March 25, 2016

Sensual Moments 2, from Erotica X

★★★★½

Time: 2:03, Director: Mason, Date: 2014

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: Erotica X, IAFD

Cast: Emma Stoned (21yo), James Deen (28yo), Valentina Nappi (24yo), Danny Mountain (30yo), Dakota Skye (20yo), Michael Vegas, Aidra Fox (19yo), and Seth Gamble

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from the Erotica X subscription site

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ✓+

Review

As usual with the Erotica X "movies", this one consists of four vignettes. And as with the earlier Sensual Moments 1, these all have a fairly sensual, loving feel.

There is one fantastic scene here: the first, with Emma Stoned and James Deen. It's great for the simple reason that Deen takes such obvious joy in pleasuring his partner. We loved how he masturbated her while holding her, and how long he did it before going down on her. She seems to reach quite amazing levels of arousal and has at least four or five orgasms. The kissing at the end is great, too.

The second scene, with Valentina Nappi and Danny Mountain, is also very good. We join them as they make love in their bed in the morning. We really liked how active she was. She fucks him at least as much as he fucks her. And none of that makes the sex feel any less loving. The fourth, with Aidra Fox and Seth Gamble,

The fourth scene, with Aidra Fox and Seth Gamble, is also pretty good. There is decent chemistry between them, but the sex just never felt terribly passionate, and there were some issues with the camera work. It isn't bad, but it just isn't as good as we have come to expect from Mason.

The third scene, with Dakota Skye and Michael Vegas, was a bit of a disappointment. We love these two. Dakota is amazingly cute, and Michael is devastatingly handsome in that boyish sort of way—as well as a caring, skillful lover. So we were really looking forward to this scene. The sex is actually pretty good. She is very natural, rubbing or at least holding her pussy almost the entire time they are fucking. The problem is with the camera work, which is not very good at all. Once they start fucking, we see so little of him that it's almost as if we are watching her have sex with no-one in particular.

As we've said, there are some serious issues with the camera work in the third scene. But in the first and second scenes, and for the most part in the fourth scene, there is great balance between wider and closer shots, and what close-ups there are don't make it feel like there are just bodies fucking, but augment the sense of what the people are doing. Towards the end, the camera often starts to focus too much on the woman's body, so her partner disappears, but there is far less of that sort of shot than one often sees.

Our main complaint, really, is that the stories that introduce the first and third scenes—there are no stories for the second and fourth scenes—are focused almost exclusively on the women. It's all very "male gaze". It's not that there is nothing here that a woman might enjoy, but we didn't find it very welcoming and often felt like we should just skip over that part.

(This was written before the revelations about Deen's behavior. But we continue to believe studios should not be punished for working with him before that.)

Scene 1: Ocean's Edge (Emma Stoned and James Deen, ♀♂)

★★★★★

Time: 33:23

Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Stomach

Features: Deepthroat, Handjob

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Emma is walking along the beach below the cliffs (a very California scene) and playing at the edge of the water. After five minutes or so, this comes to an end, and she and James are somewhere else, kissing. This leaves about 28 minutes for sex.

The beginning is way too "male gaze" for our tastes. It's not impossible for a female viewer to enjoy it, but it doesn't really offer much to women. The whole thing feels a bit overdone—and the top of her bikini doesn't seem to fit very well, either. OK, that was snarky. (We actually love her athletic body, not to mention her 'girl next door' looks.) But seriously: What is the point? We basically recommend skipping the first five minutes or so.

Why? Because the sex is fantastic. There is a lot of kissing, touching, caressing, and afffection. Not to mention pussy-eating, and if there were a pussy-eating event at the Olympics, we suspect that James Deen would be the gold medal favorite. And it's almost 18 minutes into the scene before his pants come off. It's over 20 minutes before they start fucking, and Emma is a quivering lump of ecstasy by the end. That all makes what is a very long scene not seem that way at all. We often find the 'foreplay' to be more interesting to watch.

The camera work is great. Even when she is sucking him, we see a lot of his face, and there is no need for us to make our usual complaint about what happens when they start fucking. There are a few such issues toward the end, though.

Scene 2: An Early Embrace (Valentina Nappi and Danny Mountain, ♀♂)

★★★★½

Time: 28:03

Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Stomach

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Couple make love upon waking. There is no otherwise backstory at all, unusually for these videos.

To be honest, we did miss the story. Who are these people? What is their relationship? Are they partners? Or is this the morning after? Is it the beginning of something new? Or just something memorable? There is very good chemistry between them, though, and we loved how active she is. Really, she fucks him a lot more than he fucks her. She does get her fill of orgasms, and we were amazed that he could withstand it without cumming himself.

Overall, the camera work is excellent. There are some very creative shots, with the camera behind a curtain that is blowing in the breeze, which keeps obscuring our two lovers, as if we were watching from a distance. We also loved the closeups of their faces as they fuck, and of their hands, held tightly together. But we do lose him when they are fucking doggy style and in the sequence afterwards, when she is on her back. At least some wider shots would have been welcome.

Honestly, we could have rated this scene five stars, but we felt the camera work held it back a bit, and it may have gone on slightly too long.

Scene 3: Softly She Moves (Dakota Skye and Michael Vegas, ♀♂)

★★★★☆

Time: 24:32

Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Stomach

Features: Cunnilingus Orgasm

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

We love both of these performers, but we found this scene a bit disappointing. The first four minutes or so consists of her writhing for unknown reasons in panties and a sweater. It's very male gaze, so we skipped it.

There is very nice chemistry between them, though, and the sex is quite passionate. We like the fact that she rubs or at least holds her clit almost the entire time he is fucking her. If that's what does it for her, why not? She has at least two orgasms that way. She is very loud, which is a bit disracting, but we have seen of her enough to know that this is just how she is.

The problem with this scene is the camera work. We see very little of him once they start fucking, and there are too many closeups then, too.

Scene 4: An Affair in the Hills (Aidra Fox and Seth Gamble, ♀♂)

★★★★☆

Time: 29:17

Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Stomach

Features: Deepthroat

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Couple make love for no particular reason. Which, of course, is fine, though, as we said with the second scene, we do like having at least a little bit of story to set the scene. One might nonetheless think of the first five minutes or so as a kind of introductory sequence, so the sex really only lasts about 24 minutes.

And the sex is pretty good. There is very good chemistry between them, and they both seem to have a very nice time. There isn't as much passion as we would have liked at the beginning, but the spoon-like position seems to work very well for her, and they stay with that position a long time for that reason. Overall, though, it felt to us as if the scene went on a bit long, without enough variation.

The camera work at the beginning is really terrific: very intimate and close. But we do not see much of him when she is sucking him. There are several shots, for example, where her whole body is in frame, but he is only in frame from his stomach to his toes, so we do not see his face. This is all much better in the spoon-like position, but we have the same problem when he is atop her.

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