October 26, 2013

Diary of Love, from Smash Pictures


Time: 2:07, Director: Jim Powers, Date: 2012

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Smash Pictures, IAFD

Cast: Lily LaBeau (21yo), Logan Pierce (21yo), Presley Hart (24yo), Johnny Castle (32yo), Kimberly Kane (29yo), Lia Lor (22yo), and Richie Calhoun

Source: 1920×1080 MP4 downloaded from Porn Star Network

Pleasure ✓-, Passion ✓+, Balance


Noah (Richie Calhoun) is in a coma in a hospital, and Ally (Presley Hart) is reading him the story of their relationship. We see various highlights of their story as she does. Eventually, he wakes up, and they go on with their lives. Oddly, though, we never actually find out why he was there.

This is a very story-focused porno: Roughly 43 minutes are devoted to the story. And the story isn't terrible. In fact, this movie is often said to have been inspired by The Notebook, and it's a pretty standard rom-com script, in any event.

Unfortunately, however, the acting here is extremely inconsistent. In fact, some of the dialogue is pretty bad, maybe even terrible. Much of the rest is totally over-acted, though there are bits that are all right, and somehow it seems to get better as it moves along.

But the sex scenes are inconsistent, as well. The first two, although they do not feel performed, are not particularly natural either, though there is a nice feeling of connection between the performers. The last two are much better, but there is nowhere in the movie that any of the female performers seem anywhere near having a genuine orgasm.

Still, one has to applaud the effort to make a real movie with sex in it. But the efforts in this same direction from Wicked Passions and New Sensations have been better.

Richie Calhoun and Presley Hart were nominated for Best Actor and Actress at the 2013 AVN awards.

Scene 1: Lily LaBeau and Logan Pierce (♀♂)


Time: 17:00

Female Orgasm: Faked (Badly), Cumshot: Pussy

Pleasure ❌, Passion ✓, Balance

Couple (Lily LaBeau, Logan Pierce) have sex on a picnic blanket. There's a nice, playful attitude to this scene, with a lot of kissing and some talking between them.

The gender balance in the camera work is decent, but not great. There are some wider shots, but the focus is mostly on her while she is sucking him, though there are some nice shots there, too. The focus is again mostly on her as they fuck, though there are again some better shots. But when she is atop him, reverse cowgirl, the camera spends much too much time close on their genitals.

While she seems to enjoy herself somewhat, she never seems very aroused, and the orgasm she fakes largely ruins the scene.

Scene 2: Presley Hart and Johnny Castle (♀♂)


Time: 15:00

Cumshot: Stomach

Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance

After Noah (Richie Calhoun) and Ally (Presley Hart) break up, she gets involved with a fellow law student, Lomm Hammond (Johnny Castle). He asks her to marry her, and they have sex on their bed.

The scene is soft and romantic, and quite sexy, and there is some sense of a genuine connection between them.

The gender balance in the camera work is decent but not great. There aren't many "medical" shots, but the focus is almost entirely on her face while she is sucking his cock, though we do get some closeups of his face toward the end of that part. And we lose sight of him during the fucking scenes.

She seems to have a reasonable time, too, though she never seems really aroused.

Scene 3: Kimberly Kane, Lia Lor, and Richie Calhoun (♀♀♂)


Time: 25:00

Cumshot: On Himself

Features: 69

Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance

After Noah (Richie Calhoun) returns from Afghanistan, he buys the Windsor property with a check from his father's life insurance and builds a house that he intends for Ally (Presley Hart). For no particular reason, he has sex with two women (Kimberly Kane, Lia Lor) whose husbands died in the war, with whom he seems to be living.

As that description suggests, this scene is completely gratuitous within the context of the movie. The gender balance is not particularly good either, with too many "medical" shots, and too few of Richie. The beginning of the scene feels very pornish, as well. But the mutual masturbation sequence is unusual, and much of the rest of the scene is pretty natural. There is a nice connection between them, as well, with some good talking. But I wished the whole time I was watching it that the camera would get out of the way and let them do what they wanted.

Still, the good seems to outwbeigh the bad in this scene, and the women seem to have a decent time, though neither of them ever seems terribly aroused.

Scene 4: Presley Hart and Richie Calhoun (♀♂)


Time: 13:00

Cumshot: Stomach

Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance

Finally, finally, Noah (Richie Calhoun) and Ally (Presley Hart) realize that they should be together.

The camera work is about the same as with the other scenes, which means not terrible but not great. We lose sight of him in the usual places, and the "gaze" is generally pretty male.

The sex here is extremely passionate, even desperate, and there seems to be a genuine connection between them. But, while she does seem to enjoy herself, she once again never seems terribly aroused.