Movie Monday: After Porn Ends, Swimming with Sharks, and few others

After Porn EndsAfter Porn Ends

Directed by Bryce Wagoner, 2010

This was an interesting watch. As the title suggests, it’s about life after porn. Several former and some current porn stars are interviewed, each sharing his or her personal experiences and feelings about the porn industry.

If you’re looking for something to completely vilify porn, this isn’t the movie for you. If you’re looking for something to completely validate porn, this isn’t the movie for you either. The film exposes negatives and positives, with some putting immense value on their experiences and others fully regretful of them . . . and of course, plenty in between.

The biggest thing I took from this was the reminder that individuals are still individuals regardless of career choices. It’s impossible to lump a group of people together and stereotype their personalities and feelings.

There’s definitely a stigma attached to those working in any kind of sex field. Just this week, I read an article about a teacher who lost her job and ability to teach in the district because she did porn in the past. Regardless of personal beliefs regarding the court’s decision, I think it brings up an extremely important point – the same people who are so vehemently opposed to the porn industry are often the ones who make it the most difficult for someone to leave it. Hell, one of the commenters on the article even stated, “she can always go back to porn.”

There are few legal careers that stigmatize people so permanently. I think that’s another interesting reflection on our culture – the idea that sex is inherently dirty and wrong and that enjoying sex is even worse and that naked bodies are just bad, bad, bad . . . this is the same culture that glorifies gratuitous violence, but that’s an entire blog post in and of itself!

Check out the film’s blog here and Oxymoron Entertainment’s blog here!

I give this film 3/5 stars – interesting and worth watching but not completely attention-grabbing.

Swimming with the SharksSwimming with Sharks

Directed by George Huang, 1994

This is about a young studio assistant (Frank Whaley) in Hollywood who works for pretty much the biggest jackass ever (Kevin Spacey). It’s about that dark side of Tinsel Town and selling your soul for success.

I wasn’t really engaged in this film . . . until the last 5 minutes, which pretty much make the entire movie worth it. There was nothing incredibly thought-provoking until that point, but then it becomes something much darker. Without spoilers, it can be summed up with – what do you what? . . . and how far are you willing to go to get it?

It’s impossible to reflect any further on this film without giving away the ending. If you’ve seen it and are interested, I’d love to discuss it!

I give it 3 ½ /5 stars . . . If I was just rating the ending, it would have an extra star. If I was rating the movie without the ending, it would have one less.

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I watched or attempted to watch three other films this week.

The Woods – I DVR’d this from IFC last week. I love spooky and creepy and that’s what this appeared to be . . . and it was, but it was also painfully dull. I did manage to finish watching it . . . kind of. I mean, I saw the credits roll, but I didn’t really pay much attention throughout the film.

Idiocracy – I gave up after about 15 minutes of seemingly incessant fag and retard jokes.

Team America – I enjoy South Park type humor from time to time, so I thought this could be fun. It wasn’t  It was stupid. I managed to get half-way through it, but like The Woods, I barely paid attention.

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Follow up from last week . . . I said that Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog had total rewatchability. Well, I’ve watched it 3 more times since and I’ve been watching the YouTube videos of my favorite songs and I downloaded the soundtrack the other night!

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Have you watched any of these movies? What are your thoughts?

*** If you’re interested in seeing my to-watch list – take a look here. Recommendations are always welcome. You can either leave them here in the comments or add them to the list. And of course, please share your thoughts about these films too! 🙂 ***

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  3. I’ve seen Idiocracy…and thought it was Stupid…never watched Team America cause I thought it looked Stupid LOL…..Never heard of The Woods or Swimming with Sharks. I’ve seen “After the Porn Ends” while flipping around on Netflix but never watched it.
    I checked out your list and there’s some good ones on there…..especially “The Game”..Love that movie! It definitely shocks you!

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    • I saw “The Game” years ago when it first came out (ha! I wrote “game out” first 😛 ). I hated it. I thought the story line got old half-way through the movie . . . but I promised my friend Bryan that I’d give it another chance :p It’s been 15ish years, so who knows? 🙂

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  4. I was JUST looking at ‘Life After Porn’ and wondering if I should watch it or not. I wrote my master’s thesis on YouPorn and did a content analysis of what was in some of the top rated videos there. My thesis was complete shit but I’m still fascinated by the porn industry and how/why it is so taboo. I take 3/5 to be ‘not bad’ and I think I’ll still watch it …. but glad to read your thoughts beforehand. 🙂

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    • It’s definitely worth watching . . . let me know what you think when you get around to it! I loved that it showed so many different perspectives. I found it completely unbiased.

      Our culture’s simultaneous obsession with and aversion to sex fascinates me . . . and that’s pretty much summed up in the porn industry. They wouldn’t be making it if people didn’t buy it. So people obviously want it, but they’ll still shame the people who make it . . . it’s completely illogical.

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      • I will let you know when I watch it! I completely agree that we are obsessed with porn (in private) and obsessed with shaming about sex (in public) …. it’s such a strange phenomena. Anyway … glad you mentioned it and glad I know who I can discuss the movie with after I watch it! 😀

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