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Flavor of the Month

Studio: 5th Element » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/8/06

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Flavor of the Month

Fifth Element

Genre: Vignette

Director: Mark Cashman

Cast: Gia Paloma, Marco Banderas/Duato, Annie Cruz, Mickey Ray, Marie Luv, Tyler Knight, Sandra Romain, Lee Stone, Eva Angelina, Reno

Length: 111.5 minutes

Date of Production: 5/13/2006

Extra's: The best extra was clearly the 13.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature shot by former director Mickey Ray (who used to do a great job shooting them for Simon Wolf Productions before a shake up at the company left him out of a job). It had some great tease footage of the ladies eating ice cream, some interviews, and some extra sex and nudity with a little of the photoshoot shown for good measure. There was also a photogallery and pop shot compilation from the scenes.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Flavor of the Month was presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot in HD by director Mark Cashman for release by Fifth Element. This was perhaps the very best work of his that I've seen with the lighting preventing any grain or video noise from entering the picture and the detail provided as a result of the DVD mastering far more than usual. The composition of the shots seemed to enhance the look of the ladies too with decent editing keeping the stray camera work at bay most of the time. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English with little separation but at least a bit of a nod to the ice cream theme in each case. The vocals were decent in all but the last scene (too hollow with echoes) though some of the gals used better dirty talk than others as discussed below.

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Body of Review: Mark Cashman has been around porn longer than many of the ladies currently in the industry have been alive to hear his friends talk and that kind of experience often translates into quality porn production, as evidenced by today's review of Flavor of the Month. The idea was to have the ladies sit around and eat ice cream before using it as a sexual aide, with the traditional fantasy of watching them lick the cones providing lots of stroke value. The cover put it like this: "Gia makes a sticky, drippy mess in this steamy, ass reaming anal scene. Sandra likes mint and chip...but she loves Lee Stone's cone in her ass. Enjoy Annie's explosion of juices when she showers Mickey Ray in her own flavor. Forget the sprinkles! The only thing Marie Luvs on her chocolate ice cream is "NUT" Fuck coffee!!! The flavor of the month is Eva Angelina." In all then, it was a lot of fun to watch and fans of ice cream will like it even more then usual. Here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used at all:

Scene One: Vanilla: Gia Paloma, the sweet, smooth, classic gal featured on the upper left hand corner of the front DVD cover, was up first as she licked her ice cream cone in her purple& black lingerie. She teased partner Marco Banderas/Duato and dripped some of the confection on her leg for him to lick off, driving him wild in the process. Further drippings went elsewhere, including her pussy and titties with him going after all of them before she started slobbing his knob like a treat in return. Her oral skills were nothing short of fine and they led to her actively riding his cock vaginally in several positions. Her breasts heaving from bouncing so hard, she then turned to providing an anal romp though she wasn't as active working her backdoor. There was some taste testing, including ATM, before she jerked out his load to swallow some of it down. Whew!

Scene Two: Mango: Annie Cruz, an Asian gal known for sexual tricks, was up next with seasoned industry veteran Mickey Ray as they followed the formula with some slightly weird ice cream. There was less preliminary tease this time but he went right down on her pussy for a lot longer too with her giving some nice head as well. The penetrative sex was vaginal and she wasn't as active most of the time as she tends to be but her biggest weakness was how over the top her vocals got routinely here. She blew him to completion but wasn't allowed to swallow, ending an okay scene.

Scene Three: Chocolate: Marie Luv, a leggy black gal in some appealing lingerie, was up next as she dispensed with the ice cream in favor of going right to the source of fun with muscular Tyler Knight by sucking his dick. The tease was probably the best thing about the theme of the movie though they tried to make up for it with some dirty talk centering on the ice cream lingo (like: "fuck vanilla"). Her oral was nicely done and he gave her a few licks too before the couple started bumping uglies. He licked her foot a little for those of you into that kind of thing but in all of the positions they did, he did most of the work as she passively kicked back; drastically weakening the scene as a result. It ended with a pop shot to the reappeared ice cream cone and she ate the cone but that didn't save the thematic aspect of the scene either.

Scene Four: Mint: Sandra Romain, the brunette shown on the upper right hand corner of the front DVD cover, was up next in bed as she ate her ice cream while dressed in her enhancing black lingerie. The massive Lee Stone joined her but the only flavor he was interested in was Romanian as he licked her body all over, getting a taste of the cone but still spending more time on her. He licked her clean and then the real fun began with the two getting into a 69. Her oral was better than his but the ensuing vaginal ride was off the charts in terms of being very enthusiastic and passionate. Her dirty talk was also plentiful and it was really hot, leading to anal once she was in the mood. The active anal included some double dipping on his part and ATM on hers, eventually leading to his pop shot in her mouth and on her face. Great scene!

Scene Five: Coffee: Eva Angelina, the hotty featured on the middle of the front cover in her blue bikini, was up next in a stripper situation where she danced using the pole and eating her cone. She gyrated and teased with the best of them, leaving her cone with Reno to free her up a little bit as she gave a great show. She then blew him like she wanted to do so with him spending some time going down on her (though less enthusiastically) before they screwed standing up. It was a great ride initially as the two tore into one another but she needed to maintain her balance so she wasn't as active and even in the positions on the floor, he did most of the work. She looked great though and the pair got really sweaty before he rubbed out a load to her mouth though the vocals sounded hollow in the cavernous room.

Summary: Flavor of the Month was one of the best movies by director Mark Cashman that I've seen (though I haven't had much of an opportunity to review his work, I've seen more than a few titles in the past). It had a splendidly diverse cast, a fun theme, and production values that accentuated the look of the ladies as most of them provided a hot show with stroke and replay value worth discussing. The extras were kind of light and there was a need for more polishing up of a few scenes but I still thought it was worthy of being Recommended. In short, Flavor of the Month will last a lot longer than that for your personal pleasure but it's nice to see that the director was given a chance to really show what he's made of for once; especially with such a solid cast.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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