April 9, 2015

Spicing Up the Marriage, from New Sensations Tales from the Heart

★★★★☆
Time: 1:56, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2015
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
Cast: Natalia Starr (22yo), Richie Calhoun, Cosima Knight, Ryan McLane, Jade Nile (23yo), Logan Pierce (24yo), Jillian Janson (20yo), and Chad White (27yo)

Review

A collection of four vignettes, all involving stories of couples who are taking steps either to reignite their passion for one another or to keep it alive.

The best scene, to us, was the third. Logan is a photographer who often shoots nudes, and his wife Jade has asked him to shoot her, to help her become less self-conscious. It's a cute premise, and even as short as the story is, it's hot to see how she changes. They are very convincing as a couple and do an excellent job carrying the story into the sex, which is hot and passionate, and she has two or three orgasms, at least.

The first scene starts out really good. The way she teases him, not letting him touch her, is very sexy, and he seems genuinely desperate to get at her. But it is a very long scene, with the sex lasting about 27 minutes, and there wasn't enough variation in what they were doing to keep our attention focused. The more serious problem was that she never seems very near orgasm. Those are also problems in the second scene, though we thought it a bit more successful overall, largely because the connection between them is better. The oral sex sequences are particularly good.

The last scene didn't really do it for us. It revolves around sex and working out, which isn't much of a fantasy for us, and the sex isn't terribly passionate.

One unexpected bonus here is that the music is very good and very different from most porn music. We were actually disappointed that it did not continue for longer, which is the opposite of how we usually feel. Unfortunately, there is no mention of its source in the credits, though we wonder whether Eddie Powell was responsible for it, as he was for the music in The Submission of Emma Marx: Boundaries. It has a somewhat similar feel.

Overall, then, we enjoyed this movie and recommend it.

Scene 1: Natalia Starr and Richie Calhoun

★★★★☆
Time: 31:43
Features: Footjob, Tit Fuck
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀

Tuesdays are a special day for them: They celebrate their marriage and each other, by planning a night just for them. This week, she is the one planning their night, and she leaves some champagne on the table for him, then appears in black lingerie, stockings, and heels. She tells him he can look but not touch, then proceeds to sit on his lap and stroke him all over, while refusing to let him touch her.

It's a fairly long scene, with about 27 minutes of sex, so it needs to be really good to hold attention. And, while it's good, it's not really good. The introductory section, which lasts about five minutes, is narrated by Calhoun, but it is entirely focused on Starr, in particular on her showering and getting dressed. As a result, that whole part feels a bit "male gaze". When she starts teasing him, it is very sexy, especially his desperation to get at her, but the way he talks to her felt a bit pornish. And his eating her felt a bit routine at first (though the way he masturbates her, looking intensely at her, is very hot), and there is not great passion between them once they start fucking.

She seems to over-act it a bit, too, and her vocalizations are not always convincing.

The camera work is pretty good, as one would expect in a movie in this series. Once they start fucking, though, there are more genital close-ups than we would prefer, and she becomes more of the focus. Though the closer shots are counter-balanced by wider ones, the close-ups do tend to linger for longer than we would prefer. But there are some really interesting shots, and the overall feel is fairly balanced.

Synopsis

She sits on his lap and grinds onto his crotch while pushing her tits into his face. She drops her bra and sticks her tits in his mouth, then turns around and rubs her ass all over his crotch. He grabs her from behind and starts kissing her neck, then puts his hand into her panties and rubs her pussy.

He stands up and drops his pants, and she squats in front of him and sucks his cock as he sheds his shirt. She puts him between her (big) tits and tit-fucks him, then goes back to sucking him. She then lies back on the couch, and he goes down on her. He lifts his face off her and masturbates her hard and fast, then puts a couple fingers into her.

She turns over onto all fours, and he fucks her from behind. He then sits on the couch, and she straddles him on her knees. She gets off him and sucks him again, then turns around and squats over him, reverse. He reaches around and rubs her clit, and she rides him very hard. She then lies on her back, and he pushes her legs back and kisses her pussy, then masturbates her again.

He pulls her to the edge of the couch, then kneels over her and re-enters her. He pulls out, and she raises her stocking-covered feet and masturbates him with them. He then enters her again, finally pulling out and cumming on her tits.

Scene 2: Cosima Knight and Ryan McLane

★★★★☆
Time: 29:29
Features: 69, Massage
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Michael (Ryan McLane) and his wife Veronica (Cosima Knight) have grown a bit too comfortable just two years into their marriage. So she puts a "love letter" into his satchel, hoping to re-ignite things between them. He writes her back and leaves her "a little something" he wants her to wear for him. Which she does, and he surprises her with flowers when he comes home that night.

