Webisodes Feature: Hero Squad Comedy – House Broken

In the first of many new features coming on TMGB, We’re going to be featuring online web series.

The first series which the TMGB is feature is called “House Broken” from the Hero Squad Comedy – www.youtube.com/user/HeroSquadComedy

House Broken is a new web series that chronicles the hilarious and depraved adventures of Graham and H.G.

This post will feature every episode from House Broken each time it is uploaded.

House Broken – Episode 1: The Homeless

Starring: Graham Denman Alex Llera Nick Crowe Tim Crowe
Created by Nick Crowe ,Theme Song by Graham Denman and Edited by Tim Crowe

House Broken – Episode 2: Rags To Roommates

Graham and Alex talk about the ordeal that Graham has just gone through, but they’re interrupted by an unwanted guest.

Starring: Graham Denman Alex Llera Tim Crowe
Created by Nick Crowe ,Theme Song by Graham Denman and Edited by Tim Crowe

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Ramblin’ Reviews by Shah: 50/50 – 2011

Ah media marketing… the ruiner of perceptions of films. I’ve harped on and on about how the way that certain trailers are edited together for mass appeal during the marketing of a film… KILL any chance that movie would have. This was the case with a certain film I watched recently… 50/50.

50/50 is about an uptight and somewhat awkward Adam, played by the always awesome Joseph Gordon Levitt. This guy coasts through life without anyone really paying much attention to him, including his own girlfriend. However, one fine day he’s faced with the news that he has cancer. The story is of how he comes to terms with this life altering situation, and the not so familiar stages that he goes through in the process.

The way 50/50 was marketed however, was by being touted as being from ‘the same guys who brought you SUPERBAD’. That right off the bat sets the completely contradictory tone, as 50/50 has in no way shape or form, ANY similarities with SUPERBAD. The Promos of the movie made it seem very slapstick and the routine Seth Rogen comedy. It was anything but.

In society, we’re taught to immediately feel pity and sympathy for someone who is terminally ill. 50/50 shows another side of the coin, where the patient themselves might have hope and be indifferent to their condition, however the negative and apologetic reaction of others make it more difficult to deal with. Adam’s frustration at constantly being told to ‘accept’ his condition further fuels his anger.

There are amazingly high moments of the subtlest form of humor in 50/50. But the entire film is a lighthearted look at some other ways of dealing with cancer. There are no dramatic, high strung teary moments; no philosophical lessons to be learned, no spiritual revelations, no bonds which get stronger due to the situation… it’s a hard look at the random-ness of life, and the frustration behind it.

The writing and performances of 50/50 are kind of stagnant and sporadic, despite all of them being great in their individual aspects. Seth Rogen does exactly what he does best, which is be the “f word” spouting friend who talks sense, in the most ridiculous way possible.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is, as always amazing. He’s able to do the ‘awkward guy’ role a lot easier than the other stuff. Adam’s cancer further exasperates his socially inept persona, but eventually he goes through other emotions that help him deal. Anna Kendrick as the professionally inept, rookie grief counselor whose counseling actually make Adam feel worse… is awesome. Kendrick brings her natural sweetness and caution-ness to the role, causing great chemistry between herself and Gordon-Levitt.

However, all put together, seem out of place. Rogen trying to be there for a cancer stricken awkward friend… seems out of place. Gordon-Levitt, complete with shaved head from chemo trying to pick up girls at a club using his cancer as a pick up line… is off putting. I’m all for inappropriate humour, but this just wasn’t… anything

50/50 is not a great movie. I say this because, of its inconsistent tone. The parts that you think will be hilarious, end up being awkward, but not in a funny way. The serious moments drag. There’s not enough of the light heartedness. This inconsistency also prevents one from enjoying the film in its entirety. And like I said earlier, the expectations going into this movie, heavily corrupt the experience.

However, 50/50 is still a decent film, especially enjoyable to see Joseph Gordon Levitt & Seth Rogen together, in probably one of the best light hearted and easy going films dealing with Cancer. And to top it all off… it’s a true story. I leave you with, what I think is THE BEST Trailer for any movie based on a true story!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Release Date: September 28, 2012
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Runtime: 103 min

Tagline: We are infinite.

Not any writer has quite analyzed teen angst as well as John Hughes, but Chbosky comes pretty close.

* Alternate opening hook: And some people said Project X was a good teen film, anyone can take a Super 8 camera and film garbage, but not everyone can create something quite as beautiful as this.

Meet Charlie (Logan Lerman), a young freshman outsider who has to deal with his own inner demons of the past, depression, and loneliness, and the death of his best friend. Charlie is extremely nervous for his first day of high school, and doesn’t want any old nice teacher to be the only friend he makes. He encounters two fellow outcasts, Sam (Emma Watson) and her hysterical step brother Patrick (Ezra Miller). They take him under their wings, show him lessons of love, pain, friendship, belonging, and overcome being a complete wallflower.

Stephen Chbosky directs, and adapts his own novel for the big screen. And he does it quite well. The cast really fits each character, and their performances are awesome for such a young cast.

There are some really cool visuals, like when one of the main characters is on drugs. The writing is brilliant through and through. One can sense that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set in the 1990s (according to the film’s IMDb trivia page, it’s set during the 1991-92 school year) because of all the vinyl records, wardrobe, mix tapes and not CDs, the typewriter (some of you may not have even heard of this stuff..)and the  older music. This film is a perfect example of a film that offers a great atmosphere, and it’s  one that the viewer can really fall head over heels in love with.

For the majority of people – and high schoolers especially – it’s a film that is very easy to relate to – everyone feels out of place at some point in their lives, don’t they? A lot of the characters are easily relatable; and they are all substantially, and utterly effectively, developed. They all have great depth, and each have some sort of inner demons. When Charlie finally shakes off his inner cloak [feeling] of invisibility (I don’t think it’s a spoiler, it’s obvious he would – and I just had to do the Harry Potter pun), it’s enough to fill you with happiness. Just remember though, these loner kids have dreams too, just like you or me. There is a great sense of poignancy, and can easily cause the viewer to get choked up in several areas because of sensitive subjects. The poignancy is large, and the comedy is also hysterical. The funniest character is definitely Patrick. There’s a lot of romance mixed in, Logan Lerman’s character was kissing people left, right and centre. The mix of genres is beautiful, and the film can definitely make the viewer feel extremely emotional at one point, and fall-off-their-chair-laughing at the next minute. That is always an aspect of films that I truly admire.

The depiction of the high school world feels a little off, because I know I’ve never seen a high school quite so brutal. Granted, the majority of high school films depict it in that fashion, so I can’t hold it against this film for following that cliché.

The three primary actors were extremely impressive, Logan Lerman proved he’s an incredible actor; Emma Watson proved she’s destined for greatness (like you couldn’t already tell, she has great star power); and Ezra Miller proved that he’s a diverse actor that can take on a great list of roles, from the terrifying Kevin in We Need to Talk About Kevin, to a flamboyant character like Patrick.

Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Johnny Simmons, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, Erin Wilhelmi, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd and Joan Cusack star in this film.

The profound, and unique, analysis of teenage angst is accurate, brilliantly touching, and heartbreakingly poignant. Thinking back, there isn’t a flaw visible in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The performances are great, the story is awesome, and the atmosphere it offers is perfect. It has a cool use of visuals and flashbacks when they are there. It also has a nice use of voice-over narration from Charlie in some scenes. This is a film that I didn’t want to end, and I can’t wait to watch it again (and I didn’t even mind being choked up half the freaking time!). That’s one heck of a definition for an enjoyable experience. It’s one of my favourite experiences and atmospheres of 2012 – it’s a must-see. It’s a fine classic of 2012 that can define a generation as well as John Hughes could.

It deserves to be seen; so get off the couch, grab a few friends – but if you don’t have any, it’s okay to be a wallflower* – and go see this movie!

*For those of you who do not know, a wallflower is just slang for a loner. I certainly didn’t know what it meant before I saw this, so hopefully this may be helpful information.

100/100

Reviews by Daniel: House at the End of the Street

House at the End of the Street

Release Date: September 21, 2012
Director: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot

Runtime: 101 min

Fear reaches out… for the girl next door.

It saddens me that my favourite part of this was the Argo trailer before the movie…

Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) have just moved out to the country. They are able to rent their home for such a low price because of the gruesome events that took place four years ago down the street. A small girl, Carrie-Anne, killed her parents in the middle of the night and it is believed she later drowned that evening, but her body was never recovered. The surviving son, Ryan (Max Thieriot), still lives in the house as a way to hold onto a memory of his parents. He was actually at a senile Aunt’s house during the time of the murders. Elissa soon strikes up a relationship with Ryan, and learns that the local horror story is far from over.

I liked the concept, but at times it really just bore me and lost my attention. Jennifer Lawrence is good in her role, as much as she can be for a horror film. The performances aren’t that special, but some characters are effectively creepy.

The execution of the film is poor and it feels dragged out in some spots. The scares are pretty good, but some are far between. The character of Ryan is pretty interesting, he’s living at a house where his parents were murdered as a way to hold onto them – despite the actual horrific memory it really is. His character is nonetheless well developed, even though some questions for his character are unanswered by the end of it all. His character is really the only one they spent a lot of time developing, so all of the others were pretty forgettable. Especially Lawrence’s character, she’s just another dumb horror girl protagonist.

The country setting was pretty nice, but average for the whole local town legend horror killer story type-thing. It was actually filmed here in my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, but it really didn’t look like it. It’s sort of cool either way.

The twist was pretty good, what’s a good horror movie without a decent twist? The twist is pretty pleasant and shocking at the time, but as the film drags on, it just gets more and more ridiculous. It does make for a fairly memorable ending though.

The camerawork really felt eye-straining in areas. Especially when some of the shots were seen from the point of view of one of the primary characters – the visuals really hurt my eyes and the colors and the shakiness of the camera were really quite irritating. I mean it was unique camerawork in some areas, but all of it didn’t exactly work out in the film’s favour.

Lawrence’s character really does all of the things you’re not supposed to do in a horror movie, but really which horror protagonist doesn’t? They’re written to be stupid so they can lengthen the film and torture me even more!

I give props to Jonathan Mostow for coming up with the cool story, but David Loucka didn’t write the best screenplay I’ve seen.

Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows, Eva Link, Allie MacDonald and Nolan Gerard Funk star in this film. Oh, and Joy Tanner, the mother from that Family channel show Life with Derek.

House at the End of the Street (boy, that’s a mouthful) is a great concept and story that got butchered with a poor screenplay and lousy execution. The twist is pleasant and lame, and the film overstayed its welcome for me. The whole visuals and trying-to-scare-you-but-it-doesn’t-really-work situations made it lame in some areas. Watch it if you’re really interested. It’s generally a decent horror experience that doesn’t offer a lot of memorable material, so you won’t miss much of any cinema chatter if you skip this one.

55/100

– Daniel Prinn

AcChat – Sean Rogerson (Lance Preston of Grave Encounters)

Hello everyone and welcome to another AcChat here on The Movie Guide blog. Today, I’m pleased to say that we are joined by Sean Rogerson, who plays Lance Preston in the film, Grave Encounters 1 and 2, enjoy.

Following the interview you can listen to the audio interview that myself and Sean did only a couple days ago, enjoy!

MG: Hey Sean, Thanks for the taking the time out to talk to The Movie Guide Blog
SR: No problem I’m happy to be here!

MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and who you played in Grave Encounters?
SR: My name would be Sean Rogerson and I play the character Lance Preston in Grave Encounters

MG: In your own words can you explain your character “Lance Preston”  ?
SR: Douche……… Noooo the truth, he is a good guy just tryin to leave his mark in the world. He has a lot of drive and focus towards success and is willing to do whatever it is to make it happen.

MG: Can you tell us about how long you were on set as “Lance Preston”?
SR: What do you mean? I am Lance Preston? …. JK We shot for thirteen nights so that was about it. Honest.

MG: Is there one part of “Lance Preston” that reminds you of yourself? 
SR: Ah yes, Unfortunately for me it’s the cheese ball part. But thankfully I’m pretty sure it’s also the part that pushed me to get into acting.

MG: Can you talk to us a little bit about the Production of Grave Encounters in your own words and if there was one moment that stood out for you?
SR: The production was something that all movies should be made of I think. We all met each other became friends and had a blast making a movie. Production was incredibly smooth. Angelski and the Vicious Brothers had a clear vision and each day they made it happen. A moment that stood out for me was in the tunnels with Stuart Vicious. We were filming a scene and he was standing right in front of holding the camera when all of a sudden a giant ROOOOOOAR came flying down the tunnel at us. He let out a small peep and I hollered out loud then proceeded to shove him further in front of me as protection. Uh Yeah…. It was an old water pipe and I’m a scared child.

MG: Can you tell us about the Cast and Crew on the Film “Grave Encounters”, and what was it like to work with them?
SR: The Cast and crew were so much fun. It’s not often you get to work with such an amazing, hardworking and talented group. We all met introduced ourselves then immediately spent almost two weeks together. I think we all had our first date, first fight and first make up in those two weeks. I am very lucky to have a great deal of these people still as close friends.

 MG:  With the Much Anticipated Grave Encounters 2, can you talk to us a little bit about that without going to into much detail and talk to us about what we can expect?
SR: The boys have done it again. They have put together a movie that I believe is what the people are going to want to see. Its younger it’s hotter and it’s weirder. These guys are not afraid to make fun of themselves…. or us and all this gets done through great film making.

MG: In one Sentence, can you explain Grave Encounters 2?
SR: it’s the sequel that everyone would have asked for.

MG: After you’re experiences on the two Grave Encounters Movies, what can we expect from Sean Rogerson in future film work?
SR:  I am just about to start work on a film called 12 rounds Reloaded with a badass wrestler named Randy Orton. I will be playing a character named Detective Sykes. The guy has the best of intentions but may have stepped on a few people to get where he is. There is going to be lots of action in this one…. and some explosions.

MG: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Sean,  I really do appreciate it!
SR: Anytime Jamie it was my pleasure!

As said in the beginning of the post, we can now share the audio interview with you, ENJOY!

Upcoming Movies: CUT

What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes…

I heard about the film “CUT” through a friend to The Movie Guide Blog, and after checking out the trailer a couple of times, I knew that i wanted to share it with all the readers of The Movie Guide Blog.

Directed by David Rountree
Produced by Darvin Morales, David Rountree, David Banks

Starring: Dahlia Salem William McNamara David Rountree David Banks Chris Moir Sam Scarber Allen Maldonado Suze Lanier-Bramlett Gabrielle Stone Kristin Vahl

The apparent is never the truth as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a horror film by scaring people for real; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the way to make a truly terrifying movie.

Just to give you a taster of CUT, Check the official trailer out of CUT!

Be sure to check out the official website at: www.thecutmovie.com

DireChat – Andrew Spieler of The Response

Hello everyone, I would like to welcome to another DireChat here on the Movie Guide Blog, this time I’m pleased to say that we’re joined by Andrew Speiler of The Response.

MG: Thanks for taking the time out to do this Andrew, I really appricate it 🙂
AS: My pleasure. Thanks for including me on your site!

MG: What inspired you to become a Director?
AS: I sort of backed into Directing at a very early age. When I was in Second Grade I had decided I wanted to become an actor and started doing all the local children’s theatre I could get invovled in. However, by the fifth grade I really wanted to find a way to learn film acting and thats when I signed up for a mentor program with my town’s local cable access channel. My Mother’s saga advice was that if I wanted to learn how to act in front of the camera then I should learn how things work behind the camera.Freom my first mentoring session at the studio I was hooked on the idea of storytelling through the lens and I have stayed busy in production ever since. I have just been incredibly fortunate to have such a loving network of family and friends who have always supported my goal of becoming a filmmaker.

MG: Can you tell us about some of the other projects that you’ve worked on?
AS: I’ve made and worked on a big mix of shorts, docs and features over the past fifteen years and have worn many different hats on the production side in an effort to better understand the responsibilities of each department. My undergraduate short thesis “All Before Dawn” is when I felt like I had finally hit my stride as a director. I was able to indentify just what kind of stories and material most attracted me. The short won an award from the National Board of Review and played an important role in being accepted into the American Film Institute’s Graduate Directing program.

Now that we’ve got an understanding into Andrew’s directing background we’re going to now talk about “The Response”

MG: Where did the idea come for The Response?
AS: I was listening to some stories from a friend of mine who has a similar profession to that of a paramedic and it just got me thinking about what kind of a person you have to be in order to handle the daily grind of such a demanding career. I always try to start from the main character’s arc or journey and work outward. I developed a fascination with the challenge of setting a character, whose soul purpose in life as a paramedic was to help others, in a situation that would force them to act against their morality and potentially cause harm to someone. In discussing the concept with the rest of my production team, my Cinematographer suggested that potential setting of the LA Riots in 1992, something I knew very little about having grown up in Boston. I quickly discovered that there hadn’t been a film yet that explored the chaos of the riot and so I began researching its history. We were very fortunate to be able to speak directly with local Fire Fighters in the LA area who were invovled in the riot. After hearing their personal stories ofwhat they had experienced I knew it was something I wanted to tackle ina  film and educate myself on in the process.

MG: What is the plot of The Response in your own words?
AS: The Response follows the story of an African American, lead paramedic, Shauna and her idealistic white partner, Rick as they are caught in the midst of the early hours of the LA Riots of 1992. Just hours after the Rodney King verdict, was announced, the South Central area of Los Angeles erupted into violence and law enforcement was quickly overrun. However, as the police were forced out of the area, local fire fighters and paramedics were still rushing to the scene without police protection. Suddenly, the very brave men and women trying to help put out the fires and rescue the injured became targets as the closest representation for “the man in uniform”. Shauna and Rick find themselves caught in the middle of this situation after deciding to make one last rescue against orders and their better judgement.

MG: Can you tell us the crew who were on the project and what where they like to work with?
AS: The film was a graduate thesis project for the American Film Institute so my team of collaborators consisted of fellow students in the Producing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Production Design and Editing degree programes. I really enjoy the collaborative process of working with a team and was very fortunate to have had the chance to work with such a talented and passionate group of people. As a Director, I fell it is paramount that you surround yourself with folks you can trust and whose talents you will know only elevate the quality of the film in a way you never achieve on your own.

MG: How did the main cast come about and can you tell us about them?
AS: We were very fortunate to work with a casting director who connected us to our lead actors, Valarie Pettiford and Stephen Snedden. Valarie has worked in the industry for a long time and is a tony nominated triple threat as an actress, singer and dancer. I honestly couldn’t have been more fortunate to work with such a talented and friendly cast. The local Fire Department and even offered to train our leads to become paramedics and both Valarie and Stephen jumped right into it!

MG: Can you tell us a little about the production of the film and if there  was one moment that made it that more special?
AS: I think anytime you are given the opportunity to direct something it is going to be a real special occasion and something that will always learn from and cherish. In the case of production on The Response there were so many great moments on set that it would be hard to choose just one. However, there was a sequence that we got to shoot with our actors driving a real ambulance on both a closed off street in downtown LA and on the backlot at Warner Bros. which were both very challenging and exciting.

MG: The Final Question is, Can we expect any more great films from you?
AS:  I certainly hope so! Since graduating and completing The Response, I have been able to travel with the short to about eighteen festivals over the past couple of years. The short garnered many awards including a Best Student Film Award from BAFTA in LA. With the success of The Response, I have been able to make some great industry connections and I am working hard to get my first Feature Directorial debut off the ground soon. I just picture locked on three episodes of a new comedy series pitch that will be going out to prospective studio folks soon, called “Keeping Up with Downs”. You can check out the facebook page for the show here: www.facebook.com/KeepingUpWithTheDowns .

Thanks for again for including me on the Site!, I look forward to chatting with you again Jamie!.

Thanks to Andrew for taking the time out to talk to us, Join us again soon for another DireChat!.