The Little Details
Running Time: 72 min.
Production Date: 1 / 16 / 2007, 2 / 12 / 2007, 3 / 14 / 2007
Director: Eric John
Cast: Jersey Cummings and Eric John
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Seeing some of Eric John's still photos at Erotica LA, I couldn't help but be tempted by his videos. After talking with him a bit, the hope grew for what should be a nicely artistic and respectful release.
Initial Reaction: It's surprisingly generic and weak, both in substance and style.
Who Should Watch It : Fans of Jersey Cummings
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a movie as beautiful as John's stills
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are surprisingly weak. The audio is low with a major level change between the typewriter lead-ins and the scenes as well as a fairly uneven balance throughout the rest of the movie. There's also some very noticeable background noises, such as the dog barking in the third scene. The video is presented in the full frame format and also weak. There's very noticeable areas with digital breakdown as well as frequently shaky camera work. If that isn't enough, the first scene is also horribly inconsistent in its lighting.
Disc Problems: The authoring is very basic and weak. Each scene has its own title, as well as the lead-in and opening credits, and you can't easily jump from one title to another. So if you want to skip the opening credits, you have to scan through them rather than skipping past them. Want to go back to the previous scene? Go through the main menu. I would have expected authoring like this over five years ago, but in today's age it really looks poor and brings down the overall DVD a half point.
Menus: The main menu blends a main menu, chapter menu, and extras menu all together letting you choose between the whole movie, the individual scenes, and the extras choices all on one screen. It's far from impressive.
The FeatureEric John is a porn star and a photographer. His girlfriend Jersey, a dirty blonde (as opposed to the redhead look on the boxcover) is also a porn star. Here he uses the vignette diary format to share some of their life as pornstars.
|Scene 1 – Jersey Cummings and Eric John|
When Jersey, who's looking mighty nice in a plaid skirt, a short black top, and black heels, and Eric head around town, they can't help but feel the need to have sex and head for an apartment building stairwell. They head up the stairs a bit for Eric to worship Jersey's ass and feat before they watch each other masturbate. Eric licks her pussy and fucks her from behind standing up before he pops on her back. Jersey drops down to suck his cock, and finds that Eric isn't close to being done. She sucks and strokes him to a pop on her tits, and then lets him fuck her from behind again. Finally they sit back and watch each other play with themselves until Eric might let go with one last pop on her feet.
This is a generic scene that can't even get to the average level. Jersey and Eric look like they're having a good time, but the action is extremely limited by having only one sexual position for a scene that darn near lasts a half hour! Yes, Eric does pop two or three times, but it's still one position for a half hour. To make matters worse, the camera work is horrible and often uses angles where you can't see anything with lighting that's not even close between the two cameras trying to capture the action. This scene would have been twice as good at half the length and felt like there was absolutely no forethought put into it.
|Scene 2 - Jersey Cummings and Eric John|
Eric and Jersey share one of their daytime practice sessions next. Jersey starts out wearing only a belly chain and black boots while diddling herself when Eric arrives with a hard cock for her to suck and stroke. She gets up to ride him in each of the cowgirls before sucking him a bit more, and then lets him fuck her in doggie and missionary. Finally Eric jerks himself to a pop on her tits before letting Jersey lick and suck him clean.
This is a pretty average scene. The chemistry and camera work are both decent, but there's nothing special about the scene sexually. The main thing that stands out about the scene is that it tries doing a “picture in picture” take on the action during some of the scene. This really didn't work that well, as it started out with a “picture in picture” showing the same shot of the blowjob as on the main screen. It did get better later, but it never added anything to the scene. This was a pretty generic scene outside of the hit or miss “picture in picture”.
|Scene 3 - Jersey Cummings and Eric John|
Finally, Eric decides to wake Jersey, who's in plaid panties and a white wifebeater, up with a little morning action. He climbs in bed with her stroking it and rubs his hand around her before eating her pussy. She sucks his cock before letting him fuck her doggie style. Finally they kiss with a few light laughs before the scene ends without any visible pop.
This scene doesn't quite make it to the average mark. There's nice chemistry and tease, but at nearly twenty minutes it's way too long for just one position. The “picture in picture” felt really odd here, and held the scene back as well. The final thing holding this scene back was that for some reason the scene felt more like night than morning. This is another scene that just didn't work.
The Erotique Life of Jersey Cummings is a big dud. The scenes are very generic, and although I don't think the typewriter openings are meant to, they come off as being a bit smarmy. The camera work is also very hit or miss, and although it does try some different things (which is good) like the “picture in picture”, it often fails more than it succeeds. Just as big of a problem as the technical aspects and mood is the sex itself. The first and last scene last almost fifty minutes together, and in each of those scenes there's only one position. Heck, you could almost consider it one position for those fifty minutes of sex as Eric's taking Jersey from behind in each of them. All that said, the movie does have a few things going for it. The sex often does have a caring feel, and it never goes overboard. The movie also feels like a first attempt, which means there's room to improve, and after talking with Eric John he sounded very interested in learning how he could improve. The Erotique Life of Jersey Cummings is a pretty forgettable release and leaves me hoping that Eric John can figure out how to better bring the great visuals he has in his stills to life in his movies.
The Extra StuffIn addition to a bonus scene there's a web trailer lasting nearly seven minutes that features a lot of Eric John's excellent stills and a little action.
|Bonus Scene – Victoria Sin|
The bonus scene comes from Erotique Sin 1: Victoria Sin & Eric John. Victoria starts out lying back on a bed in a pink and yellow striped bikini with matching thigh high socks and her bikini bottoms hanging around one of her legs as she sucks on a lollipop. She rubs her pussy while sucking on her lolli, and even rubs it around her pussy before putting it inside while rubbing her clit. Victoria fucks herself with her sweet a little, and even gives her ass a little finger attention. Finally she cums and talks with Eric as they head out.
This is a likable scene. Victoria looks great and seems like she's having fun with the entire scene having a natural feeling and flow. The scene doesn't try to drag itself out too far, but it does get a bit of an odd feeling by having black and white flashes showing Eric shooting the scene. This really interfered with the mood of the scene for me, and the final bit with Victoria and Eric ending the shoot and walking out talking about it didn't help anything either. There's a lot to like about this scene, but it would have been a lot better with another thirty or forty seconds cut out of it.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight and masturbation
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:I'm not really sure what one can find these DVDs for as I couldn't find them on any of Eric John's websites for sale and I was given them for reviewing so he could see how he could improve his movies. If you're interested in this one, aim low. The ideas aren't bad, but the execution just isn't up to the skill John shows in his stills. The sex is bland and drawn out and the technical aspects are easily below average. He does put a little effort into his extras, but the authoring is very weak. This may be a first try at a movie, but even as that it's pretty weak.
Note to Eric John Erotique Entertainment: You obviously have some good skill behind the camera. Your movies might work better if you stayed there and hired some male talent for in front of the camera.
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