Friday, October 14, 2016

Vancouver International Film Festival-Thankful

I was granted a press pass for the Vancouver International Film Fest that ends today, it goes without saying that I probably not been allowed to have attended the festival without the previous festivals last year or this year to help get me in the door.
Of late I have taken things for granted and not followed up on things , this is one of them and easily the biggest festival in the Lower Mainland just by the volume of films and the number of attending the event. I met a woman yesterday as we were waiting in the standby line for 1:54 and she told me and others she has seen 60 films during the festival , hung my head in shame in a way as yesterday was my only day attending. If given the opportunity again I will get some days off work and attend some premiere's and red carpet events.
Am so very grateful for allowing me the pleasure of having this opportunity and will not let it go to waste in future years, the event was very good of the films and the people I did meet along the way. Reviews are coming soon for 1:54 & Radio Dreams.
Here are some of the other Film Festivals I have had the honor of attending.

Vancouver Short Film Festival

Blood in The Snow Festival(Toronto)films were submitted to me online to review.

Vancouver Short Film Festival(festival pass)

2nd Annual Badass Film Festival(Vancouver)(festival pass)

Crazy 8's Short Film Festival(Vancouver)DVD of shorts reviewed

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival)(festival pass)

Etheria Film Night(Santa Monica)Films directed by women--short films submitted to me for review, I was contacted by them to review.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival(was granted a media pass ,but was unable to attend the festival.)

Vancouver International Film Festival

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Metallica's Back & Better Than Black!

(left to right) Cliff Burton-Bass--Lars Ulrich-Drums--James Hetfield-Guitars, Lead Vocals--Dave Mustaine--Lead Guitar.

Heavy Metal has always been in the underground, with the exception of a few that break through the barrier of radio never really ever a place to metal to call home. Some would argue the point as Bon Jovi and other hair bands make radio play. True Heavy Metal not hair metal would always remain true to itself and it's loyal followers. More so than any pop band , bands like Metallica have a staying power because of the loyalty of their fans.

Kirk Hammet(left)would join the band after Dave Mustaine got kicked out of the band and would go onto form his own metal band Megadeth a powerhouse band with album titles like "Peace Sells, But Who's Buying?"
Writing songs that would go past the ten minute mark and thrashing and shredding faster than most musicians could keep up with they had a few amazing albums starting off, where they really found their following was the incredible "Master of Puppets"
I lived in Kelowna and a friend of mine down the road from me had the album on cassette tape and loaned it to me, took it home and was blown away , the sounds coming at me were something I had not heard before. Even slows it down a bit with "(Welcome Home)Sanitarium"
Years would pass and I would see them at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver BC, with Jason Newsted he would replace Cliff Burton after the tragic death in the tour buss.
...And Justice For All was the last album that the band would write lengthy songs with some meaning to them and overall some incredible music as well. The band would make their break into music video with "One" from the album.
They got all shined up and radio friendly from their Black Album with Enter Sandman , this would catapult them into the major spotlight and were even nominated for a Grammy Award--ended up losing to Jethro Tull.......ok
This in a way would be an end of the band that was always in the metal heads hearts, some would follow others would stop and quick. While there were some decent songs my favorite on this album was and always will be "Sad But True" in true Metallica  form there were great riffs and an overall menacing theme to the song.
There would be many albums and as bad as each one got the Load & Re-Load albums probably their worst, I still supported them until Death Magnetic.During that time Jason Newsted would leave the band and joined Canadian metallers Voi Vod for a bit before forming his own band of his own last name. 
Robert Trujillo(left) would join after Jason's departure and having played most with Ozzy Ozbourne he was a welcome addition to a band in desperate need of a bassist.
This has all changed and man has it ever come full circle , like they hit a flashback era or something. Their new album comes out in November and they have launched some new videos for the two first songs off the album--wow do they kick major ass!!
Listening to the first track/video as I type this ---RIFFS-Drums did I mention RIFFS?? James got his gruff and fierce voice back , not sure where it went but welcome back man, welcome the hell back!
They were starting to sound like some of the lame ass bands that they inspired to play thrash. Sold their souls --along with their killer RIFFS and made them the amazing machine they are known and loved for.
Here is the first song Hardwired:

The drumming is so fierce and Lars Ulrich has re-launched his attack on the skins making them sound so beautiful and the mixing is great on these songs as well.
Song #2 is Moth In A Flame

I WILL be buying this new album am looking forward to hearing all of the great tunes they clearly have in store for us die hard metal heads--they are too and so happy to hear them back
Back in Black ..........but better!

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau
Date was May 31 1989 7:30 pm Ticket was $25.00
Saved the review from the paper as well as the ticket on the right.
The Cult opened for them.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hallowe'en Horrors--What Scares You? Jaws & The Myths of The Great White Shark

This write up is going to happen once a day until Hallowe'en!

When I was little I remember my father taking me and my 2 older brothers to the theater to see Jaws. I was terrified of the movie but mostly of the scene when Richard Dreyfus is at the ship that has a massive hole in it and he finds a sharks tooth lodged inside the hole.
Then and without warning a human head pops into the frame, classic film making that still stands the test of time.
Here is the scene below:

Here is a saddening statistic , that the perception and fear of the great white shark after the debut of both the book and mostly the movie with the fantastic score of John Williams would cause panic across the globe of a mammal that is not predatory in nature against humans.
This is from the BBC Magazine:

How Jaws Misrepresented The Great White

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Upcoming Movies From October Coast Publicity --Leopard, Stray, Virgin Hunters 2, Mommy's Box, Hunting Ground & Evil Gene

Dark, Thrilling Leopard premieres On Demand this September

The Night Shift’s Eoin Macken writes, directs and stars in this year’s most unique and thrilling film experience, out this September from Osiris Entertainment 

From Eoin Macken, best known as Dr. TC Callahan on the hit NBC medical drama The Night Shift, comes the dark and disturbing Leopard, out this month from Osiris Entertainment.

Paris, Texas meets The Wicker Man in a unique, powerfully-performed thriller about two disconnected brothers ostracised by the small village community surrounding them who reunite when their father dies.
“Beautiful, heartbreaking, dark and yet luminous” (At a Glance Mag), the chilling Leopard features  award-worthy performances from Macken (The Night Shift, Merlin, The Tudors), Tom Hopper (Black Sails) and Jack Reynor (Transformers : Age of Extinction).  Written and directed by Eoin Macken.

Inspired by Jim Steinback’s East of Eden, Leopardfixes on two separated brothers Tom and Jack, who are cold-shouldered by the Irish village they live in. Jack returns after 5 years with the sudden and unexplained death of their father and the brothers are immediately at odds with one another. Jack’s presence pushing Tom’s loner mentality into a dangerous psychosis and opening an old wound with the locals as to why he originally left. Things take a surreal turn when they find a girl apparently left for dead in the moors and Tom becomes wildly obsessed with looking after her. What follows is beautiful, tragic and bizarre, as the brothers search for a resolution to their past and their relationship to one another in this mesmerizing tale of love, violence and redemption.

Leopard is available On Demand this month from Osiris Entertainment. Trailer below:

In the vein of Sling Blade, award-winning thriller Stray on Demand this September

A killer decides to settle down in a small town and start a family. But first she has to find the right guy to help make it happen, whether he wants to or not.Stray, boasting an award-winning screenplay from writer-director Nena Eskridge, premieres On Demand on Amazon Prime this September from Indie Rights.

Official Synopsis : Stray begins on an idyllic countryside meadow: a willow tree bending over an azure pond, farm animals grazing on hilly fields, and–suddenly–a young woman, Jennifer (Gabrielle Stone, Speak No Evil), rolls out of a van and away from a male assailant. She stabs him and escapes narrowly into the forest, with nothing but a small pink knapsack.
Jennifer lands in the sedate and equally idyllic Chestnut Hill, picking up shifts at a local bar, and finding a friend in Greg (Dan McGlaughlin, Zombie Killers : Elephant’s Graveyard), the bar’s owner. But Jennifer isn’t content to remain friends. She quickly comes between Greg and his fiancĂ©e Sarah (Samantha Fairfield Walsh, Funny Bunny) by falling pregnant and claiming Greg as the father of her child. But just as she is on the brink of becoming a part of a family, her hidden, unspeakable past catches up to her, which spells disaster for all who have come to know her in Chestnut Hill.
Is it possible for Jennifer to break the cycle and overcome her violent history, or will she flee again, doomed to remain a wandering stray?
Stray is out now on Amazon Prime  from Indie Rights.
Trailer below:


Move over Blair Witch, We’ve found new VIRGIN HUNTERS 2 footage!

The sequel to the cult classic sci-fi sex romp, Virgin Hunters, comes to DVD October 7 with newly-filmed scenes.

Full Moon Entertainment pops cherries this October with VIRGIN HUNTERS 2 on DVD October 7!

Combining scenes shot in the ‘90s – which went missing for upwards of two decades to create a truly inimitable, retro movie! – with new footage shot today, VIRGIN HUNTERS 2 is an instant classic 20 years in the making!

Shot before anyone had even heard of the Blair Witch or the Cloverfield operation, VIRGIN HUNTERS 2 is a “true” found footage film that puts you smack bang into the [naughty] action!

Amber Newman, Dru Berrymore, Jerry Banks, Tina Tyler, Nikki Steel, Joel Lawrence, and Craig Steep are [un] dressed to kill, with Golden Globe Nominee Morgan Fairchild (Friends, Falcon Crest) making a special appearance.

Unsatisfied by her LEX 500 sex robot, Mega-Conglomerate overlord and Supreme Commander of the World Alliance, Camella Swales, has banned all forms of sex.  The future is a serene and productive place, but no one is getting it on!  The world is full of virgins and the government has laced the food with passion suppressants.  Lusty pockets of freedom fighters are planning a sexual revolution, but are resigned to the sewers, where they film their amorous encounters for pirate broadcast to the world above.  

Enter the ALTERRIANS: an erotic race of virgin huntingsexual predators.  They’ve come to Earth with one thing on their minds, and they won’t let a worldwide ban on sex stop them from enjoying their vacation.  Teaming up with BETH, their human companion and nymph in training, the VIRGIN HUNTERS set out on an orgasmic mission of galactic proportions.  But will they overcome the tepid masses and teach humanity to lust again?

One of the most anticipated movies of the season” (The LA Times), Mommy’s Box releases in theaters and digital September 30 from Indie Rights.

An award-winning film that “restores your faith in independent filmmaking” (NJ), Johnny Greenlaw’s rich tapestry of drama, laughs and music fixes on a young man’s exploration into a disarrayed past and uncertain future. It’s a journey that critics call “amazing, heartfelt, artistic and completely captivating.”*

Nick, a music producer in New York City, is dealing with his own demons and chemical dependency as he gets the news of his mentally unstable mothers death. He returns home to Long Island for the wake, where family secrets are revealed, forcing him to confront the lingering influence of his mother even after her death. Back home, Nick finds a new love and a sense of spirituality he never believed in. By retracing his Mothers steps to learn more about her, he starts to find himself. This leads him on a journey he never expected and ultimately onto the path to redemption.

“Walk away uplifted”** from Mommy’s Box from writer-director Johnny Greenlaw and Indie Rights this September.

Featuring an excellent cast including Johnny Greenlaw , Bill Sorvino, Carly Brooke, Joe D'Onofrio, David Harris, Gina Scarda, Kelly Karavites, Jen Dorcic, John Dorcic, Tom Rizzuto, Aimee Berlin, Will Mercado, Dylan Gutheil, RJ Meyer, Christine Copley, Sean King, and Alex Leonn, Mommy’s Box releases September 30 at Arena Cinema Hollywood and on VOD.
*Ava Luck  **

For Immediate Release : High Octane Films sells Bigfoot horror!

Uncork’d Entertainment is set to distribute the award-winning creature feature HUNTING GROUNDS, sales agent High Octane Pictures announced today. 

Winner Best Sci-Fi Horror Film at the Toronto Independent Film Festival 2015, writer-director John Portanova’s acclaimed film sees a fractured family forced to go up against an angry clan of Bigfoot.

Festival audiences and horror critics have gone crazy for the story of a father and son, forced to move to an old cabin in the woods after a devastating tragedy, who unearth a tribe of Sasquatch.

Galen Christy, head of High Octane Pictures, says “We are so excited to be working with Uncork’d Entertainment again. They are a fantastic, solid company and we know that the film will be in good hands with them”

Keith Leopard, president of Uncork’d Entertainment, adds "Being from the Pacific Northwest I’ve always been fascinated with the legend. John's movie offers such a great take on the subject, I think audiences will love it!".

Written and directed by John Portanova and produced by horror label The October People, HUNTING GROUNDS stars Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail, David Saucedo, D'Angelo Midili, and Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr (Criminal Minds).

Uncork’d Entertainment will distribute film domestically.  Date TBC.

What if evil wasn’t a choice? 

Supernatural’s Richard Speight Jr and Murder in the First’s Cameron Richardson encounter The Evil Gene this September!

Writer-director Kathryn F.Taylor’s unique carafe of  suspense and spook premieres on VOD and DVD 9/6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

FBI Agent Griff Krenshaw (Speight Jr) is sent to a top-secret prison and research facility where the U.S. government has segregated federal inmates possessing the so-called "evil gene," a rare genetic defect that triggers violent, psychotic breakdowns in those who carry it. As Griff attempts to investigate the death of the facility's head researcher, he becomes convinced that there's an evil force at work in the prison . . . and it isn't human.

Lindsey Ginter (Argo), Anthony L.Fernandez (The Wedding Ringer), Gene Gabriel (The Boatman), Ted Heyck (Criminal Minds) and James Crosby (NCIS) co-star in a thought-provoking chiller that stays with you until the black kicks in.

The Evil Gene will be available September 6 digitally on iTunes, Xbox, Google, Vudu, Amazon, DirecTV, Dish and more. Also available on DVD from Walmart and Family Video.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau