for the most part, is very strong, especially in the last scene. But, even with all those positives, the lack of attention to the story and the overly long sex scenes—not to mention the presence of James Deen, whom we normally just do not watch—left us a bit cold.

Jacky St James has proven several times she can make really fantastic movies. Is it greedy to want more of them? It's not that we haven't appreciated many of the collections of vignettes she has made. But what makes her a special director is her ability to weave hot sex into engaging, even thought-provoking, stories. We do hope that Sweet Sinner, and their parent company Mile High Media, will actually give St James the freedom to do what she does so well. We understand that this means being willing to commit the time and therefore the money that is required to tell stories, rather than to settle for a mere gesture in that direction. But if you want a product that people will actually pay for—if you want to offer people something that isn't available on the tube sites—then it seems to me that you need to give them something that isn't just better but something that is qualitatively different. Like, oh, The Submission of Emma Marx.

March 16, 2017

Angie Rowntree on Ovidie's "Pornocracy"

Pornocracy makes one shocking point clear: early innovators knew tube sites would decimate the adult industry. And according to the founder of YouPorn, one of the first tube sites to hit the web, they went ahead and did it anyway — all as a way to make big money from advertising using other people’s stolen content.
At Huffington Post.

March 13, 2017

Lesbian Romance 3, from New Sensations Tales From the Heart

★★★★☆

Time: 1:42, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: New Sensations Catalog, IAFD

Cast: Blair Williams (22yo), Lyra Louvel (24yo), Kasey Warner (21yo), Melissa Moore (20yo), Blake Eden (20yo), Yhivi, Charlotte O'Ryan (22yo), and Rachel Midori (23yo)

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from the New Sensations subscription site

Review

This, obviously, is the third movie in Jacky St James's "Lesbian Romance" series. Lke the others, it features lesbian sex in a romantic context. The second of these was terrific; the first was only all right. Unfortunately, this one is more like the first than the second.

There is one really terrific scene here, the first, with Blair Williams and Lyra Louvel. The story is sweet, and the sex is natural and passionate. They're really convincing as a couple, and we were dripping wet by the time it was over. The third scene, with Blake Eden and Yhivi, is also very good. It's first-time sex between roommates, and it is again passionate and convincing.

The second scene, though, with Kasey Warner and Melissa Moore, is merely all right. It's a sweet story, revolving around Melissa's desire to have children, but the sex isn't as passionate as it ought to be, and it feels a bit predicatable. And the last scene, with Charlotte O'Ryan and Rachel Midori, didn't do it for us at all. The sex just isn't very convincing.

As one might expect, though, the photography overall is excellent.