Upcoming Release – A Dog Named Gucci

“A Dog Named Gucci” Release (DVD and Digital on April 19th)
To Coincide With the Release Of the Song “One Voice,” 
the Closing Credits Track Featuring Various Musicians (Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Neko Case, Queen’s Brian May, and more)
All Lending Their Talents In The Crusade To Stop Animal Abuse
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From burn victim to rock star, the story of one dog who changed
a law and proved justice is a dog’s best friend.

Director Gorman Bechard, whose documentary, “Color Me Obsessed, A Film About The Replacements,” was named one of “The Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year” by Rolling Stone, takes on a rock star of a different sort with “A Dog Named Gucci,” a feature-length documentary examining animal abuse laws in the United States.

The film will be released on DVD and digital platforms on April 19th, just days after the Record Store Day release of the film’s closing credits song One Voice. The film’s anthem song features Norah Jones, Aimee Mann,Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, and Queen’s Brian May all lending their talents.One Voice will also be released on digital platforms. Profits from the sales of the song will go to support animal charities around the country.

“A Dog Named Gucci” is a timely and poignant documentary about a 10-week old puppy who was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. Hearing the puppy’s cries, college professor Doug James ran to help. After chasing away the abusers, and at the request of Gucci’s young runaway owner, Doug took the puppy in as his own. Thus began a 16-year odyssey of love, devotion, and perseverance. Together with legislators, Doug and Gucci worked to create what became known as the “Gucci Bill,” changing Alabama law, and making domestic animal abuse a felony.

“Instead of assaulting the viewer with images of abused animals, we chose to tell what is ultimately a positive and uplifting story of one victim who went on to become a hero,” explains Bechard, who was recently named the recipient of this year’s Media Excellence Award from the ASPCA for his work on this film. “This is a triumphant tale. Gucci might begin his life as Blackfish, but he’s a fighter, and in the end he becomes Rocky.”

The film also spotlights three other dogs who, with their owners, have made an incredible impact on the laws protecting animals. These include Louis Vuitton, from Montgomery, Alabama, the first dog to test the Gucci Law; Susie from North Carolina, who has a felony abuse law named in her honor and was the 2015 American Humane Association’s Hero Dog of the Year; and Nitro from Queens, New York whose ultimate sacrifice in an Ohio kennel led to the state’s first felony animal abuse laws.

The completely crowd-funded film has an extensive social media presence with 68,000 Facebook fans, and tons of followers on Twitter and KickStarter. There have been numerous sold out regional screenings leading to wildly enthusiastic user reviews on IMDb.
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White Crack Bastard (2013)

wcbDirector: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: Lisa Vachon (Screenplay)

Starring: Rhett Benz, Taja V Simpson, Edmond Chapple, Walter Mendoza, Alexis Dickey, Charley Knapp, Alibe Sledge

 

Plot: A privileged white man uses the ghetto, sex addiction, and crack cocaine to live up to his full potential and have the life he’s always dreamed of

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Crack Filled Redemption

 

Story: White Crack Bastard starts as we meet Luke Anderson (Benz) who describes his love for crack, the effects it has on him and why he continues to take it. Luke hangs out in the ghetto with Gina (Simpson) and Chubbo (Chapple) who help him get his fix however much he finds it difficult to live with them. He also lives a double life as a respected photographer helping aspiring actors.

When Luke gets involved with one of the aspiring actress Heather (Dickey) he has to accept that he is an addict leaving him facing a reality about his future.

White Crack Bastard is a film that does show the side effects of taking drugs in the right way which is great thing to see especially from my own dislike towards the drug filed world. We get to follow one man who doesn’t even need to be stuck in the drug world getting his chance to make it out but it is his choice. We get a mix of character who have different reasons to be inside the drug world who all have different reactions to their drug experiences. This is a good realistic look at how drugs will have a negative effect on people that use them too much.

 

Actor Review

 

Rhett Benz: Luke Anderson is the White Crack Bastard that spends his time smoking crack in the ghetto while struggling to keep his career job going. He comes to the crossroads in his life where he has to deal with an idea of quitting the drugs to continue making money or just stay on his drugs resorting to new lows each time. Rhett gives us a good performance in this leading role.

Taja V Simpson: Gina is one of the people that Luke spends time with when he wants to have a fix, she hosts the drug filled sessions for Luke and Chubbo. Taja is good in this supporting role.

Edmond Chapple: Chubbo is the other person Luke spends his time smoking crack with, he almost seems to push Luke into being the one to spend the money. Edmond is good in the supporting role without being a major part of the main story.

Alexis Dickey: Heather is the aspiring actress who has come to town, turning to Luke for a photoshoot they end up in a relationship where Luke’s drug addiction gets the upper hand over the two. Heather has to try and convince Luke to give up the drugs to become a better person. Alexis good in this role as the only well-meaning character in the film.

Support Cast: White Crack Bastard has a supporting cast that includes a range of different people involved in the drug filled world.

Director Review: James Cullen BressackJames does give us a film that shows the side effects of the drug world.

 

Drama: White Crack Bastard does show us one man’s journey through the drug world as we watch to see if he makes it out the otherwise.

Settings: White Crack Bastard use the Ghetto as the setting which shows us just where Luke ends up.

Suggestion: White Crack Bastard is one to try, it does have a good look at how drugs effect people. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Gritty locations all feel real.

Worst Part: Drug usage is sometimes over used.

 

Believability: Could easily happen to people involved with drugs.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

Overall: Realistic look at how drugs can bring anybody’s life down.

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Top 5 Favourite Elijah Wood Roles

Elijah Wood is an actor that started at a very young age with his first film role a ‘Video Game Boy’ in Back to the Future Part II in 1989, Elijah continued to shine as a child actor with memorable roles in Flipper, Radio Flyer and The Ice Storm showing he can work in all genres. Elijah faultless made the transition from child star with great teenager roles in the late 90s before getting the ultimate role as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and more forgettable Hobbit films). Elijah did suffer from being typecast and went out of his way to take more risqué roles to break that with Green Street looking at football hooliganism and the dark graphic novel Sin City. Elijah does seem to have dropped out of the main limelight in recent years but does have a following because of the horror films he has been appearing in including the original if not great ‘Open Windows’. Today I am going to be looking over Elijah’s career and picking my five favourite roles.

5. Leo Biederman – Deep Impact (1998)leo

Leo is the student that discovers the asteroid on a collision course with Earth. He is the given a place in the safety bunkers but can he bring he love, this shows the human side to the impending disaster coming to Earth. This was a blockbuster that went head to head with Armageddon in the box office.

4. Frank – Maniac (2012)frank

Frank is the leading character that wants to kill woman to make the perfect woman. When he meets a new love interest he has to fight his murderous urges which could see his world come crashing down. This is a remake that proves you can remake a film the right way and that Elijah isn’t afraid to take a role where we barely see his character even with him in a leading role.

3. Casey Connor – The Faculty (1998)conor

Casey is one of the students in the high school that is getting infected by an alien race. Casey comes off as the geeky character compared to the slick cool Zeke (Josh Harnett) but the group of students work together to fight back. This was one of the best sci-fi films of the 90s that gave a number of more established stars their early roles in a bigger film.

2. 9 – 9 (2009)9

9 is one the leading character in this dark animated film who is a rag doll that is searching for the key to save the human race. I am a huge fan of this film and love the premise and Elijah giving his voice to the leading character works perfectly.

1.       Kevin – Sin City (2005)kevin

Kevin is a silent hitman that can kill a victim before you even know he is in the room. This is completely different character compared to Frodo showing just how versatile he really is as an actor.

2015 Awards – Best Scene

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Scene of 2015, these are my favourite scenes of the year which are mostly the ones I had the most fun watching.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Escape Scene + Reunion – Room – After young Jack escapes and see the world for the first time he must complete the task to get his mother out and this is such a tense scene where you just don’t know what will happen if they get caught.

·         It’s Just Me – It Follows – When our lead gets a visit from the ‘It’ following her she believes she is safe with her friends in a room until a knock on the door and it is just a friend until the door is open and a giant man runs through the door giving us pure terror from a moment of calm.

·         Bear Battle – The Revenant – This is the scene with the bear attacking Hugh Glass that is simply the most brutal scene in film this year.

·         Church Scene – Kingsman – This church scene sees out good guy turned into a killing machine where he takes out the whole room before gaining control again.


·         Final Chase – Mad Max Fury Road – In a film that has amazing scenes throughout the final chase is just the breath taking scene with nearly all practical effects come off brilliant.

My favourite

·         Goodbye Brian – Furious 7 – Call me whatever you want but this scene was always going to be difficult for the fans to watch and it is handled perfectly to give the much loved character a send-off that bought a tear to our eyes.