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Monday, November 24, 2014

Trailer Released For Crime Thriller “Aftermath”


aftermathCheck out the trailer for Thomas Farone’s “Aftermath”. The film stars Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn, Tony Danza, Elisabeth Rohm, Frank Whaley and is set for a NYC Premiere on November 28th from Freestyle Releasing.

Aftermath is a black comedy thriller about one man’s enormous overreaction. Thomas Fiorini (Anthony Michael Hall) is a successful developer and an upstanding member of the community. He has it all: money, a stunning wife (Elisabeth Rohm), and their first child on the way. But the good times come to a screeching halt when Tom’s lead foreman Matt (Jamie Harrold) and subcontractor Tony (Chris Penn), start to compete for top position in the company. After a physical fight with Tony, Matt mysteriously disappears and Tom, fearing the worst, fires Tony. What follows is a slippery spiral of confrontations and suspicions as Tom becomes increasingly paranoid. Step by step he moves in a direction of fear leading to meetings with a top hit man (Danza) and a cast of unsavory characters.




Pagan Festival Shout Out: Brumalia Begins


brumaliaBrumalia (Latin: Brumalia, [bruːˈmaːlɪ.a], "winter festivals") was an ancient Roman, winter solstice festival honoring Saturn/Cronus and Ceres/Demeter, and Bacchus in some cases. By the Byzantine era, celebrations commenced on 24 November and lasted for a month, until Saturnalia and the "Waxing of the Light". The festival included night-time feasting, drinking, and merriment. During this time, prophetic indications were taken as prospects for the remainder of the winter. The festival was celebrated as late as the 6th century, until emperor Justinian's repression of paganism.

The festival marked a break for the Senate and included feasting and general merry making as well as divination to determine the city's prospects for the coming year. It also incorporated a number of smaller holidays associated with various Gods. Some modern Pagans use the word Brumalia to simply indicate the winter holiday season including all of its various festivals and activities. This seems quite in keeping with the spirit of the ancient use of the word.

John Malalas in his Chronicle 7.7 gives an account of the origins of the festival.  This tells us it was in the winter, and instituted by Romulus (or “Romus” as Malalas calls him).
Because of this Romus devised what is known as the Brumalia, declaring, it is said, that the emperor of the time must entertain his entire senate and officials and all who serve in the palace, since they are persons of consequence, during the winter when there is a respite from righting. He began by inviting and entertaining first those whose names began with alpha, and so on, right to the last letter; he ordered his senate to entertain in the same way. They too entertained the whole army, and those they wanted. . . . This custom of the Brumalia has persisted in the Roman state to the present day. — [The Chronicle of John Malalas, trans. E. Jeffreys et al. (Byzantina Australiensia 4, Melbourne, 1986), p. 95]

Official Trailer Released For “Predestination”


predestThe official trailer has been released for Peter Spierig’s “Predestination”. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, and is due out January 9th, 2015. “Predestination” is described as a riveting adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.


PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.










First Teaser For “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster”


Frankenstein's Patchwork MonsterCheck out the first teaser trailer for steampunk horror “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster”.  The film is directed by Emil J. Novak and stars Bill Kennedy, Patrick Mallette, Daniel James, Annmarie Bahny. “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster” is due out in the Spring of 2015.

Immortality and the respect for human life are central topics in this film production. How far can the quest for scientific research go and still be moral. And where do they procure the cadaver’s for testing? This and many other surprises will astonish your senses in Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Paranormal Saga “Glitch” Begins Filming


Matchbox Pictures, in association with ABC TV, is pleased to announce that the new six-part drama series “Glitch” has begun shooting on location in Melbourne and around Victoria. A high-concept drama, “Glitch” is a paranormal saga about love, loss, and what it means to be human.

Created by Tony Ayres (Cut Snake, The Slap, Nowhere Boys, The Home Song Stories), developed by Ayres and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe, Love My Way), and produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, The Straits, Nowhere Boys, Old School, Devil’s Playground), “Glitch” is a tale of love and redemption, of second chances gained and lost, of vengeance and forgiveness.

Tony Ayres, Series Creator said, “’Glitch’ is an elevated genre series. At its core it is a Gothic mystery with a story that is passionate and dramatic.”

PB“How do ordinary people deal with great love, longing, and the utterly unexpected? This is an exciting drama from a hugely talented creative team,” said ABC Head of Fiction Carole Sklan.

Featuring an impressive ensemble cast led by Patrick Brammall (Upper Middle Bogan, Offspring) with Rodger Corser (Party Tricks, Rush), Emma Booth (Cloud Street, Jack Irish), Emily Barclay (Suburban Mayhem, Lou), Genevieve O’Reilly (Episodes, Star War Episode III), Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground), Daniela Farinacci (Redfern Now, Lantana), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues), and Ned Dennehy (Sherlock Holmes).

Set in the fictional country town of Yoorana, the 6 x 1 hour series sees the run-down town take on a new life from the most unlikely of places – the past.

