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Conjoined

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Conjoined directed by  Joe Grisaffi is a great independent American horror comedy. I loved what I read about the film, so I went and got the DVD. I loved it, so I got the director to tell me more about the film.

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1 & 2. What was the inspiration behind the film? How long did it take to write the script?

Chuck Norfolk: Conjoined was simmering on the back burner of my brain for a few years. The inspiration was a “what if” thing. What if you were married to a conjoined twin and her sister was a serial killer. Me and my Tim Norfolk banged out the script in about a month. It kind of wrote itself.

3. How long was the shoot and what challenges did you face when making a low budget film?

Joe Grisaffi: The shoot was 9 days spread out over one month. Two of those days were ½ days. One of our goals with Conjoined was to embrace the challenges of low budget filmmaking. We intentionally limited our prep time, I think to four days, and vowed to come up with “solutions” on the spot for scenes we weren’t completely prepared for, hoping our mistakes or quick solutions would become part of the fun, and it really worked. Luckily, this was a studio shoot and the entire movie was filmed at one location, so we had a lot of items at our disposal, even if the solution wasn’t exactly as scripted. For example, the surgery scene was written to use proper surgical items, but we were unable to locate the correct items in time, but we solved that problem and the movie is better for it.

4. How was the cast chosen for the movie?

We didn’t hold any casting calls. We cast privately. We called actors we wanted to work with directly, asked them to read the script, and if they wanted the part, it was theirs. If I recall correctly, our casting relied on Michelle Ellen Jones. Keefer agreed to play Alisa, the bad sister, but she is a tall woman, and her casting depended on Michelle saying yes – Michelle is tall as well. We had worked with Jake Byrd on Lars the Emo Kid and Haunted Trailer, and just knew he would be brilliant as Jerry. We included Sara Gaston to reprise her role as Detective Waters from Dead of Knight, and found a way to include her Dead of Knight partner Dan Braverman in a cameo as well. Sara recommended Tom Long, who we’ve both known for years now, and he was perfect. I had recently worked with Troy Parker and thought he’d be great as Ty the Video Dating Guy, and finally, Chuck Norfolk recommended Deidre Stephens as the Web Cam Girl, and she was a great choice.

5. What did you learn from making the movie?

Conjoined was really an effort to use everything we’ve learned from our previous low budget endeavors. In the past, I would stress out over very little things in the pursuit of perfection that ultimately didn’t matter to the audience. You know, minor continuity errors, digital effects that might be off just a little. I spent a couple of years worried a couple of composite shots in Dead of Knight, which held up its release – and now that the movie is released, nobody has ever said a word about them. It was my goal to let those little things go if they happened, and they did, but they just made this movie even better, in my opinion.

This film was also a great opportunity to experiment with comedy because so little was at stake financially. Our script was 58 pages long and we needed a 75 minute feature for distribution. Our solution – as part of the joke, I let some scenes linger way too long. And it worked beautifully. Another lesson learned is that a scene can be more effective if you let the audiences’ imaginations fill in the blanks. The surgery scene is a great example of both of these points – I think it’s extended runtime with a couple of false endings works great, and the use of sound instead of graphic visuals makes the scene even funnier.

6. How important is having the right promotion material for the film like artwork and so on?

I think the right promotional material is incredibly important. I don’t really consider myself a poster designer, but I made the Conjoined artwork. I wanted a grindhouse feel to the poster and I think it represents the movie well. I especially love our tag line. If the film gets picked up by a larger distributor or foreign territories (it is currently being handled by Champion Entertainment), I am pretty sure the artwork will change, though.

7. Are you happy how the film has been received?

I am thrilled with how the film has been received. We knew it was funny, and we were pretty sure our target audience would really enjoy it. The film has been shown at festivals and events all over the world. Surprisingly, middle aged women who are not really horror fans tend to love the movie. My mother hates horror films, but she attended a screening of Conjoined – I sat behind her – and she couldn’t stop laughing. Others have said the same thing, kind of embarrassed that they enjoyed the movie so much. J

The film is currently available on DVD and streaming at Amazon Instant Video. We are hoping for wider VOD availability soon and I know Champion Entertainment has been talking for some foreign territories as well.

8. What is next for yourself?

I have been asked to directed a fun horror film called Kids vs. Zombies, written and produced by Courtney Sandifer. We are currently trying to finish fundraising for this family-friendly zombie film. I also have a couple of completed scripts that I’ve written that I’d like to produce, The Barber and Alligator Man being among them, and we have another script called Slugger from Dead of Knight screenwriter Emilio Iasiello. Sara Gaston and Dan Braverman would reprises their roles as Detectives Waters and Sutherland in Slugger.

9. Why do you think horror and horror comedies are always so popular?

I believe both are cathartic. I think comedy is the hardest thing a filmmaker can do, because it is so subjective, but when it works, it can work brilliantly. Even a poorly made horror film still has value and can find an audience, and may even become an unintentional comedy.

10. If you could have the ultimate cast for a film who would be in it?

I don’t really have a dream team cast list, although there are a lot of actors I would love to work with in the future. The dream team cast would certainly depend on the material.

Conjoined Movie Review

Conjoined is a horror comedy and I Gotta tells you, I really enjoyed it. The script was well written, the film was well shot for it’s budget and the acting is really good. The jist of the story is when a lonely man finds out the love of his life has a conjoined twin, who happens to be a serial killer, he must take drastic measures to keep his love life intact while keeping himself out of big trouble. All the acting was really good but Michelle Ellen Jones just shined as Alina one of the Conjoined Twins. Keefer Barlow also stood out as the other Conjoined Twin who is a serial killer and Tom Long just played the of Stanley just right. The script was great, and it was funny, witty and well written. To me a great movie is something you weren’t expecting to be great and that surprise of going wow this is an excellent movie. Michelle Ellen Jones is just really wonderful as Alina, the sweet and perfect Conjoined twin, she is incredibly talented as well being extremely beautiful. I am really impressed this is first movie role and if she keeps giving performances like this, she going to have a hugely successful career in acting. I love a good horror comedy and this one delivers with fun, great acting and a great story to go with it. Seriously check this out, you won’t be disappointed.

Best Of List 2014

Every year I do a best of list and every year I decided if I quit or keep going, I still keep going the same with my compilation CD’s. To everyone who got behind my new CD thanks very much, Michelle, Tori, Melissa and everybody else who has a copy and told me they liked it, appreciate the kind words. If you have not got your yet, you can still get it and it’s free, no hidden catches. To all the publicists, record labels, managers and bands themselves thanks for the interviews and the opportunities. The Parx-e Show will be happening next year. So thanks for the support and I will see you next year.

Albums

I loove Rival Sons and their new album Great Western Valkyrie is no exception, it’s just a killer blues rock and roll album. It rocks.

Amanda Rogers double disc album Wild has been nothing short of amazing, she is a fantastic artist, always has been and why she is one of my favorite singer songwriters period.

Stacy Clark new album Symmetry rocks why its catchy, well written and blends electronica and folk nicely I reckon.

Devin Townsend, the man a genius, so he had two releases out this year. Both excellent, both highlighting what Devin does best, writing and creating excellent music.

Chelsea Wilson is a major babe, major talent, soul singer songwriter with a voice and songs to match and with a killer debut album I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me out this year where she looks stunning on the cover, she is going places.

Love The Clarks new album Feather & Bones rocks. Fantastic songs, great songwriting its a winner in my book.

Cannot Go Past Joe Bonamassa for a winner new album Different Shade of Blue, guitar playing is on fire as is the production and songwriting. Just genius. Robben Ford & The Robert Cray Band new albums are also excellent and deserve a listen.

I love The New Pornographers new album does highlight what they do best, Great songs that will keep you listening again and again.

Katie Cole & Christie Lamb have both released excellent debut albums this year, solid production, great songwriting and good vocals. If you are into good music, give them ago.

Meiko new album Dear You, rocks and has gone in a different direction, still amazing musician. I love it.

Sophie Serafino delivers two awesome albums. That are so amazing, so well written and produced and Sophie violin playing is on fire.

Sean Rowe new album Madman is nothing short of excellent, he is one of my favorite male singer songwriters and this delivers, the opening track Madman is sublime.

Lisa Salvo long awaited debut album did not disappoint, she delivered some amazing songs, and her voice just shines.

Destiny Love debut album Home In The Light is an inspiring, beautiful album. It is a winner in my book and Destiny voice shines throughout the album.

Shannon Hurley new album is also excellent, some killer songs too but I might be biased on this one, she is on my new CD.

Caitlin Harnett new album is a winner as is Julia Henning

EP’s

Client Liaison debut EP is my EP of the year. Their EP launch was killer.

Skyler Day debut EP Between I And The You, is something really special.

You should check out Miss ELM new EP it’s really good. She is a great singer and songwriter.

Emily Kinney new EP Expired Love was something special too.

De̊ǰa still going strong with their new EP this year and it is a cracker.

Scarlet Klimek debut EP Don’t Talk Dirty is a pop star in the making.

 

Live Shows

Beth Hart show at the corner hotel was an amazing gig. So was the Client Liaison album launch. Chelsea Wilson album launch was killer, she rocked it. De̊ǰa EP launch was sick too.

Movies & TV

Movies I dug this year, The Raid 2, Gone Girl, Fat Pizza Vs Housos, Expendables 3 and Nightcrawler. Electric Boogaloo – The Canon documentary is also a must see.

TV Shows I loved this year was 24, NCIS LA & New Orleans, Castle, Hawaii 5-0 and The Blacklist

 

Alexa Borden

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Alexa Borden is my talent of the year basically she is all the things I think somebody who is going to be a star qualifies for, she is extremely talented as she wrote, produced and recorded her last album, she is beautiful just look at her and of course she has the songs, the drive and the passion to make it. I think also she will be my person to watch out for next year. I just believe in what she is doing. She will be on my next disc.

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Tori Tate

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Tori Tate has a degree in broadcasting journalism, she is incredibly switched on, smart and beautiful. She has talented to go far in what she wants to do and I believe 2015 will be her year.

Who work I have been digging this year

If you have been on my list in previous years and not this year, I still love your work and will always keep supporting it, so do not worry.

 

Steph Hannah is going to be a star in the music scene mark my words.
So will Heather Longstaffe, De̊ǰa, Avaberée, Amanda McCarthy, Jasmine Nelson, Girl Pilot, Courtney Jaye, Samantha Schultz, Tarra Layne and everybody else on my new compilation CD Parx-e Volume 4. http://parx-e.com/parx-e-volume-4/

I still think Michelle Page is going to be star but I am a friend and will always keep supporting what she does. She will always get publicity and support from me. I think she is awesome.

The same goes for Tori Tate, I think she is going to go far in Broadcast Journalism.

Melissa Johnston has got the talent also to go far in acting.

Heather Longstaffe, Karen Waldrup & Amanda McCarthy are gonna be big names in country music mark my words.

Ella Cannon is another name in acting that got the talent and the look to go far.

Chelsea Wilson is a star in music to me. Her debut album is excellent.

Bean is a name in pop music to know. She is something special.

De̊ǰa are doing well and are a name to watch out for.

Client Liaison still my favorite Aussie act this year and have a huge future ahead of them.

The Solicitors, Voodoocain, Sans are all excellent Melbourne bands worth checking out and have done some excellent stuff this year.

Hopkins are a band to watch out for. They are doing some cool stuff worth going out to see them live when they play next.

Editha Brycha is an actor still going strong and I love what she does.

Scarlet Klimek is going to be a pop star in the making, voice, looks and talent should ensure that. Debut EP enforces that.

Hilary Kennedy is still doing well at what she does and will keep doing it.

Kelsey Lewis is another rising singer going places she has got the talent.

Kaitlin Thomas & Denise J. Reed two names to watch out for.

Olivia May still keeps doing amazing stuff

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/retailes-comedy

Retailes is a comedy that features two people I have interviewed on this site Kaitlin Thomas & Denise J Reed.  The premise to me sounds like they are on to a winner. I shall be donating will you be. I can see this going places.

They have a range of stuff you get if you donate. So if you like supporting independent cinema go for it.

Chris

 

 

Robert Davi

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Robert Davi is an acting legend, He has worked on so many iconic and cool movies and directed a wonderful comedy called The Dukes which he has starred in.  He is also quite a fantastic singer and has put out a wonderful album called On the Road to Romance which is a collection of jazz songs that the late great Frank Sinatra sung and is a wonderful tribute to the man, who he has also worked with on a movie. Since Robert is coming to the Melbourne Jazz Festival I thought I would ask him a few questions about the album and coming to Aussie. The album is to be released by ABC Music on the 25/04/2014 https://shop.abc.net.au/products/davi-sings-sinatra-cd.

  • June 8, 2014 – 7:30 PM
    Adelaide Cabaret Festival Adelaide Festival Theater, Australia

    Tickets

  • June 7, 2014 – 8:00 PM
    Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australia

    Tickets

http://www.davisingssinatra.com/

1. How did you get involved with performing at the Melbourne Jazz Festival?
My manager Joe Lamont is from Australia and he is familiar with the market here . We made a record deal with ABC MUSIC to release my album and of course the best place to help get the word out is by performing in world class venues . He had told me about the Melbourne Festival and that of the one in Adelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival  , These are both GREAT Venues so I of course accepted. I have been asked to other Jazz festival but my film schedule hadn’t permitted me to do so.

2. What will Melbourne audiences expect from your show?
That I will give my all and I do hope to leave a piece of my heart for all. Gustav Mahler once said that “music is the closest to the absolute”. I believe we all connect through music. The Great American Songbook is the Shakespeare of America and no one in my humble opinion sang them better than SINATRA. For anyone who has ever seen Sinatra or wished they could have seen him ,,, I hope they are thrilled ,,, there is no one quite like me . Sinatra had edge ,poetry and was a GREAT actor ,, also if he said ” I’m gonna break your legs you believed him” . I can say , I think I may be the only singer today that has that pedigree 🙂 LOL.Also , I have quite an extensive film career and have worked with some of the most impressive legends of our day so my show has a lot of anecdotal stories, some quite funny and some quite moving . the following quote by the legendary Quincy Jones sums it up “as FS would say, ‘Koo, Koo.’ Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra’s sound ” and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise.
He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself.
” Quincy Jones

3. Are you happy with how the album has been received?
We have gone to number 6 in America on Billboard Jazz charts for more than several weeks . For a debut album this is pretty good when Tony Bennett and Michael Buble are charting alongside you its a darn good feeling .Also, the response from public and critics alike has been very encouraging .

4. How did you select the songs you wanted to sing?
I chose songs that were pivotal in Sinatra’s career — and also have a personal significance to me.

5. What was it like working with the late great Phil Ramone and what do you think be brought to the album?
Phil, was one of the most endearing people I ‘ve worked with. He had a wonderfully gentle way of letting the artist be himself and guide almost imperceptibly but profoundly.He brought his amazing sense of what makes a Great record and sound . They say one of the most important attributes of a producer is his EARS !!!! and there were none better than Phil’s.

6. Will be there be another album on the cards?
Yes ,I am happy to say  — and we have 7 tracks already completed . Sadly ,they are the last seven Phil worked on with me.

7. Are you happy with the response to your film The Dukes?
Yes I am

8. Will we see you direct another film in the future?
I do hope so ,, perhaps sooner than later.

9. What are you looking forward to do in Australia when your not performing?
Well ,unfortunately , I do not think I will have a lot of time but I do hope to take in some of the lovely sites — I want to hold a Koala Bear — I did that 25 years ago when I came Australia for Bond.

10. Is there anything you have done yet you would most like to do as an actor and a singer?
There are so many things I have NOT done it would take too long to list ..

11. What inspires you now as an actor?
as always a GREAT SCRIPT —

I invite you all to come see me  and also getting my album -so  Looking forward to meeting you !!!

The album is to be released by ABC Music on the 25/04/2014 https://shop.abc.net.au/products/davi-sings-sinatra-cd.

  • June 8, 2014 – 7:30 PM
    Adelaide Cabaret Festival Adelaide Festival Theater, Australia

    Tickets

  • June 7, 2014 – 8:00 PM
    Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australia

    Tickets

Best Of 2013

This is my best of list for 2013 as you can see a lot on here, so if you wanna know more, comment and ask I’ll get back to you.

Albums, eps are in no particular order. Any images used here are copyright the respected holders.

Jillette Johnson – Water In A Whale – What can I say but Jillette album is a fantastic debut album for an artist who writes all her own songs that are so beautiful to the ears.  She is an amazing american aritst you’ve just gotta listen to.  A lot of her songs are around the piano and I love that and she does it so well.  Cameron is a good example of that.

Jonas & The Masssive Attraction – Live Out Loud – This Canadian rock band has delivered to me a first rate modern rock out this year.  Solid songwriting and musicianship, vocals and mixes up the heavy and the soft songs in a nice way.

Alpha Rev – Bloom – When I came across their single Sing Loud, I knew this was going to be something special.  Amazing vocals, incredible songwriting and musicianship that delivers.  They have been described as heartland rockers and once you hear what they do you will be hooked.

Courtney Jaye – Love And Forgiviness – Courtney Jaye new album is an awesome release.  The songs are very much influenced from the 70’s and has that 70’s rock sound going.  She is a fantastic singer songwriter and this is a first rate album, solid songs and songwriting.

Sons Of Rico – In Rico Glaciers – Sons Of Rico new album is a great indie pop release, the songs are well written, sung and performed.  It just gets you from the word go.

The Vaudeville Smash – Dancing For The Girl – The debut album for The Vaudeville Smash is such a good release 70’s funk mixed with some 80’s sounds to release a catchy well written and performed release that will get you dancing and in a good mood

Alexa Borden – Flares – real discovery here, she contacted me, loved what I heard and got sent the album, and mind was blown, fantastic indie pop music.

Joshua James – From The Top of Willamette Mountain – I love Joshua James, he is an incredible songwriter, he is indie folk and his songs are incredible, this album is no exception.

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These releases below are also amazing but I only could select ten but are also very much worth you listening and putting some cash behind

Samantha Fish – Black Wind Howling – Solid blues album that deserves to be cranked loud.

Kelsey Lewis – Beautiful View – This is a solid pop release for a singer songwriter who got the talent to go very far.

Massive – Full Throttle – Good old fashioned rock’n’roll done right by Melbourne band Massive.  Get it and crank it loud.

While you have done with that, King Of The North – Sound The Underground – just a solid rock’n’roll album by this talented Melbourne two piece.

Then get The Deep End – Cop This, another awesome Melbourne band doing rock’n’roll right.

Parachute – Overnight – I love this album, it’s just a solid easy listening catchy pop/rock album

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive – The biggest band of the year put this album that got everyone talking.

Buchanan – Human Spring – incredible music from this Melbourne artist. Worth your time.

Catherine Traicos & The Starry Night – The Earth, the Sea, the Moon, the Sky – Its Catherine new album and it’s worth your time listening to.

EP’s

De̊ǰa  – Make Light Ep – fantastic release for a Melbourne electronica duo who are going so far.

The Solicitors – Made To Measure – catchy power pop ep from this great melbourne band.

Emily Kinney – Expired Love – fantastic singer songwriter from America who released this solid EP.  Worth checking out.

Big Shout out To Popboomerang Records and everyone on my new compilation CD when it comes out.  Thanks for being on my disc and thanks Popboomerang for putting out such amazing music. Plus all the rad people who send stuff my way, thanks very much it means a lot for a guy who runs this on his own.

Here are some bands you need to check out from Melbourne, they are all doing good things and need to be seen now.

Massive

King Of The North

The Deep End

Empra

Voodoocain

The Solicitors

If you have not checked out Kate Boy or Courtney Bartnett, you need to do so now.

Favorite solo artists

Samantha Schultz – rising singer songwriter with a bright future ahead of her.

Heather Longstaffe – talented country pop artist doing all the right things.

Jasmine Nelson – What a singer songwriter this aussie artist is.  She is something special.

Courtney Jaye – What a talent she is and why her album is on my best of list.

Hanna Grace – this talented singer songwriter from New Zealand is extremely talented as she is gorgeous.

Steph Hannah – I adore what Steph does as an artist, she is an incredible singer songwriter.  She has so much talented and is worthy of your time to discover she is going to go far.

Kate Martin – Incredible Melbourne singer songwriter who doing some good stuff

Iluka – A rising Sydney singer songwriter who doing amazing stuff that you need to check her out.

Samara – Fantastic Melbourne singer songwriter with an incredible voice and a EP to match that.

Bec Laughton – This girl got the voice and talent to go very far.

Amanda McCarthy – A rising country singer songwriter from America.

Georgia Potter – This talented Brisbane singer songwriter is gonna be a star to me, she got the look and talent to go very far.

My Artists Of The Year

Client Liasion – What a talented Melbourne duo these guys are, creating awesome 80’s inspired music.  When I first heard End Of The Earth I knew they were something special and when they released Feeling it sealed the deal.  You need to check these guys out now.

De̊ǰa – This talented Melbourne DUO delivered the eletronica goods with their EP and their incredible live show.  These cats are going extremely far.  Worth checking them out, you will be hooked.

Actor Of The Year

Michelle Page

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What can I say about her that I have not already said on this website but this talented lady is a star to me, with an amazing performance as Young Myrtle on American Horror Story.  This talented beautiful lady to me is the next big thing in Hollywood and she should be.

Beauty Of The Year

Tori Tate

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This gorgeous girl is a broadcasting journalism student, she is incredibly switched on, smart and beautiful.  She has talented to go far in what she wants to do and that I have chosen her.

Runner Up

Melissa Johnston

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This talented American actress is extremely gorgeous, she lights up the screen with her flawless natural beauty.  She is also switched on is a name to watch out for.

My Person To Watch Out For In 2014

Michelle Page

I give it to her every year because I believe in what she does as an actor.  She is kind, caring and just an inspiring person all round.  With her amazing performance as Young Myrtle in American Horror Story, it’s easy to see why she gets the roles she does because of her incredible acting talented.  She will also be on the cover of my limited edition magazine.  She is a star to me.

Runner Up

Melissa Johnston

An actor to watch out for whom is hard working as well as being an all round nice person.  Watch out for her.

People to watch out for.

Silver Cities – awesome rock/pop band from Sydney with some catchy tunes your ears need to hear.

Girl Pilot – an amazing singer songwriter Sahara Smith with her new project. Will be worth checking out.

Avaberée– talented Brisbane group who has some amazing songs that deserve your ears

Heather Longstaffe – Talented country pop artist doing good things in America.  She is a star and is going to be huge.

Destiny White – talented singer songwriter with some pretty inspiring that are a joy to the ears.

De̊ǰa – This talented duo is going places and will the talk of the town real soon.

Jessika Alaura – this lady is working her way to making a name for herself.  She is an actor and a model.

Kate Boy – I’ve known Kate Akhurst for years because of this site and her new band Kate Boy have taken the world by storm with their incredible music.  They are doing everything right.

Katie Cole – Talented singer songwriter from Aussie who made the move to America a few years back and has not looked back since.

Kaitlin Thomas – American actor/model doing good and will be name to watch out for me

Denise Christine – American actor/model working hard to make a name for herself.

Jen Nikolaisen – Hard working American Actor doing everything right.

Olivia May – Actor/musician doing good things.

Elise Jackson – Incredibly talented actor doing good things.

Ella Cannon – Talented Aussie actor who is going so far

Gemma Kaye – An Aussie actor doing things right.

Favorite TV Shows

The Blacklist

NCIS LA

Hawaii 5-0

Castle

Favorite Movies

Mystery Road

watch this amazing short film Strain, it’s an anti-bullying film

my friend Michelle Page is in it and she incredible in it.

I’ve known her for a while now, and think she is an incredible actor and love what she does and will always keep supporting her in all that she does

http://www.indiereign.com/video/scraps#.UZQn2bX-ExR

My amazing friend Michelle Page has her short film Scraps which she starred in available for purchase.

It’s a really great film and Michelle is amazing in it, it’s worth checking out.

 

Kicking The Dog Movie Review

Kicking The Dog is a delightful college comedy that has great acting, funny laugh out loud scenes, good directing and it is really a joy to watch. It’s about a bunch of guys and their girls and what they get up to. The stories they tell when they are drinking are really funny and also some times can be quite gross which really added to the film. Scoot Nancy has done a remarkable job of this film as the writer and director, get this the majority of this film is filmed in this parents house. This film is low budget but the way it is shot and directed you wouldn’t really know it. This is one of the best college comedy I have seen in ages, a joy from start to finish. Go see this now folks.

LA Blues – (Entertainment Studios Home Entertainment)

LA Blues is an amazing movie and a real discovery. It’s a film about an accident that happen one night on New Years Eve to a group of friends and the lead up to the accident. The film is told in flashback as we the viewer as we find out the lives of 6 friends who hang out in an LA Blues bar as the lead up to the accident. The viewer is reward with solid acting, an amazing script, a great cast and directing that really sells the movie. This a film that feels like you are hanging with your friends, you want to have a drink with them. Each of the 6 friends has their own lives but when they come together they laugh about life’s problems and you too will be able to connect with that. Anthony Michael Hall and Dave Foley are a joy to watch in this. The film was financed by the director. Films are meant to be something to be treasured and enjoyed and this is one of them.

Goodbye Baby Movie Review

Goodbye Baby is a charming indie drama about a girl who moves to New York because she can’t afford to go to college and gets a job as a waitress in a comedy club. She lives with her eccentric older brother, she enters a unlike love triangle while trying to raise the nerve to get up on stage and perform. To me it is a film that is about the people and the lives around them. Christine Evangelista is outstanding as the lead, she carries the role perfectly, She one minute witty and funny, then next minute easily tackling the dramatic scenes in the movie. Alan Ruck also has a great role in the film and it’s a refreshing change from the comic roles he has played in the past. It is also a film nicely shot and direct. These are the kinds of movies I like where there are real characters, real people, people that you actually want to care about. I really liked the ending, Alan Ruck played his part perfectly, I couldn’t help but be moved by it. It’s been getting some great reviews and feedback and it’s easy to see why. Goodbye Baby is an outstanding movie that deserves your attention.

Broken Windows (Vanguard Cinema) R1 DVD Review

Broken Windows is an independent film directed by Tony Hickman and is about 5 women and a few days that will change their lives forever. It is a film that is well directed, well acted and has a great story is perfectly joined together to make a film that is worth watching. Their is the character whos is a photographer who has sold her soul for high paying photography jobs that don’t really have any real art value. The character of the female actor who having to face the decision of doing a part in a role that could change her career to good or bad and a boyfriend who isn’t helping. The acting is solid, each actor play their part perfectly and you can see that the actors are enjoying the parts they are playing. The cinematography is excellent, the film is so well shot for a low budget film. Larisa Oleynik, Sarah Tompson and Michael Gross were all just excellent in this. Its one of those films that has characters who a real and people we can relate to. It got some good set of extras on the DVD like commentary tracks and behind the scene stuff. I liked this film, it kept me interested, wanted to make me find out what happended to the characters. You will enjoy this movie.

Stone & Ed (Peacock Films) Film Review

Stone & Ed tells the story of two brothers who unwittingly one day discover they maybe not brothers after all so they go on quest to find their mother. The other major subplot involves a briefcase and adds a funny element to the movie. With the title of the film you can get the general idea of the film that yes this is a a stoner comedy, it’s a low budget one but heck it’s funny as. I’m no high class, high quality pretensions snobby film critic and yes this film has been trashed but lot’s of people but I really enjoyed this film and some of my favorite films are pretensions arthouse movie and this movie has some pricessless scenes that I seem to want to watch all over again. The cast are great in this movie and yes their are a few cameos but some known people but you don’t watch it for that, you watch it for everything else. I enjoyed the film because it was a funny film with some great dialog and some priceless scenes. Us Australian viewers get a nice widescreen DVD unlike American which is full screen. If you are pretensions film fan who only watchs high class movies that seem to win awards that nobody watches then you probably won’t like but if your like me that likes both and enjoys these kinda movies from time to time, dig in I say. Top stuff.

The Day the Earth Stood Still – Movie Review

This is a community service announcement, I am no film maker, yes I know actors and I have interviewed a few directors but this remake is really bad and is a shame for all the money they spent on it. Firstly Keanu Reeves is not good as the main character, his performance is wooden but I know he doesn’t need to have high class acting for the role but his deadpan performance is lacking. Jennifer Connelly is fine as Helen the scientist and gives the role what it needs but I just feel this film overall is a pay check for all the actors invovled. John Cleese is a fantastic actor but his role in here is so small and can’t really do much with the part. The ending is pretty much what you expect for a hollywood film. I didn’t like the film, I knew I wasn’t expecting much but still they could of made it a little bit more interesting but the special effects were good.

A Christmas Too Many (Flashback Entertainment)

I Figured it’s Christmas and well I need to do some more updating, then why not review a Christmas movie, well A Christmas Too Many is a Christmas comedy like Together Again For The First Time but well this one is a lot less serious and quite funny. The story is this Oscar winner actress Lana Myers invites the estranged family together for Christmas back home at her California home. This also includes her ex husband and yes things going wrong. It stars such actors as Mickey Rooney who gives one of his best performances in ages, Sam McMurray a hoot as the son who hunts every year for the christmas dinner. Also such actors as Andrew Keegan, Clint Howard and yes Gary Coleman. I liked the film because it’s actually funny, some of the dialog is just priceless. It’s a film that is enjoyable but also engaging. It is really a film that is a hoot to start to finish. The DVD for the price is perfect, a nice widescreen DVD and only cost $2 bucks. So have a laugh or two with this funny funny movie.

Together Again For The First Time (Ocean Park Home Entertainment)

Together Again For The First Time is a christmas movie about a family who comes home for christmas to things going horribly wrong. They all can’t basically stand each other but during the day a series of events happen. Firstly it’s not like your typical hollywood christmas comedy, this film has a lot of heart, a lot meaning and what it means to be family. The acting is first rate, Michelle Page is lovely as Kaye, she gives a wonderful peformance full of fun and energy and emotion when it needs it and yes she so cute in it. She gona long way since this was filmed. Larisa Oleynik does a good british accent and she good in the movie too. Heck they are all good in this movie. To me this film is more drama than comedy with comedy moments thrown in. It’s nicely shot and it really is nicely directed. It’s nice to have a film that doesn’t heavly use the hollywood clique throughtout the movie to get the film across. It’s nice to see a film that is filmed in a small town in america. It is a trully a wonderful film with lot’s of little suprises with a solid cast that makes the film a worth while watch. 2 Thumbs Up.

Cotton Flowers – (Singa Home Entertainment/Echelon Entertainment)

Cotton Flowers tells the story of 4 priviledge teenagers who have to work on a economics project together who come from different circles of groups. It also the story of these 4 teenagers who have come from sheltered priviledge backgrounds who are unprepared for real life. The 4 main characters are all different they are the types of people we would know from highschool. They are Brit, Sophie, Todd and Andy,One meets a guy in a record shop working there and falls for him and basically goes to meet him unaware of the dangers that lies ahead. She thinks he a nice guy but it doesn’t turn out that way,Andy gets locked out of home after his constant disrespect for his parents and then he goes to his favorite haunt and meets a security guard offers him a place to stay the night and things turn from bad to really bad. The film does a good job of showing how sheltered people who are not prepared for situations like the ones in the film and how they handle the situations they face. Sophie played by Giovanna Marie personally I think is the strongest in the film as she has seriously the most toughest situation to face. But all of the acting is pretty good.The situation involving the security guard also is distibuing as there are people like that in real life. Brit the bitch in the movie has the situation of doing drugs without anybody knowing is a hard thing to do when your the most popular person at school. But the worst is yet to come as the film does have a really tragic ending. The film is about the consequences of your actions/mistakes which films depicts and how you deal with them if you can. This film does have a bit of nudity and sexual situations but has a point to the movie. It isn’t used in a explotive way. Yes this is a low budget film that obviously been shot in digital but it the story and the acting which really makes the movie a winner in my books. This film is one of those films that make you think about the situations of your actions and about how we are not always in control.

False River – (Singa Home Entertainment/Echelon Studios)

False River tells the story of Jim Mix who is unwittingly framed for murder and is desperate to escape tghe insane asylum in the deep south so escape with two other prisoners and he back to his home in False River to embark on a psychical and spirtiual quest. They soon realize that the outside world is crazier than the place they have just been. The film is shot in film and for the budget they have had, it is shot really well and you can really get feel of False River. Sal Xuereb is amazing as Jim Mix, he really handles the film well and gives the character depth and makes the character his own. The supporting cast is solid too. The film was not what I expected but was hooked right from the start, it’s a story and journey that you discover people that are human, people who may be a little crazy but have feelings and maybe no different from people we know. It also a film that offers hope to the characters. It is refreshing to watch a movie with honesty and the love of the craft of making and telling a good story where there are well written indepth characters, people that are human with feelings. Rex Hauck the director has done a fine job of this film. False River is a brilliant piece of filmmaking, a brilliant story that is truly a journey worth taking. I will be for one taking this journey again.

The Mentalist – Red Tide Episode Review

Let not beat around the bush here. I am friends with Michelle Page and I have done stuff for her career like giving her two interviews on this website and all the publicity I have given her on here and my myspace page and a few other small things. I have known her for two years and have meet her earlier this year. so anything I say about her is bias. But she just been on that new show The Mentalist playing the character Hope.Michelle Page is the star of this episode, she really does show of her acting range. She gives a performance that is so totally believable and that at end you just don’t have any feelings for her. I could see this being her break and directors and casting people and producers will no doubt will wanna work with this incredbly talented lady. I for one thinks she deserves an emmy for amazing outstanding performance. Everybody is solid acting wise in this episode. It is really a great storyline and let’s Michelle Page show off her acting talents. I have no doubt that this will do wonders for her career. I think she just an amazing actress/actor. What else is there need to say but if you didn’t watch the episode you missed out on an incredibly powerful amazingly emoitional performance by my good friend Michelle Page. I just loved the episode and for the reason of Michelle super duper performance. She gives a performance that is truly depth and totally amazing. I totally thought she looked extremely beautiful in the last part of the show. But when sensored and dog come out watch those films. This girl is already a star to me, but she gonna be an actor who will always give solid performances and will always stay kind,respectful,lovely and caring. She is the actor/actress to watch out for in 2009. Yeah I said it last year but she has been so good to me and seeing the stuff she been in. She far better than a lot of the bigger stars at the moment. Go check this episode out folks.

Letting Life In (Singa Home Entertainment/Echelon Studios)

Letting Life In is the story between two people in one year, one being a reclusive novelist played by Patrick Hall named Michael who lives in upstate New York and the other being a cancer survivor named Sarah who takes a job as Michael personal assistant played by the very talented Anne W Griffin. It�s a low budget film but it�s a very good one. The film is basically a two person movie being only two characters in the film. I liked how the film basically slowly lets you know about the characters you don�t find out everything straight away and how they some how become closer as the movie goes on and then sadly tragedy happens. I like it how it takes it time to tell the story instead of giving it to you in one big blast straight away. Anne W Griffin is the star of the movie, she is a revelation in this, she gives a wonderful performance, she naturally plays the role, she makes the character human and gives it the depth and understatement it needs to the character of Sarah. She is a real find and she going to have a bright career ahead of her. So watch out for her. It was a really good little film about love, breaking out of your shell and new lease on life. The acting was fine by both but I thought Anne was really good. Patrick Hall played his character well and made the character the way it you were supposed to feel. The scenery and background for the setting of the film was perfect. For a low budget film it was nicely shot and location was used to good affect. It is a film at times that is heartfelt and honest and makes you really feel for the characters and wants you to see them be happy and you do like I did do feel sad when the tragedy happens as they have been through so much together, a wonderful drama that deserves to be seen with a star in Anne W Griffin.

Hell’s Gate – (Singa Home Entertainment/Echelon Studios)

Hell’s Gate is a crime flick which tells the story of two ex cons who have this meeting with this british person who wants to kidnap this billionaires daughter for ransom money and what happens when they do kidnap her and events afterwards. I actually really really liked this film, going into not knowing nothing but coming out really enjoying the film. The ending is fantastic and has a really great twist that you never see coming. The setting which is warehouse as the main focal point of the movie is a nice solid touch to the film where the kidnapped daughter sits in the middle tired up. It not an overly violent movie expect for one scene, it’s a film that does have a lot of swearing tho but not as much as some films have. The ending was my favorite part of the movie just because of the way it played out. I also liked how you found about the characters as you go through the movie and it’s not just given to you in one big heap and you find out their story and what their little secret is. I liked how the British character you never quite find out what he really up to and how slowly you find out bits of information about him and why he knows so much about the two main characters. It looks really good for a low budget film that is shot in digital and has good choices of locations for the film and the main setting which is an old warehouse where they keep the daughter until they get their ransom money. The acting is really good by all and to me Brian Faherty is the actor in the movie which stands out the most and see him having a successful career. I also dug the choice of tunes for the movie they really worked well alongside the movie and gave it something to the movie. It was really truly one of those films where I came into with no expectations and coming away completely blown away by the film. It’s a classy crime flick that is a real find. I hope one of the aussie dvd companies release this film here it’s worth a look.

Five Moments Of Infidelity (Singa Home Entertainment/Echelon Studios)

Five Moments Of Infidelity is a great australian independent film that deals with the subject of Infidelity. It has different stories about different couplies and their issues and they all interact in some way. The carefree sexy young things, who think they have nothing to lose,The upwardly mobile thirty-something couple with perfect careers and family life,The gay pair with an open relationship,The frustrated urban duo hanging onto familiarity; and The suburban family full of secrets and lies about to lose it all. It was one of those films you are like wow this is really good as Australian films well a lot of them seem to have a bad rap lately and it’s really nice to find one that you truly enjoy and really got into and this is one of them. I liked this film because of the way the characters interacted with each other and the good use of dialog and made it really fresh and interesting to watch. I wanted to know what happened with the characters what happened next, I liked how the characters felt human and real and that they are kinda people that we can all relate to. The storyline involving the suburbian family is the one that really ends with devestating results and really makes the film something unique as well these things happen, I also got from the film is that we are all human and we make mistakes and that the causes of our actions bad or good can change the outcome of our lives. The acting from all the actors involved is first class and not a bad performance by all. For a low budget film it looks fantastic and I can see why Echelon picked this film up for worldwide rights, The dvd itself is fine for a low budget australian film, it is in widescreen and offers some good extras on the making of the movie and some of the challenges. It’s a really refreshing movie on the subject of infidelity and it is a fine australian drama that deserves to be seen by all.

Read You Like A Book (Vanguard Cinema) DVD Review

Read You Like A Book is a truly wonderful film which is truly independent and is a story that is set in a bookshop and about how that one day changes the lives of the staff and many of the customers who shop there when a mysterious book comes into the store. It was something I discovered by chance, Firstly the acting is top notch from all the cast. Dante played by Tony Amendola is truly wonderful in the role and gives it the performance it needs to make the character really work. Karen Black is just simply perfect as Kate, she gives it all to the part, so does Barbara Crampton as Zoe and Catalina Larranaga as Gina. I really liked at the start of the film how the main character being Dante describes the store and the staff and the regular customers who shop there, it was a nice touch to the film. To me it is a film that is part Drama and Comedy. To me it’s one of those rare films that you truly get involved with. I was drawn to the characters and to what happened to them, I wanted to know what happened next. I really liked the use of bookstore as the template for the film. It sets the film out to be something really different and special. It is an independent film that is low budget but it doesn’t take away any of the magic that this film really has. Vanguard Cinema offers a nice clear wide screen DVD so you don’t miss out on any of the action on screen. This is truly a wonderful film that deserves to discovered and enjoyed.

Bones � Player Under Pressure review

If you didn’t know I went to the USA for two weeks in April and one of the things I did was hang out with Miss Michelle Page who was the highlight of my trip, and one of the things I did was take her out 4 dinner and we went dancing to a cover band afterwards and then we went and talk to the band afterwards when they were having a break and she talk about being on Bones in over a weeks time, and then they invited her on stage and keep on calling her Bones, the day I left to go home, they her episode was on the television but the airport was showing the basketball but now here is the review. The episode wasn’t shown last year because of the Virginia college shootings. The episode is about college student who plays basketball is found dead which the bones team thinks it’s murder and it’s a good episode with all the cast being fantastic, their is enough twists to keep you guessing to who the murderer is, but you don’t want to know about that, you want to know what I wanted to know was Michelle Page good in it, yep she was, she plays Justin Berry, a gothic girl and she makes a good gothic girl, and she still manages to look amazing, her role is small but she still gives a powerful performance and gives the role the depth it needs, but she done some amazing stuff after this was shot like two kick ass movies, two short films and lot’s of cool stuff lined up in the works. So she going places, this was a good episode and she was fantastic in it. She rocks as an actor. Check it out people.

Kush – (Maverick Entertainment) Region 1 Review

I remember a few years ago, my friend telling me that he could tell me which houses on one of the main streets in the small town I grew up which were drug dealers. Sadly that friend got addicted to P which is a form of crystal meth, and apparently is losing teeth which is really sad, I want to help but I don’t know where to start or where he is now. That was one of my first experiences of how drugs really affect people. Over a year and half ago a young girl wanted to be added on my myspace page wanting publicity for her acting career, that person is Michelle Page, we have since become good life long friends and I have meet her and have help her in a small way with her career, and the first interview we did we discussed this film Kush.

This means that this review probably going to be bias because I think highly of her as person and her talent. This film is about drugs and drug dealing, the basic plot is that a bunch of young drug dealers make a bad deal by selling drugs to a risky crack head and get burnt out of thirty thousand dollars and decides to kidnap the crack head’s teenage brother. The performances are solid; they each bring something to the film. The leads are perfect as the drug dealers and give the performances depth, and yes Michelle Page is fantastic in this film playing Kat the sexy school girl, she plays the role fantastically, she got the role not just because of her amazing talent but because she simply a extremely beautiful girl which she suits the part well, Yes her role is small but she fantastic in it and was the highlight for me. She has done a lot of amazing work since she filmed this movie.

This film also to me is about how drugs and drug dealing affects the lives of the people around them. It is also good at showing the landscape of their world, the place they come from and the various people they interact from. The film seriously has a lot of drug taking in it, I was really quite surprised as some films I have seen mainly just talk about it and show it briefly but this film goes hardcore with the drug taking. It has a good amount of drama, action and worked at a pace that will keep viewers interested to find out what happens next and it’s directed well and really cast well. The soundtrack also adds a good element to the movie when it is need. It is well shot and shows realism throught out the move. James Debello and James Duvall will be the familiar faces in the movie well they are too me.

This film like a lot of other films about drugs will be hard to take for some people as it really does show the affects of how drugs affect people and their lives but for me it doesn’t change my views on drugs, I just won’t touch them. If it makes me not cool then so be it, Like it or not drugs aren’t going away anytime soon sadly like my mate who got addicted to P, this film does a good job of showing the affects of drugs and the people that that deal them and how the peoples lives revolve around them. I hope the film does well for them but the director York Shackleton has got work in the pipeline and so does all of the cast well I know Michelle does. It’s a good film that will leave you thinking about it for days and wanting to recommend it to people.

Another movie which I also highly recommend which does an excellent job of really showing affects of drugs is Godmoney it’s not set like this film but to do with one man trying to change his past and it maybe a little hard to find on DVD but pick up a copy if you can it’s well worth a watch.

Godmoney – (Image Entertainment) Region 1 Film Review

I reviewed Kush yesterday because the talented Michelle Page was in it and I wanted to see her amazing performance in it and at the end of the review I talk about this film Godmoney so I am going to review it for you all. Godmoney is different to Kush where it is about the main character Nathan played by first time actor Rick Rodney and lead singer of Strife where he trying to get away from his life of crime in New York and wants to find work in Hollywood but he ends up the suburbs of LA where he can’t get a decent job because of no social security number and where he lives he far away from anything. His room mate is after rent and befriends this guy name Matthew who is a drug dealer where basically he is at wits ends because of no luck of finding a job he works for Mathew but his life changes when Nathan is offered 20 thousand dollars to kill a rival dealer and has to decide if it’s worth it or not. Where Kush shows people having freedom and too much money Godmoney shows the effects of not having any money and not being able to get a job basically trying to survive and what we need to do to survive it and if crime really does help to survive. This film isn’t so much about drug dealing as Kush is; it’s one of the main points in the film but really more about surviving and trying to change your past when you have come from nothing which Godmoney is about unlike Kush which focuses on people have something. The acting is good, each main actor plays the characters well and make them believable, it is very well shot and looks really good for a low budget independent film, at times Darren Doane the director who has come from a music video background goes a little overboard in flashback scenes but that is fine and it looks good. Sorry Michelle but Godmoney sound track rocks with bands like Rollins Band, MXPX, Strife, Pennywise, AFI, Blink 182 and one of my favorite bands FAR. The DVD has loads of good extras 2 commentary tracks, interviews and behind the scenes footage and more, one which talks about real DIY film making which this film truly is. This film maybe hard to find but it’s really a must see film and you will discuss the issues raised in this film.

Quiet City And Dance Party USA – 2 Films By Aaron Katz (Benten Films)

I honestly haven’t seen a film in months, I rarely go to the cinemas no more, it’s not that I hate movies it’s just I am focused elsewhere now. I have time to, just nothing is interesting at the moment for me. But when I read about these two films by Aaron Katz, I knew I had to check them out. Films that actually sounded interesting to me at the moment and I was right on the money. Quiet City is a film about two people who meet by chance at a New York subway station who is meant to be meeting her friend who never shows up. It’s a really great film about two people who are strangers but on the course of 24 hours a unlike connection is formed. The two leads in this film are not actors and it makes the film far more believable and they both do a fantastic job, I hope we see more of them acting in the future. It was really nice to see a film that wasn’t about special effects and predictably and cliches and a film that takes it time to tell the story, so you can take it all in.

Dance Party USA is about two teenagers Jessica and Gus who meet at a 4 of July party who share a moment but the relationship goes stronger when Gus confronts Jessica with a troubling secret. This film is more heartfelt and heartbreaking than Quiet City, It reminded in parts of when I was a teenager and talking about who mates have hooked up with and yes I have been to plenty of house party’s like the one in the film. It’s a solid debut film for Aaron, it got great acting, good direction. I really liked how the film ended, it really worked well and thought it was a nice touch. i really connected to this film some how, like I have lied a few times about things and said things that I shouldn’t have, It to me felt like a real honest film which didn’t over do things, it just let things naturally happen and the characters spoke like they were real people and not forced. It was hard to me to choose which one I like best as I really enjoyed both of them. But I really dug Dance Party USA, it was a solid tender heartfelt coming of age film that really won me over and truly moved me.

I really loved the scores for both of the films,Both films have a good amount of extras that will give you insight into the films and also their are subtitles which is fantastic for an indie dvd company as not many seem to do it. Aaron Katz is a fantastic director and he has a huge amount of talent and that extends to any kind of Genre. These are seriously the best two films I have seen in ages even years, Highly Recommend by Me. These are the kinds of films I think we need to see more of, you make more films like these and you’ll get me in the cinemas as I haven’t been in a long time.

These films were made for hardly any money less than 3,000 dollars each and they are fantastic films and to me it shows good films don’t need a lot of money.

Spaceboy – Movie Review

Spaceboy is a sci fi/fantasy short film directed by Ransom Riggs which is about a teenager who is the ultimate outsider who is searching for UFOs and is dubbed space boy by his classmates and his older brother then a girl comes along. This is a really great short film, it reminded by of the good old days of cinema where films were made by people who wanted to make something special and not just for profit. I really connected with this film as I believed in the storyline and the main character of Max and I felt sympathy for him as we probably all the want the hot girl to confess some affection to a person like Max if we were like him in real life who to everybody is just a total loser and a easy target to pick on, secondly if you were being picked on and you believed in UFOs then going to space for a better life would be awesome. You are never quite sure what going to happen to Max and that really pulls you into the film and keeps you watching until the end. Yes the character of Max dreams of a better life in Space, we are never really sure if that happens or not and that what great about this film, there is a enough depth in the characters and storyline to pull us into Max world and how the people around respond to him. The character of Carrie who plays Max older brother girlfriend is a nice touch to the film as she starts to connect with him and she as character has heart and soul. This is one classy looking short, made by people who wanted to make a short film that is truly special. The cinematography is fantastic, Ransom Riggs does a solid job of directing this film and basically everything about this film is top notch, Arman Zajic is perfect as Max, he plays the character so well you believe in him and understand why he is the way he is. Michelle Page once again shows me why she is so good as an actor and why as a friend I give her all the praise I do, she gives a truly flawless performance as Carrie who is the boyfriend of the older brother who begins to understand him, she is just wonderful as Carrie and she has a heart and soul because begins to care about what happens to Max and wants to be there for him . Chris Emerson is also great as the older punk brother. I really enjoyed this short film as I got so involved in the movie and what was happening with the characters that it finished left me wanting more. I cared about what happened to Max and what he was going thru because some stage when I was younger I thought nobody got me and who I was about so I sorta connected with the character . The storyline to this was great, it was well written and the characters were fleshed out and you understood each of them and how they were and how they reacted to Max, This is a student film but it is a quality short film. It to me felt like a proper film and the director did a fantastic job as so do everyone involved in the film. Ransom Riggs has a bright future in Hollywood as he has created something that is truly truly special and shows of his directing skills and is way of making a film magical and is a joy to watch. The actors in this have bright futures especially Michelle Page for her wonderful performance and so do Arman Zajic and Chris Emerson who names you will all know in the near future. Go watch this short film. I truly loved it and I will be watching it again later on tonight.

Spaceboy Myspace Page for more info on the film and where you can get a copy of it

Standoff Episode – Road Trip

Wow is the word when it comes to Michelle Page performance in the episode Road Trip of the show Standoff. She was just literally amazing, you really really felt for her character. She gives a solid performance and was the standout for me in the episode, one to me that is award worthy. All the acting was really good. William Russ gave a solid performance, so did Shanna Collins & Bree Turner. I totally believe the acting and storyline, and one thing is for sure. Michelle Page is going to be the star of I Know Who Killed Me totally and is going to a future star in the making. I thought she was mind blowing in this episode. Man she was so good as Darah Keegan, I just wanted to give her a hug in the end. Thanks to Michelle for sending to me, you were totally amazing. I can’t wait to meet you and hang with you. You were mind blowing in this episode.

Kicking And Screaming (Hollywood DVD/Rainbow)

Before I start, yes I bought this cheap and know of the superior american dvd but I didn’t wanna purchase the film expensive and hate it.
This is the debut film for Noah Baumbach and is a slacker comedy/witty dialog about a group of people after they graduate. The film is good, it’s funny in places. the acting is good and Eric Stolz is Eric Stolz(sorry but I have seen in him in a few films and he seems to play the same kinda character or his delivery is the same). It may not be Squid & The Whale if your looking for that kinda film. It was enjoyable and will pick up the superior dvd. For the price I got this it was worth the watch. don’t expect it to be widescreen, it’s full screen with average transfer and sound is ok.

Cold Case Episode – The Good Bye Room

I really enjoyed the Cold Case episode �The Good Bye Room�, the story line is the cold case team investigate the events at a now abandoned home for unwed mothers that led to the death of a patient and the adoption of her infant. The storyline is really good, It has enough twist and turns to get interested until the end. It has a twist you never would see coming. The acting is top notch, they were all solid performances by the cast. Especially from Michelle Page (I Maybe Bias tho) and Johanna E. Braddy. Especially in the emotional scenes as you really felt for the characters and what they were going thru. I liked when Michelle character became sorry and felt something for Johanna character. Both to watch out for. All and all it was good espiode and I really enjoyed watching it. So when it airs in your country please go watch it. I will probably watch more Cold Case now as I am not normally a viewer.

Pee Zine Issue 30

I first started reading Pee Zine after I heard about it in
a street press mag
So I tracked down a copy. I have been a huge fan ever
since.
I had never heard of a zine before I started reading
Pee.
This is issue is fantastic. He now has gone A4.
You get pee zine compilation 2 with bands such as NOFX,Away
From Now,Frenzal Rhomb.
Interviews with bands like The Get Up Kids,Park even
Madball.
Some review and editorials. Love the Scribe Review.
I highly recommend it it’s well worth the 11 or 12 dollars
for it
Because of reading pee and learing about zines. That how I
started mine.
Get yourself a copy now. Pee Zine for more
info.

Long Gone Loser Issue 9

Damo has out done himself with this issue
You get heaps of good interviews with bands such as
Hellacopters,The Darkness.
and The Datsuns.
Even Alice Cooper features in the mag. Also interviews with
Dashboard Confessional,
Monster Magnet.
Plus an interview with Mary Carey who wanted to become
Governor of California.
Plus a bit of nudity.
This issue is good as you get so many good interviews plus
plenty of reviews.
It’s all good things rock’n’ roll.
Visit Long Gone
Loser
on to get a copy.Recommend reading.

Mary (Accent Film Entertainment)

This is showing at Melbourne International Film Festival
but Accent have the rights to film here for dvd/theatrical
release.I saw this last night and quite frankly was blown
away by this film. Abel Ferrara directed this film and
probably his best film to date. It is his take on The
Passion Of Christ story set in modern times. It is about
three people and their religion. One person is a director
who makes a film about the Jesus story, one person who is
an actor who became so involved with the character which
was Mary Magdalene that she leaves that all behind and goes
on her own spiritual quest and the other character is a
talk show host who does interviews about religion. The film
makes you think your faith and religion or if you believe
in religion This film doesn’t use violence to get it’s
message across unlike Passion Of The Christ, there is one
scene which involves violence but it isn’t heavy and full
on all the way threw with violence like the Gibson movie. I
liked the long scenes of driving thru the city at night and
cut to the scenes of the actor. The directing,acting and
cinematography and script to me is excellent. It stars
Matthew Modine, Juliette Binoche and Forest Whittaker plus
Heather Graham in a smaller size role. To me it really made
me think about my faith and religion and I really was blown
away so much I reckon it’s the best film of 2006 for me so
far. It’s so worth a look.

Scraps movie review

Scraps is a short film that is directed by Danny Safady. The film is about a girl called Eva who is homeless played by Michelle Page who accepted by few as a shining light in the darkness and shunned by everyone else as a wandering vagrant. Eva must prove herself to a judgmental, image obsessed world by showing how one simple selfless act of love can affect the entire community in ways they may not even realize. The film is well directed by Danny Safady and Michelle Page gives another powerhouse performance as Eva, she really is an amazing talent and this performance makes you go this girl is gonna be an acting talent to be reckoned with. She really is amazing in the role. The film is well directed, written and well shot. It is a really moving short film, the way that the character of Eva wants to help people even in the situation that she is, is really something and this day in age, we need more people like her and the power of love is a beautiful wonderful thing. Every actor in this movie is good. The film looks like a big budget film and it’s not. The film says something, The use of voiceover is a good touch but use wisely and not too much to let the stuff on screen tells the story and the use of music alongside with the cgi is used to great effect and only adds to this amazing film. I thought this was an amazing short film, Michelle Page gave a solid totally believable performance as Eva and adds to her list of amazing performances she has done, Lauren Sweetser is also good as Grace. Danny Safady is a director to watch out for. The use of locations is excellent. There is a why this film is being accepted to film festivals and winning awards because this film is special, it says something and delivers with solid performances including Michelle stand out performance as Eva and great directing. If this film comes near a festival near you. Go see it, it will be worth your while.