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Cynthia - The Interview

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Movie Life: What made you want to become an actor?

Cynthia LaForte: I've always been a performer, I was a ballerina, a singer, a model.  I was always dressing up as a kid and putting on performances even if no one was around.  I truly knew acting was for me when I realized that when my teachers would push me or be hard on me I didn't get upset or angry or want to quit, I enjoyed it.  It's not that I want to work at it, I love to work at it and I love the moments of struggle just as much, possibly even more then, as when my acting is spot on.

ML: What is your fantasy job? What is your dream role?

CL: I have a lot.  Stella from Street Car Named Desire.  Lady MacBeth. Cleopatra.  I'd love to play an action hero or anything where I get to shoot a gun.

ML: How did you prepare for the role of Tinny?

CL: I worked on the scenes with my coach and met with Bekim to rehearse.  The entire cast got together a few times as well to hang out and get to know each other.  And I spray tanned.

ML: How did you hear about Evil Weed?

CL: A director I worked with sent me the script and I had already worked with Shane (the producer).  I thought the script was really fun and I immediately liked the role of Tinny.

ML: What is your favorite movie?

CL: Again, I have a lot.  Heathers.  Coming to America.  Doubt. Boogie Nights.  Half Baked.  Adaptation.  Drop Dead Gorgeous.  Chinatown.   Anything and everything by the Coen Brothers or Farrelly Brothers.

ML: What do you think about reality TV?

CL: Honestly I love it and it terrifies me.  A close friend of mine is on a

popular reality show and as an actor that's something I wouldn't want to be a part of.  I like reality TV that's about people as they work on something, like “Movie Life” or “Project Runway,” not a fluffed drama where producers just try to make your life miserable.  I also don't understand people who share with the world every terrible tragic thing that has ever happened to them.  I do understand that people want to bring an awareness to certain causes or issues but do a fundraiser when it's really about giving back, don't go on a reality show because then it's just about you.  It's funny I say all this but I can't lie, I love all those reality shows involving quasi celebrities and people pursuing their love!!  It's kind of my guilty pleasure...

ML: If reincarnation existed, what animal would you come back as?

CL: A Gisele.

ML: What redhead inspires you the most?

CL: That's a tough one.  If I had to pick one it would be Lucille Ball.  She was beautiful, smart AND funny.  And that's rare!  She had a way of capturing you and you just look at her and love her.  And of course Molly Ringwald and Julianne Moore.

ML: Now that you've done a love scene, what other hurdles are left for you to surpass?

CL: To be honest I don't really consider the love scene a hurdle.  The hurdles are the really intense emotional scenes - and then having to break for lunch for 45 minutes and get right back into it after.  I guess now that I've done one I'll know what to expect next time and it's taken away some of the mystique because they are very mechanical and choreographed.

ML: What exactly went down on the set of Evil Weed?

CL: I listened to a lot of Indigo Girls and Rob Zombie to keep me crying and scared.  I also curled my hair a lot - which some people tried to attribute to the power going off... which is impossible by the way...  I also fell and David Wexler laughed his ass off, as you all have seen! But seriously, there was amazing work and dedication from everyone.  We all became so close in such a short period of time and have remained that way.  And lots and lots of CoCo Butter.

41 Comments Posted by Jonathan on November 02, 2009

Evil Weed Trailer Debuts on iTunes Most Popular List

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The trailer for Evil Weed was placed on iTunes this weekend and at the time of this post was listed in the "most popular" section of Apple's website. If you'd like to view it there, follow this link (we've embedded the YouTube version below) and tell us what you think. Here's what we can tell you about the movie:

Emily and her sister Danielle play host to friends at their parents’ country house in the Hamptons. The weekend is poised for success. Murph, Emily’s boyfriend, has chosen this occasion to propose, their respective best friends seem to be hitting it off, and Danielle’s alienated boyfriend scores in the clutch by supplying the drugs. But when his bag of unicorn weed livens up the party, some of the group begin to suffer from a weird reaction. Inexplicable violence abruptly brings down their high. This October, a certain few friends are going to wish they hadn’t inhaled.

  • Genre: Horror
  • Director: David Wexler
  • Cast: Brianna Barnes, Genevieve Hudson-Price, Cynthia LaForte, Bekim Trenova, Nick Weil, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Ryan Willard

If you'd like to find out more about the movie or get to know some of the cast members, head over to Movie Life Online for clips from behind the scenes of Evil Weed's filming. You could also hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

28 Comments Posted by Danielle on October 26, 2009

Genevieve - The Interview

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Movie Life: What made you want to become an actor?

Genevieve Hudson Price: To be honest, it’s hard to remember. I never had one of those defining moments when you realize what you want to be. I just have no memory of ever NOT wanting to be an actress (although until I was about 12 I wanted to be an actress/veterinarian). All artists (ps: I hate actors who call themselves “artists” but right now I’m gonna do it) do what they do because they have a private world in their head and they do whatever to allow them to share that world, painting, writing, playing music, farting, etc. Acting is what does that for me.

ML: How does acting on TV compare to film?

GHP: The director’s relationship to the actor is a little different with TV, but every project is different because everyone has a different process. I think it’s the directors, creators or whoever that make one experience different from another, rather than the venue.

ML: What's going on now at 7 Eleven Gallery?

GHP: We are a nomadic gallery and are currently between spaces, but we’re always actively planning our next show and going on studio visits.  I’ll let you know when the next one comes!

ML: What about your theatre company?

GHP: A few months back we did a nation wide writing competition where we put out a call for submissions for full-length plays. We then narrowed them down to three finalists all of whom received a cash prize and a staged reading at the gallery, which was judged by Kristen Johnston, Hilton Als and Richard Price.  The play that the judges chose as the winner will receive another cash prize and a workshop of that play, so right now we are planning the workshop of the winning play. We are also planning our next company show (which will be in January).

ML: How did you prepare for the role of Danielle?

GHP: I acted irresponsible, slutty and bitchy.

ML: Do you think marijuana should be legalized?

GHP: I do not want tobacco companies to quadruple their profits (and you know they already have the packaging ready for the day it becomes legal), so no (although cigarettes and pot are both undeniably wonderful). 

28 Comments Posted by Jonathan on October 09, 2009

Bekim - The Interview

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Movie Life:  What made you want to become an actor?

Bekim Trenova:  I’ve always loved history and period pieces... through acting I can hopefully go back in time, or well the closest you can, and live in the past and see what it was like to be apart of our evolving human species. And I really haven’t learned other skills besides that, well that’s not true... its just fun and I can hopefully make money one day.

ML:  What’s the craziest situation you’ve ever been in?

BT:  Craziest situation I’ve ever been in I cant post because my mother would kill me... but it involves police and not getting caught

ML:  If you could be on one drug all the time without any of the side effects or repercussions, what would it be?

BT:  Drugs...what are drugs?

ML:  Describe your fascinating workout regimen. What’s a garbage bag run?

BT:  Haha. Workout regime... umm I used to care way more about my body and was kinda hardcore about it... not so much now... but if I am going to do it for a role or work, it usually consist of eating super super healthy, body weight exercises, pushups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups... then a garbage run (running with a garbage bag over your torso) was shown to me by a friend I used to model with… definitely gets u sweating a lot and gets all that water weight out of you to cut you up. Prob not the healthiest thing in the world but whateves.

ML:  How did you prepare for the role of Dan?

BT:  Dan seemed like a good guy… a lil more straight edge then myself. I picked a couple people I know like Dan and based myself off them… of course I had some Dan qualities or I wouldn’t be playing him... just went with it.

ML:  What pisses you off or pleases you most about the media?

BT:  Ummmmmm they can ruin your image, that kinda blows.... luckily i haven’t had horrible things written about me... usually just girl stuff. Hahaha... they also can make you look great... looking great means more money i suppose. Gotta have fans in this business... 

ML:  What do you think about reality TV?

BT:  Fuck reality TV… documenting is cool because it’s real. I’ve had people approach me about reality TV... said, "ain’t interested keep on movin’, don’t like your kind round here," in a southern accent.

ML:  In the words of James Lipton, what turns you on?

BT:  Beauty, wherever I can find it.

ML:  What are you dying to do in life that you haven’t done?

BT:  Ummmm I think I live pretty well and try to enjoy everything… enjoy the good bad and ugly, because they’re all very unique feelings. There’s not so much one thing I’m dying to do right away. The things I want will come when they’re supposed to.

ML:  What exactly went down on the set of Evil Weed?

BT:  David Wexler power tripping on everyone. Fucking asshole. Hahahahahahaha.

15 Comments Posted by Jonathan on October 02, 2009

Brianna - The Interview

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Movie Life: What made you want to become an actor?

Brianna Barnes:  To be honest, Lord of the Rings. I’m not going to lie, it’s true. That movie inspired me so much and made me want to be a part of something that beautiful... that could touch and inspire people on so many levels. I love making myself or other people feel or think.

ML:  How does working in the States compare with Canada?

BB:  I think Canada and the States are very similar markets in how they operate, but I feel like Canada is a little less mysterious in the sense that they'll give you feedback more often.

ML:  How have your experiences as a model shaped who you are as an actress?

BB:  I think modeling has enabled me to really be able to be comfortable in my own skin. So, therefore it definitely helped me be more confident.  Which is a big thing in acting because if you don’t believe yourself, no one else will... also getting used to seeing and hearing yourself on camera helped. I think we all remember the first time we heard our voice recorded... all I kept thinking was, Gosh, do i really sound that annoying! Haha. Some would say, Yes, yes you do.

ML:  Can you explain in words how you smile with your eyes?

BB:  Hahahaha. This is sort of linked back to the modeling and acting question. In modeling you are often asked to smile without smiling... makes no sense right? Well, one day someone asked me to smile with my eyes... so its much like acting without dialogue. What if you had to show someone how you were feeling with only your eyes?  We've all been given a look or stare and known exactly what that person meant. I cant really break it down because it's not a scientific process, I just feel it in my heart and it comes out my eyes.

ML:  How did you prepare for the role of Emily? I know you took some samurai classes...

BB:  Emily was very similar to me so I didn’t really have to step outside of the box to prepare. I did some samurai classes though so I could feel more tough. But that was just a general desire I’ve always had... swords are just cool. I did a lot of animal work though for my character.

ML:  Any advice you'd like to give kids about the dangers of drug use?

BB:  Say no. It's that simple. Nothing you experience with them will be real. Who wants to live life when anything and everything means nothing?

ML:  What do you think about reality TV?

BB:  Reality TV can be great, but a lot people don’t know about the miracles of editing. So is it really reality? I think not...

ML:  What was your favorite part of filming?

BB:  My favorite part of filming was the special effects work and various makeup! You just don’t get to do that everyday!

ML:  Who would you rather fight/date: a werewolf, a vampire, or a zombie?

BB:  I would rather date Scott Speedman in Underworld, where he is both a vampire and a werewolf. He has the best of both worlds and we can still be in the sun :)  I would fight a zombie because I think those die a lot easier?

ML:  What exactly went down on the set of Evil Weed?

BB:  Hmmmm, some seriously good film making and a lot of hard work... and bonding over Tommy's (the caterer) amazing food!!!!  Seriously, I made some great friends....

23 Comments Posted by Jonathan on September 28, 2009

Ryan - The Interview

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Movie Life:  What made you want to become an actor?

Ryan Willard:  The idea that as an actor, you have the opportunity to lead different lives and do almost anything imaginable. I've been blessed with opportunities to be in front of the camera at a young age, and had some amazing memories that made me love acting. In this life I have to do what I love, and every time I'm on set I'm as happy as my seven year old self.

ML:  Tell me about your involvement in TV production.

RW:  When I was in college I interned in production at MTV Daily News. After school, it lead into a job and I freelanced within MTV Networks. In that time I got to work on some really great projects including, "True Life: I Have Autism," "Juvies," "High School Stories" and "Two-A-Days." I left the world of production so I could focus on being on the other side of the camera.

ML:  How did you prepare for the role of Murph?

RW:  To fully understand the character, I wanted to immerse myself in his world by doing the same things he does in the script... such as, making fun of hipsters and hooking up with a cute blonde girl. 

ML:  What is the population of Sillyville?

RW:  I think 37 (if you include, myself, Laurie and our dog Barney) Sillywhim + 4 Spurtlegurgles + 3 Twhirlipops + 2 Jingleheimers +  6 Bitty booties + 3 Froogy Frogs + Pasha + 10 Rolly Pollies + 3 Twittle Birds and a Whump. 

ML:  Aside from being a dream come true, how was hosting a show on Nickelodeon?

RW:  Pretty wild. The work I did for them, believe it or not, was incredibly challenging. Luckily, my co-host Mark Keller and I were surrounded by the Nickelodeon family who always made sure we were having the time of our lives in front and behind the camera. 

ML:  You didn’t get slimed did you?

RW:  Nope, my co-host and I were actually the ones who slimed people. We also poured dumpster juice, used mouth wash, old salsa and spoiled milk on the contestants of our show. I hope none of the kids are looking for revenge later on in life.

ML:  If you could “take five” actresses walking down the street who would they be?

RW:  Keira Knightley, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Emily Wickersham, Olivia Wilde, Rachel McAdams

ML:  If you were a strain of weed, what would you be called? And how evil would you be?

RW:  Killa Manila. Exotic and more dangerous than any other Asian destination.

ML:  How do you feel about reality TV?

RW:  I believe reality TV is "Fast Food Television." Incredibly cheap and quick to make, tasty for the moment, rarely organic with minimal substance or nutritional value. It's probably not good for us, but the long term effects have yet to be proven and most of America can't get enough of it. 

ML:  What exactly went down on the set of Evil Weed?

RW:  If you don't see it on "Movie Life," I'm not allowed to talk about it. All I can say is that it was hands down one of the craziest and most ridiculous experiences of my career.  Best. Workation. Ever.

20 Comments Posted by Jonathan on September 23, 2009

Before We Started Rolling the “Joint”

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A couple months ago, my brother showed me his screenplay entitled Evil Weed. I hardly had a chance to be skeptical about a film with so conspicuous a title. I quickly came to the conclusion that he was on to something, and it had to be made. As for its social commentary, the film could go either way–-couldn’t it?

What you will find out about David is that he does not use marijuana, and yet he is an artist. Could the film be interpreted as anti-pot? Sure, in some capacity the film is his critique on the subculture of cannabis. But then again, it embraces the zeitgeist of the new movement in both weed and filmmaking, and appeals to the stoner as it does to the horror freak. This film is made with care, just like its featured crop, it was made outdoors, under rigorous conditions. With “Movie Life,” the viewer is invited to luxuriate in the atmosphere of this fast paced film shot at breakneck speed. It is the tasty appetizer to the main course that is Evil Weed.

As for the cast, it is packed with a variety of talent. From child actors, to models, to “slashies,” to non-actors. Some of the cast and crew knew each other prior to production, some were meeting for the first time. Two weeks before filming, we first got together for introductions and a table reading. Ever since, a camera has been in each of our hands and the entire process has been documented, as it will continue to be up until the grand premier. We hope to attract all types of people, demographics that typically do not go for reality TV, to watching a new kind of documentary/behind-the-scenes hybrid. In essence, “Movie Life” enhances the buzz of making a thriller, while giving you a contact high.

19 Comments Posted by Jonathan on August 31, 2009

A “B” Movie For A New Generation

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Many people have asked me what came first: “Movie Life” or Evil Weed.  People have wondered whether these outrageous production restraints (first and foremost the fact that we had only SIX days of principal photography on the film) may have affected the overall quality of the project.  The short answer is that they absolutely have not.  

In fact, the whole process, from the conception of the idea this past Memorial Day, to the  “Movie Life” webisodes, to the Halloween premieres of Evil Weed, has been meticulously planned out and was designed for these specific “restraints.”

My idea was to move away from the dramatic narratives that I normally invest my time and interest in, and create a new type of exploitation film.  A film that would embrace our restraints, and prove sellable if we took a viral marketing/grass roots approach.  That is how Evil Weed came to be.  And coincidentally, at around this time Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell hit theaters and garnered positive reviews.  It was his return to form as a “B” movie director, and I soon realized that what I was producing was essentially a “B” movie in itself, but not in the way Raimi’s film was a “B” movie, and most definitely not in the way that Tarantino’s Death Proof and Rodriguez’s Planet Terror were “B” movies. 

These films, wonderful as they were, were Hollywood films tipping their hats to the “B” genre.  The productions were multimillion dollar, big name productions.  What I wanted to do, and what excited me most about the Evil Weed project, was that I was creating a “B” movie for a new generation.  I wanted the script to be savvier than the average “B” film, and the themes, effects and acting to reflect that certain kitchiness, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME giving the modern film-goer the credit he deserves.  Audiences have become much more savvy these days, and it was my idea to take a lowbrow concept, and make it extremely highbrow.  That is at least what we set out to do.  Make an incredible 75-minute feature that hit the ground running, and left you breathless.

It was our belief that these “B” restraints (lack of money, lack of time, unknown actors and actresses, in camera effects) would create a mood that would work remarkably well in this thriller/horror/sex/stoner realm.  So, we began looking at these hurdles not as restraints, but as opportunities, reasons why our film would look different and feel different than any other film out there.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with the small crew of 20 to 30 people who have generously devoted themselves whole-heartedly to this project.  We were able to convince a group of hard working, excited, young professionals to put 110% into this project, and it is my belief that the film will resonate with what can only be described as a “new indie feel.” 

Over the past decade the genre once defined as “Indie Filmmaking” has changed substantially.  Recently, indie films have had budgets upwards of tens of millions of dollars. This was not always the case.  In many ways, I believe this new “B” movie, the idea of just going out and making a movie, competently, and creatively, will be the new indie movement.  BUT, we are equally focused on the more classic modes of film distribution.  We will be sending the film to agencies, festivals, and hope that it is ultimately picked up for proper theatrical distribution; however, we are also very excited to reach out to possible audiences through other avenues such as viral campaigns.

We are determined to accomplish what we set out to do with Evil Weed and its behind-the-scenes counterpart “Movie Life”: create TWO products (a series and a motion picture) by ourselves, because we were sick of waiting for others to do it for us.  The energy is there, the quality is there, and we are looking forward to the reception of these projects come October.

-David Wexler

31 Comments Posted by Director on August 26, 2009

Live Behind the Scenes

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Movie Life showcases the production of a feature film, from the moment of its conception to its projection on the big screen. Its mission is to show the unadulterated process of making a film in the most entertaining, compelling, and truthful way. By removing the television crew, the subjects of the series are able to tell the most endearing and engaging stories possible.  You've seen reality...this is real!

Its predecessor, MTV's "College Life," is the brain child of David Wexler. As the creator/producer, he envisioned a show that was produced without conventional production restraints. "College Life" was shot entirely by the subjects themselves, without any crew or cameramen. Movie Life portrays exactly what it implies. It serves as a time capsule for future audiences, an instructional demonstration, a story of inspiration, a portrait of artists living the dream.

30 Comments Posted by Jonathan on August 13, 2009

Stoner Horror

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"Stoner Horror" is a relatively new genre of horror movies. Many critics claim "Idle Hands" to be the forerunner which popularized the genre -- I think it was Jessica Alba's appearance in the movie. Either way, you'll notice a recurring theme in most of these movies; marijuana, gore, skin and humor. The humor, in many cases, is unintentional.

Many people will argue that films like Eraser Head and Donnie Darko should have been included in this list, but I disagree. There's no way I could jumble those two classics in with this bunch. After watching these trailers, hopefully you'll agree. There's a considerable difference between horror movies that are cool while stoned and Stoner Horror as a genre.

Evil Bong I & II - Dude, It's One SCARY Trip!

Centered around 3 stoner roommates who answer a classified advertisement featuring a bong that may or may not be cursed, we're not really sure how this movie ever received the green light for part two. The bong does of course turn out to be cursed, transporting tokers to an alternate dimension called Bong World, which is really nothing more than a strip club filled with beautiful women in need of souls. Sounds like California!

"Evil Bong" should by no means be taken seriously, and as long as you watch it with an open mind and a laid back attitude, you should find it charming and quirky in alot of ways which should help you ignore the sheer absurdity of a movie about a bong, with bad intentions that manages to suck a few stoners into an alternate dimension. ~AngelFire.com

The cast of the film is bad. No one here is worth mentioning by name. Everyone is uniformly terrible, and while this creates some unintentional humor, it lowers the film quite a bit. When your best actor is a satellite character who spouts profanities, you know you’ve cast the film poorly. But at least some of the chicks are hot.

The review may seem a little harsh, but I’m not a stoner so it gets no pass from me on that account. I’m also bemused at the way Full Moon continues to make garbage like this instead of good old fashioned horror flicks like they used to. Despite all of this, Evil Bong 2 isn’t a terrible movie… it just doesn’t have much going for it… but if somehow you manage to make it to the end of the movie, you’re in for a damn treat when the credits roll. ~MovieCynics.com

Eat Me! - Sometimes You Get the Munchies... Sometimes They Get You!

Garage band General Malacarne are practicing their latest set in the basement when a mysterious blackout hits Brooklyn. While the band kicks back with some joints downstairs, everyone above-ground is transformed into ravenous zombies. Hilarious complications arise as the band realizes their predicament, and embark on a half-baked scheme to escape the city.

 

The picture is crisp, the sound is clear, the editing is tight, and the film manages to take place in a lot of outdoor locations yet the narrative stays coherent during transportation scenes. For the last part of the film, the characters are constantly on the move. These factors normally spell doom for independent productions. Director Katie Carman, however, deftly dances around these potential pitfalls and makes them work for her.

For its inventiveness, Calloway's great performance, and the commendable production values, EAT ME! is a zombie comedy movie that I hope finds an audience. It may not satisfy your hunger for a big, gory zombie spectacle, but it has a lot going for it to satisfy your other zombie cravings. With EAT ME! as her first feature, Katie Carman has proven that she could be a very capable director of bigger-budget feature films. I look forward to her work in the future. ~The Zed Word

Little *ucker - The Last True Party Animal

I haven't seen this flick, but judging by the trailer, it's a must see. A gremlin type creature whose blood lust is only held in check by smoking marijuana. When the dope runs out, you're fucked. Pretty steamy lesbian scene in this one. Definitely NSFW.

The Tripper - On 4.20, Hippie Blood Will Trickle Down

Brought to you by the distorted mind of David Arquette, this stoner horror film is filled with gore and plenty of humor. All hell breaks loose at the American Free Love Festival when a disgruntled Ronald Reagan fanatic decides to embark on a killing spree, targeting a group of hippies. Guaranteed to make you laugh and forever alter your image of our 40th President.

Unlike a lot of horror films today The Tripper is original and fresh, full of violence, loads of humor, political innuendo and a very unique style. With the help of this excellent DVD release we now have ourselves a movie that acts very much like a drug: Once you're exposed to it, you're hooked. ~IGN.com

Shrooms - Get Ready to Get Wasted

A magic mushroom enhanced vacation to the Irish countryside turns bad for four dumb American college students.

This film does capture the spirit of using magic mushrooms and it all seems like a bad trip gone worse..  the shifting in and out the visions are well captured on film. There is one line that summed it up: "We can't all be having the same trip, can we?" It is a scary story with some twists that make you want to see the film again (and best seen when you are not tripping yourself). ~MoviesOnline.ca

Idle Hands - The Touching Story of a Boy and His Right Hand

Arguably the movie that started the genre, "Idle Hands" garnered much of its success from starlet Jessica Alba, who has of course moved on to bigger things since. The movie centers around Anton (Devon Sawa), a high school slacker whose only ambition is to get high and chill with his friends Mick (Seth Green) and Pnub. The movie gets interesting when Anton's right hand becomes possessed by Satan and after sawing it off, he chases after it in order to protect his girlfriend from its evil grasp.

"Idle Hands" is bloody, violent, dumb, and shallow, but it also boosts some clever ideas amidst the rising body count. It may not be a great movie, but it's one of the most amusing times I've had at the multiplex this whole year. ~DustinPutman.com

Gravestoned - The Scot the Pot and the Arm That Won't Rot

Two out-of-work pot farmers with aspirations of getting into the movie industry are given the task of acquiring a prop arm for an upcoming film. They decide to retrieve the limb from a local graveyard, but there's one catch... the cadaver they stole the arm from wants it back. This film is set to be released in theaters until October. You really won't gain any insight into the movie from watching the trailer... seems more like a clip to me. We'll be watching it when released though. Horror legend Lar Park-Lincoln has a role in the film along with vixens Eryn Brooke and Hope Latimer.

172 Comments Posted by Danielle on September 29, 2009
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