Jun 192009

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough SexIn trying to articulate what makes much of Tristan Taormino’s porn so great, I’ve decided on this: she pushes her performers to express their actual personalities. Have I preached to you about her Chemistry series yet? It’s the epitome of personality-driven porn, and it’s so much hotter for it. In general, porn tends to flatten people; and while I’m all for completely mindless and raw fucking on film, I also really, really enjoy seeing genuine people get it on. Penny Flame’s Expert Guide to Rough Sex brings that to the table, with the added hotness of choking, slapping, femdom, and many more delicious rough activities.

First, an admission: I am terrifyingly vanilla in my personal sex life, and my boyfriend and I have yet to explore slapping, choking, name-calling, etc. For some reason, writing this, I feel as though I should offer an explanation, but I don’t really have one. We just haven’t tried it yet.

I mention this because it may be useful in understanding how much I appreciated Penny’s lesson at the beginning of the DVD. In her lesson, Penny stresses the importance of consent, trust, communication, safewords, hydration, etc., then goes over hair-pulling techniques, slapping techniques, and which body parts can and can’t withstand hitting. Some viewers experienced in these activities may find little new information in this section, but I found all of it very helpful. Pull the hair at the roots? Hold the head while slapping the cheek? These may seem like obvious tips, but I really appreciated them. There is also an extremely informative choking demonstration in the bonus scenes section.

So, educational? Definitely. But is it hot? Oh my god — unequivocally, yes.

The first scene stars Penny and Derrick Pierce (a heartthrob of mine ever since he taunted and fucked Roxy Deville in Chemistry Vol. 3). I’m speechless about this scene. Nothing I say here could explain just how enjoyable and sexy it is. Penny and Derrick’s chemistry is front and center, and it never falters. The scene is laced with hard fucking, choking, slapping (face, thighs, boobs), hair-pulling, and orgasm control, but the most delicious element is the dirty talk. I can’t get enough of it. Let me tell you, there is little that is hotter than Derrick holding Penny’s jaw and saying “you are a fucking slut” while sweat drips off him.

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

And when Penny comes without Derrick’s permission, Derrick threatens to put his cock in her ass, forcing her to beg for him to put it in her pussy. Finally obliging, Derrick leans in to Penny’s ear and murmurs, “the next time you do it without permission, I’m not asking, bitch — I’m just gonna shove it in your fucking ass, you understand me?”

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Derrick’s style of domination is perfect, and it is clear throughout the scene that every cell in Penny’s body is saying yes — she is smiling, giggling, surrendering. This is what rough sex on film should look like: jaw-droppingly hot fucking iced with a thick layer of respect and partnership. At the end, when Derrick walks out on her, Penny seizes the Hitachi and presses it to her clit, Derrick’s come still all over her face. Um, incredible.

Scene two is a femdom scene between Aiden Starr and Devin. This was my first time seeing a true femdom scene, and it was such a treat. Aiden is stunning and incredibly fluent in domination that is both believable and unique (one of my favorite lines of hers during this scene, spoken like a true queen: “I am going to recline while you do the work.”). Aiden wants Devin to prove that he’s a dog, and his pitiful attempt at barking (“woof woof?”) is not enough. She orders to him to show her his ass. “I don’t actually need some sensuality going on here,” she says when he strips too slowly. “Rip your fucking clothes off.”

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Throughout the scene, Aiden calls Devin everything from a “streetwalker” to a “service dog.” Devin is quickly trained to respond to her with “yes, ma’am.” It’s not long because he’s begging for her permission (“Please let this nasty dog play with those titties, ma’am”), then crying out with ecstasy when he finally gets what he wants (“Can I thank you with every thrust?” he asks as he fucks her). The Hitachi makes another appearance here, as do restraints.

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

The scene, which clocks in at a delicious 26 minutes, ends when Devin comes into Aiden’s cupped hands, then licks his come off her.

My least favorite scene was the last one, between Lexi Belle and Mark Davis. Lexi is adorable as always, but the communication between Lexi and Mark is sparse compared to the other scenes. Mark dominates Lexi, punishing her with choking, and with swift slaps to the ass and boobs.

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Mark is intent on pushing Lexi’s limits. He asks her to put her arms behind her back, and that his where they stay for most of the scene.

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Lexi enjoys being submissive (as she states in the short pre-scene interview), but her submission does not look joyful like Penny’s. At times, she seems slightly apprehensive. As she is pounded and restrained, she seems close to exhaustion. When she’s finally allowed to ride Mark’s cock herself, she makes the mistake of leaning down and biting his lip. In response, Mark slaps Lexi twice across the cheek — causing her to cry. The intensity of the scene culminates in this moment, as Mark holds Lexi and asks her multiple times if she is okay.

Taken altogether, the scenes of Penny Flame’s Expert Guide to Rough Sex make for a very solid, and incredibly hot, film. The first two scenes are especially top-notch, showing performers with serious chemistry and visible enjoyment, while Lexi and Mark’s scene should satisfy those enticed by more extreme submission. But the fun doesn’t end there — Tristan Taormino is currently working on a “Rough Sex” series. Yes, like Chemistry. Yes, multiple films. Yes, I just had an orgasm thinking about it.

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  • Angelica Rose

    Wow. I must buy this. I have tried rough sex before but it has always kind of flatered or fizzled somewhere in the middle. I think this would be just perfect to treat my own boyfriend too. 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful review!

  • Your movie reviews are incredibly well done.

  • Ya know….I’m not really one for much porn like this (I stick with amateur), I tend to skip through most of it. I’m too picky. I’d likely never review it, never buy it – just whatever I can download or watch on redtube or something.
    But I now must go find this and get this. I think I would actually like every bit of it.

  • Red

    oh…..that sounds hotter than hot – I must get my hands on a copy. Nice review, all above board and yet, I’m all hot and bothered now.

  • Carrie Ann

    Oh my. That third scene sounds hot as fuck to me. Then again, my kink IS force and tears and fear. 🙂

    Excellent review, Epiphora. Truly excellent.

  • Backseat Boohoo

    Actually, most people DON’T know to pull hair at the root, not the length, so I’m glad she mentioned that! I ALWAYS have to tell my male partners that if they’re gonna pull, they have to grab close to the scalp; otherwise, they may rip my hair out or give me whiplash.

    Derrick Pierce + Penny Flame + fucking = I MUST BUY THIS.

    Male/female femdom is so rare, so that’s also a bonus! Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a woman in control. The scene with her straddling him while she uses a Hitachi looks A-FUCKING-MAZING.

    The last scene would probably turn me off, though. I draw the line at apparent fear and pain.

  • @Carrie Ann: Ha, I knew somebody would like it more than I did. Thanks!

    @Backseat Boohoo: I wasn’t sure which of the tips were well-known or not… I’m definitely glad she mentioned it too. Makes a big difference. I want to be clear about Lexi’s scene, though — there was no “apparent fear.” I just think her style of submission is more intense than Penny’s.

  • Backseat Boohoo

    Well, what I meant was, anything that makes it look like the person isn’t enjoying it, like crying, just turns me off. I know plenty of people like it, and that’s fine, but it just isn’t my bag. Still, I’m really glad that they included a more intense scene, since it is a type of sex many people enjoy.

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  • Panthera Pardus

    Y’know, I’m gonna second Lilly.

    I’m not one to buy porn, generally. This is the age of the internet, after all.

    This one I’m so gonna invest in. It sounds absolutely amazingly hot. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  • CK

    Mark Davis does a lot of stuff for Kink.com, mainly the sexandsubmission.com part.

    His personality strikes me as one who likes control, seems in control, dominating control, and a little bit presumptuous to me.

    That being said, there’s a lot of communication before and after his scenes, and safewords are followed strictly with him, as well as those working with him.

    I’m not singing his praises, God no, just giving some information as to what his style is. The scenes with him and Harmony Rose are fucking hot.

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  • Wilhelmina

    i really really want this, if only for the femdom scene. it sounds mad hot.

  • I am intrigued ,…

    thanks for your honest reviews!

  • Selective Sensualist

    Would you recommend this movie to someone who is new to kink and rough sex? My husband and I are pretty vanilla. The last scene sounds a bit rough to me, but I loved the one with Derrick!

    Also, I usually hate professionally-made porn and tend to like amateur (especially POV, since I love clear genital-on/in-genital shots). What I dislike the most is lame acting — I prefer more natural encounters, like the interactions between actors/actresses that you mention Tristan fostering. I also just crave getting directly to the lustful sex (with natural noises — not fake “cumming” noises). What is your all-time fave porn (since you seem like you have similar preferences)?

  • Bri

    Wow, this sounds like it could be really enjoyable to watch! Thanks for the pics! They alone have me interested.

  • Polly Vincere

    I think I would really like this. We are fairly “vanilla” too, but I do have the implements for more. I’ve read the books, but they don’t get me excited to do the things like these screenshots do!

  • These photos definitely made me want to get this. The end scene didn’t seem too entertaining though- I find there’s a thin line between hot rough dominant sex and rape-like scenes. Thanks for the info!!

  • namelesschaos

    I real enjoyed this move, especially the first scene. watching the first scene even triggered a bout of introspection and reflection for me that I blogged about many moons ago: http://namelesschaos.com/2009/07/the-irony-of-rad-fem-and-porn/

  • Selective Sensualist

    This sounds AWESOME! I want this. 🙂 (My husband and are pretty vanilla ourselves and this would be a fun thing to explore.)

  • MF

    You should compare this to Tristan Taormino’s version. [Maverick]

  • @MF: Tristan made this one. It differs from the Rough Sex series in that it is more instructional, whereas the Rough Sex series is just fantasies acted out.

  • Bri

    Wow this sounds intense! In a wonderful way! Definitely want this.

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