Movies Galore takes a look at director Ben Wydeven’s 5th and last Short film installment in his Raven James Chronicles Vol. 1 “Mourning In The Cemetary” from 2016!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Makeshift Media director  Ben Wydevon of Madison Wisconsin this is the 5th and final film in the first Volume of his film adapted from his own novel of a down trodden alcoholic who communes with spirits and helps them though he does not entirely want to…

Its been four years since the death of Benny’s Father, having run the bar his father ran since… he still feels his presence…. Not only does Raven see and hear his father but he also doesn’t want Raven to let him know of his presence….

Benny, because of his car crash has been beginning to hear voices and noises not unlike that of spirits and it is in the Cemetary… where he has asked Raven to come with to speak at his fathers Grave…

In this film the story comes full circle and I feel that these films made of several journies and tales of Raven James was a fantastic start for an indie film maker.

Normally I’m not technically a fan of CGI but I think that for what it’s used for in this series I think that the effects have been done extremely well… I’m glad to have been a small part in helping fund this last installment… but I’m sure this won’t be the last we see of Raven James as his journey has only begun…

I think that Daniel Harris is and has become Raven James and Joshua Paffel makes for a decent Sancho of sorts as Benny.

I haven’t really found fault with any of the films now this film is scary and it ends on a positive note or does it?

I’d definitely recommend this series of films as I think it’s unique and I as I think I’ve said I hope to see more. Enjoy!

Starring Daniel Harris as Raven James, Joshua Paffel as Benny Cavoto, Kevin Croak as Mickey Cavoto, Jim Porter as
Lead Paramedic, Frances Goglio as Paramedic #1, Naomi Bielefeldt as
Ambulance driver, Greg Hudson as
Headwound Ghost, Paulina Kababie as
Spanish Ghost, John Gordon as Police Ghost, Brandon Grinslade as Ghost man #1, Maureen Grinslade as Various female ghosts, Janet Mitchell as Hospital Ghost, Patric Pellerin as Stoner Ghost, Jessica Peterson as Hippy Ghost, Grace Wagner as
Pregnant Ghost, Tony Zirngible as Zombie Ghost.

Movies Galore decides to book a Sparring partner in director Sean Meehan’s short film “Total Performance” from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Bokk Productions and Cross River Pictures director Sean Meehan I actually thought this film was going one way but it ended up doing a total reversal and surprised me…

Corey Sweeney (Berner) is an actress auditioning for roles but it’s not entirely your roles that you would think…. the film begins on an apparent date between Corey and Tim Madson (Conroy) where it apparently went well as Mr. Tim recieved a kiss at the end of the evening…

Not everyone auditions for roles as say to argue with someone or to help someone break the bad news to someone how they really feel…

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Now I enjoyed this film immensely but there’s one thing that sucks out like a sore thumb.  When Corey is on her date with Tim she refers to herself as an Actor when because she’s female she is an Actress not an Actor.  To me this was a major mistake either on the Actresses part as a possible mistake? As it’s possible they only did one take it’s possible she said Actor instead? All I know is it just stuck out.

Other than that Timothy Cox plays a supporting role as a person who wants to fire his employee… hehe

I’d say this was a comedy/ drama of sorts and would reccomend for short film lovers out there but as I said there is a perspective I think of a possible script error… but was very entertaining…

Starring Tory Berner as Cori Sweeney, Steven Conroy as Tim Madsen, Caitlin Berger as Annie Heron, Anthony Rainville as Rafi, Timothy J. Cox as Walter Baron, Paul Locke as Bruce, Phoebe Kuhlman as
Lauren, Lauren B. Nelson as Susan, Anthony D’Amore as Waiter, Nicole Trauffer a Woman Auditioner.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Sean Meehan’s 48hr film project short film “Mallas, MA” from 2013!

Written by David Strege

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So evidently this film was Produced by Fix It In Post as a 48 hour film poject directed by Sean Meehan Where Brian and Maria are Con Artist’s posing in a small town as Paranormal Investigators to take the towns money.

We see as they go and take photos of a little girl named Sydney all over town but when time comes to explain the evidence found one of them breaks down and confesses they are fake… but was it really?

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I’m beginning to enjoy Mr. Cox more as an actor each time even though I know it’s him he’s able to pull off whom he’s portraying in each role. I also believe that that he can pull of that human emotion aspect of control.

Honestly though I felt this was waaaay to short I felt snubbed like I was missing part of the story. But I did enjoy this film and would recommend it for the short film lovers out there.

