12 Mighty Orphans is a new sports-drama epic from director Ty Roberts which is released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics and stars Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker and Robert Duvall.
Review by Paul Grammatico
Many people in the entertainment industry get dragged on various social media channels. Being an almost unknown entity in this realm, I wouldn’t know what it would mean to be a target of such malice nor would I want to as I have been either a witness or an accidental bystander of such bashing on these platforms. I think that the worse verbal beating would be standing on a stage in front of an audience. Many stand-up comedians have been heckled by audience members during their acts. Most comedians, being experts in their craft of verbal stylings, can brush aside most instigators, but there are times where their retorts can go too far and end a career (channeling Michael Richards). Being a comic can be a brutal and fleeting business.Continue reading
Review by Ian McArdell
Mars 2, the latest Star Cops audio release, concludes the current storyline for the International Space Police Force. Based on Chris Boucher’s short-lived 1987 television series, this audio drama stars David Calder as Commander Nathan Spring, a canny copper determined to build a presence for law and order in orbit.
From director Paul Hyett and writer Dan Schaffer comes the new psychological thriller/horror ‘Peripheral‘. The film had it’s UK premiere as part of the FrightFest halloween event in 2018 and stars Hannah Arterton, Elliot James Langridge, Rosie Day & Jenny Seagrove. The film is now set to be released digitally in the UK on August 3, 2020; courtesy of Blue Finch Films.
Madness in the Method is the directorial Debut from Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot) who also stars in the film as an exagerated, ‘alternate universe’ version of himself. The film was produced by Dominic Burns (Allies) who also wrote the script (with Chris Anastasi) with Jason in mind.
Legendary stoner actor Jason Mewes is tired of Hollywood’s perception of him. So upon advice from his best friend Kevin Smith, Jason seeks out a highly secretive, powerful method-acting book, determined to reinvent himself as a serious actor and take revenge upon those who have kept him on the margins. Hollywood better get ready… Jason Mewes is about to show you his dark side!
A few years ago you may never have heard of Parkland or Emma Gonzalez. This changed forever on Valentines Day (February 14th) 2018, when a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others. Witnesses identified the gunman as a 19-year-old former student at the school and the incident made headlines around the world. But perhaps, we still remember this incident in particular amongst a sad toll of similar incidents before and since thanks to the undeniably incredible political activism it has led to; led mostly by the surviving students and most notably student activist Emma Gonzalez who was instrumental in organising the March For Our Lives movement.
Review by Michael Goleniewski
In the midst of his self-imposed exile in Victorian London during “The Snowmen”, the Eleventh Doctor decides to ‘investigate’ a spike in levels of artron energy coming from a mortuary nearby. He soon encounters a man with greying hair who claims to be him trapped and channeling regenerative energy into the dead bodies in the room around him. The Twelfth Doctor has been drawn into a nasty and rather terrifying deathtrap with his entire future at stake and it’s going to take the help of his previous self to save the day…..if the two can find a way to get along that is……
Review by Jacob Licklider
There really is something special about the way character drama can be done with a two-hander. Writing a story with only two speaking roles means that the author has to get really close with who these people are and what their relationship is; often times testing what their relationship and interactions mean. It’s odd then that in promoting Torchwood: Iceberg, Big Finish Productions don’t really mention this is ‘that’ type of story, instead implying that it’s going to be an examination of the character of Owen Harper, who died and was resurrected via alien technology in Series 2.
Review by Michael Goleniewski
Poison of the Daleks by Guy Adams –
UNIT has been employed to handle security concerns at a new air filtration center that promises to help rid the planet of atmospheric pollution forever. The Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Sergeant Benton arrive to lend their expertise (and hopefully their endorsement) as necessary despite the Doctor’s personal suspicions and the somewhat rude comments of the leading professor on the project. But something strange is going on behind the scenes hinted at when a strange battered man suddenly appears out of nowhere asking for help before dying right in front of them. It’s not long before the UNIT family discover a dark connection to a whole other planet filled with killer plants, oddly familiar robot men, and occupied by an old foe lurking in the shadows waiting to strike…..
Review by Jacob Licklider
Let’s all be honest, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many industries, including the arts and avenues of entertainment, to grind to a halt; whilst there is plenty of misinformation about the
pandemic itself around. With television and film delays and potential cancellations, you would think that a small company like Big Finish Productions wouldn’t be able to keep up, but because they are small they’re able to keep going and find creative workarounds through the quarantines. Shadow of the Sun is the second release to come because of the pandemic and the first to feature a full cast. Continue reading