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Giant (1956)
7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Dean matures, 14 October 2008
10/10

As a "Deaner," what can be said that hasn't already been said?eh Flawless performance from an American film icon. "Giant" marked his second posthumous Academy Award nomination. The only actor to achieve such a feat. In light of this, I am astounded at the comments made that Dean was unconvincing as an aging Jhett Rink. Can you picture Leo DiCaprio in the same role? He simply doesn't have the maturity to pull it off. Dean had it, and he was only 24. And long before The Ewings, we had The Benedicts. Edna Ferber's brilliant masterpiece is brought to the silver screen. A sprawling epic that was years ahead of its time. Tackling racism and classism, this shall aways remain George Stevens' signature piece.

Raw Talent (1984)
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Plays Like A Good B-Movie! eh, 17 August 2008
10/10

As a NYer who grew up watching adult films from the Big '80s, "Raw Talent" was the seminal film for that decade. With a better than average storyline, Jerry Butler (Bklyn's own) was able to shine. He WAS the James Dean of porn! Graced with chiseled features and natural comedic ability, his performances were always unpredictable and wacky. The accompanying soundtrack was also above par. The subliminal psychadelia scene was straight out of Floyd & Zeppelin. Unfortunately, "Raw Talent" was re-released with major Politically Correct edits. The masturbatory cooked turkey scene, the forced sex scene over a toilet bowl, and all the karate scenes are nowhere to be found. Luckily, I managed to retain a copy during the height of my rental days! ehe If anyone is interested in seeing the uncut, original film, drop me a line.

Joy (1977/I)
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Another well-made adult film, 27 October 2008
8/10

The true mark of any good skinflick, is not having to use the ffwd button on your remote. Such is the case with "Joy," which plays like a good mainstream B-movie. Sharon Mitchell comes across like a young Barbra Streisand. She's even able to cry on command! A humorous "Barney Miller" meets "Death Wish," this classic has above-average acting & storyline, lavish sets, on-location in NYC (most romanticized city in TV/film), and fairly arousing sex scenes. If you tire of today's assemblyine of porn (silicon, blonde, zero plot), then "Joy" is sure to be to your liking. Just like Classic Coke & Classic rock, Classic porn can do you no wrong! LOL!

6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Had expected better..., 6 November 2008
5/10

While Bob Chinn is indeed a pioneer in his field, "Johnny Wadd" had very little storyline. The sex scenes had a lot to be desired as well. As a MILF lover, I will admit that it was refreshing to see an older women in one of the scenes. Most of the film takes place in one room. The exterior shots last all of a few minutes. As one who still prefers The Golden Age of Erotica, Chin still succeeds. "Johnny Wadd" still has a "feature film" feel. It's not today's run-of-the-mill assemblyline of camcorder porn, where all the chicks have bad tattoos, blonde hair, tan lines, and very little eroticism. Sorry, but spitting on genitalia is not arousing! As a curiosity, it's worth a view. Otherwise, there are far better classic films to be seen.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Plays like a good B-movie!, 25 November 2008
7/10

While most of the acting is subpar (excluding Georgina Spelvin), this is perhaps one of the better-made films of the "Johnny Wadd" detective series. The exterior shots in San Francisco lend to the overall feel of this film. Remember, during the Golden Age of Porn, there were only two locales where one could shoot: San Francisco (not The Valley) and New York City. In an age where today's run of the mill porn is filled with silicon, bad tattoos, bikini lines & gonzo camera-work, "The Jade Pussycat" comes as a breath of fresh air. Sidenote: look for a cameo by director Bob Chinn. -D, NYC "You think it's easy? I'd like to see Sir Laurence Olivier act with his dick out!" - RON JEREMY

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Provocative for its time!!, 13 February 2008
6/10

Recently saw this on cable, and was surprised to learn that it was released in 1957. I don't believe there's another mainstream film from the '50s that shows a major actress wearing nothing but a Wet-T? Sophia's bare bosom could clearly be seen through her clothing. This film also appears to have been the forerunner for "The Deep." While a tad slow-moving, the scenery and eye-candy more than makes up for it. -D, NYC "Thousands & thousands of details go into the making of a film. It is the sum total of all these things that either makes a great picture or destroys it" - David O. SELZNICK (one of the founding Jewih fathers of Hollywood - Paramount/RKO/MGM/Selznick International)

Miami Spice (1986) (V)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Better than average directing...., 17 April 2011
7/10

Thanks to Svetlana, this fared better than it would have. IOW, I couldn't disagree more with the above reviewer. On-location scenes (including a yacht) outweighed the disposable storyline. Dare was hardly in the picture until the very end. The original music was similar to Miami Vice. They even used the red Lamborghini. In the end, the appearance and overall feel of the film played like a good B-movie. Danielle, Amber (look for the other Lynn (Porsche) toward the end), Sheri & Randy carried the entire film. When compared to today's assemblyline porn, classic erotica from the '70s & '80s can do you no wrong!

4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Still better than half of today's erotic shlock!, 13 October 2008
7/10

To the user who claims that the Golden Age of Porn was overrated: John Holmes was not known for his great thespian ability. He was known for being blessed (or cursed) with a monstrous putz. Like his looks or not, John C. Holmes is still the undisputed King of Porn. In death at least, since Ron "The Hedgehog" Jeremy has the honor of being the most famous living porn star.

At the same time, there were plenty of porn stars who had acting chops: Ron Jeremy, Jamie Gillis, John Leslie, Eric Edwards, Paul Thomas, Randy West, Herschel Savage, Jerry Butler, Harry Reems, R. Bolla, Wade Nichols, Vanessa Del Rio, Georgina Spelvin, Veronica Hart, and on and on.

We then have well-made films that legitimized the erotic industry: Behind The Green Door, Autobiography of A Flea, Deep Throat, Misty Beethoven, and The Devil In Miss Jones. Why judge an entire era by the viewing of one film? A film that still plays like a good B-movie! It was shot on location, it had a decent soundtrack, a decent storyline, and the ever lovely Annette Haven co-starred.

Today, we are subjected to an assemblyline of silicon, blonde hair, bad tattoos, bikini tan lines, and a lack of eroticism. BTW, Marky Mark can barely act with his clothes on! LOL! As Ron "The Hedgehog" Jeremy once said: "I'd like to see Sir Lawrence Olivier act with his dick out!" LOL!

Chubasco (1967)
Rebel Without A Cause for The 60s..., 14 January 2014

While not as well-made, or as acclaimed, there were obvious similarities between "Chubasco" & "Rebel Without A Cause." Mainly due to its star, Christopher Jones, a self-admitted Dean fanatic who beared remarkable resemblance to Dean. Jones was soon hailed as the "next James Dean" of his generation. Unfortunately, his promising career never rose above expectations. Regardless, all the Deanerisms can clearly be seen in his seminal performance. It also didn't hurt to have the daughter of Lee Strasberg as his co-star. Ultimately lending further credence to the uncanny resemblance/career path of Jones. Can only recommend to Deaners and/or curiosity seekers. Hard to come by outside of commercial t.v.

Box Ball (1977)
Cringe-inducing..., 24 July 2012
6/10

I can only recommend this mini-movie porn as a novelty. Gives a whole new meaning to AC/DC's "Big Balls." LOL! You'll never quite think about your Short & Curlies in the same light again. Both participants appear to be well into middle-age. The male is uncircumcised, which certainly adds to the cringing aspect. The female is a tad overweight and slightly homely. This short is usually found on Video-X-Pix's Special Features menu. I don't believe it can be obtained elsewhere. IOW, you have to be lucky enough to find the film that features it. If anyone is interested in a copy, drop me a line. A few bucks gets you a copy. Take care. -D


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