Monday, April 11, 2011

Quickies! Spring 2011 Edition

Hi folks! Another round of quickies for y'all as I finish up some reading, writing, and reviewing. I haven't had much time for anything recently, even for movies, so these flicks are really all I've been able to see for the last few weeks. Sad, I know. Roll on Summer.

800 Fantasy Lane (Svetlana, 1980)

Yikes. Well, I didn't think I could go wrong with a Svetlana movie starring Jamie Gillis, but this is one of the most nauseating viewing experiences in recent memory. The editing is so off kilter that I assumed these Wildside people had chopped the film up and put it back together. Alas, I am told by a friend that this is essentially the same cut as the one available on U.S. dvd (the fisting scene is cut). The plot is thin, involving Jamie Gillis and his buddy posing as rich oil men wanting to purchase real estate from a new company run by hot actresses. Naturally, these women offer extra services to seal the deal, and these shysters are ready to take advantage. Many surreal and trippy scenes occur, including one I had seen before in Forbidden Worlds (a collection of scenes from other movies), wherein Jamie is a lion tamer and the gals are done up in impressive animal body paint. I found this scene bizarre and engaging when in isolation of the rest of the movie, but back in its context (showing up at the end) I found it as irritating as the rest of the film. Irritating in its real sense -- as in, this film was an irritant. To my eyes, my ears, and my stomach.

Odyssey: The Ultimate Trip (Gerard Damiano, 1977)

This is a film of three parts, sort of a vignette flick but more like three individual segments -- short films -- each focused on sexual dysfunction and the trippy solutions to said problems. I enjoyed this film, but ironically it's the quality of the different segments (especially the first one, featuring R. Bolla and some clever dialogue ably assisted by convincing delivery) that threaten to undo the film. I found myself wanting the first segment to continue, which is a compliment really. Nevertheless, it was ultimately unsatisfying as a result. Still, recommended.

Co-Ed Fever (Robert McCallum, 1980)

This one is just ok. It's not terrible, but it's pretty light. Annette Haven leads a sorority who are promised a magazine layout if they exclusively date men from a neighbouring fraternity and end their relationships with their current ragtag group of guys, including Jamie Gillis, John Leslie, and Jon Martin (who stands out as an ubernerd). The guys (and one gal, Samantha Fox) decide to plot a sabotage. Everyone does a fine job in their roles, and it seems as though this particular storyline would have been made many times over by Hollywood. However, ultimately the film isn't particularly engaging and it's not wholly satisfying. There are many more McCallum flicks that wowed me in ways that this title didn't nearly approach. I did enjoy watching John Leslie throw a potted plant in a swimming pool though. And the film looks pretty. I'd like to know what the source is for Wildside's releases -- everything I've seen so far looks and sounds great.

The Budding of Brie (Henri Pachard, 1980)

This film impressed me. It's essentially identical in plot and characterization to All About Eve, but references several classic Hollywood films which makes it a joyous viewing experience for film buffs. In addition, the way it adapts All About Eve into a modern porn industry setting is complex and clever. The dialogue is engaging, and the actors pull off their lines well. Hillary Summers as Brie is notably excellent -- perfectly cast. Almost too perfectly cast, in fact, as her performance as parasitic and innocent/creepy Brie threatens to overwhelm any frivolous enjoyment of the film. This is of course a wonderful thing for those who, like me, enjoy adult films that take risks.

The Bombshells 2 (William H., 2011)

I'll admit I watched this selectively, and skipped scenes that involved performers I'm not keen on. I won't bother naming names, other than those I have something positive to say about. Basically, this flick gets a thumbs up from me due to one scene. The first scene, in fact, featuring Sophia Santi and Manuel Ferrara. I found this scene so engaging, I watched it twice over in one go, and then after perusing the other scenes watched it again. The other scenes were pretty good, but I suspect you would have to be a fan of the particular performers, and there are some men and women in this release who I just can't roll with due to what I perceive to be overacting. I'll leave it at that.


BlackSix said...

I also liked the Alexis Texas/Erik Everhard scene in Bombshells 2. As you say, I'm a fan of Alexis so that may bias me (but then I'm not particularly a fan of Erik), but I think this is the best scene her and Everhard have done together.

I particularly like the part where Erik gives her oral sex and they spend some time just masturbating each other in between the fucking, it's a nice change of pace and feels spontaneous. Shows you just how formulaic so much gonzo porn has become that this is so refreshing.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

I half-watched that scene. I'm not sure if I entirely like either of them, though I did used to like Alexis a lot. I think my enjoyment of scenes is affected so much by the male performer (as in, *as much* as the other performer :), that I go back and forth on these things. I can think I'm a fan of a star, only to find out it was just when she was with a particular person.

As for mediocrity/formulaic porn, your comment reminds me of an interview on one of the Wildside releases (I think it was on the Desires Within Young Girls dvd). It was a bunch of interviews with male performers, including John Leslie, and the things he had to say were really quite moving in a sad sort of way. His comments reflected quite a bit of disillusionment with the current state of things, and he appeared to get a little choked up/upset.

Roger Feelbert said...

I remember being really put off by 800 Fantasy Lane. Well after I saw it, I read an interview with LDL in which she cited that production as one of her worst experiences. The specifics escape me, but as I recall, she said she was sick, the house was freezing, and she was treated overly roughly by Jamie Gillis. (If I'm not mistaken, during the lion tamer scene.)

I considered revisiting the film - I'm going to have my 2011 work cut out for me if I still hope to satisfy my stupid "100 reviews" goal... - but now I'm pretty sure I'll let that dog lie.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Hm, that's some interesting feedback re: LDL. It felt like an unpleasant film, from the tone, but you can never tell what it's like for those who are there. Interestingly, it was the BDSM scene that grossed me out the most, not because I have a problem with BDSM but because the sub (not Serena, the other one) bothered me. Oh, and good luck on your goal -- I can be honest with myself and say I'll never achieve near that many posts!

Cherrybomb said...

Amazing as always GGG.

Gore-Gore Girl said...


Shaun Costello said...

Please be advised the the announced triple title release called: New York Grindhouse Avon 7, containing Slave of Pleasure, My Mistress Electra, and Prisoner of Pleasure is illegal. I hold the copyrights on Slave of Pleasure and Prisoner of Pleasure. Alternative Cinema Inc/After Hours Cinema LLC has been served a cease and desist notice regarding their attempt at an illegal release. I sent three e-mails to Mike Raso at the aforementioned companies, notifying him of my rights of both copyright, and privacy. These e-mails have gone unanswered, as has the cease and desist notice. Please do not support this illegal release. Mr Raso simply found a 16Mm print, and never checked the copyright. He also did not ask me to write the liner notes, an agreed servive I performed for him in the past, for compensation. Millions of dollares have been made by many people on the illegal sale of my titles, without and offer of payment to me. This is just another example.
Shaun Costello

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Wow, thanks for letting us know!

Anonymous said...

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