Saturday, October 31, 2009

Top Five Halloween Favorites!

Mr. Ryan Rotten over at posted something interesting. He was tired of hearing all the negative rants on the net. So he asked, which films do you Love around this time of year.

Honestly, I'm really interested in knowing. It'll only take you a minute to jot down your top 5 favorites.
To get the ball rolling kids, I'll tell you mine!
Halloween '79
Trick 'r Treat
A Nightmare on Elm Street
and though cheese-tastic I love it... Hocus Pocus

So now let me hear your favorites.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thelma and Louise REMAKE! WTF Hollywood?

This has to be one of the most terrible ideas I've heard in a while. A "Thelma and Louise" Remake. Wait. It was made in 1992 and now that is considered old enough & forgettable enough to update. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

In case you're one of the few who have forgotten the film, let's have a Refresher Course. "Thelma and Louise" stared Susan Sarandon & Gena Davis (who were both nominated for Academy Awards for their work in the film) as two women who have seen their fair share of shit in their lives. The decide to make a go for it and have a weekend away. They meet Brad Pitt and It then turns into a run from the law after they are accused of murdering a guy. That's pretty much the film.

Now they want to remake the film and stick Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Amber Heard (The Stepfather) in these roles. Are You Fucking Kidding Me?

I have nothing against Amber, she's someone I have worked with and talked with through out my filming of "Never Back Down", but I think this casting is just ignorant. They want to stick two pretty girls in the film and make it hip.

The film wasn't about being hip, it was about standing up for yourself and taking your life back. I doubt this chick from 'Gossip Girl' will have the acting chops to stand and deliver like Susan Sarandon. I just don't understand why they'd destroy a film that isn't even 2 decades old yet.

I pity the people that will see this trash film because they obviously have no idea what good films consist of.

by the way, the title of this new masterpiece is "Cowgirl Bandits". Seriously.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Highly Entertaining Infomercial -The Shake Weight

Are you Kidding Me? Holy Crap this is too funny.
You know...when I saw the Chest Work out thing for woman I about laughed myself ouf of my chair. Well...this one takes the cake.

"I haven't had a pump like that in a long time." -Australian dude. LMAO!

Seriously? Would three guys stand around & actually use that thing together?

Well...maybe in West Hollywood. LOL.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Screamfest LA screening- Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

I was able to screen "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" at this years Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood.

If you remember the original "Cabin Fever" then you know it's what put Director Eli Roth on the map. It centers around some kids in the woods & a virus that infects them.

Well, Writer/Director Ti West took on the idea and though the film is not what he intended to be (as you can listen to him explain in the video below) it is actually a gross out gore film that will make you laugh.

It's a throw-back to the 80's prom thrillers, with cheesy music, your typical High School scenarios & of course lots of blood. Producer Lauren Moews said "I believe this is the most blood ever used in a film." I couldn't tell you if that is accurate, but I can tell you there is a scene that lasts about 10 minutes & it's nothing but blood splatter.

"Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" gives you exactly what you want. Gore, Girls, Blood, Boobs, Characters & Chaos. It's a teenage boy's fantasy film. A film he can get his mom to purchase at Wal-Mart, invite over 10 friends, eat pizza, laugh at the cheesy dialogue, they can all get crazy when they see some breasts flash on the screen & then tell everyone about the film on Monday before 1st period. But if you're over 18, you may want to check your brain at the door.

I'm not saying that's a bad thing. There are a lot of redeemable moments in the film. It's not often I sit though something in a theatre & actually find my self saying "ewww." out loud or laughing for that matter. So good for them for finding a way to mix the humor of High School stupidity & the gross out gore factors of a great B movie.

There is a reprise of two former "Cabin Fever" actors in the sequel. Rider Strong is back for a bit and Giueseppe Andrews keeps the film moving along with his quick banter & high strung energy. The rest of the cast are all newbies from the local High School. Terrific performances from Alexi Wasser, Regan Deal & Rusty Kelley. I believe with out them this film would fall far into the category of unwatchable based on acting alone. I'm glad someone in Casting had the good sense to put them in it.

Unfortunately for all you fans you'll have to wait until February 2010 before you'll be able to see this film. Doesn't look as though Lionsgate has any plans on releasing it theatrically.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

ScreamFest LA Screening - The Fourth Kind- Fact or Fiction?

"The Fourth Kind" is a film. In the opening credits Milla Jovovich says "This is a Dramatization of actual events." she also adds, "What you choose to believe is up to you." or some variation.

I was completely taken away by this film. Real or not, it is a wonderful ride at the theatre. Director Olatunde Osunsanmi has taken a topic many people are interested in and actually made it more intriguing. Not many people can take a topic and make it new again.

There have been many alien type films in the past, I will choose to omit "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" for obvious reasons, but the first film that pops into mind is 1993's "Fire in the Sky". People were quite quick to dismiss the films credibility but it is a true story. Whether you choose to believe it or not is up to you.

"The Fourth Kind" plays to the appeal of the "What if's".
I did a bit of research after seeing the film and I've turned up nothing about a Dr. Abigail Tyler, other then a website that tells you to see the movie, surprise. That doesn't mean that a woman who is a Doctor could have had some of these events take place in her life.

I don't know if the "Archival Footage" they claim to use is real. But I can say that they did a wonderful job of putting this film together and if you have any interest in aliens, then you will love it. It's like watching one intensely long "Unsolved Mysteries" episode.

Mila Jovovich gives a great performance and the "Archival Footage" they use, well... if that woman is an actor then she deserves an award of some kind. But being an actor myself and having been around performers for a large number of years on this planet, I can say, without a doubt, that actors love credit. If those "Archival Footage" scenes are not what they claim to be, eventually those actors will show their faces. Universal might have some kind of contract with them, but I don't think they can stop them from ever acting again. So time will tell.

One thing that I have to bring up is the constant comparison on the internet to "The Blair Witch". Yes people fell for the hype. Most people were tremendously disappointed in that film. But "The Fourth Kind" is in no way like "The Blair Witch". It isn't steady cam shots of kids running from Aliens. You won't get Nauseous or want to strangle your boyfriend for making you go to see it. But I have a feeling you will be on edge wondering what happens to the people of Nome and wondering if you or anyone you know might be a victim of an abduction. ????

I choose to believe what I want to believe. I want to leave my opinion out of this & just tell you that the film is great. Though I am apprehensive about leaving this without addressing a bit of Fact.

Over the years there have been many claims about Alien visits to our planet. I have always been interested in the TV shows & Books written on the subject. I ask you to use logic & not just speculation, imagination or religious teachings. Open your mind a moment and look at the Universe and not just at your backyard.

Human Beings are by no means the most intelligent beings in the Universe. You have to know that. If we took 500 thousand random people from around the world & told them to survive in the desert, as the Egyptians did and build a new pyramid, do you think they could do it? My guess would be no.

Also, I also need to state that I don't believe for one second that any abduction case is solely about "aliens" wanting to harm us. If (again I leave this up to speculation) there are aliens and they have civilizations like we do (which is a complete possibility, the universe is huge) Then, wouldn't you agree that just like us there are good and bad people? Couldn't their be alien races that wanted to teach and help, just as there could be a race that wanted to only harm?

It's not out of the realm of possibility. I just want to leave it open for discussion. Honestly, the only way any of us will ever know is if an Alien came forward and said who they were and why they were here. Until that day occurs, we all just have to discuss and find logical conclusions to a subject that is widely speculated.