Audio/Video Quality: Stimula was presented in an anamorphic widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 as shot by director Axel Braun for Teravision. The lighting on the movie was decent, reducing the amounts of grain, video noise, and other elements dependent on lighting. The composition of the shots tended to favor the ladies but also played up the erotica factor more than a little bit, using basic settings for the scenes while attempting a lot of visual trickery that did not always work at enhancing the appearance of the couples from where I sat. I did see some compression artifacts, most likely as a result of the bitrate being in the mid 2 Mbps area or having too high a compression rate set for the mastering, but the numerous visual special effects were more problematic for me (slow motion, lighting). The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 192 Kbps) but the vocals had no separation and limited dynamic range. The music wasn't a big factor most of the time but the music volume was a lot higher than it needed to be, forcing me to rush for the mute button on my remote control once the movie was over.
Body of Review: Axel Braun needs no introduction to those who have been following porn over the years and his body of work for various companies has shown a willingness of the man to try a lot of new things in a day & age when most companies take the safe route and copy each other to the point of stagnation. Teravision picked him up to do a movie earlier this year in the form of Stimula; a set of five vignettes that addressed the five basic senses in an erotic fashion. Unlike some of the other attempts by the company to provide artistic porn, this one seemed to have the benefit of Axels' extensive experience and willingness to do something markedly different than normal, resulting in a movie that might not appeal to all of you but will certainly work nicely as stroke fodder if you understand what is going on. The cover put it like this: "Five senses. Five gorgeous girls. Five visually enticing scenes from the twisted mind of award-winning director Axel Braun. Sasha Grey delivers an extraordinarily inspired performance, enhanced by the dramatic color palette and Braun's masterful camera work, in what is bound to be an instant classic for all the fans of hardcore erotica. Let your senses guide you in this journey across the mysterious universe of five girls' quest for pleasure, but be careful ... you might never want to come back." If this sounds good to you, here is a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used at all:
Scene One: Taste: Sascha Grey, the lean brunette cutie on the front cover, was up first after some slow tease where food came into play. She was in a minimalist room with Jay Lassiter and hungrily attacked his penis with her mouth before straddling his face with her fishnet stockinged legs. The saliva poured down his shaft as she slobbed his knob, the guy throatfucking her as she deepthroated him all the way to causing tears. The messy hummer led to them screwing vaginally on the couch, Sascha aggressively riding his cock when she was on top of him with the starkness of the lighting making it all seem almost surreal to me while she dominated him. She tugged at his balls while demanding his compliance, the multiple positions leading to him going down on her and rubbing out a load of population pudding before closing up.
Scene Two: Hearing: Claire Dames, a curvy brunette with a wonderfully fleshy ass, was up next in a white room as she took on Spyder Jonez. He dominated her this time and made her give him a show as he barked out orders for her to spread her legs. If you like men shouting at ladies more than I do, you might like this one more than I did initially but the good news was that she took it all in stride as she got into working his modest meat over before the mirror. Her oral skills were strongly in evidence as he pushed her limits, getting the most out of her as he hammered her throat (while her ample breasts swayed to their rhythm). She continued this until it was time to jump on his cock, the gal pounding her pussy on his pole as he slapped her cheeks and let her do some PTM in between positions. The starkness of the lighting and camera work was once again evident and it seemed harsh until I saw how it fit in with the action; Claire almost blowing him to orgasm before they did doggy to completion and he spewed on the mirror for her to lick clean.
Scene Three: Sight: Jassie, a thin brunette that has been in porn a long time, was up next on a maroon leather chair where she masturbated until being joined by Sascha. The sight of sex on the small screen led her to get ripe with juices for him and she went for his crotch as though trying to inhale his nuts through his piss hole, the camera getting invasive at times with the up close approach it took. The shadows and lighting were different here but still reminiscent of the stark dynamic the rest of the movie had going on, the couple showing little chemistry but lots of energy and enthusiasm as they went at one another like sexual athletes. She was an active ride and he did as he was told while penetrating her perfect pussy in numerous manners, the contrast between their skin tones substantial as they bumped uglies for one another. The scene ended with his load jerked off by Jassie (a pleasant surprise) onto her face for oral clean up. Yum!
Scene Four: Smell: Jennifer Dark, another very lean brunette with an appealing face, was up in what came across as a red light alleyway with nasty Harley sniffing at her like a dog. The stylish camera and editing work did not strike me as appealing this time but did manage to convey the movie's established dynamic well enough as he warmed her up with some foreplay before she dropped to her knees to blow him. A talented oralist, Jennifer then aggressively rode his meaty member in numerous positions, not settling for a vaginal romp alone as she took it in her tight ass as well. Her perfect pucker penetrated, she gave some taste testing to complete her rounds as a sex worker nicely; the vocals minimal as she drained his balls dry during the facial she took.
Scene Five: Touch: Gwen Diamond, a very cute gal with light hair, was up last as she stretched out on a large bed for Chris Charming to caress. He spent time on her entire frame, lightly turning her on as she embraced the concept of touch as a focal point for her ministrations too. The sex was predictable in that she blew him and the couple screwed vaginally but the scene was a notable highpoint in how it more readily and consistently continued on with the theme the scene was started with (something that might be better explored in a sequel). It did take her awhile to get into the swing of actively riding his cock but the scene slowly increased the tempo to get to that point so it was a natural progression that was appealing to me on a visual level. The scene ended on a weird note with him jerking off to her feet and her licking them a bit but otherwise served as a good example of using the theme better and with less of the stark camera work most of the other scenes employed.
Summary: Stimula by director Axel Braun for Teravision was a stroke flick trying for something different and succeeding more often than not so I rated it as Recommended. The ladies were physically attractive and the attempt to use a different sensual dynamic for each scene was intellectually stimulating even when it did not quite pan out as it should have but the amount of stroke and replay value was such that it had some fair levels of fuck for the buck. In short, Stimula was a nice change of pace that some of you will find appealing even if the limited extras and decidedly harsh technical values will be too jarring for the overly sensitive.
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