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.

February 8, 2017

Female Fantasy, from Lust Cinema

★★★★½

Time: 12:33, Director: Zara Kjellner, Alicia Hansen, Date: 2015

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Official Site

Cast: Jaana Alakoski and Marcel Engdahl

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Lust Cinema

Review

A short film by a pair of female Swedish directors.

She sits next to him, close, waiting for the bus, then squeezes his leg just before she gets on it. She starts to masturbate, looking around to see if anyone is watching, then falls into her bed at home and launches into a fantasy of what she might have done at the bus stop. She slowly removes her clothes and continues masturbating as her fantasy progresses.

We really enjoyed this film. Juxtaposing someone masturbating with the fantasy they are having always seems like a good idea to us, but both parts have to be done right. And here they are. The fantasy certainly is one a woman might actually have, and not just a man's idea of a woman's fantasy. And it is every bit fantastic enough, as they have sex right at the bus stop. As she approaches orgasm, the fantasy becomes non-linear, as she passes from one image to the next.

The ending is thoughtful, but we would have preferred that they made some attempt to portray her orgasm. Nonetheless, there is something striking about the ending, as fantasy and reality merge in the afterglow.

3 By Amarna, from Lust Cinema

★★★★½

Time: 24:39, Director: Amarna Miller, Date: 2015

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Official Site

Cast: Amarna Miller (25yo), Mickey Mod, and Eris Maximo

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Lust Cinema

Review

A collection of three short vignettes directed by Amarna Miller, who first made a name for herself in the movies of Erika Lust and has since become a very popular performer. This is her directorial debut.

The first video, which is by far the longest of the three, is a 'POV-style' blowjob scene. What makes it at least somewhat different from run-of-the-mill porn of this kind is that Miller, who also stars in this scene, is the one in control of the action. Her partner does grip her head at one time, briefly, but that is the only hint of dominance in the scene. And she does seem genuinely to enjoy herself, as she always does. Of course, this is not really the kind of thing for which we look to feminist porn. But if POV-style porn can be "done right", perhaps this is the way to do it.

The second video is very short and somewhat artsy, with the sex presented in a non-linear way. The last is a kinky masturbation scene, artsy in presentation, but sexy, too.

Overall, then, we very much enjoyed this collection. It's an interesting look at a very different side of Amarna Miller.

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.