When six people inexplicably rise from the dead with no memory of their identities, disbelief soon gives way to a determination to discover who they are and what happened to them. Yoorana becomes the Gothic rural backdrop against which the “Risen” rediscover their past and why they have returned while those around them are also faced with a perplexing new reality, challenging all the beliefs and ideals they held dear.

“’Glitch’ is a whole new type of television for ABC and for Australia. It’s not just for people who know and love genre, it’s for those who love character-driven stories with big heart and bigger thrills,” said producer Louise Fox.

“Glitch” will air on ABC in 2015.

“Glitch” is produced by Matchbox Pictures with the assistance of Screen Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Film Victoria, and NBCUniversal. The series is being sold internationally by NBCUniversal.

Production Credits: A Matchbox Pictures production in association with ABC Television, Screen Australia, and Film Victoria. Written by Louise Fox, Kris Mrksa, and Giula Sandler. Directed by Emma Freeman. Produced by Ewan Burnett and Louise Fox. Executive Producers Tony Ayres and Debbie Lee. ABC TV Executive Producers Carole Sklan and Christopher Gist.









Wanna Know What Eurotophobia Looks Like? Check Out New “V/H/S: Viral” Poster

If you ever wondered what it might look like to suffer from Eurotophobia (fear of the vagina) then look no further than the new “V/H/S: Viral” poster. I imagine it is what sufferers from this condition my possibly experience. Anyway the new artwork is giving me a total Dead Space meets Lovecraft vibe.

“V/H/S: Viral” is the third installment to the anthology series and brings to life nightmares through the lens of the new online video craze. The film brings together directors Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson, Marcel Sarmiento, Aaron Moorhead, Gregg Bishop. “V/H/S: Viral” hits limited theatrical release on November 21st, 2014. The film is currently available on VOD.

Police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.


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My Review Of “The Dark Place”


The Dark PlaceJody Wheeler’s gay thriller “The Dark Place” takes on the conventional mystery with witty, and quick story telling. The film stars Blaise Embry, Eddy Rioseco, Shannon Day, Sean Paul Lockhart, Timo Descamps, Allison Lane, and follows a young man who returns home to make amends with his mother. His visit is one filled with chilling, and stark revelation as he learns the very real danger he is faced with meeting new family members. “The Dark Place” is a straight forward suspense, thriller that builds upon common themes of deadly relations.

The story is a well written, smart mystery that doesn’t rely on over-drawn stereotypes, or caricature personas to create character or entertainment value. “The Dark Place” keeps with a more serious tone, building a tense story arc that aims to draw viewers in with drama, action, and suspense. At times the story takes itself a bit too serious missing some moments that could have shown a comfortable, authentic feeling. The dialog, and writing move quick, with some witty, dark humor. However the acting, at times, feels somewhat contrived. Two dimensional characters present us with only superficial connectivity in scenes that require a strong emotional investment from the viewer. However there are some stand out moments from the cast during some of the film’s more dramatic scenes.

“The Dark Place” starts a little choppy and confusing, forcing us to trust that things will fall into place as the story moves forward. It works to the extent of setting the tone of mystery and suspense. The downside to the choppy scene transitions at the start falls on the fact that not enough back story, or character development exists for us to give in completely to that trust. It caused a conflict in my ability to get into the story, and my knee-jerk reaction of distrust of Wheeler’s intentions and objective. Luckily the story arc stays pretty focuses and moves right into Wheeler’s intended vision effortlessly by the second act. More of the story becomes clear, characters become stronger, and a hint to the intense climax starts to unfold. By the third act I found myself glued to the drama unfolding, and the big reveal about some character’s back story, I was quietly seeking, was given to me.

The special effects and sound effects didn’t really impress me, the special effects wear minimal. Wheeler had plenty of opportunity to show a darker, grittier, and more visceral side but chose to play it safe. Letting the drama, and dialog support most of the thrills. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I would have liked to have seen more gruesome effects during altercation and action scenes. What Jody Wheeler chose to give us came closer to Lifetime level of effects. With that said, “The Dark Place” does manage to create some real intense situations, plenty of emotion, and is quite entertaining. Even the mediocre instrumental music score and effects aid in the film’s suspenseful atmosphere.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by “The Dark Place”. The characters were not cartoonish stereotypes, and the story was a serious mystery, thriller. Even with the rough start, “The Dark Place” manages to become a captivating thriller. It is above most LGB&T thrillers that I have seen. There isn’t really any horror elements in the film, and the thrills are hit/miss throughout, so that was a slight disappointment. Still, Jody Wheeler does have a solid story here, with some stellar moments that create the necessary suspense and intensity. The ending was a little flat, but I was given the ending that I was hoping for, even if the final scene was a bit rudimentary and hokey. I definitely think mystery fans, and especially the LGB&T community should watch “The Dark Place”. Not that the film doesn’t have merit for the broader, hetero inclusive fan base.

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