Monday, October 14, 2019

Dutch Action-Drama "Bloody Mary" New Trailer, Release Date November 11, 2019-On Demand

What looks to be a great entertaining thrill ride of action Bloody Mary comes to us full force and doesn't seem to let go, I will have a review of the film once I have the chance to see it.
Below is what I received from the folks at October Coast yesterday.

Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired Lennert Hillege and Guido van Driel‘s acclaimed Dutch action-drama Bloody Marie for Theatrical and On-Demand release beginning November 1.
Shortlisted as one of the nine films in contention to be the Dutch entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, the film is anchored by a head-turning performance by German actress Susanne Wolff (Styx).
Marie, once successful graphic novelist, lives in the Amsterdam red-light district. She drinks too much and gets into one conflict after another. A horrific incident in the house next door forces her to take action and get her life back on course.
Bloody Marie will hit select theaters November 1 and be available On Demand Nov 11.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Como Brothers--Single Release "I See Something"

Matt & Andrew Como, who make up The Como Brothers first contacted me back in 2012 to first send me their music.
(Left to Right) Andrew & Matt
Their format of releasing music has changed instead of releasing full albums they are going to be releasing singles only, for the time being.
Their newest single is a really beautiful little soft love ballad and their songwriting has gotten better over the years.I have always enjoyed their music and am thankful they still send it my way.
Here is the new video for "I See Something"
Also if you would like to download the song here are the links for it.

Apple Music- I See Something(click here)

Spotify--I See Something(click here)

I did not post their song from last month so I promised the guys I would post it here after their new song, so you are all caught up on their new music!
This one is "Shooting Star" lyric video.

Another treat from August was their single "Take Me Home" -the video is below.

Thank you for reading this

Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Music Review: Unleash The Archers 2 Song EP---Explorers, Available October 11, 2019(Napalm Records)

It's not very often that a label will take the chance to release just a two-song EP, but this one is special in many ways more than just a label or a band looking for some quick money.

Some notes from the press info sent out:

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS on Explorers: "The first single from Explorers is a cover of a very well known Canadian folk song called "Northwest Passage", written by a much-loved folk singer out of eastern Canada by the name of Stan Rogers. This song means a lot to us as a band, we like to put it on during those long drives on tour and it always brings us right back home. We originally recorded it to be a bonus track for our last full-length album Apex, but we loved the track so much we knew it needed special treatment.  We held on to it for a bit and eventually decided to release it as its own 7" vinyl EP with another Canadian cover song as the B side. The song "Northwest Passage" is all about touring through Canada, which Stan Rogers did a lot, and how it equates to being an explorer looking for the passage all those years ago. It really hits home with us, we've toured through Canada too many times to count, so we know just how Stan was feeling. That's where the name of the EP came from too; every time we hit the road on tour it's like we too become Explorers, with the great big unknown stretching out before us.
Here is the music video for the song:
Enjoy the fantastic vocals of Brittney Slayes and company and the talented musical talents of the other hard-working members of this great band from Vancouver, BC.

I noticed that the stage is that of The Rickshaw Theater, where I have seen a great many shows over the years and everyone that goes there is treated with kindness and respect by all the people who work there.

The band does not disappoint once again, this is one great 2 song EP, however, this just makes us want more from this band and is just a reminder that they are not going anywhere.

As for song #2
Also from the press news:
The second single is a cover of a song by a Canadian hair metal band from the 80's called Teaze. They are not super well known, but that's why we gravitated towards them. The song "Heartless World" has a really interesting arrangement and can't seem to decide if it's a ballad or a rock opera. Unlike "Northwest Passage", where we played around with it quite a bit, we left "Heartless World" almost completely as is, and only changed a few small things like solos and vocal melodies. We thought it would be a great companion piece to "Northwest Passage" and really round out the moody Explorers vibe.

I was able to enjoy their great music a few years ago on stage and they do a great job live as well as recorded. Brittney was kind enough to do an audio interview that night, she was very gracious with her time and I will never forget that.

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Anthony Nadeau

Movie Review: The Perished--Written & Directed By Paddy Murphy

The film opens with the words that for many decades that women of Irish descent were forced to leave their home country when seeking an abortion, the numbers are staggering, alarming and mostly sad.
We briefly meet Sarah and her boyfriend in an opening sequence that starts in a bar and ends up in a car, Sarah is then seen over the toilet throwing up, and then crying over the result of her home pregnancy test.
Davet is Sarah's best friend and as is played wonderfully by Paul Fitzgerald, easily the best actor in the entire film. No matter the issue Davet is there for her.
When her parents find out about her pregnancy they are split on the fate of their relationship(s) with their daughter, her mother wanting nothing more to do with her --whereas her father drives her to the airport and tells her to call him if she needs anything else.
The film's centerpiece is, of course, Sarah and also shows what being cast out by many of a single choice one woman has to make, not just in Ireland, but around the world, many women are shunned, neglected and abused for their choosing abortion.
Davet is there for Sarah when she comes home from having her abortion, they drink & drink through the night. Sarah then asks him when he decided to come out to his parents and how they reacted to him being gay.

Sarah still feeling low about her choice, she is reluctant to return calls from the ex-boyfriend Shane who suggested that they take a break from each other at the same time in which she was going to break the news to him. This films really shows how things can easily break down between families over issues such as this 

Sarah is having several complications with the procedure from the abortion, along with its very vivid nightmares of what resembles a fetus following her. One night it crawls into bed with her and cuddles her, she wakes up screaming, or is she sleeping as Davet sees the same creature in another room. Upon entering the room Sarah is standing at the end of the bed with blood coming from her crotch and going down both of her legs.
After many nights alone and spent with Davet telling her that Shane is calling and wants to talk, Sarah calls him back and asks him to come over.
This really for me was a story about letting go and not letting things dwell too much for they will take control of you and consume your life. Not many directors can switch gears one film after another as Paddy Murphy has done here. His first feature film "The Three Don'ts" was a brilliant crime film, here he lends his voice to horror. Not full throttle in your face horror but more subjective and makes the audience pay attention which is crafty and also risky as most audiences want it all handed to them, I find these days. This film does not preach on the choice of abortion, it is just telling one woman's story with an edge to it.
This certainly does it's job and effectively, I am quite excited to see what Paddy Murphy and the talented crew at Celtic Badger Media come up with next!

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Whistler Film Festival Unveils First Wave of Film Programming--All Canadian Content!!--BC Based Films, Women Breaking The Mold, World Premieres.

In what will be their 19th year, Whistler will once again be "Canada's Coolest Film Fest" this announcement of the Canadian titles that will be present at the festival.
The press release follows below:

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is pleased to announce the first 12 Canadian titles that will screen at WFF19. The titles include nine World Premieres and three Canadian Premieres, nine of which are eligible for WFF’s coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature which offers a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia. The 12 films provide a sneak peek of what audiences can expect at this year's fest and a taste of the many exciting and fresh Canadian titles coming to Whistler from December 4th to 8th. 

“With at least nine World Premieres, and a number of Canadian exclusives bowing at this year’s event, Whistler continues to enhance its reputation as a premium showcase for new and important Canadian works. The quality of the filmmaking continues to improve year over year,” says Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “Featuring a healthy mix of fresh storytelling voices and many alumni gracing us with their latest features, the Whistler Film Festival remains the “coolest” Canadian festival on the fall festival circuit, and a “can’t miss” event for anyone who cares about the quality of Canadian storytelling in this country.”

British Columbia-based films will be well represented at this year’s festival with three titles.

PROMISELAND (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Kirk Caouette)
Following the triumphant premiere of his previous feature HIT ‘N STRUM at Whistler in 2013, stunt expert and film veteran Kirk Caouette has entrusted us with his latest action-packed feature. The story concerns a troubled prostitute and a violent stranger bent on vigilante action. This film features brilliantly choreographed action fight sequences that would be worthy of the John Wick series.

THUNDERBIRD (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Nicholas Treeshin)
Reconciliation and making peace with one's past are central to this story. Alienated First Nations protagonist Will, joins forces with a female cop to try to locate his missing sister, during a time when a serial killer seems to be hard at work, and authorities seem overwhelmed by the number of missing women reports. Director Treeshin was born in Yellowknife but now makes Vancouver his home. 
VOLITION (2019, Canada, Canadian Premiere, Directed by Tony Dean Smith)
This visually exciting thriller with sci-fi overtones tells the story of a clairvoyant man who tries to change fate when he intuits his own upcoming murder. Adrian Glynn McMorran heads an excellent cast featuring John Cassini, Alex Paunovic and Magda Apanowivz.

