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Served as Chairman, New York Film Critics Circle: 1993/94.
Favorite interviews were with: Michael Douglas, Sophia Loren, DeForest Kelley, Joe Henderson, Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Spike Lee, Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Conway, Michael Cuscuna, Serge Silberman, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Ultra Violet, Katt Shea, Susan George, Ken Russell, Zoe Lund, Maggie Greenwald, Jim Jarmusch, Peter Brook, Wolfgang Petersen, Andy Warhol, Chuck Vincent, Dennis Hopper, Fred Zinnemann, Judy Davis, Alec Guinness, Margarethe von Trotta, Max Von Sydow, Rita Jenrette, Karen Lynn Gorney, Bruce Beresford, Sam Raimi, Leonard Nimoy, Gale Anne Hurd, Nino Manfredi, Lee Van Cleef, Jewel Shepard, Michel Deville, Claude Sautet, Claude Lelouch, Michael Phillips, Alan Parker, Reinhard Hauff, Bill Cosby, Jim Jarmusch, Martha Coolidge, John Mackenzie, Simon Wincer, Giuseppe Tornatore, Lasse Hallstrom, Ted V. Mikels, Abel Ferrara, Wim Wenders, Edward James Olmos, Peter Hyams, Adrian Lyne, Dario Argento, Samuel Fuller, James Toback, Lindsay Anderson and Joseph Losey.
Ms. Fortune (2003)
Kener lets Kane steal her show
Set at a circus, but shot on really crummy studio sets, "Ms Fortune" is a chintzy Kira Kener vehicle for Vivid, mainly focusing on anal sex, and helmed by that gay blade director Chi Chi LaRue. It's watchable but hardly sincere.
Gag is that veteran Sharon Kane gets to really ham it up as a fortune teller, sporting a mittle European accent, who keeps prompting customer Kira Kener to add more and more money as she reads her fortune. Flashbacks and depictions of the future follow, while Kane gets sex herself (including from under the table) from studs Dillon Day and Evan Stone.
Nothing special here, just an example of the old porno star system, when in this case Vivid Video gave fans systematic jolts of Kira Kener sex to feed their addiction to the busty contract girl.
Lesbian Sex 26 (2022)
This Girlfriends Films series notably eschews story and acting, giving the fans, apparently the majority of current porn audiences, all-sex content. Volume 26 reduces the formula to a really stupid approach.
We have an off-screen interviewer, likely director B. Skow who in recent years has taken over helming the label's content from previous owner Dan O'Connell. Brief interviews feature dumb questions and a ridiculous gimmick of having each pair of actresses thumb through a softcover book of photos, taken from Girlfriends stills archive, to choose lesbian sexual positions for their scene together. Blue post-it notes speed up the process, making the 4 vignettes play like product placement advertising for the 3M Co.
Talent includes a couple of newbies: notably Corra Cox with a pixie haircut who informs in her interview that she's never had lesbian sex before, never even kissed a girl! Also on hand are two of the industry's best young actresses: Freya Parker and Theodora Day. Don't worry: the only acting they do here is fake moaning.
Fans get 3 hours of mechanical sex and 20 minutes of schmoozing. Hack director Skow stages it all with zero care: first two vignettes take place on bare beds in barely decorated bedrooms, while the maestro has two couches for the next 2 vignettes: one leather couch for the interview, then a grey cloth one for humping, both used over again for both scenes. You can imagine him yelling: "Next!" while watching this example of assembly-line filmmaking.
Oopsie!: I Spy My Big Boss (2022)
Tres (trois) Gay
The "Oopsie!" series recycles the story and even main prop from four episodes back ("Seeing Right Through You") for this silly gay-threesome involving sex at work.
That pair of X-Ray goggles used by Seth Gamble previously are now the impetus for XXX antics by three office workers -end of story. Casting provides interracial sex as the three guys have at it, first in slapstick and subsequently in mechanical fashion, to deliver the usual anal sex and fellatio for fans of boy/boy porn. Having the third man participating gives the scene a bit of choreography, providing an alternate to Seth's scene of BGG action.
