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Bite, The (VCX) 

Release date: 11/4/2003
Reviewed on: 5/21/2006

Starring: Eric Edwards, Sonny Landham, Alan Marlow, Jennifer Jordan, Hardy Harrison
Studio: VCX

Directed by: Jerry Denby
Review brief: The Bite is not as it seems. Originally released in theatres as The Big Con, the film resurfaced a year or so later, re-titled THE BITE, as a means to cash in on the success of The Sting. Although the two films share similar plot elements, The Bite takes a far more lyrical and comedic touch to the subject matter That said, I'll spare you a major plot summary, other than to say the film involves a few 1930s crooks who decide to con a banker into buying a brothel. The Bite (or The Big Con) is an amusing, if not outright fun hardcore romp from 1974. The cast, among them Sara Nicholson, Alan Marlo, Robert Everett, and future disco star Andrea True all provide fine acting performances. The direction (by ex-nudie filmmaker Jerry Denby who also directed the excellent Whatever Happened To Miss September?) is strong and the film as a whole has much higher production values than most at the time. The film as a whole feels like a well made nudie film, which makes the explicit sex quite annoying much of the time.
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Taxi Girls (Arrow) 

Release date: 5/30/2002
Reviewed on: 5/21/2006

Starring: Celeste, Jamie Gillis, John Holmes, Serena, Svetlana, Nancy Suiter, Mike Ranger, John Seeman, Hillary Summers, Stacy Evans, Pat Manning, Nancy Hoffman, Aubrey Nichols, George Mitchell, Karen Marshall, Adele Lambert, Penny Cash, Yolanda Borkhurst, Bob Arkin, RJ Reynolds, Candida Royale, Ric Lutze
Studio: Arrow Productions

Review brief: I heard so many good things about Taxi Girls before I saw it. But, of course when I eventually saw it, well, I was less than satisfied. The premises is promising enough: hookers form a taxi company with the added bonus of sex, but when the film gets down to it, there's just too much sex. Characters and characterization is sacrificed on the alter of carnality. Promising subplots are thrown out in exchanged for excess screwing. There are a few amusing moments, but the film wastes its excellent cast, among them the always welcome Serena and the magnificent Nanci Suiter on material more suited for a perverse elementary school play. Jaacov Jaacovi isn't a bad director technically, but he just doesn't seem to know when a scene has gotten tiresome and repetitive and he must move on.
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For the Love Of Pleasure 

Release date: 5/2/2006
Reviewed on: 5/14/2006

Starring: Sharon Kane, Jamie Gillis, Serena, Annette Haven, Dorothy LeMay, Veri Knotty, Lisa Thatcher, Lysa Thatcher, Susan Nero, H Ming, Kyoto Sun, Monique Cardin
Studio: TVX

Directed by: Edwin Durell
Review brief: As with the TVX release of (Anna) Obsessed, the film "For The Love Of Pleasure" and the TVX release of said film are very different, so different in places that when watching the uncut version it almost feels like a new movie. That said, the following is a review of the original uncut version off of a 1986 Essex Home Video tape. Anyone even marginally familiar with hardcore films of the 1970s has undoubtedly heard of Annette Haven and Jamie Gillis and as familiar as I am with their work, their roles in this 1979 film has always seemed a bit odd, even by 70s hardcore standards. The plot: **HEREIN MAY LAY SPOILERS** Jamie Gillis is Simon, a down on his luck, petty thief who makes the mistake of breaking into the home of a woman who, upon seeing him, forces him to have sex with her then shoots him to death when her husband comes home. It should be noted that Jamie keeps his gym shoes on throughout the entire sex scene... Gillis ends up in the afterlife where he is greeted by Annette Haven (God?) who provides him with an endless supply of women, food, and finery.
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Confessions Of A Woman 

Release date: 10/8/2005
Reviewed on: 5/11/2006

Starring: Joey Silvera, John Leslie, Jon Martin, Jack Wright, Karen Cluster, Kristine Heller, Cindy Johnson, Barbara Lovelynn, Sonny Lust, Ron Rodgers
Studio: TVX

