Sunday Matinee: The Millionaires’ Unit [Film]

The Millionaires’ Unit tells the unsung story of a group of Yale college students who became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve in World War I by taking the initiative to learn to fly in preparation for America’s entry into the Great War.” – Big Time PR

For the life of me, I can not remember diving into a film on a subject that I truly knew so little about, and wasn’t entirely sure I was going to be interested in….and then fall in love with the story! I usually lack any sort of affinity for rich people doing, well, anything at all. But there is definitely something very fascinating about a group of people who have the means to do good, and actually do it!

And that is exactly what the subjects of The Millionaires’ Unit went out and did. Whether you are a person who is genuinely amazed by the history of aviation, or just want to hear a tale of triumph from a group of people who really didn’t HAVE to do good, The Millionaires Unit is an absolutely perfect film that you are going to certainly enjoy!

The Millionaires’ Unit hits VOD on February 15th, and is available now on DVD and Blu Ray. Check out the trailer here:

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Sunday Matinee: Harold Buttleman [Film]


“Buttleman (Hawkes, Winter’s Bone, The Sessions) is on the brink of TV stardom, a 3 am spot on the late night cable access, but the life of a daredevil stuntman is harder than it looks. Harold’s parents want him to move out of their basement and his girlfriend wants him to settle into a career selling bathtub parts. For Harold, it all depends on his big break. He gathers the entire town for his gala premiere celebration, but there’s a surprise in store. An offbeat comedy about following your dreams, and the finer points of being shot out of a cannon.” – October Coast PR

I have always loved John Hawkes. He is one of those guys who I don’t exactly follow, but I always excited to see show up the screen. I will never forget his brief, fatal, and eventually engulfed in flames performances as Benny of Benny’s World of Liquor in the greatest vampire film ever made, From Dusk Till Dawn. And his reasonably frustrated role on Eastbound and Down is brilliant. But, this is where we see John at his best. Right here in Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman.

I do have warn you dear readers, if you have any form of anxiety issues, this may be a tough film for you. This is do to the fact, which shouldn’t really be a spoiler, NOTHING goes right for this guy. It is a brilliant introspective into the world of a very naive human being who probably things the world is kinder than it really is, and shit just really doesn’t work out for him. But in all honesty, that is really what is most intriguing to me. It is a brilliant film with an absolutely amazing cast. John Hawkes is brilliant as he always is. But a HUGE shoutout has to go to Anita Barone who is an actress that NEEDS to be utilized more often. She was the lead actress in the sitcom that was unfairly ended far too early known as The War At Home, who’s cancellation was one of the dumbest decisions ever made by a studio. But, I digress, back to Buttleman. I really loved this film, for so many different reasons. But the main reason would have to be the “laugh at my pain” charisma that it provides, and the characters’ inability to accept the inevitable fate that they will eventually come to. I simply cannot recommend this brilliant indie film enough.

Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play Feb 2, 2018. Here is the trailer:

 

Sunday Matinee: Sasq-watch [Film]

“Nigel and Oscar have finally gotten funding for their sasquatch expedition! But when their guide bails and rival Claus also joins the hunt, they must assemble a rag-tag crew of outdoorsmen to be first to track down the undiscovered beast.” – October Coast PR

The world is a frightening place these days. Whether we think a nuke is coming at us from the east, or we are wondering how we will survive during yet another government shutdown, life has become far too serious lately. So, I suggest we all take a moment to find something to laugh and/or smile about. And I believe I may have something that works wonders. It is a very funny and rightfully goofy film Sasqwatch.

Not every film has to have a real deep message involved in its story line, it only seems that way during the Awards season. Sometimes it is just about being a damn fun movie to watch. And Sasqwatch is a damn fun movie. It has every form of comedy you could want, from physical to self deprecation. With all the looming misery and despair going around, I feel like this film is just the right antidote to get us all back up on our feet and moving into a better direction.

Sasqwatch also holds an array of brilliant performances. Paul Brittain and Adam Herschmann have a brilliant goofball chemistry that is reminiscent of our favorite buddy comedy duos from the 90’s, and Christine Bentley is perfectly on cue as the straight woman who would rather be anywhere else, doing absolutely anything else than wandering the woods with a couple of full on dum-dums. And then there are the two that REALLY steal the show — Neil Flynn and Tim Meadows. Now, I am on record as stating that Tim Meadows is without a doubt one of the finest comedic actors of our time. There is not a single project that he has touched that wasn’t made better simply by his presence. His brief appearance in Mean Girls shot that films likability up a thousand points for me. As do his appearances on the somewhat lackluster of a show The Goldbergs. He simply can do no wrong. And he brings more of that brilliant deadpan humor to Sasqwatch and again he adds flavor to the whole dynamic of the film, even when he is playing the “bad guy”.

And Neil Flynn. Holy shit. Flynn really stole the show for me. He managed to take his signature straight-man in a goofy situation routine, and turn into a man of nature character. And boy does he deliver. If Neil was looking to put on a face that was consistently non-verbally stating, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?”, the dude nailed it! It is one of the most perfect performances of anything that I have seen in a great while.

Sasqwatch is available now on DVD and across all digital platforms, wherever you find movies. Check out the trailer here:

Sunday Matinee: Cannibal Farm [Film]

“The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren’t farming animals…” – October Coast PR

Let’s start things off here with a call to all the real die hard horror fans out there: this one is EXACTLY for you. I can in full confidence state that Cannibal Farm is one of the finest blood soaked experiences to be brought to the screen in quite a long time. It has everything you need! From betrayal to a brilliant mixture of gore and jump scares all the way back around to ridiculously overdone monologues that graciously add to the overgrowing fear and anxiety that comes with watching a full on massacre occur.

A few weeks ago, I made a statement on the podcast Super Geeky Play Date about how I wanted to see the cannibalism aspect of horror films become a as commonplace and popular as zombie and vampire films. Little did I know that awaiting in my inbox was exactly what I was talking about. Cannibal Farm is an amazing callback to all of the gruesome fun that was developed in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s. It’s a bit campy, as it should be. It’s a tad bit over emotional, also as it should be. And just when you think you have seen the height of the film’s insanity, hold the fucking phone, because something even more insane is right around the proverbial (and maybe literal) corner.

 

I simply can not stress this enough people: this is a genuinely amazing horror film. Writer/director Charlie Steeds brings us a wonderfully stylized work of torture and delightfully frightening moving images that deserves at least a few viewings. Check it out!

Cannibal Farm is available now on VOD. Check out the trailer here:

Tom of Finland [Film]

Welcome to Day 12 of our unofficially titled “12 Non-Holiday Films for the Holidays”. For 12 days, we are showcasing 12 amazing non-holiday themed films for those of us who despise holiday films or the whole damned season altogether. Enjoy!

“Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II. But life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and gay men around him are being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art: homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions.

But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of the worldwide gay revolution.” – Emma Griffiths PR

For our grand finale of our 12 Non-Holiday Films for the Holidays, we have a very special film to showcase. “Tom Of Finland” is a historical figure I quite honestly had no idea about until watching this cinematic masterpiece. With an absolutely brilliant portrayal of Tuoko himself, Pekka Strang gives the performance of his lifetime that deserves so much more acclaim than he has received this year. Whether you have a wealth of knowledge on the subject of the film, or you are novice like myself, Tom Of Finland is a gem of a film that you are sure to love.

 

Tom of Finland is available now VOD and wherever you stream movies! Check out the trailer here:

Driving While Black [Film]

Welcome to Day 11 of our unofficially titled “12 Non-Holiday Films for the Holidays”. For 12 days, we are showcasing 12 amazing non-holiday themed films for those of us who despise holiday films or the whole damned season altogether. Enjoy!

“Dmitri is a pizza guy who would rather smoke weed and suffer for his art, but his mom and his girl won’t stop nagging him to get a real job. When he’s offered a gig mouthing off to tourists behind the wheel of a Hollywood “star tour” bus, it looks like everyone might get what they want. Trouble is, our man can’t seem to step out the door to get to the interview without endless complications: busted radiators, simple weed scores gone sideways and LAPD cruisers seemingly everywhere. Dmitri’s skill at going unnoticed by cops is honed by painful experiences growing up Black in L.A., but even his keen survival instincts won’t save him from the week from hell.” – October Coast PR

Oh we have another amazing film with a real message to share with you fine folks today! Driving While Black doesn’t exactly leave much to the imagination of what the film may be about, yet it is filled with an abundance of surprises and startling content that is going to leave your simple mind absolutely blown away. And if it doesn’t, then it is possible that there is something absolutely wrong with you if you can not see this comedic pot of gold as anything short of a call for change and/or help.

Filmmaker Paul Sapino has managed to bring a collection of real life experiences from DWB‘s star Dominique Purdy to the big screen in one of the most compelling, and also hilarious at times, film of 2017. Purdy wasn’t entirely on my radar prior to watching this amazing flick, but his comedic wit and realistic acting abilities has definitely moved him up on the top of my must watch list. And Sapino seems to have a cinematic sensibility that is an absolutely positive addition to the world of film that simply should not be denied.

Driving While Black is definitely a stand alone piece of brilliant cinema and comparison to other works are not exactly necessary. But, I sort of feel like I have to do it. This film is absolutely Crash, but actually impactful, and just an all around better film. The impact of the film comes from its brilliant dramatization of modern day race relations, which is one thing that Crash tried to do, but time has shown that it ultimately failed. But the other comparison comes from the film’s focus on tying the every day lives of individuals into one singular story, which ultimately revolved around race relations. And this is just another example of how DWB absolutely beat Crash’s proverbial ass in this realm. I was absolutely shocked with the creative ways that this film manage to flip everything around and bring each individual story back around on its ass to create an ending that was a bit disturbing, only because it feels as though it is the most realistic way that a film like this could end. Also, it is based on actual events, so it was basically inevitable.

Overall, Driving While Black is an absolutely wonderful film that is worthy of multiple viewings, because each time you are guaranteed to learn something brand new. Of course, this is coming from a white guy with a blog. For those folks out there living every day in black skin, this may not be a real learning experience, but simply an amazing cinematic dramatization of everyday life that might be appreciated for its raw and unrestrictive commentary. But for the rest of you motherfuckers (me/us), please watch this movie a few times, and try to learn something. And if after a few viewings you still can’t get it, please at the very least, stay off the Internet. Forever.

Driving While Black will hit theaters across the U.S. on February 1st.

 

The Spiderwebhouse [Film]

Welcome to Day 10 of our unofficially titled “12 Non-Holiday Films for the Holidays”. For 12 days, we are showcasing 12 amazing non-holiday themed films for those of us who despise holiday films or the whole damned season altogether. Enjoy!

“12-year-old Jonas confidently takes on the responsibility for his two younger siblings when his mother leaves them behind for a weekend away. He isolates himself and his siblings more and more and they start to drift away into their own fantastic world. But the weekend grows into weeks in which the three children hear nothing from their mother. Food and money have long since run out and the house has become more like a haunted castle.” – October Coast PR

This is another great showcase of the human struggle, something that has become sort of a theme of our showcases here at Trainwreck’d Society. But, such is life. The Spiderwebhouse is also another film involving a cast of mainly children, yet alone it is about disertion and the struggle to stay alive, it’s far less disturbing that its predecessor in this showcase, Playground. No, this is a film that is filled with hope. It is a masterpiece of cinema built around 3 human beings who should never have to put so much focus on the hope of simply staying alive. Especially as it falls onto a 12 year old boy who is forced to make everything alright, in anyway he can.

And that 12 year old boy was performed brilliantly by the relatively new actor named Ben Litwinschuh, who I feel could really strive in the world of acting should he decide to continue putting out amazing performances like he did as Jonas in this film. The whole thing is centered around Jonas, and what he has to do to continue to provide for his younger siblings, as he shithead parents continue to only worry about their own problems. I say this is vain, knowing full well that Jonas’s mother was actually off dealing with an illness that she had to be cured of, in which we are lead to believe that she will be able to rid herself of her cursed demons, but sadly there is a greater chance that they will return. But, I feel as though there may have been a bit of a cultural difference that I may be missing out on when it comes to their estranged(?) father, who actually lives near by. What was his deal? I found it kind of hard to understand why he was unable to be more active in the situation, although he did try at a certain point, around the time that hope was all but lost.

 

But, that one factor about the father aside could not take away from the lovely story that was unfolding, and the cinematic genius that I was experiencing in watching this tastefully down piece of film gold. Filmmaker Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt has brought us something truly special in this black and white masterpiece. The black and white aspect of the film was actually an amazing touch, and is proof that sometimes this is how a story must be told. A sort of surreal element tends to divulge itself when the human eye is seeing a story being laid out from an unfamiliar lens. Screenwriter Johanna Stuttmann’s story of The Spiderwebhouse was so powerful that it probably could have worked in color, but after seeing the film like this, I wouldn’t want to imagine it in any other way.

The Spiderwebhouse is available now on VOD and wherever you watch movies. Check out the trailer for the film, right here: