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solrage 2 days ago

cbsac,

It was a one camera shoot so the "position of the camera" is whatever perspective you see throughout video. It wasn't like a multi-camera shoot that was edited together; in fact, most of it's done in a single take without any cutting.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 on Docu-Film

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solrage 2 days ago

Great concept! I'd like to see more "behind the scenes" stuff here; I always find it interesting to see all that goes into making the final work. It certainly helps that Amarna is one of my favorites and she really looks like she's having fun here, and Joel is a great partner who's just as playful.

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but once they get to the bedroom (perhaps a bit before), it looks like the entire scene is done in one take; that's quite impressive! I'd love if Alis or someone could comment on how they got the "timing" down for that. There may have been one cut slipped in when Alis moves behind the curtain(?) at the 20:45 mark, but it's really well-hidden (less conspicuous than, say, Hitchcock's in Rope!).

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 on Docu-Film

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solrage 7 days ago

Perfect timing! Just got a new 75" 4K TV a few days ago, and now I get a video of Antonia, my favorite SA performer, in 4K! Great video all around to boot: wonderful chemistry, beautiful cinematography, perfect blend of eroticism and hotness, nice pacing/editing; and I like the simplicity and originality of the premise of a couple "going again" so soon after a first time. Strange as it seems, I can't recall any video I've ever seen with that concept.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 on Once Again

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solrage 4 weeks ago

I must say, this really resonated with me personally, almost nostalgically. I once spent a wonderful summer afternoon driving through the beautiful local countryside with my girlfriend. There was something so comfortable and zen-like about that experience that the sex when we got home was really magical, like we had gotten closer by bonding through nature. This video really captured the beauty of that. Thanks to Andrej, Ariel, Anie, Maxmilian, and the rest of the crew for bringing up such a great memory!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 on Drifting By

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solrage 1 month ago

First, the rating for this film is a tragedy and all SA members/users/raters should be ashamed of themselves.

Second, this is one of the hottest scenes I've ever seen here. I love what Kat said about it being about "a couple who can't keep their hands off each other..." and there's nothing sexier than such apparent, raw desire. There's still a huge gap in quality between scenes like this and the typical porn out there today, and I actually think it's a great example of how hotness and aesthetics/sensuality need not be mutually exclusive.

Third, Amarna is hot as hell and Jesus is a real stud. Both of them need to be regulars here.

Finally, it's refreshing to see more interracial stuff here and I'm desperately hoping the low rating doesn't prevent more similar content.

Friday, April 21st, 2017 on White and Black

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solrage 3 months ago

Loved this one. Gorgeous couple, steamy hot sex, sensuous cinematography, Emilio is a stud and great new find (I say this as a straight guy!). My only gripe is that porn in 24-frames-per-second is just too blurry. I know it's because it was shot in 4k, but as someone who doesn't (yet!) own a 4K tv, I prefer the 1080p at higher frame rates.

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 on Arousal

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solrage 4 months ago

Luna is by far the best new performer I've seen a long while. She's a real star. She's gorgeous and you can tell she really loves what she's doing. The romantic warmth of the lighting and languid, patient cinematography in this one really added to the steamy, sensuous chemistry between Luna and Ryan. A really all-around great video.

And, for the love of God, Luna HAS to be made a regular around here!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 on She Princess

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solrage 7 months ago

Well made and erotic, but oral is probably my LEAST favorite aspect of BG films. Fun to receive, but I've always thought it boring to watch--just my tastes of course.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 on Take Care 2

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solrage 7 months ago

One of the best SA vids in a while. From the opening, which adds just a touch of story to create an underlying emotional substance, to the gorgeous lighting, to the passionate and varied sex itself. Luna is a star, and it's great to see a woman of color on SA; diversity being the spice of life and all that, and this vid is definitely spicy!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 on Be Ready

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solrage 10 months ago

Hi Rose,

Yes, I've seen The Wall and rated it a 9/10, though I had forgotten that it was part of the "Art Collection" as well. I really do hope that my comments and the support of other comments like Sydney's is enough to encourage the production teams to keep experimenting as well. :)

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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solrage 10 months ago

Hello saartje,

Yes, every movie here is art in the same way every book or TV Show or movie in existence is art in the literal, technical sense. Historically, though, there's often been a divide between what people consider "art" and what they consider "pornography." Typically, the more a work focuses on explicit sex, the farther away from the traditional values of art--aesthetics, emotional/intellectual substance, creativity/originality etc.--it strays. Now, I'm a firm believer in that art and pornography are not mutually exclusive, that there are fewer things more naturally beautiful than sex, especially between people in love, and that if an explicit work merely brings some aesthetic beauty, some emotional substance, and some creative originality it can be just as artistic as it is pornographic.

When SexArt first started there was no shortage of films that focused heavily on aesthetics and creativity/originality. I still remember highly original stuff like the film with the fortune-teller that comes to life, or the one with body-painting as if the performers were animals. You know, stuff you simply don't see anywhere else in the wonderful world of online porn. Over time the focus shifted away from those and more towards what I'd call well-made pornography (generally nice lighting, framing, editing, setting, setup, etc.) and perhaps adding a bit of a character outline to the performers to give it some emotional heft. This is absolutely fine too, but I really came to miss the more "out-there" stuff. I think this film is a semi-return to that. The fact that Andrej (and/or Ariel) decided to designate it part of the "Art Collection" hints that they recognized how different it was too.

I'm not sure why my comment about knowing it would be rated low is irritating to you; anytime truly original content appears on sites like this there will be those that react negatively to anything different or out there. It was the same when this site started; it's the same over at Met-Art for model sets with photographers that try to do anything artsy (heavy shadows, elaborate costumes, etc.). The only reason I mentioned it is because I'm sure the contributors pay attention to ratings and viewers comments, so I just wanted to make sure my voice was heard to let them know that even if the majority do not prefer these more "artsy" type videos, there are absolutely members out there like myself that do, and I hope they don't forget about us. I absolutely agree this is a high quality site with high standards, and I don't want to make it sound like I'm trashing the more "normal" movies that appear; I'm merely expressing a preference for these more original/creative efforts, and really hope we see more of them.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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solrage 10 months ago

I knew this video would have low-ish ratings before I even saw it, but I gave it a 10/10 because it's so refreshing to finally see a film that puts the ART back in Sex-Art. Films like this were what I imagined this site being from the beginning and what it was for a while. It's not that I dislike the more traditional films that focus on sex and the chemistry between performers, but films that also include some truly creative, original, aesthetically daring material like this have slowed to a trickle. I do hope all the contributors out there remember that even when films like this get low-ish ratings, there are still members like me (and I'm sure others) that love these videos.

And I agree with Rose that Olivia is "so damn adorable." Her sex noises fondly remind me of Japanese girls. :)

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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solrage 1 year ago

I'm amazed this film only has a 7.8 rating. I'd love to hear from those that gave it a low rating; what's not to like here? The chemistry, feeling, and emotion is so palpable it doesn't even seem like a "performance," it just seems like a couple experiencing true bliss with each other! Anyone who's ever had such a perfect experience with a partner knows that this is what it looks and feels like.

Great job to everyone involved, but especially to Kiara and Matt. Might I also add that the lighting is absolutely gorgeous, and really adds to the intimate beauty.

Monday, March 7th, 2016 on Room Of Secrets Part 3

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solrage 2 years ago

There's been a boom-mic spotting at 17:20. ;) If not for that slight slip-up, this is a 10/10 for me. The combination of a solid narrative and really hot sex is superb.

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 on Love For Sale Season 2 - Episode 2 - Celebration

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solrage 2 years ago

I expect to see some jump cuts and severe ennui in an apartment. ;)

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 on Breathless

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solrage 2 years ago

Masterpiece.

I've been up and down with the Black's work. I love the cinematic quality, but at times it feels like they're repeating the same formula: slow buildup, lots of cutaways, Eisensteinian montage theory where "climaxes" mean "faster editing. This one is different for several reasons, not least of which is the intercut "fantasy" between Andrea P and the Anonymous Penis (sounds like the 1st book of the erotic Harry Potter!). The whole film has the feel of a really good music video, which I like.

Monday, December 15th, 2014 on Red Vinyl

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solrage 2 years ago

Got to agree with Lbear; what happened to the 33:33:33 split between lesbian, solo, and straight?

Friday, December 5th, 2014 on Doubleface

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solrage 3 years ago

This is a masterpiece. 'Nuff said.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 on Soldier

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solrage 3 years ago

Yes, very beautiful words. With a little work they could almost be made into a Donne-esque love poem! He was very big on the notions of dissolving the "self" in the act of love, and of "sinking into eyes." Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 on Que Es La Pasion

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solrage 3 years ago

I would love to read your translation of the opening/closing lines, Amarna! Great performance too; this is the best b/g film I've seen in a while on SA and the passionate connection between you and Juan is a big reason why. It was because of that connection that I thought your orgasm was real, and it's nice to read your confirmation of my suspicion (and no reason to blush! There's fewer things in life more beautiful, and it's a bit strange that people should think it embarrassing). I definitely hope you and Alis continue to collaborate as he's a fantastic director. I'd love to see you two come up with a series or even some short narratives or experimental pieces.

Monday, August 25th, 2014 on Que Es La Pasion

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solrage 3 years ago

Wow, now that's what you call serendipitous: I JUST rewatched Rear Window earlier today because I'd been discussing it with some people on IMDb. What a masterpiece! (Hitchcock's I mean; I'm downloading this right now).

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 on Rear Window

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solrage 3 years ago

Downloading this now... but thought I'd mention I blame you, SexArt, for inevitably getting the Bon Jovi song stuck in my head for the rest of the night. Not that that's a bad thing... it's a pretty awesome song. "I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is, and laaaaay yooooou doooowwwwn... on a bed of roses." *air guitar solo*

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 on Bed of Roses

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solrage 3 years ago

I would absolutely second hayley's recommendation of Blue is the Warmest Color (not just to Ariel, Andrej, Alis, & Jon, but to all members too). It should've won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film this year, and probably would have had it not been for some technical release date issues. Anyway, it's the only film to ever win a Palme D'Or at Cannes not only for its director, but for its lead actors, which should give you an idea of the acclaim it received at that festival. It's simply one of the best love stories ever in cinema, and all the more remarkable given its sexual explicitness (by mainstream standards).

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 on On The Sly

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solrage 3 years ago

Thanks for the info, Jon. The 1080 download is not a big deal at all, I just wasn't sure if it was an intentional change or some overlooked bug. I'm quite excited to see all the new features! The 4K downloads is quite an incentive for me to actually invest in a 4K TV... you know, when they don't cost as much as new car! :D

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 on On The Sly

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solrage 3 years ago

Haven't watched this yet, but wanted to say that on this and the last video, the download links just start playing the vid on the site rather than actually downloading it. I can still right click -> save as, so it's not a big deal, but just thought I'd point it out.

Friday, June 27th, 2014 on On The Sly

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solrage 3 years ago

I think the aesthetics of this one is just fine, if not outstanding, and Eveline and Katy have some nice chemistry. Unfortunately, I don't find either the least bit attractive, so I was rather turned off from the get-go.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 on New Day

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solrage 3 years ago

I think I'm in complete agreement with horsemaster here about the elements I liked and didn't like, though I'm less emphatic about the "shaky cam" elements (I've more or less accepted its place in modern cinema; so I'm used to it) and even more enthused with the lovely, warm, golden lighting. But, yes, the POV-to-OVS switches were rather bizarre and disorienting. I might also add that the striptease was probably sexier than the actual masturbation, but I'm not sure if that's a positive or negative!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 on In Your Eyes

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solrage 3 years ago

Well, I'm just going to completely disagree with most everyone and say that I flat-out loved this. Right from the explosive, kinetic, "Smack My Bitch Up"-like opening (anyone remember that music video?) I was hooked. While neither performer is a knockout or personal favorite, I think there was some great chemistry here that had a great mix of playful and hot/sexy. The spoon and riding sections were just great, with Lola really seeming to have enjoyed herself. I think part of my enthusiasm here, and part of why I don't agree with EJP's negative criticism, is because I think the rough, oft-out-of-focus/shallow focus cinematography fit the aesthetic perfectly here; that combined with the fact that I know that Alis is perfectly capable of beautiful, graceful, in-focus work makes me think that the roughness was an aesthetic choice, rather than some kind of limitation. I mean, geez, if we're going to start mass-condeming all cinematography that has rough focus, asymmetrical angles and proportions, etc. then we're going to be throwing perhaps the majority of modern cinema under the bus! Rough aesthetics have been institutionalized since the late 50s/early 60s! The key is to deciding when it's done intentionally VS when it's done due to incompetence, and I've seen enough of Alis's work to know it's almost certainly not the latter.

Anyway, while I don't think this was QUITE as good as the last few, I'm still giving it a 9/10.

Also, I normally don't call out other members, but this made me laugh: "This is old fashioned stupid porn." --EJP

As opposed to new fashioned smart porn? You know, the porn that solves your advanced quantum calculations with one hand while jerking you off with the other. E=M(mmmm)C(umming!)2

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 on Firestarter

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solrage 3 years ago

There we go! :D

The series is one of my 4 or 5 favorite things ever on TV. In my Lynch canon it's only behind Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead. If only the second season had been better... and that fucking cliffhanger! There are not enough angry emoticons in the world! That said, I wasn't a huge fan of the film. I even reviewed it for Cinelogue a few years back: http://www.cinelogue.com/reviews/twin-peaks-fire-walk-with-me

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

I semi-agree with horsemaster about the ratio, except I'm not sure how representative his numbers are... it seems there have been far more GG vids than BG vids recently... maybe because The Writer had so many GG scenes? I think I said once I like the 40/40/20 ratio between BG, GG, and solo.

Anyway, this was a good, solid vid, but not quite up to the high standards of the last two videos by Alis. Both girls are indeed quite hot with some good chemistry. I would've liked to have seen a bit more setup, though.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on Someone Is Watching

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solrage 3 years ago

The music and font/color doesn't ring a bell, but "homecoming queen wrapped in plastic" only makes me think of Twin Peaks... aha, maybe it's the Twin Peaks film? Fire Walk With Me? Although, for this to be a TP tribute you really would've needed a dancing, backwards-talking little person and some coffee, black as midnight on a moonless night.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

Oh, I've seen here TLE work as well, and the bubblegum video was, indeed, a masterpiece as well (another 10/10 for me). I haven't seen the bike one yet, but it's just a matter of time. She also has a few vids on Stunning 18. The first one really shows off her personality as she actually talks to Antonio Clemens.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on Se Telefonando 2

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solrage 3 years ago

Yesterday I praised Alis for his directorial style on The Heat, saying it was a testament to the director's art. Today, I get to praise Melena for being probably the best solo performer alive today and this being one of the best solo vids I've ever seen. This one is a testament to the performer's art, and the director knowing when to get out of the way and let them do their thing. Two straight 10/10s for me.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 on Se Telefonando 2

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solrage 3 years ago

You're very welcome, Alis. :)

I usually pride myself on catching the references, but I don't think I caught it here. The title only brings to mind either the Michael Mann film or Body Heat. The latter COULD fit, though it was BG rather GG, but it was also neo-noir which is stylistically similar to this film.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

Once again I'm in complete agreement with BATWWD. Actually, this is one of my favorite stand-alone vids in a long while. The style was just killer, really cinematic, really impressionistic. Wonderfully lighted, shot, and edited and the score was just the cool cherry on top. In fact, this one just oozed coolness. Loved the elliptical editing and diversity of the sex, locations, and setups. I think Alis learned a lot from shooting The Writer as this one bears a lot of trademarks from that series, with its shorter but multiple sex scenes. It really keeps a viewer on their toes, as opposed to the typical "hit record and forget it" style of most all other porn and erotica out there. These are the kinds of vids I dreamed of having on SA when the site started.

Oh, and, yes, the girls are both wonderful. Whitney has really grown into a world-class performer and Kari is coming along nicely, and they're quite good together. But I think this one was mostly about the directorial art, rather than the performer's art. Kudos to everyone, but especially to Alis. Love to see that you're still evolving and experimenting. :)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

Sapphira is undoubtedly one of the most stunningly gorgeous models on the MA Network, and she has an infectious personality in her photoshoots. That said, I've yet to be equally wowed by any of her videos. Whatever personality she has in the photos just hasn't translated yet, and I'm not quite able to put my finger on what it is. I think maybe it's the fact that while she seems so open and inviting and warm in the photos she still seems really reticent, even private, in the videos. This one has a nice easy-going quality to it, but it's more sensual than sexual, if that makes sense.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 on My Day

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solrage 3 years ago

Agree with BATWWD. This is one of the best BG films on here in a while. Great chemistry with these two, and the intro was just enough to establish the emotional connection.

Monday, April 21st, 2014 on Il Lungo Addio

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solrage 3 years ago

I'll try to get to this one tonight, but I must say that I'm going to watch this with the Van Halen song going through my head the whole time... not really a bad thing. :)

Friday, April 18th, 2014 on Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

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solrage 3 years ago

I bet a lot of girls would say the same thing about a lot of guys! :D

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 on Be My Slave II

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solrage 3 years ago

A little late, but I absolutely loved this and agree with everything BTWWD said. Only two small complaints: don't care for the pissing, as that's something you can get at other sites and didn't really "fit" here anyway; the strap-on climax didn't quite come off as well as the rest. I've yet to see a performer use a strap on really well/convincingly. I don't know if they need to make them better, or the performers just need more practice. Other than that, this is one of my favorite films on this entire site; love the dark, sexy, sensuality of it and the way it really takes it time building up. Just hot as hell. Great job, Alis.

Now if I can only catch up on The Writer! :p

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 on Be My Slave II

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solrage 3 years ago

[[[Now try this characterization with the male performers. ]]]

+1 to this.

[[[the crucial 56 minute period before you edited Colette's post. She's a cheeky monkey! ]]]

Oooh, I want to know what happened!

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 on Faith

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solrage 3 years ago

These are the kinds of film SA was made for, the ability to create emotion through sex via a narrative, even when they're as simple and allusive is this. It doesn't take much to create an emotional link between characters/performers (the best classic films could do this with just a look, or even a single line), but such connections are crucial in making everything else matter. While this film isn't perfect (I think the camera movement is a bit too kinetic in the beginning given its somberness; the sex itself is a bit bland), I definitely think it points the way towards the kinds of films I'd like to see more of: the narrative and experimental. Both girls are lovely, btw, with a real down-to-earth beauty to them, not too glammed up like typical porn-stars.

Friday, April 4th, 2014 on Faith

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solrage 3 years ago

[[[By the way, can anyone else control their dreams? ]]]

Only rarely, usually once I realize that I'm dreaming. Such lucidity seems random, though. I've heard there are techniques for controlling it, but I've never looked into it. Anyway, upon lucidity I usually either immediately try to fly or have sex, depending on where I"m at. Once I even did both. :p

Friday, April 4th, 2014 on Lost in a Dream - Vol. 4

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solrage 3 years ago

This is a nice solo film, and I like what hayley had to say about the "unrestricted confidence and self-assurance," which I also felt. There's nothing sexier than a beautiful woman who's confident about her sexuality, and that comes through nicely here. I also like the look of it; stylish and cool without being too emotionally distant/chilly. The tight confines could've creative a claustrophobic feeling but it didn't. I also liked the pacing of it, down to how (and how long it takes) Michaela strips out of her (very sexy!) outfit. Even with these positives, though, I'm not sure I'm blown away; Michaela still has to work a bit as a performer, and I always miss when there's no "concept" behind the video. So I guess I'd say it's a solid 7, more 7.5 if I could give half-points. :)

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 on Mirror

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solrage 3 years ago

Apology accepted, but, please, this is a public comment section for people to express their thoughts/opinions on these videos, so if someone wants to write a 2000 word essay going into the filmic history behind a work in great detail they should be able to without being attacked for caring about such things. If you're not interested, just don't read the comment; simple. I mean, I do think there's room for discussion and disagreement, but it it shouldn't be of the "what you like/care about is less important than what I like/care about" variety.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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solrage 3 years ago

[[[This is meaningless film-buff waffle... Who cares about other movies that most of us haven't seen.]]]

And this is meaningless "what I care about is more important than what you care about" waffle. Some of us here do actually care about film--the art, the history, etc.--and enjoy seeing erotica where that same appreciation shines through in the work. That you find it a yawn and just "fairly ordinary" is perfectly fine as you have a right to your opinion, but it's a bit offensive that you feel compelled to take cheap shots at those of us who appreciate different things than you do in the same video. In this film it's particularly relevant since Zalman King was one of the literal and spiritual fathers of modern erotica and SexArt itself.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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solrage 3 years ago

I 100% echo what swplf2 and Jannice said about this video. It's just ravishingly gorgeous, especially those last shots of Ariel tossing the message back into the water and in soft focus against the sunset. That reminded me of the still photograhs of David Hamilton. About my only disappointment is that Ariel had such a "passive" role here, but I understand the artistic necessity of it. Great job, everyone!

Friday, March 21st, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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solrage 3 years ago

Errr, it was supposed to be cheesy, but feel free to come up with something better yourself. :/

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 on MUSA

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solrage 3 years ago

Love the combination of sexiness and humor. We all know the problems bananas have with premature ejaculation, and we wouldn't want Darla to get pregnant with a banaby!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 on MUSA

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solrage 3 years ago

I do have a bit of a fetish for girls who squirt, especially when it's through BG intercourse, so I'm definitely drawn to this video on that front. I also like the setting, previously used for a solo vid, and it's really unique lighting, atmosphere, and texture. I also think the premise is simple but effective, since I suspect many (most?) of us have been stood up before. All that said, the sex is a bit dull and I'm just not feeling the connection between Linda and Kristof, despite her beauty, his prowess, and her orgasms. So, I'm a bit ambivalent on this one, and settled on a 7.

Friday, March 14th, 2014 on Liberation

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solrage 3 years ago

Not a bad video, but nothing particularly outstanding either, except maybe the nice, soft, golden lamp lighting during the sex that brings out the rich tones of Silvie's skin. I think the problem is that, as a performer, Silvie Deluxe strikes me as the Queen of Cool, the kind of woman that Hitchcock would've loved; slightly distant and mysterious, seductive, emotionally level, etc. This would make her perfect for, say, a dominatrix role, but slightly out of place in videos that are supposed to be about "love." I never get much of a sense of romance in her videos, and the same holds true here. I think she was a better fit in The Game videos, or even something like Senora and Jorge, which is more about lust than love.

Friday, March 7th, 2014 on I'm Here For Love

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solrage 3 years ago

Hi Alis,

I can imagine the temptation when you have a performer that talented to just pres REC and watch, but I definitely love your artier work as well. I think your last SA vid with Melena combined both aspects wonderfully. :)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 on eMemories II

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solrage 3 years ago

BatWWD: "There was an even better film on TLE last week."

I'll have to check it out. The reason I was absent from SA for about a month or so was because I was waiting for all my MA network subscriptions to expire so I could sign up for the MA Network as a whole, which includes TLE. Thanks for the rec. :)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 on eMemories II

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solrage 3 years ago

What I said in Melena's last video holds true here: while she's not one of my favorite photographic models, she is a supremely talented video performer, and this effort is arguably even better than her last one. Both stand at the pinnacle of SA's solo vids from a performance perspective. However, in this video neither Alis's conception or style is as daring, original, provocative, or aesthetically pleasing. He seems to have just decided to get out of the way and let Melena do her thing, so it's definitely another more "sex" than "art" video; but when the performance is this good, I find it hard to complain too much without it sounding like nit-picking. So I give it a 10 for Melena's performance and maybe a 6-or-so for the art aspect... but since the performance is really more like a 12, I'll average it to a 9. ;) I really hope Melena becomes a regular SA video performer as she's just about the best I've ever seen at this.

BTW, I don't know if Melena is really coming at the end of the video, but let me just say that if all orgasms aren't like that, they bloody well should be!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 on eMemories II

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solrage 3 years ago

Double ditto. Paula is gorgeous and sweet, and this film matches her looks and personality to a T. Love the entire aesthetic.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 on Relax

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solrage 3 years ago

Can't say I'm a fan of this one. It starts out really sensual with the "waterfall" and slow striptease with some very hypnotic music, but it just doesn't go anywhere. While I've spoken out against the method of only being "artistic" (with angles, editing, cinematography, etc.) at first and then just shooting the sex in the most straight-forward, banal way possible, I think this goes too far in the other direction. Once Alexis starts masturbating the constant cuts to slow-mo images out-of-synch with the sound is more distracting than aesthetically pleasing/provocative and only serves to impede any sense of development and climax. It doesn't help that the masturbation isn't all that hot to begin with and visually it's not the most beautiful film on the site.

I love both Alis and Alexis, but I've got to say that this is a mediocre effort from both.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 on Waterfall

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solrage 3 years ago

Yes, "cute and sweet" is the perfect description. That opening is so amiable that I wish it could've gone on longer! The sex itself is nice, if not spectacular, with good performances and chemistry by both girls. About my only real complaint is that jump cut sequence from about 7:12-7:30 is really awkward and clunky, and I usually rave about Alis's use of jump cuts! Oh well, can't be perfect all the time! Other than that, this is a solid GG vid, if not on the same level as Alis's masterful last outing.

Friday, January 24th, 2014 on Zatleskej

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solrage 3 years ago

Agree with BatWWD on this one. Some good stuff here, especially Nici herself, and I liked the stylish, striptease intro and the unique setting, but after that it did peter out and the lighting became a distraction (and I'm usually FOR more dark, shadowy, creative lighting rather than the bright, flatness we tend to see in so much erotic photography and videos).

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 on Look At Me

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solrage 3 years ago

One of the best vids on SexArt, of any kind, period. I hate it took me almost a week to get around to watching it, but it was worth the wait. Unfortunately, I have very little to add to what swplf2, Hayley, and horsemaster said. This is true erotica. It's true art. It provokes the mind as much as it provokes the body. It exemplifies what I've said about erotic films for years, that when they're great there's nothing that can stimulate both the heights of man's intellect and the depths of their feelings. To see the two united together is as close as we can get to achieving a kind of "wholeness" that philosophers think about, and artists write, paint, shoot, etc. about.

I notice Alis mentioned he has a long-standing passion for music; as do I. Lately I've been obsessed with Wagner's Tristan & Isolde, which is another work that penetrates the depths of our longing for love, sex, passion, and connection with another human being and reaches a climax that transcends all that and even death. Perhaps Alis will appreciate my dedicating the final words of Isolde's Liebestod to him and this film (it sounds better in the original German, but we have to make do with English translations):

Friends! Look!
Do you not feel and see it?
Do I alone hear
this melody
so wondrously
and gently
sounding from within him,
in bliss lamenting,
all-expressing,
gently reconciling,
piercing me,
soaring aloft,
its sweet echoes
resounding about me?
Are they gentle
aerial waves
ringing out clearly,
surging around me?
Are they billows
of blissful fragrance?
As they seethe
and roar about me,
shall I breathe,
shall I give ear?
Shall I drink of them,
plunge beneath them?
Breathe my life away
in sweet scents?
In the heaving swell,
in the resounding echoes,
in the universal stream
of the world-breath -
to drown,
to founder -
unconscious -
utmost rapture!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 on Approaching

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solrage 3 years ago

This is a sweet video with a nice dramatic introduction. I'd say the only thing missing is the subtitles, but I'm guessing anyone who's been in a relationship before will get the gist of what's going on. Besides the slight suspension of disbelief that the makeup sex would happen so soon after the fight, I really like how realistically the relationship (if not all relationships by extension!) are portrayed here. The sex itself is also quite sweet, very close and intimate, if nothing spectacular or unique. I think both performers do a superb job with the introduction, which is so crucial in a piece like this for making the emotional element work. Overall, I'd say it's another solid Andrej/Ariel collaboration.

Monday, January 20th, 2014 on Forgive Me

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solrage 3 years ago

horsemaster, thanks for the kudos. I actually forgot what kickstarted the interest in average shot lengths between then and now wasn't just the rapid editing techniques of today, but its combination with shaky-cam. I think it was the Paul Greengrass Bourne films that got the ball rolling, first by Ebert, then by Bordwell (http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/08/17/unsteadicam-chronicles/), then a lot of other critics got involved, to the point there's even a website now dedicated to calculating the average shot lengths of films (http://www.cinemetrics.lv/). Obviously, commerce rules everything in Hollywood, and as long as films shot in those styles are successful, they'll keep using the style.

Monday, January 20th, 2014 on Deus Sex Machina

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solrage 3 years ago

I absolutely agree with everything BatWWD and Jonathan have said in the comments. Paul Black is perhaps the most original, creative filmmaking talent working on the MA Network right now. His work is really what I think of when I think of "erotic art," where there's so much more going on than just a camera statically fixed on explicit sex. As one poster said on a previous Black film, maybe his aren't the kind of videos you masturbate to, but I do think they're the type that can really provoke one's sexual imagination. It's a shame that it doesn't seem to resonate more with more members. The low ratings of films like this scare me into thinking that SA may eventually STOP pushing the envelope, stop experimenting or trying anything genuinely artistic, original, etc. because every time they try they tend to provoke polarizing (but probably more negative) reactions. Polarization makes for great art, but (usually) bad business.

This is a bit OT, but I find it fascinating that the editing trends in mainstream films and erotic films are at completely opposite ends. In mainstream films, viewers seem to love hyperactive editing, and academics like David Bordwell have analyzed how the average-shot-length has plummeted from the times of Classic Hollywood to now (IIRC, it went from something like 6 seconds to about 2 seconds). Yet in erotica, viewers seem to hate a lot of editing. I do have a theory why this is; recently, there was an author on The Colbert Report who wrote about the science of focus, saying that humans are probably most focused during sex. Because editing is, essentially, a dynamic change, if someone is already hyper-focused on what they're seeing, then editing is a disruption; on the other hand, if a viewer's focus is a bit loose, then more editing can grab their attention by feigning a heightened level of excitement.

Anyway, I don't know if my theory is right, but I just thought about it due to the complaints about "over-editing" in this piece. What I found most interesting about the editing is that, at one point, Black seems to be cutting "mechanically" (Eisenstein called this "metrical editing") after a certain number of frames. Perhaps the editing is meant to mimic the mechanical nature of the sex machine?

Friday, January 17th, 2014 on Deus Sex Machina

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solrage 3 years ago

Agree with all the positive comments. This is one of the best B/G films in a while, with a great, very cute new girl, excellent sexual variety, very good chemistry, and just plain hotness. Ashley really looked into it, and that's always a major turn on. It's another video where my biggest (really only) complaint is that it's a bit safe artistically and conceptually, but when it's this well done I feel wrong complaining. :)

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 on Kamasutra

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solrage 3 years ago

Last vid was a solo titled "I Me Mine," today we have a GG video titled "You and Me." I guess next video should be a BG video titled "Her and Him," just to go for the Pronoun Hat trick!

Titular joking aside, there is some good, bad, and strange here. On the good side, I agree with BatWWD about the sexual variety and the music. The music was really hypnotic and haunting, reminding me somewhat of Atom Egoyan's superb film Exotica. On the bad side was the lack of any real "set-up" to the sex. This is one of the few SA vids where there didn't even seem to be much attempt at establishing a connection between performers before the sex started. On the strange side, the perspective is a bit wonky. It starts off at a distance, which perhaps attributes to my feeling a lack of connection. Now, that distance can work if you're going for a cool, detached, voyeuristic feel, but the rest of the vid is mostly in medium-shot, which obviously is the middle ground between "cool, detached" distance and "warm, intimate" close-up. The lack of facial close-ups also makes for a curiously detached session. Even the setting is a strange mix of cool/warm. There's the "cool" outside background, which nicely frames the performers (frame-within-a-frame, so to speak), but the indoors color temperature seems much warmer, more intimate.

I guess what I'm saying is this vid is all over the place tonally/aesthetically. I gave it a 7/10, but it's a weird one to figure out.

Friday, January 10th, 2014 on You And Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I have little to add to the unanimous praise--a beautiful film of one of the most beautiful models currently on the MA Network, with the potential to be one of its all time greats. We already have two fine, sensitive, solo vids from Michaela; from here I'd like to see here and Alis stretch out a bit creatively and do something with a bit more daring. About the only negative I can say of this vid and her previous is that they're a bit on the "safe" side conceptually. Well made, certainly, but I'd like to see her do something different, like Ariel and Andrej are doing now with the Vintage Series.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 on I Me Mine

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solrage 3 years ago

I don't have a lot to add to what swplf2 said. I think this is a solid, if not spectacular, effort. I really like the setup, but this is also one of those vids that I think could've benefited from just a little dialogue, as it seems strange that hitchhiking girl would be so willing to have sex with a random guy that picks her up. Besides that, the sex was just a little bland, and all of the stuff with Sandy on the hood seemed rather awkward, position wise. I do, however, think Sandy and Kristof made for a very attractive couple and I'd like to see them work together in a more natural setting.

Sunday, January 5th, 2014 on The Way To You

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solrage 3 years ago

BatWWD: "it is very pixellated in places. Could it be that the increased bitrate is overpowering my old 15 pin monitor cable or something?"

Pixelation has nothing (well, very little) to do with hardware. All digital video is made up of pixels, and even high-definition video is only a whopping (sarcasm) 2 megapixels, which isn't much given digital photographic standards. As for NOTICING the pixels, this has more to do with a combination of screen size, viewing distance, picture settings, and what's actually being shot. Generally, the bigger the screen, the closer you sit, the higher you have brightness/contrast/sharpness set, the lower the bitrate, and the more contrasty or fast-moving the image, the more you would notice those pixels. I'm not sure what the culprit would/could be in this case... perhaps the close-ups of Jessie's fast-moving hands? I didn't noticing anything particularly pixelated about this video on my 73" Mitsubishi.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 on Care

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solrage 3 years ago

Don't think I have much to add to what Snowfall said and I completely concur. Beautiful girl, beautiful cinematography, definitely one of the most sensual solo vids on MA.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 on Care

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solrage 3 years ago

Gah! What a silly mistake! So sorry Andrej and Ariel! I watched two different SA films today and the other was and older film from Alis and just got them mixed up when I was writing the review.

Monday, December 30th, 2013 on Tease Me

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solrage 3 years ago

This is another incredibly solid release from Alis. Right off the bat I was really turned on by Liona B. She is REALLY my type of girl, that type that is right on that line between "cute" and "sexy" and actually manages to be both at the right moments. After the film, I immediately checked out her SA profile to see what else she'd done. I hadn't seen her last film, White Morning, and I don't really remember So Shy (I seem to recall agreeing with the comments that there was a lack of chemistry). Whatever the case, I won't be forgetting her after this! Absolutely LOVE her intro "tease" with the shower, and her performance during the sex is just as arousing, especially when she's arching her back on top of Thomas. Sexy as hell.

Love the setting as well! I spent half the film half wondering where the hell they were supposed to be at. Some kind of public bathhouse or shower, or maybe just a bizarrely designed home bathroom? Whatever the case, it was a really original setting with a unique aesthetic to match. Love the stone walls paired with the modern design of the fixtures. Love the slightly grey/white color palette, which gives the film a really stylish, cool, clean look and even blends nicely with the performer's skin tones. What I also love about this film is that, because of the unique setting, Alis pulls back on the cinematographic and editing wizardry, letting this one play out more straight-forwardly than is normal for him. It just goes to show how versatile and adaptable he is, changing his style to match whatever each specific film calls for.

Any flaws? Well, I only gave it a 9/10, yet I can't think of anything really wrong with it. Perhaps it just lacks that certain extra spark that I need to push a film over the top. There's lots of "oh, that's really good/great," but no "OMG wow!," maybe with the exception of Liona B herself.

Monday, December 30th, 2013 on Tease Me

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solrage 3 years ago

Pretty much echo what swplf2 said. I'm still in love with the "Vintage" style. This isn't my favorite of the series, performance-wise, but the aesthetics are so strong that it's still incredibly sexy and alluring. I'd like to see this series go on forever! So many different things could be done via this concept.

Friday, December 27th, 2013 on Vintage Collection - Cherished Love

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solrage 3 years ago

Definitely one of the top 2 or 3 solo vids on SA. Even though I've known of Melena A since her debut on MetArt in late '12, she was never been one of my favorite photographic models, so I did not have extremely high expectations for this video; I guess it goes to show that there's a great difference between photographic modeling and video performance. Even if I'm not a big fan of Malena in the former context, this video shows that she is supremely talented in front of a video camera. One of things that annoy me about so many MetArt vids is that the models frequently pose or stay still as if they're taking photographs, rather than moving and performing (there are exceptions, like the classic Sharon E, who must be the queen of MA videos), and this video shows that Melena is a master of knowing how to move (even the end credits with the dancing is a testament to this!).

The concept and the technical aspects are almost equally accomplished, with my only caveat being that I would've liked to see more interplay between the "dream" and the "dreamer." However, I love such dream vids as they really present a psychological portrait of the performer (or the performer's character), and this dream seems to present Melena('s character) as a secret exhibitionist. Love the changes of costumes, which keeps it fresh and is one of those creative things that can only be done in a dream context. Then there's Alis's traditionally original and creative cinematography (completely different looks/feel for the dream and dreamer parts) and editing (all those subtle but energizing jump cuts). It's also FANTASTIC to hear that the bitrate for HD has increased! As someone who watches these videos on a 73" screen, the same one I watch all films on, it really brings SA vids even closer to a cinematic experience.

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 on Lost in a Dream - VOL 1

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solrage 3 years ago

Oh, I will watch it eventually. I got backed up on SA vids after we had a flood. I think there's only 9 or 10 left I haven't seen.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 on Finish Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I still haven't seen their first film, and while I wouldn't say they're the most attractive couple in the world, this film is well made aesthetically. Love the warm, soft, intimate feeling and look of the film that's complimented well by the moody music.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 on Finish Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I think harrybean hit all my points, though I'd be more inclined to be negatively critical about the "uncontroversial, unsurprising... and conventional" points. To me, this is a pretty solid GG scene with two fine performers, but not much else. It's worst sin is that it's just rather bland.

Friday, December 20th, 2013 on Before The Exam

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solrage 3 years ago

I'm not sure I would've made the Murano comparison. Both are highly stylized with a preference for "classy" costumes, but the actual styles are very different. Murano's tends to be very sharp, saturated, and high contrast, while this is softer, drier, and low contrast. Murano also works more with light and shade, while this has a pretty consistent soft, even light look to it. Both are wonderful styles, but at polar ends of the spectrum.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 on Vintage Collection - Only Me

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solrage 3 years ago

Firstly, I echo almost everything swplf2 said. I, too, have have been a fan of Ariel's since her very first photoshoots on MetArt in the beginning of '05. She has, indeed, matured from a hot girl into a gorgeous woman. I would also echo his comments about this video reminding me of the masturbation scenes in Emmanuelle, and Ariel herself has the same kind of class combined with comfort with her body and sexuality that Sylvia Kristel had. I would also strongly concur with his wish that Ariel keeps performing in front of the camera. We know that erotic performers tend to have a short "shelf-life" span, but Ariel strikes me as being in her absolute prime, physically, artistically, etc. I have seen her do no wrong in front of the camera yet on SexArt, but this may be her best performance yet.

Secondly, as to this video itself, I think I am going to ADORE this "Vintage Collection" series. I just can't express how gorgeous and erotic I find every aspect of the style, from the costumes to the hair to the settings to the cinematograhy. In regards to the latter, I love that sepia-toned, slightly washed out look and the subtle use of soft focus. It has such a unique feel to it, and especially reminds me of the films of Terence Davies where he tends to shoot scenes that are depicting memory in a similar tone/color palette. I've often been slightly critical of Ariel and Andrej for being more "Sex" than "Art," but this series is them doing both superbly. I especially appreciate here the judicious close-ups of Ariel's wet pussy, which is still the best indication that a performer is really into what they're doing.

I give this a 9/10, and the only reason it's not a 10/10 is because I wish there had been just a hint of a "story" like with the previous entry, and because there are some slight focus problems on the close-ups. But, besides those caviats, this is a great, great video.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 on Vintage Collection - Only Me

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solrage 3 years ago

Thanks, desertrat. I would agree that I appreciate mystery, ambiguity, unpredictability, and a certain roughness when those things are intentional, when they have an aesthetic function. Anarchic filmmakers like Godard and Bunuel benefit from not "following the rules" of classic cinema, but they're cases of breaking the rules with intelligence, not breaking the rules because they were incapable of doing better/following them. I get the sense that the technical faults in these Don C./Lorena films are more cases of unintentionally flawed craftsmanship due to a certain amateurishness. I believe Lorena admitted that she just started learning editing when she started working here, and Don C. equally seems somewhat new to the world of erotic filmmaking (at least, I can't find any much earlier work of his online), so a certain level of amateurishness is to be expected; but I don't think we're doing them favors by rationalizing it or ignoring it.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

swplf2, it may help to know that I'm rating on cinematic standards, not erotica/porn standards. My 10/10 for cinematography would be, say, the films of Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line), the work of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Conformist) and Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane, Grapes of Wrath). No film on SA would get a 10 from me for the cinematography, but I think that the work of Alis is consistently a 7-8, and I definitely feel this film is a few steps down from Alis's work. It's true we don't see the raw footage, but, to me, such jarring cuts made because "that's what we had to work with" is the result of not "cutting the film in your mind" beforehand, of not previsualizing before you shoot. While improvisational filmmaking can work when you're actively trying to "break the rules" (like Godard), this film was too, let's say, "composed" to benefit from such techniques.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

There's a lot to love here; The erotic nod to Basic Instinct in the opening with the ice pick, the extensive and extremely erotic foreplay with the ice, Lorena's sexy fishnets that really highlight her perfect legs and ass, and the sex itself is as hot as any I've ever seen in a G/G scene. I especially love everything towards the end with Brandy fingering and licking Lorena, then Lorena up against the wall with, as horsemaster said, her hips (and ass!) at just the right angle for the camera so we can see what Brandy is doing; finally, Lorena finishing Brandy off is just as hot! Both performers are also superb here, with Brandy matching Lorena's intensity and involvement, even with Lorena taking the lead. About the only complaint here is the one harry made about not knowing anything about the relationship.

Given all the above, it pains me to have to equally admit that this is another very flawed Lorena/Don C. film from a technical perspective. The setting is completely bland, and the lighting is just bizarre--candles in a window when the light from the window is blown out? Shafts of blown out highlights on the performers? A dark red couch against that light and those performers skin tones? It all seems so random. The biggest offender again, though, is the editing and the jump cuts. I was completely into this film for the first 15 minutes, luxuriating in the sensual, measured pacing, and while there were a few disruptive jump cuts, nothing major... then, suddenly, at about 15:30 when Lorena has Brandy sitting up against the sofa, we get this completely nonsensical dissolve (that has the effect of a jump cut) of Lorena vigorously fingering Brandy that lasts for all but 10 seconds, completely ruining the established pacing... WHY? This seems to be a constant problem with Don C's and Lorena's films, and it's a real shame given how good, if not great, most everything else in them is.

Then again, these aesthetic lapses don't seem to bother anyone else but me, though I truly wonder how an audience supposedly sensitive to the "art" side of erotica wouldn't notice or be bothered by these things as well. To recap:

Girls = 9/10
Sex = 10/10
Chemistry = 9/10
Cinematography = 5/10
Editing = 4/10
Average = 7.4

I'll round down to 7, but it's an "it's a damned shame" 7.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

Hmmm, neither the Download or Stream links are working for me. There's just a black/blank screen where the preview image should be...

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

This is APF and AL getting back to what they do best, and that's making the hottest, sexiest videos on SA. There's not much "art" to this one, but everything from the models to the sex itself is sizzling. APF and AL really seem to have a knack for group films, as the finales of both Snow Fun and The Game showed as well. They really seem to manage to dynamics of having multiple performers with great variety but without the potential confusion or lopsided focus. So a solid effort.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 on Siesta

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solrage 3 years ago

I was a bit thrown by the hair curlers, and distracted by the audiophile candy in the background (anyone know what components those are?), but this is another all-around solid solo vid. Lauren is quite pretty (though I'd like to see her without the curlers) and gives an excellent performance from beginning to end. The music was also gorgeous. Perhaps the only thing it lacked was something original or unique, but overall a very solid 8/10.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 on Creativity

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solrage 3 years ago

Two perfect, stunningly gorgeous girls; a nice, sweet, charming setup; Alis's typically perfect cinematographic skills; yet, something was slightly "off" about this and I can't quite put my finger on it... I think it was either a certain lack of chemistry between the girls, or maybe a slight bit of overacting. I did, however, appreciate the sensuality of the photography, as there's a nice "glow" about this entire production, and the two girls are sexy as hell, which makes up for a lot of what's lacking in the performances. Not one of the strongest efforts recently, but not bad either.

Friday, December 6th, 2013 on Gira La Moda

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solrage 3 years ago

I'm in complete agreement with swplf2 and horsemaster on this one. This is as good a solo film as I've ever seen. Even though Agatha isn't really my "type" in the looks department, there's no denying her talent as a performer, and I was won over quite quickly in this one. As usual with Alis's films, the technical aspects are pristine. I loved all of the little touches as well, like the kiss on the statue; but my favorite part has to be that little smile/chuckle from Agatha after the climax. It's details like those that really set SA productions apart from everything else out there. Just wonderful.

Friday, December 6th, 2013 on Hangover

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solrage 3 years ago

I absolutely adore the style and aesthetic of this. There's just something about that "vintage" look that's so alluring and sexy, and it really makes that extended foreplay all the more sensuous. Victoria is drop-dead gorgeous in that lingerie. All that said, the sex itself is quite dull; it just never goes anywhere and neither performer seems all that into it or each other. So whatever warmth there is in the style is off-set by the chilly performances. This is still a wonderful triumph of style, though, and I'd love to see more in this vein.

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 on Vintage Collection - The Photographer

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solrage 3 years ago

Absolutely agree with everything you said about Alis, swplf2. His will for endless experimentation and desire to offer something new, original, unique, and exciting each time out is extremely refreshing, and was my imagined ideal for SA from the beginning. I want to see erotica I've never seen before, done with expert craftsmanship and genuine artistry. Alis delivers that time after time, and even those that aren't amongst his best still display those positive qualities of artistry, craftsmanship, and originality.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 on 2Girls Show

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solrage 3 years ago

While I do agree with Sibirsk that there's been too many GG and Solo vids recently (I prefer a very even mix, something like 40/40/20 of BG/GG/Solo), I think this is one of the best of the stand-alone GG vids in a while. This is finally SA getting back to the "Art" in having an original concept (a reality TV show) instead of it just being a more typical relationship/affair type of thing. I also think it's well-done and unintrusive. It's one of those "concepts" that doesn't impose itself on a viewer so that it's a distraction, but allows for a unique aesthetic, feeling, and tone that separates the video from standard erotica and allows for the sex to arise naturally out of that premise. My only criticism on that front is I wish we had subtitles, as it would've been nice to have a little more "backstory" to make that "reality TV" world even more realistic and immersive. Love both girls, as well. I've loved Gina in every SA video she's been in (Tone of Love and El Tango both being favorites), and it's wonderful seeing Kari debuting here on SA as she's an "old favorite" of mine since she debuted there in 2010. They both perform well here, and there's some nice variation despite the relatively short 14 minute runtime. Overall, a very solid 9/10.

Friday, November 29th, 2013 on 2Girls Show

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solrage 3 years ago

Well, this series just made a comeback more miraculous and dramatic than the New England Patriots did last night against the Denver Broncos! What the others have said is true; all of the bumpy early episodes were worth it just to get to this stunning and perfect finale. What can I say? I love every aspect of this, from the three gorgeous girls to the beautiful, moody, atmospheric lighting, to the hot tub, to sexual variety. It's nice to see that without the burden of the narrative to maintain, Andrej and Ariel have gotten back to doing what they do best, and that's making undoubtedly the hottest videos on SexArt, and I don't think they've made one definitively better than this.

I will say this: despite all the harsh criticism that's been leveled against this series, the performers and the sex itself has rarely been less than top-notch. It was always just the somewhat awkward sex/narrative integration aspect that was suspect. I really hope that, going forward, Andrej and Ariel look for creative, unique, innovative solutions to this problem erotica and narrative, because, at its best, as in a feature film like Graham Travis' Wasteland, there's nothing more beautiful, haunting, and sexy. I know that the creative teams on SA will eventually figure it out; there's too much talent around here not to make it work eventually.

Monday, November 25th, 2013 on The Game VIII - Winner Takes All

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solrage 3 years ago

I really enjoyed the aesthetics of this, from the cinematography to the editing to the flashback structure. In fact, I think the latter is a really fruitful avenue to explore in the future. It provides a way to link videos together, create an emotional resonance, that doesn't rely on an explicit narrative that can too easily get in the way for an audience. Taken alone, Candy is just not one of my favorite performers, and the solo aspects are not amongst the strongest on the site, but I think the video is made better by it being linked to the earlier "A Little Story" and it creates a psychological and sensuous undertone that the video would otherwise lack. So, even if the video in isolation isn't terribly notable or sexy, I think the conceptual structure is a, perhaps serendipitous, discovery, and worthwhile pursuing in future videos. It kinda reminds me of the two The Writer videos, which also offered glimpses of possible ways to explore a "series" without the crutch of narrative that nearly crippled The Game.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 on Little Story III

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solrage 4 years ago

Another beautiful, even haunting, film from Alis. Both girls are gorgeous with wonderful chemistry. The cinematography and editing is perfect. The music has a wonderful, wistful quality to it, which is perfect considering the title (it kinda reminds me of American Beauty). The sex, though, is still a bit one dimensional and lacking in variety, but here I think the sensitivity makes up for it.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 on eMemories

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solrage 4 years ago

I have a soft-spot for redheads, especially freckled, milky-skinned, "gangly" ones, so it was extreme like (I'll refrain from saying "love" just yet) at first site between me and Linda Sweet. The video, though, I found rather disappointing. I think horsemaster pointed out most of my grievances, and while the masturbation itself is nice, I don't think this is one of the better solo vids on the site. There's not enough of that psychological element at play. I don't really feel like I got to know Linda (at least, her "character") much at all. While I'd admit that her face-down fingering was quite hot, I just don't think it was enough for me to really like/love this video.

I really, really hope to see more of Linda though, if only because we don't get enough fine redheads around here!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on Little Story

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solrage 4 years ago

I guess we'll just agree to disagree here. I loved the music, felt a connection, and definitely sensed a strong structure. In regards to the latter, it's basically a "rondo" in musical terms (ABACA) where the "A" are the garage scenes (FWIW, in Rondos each section, except the "A" refrain, is supposed to be different from each other, so maybe that's why you felt it was cobbled together from different ideas).

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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solrage 4 years ago

Thanks, horsemaster. :)

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall, I would readily agree that the actual sex bits are the weakest part of the production, but I still feel the aesthetic makes up for it. As I (perhaps) implied in my short review, I appreciate this one more as art and less for the sex.

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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solrage 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful. This just confirms why Alis is my favorite SA filmmaker. The cinematography and editing are just stunning, the structure is quite original, the girls are wonderful together, the music is really haunting and atmospheric. If the sex was just a bit more varied and hot this would be a 10/10, but it's still a very solid 9/10.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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solrage 4 years ago

Michael Ninn,

Despite what I wrote earlier in my lengthy, negative critique of this film/series, I more or less agree with you. In fact, in a post I made a while back to SA's admin, Jonathan, I said that my only wish for this site is that the filmmakers follow their own visions and not let members/ratings dictate what they do/don't do or limit their creativity. The problem with paying TOO much attention to viewers/members is that you end up producing content that does nothing but appeal to the lowest common denominator. Personally, I lament the loss of, eg, bodypainting films, which, IMO, was one of the really interesting, artistic features that, in SA's early days, set it apart from other erotica sites. While we still get some really different, unique, "artsy" efforts from time to time, they're not as frequent as they were only on. I already feel like SA has begun to "temper" itself away from experimentation and towards videos that seem designed to appeal to the majority of members.

Of course, I'm not saying the quality has declined, but rather I think it's lacking in some of the excitement early on where I genuinely didn't know what each new update would bring. I'd like to see more videos where I go "I've never seen this done in erotica/porn before!" Even if all of those experiments can't be successes, they are, nonetheless interesting and frequently unforgettable. So even while I'm calling The Game a failure as a series, I certainly hope that I don't discourage Ariel, Andrej, or others from continuing to try new things with a reckless, creative abandon. I think maybe you're a bit hard on us members, but I would agree that none of us--even the most vocal, eloquent, and intelligent ones--can speak to what everyone wants. Our tastes are too varied. We each have our preferences, biases, favorites, etc.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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solrage 4 years ago

Back when I was reviewing films for the short-lived website Cinelogue, I wrote a few lengthy reviews where I talked about the nature of integrating erotica and art (amongst the reviews: Diary of a Nymphomaniac, In the Realm of the Senses, and 36 Fillette, if anyone cares to look them up/read them). I want to copy/paste what I wrote in one of those reviews, as I think it's pertinent to what I have to say (thus far) about the downfalls of this series:

"Ever since Y tu mamá también and Last Tango in Paris I’ve been on an unspoken quest to find incredibly sexy films that are also great works of cinema. The search has proven quite frustrating and I’ve begun to realize that there may be nothing harder than finding legitimate, high quality works of cinematic art that revolve around sexual themes. The problem seems to be that sex can prove to be incredibly hard to integrate into an otherwise coherent, overarching story. One thing that distinctively marks pornography is that its premises seem entirely built around the ability to get to the explicit sex, and once there they spend an exorbitant amount of time on it which ceases to advance anything within the story. So the million dollar question is: how do you use sex to comment on characters and advance the story while maintaining the sexiness? One can look at the issue as a scale: on the one end we have pornography and on the other we have films which are only marginally sexy, but are otherwise just like other films. In the middle we have the compromise of erotica and as films inch closer and closer to it, it becomes increasingly difficult to make that balance between sex and art appear equally distributed and perfectly integrated. It’s as if one aspect repels the other in their fight for dominance."

Since writing that I've come to realize that the same thing applies to openly pornographic films that attempt to integrate a narrative aspect. So it's not just that mainstream narrative films struggle to integrate erotic elements, it's equally that erotic films struggle to integrate narrative. The biggest problem with The Game as a series is that it takes two genres that are just mutually incompatible, erotica and military action/adventure, and tries to meld them together. The results, so far, have been consistently awkward. There's no integration, it's just "clips of vague, militaristic, action/adventure film," then "extended pornographic scene."

If one compares The Game with Snow Fun I think it helps to illuminate why the latter worked so well and why the former has, thus far, been a failure. In Snow Fun, there's not so much a "narrative" as there is a "scenario." You have several films that go on a ski trip. On that ski trip, we get clips of them skiing, or bathing, or chatting, or whatever, and within that vague scenario it's very easy for one or two "characters" to somehow come together for sex. However, in The Game, the militaristic, action/adventure narrative makes too much demands on our attention AS a narrative, not a scenario. So every time one of these videos get to the sex, somewhere in the back of our minds is the realization that this sex has almost nothing to do with that narrative. In the lone case where it did (ep. III), it was almost comical (torture by girl-on-girl porn!).

So, unless the final episode DOES reveal this whole series to be a "game" that was not meant to be taken seriously as an action/adventure narrative, I don't see these problems being solved. In light of that, I've taken to rating these films solely for what I think of the sex scenes. I wrote in an earlier entry that I was highly impressed with Isabella as a performer, and I'm more impressed with every subsequent film. She reminds me of Emylia Argan in Snow Fun in how much she seems to genuinely enjoy the sex and really takes it to her partners with a vigor that's refreshing. I think that equally applies to this video. So, it's mostly because of her performance I gave this video a 7, but if I was rating taking in the narrative aspects into consideration it would be more like a 3 or 4. I found it annoying that we are introduced to the sex "in media res" so we don't even get to see Isabella or Thomas beforehand. It's just a reminder of how absurd this whole premise is, and how it seems to be getting in the way of the sex and performers, rather than illuminating them, like in Snow Fun.

Hopefully nobody finds this post too rambling/tangential, but I wanted to try and state why I, personally, don't feel this series "works" as a work of erotic art. Maybe other members will agree, maybe not, but I'm interested in hearing some others' thoughts.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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solrage 4 years ago

Second verse is much like the first, though better because of the greater variety. It still feels like a very stilted video, overall, but like the last one, the beauty of the performers saves it.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 on Halloween Party II

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solrage 4 years ago

I guess I get to be the voice of dissent. Two of the most beautiful girls and best performers with my favorite SA director, yet this effort feels terribly underwhelming. There's nothing really "wrong" with it, per say, but nothing jumps out at me for being extraordinary either. Given that it's a "Halloween special" the visuals, once you get past the opening, are rather drab. The editing seems bumpier than I've come to expect from Alis. The sex itself seems completely acted, and until the very end with Dido in Alexis's arms, neither girl seems very into it, and there's not enough of an introduction to get an idea of the "relationship." So this is definitely one that's more "Sex" than "Art" and, unfortunately, the sex just isn't all that great. Thank goodness that Dido and Alexis are so gorgeous or this would've been even more of a bust! I'm still looking forward to seeing if the "mystery visitor" (to avoid spoilers) can liven up pt. 2.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 on Halloween Party

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall said "beautiful," I'll add simple, elegant, intimate, intense, sensitive. It's a very, very strong solo vid that has a nice, patient opening and a wonderful escalating climax. Excellent performance by the beautiful Connie Carter (whom I hope becomes a regular here!), pristinely shot and edited, I really can't find anything to complain about here.

As per Deltagamma's suggestion, I'll ask Connie a question: What do you feel is the biggest difference in doing hardcore videos with a partner and solo videos, and which do you prefer? Also, how would you describe your experience with SexArt in comparison with other production teams?

Friday, October 25th, 2013 on My Moment

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solrage 4 years ago

I know I'm very late to this film so this will probably go unread, but this was such an interesting exchange I had to comment. One thing to remember about "Cinemascope" is that it was originally a kind of "marketing gimmick" used to attract the public back to the cinema when TVs were becoming affordable and were putting cinemas out of business. Cinemascope allowed them to offer something different, and however much it began as a gimmick, it allowed filmmakers an unprecedented ability to capture the grandeur of big locations, whether it was immense western landscapes (Sergio Leone) or outer space (2001: A Space Odyssey). In Godard's film, Contempt, Godard has Fritz Lang, one of the fathers of modern blockbuster cinema, state that Cinemascope is only good for two things: snakes and coffins. While I think that was Godard being his snarky self, I do think there's a point to be made that different formats are naturally better suited to different things. I tend to think that the old 4:3 (that is, the OLD film and TV format) is best for people, while 2.35:1 is best for landscapes or anything on a big scale, while 16:9, the modern "HD TV" ratio, is sort of in-the-middle and more adaptable.

So I think it's somewhat of a fallacy to state that it's the format that makes any video "cinematic," what makes a video cinematic is how much care/attention is given to the lighting, framing, music, sound, and editing, because THOSE are the key ingredients to great filmmaking, and it's precisely those things that make SexArt's work truly cienatic. The image format is merely similar to what size of canvass a painter uses, and their choice usually depends on the kind of work they're doing, and I wish more filmmakers would think of it that way. On the other hand, and here's a question for Jonathan or any member of the SA technical staff, do modern HD digital cameras (which I assume you guys shoot on) even do other formats? Could you even get a 4:3 professional level digital video camera?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 on Turning Point

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solrage 4 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A very tender, sweet opening, if a tiny bit cliche, but the sex itself is hot and nicely varied. Beautiful cinematography, an elegant setting, very smooth editing. I loved Samantha in Jenga and she's just as good here. Perhaps the only knock against this video is that it isn't truly outstanding in every area, but it's good-to-excellent all around.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 on Flavors

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solrage 4 years ago

It looks like this site can't do the "less than" keyboard symbol, so to finish the above post: ...I rarely think videos are mediocre or bad enough to warrant less than 5 ratings, probably because I've seen enough horrid and mediocre erotica/pornography to know what 1-5 material REALLY looks like.

Monday, October 21st, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, I think we're in basic agreement about looking for artistry, beauty, and sexuality in our erotica, but perhaps we just have slightly different preferences and ideals for what that is.

Perhaps I'm giving the poor photography on MA a pass for a few reasons: one is that there's also a great deal of GOOD photography on there, much more so than at any other similar site I've found; two is that, considering they update so much it's inevitable that some less-than-stellar material will get in; three is that such bad material is usually immediately recognizable so I don't have to waste time downloading or viewing it. I mean, for someone who does love erotic photography, is there a better alternative? Most of the greatest nude photographers do art gallery shows and release (usually very expensive) books, which limits how much and frequently one can appreciate their work. There's not much left besides sites like MA, Watch4Beauty, femjoy, et al., and none of them are consistently great.

I also agree that photography that's nothing but "girls on display" (especially in spread shots, or close-up pussy shots) isn't artistic or beautiful, and I don't find it erotic; but I guess too many users do like it and have created a "demand" for it. In fact, I often browse the comment sections on MA and I probably see more complaints about a lack of "spread" and "pussy"" shots than anything, and it depresses me. One of my "benchmarks" for nude photography is how much it forces my attention to the model's face, or to the beauty of the image (via framing, lighting, poses, etc.). In a strange way, the less I'm compelled to look at tits, ass, and pussy, the more beautiful and "erotic" such work seems to me, because that's where sexuality meets artistry. Of course, I can completely understand why a straight female wouldn't have any interest in it to begin with. For you guys I'd be more inclined to recommend the work of Andreas Bitesnich, Jan Saudek, et al. who do both male and female nude photography, though they're certainly more of the "art gallery" variety (which I happen to prefer). Saudek, especially, is one of my favorite artists in the world right now, period. Some of his stuff is just breathtakingly gorgeous and haunting.

FWIW, I approach voting similar to what you guys said (I think) in another post about "starting" with a 7 or so and then adding or subtracting for the good/bad points as I go. My "average" probably ends up as a 7, as I rarely think videos are mediocre or bad enough to warrant

Monday, October 21st, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Part of me completely agrees with both harrybean and horsemaster here, as I tend to dislike both aggressive sex and "action and adventure" pornography and I think they both eloquently explained the reasons why. However, I'm also with Snowfall in thinking that since the title is The Game, it's entirely possible that this is not supposed to be a REAL military series as opposed to just being a "game" enacted by the players for erotic purposes, which would make the scenario much less ludicrous; really, has anyone ever heard of "torture by girl-on-girl porn"?

All that said, I do think this installment was done quite well. After the tenderness of the first film and the sensuality of the second, the aggressiveness of Isabella and Lena was a nice change of pace, and, despite my dislike for that type of erotica in general, I think it worked here (perhaps BECAUSE of the contrast it creates between this episode and the previous ones). I must also mention I found Isabella extremely hot, and it would be nice to see her become a regular on SA. I think she was utilized much better here than in the Wild Girl films. Perhaps a bit overlong given the content, but an interesting change that has me curious to see where all of this ends up. It could either end up being really great or really terrible.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on The Game III - The Mission

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2, yes! I would love to see SA do an "ode" to Sylvia Kristel and any of the scenes in Emmanuelle or Story of O.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Yours and mine both, Snowfall. :)

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, 8 years ago MA was in the first few years of its existence and, yes, it's changed quite radically from what it used to be. In fact, I've gotten into a habit of viewing new sets and older sets back to back because it's an interesting contrast.

One thing to consider is that early MA was also in the relatively early years of digital photography, with low resolution cameras and the various digital darkroom stuff just becoming available. Yes, there are a lot of low quality sets from back then, but there's also a lot of truly great stuff. If anything, back then, MA used to be more ART, with a lot of photographers imitating the styles of David Hamilton and Jock Sturges and others, playing with light and shadow, soft-focus, distance, etc. Now, it's more in a commercial/glamor mode, with the focus on the models, typically flat lighting, sharp focus, more explicit images, etc. Looking at the ratings, most members prefer the new stuff; for me it's just different, as I can appreciate good example of both, and hate bad examples of both. Although, right now I have as my desktop wallpaper a wonderful image from an old MA set. I forgot the name of the set, but it's a beautiful, ethereal, haunting image, the kind that I never see on MA anymore. If you want examples of the best MA has to offer today, I'd recommend the the photographers Tony Murano (one of the few left who still uses light & shade effectively), Rylsky (king of the "commercial glamour"), Arkisi (similar to Rylsky, but a bit "darker" toned), and Antonio Clemens (great studio work).

Your comment about softcore being more sexist than hardcore is interesting. Personally, I just think it's about the execution more than anything. There's plenty of blatantly sexist hardcore material out there, but there are many things that separate that work from the work on SA. Here, there's always attempts at forging connections between performers, of giving them equal emphasis, of creating a believable context where we're involved in that connection, as well as creating an aesthetic experience as well. One can look at how often the videos here focus on faces, hands, or body parts besides genitalia. I think when there's that feeling of equality and connection and eroticism on both sites, it avoids being sexist and exploitative. The issue is a bit harder when it comes to still photography because it's usually of a single model, so we lose that connection with another performer. So how does one draw the boundary then? I guess I'd say it's all about if a photographer creates a connection between the model and the camera/viewer. If I view an image set and feel like I'm watching someone I know because they've got to share their personality, then I don't view it as exploitative and sexist. It's only in those sets where every image feels objectifying rather than subjectifying that I feel that, but then I have to lay blame on the photographer rather than it being softcore.

Anyway, I got way of the ratings point myself. Really, I don't care about the ratings, but I know others do. I'm probably more sensitive to the issue being a long-time member of IMDb where some losers sign up under multiple accounts just to vote up their favorite films and vote down their least favorite films. Given that this is a pay site, at least we don't have to worry about that, but, yes, there are definitely people who care enough to do whatever they can to impact the ratings as much as possible.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Yes, I think both performers deserve to be seen again, because I think maybe the problem here is more execution than lack of talent or chemistry.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Kane & Wahine

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solrage 4 years ago

A strange video. It has a lovely couple and location, but there's something about the rhythm that seems slightly off. It starts off good in the pool, very sensual, but once in the bed it doesn't flow quite right. Some parts like the blowjob seem to go on a bit too long, and others seem to be rushed past. Throw in some bizarre jump dissolves and the whole thing feels slightly off. That said, I do like the chemistry here, but I don't think either performance is outstanding. I would like to see more from both, though, to be fair in a more general judgment.

Friday, October 18th, 2013 on Kane & Wahine

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, I didn't want to imply that all low votes are malicious, but I do feel the strategy of polarizing (favorites get 10, everything else a 1, so as to have the maximum affect on ratings) is less than honest. I was told by a MA staff member that they used to discount 1 and 2 votes because they knew that no models deserved those votes. Then, there was a radical change to their Top 150 Models list when they started counting them, and a lot of long-time favorite models fell off the list. I'm incredulous that so many members thought models like, eg, Iveta B or Anna AJ, staples of that list, really deserved the 1-2 votes that knocked them off. Much more likely is that certain members, in an attempt to install THEIR models on the list, gave a 1 to every other model on the list. Perhaps there's less of that problem here, I don't know, but I'm leery of it.

Friday, October 18th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan,

You said: " Lastly, if you are going to average a {group} of responses then you can't not count every response, the logic would be flawed."

I think this is true if you can trust on members to vote honestly rather than maliciously. I know one tactic that many surely use is of polarizing, ie, just voting what they love a 10 and everything that they dislike, think is average, etc. a 1, just so they can have a maximum effect on the ratings. I'm sure the same thing happens on MA where viewers give their favorite models 10 and everyone else a 1 just to try and get "their" model into the Top 100. That's why an average doesn't necessarily represent what the average viewer thinks, because one 1 vote tens to have more affect than several, say 6-8 votes. I don't think anyone who votes "honestly" would think most any videos around here deserved a 1 or 2.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Thank you Don! While I did have Eye of the Tiger going through my head during the opening, other body parts of other mammals were on my mind after that. :D

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2,

I don't remember the precise date SA came online, but I do think I was here within the first month or two. Surely Jonathan would know the date it came online? I think it was around the spring of 2012, but that's as much as I know. I absolutely agree with you about Sylvia Kristel. It's a shame she only ever did softcore, but given how amazing those Jaeckin films were, I find it hard to complain too much. Have you ever seen any Tinto Bras? If not, he's the first softcore filmmaker I'd recommend after Jaeckin, with The Key probably being his best film.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

A superb, 9/10 video for me. The performances and chemistry here are just off the charts, and I believed for every second that both Charlise and Lorena were genuine lovers who knew each other well and were really into what they were doing. The entire video, even the opening boxing montage, is extremely sensual and sexy... and I loved the ode to the Rocky III "Freeze Frame!" LOL! Nice touch! I don't think erotica gets any better from a performance aspect.

However, I do have some technical quibbles from a technical standpoint, and perhaps I can offer some advice to better future releases. I think this work needed a few transitional shots, because the editing from the boxing location to the hot tub, and from the hot tub to the bedroom was extremely abrupt. All that was really needed, I think, was a few shots of Lorena and Charlise leaving the boxing location, or arriving home, or entering the hot tub, or leaving the hot tub/entering the bedroom to smooth over the transitions. Likewise, I'm still not loving the jump cuts here. I think Don and Lorena would be well served by studying how Alis Locanta uses jump cuts when, eg, his performers are undressing. Jump cuts become needlessly jarring (rather than invigorating) when they interrupt an action, be it a sound, movement, etc. and cuts to a very different one. Locanta's jump cuts work because we don't need to see every frame of a model taking off her bra or panties to know that that's what's going on; but in this film we may get a cut from the performers in one position to a completely different one, so there's a lack of continuity and, as a viewer, I wonder how much time has passed. If you're going to jump cut to different positions then it needs to be done in more than a single cut.

Hopefully that doesn't sound too harshly critical, because I really do think this video is one of the best G/Gs on this site despite the few technical lapses.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

I'm with swplf2 about wanting to get more into the plot. This and the previous episodes felt like preludes, and preludes shouldn't last 30 minutes! Taken in isolation, I don't feel this is one of the better solo vids on this site. Too monotonous, and I didn't feel like Carla ever really got into it that much. The shower setting with the soapiness and golden tone was nice, though.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 on The Game II - Advice

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solrage 4 years ago

It's wonderful to see Michaela here on SexArt! A stunning beauty indeed. I think this video makes for a lovely, elegant, simple introduction; nothing flashy or overdone, but effective. Perhaps not the best solo film on this site, but as a taste of what's to come with Michaela, it's superb.

Friday, October 11th, 2013 on Txt Me

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solrage 4 years ago

This film is a miniature gem. I absolutely love the cinematography and staging here; the blue background, white bed, and soft glow of the on-screen lights blend together into a wonderful, painterly image. Even the out-of-focus shots of the background, the bokeh, is lovely! Love the jump cuts when Candice removes her panties, love the low-angle shot of her face at the head of the bed, love when the focus shifts from her face to her hand gripping the bed, love the music, love the headphones! (I think those are AKG K702s? I have the K701s; they are superb!) I also love Candice, and it's great to see her doing videos on SexArt. I've been a fan since her very first sets on MetArt. I love her casual dress and the intimacy of her performance--nothing flashy or overdone, and it works well in the context of the more daring imagery. About the ONLY thing that seems out of place is the credit sequence, but that's just nit-picking. Everything in the video is superb. Great job Alis, Candice, and crew!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 on Io Ballo Da Sola

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan,

That tidbit does make it more interesting, but it doesn't make the video itself any better. Maybe slightly more humorous. So maybe releasing it WAS a bit of your satirical side coming out?

Monday, September 30th, 2013 on The Studio

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solrage 4 years ago

Agree with BaTWWD, this is definitely not one of the stronger efforts by anyone involved. About the only thing I found interesting was the "set" setting, and the fact that Sylvie leaves so quickly after the sex. Is the idea that she was just using this guy for a quick orgasm? Maybe a reversal on the negative assumption that many photographers coerce their models into sex? Even at that, Sylvie doesn't seem to get all that much out of it. Maybe this was meant as a bit of a satire? Meh, I shouldn't try too hard to justify it as it didn't do anything for me.

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 on The Studio

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2,

I do agree about many of Ariel's videos being "different" in the way you describe, and perhaps you're right that familiarity between performers/production team is a big part of that. Let's remember, though, that SA is also constantly introducing new performers, or performers whom are "new" to whomever they're working with. Yet, even in many of these "new performer/partner" videos I think there can be that level of familiarity, comfort, and realness, like many of Bo's "Upper West Side" videos. Maybe the "different" in Ariel's work just boils down to something as "simple" as talent?

Thanks for the kudos. I do agree about this comment section making this site different and better than all similar sites I've been a part of. Most of that poem was just me copy/pasting John Dryden's translation of Virgil's Aeneid. I just changed some select words. :)

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

I think you mean Virgil (whom wrote The Aeneid); Homer was (so legend has it) blind, and probably couldn't have appreciated good erotica. Although I'd be flattered if anyone ever thought of me as either! :D

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2,

I like what you say about letting the sex play out until there are real orgasms, but I'm guessing that on a professional film set this isn't really feasible. The idea of having a set, makeup, multiple camera angels, editing, etc. pretty much necessitates certain "breaks" between takes, which also necessitates the sex being "acted" to some extent, rather than just "captured". While I'm sure some performers can naturally climax within that format, I'm also guessing it's much harder to make happen every time for all of them.

LOL on the "Oh oracle of all things Sexart, Jonathan" bit. I feel like I should do an Aeneid parody:

Sex, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
The naughty network's unrelenting sites,
Expell'd and exil'd, left the MetArt shore.
Long labors, both by cock and tits, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The SexArt realm, and built the destin'd town;
His banish'd admins restor'd to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of all performers come,
And the long glories of majestic cum,
O Muse! the causes and the crimes relate;
What goddess was provok'd, and whence her hate;
For what offense the Queen of Met began
To persecute so brave, so just a man;
Involv'd his anxious life that was harassed,
Expos'd to cocks and tits and endless ass!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

BaTWWD,

"I texted Hawk, which he received in some meeting or other... he deposited a mouthful of tea over some dork's presentation."

LOL! :D

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

I predict this is going to get low ratings for the following reasons:

1. It's only 13 minutes
2. Luna doesn't even get partially nude until about half-way in
3. It's quiet... TOO quiet! (what movie is that from?)

All that said, I loved it! It has that sexy tension that sex in public has, where you try to quiet your cries of pleasure for fear of getting caught, which just makes it all the more hot! Though it's strange we never learn WHAT Luna finds so irresistibly alluring she has to pleasure herself right then and there, but she gives such a convincing performance I completely forgot about it. What an amazing climax! I don’t know if she really orgasmed on camera, but, man, if she said she did I’d believe her! I also love the elegant simplicity of the whole concept and execution, with a very good job by Alis not to try and “overstuff” the video with flashy technique. I’ve highly praised Alis’s cinematographic and editing skills in the past, and I think this shows that he can do simple as well. I also loved the well-timed jump cuts when Luna finally takes her bra off.

Overall a superb effort and one that I’m hope I’m wrong about getting a low rating.

BTW, I can’t help but feel Jonathan and co. are pulling our leg a bit sometimes. Last video we have a conversation about how quiet some videos are, and immediately after we get a video titled “The Sound of Silence?” :D Coincidence or not, I had to laugh.

Friday, September 27th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

BaTWWD, is there no way to quiet down the ambient noise? Maybe watch the videos at a time where things aren't so bad? I live with roommates so I know how troublesome that can be, so I shifted my work so I could do things (like watch films, read, etc.) at night when there was silence. I know this isn't possible for everyone, but I sympathize with your struggles and hate to think you're watching these films in less than ideal conditions. Silence can be a powerful tool in film. One of Robert Bresson's masterpieces, A Man Escaped, uses silence in ingenious ways, and I can't imagine watching that film with traffic outside, computer fans, noisy neighbors, etc.!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 on City Ride

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solrage 4 years ago

I loved Violette in Careful, and she's every bit as charming here. She really lights up a video with her personality, which really comes through on camera. The concept of skating through the park seems a perfect fit (even if she isn't the one skating): fun, cute, effervescent. I don't think I get as good a sense of Zara's personality, but it could just be because this is her first vid here. Nonetheless, the two are great together, and both are cute as a teddy bear riding a unicorn on a rainbow. I love how their laughter keeps "interrupting" the sex, as it really does make it feel like they're a real couple. The sex itself is nothing groundbreaking, but it's very sensual, even gentle, but still hot. It feels weird to think of erotica/porn as being this happy, but this whole video felt like walking in the park on a sunny day with your best friend while singing The Turtles' So Happy Together.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 on City Ride

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solrage 4 years ago

Funnily enough, I came here to write review and noticed it had already been written by BaTWWD! You guys said almost precisely what I was going to say, on both the positive and negative side. I'll add that, personally, Agatha isn't really my "type" at all, and when this started I thought it was going to be like any other solo vid; but, as I've said before, talent means just as much as looks, and by the end I really felt like I was "inside her head," as BaTWWD put it, and the intensity was just overwhelmingly hot! As for the reflection and "two-half table shots," I guess one could say that they do add an interesting stylistic, formal element that might be a bit lacking if they weren't there, but I tend to agree with BaTWWD that they're more distracting than enhancing.

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 on About A Girl

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solrage 4 years ago

What made this video for me is that we get to see both girls get wet... sexually, I mean. In to many videos it's the "dryness" that gives away that these are indeed performers "acting" sex. Here, both girls physically into it, and I think that translates to other aspects of their performance as well. Overall, this is a strong, solid effort. Again, nothing revolutionary, but both girls are really cute with great chemistry, and the sex, even if a bit unvaried, is still quite hot.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 on Summer Play

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solrage 4 years ago

There's a lot to like here. Victoria is very cute, very natural, and very sensual. I like the warmth of the cinematography, all that subtly glowing orange/yellow, even down to the "blown out" light from the door in the background. The sex certainly gets better towards the end, with both performers really getting into. But, even with all these positives, the film feels like an also-ran. It's good, but nothing special. Just well shot, well edited, well performed, but nothing to really blow a viewer's mind. Oh well, I have a feeling many around here are getting spoiled by the insanely high quality level of so many videos that we're expecting masterpieces every time out. This is still worth watching, but I probably won't be remembering it in a few days.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 on Book of Love

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solrage 4 years ago

Ironically, my comments about the first film are almost reversed here. Here, I think it's the narrative aspects that fall short, while it's the sex itself that is quite strong (or, at least, stronger than in the first film). As for that narrative, I just didn't get much sense of real development. As Snowfall said, where is the "dark side" of the title? I can buy into what Harry said about Alexis (therefor Lorena, by extension) becoming more assertive, but is this really "dark"? I'm not so sure I'd agree with depicting sexual assertiveness with darkness anyway. This is hardly Blue Velvet territory. The end did seem rather slapdash, and rather disappointing after the wonderful set up of the first film. All in all, it's still a very good film, but not quite the masterpiece I'd hoped it would be.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 on The Writer - The Dark Side

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solrage 4 years ago

Dullah, You're right that, technically, "name-calling" and "correctly applying dictionary definitions" are not mutually exclusive, but I think both have very different connotations. Usually, "name-calling" is frowned upon because it's used to belittle someone merely for emotional reasons. If I called you a "fat, ugly, sad, lonely, idiot" it's something that I really can't "prove" in this context (especially since I've never even seen you and know nothing of your life!), and it would most likely just be to hurt you. However, someone being a "hypocrite" is easily provable in text. If someone is doing something like preaching about how a poster is ignoring their feelings while doing the exact same thing, that's hypocritical BY DEFINITION. If someone points out this hypocrisy, it's not right to then just say "that's name calling!" as if them being called a "hypocrite" has no better basis in fact than me calling you a "fat, ugly, sad, lonely, idiot." The latter is quintessential name-calling, but the former, even if "technically" name-calling, is also factual. So why is it wrong to point out someone being a hypocrite?

You give the "whore/prostitute" example, but, in a way, that's good evidence for what I'm talking about. You have multiple words for that profession, and some come with more negative connotations than others, so if you're using "whore" contemptibly, then it's because there are connotations of that word that you're using just to hurt the person. So while the "prostitute" meaning of "whore" might not be "name-calling" (since it's true), all of the negative connotations would be name-calling because they're both negative and, likely, not factual but opinionated (IE, viewing prostitutes as "lesser humans" is not factual, it's merely an opinion that can hurt). So me calling a prostitute a "whore" is not like me calling hayley a "hypocrite," since she HAS been hypocritical in preaching to me about caring about her feelings all the while not giving a shit about mine.

What's more, many times I didn't even call HER those names. You mention "closed-minded," and what I said specifically was: "I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong. It just reeks of closed-mindedness." Well, that's pretty darn close to the definition of the term, and if hayley felt that she was "holding on to her opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons... they're wrong," then what WOULD that be except closed-mindedness? Again, it's wrong to just say this is "name-calling" if it's also absolutely true. It's not as with "whore," I'm not trying to "sneak in any negative connotations," (a good article on this: http://lesswrong.com/lw/ny/sneaking_in_connotations/) I'm saying that the meaning of this word fits these actions precisely.

Finally, even if I can grok how some of my follow-up comments and "name-calling" could be seen to be a mistake and be wrong (even if I'd disagree, I can understand it), I was specifically referring to my first reply, which contained no name-calling, no offensiveness whatsoever. You yourself say that "I think too that hayley overreacted a bit," and, really, that was my point all along. My very first follow-up reply was concentrated on pointing this out, and I stand by everything I said in it. Refusing to change your opinion in the face of good evidence/reasons is the definition of closed-minded; saying one thing and doing another is the definition of hypocrisy; telling someone to stop responding to you because they disagreed is being overly-sensitive. There is absolutely nothing in my follow-up post that is untrue. If it happened to "hurt" hayley then all I can say is that sometimes the truth hurts. It would be one thing if you wanted to argue that hayley hasn't been hypocritical, or hasn't been closed-minded, but it's not fair to just chalk that up to "name-calling" if, in fact, she's been those things.

Imagine this: there is a person that comes up to you and says: "All black people will burn in hell." You then call this person a "racist," and then they get offended and say "that's just name calling." So, really, one has to make an important distinction between name-calling that's true (what I called "correctly applying dictionary definitions to actions") and name-calling that is based on opinion and is only meant to hurt. My "name calling" is true. If it hurts, it's only because it's true, not because it's opinionated and untrue.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Right, you don't mind if people disagree, as long as they don't tell you WHY they disagree! That's rich. I'm still waiting for you to make the distinction between "disagreement" and "correction, criticism, undermining, and projection" and how my first reply to you fits the latter and not the former. Good luck with that!

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

First Paragraph:
So, let’s recap: comparing you to very intelligent TV detectives is “hurting and belittling” you, yet it’s wrong to call you “overly-sensitive.” Talk about making someone’s point for them!

Second paragraph:
What in the world about that piece is “another way of saying ‘subjective things.” I also think you mean “moot” and not “mute,” but, oops! There I go correcting you again! I suppose it’s merely subjective whether “mute” or “moot” is the right word for what you meant, even though a written paragraph can’t be “mute” given what “mute” means.

RE Your Addition: Again, you show that you can copy/paste a definition. So how in the world can you justify that our interpretations of what happened in this film are “subjective” as opposed to “objective?” The minute you point to something in the film that favors your interpretation, you’re forming your interpretation based on “objective” evidence, not “subjective” evidence influenced solely by personal feelings and tastes.

Third paragraph:
You repeatedly repeat that you’re offended by someone disagreeing with you. You try to call this disagreement “correcting, undermining, and projecting” without making any distinction between “disagreement” and all of those things.

Fourth paragraph:
Ok, I see that you know how to copy/paste, but that doesn’t tell me that you know how to distinguish between fact and opinion. Ironically, your very article agrees with me: “a fact is something that can be checked and backed up with evidence.” So, let’s take our interpretations of Careful as an example. You say the pregnancy was planned because: “Notice his reaction at the end when he cums inside her? He is worried for her…” and so on. So, look at that! You’re stating an interpretation based on facts that “can be checked and backed up with evidence.” This is not JUST an opinion based on a point of view, it’s an interpretation based on evidence. Really, I’d argue that most all opinions are conclusions we come to based on things we feel are factual.

In light of the above, it becomes obvious that not all opinions are equal. A primitive culture’s “opinion” on where humans come from is not equal to the “opinion” of an evolutionary biologist. The former’s opinion is based on no evidence, while the latter’s opinion is based on a mountain of evidence. The doctor VS Crazy Joe is the same thing. You say yourself: “the Doctor’s opinion is most likely based on the research out there.” That Joe PREFERS the other screws is meaningless if the question is: “which is best for him,” so you can’t say that both opinions are equally likely to be right/true. Sure, maybe the doctor can’t FORCE Joe to switch, but Joe, IMO, would be very stupid not to. Oh, and, yes, doctor’s have every right to correct, criticize, and undermine a patient’s opinion when it’s ignorant and wrong. Most doctors won’t do this (for fear of losing patients and money), but they most certainly have a right to.

Fifth paragraph:
I don’t know what you mean. I’m saying that some of those things are not “names,” they are words with specific definitions that fit your actions, like calling a blonde a blonde. Many of the others were said in hypothetical situations, such as saying no rational person would agree with you. That’s talking about someone else, not you.

Sixth paragraph:
Yeah, IF I had done those things, then maybe you’d have a point, but so far all you’ve done is prove that I disagreed with you and that you didn’t like it, so your request and reaction were not appropriate given my comment.

Seventh paragraph:
The only way I started this is if you think that everyone whom disagrees with you is “starting something.” You keep repeating those other words, but have yet to show how my first comment was any of those things and not just a plain-ol’ civil disagreement. So until you distinguish between “disagreement” and “correcting, criticizing, undermining, and projecting” you have no point.

Your arguments ARE lazy and false. So far, you’ve showed you don’t understand the difference between “opinion” and “fact,” the difference between “mute” and “moot,” the difference between “disagreement” and “correcting, undermining, and projecting,” and the difference between “subjective” and “objective.” If you were making these arguments in high school you’d be getting an F.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Finally got to see this. I've got to echo all of the praise for the "narrative" aspects. It's wonderful to see SA finally stepping back into the arena of narrative frameworks with characters and dialogues, and it works flawlessly here. The only thing that prevents me from giving this a 10 and labeling it a masterpiece is that the sex itself is a bit monotonous and lacking in variation, and it still seems noticeably acted. Despite that, there's still a wonderful sensuality both in the girls and all the technical aspects. Alis may now be my favorite director on SA as every film of his looks glorious. In contrast with Lorena's last film, I loved the jump cuts here; they were subtle, and added dynamics and tension rather than disrupting momentum. I also LOVED the alternate "set-ups" for the sex itself, it vividly reminded me of films like Run Lola Run, or, more obscurely, Kieslowski's Blind Chance that tell the same story multiple times to show how differently they could play out. Ultimately, this is a masterpiece on every except the sex itself, and I really hope to see SA do more like this in the future. Can't wait to see pt. 2 (hopefully tonight!).

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on The Writer - Age of Innocence

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solrage 4 years ago

Dulluh, I'm still trying to figure out what "mistake" I made except having the nerve (the nerve!) to disagree with hayley over our interpretations of this film. If you feel I made an actual mistake, please, enlighten me. Believe me, I'd like to end this in a win-win situation, as I enjoy reading hayley's comments and criticisms of the content around here, but it very much seems like she(?) can't tolerate anyone who expresses any disagreement, and her "solution" of me not ever replying to her(?) is not acceptable to me. I appreciate you trying to play peacemaker, though. :)

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

A correction for the "Telling me to stop responding to you" section: I meant "I think you MISunderstand my point."

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley,

Firstly, “cased closed?” What are you, Perry Mason? Matlock? Monk? What case? LOL (Please don’t misconstrue this as me “calling you names,” since those characters are actually very intelligent TV detectives).

RE: Disagreeing, correcting, undermining, projecting and criticizing:
You insist on saying that “opinions, interpretations, and morals aren’t right or wrong,” and I have repeatedly argued against this. Not to invoke Godwin’s Law, but do you really think the Nazi’s morals were “not wrong or right?” That any racist’s opinions “aren’t wrong or right?” That if were to interpret this film, Careful, as being an allegory for the civil war in Syria that that interpretation wouldn’t be “wrong or right?” This is all nonsense, of course. Every opinion, every moral, every interpretation are founded upon objective things we feel are true. The Nazis felt that Jews were lesser human beings, they thought this was true, despite having no evidence except their irrational hatred for them. So their “opinions” and “morality” were demonstrably UNTRUE. Similarly, in the Dare thread I was pointing out various social assumptions that your opinions (and those like them) are founded on, such as misogynistic societies that deride and fear female sexuality, which cast doubt upon how “moral” they actually are. So, yes, when someone starts espousing opinions, morals, and interpretations that I feel are based on false premises, I’m going to disagree with their conclusions and say why.

As for the part of my post you quoted, you said yourself that my argument was “well-read,” yet you insisted on disagreeing and holding on to your morals. Well, if this isn’t proof of what I said about “holding on to your opinion dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence,” I don’t know what is. Ultimately, though, it’s still a disagreement. You’re trying (and failing) to make a distinction between “disagreeing” and “correcting, undermining, and projecting,” but you’ve yet to really make any distinction whatsoever. If you felt my first response to you was “correcting, undermining, and projecting” then pretty much EVERY disagreement EVER would be such, and that’s nonsense.

RE: An understanding of how art and criticism works:
Are there arguments to be made against my “reasons, arguments, and evidence?” Of course there are, but I’m betting you are not aware of what those arguments are. You just insist on going down a path where one’s level of ignorance or knowledge makes no difference because everything is just subjective opinions. Again, that’s blatant, utter nonsense. How do you distinguish between a fact an opinion? What’s more, do you really think all opinions are equal? That the medical opinion of Crazy Joe is equal to that of an actual doctor?

RE: Questioning my character and calling you names:
I already explained that “overly sensitive” and “defensive” are not “name-calling” any more than calling a blonde a blonde would be name-calling. Similarly, hypocritical has a clearly defined meaning, and you have exhibited behavior that fits that definition to a T. As for the others, those were all used as hypotheticals, the same way you called me “cruel and mean” as a hypothetical. I said someone who refuses to relinquish their opinions despite good reasons/arguments is closed-minded, and that’s actually pretty close to actual definition of the term! If that definition describes you, then you ARE closed-minded. That’s not “name-calling,” that’s called correctly applying the dictionary definition of a term!

RE: Telling me to stop responding to you:
I think you understand my point. It’s not that I was “hurt” because I want to keep responding to you personally out of some emotional attachment; it’s that you telling me not to respond to you pissed me off because it’s a form of censorship and you have no right to do this. I’m free to respond to whom I please.

RE: You not posting any more:
Listen, do whatever you want to do, but you’re not going to guilt me into thinking that I’m to blame when you started this whole mess and have refused to take any responsibility, preferring to retreat into lazy arguments about subjectivity that are demonstrably false.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley,

Firstly, not only am I "entitled" to provide feedback to the producers/artists of the work around here, I'm also entitled to engage with the other posters/commenters around here. You may have noticed that we posters regularly get into conversations and debates. We have a right to do this. If you don't like it then ignore other users, but don't tell them not to respond to you because them disagreeing with you hurts your feelings.

Secondly, the way you word your posts reads like someone with a persecution complex. I "singled you out" and "corrected" and "undermined" and "projected onto" you. No, hayley, all I did was DISAGREE with your interpretation and I explained WHY. That's all it was, A DISAGREEMENT. It's not like I said "you stupid twit, you're dumb and wrong and here's the truth," I simply said I thought the pregnancy was planned because... and so on. There's nothing about that that's "correcting" or "undermining" or "projection," it's me disagreeing with your interpretation and saying so, yet you continue to act like it was a malicious attack.

I find it ironic that you're telling ME what the proper reaction to your post/request was when you continue to ignore me telling you what the proper reaction to my post would've been. It's not fair for you to say that my post upset you, so you can reply how you want; but then when your post upsets me, I can't reply how I want. I wasn't trying to censor you, to tell you to stop responding to me (or anyone else). You have no right, hayley, to tell me to stop replying to anyone, including you. That's censorship. Again, you can't lecture about me having respect for your feelings when you gave absolutely no thought or concern about how telling me to "stop responding" to you would make me feel and, what's more, when I get upset about that, you don't seem to care. That's hypocritical.

Your third paragraph to me just shows a lack of understanding of how art and criticism works. This is actually my area of expertise in real life. I've spent over a decade studying film, literature, music, criticism, and theory. The notion that only those that create art have the right to "correct" the opinions of critics/audiences, or that critics/audiences expressing their opinions/interpretations makes them look like "know-it-alls" is simply wrong, and it's wrong in the same way "the Earth is flat" is wrong. If you actually care about this subject at all, I'd recommend reading (to start with) Wimstatt and Beardsley's "The Verbal Icon" and, in particular, their sections on The Intentional Fallacy. As a preview you can read Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorial_intent

Audiences and critics having their own opinions on, interpretations of, etc. the artistic work of others is not "disrespectful." On the contrary, it shows that people care enough about something to actually HAVE an opinion and interpretation. Most artists understand this and consciously choose not to "force" their intentions or interpretations onto the audience. Kubrick once said of 2001: "You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film -- and such speculation is one
indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep
level -- but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that
every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the
point." Author Neil Gaiman once said (paraphrased) that his opinions and intentions and interpretations of his own work were merely one more perspective, and that just because he was the author that didn't mean his opinions were "privileged" and that others were wrong. A literary professor friend of mine once summed this up as "an artist has a right to define what they intended, but not what they created."

So, once you accept the fact that artist's intentions are not godlike and dictative, what you're left with is the work itself and the evidence it presents. We both watched the same video, we noticed different things, and from those different things we formed different interpretations. When expressing our interpretations they came into conflict, and by further explaining ourselves we were able to come to a better understanding. That's the communal nature of art and communication, and your response to me seemed intent on squashing that for the sole reason that you didn't like someone disagreeing with you.

That you continue to insist that I'm "name-calling" you is just as bad as insisting that I was "undermining" you to begin with. Where is this phantom name-calling? Saying you're "over-sensitive" or “defensive” is not name-calling, no more than saying someone is "blonde" is name-calling. You are CLEARLY sensitive about your opinions, and the fact that you “defended” it so emotionally would make you “defensive”. But, fine, continue to feel I’m “cruel and mean” because I disagreed with you, but that you were a perfect angel in suggesting that I not ever express my disagreement. That’s what this amounts to: you saying I’m a bad guy for disagreeing, but you’re a good guy for trying to censor me.

I already told you that I reject your request for me not to reply to your posts. This is not going to happen. If you say something I disagree with and I feel like saying so I’m going to say so. You have no right to tell me I can’t or that I shouldn’t.

You say SexArt isn’t enjoyable when people argue, but that’s just YOUR opinion. I say that argument, disagreement, and dialectics are positive, healthy, and enjoyable when people are respectful (as I was) and not so sensitive. Argument and dialectics (discussion where people disagree) are actually the backbone of logic; they’re pillars of rationalism. If you don’t like these things, then simply ignore people that reply to you, but don’t tell them not to respond.

Finally, yes, I can “forgive” you for what I felt was an unnecessarily, hurtful reply to my initial reply, and I’ll equally apologize for hurting your feelings unintentionally, even though I still feel I did nothing wrong and there’s nothing hurtful, disrespectful, or wrong in my initial reply in the least.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Ariel, keep in mind what Snowfall said about us being a contradictory bunch of viewers/commenters around here. Different members want/expect different things from both the videos and the photo sets. Personally, I don't mind having a separate, high-quality photo set released a day (or so) before a video. As has been noted before, setting up and shooting a photo set VS a video set is completely different, so the sets that are released WITH the video are usually quite different than what would be released if they were done as a standalone photo set. I actually appreciate having two perspectives on the same shoot, since photography and filmmaking are two different (if similar) arts.

Personally, though, neither of these sets (photo or video) worked for me for some of the reasons given. I wouldn't make too much out of the comments or criticisms of any one commenter on any one video/photo set. IIRC, many months back ago there was both a photo set and video set of the Caprice/Grace set Double Games and nobody complained, so there you go.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 on Swimming Pool

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, you not posting here anymore would not be "me winning." I don't want you to not post, I want you to not take me disagreeing with you so personally.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

As for the good, I loved all the swimming scenes. There's something so ethereal about beautiful girls, water, the right music, and good cinematography, and this film has of them. However, once the girls get out of the water and the sex starts, the atmosphere goes out the window and we're just left with a bland, clearly "acted," G/G scene with little chemistry and far too little variation. Jenny is quite lovely, but Kayla really needs to be paired with the right partner, as I found her much better in Memories. All in all, I might say this video gets the ART part right, but the SEX part is blah. A generous 6/10.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Swimming Pool

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, the only way you would've felt anything negative after my first comment is if you were, indeed, overly sensitive about your opinions. My first comment was not offensive or hurtful or disrespectful in any way shape or form. However, your second paragraph in your reply to me was rather disrespectful, implying that I was "correcting" you and "projecting" my opinions onto you when all I did was respectfully disagree and said why. Your response amounts to nothing more than "how dare you disagree with me! It hurts that anyone disagrees with me!" This is the same attitude you struck in the "Dare" conversation with myself and others. You want to state your opinions without anyone disagreeing, and that's not going to happen, either here or in real life. If you can't tell the difference between someone respectfully disagreeing (like I did), and someone genuinely trying to "correct" your or "project" their opinions onto you, then I don't know what else to say.

Your "resolution" of me never expressing my disagreement with your opinion is not an acceptable resolution. If you say something I disagree with, and I feel like saying so, then I'm going to say so. I don't know why you feel like I'm "putting you down" or "name-calling." I didn't call you a name, I said you seem to be overly sensitive about your opinions. That's neither putting you down or name calling, it's simply a logical conclusion based on your (over)reaction to my first response to you. Finally, since your so big on respecting others' opinions and feelings, respect my opinions when they disagree with you, and respect my feelings for wanting to say so, and respect my right TO say so.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, you're the one that initiated this "fight," not me, so it seems hypocritical to then say that these posters agree with you. Try to find one poster that agrees my first comment to you warranted your second paragraph in your reply. Your second paragraph is a case of YOU projecting, YOU thinking that I was "correcting" and "projecting" onto you, when it was actually a perfectly civil, calm, interpretative disagreement.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Photo Shoot, you and hayley inspired me to go back and watch this film again just to see why I went so wrong in my interpretation. Turns out, I think, that my confusion is quite understandable. Go to about 15:00, right after Violette has stopped blowing Kristof. They exchange a little dialogue, and she is visibly "upset," she gives a kind of sigh as he points to the dresser. She goes over and gets the condom out. So, by this, it seems that she was the one upset about using the condom. Then, go to about 17:30. She seems upset again. They exchange some dialogue, and she's the one that reaches back to take the condom off. So, in both instances, it seems like SHE'S the one that doesn't want the condom, and I guess I just interpreted that as meaning she wanted a baby, but it could also simply mean that she didn't want to use a condom perhaps more than him. So, even if my interpretation about the "planning" is wrong, it does seem that not wanting to use the condom was more her than him, hence my confusion.

FWIW, I thought my first comment to hayley was perfectly calm, civil, etc., which is why I was so surprised by her(?) second paragraph.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, there was absolutely NOTHING in my initial comment that any rational, sane human being would say provoked your response from the second paragraph on. I don't know what you mean by "correcting" and "projecting" your opinions. You commented that it was unplanned, I responded that I thought it was planned and gave the reason why I though that. If you had simply responded with your first paragraph I would've said "good point, I hadn't considered that; you're right, it was probably unplanned." and we would've moved on. Instead, your second paragraph on reeks of over-sensitivity and pointless defensiveness over anyone challenging your opinions.

You keep wanting to write everything off as being "subjective," but this is just nonsense as I described in the other thread. Is the Earth flat or round? Well, it's all subjective, isn't it? What's more, when you live in societies as we humans do, our subjective opinions influences the lives of others, as I was trying to explain in the other thread about how misogynistic societies have negatively affected women for years and continue to in perhaps more subtle ways: look up "rape culture" and tell me that that's all "subjective" and therefor OK. Even taking this video, it is not an "opinion" whether the pregnancy was planned or not, it's an interpretation, and interpretation relies on OBJECTIVE evidence and reasoning. I pointed out one piece of objective evidence and my reasoning, you pointed out others and your reasoning. I admitted yours was BETTER, so I changed my mind. There's some amount of subjectivity there, but not much, as evidence and logic are not subjective.

So I still don't understand what you took offense to in my first response. I offered a contradictory interpretation; this is not "correcting" you or "projecting" my opinions onto you, this is me disagreeing and saying why. Your first paragraph is a normal response to my post; your second paragraph just seems like overly-sensitive nonsense.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Hayley, you make a good point about the pregnancy being unplanned. I guess once they took the condom off I just figured that meant they were "planning," but, no, I didn't understand what they were saying and I guess I must have missed (forgotten? misinterpreted?) them being worried at the end. But, in light of what you said, I think you're right.

All that said, your second paragraph is completely uncalled for. Talk about pointless, you being so sensitive about anyone questioning anything you say is precisely that. If you're bold enough to put your opinions out there, then be bold enough to take the criticism and either defend those opinions or ignore those who comment. What's more, if your opinions happen to be wrong (not saying they are here) then you should embrace those that challenge them. As P.C. Hodgell said: “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.” It doesn't matter whom your opinions are directed towards, since members read these comments sections and frequently get into discussions about the videos. So, sorry, I'll continue to respond to the posters and videos that I want to.

Of course, I'm pretty sure all of this stems from my criticism of your "morals" in this post here: http://members.sexart.com/members/model/iwia-a-and-lorena-b-and-greg-baldwin/movie/20130825/DARE/#ZTJhOD I'm sorry, but I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong. It just reeks of closed-mindedness. Look at me: you presented with good evidence that your opinion on this video was right, and I changed my mind. Life is easier when you're not so sensitive about your opinions and are willing to change them if presented with good reasons to. I would never, ever get upset at someone questioning what I said, because that's REALLY pointless and totally irrational.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I'm pretty sure this pregnancy was planned. Notice how Violette takes the condom off? That seems to be the clue that they both know they're trying to make a baby here. Otherwise, the condom scene doesn't make sense.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

I had an idea about subtitles that may or may not be doable: for those that download videos, SA could offer an ".srt" (or similar) subtitle file that the user could choose to use or not depending on their preference. I'm not entirely sure how subtitling works, but I know those files are, supposedly, pretty simple to create. The user could then turn subtitles on/off through their media player. Personally, I'd like to know what they're saying, and I'm so used to watching subtitled films that hey wouldn't be a distraction for me.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

A perfect 10. This is perhaps the best example ever of what hayley has called "LoveArt." Even though I typically prefer the more conceptual, artsy videos, the realness and connection between these two performers is just palpable in every frame. I believed from the beginning to the end that this was a real couple (are they?) making love, rather than performers faking love. All of the laughing and giggling at the beginning is great, because that's what it's like to be young and in love. The actual sex is nicely varied, and Andrej smartly doesn't linger on anything too long so that it becomes repetitive. There's a wonderful rhythm to it, and I love that it builds to a natural and believable climax. I must say too that I got chills at the end; that's something I've never seen done in an erotic video, and I almost hate that you're "giving it away" in the stills preview. Just lovely, beautiful, even moving; a perfect example of what makes this site different (and better) than all others out there.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

I was finally able to watch this today, and I really enjoyed it. Eufrat is one of my favorite erotic models ever, and while I was not as big a fan of Dido from her MA shots I'm starting to like her more and more in her videos on SA (some models come alive more in one medium than another). Dido and Eufrat together, though, are priceless. This has to be the best ending credits scene for any SA film as it's so tender and sweet and real. These two seem to really care for each other both onscreen and off. As for the video itself, I have little to add to hayley's praise. I think the one quality that sums it up best is SENSUAL. The longing at the beginning, the slow and delicate foreplay, and so much is said through the eyes and kisses and gestures. It's certainly about more than just what's happening down south.

All that said, I think I can *only* justify an 8 rating (as if that's bad!), but given my love for Eufrat I wish it was more. I've come to really appreciate Alis's cinematic abilities, and they seem somewhat lacking here, except in the wonderful opening. It seems to me as if the girls are doing all the work, and the camera, when it's not annoyingly panning behind that shade, is just there. Also, given the title, I was (perhaps wrongly?) expecting some nod to the Hitchcock classic, and there's so much sexual tension in that film to draw from! Alas, the film did seem rather conceptually bland.

Ultimately, most of my complaints are technical, on the "Art" side of matters, you might say, but there's no denying the talent and passion and loveliness of the girls here, and more from them would be very much appreciated.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I haven't seen this set (I have a very idiosyncratic method of what image sets I view when, but that's just me!), but I completely agree with what you say in general. My feeling is much in line with BatWWD that the image sets on SA lag behind the vids in quality, and I'd add they lag behind the photo sets on MA in quality. I think the biggest problem is along the lines of what you suggest, that because SA allows for explicit content (dildo/finger and pussy play), many photographers tend to lean on those as a crutch, as if saying "hey, we can show this here!"

Of course, MA doesn't allow for this explicitness, which I think provokes photographers to get more creative with the lighting, sets, poses, angles. I think on MA you tend to get more of a feeling of the personality of the models because you don't get all of these explicit shots, even though you do (usually) get some close ups of pussies and other body parts. So many SA photo sets just end up with endless explicit close-ups as if the photographer is doing a profile on the model's pussy rather than the model.

This isn't always the case, and I have come across several excellent photo sets on here that are explicit, but don't let the explicitness get in the way of the model's personality or forget that there's a face/person attached to the parts. Here's a good example I saw recently and rated an 8/10: http://members.sexart.com/members/model/milania-a/gallery/20120814/PRIVACY/ In that set I love how, eg, the first few dildo insertion, Marco goes to a close shot of Milania's face and hand as she clutches the bed spread, so you not only get a sense of the dildo going in, but you get a sense of what Milania felt. That's photography telling a story, rather than just ogling body parts. Plus, I think there's a great variety of angles and shots and good dynamics where, eg, a close-up might lead to a wide-shot.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 on Esaten

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall, I commented about this over here: http://members.sexart.com/members/model/milana-j-and-vanda-b/gallery/20130824/PRAVDA/#ZDczMD

To repost what I said: "...apparently there's some member that gives thumbs down to every comment on every page. I'm assuming it's the same person as it's too big of a coincidence that almost every single comment has at least one thumbs down vote, and most of them, even the most innocuous ones, have ONLY one." Apparently Jonathan (admin) is rethinking the thumbs up/thumbs down function. We'll see what happens.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Lorida

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solrage 4 years ago

You're very welcome, Snowfall. Although, knowing about something and knowing how to do that something are two different things. ;)

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Ariel, it's always lovely to hear from you! You guys should be extremely proud of this video. It's something quite unlike anything I've seen before in erotica, and despite it's sadly low rating I guarantee it's a video that people will remember. I think the only problem most have with Marica (not me!) is that her sex noises are very different than what most are used to. Anytime you give people something different you're going to have half saying it's brilliant, and half saying it sucks (usually for no other reason than because it's different). I absolutely agree that Marica was perfect for this film, and, as I said elsewhere, I hope the low rating doesn't scare you guys off using her or continuing to produce original, challenging, videos like this. It would be a real shame if SA ever gets to where every video is just "normal."

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

I'm terribly late on this one (as I said, been catching up due to natural disasters affecting my internet), but, WOW! I first encountered Lily LaBeau in Travis Grahame's erotic masterpiece called Wasteland where she co-starred with Lily Carter. Loved her in that, and this just confirms my opinion about her as a performer. But, man, if her name hadn't been in the credits I wouldn't have recognized her! That takes amazing guts to shave her heard just for a role (which I'm assuming she did?). Anyway, her performance and connection with Logan is just cosmic, and I second the notion you HAVE to get them back together! At the very least, we need to see Lily some more. OK, I'm not a fan of the hair cut, but her performance knocked her haircut clean out of my mind.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Upper West Side III

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan, it's a bit like what I was saying in that FreeOnes "Ask Me Anything" thread with Jill about the "ratings" feature; it's a fine feature if you can trust members to use it honestly and not try to manipulate it. Some disgruntled member voting every post down, or some fanboy who gives every model a "1" except their few favorites kinda skews the results. One potential solution I offered to the "ratings" dilemma was to have members rank their favorites and, similarly, I think just having a "thumbs up" feature would be fine as it would still give you an idea of what opinions most others agree with without the worry that someone is just voting down everything and perhaps not even reading them.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Pravda

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solrage 4 years ago

Thank you, and you're welcome Dave and horsemaster. :)

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

I did miss aperture, but my post was getting a bit long! One more thing you could bring up is film/digital sensor size. The larger the film/sensor, the longer the equivalent focal length (ie, a 50mm lens is "wider" on a 2 megapixel camera than a 24 megapixel camera), though depth of field remains the same.

Regarding the challenge of wide angles VS telephotos, I just consider them different. Wide angles do make it easier to shoot faster and not worry as much about focus/aperture, but they also make it harder to compose well because you're getting so much more into the frame. Plus, if you want extreme depth of field then you need A LOT of light. In the days of classic Hollywood, filmmakers like Orson Welles took it as a challenge to get everything in a frame in focus from extreme close-up to extreme background, going so far as to put lights under the floors in the background. One can only imagine how hot those sets were! In fact, wide angles were kind of seen as the challenging lens to work with until the late 50s/early 60s when directors like Kurosawa, Antonioni, and Bergman started doing interesting experiments with telephotos, like the battle scenes in The Seven Samurai that look almost like a painting come to life because of the two-dimensionality of the long lenses.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

I first saw Audition on Netflix, so it should be available there (although I rented the disc as opposed to streaming). Consider yourself warned, though; I'm pretty immune to horror films, but Audition disturbed me in a way I haven't been disturbed since I saw The Exorcist when I was 10.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

C6C7, apparently there's some member that gives thumbs down to every comment on every page. I'm assuming it's the same person as it's too big of a coincidence that almost every single comment has at least one thumbs down vote, and most of them, even the most innocuous ones, have ONLY one. It's a bit annoying, but I'm not sure what the purpose of the whole thumbs up/down system is anyway.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Pravda

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solrage 4 years ago

Damn, I'm going to have to wait a few days to see this because I just noticed I'm right at the limit of my monthly data usage for my ISP... and I love Eufrat! Oh well, I guess I'll get to try out the whole "pleasure delay" theory.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Well, the post cut off my "rough guide" for some reason. Here, I found one online: http://www.dpreview.com/glossary/optical/focal-length

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall, Wide angle lenses tend to exaggerate (if not distort) perspective more, so, eg, the background may look farther away, and objects may look larger/wider than they are. Obviously this means that if you shoot a close-up on, say, an ass it may look wider, or if you do a close-up on breasts they may seem bigger because they appear farther away from the body. Long lenses are the opposite of wide angles in that they compress background/foreground to give the image a more 2D look. This is usually seen as more flattering in fashion/glamor photography, but a lot of photographers who want to "enhance" parts like breasts and ass may opt for a wide-angle. Obviously there are also "normal" lenses that are less extreme than both. A rough guide would be (assuming a 35mm or equivalent digital camera):

135mm = super telephoto

You rarely see anything over 135mm in fashion/glamor I suspect, because one other aspect of telephotos is that they show camera shake more, which means it's harder to get sharp, non-blurry images. You typically need a tripod with anything over about 85mm, unless you have A LOT of light and can get a really fast shutter speed.

One more feature of wide VS long lenses is that the former tends to give you better depth-of-field, which means it's easier to get all of the objects in an image in focus. So if you want your subject plus background in focus, wide lenses makes that easier to do with the available light. Long lenses, on the other hand, give you a very shallow depth-of-field and make it easier to get out-of-focus backgrounds ("bokeh" in the world of photography). If you're doing, eg, a head shot, it's usually preferable to blur the background so to put the emphasis on model's face rather than anything else. The depth-of-field is also dependent on the focal distance. The closer to the camera the focus is, the less depth-of-field; the farther from the camera, the more. If you notice in many of the videos, the closer the shot is, the more it tends to go in and out of focus.

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Hi Delta, thanks for the follow-up. We are in absolute agreement about one of the greatest qualities of MA, SA, and the entire network is the variety and diversity. I said in a recent blog posts regarding our ideals for the SA vision that, above all, I wanted the artists to be fearless and creative and diverse and not fall into predictable patterns of the same things over and over. While we all may have our preferences, I know that I, for one, would still take diversity over my favorite styles/photographers/models all the time. Too much of a good thing and all that.

I enjoyed reading about why you have a preference for natural shoots. I've long been interested in photography but never really moved pass the initial amateur stages, but I was very much inspired by nature as well. Even though I was interested in studio shooting I knew I had neither the space or equipment necessary to explore it. Eventually I realized that my personality wasn't very well cut out for photography as anything more than a hobby and I began concentrating on writing poetry, where I'm still very much inspired by nature (like the romantics), yet also preferring classical forms and interesting use of language, even if that usage isn't "natural" to what you'd hear in everyday speech. So, it's all about individual temperaments, as I know some poets who think it's a cardinal sin to unnaturally twist syntax to make a rhyme work, and others that think it's a cardinal sin to only write in prosaic, natural language. I'm guessing it's much the same for photographers regarding natural VS set work.

I should also mention that even if I have a preference for set shooting I am not innately opposed to natural shots. Indeed, one of my favorite "classic" MA models is Natalia B, and I think she comes alive in her natural shots in a way she doesn't in the set shots. So I also think it depends a lot on the specific model, where they're comfortable and what "look" works best for them.

RE Mia Sollis: I very much hope she changes her mind, but I guess I should feel consoled that she's done (I think) over 30 shoots across the various MA sites. Given her beauty it stills seems like far too few. Another 30 would've been even better! Looks like I may have to subscribe for a month at MC-Nudes to get many more sets (I think she has 20 or so over there).

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 on Mina

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solrage 4 years ago

Good review, horsemaster. We may agree to disagree over Marica's noises and the music, but you make some good points related to the idea of dominance, especially the idea of Matt having to wake up and the kissing/tenderness. FWIW, I thought the film was more an homage to Audition rather than Dexter, but that's because Audition also featured a Japanese woman who paralyzes a man, though in that film she does it to torture him rather than fuck him, but you get the idea. I haven't seen Dexter, though it being more popular it may be the source for the inspiration, or perhaps Dexter's creators borrowed from Audition, who knows.

Also, I agree about enjoying the behind-the=scenes look in the credit sequence. I got to wondering how long such a set-up actually takes (maybe someone on the creative team can comment). I also agree about the complex emotions the video as a whole created (though for me it was probably related to my memories of being traumatized by Audition). I'm rather disheartened, though, that the film has gotten such a low rating (currently just 6.26). It makes me think that the majority of anonymous voters are after something completely different from this site than what SA vision really is and what we more, errr, vocal members imagine it to be. I just hope the low ratings don't scare the creative teams away from videos like this, because they're awesome on so many levels other than just their masturbatability (ha! How's that for a word!) factor.

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

It's fine if you don't like them simply for aesthetic reasons, but I was worried that you thought they sounded unnatural, acted, and silly because of the cultural divide. I've never slept with a Japanese woman before so I probably can't distinguish between what sounds acted/exaggerated and what sounds natural, so I'm leery about claiming Marica's sounds are either; I just know Japanese women DO make those sounds. Of course, all that's predicated on the assumption that women don't act during sex outside of porn! Call it a little male vanity!. :)

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Curly, those noises are rather normal/natural for Japanese girls. It only sounds unnatural to our Western ears. Bo (director) said as much in the film he directed with her called Mizu. Here, I found the quote: "I had no idea she would be making those noises either. I called action and within a few minutes I realized her noises were subconscious and cultural, and also pretty damn hot because they were real." -- Bo Llanberris

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Well, lo and behold! One video after us members talking about the recent trend on SA of there being more SEX than ART, we get a truly original, high concept erotic video involving a female serial killer! I suspect that Andrej (or whomever came up with the concept) has been watching some modern Japanese horror films, as this premise is eerily similar to the one found in the finale of Takashi Miike's Audition (which has to be the most terrifying film of the last 20 years!), though with sex replacing pin-to-eye torture! Despite the chilling memories that film brought up, I still thought this was excellently done.

Firstly, I'm really starting to love Marica, and I wish SA would make more frequent use of her. I remember liking her in Undercover Dangerous and loving her in Mizu, and she's just as good here, somehow managing to tread the line between creepy and alluring... or maybe alluring because of the creepiness! About my only disappointment here is the fact that she didn't squirt like in Mizu, but she still gives Matt a vicious (in a good way!) riding, so I'm not complaining too much.

Stylistically I thought it was great as well. I like that in this case the camera perspective seems to be playing more the role of observer rather than active participant, since I think a slight distance is needed given the premise. That combined with the muted color palette, minimal set design, and the subtle shaded lighting all add to the ice-cool, dangerous-but-sexy tone of the atmosphere. I also love the slow build-up as it really creates tension about what precisely Marica is going to do. OK, well, we know what she's going to do, but not how.

About my only complaint, and this is rare for SA vids, is the music, which sounds more cheesy horror film than genuine horror film. Perhaps in this one case it would've been better just to use silence, the same way Audition used silence to create its atmosphere of oppressive dread. Perhaps here you don't want THAT level of creepy, but something similar if only a bit lighter. Besides that, if I really want to nit-pick, I guess I could say the sex is a bit one-dimensional, but given the premise I don't think there was much else that could've been done, and I still think Marica is dynamic enough to pull it off.

So, overall, a great entry and a solid 9/10 from me.

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this exchange, and I loved your detailed response, Delta! I really hope in the future that more SA directors and photographers will take the time to give such in-depth, behind-the-scenes comments regarding both the techniques they used on a shoot and the thoughts/concepts behind it. If nothing else it gives us members a better understanding of the aesthetic tastes of each artist featured on this site, and perhaps allows us the opportunity to expand our aesthetic tastes and preferences.

I haven't viewed this set yet, but, personally, I probably slightly prefer set shoots to, for lack of a better term, natural shoots. I know the arguments for and against both sides and understand why some viewers and artists prefer one to the other, but, at the end of the day, I'm willing to give up a bit of spontaneity and naturalness for image quality, control, and the freedom of creative expression. This is even reflected in my preference for most films shot in studios--like those of Hitchcock and Kubrick--to the more "natural" street shooting of directors like Rossellini and Cassavetes. Even though set shooting has the potential to be antiseptic, artificial, and fake, it also has the potential to be really beautiful, creative, and, well, artsy. After all, art is part of the word artificial, and while I can appreciate naturalness, there's some truth to the idea that there's an artificiality even behind naturalness. You just can't escape the fact that certain things have to be staged for photo (or video) shoots. It's true that when you shoot in more natural locations you can end up with some magic, but I also tend to think it takes much more luck because you're more at the mercy of whatever is there and available. I think one reason the work of photographers like Rylsky, Antonio Clemens, Tony Morrano, et al. is so consistently good is because they tend to shoot in studio more (if not exclusively) and are able to control every detail.

All that said, I am DEVASTATED to learn that Mia Sollis has retired from erotic shooting! I am very stingy in giving out 10 ratings to models (I've rated probably over 1000 MA/SA models, and only have only given out around forty 10s), but Mia was one of my 10s! Are you sure this is an actual retirement and not just a break or something?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 on Mina

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I think you're misunderstanding me; I did state that one's preference regarding casual/open relationships VS monogamous relationships WAS subjective and that it's absolutely fine to think either way as long as you're not sexist about it. All I was trying to state was that the problem is that we (historically) do not live in a society that views male and female sexuality equally. If you think it's wrong for both men and women to sleep around, have casual sex and open relationships, then that's fine and I can't say your morality is wrong, merely that I would disagree. I was merely trying to sketch some arguments for the other side as well as show why female sexuality hasn't really been treated with the same equality as male sexuality and trying to put these opinions in a broader social context was all. In one of your previous posts you seemed to be appealing to these cultural norms by saying "Should a ‘single’ girl engage in sexual encounters with a variety of different men, what would society... label her?," and perhaps my response could be boiled down to "why would society be right to do so?"

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

Hi, Jonathan, thanks for the kudos! I'm very much enjoying the "social" aspect of this site. It adds a whole other level to the experience. I think erotica has remained a personal, private thing for far too long; it's nice to have this civil, intelligent, communal aspect as well.

I do want to comment on this: "Listening, refining and responding to our members, and making sure they know we are here for them has become my most important daily commitment."

To keep on track with my comments about sexART vs SEXart (to use hayley's terms), one thing to keep in mind from your end (the creative end) is that there's a line between art and entertainment. It's easy to pander to an audience and "give them what they want," and that may make for fine/popular entertainment, but typically makes for poor art as you end up appealing to the lowest common denominator. Listen to the audience too much and you end up with Michael Bay and Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo and Keeping Up with the Kardashians; listen to them not at all and you end up with things like The Wire, La Dolce Vita, and Au hasard Balthasar.

Of course I understand that being a commercial endeavor you can't afford to completely ignore your members, in which case it's better to go the route of greats like Hitchcock and Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese who seamlessly melded popular art and entertainment. Hitchcock especially seemed to know how to give the audience what they wanted, but equally give them what they didn't know they wanted while surprising them in a thousand different, creative ways. So I'm very much hoping that the creative teams find that balance of knowing when to listen and when to be a bit self-indulgent creatively (which isn't necessarily a bad thing when it comes to art) and, best of all, of knowing how to do both simultaneously.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on I Missed You

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solrage 4 years ago

Love your follow-up comment, hayley!

I think the categories you sketch out with SEXart, sexART, LOVEart and loveART are a wonderful elaboration on my binary split between what I called conceptual (artistic) and sexy. I was going to write a paragraph clarifying that I wasn't calling for sexART all the time, and the videos you describe as "LoveArt" are great too; I remember thinking that a semi-early Bo video, Le Cafe, set the standard for what I think of as great "LoveArt" videos. Although, the thing I'd say about "LoveArt" is that it really seems to depend on the connection between performers. IE, I think you could combine LoveArt with either SEXart or sexART, since they aren't mutually exclusive.

I like what you say about, essentially, finding the right balance between all of these things, though perhaps we'd quibble as to the what the right balance is. I had somewhat feared that perhaps many of the negative comments on the, eg, body-painting videos had scared the SA creative teams away from it, but I think it would be a shame as there's so much that could be done with the idea. Perhaps it has to do with stimulating the imagination as much as the genitals. I also think that the conceptual elements don't have to be limited to body-painting, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. but can just as equally be stylistic, formal, etc. EG, I love many of the videos that reference classic films or even a comic strip with Valentina. There are lots of ways to be interesting conceptually and still maintain the sexiness and loveliness of both SEXart and LOVEart.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on I Missed You

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, it entirely depends on what specifically you're talking about. I agree that how we think of sex (special VS casual) and our ideal relationships (open VS monogamous) are subjective. However, the things I wrote about how a patriarchal/misogynistic culture treats female sexuality is not subjective and is well-founded with copious amounts of research out there. It's important to understand why cultural norms, morals, values, etc. are how they are, and frequently those norms are not actually founded on morality, equality, and fairness when you analyze them. So while it's fair to say that certain things are subjective when it comes to our ideals, it's also important to distinguish between that subjectivity and the (often hidden) assumptions they're founded on. To go on unquestioning and clinging to old values can do direct, demonstrable harm to society. Just imagine what our culture would be like if people had never questioned racial or sexual norms; we'd still be living in a society where slavery was seen as perfectly moral (certainly those who engaged in it back then saw nothing wrong with the idea of "owning" another human being because of the color of their skin) and women were treated like property. I'm not saying your morals are that bad, but I do think some of your opinions are founded on cultural assumptions that aren't really moral at the root.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

Superb video, a 9/10 for me. Technically it's flawless; in contrast to the last video, Dare, I love the use of fragmentary jump cuts in the opening as it helps to suggest the anxious, "pent-up" sexual energy that one has when they're encountering a lover after a hiatus. Likewise, it's appropriate that the editing and camera "slows" down as they get into it, since that whole "anxiousness at the beginning, calm focus during" is precisely how sex is with someone either for the first time, or for the first time after a while. So the contrast between the opening and rest of the video is wonderfully dynamic and pristinely paced.

As for the girls, while neither would be amongst my favorites in the looks department (though I prefer Alissia to Charlotta), as I always say it's about talent and chemistry, and they both have it hear in spades. I think they both do a great job delivering on the concept of being sexually ravenous after a separation, as they really go after each other from the get-go, and the sex itself is varied and frenzy.

Why not 10/10? Well, I have a few relatively minor gripes. While I love the girls' performance and chemistry in the beginning, I think as it goes on it lacks the dynamic contrast of the visual style and I sense a few moments of over-acting (ie, more typical "porn" acting with the exaggerated noises and stuff). I think that would've been good in the beginning, but as they settled down I would've liked to have see it quiet down a bit and then build up to a climax. In comparison to the visuals, that felt a bit too one-note, but it's not a disastrous flaw.

My only other even tinnier problem is that it's conceptually a bit blah, and perhaps I'm really just taking this moment to talk about a trend I'm noticing with the recent SA releases. Early on at this site I loved the conceptual/artistic daring with videos like Stoned and Primal and Under the Elle Tree that featured body painting, or fantasy entries like Prince of the Full Moon, or the idea of "spirits" making love in Soul Mate, or even a fortune telling machine come to life in Gypsy Fortune. I'm not saying all of these films were perfect, but they created a really unique atmosphere and concept that has stayed with me while many videos that were perhaps "sexier" and, I'll just say it, easier to masturbate to, have faded in my mind.

To elaborate a bit (and hopefully not go off on too much of a tangent), most porn is just about momentary pleasure; you watch it, you jerk off, you forget about it as your day goes on. The thing about "art" is that, when it's good, it's supposed to stay with you and not be so disposable. I think the best videos on this site have that "stay with you" quality. I think one problem with the rating system is that I'm guessing most viewers rate immediately after watching it like I do, and while that may give you an idea of an opinion right after the experience, it doesn't say anything about how well that video will stick in a person's mind. Hasn't anyone seen a film or read a book or heard a song that they didn't care much for at first, but which, after a time, you found that it (for whatever reason) had firmly lodged itself into your memory that you liked it more when remembering it than you did when you first experienced it? I think the best erotica, like all the best art, has the power to do that.

So, to close on a comment about this video, all of my praise is definitely coming from that "first experience" place, yet I wonder how well it will fare in memory because, as hot as it was and as easy as it was to masturbate to it is lacking in a certain atmosphere or uniqueness or something that will make it memorable. However, as far as "immediate satisfaction" goes, and as far as technical qualities and performance/chemistry goes, I have almost no complaints, so please everyone pardon the ramblings if you don't care about erotica being "memorable" like I do.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on I Missed You

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I hesitated about leaping into this very interesting, thoughtful, provocative debate you sparked because there is so much I could say on the issue and there have already been many responses that covered many of the points. However, one thing I want to address is something that perhaps you haven't considered, that perhaps maybe, at the core of it all, your opinions and morality are actually founded on assumption that are immoral themselves. To illustrate this point, I want to tackle this comment of yours:

hayley: "Should a ‘single’ girl engage in sexual encounters with a variety of different men, what would society (and you for that matter) label her? (This applies equally to males). People don’t want that label... And personally, I have a bit of a problem with people who engage in this kind of frivolity anyway, because sex is supposed to be meaningful."

I assume the "label" you alluded to was "slut" or "whore" or some variation on that one. One thing to consider is the social/cultural and evolutionary sources of those terms. I don't know how well-read you are in feminism, but it's been argued since the 60s by feminist authors that western cultures have been historically patriarchal (ruled by men) and misogynistic (biased for the benefit of men/against women). One of the ways in which our western patriarchal/misogynistic societies have manifested itself is in the dominance of male idealizations of women, of men determining what women should/shouldn't be like. This has included things ranging from women shouldn't enjoy sex it all, to women shouldn't sleep with multiple men, etc., and if they do then they're "sluts" and "whores" and lesser human beings because of it. It's equally been pointed out that this same view, despite what you suggest, is not commonly applied to men. For a man to go out and sleep with many women is a sign of his manliness and virility, but for a woman to do it is somehow immoral. There's a double standard and always has been.

One of the reasons for the explosion of erotic entertainment and pornography, including sites like SA, is that the sexual/feminist revolution sought to even the playing field for men and women. This included things like workplace equality, but also cultural conceptions about women and sexuality. One has to consider that the entire concept of calling women "sluts" and "whores" for sleeping around is really more a comment about male sexual insecurity and unspoken assumption that women are "property" that men "own." In a patriarchal/misogynistic society, if a man sleeps with a woman he owns her, and if she sleeps with anyone else then the only way for him to maintain his ego is to lessen the woman's value by calling her slut/whore. This is a classic case of sour grapes and, what's more, the assumptions that underlie it (women are property, sleeping with a woman means a man owns her, her sleeping around means she's "damaged goods") is deeply immoral.

It seems to me that, for you, equality would be for both men and women to "not sleep around" because sex is a special thing and meant mostly/only for monogamous couples who are in love. I wouldn't call this equality "moral," but I would call it somewhat naive and unrealistic, given what we know of human sexuality and evolution. Evolution didn't really program us to be life-long monogamous creatures, especially men. Monogamy really comes from the benefit of offspring, ie, that a couple raising offspring increases the offspring's chances of survival as opposed to them being raised by a "single parent." That's what creates the impulse towards monogamy, but, at the same time, the urge to have sex with other partners doesn't evaporate, so people in relationships tend to get very possessive, jealous, and conflate sex with love and faithfulness and everything else.

Personally, I think open relationships are more ideal in that they seem to work WITH our evolutionary programming as opposed to against it. IE, it's possible to be with someone, to love them, to make love with them, to help them and be there for them without solely "possessing" that person. You say that the thought of of someone you love sleeping with someone else would be intolerable, but you have to understand that at the root of that thought is the assumption that you and you alone own another human being and have control over their sexuality. This is not a healthy or (IMO) very civilized or moral state of mind.

Also, while I understand the notion that sex is special and especially so when it comes from a place of love, I don't think this means that sex must be this mystical thing all the time, that it can't also be something that people do for fun as friends, or as strangers, or even as a job. There's nothing mutually exclusive about these things. EG, it would be like me saying that music is something special and that all music should be treated seriously... but then that wouldn't really make sense when it comes to, say, party music. It's OK to live in a world where we can have the serious music of Bach and the frivolous music of Lady Gaga and, similarly, it's OK to live in a world where sex can be a special experience shared between monogamous lovers AND a fun thing to do as a one night stand or in front of a camera for the enjoyment of others.

Hope this wasn't too long/rambling, but there are libraries worth of literature out there on this subject. I'd recommend doing some research into feminism and sexuality and the nature of innately misogynistic/patriarchal cultures.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

It's lovely to hear from you, Lorena, and always nice to get more information about what happens on-set and behind the scenes. While I've never directed/edited a film myself, I know many who have and have listened many pros talk about the process so I know a little about how difficult/complicated the process can be, especially when there's an element of improvisation and performance as opposed to just "actors hitting a mark, saying this, looking there" like in a Hitchcock film. Most don't have the luxury of being able to "edit in the head" and then just film everything exactly as they want to. So one is always limited to an extent by the material they get during the shoot, and sometimes the puzzle pieces just won't fit together perfectly. Oh well, you live, learn, get better, and move on. Ideally, artists are always moving towards perfecting their art, not arriving at perfection (and that IS something I know about!)

One good thing, though, about working the short film format is that there's not as much pressure to make every work perfect. I said this to Jonathan in a previous video, but it's fun to watch filmmakers and performers develop over time in front of us while having the freedom to experiment stylistically and conceptually and in performance. When you're making billion dollar blockbusters you lose much of that artistic freedom, so there should be no shame in failing. I (try to) write poetry, and one of my favorte quotes ever on artistic ambition was from John Keats who said: "I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest." So no worries on this film's "failures," since it's merely a step towards being among the greatest. :)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, it's possible they just skipped a day since they always update at the same time each day. Such skipping is really rare here, but somewhat more common on the newer photographer sites. That said, Jonathan gave his email in a response to one of the vids (Dare, I think), so you could email and ask directly.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Conlido

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solrage 4 years ago

That's cool. I've been a film buff for about 15 years now (since my early teens), and I've probably seen close to 7,000 films. Many of the vids on SA make references to classic films, some explicitly like La Dolce Vita (Fellini's famous 60s film), and others perhaps more subtly like this one where the style is more reminiscent of a film/director. I wondered if The Key video from a ways back was a reference to the Tinto Brass's erotica masterpiece from 1983 with the same name.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

It appears I'm less enthusiastic about this video than many are around here (I can already feel the "thumbs down" votes smiting me!). I think it's a good, solid video, a 7/10 for me, but there are two things that bother me here.

My first problem is the "jumpiness" hayley mentioned. I think jump cuts can be used in interesting, artistic ways (eg, Godard's early work), but they didn't seem to fit very well here at all stylistically. It seemed more like a "mistake" happened and Don/Lorena (Lorena's an editor?) had to make a very rough cut. This is most annoying on the soundtrack, where one "lovemaking" sound just cuts straight into a different sound or silence; but even noticing the performers in different positions suddenly was a bit awkward. It lacks rhythm, and sex is all about rhythm!

My second problem is that whenever there are girls like Lorena that won't do B/G, yet they appear in a B/G/G, it's distracting to me because I'm constantly reminded of the artificiality, that she's there just to add an extra appeal. I feel like this video would've been better with just Iwia and Greg (there go the "thumbs down" votes!) or Lorena and Iwia. It feels like two different videos stitched together. It's even stranger that Greg just leaves/disappears when he finishes. I mean, I can understand the concept of a girlfriend "daring" her boyfriend to make love to another woman while she's there, but to never make love to her too seems strange.

All that said, I think the actual sex, performances and production values (excepting the jump cuts) were exemplary. I am not as big a fan of Lorena as some around here (more "thumbs down" votes! Just remember: If you vote me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine!), so perhaps I have less of a tendency to automatically rate her videos as 10s (I'm more likely to do that with Eufrat or Ariel; just personal tastes!). Not that I'm saying her fans shouldn't do that, but is nobody else bothered by the things I pointed out? Oh, well, vote me down and get it over with; I can take it!

Monday, August 26th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

Do what I do with various MA Network sites: subscribe long enough to download most of the archives you're interested in (depending on your ISP data limits this could take anywhere from a month to over a year!), and then just subscribe every few months to "catch up" as necessary. For a while, monthly subs for members was only $10, but not it seems to be $20. Occasionally they'll have sales and various offers. Recently I signed up for EroticBeauty for a month for only $1! At the beginning of next year I may just go the whole Network route, which is $350 for 1 year for MA, SA, EB, TLE, RA, EA, ED, and S18. Sounds expensive, but isn't bad when you break it down ($3.65 per site per month).

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 on Lonely Day

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solrage 4 years ago

This is great news, Jonathan, and quite exciting! The "robust social tools" will be great for us "member critics;" or perhaps I should shorten that to memcrits?

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Yes, it should've been "shudders." Gah, I should NOT type replies so close to bedtime! :p

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Finally watched the video and I must say that I'm in complete agreement with hayley. I enjoyed it; I gave it a 7/10; but, yes, it's missing a certain "je ne sais quoi" as the French say. I really like both girls, who are more of the "cute/sexy" variety as in the Pour Toi video, and I love the mood set by the slightly dark, "backstage" vibe. I actually feel the opposite of Wolvie in that the set is far too LITTLE cluttered to approach the realism of an actual backstage! But understandably you had to strike a balance between the set and keeping the focus on the girls, and I think it had just the right amount of "clutter" to achieve that. But, ultimately, as hayley said, the sex never quite took off... maybe it's because I couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching "acting" rather than two girls really getting into it, so maybe it's a chemistry thing. However, I don't think it devastatingly bad here at all, meaning it's not something I was conscious of when watching it. It's more something I thought about afterwards.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Funnily enough, I feel about this sequel almost entirely how I felt about the first one: attractive performers, but a tad run-of-the-mill and some connection/something special is missing. As I was watching this, what immediately sprung to mind was that this was far more "sex" than "art." Not that it's badly made, but it just seems more in-your-face as opposed to suggestive, conceptual, imaginative, moody/atmospheric, etc. However, as with the last video, it seems to get better as it goes on, and towards the end of that epic doggy-style both performers seemed about to burst!

Also, RE the ending credits: Good shot with the hat, Isabella! :D

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 on Wild Girl II

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solrage 4 years ago

I was just joking, hayley; no reason to get upset. I meant to type "the cinephile IN ME shutters." I also wasn't calling the films OR your opinion "nonsense," but rather iMDB's "Top 100" list "nonsense." It's created by fanboys that have nothing better to do with their lives than create 10,000 IMDB accounts merely to vote up their favorite films and vote down their least favorite films. It's sad, really. A better indicator of what "great films" are would be something like Theyshootpictures' Top 1000 list. FWIW, Barton Fink was made by the same guys (Coen Brothers) that made Fargo. It's an equally great film, though comparatively unknown for some reason (probably because it doesn't fit neatly into a genre).

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Haven't seen this film yet, but I read hayley and horsemaster's review anyway because I enjoy them... but, hayley, c'mon... Shawshank Redemption and The Dark Knight? The cinephile in shutters that these are the best examples you could think of! (too IMDb top 10 nonsense) If we MUST go modern and American from those time periods, think There Will Be Blood and Fargo, at least! Better yet would be something like Synecdoche, New York and Barton Fink, but they're a bit more obscure...

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Yes, I have seen Lonely Day and quite loved it. In fact, I left a comment on there for you many months after its "premiere" regarding Emily and Paul's work on TLE. I'm a big fan of both, and the only "let-down" so far has been The Dream, but even it was one of those "interesting failures" I talked about on the Pour Toi film. Agree with you about the intellectual/visceral sides, and agree I'm interested in both. :)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Hope you have (or know someone who has) the deep pockets to finance all those takes, horsemaster! :D

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

I think we're in a place where it's perfectly acceptable to agree to disagree. Although one thing I'd like to clarify is that when I talk about getting burnt out on the same old, same old, this isn't to say that, eg, I think SA should limit how many vids/sets a model appears in over a long period of time. I'm not saying something like "OK, they've done 5 videos, we're bored with them now, onto something new." Rather, what I'm saying is that I don't want it where a model is appearing with extreme frequency like MM was early on. I mean, many of my favorite models on the MA Network have over 40 sets, and I'm not tired of them... but this is because they were released over a period of several years, not within a few months. I just think you build up a familiarity over time, rather than all at once.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster: "based upon my subjective senses of taste and smell is that it's 98% urine..."

Right, and there are other subjective reports that say it doesn't taste/smell like urine, so it's a bit hard to tell from such things. From what I've read, the actual studies out there have been rather contradictory, which suggests that it really depends on the methods being used. But there are some studies that suggests it's not urine. Here's one abstract: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2007.00542.x/abstract;jsessionid=10803508C4A8E6BDC5A19A27C14A21CC.d04t02 and here's another: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224498109551093#.UhLuHT-wVgA (there's no conclusion on that one, but Belzer used methylene blue which can detect urine, and that the dye was found in the urine, but not in the ejaculate).

I suspect that perhaps this isn't an either/or thing, that perhaps what we refer to as "female ejaculation" is actually describing multiple, perhaps quite different, things. One of those things could definitely be stress incontinence, but perhaps there are others that are not, that are some form of ejaculate homologous to the male version. But that's all speculation, and we definitely need more (standardized) research on the matter.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Interesting article. I've always been of two minds about the whole surveillance thing. The first is that I can understand how it could be very efficacious in any "fight on terror" that's ongoing. I've heard it claimed that this infrastructure HAS been used to divert terrorists attacks, but who knows how much (if any) truth there is to that. The second mind is that the former is the idealized state where such a thing is only used to "keep us safe" with its administrators ONLY being concerned with preventing another 9/11... and if you buy into that idealized description I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. History tells us that any tool that has potential to be abused WILL be abused. What does Kubrick in 2001 show us? That the same bone/tool that allows the early humans to kill animals and eat also allows them to kill other humans. Plus, this is especially true when there's nothing/nobody to regulate or monitor them. However, as with most things in politics, the notion of finding the ideal and then implementing it seems overwhelmingly complex. It makes me want to give up before I even start considering it and just go watch the new SA vid! I guess at heart I really am a degenerate aesthete.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Surveillance, Privacy, and Erotica...

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solrage 4 years ago

Another "well said, Jonathan." Few of us realize the practical difficulties of producing videos on time, on budget, and with a high level of quality control; and sometimes, as you say, there's just nothing anyone can do to make it perfect (barring the Kubrickean path of doing 100 takes!). I also agree with horsemaster that this video, while not the best, does nothing to harm the reputation of this site. A video where the performers aren't quite connecting, but where all of the technical/artistic aspects are laudable, is not a complete failure that's only fit for the dustbins.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall: "To anyone: apart form the introductory words, what was the French theme? "

Besides the words and music, the opening montage was very reminiscent to me of Godard, especially ca. Vivre sa Vie. Those fragmented close-ups of an "actress-as-model" are very similar to how Godard shoots his then-wife Anna Karina in that film in one famous scene. I don't know if this was intentional on the part of Alis, but that's my take. Of course, if Alis had wanted to be more Godard-like he would've had the performers discussing theories on sexual politics while they were dildoing each other and the sound/music randomly went in and out! :D

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley,

It's nice that we're in agreement over the video itself, but I must say that our philosophy about what SA should focus on are in complete divergence. Personally, I get bored seeing the same models over and over again. As much as I liked Malena Morgan, I thought one major flaw of SA's early work was that nearly every video (at least every other video) featured her. I'm just the type that gets burnt out too quickly with the same thing, even when it comes to world-class beautiful models. I guess I'm an adherent to the old saying of "too much of a good thing is bad for you" and "variety is the spice of life." There's always a sense of excitement when I see there's a new model on SA or any MA network, because I never know if that new model will be a dud, one of my absolute favorites, or anywhere in between.

Personally too, I found Tiffany Doll quite attractive, but I also think our standards of beauty are quite different (FWIW, I like freckles and think they're an underrated quality). As I said on the Memories video, I'll take chemistry and ability over beauty with a lack of the others any day. I could name several models that I adore in still photos, but that completely turn me off in hardcore vids, and vice versa. Funnily enough, here we have a case, IMO, of a beautiful model in a video that's lacking chemistry, and with it being her first video here I'm unsure of where to put the blame. But I would like to see more of her. One thing else to consider is that performers can grow as much as filmmakers, especially with more experience with that filmmaker. So what you get in their first video isn't necessarily what you'll get in their third or fifth or so on.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Love the quote, horsemaster! I've heard many argue that more than 90% of everything is crap; I guess it depends on one's personal "crap-meter" settings! Some would say that porn is like pizza, and even bad porn is pretty good, ie, "not crap"; personally, I disagree (about porn, not pizza!), and were it not for sites like SA (and most of the MA network) I doubt I'd view as much porn as I do, since so much of it is a turn-off to me, personally.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan: "Whatever the reasons are, I enjoy watching each filmmaker evolve as they strive to perfect their craft, and the conversation we have here to discuss that process. "

Absolutely agree. I's not mandatory that every film is a masterpiece. As I often say about mainstream films, I'll take interesting failures over uninteresting successes most days. There's a lot of interest in this video, even with its flaws, and it is quite fun to watch filmmakers evolve in front of your eyes. I always feel a bit left out that I didn't get a chance to do that with my favorite filmmakers from the past.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Quite like both of the girls, who are really cute and sexy and perfect for a "French themed" video. I also loved the French styling itself both in the music and the opening montage. Liked the art design. Perhaps my favorite part here was the lovely cinematography and editing by Alis, which gave it more of a romantic feeling than anything else. What I didn't care for was the sex itself with the dildo, which just seemed a little blah, and neither performer seemed to get all that into it; and I'm not sure how the (admittedly cute) ending credit sequence with the water guns connected to the French theme... just a behind the scenes look? Anyway, I'd definitely like to see more from both these girls, as I think they're capable of something better.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

The tats and piercing didn't bother me, and both performers are attractive, but, besides that, I think this was just a tad run-of-the-mill for me. I think it gets better as the video goes on and the performers seem to get more into it, but the finale doesn't really "pay off." I don't know, there's some connection missing here that there usually isn't in SA vids. Though I am looking forward to seeing how the "Mr. Lee" "myster-y" plays out.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 on Wild Girl

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solrage 4 years ago

I think what struck me most about this one was how the content and style were so in synch. The desaturated, slightly drab color design coupled with the (nearly) static "security" camera vibe, the electronic music, and longer/wider than average shot lengths/angles reinforces the notion of a cool, detached, technological world we're increasingly living in. If you added some absurdist humor I might thing I was watching a Tsai Ming-liang film! (Anyone interested in an art-house erotic musical is advised to check out Tsai's The Wayward Cloud--guarantee you've never seen anything like it!). However, as much as the style/content "fit" I must admit I did miss the typical intimacy and passion that I associate with SA vids, but I can see how depicting this as a more "loving" relationship would defeat the purpose. But I never did get really into the sex itself, except towards the end when Sandra really seemed to be enjoying herself. So I'd say a major kudos to the technical team here for concept and execution, even if it's not entirely to my typical tastes I can appreciate the accomplishment.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 on Cybersex

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solrage 4 years ago

There's actually quite a bit of debate in sexual studies exactly what female "ejaculation" is; ie, whether it's urine (stress incontinence) or something else. I posted about this a bit in a comment on a recent blog entry about some event for female orgasm awareness. Anyway, I've always had a bit of a fetish for squirting videos, but the "demand" for them has no doubt lead to a lot of attempted fakes out there; I'm pretty sure Emily J is the real deal, though.

I'll have to check out Darkness on my Mind. For several months I was watching every new SA vid as they were released, but after getting hit by natural disasters I got a bit backed up and still have a lot of catching up to do. I had to double check, but White Room is the vid I have in mind. From apprx. 12:00-16:00 Logan is simply there to pleasure Casey, and he does finger fuck her until she squirts at about 15:00 (if you go to the post-credits she says it was her first time ever). But, yeah, everything from 16:00 on is traditional.

We're in agreement regarding Ariel as ravager, though. Hell, I'll take Ariel as just about anything on SA! BTW, Jonathan (the admin) said they're working on modifying the comments section, and I assume that means we'll have an edit function soon. I was a bit disappointed to hear there are no forums/message boards in the works, though. This place really has the potential to build a fantastic community, and message boards are ideal for that. Really, though, we'd need one for the whole network.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Yeah, I think we're in agreement about keeping these discussions civil and, hopefully, revolutionizing attitudes on erotica--if not revolutionizing erotica itself! I think it's already making strides towards both. The level of discourse in these comments sections alone are of an infinitely higher quality than I've encountered on any other similar site, and the quality of the videos being produced speak for themselves.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

That's great to hear about the new series, Ariel! Are you planning on starring in this one at all?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster, regarding this: "I don't ever recall seeing an erotic film in which a guy pleasures a woman as a woman pleasures a woman (aggressively or otherwise), without the emphasis being on his dick." There are films out there where the emphasis is on getting a woman to "squirt," and usually it's easiest to do that with one's fingers rather than dick, so it's usually only in those films that I've seen what you're describing. In fact, I think there's one such film on SA (White Room, IIRC), though it does end with "traditional" fucking. However, I like your suggestion, as I must admit that I find it much sexier when the focus is on a woman's pleasure, and it certainly wouldn't bother me to see a man only be used for such "service" without getting any himself... maybe a good idea for a dominatrix type film?

