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
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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.

Thank you for reading this.


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

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Divine Fury Movie Review-Available November 19, 2019 On DVD & Blu Ray(Well Go USA Entertainment)

Well Go USA continues it's great title releases this year, with another one for the books as far as exorcism movies go. I was fortunate enough to receive a DVD of the film for review from Well Go USA, made possible by the great people at Taro PR.

The Divine Fury tells the tale of a young boy-Yong-hu(Park Seo-Jun) who loses his father(a police officer) at a police roadside check. He asks the young man to get out of his car, with that he accelerates, dragging the officer and running him over before fleeing the scene.
Yong-hu continues to practice the faith that he and his father shared, with the priest from their church- they have a few prayer meetings for hope to cure his father of his injuries. His father dies and at his father's memorial he lashes out at the priest, throwing an object and hitting him.

Fast forward and Yong-hu is now a major star in MMA in his country, with a record of 17-0. They also have UFC referee Herb Dean refereeing the match which brings a little more authenticity to the scene for me.
Switching gears to the main focus of the film and that is the priest above Father Ahn played wonderfully by Ahn Sung-ki. He has been appointed by the Pope to rid others of demons, his calm demeanor leads to help to reach Yong-hu and possibly have the young man help him in his quest to save humanity from evil.
Yong-hu wakes up one night to find a mark on his hand, which is also bleeding and we later find out he can use that to heal others. Very interesting storyline for the majority of the film.
Speaking of evil, we are reintroduced to the young man who dragged the officer, running him over and leaving him for dead. Ji-Sin(Do-Hwan Woo) is a slick and convincing evil man here he has others join him in his fight to bring pure evil to the world.
This may sound like a lot of movies before but there is a realm that is different here- somethings are hard to put into words here without really giving away the entire movie. Let me just say that I have seen a lot of movies over the years- horror movies are a big favorite of mine as well, so this really is nothing new here. The difference-maker here is the way it all works out and the delivery of it all.
   The scenes with Ahn Sung-ki and Park Seo-Jun are fantastic, these two actors really make the film believable and they also work really well off of each other.
This exorcism above is really intense and the young actress is really superb in her portrayal of being possessed.
We have had many possession/exorcism movies over the decades, this one has a lot of religion in it, however much like The Exorcist it only relies on it to tell the story and it really is a classic tale of good vs evil.
I am a big fan of this movie and cannot recommend it more, easily one of the best films of the year.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Sunday Night Shuffle-Sunday November 17, 2019-Music From The Orphan The Poet, Jenny Teator, Blane Howard, Pretty Maids, The Flower Kings & More

(Stock Photo Used)

Brand New to Behind The Scenes to replace Friday Night Videos. The name came to me as I am sent so much music and for me to review every artist that comes to me would mean I would have to stay up later than usual.
The words in red before the videos are from the band's bio's
Let's get shuffling!

From FM Music Management comes the band, 
The Orphan The Poet with a very catchy song.
"Queen Cobra"

"The Orphan The Poet wants you to know they are here and not going anywhere. Based out of Columbus, OH, the threesome come bearing their own brand of take-it-or-leave-it alternative tracks and have been rapidly gaining fans thanks to their captivating live show, garnering the attention of Spotify playlists like The New Alt + Apple Music’s Breaking Alternative, SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, & KROQ in Los Angeles. And with the release of the new Queen Cobra EP, The Orphan The Poet have found themselves over the country on festival bills alongside acts like Twenty One Pilots, X Ambassadors, YUNGBLUD, lovelythe-band, and more.


Now comes Remember The Monsters from O'Donnel Media Group & their song "Sink"

"Marking their official emergence in 2016, Remember the Monsters quickly gained significant attention from the release of their single, "The Pieces Remain." The release, to date, has seen over 5MILLION streams across Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube through the promotion of fan-crafted videos and tremendous underground support!





Next comes Jenny Teator from TAG Publicity and her single for "Daughter of the Devil"

Jenny Teator is a St. Louis native who’s made her move to Nashville sharing her soul through her guitar and vocals. Jenny is a nationally-touring & recording artist who’s performed at notable venues and festivals such as: Old Rock House (St. Louis, MO), The Viper Room (Los Angeles, CA), Main-stage at the 2018 Venice Blues Fest (Venice, FL), The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville,TN), Exit-In (Nashville, TN), and many more. She released her debut single, "Surrender," which has surpassed 100,000+ streams on Spotify. The single has received reviews world-wide.



Another one from TAG Publicity is Raven Black and their single for "He Is The One".

"LA-based Theatrical Metal Band RAVEN BLACK revealed the lyric video for their new single, "He is the One, " off of their upcoming third album.




Now to shift gears altogether and go ways of country. music. Blane Howard's song "Promise To Love Her"
from 117 Publicity

 When Arkansas native Blane Howard wrote “Promise to Love Her” it was never meant to be anything more than a simple gift. A gift that Howard surprised his bride, Megan, with on the morning of their wedding. Penning the song was, for him, less about writing a song, and more about translating his love for his wife into something they could always share, and it is one that most people will surely relate with. The song has quickly become his biggest success to date with more than 40 million streams across digital platforms. Shortly after the song’s release, at his fans’ behest, Blane and some friends created a video for the song, which included actual footage from his own wedding. While the original video has garnered more than 7.5 million views online.



From Frontiers Music S.R.L. comes Pretty Maids and their song "Will You Still Kiss Me(If You See Me In Heaven)

"Undress Your Madness” is Pretty Maids’ highly anticipated follow up to 2016's critically and commercially successful release “Kingmaker", a record that continued the “revitalized” path that the band set out upon with the now-classic albums “Pandemonium” and “Motherland."

It's always difficult to follow a successful and inspired record, but “ Undress Your Madness” shows Pretty Maids are still in the freshest and most vital phase of their career since the early ’90s.



Now for fans of Progressive Rock comes The Flower Kings from Inside Out Music and their song
"Black Flag"

"After 2018’s much-lauded solo effort ‘Manifesto of an Alchemist’ from Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Sea Within, Anderson/Stolt etc.) and highly successful FLOWER KINGS REVISITED shows, THE FLOWER KINGS now return with a revamped line-up and stunning new album!



Switching gears again here is rapper Ruudawakening 
from Independent Music Promotions and his song 
"Dreamers"

Careful or this one will go over your head. RuudAwakening is that rare rapper who brings a complete subversive level to his rhymes, using sarcasm and brutal honesty to deliver atypical messages over hard modern trap/rap music. Much like fellow Floridian rapper Denzel Curry or Flatbush duo The Underachievers, you may hear a 'flossing' lyric or 'flexing' lyric mixed with the politic, but to dismiss this as typical trap/rap music would be a significant oversight. RA has a lot to say over a sprawling 10 tracks; no guests, just one man's passion.




From Metal Blade Records we have Tribulation and one of the best songs I have heard this year!
                 "Strange Gateways Beckon"

"Tribulation in the flesh. Live on stage. In front of a seated audience. At one of Stockholm’s oldest and most storied venues. Normally, this would be unceremonious, but for Alive & Dead at Södra Teatern, Tribulation’s first live album, it was an event to behold, for the monsters were let out of their cages to run wild as the Swedes imparted death metal of distinction across two fearsome sets. Invited by ex-Nirvana 2002 vocalist and curator Orvar Säfström, who also bedeviled the audience as master of ceremonies, Tribulation treated their besuited Swedish legions to unrivaled dark magic at their first-ever Södra Teatern (Southern Theatre) main hall gig.

“Södra Teatern is an old establishment,” guitarist Adam Zaars says. “We’ve been there as guests and even played there a few times before, but before this we never had the pleasure and privilege of playing the beautiful, and in ways haunting, the main hall. We’ve played many different kinds of venues and locations, from playing on the floor in small rundown bars to playing the big festival stages and we’ve enjoyed all of it, but playing at Södra Teatern truly felt like Tribulation, a kind of place where we in a sense belong. At least at the moment. We’re glad we could capture it in the way we did!”

Thank you for joining me on this Sunday Shuffle.

Nashline Country Video Interview With Billy Ray Cyrus

This week's guest on Nashline Country is Billy Ray Cyrus.


Fresh off of winning a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year with Lil NasX for "Old Town Road" we caught up with Billy Ray Cyrus at a Tennessee Titans game before his special halftime performance featuring the Voices of Service.

Music Reviews - Nocturnalia III Winter--Available Now(The Sign Records)

                                         5/5 

There is always music, it means many different things to every person that hears it. An artist can spend many hours, days, weeks even years getting that perfect sound across to us, the listener -how we feel about it again comes down to each listener.
There is nothing flashy here, just some great music all around, this is easily one of the best albums of the year. Here is the video for the current song I am listening too.

"Spell of the Night"
With one great song after another, great rhythms throughout-vocals clean and clear just is great to hear good music and there is a lot out there folks, turn off the radios and try and find something different that might not get played on the radio.
Here is a lyric video for their song 
"Beyond The White"


They have a haunting song/ballad that is easily my favorite song on the album "Come Alive", just Linus singing with a guitar for the opening of the track then the rest of the band comes in and really backs up Linus's vocals, hitting high notes and really just keeping the album interesting musically, not a dull track on the album.
From the band's bio:
The spiritual aspect of their music has also been an important part of the songwriting as well as their intense and fiery live performances, where they encourage the audience to let go of habitual structures and allow the music to resonate in higher levels of the consciousness. Nocturnalia lets creativeness take form on its own premises and puts meaning free from words into music.

Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau