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Film Review: “Captivity” is an Intelligent Horror Film When You Look Closer

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Film 79 of 2014: Captivity (2007)  A man (Daniel Gillies) and a woman (Elisha Cuthbert) awaken to find themselves captured in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them psychologically mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed. The story of “Captivity” revolves around Jennifer Tree (Elisha Cuthbert), a naive  buxom blond supermodel-actress whose only true friend appears to be a fluffy white toy dog that she totes around everywhere she goes (including posh Soho nightclubs). Jennifer’s beautiful face is plastered on ads throughout New York City (although the film was primarily shot in Russia) and it is that celebrity that will get her into trouble. I was really surprised by this film and found a lot of interesting ideas “hidden” within it. The notion that celebrities reveal too much about themselves that anyone could use against them is a valid point, and the voyeurism inherent in the story suggests that the audience likes to see celebs put through the ringer in their personal lives. The writer of Captivity claims to have based the character on Paris Hilton, and while I don’t entirely believe that’s what the film was aiming for, it’s an interesting comparison. It’s also a bit of commentary, however unintentional, on our…

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Enjoy Your Stay: Squatters (2014)

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  Home early from their vacation, a wealthy Pacific Palisades family discovers a pair of homeless young drifters who were squatting in their home. This movie has everything and you should definitely check it out. It is delivered by director Martin Weisz in an interesting way, and the script by Justin Shilton brings a lot to the table. Is the grass greener on the other side? The movie puts this into question and also warns about judging a book by its cover. I also recommend the film “Gardens of the Night” (2008).  

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Matthew Martino Eyes Charity Ambassador Role

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All star Matthew C Martino is thought to be eyeing a charity role. The 21 year old Film Producer/Author who is now moving on from the limelight is thought to be particularly keen on a role with international charity World Vision. A source close to the 21year old told Breakaway Daily ‘Matthew has reached that point where he is trying to escape the limelight due to various controversies and he feels his time would be more appreciated doing charitable deeds’. Martino isn’t a regular on the charity scene however his books Lets Fly saw a record 7700 books going out for free to aspiring pilots and his Lets Fly app is still free on the AppStore. The Richest ranks Martino’s net worth in the 5 figure range and this means he could sure put his money where his mouth is and he is actually in a position to form his own charity if he wanted to. In the past Martino has been linked with an aviation bursary/sponsorship scheme which would see him giving out a Private Pilot License sponsorship to the winner of a competition he sets up. This competition never went live however Martino’s aviation consultancy firm Lets Fly Academy has given out…

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“Copperhead” Comes to Blu-Ray & DVD

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It is hard to believe I attended the world premiere of Copperhead last June (watch my coverage here) and now it is available on Blu-Ray & DVD! I received an advanced copy of the film last week and let me tell you the film transfers nicely to digital. Warner Home Video blu-ray discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinary vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound.  Unfortunately, there are no bonus features.  Shot in Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick, Canada get ready to pick up your own copy of Copperhead now! Click here to purchase from Amazon. Billy Campbell, Augustus Prew, Angus Macfadyen, Francois Arnaud and Peter Fonda star in this Civil War drama adapted from Harold Frederic’s novel The Copperhead, and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals). Set in the fall of 1862, the story details the hardships endured by an upstate New York farmer branded a “Copperhead” by his government and his neighbors for believing that the war was futile, and advocating that the Northern states negotiate a peace treaty with the South. Read my full review of the film here.

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Breakaway Daily On Set of Mike Biggar’s Music Video “Feels Like Now”

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Mike Biggar is an Atlantic Canadian country-rock artist that is ready to shake up the Canadian music charts! Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his boxing inspired music video that I even get to make a cameo in! Mike Biggar’s new music video, off his debut album for the title track “Feels Like Now,“ is sure to be a win! The inspirational song has been brought to life through the creative vision of its director Steven Doiron. Steven has done some very impressive music videos for many up and coming artists in New Brunswick, as well as directed and written various award winning short films. If you have ever wondered what goes into shooting a music video, let me tell you it is a lot of work and takes a full team of people! I was on set for the video where the boxing scenes were filmed with the help of a local boxing club and two female boxers that could seriously kick a**! The ability to shoot on location with actual students and instructors has given the music video a real sense of authenticity. The performance footage of Mike was shot on an earlier day that took…

