A little less than a week ago, XBIZ released the full list of all the 2013 XBIZ Award nominees. That list contained several dozen categories and hundred of nominees. In an effort to provide a closer examination of the XBIZ nominations, I want to dedicate this post to looking at one of the more popular categories; Feature Movie of the Year. Consisting of ten nominated films, this category represents what can be viewed as some of the very best and most successful porn movie of 2012.
In terms of big winners, Eddie Powell is the director of three of these films; Torn, Love, Marriage and Other Bad Ideas, and The Friend Zone. Additionally, Dana DeArmond, Xander Corvus, and India Summer also had strong showings, each starring in multiple nominated films listed below. In terms of which film I expect to walk away with the award for XBIZ Feature Movie of the Year, my pick would have to be Wasteland. My personal favorite of the bunch – and the one I’m rooting for – has to be Spartacus MMXII. Finally, if there’s a “darkhorse” candidate out there that I think has the potential to surprise some people, it be Revenge of the Petites.
Wicked Pictures (2012)
Starring: jessica drake, Alektra Blue, Dana DeArmond, Misty Stone, India Summer, Xander Corvus, Seth Gamble
Directed by Brad Armstrong
***Get your copy of Countdown HERE***
Countdown is the epic doomsday about love and friendship from director Brad Armstrong and Wicked Pictures. The story revolves around a group of friends and lovers have to come to terms with the fact that an asteroid is scheduled to crash into Earth on December 12, 2012. While that type of plot may seem a bit heavy for a porn film, keep in mind that the films is directed by Brad Armstrong – one of the most sophisticated and talented directors in the adult entertainment industry – and contains a cast of pornstars who each have some pretty strong acting chops. And speaking of that cast – which includes such superstars as jessica drake, Xander Corvus, Dana DeArmond, and Alektra Blue – Countdown doesn’t shy away from pretty awesome hardcore sex scenes.
Digital Playground (2012)
Starring: Jesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Selena Rose, Alexis Texas, Bibi Jones, Manuel Ferarra, James Deen
Directed by Robby D.
***Get your copy of Nurses 2 HERE***
Nurses 2 represents what is probably Digital Playground’s most popular film of the year. Directed by Robby D. and loaded with DP’s usual suspects of contract superstars – including Jesse Jane, Selena Rose, and Kayden Kross – Nurses 2 is the type of film that is designed to give porn fans exactly the type of movie that they want. It contains a top-shelf list of the hottest female talent currently working in porn, delivers a wide-variety of sexual fantasies starring doctors and nurses, and is brought together by one of the most successful directors the industry has ever seen.
Love, Marriage, and Other Bad Ideas
New Sensations (2012)
Starring: Dana DeArmond, Xander Corvus, Anthony Rosano, Lexi Belle, Alison Tyler
Directed by Eddie Powell
***Get your copy of Love, Marriage, and Other Bad Ideas HERE***
Love, Marriage, and Other Bad Ideas is part of the New Sensations Romance line of films and is directed by Eddie Powell. Starring Dana DeArmond, Wolf Hudson, and Xander Corvus, the movie examines the drama that occurs when a relationship counselor who’s given up on the idea of love meets a firecracker of a woman who’s about to be married. While that plot may sound more like something that Hollywood would produce with Jennifer Aniston in the lead role, Love, Marriage, and Other Bad Ideas is a very solid piece of adult cinema and arguably one of director Eddie Powell’s best efforts.
Revenge of the Petites
Starring: Marie McCray, Skin Diamond, Dani Daniels, Riley Reid, Jenna J. Ross, James Deen
Directed by Harry Sparks
***Get your copy of Revenge of the Petites HERE***
Of all the films of this list, Revenge of the Petites has probably gotten the most buzz in terms of what critics are saying about it. Essentially a porn parody of the classic Revenge of the Nerds movie, Revenge of the Petites features a cast of some of the hottest up and coming female pornstars in the industry. Riley Reid, Dani Daniels, Skin Diamond, and Jenna J. Ross all deliver incredibly solid performances and this film is a great representation as to why these girls are getting so much attention this year. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Revenge of the Petites walk away with the award for this category.
Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning
London-Gunn/Miko Lee Productions/Wicked Pictures (2012)
Starring: Tommy Gunn, Marcus London, Andy San Dimas, Jenna Presley, Gracie Glam
Directed by Marcus London
***Get your copy of Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning HERE***
My personal favorite of this bunch, Spartacus MMXII is arguably the most epic porn film of at least the last decade. Wanting to make this more than just another silly porn parody, Marcus London and Tommy Gunn took the time to fashion authentic Roman costumes, make realistic weapons out of real metal and wood, and build extremely realistic looking sets on London’s ranch. On top of all that, a professional fight coordinator was brought in to make the gladiator battle scenes look like something out of a Hollywood film. If Spartacus MMXII doesn’t come away with the award for Feature Film of the Year, I’ll be disappointed.
Adam & Eve Pictures (2012)
Starring: Amber Rayne, Alexis Love, Maya Gates, Cassidey, Nikki Kane, Renee Perez
Directed by Michael Ninn
***Get your copy of The Four HERE***
The Four – based off the same events that inspired the movie 300 – is a big-budget epic from Adam & Eve. Directed by Michael Ninn, The Four sees Cassidey, Maya Gates, Renee Perez, and Nikki Kane playing the roles of four Spartan widows. Given the power of the famous 300 Spartan warriors by the Oracle, these four women set off to avenge their husbands and to save Greece from the forces of the evil Xerxes. The Four is far from your standard porn parody and contains some great performances, exciting camera angles, and more than a few expensive special effects.
The Friend Zone
New Sensations (2012)
Starring: Riley Reid, Anthony Rosano, Xander Corvus, Dana DeArmond
Directed by Eddie Powell
***Get your copy of The Friend Zone HERE***
The second film on this list from director Eddie Powell, The Friend Zone is also another member of the New Sensations Romance line of movies. Additionally, the film also stars Riley Reid, Anthony Rosano, Xander Corvus, and Dana DeArmond, all of whom appear in at least one other Feature Movie of the Year nominated film. The Friend Zone is the story of a guy (Anthony Rosano) who is best buds with a girl (Riley Reid), but wishes he was something more than just friends with her. Insert online dating hijinx and hurt feelings here. For fans of Riley Reid, The Friend Zone represents her strongest performance of her career in my opinion.
New Sensations (2012)
Starring: Steven St. Croix, Samantha Ryan, Remy Lacroix, India Summer, Raylene
Directed by Eddie Powell and Jacky St. James
***Get your copy of Torn HERE***
Oh, hey, look at this. ANOTHER New Sensations film that’s directed by Eddie Powell and that’s been nominated for Feature Movie of the Year. In case you haven’t noticed yet, Mr. Powell has had a pretty good 2012 and has delivered more than his fair share of hit porn films. Torn is another of his high-quality, couples-friendly movies. Porn with heart. Torn stars the always entertaining Steven St. Croix and the smoking hot Remy Lacroix, not to mention the impressive talents of Samantha Ryan and India Summer. Torn is the story of a guy who finds his marriage isn’t what it used to be and eventually winds up having an affair with a young art student. As you can imagine, all sorts of drama and personal crisis moments ensue.
Evil Angel (2012)
Starring: Brooklyn Lee, Sandra Romain, Manuel Ferarra, Steve Holmes, Bibi Noel, Jelena
Directed by John Stagliano
***Get your copy of Voracious HERE***
For as stupid as I think the Twilight saga is (my wife would disagree with me on that), Voracious has redeemed my belief in the idea that vampire movies can be worth watching. A collection of the online episodes from Evil Angel’s website, Voracious is absolutely a kick-ass vampire porn saga. Starring Brooklyn Lee – one of the hottest pornstars of 2012 – this DVD is arguably one of the very best adult films produced in the past five years. Director/producer John Stagliano has done an amazing job with this series and this first volume of Voracious is proof positive of that.
Elegant Angel (2012)
Starring: Lily Carter, Lily LaBeau, Liza Del Sierra, Sparky Sin Claire, Manuel Ferarra, Xander Corvus
Directed by Graham Travis
***Get your copy of Wasteland HERE***
In my opinion, Wasteland is the favorite to win the Feature Movie of the Year Award this year. Thanks in huge part to the amazing performances of both Lily LaBeau and Lily Carter, Wasteland has shown up on pretty much every porn critic’s list of Best Porn Films of 2012. Director Graham Travis has put together something really powerful with this movie and it’s one of those things that – when you watch it – you just realize it’s something special. In terms of plot, Wasteland is all about two old friends (Lily Carter and Lily LaBeau) who meetup for one night in Los Angeles and have an incredibly epic time of it.