“Malice in Lalaland”—directed by Lew Xypher, distributed by Vivid in the United States, and starring the ever-popular Sasha Grey—is truly something special and unique in the adult film world. With its realistic settings, amazing technical values, and cool Tarantino-like theme, this is a masterful production the likes of which are completely atypical for porn. Indeed, many of the elements used here are more likely to appear in a mainstream Hollywood movie than an adult one, and the blending of the two results in a product that is undeniably cool. The scenes are cut differently than one would normally find in an adult film, as well—with faster transitions between segments—and are also overlaid with a fitting and excellent musical soundtrack…typically of the punk / metal variety, though not in all cases. Interestingly—and likely by design—the music at times even fits the movements of the participants. With this, there is something of a music video feel at certain points during the various sequences—wickedly (errr…I mean…“vividly”) cool!
Plot-wise, the production is clearly striving for a sexualized, modernized, and gritty version of the classic, “Alice in Wonderland”. While there are clear references back to the original, the similarities don’t keep this film from taking its own, unique path. In so doing, Sasha Grey plays the part of a young woman (“Malice”) who escapes the captivity of an evil “queen” / “doctor” (Andy San Dimas) and spends the movie trying to get away from her nerdy / creepy henchman. Along the way, Sasha encounters a host of unique characters (including Ron Jeremy in a non-sex role), some interesting locations, and a good deal of sex. In the interest of not spoiling it all for you, I’ll just note that everything here regarding the storyline, etc. works incredibly well and is very cool.
In terms of the sex, this production is a scorcher, as well. Scene One brings together Andy San Dimas, Chayse Evans, Chris Johnson, and Danny Mountain in an amazingly hot and frenzied fuck-fest in what looks like a clinical morgue. The guys start off in mouse-ear masks, but these don’t stay on for long, as the boffing really picks up the pace. The blowjob action by both women at the beginning of the segment is excellent, and pretty much everything in this four-way is a highlight. To cap this exceptional sequence off, each actress gets a facial—with Andy actually jerking her guy off to completion (God bless her…). These are then followed up by some cummy-kissing, cum-swapping, and cum-play between the women—excellent stuff!
In Scene Two, Kagney Linn Karter and Alan Stafford are gun-toting rednecks who unknowingly save Sasha from getting caught at their gas station / home. In something of a celebratory fuck—and in true down-home style—the pair gets it on in the back of their old station wagon. Despite the cramped quarters, the sex is extraordinarily hot and captured quite well here. As silly as it may sound, the fact that this sequence is actually done to completion in the station wagon really adds a lot of heat…as if a KLK scene needed any more of that, right? In terms of highlights, everything’s excellent, but I would say that the blowjob work that Kagney does and the reverse-cowgirl and cowgirl positionings are the best, if I had to make a choice. The festivities come to a close with a sexy facial for Ms. Karter—exceptional material…super-hot!
Scene Three features a steamy pairing of Sasha Grey and Keni Styles—an “Alice in Wonderland” fetishist of the first-order who happens to help Sasha out in her escape / journeys. What starts out as “just some pictures” of Sasha in a light-blue “Alice” costume—and with Keni wearing a huge rabbit-head mask—in a motel room, of course turns into a full-blown boffing in short order. From there, we’re off…and we get some hot standing / face-to-face / Sasha-in-the-air fucking, along with a number of other sexy positions and deep-throating oral work by Sasha. There are two money-shots in this one—the first on Sasha’s tummy and the second on her face and mouth (oral cock clean-off ensues)—with a cut between the two. Overall, this is a very good romp, but it does jump around just a bit too much from an editing perspective.
The next scene is a short and very good one involving some on-stage lesbian action at a strip club that Sasha is visiting; Ron Jeremy plays the part of the club’s owner (Scene Four). The women involved in this encounter are strippers, Jesse Capelli and Mackenzee Pierce. While fingers and tongues do get used here to some degree, most of the action is of the glass-like dildo variety, with the ladies using the implements on themselves and each other—hot!
In Scene Five, there’s more girl-on-girl activity, this time in a red-lit room with a fireplace at a sex club and involving Sasha, Alyssa Reece, and Kristina Rose. On the agenda here are the traditional fingers and tongues, mixed together with Kristina and Sasha using strap-ons on Alyssa…and then a “train” setup, with Kristina getting Sasha with a strap-on while, concomitantly, Sasha uses her strap-on on Alyssa—short but excellent material!
Scene Six also takes place at the sex club, but this time in a room that has a bizarre stuffed-toys theme. It should come as no surprise that Keni Styles is the male participant here, and he’s paired up with Juelz Ventura and Sadie West for a three-way that’s exceptional in quality, even considering the initial use huge rabbit-head masks. The oral work here is hot all around, and Juelz’ highlights include her reverse-cowgirl, cowgirl, and doggie-style positionings with Keni. For Sadie, the high-points are the side-entry and reverse-cowgirl action…again, with Mr. Styles. A double-facial—followed by some cum-swapping and a bit of cummy-kissing—closes out this fine encounter.
Bringing up the rear (literally) is Phoenix Marie in her ass-pounding romp with Billy Glyde and Tommy Gunn in Scene Seven. The premise behind this segment is that the trio is shooting a sequence in a diner for an adult film that they are making; Phoenix is the “waitress”. Sasha is there—and asked to film the segment by the three—because she had hopped into their car while being pursued by Andy’s henchman, thereby displacing their prior cameraman. Phoenix really works her ass off here (pardon the incessant buns…I mean…“puns”), as she puts forth some hot oral / vaginal and oral / anal combinations with the gentlemen. Particularly fitting in this sequence is the music that plays over the sex, and everything finishes off with a double-facial / tit-shot for Ms. “Marizzle”—amazing (as she always is)!
Some other items should be noted, as well. The movie really has an awesome and Hollywood-esque feel to it—from the music to the settings to the filming style to the occasional animated cut-sequences. It’s also twisted and psychedelic in character, and this is played to a maximum (and powerful) effect. The production values are top-notch, and the camera work and editing are generally excellent, as well.
In terms of bonus materials and other options, there is a “Behind the Scenes by Keni Styles” segment that is cool, lengthy, interesting, and features some hot impromptu sex (oral and vaginal) between Keni and Jenna Presley (without makeup)—awesome and realistic! There is an option to “Play Movie Adult Only” and an option to “Play Movie Story Only”—both of which are as their namesakes would imply. There are also two slideshow photo galleries provided—one of “production” shots (“Pictures Production”) and another of stills from the movie (“Pictures Adult”). An “Info” link puts forth a variety of information about the film (i.e. the music, etc.), and there is a “Ted and Todd’s Rushes Filmed by Sasha” option that gives some extra footage—shot by Ms. Grey, of course—of Phoenx Marie’s romp with the boys in the movie’s finale.
All in all, this disc is absolutely worth picking up. It’s unique, features a Tarantino-like theme, has blistering (in a good way) sex, has attractive performers, has top-notch production values, and…and…and… just get it! It’s amazing.
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