I got the honour to chat with this actor, director and author about his 70 years in the entertainment business. And of course, his iconic role as Cigarette Smoking Man in the X Files.
The theme this year is LA Apocalypse.
When? Fri June 4th – 6th June
Where? Huntington Beach California
Meet Alexandra Nakelski
Quirky, fun, sticks to her guns. Loves the ’80s and refuses to censor.
I had the absolute privilege of chatting with the owner and founder of the Zeitgeist Film Festival. She also is a Film Studies Professor at Peninsula College and a Film Professor at the University of New Mexico.
This lady has so much passion and we found out we have a lot in common when it comes to our opinions.
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About: Zeitgeist (The Spirit of The Age) film festival.
A year and a half in the making. 158 films from around the world hand-picked and curated in this special presentation. You won’t see any of this on streaming. Welcome to the first post-pandemic event. Others went virtual, we are going live…
The Zeitgeist Film Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that is here to make waves in the festival world! With ties all over the US and abroad, this festival stands to last the test of time or frankly even the Apocalypse! The Zeitgeist film festival will be making its debut and putting roots down in Orange County. We have brought some of the youngest, brightest, and most experienced minds together to build a festival that both cinema experts and aspiring videographers would be proud of. This festival promises to be a hit with old and young alike showing modern-day classics, Shorts, and Independent Features.
This year’s curation is a culmination of the last 5 years of my PhD research that I wanted to share with larger audiences and not just the few other scholars reading my work. In a term I coined: The “Auspicious Apocalypse” I look at the collective subconscious desire for the “end” in hopes to resurrect with something better, something new. Sometimes you have to burn it all to the ground to start over. Can we do this and maintain some semblance of humanity? Will it remind us the importance of community in doing so? Perhaps the fear of the Apocalypse is worse than the Apocalypse itself. Is it wrong to choose not to crawl into a fetal position paranoid for whatever is coming and instead face the music and feel more alive now than we ever have? – Alexandra Nakelski
Check out the list of amazing films and the directors, casts members and special guests who will be there to talk with you and answer your questions. An amazing opportunity to get up close to those you admire. Alexandra has made sure she has catered for all ages in this Filmfest.
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My second guest on today’s show is NYT bestselling author, Tosca Lee. I’ll be chatting with her about her latest release, First Born, the concluding part of the YA thriller series The Descendants Of The House of Bathory, collaborating with Ted Decker, and her somewhat controversial books about the biblical characters of Eve and Judas.
Join me and my guests, live, today Fri at 1pm EST.
So unfortunately, many of my favourite TV shows are on a break, so I need some suggestions on what to watch.
The list below are TV shows, that in my opinion, should have finished seasons ago.
Or I have tried and gave up very quickly.
Or I watched the first two seasons and then got bored.
So – if you can suggest a TV show that is not on this list. Please do 🙂
THE FLASH GOTHAM DROP DEAD DIVA DR WHO PENNY DREADFUL
DUSK TILL DAWN ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK DA VINCI’S DEMONS
NCIS ALL ORPHAN BLACK ELEMENTARY CSI ALL PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
LAW & ORDER BATES MOTEL GOODWIFE CRIMINAL MINDS OLYMPUS
RIPPER ST BITTEN GILRS SLEEPY HOLLOW ARROW ONCE UPON A TIME
WALKING DEAD ZNATION GRIM SLASHER SAVING HOPE AGENTS OF SHIELD
BIG BANG UNREAL BONES CHICAGO ALL SALEM TWO BROKE GIRLS
GREY’S ANATOMY JUSTIFIED THE LIBRARIANS ROSEWOOD
ATLANTIS THE ORIGINALS AMERICAN HORROR SCANDAL
Let’s go on a binge.
So, if you’re like me, you’re will hear or come across a show that looks interesting. I normally know after the pilot episode whether or not I’m going to like the program, and then I binge. Now I’m not referring to one or two shows a day. I have health issue that leave me at home, so I have a lot of time on my hands. Unless I’m writing, working for a client, or generally busy, I’m streaming my favourite TV shows. I will get into actual dramas in another post, but this one is about reality shows.
