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Sex - Life in L.A. Part 2: Cycles of Porn (2005)

Johnny Law , Holden Grey , Jochen Hick  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Law, Holden Grey, Vin Nolan, Sergio Anthony, Rocky
  • Directors: Jochen Hick
  • Writers: Jochen Hick
  • Producers: Jochen Hick
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tla
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BR9RQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sex - Life in L.A. Part 2: Cycles of Porn" on IMDb

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Sex/Life in L.A. 2: Cycles of Porn is a revealing glimpse into a world where sex, art and business collide in the City of Angels. It's been seven years since the filmmaker's first documentary portrait, and director Jochen Hick is checking in with some of his previous subjects: Adult film stars Kevin Kramer, Cole Tucker and Matt Bradshaw. But sexuality is constantly evolving, and styles, tastes and even new technology are providing a new supply of up-and-coming talent. Hick deftly explores a culture in which young men occupy a house outfitted with webcams for a sexy chat site, and nomad filmmakers rove the country looking for impromptu stars of their condom-free "bareback films." The dreams, disappointments and unwavering reality of the gay adult industry are all opened up with insight and humor in this riveting film that made festival audiences around the world cheer.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Candy Christmas in the City of Angels October 5, 2008
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Revisiting a subject he first documented seven years earlier, German director Jochen Hick approaches the real-life characters of his "Sex - Life in L.A. 2" unobtrusively, and with a certain amount of respect and compassion. Beginning with the young, male occupants of a Chi Chi LaRue-sponsored, Big Brother-style hotel, the documentary wastes no time in introducing us to a mixed bag of (current and former) gay sex workers, all of whom are affiliated with the porn industry. The "hotel", which serves as a home, of sorts, for young gay men willing to engage in internet sex acts for avid, interactive fan boys is, I thought, especially disheartening. The more intelligent of these young men (Johnny Law, and the aspiring writer whose name eludes me) seem particularly sad because even when they're espousing their hopes and dreams for a different future, they don't seem to really believe that they'll get it; they're barely legal yet they've already developed a cynicism that belies their youth.

The ugliest and least appetizing portion of the film depicted one of the young men from the "hotel" going to a sex party with a group of older men who were sucking on pipefulls of crystal meth like it was their last gasp for oxygen. I am loathe to be judgemental of people's lifestyle choices, but I found this part of the film to be very disturbing, especially in light of the fact that one of the young participants from the earlier film had died from a combination of crystal meth and heroin.

Walking a fine line between pathos and humor, the older porn stars first chronicled in Hick's initial film, emerge as older, somewhat different people than they were seven years earlier.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse Into The World Of Porn January 22, 2006
Sex/Life in L.A. 2: Cycles of Porn is a fascinating look into the world of porn that is a follow up to Jochen Hick's 1998 Sex/Life in L.A. Hick revisits Kevin Kramer, Cole Tucker, Matt Bradshaw, and finds some new porn stars, or at least wannabes along the way. Although I found it to be quite intriguing it really only touches the surface and it left me wanting more. The film begins with a look behind the scenes at Chi Chi LaRue's "Live and Raw Hotel", a hotel filled with webcams and host to a bevy of boys, filming every moment for the world to see. Focusing on the trials and tribulations of the boys we follow their ups and downs, dreams and desires. More seasoned veterans like Matt Bradshaw, Cole Tucker, and Kevin Kramer are featured and we get a glimpse into where they are now. Surprisingly Cole Tucker is not like his onscreen persona and it was nice to see what a down to earth guy he was, much like the rest of them. A controversial subject is touched upon with the director of bareback videos and his search across country via a motor home in the search of new stars. Sex parties, drugs, and more sex round out the film that just begins to scrape the surface but is worth a look nonetheless. Hopefully Hick won't let so much time go by before he revisits this industry and let's hope he digs a bit deeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN FUN MOVIE!! May 16, 2013
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Sex Life in LA 2 delves into the gay porn industry. I had no idea what this film was about but I bought it on
I loved it. It gives a humane portrait of the gay porn actors and sometimes their families. People should not criticize these people because they work hard in the gay film industry. It is better than crime!!!! I loved this movie and all the actors in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dull September 11, 2012
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I thought this would be more of a behind the scenes/documentary type film. Unfortunately, it was not very
interesting to me...although I enjoyed watching Cole Tucker talk about his life in the adult business. Could have been a little more in depth.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better title: "Stupidity & Shallowness In L.A." June 17, 2012
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I wasn't really expecting a lot from this and that's what I got. I'm not criticizing the film's director/producer because he showed everything like it really is in the gay porn industry: a bunch of empty headed, shallow, narcissistic twits. The egomania (Johnny Law needs to quit reading his press releases) is nothing more than a cover for insecurity and damaged psyches. I get an overwhelming impression that most of the "actors" got into it because they figured doing porn would make them feel better about themselves or they might gain some approval - whether they want to admit it or not.

The only shred of normalcy (such that it is for a porn actor) & being level headed was Cole Tucker. I got the impression from him that he did porn because it was just something he wanted to do, enjoyed doing, and yet had no illusion that it was a gateway to better things. Everyone else in the film just struck me as pathetic.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously misleading and, well, just plain bad March 15, 2012
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I confess a certain fascination with porn, not so much with watching it, which gets boring all too fast, but with the machinery for the making of it. Pornography is a huge industry in the U.S. grossing (um) 100s of millions of dollars a year. The bucks have long since migrated from "adult" video rentals to a thriving online marketplace, huge pay-per-view on regular old cable and satellite, and then the really big bucks are in hotel video PPV.
This video is completely oblivious of the current state of the industry and focuses instead on revisiting performers from the 90s (and their mothers! seriously!) in a sort of "where are they now?" look at the ones not dead from HIV and drugs.
Not at all surprisingly, none of the survivors from 90s porn that this video visits are doing anything very interesting. Nor are porn stars known for their intellect, so it is hardly a shock that none have anything fascinating or even mildly insightful to say, either.
One thing this video does succeed at is giving you the feeling you need to take a shower much like you used to get if you ducked into a XXX bookstore in the 90s. It's got that vibe down perfectly.
Otherwise, this rental is a rip off that was over-hyped and under-delivered. I'd like my money back, please.
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