Sunday Matinee: Kuleana [Film]

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll just kick things off here by saying that Kuleana is at its very core, a seriously insightful film. It is wonderful look into the damnation and tyranny that would ensue after the statehood was confirmed for the land of Hawaii. It’s really something that I had never actually thought too much about. I have always known that the natives to Hawaii have always been a very strong and proud group of folks, and that the white gentrification of the land was, to put it lightly, pretty fucked up. But to see some very probably events depicted in such a manner as this film does is a whole new proverbial ball game. It is a toxic and frightening thing I am very willing to admit that I can never truly understand. But, it didn’t stop me from enjoying a very well made film on the subject.

Kuleana is a film that focuses on one man’s journey to clear his father’s tarnished name, and to retain purity to his land that is unscathed from the indignity of commercial greed but is in danger of being handed over to the corporate monsters who are uncaring about the sacred history of a land as they can not see such beauty with their eyes blinded by dollar signs. Phew. That was a bit of a rant wasn’t it? Anyway, Kuleana is a hell of a film with a brilliant cast. If you couldn’t tell from the big of agony and anger I am putting into writing this, there are some demons associated with this film. And one of the biggest demons of them all is portrayed by Stefan C. Schaefer, who portrays a true bonafide asshole on a Nurse Ratchet level. He’s so good at this role that you couldn’t even “love to hate” his character. You just hate him. So much respect also has to be given to Sonya Balmores and Moronai Kanekoa, who give absolutely dynamite performances as well. And also Marlene Said, who was just downright adorable!

Whether you find yourself to be emotional attached to this little group of islands out there in the Pacific, or you are just a fan of very well made cinema, Kuleana is a film that will have something for you. You really do owe it to yourself to check it out!

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Matinee: Strawberry Flavored Plastic [Film]

“The origins of the story revolved around a few main ideas that germinated into what the film eventually became. One of those ideas revolved around a real life person whom a friend of mine had worked with for many years, and the sort of lunacy and unhinged nature of this person (non-violent, might I add) whom I heard stories about sort of grabbed my attention. Coupling that with an innate desire to tell a layered, challenging and relevant tale, it all built itself into what SFP became. It’s also worth noting that I’m absolutely fascinated with the concept of nearly forcing an audience to align themselves with a questionable character; there are many positive and sympathetic facets to Noel’s character that run parallel to his darker and sociopathic side, and I really wanted to explore that and expand upon those notions.” – filmmaker Colin Bemis

Hello there fine readers! Welcome back from our week long hiatus, and back to our first Sunday Matinee in quite sometime. And we have an amazing film to showcase for you fine folks! In our last interview with indie filmmaker Colin Bemis, we promised you we would talk a bit about Strawberry Flavored Plastic. A film that is poised to be one of our top 10 films of the 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie just so damn much.

And while everyone truly acted their asses off in this film, a huge shoutout has to go to Aidan Bristow. This man had be feeling literally anxious and a bit on edge. His role as Noel Rose is the type of stuff that legends are made of. And of course, an actor is only as good as the writing, and our man Colin Bemis has written the hell out of a story and has been kind enough to share it with the world! Another shoutout has to go to the brilliant Bianca Soto who comes in extremely strong as well.

Again, I can not say enough great things about Strawberry Flavored Plastic. It is a brilliant debut film from our new friend Colin Bemis, and I can not recommend it enough. So be sure to check it out when it hits VOD or a theatre near you when it drops!

Sunday Matinee: Entanglement [Film]


“While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna (Jess Weixler)… But when he and Hanna inadvertently fall in love, his life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected – and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.” – October Coast PR

Have you ever gone into a movie just straight up knowing you are going to love it? Like, there is basically zero chance that you are going to dislike the film. And yet, you still manage to find yourself extremely surprised and pleased more than you thought you would be? Well, that is exactly what happened upon checking out this amazing Thomas Middleditch vehicle of a film called Entanglement. It is a lovely film that is in the vein of everything I already enjoy just so much. But, the film isn’t just a great type of film, it is a downright great film. Thomas Middleditch is an actor  who has been unfairly typecast into certain roles. The idea of seeing Thomas playing a very depressed character seems logical at first, but when you actually see him do it, it is better than you could ever imagine.

Overall, the storyline of Entanglement is pretty standard. There is a plot twist, but an entirely logical one that would seem obvious for people who watch these types of films regularly. But, for whatever obviousness is at play here, it is all made up for with witty dialogue, and some of the greatest character developments I have ever seen. Entanglement is a lovely little story about finding personal strength when all hope is lost and the importance of lasting relationships. It has some brilliant acting, perfect writing, and just an overall pleasure to watch. You’re going to love this!

Entanglement is in select theaters and on VOD right now. Check out the trailer here:

 

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:

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: