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L.A. Vice

Studio: Sex Z Pictures
Category:  Feature film
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astroknight's ratings for L.A. Vice:
Overall Rating 2.5 stars
L.A. Vice overall rating 2.5 stars
Female Looks L.A. Vice Female looks rating 3.5 stars
Male Looks L.A. Vice Male looks rating 3 stars
Sex L.A. Vice Sex rating 3 stars
 
Plot/Acting L.A. Vice Plot/Acting rating 3 stars
Extras L.A. Vice DVD Extras rating 4 stars
Audio/Video Quality L.A. Vice A/V Quality rating 3.5 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  2/9/2007

The Little Details

Running Time: 116 min.

Production Date: 2 / 16 / 2006

Director: Kurt Lockwood

Cast: Harmony Rose, Jenna Haze, Marie Luv, Nicki Hunter, Nina Hartley, Nyomi Marcella, Samantha Ryan, Sandra Roman, Trina Michaels, Christian XXX, Talon, Tee Reel, Tommy Gunn, Tyler Knight, and of course, Kurt Lockwood in sexual roles and Annie Cruz, Gia Jordan, Jack Lawrence, Ron Jeremy and many more in non-sex roles

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: Kurt Lockwood showed some great potential with The Delcine of Western Civilization Party 69: The Porno Years and Sex Z has been showing some great potential by giving their directors a lot of freedom. I'm going into this one with high expectations.

Initial Reaction: It's a good start, but just doesn't get to where it should.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting a feature that isn't overly concerned with playing by the usual rules

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants consistency or who doesn't like dark subjects like drugs and violence mixed in with feature porn

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are slightly above average. The audio has a few background noises and although balance problems aren't rare, they also aren't unusual. The video is presented in the full frame format, and also shows a few problems, The movie only has a touch of grain, which works for the movie, but the lighting varies throughout the movie with much of the sex being on the dark side.

Music: The music is a mix of good and bad. During the non-sex portions, the music is very cool and fits the style of the movie extremely well while resting in the background nicely. It really helps with the atmosphere of the movie, and you could feel some nice care going into it. During the sex, the music goes completely generic. The change not only took all the scenes down a notch or two, but held back the entire movie by giving it an inconsistent feel. If you like the music, it can be downloaded in MP3 format from the Sex Z Pictures website (and thanks to Kevin over at Sex Z Pictures for pointing it out to me).

Borderline False Advertising: Annie Cruz, Jack Lawrence, and Ron Jeremy are all listed on the cover right along with everybody else, which makes it look like they're all involved with the sex. Since Annie seems to have quite a following and Jack seems pretty reliable from the little I've seen of him in action, I can see quite a few people being upset that they only have small non-sex roles. The same can be said about Christian XXX, as although he wasn't quite a non-sex performer he never really got into the action either. With this many big names in non-sex roles being listed in with the sexual players I'm deducting a half point from the overall score.

Menus: The main menu is okay, and blends a cast photo with clips of the movie and a few still photos for a feel that doesn't work too well for me. The chapter menu is also very generic, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene only. There's also a menu in the special features that lets you choose where you want to go sexually in each scene.

The Feature

Kurt and Tee are vice cop partners who get their butts in a sling when a witness is killed that they were supposed to be hiding. They have a few leads, but they also have their own problems such as Kurt's family breaking up and his not seeming to be able to get enough coke. There's also big time drug dealer Ron Jeremy who's gunning for them with his goon squad of Talon, Tommy Gunn, and Chrisian XXX.

Scene 1 Marie Luv, Nyomi Marcella, Kurt Lockwood, Tee Reel, and Tyler Knight

Things cut right to the action after Kurt and Tee show up at Tyler's pad with black hottie Marie and Oriental hottie Nyomi. As the black guys double stuff Marie cowgirl style, Kurt takes Nyomi in missionary and reverse cowgirl. They trade around so Kurt can fuck Marie's pussy as she lets Tee stay in her ass reverse cowgirl style and Nyomi rides Tyler cowgirl style. Nyomi plays with herself when Tyler moves over to help make Marie airtight before Kurt moves back to eat Nyomi's ass. The girls let them have plenty of oral action before the guys move around to fuck them in the cowgirls and doggie. Marie gets two black loads around her eager mouth to start bringing the scene to a close before Kurt lets go with a very nice pop across Nyomi's mouth.

This is a pretty good scene. There's some good chemistry among the group, and I really like how the guys move around with the girls. The editing is a bit rough and didn't do much for position changes, and the lack of music really stood out for some reason. This is a good scene, but with a few minor changes it could have been even better.

Scene 2 Kurt Lockwood and Samantha Ryan

Kurt gets it on with hot dirty blonde Samantha after he gets home. They kiss as she strokes his cock before she moves down to suck it. Samantha gets up to ride Kurt cowgirl style so they can both play with her asshole before she rolls to her back to let Kurt fuck her ass. Kurt also spoons her ass and fucks it doggie style before letting Samantha up for a cowgirl anal ride. Finally Samantha takes a good facial from Kurt.

This is another pretty good scene. It completely switches the mood from the first scene, and goes to a romantic yet dirty feel. There's pretty good chemistry between Samantha and Kurt, and although she looks like she's putting out some nice effort with the anal, it also looks like she's rarely comfortable with it. I guess this shouldn't be too much of a surprise as it appears to be her first on-screen anal. The editing is a bit choppy once again and cuts out the position changes, but the camera work is pretty good. This is another pretty good scene.

Scene 3 Nina Hartley and Tee Reel

After Tee and Kurt get chewed out by police captain Nina, Tee sticks around to try to make things right with her. He gropes her a bit before opening up her white button down shirt to show a sexy bra and plays with her pussy a little as they kiss. He worships her ass and gives it a few slaps as she strips off her skirt before licking her pussy as she sits on the edge of her desk. Nina rewards him with some head after letting down her hair and taking off her glasses before letting him fuck her as she sits on the edge of the desk. Tee also fucks her as she leans over the desk before giving her a small dribble of a pop on her tongue.

This is a pretty hot scene. Once again the camera work is pretty well done but the editing style holds the scene back. Nina looks fantastic, and I love the little tease with stripping her down. She and Tee have very good chemistry, and although the pop held the scene back a bit the sex was still quite satisfying. This is a nicely done scene.

Scene 4 Jenna Haze and Samantha Ryan

After laying out by the pool, Samantha shares a kiss with brunette hottie Jenna and then heads inside to the shower with her. They kiss and help each other strip down while playing with each other with Jenna taking a nice lead and dropping down to lick Samantha's pussy first. Samantha drops down to lick her in return before working on her with an artistic looking glass dildo, and then sits back for Jenna to give her a couple fingers. Finally they share a kiss.

This is a pretty average lesbian scene. The girls look great, but the chemistry isn't much above average. The camera angle really limits what you can see in the scene, and each girl getting a turn naturally and then with toys just seemed generic. This is an okay scene.

Scene 5 Harmony Rose, Sandra Roman, and Kurt Lockwood

Kurt gets taken to a private room at the club by dark brunette hottie Sandra and light brunette hottie Harmony. They give him a little quick kissing before stripping him down to team up on his cock orally with Sandra driving the cocksucking. The girls pushing down each other's head to throat him and Harmony even mixes in a bit of tongue and finger action for Kurt's ass. Sandra rides Kurt's face before moving down to ride his cock reverse cowgirl style, and makes sure to let Harmony have a turn as well. The girls also take turns in cowgirl and missionary, with Sandra making sure that Kurt spears her ass for her missionary fucking. Harmony doesn't take the anal, but instead breaks out a strap-on to fuck Sandra's pussy as she impales her ass on Kurt's cock reverse cowgirl style. Sandra sucks them clean before having them double team her cowgirl style, and after Sandra sucks them clean again she rides Kurt cowgirl style as Harmony fucks his ass at the same time. Sandra turns around and rides Kurt's cock and face so she can see him getting fucked before the girls lie back with their heads together to share a facial as well as the load.

This is a darn hot scene, and probably my favorite in the movie. I love the chemistry between the girls, and Kurt's ass play kicked the scene up another few notches. There's a great balance between the girls and the scene moves along at a very nice pace. There's also some good nastiness to the scene, and with the girls involved and the setup it all fits together nicely. This is easily my favorite scene in the movie.

Scene 6 Nicki Hunter, Trina Michaels, Christian XXX, Talon, and Tommy Gunn

When the goon squad catches dirty blonde Trina and blonde Nikki getting it on on the couch, they move in to get some too. Talon and Tommy have the girls suck them as Christian licks Nikki's pussy before Nicki rides Tommy reverse cowgirl style with each of her holes while Trina works through missionary, doggie, and the cowgirls with Talon. The girls suck the guys clean before trading, and soon after the guys are double stuffing Nikki cowgirl style. They also let her have it in reverse cowgirl before Trina gets back in on the action with a little more cocksucking. Ron walks in to snap some photos as they fuck, and encourages them on before the girls get close for Tommy to give them the first facial and Talon joining in moments later.

This is an okay fuck scene. Once again there's a nice balance between the girls and good chemistry in the scene. Nikki really does a great job with the anal, but I was a bit surprised that Trina didn't join in for some herself. I was even more surprised by Christian being around to lick some pussy starting the scene and then completely disappearing, which gave the scene an odd feeling. The camera work is pretty well done, and the editing also seemed a little better here. This is a pretty good scene, but Christian's disappearing moments into the scene really gives it an odd feel.

L.A. Vice is a porno movie with a good start that just doesn't quite make it all the way. It has a lot going for it, starting with a pretty darn good cast that's much better than the average porn star when it comes to the non-sex scenes. I like that it cares enough to have some major players who don't get involved in the sex, such as Annie Cruz who does a great job as the pimp, and having Ron Jeremy as the major dealer who hangs out in his bathrobe all day was a great touch. From there, everything is very hit or miss. The story isn't bad, but there's enough cheese built in that there were quite a few times I found myself laughing at the movie when I don't think they weren't trying to be funny and the music was completely hit or miss. The sex often has pretty good chemistry, but the camera work and editing holds it back by feeling inexperienced. There's a bit of noticeable camera motion in every scene and the editing is fairly choppy throughout the entire movie. Although it had plenty going for it, there was also plenty to hold L.A. Vice back from where it may have gone.

I wasn't expecting something like The Departed here for a story, but the story here makes some of the bad Miami Vice episodes look like The Usual Suspects while seeming like it's main goal was to show as many people as possible snorting coke rather than telling a cop story. I can't say that I have a problem with the drug use in the movie as it fits the vice theme, but more often than not it felt forced into the scenes. Yes, there's plenty of violence here as well, but it's handled fairly artistically and fits into the story well. The artistic flashes rather than seeing blood were a bit distracting for me, but at the same time it's quite easy to understand with some of the legal grey areas around porn. There were also plenty of loose threads that seemed to hang without reason, such as a subplot between Jack Lawrence and Nina Hartley which could have been wrapped up with just one or two lines. My final problem with the plot is that Kurt just wasn't too likable. He can often by a very charismatic performer, which also gave me hope with him doing a porn version of Miami Vice, but here he came off as a fuckup more than anything. As the main character who's going into dangerous situations the viewer should feel something for his character, but I didn't care if he lived or died as the movie went on.

Just like with Miami Vice, the music is a major part of L.A. Vice and something that can make or break it. Sadly, the music is the main thing that broke L.A. Vice for me. It's obvious that Kurt Lockwood has a love of music, and after watching his Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years I couldn't help but have a lot of hope for L.A. Vice. There Kurt showed a great understanding of music and atmosphere while showing some very nice potential behind the camera, which should have made him a natural here. He worked the music very well in the non-sex sequences here, but sadly when it came to the sex it either disappears completely or went with some soft and generic porno music that was a complete switch from the music just moments before. If he had kept the musical feel going throughout the entire movie, I think the atmosphere alone would have kept the movie flowing well enough that it would have been easy to look past some of the little problems with the story.

L.A.Vice has a good idea and it gets a good start on it. The music shows potential and has some very nice atmosphere that helps the overall movie a lot. The plot has some decent ideas, but rarely puts them to full use. The sex isn't bad, but also comes up feeling pretty average. L.A. Vice had a lot of potential, but there were so many inconsistencies running throughout every part of the movie that it left me quite disappointed instead. I think it's great that Kurt Lockwood wants to do big adult feature films like this, but I also think he might have bit off more than he could chew here. I can't help but think that L.A. Vice would have been a lot better if he had waited to get a little more experience behind the camera under his belt.

The Extra Stuff

Trailers are included for Corruption, Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years, America's Next Top Porn Model, Girl Talk, Memoirs of Mika Tan: Happy Endings, and Desperate Wives 2. The photo gallery is broken down by the ten girls, as well as letting you know which girl you chose and allowing you to choose between a glamour shot and a hardcore shot gallery (each of which consists of about ten very nice looking snapshots) when you make your choice. If having the entire movie soundtrack available on the DVD isn't enough, a music video for Here Come the Destruction from Kurt Lockwood's P.C.P (Porn City Punx) is also included, which works pretty well and doesn't limit itself to the band playing the song and clips from the movie. Sadly, that doesn't work as well as it might, as most of the footage here seems to come from Lockwood's Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years. There's also cumshot recaps, a behind the scenes featurette, internet information, and the ability to download the movie to your I-pod.

The behind the scenes featurette lasts nearly forty minutes. It moves around the set catching plenty of the fun between the performers along with a little extra action between Nicki Hunter and Ron Jeremy in the bathroom. There's also a nice montage of boob shots before Nicki gets a little fluffing from Tee. Annie and Jack also get it on a bit after a few crack shots, and she also gives it up to Ron Jeremy as he talks on the phone. Annie even lets him fuck her ass and takes a good taste of her ass. Finally there's a few more random shots around the set. This is a very entertaining behind the scenes featurette with some nice sex shots mixed in.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, interracial, group, anal, DP, lesbian, toys, rimming (male > female, female > female, and female > male), male anal penetration, DP (technical), ass to mouth, and cum swapping

Raincoat Factor: Medium

Condom Usage: None

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many of Sex Z Pictures' DVDs can be found online for between about $16 and $25 with a few stores offering them for under $20. Rent this one first or aim low. It has enough style that I can see some people really liking it, but it also falls short enough that I'm not sure how much replay value it will have. The technical aspects are pretty good and there's some very nice effort put into the extras. This is a pretty good DVD.

Note to Sex Z Pictures: Although I can't say that the entire movie worked really well for me, it was nice to see you trying something different and bigger. I hope you keep trying for something bigger like this, but I also hope you find somebody with the experience to pull it off to its full potential.

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