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 ✔--

Review

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 ✓+

Review

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.

November 13, 2017

XConfessions 6, from Erika Lust

★★★★½

Time: 1:44, Director: Erika Lust, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr here and here and here

On the web: Erika Lust's Website

Cast: Anneke Necro, Paulita Pappel, Silvia Rubí, Mickey Mod (37yo), Jay Smooth (30yo), Lina Bembe, Zazel Paradise, Miyuki Son (29yo), Natalia Ferrari, Tiffany Doll (30yo), Manu Falcon, Vex Ashley, Miriam Prado, Jorge Prado, Luna Corazón (27yo), Tyler Nixon (29yo), and Bishop Black

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from Lust Cinema

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Review

The sixth collection of vignettes from Erika Lust's now famous XConfessions series. As all of them have been, this one is excellent.

All of the scenes are really good, but there are three that are absolutely top-notch. The second is one of those rare porn threesomes that works. Paulita Pappel and Silvia Rubí play a long-time couple who've decided to share a man, Mickey Mod. It's fun and playful, and of course beautifully shot. The third scene is a total lark: A woman's friends can't get good cunnilingus, so she tells them to try her boyfriend. It's fun, and just a celebration of oral sex. The sixth scene, with Tiffany Doll and Jay Smooth, is the first on XConfessions to feature anal sex. It's loosely based upon a passage in Toni Bentley's The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir that describes the pleasures thereof.

Other highlights are the fifth scene, with Vex Ashley and Mickey Mod, a pair who always seem to make magic together; the seventh, with Miriam Prado and Jorge Prado, which mostly features a titjob, to completion, which is a pleasant surprise; the ninth scene, with Silvia Rubí and Bishop Black, which nicely gives us some female domination that isn't cartoonish; and the last scene, which has Tyler Nixon performing a strip-show for Lina Bembe before they get down to it.

November 9, 2017

Indiscretions, from Wicked Passions

★★★☆☆

Time: 1:42, Director: Stormy Daniels, Date: 2016

On the web: Wicked B2B, IAFD

Cast: Britney Amber (30yo), Marcus London (48yo), Rachel Starr (33yo), Brad Armstrong (51yo), Asa Akira (30yo), Damon Dice, Ziggy Star (22yo), and Lucas Frost

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

Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance

Review

Indiscretions is a psychological thriller of a sort we've come to expect from Stormy Daniels. Kim (Asa Akira) discovers that her partner David (Brad Armstrong) has been cheating on her, so she moves out for a while. She becomes friends, then lovers, with Shane (Damon Dice), who does maintenance where she is staying. But he turns out to be more complicated than one might have supposed. And things get really complicated when Kim's step-daughter Hannah (Ziggy Star) talks her into going to her 19th birthday dinner and things are re-kindled with David. Will Kim ever be able to forgive him? Or, more importantly, get away from Shane?

Even more time is devoted to the story here than in the typical Wicked Passions movie: about fifty minutes, so almost half the film. Unfortunately, however, the story, though it has some promise, is formulaic, and it just gets way too weird, for no apparent reason. Nor is the acting very good. Asa Akira underplays her emotions, and Britney Amber (who plays Kim's best friend Cheryl) does a terrible job conveying her emotions in the scene where Kim arrives, distraught, at her house. Damon Dice is awful, too, as more or less is Ziggy Star.

The sex scenes also reek of couples porn. Only the first, with Britney Amber and Marcus London, is very good at all, but even here she overplays her arousal quite a bit. The rest, though, really lack passion and feel almost performed. That said, there do at least seem to be more women's orgasms here than in most of the Wicked Passions movies, but, sadly, that only means "some".

The photography is very good, however, as it usually is with these movies, even if it is not particularly creative. But the music, though at least low in volume, is pointless and repetitive. Why bother? It adds nothing.

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October 11, 2017

Spicing It Up, from New Sensations Lesbian Experience

★★★★☆

Time: 1:34, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Adria Rae (20yo), Marley Brinx (22yo), Melissa Moore (20yo), Riley Reid (25yo), Aidra Fox (21yo), Gina Valentina (19yo), Abby Cross, and Blair Williams (22yo)

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from the New Sensations subscription site

Pleasure ♀-, Passion ♀-

Review

Four scenes with lesbian couples who keep their sex life alive in various ways.

