Monday, July 21, 2014

MTI Movie Review: The Surrogate(Released July 15, 2014)

This is a very standard told story that only works really because of the cast the actors are all very solid in their performances and that is all that made this film bearable to watch.Made for the Lifetime Network originally this was your run of the mill made for TV movie.
Story Synopsis:

A married couple, struggling to have a child, hires a young woman to be their surrogate, but soon discovers she has a bizarre and deadly agenda.

Jacob Kelly(Cameron Mathison)-(left) & his wife of 16 years Allison(Annie Wersching)-(right)--hire a recent co-worker of Jacob's from the University to be their surrogate after Kate Randall(Amy Scott)-(middle)-- takes the other surrogate out of the picture(see picture above)
We soon find out that Kate has a mad and dangerous crush on Jacob , dangerous as she will do anything to be with him.

Injuring herself with the use of door she then get's Jacob fired from his job at the University and Allison almost divorces him as well.
There is some really good tense scenes that are shot very well and the cinematography is exceptional for a television movie.
The actors do a very convincing job with their roles even through the end of the film where it almost becomes laughable.

The ending was very abrupt and left the viewer wondering when The Surrogate 2 was getting made.

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Anthony Nadeau

CD Review:Fozzy-Lights Go Out(Released July 22, 2014)Century Media Records

"Do You Want To Start A War?" kicks this rocking album off and regardless of what you think of Chris Jericho being a professional wrestler -he has a great voice for Rock music.

Always open to new things they actually do a cover for ABBA'S "SOS" which is very standard and traditional cover of the song but the band really comes alive when they play their own songs, the album theme song is average at best but still good for the most part.

Band's Bio:
The band Fozzy has really always been about one thing: having fun. What started out for guitarist Rich Ward as a weekend cover band soon became an internationally signed act with the biggest star in professional wrestling, Chris Jericho, as its lead singer. Their first few releases still had Fozzy playing covers but with adopted stage names and a backstory written for the movies. When you have such high-energy performers like Ward and Jericho – it still is debatably on who jumps higher, Ward on stage with his guitar or Jericho in the ring – creating a ‘for fun’ band was easy, however Ward and Jericho aren’t just entertainers. Ward is probably one of the greatest and unjustly so, underrated riffers in rock and metal today. Jericho singing ability and overall passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to find the time to excel in pretty much everything he does. It was these qualities that pushed the band to drop alter egos, get rid of the backstory and write original music. 
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Anthony Nadeau

CD Review: Dog Society- In The Shade(Released July 22, 2014)Working Brilliantly

What an absolute pleasure to have been given the honour of being sent the past album(s) by this band.
I was sent their previous release Emerge  and the DVD of their live recording of them in the studio The Sir Sessions recorded live at New York's Sir Studios easily one of my favourite bands in recent memory and below is a sample of all that has been sent to me from the great folks at Working Brilliantly for Dog Society.

I will avoid the cliche' of stating that this band gets better with each album , even though they do that is neither here or there they have just developed their sound to a better degree than the last album but that album also got a high rating from me as well.

Their energy and great tunes and vocals by Brian Schnaak every ounce of the music is a pleasure passed by this reviewers ears and even though this album just came out I am eagerly awaiting their next release and hope that someday soon they will tour Canada.

This is one of my favourite releases of the year from one of my Top Ten bands in recent memory.
With all the talent in this band it is unbelievable that they have not signed to a label again, this is far better than anything they tend to play on the radio these days , original music and the kind of band that makes others want to play music.

Below is a plug for the PR group that is Working Brilliantly as they do a lot for their artists by pushing them.

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Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Shop of Movies Review: Rio 2(Available Now)

Like a great many films these days there is a bigger desire for studios to just keep churning the cycle of film production alive even if the films they are making have very little soul itself.
Going on rarely what makes the first film and stretching that idea out until all the wrinkles and anything that made it original and somewhat different than most films falls flat on it's face about half way in.
Blu has a family now and there are the typical family scenes in this film where Dad is the buffoon and Mom is the strict one and the kids for the most part are trouble , at least at first.
The story changes and we are in The Amazon with Blu and family and of course there always has to be danger right around the corner , always.
There are some scenes that work but overall this is not even half what the first film at all-just a number 2 behind the original title does not really mean this is even as interesting or worth recommending at all. This has been done before in so many other stories and films as well, far better films than this one.

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Anthony Nadeau