Thursday, September 6, 2018

Interviews with Lost Nebula, Be Faced, Desert Merc(July, 2018) The Astoria Hastings , Vancouver BC-Canada

I was given the opportunity to attend this show that would be host to 3 other bands that night. I asked Jon Asher with Asher Media Relations to be able attend and interview Lost Nebula from Mexico. I was quite excited to do so.
Upon entering the venue I met with James Buhs, the manager of Desert Merc and I was asked to possibly interview his band and also a touring band from Australia Be Faced. I would welcome the opportunity to meet more bands than I had scheduled too as I am all about helping the up and coming bands.

This impressive rock band  Desert Merc would start off the night and set for what the other bands had to contend with through the night. Even though that was not their intent but such a tight unit the 4 members are -being told later in the interview that night that this was only their second performance--wow!

Before we started the interview we were interrupted by a man that was certain he was a woman and then proceeded to tell all of us that we are of both sexes when we are in the womb. He was topless and then took it upon himself to squeeze his nipple to the point of extracting liquid from his breast. This is slightly covered in the interview immediately following this report. The picture below is asking where he went??That was the exact area he appeared at, I think it still gives Scott the drummer nightmares!

Remember when music was about song writing not about Pro Tools tricks and backing tracks? We do!

The brain child of Paul D'Eath (Mushroom Trail, Soma City Ward, Universal Freak, Devils 'N' Angels), DESERT MERC is here to remind everyone why we fell in love with rock 'n roll in the first place.

Next would be Be Faced  from Australia ,this was their first tour of Canada. Be it a small tour they were very happy to be a part of it all.
This night would see this band performing as a trio as their other band mate was at home in Australia, but listen to the interview to find out why --if you don't already know. They would be possibly the heaviest band of the evening, really pleasant to speak to the 3 of them. They really seemed to enjoy their short time in Canada and plan on touring as soon as they possibly can.

From their Facebook page:

Recognized as “heavy-tech metal,” Be Faced has its roots in genres old, new and theoretical. Be Faced have been bringing their head-banging, electrifying metal music to audiences in Australia since 2013. The band’s high-energy performances transport audiences as Be Faced blends foundations of the old thrash metal with evolving technique and powerful riffs, keeping the fans thrashing and roaring for more. “Dime is not dead. His spirit lives on through Be Faced, giving you thrash the way it used to taste” - Willem Hendriksen, Retro Rehash Radio, Blue Mountains.
Be Faced? The name comes from the idea that all things that are to be challenged and overcome must be faced. When Sunday afternoon jamming and drinking between brothers and friends in the Blue Mountains turned into a coordinated musical mission and passion, Be Faced was born. The band draws its distinct style from old and new, not excluding blues and jazz Their main influences include Pantera, Lamb of God, Periphery and Gojira, to name a few.
Since their formation, Be Faced have performed more gigs than you can count in Australia, alongside powerful bands such as Red Bee and King Parrot, before touring across USA and Canada in 2018. Following the release of their first EP, Ingot (2016) and their single ‘Taxed to Death’, Be Faced are now back in the studio, working on their second album set to release mid-2019.

Next would be the band that I would be coming to see. I had brought my
girlfriend to the show and we had a long day and we were both tired and unfortunately would not be staying for the bands performance.
I really enjoyed meeting the three young men that make up a good amount
of the band. We had a really great discussion about keeping your faith in
believing things will work out for the best.
Out of the three bands I interviewed that evening they are the only ones
that have a video.

It's a number of years old now but this will give you an idea of how
they sound.

Without further ado I give you the interviews.
My apologies to all those of you that have been waiting foe these.
I have compiled them together in one video to make it easier to find.
You all have been waiting patiently for me to finish this and I thank you.
Thank you to Jon Asher with Asher Media Relations and to all the band
members I spoke with that evening!

Thank you for reading this

Anthony Nadeau

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Press Release: Rob Stewart's Sharkwater Extinction--Premiering at TIFF -In Theaters Nationwide October 5, 2018



Highly anticipated final feature from late filmmaker will open in theatres nationwide on October 5th.  

Toronto – August 1, 2018 –Sharkwater Extinction, from award-winning director Rob Stewart, will celebrate its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and open in theatres across Canada on October 5th. 

Sharkwater Extinction is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sharkwater, Stewart’s first film, which brought the devastating issue of shark finning to the world stage. Sharkwater Extinction is a thrilling and inspiring action-packed journey. Stewart continues his courageous crusade through the oceans and across four continents to investigate the corruption behind a multi-billion-dollar pirate fishing trade and massive illegal shark fin industry. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even North America, Stewart exposes the shocking truth that is leading to the extinction of our oldest remaining predator and ultimately to the destruction of our planet.

Both Sharkwater(2007) and Stewart’s second film Revolution(2012) had world premieres at TIFF before going on to international acclaim. Sharkwater and Revolution are still to this day the number 1 and 3 Canadian documentaries of the last 15 years. They have been awarded more than 70 international awards and viewed by over 125 million people.

In January 2017, while shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Rob Stewart tragically passed away during a dive off the Florida Keys. The world was stunned by the loss of one of the most influential activists of our time.  Rob risked everything in a tireless effort to educate, preserve and defend the oceans. His impact and sacrifice are beyond measure and the producers along with a talented group of filmmakers, editors and loyal Sharkwater supporters felt compelled to continue his work and ensure the film was completed.

 Award-winning editor Nick Hector was given the daunting task of sifting through Rob’s copious hours of footage and reams of detailed notes to create a final cut of Sharkwater Extinction. His efforts were supported by award-winning documentary filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson who acted as a consultant to the team.

“Rob spent his life defending the oceans and sharks - determined to change the world. We believe his work will continue to do so,” said Brian and Sandy Stewart. “Rob had a magical way of connecting with audiences and this film is one more step in his mission to inspire action in the important fight to protect this planet for generations to come. We are pleased that Sharkwater Extinction, like Rob’s previous films, will launch at TIFF before rolling out to audiences around the world.”

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION was made possible with the financial support of Canada Media Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Rogers Documentary Fund, Telefilm Canada and Prime Video. A Bell Media Original Documentary, the film was commissioned by The Movie Network (TMN) and Super Écran. D Films Corp will distribute the film in Canada.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Epic Pictures Review: The Lodgers-Available Now on DVD/Blu-Ray & Netflix

Rachael & her brother Edward live in a mansion together that was left to them from their deceased parents.
There is a curse on the home. A rhyme is spoken of the curse the film opens , we (as they) are reminded of it a few times in the film.
Edward traps himself in the house, fearful of the outside world. Where as Rachael wants to leave the house , town and everything she has known before and start anew.
There is a shame that is spoken of that lives within the walls of the house. We are uncertain as what this is  all about. A few times Rachael tells Edward that they are not their parents and too old for such things. What does she speak of?
This is a ghost story that is effectively told, if you can appreciate a slower paced film and allows it to tell its story I think you will enjoy this.
The gate in one scene shows us that unwelcome guests are automatically shut out from entering the grounds.
Rachael meets the local young man Sean, who they quickly fall for each other, she is a bit more hesitant on the romance than he is.
This film does not introduce anything new here, however the performances are enough to have kept my interest and to see how it all plays out.
There are some great visuals throughout the film and was filmed in Ireland's most haunted house as well.

Here is the link for the house:

Loftus Hall

Here below is a Behind The Scenes of the film:

Then here is the trailer for the film:

The Lodgers is available on a 2 pack DVD/Blu-Ray Combo pack and is available through the Epic Pictures website, link below:

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Epic Pictures Review: Brothers Of The Wind(In Theaters & VOD June 19, 2018)

Beautiful Cinematography , Music that soars with the eagles , all this and a wonderful tale of a young boy and a baby eagle that are both given a new hope for life in this sometimes cruel and harsh world.
Quite often we have seen these tales of young meeting with an animal of the wild, however here it is not for the sake of the boy but for the sake of the animal here and what is best for both brings an understanding between himself and eventually his father,

We have Lukas(Manuel Camacho-Among Wolves)he is a quiet boy since the passing of his mother, his father who is distant and drinks his sorrows away is a hunter and lays traps and often shoots at the eagles that fly overhead. He does not understand his son and his want to only speak with the animals.

Keller(Tobias Moretti-Cold Hell)is a man that keeps to himself and knows that Danzer(Jean Reno)keeps a watch on his son as well as the animals in the area.
 Jean Reno is one of those actors that can fit into any kind of movie , I remember first seeing him in The Big Blue and then as a hitman in The Professional. Here is a the narrator of the film as well as a great supporting actor for our lead and the animals that accompany this magnificent film.
There is of course drama , but the film is shot very much like Jean- Jacques Annuads "The Bear", we do not have talking animals or anything particularly cute, but life happening here. We are almost treated to a nature documentary with some of the footage that I think might have just been by luck of the directors , but amazing to watch one scene with mountain goats.
Later in the film Lukas is told by Danzer to get the eagle into the sun to help the wings change color, he is also told that sausages are not good for him--dark liver however is.

There are some basic tales of woe and the typical father/son character story but this is so beautifully shot and the performances give it a little something more, like a movie Walt Disney himself would have shot.
If you love the wild and the animals that are in it -I cannot recommend this film enough. It is a tale for all to see as it is in the Epic Family a great addition to a  company that I have had the pleasure of reviewing for the past few years now.
I have seen a great amount of family films over the decades being a babysitter for 13 years and doing daycare for another few years having 2 boys of my own and playing Santa Claus for the  past 11 years.I can honestly say that this is one of the best family films I have seen in a decade.

They also have a statement at the end of the film:

"At no time during the production animals were harmed, neglected or recklessly treated.(All pictures were shot in harmony with nature)
They also give credit to WWF Austria and the beauty of the Alps.
Filmed on location in Austria , Italy & Switzerland.

Trailer for "Brothers of the Wind"
Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I Am Thankful To Be Alive

My name is  Anthony  Nadeau and I  had a heart attack on April  21, 2018. I am 51 years of age now.
I was taken to the emergency room at noon Maple Ridge Hospital where a few minutes after arriving I was admitted to a bed in the emergency ward.
Upon entering the ward there was a nurse there ready to take my blood and as soon as she was done another was waiting to hook me up to the ECG.
Some more minutes passed and then the doctor in charge came to see me and told me that he was in discussion with Royal Colombian Hospital with the heart specialist there and they were in talks of getting me there. In the process they hooked me up to an IV and then 3 ambulance attendants came and rushed me off to Royal Colombian. They alongside one of the nurses came with and after minutes in traffic with the sirens blazing we were there.
They assured me that I was in good care they kept me calm and they kept asking me questions along the way.
I was anxious but tried to remain calm as getting worked up would only make matters worse.
They had me in the Cardiac Catherization Laboratory within a few minutes , the nurses and doctor were all ready for me and he had a few questions and had me sign a form before we entered the operating room. I tried to keep my wits about me and joked around a lot to hide my nervousness.

I had a 90% blockage in one of my arteries to my heart , they had to do an emergency surgery to put 2 stints in the valve to my heart, picture is below I have circled the part where the stints were put in .

I was  taken back to Maple Ridge Hospital
by the same ambulance attendants & nurse as well.
I had   asked  a few times for the names of those that had helped me that day but I have still not heard word on who they were/are.

I was taken to the ICU ward of the hospital and there I would spend my next few days recovering.
This was a first for me as I have never had any kind of surgery in my life before this day, I had broken my left arm in 2 places when I was about 14 years old in Calgary Alberta when I was racing to get my favorite candy from the store before it closed.
The staff at the hospital were simply fantastic the amount of care and consideration and just plain pleasantness was something that I have been wanting to share with you for sometime now, but as luck would have it two days before I was released from hospital my computer got killed in a power outage and when the power came back on it seems to have fried my motherboard. I have researched how to try and power up after a power outage and have tried all the suggested ideas to no avail.
But my wonderful girlfriend Anitra has loaned me her laptop so I can get some work done here on my blog and share this story with you. Thank you sweetheart.⌣

My last post was April 15 and this is the reason why I have not been on here as much as I would like to be. But now that I have this and my keyboard and mouse hooked up its not so difficult as it once was. I still have issues typing on a laptop keyboard, having come from typewriter classes in high school and always having a desktop computer as well. I have some personal changes to my diet and I am taking steps to make sure this does not happen again. I am very lucky , I am very thankful and grateful to be alive. I am thankful to my sister Noelle , who drove all the way down from Kelowna to be with me in the hospital for the last 2 days of my stay. She has always been my rock , always there for me--she went and bought my new medications that I have to take as I was in hospital for 4 days.

I want to thank Sandy and her sister Laurie for visiting and bringing my son Jack to see me as well.
I want to thank my brother Joe &  his girlfriend Lynn for visiting me and bringing me things to read and clean socks and underwear. My friend Hilary who came and visited , also to my boss Scott and his wife Noreen. I also received some cards at home from friends from Little Shop of  Movies & Corisa Bell as well. I was deeply touched by all the kind messages left for me on social media.
I have checked out and will probably buy some books on managing  heart disease, I am taking this very seriously.
I sincerely thank all of you that have been reading my blog all of these years, I missed my 7th Anniversary last month as I was still not feeling up to writing and this is somewhat of a hard one to post about , at the same time the most real post that I have done in years as well.
My numbers have actually increased when I was away on social media --which is odd but then again isn't it all a little weird?

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau