Sunday, April 15, 2018

Elevation Pictures Review: Indian Horse- Now Playing

Last fall I was invited to a screening of this film for media only.
I was excited as this was the first ever media screening that I had ever been invited to, it was an honor to be asked.
I arrived at the theater and was surprised that the young women outside and the people at the front desk had not known prior to this that the film was showing. This really was/is top secret stuff.
I approached the table I was told to ask at, in the list of possible hundreds of people was my name and I was told I could enter the theater.

This movie based on the book of the same name written by Richard Wagamese.
It tells the story of Saul Indian Horse in three different stages of his life and what the affects of residential school not only does to him but the other children that are there.
The woman at the center of the picture(above) --Edna Manitowabi is herself a survivor of the residential school system.

The film starts out with Saul as an adult in a counseling session and takes us back to the start of his memory of running away from the white men that were taking the children from their families.
His parents, grandmother and sick brother to Saul all head away far from the area that such things are happening.
As Saul and his family make their own path of survival on their own, his brother becomes increasingly sick. He succumbs to his sickness and his parents want to take him to the city and have him buried by the priests, much to the disagreement of Saul's grandmother.
A few months pass and he and his grandmother are forced to move on as winter is fast approaching and she wants them to go the village she is from. They plan to stay there for the winter.
She passes and Saul is dramatically taken away to the residential school , where he is stripped of his clothes, thrown into a bath scrubbed down with white powder. With the last being the cruelest of it all, cutting his ponytail off taking away more of who he is.
The school is played as a typical residential school, however one of the priests are more understanding and compassionate to what the children are facing and have quite a number of conversations with the others in the faculty of the school.

Here is one of the scenes that introduces two of the children-Saul & Lonnie to the ways of the school.

In the mix of this story does come some moments of Saul with some of the other children engaging in conversation , or simply having a snowball fight. These little things ad to the depth of the characters and our care for those individuals.
There are two young girls Rebecca and Catherine, she feels that Rebecca is like a big sister and they keep getting caught together being friendly like Rebecca holding her up to let her see the hockey rink they are putting together.
As the film goes on we see Saul at different stages of his life and his love of hockey keeps growing. So much as we follow him into his next stage of life he is taken on by a man that manages The Moose, an all native team. He and his wife even become his guardians.
Again as we join him in another stage of his life , he is being recruited by a man that is a scout for a feeder team for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Saul doesn't understand why the man wants to talk to him.

The story continues and we follow him through this stage and then one day before a game the father of the school that allowed him to play hockey makes a surprise visit. In a few short days & games Saul's attitude changes and he is more aggressive in his playing, starting to get into fights and getting many penalties as well.

Something changed him with that visit, we are not sure what it is.
There are some really strong moments in the film that I do not feel would do them justice here in words , but for you the reader to go out and see this film.
I have enjoyed watching this a second time around and I would like to thank Carrie Wolfe for allowing me to attend the media screening last fall and again allowing me to see it again as a refresher for this review.

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Anthony Nadeau

Friday, April 13, 2018

Save The Rio Theater: An Experience You Can't Download

December 18, 1930  The Stanley Theater was born and after a hard decade in the 80's it was closed down in 1991. It too was threatened to be torn down but in 1997 it was saved by a group of citizens and investment groups.

It now serves as a theater for both live theater and movies as well.The theater was purchased back from Famous Players that same year. In later years Cineplex would buy out Famous Players in 2006.

"The Theater was re-opened under the Artistic Direction of Art's Club Theatree Company  production of "Swing" in October , 1988.(1)"
(1) was from "South Granville .org-The Stanley Theater"

Another staple in the community of Vancouver is the Hollywood Theater on Broadway Street. The theater opened in 1935 and closed permanently in 2011.

"A development application by 4184 Investments Ltd. has been submitted to the City of Vancouver to redevelop 3133 West Broadway, a property immediately west of the theatre building, into a new six-storey building with mixed-use purposes.

The new building, designed by Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio, will consist of 4,423 sq. ft. of ground-level retail and 40 market housing units in the upper floors. There will be two levels of underground parking with a total of 47 parking spaces.

The new building will have a total floor space area of 63,000 sq. ft., including the 8,000 sq. ft. theatre, which is one of Vancouver’s largest standalone theatres with 651 seats – larger than the Rio Theater in East Vancouver.

It will have a similar business model as the Rio Theatre, with a focus on live performances, independent film screenings, cultural events, and non-profit and free event space."(2)

Now we come to the final approach to the Rio Theater and Corrine Lea and her staff's undying love for this treasure in the city of Vancouver. Where others give up and walk away, she fought the BC Liquor Board and won the right to serve alcohol in her theater.
It had a rippling affect across the province.
Where others will just have live theater and movies, this is where the Rio stands out. From Movies to live concerts, theater, film festivals, live music, spoken word & Burlesque dancers. A true market of unique and different styles for any taste across the board.
With an effort to she started with a petition and within 5 days they were able to get 20, 000 signatures!
Here are some videos below , some history and also the 30 hour  Telethon that raised $80, 000 over the 2 evenings.



                                         MUSIC VIDEO
                                   THE LAST STAND



The telethon went on and both Pat & Eric I was told by Corinne that they fought long hours and tiredness and was able to keep on track of the events happening and there were even some guests at The Rio that stayed for the entire 30 hours.
Their love and dedication showed and ended up generating more amazing numbers for The Rio of the entire time of $80, 000.

 Now we have all this video for support but there is some other news as well if you are not following what is happening with all of this.
Actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted back on March 11th, he also gave a generous donation that he has requested remain unknown.

The Rio Theatre in Vancouver is legendary. Spoiler Alert: I plan to be buried there. You can help rescue this landmark of community and art by clicking: 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Little Shop of Movies Review: Happy Death Day(Available Now)

At the opening crawl of the image of the Universal opening for the film it tries to start 2 times and both times starts over again. Third time the charm they say.
We open with a young woman waking up in bed to find she is in a dorm room--she immediately gets dressed takes some Tylenol and is out the door, but not before running into one of the young man's friends first as she leaves the room.
Our lead Tree(left-Jessica Rothe)is a super bitch thinking that she owes no one anything. Including her roommate Lori(Ruby Modine) who baked her a cupcake for her birthday. Upon leaving the room she tosses it into the garbage without hesitation.

She later heads out to a party and on the way she is being watched by the person in the mask behind her--he catches her and as soon as he kills her--she wakes up in the same bed at the same time as she did that same morning.
She repeats everything that happened that day and evening -except for going to the same place she went to only a few hours before.
As the movie continues on it gets a bit creative in that she is starting to realize that its all happening yet again. She is aware of her surroundings and that is starting to have a major affect on her --she is feeling like she is going crazy.
Now we get a little closer to the middle of the film we start to get into the standard jumps and scares, there starts to be the typical walk around the room and have the bad guy jump from somewhere.
This becomes the standard norm now, just another cookie cutter horror movie from the people at Blumhouse.

I really lost interest in this after the 50 minute mark it had nothing to really give any thought or consideration for any of these characters. They were all such dry and uninteresting "people" in such a boring and overdone film.
I have less and less faith in modern horror films , at least those that come from this production company and the consistent bad movies they continue to make.
Everything wraps up like a sappy Disney or Hallmark movie it made me laugh and angry at the same time. Dumb and a waste of time.
The producer of this film also produced The Purge, Get Out and The Visit which have to be three of the worst movies I have seen --so I will steer clear of this producer like I do with Micheal Bay.
This one is in the same family of lame ducks.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018




