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The Intervention: Movie Review

Remember “The Big Chill”?  If you’re a fan like me, you not only remember, but you still watch it today.  And have probably said: “they just don’t make movies like that anymore.”

They do now.  Clea DuVall’s “The Intervention” can never take the place of, or upstage, our beloved 80’s comedy-drama, but it fits neatly on the shelf alongside it.

Written and directed by Clea DuVall, she gives today’s generation a big chill of their own, while giving us another laid back film to love.


If you watch it with critic intentions you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment, and missing out on an otherwise enjoyable film.  So, do yourself a favor… go into it knowing it’s similar to “The Big Chill” and be open minded.  You just might appreciate her spin on a favorite.

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The Unconventional Gourmet: Movie Review

A short film that’s not short on creativity.  It’s edited beautifully drawing the viewer in, with captivating cinematography and content.

The script captures the essence of a moment in time, with a twist.  By the films end you’ll have others wondering why you’re so eagerly saying, “welcome to the family“, with a peculiar grin.

Two thumbs up to Wendy Keeling who wrote, directed, and stars, in The Unconventional Gourmet.

Visit the films website for more info, and to watch the movie trailer.

Review: Ghost Hunters Live! 10-15-2015 with Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves

I want to start off with making it clear that Jason is NOT the self absorbed, attitude wielding man that he’s perceived to be. In fact, he’s the opposite.

So many people, including myself until attending the show, have written Jason off as this arrogant prick, and labeled Grant the nice guy of the duo.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let me say… If the guys are having a live show near you, GO!

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The Identical: Movie Review

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From the black and white 30’s to the rockin’ 70’s, The Identical will have you searching within, shaking in your seat, laughing and crying.

Drexel and Ryan, (Blake Rayne), may have been separated at birth, but their connection continues through the music they were born to do.

Packed with plentiful impacting scenes, this star studded cast, (Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano), really delivers in an honest and very real way.

Faith based and family friendly, this film is filled with music that’ll grab ya and have you singing for days to come.

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The Winding Stream: Movie Review

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Most have heard the story of Johnny Cash, but how many know the Carter Family story, how it began and how the Cashes and Carters intertwined?

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The Winding Stream tells the story of the Carter family… The struggles, their start and journey in country music, leading to a life-long legacy with the marriage of Johnny and June.

Eager for the screening of this film, and having watched it, I believe Johnny Cash fans who want the whole story should see it. Note… It’s NOT a film all about Johnny Cash. If that’s what you’re hoping too see, you’ll be slightly disappointed.

I must admit, this film educated me quite a bit on the foundation of country music, and the impact the Carter family had in regards to its growth. They were instrumental in building what is now known, as real country music.

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Field of Lost Shoes: Movie Review

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Faced with war and what they’re fighting for, the cadets of VMI (Virginia Military Institute) showed tremendous courage at the Battle of New Market, 15 May 1864. Based on a true story, Field of Lost Shoes is beautifully shot, packed with a talented cast and crew, and will have you weeping for the young lives lost that day.

From beginning to end, you’ll feel as though you have taken a journey back in time. Walking along side the seven boys this movie is about… taking part in their boyhood antics, struggle with reality, and courage on the battlefield.

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Take Me To The River: Movie Review

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Filled with laughable, tearful moments, this film not only embraces the music, but the people behind it. These words: we don’t have a generation gap, we have a communication gap… hit me with impact and have stayed with me. There’s so much truth in that statement.

Take Me to the River brings too life the process, the love, and where it began. With a heart too mend all that’s wrong, they’ve taken a huge step in the right direction towards bridging the gap. Bringing in young talent to work with, and be mentored by, some of musics greats, adds something special to the film.

To love music as much as I do, you gain a new appreciation and respect for those involved with this project, and want to see it succeed in a big way. It’s one thing to stand on the sidelines and talk about what was, and what has gone wrong, but these folks stepped up and took action.

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Self Offense: Movie Review

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This short film tackles a serious issue in a straight-to-the-point manner. Shedding light on domestic violence and abuse, the film is a gateway to conversation. Too many have suffered, and still do, by an attacker and/or abuser.

Self Offense shows four different stories and the path they take to free themselves, using self-offense (the act of attacking) vs self-defense (the act of defending). Scenes teaching the women instruction are powerful, teachable moments, that are shown at the films end.

Bravo! To the cast and crew for making this film, despite budget constraints.

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Lucky Them: Movie Review

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Music critic Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) sets out too find rock icon and ex-boyfriend, Matthew Smith, who disappeared 10 years earlier. Though a part of her wants to know what happened, if Matthew is in fact still alive, Giles (Oliver Platt) doesn’t give her much choice.

Charlie (Thomas Haden Church) joins Ellie in her search with a video camera in hand, to capture footage for a documentary. He’ll drive you mad along the way in an idiotic but fun fashion, and have you.. awww’ing at the end.

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Jason Marsden: Voice-Over Acting Review

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By far one of the most interesting and fun panels I’ve attended to-date. Jason is full of energy, extremely talented, and quite good at directing. And much shorter than I thought; sorry Jason! LOL

The crowd was a mix of… seasoned voice-over actors, those wanting to break in the industry, and those like myself, who were merely observers.

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