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January 5, 2007

Gram Ponante's Best Adult Movies of 2006

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Gram Ponante's Best Adult Movies of 2006
January 3, 2006

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O: The Power of Submission - Adam & Eve. This movie had a hot all-star cast directed ably by Ernest Greene with standout performances from Tommy Gunn, Nina Hartley, Adrianna Nicole, Kylie Ireland, and Carmen Luvana. It also had the most ambitious story, adapted by Greene from "L'Histoire d'O."

Girls Lie - Vivid-alt. Eon McKai's best movie showcases Charlotte Stokely in a manner that was dirty, sexy, and sad at the same time. While McKai's style sometimes gets in the way of the story, he certainly cleaved to what has become the Alt signature by casting the likes of the juicy Dana DeArmond as well as Tom Byron, yet another move that should (but won't) quiet the McKai-haters who think he is an upstart, when in fact he has a capacious knowledge of the adult industry's history.

The ReBelle Rousers - Vivid-Alt. Winkytiki's movie about pinup models gone bad features the delicious Page Morgan and Mysti May in a scene with Tyler Knight that makes porn seem fun. Shouldn't it be fun? Also delightful is Smokin' Mary Jane.

Avenue X - VCA. Joe Gallant's loopy, smart, and dirty movie features Kimberly Kane, Trina Michaels, Tommy Pistol, and Brian Surewood chewing up the scenery in this trippy, Aquarian porn about Big Brother.

Gang Bang #5 - Red Light District. Naomi and Sasha Grey each takes on several guys in this two-disc set that showcases, well, the way porn is looking lately. Naomi is - and has the looks of - a runway model. People wanting to see runway models swallow loads of cum from a roomful of dirty guys need look no further. But it is Sasha Grey who really means business. Grey's talent is that she is a wanton girl who doesn't end up looking used up at the end of her movie. In fact, she looks ready for second helpings. Naomi, on the other hand, appears ready to go home and cry.

Island Fever 4 - Digital Playground. What makes Digital Playground probably the most savvy company in porn is contained in this movie. Each of its contract stars is shown off in the best light, and each has her own separate personality. There really is something for everyone in this movie, and it is no mistake that there is no talking at all, just beautiful shots of sex-toned whippet-girls on a beach fucking in the sand. Note: A Ponante Family Favorite is Sophia Santi, who was left off the cover because she looked too much like a normal woman. A normal, built-like-a-brick-house hotter than fire woman. Shame on Digital Playground for not putting its contract girl on the boxcover.

The Da Vinci Load - Hustler. Funny, smart, and irreverent, this movie didn't do nearly as well as it should have, easily walking the line between frat porn and Vivid-style high gloss features.

Ravenous - Anarchy Films. Director/Performer Nikki Hunter delivers a solid porn movie featuring women who know how to fuck, like Trina Michaels, Mika Tan, and Aurora Snow. Watching Hunter work is watching someone with her eyes on the prize; she understands the realities of what porn audiences seem to want and she delivers.

The New Neighbors - SllabWurks. While the company seems to have imploded due to squabbling among its financial backers, the movie that took about a year to release is one of the most satisfying porn movies I have ever seen. It combines great performances from people like Randy Spears and Nikki Hunter while operating in a feature film-worthy storyline of succubi and open marriages. Of all the movies that came out this year that really could be edited up and down for maximum commercial exploitation, this is the one, and it is a shame that the company never got up on its feet. Director Frank Castle has indicated that he will put together a sequel with the right backing, so here's hoping he gets it.


Gram Ponante is America's Beloved Porn Journalist and his work can be found around the InterWeb. He is the author of "Porn Valley Observed".

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