To describe Oliver Harper as a YouTube star would be both accurate yet somewhat disingenuous. Yes he is a successful YouTube personality - his programme 'Oliver Harper's Retrospectives and Reviews' has up to 165,000 subscribers and since it's founding in 2011 features over 530 videos that have amassed between around 42 million views. However Oliver is not the star in his videos, whether it's a review or a nostalgic retrospective of a cinema classic it is the film that is the star. Each episode is packed with factual insights made up of production trivia, news reports interwoven with his own thoughts on the film, and are produced to the sort of high quality equal to the best television productions of the BBC. Oliver can best described as a film journalist providing the sort of middle ground insightful reviews delivered with the eloquence and dry humour of the late and legendary film reviewer Barry Norman.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Monday, 25 May 2020
Writers; Jesse V Johnson & Stu Small
Director; Jesse V Johnson
Stars; Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor,
Valdimir Kulich, Marina Sirtis
The collection partnership of former gym owner French (Adkins) and ex B-Movie actor Sue (Mandylor) are united for a collection assignment that sees the boys heading to Las Vegas to do a job for their old boss Tommy (Kulich). Along the way they have to collect from three marks in 24 hours however nothing is quite what it seems. A battle of survival ensues, one that'll test the very fabric of French and Sue's friendship as they realise the man behind the assignment is vicious gangster Molly X (Ski Carr) and he has a personal score to settle with boss Tommy and the two collectors.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Hollywood icon John Travolta has proven throughout his career he can flick his performance switch to villainous in memorable bad guy roles including 'Pulp Fiction' 'Broken Arrow' 'Face Off' and 'The Punisher'. Now the dial is cranked up to 11 as Travolta goes into full on stalker creepy mode in the indie thriller 'The Fanatic' which gets a home entertainment release this year courtesy of Dazzler Media.
Monday, 18 May 2020
Everyone's favourite debt collectors are back calling in dues and falling foul of a vicious mobster in the action thriller 'Payback'. Initially billed as 'Debt collectors' it reunites from the first film its stars Scott Adkins ('Accident man' and 'Ip Man 4') and Louis Mandylor ('The Quest' and 'Martial Law') with director Jesse V Johnson. Originally billed as 'Debt Collector 2' and then 'Debt Collectors', the film sees debt enforcers French and Sue back miraculously in yet another action packed adventure.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Any film nerd worth their salt should know the name David Weiner a writer with a sterling reputation as a film journalist - a living almanac of film and entertainment knowledge, as well as an insightful film maker. His work has won him accolades and garnered respect from some of the biggest names in the industry.
Born in New York City David had always wanted to work in film inspired by his love of genre television and blockbuster cinema releases during the golden age of entertainment. Raised on a cinematic diet of spectacular blockbusters, including 'Star Wars' and independent films during the VHS era, David's dream never wavered and so after high school he enrolled at one the country's top film schools, Ithacha College of Film. David chose this school as it allowed him to start learning the practical side of film making early into the course, and was already producing short films in his freshman year. Like any aspiring auteur David's search took him to Hollywood where he worked on a strong of projects as a production assistant, 2nd unit director, and assistant director for both independent films and major studio productions.
Friday, 8 May 2020
Independent cinema is one of the businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 epidemic. Without patrons walking through the doors it's virtually impossible for these exhibitors to sustain themselves should the lockdown continue. Recognising this very real threat various purveyors of independent films are rallying financial support for the cinemas to stay afloat until they can open their doors safely to the public. The first is a crowdfunding effort by streaming service MUBI looking to raise money for a BFI run support fund, and the second is an initiative by UK film distributor Modern Films.