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These Things We Do

Studio: Girlfriends Films » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 2/13/14

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


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These Things We Do

Girlfriends Films/Skow Digital

Genre: Feature

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Director: B. Skow


Cast: Kimber Day, Alan Stafford, Bailey Blue, Siri, Steven St. Croix, Dana DeArmond, Marie McCray

Length: 133:06 minutes

Date of Production: 11/2/2013


Extras: The extras began with a 20:30 minute long bonus scene from Southern Hospitality described below and then a 22:02 minute long one from “What Do You Want Me To Say” with Claire Robbins. The other extras were some trailers and 14:21 minute long Behind the Scenes feature full of interviews, clips from a reading, and such.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: These Things We Do was presented in a crisp, anamorphic widescreen as shot by director B. Skow for Girlfriends Films under their Skow Digital line. Skow, Mike Towers, and PP Peru worked the cameras and the editing by Sonny Malone was quite good. David Stanley wrote the minimalist screenplay, his darker side always held in high regard by the director. Technically, it looked a lot like one of those low budget features shot when porn transitioned from film to video, few attempts made to expand the vision of depth of the camera and add realism to the feature elements. The stereo aural aspects of the movie were nicely done, the vocals easily understood, the moody music impacting the quality of production in a good way.

Body of Review: B. Skow is the most renowned director at Girlfriends Films, his distribution deal a winner for both parties. His latest flick is called These Things We Do, another dark drama courtesy of writer David Stanley (a troubled but intelligent man) starring ladies such as Siri, Marie McCray, Dana DeArmond, and Kimber Day. My first impression going in was that the movie was definitely more focused than some of the creative team’s recent works, maintaining the darker vision of “something we couldn’t do at Vivid” yet applying a great deal of care to the sexual tension displayed in the scenes. The control and domination issues were not as pronounced as those in the last movie I reviewed (Damsels in Distress) but the writing and technical aspects were certainly on par with Skow’s best works. Without giving away too much, suffice it to say that the sex was heated and the thematic elements were very well done, some bold moves noticed such as the intriguing front cover featuring Alan Stafford rather than the ladies of the cast.


The back cover described the movie like this: “A psychiatrist who uses his practice to sexually torment his patients, enters into a dark, sexual underworld with his most depraved patient, a seemingly sweet young woman with a taste for control, fear and pain. With her, he will confront the sins and pain of his own past, including the betrayal of his long suffering wife and his involvement in the death of her sister, a patient who he drove mad. And in so doing, he will find that pain is the greatest pleasure there is!” The company press release for the production said this: ““These Things We Do” is now available on DVD from Skow for Girlfriends Films, as the newest entry to AVN’s 2014 Best New Line of boundary-pushing boy/girl sex features. The erotic thriller, directed by the award winning B. Skow, takes viewers through a world of psychiatry, kink, fetish, and sex. “These Things We Do” follows a young psychiatrist who uses his practice to sexually torment his patients. During the course of his abusive treatments, he enters a dark, sexual underworld with his most depraved patient, a seemingly sweet young woman with a taste for control, fear, and pain. With her, he confronts the sins and pain of his past, including the betrayal of his long-suffering wife, and his involvement in the death of her sister, a patient who he drove mad. Through his journey, he finds out pain is the greatest pleasure there is. The sexually provocative movie features the star-filled cast of Dana DeArmond, Steven St. Croix, Bailey Blue, Siri, Alan Stafford, Kimber Day, and Marie McCray. “Our cast in ‘These Things We Do’ really went the extra mile and threw themselves into their roles. You can feel the darkness and depravity in the characters they play,” Skow says. “I applaud them for their genuine performances through the intense storyline. This is such a complex film, and our stars nailed it.” “These Things We Do” is the most recent release from Skow for Girlfriends Films, named Best New Line at the 2014 AVN Awards. The line of boy/girl feature movies from Girlfriends Films is overseen by B. Skow, who AVN Media Network dubbed the “most prolific” director of the past year. The label showcases B. Skow’s diverse work, which includes comedic and dramatic features, couples films, vignette projects, and hardcore gonzo movies. Girlfriends Films President Moose says, “Being named Best New Line truly speaks to the impact Skow for Girlfriends Films has made on the market, as well as the kind of work B. Skow continues to produce. Each new release of his somehow manages to top the last, which is hard to do considering the quality of his movies.”” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:


Scene One: Kimber Day, a sexy little lady with kinky hair and a smoking hot body, the young gal laying on the couch as she challenged her shrink, played by Alan Stafford, regarding his proclivity to jerk off while listening to her problems. She was upset so he threw a glass of water on her face, a quick edit showing them intertwined in a sexual tryst as a result. She dropped down to slob his knob, licking his balls and kissing him before providing a titty fuck. This led to some powerfully active vaginal riding by the hotty, her ass slapped by Alan to redden it up but the gal clearly enjoying everything he had to offer her. There was some limited foot fetish and choking taking place here too, her eye contact quite good when she wasn’t looking at the camera directly (as though Skow was trying to tell her something). It ended when he busted a nut of genetic juice all over her face, cleaning it off with another glass of water as she stormed out of his office with the ball batter oozing down her face.


Scene Two: Bailey Blue, Siri, and Steven St. Croix were up next as redheaded Siri described a past situation that led to her gaining a better understanding of power and control play. Siri thought she was playing “Captain Save A Ho” by rescuing blond Bailey but as she soon found out, the gal did not want to be rescued at all since she was enjoying Steven’s abuse. This led to much thicker (some might call her “fluffy”) Siri to be tossed down on the bed and spanked, her juicy ass rippling delightfully well as he paddled her. Bailey then came over to massage her yummy ass as Siri slobbed his knob, the turgid pecker proving to be rock hard as she took in as much as she could. Steven then took turns vaginally pounding both ladies, even using a power drill with a dildo attached to excite them both. Bailey was even an active rider taking it in her precious pucker, the device inserted into her pussy to give the blond a technical DP, more penetration of both leading to him unleashing a load of population pudding that Siri sucked up to share with Bailey, the baby batter swallowed to a degree.


Scene Three: Dana DeArmond, the lean brunette “unicorn” of the porn world, was up next as the disgruntled secretary who walked in on her boss being jerked off by Siri. Dana started making monetary demands until Siri slapped her face, carting her off to a couch where she chocked Dana as Alan started masturbating nearby. Siri excited Dana and the brunette soon became compliant to her demands, Siri’s ginormous ass barely covered by her flimsy blue dress as she tweaked Dana’s nipples hard enough to make her scream. Their clothing started falling off and the rough sex continued, some nipple play and slapping leading to gash gobbling and rimming, Dana giving as well as she received. By the time Dana stuffed her face between Siri’s luxurious ass cheeks to enjoy her fully, it was clear that a role reversal had taken place, both of the ladies quite frisky as they rubbed their boxes together and kissed, Siri reaching over to jerk off Alan as Dana fingered her from behind, the wealth of spunk building up not allowed release this time.


Scene Four: Marie McCray and Alan Stafford were up last after a brief interlude between Siri and the guys, Dana walking in to take Alan to task for his shitty treatment of a patient that led to tragic consequences. Marie was then paired off with him in bed, his humanity tested when she reversed roles with him by nearly choking him out when she caught him unawares. Marie gave him a revelation as she strangled him too, the energy generated turning sexual in moments. She jerked him off as he played with her tits, Marie inhaling his turgid rod orally before resuming her hand to gland display of affection. She then impaled her bald beaver for an active but short vaginal ride, more abuse given the man as they boned some more. This continued until he exploded a round of splooge all over her face, Alan kissing some of the semen off her mouth as the screen darkened and the credits rolled.


Bonus Scene: Southern Hospitality: Ash Hollywood, Dillion Harper, and Alex Chance, were up first in a lesbian tryst in an old bed. Ash drove the scene almost completely by herself and focused most of her attention on Alex, the fleshier of her two partners, but each of them seemed to gobble some gash and savor the taste of ass this time. About midway through the action, Dillion bolted to allow her peers to continue too, still, the result was strokable lesbian fun. Ash and Alex tribbed each other and the juices flowed freely, more 69 work allowing both to get off at the same time.

Summary: These Things We Do by director B. Skow for Girlfriends Films was easily worth a rating of Recommended or better thanks to the heated sexual trysts and the thematic elements handled so well. There was a lot of potential for this one to lose itself in darker themes but it was balanced out nicely, the characters addressing various concerns throughout the movie. Sexually, the ladies all worked wonders in their parts too, from fleshy Siri to established Dana or newcomer Kimber Day, there was plenty of strokable replay offered up to appreciate. In short though, These Things We Do should appeal to a larger audience than some of Skow & Stanley’s recent endeavors, the story and sex worked together in ways that are not common for quickly shot pornos, making the flick that much more impressive overall. Also of interest were the numerous sexual clips added in that were not counted as formal scenes, some of them intriguing enough to make me wish they were fleshed out as all new bonus scenes but contributing to the value of the show as a whole nonetheless.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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