I don't expect this essay to be read by very many people. I suppose that calls into question the purpose of writing it. Perhaps it's for me. OR for those few who have an interest in adult videos and who read these reviews. Perhaps someone has asked "why'd he do that?"
Most porn reviews are like the play-by-play descriptions of a college basketball or football game kept by Sports Information Directors -- they describe every play and its result. I've written reviews like that but not recently.
When I write a review it's (almost) always because I liked the movie and wanted to share that sentiment with others. I only wish I had time to review more movies because there's a TON of really great work being done in adult right now; far more than I have time to watch or write about.
What I think is important is for me to tell you WHY I liked a particular scene or feature. It is less important, I think, to give you the blow-by-blow-squeeze-by-squeeze description of every scene. Was their good chemistry? Passion? Some particularly interesting feature of a scene? There are only so many things that two humans can do, sexually and you could make a pretty standard list of what appears in most scenes depending on the players -- B/G, G/G, FFM, MFM, MMF, gang bang, etc. There are a finite number of openings in the human anatomy, male or female, and a finite number of appendages that can penetrate those openings. The math here is fairly straight forward.
So I don't keep track of how much RACG, or CG, or ACG, or DP, or DAP, or DVP, Doggie, Mish, spoon, etc. contained in a scene unless there's something particularly worthy of note. I try to describe how the scene affected me and how the participants responded to one another. I try to analyze what the director accomplished and how that worked (or didn't).
My style has evolved over the years and if you look at my older reviews I used to include a TON of detail including the sequence of what happened and how in each scene. I probably did this because that's what I read from other reviewers.
But if you read a mainstream film or television review you don't get a play-by-play for the entire movie, so why do that in Porn? There are obvious differences, of course, and many porn consumers will only buy/rent a video if it has some of ________ and __________ or __________ in it. They profit by reading reviews that give them this kind of information. While I will occasionally include that in my reviews you shouldn't expect it unless I think that particular item illustrates what's good about a scene.
The other thing to consider here is that I have my own preferences when it comes to what happens in a scene and I want to be up front about what those are so that you can properly judge whether or not my review is useful for you or not. I don't consider myself a journalist. I have biases and they are on display here. I prefer lesbian porn, for example, to porn with penises included. And, I like my lesbian porn to include lots of kissing and tribbing. So if a scene has both, I'm going to mention it. There's always a "your mileage may vary" component and you need to keep this in mind as you read what I write.
I'm always happy to respond to questions about a review (I seldom get any) and I welcome your comments or insights as well.
Thanks for reading this.