6 items from 2014
Addison Heath, writer of the recently released Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, re-teams with some of the cast from that film – including Kristen Condon, Aston Elliot and a scene-stealing Glenn Maynard (as a crazy TV evangelist) – for his feature film directorial debut Under a Kaleidoscope, a film which is less of a traditional narrative tale and more a look at life through an LSD haze.
The crux of the film deals with Caleb Loomis (Shimada) an agoraphobic twenty-something who spends his days making UFO movies with cardboard props, eating baked beans, smoking weed and downing an unhealthy amount of LSD. One afternoon, after hearing his neighbour Beatrice (Condon) being being abused for the umpteenth time, he strikes up a friendship with her through a hole in the wall…
I say crux of »
- Phil Wheat
WWE’s developmental territory Nxt has come on leaps and bounds over the last year with an increasing number of its stars making waves on the main roster.
The likes of Rusev, The Wyatts, Paige and Bo Dallas all started with the Florida based promotion alongside Messrs Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins which shows how integral Nxt has become to WWE.
The Nxt superstars are given a platform to develop a niche following before taking it to next level on Raw and Smackdown.
Such is the state of the current programming, many see Nxt as WWE’s most compelling brand which is as much a complement to the up and comers as it is a detriment to the main roster.
The nature of the beast means WWE needs to be exceptional at forward planning. They need to know how the storylines of today will end and where the storylines of tomorrow will then start. »
- Ross Tweddell
There's some serious partying going on one late October evening in a remote area outside of Toronto. From a distance, a fire pit's glow cascades over the area. Loud music interrupts the midnight silence. Clanging beer bottles and glasses contribute to the festive atmosphere. Male voices can be heard and so can .... growling?
This is no human get-together. Mere steps away, a feral pack of werewolves is celebrating merrily around the charred body of a victim as it roasts on a spit. The werewolf predators sit on tree stumps as they rip into their human meal and take swigs of alcohol. A tent stands in the background next to a large table. But the true showstopper on-site is a throne with deer bones adorning the top.
All of a sudden, alpha werewolf Connor (Jason Momoa) slowly stands up from his crouched position, cocks his head and looks around. All the »
- Bryan Cairns
There have been a few stars over the years who started brightly only to see their career fade and sometimes even plummet. Perhaps one of the best examples of someone looking set to become a regular face at Award shows, particularly during the nominations montage, before falling from grace, was Eric Roberts. In fact one of his earlier films, The Pope of Greenwich Village, saw Roberts star with Mickey Rourke, whose career followed the same trajectory. An early run of solid films with critical acclaim, followed by a lengthy spell largely spent in B-movies, with the occasional more high profile bit part thrown in. Whilst Rourke had a second coming with The Wrestler recently, Roberts is still waiting for such an opportunity, and it’s an opportunity that would be fully deserved.
Before becoming something of a sitcom gag, »
- Gary Collinson
Reviewed by Grace Fontaine, MoreHorror.com
Written and Directed by Gregory Blair
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr. (Grafton Torn), Mikhail Blokh (Deter McManus), Cindy Merrill (Ally Morris), Lisa Hart (Kat Torn), Gregory Blair (Crawford Davis), Ronny Coleman (Doctor Myers), Shaun Gerardo (Ash), Dawna Leigh Heising (Nurse Vorhees) and Josh Patterson (Noose Man/Hatchet Man)
Any writer will tell you that Writers’ Block is The Worst because it could be considered a type of amnesia. There is nothing more defeating than sitting down in front of your word processor/writing pad/computer/wall of your padded cell and not finding the motivation or the desire to get to work. The ability to get over this obstacle all but takes a miracle for a writer to overcome be it through a creative muse, having a heck of a dream or an epiphany that suddenly puts it all into perspective. Now, while Writers’ Block is a bane, »
Pro wrestling should offer a mix of joy and elation, unfortunately it has all too often been overshadowed by darkness and tragedy. While in recent years the WWE has enforced health considerations to the fullest extent, the industry hasn’t always been so well looked after. In the 90′s and 2000′s we the fans got far too used to watching wrestling and hearing that a young talent had died. For me personally, this always stirred feelings of sadness and to an extent guilt — how can I invest in something which is killing the performers?
The stories continued to come. Drug overdoses, ring accidents and even suicide. The nature of the beast seemed to create a fatal environment. What are the reasons for wrestling and death being so linked to each other? A lot of it is down to the intense nature of the business. A wrestler often has to »
- Grahame Herbert
6 items from 2014
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