Saturday, December 21, 2019

Mayday, Movie Review--Is There A Demon On This Flight? Stars Micheal Pare'

This is not a hijacking movie, what we have instead is a ghost story/Bermuda triangle kind of story.

Air Marshall Adam Aderson(Micheal Pare'--Eddie & The Cruisers, Streets of Fire)is on the flight, watching over the crew and passengers. When suddenly one of the passengers disappears into thin air. There is nowhere for anyone to go while an airplane is in flight, of course.
More passengers start disappearing and then the captain of the airline as well.

 Micheal Pare' is the only star in the film and he does a good job here. There is a demon on the flight that is taking souls and the few, quick flashes we get of it are some of the more interesting parts of the film. I wish there was more of it, to be honest. But sometimes less is more.
There, of course, is panic and fear amongst the passengers, one is also overly possessive of his suitcase and won't let anyone handle it.

The tension continues to grow and eventually almost all of the passengers disappear at once.
There is a book along with a dagger and a ritual is performed to get the demon out of the airplane.
Some of the acting leaves a lot to be desired especially one of the flight attendants, but overall this was a decent thriller ride on Flight 88.


Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau

MP3 Review: Olena Shostko-Untold --Piano Compositions For The Soul

This was an artist that was brought to my attention earlier this year from the website Music Submit.
Olena has composed all of the music that she has on her album, have a listen below to one of her songs.



Olena has a few compositions that she sent my way and I have really enjoyed hearing them, the above title is the only one she has that I can share with you folks.

My favorite of the three songs she sent me is 
"Goodbye Dance"--it really has a nice melody to it and the orchestration is nicely done around the piano.
Her Cd is available through Cd Baby & Amazon Music, the links are below.

CD Baby link-click here



Amazon Music link(click here)


Thank you for reading this
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau

CD Review: Tylor Dory Trio- "Unsought Salvation" Musical Expression Of Sound Delivers! (Asher Media Relations) Available Now

                                        5/5

This trio had one of my favorite albums of 2015, they continue here with their follow up album "Unsought Salvation", they do not disappoint here either!
Showing that Canadian talent is still relevant and has some great musicians, from Edmonton, Alberta this progressive trio has more depth in one song than some entire albums that I have heard this year!
Another Canadian trio is listed as an inspiration for this band and that is none other than RUSH, it does not surprise me one bit.
Here is the video for their first video from the album
"East of Eden"


From one song to another we are treated to a musical expression of sounds and vocals all over the map, such a tight young band this is. This makes me so excited to see what they have up their sleeves for their future, musically speaking.
"The Fallen Man" starts quietly and then increases to a much heavy sound--heavy bassline, riff, and drums to be admired and gave me goosebumps! I actually cannot stop playing this album!
The band commented on this new album from the press release for the album:
“The album should serve as a valid continuation from ‘Carried Away’ alongside spiritual ties to the first EP. ‘Carried Away’ was tonally quite dark, we feel that ‘Unsought Salvation’ is a more balanced presentation featuring some upbeat tracks alongside darker and heavier tracks that you may have come to expect from listening to ‘Carried Away’.” 


The album's bass, drums, and guitars were recorded in Norway with Christer Cederberg at Cederberg Studios in Kristiansand in 2017. Vocals and synth were recorded in their hometown of Edmonton at The Laboradory.
You can hear their new song below-"Dying Light"



"The Spaces In Between" just kicks it all in from the start and gets melodic for the chorus, this album is so amazing.
All that being said this band has grown so much in the terms of their style and playing and have their own sound mixing their influences together and making it all their own.


Thank you for reading this & Keep On Rocking!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Snake Charmer Releases Official Music Video for “Aasman Se (From the Sky)“--TAG Publicity

The most wonderful thing about doing this reviewing etc is getting to hear new artists and see their growth.
Without much help, this artist already is a viral sensation with her recent videos and has 461,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel. I have only now myself heard of her through the great people at TAG Publicity and her new video  “Aasman Se.“


The Snake Charmer has released the official music video for her second original single, “Aasman Se.“ Her first composition incorporating both vocals and bagpipes, "Aasman Se," meaning "From the Sky," is a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness.

“The song is for people who feel they don't fit in, don't belong. The music is very upbeat and lively and the lyrics speak to people who feel this way and let's give them hope and strength by letting them know that, its okay to be different that somehow even through our differences we still blend in different ways and that we all should embrace our different shades.


The song is mainly a Bagpipe lead song with Celtic influences along with Indian percussions giving it that mixed culture spin. The vocals are in both Hindi and English sung by me.” – Archy Jay

ArchyJay a.k.a The Snake Charmer is a popular Youtube artist from Delhi, India whose unique presentation of Bagpipe driven music has been gaining growing reputation Internationally and taking the internet by storm with several viral music video hits!

Learning Bagpipes without a teacher came with several challenges, yet Archy pushed through the difficulties for 2 years, learning via an e-book. Then, in 2014, she went to the National Piping Centre in Glasgow where she took some lessons to polish her skills. Upon returning Archy quit her well-paying job to pursue Bagpipes full time.

The Snake Charmer youtube channel has now 461,000 Subscribers and has over 70 Million views on her videos just on youtube. She is a pioneer in modern Bagpipe music and as a result, has audience following her from all of the world!

FIRST WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD
Archy was recently awarded the "First Women Achievers Award" by the President Of India in Jan 2018 for becoming India's 1st Professional Female Bagpiper for her exceptional achievements.

SHE NEWS AWARD

Nominated for "She News Award" under Influential women of India treading a unique path.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

First Official Trailer For "Inner Ghosts" --Coming To Haunt You On DVD & Digital-January, 2020(Uncork'd Entertainment)

In what looks like a great way to start off the New Year, Uncork'd Entertainment has released a trailer for their ghost film "Inner Ghosts", the trailer is below.


A frightening new horror experience for a new decade, Inner Ghosts from writer/director  Paula Leite, on DVD and Digital January 2020.


If ghosts can think and remember who they are, then the physical brain is not the only place where we store our inner selves. Helen is asked to train two young women into the art of communicating with the dead. But Helen's days as a medium are long gone. In fact, she gave up that life 15 years ago when she lost her daughter. Today Helen is a different woman dedicated to her career in brain research. Things start to change when a visit from the other side offers her the design of a device that can do amazing things. But to everything, there is a risk.


Celia Williams, Elizabeth Bochmann, and Iris Cayatte star in a blood-curdling excursion into fear, Inner Ghosts premieres on DVD and Digital January 7, 2020, from Uncork’d Entertainment.

       

Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Upcoming Films: No Time To Die --The 25th Film In The James Bond Film Franchise, Coming To Theaters April, 2020

25 films and Daniel Craig's fifth time playing Bond, James Bond-that is.
I am okay with it, I think Daniel Craig has been great as Bond in the other films he has been in.
He was also great in "Knives Out" which is currently in theaters.
Have you seen the trailer yet?
It looks pretty action-packed.




Upcoming Films: Wonder Woman 1984--First Trailer!! Film Coming June 5, 2020

I was a big fan of the first Wonder Woman movie back in 2017. Actually, she was the best part of Batman Vs Superman in my opinion.
Now she's back --back in 1984 that is.
This trailer actually gave me goosebumps--check it out!



Whistler Film Festival Film Review: Queen Of The Morning Calm (World Premiere)

From the press release:

An original screenplay written by Gloria Ui Young Kim, Queen of the Morning Calm follows 29-year-old immigrant sex worker Debra, and her self-aware 10-year-old daughter Mona, as they embark on a journey of emancipation. Debra attempts to escape cycles of abuse and poverty while learning to become a more nurturing mother and discovering her own self-worth. 


Hard times fall for Brenda and her 9-year-old daughter Mona in Queen of the Morning Calm.
Looking through leftovers in the fridge and bread she threw out to find items to cook her daughter before school.
Mona goes to a private Christian school, Brenda is a dancer who works in a club, where she also performs sexual acts.
Brenda is not proud of her profession, she is aiming to be a bookkeeper, determined to break away from it and her abusive husband she applies to a company that will help her find a job.
Sarge, Mona's dad has a gambling problem and one night even barter's Mona's birthday gift away so he can keep playing for more.
This follows a lot of the same patterns, for the most part, what sets it apart here is Tina Jung(Kim’s Convenience, Make It Pop) as Brenda--she is stellar in this role. We really feel her struggles to raise her daughter as best as she can, failing as we all do at times she picks the pieces up and tries again.
Newcomer Eponine Lee is also fantastic as Mona, what some might see as a problem child she is just acting out at her mother because her father left--Mona blames Brenda.
The film really transitions into something that is not wrapped up nice and neat and has a ribbon on it for display. Rather we have a slice of life film, that has something to say about empowering ourselves and moving on to better things.



Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION & PEARL STUDIO’S, ABOMINABLE AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DECEMBER 3, 2019 AND 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD DECEMBER 17, 2019

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DECEMBER 3, 2019 AND 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD DECEMBER 17, 2019

A perfect gift for the holidays, A film about Wonder, has 2 Original Shorts, some deleted scenes, Cast Interviews, and so much more.   The film premiered during TIFF (2019)

Voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, and Michelle Wong
Directed by Jill Culton and co-directed by Todd Wilderman


 Synopsis: From the studio that brought you How to Train Your Dragon, this heartwarming and humorous story follows teenage Yi (Bennet) as she encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in China, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Trainor) and Peng (Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Paulson) to help Everest get home. Heartwarming and a visual masterpiece.













Website:  http://uni.pictures/Abominable
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/AbominableTrailer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbominableTheMovie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwanimation
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abominablemovie/


I am going to have a contest that I am announcing this week to win a copy of the Blu-Ray of the movie that comes out on December 17, 2019.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Blood In The Snow Film Festival-Puppet Killer Movie Review


I'm sorry but if you cannot believe that puppets can actually kill, then read no further.
Anyone who has an appreciation of horror films knows that dolls and the like have always held a place deep in the horror fan's heart.
There is Chucky & Annabelle who many are familiar with as far as dolls go, puppets have also gone crazy and insane.
Anthony Hopkins was in Magic, where he played a ventriloquist with a mad puppet, however here we actually have a puppet that does, in fact, kill quite a number of people. 

Lisa Ovies directs this fun, campy take on the traditional story of teens going to a friend's cabin for a weekend over the Christmas holidays and run into a serial killer puppet.
This puppet who's name is Simon belongs to Jamie, who has not seen Simon since his childhood when his wicked stepmother was killed, by Jamie/Simon? no one knows for sure.
Lisa has a small part as Jamie's mother before she dies of cancer, his father remarries and his wife is not understanding the fascination that Jamie has with old horror movies that he has still on VHS.

Speaking of death, this little puppet killed off a good number of talented people that I know that in their own right are pretty talented women who also contribute a lot to the horror genre.
 Gigi Saul Guerrero has a part in the film who herself has directed a few shorts and her first feature film, Culture Shock.
 As I mentioned that Lisa has a small part in this as well does Jessica Cameron at the end as the news broadcaster.
I really liked the campiness of the film and it's fun it has with the serial killer/slasher films that have become such a staple in horror. Say what you will about the genre overall, but it certainly has entertained me since I was a teenager and I am now in my 50's, horror will never die.



I look forward to seeing more from Lisa and the crew to see what they do next!
Thank you for reading this!


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Interview With Canadian Heavy Metal Icon Lee Aaron

Back in the '80s, this is how I and many others first saw and heard Lee Aaron. Singing the title song from this album, I personally heard such strong vocals and a great Heavy Metal ballad coming from the heart of Canada.
It would appear on Much Music's Power Hour and played there on the channel, not just on that show but on regular rotation as well.
I had the opportunity to send some questions to whom I consider to be a Canadian icon and she graciously answered them for me. It was a thrill to just be able to ask some questions after all of these years.


Hello Lee Aaron and thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions. 
You are very welcome!

I have been a long-time fan of yours from the early days of seeing you on Much Music and Metal Queen being shown on there quite often.

Thank you! That's a long time ago now! I have to say it was very fun to be part of that whole MTV/Much Music era when it started out. It was such a novel, new thing for artists to be using video as another creative format. Making videos as an extension of the music was another cool way to have the audience understand the meaning behind the songs.



This being your first live album, any thoughts on why this was not done years before?

There have been live performance DVDs out there but yes, never a live album. During my tenure with Virgin (10 Records in England), we totally had plans to put one out and had recorded an entire show on our 1987 German Tour with Dieter Dierks mobile recording studio. Unfortunately, the label who A&Red that endeavor went under by '88 so the tapes ended up in some bankruptcy archives somewhere. I'm so happy that we've finally been able to put one out for the fans now. It includes a lot of our newer material as well. The DVD companion makes it a real authentic concert experience. We are still an old-school band that plays with no assistance from backing tracks or click tracks so what you're hearing is the real deal.





Do you feel the concert experience has been somewhat tarnished by cellphones, people recording the show or are you okay with it?

Ha, ha! I have a love/hate relationship with cell phones. I love that folks can take photos and record a tune and take a little bit of their unique concert experience home with them. What really bothers me is that there is often no discernment or system to filter anyone from posting the footage to social media or YouTube where the audio is bad sound quality and the photos may be quite unflattering. it's hard to have any control over that stuff. I recently attended a Jack White and The Racontours show and they had a company that locked every attendee's phone in a lock bag. They insisted that everyone be completely PRESENT for the concert. I think was an awesome idea actually. It forced everyone to be mindful during the show and not distracted by their devices.

Your song "Barely Holding On" is one of my favorite ballads and your vocals are so incredibly strong on it-and you even sing it on the
the live album as well seems so personal when you sing it.

Thank you! I still love to sing that song and I'm aware that it's a personal favorite for many fans. I think the message of that song resonates with anyone who's gone through tough times, I mean, we all have by this age right? It's not too hard for me to find an authentic emotional place to sing from when I perform it.

Outside of your music, any jobs or hobbies you have going on?

I do have LOTS going on but don't usually talk about it too much. Firstly, I'm a parent, along with my husband John to our 2 children and like it or not, they take up a lot of time! I also manage most of the 'behind the scenes' stuff with the Lee Aaron machine - merchandise, writing, recording, production, videos, record partners, media and tour organization. Music and songwriting ARE my hobby! Any spare time I have I'm recording little ideas or writing down lyrics. I also work with special needs and gifted children in my local community who require individualized programs to learn. I help design and implement them. It's quite rewarding as well as fun!



Do you have any new Canadian artists that you are listening to, also who would you say is your favorite singer?

My tastes are pretty eclectic. Lately, I'm really digging The Raconteurs and The new Waterboys. I saw the Waterboys live recently and Mike Scott still has an incredible voice still. I don't have a favorite singer...I like a lot of vocalists. Ann Wilson and Stevie Nicks were definitely early influences though.

I personally consider you to be A legend in the Canadian Heavy Metal scene, any thoughts on that?

Wow...that's quite a compliment. When I think of legends I think of artists like the Stones or Dylan or Iggy Pop. The nice thing about legends is that they usually continue to keep making new music. I hope to continue to do that so, thank you.


What has it been like for a woman in a predominantly male genre of music? 

It's changed a lot over the years. Things that passed as 'normal' in hard rock scene the 80's - like women in bikinis being sprayed down with hoses and draped across fast cars as decorations - would outrage this new generation. That rampant sexism has been turned upside down and that's a good thing. Back then I was constantly battling to be heard and taken seriously. The idea of a woman producing her own albums or even being the principle songwriter was often dismissed. Today I work with an amazingly talented group of guys (in my band) who are mindful and respectful. We're all equals...and they aren't threatened by the idea of a girl-boss!

I want to sincerely thank Lee Aaron for answering my questions and for Nathan T. Birk for making it happen.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Short Story Cinema: Porch Light -Nine Minutes of Pure Entertaining Fun(Updated Nov 30th Evening)


WINNER  BEST COMEDY SHORT - BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER BEST SHORT - OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL

As a part of the Santa Monica Film Festival this weekend the festival has its sights on the short film. 
With four nominations this great little tale is up for
Best Short
Best Comedy(WINNER!)
Best Performance by Steve Hofvendahl
Best of Festival.

I was sent the film for review from my friend and producer of the film Isabel Drean(Let Go)
Story Synopsis:
When an armed intruder comes screaming an' hollering through the front door, what's a man gonna do? Blast him. But, it might end up costing him his favorite jeans.
I loved this little story of two men who have run into some troubles to which we find out what that trouble is a few minutes into this 9 minutes film.
The work done here in the few minutes we have with these characters is better than some of the full-length films I have seen this year, honestly. Sometimes less is more.
A crime has been committed, so without cross-contaminating anything, they both strip down to their underwear. 

One goes further and has to remove his shorts and then an unsuspecting visitor comes to the home he then places his cowboy hat over his privates.
I just liked the overall premise of the film and the kind of campy, quirkiness that is not often seen in film these days of late.
It is fitting that the film is in Santa Monica Film Festival as that is the hometown of Director/Producer Julia Bergeron(Writer-Director Porch Light & writer of Murder Van--in pre-production)

Already a winner at other festivals I am sure this will do well this weekend as well, best of luck to the team that worked on this film!

Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau