Year In Review: The Best And Worst Of Gay Porn In 2018

Posted December 30, 2018 by with 90 comments

2018gayComebacks, retirements (and un-retirements), Twitter wars, imprisonments, untimely deaths, and plenty of stunts filled the gay porn world in 2018. Here’s Str8UpGayPorn’s rundown of all the best (and all the worst) gay porn events, news, and stars who shaped 2018.

Tyler-Hill-Photo-Shoot-023Goodbye Forever. Hello Again.
While some of gay porn’s biggest stars retired in 2018, there were plenty who un-retired and made triumphant comebacks throughout the year. We said goodbye to Tyler Hill and Ryan Rose, and we said goodbye to Sean Cody’s Brysen for a brief moment, before he un-retired. Big stars who were on long hiatuses made some big returns, including Clark Parker, Ricky Larkin, Vadim Black, Leo Giamani, and Andy Taylor. Gay porn studio TitanMen shut down without officially saying goodbye to anyone, but they’re still re-releasing all their old movies, if you’d like to pretend that they did not shut down.

gayhoopla-kyle-dean-11-ConvertImage-1024x683Stars who passed away in 2018 included Kyle Dean, Dave Slick, and Billy Herrington.

There were at least two welcome retirements in 2018: BoyCrush studio owner Bryan Schwandt and Topher DiMaggio thankfully disappeared from making gay porn, after both of them were accused of sexually assaulting multiple men on and off set. Neither of them will be missed.

And finally, remember Colby Keller? He was last seen back in March in Bruce LaBruce’s CockyBoys movie, “Uber Menschen,” but it seems he too has quietly retired. Sadly, I guess we’ll never find out how he voted in the midterm elections.

Str8-Up-Gay-Porn-0913The Awards Show
Bianca Del Rio, Boomer Banks, Blake Mitchell, and over two dozen presenters and performers brought the 2nd annual Str8UpGayPorn Awards to life in Los Angeles in October, and I am forever in their debt. Austin Wilde and Joey Mills were the most-awarded stars. CockyBoys won Best Picture and director for Love Lost & Found. mr. Pam and Bruce Beckham welcomed everyone on the red carpet. I think I loved looking at Sean Ford the most.

Putting on an awards show is exhausting and made me want to die at least 10 times from July through October. The worst part is not being able to just give every nominee an award, but then I guess it wouldn’t really be an awards show if we did that. The best part is being able to throw a huge party where friends old and new can come together and celebrate each other. Thank you again to everyone who made it there and who made it happen.

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What Is The Tea, The Girls Are Fighting
Oh my God, so many people had fights in 2018. Who did you fight with in 2018? If you were Billy Santoro, you fought with Chi Chi LaRue and talent agent Fabscout Howard, your ex-husband Seth Santoro, the entire straight porn industry, Noir Male and its owner Jon Blitt (and its director LaRue, again), several other studios who’ve blacklisted you, and even Str8UpGayPorn. Some of your fights were fun to watch, Billy, but in some of them, you were completely full of shit, tbh. Which one of your fights was your favorite, Billy? Mine was the one you had with LaRue and Fabscout, which had just the right amount of shade, tea spilling, and classic Santoro narcissistic delusion.

ben1-1024x633The best gay porn fight of 2018, of course, was the Ben Masters/Angel Rivera/Joey Mills fight. It was entertaining and had a little something for everyone (hospitalizations! Twitter meltdowns! dramatic interviews! alleged affairs! hacked Instagrams!), but it also had a mostly happy ending, with Ben apologizing and everyone eventually moving on.

People who continued to be idiots (and, thankfully, continued to fade into irrelevance) in 2018 were Donald Trump-supporting right wing bigots and lunatics like Sergeant Miles and Jake Porter. And, of course, there was disgraced porn producer Michael Lucas. In addition to being found guilty in court for not paying his employees, trying to bribe an awards show (a joke of an awards show that later humiliated itself by apologizing to Lucas after someone called him out on stage), and releasing racist gay porn movies, Lucas tried to say he’d be retiring soon, but I don’t think we’ll be that lucky. Given all the cell phone sex videos that Lucas sells illegally on the amateur clip sites, I think he has a better chance of being sent to prison before he actually retires. Fingers crossed.

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XXX Q&A
The best part of my job is when I get to ask people questions, learn more about them, and then share their stories with a larger audience. Plus, learning things about others usually helps us all learn a little bit more about ourselves. I learned a lot this year from Blake Mitchell, Sean Cody’s Randy, Theo Brady, Teddy Bryce, Corbin Colby, Dink Flamingo, Austin Wilde, Elye Black, Arad Winwin, Angel Rivera, Tristan Adler, Hoss Kado, Quin Quire, Griffin Barrows, Ash Hendricks, and Miller Axton, and I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to chat.

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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200
Many of the same people who were in jail in 2017 were still in jail in 2018, and they will likely still be in jail in 2019, too. Jarec Wentworth’s appeal was denied. Sebastian Young, who is accused of raping his own daughter, is still in jail awaiting trial. Tom Faulk was arrested for drugs, and then arrested for assaulting a family member. Blu Kennedy is still awaiting trial for child porn, although his boyfriend (who was arrested with him) already pleaded guilty. Chris Bines was sentenced to five years in prison for selling a lot of marijuana. Robert Van Damme is possibly out of prison early. Bryce Evans is in prison for at least the 20th time. Matthew Rush is, hopefully, getting the help he needs. Nica Noelle is not going to prison, but the lawsuit filed against her for illegally filming incest porn in someone else’s home is still pending, after her attempt to reach a settlement failed.

12-1Str8Up’s Crystal Ball
Do I have any predictions or suggestions for studios in 2019? Just a few:

—Given the controversy that MEN’s bisexual scene caused, I think we’ll be seeing more bisexual porn and more stunts from MEN in 2019. That studio isn’t always great at making porn, but they are always great at making headlines.

—Sean Cody might figure out how to use their new cameras and editing software in 2019, but even if they do, their casting is not like it used to be, so they’ll need to start working on that, too.

eli—The few they have are great, but if Corbin Fisher doesn’t find more than five or six models to use regularly, 2019 isn’t going to be a very good year for them.

—Naked Raging Hot Falcon should consolidate and just have one studio. As it is, most the individual studios went weeks in 2018 without releasing new content, so why keep them all up and running? They’ve already given members access to multiple studios when they join one, so maybe they’re already on track to merge everything, which is good. Get on a set schedule so members can expect one or two new scenes per week, drop the themes and sets, and just focus on hot guys having sex at one studio.

noie—Noir Male should change its name to Noir & Blanc Male, since it’s a studio that releases scenes with black and white men (mostly white men), not solely black men. Also, they should consider bringing in new directors to help mix things up and offer an alternative to all the scenes directed by Chi Chi LaRue. Or, maybe they can bring in some “co-directors” for Chi Chi, since that’s always something she seems to enjoy.

—GuysInSweatpants, Helix, CockyBoys, Bromo, TimTales, and BelAmi will, hopefully, continue doing what they’re doing, as I’ve liked almost everything they all put out this year.

Happy New Year to everyone, and best of luck in 2019. And to the commenters: What predictions or suggestions do you have for gay porn studios and stars in 2019? If you have any constructive criticism or helpful tips (or if you just want to be a bitch, like me), feel free to share!

  • FrenchBug

    OK Now I am curious. A few weeks ago, I saw that BS hinted that there was a reason for which CClR always works in pair outside of NoirMale, which I hadn’t really realized until he said it. I generally try not to pay attention to his BS but now that I see some light shade directed at CClR’s “co-directing” credits in this post I am convinced there is a there there.
    What’s the T?

    • FrenchBug

      And of course, thanks Zach for all the info you broke and the entertainment you provided in 2018, as well as offering us a space to talk about gay porn, even when you disagree and when we are just being grumpy bitches.
      Here is to you, Joey, your mom, and whoever else you care about having a wonderful successful 2019!

  • rummy

    I feel like Xavier Ryan should be added to the Donald Trump-supporting right wing bigots.

    • FrenchBug

      I didn’t know that but thanks for outing the bigots.

    • Ceecee
      • FrenchBug

        When he said he wouldn’t date someone who has dogs, I was out. These are levels of evil and stupidity at which I have to draw the line.

      • Scrapple

        Dick rots your colon, and your brain.

    • sxg

      Well luckily no big loss on my end he looks like your typical inbred white trash.

    • Luke

      Definitely. That guy is so far gone, just the other day pushing the idea that London is a no-go city, where you get knifed in seconds cos of the Muslim mayor.

    • Zachary Sire

      no tea no shade but I literally had no idea who he was until I googled his name. Still not really sure who he is.

      • Ceecee

        He did a few Helix scenes but I only knew him because of his lame/hot Men scene with Myles Landon.

        Looks like now he’s consigned to the gross Trump pile with Porter and Sergeant Thorazine.

        • Donald Horn

          He’s been on Mormonboyz and he is a regular on Broke Straight Boys. He also has a youtube channel.

  • P-laudy

    Tim Fucking Tales! keep doing it more hardcore as we want hehe

  • McM.

    Titan has stopped creating new content, so I think the owners/producers simply burned out from not getting the support to keep going. As for the re-releases, they were scenes previously available only in 480p/540p that were updated to 720p/1080p.

    The site has a 20 scene per month download limit, but it’s not a big deal with the year-end lifetime membership. Between periods of downloading and owning scenes members can opt to stream videos. The studio still has something to offer considering the rich library of scenes remain superior to 80% of new porn releases. Given the choice I’d happily re-watch 110° In Tucson and Full Access than expend energy wading through nonsense at Men.

    • Scrapple

      I had such a thing for Spencer Quest when Tucson came out. A while back I heard he had fallen on hard times. Shame.

      And I hate Blu Kennedy for making that threeway with Nathan York and Taurus unwatchable now.

      • McM.

        I think the draw for me was Ivan Andros. Loved him at RS in Passport to Paradise and Arabesque. I was definitely there for the other men too since they all performed at high standards.

        Hunky and versatile Spencer Quest was on my radar from day one. I was like “fook hya!” when Spy Quest came out, and then Titan gave us another? And then another? Spencer deserved that spotlight. I do hope his situation is better now. Reading his profile Spencer Quest has education and many other skills to fall back on, so he won’t need to return to porn out of desperation.

        • Scrapple

          Ivan didn’t do anything for me in his twink stage. But when he bulked up I was all for it. Passport was a good one. The threeway with Miguel and Carlos (RIP). Even the duo with him and Carlos was good. Probably one of the few times I was fine with Carlos topping. The Arabesque scene with Remy. The hairtastic Studs scene with Huessein. Party in the Rear getting busted open by Michael Brandon, then that threeway with Mario Cruz. All sizzlers.

          When Spencer and Cliff Rhodes hit the scene at the same time, I just knew Titan would pair them up. I was so mad when they were cast as brothers in Alabama Takedown. That should’ve been them rasslin’ and fuckin’. I too hope Spencer pulled it together. He’s another one who seemed to go off the rails after leaving porn.

  • B.C.

    Untimely deaths, I hope there will be none in 2019.
    Colby Keller, despite his voting blunder, I’m going to miss. He did deliver memorable performances.
    CockyBoys, my favourite, can’t imagine they will stop making great porn.
    Elian and Max, hope they’ll stick around for another year.
    Justin Matthews, Cade Maddox, Max Adonis, Calvin Banks, Sean Zevran are just some of my favourite in 2018. I wish them a prosperous New Year.
    And Zach, thank you for this amazing work!

    • AlohaMar

      Always love Calvin. I honestly think he’s one of, if not the, top performer in gay porn right now. Truly versatile with the ability to create chemistry with nearly everybody. And he can act. I was sad to see he wasn’t in the two films CockyBoys filmed this year (not counting All Saints as it’s a multi-year project; the Bruce LaBruce project was filmed in 2017). Hoping he’s in more next year. Not that his scenes weren’t stellar this year; they completely were. But he’s got so much more to offer than that.

      I loved Cade & Max coming onto the scene this year. They’re special. The types of performers that show up and you immediately think, yeah, they were made to do this.

      I also loved Cole Claire, Mateo Vice, and Beaux Banks this year. Beaux has to be one of the hardest working people in this industry. He signed his exclusive with Men and he’s still on the road nearly every week at club appearances. Plus he’s got merch that’s actually really nice. I don’t think he gets enough credit, Honestly.

      • B.C.

        Calvin is definitely in the porn elite, landing some stunners in 2018. I particularly enjoyed him with Ethan Slade and flip-fucking Devin Franco. Also I keep forgetting Calvin is in his early twenties, so hopefully he’ll stick around for many more years.
        Cade and Max are too beautiful to look at. Completely agree with you, they were made for porn.
        I have aversion toward tattoos, so can’t share your love for Beaux Banks. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day he’ll step behind camera, Austin Wilde style, and become successful at it.

  • Jason

    Chaosmen didn’t do their holiday themed releases this year. Will they be around this time next year?

  • Edward

    So, I know it was brought up every week, but I’m still shocked CF went a whole year without REALLY adding new/consistent talent. WOW.

    • Marcus Collack

      Their fannbase doesn’t seem to mind, so…I doubt they’ll be looking to do that next year either.

  • CamCam

    Gay Porn has been quite dull to me overall in 2018. The only studios that really were worth a damn was GISP, CockyBoys and Richard. What i hope to see more in 2019 is more porn scenes that are more focused on oral. As a guy who loves oral sex, I want to see more mutual dick sucking in these films in all parts of gay porn. Ass gets lots of love and it would be nice to see Dick get as much love in the new year. Even more oral-only scenes as well. Every film doesn’t have to always have fucking in it. It would be great to see a new website that has more verse scenes than the usual top/bottom stuff we see online. Just my 2 cents but i really i hope i enjoy more porn in the new year. Time will tell.

    • Schnitzel

      It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my appreciation for oral scenes. From past comments on such scenes, most people don’t care for them. Maybe it is due to the lack of full body movements or just poor filming. I find them hot and at least amateur oral clips are pretty common.

      • CamCam

        It makes me feel good to know I’m not the only one who really appreciates oral scenes. You brought up that it seems like people don’t care for oral scenes but to that I say I didn’t see people online wishing there would be incest porn all over the place but yet we got FamilyDick and i think Brothers Keeper so why can’t we have a site that’s devoted to oral pleasure? I don’t see the problem. They can still have fucking and God knows what else but still make sucking dick the main part of the film. The possibilities are endless but there needs to be a producer who has guts to make this happen. Hell this could happen with every gay porn site on the web now. That’s just me and my views.

        • Schnitzel

          You’re going to get no argument from me on your thoughts. In fact, I hope directors, producers and studio owners will read this and find the merit in you view!

    • We are not alone! Next Door Studios tends to give a good amount of scene time to oral before the fucking starts, but it only works with a performer who enjoys giving blowjobs and is good at it, otherwise it becomes even more infuriating to watch. The two scenes with Chris Blades receiving oral from Dean Monroe and Bridger Watts are a couple of my all time favorites and are perfect examples of hot oral foreplay. Watching the handsome face of Spencer Laval taking his time to enjoy a dick makes up for his vanilla scenes.
      I would rather not watch a shoddy blowjob than watch it faked and done mechanically (Charlie Pattinson, Mark Long and Jerec Wenthworth have turned in the most outrageous performances). Somewhere out there I think there is a Fratmen playbook for guys who don’t like dick in their mouth to help them get through scenes. For years, I keep seeing the same tactics used across the board from Gayhoopla (Fratmen 2.0), Men, and even at Chaosmen (I don’t know who Armani thought he was fooling in all his years at the studio). I’ve cringed when models choked and gagged at Corbin Fisher in scenes when they have to open their mouths for the cum shot. Were they forced by the studio or was it greed and they needed the extra money. Either way it is an insult to portray an integral part of my sexuality as something repulsive just because the performers can’t bring themselves to do it.
      So, as much as I would have liked to see Brodie and Nixon from Sean Cody return to suck a dick one day, I’m willing to respect their wishes as performers not to do what they don’t feel comfortable. They turn out a great performance doing other stuff. I don’t think it is a gay/straight issue, because I have had plenty of gay partners who did not like to give oral. I, myself would rather eat pussy (I have in my younger years) than eat a guy’s hairy ass, so I have to chalk it up to personal preference and try not to be judgmental. I will say that if I were an adult performer being paid, then I would have to suck it up and do what the job requires and try to do it well for my fans and to continue to get work. Some performers have the clout and star power to refuse to do oral like Axel Kane, William Seed, Ryan Bones, Paddy O’Brian (he did a couple scenes but blink and you’ll miss it). They are still hugely popular and I guess their fans value their physical appeal and would rather see them perform instead of hating on them for drawing the line at not performing oral.

      • CamCam

        Any gay porn performer who doesn’t do or receive Oral shouldn’t do porn at all. I don’t care about how fine they are, how good their stroke is or how fat their ass is, if you’re not willing to do all that you can do sexually outside of anal sex, then that performer shouldn’t be allowed to even be inside the building to be considered for a role. If they don’t know how to suck a dick, they better go practice on a banana or a cucumber!! Lol. Have you ever watched a lesbian scene and any of the chicks didn’t eat pussy? I never have. Straight porn today has the girl sucking dick and the guy eating pussy in nearly every scene so why do we have so many scenes where gay guys aren’t going down on each other? Hell even Trans porn had more oral in it than gay porn. Fucking Bo Sinn will suck some trans fools dick but not a cis-genders dick and that’s ridiculous. Gay porn isn’t half as hot as other non-gay porn partly because of what these performers won’t do. We need more Cade Maddox’s and way less William Seed’s in Gay Porn.

        • So true about how some men can rationalize sucking a dick in transgender porn. One of the hottest guys in the industry was Francesco Giovanni who sucked a lot of trans dick in addition to appearing in numerous straight work, but never did anything in gay porn except SG4GE. Alex Parry was another model on MenAtPlay who wouldn’t even touch or interact with his scene partners; but prior to that he had no problem sucking and getting fucked by a huge Latina cock at Englishlads. As long as gay men continue to shell out subscription dollars to support their favorite performers, studios are not inclined to pressure their models to do certain things. I cannot explain why it took so long to get Cody Cummings off the internet and am saddened by the gay audience’s blind worship of some of these do-nothing “performers.” And then there is simple economics. Fan pressure and the almighty dollar can change minds, but sometimes too late. Ken Ryker, Mike Branson and Ryan Idol did not suck dick until their careers started to slow down. Same with Zeb Atlas, who didn’t suck dick until much later about the same time he got the arm tattoo. He actually was pretty good at it in his scene with Logan Vaughan. I’m sure it took a lot money or pressure or both for Paddy to do the two oral scenes with Connor Maguire and Johnny Rapid and he did an awful job. Jimmy Johnson in a preface to his first bottoming video with Colby Jensen said sucking dick is the worst and he hated being forced by contract into doing it early in his career. I was astounded and insulted that the studio let that comment slide and included it in the video. Honestly, this issue is a hot button for me and I just wanted to say I agree with you that performers who are getting paid need to be performers. I am sure Halle Berry wasn’t thrilled to be filmed being fucked by Billy Bob Thornton, but her commitment to what the role required won her an Oscar.

          • CamCam

            It sounds like you’re making excuses for why these performers don’t give their all in these films. That’s a big reason why these films are so unmemorable and why shit like “gay4pay” is able to thrive like it does. These producers only care about hot bodies and big dicks but they don’t care that they won’t do all they can do just to make an incredible and legendary film. Sticking a dick in an ass does not make for a hot film/clip. In the new year, we need producers and talent scouts to find men who will suck dick ALL THE TIME, bottoms that get and need their dicks sucked and value their dick as much as their ass & more verse dudes. The same old same old formula is tired. And i need for these porn stars to stop talking about what they don’t like doing because they make themselves look bad behind it. I’ve stopped following certain people because they have saidnthings like “I don’t like sucking dick”, even if they do suck dick. I don’t need to know this and they kill the fantasy. Gay porn needs to step their game up in 2019, period end of discussion.

    • Killer

      I regularly rejoin Chaosmen just for their oral scenes.I don’t bother with their fucking scenes as they are all basically all the same format but their oral stuff knocks my socks off (or should that be rocks off!!!!)

      • CamCam

        I’m so glad you mentioned Chaosmen cause their scenes be so hot! And they always stress mutual oral in the majority of them has 69 and my dick wants to explode when i see that! Lol. I hope they don’t change and make the heteronormative scenes that Raging Stallion, Men and Falcon be making. I should join their site.

  • Schnitzel

    Thank you Zach for covering the year so well yet again! Let’s hope 2019 has a whole lot less of the “But I’m straight “ themed scenarios. Of course that’s just a single example of so many things broken in porn today.

    That aside, best wishes to you and all the commenters here in the coming year. The entertainment value is worth the time spent on SUGP!

  • Marcus Collack

    1 exception: I need some of the tops at Tim Tales to stop drilling for blood, pleass and thank you. In the words of Adina: (you’re going to have to dig deep for this, if you don’t already know) You got to have LOVE for the body, and work it, and work it…don’t let nobody hurt it!

  • Eric from Sweden

    Thank God the guys from Bel Ami seems to be free of drama making.

    • Ty Huber

      Bel Ami continues to dazzle. I’m gifting myself with a two-month membership. For fans of Euro twinkier models, Staxus has been producing some really good stuff and has a half price deal running right now (and claim they’ll discountinue 30 day w/download accounts in 2019.

      • Anon

        Jared (and Tomas Salek) are our 2018’s Euro boo.

  • Burkeman

    BelAmi has been highly rated and free from drama this year.
    Still, they now have female webcam models and, amongst their guys, there is a rumour they will be doing scenes with women, starting next year (just a rumour!).

    • Anon

      I don’t think so. Women literally do not exist in BelAmi world, I have never heard of any scenes in there that even acknowledges the existence of girls

    • realitytvIV

      Are you talking about Flirt4Free or Belamichat? Belami chat is still all male from a quick review of their site, Flirt4Free is indepedent from Belami, but I do know that even the BA models on there don’t do shows with women, so that sounds very unlikely.

      It may be a rumor that came from BA models attending Flirt4Free events which include all models, male and female, and befriending these women on Twitter (as straight men do), but I haven’t seen BA’s social media sites promote or even like straight content. The old homos who have been loyal members of BA for years would not allow that to happen.

  • Luke

    Thanks Zach for all the news and reviews – especially the recapping of the Ben Masters, Angel Rivera, Joey Mills thing. 2018 was a very mixed year for gay porn, Cockyboys and GISP were the only studios who consistently put out good content imo. I know I’m in the minority with this view but I feel Helix went totally off the rails in the 2nd half of the year, hope they get back to producing their usual amazing stuff in 2019.

  • Northboy691

    Also, the unfortunate loss of Bruno Bernal to the business because of his stupid mouth/tweeting. (Sigh)

  • Pascal Stretch

    In 2019 I wish for more diversity in porn, as predictability is a killer. So more tops exploring their bottom side, more non-white performers given big roles, more kink in vanilla movies (like in the old Falcon flicks)… More Tim Tales bottoms (John Thomas, Henrik Sommers, Dorian Petit,..) getting drilled to the max, more artful visions (CockyBoys, Axel Abysse), more crossovers (Helix or Belami models exploring their kink side at My Dirtiest Fantasies), and above all, more genuine pleasure filming, as a bored actor makes for a boring scene.

  • Ty Huber

    While BelAmi continues to shine, Euro competitors Staxus and BoyFun are looking much better in 2018. A noteworthy star at both sites is Jared Shaw, the dark haired fellow in the middle of this Staxus 3-way. It was one of the best 3-ways I’ve ever seen. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb45ba0fecbd8aa7643dc8fcc8750810903acffb4036cdd69789a9f40543d9b6.jpg

    • Weiner

      Having seen this particular threeway it is not very good, the models look clueless during most of it due to a lack of direction and there is very little chemistry in it (something which happens quite frequently in Staxus scenes) and the Mexican boy Dmitri clearly wants to be anywhere but there. Having seen most of your recent pro-Staxus comments and your laughable comment about it being on the best theeways you have ever seen, I can only assume that Staxus must be paying you to make these comments.

      Regarding Jared he is amazing, it’s just a shame the aforementioned studio treated him so badly hence why he left.

      • Drew Kingston

        At least Staxus has people who know how to handle a camera to have sharp images and good viewing angles !

        • FrenchBug

          I will have to disagree slightly. They do shoot in a studio which means that their scenes definitely have a clean professional look to them. As it is something that frustrate me with American twink movies, I appreciate that.
          But the viewing angles are very often frustrating and awful. Their directors like too close shots and when they (sparingly) do wider shots where you could see the performers, they often use weird or bad angles, like cowgirl from below rather than from the front.
          I don’t mind the repetitiveness and almost clinic aspect of a lot of what they do because they rotate performers well but I do think the stage direction has room for improvement.

          • Drew Kingston

            Not everyone’s likes the same things and it’s fine.
            l don’t hate the view from below but what I do like the most is that the models who bottom are hard (and not only the last 15 seconds of the scene) and seem to enjoy to be fucked.
            I think the team lets the models the time they need to perform.
            From time to time they shoot very nice intro with beautiful images and it’s a plus for me.
            Even if all scenes aren’t at the same level. All in all, I think Staxus made a good job in 2018.
            I wish you a very happy new year FrenchBug.

          • Weiner

            The reason their bottoms are always hard is because they are forced to have injections to keep their dicks hard the whole scenes (I know this because I met some of their guys before when I visited Prag). I would rather the performers were hard naturally and because they enjoy the sex rather than being forced to have some injection. Their action to me is often very robotic and the models seem to lack any freedom to perform the action is very scripted.

          • FrenchBug

            Same to you, Drew :) Have a stax-tastic New Year 😉

          • Weiner

            I agree here it feels more like factory porn rather than natural porn. Take for example Jared Shaw the gentleman above has highlighted and compare his Boyfun scenes to his Staxus scenes, they are a world apart. At Staxus he seems shackled and have to follow the directors script, at Boyfun he is free and can perform the way he likes and to express himself. I have seen a few Staxus models now on Boyfun and their performances all seem more natural than before.

          • Drew Kingston

            I think the actual director of most Boyfun scenes was working for Staxus 2 years ago.

          • FrenchBug

            I found it interesting that a couple of (former?) 8TeenBoy models have been crossing over to Boyfun to do scenes with Eastern European porn performers and there has been no publicity over here in the US. It was an interesting experiment.

          • Weiner

            And I think the scenes were very good. I especially liked the scene with Gabe Isaac. It was indeed an interesting experiment and I like that they are taking these experiments to try and be different.

          • Weiner

            Then Staxus lost a very good director because some of the Boyfun scenes now are much better than Staxus scenes especially in last part of 2018.

          • Kelvin

            If you are referring to Michael Burling he left Staxus in 2014.

          • Kelvin

            I have to agree with you here FrenchBug whilst the image is nice and crisp the viewing angles in their scenes are truly awful. I think their director just loves to shoot closeups and forgets that viewers like wide shots as well. I do find their scenes really formulaic as well.

        • Weiner

          What the point in good viewing angles and sharp images if the action is terrible?

          • Drew Kingston

            I could respectfully answer, what the point of a so called good action if images are fuzzy and viewing angles are so bad that you feel more annoyed than excited. I agree with Boyfun making better videos in 2018 but Staxus have great scenes too. (they don’t pay me 😊)

      • realitytvIV

        I never understood Staxus’ appeal. All of their models are skinny, pale, sickly looking, and clearly g4p. Plus the website always throw in fetish scenes unexpectedly which are even worse than their regular gay porn productions.

  • Birdy65

    Have you any news about Ashton Summers (one of my favorite model)? It seems he disappeared from social media. Did he retire from the industry?

    • AlohaMar

      As of now he’s not doing porn anymore. He’s doing mainstream modeling. His twitter account is active, but it’s not him; it’s a fan account.

      • Birdy65

        Thanks for the information. I hope to see him in some menswear magazine and wish in the best.

  • CamCam

    To add to what i said, Twinks and European porn did it up big time this year. Helix and 8TeenBoy made some amazing films that were WAY better than anything in the Falcon family and MEN. Bel Ami and Freshmen made some seriously sexy films that were way more passionate and just better than the shit on TimTales or any site where thrashing ass is the norm. Any site where the man enjoyed THE ENTIRE MALE BODY was truly king and those 4 sites really made a big impression on me and i hope they continue to make great films in 2019. For Helix, the quality started going down as of late in the year but i hope they make better films next year.

  • MC.EMC2

    Worst of gay porn in 2018? Definitely GayHoopla… The most homophobic, heterosexist website that released more solos than gay scenes. Freaking lame…

  • TheLisp

    The most exciting thing that happened to me this year porn-wise, was that Billy Santoro blocked me on Twitter. Saved me hours of eye-rolling.

  • Kanaka

    No predictions, just an appeal to Zach: Keep on exposing the bigots, racists, homophobes, mysogynists, transphobes, nazis etc, whether they be performers or studio/web owners. Money talks and I like to know who ain’t getting any of mine! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/371ff38d97f4da1cedfde3e88a778016184582b99e541f8520d6cb1379268ca9.jpg

  • Scrapple

    Many of the same people who were in jail in 2017 were still in jail in 2018, and they will likely still be in jail in 2019, too.

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    It’s hard to decide what I want to see for porn in 2019. I’m hoping Clark Parker has summoned enough dark magic to maintain the glamour he has conjured. I hope to finally see Austin Wilde and Sean Zevran in an epic flip scene…followed by them trying to snatch each other’s edges on social media. I want to see Spencer Laval lovingly fucked in the ass at least once a month. I want Calhoun to find a studio which will keep him in pig slops and dark chocolate. I want Cade Maddox to have his way with Dante Colle, Calvin Banks Paddy. I want Sean Cody to stop referring to non-White models as being “tan.” I want models to stop saying they’re straight when they’ve spent several years sucking and fucking dicks and/or taking fists up their ass. I want Cocky Boys to stop with the ADHD and finish one project before moving to another. I want Men to finish their Time’s Up lawsuit settlement so they can stop hiring women for their stupid scenarios. But most importantly, I want studios to stop being so lazy by thinking barebacking automatically makes a scene hot. It doesn’t. People can shit on condoms all they want (simmer down, Mr. DelRay) but the pre-barebacking porn era was filthier, more fun and far less sloppy.

    • FrenchBug

      On your last point: It is easily explainable. The very annoyingly vocal part of the gay porn fanbase who has insisted for years that the problem with porn was “Condoms! Condoms! Condoms!” has apparently convinced gay porn studios that making their performers perform bareback is all it takes to make a hot scene that people will want to see.
      So, yeah, it seems that for many producers, going bareback has been the only strategy and they are treating it as a license to go lazy with everything else.

      • Scrapple

        I’ve seen more fake fucking in this era than I did during the condom era.

        • FrenchBug

          Besides the low-hanging fruit of getting rid of “straight guys”, the best and cheapest thing studios could do to try to jush up their scenes would be to implement a policy of performer pairing that involves *asking* performers which other performers they are attracted to and would like to work with.

          It is a simple measure that might require a bit more logistical planning ahead of time but that could pay off big time in terms of content quality.

          • Scrapple

            I don’t see why they don’t. Plenty of performers have no problems saying who they won’t work with…

          • FrenchBug

            I agree. I never understood the logistical excuse. It can’t be that hard to contact a performer for work and make them fill, along with whatever basic form with their information, a webpage with a list of other performers they’d hire, for them to *positively* say “Yes, I’d love to play with him”. The whole concept of blind-pairing has always been insane but it is even more nowadays where there is plenty of technological ways to easily make it happen.
            I suspect it is a testament that even in the adult industry, there are some rather disdainful attitudes about the well-being and wishes of sex workers. They fail to see that a happy sex worker is a better sex worker, which makes a better product for them.

          • Scrapple

            You do hear every so often in the writeups about how the studio gave a model a sub to the site so they could see which models they’d like to do vids with. But you can never tell how much of that is fact or fiction. Especially when they talk about two models wanting to hook up, then you see the scene and the chemistry is absent.

          • FrenchBug

            I have never heard performers say anything other than that they don’t get to choose and I have never heard a performer say that they never had had to perform with someone they are not attracted to.
            Worth mentioning too that studios seem to have no problem enforcing the racial preferences of some performers. So color me skeptical that they *need* to pair folks at random.
            Now, of course, chemistry is intangible. Someone may *look* hot but then when they meet the chemistry is not there. But you’d reduce the likelihood of that happening if you ensured that, at least, they were positively predisposed to each other. The number of performers for whom that “sex work is work, not sex” thing is real and who can fuck anything and anybody without problems is actually very small.

          • AlohaMar

            Calvin Banks has talked about a list of performers he has that he wants to work with, and that CockyBoys tries to pair him up with people he wants to pair up with. Mateo Vice was on that list (and that worked out really well). I don’t think that’s gonna happen 100% of the time. For a start, it’s hard to debut a brand-new to the industry model if you’re only going off established models’ list of guys they want to work with. Not that there should be true “blind pairing”—I don’t think all studios do that. I think the most important thing is that the model isn’t outside what he’s comfortable doing. Obviously I’m not in favor of racial preferences—frankly a model shouldn’t get any gigs if he has one.

            My point is there are studios taking into account who the models want to do a scene with. It’s not all, “here you fuck him and be happy about it.”

          • FrenchBug

            Considering the T Troy Accola spilled a few weeks back, we can say that your anecdotal evidence is not evidence that Cockyboys is implementing this policy, more that JJ has favorites that he grants privileges to.

          • Maximus

            Thank you! It’s called CASTING, people! Do they think that mainstream movies and TV shows just throw two random actors together in a romantic pairing without any consideration for whether those actors have (or can convincingly fake) onscreen chemistry?

  • No_No_No_Yes

    How is it nobody has dropped a house on Nica Noelle? Seems like THAT should have happened when she got naked, let alone the rest of her utterly preposterous body of “work”. I suppose the same can be said for duck lips. Perhaps we can lure the two to a remote spot and get a 2-fer out of the flying monkeys. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c162949a5921e460173e888c8dcbcd069f6e8cade2857f9cda1d2fcd552cea8a.gif

    • FrenchBug

      Real Q: how is it that no one has questioned her on her repeated statements that she is retiring (and not an off-hand comment either but a full-on announcement and all) followed by no retirement at all, not even a pause.
      It is not that I believed her the last few times she did this but if her supporters want to convince us she is not, in the most generous telling, a mentally unstable attention-seeker, I’d like to hear them explain that pattern.

      • No_No_No_Yes

        BB they are all members of the same tribe. If you find one crazy bitch ready to point out another crazy bitch – snap a straight jacket on it, your likely to be stabbed.

  • No_No_No_Yes

    11:11 World peace, and Trump’s impeachment. Everything else is gravy.

  • The Porn Emperor

    Myself, I’m hoping for more scenes with internal cumshots. I just hate it when the top pulls out and squirts. C’mon–shoot that load in the ass (or mouth). There’s no point in doing bareback otherwise. I don’t even care if they fake it, as long as they do a good job. (And only real cum oozing out the holes–no fake stuff. If they can’t cum internally, then just skip the cumdripping.) There’s a lot of wasted cum in general. Facials do nothing for me. Shoot that load directly into the mouth, then swallow it. Corbin Fisher does this periodically–it’s great.

  • Gian

    RIP Tyler White of Brokestraightboy. :(

  • Drew Kingston

    Congratulations for your sexual life. Porn is a fantasy: in real life there is not a team around us to film and we are not paid at the end. I explain what I like and I haven’t any project to convince other people of what they would have to like. I also explain why I support some sites and not other ones. I wish you great sex in 2019.

  • Cognac&Conversation

    If MEN pull another stunt like they did in the summer, they’re asking for trouble.

    The glorification of straightness in gay porn has gotta stop in 2019. It’s why I’ll never support the likes of Corbin Fisher or English Lads. Imagine the outcry if gay sex happened in straight porn.

  • Maximus

    Sorry that this comment is belated, but Happy New Year, Zach!

  • Cosmic

    Is any professional porn really good anymore, I mean Really good?

  • Lanu Pongen

    What’s disappointing was Sebastian Kross bottomed off camera and we never got to see it even in 2018…still hope for it one day