WFF’s lineup also welcomes films portraying women breaking the mold with the following titles.
QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim)
Winner of the WIDC Feature Film Award at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival, the film stars Tina Jung (a regular on “Kim’s Convenience”) as a single mother whose life takes a downward turn when she loses her job as a stripper and gets evicted from her apartment. Unable to afford childcare, she brings her rambunctious 9-year-old daughter along to job interviews as she struggles to make ends meet.

SPINSTER (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Andrea Dorfman)
This is a story about a woman of a certain age who is feeling enormous pressure to settle down with the first man who wants to propose to her following a recent break-up. Featuring an incredibly engaging performance by Chelsea Peretti (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation”), Gaby goes on a frenzied (and hilarious) dating spree, even as her dreams of turning a catering business into her own restaurant seem to become more and more elusive. A wonderful new film from the Maritimes.

In response to the legalization of marijuana that was enacted last year, WFF will be World Premiering two titles touching on this theme.

CANADIAN STRAIN (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Geordie Sabbagh)
This film could not be more topical. Jess Salgueiro stars as a low-level pot dealer who is put out of business when marijuana is legalized. She applies for a job at a government dispensary, assuming her “experience” will be welcomed by the feds. Let’s just say the best laid plans don’t always work out.

THE MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Craig Pryce)
Cult favourite Craig Pryce (REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE REPORTER) tells the mostly forgotten but incredibly true story of a 1972 experiment conducted by the government to look into the ill effects of pot smoking on females. Young women were completely isolated for a 98 day trial experiment in which they were encouraged to smoke up while remaining totally cut off from the outside world. Many of the subjects are still alive today, and the report was shelved when it did not conclude the way it was intended. A fascinating true-life drama torn from the pages of Canadian history.

Other Canadian Premieres include these titles:
ENTANGLED (2019, Canada, Canadian Premiere, Director by Gaurav Seth)
An exciting sci-fi exercise in alternate universes. as four brilliant Quantum Physics students return from the other side with doppelgangers in tow. The problem is that it is energy-depleting for two versions of the same person to live in the same reality, but how the hell can you murder yourself? Stylish direction and a brilliant script will keep you guessing. Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin is featured in the cast.

THINGS I DO FOR MONEY (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Warren P. Sonoda) 
From the director of the “Trailer Park Boys” comes an exciting thriller about music students who get involved with drug dealers. The climax is a brilliantly edited edge-of your-seat tour-de-force featuring real-life cello-playing twins, Theodor and Maximiliuan Aoki, in concert while mayhem occurs around them. Hitchcock would be proud.
WE HAD IT COMING (2019, Canada, Canadian Premiere, Directed by Paul Barbeau)
Featuring a pair of BC-based actresses giving courageous performances (Natalie Krill and Alexia Fast) comes a story of two female lovers, who follow a pimp to Montreal after a younger sister of one of the protagonists commits suicide. Stylistically bold and completely original in its approach to the material, the face of the pimp/rapist is never shown, except in long shots and back of the head povs. This not only makes the predator seem more malevolent and explosively dangerous, it serves as a metaphor for toxic masculinity at its worst.

Rounding out our list of World Premieres are two documentaries.

ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Francis Luta)
Mountain culture enthusiasts will relate to this tale of rugged northern survival, as explorer Adam Shoalts embarks on an estimated 4000 km journey across the Canadian Arctic by canoe and portage, in some of the harshest, most bug-infested terrain known to man. Who knew that boiling fir needles provides more vitamin C than an orange? Truly an incredible adventure.
CLOSING THE GAP: HOCKEY IN NORTH KOREA (2019, Canada, World Premiere, Directed by Nigel Edwards)
A fascinating look behind the communist veil at the training and aspirations of the ill-equipped and under-insured North Korean hockey team as they attempt to compete in the IIHF tournament in New Zealand. BC-based filmmaker Nigel Edwards and his cohorts were given unprecedented access to the team, in this sometimes lyrical and sometimes jaw-dropping look at one of the most isolated cultures in the world, as seen through the perspective of Canada’s favorite sport.

From December 4th to 8th, WFF will welcome fans and filmmakers to experience fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Festival’s online box office at is now open for memberships, ticket packages and passes. Air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates, are now available at Stay tuned for more major announcements in the weeks ahead.

The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Creative BC, Cineplex, Netflix, Variety, Tourism Whistler, Encore and RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate.

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Anthony Nadeau

Monday, September 30, 2019

Independent Film Reviews: Enthusiastic Sinners ---Written, Produced & Directed By Mark Lewis

If you remember The Bridges of Madison County then it would somewhat explain to you who Enthusiastic Sinners is for.
This is a very adult romance, which is missing from movies these days, I am so appreciative of this work.
Bruce(Christopher Heard) is a police officer who is asked to check out a residence after a call of shots fired is reported. He is also married and has children, which makes the premise of the film somewhat difficult to watch.
Shelby(Maggie Alexander) is a single mom,  a year prior had lost her husband, who's son and some of his friends were hitting bullets with a hammer, which makes sense of the shots fired call. A conversation starts and a connection starts to happen between the two, they soon are in each others arms.
There are some really adult conversations and some just trivial stuff about The Beatles & Van Halen that they chat about through one scene. 
One scene that works well is below, Shelby covers Bruce's eyes and asks him to name all of the sounds that he hears coming from the environment around them. This is something you do not see in film much anymore, just a lot of quiet scenes allowing the actors to work.

When a filmmaker does not have the pressure of subjecting their film to test audiences or producers(Mark produced his own film) who might change their entire idea. This is the wonderful world of independent film.
Mark Lewis(Baystate Blues & Wild Girl Waltz), wonderfully(once again) has written a script for adults, a great amount of talking as well as a lot of unapologetic sex, with full-frontal nudity from both actors. The sex scenes are very soft-porn almost but the beauty of it is-is the believability of the actors.
The thing about the writing in all of Mark Lewis's films is the pure and seemingly effortless performances he gets from each of his actors.
Christopher Heard & Maggie Alexander are both phenomenal here, in which the story relies only on their performances, they have an amazing chemistry together-almost like they could be very close friends.
I really appreciate the work that the actors have put into this film, the honest portrayals, and development of the characters would look great on paper, but you need good actors to pull it off and they do a great job.
Also the tight yet almost too close for comfort shots of their faces really helps keep the story going and the good cutting of the edits as well.
I had asked Mark about some aspects of the film.

How much work did you have to do to get both the actors to be so free with their nakedness?

In terms of the nudity, it was a matter of a LOT of conversation before the shoot started about what they were and were not willing to do. 

Then I wrote out a full shot list for every sex scene that would tell them exactly where the camera was going to be so there wouldn’t be any unpleasant surprises for any of us. 

Then, in actual shooting of the scenes, we used “crotch patches” (for lack of a more technical term) so that at no time there was any actual genital to genital or mouth to genital contact.
The film does not end with a finale that would please many people, I don't think but for me it was refreshing to not have a finish that makes it all crystal clear or have all the answers, as this is a slice of life film and I am certainly glad I got to see this film. It is easily one of the best film I have seen this year & it only had two performers for the entire film.
Hats off to Christopher Heard & Maggie Alexander, & of course none of it would be possible without Mark Lewis, writing, producing & Directing the film.
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Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Movie Reviews: The First King & Kung Fu League(Well Go USA)

I was recently sent a copy of each of the films mentioned above. Unlike a lot of movies that I review these are actual physical copies of the films for review, which I am happy to add to my already massive collection of films.
Sent to me from Well Go USA and made possible from the people at Taro PR.

Run Time -128 mins
Languages 1:Latin(Original) 2:English
Available Subtitles: English
Available Now.

Story Synopsis:
Romulus and Remus, two shepherds and loyal brothers, end up taking part to a journey that will lead one of them to be the founder of the greatest nation ever seen. However, the fate of the chosen one will pass from killing his own brother.

The film opens up with the two brothers in an opening in a forest, one is repeating a prayer while the other paces and keeps watch for something that he keeps saying they need to move.
Before they have time to react a huge wave of water comes barreling through the forest toppling the trees and headed straight for the two brothers.
They are then swept away by the massive amount of water that sweeps through the valley, the are thrown around and swept under and beaten and bruised from trees and rocks that suddenly appear.
They are captured and made to fight other men to the death, the two brothers are set to fight each other and then stage an attack and get away with the other captors.
Upon their journey as we follow them, they have a number of battles, the best one starts with a sneak attack that is obvious where that was staged in the picture below.
The lead actors are really quite good in their roles and I also liked that there was not a romance sequence with one of the brothers and the young woman who was a foe is now an ally. Something that is so familiar in Hollywood movies, which this clearly is not.
The outcome of the movie is already clear from the beginning and not sure if it is historically accurate or not but this works as movie and for pure entertainment purposes.

Run time-103 minutes
Language- Mandarin Available Subtitles: English
Available Now

In very much a satire of many martial arts films of the past, we have a loner/loser that is interested in a woman -who has also the interest of a very successful businessman, who is her cousin. She really has no interest in him. Our lead feels that he cannot do it on his own --so he calls upon some martial arts masters.
I really appreciated the energy of this film, it never really slows down. Most of the jokes are wasted here as they don't really fit the scenes they are written for, other than that it was quite enjoyable.
It's really the four masters that he has been able to get to come to help him in his time of need, it works both ways though. For them to go back to their time in history they must fulfill the request or they will be stuck in our time. There are some really great fight scenes and the best is what I thought was The Beast from Kung Fu Hustle, but he did do the choreography of the action scenes, that is, of course, Siu-Hung Leung.
This is not a great film but still has a lot of good fight scenes where I can recommend it

This scene above was the best part of the movie for me.
Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Ankhara-Sinergia(Fighter Records) Available Now!

The cover artwork is the work of Fernando 'Nanderas'
From the '90s and not lost their edge for some great thrash songs this band from Madrid, Spain can show some of the new bands how it's done for sure!
Below is the lyric video for the first song off the album.    "Te Toca Sufrir"

The band is from Madrid, Spain with vocals in their native tongue, but that does not matter here for music is universal and all that matters is the mood the song creates, and that metal is for all!

   Some facts about the band below from the label:
ANKHARA returned after fourteen years of recording silence presenting her 4th studio album "Sinergia". In this new album, the guys from Madrid recover the essence of their first two works in favor of an authentic and revamped sound, which tastes to Power and Hard Rock, but above all, Heavy Metal. A raw and straight album that some media have already stated to be "their most aggressive work to date"; in which the voice of Pacho Brea is reminiscent of "Rob Halford or Ripper Owens"; and with the guitar solos of Cecilio and Alberto being described simply as "epic". The power of the double bass drum by Matt de Vallejo and the elegance of Sergio's bass is also said to complete "a rounded disc".

They have such classic sounding elements in the songs and some great riffs throughout the album.
Each song greats you with opening riffs and vocals fitting for each mood for the songs. The mix on this album is great as they all compliment each other's playing, and it really helps bring out the best in each instrument.
If you like straight-up heavy metal I would suggest checking this band out.

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Anthony Nadeau

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

DEVIN TOWNSEND launches video for "Why?"--Empath Now Available! (Inside Out Music)

Once in a while, a song comes through the emails and really hits a nerve and the soul-this year's song for me thus far is "Why?" by Devin Townsend and then he releases a video for the song to top it all off!
I started first hearing his vocals in the Vancouver BC, Canada band Strapping Young Lad and the pure strength and power he had in his vocals then was something to be in awe of.
He then launched The Devin Townsend Project, reaching further musically and growing more as a vocalist, then pure vocal beauty was heard in many of his songs.
This song hits the stratosphere for me, great vocals, harmonies and the backup singers & chorus, orchestra make a total goosebump scenario for me!
It reaches crescendos throughout the song and of course at the end. I have to play it a few times myself and with the headphones on to really appreciate all the sounds happening throughout the song.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

From Inside Out Music:

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend released his acclaimed new album ‘EMPATH’ in March and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ later this year. In advance of that, he has launched a brand new animated video for the track ‘Why?’, directed by DC Turner.