The story lasts about three minutes, so the sex lasts around 26 minutes, so this is again a longish scene. But there is a very good connection between them, throughout, even though they do not do much to carry the story into the scene. And we appreciated how long they pleasured each other orally. The 69 sequence was better than most we have seen, by far. The problem is that, though she does seem to enjoy herself to some extent, she never seems terribly aroused.

The camera work overall is strong, and we especially liked how the 69 was shot. The overall feel is very close and intimate. But there is a POV-ish shot when she is sucking him that we found very unsexy, and once they start fucking, she becomes much more the focus. But, while he is out of frame occasionally, that is not the dominant feel of the scene.

Synopsis

They kiss as they sit on the couch, and he removes her robe as she removes his shirt. He then lies her back onto the couch, lying over her and sucking her tits, then kissing her thighs and sucking her toes. She tries to sit up, but he tells her, "This is about you", and lies her back on the couch again. He pulls off her panties and goes down on her, then puts a couple fingers into her.

She hops off the couch, pulls down his pants, and sucks him. He then sits on the couch, and she gets on the couch next to him and sucks him from the side. He says he wants to taste her, so they get into a 69 with her on top. She then rolls onto her back, and he kneels over her and enters her. He kneels up on the couch, and she sucks him again briefly before they go back to fucking, with her in a (very athletic) crab-like position, which does not last for very long (unsurprisingly).

He lies on his back, and she gets astride him on her knees. He lifts up and sucks her tits, then lies back as she rides him. He slaps her ass a few times, then a few more times, though only hard enough to leave a slight redness. He fucks her really hard, then stands up, holding her and bouncing her on his cock. She jumps down, and he spins her around so that she is on her knees on the couch, and enters her from behind.

They switch to spooning, and he reaches around and rubs her clit. She grabs her panties off the floor and sticks them briefly into her mouth, then reaches down and rubs her clit for a bit. He pulls out and cums on her stomach.

Scene 3: Jade Nile and Logan Pierce

★★★★½
Time: 25:43
Features: Analingus, I'm Gonna Cum, Multiple Female Orgasms
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Jade has always been kind of shy about her body and her sexuality, but has always wanted to be more confident. So they have decided to have Logan—who works as a photographer, often of nudes—photograph her naked. The plan works, and she ends up inviting him to photograph him from close as she sucks his cock.

The story lasts about four minutes, leaving about 21 minutes for sex.

The whole premise here is extremely sexy, and she is very convincing in her role, as is he. There is a pretty good connection between them as well, and they are fairly convincing as a couple. But she seems to overact the sex a bit, and the sounds she makes do not always seem natural. On the other hand, though, she does a pretty good job of carrying the story into the sex, and she seems to cum two or three times.

The camera work is generally very good, though we did not like the long POV-ish shot when she was sucking him. Those sorts of shots just feel far too "male gaze" for our taste. But, overall, the camera work is better than in the first two scenes.

Synopsis

He sits on the couch, and she undoes his pants and sucks his cock. She bounces her mouth on him, then sits up and kisses him as he sheds his pants. She goes back to sucking him, then says she wants to give him "a proper blowjob". So he stands up, and she kneels in front of him and sucks him.

He sits down and takes off his pants as she takes off her panties and shoes, and he does down on her as she lies back on the couch. He then kneels over her and teases her by rubbing his cock on her pussy, then enters her. She announces an orgasm at about 12:00.

He turns her over onto her knees and licks her from behind, then fucks her doggy style. She announces another orgasm at about 17:00, then starts laughing from the release.

They switch positions, so he is sitting on the couch and she is above him on her knees. She cums again at about 19:00, and they continue fucking for a while, then switch to spooning. She rubs her clit as he fucks her, and he then rolls up into a sitting position, pulling her with him into reverse cowgirl. She continues rubbing her clit, and he pulls out and cums on her pussy.

Scene 4: Jillian Janson and Chad White

★★★½☆
Time: 27:10
Features: 69, Facial, Orgasm
Pleasure ♀, Passion ✓, Balance ♀

"Working out was our foreplay", she says, but only recently—since she stared going to the gym with him, and then after they built a home gym so they could "have sex right then and there".

It's a short story, just over three minutes. The exercise meme does not do a lot for us—and it's pretty prominent—but they play it well, and there is an excellent connection between them at the beginning, which adds greatly to how sexy the premise is. But the sex itself ends up feeling fairly routine, and she seems to overact it a bit, once again, though she does seem to have at least one genuine orgasm.

The camera work is about as average for these, with a good mix of shots, and with a few more closeups than we would prefer.

