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Writers Roundup: Best of 2016

At the end of each calendar year, the adult industry typically reflects on the past year’s releases in the form of award nominations. At HotMoviesForHer, we consider ourselves the experts of all things XXX, and with our unique and differing perspectives on the content we see each day, the staff writers decided to nominate our own personal choices for some already-established award categories, and some categories that we came up with ourselves. Take a look below to see what we’ve hand-selected as the best of XXX in 2016.


abelladanger2016Female Performer of the Year: Abella Danger and Sara Luvv

It’s a toss up between Abella Danger and Sara Luvv. They’re both great performers who are tons of fun to watch, and they consistently pick great projects to work on.

Male Performer of the Year: Manuel Ferrara

I know he’s already won like 1000 times, but I’ve gotta stick with Manuel Ferrara. The man could generate sexual chemistry with a chia pet. Her scene with Abella Danger in her Hard X showcase, Abella, was truly phenomenal.

Best New Starlet: Kira Noirkiranoir2016

Kira Noir really stood out for me this year. She has a look that’s really hard to find in this industry, and she carries herself with a ton of maturity. I consistently have to remind myself that she really is a newbie and that she’s not an industry veteran.

cindyqueenofhell2016Trans Performer of the Year: River Stark

I have to go with River Stark for her performance in Transition. It was a powerful, semi-autobiographic performance that I think is really helping to change the landscape of trans-porn.

Best Feature Movie: Cindy Queen of Hell

I love seeing big passion project from people who really love their work. The first scene with Joanna Angel, Xander Corvus, and Small Hands is particularly awesome.

Best Gonzo Movie: Girl/Boy 2

Girl/Boy 2 from Dana Vespoli just really blew me away. A very close second would be Abella, the Abella Danger showcase from Hard X.


Best Activist/Advocate: Siouxsie Q and Julia Ann

Siouxsie Q and Julia Ann  did stellar work on the No On Prop 60 campaign, and they really deserve more gratitude than we could ever give them!

Best Team Effort: Stoya and Kayden Kross

Stoya and Kayden Kross’s Trenchcoat X is all the gloriously arty smut that I’ve ever dreamed of, resulting in the candy colored Brett Rossi is Delicious!

Best Indie Movie: Glitter and Gold

These two really go hand in hand, so I’m going to pick 2 and go with Glitter and Gold.


Female Performer of the Year: Samantha Bentleysamanthabentley2016

Samantha has performed in several films this year, but I am most fond of her crazy character in Hard in Love I & II. She’s been writing a lot about the industry for mainstream publications, which has helped to give a non-porn audience an honest and intelligent look at the work she does.

Male Performer of the Year: Jean Val Jean

Jean Val Jean has been around for awhile, but recently he has made a huge comeback with Erotica X and Tushy scenes. Also, his scene with Joanna Angel in Dominantly Submissive was excellent.

christianacinn2016Best New Starlet: Christiana Cinn

Christiana Cinn started in late 2015, and she already has over 30 scenes to her credit with some of the biggest studios in the game.  She has a ton of creative vision and talent, and I hope to see much more of her next year. Although, I think many people will say Melissa Moore may get the nod this year due to her scary similarity to last year’s Female Performer of the Year, Riley Reid.

Trans Performer of the Year: Michelle Austin

Michelle Austin has worked her butt off this year as a performer, director, and studio owner.  She has also been forthcoming with her own work on her body, mind, and soul through social media and advocacy.

Best Feature Movie: Sugar Babies

Sugar Babies from Pretty Dirty studio. I am not writing any spoilers, but this was messed up and super hot. Best movie of the year, if you’re into dark and inappropriate relationships, which is what makes this studio really great.

Best Gonzo Movie: Anal Encores

Anal Encores from Mike Adriano Media. Newcomer Zelda Morrison’s scene with Mike is not to be missed.


Best Activist/Advocate: Chanel Preston

It was great to see the industry come together to fight Prop 60, and there are a lot of people that were very vocal, reached out to fans and mainstream media, and really educated the masses on the issues. Chanel Preston held APAC together when it could have fallen apart. She pushed through with her team, and continued to expand membership and outreach.

Best Team Effort: Dee Severe and Jimmy Broadway

Dee Severe and Jimmy Broadway for Severe Sex films. This husband and wife team work with extremely talented performers, they were instrumental in the fight against Prop 60, they genuinely want the industry and everyone in it to be informed, safe, and have a good time, and their scenes always make me feel like they are having the most fun out of anyone in the biz.

