Movies Galore takes a walk with director William J. Oates cult classic “The Evil In The Woods” from 1986 put out by Massacre Video

Written by David Strege

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A young boy checks out a book titled Evil in the Woods from his local library.  He immediately takes the book home and begins to read it and is soon sucked into a strange world set in Mildew Georgia.  The book describes the plight of a group of low budget film makers who start to make their newest schlock piece in a woods that is occupied by not only an evil witch but also her cannibalistic and mentally disabled family.  As the boy reads the book he starts to get sucked into the story just a little too much, the plot draws him in but will his will be enough to finish the fractured fable or will he forever get sucked into its pages.

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    Directed by, William J. Oates Starring Brian Abent, Carolina Antonini, Schelli Marie Barbaro and Jennifer Bates this film is cheese beyond your wildest imagination.

“I think this place is lovely and we should build a house up here someday.”

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Ah the cheap 1980’s shot on video market.  Mom and pop video stores were on every corner and as long as you had a “decent” camera and some editing software and an eye catching cover you were destined to be a success.  I believe that is what the Fantasy Factory believed when they released Evil in the Woods…a great example of the cheesy shot on video classicks from the 1980’s.

Evil in the Woods plays off like a twisted Never Ending Story with some Hills Have Eyes and a little bit of ol’ Ed Wood himself thrown in for good measure.  A young boy checks out a book titled Evil in the Woods from his local library (eerily it is due back on Friday the 13th).  The book describes itself as a “fractured fable from the Fantasy Factory”…..this is the same company that made the film…and no this isn’t the show that is on MTV.

As the boy reads the book the viewer is introduced to one of the many title screens that pop up on the screen and are read by a narrator with a hunky dory southern accent, kinda reminds me of Mr deedley the DNA strand narrator from Jurassic park lmao,  it makes sense though since the story is supposed to take place in Mildew, Georgia.  These title cards at least attempt to make sense out of a plot that had to have been written by someone with an extreme case of ADD.

The plot mainly focuses on the town of Mildew which has suffered 3,030 days of evil.  This evil comes from a witch and her cannibalistic and mentally challenged family.  First a family is camping and their son goes missing (and is eaten by the witch and her family….it isn’t really shown so you can calm down now gore hounds), then a film crew comes into the woods to film their newest film…something about a bigfoot fighting aliens and runs into the evil family.  The whole time the young boy gets consumed by the story and soon enough his parents find him and learn that sometimes it IS the things that you read that influence your life.

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Evil in the Woods can be confusing at times but luckily that narrator keeps popping up to fill you in on what is happening.  I mean it can get confusing when in the span of 90 minutes you see scenes of gut munching, a kid Indian burning a persons arm off, Corman style monsters, a bigfoot attack, a mutant family, little people, a witch, a rotting corpse in the closet, some really crazy hair and some little aliens.  This is definitely one you would want to watch with a group of friends and some liquid encouragement….I believe only then would you find the film at least tolerable.

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Evil in the Woods can be an experience to watch since the audio levels and picture quality are really sub par….even for a shot on video film from the 80’s.  Whoever edited this film should also be drug out into the street and kicked quite a few times…the quick cuts and often delayed cuts although humorous the first few times do eventually start to take a toll on the viewer.  The cast over acts their way through the various situations I mentioned above and although it can be mildly entertaining it does start to drain on its viewer.  And just who thought it was a good idea to let that narrator talk with that annoying accent?

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As with most of the films from this wonderful era Evil in the Woods is definitely an acquired taste.  Those of us who enjoy these films know that one of the main reasons to watch them is the gore.  Evil in the Woods does not let up on the gore department and as I said above the film would be great viewing with a group of people who could MST3000 the hell out of it.

If you are a fan of these cheapies from the 80’s as I am then Evil in the Woods is right up your alley.  However if you are a fan of more processed and clean horror fare it is probably best to leave this one on the shelf.  I still find it amusing though that the film managed to use that green slime (you know the one that used to kill He-Man when you were a kid) as a gore gimmick in the film, a ten year old Killion would have been tickled with glee seeing that scene!

Movies Galore takes a look at the Cinderella Film Legacy:1899 – present

Written by David Strege

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The (Not Quite) Full List of All Cinderella Movies Ever Made

With the release of the new Cinderella live-action retelling, it’s important to take a step back and understand some of the history behind this age-old story.

Now I Have Traced the story even further back to possible a variable of the tale to king Nebuchanezzar 2nd of Babylon, yes the same mentioned in the bible or to King Psammetichus in Aelian a Pharaoh of Egypt. It is possible that the origins of Cinderella are related to Aesop a Samian Slave and poet of fables. A Story is told of a Greek Courtesan of thracian decent named Rhodopis was enslaved by the same slave owner Ladmon of the island of Samos. It’s been said aesop and Rhodopis were freinds, also could have had an affair this being said Rhodopis was the then sold to Xanthes also a Samian and moved her to Naucratis, Egypt it is after this the tale was spun: while Rhodopis was bathing a maid who was carrying her shoes/sandals not sure which I’ve seen both referenced; an eagle flew out of the sky took these Shoes/sandals and carried them to Memphis while the king was in war counsel dropped them in his lap.  He then exclaimed these are the most beautiful pair of shoes/slippers I’ve ever seen I must find owner, then he found Rhodopis in Naucratis and married her.

Another tale tells of a merchant named Charaxus brother to the Lyric poet Sappho, fell in love with Rhodopis and ransomed her from slavery for quite a large sum. Later brother/poet Sappho denounced in poem referring to Rhodopis real name as Doricha claiming she’d robbed Charaxus of his property.  Rhodopis/Doricha was also rumored to have built the 3rd pyramid in Giza but so was legendary Egyptian queen Nitocris. I has also been rumored that Nitocris and Rhodopis are one and the same.  Another tale is of a Babylon Ian queen of the same name similarities are there…

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So in my findings it’s possible Doricha was the name of the origin of the story of cinderella.  The name Cinderella derives from the Greek word Cenerentola, Cenere in italian, tchenere, meaning ash or cinder.  Servants or Scullion maids were usually soiled or dirty due to cleaning and or living in basements close to the fireplace. As to the first written tale of the story of Cinderella was put together in a book called Pentamarone by Giambattista Basile under the pseudonym Gian Alessio Abbetutis between 1634 – 1636 bc later to be adapted by Charles Perrault, and the Brothers Grimm.  Other faerie tales adapted by Basile Were Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, and Puss in Boots.

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The Biblical connection is that which the Egyptian queen Nitocris might have been the wife or daughter of Nedachunezzar 2nd of Babylon.  Though it’s a wonder why no Pharoah of Egypt ever recorded the name Nitocris in anything related to the 6th dynasty of egypt. Hmmmm…

History has shown a fond interest in the generational retelling of great stories, fables and fairy tales, and Cinderella is just the next in a long-line of successful refreshes of classic tales. A quick search of previous Cinderella movies leads to the conclusion that this refresh might be slightly different from most, as theIMDb page alone credits over 100 previous attempts at retelling the story, or tailoring it to fit new audiences, or generations.

Going all the way back to 1899, this series has certainly made its mark on society, and while all “Cinderella” movies on the IMDb page certainly aren’t fairy tales, or even all that true to the original story, it’s amazing at just how many times this classic has been reworked to fit a (at the time) modern audience. In addition, several others have drawn inspiration from the classic tale in an attempt to spin the story in a slightly different direction, such as 1998’s Ever After: A Cinderella Story.

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Being that the titles to choose from are far too numerous for a single piece, we’ll instead focus on some of the most popular or historically significant adaptations.

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Cinderella (1899)

The first credited (short) film in the history of the story was a French piece produced by Georges Melies. The film met with little critical review and was deemed a complete failure at the time.

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Also by Melies in 1911, the story met with slightly more praise and featured Florence La Badie as the leading lady. The silent film was a hit with audiences although critical reviews varied greatly.

Walt Disney’s Cinderella (1922 & 1950)

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The first animated feature in the series was a Laugh-O-Gram piece produced by Walt Disney in 1922. The film was released on December 6, and ran a total of 7 minutes.

In 1950, Disney re-imagined the original animated feature, and released their own version without the assistance from Laugh-O-Gram. This release is the version that most of us grew up with, and is widely considered to be a Disney classic, and one of their most well known film adaptations. Later Sequels animated after this were Cinderella 2, and 3.

The Glass Slipper (1955)

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The Glass Slipper was released at the height of the musical craze in the 1950s. This adaptation, made by MGM, was directed by Charles Waters and produced by Edwin H. Kopf, featuring music from Bronislau Kaper, who also received acclaim for his scoring of the MGM retelling of the classic Mutiny on the Bounty.

Cinderella (1957, 1965 & 1997)

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After its musical adaptation, Rodgers and Hammerstein had their go at a remake (their first of three) in 1957. This made-for-television film featured Julie Andrews as Cinderella and was the most successful adaptation to date. The 1957 version boasted the largest audience in history (at the time of its premiere) with a total of 107,000,000 people having seen the film. To put that into perspective, that was a full 60 percent of the population in the United States at the time.

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In 1965, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was again produced and released as a direct-to-television film, this time starring an 18-year-old Lesley Ann Warren in the leading role. This film was re-broadcast (in color) annually for the next 10 years.

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The 1997 remake of the 1955 and 1965 films featured Brandy Norwood (the first Cinderella of color), Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander and Whoopi Goldberg. The musical was well received by viewers with this direct-to-television release boasting over 60 million viewers during its initial broadcast. Critics, however, were rather lukewarm.

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CINDERFELLA – 1960

“Cinderfella” was Jerry Lewis’ answer to the classic Cinderella story. And he intended it to be a masterpiece. To say that it fell somewhat short of it’s goal is putting it mildly, but it’s not bad.

The plot is, of course the familiar story, with a few (expected) variations. When his father dies, poor Fella (Lewis) is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother (Judith Anderson) and her two no-good sons, Maximilian (Henry Silva) and Rupert (Robert Hutton). As he slaves away for his nasty step-family, Maximilian and Rupert attempt to find a treasure Fella’s father has supposedly hidden on the estate. Meanwhile, hoping to restore her dwindling fortunes, the stepmother plans a fancy ball in honor of the visiting Princess Charmein (Anna Maria Alberghetti) whom she hopes will marry Rupert. Eventually, Fella’s Fairy Godfather (Ed Wynn) shows up to convince him that he has a shot at winning the Princess himself. Lewis had big plans for the film’s release. Although it was completed in January of 1960, he insisted it make it’s debut that Christmas, complete with a holiday campaign and record album tie-in. In the meantime, he produced and starred in a low budget item called “The Bellboy” in order for Paramount to have a Jerry Lewis movie for summer release. “Cinderfella” was given a lavish production and a formidable supporting cast was recruited to co star with Lewis. He was indeed fortunate to obtain the services of Judith Anderson, who, while not a performer one would expect in a Jerry Lewis film, was nevertheless excellent as the stepmother, bringing just the right touch of arrogance to the part. Ed Wynn is reliably daffy as the Fairy Godfather,though, due to severe editing, he disappears before the climax, and is not seen again. Silva and Hutton do what they can as the stepbrothers, but the beautiful Alberghetti has nothing to do but fall hopelessly in love with the hapless Fella. The pace of the film is somewhat choppy, and several critics pointed out that the editing had left voids in the plot. The film originally ran 99 minutes, it ended up at 88. Sure enough, it was released at Christmastime, when it inspired some of the most scathing critical comment ever bestowed on a Lewis picture. Most of this was devoted to Lewis’ own performance, and his frequent mugging, mixed with his pathetic attempts to play for sympathy. “Cinderfella” did just O.K. at the box office, and it ended up well behind the modest “Bellboy” which was a box-office smash. Thanks to handsome sets (with exteriors filmed at the “Beverly Hillbillies” estate in Bel Air, CA), costumes and a pleasant (if unmemorable) score, “Cinderfella” is entertaining enough to get by. But you’d better be prepared for a lot of “singing/mugging” from the Producer/Star, who fancied himself a brilliant vocalist. After all, though, this is SUPPOSED to be a fairy tale!

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In 1976 Richard Chamberlain Reprised the Role of Prince Charming in The Slipper and the Rose alongside Gemma Craven. Filmed in England the Sherman brothers who’ve worked for Disney before in lyrics department are behind this cult favorite and possibly one of the best versions of the Cinderella tale.

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unlike films such as “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” a group of films turned toward even older and even more sacred texts: fairy tales. Several different production houses released erotic fairytale films during this period, including this 1977 version of Cinderella. While not the first (or the last), this film stands head and shoulders above the others.

Using the well-known rags-to-riches story of Cinderella as its base, this film creates a surprisingly effective result in both erotica and satire. The momentum of the film is suitably id-based; that is, every time a situation arises in which ribaldry might occur, it most certainly does. Cinderella’s stepsisters prance around half-naked and demand Cinderella to run a cleverly devised spinning wheel for their pleasure. The Lord Chamberlain delivers invitations for the great ball to the lovely women of the village, acquitting himself at every opportunity. And of course, the prince finally must go to every hovel and reveal which fair maiden had been the best “fit” the night of his blindfolded orgy. The material basically writes itself.

But what sets this film apart is its wry take on the whole situation. It never forgets that this is a revisionist telling of the tale, and other earmarks besides the sex appear in the form of vaudevillian dialogue and references to the swinging disco lifestyle that was popular at the time. The music of the film is wonderfully dated and, had the subject matter been toned down a bit, could have easily overtaken “Le Freak” on the pop charts. And certainly we cannot forget Sy Richardson’s hilarious performance (later retread for “Fairytales”) as the Fairy Godmother with an attitude strictly from black exploitation films of the 70’s.

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The producers of this film made a wise decision to keep its sexual level strictly softcore, a decision with which the makers of the earlier “Alice in Wonderland” seemed to have great difficulty. Full pornography would have caused the film to lose its fun-loving heart, which ultimately is its most redeeming feature.

The other erotic fairy tale films, including the aforementioned “Alice,” as well as the later “Fairytales,” and the horrid “Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio,” attempt the same feat, with less success. “Alice” is too choppy and just plain dopey, “Fairytales” has its moments but fails to capture the spirit of “Cinderella.”

Ever After (1998)

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Ever After was the most successful re-telling of the original story with significant adaptations to the original storyline. This storyline, deemed a post-feminist take on the original, was met with warm reception by both critics and theater goers.

Another Cinderella Story (2008)

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Another Cinderella Story was a modern re-telling of the original featuring the likes of Selena Gomez and Drew Seely. This version was retold as a modern story that was deemed as more of a romantic comedy and a thematic sequel to the 2004 film, A Cinderella Story, which was widely hated by both fans and critics. The follow-up was met with praise, which led to a third release in the (unconnected) series titled, “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,” which was also deemed a flop by critics and moviegoers.

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Often when thinking of Cinderella they seem to not remember the Broadway Stage adaptation of Stephen Sondheims Stage musical production from 1999 Into The Woods.

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Directed by Robert Marshall,

This musical was all about mixing many of our brothers Grimm modern fairy tales up in a wicked twist of how they began their journeys and ended them all on trips through the woods.

Bernadette Peters with her high screachy annoying voice with her comedy pull of the wicked witch in the story but also Cinderella played by Joanna Gleeson I believe is a main character through out the tale as well meaning remains current.

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 In 2014 Robert Marshall also Directed Walt Disney’s version of Into The Woods With Johnny Depp as the wolf and Maryl Streep as the witch but Cinderella is still a character the film uses through the story as a main character.

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Disney’s Cinderella Panoramic in retrospect this is the most recent adaptation of the story.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh, staring Cate Blanchett, Lilly James, and Richard Madden the scenery is magnificent and what a coach!

Lily James is Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images in Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzlling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Lily James is Cinderella in Disney’s live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images in Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzlling spectacle for a whole new generation. I enjoyed the film’s and the legacies of Cinderella what about you…

Movies Galore takes a look at “The Hangover Trilogy”

Written By David Strege

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Directed and Produced by Todd Philips this film Trilogy I wasn’t sure of at first for from the previews they looked ridiculous as heck and normally from previews alone I judge I have to say by the cover but I also like to give films chances so I did.

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The Hangover from 2009, follows the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price, and Alan Garner making a pact as the “wolfpack” as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for a bachelor party celibrating the future marriage of their friend Doug Billings.  Little do they Know they wake up the next morning with no memory of the night before, tiger in the bathroom, baby in the bathroom, a missing tooth, and their missing bachelor… with mike Tyson on their tale with a gay chinese warlord named Leslie, enlisting the help of their manic friend’s genius in cards you watch how this gaggly set of three men who seem to have nothing in common with each other except Doug somehow someway it all seems to be one laugh after another and unlike the critics reviews of the sequels I rather enjoyed the next two all more…

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The Hangover 2 from 2011 filmed in Ontario, California, starts as Stu is preparing for a wedding in Thailand to a very beautiful asian woman and you can see her father is not pleased with the match due to Stu’s apparent acting like hes not a man in many things… Stu opts for just a wedding Brunch since he does not want a repeat of last time.  His buddies Phil, Doug and Alan all convince him to have a couple of drinks down by the beach and his future asian wife encourages this frollic but include his future brother-in-law… next morning they all wake up in bangkok Doug is back in the USA but they are in company of Leslie, a drug monkey, Stu has a tattoo on his face as is looks like the missing severed finger of Stu’s brother-in-law is there and Leslie looks like hes just died from one line of crack they are in for another peice together mystery of what the heck happened…

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As for Hangover 3 from 2013 Phil, Stu, and Doug are happily living out some very uneventful lives on the home-front.  Alan lacking a sense of purpose being the only member not content in life has ditched his meds and gone off the deep end after his father suddenly dies it forces him to realize and re-evaluate his naturally impulsive lifestyle and with the help iof his buddies take him on a trip for an intervention.  Things eventially go awry on the road meeting up with Leslie after he escaped from prison to steel some gold and betray the wolf-pack in another rompious trip eventially leading Alan to a love interest and a sense of who he is and in the end another well played hangover in the end credits I enjoyed every comical angle of it! Critics You disappoint me again….

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Movies Galore takes a look at Directorial debut of French Director Gautier Casanave and his “House Of VHS” from 2015 now called Ghosts in the Machine

Written by David Strege

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Produced by Marteau Films Productions as part of a perk in crowd funding Sherlock Holmes Vs. Frankenstein, written and directed by Gautier Cazenave, this independent horror film is definitely not bad… six international friends decide to spend their vacation in an abandoned french house.  No cell phones or electronics allowed.

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While cleaning out a garage attic on the grounds one of the boys found a trunk full of vhs tapes with weird names on them that they had never heard of… almost an homage to the legacy of vhs this film becomes even weirder when they unearth a 70s vhs machine and hook it up to have a marathon of the films found just for fun.

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Little do they know the friends decide to have a night of it again due to an accidental discovery of when suggesting that maybe having a cowboy Vs alien film combined could be cool when one wakes up seeing something come out of the screen everything turns to turmoil…
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How many films can they combine to have fun; curious questions arise when one of there friends gets Sucked into a zombie film of their own creation? What will keep them from becoming part of their own vhs movie… as each friend tries to help the other can they escape before it’s too late?

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It is now called Ghosts in the Machine not exactly a clever title as the US distributors are ripping it from an actually great 90’s film and flipping an Asylum film maneuver to cash in on success of that title as a marketing venture!

Starring Florie Auclerc-Vialens as The Italian Girl, Ruy Buchholz as
The Australian Guy (as Ewen Blumenstein), Morgan Lamorté as The French Guy, Delphine Lanniel as The Belgian Girl, Isabel McCann as The British Girl, Petur Oskar Sigurdsson as The American Guy.

Movies Galore explores the short film “Exising The Heart” directed by Local Samuel Karow from 2015

Written By David Strege

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Specializing in documentaries, Samuel Karow seeks to capture genuine moments of beauty, intimacy, and conflict. I think he has and basing this documentary short on his legacy, meaning his grandfather and two generations before him of a dairy farm.

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Showing in poignancy as well as almost wistful this is a look back at a childhood playground a history of a heart inside a much loved barn and thought of what it once was and the destruction behind shedding a legacy he was not proud in ridding himself of.  How can you with that much of your family invested in the life of a farmer… sometimes it’s just not in you to continue… I feel you can feel the emotion in this film like his goodbye to his grandad…

Movies Galore takes a look at Ahmad Mokari’s 2015 short film “The Survivor”

Written by David Strege

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A very short film, and probably my least favorite this film directed by Ahmad Mokari.  This film reminded us of the event that happened on 9/11 visually what it must have been like living through such a traumatic experience whether from a firefighter, victim or police, EMT responder we never know. All I know is I was like that’s it? Left me wondering if there could have been more and whether it was too short indeed?

As I saw this film at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival last year I saw this with relatively many other short films but I’m going to have to say i didn’t enjoy this film.  I absolutely do not recommend this film for anyone else do not waste your time.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at Western”The Salvation” directed by Danish filmaker Kristian Levring from 2014

Written by David Strege

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Directed by Danish Film director Kristian Levring, Co written by Anders Thomas Jenson, Starring Mads Mikkelson, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathon Pryce, filmed in Denmark, United Kingdom, and South Africa, the dirty, twisted face of Mikkelsen is rock solid. The man is hurt, never broken, and gets his final revenge no matter the personal cost. Hollywood has lost the capability of producing non-bullshit moviesOn the one hand, ‘The Salvation’ is a classic western. Good citizens versus evil villains. A steam train. A stage coach. Horses. Lots of shootouts. Barren desert landscapes. A dusty frontier town. Name a western cliché, and it’s there. Except Indians. They’re only talked about in this film.

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On the other hand, this is also a western with original, non-classic elements in it. Lots of languages. Parts are spoken in Danish, but you can also hear Spanish and Italian from time to time. Plus: a very strong female character, who radiates power although she is mute. Thirdly: the South-African locations. They’re not very prominent, because they look very much like the American West. But when you know it, you can’t help but think about it.

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“The Salvation” drew my curiosity for two things: the lead and the fact that it’s a Danish western.  The atmosphere of the wild-west is really well done and has immersed me in the mid 1800’s, and with a well-paced narrative and suspense of a typical revenge-story told effectively.  I love the ending where they both mute just look the sherif in the face and dare him to follow.

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Mads Mikkelsen shines as the lead but the overall cast is good. Compliments to the screenwriter, too, for creating several characters that I would wish to see more of.   

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If you like Open Range, 3:10 to Yuma, True Grit and Unforgiven, you should certainly check this movie out.  Overall, this film seems to be very much inspired by the Sergio Leone westerns. The visual style is superb, and director Levring uses every trick in the book. Aereal shots, slow motion, close-ups: it’s all there. I was amazed by the colours in some scenes – it looked as if they were heavily digitally enhanced. The result is astonishing. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, Levring surprises with a beautiful and, in a way, revealing end shot. Sergio Leone created the spaghetti-western. Maybe the time has come now for the smørrebrød-western.

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Movies Galore takes a look at short film “A Dubious Night” by local Film maker Nelson Oliveras from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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Filmed in Hales Corners, WI Produced and written by Nelson Tony Oliveras in 2015

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and by Mark Koch (Story, Producer) which I had to do a double take I know Mark and he’s an excellent singer but directed by Mr. Oliveras with T.O. Media Studios starring; Michael Denk, Alexys Destiche, Daniel Hass, Samantha Paige, Jim Porter, Rex Steven Sikes, Max Wannow, Kristin Marie Wilson, the story starts out in an old speakeasy-like bar in a small town were every body has hopes and dreams or lost it all.  

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You get the feeling right away that there is sadness is everyone’s lives.  You see a bar owner serving a man older drowning in beer mug after mug like no tomorrow… an older weary looking married couple that have definitely been through some years…

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In walks in a young beautiful young well dressed lady possibly a lounge singer orders a martini then sits by the table near the front door… in walks a couple all excited like they’d just come back from a high school game or the cinema down the block, the girl talking of a dream to leave the town for bigger and better things… while this happens a young sailed comes in like just from Port to meet up with his beautifully dressed companion… while sitting the beautifully dressed lady noticed she’d recognized the young man with the girl and they’d once had a thing which started making the sailor a little jealous…

The older Married couple piped up to the girl spilling her dreams of getting away… the man said she was naive the woman said she been down that road it won’t work… when finally the old man piped up quiet all of you when was the last time you ever went outside when did you ever last see it actually snow… the young said he right… the bartender piped up saying to the old married couple stop being bitter about your past you should be glad your together in the present… to the sailor and his dame said your man just came in from the see enjoy the time u have before he ships out again… to the young couple don’t ever loose site of your dreams or hopes your more than welcome to leave and find out if there’s anything out there for you but make sure it is what you truly want to do…

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And then it began to snow and while the bar tender was speaking it began to pan back and you saw a town… then more… then you saw a globe and then… you saw the outside of a cabinet and realized the whole town was in a snowglobe… I as well thought it had a twilight zone or thriller type atmosphere… I will remember the door as is opened it hit and older-like bell that jingled each time a customer came in also that it was in black n white made the film all the more surreal for a short film I loved the message it portrayed with all the dreams you have or had not there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel…

I thoroughly recommend this tale of small town weirdness…

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And now I can say I’ve met Rex Sikes very cool…

I give this film a 5 out of 5 star rating and thoroughly recommend for anyone who hasn’t seen this short film to see it! As it reminds me of a Twilight Zone Episode or an Outer Limits I could see it on a television show like this as its done in glorious black and white.

Enjoy!

Starring Michael Denk as Freddrick, Alexys Destichev as Linda, Daniel Hass as Nick, Samantha Paige as Eve, Jim Porter as Frank, Rex Steven Sikes as Wally, Max Wannow as Johnny, Kristin Marie Wilson as Beverly.

Movies Galore watched a very cool short film Documentary called “The Map of Maps” by local first Time film maker Sangsun Choi from 2015!

Written by David Strege

Korean map called Daedong Yeojido
Korean map called Daedong Yeojido

Directed by first time film maker Sangsun Choi this short documentery film is about an incredibly rare version of Korean map called Daedong Yeojido was discovered in the library at UWM in Milwaukee.  This is a unique and fascinating story about the possible journey this old Korean map had in getting to Milwaukee.

It’s heartwarming to see so much Korean interest in teaching the children and grandchildren in Milwaukee of their ancestry in korea.

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There is a Korean language school near Greenfield in Milwaukee.ïKorean Baptist Church of Milwaukee has managed this program for the Korean children who are born in United States.

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Directed by Samsun Choi I think this documentary was unique and gives a future in remembering Korean history being cemented in the memories of generations to come.

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Aquired by naval pioneering american diplomat George C. Folks father while visiting Milwaukee it’s assumed while visiting he donated the map to Milwaukee university for the further advances of study as since there were many other documents left in employ to UWM through the Folk family. Worth your time? I think so you decide…

Movies Galore Takes a look at short film “Quack” from 2015 directed by Milwaukee Local John Van Slyke!

Written by David Strege

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Directed by local favorite John Van Slykes known for (M.E. from 2010, and Nigerians and the Cost of Email from 2009) has also done some exstensive work with film maker Ross Bigley this low budget short film reminded me of many of my first times in a bar being that I myself am socially awkward being social often stuttering when nervous I can relate very much so to the main character left alone at the bar in the end.

With four actors this will have you slightly giggling as you can see the actors portray that uneasy comfort of an unwanted individual.

Glen Popple Actor/Producer is the man holding a beer in the back of the bar
Glen Popple

Evidently not a follow-up but also not a sequel to the award-winning “No Touchie, Touchie,” “Quack” sees Robert and John working through difficulties of social interaction when “The Guy” holding a beer refuses to vacate a chair for an apparently important game.

Starring John Van Slyke as John, Robert W.C. Kennedy as Robert, Mathew Huebch as Guy, and Glenn Popple as Man with Beer.