directed by James Guardino
by Alex Jackson James Guardino's Porn King is a sterling example of how not to make a documentary. It fails on every conceivable level--I seriously cannot imagine any possible way to justify this movie. Above all I feel a real anger towards Guardino: he's wasting my time. He has nothing to say and no passion for the medium; he treats this film like a glorified lottery ticket to the big leagues. My beef with most documentaries is that they're all steak and no sizzle. They have a subject but no particular opinion on it and have little desire to realize it cinematically. That's considered a virtue in some corners. Many believe that information should be unaffected and vanilla--objective. The thing about objectivity, though, is that it subjugates the author, clouding him in anonymity and making him and his film invulnerable to critique. I end up writing the same thing about almost every documentary I review, because otherwise I would be forced to discuss the subject matter exclusively, and a film's subject matter should never be the sole criterion by which to judge its quality.