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Lialeh
(1974)

Insane Mix of Hardcore and Musical
Lialeh (1974)

*** (out of 4)

Arlo (Lawrence Pertillar) is trying to put on an erotic number on the New York City stage but just can't find the right actress. That all changes when Lialeh (Jennifer Leigh) comes in.

You never quite know what you're in for whenever you watch a film that you have zero information on and I must say that LIALEH was quite an eye-opener to say the least. I'm honestly not sure why the film isn't better known because it's pretty much an insane little picture that packs a lot into its short 71-minute running time. Writer/Director Barron Bercovichy would only have this credit to his name and the same is true for the two leads. Today the film's main claim to fame are the songs and music by Bernard Purdie.

There's quite a bit going on in this film and it's just downright bonkers at times. This includes a crazy white chick who wants to bang Arlo and he gives her some meat alright but not what she was expected. Out of nowhere comes a scene inside a church where a preacher hurts his penis but thankfully two ladies are there to help. You've got Arlo and Lialeh doing some phone sex, which is overheard by two female operators who immediately can't take it and have some lesbian sex. You've got a loser who went to bang a chick only to discover she had a dick. Then, we come to the ending, which I won't reveal anything about.

Technically speaking the film isn't all that well-made and there's no logical plot going on. The film seems to have been made on the fly with things just being made up and thrown in as they went along. I thought the two leads were decent for what they were asked to do but there's no question that it's the title track as well as the music that really steals the picture. LIALEH is pretty much a crazy little picture that takes you on bizarre place after another. This was advertised as the first black XXX musical ever made and that alone is cool but it doesn't prepare you for what's actually in the film.

Girl in a Basket
(1975)

Trashy But Bond Fans Will Enjoy
Girl in a Basket (1975)

*** (out of 4)

A virgin (Rene Bond) is walking when a car pulls up. Daddy (Ric Lutze) and Honey (Candy Allison) kidnap the young girl and take her back to their house where they sexually abuse her. However, soon the virgin begins to like it.

GIRL IN A BASKET is a pretty trashy "roughie" that was obviously made to take advantage of the hardcore theater scenes and that's pretty much it. There's no talent in the filmmaking, the camerawork is rather ugly and on a technical level there's really nothing impressive here.

With that being said, if you're a fan of the genre or the cast then there is enough sick stuff here to make it worth watching. I will freely admit that I love Rene Bond and would watch her in anything. Her character here actually goes through quite a bit and that includes being sexually abused by both of the creeps and there's an even earlier scene where she must pleasure herself.

Bond is always cute and attractive and she handles the "virgin" role quite well but also manages to turn on that sexuality once that kicks in. Lutze does what he does best and Allison was also good in her role. Look, there's nothing here. No story. No development. This here was just meant to be a trashy picture and that it is. The film will appeal to fans of Bond or those who enjoy seeing this type of roughie.

Sex in the Comics
(1972)

Fun Look at Comic Sex
Sex in the Comics (1972)

*** (out of 4)

Fun and rather interesting porno from the Golden Era has a young woman showing up to the office of a cartoon artist who educates her on adult comics.

SEX IN THE COMICS is basically paying tribute to the "Tijuana Bibles," which were adult comic books. These books were usually a few pages long and featured dirty stories with pornographic images. I've never actually read one of these or held on in my hands but from what I gathered these were done for both comic effect as well as their dirty nature.

This film from Anthony Spinelli basically tries to re-create the stories that you would see in them and that light-mood is what's on display in this film. Pretty much every single story is over-the-top, exagerated and you can just tell that the filmmakers were trying to be as silly as possible. I will give them credit though as some of the episodes are rather erotic.

The one problem with the film is that at 81-minutes it runs on way too long. The comic nature is pretty much the same in each episode so the film begins to feel a bit too long during the final stretch so I think the film would have been much better at around a hour mark.

Frat House
(1979)

Mildly Entertaining Take Off on Animal House
Frat House (1979)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

I Phelta Thi fraternity is the most popular around and the guys there are constantly scoring with each new lady they meet.

FRAT HOUSE has very little plot but it's clear that writer/director Sven Conrad was influenced by the various "college" films that were made after NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE. This film has a few winks to not only that movie but quite a few others including a small bit aimed at A CLOCKWORK ORANGE of all things.

I actually thought this was a rather well-made film that had some nice cinematography as well as some good editing. You could tell that there was actually a lot of thought that went into the sex scenes and they weren't just a bunch of bump and grind scenes but instead they were actually shot extremely well and there was an actual flow to the editing.

I thought the female performers in the film were a lot of fun and especially Lisa De Leeuw as the rather busty gal. FRAT HOUSE had one major problem and that's the fact that it is a comedy and there just weren't any laughs. I was really disappointed because I had heard this film contained a lot of laughs but they just weren't there for me and in all honesty there really wasn't much of a plot either.

La femme-objet
(1981)

Programmed for Pleasure
La femme-objet (1981)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nicolas (Richard Allan) is a science fiction writer who has an insane need for sex. He will take sex from pretty much any woman but he has yet to find exactly what he desires. This leads him into creating a female robot (Marilyn Jess) who is programed to give him his ultimate desires.

LA FEMME-OBJET comes from writer-director Claude Mulot who messed around in several genres in his short career. This includes horror (THE BLOODY ROSE), sexploitation (SINS OF THE FLESH) and hardcore. He has several famous hardcore pictures including the infamous PUSSY TALK but there's no question that most people consider LA FEMME-OBJET, also known as PROGRAMMED FOR PLEASURE, to be his masterpiece.

What's so remarkable about this picture is that it actually mixes various genres quite well as the story itself is basically the Dr. Frankenstein and monster. You've got a man who creates a robot to do whatever he says but soon that robot is in charge of things. I thought the story was told extremely well and it certainly helps that the performances are also a lot better than you'd typically see in a film like this.

Allan is perfect in the role of the writer who just can't get enough sex. Helene Shirley, Laura Clair and Nadine Roussial are among the ladies who take their turn with him. Then you've got Marilyn Jess who easily steals the picture as the beautiful blonde. Her performance is right on the mark as she's basically playing an emotional-less robot who is just here for one thing.

The cinematography is another major plus here as the sex scenes are filmed extremely well as are the scenes without any sex. LA FEMME-OBJET is certainly one of the better adult pictures ever made.

Indecent Exposure
(1982)

Extremely Well-Made Film
Indecent Exposure (1981)

*** (out of 4)

Antonio (Richard Bolla) is a photographer who uses his position to bang any new girl that comes into the business but when his friend (Eric Edwards) comes into town he isn't against sharing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE comes from director Gary Graver who is best known for his role as a cinematographer. He worked with everyone from Orson Welles to Al Adamson and made a name for himself thanks to his camera but he also directed over a hundred adult films and this one here is considered among the best. I will say that the story itself was rather plot-less and pointless but the film did have a couple things going for it that made it worth watching.

The cast is one thing and especially with Bolla, aka Robert Kerman, in the lead role. A lot of people are going to best know him from the various Italian horror films that he made but more times than not he was always a supporting player. This film here pretty much has him in the lead and I thought he turned in a good and rather funny performance. Edwards was also good in his role and we also got the likes of Veronica Hart, Georgina Spelvin and Arcadia Lake.

What really made the movie was the cinematography. I know people don't go into adult movies just for the camerawork but what's on display here is extremely good. The film was rather creative in the various ways that the sex scenes were shot and I must admit that it was rather refreshing seeing someone at least trying to be creative and original. The editing was also much better than you'd normally get from a hardcore picture.

The sex scenes are all mostly routine but good and for the most part the film remains entertaining throughout.

The Naughty Victorians: An Erotic Tale of a Maiden's Revenge
(1975)

Entertaining For All The Wrong (or Right?) Reasons
The Naughty Victorians: An Erotic Tale of a Maiden's Revenge (1975)

*** (out of 4)

Alice (Susan Sloan) goes to live with her fiance Jack (Beerbohn Tree) and soon realizes that he has some strange ideas about sex and bondage. Before long more women are coming into the bizarre sex game but Alice has her own plans.

THE NAUGHTY VICTORIANS: AN EROTIC TALE OF A MAIDEN'S REVENGE is a very unusual movie and I'd highly recommend you read Roger Ebert's review of the film. In fact, as I read various reviews it became quite clear that some loved the picture while others truly hated it and those who hated it talked about the awful dialogue, the rather strange performances and the fact that this "hardcore" movie doesn't have too much hardcore.

Those reasons for hating the film are quite legit and I honestly wouldn't argue with anyone who didn't like the movie but what's strange is the fact that I liked the film for those exact reasons. Yes, there's not too much hardcore sex in the picture and a lot of it is more suggestive than anything else yet that gave the film a rather unique style. The opening sex scene takes forever to get to it and yet it plays as a major tease. I can understand people going into the film wanting wall-to-wall sex and being disappointed that the first sex scene takes forever to get it but at the same time it's different and unique.

Both Sloan and Tree are, I don't know the word, perhaps off-key? Their performances aren't great and they aren't awful but they're just something strange. The strangeness actually worked for me and I had a good time watching them. Their dialogue is even stranger and it really does seem on the level of Edward D. Wood, Jr. at times but it was fun. Mix this dialogue with the performances and the incredibly strange bondage scenes and you've got a rather fun little film. And did I forget to mention the mother-daughter scene?

Sorority Sweethearts
(1983)

Fun "B" Picture
Sorority Sweethearts (1983)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A group of beautiful sorority girls decide to throw a party when they learn that one of their own, Cindy (Bridgette Monet), is a virgin. The hopes is that she likes her date and is willing to go all the way.

SORORITY SWEETHEARTS is a pretty standard adult movie if you go by the plot and it's also pretty standard in terms of its technical qualities. This was made back-to-back with I LIKE TO WATCH and even though I found that film's story to be a tad bit bland it at least offered up some great technical things.

This film here is certainly the "B" picture of the duo as it seems the filmmakers were just trying to get a movie made and didn't care too much about doing anything too fresh or original. Once again we get the likes of Lisa De Leeuw and Herschel Savage who are both in fine form. Then you've got Monet who certainly can't act but I doubt that is why she was hired.

I Like to Watch
(1982)

Some of the Best Lighting You'll Find in an Adult Movie
I Like to Watch (1984)

*** (out of 4)

Laura (Bridgette Monet) wants her boyfriend to bang her but he's either too shy or too much of a gentleman. At her aunt's house Laura begins to realize that she likes to watch everyone else having their sexual adventures.

Paul G. Vatelli's I LIKE TO WATCH is a film that has a rather basic story-line, which is usually the sign of a not-so-good adult film but it actually doesn't hurt this picture too much. On a technical level is where this film's major success comes from as it's beautiful to look at, features a terrific atmosphere and contains some of the best lighting I've seen from any adult movie.

I thought director Vatelli did a really good job with the sex scenes and especially the way they were cut to also show off the Laura character watching all of them. I thought this was handled extremely well and I also really enjoyed the use of lighting and the various shadows that were created, which just made the atmosphere all the better.

The cast was full of familiar faces like Little Oral Annie, Lisa De Leeuw and Herschel Savage but there's no question that Monet is made the "star" here. She's certainly quite attractive and has a good film presence that helps the overall quality of the movie.

Coming West
(1971)

Decent Hardcore Film
Coming West (1971)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Three ladies (Sandy Carey, Maria Arnold, Staryln Simone) are traveling out West when one decides to fantasies about what it would have been like in the Old West.

COMING WEST is an adult film that clocks in at less than a hour and for the most part it was a mildly entertaining one. If you're looking for something ground-breaking then you're not going to find that here but if you're just looking for some quick and easy entertainment then jump aboard.

The one interesting thing about this is that it was told from the view point of the women and it's the woman's fantasy and not just a guy's idea of what he'd want to see in a porno. This leads to some rather softcore sex scenes that are more love making than just flat out hardcore scenes. It's clear that the filmmakers were staying true to the story that this was the woman's fantasy so there's romance and love involved.

All three of the leading ladies were quite cute and did nice work. The cinematography was also quite good for the time.

Trashy Lady
(1985)

Well-Made Adult Spoof
Trashy Lady (1985)

*** (out of 4)

When gangster Dutch Schultz (Harry Reems) is left stranded by his girlfriend he sees cigarette girl Kitty (Ginger Lynn) but she's too pure for him so he hires a woman to turn her into trash.

TRASHY LADY is an obvious take-off on the whole MY FAIR LADY type of story where a person must transform from one thing to another. Usually these films have a dumb girl turning smart or a bad girl turning good but this one here takes the formula and has a good and pure girl turning into someone quite bad.

The film certainly isn't a masterpiece or one of the greatest adult movies that I've seen but it's very much well-made, features a terrific cast and has some great cinematography, which is actually its highlight. The cinematography by Tom Howard is something that you'd expect to see from higher-class Hollywood movies but it's really grand. This is especially true for the soft focus shots as there are times when you forget that you're watching a hardcore picture.

The film also has a great cast with both Reems and Lynn really doing terrific work with their roles. I thought both were really good and manages to make for some nice laughs as well. Then you've got the likes of Amber Lynn and Herschel Savage in fun roles. The costume design and the sets all look extremely good as well. Overall TRASHY LADY has some flaws and it grows a bit tiresome towards the end but it's still an impressive film.

The First Time
(1978)

Routine Adult Film
The First Time (1978)

** (out of 4)

Jan (Joey Silvera) is a lazy, no-good piece of trash who manages to talk his innocent girlfriend Sue Morris (Mimi Morgan) into making adult movies so that they can pay the bills.

Anthony Spinelli's THE FIRST TIME is a pretty routine porno that clocks in at 71-minutes but to be honest the running time felt twice as long. This is one of those no-budget films that seems to have been shot very quickly so that they could get it into theaters and there's honestly nothing fresh or original to be found.

If you're a fan of the genre then there's nothing awful here but at the same time there's not going to be anything here that you haven't seen before, or after, and done much better. I really wasn't all that impressed with Morgan. Sure, she really did have that "girl next door" look about her but I just didn't find her all that interesting.

The same can be said with the story, which just didn't do much for me. I'd also argue that the sex scenes weren't all that memorable and overall there just wasn't anything here that kept me entertained.

Oriental Baby Sitter
(1977)

Wong Makes the Film Worth Watching
Oriental Baby Sitter (1977)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

May Ling (Linda Wong) is a young and beautiful Asian girl who soon realizes that parents want her sexually.

ORIENTAL BABY SITTER certainly isn't the best film from director Anthony Spinelli but if you're a fan of Wong then you'll at least be entertained by the rather lackluster story of her playing a young teen who discovers her sexuality. The plot is about as simple as you can get but I must admit Wong kept me glued to what was happening.

After being sexually assaulted by a drunk creep, the young Asian woman realizes that she can get various things from her sexuality. This leads to various "jobs" including with one husband whose wife decides she wants a piece of the action as well. For the most part the film is just a low-budget excuse to show off the talents of Wong and on that level it works. Needless to say, one shouldn't be expecting anything ground-breaking but overall the film is a quick 71-minutes of entertainment.

Justine: 'A Matter of Innocence'
(1980)

One of the Best Adult Movies Out There
Justine: 'A Matter of Innocence' (1980)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

After the death of her father, Justine (Hillary Summers) travels from France to the United States to live with her uncle. The virgin Justine soon realizes the various kinky things going on inside the house and before long her beauty becomes a fixation for several men.

Roberta Findlay's JUSTINE: A MATTER OF INNOCENCE is without question the crown jewel in the director's career but I'd take it a step further and say that this here is one of the greatest adult movies ever made. It's really a shame that so many people look down on the adult genre because it features hardcore sex because there are a handful of movies that really deserve much more credit and this here is one of them.

I was really blown away by how entertaining this movie was as it tackles incest in a very serious way and the drama that the film carries is very impressive. I'm going to avoid spoilers so I won't go into the details of the hardships this Justine character goes through but it was perfectly handled by Findlay and it leads up to a wonderful and very satisfying ending.

What's even better is that we get some terrific performances scattered throughout the cast. You've got Summers who is terrific in the title role and she really does make you believe she's this naive virgin. So many films go for the "young girl" route but more times than not the actresses are bland or not believable but that's not the case here. Summers really sells the role and makes you believe everything you're watching. Vanessa del Rio is terrific in her part as is Ashley Moore in the role of the uncle who has his own desires.

The sex scenes are also extremely good. Not only is the cinematography terrific but all of the sex scenes are quite erotic and especially the bathtub sequence between Moore and del Rio. I think I can honestly say that there wasn't a single sex scene here that didn't have some fire behind it and once again Findlay deserves the credit for really delivering the goods. Through in the wonderful set design and you've really got a memorable film that deserves to be better known than it is.

Boiling Desires
(1987)

Decent Film from Tobalina
Boiling Desires (1987)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Teenagers Alice and Leslie (Bunny Bleu and Candie Evans) are taking a shower when they decide to talk about their first time having sex. After various flashbacks we move on with the story, which leads to group sex.

Carlos Tobalina's BOILING DESIRES isn't a masterpiece or even a good movie but for the most part it's slightly entertaining thanks in large part to its cast. If you're expecting some sort of hard-hitting story then you're going to be disappointed because, as is usually the case with the director, the story isn't all that great and basically just serves to set-up the sex.

What I enjoyed about this film was the fact that both Evans and Bleu were rather fun in their roles. This here is basically an old man's fantasy as you've got them playing teenagers and we get the typical type of sex scenes including one banging her teacher (Ron Jeremy) for better grades. I thought the scenes with Jeremy were quite funny and he and Bleu's scenes were certainly the highlight of the picture.

The second half of the film is certainly the weakest as it basically turns into another Tobalina film with groups of people switching around. Like I said, BOILING DESIRES isn't a masterpiece or even a good film but it's a decent film for the director.

Love Champions
(1985)

Bland Remake
Love Champions (1985)

** (out of 4)

Various couples who are having various sexual issues decide to go to a couple doctors to get some education. Before long everyone is involved in an orgy.

If that plot sounds somewhat familiar that's because director Carlos Tobalina remade his very own 1975 film CARNAL HAVEN. That earlier film is one that I liked as it featured a fun cast and some decent sex but this remake is pretty much watered-down and isn't nearly as memorable.

With that being said, there's nothing wrong with this picture but it just comes across extremely cheap and there really wasn't anything memorable that happened. I guess I did like the fact how these husband and wives were getting it on only to have the doctor jump in on the act and yet neither one seemed to be upset about that. I don't know, I was just think about my wife's reaction if we were messing around and then another chick jumped on me.

As is the case with most Tobalina movies, this one here features the smallest of stories, which is basically just here to get the film started and then it's straight to non-stop sex and of course that leads to an orgy, the director's specialty.

Las Vegas Girls
(1983)

Roaming Las Vegas
Las Vegas Girls (1983)

** (out of 4)

A Texas millionaire hires two New York detectives to track down his daughter, which sends them on a wild sexual hunt.

LAS VEGAS GIRLS comes from the one and only Carlos Tobalina and for the most part it's pretty much like the majority of the director's films, which means it contains very little plot and just a bunch of sex action. It's funny because as I go through his films more times than not the "plot" is just there for the opening scene and then it's straight to the sex.

The sex scenes here are pretty much what you'd expect from a Tobalina movie as they certainly aren't filmed in that great of a way and I'd also argue that they really weren't erotic either. I honestly didn't care for too many of the cast members so there really wasn't much happening in this film for me. It certainly wasn't awful but the plot adds up to a big zero and we've basically just got a bunch of sex scenes that could have been outtakes from other movies and we wouldn't have noticed.

My Sinful Life
(1985)

Tobalina Takes on Incest
My Sinful Life (1983)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Jill (Danielle) goes to live with her aunt so that she can go to school but once there she admits that she has been sexually "touched" by her parents. This leads to a whole chain of events that have Jill eventually working at a brothel.

MY SINFUL LIFE sounds a lot more entertaining than it actually is, although for a Carlos Tobalina film it's not too bad. When it comes to Tobalina you pretty much have to rate him against his own movies and not others from the genre as he pretty much only made a handful of "good" movies and I think one could argue that he didn't have much talent behind the camera.

With that being said, the story here is actually decent for what it is as it's another taboo film built around incest. I thought this one benefited from a nice cast, which included Danielle playing the young and naive girl as well as Jamie Gillis who shows up. Helva Sven, appearing under the name Helga Gabor, also does some nice work in her role as the Madam.

The film is playful with its subject and it leads to an ending that doesn't quite work but at the same time, if you're familiar with the director then you'll know that he isn't exactly the greatest filmmaker so this here is still one of his better efforts even with the flaws.

Her Last Fling
(1976)

Typical Orgy from Tobalina
Her Last Fling (1976)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sandy (Sandy Feldman) gets word from her doctor that she doesn't have much longer to live so she decides to get involved with some orgies.

HER LAST FLING might sound like director Carlos Tobalina was trying to get into some Ingmar Bergman type of drama but you should know that the "drama" pretty much goes out the window at the five-minute mark and then it turns into your typical gang bang / orgy film. If you're familiar with the work of Tobalina then you know how the man loves group sex.

At just 72-minutes the film isn't that long but there's really not enough story here for anything and in fact the entire opening is pretty much useless as there's no story or character development. Obviously the opening was just an excuse to get to the orgy action and as is typically the case it's poorly shot and certainly not erotic.

There are some familiar faces in the cast but no one really stands out among the crowd. There are a few good scenes and if you're into large orgies then you might get a little more entertainment out of it but overall it's pretty flat.

Carnal Haven
(1975)

Dr. Sharon Thorpe Reporting for Duty
Carnal Haven (1975)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

As our film kicks off we meet a variety of couples who are all suffering from some sort of sexual issue. We then meet Dr. Klein (Sharon Thorpe) who runs a sex clinic where she teaches people the proper way to have sex.

CARNAL HAVEN is a fairly entertaining film from Carlos Tobalina that tries to be both educational as well as offering the porn crowds what they wanted, which was hardcore sex. The term educational is used very lightly as that there was just a ploy to make the film seem like it had a reason to be doing hardcore since that there was still a bit of a legal issue.

The film offers up a great number of familiar faces and I thought they all managed to make the film entertaining. The various characters were all put into sometimes funny situations and I really loved the early scenes showing them and their issues. We get the likes of Annette Haven, John Leslie, Joey Silvera, Desiree west and many others and all of them are in fine form here. Thorpe basically is the educator who must show her clients what they are doing wrong.

is CARNAL HAVEN a masterpiece or some sort of must-see? Not at all but as I make my way through the work of Tobalina it's at least a somewhat entertaining one.

Anticipation
(1982)

Brotherly Love
Anticipation (1982)

** (out of 4)

Jerry (Jesse Adams) and Steve (Joey Silvera) are brothers who are about to find themselves in a very bad situation as both find themselves lusting for the other's wife.

As I slowly make my way through the films of director Carlos Tobalina it's becoming clear that he often skips any sort of story and just gives us enough to get an orgy started. If he isn't doing that then he is attempting to deliver some sort of real story and it just doesn't work so it's becoming clear that no matter what he tried the end result wasn't going to be very good except in rare cases.

The problem with ANTICIPATION is that it really does try to tell a deep and personal story but it just fails for a number of reasons including the fact that the director just wasn't able to build up or play out any real drama. Not for a second do we believe these guys are brothers and it's even sillier during the fantasy sequences, which seem to be another thing the director liked doing.

The film was mildly entertaining for what it was and especially for Sheila Parks and Serena but even they couldn't save the picture. I did find a few scenes extremely funny but the highlight of the picture has to be the flashback to what happened when one of the brothers was sent to jail for murder. His reaction after the gunshots were hilarious and the following scene showing "what really happened" was hilarious as well.

Flesh Pond
(1983)

Desperate Orgy
Flesh Pond (1983)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A couple men break out of prison and wind up at a brothel where one female is showing her customers what she can do with a blow up doll and a big fake penis. The two criminals then start making everyone in the room have sex.

FLESH POND is a fairly worthless film from director Carlos Tobalina who once again gets to show off his desire of orgies. There's really not too much happening in this film that is good from a technical point of view but its story basically borrows from THE DESPERATE HOURS and then turns it into an orgy.

The biggest problem with the film is that there really isn't any sort of story as what there is is only used to get people into one location. From here we just get the gunmen ordering people around and telling them what to do in the sex scenes. I guess they're basically Carlos Tobalina in the film since they are directing everything.

The film does benefit from some cute ladies but it all adds up to a big nothing. I will say that there were some unintentionally funny scenes including one guy who gets to pick his threesome partners. I also find these orgy scenes funny whenever someone isn't taking part of the action yet you can see them either watching or just not paying attention. Their facial shots are rather funny at times.

Sensual Fire
(1979)

A Misfire for Tobalina
Sensual Fire (1979)

** (out of 4)

Roy (Jamie Gillis) marries the beautiful Laura (Jesie St. James) but soon starts to fantasies about her teenage daughter (Dorothy LeMay). Soon these fantasies just aren't enough and he wants the real thing.

Carlos Tobalina's SENSUAL FIRE is the director's attempt at trying to tackle a taboo subject but it certainly falls well short of other films that deal with the subject. The most popular film in this "genre" was TABOO, which followed a year after this one and there's no question that the two would make a perfect double feature because it would show you the dos and don'ts of how to make them.

SENSUAL FIRE is pretty much a misfire from the word go as the film doesn't really have anything to say on the subject and instead it just plays out with a bunch of sexual vignettes that add up to very little. I would argue that Gillis, St. James and LeMay were all good in their roles but there's very little actual fire.

The majority of the sex scenes are rather boring and in fact none of them have much fire or erotic nature. Each one of the sex scenes are just building up to the finale where Gillis gets with LeMay for real but how it is presented was just rather silly to say the least.

Three Ripening Cherries
(1984)

Regan Steals the Picture
Three Ripening Cherries (1979)

*** (out of 4)

A mom (Kitty Shayne) warns her three daughters (Misty Regan, Brooke West, Lynn LeMay) that having sex before marriage isn't as good as they might think and tries to push them into saving their virginity. The three ladies then go back to their bed and play around with one another as they fantasies what it would be like to have sex.

Carlos Tobalina's THREE RIPENING CHERRIES appears to be his "masterpiece" as far as a Tobalina goes. It seems that the majority of the people who watch his film leave this one calling it the best and it's easy to see why as it's certainly well-made, features a fun story and it also delivers some very erotic scenes with the three lovely leading ladies.

Of course, you have the entire idea of three sisters licking and touching one another but we'll just overlook that part. The film works extremely well as a fantasy and especially how the ladies envision themselves losing their virginity. I thought the fantasy sequences were well-directed by Tobalina and they also managed to be quite erotic as it really did seem as if the three females were really into it and not just there for the work.

This is especially true for Regan who easily steals the film. I thought she was extremely charming and especially during the finale where she whines because the man she picked just can't give her what she wants. Overall THREE RIPENING CHERRIES isn't what I'd consider a masterpiece of the genre but it's certainly a fun and charming picture that shows Tobalina could do something right.

Super Sex
(1986)

Above Average Tobalina
Super Sex (1986)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

For a Carlos Tobalina film this one here isn't two bad and centers on a couple shrinks who are willing to listen and help their patients. The patients all suffer from some sort of sexual issue so the doctors don't mind getting in there and helping relieve some of the problems.

SUPER SEX was obviously done without too much money, which is usually the case with these Tobalina pictures but I found this one here to be rather well-made and it certainly featured some of the better cinematography that I've seen from any of the director's work. Usually the editing and cinematography are pretty bland to say the least but that wasn't the case here and in the end this was a more entertaining picture.

It certainly doesn't hurt that the director lined up some attractive women and many of the stories are a lot better than you'd expect. I really liked the early stuff dealing with the fantasies that the women were having but there are also some pretty silly stories as well and especially the sequence with the husband who announces that he wants to see another man bang his wife. Her reaction was rather priceless to say the least!

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