[Porn Week] A Beginners Guide to The World of Porn

There are many ways to ‘categorise’ porn – an infinite number of genres and sub-genres. There’s type of sex (S&M, gay, orgies), type of actors (teen, ethnic titles like “Big Nightsticks in Little White Chicks”), and so on.

Today, I will offer a guide that goes mostly by production house and directors. For those of you looking to embark on exploratory adventures into what there is out there, I hope this is a useful introduction.

The majority of material explored here is fairly mainstream – I’m afraid I have no expertise to offer with regards to pornography involving geriatrics, animals, excrement or the excrement of animals and/or geriatrics.

Even where the material gets wild, it’s within relatively normal confines (although of course, ‘normal’ and ‘pornography’ are kinda weird concepts to put together side by side).

Now, and this applies to every single article coming out this week by me, I haven’t taken the trouble to insert a whole lot of hyperlinks. All I can say though, is (and listen carefully), Google and Torrentz.com are your best friends.

Couples / Women-Friendly Porn

Let’s begin with the mildest stuff I can think of – what might be broadly called Couples Porn. I think the most prominent and prolific production houses within this genre are Vivid and Wicked. Adam & Eve are ok too.

These production houses produce a great number of titles that actually attempt to weave some semblance of a story around the sex scenes.

The quality of these stories vary, as you might expect. I can’t pretend I’ve watched all the stories of all the porn titles I’ve watched within this genre. Generally, at best, they are mildly amusing.

The sex is usually pretty straight up, and in it’s more boring moments pretty formulaic. Vast majority are one on one scenes, decent looking girls, a male actor from a pool of about 15 or 20 of the same guys, and about 3 positions preceded by oral sex both ways.

The stories cover comedy, particular theme/fetishes (Roller Derby girls, secret agents, pirates), and the like.

Once in a blue moon, there’s actually a standout. One that comes to mind by a pretty good director, Paul Thomas called Throat: A Cautionary Tale, which is a reimagination/reboot (the type that is so popular these days) of the classic Deepthroat.

At the risk of being made fun of, I daresay I actually found the drama compelling, and rather added to the enjoyment of the sex.

A few other semi-worthy mentions might include Kink (Wicked), Fade to Black 2 (also by Paul Thomas), the Lord of the Rings themed Dream Quest, and an older piece, Suite 18.

On the American side but on the other end of the spectrum, two other big houses that come to mind are Hustler (the infinite Barely Legal series) and Red Light District (which produced the enjoyable Sport Fucking), both of whom produce rather more hardcore, less fluffy material, but don’t offer a whole lot on the imagination front.

High end porn

A directorial style worth mentioning is that of Michael Ninn. Along with others like Andrew Blake, Ninn produces a fairly unique still of ‘high end’ visuals, employing very slick, very polished results on screen.

Some prefer the raw and gritty, which certainly has its place, but if you’re in the mood for something with a slightly artsy touch, Ninn is your man.

His style has a music video quality to it, a luxurious sensuality you usually have to pay a lot of money to achieve, creating an atmosphere of fantasy its easy to drink deeply in.

Classics like Latex established Ninn as something of an avant garde director back in his day, producing the type of porn pretty much unseen before – and I reckon there’s always something to be said for the unique.

European ecstasy

Let’s move on to Private, a European production house that has bitten off projects big and small – including rather epic productions like Cleopatra and the Tatiana series (set in the 19th century, and replete with opulent sets, etc).

There is no lack of tall, stunning Eastern European talent to keep the eye candy plentiful, all speaking with accents that you may consider either cute or fodder to make fun off.

Marc Dorcel is quite a prolific director, but I’m more of a Pierre Woodman fan. This interesting fellow has also taped a number of casting calls, which are a slight phenomenon onto itself. If these sex auditions are truly faked, they’re pretty good fakes (look up a video involving Pierre and Yasmine Fitzgerald [who I understand he later married], and tell us whether you think this one is a fake or not).

Pierre Woodman’s real talent however seems to be in either identifying or training some very passionate performances by his female talent. There is nary a shortage of screaming and thrashing about, which in my books = good.

There are a number of other interesting individuals and houses (like Evil Angel) worth exploring, but best not to use up everything in one article – there’s always tomorrow!

Boz Kamara is a pseudonym, used partly to protect friends, family and loved ones. Boz is a purveyor of extreme physical pleasure and devotee of unbridled depravity. Into girls. Someone who let soulmate slip away, and every day wonders if it was biggest mistake ever. Boz can be reached for fun and questions at [email protected] and has recently started tweeting @BozKamara.

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8 Responses to [Porn Week] A Beginners Guide to The World of Porn

  1. boz

    cannn :) confirm will buy the anthology 1 day! :)

  2. I have NA on my laptop. Wanna watch? In exchange, you can get me the book :p Or promise to buy the anthology which will house one of my short short erotica :D

  3. Boz Kamara

    soonlah, hopefully… :P :) bila ada followers, adala inspiration to tweet (hint hint? haha), esp after next week or so :)

    if ever i get a copy of NA, kita sama2 tgk k? :)

    semoga pacar cepat kembali :)

  4. I've only seen the documentary, but would love to have the book (hint hint).

    You haven't started tweeting pun, Boz. :p

  5. Boz Kamara

    kam sia antares :)

    nana: tq! always appreciate fellow enthusiasts :) paiseh, but i'm not familiar w/those titles. i've got articles every day of the week and twice on sundays (or mondays), and would love to slot in references to those 2 pieces, but might not be able to this week :(

    cu on twitter etc! :)

  6. siewchin

    i have read reviews on classics but porn??!!!

    PORN??!!! :0

  7. You are definitely the kind of person I would definitely want to be friends with! Will you be writing more on porn? If you are, I can't wait until you cover the classics and probably review both book and documentary of Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look.

    Oh oh oh, please do not forget to talk about Tijuana Bibles.

    P/s: I'm not a freak, just a girl who appreciates effort when effort is made. And when it comes to porn, there are no stops unpulled.

  8. Phoowah… a true connoisseur… or as Hokkien-speaking Penangites might say, kaninasseur!