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Review: Courtney Trouble’s Nostalgia

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How could I resist looking into Nostalgia when I discovered it was not only written and directed by the awesome Courtney Trouble, genious behind No Fauxxx, but also starring some of my favorite people including my personal idols April Flores and “Carol Queen herself,” as well as a few people I’d seen in previous movies such as Jiz Lee, Syd Blakovich, and Madison Young. I was intrigued the first time I watched the trailer (below) and knew I had to see it.

Upon watching it I realized that it was far more bizarre than I ever thought it would be, far more queer if you will, and simply amazing. I’ve actually watched it multiple times for pleasure not just for review purposes. It’s hard to describe what it is about the movie which I love so much, though it’s not exactly what I thought I would love from the trailer of it (below).

The premise is: “Trouble and Pepper are at home fooling around and watching porn, only to find that all of their favorite classic titles have been queered.” Not quite yet being a porn connoisseur I couldn’t pinpoint the classic titles that were queered in this movie when I first watched it. I was, however, able to appreciate them as queered versions of rather well-known scenarios: a exhibitionistic/voyeuristic almost-group-sex scene, a doctor/nurse/patient three-way, a daydream of a sexy power laden threesome, and a last request to be able to sample one of life’s decadent pleasures before being whisked away to the afterlife.

After some investigation I discovered the first scene is a queering of Behind the Green Door, the second a queering of Deep Throat, the third of Babylon Pink, and the last of The Devil in Miss Jones. All are films which are part of the “Golden Age of Porn,” made in the 70s. Nostalgia itself is dedicated to Marilyn Chambers, who starred in Behind the Green Door and died shortly before Nostalgia was shot.

Some of the scenarios are campy and others are downright bizarre, but they are all sexy and fun. I really enjoyed the soundtrack of Nostalgia as well, dubbed “glitter thrash” on the Nostalgia site. Each of the four scenes are lit dramatically differently, which gives them each their own unique feeling, but does little to tie the scenes together. As a whole the film has a very artsy feel to it in addition to the wonderfully hot scenes.

Nostalgia is a movie I would gladly watch at a porn night with friends or pop in when wanting something sexy to get off to. However, I want to emphasize that this movie is not for everyone, though that’s true with every porn movie I think it is especially true with one as quirky and queer as this one. However, if you like your queer porn campy and bizarre I would check it out.

Scene-by-scene

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We start with Trouble and Pepper laying in bed with the familiar glow of the laptop illuminating them (not unlike my own is currently doing to me). We watch them pop in a DVD and get comfortable as the credits roll. This sets the stage for the rest of the movie, and we now know that we are watching what they are watching.

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The first scene is the most bizarre. I was also less impressed of it than I was with the others despite it having Carol Queen in the background… but I am getting ahead of myself.

For those of us who are me and who haven’t seen the movie it’s queering the premise is still fairly simple, albeit strange. A woman is kidnapped and then taken advantage of in front of a crowd of masked spectators who are also playing with themselves and each other. It has a very voyeuristic feel to it, obviously, as a crowd is gathered around them to watch.

At one point Jiz Lee comes up all in white and fucks the kidnappee. I thought Jiz’s lack of expression while fucking was jarring, though it’s obviously purposeful, but that took me out of the scene while watching it. As I mentioned, you can see Carol Queen at many times just to the left of the action (such as in the picture above), and although she is wearing clothing you can see her using a pink LELO Iris on herself.

The scene ends with Jiz and the other woman ejaculating on the kidnappee, which is quite impressive.

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The second scene was probably either my favorite or tied for favorite, a doctor/nurse/patient scenario with Jiz Lee, Syd Blakovich, and Madison Young. I had seen all three actors in Champion prior to their appearance in this movie so I was already familiar with their chemistry. It was somewhat campy which was extremely fun. The movie it is parodying has the same premise: a woman (Madison) enjoys sex but has never had an orgasm, so she goes to the doctor to determine the issue.

The doctor (Syd) attacks the problem with some black-gloved examination with the help of his nurse (Jiz Lee) before bringing out a vibrator and dildo to examine Madison’s lack of orgasm. When they do not work they bring out “the big guns,” meaning the Hitachi, and although it’s pretty obvious that the Hitachi isn’t put against Madison’s clit when “testing” (as if it was she probably wouldn’t be able to look so bored as in the image above) it’s easy to suspend one’s disbelief for the sake of the story. They attempt some bondage as well before the doctor whips out his cock and they discover the issue. It turns out her clitoris is in her throat.

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Of course there is much cock sucking in the scene, considering she gets pleasure from it and even “squirts glitter” when she comes all over the doctor’s cock, complete with fireworks bursting on the screen when she finally has an orgasm. It’s at once hilarious and hot and, as I mentioned, extremely campy. At one point they even fuck Madison with the handle of a golf club (with a condom on it) in true doctor stereotype fashion. It’s wonderful.

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The next scene is a little sudden. Starting with a dinner party of three women, two talking about meat and the other one a vegan. The vegan drifts off into a fantasy of a fabulous threesome complete with a njoy Pure Wand and njoy Eleven in the mix. Oh baby. The scene was good until the gorgeous steel dildos were added into the mix, and then it was delightful.

The scene is kind of white washed, which was interesting but kind of distracting for me, it made all three women extremely pale (not that they weren’t already), and is a striking difference to the lighting of the first two and the last scene. The scene ends after the vegan gives the omnivores some vegan cake only then to be snapped out of her fantasy, at which time she asks “what’s for dessert?”

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The final scene mixes the fantasy porn world with the “reality” of Pepper and Trouble watching it. This would be my other favorite scene of the bunch.

First we see April Flores committing suicide (you can actually watch the glitter suicide scene here, provided by Courtney Trouble), and then she meets Kimberly Kane in purgatory who informs her that she is not worthy of heaven due to the way she died and not worthy of hell because she lived a pure life. Dedicated to get into one or the other April decides to embark on a journey of lust, a journey of queer lust to be exact. They appear in Pepper and Trouble’s bedroom finding the two already in the middle of lusting and join right in.

The pleasure of watching two sexy fatties getting it on with their (skinnier) partners is absolutely wonderful in and of itself. The lucky devils in this scene also use the Eleven and Pure Wand on each other, which jacked up the lust factor for me as well. There’s something gorgeous about watching shiny steel dildos being used on someone. The entire scene was sexy as the four switched between various positions and everyone pretty much lusted with everyone else. I really love the lighting of the scene as well, which is all in red as you can see in the picture above and the box cover (at the top).

Also, after the credits roll there’s a little bonus scene which shouldn’t be missed! It ties in with the Madison/Syd/Jiz scene and is hilarious and sexy. Similarly, the behind the scenes feature on the disc is really fun to watch as well.

Product Specs

Title: Nostalgia
Writer & Director: Courtney Trouble
Studio: Reel Queer Productions

Cast: April Flores, Kimberly Kane, Jizz Lee, Syd Blakovich, Madison Young, Trouble, Pepper Sox, Kimberlee Cline, Selina Raven, Tina Horn, Sealu Sideshow, Destiny Prince.

Cast (non-sex): Carol Queen, Bobby Morgan, Carson, Sadie Lune, Neko Neko, Nina Blue, Marco Davis, Zhaira, Dominique Diaz, Mistress Angelica.

Length: 71 minutes
Year: 2009

Extras: Behind the scenes, photo gallery, Roulette trailer.

Trailer

Much thanks to Good Releasing for sending me Nostalgia! (It can also be found at GoodVibes)

17 Comments

  1. Wow! Fantastic. I can’t wait to see this. Awesome review :)

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