Sunday Matinee: Calling All Earthlings [Film]

 

“Calling All Earthlings explores a mid-century UFO cult led by one-time Howard Hughes confidante, George Van Tassel. Van Tassel claimed to have combined alien guidance with the writings of inventor/physicist Nikola Tesla, and other controversial science, to build an electromagnetic time machine he dubbed “The Integratron.” Was he insane? Or could the dome really break through the boundaries of space, time, and energy? FBI agents worked against Van Tassel and the alternative community that formed out of his work. Would he finish the Integratron before the government finished him?” – Big Time PR

This was easily one of the most interesting documentaries I have ever watched, and actually made me realize something about myself in the process of taking it all in, and was left with a very simple question in the end. And that was: What if? I consider myself to be a pretty open-minded person. Of course, my idea of open-mindedness is usually more on a social level, and believing that people have the right to do what makes them happy, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone in the process. It’s a simple train of thought I have always lived by. But, I honestly wouldn’t say I am very open minded about the idea of outer-worldly possibilities that some believe exist in this universe. And that is, in the simplest of definitions, is sort of what is at the core of Calling All Earthlings. And after watching this brilliant documentary, I can’t help but wonder if maybe I need to open myself up a bit more to the possibilities that a man like George Van Tassel so very clearly believed in. I mean, he wasn’t hurting anyone, right? The feds certainly didn’t want him to achieve success, and why was that? So while I remain skeptical overall, there are just too many damn questions out there to simply just call someone a nut job and move on with our lives like there is no other possible way to exist than the way we are now. Or maybe I’m just over thinking it a bit.

 

Integraton creator George Van Tassel

 

But, having a wonderful documentary lead you into the possibility of overthinking issues and life in general is sort of what they are there for, right? These films explore real events and if we pay close enough attention to the subject matter of these films, we may just learn something about ourselves in the process. George Van Tassel was obviously a genius man with an intellect and thought process beyond the likes that most of us will ever know. And I dare say that Calling All Earthlings is definitely a wonderful homage to this brilliant man. Whether you are all in with what he was trying to achieve, or what he believed, this is a wonderfully done film that you simply have to see for yourself.

Calling All Earthlings will be available on VOD, August 28th, 2018. The film will also open in New York City at the Maysles Cinema on August 1st, 2018. For more information about the film and where you can see it, head on over to callingallearthlings.com for more details!

 

 

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Sunday Matinee: Rock Rubber 45s [Film]

 

Rock Rubber 45s is a cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic New York City culture orchestrator Bobbito Garcia. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. The ballplayer/author/DJ/filmmaker has carved an independent career that has inspired millions throughout the world, and has affected the growth and direction of the footwear, hip hop, and sports industries in the process. ” – Emma Griffiths PR

Whenever I throw on a documentary like this, I immediately begin to feel ashamed. Let me explain. As I have probably said a few times here at TWS, I was not aware of the subject matter of the film. In this case, it is the brilliant Bobbito Garcia. He is a man who has been so inspirational to so many different cultures, and I was so ignorant that I was unaware of his existence. And in my defense, the culture he created is pretty removed from my own. Although I appreciate the culture of street ball, sneakers, and NYC in general, I honestly know nothing about it. But, I do know something about cultural diversity, unity, and the importance of self representation. And I firmly believe that these are the things that Bobbito Garcia represents the most, and I am so damn happy to know that there is a man like this out there in the world, gaining as much success as possible.

 

 

Check out Rock Rubber 45s on VOD this Tuesday to find out why legends like Michael Rapaport, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Labelle, Questlove, and Rosie Perez call this man a genius!

Also check out the film at the following events:

July 24th – Kinki Lounge Kitchen in Ottawa, Ontario

July 31st – Kinki Lounge Kitchen in Ottawa, Ontario

August 1st – BAM Rose Cinemas in New York City, New York

August 30th – Claremont Community Center in Bronx, New York

And surely more to follow! For all things Bobbito Garcia, be sure to check out his WEBSITE for tickets to screenings, as well as info about all the amazing things he is working on!

