Porn Review: Lust Cinema

Porn oftentimes gets a bad rep.

It can be seen as tasteless, sexist, crude, or even comical when painted over. And sometimes this is completely justified; as with any industry there are some really gritty and dark aspects to the porn industry which are simply unappealing. There are spaces in porn which are offensive, bigoted, closed-minded, or even dangerous in their practices.

But, thankfully, Lust Cinema does not occupy this space.

Instead Lust Cinema provides colourful, creative, gender-inclusive, and well-thought out pornography which is truly a joy to watch and I can’t get enough of it.

Lust Cinema

Lust Cinema was founded by Erika Lust—an award-winning writer and director of feminist erotic films from Stockholm. Warm, friendly, and insightful, Erika has a lot to say about porn and she definitely practices what she preaches.

I urge you to watch her Ted Talk video because it is a fantastic look into Erika’s approach and passion, as well as a roaring manifesto to prompt change in ‘conventional’ porn.

I love this woman.

Lust Cinema was launched in 2010 and it reflects Erika’s astute perspective. Erika hoped to bring “films that show all of the passion, intimacy, love and lust in sex” and, in this endeavour, she found a group of like-minded filmmakers and brought them together in the foundation of Lust Cinema.

Erika curates this cinema and it is clear that she is very proud of it from the below quote:

“[Lust Cinema] provide[s] a home for those seeking an alternative to mainstream porn: where the feminine viewpoint is vital, the aesthetic is a pleasure to all of the senses, and eroticism and innovation are celebrated. Little by little, I added to the catalog of films to include everything from vintage to modern, tutorials to art, romance to kink, and I’m thrilled to say that it is one of the most unique online cinemas offered today!”

Lust Cinema is an undeniable delight to browse through and, while I don’t appreciate every film in the collection, I have to admit that I admire the site for both its collection and its design.

With a sleek black border framing the white background (which, itself, acts as a showcase for a multitude of beautifully designed movie posters) I really can’t fault the design choices of the site. Lust Cinema keeps things simple but still manages to provide you with everything you need—sporting a stylish and approachable platform for browsing without compromising at all on content.

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Lust Cinema is easy to navigate too. Although the search engine doesn’t seem very responsive unless you’re literally putting in titles you already know, so maybe a more extensive use of tags could benefit Lust Cinema.

The content provided by Lust Cinema varies in quality and subject matter but it is clear that every director included is truly passionate about providing intimate and respectful porn.

Like Erika said “The sex can stay dirty, but the values have to be clean” and this can be seen in the content provided. Depending on the director you can see protection, toys, lube, and other accessories being used. Consent is asked for in some scenes and, when it isn’t verbally gained, you can see through the enthusiasm portrayed that the acts performed are mutually enjoyable and enjoyed. Some content, such as Tristan Taormino’s work, even acts as porn and sexeducation combined—providing guides to things such as oral sex, the G-spot, and positions (to name just a few).

Intimacy is often the name of the game with this collection.
Intimacy is often the name of the game with this collection.

As you can imagine, the videos also vary in duration—with some videos being under 15 minutes while some can last as long as a full-feature movie!

For now I tend to lack the patience for movie-length porn. However I still believe having videos with a myriad of run-times is a great way of making sure everyone is happy. For example, even though I don’t like movie-length porn I still had a plethora of porn shorts that I could enjoy and never felt like I was missing out and I can imagine others would have a similar experience.

Call me biased but my favourite content on Lust Cinema was probably that produced by Erika Lust herself. Erika runs a project called XCONFESSIONS—in which people’s sex confessions are taken and made into a short film monthly. These films tend to run under 15 minutes, so they’re perfect for me, and the subject matter serves to provide insights into just what turns people on. As you can imagine a variety of kinks and preferences arise from this series, so not every video is a winner. But, when these videos and my personal preferences coincide, they rarely fail to arouse.

Erika is masterful at her craft.
Erika is masterful at her craft.

One of the things that I appreciate most about this particular series is that there is no cheesy set-up and a rushed move to sex. Every film has a build-up and provides the perfect amount of time for things to progress. Erika’s aesthetic eye is also very impressive in these films—each shot has something to appreciate about it and (as the viewer) I felt that I was being treated to an artistic experience as well as an erotic one.

Something I really must bring attention to is the choice of music in Erika’s movies—each score seemed to know how to perfectly underpin the tension, playfulness, or intimacy of a scene. This was particularly impressive in two of my favourite films—Hunt Me, Catch Me, Eat Me and Let’s Make a Porno. In Hunt Me, Catch Me, Eat Me, so much is conveyed in the first few minutes and the music is so vital to this—there’s a sense of tension and danger as predatory lust is looming in the air. I love it.

The tension of a scene is effectively portrayed through its music.
The tension of a scene is effectively conveyed through its music.

Let’s Make a Porno impressed me in two different ways and showcased a gentler approach. I was enthralled with the delicacy of the music—which was effortlessly able to draw me into the intimacy of the moment and can be described as nothing short of touching. However I was also thoroughly impressed by the use of sharp cuts between the intimate tunes of the couple (who were ‘in the moment’) and the music-less bustle and noise of film crew (who were detached but still spectators to the acts being performed).

But so, too, is the delicacy.
But so, too, is the tenderness.

Both of these films knew exactly when to use music and when to let a scene play out silently too—which perfectly demonstrates Erika’s artful and skilled approach.

I’ve always been a big believer in the fact that the best pieces of art are those that may take a lot of work to achieve but somehow always make the finish content appear natural and almost effortless in appearance, and that’s what I think Erika achieves in a lot of her films.

The focus on making Lust Cinema ‘women-friendly’ is also greatly appreciated. In terms of the Gaze each performer seems to be depicted with equal amounts of respect and the directors seems to shake up the perspective that you’re provided with. Kudos.

Despite all of my praise no product is 100% perfect, and Lust Cinema isn’t immune to having some downsides.

As I’ve already mentioned not every film provided will be to people’s liking, so you sometimes need to sift through a few videos to eventually hit a winner. Thankfully, though, each video does have a clear synopsis section so this does help with the process.

Some of the actors also seemed a bit rigid to me, but I think that falls in the realms of personal preference once more.

Although I love Erika’s work, in particular, I do feel like some of her shots are a bit too wobbly or intermittently blurred for my liking. I get motion sick quite easily and there were some moments during some of her videos where I was starting to get a bit nauseous. This was only an issue in some of her films but I do feel like it’s worth pointing out just in case anyone suffers from similar motion sickness.

And, like OhJoySexToy, I did find that some of the videos took a while to load (especially on older laptops), so this might be something to consider.

Final Thoughts

Overall I couldn’t be happier with Lust Cinema and I think it provides a fantastic collection of high-quality, and carefully considered porn.

True, you may have to browse around to find the content you want, but with such a nice site and such clear descriptions It doesn’t take long to find a film that tickles your fancy.

I wish we had more porn like this, but hopefully Lust Cinema will act as a bastion of brilliance—providing an example that others will chose to follow. It’s time for porn to change and Lust Cinema definitely deserves your support in this endeavour.

Recommend to:

People who appreciate feminist porn.

People who like indie porn.

People who want high-quality pron.

Do Not Recommend to:

People with a dubious internet connection.

People who want 100% streamlined navigation.

People who have a very specific fetish that isn’t catered for (I’m reaching here. This site rocks).