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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Movie Review - The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Movie Review – The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

If you have ever watched any European made films from the mid-1960s-early 1970s, the Duke of Burgundy will definitely remind you of something from that period. The aesthetic of soft naturally lit sensual shots of the actresses have a photoshoot quality to them that makes it sexy without being in your face. Lingerie, leather boots, and tight skirts have a natural allure like eye candy without looking like a porn film.

The film centers around two characters, an older woman named Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) who is the homeowner / employer, and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) who is a student / house cleaner who is cleaning Cynthia’s home. Evelyn rides her bike every day to Cynthia’s home and is greeted by the curt Cynthia. Cynthia is a harsh boss and she punishes Evelyn for her laziness.

Cynthia teaches at the local institute on Duke of Burgundy butterfly and other species. She has also written books on local butterflies and other insect species. Evelyn also attends the classes taught by Cynthia as well with about 30 other women.  

There is much more to meet the eye than what we receive in the initial impressions of this story. I will not give it away but I will say that it does involve kink. The bulk of the movie is the interactions between the two women. There is a smoldering tension between them that is quite sexy. 

Unfortunately, you cannot compare this film to any of the other films that came out in the past year. As I mentioned it is a lot like how they made films a long time ago. They managed to capture sensuality without nudity, which is a hard thing to do. 


In English

3.5 out of 5 stars

Pros: Female domme / female submissive, BDSM, roleplaying, lingerie, bondage, costumes, older woman / younger woman, face sitting, boot blacking, voyeurism, golden showers are suggested

Cons: Topping from the bottom, no nudity.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Movie Review - Graphic Sexual Horror (2009)

Movie Review – Graphic Sexual Horror (2009)

Graphic Sexual Horror is a documentary about the infamous website Insex was the first popular website that focused on BDSM / Fetish / Kink imagery in the United States 1997-2005. Being the first often makes you a larger target than necessary and Insex found themselves in the crosshairs of everyone from the police to Homeland Security. In the United States, most people take our liberties for granted not realizing that someone had to fight the “good fight” so that we can enjoy those freedoms. Oftentimes, those freedoms come at a cost that becomes a compromise.

Insex pretty much set the standard for online BDSM. Many of the pictures and videos that are commonplace on free adult sites are from or sites that are imitating them. Most of the unique looks on the site had a lot to do with the site creator’s imagination and skills. He or one of his on staff metalworkers who painstakingly built cages and restraint systems handcrafted many of the items used for photo and video shoots.

Starting with his humble beginnings as a photographer and painter in his attic, Brent Scott attempted to teach his craft at college where he was working as a professor. After being shot down for a tenured teaching position, he got the idea to put his work online. It was an excellent idea, and the site grew in popularity very quickly. Soon he was making more in 2 weeks than what he had made in 6 months as a teacher. 

Most of the interviews in the documentary are with the numerous models from over the years, many of whom are known by a 2 to 4 digit number. Also included is a generous portion of pictures and video clips from those sessions and live video feeds from the site. 

One of the problems with the site that started its downfall was the blurring of the line between model and sexual partner with Brent the creator of the site. Brent ended up not only being the on screen dom of some of the models, he also played with them off camera as well. This destroyed the professional atmosphere of the website and created tension between the models and the site.

The site’s legal issues were discussed only on a cursory level. They did not go into detail about the problems the site had with the US government, however the US Homeland Security ultimately killed the site using a backhanded method to reach their goal of shutting the site down.

If you are curious about this footnote in the history of online BDSM, I strongly recommend this video.

In English

4 out of 5 stars

Here are some of the spinoff sites to Insex:

Pros: Lots of photos and video footage of BDSM scenes from light to heavy. Male dom/ female sub

Cons: Lack of information about the site’s demise. 

That smile you get after yelling so much that someone called the police during your video shoot.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Movie Review - Bound (2015)

Movie Review – Bound (2015)

Not to be confused with Bound the 1996 film starring Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, this version of Bound is a flimsy attempt to capitalize on the “Mommy Porn” market by being a Fifty Shades of Grey rip-off film.

The main character, Michelle, is the “good girl” daughter of a wealthy real estate mogul (Daniel Baldwin) in Los Angeles. The family’s firm has been losing money since the real estate crash of 2008 - 2009 and the company is barely staying afloat. Michelle wants to move up within the company, while juggling being a single mother of a teen age daughter, and having an affair with a co-worker.

While out at dinner with her daughter, she spots a handsome younger man sitting at the bar. He is a Christian Grey clone named Ryan Black. (See! I told you he was a Christian Grey clone!) Their eyes connect and Michelle falls into lust with the young man. Her feelings overwhelm her and she rushes out of the restaurant forgetting to pay the bill. Embarrassed, she rushes back after dropping off her daughter at home. Fortunately, for Michelle, the young man is still there. He talks her into smoking a cigarette with him in the smoking lounge where he begins to kiss and fondle her. She manages to talk him out of seducing her in the restaurant, and he gives her his phone number.

The next day he invites her over to a photo shoot and he talks her into showing him her office. In a matter of minutes she has become his “submissive” and he is eating her out on her father’s desk. There are other erotic moments in the film that all feel like they were forced. That includes all of the fake kink scenes. The worst is at a charity event for an Alzheimer relief benefit. Really? A sex scene at an Alzheimer charity event? Wow… I believe that is a complete new low.

The Tagline is: “No Grey. Only Black and White…” I think I threw up in my mouth a little just now.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this film for any reason. I did not realize it but the company that produced this film is famous for making many of the incredibly bad “science fiction” films that air on the Syfy channel. You may have heard of Sharknado and Z nation? They ruined sci-fi and now they are ruining BDSM too? Can I file a lawsuit against Asylum films for ruining entertainment and crime against humanity?

Rated R / Unrated

0.5 stars out of 5

Pros: Brief nudity, bondage, puppy play, female dominant / female submissive, female dominant / male submissive

Cons: Produced by Asylum Pictures, luke warm sex scenes, zero sense of Dominance and submission. It was as if they read a few pages out of Fifty Shades of Grey then wrote a movie. F’ing garbage!

If you paid money to watch this film demand a refund! The entire film is on YouTube:

Being a bad little girl.

Is imitation the truest form of flattery? Or just another Hollywood ripoff film?

The BDSM in this film is about as accurate as the placement of her mask.