As usual, release pattern gives Adult Time subscribers the option of skipping this vignette if they don't dig homosexual content, as the timing of release is accelerated and usual quota of more mainstream "straight" and "Trans" scenes are provided too.
No Nut November (2022)
Oh those eyes!
Using a POV-camera format works especially well if the player makes strong eye contact with the camera, i.e., with the viewer. Spencer Bradley as a seductive stepsister more than fills the bill, entrancing bro Chad Alva in this entertaining Missa X offering.
The title refers to a decade-old internet challenge regarding abstaining from masturbation and watching porn for the entire month of November, and Chad is just completing that vow he made at the behest of his girlfriend Nora. But his saucy stepsister starts teasing him with barely an hour to go, even dressing up in her old high school girl costume to tempt him. Sights of her bare behind also wear down his resistance.
This is light entertainment, very well played by Spencer, and erotically satisfying.
Young Nympho (1986)
Lasse Braun's "Young Nympho" is a highly sophisticated movie about a swinging couple in '80s Manhattan, luring the title character Siobhan Hunter into their menage, ultimately leading to a quite amoral surprise ending I really enjoyed. What makes the movie a bit different is the attitude here, not a low-down approach but a high-toned European influence.
We see the couple, George Payne and an impressive Paula Meadows (a mature British actress) get kinkier and kinkier, with Paula trying out a bit of prostitution and then graduating to becoming a bad influence over Siobhan, latter working as a secretary for her achitect husband Payne. They go to a private sex club where Payne likes to watch, and with a cast of familiar NYC players and others, the movie escalates relentlessly to more and more open and free-wheeling sexuality.
This sort of eroticism is not much in favor anymore, but survives as a fine example of porno chic. Payne is well-cast as a fetishist, and both Paula and Siobhan give strong performances.
Moxie" is one of writer-director David Stanley's stranger movie combinations: mixing (in the most morbid fashion) XXX content with his search for the meaning of life. No, he's not in a satirical Monty Python mood, but behaving more like a frustrated artist.
Slaving away shooting porn is an unlikely place for a philosopher or intellectual, but Stanley never got the memo. So hiding in his catalogue of over a hundred porn features, mainly for the major Wicked and Vivid labels, are nascent works of art ruined by the same XXX cliches that made their creation economically possible. McLuhan famously declared "The medium is the message", and by being relegated to the medium of porn Big Dave's work is destroyed.
So we have an anti-entertaining saga of Cheyne Collins in a hospital after a driving accident, waiting in his bloodied shirt for his brand-new wife Kira Kener to emerge from a coma. In surreal fashion we see flashbacks and erotic fantasies involving the two of them, presented and performed in cold, clinical fashion. Though the conceit of Kener playing several roles is a non-starter, it becomes clear what Stanley's trying to do. He likes to use black humor to sugarcoat his more serious messages, but overall it's a tough slog watching this one.
A sustained riff recalls that clever movie "What About Bob?". Cheyne is down in the dumps, feeling sorry for himself as his wife lays dying when an oddball character played by Tyce Bune starts chatting with him as they wait in the hospital and will not leave Cheyne alone. He drags him to a bar for drinks, where Stanley insists on inserting a reel or so of lesbian porn as busty Vivid regular Renee LaRue humps Chennin Blanc on TV, shot on a bare set with a display skeleton in the background. Then he forces Cheyne to accompany him to a back room in the bar where he pays $300 for a session with a prostitute in the seediest of surroundings -surprise: the hooker is played by Kira Kener --Cheyne's dying wife!
Tyce's tag line, repeated over and over, is "Hey, don't make me hurt you" whenever Cheyne politely tries to extricate himself from Bune's obnoxious company. However, Bune does deliver a classic scene late in the show when he reveals his erratic behavior has been caused by the death in hospital that morning of his wife in childbirth, who was sharing the room with Kener. He acts this scene of pathos superbly.
The Scent of a Father (2022)
Is it time to bring back Smell-O-Vision?
Cute actress Leana Lovings is convincing depicting an odd clothes-sniffing fetish in this MissaX release, yet another variation on the popular faux incest seduction theme.
Her target is Ryan Driller, subtly portraying her loving stepfather. He resists as best he can but Leana's unrelenting doting on him (and stealing his drawers to sniff) ultimately wins the day.
Aldous Huxley in "Brave New World" famously predicted "feelies" in which movie-oriented entertainment of the future would directly work off of connections to one's brain for sensory stimulation. The sense of smell would seem a natural tie-in for porn, and one can empahtize with the representation here of a young woman's excessive attachment to daddy, ahem -stepdaddy.
The Scent (2000)
Missing from IMDb for over two decades, this Vivid riff on the Al Pacino hit "Scent of a Woman" is relatively silly, delivering those big tits we love to watch but not much else.
Other than a bitter blind guy trying to talk like Al Pacino, the movie throws out everything else from the target movie, and Bobby Vitale is merely tiresome in the role. Vivid star Kira Kener plays a ditzy character hired by Deva Station to look after her brother (Vitale) for the weekend, and it doesn't take a genius viewer to figure out that his absurd quest for the best smelling pussy will end up discovering Kener in the final reel.
Until then we get to see KK's magnificent boobs and even bigger ones courtesy of Vivid regular Renee LaRue, Station and an obscure but provocative actress Skye Foxx.
Killing lots of running time is a completely different satire of that old "Hollywood Squares" game show titled "The Burbank Sluts", just awful attempts at humor featuring Joel Lawrence as an oversexed host.
Sexual Misbehavior (2003)
Adult Cinema gets serious
The late Robby D. Directed this unusual porn feature 20 years ago, and it's been missing from IMDb until I added it this week. Nominally a Kira Kener star vehicle from Vivid Video, it emerges as quite different from the usual erotic entertainment of the day, worth catching by fans who take their XXX movies seriously.
Randy Spears is a military doctor running an experimental program testing a serum on human subjects with sexual dysfunction, and his colleague Janice (played by Kener, cast against type) collaborates on the government study.
These test subjects are held in cells (resembling jail cells) and wearing straitjackets, so we assume they have violent tendencies. Some, like Dale DaBone, reisist being forced to take the serum, adding tension and suspense to the story. Of course, we get to see the results, intense sex scenes attesting to the efficacy of the experimental drug.
Parallel story in Robby's screenplay has the good doctor played by Kener having sexual problems in her own marriage to Cheyne Collins, who neglects her to the point that she asks Spears if perhaps the miracle serum could be tested on him. This rather melodramatic notion is a bit of red herring here, as predictably it is the two doctors having sex with each other that provides the climax of the movie.
With a strong supporting performance by Chloe, a great superstar of the VHS era who deserves more recognition among today's fans (who for obvious reasons remain more infatuated with the Tera Patricks and Jenna Jamesons of yore), the movie does have a solid XXX content, but not interfering with the sustained serious and unconventionally downbeat tone. A very strong final plot twist and offbeat ending attests to Robby's having crafted an admirable, though forgotten, film.
Any Port in the Storm (1991)
Trivial slice of life
I suppose the late Erica Boyer enjoyed making this very bland porn movie a lot more than her audience enjoyed watching it, as there's not much to offer. In a way it struck me like a hippie era movie, what with the great outdoors and a free and easy approach to life permeating the non-story, but pointlessness rules instead.
Running joke is an aversion to sunlight, though cast aimlessly does plenty of sunbathing while complaining in a remote desert setting. Erica is a stripper working with Holly Ryder at a crummy club run by mean guy Mike Horner. That versatile actor doesn't have much to work with here -he's not a bad guy, just a callous guy.
In an arrangement not clearly explained, Erica seems to be living in a trailer that has a time-share element, not the usual one, but she comes off shift at the strip club, and goes to bed in the same bed inhabited by Alexandria Quinn, who gets up and goes her own way. It seems as if Alex is a hooker, but the off-beat (and low-impact) screenplay by Mark Weiss doesn't get bogged down in basics.
Nothing really happens here, except for an inevitable sexual romance cropping up between Erica and the innocent-looking male lead Austin Moore. He had a very minor career, not the thousands of credits racked up his famous peers in Chatsworth Central Porn Casting.
The only merit here is a refreshing "open air" approach compared to so many studio-shot junkers during the VHS era.
Any Dorm in a Storm (2003)
Nothing happens, except for the requisite XXX sex, mechanically performed in this pointless clunker of a feature. It only exists because Vivid had Kira Kener under contract, and needed to release a certain quota of titles with her name appended.
With dark hair, the great Rebecca Bardoux is nearly unrecognizable in the opening scene, humping away with Mickey G. In what looks like a storage room. Ugly, cluttered sets are the backdrop for sex throughout, visually a turn-off. But what makes this movie really awful is the inept editing by director Tommy Ganz, cutting rapidly back and forth between reverse shots, almost every second, to destroy most of the sex scenes, especially this first one.
Kira Kener wearing an unappealing jogging costume (covering her body head to toe) shows up and is hired as desk clerk at Mickey's hostel. Various people come to stay there, including Steven St. Croix in a pointless NonSex role.
Movie is nearly all-sex, and nothing remotely interesting happens. Considering a premise: "folks staying at a hostel", one could expect comical hijinks, maybe dramatics, or perhaps romance, but Mr. Ganz provides nothing. A documentary, or perhaps (horrors!) a tv special with chef Gordon Ramsay showing up to save the failing business might have been slightly diverting, but instead Vivid provides the usual 5 sex scenes, suitable for compiling into some video collection.
Bad Company (1994)
Where is thy sting?
A sloppy production hurts this tale of grifters, okay in the sex department fortunately for fans.
The con is being orchestrated by Kylie Ireland and Marc Wallice, targeting petty gangster Steve Hatcher, credited here under his original stage name Jake Williams.
He has a clandestine casino in apparently the Roaring Twenties, though the production quite poorly fails to have costumes, hair styles or even one token auto that could conceivably fit that time frame. Even the music from Greg Steele goes from oldtimey sounds to more modern jazz.
Steele on the payroll means Brad Armstrong cannot be far behind, here cast as Steve's right-hand man, who happens also to be planning to scam his boss with the aid of Steve's gangster moll Tina Tyler.
After some roulette, movie builds to a very corny scene of customer Wallice goading Steve into a hand of 5-card showdown. His bet: Kylie, with Steve putting up $15,000 from his casino's till. At this point director Toni English took more than a lunch break, as a lenghty sex threesome of Kylie, Steve and Colt Steele is inserted out of nowhere, completely contradicting the notion that Steve is playing in order to win sexual servicing from Kylie.
A fast succession of plot twists get us to a happy ending and another threesome.
All Wrapped Up in Life (2002)
Pretentious kink, or merely sloppy?
Hiding behind the name "Cleo Edwards", Paul Thomas directed this rather cryptic movie vehicle for Vivid contract star Taylor Hayes. I found it intriguing much of the way, but the movie (perhaps emulating Antonioni, whose work Thomas is certainly famiiar with) soon drifts away into no-continuity land.
Mickey G, given his adventurous credits on-screen including pegging, is well-cast as Taylor's willingly submissive husband. He does the housework as a stay-at-home spouse, while she's at work as an advertising executive. At least that's what he thinks, as we see the way oversexed Taylor having sex in the office with bald coworker Anton Michael.
An atonal piano score generates some suspense as the movie drifts along, beginning promisingly with a kitchen scene of Mickey preparing breakfast, and Taylor abusing him verbally, establishing her as the movie's heavy, and Mickey loving it.
I liked the almost Chantal Akerman depiction of the dullness of everyday life that followed, as we watch Mickey doing mundane chores at home, cross-cut with sexy Taylor's antics out in the world. A key scene is extremely spare: Taylor & Mickey entertain with Brittney Skye and Evan Stone as a couple invited to dinner, but given no character names and no dialogue. Mickey enthusiastically tells his guests how wonderful wife Taylor is, a star at work, and she just gets angry at him, takes him aside and bawls him out for having the temerity to talk about her. Meanwhile, Evan and Brittney have sex out on a balcony, and Taylor the voyeuse watches them.
A strange sequence begins with Taylor in their Mercedes convertible flashes a couple of studs (Rafe and TJ Cummings) driving alongside in their convertible while Mickey is driving. They park and the two studs have sex one after the other with Taylor while Mickey watches, with a gun holding him captive (even though the viewer is aware he probably is enjoying it).
This is interrupted by the screams of a beautiful young homeless girl (Cherie, a porn actress with innumerable credits but who I can't recall seeing), that scare away the pair of bad guys.;
At this point the movie falls apart, as if director Thomas (or should I call him Cleo?) shot a bunch of sex scenes but didn't have enough coverage to string them together properly in the finished film. Fade up to Taylor alone driving her convertible to a warehouse where six people including Cherie have group sex. She watches and nearly joins in.
After the final cum shot, she wanders outside to the dumpster where Cherie is sleeping (back in her homeless girl ragged clothing, no continuity at all between these three successive scenes) and she silently takes her home, for a lengthy bout of lesbian sex in the bathroom and bedroom.
Finale has Mickey coming to the bedroom with a tray of brandy for the girls, announcing: "I live to serve". In the alternate universe of Paul Thomas, those are words to live by.
Sweet Hearts (2003)
Paper-thin Savanna Samson vehicle rings false
Paul Thomas made a clunker here, generally forgotten, titled "More Than Sweet Hearts", trying to show a backstage angle on porn filmmaking but utterly phony and unbelievable. It's Old School porn with poor continuity and a corny script by usually reliable Raven Touchstone.
Basically, we have a fantasy version of the Adult Industry, in which Dino Bravo is a stereotypical bad-guy producer named Benny 'Fuckin' Ackerman, willing to pay superstar Krystal (played by Samson) $150,000 to shoot the final scene of her unfinished XXX picture. Everyone nowadays keeps harping on inflation, inflation, inflation, but the unintended joke here is that the astronomical dollar figure mentioned is about one hundred times what she'd be paid today, given the demise of the traditional porn industry.
The central romances are Krystal in love with Rocky (big-dicked Lee Stone), while still married to Dale DaBone, who is in love with Michelle (Dru Berrymore), who is Krystal's best friend and go-fer. Touchstone's screenplay resembles a bad rom-com, without the com, as that big scene requires Dale and Samson to have sex on camera one last time to finish their big movie, with the porno press corps (lots of extras on screen) watching the shoot.
DaBone can't get it up for his big scene, embarrassing, but an excuse for the movie to completely fall apart in the last reels, as we're treated to random sex scenes, including a completely extraneous one of Bravo, cameraman Eric Price and Lezley Zen (Krystal's manager) in an unlikely threesome and then poor scenes of Dale humping Dru and Stone humping Samson. Movie's ending is awful, with Dru suddenly becoming the central character.
It's unintended, but this stinker sat on the shelf for well over a year, and is the production mess sadly resembling the fictional movie they're attempting to complete.
This Ain't Die Hard XXX (2013)
Yes, it's a Christmas movie from Larry Flynt. While perhaps "Bad Santa" would have been a better target, this stinker has Derrick Pierce cast as a bargain basement Bruce Willis in a sex film with very poor action scenes and SPFX.
In fact, if you blink a few times you'll miss all the action footage. Instead we have Tommy Gunn humping the terrorist villainess Kim Kane, Billy Glide as Santa with a very big dick humping Holly Ryder, Ryan Driller as a boring FBI man servicing cute cop Leilani Leeanne and Derrick humping his ex-wife Brooklyn Lee.
Dialogue is really dumb, frequently resorting to unfunny in-jokes about the female terrorists wanting to steal "Larry Flynt's porno dollars". My mind started to wander - wondering whether Harvey Weinstein from his prison cell could produce a porn parody of "She Said".
The Wicked Temptress (1999)
She's a meanie
The title is true, as Wicked Pictures' superstar Temptress is cast as a prankster in the vein of what came to be known as "punking", causing endless trouble to everybody seemly to amuse herself and her buddy Evan Stone. It's fun watching her play an unsympathetic (with no redeeming characteristics) role.
She and Evan are the kind of people who project onto others, thinking everyone is as unscrupulous as they are. First off, she sees her sister Cheyenne (great casting, the two actresses look like sisters) working out with her martial arts instructor Jack Hammer.
She phones the movie studio where her mom works (played by guest star Veronica Hart) and plants the rumor that Cheyenne is monkeying around with her instructor, sure enough, mom shows up in time to catch the two of them having sex. Hart's paying the bills and fires Hammer on the spot.
Next prank has Evan helping out. Temptress is working on her taxes with accountant Devin Wolf, and easily seduces him, timed to coincide with Evan showing up with Wolf's fiancee played by Envy. Result: the marriage is off.
Evan's reward is he gets to hump busty Envy on the rebound, but after that is tired of participating in T's pranks, which leads to her comeuppance.
Not a typical movie from Wicked, and certainly not a traditional rom-com, thanks to the offbeat Patti Rhodes screenplay, directed by her partner Fred Lincoln.
Kiss My Whip! (1992)
Gotta love that title
Big name porn stars populate this bondage video, definitely softcore but still with some edginess with full nudity.
Lauren Brice plays the tall dominatrix who metes out plenty of punishment unemotionally -she's confident and in charge. Nominal story content features P. J. Sparxx and Trixie Tyler doing research for a book about female sex slaves, and we watch in flashback scenes depicting Brice and her slaves in action.
Shelby Stevens, very early in her career before she became a makeup artist, and an obscure player named Cie Cie, play the slaves. It's worth waiting for a fine ending that rounds out the story properly.
Women Seeking Women 189 (2022)
New management at Girlfriends Films no longer delivers this series monthly, but the 189th edition is quite satisfying specializing in a new wrinkle.
Its subtitle "Roommate Seductions" says it all -not hunting far and wide for a lover but taking advantage of what's waiting back home. First vignette was my favorite of the bunch: leading off with quality softcore as we watch roommates doing yoga exercises at home and then taking a shower together. Alex Coal is the shy new roommate, but is easily seduced by Kenzie Love.
A different sort of scene than usual has a roommate finding her roomie making love to a woman on the dining room couch and joins in. Serene Siren stars in this segment.
For fans of Rubensesque women, redhead Summer Hart is matched with Veronica Weston. And petite Sera Ryder is seduced by Nikki Sweet.
Catfished 4 (2022)
Clever plot twists
Quasarman takes over the director's chair, after serving as cameraman on "Catfished 3", and winds up with a winner in this series. As I'm typing up this review, coincidentally CNN is running a news story on the real-life "Catfish murders" in Riverside, California.
Vanessa Sky stars and gets to test her dramatic chops as a young lady who ends up being doubly victimized by catfishing, though indirectly. I won't spoil the intriguing story elements here, but by movie's end we've been through enough coincidences to qualify for a 16th Century Restoration comedy.
Robby Echo co-stars as her friend and Kayla Paige nearl y steals the show as her mother. Porn label Sweet Sinner saves on payroll by having only five players in the intertwining four sex scenes, rather than the usual quota of up to eight, latter standard when shooting stand-alone vignettes.
Some new life
Casting some magnificent MILFs serves to enliven this well-worn Girlfriends Films series. Jennifer White especially an appreciated addition to the fold.
Ms. White is clearly an underappreciated Adult star, always impressive on screen but not the lady who gets headlines or sustained promotion. Here she's paired with shy Fiona Sprouts, playing a student who's staying with Jennifer, her parents paying for the kid's housing. Their scene features quality softcore content (including White taking a bath) alongside the requisite XXX lesbian action.
Syren de Mer, veteran of many, many Girlsfriend releases, is joined here by Jasmine Jae and Vanessa Cage as top-notch MILFs. With Cage impressive as a former starlet who would have been cast in the "younger" part of the equation a decade ago, but has blossomed into a mature knockout.
Wasteland Ultra (2022)
Porno 'Mad Max" heavy on sex, less so on action scenes
Lea Lexis as filmmaker emphasizes the sex over the action movie content in this kinky Digital Playground take on the "Mad Max" films. No Charlize Theron, but plenty of talented porn femmes giving there all.
Back of an envelope level story content has a couple of synthetics (sort of sexbots) played by busty LaSirena69 and Roxie Sinner (robots wearing white wigs and replete with pubic hair) being protected by various rebel forces including Brooklyn Gray and Van Wylde (in his trusty RV -a vehicle George Miller never considered muscular enough for his Aussie movie) as they're chased across the desert by masked bad guys including April Olsen.
