Saturday, May 28, 2016
Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
FOCUS is written and directed by Gleen Ficarra and John Requa and Produced by Denise Di Novi. I had wanted to see this film since seeing the trailers way back. I felt this was a very entertaining film filled with this incredible air of sensuality and sexuality due to the chemistry brought by Will Smith and Margot Robbie. To my memory there hasn’t been recently a couple that has fired up the screen like that in awhile. Outside of that the story was rather tight getting to see the underside of a con mans life was interesting, but very glossy and shiny making it look almost glamorous. That is cool, yet I would have loved to seen something a little more gritty, true to life. Overall I felt FOCUS was entertaining so I give it 3 stars.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Welcome, here is a fun piece that I worked up for a contest I entered online. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database).
HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT is Directed by Ben and Joshua Safdie and written by Ronald Bronstein and Joshua Safdie, produced by Sebastian Bear McClard and Oscar Boyson. Oddly this is the most interesting film I had seen in awhile. I would also have to say that I’ve always been fascinated by the lifestyle of those who live on the street, especially the youth and more specifically young females. I think to myself going without having a blessing like a place to live gets taken for granted sometimes, but not to have a place to call home I wonder how that effects their lives? And not that I would want to try it out or anything, but that living like that would seem to be so hard. HEAVEN KNOWS NOT takes this look in a gritty real life manner as we follow our character Harley in what seems like a span of a few days. Watching this film I never knew what to expect making me feel like there was danger around every corner adding tension to the most serine moments. The film was shot in a way that was intimate with the characters with full screen close ups and in making the camera a character itself by its positioning. This is in no way a redemptive story, which I was hoping to see, but in a way it depicts enough of that lifestyle that it helped me understand the life of living on the street more, but with no real reason to why someone would if they didn’t have to. As for HEAVEN KNOWS NOT it gets 4 stars.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Welcome, here is a still from a short film I wrote and co-directed some years back. Can't wait to be back shooting some of the new stuff in the works. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of Hip-Hop <> Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere in-between. Supported by rich archival materials and in depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution of a way of life--and the outsiders who studied and admired them--Fresh Dressed goes to the core of where style was born on the black and brown side of town. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database).
FRESH DRESSED is Directed and written by Sacha Jenkins and produced by Peter Bittenbender and Marcus A. Clarke. I really enjoyed this documentary type film. Having grown up within the era of a great deal of the happenings of the film. I can even take it a step further as learning from the people making moves at that time and starting my own clothing line. I know the need to be fresh dressed. I liked how they treated the history and held interviews with some of the more people of that day. I really appreciated the examination and explanation of the movement of people in the industry and why so many clothing lines failed to make a profit. I would suggest this film to anyone looking to enter the clothing industry. For all of those reasons I give FRESH DRESSED 4 ½ stars.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna), shows up with his new fiancé, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal). Written by Production (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
CASA DI MI PADRE is Directed by Matt Piedmont, written by Andrew Steele, Produced by Emilio Diez Barroso, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Darlene Caamano Loquet, Adam McKay, and Kevin J. Messick. Not understanding that this film would be entirely shot in Spanish I watched without subtitles. I can’t truly say what the entirety of the film is about, yet the film still had some funny moments that I could understand. Also seeing Will Ferrell deliver his lines in Spanish was funny to me as well. Grasping very little of the dialogue I was forced to pay close attention to how lines were delivered and the dramatic action, which tipped me off to what was going on. Shot in an old Hollywood style with large scenes shot on a sound stage I wondered whether the film was made to be a comedy or not. I saw it as a bit of both comedy and action with a forbidden love story wrapped up in the middle. Of course not knowing what they were saying took a lot from my understanding of this film, but for the overall impression of CASA DI MI PADRE it was entertaining enough for me to give it 3 stars.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Welcome to another Able Abe Studios Art Share. This is a snippet from one of our True Confession video #4 watch here. Enjoy! and HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO