Idol Eyes

Year: 1990
Director: Matt Sterling
Studio: Falcon
Genre: oral, anal, cum shots, masturbation, porn star, vintage, muscle
Duration: 01:18:54
Cast: Ryan Idol, Joey Stefano, Matt Gunther, Buck Tanner, Chris Stone, Steven Gibson, Rick Racer, Michael White

Released in 1990, Idol Eyes is one of several films that turned Ryan Idol into a gay porn legend and increased the buzz about “gay-for-pay” actors. More than a decade later, a DVD version has been issued. Sadly, it’s not one of the better films Idol has made, despite the presence of big-name co-stars like Joey Stefano and Matt Gunther. First of all, be prepared for some harsh reminders of how dated the movie is. The fluffy hairstyles are the most obvious indicator, with Idol sporting a full-on mullet. The soundtrack is twice as awful as the hokiest porno music you can imagine, and the beachside sets look like something out of a high-school drama production.
The biggest flaw of the film, however, is Idol’s lack of participation in the sex. He appears in only one sex scene, his performance to a series of short “voyeur” cameos and an all-too-brief solo jerk-off. But even the filler scenes with Idol strolling along a beach in nothing but a red Speedo are enough to get viewers hot and bothered. Still, his one sex scene is sadly unelectric, though certainly not at fault is co-star Joey Stefano. If ever there was a porn star that earned his top-notch reputation as a red-hot power bottom, it’s Stefano. The blue-eyed dreamboat gives Idol a pole-smoking worth remembering, licks his ass for a few minutes, then gets pounded by Idol’s mammoth cock. He also spends a few minutes cleaning Idol’s armpits with his tongue — a hint of some of the kinkier S&M flicks that Stefano seemed to prefer. All the same, the scene is nothing more than average, and it seems that it’s Idol who prevented it from becoming something greater.
The Idol/Stefano pairing doesn’t occur until the very end of the film, but there are some decent scenes that lead up to it. Chris Stone and Michael White pair up in the first scene. The action is fairly monotonous with mutual dick sucking, a little bit of rimming, and both men fucking each other from behind. The saving grace of Idol Eyes is that all of the sex is bareback. Having been filmed in the early 1990’s, the absence of condoms in porn was by no means uncommon. While the sex itself is kind of boring, the cumshots are fantastic.
Next is a bedroom fuck scene with Rick Racer and Steven Gibson. The mood is set with candles and a softer soundtrack, but don’t expect the sex to be more vanilla. It’s actually the most sexually adventurous scene in the film, with lots of rimming and even some toe licking. The anal sex is decent and the face-to-face jerk-off contest is a great way to end the scene.
Finally, there’s the brief pairing of Buck Tanner and Matt Gunther as horny men that cruise each other by a dock, then get down right then and there. Only Tanner makes an impact in this scene, as a chain-smoking biker. Gunther seems to only half-connect with his partner, which is a shame since Tanner’s performance, albeit brief, is one of the highlights of the film.
The DVD of Idol Eyes is lacking in every area in which a DVD is theoretically superior. The picture quality is grainy and there is a distorted black horizontal strip at the top of the screen during several parts of the film. It’s not terribly distracting but it’s still a bit of an eyesore for a critical review of the DVD. The audio isn’t anything to brag about, either. And did I mention the soundtrack music is especially corny? This is also absent of any substantial bonus features. There are chapter selections, studio contact information, and a few hardcore trailers that precede the film. And that’s all.
If you’ve never seen one of Ryan Idol’s films and you’re curious as to what the fuss is about, I’d suggest you start your journey elsewhere. This isn’t one of his better performances and his co-stars give mostly mediocre performances. All around, Idol Eyes never rises past mediocrity itself, which isn’t surprising for a film that is essentially a sum of its (lesser) parts.

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