Monday, August 12th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

I think the only thing we disagree on is that every girl, without exception, would prefer to never do scenes with anal/dp/fisting. I might agree that that's true for probably 95%-99%, but there are those girls that genuinely enjoy it and would do it in their own lives without getting paid at all. I'm just saying that for those I don't think SA should take it off the table completely, but I would agree I don't want to see any of this "do it or don't get paid" type of attitudes.

Monday, August 12th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, what you say is why I want to stress that a model/performer should ONLY do it if it's something they're comfortable with and want to do. I certainly do not want to see anyone being "pressured" into doing something they dislike and are uncomfortable with, and I very much hope everyone involved with SA production agrees with that. However, I think you make a too hasty generalization when you say/imply that NO girls/models/performers do such things because they want to/enjoy it. I did have one ex-girlfriend that very much enjoyed anal, and while I agree such girls are rare, they do exist. But, yes, I certainly agree with all of the potential negative things you say about it, and I know about your experience on that "other" site that lead you here; but what myself and hayley are suggesting is not the kind of pressuring, bullying, patronizing direction you're referring to that caused the other site's quality to go down the toilet.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

Absolute perfection. A 10/10 for me. Two of my favorite models (APF being one of my top 5 EVER) in a stunning location with gorgeous framing, cutting, and lighting by Andrej and, oh yeah, the sex is blazing hot, too! What more could a guy ask for? I 100% echo all of haley's comments, especially the parts about how wonderful it is to see Ariel in front of the camera. I've been a fan of hers from the very beginning, right back to her first MA shoots in '05; I have an entire folder on my hard-drive dedicated to collecting her photo and video sets from everywhere (it's almost 60 Gigabytes!), and, I swear, she just seems to get more beautiful each year, and I have NEVER seen her better than on SexArt! One only wishes this site had been around from the beginning of her career, but, hey, I'm beyond thankful she's here now. It's a (sexy!) dream come true.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Your idea sounds fine to me, hayley. I think what you said about it being part of an exploration between two loving partners is a good suggestion, as I think perhaps a solo performance wouldn't feel the same; but couples explore all kinds of things to see if they like it, and certain acts--fisting, anal, etc.--require a lot of trust and communication (even if non-verbal), and can be quite beautiful if it's done with sensitivity. So I'd encourage you to put something together.

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

I thumbs-upped your suggestion, horsemaster, but I am of multiple minds on it. I said in a recent blog post that my only hope for SA's future is that they continue to explore and expand without losing the quality that we all (I think) love about this site. I don't think there's much in human sexuality that's inherently disgusting, it's all in how it's handled. Can fisting be done with taste? I don't see why not if a performer really enjoys it and it's not done in a way that's exploitative.

Friday, August 9th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

I've got to agree with the previous commenters: this one is really romantic, really very lovely and tender. I love all the kissing, which helps to establish an intimate connection between the performers. I also love the set design here; minimal, but very well used to highlight the performers, as are the elegantly over-exposed background highlights (reminds me of Erro's photography!). Only quibble here is: why save all of the "every day" clips of the couple for the ending credits? Wouldn't some of those have been better to use in the beginning to better establish the relationship before the sex starts? Otherwise, another great video.

Friday, August 9th, 2013 on A Love Story

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solrage 4 years ago

(for some reason the end of my post got cut off; I meant to say "it's not like they're 'less than 5s' either").

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

haley,

Personally, I don't think it's as simple as "more-attractive performers" VS "less-attractive performers." Other things besides attractiveness comes into play, such as chemistry and ability. To use an analogy, it doesn't matter if someone looks like George Clooney or Angelina Jolie if they can only act as well as Tommy Wisseu or Juliette Danielle (and those who don't get the references should go watch The Room IMMEDIATELY!). Of course, if you have attractiveness, chemistry, AND talent, then that's best; but, as I already said with my comment, I think the chemistry and talent here more than compensates for everything else. Plus, I don't even think these performers are unattractive at all. Perhaps they're not 10s, but it's not like they're

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

Really enjoyed this one. I've said in the past I'm not a fan of slow-mo stuff, but I think the usage here was quite judicious. I loved the time and sensitivity spent on the foreplay, and the sex itself was extremely hot and passionate. I think the whole performance walked that fine line between making love and fucking, with the intimacy of the former and the sexiness of the latter. It was especially nice to see Blue Angel here, as she was one of my "9s" on MA. I also liked the minimal, very white setting... something about such settings that puts the emphasis on the performers, and when you have performers this good, that's a good thing. Perhaps my only complaint is that I didn't care for Thomas' cumshot... given the connection between the performers and the setup of it being a homecoming I think it would've made more sense for him to cum from the sex rather than from a blowjob, but it's only a minor quibble. Good job everyone!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

FWIW, I've been a member of many, many message boards over the past decade plus and a regular commenter on many blogs, and while a few of them had a "time limit edit" thing in place, I never found that it was necessary. The most typical edits happen for spelling/grammar or just to add a thought or two. It's rather rare that someone edits a post to the extent that the context for other comments would be lost. Also, tbh, that's really more of a concern on boards/comment sections where there is a lot of in-depth discussion with multiple threads, which doesn't happen TOO often around here.

But unfixable grammar/spelling errors disturb my OCD/perfectionist tendencies. *eyes my first post menacingly but impotently*

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

This event should receive more press. I truly hope we reach the day when this isn't such a taboo subject and women feel the same sense of freedom exploring/expressing their sexuality without the terrible labels of "whore," "slut," etc. that is still such common parlance amongst a xenophobic, patriarchal, misogynistic, puritan society. Coincidentally, I was on Wikipedia the other day reading their article on female ejaculation and was rather surprised to find out how much debate persists about it to this day. I was equally surprised at how little substantial scientific testing there was behind it, and the the little that does exists seems somewhat inconclusive with a range of theories/ideas as to what it is (ie, if it's any different than stress incontinence).

I guess I was surprised given how much science knows about... well, just about everything these days. We've mapped the human genome, we've figured out how a universe can come into existence from nothing, we've figured out there are things smaller than atoms and that they move in really funky ways... hell, we've cloned sheep and invented computers, for pete's sake, but we don't know everything about human sexuality? How bizarre is that?

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on The Orgasmic Meditation Experience 2013: 3 Days in August that will change the way you orgasm forever!

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solrage 4 years ago

Correction: Sandy, not Sandra. My mistake (hey, SA admin, how about an "edit post" option? Some of us aren't the most perfect typists around. ;) ).

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

I don't know if I watched the same video as some of the commenters, but I couldn't disagree with the negative opinions more strongly, and think the (current) sub-7 score for this video is insane. This is one of my favorite G/G videos on SA. Yes, the fact that neither performer was an art(ificial) goddess threw me... for about a minute, and then the sex started, and they seemed so into it that I was sucked in as well. How can anyone watch those several minutes with Kayla in Sandra's lap and give this anything less than a 9? I'm dumbfounded, as that's one of the hottest, most intimate, most intense, most gorgeous G/G moments in any G/G film I've ever ever seen. Those times when Kayla is grabbing Sandra's arm felt extremely genuine. Then, as if that wasn't one good enough climax, we get another great with with Sandra straddling Kayla and getting intensely finger fucked.

Superb job everyone, and don't listen to the negative comments, as I think some commenters have stepped into a Twilight Zone where everything is opposite. :p

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster, if you do find them and watch them, please let me know what you think. :)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

Wow! That's exciting that you're reaching out to him. I don't want to get my hopes up as I can imagine how tricky such stuff can be (scheduling, contracts, etc.), but it's nice to know you watched the film and enjoyed it. If nothing else, perhaps we'll see the influence in some future work. I'm of the mind that artists of any kind can never have enough good creative influences. Definitely keep me posted, and I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

Thanks, Jonathan, it's good to be back (btw, we share the same name in real life!). I'd love to know what you and some of the other creative people around here think of Travis' work. :)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

This has been a fascinating discussion. I hate I'm late to it, but some personal issues (natural disasters) has me playing catch up on both MetArt and SexArt.

If you were to ask me what I want to see on SexArt, the simple answer would be: almost everything. By that, I mean I want the creative teams on here to be fearless in experimenting and trying new ideas. Most people, I think, find a certain aesthetic or certain content appeals to them and then they just want more, more, more, more. I find, however, that I get bored with anything that's too repetitive, that just becomes same-ol', same-ol', and the thing that appeals to me most about SexArt is the promise that there will be a variety of adult content. I think in the beginning with Kamikaze Love, the Girls Love Sex documentaries, and the video releases there was a good diversity. Since then, while I've enjoyed watching the development of SA's style and the introduction of new performers and creative teams (especially Ariel's Snow Fun series), I am starting to itch for something different, and an extended narrative would be nice.

Basically, I just want to see everything that can be done done, but done with the extraordinary high standard of quality that has made me a fanboy of SA and the whole MA network. So, personally, I'm not too picky in regards to content--I like B/G, GG, solo, narrative, non-narrative, silent, abstract, hyper edited ala Paul Black, langorous and sensual ala Bo, body painting, humor, seriousness, hotness, tenderness, realness, fantasy--but I AM picky in regards to the quality. It's not what's said, it's how it's said, as the saying go. What keeps me fanboy is that MA and SA "say" it better than just about everyone else out there, and I'm more interested in seeing them expand what they say while not losing that quality.

In the ways of a more specific, direct suggestion, I've mentioned before that I'm a huge cinephile and fan of erotica, so I would love to see some content perhaps inspired by the great erotica directors like Jaeckin and Brass. As for a more modern suggestion, is anyone here familiar with the films of Graham Travis? He's fairly new and has done only two feature films--Portrait of a Call Girl and Wasteland--but they're both extraordinary. To get an idea of how to do a narrative with dialogue/characters while keeping the sex hot/sexy, you couldn't find a better model than Wasteland. That's the only feature porn film I've seen where I genuinely cared about the characters and was even moved by the ending.

One more perhaps slightly "out there" suggestion is from the (misunderstood) world of erotic comics. I doubt anyone here will know what I'm talking about, but one of the best works of erotica I ever encountered in any medium was the Japanese comic called Slut Girl (not nearly as trashy as it sounds). It combined characterizations, humor (it was "laugh-out-loud" funny, without relying on the types of sad, trivializing parody that Jonathan mentioned) and sex in a way that was so memorable I still recall certain moments now, over 10 years after first having read it. I'd love to see something similar in tone.

Monday, July 29th, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

I long suspected that a healthy dose (ie, not obsession) or erotica/porn was good for people. I've often noted that if I go, say, a week without viewing such stuff I start to feel rather agitated and muddled. Anymore I try to do it every day for at least 30 minutes... I treat it a bit like exercise, actually, in that I genuinely believe it's something that's very healthy for me in both the long and short term.

Monday, July 29th, 2013 on Better Living Through...Erotica?

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster, I know I'm way late here and this suggestion will probably go unread, but you should really check out Emily J's/Paul Black's work on TheLifeErotic (I think members here can get a free 2-day trial); there are definitely more "slower paced" videos over there. In fact, that's where I first became aware of this remarkable performer/director team. Insomnia, Short Circuit, and Dark Water are all incredible videos, and all entirely different from "Lonely Day." What most amazes me about Black as an erotic filmmaker is how, despite the fact that he has found THE next great "squirt queen," he refuses to rest on his laurels and play it safe, and each time out goes for a different approach visually, aurally, conceptually, etc. It's what pushes his work, and all the work on TLE and SexArt for that matter, far beyond the competition.

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 on Lonely Day

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solrage 4 years ago

Nice to know this was based on the McQueen film, since my first thought when I saw the title was the Ingmar Bergman film... and I couldn't imagine doing an erotic version of it! Anyway, very nice job with this, especially on the visual (cinematography, editing, lighting) side.

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 on Shame

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solrage 4 years ago

I guess I'll be the sole (semi)-dissenting voice here... I liked this video, but I'm just not a fan of slow-mo cinematography. It's always felt gimmicky to me and I tend to roll my eyes whenever I see it in fiction films. I guess I just couldn't shake my feeling about that with this video. However, I do agree that these two had great chemistry, and I loved the backstage footage and the regular speed sections.

Monday, June 10th, 2013 on Intensify

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solrage 4 years ago

I know this is way late, but, Howard, you should watch Mulholland Drive. Naomi Watts' character masturbates herself out of melancholy and into a David Lynch masterpiece!

Sunday, April 14th, 2013 on Melancholy

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solrage 5 years ago

I see the tree couldn't stay erect, but at least Tommy did! :D Nice job, guys.

Friday, September 14th, 2012 on Concierge

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solrage 5 years ago

Amazing scene, completely original... probably one of the few times where using both the literal and figurative meanings of the word "hot" is entirely appropriate! :D I hope everybody kept hydrated!

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 on Fire Dance

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solrage 5 years ago

I think this is, thus far, the best B/G video on the site. This was the kind of vid I envisioned when I first heard that Met-Art was making a hardcore site. There's artistry, tenderness, passion, but plenty of sexiness, hotness, and pure eroticism. The couple seems really into it, and I love the time Bo takes here with setting up the love-making; it's that kind of patience that really sells the sex as being a real culmination of a budding relationship, rather than just as a mechanical means to arouse. So, yeah, I think this video is pretty much perfect.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 on Le' Cafe

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solrage 5 years ago

The combination of hotness and hilarity in this video is unbeatable. Malena squirting had me cumming, and then the condom on the hairspray had me ROFLMAO!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012 on Inside Malena Morgan

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solrage 5 years ago

Being a straight male who found this video incredibly hot, is it OK for me to say I didn't even notice the heels? :)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 on By The Fountain

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solrage 5 years ago

Thanks for the information, K. If it's true that King did indeed influence Lynch then that's all the more reason why cinephiles and critics should stop ignoring erotica directors and films. Anyway, these two episodes were gorgeously done.

Monday, June 11th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - When The Cat's Away

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solrage 5 years ago

These last two episodes have been the best in the series. Very reminiscent of David Lynch--the last episode with the lighting from the projector really reminded me of Mulholland Drive, and this with the smokey, atmospheric club and music is reminiscent of Fire Walk With Me. Anyone know if Zalman King was a fan? Either way, I love this turn towards the almost surreal style of erotica.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - When The Cat's Away

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solrage 5 years ago

One reason I joined MetArt was because of their incomparable selection of gorgeous redheads. Mia S is definitely one of the best, but allow me to also mention Ariel, Violla, Indiana, Lidiya, Ulya, and Iga... any of which I would love to see on SexArt!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 on Sought

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solrage 5 years ago

I agree with Malena here. Say what you want about this series and Zalman King, but the man knows how to a light a shot!

Monday, May 28th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - Of All The Women In The World

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solrage 5 years ago

I read the initial post, and I agreed with it (insofar as I'd take implicit over explicit, the art of the tease over the "in your face" approach), but I also read MrHCLover's and Abel's replies and agreed with much of them as well. I think MrHCLover got to the crux of the issue when he said: "It is exciting for those who like more explicit work, to see familiar faces (from your soft-erotica sister sites) take on sex on this site... The key to success is to expand met-art into the sex direction, under the brand name "sexart"." Honestly, I think you guys are attempting to do the hardest thing imaginable when it comes to erotica, and that's finding the right balance between sex and art. I've written a lot about this in the course of reviewing various films, and I can't think of any two things that are trickier to meld. One step too far in the "art" direction and it can become boring and unerotic; one step too far in the "sex" direction and it becomes porn. So far, I think you guys have done a good job at testing the waters, with some hits and some misses, but, personally, the hits have been big enough to keep me around. But I do wonder if you aren't going to end up getting the most pressure to eliminate the more artier elements and go more towards just the "sex" side of things.

Sunday, May 27th, 2012 on Image and imagination — exploring erotica, anticipation, and arousal...

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solrage 5 years ago

I'd just like to echo all of the praise for this video, as well as the notion that it'd be nice to have more "behind the scenes" footage.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 on Tantra

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solrage 5 years ago

Abel,

You ask: "Sex is at its best one of the most positive, happy, even uplifting parts of life - why do cinematic depictions of it need to always be so depressing?"

What I'd say to this is simply that while sex itself is positive, happy, and uplifting, the emotional attachments that come with it often aren't. It can engender obsession and possessiveness and anxiety and suspicion and dependance etc. Plus, you can't really create drama out of nothing but positivity. You need some kind of conflict, some kind of darkness as contrast and dynamic. Perhaps some of those films could do with a bit less anxiety and learn something from Meyer and Brass and Jaeckin (who were never overtly dark), though.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 on Adventures in erotic cinema — random thoughts about sex, art, and film...

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solrage 5 years ago

I am so honored that my brief, extemporaneous reference inspired this excellent blog post! I happen to be a voracious cinephile, in general, and most cinephiles latch on to one (or more) genres, filmmakers, stars, etc. that they feel are unjustly ignored or maligned. For me, one of those genres is erotica. I remember Pauline Kael writing an article on Last Tango in Paris--which happens the be the film that stirred my interest in the genre--essentially saying that it would herald a cinematic revolution in erotica the way in which the sexual revolution did for culture, in general; but it seemed to be the herald of something that never really came. The great erotica directors simply stayed underground and never really became anything more than cult filmmakers, which is a shame.

You mentioned Russ Meyer in the article, and I hesitate to include him in the list of "erotica" directors, although we'd just be fussing over labels. Russ was rather eclectic, doing most everything he did with a sense of cartoonish exaggeration and healthy good humor. Perhaps his best and most critically acclaimed films were a quartet he made in the mid 60s: Lorna, Mudhoney, Motorpsycho, and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and those films aren't all that erotic. Of those, I feel Mudhoney is the best, and I even reviewed it for the website Cinelogue.com. Meyer dubbed himself "king of the nudies," a term which came from the short-lived "nudie cutie" genre of the 50s and early 60s, where sex was still really taboo, but nudity was allowed. Russ's early films are basically live-action cartoons that just happen to have naked women (Wild Gals of the Naked West is one of the best "bad movies" ever made).

I was also pleased to see you mention David Hamilton, a photographer whom I adore. I’ve often noted his influence on Met-Art and it’s one reason that I decided to become a member.

Outside of the great erotica filmmakers already discussed, some of my other favorite erotic films are:

In the Realm of the Senses (1976) dir. Nagisa Oshima -- Bunuel and Ozu do erotica: need I say more? After Last Tango I consider this to be the best erotica film ever made, especially in how it enfolds social politics and psychological complexity with eroticism and a painter’s eye for visuals. I also reviewed this film for Cinelogue.com

Vampyres (1975) dir. José Ramón Larraz -- The best I've seen of the horror-erotica genre. This one just has a texture and atmosphere that's quite alluring, and it looks amazing on blu-ray!

Vampyros Lesbos (1971) dir. Jess Franco -- Of the billions (I'm pretty sure it's billions by now) of films Franco made, this is the best I've seen, made back when he hadn't completely abandoned artistry for trash.

The Lover (1992) dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud -- Beautifully shot, poetic, emotional... to me, it captures the best of what erotica is supposed to be.

36 Fillette (1988) dir. Catherine Breillat -- Breillat has made a lot of challenging films about female sexuality, and even several about teenage sexuality, but even though they’re more art-house than erotic, this is still the best film I've seen on the subject. I also reviewed this one for Cinelogue.com

Sex and Lucia (2001) dir. Julio Medem -- Medem's best film, and another one that walks that thin line between art-house and erotica and succeeds as both.

The Image (1975) dir. Radley Metzger -- Metzger is the Bunuel of erotica, meaning he loves to mix surrealism and psychedlia with sex, and this is a very good mixture of all of them.

I could certainly post more, but I hope this list will inspire some people to check these titles out. Perhaps even those at SexArt could watch some of them and get inspired for new projects in the future. :)

Friday, May 18th, 2012 on Adventures in erotic cinema — random thoughts about sex, art, and film...

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solrage 5 years ago

Hi K, I certainly hope you guys don't cave into any pressures to "normalize" the site completely, as I'm sure there are many out there like myself who like the different, artier, more abstract experimental pieces.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 on Primal

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solrage 5 years ago

Well, Abel, 20-30 minutes would provide room for a bit of a storyline to be developed, so more like a short narrative film instead of just scenes where there's nothing but sex with music intros. Of course, I'm not complaining about the 6-12 minute movies either, but I do hope SexArt decides to expand beyond that, even if just on occasion. I already mentioned how I'm a fan of the great erotica directors, and I think this site has the potential to be like a perpetually updating series of Brass or Jaeckin-like erotica videos that go a bit more towards the porn side of things, but still with narratives thrown in. I don't know about others, but I'm not asking for 20-30 minutes of straight sex, which does get boring.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 on Pre-Release Peek: MetArt Model Milena D - Goddess in a cave...

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solrage 5 years ago

Well, I can't help but disagree more. There are some more typical B/G and G/G scenes up here already and I don't think these more experimental pieces are meant to be the norm, and I like them precisely because they are different. Again, I didn't come here to get what I can get anywhere else, and if others are doing so then I can't help but ask: Why? From what you're saying you want, what would make that different from other sites?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 on Primal

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solrage 5 years ago

Hi Malena, it's great to see you posting here. My first thought when I saw the first several episodes was that they were too short to really let the viewer get into the flow of the narrative. I like most of what I've seen so far, but I do feel like I'm having to reconstruct what's happened previously with each new episode. It's a bit like trying to follow a storyline from one of those old newspaper serial comics where 5 years worth of papers go by and they're still on the same day!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - Go To Girl

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solrage 5 years ago

This was a very interesting ep., maybe because it got out of the Victoria/Jack exclusiveness that was starting to become a bit cloying. I really liked the fragmented take on the lesbian scene.

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - Go To Girl

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solrage 5 years ago

At this point, my only advice to everyone working at SexArt is to just keep doing what they're doing. You can't please everyone all the time, and it seems too many are looking for the same kind of content you can get everywhere else on the web, and no sooner do you start offering more B/G material (after everyone was asking for it) then there's someone wanting more G/G material! Personally, I'm rather ecstatic at what I'm seeing because there IS some real artistry at work here. I've long loved body-painting so I'm glad to see it being incorporated. In fact, I just saw Under the Elle Tree and loved it. Now that we're getting some other models involved and more B/G material it seems as if this site is starting to find its balance, and I'm more and more excited everyday to see what's coming next. :)

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 on Primal

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solrage 5 years ago

I've long been a fan of Milena D myself, and you definitely have me looking forward to this set, so thanks for the sneak-preview!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 on Pre-Release Peek: MetArt Model Milena D - Goddess in a cave...

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solrage 5 years ago

For those stating that there's not enough content and the website opened too soon, I think most of us who have signed up and intend on staying are doing so on the good faith earned by the years of extraordinary high quality and unflagging content offered by MetArt. We recognize that this site is in its infancy, but I actually think there's an upside in getting to watch it evolve from this earliest stage. As someone who came to MetArt rather late, I often regret not being there for those early years (if only because catching up on years worth of content is next to impossible!), and it's nice to have the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of a new project by the same people. Personally, the anticipation of seeing what's coming down the pike is worth the price of admission alone.

I also think some general understanding is in order: this site is based in the US, and since they haven't invented teleporters yet, it's going to take some time to get MetArt's European models over to the US for photo and video shoots. Plus, anyone should be able to tell the extremely high production quality of the content that's already up on the website, and creating content with that kind of quality takes time and money, so I don't think we should reasonably expect a flood of such content on the site's first month in existence. Right now, I'm enjoying dipping my toes in the pond as I gaze out at the ocean of content I know is on the horizon.

Friday, April 27th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 5 years ago

@MugenHAN: Knowing nothing about web design I couldn't tell you the difference between a message board and forum! But I do feel that having one for SexArt/MetArt would be very much welcomed. Judging just by the posts of those on here, it does seem to have the makings of a solid, intelligent community. But that's not surprising since the MetArt family seems to attract people looking for quality. I'm sure the admnin would love to hear any design suggestions you may have.

It's good to meet another fan of Jaeckin and Brass! Emmanuelle is, of course, legendary erotica, but I feel his Story of O (released on blu-ray not too long ago) is even better. Brass is, in many ways, my ideal erotica director. He had such a wonderful self-deprecating humor and light-heartedness, but combined with a very good directorial eye, attention towards story and characters, and healthy appreciation for his female leads. Plus, he was prolific (unlike Jaeckin) while maintaining a high standard for quality (unlike Franco). I was pleased to see his Monamour released on blu-ray, as well as Cult Epics releasing many of his others. If those at SexArt want a one-stop course on how to do erotica right then they couldn't find a better film than Brass's The Key.

I agree about the episodes being too short; but after watching the online web series, The Guild, for 4 seasons with its similar time length, I believe the format can work and development can happen, but it takes a lot of time, pacing has to be faster, and the fluff has to be cut short. I also recognize Zalman King's visual sensibility; his post-production and choice of lighting really set the tone for KL. I have to agree that Jaeckin and Brass are legends; I watched their movies while growing up (as a sneaky teenager) and Emmanuelle is one of my favorite erotica series.

Friday, April 27th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 5 years ago

Just to comment myself about some of the recent comments: I really like MugenHAN's idea about having a place for community discussion, but instead of having one for each model, photo set, video, etc., how about just having a message board? I don't know anything about web design and whether or not such a thing would be possible, but I do think it would be interesting to have a place where longtime members of MetArt and now SexArt could get together and chat.

I'm also glad to see he mentioned American Girls with Malena and Rilee; I just saw this today myself and I agree that it's very well done. While I'm with the others in wanting more B/G content, I certainly don't want to be without short G/G films like this, either!

RE Kamikaze Love, I just finished ep. 2, and I'm actually starting to get into it. Zalman King (RIP) certainly had a great visual sensibility, somewhat reminiscent of Just Jaeckin and Tinto Brass, perhaps my two favorite directors of erotica. I actually think the real problem with the series is length of the episodes. It's hard to establish, maintain, or allow the audience to get into any kind of narrative flow when each episode is 5-10 minutes in length. That's just not much time to develop characters plus devote the time to the actual erotic parts. But I'm willing to withhold full judgment until the series is completed, but I would very much like to see more attempts at this kind of fictional, serialized, tasteful, softcore erotica.

Friday, April 20th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 5 years ago

MetArt has been my favorite adult site on the web as far back as I can remember, so I was incredibly excited to hear about the launch of SexArt. The idea of bringing the taste, eroticism, and impeccable quality of MetArt to the realm of softcore and hardcore films is a dream come true for those of us bored by trash pornography that's pervasive online. This is my first day as a member, and like the proverbial kid in a candy store, I don't know what area to explore first! So far I've sampled a bit of everything, and I agree with other posters that I'm looking forward to more B/G hard and softcore material, both in photo sets and videos. Great job so far, and the site looks amazing!

Monday, April 16th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 10 months ago

I knew this video would have low-ish ratings before I even saw it, but I gave it a 10/10 because it's so refreshing to finally see a film that puts the ART back in Sex-Art. Films like this were what I imagined this site being from the beginning and what it was for a while. It's not that I dislike the more traditional films that focus on sex and the chemistry between performers, but films that also include some truly creative, original, aesthetically daring material like this have slowed to a trickle. I do hope all the contributors out there remember that even when films like this get low-ish ratings, there are still members like me (and I'm sure others) that love these videos.

And I agree with Rose that Olivia is "so damn adorable." Her sex noises fondly remind me of Japanese girls. :)

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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solrage 4 years ago

It appears I'm less enthusiastic about this video than many are around here (I can already feel the "thumbs down" votes smiting me!). I think it's a good, solid video, a 7/10 for me, but there are two things that bother me here.

My first problem is the "jumpiness" hayley mentioned. I think jump cuts can be used in interesting, artistic ways (eg, Godard's early work), but they didn't seem to fit very well here at all stylistically. It seemed more like a "mistake" happened and Don/Lorena (Lorena's an editor?) had to make a very rough cut. This is most annoying on the soundtrack, where one "lovemaking" sound just cuts straight into a different sound or silence; but even noticing the performers in different positions suddenly was a bit awkward. It lacks rhythm, and sex is all about rhythm!

My second problem is that whenever there are girls like Lorena that won't do B/G, yet they appear in a B/G/G, it's distracting to me because I'm constantly reminded of the artificiality, that she's there just to add an extra appeal. I feel like this video would've been better with just Iwia and Greg (there go the "thumbs down" votes!) or Lorena and Iwia. It feels like two different videos stitched together. It's even stranger that Greg just leaves/disappears when he finishes. I mean, I can understand the concept of a girlfriend "daring" her boyfriend to make love to another woman while she's there, but to never make love to her too seems strange.

All that said, I think the actual sex, performances and production values (excepting the jump cuts) were exemplary. I am not as big a fan of Lorena as some around here (more "thumbs down" votes! Just remember: If you vote me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine!), so perhaps I have less of a tendency to automatically rate her videos as 10s (I'm more likely to do that with Eufrat or Ariel; just personal tastes!). Not that I'm saying her fans shouldn't do that, but is nobody else bothered by the things I pointed out? Oh, well, vote me down and get it over with; I can take it!

Monday, August 26th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 3 years ago

Love the combination of sexiness and humor. We all know the problems bananas have with premature ejaculation, and we wouldn't want Darla to get pregnant with a banaby!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 on MUSA

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solrage 5 years ago

Well, I can't help but disagree more. There are some more typical B/G and G/G scenes up here already and I don't think these more experimental pieces are meant to be the norm, and I like them precisely because they are different. Again, I didn't come here to get what I can get anywhere else, and if others are doing so then I can't help but ask: Why? From what you're saying you want, what would make that different from other sites?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 on Primal

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall said "beautiful," I'll add simple, elegant, intimate, intense, sensitive. It's a very, very strong solo vid that has a nice, patient opening and a wonderful escalating climax. Excellent performance by the beautiful Connie Carter (whom I hope becomes a regular here!), pristinely shot and edited, I really can't find anything to complain about here.

As per Deltagamma's suggestion, I'll ask Connie a question: What do you feel is the biggest difference in doing hardcore videos with a partner and solo videos, and which do you prefer? Also, how would you describe your experience with SexArt in comparison with other production teams?

Friday, October 25th, 2013 on My Moment

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solrage 4 years ago

A perfect 10. This is perhaps the best example ever of what hayley has called "LoveArt." Even though I typically prefer the more conceptual, artsy videos, the realness and connection between these two performers is just palpable in every frame. I believed from the beginning to the end that this was a real couple (are they?) making love, rather than performers faking love. All of the laughing and giggling at the beginning is great, because that's what it's like to be young and in love. The actual sex is nicely varied, and Andrej smartly doesn't linger on anything too long so that it becomes repetitive. There's a wonderful rhythm to it, and I love that it builds to a natural and believable climax. I must say too that I got chills at the end; that's something I've never seen done in an erotic video, and I almost hate that you're "giving it away" in the stills preview. Just lovely, beautiful, even moving; a perfect example of what makes this site different (and better) than all others out there.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 5 years ago

For those stating that there's not enough content and the website opened too soon, I think most of us who have signed up and intend on staying are doing so on the good faith earned by the years of extraordinary high quality and unflagging content offered by MetArt. We recognize that this site is in its infancy, but I actually think there's an upside in getting to watch it evolve from this earliest stage. As someone who came to MetArt rather late, I often regret not being there for those early years (if only because catching up on years worth of content is next to impossible!), and it's nice to have the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of a new project by the same people. Personally, the anticipation of seeing what's coming down the pike is worth the price of admission alone.

I also think some general understanding is in order: this site is based in the US, and since they haven't invented teleporters yet, it's going to take some time to get MetArt's European models over to the US for photo and video shoots. Plus, anyone should be able to tell the extremely high production quality of the content that's already up on the website, and creating content with that kind of quality takes time and money, so I don't think we should reasonably expect a flood of such content on the site's first month in existence. Right now, I'm enjoying dipping my toes in the pond as I gaze out at the ocean of content I know is on the horizon.

Friday, April 27th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 3 years ago

A little late, but I absolutely loved this and agree with everything BTWWD said. Only two small complaints: don't care for the pissing, as that's something you can get at other sites and didn't really "fit" here anyway; the strap-on climax didn't quite come off as well as the rest. I've yet to see a performer use a strap on really well/convincingly. I don't know if they need to make them better, or the performers just need more practice. Other than that, this is one of my favorite films on this entire site; love the dark, sexy, sensuality of it and the way it really takes it time building up. Just hot as hell. Great job, Alis.

Now if I can only catch up on The Writer! :p

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 on Be My Slave II

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solrage 3 years ago

I absolutely agree with everything BatWWD and Jonathan have said in the comments. Paul Black is perhaps the most original, creative filmmaking talent working on the MA Network right now. His work is really what I think of when I think of "erotic art," where there's so much more going on than just a camera statically fixed on explicit sex. As one poster said on a previous Black film, maybe his aren't the kind of videos you masturbate to, but I do think they're the type that can really provoke one's sexual imagination. It's a shame that it doesn't seem to resonate more with more members. The low ratings of films like this scare me into thinking that SA may eventually STOP pushing the envelope, stop experimenting or trying anything genuinely artistic, original, etc. because every time they try they tend to provoke polarizing (but probably more negative) reactions. Polarization makes for great art, but (usually) bad business.

This is a bit OT, but I find it fascinating that the editing trends in mainstream films and erotic films are at completely opposite ends. In mainstream films, viewers seem to love hyperactive editing, and academics like David Bordwell have analyzed how the average-shot-length has plummeted from the times of Classic Hollywood to now (IIRC, it went from something like 6 seconds to about 2 seconds). Yet in erotica, viewers seem to hate a lot of editing. I do have a theory why this is; recently, there was an author on The Colbert Report who wrote about the science of focus, saying that humans are probably most focused during sex. Because editing is, essentially, a dynamic change, if someone is already hyper-focused on what they're seeing, then editing is a disruption; on the other hand, if a viewer's focus is a bit loose, then more editing can grab their attention by feigning a heightened level of excitement.

Anyway, I don't know if my theory is right, but I just thought about it due to the complaints about "over-editing" in this piece. What I found most interesting about the editing is that, at one point, Black seems to be cutting "mechanically" (Eisenstein called this "metrical editing") after a certain number of frames. Perhaps the editing is meant to mimic the mechanical nature of the sex machine?

Friday, January 17th, 2014 on Deus Sex Machina

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solrage 3 years ago

Definitely one of the top 2 or 3 solo vids on SA. Even though I've known of Melena A since her debut on MetArt in late '12, she was never been one of my favorite photographic models, so I did not have extremely high expectations for this video; I guess it goes to show that there's a great difference between photographic modeling and video performance. Even if I'm not a big fan of Malena in the former context, this video shows that she is supremely talented in front of a video camera. One of things that annoy me about so many MetArt vids is that the models frequently pose or stay still as if they're taking photographs, rather than moving and performing (there are exceptions, like the classic Sharon E, who must be the queen of MA videos), and this video shows that Melena is a master of knowing how to move (even the end credits with the dancing is a testament to this!).

The concept and the technical aspects are almost equally accomplished, with my only caveat being that I would've liked to see more interplay between the "dream" and the "dreamer." However, I love such dream vids as they really present a psychological portrait of the performer (or the performer's character), and this dream seems to present Melena('s character) as a secret exhibitionist. Love the changes of costumes, which keeps it fresh and is one of those creative things that can only be done in a dream context. Then there's Alis's traditionally original and creative cinematography (completely different looks/feel for the dream and dreamer parts) and editing (all those subtle but energizing jump cuts). It's also FANTASTIC to hear that the bitrate for HD has increased! As someone who watches these videos on a 73" screen, the same one I watch all films on, it really brings SA vids even closer to a cinematic experience.

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 on Lost in a Dream - VOL 1

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solrage 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful. This just confirms why Alis is my favorite SA filmmaker. The cinematography and editing are just stunning, the structure is quite original, the girls are wonderful together, the music is really haunting and atmospheric. If the sex was just a bit more varied and hot this would be a 10/10, but it's still a very solid 9/10.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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solrage 4 years ago

I've got to agree with the previous commenters: this one is really romantic, really very lovely and tender. I love all the kissing, which helps to establish an intimate connection between the performers. I also love the set design here; minimal, but very well used to highlight the performers, as are the elegantly over-exposed background highlights (reminds me of Erro's photography!). Only quibble here is: why save all of the "every day" clips of the couple for the ending credits? Wouldn't some of those have been better to use in the beginning to better establish the relationship before the sex starts? Otherwise, another great video.

Friday, August 9th, 2013 on A Love Story

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solrage 1 month ago

First, the rating for this film is a tragedy and all SA members/users/raters should be ashamed of themselves.

Second, this is one of the hottest scenes I've ever seen here. I love what Kat said about it being about "a couple who can't keep their hands off each other..." and there's nothing sexier than such apparent, raw desire. There's still a huge gap in quality between scenes like this and the typical porn out there today, and I actually think it's a great example of how hotness and aesthetics/sensuality need not be mutually exclusive.

Third, Amarna is hot as hell and Jesus is a real stud. Both of them need to be regulars here.

Finally, it's refreshing to see more interracial stuff here and I'm desperately hoping the low rating doesn't prevent more similar content.

Friday, April 21st, 2017 on White and Black

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solrage 7 months ago

One of the best SA vids in a while. From the opening, which adds just a touch of story to create an underlying emotional substance, to the gorgeous lighting, to the passionate and varied sex itself. Luna is a star, and it's great to see a woman of color on SA; diversity being the spice of life and all that, and this vid is definitely spicy!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 on Be Ready

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solrage 3 years ago

Downloading this now... but thought I'd mention I blame you, SexArt, for inevitably getting the Bon Jovi song stuck in my head for the rest of the night. Not that that's a bad thing... it's a pretty awesome song. "I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is, and laaaaay yooooou doooowwwwn... on a bed of roses." *air guitar solo*

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 on Bed of Roses

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solrage 3 years ago

Yesterday I praised Alis for his directorial style on The Heat, saying it was a testament to the director's art. Today, I get to praise Melena for being probably the best solo performer alive today and this being one of the best solo vids I've ever seen. This one is a testament to the performer's art, and the director knowing when to get out of the way and let them do their thing. Two straight 10/10s for me.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 on Se Telefonando 2

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solrage 3 years ago

Last vid was a solo titled "I Me Mine," today we have a GG video titled "You and Me." I guess next video should be a BG video titled "Her and Him," just to go for the Pronoun Hat trick!

Titular joking aside, there is some good, bad, and strange here. On the good side, I agree with BatWWD about the sexual variety and the music. The music was really hypnotic and haunting, reminding me somewhat of Atom Egoyan's superb film Exotica. On the bad side was the lack of any real "set-up" to the sex. This is one of the few SA vids where there didn't even seem to be much attempt at establishing a connection between performers before the sex started. On the strange side, the perspective is a bit wonky. It starts off at a distance, which perhaps attributes to my feeling a lack of connection. Now, that distance can work if you're going for a cool, detached, voyeuristic feel, but the rest of the vid is mostly in medium-shot, which obviously is the middle ground between "cool, detached" distance and "warm, intimate" close-up. The lack of facial close-ups also makes for a curiously detached session. Even the setting is a strange mix of cool/warm. There's the "cool" outside background, which nicely frames the performers (frame-within-a-frame, so to speak), but the indoors color temperature seems much warmer, more intimate.

I guess what I'm saying is this vid is all over the place tonally/aesthetically. I gave it a 7/10, but it's a weird one to figure out.

Friday, January 10th, 2014 on You And Me

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solrage 4 years ago

This has been a fascinating discussion. I hate I'm late to it, but some personal issues (natural disasters) has me playing catch up on both MetArt and SexArt.

If you were to ask me what I want to see on SexArt, the simple answer would be: almost everything. By that, I mean I want the creative teams on here to be fearless in experimenting and trying new ideas. Most people, I think, find a certain aesthetic or certain content appeals to them and then they just want more, more, more, more. I find, however, that I get bored with anything that's too repetitive, that just becomes same-ol', same-ol', and the thing that appeals to me most about SexArt is the promise that there will be a variety of adult content. I think in the beginning with Kamikaze Love, the Girls Love Sex documentaries, and the video releases there was a good diversity. Since then, while I've enjoyed watching the development of SA's style and the introduction of new performers and creative teams (especially Ariel's Snow Fun series), I am starting to itch for something different, and an extended narrative would be nice.

Basically, I just want to see everything that can be done done, but done with the extraordinary high standard of quality that has made me a fanboy of SA and the whole MA network. So, personally, I'm not too picky in regards to content--I like B/G, GG, solo, narrative, non-narrative, silent, abstract, hyper edited ala Paul Black, langorous and sensual ala Bo, body painting, humor, seriousness, hotness, tenderness, realness, fantasy--but I AM picky in regards to the quality. It's not what's said, it's how it's said, as the saying go. What keeps me fanboy is that MA and SA "say" it better than just about everyone else out there, and I'm more interested in seeing them expand what they say while not losing that quality.

In the ways of a more specific, direct suggestion, I've mentioned before that I'm a huge cinephile and fan of erotica, so I would love to see some content perhaps inspired by the great erotica directors like Jaeckin and Brass. As for a more modern suggestion, is anyone here familiar with the films of Graham Travis? He's fairly new and has done only two feature films--Portrait of a Call Girl and Wasteland--but they're both extraordinary. To get an idea of how to do a narrative with dialogue/characters while keeping the sex hot/sexy, you couldn't find a better model than Wasteland. That's the only feature porn film I've seen where I genuinely cared about the characters and was even moved by the ending.

One more perhaps slightly "out there" suggestion is from the (misunderstood) world of erotic comics. I doubt anyone here will know what I'm talking about, but one of the best works of erotica I ever encountered in any medium was the Japanese comic called Slut Girl (not nearly as trashy as it sounds). It combined characterizations, humor (it was "laugh-out-loud" funny, without relying on the types of sad, trivializing parody that Jonathan mentioned) and sex in a way that was so memorable I still recall certain moments now, over 10 years after first having read it. I'd love to see something similar in tone.

Monday, July 29th, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 5 years ago

I think this is, thus far, the best B/G video on the site. This was the kind of vid I envisioned when I first heard that Met-Art was making a hardcore site. There's artistry, tenderness, passion, but plenty of sexiness, hotness, and pure eroticism. The couple seems really into it, and I love the time Bo takes here with setting up the love-making; it's that kind of patience that really sells the sex as being a real culmination of a budding relationship, rather than just as a mechanical means to arouse. So, yeah, I think this video is pretty much perfect.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 on Le' Cafe

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solrage 5 years ago

The combination of hotness and hilarity in this video is unbeatable. Malena squirting had me cumming, and then the condom on the hairspray had me ROFLMAO!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012 on Inside Malena Morgan

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solrage 5 years ago

I'd just like to echo all of the praise for this video, as well as the notion that it'd be nice to have more "behind the scenes" footage.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 on Tantra

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solrage 5 years ago

This was a very interesting ep., maybe because it got out of the Victoria/Jack exclusiveness that was starting to become a bit cloying. I really liked the fragmented take on the lesbian scene.

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - Go To Girl

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solrage 10 months ago

Hello saartje,

Yes, every movie here is art in the same way every book or TV Show or movie in existence is art in the literal, technical sense. Historically, though, there's often been a divide between what people consider "art" and what they consider "pornography." Typically, the more a work focuses on explicit sex, the farther away from the traditional values of art--aesthetics, emotional/intellectual substance, creativity/originality etc.--it strays. Now, I'm a firm believer in that art and pornography are not mutually exclusive, that there are fewer things more naturally beautiful than sex, especially between people in love, and that if an explicit work merely brings some aesthetic beauty, some emotional substance, and some creative originality it can be just as artistic as it is pornographic.

When SexArt first started there was no shortage of films that focused heavily on aesthetics and creativity/originality. I still remember highly original stuff like the film with the fortune-teller that comes to life, or the one with body-painting as if the performers were animals. You know, stuff you simply don't see anywhere else in the wonderful world of online porn. Over time the focus shifted away from those and more towards what I'd call well-made pornography (generally nice lighting, framing, editing, setting, setup, etc.) and perhaps adding a bit of a character outline to the performers to give it some emotional heft. This is absolutely fine too, but I really came to miss the more "out-there" stuff. I think this film is a semi-return to that. The fact that Andrej (and/or Ariel) decided to designate it part of the "Art Collection" hints that they recognized how different it was too.

I'm not sure why my comment about knowing it would be rated low is irritating to you; anytime truly original content appears on sites like this there will be those that react negatively to anything different or out there. It was the same when this site started; it's the same over at Met-Art for model sets with photographers that try to do anything artsy (heavy shadows, elaborate costumes, etc.). The only reason I mentioned it is because I'm sure the contributors pay attention to ratings and viewers comments, so I just wanted to make sure my voice was heard to let them know that even if the majority do not prefer these more "artsy" type videos, there are absolutely members out there like myself that do, and I hope they don't forget about us. I absolutely agree this is a high quality site with high standards, and I don't want to make it sound like I'm trashing the more "normal" movies that appear; I'm merely expressing a preference for these more original/creative efforts, and really hope we see more of them.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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solrage 1 year ago

I'm amazed this film only has a 7.8 rating. I'd love to hear from those that gave it a low rating; what's not to like here? The chemistry, feeling, and emotion is so palpable it doesn't even seem like a "performance," it just seems like a couple experiencing true bliss with each other! Anyone who's ever had such a perfect experience with a partner knows that this is what it looks and feels like.

Great job to everyone involved, but especially to Kiara and Matt. Might I also add that the lighting is absolutely gorgeous, and really adds to the intimate beauty.

Monday, March 7th, 2016 on Room Of Secrets Part 3

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solrage 3 years ago

I would absolutely second hayley's recommendation of Blue is the Warmest Color (not just to Ariel, Andrej, Alis, & Jon, but to all members too). It should've won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film this year, and probably would have had it not been for some technical release date issues. Anyway, it's the only film to ever win a Palme D'Or at Cannes not only for its director, but for its lead actors, which should give you an idea of the acclaim it received at that festival. It's simply one of the best love stories ever in cinema, and all the more remarkable given its sexual explicitness (by mainstream standards).

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 on On The Sly

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solrage 3 years ago

Once again I'm in complete agreement with BATWWD. Actually, this is one of my favorite stand-alone vids in a long while. The style was just killer, really cinematic, really impressionistic. Wonderfully lighted, shot, and edited and the score was just the cool cherry on top. In fact, this one just oozed coolness. Loved the elliptical editing and diversity of the sex, locations, and setups. I think Alis learned a lot from shooting The Writer as this one bears a lot of trademarks from that series, with its shorter but multiple sex scenes. It really keeps a viewer on their toes, as opposed to the typical "hit record and forget it" style of most all other porn and erotica out there. These are the kinds of vids I dreamed of having on SA when the site started.

Oh, and, yes, the girls are both wonderful. Whitney has really grown into a world-class performer and Kari is coming along nicely, and they're quite good together. But I think this one was mostly about the directorial art, rather than the performer's art. Kudos to everyone, but especially to Alis. Love to see that you're still evolving and experimenting. :)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

I bet a lot of girls would say the same thing about a lot of guys! :D

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 on Be My Slave II

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solrage 3 years ago

These are the kinds of film SA was made for, the ability to create emotion through sex via a narrative, even when they're as simple and allusive is this. It doesn't take much to create an emotional link between characters/performers (the best classic films could do this with just a look, or even a single line), but such connections are crucial in making everything else matter. While this film isn't perfect (I think the camera movement is a bit too kinetic in the beginning given its somberness; the sex itself is a bit bland), I definitely think it points the way towards the kinds of films I'd like to see more of: the narrative and experimental. Both girls are lovely, btw, with a real down-to-earth beauty to them, not too glammed up like typical porn-stars.

Friday, April 4th, 2014 on Faith

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solrage 3 years ago

What I said in Melena's last video holds true here: while she's not one of my favorite photographic models, she is a supremely talented video performer, and this effort is arguably even better than her last one. Both stand at the pinnacle of SA's solo vids from a performance perspective. However, in this video neither Alis's conception or style is as daring, original, provocative, or aesthetically pleasing. He seems to have just decided to get out of the way and let Melena do her thing, so it's definitely another more "sex" than "art" video; but when the performance is this good, I find it hard to complain too much without it sounding like nit-picking. So I give it a 10 for Melena's performance and maybe a 6-or-so for the art aspect... but since the performance is really more like a 12, I'll average it to a 9. ;) I really hope Melena becomes a regular SA video performer as she's just about the best I've ever seen at this.

BTW, I don't know if Melena is really coming at the end of the video, but let me just say that if all orgasms aren't like that, they bloody well should be!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 on eMemories II

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solrage 3 years ago

Double ditto. Paula is gorgeous and sweet, and this film matches her looks and personality to a T. Love the entire aesthetic.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 on Relax

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solrage 3 years ago

Agree with all the positive comments. This is one of the best B/G films in a while, with a great, very cute new girl, excellent sexual variety, very good chemistry, and just plain hotness. Ashley really looked into it, and that's always a major turn on. It's another video where my biggest (really only) complaint is that it's a bit safe artistically and conceptually, but when it's this well done I feel wrong complaining. :)

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 on Kamasutra

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solrage 3 years ago

Two perfect, stunningly gorgeous girls; a nice, sweet, charming setup; Alis's typically perfect cinematographic skills; yet, something was slightly "off" about this and I can't quite put my finger on it... I think it was either a certain lack of chemistry between the girls, or maybe a slight bit of overacting. I did, however, appreciate the sensuality of the photography, as there's a nice "glow" about this entire production, and the two girls are sexy as hell, which makes up for a lot of what's lacking in the performances. Not one of the strongest efforts recently, but not bad either.

Friday, December 6th, 2013 on Gira La Moda

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solrage 3 years ago

I'm in complete agreement with swplf2 and horsemaster on this one. This is as good a solo film as I've ever seen. Even though Agatha isn't really my "type" in the looks department, there's no denying her talent as a performer, and I was won over quite quickly in this one. As usual with Alis's films, the technical aspects are pristine. I loved all of the little touches as well, like the kiss on the statue; but my favorite part has to be that little smile/chuckle from Agatha after the climax. It's details like those that really set SA productions apart from everything else out there. Just wonderful.

Friday, December 6th, 2013 on Hangover

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solrage 3 years ago

While I do agree with Sibirsk that there's been too many GG and Solo vids recently (I prefer a very even mix, something like 40/40/20 of BG/GG/Solo), I think this is one of the best of the stand-alone GG vids in a while. This is finally SA getting back to the "Art" in having an original concept (a reality TV show) instead of it just being a more typical relationship/affair type of thing. I also think it's well-done and unintrusive. It's one of those "concepts" that doesn't impose itself on a viewer so that it's a distraction, but allows for a unique aesthetic, feeling, and tone that separates the video from standard erotica and allows for the sex to arise naturally out of that premise. My only criticism on that front is I wish we had subtitles, as it would've been nice to have a little more "backstory" to make that "reality TV" world even more realistic and immersive. Love both girls, as well. I've loved Gina in every SA video she's been in (Tone of Love and El Tango both being favorites), and it's wonderful seeing Kari debuting here on SA as she's an "old favorite" of mine since she debuted there in 2010. They both perform well here, and there's some nice variation despite the relatively short 14 minute runtime. Overall, a very solid 9/10.

Friday, November 29th, 2013 on 2Girls Show

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solrage 4 years ago

Part of me completely agrees with both harrybean and horsemaster here, as I tend to dislike both aggressive sex and "action and adventure" pornography and I think they both eloquently explained the reasons why. However, I'm also with Snowfall in thinking that since the title is The Game, it's entirely possible that this is not supposed to be a REAL military series as opposed to just being a "game" enacted by the players for erotic purposes, which would make the scenario much less ludicrous; really, has anyone ever heard of "torture by girl-on-girl porn"?

All that said, I do think this installment was done quite well. After the tenderness of the first film and the sensuality of the second, the aggressiveness of Isabella and Lena was a nice change of pace, and, despite my dislike for that type of erotica in general, I think it worked here (perhaps BECAUSE of the contrast it creates between this episode and the previous ones). I must also mention I found Isabella extremely hot, and it would be nice to see her become a regular on SA. I think she was utilized much better here than in the Wild Girl films. Perhaps a bit overlong given the content, but an interesting change that has me curious to see where all of this ends up. It could either end up being really great or really terrible.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on The Game III - The Mission

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solrage 4 years ago

A superb, 9/10 video for me. The performances and chemistry here are just off the charts, and I believed for every second that both Charlise and Lorena were genuine lovers who knew each other well and were really into what they were doing. The entire video, even the opening boxing montage, is extremely sensual and sexy... and I loved the ode to the Rocky III "Freeze Frame!" LOL! Nice touch! I don't think erotica gets any better from a performance aspect.

However, I do have some technical quibbles from a technical standpoint, and perhaps I can offer some advice to better future releases. I think this work needed a few transitional shots, because the editing from the boxing location to the hot tub, and from the hot tub to the bedroom was extremely abrupt. All that was really needed, I think, was a few shots of Lorena and Charlise leaving the boxing location, or arriving home, or entering the hot tub, or leaving the hot tub/entering the bedroom to smooth over the transitions. Likewise, I'm still not loving the jump cuts here. I think Don and Lorena would be well served by studying how Alis Locanta uses jump cuts when, eg, his performers are undressing. Jump cuts become needlessly jarring (rather than invigorating) when they interrupt an action, be it a sound, movement, etc. and cuts to a very different one. Locanta's jump cuts work because we don't need to see every frame of a model taking off her bra or panties to know that that's what's going on; but in this film we may get a cut from the performers in one position to a completely different one, so there's a lack of continuity and, as a viewer, I wonder how much time has passed. If you're going to jump cut to different positions then it needs to be done in more than a single cut.

Hopefully that doesn't sound too harshly critical, because I really do think this video is one of the best G/Gs on this site despite the few technical lapses.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this exchange, and I loved your detailed response, Delta! I really hope in the future that more SA directors and photographers will take the time to give such in-depth, behind-the-scenes comments regarding both the techniques they used on a shoot and the thoughts/concepts behind it. If nothing else it gives us members a better understanding of the aesthetic tastes of each artist featured on this site, and perhaps allows us the opportunity to expand our aesthetic tastes and preferences.

I haven't viewed this set yet, but, personally, I probably slightly prefer set shoots to, for lack of a better term, natural shoots. I know the arguments for and against both sides and understand why some viewers and artists prefer one to the other, but, at the end of the day, I'm willing to give up a bit of spontaneity and naturalness for image quality, control, and the freedom of creative expression. This is even reflected in my preference for most films shot in studios--like those of Hitchcock and Kubrick--to the more "natural" street shooting of directors like Rossellini and Cassavetes. Even though set shooting has the potential to be antiseptic, artificial, and fake, it also has the potential to be really beautiful, creative, and, well, artsy. After all, art is part of the word artificial, and while I can appreciate naturalness, there's some truth to the idea that there's an artificiality even behind naturalness. You just can't escape the fact that certain things have to be staged for photo (or video) shoots. It's true that when you shoot in more natural locations you can end up with some magic, but I also tend to think it takes much more luck because you're more at the mercy of whatever is there and available. I think one reason the work of photographers like Rylsky, Antonio Clemens, Tony Morrano, et al. is so consistently good is because they tend to shoot in studio more (if not exclusively) and are able to control every detail.

All that said, I am DEVASTATED to learn that Mia Sollis has retired from erotic shooting! I am very stingy in giving out 10 ratings to models (I've rated probably over 1000 MA/SA models, and only have only given out around forty 10s), but Mia was one of my 10s! Are you sure this is an actual retirement and not just a break or something?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 on Mina

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan: "Whatever the reasons are, I enjoy watching each filmmaker evolve as they strive to perfect their craft, and the conversation we have here to discuss that process. "

Absolutely agree. I's not mandatory that every film is a masterpiece. As I often say about mainstream films, I'll take interesting failures over uninteresting successes most days. There's a lot of interest in this video, even with its flaws, and it is quite fun to watch filmmakers evolve in front of your eyes. I always feel a bit left out that I didn't get a chance to do that with my favorite filmmakers from the past.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Yeah, I think we're in agreement about keeping these discussions civil and, hopefully, revolutionizing attitudes on erotica--if not revolutionizing erotica itself! I think it's already making strides towards both. The level of discourse in these comments sections alone are of an infinitely higher quality than I've encountered on any other similar site, and the quality of the videos being produced speak for themselves.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 weeks ago

I must say, this really resonated with me personally, almost nostalgically. I once spent a wonderful summer afternoon driving through the beautiful local countryside with my girlfriend. There was something so comfortable and zen-like about that experience that the sex when we got home was really magical, like we had gotten closer by bonding through nature. This video really captured the beauty of that. Thanks to Andrej, Ariel, Anie, Maxmilian, and the rest of the crew for bringing up such a great memory!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 on Drifting By

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solrage 4 months ago

Luna is by far the best new performer I've seen a long while. She's a real star. She's gorgeous and you can tell she really loves what she's doing. The romantic warmth of the lighting and languid, patient cinematography in this one really added to the steamy, sensuous chemistry between Luna and Ryan. A really all-around great video.

And, for the love of God, Luna HAS to be made a regular around here!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 on She Princess

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solrage 2 years ago

I expect to see some jump cuts and severe ennui in an apartment. ;)

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 on Breathless

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solrage 2 years ago

Masterpiece.

I've been up and down with the Black's work. I love the cinematic quality, but at times it feels like they're repeating the same formula: slow buildup, lots of cutaways, Eisensteinian montage theory where "climaxes" mean "faster editing. This one is different for several reasons, not least of which is the intercut "fantasy" between Andrea P and the Anonymous Penis (sounds like the 1st book of the erotic Harry Potter!). The whole film has the feel of a really good music video, which I like.

Monday, December 15th, 2014 on Red Vinyl

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solrage 3 years ago

This is a masterpiece. 'Nuff said.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 on Soldier

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solrage 3 years ago

I would love to read your translation of the opening/closing lines, Amarna! Great performance too; this is the best b/g film I've seen in a while on SA and the passionate connection between you and Juan is a big reason why. It was because of that connection that I thought your orgasm was real, and it's nice to read your confirmation of my suspicion (and no reason to blush! There's fewer things in life more beautiful, and it's a bit strange that people should think it embarrassing). I definitely hope you and Alis continue to collaborate as he's a fantastic director. I'd love to see you two come up with a series or even some short narratives or experimental pieces.

Monday, August 25th, 2014 on Que Es La Pasion

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solrage 3 years ago

Well, I'm just going to completely disagree with most everyone and say that I flat-out loved this. Right from the explosive, kinetic, "Smack My Bitch Up"-like opening (anyone remember that music video?) I was hooked. While neither performer is a knockout or personal favorite, I think there was some great chemistry here that had a great mix of playful and hot/sexy. The spoon and riding sections were just great, with Lola really seeming to have enjoyed herself. I think part of my enthusiasm here, and part of why I don't agree with EJP's negative criticism, is because I think the rough, oft-out-of-focus/shallow focus cinematography fit the aesthetic perfectly here; that combined with the fact that I know that Alis is perfectly capable of beautiful, graceful, in-focus work makes me think that the roughness was an aesthetic choice, rather than some kind of limitation. I mean, geez, if we're going to start mass-condeming all cinematography that has rough focus, asymmetrical angles and proportions, etc. then we're going to be throwing perhaps the majority of modern cinema under the bus! Rough aesthetics have been institutionalized since the late 50s/early 60s! The key is to deciding when it's done intentionally VS when it's done due to incompetence, and I've seen enough of Alis's work to know it's almost certainly not the latter.

Anyway, while I don't think this was QUITE as good as the last few, I'm still giving it a 9/10.

Also, I normally don't call out other members, but this made me laugh: "This is old fashioned stupid porn." --EJP

As opposed to new fashioned smart porn? You know, the porn that solves your advanced quantum calculations with one hand while jerking you off with the other. E=M(mmmm)C(umming!)2

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 on Firestarter

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solrage 3 years ago

I 100% echo what swplf2 and Jannice said about this video. It's just ravishingly gorgeous, especially those last shots of Ariel tossing the message back into the water and in soft focus against the sunset. That reminded me of the still photograhs of David Hamilton. About my only disappointment is that Ariel had such a "passive" role here, but I understand the artistic necessity of it. Great job, everyone!

Friday, March 21st, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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solrage 3 years ago

Can't say I'm a fan of this one. It starts out really sensual with the "waterfall" and slow striptease with some very hypnotic music, but it just doesn't go anywhere. While I've spoken out against the method of only being "artistic" (with angles, editing, cinematography, etc.) at first and then just shooting the sex in the most straight-forward, banal way possible, I think this goes too far in the other direction. Once Alexis starts masturbating the constant cuts to slow-mo images out-of-synch with the sound is more distracting than aesthetically pleasing/provocative and only serves to impede any sense of development and climax. It doesn't help that the masturbation isn't all that hot to begin with and visually it's not the most beautiful film on the site.

I love both Alis and Alexis, but I've got to say that this is a mediocre effort from both.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 on Waterfall

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solrage 3 years ago

Yes, "cute and sweet" is the perfect description. That opening is so amiable that I wish it could've gone on longer! The sex itself is nice, if not spectacular, with good performances and chemistry by both girls. About my only real complaint is that jump cut sequence from about 7:12-7:30 is really awkward and clunky, and I usually rave about Alis's use of jump cuts! Oh well, can't be perfect all the time! Other than that, this is a solid GG vid, if not on the same level as Alis's masterful last outing.

Friday, January 24th, 2014 on Zatleskej

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solrage 3 years ago

One of the best vids on SexArt, of any kind, period. I hate it took me almost a week to get around to watching it, but it was worth the wait. Unfortunately, I have very little to add to what swplf2, Hayley, and horsemaster said. This is true erotica. It's true art. It provokes the mind as much as it provokes the body. It exemplifies what I've said about erotic films for years, that when they're great there's nothing that can stimulate both the heights of man's intellect and the depths of their feelings. To see the two united together is as close as we can get to achieving a kind of "wholeness" that philosophers think about, and artists write, paint, shoot, etc. about.

I notice Alis mentioned he has a long-standing passion for music; as do I. Lately I've been obsessed with Wagner's Tristan & Isolde, which is another work that penetrates the depths of our longing for love, sex, passion, and connection with another human being and reaches a climax that transcends all that and even death. Perhaps Alis will appreciate my dedicating the final words of Isolde's Liebestod to him and this film (it sounds better in the original German, but we have to make do with English translations):

Friends! Look!
Do you not feel and see it?
Do I alone hear
this melody
so wondrously
and gently
sounding from within him,
in bliss lamenting,
all-expressing,
gently reconciling,
piercing me,
soaring aloft,
its sweet echoes
resounding about me?
Are they gentle
aerial waves
ringing out clearly,
surging around me?
Are they billows
of blissful fragrance?
As they seethe
and roar about me,
shall I breathe,
shall I give ear?
Shall I drink of them,
plunge beneath them?
Breathe my life away
in sweet scents?
In the heaving swell,
in the resounding echoes,
in the universal stream
of the world-breath -
to drown,
to founder -
unconscious -
utmost rapture!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 on Approaching

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solrage 3 years ago

This is a sweet video with a nice dramatic introduction. I'd say the only thing missing is the subtitles, but I'm guessing anyone who's been in a relationship before will get the gist of what's going on. Besides the slight suspension of disbelief that the makeup sex would happen so soon after the fight, I really like how realistically the relationship (if not all relationships by extension!) are portrayed here. The sex itself is also quite sweet, very close and intimate, if nothing spectacular or unique. I think both performers do a superb job with the introduction, which is so crucial in a piece like this for making the emotional element work. Overall, I'd say it's another solid Andrej/Ariel collaboration.

Monday, January 20th, 2014 on Forgive Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I have little to add to the unanimous praise--a beautiful film of one of the most beautiful models currently on the MA Network, with the potential to be one of its all time greats. We already have two fine, sensitive, solo vids from Michaela; from here I'd like to see here and Alis stretch out a bit creatively and do something with a bit more daring. About the only negative I can say of this vid and her previous is that they're a bit on the "safe" side conceptually. Well made, certainly, but I'd like to see her do something different, like Ariel and Andrej are doing now with the Vintage Series.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 on I Me Mine

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solrage 3 years ago

This is another incredibly solid release from Alis. Right off the bat I was really turned on by Liona B. She is REALLY my type of girl, that type that is right on that line between "cute" and "sexy" and actually manages to be both at the right moments. After the film, I immediately checked out her SA profile to see what else she'd done. I hadn't seen her last film, White Morning, and I don't really remember So Shy (I seem to recall agreeing with the comments that there was a lack of chemistry). Whatever the case, I won't be forgetting her after this! Absolutely LOVE her intro "tease" with the shower, and her performance during the sex is just as arousing, especially when she's arching her back on top of Thomas. Sexy as hell.

Love the setting as well! I spent half the film half wondering where the hell they were supposed to be at. Some kind of public bathhouse or shower, or maybe just a bizarrely designed home bathroom? Whatever the case, it was a really original setting with a unique aesthetic to match. Love the stone walls paired with the modern design of the fixtures. Love the slightly grey/white color palette, which gives the film a really stylish, cool, clean look and even blends nicely with the performer's skin tones. What I also love about this film is that, because of the unique setting, Alis pulls back on the cinematographic and editing wizardry, letting this one play out more straight-forwardly than is normal for him. It just goes to show how versatile and adaptable he is, changing his style to match whatever each specific film calls for.

Any flaws? Well, I only gave it a 9/10, yet I can't think of anything really wrong with it. Perhaps it just lacks that certain extra spark that I need to push a film over the top. There's lots of "oh, that's really good/great," but no "OMG wow!," maybe with the exception of Liona B herself.

Monday, December 30th, 2013 on Tease Me

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solrage 3 years ago

Firstly, I echo almost everything swplf2 said. I, too, have have been a fan of Ariel's since her very first photoshoots on MetArt in the beginning of '05. She has, indeed, matured from a hot girl into a gorgeous woman. I would also echo his comments about this video reminding me of the masturbation scenes in Emmanuelle, and Ariel herself has the same kind of class combined with comfort with her body and sexuality that Sylvia Kristel had. I would also strongly concur with his wish that Ariel keeps performing in front of the camera. We know that erotic performers tend to have a short "shelf-life" span, but Ariel strikes me as being in her absolute prime, physically, artistically, etc. I have seen her do no wrong in front of the camera yet on SexArt, but this may be her best performance yet.

Secondly, as to this video itself, I think I am going to ADORE this "Vintage Collection" series. I just can't express how gorgeous and erotic I find every aspect of the style, from the costumes to the hair to the settings to the cinematograhy. In regards to the latter, I love that sepia-toned, slightly washed out look and the subtle use of soft focus. It has such a unique feel to it, and especially reminds me of the films of Terence Davies where he tends to shoot scenes that are depicting memory in a similar tone/color palette. I've often been slightly critical of Ariel and Andrej for being more "Sex" than "Art," but this series is them doing both superbly. I especially appreciate here the judicious close-ups of Ariel's wet pussy, which is still the best indication that a performer is really into what they're doing.

I give this a 9/10, and the only reason it's not a 10/10 is because I wish there had been just a hint of a "story" like with the previous entry, and because there are some slight focus problems on the close-ups. But, besides those caviats, this is a great, great video.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 on Vintage Collection - Only Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I really enjoyed the aesthetics of this, from the cinematography to the editing to the flashback structure. In fact, I think the latter is a really fruitful avenue to explore in the future. It provides a way to link videos together, create an emotional resonance, that doesn't rely on an explicit narrative that can too easily get in the way for an audience. Taken alone, Candy is just not one of my favorite performers, and the solo aspects are not amongst the strongest on the site, but I think the video is made better by it being linked to the earlier "A Little Story" and it creates a psychological and sensuous undertone that the video would otherwise lack. So, even if the video in isolation isn't terribly notable or sexy, I think the conceptual structure is a, perhaps serendipitous, discovery, and worthwhile pursuing in future videos. It kinda reminds me of the two The Writer videos, which also offered glimpses of possible ways to explore a "series" without the crutch of narrative that nearly crippled The Game.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 on Little Story III

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solrage 4 years ago

Another beautiful, even haunting, film from Alis. Both girls are gorgeous with wonderful chemistry. The cinematography and editing is perfect. The music has a wonderful, wistful quality to it, which is perfect considering the title (it kinda reminds me of American Beauty). The sex, though, is still a bit one dimensional and lacking in variety, but here I think the sensitivity makes up for it.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 on eMemories

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solrage 4 years ago

Michael Ninn,

Despite what I wrote earlier in my lengthy, negative critique of this film/series, I more or less agree with you. In fact, in a post I made a while back to SA's admin, Jonathan, I said that my only wish for this site is that the filmmakers follow their own visions and not let members/ratings dictate what they do/don't do or limit their creativity. The problem with paying TOO much attention to viewers/members is that you end up producing content that does nothing but appeal to the lowest common denominator. Personally, I lament the loss of, eg, bodypainting films, which, IMO, was one of the really interesting, artistic features that, in SA's early days, set it apart from other erotica sites. While we still get some really different, unique, "artsy" efforts from time to time, they're not as frequent as they were only on. I already feel like SA has begun to "temper" itself away from experimentation and towards videos that seem designed to appeal to the majority of members.

Of course, I'm not saying the quality has declined, but rather I think it's lacking in some of the excitement early on where I genuinely didn't know what each new update would bring. I'd like to see more videos where I go "I've never seen this done in erotica/porn before!" Even if all of those experiments can't be successes, they are, nonetheless interesting and frequently unforgettable. So even while I'm calling The Game a failure as a series, I certainly hope that I don't discourage Ariel, Andrej, or others from continuing to try new things with a reckless, creative abandon. I think maybe you're a bit hard on us members, but I would agree that none of us--even the most vocal, eloquent, and intelligent ones--can speak to what everyone wants. Our tastes are too varied. We each have our preferences, biases, favorites, etc.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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solrage 4 years ago

A strange video. It has a lovely couple and location, but there's something about the rhythm that seems slightly off. It starts off good in the pool, very sensual, but once in the bed it doesn't flow quite right. Some parts like the blowjob seem to go on a bit too long, and others seem to be rushed past. Throw in some bizarre jump dissolves and the whole thing feels slightly off. That said, I do like the chemistry here, but I don't think either performance is outstanding. I would like to see more from both, though, to be fair in a more general judgment.

Friday, October 18th, 2013 on Kane & Wahine

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, I didn't want to imply that all low votes are malicious, but I do feel the strategy of polarizing (favorites get 10, everything else a 1, so as to have the maximum affect on ratings) is less than honest. I was told by a MA staff member that they used to discount 1 and 2 votes because they knew that no models deserved those votes. Then, there was a radical change to their Top 150 Models list when they started counting them, and a lot of long-time favorite models fell off the list. I'm incredulous that so many members thought models like, eg, Iveta B or Anna AJ, staples of that list, really deserved the 1-2 votes that knocked them off. Much more likely is that certain members, in an attempt to install THEIR models on the list, gave a 1 to every other model on the list. Perhaps there's less of that problem here, I don't know, but I'm leery of it.

Friday, October 18th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

This film is a miniature gem. I absolutely love the cinematography and staging here; the blue background, white bed, and soft glow of the on-screen lights blend together into a wonderful, painterly image. Even the out-of-focus shots of the background, the bokeh, is lovely! Love the jump cuts when Candice removes her panties, love the low-angle shot of her face at the head of the bed, love when the focus shifts from her face to her hand gripping the bed, love the music, love the headphones! (I think those are AKG K702s? I have the K701s; they are superb!) I also love Candice, and it's great to see her doing videos on SexArt. I've been a fan since her very first sets on MetArt. I love her casual dress and the intimacy of her performance--nothing flashy or overdone, and it works well in the context of the more daring imagery. About the ONLY thing that seems out of place is the credit sequence, but that's just nit-picking. Everything in the video is superb. Great job Alis, Candice, and crew!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 on Io Ballo Da Sola

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solrage 4 years ago

I loved Violette in Careful, and she's every bit as charming here. She really lights up a video with her personality, which really comes through on camera. The concept of skating through the park seems a perfect fit (even if she isn't the one skating): fun, cute, effervescent. I don't think I get as good a sense of Zara's personality, but it could just be because this is her first vid here. Nonetheless, the two are great together, and both are cute as a teddy bear riding a unicorn on a rainbow. I love how their laughter keeps "interrupting" the sex, as it really does make it feel like they're a real couple. The sex itself is nothing groundbreaking, but it's very sensual, even gentle, but still hot. It feels weird to think of erotica/porn as being this happy, but this whole video felt like walking in the park on a sunny day with your best friend while singing The Turtles' So Happy Together.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 on City Ride

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solrage 4 years ago

What made this video for me is that we get to see both girls get wet... sexually, I mean. In to many videos it's the "dryness" that gives away that these are indeed performers "acting" sex. Here, both girls physically into it, and I think that translates to other aspects of their performance as well. Overall, this is a strong, solid effort. Again, nothing revolutionary, but both girls are really cute with great chemistry, and the sex, even if a bit unvaried, is still quite hot.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 on Summer Play

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I haven't seen this set (I have a very idiosyncratic method of what image sets I view when, but that's just me!), but I completely agree with what you say in general. My feeling is much in line with BatWWD that the image sets on SA lag behind the vids in quality, and I'd add they lag behind the photo sets on MA in quality. I think the biggest problem is along the lines of what you suggest, that because SA allows for explicit content (dildo/finger and pussy play), many photographers tend to lean on those as a crutch, as if saying "hey, we can show this here!"

Of course, MA doesn't allow for this explicitness, which I think provokes photographers to get more creative with the lighting, sets, poses, angles. I think on MA you tend to get more of a feeling of the personality of the models because you don't get all of these explicit shots, even though you do (usually) get some close ups of pussies and other body parts. So many SA photo sets just end up with endless explicit close-ups as if the photographer is doing a profile on the model's pussy rather than the model.

This isn't always the case, and I have come across several excellent photo sets on here that are explicit, but don't let the explicitness get in the way of the model's personality or forget that there's a face/person attached to the parts. Here's a good example I saw recently and rated an 8/10: http://members.sexart.com/members/model/milania-a/gallery/20120814/PRIVACY/ In that set I love how, eg, the first few dildo insertion, Marco goes to a close shot of Milania's face and hand as she clutches the bed spread, so you not only get a sense of the dildo going in, but you get a sense of what Milania felt. That's photography telling a story, rather than just ogling body parts. Plus, I think there's a great variety of angles and shots and good dynamics where, eg, a close-up might lead to a wide-shot.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 on Esaten

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall, Wide angle lenses tend to exaggerate (if not distort) perspective more, so, eg, the background may look farther away, and objects may look larger/wider than they are. Obviously this means that if you shoot a close-up on, say, an ass it may look wider, or if you do a close-up on breasts they may seem bigger because they appear farther away from the body. Long lenses are the opposite of wide angles in that they compress background/foreground to give the image a more 2D look. This is usually seen as more flattering in fashion/glamor photography, but a lot of photographers who want to "enhance" parts like breasts and ass may opt for a wide-angle. Obviously there are also "normal" lenses that are less extreme than both. A rough guide would be (assuming a 35mm or equivalent digital camera):

135mm = super telephoto

You rarely see anything over 135mm in fashion/glamor I suspect, because one other aspect of telephotos is that they show camera shake more, which means it's harder to get sharp, non-blurry images. You typically need a tripod with anything over about 85mm, unless you have A LOT of light and can get a really fast shutter speed.

One more feature of wide VS long lenses is that the former tends to give you better depth-of-field, which means it's easier to get all of the objects in an image in focus. So if you want your subject plus background in focus, wide lenses makes that easier to do with the available light. Long lenses, on the other hand, give you a very shallow depth-of-field and make it easier to get out-of-focus backgrounds ("bokeh" in the world of photography). If you're doing, eg, a head shot, it's usually preferable to blur the background so to put the emphasis on model's face rather than anything else. The depth-of-field is also dependent on the focal distance. The closer to the camera the focus is, the less depth-of-field; the farther from the camera, the more. If you notice in many of the videos, the closer the shot is, the more it tends to go in and out of focus.

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Hi Delta, thanks for the follow-up. We are in absolute agreement about one of the greatest qualities of MA, SA, and the entire network is the variety and diversity. I said in a recent blog posts regarding our ideals for the SA vision that, above all, I wanted the artists to be fearless and creative and diverse and not fall into predictable patterns of the same things over and over. While we all may have our preferences, I know that I, for one, would still take diversity over my favorite styles/photographers/models all the time. Too much of a good thing and all that.

I enjoyed reading about why you have a preference for natural shoots. I've long been interested in photography but never really moved pass the initial amateur stages, but I was very much inspired by nature as well. Even though I was interested in studio shooting I knew I had neither the space or equipment necessary to explore it. Eventually I realized that my personality wasn't very well cut out for photography as anything more than a hobby and I began concentrating on writing poetry, where I'm still very much inspired by nature (like the romantics), yet also preferring classical forms and interesting use of language, even if that usage isn't "natural" to what you'd hear in everyday speech. So, it's all about individual temperaments, as I know some poets who think it's a cardinal sin to unnaturally twist syntax to make a rhyme work, and others that think it's a cardinal sin to only write in prosaic, natural language. I'm guessing it's much the same for photographers regarding natural VS set work.

I should also mention that even if I have a preference for set shooting I am not innately opposed to natural shots. Indeed, one of my favorite "classic" MA models is Natalia B, and I think she comes alive in her natural shots in a way she doesn't in the set shots. So I also think it depends a lot on the specific model, where they're comfortable and what "look" works best for them.

RE Mia Sollis: I very much hope she changes her mind, but I guess I should feel consoled that she's done (I think) over 30 shoots across the various MA sites. Given her beauty it stills seems like far too few. Another 30 would've been even better! Looks like I may have to subscribe for a month at MC-Nudes to get many more sets (I think she has 20 or so over there).

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 on Mina

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solrage 4 years ago

Good review, horsemaster. We may agree to disagree over Marica's noises and the music, but you make some good points related to the idea of dominance, especially the idea of Matt having to wake up and the kissing/tenderness. FWIW, I thought the film was more an homage to Audition rather than Dexter, but that's because Audition also featured a Japanese woman who paralyzes a man, though in that film she does it to torture him rather than fuck him, but you get the idea. I haven't seen Dexter, though it being more popular it may be the source for the inspiration, or perhaps Dexter's creators borrowed from Audition, who knows.

Also, I agree about enjoying the behind-the=scenes look in the credit sequence. I got to wondering how long such a set-up actually takes (maybe someone on the creative team can comment). I also agree about the complex emotions the video as a whole created (though for me it was probably related to my memories of being traumatized by Audition). I'm rather disheartened, though, that the film has gotten such a low rating (currently just 6.26). It makes me think that the majority of anonymous voters are after something completely different from this site than what SA vision really is and what we more, errr, vocal members imagine it to be. I just hope the low ratings don't scare the creative teams away from videos like this, because they're awesome on so many levels other than just their masturbatability (ha! How's that for a word!) factor.

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Well, lo and behold! One video after us members talking about the recent trend on SA of there being more SEX than ART, we get a truly original, high concept erotic video involving a female serial killer! I suspect that Andrej (or whomever came up with the concept) has been watching some modern Japanese horror films, as this premise is eerily similar to the one found in the finale of Takashi Miike's Audition (which has to be the most terrifying film of the last 20 years!), though with sex replacing pin-to-eye torture! Despite the chilling memories that film brought up, I still thought this was excellently done.

Firstly, I'm really starting to love Marica, and I wish SA would make more frequent use of her. I remember liking her in Undercover Dangerous and loving her in Mizu, and she's just as good here, somehow managing to tread the line between creepy and alluring... or maybe alluring because of the creepiness! About my only disappointment here is the fact that she didn't squirt like in Mizu, but she still gives Matt a vicious (in a good way!) riding, so I'm not complaining too much.

Stylistically I thought it was great as well. I like that in this case the camera perspective seems to be playing more the role of observer rather than active participant, since I think a slight distance is needed given the premise. That combined with the muted color palette, minimal set design, and the subtle shaded lighting all add to the ice-cool, dangerous-but-sexy tone of the atmosphere. I also love the slow build-up as it really creates tension about what precisely Marica is going to do. OK, well, we know what she's going to do, but not how.

About my only complaint, and this is rare for SA vids, is the music, which sounds more cheesy horror film than genuine horror film. Perhaps in this one case it would've been better just to use silence, the same way Audition used silence to create its atmosphere of oppressive dread. Perhaps here you don't want THAT level of creepy, but something similar if only a bit lighter. Besides that, if I really want to nit-pick, I guess I could say the sex is a bit one-dimensional, but given the premise I don't think there was much else that could've been done, and I still think Marica is dynamic enough to pull it off.

So, overall, a great entry and a solid 9/10 from me.

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Quite like both of the girls, who are really cute and sexy and perfect for a "French themed" video. I also loved the French styling itself both in the music and the opening montage. Liked the art design. Perhaps my favorite part here was the lovely cinematography and editing by Alis, which gave it more of a romantic feeling than anything else. What I didn't care for was the sex itself with the dildo, which just seemed a little blah, and neither performer seemed to get all that into it; and I'm not sure how the (admittedly cute) ending credit sequence with the water guns connected to the French theme... just a behind the scenes look? Anyway, I'd definitely like to see more from both these girls, as I think they're capable of something better.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Your idea sounds fine to me, hayley. I think what you said about it being part of an exploration between two loving partners is a good suggestion, as I think perhaps a solo performance wouldn't feel the same; but couples explore all kinds of things to see if they like it, and certain acts--fisting, anal, etc.--require a lot of trust and communication (even if non-verbal), and can be quite beautiful if it's done with sensitivity. So I'd encourage you to put something together.

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

haley,

Personally, I don't think it's as simple as "more-attractive performers" VS "less-attractive performers." Other things besides attractiveness comes into play, such as chemistry and ability. To use an analogy, it doesn't matter if someone looks like George Clooney or Angelina Jolie if they can only act as well as Tommy Wisseu or Juliette Danielle (and those who don't get the references should go watch The Room IMMEDIATELY!). Of course, if you have attractiveness, chemistry, AND talent, then that's best; but, as I already said with my comment, I think the chemistry and talent here more than compensates for everything else. Plus, I don't even think these performers are unattractive at all. Perhaps they're not 10s, but it's not like they're

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

I don't know if I watched the same video as some of the commenters, but I couldn't disagree with the negative opinions more strongly, and think the (current) sub-7 score for this video is insane. This is one of my favorite G/G videos on SA. Yes, the fact that neither performer was an art(ificial) goddess threw me... for about a minute, and then the sex started, and they seemed so into it that I was sucked in as well. How can anyone watch those several minutes with Kayla in Sandra's lap and give this anything less than a 9? I'm dumbfounded, as that's one of the hottest, most intimate, most intense, most gorgeous G/G moments in any G/G film I've ever ever seen. Those times when Kayla is grabbing Sandra's arm felt extremely genuine. Then, as if that wasn't one good enough climax, we get another great with with Sandra straddling Kayla and getting intensely finger fucked.

Superb job everyone, and don't listen to the negative comments, as I think some commenters have stepped into a Twilight Zone where everything is opposite. :p

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

I long suspected that a healthy dose (ie, not obsession) or erotica/porn was good for people. I've often noted that if I go, say, a week without viewing such stuff I start to feel rather agitated and muddled. Anymore I try to do it every day for at least 30 minutes... I treat it a bit like exercise, actually, in that I genuinely believe it's something that's very healthy for me in both the long and short term.

Monday, July 29th, 2013 on Better Living Through...Erotica?

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster, I know I'm way late here and this suggestion will probably go unread, but you should really check out Emily J's/Paul Black's work on TheLifeErotic (I think members here can get a free 2-day trial); there are definitely more "slower paced" videos over there. In fact, that's where I first became aware of this remarkable performer/director team. Insomnia, Short Circuit, and Dark Water are all incredible videos, and all entirely different from "Lonely Day." What most amazes me about Black as an erotic filmmaker is how, despite the fact that he has found THE next great "squirt queen," he refuses to rest on his laurels and play it safe, and each time out goes for a different approach visually, aurally, conceptually, etc. It's what pushes his work, and all the work on TLE and SexArt for that matter, far beyond the competition.

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 on Lonely Day

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solrage 5 years ago

I agree with Malena here. Say what you want about this series and Zalman King, but the man knows how to a light a shot!

Monday, May 28th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - Of All The Women In The World

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solrage 5 years ago

Hi K, I certainly hope you guys don't cave into any pressures to "normalize" the site completely, as I'm sure there are many out there like myself who like the different, artier, more abstract experimental pieces.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 on Primal

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solrage 5 years ago

Hi Malena, it's great to see you posting here. My first thought when I saw the first several episodes was that they were too short to really let the viewer get into the flow of the narrative. I like most of what I've seen so far, but I do feel like I'm having to reconstruct what's happened previously with each new episode. It's a bit like trying to follow a storyline from one of those old newspaper serial comics where 5 years worth of papers go by and they're still on the same day!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - Go To Girl

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solrage 2 days ago

cbsac,

It was a one camera shoot so the "position of the camera" is whatever perspective you see throughout video. It wasn't like a multi-camera shoot that was edited together; in fact, most of it's done in a single take without any cutting.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 on Docu-Film

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solrage 2 days ago

Great concept! I'd like to see more "behind the scenes" stuff here; I always find it interesting to see all that goes into making the final work. It certainly helps that Amarna is one of my favorites and she really looks like she's having fun here, and Joel is a great partner who's just as playful.

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but once they get to the bedroom (perhaps a bit before), it looks like the entire scene is done in one take; that's quite impressive! I'd love if Alis or someone could comment on how they got the "timing" down for that. There may have been one cut slipped in when Alis moves behind the curtain(?) at the 20:45 mark, but it's really well-hidden (less conspicuous than, say, Hitchcock's in Rope!).

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 on Docu-Film

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solrage 7 days ago

Perfect timing! Just got a new 75" 4K TV a few days ago, and now I get a video of Antonia, my favorite SA performer, in 4K! Great video all around to boot: wonderful chemistry, beautiful cinematography, perfect blend of eroticism and hotness, nice pacing/editing; and I like the simplicity and originality of the premise of a couple "going again" so soon after a first time. Strange as it seems, I can't recall any video I've ever seen with that concept.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 on Once Again

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solrage 3 months ago

Loved this one. Gorgeous couple, steamy hot sex, sensuous cinematography, Emilio is a stud and great new find (I say this as a straight guy!). My only gripe is that porn in 24-frames-per-second is just too blurry. I know it's because it was shot in 4k, but as someone who doesn't (yet!) own a 4K tv, I prefer the 1080p at higher frame rates.

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 on Arousal

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solrage 7 months ago

Well made and erotic, but oral is probably my LEAST favorite aspect of BG films. Fun to receive, but I've always thought it boring to watch--just my tastes of course.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 on Take Care 2

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solrage 10 months ago

Hi Rose,

Yes, I've seen The Wall and rated it a 9/10, though I had forgotten that it was part of the "Art Collection" as well. I really do hope that my comments and the support of other comments like Sydney's is enough to encourage the production teams to keep experimenting as well. :)

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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solrage 2 years ago

There's been a boom-mic spotting at 17:20. ;) If not for that slight slip-up, this is a 10/10 for me. The combination of a solid narrative and really hot sex is superb.

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 on Love For Sale Season 2 - Episode 2 - Celebration

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solrage 2 years ago

Got to agree with Lbear; what happened to the 33:33:33 split between lesbian, solo, and straight?

Friday, December 5th, 2014 on Doubleface

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solrage 3 years ago

Wow, now that's what you call serendipitous: I JUST rewatched Rear Window earlier today because I'd been discussing it with some people on IMDb. What a masterpiece! (Hitchcock's I mean; I'm downloading this right now).

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 on Rear Window

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solrage 3 years ago

Haven't watched this yet, but wanted to say that on this and the last video, the download links just start playing the vid on the site rather than actually downloading it. I can still right click -> save as, so it's not a big deal, but just thought I'd point it out.

Friday, June 27th, 2014 on On The Sly

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solrage 3 years ago

I think I'm in complete agreement with horsemaster here about the elements I liked and didn't like, though I'm less emphatic about the "shaky cam" elements (I've more or less accepted its place in modern cinema; so I'm used to it) and even more enthused with the lovely, warm, golden lighting. But, yes, the POV-to-OVS switches were rather bizarre and disorienting. I might also add that the striptease was probably sexier than the actual masturbation, but I'm not sure if that's a positive or negative!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 on In Your Eyes

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solrage 3 years ago

There we go! :D

The series is one of my 4 or 5 favorite things ever on TV. In my Lynch canon it's only behind Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead. If only the second season had been better... and that fucking cliffhanger! There are not enough angry emoticons in the world! That said, I wasn't a huge fan of the film. I even reviewed it for Cinelogue a few years back: http://www.cinelogue.com/reviews/twin-peaks-fire-walk-with-me

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

The music and font/color doesn't ring a bell, but "homecoming queen wrapped in plastic" only makes me think of Twin Peaks... aha, maybe it's the Twin Peaks film? Fire Walk With Me? Although, for this to be a TP tribute you really would've needed a dancing, backwards-talking little person and some coffee, black as midnight on a moonless night.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

Oh, I've seen here TLE work as well, and the bubblegum video was, indeed, a masterpiece as well (another 10/10 for me). I haven't seen the bike one yet, but it's just a matter of time. She also has a few vids on Stunning 18. The first one really shows off her personality as she actually talks to Antonio Clemens.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on Se Telefonando 2

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solrage 3 years ago

You're very welcome, Alis. :)

I usually pride myself on catching the references, but I don't think I caught it here. The title only brings to mind either the Michael Mann film or Body Heat. The latter COULD fit, though it was BG rather GG, but it was also neo-noir which is stylistically similar to this film.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 on The Heat

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solrage 3 years ago

Sapphira is undoubtedly one of the most stunningly gorgeous models on the MA Network, and she has an infectious personality in her photoshoots. That said, I've yet to be equally wowed by any of her videos. Whatever personality she has in the photos just hasn't translated yet, and I'm not quite able to put my finger on what it is. I think maybe it's the fact that while she seems so open and inviting and warm in the photos she still seems really reticent, even private, in the videos. This one has a nice easy-going quality to it, but it's more sensual than sexual, if that makes sense.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 on My Day

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solrage 3 years ago

Agree with BATWWD. This is one of the best BG films on here in a while. Great chemistry with these two, and the intro was just enough to establish the emotional connection.

Monday, April 21st, 2014 on Il Lungo Addio

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solrage 3 years ago

I'll try to get to this one tonight, but I must say that I'm going to watch this with the Van Halen song going through my head the whole time... not really a bad thing. :)

Friday, April 18th, 2014 on Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

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solrage 3 years ago

Apology accepted, but, please, this is a public comment section for people to express their thoughts/opinions on these videos, so if someone wants to write a 2000 word essay going into the filmic history behind a work in great detail they should be able to without being attacked for caring about such things. If you're not interested, just don't read the comment; simple. I mean, I do think there's room for discussion and disagreement, but it it shouldn't be of the "what you like/care about is less important than what I like/care about" variety.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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solrage 3 years ago

Errr, it was supposed to be cheesy, but feel free to come up with something better yourself. :/

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 on MUSA

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solrage 3 years ago

I do have a bit of a fetish for girls who squirt, especially when it's through BG intercourse, so I'm definitely drawn to this video on that front. I also like the setting, previously used for a solo vid, and it's really unique lighting, atmosphere, and texture. I also think the premise is simple but effective, since I suspect many (most?) of us have been stood up before. All that said, the sex is a bit dull and I'm just not feeling the connection between Linda and Kristof, despite her beauty, his prowess, and her orgasms. So, I'm a bit ambivalent on this one, and settled on a 7.

Friday, March 14th, 2014 on Liberation

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solrage 3 years ago

Not a bad video, but nothing particularly outstanding either, except maybe the nice, soft, golden lamp lighting during the sex that brings out the rich tones of Silvie's skin. I think the problem is that, as a performer, Silvie Deluxe strikes me as the Queen of Cool, the kind of woman that Hitchcock would've loved; slightly distant and mysterious, seductive, emotionally level, etc. This would make her perfect for, say, a dominatrix role, but slightly out of place in videos that are supposed to be about "love." I never get much of a sense of romance in her videos, and the same holds true here. I think she was a better fit in The Game videos, or even something like Senora and Jorge, which is more about lust than love.

Friday, March 7th, 2014 on I'm Here For Love

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solrage 3 years ago

Hi Alis,

I can imagine the temptation when you have a performer that talented to just pres REC and watch, but I definitely love your artier work as well. I think your last SA vid with Melena combined both aspects wonderfully. :)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 on eMemories II

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solrage 3 years ago

Agree with BatWWD on this one. Some good stuff here, especially Nici herself, and I liked the stylish, striptease intro and the unique setting, but after that it did peter out and the lighting became a distraction (and I'm usually FOR more dark, shadowy, creative lighting rather than the bright, flatness we tend to see in so much erotic photography and videos).

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 on Look At Me

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solrage 3 years ago

Pretty much echo what swplf2 said. I'm still in love with the "Vintage" style. This isn't my favorite of the series, performance-wise, but the aesthetics are so strong that it's still incredibly sexy and alluring. I'd like to see this series go on forever! So many different things could be done via this concept.

Friday, December 27th, 2013 on Vintage Collection - Cherished Love

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solrage 3 years ago

Thanks, desertrat. I would agree that I appreciate mystery, ambiguity, unpredictability, and a certain roughness when those things are intentional, when they have an aesthetic function. Anarchic filmmakers like Godard and Bunuel benefit from not "following the rules" of classic cinema, but they're cases of breaking the rules with intelligence, not breaking the rules because they were incapable of doing better/following them. I get the sense that the technical faults in these Don C./Lorena films are more cases of unintentionally flawed craftsmanship due to a certain amateurishness. I believe Lorena admitted that she just started learning editing when she started working here, and Don C. equally seems somewhat new to the world of erotic filmmaking (at least, I can't find any much earlier work of his online), so a certain level of amateurishness is to be expected; but I don't think we're doing them favors by rationalizing it or ignoring it.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

This is APF and AL getting back to what they do best, and that's making the hottest, sexiest videos on SA. There's not much "art" to this one, but everything from the models to the sex itself is sizzling. APF and AL really seem to have a knack for group films, as the finales of both Snow Fun and The Game showed as well. They really seem to manage to dynamics of having multiple performers with great variety but without the potential confusion or lopsided focus. So a solid effort.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 on Siesta

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solrage 3 years ago

I absolutely adore the style and aesthetic of this. There's just something about that "vintage" look that's so alluring and sexy, and it really makes that extended foreplay all the more sensuous. Victoria is drop-dead gorgeous in that lingerie. All that said, the sex itself is quite dull; it just never goes anywhere and neither performer seems all that into it or each other. So whatever warmth there is in the style is off-set by the chilly performances. This is still a wonderful triumph of style, though, and I'd love to see more in this vein.

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 on Vintage Collection - The Photographer

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solrage 3 years ago

Absolutely agree with everything you said about Alis, swplf2. His will for endless experimentation and desire to offer something new, original, unique, and exciting each time out is extremely refreshing, and was my imagined ideal for SA from the beginning. I want to see erotica I've never seen before, done with expert craftsmanship and genuine artistry. Alis delivers that time after time, and even those that aren't amongst his best still display those positive qualities of artistry, craftsmanship, and originality.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 on 2Girls Show

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall, I would readily agree that the actual sex bits are the weakest part of the production, but I still feel the aesthetic makes up for it. As I (perhaps) implied in my short review, I appreciate this one more as art and less for the sex.

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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solrage 4 years ago

Back when I was reviewing films for the short-lived website Cinelogue, I wrote a few lengthy reviews where I talked about the nature of integrating erotica and art (amongst the reviews: Diary of a Nymphomaniac, In the Realm of the Senses, and 36 Fillette, if anyone cares to look them up/read them). I want to copy/paste what I wrote in one of those reviews, as I think it's pertinent to what I have to say (thus far) about the downfalls of this series:

"Ever since Y tu mamá también and Last Tango in Paris I’ve been on an unspoken quest to find incredibly sexy films that are also great works of cinema. The search has proven quite frustrating and I’ve begun to realize that there may be nothing harder than finding legitimate, high quality works of cinematic art that revolve around sexual themes. The problem seems to be that sex can prove to be incredibly hard to integrate into an otherwise coherent, overarching story. One thing that distinctively marks pornography is that its premises seem entirely built around the ability to get to the explicit sex, and once there they spend an exorbitant amount of time on it which ceases to advance anything within the story. So the million dollar question is: how do you use sex to comment on characters and advance the story while maintaining the sexiness? One can look at the issue as a scale: on the one end we have pornography and on the other we have films which are only marginally sexy, but are otherwise just like other films. In the middle we have the compromise of erotica and as films inch closer and closer to it, it becomes increasingly difficult to make that balance between sex and art appear equally distributed and perfectly integrated. It’s as if one aspect repels the other in their fight for dominance."

Since writing that I've come to realize that the same thing applies to openly pornographic films that attempt to integrate a narrative aspect. So it's not just that mainstream narrative films struggle to integrate erotic elements, it's equally that erotic films struggle to integrate narrative. The biggest problem with The Game as a series is that it takes two genres that are just mutually incompatible, erotica and military action/adventure, and tries to meld them together. The results, so far, have been consistently awkward. There's no integration, it's just "clips of vague, militaristic, action/adventure film," then "extended pornographic scene."

If one compares The Game with Snow Fun I think it helps to illuminate why the latter worked so well and why the former has, thus far, been a failure. In Snow Fun, there's not so much a "narrative" as there is a "scenario." You have several films that go on a ski trip. On that ski trip, we get clips of them skiing, or bathing, or chatting, or whatever, and within that vague scenario it's very easy for one or two "characters" to somehow come together for sex. However, in The Game, the militaristic, action/adventure narrative makes too much demands on our attention AS a narrative, not a scenario. So every time one of these videos get to the sex, somewhere in the back of our minds is the realization that this sex has almost nothing to do with that narrative. In the lone case where it did (ep. III), it was almost comical (torture by girl-on-girl porn!).