Haters hate and kickers kick, but don’t think I watch this show because I like them. They are a vain, conceited, spoiled, a mentally unstable family. But it’s bloody entertaining. I binge watched as early back as I could. I’m up to date now and don’t miss an episode. Leave a comment if you love or hate this show and why.
I just loved the sound of the title. I watched the USA version first and then the Canadian and then the UK (and that was a waste of my TV time.)
So for those of you that have never heard of this is show. It’s where the big wigs/top brass (unless they are too well known then they get their unders to take their place) go undercover in their own company, on the front lines. Yep, they get a make over/disguise and some are truly dreadful. Then they go cleaning sewage, dinner plates, collect the garbage, work as a shop assistant or a baker and get to see how tough the jobs are. And they get to see how amazing their workers are and how tough their lives are. Sometimes they get to hear the home truths about their own company and what the staff think about the corporate heads. It’s actually a very humbling show and you can tell, that if there was any set up, it wasn’t much. It’s truly realistic and makes me cry on every episode. The only thing the annoys me about this program is that they hand out thousands of dollars to these five works that the top dog worked with to help them with living expensive, debts and student loans and costs, but what about the other thousand workers they have. Everyone has a story, everyone has problems. Just seems a little unfair.
But I love the show and don’t miss the weekly episode. It took me around three weeks to watch from season one up until now.
Wow, from the first episode I knew this show was going to hook me. If you love special effects, monster movies, then you will enjoy this program. If you love entertaining reality shows, where the contestants are put through grueling tasks that test their talent, time management and strength both mentally and psychically, then you really have to watch this show. Contestants have but a few hours to do a foundation make up and they are unbelievable. In return they can win immunity from the spotlight challenge or get a pretty awesome prize. Then for the spotlight challenge they have to design a character from head to foot in only three days and one of them is for application. Each episode we say good bye to one of the talented make up artists, until three are left for the final. I have nothing negative to say about this show. It’s truly fascinating and entertaining at the same time.
There are ten seasons up till now and I have binge watched six of them and still loving it.
Leave a comment on your favourite reality show, as long as it doesn’t have the initials BB. And let me know if you watch any of the three I have mentioned.
SOA, for those of you that have been out of the loop, Sons of Anarchy, is a TV show on FX based on the thrilling life of a bad ass outlaw motorcycle club.
SAMCRO Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original lives and runs Charming a fictional town in the central Valley of Northern California, and the residents don’t seem to care (it’s all about tough love.)
The programme showcases some of the meanest talent on TV, and even the women are tough; well you’d have to be if you want to earn the title of LADY.
It’s not worth me going through a list of who’s who, as SOA is on its 5th season and season four left us with a change of power which most fans thought was well overdue.
Creator, writer, genius, Kurt Sutter’s original idea was to base the show on Shakespeare’s Hamlet… and we all know how that story ends.
Mr Sutter is not afraid to speak his mind as those that follow his tweets know. He also films regular video blogs called W.T.F Sutter, where he answers questions from his hard-core fans. Although he won’t admit it, he cares about what people think regarding the show.
And if you’re a die-hard fan or a newbie, feel free to join one of the many friendly Facebook fan pages.
Sons of Anarchy season 5 aired on September 11th, with a spectacular opening that will leave you gasping . Awesome. Kurt has done it again.
HUNTRESS Book two of the OUTLAW series.
Come and hang out with the Wolves one of the baddest MC in fiction,
Lost boys: A family moves to Santa Carlo home of the vampires. The eldest teenager, Michael, played by Jason Patrick catches the eye of Star, the only female member of a biker gang. Michael is warmly invited to join the gang, only after his initiation, he shows signs of becoming a Vampire. This doesn’t go unnoticed by his younger brother Sam, played by Cory Haim. Sam and his friends decided to enter the vampires den and kill the head vampire. The film is edgy, sexy and has great music throughout. Also stars Kiether Sutherland, Corey Fieldman and Dianne West
Lost boys the tribe: Sexy, edgy and dark. Reminiscent of the original Lost Boys but without the seduction of Jason Patrick and Keither Sutherland. Don’t expect any surprises in this film. The plot is straight forward and viewers will know the outcome even before the movie ends.
The soundtrack sucks (excuse the pun) and cannot compare to the original Lost Boys. Cry little Sister is vamped up, and it’s cool to hear the memorable song again. Also. there are many pieces of dialogue that was used in the first film. Fans of Lost Boys will be disappointed. It’s a cool film but can’t compare to the original classic.
Covenant, film about sexy, young warlocks with untold power. Similar to Lost boys. Staring Toby Hemingway, Sebastian Stan, Taylor Kitsh, Chace Crawford and Kyle Schmid.
Dangerous Minds staring Michelle Pfeiffer as a high school teacher in an inner city school. She’s attempts to protect her students who want to learn, from gang members that are forced to attend school. The theme song to the film is the renowned Gangsters Paradise written by Stevie Wonder and performed by Coolio.
Outsiders: Based on the famous book by S.E.Hinton. Outsiders is a story about two gangs the Greasers and the Socialist. The Greasers are thugs and violence is an everyday part of their lives. But as you watch the film you’ll begin to respect and even relate to the characters. Two young Greasers are caught in a vicious fight and one Socialist is killed. The teenagers go on the run but it ends in tragedy. Staring the brat pack. Emilio Esteves, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Ralph Macchio, C.Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon.
Rumble fish. Another film based on S.E.Hinton’s novel of the same name. Rusty played by Matt Dillon, has a hard time living up to his older brother’s rep, The Motorcycle Boy, played by Mickey Rourke. Also stars Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Chris Penn and Dennis Hopper.
Domino staring Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. After growing up in a boarding school, Domino becomes a rebellious model and gets kicked out of uni for fighting. She then trains as a bounty hunter. Domino is sexy, tough and pissed off with the world. also stars, Christopher Walken, Mena Survari, Lucy Liu and Edgar Ramirez.
Young Guns 1&2. Based on the true story of Billy the Kid and his gag of outlaws. Staring Emillio Esteves, Charlie Sheen, Keither Sutherland, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Step Up is about Tyler, a teenager played by Channing Tatum, who lives in a foster home in a deprived community. Theft and violence is part of his life. He lives for music and dancing. After being caught breaking in to a school for art, he’s sentenced to do community service within the school. He meets up with Nora Clark, played by Jenna Dewan and becomes her dance partner for the end of year showcase. He has to make a decision between the loyally of his friends or a chance for a better life.
Step up 2 The Streets
Is about a teenage girl who is part of a dance crew who call themselves the 410. They are the favored crew around their area and being part of the gang involves dedication and time. Andie, played by Briana Euigan, lives with her aunt but after an incident where the crew are filmed causing a public disturbance and vandalize a tube train, her aunt tells her she has to leave. Tyler, played by Channing Tatum, from Step Up, gets Andie an audition with a school of arts. But Andie can’t give her effort to both projects and one has to give. She meets talented dancers within the school who have been isolated and forgotten. Andie starts up a new crew. They then compete against the 410 in the infamous street dance off. Also stars Robert Hoffman.
The Wild One, staring Marlon Brando. The film that started it all.
Causing controversy, it was banned from being played in the UK.
Brando is the leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club; unwanted and feared wherever they go. Lee Marvin plays the leader of a rival gang. The clubs battle it out for the right of power and status.
Two bikers go on a road trip only to be faced with bigotry from the town residents. Expect 60’s flower power mixed with with bikers, drugs and murder. Staring Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper.
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There are hundreds of movies I could add to this list, so let me know if I’ve missed your favourite.
- Rumble Fish (superradnow.wordpress.com)
- Before They Were Stars, They Were Greasers (ldsconvertblog.com)
- ‘The Outsiders’ is being released as an e-book (tbo.com)
- You never forget your first vampire (worldweaverpress.com)
It was after reading The Outsiders that I came up with the my first novel, In Times of Violence book one of the OUTLAW series.