Directed by: Anthony Spinelli
Review brief: Anthony Spinelli had a thing for hookers. Well, at least he had a thing for making movies which involve prostitution. By far the best of these "hooker dramas" was his 1976 masterpiece, Cry For Cindy, which was as far as I am concerned, the very first attempt to actually deal with prostitution in a hardcore film. Confessions, made the same year as the far superior V-The Hot One, is another one of Spinelli's hooker dramas, but a far less successful one. Similarly plotted to V, Confessions involves a young woman who leaves her unsatisfactory marriage to pursue a career in prostitution. Confessions is not a bad film by any means. The direction, acting, photography, etc. are all quite good, but considering the similarity between its plot and that of the superior V, it leaves something to be desired in terms of originality... However, I still give this film a mild recommendation for it is never truly dull and actually yielded some good plot twists. SEX: Lots of it. A/V Quality: It's TVX, therefore bad.
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China Girl 

Release date: 3/24/2006
Reviewed on: 5/11/2006

Starring: Annette Haven, Sharon Thorpe, Bonnie Holiday, Pamela Yen, Susan Song-Li, Sandra Winters, Donna Christoper, Janet Ross, Tony Douglass, Ramola Young, James Hong, Barry Frye, Lou Ganaoler, Todd Jones, Bob Carr, Roahne Alexander
Studio: TVX

Directed by: Edwin Brown
Review brief: When trying to examine a classic hardcore film, one must take several things into consideration: 1) The acting/plot might not be as good or coherent as one might like, and what is usually left is akin to grade B Hollywood fare. 2) There will probably be too much sex and it will take away from the story. 3) The production values won't always be top notch. Well China Girl is one of those rare films that truly does work "both ways" so to speak. In one sense, it is a sex filled hardcore romp and on the other hand, a rather mild B-movie style spy yarn. Featuring the beautiful Annette Haven in her first major starring role, China Girl revolves around a silly storyline of a secret government science project to create a drug which makes people have to tell everything they know about some prompted topic, sort of like truth serum, I guess. Sound confusing? To be honest, the exact purpose of this drug is never made clear so forgive me.
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Anna Obsessed (TVX) 

Release date: 2/10/2006
Reviewed on: 5/10/2006

Starring: Jamie Gillis, John Leslie, Annette Haven, Constance Money, Susan McBain
Studio: TVX

Directed by: Martin & Martin
Review brief: How does one review a cut version of an alternate cut? I suppose I'll begin with a bit of background. In 1976, when the term talent in relation to hardcore films didn't mean that a movie included 5 anal scenes or an "actress" was willing to do a creampie, many TALENTED filmmakers lent their hands (and minds) to high class, high budgeted, hardcore productions. Barriers were broken as more and more controversial material was allowed into hardcore productions. Even so, some still pushed the line a bit too far. (Anna) Obsessed was born in 1976, and released simply under the title Obsessed (a title which inexplicably remains on every single video I've ever seen of this film, even though all the boxes say Anna Obsessed). The film was either to strong, or perhaps to depressing and realistic for both critics and audiences, for it disappeared from screens as quickly as it had arrived. Towards the end of 1977 however, Obsessed reemerged as Anna Obsessed.
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Through The Looking Glass (TVX) 

Release date: 7/24/2002
Reviewed on: 5/10/2006

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Bobby Astyr, Terry Hall, Kim Pope, Al Levitsky, Terri Hall, Nancy Dare, Catherine Burgess, Laura Nicholson, Ultra Max
Studio: TVX

Directed by: Jonas Middleton
Review brief: One of the best hardcore films ever made, Through The Looking Glass is a beautifully shot, masterfully directed, wonderfully scored, amazingly edited, and astoundingly well acted gem of a film. Softcore star Catherine Erhardt stars as Catherine, a rich socialite who is obsessed with her deceased father (played magnificently by Jamie Gillis). Ignoring the affection of her husband (Douglas Wood) and her daughter Jennifer (Laura Nicholson, who was 16 when this film was made), Catherine spends all of her free time upstairs in her attic, masturbating to objects which remind her of her father. One evening, while engaging in such activity, she thinks she notices an apparition, resembling her father, inside the mirror.
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