Devin recently completed a run of acoustic shows in Australia, and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ beginning in November, with HAKEN along as support. Before that he will perform acoustically in Singapore, followed by an appearance at the Guitar Show in London.

The full list of dates are as follows:
18th September – Gateway Black Box Theatre, Singapore, China (acoustic)
21st September – The Guitar Show, London, UK
15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland
21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first 'band' tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a 'backing band' that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track.  'Empath Europe Volume 1' will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).

I have spent considerable effort think about the things I wanted to do for these shows, and one thing I came out of DTP with was the awareness that I wanted to incorporate a more improvisational element to what I do. With the best players I can find, my plan is to interpret my back catalogue, as well as the Empath material, in ways that may change nightly. less computers, and less of a rigid structure. I want to use Volume 1 as a way to bring my music to people in a potentially new way. People playing music...

I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.

Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?

Devin Townsend”

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.

Thank you for reading this 

Anthony Nadeau

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Movie Review: Yesterday On Blu-Ray/DVD & Digital Download Available September 24, 2019(Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

Let's go back to the past, back to when you first heard The Beatles. Think of that first song that you might have heard. I remember the song it was when my mother and I were cleaning the house in Lansing, Michigan and she put on Abbey Road, I remember standing and listening to something that I had never heard before. That day was a great moment in my life as I am sure anyone reading this right now might be also having thoughts of when they first heard The Beatles.
Jack(Himesh Patel--Eastenders) is a struggling musician who with his friend/manager Ellie(Lilly James--Downtown Abbey) helps him get some dates to have people hear his music. Feeling frustrated with the lack of support from others, the only love he is shown for his music is his mother and Ellie. Jack says he is done with playing music and should go back to teaching.
One night Jack is riding home on his bike and all of the power across the globe shuts off for 12 seconds-in that 12 seconds he is hit and thrown from his bike, looses two of his front teeth and is hospitalized.
Upon his release, Ellie and a few close friends celebrate his being alive and his cherished guitar suffered a worse fate than Jack did, so Ellie buys him a new guitar.
With a bit of pushing and his friends suggesting that a new guitar deserves a new song, he sings Yesterday.
Such sincere work of the actors around him makes this scene really work solidly--if this scene doesn't work the rest of the film will fail.
I am the biggest critic of songs being re-sung by musicians or actors of The Beatles music, I will be honest I do not care for very much of it. That being said this movie makes it work and the casting of Himesh Patel is a joy to watch and this captured the innocence he starts off with and then is catapulted into stardom, it really starts to wear on him when others start using his fame for their beach houses and also his guilt of knowing truthfully that he did not write these songs.
It also shows the price of fame and how it can push those who love you the most away from just being a household name. He hangs his head in shame a number of times, having dreams that he will be found out by the two remaining Beatles ---his conscious gets the better of him, in the end, he comes clean on the biggest night of his life.
At the moment that I did not know was coming near the end of the film is when Jack is given a piece of paper with something on it that is not shared with the audience.
The camera follows the taxi that takes him to a house near a beach and upon knocking on the door I was shocked at what was there.
An elderly man, spending his days alone drawing and playing music(possibly)--we are told he is in his 70's and it made me choke up and shed a tear.
I watched the film here at home as I was sent a copy of the film to review, I am so very thankful that this was sent to me --being a HUGE Beatles fan, this really hit home with me. Other than the somewhat formula writing of the greedy management that he later acquired with his success and her riding his coattails of fame and fortune. He never really seems to change his personality, it's everyone that has changed around him, his friends have become almost strangers and the others just feed off of him.
The humility shown in the film and the character of Jack is what works and what could have easily failed as well, if not told well.
Great script and great acting all around.
I really bought the premise of this movie and I feel that this is Danny Boyle's best work to date!

I am thankful to the great people at Taro PR for making this happen of having the movie sent to me, also very thankful to Universal Studios Home Entertainment for the copy of the film to watch again and again. I was also sent a guitar pick with the title "Yesterday" on it.
My physical copy of the movie and notes on the film/production and the guitar pick as noted.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau