Friday, January 20, 2017

Vancouver Short Film Festival: January 27 & 28th Vancity Theater

I have been fortunate once again to be able to attend the Vancouver Short Film Festival at Vancity Theater January 27 & 28th, 2017.I am also a media partner this year with the festival.This is my third year covering the festival.
The first night listings follow below. I am also once again very fortunate as the Festival's Co-Director Kristyn Stilling just this evening has sent me the links for all of the 30 shorts playing at this years event.
The listings below are from the festivals own website this is their writing and in the next few days I will have Saturday's events as well as the reviews of the shorts.
OLD MAN is an existential journey into the mind of a man who has lived his entire life in fear. As the titular character summons the strength to face his fear of the ocean, he finds himself embarking on an unexpected journey. Arresting visuals and a haunting score make for an unforgettable cinematic experience.
BLOOM OF YOUTH | Director: Hanching Howard Zheng | Run Time: 17 min
A young man returns home after graduating from college to propose to his sweetheart and open a school to better their small Chinese village. However, a mother’s dreams and senseless violence create obstacles that love must overcome.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT’S KILLING THEM | Director: Joel Ashton McCarthy | Run Time: 14.5 min
A pitch-black comedy about Vivian, a lonely serial killer whose three loves in life are math, accounting, and killing random people. This all changes when she meets the handsome Alex, a colleague at the insurance company where she works. Now Vivian has a new lease on life and a new reason to commit her gruesome acts.
ASLEEP IN VALHALLA | Director: Max Train | Run Time: 13.5 min
A young woman travels to Copenhagen to be with her sister who has fallen into a coma. While living in her sister’s (now vacant) apartment and living a routine lifestyle, she begins to suspect she is falling into the same pattern that inspired her sister to take her own life. Through the use of experimental narrative, music, and practical effects we get a visual / audio scrapbook of theme and expression.
ROADSIDE DEADGUYS | Director: Christopher Lorenz | Run Time: 6 min
Robbie and Patrick are two unfortunate spirits stuck on the side of a lonely road for the rest of time. To get by, the pair must learn to stave off the boredom of eternity. Or at least how to get along with one another.
BEFORE SHE’S GONE | Director: Arun Fryer | Run Time: 19 min
A documentary love story about a sixty-seven year marriage and the husband’s role as caretaker after his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s fifteen years ago. With 8mm footage from 1955 to GoPro video from 2015, ‘Before She’s Gone...’ is a tender tale for the ages and a celebration of hope amidst everyday adversity.
THE FLOATERS | Director: Nick Wilson | Run Time: 10 min
Romantic entanglements, broken toilets and expired pregnancy tests threaten to turn what was supposed to be a fun cottage weekend into a confusing nightmare. It all comes to a head when the mushrooms kick in and the truth comes out.

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Anthony Nadeau

Friday, January 6, 2017

Press Release: Canadian Cinema Editors 2017 Award Submissions Are Now Open!

The 2017 Awards Submissions are now OPEN.  It will be a big year for the CCE as it will be our 7th awards and the 10th Anniversary of the CCE.

The Entrant must upload submission by 5p.m. January 31st, 2017 in accordance with the following specifications:

Post -Production work must have occurred during Jan 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016.
Only productions/episodes that have not been submitted for consideration by the Awards Committee in previous years are eligible.
All entrants must have received an on-screen credit in the category in which he or she is entered.
Series entrants may only submit one episode per editor. The C.C.E. Awards Committee will randomly choose one episode if multiple episodes are submitted.
Entries must be submitted in only one category.  If an entry is made in multiple categories, the C.C.E. Awards Committee will select in which category it will be submitted based on content.
In cases where multiple editors are credited, one editor should be considered the submitting editor and other editors may be listed as additional entrants.  In the case of a win, the main editor will receive an award.  Additional editors listed will have the option to purchase a physical award.
Make sure you have saved each of your video submissions with the following format prior to beginning the submission form process:                                                Example: your_name_production_name_video_title.mp4


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Anthony Nadeau

Friday, December 23, 2016

Cult Classics: Die Hard December 30th, 2016

In exactly a week's time Jon Aaron will be giving us a belated Christmas present by bringing back to the big screen for one night the greatest Action film of all time DIE HARD.
The film has been popular since it's starting date of July 1988, it starred Bruce Willis who had just been on Moonlighting had quite the success with that show and not being a fan of the show was not quite sure if he was the best man for the job. The producers gave the entire cast and crew 11 days off the job as his co-star Cybill Shepherd was pregnant with twins while he was busy shooting this.After the success of this film a new career launched for Bruce Willis that was a major film star and he has never looked back.
I had read the book that the film is based on and found it refreshing that the criminals and the police were both written as smart usually in most movies/television shows the police are buffoons as in The Dukes of Hazzard or Smokey & The Bandit series.
The film had such an iconic figure in the film that wears a wife beater/muscle shirt that it was put in The Smithsonian in 2007. Bruce Willis donated it  to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.
There are some great characters in this film, however this would not work as well if it were not for the villain Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman's first starring role as well)and his loyal yet lethal group of thugs and their smart plans to take over Nakatomi Plaza and get the barabond's that are located in the vault, they have nasty ways to get what they want. What they were not expecting was New York City police officer John McClane that was invited to town--which is Los Angeles by his wife Holly Genero (Bonnie Bedelia) they bicker back and forth a lot but still love each other.
There is the constant argument about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not. While it is not a full out Ebenezer Scrooge type of holiday movie , it does take place during the companies Christmas party and the gang of thugs are just party crashers.
Here is a fun look at the Die Hard movie -here is an Honest Trailer edition from Screen Junkies:
The movie will play on December 30th, 2016 in Pitt Meadows sure hope you can join us for this festive film I will be there!

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Anthony Nadeau

Monday, December 19, 2016

CD Review : Saence-Relics-Available Now

I was contacted by Yvonne Loveland of Voodoo Queen Management in January 6, 2013 to review her roster band Saence , I was blown away and  gave my review. She had found me a year earlier and had me do some reviews on other bands at the time. Regular readers of this blog know that we quickly became friends and then was asked to join this worldwide group that is Voodoo Queen Management.
Saence Live Photo by Nell Ann Schmidt Photography 

Fast forward to 2016 --3 years and a few months later , they have matured as a band sounding crisper -more great songs to crank loud and really get into the lyrics as well. Some great versatility musically and also vocally. "Chinese Up" has some great guitar work all around.

Some bands can just improve over time as a fine wine does , this is one of those bands. I have not had the opportunity to see this band live but have heard they put on a great show.

I try to step outside of whether I know the band or not, history etc to form a fair response to the music. With this album it came quite easy as it is so damn good. This is not a heavy metal album for those of you not familiar  with Saence, give them a try--you might like it.
This video is from 2011, song is on their recent album as well, but better!!
"Sorry, Not Sorry"

'End of Forever" has a nice piano intro to end off the album , rain and thunder in the background. Nice vocals to accompany the sounds. They are drowned out by a bass intro , with drums and guitars following into the song. 

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Anthony Nadeau

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Movie Review:Paterson(Now Playing)

#23 Paterson --Bus Number 0936--Bus Driver--Paterson/Poetry

Getting out of a writer's slump is hard, however sometimes all you need a literate piece of film like Paterson to wake you up internally.
I have not seen such a little gem of a film in quite sometime. I have been a fan of Jim Jarmusch's  since "Stranger in Paradise"(1984) the film amazed me and turned me onto a different style of film making.
Adam Driver is Paterson, who loves his girlfriend and we spend a week with the two of them. Monday to the following Monday, their lives are no different than others that have to wake up and face the day. He goes to work as a bus driver we get to stay with him on the bus as he drives others around and hears their conversations, again nothing out of the ordinary but just life happening around him as he drives. 
Laura(Golshifteh Farahani) is his stay at home girlfriend who paints everything including her clothing black and white. She also has a fantasy of singing in Nashville and orders a guitar online that comes with a DVD and instructions how to play it.
Nothing big or shocking happens in the film, just Paterson going to work, coming home and taking their dog for a walk to the local bar where he has one beer before heading home.
There are very few directors any more that can take a moment of one's lives and make it feel as real as life, Jim Jarmusch has that talent of bringing originality to the screen. Also nothing flashy of traumatic happens either, having watched other films in the past I was always leery of him just tying his dog up as he went for a drink.
In a number of scenes when Paterson gets to work he just sits on his bus writing his poetry before he starts his day, also when he is at lunch. He meets some interesting people in his day including a young girl that he sits with while her mother and sister are in a building close to where he works. She shares a poem with him and in turn helps him see a different style of writing and yet similar to his.
Water Falls was the title of her poem.
I just found this film to be such a breath of fresh air amongst all the big budget films that are always out there. This is life, pure and simple, when seeing that this film was coming out I was excited to see that is was a Jim Jarmusch film. There are not that many directors that can do that much anymore for me.

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Anthony Nadeau

Friday, December 9, 2016

What It All Means To Me

Every year and without fail everyone has their "Best of" lists and in past years I have done those as well-this year I am not going too.
For me my best is maybe that movie that really wasn't all that good but others liked it , however seeing a few bad films allows me to enjoy the one's I like even more so. It's also just appreciating the work that went into that film or piece of music and even though I don't care for it I am not going to bash it here any longer. I have found it takes me as much time(almost even longer)to write a review for something I am not fond of.
The same goes for music the artist has spent all that time to write the music, record it and then touring the music that helps express them as an artist , if I agree with it or not , or enjoy it even I do not feel good bashing what they have spent time working on.
I use this platform to help those artists/filmmakers etc to share their work with me and for me to help them, it's a win/win as far as I am concerned.
I am very fortunate to have so many music labels from across this amazing globe of ours sending me music as well as solo acts and bands that send me their music my years of doing this has allowed me to hear some pretty amazing music and share it  here with you.
Even though I have not been as active of late as some of my regular readers have seen in the past --that will improve my writing of reviews have not been as strong as they once were but am going to change some things up a little different here as well, in the New Year.

I am also very lucky back in 2012 I had written some articles for Cinema Editor and is the only paid job I have had as a writer since starting my blog. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking into contributing to some more magazines again in the New Year.
With my writing for the magazine it gave me an even bigger opportunity and am so honored to be a honorary member of ACE(American Cinema Editors)which in turn later that year I started receiving the screeners for the awards season for the Golden Globes, The Oscars & Showtime for the past two years now has offered me to watch their shows for consideration for The Emmy's as well.
 I read an article earlier last month stating that all the screeners sent out last year for the awards all showed up online , every last one of them. I treat these movies I receive like gold as they are often sent out weeks ahead of their scheduled release. I had a concern mid October as I had not received one of the films and contacted some of the studios I had saved the contacts from the sheets of paper that are often included with the films and told them of my concern that maybe they ended up in the wrong hands and it concerns me as the films are all watermarked to identify the viewer.
So instead of my top anything list instead this is a thankful post from me to you that is reading this right now. I don't think we need birthdays or Thanksgiving to be thankful, that can happen any moment of any day of the year.
All of my readers , the countless music label Promotional people (so many to thank).
All of the movie studios and their PR people as well as all the Independent musicians and filmmakers that make it all worth while.
Also the shirt I wear below is one of my major supporters and strengths besides my immediate family and close friends. I was contacted by Yvonne Loveland many years ago who is the CEO of VQM(Voodoo Queen Management) and was asked to review some of the bands that they had with their management company at the time , a friendship formed and I was asked to join the company and have had nothing but major support from all of the members there as well. I also am a writer for the Voodoo Queen Digital Magazine that is lead by Kathey Haden Waxler , both are incredible women and have both suffered losses of loved ones in the past few weeks, please have them in your thoughts --they need all the support they can get.

Above this is me with Ted Aguilar of Death Angel I got to meet him and interview him prior to them hitting the stage later that night and sharing it with  Anthrax & Slayer, 3 bands I have followed since they all began back in the '80's.

Art & Kathleen the owners of Little Shop of Movies, yes there is a video store here in my little town.
They are alive as a video store because they went out and made themselves a gaming store as well, which brings them a good showing for their tournaments of Magic and the like. A really smart move on their part as well.
All in all it could not be possible with all those mentioned above and would not be fair to name any names for fear of forgetting someone. I thank all the filmakers either independent or with a studio, as I thank all the musicians whether they are with a label or not.

Also this year has been incredible for me for attending or screening films for film festivals as well , two were out of town Etheria Film Night was in Florida and Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival was again in Toronto, my 2nd year reviewing films for them. So those 2 and The Queer Film Festival , Crazy 8's & Whistler I was unable to attend but did get media passes for all of them, maybe attend next years events.

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Anthony Nadeau
Below is the first image I ever used for my blog.