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Cast: Buck Angel, Lobo, Mylo Deren, and Sean Steele.
Director, videographer, and editor: Lawrence Roberts.
Production dates: 9/30/06–12/01/06.
Length: 96 min.
Extras: An 9-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, and a 4-min. slide show comprising 33 photos and a theme song with moving lyrics ("Yes, I've broken your rules…and flown.").
Audiovisual quality: The director has done mainstream work, and it shows. The audiovisual quality is excellent. The movie was lovingly and prettily shot on location in Joshua Tree, California. The aspect ratio is widescreen. I've seen only a couple of teensy flaws: a crew member is visible in the background for three seconds, and the sunlit skies oversaturate at times. The audio is a bit muffled in the fourth scene but otherwise perfect. There's virtually no wind noise or other distractions. The balance is just right between the live sound and the music, upshifting from lonesome cowboy guitar to techno dance beats as the sex intensifies.
Screenshots: A preview is available in Windows Media and QuickTime formats at BuckbackMountain.com, along with a full gallery of candid stills. Also see LawrenceRoberts.net for interviews and other good stuff.
Highlights: In case this isn't obvious, Buckback Mountain is a play on the mainstream film Brokeback Mountain, based upon Annie Proulx's novella of the same name. I have mixed feelings about Proulx's oeuvre, which I find simultaneously engaging and irritating. Buckback Mountain happily reworks her story of cowboy love and lust, chucking the tragedy and bringing a lot more humor to the hotness.
Scene 1: Buck Angel Buck and Lobo have been hired to tend sheep. The guys pitch camp during a sweet eight-minute build-up. Similar to the mainstream version, we're treated to a peek of Lobo bathing. When Lobo heads out to the range, Buck retreats to the tent for sexual self-release. He diddles himself enthusiastically, stimulating his pussy with a realistic cock dildo. Buck has the most wonderful facial expressions when he's excited, which makes me excited, too. Time: 6:54. Rating: 4 stars.
Scene 2: Buck Angel and Lobo Following a comedic evening of "inebriation," Buck and Lobo drop their pretenses and their pants. Lobo dry humps Buck in the tent. Buck has something more intimate in mind, pulling his partner out into the morning sun for powerful kissing. They fondle the bulges through each other's jeans and slowly remove each other's shirts to reveal muscular physiques. Buck provides a deep, drooly blowjob, and Lobo molds his lips around Buck's more diminutive member and sucks like there's no tomorrow. Vaginal sex follows on a comforter, providing great views of Lobo's cute butt and Buck's boots in the air. Time: 18:45. Rating: 5 stars.
Scene 3: Buck Angel and Mylo Deren The smirking young boss, Mylo Deren, tries to blackmail Buck. Back at the office, Buck shows him who's really in charge. A little roughhousing leads to oral sex for both. Buck rides Mylo's stiffy in reverse cowboy and kisses him when he comes. Time: 12:40. Rating: 4 stars.
Scene 4: Buck Angel and Sean Steele Buck sometimes gets homesick. In a flashback, we visit his bedroom to meet his "old lady," who turns out to be a strappin' daddy with a huge dick and a delightfully foul mouth. This guy is a match for Buck's normally dominant energy. It's fun and interesting to see Buck lightly topped in a way that's clearly pleasurable for both. I like the way Sean smacks his cock across Buck's package and adjusts his hat with a sparkle in his eye. Sean drops his load right on Buck's "winged buck" abdominal tattoo. Bull's-eye. Time: 17:06. Rating: 5 stars.
Scene 5: Buck Angel and Lobo Ten years later, Buck and Lobo are still as attracted as ever. This scene closely resembles their first pairing, but there are new positions, including an especially lovely 69 and a wide-open missionary where Lobo uses the dildo in Buck's pussy. Buck has a very convincing orgasm or two, and Lobo gives another good cumshot. Time: 17:35. Rating: 5 stars.
Thumbs up: Torrid queer cowboy sex—what's not to like? What's even better is seeing Buck accepted and welcomed for who he is. His partners' eyes widen a bit when his genitals are revealed, but there's no dispiriting commentary. The guys just promptly dive in and suck his hormonally enlarged clit like the cock that it is. Yummy.
Buck's wry sense of humor tickles me, too. For example, when Buck and Lobo introduce themselves, Buck quips good-naturedly, "Ennis? Ennis del Wood? That's a fucked-up name!" Yup, that's the same reaction I have to Proulx's character names, even before they're pornified. There are several more of these zingers which make me giggle aloud, but I won't spill and spoil them all.
Thumbs down: In the past, I've enjoyed seeing Buck workin' the penetration with his dildo cock. Buckback Mountain places him strictly in the role of a receiver. Arguably, that does help keep him in character, so it's only a minor disappointment for me. I also feel obliged to note that there's no anal sex in this movie. All of the abundant kissing and foreplay, however, is delicious.
Themes: Pairs, oral sex (ftm/m), vaginal intercourse (ftm/m), masturbation, cowboys, outdoor sex, tent sex, toy (a realistic cock dildo), kissing, foreplay, undressing, dirty talk, romance, comedy.
Condom use: Yes, consistently. This includes condoms on the toy and during blowjobs. I strongly support safer sex practices, so I'm glad to see them in this movie.
Juice-o-meter: Very high. This is so far the only movie released in 2007 which has inspired me to orgasm.
Final analysis: I've learned to expect relatively little from adult entertainment. Buckback Mountain surprises. It's not only good in the technical and strokeworthy aspects. This movie also just plain makes me feel good. If Buck Angel can be his own authentic and generous self, doing his own sexy thing, maybe there's hope for the rest of us. That's the message I wish I heard more often in the mainstream, as opposed to Brokeback Mountain's rather distanced tale of the costs of claiming one's identity and the struggles of forbidden love. While I felt some sympathy for those characters' predicament, I'd never particularly want to be in their boots (or their pants), you know? The opposite is true with Buckback Mountain. Buckback Mountain is proof that porn can be ahead of the curve. Watch it and see.