I watched three movies last night, none of which I had either seen or heard of before. The first was The Load Warriors (C.C. Williams, 1987), curiously called The Load Warrior in the credits (I'm sure there's a story behind that), which depicts an apocalyptic wasteland of a future: humans are in short supply, there is hardly any vegetation, and apparently radioactive waste has been causing problems with reproduction. Semen has become a hot commodity, and men (called "Cows") are used by warrior women solely to harvest their cum and sell it. However, most cum is tainted by the chemical/radioactive/destructive cloud that wiped out most of the human race, and so is judged in a similar way to a diamond - held up to the light, looked at through a little eyeglass, and assessed for "rad" content. Everything is running as normal - jars of jizz get sold to a man in a truck in exchange for whatever he has, men are routinely pumped for semen in ways that leave the men feeling used and starved of affection - until Peter North (the eponymous Load Warrior, we learn at the end) shows up with his gloriously "rad"-free spunk, and his knowledge of the "good old days" when sex was more than just a harvesting technique.
I don't want to ruin the ending for you (there is a little twist), so I won't detail any more plot than that. This was a neat little movie, better than I expected, and surprisingly well thought out, in terms of a Road Warrior spoof. The acting was good, and I will watch anything with Sharon Mitchell - she rocks. Most of all, though, I was intrigued to see their handling of the ways in which gender/sex relations had changed in the wake of the near-annihilation of the human race. It reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale in a weird kind of way. Certainly I spent a lot of time ruminating over the "sperm as most precious entity, craved after by women" element, which seems obviously phallocentric; while on the other hand considering the progressive suggestions that lie in the fact that without sperm worthy of fertilization, male power no longer reigns supreme. Furthermore, with no pregnancy or childbirth, the women were riding around doing whatever they wanted, making money off of the men's semi-redundant splooge. Of course, then you have to think about the idea that the women are all coveting fertile semen, and this brings us full circle back to some not-so-progressive ideas. I'm still not done with these thoughts - I always find issues of fertilization, family, and birth interesting when featured in adult film plots (even if only momentarily), as the genre generally steers clear of these issues. Certainly, when they do come up, porn tends to reject domesticity and nuclear families.
Next in my stack of movies was The Visitors (Michael Raven, 2006), an alien abduction movie. To get past the negative, I will say that the film disappointed me in terms of alien presence, especially as the end credits ran over an alien autopsy - if they had a cool-looking alien figure, why not use it in the movie?? Nevertheless, this film really impressed me. Michael Raven has made some great movies in his career so far - Black Widow and Watching Samantha being the most memorable for me (and both starring Stormy Daniels) - but his 2008 offering, Bound (once again starring Stormy Daniels), was a big disappointment. The Visitors, made a couple of years ago, completely exceeded my expectations. It was so well shot, and well-acted, and the atmosphere was skillfully built up to the point where I was actually a bit scared on a couple of occasions. Sure, there was no pay-off in terms of aliens, but I'm willing to let it slide.
The true standout in the movie was Kimberly Kane (who I met last January at the AVN Expo in Vegas - she was very sweet, and pinched my waist and told me I was cute, and we had a nice ole' nostalgic chat about Riot Sluts 2). If I had seen The Visitors when I met her, I would totally have called out the producers/distributors for not putting her on the cover. Keri Sable gets top billing, and the cover shot (see pic above), but is only in it for a tiny amount of time, and doesn't have a developed character. Kimberly, on the other hand, is the main character, does a truly amazing acting job, and basically could have carried the film on charisma alone. Her character was believable, and there are some touching scenes between her and her father (no, not those kind of touching scenes - this isn't a sequel to Taboo).
As for the all-important sex, it's not bad at all - the usual Wicked fare, but the Barret Blade scene is actually tolerable (most of his scenes usually result in a quick reach for the FF button), possibly because the lovely Kristen Price is involved. The other scenes have slipped my mind, as there is one that dominates: Kimberly Kane and Evan Stone (AVN male performer of the every-year). Evan goes at it as usual, but I haven't seen him perform with someone as emotionally expressive and enthusiastic as Kimberly - she overshadows him in terms of presence, which you don't see every day. She rocks.
Ok, ok - I know what you all want to know, and yes, of course there was alien probing! Not much on screen, but they do show it, which is a first for me at least. Kimberly is ultimately abducted, and undergoes a not-too-unpleasant probing. It's pretty cool, and coolly weird. I give the movie a thumbs up - go see it!