Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fantasex - Lilith Likes to Watch



Title: Fantasex
Year: 1976
Starring: Jeffrey Hurst, Terri Hall, Jennifer Jordan
Director: Roberta Findlay, Cecil Howard
Synopsis: A shy, sex-obsessed young man and a plain young woman both work for a publisher of dirty books. When they get tired of being pushed around at work, they turn to violence against their employer and his secretary to get revenge. - Via IMDB.
Why it is Notable: It was co-directed by a woman director and features Terri Hall.

"My whole body shook as I emptied my cargo." 

Bernard, played by Jeffrey Hurst, is a nebbish editor or slush-reader at a publisher of dirty novels. He secretly crushes on his co-worker Jane, played by Terri Hall. He's pushed around by his boss, and at home he endures and overbearing mother. His only escape are the dark, sexual fantasies in his mind. 
 
I picked this because, hey, I like dirty books. I read dirty books. I write dirty books. This plot could be fun. The protagonist is a reader for a publisher of erotic novels and he imagines himself in the stories. What more could I want?

Oh, I don't know. Likable characters? Interesting sex scenes? Competent ADR?

First of all, the IMDB summery is a lie. They never get revenge on their secretary or boss. That's all tucked safely away in fantasy sequences. Either whoever wrote that summery fundamentally misunderstood the film or something went over my head.

This movie was boring, and as readers would know by now, boring me is a cardinal sin. It was so boring that, even when they implemented a twisted circus fantasy, I didn't care. How badly do you have to fuck up to make a sexy circus boring?

There was a non-con fantasy segment and it felt sleazy and gross. The actress, Jennifer Jordan, was shaking, and shivering and she didn't look like she was enjoying herself at all. Honestly I refuse to believe she's that good of an actor. It wasn't fun.

Terri Hall is always welcomed, but she wasn't used to her full potential here. She was mostly relegated to sloppy blowjobs and unimaginative cowgirling. The one time she shone was during the circus scene, where she's bent backward over a table and sucking one guy off while a woman eats her out.

Even a sweet wedding night fantasy is boring. 

Jeffrey Hurst eats out women like he's being forced to lick a lemon. There's very little gusto or interest. The dirty books, read in voice over while the action takes place on screen, are badly written. They're the kind of stuff you'd expect to read in the Bad Sex in Fiction Award

I wish I liked this, for so many reasons. Not least of all that it was written and directed by a woman. That's something of note, since it was rare back then for women to be behind the camera rather than in front of it. I suppose, if anything, Roberta Findlay did a good job chameleoning her way through the industry. This porn definitely sounds like it was written by men.

Also, look at that poster. It's so beautiful it makes me angry.  

I've seen the Fantasex concept done better, in a little movie called Nightdreams.

Utterly disappointing.

Best Moment: There was some cool 70s graphic wallpaper that I really dug. I want it. Also, Terri Hall.

Worst Moment: The pacing. The Sex. I was bored. 

LILITH'S SCORE: 1/5

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Safe Word - Lilith Likes to Watch



Title: Safe Word
Year: 2020
Starring: Mona Wales, Mickey Mod, Nina Hartley
Director: Erika Lust
Synopsis: Christie is an uptight theatre director who embarks on an unexpected journey into the world of BDSM when a new neighbour, Mickey Mod, moves in to her building and sparks a dormant desire within her. - Via Lust Cinema
Why it is Notable: It's nominated for AVN Best BDSM Movie or Anthology, and several XBIZ awards including Feature Movie of the Year. It won XBIZ Best Screenplay award.


"I want to book you."

I have never agreed with the philosophy that one must love themselves before they can love another person, or expect to be able to be loved. I am a fucking mess. Everybody is in one way or another. In my case, there are things about me that I can never change, and will never love, and the people who love me see beyond those bullshit things anyway. Because they are a part of me, and no amount of self-love will change that.

Lucky for me, I honed a sharp wit and effervescent personality. But, I can be a lot.

Then came Safe Word, a four episode mini-series by Erika Lust, and it's the closest I've come to buying in to the possibility of self-love and whole acceptance.

Christie, played by Mona Wales, is a writer-director for the stage and she's trying to bring her theatrical vision to life. She's sharp and snappish, and nothing seems to be going her way. Her actors are making a mockery of her work and there's a leak in her apartment ceiling. She goes up to the apartment above to yell about the leak to her upstairs neighbour Mickey, played by Mickey Mod, but instead come across a bound woman played by Julia Roca.

Thinking she came across something disturbing Christie begins to dial the police but stops, and hides in a closet. She watches Mickey and the woman and realizes this is consensual, and stays, enamored, as they explore BDSM with him firmly in control.

The first episode sets the plot and feel of the series, with good use of light and shadow. It introduces us to most of the major players of the film. The bulk of the episode's runtime relishes in the scene of Mickey and Julia's fun. The scene takes its time, and lovingly watches Mickey tease and torment Julia. There is a modicum of restraint though, as the scene very rarely cuts back to Christie. When we do see her, she's enraptured and never shown masturbating or anything, like one would think. The entire encounter is well-paced and much more interesting to experience than the typical 30 minute fuck-fest so common in porn nowadays.

Things pick up even more in episode two. Christie has become enthralled with Mickey's activities and she finds one of his videos online, where he dominates another woman. Christie follows along with the video, dripping ice on her nipples where Mickey plays with ice, or chokes herself as Mickey chokes his partner. The energy of the entire scene is high and yet somehow it still manages to build. There's a tense anticipation as Christie picks up a lit candle and, with a shaking hand, contemplates dripping hot wax on her own skin. Will she do it? Will she relent? If she does it, will she like it? Or has she taken herself too far? There's a sense of escalation to the scene, an arc, and it ramps up the intensity. It like an action sequence and it was a more exciting scene than most modern action films. 
 
Episode three is the highlight of the whole series. Christie goes to meet a dominatrix for a session. She lays out what's acceptable, and what her limits are. She doesn't want to be talk to like a child, and she doesn't want to be hit in the face. Some spitting might be alright, though. The Madame, played by Nina Hartley, tells Christie to put her face on the ground and stay there until she returns. I initially thought the entire episode was just going to be that shot, which would be an interesting idea and I've been fine with that. But no, the Madame returns shortly and she and Christie goes through the session, guiding and teaching Christie the ways as they go. It's a phenomenal scene over all but what really sets it apart is one stellar moment. The Madame tells Christie to repeat after her and one would expect the Madame to say something like "I'm a slut." or "I'm a good slave.", but what she does make Christie say is so affirming and makes Christie smile so brightly she practically glows. And it made me think there might be something to this whole self-acceptance thing. I won't spoil it here, but you'll know it when you see it. 
 
After the session, Christie knocks on Mickey's door and tells him she wants to book a session with him.

The final episode is good, but it's not to the level of episodes two and three. Christie goes to a fetish club hosted by Madame, where Mickey is the lead dom. The location they filmed this is an industrial work of art in and of itself. Large and cavernous but architecturally intriguing, with pillars that seem to float horizontally serving as a coiling stairway into this exclusive underworld. Whoever was the location scout deserves respect. The fun begins and Mickey selects Christie to be his slave and subjects her to all manner of caining, flogging, choking, and fucking. It's a good scene but it has the same energy throughout. I was expecting a return of the ice, or the ropes, some call-backs that were set up in earlier episodes, but that never happened. Christie is taken over her sexual edge and is then embraced by the members of the party and accepted into their group with a symbolic ring that looks like a collar.

Safe Word is amazing. It's daring, and respectful, bold and intimate, honest and open. There's no shame, but it's not shameless. It's resonant and profound and wonderful. It's the antithesis to the 'sex contracts' and abusive notions of BDSM that have been so prevalent in the last decade. It is true BDSM, and it is what the collective consciousness should think of when they think BDSM. Everyone should see this.

Best Moment: That moment when the Madame says those words to Christie. My heart fluttered.

Worst Moment: The worst moment is also the best moment. I can't imagine anything else living up to that moment. Everything else is going to shine just a little less bright now.

LILITH'S SCORE: 5/5

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM LILITH

Hello, I hope you're well.

Due to PornHub's current situation, all Lilith Likes to Watch videos have been removed from PornHub. Previously, we embedded videos from PornHub into the Lilith Likes to Watch reviews but now those reviews can be found on the Lilith K. Duat Fetlife account or XHamster.

Select XHamster hosted videos have been embedded at LilithLikestoWatch.com and can be viewed with the Video Reviews tag.

Stay safe. Wear a mask. It's sexy. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Underworld - Lilith Likes to Watch Halloween Trick & Treat III



Title: Underworld
Year: 2013
Starring: Jessica Drake, Xander Corvus, Asa Akira
Director: Brad Armstrong
Synopsis: After a robbery gone wrong, Tanya finds herself in a coma-like state, which has her cross into an eerie Underworld, a dream-like purgatory where lost souls go to find out their fate. Along the way she meets a cast of mystical characters, who help guide her on a journey through the Underworld. - Via Adult Empire.com 
Why it is Notable: It was featured on the documentary X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time and won 15 awards in 2014


"Get on your knees and beg for your life."


Welcome to the next bit of Lilith Likes to Watch Halloween Trick & Treat. Tonight we're featuring a high-concept, low effort offering from Brad Armstrong about life, death and everything in between. I had a sneaking suspicion this might be bad so I was prepared with an adult beverage.

I heard about Underworld on the documentary X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time. I was intrigued by the visuals, and the concept. They made it sound really profound. It was instantly on the list for a Halloween feature. I was looking forward to this movie for nearly a year. I needed these visuals.

But over the years I've seen visual marvels and I know what pornography is capable of looking like and sounding like. This? This just doesn't do it for me.

The movie starts and we just jump right into sex. There's not much to say about it except the sound mixing or editing or whatever is really weird. There's no music, but the vocalizations are too loud. My laptop master volume was low and I was wearing ear phones and I still felt like the sound was passing through my earphones and out into the room.

At first, Jessica Drake is a better actress in this than she is in Lost Love. During the non-sex scenes, she and Steven St. Croix have chemistry. In the parking garage they're held at gun point. Tanya, played by Jessica Drake, fights back and manages to tear the mask off one of the muggers. She is shot and her boyfriend Brian gets her to the hospital.

In the hospital, Doctor Collins, played by director Brad Armstrong, sneaks into a closet with nurse Julie, played by Presley Hart, and they fuck. The scene itself is fine. The problem, for me, was that it could be in any porno ever. And I'm not a fan of Brad Armstrong's oral technique. The scene just reeked of "I'm the director and I want to fuck this girl". It kills the tension the movie had built up so far. It could and should have been left on the cutting room floor. Nothing of value would have been lost except for another scene to masturbate to.

Tanya is wheeled into an operating room and the doctors begin to work on her. They say words like "innubate". That's not a thing. You mean "intubate".

Tanya wakes in a black void where she's greeted by the tall, dangerous behatted figure Slice, played by Xander Corvus, who seems to be having a ball. Slice takes her through the darkness to a figure named Mecca, played by Julia Ann. Mecca tells her to fight to live and to move forward. Tanya walks off and Mecca gives Slice a blowjob.

This movie still had some good will with me. I liked that the rig around the hospital bed was all twisted up around Mecca in the underworld. It's the bare minimum of parallel symbolism but as I've recently adopted the personal mantra of "You work with what you have to get what you want", well, I admire the effort. Good for them.

The problem is that the movie's lighting and editing is flat and uninspired. It's always top-down white light with no strong shadows or atmosphere. This film would have benefited enormously from colour filters or lens gels. This movie wants to look like a goth horror show but I've seen it done better in nightclubs. Still, the costumes and make up is pretty impressive but the harsh lighting does it no favours.

Tanya moves on and she meets Scarlet, played by Asa Akira. She represents the blood flowing through Tanya's veins. Here, the set design is a little more creative, with red strings threading across the backdrop and crimson waterfall splashing into a pool. Asa Akira looks good. I like her hair, outfit and makeup. They’re fucked by two Blood Studs and I was reminded of the devil male dancers in Elvira's Las Vegas show from Elvira Mistress of the Dark.

Scarlet gives Tanya a cloak and tells her it will protect her. Around this time I'm wondering what sort of dangers she's supposed to be looking out for. Mecca told her to be wary of others, how they're not all helpful. Except Tanya never encounters anyone who wants to harm her until the end. Sure, some of these creepy customers aren't the nicest, and can be rough or sadistically playful but they're all here to help her fight for her life. She never encounters a soothing white light beckoning her to follow, or doubt, or devils or anything. There's nothing to protect her from.

Then she walks across a desert with the anthropomorphic representation of her bones, played by Tommy Gunn, Cameron Lee and Adrianna Luna. She wanders away and her bones pulls out a boner and bone down in Bonetown.

In the real world, they pack Tanya with gauze and in the Underworld, Tanya awakens on a platform in the middle of endless water while above her, the physical representation of gauze, played by Capri Cavanni, does an aerial ballet on white silks. It's a good idea. It communicates the meaning very well. But it goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on and it's shot in a very boring way. Despite being nicely designed, Gauze Girl's costume is very cheap looking. For some reason the acting feels incredibly stilted during this scene. More so than usual. Tanya and Gauze fuck each other and use toys on one another.

Tanya then finds herself stitched to a wall and a sleek, sexy ragdoll named Stitch fucks her with her boy-toy Suture. Asphyxia Noir is clearly having fun in the role of Stitch and this is obviously her fetish bread and butter. The makeup stays on through a very thorough fuck and I am impressed. Suture makes funny orgasm noises and I giggle.

Finally, Tanya encounters Death, played by Derrick Pierce and it's of course what the entire movie's been building up to. Tanya has to fight Death to live. So, she should really fuck the shit out of Death, right? Be the best lay Death has ever had? Make him beg for her to let him rest? Nope. Death does most the work. Death fucks her, she doesn't fuck him. And Death doesn't really use her so much as ...yep...this is a sex scene in a porn movie. Come on, man.

As the doctors work to save Tanya's life, the defibrillation paddles come out. The doctor says clear and a nurse has her hands on the operating table. So that's fun. You can at least try, guys.

Here's the thing. I love a look. If you have an aesthetic, you have me. I will forgive almost anything if you have style. Underworld has the bare minimum of style but it's just not acceptable. Between this and Lost Love, I can say that Brad Armstrong is not an artist, he is a pornographer. Which is fine, it's what we're all here for after all. But I've seen better style in your average Hot Topic.

I don't know if Armstrong was one of those kids who always wanted to be goth but never broke out of the mainstream, or if Jessica Drake just has all these ideas for dark, epic porn tales and Armstrong just points the camera at her to keep her happy. If that's the case, good for both of them. They found success, but it’s mundane success. Whatever the story and wherever that camera is pointing, your flat lighting is doing your wife no favours. Even when Rob Zombie showcases Sherri Moon's ass, he at least selects the most flattering and exciting lighting with which to do it.

The saddest part? I never opened my adult beverage. This movie didn't deserve it.

I watched this sober.


Best Moment: The scene where Mecca gives Slice a blowjob.

Worst Moment: The doctors fucking in the closet. It was needless.

LILITH'S SCORE: 2.5 Out of 5. - It's A Halloween Trick.

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Nightdreams - Lilith Likes to Watch Halloween Trick & Treat III




Title: Nightdreams
Year: 1986
Starring: Dorothy LeMay, Andy Nichols, Jennifer West
Director: Francis Delia
Synopsis: In an experiment, a pair of scientists use electric jolts to induce a sleeping woman to have erotic dreams. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: Inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in 1992.


"I can feel your eyes like fingers touching me in certain places."

Fucking hell, this movie is intense. I was hoping for something on the level of Through the Looking Glass or The Devil Inside Her. I got exactly what I asked for and more. Truly, I have been blessed.

