Review – Evil Angel & James Deen play with “OMG, it’s James Deen!!”

In other words: two titles that are timely for the culture.

James Deen is all anyone talks about lately – this boy-next-door who makes adult content ok for ordinarily tender and/or inexperienced viewers. And James has been in a lot of funny, campy, (conventionally) romantic, and cutesy “acceptable” porn…

…but the vast majority of his work is hardcore as fuck, and he seems to be reaching Manuel* status with many women performers – something that simply must be experienced to be believed.

(*see my discussion of Elegant Angel’s Natural (2011), which should actually be titled Having Sex with Manuel Ferrara is Awesome, here)

So I watched the first two titles from his directorial line with Evil Angel – by proxy of his self-directed image, how does James see himself within the context of professional sex performance? Let’s watch James Deen Loves Butts (2013) and James Deen’s Sex Tapes: Off Set Sex (2013) to find out.


James Deen Loves Butts

Though this title’s title makes me cringe (no idea), James Deen Loves Butts was really good – five anal scenes with a nice array of performers and great production value.

Interestingly, James’ foreplay workup of each lady comes with conversation. He asks Skin Diamond to tell the story of when they first met – hott. as. hell. (the sequence; the story is just whatever) – and Jessie Rogers talks about where she’s from (yawn). These conversations carried over into about 20 additional minutes of BTS footage, which I always find interesting.

Each scene is well done, though Jessie was wayyy out of her league. Dana DeArmond is glorious.

All in all, a killer title.


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James Deen’s Sex Tapes: Off Set Sex

This title was kind of a potpourri of home video footage… That is, if your home videos consist of you filming very casual dates (not sure I would even call them “dates” actually) and/or setting up a static camera in one corner of the room while you banged one of your buddies.

At some moments, Off Set Sex seemed like James filming his recreational sex life (all with obvious awareness and permission from his partners, who were all professional porn performers). At other times, it seemed like footage left over from other shoots and/or action that may have taken place after a scene proper was complete. It was kind of all over the place.

I honestly didn’t really like it, though it was interesting at moments and as an overall effort. If you want a more amateur-style look at James Deen, this is an available choice.


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So, on the basis of these two films, how does James see himself within the context of professional sex performance? Well…

I’d definitely say James has a strong desire to make his hardcore both extremely intense and sublimely enjoyable (to his co-performers and, ultimately, to the viewer). He does this with varying degrees of success, both within these titles and across the wider scope of his work. It seems like his overall project is to show joy in intensity and intensity in daily life, even if that intensity may be too much for some. In other words, this James Deen may not be for the boy-next-door set.

And honestly, I’d like to think that Off Set Sex is a subtle “fuck you” to Ms. Farrah, her and James’ “sex tape” (bullshit),  and the powers that dragged that situation along.


(pictured: if you must, buy your copy of this silliness and/or watch it now here)


James Deen Loves Butts 

With performances from Jessie Rogers, Skin Diamond, Dana DeArmond, Cameron Canada, Mason Moore, and James Deen.

Directed by James Deen for Evil Angel Video. Released in July, 2013.

Buy your copy of James Deen Loves Butts and/or watch it now here.

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 (pictured: Dana DeArmond in James Deen Loves Butts)


James Deen’s Sex Tapes: Off Set Sex 

With performances from Anikka Albrite, Lia Lor, Katie St. Ives, Charlotte Stokely, Marie Luv, Tatiana Kushnev, Riley Mason, and James Deen.

Directed by James Deen for Evil Angel Video. Released in September, 2013.

Buy your copy of Off Set Sex and/or watch it now here.

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(pictured: Anikka Albrite in Off Set Sex)


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