So, unless the final episode DOES reveal this whole series to be a "game" that was not meant to be taken seriously as an action/adventure narrative, I don't see these problems being solved. In light of that, I've taken to rating these films solely for what I think of the sex scenes. I wrote in an earlier entry that I was highly impressed with Isabella as a performer, and I'm more impressed with every subsequent film. She reminds me of Emylia Argan in Snow Fun in how much she seems to genuinely enjoy the sex and really takes it to her partners with a vigor that's refreshing. I think that equally applies to this video. So, it's mostly because of her performance I gave this video a 7, but if I was rating taking in the narrative aspects into consideration it would be more like a 3 or 4. I found it annoying that we are introduced to the sex "in media res" so we don't even get to see Isabella or Thomas beforehand. It's just a reminder of how absurd this whole premise is, and how it seems to be getting in the way of the sex and performers, rather than illuminating them, like in Snow Fun.

Hopefully nobody finds this post too rambling/tangential, but I wanted to try and state why I, personally, don't feel this series "works" as a work of erotic art. Maybe other members will agree, maybe not, but I'm interested in hearing some others' thoughts.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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solrage 4 years ago

Second verse is much like the first, though better because of the greater variety. It still feels like a very stilted video, overall, but like the last one, the beauty of the performers saves it.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 on Halloween Party II

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solrage 4 years ago

I guess I get to be the voice of dissent. Two of the most beautiful girls and best performers with my favorite SA director, yet this effort feels terribly underwhelming. There's nothing really "wrong" with it, per say, but nothing jumps out at me for being extraordinary either. Given that it's a "Halloween special" the visuals, once you get past the opening, are rather drab. The editing seems bumpier than I've come to expect from Alis. The sex itself seems completely acted, and until the very end with Dido in Alexis's arms, neither girl seems very into it, and there's not enough of an introduction to get an idea of the "relationship." So this is definitely one that's more "Sex" than "Art" and, unfortunately, the sex just isn't all that great. Thank goodness that Dido and Alexis are so gorgeous or this would've been even more of a bust! I'm still looking forward to seeing if the "mystery visitor" (to avoid spoilers) can liven up pt. 2.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 on Halloween Party

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solrage 4 years ago

Yours and mine both, Snowfall. :)

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, 8 years ago MA was in the first few years of its existence and, yes, it's changed quite radically from what it used to be. In fact, I've gotten into a habit of viewing new sets and older sets back to back because it's an interesting contrast.

One thing to consider is that early MA was also in the relatively early years of digital photography, with low resolution cameras and the various digital darkroom stuff just becoming available. Yes, there are a lot of low quality sets from back then, but there's also a lot of truly great stuff. If anything, back then, MA used to be more ART, with a lot of photographers imitating the styles of David Hamilton and Jock Sturges and others, playing with light and shadow, soft-focus, distance, etc. Now, it's more in a commercial/glamor mode, with the focus on the models, typically flat lighting, sharp focus, more explicit images, etc. Looking at the ratings, most members prefer the new stuff; for me it's just different, as I can appreciate good example of both, and hate bad examples of both. Although, right now I have as my desktop wallpaper a wonderful image from an old MA set. I forgot the name of the set, but it's a beautiful, ethereal, haunting image, the kind that I never see on MA anymore. If you want examples of the best MA has to offer today, I'd recommend the the photographers Tony Murano (one of the few left who still uses light & shade effectively), Rylsky (king of the "commercial glamour"), Arkisi (similar to Rylsky, but a bit "darker" toned), and Antonio Clemens (great studio work).

Your comment about softcore being more sexist than hardcore is interesting. Personally, I just think it's about the execution more than anything. There's plenty of blatantly sexist hardcore material out there, but there are many things that separate that work from the work on SA. Here, there's always attempts at forging connections between performers, of giving them equal emphasis, of creating a believable context where we're involved in that connection, as well as creating an aesthetic experience as well. One can look at how often the videos here focus on faces, hands, or body parts besides genitalia. I think when there's that feeling of equality and connection and eroticism on both sites, it avoids being sexist and exploitative. The issue is a bit harder when it comes to still photography because it's usually of a single model, so we lose that connection with another performer. So how does one draw the boundary then? I guess I'd say it's all about if a photographer creates a connection between the model and the camera/viewer. If I view an image set and feel like I'm watching someone I know because they've got to share their personality, then I don't view it as exploitative and sexist. It's only in those sets where every image feels objectifying rather than subjectifying that I feel that, but then I have to lay blame on the photographer rather than it being softcore.

Anyway, I got way of the ratings point myself. Really, I don't care about the ratings, but I know others do. I'm probably more sensitive to the issue being a long-time member of IMDb where some losers sign up under multiple accounts just to vote up their favorite films and vote down their least favorite films. Given that this is a pay site, at least we don't have to worry about that, but, yes, there are definitely people who care enough to do whatever they can to impact the ratings as much as possible.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan,

You said: " Lastly, if you are going to average a {group} of responses then you can't not count every response, the logic would be flawed."

I think this is true if you can trust on members to vote honestly rather than maliciously. I know one tactic that many surely use is of polarizing, ie, just voting what they love a 10 and everything that they dislike, think is average, etc. a 1, just so they can have a maximum effect on the ratings. I'm sure the same thing happens on MA where viewers give their favorite models 10 and everyone else a 1 just to try and get "their" model into the Top 100. That's why an average doesn't necessarily represent what the average viewer thinks, because one 1 vote tens to have more affect than several, say 6-8 votes. I don't think anyone who votes "honestly" would think most any videos around here deserved a 1 or 2.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

I'm with swplf2 about wanting to get more into the plot. This and the previous episodes felt like preludes, and preludes shouldn't last 30 minutes! Taken in isolation, I don't feel this is one of the better solo vids on this site. Too monotonous, and I didn't feel like Carla ever really got into it that much. The shower setting with the soapiness and golden tone was nice, though.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 on The Game II - Advice

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solrage 4 years ago

It's wonderful to see Michaela here on SexArt! A stunning beauty indeed. I think this video makes for a lovely, elegant, simple introduction; nothing flashy or overdone, but effective. Perhaps not the best solo film on this site, but as a taste of what's to come with Michaela, it's superb.

Friday, October 11th, 2013 on Txt Me

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan,

That tidbit does make it more interesting, but it doesn't make the video itself any better. Maybe slightly more humorous. So maybe releasing it WAS a bit of your satirical side coming out?

Monday, September 30th, 2013 on The Studio

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solrage 4 years ago

There's a lot to like here. Victoria is very cute, very natural, and very sensual. I like the warmth of the cinematography, all that subtly glowing orange/yellow, even down to the "blown out" light from the door in the background. The sex certainly gets better towards the end, with both performers really getting into. But, even with all these positives, the film feels like an also-ran. It's good, but nothing special. Just well shot, well edited, well performed, but nothing to really blow a viewer's mind. Oh well, I have a feeling many around here are getting spoiled by the insanely high quality level of so many videos that we're expecting masterpieces every time out. This is still worth watching, but I probably won't be remembering it in a few days.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 on Book of Love

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solrage 4 years ago

Finally got to see this. I've got to echo all of the praise for the "narrative" aspects. It's wonderful to see SA finally stepping back into the arena of narrative frameworks with characters and dialogues, and it works flawlessly here. The only thing that prevents me from giving this a 10 and labeling it a masterpiece is that the sex itself is a bit monotonous and lacking in variation, and it still seems noticeably acted. Despite that, there's still a wonderful sensuality both in the girls and all the technical aspects. Alis may now be my favorite director on SA as every film of his looks glorious. In contrast with Lorena's last film, I loved the jump cuts here; they were subtle, and added dynamics and tension rather than disrupting momentum. I also LOVED the alternate "set-ups" for the sex itself, it vividly reminded me of films like Run Lola Run, or, more obscurely, Kieslowski's Blind Chance that tell the same story multiple times to show how differently they could play out. Ultimately, this is a masterpiece on every except the sex itself, and I really hope to see SA do more like this in the future. Can't wait to see pt. 2 (hopefully tonight!).

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on The Writer - Age of Innocence

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solrage 4 years ago

Hayley, you make a good point about the pregnancy being unplanned. I guess once they took the condom off I just figured that meant they were "planning," but, no, I didn't understand what they were saying and I guess I must have missed (forgotten? misinterpreted?) them being worried at the end. But, in light of what you said, I think you're right.

All that said, your second paragraph is completely uncalled for. Talk about pointless, you being so sensitive about anyone questioning anything you say is precisely that. If you're bold enough to put your opinions out there, then be bold enough to take the criticism and either defend those opinions or ignore those who comment. What's more, if your opinions happen to be wrong (not saying they are here) then you should embrace those that challenge them. As P.C. Hodgell said: “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.” It doesn't matter whom your opinions are directed towards, since members read these comments sections and frequently get into discussions about the videos. So, sorry, I'll continue to respond to the posters and videos that I want to.

Of course, I'm pretty sure all of this stems from my criticism of your "morals" in this post here: http://members.sexart.com/members/model/iwia-a-and-lorena-b-and-greg-baldwin/movie/20130825/DARE/#ZTJhOD I'm sorry, but I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong. It just reeks of closed-mindedness. Look at me: you presented with good evidence that your opinion on this video was right, and I changed my mind. Life is easier when you're not so sensitive about your opinions and are willing to change them if presented with good reasons to. I would never, ever get upset at someone questioning what I said, because that's REALLY pointless and totally irrational.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

I had an idea about subtitles that may or may not be doable: for those that download videos, SA could offer an ".srt" (or similar) subtitle file that the user could choose to use or not depending on their preference. I'm not entirely sure how subtitling works, but I know those files are, supposedly, pretty simple to create. The user could then turn subtitles on/off through their media player. Personally, I'd like to know what they're saying, and I'm so used to watching subtitled films that hey wouldn't be a distraction for me.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

I was finally able to watch this today, and I really enjoyed it. Eufrat is one of my favorite erotic models ever, and while I was not as big a fan of Dido from her MA shots I'm starting to like her more and more in her videos on SA (some models come alive more in one medium than another). Dido and Eufrat together, though, are priceless. This has to be the best ending credits scene for any SA film as it's so tender and sweet and real. These two seem to really care for each other both onscreen and off. As for the video itself, I have little to add to hayley's praise. I think the one quality that sums it up best is SENSUAL. The longing at the beginning, the slow and delicate foreplay, and so much is said through the eyes and kisses and gestures. It's certainly about more than just what's happening down south.

All that said, I think I can *only* justify an 8 rating (as if that's bad!), but given my love for Eufrat I wish it was more. I've come to really appreciate Alis's cinematic abilities, and they seem somewhat lacking here, except in the wonderful opening. It seems to me as if the girls are doing all the work, and the camera, when it's not annoyingly panning behind that shade, is just there. Also, given the title, I was (perhaps wrongly?) expecting some nod to the Hitchcock classic, and there's so much sexual tension in that film to draw from! Alas, the film did seem rather conceptually bland.

Ultimately, most of my complaints are technical, on the "Art" side of matters, you might say, but there's no denying the talent and passion and loveliness of the girls here, and more from them would be very much appreciated.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall, I commented about this over here: http://members.sexart.com/members/model/milana-j-and-vanda-b/gallery/20130824/PRAVDA/#ZDczMD

To repost what I said: "...apparently there's some member that gives thumbs down to every comment on every page. I'm assuming it's the same person as it's too big of a coincidence that almost every single comment has at least one thumbs down vote, and most of them, even the most innocuous ones, have ONLY one." Apparently Jonathan (admin) is rethinking the thumbs up/thumbs down function. We'll see what happens.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Lorida

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solrage 4 years ago

Ariel, it's always lovely to hear from you! You guys should be extremely proud of this video. It's something quite unlike anything I've seen before in erotica, and despite it's sadly low rating I guarantee it's a video that people will remember. I think the only problem most have with Marica (not me!) is that her sex noises are very different than what most are used to. Anytime you give people something different you're going to have half saying it's brilliant, and half saying it sucks (usually for no other reason than because it's different). I absolutely agree that Marica was perfect for this film, and, as I said elsewhere, I hope the low rating doesn't scare you guys off using her or continuing to produce original, challenging, videos like this. It would be a real shame if SA ever gets to where every video is just "normal."

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Thank you, and you're welcome Dave and horsemaster. :)

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

I did miss aperture, but my post was getting a bit long! One more thing you could bring up is film/digital sensor size. The larger the film/sensor, the longer the equivalent focal length (ie, a 50mm lens is "wider" on a 2 megapixel camera than a 24 megapixel camera), though depth of field remains the same.

Regarding the challenge of wide angles VS telephotos, I just consider them different. Wide angles do make it easier to shoot faster and not worry as much about focus/aperture, but they also make it harder to compose well because you're getting so much more into the frame. Plus, if you want extreme depth of field then you need A LOT of light. In the days of classic Hollywood, filmmakers like Orson Welles took it as a challenge to get everything in a frame in focus from extreme close-up to extreme background, going so far as to put lights under the floors in the background. One can only imagine how hot those sets were! In fact, wide angles were kind of seen as the challenging lens to work with until the late 50s/early 60s when directors like Kurosawa, Antonioni, and Bergman started doing interesting experiments with telephotos, like the battle scenes in The Seven Samurai that look almost like a painting come to life because of the two-dimensionality of the long lenses.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Superb video, a 9/10 for me. Technically it's flawless; in contrast to the last video, Dare, I love the use of fragmentary jump cuts in the opening as it helps to suggest the anxious, "pent-up" sexual energy that one has when they're encountering a lover after a hiatus. Likewise, it's appropriate that the editing and camera "slows" down as they get into it, since that whole "anxiousness at the beginning, calm focus during" is precisely how sex is with someone either for the first time, or for the first time after a while. So the contrast between the opening and rest of the video is wonderfully dynamic and pristinely paced.

As for the girls, while neither would be amongst my favorites in the looks department (though I prefer Alissia to Charlotta), as I always say it's about talent and chemistry, and they both have it hear in spades. I think they both do a great job delivering on the concept of being sexually ravenous after a separation, as they really go after each other from the get-go, and the sex itself is varied and frenzy.

Why not 10/10? Well, I have a few relatively minor gripes. While I love the girls' performance and chemistry in the beginning, I think as it goes on it lacks the dynamic contrast of the visual style and I sense a few moments of over-acting (ie, more typical "porn" acting with the exaggerated noises and stuff). I think that would've been good in the beginning, but as they settled down I would've liked to have see it quiet down a bit and then build up to a climax. In comparison to the visuals, that felt a bit too one-note, but it's not a disastrous flaw.

My only other even tinnier problem is that it's conceptually a bit blah, and perhaps I'm really just taking this moment to talk about a trend I'm noticing with the recent SA releases. Early on at this site I loved the conceptual/artistic daring with videos like Stoned and Primal and Under the Elle Tree that featured body painting, or fantasy entries like Prince of the Full Moon, or the idea of "spirits" making love in Soul Mate, or even a fortune telling machine come to life in Gypsy Fortune. I'm not saying all of these films were perfect, but they created a really unique atmosphere and concept that has stayed with me while many videos that were perhaps "sexier" and, I'll just say it, easier to masturbate to, have faded in my mind.

To elaborate a bit (and hopefully not go off on too much of a tangent), most porn is just about momentary pleasure; you watch it, you jerk off, you forget about it as your day goes on. The thing about "art" is that, when it's good, it's supposed to stay with you and not be so disposable. I think the best videos on this site have that "stay with you" quality. I think one problem with the rating system is that I'm guessing most viewers rate immediately after watching it like I do, and while that may give you an idea of an opinion right after the experience, it doesn't say anything about how well that video will stick in a person's mind. Hasn't anyone seen a film or read a book or heard a song that they didn't care much for at first, but which, after a time, you found that it (for whatever reason) had firmly lodged itself into your memory that you liked it more when remembering it than you did when you first experienced it? I think the best erotica, like all the best art, has the power to do that.

So, to close on a comment about this video, all of my praise is definitely coming from that "first experience" place, yet I wonder how well it will fare in memory because, as hot as it was and as easy as it was to masturbate to it is lacking in a certain atmosphere or uniqueness or something that will make it memorable. However, as far as "immediate satisfaction" goes, and as far as technical qualities and performance/chemistry goes, I have almost no complaints, so please everyone pardon the ramblings if you don't care about erotica being "memorable" like I do.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on I Missed You

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solrage 4 years ago

Finally watched the video and I must say that I'm in complete agreement with hayley. I enjoyed it; I gave it a 7/10; but, yes, it's missing a certain "je ne sais quoi" as the French say. I really like both girls, who are more of the "cute/sexy" variety as in the Pour Toi video, and I love the mood set by the slightly dark, "backstage" vibe. I actually feel the opposite of Wolvie in that the set is far too LITTLE cluttered to approach the realism of an actual backstage! But understandably you had to strike a balance between the set and keeping the focus on the girls, and I think it had just the right amount of "clutter" to achieve that. But, ultimately, as hayley said, the sex never quite took off... maybe it's because I couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching "acting" rather than two girls really getting into it, so maybe it's a chemistry thing. However, I don't think it devastatingly bad here at all, meaning it's not something I was conscious of when watching it. It's more something I thought about afterwards.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Another "well said, Jonathan." Few of us realize the practical difficulties of producing videos on time, on budget, and with a high level of quality control; and sometimes, as you say, there's just nothing anyone can do to make it perfect (barring the Kubrickean path of doing 100 takes!). I also agree with horsemaster that this video, while not the best, does nothing to harm the reputation of this site. A video where the performers aren't quite connecting, but where all of the technical/artistic aspects are laudable, is not a complete failure that's only fit for the dustbins.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley,

It's nice that we're in agreement over the video itself, but I must say that our philosophy about what SA should focus on are in complete divergence. Personally, I get bored seeing the same models over and over again. As much as I liked Malena Morgan, I thought one major flaw of SA's early work was that nearly every video (at least every other video) featured her. I'm just the type that gets burnt out too quickly with the same thing, even when it comes to world-class beautiful models. I guess I'm an adherent to the old saying of "too much of a good thing is bad for you" and "variety is the spice of life." There's always a sense of excitement when I see there's a new model on SA or any MA network, because I never know if that new model will be a dud, one of my absolute favorites, or anywhere in between.

Personally too, I found Tiffany Doll quite attractive, but I also think our standards of beauty are quite different (FWIW, I like freckles and think they're an underrated quality). As I said on the Memories video, I'll take chemistry and ability over beauty with a lack of the others any day. I could name several models that I adore in still photos, but that completely turn me off in hardcore vids, and vice versa. Funnily enough, here we have a case, IMO, of a beautiful model in a video that's lacking chemistry, and with it being her first video here I'm unsure of where to put the blame. But I would like to see more of her. One thing else to consider is that performers can grow as much as filmmakers, especially with more experience with that filmmaker. So what you get in their first video isn't necessarily what you'll get in their third or fifth or so on.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

I think the only thing we disagree on is that every girl, without exception, would prefer to never do scenes with anal/dp/fisting. I might agree that that's true for probably 95%-99%, but there are those girls that genuinely enjoy it and would do it in their own lives without getting paid at all. I'm just saying that for those I don't think SA should take it off the table completely, but I would agree I don't want to see any of this "do it or don't get paid" type of attitudes.

Monday, August 12th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, what you say is why I want to stress that a model/performer should ONLY do it if it's something they're comfortable with and want to do. I certainly do not want to see anyone being "pressured" into doing something they dislike and are uncomfortable with, and I very much hope everyone involved with SA production agrees with that. However, I think you make a too hasty generalization when you say/imply that NO girls/models/performers do such things because they want to/enjoy it. I did have one ex-girlfriend that very much enjoyed anal, and while I agree such girls are rare, they do exist. But, yes, I certainly agree with all of the potential negative things you say about it, and I know about your experience on that "other" site that lead you here; but what myself and hayley are suggesting is not the kind of pressuring, bullying, patronizing direction you're referring to that caused the other site's quality to go down the toilet.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

I thumbs-upped your suggestion, horsemaster, but I am of multiple minds on it. I said in a recent blog post that my only hope for SA's future is that they continue to explore and expand without losing the quality that we all (I think) love about this site. I don't think there's much in human sexuality that's inherently disgusting, it's all in how it's handled. Can fisting be done with taste? I don't see why not if a performer really enjoys it and it's not done in a way that's exploitative.

Friday, August 9th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

This event should receive more press. I truly hope we reach the day when this isn't such a taboo subject and women feel the same sense of freedom exploring/expressing their sexuality without the terrible labels of "whore," "slut," etc. that is still such common parlance amongst a xenophobic, patriarchal, misogynistic, puritan society. Coincidentally, I was on Wikipedia the other day reading their article on female ejaculation and was rather surprised to find out how much debate persists about it to this day. I was equally surprised at how little substantial scientific testing there was behind it, and the the little that does exists seems somewhat inconclusive with a range of theories/ideas as to what it is (ie, if it's any different than stress incontinence).

I guess I was surprised given how much science knows about... well, just about everything these days. We've mapped the human genome, we've figured out how a universe can come into existence from nothing, we've figured out there are things smaller than atoms and that they move in really funky ways... hell, we've cloned sheep and invented computers, for pete's sake, but we don't know everything about human sexuality? How bizarre is that?

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on The Orgasmic Meditation Experience 2013: 3 Days in August that will change the way you orgasm forever!

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solrage 4 years ago

I know this is way late, but, Howard, you should watch Mulholland Drive. Naomi Watts' character masturbates herself out of melancholy and into a David Lynch masterpiece!

Sunday, April 14th, 2013 on Melancholy

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solrage 5 years ago

One reason I joined MetArt was because of their incomparable selection of gorgeous redheads. Mia S is definitely one of the best, but allow me to also mention Ariel, Violla, Indiana, Lidiya, Ulya, and Iga... any of which I would love to see on SexArt!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 on Sought

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solrage 5 years ago

I read the initial post, and I agreed with it (insofar as I'd take implicit over explicit, the art of the tease over the "in your face" approach), but I also read MrHCLover's and Abel's replies and agreed with much of them as well. I think MrHCLover got to the crux of the issue when he said: "It is exciting for those who like more explicit work, to see familiar faces (from your soft-erotica sister sites) take on sex on this site... The key to success is to expand met-art into the sex direction, under the brand name "sexart"." Honestly, I think you guys are attempting to do the hardest thing imaginable when it comes to erotica, and that's finding the right balance between sex and art. I've written a lot about this in the course of reviewing various films, and I can't think of any two things that are trickier to meld. One step too far in the "art" direction and it can become boring and unerotic; one step too far in the "sex" direction and it becomes porn. So far, I think you guys have done a good job at testing the waters, with some hits and some misses, but, personally, the hits have been big enough to keep me around. But I do wonder if you aren't going to end up getting the most pressure to eliminate the more artier elements and go more towards just the "sex" side of things.

Sunday, May 27th, 2012 on Image and imagination — exploring erotica, anticipation, and arousal...

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solrage 5 years ago

Abel,

You ask: "Sex is at its best one of the most positive, happy, even uplifting parts of life - why do cinematic depictions of it need to always be so depressing?"

What I'd say to this is simply that while sex itself is positive, happy, and uplifting, the emotional attachments that come with it often aren't. It can engender obsession and possessiveness and anxiety and suspicion and dependance etc. Plus, you can't really create drama out of nothing but positivity. You need some kind of conflict, some kind of darkness as contrast and dynamic. Perhaps some of those films could do with a bit less anxiety and learn something from Meyer and Brass and Jaeckin (who were never overtly dark), though.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 on Adventures in erotic cinema — random thoughts about sex, art, and film...

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solrage 5 years ago

I am so honored that my brief, extemporaneous reference inspired this excellent blog post! I happen to be a voracious cinephile, in general, and most cinephiles latch on to one (or more) genres, filmmakers, stars, etc. that they feel are unjustly ignored or maligned. For me, one of those genres is erotica. I remember Pauline Kael writing an article on Last Tango in Paris--which happens the be the film that stirred my interest in the genre--essentially saying that it would herald a cinematic revolution in erotica the way in which the sexual revolution did for culture, in general; but it seemed to be the herald of something that never really came. The great erotica directors simply stayed underground and never really became anything more than cult filmmakers, which is a shame.

You mentioned Russ Meyer in the article, and I hesitate to include him in the list of "erotica" directors, although we'd just be fussing over labels. Russ was rather eclectic, doing most everything he did with a sense of cartoonish exaggeration and healthy good humor. Perhaps his best and most critically acclaimed films were a quartet he made in the mid 60s: Lorna, Mudhoney, Motorpsycho, and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and those films aren't all that erotic. Of those, I feel Mudhoney is the best, and I even reviewed it for the website Cinelogue.com. Meyer dubbed himself "king of the nudies," a term which came from the short-lived "nudie cutie" genre of the 50s and early 60s, where sex was still really taboo, but nudity was allowed. Russ's early films are basically live-action cartoons that just happen to have naked women (Wild Gals of the Naked West is one of the best "bad movies" ever made).

I was also pleased to see you mention David Hamilton, a photographer whom I adore. I’ve often noted his influence on Met-Art and it’s one reason that I decided to become a member.

Outside of the great erotica filmmakers already discussed, some of my other favorite erotic films are:

In the Realm of the Senses (1976) dir. Nagisa Oshima -- Bunuel and Ozu do erotica: need I say more? After Last Tango I consider this to be the best erotica film ever made, especially in how it enfolds social politics and psychological complexity with eroticism and a painter’s eye for visuals. I also reviewed this film for Cinelogue.com

Vampyres (1975) dir. José Ramón Larraz -- The best I've seen of the horror-erotica genre. This one just has a texture and atmosphere that's quite alluring, and it looks amazing on blu-ray!

Vampyros Lesbos (1971) dir. Jess Franco -- Of the billions (I'm pretty sure it's billions by now) of films Franco made, this is the best I've seen, made back when he hadn't completely abandoned artistry for trash.

The Lover (1992) dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud -- Beautifully shot, poetic, emotional... to me, it captures the best of what erotica is supposed to be.

36 Fillette (1988) dir. Catherine Breillat -- Breillat has made a lot of challenging films about female sexuality, and even several about teenage sexuality, but even though they’re more art-house than erotic, this is still the best film I've seen on the subject. I also reviewed this one for Cinelogue.com

Sex and Lucia (2001) dir. Julio Medem -- Medem's best film, and another one that walks that thin line between art-house and erotica and succeeds as both.

The Image (1975) dir. Radley Metzger -- Metzger is the Bunuel of erotica, meaning he loves to mix surrealism and psychedlia with sex, and this is a very good mixture of all of them.

I could certainly post more, but I hope this list will inspire some people to check these titles out. Perhaps even those at SexArt could watch some of them and get inspired for new projects in the future. :)

Friday, May 18th, 2012 on Adventures in erotic cinema — random thoughts about sex, art, and film...

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solrage 5 years ago

Well, Abel, 20-30 minutes would provide room for a bit of a storyline to be developed, so more like a short narrative film instead of just scenes where there's nothing but sex with music intros. Of course, I'm not complaining about the 6-12 minute movies either, but I do hope SexArt decides to expand beyond that, even if just on occasion. I already mentioned how I'm a fan of the great erotica directors, and I think this site has the potential to be like a perpetually updating series of Brass or Jaeckin-like erotica videos that go a bit more towards the porn side of things, but still with narratives thrown in. I don't know about others, but I'm not asking for 20-30 minutes of straight sex, which does get boring.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 on Pre-Release Peek: MetArt Model Milena D - Goddess in a cave...

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solrage 5 years ago

At this point, my only advice to everyone working at SexArt is to just keep doing what they're doing. You can't please everyone all the time, and it seems too many are looking for the same kind of content you can get everywhere else on the web, and no sooner do you start offering more B/G material (after everyone was asking for it) then there's someone wanting more G/G material! Personally, I'm rather ecstatic at what I'm seeing because there IS some real artistry at work here. I've long loved body-painting so I'm glad to see it being incorporated. In fact, I just saw Under the Elle Tree and loved it. Now that we're getting some other models involved and more B/G material it seems as if this site is starting to find its balance, and I'm more and more excited everyday to see what's coming next. :)

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 on Primal

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solrage 5 years ago

I've long been a fan of Milena D myself, and you definitely have me looking forward to this set, so thanks for the sneak-preview!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 on Pre-Release Peek: MetArt Model Milena D - Goddess in a cave...

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solrage 5 years ago

@MugenHAN: Knowing nothing about web design I couldn't tell you the difference between a message board and forum! But I do feel that having one for SexArt/MetArt would be very much welcomed. Judging just by the posts of those on here, it does seem to have the makings of a solid, intelligent community. But that's not surprising since the MetArt family seems to attract people looking for quality. I'm sure the admnin would love to hear any design suggestions you may have.

It's good to meet another fan of Jaeckin and Brass! Emmanuelle is, of course, legendary erotica, but I feel his Story of O (released on blu-ray not too long ago) is even better. Brass is, in many ways, my ideal erotica director. He had such a wonderful self-deprecating humor and light-heartedness, but combined with a very good directorial eye, attention towards story and characters, and healthy appreciation for his female leads. Plus, he was prolific (unlike Jaeckin) while maintaining a high standard for quality (unlike Franco). I was pleased to see his Monamour released on blu-ray, as well as Cult Epics releasing many of his others. If those at SexArt want a one-stop course on how to do erotica right then they couldn't find a better film than Brass's The Key.

I agree about the episodes being too short; but after watching the online web series, The Guild, for 4 seasons with its similar time length, I believe the format can work and development can happen, but it takes a lot of time, pacing has to be faster, and the fluff has to be cut short. I also recognize Zalman King's visual sensibility; his post-production and choice of lighting really set the tone for KL. I have to agree that Jaeckin and Brass are legends; I watched their movies while growing up (as a sneaky teenager) and Emmanuelle is one of my favorite erotica series.

Friday, April 27th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 3 years ago

Yes, very beautiful words. With a little work they could almost be made into a Donne-esque love poem! He was very big on the notions of dissolving the "self" in the act of love, and of "sinking into eyes." Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 on Que Es La Pasion

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solrage 3 years ago

Thanks for the info, Jon. The 1080 download is not a big deal at all, I just wasn't sure if it was an intentional change or some overlooked bug. I'm quite excited to see all the new features! The 4K downloads is quite an incentive for me to actually invest in a 4K TV... you know, when they don't cost as much as new car! :D

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 on On The Sly

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solrage 3 years ago

I think the aesthetics of this one is just fine, if not outstanding, and Eveline and Katy have some nice chemistry. Unfortunately, I don't find either the least bit attractive, so I was rather turned off from the get-go.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 on New Day

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solrage 3 years ago

I semi-agree with horsemaster about the ratio, except I'm not sure how representative his numbers are... it seems there have been far more GG vids than BG vids recently... maybe because The Writer had so many GG scenes? I think I said once I like the 40/40/20 ratio between BG, GG, and solo.

Anyway, this was a good, solid vid, but not quite up to the high standards of the last two videos by Alis. Both girls are indeed quite hot with some good chemistry. I would've liked to have seen a bit more setup, though.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on Someone Is Watching

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solrage 3 years ago

[[[Now try this characterization with the male performers. ]]]

+1 to this.

[[[the crucial 56 minute period before you edited Colette's post. She's a cheeky monkey! ]]]

Oooh, I want to know what happened!

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 on Faith

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solrage 3 years ago

[[[By the way, can anyone else control their dreams? ]]]

Only rarely, usually once I realize that I'm dreaming. Such lucidity seems random, though. I've heard there are techniques for controlling it, but I've never looked into it. Anyway, upon lucidity I usually either immediately try to fly or have sex, depending on where I"m at. Once I even did both. :p

Friday, April 4th, 2014 on Lost in a Dream - Vol. 4

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solrage 3 years ago

This is a nice solo film, and I like what hayley had to say about the "unrestricted confidence and self-assurance," which I also felt. There's nothing sexier than a beautiful woman who's confident about her sexuality, and that comes through nicely here. I also like the look of it; stylish and cool without being too emotionally distant/chilly. The tight confines could've creative a claustrophobic feeling but it didn't. I also liked the pacing of it, down to how (and how long it takes) Michaela strips out of her (very sexy!) outfit. Even with these positives, though, I'm not sure I'm blown away; Michaela still has to work a bit as a performer, and I always miss when there's no "concept" behind the video. So I guess I'd say it's a solid 7, more 7.5 if I could give half-points. :)

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 on Mirror

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solrage 3 years ago

[[[This is meaningless film-buff waffle... Who cares about other movies that most of us haven't seen.]]]

And this is meaningless "what I care about is more important than what you care about" waffle. Some of us here do actually care about film--the art, the history, etc.--and enjoy seeing erotica where that same appreciation shines through in the work. That you find it a yawn and just "fairly ordinary" is perfectly fine as you have a right to your opinion, but it's a bit offensive that you feel compelled to take cheap shots at those of us who appreciate different things than you do in the same video. In this film it's particularly relevant since Zalman King was one of the literal and spiritual fathers of modern erotica and SexArt itself.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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solrage 3 years ago

BatWWD: "There was an even better film on TLE last week."

I'll have to check it out. The reason I was absent from SA for about a month or so was because I was waiting for all my MA network subscriptions to expire so I could sign up for the MA Network as a whole, which includes TLE. Thanks for the rec. :)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 on eMemories II

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solrage 3 years ago

horsemaster, thanks for the kudos. I actually forgot what kickstarted the interest in average shot lengths between then and now wasn't just the rapid editing techniques of today, but its combination with shaky-cam. I think it was the Paul Greengrass Bourne films that got the ball rolling, first by Ebert, then by Bordwell (http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/08/17/unsteadicam-chronicles/), then a lot of other critics got involved, to the point there's even a website now dedicated to calculating the average shot lengths of films (http://www.cinemetrics.lv/). Obviously, commerce rules everything in Hollywood, and as long as films shot in those styles are successful, they'll keep using the style.

Monday, January 20th, 2014 on Deus Sex Machina

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solrage 3 years ago

I don't have a lot to add to what swplf2 said. I think this is a solid, if not spectacular, effort. I really like the setup, but this is also one of those vids that I think could've benefited from just a little dialogue, as it seems strange that hitchhiking girl would be so willing to have sex with a random guy that picks her up. Besides that, the sex was just a little bland, and all of the stuff with Sandy on the hood seemed rather awkward, position wise. I do, however, think Sandy and Kristof made for a very attractive couple and I'd like to see them work together in a more natural setting.

Sunday, January 5th, 2014 on The Way To You

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solrage 3 years ago

BatWWD: "it is very pixellated in places. Could it be that the increased bitrate is overpowering my old 15 pin monitor cable or something?"

Pixelation has nothing (well, very little) to do with hardware. All digital video is made up of pixels, and even high-definition video is only a whopping (sarcasm) 2 megapixels, which isn't much given digital photographic standards. As for NOTICING the pixels, this has more to do with a combination of screen size, viewing distance, picture settings, and what's actually being shot. Generally, the bigger the screen, the closer you sit, the higher you have brightness/contrast/sharpness set, the lower the bitrate, and the more contrasty or fast-moving the image, the more you would notice those pixels. I'm not sure what the culprit would/could be in this case... perhaps the close-ups of Jessie's fast-moving hands? I didn't noticing anything particularly pixelated about this video on my 73" Mitsubishi.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 on Care

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solrage 3 years ago

Don't think I have much to add to what Snowfall said and I completely concur. Beautiful girl, beautiful cinematography, definitely one of the most sensual solo vids on MA.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 on Care

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solrage 3 years ago

Gah! What a silly mistake! So sorry Andrej and Ariel! I watched two different SA films today and the other was and older film from Alis and just got them mixed up when I was writing the review.

Monday, December 30th, 2013 on Tease Me

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solrage 3 years ago

Oh, I will watch it eventually. I got backed up on SA vids after we had a flood. I think there's only 9 or 10 left I haven't seen.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 on Finish Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I still haven't seen their first film, and while I wouldn't say they're the most attractive couple in the world, this film is well made aesthetically. Love the warm, soft, intimate feeling and look of the film that's complimented well by the moody music.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 on Finish Me

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solrage 3 years ago

I think harrybean hit all my points, though I'd be more inclined to be negatively critical about the "uncontroversial, unsurprising... and conventional" points. To me, this is a pretty solid GG scene with two fine performers, but not much else. It's worst sin is that it's just rather bland.

Friday, December 20th, 2013 on Before The Exam

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solrage 3 years ago

I'm not sure I would've made the Murano comparison. Both are highly stylized with a preference for "classy" costumes, but the actual styles are very different. Murano's tends to be very sharp, saturated, and high contrast, while this is softer, drier, and low contrast. Murano also works more with light and shade, while this has a pretty consistent soft, even light look to it. Both are wonderful styles, but at polar ends of the spectrum.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 on Vintage Collection - Only Me

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solrage 3 years ago

swplf2, it may help to know that I'm rating on cinematic standards, not erotica/porn standards. My 10/10 for cinematography would be, say, the films of Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line), the work of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Conformist) and Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane, Grapes of Wrath). No film on SA would get a 10 from me for the cinematography, but I think that the work of Alis is consistently a 7-8, and I definitely feel this film is a few steps down from Alis's work. It's true we don't see the raw footage, but, to me, such jarring cuts made because "that's what we had to work with" is the result of not "cutting the film in your mind" beforehand, of not previsualizing before you shoot. While improvisational filmmaking can work when you're actively trying to "break the rules" (like Godard), this film was too, let's say, "composed" to benefit from such techniques.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

There's a lot to love here; The erotic nod to Basic Instinct in the opening with the ice pick, the extensive and extremely erotic foreplay with the ice, Lorena's sexy fishnets that really highlight her perfect legs and ass, and the sex itself is as hot as any I've ever seen in a G/G scene. I especially love everything towards the end with Brandy fingering and licking Lorena, then Lorena up against the wall with, as horsemaster said, her hips (and ass!) at just the right angle for the camera so we can see what Brandy is doing; finally, Lorena finishing Brandy off is just as hot! Both performers are also superb here, with Brandy matching Lorena's intensity and involvement, even with Lorena taking the lead. About the only complaint here is the one harry made about not knowing anything about the relationship.

Given all the above, it pains me to have to equally admit that this is another very flawed Lorena/Don C. film from a technical perspective. The setting is completely bland, and the lighting is just bizarre--candles in a window when the light from the window is blown out? Shafts of blown out highlights on the performers? A dark red couch against that light and those performers skin tones? It all seems so random. The biggest offender again, though, is the editing and the jump cuts. I was completely into this film for the first 15 minutes, luxuriating in the sensual, measured pacing, and while there were a few disruptive jump cuts, nothing major... then, suddenly, at about 15:30 when Lorena has Brandy sitting up against the sofa, we get this completely nonsensical dissolve (that has the effect of a jump cut) of Lorena vigorously fingering Brandy that lasts for all but 10 seconds, completely ruining the established pacing... WHY? This seems to be a constant problem with Don C's and Lorena's films, and it's a real shame given how good, if not great, most everything else in them is.

Then again, these aesthetic lapses don't seem to bother anyone else but me, though I truly wonder how an audience supposedly sensitive to the "art" side of erotica wouldn't notice or be bothered by these things as well. To recap:

Girls = 9/10
Sex = 10/10
Chemistry = 9/10
Cinematography = 5/10
Editing = 4/10
Average = 7.4

I'll round down to 7, but it's an "it's a damned shame" 7.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

Hmmm, neither the Download or Stream links are working for me. There's just a black/blank screen where the preview image should be...

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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solrage 3 years ago

I was a bit thrown by the hair curlers, and distracted by the audiophile candy in the background (anyone know what components those are?), but this is another all-around solid solo vid. Lauren is quite pretty (though I'd like to see her without the curlers) and gives an excellent performance from beginning to end. The music was also gorgeous. Perhaps the only thing it lacked was something original or unique, but overall a very solid 8/10.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 on Creativity

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solrage 3 years ago

Well, this series just made a comeback more miraculous and dramatic than the New England Patriots did last night against the Denver Broncos! What the others have said is true; all of the bumpy early episodes were worth it just to get to this stunning and perfect finale. What can I say? I love every aspect of this, from the three gorgeous girls to the beautiful, moody, atmospheric lighting, to the hot tub, to sexual variety. It's nice to see that without the burden of the narrative to maintain, Andrej and Ariel have gotten back to doing what they do best, and that's making undoubtedly the hottest videos on SexArt, and I don't think they've made one definitively better than this.

I will say this: despite all the harsh criticism that's been leveled against this series, the performers and the sex itself has rarely been less than top-notch. It was always just the somewhat awkward sex/narrative integration aspect that was suspect. I really hope that, going forward, Andrej and Ariel look for creative, unique, innovative solutions to this problem erotica and narrative, because, at its best, as in a feature film like Graham Travis' Wasteland, there's nothing more beautiful, haunting, and sexy. I know that the creative teams on SA will eventually figure it out; there's too much talent around here not to make it work eventually.

Monday, November 25th, 2013 on The Game VIII - Winner Takes All

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solrage 4 years ago

I have a soft-spot for redheads, especially freckled, milky-skinned, "gangly" ones, so it was extreme like (I'll refrain from saying "love" just yet) at first site between me and Linda Sweet. The video, though, I found rather disappointing. I think horsemaster pointed out most of my grievances, and while the masturbation itself is nice, I don't think this is one of the better solo vids on the site. There's not enough of that psychological element at play. I don't really feel like I got to know Linda (at least, her "character") much at all. While I'd admit that her face-down fingering was quite hot, I just don't think it was enough for me to really like/love this video.

I really, really hope to see more of Linda though, if only because we don't get enough fine redheads around here!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on Little Story

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solrage 4 years ago

I guess we'll just agree to disagree here. I loved the music, felt a connection, and definitely sensed a strong structure. In regards to the latter, it's basically a "rondo" in musical terms (ABACA) where the "A" are the garage scenes (FWIW, in Rondos each section, except the "A" refrain, is supposed to be different from each other, so maybe that's why you felt it was cobbled together from different ideas).

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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solrage 4 years ago

Thanks, horsemaster. :)

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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solrage 4 years ago

I know I'm very late to this film so this will probably go unread, but this was such an interesting exchange I had to comment. One thing to remember about "Cinemascope" is that it was originally a kind of "marketing gimmick" used to attract the public back to the cinema when TVs were becoming affordable and were putting cinemas out of business. Cinemascope allowed them to offer something different, and however much it began as a gimmick, it allowed filmmakers an unprecedented ability to capture the grandeur of big locations, whether it was immense western landscapes (Sergio Leone) or outer space (2001: A Space Odyssey). In Godard's film, Contempt, Godard has Fritz Lang, one of the fathers of modern blockbuster cinema, state that Cinemascope is only good for two things: snakes and coffins. While I think that was Godard being his snarky self, I do think there's a point to be made that different formats are naturally better suited to different things. I tend to think that the old 4:3 (that is, the OLD film and TV format) is best for people, while 2.35:1 is best for landscapes or anything on a big scale, while 16:9, the modern "HD TV" ratio, is sort of in-the-middle and more adaptable.

So I think it's somewhat of a fallacy to state that it's the format that makes any video "cinematic," what makes a video cinematic is how much care/attention is given to the lighting, framing, music, sound, and editing, because THOSE are the key ingredients to great filmmaking, and it's precisely those things that make SexArt's work truly cienatic. The image format is merely similar to what size of canvass a painter uses, and their choice usually depends on the kind of work they're doing, and I wish more filmmakers would think of it that way. On the other hand, and here's a question for Jonathan or any member of the SA technical staff, do modern HD digital cameras (which I assume you guys shoot on) even do other formats? Could you even get a 4:3 professional level digital video camera?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 on Turning Point

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solrage 4 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A very tender, sweet opening, if a tiny bit cliche, but the sex itself is hot and nicely varied. Beautiful cinematography, an elegant setting, very smooth editing. I loved Samantha in Jenga and she's just as good here. Perhaps the only knock against this video is that it isn't truly outstanding in every area, but it's good-to-excellent all around.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 on Flavors

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solrage 4 years ago

It looks like this site can't do the "less than" keyboard symbol, so to finish the above post: ...I rarely think videos are mediocre or bad enough to warrant less than 5 ratings, probably because I've seen enough horrid and mediocre erotica/pornography to know what 1-5 material REALLY looks like.

Monday, October 21st, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

BatWWD, I think we're in basic agreement about looking for artistry, beauty, and sexuality in our erotica, but perhaps we just have slightly different preferences and ideals for what that is.

Perhaps I'm giving the poor photography on MA a pass for a few reasons: one is that there's also a great deal of GOOD photography on there, much more so than at any other similar site I've found; two is that, considering they update so much it's inevitable that some less-than-stellar material will get in; three is that such bad material is usually immediately recognizable so I don't have to waste time downloading or viewing it. I mean, for someone who does love erotic photography, is there a better alternative? Most of the greatest nude photographers do art gallery shows and release (usually very expensive) books, which limits how much and frequently one can appreciate their work. There's not much left besides sites like MA, Watch4Beauty, femjoy, et al., and none of them are consistently great.

I also agree that photography that's nothing but "girls on display" (especially in spread shots, or close-up pussy shots) isn't artistic or beautiful, and I don't find it erotic; but I guess too many users do like it and have created a "demand" for it. In fact, I often browse the comment sections on MA and I probably see more complaints about a lack of "spread" and "pussy"" shots than anything, and it depresses me. One of my "benchmarks" for nude photography is how much it forces my attention to the model's face, or to the beauty of the image (via framing, lighting, poses, etc.). In a strange way, the less I'm compelled to look at tits, ass, and pussy, the more beautiful and "erotic" such work seems to me, because that's where sexuality meets artistry. Of course, I can completely understand why a straight female wouldn't have any interest in it to begin with. For you guys I'd be more inclined to recommend the work of Andreas Bitesnich, Jan Saudek, et al. who do both male and female nude photography, though they're certainly more of the "art gallery" variety (which I happen to prefer). Saudek, especially, is one of my favorite artists in the world right now, period. Some of his stuff is just breathtakingly gorgeous and haunting.

FWIW, I approach voting similar to what you guys said (I think) in another post about "starting" with a 7 or so and then adding or subtracting for the good/bad points as I go. My "average" probably ends up as a 7, as I rarely think videos are mediocre or bad enough to warrant

Monday, October 21st, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2, yes! I would love to see SA do an "ode" to Sylvia Kristel and any of the scenes in Emmanuelle or Story of O.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

Yes, I think both performers deserve to be seen again, because I think maybe the problem here is more execution than lack of talent or chemistry.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Kane & Wahine

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solrage 4 years ago

Thank you Don! While I did have Eye of the Tiger going through my head during the opening, other body parts of other mammals were on my mind after that. :D

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2,

I don't remember the precise date SA came online, but I do think I was here within the first month or two. Surely Jonathan would know the date it came online? I think it was around the spring of 2012, but that's as much as I know. I absolutely agree with you about Sylvia Kristel. It's a shame she only ever did softcore, but given how amazing those Jaeckin films were, I find it hard to complain too much. Have you ever seen any Tinto Bras? If not, he's the first softcore filmmaker I'd recommend after Jaeckin, with The Key probably being his best film.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2,

I do agree about many of Ariel's videos being "different" in the way you describe, and perhaps you're right that familiarity between performers/production team is a big part of that. Let's remember, though, that SA is also constantly introducing new performers, or performers whom are "new" to whomever they're working with. Yet, even in many of these "new performer/partner" videos I think there can be that level of familiarity, comfort, and realness, like many of Bo's "Upper West Side" videos. Maybe the "different" in Ariel's work just boils down to something as "simple" as talent?

Thanks for the kudos. I do agree about this comment section making this site different and better than all similar sites I've been a part of. Most of that poem was just me copy/pasting John Dryden's translation of Virgil's Aeneid. I just changed some select words. :)

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

As for the good, I loved all the swimming scenes. There's something so ethereal about beautiful girls, water, the right music, and good cinematography, and this film has of them. However, once the girls get out of the water and the sex starts, the atmosphere goes out the window and we're just left with a bland, clearly "acted," G/G scene with little chemistry and far too little variation. Jenny is quite lovely, but Kayla really needs to be paired with the right partner, as I found her much better in Memories. All in all, I might say this video gets the ART part right, but the SEX part is blah. A generous 6/10.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Swimming Pool

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, you're the one that initiated this "fight," not me, so it seems hypocritical to then say that these posters agree with you. Try to find one poster that agrees my first comment to you warranted your second paragraph in your reply. Your second paragraph is a case of YOU projecting, YOU thinking that I was "correcting" and "projecting" onto you, when it was actually a perfectly civil, calm, interpretative disagreement.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Photo Shoot, you and hayley inspired me to go back and watch this film again just to see why I went so wrong in my interpretation. Turns out, I think, that my confusion is quite understandable. Go to about 15:00, right after Violette has stopped blowing Kristof. They exchange a little dialogue, and she is visibly "upset," she gives a kind of sigh as he points to the dresser. She goes over and gets the condom out. So, by this, it seems that she was the one upset about using the condom. Then, go to about 17:30. She seems upset again. They exchange some dialogue, and she's the one that reaches back to take the condom off. So, in both instances, it seems like SHE'S the one that doesn't want the condom, and I guess I just interpreted that as meaning she wanted a baby, but it could also simply mean that she didn't want to use a condom perhaps more than him. So, even if my interpretation about the "planning" is wrong, it does seem that not wanting to use the condom was more her than him, hence my confusion.

FWIW, I thought my first comment to hayley was perfectly calm, civil, etc., which is why I was so surprised by her(?) second paragraph.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I'm pretty sure this pregnancy was planned. Notice how Violette takes the condom off? That seems to be the clue that they both know they're trying to make a baby here. Otherwise, the condom scene doesn't make sense.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

I'm terribly late on this one (as I said, been catching up due to natural disasters affecting my internet), but, WOW! I first encountered Lily LaBeau in Travis Grahame's erotic masterpiece called Wasteland where she co-starred with Lily Carter. Loved her in that, and this just confirms my opinion about her as a performer. But, man, if her name hadn't been in the credits I wouldn't have recognized her! That takes amazing guts to shave her heard just for a role (which I'm assuming she did?). Anyway, her performance and connection with Logan is just cosmic, and I second the notion you HAVE to get them back together! At the very least, we need to see Lily some more. OK, I'm not a fan of the hair cut, but her performance knocked her haircut clean out of my mind.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Upper West Side III

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solrage 4 years ago

Curly, those noises are rather normal/natural for Japanese girls. It only sounds unnatural to our Western ears. Bo (director) said as much in the film he directed with her called Mizu. Here, I found the quote: "I had no idea she would be making those noises either. I called action and within a few minutes I realized her noises were subconscious and cultural, and also pretty damn hot because they were real." -- Bo Llanberris

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Love your follow-up comment, hayley!

I think the categories you sketch out with SEXart, sexART, LOVEart and loveART are a wonderful elaboration on my binary split between what I called conceptual (artistic) and sexy. I was going to write a paragraph clarifying that I wasn't calling for sexART all the time, and the videos you describe as "LoveArt" are great too; I remember thinking that a semi-early Bo video, Le Cafe, set the standard for what I think of as great "LoveArt" videos. Although, the thing I'd say about "LoveArt" is that it really seems to depend on the connection between performers. IE, I think you could combine LoveArt with either SEXart or sexART, since they aren't mutually exclusive.

I like what you say about, essentially, finding the right balance between all of these things, though perhaps we'd quibble as to the what the right balance is. I had somewhat feared that perhaps many of the negative comments on the, eg, body-painting videos had scared the SA creative teams away from it, but I think it would be a shame as there's so much that could be done with the idea. Perhaps it has to do with stimulating the imagination as much as the genitals. I also think that the conceptual elements don't have to be limited to body-painting, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. but can just as equally be stylistic, formal, etc. EG, I love many of the videos that reference classic films or even a comic strip with Valentina. There are lots of ways to be interesting conceptually and still maintain the sexiness and loveliness of both SEXart and LOVEart.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on I Missed You

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I hesitated about leaping into this very interesting, thoughtful, provocative debate you sparked because there is so much I could say on the issue and there have already been many responses that covered many of the points. However, one thing I want to address is something that perhaps you haven't considered, that perhaps maybe, at the core of it all, your opinions and morality are actually founded on assumption that are immoral themselves. To illustrate this point, I want to tackle this comment of yours:

hayley: "Should a ‘single’ girl engage in sexual encounters with a variety of different men, what would society (and you for that matter) label her? (This applies equally to males). People don’t want that label... And personally, I have a bit of a problem with people who engage in this kind of frivolity anyway, because sex is supposed to be meaningful."

I assume the "label" you alluded to was "slut" or "whore" or some variation on that one. One thing to consider is the social/cultural and evolutionary sources of those terms. I don't know how well-read you are in feminism, but it's been argued since the 60s by feminist authors that western cultures have been historically patriarchal (ruled by men) and misogynistic (biased for the benefit of men/against women). One of the ways in which our western patriarchal/misogynistic societies have manifested itself is in the dominance of male idealizations of women, of men determining what women should/shouldn't be like. This has included things ranging from women shouldn't enjoy sex it all, to women shouldn't sleep with multiple men, etc., and if they do then they're "sluts" and "whores" and lesser human beings because of it. It's equally been pointed out that this same view, despite what you suggest, is not commonly applied to men. For a man to go out and sleep with many women is a sign of his manliness and virility, but for a woman to do it is somehow immoral. There's a double standard and always has been.

One of the reasons for the explosion of erotic entertainment and pornography, including sites like SA, is that the sexual/feminist revolution sought to even the playing field for men and women. This included things like workplace equality, but also cultural conceptions about women and sexuality. One has to consider that the entire concept of calling women "sluts" and "whores" for sleeping around is really more a comment about male sexual insecurity and unspoken assumption that women are "property" that men "own." In a patriarchal/misogynistic society, if a man sleeps with a woman he owns her, and if she sleeps with anyone else then the only way for him to maintain his ego is to lessen the woman's value by calling her slut/whore. This is a classic case of sour grapes and, what's more, the assumptions that underlie it (women are property, sleeping with a woman means a man owns her, her sleeping around means she's "damaged goods") is deeply immoral.

It seems to me that, for you, equality would be for both men and women to "not sleep around" because sex is a special thing and meant mostly/only for monogamous couples who are in love. I wouldn't call this equality "moral," but I would call it somewhat naive and unrealistic, given what we know of human sexuality and evolution. Evolution didn't really program us to be life-long monogamous creatures, especially men. Monogamy really comes from the benefit of offspring, ie, that a couple raising offspring increases the offspring's chances of survival as opposed to them being raised by a "single parent." That's what creates the impulse towards monogamy, but, at the same time, the urge to have sex with other partners doesn't evaporate, so people in relationships tend to get very possessive, jealous, and conflate sex with love and faithfulness and everything else.

Personally, I think open relationships are more ideal in that they seem to work WITH our evolutionary programming as opposed to against it. IE, it's possible to be with someone, to love them, to make love with them, to help them and be there for them without solely "possessing" that person. You say that the thought of of someone you love sleeping with someone else would be intolerable, but you have to understand that at the root of that thought is the assumption that you and you alone own another human being and have control over their sexuality. This is not a healthy or (IMO) very civilized or moral state of mind.

Also, while I understand the notion that sex is special and especially so when it comes from a place of love, I don't think this means that sex must be this mystical thing all the time, that it can't also be something that people do for fun as friends, or as strangers, or even as a job. There's nothing mutually exclusive about these things. EG, it would be like me saying that music is something special and that all music should be treated seriously... but then that wouldn't really make sense when it comes to, say, party music. It's OK to live in a world where we can have the serious music of Bach and the frivolous music of Lady Gaga and, similarly, it's OK to live in a world where sex can be a special experience shared between monogamous lovers AND a fun thing to do as a one night stand or in front of a camera for the enjoyment of others.

Hope this wasn't too long/rambling, but there are libraries worth of literature out there on this subject. I'd recommend doing some research into feminism and sexuality and the nature of innately misogynistic/patriarchal cultures.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

Do what I do with various MA Network sites: subscribe long enough to download most of the archives you're interested in (depending on your ISP data limits this could take anywhere from a month to over a year!), and then just subscribe every few months to "catch up" as necessary. For a while, monthly subs for members was only $10, but not it seems to be $20. Occasionally they'll have sales and various offers. Recently I signed up for EroticBeauty for a month for only $1! At the beginning of next year I may just go the whole Network route, which is $350 for 1 year for MA, SA, EB, TLE, RA, EA, ED, and S18. Sounds expensive, but isn't bad when you break it down ($3.65 per site per month).

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 on Lonely Day

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solrage 4 years ago

Funnily enough, I feel about this sequel almost entirely how I felt about the first one: attractive performers, but a tad run-of-the-mill and some connection/something special is missing. As I was watching this, what immediately sprung to mind was that this was far more "sex" than "art." Not that it's badly made, but it just seems more in-your-face as opposed to suggestive, conceptual, imaginative, moody/atmospheric, etc. However, as with the last video, it seems to get better as it goes on, and towards the end of that epic doggy-style both performers seemed about to burst!

Also, RE the ending credits: Good shot with the hat, Isabella! :D

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 on Wild Girl II

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solrage 4 years ago

Interesting article. I've always been of two minds about the whole surveillance thing. The first is that I can understand how it could be very efficacious in any "fight on terror" that's ongoing. I've heard it claimed that this infrastructure HAS been used to divert terrorists attacks, but who knows how much (if any) truth there is to that. The second mind is that the former is the idealized state where such a thing is only used to "keep us safe" with its administrators ONLY being concerned with preventing another 9/11... and if you buy into that idealized description I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. History tells us that any tool that has potential to be abused WILL be abused. What does Kubrick in 2001 show us? That the same bone/tool that allows the early humans to kill animals and eat also allows them to kill other humans. Plus, this is especially true when there's nothing/nobody to regulate or monitor them. However, as with most things in politics, the notion of finding the ideal and then implementing it seems overwhelmingly complex. It makes me want to give up before I even start considering it and just go watch the new SA vid! I guess at heart I really am a degenerate aesthete.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Surveillance, Privacy, and Erotica...

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solrage 4 years ago

Snowfall: "To anyone: apart form the introductory words, what was the French theme? "

Besides the words and music, the opening montage was very reminiscent to me of Godard, especially ca. Vivre sa Vie. Those fragmented close-ups of an "actress-as-model" are very similar to how Godard shoots his then-wife Anna Karina in that film in one famous scene. I don't know if this was intentional on the part of Alis, but that's my take. Of course, if Alis had wanted to be more Godard-like he would've had the performers discussing theories on sexual politics while they were dildoing each other and the sound/music randomly went in and out! :D

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

Love the quote, horsemaster! I've heard many argue that more than 90% of everything is crap; I guess it depends on one's personal "crap-meter" settings! Some would say that porn is like pizza, and even bad porn is pretty good, ie, "not crap"; personally, I disagree (about porn, not pizza!), and were it not for sites like SA (and most of the MA network) I doubt I'd view as much porn as I do, since so much of it is a turn-off to me, personally.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

The tats and piercing didn't bother me, and both performers are attractive, but, besides that, I think this was just a tad run-of-the-mill for me. I think it gets better as the video goes on and the performers seem to get more into it, but the finale doesn't really "pay off." I don't know, there's some connection missing here that there usually isn't in SA vids. Though I am looking forward to seeing how the "Mr. Lee" "myster-y" plays out.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 on Wild Girl

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solrage 4 years ago

I think what struck me most about this one was how the content and style were so in synch. The desaturated, slightly drab color design coupled with the (nearly) static "security" camera vibe, the electronic music, and longer/wider than average shot lengths/angles reinforces the notion of a cool, detached, technological world we're increasingly living in. If you added some absurdist humor I might thing I was watching a Tsai Ming-liang film! (Anyone interested in an art-house erotic musical is advised to check out Tsai's The Wayward Cloud--guarantee you've never seen anything like it!). However, as much as the style/content "fit" I must admit I did miss the typical intimacy and passion that I associate with SA vids, but I can see how depicting this as a more "loving" relationship would defeat the purpose. But I never did get really into the sex itself, except towards the end when Sandra really seemed to be enjoying herself. So I'd say a major kudos to the technical team here for concept and execution, even if it's not entirely to my typical tastes I can appreciate the accomplishment.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 on Cybersex

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solrage 4 years ago

That's great to hear about the new series, Ariel! Are you planning on starring in this one at all?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster, regarding this: "I don't ever recall seeing an erotic film in which a guy pleasures a woman as a woman pleasures a woman (aggressively or otherwise), without the emphasis being on his dick." There are films out there where the emphasis is on getting a woman to "squirt," and usually it's easiest to do that with one's fingers rather than dick, so it's usually only in those films that I've seen what you're describing. In fact, I think there's one such film on SA (White Room, IIRC), though it does end with "traditional" fucking. However, I like your suggestion, as I must admit that I find it much sexier when the focus is on a woman's pleasure, and it certainly wouldn't bother me to see a man only be used for such "service" without getting any himself... maybe a good idea for a dominatrix type film?

Monday, August 12th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

(for some reason the end of my post got cut off; I meant to say "it's not like they're 'less than 5s' either").

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

Really enjoyed this one. I've said in the past I'm not a fan of slow-mo stuff, but I think the usage here was quite judicious. I loved the time and sensitivity spent on the foreplay, and the sex itself was extremely hot and passionate. I think the whole performance walked that fine line between making love and fucking, with the intimacy of the former and the sexiness of the latter. It was especially nice to see Blue Angel here, as she was one of my "9s" on MA. I also liked the minimal, very white setting... something about such settings that puts the emphasis on the performers, and when you have performers this good, that's a good thing. Perhaps my only complaint is that I didn't care for Thomas' cumshot... given the connection between the performers and the setup of it being a homecoming I think it would've made more sense for him to cum from the sex rather than from a blowjob, but it's only a minor quibble. Good job everyone!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 on Homecoming

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solrage 4 years ago

FWIW, I've been a member of many, many message boards over the past decade plus and a regular commenter on many blogs, and while a few of them had a "time limit edit" thing in place, I never found that it was necessary. The most typical edits happen for spelling/grammar or just to add a thought or two. It's rather rare that someone edits a post to the extent that the context for other comments would be lost. Also, tbh, that's really more of a concern on boards/comment sections where there is a lot of in-depth discussion with multiple threads, which doesn't happen TOO often around here.

But unfixable grammar/spelling errors disturb my OCD/perfectionist tendencies. *eyes my first post menacingly but impotently*

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

Correction: Sandy, not Sandra. My mistake (hey, SA admin, how about an "edit post" option? Some of us aren't the most perfect typists around. ;) ).

Sunday, August 4th, 2013 on Memories

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster, if you do find them and watch them, please let me know what you think. :)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

Wow! That's exciting that you're reaching out to him. I don't want to get my hopes up as I can imagine how tricky such stuff can be (scheduling, contracts, etc.), but it's nice to know you watched the film and enjoyed it. If nothing else, perhaps we'll see the influence in some future work. I'm of the mind that artists of any kind can never have enough good creative influences. Definitely keep me posted, and I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

Thanks, Jonathan, it's good to be back (btw, we share the same name in real life!). I'd love to know what you and some of the other creative people around here think of Travis' work. :)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 on The Plot Thickens...

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solrage 4 years ago

Nice to know this was based on the McQueen film, since my first thought when I saw the title was the Ingmar Bergman film... and I couldn't imagine doing an erotic version of it! Anyway, very nice job with this, especially on the visual (cinematography, editing, lighting) side.

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 on Shame

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solrage 4 years ago

I guess I'll be the sole (semi)-dissenting voice here... I liked this video, but I'm just not a fan of slow-mo cinematography. It's always felt gimmicky to me and I tend to roll my eyes whenever I see it in fiction films. I guess I just couldn't shake my feeling about that with this video. However, I do agree that these two had great chemistry, and I loved the backstage footage and the regular speed sections.

Monday, June 10th, 2013 on Intensify

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solrage 5 years ago

I see the tree couldn't stay erect, but at least Tommy did! :D Nice job, guys.

Friday, September 14th, 2012 on Concierge

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solrage 5 years ago

Amazing scene, completely original... probably one of the few times where using both the literal and figurative meanings of the word "hot" is entirely appropriate! :D I hope everybody kept hydrated!

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 on Fire Dance

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solrage 5 years ago

Being a straight male who found this video incredibly hot, is it OK for me to say I didn't even notice the heels? :)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 on By The Fountain

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solrage 5 years ago

Thanks for the information, K. If it's true that King did indeed influence Lynch then that's all the more reason why cinephiles and critics should stop ignoring erotica directors and films. Anyway, these two episodes were gorgeously done.

Monday, June 11th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - When The Cat's Away

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solrage 5 years ago

These last two episodes have been the best in the series. Very reminiscent of David Lynch--the last episode with the lighting from the projector really reminded me of Mulholland Drive, and this with the smokey, atmospheric club and music is reminiscent of Fire Walk With Me. Anyone know if Zalman King was a fan? Either way, I love this turn towards the almost surreal style of erotica.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 on Kamikaze Love - When The Cat's Away

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solrage 5 years ago

Just to comment myself about some of the recent comments: I really like MugenHAN's idea about having a place for community discussion, but instead of having one for each model, photo set, video, etc., how about just having a message board? I don't know anything about web design and whether or not such a thing would be possible, but I do think it would be interesting to have a place where longtime members of MetArt and now SexArt could get together and chat.

I'm also glad to see he mentioned American Girls with Malena and Rilee; I just saw this today myself and I agree that it's very well done. While I'm with the others in wanting more B/G content, I certainly don't want to be without short G/G films like this, either!

RE Kamikaze Love, I just finished ep. 2, and I'm actually starting to get into it. Zalman King (RIP) certainly had a great visual sensibility, somewhat reminiscent of Just Jaeckin and Tinto Brass, perhaps my two favorite directors of erotica. I actually think the real problem with the series is length of the episodes. It's hard to establish, maintain, or allow the audience to get into any kind of narrative flow when each episode is 5-10 minutes in length. That's just not much time to develop characters plus devote the time to the actual erotic parts. But I'm willing to withhold full judgment until the series is completed, but I would very much like to see more attempts at this kind of fictional, serialized, tasteful, softcore erotica.

Friday, April 20th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 5 years ago

MetArt has been my favorite adult site on the web as far back as I can remember, so I was incredibly excited to hear about the launch of SexArt. The idea of bringing the taste, eroticism, and impeccable quality of MetArt to the realm of softcore and hardcore films is a dream come true for those of us bored by trash pornography that's pervasive online. This is my first day as a member, and like the proverbial kid in a candy store, I don't know what area to explore first! So far I've sampled a bit of everything, and I agree with other posters that I'm looking forward to more B/G hard and softcore material, both in photo sets and videos. Great job so far, and the site looks amazing!

Monday, April 16th, 2012 on Welcome to SexArt

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solrage 4 years ago

swplf2,

I like what you say about letting the sex play out until there are real orgasms, but I'm guessing that on a professional film set this isn't really feasible. The idea of having a set, makeup, multiple camera angels, editing, etc. pretty much necessitates certain "breaks" between takes, which also necessitates the sex being "acted" to some extent, rather than just "captured". While I'm sure some performers can naturally climax within that format, I'm also guessing it's much harder to make happen every time for all of them.

LOL on the "Oh oracle of all things Sexart, Jonathan" bit. I feel like I should do an Aeneid parody:

Sex, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
The naughty network's unrelenting sites,
Expell'd and exil'd, left the MetArt shore.
Long labors, both by cock and tits, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The SexArt realm, and built the destin'd town;
His banish'd admins restor'd to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of all performers come,
And the long glories of majestic cum,
O Muse! the causes and the crimes relate;
What goddess was provok'd, and whence her hate;
For what offense the Queen of Met began
To persecute so brave, so just a man;
Involv'd his anxious life that was harassed,
Expos'd to cocks and tits and endless ass!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

BaTWWD,

"I texted Hawk, which he received in some meeting or other... he deposited a mouthful of tea over some dork's presentation."

LOL! :D

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

I predict this is going to get low ratings for the following reasons:

1. It's only 13 minutes
2. Luna doesn't even get partially nude until about half-way in
3. It's quiet... TOO quiet! (what movie is that from?)

All that said, I loved it! It has that sexy tension that sex in public has, where you try to quiet your cries of pleasure for fear of getting caught, which just makes it all the more hot! Though it's strange we never learn WHAT Luna finds so irresistibly alluring she has to pleasure herself right then and there, but she gives such a convincing performance I completely forgot about it. What an amazing climax! I don’t know if she really orgasmed on camera, but, man, if she said she did I’d believe her! I also love the elegant simplicity of the whole concept and execution, with a very good job by Alis not to try and “overstuff” the video with flashy technique. I’ve highly praised Alis’s cinematographic and editing skills in the past, and I think this shows that he can do simple as well. I also loved the well-timed jump cuts when Luna finally takes her bra off.

Overall a superb effort and one that I’m hope I’m wrong about getting a low rating.

BTW, I can’t help but feel Jonathan and co. are pulling our leg a bit sometimes. Last video we have a conversation about how quiet some videos are, and immediately after we get a video titled “The Sound of Silence?” :D Coincidence or not, I had to laugh.

Friday, September 27th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

BaTWWD, is there no way to quiet down the ambient noise? Maybe watch the videos at a time where things aren't so bad? I live with roommates so I know how troublesome that can be, so I shifted my work so I could do things (like watch films, read, etc.) at night when there was silence. I know this isn't possible for everyone, but I sympathize with your struggles and hate to think you're watching these films in less than ideal conditions. Silence can be a powerful tool in film. One of Robert Bresson's masterpieces, A Man Escaped, uses silence in ingenious ways, and I can't imagine watching that film with traffic outside, computer fans, noisy neighbors, etc.!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 on City Ride

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solrage 4 years ago

Ironically, my comments about the first film are almost reversed here. Here, I think it's the narrative aspects that fall short, while it's the sex itself that is quite strong (or, at least, stronger than in the first film). As for that narrative, I just didn't get much sense of real development. As Snowfall said, where is the "dark side" of the title? I can buy into what Harry said about Alexis (therefor Lorena, by extension) becoming more assertive, but is this really "dark"? I'm not so sure I'd agree with depicting sexual assertiveness with darkness anyway. This is hardly Blue Velvet territory. The end did seem rather slapdash, and rather disappointing after the wonderful set up of the first film. All in all, it's still a very good film, but not quite the masterpiece I'd hoped it would be.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 on The Writer - The Dark Side

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solrage 4 years ago

Dullah, You're right that, technically, "name-calling" and "correctly applying dictionary definitions" are not mutually exclusive, but I think both have very different connotations. Usually, "name-calling" is frowned upon because it's used to belittle someone merely for emotional reasons. If I called you a "fat, ugly, sad, lonely, idiot" it's something that I really can't "prove" in this context (especially since I've never even seen you and know nothing of your life!), and it would most likely just be to hurt you. However, someone being a "hypocrite" is easily provable in text. If someone is doing something like preaching about how a poster is ignoring their feelings while doing the exact same thing, that's hypocritical BY DEFINITION. If someone points out this hypocrisy, it's not right to then just say "that's name calling!" as if them being called a "hypocrite" has no better basis in fact than me calling you a "fat, ugly, sad, lonely, idiot." The latter is quintessential name-calling, but the former, even if "technically" name-calling, is also factual. So why is it wrong to point out someone being a hypocrite?

You give the "whore/prostitute" example, but, in a way, that's good evidence for what I'm talking about. You have multiple words for that profession, and some come with more negative connotations than others, so if you're using "whore" contemptibly, then it's because there are connotations of that word that you're using just to hurt the person. So while the "prostitute" meaning of "whore" might not be "name-calling" (since it's true), all of the negative connotations would be name-calling because they're both negative and, likely, not factual but opinionated (IE, viewing prostitutes as "lesser humans" is not factual, it's merely an opinion that can hurt). So me calling a prostitute a "whore" is not like me calling hayley a "hypocrite," since she HAS been hypocritical in preaching to me about caring about her feelings all the while not giving a shit about mine.

What's more, many times I didn't even call HER those names. You mention "closed-minded," and what I said specifically was: "I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong. It just reeks of closed-mindedness." Well, that's pretty darn close to the definition of the term, and if hayley felt that she was "holding on to her opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons... they're wrong," then what WOULD that be except closed-mindedness? Again, it's wrong to just say this is "name-calling" if it's also absolutely true. It's not as with "whore," I'm not trying to "sneak in any negative connotations," (a good article on this: http://lesswrong.com/lw/ny/sneaking_in_connotations/) I'm saying that the meaning of this word fits these actions precisely.

Finally, even if I can grok how some of my follow-up comments and "name-calling" could be seen to be a mistake and be wrong (even if I'd disagree, I can understand it), I was specifically referring to my first reply, which contained no name-calling, no offensiveness whatsoever. You yourself say that "I think too that hayley overreacted a bit," and, really, that was my point all along. My very first follow-up reply was concentrated on pointing this out, and I stand by everything I said in it. Refusing to change your opinion in the face of good evidence/reasons is the definition of closed-minded; saying one thing and doing another is the definition of hypocrisy; telling someone to stop responding to you because they disagreed is being overly-sensitive. There is absolutely nothing in my follow-up post that is untrue. If it happened to "hurt" hayley then all I can say is that sometimes the truth hurts. It would be one thing if you wanted to argue that hayley hasn't been hypocritical, or hasn't been closed-minded, but it's not fair to just chalk that up to "name-calling" if, in fact, she's been those things.

Imagine this: there is a person that comes up to you and says: "All black people will burn in hell." You then call this person a "racist," and then they get offended and say "that's just name calling." So, really, one has to make an important distinction between name-calling that's true (what I called "correctly applying dictionary definitions to actions") and name-calling that is based on opinion and is only meant to hurt. My "name calling" is true. If it hurts, it's only because it's true, not because it's opinionated and untrue.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Right, you don't mind if people disagree, as long as they don't tell you WHY they disagree! That's rich. I'm still waiting for you to make the distinction between "disagreement" and "correction, criticism, undermining, and projection" and how my first reply to you fits the latter and not the former. Good luck with that!

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

First Paragraph:
So, let’s recap: comparing you to very intelligent TV detectives is “hurting and belittling” you, yet it’s wrong to call you “overly-sensitive.” Talk about making someone’s point for them!

Second paragraph:
What in the world about that piece is “another way of saying ‘subjective things.” I also think you mean “moot” and not “mute,” but, oops! There I go correcting you again! I suppose it’s merely subjective whether “mute” or “moot” is the right word for what you meant, even though a written paragraph can’t be “mute” given what “mute” means.

RE Your Addition: Again, you show that you can copy/paste a definition. So how in the world can you justify that our interpretations of what happened in this film are “subjective” as opposed to “objective?” The minute you point to something in the film that favors your interpretation, you’re forming your interpretation based on “objective” evidence, not “subjective” evidence influenced solely by personal feelings and tastes.

Third paragraph:
You repeatedly repeat that you’re offended by someone disagreeing with you. You try to call this disagreement “correcting, undermining, and projecting” without making any distinction between “disagreement” and all of those things.

Fourth paragraph:
Ok, I see that you know how to copy/paste, but that doesn’t tell me that you know how to distinguish between fact and opinion. Ironically, your very article agrees with me: “a fact is something that can be checked and backed up with evidence.” So, let’s take our interpretations of Careful as an example. You say the pregnancy was planned because: “Notice his reaction at the end when he cums inside her? He is worried for her…” and so on. So, look at that! You’re stating an interpretation based on facts that “can be checked and backed up with evidence.” This is not JUST an opinion based on a point of view, it’s an interpretation based on evidence. Really, I’d argue that most all opinions are conclusions we come to based on things we feel are factual.

In light of the above, it becomes obvious that not all opinions are equal. A primitive culture’s “opinion” on where humans come from is not equal to the “opinion” of an evolutionary biologist. The former’s opinion is based on no evidence, while the latter’s opinion is based on a mountain of evidence. The doctor VS Crazy Joe is the same thing. You say yourself: “the Doctor’s opinion is most likely based on the research out there.” That Joe PREFERS the other screws is meaningless if the question is: “which is best for him,” so you can’t say that both opinions are equally likely to be right/true. Sure, maybe the doctor can’t FORCE Joe to switch, but Joe, IMO, would be very stupid not to. Oh, and, yes, doctor’s have every right to correct, criticize, and undermine a patient’s opinion when it’s ignorant and wrong. Most doctors won’t do this (for fear of losing patients and money), but they most certainly have a right to.

Fifth paragraph:
I don’t know what you mean. I’m saying that some of those things are not “names,” they are words with specific definitions that fit your actions, like calling a blonde a blonde. Many of the others were said in hypothetical situations, such as saying no rational person would agree with you. That’s talking about someone else, not you.

Sixth paragraph:
Yeah, IF I had done those things, then maybe you’d have a point, but so far all you’ve done is prove that I disagreed with you and that you didn’t like it, so your request and reaction were not appropriate given my comment.

Seventh paragraph:
The only way I started this is if you think that everyone whom disagrees with you is “starting something.” You keep repeating those other words, but have yet to show how my first comment was any of those things and not just a plain-ol’ civil disagreement. So until you distinguish between “disagreement” and “correcting, criticizing, undermining, and projecting” you have no point.

Your arguments ARE lazy and false. So far, you’ve showed you don’t understand the difference between “opinion” and “fact,” the difference between “mute” and “moot,” the difference between “disagreement” and “correcting, undermining, and projecting,” and the difference between “subjective” and “objective.” If you were making these arguments in high school you’d be getting an F.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Dulluh, I'm still trying to figure out what "mistake" I made except having the nerve (the nerve!) to disagree with hayley over our interpretations of this film. If you feel I made an actual mistake, please, enlighten me. Believe me, I'd like to end this in a win-win situation, as I enjoy reading hayley's comments and criticisms of the content around here, but it very much seems like she(?) can't tolerate anyone who expresses any disagreement, and her "solution" of me not ever replying to her(?) is not acceptable to me. I appreciate you trying to play peacemaker, though. :)

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

A correction for the "Telling me to stop responding to you" section: I meant "I think you MISunderstand my point."

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley,

Firstly, “cased closed?” What are you, Perry Mason? Matlock? Monk? What case? LOL (Please don’t misconstrue this as me “calling you names,” since those characters are actually very intelligent TV detectives).

RE: Disagreeing, correcting, undermining, projecting and criticizing:
You insist on saying that “opinions, interpretations, and morals aren’t right or wrong,” and I have repeatedly argued against this. Not to invoke Godwin’s Law, but do you really think the Nazi’s morals were “not wrong or right?” That any racist’s opinions “aren’t wrong or right?” That if were to interpret this film, Careful, as being an allegory for the civil war in Syria that that interpretation wouldn’t be “wrong or right?” This is all nonsense, of course. Every opinion, every moral, every interpretation are founded upon objective things we feel are true. The Nazis felt that Jews were lesser human beings, they thought this was true, despite having no evidence except their irrational hatred for them. So their “opinions” and “morality” were demonstrably UNTRUE. Similarly, in the Dare thread I was pointing out various social assumptions that your opinions (and those like them) are founded on, such as misogynistic societies that deride and fear female sexuality, which cast doubt upon how “moral” they actually are. So, yes, when someone starts espousing opinions, morals, and interpretations that I feel are based on false premises, I’m going to disagree with their conclusions and say why.

As for the part of my post you quoted, you said yourself that my argument was “well-read,” yet you insisted on disagreeing and holding on to your morals. Well, if this isn’t proof of what I said about “holding on to your opinion dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence,” I don’t know what is. Ultimately, though, it’s still a disagreement. You’re trying (and failing) to make a distinction between “disagreeing” and “correcting, undermining, and projecting,” but you’ve yet to really make any distinction whatsoever. If you felt my first response to you was “correcting, undermining, and projecting” then pretty much EVERY disagreement EVER would be such, and that’s nonsense.

RE: An understanding of how art and criticism works:
Are there arguments to be made against my “reasons, arguments, and evidence?” Of course there are, but I’m betting you are not aware of what those arguments are. You just insist on going down a path where one’s level of ignorance or knowledge makes no difference because everything is just subjective opinions. Again, that’s blatant, utter nonsense. How do you distinguish between a fact an opinion? What’s more, do you really think all opinions are equal? That the medical opinion of Crazy Joe is equal to that of an actual doctor?

RE: Questioning my character and calling you names:
I already explained that “overly sensitive” and “defensive” are not “name-calling” any more than calling a blonde a blonde would be name-calling. Similarly, hypocritical has a clearly defined meaning, and you have exhibited behavior that fits that definition to a T. As for the others, those were all used as hypotheticals, the same way you called me “cruel and mean” as a hypothetical. I said someone who refuses to relinquish their opinions despite good reasons/arguments is closed-minded, and that’s actually pretty close to actual definition of the term! If that definition describes you, then you ARE closed-minded. That’s not “name-calling,” that’s called correctly applying the dictionary definition of a term!

RE: Telling me to stop responding to you:
I think you understand my point. It’s not that I was “hurt” because I want to keep responding to you personally out of some emotional attachment; it’s that you telling me not to respond to you pissed me off because it’s a form of censorship and you have no right to do this. I’m free to respond to whom I please.

RE: You not posting any more:
Listen, do whatever you want to do, but you’re not going to guilt me into thinking that I’m to blame when you started this whole mess and have refused to take any responsibility, preferring to retreat into lazy arguments about subjectivity that are demonstrably false.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley,

Firstly, not only am I "entitled" to provide feedback to the producers/artists of the work around here, I'm also entitled to engage with the other posters/commenters around here. You may have noticed that we posters regularly get into conversations and debates. We have a right to do this. If you don't like it then ignore other users, but don't tell them not to respond to you because them disagreeing with you hurts your feelings.

Secondly, the way you word your posts reads like someone with a persecution complex. I "singled you out" and "corrected" and "undermined" and "projected onto" you. No, hayley, all I did was DISAGREE with your interpretation and I explained WHY. That's all it was, A DISAGREEMENT. It's not like I said "you stupid twit, you're dumb and wrong and here's the truth," I simply said I thought the pregnancy was planned because... and so on. There's nothing about that that's "correcting" or "undermining" or "projection," it's me disagreeing with your interpretation and saying so, yet you continue to act like it was a malicious attack.

I find it ironic that you're telling ME what the proper reaction to your post/request was when you continue to ignore me telling you what the proper reaction to my post would've been. It's not fair for you to say that my post upset you, so you can reply how you want; but then when your post upsets me, I can't reply how I want. I wasn't trying to censor you, to tell you to stop responding to me (or anyone else). You have no right, hayley, to tell me to stop replying to anyone, including you. That's censorship. Again, you can't lecture about me having respect for your feelings when you gave absolutely no thought or concern about how telling me to "stop responding" to you would make me feel and, what's more, when I get upset about that, you don't seem to care. That's hypocritical.

Your third paragraph to me just shows a lack of understanding of how art and criticism works. This is actually my area of expertise in real life. I've spent over a decade studying film, literature, music, criticism, and theory. The notion that only those that create art have the right to "correct" the opinions of critics/audiences, or that critics/audiences expressing their opinions/interpretations makes them look like "know-it-alls" is simply wrong, and it's wrong in the same way "the Earth is flat" is wrong. If you actually care about this subject at all, I'd recommend reading (to start with) Wimstatt and Beardsley's "The Verbal Icon" and, in particular, their sections on The Intentional Fallacy. As a preview you can read Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorial_intent

Audiences and critics having their own opinions on, interpretations of, etc. the artistic work of others is not "disrespectful." On the contrary, it shows that people care enough about something to actually HAVE an opinion and interpretation. Most artists understand this and consciously choose not to "force" their intentions or interpretations onto the audience. Kubrick once said of 2001: "You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film -- and such speculation is one
indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep
level -- but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that
every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the
point." Author Neil Gaiman once said (paraphrased) that his opinions and intentions and interpretations of his own work were merely one more perspective, and that just because he was the author that didn't mean his opinions were "privileged" and that others were wrong. A literary professor friend of mine once summed this up as "an artist has a right to define what they intended, but not what they created."

So, once you accept the fact that artist's intentions are not godlike and dictative, what you're left with is the work itself and the evidence it presents. We both watched the same video, we noticed different things, and from those different things we formed different interpretations. When expressing our interpretations they came into conflict, and by further explaining ourselves we were able to come to a better understanding. That's the communal nature of art and communication, and your response to me seemed intent on squashing that for the sole reason that you didn't like someone disagreeing with you.

That you continue to insist that I'm "name-calling" you is just as bad as insisting that I was "undermining" you to begin with. Where is this phantom name-calling? Saying you're "over-sensitive" or “defensive” is not name-calling, no more than saying someone is "blonde" is name-calling. You are CLEARLY sensitive about your opinions, and the fact that you “defended” it so emotionally would make you “defensive”. But, fine, continue to feel I’m “cruel and mean” because I disagreed with you, but that you were a perfect angel in suggesting that I not ever express my disagreement. That’s what this amounts to: you saying I’m a bad guy for disagreeing, but you’re a good guy for trying to censor me.

I already told you that I reject your request for me not to reply to your posts. This is not going to happen. If you say something I disagree with and I feel like saying so I’m going to say so. You have no right to tell me I can’t or that I shouldn’t.

You say SexArt isn’t enjoyable when people argue, but that’s just YOUR opinion. I say that argument, disagreement, and dialectics are positive, healthy, and enjoyable when people are respectful (as I was) and not so sensitive. Argument and dialectics (discussion where people disagree) are actually the backbone of logic; they’re pillars of rationalism. If you don’t like these things, then simply ignore people that reply to you, but don’t tell them not to respond.

Finally, yes, I can “forgive” you for what I felt was an unnecessarily, hurtful reply to my initial reply, and I’ll equally apologize for hurting your feelings unintentionally, even though I still feel I did nothing wrong and there’s nothing hurtful, disrespectful, or wrong in my initial reply in the least.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

Ariel, keep in mind what Snowfall said about us being a contradictory bunch of viewers/commenters around here. Different members want/expect different things from both the videos and the photo sets. Personally, I don't mind having a separate, high-quality photo set released a day (or so) before a video. As has been noted before, setting up and shooting a photo set VS a video set is completely different, so the sets that are released WITH the video are usually quite different than what would be released if they were done as a standalone photo set. I actually appreciate having two perspectives on the same shoot, since photography and filmmaking are two different (if similar) arts.

Personally, though, neither of these sets (photo or video) worked for me for some of the reasons given. I wouldn't make too much out of the comments or criticisms of any one commenter on any one video/photo set. IIRC, many months back ago there was both a photo set and video set of the Caprice/Grace set Double Games and nobody complained, so there you go.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 on Swimming Pool

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solrage 4 years ago

Jonathan, it's a bit like what I was saying in that FreeOnes "Ask Me Anything" thread with Jill about the "ratings" feature; it's a fine feature if you can trust members to use it honestly and not try to manipulate it. Some disgruntled member voting every post down, or some fanboy who gives every model a "1" except their few favorites kinda skews the results. One potential solution I offered to the "ratings" dilemma was to have members rank their favorites and, similarly, I think just having a "thumbs up" feature would be fine as it would still give you an idea of what opinions most others agree with without the worry that someone is just voting down everything and perhaps not even reading them.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Pravda

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solrage 4 years ago

I first saw Audition on Netflix, so it should be available there (although I rented the disc as opposed to streaming). Consider yourself warned, though; I'm pretty immune to horror films, but Audition disturbed me in a way I haven't been disturbed since I saw The Exorcist when I was 10.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

C6C7, apparently there's some member that gives thumbs down to every comment on every page. I'm assuming it's the same person as it's too big of a coincidence that almost every single comment has at least one thumbs down vote, and most of them, even the most innocuous ones, have ONLY one. It's a bit annoying, but I'm not sure what the purpose of the whole thumbs up/down system is anyway.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Pravda

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solrage 4 years ago

Well, the post cut off my "rough guide" for some reason. Here, I found one online: http://www.dpreview.com/glossary/optical/focal-length

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

It's fine if you don't like them simply for aesthetic reasons, but I was worried that you thought they sounded unnatural, acted, and silly because of the cultural divide. I've never slept with a Japanese woman before so I probably can't distinguish between what sounds acted/exaggerated and what sounds natural, so I'm leery about claiming Marica's sounds are either; I just know Japanese women DO make those sounds. Of course, all that's predicated on the assumption that women don't act during sex outside of porn! Call it a little male vanity!. :)

Friday, August 30th, 2013 on Sexter

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solrage 4 years ago

Hi, Jonathan, thanks for the kudos! I'm very much enjoying the "social" aspect of this site. It adds a whole other level to the experience. I think erotica has remained a personal, private thing for far too long; it's nice to have this civil, intelligent, communal aspect as well.

I do want to comment on this: "Listening, refining and responding to our members, and making sure they know we are here for them has become my most important daily commitment."

To keep on track with my comments about sexART vs SEXart (to use hayley's terms), one thing to keep in mind from your end (the creative end) is that there's a line between art and entertainment. It's easy to pander to an audience and "give them what they want," and that may make for fine/popular entertainment, but typically makes for poor art as you end up appealing to the lowest common denominator. Listen to the audience too much and you end up with Michael Bay and Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo and Keeping Up with the Kardashians; listen to them not at all and you end up with things like The Wire, La Dolce Vita, and Au hasard Balthasar.

Of course I understand that being a commercial endeavor you can't afford to completely ignore your members, in which case it's better to go the route of greats like Hitchcock and Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese who seamlessly melded popular art and entertainment. Hitchcock especially seemed to know how to give the audience what they wanted, but equally give them what they didn't know they wanted while surprising them in a thousand different, creative ways. So I'm very much hoping that the creative teams find that balance of knowing when to listen and when to be a bit self-indulgent creatively (which isn't necessarily a bad thing when it comes to art) and, best of all, of knowing how to do both simultaneously.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on I Missed You

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, it entirely depends on what specifically you're talking about. I agree that how we think of sex (special VS casual) and our ideal relationships (open VS monogamous) are subjective. However, the things I wrote about how a patriarchal/misogynistic culture treats female sexuality is not subjective and is well-founded with copious amounts of research out there. It's important to understand why cultural norms, morals, values, etc. are how they are, and frequently those norms are not actually founded on morality, equality, and fairness when you analyze them. So while it's fair to say that certain things are subjective when it comes to our ideals, it's also important to distinguish between that subjectivity and the (often hidden) assumptions they're founded on. To go on unquestioning and clinging to old values can do direct, demonstrable harm to society. Just imagine what our culture would be like if people had never questioned racial or sexual norms; we'd still be living in a society where slavery was seen as perfectly moral (certainly those who engaged in it back then saw nothing wrong with the idea of "owning" another human being because of the color of their skin) and women were treated like property. I'm not saying your morals are that bad, but I do think some of your opinions are founded on cultural assumptions that aren't really moral at the root.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

It's lovely to hear from you, Lorena, and always nice to get more information about what happens on-set and behind the scenes. While I've never directed/edited a film myself, I know many who have and have listened many pros talk about the process so I know a little about how difficult/complicated the process can be, especially when there's an element of improvisation and performance as opposed to just "actors hitting a mark, saying this, looking there" like in a Hitchcock film. Most don't have the luxury of being able to "edit in the head" and then just film everything exactly as they want to. So one is always limited to an extent by the material they get during the shoot, and sometimes the puzzle pieces just won't fit together perfectly. Oh well, you live, learn, get better, and move on. Ideally, artists are always moving towards perfecting their art, not arriving at perfection (and that IS something I know about!)

One good thing, though, about working the short film format is that there's not as much pressure to make every work perfect. I said this to Jonathan in a previous video, but it's fun to watch filmmakers and performers develop over time in front of us while having the freedom to experiment stylistically and conceptually and in performance. When you're making billion dollar blockbusters you lose much of that artistic freedom, so there should be no shame in failing. I (try to) write poetry, and one of my favorte quotes ever on artistic ambition was from John Keats who said: "I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest." So no worries on this film's "failures," since it's merely a step towards being among the greatest. :)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

That's cool. I've been a film buff for about 15 years now (since my early teens), and I've probably seen close to 7,000 films. Many of the vids on SA make references to classic films, some explicitly like La Dolce Vita (Fellini's famous 60s film), and others perhaps more subtly like this one where the style is more reminiscent of a film/director. I wondered if The Key video from a ways back was a reference to the Tinto Brass's erotica masterpiece from 1983 with the same name.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

This is great news, Jonathan, and quite exciting! The "robust social tools" will be great for us "member critics;" or perhaps I should shorten that to memcrits?

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Yes, it should've been "shudders." Gah, I should NOT type replies so close to bedtime! :p

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Yes, I have seen Lonely Day and quite loved it. In fact, I left a comment on there for you many months after its "premiere" regarding Emily and Paul's work on TLE. I'm a big fan of both, and the only "let-down" so far has been The Dream, but even it was one of those "interesting failures" I talked about on the Pour Toi film. Agree with you about the intellectual/visceral sides, and agree I'm interested in both. :)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Hope you have (or know someone who has) the deep pockets to finance all those takes, horsemaster! :D

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

I think we're in a place where it's perfectly acceptable to agree to disagree. Although one thing I'd like to clarify is that when I talk about getting burnt out on the same old, same old, this isn't to say that, eg, I think SA should limit how many vids/sets a model appears in over a long period of time. I'm not saying something like "OK, they've done 5 videos, we're bored with them now, onto something new." Rather, what I'm saying is that I don't want it where a model is appearing with extreme frequency like MM was early on. I mean, many of my favorite models on the MA Network have over 40 sets, and I'm not tired of them... but this is because they were released over a period of several years, not within a few months. I just think you build up a familiarity over time, rather than all at once.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on Pour Toi Mon Amour

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solrage 4 years ago

horsemaster: "based upon my subjective senses of taste and smell is that it's 98% urine..."

Right, and there are other subjective reports that say it doesn't taste/smell like urine, so it's a bit hard to tell from such things. From what I've read, the actual studies out there have been rather contradictory, which suggests that it really depends on the methods being used. But there are some studies that suggests it's not urine. Here's one abstract: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2007.00542.x/abstract;jsessionid=10803508C4A8E6BDC5A19A27C14A21CC.d04t02 and here's another: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224498109551093#.UhLuHT-wVgA (there's no conclusion on that one, but Belzer used methylene blue which can detect urine, and that the dye was found in the urine, but not in the ejaculate).

I suspect that perhaps this isn't an either/or thing, that perhaps what we refer to as "female ejaculation" is actually describing multiple, perhaps quite different, things. One of those things could definitely be stress incontinence, but perhaps there are others that are not, that are some form of ejaculate homologous to the male version. But that's all speculation, and we definitely need more (standardized) research on the matter.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

There's actually quite a bit of debate in sexual studies exactly what female "ejaculation" is; ie, whether it's urine (stress incontinence) or something else. I posted about this a bit in a comment on a recent blog entry about some event for female orgasm awareness. Anyway, I've always had a bit of a fetish for squirting videos, but the "demand" for them has no doubt lead to a lot of attempted fakes out there; I'm pretty sure Emily J is the real deal, though.

I'll have to check out Darkness on my Mind. For several months I was watching every new SA vid as they were released, but after getting hit by natural disasters I got a bit backed up and still have a lot of catching up to do. I had to double check, but White Room is the vid I have in mind. From apprx. 12:00-16:00 Logan is simply there to pleasure Casey, and he does finger fuck her until she squirts at about 15:00 (if you go to the post-credits she says it was her first time ever). But, yeah, everything from 16:00 on is traditional.

We're in agreement regarding Ariel as ravager, though. Hell, I'll take Ariel as just about anything on SA! BTW, Jonathan (the admin) said they're working on modifying the comments section, and I assume that means we'll have an edit function soon. I was a bit disappointed to hear there are no forums/message boards in the works, though. This place really has the potential to build a fantastic community, and message boards are ideal for that. Really, though, we'd need one for the whole network.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Absolute perfection. A 10/10 for me. Two of my favorite models (APF being one of my top 5 EVER) in a stunning location with gorgeous framing, cutting, and lighting by Andrej and, oh yeah, the sex is blazing hot, too! What more could a guy ask for? I 100% echo all of haley's comments, especially the parts about how wonderful it is to see Ariel in front of the camera. I've been a fan of hers from the very beginning, right back to her first MA shoots in '05; I have an entire folder on my hard-drive dedicated to collecting her photo and video sets from everywhere (it's almost 60 Gigabytes!), and, I swear, she just seems to get more beautiful each year, and I have NEVER seen her better than on SexArt! One only wishes this site had been around from the beginning of her career, but, hey, I'm beyond thankful she's here now. It's a (sexy!) dream come true.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013 on I Want You

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solrage 4 years ago

Agree with BaTWWD, this is definitely not one of the stronger efforts by anyone involved. About the only thing I found interesting was the "set" setting, and the fact that Sylvie leaves so quickly after the sex. Is the idea that she was just using this guy for a quick orgasm? Maybe a reversal on the negative assumption that many photographers coerce their models into sex? Even at that, Sylvie doesn't seem to get all that much out of it. Maybe this was meant as a bit of a satire? Meh, I shouldn't try too hard to justify it as it didn't do anything for me.

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 on The Studio

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solrage 4 years ago

I think you mean Virgil (whom wrote The Aeneid); Homer was (so legend has it) blind, and probably couldn't have appreciated good erotica. Although I'd be flattered if anyone ever thought of me as either! :D

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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solrage 4 years ago

Funnily enough, I came here to write review and noticed it had already been written by BaTWWD! You guys said almost precisely what I was going to say, on both the positive and negative side. I'll add that, personally, Agatha isn't really my "type" at all, and when this started I thought it was going to be like any other solo vid; but, as I've said before, talent means just as much as looks, and by the end I really felt like I was "inside her head," as BaTWWD put it, and the intensity was just overwhelmingly hot! As for the reflection and "two-half table shots," I guess one could say that they do add an interesting stylistic, formal element that might be a bit lacking if they weren't there, but I tend to agree with BaTWWD that they're more distracting than enhancing.

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 on About A Girl

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, you not posting here anymore would not be "me winning." I don't want you to not post, I want you to not take me disagreeing with you so personally.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, the only way you would've felt anything negative after my first comment is if you were, indeed, overly sensitive about your opinions. My first comment was not offensive or hurtful or disrespectful in any way shape or form. However, your second paragraph in your reply to me was rather disrespectful, implying that I was "correcting" you and "projecting" my opinions onto you when all I did was respectfully disagree and said why. Your response amounts to nothing more than "how dare you disagree with me! It hurts that anyone disagrees with me!" This is the same attitude you struck in the "Dare" conversation with myself and others. You want to state your opinions without anyone disagreeing, and that's not going to happen, either here or in real life. If you can't tell the difference between someone respectfully disagreeing (like I did), and someone genuinely trying to "correct" your or "project" their opinions onto you, then I don't know what else to say.

Your "resolution" of me never expressing my disagreement with your opinion is not an acceptable resolution. If you say something I disagree with, and I feel like saying so, then I'm going to say so. I don't know why you feel like I'm "putting you down" or "name-calling." I didn't call you a name, I said you seem to be overly sensitive about your opinions. That's neither putting you down or name calling, it's simply a logical conclusion based on your (over)reaction to my first response to you. Finally, since your so big on respecting others' opinions and feelings, respect my opinions when they disagree with you, and respect my feelings for wanting to say so, and respect my right TO say so.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, there was absolutely NOTHING in my initial comment that any rational, sane human being would say provoked your response from the second paragraph on. I don't know what you mean by "correcting" and "projecting" your opinions. You commented that it was unplanned, I responded that I thought it was planned and gave the reason why I though that. If you had simply responded with your first paragraph I would've said "good point, I hadn't considered that; you're right, it was probably unplanned." and we would've moved on. Instead, your second paragraph on reeks of over-sensitivity and pointless defensiveness over anyone challenging your opinions.

You keep wanting to write everything off as being "subjective," but this is just nonsense as I described in the other thread. Is the Earth flat or round? Well, it's all subjective, isn't it? What's more, when you live in societies as we humans do, our subjective opinions influences the lives of others, as I was trying to explain in the other thread about how misogynistic societies have negatively affected women for years and continue to in perhaps more subtle ways: look up "rape culture" and tell me that that's all "subjective" and therefor OK. Even taking this video, it is not an "opinion" whether the pregnancy was planned or not, it's an interpretation, and interpretation relies on OBJECTIVE evidence and reasoning. I pointed out one piece of objective evidence and my reasoning, you pointed out others and your reasoning. I admitted yours was BETTER, so I changed my mind. There's some amount of subjectivity there, but not much, as evidence and logic are not subjective.

So I still don't understand what you took offense to in my first response. I offered a contradictory interpretation; this is not "correcting" you or "projecting" my opinions onto you, this is me disagreeing and saying why. Your first paragraph is a normal response to my post; your second paragraph just seems like overly-sensitive nonsense.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

You're very welcome, Snowfall. Although, knowing about something and knowing how to do that something are two different things. ;)

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

Damn, I'm going to have to wait a few days to see this because I just noticed I'm right at the limit of my monthly data usage for my ISP... and I love Eufrat! Oh well, I guess I'll get to try out the whole "pleasure delay" theory.

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 on Vertigo

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, I think you're misunderstanding me; I did state that one's preference regarding casual/open relationships VS monogamous relationships WAS subjective and that it's absolutely fine to think either way as long as you're not sexist about it. All I was trying to state was that the problem is that we (historically) do not live in a society that views male and female sexuality equally. If you think it's wrong for both men and women to sleep around, have casual sex and open relationships, then that's fine and I can't say your morality is wrong, merely that I would disagree. I was merely trying to sketch some arguments for the other side as well as show why female sexuality hasn't really been treated with the same equality as male sexuality and trying to put these opinions in a broader social context was all. In one of your previous posts you seemed to be appealing to these cultural norms by saying "Should a ‘single’ girl engage in sexual encounters with a variety of different men, what would society... label her?," and perhaps my response could be boiled down to "why would society be right to do so?"

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 on Dare

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solrage 4 years ago

hayley, it's possible they just skipped a day since they always update at the same time each day. Such skipping is really rare here, but somewhat more common on the newer photographer sites. That said, Jonathan gave his email in a response to one of the vids (Dare, I think), so you could email and ask directly.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 on Conlido

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solrage 4 years ago

I was just joking, hayley; no reason to get upset. I meant to type "the cinephile IN ME shutters." I also wasn't calling the films OR your opinion "nonsense," but rather iMDB's "Top 100" list "nonsense." It's created by fanboys that have nothing better to do with their lives than create 10,000 IMDB accounts merely to vote up their favorite films and vote down their least favorite films. It's sad, really. A better indicator of what "great films" are would be something like Theyshootpictures' Top 1000 list. FWIW, Barton Fink was made by the same guys (Coen Brothers) that made Fargo. It's an equally great film, though comparatively unknown for some reason (probably because it doesn't fit neatly into a genre).

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 on Offstage

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solrage 4 years ago

Haven't seen this film yet, but I read hayley and horsemaster's review anyway because I enjoy them... but, hayley, c'mon... Shawshank Redemption and The Dark Knight? The cinephile in shutters that these are the best examples you could think of! (too IMDb top 10 nonsense) If we MUST go modern and American from those time periods, think There Will Be Blood and Fargo, at least! Better yet would be something like Synecdoche, New York and Barton Fink, but they're a bit more obscure...

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 on Offstage

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Rose 7 months ago

It's probably my most favorite part – I'd happily watch an entire movie that was just a long blowjob, but then that's my thing. As we always say here, "To each his or her own"! :-)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 on Take Care 2

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saartje 10 months ago

Hi Solrage
I am sorry i have missunderstood you, I realy like experimentl films,there are also beautiful ones at Viv Thomas.
As you know I prefer girl/girl, .Somestimes I wach boy/girl, but never vote because I don notlike the nice and want to do justice to the movie, ,a couple of times people wanted higher ratings for boy/girl., I thought you meant
Perhaps my english is not good enough. I a, very very sorry if I did you wrong.
The only boy/girl movies I watch at this site. this one was excellent.
However I still sgand for the remark there has been art on and on,the seris bittersweet, secrets of praque and love for sale for example
I wish you all a pleasant day. do take care and please forgive me my bad english

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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horsemaster 10 months ago

Hear! Hear! Love the "art" in SexArt. Need more!

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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Sydney 10 months ago

Your sentiments in both comments reflect my own perfectly, Solrage. I have indeed been missing the Art in SexArt.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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Rose 10 months ago

Thanks both for your comments – this is the kind of conversation I love to see here on SexArt! Solrage, have you seen "Wall," the first of the "Art Collection"? It's one of my favorite recent films. Very unusual and original. I'm really glad you spoke up, to encourage our production teams to keep experimenting. I really relish their more left-field offerings too.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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saartje 10 months ago

Hello Solrage
I realy do respect every opinion. as you know I never vote because a personal opinion do n ot justify the movie.every movie at Sex art is art, not only this one,just saying.
And the remark that you knew it would low,is irritating me, this is not the first time I am hearing this here.
Lets put it this way .this is a high quality site with terrific high standard movies without any exception, where rating are off no importance at all.
I wish you all a pleasant day and hope you forgive reacting this way.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 on Born Out Of The Sand

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Rose 2 years ago

Wow, well spotted, solrage – I never pick up on things like that!!!

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 on Love For Sale Season 2 - Episode 2 - Celebration

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Wanda Lust 3 years ago

Relatively new to SexArt, and hence late to the discussion on this movie. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly, not much to add to what others have said. But I did want to add my thoughts on planned or unplanned.

My strong sense is that while it wasn't planned, neither was it unintentional. I have a wonderful 30-year old son who was conceived under circumstances quite similar to what was portrayed here. I didn't use protection, I did an "oops", and DW's reaction was very similar to Violette's in the movie.

In the storyline, I think that though they weren't intending for her to get pregnant, they weren't shying away from it either. And it carried their relationship to the next level; it was a natural progression. (And of course not all pregnancies that occur with an "Ooops" have a fairy tale ending, but in this romantic storyline that's the outcome.) Crucially, she first made the decision to remove the condom. Second, he made the decision to stay in at the end. Third, after he said "Oops", she indicated that it was OK. It sounded to me that he suggested that she at least douche, and she said "no douche". They then spent a few moments bonding together over what transpired.

So while they weren't planning for her to get pregnant, at that point they were ready to embrace that future together if that were to happen. It's all very believable to me, and all very well done.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 on Careful

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Alis Locanta 3 years ago

HAHAHAHA!!!

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 on Bed of Roses

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horsemaster 3 years ago

"Blue is the Warmest Color" is a profoundly powerful film with a couple of the bravest young actresses ever to grace mainstream films. The acting is award-winning, but it is way too controversial for American audiences ever to win an Oscar I suspect.

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 on On The Sly

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kstinn 3 years ago

look at the discussion on the previous vid it tells whats happening.

Friday, June 27th, 2014 on On The Sly

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Melena A 3 years ago

Thank you for enjoy my work and me=)I very enjoy to do it and i love be on differents roles =) This video and photos so sensual i love it so much!
Yes, it very different when i dont contact with camera and you spy on me, it make me more exciting! With alis work it's really high level and it's all perfect!

Dear Solrage On Stunning18 true i real on it how i am lol he ask provocative questions no role=)Dear Snowfall buble and bike sooo f@king hot!)

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 on Se Telefonando 2

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Jonathan 3 years ago

Like this? :) Sexart -Twin Peaks

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 on The Heat

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Snowfall1 3 years ago

If you think Melena is great here, go to TLE and see what she can do with bubble gum, or an exercise bike.
Melena is, indeed and without a doubt, a brilliant soloist - also evidenced on TLE ...

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 on Se Telefonando 2

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Alis Locanta 3 years ago

CLUE: the music and the title font/color…. :)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 on The Heat

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Alis Locanta 3 years ago

Solrage,
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! WOW!!! WHAT A GREAT COMMENT!!!
I'm so glad you appreciate my work. Shooting films like "The Heat" is pretty hard: I talked a lot with the models, explaining the mood I had in mind. I can say Whitney is a real friend, after the huge production for TW, and she did understand what I wanted. And the same was with Kari: both models did a stunning performance!

But…. there's a tribute in this film…. no one catch it?!?! :)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 on The Heat

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horsemaster 3 years ago

That's one reason I'm here. Gotta learn the right motions! ;o)

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 on Be My Slave II

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Jonathan 3 years ago

solrage-- nice catch :)

Friday, April 18th, 2014 on Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

Girls just don't quite have that instinctive thrusting motion ;)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 on Be My Slave II

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

As to the second point, it looks like that will forever remain a secret known only to the chosen few :)

As to the first point, I'd love someone here to spend an evening listening to Jason Isbell's Cigarettes and Wine, and then make a film of it.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014 on Faith

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

"I usually either immediately try to fly or have sex"

Yup, that's it. I have a fear that one day I'll think I'm dreaming when I'm not...

Friday, April 4th, 2014 on Lost in a Dream - Vol. 4

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swplf2 3 years ago

Solrage --- Thanks, I refuse to be sucked in by such drivel, you reply was perfect.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 on Message In A Bottle

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horsemaster 3 years ago

You know that 2/3 of a really bad pun is: P.U. (Which is a huge compliment. ) Just Awful!

Friday, March 21st, 2014 on MUSA

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MonCapitan 3 years ago

That joke made me cringe. You could've come up with something more clever.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 on MUSA

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

You should see today's film by Melena on TLE (I wish we could comment on there...). It's got a very rare 10 from me. She really is amazing.

Sunday, March 16th, 2014 on eMemories II

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Snowfall1 3 years ago

I tend to agree on most counts.
Perhaps if Linda's jeans had disappeared completely ...

Friday, March 14th, 2014 on Liberation

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horsemaster 3 years ago

Yes, Solrage captures well my own responses to this film. Sylvie always seems a little cool, a little distant, maybe even a little angry. Rarely fun, flirty, happy. The contrast between her and, say, Melena A (the other star this week) probably couldn't be greater. This film is sexy, but sex is sort of "hard".

Friday, March 7th, 2014 on I'm Here For Love

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horsemaster 3 years ago

"...if all orgasms aren't like that, they bloody well should be! "

Amen!

Friday, March 7th, 2014 on eMemories II

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Alis Locanta 3 years ago

Thank you so much!

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 on eMemories II

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

She really blows herself away, doesn't she? There was an even better film on TLE last week. An unbelievable performer.

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 on eMemories II

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Alis Locanta 3 years ago

Hi Solrage,

I do agree every your words. Every.
With Melena I could just press "REC" and sit. :)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 on eMemories II

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horsemaster 3 years ago

When Tristen was first played during the opera premier week, there was outrage amongst many critics of the day. It was considered lewd and too sensuous for polite company. Young ladies were told to stay away. The "climax" and afterlude of the "Love-Death" section were considered by some to be blatantly sexual. And, of course, this part of the opera is probably the most famous bit heard today. (It's been one of my favorite pieces of music since grade school, and it wasn't until later that I understood why.)

Thanks for the translation.

So, Alis how about a film that integrates the "Liebes-Tod" into a gushy, romantic love and death scene. Now THAT would be art! And a challenge!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 on Approaching

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Commander Shepard 3 years ago

No miraculous comeback for the Pat this afternoon though. Had to say it. great vid

Monday, January 20th, 2014 on The Game VIII - Winner Takes All

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Jonathan 3 years ago

solrage-- great post, insightful as always. I can assure you Sexart will not stop releasing these types of films. We release a wide range of films and we'll continue to do so. Anything else would be the death of my enthusiasm to produce. Sexart is evolving constantly, we will keep what works and pepper-in experimentation. We'll always learn from our successes, and adjust from our failures. My hope is, our Members will at least appreciate the diversity of our offering.

Friday, January 17th, 2014 on Deus Sex Machina

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harryben 3 years ago

I am in agreement with many of these points- good work from Lorena and Maya, potentially an electric pairing. But much of the physical/spatial relationship between then seems to be occupied with the attempt to contain all the action on the table, contributing in part to the sense of detachment and lack of direct contact between them. And it seems that the unusual length of the music could have been partly prompted by the need to cover a lot of knocking and banging as they settled on the table. In other words, the setting seemed to constrain what they could do. I hope that we can see them together again soon, but in a more natural setting which allows them to really explore each other. Maya's films on SexArt generally manage to show a stronger side of her personality that when she appears on other sites, but this was an opportunity lost, I am afraid.

Monday, January 13th, 2014 on You And Me

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desertrat 3 years ago

I admit I’m a sloppy non-perfectionist and that I generally look at the whole and ignore the parts. I guess I’m not convinced that these snippets always have to logically organized (especially being 30 min or less). Life’s memorable moments are usually unannounced and well underway before we take notice. However, I do like a story when it’s possible.

Saturday, January 11th, 2014 on You And Me

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

Agreed. Not bad but not the best. The cum-shot seemed to be missed again, with the first view afterwards obscured by his shirt, and the second view looking more like a squirt of yoghurt/Gaviscon/fake cum of your choice had been applied.

Sunday, January 5th, 2014 on The Way To You

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Jonathan 3 years ago

Happy New Year to you Snowfall and all our members. Sexart has grown every year and continues to grow thanks to members like you-- CHEERS!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 on Care

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

The pixels showed up when there were large areas of similar but not exactly the same colour. For example when there was a semi close up of her thigh so most of the screen was a flesh colour, the minor variations showed as blocks.
We do get come pixellation on very fast moving sequences but I don't think that was the case here. We use an old 36" LCD tv plugged into very old pc, and we view from about 10ft away so it's not like we are sitting on top of the thing. I'm getting a new tv soon so we'll see again after that.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 on Care

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Snowfall1 3 years ago

Not Alis, but Andrej and Ariel get the credit ...

Monday, December 30th, 2013 on Tease Me

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 3 years ago

You should watch it - it's a cracker. This is a lovely warm film, although clearly the shot was missed at the end. I also think that, with the exception of dear old Ron Jeremy, the beergut and bodyhair look is sadly undervalued in porn. The Dove says she likes it - but of course she could just be being nice to me!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 on Finish Me

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harryben 3 years ago

My point about unsurprising etc was more a reflection on the intense reaction to Lorena'a and Bambi's film: this film is absolutely solid, and that is welcome. But there are other approaches within the SexArt tradition which push the boundaries a bit more, and I welcome that too.

Saturday, December 21st, 2013 on Before The Exam

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horsemaster 3 years ago

I had taken note of the silly candles in the window and how little they added to the ambiance, but decided it made little difference. I think your technical analysis is right on (and like Harryben, I enjoy reading your critiques), but I think you might have been a little unfair comparing a film by Alis or Don or most anyone else here (maybe an exception for Paul Black in editing) to a Terrance Malick or Vittorio Storaro film. Those guys create masterpieces and take years (sometime, as in Malick's case, MANY years between films. And when a film like "Tree of Life" comes out, it's worth the wait!), and have millions of dollars in budget. Here, the film makers are on short leashes and limited budgets to produce product week in and week out. You have to go back to someone like Mack Sennett for 3-a-week one-reelers that met then-current professional standards. Yes, there are little editing imperfections in many films here, but, consider the norm in this industry and I think things here are rather extraordinary. Not all films are going to be Paul Black quality if we are going to get the frequency of films that are output here. And on occasion we DO get what I would consider a high degree of cinematography. See: "The Sea Mouse", or "Waiting for Rain", or even some of "The Game" (which, in trying to give a big back- and front-story "jumped the shark" by going too much that way, in my opinion). Budget and time (and, yes, I agree, experience) are the big constraints in making the type of "art film" that we all would want to see done here with our sex films. Generally, I'm pretty happy being here, and, once-in-a-while, I'm blown away.

Don and Lorena (and all the other film makers here): listen to, but don't take the critics here (including me) so seriously that they interferes with your passion and vision.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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desertrat 3 years ago

Fair enough.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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harryben 3 years ago

I agree with most of your points, which I why I proposed that perhaps this was the end of a very long night in a scruffy club - or maybe it wasn't, in which most of your points are valid. The shooting was very four square, not many diagonals if at all, and if there was an implied narrative about time, place, relationship, it was confused in the distracting setting. So a lot of what was very good in the scene was diluted and the impact lost.

However, I also agree with desertrat. Often when these issues arise, I try to make it all work anyway, and ambiguity is at the heart of film. But it would be good to hear from the team.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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swplf2 3 years ago

I can't agree with the cinematography. It is a little harsh. It may not be a 10 but not a 5. The editing is questionable. But we don't see the raw footage. There may be a reason for the dissolove, etc. My question would be to Don, Does this satisfy you? I have reviewed several of Alis's films where people have bitched but in most cases Alis "got" exactly what he wanted. Are you judging in general or only against Sex Art videos. IMO the quality here is so high SA is already above most other sites which try to be erotic that a "bad" job here is better than the best on their sites. I would give an 8 and 7 respectively but overall no worse than a 8. But of course that is just my opinion. We know yours...

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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desertrat 3 years ago

I like your comments and analysis. You know how to take things apart and analyze things. You have the mind an engineer. I’m one also. But I like the unexplained. It adds to the sense of mystery and stirs the imagination. I don’t want a precise smooth flow that is entirely predictable. Life’s not like that and it would be boring if it was. 10/10.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Hielo Caliente

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Greene04 3 years ago

I agree with you solrage. I feel the focus of this video is more on the story and aesthetic. I thought everything from the changing settings to the music flowed well together. I agree that the sex could have been hotter but that would be nitpicking.

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 on A Love Journey

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Snowfall1 3 years ago

I loved this, and/but agree with you 100%...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 on eMemories

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harryben 4 years ago

Yes, I also like the story structure, although you have to work on it - it promises more between these two, for a start. In other words, it implies that the relationship had a start, so could develop further.

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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Snowfall1 4 years ago

Solrage, I don't want to fall out, but my views on this are almost diametrically opposite yours: weak/bland music (what is music suitable for sex in a scullery?), girls not very connected (apart from the scenes by the car), unstructured rather than anything original (it felt cobbled together from several different ideas).

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 4 years ago

Entirely agree. We miss what the dear departed Hayley called sexART, but that clearly was less popular. They are doing a pretty good job in still producing imaginative interesting material though. The members deserve to be taken into account, we aren't all slobs in lay-z-boys, but it is important not to chase the lowest common denominator - as we all know, in porn that is very low indeed!

Friday, November 8th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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horsemaster 4 years ago

Outstanding, thoughtful, and, ultimately relevant comments, Solrage. I think you've summed up the issues and challenges brilliantly.

Friday, November 8th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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horsemaster 4 years ago

Very well said, Solrage. I think you are right that some of the experimentation may have leveled off somewhat, but I sense it's partly due to the need to put out product, now that the US side of things is no longer producing. Deadlines have to be met by fewer production crews. Experimentation suffers, perhaps because of it. I, too, hope Ariel and Andrej don't get discouraged, but continue to experiment, follow their vision(s), and bring us different and interesting work. And, as you say, not every film will meet every member's tastes.

Friday, November 8th, 2013 on The Game V - Watch Your Back

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swplf2 4 years ago

I agree. IMO Alis does excellent work here on Sex. Everything about this production was top notch. A far as the sex --- well girls will be girls, they seemed satisfied....

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 on A Love Journey

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harryben 4 years ago

I agree to the extent that the Halloween set-up was unconvincing, and the visuals were a bit tawdry; desaturated images for a start, and the set is really token; and I agree about the editing, which may have had more to do with the shot selection. But after an awkward start, Dido and Alexis did begin to 'get into each other and the sex concluded well, with both girls convincing in their commitment.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 on Halloween Party

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Snowfall1 4 years ago

To me, they looked pretty much into it, and each other...
Might Dido or Alexis comment?
But I did find my attention wandering occasionally, so maybe it's just a bit too long.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 on Halloween Party

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Scorpio 4 years ago

I totally agree with everything Solrage stated above. I felt the same emotions when I watched the movie but I saw all the other positive reviews and questioned myself.

Yes, some of us like a great story line and sex that follows. I personally like that too but if the story line is less than convincing but the art of sex is believable, I feel like I am getting what I subscribed for. For me personally the previous move, The Game IV had more erotic sex. I am sure it is each to his own. Thanks for reading my thoughts.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 on Halloween Party

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DeltaGamma. 4 years ago

CONNIE CARTER (using my account): first of all HI! to everybody! II hope that you liked my video! (and photos too..)
I really enjoyed shooting this video with Ariel and Andrej, they are so friendly and I am always happy when I shoot with them. The crew is also so funny! This video was shot in my town about one month ago. I had a nice day and I really enjoyed it.
Solrage: it's difficult to say what I prefer between videos with my boyfriend and solo, it's a different kind of "magic". With my boyfriend it's more complex because I am not alone and I also concentrate on him, while with solo I can concentrate more on myself, my facial expressions, poses.. I think I prefer to shoot with my boyfriend, because I am not alone.. About describing my Sexart experience I only did videos with Ariel and Andrej and photos with Don Caravaggio, so I can say that I feel comfortable because they are all friendly and professional, so I like it.
I am looking forward to new videos and photos to show you all and I hope you like them!

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 on My Moment

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swplf2 4 years ago

Excellent Questions. And think about this. Here we we have our commentator's group getting the help of an Artist, that isn't even part of today's video, that has seen our commentator's group requests for model input. And so he, by pure chance, has contact today with the featured model, and on our behalf convinces her to join us here. IMO this is exactly the type of growth that I had hoped would develop here. Thank's to Delta, and in advance Connie. Jon, if you are around today, give us your feelings about this.

Friday, October 25th, 2013 on My Moment

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DeltaGamma. 4 years ago

Solrage, Connie just read your questions and she will be glad to answer you after dinner.
About your other wish, I am pretty sure that she will become a SA regular soon, she hasn't shown all of her potential yet, I can tell you, she is incredibly beautiful and sexy and she deserves more opportunities to be enjoyed by you all. For the videos wr already have Ariel and Andrej, for the photos, after the great set by Don which was much appreciated I hope to be able to contribute soon through the pictures we are shooting these days.

Friday, October 25th, 2013 on My Moment

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Snowfall1 4 years ago

Couldn't agree more about Isabella ...

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 on The Game III - The Mission

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solrage 4 years ago

It looks like this site can't do the "less than" keyboard symbol, so to finish the above post: ...I rarely think videos are mediocre or bad enough to warrant less than 5 ratings, probably because I've seen enough horrid and mediocre erotica/pornography to know what 1-5 material REALLY looks like.

Monday, October 21st, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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swplf2 4 years ago

I guess we all can agree this series is controversial, risky, and no one as yet is sure if it will "work".

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on The Game III - The Mission

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 4 years ago

Fascinating comment. We both have things to say ... as is my right I'll go first :) I think you're being a bit polite about the poor photo sets on MA, it doesn't take state of the art software to delete images where the model is blinking! I agree that there were some gorgeous ethereal sets in the early days (my favourites were Andrea C & Anna S, even after all this time I can remember those names), and they really showed you don't need a lot of megapixels, just imagination. We were members at the time that the site was moving away from that towards what they do now, and we were looking for more sexually exciting material. Not the tired old trope of "couple's porn" which often means bland, but more than that. We kind of found it elsewhere for a while, and we've certainly found it on Sex Art. Anyway...

As is MY right, I'll have the last word - I have been for 35 years, why stop now? Obviously most hardcore material is sexist, it is motivated by hate, not eroticism or beauty, and is aimed at an audience of inadequates. We are looking for connections, and sexuality. That can be softcore, but the conventions of what makes material soft or hard make that difficult (eg, the inequality of nudity in soft material, along with the frankly comical sight of a limp dick!). I'm straight, I've fooled around with girls a few times (we've done some pretty crazy sex things in our time!), but essentially naked girls don't turn me on. I want to see genuinely artistic material, or really visually striking films, or something that gets inside the performers in some way. A lot of the solo & BG material on here seems to do that, the GG material less so - that seems to be more geared to boys who want to watch, and not to me. As for softcore, a girl on display with her legs apart can't show us much, except what is between her legs - I think it needs more explicit material to show us what is between her ears.

As a summary, we are looking for artistry, and sexuality, but not necessarily in the same film.

Back to the voting. That clod of a husband of mine is a mathemetician and didn't get this. It takes a historian... By voting average material 8 or 9, you are giving more power to malicious people who want to vote 1 or 2. Make you average votes 5 or 6, then you can give the really great stuff 9 or 10, and the power of those who vote 1 or 2 goes away. And be honest - it isn't all great!

Sunday, October 20th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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swplf2 4 years ago

So you are saying give them a chance? Don't judge based on this one vid?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 on Kane & Wahine

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Snowfall1 4 years ago

If only Iveta would feature here! She was always (is still) my MA favourite ...

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 4 years ago

I get what you're saying sol - I can't imagine being obsessed enough to do that! I'm not familiar with MA - we were briefly members about 8 years ago, before there were any quality hardcore sites like this, but it didn't appeal to Dove as it really was the "girls on display for men" thing. Also, to be honest, a lot of the photography was rubbish - we gave up when there was an update of 100 photos, over 1GB in size (ie the images were straight off the camera without a photoshop "save for web" to flatten them & reduce the size) and, on at least 8 of the shots, the flash hadn't gone off, and there were about 6 with her blinking! The photographer has just pressed the shutter realease 100 times and uploaded the results. I assume it is better now, but the style wouldn't suit us. Are we the only people who find that softcore material is MORE sexist than hardcore?

Anyway, that is off the subject I know... I think all you can do is let the votes and comments fall as they will. If you drop the 1s & 2s, shouldn't you also drop the 9s and 10s? If you dismiss a negative comment as "just your opinion", shouldn't you also dismiss positive comments?

Friday, October 18th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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swplf2 4 years ago

First of all thank you for your help yesterday, as you see Jon gave me the official date.

Secound, since Sylvia has now died. I would love for one of our artist to recreate the polo player scene, and the racquetball court scene as a homage in her honor. The film was released in 1975 and as your commented, except for the penetration and showing the goods, stated the whole movie is one of the actual creators of the style we watch here now, almost 40 years later. What do you think...

Friday, October 18th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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horsemaster 4 years ago

Indeed.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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swplf2 4 years ago

solrage, you made one of the earliest comments I can find.(In the blog section, it just says "2 years ago") Were you here from the beginning? If so do you remember the date (month/year would be fine.) SexArt came fully on line. I remember it doing some preview stuff but I mean when it began "daily" updates. One of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha's quests is in need of that data. I found another of yours from back then that referenced both Emmanuelle, and The Story of O when Dido appeared in "Be My Slave" I had flash backs to O. In Joy of a Woman the tattooed polo player was so so novel. Today many of our women and men are adorne with them. Except for actual penetration and exposure of man parts the late Sylvia Kristel was as hot, back then, as anything we see today.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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horsemaster 4 years ago

I completely agree with Solrage. This is one of the best GG films on this (or any) site, even with the little transition quirks. For me a big part is the sensuality both ladies have and display, especially in the middle segment in the Jacuzzi. Lorena seems to be one of those extraordinarily special people who just loves touching and being touched and at a point just triggers into raw nerve endings, and she ignites that same sensuality in Charlise (as I believe she probably would with any partner). I loved the long (and satisfying) foreplay that builds slowly and continually until both ladies are almost on fire and the viewer (this viewer anyway) is left with a lump in the throat and almost a tear in the eye at the sheer power and beauty of it. And then they ignite and transition into the fire that burns in the bedroom (and I take due note of Solrages transition comments). Here Lorena continues to burn brightly while Charlise seems to peak (maybe a bit in awe of the released raw energy that Lorena radiates). Both ladies satisfy and are satisfied. And this viewer is left with "Wow!!" - and that lump in the throat.

I've said it before and I'll repeat here: Don Caravaggio (and team) is a lucky bastard, and I'll add: the ladies are lucky to have Don (and team) capture their magic. This one goes into a special file.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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D.Caravaggio 4 years ago

Congratulations Solrage,
I was waiting for who was the first to understand my ode to Rocky III you win ... bravo!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 on Luscious Drops

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Snowfall1 4 years ago

But there wasn't a Virgil Simpson ....

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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swplf2 4 years ago

solrage,

In one of my posts I mention Dido/Lola and her movie with Eufrat. I agree that the essential element of any movie here is a production and thus "acted". When I observed the Dido/Eufrat video, it was different. Both of these girls have been around for several years now and I have seen both in "hard" & "soft" core work. In all probability they have known one another for a good while and are definitely familiar with one another's "work". And there is even a clip part at the end of that video that reflects the set up. However it seemed to me that once they got into the scene, they both were in a "different" place and just enjoying one another. Thus my comment.

I would love to see an interview with APF and them discussing this scene. I think that the inclusion of APF has added an element not seen on most site's. She has been there, done that, and is now producing. Anderj is either her husband or family member, and the atmosphere she creates for her shoots just appears "different".

IMO your observations are totally correct normally. I just wonder if APF is doing something different, if not better.

Lately with commentators like you, and hopefully me our section here is getting to a place different and better than most sites have. Your poem is a great example, I loved it.

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 4 years ago

Not half as funny as Snowfall watching it with the sound down!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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Snowfall1 4 years ago

We will now all think of you as Homer ...

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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Jonathan 4 years ago

It was a coincidence, but I do read every comment. Thank you for the comments!

Friday, September 27th, 2013 on The Sound of Silence

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Blackhawk and The White Winged Dove 4 years ago

Thanks for the thoughts sol. When we booted the kids out we downsized to a small flat in the city to give us a great lifestyle (and to make sure they couldn't come back!). It's a noisy area, but we love it.

As to the films, we often play a CD during the really quiet parts of these films, but it doesn't really work. It is definitely the worst aspect of the films for us. We are still working through some of the early films, and today we saw "Dream of You" - it was a crucial 10 minute shorter, and when the music stopped the performers were immediately active and noisy, and it was markedly more enjoyable. I appreciate we are in a minority on this - maybe we'll try skipping 10 minutes or so once the music stops, but it does seem a bit of a waste.

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 on City Ride

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Dulluh 4 years ago

I already told you, that you were right AND wrong, so I don't say, that you "just" called names. But in fact, you did and I think you admit with me, that "name-calling" is not a good way to have a discussion, that helps those, who are participated in this discussion.
If someone feels like he was called names, he doesn't gives a shit about others explanations about them and why it was right to do it. It never can be right, to call names. Even, when it is well explained.
Hayley feels hurt by your comments and as I said before, you cannot do anything against it. You only can try to apologize. Maybe you want to say now, that hayley made the first step to start this whole mess, but this carrys no weight. You both are participated in that dispute, so you both are guilty, that it came to that mess.
I know, the big problem you have with hayley is her overacting. But think about this: hayley is just human as we all are. She is individual. There are reasons, why she acted this way, why she "overacted". Nobody knows these reasons, only hayley could let us look into her very own temper, her experiences she made in her life so far. And because of that, it was just not right that you used name-calling terms
Yes, hayley acts sometimes a bit too much sensitive about the replies, other user are giving to her. But have we, have YOU, really the right to blame her for that? I think: No. We just have to accept it and respect her temper, her personality, her feelings instead of persenting papers to her.

Please accept my apologize for my harsh words against you. I respect you.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

It's just how you made me feel. And I already told you, I felt that way for a reason and my reason is justified by comments such as this: ""I'm pretty sure all of this stems from my criticism of your "morals" in this post here: - I'm sorry, but I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong." You can't argue against another's feelings and tell them that what they're feeling isn't right.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

Even with arguments that are entirely valid, and with Dulluh's help, you are not willing to admit where you went wrong, and where you continue to go wrong.

You have no right to correct, criticise, undermine and project your opinions onto others. Your own words prove that you do this "I'm pretty sure all of this stems from my criticism of your "morals" in this post here: - I'm sorry, but I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong." Opinions aren't wrong!

You also have no right to attack, hurt and belittle others. Again your own words prove you do this. You’ve have called me:
- (Overly)-sensitive (x9)
- Close-minded
- Irrational (x2)
- (In)sane (implied when you said “there was absolutely NOTHING in my initial comment that any rational, sane human being would say provoked your response from the second paragraph on”
- Defensive (x3)
- Hypocritical (x2)
- And you’ve now just communicated that you believe I have a ‘persecution complex’

Solrage. I'm cancelling my membership. I wont be here while you are. I sincerely hope that Jonathan will have words to you on my behalf, and maybe... just maybe, talk some sense into you.

Monday, September 16th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

solrage, as i've explained, you have the right to disagree. But i also explained what you don't have the right to do, and whether its intentional or not, correcting, criticising, undermining, projecting, personally attacking and belittling are those things that do not belong in comments here at SexArt. And please don't tell me I can't tolerate people who disagree with my comments. I have written plenty of pieces in my time which many people have disagreed with (judging by the amount of 'thumbs down'). I don't mind if they disagree, as long as they don't correct, criticise, undermine and project their own opinions onto me that's fine. As long as they don't personally attack and belittle me, that's fine. And my solution: all i asked originally was that you 'consider the above when replying to my comments'. I didn't ask you stop replying. It was when you started to attack, criticise and belittle me that I asked you to stop replying, and I'm perfectly entitled to do this. See 'Sixth Paragraph:' in the post above.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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Dulluh 4 years ago

EDIT

Quote of solrage: "That’s not “name-calling,” that’s called correctly applying the dictionary definition of a term!"

You are right and you are wrong.
Right: You have a feeling about hayley and you just formed those feelings into words like "close-minded" etc.
Wrong: "Name-calling" and "correctly applying the dictionary definition of a term" are no contradictions. Both of them can live in one sentence, in one statement. When I meet a prostitute and call her a whore, I only use another word for prostitute (which is not judgemental) but I also calling her names, because whore is a word with negative influence. Same is with terms like "close-minded", "hypocritical" etc.

solrage, it does not help you, when you defend your own statements about hayley. Fact is, that hayley feels hurt about your comments and there is nothing you can do to change her feelings. The only thing you can do is to apologize and - on this way - pay the respect she deserves as a chat partner.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

First paragraph:
You continue to hurt and belittle me, this time comparison. And the fact that they are intelligent doesn’t make it ok to say this.

Second paragraph:
“This is all nonsense, of course. Every opinion, every moral, every interpretation are founded upon ‘objective things we feel are true.’” The piece I’ve highlighted is just another way of saying ‘subjective things’. So your entire paragraph becomes mute.

Third paragraph:
You repeatedly offend on correcting, criticizing, undermining, and projecting your opinions. Need I say more…

Fourth paragraph:
“How do you distinguish between fact and opinion”. Here you go, it’s from BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/factsheet/en06opin-l1-f-what-is-fact-and-opinion.

Yes of course, all opinions are equal. I might disagree with the opinions of others, but after my experience on ‘Dare’ I have learnt to respect them. I might disagree, but I now understand I have no right to correct, criticize, undermine and project my own opinions onto others. When will you learn this lesson?

In regards to the doctor and Crazy Joe bit; the doctor says, “Joe, in my personal opinion the new plastic screws, as opposed to the old metal ones, will be better your knee reconstruction. Here are the reasons why I believe this.” Joe then says “Ok, look I understand Doctor, but I would prefer if you used the old metal ones”. The doctor then respectfully replies “Are you sure of this? (Yes). Ok then Joe, if this is what you wish, then that is what I will do for you”. Whilst the Doctor’s opinion is ‘most likely’ the best in this case (based on the research out there), he has to respect the opinion and wishes of his patient. He has no right to correct, criticize, undermine or project his own opinion onto the patient.

Fifth paragraph:
How you can stand there and tell me you haven’t committed these acts absolutely bewilders me.

Sixth paragraph:
If you correct, criticise, undermine and project your own opinions and morals onto me. If you attack, hurt and belittle me by questioning my character and calling me names. If you make me feel uncomfortable and uneasy… I have every, I repeat every right to stand up for myself and ask you to stop. Every right! How you can stand there and tell me otherwise also absolutely bewilders me.

Seventh paragraph:
I didn’t start this. You started this with your first reply, which made me feel as though you were correcting, criticizing, undermining and projecting your own ideas onto me. Now whether that was intentional or not, you can’t argue against how you made me feel, because I obviously felt that way for a reason.

Thank you for calling my arguments lazy and false. You continue to back up every argument I make.

In terms of not posting. Once this argument is over. I won’t post, and it is because of you and everything you have done to me that I wont.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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Dulluh 4 years ago

Hi solrage,
is this really so difficult to understand? I think, the great mistake that you made was all the name-calling. I know, you do not see it this way (probably because you did not meant it this way), but actually you did. You used phrases like "close-minded", "hypocritical" and much more. And as a poisoned cherry on top you assumed hayley to have a persecution complex. What are those phrases, when not name-callings? Really, I believe you when you say, you did not want to hurt hayley but you DID and for me it is no wonder why.
I think you forgot a few things.
First: You are only chatting with an alias, "hayley13". You cannot tell anybody, that you know her personally and because of that, all this name-calling was totally over the top. Sure there were some indicators which you made thinking, that you are right with all the assumptions but you should know, that most people are acting totally different in the internet than in reality.
Second: The written word can be easily misinterpreted. You do not have the feedback of countenance, gesticulations and the tone of your voice. That is why you should be more sensitive with the words, you are using. YOU know, how you meant all the written things, but that does not include the fact, that your chat partner knows this too. I think, this is a "sickness of using the anonymous internet", because many people forget this.

But as I said before, you are not the only one, who made mistakes. Personally, I think too, that hayley overacted a bit with her first reply to your comment. I do not think, that it was your intention to change her interpretation into yours. But you see, this is an example for the "easy misunderstanding of written words", because she thought that. Of course, you told her several times, that it was not your intention but you told her this along with all the name-calling. This did not made you very reliable.

I think, this whole discussion got out of control by the both of you and I am afraid, that my "peacemaker-playing" is too late. Most likely, hayley does not read this last comments in order to prevent her of being more hurt like she feels.
But I appreciate, that it seems, that you really want to know, what went wrong on this dispute between hayley and you.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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solrage 4 years ago

A correction for the "Telling me to stop responding to you" section: I meant "I think you MISunderstand my point."

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

Solrage,

Disagreeing, correcting, undermining, projecting and criticizing:
You said previously "I'm pretty sure all of this stems from my criticism of your "morals" in this post here: - I'm sorry, but I don't understand people who prefer to hold on to their opinions dogmatically even when presented with good reasons, arguments, and evidence that they're wrong." This statement backs up everything I have said in regards to you disagreeing, and in turn correcting and undermining my opinions and morals, and further projecting your own opinions and morals onto me… because you believe your own opinions and morals are ‘right’ and more valuable. Opinions, interpretations and morals aren’t right, nor are they wrong. Surely you must understand this? You are welcome to have, and give, your own opinions, interpretations and morals, and you are welcome to disagree with those of others. What you are not welcome to do is correct and project these onto other people, because you believe your, “good reasons, arguments and evidence”, would prove them ‘wrong’. You have even implied this yourself when you said, “Most artists understand this and consciously choose not to "force" their intentions or interpretations onto the audience”. And yet you, a member, feel you have the right to do so? So Solrage, every “good reason, argument and evidence” you make about not committing what I’ve said becomes positively mute… And you only have your own words to blame for it.
Case closed!

An understanding of how art and criticism works:
Surely you will know better on this, because it’s your “area of expertise”, and you will argue that your “good reasons, arguments and evidence” cannot be overturned, and therefore, that what you say is correct. But that will only support what I’ve said above. But please, if you want to, prove my point.
Case closed!

Questioning my character and calling me names:
You’ve have called me:
- (Overly)-sensitive (x9)
- Close-minded
- Irrational (x2)
- (In)sane (implied when you said “there was absolutely NOTHING in my initial comment that any rational, sane human being would say provoked your response from the second paragraph on”
- Defensive (x3)
- Hypocritical (x2)
- And you’ve now just communicated that you believe I have a ‘persecution complex’
The undeniable evidence speaks for itself. You have indeed personally attacked, hurt and belittled me, by questioning my character and putting me down with name-calling.
Case closed!

“Again, you can't lecture about me having respect for your feelings when you gave absolutely no thought or concern about how telling me to "stop responding" to you would make me feel and, what's more, when I get upset about that, you don't seem to care. That's hypocritical”:
I’m sorry Solrage, I didn’t know not talking to me would hurt your feelings. It would be nice to think that feelings such as these would be expressed by my family, my partner and ‘perhaps’ my friends; because they like/love me and share some sort of meaningful emotional connection with me, which they don’t want to be broken… But I certainly don’t expect these feelings from a stranger, which is what you are after all. And if I’m being totally honest, it makes me feel uncomfortable that a stranger would feel this way towards me. So I would again ask you to please stop doing that.
Case closed!

So now that I’ve made my points, I will end by saying… I’m not going to comment anymore. This is my final post here. Everything you, a stranger, have done (especially the questioning of my character and name-calling, and especially because I never, never once did it to you, except in hypothetical terms, which I then wrapped up by saying “And the fact of the matter is… neither of these perceptions is true of either of us.”) has hurt me so deeply, that I now refuse to be an integral part of something I love and adore, whilst ever members like you are here. You have bullied and belittled me into submission; I hope you feel proud of yourself.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 on Careful

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harryben 4 years ago

I absolutely agree ! By continuing to present us with new performers, some of whom may be less experienced, SexArt is challenging us to move beyond the comfortable. I am surprised by haley13's comments. I don't want just one kind of look and personality. Kayla may not be the usual obviously pretty girl, but she has bags of personality and charm, and is very direct with her sensuality. Three cheers to both of them !

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 on Memories

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hayley13. 4 years ago

Solrage,

You are entitled to provide your own ‘constructive feedback and opinions’ to the ‘producers’ of the work being published. I had a problem with what you had written because you singled me, ‘a member’ out, and you provided a ‘non-constructive, subjective opinion’ that disagreed, corrected and undermined the ‘constructive feedback and opinions’ I had given, and further, you projected your own ‘non-constructive, subjective opinion’ onto me.

Now if a member asks you to 'please' stop 'replying' with ‘non-constructive, subjective opinions’ to their posts, because that makes them feel hurt, or belittled or undermined, and they say ‘thank you’ at the end of that post; it would be my understanding that you would either respectfully oblige, and reply with something pleasant like: 'Oh, I'm sorry you felt this way Hayley, it was not my intent at all. I really didn't mean to upset you. I was just saying that I had a different take on things is all. Do you understand?' or something along those lines. A reply such as this tells me that you didn’t intend to do anything that upset me, that you are a nice person who is respectful of my feelings, and of the ‘constructive feedback and opinions’ I work so hard to provide to the ‘producers’ of the work being published, and that yes… I was being a little defensive and sensitive. Was this the case, I then say, ‘Sorry Solrage’.

But you didn’t reply like that. Yes you admitted that your ‘non-constructive, subjective opinion’ might have been a misinterpretation, but who I am to say your ‘non-constructive, subjective opinion’ is wrong. And the only reason I did disagree, correct, undermine and project my ‘non-constructive, subjective opinion’ back onto you, was because I was upset and emotional that you had done the same to me. Only the ‘producers’ of the work have the right to disagree, correct and project their ideas onto members ‘non-constructive, subjective opinions’. It’s their work, they know what they were trying to accomplish, and if we the members are wrong, they have every right to say so. You will notice that Ariel actually chimed in at one point to clarify upon this. Now we, and all other members have no right to do what Ariel can, because it’s not our work. It’s disrespectful for us to disagree, correct, and undermine another’s ‘non-constructive, subjective opinion’ and further project our own ideas onto them. We come across as self-important, know-it-alls. I was guilty of this on ‘Dare’ and admittedly so. Read the comment I posted to horsemaster and Dove, labeled ‘2 weeks ago’. I straight up admitted I was wrong to disagree, correct, and undermine others opinions, and further, I said I was sorry for projecting my ideas. It was this is the type of kind, and ‘rational and reasonable’ response (as you would say) that I expected from you. But as I already mentioned, it’s not what I got. Not now, or on ‘Dare’ because you made me feel exactly the same way there. You can’t disagree, correct and undermine another’s ‘non-constructive, subjective opinions’ and you can’t try to project your own onto them.

Now what was even worse this time around was that in your replies, you personally attacked my character and put me down with name-calling. This is spiteful and cruel. And it's certainly not how you win an argument, it's how you hurt and belittle another human into submission. We then both continued in pointless argumentative fashion for several posts after.

Thus I’m left with the sense that you’re not a nice person, and that you are in fact cruel and mean, and care nothing for me, or the ‘constructive feedback’ I work so hard to provide to the ‘producers’ of the work being published. And you’re left with the sense that I’m defensive, sensitive, irrational, and whatever else you can think of… And the fact of the matter is… neither of these perceptions is true of either of us. Though I can be a little defensive and sensitive at times, but can’t we all.

My suggestion is this Solrage,
Please write your ‘constructive feedback and opinions’ in a separate post, which do not ‘reply’ to mine. If yours and my ‘constructive feedback and opinions’ do not coincide, that's fine. Further to this, I don’t believe SexArt is an enjoyable place for myself, or other members, when we have people arguing (full stop), but more applicable to this situation, disagreeing, correcting and undermining each others ‘constructive and non-constructive feedback and opinions’, and further projecting their ideas onto another. Ultimately Solrage, I just want us to stop fighting. I can forgive you, I can understand where you’re coming from, and I can move on… Can you forgive me? Can you understand where I’m coming from and please respectfully consider, and if you would, oblige with what I am asking? Can you move on?

Thank you.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

I will no longer comment here at SexArt. That's my new resolution. You win.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

solrage. Why do I feel that way? Why do you make me feel that way? Because its how I feel, simple as that. You don't seem to respect my feelings, and that's just cruel. All I asked is that you don't make me feel that way, and I gave you an indication of how I would appreciate you to do that. I'm not even sure of what you are arguing now. I offered a resolution to this. You clearly haven't accepted it. You've instead decided to continue to put me down with hurtful comments and name-calling. I'm very disappointed.

Friday, September 13th, 2013 on Careful

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Dulluh 4 years ago

I would appreciate it!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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hayley13. 4 years ago

You will notice that I said you 'correct' and 'project', not challenge, my opinions. It's the way you do it that I don't appreciate.

Now, is there truth in subjectivity. Yes, but only for that person's subjective self. So essentially, the answer to all others, unless they feel the exact same way is, no, there is no truth in subjectivity. Thus it's pointless to 'correct' my opinions and 'project' your opinions onto me... because there are no right or wrong opinions. And therefore, an opinion cannot be destroyed by 'truth', because there is none, only more subjectivity.

All I asked solrage, is that if you respond to my comments, please stop 'correcting' my opinions, and 'projecting' your own onto me. And that wasn't done without any personal attacks with intent to hurt, such as calling me: sensitive, REALLY pointless, close-minded and totally irrational.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 on Careful

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Oso Blanco2 4 years ago

I agree 100% with solrage, and was going to offer the same suggestion. I'm hearing-challenged, to put it in PC form, and literally can't watch much if there aren't subtitles. An optional .srt file download, particularly sinc