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Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years

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astroknight's ratings for Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years:
Overall Rating 3 stars
Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years overall rating 3 stars
Female Looks Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years Female looks rating 3.5 stars
Male Looks Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years Male looks rating 3 stars
Sex Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years Sex rating 3 stars
 
Plot/Acting Decline Of Western Civilization Part 69, The: The Porno Years Plot/Acting rating 4 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  11/7/2006

The Little Details

Running Time: 90 min.

Production Date: 8 / 26 / 2005

Director: Kurt Lockwood

Cast: Alektra Blue< Alexis Amore, Charlie Laine, Eve Lawrence, Eve Mayfair, Monica Mayhem, Naudia Nyce, Samantha Ryan, Venus, Kurt Lockwood, Mario Rossi, and Matt Bixel in sexual roles and Ron Jeremy, Nate Holder, and plenty of cameos from both in and outside of the adult industry

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: I'm really not sure what to expect here. I've heard some decent things about the movie, but there's something about it that makes me really, really nervous.

Initial Reaction: It shows some great potential and style, but ended up having almost as many flaws.

Who Should Watch It : Fans of rock documentaries and porn

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting well edited sex

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are okay. The audio is normally well balanced and clear, but when it comes to the sex scenes there are also some frequent background noises like hearing the performers quietly being given directions in Samantha and Eve's scene. The video is mixes non-anamorphic widescreen with full screen footage for a pretty good feel. It's nicely lit, but there's also a little noticeable grain that gives it a very film-like look.

Music: The music is provided by Not the Ramones, led by Kurt Lockwood and with fellow porners Samantha Ryan, Tim Connelly, Eve Mayfair, and Moncia Mayhem, as well as Johnny Hill and Ed Webb.

Menus: The main menu is pretty cool, and combines a bit of the boxcover style with the choices and a clip of the movie. The chapter menu continues that style, but just lets people choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene.

The Feature

The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porn Years follows porn star / rocker Kurt Lockwood and some of his band as they lead up to playing a benefit for AIM Healthcare and their Detox program. It mixes together shots of the band practicing, hanging out, playing the gig, and of course Kurt fucking some of the porn chicks in the band. It also mixes in interviews with people like Ron Jeremy and Sharon Mitchell as well as a fictional religious porn hater.

Scene 1 – Monica Mayhem, Samantha Ryan, and Kurt Lockwood

After the band rehearsal, Kurt gets it on with redheaded Monica and dirty blonde Samantha. They share a kiss before Samantha starts sucking Kurt's cock as Monica goes after herself with a dildo and then joins in a little later. Kurt turns around back and forth so the girls can take turns sucking his cock and eating his ass before letting Samantha get in the middle so he can fuck her as she licks Monica's pussy and plays sucks Monica's dildo. Kurt gets in the middle next so Monica can ride him reverse cowgirl style while Samantha sits on his face and plays with her, followed by Monica in the middle for a little doggie fucking while she licks some pussy. The girls even team up on Kurt orally and play with his ass a bit before Samantha hops on his cock and Monica rides his tongue. Kurt moves back to Monica for a little doggie and missionary fucking before letting Monica fuck Samantha missionary style with a strap-on as Kurt gives himself a hand above her face and lets her eat his ass. Finally Kurt pops in Samantha's mouth as Monica continues to fuck her. Monica stops fucking her and lets Samantha swap the cum down to her and gives her a nice kiss.

This is a pretty hot scene. There's nice chemistry all around, and I really like how Kurt doesn't seem to prefer one girl over the other. I love how the girls seem open to everything, and mix in a little girl – girl action with toys as well as working Kurt's ass over with their tongue and fingers. The cum swapping finish was great, and just seemed natural for the scene. The camera work is pretty good, but the editing held it back a bit by being a little choppy and not showing any position changes. The camera also gets in on the action a little near the end which gives it a slightly cheaper feeling. Granted, it has a fairly rough feeling to begin with, but it just didn't seem right to see some of the camera or cameraman. For an opening scene, however, it fit the feel of the movie very well and was pretty good.

Scene 2 – Eve Lawrence and Samantha Ryan

Eve, a cute redhead with a below average boob job, starts out the morning of a shoot at Kurt's place fucking herself with a dildo that looks extremely similar to the one used in the previous scene. She works it between her pussy and her mouth as she lies back and gets on all fours. She gives it plenty of sucking and even bounces on it a bit before Samantha finds her on the bed and gets thrown back so they can play with each other. Eve continues to fuck herself while licking Samantha's pussy and then lets Samantha work the dildo on her as they sixty-nine. Things finally come to a close when Kurt walks in with his guitar looking at his watch.

This is an okay scene. The girls are both cute and seem to be into the action pretty good. The problem with the scene is Kurt. You can hear him throughout the entire scene giving the girls directions, and I don't think he ever shut up for fifteen seconds straight. It caused a major distraction throughout the entire scene and made it very hard for me to resist the urge to grab the remote. This scene had some good potential, but Kurt's barely audible running commentary through the scene really held it back.

Scene 3 – Alektra Blue, Naudia Nyce, Venus, Kurt Lockwood, and Matt Bixel

Before the show, Kurt, Matt, and the girls decide to let off some steam. Cute brunette Alektra starts out on all fours letting Kurt fuck her as she sucks Matt with kinda skanky brunette Naudia watching and then moving in to eat Kurt's ass when Alektra works her mouth between the guys. Venus slides in to take Kurt down her throat leaving Alektra to concentrate on sucking Matt's cock. The girls trade off on cocks to suck before Alektra gets a little missionary action from Kurt and Venus gets some from Matt. Alektra even gets a little more cock at each end from the guys doggie and missionary style before Venus returns to let Kurt fuck her missionary style. Venus also lets the guys double stuff her in both cowgirls as Alektra sits on Matt's face and plays with her tits. Kurt pops in Alektra's mouth for her to swap it to Naudia before Venus takes a pop in her mouth from Matt and swaps it down to Naudia. Afterwards the girls share a little kissing.

This scene makes it a little past the average level. There's something about it that makes me want to really like it, and I think it's the chemistry, overall style, and the music for the scene. Beyond that, there's plenty that just didn't work for me. The camera work gets a little shaky and the editing gives the scene an overly choppy feel. It's further hurt by Venus working her way into the scene and then disappearing for a while as well as Naudia just seeming to be there for moral support. I know some of these things play towards the style, but I can't help but think that the action could have been done better to make the sex live up to the potential it seemed to have.

Scene 4 – Eve Mayfair and Mario Rossi

Before the show, good looking black chick Eve gets it on with Mario backstage. She goes right to work sucking his cock and balls. She goes from sucking him from the front to leaning over his leg to suck him, and soon after gets a pop in front of her mouth.

This is a pretty forgettable scene. It's a nicely captured blowjob, but it's also extremely short. I mean it's under four minutes short. I think I blinked three times during this scene and lost the better part of it.

Scene 5 - Charlie Laine, Naudia Nyce and Samantha Ryan

The girls get their warm up as well, with Samantha lying back to let Charlie eat her pussy as she plays with Naudia a little. Naudia drops down to work on Samantha's snatch as well with Samantha giving Charlie a little finger play and tongue action next to her. Finally the girls share a few kisses.

This is an okay scene. Once again it's a bit short, but at least this scene lasts over five minutes. There's a good feeling between the girls, but sadly it seems a bit too focused on Samantha. She gets to receive throughout the entire scene while the others just get a few leftovers. This isn't a bad scene, but once again it showed a lot more potential than was used here.

Scene 6 - Alektra Blue, Alexis Amore, Naudia Nyce, Samantha Ryan, Kurt Lockwood, and Mario Rossi

After the show, the group has a major orgy at the Marilyn Monroe suite of the hotel. This is an all out fuck-fest with most everything you can imagine. There's a bit of one on one action, but more than anything it's anal and girl on girl action. There's some nice DPs, cum swapping, and more than a little strap-on action. Nobody ever feels too limited through the orgy, and there seems to be some nice motion around the group.

This is a pretty good orgy scene. Not surprisingly, the editing leaves a bit to be desired, but there's some good action here. I'm not much of a person for orgy scenes as every time I start to get into a coupling or group it seems to change, but this one seemed pretty well done.

There's a lot to like about The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years, but sadly a fair amount to also dislike. I love the style Lockwood has put into this movie, as it comes off with a very strong documentary feel that one rarely sees used in adult films. Even more rare is to see it used as well as he does here. Although I haven't seen Penelope Spheeris's Decline of Western Civilization trilogy (which was a documentary on punk, metal, and released in 1981, 1988, and 1998), I can't help but feel like Lockwood borrows more than just the title here and plays plenty of respect to the original as well as building in a few homages. Ironically, Spheeris has said ”'The Decline of Western Civilization' was financed by two businessmen from the Valley who wanted to finance a porn movie. They had no idea I was going in to pitch a punk rock movie.". The music is great throughout the movie, and plays into that style while helping to make the movie feel unique. I also love that Lockwood also builds the movie around a bit of a message by promoting some of the good that AIM does in the adult industry with their drug testing and treatment programs. Both are admirable things, and something that gives a lot of hope for Kurt Lockwood as a director in the future. It's easy to see why The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years has gotten much of the attention it has.

At the same time, there's also some good sized faults here. The first is the editing, which is very basic. There's something about it that fits the overall style of the movie, but at the same time the sex always leaves a little to be desired and feels like there's more potential than what's shown here. The audio really holds back the action, especially during Samantha and Eve's scene where you can hear Kurt giving them directions through the entire scene. There's also more than a few audible directions one can hear in the final orgy scene. The documentary feel is also held back by the appearances of Nate Holder as Rev. Brimstone from the Doctrine of Righteous Kind, or D.O.R.K. thumping his bible and talking about how evil porn is. Yes, it adds some humor to the movie, but it just doesn't fit the rest of the movie. It takes away from the strong documentary feel that permeates every scene he's not in, and makes one wonder just how much of the movie is just made up rather than being about a band and a real gig that's supposed to be doing some good.

My other problem is with the portrayal of Sharon Mitchell, who's a fairly controversial person among some in the industry and many fans. There's some nice talk about Sharon Mitchell and the work that AIM does, and don't get me wrong, AIM provides a fantastic and very necessary service in the adult industry. My problem is that the comments about “Dr. Sharon Mitchell”, the head of a clinic that provides medical testing and treatment, are very easily misconstrued as to her being a medical doctor, which she is not. Yes, she does have a PhD., but according to the AIM website it's in “Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California” (a school where one can get a PhD in about five trimesters lasting two to three weeks each) and not a medical doctor, as many would assume. Ms. Mitchell always flaunts the “Doctor” title without clarifying what she's a doctor of and seems to push for this image. She appears in a white lab coat with “Dr. Sharon Mitchell” on the chest in the movie, and in the few mainstream appearances I've seen her in regarding AIM she seems to make a point to wear her “Dr. Sharon Mitchell” lab coat. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that AIM does a bad job, but I don't think having somebody masquerading as a medical doctor at the leading clinic serving the adult industry serves the industry that well.

All in all, The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years is a pretty damn impressive first effort. Yes, there are some editing faults, but even though the sex feels like it has more potential than was captured here it fits the movie's style very well. I'll readily admit that one of my biggest problems with the movie is Lockwood's helping support Sharon Mitchell's fairly deceptive promotion of herself, but at the same time think that it's great that he's willing to go the extra mile to support a non-profit organization that does as much as it does for the adult industry. The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years feels like a very respectful homage to the original The Decline of Western Civilization series, and I can't help but feel that Penelpoe Spheeris should be pretty honored by the job that Kurt Lockwood did here with his directorial debut.

The Extra Stuff

Trailers are included for Dirty Deeds, That's Hot, Desperate Wives 2, Sexual Multiplicity, Sexual Therapy, and Teenage Runaways. The photo gallery is nicely broken down by star, and normally includes about ten to thirteen snapshots and full screen photos for each star. Some of the photos from the movie are included for multiple stars. There's also a behind the scenes featurette lasting a little over a half hour from a different movie (namely Rumor Has Em from Roy “Snooze” Karch), a soundtrack for this movie, and internet information.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, group, toys, rimming (female > male), lesbian, male anal penetration, cum swapping, masturbation, DP, interracial, and orgy

Raincoat Factor: Medium

Condom Usage: None

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many of Sex Z Pictures' DVDs can be found online for between about $16 and $25 with a few stores offering them for under $20. Rent this one first or aim low to buy it if you haven't seen it. It's a very different adult movie, and I can see many people thinking that one time is enough while others think it's the best thing since the invention of the electric guitar. The sex is pretty average, but the movie has a great style that makes it work despite many of its faults. The technical aspects aren't too bad, but the extras come off as a misfire due to a behind the scenes being included for a different movie. The Decline of Western Civilization Part 69: The Porno Years is a nicely different adult movie that deserves to be checked out.

Note to Sex Z Pictures: With the role music played in this movie, it would have been great to have a CD included with the DVD rather than just having it available as an extra on the DVD itself. It's great that you want to include behind the scenes featurettes on your DVDs, but most viewers prefer to see one that has something to do with the movie they just watched or which is on the same DVD. It looks all the worse when you give Bobby Manilla credit for shooting behind the scenes on this movie and then include a behind the scenes featurette for a different movie here instead. That, more than anything else, held you back from a higher overall rating here.

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