Pink Moon

You guys know how I LOVE well-made short films, right? Like, I have a hard-on for that shit. Particularly thought-provoking ones that tackle difficult issues. Pink Moon is totally in that category. TOTES.

Pink Moon is the story of a boy and girl living in a society where heterosexuals are persecuted. As if having to hide their relationship wasn’t enough, the girl gets pregnant (oh, did I mention abortion is forbidden?). It’s a pretty simplistic description for a film that evokes such complex emotion. While the overly-obvious plot device of twisting certain civil rights issues on their heads might be cause for some initial concern, in reality you’ve got a relevant-to-us-all story that needs to be told.

And Pink Moon tells this story with a quiet kind of aplomb. It’s not overbearing in its story-telling, never heavy handed as it could have been in lesser hands than Sal Bardo’s. Brandon Tyler Harris and Cole Johnston as the teenage couple are breathtaking; their chemistry amazing and deeply affecting. The raw honesty here has the potential to shift viewpoints. Beautiful is really the best way to sum up watching this.

My only issue with the film was confusion on my part on how/why people can still have/are having children when heterosexuals aren’t meant to be together. Is it all accidental pregnancies? Insemination? Are there specified “breeders”? I realize there are different ways this could be done but the unclearness here, especially in the hospital scene, drug me out of the story for a moment. That was it though. Apparently a full length version of this movie is being made right now or in the near future (which I cannot WAIT to see!) so I’m hoping things are made a bit more clear in it.

My recommendation is that this be required viewing but since it’s a *free* world, I’ll just highly suggest it instead. ;) Links to the website are above and Facebook links are in the photos and the movie is online and free. Approximately 17 minutes can give you a helluva lot to ponder.

ScareFest Film Festival 8 (2015)

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Hey guys & gals! What’s the haps? :) Hope everyone had a good 4th and there were no fireworks mishaps (looking at you, E…). Wanted to share something for my filmmaker friends out there –

ScareFest Film Festival 8, hosted by Izzy’s Little Creepers (which is an AWESOME name), is happening September 11-13 in Lexington, KY, and they’re still accepting submissions for the festival. It’s a great way to get your work out there (we all know how the festival runs go!) and, obviously, it’s totally suited to you horror & gore creators. :) It looks pretty fun and I’m sad I don’t have any projects that fit into the theme here.

If you’re in the area and just wanna go hang out, the guest line-up includes Sid Haig, Sal Lizard, a bunch of people from this past season of American Horror Story, a bunch of people from Phantasm…there’s several people from older stuff (like The Munsters – is that what that show was called??) and I think that’s pretty cool, anyway. ;)

So check it out, filmmakers, and if you’ve got something to enter – ENTER IT! – so people can watch it and it can win awards and shit! The website has the submission form and all the nitty-gritty but if you wanna screw the deets, I’m including the submission form right here so it’s handy!

Have fun, guys! Let us know if you’re entering something, so we can share the news and rant & rave about the awesomeness of your film and the like. :)

Cheers!

ScareFest

River City Heroes: Ascendance

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*FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION*

From writer/directors Jeremy Scoggins and Matthew Hibbs and Executive Producer P.J. Starks (Volumes of Blood) comes the next generation of super heroes.

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The Trio: Knightmare, Dreamcatcher, and Anarchy-X, three ordinary people, called upon to be the vigilante heroes of a city wrought with dark secrets. Plagued with their own personal demons, they bring it upon themselves to become the saviors in a thankless city. Under the watchful eye of their mentor Chronos, who harbors a past of darkness himself, the Trio wages a war on the villains of the city. The sadistic drug lord Animus holds grip on the underworld, while Persephone Masters, a crafty and powerful politician, sits on high in the city and hires the cold and calculating assassin, Strife, to eliminate anyone who stands in her way. The villains play River City like their own personal chess game with the veiled and mysterious Cryofire corporate power quietly plotting all the moves. With the Trio holding on to what justice there is left in the city, they are faced with unexpected challenges both within themselves and throughout the streets as they set about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted their city.

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In a city where crime seeps from its pores, the victims must become the answer to their own prayers.

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Production Company: Hive Mind Studios

Starring: Jeremy Scoggins, Louisa Torres, Derreck Fraser, Markus Porter, Kevin Arnold, Jeremiah Hinson, Jaron Scoggins.

You too can help stop evil by contributing to the cause!

Volumes of Blood

Are we all getting a little tired of anthologies by now? ABC’s of Death and V/H/S’s all over the place? Yeah? Well, screw them, watch this and have your faith in the anthology genre restored. Volumes of Blood doesn’t just wipe the floor with those two, it wipes the floor with blood (and brains…and guts…and stuff…) and remains wickedly funny throughout.

Volumes of Blood is a super indie collaborative effort out of Kentucky that involved almost 150 people (I believe – correct me if I’m wrong, P.j.!), which is pretty amazing in and of itself. MY last indie project, I was acting, co-directing, holding a boom AND getting coffee, lol. Ah….movie making….I can’t remember the last time I saw an indie look this good though, particularly a lo-budget one. “Misty! Stop talking about behind the scene crap and tell us what happens ON screen!” Yeah, yeah, I hear you…

One badass mofo

One badass mofo

Urban legends is what we have here, guys and gals. But not those silly old boring urban legends we’ve all heard a MILLION times before (no Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary here!). No, we get new urban legends, entirely made up as the film progresses. I have to admit to being a sucker for urban legends because really they’re nothing more than modern fairy tales and my fascination & study of fairy tales is a lifelong thing (that I’m going to refrain from babbling on about – see I can be good). And the legends here have some unique modern spins indeed. From demonic energy drinks to learning lessons about playing pranks to satanic encyclopedias (c’mon, this NEVER ends well!) to ghostly visitors who like to tease…you’ll have a blast from beginning to end.

What’s more is that all the effects are PRACTICAL effects which absolutely makes me shiver with delight. It’s that absolutely brilliant old-school style with just a hint of a lovely Troma-esque influence….*sighs*…..Especially the end….oh the end…There should have been more blood and gore. Yeah. Maybe that’s my one complaint. MORE of this, please!! So those of you who are into that too will def get a kick out of this one.

Blood, blood, blood, yay!

Blood, blood, blood, yay!

There’s also some really good acting going on here. Not gonna lie – sometimes grabbing your friends up to make a movie means not so wonderful acting. Just the truth. But here? Nah. These guys are GOOD. There were a couple of people who only had a line here or there that were a little stiff but all the characters that were essential held my attention and sold it. TOTES. This is even better when you know that a good portion of things were improv.

And ya know what? If I STILL haven’t managed to convince you, I’ll just let my favorite line of the movie do it.

“Learn how to die or start making Christian films!”

P.S. Check ’em out on Facebook!

April Rogue is Here!

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The latest issue of Rogue Cinema is here and you KNOW you’re dying to read it…so what are you waiting for? An engraved invitation?? Sorry, I don’t have any of those. I can give you a preview of the issue though! Inside this month, you’ll find great articles on awesome films like these (and TONS more)!

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Tiki War

Jilel: The Calling of the Shell

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Jilel: The Calling of the Shell is another original Marshallese by Microwave Films (you might remember Zori or The Sound of Crickets at Night from them, as they’ve been reviewed on Rogue Cinema in the past). Jilel has much in common with these former films – from similar camera shots to just a bit of over-preachiness – yet much like the previous two, it is also charming and heartwarming. Jilel is a sweet story that showcases the beauty and talents of the Marshall Islands and it’s people.

Jilel: The Calling of the Shell is the story of Molina, a young Marshallese girl who is confronted for the first time with the idea that her island—her beloved homeland—is vanishing because of the rising seas caused by world-wide global warming and how she turns the tide of doom. When Molina’s grandmother dies, Molina is left to take care of a jilel – a shell that is a family heirloom and said to hold great power. Not realizing it’s importance, her older brother takes the shell to sell it at a local store for cigarette money. However, once out of Molina’s hands, the jilel starts wreaking havoc not only on her brother’s life but also on anyone who comes in contact with. Will the jilel find it’s way home? Jilel: The Calling of the Shell is a global warming fairy tale about the importance of knowledge, respect and preservation.