The four segments run over 3 hours long, most of it devoted to lengthy XXX action. Highlights include Nicole Doshi in a fabulous foursome that includes tentacle sex and quality gonzo, presented as Old School VR (no audience goggles necessary) as well as an impressive turn by beautiful & busty TS star Brittney Kade humped by Dante Colle, including surprise fisting action.
Other sex stars getting a workout include Angel Youngs and Chloe Surreal, adding up to enough porn content to please the fans. What's missing is a point to the brief action footage, much ado about nothing, leading to an amateurish ending. The era of sex movies with story and action scenes well integrated (think: "Pirates" and its sequel or many of Brad Armstrong's super productions) is definitely over, as a smidgen of NonSex content is about all that is provided these days -"Wasteland Ultra" being an obvious example.
Poor example of gonzo plus ego
Seth Gamble has more or less taken up the mantle of Brad Armstrong at the new Wicked Pictures, with boss man Axel Braun giving him more spotlight than he deserves. This time out Seth delivers all-sex filler, and taking a page out of Manuel Ferrara's playbook has the temerity to feature himself as the only stud in town, humping the girls in all four vignettes.
The actresses are pretty, but watching them pose for the camera before being serviced by Seth is quite boring in the absence of any story or dialogue. Lousy pornspeak is featured, and Seth's fledgling abilities in the director's chair are not tested.
For the fans, Blake Blossom is an eyeful, already favored by producer Axel in his latest dumb porn parody for the label.
Fun spoof of the movie version of "Clue"
With Joey Silvera in fine form, Bud Lee delivers a humorous send-up regarding the popular board game and its mainstream movie incarnation. Yes, it's time for dialogue like "Col. Bast*rd in the kitchen with the rope".
There's plenty of flashbacks as the seemingly bumbling Joey (styled a lot more like Peter Falk than Daniel Craig) solves a murder. Superstars Chasey Lain and Asia Carrera brighten up the screen, and the dialogue is sharp, including several non sequiturs likely representing improvisation on Silvera's part.
Only drawback is that after a surprise flashback climaxing the movie, the silent denouement footage is poorly done, a lapse by Lee, noted for his craftsmanship.
Model's Memoirs (1993)
Cynical, incisive expose
I enjoyed this movie starring Crystal Wilder, as a naive girl who comes to Hollywood to become a model and quickly learns the sleazy compromises necessary for success. The cynical attitude here rings true.
What makes this movie entertaining is how it captures the mood and even style of those '60s softcore features on the same subject, but with explicit sex included. Terry Thomas is perfect as a fast-talking agent who captures the phoniness of a snake-oil salesman with aplomb. Crystal, beginning with her stunning softcore opening scene including the credits in which she masturbates in her bathtub, sets the tone for how quickly innocence can turn to cynicism.
Celeste is terrific in a juicy role as a boss from hell in this effective drama. Nearly three decades later it has surprising relevance as a switcheroo on the serious issue of sexual harassment.
A truly all-star cast is in support, as she's upwardly mobile Brad Armstrong's new boss, getting a position he expected to take as a promotion, but which his retiring company owner Hank Armstrong has chosen instead of him.
She is utterly gorgeous, but an ultra-dominant personality, who immediately starts pushing him around, making him constantly work late, and insisting on sex from Brad on demand -or else he'll lose his job. Carrot offered is a promotion after all.
Interesting casting has Jenna Jameson, ordinarily expected to be the center of attention (for obvious reasons) but here convincingly mousy as Brad's loyal, supportive wife. Not only is Celeste forcing Brad to cheat on her, but later she rather cruelly seduces JJ for her own satisfaction.
It is a familiar story but with the gender role-reversal has added interest. It's lots of fun rooting against Celeste yet fascinated with her allure - a true femme fatale.
Embarrassment of riches has Anna Malle as boss Hank's girlfriend, plus Rebeccca Bardoux & Melissa Hill as servants for Celeste who get to bed down with another of her unlucky employees, Alex Sanders.