June 1, 2014

Torn, from New Sensations Couples

★★★★½

Time: 1:52, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2013

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: The Romance Series, IAFD, Porn Valley Vantage, Rich Moreland's Website

Cast: India Summer (38yo), Xander Corvus (25yo), Remy LaCroix (25yo), Tommy Pistol (37yo), and Bailey Blue (24yo)

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

Pleasure ✓+, Passion ♀-, Balance ✓+

Review

This is an absolutely fantastic movie. It is no surprise at all that it won the 2014 Feminist Porn Award for Steamiest Straight Move and the 2014 AVN award for Best Romance Release. Jacky St James also won for Screenplay of the Year at the XBiz awards.

The story is one about love and lust, reality and fantasy, the old and the new, and the temptations Eve (Remy LaCroix) faces as she and her boyfriend Danny (Tommy Pistol) struggle financially. It is hard to put into words just how well Jacky St James manages to convey Eve's shifting emotions: her attraction to Brandon (Xander Corvus) and yet her disgust about how he uses and then discards people—and, she thinks, once used and discarded her. St James also does a wonderful job conveying Brandon's complexity. He is, in many ways, an asshole, but he also cares for Eve and for Danny, and he goes out of his way to help Danny get a new job. It is, in fact, not so clear in the end that Eve was just another conquest to him, and so he ends up being something of a tragic character.

The acting here is excellent. LaCroix is outstanding as Eve, and she swept the Best Actress award in 2014, winning at the AVN, XBiz, and XRCO awards. Corvus is absolutely perfect as Brandon, too: despicable yet attractive, and oozing with sexuality.

The camera work is also fantastic. The different sex scenes are shot in different ways, ones that befit each individual scene. The best illustration of this is the intimate and dark way the second scene is shot, as compared to the somewhat pornish presentation of the third scene.

My only complaint about this movie is that the sex scenes could be better. The two with LaCroix are both excellent, but the third feels slightly gratuitous, and the first is merely good. And, although all the women seem to enjoy themselves, there are not a lot of female orgasms here.

Scene 1: India Summer and Xander Corvus (♀♂)

★★★★☆

Time: 17:30

Female Orgasm: Yes, Cumshot: Ass

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Eve goes into Brandon's bedroom and reads his journal, masturbating as she reads a story about one of his tenants, Veronica (India Summers), who shows up at his house for a paid sexual encounter.

The sex here is passionate and a bit nasty. There is a pretty good sense of connection between them, too, and she seems to cum two or three times. But her vocalizations are a bit overdone, which is not typical for her.

There is a great line from Xander, which must have been spontaneous. As she is moaning, "Oh, Jesus, God", he responds: "You can just call me Brandon".

The camera work is very good, with a nice mix of shots. He is almost never gratuitously out of frame. But there are some edits that feel a bit abrupt, which detracts from the realism.

Scene 2: Remy LaCroix and Tommy Pistol (♀♂)

★★★★½

Time: 16:00

Female Orgasm: Yes, Cumshot: Stomach

Features: Analingus

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Eve wakes Danny up in bed, saying it's been weeks since they made love. So they do.

The sex is pretty good, but the scene is so well integrated into the story, and it is so well acted, that that almost isn't the point. There's a sense of desperation to the way they make love that perfectly fits her state of mind. She needs to have sex with him to convince herself of something, but she can't stop thinking about Brandon and how great the sex was with him. And yet there is something loving and familiar about the sex she has with Danny.

The camera work here is really interesting, sort of dark and foreboding. Brandon takes the place of Danny a few times at the beginning of the scene.

Scene 3: Bailey Blue and Xander Corvus (♀♂)

★★★½☆

Time: 14:00

Female Orgasm: Maybe, Cumshot: Tits

Features: Blowjob

Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance

Brandon brings home Jen (Bailey Blue), the woman who stole Eve's job, and has sex with her right outside Eve's bedroom door.

This is something of a weird scene. The sex at the beginning is interspersed with the conversation Eve and Danny are having about how annoyed they are. The way it is shot is very different as well. It has something of a pornish feel, though that is appropriate to the scene, in a way. Nonetheless, the sex is just not that great, and the scene is a bit disappointing, overall. There's a point to it in the story, but the point could have been made a lot more quickly.

She keeps saying she is going to cum "again", but it's not clear that she ever came a first time, and she never actually does seem to cum "again", either. But she does seem to enjoy herself, at least somewhat.

Scene 4: Remy LaCroix and Xander Corvus (♀♂)

★★★★½

Time: 15:00

Cumshot: Pussy

Features: Analingus

Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance

As Eve is about to leave for Seattle, she checks the house one more time for anything they might have left. She finds a journal on Brandon's bed containing reminiscences of the sexual weekend they had together. It turns out they first had sex in the bathroom at a party, when they were there with different people.

The beginning of the scene is wonderfully passionate, with a very realistic feel, and there is a genuine sense of attraction between them. They never do the same thing for very long, but that feels appropriate to the story. The sex is desperate in a different way from the second scene.

She seems to have a pretty good time, but she never seems terribly aroused. He cums on her pussy.

The camera work is intimate, as befits a scene in a bathroom, and very good, overall, with a nice mix of shots.