The landscape of the film is stunning – from the ocean waves to the painted sky to the colorful shacks along the island. Jilel stars local people, who are (for the most part) surprisingly good. Samson in particular stood out as the comic relief. Yes, parts of the film temporarily take on the quality of a homemade video, but Jilel always picks itself back up from there. The story is it’s strongest aspect, however. Deceptively simple, it makes for a powerful allegory about respecting Mother Earth and the damage that’s been done to Her. Equally powerful is the spoken word at the end of the film by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner called “Tell Them” – as much as I enjoyed Jilel, “Tell Them” was my favorite part.

Jilel is highly recommended viewing – not just a fairy tale or cautionary tale, it showcases the beauty of a partially forgotten people and land. Ancient customs are woven throughout the film, creating their own kind of magic. And that’s what this film is – magic.

Volumes of Blood Premiere – Friday the 13th (cue scary music!!!)

Awhile back I did an interview with my friend P.j. about his upcoming horror anthology, Volumes of Blood, and lo and behold the premiere is finally upon us! I, for one, am super excited about this (even if I can’t go to the premiere because distance). I think the anthology is going to be pretty cool though and I’m excited to see it when it gets a wider release. P.j. sent me this teaser short to give you guys a taste of what’s to come, so enjoy!

“Kevin Smith has always been a huge inspiration for me, so I made the decision to create my own universe around Volumes of Blood. This is just the first online short in that mission. The Preylude shows you how one of the characters from the film gets into the situation we find her in, in the film. There’s no real pay off, because the conclusion follows through in the motion picture that releases on Friday the 13th this month at the Owensboro Convention Center. Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds go to a local charity. Doors open at 7 pm. It’s gonna be a great time for a good cause.” ~P.j. Starks

If you want to learn more, check out the Volumes of Blood Facebook page!

February Rogue is Here – You Know You’re Excited!

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It’s that time of month! (Ew no, not THAT time of month…) I only had 3 films this month for Rogue but they were quite possibly the widest range of films I’ve ever had to review at one time – witch hunts to aliens to Lifetime on crack…it was an interesting (and sometimes confusing) time. Stop by and check it all out!

What happens in the life of a single park bench? A LOT, that's what!

What happens in the life of a single park bench? A LOT, that’s what!

 

This one explores the ghosts of the past and involves alcohol, ALL the alcohol.

This one explores the ghosts of the past and involves alcohol, ALL the alcohol.

 

Freaking awesome short film that really packs a punch - chocolate chip cookies are extra.

Freaking awesome short film that really packs a punch – chocolate chip cookies are extra.

Happy 2015, Y’all!

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun (and safe) night last night. :) I hung out with my cat and read and watched movies (because I’m old and boring like that). Still, I’m super happy to see 2014 go. It was a really rough year, kind of a non-stop downhill momentum. Lots of doctors, some hospitalizations and due to those things, I lost passion for some things, forgot what it is I love to do. That’s one thing I’m hoping for in 2015, is the ability to find those things again, whether they be old passions or new ones.

I don’t do resolutions – I’m terrible at things like that, lol. What I do is mottos. And I think my motto for 2015 is “It’s YOUR Life”. Kind of sounds silly but when you’ve been through a year of health issues with different doctors telling you what to take, what to do, how to do things, etc., it can feel like you don’t exactly have control over your life. So this motto means I’m taking back control, even as I continue on the path to healthy, and doing the things I want and creating a life worth living.

Whatever your motto or resolutions, I wish you the best of luck. Here’s to a kick ass year! :)

Serafina says "Happy New Year!" as well!

Serafina says “Happy New Year!” as well!

Cool New Movie Site Announcement!

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Hey, guys and gals! How goes it in the movie watching world? I don’t do this too often, but I got the heads up about this new movie site called Movli and decided to check it out and well, it’s pretty cool so I thought I’d share. Basically, it’s kind of like IMDB meets Facebook meets Netflix meets Entertainment Weekly meets OK Cupid meets Flipboard meets FUN (the noun, not the band). Neat, huh?

So, you start by making a free account (of course) but the catch is that you have to make an account by signing in either via Facebook, Twitter or Google. I’m not a huge fan of sharing my movie watching habits with everyone I know on social media (Bible Belters not so big on things like “Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter” for some reason ;) ) but there IS a reason it’s set up that way. (Technically, you can not sign up at all but then all the actions you perform are only saved locally and you run the risk of losing them.) The reason for the social media sign up is, obvis, so you can see what your friends are watching and vice versa. In Movli’s case, however, this is geared towards making your next group movie night easier and more fun by showing you the most compatible films for your group (not for making fun of that poor girl over at Cinema Schminema who had to sit through “The Sinful Dwarf” on a dare…ahem…Isaacs…).

Next up, you get to the down and dirty business of rating every movie you’ve ever seen (and for people like us, that’s A LOT!). Much like Netflix, this is to gather movie recommendations for you. This happens by setting up your personal genome (I had to look that one up – it has to do with genetics – actually the genetic material of an organism. And the word actually works here. I’m a fan. Also hush, I’m a writer and an actress, not a scientist. ;-p ). Anyway, rating movies here doesn’t just bring you movie recommendations but celebrity recommendations as well (actors, directors, writers). And THAT in turn brings you personalized entertainment news. For example, I rated that I was down with “Star Wars” (THE ORIGINALS!!!) and in my entertainment newsfeed were stories about the upcoming Star Wars movies (and how are we all feeling about those anyway? Thoughts? Bueller?). So to sum up – why is rating so much fun here?:

1) If you haven’t seen a movie but you want to, there’s a progress bar you can slide to show how interested in the flick you are, thereby adding it to your Watchlist.

2) Likewise, if you have NO interest in seeing a movie you can blacklist (and oh, have I been having fun doing that – here’s looking at you “Dumb & Dumber 2″…).

3) You also get to rate celebrities – recommended or just from a general line-up. Well, by “rate” I mean you can “Favorite” the ones you like. And when you do THAT, a little bubble appears in the corner of their photo telling you how many upcoming new films they’ll be in. Clicking on THAT bubble brings up a box with the names of the movies and, if applicable, will tell you how much you’re likely to like the film. Totes cool. TOTES.

Movli ActorsWhat else can you do on Movli? There’s a ton more so I’m going to try to keep the rest of this brief so you can go discover the rest of the fun on your own. BUT:

1) You can find other users to follow and make new friends!

2) You have a wall, similar to a Facebook wall, where all your activity shows up (you can totes delete activity from your wall though, so don’t worry Isaacs – when you rate that you loved that Justin Bieber movie, no one will have to know). You can also leave comments there, as can your followers/friends.

3) There’s a database of like 25,000 free streaming movies. Yes, that means a lot of them are classic films, ones in the public domain. But they also have a fair amount of more recent films as well (from the 80s through now).

4) You not only have a Watchlist of movies TO watch but you also have a Watched list of movies you’ve already seen. Now, that is one majorly handy tool, especially for someone as forgetful as myself!

I dunno, guys, I think it’s pretty kickawesome. I mean, I only JUST started exploring a couple of days ago and already I’ve spent enough time on Movli that the dishes have piled up, I haven’t left the house recently and work was missed… *giggles* My only two issues with the site so far have been the aforementioned having to sign in with a social account and I had issues changing my profile picture (it automatically pulls yours from whichever site you use to sign in with). But in the grand scheme of things, not a bad trade-off.

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Now, if they’d just add boards like Pinterest so we can organize our movies in whatever crazy ways we’d like to share them with the world (or keep them to ourselves, as the case may be) and maybe add a blogging feature so that we could post our reviews on there, it might very well just be perfect. Or possibly overwhelming…see, this is why people don’t let me be in charge of things. ;) Regardless, give it a looksie. You might find you like what you see. :) And of course, you can check them out on social media at either Facebook or Twitter!

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