Mrs. Van Houten, played by Doroth LeMay, is the subject of a sexy sleep experiment. Two scientists, Jennifer West and Andy Nichols, use eletroshocks to give her erotic dreams.

This movie starts out strong.

The first dream, Van Houten lays in a dark room, with images of creepy clowns and cupie dolls flashing on screen. Slowly the camera advances on a giant jack in the box. When it bursts open, the clown within brandishes his bare dick and leers at the camera. We get a good look at the makeup, which is fairly impressive. The clown's lower face is exaggerated, with an elongated nose, prominent chin and a split smile that allows for his tongue to be of use. The soundtrack is an unsettling cacophony of laughter and dog barging as the clown eats Mrs. Van Houten out.

Roughly halfway through the scene I began hoping that the clown would use his nose on her, otherwise what is the point?

He does.

Whoever decided to have that happen, be it the director, the writers or the actors, thank you. It made my night.

Next, Mrs. Van Houten comes across a campfire in the desert where a pair of cute but vacuous cowgirls are making out and speak in tandem. The three of them fuck to a cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire, performed by the band Wall of Voodoo. It's a fine scene. The face on the blonde cowgirl, played by Danielle, is pixie-ish and sweet, while the brunette, played by Jacqueline Lorians, has an amazing tongue that she seems to know how to use. Some shots are obviously simulated sex, or involve the bare minimum amount of contact but the three ladies are still sexy, together or apart. One factor that makes this scene memorable is that it's practically fully lit by the campfire. Everything is bathed in both shadows and a warm glow. It gives an impression of intimacy and coziness.

As the experiment goes on, the doctors become more and more enthralled by the experiment, and more turned on.

Mrs. Van Houten is once more transported to another dream, where she's fucking a hookah pipe, then is spit-roasted by two men in vaguely Middle Eastern attire. It's relatively tame, all things considered, and is fairly docile, given the set up.

The movie goes on like this, shuffling through scenes of erotic encounters like a deck of cards and Mrs. Van Houten expects nothing but pleasure. Not everything is sweet dreams and when she encounters a true nightmare, it's incredibly disturbing. It's so unexpected and visceral that it is bone chilling. This scene was so inventive and unique and yet it was also familiar, the sort of nightmare anyone could have. Thoroughly disturbing, I still get shivers thinking about it.

The dream sequences range from unsettling, to mundane, to comically bizarre. I don't want to spoil every dream and nightmare that Mrs. Van Houten goes through but it culminates into a dream where she falls into Hell and is deliciously fucked by the Devil, played by Ken Starbuck, and subject to his torturous toys and horny minions, played by Loni Sanders and Michelle Bauer. It was delightful and Ken Starbuck is clearly enjoying himself.

During an otherwise unremarkable dream sequence there's this lovely shot of a naked and weakened Mrs. Van Houten crawling across the floor in order to retrieve her high heels. The shot is well composed, with a good use of perspective and shadow. Of all the creative characters and setups, the fact this caught my eye deserves mention.

After suffering for her sins, Mrs. Van Houten's dream-self ascends to Heaven where she fucks a handsome angel played by Kevin Jay. The scene is extremely gentle and sweet. At one point the angel picks her up and dances around with her weightless in his arms as they kiss, her gown swirling ethereally in the breeze and it's so tender I melted a little. He's much better in this than he was as Johnny Rico in Café Flesh. Maybe his jaw had time to rest…

Soon, maybe too soon, the experiment ends. But for how long? And who got more out of it, the patient, or the doctors?

Nightdreams was conceived by the creators of Café Flesh and it's evident. Not only are several actors cast in both films but the creativity in each scenario could have easily been featured set pieces on the stage of Café Flesh. Having watched Nightdreams, I now want to revisit Café Flesh. Maybe I didn't give it a fair shake the first time.

The director is known for several music videos, from The Ramons to Weird Al Yankovic and, looking through his work, his style is all over this movie. All his work shares the same off-kilter energy.

The sets, when there are sets, have a reasonable degree of effort put into them, and the sound design keeps reminding the viewer that something is not quite right about all this.

Nightdreams is a little bit Sex World, a dash of Through the Looking Glass, echoes of The Devil Inside Her, and a whole lot of art and imagination. It is on par with the aforementioned and the creativity and make-up makes it remarkably memorable. I am very glad I watched this. If you want some creepy with your adult viewing I highly recommend Nightdreams. I can almost guarantee that it will show you something you've never seen before.

Best Moment:There are so many to choose from. I'm going to go with the clown nose fuck because I asked and the movie delivered. I felt seen.

Worst Moment:Nothing's really bad. The horror elements worked well. I suppose all I can say is that the ending was a little confusing.

LILITH'S SCORE: 4/5

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Memories Within Miss Aggie - Lilith Likes to Watch Halloween Trick & Treat III

Welcome to the third annual Lilith Likes to Watch Halloween Trick & Treat! I'm very excited this year because not only do we have this new video format, but this time I can promise you that I have the biggest Treat for us all. But you have to wait until the end! 
 Unlike last year, we do have some quality films and I'm very glad to be able to share them with you. 2020 has been rough for us all, so let's all just sit back, relax and watch some creepy porn, shall we?



Title: Memories Within Miss Aggie
Year: 1974
Starring: Deborah Ashira, Patrick L. Farrelly, Kim Pope, Mary Stuart, Darby Lloyd Rains, Harry Reems, Eric Edwards, Ralph Herman
Director: Gerard Damiano
Synopsis: Troubled middle-aged spinster Aggie lives in isolation with her crippled wheelchair-bound companion Richard. While attempting to remember the exact circumstances pertaining to how she and Richard first met, Aggie slowly, but surely starts to piece together a true portrait of who and what she really is. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It's a psychological horror directed by the director of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones.


"Something's coming over me. Has been."

What makes a movie scary? What makes a scary movie effective? Horror, like porn, is incredibly subjective. I despise jump-scares but I'm apparently in the minority. I lean toward psychological horror, myself. So, where does Miss Aggie fall?

First off, it's best to go into this movie blind, so the scenes that play out are far more compelling. Don't watch the trailer, don't look at IMDB. Just watch it if you're so inclined.

If not, SPOILERS from here on out. It's ok to stop now if you want to stop.

Aggie is a woman past her prime and she stares longingly out the window at the snowy forest beyond. She opines about her past and how exactly she ended up to be in this place. She waxes nostalgic to her companion Richard and remembers them together in their youth; how they met, how she brought him home. Young Aggie makes Young Richard wear a soldier uniform that belonged to her Grandfather. This has some interesting implications. Does Aggie have a military fetish, or a longing for a strong, older male figure in her life? I have so many questions but they never explore further. They fuck, it's Aggie's first time, and it's shot with a very erotic eye; tender and gentle.

In the present, Richard tells her it didn't happen like that, and Aggie remembers again. She is lonely, with dark hair and a sharp face. Lost between childhood and womanhood, she acts young for her age. She takes her baby doll and pleasures herself with it. Is this symbolism for something? Is she so lonely she wants a child? Fuck childhood? Fuck innocence? Or was it just the most convenient object with which to pleasure herself? The world may never know.

Richard admonishes her once more and Aggie replays a third memory where she is a whore and Richard had come to watch her play with herself. I think maybe this is the weakest scene of the three. There's something tawdry and cheap about it. It's still good for what it is, it just has a tough act to follow.

Finally the truth is revealed and the scene resets to play over and over in Aggie's mind. Aggie and Richard are fated to have this conversation until they're both dead. I admit I had a feeling where this movie was going. I wasn't completely accurate but I was close.

I'm pretty sure that there's no real deeper meaning to this movie but there could be. I like that the movie is making me analyze it and ask questions. That in itself is alluring.

At times this movie could be considered not porn. Oh, it's full-on pornography, of course, but the mystery is so absorbing and the director invites us to look for clues where perhaps there are none that the sex takes a back seat to the plot.

Memories Within Miss Aggie is probably what Hitchcock would have made if he had delved into porn. It's a captivating mystery with a great cast and good performances. Everyone always talks about Damiano's two other films, Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, but I suggest for this season, you brew a cup of tea and watch Memories Within Miss Aggie. It's a Halloween Treat.

Best Moment: The scene where she uses a baby doll to masturbate.

Worst Moment: It could have gone deeper. It feels like it has things to say but never wades into the mire of it all.

LILITH'S SCORE: 3/5 - It's a Halloween Treat!

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Flesh Gordon - Lilith Likes to Watch




Title: Flesh Gordon
Year: 1974
Starring: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Dennis Hunt
Director: Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm
Synopsis: Emperor Wang is ruler of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It features the work of several renowned visual effects artists early in their careers. The film was actually nominated for an Oscar for visual effects, but the category was cancelled that year due to a lack of eligible films.


"I just want to look at your tits."

"It's better than it has any right to be". I absolutely despise that phrase. It's bullshit. Anything can be good with enough love. We all thought The Lego Movie was going to be hot garbage but it turned out fantastic. We all scoffed at a Guardians of the Galaxy movie but then we felt emotions for a tree and a talking racoon. It all depends on the time, the effort, the imagination and the artistry the creators put into a project. People love what they love. Granted, for every Lego Movie, we get three Angry Birds movies. For every Guardians of the Galaxy, we get a CATS.

Evil Emperor Wang from the planet Porno has aimed his sex laser at Earth. Upon firing it, every human in its path becomes a slave to their unbridled horniness. Flesh Gordon recruits perpetual victim Dale Ardor and scientist Dr. Flexi Jerkoff to help him defeat Wang.

I'm pretty sure I've seen Flesh Gordon before. I remember bits of this film. I also remember someone from high school telling me about this movie. Specifically, she giggled about "power pasties". So I think I tried to find it. Maybe. It’s fuzzy. I have to confess I know almost nothing about Flash Gordon, which this film parodies. I’m not a big fan of early pulp sci-fi and Flash Gordon went under my radar. So, probably most of the jokes and references went over my head.

This movie is quick and snappy. It moves from one plot point to the next at a fast clip and still with a fairly clear coherency. It's certainly a turn your brain off and enjoy type movie, but it does hold true to its own internal logic.

The costumes are quaint in their corniness, and suit the film well. Wang is thoroughly disgusting. He looks like he's wearing a dried out skin mask of another human's face, Flash's super hero get-up has 70's panache all over it and Dale Ardor has costume after costume torn off her body.

The acting is appropriately cheesy for the era, and for what it's parodying. Though I am not familiar with the source material, the movie repeatedly reminded me of the Den segment from the animated film Heavy Metal. Especially the entire scene between Flesh and Queen Amora. I was convinced she was the voice actor for the Queen in that segment. I had to look it up. She wasn't.

Speaking of airs of familiarity, this is no ordinary parody porno. Flesh Gordon boasts the talents of FX artists alumni. It shows. The models and matte paintings are impressive and the stop motion is exceptional for its time. You've seen their art before. These people have worked on some of the biggest films, from They Live to Jurassic Park, Star Wars: A New Hope, Willow, Videodrome and Beetlejuice just to name a few. It amuses me to think of Tim Burton saying "I want the best effects I can get for my sandworms. Find me the penisaurus guy from Flesh Gordon!"

There's one particular battle between Flesh and a mechanical monster that stuck out in my mind. Not only was it completely my aesthetic but he was animated so smoothly. Each monster was memorable and had a personality all its own, from the horny penisaurus to the "nice guy" goliath who completely stole the show.

Unfortunately, the studio was raided and all the actual sex scenes were ordered to be destroyed. Thus we're left with an extremely softcore adventure with a suggested threesome and a lot of people grinding and wiggling against one another. Even so, I'm pretty sure there are one or two acts of legitimate sex taking place at Wang's feet. Despite the censorship, somehow Flesh Gordon manages to retain the feel of Caligula rather than The Italian Stallion.

It is a product of its time however, and it parodies tropes of a bygone era. The character of Dale Ardor is nothing more than a damsel in distress, constantly needing to be saved. One plot point involves Queen Amora's "power pasties" and the joke is that Dr. Jerkoff wears them because ha-ha funny a man wearing pasties on his nipples. I get it. But I sort of wish only a woman could use them, and that Dale was the one who wore them and wielded their nipple-y magic. Oh well. Maybe in the inevitable remake.

It's a fun, late-night, soft-core boobie movie that's harmless and silly. I adore the effects and I'm glad masters of the craft got to really let loose and show what they could do, even if this film was only a flighty little porno. Just because it's porn, and just because it's parody, doesn't mean it can't also be art.

Best Moment:Any monster fight. My personal favourite was the metal monster but the final monster was amazing, too.


Worst Moment:Just tiny nit-picks. How it had to have all the porn scenes cut out. Most of the jokes didn’t land for me.

LILITH'S SCORE: 3.5/5

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Mona the Virgin Nymph - Lilith Likes to Watch



Title: Mona The Virgin Nymph
Year: 1970
Starring: Fifi Watson, Orrin North, Judy Angel, Gerard Broulard, Susan Stewart
Director: Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm
Synopsis: Mona is engaged but wants to remain untouched until she is married. However, since her childhood she has had a fascination for blow jobs, which her fiancée has benefited from. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It’s considered one of the earliest mainstream pornos that had a plot and helped kick off the Golden Age of Porn.


"I have a taste for these things and you taste pretty good."

There’s something so simple about vintage porn. All the women are real, all the men are real. No one is jack-hammering fingers into orifices or screaming pleasure at the top of their lungs. Come isn’t shooting everywhere and no one has their heels behind their head. No one is choking or strangling their partners and there is barely any spitting. No body is injected with plastic and silicon and botulism. Cocks aren’t monstrous and tits aren’t beachballs. Ah, to be innocent once again.


Mona and Jim are a young couple just days away from their wedding vows. They’re enjoying a nice sunbathed picnic when Jim tries to get sex out of Mona. The problem is, she wants to remain a virgin on her wedding day, so she thinks of other ways to pleasure Jim.


The dialog led me to suspect this film didn’t have a script, just a set of notes. The dialog felt very improvised, and the performers were stumbling over their words or stepping over one another’s voices.


As the movie goes along we learn that while Mona is indeed a virgin, she is a complete cock-slut who will blow men whenever she feels like it. She sucks a guy in a random building, then she meets a woman who invites her in for a massage that ends with the ladies licking and fingering each other. Later, Mona tries to get the man's attention at a movie theater by fingering herself. It works and she goes down on him in a theatre and Alanis Morisette would be proud.


Meanwhile, Mona’s mother mourns her dead husband and masturbates. It’s an interesting scene because it’s probably one of the most gentle masturbations I’ve ever seen. Judy Angel knows how to pleasure herself. She’s slow and steady, with a set pace. She expertly fits her fingers in and out of her body with a fluid rhythm. And then she brings out a sex toy that looks like a cross between an electric toothbrush and an immersion blender. It was weird and I’m not actually sure it was turned on. It didn’t look like it was moving and the sound was all added in post production.


She’s interrupted by a knock on the door and who has come to visit but Jim! Mona’s mother seduces Jim and the two of them fuck. Mona’s mother climaxes to the sounds of wailing, heartbeats and collapsing buildings.


Jim catches Mona at the theatre with the man and learns about Mona’s infidelity. Enraged by her cheating, he ties her to a bed, and invites over the three others Mona has enjoyed. The five of them engage in an orgy while Mona begs for her virginity to remain in tact. It’s a pretty good orgy, easy to follow and very casual.


When it’s over, Mona runs into her mother’s arms in tears. The wedding’s off, and Mona’s mother also has something to confess…

Mona’s left feeling like trash, and Jim’s screwing around is never confronted. Only Mona is punished for her indiscretions. That’s some chauvinistic bullshit. 


