March 26, 2005

Movie Review: Hole Patrol


Chi Chi LaRue.
Cast: Eddie Stone, Johnny Hazzard, Jason Ridge, Fredrick Ford, Arpad Miklos, Owen Hawk, Nick Capra, Shane Rollins, Tommy Ritter.

New Rascal Video exclusive Tommy Ritter gets into a world of trouble, along with buds Owen Hawk and Shane Rollins, in the opening moments of Hole Patrol. The three cuties are stopped by small-town sheriffs Fredrick Ford and Jason Ridge and hauled off to jail. Luckily their cell mate is Rascal exclusive Johnny Hazzard. Together, the young studs formulate a plan to overthrow evil warden Eddie Stone (who wears an awful lot of makeup for a tough prison dude). In five excellent (and long) scenes, the first-rate cast gets down and dirty. First, a goateed Ridge takes Ritter in for questioning and ends up impaled on his own nightstick. This scene is slow and intense as director Chi Chi LaRue builds the erotic tension between the guys. There’s a sexy blowjob with handcuffs and eventually Ritter tops Ridge, nicely reversing the roles in this power struggle. The next scene is equally impressive as Rollins is sent to see Dr. Schmidt (Nick Capra) for an unidentified illness. Working his rubber glove with a vengeance, a very verbal Capra sucks, eats out and fucks his patient. Rollins delivers a sloppy BJ and shoots into his own mouth. Next, Hazzard puts on a show for guard Arpad Miklos while Hawk looks on and jacks. This pairing is a good study in contrasts as the hairy Miklos pounds smooth tattooed love boy Hazzard. Miklos also gets together with the other guards, Ridge and Ford. They perform some oral, then Ford bottoms for Ridge. In the end, they all beat off together. (We learn in the entertaining behind-the-scenes extras that this scene was supposed to be strictly oral, but Ford demanded to be fucked and Ridge was happy to comply.) But the final scene is the keeper: Warden Stone and guard Ford take on the three prisoners. Stone does a great job here, sucking and bottoming for all three. Hazzard also gets in on the fun, topping Stone as well and ultimately helping the boys escape. Superb picture quality and vibrant colors enhance the solid production values and fine videography. There is just enough story and script (by Doug Jeffries), and all the models give it up for diva LaRue. Clocking in at more than two and a half hours, Hole Patrol certainly gives viewers their money’s worth, but a bit of tightening wouldn’t have hurt. (Rascal Video/Channel 1 Releasing)

Reprinted from GAYVN magazine (2005)

March 25, 2005

Movie Review: SkaterBoy


Director: Max Lincoln.
Cast: James Alexander, Darian Hawke, Reece Richards, Sherman Ash, Ben Taylor, Erwin Van Den Broek, Aaron Jones, Brace Levitt, Stefan Andersen, Christian Aster.

Spike (James Alexander) is a British twink with a skateboard and a dream—to win the big competition. And so Eurocreme’s latest, SkaterBoy, goes rolling gaily along, offering some smooth youngsters and average sex along the way. In the opening J/O scene, the energetic Alexander shows off his hairless torso and pierced belly button. But he isn’t alone for long, meeting up with cute skate bud Fuzz (Darian Hawke) for some light shoplifting. When they are caught, hot cop Ben Taylor frisks and strip-searches the partners in crime. Store owner Sherman Ash forces them to pay the price with a steamy fourgy in the backroom. After sucking and rimming, the guys manage a difficult double fuck. Soon there is cum everywhere, including in one model’s mouth. Spike and Fuzz eventually make it to the train station and arrive in Amsterdam for the contest. But first they have sex (including double penetration!) with a little Dutch boy (Erwin Van Den Broek) on his scenic houseboat. Next, the youths decide to buy some pot from bartender JJ (Aaron Jones), who shares much more when they all go back to his squatter’s loft and get busy with his roommate (Brace Levitt). This foursome tends to drag, but director Max Lincoln manages to work a skateboard into the fucking sequence in a very inventive way. (Skateboard sex! What will they think of next?) The newbies then venture to the red-light district and hang out at the Cockring bar, where another bout of nicely edited group sex ensues. Picture quality is good but some of the lighting is less than flattering and, overall, the colors look faded. In the seventh and final sex scene, Spike and Fuzz realize they are much more than friends, thanks to a busted skateboard that almost ruins our hero’s chances at victory. This is a silly and trite ending to a disappointing effort. As usual, if you don’t like the leads, you’re outta luck, as they appear in almost every scene. Production values are fine but don’t seem as high as in SpyBoy or other recent Eurocreme releases. And the voice-over narration, delivered in an indecipherable mumble by the thickly accented Alexander, almost makes us wish for subtitles. (Eurocreme)

Reprinted from GAYVN magazine (2005)

March 23, 2005

On the Set Report: M. Lucas' Dangerous Liaisons


Michael Lucas thinks big, and his latest production is no exception. An epic gay-porn remake of the 17th-century novel by French author Choderlos de Laclos, Michael Lucas’ Dangerous Liaisons promises to be his highest-profile film yet. “This has five-star hot sex!” Lucas exclaims. “It has a beautiful cast, incredible editing, expensive locations, five cameras, three makeup artists, two stylists, two set stylists, three drivers, eight assistants, even a lawyer! It cost $250,000 to make, and it’s a huge deal!” Modesty has never been his strong point, but when Lucas talks about his latest movie he starts to sound like the Donald Trump of gay porn. Yes, the Russian porn star/auteur has always been a tireless self-promoter, but in this case, bigger is certainly better—and not only when it comes to dick size.

On a chilly Saturday in February, Lucas arrives on the set of a photographer’s studio in the East Village. He and co-stars Gus Mattox and new Lucas exclusive Bruce Beckham have been out all morning shooting a scene on the streets of New York. Director of photography Tony DeMarco, who also wrote the script for Liaisons, explains that the battery on their camera went dead during the shoot, so a production assistant had to rush over with a new one. Then as soon as they were ready to shoot, a fire truck arrived across the street, causing another delay. But the short scene was eventually completed, and now they are ready to get down to some sex.

“This is my first New York movie,” says Mattox with excitement. “And my first with Michael Lucas. I liked the script, and they needed someone who could do dialogue and sex. So it seemed like a perfect match!” Beckham, who is originally from Ohio but now goes to culinary school in Los Angeles, met Lucas when he lived in New York. He has done a couple of movies under a different name for Blue Blake but considers this a new start. “I really like Michael and look forward to coming to New York to work for him a lot,” he says, blue eyes sparkling.

Mattox changes into striped boxers and Beckham to blue briefs, and they sit on a red velvet divan as Lucas preps them for the scene. Porn star Raymond Dragon, who is working camera on the film, sets up lights as a still photographer snaps pictures. Lucas meticulously runs through the choreography he wants for the sex. Mattox absentmindedly plays with Beckham’s hair as Lucas talks about the kissing, licking, sucking, fucking, armpit sniffing and footplay that will ensue. When he hears about the pit sniffing, Mattox politely asks for some baby wipes and demurely swabs away. Lucas attempts to demonstrate a position he’d like for the fucking, but when he leans into the couch, it promptly tips over. They decide on a new position. Lucas also choreographs the camera work, which will be shot by both DeMarco and Dragon. Ever a stickler for detail, Lucas directs the PAs to wipe the bottoms of the models’ feet. Always thinking ahead, he tells them to be ready with condoms, lube, water and towels.

When Lucas finally calls for action, the models begin making out. Dragon shoots the action from a loft area above the couch and DeMarco is on the floor. Lucas crouches on the sidelines, watching intently as they move on to oral. Before long, Beckham has both legs in the air and Mattox is eating his ass. They gracefully move into one of the positions Lucas demonstrated for the 69 sequence. The cameras zoom in for close-ups as the models sniff, lick and shrimp. “So beautiful,” Mattox murmurs more than once. Lucas calls for the c-light as the fucking begins. “Spread those cheeks,” he tells Beckham. As Dragon drops down to get a low-angle shot, Lucas lands next to him, trying to see what the camera is capturing. He holds onto Mattox’s ankle, holding him in place as he rams Beckham. After several minutes, Lucas calls for a break. Mattox good-naturedly does tricks with his dick, noting that they would make great DVD extras. The makeup artist touches up the models, and then it’s back to work.

Beckham fingers his hole in close-up, then Mattox moves in to fuck. Lucas calls for “more noise” from the models and has very specific instructions for the pop shots. Beckham shoots then takes some of his cum and puts it on Mattox’s lips and kisses him. Mattox jacks to completion on Beckham’s dick then sucks it off. “I only shoot safe sex with condoms,” Lucas says later, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t be creative and push things a bit.” There is one final kiss, then Mattox smirks in character for the camera. Less than 90 minutes have gone by and the scene is done.

It’s relatively small compared with what Lucas will attempt the following weekend. As numerous models, extras and cameramen wait for some local “celebrities” in a large New York club, the director barks orders at his staff. On a Sunday afternoon, Lucas and crew have gathered at Quo in Chelsea to shoot the finale to Dangerous Liaisons. The club is set up to look like an art gallery, with big photo blowups that have video monitors inserted in them. The extras—curious porn fans who have answered ads placed in local gay rags—mill around and wait for the glitterati to film their red-carpet arrivals. “This movie is all about fashion, beauty and intrigue,” Lucas says. “It is about designers, models and photographers—and hot sex, of course!”

Dragon is still shooting. “It’s been a long week,” he says with a smile, relieved that today is the final day of filming, which will be followed by a wrap party. First to arrive is local trannie club fixture Amanda Lepore. She is wearing very little clothing—basically a jeweled bikini with a pink fur and heels. As she intently reads over a release form, two video cameras and a photographer record every nuance on her sculpted face. Reality porn takes a new turn! In the back, Lucas preps on an all-white set to interview the nightlife vixen. Next, drag star and DJ Lady Bunny makes the scene, shrieking, “Where are the drugs?” She banters with Lepore and says she is happy to be making her porn debut. Entertainer RuPaul walks in, wearing a fur coat, cowboy hat and boots. She asks whether Boy George has arrived yet. Lucas tells her that the former Culture Club singer has already come and gone. He got the call time mixed up, but they shot a brief cameo that will be used in the film. Village Voice columnist Michael Musto slips in and hovers in the corner scribbling notes while Bunny entertains the extras. “Okay, I want your cocks out and hard, right now!” she demands. They laugh and seem excited to be included in the fun.

Today there will be two setups: One is a party scene, and the other will feature the stars are they pull up in a limo and arrive on a red carpet. The extras will play rabid porn fans who will cheer and take pictures. Lady Bunny goes first, jumping out of the limo, cavorting on the red carpet and running into the club. Then Musto gets in the limo to make his entrance. When asked who he is wearing, Musto answers, “Kmart!” Lepore is next, posing like a veteran and trying not to shiver in her skimpy outfit. Finally, RuPaul walks the walk, followed by Lucas himself, then the crew and extras gratefully move inside.

After a break, Lucas welcomes everyone and introduces his cast, which includes porn stars Wilfried Knight, Owen Hawk and Kent Larson. He tells the crowd they look beautiful and explains what the cocktail party will entail. It is the finale of the movie and features a confrontation between Lucas and Gus Mattox, who has been chatting with RuPaul about her new doll (out later this year!). Mattox introduces his lovely female companion Blair Ross, who will be playing his assistant. “Blair and I appeared together in 42nd Street,” Mattox explains. “When she heard that I kept talking to an assistant in the film on my cell phone, she said she wanted to play her. So here she is!”

For the party scene, the extras are handed glasses and told to mingle. Lucas confronts Mattox, and before they know it, the scene and the movie are wrapped. Lucas is clearly thrilled with the results. “I work with such a great team of people,” he says. “I think my talent as a producer is that I surround myself with great people. And I enjoy giving these people challenging projects. Sometimes they want to work on something new and exciting. Something grandiose, like Dangerous Liaisons!”

Donald Trump, take note!

Reprinted from GAYVN magazine (2005)