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Pornographer, The

Studio: Wicked Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/17/14

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


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The Pornographer

Wicked Pictures/Axel Braun Productions

Genre: Feature

Director: Eli Cross

Cast: Katie Summers, Anthony Rosano, Kylie Ireland, James Deen, Kimberly Kane, Amber Rayne, Rocco Reed, Nikki Hunter, Christian XXX, Steve Holmes

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Non-sex or lesser sex roles: Zoe Voss, Danny Wylde, Nic Danger, Eli Cross, Kayme Kai, Ross Campbell, Tyler Knight, Julie Knight, Timothy Greipa, Portia Klee Jordan, Mandi Slade, Belial, Dutch Midland

Length: 110:46 minutes

Date of Production: 2013


Extras: There was a double sided DVD cover and a slip case for the box to start off with, then some trailers, a promotional reel, and a photogallery. The biggest extra for most folks will be the three unrelated bonus scenes, great if you haven’t been a company loyalist and already have them, including Kimberly Kane, Jandi Lin, & Eric Masters in The Last Rose (10:09 minutes), Britney Stevens, Mick Blue, & James Deen in Big Butt TV (27:05 minutes), and Amber Rayne & Marcus London in The Chatroom (13:22 minutes).

Condoms: Yes

Audio/Video Quality: The Pornographer was presented in a crisp anamorphic widescreen as shot by famed director Eli Cross for Wicked Pictures. Eli has shot for the company a few times in the past but I suspect this one was part of a package deal tied to their new distribution deal with Axel Braun, Eli’s status as the creative talent behind the parody prince well established more times than I can count. The art direction by Andy Appleton and costumes by Guiliana Mayo helped make the feature elements work, as did the models by Robert April and Mischief Marie. The editing proved to be very skillfully handled by the director himself, some of the effects used to tell the story adding a nice touch. The inclusion of stock footage and art direction made Kylie’s brick walled building look like multiple sets too, expanding the look of the show as a whole even on such a low budget. There was no company watermark on the lower corner of the screen and overall, the visual elements worked quite well even if the sexual encounters seemed truncated and short in length. The aural components were decent too thanks to Sound Engineer Estuardo Galvez and music by Porn Faktory, the modest separation in channels and dynamic range never getting in the way of hearing the vocals or ambient noises.

Body of Review: Eli Cross has made a name for himself in the porn industry over the years, his directing efforts such as “Corruption” showing he had the right stuff at the helm of a big movie just as his comic book expertise and skills have come in handy to become a go to person in the parody market. His long affiliation with prince of parodies Axel Braun now brings him back to Wicked Pictures, his latest release for the company called The Pornographer. In a sort of Ed Wood parody biopic, the director thrusts James Deen as a grade Z director who is forced to change with the times, opening up the world for adult entertainment in a very cute low budget feature. The acting was suitable wooden, the amusing touches all adding to the fun factor enjoyment, even the short sex scenes with condoms looking just right for the mood of the show, set in 1964 (a pretty good year I hear).


The company press release described the movie like this: “Eli Cross, AVN award-winning creator of some of contemporary adult entertainment’s most acclaimed features, is pleased to announce the release of his Wicked Pictures comedy “The Pornographer.” Starring mainstream crossover star James Deen, this smart and sexy DVD is now on sale at retail locations nationwide. Inspired by the professional and personal lives of yesteryear’s B-movie filmmakers, “The Pornographer” casts Deen (best known to mainstream audiences for his work opposite Lindsay Lohan in Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons”) as down-on-his-luck director Woody Salinger. It’s 1964, and monsters, robots and aliens just aren’t selling movie tickets anymore. Hollywood needs women, the more scantily clad the better. So what’s a young, socially awkward auteur to do? As Woody prepares to make the leap into “nudies,” the question remains…will this fuel his transition into the big time at last? With a cast including AVN, XBIZ & XRCO Best Actress Kimberly Kane (“Batman XXX”) and featuring the return of porn legend Kylie Ireland in an anal romp with Deen, “The Pornographer” delivers the same blend of style, intelligence and heat that’s helped Cross earn Best Director trophies from Adult Video News, NightMoves & Adam Film World. In addition to Kane and Ireland, this new DVD spotlights the talents of such formidable performers as AVN & XRCO Performer of the Year Nicki Hunter, AVN & XRCO Unsung Starlet Amber Rayne, and AVN award-winner Katie Summers. In addition to Deen, the male cast includes Anthony Rosano, Christian, Rocco Reed and Steve Holmes. Beyond the gifted performers, inventive sex scenes and solid production values, the excellence of “The Pornographer” is underscored by the care put into this high-end DVD release. In addition to the 16×9 widescreen HD feature, the disc includes three bonus sex scenes, a sensual still gallery, motion menus, Wicked Pictures trailers and more. And it all comes encased in a retro-style O-card that showcases the film’s talented ensemble cast.” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms were used for those still interested:


Scene One: Katie Summers, a blond that fell off the radar awhile back after working with trannies a bunch, was up first as an attractive secretary, her distain for talent agent Anthony Rosano turning into a sexual tryst on her desk. The couple kissed as he pawed her, his roaming hands finding her bald beaver (not a very timely thing for something set in 1964) and perky tits ready for him. He knelt on the floor before her to gobble her gash, a quick edit showing her spend about as much time slobbing his knob with some hand to gland friction which helped make his turgid pecker ready to vaginally pork her pussy. She was a passive rider here, taking him in doggy and missionary as she screamed like that meant she was getting off. A little more oral on his part led to some vaginal variations and his small wad of genetic juice serving as her bonus, the baby batter oozing down her chin as she licked the head one last time.


Scene Two: Kylie Ireland, a sexy thick redhead MILF, was then up as the financier for director James Deen, explaining to him how things really worked as she kissed him on the couch. Kylie has not been making a lot of porn in front of the camera lately, generally displaying her incredible talents in art direction to make other works look so much better instead so this was a well return for me to appreciate, her juicy ass and bodacious boobs drawing a lot of attention from James as he rimmed her and otherwise warmed her up orally. Kylie was an active vaginal rider from the first moments of her cowgirl ride, pushing back to meet James cock when he pounded her ass in the following positions. The scene ended too soon when he dumped his population pudding on her tongue too, Kylie spitting up the spooge while giving him some post coital head.


Scene Three: Kimberly Kane, wearing a cheerleader outfit as she woke James Deen from a work induced slumber at his desk, the gal kissing him as he inquired about getting a bite to eat. A quick edit led to her in time period appropriate bikini underwear, jumping James on the bed as he slowly removed the attire while they kissed. Kimberly has ripened nicely in recent years too, her yummy ass spreading wide as James gave her some head. He rimmed her too which led to her power sucking his penis, some missionary vaginal position work leading to his modest amount of spunk landing on her upper torso and mouth, making me long for a whole lot more.


Scene Four: Amber Rayne, an all natural hotty from days gone by, was up next in the daily footage shot that showed her in a huge wig reading tarot cards for raincoater Rocco Reed. She removed her garish purple top to allow him to suck her nipples, the footage made to look old style, complete with film scratches and other issues as Rocco made his way to standing before her for a blowjob. Amber gave him one of her usual passionate hummers and he banged her also time period inappropriate shaven snatch, the gal coming to life when she impaled her ass on his modest rod in cowgirl variations. This led to his launching his splooge onto her face, the clip ending with her demand for payment.


Scene Five: Nikki Hunter, Kimberly Kane, Christian XXX, and Steve Holmes, were up last in an orgy. Kimberly was back in her cheerleader outfit and Nikki was in her lingerie, the ladies pairing up with one man each initially (Nikki blowing Christian as Kimberly blew Steve). Steve gave Kim some head as she reached over to blow Christian, Nikki grabbing Steve’s cock to ride vaginally as Kim took care of Christian. Nikki took it in the ass in the condom clad ride by Christian, Steve busting his ball batter all over both ladies as they knelt together with Nikki cleaning Kim’s face off orally to end the short tryst.

Summary: The Pornographer by director Eli Cross for Wicked Pictures had the kind of low budget appeal I like out of late night cable shows on the SyFy Channel, none of the performers taking anything too seriously and the sex short enough that it might work with those who aren’t exposed to as much smut as I am so I rated the production as Recommended. My personal taste for longer and more explicit sex scenes is factored into that rating so adjust it as you see fit, the inclusion of some anal action and the likes of hotty Kylie Ireland certainly adding to the feature aspects and technical matters to keep this from becoming a complete rental. In short, The Pornographer showed that Eli could entertain without an expansive budget and as far as comedies are concerned, it had more originality than most of what is on the market so I suspect I will see this one again around awards time, I just wish the extras would have included extended sex scenes from the movie rather than half assed toss on work from flicks few cared about years ago.

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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