Graphic Sexual Horror (2009)
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Here is a very personal fetish/addiction/compulsion for viewing young women being elaborately bound, sexually humiliated and objectified and assuming the appearance of being tortured - it has then been carefully funneled into a form of artistic expression. Neat fact about the internet is that as long as what you've deeply expressed is authentic, someone out there is likely to share your passion.
What I found most satisfying after viewing this film is the very obvious ambivalence that the women feel about their "enthusiastic" and/or "willing" participation in the bdsm scenarios conjured up by Brent. With him, they access profound issues relating to childhood/pubescent trauma and have found an echo in another which promises to normalize feelings which are un-normalize-able. It's a truth which flies under the radar in our desperate-to-be-glib-with-our-addictions culture.
I have always felt uncomfortable in the way that kink.com (a popular descendant of insex.com) and it's family of sites display by the interviews placed at the end of each performance. Performers speak with giddy joy at the delights experienced by one or other aspect of the treatment that they'd received, ignoring the entire subject of HOW such outré experiences would be wished by (or to) anyone. The film doesn't address this aspect other than in passing, but it doesn't hide it either. I am very glad the film exists and hope it does provoke conversation about a very complicated part of our varied communal experience.
The documentary explores the issue of freedom of expression in an open-minded manner that shows just how important extreme cases are to establishing the precedence of freedom.
The government uses the same arguments they made for shutting down Insex.com as they use to put people into jail for being verbally rude to an Airplaine stewardess.
Freedom of speech is always taken away in the name of safety.
"Somebody think of the children"
The film was sold out both nights, I saw it on the second night, and everyone in the audience seemed to react very positive. I felt like I was seeing something historic... This is definitively a first in so many aspects of documentary film-making, as far as subject matter goes.
This film asks a lot of hard questions,refuses to spoon-feed answers, and its funny too, it doesn't take itself too seriously. I also felt like it had a strong feminist message.
Easily my favorite film of Slamdance 2009
In today's consumerist society, where everything and everyone is for sale, it is very important to ask the question- who am I selling myself to and for what? Things that we take for granted is what takes away our freedom. This film is a brilliant metaphor for the most important question of human existence- do I know myself?
The answer may very well need to be graphic, sexual, and horrific to get across.
This is like what would happen if Hannibal Lechtor was not a douche and he gave an honest interview.
And didn't listen to classical music. Why must all villains listen to classical music? Evil has a human face. This film is genuinely scary because it is true. Like those experiments they did when regular people would torture others when told to do it by authority figures.
This is a good film to see with a date. If she likes it, she'll probably be fun in bed.
I will add that I had low expectations for this film given the outrageous title; "Bah! A couple of (probably stereotypical lesbian) feminists making a crockumentary about female oppression!" I thought at first, but was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a sensible adult film about, well... sensible adult films. If you have your head screwed on right, it's an absolutely fascinating and informative look at the "darker side" of pornography in the west.
In the end, my only complaint is that the ending was abrupt (I would like to know more about the Homeland Security stuff, what money did to BDs personality, etc.), but I'm led to believe the producers share the same sentiment. Time and money is always a constraint I guess, whether you're submissive or not!
With the time, like many others, I dived in Insex deeps and learnt a lot about the site, Brent and the staff and models. Some members, some models, some staffs became friends, real friends. Graphic Sexual horror brings so many new details and understanding that I am proud to be one of those keeping alive the fire of the Insex community.
This film was shocking.
A few of my sexual relationships have involved light bondage - so I felt like I knew something about what was involved. Well, I didn't.
This film shows you another world.
If the goal of film is to transport you to another world, this documentary does it.
The doc makes it clear that what you're seeing is special, and that no one had put together a bondage website like InSex before...with live feeds, and metal traps and cages.
The 'bondage' sensibility that InSex shows off seems borrowed from a million places, and yet, what they show you is something that other media has only hinted at.
This documentary is a little terrifying.
Many of the women who appeared in InSex's videos and live feeds talk about their experiences. And when you hear about the money involved, the money that they made for their performances, you understand how they could agree to allow themselves to be involved with InSex's extreme bondage.
*** POSSIBLE SPOILERS *** Not to mention the fact that InSex's bondage videos had the impact that the Ramones did on tour, inspiring everyone who was even remotely involved with them to start their own bondage website.
InSex is the bondage website that changed everything for bondage. And this documentary is the story of how it happened. And while I don't know enough about bondage to verify the story, I enjoyed the story that this documentary told.
All you have to do is get past the 'do or die'* title.
* By 'do or die' I mean that while the title is provocative, when you tell people only the title, they either want to see it or not at all. Black or white. Do or die.
Of course, the same people that say no because of the title also deliberately avoid any/all horror films.
Sorry if my review is annoying.