January 21, 2016

Restraint 2, from New Sensations Tales from the Edge


Time: 2:26, Director: Jacky St James, Date: 2015

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

On the web: New Sensations Catalog, IAFD

Cast: Valentina Nappi (25yo), Ryan Driller (33yo), Lucy Tyler, Richie Calhoun, Natalia Starr (22yo), Michael Vegas, Aria Alexander (20yo), and Erik Everhard (39yo)

Source: 1920×1080 MP4s downloaded from the New Sensations subscription site

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ✓+


Four vignettes focused on various forms of light bondage.

The first three scenes are all very good. Our favorite is probably the second, with Lucy Tyler and Richie Calhoun. The scene has something of the feeling of the first BDSM scene in Emma Marx. Richie has left Lucy a note at a coffee shop, inviting her his house to "play" with him. They are both terrific in their roles, especially Tyler, who plays the innocent but excited neophyte very well. And the sex is very hot. The third scene, with Natalia Starr and Michael Vegas, is almost as good. They used to date but broke up some time ago, but she occasionally shows up at his house to have sex with him, because the chemistry is so good. We really liked how focused the scene is on their relationship, and the way he teases her at the beginning almost had us writhing in delicious frustration.

The first scene, with Valentina Nappi and Ryan Driller, is quite good, too. Only the last scene, with Aria Alexandra and Erik Everhard, was a bit of a disappointment. It starts out terrific, but the sex becomes a bit routine once they start fucking.

We had two main reservations about this movie. The first is that all of the scenes are too long. They do not feel as long as the timings would suggest, because they begin with a lot of non-genital play and teasing. Nonetheless, they are still quite long, and the fucking sequences in particular tend to get monotonous after a while. Sometimes less is more, and we would really love to see how good these would be if they were edited a bit more.

The second issue is that the camera work is inconsistent. At the beginnings of the scenes, it tends to be terrific, and there are nice shots throughout. Especially once they start fucking, though, as so often, it becomes much more predictable, with too many "meat shots" and too many occasions when her body fills the frame and he is reduced to a disembodied cock.

What's good about this movie, though, is very, very good. The second scene, in particular, is fantastic, despite our complaints, if only because the chemistry between Tyler and Calhoun is so intense.

Scene 1: Valentina Nappi and Ryan Driller (♀♂)


Time: 33:43

Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Pussy

Features: Blowjob

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Valentina gets off on submitting to men she doesn't know. She finds them online, and this time, she has made a playdate with Ryan, who invites her to his home. The time they spend together, we are told at the end, leads to something more meaningful.

The bondage play at the beginning feels like an introductory sequence, but even though that part lasts a few minutes, this is still a very long scene. And, in the end, we thought it was simply too long. Not that much happens, and not much is really made of the BDSM theme, which is limited to light bondage, though he is fairly dominant during the sex itself. On the other hand, the scene does have a very natural flow. It almost feels unedited, so the sex feels very natural, too. And there is strong chemistry between them.

The camera work at the beginning is fantastic, with intimate shots of both of them, and it continues to be very good. There is a close-up, for example, when she is sucking him on the couch, but it is shot in such a way that his face is visible most of the time. There are, though, more "meat shots" than we would like, especially once they start fucking, but they are at least balanced by wider shots of both of them, including some great shots of their faces. Still, she is very much more the focus than he is.

Scene 2: Lucy Tyler and Richie Calhoun (♀♂)


Time: 39:19

Female Orgasm: Yes, Cumshot: Ass

Features: Analingus, Blowjob

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Lucy spends most of her time at coffee shops, reading books and writing poetry, and she doesn't really date or have sex. But one day, she sees Richie staring at her, intently, and he writes her a note on a napkin. "Come play with me", it says, giving her his address. She goes to his house and finds another note, telling her to make her way to the bedroom, where she finds restraints at the edge of the bed. He enters the room, and they introduce themselves. According to the narration, what follows lasts hours, during which he keeps her on the edge of orgasm, but never lets her cum until she has become his "sex slave".

This is, again, a very, very long scene, but it is also could have been an outstanding one. They are both excellent in their roles, but Lucy Tyler is amazing. She plays the innocent neophyte very, very well, and her face is wonderfully expressive, especially, for example, when he is undressing.

Still, some of the first fucking sequence almost seems repetitive. (We don't think shots are actually recycled, though we have seen it done.) The entire scene surely could have been edited a little bit more, though, without real loss. If it had been, it might have been one of the best scenes we've ever watched. As it is, it is just very good.

At times, the camera work is amazing, comparable to that in The Submission of Emma Marx. But, as so often, once they start fucking, it becomes much more predictable. There are several sequences where her body fills the frame, and he is absent. But, still and all, it is very good.

Scene 3: Natalia Starr and Michael Vegas (♀♂)


Time: 36:10

Female Orgasm: Yes, Cumshot: Tits

Features: Analingus, Blowjob, Cunnilingus Orgasm

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Natalia and Michael dated for three years but haven't seen each other for a while. She has come to his house, though, as she occasionally does, to have sex with him, because their sexual connection is so intense.

The introductory sequence is barely a minute, so this is in some ways a very long scene. But he strokes and teases her for several minutes, and there is hardly any genital contact until almost the 8:00 mark. The teasing is very, very sexy, as she seems to get very into it, and he seems to take much pleasure himself in slowly getting her off. It's a fun, creative sequence.

Once they start fucking, though, things become much more conventional, and we thought this part of the scene went on a bit too long. But the sex is still pretty passionate, and there is excellent chemistry between them—enough, at least, to make the story convincing.

The camera work is fantastic for the first seventeen minutes or so, with some really excellent shots of both their faces as he teases and pleasures her. As usual, though, once they start fucking, it becomes rather less good. For most of the first sequence, her body fills the frame, though there are some more creative shots as well, including a shot of his face that is almost from her point of view. The same sort of thing is true of the other sequences. We did not at all like the way the fellatio sequence was shot.

So, overall, the camera work is quite good, but it could be better.

Scene 4: Aria Alexander and Erik Everhard (♀♂)


Time: 35:01

Female Orgasm: Maybe, Cumshot: Ass

Features: Blowjob, Spanking, Vibrator

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

Outside their home, she is a very in-charge sort of person, and a successful real estate agent. Inside their home, however, she is the submissive to his dom. He removes her skirt and blouse the moment she walks through the door and puts velcro cuffs on her arms and legs, then leads her to their bedroom, where he lies her on the bed on her stomach. He attaches her legs to her wrists, hog-tied, and asks her, "Do you want me to play with you?" She says she does.

The introductory sequence lasts about four minutes, so this is again a fairly long scene. But the first several minutes are focused on his pleasuring her, and that part of the scene is varied and creative. Though there are some sparks here and there, however, the sex is much less creative, and it becomes a bit routine once they start fucking. Many of these sequences seemed to us to go too long, especially when he was sitting in the chair. But the main problem we had is that her vocalizations do not always sound very convincing. That made the scene feel a bit staged, and it detracted from our sense of the connection between them.

The camera work is not as good as in the previous three scenes, either. There are some very good sequences, such as a long wide shot when they first start fucking. But her body fills the frame too much of the time, and there are more genital close-ups here than earlier, as well. So the scene overall felt a bit 'pornish'.

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