Best Indie Movie: Femdom Fatale 5

Julie Simone‘s Femdom Fatale 5  because I need more unicorn anal play in my life!


Female Performer of the Year: Sara Luvvsaraluvv2016

For me, 2016 was the year of Sara Luvv. Everywhere I seemed to look, Sara dominated the major releases from virtually every studio out there. One of the biggest releases of the year, Babysitting the Baumgartners, showcased Sara’s ability to deliver incredible performances for both lesbian and straight scenes. She’s a truly dynamic star that continues to rise through the ranks of the industry into fan-favorite status.

Male Performer of the Year: Mick Blue

He’s won the title in years past, but Mick Blue continues to lead the male performer pack in my opinion. With his studio BAM Visions as a standout new brand for Evil Angel and his work with every other major studio under the sun, watching a Mick Blue scene was almost unavoidable this year, not that anyone would want to avoid the raunchy Austrian sweetheart!

lyralaw2016Best New Starlet: Lyra Law

We were introduced to the stunning Lyra Law in 2016, and I couldn’t have been more mesmerized by her performances. Whether performing as a Domme or as your more typical porn video-vixen, Lyra put her own sexy spin on being a California beachy blonde. Her scenes alongside real-life beau Michael Vegas were especially titillating for me because I could tell their chemistry was 100% authentic.

Trans Performer of the Year: Nina Lawless

I saw a whole lot of Nina Lawless this year, and I liked it! The super-fit Mexican hottie made waves working with almost every trans-friendly studio in the industry this year. Not only is her work ethic impressive, but so too is her range. Nina can be a sultry scene partner when she tops or bottoms, but she can also be a merciless Dominatrix during her kinkier shoots.

Best Feature Movie: Little Red – A Lesbian Fairytalelittlered2016

Girlsway is constantly killing it with their feature releases, but Little Red really took the cake for me this year. Inspired by the classic fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red somehow turned a children’s classic into a raunchy lesbian romp that kept pretty true to the plot of the original story… as much as was possible without involving an actual wolf.

Best Gonzo Movie: Dirty Talk 3

Manuel Ferrara‘s series Dirty Talk is a pretty sensual take on the POV genre, and for that reason alone I love it. With each starlet beginning their scene by giving the camera “bedroom eyes” while telling Manuel exactly what they want to do to him, it’s a pretty intimate and sexy moment. This series is unique and doesn’t get enough credit in my opinion, but the third installment is especially my favorite just because some of my favorite stars are in it: August Ames, Abella Danger, Karlee Grey, and Briana Banks! Doesn’t get hotter than that.


Best Activist/Advocate: Andre Shakti

It’s one thing to work in the adult industry and face all of society’s unwanted morality and criticism for your career choice, but it’s quite another to face all of that unwanted backlash and use your voice to fight for your rights as a sex worker. This year, Andre Shakti stood up for her and her fellow sex workers’ rights writing for multiple mainstream publications like Cosmopolitan and VICE, and also had the courage to pose for the cover of The New York Times Magazine for a piece debating whether or not sex work should remain 2016-12-20_14-03-47criminalized. Through her myriad of thoughtful pieces, Andre Shakti exposes the reality of working as a queer sex worker in a climate that still views her lifestyle as overwhelmingly taboo.

Best Team Effort: Anikka Albrite & Mick Blue

I love a good power couple, and Anikka and Mick are probably the closest thing to Beyonce and Jay Z that the adult industry is going to get. Between managing their new Evil Angel studio, BAM Visions, and continuing to churn out scorching scene-after-scene for every other popular studio in existence, Anikka and Mick keep themselves busy in the best way possible: doing what they love!

Best Indie Movie: FUCK THEM ALL

From indie porn studio Bleu Productions, FUCK THEM ALL really struck me as a fun and unique take on queer porn. Starring FTM trans performer Kay Garnellen, Kay travels through dark, erotic fantasies that ultimately lead him to an explosive gender-fluid orgy that is not to be missed!

For more award-winning movie suggestions, check out our 2017 AVN Awards category. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @hotmoviesforher!