Starring Timothy J. Cox as Brian Higgins, Maria Natapov as Maria Synder, Eddie Nason as Eddie, Robyn Kaan as Robyn, Andrea Sweeney as Interview Host, Uatchet Jin Juch as Sydney, Nekhebet Kum Juch as Sydney.

Movies Galore Takes a look at director Zachery Lapierre’s short film “Dirty Books” from 2016!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Pitch Forg Film Director Zachery Lapierre is kind of a Ferguson Explains it all meets Ferris Bueller type of short film where the main star a quirky Carrot topped freckled no-kid runs a school newspaper as his professor (Cox) tells him that he’s dropping the paper because of funding, the internets cheaper so tells David he can write a blog.

What ends up almost throwing in the towel by force turns into a series of pranks that David just so happens to have an inside scoop of but his competitive sports writer got the scoop on him instead.

What I enjoyed about the film was it’s rebellious statement yes David Broke a lot of rules but in his mind he got respect and will be remembered no longer a nobody…

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I think this a comical story and think the director picked the right kid to play the role… Though Cox played the supporting role as the Professor Noah Bailey kinda stole the lime light in this film…

I certainly enjoyed this would reccomend the film community see it definitely was lighthearted with spirit!

Starring Timothy J. Cox as Dr. Bradley, Noah Bailey as David Burrough, Alice Everhart, Amy Desrosiers, Sierra Borden, Heather Jablonski, David Gralenski, Lliam Carlton, Kelly Stannard, Amber Magin, Noah Lapierre, Isaiah Lapierre Owens, Rebecca Hughes, Danny Pelc, Kyra Holmes, Kylie Kuhn, Chris Everhart,
Kate Marion Lapierre, Jonathan Hunt,
Alice Murphy, Rachel Pelc, Chester Hardina-Blanchette, Christine Perham,
Michaela Lindsey, Ansley Berg as
Charlotte, Dante Giramma, Maggie Tirrell,
Thomas Perham, Sara DiPaolo, Peter Garbus, Kylee Mason, Neva Newcombe, Laura Campbell, Jack Conant, Calvin Conant, Sophie Garbus, Asia Litell, Tyler Campbell, Carly Yon.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Mathew Mahler’s short film “What Jack Built” from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by 8mm Film director Mathew Mahler filmed in 2015… i am becoming aware this director enjoy’s working with Cox as in “To Be Alone” later on but I figured I’d go back and give “What Jack Built” a look.

As the film begins we are either in a garage or shed or basement as it looks like a workmens station and Jack (Vox) is intent on what he’s building, blueprints and all…

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What he buillds out of wood slates and electronics just laying around is something he brings out to the woods and then sets up a security system made of screens to lay in and wait… but for what?

I actually enjoyed this film though Jack didn’t talk there was anticipation and Ingenuity.  I think that there was an energy in Cox that led you to believe in the mysterious… im not saying that it was the greatest film but it was pretty smartly put together… makes you wonder exactly what happens to Jack…

I enjoyed this short film and I recommend it as well to some horror enthusiasts it’s not scary by all means but you have to see it to believe it!

Starring Timothy J. Cox as Jack.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Mathew Mahler’s short film “To Be Alone” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by 8mm Productions director Mathew Mahler whose previously filmed shorts are “What Jack Built” (2015), “Vault” (2014), and “Dark Romance” (2013).

The film begins as a man named William (Cox) sits alone in his home. My guess is that something’s happened that he is alone… the phone rings as a sheriff calls while it appears he somewhat sits around the house listening to self help and religious infomercials…

I don’t want to tell it all but as I’ve seen Timothy Cox before in the short film “Here Lies Joe” it appears we see William go through a period of what I would call human withdrawal… as a man going through the motions we see him almost take a biblical meaning of the dragging of the cross to Gethsemene to another level…

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Im actually neutral on this film I neither disliked the film nor did the film have any real affect on me but I do wonder exactly what happened to Williams significant other… I do however believe we see a perfect display of Cox’s ability to portray an aloneness that sometimes we all feel a human emotion.

It was entertaining I guess I’ll leave the viewers to the choice of enjoying the film…

Starring Timothy J. Cox as William, Maggie Kurth, John Mahler.

As we come into port from the high seas! Movies Galore takes a look at Disney director’s Joachim Ronning and Espen Sander’s feature “Pirates of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” for 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Kon Tiki remake Director’s Joachim Ronning and Espen Sanders take on this high seas further adventure from Disney and though reviews of the film were not a high note we say differently just that I think this cow has been milked as much as it can…

Dead Men’s Tell No Tales begins with a small boy rowing away to sea, as he ties rocks to his body and jumps only to be caught by the ship that holds his father William Turner (Bloom).

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Will Turner has been cursed and has had his heart in Davy Jones Chest for several years it seems but his son has heard of this treasure called the Tridant of Poseidon that no man can ever find and has set his mind on finding Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) which Will Turner his father tries to pursuance is a fools journey and that it’s impossible…

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Mean while as the Mayor of St. Martins is celebrating a new bank vault, a young lady Carina Smyth (Scoldelerio) that studies the stars has been labeled a witch and sentence to be hung, young Henry turner has been cast as a traitor for only trying to warn his captain of the doom ahead, and Captain Jack Sparrow has fallen asleep with the mayors wife inside the vault as part of a plan to steal the loot…

After escaping custody thanks to Carina, Henry puts up Sparrow’s bail money but as due to his failed robbery his crew left him as they were tired of his shit… he did the one thing he was told never to do when Sparrow’d become captain and been handed the compass… he betrayed the compass by bartering it for rum…

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Now interesting as it may seem the dreaded Captain Salazar and his cursed crew were exactly what Henry’s crew had run into as he was the man that Salazar left alive to tell the tale whom had noticed the wanted ads of Sparrow on Henry’s person… Salazar told Henry to Steal the compass from Sparrow or lead him to him.

After the compass had landed in the wrong hands though it had released the Dreaded Spanish Captain Salazar upon the high seas destroying Hector Barbosa’s Fleet which once it had reached his ear, Barbosa went in search of a local witch whom was known for gossip, who in turn gave him the compass which had come into his possession.

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That with Catrina Smith’s fathers book of having a bloodstone to map the stars ultimately the treasure and Jacks crew came around for one more adventure not to mention of course the British army Captains involvement as always after the same treasure.

I don’t want to tell it all but there is a surprise for hector and a happy ending of sorts not for all but I feel they were tying up loose ends they hadn’t before…

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I think the creatures that were Salazar’s Skeleton Crew were more what you’d see in a sci-fi Chanel movie I just think that they could have been imaged better missing pieces  was kinda evident and seemed like it was again like I said cheaply maid this time.  There was definitely some humor but I believe the humor was half hearted… I think that Johnny Depp is getting rather old for the role but I think the drunken pirate does still somewhat hold a style but I almost heard The Hatter in his voice as he was running through  St. Martin’s.

Ultimately I hope I don’t see another pirates it’s run it’s course.  I enjoyed the film for what it was but I saw it’s errors too so I’m on the fence of thinking it’s up to par I think it’s lost its energy, it’s spunk but to each their own.. and does Keira Knoghtly have an eating disorder she’s not as hot as she once was in the original Pirates… disappointing… enjoy!

Starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner, Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth, Kevin McNally as Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as Shansa, David Wenham as
Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Angus Barnett as Mullroy, Martin Klebba as Marty, Adam Brown as Cremble, Giles New as Murtogg, Orlando Bloom as
Will Turner, Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, Paul McCartney as Uncle Jack, Delroy Atkinson as Pike, Danny Kirrane as
Bollard, Juan Carlos Vellido as Lieutenant Lesaro, Rodney Afif as Officer Madga, Rupert Raineri as Officer Santos, Stephen Lopez as Officer Moss, Nico Cortez as Spanish Officer, Mahesh Jadu as
Spanish Soldier, Bruce Spence as Mayor Dix, Justin Smith as Mr. Krill, John Leary as Mr. Swift, Anthony De La Torre as
Young Jack Sparrow, Finn Ireland as
Young Pirate Jeff (as Finn McLeod Ireland), James Mackay as Maddox, Bryan Probets as Bowen, Will Ward as Pirate (Flashback), Lewis McGowan as
Henry Turner (12 Yrs Old), Alexander Scheer as Young Teague, Richard Piper as
Captain Toms, Michael Dorman as First Officer Wade, Rohan Nichol as Officer Cole, Paul Armstrong as Old Pirate, Robert Morgan as Grimes, Andreas Sobik as Pirate Captain, Goran D. Kleut as Pirate with Broom, Scott Anderson as British Officer, Travis Jeffery as British Soldier, Andrew Fraser as British Soldier, Akos Armont as British Soldier, Sean Lynch as
British Soldier, Ben O’Toole as British Soldier, Dakota Askew as Young Monarch Soldier, Jamie Carter as Young Monarch Soldier, Joe Klocek as Monarch Soldier, Derani Scarr as Woman, Zoe Ventoura as
Mayor’s Wife, Lenny Firth as Fisherman, Akshay Caplash as CG Ghost Soldier, Jordan Fulleylove as CG Ghost Soldier, Mivon Prince-Leyva as CG Ghost Soldier, Rafael Torrijos as CG Ghost Soldier (as Rafael Soler Torrijos), Pablo as Jack the Monkey, Chiquita as Jack the Monkey, James Fraser as Young Greenhorn, Ken Radley as Pig Kelly, Hannah Walters as
Beatrice, Jonathan Elsom as Priest, K. Todd Freeman as Captain Morgan, Matthew Walker as Confessional Priest, Darcy Laurie as Uncle Jack’s Cellmate, James Lawson as Jail Guard, James Lawson as Jail Guard, Chris Adams as
Spanish Officer (uncredited), Anousha Alamian as Spanish Soldier (uncredited), Charnstar Anderson as Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Maria Arnott as Washer Woman (uncredited), Oscar Bailey as
Townschild (uncredited), Martin Ballantyne as Townsman (uncredited), Michael Bardach as Pirate Prisoner (uncredited), Donnie Baxter as Townsperson (uncredited), Bland Brifkani as Spanish Soldier (uncredited), Christie-Lee Britten as Greenwich Village Upper Class Lady (uncredited), Austin Caffin as
Livery (uncredited), Leo Camacho as
Townsman (uncredited), Alexander Canton as Upperclass Man (uncredited), Brooke Chamberlain as Upper Class Lady (uncredited), Jon Christopher as Sailor (uncredited), Matt Clayton as Monarch Sailor (uncredited), Linda Marie Curry as
Witch (uncredited), Todd Davis as Pirate (uncredited), Suzanne Dervish-Ali as
Townsperson (uncredited), Miles Ellis as
Black Pearl Pirate (uncredited), Josh Farah as Pirate (uncredited), Helder Fernandes as Sailor (uncredited), Sean Edward Frazer as Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Kiara Freeman as Townschild (uncredited), Jesse Michael Fullington as
British Soldier (uncredited), Tighe Gill as
Calico (uncredited), Fernando Gonzalez as
Pirate (uncredited), Asabi Goodman as
Maid (uncredited), Jessica Gould as
Townswoman (uncredited), Karen Gould as Witch (uncredited), Jessica Green as
Townswoman (uncredited), Madison Haley as Townswoman (uncredited), Stephen Hall as Beggar (uncredited), Ryan Hance as Townsmen (uncredited), Dylan Kai Harris as Lower Class Townsman (uncredited), Kelly Hetherington as
Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Matt Hurley as Monarch Marine (uncredited), Lakota Johnson as Towns Child (uncredited), Luke Johnson as Townsman (uncredited), John Jumane as Townsman (uncredited), Cale Kampers as Royal Marine (uncredited), Baz Karbouris as Pirate (uncredited), Tony Chris Kazoleas as
Black Pearl Pirate (uncredited), Kris Keevers as Monarch Officer (uncredited), Rylan Kindness as Beggar Boy (uncredited), Joel Knights as Livery (uncredited), Rachael Lorenz as Dorothy (uncredited), Shaun McCallum as
St. Martin Marine (uncredited), Mollie McGregor as Twin Middle Class Lady (uncredited), Sophia McGregor as Twin Middle Class Lady (uncredited), Declan McMurray as Upper Class Man (uncredited), Jenaya McMurray as
Upper Class Girl (uncredited), Abhishek Mehta as Townsman (uncredited), Salvatore Merenda as Tier 2 Ghost (uncredited), Valiant Michael as
Pirate (uncredited), Anthony Miller as
Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Paris Moletti as Townsman (uncredited), Winnie Mzembe as Maid (uncredited), Piper Nairn as Townschild (uncredited), Joseph Oliveira as Pirate (uncredited), Anna Patch as Townswomen (uncredited), Toby Potter as Townschild (uncredited), Jon Quested as Band Member (uncredited), Christian Radford as Monarch Marine (uncredited), John Reynolds as Hangman Executioner (uncredited), Daniel Sims as
Townschild (uncredited), Ben Damian Thomas as Middle Class Merchant (uncredited), Rhiannon Watson as
Townswoman (uncredited), Tony S White as Middle Class Townsperson (uncredited), Korey Williams as Middle Class Towns Person (uncredited).