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Conceptually, New Releases 3 is a bit confused in its representation of female sexuality, as well as in its treatment of the twin concepts of empowerment and exploitation. Ambitious but uneven, the film attempts more than can be done justice by its low budget, but every twenty minutes someone ejaculates on an 18 year old’s face, so there’s a lot I’m willing to forgive.
In what is proving to be a popular format in a post-Sin City cinematic landscape, the film tells 5 separate vignettes, each connected through similar thematic elements and anal sex. New Releases 3 opens with Tiffany Taylor, who begins the documentary with an intriguing interview segment in which she discusses issues of pubescent sexual awakening while squatting nude on a tiled floor. As the scene progresses, the audience gets to see how the aforementioned issues have allowed Taylor to develop in a post-feminist cultural landscape into someone who is ejaculated on for money.
The theme of racial boundaries is are examined quite thoroughly in the next scene, which stars Lexi Love, Aleia Taylor, and nine inches of erect male genitals. What’s interesting here is not the comment on the integration of racism into culture, which has been explored before in films like Crash, but rather the way in which these tensions are explored, which brings to mind prior taboo-breaking films such as Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and Interracial Creampie.
In the third scene, actress Georgia Peach provides an interesting counterpoint to the racial issues dealt with previously. Culturally, the American South is viewed by many in Western society as a hold-over of antebellum attitudes, but Peach presents a South that is open, welcoming, and spread. There is also a great deal more anal plug usage than I recall being in Gone With The Wind or Birth of a Nation.
Ria Lynn’s segment, sadly, adds little to the discourse established in the previous sequences. Preferring to step back a little from the hot-button social issues presented in the previous scenes, Ria Lynn masturbates and then has sex in seven different positions.
Finally, Nikki Hilton and Kaiya Lynn give insight into issues of celebrity and cum-swapping. Somewhat meta-textually, Hilton’s performance harkens back to the infamous 1 Night In Paris sex tape featuring Paris Hilton. By giving herself a stage name just one letter removed from Paris’ famed sister, Hilton is clearly dealing with the fine line between celebrity and caricature. At what point, the scene asks, does a celebrity cease to be an individual and become a brand, or an icon? Is it when the world of the private becomes public? Or is it when she takes it in the shitter while another girl fingers herself? Either way, the scene, and in fact New Releases 3 in its entirety, poses interesting questions that, while left unanswered, at least leave room for discussion and ejaculation.