Thursday, May 19, 2016

5 Years Of Blogging---------Where Does The Time Go? Thank You All!!

If you had told me 5-6 years ago that I would be having my own site and reviewing movies and music for labels and studios I would have said you were crazy. In the years doing this I have counted in that time it has been 8 movie studios , some I no longer review for not by choice but just not sent anymore films from them. 42 music labels and more coming--more news on that later.
 I had got work for a while on a site that reviewed and covered strictly horror films, books etc. There I had got the experience to do what I do and am still thankful of Scott Ruth that had me write for his site D'Ment'd C inema.We parted ways of course but he was very helpful in helping me do what I do now. He had suggested that I start with a review of a movie that I just had watched and my first entry here was "The Lost Boys".
The banner you see above is also another person there was Steve and he made the banner for me from images I had chosen.
This was the first image I ever used to promote my blog , the reasoning for the title and I did think long and hard about it, is this.
I have always been fascinated  with Behind The Scenes of movies, music and anything creative--feeling the people usually get the least credit for their work, there you have it.
 This is where the writing and thinking process comes from, but not all of course.I was then shortly after writing my review of seeing KISS in Abbotsford in 2011.
I then was asked to write reviews for Rockstar Weekly , run by Dan & April. The site had won awards and considered themselves the Canadian equivalent of Rolling Stone. The website shut down a few years ago.
 I was then considered for writing some articles about Canadian Cinema Editors in Toronto for Cinema Editor out of Los Angeles. This was a paid job and was asked to do 2 articles on the team.
 I have always been forever grateful for all these opportunities from everyone , feel very fortunate and I thank you.
 After leaving Rockstar Weekly I had contacted Century Media as I had been in contact with the publicist Nikki Law and this was the first label I had the honor of doing reviews for, Nikki is still working but she left Century and went to Metal Blade Records, I wish her the best , always.I am still on the review list for Century Media.

Other labels accepted my offers to do reviews for them and as I gained some attention I had other labels approaching me to review.
 Then I reached out to a few major studios , not hearing anything back from them I then tried a few smaller studios and was accepted by The Asylum for reviews. This was major for me even though they release films most people would not bother watching , this was still a studio none the less and was honored.
They have grown in size mostly due to their Sharknado films , but the studio has made some decent films over the years as well.
 The the unthinkable happened even though at this point I had a few studios I was reviewing movies for, Jim Barr opened Little Shop of Movies and then allowed me to review movies for the store. This continues today with the new owners Kathleen & Art- I have been honored to be doing this for them. The picture above is the old location and here is the new.
 They do not only rent movies but also sell board games and have Magic: The Gathering tournaments as well to keep the business alive as rentals are not what they used to be as we all know.

 I was a fan of the site Metaltitans and had won tickets to see Alice Cooper on this site --yes also in Abbotsford.I have had the chance to meet and become friends with Rita & Char Tupper of the site. Some great ladies to know not just because they are great people but also they are talented as well.
Rita writes reviews of concerts and Cds and Char takes such awesome photos.I did a fundraiser in 2014 and they both came and covered it for me, I am forever grateful.....more on that in a while.

Also over the years I have been so fortunate to be asked to review Independent filmmakers movies, this is more of a thrill for me as this singular person has chosen you to review their film. Also the same can be said of the music makers.
Some of you know what this next company means to me and the inspiration that the people in the company give me. When there are times I am doubting what I am doing they are constantly there for me as any family is of course. I had met Yvonne Loveland with her emailing me to do some reviews on the bands on her roster --I have never looked back and am forever grateful for her allowing me to be a part of it all. 
The biggest thing is the motivation , the talks , the positive approach to each and every task at hand. Sure there are things we all do for ourselves but when someone is there to give support and gently push you is big, more than most care to give of themselves--this is one incredible woman and the teamwork shows!
There are so many varied avenues in which Voodoo Queen Management runs around the world, so many to mention check out the website.

Over the years I have also been fortunate enough to see  many bands that are on the labels I review and also been able to interview.
I have had 2 interviews with Jill Janus lead singer of Huntress one by email and the 2nd in person and was allowed to tape it.
The great group of people that have shared their time with me is greatly appreciated for those moments are special, to me and hopefully they enjoyed it too.

Band members interviewed:
Mike Gaspar--Drummer for Moonspell
Erik Olson--Guitar/Vocals for Lord Dying
Battlecross-- Vocals--Mike "Gumby" Gunther
Unleash The Archers-- Vocals Brittney Slayes 
Christos---Guitar for Septicflesh
I was 100% honored to have been part of a phone conference call last week that was press only that was with Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstant & Emmylou Harris all in regards to the Trio albums they had released in the late 80' and early 90's. Am not allowed to speack any further of it until the fall when the compilation albums are coming out.

The fundraiser in 2014 was amazing 6 months of hard work paid off when it came to the night of the event.
I had done 95% of the work myself --organizing the bands first to see who would play and getting it all organized with The Haney Public House, the bands played for free. 
I then approached both of the local papers and they both kindly made & put ads in their papers for free for me.I then asked Ashif at Sure Copy in Maple Ridge to make the posters from the ads and some other items as well, he also did not charge me for his work.
I had asked Brad Curtis & The Some x6 Band
The Ruskin River Band
Dalhmer's Realm
My Own Chaos &
The Rappists
Sadly as of last year My Own Chaos are no more and a few weeks back The Rappists announced they are putting down their mics soon as well.I sincerely thank all of the bands for being there for me I am forever grateful for the amazing efforts you put in for me and the charity that night.
The people in my family Robyn, Kasey & Sandy for the help that night and my friends Jon Aaron for last minute mic duties Art & Kathleen for the support and the help.Without the place to play so thanks to The Haney Public House as well.

