January 12, 2016
Movie Review: The Submission of Emma Marx (New Sensations Erotic Stories - 2013)
By all accounts, Emma Marx is a beautiful, confident, well-adjusted woman. Unfortunately when it comes to love and romance, she has found all of her previous relationships to be a bit routine and mundane. Suddenly, that is all changed by a chance encounter with a handsome and mysterious man. He introduces her to a world she had only dared to fantasize of -- a world of erotic sex, role-play and BDSM. She questions how a man can so easily strip away her inhibitions and replace them with lust and desire. How is it that he has such control over her?. Why does she like it so much?. Her journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening, however, may come with a price. What happens when the greatest love you've ever known makes you face your greatest obstacle -- yourself?
(Runtime - 1 hr. 56 mins.)
In THE SUBMISSION OF EMMA MAX, "Emma Marx"(Penny Pax) is a college student, who has never found love, or even had a steady relationship to speak of, despite seemingly everyone else around her, finding something or someone, who make them happy. This includes her roommate and sister, "Nadia"(Riley Reid), who has just gotten engaged to her boyfriend, "Ray"(Van Wylde). No, it would seem that Emma doesn't have time for relationships(although she longs for love), as she keeps herself busy with such things as school assignments. And it is such an assignment that we find her working on, when the story truly begins. The assignment is a Masters thesis on equality in the workplace. It is such a project for which she has interviewed a number of sucessful business people, but it is not until one February morning, as Emma recalls(via the film's narration), that things take a rather interesting turn, when she chooses to interview one William P. Fredrick. Her reason for wanting to interview Fredrick, is for the fact, that as an owner of a successful company, she is startled to find that out of all of his employees, 97% of them are female. Hoping to grab some insight, she begins to quiz Fredrick. However, she is is quick to take note of his arrogance, and abundance of self confidence. They are two qualities that might very well turn most away, but for Emma, it only intrigues her. Although Emma comes away from the meeting with possibly more questions than she had going in, the two part ways on a very admirable note. From then on, Emma just cannot stop thinking about the mysteriously intriguing man, whom she has met. However nothing his heard from him until one day, a telegram arrives at her door. It's from Fredrick, who gives Emma specific instruction not to contact him until after she's graduated - and should she follow the rules, at that time, she will be given special information, regarding an opportunity that he promises will be unique. The proposal puts Emma even for on edge, as she often pleasures herself at the thought of the man, and his mysterious "opportunity". What can it, be? she doesn't know. But what she does know, is that graduation, which is 4 months away, could not come any sooner. Fast forward in time a little, and the day finally arrives. And on that day, she receives an envelope, mailed to her by Fredrick, which contains, both a set of instructions, as well as some paperwork, in which she is to sign. The instructions tell her specifically what to wear, and what time she should arrive at the address which he has also provided. And the paperwork? A non-disclosure agreement, to be signed between the two. She quickly discovers that the location in question is Fredrick's lavish mansion, and that the paperwork is an agreement to engage in a BDSM relationship with him. It is something that is scary at first thought to Emma, yet she eventually agrees to it, as well as its stipulations, as she slowly puts her guard down and dives into the experience. It is an experience that would soon change her life. After giving into temptation, she is hooked. But that's not before making some alterations in the relationship of her own. She wants a job at Fredrick's company as well as a set rate salary. Fredrick agrees to her desire, on the condition that the two be able to extend their BDSM practices into the workplace. So during the week, Fredrick has her during office hours, while on the weekend, she's all his at his place. It's a relationship that seems to work out - Fredrick sets the rules and boundaries, and Emma follows them. It takes some getting used to on her part, but soon Emma falls into the routine. In reality, she enjoys being dominated by the man, who she refers to as "Mr.Fredrick" immensely. So much so, that she opens herself up to things she said she's never do - such as anal sex. As Fredrick continues to push Emma Marx to her limits of both pleasure and pain, Nadia becomes suspicious of her sister's secret sexual activities, which nearly cause Emma to abandon them altogether. But as she attempts to stray from him, she finds that the temptation in which Fredrick ignites within her is just far too strong, and that her interpretation of love and happiness simply differs from the norm.
As some of you may or may not know, I just started reviewing Adult films on a regular basis at the end of last year. However, with that said, I have always been a fan of the stuff. Well, when THE SUBMISSION OF EMMA MARX was released by NEW SENSATIONS about 2 years ago - it is a film that had me wishing that I was in the position that I am in now. It is one that had a lot of buzz about it. I would have loved to have reviewed it, but at the time, I just didn't have a proper avenue to do so. And so, for some reason, I never got around to seeing the film. But that brings me to now. Since the first film's release sometime in 2013, the property has since become a popular series - a trilogy to be exact, and it has one numerous awards So, with the second film already released, and the third on the way, I thought what better time to go back and see these, than now?
Well, let me just say that I am most certainly glad that I did, because this is just excellent storytelling. Nevermind that this is "Adult Entertainment". This is flat out great storytelling in general. In a nutshell, THE SUBMISSION OF EMMA MARX is simply about a young woman whom longs for love just like everyone else. However, the end result of Emma's journey to happiness, is proof that not everyone is the same, and that love and happiness come in many forms - Emma's happiness just happens to come in a manner which some might deem controversial, as the self proclaimed non-submissive Emma, fully submits to her every sexual desire. THE SUBMISSION OF EMMA MARX is a film of very nice story structure, as it takes the viewer along for the sexual journey of Emma as we see her go from quiet and reserved, to fully sexually awakened over the course of about 2 hours. The film moves in a manner, and with a pacing that keeps us guessing. Guessing where William Fredrick's sexual exploits will take Emma next. I really liked the film's sense of realism. When Fredrick and Marx explore each other sexually for the first time in the film, it truly feels as though it's the first time, as Penny Pax's great performance gives us a feeling of genuine nervousness on the part of "Emma Marx", the character. The same can be said about things such as the arrival to anal sex for the couple. At different points, Emma works up to the event, so that when it does occur, it feels as genuine as film like this one can get. In terms of the sex acts in the film, especially those involving Pax and Calhoun, there is just a spontaneity to them, a "rawness" if you will, about them that makes them extra hot. I was really feeling them. And also, unlike a lot of other Adult films, the sex scenes seem to fully relate to the story, instead of simply feeling like a break in between. In this case they have a purpose, and that is to further support the story, a story that has surprising depth and meaning in the end.
Tons of credit must be given to the film's co-Directors, Jacky St, James and Eddie Powell who here, present to us a beautifully crafted story. The writing of St. James delivers to us an introspective look, not only into the world of BDSM relationships, but also the sexual exploration on one's self, while the photography work from Powell nicely captures it all artistically. Personally, I feel that THE SUBMISSION OF EMMA MARX is a great example of when an Adult film becomes art. Because this is indeed art - beautiful art.
And going on to the acting. While the film has a small cast, I must say that everyone here do an excellent job. It is Penny Pax and Richie Calhoun who lead the way, as our characters at the film's core; "Emma Marx" and "William Fredrick" respectively. I hinted on it above, but I will say it again, that Pax brings a sense of realism to her character. I have seen Penny a lot(she's one of my favorites), but I have to say that this is by far the best performance that I have seen from her. She's totally believable, first as the standoffish/inexperienced type - and then as the fully, sexually liberated. It's quite the transformation to behold. On the other end, I really liked Richie Calhoun as William Fredrick. As Fredrick, Calhoun, is all things cool, calm, and mysterious. He is one to take charge, while maintaining the mysterious air about him. We sense a dangerous allure about him, which was obviously the intention. Job well done by Calhoun. In other support, the film features Riley Reid and Van Wylde as Emma's sister Nadia, and her boyfriend, Ray, respectively. While these characters do not play a big part in the overall outcome of the film, they exist to display the difference between the film's 2 relationships. With Nadia and Ray representing a "normal" relationship, while the relationship between Emma and Fredrick being a so-called "alternative" one. It's a good showing of contrast.
And then there are the sex scenes. They are an element of the film that deserve as much credit as everything else, as they do add tremendously to the overall make of the film. As I said, none of the 4 sex scenes here are simply throwaways, as they flow seamlessly along with the story, often times being a key part. Like the rest of the film, the 3 scenes involving Pax and Calhoun have a progressive nature to them, with each of the scenes seeming to go further than the last. First, the shyly timid Emma takes on Fredrick for the first time, but as they encounter each other more, we see the characters open up(in more ways then one) right before our eyes. I usually pick a favorite scene or 2, but I won't here, as I feel that each played a huge part of the overall progression of the story. I liked them all!
As I said, this review is me going back to check out the film, so chances are you may have already seen THE SUBMISSION OF EMMA MARX(There is even a Softcore cut, that plays on movie channels!). But if you haven't I highly recommend it! This is great Adult Entertainment. It is one of those films that transcends the general perception of what Porn is. I will be reviewing the sequel to this film next week, and hopefully the third film will soon follow after!
My score : 8/10
Sex scene breakdown
Scene 1 : Riley Reid and Van Wylde
After "Ray"(Van Wylde) proposes to Nadia (Riley Reid), they take to the bed, which has been lined with rose petals, for sex. The two kiss passionately, before Riley goes down on Wylde's cock, as she sucks nice and slow, making an art of it. After, he returns the favor by going down on her. He tongues her clit, while fingering her hole. He then puts the dick in deep, while in missionary, and then in spoon. From here, he keeps a good pace going as he slams it in. From there, Riley hops on in reverse cowgirl, where she rocks back and forth, and bounces on the cock. Reverse cowgirl then takes to doggy briefly, before things go back to missionary. In missionary, Van Wylde keeps things up until he pulls out to cum on Riley's stomach to end the scene. - A good scene to start. Some decent action from the performers. Any occasion I get to see Riley Reid is a good one!
Scene 2 : Penny Pax and Richie Calhoun
After receiving the mysterious paperwork and the address, "Emma"(Penny Pax) shows up at William Fredrick's(Richie Calhoun) house. where they discuss the unique contract at hand. Despite being reluctant at first, Emma gives into temptation as Fredricks comes on to her. After Calhoun tells her to undress, Pax touches herself at his demand. After, Penny is up on the table with her legs spread wide, as Calhoun works her pussy with his tongue. This is followed up by Penny sucking his dick naively. From there, Richie takes a seat, as Penny climbs on in Cowgirl, where she bounces nice and slow. After grinding a bit, things go to missionary with Penny's legs again spread wide. And from here, comes more action from behind as Richie holds one of Penny's legs up allowing him to pound hard. The camera from here gives us a nice view from underneath. This is followed up with Richie then cumming in Penny's mouth in which she swallows at his command. - This scene was pretty fucking hot, as it felt realistic as in 2 people finally giving into their desires. Great job from both performers.
Scene 3 : Penny Pax and Richie Calhoun
In this scene, "Fredrick"(Richie Calhoun) comes on to "Emma"(Penny Pax) in his office, where he takes her from behind, first eating her ass and pussy. He puts a finger or twos in her ass, he works on her hole, before putting it in. He slams it in for a brief spell before penny is up on the desk in missionary, where Richie continues to nail the asshole deep, and one point tying her hands together for added leverage. From there, things go to cowgirl, with Richie still in the ass. From standard cowgirl, the position changes to the reverse variation, where Penny continues to bounce. This is before things take to Penny bending over in the doggy position where Richie continues the pace, before finally pulling out to cum on Penny's ass. - All anal - this is another good scene from the film's 2 stars.
Scene 4 : Penny Pax and Richie Calhoun
In the film's final sex scene - after returning to him, Fredrick(Calhoun) ties "Emma"(Penny Pax) to to bed, blindfolds her and puts earbuds in her ears, so that she can't move, see, or hear. From here, he has his way with her, as he uses ice, as well as hot wax on her nude body, all before going to work on her pussy with his mouth and fingers. Then, with her legs, of course wide open for the taking, he slides it into, her hole, before, putting her on top to go to work from behind, nice and deep. Then from there, Calhoun unties her, only to throw her down on her stomach, tie her up again, and then fuck her from behind. From doggy, Richie keeps a nice and hard pace, as he plugs Penny's hole The action then continues in missionary, before the scene ends, with Calhoun cumming on her stomach. - Another very hot scene from Penny Pax and Richie Calhoun. Out of the 4 sex scenes this has to be the most artistic. It looks really nice, as it puts nice emphasis on Pax's body!