Don’t Yuck My Yum: The Anal Gape and You

Make Me Gape Hard XWelcome back to the Yuck/Yum series where we explore porn practices and how they may really turn on some people, but really turn off others. In this article, I have selected a few stars and scenes that have some incredible anally talented women. Beyond anal sex, there are plenty of scenes where women either spread their own ass checks, or someone helps them grab their cheeks and show you their insides. This exaggerated hole caused by penetration is called the “gape.” If you’re watching a movie in the gape genre, you have probably seen people measuring the gape, maybe they stuff two dildos, two penises, or baked goods into the gape. If this is not your type of film, then you may wonder why this genre is so popular. What is so fascinating about putting things in people’s butts?

Ass Tricks Evil AngelWhile I am not a trained psychologist by any means, I do know what is popular in pornography, and I have the pleasure of talking with a vast amount of people about why they like anal porn, and gapping specifically. There have been numerous personal stories shared about people’s experiences and why they like gape porn, but two big reasons always arise in these discussions. 1. Anal sex is taboo, dirty, and often only practiced in real life for special occasions. 2. You have the comical, and over-the-top performances that transcend normative sexual practices, and make for a good show.

Anal Candy Disco Chicks Bonnie RottenWhen you’re looking for the “dirty” or taboo side of anal, you’re probably looking for passionate performances with attractive people who know what they are doing. Most people can’t take as much anal play as some of the professionals you see in these movies. When asked about how these stars prepare they always say they clean out before they  perform and pre-stretch before they shoot with a butt plug. This usually happens while they are in make-up, or otherwise getting ready for the scene. Anal sex doesn’t ever “just happen.” There is always some work to be done before the party.

Here are some passionate anal gape performances:


Adriana Chechick in Make Me Gape is what I think of as a passionate, and, yes, porny performance, but there is real chemistry between her and Markus Dupree. Adriana’s gape is evident, but not completely the focus of the scene. The scene is really about the two of them having a ton of fun, and the gape is a result of that fun. Interestingly, this is directed by female director Mason, and I have always felt that Mason straddles that line between hardcore male gaze, but is focused on the glamorization of the female talent.

ashley firesAshley Fires in Ass Tricks is definitely a male gaze scene, but previous to her interaction with Bradley Remington, Ashley shows the viewer all the fun toys she has, makes sure she lubes up, and prepares for sex. As far as butt plugs go, you can’t beat something that looks like a popsicle. Fun toys really make an experience, and as for porn, they break up the choreographed sex positions.

Taurus and Joanna AngelTaurus in Joanna Angel’s Anal Training Camp . Previous to this scene, Taurus has had three anal experiences in her life. Joanna and Taurus talk about what kind of butt plugs they like, either silicone or glass, and they discuss best practices for anal sex. This isn’t primarily a “gape” movie, but the more experienced ladies in this film definitely gape, and it’s hard not to gape when Bill Bailey is all up in you.


Ok, so now for the more performative and crazy anal gapes.

Tommy Pistol Sarah Shevon Candy AssSarah Shevon and Tommy Pistol make that old adage about ‘sweet lovin’ true in Anal Candy Disco Chicks. Besides the candy asses, this whole movie is pretty entertaining, and there seems to be a definite acknowledgment that this sex is all performance, and not intended for audiences to try these tricks at home.


Roxy Raye Mick Blue Anal ProsRoxy Raye has done some intense anal scenes, but this scene in particular is amazing. As far as performance and pure silliness, the scene with her and Mick Blue in Anal Pros is one of the all-time best anal scenes ever. Gifs of this scene have been making the social media rounds, people love it, and I can see why. I’m not going to write about it here because I think you should check it out for yourself. Scene four. Check it out!

I couldn’t write an anal post without mentioning the king of weird anal movies, Mike Adriano. Mike is a good looking guy, and so many female performers have mentioned him when talking about their favorite director/talent to work with. His house has crazy cartoon characters painted on his patio, and he always changes up his scenery and decorations for his interior shots. I pay attention to the details of the scene beyond the sex, and I appreciate a director who cares enough to alternate the couch cushions and art installations in his spacious home. Check Mike and Proxy Paige in Asshole Training. These guys are having so much fun, and the whole thing is just over the top. Cupcake butt-stuffing Mike Adriano Proxy Paige

These are just a few selections of gape-tastic films, but fear not, there are so many anal movies with oddities and human circus tricks that maybe there will be a part two to this Yuck/Yum gape post.

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