The Little Details
Running Time: 86 min.
Production Date: 5 / 23 / 2003
Director: Michael Raven
Cast: Julia Ann, Justine, Stormy, Harley Davis, Charlie Laine, Katarina McKenna, Jessica Jaymes, Bionca Pureheart, Bella Starr, Nicole Leshell, Sasha Monet, Chris Cannon, Randy Spears, Eric Masterson, Scott Styles, and Talon
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Although I think Iíve seen this movie twice already, with Michael Raven behind the camera Iím looking forward to seeing it again!
Initial Reaction: Itís a bit lighter than I expected, but still pretty hot
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting porn on the artistic side.
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting anything the least bit nasty
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very nicely done. There isnít much audio outside of voiceovers, and you rarely get to hear the performers. The video is handled very nicely. It has just a touch of grain, which helps give it a slightly more artistic feel, and some nice monochrome sequences thrown in. It also has a few remnants thrown in occasionally to help give some sequences a bit of an aged feel. My only complaint with the video is that itís presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. I love that many adult films are using the widescreen format, but if itís done it should be done right. If this was presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, the video would have been close to flawless.
Music: The music is very nicely done. It has a great beat and varies just enough to help each scene feel unique.
Disc Complaints: Charlie Laine is listed in the credits, but only appears as a still pin-up for a few seconds. If I were a Charlie Laine fan, Iíd be pretty ticked.
Menus: The menus are nicely done. Thereís some nice animation and the main menu gives a nice first impression. The weakest thing about the menus is the chapter menu, which generically gives you a small clip of each scene and a chapter number.
The FeatureYes, itís an idea youíve seen before. Pin-Up girls have been used for several adult films with varying degrees of success. This time around Michael Ravenís at the head of it, which means itís going to be pretty, itís going to be artistic, and itís going to be hot.
|Scene 1 - Nicole LeShelle|
Nicole starts things out on a staircase in whatís left of a high class black outfit. She softly diddles herself on the staircase while rolling around. She pets her kitty and gives it no more than one finger at a time while frequently licking her juices off them. Finally, the scene fades out.
This is a hot start to the movie. Nicole plays to the camera very nicely, giving it plenty of looks while rarely overdoing it. Itís fairly soft, yet quite hot at the same time.
|Scene 2 - Julia Ann and Randy Spears|
Julia plays the 1930s starlet who poses around the hood of Randyís car before he gets out to get it on with her. Randy kisses his way around Juliaís upper body, including teasing her by sucking on her necklace, before moving down under. Julia mouths his manhood in return before climbing up to ride him while fingering her ass a bit. She also lets Randy take her from behind before finally sucking and stroking him to a nice facial.
This is a nicely done scene. Julia Ann shows all the class one would expect out of the thirties style film star, and Raven does a great job hiding her tattoos to complete the image. Thereís also nice chemistry and energy between Julia and Randy to make this a hot scene.
|Scene 3 - Jessica James and Bella Starr|
Jessica and Bella get it on at what looks to be a western oil rig in the water. They kiss before Jessica drops down to pleasure Bella from behind. Bella wraps her ruby red lips around Jessicaís pert nipples while playing with her nearly bald pussy in return before kissing and fingering it in reciprocation. Finally the scene fades out looking like the girls are nearly done.
This is another nicely done scene. Itís very artistic, but has plenty of heat at the same time. The girls have very nice chemistry, and donít ever look anxious to move on from whatever body part theyíre pleasuring at the time. They put some nice energy in as well, and my only complaint about it is that it fades out not looking like the girls are quite finished.
|Scene 4 - Stormy and Scott Styles|
Stormy appears as the World War 2 girl back home, who gets it on with GI Scott. Scotty showers her with kisses, starting with her face, moving down to her big fat titties, and finally ending up on her lower lips. Stormy thanks him properly with her amazing oral skills before letting Scotty give it to her from behind as she leans against his jeep. He also fucks Stormy missionary style on the hood of the jeep before decorating her sunglasses.
This is a nice little scene, but nothing too special. Stormy looks great, but feels very shallow through the scene. I know that an attitude like that can fit with a pin-up girl setup, but I guess by now Iíve come to expect much more from her than this. They do put some nice energy in, but I guess I doubted some of the chemistry since Stormy seemed to overdo things a bit.
|Scene 5 - Katrina McKenna and Justine|
Katrina and Justine start things out in some pink and black lingerie, also looking like theyíre right out of the forties or fifties. They finger each other and work each other over orally before the scene finally fades out.
This scene didnít do much at all for me. It focused on close-ups much more than I like, and something between the girls just didnít feel right for me. The girls are really cute, but I just couldnít get into the scene.
|Scene 6 - Harley and Chris Cannon|
Harley starts things out in a motel room wearing a little pink lingerie and playing with an old revolver. She rubs it across her body, including her pussy before sheís found by gumshoe Chris, who takes the gun away and unloads it. He pulls her up to kiss her before they go back and forth working each other over orally. Once theyíre both ready, Harley takes it doggie style so she can watch it in the headboard mirror. She also rides Chris cowgirl style before taking a nice facial.
This is another nice scene. Iíll admit to not caring much for the loaded gun play, but do admit that there is a certain eroticism there. Once Chris got involved it improved quite a bit for me. I love the use of the mirrors here, especially how Harley got into watching in them rather than having them just be there. Thereís some nice energy here as well, and it helps the scene finish up above average even with my problems with it.
|Scene 7 - Bianca Pureheart and Eric Masterson|
Waitress Bianca gets it on with leather clad thug Eric in a diner for the penultimate scene. Eric tongues Bianca from behind, giving her pucker some nice loving before fucking her from behind. Bianca also takes a nice reverse cowgirl ride before sucking Eric to a nice pop on her face and neck.
This is another nice fluff scene. It isnít overly deep, but there is some very nice energy. Bianca was almost silent, and I couldnít help but think that if I could have heard her a little better I would have liked the scene a little more. Itís a decent scene, but nothing overly fantastic.
|Scene 8 - Sasha Monet and Talon|
Sasha plays the bad girl her in what looks to be a sleazy bar. She gives Talon a show, diddling herself as he watches. She diddles her pussy until itís good and wet, and watches him to make sure he stays good and hard. Finally, Talon pops into the air and the scene fades out with Sasha looking like she might still have a little left.
This is a hot scene, and a great scene to end things with. I love the chemistry between Sasha and Talon as they drive each other nuts from across the room, and think thereís more chemistry here than in some other scenes of the movie. They also put in some great energy, and the two of them never touching each other leaves the scene feeling a little unique. This is an excellent scene.
Pin-Ups is a nicely done movie. It keeps a nice erotic feel, which Michael Raven appeared to be going for. Itís very artistic and never gets any nastier than a little rimming while keeping everything beautiful. Sasha Monet and Nicole LeShell might have the hottest scenes here, but Julia Ann and Randy Spears also deliver a very hot scene. Unfortunately, a couple scenes didnít work too well for me, and felt a little cold and rushed, one of which included the normally great Stormy. Pin-Ups is a beautiful and nicely done movie thatís worth checking out by couples who arenít completely turned off by girl - girl action or who donít mind skipping past it to get to the next scene.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for XXX Training, Heat, Hercules, Falling From Grace, and Bordello Blues. There are several photo galleries and a behind the scenes featurette. Thereís also promotional materials, DVD-ROM stuff, and a commercial for the Free Speech Coalition.
The feature photo gallery lasts about three and a half minutes, and the behind the scenes gallery lasts nearly two minutes. Star galleries lasting between a minutes and a half and two minutes are included for Julia Ann, Stormy, Jessica Jaymes, Bella Starr, Harley Davis, Bianca Pureheart, Justine, Nicole LeSchelle, and Sasha Monet. In each gallery you get roughly six seconds per very nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís also star stats with a few photos, a little personal information, and a link to the starís scene are included for Julia Ann, Stormy, Chris Cannon, and Randy Spears.
All Access: The Making of Pin-Ups lasts nearly a half hour. After a nice little introduction by Michael Raven, things are broken down day by day for the three day shoot to show the shooting of the movie. You get to see plenty of the scenes being shot as well as quite a few short interviews with the cast. You even get to see Michael Raven working with the cast to get things just how he wants them. The cast is nicely identified as they take the screen in the featurette, so you can identify everybody in the movie, which is a very nice touch with a cast this size. Itís a nicely done scene, and well worth checking out if you enjoyed the movie.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, masturbation (both male and female), spanking, lesbian, and rimming (male > female)
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: 100%
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of Wickedís DVDs can be found online for between $15 and $30 with many stores offering them for around $21. This oneís worth the money if you want something artistic. The scenes vary, but thereís some nice heat overall. The technical aspects are also nicely done and thereís some good effort put towards the extras. As usual, Wicked has delivered a nicely done DVD.
Note to Wicked Pictures: I hope you take your support of the widescreen format all the way to anamorphic in the near future.
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