Movie Reviews

Truly Hardcore

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There’s a time in your life when you just watch a movie and just spend the next few days talking about it. This time, it was Hardcore Henry. There’s really not a ton I can say about it but… I think I can say a few things.

First of all, I went to an early screening with Hank. We were the 2nd people in line and waited about 4 hours. Because we were going to get those seats nice and far back because we weren’t trusting a first person movie right off the bat with our stomachs (saw Captain Phillips in the front row. Never fucking again.) After sitting down and getting some nachos. We were ready to rock.

Hardcore Henry is a first person action movie. It puts you in the shoes of the hero has he throws, shoots, and freeruns all over the place.

 

I’m basically going to stop describing it here, because you can watch the trailer right above and figure everything out from there.

 

The most important thing is this… I didn’t get any motion sickness whatsoever. Maybe it’s because I’ve played FPSes for so long. But there isn’t any more camera shake than the Bourne films so if  you can survive that, you’ll be okay.

 

It’s Hour Thirty runtime seems just right. It gets Henry’s story in and out quickly. But the real star of the movie is Sharlto Copley who wears many hats during this movie (again, trying not to spoil the fun for you.)

 

Basically, what I’m getting at is this… go see it in theaters. It’s best with friends. I was lucky enough to see it in a crowded theater. You’ll whoop and holler throughout the whole thing. It’s fun like that. Shoutout to director Ilya Naishuller for giving me hope that there are original action movies out there. What’s next? A sequel? That could really be fun.

Anyway, go see it before it’s out of theaters.

 

Expect a video when it’s out on Blu Ray where I point out all the references.

Using Roller Derby Skaters in Film: A Look at C-Block.

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It’s been some fun filming… what will be the first three episodes of C-Block (stressful for me, but what can you do?). It’s been in an interesting experience to say the least. But I’ve said that about a million times. But it remains true. But I’m actually going to talk about something. Derby skaters as actors.

First of all, Derby skaters aren’t actors these days. We’re not talking the old school WWE-like derby here (though how awesome would that be these days?). They’re normal folks with a pretty difficult to master skill set… wrecking the shit out of people on skates in a semi-controlled manner. You have to ask to yourself when you’re making a series like this, how will they fare right out of the gate? Well I can tell you that things are mixed.

First off. You have to remember, they’re human (duh) and 9 times out of ten haven’t really done the type of thing they’re asking you to do and never been in this sort of long term situation that is filmmaking. You have to keep that in mind always you’re dealing with non-actors. They’re going to be all pins and needles that first day or two and patience is key.

However, when you get to that point when they’re all settled in, that whole mindset from derby can come right over and incorporate itself into your film… and it doesn’t really matter if there’s skating or not.

This really hit me on the last day when I was working with Lindsey and Kelly when I started writing this. When you’re filming those skating scenes, it’s important to know your marks. It is ALWAYS important to know your marks, but in this case it was imperative. Because you have to remember in derby, if you go out of bounds, you have to come back at the same spot you went out. That crosses right over into the filmmaking. That’s pretty cool.

Then there’s the idea of practice makes perfect. For both, you need to know what the hell you’re doing. It isn’t going to ALWAYS be perfect of course but you have to have a general gameplan… or things are just gonna go nuts. If you’ve ever seen a derby team that hasn’t practiced or 48 Hour Film… you know the drill.

Lastly, there’s a sense of loyalty. When you’re on a team. You know that no one person in more important than the other. And you all step up for one another. United you stand, divided you fall. With the derby players, it takes a lot to be at practice once or twice (or more) a week and get beat up. Then actually skate your bout and get beat up twice as hard.

Same goes for making these films. You have to listen to some jerk and get sucked into his make believe land. It requires the same levels of dedication because everything can’t happen without everyone being where they need to be. Everyone needs to be on same page as everyone else to create a wonderful experience that will exist pretty much forever. Or until the earth isn’t habitable anymore. That means everyone working as a

So basically, if someone wants to act for you, and they do roller derby… it’s a really safe bet they’ll work well with you. But on the other hand. They’re still happen and things could happen that are unpleasant. But it’s worth the risk. I wouldn’t change a thing. Okay, I lied. Maybe a few things. But it’s all good.

Stay tuned. There’s going to be more C-Block coming. It’s gonna be great. And it’s all here.

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Waifu Fighting: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax review

Put your weeb hats on. It’s time for Anime. Yoooooah Anime!

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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax if you don’t know already is a fighting game based on the popular anime and manga house that brought you stuff like Sword Art Online. I mention that because it’s the only one I’ve actually watched from this game.

Now here comes the hard part, reviewing it.

As a big fighting game player, I want to just jump right into training mode and vs mode and just start learning everything that I can. Thankfully pretty much all of the motions in this game are half and quarter circles, like most Anime fighters.

I spent a good amount of the time (about 15 hours total) just playing Vs matches with my friend. It’s broken as hell and there’s shit flying all over the place. And best of all, there’s no slowdown. So you’re going to be linking combos together just fine if you ever placed Melty Blood or games like that.

To play, you just pick your character, then you get an assist character. Each has two assists both activated with the assist button or holding forward and pressing assist. There’s some pretty broken combinations in it. I’d go completely into the functions of the game. But I want to keep the article short. I’d be going on forever.

For those of you who play fighters, I used the Marvel/KOF button setup to play this. My fingers thanked me for making the switch.

I didn’t get a chance to try the online much at all, considering there was no one else actually online. But once I do, I’ll give you guys an update. But I suspect it’s actually decent knowing the engine.

The story modes are full of all kinds of fanservice that you’ll love if you’re into Anime. I really got bored with the single player stuff and really wanted to get into the fights. But I’m sure you might like it if you’re into crazy, Kingdom Hearts level writing.

There’s just one problem. We all know that an update Fighting Climax: Ignition is out in arcades in Japan and hitting the PS4 in December. I don’t know if this version will get an update. I asked Sega about it, but I haven’t heard any word back yet. But we’ll see how that goes. It would suck to be a version back.

If you’re into Anime, buy this.
If you’re into Anime Fighters, buy this. It comes with a badass soundtrack to bump loudly while driving through the hood.

Just give it a try. It’s not expensive.

You can pick it up on PS3 or Vita… if you actually own a Vita.

Everything is Chrome in the Future

No one reads my stuff anyway. So I want to try and talk myself through the opening cinematic and everything I want to do in the future. I made a video where I touched on some of those things, but I really don’t like making videos but the algorithms say I have to. So that’s there anyway.

I mentioned the series itself being a mixture of 70’s Grindhouse with that pretty, new coat of paint. A lot of what made them so good were just the way they started. You pretty much knew what you were getting into right at the start and you could get your mind ready as such.
It’s not the 70’s but I’ll give you Death Proof. You can see Tarantino’s foot fetish in full display. But if you watch below, you see it slowly puts you in the mood to be introduced to the first set of women.

Another example is A Scanner Darkly. You’ll be put right into the mindset about 10 seconds in. You’ll see what I mean. Prepare to itch.

I need to establish the tone right off the bat or else everything will just fall flat from there. That’s really what I’m concerned about.

As I’ve been writing I’ve been pulling out a lot of movies for some inspiration as I go along.

Such as Switchblade Sisters, which has a particular scene at a roller rink actually.

Then there’s this movie. There’s an intensity in this movie that I’ve just always loved. It’s one I don’t always see. You can really see the similar tone to what I’ve written.

Then there’s this one that I didn’t see until really recently. Don’t know how I missed it for so long considering the great fight scenes it has. Some of the best I’ve ever seen actually.

You’ve read and you can draw a lot of parallels with what I’m trying to accomplish. Just trying to do it in my own way. Cinema-Wise that is.

But of course, my second love is video games. And sometimes I’m able to actually squeeze in some time with my fighters… and Smash Bros which isn’t a fighting game. Sorry, it’s not.

For obvious reasons, this. You’ll see a ton of references of Jet Set Radio when you see the finished product.

Then of course, Madworld. Because it’s violent as hell. We’re over the top and only using practical effects, so why not go big or go home. We won’t be impaling anyone with a stop sign, but I think we’re figure out some fun stuff to do. If anyone asks me how I thought of such violent stuff. I’m not just thinking about Smash TV. Of course we’re not so violent yet. The situation isn’t really there for me to do some of the cool stuff I wanna do yet.

Okay, enough of that.

Now, the format, Instead of the fewer, longer episodes… I opted to go for more, shorter episodes. Each one will be less than 15 minutes, there will be 10 of them. And when all is said and done, it’ll basically be a long movie if you just want to sit and watch it all the way through. This is what all the Netflix has trained you for anyway.

So yeah, I had to throw all this stuff down real quick. At least talk about some stuff. Lemme know how you feel.

CASTING NOTICE (Electric Boogaloo): Roller Derby Web Series C-Block

Production title: C-Block
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Web Series (30 minutes)
Project format: 16:9 HD

Company website: http://www.wolfenfilms.com

Filming Location: Goshen, Indiana

Director: Joseph Greene
Email: wolfenfilms@gmail.com
Compensation: Yes

Synopsis:
“C-Block” is a web series about a woman and her discovery that roller derby is more than just a great sport sometimes and can be used for my sinister needs. Now she has to figure out this new world and deal with old and new friends and enemies over the course of the 6 episode series.

Character BIOS

[Fay] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 25-35]

Fay tends to float her way through life. Not really committing to anything or anyone. Has a ban short term memory and always forgets to lock her door. She likes to skate in her free time but has never really thought much about it until the death of a friend. She has to figure out how to balance actually staying alive with managing a team.

What my Place is.

I really only write these things for myself so I don’t end up talking to myself all day. That can’t be healthy.

A benefit of living here in Goshen Indiana is the fact that I pretty much spend all of my days alone with my thoughts. And lately my thoughts have been good ones, for the first time in a long time. But of course I can’t help feeling if I’m doing the right thing that filmmakers are supposed to do. I really don’t have anyone rallying around me, most don’t even want to be seen with me.

Does that hurt my feelings? Hells yeah, it used to, a lot. It’s more just annoying now. I’ve really come to terms with some things.

I’m never going to be a popular kid. Never wanted to be. I just want to keep doing my own thing, because people can and will appreciate you for doing so, even if it’s years down the road. Then everyone who didn’t give a single hoot about you is going to decide to give two maybe three hoots about you.

I really don’t like being the center of attention (which is why I don’t like to act). But I do love it when everything comes together.

Just have to keep working at it. Someone will realize all the hard work.

Death, Tea, that’s just how we do things here. What our new series C-Block is about.

Yeah, we still don’t have any artwork for this. Because I’m artistically challenged like that.

But yeah, I was talking about roller derby movies and stuffs not to long ago and went ahead with the production. See, we’re official and shit.

So I’ll give you a really quick breakdown on what exactly we’re doing.

It’s a Web Series.

-I really wrestled with the format. But I found I always worked better with slower, dialogue driven stuff. This will give me a chance to really get down and dirty with all of the characters. Really make them feel like something. Just stuff you can’t do in an hour and a half considering the subject matter.

-A benefit of this is the lack of grind. When you’re making a feature, so much can go wrong, and you have to have everything just right or you’re going to have to rework everything and anything. And that’s a grind I don’t want to go through right now. And since we’re staying in the derby scene as far as actors are concerned.

-6 Episodes I have planned. We’ll film the first episode and we’ll see how we feel about that. I don’t want to throw anyone into a 6 episode grind without being on the same page as everyone else at all times. That, and I can have more time to get more funds. Funds of course are good because no one works for me for free. That’s just my thing.

-I can release them whenever I want, without having to go through a lot of bullshit trying to get it screened somewhere. What’s mine is mine and I can do what I please.

-Where will it film. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I have people from Chicago calling me back there. But we’ll figure it out.

The breakdown and all that is on the IMDB, and I have the script here for anyone what wants to read it. You can find me right here.

Hopefully I can nail down a cast somewhat soon.

Hey, roller derby! Series and stuff! Yay!

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You see, I made a funny.

It’s movie time again. But we’re doing something a little different this time around. Like I said before I’m moving away for those full blown features because they’re a pain in the ass that I really don’t want to deal with right now. As you can see from past events, you can’t really blame me at this moment. We’re moving over towards shorts and web series. And this is what I hope to actually be our first web series.

It still doesn’t have an actual title (I’m hoping someone will help me out with that) but it’s basically about the darker side of the sports we play (I’ll argue all day, derby is a sport.)

But then again, some of you already know my flair. We have these stories about death and inner/other destruction. Insane twists and normally logical situations, and always in the most ridiculous way. But unlike other times, this one has some far more serious undertones and a group of fresh faces (well mostly, I’m picking one of mine for Chicago because the part was written for her, you all know who I’m talking about.) And doing this as a web series will give me the flexibility as a writer to actually improve things as I go along. Features generally don’t have that luxury without things going haywire.

Also, this movie will feature the skaters themselves and I wouldn’t want to slap a 5 month long shoot on them. Those can be draining if you’re not completely used to them. And it’s hard to tell how anyone will do on camera. It might take some people a little time to adjust, and that’s normal. Personally, I’m bad on camera. That’s why I’m behind it.

I really want to keep this movie within derby mostly because there are some physically able human beings, and we need physically able people, that’s for damn sure.

I already have the first episode written and I have an arc for at least 7 more. Running production between Goshen, South Bend and Chicago. Maybe in between. It all depends on what type of support I get for this script and this production. Because the blessing of the skaters is going to be key in making this work. This is unlike anything I’ve seen roll out of sport. It’s a prime opportunity to make something completely original and that’s the stuff that excites me. And of course all the fresh faces and personalities and I’ll get to deal with. And I welcome everybody, the crazier the better.

It’s going to be an interesting time watching this one grow. Any comments or questions can go into the comments section that no one ever uses on WordPress. Or you can hit up the good ol’ facebook page. I’ll be around updating that more often. And last you can hit up Stream Monster Productions and talk to that guy over there. He knows a lot about the production as well. Until then, don’t do drugs and brush your teeth.