As some of you may know, I just got back home after an arduous adventure in Florida. I’m tired. Generally, when people are both tired and very lucky, they take a trip to the spa where they may – perhaps – run into their favorite masseuse.
But in my case, the masseuse came to me…
Tanya Tate’s The MILF Masseuse (2011) – “Massage therapy with Tanya Tate will rub you the right way!”
…which was actually the opposite of relaxing because there was so much going on in this film!! Let me explain.
(pictured: Jelena and Tanya)
The premise is very simple: Tanya Tate is a masseuse, a MILFy one. She wears a skimpy outfit that looks more like a provocative (read: slutty) nurse’s Halloween costume than it does scrubs or something, and we get to see her fret and fawn over four interactions with clients and students.
In Scene #1, Tanya’s intern Stevie Reyes is conducting her final practicum… on India Summer. Master masseuse Tanya supervises, and everything goes well – Stevie passes.
Scene #2 has Tanya massaging all of Jelena Jensen’s lusciousness, while beautiful redhead Stormie White (silly name) gets the royal treatment during Scene #3. And the final tryst between our favorite masseuse and Dani Daniels is just gorgeous.
Tanya Tate’s The MILF Masseuse was delightful in every respect… and it was Tanya’s directorial debut!!
Now don’t get me wrong – those exclamations points are more to convey enthusiasm than surprise. Tanya is a tour de force of amazing craft, business, and brilliance. Put simply: girl can do anything. And she did a great job her first time directing. Not only was the film set with a perfect balance of porn (ie far too skimpy to be real masseuse’s outfit, happy endings, etc) and authenticity (ie a lot of care was taken to create an actual massage environment), but Tanya did an amazing job directing her partners with her performance.
“Directing her partners with her performance”?
“Directing her partners with her performance” brings us to something I noticed about Tanya’s scene pairings in The MILF Masseuse. Three of her partners – India, Jelena, and Dani – are very experienced women (Dani had already done a good number of scenes by the last third of 2011) who deliver passionate, sexy, and skilled scenes. They’re all comfortable in front of the camera, and it shows.
But Stevie and Stormie are different.
Both women are inexperienced, flash-in-the-pan (meh, I hate how that phrase/statement sounds) performers. According to IAFD, Stevie only ever worked in two scenes and Stormie was only ever featured in one - this one.
(pictured: Stormie White)
However, in spite of her inexperience, Stevie seems really comfortable in front of the camera, whereas Stormie just doesn’t. The BTS interview with her is revealing – Stormie is enthusiastic but nervous about her first scene, and she reveals this will be the first time she’s had sex with another woman. Dang.
If you’re interested, I highly recommend watching the BTS. Stormie is not abiding by one of the Porn Performers’ Primary Principles – never let your first time doing anything be on camera. The interviewer picks up on this and really probes and pushes Stormie with her questions; and though she doesn’t seem to be intentionally mean, it’s almost kinda painful at points. In spite of Stormie’s beauty and enthusiasm, her inexperience is obvious. (I’m totally not trying to be critical here)
And this is where Director Tanya comes in. Her scene with Stormie is shot in such a way that the “inexperience” clues are tamped and muted. Stormie gets to make her autonomous decision, but Tanya alone is the focus for much of this scene. Call me crazy, but directing that sort of action while simultaneously performing another sort of action seems difficult… first time or otherwise.
The whole project comes together in a way that’s just lovely.
Recommended for: Tanya Tate fans, girl-girl lovers, and massage therapists (duh)
With Performances By…
Dani Daniels, India Summer, Jelena Jensen, Stevie Reyes, Stormie White, and Tanya Tate
BTS/extras: galleries and interviews (standard, but very interesting)
(pictured: Stormie and Tanya)
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Images used with permission from Tanya Tate and AdultDVDEmpire.com (though the Stormie shot is right off Google).
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