Saturday, August 8, 2015
Movie Review – The Big Doll House (1971)
The early 1970s introduced the world to new and improved poorly made American exploitation film full of colorful characters from the seedy underground from around the world. The Big Doll House was the first popular film of the “women in prison” genre. The executive producer was Roger Corman famous for his low budget “B” horror and action films (Death race 2000, Piranha) and directed by Jack Hill who later went on to direct Pam Grier in the iconic Coffy, Foxy Brown and more.
Set somewhere deep in the Philippian jungle, a women’s prison holds an unusual number of American women for a number of crimes ranging from drug use to murder. Our main characters share a single cell totaling six women. When new cellmate Collier enters the cell, we quickly discover that the power structure of the cell is very strained.
Each of the women in the cell are in prison for a wide variety of crimes from drug use to murder. The close quarters may also be working on their sanity as well. It does not take much to push them over the edge into a fight scenario.
The head wardress (chief prison guard), Lucian, is extremely strict. If you are caught, you will find yourself on a late night trip to the “hot house”, a mysterious S&M dungeon inside the prison. Lucian tortures inmates there while a mysterious hooded man watches. This is turns out to be fantasy food for many BDSM scenes and prison films over the years. Other films in this genre take the prison scenario into different directions. All of the films that follow use this trope from PG to X rated.
The head wardress enjoys her job. She only cares about getting the answer to her questions. Who cares if her methods are strangely sadistic and psychosexual? Most of Lucian’s techniques are something that you might see in a play scene from KINK.com. Too bad the scenes are rather short.
After inmate Bodine is left secured spread eagle in a small bamboo cage hanging over the prison yard all day in the hot tropical sun, the inmates begin to devise a plan to escape the prison. Will their plan work?
The lovely Pam Grier is a supporting actress in this film. It would be several more films before she lands the iconic role of Coffy.
Also appearing in the film is Sid Haig, a legendary actor who most people may not know him by name, but you will probably recognize his face. He has been in countless television roles as well as movies since the 1960s and most recently starred in House of 1000 corpses as Captain Spaulding.
2.5 out of 5 stars
Pros: Flogging, mud wrestling, electro-stim, rape – female domination, bondage, water torture, Pam Grier!!!
Cons: Non-consensual BDSM, rape
Full movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKS7FQYDtIA
Saturday, June 27, 2015
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.
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)
Graphic Sexual Horror is a documentary about the infamous website Insex.com. 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 Insex.com 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.
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.