CLEARWATER - Inspiration Films in collaboration with N-Take are currently producing a professional independent film in the Tampa Bay area.
The team of Rod Grant, producer/writer, and Nicholas "Nick” Naylor, director, co-wrote and released “Pawn Z” and “Mr. Engagement” that have gained international distribution. Their vision to leverage the talent, economic benefits and great locations is coming to life with the film called “Illusions” that began production in July 2014 and is scheduled for release early 2015.
"I am really excited about this film and bringing it to audiences, I think it’s going to be a great experience,” said Grant in a press release. “It’s a throwback to the thrillers of the ’70s when films were more scary rather than gory.”
Grant is a long-time resident enjoying being a part of the growing success in Florida film industry. He is very experienced in financial management that maximizes budget, timelines and talent in independent films.
Yes, this is going to be yet another review singing the praises of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy." To summarize: It's an awesome movie. Go see it.
Of course, things could have gone quite differently.
Instead of raking in at least $94 million domestically - and around $160 million internationally - during its opening weekend, "Guardians of the Galaxy" could have fallen short of expectations. It could have been the first genuine dud from the blockbuster factory that Marvel Studios has become in recent years. It could have been a flop.
CLEARWATER - Movie night at the Capitol Theatre is back - and the venue has put together a classic lineup of films for cinema lovers.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 2, the '70s Movie Series will serve up double features at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $7 - for both movies - and are now on sale. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Sometimes, it's difficult to recommend a movie that - by design - is viciously disheartening and disturbing.
"Aftermath," a brutal end-of-the-world thriller directed by Peter Engert, is such a film: It's bleak, depressing and discouraging - but as a poignant elegy for post-apocalyptic civilization, it is powerfully effective.
ST. PETERSBURG - The second annual Cult Classics Summer Movie Series is underway at the Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg.
This year's series kicked off June 17 with a screening of the 1984 hit "Ghostbusters," starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson.
Movies are shown on the patio of the museum's Avant-garden. The series will continue through September. Doors open at 7 p.m. and movies begin at sunset. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public. A cash bar is available along with food trucks and games. Pets, coolers, outside food and beverages are not permitted. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair.
The remainder of Dali's 2014 Summer Cult Classics Movie Series lineup is as follows:
CLEARWATER - “Dolphin Tale 2,” the follow up movie to the successful 2011 Warner Bros film “Dolphin Tale” outlining Winter’s journey and recovery, will hit theaters Sept. 12.
Warner Bros. recently announced that the release date has been moved up one week from the previously announced date of Sept. 19.
According to a press release from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the true story of Winter the dolphin whose miraculous rescue and recovery, thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail, made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world. The film tells another true story inspired by the life of Winter and introduces a new baby dolphin named Hope, rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Winter and Hope, who both reside at CMA, play themselves in the movie.
With a name like "All Cheerleaders Die," it's evident that this new Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment release - scheduled for VOD and limited theatrical release June 13 - is meant for a niche market.
That very specific demographic of hardcore horror aficionados may be pleasantly surprised by this little cinematic gem. "All Cheerleaders Die" is sloppy - its plot choppy and its CGI lackluster - but it's still darkly funny, inventive and occasionally scary - well, mildly unsettling, anyway.