Thursday, April 21, 2016

Short Story Cinema: DVD Review: Vancouver's 8-Day Filmmaking Extravaganza --Crazy 8's

When I had attended the Badass Film Festival back in Febuary of this year I met Paul Armstrong who was having his festival the very next weekend. Paul had given me a ticket to the event even though I told him I was unsure if I could make it.

 It was a big night for the event , having started back in 1999 it has come a long way in all these years. The program book states that Crazy 8's has facilitated the creation of 91 films over the past 16 years and this years addition of films comes to 97.

I was unable to make the festivals event that evening but met Paul again at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival where he gave me a copy of the DVD that I am going to review here.
 First let me tell you that over 179 teams applied and only 6 were chosen for this event:
                              A FAMILY OF GHOSTS
This tells the story of Abigail falling for her piano teacher and her very overprotective deceased grandparents , what happens here is a warm little story of love and meddling loved ones in other peoples business and the harm that can be done when doing so.
This is a fantastic little film and have watched it a number of times already I really enjoyed the performances of the young actors, the story was good and the short deserves to be on this DVD as one of the winners of  the Crazy 8's selections. Even though this is about ghosts it can be viewed by the entire family, nothing scary here.

 This is my favorite short on the DVD , full of humor and action --in the grocery store to boot. A man is desperately trying to get somethings together like cheese and some other things for the hip friends that he and his wife have invited over for a visit.She has not made any friends in Vancouver since they moved there a few months ago.
Things go wrong and he starts by offending the man giving away cheese samples by spitting it out.
He is quickly running out of time and then once at the till does he realize he has forgotten the crackers to add to the menu. He has to go back out into the world of chaos of shoppers and other employees of the store to find his other items.

Vivian from a very young age has found that she loves crunching numbers and skulls as well. Pushing her classmate in front of the school bus when in Elementary school, then years later still enjoying the math aspect she now kills for Alex. He is the mail person for the building where they both work. She kills random purpose now to get things for Alex, to basically buy his love.
One night she takes Alex out for dinner and then realizes he is not what she wants after he has no interest in her --she moves onto more senseless killing.

                                       ITERATION 1
Iteration 1 is the one film here you need to pay close attention too. This has an interesting story where the young woman above(Katherine Isabelle)wakes on a bed and has 60 seconds to figure out how to escape the room, if not she dies and reawakens to solve it all over again.If she repeats it then a ghost of her former self is also in the room with her at that time.
Room after room she has to solve another puzzle to make it to the end , she does succeed ........or does she really?
Very interesting film , reminded me very much of a Twilight Zone episode was compelled to watch it another time to get a better idea of what it was all about.

                                            MEET CUTE
This is a cute romantic little piece where 2 strangers exchange numbers at the back of a wedding inside  a church. Her feelings get the better of her for a second and pulls him for a kiss , he runs from the church.
He is gay and married he tells her , this leads to many questions she has with her friend and he his shrink. She likes him and wants more, he is not sure what his feelings are and continues to doubt himself and his sexuality.
I really enjoyed this film for the subject matter was handled well and the actors played their parts very well.
Ellie & Steve only want what seems to be so easy for a good number of their friends , getting pregnant does not seem easy for them and many others on the planet as well.
They try scheduling sessions of sex and random places like their car or injecting weird substances  into Ellie's butt, it should all help, right?
The film is funny and heartbreaking as Ellie is really persistent about it all. At a birthday party for one of their friends she is asked to hold a friends baby and the stress of it all makes her snap.
There are happier days ahead for this couple but will not spoil it for you here what happens.

I would like to thank Paul Armstrong for giving me this DVD of the films and am making my calendar empty for next years event.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, April 7, 2016

CD Review: Unified Past--Shifting The Equailibrium

This is a band that sent me their Cd last year and I apologize for the lateness in my review for them.

  • Founded in 1998
  • Genre
    Progressive Rock
  • Band Members
    Stephen Speelman
    Victor Tassone
    Dave Mickelson
    Phil Naro
  • Hometown
    Syracuse, NY
  • Record Label
    Melodic Revolution Records
  • Bio
    Unified Past is a power progressive rock band from Syracuse, New York. Their new recording, “Shifting the Equilibrium”, is planned for a September 2015 release. The recording contains 6 power prog compositions,clocking in at 55 minutes. The addition of grammy award winning vocalist Phil Naro show’s that the band is continuing to grow and evolve and that they are a band that prog rock fans should really get to know. Guitarist Stephen Speelman possesses a master’s degree in classical guitar performance, bass player Dave Mickelson is currently a member of Joey Belladonna’s Chief Big Way and thunderous drummer Victor Tassone has appeared on several independent artist releases as well, including Corvus Stone and Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5. 
     What a treat this album is from the very first song and all the way through this tight musical journey of progressive music and sounds. The album artwork is visually wonderful as well.Done by Ed Unitsky I know this as the band sent me the physical disc and it is greatly appreciated.
    Here is the the first song from the album.

    Some great music gets overlooked often as the bands are on smaller labels and don't have the push that the bigger labels do.
    Deviation from A Theme (of Harmonic Orgin) is a brilliant piece of music ,some classic guitar licks emulating that of RUSH's Red Barchetta 3 minutes into the song. Not that they played the same note was just something I noticed.
    Thank you for reading this 
    Anthony Nadeau

Upcoming Films: Rogue One-A Star Wars Story--Premieres December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016 is the release date for yet another story from the Star Wars Universe. This one is years before Star Wars(1977) and has another female lead in the role and some other surprises.

 The trailer debuted this morning and has already caused some early backlash on the film having yet another female lead , most fingers point to that of Kathleen Kennedy who was named President of Lucasfilm after George Lucas sold the company to Walt Disney Studios. I find it odd and sad that so much negative attention is already being given to the film on just the fact that another young woman is the lead in the film. I am not going to get my hopes up for this one as the last four Star Wars films I have not been fond of for the most part, but will see it still.
 So here is the trailer and like all the other films I will be seeing this in the theaters.

 Now for those that are skilled enough and are totally familiar with Return of the Jedi(1983)will have noticed the older woman speaking to the lead in the film whose name is Jyn "We have a mission for you" are the words spoken is none other than Mon Mothma
Seen below is the image from the new film to the left and the other from Return of the Jedi.

 So now we wait once again and see what this story brings us.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Monday, March 28, 2016

Upcoming Films--Batman VS Superman (Updated!) Smashes Box Office & Warner Brothers Release Deleted Scene Online

 Monday, March 28, 2016

People are saying the numbers are low but with a starting Box Office of $160-170 Million Domestic and $254 Worldwide is a pretty strong opening for a film that was majorly panned by many critics and fans alike.

In a major stunning move Warner Brothers themselves have released a cut scene from the film and also announced a mid July 2016 release of the film on DVD/Blu-Ray as well.

Here is the scene below:

 The official release date is July 16 with it being called the 
Ultimate Cut with more scenes and spoke to about it.

“We call it the Ultimate Cut because to me it’s a deeper dive into that world and there are storylines in there that get fleshed out by the longer version,” Snyder says. “I would say that we didn’t really take out much of the Superman/Batman story because I felt like, you know that’s kind of the movie, but there was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back and I think that’s what you get. There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back. The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different. It was in there until very recently, so all of it’s finished. It was really just a function of time, to be honest. Because the movie’s long now, long-ish—I don’t think it’s long, but when you get over two and a half hours the studio starts getting nervous. I’m not JamesCameron who’s like ‘No it’s three hours, suck it!’, which is cool by the way. I just wanted to try and get it to a length that is work-able.”

                  From 2015:
Now just like any comic book fan that I was in the past I was not all that excited when I had heard that Ben Afflek had been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Many upon many of like minded individuals felt the same and there were even petitions to have him removed from the cast.
Being a huge movie fan of any genre of film I was very excited to see the trailer that was shown today that was at the San Diego Comic Con, more of this to follow in further updates as well as it continues.
With the trailer honestly only a few hours old there has already been complaints about Batman's suit--well for me if you are battling someone like Superman then you would need a suit like this and have it made of Kryptonite 
So above from left to right we have:
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Henry Cavill  Clark Kent/Superman ---Henry is once again playing Superman as he did so well in Man of Steel.

Other cast members--there are a great number of them 

Holly Hunter--US Senator
Jeremy Irons as Alfred
Laurence Fishborne as Perry White
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

So here below is the trailer: & the NEW trailer

Thank you for reading this 
 Anthony Nadeau