The Little Details
Running Time: 106 min.
Production Date: 7 / 31 / 2008
Director: David Stanley
Cast: Dana DeArmond, Jandi Lin, Kelly Skyline, Kimberly Kane, Ryder Skye, Sasha Grey, Stephanie Swift, Barrett Blade, Eric Masterson, Evan Stone, and Randy Spears in sexual roles and Nina Hartley and Fred J. Lincoln in non-sex roles
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: David Stanley made some great movies for Wicked while rarely getting any credit for it. I'm expecting this to be yet another movie to add to that list.
Initial Reaction: It's a bit different than your typical adult feature, but also extremely impressive.
Who Should Watch It : Fans of golden-age style adult films
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting long or nasty sex scenes
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects show some very nice care. The audio is clear and well balanced, and I didn't notice a single blemish in it. The video is nicely presented in anamorphic widescreen. It shows some very nice care towards the lighting and is clear and smooth.
Music: The music is extremely well done. It often has a classical feeling, and even works in a little choral music as well as some very recognizable classical pieces. It contributes strongly towards the mood and style of the movie, and changes its balance a bit as well to help it.
Menus: The main menu blends the boxcover with a touch of animation for a simple but nice first impression. The chapter menu, as usual, is very generic and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a chapter number.
The FeatureIt was just a chance meeting. For some it would have been a momentary meeting and nothing more. For tortured soul Randy, who's tied down caring for sickly Nina Hartley, and lost soul Sasha, who's wife Ryder is pregnant with their baby, it became something more. It just might be a chance for them to finally find happiness.
|Scene 1 Sasha Grey and Randy Spears|
Sasha shows up to look at an apartment and finds Randy there holding a rose and looking out a window. She walks around the room checking it out and is told by Randy that he's not the realtor. When she finally walks up to him he pulls her close, reaches down to play with her pussy, and gives her an orgasm before walking off again.
This is a very different scene. There's a sadness to the scene on both Randy and Sasha's parts as well as nothing graphic being shown due to the scene being in winter with both of them wearing large winter coats. There's definitely a touch of chemistry and need between them, but the scene is a true quickie only lasting a few moments. This is a different scene that's far from stroke material but also gives a good start to the movie.
|Scene 2 Sasha Grey|
While at works, Sasha flashes back to her meeting with Randy and can't help but start playing with herself. She puts her stocking-clad legs up on the desk, runs her hands around her white button-down shirt, and rubs her pussy without ever reaching inside until the phone rings a few moments later to interrupt her.
This is another nice tease sequence. It works well showing the chemistry between Randy and Sasha as well as giving a nice little hint of what's to come between them. This time you do get a flash of pussy, but it's only a couple flashes that barely last a few seconds each. This is another very short sequence, but also another sequence that works well to set things up.
|Scene 3 Sasha Grey and Randy Spears|
After Randy has a flashback Randy leaves his flat only to meet Sasha on a street. She pushes him against a building softly demanding that he kiss her only to have Randy struggle out of her grasp. The play around their wants and fears before taking to the floor where Sasha gives him an unseen handjob. Sasha gets up to leave, but Randy holds her back and pulls off her tight jeans to eat and finger her pussy. Finally they each take a taste of her pussy from his fingers.
This is a very nicely done scene. Once again there's plenty of chemistry between Sasha and Randy, and what's left unsaid seems to be more than what's said here. The scene is short, but builds on the other scenes both in the action and the length. This is another well done scene.
|Scene 4 Sasha Grey and Randy Spears|
Randy and Sasha meet back at the apartment, this time starting out in mid-fuck sitting on the floor facing each other in front of the windows. They buck against each other with Randy being stark naked while Sasha wears only a grey shirt and black legwarmers. After bucking a bit they take a small break with what looks to be an unseen cream pie. After a few words, Sasha sucks Randy's fingers and lets him finger her unseen pussy a bit more.
This is another well done scene. Once again you don't see so much as a flash of nipple or pussy from Sasha, and with Randy you only get to see some bare legs and chest. Although the action is very softcore there's once again plenty of passion between them that drives the scene very well. You can feel something building from their first meeting, and although there's a very sad feeling between them from the start here you can feel the chance of happiness finally being in sight for them. This is a very nicely done scene.
|Scene 5 Kelly Skyline and Barrett Blade|
As Barrett and dirty blonde Kelly head off to change into their costumes at Randy and Stephanie's party, they stop to dance and kiss softly. Kelly drops down to suck his cock before riding it reverse cowgirl style. Barrett also fucks her from behind standing up before giving her a nice facial finish.
This is a pretty good scene. As often happens with David Stanley's sex scenes the action seems a touch short, but there's still nice chemistry and a good feeling to the scene. I love the added kink of Randy and Stephanie watching as the scene starts out, and there's very nice use of lighting in the scene to add to the mood. This is another nicely done scene, and after over a half hour of action it finally shows a little graphic action.
|Scene 6 Jandi Lin, Kimberly Kane, and Eric Masterson|
As Stephanie and Randy continue to wander they find Asian Jandi and bottle blonde Kimberly teaming up on a masked Eric's cock orally. The girls move around to give each other a little oral action as well as working on Eric before Jandi gets the first fuck doggie style. Kimberly takes her turn reverse cowgirl style before the girls get down to share a facial.
This is an okay scene. Jandi and Kimberly get into the action nicely, and the chemistry once again is nice for the scene. The problem for me is that I can almost never get into one of Kimberly's scenes as there's something that just doesn't work for me about her. The scene also seems extremely short with each girl only getting one position, and with the chemistry as strong as it is here that made this scene seem all the more flawed. I just couldn't get into this scene.
|Scene 7 Dana DeArmond, Ryder Skye, Stephanie Swift, and Evan Stone|
Randy and Stephanie watch as puppeteer Evan plays with live marionettes Dana and Ryder, both of whom have their face done in a red and white Japanese style with black bobbed wigs and white stockings. He has Ryder drop down to eat Dana's pierced pussy before he fucks Ryder from behind as Dana watches before Dana gets in the middle to get boned from behind while she munches Ryder's muff. As they watch Dana ride Evan reverse cowgirl style with Ryder offering a little help Randy gives Stephanie permission to go join in. Evan sends the others away to fuck Stephanie from behind by himself before he cums between the three girls' faces.
This is a hot and fun scene. The action is much more drawn out, while remaining just as creative. There's great chemistry all around and the scene has a very nice flow. This is quite possibly the best scene in the movie.
|Scene 8 Ryder Skye and Sasha Grey|
As they celebrate New Years in bed, dark brunette Sasha and lighter pregnant brunette Ryder start kissing and groping each other a bit. Sasha straddles Ryder's face to get her pussy eaten and sits by her head before letting Ryder work on her clit with a blue vibe. Afterwards they kiss a little.
This is a nice little scene. Once again the scene is fairly short, but there's good chemistry in it and it does get hardcore again. Those worried about Ryder being preggers in the scene don't have anything to worry about here as she never shows so much as a nipple, which I'll admit left me a touch disappointed but can also completely understand. This is a pretty good scene.
|Scene 9 Sasha Grey and Randy Spears|
Back at the loft Sasha and Randy start out fucking only to stop to argue about their situation. Sasha pushes him threatening to break their rules until Randy kisses her and lays her back on the floor to eat her pussy. Sasha strokes him in return before Randy slides a rubber onto his cock and starts fucking her missionary style. He moves around to fuck her in bow and arrow style and lets her roll on top to ride him before Sasha sucks and strokes him to a nice pop in and around her mouth.
This is a very nice final scene. Sasha and Randy have great chemistry, and the scene plays into the movie extremely well. Yes, it's short, but it feels complete and is nicely captured. This is a very good scene to finish the movie sexually.
The Last Rose is an extremely impressive adult movie that shows once again how David Stanley is one of the most overlooked feature directors of current times. That said, it's definitely not for everyone as it's also far from your typical adult movie. It's heavily driven by a story that's slightly non-linear, as well as amazing performances by Randy Spears, Sasha Grey, and Nina Hartley. It's also one of the rare adult features where the sex fits into the movie as a part of it rather than having the movie be just an excuse to go from sex scene to sex scene. For that reason it never feels like it's in a rush to get to the sex, and it takes over a half hour to get more than a couple flashes of pussy. The hardcore sex is contained in roughly an hour of the movie, leaving the first half hour and last fifteen minutes to be almost completely about the story, and works in some nicely done softcore sequences at the beginning and end of the movie. Of the hour of hardcore sex most of it revolves around a sex party. The sex scenes are frequently short, but always have very nice chemistry as well as being nicely captured. The shortness of the scenes and how back to back they are was a minor stumbling block for the movie, but the movie is also so strong around it that it doesn't hold it back much. The Last Rose might be a little too non-traditional and heavy on plot for some people, but I couldn't help but be extremely impressed by it from start to finish.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for The Last Rose, as well as Se7en Deadly Sins, Two, Public Service, Double Exposure, Once Upon A Crime, Rise, Candelabra, and Carmen Goes South. The photo gallery lasts about two and a third minutes with seven seconds per okay looking snapshot or full screen photo. There's also a behind the scenes featurette, a bonus scene, and the usual Wicked extras.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts about fifteen minutes. David starts out talking about how he stole the directorial reigns of the movie from Randy Spears, how it's based on an erotic film from the seventies (namely Last Tango in Paris), and how it's his first time working with Sasha Grey. After moving around the set showing some of the scenes being shot there's a quick moment chatting with Sasha before she and Ryder get a few words from David on the scene. Sasha talks about her wig before David talks about Nina, Fred, and Sasha as well as how Sasha's wig changed her. After shooting a bit more of the movie, Dana talks about her role and the drill for the shoot. Finally there's a couple words with Kelly and shooting her scene and the scene between Jandi, Kimberly, and Eric. This is an okay little featurette. The focus is more on shooting the scenes than talking with the cast and crew, but David Stanley does have a couple very nice comments. This is a decent addition to the overall DVD.
|Bonus Scene Lindsey Meadows, Sasha Grey, and Herschel Savage|
The bonus scene comes from One Wild and Crazy Night. Herschel starts out laying back as brunette Sasha and dirty blonde Lindsey help him out of his pants and share his cock orally. Sasha moves around to sit on Herschel's face and guides Lindsey a bit in addition to helping herself before getting in the middle for Herschel to fuck her doggie style while she eats Lindsey. Lindsey gets up to ride him cowgirl style with Sasha guiding her and offering a little oral help before the girls trade places so Sasha can take her cowgirl ride. Lindsey also lets Herschel fuck her missionary style as Sasha sits on her face before Herschel pops in Sasha's mouth and she swaps it down to Lindsey.
This is an okay at best scene. There's a good balance between the girls, but Herschel seems to be acting his advanced age and there's barley any chemistry between him and the girls. Sasha and Lindsey look to be enjoying each other, but that's not enough to save this scene. This scene did barley anything for me.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, tease, masturbation, group, lesbian, cum swapping, and toys
Raincoat Factor: Medium
Condom Usage: 100%
The Bottom Line:Currently, many Wicked DVDs can be found for between about $17 and $25 with several stores offering them near the low end. If you're a fan of heavy adult features, this one should be well worth the money. The movie is extremely well made with sex scenes that fit into it very well. The technical aspects show some very nice care, and there's a bit of effort put into the extras to help out the overall DVD. This is a very impressive release.
Note to Wicked Pictures: Movies like this really show why it's too bad things couldn't have worked out between David Stanley and Wicked.
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