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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Leaving Eden, Day 4, Auditory Armory @ Pipers Bar and Grille Live Concert review...



Dan's Movie Report, takes a musical turn to the party in Green Acres Florida on Saturday October 14th, as Leaving Eden from Boston headlined a magical night of female fronted music at Pipers Bar and Grille. Pipers is a great live local venue that is super artist friendly and run, owned, and managed by bassist Greg Watts.

Having a soft spot in my metal heart for Auditory Armory, I was thrilled that they made the trek down from the Orlando area. Starting a bit after 9pm the show was kicked off in grand fashion, with their unique sound and blistering rhythm section. 

Above Photo Copyright 2017 Danny Templegod, Exclusive for Dan's Movie Report
 

A bit of old and new permeated their set which includes a Type O Negative cover. Great set and April's between song banter, will um, make some fn noise get the crowd riled up. Total pro's Auditory Armory has a wealth of live experience, and is ready to rock the moment they arrive.

The second band Day 4, I knew very little about, played some cover tunes, and were pretty fun, perhaps the highlights were a Stevie Nicks cover. The crowd liked them, as the music they played was familiar.

Leaving Eden took the stage around Midnight and let us say, Eve was ready to rock. The three piece band had a bass backing track for a full sound, but damn it, the stage presence was off the charts. Eve was bouncing around the place taking hats off of the patrons, she must like hats. The cool thing, everyone was really into it. She was off stage a bunch and involving everyone in the music. Piercing guitars and crunchy drums made rock seem like back in the cool 80s stadium days, yet a personal sound. Eve's voice is heavy, yet subtle at the same time, she could peal paint off of a wall, yet, repaint the same wall a few seconds later. 

April and Eve Onstage Copyright 2017 Danny Templegod, exclusive for Dan's Movie Report
 

The highlight of the night was something I thought not possible, when April, the usually immovable object in slam dancing not being able to be knocked over, and or moved, and I were singing and enjoying Leaving Eden by the stage Eve came up to her and said come on stage first with a gentle tug then a full tug of war pull with both hands. I am assuming if April says no, Eve would probably put her over shoulder and make sure she has fun. HA. Once that happened the flood gates opened during the Alice In Chains number and everyone in the audience was singing and bobbing their head. War Pigs was also played, and again, the crowd was involved. Leaving Eden's original music is really good, as they played stuff from their new CD. 

 

All three bands were super friendly and had a great vibe going on, Leaving Eden should break out, and deserve to be playing huge places. Ended up picking up some new Auditory Armory merch along with a couple of CDs from Leaving Eden and a poster.

For further information on Leaving Eden, like their Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/bandleavingeden/
For further information on Auditory Armory like their Facebook Page @  https://www.facebook.com/auditoryarmory/
For all the happenings @ Pipers like their Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/Piperssportsbar/


Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Forlorned (2017) Movie Review

Above Poster on IMDB from Midnight Releasing


Of course it is nearing Halloween so what better way than to celebrate it with some horror. The Forlorned rather uninteresting yarn about a legend. The novel was written by Angela Townsend and I could not help thinking watching this, that some stories are better left to the reader imagination. The plot is good yet, at barely an hour and 20 minutes, the lower budget film seemed not to not have the presence nor the energy to warrant a recommendation. Even near the end a character is essentially explaining what is happening.

All is not lost, as there is some really cool make-up and some artistry shown in the film, sadly a story of this scope and magnitude just needed more of a budget. I respect the effort as with the locations and special effects taking up probably much of the cash, it probably was hard to get the full story across.

The Forlorned is probably a rent for horror fans only, others probably wait for Netflix or TV, and rates a 5 out of 10.

'Q' (2014) Movie Review

Above: Q Poster IMDB credit

Q Movie Review (2014)

Brash and unforgiving 'Q' blasts your senses like a hammer, yet the air in the film is light. A ravished slum in India is home to a particularly seedy family, with the mother, actress Heeba Shah, in crises, with a small boy and a baby, when a new girl is introduced to her house she is tasked with taking care of her, until such time that she is taken or used.

I do not want to spoil this Netflix film, (India) it is called, yet, 'Q' is so horrible, yet enlightening at the same time, as it leaves more questions than it answers. What is the motivation, is it strictly money? Why even bother to dress up, and play the charade if the outcome is the same?

The boy is told not to friend the girl, and eventually they are left alone and do interact. The acting between the young leads is superb, natural, not like acting, more like a spy camera in the room. This is an Indian film and there is no dancing, no spectacle, just raw emotion, and a seething sadness permeating throughout, mixed in with occasional joy, such as the boy's birthday. Because of this, the audience is forced to listen intently to the dialogue, and even in silence facial expressions and body language speak volumes.

The further the movie progresses, one minute you want to just cry with Heeba Shah and her softness and caring for her own children, then the cold anger, and black heart rears it's ugly head in the later third. Is she a monster, or a victim of her own poverty. 'Q' asks the questions and leaves the viewers to decide. Kudos to Netflix for picking up this important film, and exposing a topic rarely talked about, in this manner.

Creator Sanjeev Gupta really made me think, get angry and want to do something, that said, what can we do, except talk about it, money motivates, and desperate people, at times will want to do anything for it.

I spoke at length with Casting Director and star Ashwin Shukla and he says that the shooting time was about one and a half months, and five different babies were used during production. He cast the two kids and at the time they were around 8 to 9 yrs old. I have never seen kids act like this before, again not coached but just being themselves, not like they were acting, just being.

The movie is really incredible, and rates an 8.5 out of 10, difficult subject matter, yet important for the world to see what horrors some children have to endure.

Subscribe to Netflix today @ www.netflix.com or if you are a subscriber, watch the film, and form your own opinions. https://www.netflix.com/title/80161850

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Harvey Weinstien Ousted, My Thoughts About Repairing the Company Image

Producer Harvey Weinstein's ousting after the New York Times expose exposes the dark underbelly of Hollywood that is rarely discussed, and when it is often times it is made light of. With today's news coming that TWC or The Weinstein Company itself will be re-branded, and the name itself dissolved. I am hoping that more people who have had dealings with Harvey will come forward, and be honest. Today it was announced that more names like Angelina Jolie, have come forward.

It is all over the news about his payments to several women throughout the years, but the big thing is, his high powered name is entrenched in Academy Awards and his films have made a mark on the landscape of movie making. A tough road for sure but, one possible way to begin to make things right, is by releasing his films, and having ALL, yes I say every damn cent going to domestic abuse, sex slave, and rape survivors. Wait what, lose money you say, yes! The thing is TWC, or whatever it will be called is in full damage repair mode, by doing this, it may be able to start fresh.

A good place to start, is the recent Netflix/TWC co-release, Crouching Tiger 2: Sword Of Destiny. The 20-25 Million Dollar film, was a Harvey Production and Netflix exclusive property. As of this writing, there are no US DVD or Blu-Ray planned releases. Wait, why release a film that is supposed be exclusively a property of the service? If you look at the shelves, the Netflix Marvel properties are very slowly making their way to store shelves. Actually Netflix themselves, an amazing company, is probably losing money, not releasing special editions of their films with additional footage, say  8 to 12 months after release.

As I trip off my soapbox, being someone who goes out of their way to support women in action, it appalls me to see this, women have it extra hard in the business, as there is already a stigma against them. The stunt ladies, have to do hard fights and falls in slinky clothing, female directors and director of photography are often slighted and not thought of as equal to men, and actresses themselves are easily pushed aside for the next person, who is younger and willing to play the game. I am hoping that more ladies will speak up as soon as this happens and not push it under the rug. My message to the ladies: Do not laugh it off, say something, and do it right away.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Princess Chronicles: Beauty vs Red" Movie Review and Unleashes Indiegogo Campaign!



Greetings valued readers of Dan's Movie Report, again normally I despise people begging for cash, but Vlad Rimburg and his team really have created something amazing. The 5 minute short, shot on the 4k Red Epic Dragon is a prelude to a larger conceptual piece that will champion women in action. Starring the amazing Amy Johnston and Mickey Facchinello "Beauty Vs Red' blurs the lines between fantasy and action.

Vlad Rimburg is a staunch supporter of women in action, and he has many ideas with regards to portraying action. The first 5 minute concept features an axe wielding, crazy red riding hood type girl portrayed by Mickey. She snarls, and gets really aggressive in the forest. Not to be out done, the beauty portrayed with vim and wispy aggression by Amy Johnston, complete with a dual set of blue brass knuckles, uses a bow and arrow to get her point across!

Having close to a million views on Facebook, the Woods Entertainment Production, hopes to become part of a whole series, and is seeking a massive 300,000 dollars to create the episode, and has several perks including Red's Axe, and a one minute fight scene choreographed by Vlad.

From Lauren Mary Kim: " I'm always a big supporter of ppl creating their own projects. Have an idea and just do it! Have nothing stand in your way and see all the doors open up. It's very inspiring to see Vladislav Rimburg doing his thing and using the best like Amy Johnston and Mickey Facchinello. Great job to everyone who worked on this because everyone plays a vital role. Lets, as a community, fund this project to elevate all of us; for all you aspiring film makers, stunt performers, actors , 2nd unit directors, etc etc. Help pave the way for productions to see that we can make epic content."

Definitely worth a watch 'Beauty Vs Red' rates a strong 7 out of 10! I want to see more. For further information on the project go to:

https://www.facebook.com/WoodsEntertainmentProductions/
Vlad Rimburg: https://www.facebook.com/vladrimburg/

Blast your browsers to the campaign @ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/princess-chronicles-action#/