Monday, December 24, 2018

Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic

I've been very lax in my reading it, but I want to recommend Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic by Laura Helen Marks to everyone who follows what I write here. Dr. Marks is incredibly knowledgeable on this subject, and this book is a must for any serious scholars of adult films. On a personal note, Laura is also someone I consider a friend. She is a consummate teacher because I am constantly learning from her even when we're just having a casual conversation. One minor example is that it was her own (deleted, alas) blog which pointed me in the direction I wanted to go in doing something like Super Cine-Vision. I am grateful to know Dr. Marks and thank her for everything she has done for me. The least I can do is promote her book, which you can purchase at Amazon and other fine retailers.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

School Girl Reunion - The Sensuous Fly Girls

Hiding behind the innocuous title SCHOOL GIRL REUNION (probably given to director Shaun Costello as a starting point) is one of the saddest and most melancholy adult films I've watched in recent memory. I mean this in a good way. But it's almost like a sucker punch because it's not what you are expecting.

The premise is that Roger Caine (as football hero "Roger Caine") has returned to his college for a five year reunion. While reliving old glories at the seemingly deserted football field, he meets up with Kim Pope who is a fellow alum and both familiar to him and yet not. They trade stories which trace the path to a conclusion you will see coming but which still packs a wallop when it happens.

The most remarkable thing about this movie is that the shenanigans which go on are pretty familiar fare, well-staged and shot, but completely re-contextualized through the eyes of Caine and Pope's characters. Roger's jock seems like a good guy who works hard and has big plans, but he's a little dense. Pope's portrayal of his old classmate is stunning in its wounded fragility. I completely bought it.

There are a lot of really great cinematic touches in the film, and the most creative use of a table tennis trophy I've ever seen. Not that way, ya gutter mind. SCHOOL GIRL REUNION is a movie I think is going to stick with me for awhile.

On a completely different note, we have THE SENSUOUS FLY GIRLS. It's a somewhat more polished version of the type of movies Shaun had been making up to that point. The dialogue appears to be largely ad-libbed (coached at best), and the story is appropriately ridiculous. NASA (discreetly never actually called that) is testing stewardesses to send one on the Jupiter Probe because all that time in space is making the astronauts gay! So we get some "testing" and reminiscing and it's all in good fun if you don't take it too seriously. The flight attendant theme was also seen in Shaun's COME FLY WITH US, as was filming a scene in a stable with Shaun and one of his attractive leading ladies. I bet you weren't expecting to see shots of a horse in this movie, but have I got news for you.

There's an amazing and uncannily familiar soundtrack and a twist ending after a fashion. It has all the earmarks of a Costello film, so it's a little surprising to learn Shaun has no memory of making it! He suspects some of it might be his, but that it is a mix of work from him and others. For example, he thinks the scene in the stable might have been from a shoot with Gerry Intrator. It's probably worth mentioning that credited co-director "Constantine Zuba" is an alias used for Doug Collins on TEENAGE NURSES. That might be a piece of the puzzle of the film's genesis.

I have to hand it to Shaun Costello for always making these movies worthwhile no matter how slight they might seem at first blush. SCHOOL GIRL REUNION is memorable and THE SENSUOUS FLY GIRLS is enjoyable nonsense no matter who made it. A quality release from Vinegar Syndrome which you can buy here.



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gail Sterling in FLESH AND BULLETS

Among the crazier things I did in 2017 was get heavily into Carlos Tobalina films. One that I was reluctant to try was FLESH AND BULLETS. It's not an adult film, but rather an attempt by Tobalina to do a "mainstream" action movie. I finally gave in early in 2018, and boy, am I glad I did. The movie has since become a favorite of mine, though not because it is any kind of cinematic classic.

As I watched FLESH AND BULLETS, one of the things that struck me was the actress playing "Gail Borden" in the movie. Billed as "Susan Silvers", she looked familiar somehow. Finally, I said "Is that Gail Sterling?"

Gail Sterling (IMDB and IAFD profiles) is an adult film performer who I like a great deal. But she's not really a big star, and it was certainly possible that her participation in FLESH AND BULLETS had flown under the radar. Plus, she had worked for Carlos on LUST INFERNO and CARNAL OLYMPICS, so there was definitely a connection there.

Courtesy of Georg Domkamp and Jimmy Simard on Facebook, here are screenshots of "Susan Silvers" in FLESH AND BULLETS:

Upon seeing these screenshots, Shaun Costello (who knew Gail and directed her in HEAVEN'S TOUCH) confirmed that they were Gail. But if you need more convincing, I have examples of Gail Sterling, too. And since this blog entry is pretty image-intensive, we'll put in a break for those browsing the main page.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Audrey Holiday

I don't tend to talk much about the contemporary adult scene because the vast majority of it doesn't interest me. That's not a judgment of its merits; it's just my personal preferences coming into play. But there are aspects of it that I feel like discussing, and one of those is performer Audrey Holiday.

Audrey Holiday came to my attention one night in a clip on one of those tubesites. Before you judge me too harshly, please know that I later purchased a DVD with this scene. So my conscience is (relatively) clear! (Pay for your porn. It's the right thing to do.)

Audrey initially caught my eye due to her natural beauty and her being my "type" if you will. It usually doesn't go much further, but Audrey is different. I enjoy her easygoing approach to playing characters, which feels natural (that word again) and authentic. She also is very enthusiastic yet professional in her performances. She definitely gives her all and doesn't slack off or break the moment. I like her laid-back camera presence and find her to be one of the more genuinely interesting women to watch in modern day adult entertainment.

You can follow Audrey Holiday on Twitter and buy videos from her at Clips4Sale and ManyVids.

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