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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Movie Review - Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)


Movie Review – Fifty Shades of Grey

Not since the film 9 ½ weeks has there been such a film that has stirred up so much hype. Not only has there been a hype about the book, which has currently sold over 150 million copies, but a secondary market has been generating millions of dollars as well. Adult sex toys, lotions, lingerie, clothing, condoms, wine, jewelry, cosmetics etc. all are licensed with the name. On top of all of the hype is the constant flow news stories from national news sources, and Hollywood including local news coverage as well.  


In case you are unfamiliar with the story, it is about a young college named Ana who fills in for her friend Kate, who was given the opportunity to interview a young Billionaire named Christian Grey for the college’s newspaper. During the interview, Christian becomes interested in Ana on a personal level and they embark on a casual relationship complete with awkward glances.


After several encounters and building of romantic / sexual tension, Ana is “rescued” by Christian after Ana goes on a bender at a local bar. Ana drunk dials Christian in the bar while waiting to use the restroom.  Christian believes that she has had too much to drink, and travels to the bar to rescue her. While Ana is outside, her friend Jose’ tried to kiss Ana, but is cockblocked by an angry Christian who shoves Jose’ away. A moment later Ana passes out in his arms. Not knowing where Ana lives, Christian takes her back to his hotel room. The next morning they continue to flirt culminating into a passionate kiss in the elevator.


A few days later, Christian invites Ana on a date and takes Ana up in his helicopter. Then takes Ana back to his penthouse apartment. Christian has Ana sign a non-disclosure agreement (a legally binding agreement that assures her silence or she will face a lawsuit) assuring her silence before they can become intimate. Once Ana signs the agreement, Christian shows Ana his “playroom”.


Christian’s playroom is a secret BDSM dungeon that he has created in his penthouse. It is full of whips, rope, chains and other items that would be used in a BDSM scene. After he shows Ana the room, he takes her to her own bedroom, and Ana reveals to Christian that she is a virgin. This knowledge whet’s Christian’s appetite and Christian deflowers Ana that night.


At this point in the film is where the eye candy happens. I will not give away any more of the film, but this is where the book and the film differ. The sex scenes in the movie are a lot more realistic than in the book. They were also a little sexier too.


There’s few differences in the story telling of this film that work better than the book, such as the dialog and interaction between Christian and Ana. However, much of the back story and what was going on in Ana’s mind to make her indecisive is what’s missing. She loves the light bondage and spanking, but the other stuff? This could have been cleared up with just a conversation between Ana and her friend Kate or Ana and her mother. Or even a diary so it wouldn’t leave the audience in the dark.


Another problem that I have with the movie is the media’s attempt at using psychobabble as talking points on BDSM and associating BDSM with this movie. The two are very different things. It would be as if you were to compare a pigeon to an F-35 fighter jet. Sure the both fly, but that’s where the comparisons stop. 


Sure, Fifty Shades has a little kink in it, but it doesn’t try to explore the dynamics of a dominant and submissive relationship. Maybe they were thinking that the people reading the book would Google some of the terms on their own?


In closing, I think that the choice of the director Sam Taylor Johnson was a bad one. Even with a moderately more experienced director could have easily made this into a much better film. It was as if they didn’t want this film to be made even though they knew the book had sold over 50 million copies at the time when it was optioned. They passed up on a team of directors including Angelina Jolie, and Steven Soderberg! (What the hell were they thinking??) My advice is to wait for the DVD and watch this with a nice bottle of wine with someone you are attracted to but stop before the last 15 minutes of the film.


In English and playing now.


2.5 stars out of 5


Pros: Full nudity from both actors, light bondage, spanking, BDSM theme.


Cons: Too much hype, negative comments from folks that probably never read the book or watched the movie who are quoting “from what they’ve heard”.


Trailer: The trailer is everywhere including the soundtrack.

The sexy first kiss.

Can you guess what I'm thinking about?

Oh yes!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Movie Review - Exit to Eden (1994)





Movie Review – Exit to Eden (1994)


Loosely, very very loosely based on the book that was written by Anne Rice, called Exit to Eden. In the original story, Mistress Lisa (played by Dana Delany) was the focal point of the story. Mistress Lisa was the head mistress of the island, a manager if you will. She and her staff of dom/mes made sure that everything was ran correctly. Unfortunately, for her she was beginning to feel unfulfilled with her duties and longed for something deeper in her life, but she didn’t know exactly what that was. 


Unfortunately, for us, the film was completely different. After several directors, script rewrites, exiting producers and cast changes the film was turned into a romantic comedy / thriller directed by Garry Marshall and starring Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O’Donnell. It had only taken them five years.


The film features the supermodel Iman and Stuart Wilson as a pair of jewel thieves who identities are accidentally uncovered by a photographer named Elliot played by Paul Mercurio. The pair realizes that Elliot has taken their picture and they manage to track down Elliot but he leaves for a trip to BDSM fantasy island called Eden before they catch up to him. 


On the island, Elliot catches the eye of the lovely Mistress Lisa and falls in love with her. He attempts to get her attention every chance he gets. Elliot is an untrained submissive and Mistress Lisa decides to take on the task of training him to fit into the BDSM lifestyle. He is bold and takes liberties with Mistress Lisa and she allows it to some extent.


While all of these things are happening, Tina and Omar (Iman and Stuart Wilson) follow Elliot to the island undercover as dominants. Both fit well into the role of harsh dominants as they seek out the innocent Elliot. The island scenes are peppered with BDSM fantasy scenes and comedy bits by Aykroyd and O’Donnell. 


I think that the director tried hard to keep a balance between the two storylines but he was unsuccessful. There wasn’t enough comedy to make it a comedy and not enough thrills to make it a true thriller. (Nor was their enough sexuality to make it a sex film.) This left us with an unpopular film that quietly sits on the shelf of that great mainstream BDSM library.


One of the interesting facts that I discovered about this film is that it is no longer available on DVD. The company that made and distributed it, Savoy Pictures went out of business in 1997 and most of the films that they made are no longer available or in short supply. Just another sad tale in Hollywood. 


In English


Rated R (You might see it on cable TV edited down to PG-13.)


2 out of 5 stars


Pros: Full frontal nudity, brief BDSM scenes, female domme / male submissive, BDSM fantasy scenes, spanking, Iman as a domme. (Hot!!)


Cons: Not enough kink. It was a little too light for my tastes and that may be the reason why the film failed at the box office. 



Dana Delany as a Mistress Lisa.
  

 
The lovely Iman.

A little eye candy for the ladies.

Most of the cast.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Movie Review - A Good Day to be Black and Sexy (2008)




Movie Review – A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy (2008)


“A Good Day To Be Black And Sexy” is a group of six short films that are about African American sexuality in the modern age. Each segment has a theme but the message isn’t consistent.  


In the first vignette called “Reciprocity” is about a college age couple who are in bed in a dorm room. The scene opens up with a young girl moaning while her world twirls and spins, the soundtrack twirls and spins matching the dreamy trance like state of her pleasure. Her boyfriend works his oral skills on her twisting and twirling her world to climax. Despite the intensity of the sex, she is quite cold and clinical afterwards to her boyfriend expecting him to roll over and go to sleep because her roommate is in the bed across from them.


I’m quite sure that after foreplay, most men would want to continue the act to completion, but Tony is left in a lurch holding his erection. It takes some coaxing and fighting between them to come to a “mutual and satisfactory” resolution.


Reprise takes a couple and flips the roles with a young woman who talks her boyfriend into receiving anal for the first time. See if you can tell if she has done this before?


The other vignettes in the film have varying degrees of erotic scenes but they all have a separate theme that takes away from the eroticism. I wanted to sit back and watch a sexy independent black film but once again I got a sexy teaser / morality story. Why do directors insist on ruining films this way??


(WARNING! I'm about to go into rant mode!)



Another thing that bugs the hell out of me is that they always edit the films for television now, so it "looks like" it is made for tv. Not good and completely avoidable. If you are going to make an R rated movie that includes sexuality, MAKE AN R RATED MOVIE! NOT A WATERED DOWN R RATED MOVIE EDITED DOWN TO PG-13!!!
 

Rated R


In English


2 out of 5 stars


Pros: Mutual masturbation, anal exploration, interracial relationship


Cons: A fairly short film that needs more sex and less “drama”.



She takes her orgasms seriously.  


She's a sexy woman.


Like I said, she IS a sexy woman...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Movie Review - Addicted (2014)





Movie Review – Addicted (2014)


One of the small number of African American films that are made each year, Addiction is about a woman named Zoe and her problems. Zoe is successful, and married to her high school sweetheart Jason (played by Boris Kodjoe) and has two kids. They have an active sex life, but something is sorely missing from Zoe’s life.


When the film opens up, we find Zoe confessing what has happened to her psychiatrist, Dr. Spencer.  Zoe goes to an art exhibit to check out the work of an up and coming artist by the name of Quintin Canosa. During the visit, she begins a conversation with a handsome man that she finds attractive. The feelings are mutual and it doesn’t take long for the man to start seducing her. Zoe wants to sign him to her roster and meets him over at his place. Before Zoe could leave Quintin’s house, he seduces her despite Zoe’s protests and they become lovers.


Meanwhile, Zoe begins to show signs of addiction to Quintin. She begins to neglect her kids and her job. Soon, Quintin takes up most of her free time and she begins to give more of her life over to him pursuing the passion that he brings to her. 


At some point Zoe begins to realize that her relationship with Quintin is growing toxic and she breaks it off with him. Her remedy was to find another man to fill the void, so she goes out to a night club and has a hot fling with Corey played by Tyson Beckford. If you are not familiar with the name of these men, they are pretty much on the Top 10 Hot Black Guys list of most women. Corey is the bad boy clubber type and he taps into new territory for Zoe (in more ways than one).


Zoe is sliding down a slippery slope but she is enjoying the ride.


This film reminds me a lot of the three Trois films that were made a few years back that were erotic thrillers that were also set in Atlanta. Tyson Beckford was also in one of those films as well. My biggest problem with this film is that although it is rated R they go out of their way to shoot the sex scenes as if it were for television. (I know that this film will be on permanent rotation on BET.) You see more of the men in this film than the women which is kind of odd. 


You can read my review on all three Trois films here:




 
Although it is refreshing to see an erotic film with a mostly African American cast, it is a bit of a letdown. They seem to be milking the success of the Scandal television show by adding an interracial element to it which was not in the book. The correct term for this is called WHITE WASHING. SHAME ON YOU!!



Question to people that go to see this film. Was she really a sex addict? To my knowledge, sex addicts are completely out of control seeking sex anywhere with anyone. Not what happened in this film. What do you think? Put it in the comments below.


2 out of 5 stars


Rated R


In English


Pros: A film with African Americans that doesn’t involve gangs and 40 ounce beers! Hooray! Light bondage, sex club.


Cons: This movie is chock full of clich├ęs. Why do they insist on making films with an adult theme but act as if they are ashamed to show the woman’s body nude? I think I saw more of Boris Kodjoe than I wanted to see. 


Trailer:




Putting his moves on the lady.   



Temptation is a sweet fruit.

Mr. Excitement at work. 

That look when you KNOW she's lying....