6 months ago
Guys go see Furious 7. it's insane. it's just so good.
Also if you can track down Girl Who Walks Home Alone At Night, watch it as well. seriously the most beautiful and awesome Iranian Vampire Love Story Spaghetti Western Film Noir Black and White feminist indie rock film ever. and if you can read that description and not want to see it you have no soul.
there's two short reviews from Film Geek.
8 months ago
I never had the pleasure of meeting Monty. I have heard nothing but the nicest things about him since the get involved in RvB. He was a extremely talented guy and he and his work inspired and entertained a lot of people. I respect that a great deal.
It's always tragic when someone so young passes away so early. Most of you who know me I'm pretty much as far away from religion as you can get. That being said, if it comforts you or helps at this time more power too it.
I on the other hand, tend to find comfort in people. For as horrible, mean, ignorant, selfish and barbaric as the majority of the world is, it's still us. Deep down we are all the same. We're all just people. We're a family, and no where is that more obvious to me then this website. I have seen this community band together and do amazing things, and raising the money for Monty's hospital bills was just the latest instance of that. If you can donate to his family, please do so. Times are hard, trust me, I understand. So if you cannot, do what Matt asked. Do something creative. Be positive. Do something new, something that scared you, something you never would have before. Life's too short, no matter how much time you get. Make the most of it.
And most importantly, never take your friends and family for granted. enjoy every moment you have with them. From the quiet times of just watching a movie, to the wild crazy parties where you only remember half of it. treasure every moment you get.
I hope to see a bunch of you at WinTo this weekend.
8 months ago
Hey gang. I did say I would see you in 2015.
I keep meaning to come back and write a long post, but... I can never do it.
I've been ok. struggling to get by, keep busy, work on as much film work as I can, and post on facebook all the time. so... yeah. I'm alight. how about you guys? even though I'm kind of a ghost on this site I still keep coming back. I'm always on the edge, posting in the CBMF forum, and I'm still on the planning committee for Toronto Unconventional. coming this summer!
How have you all been?
1 year ago
I'm a cranky old man on this site I've been here so long. one group I've been with since the old days (way back before I got bumped to admin) I was part of the comic book movie family mafia. we were our own little chunk of the site, and we help our own. I made some close friends in there, people I do consider family.
I'm still in the family, even if the thread isn't as fast as before and most of us have grown up and out.
One of those dudes is Erik. old friend of mine. I've known him since he was a bitter old man.
he's started his own business, which is inspired by the comic book movie family. he's been slowly building it for the last while, and I cannot stress how awesome an idea it is. he's building a company to sell comics, promote artists and get all these cool projects the family had made out their. we're all creative, and he wants to show that to the world.
he's got a kickstarter to help out this, as starting one of these up isn't cheap.
now, as someone who did start up a dream job, I wish him all the best. it's long hard road, and I hope his lives a whole lot longer then the underground. its a great idea, and good ideas like this should be built up.
if you've got an extra dollar, toss it his way. if you can't do that, share it and spread the link. the more people who hear about it the better it will be.
always support the small ideas. they grow to be great ones.
1 year ago
I'm not dead. Shocker, I know.
So lets get into a quick(ish) journal, something that has been on my mind for a while now.
Some of you have known me for a long time. Some may be new. (with the new site design who the hell knows if anyone reads theses damn journals anymore.)
As my closer fiends know, those of whom I see in real life (or meat space, for those of you who are fucking internet savvy dicks) or those who have me on the facebooks (Charlie Lawton for anyone who doesn't) I am busy.
I am always busy., I don't stop, I don't rest, I force myself to keep going. I drive myself to the point of exhaustion. Why?
Fucked if I know. It's all I can do. I figure I wasted to much of my life before, so I need to catch up. But honestly I have no idea why I do this to myself. I've lost friends, relationships, and my own sanity to my life style. But I have to. I get damn near suicidally(hyperbole) depressed if I feel like I'm not making a difference, if I feel like I'm not working on something important.
So on I go.
Why am I still posting on, being a moderator, wait, being an Goddamn ADMIN on, (yeah still no clue how that happened)... Why am I still posting a journal on, talking to, and PUTTING ON AN EVENT for this site??
Well, I'll tell you.
The reason I keep coming back to this site, the reason I helped start RTO, the reason I'm helping run (with an amazing crew of super awesome folks) Toronto: Unconventional is that this stupid little site means the world to me.
I... Really cannot express how much this damn site has meant to me. I grew up on here. I met some of my closest friends here. I met the man who wrote my first film (Deadline, coming to film festivals soon!... I hope) I've met friends, family, a girlfriend (long story), colleagues, and people I've hung out with, all on this site. It got me though tough parts. It built me up when i needed it and gave me a laugh when I was down.
I care the world for it. and always will, no matter what. This little corner of the internet will own part of my heart, even if I never post here again. (I will though, don't worry)
If me being here, and being friends with someone else, helps them even a fraction as much as it helped me, then spending some time here is worth it.
If putting on To:UnCon helps someone half as much as RvBTO helped me, it`s worth all the time in the world.
Basically, if I can do anything for anyone even a bit as much as this site did for me, I'll spend all my time here.
I don`t really believable in karma, god, faith or anything of that like, but I do believe in people. In humans, in us. If I can help someone, maybe, they will do the same to someone else, and so on and so on. This world is kind of crappy most of this time. I want to do my part to make it a bit better.
I'm not smart enough to be a scientist to invent cold fusion, or have the know how to be a politician to fix the worlds problems, or even have the strength to join a charity and actually help out and do good, but what I can do... I can post on the fucking internet and be there for some other folks, and maybe that helps a little. I hope it does at least. Because it did for me. So maybe all I can do is pass that on, so someone else helps another person who actually does go on to do something worth while.
I can hope at least.
Merry Christmas everyone. I love you ALL. I really cannot stress that enough.
2 years ago
Hey gang. long time no journal huh? basically my normal anymore. Sorry for that by the way, I remember the days I used to write a journal 3 4 times a week.
The point of this one is I've got something to tell all of you. For those that have my on facebook, you've probably seen I've been busy.
I'm currently in pre production on a feature film that I'm producing. Not directing this time, giving the reigns to Ashley McColeman, a good friend of mine and who was also the DOP on my films.
it's a horror film, but not any horror. it's a 80s slasher with well written female characters. It's also got a main character who is gay but not in a exploitative looks at the lesbian type of way. I'm really proud to be involved with it, I read the script and was blown away. it's good amazing kills and I really grew to care about the characters. so I think it's going to be really fantastic.
AND, the reason I'm telling you this, is we've got a indiegogo page up and running. If you can check it out, share it on facebook and twitter, tell your friends, and maybe even toss a few dollars out way it'd be awesome. every little bit helps out a huge amount.
So please, check it out and share it around, let people know and help support independent horror. Especially one that is very pro woman. Because I'd like to see a horror film with female characters that aren't just blond bimbos.
that's what I've been working on... or one of the things at least. Toronto Unconventional is also a thing. August 8th, 9th and 10th 2014. Be there!
2 years ago
So... what a week huh guys?
let's not talk about it right now. I just need some time to deal with everything.
But in the mean time, I shot a pretty sweet horror/comedy short promo on Thursday. We shot this in 3 hours and then the editor whipped it out a day later. it's rough but I love the opening shots.
also it's SO VERY NSFW. there's tits. so that's a warning for you.
Here it is. I also act in it. it's got problems but for what it is, and how we made it I'm proud of it. again I love the opening.
so about all the other stuff... yeah. we'll talk later.
Also I don't know what I can say about about the tragedy with David other then rest in peace. I hope you're at peace now.
2 years ago
You know.. I can't even begin. it was fun. it was awesome. it was sad. it was happy. it was moving. it was RvBTO. it was RTO. it was a disaster. it was a success.
it was a lot of things.
but the one thing it was for sure...
it was family.
I can't really say much else right now, still to choked up.
If we talked, if we hung out, if you liked my hosting, if you want to talk, if you want to hang out, if you want to insult my hosting, Add me on here. Send a FR. and I'll see you next year.
also, add me on Facebook. Charlie Lawton. I use it a lot more.
also twitter. Dr_Clawton.follow my drunken rants on film.
see you next year.
2 years ago
Here's a full trailer for Deadline.
This one shows the more serious side of the film. a more comedic trailer will be coming later, when we get closer to film festival showings.
Let me know what you think. Oh yeah, that is this site's very own @BigNiceJohn in the middle of the trailer.