Running Time: 80 min., which includes twelve minutes of scenes from Eyes of Desire (the cover states approx. 71 min.)
Production Date: 01 / 1998
Director: Candida Royalle
Cast: Missy, Mickey G., Rebecca Lord, Jeannie Pepper, Steve Drake, Ramon Fernandez, and Lexington Steele
Initial Expectations: Eyes of Desire seemed like a very good start, so Iím looking forward to seeing where Candida takes this one.
Initial Reaction: Unfortunately, it suffers badly from sequel-itis.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting something thatís emotionally driven and anybody who values the foreplay more than the actual fucking
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants to see a lot of penetration shots or pop shots
Audio /Video Quality: The audio is clear and well balanced for the most part, but there are a few of the background noises that do creep up into the foreground. The video is often a bit dark, and unlike many of Femmeís other movies, the shadows interfere with things quite a bit here and hold back the entire movie. I know this feature was made in the late nineties, but the video also has enough grain that it looks more like it was from the early nineties.
Music: The music is soft, very non-threatening, and frequently even a bit hot, but a little on the loud side. Also, the music isnít a constant throughout the movie. It disappears through much of the sex scenes so you can clearly hear the real action.
Menus: The menus are nicely done. The main menu has some nice animation, and the chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene while keeping with the same overall menu feel.
The Feature: Eyes of Desire 2 continues Missyís exploration of her sexuality with Mickey G. Mickey slowly has Missy explore new things while watching her through the telescope.
Missy and Mickey G. start things off in the same style they ended the previous part. Mickey gives her directions over the phone while Missy gently touches herself, and then drives over to his house at his command. Mickey plays with Missyís ass and pussy before climbing on to fuck her. He slowly works from missionary to doggie, and then into Missyís ass after making her beg for it. Finally, Mickey appears to pop in Missyís ass. Itís a very nice throwback to the final scene in the previous part. Thereís some great heat throughout the scene and it builds up to the anal extremely well, but the internal pop shot is incredibly anticlimactic.
At Mickeyís request, Missy takes Steve Drake home with her so Mickey can watch them through his telescope. He lightly warms her up before fucking her from behind in front of her picture window. Missy breaks to suck Steve, and shows just why people still start drooling at the mention of Missyís oral skills several years after sheís left the industry. Steve returns Missyís oral favors before going back to fucking her from behind, and through it all Missy gives several knowing looks out the window at Mickey. Once again, they end things with an internal pop, which seems completely against the safety aspect that Candida talks about so much. Itís pretty obvious that Steveís not wearing any protection here, and for an obvious one night stand setup, having an internal pop rather than a dirty facial just seems like the wrong ending for the scene.
Missy takes a break to watch her neighbors with her telescope in the penultimate scene. She watches Lexington Steele work out until Jeannie Pepper, a black woman with a very nice and realistic body, shows up for him to train her. After a little stretching, Lex gives her a drink from the nearby garden hose. This turns into a bit of play and a trip into the pool where Lex and Jeannie give their tongue a workout. Surprisingly, thatís as far as things go. On the plus side, that means there isnít a fake internal at the end of the scene, but the scene came to such an abrupt ending that it feels like the second half of the footage was lost. Itís not a feeling I like when I watch a scene.
Finally, Missy makes the journey to Mickeyís house after he has her watch Rebecca Lord suck his cock and tells here that he has someone, namely Ramon Fernandez, waiting for her. Mickey has Missy taste Rebecca off his fingers, and then has Missy pair up with Ramon while he keeps Rebecca for himself. The girls take their time working the guys over before fucking in a couple common positions. Once again, things come to an abrupt end that feels like the last part of the scene was lost. I had problems getting into this scene before this happened, and ending it this way really made it nosedive for me.
Eyes of Desire 2 doesnít live up to the original for several reasons. It follows the progression of the story nicely, but does so with much less plot. The plot sequences was one of the strengths of the first part, and the lesser non-sex presence of the movie makes Eyes of Desire 2 feel a little murkier. Missyís exploration also happens much quicker than seemed believable. I think most everybody can relate to being drawn to somebody and exploring things sexually with them, but when the other person wants you to have sex with somebody else after bumping uglies twice, and after that has you watch them get busy, I think most people would take off. Missy comes off as explorative yet conservative in the movie, and this just didnít fit.
The sex, although quite hot in moments, also falls short. Most of the problem here is due to the lighting, as it appears that the lighting budget allowed for the emergency flashlight from somebodyís car that had half dead batteries. I know the low lighting is supposed to create mood here, but the lighting was so low and constant through the first and last scenes that all it did was annoy me and turn me off. The camera work was also very limited in focus, which is fairly common in what Iíve seen of Femmeís movies. There were very few distance shots to let you see all of what was happening between the couple. Instead it panned back and forth giving close-ups, which is a style I really donít care for. Itís okay when mixed in with other styles, but it seemed that most of the action was captured using this style. Finally, thereís problems with the scenes themselves. The last two scenes didnít seem like they were all there, and the fake internal pops in the others finished off the job of ending every scene on a low note. Lexington Steeleís scene ended up feeling like a waste, and when the climactic scene of the movie doesnít feel like it has a true ending it cheapens the entire ending. I know that internal cumshots are very natural for almost every couple, but I donít know of many people who like to watch them a lot in their porn. I donít mind one or two here or there, since they are a realistic act for couples, but the lack of a single cumshot in the movie ended up being one of the larger reasons I ended up disliking this movie.
Sadly, Eyes of Desire 2 doesnít come close to the original. The plot sequences are lacking and donít fit that well, and the sex nosedived in every scene due to the lighting, lack of pop shots, and camera work. Itís really too bad because Missy and Mickey G. due a good job with what they have here. Thereís no denying the heat between them, and they lead into each of their scenes extremely well, whether itís between them or with others. Perhaps the thing that hurt Eyes of Desire 2 the most is that Jonathan Morgan took on the same subject using Missy and Mickey G. and did it so much better with Tell Me What You Want roughly a year after the Eyes of Desire movies came out. If you feel the need to pick Eyes of Desire 2 up, make sure you rent it, and check to see if the video store has a copy of Tell Me What You Want for sale at the same time.
Extras: Candida Royalle gives a short message about the Femme line of films to lead off the extras. Itís mostly Candida beating her own drum about her movies being able to be used educationally. Thereís also a commercial for Candida Royalleís Natural Contours vibrator, website information, trailers for three other Femme Productions movies, and a bio for Candida Royalle. Thereís also several short featurettes.
The first featurette focuses on the cast and lasts about nine minutes. Candida talks about working with the talent and how she directs over photos from the featurette. She breaks things down by couple, and occasionally performer, and discusses what she likes about each person for their character as well as occasional problems. Itís a nice little featurette that gives a little background while also bringing in a nice photo gallery.
The second featurette is Candidaís Scrapbook. Unlike in some of the other Femme DVDs, this one doesnít have small comments from Candida with each picture. Itís just your standard photo gallery that lasts about three minutes with roughly five seconds per grainy snapshot or full screen photo.
Finally, thereís Candidaís comments on the scene between Missy and Mickey G., Missy and Steve Drake, and the group scene. Since these are three out of the four scenes in the movie, I think this would have worked much better as a full length audio commentary. Candida talks quite a bit about the performers, including seeing some signs of Missy needing to get out of the adult industry when she shot this. She also talks quite a bit about the plot in the movie and whatís happened, which always annoys me a little since itís something every viewer should be able to plainly see. Unlike the commentary on the previous DVD, this one is mixed very well with the audio from the movie so you can clearly hear Candidaís comments. Unfortunately, the scenes also run quite a bit longer than the commentary does. Although Candida has plenty of nice comments, this brought the commentary track down a little.
Themes: Straight, toe-ing, voyeurism, tease, anal, rimming (male > female), spanking, oral, and group
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: None are shown, and in some cases Iím certain they arenít even used. Given how much talk Candida Royalle gives about safe sex, this really turned me off about the movie and seemed quite hypocritical. Candida has nicely brought condoms into her other movies, but here she puts the characters into situations that scream for safety yet she ignores it.
Overall: Currently, most of the DVDs from Femme Productions can be found online for between $14 and $25 with several stores offering them near the low end. Rent this one before you buy it. Thereís some nice extras, but both the movie and the video are lacking.
Note to Femme Productions / Adam & Eve: Itís nice to see you putting a little extra care to your DVDs with the short commentaries. I can see what youíre trying to do with the style of your movies, but watering things down isnít always the best way to make things friendly.
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