Thursday, July 2, 2015

Scott McHaley - Starship Eros (1980)


For the second installment of my walk down mammary lane, I would like to review as best I can a film I haven't seen in 27 and a half years. Ouch ! Playing on a double bill with Ron Sullivan's magnificent BUDDING OF BRIE at the now long gone if fondly remembered Paris theater in the coastal town of Ostend, Belgium, one sunny Spring day in 1982, was this STARSHIP EROS, an unholy hybrid of low brow science fiction and skin flick which has since faded into obscurity. Even in the age of DVD, with just about anything weird and wonderful eventually resurfacing to face the light of day, this one has yet to materialize. My virtual buddy, the estimable Casey Scott (valiantly slaving away on what should be the definitive account of American porn history), has informed me that battered old 16mm copies have changed hands for a small fortune on eBay. Perhaps the absence of star power, rendering the commercial prospects of restoration and distribution extremely dodgy, is the reason why this particular title remains under lock and key, if surviving at all that is.

Vicente Aranda - Celos AKA Jealousy (1999)


A month before he's to marry Carmen, Antonio finds a photograph of a man with his arm on her shoulder. The photograph triggers jealousy: he questions Carmen, Carman's friend Cinta, and his friend Luis who introduced him to Carmen. Cinta tells Antonio the man's first name. Carmen tells him that the man meant nothing to her, and that the photograph was taken before she met Antonio. She loves Antonio and sets out to wipe the photograph from his mind through exuberant sex, but her ploy backfires and Antonio remains fixated. Slowly he finds out about the man, and about Carmen's past. Will jealousy consume this couple or can they find a way to kill the green-eyed monster?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cleo Uebelmann - Mano destra (1986)


Drama. Dressed in dominatrix leather fetish wear, the director pictures herself tying up her consenting girlfriend in frozen black and white images cut to the sound of high-heels clattering down a never-ending corridor.

"The German Swiss artist Cleo Uebelmann created a myth called “Mano Destra“ when she was only 22 years of age. This tough, black and white movie was first screened 1985 at the first SM Conference for Women „Secret Minds“ in Cologne and initiated a debate about SM. The movie displays a bondage session of dominatrix and her playmate, which demands absolute attention and awareness for both of them. The music, played by the female new wave band Vinyl is as cultic as the movie is a historical document of the SM movement." (PorYes)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ulrich Seidl - Im Keller AKA In the Basement (2014)


In the Basement (Im Keller) is a 2014 Austrian documentary film directed by Ulrich Seidl about people and their obsessions, and what they do in their basements in their free time. It was part of the Out of Competition section at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

Corpulent sex slaves, tuba-playing Nazi obsessives, reborn doll fantasists — just a regular stroll through the neighborhood, then, for patented guru of the grotesque Ulrich Seidl, who makes an intriguing return to documentary filmmaking with “In the Basement.” Grabby and grubby in equal measure, this meticulously composed trawl through the contents of several middle-class Austrians’ cellars (a space, according to Seidl, that his countrymen traditionally give over to their most personal hobbies) yields more than a few startling discoveries.

Jean-Claude van Itallie - American Cream (1972)


Although not referenced on, American Cream (1972) was directed by Belgian-born American playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie (writer of the satirical 1966 counterculture play America Hurrah).

The film features three vignettes: The Office, Country Lads, and Roles.

This unusual vintage gay porn feature film is a three-vignette fuck flick that doubles as a social commentary on America and desire. Opening with The Office, a sunglassed executive (Robert Rikas) pulls out his file of head shots of macho men and whacks his knobby dick to fantasies of military men.

Lee Frost - The Defilers (1965)


When it came to 1960s schlocky drive-in exploitation fare, there was no more prolific purveyor than producer David F. Friedman. This new Something Weird disc marries two of his seminal 'roughies' on DVD, together with some very amusing extras. The roughie was intended as the next step beyond the "nudie cutie", which was shot in color and might, if you were lucky, show some female breast. The activity was decidedly nonsexual most of the time. The roughie not only went to a grittier black and white presentation, but because of relaxing standards, was able to present more frank nudity and sexual contact than was possible in the nudie cutie, as well as presenting a more violent and exploitative read on sexuality. Done on an ultra-cheap basis, the results are often highly unpleasant to today's viewer. Yet they do have some appeal as historical artifacts and examples of exploitation at its nastiest.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Claudio Bernabei & Joe D'Amato - Sesso acerbo (1981)


Sasha Kramer (Roland Carey) and Helen Kramer (Pauline Teutscher) are a middle-aged couple who cannot have children but they still enjoy having sex with each other. When Sasha goes off to work Helen feels bored and lonely in their empty nest (house). Sasha suggests to Helen that she should take up a job to fill her lonely hours. In fact Sasha arranges for Helen to become a nanny (maid) to Madam Caracas teenage son named Alain (Giancarlo Zarillo). It being the summer school break Alain is all alone in his house when his mother Madam Caracas leaves for work. As Alains nanny Helen prepares his meals does his laundry and even tutors him in his school studies. Soon Alain becomes infatuated with Helen who in turn is fascinated with Alains youthfulness and virility. Helen and Alain become passionate lovers resulting in Helen becoming pregnant. Meanwhile on the other side of town Sasha is romancing Alains mother. It appears that all this is a set-up and Sasha has a hand in planning Helens pregnancy.
- Written by lament

Roberta Findlay - Mystique (1980)


imdb .com wrote:
Flawed but fascinating, MYSTIQUE offers a rare opportunity to witness the relentlessly morose universe of the late Roger Watkins of LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET infamy filtered through the sensibilities of another filmmaker. In this case Roberta Findlay, resorting to her male alter ego of "Robert W. Norman", thereby perhaps accidentally initiating an unofficial trilogy of the downbeat with A WOMAN'S TORMENT and THE TIFFANY MINX. While Watkins, fresh from wowing fans and critics alike with his dirty movie debut HER NAME WAS LISA, obviously remains the premium interpreter of his self-confessed inner turmoil, Findlay certainly gives it the old college try, gamely taking on board all of the author's lofty idiosyncrasies. For the film at hand, these include an opening quote from French existential poet Paul Valéry (equating a drop of wine spilled in the ocean, from his poem "Le Vin Perdu", with the waste of a life lived on the sidelines) and borrowing the names of the wives of Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner for his main characters where he, of course, gained genre notoriety as "Richard Mahler" ! True to form, soundtrack's liberally littered with highbrow selections from both composers' body of work.

William Rotsler - Like It Is (1968)


This documentary on the “youth movement” of the late 1960s focuses on the hippie pot smoking/free love culture in the San Francisco Bay area.

Paul Norman - Joined!: The Siamese Twins (1989)


Two hot Siamese twins, joined at the hip by a meat elastic band, share the men in each other's lives.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Erwin C. Dietrich - Adam & Eva - Mädchen, die es gerne machen (1976)


Plot / Synopsis:
Erwin C. Dietrich interviews some couples about their sexuality. Then we see them in action. Very rare documentary.

Jesús Franco & Erwin C. Dietrich - Weiße Haut und schwarze Schenkel (1976)


Description: Robert Kuhn is looking forward to a nice evening in the brothel: First he enjoys the strip show, then he runs with his chosen ones back to a room. A short time later, he was arrested and the black lady, with whom he had spent the night, is with life-threatening injuries in hospital. Robert's wife Lola is shocked when she learns of it: But her husband's brothel shocked her, but that her husband should have pushed the prostitutes out of the window, they can not believe. In order to prove the innocence of her husband, Lola examined for the brothel where he meets Lena know that lesbian friend and colleague of the victim. By Lena gets the naive Lola in a maelstrom of sex, love and lesbian lust.

Shaun Costello - Prisoner of Pleasure (1981)


A housewife who's into swinging is kidnapped and finds herself being subjected to some heavy-duty B&D and S&M. She also finds that she is starting to like it.

Shaun Costello - Slave of Pleasure (1978)


Shaun Costello’s hot and bothered wife is kidnapped by white slave trader Jamie Gillis, in a fiendish plot conceived by sexy blonde C.J. Laing! But Shaun will see that justice is met… Kinky, leather-clad justice!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Larry Clark - The Smell of Us (2014)


A story centered around a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris.

"5/5 stars" -- Cahiers du Cinema.