My annoyance at some press articles

The Hollywood Reporter article opened with the lines

‘Sci-fi epic Transcendence is bombing in its Easter weekend debut, marking another major box office disappointment for Johnny Depp after The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows’

Well firstly, the film opened on Friday. So give it some time. As I type this up its 1147am in the UK (which means its the middle of the night in most of the States) So to type up an article about how a film is ‘bombing’ after just one evenings screening annoys me big time.

Why does it annoy me?

Because sadly. Joe Public for the most will read the word ‘bomb’ and presume that the film is awful and not worth watching. Therefor he (or she) wont go and watch it which in the end makes the ‘bomb’ prediction come true.

Self fulfilling prophecies. I hate them.

I havent rushed out to see Transcendence yet, but doesnt mean I am not going to this weekend or even this week.

Ill be honest though, I dont really care that the film marks the directorial debut of Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister I dont really care that Transcendence stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, I dont even care that Christopher Nolan and wife,Emma Thomas, serve as executive producers on the project.  I am pretty interested in watching it for the casting of Cillian Murphy though, but all in all The reason I want to see Transcendence is because the story looks interesting. The ingredients to a great film is script, script, script.  Heres hoping Transcendence has one.

So ignore the stupid news stories talking about financial bombs and studios losing money. Disney pulled the same crap when John Carter (Of Mars) came out and that was a damn good film that hardly anyone saw.

Lets just see how Transcendence does over the weekend and the week and then take it from there. Perhaps the weather is nice, or there are big programmes on television, or relatives are coming over for the Easter weekend.  There are many reasons why people dont watch a film on its opening weekend, just make sure that ‘I read a’bombing’ article on a website’ isnt a reason you use.

Happy film watching guys n girls and have a great Easter.

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What is Clint Eastwood directing next? Find out here

Warner Bros have released the first trailer and the first poster for Clint Eastwood’s next film, Jersey Boys which he is set to direct.

Jersey Boys is an adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical which follows the rise of the New Jersey group, The Four Seasons, who went on to become one of the most popular music groups of all time.

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Jersey Boys opened to the public in 2005 and won the Tony for Best Musical the next year.

The film opens June 20th 2014.

Im a fan of the work of Clint Eastwood but I am still undecided about this project, although I am sure I will check it out at some point.

Are you interested in watching Jersey Boys? Have you seen the play?

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Starship Rising. Poster released.

The poster for the up and coming science fiction film Starship Rising has been released.

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The film, written and directed by Neil Johnson (Humanitys End, Alien Dawn) is due out in 2014.

Starring Darren Jacobs, Emil and Brooke Lewis. Starship Rising takes us into the world one starship captain who faces intergalactic armageddon.

Starship Rising is about what happens when a Starship armed to the teeth with missiles gets taken over by a revolutionary.

Described as  “Game Of Thrones in space.”

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PHOTO CREDIT: Marilyn Ghigliotti; Photo #1- E.J. De La Pena, Claudia Wells, Brooke Lewis;

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Photo #2- E.J. De La Pena, Dan Bridges, Director Neil Johnson, Claudia Wells, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lynn Ayala, Darren Jacobs and Brooke Lewis

Definitely a film to keep an eye out for in 2014. I for one, very much look forward to any project by Neil Johnson and also any appearance by Brooke Lewis.

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Rose. Perhaps the most powerful film Ive seen for years.

There are certain reviewers out there whose style it is to go through plot points when talking about a project. Telling some of the story as they entice a potential audience. I’ve always avoided storyline articles, not for any specific reason other than I enjoy watching a film ‘cold’, knowing very little about it other than very rough clues as to the type of film I will be watching. That style works for some, not for others but hey it works for me so I will keep doing it.

Rewind to a date early March and I met up with actor Lucas Penn in my new town of Northampton. Lucas was there that day to help out some local film students with a project and he invited me to tag along. I very much enjoyed the day, enjoyed meeting Lucas and watching him work. Also along for moral support (not that Lucas needs any) was film maker Kemal Yildirim and so whilst Lucas worked his magic, I was given a chance to chat with Kemal about the projects he has worked on in the past and a few glimpses into things in his future.

Last week I heard from Kemal, who asked me if I would be interested in viewing a completed project called ‘Rose’ Of course I said YES!

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I knew nothing about ‘Rose’ other than ‘Based on a True Story’ which is my favourite type of film. I love fiction but there is something more powerful about a film if you know it actually happened to someone.

This week I sat down and watched ‘Rose’ and what can I tell you about the film. Well firstly. Crikey!

Earlier I saw another review of ‘Rose’ that commented on the difficulty of writing any comments about a film that tackles the subject of violence. Im not talking about horror violence, I am talking about real violence, against women, against children, but more than that, violent acts that actually happened and werent just created by a screenwriter and a keyboard.

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The word ‘Powerful’ doesnt even come close to a good word for this film. It blew me away. It is a very hard watch, yes of course. But for me it was an eighty-six minute film with impact. For the real ‘Rose’ it was far longer than that, and for Kemal who co-wrote (with Jack James & Steven Loveless) and directed the film it was four years of his life.  You will most definitely be hearing more about the film ‘Rose’ and the work of Kemal from me and I cant give the film ‘Rose’ high enough praise.

Rose (Helen Clifford) lives in Hellville (a made up town name but thats where fiction ends and true life takes over). Rose truly lives in hell, with her daughter Ellie (Chelsea Alcock) and hell is most certainly an understatement.

Battling to escape her violent world and protect her daughter, Rose battles with drug addiction, abuse, and a host of very grim characters that pollute Hellville.  All made even tougher by the knowledge that you know all this actually happened to real people. Its truly heartbreaking but has to be seen.

Yes its a tough watch, but as I mentioned, its eighty six minutes out of your life that will stay with you far, far longer than that but this is one of those films that isnt about entertainment. Its about a message, its about helping, its about not walking through life with your eyes closed. Its also about making sure as many people see films like ‘Rose’ and then tell others about it.

Most films I watch are for entertainment. Rose however will and can make lives change.

Id also like to send out praise (if that’s the right word) to the real life ‘Rose’ whose life this film is based on. To help put a very dark time of your life on screen takes courage  and people WILL watch this film and it will make a difference to those going through extremely tough times in their lives.

The cast and crew have done a fantastic and careful job in bringing someones life (or at least part of it) to the screen.

Later that week, I met up with Kemal again and we recorded around an hours worth of conversation where he goes in depth about the project and gives insight into how he encountered the project and how he dealt with a very real life story and brought it to screen. That conversation will be uploaded onto Itunes this weekend and can be found by searching for ‘frompage2screen’  Kemals name will be in the episode title.

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House of Good and Evil coming from @safecrackerp

Some things are best kept apart. Apparently.

After a family tragedy in the city, Chris (Christian Oliver) and Maggie Conley (Rachel Marie Lewis), in a last-ditch attempt to save their dying marriage purchase an isolated home in the deepest woods, to which they quickly discover that evil has a key.

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When Chris leaves for days at a time to continue his training as a fire-fighter his wife Maggie is left alone in the woods. but her emotional state deteriorates rapidly after she starts hearing ringing phones which supposedly cannot exist and the neighbours she’s sharing a wall with, the Andresons, are recluses one minute and arguing banshees another.

Maggie is convinced there is something evil sharing their house intent on her psychological destruction. but as they desperately cling to what remains of their marriage we find that Chris and Maggie’s problems run deeper than anyone could have imagined.

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“Truly Horrifying” Horror-Movies

“An incredible ending which knocked me for six” WayTooIndie

“Return to classic Horror” TerrorWeekend

“An Excellent Horror Film” ApocalypseLater

“In a word, it’s just creepy with a kickass unexpected ending” SearchMyTrash

“A great, spooky Horror” IndieBuzz

“An Independent Horror gem” HorrorScreen

Awards

  • Nominated for 5 major awards including Best Film & Best Director 2013 London International Film Festival
  • WINNER 2013 Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Best in Category

House of Good and Evil is released on DVD May 12 2014 by Safecracker Pictures.

It can already be pre-ordered using the following link. HERE

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Grindhouse Trailers Volume 4 from @nucleusfilms

Remember when you just enjoyed watching film trailers. Before a film.

Then in my many years of running a video rental store, we used to be supplied with a VHS tape containing 20 or so trailers and we had that thing on a loop all through the day and evening. I even used to take the liberty of copying trailers from a pile of movies and making up my own trailer tapes to have on a 3 hour loop throughout the day and evening.

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My old video Store

Seems now that the time has come around where people buy DVDs filled with old movie trailers. Not quite sure why but hey who am I to critique?

June 2014 sees the fourth volume of Grindhouse Trailers released by NUCLEUS FILMS, a DVD releasing company established by writer/film researcher Marc Morris and filmmaker Jake West, which creates and distributes high quality collector’s cult film titles for lovers of independent and cult cinema.

Just when you thought you’d seen everything… here comes another 55 insane trailers to whip you into a frenzy in this collection of sick, depraved and hysterically brilliant movie previews from the golden age of Grindhouse Cinema.

Following the successful and critically-acclaimed release of Grindhouse Trailer Classic 1, 2 & 3, Nucleus Films will once again take you on trip back to the “gory days” of cult and exploitation    cinema with their latest unseen compilation of audacious theatrical trailers from the sleazy cinematic sub-genre known as “grindhouse”.

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All of the trailers in this collection have been sourced from ultra-rare 35mm prints, many of which haven’t been seen since they first unspooled into the grimy 42nd Street flea pits of yesteryear. The mind-warping action embraces Kung-Fu kicks, satanism, psychos, groovy chicks, cavorting college co-eds, super dudes, bikers from hell, disasters, euro thrillers, swinging couples, killer cats and a glimpse into the end of the world.

Its certified: 18   with a running Time: 111 mins (yeap, nearly 2 hours of classic grindhouse trailers)

Heres the list of them for you including the release year for said film.

List of trailers:

01: Little Cigars (Chris Christenberry, 1973)

02: Women for Sale (Ernst Hofbauer, 1969)

03. Curtains (Richard Ciupka, 1983)

04. Dirty O’Neil: The Love Life of a Cop (Leon Capetanos & Lewis Teague, 1974)

05. Willie Dynamite (Gilbert Moses, 1974)

06. Deathmaster, The (Ray Danton, 1973)

07. Mama’s Dirty Girls (John Hayes, 1974)

08. Hammer of God (Wang You, 1970) – aka The Chinese Boxer

09. Swingin’ Models (Ralf Gregan as Ilja Von Anutroff, 1972)

10. Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (Alberto De Martino as Martin Herbert, 1976)

11. RoomMates, The (Arthur Marks, 1973)

12. Too Hot to Handle (Don Schain, 1976)

13. Hitchhikers, The (Ferd & Beverly Sebastian, 1971)

14. Fly Me (Cirio Santiago, 1973)

15. Blood of Dracula’s Castle (Al Adamson, 1969)

16. Erika’s Hot Summer (Gary Graver, 1970)

17. Catastrophe (Larry Savadove, 1978)

18. Devil’s Wedding Night (Luigi Batzella as Paolo Solvay, 1973)

19. Crazy Joe (Carlo Lizzani, 1974)

20. Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (Enrique López Eguiluz, 1968)

21. Born to Kill (aka Cockfighter) (Monte Hellman, 1974)

22. Las Vegas Lady (Noel Nosseck, 1974)

23. Poor Albert & Little Annie (Paul Leder, 1972)

24. Late Great Planet Earth (Robert Amram, 1979)

25. All the Loving Couples (Mack Bing, 1969)

26. Sinful Dwarf (Vidal Raski, 1973)

27. Mark of the Devil Part 2 (Adrian Hoven, 1972)

28. Dogs (Adrian Hoven, 1976)

29. Night of a Thousand Cats (René Cardona Jr., 1972)

30. Cheering Section (Harry Kerwin, 1977)

31. Hells Chosen Few (David L. Hewitt, 1967)

32. Mansion of the Doomed (Michael Pataki, 1975)

33. Pyx, The (Harvey Hart, 1973)

34. Sweet Body of Deborah, The (Romolo Girolami as Romolo Guerrieri, 1967)

35. Trouble Man (Ivan Dixon, 1972)

36. Sacred Knives of Vengeance (Yuen Chor, 1972)

37. Sister-In-law, The (Joseph Ruben, 1974)

38. Smash-Up Alley 43 The Story of the Petty Family (Edward J. Lakso, 1972)

39. Black Veil for Lisa, A (Massimo Dallamano, 1968)

40. Five Man Army, The (Don Taylor, 1969) – script by Dario Argento

41. Nightmare Honeymoon (Elliot Silverstein, 1973)

42. Severed Arm, The (Thomas S. Alderman, 1973)

43. Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (Henning Schellerup, 1973)

44. Terror in the Wax Museum (Georg Fenady, 1973)

45. Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (Cesar Gallardo, 1974)

46. Hit Man, The (George Armitage, 1972)

47. Daring Dobermans, The (Byron Chudnow, 1973)

48. Hot Box, The (Joe Viola, 1972)

49. Inside Amy (Ronald Víctor García, 1975)

50. Lady Kung Fu (Huang Feng, 1972)

51. Dirty Dan’s Women (Joy N. Houck Jr., 1972)

52. They’re Coming to Get You (Sergio Martino, 1972)

53. Delinquent Schoolgirls (Gregory Corarito, 1194)

54. Incoming Freshmen (Eric Lewald & Glenn Morgan, 1979)

55. Man with Bogart’s Face, The (Robert Day, 1980)

Whilst I cant claim to have seen that many of those films, I am sure to the grindhouse fans, there are more than enough titles on there to get you all excited.

Im making sure that I keep an eye on Nucleus Films as I saw the following paragraph on their press release for GrindHouse Trailers Vol 4 which contains information on titles I am very excited to see.

‘Nucleus Films also produces high quality DVD extras for other clients, ranging from extensive featurettes to audio commentaries. Nucleus Films produced the highly acclaimed 98-minute documentary on the Phantasm series, entitled Phantasmagoria, which was included in Anchor Bay UK’s five-disc Phantasm Box Set. They also made the featurette Stormy Seas: The Journey from Blood Star to Death Ship which was included on the 2007 release of the 1980 cult classic Death Ship and Running the Bloodbath. To date releases include: a special double DVD set edition of Stephen Weeks’ rarely seen 1974 chiller Ghost Story; two cult Burlesque classics Teasermama andVarietease, a Larry Clarke double-bill featuring Dead of Night & Dead Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things,  Rene Cardona’s Night of the Bloody Apes, Grindhouse Trailer Classics 1, 2 & 3, and the sell-out Video Nasties: A Definitive Guide, which included Jake West’s acclaimed documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape,

Video Nasties: A Definitive Guide Part 2, which contains West’s new documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days, will be released in July 2014.’

So there you have it. The DVD will only be around the £8.99 mark so its definitely affordable for a near 2 hour running time.

Will you be purchasing it?

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FromPage2Screen Podcast Numbering Change

Heres hoping I get this all written down correctly.

At present there are THREE FromPage2Screen Podcasts.

1:The Movie Show

A monthly show where I and whoever else joins me, chats about pretty much anything they have watched. TV, Movies, Video games. This show has been running the longest and so far there have been 168 episodes of the show.

2: The British Movie Show

Recently recorded its 44th episode. This show talks about (funnily enough) the British side of things and has guests on the shows, especially from the film Witch and recently Cops and Monsters.

3: FromPage2Scream:The Horror Show

Focusing on the horror genre from all over the world, the horror show recorded its 7th episode last week with guest Eric England.

 

So there you have it  219 episodes in total (so far)

Now heres where it got tricky. With podcasting it works like this. We record a show and then upload it to a hosting website in its own ‘directory’ This is called  a ‘feed’ and Itunes, Stitcher etc drag the shows from those feeds to your Itunes or Stitcher App.

At the minute each of the shows has its own feed (1 for The Movie Show, 1 for The British Show, and 1 for The Horror Show) But I also make sure every show is uploaded to the main ‘feed’ which is the one The Movie Show lives in.

So for those who subscribe (and its free) to The Movie Show feed, youll get all the shows, but the episode numbers will look crazy, e.g 168 The Movie Show, 044 The British Movie Show, 007 The Horror Show. Messy huh.

So what I shall be doing from the next episode is this.

Depending what show is next. It will look like this

220 The Movie Show or 220 The British Movie Show or 220 The Horror Show.  It will make the listing of the shows look far tidier (hopefully)

Of course for those who subscribe ONLY through The British Movie Show or FromPage2Scream:The Horror Show I shall keep the numbers the same way as before, but hey. Why not just subscribe to the main feed and get all my shows.  Search: frompage2screen and subscribe to The Movie Show.

Oh and if you head through Itunes. Do me a favour. Can you leave a review? It helps the shows get more exposure and helps me do what I do, but with less hassle pimping myself out.

Much. Much appreciated!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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