Best in this series, quite different from recent entries
lor_ from New York, New York
25 February 2015
Nica Noelle's original THE MASSEUSE is the best of the lot, serving as
a template for sequels but quite different in approach. Highly
recommended, especially for Asa Akira fans.
This one was made with the "wide world of sports" live video look,
while recent HDV shoots have the cinematic look of a film, albeit a
color-drained film lacking (just like most TV these days) the warmth of
The title is used so often that Nica's version may have gotten lost in
the shuffle -clearly Paul Thomas's groundbreaking pair of feature films
20 or so years back are the classics. But I like this newer one too.
The format is simple: put an attractive woman or hunky male nude on a
massage table, add oil/cream and talented hands of the massager and you
have instant sensuality amounting to the requisite foreplay for an
erotic movie. Escalate to explicit sexuality and that's plenty for the
fans to appreciate.
Nica's now-famous bias is for naturalistic sex (not gonzo or posing for
weird camera angles and gynecological close-ups), fitting the massage
parlor to a T. This one features just enough set-up dialog to make for
a near story line video, though I would have preferred more
interaction, having been spoiled by PT's "real movie" contributions to
Bobbi Starr runs the Rejuvenation Spa parlor, and video has her showing
new employee Asa around its lovely garden setting. Unlike the
regimented four sex segments (half an hour each) format of Sweet Sinner
videos, this earlier effort has five scenes, a whopping three of them
showcasing Akira's talents.
She gets things started servicing Manuel Ferrara, with a slow buildup
before sex ensues. Without contradicting his star status in the
industry, Manuel is among my least-favorite performers and I found his
work unsuitable for Nica's universe -he says nothing, shows no passion
and basically just lets his big, famously uncircumcised dick do the
talking. Even in the pleasant Behind the Scenes short subject on the
DVD he alone of the cast is completely uncommunicative (even when Asa
fatuously keeps praising him to the skies) and beyond presenting a
great stone face looks actually stoned.
A different Stone, namely award-winning Evan Stone, stars in a segment
opposite the enigmatic Zoe Voss, a very familiar performer who
highlights many of the crossover Romance series porn features from New
Sensations and Eddie Powell, soft X cuts of which litter the Showtime
After Dark niche on cable. She's a tall and anorexically thin redhead
who I found amazingly appealing here -and turned on Stone effectively,
too. This segment has a point - misled by fellow newbie to the salon
Asa she thought sex was part of the deal, and only afterward is she
informed by Evan that it isn't and basically "don't let this happen
again" - a surprise twist given Stone's insatiable on-screen persona.
In between these bouts Nica reverts to her specialty, lesbian sex, in a
hot pairing on the table of manager Bobbi and bosomy blonde Kate
Kastle. A quick check of her credits and currently available videos
indicates Kate only performs girl/girl scenes, which would account for
her not being as well known as the other actresses.
Asa returns giving an impressive blow job (including deep throat) to
Tim Cannon, cast as a friend of Zoe's who helps her get a bit of
payback for the not-so-practical joke Asa played on her. Video ends
with Asa once more giving a full treatment to Charles Dera, a XXX
equivalent to Coin Farrell if ever there was one. Unless TRUE DETECTIVE
on TV rehabilitates his lagging career maybe we can look forward to the
real Colin Farrell starring in a Sweet Sinner video soon.
Asa's amazing eyes (they are so extreme I thought she was getting some
CGI exotic assist here, as the French actress did so memorably in the
horror film SPLICE) that she really dominates THE MASSEUSE. The only
drawback to her intense performance is that her bad habits as a porno
star are retained - too much porn-speak and water-buffalo noise making
during sex, not in line with Nica's goal of naturalism. (Even my noisy
neighbors in crowded Manhattan don't sound like water buffaloes through
our co-op's thin walls).
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