This movie has all the ambient appeal of a train crash. This film had two directors and I wonder if that contributed to the musical disconnect. Perhaps one wanted to score the film with classical music while the other desired Trent Reznor in a kazoo factory. When it’s not using copyright free classical music, the score is weird and obnoxious, It’s discordant noise filled with bleeps and bloops.

The ADR in this movie is bad as well. Dialog will occur when no one’s mouth is moving, or when their mouth is full of sex organs. The moans don’t match the images on screen. I’m not sure if it’s due to limitations of equipment at the time or if they just didn’t care, but it was very noticeable.

Speaking of things that are unclear if they’re intentional or not, there’s a moment near the end where the image gets all fluttery. I’m not sure if that’s artistic, or just because the film is old and low quality.


There is one moment of creative camera work, where Mona is blowing the guy in the building. The camera watches through a piece of building equipment. It’s a nicely composed shot.


I know it sounds like I’m being harsh on this film, but we cannot ignore the historical significance of Mona The Virgin Nymph. It paved the way to where we all are now. It had an ambitious, fearless plot and great erotic scenes. The acting was sub-par and the sound was terrible but look at what it has accomplished. This movie is directly responsible for cult classics like Flesh Gordon, and the erotic musical version of Alice in Wonderland. If you fancy yourself a porn historian, track this one down.



Best Moment: The mother masturbation scene. It was just so gosh darn honest.

Worst Moment: The soundtrack. It was terrible.

LILITH'S SCORE: 3/5

Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Teenage Lesbian: One Year Later & Oral Experiment - Lilith Likes to Watch

I’m going to tell you one of my truths. Global pandemic is up high on my HARD NO list. Possible annihilation by some invisible virus is one of those things that I had hoped I’d never see in my lifetime. Yet, here we are.

I fucking broke. I was incapable of doing anything other than the bare minimum of eating, bathing, and pet care. I haven’t been outside my neighborhood in almost six months. Meanwhile I plaster a smile on my face when around those who care about me and make jokes about sexy masks because that’s how I’ve always operated.

Previous fetishes I held suddenly were turn offs. The thought of writing something, review, erotica or otherwise, was terribly daunting, and, ultimately pointless. Covid had destroyed the future plans I had for my personal life, my publishing plans, and the run of Lilith Likes to Watch. I was jealous and angry at people who could go out because they had better immune systems than mine. There was no end in sight and things just kept getting worse and worse. Why fucking bother?

And then it was like a switch was flipped inside me. I guess I went through the stages of grief and came around to acceptance. I started writing again. Short bursts, but it was something.

You work with what you have to get what you want. I always wanted Lilith Likes to Watch to be a video series but I had neither the resources, or equipment to do it. So, the Broken Wings Media gang said “Fuck it, we’ll do it anyway.”

Hence, this new video review format.

What do you think? Sexy, right? Be gentle, it’s my first time.

To get back into the erotic review groove, we here at Lilith Likes to Watch picked two videos we knew would be easy to enjoy...

 

Title: Teenage Lesbian - One Year Later
Year: 2020
Starring: Kristen Scott, Bree Mills, Kenna James, Aidra Fox, Alina Lopez, Whitney Wright, Kendra Spade
Director: Bree Mills
Synopsis:  Adult Time is proud to present a special reunion episode featuring the cast of Teenage Lesbian, talking and interacting through Zoom. Enjoy shared anecdotes and behind the scenes details on the episode’s origin, experience during production and reaction afterwards. - Via Youtube
Why it is Notable: Teenage Lesbian: One Year Later was one of the first live streamed orgies to take place during the quarantine of 2020.

"I never thought that I’d ever have the opportunity to play a character like Sam in porn."

The first was Teenage Lesbian: One Year Later, a Zoom call between the stars of Teenage Lesbian and director Bree Mills. The ladies discuss the critical darling hit of 2019 through the advantage of hindsight. It begins with Bree Mills introducing the viewer into the idea of a video conference, something we were all still a bit unsteady with back in the start of 2020. One by one the ladies join in the call. Some look a bit casual while others are camera ready. Kristen Scott’s hair is a fun magenta colour that compliments her personality. Whitney Wright eyes are haloed in pink, and Aidra Fox looks like a sleek ice queen with a warm smile. The more casual Kenna James looks like the girl next door and Kendra Spade and Alina Lopez look like the could be down for video games, or for a night of boundless sex. Either or.

They all seem to have had fun while filming the movie, and appear to genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Kristen praises the opportunity and the other ladies echo they knew Kristen was perfect for the lead role.

Bree asks each woman a question in turn and they all bounce insights off one another. It’s nice and candid and feels honest.

Once the question portion of the retrospective is complete, Bree logs off and the 6 remaining ladies engage in a split-screen Zoom orgy.

There’s a slight awkwardness to it because this was before television like American Idol and daytime talk shows and even the Daytime Emmy Awards moved to Zoom. No one knew how it worked yet. It was early in the pandemic and no one knew how long it would last. Like most things in life, pornography is the innovator.

Whitney Wright, who did not get naked in Teenage Lesbian shows off how flexible she can be with her heels up over her head. Alina Lopez has a beautiful bra and panty set that I love. Aidra Fox is all moans and giggles, as she begs to the other girls to let her touch them through the computer screen. Kristen Scott can’t hold back her signature full-body tremble and the other ladies poke gentle fun at it, resulting in breathless snickers from all 6 screens. Toys are brought out almost in unison, and to close it out, the women encourage Kristen to come for a final time. The whole scene runs roughly ten minutes but it could have gone longer and I wouldn’t have complained. It felt intimate, like being witness to a very exclusive webcam show.

Bree returns, everyone says their goodbyes and the retrospective ends. Sweet, clever and sexy, Bree Mills and her mind continue to give generously, even in the worst of times.

Best Moment: The entire experience of watching felt very honest and intimate.

Worst Moment: Kenna James’ camera seemed a little out of focus. I wish it had gone on longer and that Kenna and Whitney were given more questions. 

LILITH'S SCORE: 4/5

It felt good to be watching again, I didn’t want to stop. So I went in for a second round with Kristen and Kenna engaging in a little Oral Experimentation.


Title: Oral Experiment
Year: 2020
Starring: Kristen Scott, Kenna James
Director: Bree Mills
Synopsis:  Inspired by the need for more authentic sex education and Adult Time’s vision to produce original adult content, The Oral Experiment is a new docu-series that features candid interviews with women about oral sex. - Via Youtube
Why it is Notable: Kristen Scott and Kenna James engage in oral sex for 40 minutes.

“That is just my favourite.”

Once more we bask in the presence of Kenna and Kristen. I love these two. They portray themselves as incredibly genuine and down to earth. Kristen and Kenna seem to have an hones
t friendship, and their chemistry is astounding. One will say something and amiable laughter will chirp from the other. It doesn’t feel staged or rehearsed or scripted. Kristen gazes upon Kenna with such admiration, and Kenna is all husky teasing.
Each lady is given an orange upon which she demonstrates her oral technique, and what she enjoys most. They kiss, the screen fades to white. The experiment begins.

Kristen approaches the bed on which Kenna lays naked. She kisses up Kenna’s thighs, her nails softly raking along pale legs. Kristen looks between Kenna and the camera, acknowledging the presence of the viewer, and inviting them to enjoy the show.

The screen occasionally divides itself into three different shots, each one focused on a different part of the woman being pleasured. As Kristen continues to service, Kenna’s face works through a parade of expressions. Her eyes cross and roll back, she bites and sucks her fingers. She laughs breathlessly, she sighs, and hangs on the edge of weeping.

The lovers switch places and Kenna eats out Kristen with a playful tongue and smiling eyes. She rarely, if ever, looks to the camera, all her attention is on her partner’s needs. Kenna said she was a giver and she sets out to prove it.

During one of Kristen’s orgasm’s she puts her hand over Kenna’s, a sweet little gesture that speaks to their closeness. It happens again as Kristen is coming down from her ecstasy.

Endorphins flying everywhere, the pair kiss passionately and revel in how incredible it all was and I was near certain someone was going to confess love for the other.

The whole film was fun, and joyful and felt authentic. These two are amazing together and know exactly how to push each other’s buttons. In a good way.

Best Moment: The moment they touched hands.

Worst Moment: The run time. It should have been longer. 

LILITH'S SCORE: 4/5

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Girlcore: Rock You Like a Hurricane - Lilith Likes to Watch



Title: Girlcore: Rock You Like a Hurricane
Year: 2019
Starring: Charlotte Stokely, Karla Kush, Katrina Jade, Lena Paul
Director: Craven Moorehead
Synopsis: Two rival rock bands, Twisted Fister, led by Micki Jett and MegaLez, led by Rhonda Rotten arrive at an empty venue for a battle of the bands. The bands have a long history of competing with each other. The girls from Twisted Fister and the ladies from MegaLez can't wait to face off and finally settle who's the most bitchin' band once and for all! - Via Girlsway.com
Why it is Notable: I wanted to see what Girlcore had to offer.

"Psyche! Bitch, you are going down, let's do this."

There's no better form of advertisement than a good product. My enjoyment of Teenage Lesbian made me seek out more from GirlSway.com, and explore their offerings. So, that's what we're going to do for the next month. We're just going to watch season two of Girlcore.

Episode 1: Rock You Like a Hurricane.

The all girl rock bands Twisted Fister and MegaLez are both present to rock the Battle of the Bands, but a hurricane has cancelled the concert and the two bands are stuck in the venue. After they have their own private Battle of the Bands to see who's best, they end in a tie. So, there's only one way to settle this once and for all...

The stakes have never been higher.

Alright, so, this is a very porny porn. The dialog is not great and the set-up is very simple. It's very noisy, and frantic, and bodies switch around in seconds. Girls lose track of their fuck-buddies and don't realize who's fucking them. None of this is wrong. It's all fine.

However, occasionally performers will be making a lot of pleasure-noises, but the action will be off-screen while the camera focuses on the other two ladies who are getting into position.. At least everyone was doing something, no one was left idling by but whatever was happening off-camera sounded interesting and piqued my curiosity. The camera man and editor's attention was unfocused.

While the acting and dialog was basic, the performers were able to convince me that the sex was amazing sex. Either Katrina Jade fucks and eats pussy like a god, or Lena Paul is super sensitive.

For a season opener, it's good. It delivers what it promised and ends on an amusing little joke. If you want to watch pretty girls in 80's hair metal accouterments fuck, you can't ask for anything more.

Best Moment: The chemistry between all the girls is really noticeable. They all seem to be enjoying themselves.

Worst Moment: They had Kira Noir and they didn't use her! What the fuck?

LILITH'S SCORE: 3/5

NEXT TIME: We continue with Girlcore Season 2 with Working for the Weekend.