We really appreciated how short these scenes are. That may sound weird to say, but we often find sex scenes to be too long. It's difficult to maintain the excitement for 25 or 30 minutes. No such problem here. The sex itself tends to be in the 20 minute range.

There are two really excellent scenes here. The second, with Melissa Moore and Riley Reid, is fantastic. We really appreciated how loving and playful the two of them were, and it's one of the best 'sex in the tub' scenes we've had the pleasure of watching. Often, these do not work, because, let's face it, it's not the easiest place to have sex. But here, it really does work. The first scene, with Adria Rae and Marley Brinx, is also terrific. It's all centered on how Marley has forced Adria not to cum for a whole week, then teases her until she's about to explode.

The last scene, with Abby Cross and Blair Williams, is perfectly fine. It's mild BDSM, and we enjoyed their use of a vibrator, which leads to a whole lot of orgasms. The third scene, though, with Aidra Fox and Gina Valentina, is disappointing, mostly because there is just way too much pornish moaning. Maybe that's just how they are, but it sure didn't seem that way to us.

October 2, 2017

The MILF Pact, from Sweet Sinner

★★★★☆

Time: 1:44, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Katie Morgan (36yo), Cody Steele, Reena Sky (33yo), Tyler Nixon (29yo), Sheena Ryder (32yo), Damon Dice, Dana Vespoli (44yo), and Lucas Frost

Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from the Sweet Sinner subscription site

Pleasure ♀-, Passion ♀-, Balance

Review

Four women have all decided on a common goal: Fucking their stepsons. The story of how the four get together to recount their experience is funny, and we really enjoyed it. There are some really funny moments, and all four women are very good in their roles. On the other hand, only about 20 minutes are devoted to the story, so, as usual with Sweet Sinner, the story is not really developed very much.

The women are 'older' by porn standards, but except for Dana Vespoli, who is an amazing forty-four, they are in their early thirties, and seem at least that young. So they actually don't seem much older than their stepsons. It would have been a bit more realistic had the women been just a bit older. But that may not be the easiest casting call.

There is one terrific sex scene here, the second, with Reena Sky and Tyler Nixon. There's a lot of talking and giggling and eye contact, and they generally do a great job staying in role while having sex. The third scene, with Sheena Ryder and Damon Dice, is also very good. The sex feels appropriately desperate, and they again carry the story into the sex very well. The other two scenes are fine, but nothing special, though we appreciated how dominant Dana Vespoli was in the last scene.

September 19, 2017

Inter-racial Family Needs, from Sweet Sinner

★★★★☆

Time: 1:46, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2016

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: IAFD

Cast: Sara Luvv (23yo), Tyler Nixon (29yo), Cherie DeVille (38yo), Tyler Knight (45yo), Rachel Midori (23yo), and Isiah Maxwell

Source: 1920x1080 MP4 downloaded from Sweet Sinner website

Pleasure ♀-, Passion ✓+, Balance

Review

Mia (Sara Luvv) has always lived with her father, but now he has died, and her step-father Doug (Tyler Knight) has invited her to live with him and her mother Tasha (Cherie DeVille). But Mia and Tasha have been estranged for years, and Tasha is none too happy about the whole arrangement. Doug and Mia form a strong bond—while drinking a bottle of wine, straight out of the bottle, that he gives her to welcome her into their home. He tries to be a father-figure, encouraging a reconciliation between Mia and Tasha. But when that doesn't go well, the temptation becomes too great. Things get worse when Paige (Rachel Midori), the finacé of his son Quinn (Isaiah Maxewell), all but catches them in the act.

It's a pretty good story. Unfortunately, however, as with many of the Sweet Sinner movies, not much time at all is spent on it: less than 20 minutes.

The acting is generally pretty good, but there are places where it's not, usually in scenes involving Cherie DeVille. But Tyler Knight and Sara Luvv are excellent. The sex scenes are also reasonably good, but they often feel too long, largely due to a lack of variety in the sex. And, except in first scene, we didn't really sense much of a genuine connection between the performers.

James Avalon, who has been directing and shooting movies for Sweet Sinner since Nica Noelle left, was in charge of photography for this one. Overall, the photography is pretty good. Avalon's cameras tend to be quiet, i.e., not to move alot, and not to impose themselves onto the scene. For the most part, the shots are wide enough that we can see both of the performers, but the guy is sometimes out of frame, as happens so often. And there aren't a lot of shots here that are particularly striking. So, overall, we'd have to say that the camera work is better than in a lot of porn, but not particularly great.