 


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Sunday Matinee: King Cohen [Film]

“Buckle up for KING COHEN, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide.” – October Coast

Larry Cohen has always been one of those maverick figures that I feel like I always knew was out there, but really didn’t know anything about, until now. King Cohen dives directly into its attempt to make unwary viewers understand just how important this man was to the world of film and television. It also brilliantly provides the strong sense that with a strong work ethic and willingness to go as far as possible, pushing the limits of both society and the world of cinema, some really great art can be given to the world. Because that was exactly what Cohen did, and even continues to do.

And just as previously stated above by our friends at October Coast, and as any showcase of a film legend should do, there are a TON of wonderful interview subjects that are more than willing to tell you that Larry was, while a bit eccentric, probably one of the nicest guys in both old and new Hollywood. The brilliant Steve Mitchell (the man who wrote the seminal horror classic Chopping Mall!) knew exactly what he was doing, and managed to chop this brilliant film together to make a very lovely ode to a man who both changed cinema, but also rethought the way it could be created.

King Cohen begins its theatrical run July 27 in markets including Los Angeles and New York.

Special event screenings of the film will also be held throughout July and August in cities including Asheville, VA and Yonkers, NY.

Sunday Matinee: 1/1 [Film]

“Breathless, daring, and undone in a million pieces. Describing both the film’s style and main character, 1/1 submerges the audience into the mind of Lissa, a twenty-year-old girl trapped in rural Pennsylvania, who grapples with sex, drugs, love and loss. When a possible pregnancy forces Lissa to take a hard look at her life, both her and the structure of the film mature, illuminating a brighter path ahead.” – Big Time PR

Wow, just wow! I have to be very honest and admit that I was unaware of the actress Lindsey Shaw prior to sitting down to watch 1/1, I was more drawn to the idea of seeing Judd Nelson and Dendrie Taylor who I have always admired. But I will be god damned if I did not find myself almost entirely drawn to the amazing talent that is Shaw. What an absolutely stunning performance! I seriously can not think of a single moment in this film where she was not completely spot on and brilliant in her portrayal as Lissa. Especially being somebody who has felt that bitterness and resentment to the fact that you may very well be stuck in a place that is as frustrating as it is saddening. I can state with all honesty that she absolutely nailed it! Nelson and Taylor may have been the draw for me, but I left with a whole new love for the brilliant Lindsey Shaw.

And what a hell of a story, I should probably add! Shaw’s amazing performance was obviously guided by an amazing script by Jeremy Phillips. The frustration and turmoil of desperate times during desperate situations is a subject that so many of us can feel right to our cores.  And Phillips has created a brilliant visual demonstration of said turmoil with this brilliant film. With an amazing soundtrack from the amazing group Liars, the list of amazing things about this film would go on forever. Suffice to say, 1/1 is a genuine, honest, and damn near perfect film that everyone needs to see.

1/1 will be released July 17 on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray(special features and unreleased Liars track available on Blu-ray) For more information about the film, go to oneoveronemovie.com

 

 

Sunday Matinee: Troll Inc. [Film]

“From innocent meme culture to malicious propaganda, the avant-garde has moved online and they have an agenda. Emerging from deep within underground computer programming culture, internet trolls are disenfranchised and using the click-bait obsessed mass media to propel their performance art into the mainstream. Whether mischievously entertaining the masses, influencing presidential elections, or manipulating journalists and corporations, trolls are either saving us or driving our culture off of a cliff. Prosecuted as a whistleblower by the Federal Government, Troll Inc. follows the world’s most famous Internet troll, Andrew Auernheimer, and his merry band of provocateurs as they take on corporate America, the media, and political-correctness.” – October Coast PR

Wow. Fucking WOW! What a god damned story this was! I am almost ashamed to admit that I was completely and utterly unaware of the events depicted in Trolls Inc., and had absolutely no idea who the illustrious “weev” was. I’m not certain that I really do now, or if anyone really understands this man. I do know that this is an absolutely brilliant documentary that attempts to bring light onto a dark situation, that should have been light all along. Although I am sure that it can be debated otherwise, I have found this story to be one of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing, was rejected horribly, and decided to have some God damned fun with it all, and ended up losing far too many months of his life to the bullshit pennial system that is plagued with corruption and absolute nonsense. This film is an amazing depiction of an entire culture of people who are just, well, way smarter than you, and are indeed the modern day avant garden artists of this modern tech-reliable world.

 

 

Troll Inc. is available on VOD now. 

 

Check out the trailer to Troll Inc. right here:

 

Sunday Matinee: The Lighthouse [Film]

“A dark and disquieting journey into the heart of madness” (Starburst), the film, inspired by a terrifying true story, tells of two men trapped in an isolated lighthouse, surrounded by the deadly Irish sea, with both their minds ultimately pushed to the limits.”

 

I believe it has happened folks! I may have very well seen the best film of 2018 thus far. Only half way through the year, and I have already become smitten and awestruck by this gem of a film entitled The Lighthouse. For a film that literally only has one location, and two men doing 99% of the acting, it absolutely blows my mind how insanely full of life this film is. The concept of isolation turned to absolute madness may very well be one of the most frightening concepts imaginable, and it has never been better portrayed than it has in this absolutely brilliant film from the eye of filmmaker Chris Crow.

Obvious nods have to go to the two (and basically only) stars of the film, Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones. It is a rare thing to see the evolution of a relationship move from distant, to hopeful, to absolute madness in a perfectly timed hour and half. Jibson especially handles the absolute madness with the precision of an absolute professional and man of obvious and immense talent.

I have to admit that I find it almost impossible to truly get lost in a film these days, as the distractions of the world tend to intervene and make me fall out of a story. This absolutely was not the case in viewing The Lighthouse. The world could have stricken down everyone around me, and I would have had no idea when I was watching this amazing film. It was damn intriguing, and impossible to look away from. I honestly can not remember the last time I felt this way watching a film. It may have been as recently as last year, but it certainly didn’t have the impact that this one has had on me. Go see this damn movie folks, however you are able to. You are not going to regret losing yourself in this cinematic masterpiece.

The Lighthouse opens in select theaters July 6 and VOD July 10.

 

 

Sunday Matinee: The Workers Cup [Film]

“In 2022 Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world – the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, migrant workers from Africa and Asia toil exceedingly long hours for scant salaries, and live isolated in labor camps which are by law kept outside city limits. By day they sweat to build the World Cup, but at night they compete in the “workers welfare” football tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players.”

The very phrase I think of when I recollect on what I witnessed in this harrowing documentary, will always be “awe-inspiring”. Sadly, it has been my personal experience to learn that this is all far too common. The Workers Cup is a film that simply documents occurrences and atrocities that have been occurring throughout the world for so many years. Gigantic corporations and national governments (yes, the U.S. included in a HUGE way) have always found ways to exploit individuals from low-income backgrounds in order to have large scale projects (or operations) be completed whilst saving huge sums of profits by simply not considering these groups of people who flock to their projects not as human beings, but as “total man hours.” It’s a disturbing process, and can rightfully be argued that it is indeed modern day slavery.

There is something incredibly unique about The Workers Cup that has left me mesmerized. The use of a staged event like a football tournament in order to promote the “well-being” of the workers staged and trapped in these construction camps is saddening, to say the least. I could not help but draw modern day comparison to the acts of slave fighting portrayed in a film like Django Unchained, or the midnight dance routines put on my drunken slave masters in 12 Years A Slave. While not as directly oppressive, these are modern times and those at the top have found new and back door means of oppressing the poor who simply want to feel like humans. But where would we be as a society if we treated people fairly, refused to entrap them in labor camps where they are barely making enough money to provide for a family thousands of miles away? Where would we be as a world? Well, it is suffice to say that a few thousand people who hold the world’s wealth would not be very happy, so we must comply to their bullshit demands. This is reality. It is a sad reality. While the proles have the numbers, the wealthy have the means to protect themselves from the poor, and always will.

My only hope is that somebody will see The Workers Cup and actually be shocked by what they see. I can only imagine the plethora of people out there who have no idea what it entails to employ the construction of such high scale sporting events, or to have the back support to continue unending wars against nouns. Although, as I previously stated, there will be nothing done about it, and these conditions are never going to change, it is important to enlightened people to the atrocities of the world so that they may be able to look at the travesties and refrain from participating. Sadly, that is about all that our fellow proles of the world can really do.

Alas, the film is again, awe-inspiring. Each “employee” showcased in this film is an admirable one. They want nothing more that to live, provide…..and play football! They simply want to feel happiness and joy in something, when it seems as though there is only darkness all around them. I can not recommend The Workers Cup enough

For more information about the film, including dates, cities and theaters, go to TheWorkersCupFilm.com