Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Best Ofs and Favorite Moments for 2010

Last year's IT and SH*T Awards Show for 2009 required a large amount of work for only one post that maybe three or four people read. Plus you have probably already a zillion of these "Best Ofs" and "Award Lists" on lots of other sites so far. 

So this year I am keeping it simple by listing some of my "Best Ofs" and "Favorite Moments" for 2010.


THE MAN-CAVE'S BEST OFS FOR 2010



Best Theatrical Films (I've seen at least): 
 
Inception

The Last Exorcism

Tron: Legacy

Hatchet 2







Best TV Series:
 
Dexter (season 5)

The Walking Dead

True Blood (season 3)

The League (season 2)

V (season one)







Nell Sweetzer: Blowing Jobs since '09
Best New Term: 

"Blowing Job"










Best Heroic Moment:
Steven Slater, ex-flight attendant with JetBlue, doing what we all wish we could do sometimes by telling the world to take this job and shove it when he cursed out unruly passengers over the intercom at the end of a flight, before popping open a Blue Moon, opening the hatch and sliding down the inflatable slide to the runway. Extra points for choosing Blue Moon.







Best Indie Films (I saw over '10):

The Darkness Within

In Memorium

The Taint

Die-ner (Get it?)

Evil Things 







Best Live Performances:

Roger Waters: The Wall - the end all be all of concerts

VH1 Best Cruise Ever (all artists) - great times all around

Safetysuit (Mohegan Sun and HACC) - good tunes and great people







Best Local Indie Bands (Tri-State Region):

John Salamone Band 

Parachuting Apostles

Woodland Avenue

Wizard Eye 





Best Beer:
 
Wrath of Pecant - Like God's elixir

Duvel - my favorite Belgian Ale

Shark Attack - Great name, greater beer

Damnation - ask Zach from Z is for Zombies what this beer does to my brain






Best Books:
 
Cassastar

Meg: Hell's Aquarium

World War Z

Tales of Woe






Best Video Games:

Red Dead Redemption - the zombie expansion did it for me

Madden '11 - I know it's the same game, but it is a damn good same game to play

The Sims 3 - Never gets old for me. Never.

NCAA Football '11 - see Madden '11

Batman: Arkham Asylum - This was surprisingly fun to play.



Sexiest Females:

Katie Cassidy - I'd watch her if she were merely drying paint

Alice Eve - She's not out of my league at all

Laura Vandervoort - AILF...figure that one out on your own

iJustine - I have no idea what she really talks about, but she sure is nice to look at

Lea Michele - It was the GQ spread that did it for me. Just being honest.




Funniest Song Title: 
"Club Can't Handle Me Right Now" by Flo-Rida - what the hell does this even mean? What, is Flo-Rida going to get in a fight with the actual club building because he is so geared up that he cannot be controlled? Is he going to turn into the Flo-Hulk?






Best Moment I Don't Remember:

"Huh-huh...hey James...boobs! Huh-huh!"
Director Dom Portalla and me leaving a filthy, drunken voicemail for poor unsuspecting James Cortez of the PoT in the back of a Boston taxicab that would make a demon blush.









Best Soundtrack:
 
Tron: Legacy

Kick Ass

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 




THE MAN-CAVE'S FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2010



***The Man-Cave Meets Fellow Blogospherians

Hands down the best thing about running this site is meeting fellow writers, whether it is drinking beer in a hotel lobby or talking with them on the phone two days removed from oral surgery. Here are the fellow 'Cavers I got to meet in '10 and proudly call my friends (in no particular order)...

At Monster-Mania in March and August
- John Squires (and his gal, the lovely Jen) of Freddy in Space
- QoA Kristy Jett
- The Kindertrauma guys, Lance and John
- Jay Ryan of the Sexy Armpit

Over the phone, but nonetheless still awesome interactions
- James Cortez of Planet of Terror
- Becky Sayers of The Horror Effect
- Ron Scott of Strange Kids Club
- Robyn of Life By Chocolate
- Jamie Scully of Just The Cheese (texts) 

And finally my e-mail peeps!
- Alex J. Cavanaugh of Alex J. Cavanaugh
- T.S. Hendrik of The Non-Review
- Rev. Phantom of Midnight Offerings
- Mike Snoonian of All Things Horror
- Jeff Atencio of The Jaded Viewer
- Jesse Cohen of Not Worth Mentioning
- Abe Yospe of Blog O' Cheese
- Carl Manes of I Like Horror Movies
- Zack Shildwachter of Z is for Zombies, who also made me a kickass piece of artwork (see Damnation beer comment above)

Wow I cannot believe how many peeps I met in 2010 alone doing this blogger thing!



