Joseph D’Onofrio [Interview]

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone! We are continuing 2020 with another incredible interview that we are so excited to share with you all. Today’s guest is an absolute legend on so many accounts. Many of you all will instantly recognize him from one of the greatest films of all time, in which he played the younger version of Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito, known as Goodfellas. Well over the last 30 years, the great Joseph D’Onofrio has grown right up into a full blown star with over a 100 credits in film and television alone.

In most recent years, I have noticed Joseph making special appearances in some of my favorite films of recent times such as American Fango and Who’s Jenna, the latter of which will be discussed below. And in the past, you have probably caught his work in classic like the brilliant horror film Bloody Slumber Party, brought to you by our past guest Larry Rosen. As well as reoccurring roles on series such as 30 Rock and Are We There Yet?, and wonderful performances in films like Price Check, written and directed by another past guest, Michael Walker. And there appears to be no slowing down, thankfully for us!

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the legend himself, the great Joseph D’Onofrio!

 

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What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this project that you still value to this day?

I did a Commercial. It taught me about character and  how important it is to treat everyone with respect and reminded me how I value integrity.

I love the 2018 film you appeared in entitled Who’s Jenna? It was a true delight. So how was your experience working on a project like this one? Was it as much fun to work on as it was for viewers towatch?

It’s was great to do this movie cause i played a geek. I love when i get to play something i never did before.The Director was great.. I did a lot of research about geeks. I would love to play a geek again !!!

 

 

Another brilliant film you worked on was a horror film directed by our new friend Larry Rosen entitled Bloody Slumber Party. We absolutely LOVE horror around here, so I am curious to know how what you like about the world of horror? In your professional opinion, what do you believe it is that sets this genre apart from the others?

I love horror movies !! I just finished a movie called Ghost In The Graveyard. I played a Deputy it was so fun. I can’t wait to do another one.I love to act being scared !!!

 

If you were given the opportunity to star in the biopic of any legendary figure from world history, who would it be?

Lou Costello would be a good one. People always say i look like him and i love to laugh and do comedy. Another would be Buddy Hackett.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m doing a lot of stand up comedy. Plus I have a bunch of films coming out. you can look on iMDB and check them out. I also have a couple of TV pilots. Follow me on Instagram @josephdonofrioofficial and friend me on Facebook

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I woke up.

Ryan Singer [Interview]

 

Photo by Matt Misisco

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to our introduction to 2020. It’s almost needless to say that less than a week into the new year, things are going pretty damn strange. Surreal even. Australia is on fire, and we appear to be headed into WWIII. And the memes just keep on a flowin’. So with that in mind, I feel as though our first guest of the year is a prime example of what we need to remember in the new decade. Two things to remember, Folks: Laugh. And THINK. And today’s guest is the kind of person who is an absolute mastermind at making us do both! It’s the incredible comedian Ryan Singer, Everyone!

Singer has been absolutely killing it in all things considered comedic in this modern day and age. From doing stand up sets all across the land, to his brilliant books, to his incredibly unique presence in the world of podcasting. Much like our dear friend and past guest Shane Mauss, Ryan is a hilarious human being who is not afraid hit on such controversial subjects of such as the conspiracy theories we know we all want to believe but some can’t seem to wrap our fragile little government-owned minds around…but are open to learn more. Also in most recent news, Ryan official denounced the use of chocolate as a form of sustenance. And I am here to say that I fully support this decision. I completely agree with him, and admire his bravery in embracing this topic.

So Folks, welcome to 2020. Here is to hoping that the chaos can dissipate like fog burning off around the afternoon son, but also to the hope that when the world does finally explode, we can look back in our final hour and believe that we may have a had a few good laughs in there. And it will likely be folks like Ryan Singer who will have brought that joy into our lives. So please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely brilliant comedian, Ryan Singer!

 

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When did you first realize that you were a hilarious human being and that you wanted to make people laugh for a living?