I would like to thank my family & friends for the years of support as well so many of you have helped me grow as a writer and so many of you have supported me since day one either here or my Facebook page for this which is now 501 strong!!

 Once again I thank you for allowing me to share my passion with you of the arts, music and movies. It means a lot to me to have you reading my posts and please share this and any other posts you may like --it's easy and I thank you.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau
PS- this was written in 2 hours.

Friday, May 13, 2016

SGL Entertainment Movie Review: Insane BLU-RAY / DVD Release Date: 10/11/16


Based on a terrifying series of events, INSANE is the story that you don't want to hear at night. A manifestation of evil that begins to engulf the life of a young couple who just moved into a mansion. Unable to deny the demonic presence any longer, things begin to change… And Not for the Better…
THE MOVIE STARS: Greg Chandler Maness, Vincent Rivera, Terry G. Reed, Marcella Rodriguez and Anthony Werley

Another found footage film that has some really good moments and an interesting enough story to keep you interested in the film.
 A young couple buy a new home, a beautiful lavish home and he wants to make a recording of the grounds and all the surroundings and then takes us into the home. 
There is ultimately an evil prescence in the home that makes some noises and some odd things start to happen.
 There is some suspicion after a few nights and the husband sets up some cameras around the home in and outside. This is a story we have seen many times before, there is a difference here.
 The way characters are introduced and also the creepy clown, things are built up this does not just happen and there are elements of certain doom. The tension is built up well and we feel a helpless watching this couple go through this.
 Insane is a great title for this film as it is clearly found when the demon clown gets his wish which I will not spoil here. The spirit of this clown is not a good spirit as I am sure you can tell just by looking at him above.
 The couple in the film are played by a real life couple , this works great in the film as they really have a nice chemistry together.
 If you like films that slowly work the story and make you wait for the scares and as the tension builds then check this out and wait for the insanity to begin.
 Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Little Shop of Movies Review: Deadpool(Available Now)

Grab a chair as this may take a while to get through this one.
 Comfy?, good.
So not being 100% familiar with the character  that is Deadpool or as we first begin to know him as Wade Wilson , who is involved with local bars betting system of who can be killed in a fight --which is entitled Deadpool where he first thinks "Captain Deadpool" but then just sticks with the latter, obviously.
 After an opening shot that is slowed down to show us the wreck that happens somewhat later in the film, he waits patiently above a bridge for their arrival.
Who is he waiting for? That would be the bad guys that made him this way........wait you don't know the story either?
He is Wade Wilson and given a diagnosis that he has late stage lung cancer , he is then tempted by the same masters of pain that created Wolverine in the X-Men films and is given a 2nd chance at life--re mutated and incredibly strong makes him a hard target to kill.
 This is where I felt the movie lost me and some others as well, the constant narrative and flashbacks that were really not needed in a film like this. His constant one liners were poor ,felt they were just attempting to do a R-rated Spiderman.
I did not find this film funny nor entertaining in the least.
I usually love films like this I am all for ones that never take themselves seriously , I could not get into this film.
 Lame jokes about the X-Men ,even though he gets help from 2 of them to help him take on his enemies and word is because of the success of the film some of the new comic book films will also be restricted most notably is the new Wolverine film.
 The villain  is nothing new or any more evil than anything before , just another nut job.
Each to their own on this film as I know many people enjoy this one but much like last years Star Wars film this is not something I would watch again.

I also do not care for Ryan Reynolds, he plays the same sort of character in almost every film he is in.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Short Story Cinema: Tailypo (Available Now)

There are those that have a great gift in telling a story and Cameron McCasland is one of those people this and his previous work "The Lashman" are great tributes and keeping the old school story telling alive with a great passion.
Before we go any further some history on this film if you will:

 Tailypo is a frightening ravenous cat-like creature of North American folklore, particularly in Appalachia. Alternate names include: Taileybones, Tailbones, Taily Po, Tally Po, Taileypo, Tailey Po and Tailipoe(sies). Most often (and especially in older adaptations) the Tailypo legends are simply titled "Tailypo."
The Tailypo is usually described as being the size of a dog, with yellow or red eyes, pointed ears and a long tail. In some versions of the folktale, it has tufted ears like a bobcat. It is covered in black or dark brown fur to camouflage its nocturnal activities. Its claws are its main weapon.
The Tailypo can speak like a man, and demands the return of its tail (the actual phrase varies between versions, but is always repeated, usually three times): "Taily-po, Taily-po...who has my Taily-po..."

 Levon and his dog Jasper go hunting , because it is just the two of them together -he talks to Jasper, and often. He and Jasper hear a noise so he shoots into the woods and hits something where he takes the animals tail clean off.
He takes the tail and makes a stew with carrots and other things --as they eat by the campfire they hear the beast asking for his tail back.
 Everything in this little film works from the directing the sounds and the great score by an also fantastic filmmaker that is Thomas Berdinski, director of some great B-shorts and feature films as well.
Short films are easily taken my heart by storm the more I see them , the more short films I want to see.
I feel the reason is this --when younger I used to write and read short stories all the time so for me it is a visual form of the short story(of course) and makes it all that more enjoyable as well for me.
Tailypo is a creepy little film if you lie alone at night--these are the tales that kept you up at night when you were a child. Look at those eyes, the teeth--he means business and wants his tail back.
I can see why it won Best Short Film, great story and great visual way to tell it as well.

If you can find it and you like these sorts of "Tails" I cannot recommend it enough.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau