Saturday, September 29, 2012

CONCEALED

CONCEALED is a cool idea, let me use their synopsis to bring you up to speed;

Concealed 360 is an interactive film which uses 360-degree audio and visual exploration to explore how one’s personal perspective affects their interpretation of narrative. Concealed 360 is about Dillon Wagner, an amateur drug trafficker, who emerges from a coma and tries to figure out how he ended up in a hospital. In addition to his memory loss, he finds out that his closest friend and drug connection, Joey Valeri, was murdered. Not knowing why, or by whom, Wagner desperately tries to piece together the last few days leading up to the murder. Filmed with a 360-degree camera-rig consisting of six 1080p cameras, the film will enable users to pan 360-degrees, while taking in the action of each scene as it unfolds in order to solve the murder mystery.

I can remember going to Disney World when I was a kid and they had this cool exhibit where you stood in a room and there was a screen alll the way around the room. They shot tours of famous places in this process and it felt like you were there, drawing you into the event. Very cool.

Concealed does the same, but with a narrative storyline instead of a documentary style of film. I think that it might not work as well because each individual has different life experiences that would color their perception of what they are seeing. But, it is a great attempt at bringing something new to film. I would love to see a huge, big budget action movie shot like this. It would be phenomenal!

Friday, September 28, 2012

ZEDIC AND THE CRIMSON BORN

Zedic and the Crimson Born deals with a young man coming to grips with odd phenomena occurring around him. Weird noises and halos of light. Then he comes face to face with Zedic, part of an alien race that has visitied Earth to help us and is here to help us again.
This is an interesting process and the short film does have some cool special effects, but it is marred by horrible, stilted acting and a non ending that lends itself to confusion more than anything. Like I said, the concept works, but the execution is dreadful.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

MOVIES ON DEMAND FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Need a really long list of stuff to watch on demand in October? Yeah, I thought you might. Here you go!

10/2
Dark Shadows (WB) – (PG-13)
  • After being turned into a vampire by a jilted lover, Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is entombed for two centuries until he emerges into the very changed world of 1972.
  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley
 
People Like Us (Buena Vista) – (PG-13)
  • An inspirational movie everyone can relate to. Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down.
  • Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, Michelle Pfieffer
 
10/5
#HoldYourBreath (WB) – (TV-MA)
  • A group of friends on a weekend camping trip find themselves being picked off one by one when one member of the group refuses to abide by the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries.
  • Starring: Katrina Bowden, Randy Wayne
  • [Available the Same Day As the Theatrical Release]

10/9
Rock of Ages (WB) – (PG-13)
  • In 1987 Los Angeles, a rock star and a Hollywood rock club facing its final countdown converge with an aspiring musician and a small town girl with big dreams.
  • Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise
 
The Raven (Relativity) – (R)
  • A brutal killing spree terrorizes 19th-century Baltimore and a young detective turns to notorious author Edgar Allan Poe for help getting inside the mind of a serial killer.
  • Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally
 
10/11
Prometheus (Fox) – (R)
  • Prometheus is a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe.
  • Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green
 
10/12
2016: Obama’s America (Lionsgate) – (PG)
  • Just in time for this year's Presidential election, don't miss the must-see documentary that has the entire country talking.
 
Excuse Me for Living (WB) – (TV-MA)
  • A brilliant, yet suicidal druggie must obey his rehab-clinic's demand to lead a seniors men's group or face incarceration and lose the love of a girl.
  • Starring: Tom Pelphrey, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Vaughn, Dick Cavett, Wayne Knight, Jerry Stiller
  • [Available the Same Day As the Theatrical Release]
 
10/16
Chernobyl Diaries (WB) – (R)
  • Six tourists hire a guide to take them through the abandoned former home of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.
  • Starring: Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse Mccartney, Nathan Philips, Dimitri Diatchenko
 
Moonrise Kingdom (Universal) – (PG-13)
  • Set on an island near New England in the summer of 1965, two twelve-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.
  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman
 
That’s My Boy (Sony) – (R)
  • While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding.
  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester
 
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Paramount) – (PG)
  • Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
  • Voices: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer
 
10/23
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Fox) – (R)
  • Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
  • Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas
 
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Universal) – (R)
  • As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
  • Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightly, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, William Peterson, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke
 
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
  • A Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.
  • Starring: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold, Romeo Miller, John Amos, Marla Gibbs
 
Magic Mike (WB) – (R)
  • A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
  • Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Cody Horn, Riley Keough
 
10/30
The Campaign (WB) – (R)
  • In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Akroyd, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow
 
Ruby Sparks (Fox) – (R)
  • A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.
  • Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina
 
Safety Not Guaranteed (Sony) – (R)
  • Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
  • Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass
 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

REVIEWS OF MOVIES I HAVEN'T SEEN 9/26/12



LOOPER

So the kids from 3rd Rock From The Sun kills people sent back from the future. He works for the mob who control time travel. Now they sent him back as old and busted Bruce Willis. Sounds like a Philip K. Dick novel to me. I'll wait for Netflix for this one.



HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

I am a big fan of the old Rankin/Bass MAD MONSTER PARTY. This just looks like a fun update on the whole thing. The kid in me says to go watch it. Luckily, the old man who has to trudge to the theater agrees.



WON'T BACK DOWN

I'll see this in a couple of years when it's a repeat on cable or something. Alright, I'm lying. The only way I'm seeing this is if I'm lying in a hospital bed, unable to move and the damned nurse switches this thing on. I'm hoping for scanner powers at that point so I can blow up the TV and set the nurse on fire.



PITCH PERFECT

The trailer for this made me laugh. Theater worthy? No. But I will watch it.

Kind of a short week, but we do have other stuff coming down the pike. I do like the plethora of shitty horror movies I keep seeing trailers for. There's the one with guy who was on that show where she was the ditzy redhead and he was the gay guy. I forget the name of it. And another one with Ethan Hawke and haunted film, a concept used by Seduction Cinema more than once. I'm betting his movie has a lot less lesbians in it, though.

Monday, September 24, 2012

DEPRESSION: THE MOVIE 2012





I first met Henrique Couto at Cinema Wasteland. He was the madman with the electric ukulele. I then noticed him in some Low Budget Pictures by Chris Seaver. Then came Face of Schlock and Marty Jenkins and the Vampire Bitches. Henrique Couto is a talented young man who I am happy to call my friend.
Recently, I was invited to Englewood Cinema in Dayton, Ohio to watch his horror film, Bleeding Through. You can check the review of that film here.
At that premiere he invited all of us to come back for his next film, Depression: The Movie.
Depression deal with four stories of people who deal with their depression in different ways. It also shows them coming to face with everything from issues with an estranged father to never finding your true love.
The cool thing is that it does it in the form of a comedy. From hilarious sight gags to some of the best dialogue I have heard this year, the four people who make up this film know that they are depressed and still manage to soldier on.
Mr. Couto put a lot of himself up on the screen that night in Englewood and that is what works so well. I was proud of him doing a little old fashioned ballyhoo with prescription bottles full of candy with the title of the movie on the label to an inspired sing along where we actually got to follow the bouncing ball. He made it more than a movie, he made it an experience to remember for a lifetime.
I know an eight hour round trip is a heck of a journey to see a film, but when it comes from Henrique Couto it is more than worth the price. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

REVIEWS OF MOVIES I HAVEN'T SEEN 9/20/12

I had fun with this last week so, here we go again.

DREDD 3D



I hate that they are forcing 3D on people for this. Judge Dredd is one of my favorite comic series. I read that stuff for years. I was so sad when Sylvester Stallone ruined it for so many people. The new stuff looks great in the trailer so, I will try to find a 2D alternative and that will mak eme happy.

END OF WATCH



I have never liked Jake Gylenhall (Did I spell that right? Who cares?) I do like the guy who was in Observe and Report as the security guard who was the mall thief, but this doesn't look all that funny. The camera work gives me a headache.

THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET



The cute girl who played Mystique in X MEN: FIRST CLASS is in it with a white tank top and jeans for what appears to be the entirety of the flick. She is pretty cute so I might give this a shot when Netflix gets it. It has inspired me to write a horror spoof script called SECOND HOUSE IN THE CUL DE SAC. Makes me laugh to type it.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE



Clint Eastwood playing a grumpy old man??? Never seen that before.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER



Here is your quirky Rom-Com for the month people. Get on board if you like that sort of thing.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

SNOW BEAST/SHARK NIGHT 3D (2011)

Let's do the shitty one first.

SHARK NIGHT 3D



Man, I can't believe they let them make this one. Was it for Shark Week last year? Who knows? So, we get the rich girl who invites her friends to her parents' island estate down in the bayou for a little fun and sun.
Then the sharks show up and bite the token black guys' arm off. When they try to get him to the hospital the shark bumps the boat and eats his girlfriend.
Did they really kill the black couple first? Isn't that considered bad form or cliche' or something like that?
Then the locals show up to help and the girl from American Idol and the guy who falls for the ugly, Russian girl in Dodgeball hitch a ride with them back to the mainland.
Too bad the locals are the ones that have been stirring up the sharks.
Ooooo! Was that a spoiler? Who cares?!?
Seems that these locals have caught all the sharks to get kill videos to sell to the sickos of the world. The rich girl coming home after three years is just icing on the cake.
I actually picked who was going to live at the beginning of this mess and hit it on the head. Hell, they were even smart enough to not kill the dog.
Even 3D wouldn't have saved this thing.



SNOWBEAST



Bo Duke turns in his General Lee to study the mating patterns of Lynx. He heads on up to Canada with two of his Lynx studying cohorts and his daughter because she got expelled from school.
Only problem is there are no lynx. No rabbits and the people population is dwindling as well.
Seems they have a Yeti problem. Or at least something that looks like a Yeti.
I thought that one of the rangers was the guy who played the boyfriend in Kevin Smith's Mallrats. I had no idea he had a twin brother that made these crapfests.
Don't get me wrong, I loves me the bigfoot/yeti genre. This one was pretty cool. Kept the cast to a minimum and gave us a really cool monster suit. None of that CGI crap.
I'll always take a thin plot with a monster suit over anything else. Like that Bigfoot thing I covered earlier with Danny Partridge and Greg Brady.
Good stuff.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

REVIEWS OF MOVIES I HAVEN'T SEEN

I do these once in a while. I look at the releases and rant or rave without having seen a frame, Well, I catch a trailer here and there so I've seen some frames, just not all frames.

Anyway...

THE MASTER






I thought River Phoenix's homely brother was a rap star or something now?? Now he's doing a thinly veiled Scientology movie?!? Yeah, this sounds like a real winner (Insert sarcasm at your leisure.)

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION



I don;t care what anyone says. Milla Jovovich has still got it and I'm still gonna watch them. All of them. If you think this is the last one you're pretty damned stupid.

LIBERAL ARTS



The guy who places Ted in How I Met Your Mother is in a movie? And he plays a dude falling for a college student? Didn't he do this like six times in the TV series? And is he unaware that he is the most annoying person on that damned show? Yeah, gonna take a big old pass on this one, Ted.

ARBITRAGE



Richard Gere movie. PASS!

10 YEARS



That guy from the shitty GI JOE movie is is what appears to be some kind of rom-com  I have seen zero trailers for. Glad the studios feel the need to push this baby on us.

STOLEN



Nicholas Cage in an action movie on the hunt for his daughter. Okay, he's done this before with good results and we might get another chance to see Malin Akerman's boobies. I can wait for Netflix for that one. Shouldn't be more than a week, two tops.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

NOTIFICATION!

I am doing this long piece on Antoinette Maynard. I am able to find some of her films, but others elude me. Here is the list of one's that I am unable to find;

INSIDE PUSSYCAT (1979)
HOW SWEET IT IS! (1978) (Not the Debbie Reynolds movie)
WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROUPIES? (1975)
MARRIAGE AND OTHER FOUR LETTER WORDS (1974)
DIAMOND SEXCAPADES (1974)
LIZ:MOMMA'S LITTLE GIRL (1973)
HETEREOSEXUALIS (1973)
THE WINNING STROKE (1973)
AWOL (1973)
MORE THAN FRIENDS (1973)
MY SECRETARY, I LOVE ... (1973)
APARTMENT GIRLS (1972)
AVALON CALLING (1972)
SEX CONTEST (1972)
THE LANDLORD (1972) (Not 1970 or 2009)
THE LIBERTY BELLES (1972)
SIX WOMEN (1971)
THE AFFAIRS OF APHRODITE (1970)
PRECIOUS JEWELS (1969)
I AM FURIOUS (1969)
THE ECSTASIES OF WOMEN (1969)
SCYLA (1967)

And, most important of all;

THE KILL (1968) And not BLOOD HUNGER or RESERVOIR CATS. THE KILL.

Anyone out there who thinks they have any information about any of these, please contact me via this blog.

Thanks!

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