Madison Young

Review: Rough Sex 2

Review: Rough Sex 2

[This post contains mentions of James Deen. I no longer support him or his work.] Tristan Taormino has upped the ante. After the greatness that was Rough Sex, she has created a sequel that is longer (3.5 hours, yo), kinkier, and more creative. It still follows the same format: awesome women tell Tristan a specific fantasy of theirs, and Tristan makes it happen. Before the scenes, there are interviews with the performers and/or footage of negotiations. I saw some complaints that Rough Sex wasn’t “actually rough,” by which people probably meant it wasn’t kinky enough. Rough Sex 2 definitely fills in that gap, and brings the kink in spades. But that is partly the problem, at least for me. I’m more . . . read more

Review: Nostalgia

Review: Nostalgia

It’s day two of Courtney Trouble week! Yesterday: Roulette. Tomorrow: Speakeasy. Besides having one of the most kickass porno titles of all time, Nostalgia is porn with purpose: to re-create “Golden Age” porn movies (Behind the Green Door, Deep Throat, The Devil in Miss Jones) and queer them. Nostalgia is more movie-like than Roulette, and thankfully does not have music videos wedged between the scenes. Footage of Trouble and Pepper Sox ties the film together; they are watching (on a laptop, duh) the porn that we see. In the end, they collide with the porn and become it. There is a dream-like atmosphere to Nostalgia, and this makes the film both very interesting and very frustrating. Oftentimes, the action has . . . read more

Review: Champion

Review: Champion

Go ahead, tar and feather me… I didn’t love Champion. It pains me not to fall head-over-heels in love with this movie, because I’m really happy that queer porn like Champion even exists. This film is very visceral, very real, and very different from the majority of porn. However, I can’t edit my personal taste, and my personal taste calls for something better-lit, something more… I don’t want to say “mainstream,” because then I sound like a tool. But maybe “mainstream” is what I mean… Some aspects of Champion are awesome and spot-on. The score, for one — sporadic, lone tribal drum beats that add drama without muddying up the audio. The narrative. The fighting. Jiz Lee’s hairy legs and . . . read more

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