Buttman’s Big Budget Lesbian Adventure

Sex brings people together, and I don’t just mean in a moist, mushy lump of entangled limbs: it really does bring people together, creating communities of like-minded practitioners, offering group safety to sexual minorities struggling to survive, and even matching pornographers with their muses, a meeting that creates even more possibilities for togetherness once it hits the retail and digital shelves. John Stagliano might not be an active adult performer anymore, but he’s still as tuned-in to today’s current crop of breakout sex stars. As if to prove this beyond a doubt, the director of the acclaimed Voracious series for his Evil Angel imprint has ventured once again into big budget porno territory to create a unique showcase of two of today’s most authentic performers.

Misha Cross and Samantha Bentley

Of the two leading ladies soon to be found adorning the cover of Hard In Love, Stagliano’s continental lesbian travelogue, Misha Cross is the newer name, the slighter physical presence, and the less mainstream-accessible one. Having appeared as not one, but three distinct prostitutes in Game of Thrones, it’s the British Samantha Bentley who takes top billing. And, speaking of billing, that’s a credit you don’t see earned by pornstars every day: Starring and Written by… An ambitious lesbian feature from a porno legend co-created by two of Europe’s most compelling, intelligent, self-assured performers (with appearances from Proxy Paige, Angel Long, and Jesse Volt, among others)? That’s certainly reason to prick up your ears and pay close attention.

Another reason is that Stagliano called in a few favors from friends to pull of this production, shooting in the private Budapest studio of Rocco Siffredi and at insomnia, a Berlin club that also hosted his Fashionistas Safado shoots. Creatively, he turned to Cross and Bentley. “I had the girls’ demented imagination to save me,” Stagliano told press. “As with so much of this movie, the ending was a surprise to me and my narrow male thinking.”

The first chapter of Hard In Love serves up four scenes to Evil Angel subscribers and is available there now, with Part 2 due to arrive June 6th.

MILFs Raise Their Voices

The early-00’s MILF explosion seemed at one point to swing the interests of porno viewers worldwide towards older women, forever relegating teens to also-rans for their inexperience, lack of confidence, and often low sexual intelligence, all contributing factors to a less-than-thrilling porno movie. While MILFs are no longer the hottest topic in porn – that’d be step-sister-fucking and interracial cuckolding – there is now a solid base of thirty- forty- and fifty-something women shooting hardcore sex for a living and, much to the surprise of the general public, turning out to be not the corruptive neighborhood deviant influences some might’ve thought, but well adjusted professionals enjoying their work as very few people are ever lucky to do. For its May issue, AVN Magazine spoke with some of today’s top mature performers to find out what makes their middle-aged career choices work for them.

Known for her fierce independence and her Forbidden Fruit line of family-based fetish scenarios, Jodi West explained to AVN that her porn empire really grew from the free webcam shows she performed with her husband. Asking Vivid for advice, they soon realized they could turn their actual sex lives into thriving careers, giving West’s work an authenticity often missing in younger performers. “Because I started working in the adult industry later in my life… I was able to do what I wanted to do rather than what people told me I should do. MILFs typically set the terms for what happens during sex.”


Brandi Love, who recently shot her first interracial scene for Blacked, chalks up her career satisfaction to a few things: being paid to experience pleasure, taking her appearance and fitness very seriously, and being picky about her projects. “I only shoot scenes that are a turn-on for me personally… I love working with men and women who have as much passion for sex, and for the scene, as I do.” Love’s commitment is often as clear as day, as her dialog-heavy but insanely hot Blacked scene has just proved.

Recently returning to the porno fold, Ryan Conner is a MILF performer with a difference. And that difference, dear readers, isn’t that she co-headlined an Evil Angel release with the infamous Lex Steele, matching his every thrust and parry. And it isn’t that Conner leapt back into anal, DP, and gangbang porn with a vengeance. “I can’t honestly say motherhood ever affected the roles I took,” Conner told AVN, referring to her performer daughter Dylan Phoenix. “I can’t say it’s a bad way of life. I have had an amazing time with a fun and lucrative career so why shouldn’t she?” Conner’s initial forays into porn found her in an early scene for the highly influential MILF Hunter. Now that she’s returned, she’s not holding anything back, shooting intense interracial anal and DP scenes, and blowbangs for everyone from Evil Angel to Dogfart’s Blacks on Cougars. “[People] want to see women who don’t care that their hair is out of place at that moment but are so lost in the pleasure that their hair is the last thing on their mind.”

If the future of MILF porn looks more like Ryan Conner’s well-satisfied cum-stained face and less like Brit-accented teachers wielding riding crops and cleavage but little actual sensual power, I’d say the future is very promising indeed.

X Marks the Hot

AVN’s 2015 Director of the Year award winner, Mason, started shooting porno for Rodney Moore back in the 1990s and learned a lot from the vertan smut-peddler. But soon Mason would develop a style all her own, directing the likes of Jada Stevens, Mia Malkova, Riley Reid, and Anikka Albrite in copious titles for Elegant Angel, before establishing on her own sites through OpenLife. HardX continued the more aggressive Elegant Angel style but pushed it even further, shooting anal, threesome, DP, blowbang and gangbang, interracial, and rough sex, while EroticaX took a more romantic approach to hardcore, letting the performers find their chemistry and let it slowly turn from a sizzle to a roar. Joining HardX and EroticaX is Mason’s answer to all those fans clamoring for an all interracial site from the master director. Introducing DarkX.

DarkX Keisha Grey Interracial

Where HardX pairs top pornstars with the roughest, toughest, most aggressive men in the business and EroticaX creates tender, intimate sex scenes as explicit as they are impassioned, DarX invites Cassidy Klein, Brooke Wylde, Kagney Linn Karter, Ashley Adams, and a handful of similarly sexy pornstars to match their skills against the biggest, blackest cocksmen in the game. Lexington Steele isn’t known for his sexual timidness, nor are Jon Jon, Prince Yahshua, Mandingo, or Sean Michaels known for having modest penises. These BBC-wielders came to DarkX to plow white, Asian, and Latina pussy and Mason ensures her devoted fans can watch it all go down in more than sixty brilliant High Definition scenes and galleries, shot with the utmost artistry and care by one of porn’s most celebrated directors.

There does exist a fair amount of interracial activity on both HardX and EroticaX, which may lead some to rue the lack of a three-site package deal, but will undoubtedly lead others to say, “Fuck it, this shit is insanely hot!” and sign up for all three sites in one fell swoop. If I wasn’t so graciously given complimentary passes to conduct reviews, I know that’s what I’d be doing.