Running Time: 92 min.
Production Date: 01 / 1998
Director: Candida Royalle
Cast: Missy. Mickey G., Miss Sharon Mitchell, Tony Tedeschi, Herschel Savage, Chloe, and Tom Byron
Initial Expectations: The scene or two I’ve already watched from this movie really impressed me and gives me some good hope.
Initial Reaction: It’s okay, but seems afraid to go all the way.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody who’s more interested in plot than sex
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants to see pop shots and penetrations
Audio /Video Quality: The audio is clear and well balanced for the most part, but a couple background noises do intrude into the movie. There are also a couple spots that appear to have been dubbed. The dubbing appears to have been very well done, but things still don’t seem to quite line up like they should. The video is often a bit dark, and also has a bit of grain. I know this feature was made in the late nineties, but the video quality makes it look more like it was from the early nineties.
Music: The music is soft, very non-threatening, and often even romantic. It’s pretty well balanced with the rest of the audio, but approaches being a little on the loud side. Also, the music isn’t a constant throughout the movie. It disappears at times during the sex scenes so you can clearly hear the real action.
Menus: The main menu is nicely animated and gives a good first impression. The chapter menu is pretty standard and lets you choose a scene from a small clip of each scene and a scene number.
The Feature: Miss Sharon Mitchell lets Missy stay at her home while Missy tries to figure things out with her current relationship. When Sharon checks in on Missy, she’s surprised to find that Missy hasn’t peeped on the neighbors with the telescope she has set up by her patio door. After trying it once, Missy finds herself going to the telescope more and more, peeping on her neighbors and getting drawn into the mystery of one of the homes which is supposedly abandoned but has a telescope that moves to point at her.
Miss Sharon Mitchell starts things off with Herschel Savage while Missy watches them through the telescope. She knows full well that Missy’s watching her, as she told Missy when she’d start laying it on Herschel before she left, and plays nicely to Missy and the camera. After stripping down and teasing Herschel a bit, Mitch lets him tongue her twat. She goes back to teasing a bit as she undresses Hershcel to suck him, riding his leg as he slides his cowboy boots off, stripping away his pants, and then giving him a bit of knob gobbling. Mitch forgets about Missy and the telescope as she starts fucking Herschel, and gets into the sex completely as they go through a couple positions and end things with an internal pop and a kiss. Although it does occasionally work for me, the internal pop didn’t work at all for me this time. It just comes out as pump, grunt, pump, grunt and that’s all. I know that it’s a realistic ending for many couples, but it comes off as completely fake here and brings down the scene.
Tony Tedeschi shows Missy how much he misses her as he comes by to visit her in the second scene, while somebody watches them through a telescope. Tony lets his tongue pleasure all of Missy’s body before she wraps her amazing mouth around his cock. They fuck missionary and cowgirl style before Tony acts like he pops inside her. It’s an okay scene that didn’t do much for me outside of Missy’s amazing blowjob. The fucking was okay, but the camera work seemed to prefer focusing on things like Tony’s shoulder rather than the fucking. On the plus side, you could actually see the penetration a fair amount of the time, which isn’t too common in Candida’s movies. In the end, this scene doesn’t quite get up to average due to the camera work and what looks like a badly faked internal pop.
Tom Byron and Chloe team up for the penultimate scene, not knowing that Missy is watching them. They’re supposed to go to a formal event, but Tom would rather wear one of Chloe’s dresses than the tux he’s supposed to. This scene starts off as a lot of fun, and continues as Chloe and Tom strip each other out of her clothes. Tom and Chloe give each other a quick oral warmup before Tom flops himself down on Chloe and thrusts his cock into her snatch. They move on to a bit of scissors and reverse cowgirl. Tom has Chloe watch his cock before he gushes into the air like Old Faithful, and then lets her drop down to get a taste. It’s a really great scene that surprisingly, especially with these two people, doesn’t contain any anal sex. Tom and Chloe also have great chemistry together, which helps to make this one heck of a fun and great scene. The only thing that’s missing is Chloe breaking out a strap-on and treating Tom like the woman he wants to be.
Finally, Mickey G. and Missy hook up. He gives her directions for stripping and masturbating across the phone, which Missy gets into pretty well. He tells her to come up and see him, and has her strip for him again. He admires her ass, fingers it, and kisses it before letting her admire his body and suck his cock. He plays with her a little before they move on to fuck with some amazing chemistry before ending things with another internal pop. It’s almost obvious that Mickey and Missy are married here with the chemistry they show. It’s a hot and long scene, and probably the best one in the movie. It really reminded me a lot of Jonathan Morgan’s excellent Tell Me What You Want, which took the feel of this scene and spread it over an entire movie.
Eyes of Desire feels like the missing link between Skinamax and hardcore porn. The plot isn’t great, but it gives the movie a nice format and is treated very well by the cast. Missy does a great job as the central character, and shows that she can act as well as fuck. The use of the telescope also lets Candida Royalle bring in a bit of artistic shots, which work pretty well. Unfortunately, Candida’s desire to keep things very soft and non-threatening doesn’t let Eyes of Desire live up to its full potential. The scenes feel like they’re being held back, and the passion that’s normally between the people in the scenes isn’t enough to help it take the final leap. It’s hurt even more by the actual camera angles, which choose to focus on things like close-ups of a performer’s side or shoulder rather than the fucking or giving a few distance shots, as well as an overabundance of internal pop shots. This gives many of the scenes an anti-climactic feel that hurts the overall movie. The last two scenes, however, really work well and end up bringing the entire movie a little above average. Eyes of Desire is a great start to a couples movie, having a nicely done plot and a lot of chemistry in the sex, but sadly doesn’t take it all the way.
For another perspective on this DVD, please check out DeathIncarnate’s review.
Extras: The photo gallery lasts about three and a quarter minutes with five seconds per okay looking photo. There’s also preview of Eyes of Desire 2, website information, and a short message from Candida Royalle about the Femme line of films that’s mostly Candida beating her own drum about her movies being able to be used educationally. Finally, there’s outtakes and bloopers and a commentary from Candida.
The blooper reel lasts about two and a half minutes. It’s a nice mix of what happens after the scene, flubbed lines, and sexual bloopers. It’s a nice couple minutes, but the video quality leaves a bit to be desired. Roughly half of it has excessive grain.
Finally, there’s Candida’s commentary. It lasts about forty nine minutes and covers the scenes with Miss Sharon Mitchell and Herschel Savage, Chloe and Tom Byron, and the final scene between Missy and Mickey G. It’s a pretty good commentary, but the audio was poorly balanced when it was mixed. This really holds back it back since Candida is barely audible during many points of the commentary, although Candida shows some great enthusiasm when you can hear her. She talks quite a bit about the shots in this movie, as well as her movies in general, including how she did them and what she likes about them. She also talks about what she likes about the performers and gives a little background on many of them. With the exception of the balance problem, t’s a very nice commentary that gives a nice background into the making of Eyes of Desire and Candida Royalle’s movies.
Themes: Straight, voyeurism, masturbation, cross-dressing, and anal (finger)
Raincoat Factor: Medium
Condom Usage: One scene, but the others are shown to be long term and married couples
Overall: Currently, most of the movies from Femme Productions can be found online for between $14 and $25 with several stores offering them near the low end. This is pretty fair for what you get here. The movie won’t be for everybody, due to a soft feel and a lot of plot, but there’s some very nice extras to help round it out. Sadly, the video is grainy enough to hold back the movie a bit, but the audio is good.
Note to Femme Productions / Adam & Eve: You’ve got a good start here, especially for the overall DVD, but toning things down isn’t always the answer. If you’d make movies with a little more graphic scenes and keep the excellent chemistry you have here, I think you’d be just as well received.
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