Synopsis

They start kissing even before he has finished his "reps", and then start fooling around in workout-like positions. They undress a bit, then get into a 69, with her on top of him. She sits up and takes off her top, riding his face a bit, then leans back over and sucks him again.

She turns around and gets astride him on her knees, slowly lowering herself onto his cock. They switch to spooning, and he reaches around and rubs her clit. She says she is cumming, but it is not at all clear to us that she ever does cum, though she does seem fairly aroused. He then reaches around and rubs her clit, and she again says she is cumming, and this time she does actually seem to get there.

She lies on her back on a lifting bench, and he kneels in front of her and fucks her. She claims to be cumming again, and may, though we are once again not sure if she does. He then lies on his back on the bench, and she gets between his legs and sucks him again.

She stands up, leaning over as he fucks her from behind. He then sits on the bench again as she squats over him, reverse. She reaches down and rubs her clit, then lies on the bench again as he leans over her. He pulls out and cums all over her torso, shooting up as far as her face.

2 comments:

  1. I've just found your blog and think it's so fab and so necessary! :) I find generic porn boring and offensive also. Me and my boyfriend have been trying to find decent films we can watch and both enjoy together... Thanks for these well thought out run downs :) I'll be checking some of these out.

    My only other thoughts/challenges are to do with these statements...

    "The more serious problem was that she never seems very near orgasm."
    "The problem is that she never seems very near orgasm, though she does seem to enjoy herself"

    I'm not sure why this is such a huge problem, considering lots of real women don't orgasm every time they have sex anyway... especially where there are loving/close relationships involved, it's not always just about that.

    I'm sure this isn't where you are coming from and that you will have an insightful response to this... but viewing the female as an orgasm machine is a little disrespectful, too. She isn't there solely for the male in the films pleasure, and she isn't there solely for our (the viewers) pleasure. She is there mainly for her own pleasure, whether that reaches a 'conclusion' or not. As long as she is authentically enjoying the whole experience, of course.

    Obviously when you can see someone tipping over the edge, it's super hot. But you mentioned yourself, she seems to be enjoying it whether she orgasms or not... so what does it matter if she reaches orgasm?

    Aren't we striving for real-ism?

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

    Sarah

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    1. Hi, Sarah. Thanks a lot for the comment, and I'm glad you find the blog useful.

      And I'll say right away that I think you're right, in many ways. I agree of course (I'll just speak for myself here) that sex doesn't always have to be about orgasm. Just having an orgasm doesn't mean the sex was good, and it's perfectly possible (even for men!) to have great sex without orgasm. It's even possible to have really enjoyable sex without its being physically pleasurable, if you just happen to be really into giving that particular time. Emotional connection, closeness, and so forth are really important, not just in real life but in porn, too.

      In some porn scenes, that kind of connection can shine through. Sometimes one really does have a strong sense of a loving relationship between the characters, and of one or both of them being really into the sex from an emotional point of view. (Check out the second scene, in "The Temptation of Eve" for a great example.) I *hope* that we wouldn't make the kind of complaint you mention in that kind of case. I *hope* that when we say that kind of thing, it's because the sex seems to us primarily to be about pleasure and orgasm. And when it is, what bothers me (and now I think I can say "us", too) is the asymmetry you usually see in porn. How many scenes are there where the guy doesn't have an orgasm? Not many! But there are *tons* where the woman doesn't. In the worst of them, it really does seem as if the woman is only there for the guy's pleasure. But even when it's not that bad, it doesn't seem as if her pleasure is always given equal weight and attention.

      Usually when we make these "not close to orgasm" complaints, it's a way of saying that the female performer (or the character she was playing) never really seemed that into it. In the first scene, for example, when we complained that "The more serious problem was that she never seems very near orgasm", we also said that "his eating her felt a bit routine at first" and that "there is not great passion between them" and that "she seems to over-act it a bit". So when we said, "She also never seems near orgasm", what we meant to say was: You know, she never seemed to be all that aroused either, so she really didn't seem that genuinely into it. In the second scene, where we said, "The problem is that she never seems very near orgasm, though she does seem to enjoy herself", I think what we meant was that, even though it's supposed to be a married couple, the sex felt to us like "sex sex", and so we felt like he ought to be paying more attention to her pleasure. But I can easily see why someone else might disagree.

      And I definitely agree that we ought to find a better way to say what we really mean. Our language is a bit lazy and thoughtless.

      Along the lines of the "realism" issue, I wrote a long piece about that on this page:
      http://femporn.blogspot.com/2014/10/authenticity-and-acting-in-porn.html
      It's a tough question.

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