***The Man-Cave relaunch in November
Thanks to my pals Rev. Phantom and Ron Scott, the site formerly known as Enter The Man-Cave got a much needed makeover that perfectly fits my site content. From conception to  final design, these guys are, excuse my French, f'n awesome and the reason why you are looking at what you are looking at. Wait did that make sense?



***The Man-Cave Joins the Italian Film Review
While nursing an eye injury over the summer, Nigel Maskell reached out to me and asked me to join the IFR and his top flight staff. Teaming with such a group of great writers and the freedom to write on all films of an unfamiliar genre to me at the time, how could I say no? One of the most rewarding things I did this year and something I vow to contribute to more in 2011.








***The Man-Cave Puts His Ugly Ass on Video
My new Canon Camera, a birthday present from my wife and mother-in-law, became an outlet for some entertainment on this site. The main highlights were the interviews with Kristy Jett and John Squires at Monster-Mania with the help of my friend Dan Petrucci as well as my over-the-top giveaways announcements at the close of summer.



***The Man-Cave Supports Indie Filmmaking/Interviews
Another rewarding effort for The Man-Cave was my screener reviews of some independent features that made their way to me via both fellow bloggers and my direct communication with some distribution companies. Some were good, some were bad, but overall they were a lot of fun to watch by boldly venturing into the unknown with them. A bonus to watching these hard to find flicks was conducting interviews with the indie filmmakers about their projects, and in some cases indirectly made friends along the way. This is DEFINITELY something I look to continue in the new year.






So there you go folks! My besties of the year, followed by my favorite moments. It's been one helluva year and if '11 can be half as cool as '10, I will be a happy man. Thanks for your year-round support that never goes unappreciated or taken for granted.


Happy New Year's to you all. And as I always say: Be Safe but make sure to Have Fun!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tron: Legacy (2010)


The following review is based on the 3D version

When I was a tyke, I saw Tron in the theaters, spent countless quarters in the Tron arcade games and playing with the action figures. For me, Tron was a major part of 1982. Of course I was too young to realize that the film was not necessarily considered a hit, due to the Disney feature being very anti-Disney at the time, with several on-screen deaths and a plot that might have been a little over the head of kiddies at the time. And more of Tron's post-theatrical exposure vaporized when Disney pulled Tron away from premium cable channels, thus making it exclusive to the (at the time) upstart Disney Channel. Nevertheless, the film has always remained a cult favorite in my heart and the hearts of many others. After Tron 2.0 was announced in '02 alongside a PC game release, I was thrilled...until that film never came to be and plans to make it were shelved. I figured that a Tron reboot was dead and buried, until a trailer for Tron: Legacy (or TR2N) was released online last year. And my excitement continued to build all year since promos galore have been running before every film I have seen since March.

Released close to 30 years since the original hit theaters, this sequel follows the adventures of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), son of the original's hero Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). In 1989, Kevin disappeared without a trace leaving his ENCOM dynasty and young son behind with no explanation. After Kevin's former colleague and creator of the Tron defense program, Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxlietner), receives a page from the abandoned Flynn's Arcade, Sam is accidentally transported to his father's digital world, aka The Grid, when he goes to investigate. 

And once he arrives in this electronic universe...wow what a difference 27 years makes! The outfits, setting and technology for Legacy in regards to the original is like comparing apples to oranges or should I say DOS to Windows. Once Sam is outed as a user, he is presented to Clu, a program that physically appears to be his father but is actually quite the opposite. Clu is a program developed by Kevin to create the perfect Utopian system, but somehow went renegade and is now on a mission to locate Kevin and steal his disk, which contains the source of knowledge he needs to enter and dominate the real world.

Developing a sensible plot for a sequel with a gap spanning three decades seemed to be an immediate challenge, but the writers certainly developed a story that both properly links the two films together in a reboot fashion while staying true to the original's fan base. And the integrity of this film is strengthened by Bridges and Boxleitner's return to play key roles all these years later.

Speaking of Bridges, he is fantastic as always in both his roles as Kevin Flynn and the evil Clu. As Flynn, Bridges still maintains the hip demeanor of his character from '82 yet adds a maturity that his character must have developed over time in the new Grid. The biggest surprise in the acting category comes from Hedlund, who projects some serious poise in his first leading role. The rest of the actors are well cast, including Michael Sheen as Castor and Olivia Wilde as Quorra. While Sheen steals his character's limited scenes using high enthusiasm, Wilde's talents are just enough to passably play a computer program. But we all know that Wilde's real talents do not reside in her line delivery, but rather her alluring sex appeal. 

It would be a complete lie if I did not state that the visual effects are what helps this film soar. Sure the plot and acting is cool with some slightly above average written dialogue involved, but we are talking about a Tron film here. It's not like the acting and story are on the level of a Glengarry Glen Ross or anything like that. Like in the original, you really feel that you have been transported into another world, much like the main character. The new age gear, outfits, weapons, vehicles, and computer-generated sets are simply incredible while staying true to designs resembling those in the first film. 

The digital "face" for Clu, and for Kevin Flynn in a flashback sequence, is a CGI creation of Bridges' face as it might have looked in '89. Sometimes this effect looks great in scenes but sometimes appears a bit awkward in others. However, the overall tactic of implementing this younger Jeff Bridges' CGI face (I don't really know what else to call it) that was used for the film's main antagonist Clu, with tons of screen time no less, really shows how far technological advancements have come along in cinema. While it takes a little while to get used to, Clu and the technology to create the character on film is completely effective and I can only imagine how much more believable this technology will evolve into over the next 3-5 years.

It would be a travesty to not discuss the amazing otherworldly soundtrack created by the techno group Daft Punk. In fact the word amazing does not even do their work here any justice because the score is a seamlessly integrated supplement into the film. In all seriousness, Daft Punk's talents for the film's soundtrack should definitely be in the discussion come Academy Awards time.


The only bad thing to pick at is the overly long and forced exposition between little Sam and Kevin at the film's beginning. But then again it is needed to show that Kevin's defeat of the MCP in the original spawned a franchise of video games and action figures benefiting Flynn's rise to fame. This also helps the action to generate much faster when Sam arrives in the Grid, because he is semi-familiar with what is happening, instead of rehashing the "where am I? what's going on?" from the first one. Things literally get right to business once he arrives.
  
The only other bad thing is the surprise and excitement then ultimate letdown of Cillian Murphy's uncredited cameo as Dillinger's son. It seemed that he would have some large role in the film, perhaps exacting revenge for his father's take down at the conclusion of the original, but instead is a major non-factor. In fact, once his screen time is finished in the opening minutes, he's adios and never mentioned again. Maybe if there's a sequel? There's a great story that can be told here between the new age Flynn and Dillinger.

Did I mention Olivia Wilde's in this? Oh I did? Well it's worth mentioning again.
In closing, Tron: Legacy is a flick I highly implore you to see while it is playing on the big screen and preferably in 3D, which was used well here. Even if you are not a fan of the original, you should give it a chance. I saw this with Mrs. Man-Cave, who both never even heard of the first one and does not appreciate this kind of film, and even she loved it.

So finish out the New Year by checking out this blockbuster before it goes to DVD/Blu-ray land.

END OF LINE.


Yes I used to play with these when I was like 5.          

Thursday, December 23, 2010

See me play Jason Voorhees on Just the Cheese

It wouldn't be the Holidays without a very special message from Camp Crystal Lake's famous slasher, right? Well if you head over to Just The Cheese, you can read a faux interview headed by the infamous Powered Toast Man, where he sits down with Jason and asks the "tough questions".

So before you settle in for a long winter's nap,head on over to Just the Cheese and see Voorhees (me) spill his guts...literally. It was a lot of fun to do.

Click the link here: Me Be Jason Voorhees

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Here's Wishing You a Merry Man-Cave Christmas and a Happy Garbage Day!

I posted this hilarious clip from youtube last year and instantly wanted it to become a traditional re-post on here year after year. This is what would have happened If Silent Night Deadly Night 2 was transferred to a NES game and the resulting end product. 

So here is my electronic holiday gift to you all! Have a safe time around the holidays and enjoy your time with loved ones. I will be popping back in next week.


Merry Christmas and Happy Garbage Day!!!


Monday, December 20, 2010

The Lost Boys 3: The Thirst (2010)


After the turd flush of a sequel known as The Tribe hit shelves in the summer of '08, it seemed that an extremely late resuscitation of the franchise was a miserable failure. The story was more of a remake than sequel with almost nothing to do with the original. For fans of the series, the only noteworthy scene was a post-credits sequence teasing a battle between Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) and newborn vampy Sam Emerson (the late Corey Haim). The third in the series, The Thirst, was released a couple months ago but expectations were not as high this time around, backed by negative pre-release reviews and the foul stench of its' predecessor still lingering in the air.

Six years prior to this film's events, the Frog brothers, Edgar (Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), take on a tribe of vampires in Washington D.C. until an unexpected mishap causes Alan to be transformed into a vampire. His transformation leads Alan to seclude himself underground for the next six years and Edgar continuing his vampire-hunting ways to kill the head vampire of Alan's bloodline and cure him.

The next opportunity to do so comes in the form of vampire-focused romantic novelist Gwen Lieber (Tanit Phoenix) who recruits Edgar to rescue her brother Peter (Felix Mosse) abducted by a group of extremely powerful vampires, led by head vamp DJ X (Seb Costang). This particular team of bloodsuckers are planning the rave to end all raves (AKA sacrifice ritual) by distributing vampire's blood to all attendees thus creating a new army of fangers. 

 After the audience learns that he staked Sam in the aforementioned battle of the previous film's closing which created a rift between the remaining Emersons and himself plus Alan's decision to remain underground, Edgar is on his own until Lieber hires some help with his complete reluctance. A comic book store employee Zoe (Casey B. Dolan), a reality show survivalist expert Lars (Stephen van Niekirk) and Lars' cameraman Claus (Joe Vaz), assist Edgar as he boldly heads on vampire turf once again to eradicate the vampires and save Peter from being a human pig roast.


As much as this straight-to-DVD film seems like easy fodder to tread on, The Thirst is actually a pleasant surprise for being what it is. Two positive things going for the film from the get-go is that it follows some events in the Frog Brothers' Reign of Frogs comic series (a must read, kiddies) and by basically ignoring the events from The Tribe aside from a brief mention of the Frog's victory in that coven. Another strong point is disregarding Michael and Star's fatal car accident reference from the previous sequel and Alan being a head vampire in the much talked about deleted scenes. The humor returns and welcomed along with some current parodies of vampire novels, bloggers and reality shows. The flashbacks of Sam Emerson and the Frog Brothers are highlights as both a tribute to Haim as well as presenting this film as a true Lost Boys sequel.

Acting so easy a caveman could do it
Feldman looks like the Geico Caveman in this flick, but he is always good when he plays Edgar even more so than when he went ape shit on M.C. Hammer for being in the bathroom over an hour on the first season of The Surreal Life. Overall, the acting is definitely surprising too with good performances from some fresh new faces, especially Costang, Phoenix and Dolan. Costang plays a great baddie, particularly in a scene with pompous "celebrity" blogger Johnny Trash, while Phoenix is very seductive as a hot version parody of Stephanie Meyer. Dolan's acting definitely gets better as the running time hits the midway point.

The only negatives worth picking at are the very last few frames that might send a collective "ugh" throughout the franchise's community and the use of The Lost Boys in this film's title. Since no other sequel will truly be on par with the original, with most of that cast either deceased (real life or character-wise) or onto other career paths and due to the fact there are no "lost boys" anymore,  I think the deletion of The Lost Boys would be logical moving forward with any potential sequels. It should end all comparisons there by potentially adding the title of The Frog Brothers instead, since they are the only essential characters left in the franchise, and should also ease the frustration stemming from the hardcore fanbase.  


The film also sparks two questions: Are raves and techno making a comeback and I just missed the memo or is that due to the South Africa influence on the film? Also, will this film generate enough cash and interest to spawn another sequel or the proposed television series mentioned by Feldman in some recent press? If they do, they should ignore the last scene in this movie.

This not a great film by any means, but is definitely worlds better than The Tribe, an official victim of the Highlander 2 Syndrome. Maybe it's like when an average-looking person appears to be gorgeous when standing amongst lesser eye-appealing individuals; in this case The Tribe? But it might be that this film is without the remake vibe that pumped in the fuel tank for The Tribe and is projected as a true sequel to the original Lost Boys. This would be great to catch on late night cable, but it is also a must see for franchise fans, if you accept the film as a fun ride with the forces of truth, justice and the American way. Right on!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Don't Forget About The Man-Cave's Other Home: Italian Film Review



I just want to remind everyone to check out the website where I hang out when I am not spouting nonsense in The Man-Cave, the Italian Film Review website. Owned and operated by my pal from across the Atlantic, Nigel Maskell, this site features the good, the bad and the ugly of Italian cinema past and present.

So please check it out when you have some free time. Not only are there some entries posted by me, but the IFR is home to well written reviews from some excellent writing talent around the blogosphere. Be sure to visit the IFR and support the team who is hard at work watching and reviews films from Italia just for you.


The main site's roster includes:



Nigel Maskell: lord and master of the IFR domain




Aaron Duenas: the man/myth/legend of
The Death Rattle



Aaron Stielstra: the man of many talents behind the film See Naples...Then Die



Brian Bankston: owner of Cool Ass Cinema



This smug asshat: From The Man-Hole or Man-Cave, whatever



Jason Meredith: owner of the Cinezilla blog



Jenny Spencer: owner of The Bloody Iris




Johnny Redman: owner of Lock and Load



Keith Brown: PhD and computer guy extraordinaire



Paige Sands: cinema buff, collector and artist from New Zealand




Rob Talbot: a reviewer who reviews as only a reviewer can review. Awesome.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Man-Cave Interview: Becky and Nick Sayers of the film Break




Becky Sayers (crafty scribe of The Horror Effect) and her husband Nick (fellow scribe of The Action Effect) recently sent a copy of their first indie feature Break to The Man-Cave a few weeks back. Break tells the story of a group of people whose gathering at a house in the forests of Washington turns into a nightmare getaway with the outcome affecting the world as we know it. As you might tell, this is one ambitious flick. But don't let me tell you to much about it because I have the makers of the film with me today to discuss their maiden voyage into the world of filmmaking.

Ladies and Gentlemen, from the great state of Washington, please welcome Becky and Nick Sayers!!






TMC: Becky and Nick welcome to The Man-Cave. Please pay no attention to the dirty clothes on the floor in the corner. Writing has occupied my laundry duty time.

B: I don’t mind the dirty
clothes, but could you please pick up that moldy burrito wedged between the couch cushions?

N: Then you won’t mind if I take my pants off?


TMC: Not at all. Make yourself at home.

Break begins with a pretty standard and enjoyable format for horror films by taking place with a group of youths secluded in the woods. The end result of their time together could alter the fate of humanity either good or bad depending on the outcome. So where did the idea for this ambitious film originate?

B: We started off with a couple different concepts and then molded them into a story. The basic themes of Break evolve around human nature. What makes people evil? Is it something imbedded in them, waiting for the opportunity to burst out? Are most people inherently good? Will the good stand up when the time comes? While the overall story was derived from these themes, the specific plot details were tailored to resources we had available to us. Therein laid the challenge of taking these concepts of biblical proportions and cramming them into a no-budget script.

N: The idea originated at an amazing Mexican restaurant in the middle of Orange County named the Chili Pepper.



TMC: You previously told me that this film began principal shooting around 3 years ago. What obstacles delayed the film's release?

B: We shot the film quickly (in about two weeks) and had the first rough cut about 2 months after that. However, we hit the editorial version of the runner’s wall. The story wasn’t quite working and we were both unhappy with the film. So we let the film sit for a while, hoping that by giving it some distance, we would be able to re-cut the film with fresh eyes. Once we were happy with a cut, we began the quest to look for someone to sound design the film and for a composer to do the score. However, no one was willing to work for free believe it or not. Eventually, work, school, and other film projects blurred our vision and we didn’t touch the film for a long time. Then, after graduating, we knew we had to get the film done. We went back to the editing table again, chopped off about 30 minutes of the runtime, simplified the story, and began the long, arduous process of completing the other 50% of the movie: the sound. Because this was unfamiliar territory for us, it took a lot of trial and error to get to a place where we were happy with the marriage of the sound and picture.

N: To sum up Becky’s response, we hit it hard, then got busy and had to revisit it more infrequently than we wished. We bit off a lot and still hadn’t sprout any teeth to chew, but we ended up getting through it.


TMC: I don't want to sound like a "homer" but I have to give credit where credit is due. For being your first feature, your technical skills far exceeded my expectations for an independent feature. What camera did you use to shoot the film? Were any filters or special lighting techniques used for the interior "California" scenes? The camerawork and lighting were my favorite in that aspect.

N&B: We shot the film on an HVX-200. The HVX is kind of a cross between a pro-sumer and completely professional camera. Its compact size made it really easy for us to get lots of movement, which would have been difficult with a heavy film camera or something like the RED. We always knew we wanted to shoot digital with this project. We wanted to play around with color and shutter speeds and High-Definition is a great format for this style. With some inspiration from Suspiria, we experimented with vibrant lighting gels/filters. Typically, if you’re using these bright colors you want to have a practical source that justifies their existence. However, in the 70’s that didn’t seem to matter. We thought the bizarre, unnatural lighting would match the dark, supernatural undertones of the film.


TMC: One of the things I really enjoyed about the film was the soundtrack, which set the mood in critical scenes. Who created the score?

B: Nick created the score and I was surprised at how awesome it was. He is really into music, but he has never had any professional music experience or training. But he has a good ear and had a great understanding of the tone we were going for.

N: I am not musically talented at all. But I love mixing a bunch of sounds together and seeing if they make sense. That is what I did with Break. I tried to keep a cohesive sound throughout the film, which helped it sound “scored”. I hope my influences of Apocalypse Now, Nine Inch Nails, and Goblin weren’t too obvious.

TMC: One thing that bothered me was the non-inclusion of Linkin Park's song "One Step Closer" containing lyrics heavy on the word "Break". Was that because it was already used during the closing credits of Dracula 2000 (throws up in mouth a bit) or because the band refused to give you the rights, thus still thinking they are a lot cooler than they actually are? That's right Linkin' Park I said it. Sorry guys, please continue.

B: Maybe we can edit a trailer to the song and put it on You Tube, only to have it removed two months later for copyright infringement. I was a young teenager when Linkin’ Park became popular, so I’ll admit, I still like them.

N: I wanted to throw Limp BizkitBreak Stuff in the end credits.



TMC: I know you said that the cast was completely complied of friends and family. For being on a very amateur level, and I mean no offense when I state that, I was most impressed by Danny Bauer, who played Kane. He did bring a genuinely threatening process in his scenes and was the most memorable of the cast.


Danny Bauer

B: Danny is my younger brother. He was only seventeen when we filmed Break, but you would never know by watching the movie that he is younger than everyone in the cast. The only thespian experience he has ever had is me forcing him to act in my little home movies as a kid. For some reason, I always made him play nerdy parts, wearing taped glasses and jeans that were too small. Break was the first time he played someone menacing. Right now, he is pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Washington and participating in research for alternative energy sources. But, if the whole engineering thing doesn’t work out, maybe acting can be his back-up plan.


TMC: Quick question...do either of you, or has anyone ever told you two, that Jonathan Bruno looks like a cross between Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth and WWE Pro Wrestler Edge? Trust me, it's a good thing.

B: Nope.

N: Googled it and F’n aye he does.



TMC: This next question is for Becky. Nick has a cameo in the film as the disgruntled roommate. At one point he comes storming out of a house swinging a club of some sort. Being married to Nick, is he really that aggressive of a roommate in the Sayers' household and does he use foreign objects often in brawls?

B: Nick is a great roommate, until you steal something of his and then he comes at you with a baseball bat…or a machete. But I guess I like living dangerously since we’ve lived together for almost six years.

TMC: Let me flip the script for a second with a question for Nick. Becky flexes her thespian muscles in some scenes where she got in the face and screamed at a couple of fellow cast mates. Have you ever felt the force of that aggression she portrayed on film in real life?

N: Oh yeah. I have seen dishes hit floors and blood hit walls.



TMC: Ok let me get serious again. What is the status for the film's distribution? Are you two shopping it on the film festival circuit?

N&B: Right now, we’re sending it out to festivals for the 2011 circuit and hoping to get some positive energy circulating from that. In terms of distribution, we’re just playing it by ear. We won’t pursue distribution aggressively until the movie’s had a chance at some festivals.


TMC: Am I at liberty to discuss you offering screeners to fellow reviewers who might want to see Break for themselves and help spread the word?

B: We would love for other bloggers, critics, etc. to get a chance to see Break. The more feedback, the better. Each review is a chance for us to learn as filmmakers.

N: Yes, but I do enjoy negative reviews more than positive ones. I nearly died laughing when I read “it sounds more like the stoned ravings of a high school drop-out who listens to too many Black Sabbath albums.


TMC: Looking at the credits, you two were the jack of all trades, so I am sure getting the film completed was tasking on both of you. My hats off to your dedication to see the project through the end. You actually made a film and for that I can't give you enough genuine credit.

B: We appreciate everyone being so congratulatory about our efforts. While I don’t necessarily think that the best films are made by a few people doing every job, I do believe that the best directors are those that know how to do every job. I’m not the best cinematographer in the world, but I know what is required to do that job well. Break gave us the opportunity to stretch ourselves and discover our creative limits.

N: Thanks. Being a jackass of all trades on set was not wise, but at the same time taught me a lot. Not only technically, but also taught me where I need to improve and where I can excel. You learn a lot about yourself when you have to lead a small group of people towards one common goal, while teaching yourself how to use 30 types of equipment.




TMC: Besides The Horror Effect, what's currently in the pipeline for you? Any other film projects currently in development?

B: We just completed the first draft of a new script, a horror comedy, heavy on the comedy. It’s 100% different than Break. We have no idea when we’re going to shoot it and we’re not even sure if it will be our next project, but we’re really excited about the story.

N: Think Deliverance mixed with Severance, with a hint of Predator… Other than that I am putting together a Vietnam script (for the future, *crosses fingers*).

TMC: Any chance of a sequel to Break? There's a lot of story that seems the need to be told here.

N&B: We’ve joked about a sequel to Break many times. We did a faux trailer a few years ago for a movie called HellL.A. (pronounced as one word) and it would pretty much be the sequel to Break. Demons take over Los Angeles; a group of people fight back. Only, we’d need a decent budget if we were to do that story right.


TMC: Well just remember that getting a SAG card is in my bucket list, so if you need an actor to play a part in your next film, I will be more than willing. Sure I am not photogenic but boy can I work the camera. Have you seen my recent VLOG work? Actually that's a terrible example. I look about as comfortable on camera as a contestant on The Biggest Loser when they first take their shirt off. But please keep me in mind.

B: Obviously, we have no problem with putting people in front of the camera who have no acting experience. We can’t guarantee that your scenes will not be cut from the movie though.


TMC: On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the worst, how do you rank The Man-Cave? Please be honest, but remember that flattery gets you EVERYWHERE with me.

N&B: If brutal honesty is the game, then we’d have to say a 13 ½.


TMC: I am flatter-cated. Well I did forewarn you that I would be asking some light and silly questions, so thanks for being good sports.

N&B: It’s okay, we know you don’t take us seriously. :P


TMC: I take you seriously as a heart attack. Are there any other topics you would like to talk about that I did not cover? I want to ask a lot more, but they are way too SPOILER-laced inquiries.

N&B: We just want to thank everyone who was involved in Break from the beginning and everyone who is just now getting involved in the press aspects of the film. The cast and crew went through a lot, having to learn new things at the spur of the moment and donating a great deal of time to a tiny project. There was no reward in it for them other than the experience itself. Now, many bloggers and reviewers have stepped forward to help generate publicity for Break. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s time and energy!

TMC: Thanks for taking time to visit The Man-Cave. Sorry it was so dark in here, but I forgot to pay the electric bill...again.

N&B: Thank you for inviting us to your dark and dingy abode you call a Man-Cave.


TMC: Dark and dingy are what I call "character". Yes this place has a lot of it.

If you have not visited The Horror Effect or The Action Effect, please do so as soon as possible. Nick and Becky are high level writers who I also can call cool friends outside the blogosphere. And make sure to contact them at their sites of you wish to get a copy of Break.

Visit the official Break website here: http://everyonebreaks.blogspot.com/.
See what some of the great bloggers of the world are saying about Break here:
Here are the links to the reviews of Break:
Chuck Norris Ate My Baby: http://www.chucknorrisatemybaby.com/2010/11/break-your-yourself-fool.html

http://everyonebreaks.blogspot.com/2010/12/results-are-in.html