THE CRAZIES (2010)

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Directed By: Breck Eisner
Written By: Scott Kosar & Ray Wright
Based on the original Screenplay by: George Romero
Cinematography By: Maxime Alexandre
Editor: Billy Fox

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.

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GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGENCE (2012)

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Directed By: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor; Neveldine/Taylor
Written By: David S. Goyer, Scott M. Gimple & Seth Hoffman
Story By: David S. Goyer
Cinematography By: Brandon Trost
Editor: Brian Berdan

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Johnny Whitworth, Violante Placido, Anthony Head, Cirian Hinds, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert

Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Roarke at the time, is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first, he needs Johnny’s help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for.

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MS .45 (1981)

Directed By: Abel Ferrara
Written By: Nicholas St John
Cinematography: James Momel
Editor: Christopher Andrews Cast: Zoe Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto, Helen McGara A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.


It took me a while to finally watch this as the film Has certain notoriety which was why I was afraid of it and it’s reputation. Not as gratuitous as feared and lives up to the hype. 

It’s a cultural landmark movie as we are witnessing classic New York. 

The film seems simple but very subversive and well thought out for the first time. Still has moments that are meant to be shocking and tension-filled. This is the perfect movie for the #Metoo era. A kind of worst nightmare.

To introduce us To the atmosphere the film takes place in we see how The chorus line of guys waiting to Hit on the ladies as they are Leaving the office how bad it is in the streets for the ladies and how it used to be and still seems to be. 

The film is simple and matter of fact. As a rape-revenge film. Kind of like DEATH WISH. As the person who victimized her at first gets away. It’s the second one on the same day that she fights back against and gets revenge on.

The main character is So quiet not even introduced in the first scene she is the last to leave after all the other characters we know have left. Sort of just appearing in the film.  Everyone around her is constantly looking after her, her co-workers, and even her neighbors. 

She is Mute and this seems to be the way of getting her feelings out. Her way Of dealing with the train as she has no one to really discuss what happened. Even as she becomes increasingly cold. She becomes suspicious of others more and more the deeper she gets into her killing spree. We see The different types of her victims, not rapists but she is constantly aware of male aggression and feels she must stop them. She also never kills a woman. Taking on men in general who cross her other who are aggressive, violent, or come on strongly. 

The second victim who was trying to return her purse while hitting on her, Is more innocent but had similar behavior that made him still come off just as bad, don’t usually see that in these films makes the heroine not justified but just as guilty.

 She is Taking back power but throughout taking out violence on those attracted to her though tends to like to watch over a couple making out with Fascination. So she ends up hyper-sexualized whereas before she was just plain and innocent. She has a focus and purpose that consumes her. As she goes out Looking for victims. The dog in the film that belongs to her neighbor seems to be able to tell how bad she is. As he is increasingly violent or uneasy with her.

She never seems to buy new bullets but we assume she does as we later see her loading her gun at home but she never seems to run out or reload and has plenty of ammo There is a certain poetic justice when she is taken down by another female who she can’t bare to kill. 

Making exploitation films early director Abel Ferrera kept making these films some might consider sleazy until they were looked upon as art.

Grade: B 

HANDGUN (AKA DEEP IN THE HEART) (1983)


Written & Directed By: Tony Garnett
Cinematography: Charles Stewart
Editor: William Shafter

Cast: Karen Young, Clayton Davis, Suzie Humphreys, Helena Humann

Shortly after moving to Dallas, a young woman is raped at gunpoint. Her intense anger drives her to seek revenge, and she becomes a hunter on a vengeance mission.


The movie is obvious yet simple definitely dated as of the attitude of the male lead and the characters, in general, might have been average for those times but comes off piggish, misogynistic, scary, and rather despicable.

Half of the enjoyment of the film is waiting and watching for him to get his comeuppance. The film Is made in Texas and has a more conservative attitude as most of the characters do The lead actress in this film Karen Young is one of these actresses you constantly see in things and are usually good but never quite become the star. This is the first time I have ever really seen her in a starring role.

Her character after being raped by a guy she is dating and not being able to find justice. We watch as she prepares to get revenge learning how to shoot and learning survival Info and technique. As well as taking an interest in knives.

The films differentiate in that while Learning this she keeps running into her rapist. Lawyer and gun advocate who belongs to the same gun club. So they keep running into one another and he notices a Definite change in her. As she seems to be warning him it seems she becomes more and more intimidating to him And it is obvious she is wounded yet on the hunt. 

The lead male played by Clayton Davis is believable yet amateurish. He comes off naturally as a mean spirited character. Who never comes off as charming as even the movie tries to hint at him being. Not only a good old boy but sex-obsessed as he leers at teenage cheerleaders and ice skaters but also spends his nights drinking with colleagues at bars ogling scantily clad busty girls fighting one another. (Somehow this is supposed to be above Mudwrestling? maybe cleaner?) 

He also shows himself to always be in control and knowing what he s doing. as even when raping her earning what could happen with the gun he has pointed at her and what will happen as he will explain her shooting as an accident. How it will be covered up and thrown out of court. If she doesn’t give in. As he seems dead set on bedding her from the beginning and gets more forceful the more she resists him. We see his frustrations and machinations. Especially as he believes he is right and this way is better for her. As her rejection of him sexually is obviously her having sexual problems and hang-ups. He seems like an obvious date rapist especially by modern-day standards. Before the Term and type were more common.

If it were made today he would come off as a stereotype. The film Shows every aspect of the Rape except for the act and shows his behavior as obviously premeditated. 

The film is pretty simple it seems a bit bold for the time period it was made during. It’s better Than expected. So direct it feels more like it was made for tv issue of the week. Rather than cinema, but it works with no inspired touches.

Being that it takes place in Texas most of the attitudes of the characters do come off racist/conservative old school. This allows the crime to happen but also allows for her revenge so easily.

The film doesn’t ask any moral questions. It pretty much has you rooting for her from the beginning. Never questioning her actions or decisions. 

The film is entertaining with not much finesse but a story that keeps you interested. The ending is not what you expect and comes off as rather light. This is a revenge tale, not a vigilante one. As she has her eyes all set on him And no one else nor becoming a crusader.

The film shows men aren’t All evil but seem to be bullheaded throughout. This makes a good double featured with them sally field vigilante movie EYE FOR AN EYE. 

Grade: B-

THE LADIES CLUB (1986)

Directed By: A.K. Allen
Written By: Fran Lewis Ebeling & Paul Mason
Based on the novel “THE SISTERHOOD” By: Casey Bishop & Betty Black Cinematography: Adam Greenberg
Editor: Marion Segal & Randall Torno

Cast: Karen Austin, Diana Scarwid, Christine Belford, Bruce Davison, Beverly Todd, Marilyn Kagan, Arliss Howard, James LeGros, Carol Baxter, Paul Terafotes 

A raped policewoman forms a vigilante group of various rape victims. They abduct and castrate men whom have committed repeated violations of women, and got away with it through legal technicalities.

This rape-revenge vigilante tale is a little different In the way that the revenge seems to never be to kill the men who rape repeatedly. Like Batman, that question only seems to come late but they punish the men by castrating them.

The film for the tawdry subject matter. Plays more like a television movie on the subject as there is barely any bad language and at times the scenes while well-meaning in their direction and emotions come off more melodramatic and unintentionally humorous. 

Especially the scene when a character you get sister is sexually assaulted (luckily never shown) but the aftermath and how it is shown just seems like Something out of a public device announcement you would show to school children about the dangers of going off with a stranger. 

When it begins the film seems like it will be typical and even the perpetrators seem more of a stock room of suspects punks who are looking to rob a house. Discover she is a cop and then decide to rape her and they get off on court easily by acting and dressing like choir boys.

We meet various female characters throughout some of whom stay with their spouses who claim to not even believe them When they said they were raped (what). 

Though most of the males come off bad or unsympathetic by the end. Even Bruce Davison playing a fellow cop who is interested in Karen comes off as a weakling and ineffective even as he tries to romance her and be there for her. 

Arliss Howard shows up playing a co-star’s husband who when he finds out what she is dining and breaking the rules by telling him. As she only tells him because he suspects she was having an affair. He comes across more aggressive and abusive to be believably supportive later on.

While we meet plenty of these women in the group. We only get to know three In particular and by the end the one who didn’t sure become the strongest advocate for what they are doing and the one who was gung- ho at first. Now has reservations.

The third act while obviously done for dramatic purposes seems silly and only there for the ending to finally put a fine point on all of this.

So while the film offers a different take on the vigilante tale. Including where it seems the original Perpetrators that start off the lead and who is the very reason they seek revenge never really come back. 

So the film is something to entertain but very hard to take seriously watching it through the prism of modern times.

Grade: C

NORBIT (2007)

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Directed By: Brian Robbins
Written By: Eddie Murphy, Charles Murphy, Jay Scherick & David Ronn
Story By: Eddie Murphy & Charles Murphy
Cinematography By: Clark Mathis
Editor: Ned Bastille

CAST: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terry Crews, Clifton Powell, Eddie Griffin, Katt Williams, Marlon Wayans, Michael Colyar, Kristen Schaal, Rob Huebel

Norbit is a normal person, who after being adopted by Mr. Wong, ends up being married to the very large, Rasputia. Norbit’s childhood love, Kate Thomas arrives back in town to buy the orphanage. Norbit sees this as his chance to get back together with Kate, until he discovers that she is in fact engaged to Deion Hughes. Norbit isn’t going to lay this to rest, whilst he tries to survive life with Rasputia, and it looks like Deion also has something he would like to keep secret.

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FACE OFF (SKIT)

Filmed three years ago, but only recently edited by the miracle maker filmmaker extraordinarie Andre Joseph.

We are proud to present FACE OFF

FILMED ON IPHONE 8!!!!!!

Due to many reasons depression, emotional distress, lack of confidence and plain ills laziness that is why took so long. I hope to not repeat this length without leaving you a dope beat to step to

While it is extremely short. I do consider it a short film even if some might more consider it a sketch And what I am writing is probably longer then the actual film in question.

I know it’s. It perfect and there is a lot to improve on, but I present it as it is the first film I made on my own not in collaboration when it came to the genesis of the project. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

It shows I have a lot of room to improve but also a kind of testament that shows i might have some talent and know somewhat what I am doing. Even if in this current creative hike where there are tons of content creators out there. Who seem to have grown up with technology and are Miles ahead and talented. There is room for many and hopefully my films and creations are seen and enjoyed. I hope they mean something to somebody other then just me. As this is all I have ever wanted to do. It takes confidence, passion talent, creativity, ideas, hard work and a strong work ethic.

I wish I was somebody that all of that came easy to and could be as productive as others. Though then again I have to be me.

It’s like an album where there are the big hits that younonwo but then there are thebother songs that are mroe known as filler or deep cuts (deep maybe as they have more meaning. Then the simplistic hits) they aren’t as loved as the hits but they are appreciated by true fans because it shows you are a fan of the band or artist, Not just their hits. Also in a strange way you need those deep cuts as they set an atmosphere and mood. Where by the time the album gets to the hit. It is the highlight and might be the energy or heart of the album, but a heart needs a body.

What I am trying to say is that while these are my early singles or maybe even demos. None are hits but hopefully they show an evolution. As I try to build a body of work or create a life. Not all world will be great but while they might not be vital organs. They are still Organs that help the body maintain and stay healthy. The hits (heart, brain, lungs etc) are coming

It just makes me feel a bit proud knowing I could do it. Making something with friends.

More to come… as far as projects and films not more writing about this.

Thank you for being in my little production.

Also trying to figure out if it is a skit which is how most will probably look at it. As it fits in my old wheelhouse only without me in it. It’s

Short and almost dialogue free. Comedic In texture and quick there is no three act structure. Plus can explain as a skit I can cover up mistakes and say it’s not supposed to be technically Proficient. I feel more that it is a short maybe it’s Me Being pretentious as I am not in it. Looking for art in something that is done so quick I mean the footage I had was up to 14 minutes and this is like 90 seconds with credits. Also as it is a beginning I might

Want to make it more important in my Mind as it is all I have to show even if not my best. It is a skit

Not to mention this is probably one of the few times not only working with others on camera. But all’s the least dialogue heavy of my ideas and writing. Trust me you’ll see in the future I am Long winded in my writing. Making the material take longer to play as I am mroe a dialogue person then maybe a visual person unless forced or experimenting

Maybe as this is one that is close to being cinematic in that there is more then one camera angle more than two. Apparently my limit was three here but that is more than usual and prettier things to look at

Looking at the cuts the silent unused version flows better as it comes off as magical with the score and shows that as a writer it is the first time any of my projects has had no heard dialogue and depends mroe on faces and physical action but the cut with the sound at the end helps punctuate the end with a sting.

Rather then just make it to seen like a well scored documentary moment of a sore loser. Though at heart I am a dialogue man. So unfortunately so much is actually said with the punchline then with action and silence.

As writing all of this makes it seem like a masterwork not a skit. Which i could see if this was an actual short film longer then 10 minutes, but even making skits i seem to be like Stanley Kubrick. Not the talent just the time taken in between projects and being a perfectionist to the point that I am either constantly disappointed in my own work for whatever reason or if I can’t get it to my specifications. I am willing to drop it.

ANGUS (1994)

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Directed By: Patrick Read Johnson
Written By: Jill Gordon
Based On The Short Story By: Chris Crutcher
Cinematography By: Alexander Gruszynski
Editor: Janice Hampton

Cast: Charlie Talbert, Ariana Richards, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, Rita Moreno, Kevin Connolly, Chris Owen, James Van Der Beek, Lindsay Price, Salim Grant

A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he’s got to get his act together with the help of his best friend.

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THE UNFORGETTABLE

The passing of Chadwick Boseman left us like many of you in shock. Maybe because he was so young and vibrant. He was a human being and actor and for many a kind of representation.

As terror and horrors of the world continue. Added to that time the loss of Chadwick Boseman. Who until the end always represented and acted as a beacon of hope and heroics. Always displaying grace, humbleness and strength. He just always came across as happy and thankful most of all.

The loss of him affects many of us as it feels like another tragedy.

We must remember what he stood for and that part of being a hero is inspiration.

As he leaves behind Hope and an example of what we could be and what this world could be. That is passion, love and hope that always survives.

WAKANDA FOREVER For those close they know what that term not only means, but how i define that term. As well as what it means for all of you. Same words different meanings. So not only how much that movie and performance meant to me. But also by the outpouring of so many others. How much he and that movie meant to them.

It feels personal like someone you onto meet recently. Passes so soon, yet they made their presence felt so strongly. Like they were in your life the whole time.

As truly he was part of black excellence and planted the seeds in children of what they can be and for adults provided what we never though we would see a pro-black hero in a superhero film that celebrated our heritage and culture. That was a hit he embodied that.

He showed for many of Us to be proud and can have a love of future and self. As well as a love of/for others.

As well as playing figures of black history who were icons and he played them so convincingly. His talents were off the charts. So that he made believers of us all. As he seemed to nail one of a kind characters ingrained into our memories and minds. So that in essence his presence is always felt somewhere.

He not only portrayed heroes and icons alike in films. He also seemed to live that way. So that he came across as a king in spirit and actions personally. Always full of promise and you can tell there was something special about him.

Even when facing his own peril he showed nothing but strength and kept moving forward. Leaving behind a legacy for himself and others.

Always check on those you love and are close to. You never know what they might be going through. Let people know how you feel about them while they are still here.

The show must go on despite the pain. Though never forgotten. Always there in memories.

Thank you for so many things. Our prayers and hearts go To you and your family for their loss. As if we feel this sad. You can only imagine how they are feeling the loss.

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Rest In Peace. Young king, gone WAY too soon, but never forgotten

WAKANDA FOREVER 🖤💔

OLD DOGS (2009)

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Directed By: Walt Becker
Written By: David Diamond & David Weissman
Cinematography By: Jeffrey L. Kimball
Editor: Ryan Folsey 


 Cast: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Rita Wilson, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Amy Sedaris, Seth Green, Bernie Mac, Matt Dillon, Ann-Margaret, Elle Bleu Travolta

Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years; their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to sew up the contract, Dan gets a surprise: a woman he married on a drunken impulse nearly nine years before (annulled the next day) shows up to tell him he’s the father of her twins, now seven, and she’ll be in jail for 14 days for a political protest. Dan volunteers to keep the tykes, although he’s up tight and clueless. With Charlie’s help is there any way they can be dad and uncle, meet the kids’ expectations, and still land the account?

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