As a kid, the only thing I really cared about deep down was making people laugh, especially adults. I realized at a young age that if you can make people laugh that is the quickest way to get into their heart, so to speak. I would say the beginning of my comedy career started on our family’s answering machine. Back in the 80’s you could record for the length of the tape, so my messages were upwards of 3 – 4 minutes long of me doing impressions of Elvis, George Bush Sr, Gandhi, and Robin Leech. My parents and their friends thought it was funny and no one ever left a message because they couldn’t sit through the whole message. My Dad would tell people that I did the best impression of an Elvis impersonator. That’s when I knew I could make the grownups laugh. But, it was until later in life that I realized I could write my own jokes for stand-up that I decided to give it a go.

 

Whenever we have touring comedians on the site, I always like to ask this question: What are some sort off the beaten path cities that may surprise people to be actually really great places to do comedy? Beyond the well-known LA and NYC gigs, what are some places in the “fly over” states that you have had great shows in?

Well, I started my comedy in the “fly-over” states, so I am very much at home in those cities and there are so many great comedy scenes all around the country that most comics I know who live in LA or NYC are chomping at the bit to get to these “real” audiences that come to those shows. For the last 9 years or so, I’ve predominantly made my living by doing these cities, towns, and comedian-run shows and they are usually of the one-nighter variety. These organic scenes that popped as a result of the chain comedy clubs taking over most of the independently run comedy clubs in cities have been the backbone of stand-up for a decade or longer now. I would argue that this has been one of the best things that happened to modern stand-up comedy because the chain clubs are all run through the agents who aren’t connected to the overall comedy landscape in a meaningful way because their agenda is to put people through the chain clubs to make themselves money.

That’s not to say there aren’t cities that still have great, independent clubs, but I mostly work these independent rooms nowadays with a couple clubs still in the mix like Go Bananas in Cincinnati, Wiley’s in Dayton, Ohio, and a few others. Southern Ohio has a soft spot in my heart because I started there, but there are other GREAT comedy cities like Lincoln, Nebraska, Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee, Des Moines, Iowa, Indianapolis, Indiana, and so many more. There’s a crew of comics who have been running shows in Oklahoma City for years that are always amazing and other smaller cities that really make your comedy heart swell with love of the craft.

Like every comic, I love a great room and so many younger and older comics have cultivated amazing scenes all over the place. In 2011, a friend of mine, comic Jarrod Harris, and I tried to do a tour documenting these “organic” scenes with 20+ city tour where we filmed along the way. Long story short, we’ve had multiple editors dropout on us during the process and it never made its way to a finished product. But, it was our earnest attempt at showing people that the so-called “fly over” states have beautiful comedy scenes happening outside of the industry’s eye. Maybe some young kid who reads this will want to edit it, who knows. I could talk all day and night about this particular question so I guess I’ll stop it there. But, comedy is alive and so, so well.

 

You had a reoccurring role, alongside or friends and past guests Dave Anthony and Troy Ruptash, on what I consider to be one of the greatest comedic show of all time, which would be IFC’s Maron. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this fine program? Any fun antidotes that made working on the program as fun to work on as it was to watch?

Getting to work on that show was a real dream come true for me. It was my television debut as an actor the first time I was on that show and an experience I’ll never forget. The first time I was on, I was in a scene with some other comics – Dave Anthony and Anthony Jeselnik and we were at a comedy festival hanging out for the scene. We were riffing some lines and it turns out the first line I ever had on TV would be something from the riffing take, “That’s a lot of pussy.” I’ve always had a soft spot for bad words and I couldn’t wait to tell my Dad that my first lines on television were, “That’s a lot of pussy.” Out of context, it may sound strange, but if you have seen the scene you’d understand. It was so fun to go back a couple times after that and work in scenes one-on-one with Maron, too. I toured with him for a handful of years as his opener, so we have a pretty good idea of how we interact and since I was playing myself it was great fun. I remember one time, the Director of the episode “The Request” Michael Jamin gave me the direction to, “Be more Ryan Singer,” after a take. I had met him a few times before at comedy shows, so we knew each other a bit. So, after the next take he said, “Be a little less Ryan Singer.” I’ll always remember that as my favorite direction I’ve been given on set.

 

 

As is practically required these days, thankfully so as a comedy fan, you have a podcast! A recent episode of your show Me & Paranormal You actually features our friend and past guest Shane Mauss, who seems like a perfect fit for this type of show. Can you tell our readers who may not be familiar with the show a bit about it? What made you want to make this happen?

I’ve been doing Me & Paranormal You for just under six years now and I still love it. I’ve always loved the unknown, the paranormal, and the supernatural. I had a few paranormal experiences that really prompted to me start the podcast, so I could try to dive into finding out more information about others’ experiences to feel less alone in my own experiences. I think that’s what we all want, ultimately, is to find community and feel like we aren’t crazy for knowing what we saw or experienced. I’ve found that most people, if not all, when they really sit back and think about it have had some kind of unknown or unexplainable experience in their life that leaves them confounded.

I’m on a journey to make sense of those moments and to try and show everyone in a way that heavily involves me keeping my sense of humor that they’re not crazy for believing the high strangeness that they witnessed. Shane and I clicked immediately when we met years ago at the Rooftop Comedy Aspen Comedy festival. We’ve been buds ever since and he’s probably the most frequent guest on the podcast. One of the most popular episodes I’ve ever released is a 3 parter where he walks me through smoking DMT for the first time. It’s pretty wild. Shane is a seeker of information and truth, but his chosen path to find these truths of the universe lie on the road of scientific discovery and that makes him a great compliment to me as I am firmly on the path of “woo” discovery.

There is immense crossover in these two fields and even in the modern western world where we tend to bow down to the new high priests, the scientist, there is so much unknown in our universe that we are ultimately searching for the same thing – truth. I find that when people realized they’ve had experiences with ghosts, Bigfoot, or other unknowns, finding community with others who share these will help to stem the tide of the scientific shaming that most people face when being open about their experiences.

I’ve learned that our regular LA readers can catch you at a fairly regular show called “Underbelly” that you host with fellow hilarious comedian Chris Garcia. Can you tell our readers a bit about this show and how it started? And where do they need to go to catch his genius in person?

I have a love affair with Underbelly. The show started in Cincinnati years ago by comedian Mike Cody. As the only comic from the southern Ohio scene that moved out west, I waited until Chris Garcia moved down to LA from SF to start the show. I met Chris years earlier and knew he was the perfect person to run the show with for many reasons, his brilliance amongst them. It is a show that we’ve been running for probably over 6 years now and stand-ups are not allowed to do stand-up on the show. So, there is music, sketch, characters, slide shows, and anything else you could possibly think of doing. It is always wild, wonderful, and unpredictable.

Having Chris as the co-host has contributed to my joy so much because of how effortlessly funny he is in anything he does. He seems to have a real zen quality about him when he performs and he can do it all – comedy, music, character, just anything really. He’s got so much natural talent and such a great work ethic and respect for comedy that it shines through every time he’s on stage doing anything. Underbelly has really been a traveling show of weirdos over the years and we’ve moved venues more than a few times. Right now we are putting the show at a place called Oeno Vino in Atwater Village. We are trying to find a regular time slot, but with Chris and I’s increasingly busy schedules and travel it has been hard to really lock in one day a month for it.

 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

The future is thankfully unknown to me. I’ve started a second podcast with my friend Angela Lovell, who is a wonderful and hilarious psychic witch called This Is Where the Magick Happens. It explores the occult, witchcraft, the paranormal and a lot more. It’s been a ton of fun so far. I’m doing a lot more paranormal investigations the last few years and have been a part of a couple documentary projects that are still in production. I am also working on a paranormal comedy memoir, developing an animated show that combines my loves of comedy and the paranormal, and just trying to learn how to walk through walls amidst it all.

It’s strange where this life takes us, but awhile ago I told the universe that if it laid out my path I would follow it no matter where it led. I just want to live the fullest life I can trying to chase down the mysteries of the universe and what I’ve experienced and have a ton of laughs along the way. I’ve been really lucky. I mean, it is stupid how lucky I’ve been to meet the people I’ve met, have the experiences I’ve had, and I just try my hardest to be grateful for all of it. Also, the goal is to have the first comedy special on The History channel, maybe it will air right after Ancient Aliens.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I just recently bought some cacti and succulents to see if I could learn how to hear them communicate. Its a long story, but there’s a great book called The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby that explores the knowledge gleamed from shamans in the Amazon and it inspired me to kick up my relationship a notch with plants. I have taken to reading a little to them and talking to them to help them thrive. They make me smile when I talk to them.

 

To learn more about what Ryan has coming up, and when he will be in a city near you, head to ryansinger.com

 

Sunday Matinee: The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan [Film]

 

“A young journalism student decides to return to her hometown to investigate a brutal murder that took place 30 years prior. Without much hope of finding any real answers, she interviews a series of local characters, all of whom leave their own bewildering take on the legendary Mulcahy Murders in her student film. As the facts unravel, she begins to realize that this cold case murder, may not be so cold after all. Along with the help of the handsome deputy police officer, Patrick Rooke, she begins to uncover the horrifying truth of what really happened that night thirty years ago. As she gets closer to discovering the truth, she edges even closer to her own demise. Will her blind ambition overtake her desire to survive?” – October Coast PR

 

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Based on the love we have shown a film like The Blair Witch Project, having interviewed both of the film’s creators, it will probably not surprised regular TWS readers to know that we LOVE found footage films. Of course, in this day and age of the internet, we may not be as surprised by them, but when done right, they can still be extremely entertaining and shock you to your core. And Folks, I am here to say that The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan does just that! It’s a wonderful crafted suspense thriller that leaves you guessing right until the very end, even if you feel as though the outcome is obvious, based around the genre of the film. This is the sign of a wonderful script being brought to the world by a team of extremely talented individuals, which includes the incredible team that both wrote, directed, shot, and starred in the film, Anna Stromberg and Burt Grinstead. And Folks, I have to say that we have a real Cacciola/Epstein situation on our hands with this wonderful pair. For newcomer’s to the site, this is a compliment. For regular readers, you already know what I mean. The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan is an absolute delight, and can not come recommended highly enough.

 

 

It comes with some level of guilt or shame that I admit that this is my first experience watching the work of Anna Stromberg, who plays the titular character of Leah Sullivan. But, I can assure you that it will not be the last. And I guess we all have to learn about a brilliant talent at some point, right? I was immediately captivated by Stromberg in this film and had a great feeling going right into that I was bound to have a pleasant experience. The entire cast was also great, including the film’s co-writer & director Grinstead who was, to use an old-timey description, charming as fuck. But, it in the end, Stromberg carries the film with a smattering of charisma and extreme talent that is not to be missed.

Whether you would consider yourself a fan of the found footage genre or not, The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan is a film that you are sure to love from start to finish. The suspense builds, there is even a few laughs to be had. Seriously Folks, this has EVERYTHING, and you should definitely check it out! Enjoy!

The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan premiered on December 11th. Further dates for winter theatrical releases & VOD release will be announced soon.

 

Saturday Special: Red Handed [Film]

 

“When their father is murdered, three brothers descend upon an Oregon mountain river to spread his ashes. After they arrive, one of their children goes missing. One of the brothers was himself abducted 30 years ago when they visited this same river, but he has blocked the incident out of his mind. Only by unlocking the mysteries inside his subconscious, will they be able find the child and return him to safety.” – October Coast PR

 

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Hello Folks! With the holiday season upon us, we here at Trainwreck’d Society thought it would be a wonderful time to attempt to get you all to scare the shit out of yourselves one last weekend before we get all mushy and thankful to be around those we love. And what better way to do that than with a good old fashion child abduction story involving supernatural and occult like reasons? For this admittedly very specific purpose, you can not go wrong with Red Handed. But I will admit, as a film in general, this is a true delight!

Based around a script written by Frank Peluso, also the film’s director, Red Handed is a suspense thriller that hangs on to that “what the hell is happening?” vibe for 90 minutes before relieving you of such anxiety. Which is exactly what a good psychological thriller should attempt to pull off, one would assume. And I am here to proclaim that this film packs it all in a brilliant fashion. Red Handed is one of those films that lets you believe that you understand what is happening throughout its entirety, and then when the conclusion is gifted to you, there is no way you could have foreseen it from the beginning. Wonderfully written, a visible delight, this a thrill ride that is not to be missed. Plus, as we have stated on this very site before, any time you throw children into the mix of any kind of horror element, the scares are going to be even more intense that you could have imagined.

 

 

As far as performances go, there will be no surprise that powerhouse actors like Michael Madsen and Michael Biehn give incredible performances. But the main cast of Red Handed is a pretty stacked group as well. Christian Madsen gives an absolutely career-defining performances, especially in the very real and visceral moments of screen time he shares with his father. But when it comes to the world of suspense and horror, we must always tip our proverbial hats the the women of this world. Kenzi Dalton and Hunter Daily give the performances on both sides of the film’s internal warfare, and are the first two to come to mind, although there wasn’t a bad performances to be seen in this film if I am truly being honest.

Wonderfully told, visually stimulating, and brilliantly acted, what more could you ask for from a suspense thriller that takes the idea of child abduction and cranks that shit up to 11 and will truly leave you in awe? Go see it Folks! Prepare to be scared by something other than your racist uncle who “just can’t help himself”, even on Christmas Eve. Enjoy!

 

Red Handed is available now on digital and DVD from High Octane Pictures NOW!

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2019 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

25. SWORD OF TRUST

DIRECTED BY LYNN SHELTON

WRITTEN BY LYNN SHELTON

STARRING MARC MARON, JILLIAN BELL, MICHAELA WATKINS

 

24. WEST OF SUNSHINE

DIRECTED BY JASON RAFTOPOULOS

WRITTEN BY JASON RAFTOPOULOS

STARRING DAMIAN HILL, TY PERHAM, ELIZA D’SOUZA

 

23. EMPATHY INC.

DIRECTED BY YEDIDYA GORSETMAN

WRITTEN BY MARK LEIDNER

STARRING ZACK ROBIDAS, KATHY SEARLE, ERIC BERRYMAN

 

22. THE BASTARD’S FIG TREE

DIRECTED BY ANA MURUGARREN

WRITTEN BY ANA MURUGARREN & RAMIRO PINILLA

STARRING KARRA ELEJALDE, PEPA ANIORTE, CARLOS ARECES

 

21. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

DIRECTED BY JAY LOWL

WRITTEN BY BOB SAENZ

STARRING COLIN FORD, BOBBY LEE, ANGELA KINSEY

 

20. ROBBERY

DIRECTED BY COREY STANTON

WRITTEN BY COREY STANTON

STARRING JEREMY FERDMAN, ART HINDLE, SERA-LYS MCARTHUR

 

 

19. WALLFLOWER

DIRECTED BY JAGGER GRAVNING

WRITTEN BY JAGGER GRAVNING & JOHN W. COMERFORD

STARRING DAVID CALL, ATSUKO OKATSUKA, CEQUOIA JOHNSON

 

18. UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

DIRECTED BY DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL

WRITTEN BY DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL

STARRING ANDREW GARFIELD, RIKI LINDHOME, WENDY VANDEN HEUUEL

 

17. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTED BY QUENTIN TARANTINO

WRITTEN BY QUENTIN TARANTINO

STARRING BRAD PITT, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, RACHEL REDLEAF

 

16. SUCH A FUNNY LIFE

DIRECTED BY OLIVER MANN

WRITTEN BY OLIVER MANN

STARRING GREGORY MCGOVERN, GONZALO TRIQUEROS, NATASHA STRANG

 

15. PICK IT UP! – SKA IN THE 90’S

DIRECTED BY TAYLOR MORDEN

WRITTEN BY HEATHER AUGUSTYN

STARRING TIM ARMSTRONG, ALEX DESERT, AARON BARRETT

 

14. BLOODY MARIE

DIRECTED BY LENNERT HILLEGE & GUIDO VAN DRIEL

WRITTEN BY LENNERT HILLEGE & GUIDO VAN DRIEL

STARRING SUSANNE WOLFF, DENNIS RUDGE, TEUN LUIJKX

 

13. THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

DIRECTED BY JOE TALBOT

WRITTEN BY JOE TALBOT, JIMMIE FAILS, & ROB RICHERT

STARRING JIMMIE FAILS, JONATHAN MAJORS, DANNY GLOVER

12. STUCK

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BERRY

WRITTEN BY MICHAEL BERRY & RILEY THOMAS

STARRING GIANCARLO ESPOSITO, ASHANTI, ARDEN CHO

 

11. ROOM FOR RENT

DIRECTED BY TOMMY STOVALL

WRITTEN TO STUART FLACK

STARRING LIN SHAYE, OLIVER RAYON, LINDA CUSHMA

 

10. STOKE

DIRECTED BY ZOE EISENBERG & PHILLIPS PAYSON

WRITTEN BY ZOE EISENBERG & PHILLIPS PAYSON

STARRING CAITLIN HOLCOMBE, KAUHANNE LOPES, RANDALL GALIUS JR.

 

9. LUZ

DIRECTED BY TILMAN SINGER

WRITTEN BY TILMAN SINGER

STARRING LUANA VELIS, JOHANNES BENECKE, JAN BLUTHARDT

 

8. STATES

DIRECTED BY ZACH GAYNE

WRITTEN BY ZACH GAYNE

STARRING JEREMY O. HARRIS, ALEX ESSOE, AYAKA KINUGAWA

 

7. JUST SAY GOODBYE

DIRECTED BY MATT WALTING

WRITTEN BY LAYLA O’SHEA

STARRING KATERINA EICHENBERGER, MAX MACKENZIE, WILLIAM GALATIS

 

6. PRINCESS OF THE ROW

DIRECTED BY MAX CARLSON

WRITTEN BY MAX CARLSON & A. SHAWN AUSTIN

STARRING TAYLOR BUCK, EDI GATHEGI, MARTIN SHEEN

 

5. AT THE END OF THE DAY

DIRECTED BY KEVIN O’BRIEN

WRITTEN BY KEVIN O’BRIEN & PHIL GRIMES

STARRING STEPHEN SHANE MARTIN, BETTY

4. RELISH

DIRECTED BY JUSTIN WARD

WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WARD

STARRING TYLER DICHIARA, HANA HAYES, CHELSEA ZHANG

 

3. BARBIE’S KENNY

DIRECTED BY ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN

WRITTEN BY ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN

STARRING ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN, BIANCA LEMAIRE, SHAWN HAWKINS

 

2. WADE IN THE WATER

DIRECTED BY MARK WILSON

WRITTEN BY CHRIS RETTS

STARRING DANIKA GOLOMBEK, TOM E. NICHOLSON, SAMUEL WHITEHILL

 

1. CUCK

DIRECTED BY ROB LAMBERT

WRITTEN BY ROB LAMBERT

STARRING ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN, MONIQUE PARENT, TIMOTHY V. MURPHY

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2019 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

50. TALL GIRL

DIRECTED BY NZINGHA STEWART

WRITTEN BY SAM WOLFSON

STARRING AVA MICHELLE, ANGELA KINSEY, CANDI BROOKS

 

49. SURVIVING CONFESSION

DIRECTED BY MATTHEW TIBBEMANN

WRITTEN BY NATHAAN SHANE MILLER

STARRING JESSICA LYNN PARSONS, CLAYTON NEMROW, KEN GAMBLE

 

48. POWER OF GRAY SKULL: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

DIRECTED BY RANDALL LOBB & ROBERT MCCALLUM

WRITTEN BY RANDALL LOBB & ROBERT MCCALLUM

STARRING DOLPH LUNDGREN, JOHN ATRIN, LARRY HOUSTON

 

47. AMERICAN KILLING

DIRECTED BY MATTHEW D. WARD

WRITTEN BY MATTHEW D. WARD

STARRING TREVOR PETERSON, PERSIA WHITE, CAITLIN GERARD

 

46. SUMMER ‘03

DIRECTED BY BECCA GLEASON

WRITTEN BY BECCA GLEASON

STARRING JOEY KING, PAUL SCHEER, JUNE SQUIBB

 

45. LONG LOST

DIRECTED BY ERIK BLOOMQUIST

WRITTEN BY ERIK BLOOMQUIST, CARSON BLOOMQUIST, & ADAM WEPPLER

STARRING ADAM WEPPLER, CATHERINE CORCORAN, NICHOLAS TUCCI

 

44. PADDLETON

DIRECTED BY ALEX LEHMANN

WRITTEN BY ALEX LEHMANN & MARK DUPLASS

STARRING MARK DUPLASS, RAY ROMANO, DENDRIE TAYLOR

 

43. THE HOUSE OF VIOLENT DESIRE

DIRECTED BY CHARLIE STEEDS

WRITTEN BY CHARLIE STEEDS

STARRING ROWEN A. BENTLEY, KATE DAVIS-SPEAK, CARL ANDERSSON

 

42. ETERNAL CODE

DIRECTED BY HARLEY WALLEN

WRITTEN BY HARLEY WALLEN

STARRING RICHARD TYSON, SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON, VAN BIRCH

 

41. SILENCIO

DIRECTED BY LORENA VILLARREAL

WRITTEN BY LORENA VILLARREAL

STARRING MELINA MATTHEWS, LUCY PAEZ, MAARTEN DANNENBERG

 

40. HELLMINGTON

DIRECTED BY JUSTIN HEWITT-DRAKULIC & ALEX LEE WILLIAMS

WRITTEN BY JUSTIN HEWITT-DRAKULIC & ALEX LEE WILLIAMS

STARRING NICOLE CORREIA-DAMUDE, MICHAEL IRONSIDE, MONICA PARKER

 

39. BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON

DIRECTED BY PAUL DOWNS CALAIZZO

WRITTEN BY PAUL DOWNS CALAIZZO

STARRING JILLIAN BELL, LIL REL HOWERY, UTKARSH AMBUDKAR

 

38. THE LAVENDER SCARE

DIRECTED BY JOSH HOWARD

WRITTEN BY JOSH HOWARD

STARRING GLENN CLOSE, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

 

37. ZILLA & ZOE

DIRECTED BY JESSICA SCALISE

WRITTEN BY JESSICA SCALISE

STARRING GREG JAMES, AIDA VALENTINE, SAM KAMERMAN

 

36. SEEDS

DIRECTED BY OWEN LONG

WRITTEN BY OWEN LONG & STEVEN WEISMAN

STARRING TREVOR LONG, ANOREA CHEN, SHANNON HARTMAN

 

35. THE DIRT

DIRECTED BY JEFF TREMAINE

WRITTEN BY AMANDA ADELSON & RICH WILKES

STARRING MACHINE GUN KELLY, JOE CHREST, DOUGLAS BOOTH

 

34. INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE

DIRECTED BY G. PATRICK CONDON

WRITTEN BY G. PATRICK CONDON & ROSS MOORE

STARRING STEPHEN OATES, M.J. KEHLER, ERIN MICK

 

33. BETWEEN TWO FERNS: THE MOVIE

DIRECTED BY SCOTT AUKERMAN

WRITTEN BY SCOTT AUKERMAN & ZACH GALIFINAKIS

STARRING ZACH GALIFINAKIS, MARY HOLLAND, LAUREN LAPKUS

 

32. ONLY HUMANS

DIRECTED BY VANESSA KNUTSEN

WRITTEN BY VANESSA KNUTSEN & MEGAN GREEN

STARRING PER GILPIN, IVY MATHESON, MARIA RUSSELL

 

31. MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

DIRECTED BY MIKE COSTIN

WRITTEN BY BOBETTE BUSTER

STARRING DAVID LYNCH, GWENDOLYN YATES WHITTLE, SOFIA COPPOLA

 

30. DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

DIRECTED BY CRAIG BREWER

WRITTEN BY SCOTT ALEXANDER & LARRY KARASZEWSKI

STARRING EDDIE MURPHY, CRAIG ROBINSON, LUENELL

 

29. REPLACE

DIRECTED BY NORBERT KEIL

WRITTEN BY NORBERT KEIL, RICHARD STANLEY, & SCARLETT KARASZEWSKI

STARRING REBECCA FORSYTHE, BARBARA CRAMPTON, SEAN KNOPP

 

28. WHAT DEATH LEAVES BEHIND

DIRECTED BY SCOTT A. HAMILTON

WRITTEN BY CHAD MORTON, SCOTT A. HAMILTON, RACHEL K. OFORI, & NICO GIAMDIETRO

STARRING VINCENT NOAH, ERIN O’BRIEN, JOHNNY ALONSO

 

27. CROWN & ANCHOR

DIRECTED BY ANDREW ROWE

WRITTEN BY ANDREW ROWE, MICHAEL ROWE, & MATT WELLS

STARRING MICHAEL ROWE, MATT WELLS, NATALIE BROWN

 

26. DANGER GOD: THE LIVES AND LOVE OF A HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN

DIRECTED BY JOE O’CONNELL

WRITTEN BY JOE O’CONNELL

STARRING, GARY KENT, BOB IVY, TOMI BARRETT

Trainwreck Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2019 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to 2019’s Top 50 Albums of 2019. That’s right Folks, we’ve pushed it to 50 this year! Although it may not have seemed like it concerning actual posts about the world of music, please know that attempts were made, and a lot of amazing songs were heard, and as excited as we were about sharing our Top 100 Songs of the year, we are even more excited to share our favorite albums of the year.

As per usual, we have a wonderful variety of genres and artists to share with you all. From indie darlings to mainstream masterminds, there is something here for everyone. We revisit the work of some old friends who have made the lists in the past, and welcome some new friends to the mix. It is a truly eclectic look at what the world of music, if we are allowed to brag on ourselves for a moment. So without further babbling, please enjoy Day 2 of our Top 50 Albums of 2019!

 

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25. SADISTIK – HAUNTED GARDENS

 

24. LEWIS CAPALDI – DEVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT

 

23. JOSEPH – GOOD LUCK KID

 

22. TACOCAT – THIS MESS IS A PLACE

 

21. RICHARD JAMES SIMPSON – DEEP DREAM

 

20. LIZZO – CUZ I LOVE YOU

 

19. DIME BOX BAND – HAPPY

 

18. JOSEPH DEMAREE – BEAUTIFUL WORDS

 

17. SAMANTHA SIDLEY – INTERIOR PERSON

 

16. THE HEAD AND THE HEART – LIVING MIRAGE

 

15. POST MALONE – HOLLYWOOD’S BLEEDING

 

14. THE TENTH – DUNES

 

13. CROOKED GHOST – BLANK IRIS

 

12. SMOOTH HOUND SMITH – DOG IN A MANGER

 

11. Y LA BAMBA – ENTRE LOS DOS

 

10. LOTTE KESTNER – REMIXES

 

9. YOUNG ELK – FALSE PARADISE

 

8. CESCHI – SANS SOLEIL

 

7. JASON DEVORE – CONVICTION, VOL III: THE ROAD TO CLARITY

 

6. GREG FELDEN – MADE OF STRINGS

 

5. THE CERNEY BROTHERS – LOOKING FOR THE GOOD LAND

 

4. THE BLACKTONES – COBAIN & CORNBREAD

 

3. SHANE ALEXANDER – A LIFE LIKE OURS

 

2. TOM SPEIGHT – COLLIDE

 

1. FENCES – FAILURE SCULPTURES