On Advertising

We don't talk much about the site because we don't think it's all that interesting how we make the sausage.  We watch movies, we write down who's in them, and we lather, rinse and repeat.  We've been doing it since 1999; hey! we're 15 years old this year!  For some of that time, we've relied on banners and purchases thru the "Buy this Movie" links to help keep the lights on.  But, DVD sales are diminishing, the web stuff we do list is converting OK but not great, and the banner advertisers are slowing down, so we took a look at what we could do.

We could add more ad zones to the pages, but we didn't want to clutter things up; we like our minimalist look.  (We've had it forever!)

Then, one of our advertisers approached us about piloting silent pop-unders -- they had to be silent or we didn't want them -- and we agreed to give it a try.

So, from today thru May 4 (and possibly beyond) our ad network partner, GrandSlamMedia, is showing pop-unders on our site at a rate of approximately 1 popunder for every 24 pageviews.

We know the last time we tried non-banner advertising (the chat windows) it was met with mixed reactions, and we expect the same here.

We also know that ad blocking software exists, and if these sort of advertisements really really upset you, you might want to look into that sort of thing.  We ask that you don't, obviously, as we get paid by the impression (each time they show an ad, we get a tiny tiny bit of money; but eventually those tiny tiny bits add up) but if you do, we understand... maybe we'll find that there's a market for an ad-free version of the site; tho such a thing would require us to build an infrastructure to handle users and passwords and password resetting and lots of potential customer service issues... but who knows.  We know that the time has come for us to grow and mutate and make changes and I've been busy programming trying to roll out new tools for our editors, and different table layouts in the database and all kinds of things, so thanks for sticking around.

Some Guys Saved Some 35MM Pornos, And What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind

filmnoirIt'll blow your mind if you're a caveman and have no sense of the obvious. :-)

Inaugurated in December, Anthology Film Archives' groundbreaking new series IN THE FLESH continues in March with a quartet of films exploring the darker side of the classic adult film genre, featuring tough-talking private eyes, deviant rapists, shadowy blackmailers, and existential crises.

Throughout the 1970s, adventurous adult film directors paid homage to their favorite film noirs with updated X-rated versions of classics like LAURA (1944) and SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950). The sexual tension created between noir anti-heroes and seductive femmes fatales could now be embellished and visualized, to the delight of both the raincoat crowd and cultured moviegoers. In addition to creating porno variants of acknowledged film classics, filmmakers began to step outside of established boundaries and challenge audience expectations. Dark and disturbing features assaulted viewers with increasing levels of violence, degradation, and horror. This decadent debauchery created a new form of noir within the genre, often referred to as ‘roughies’. Experimentation in the dark and the mysterious continued into the 1980s, before video rendered film and its genre artistry practically obsolete. AFA is proud to present four unique and compelling examples of ‘porn noir’, emerging from the shadows to provide you with a rare opportunity to see them theatrically, as they were intended to be seen.

All four one-time-only screenings will be from 35mm prints and presented by special guests who will provide revealing glimpses into the making of the films as well as the general adult film ‘Golden Age’ in New York. Guests for this series include adult filmmaker extraordinaire Larry Revene, adult film superstar Kelly Nichols, and other surprise appearances!

Curated by Casey Scott. Special thanks to Steven Morowitz (Distribpix) and Joe Rubin (Vinegar Syndrome). A very special thank you to Larry Revene for his continued support of this series.

March 27 8PM: Armand Weston's EXPOSE ME LOVELY (1976)

March 28 8PM: Bob Gill's THE DOUBLE EXPOSURE OF HOLLY (1976)

March 29 8PM: Victor Milt's SEX WISH (1976)

March 30 8PM: Roger Watkins' CORRUPTION (1983)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HCtiYrJKas

 

I Didn’t Think Sex in Cars Could Be Funny, but My Mind Was Blown After Seeing This

I'm pondering writing all my blog posts like breathless Upworthy headlines.  (I fucking HATE Upworthy.)

On the other hand, I fucking LOVE Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which I think is a great idea for a web series, and really what the web is kind of meant to do, I think.  It gives creatives the opportunity to do something lower-budget with lower stakes, and just let them have fun doing what they do best.  I'm a big fan of the casual interview between colleagues since it has the potential to strip down the artifice that usually surrounds talk show appearances, so the show is right in my sweet spot.

(My favorites, in vague order of preference: Alec Baldwin, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., and Patton Oswalt.  This is not to say the others are bad, but these I really liked and have actually rewatched.)

comediansSo, I was really tickled to see Lee Roy Meyers and Nate Liquor over at WoodRocket come up with Comedians in Cars Getting Sex, starring James Deen (reprising his role as Seinfeld from Meyers' other Seinfeld parodies) and recent favorite Veruca James as Sarah Silverman.

There's lots of good stuff over at the WoodRocket site, tho I'd hope for a bit more organization.  I was looking for a blog post or something that announced this video, but it seems like it just dropped into their video section with little fanfare.

However, what they lack on their own site, they seem to have gotten Splitsider's attention, so they got that going for them.

Lee Roy and Nate really really nail the tone of the show, with the jaunty jazz, the fetishistic shots of the vehicle, the well-observed mannerism of Jerry throwing his head back and silently laughing while he drives.

After about three and half minutes of hit-and-miss banter between Seinfeld and Silverman, we cut to the backseat of the extended cab where James and Veruca get down to business.

There's a couple minutes of heavy breathing and dry humping and giggling which is nice, before Veruca's pants come off and James chows down.  Not a lot of overly porny moaning; just a lot of smiles, eye contact and happy sounds as he buries himself in her ladybits.

the greatest thing about the scene is how they interact with each other.  It's not a faceless cock pounding into an anonymous pussy.  It's two people having a bunch of fun in the back of a truck; which makes it a bunch of fun to watch.

They miss an opportunity for Veruca to wrap James' rascal, leaving him to do it before he plunges into her doggy style.  There's some neck-on-throat, if that's your thing (or be aware, if it's not...)

They're able to get into a bunch of sweaty positions before they end up in reverse cowgirl with James' pulling out and off to cum on her bush.  She orally cleans him up afterward.  Fade to black.

There are much worse ways to spend 25 minutes. If you're a fan of any of these folks, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

 

XRCO Nominations 2014 are out!

XRCOLogo136The X-Rated Critics Organization is proud to announce their nominees for the 2014 XRCO Awards. Winners will be announced at the XRCO Awards Show on April 16th in Hollywood. Co-hosts Julia Ann, Bonnie Rotten and Ron Jeremy will be on hand to help celebrate the very best in adult entertainment.

All of us here at the IAFD are once again proud to help sponsor the evening.

Full list of nominees (we don't track series noms in these articles generally) can be found at the XRCO site.

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Cumback

Best Director: Features

Best Director: Non-Features

Best Director: Parody

Best Epic

Best Gonzo Movie

Best Parody: Comedy

Best Parody: Comic Book

Best Parody: Drama

Best Release

Best Web Director

Cream Dream of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Hall of Fame

Mainstream Adult Media Favorite

Male Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

New Starlet of the Year

New Stud of the Year

Orgasmic Analist of the Year

Orgasmic Oralist of the Year

Superslut of the Year

Unsung Siren of the Year

Unsung Swordsman of the Year

Gloria Leonard, 1940-2014

mos4Gloria Leonard passed away a few weeks ago and we were bogged down with personal things and hadn't had time to put keyboard-to-blog to give her a memorial.

But, I fear, nothing I could write could compete with a series of articles that Ashley West put together over at The Rialto Report.  (If you're not familiar with The Rialto Report, let this be your introduction.  While Ashley (or Benson Hurst as he sometimes writes) does most of the work, he has a handful of contributors who have made their mark in the preservation of the Golden Age of Adult Cinema -- Steven Morowitz who runs Distribpix, author Jill Nelson and Gerard Damiano, Jr - the son of the respected filmmaker.  The mainstay of the site is a series of interviews Ashley has conducted with notable personalities of the era.)

Ashley put together a series of memorials for Gloria which I figure I'd just point you to, since they're better than anything I could come up with.

The shitty camphone picture tarted up by Instagram on the right is from the one time I briefly met Gloria, after a panel discussion at The Museum of Sex on June 12, 2012 with the girls of Club 90: from the left moderator Elizabeth Stephens (Annie Sprinkle's partner) Annie Sprinkle, Gloria Leonard, Veronica Vera, Veronica Hart and Candida Royalle.


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