A lonely paralegal who spends his nights indulging in prostitutes and watching porn movies, decides to produced some erotic movies of his own. He finds immediate fame and acceptance in the porn world - only to discover tha... more »t his fame and fortune come at a price.« less
"Michael DeGood does an excellent job playing the guy who can't get a date who turns to pornography and the pornography industry as cures for his frustrations with women. He plays a bookish, nondescript paralegal by day in L.A. who starts moonlighting on his own time to shoot amateur tapes. He hires prostitutes and an out of work actor to star in his films. When the expenses get too much for him, he interviews with Craig Wasson, a pornographic producer, in order to get financial backing. That is where his hobby starts having serious repercussions. Wasson considers it part of the director's job to recruit young women, who come to Hollywood with stars in their eyes, into the porno industry and DeGood starts doing a lot of harm by trying to talk Kate, a nice young woman he meets, into doing adult films. DeGood is also seduced by an adult film star who wants to produce her own films with him doing the directing for her. All in all this is a very intriguing idea that is well executed. However, it is not Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," which remains the definitive work on cinematically exposing the underside of the adult entertainment industry. Anderson, however, was working with a much bigger budget and with an all star cast. Writer-director Atchison does a very admirable job with this small indie film and it is well worth seeing."
This indie really isn't a waste of time
peterdao | Springfield, VA United States | 05/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although its title may be misleading, "The Pornographer" presents us with a very interesting theme which stands out among thousands of Hollywood's cliche-filled screenplays. The dialogue, while not carrying any string of "memorable lines", is quite honest and delightful. When it comes to the inside look at the porn industry, however, this indie drama fails to offer a full, convincing picture (probably due to low budget and/or lack of experience). I particularly like Michael DeGood. His portrayal of a next door loser is no less impressive than Mark Wahlberg's characterization of an ambitious young guy in "Boogie Nights". Anyway, had (co-producer) Katheryn Cain tried harder in her acting, had Monique Parent spent some more time studying what Melanie Griffith did in "Body Double", this movie could be much more entertaining. All in all, not a waste of time. You better give it a try."
Excellent independent film!!
peterdao | 09/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a treasure this film is.... Well acted and well written. A shocking exploration of one man's descent into the world of adult film-making -- but better and more honest than BOOGIE NIGHTS. This movie is not just about sex -- it's about loneliness and manipulation, love and loss -- and the weird mind games that go on in the flesh biz. Craig Wasson (of BODY DOUBLE fame) is terrific as the seemingly mild-mannered porn chieftan who can turn vicious at the drop of a hat. And newcomers Michael DeGood and Katheryn Cain truly shine. The ending of this movie is poignant and haunting. I was thinking of this movie days after I saw it. A big recommendation for THE PORNOGRAPHER!"
peterdao | 02/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was horrified at how this absolutely incredible movie was not known by any of my friends. I am now purchasing it so I can make sure that they see it. The story starts amusing and light enough to consider a nice movie, but a little after the midpoint the true depth of the ideas presented becomes apparent. This masterpiece is a keeper."
Good, but Melodramatic
peterdao | 05/28/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Good, sad movie. Gives lots of info on the industry, and puts the Dave Matthews - looking protagonist in a really tight spot where you're really wondering what he's going to do, then gets reeeeally crazy overly dramatic at the end. Not ridiculous, but unrealistic enough so that if you were in a cynical mood the movie would be ruined. Worth watching."