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EVERLASTING PREMIERES IN LONDON

Anthony Stabley’s Everlasting will have its World Premiere in London at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival on Nov. 11. The romance-thriller follows a HS Student (Adam David) as he journeys from Colorado to L.A. in order to find the truth behind the murder of his girlfriend (Valentina de Angelis).

Everlasting features a stellar cast, which includes SAG Award Winner Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), Michael Massee (Seven), Robert LaSardo (Nip / Tuck) and Bai Ling (The Crow).

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Songs by Crystal Castles, Cold Cave and L.A. Vampires accent a strong original score composed by Scott Gordon, David Levita of Criminal Minds fame.

Jerry Smith (Icons of Fright) praised Everlasting as… “An honest and heartfelt look at young love, and the darkness that engulfs people at time. It’s a film that stays with you long after it’s over.”

Writer-Director Anthony Stabley, an Art Director for many years, initiated the project in 2011 with the help of Indie Producer / Casting Director Shannon Makhanian and long time collaborator Candi Guterres. “It’s been a long journey, but we are quite thrilled to be premiering in London. For our wonderful cast and the entire Everlasting team here in Los Angeles, this is greatly appreciated,” expressed Stabley.

Jessy Williams (Scream Magazine UK) applauded Everlasting and remarked… “Films like this are far and few between, and it’s refreshing to watch something so genuinely poignant and effective.”

The Crystal Palace International Film Festival, known as the UK’s Coolest film event, runs from Nov. 6 – 28th. For more info visit.. CPIFF

 

 

  • Cast: Valentina de Angelis, Adam David, Elisabeth Rohm, Michael Massee, Robert LaSardo, Bai Ling, Molly Tarlov, Guinevere Turner, Yareli Arizmendi, Shayla Beesley, Cortney Palm, Kristina Ellery, Bernardo Pena, Mark Sherman.
  • Writer-Director: Anthony StableyProducers: Shannon Makhanian, Anthony Stabley, Super Grande Films
  • Executive Producers: Penny and David Drucker, Steven Schalk, Barbara and Scott Gordon, Candi Guterres
    Associate Producer: Debra Trevino
  • Cinematographer: Jon Bickford
    Production Design: Candi Guterres
    Editors: Bryan Colvin, Brad McLaughlin
    Costumes: Alycia Belle
  • Sound Mixer: Dana Ferguson
    Composers: Scott Gordon, David Levita

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Check Out the New Poster for ‘The Hollow’

The more I hear and see about The Hollow the more excited I get. Having Sadler, Forsythe and Fahey in the same movie is awesome.

 

Synopsis: From Acclaimed filmmaker Miles Doleac and Academy Award Winning producer Lisa Bruce (The Theory of Everything), The Hollow fixes on a team of F.B.I. agents as they arrive in a small town in Mississippi to investigate the death of a U.S. congressman’s daughter in a mysterious triple homicide.

The ensemble cast includes James Callis (TV’s Battlestar Galactica, TV’s Eureka), Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), William Sadler (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Machete Kills), William Forsythe (TV’s Boardwalk Empire, Halloween) and Jeff Fahey (TV’s Lost, TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn : The Series).

The Hollow will be released 2016.

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Sicario (2015) – Raw Review

Sicario is as dark and terrifying as any film you will see this year, proving that sometimes the best horror movies aren’t horror at all.

This review isn’t going to attempt to question or deconstruct the political and social tones associated with the U.S./Mexico relationship. This is a movie review, not an op-ed on U.S. drug policy, economic relations, or immigration. That caveat in place, Sacario is a movie unlike any other we’ve received from the big-budget Hollywood machine in quite awhile. Listed as actor Taylor Sheridan’s (Sons of Anarchy) first writing credit, Sicario is not a horror movie, but only because it’s based in a world that exists. A world is right next door.  

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Emily Blunt plays an idealistic FBI agent who’s brought in to work a special task force dealing with the Mexican drug cartels. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that just as the Cartels don’t play by the rules of law, American assets don’t always play by the rules either. Along with Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, the cast is a powerhouse. If Oscar buzz isn’t already intensifying it won’t be long till it does.

From the first minute of the film to the last we are exposed to a world where humans dwell, yet humanity has been forgotten. The sheer brutality and graphic nature of the story might be considered hyperbolic if the subject matter wasn’t taken directly from real life. All it takes is a perusal of sites such as Blog del Narco and Wikileaks to see what both the Mexican Cartels and U.S. government are capable of, and while the brutality and inhumanity portrayed in Sicario may be a concentrated dose of the worst aspects of the drug war, the film is grounded in enough realism to be entirely plausible.

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Director Denis Villeneuve, whose previous films include Prisoners and Enemy, does a masterful job using long cinematic shots in conjunction with sharp direct close-ups to throw us deep into the dangers faced by his cast. The American Southwest is presented as a stage upon which a war is raging on both sides of the border. Combined with Johann Johannsson’s amazing score, Sicario establishes a suffocating intensity to every scene. In an article on Noisey by Joseph Yanick, composer Johannsson is quoted as saying:

I wanted to create music that had an underlying tension and a sense of coming from below the earth, like a throbbing pulse that resonates from underground or the pounding heartbeat of a wild beast that is charging at you. I also wanted to evoke the sadness and melancholy of the border, the border fences and the tragedy of the drug war.

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In many ways Sicario is reminiscent of films like It Follows, Gravity, and Mad Max: Fury Road. The score doesn’t just add background music, it’s an additional member of the cast, giving a powerful and pivotal performance that makes a great film even better.

Sicario is the dark, visceral horror crime-drama we’ve waited and hoped for all year. Take an opportunity and see this film. It shows what the perfect arrangement of writer, director and composer can accomplish in Hollywood.

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Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (2012) – Raw Review

Latin exploitation film that has gangsters pitted against a machine gun toting badass.

Latino Exploitation doesn’t often make it mainstream, and by that I mean Netflix streaming, so when Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman appeared out of the blue I had to take a look. The movie is surprisingly fun. A flash in the pan gangster film it uses certain movie and video game […]

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Sushi Girl – Raw Review

Sushi? Crime? Mystery? Naked Woman? Sounds Delicious!



Crime mystery thriller where sushi blood and death is available.

Sushi Girl is a crime thriller done ‘locked door’ style. When Fish is released from prison, after serving six years, he sits down with his old crew to clear the air, eat some sushi and spill some blood.


This film is inevitably going to be compared to Tarantino due to it’s dialogue driven screenplay, intermittent flashbacks and over the top violence. The characterizations are strong and well handled. Tony Todd (Candyman himself) leads the cast which includes Noah Hathaway (Neverending Story), Mark Hamill (who we didn’t even recognize!), James Duval (Go,  Donnie Darko), Courtney Palm (Zombeavers), Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo, etc etc. Lot’s of people in this film.

Things quickly get ugly and violent and crazy. The violence isn’t pervasive through the whole film but it is ugly when it happens. What do you expect, you’re watching a Tarantino-esque crime thriller.

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The story isn’t bad for the most part. The beats are well placed and it never gets uninteresting or flat out boring. The ending is interesting and rather unexpected, however it seems like there was more to the original story that may not have made it out of the editing room. The payoff at the end is lessened because it’s not set-up as well as possible. It’s almost as if the filmmakers wanted to ensure the ending would be a surprise so they remove as many of the clues as possible.

Does it mean the ending sucks? 


No, it’s just feels a little hollow because they didn’t truly earn it.


Do you recommend this movie?


Yes. It’s got enough intrigue, actors and story to make it fun and watchable.


Is it truly like a Tarantino film?


Sure. Look Tarantino created an entire subgenre of crime/gangster movies. Popular culture like to quantify and categorize. This movie is a crime/gangster/mystery/thriller with a lot of swearing, blood, death, etc. It’s an appropriate descriptor.


Why didn’t you recognize Mark Hamill?


Maybe he’s just such a good actor all we saw was the character…  Seriously, the character is interesting and wacky enough that we never once saw Luke Skywalker.

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“I don’t need the force, I’m a badass.” – spoken in Joker voice from Batman cartoon.


Huge cast, do they all have decent roles?


There are six main roles, the rest are bit parts but everyone is great. Seasoned actors filling in the walk-on roles is one of the reasons the movie is better than it should be.


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Date movie?


Eh…tread lightly. If you date enjoys this type of movie then so be it, but there’s nudity and torture. The torture isn’t overdone but it’s kinda gross.

Terror In The Aisles (1984) – Raw Review

Terror Movie Montage

The ultimate collage of popular horror films narrated by scream stars Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen. 

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Terror in the Aisles is a fun commentary on why people find scary movies so fun and fulfilling. Featuring scenes from some the most popular and infamous movies from the 60s, 70s, and early 80s the movie deftly edits them together into a thrilling tapestry of murder, mayhem, and madness. 

“Why make up horrible things when there is already so much real terror in the world? Perhaps we invent artificial horror, to help us cope with the real ones.” – Donald Pleasance 

We love this movie. It certainly has a lot of nostalgia value  but also is a fantastic repository of clips from some of the best and most misremembered horror films from the pre-VHS age. How many of these have YOU seen?


  • This Island Earth (1955)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • Tarantula (1955)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  • The Deadly Mantis (1957)

  • Konga (1961)
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

  • Wait Until Dark (1967)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Klute (1971)
  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • Frogs (1972)
  • Frenzy (1972)
  • The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
  • Sisters (1973)

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Prophecy (1979)
  • Dracula (1979)
  • Nightwing (1979)
  • When a Stranger Calls (1979)
  • Friday the 13th (1980)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Alligator (1980)
  • The Howling (1981)
  • The Funhouse (1981)
  • Ms. 45 (1981)
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)

  • Nighthawks (1981)
  • Saturday the 14th (1981)
  • The Seduction (1982)
  • Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
  • Vice Squad (1982)
  • Cat People (1982)
  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • Alone in the Dark (1982)

You’re Next – Raw Review

You’re Next Scores Big!

This movie was better, much better than it had any right to be. Usually hack n’  slash films follow a standard formula: 
1) Setting is remote, making multiple murder easier. Check!

2) The movie opens with a random murder. Check!
3) The hero/heroine are lovers, married, involved, etc. Check!
4) The murder(s) use completely inefficient and/or complicated weapons/methods to kill the victims. Check!

Okay, so the movie is not original, has standard slasher tropes, is cast with no name actors (mostly), and had little to no publicity until it showed up on Netflix. Whats the deal? Why is it so good?
The movie is good because it’s not overly formulaic. It certainly seems that way in the beginning but quickly turns out to be a well put together thriller with a hero/heroine that is anything but a pushover. 
And the soundtrack… Oh the soundtrack is great. It serves to kick the movie up a notch higher in quality much like this soundtrack did.

Good date movie?

Sure, if your date enjoys thrillers and/or slasher films with strong female characters.

Didn’t you just say it was formulaic?

No, I said it’s…well yes…it starts off… NO! No it’s only formulaic for a little while then it gets good! 

What’s so great about the soundtrack?

Think John Carpenter. Very mood worthy and simple, but it works. 

Where can I see it?

Netflix streaming, Amazon, etc.