Known as “The Supergroup That Never Was,” Corky Laing’s POMPEII recorded The Secret Sessions between 1976 and 1978 after a re-introduction to old friend Ian Hunter via Steve Wax of Elektra / Asylum. Laing recalls, “The late 70s was a turbulent time as the musical taste went through a generational change. Punk was just beginning to surface in the rock landscape. It replaced the increasingly complacent era of glam and classic rock with a new confrontational and rebellious attitude. Bands like Mountain and Mott the Hoople were becoming oldsters. In this environment, my record company Elektra/Asylum was preparing to bail on me, but before doing so, they asked if I wanted to form a so called “supergroup”. I had no choice, and so began the journey into The Secret Sessions. Steve Wax, the president of E/A hooked me up with an old mate, Ian Hunter to begin the work. Bob Ezrin was brought in to produce and together we proceeded to invite our famous friends to the Briarcliff Studios in Westchester, NY to see if we could put something interesting together.” Before long Laing and Ezrin had assembled a cast that included Free’s Andy Fraser, the Alice Cooper Band’s Steve Hunter, Lee Michaels and Ian Hunter. Just as things started to click, Laing says, “it all went south. Well, actually Ezrin went EAST – all the way to the UK to record 'The Wall' with Pink Floyd. Then Steve Hunter got a call from Bette Midler and became the musical director for her film, "The Rose." Andy Fraser really did go south – to continue with his solo project - and Lee Michaels went, well, wherever Lee Michaels wants to go.” At this point that left Corky and Ian Hunter to salvage the embryonic supergroup. "To my surprise, Ian invited Mick Ronson to join in and I asked Felix Pappalardi to step in on bass."

As the deal was being made to release The Secret Sessions for Record Store Day, Laing and Rouge Records decided to have Corky go back in the studio and re-record 3 songs on the original album with Corky’s current solo band consisting of Chris Shutters and Mark Mikel.

Thrilled that the songs that had been hidden for 40 years would now see the light of day, Corky played the record to them and they loved the repertoire. "In the end, we decided on their favorites, 'Easy Money,' 'Silent Movie' and 'Growing Old with Rock & Roll' and made them fresh at Mark’s studio in Mauhee, Ohio. Jason Hartless (Ted Nugent) came in to play the drums on 'Growing Old' while Craig Adams and Steve Feehan joined in on the keys. I hadn’t played these songs for decades and they felt all new to me. Being 70 years of age this year, I suppose that one could say that I’m indeed growing old with rock & roll, but I’m planning to do plenty more growing!”

There’s an additional bonus track only indirectly related to The Secret Sessions: "The excitement in the studio while working on the bonus tracks got our creative juices flowing, and Mark, Chris and myself came up with a whole new original song called 'Knock Me Over'. We had a blast laying that track down,” Laing relates.

Track Listing:
1 Easy Money (Corky Laing, Ian Hunter)
2 The Best Thing (Corky Laing)
3 I Ain't No Angel (Corky Laing, Ian Hunter)
4 I Hate Dancin' (Corky Laing)
5 The Outsider (Ian Hunter)
6 Silent Movie (Corky Laing, Ian Hunter)
7 Growin' Old With Rock N' Roll (Corky Laing)
8 On My Way To Georgia (Corky Laing, Leslie West, Mick Jones)
9 Just When I Needed You Most (Randy Van Warmer)
10 Lowdown Freedom (Billy Joe Shaver)

BONUS TRACKS included on digital download card:
Easy Money (2017 Re-Record)
Silent Movie (2017 Re-Record)
Growing Old with Rock & Roll (2017 Re-Record)
Knock Me Over (New Song by Corky Laing, Chris Shutters, Mike Mikel)

Drums, Vocals - Corky Laing (All Tracks)
Keyboards, Vocals - Ian Hunter (tracks: 1-6, 9,10)
Bass, Backing Vocals - Felix Pappalardi (tracks: 1-6, 9,10)
Guitar, Backing Vocals - Mick Ronson (tracks: 1-6, 9,10)
Guitar - Leslie West (tracks: 2, 5, 10)
Guitar - Dickey Betts (tracks: 8)
Guitar - Eric Clapton (tracks: 8)
Guitar - Pete Carr (tracks: 7),
Guitar - Tommy Talton (tracks: 7)
Bass - Calvin Arline (tracks: 7, 8)
Harmonica - John Sebastian (tracks: 6)
Horns - Muscle Shoals Horns (tracks: 7, 8)
Keyboards - Neil Larsen (tracks: 7, 8)
Organ, Backing Vocals - Todd Rundgren (tracks: 2, 5)
Bonus Track Credits:
Drums & Vocals – Corky Laing
Guitar & Vocals – Chris Shutters
Bass & Vocals – Mark Mikel
Drums – Jason Hartless (on “Growin’ Old with Rock’n’Roll”)
Piano – Craig Adams & Steve Feehan (on “Growin’ Old with Rock’n’Roll”)

The Secret Sessions will include a Digital Download Card in the record and is set for release on Record Store Day – April 21, 2018 through Rogue Records (distributed by Sony RED / The Orchard).

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Anthony Nadeau

Interview With Richard Neil-Star of Prodigy(2018)Veronica Mars & Voice Over Actor

Recently as of this week I watched the Thriller/Horror film Prodigy
with Richard Neil who stars as child psychologist Dr Jimmy Fonda, who is asked to speak to a young child Ellie(Savannah Liles). She is a brilliant young child who has been given a gift of supernatural powers.
She has also been brought in to determine whether or not she is responsible for the death of her own mother. The clock is ticking as Dr Fonda tries to break through her tough exterior.

Hello Richard & Thank you for taking this time to answer my questions.

You’ve done a lot of TV -  Cheers(1986),  Star Trek: Deep Space 9(1993) Veronica Mars(2006) & The Bold & The Beautiful(2007)- and have such an interesting list of credits among your work on the medium.  How do you prepare for each role? Even those smaller TV guest spots?

Thank you for your interest. No matter the size of the role, the preparation is the same. As an actor, you still have to ask yourself the basic questions. Who are you in the scene? Why are you here? What do you want? Obviously, when you only have a scene or two in these big shows, you are part of a bigger picture and are usually there to advance the plot. Certain information in an episode that is revealed to the audience that you as the character would not know. So you must stay true to the moment. In Veronica Mars, for instance, I played a foreman of a construction site, where the lead character played by Kristen Bell is asking some questions. My character, in his mind, is the boss of this world. I don’t know this person named Veronica from Adam. So there is a little attitude on my part. “Why is this young woman questioning me and wasting my time? I need to get back to work.”

I watched Prodigy a few nights ago and was really impressed with your performance (and that of the young actress Savannah Liles was quite good too!) Did the scenes between the two of you take sometime to get down? I ask because the majority of the film was the 2 of you locked in the room together.

Fortunately, we had several weeks to prepare for the shoot, and a few rehearsals. By the time we were in front of the cameras, we knew what we were going to do. The co-directors of the film, Alex and Brian, were always around for any questions we may have had. Savannah, being only 9 years old at the time of the shoot, had a lot of work to do with memorizing, and to know exactly what she was saying. She plays a very complex and highly intelligent girl - someone with an IQ off the charts. And she came extremely prepared. When you work with someone so young, there’s also a limit to the amount of hours she can be on the set. So a lot my close-ups were delivered to a stand-in.

How long did it take to complete the film, was it on a sound stage or in a building for the majority of the film?

Most of the film was shot in 2 weeks in Riverside, CA., at an abandoned animal shelter. Production built the 2 rooms, the interrogation and the control room from scratch.

I really appreciated the fact the film kept hidden from us what Ellie has as her skill and we find out as the film keeps moving along, good way to keep the audience interested.

Good to hear. Alex and Brian really honed this script, and, as you say, did a good job keeping the audience involved and slowing revealing why this young girl was being held prisoner. They had a good sense of pacing and building that sense of urgency.

 Scenes From Prodigy(2016) IMDB

The ending was also a good way for things to have ended and how he was capable of reaching her in a way that will not be discussed here. I am not one to spoil endings for those that have not seen the film. What’s your take on the conclusion?

As my character strategizes to save this girl, he finds that his only real weapon may be to use his own personal story and struggles. To touch her in a transformative way. In a sense, they heal each other.

You have also been credited as voice over credits for some video games over the past few years is there any challenge of doing just voice or are the elements the same overall?(credits will be mentioned when interview is published)

Richard as Aratak from Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds.

I’ve been very lucky to be part of some interesting games. Last year, I worked a couple months doing motion capture along with the V.O. work on Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. When you’re wearing the mo-cap suit and headgear, and imagining what the green screen will eventually look like, a massive waterfall or a high-tech lab it’s like being an astronaut on an alien planet. It feels like theatre, and it’s wonderfully freeing. Like a child playing “pretend” you just play and go for it. And the voice is your instrument always. I’ve had some fun playing with it. 

Below is some video from the game below.
I have not played the game , but I am sure these are placements between game play for the story to grow.

I recently voiced a character in this new graphic anthology series that Deadpool’s Tim Miller directed. In that, I took on a kind of Nick Nolte meets Tom Waits voice. You just have to make sure you can sustain it and not hurt yourself! 

Also some Documentary films have you listed in credits , one in 2002  and others in 2016 and 2017, where you approached to be in these and how does that differ from film where you are playing a character for you? Is there a major difference or do you like to bring pieces of yourself into each role?

As you may have heard, IMDB doesn’t always get things right. The only production where I’m actually myself is the 2002 production for German TV, and it focused on a German friend of mine pursuing the Hollywood dream, and, in that, I really was myself, a good friend trying to help him out. It was fun and easy and was essentially doing “improv.” 

The other pieces of which you’re referencing were, in a way, biopics; Lily Taylor’s The Duel (in which I played Lily’s dad) and the film about the chef, Jeremiah Tower (in which I played young Jeremiah’s uncle in a kind of re-enactment), and in the Pine Tar Incident film (in which I played a real life guy in the New York Yankees organization). For some reason IMDB lists these under “self,” which is obviously incorrect, but because these films fall under the genre of “documentary”, they simply assume that all the actors are playing themselves.

I would like to thank Richard Neil for answering my questions.
I was quite surprised at the quick response of the questions.
Thank you also to Clint Morris from October Coast for getting the questions to Richard and sending them back so quickly.
A full review of Prodigy will be coming soon here on 
Behind The Scenes.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Press Release: CHAOSTAR stream new album, 'The Undivided Light'--Season of Mist

Mar 21st, 2018
CHAOSTAR stream new album, 'The Undivided Light'

CHAOSTAR are streaming their stunning new album, 'The Undivided Light'. On the new album, Athen's CHAOSTAR deconstruct classic orchestration, traditional instrumentation, electronica, rock, Byzantine music and more into something truly fresh and exciting. Led by SEPTICFLESH guitarist and composer Christos Antoniou, and featuring the striking voice of Androniki Skoula, CHAOSTAR reshape time-honored musical convention into gorgeous compositions that are peerless. 'The Undivided Light' is a deeply dramatic and dynamic album of worldly music that is both rich and timeless. 
CHAOSTAR was conceived out of Christos Antoniou's longing to create music that reflects his skills as an academy-trained composer, and explore possibilities beyond his contributions to SEPTICFLESH. 

The 'Undivided Light' is streaming here now.

Regarding the new album, CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki Skoula comments: "The human being as an individual and as a master of his own destiny appears again as the central core around which our forthcoming album, 'The Undivided Light' revolves. We have always been attracted to the investigation of the womb in which our secretive and most tiring battles take place. There is no blood there, no human casualties, no weapons, but only arsenals of strength and belief, waiting for us to prove that we deserve the feasts that life has provided us unconditionally. Silent soldiers confronting their lethal decisions, an ancient conspiracy in the subconscious, memories, and intentions merging into a crystal magic ball, a two-sided coin. Life and death, this price has to be paid. The light that leads cannot be divided, its flame sprung from the opened doors of knowledge and wandered in silent yards, confronting the eternal circle of yin and yang. Its flame asks from each of us to be remembered. Its flames demand to be protected and kept alive, either to light the way or to burn down. 'The Undivided Light' is an album that does not just 'comment' on someone's ability to defend certain values, but it is mostly a statement of the band's contributors that outlines the secretive 'liaison' between memory and conscience. The extent of conscience in our actions defends the real value of any kind of memory that we inherit towards others and also towards ourselves. In the end, the level of self-redemption does not only relate to our actions, but mostly to the pretext into which we include them. Remembrance has become a struggle, it is not an easy medal to gain, an undivided flame that burns on the soil of our soul. May we be remembered."

'The Undivided Light' will be released this week worldwide on March 23rd. Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. 

Track list
1. Tazama Jua
2. Blutbad 
3. Stones and Dust 
4. The Undivided Light
5. Mέμνησο 
6. Silent Yard 
7. Ying & Yang

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Anthony Nadeau