Flash GordonThe classic sci-fi and fantasy space opera Flash Gordon is part of COMET TV’s Friday Night Features and will be airing for free on December 30, 2016 at 8pm with an encore presentation on New Years Eve.

The 1980 flick is based on the comic strip from the 30s and features Sam J. Jones as the title character with original music and a score from Queen. If you have not seen the pulp favorite, check it out for free on COMET TV either on the station or online.

Other films that the networks spotlights and will be airing for free in December include Squirm, Portrait of an Escort, New Year’s Evil, Frogs, Donovan’s Brain, and Beyond the Door III. The network also features TV shows such as Dead Like Me, Jeremiah, The Outer Limits, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Posted on December 26th, 2016 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Assassin's Creed Movie

Film Spotlight: Assassin’s Creed
Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael K Williams, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.
Plot: The Assassin’s Creed movie follows a character by the name of Callum Lynch who, through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, is able to experience the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Thoughts: Let me start off by saying I am a HUGE fan of the Assassin’s Creed games. Lately they have sort of regressed with the move to next gen; Unity had to deal with some bad pre-release buzz due to a graphics glitch. Syndicate was a bit disjointed in its missions and gameplay. I enjoyed both but they never came close to how good Black Flag was. Fans of the game have long thought that the series is probably more suited than any other video game to be adapted into a film. The view of videos games not getting great adaptions might be broken with Assassin’s Creed. First of all Ubisoft who make the game set up their own production company to make sure they get the film right. Secondly they have gathered some great talent in the casting and hiring of the director and finally and perhaps most crucial is they decided not to adapt any of the games, instead they have gone for an original story but it is still set in the same universe as the games. That is something which I thought Warcraft got wrong this year, adapting a story from the games instead of creating one.

Now there is still a chance that it might not work but from the trailers that have been released the footage looks very promising. They have captured the essence of the games from the parkour running, the combat and that final shot from the trailer of the iconic leap of faith. Even the modern day sequences of Fassbender’s Callum Lynch inside an Abstergo facility. The redesigned Animus which is the tool that allows the present day Lynch to access his genetic memory of his ancestors looks pretty bad ass. I expect there will be some cool little mentions and Easter eggs in reference to games. I am pretty hopeful this will break the trend of bad video game movies and hope it will kick start a new era in video game movies.

Assassin’s Creed is out December 21st, 2016.


We were thrilled to chat with director Jeff Orgill about his independent film, Boppin’ at the Glue Factory.

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Who?
Boppin’ at the Glue Factory, directed by Jeff Orgill, is a satire which incorporates a variety of likeable characters spearheaded by the very talented Henry Dittman and Conrad Roberts. Ditman plays Eric Labudde, an addicted nurse who can get away with anything, and Roberts plays jazz man Tharin Sanders. Together they form an unlikely partnership all in the name of getting high.

This is lead actor Henry Dittman’s first leading role in a feature length motion picture. Conrad Roberts, as jazzman Tharin Sanders, has memorable roles in Mosquito Coast as Mr. Haddy and in Serpent and the Rainbow as Christophe. Mews Small’s, as Mary LeDoux, most recognizable role was as Candy, Jack Nicholson’s partying girlfriend in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest who deflowers Billy Bibbit.

The story is by Jeff Orgill and Hector Maldonado, with the screenplay by Jeff Orgill and B. Scott O’Malley (of Bleak Future fame). The film is being distributed by Indie Rights (Online) and Passion River Films (DVD).

Boppin At The Glue Factory

What?
Desperate for a place to live and for his next fix, drug-addled nurse Eric LaBudde (Henry Dittman) lands a job in a ramshackle convalescent home, where he develops a mutually enabling relationship with jazz saxophone-playing resident Tharin Sanders (Conrad Roberts). As Eric charms his way into the home’s drug cabinet, he inadvertently brings some light to the retirees’ grim lives.

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Where?
Boppin’ at The Glue Factory takes place in St. Joseph’s Convalescent Home – a grim geriatric care facility. The shooting location was in Norwalk, California at the Metropolitan State Hospital at a decommissioned building that had also been featured in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

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When? 
Boppin’ at The Glue Factory finished post-production in 2009 and after an award-winning festival run was released through Prescreen.com, Passion River Films and Indie Rights for online distribution.

Boppin At The Glue Factory

Why?
When director Jeff Orgill discovered his video camera was missing and had been pawned by his junkie friend and roommate he was inspired to explore the relationship between addiction, friendship and co-dependency. Orgill fathomed issues about complicity, enabling behavior, trust and betrayal as he grappled with the personal horror of finding your best friend was not who he appeared to be. By transposing his personal predicament to the world of health care in an old age facility, Orgill was able to get some needed distance from this painful personal story, working in a more social and satirical commentary about a bleak American institution – the “old folks home” AKA “the glue factory.”

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How?
Boppin’ at The Glue Factory is available on VOD and DVD.

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LegendLegend
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Studio: Universal
Director: Brian Helgeland (42, A Knight’s Tale)
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, and Taron Egerton.
Plot: From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance.

Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins. (Official Facebook Page)

Thoughts: What is better than Tom Hardy? Two Tom Hardy’s- In duel roles that already earned him a British Independent Film Award and have many thinking he’ll get an Oscar nom. As mentioned above, he takes on the roles of the Krey twins, infamous London gangsters. The trailer was intriguing, but honestly, I just want to see Legend to see how Hardy juggles the roles. It is always interesting to see how directors and actors handle having one person in two leading roles.

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Bread CrumbsNothing is better than a slasher twist on a fairy tale, even more so when you add porn stars, a cabin in the woods, creepy children, and over the top gory fun! That is exactly what I hope that Bread Crumbs has. Either way it is available to watch online for free via Snag Films (my recent one stop go to for watching movies online!).

Official Description: We all live in a house of candy in this Hansel and Gretel-inspired slasher fairy tale. Once upon a time, aging porn star Angie Hart reluctantly agreed to make one final film at an enchanting old cabin deep in a forest.

While on location, the cast and crew encounter Henry and Patti—two strange siblings who seem to live in the woods. A vicious attack during an evening shoot sends Angie and the rest of the crew into a frightened frenzy. They lock themselves into the secluded cabin, trapped by an unseen assailant. Could these two mysterious children somehow be responsible?

And when handsome leading man Billy takes Patti hostage to gain leverage against the killer, it proves to be the ultimate mistake…. Eat the candy, if you dare!

Bread Crumbs was directed by Mike Nichols, the producer of His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, and stars Marianne Hagan (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), Steve Carey, Dan Shaked, Jim J Barnes, Zoe Sloane, and Shira Weitz. Click here to watch the movie for free!

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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We are thrilled to present the second indie film in our new column The 5Ws and How: I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick. We spoke to J Hanna, the writer/director of the lighthearted superhero drama.

I was a Teenaged Superhero Sidekick

Who?
Directed by J Hanna, I was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick is the story of an ex-sidekick finding his way in the world, post superhero life. Produced by Kathy McCurdy, who made this movie a reality… more on that later. Our cast of characters is as diverse as the actors are. Barrett Mitchell plays Kid Dynamic, aka Larry, the ex-sidekick of the title who has to find his way in the world and find out what makes Larry LARRY. Andre Antwan plays The Frog King, the top-of-his-game superhero whose villain girlfriend, Croc Queen, played by Nicol Razon, breaks his heart and sends him down a spiral of pain and sadness. Milena Mortati plays the shrink trying to help Larry navigate his life. Emily Sandifer is Susie, Larry’s current love interest and the leader of an anti-superheros organization. Bill Ferris and Eryn Joslyn round out the cast as Dynamic Man and Electric Maiden, the people from Larry’s past who drove him out of the business.

We have an incredible group of people behind the camera as well. Hasbro toy designer Vanessa Fung did our poster and flashback comic book-style motion graphic sequences. And the talented composer of My Little Pony, Kelly Davidson, created our fabulous score.

What?
Kid Dynamic, sidekick to Dynamic Man, quits the whole superhero racket and struggles with the transition… and with finding himself. His hippy-dippy headshrinker, who insists on outdoor yoga classes during psychoanalysis, helps him find the courage to go for the simpler life he yearns for. What he comes to understand is that life isn’t so simple, with or without the cape.

Basically the story is about finding out what makes you you and how you can come to see that. Seeing the truth in one’s self is a huge theme of the movie.

Where?
This movie takes place in a side reality to our reality. It is a world extremely similar to ours except, Superheroes/Villains/Powered People exist. Everything in this reality factors that in. From product branding, insurance, government employees… everything is affected by the powered entities. Also, LA…. it’s LA. Diverse, fun, sunny, and chock full of an eclectic mix of people, powered or not.

Behind the Scenes I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick

When?
It was made in 2013-2014 by a very dedicated, incredibly talented group of people. It is currently in the festival circuit, having screened at 13 festivals so far, winning awards for Best Comedy at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Best Fantasy Feature at the Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival. We’ve screened at a wide range of festivals/geek cons reaching a diverse group of people. The feedback has been incredible.

Why?
I was on the hunt for my next creative outlet. I was going to do a short film but my producing partner kicked me in the butt and said, “make a feature… now!” So I wrote TSHSK and she and I developed it into the fighting-fit script it became. She and I (mostly she) then recruited the talented folks who helped make the piece that it is.

In the movie itself, the characters are motivated by a need to know themselves. It might sound corny, but everyone is on the hunt, whether they know it or not, to understand their place in the world. The characters stumble and grow and learn something. In the unlikeliest of places sometimes.

How?
Find us on Facebook! Currently we are still festival-ing. We are also on the hunt for the right kind of distribution. So, go to the Facebook page and find out where you can see us next. Know of a festival in your area? DEMAND they screen I was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick and send them our way.

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The MartianThe Martian
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator)
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Naomi SCott, and Mackenxiee Davis.
Plot: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.

With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. (Official Facebook Page)

Thoughts: Based on the witty, fast paced, and “super science-y” novel by Andy Weir, I am very excited to check out The Marian. I can’t wait to see how the science is presented in the movie. The novel was very well researched and goes into great detail with the scientific processes that are presented. The casting is fantastic. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Matt Damon as the wisecracking Watney. The script was penned by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin in the Woods), and directed by the legendary Ridley Scott.

Check out these Matt Damon movies…

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by admin | Leave a Comment
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