Jennifer Ambrose and Kevin Makely of Badland!

inside_badland Producer Jennifer Ambrose and producer and lead Kevin Makely of the new Netflix hit western “Badland”! Working with  film legends Wes Studi, Bruce Dern, Mira Sorvino, music legend Trace Adkins, horror icons Amanda Wyss & Tony Todd, the Western genre, Jeff Fahey as the classic villain, making independent films, the quarantine and more!

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Film Review : Shooting Heroin

One can’t deny the well-meaning premise behind director Spencer T. Folmar’s opioid crisis drama SHOOTING HEROIN. It is clearly a topic that is under-exposed in the current cinematic zeitgeist, but the film’s lack of nuance undermines what might have been a story that could shine a light on this devastating epidemic.

The film follows a returning war hero, (played with admirable restraint and sensitivity by Alan Powell) who is dropped smack in the middle of an entirely different battle zone, one that takes the life of his beloved sister and risks destroying his entire community. He is compelled to take drastic action, with potentially devastating consequences. His performance is the one that keeps the film from falling into an overly melodramatic pit of pedestrian sermonics and vigilante action tropes.

The cast includes the always welcome presences of the awesome Sherilyn Fenn and Cathy Moriarty, but even their noble attempts to rein in their characters are to no avail. Fenn, in particular, is given a character that often risks drowning in over the top Mommy Dearest level histrionics. Unfortunately, it is these types of overcooked stock characterizations, along with the often intrusive musical scoring, that results in the film falling short of delivering its vital message.

But one can’t deny there is an admirable passion here, and the film’s elegant lensing from veteran cinematographer John Honore gives the film a slick, top notch look. However, for all of its importance, SHOOTING HEROIN comes off as well meaning, but often heavy-handed.

by Ry Levey

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Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters!

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Anita Pointer of “The Pointer Sisters” joined the show to talk about her new book “Fairytale : The Pointer Sisters’ Family Story”. Anita told stories about Sesame Street, The Carol Burnett Show, genres of music, being the first black females on The Grand Ole Opry,  entertaining the troops with Bob Hope during the Gulf War, the rise of MTV,  early days signing contracts and more!
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Burt Ward “Robin” of the classic “Batman” series!

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Burt Ward “Robin” of the classic “Batman” series joined the show! We talked about the classic series, Adam West, Burgess Meredith, Julie Newmar, Vincent Price“Crisis on Infinite Earth”, his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the “2 Face” rumor with Clint Eastwood, the Batusi, Frank Gorshin & John Astin, Conan O’Brien and so much more including his dog food and dog rescuing!
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James Le Gros

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James Le Gros of “Drugstore Cowboy”, “Justified” and more talked about his new film “Phoenix, Oregon”! James also talked about working with Jesse Borrego, Diedrich Bader, his favorite books, podcasts, independent films and more!

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Semi Chellas

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Semi Chellas talks her award winning script writing and producing career in and her feature directorial debut “American Woman”! Working on series “Mad Men”, “The Romanoffs”, “Snowpiercer”. Directing shorts and now her feature. The original novel by Susan Choi  and how it is topical in today’s political world. Casting Hong Chau as the lead. The festival scene and more!

American Woman : “Inspired by the headline-dominating kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst in 1974, this atmospheric drama is a fictionalized re-imagining of her time in hiding, from the perspective of Jenny, a political activist assigned to take care of her.” – IMDB

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Diedrich Bader

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Diedrich Bader of “Office Space”, “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, “The Drew Carey Show”, the voice of Batman on “Harley Quinn”, Trap Jaw on the upcoming “Masters of the Universe” by Kevin Smith and so much more including his new film “Phoenix Oregon”!

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Camille Hollett-French

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Camille Hollett-French filmmaker and actor of the new short anthology “Her Story : Told In 3 Parts” covering writing, directing and starring in her films. Telling stories involving the shame of sexual assault. The aftermath of abuse. Balancing mental health with creativity. Festivals and more!

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