Archive for September, 2008
Where do I begin? Friday nights radio show was great, Brandon and Amel the guys from Saint Sinner Entertainment were great guests. Ernie Rockelman from Emerald Productions called in and we discussed his Horrorfest that I attended Thursday night be sure to check these guys out they are doing some amazing things and I can’t wait to see what they do next. There is a ton of talent in South Jersey and we are going to be noticed.
On the show Friday night I made an announcement concerning Sorrow Hill the comic. Still get’s me giddy every time I think about something I wrote becoming a comic. Anyhow, the company which is producing and distributing the comic, can’t announce them yet for legal reasons but I have another meeting Tuesday so maybe after that meeting I can announce who is producing the comic, damn I can’t stay on topic. OK, what I am trying to get out is this…if you are an artist and would like a shot a drawing Sorrow Hill the comic you can submit your work and hopefully be chosen and get to work with yours truly creating the comic. If you would like to submit some sample artwork showing us your skills you can send it to either:
Send you work to any one of those three addresses and we will make sure your work gets into the right hands. I meet with the comic guys on Tuesday and hopefully we will iron out the remaining details and I can announce who is releasing the comic. They are aggessively pursuing two of my other scripts so we will once again have a lot to talk about.
I can’t believe it’s finally here…the season premiere of Dexter. This is the best show on television by far and I am chomping at the bit for 9 o’clock to get here. I will be turning off the Eagles game for an hour to watch Dexter. Believe me the show is that good that I would tune out of an Eagles game.
I am still euphoric over yesterday and the Phillies clinching the division is dramatic fashion. Man did they make me sweat that 9th inning but good once again triumphed over evil…haha Mets.
This post is all over the place. Anyhow, I will be doing another podcast this week, probably wednesday to talk about Sorrow Hill the comic, Steel City Con plans, editing Sorrow Hill, pre-production on other projects and another contest I really want to launch in the next couple of weeks. So keep reading the blog and listening to the shows…things are really picking up and I am ready!
Brandon and Amel from Saint Sinner entertainment will be stopping by tonight to talk about everything that’s going on with their company. Also, we’ll talk about the Downbeach film festival and the movies we saw last night presented by Emerald Productions. I really enjoyed myself last night. Ernie and Kent from Emerald are talented storytellers and their movies last night were very enjoyable. These guys are definitely going places. I wish them the best of luck.
Steel City Con is getting closer and I am very excited for this opportunity. It will be a great promotional vehicle for all of the Grindhouse projects. It will give me the opportunity to expose our company to a whole new audience. Bagged and Boarded will be hosting us that weekend so a big thank you to Josh from Bagged and Boarded.
I love the movie Tremors. It has to be one of my all time favorites. I watch it a couple of times a year. It is the perfect blend of genres and the sequels weren’t too bad either. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward were brilliant together. I often wonder why Fred Ward isn’t in more movies…maybe he’d like to be in one of mine. You never know.
That’s right you read correctly, Sorrow Hill will be developed into a comic book to hopefully correspond with the release of the DVD. I will be involved with the process including being the writer…geek heaven awaits! Anyhow this is very exciting and will go a long way in helping promote the movie. Stay tuned for release dates. I hope to set up a way to pre order both the DVD and the comic.
Only three days until Sunday. What’s Sunday you may ask? Well if you have to ask then you should be ashamed of yourself…because Sundayis the season premiere of the best show on television by far…DEXTER! Oh I can’t wait. I’ll be watching the premiere with some of my closest and newest friends so it will be a blast.
Also, I am off in a few moments to attend the premier of Emerald Productions short movie marathon at the Shore Mall movie theatre. I can’t wait to see these films. 8 films for the price of one, you can’t beat that so if you are in the neighborhood stop at and support some other local filmmakers. Movie starts at 7 so I hope to see all of you there.
And by the way…Facebook is still addictive.
A lot of horror films nowadays have gone to CGI blood for a variety of reasons. Production time on set is less, if you screw up a scene or you want to retake you don’t have to do all the necessary clean up for continuity. It is less costly as well and the actors spend less time in the make up chair and more time on set shooting. I understand in Hollywood and in the Independent film making world time is money but I feel the trade off isn’t equal. CGI blood looks well like a video game and not realisitic at all. It isn’t expensive to mix up a batch of realistic fake blood it’s just time consuming cleaning up if you don’t get the shot correct the first time. Oh, soap and water are pretty cheap as well.
It’s not that I hate every movie that employs CGI blood, everyone knows my love for Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later and 28 weeks later all three employed CGI blood in some capacity, it’s just that it takes away from the realism. I will make this one solemn promise as a filmmaker…I will never use CGI blood. Even though I have created an incredible blood effect in Adobe After Effects…what you didn’t know I was a computer geek as well? Anyhow until CGI blood is perfected to the point where you can’t tell the difference…and you will always be able to tell the difference, I will stick to the corn syrup and food coloring. No pun intended ok, maybe a little. The reason for this post is I had the misfortune of watching a new horror movie titled SEED. It had some OK moments but the one scene that could have been amazing completely missed it’s mark because of it’s overuse of CGI effects…bad CGI at that. When a guy is beating a woman to death with a hammer and blood is flying everywhere except on him…that’s just bad…really bad.
One last thing, the short movie film festival that Emeral Productions is putting on is this Thursday September25th. I failed to put the date in my last blog. Be sure to check it out it is going to be incredible.
It’s great that the traffic to the site is getting back to what it use to be! It’s great knowing I have this much support and that together we are going to accomplish great things. I wish more of you would comment directly on the blog rather than e-mailing me…not that I don’t like getting the e-mails I do and I know they are more personal and that’s cool but it really takes only a second to post on the blog and you can remain anonymous if you like. I’ve gotten great feedback on my top 10 vengeance movies but let’s discuss it on the blog as well in the comment section. I will continue to do more of those lists because judging by the page views it’s pretty popular.
Right now the plan is to continue doing a weekly a podcast with someone involved with the movie or Grindhouse Pictures. I am going to continue with the Friday night show as well, we are working hard to iron out a format so Sorrow Hill and Grindhouse Pictures discussions don’t get lost in the craziness that is the Friday night show. Believe me I try to work in discussions all the time but sometimes it just doesn’t jive with the show. We are working on it so fear not but in the meantime listen to the podcasts for all the Sorrow Hill and Grindhouse news you can stomach.
This week is going to be a busy one. Thursday night I am heading to the town 16 movie theatre at the Shore Mall to check out my friends from Emerald Productions short movies they are showing. It’s going to be a great night, these guys are really talented and I love their work. I believe they are showing 8 shorts in varying genres and I for one can’t wait to see them. Tickets are cheap and I believe the majority of the proceeds are going to charity…these guys rock.
Also check out a new friend of Grindhouse Pictures New Revelations Music and Novelty Shop. He is located at 200 N. High St. in Millville and he has a huge selection of Vinyl…yes I said Vinyl records. His store is awesome and Brian and is a really cool guy. So let’s show him our support! Check out his MySpace and if you live in the area stop by his store and check it out you won’t be disappointed! We may be doing a live podcast from his store in the very near future so keep an eye out for that!
I am so excited! This Tuesday I am meeting with Josh from Bagged and Boarded, and he is intrested in acquiring the rights to two of my properties. Sorrow Hill and Scent. Wow. This would be amazing. Writing a comic book has always been a dream of mine and everyone who has read Scent feels it would be a perfect comic book. So keep your fingers crossed for yours truly. I will keep all of you up to speed.
I want to thank all of you for your feedback concerning the podcast. The podcast has been downloaded a ton and I can assure you they will only get better. I am lining up some great guests and Tom and I are looking into how to do them live so we can have all of you call in. A lot of exciting things are happening here at the Grindhouse so keep checking back to see what we are up to. I want desperately to debut a teaser scene of my zombie western at Steel City Con…with the people around me I know it can happen.
Any one who would like to help with the shooting of the zombie western teaser scene hit me up. I will put you to work.
Wow, facebook is one addictive site. I have to stay off of that thing it’s so time consuming. Anyhow, become a friend of Sorrow Hill on facebook and get access to some exclusive content. Check it out. Tonight is the radio show be sure to tune in beginning at 11PM. Not sure what’s going down tonight but there will be tons of Sorrow Hill updates as well as Grindhouse Pictures news so check it out. 11-1am on www.grindhouse-radio.com
The response to last nights podcast has been astounding! I now realize what all of you want so I will continue to provide. I had a lot of fun last night and I can’t wait until the next one. Keep coming with the feedback and e-mails…I would rather you post on the blog but heck if you want to e-mail me who am I to stop you. The show has been downloaded a ton so tell a friend and the more it’s downloaded the better chance I have to get sponsorship which will benefit the company immensely. So once again thanks for all of the support you continue to show me and Grindhouse Pictures.
Go to www.grindhouse-radio.com and check out the podcast. Tom is the man for getting it up on the site so quickly. So yes for the record Tom and I hashed out our differences and everything is right with the world. So listen to the show and enjoy!
Vengeance. Many people have called it the most useless of human emotions. Some have even said the one consumed by vengeance is far worse off then the object of their vengeance…bullshit. Vengeance is pure. Vengeance is absolute. Vengeance is the great equalizer, it wipes the slate clean. That’s how I’ve always viewed vengeance and the idea of revenge. It’s been a topic explored in litereature and cinema. Sometimes brilliantly other times…pretty awful. Following is my list of top 10 vengeance movies. One of my pet projects is a screenplay where the central theme is vengeance, it’s a topic that I’ve been obsessed with since I was 8. OK, enough about me…without further adieu, here are my top 10 vengeance movies.
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Sally Field toting a big old hand gun. What else do you need? Oh yeah a plot synopsis: Sally Fields daughter is brutally raped and murdered while she listens on a cell phone. The rape scene is pretty graphic and disturbing so be warned if you’ve never seen it. Anyhow Kiefer Sutherland plays the rapist/murderer to a frightening pitch and you honestly can’t wait for Sally to fill him full of lead. A lot of people didn’t like this movie but I enjoyed it…I enjoy anything with Ed Harris.
Death Sentence (2007)
Uber violent and graphic. I enjoy James Wan’s work I think he has a great eye for capturing visually stunning shots, he just get’s a little to caught up in being stylistic at times and this movie suffers for it…but only a little. Kevin Bacon is the bomb and the body count he piles up is pretty impressive for a vengeance movie.
Disturbing. That is all that can really be said about this film. It’s a wonderful concept of a story being told in reverse where the shocking beginning is actually the shocking ending…or something like that. Any how without a doubt the most violent and disturbing rape scene I have ever witnessed, this includes the crazy rape scene from I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. This is the first of two movies on this list where rape was the motivation for revenge. There are some particularly good gore scenes in this movie and the acting in it is incredible but I can’t rank this movie higher than 8 because of the brutal rape scene. Like I said this is the first of two movies where the motivation for vengeance is rape so now on to the second…
Thriller: They Call Her One Eye (1974)
I prefer that title to the one it was re-released with. Another brutal rape scene that is hard to stomach but man the violence in this movie is off the hook. This is a classic Grindhouse movie chock full of violence, blood, and nudity. Christina Lindberg is beautiful and incredible in this movie…we watch her transfor from angelic, innocence to a blood crazed junkie hooker. This movie is certified BAD ASS and you can find it with the x-rated rape scene taken out which is how I would recommend one to watch it.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
When I compiled this list I had to ask myself a very simple question…do I have one entry covering the entire brilliant vengeance trilogy by Park Chan Wook or do I treat them individually since they all are drastically different except for the central theme. I decided to treat them individually because each movie on it’s own is brilliant. Park really examined his artistic side in this the third installment of his vengeance trilogy. A lot of people trashed this movie, those who dislike it say the movie lost focus in act 3 and interestingly enough the main character was lost in the shuffle. I disagree and would love to get into detail but I try to keep my lists spoiler free so my readers can experience these movies for themselves all I can say is those who trash this movie are misguided.
Death Wish (1974)
Charles Bronson could kill cancer! This movie is certified BAD ASS. Even the sequels weren’t terrible…OK maybe they were but it’s still Bronson kicking major ass. I love this movie, seen it over 30 times and it only gets better.
Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)
Yes I combined them when I didn’t for the vengeance trilogy. But let’s compare, this truly is one movie with one central plot. They split it into two parts for a variety of reasons but it was originally supposed to be one film. What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. It’s a masterpiece, Tarantino at his absolute best and Uma Thurman was incredible. The violence was off the hook, the fight sequences masterful and the character unforgettable. I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched the Kill Bill’s. If you haven’t seen them…you’re insane.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
I adore this film. It is both beautiful and violent. It is a very sad tale, one that leaves you breathless at the end. It’s one of those films where you have genuine feelings for all the characters. You will cry when you watch this film. The heartbreaking loss, the feeling of helplessness, the mixed emotions of what you want to happen and what actually does. This move is an absolute masterpiece. Watch it as soon as you can. I want to jump into the plot of this movie so badly but like I said earlier my lists are spoiler free.
All I can say is MAXIMUS! Who hasn’t seen this movie and not been moved. This movie is one of my all time favorites. Russel Crowe is magnificent, Joaquin Phoenix was reprehensible and brilliant as Commodus. Never before had sat in a movie theatre and awaited so eagerly when Commodus would finally get his. My all time favorite moment in this movie is when Maximus reveals himself to Commodus and the look of horror on Commodus’ face and the way his lip trembles in fear makes you want to stand up and scream F–K YEAH! And then he looks Commodus in the eye and says. ” I am the father of a murdered son, the husband of a murdered wife and I shall have my vengeance in this life or the next” You know it’s on like Donkey Kong. So close to being my number one but alas there can only be one…
Brilliant tale of vengeance and how it can consume one to the point of insanity. But who is getting revenge on whom? This movie is masterful and completely f-d up. The reveal at the end is one of absolute astonishment. I remember the first time I saw this incredible film, which is the second installment of Park’s vengeance trilogy, I remember calling a friend and telling him that I am on my way to his house and I am bringing one of the best movies ever made with me. This is one of those movies that sticks with you long after you watch it. I watch this movie at least twice a year and each time I find myself holding my breath when the ending draws nearer…now that’s a movie.
There you go. Feel free to comment, tell me I’m crazy or tell me how brilliant my list is…either way I can’t wait for the responses. By the way if you haven’t seen Oldboy…go get it…NOW!