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Film Review: “Adult World”

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Film #33 of 2014: Adult World (2013)  Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she’s destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings. The sex shop is aptly titled “Adult World” – a great pun for the film. It is not all depressing for Amy though, as she meets two interesting characters during her journey. Adult World has all the ingredients needed for an indie comedy, right down to bike riding with a drag queen in the winter time! Fitting the bill is non other than John Cusack, who would have been in a film like this in the 1980′s. Ironically Emma Roberts is cast as the lead, someone who has been given opportunities when the character she plays and the people she is trying to represent has very little to none. This movie makes you doubt everything, question your life, and if you have taken the right path. You think you know what you want to do with your life and it turns out it is not going to happen. Many of my generation can relate to this film because of the current economic state. The film delves into the post…

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The Fifth Estate: Seeking “Truth” In The Digital Age

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The Fifth Estate (2013) A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The Fifth Estate runs along the same vein as The Social Network, about a real life computer wiz, only this time instead of Zuckerberg we have Julian Assange who created WikiLeaks. If you do not know who Julian Assange is, then you are not alone, and probably why not many people have seen or heard of this film. It wasn’t as big of a public interest story as a lot of other things that have hit the news, but it is still an important story – especially in this day and age. The film also didn’t have many well known actors to attract the mainstream North American audience, instead opting for a mostly European cast. And they really couldn’t be better. Benedict Cumberbath and his portrayal of Julian Assange is the best part of the film. Cumberbatch’s star is quickly rising and he has lent his talent to more and more popular and award winning films, just within the last year alone. War Horse, August-Osage County, Twelve Years A Slave, Star Trek Into Darkness and I am sure…

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“Carrie” Remake Film Review

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Why the bloody hell did they remake Carrie! Film #5 of 2014: Carrie (2013)  A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. The tagline on the poster reads… Ya, we know the story too.. If you are a film and horror fan, there is no doubt you have probably seen the 1974 horror classic Carrie by Brian De Palma by now. The story has become a touchstone to generations of misfits and outsiders. It has spawned more then enough adaptations. There was a sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 (which I loved back in 1999), a made for TV Carrie remake in 2002 written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and believe it or not, even  a Broadway musical. With all these reincarnations of Stephen King’s classic tale why did Hollywood feel they needed to do it again? Probably the point of most remakes, to cash in on what already is a success. While this wasn’t a bad remake, it added nothing new to the original and didn’t do anything different to make it fit the times. The only modern elements were cell phones and YouTube. The…

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“The Originals” TV Review

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It’s “House of Cards,” with a werewolf/vampire hybrid instead of a charming but ruthless Southern senator. Which, in these hyper-partisan times, just might work. –LA Times The Originals (2013) is a spin-off from the soap teen supernatural hit The Vampire Diaries which centres around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child and would therefore join the cast. The cast is one of the reasons this show really works. All the main actors have done a really fantastic job of sucking you in (excuse the pun) from the moment they first appeared on The Vampire Diaries. Joseph, Daniel and Claire and their talents are probably one of the main reasons this show was able to be made. The series begins with the original siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus’ protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel…

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“Rush” Runs Out of Gas

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   A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. This is one of the most buzzed about films of the year, even nominated for a Golden Globe and potentially an Oscar for best drama. For me however, I found it it went off track, and never picked up any speed. It was just kind of redundant and boring. Now that is just my opinion, I am not a Formula One fan or know anything about racing. I just couldn’t get drawn in to this world, and that is what a good film should do. The performances were all fine. Chris Hemsworth is likeable and has a similar appeal that he brings to Thor, and Daniel Brühl is deserving of his Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Globes. I felt the script by Peter Morgan just didn’t have enough depth or dare I use another pun, horse power? I expected more of Ron Howard. His by-the-seat-of-your-pants race sequences makes the slower, darker sequences feel “rushed” and bland. It was an interesting aesthetic that he and the cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantlechose to give the film this washed out vintage look that made things like oil stains on the track really show up, it went with the vintage…

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Song for the Philippines

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Elise Estrada, who I was fortunate enough to interview a while back has shown once again how full her heart is. Elise, along with Adam H. Hurstfield and Jerry Wong have written a song about the devastation that has hit the Philippines. All the proceeds from All it Takes is a Moment will go directly to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Purchase the song on iTunes now. 

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