And now our annual annotated list of the XBiz Award Nominees for The 2015 XBiz Awards to be held in Los Angeles on January 15, 2015. Special thanks to Videotramp Reviewer and IAFD Editor Jamie for getting the data entered…
So begins awards season, and so begins our coverage of same with our annotated lists of nominees; annotated by virtue of we link to the people and titles that have garnered nominations this season.
In reviewing these lists, we are shocked by their scope and magnitude, and we also manage to find some errors along the way. Statistically speaking, the percentage is infetesimal – but to our data-obsessed minds, they’re still erroneous.
So, the errata:
Best Scene, Couples Themed Release, Siri and Steven St. Croix get the nod for Rekindling the Flame when that scene does not actually exist and St. Croix isn’t in the movie. Siri is paired with Richie Calhoun.
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.
It’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.