ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “Redemption”

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “Redemption”

This film comes from Nerdopotamus regular Jovanni Ibarra, who wrote and co-directed (along with Robert Vicente). “Redemption” is about a man you would classify as a hoarder (as played by Mark Morchel). He has lost his wife, and his two children. Follow his struggle to reconnect with his kids as well as trying to come to terms with his own demons. Before we get into the film, we’re going to give Jovanni space to share some words about his work: This film was my undergraduate thesis film. It originated in a class…

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “Highway 58”

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “Highway 58”

This film came about when my friend and frequent collaborator Kevin Keating – the star of Highway 58 – approached me with a script he had written. I was eager to take on a script for a story that I hadn’t conceived myself, so I was enthusiastic to give the script a read. I thought the script was solid with some really interesting characters dealing with some deeply rooted emotions and decided to take it on. I was in the midst of watching and re-watching Richard Linklater’s “Before Trilogy” – Before…

“It’s Such A Beautiful Day” Review

“It’s Such A Beautiful Day” Review

Written by: Janelle Davis     Where can one even begin with a movie like “It’s Such a Beautiful Day”? This captivating film created by Don Hertzfeldt, comprised mainly of simple animation and unique editing, is misleading in the best way possible. One would assume that with such a silly presentation, this movie can’t have that much depth, right? Wrong! Hertzfeldt managed to make an animated masterpiece that analyzes mental illness, as well as the concept of life overall, in such a compelling manner that it leaves the audience thinking (something I personally…

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “Kevin Keating: Vampire Hunter”

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “Kevin Keating: Vampire Hunter”

“Kevin Keating: Vampire Hunter” comes from REEL PEOPLE’s Jovanni Ibarra (who brought us “Highway 58”): STARRING: KEVIN KEATING as Kevin ANTHONY IOVINO as Victor REGAN KEATING as Jack SHERIE MELBY as Karen JIM THALMAN as Lars & Mark Morchel PLOT: A retired vampire hunter is forced out of retirement when an old nemesis rises from the grave and hunts him and his family down. Vampire Hunter from Kevin Keating on Vimeo. FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Davel F. Hamue.

ICYMI: 2017 Academy Award Nominations

ICYMI: 2017 Academy Award Nominations

It’s that time of the year again! Award season is in full swing. The Golden Globes have come and gone. Next up: the Oscars. It’s a stacked, diverse group of nominees this year. Without further ado, let’s jump right in: Actor in a Leading Role Nominees Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling La La Land Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic Denzel Washington Fences Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees Mahershala Ali Moonlight Jeff Bridges Hell or High Water Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea Dev…

Hassan’s Forgotten Films: “Mongol”

Hassan’s Forgotten Films: “Mongol”

  So, another day and another forgotten film…  Historical epics are my favorite kind when it comes to epic big budget blockbusters. Sure, we all like our Star Wars or the next MCU entry but to me, nothing excites me more than a solid historical film. It also equally pains me when a really good entry in this genre goes unnoticed and fades into obscurity. That is why, I am taking this opportunity to talk about, Mongol, a 2008 Russian film depicting the life of Genghis Khan. It is directed by…

Filmmaker Friday: Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker Friday: Steven Spielberg

Hi y’all! We at Reel People, Real Reviews are starting a new weekly series titled ‘Filmmaker Friday’ where one of our writers highlights a filmmaker – past or present – and talks a bit about them. Topics will range from their previous work, upcoming work, impact and influence they’ve had on the industry or on the writer personally, and all that jazz. So without further adieu, let’s get this ball rolling, shall we? Hope you guys enjoy it!! We’re starting the series with the peerless, indomitable, and arguably greatest living…

Film Review: Belladonna of Sadness; A Long Lost Masterpiece of Animation, Re-Released at Last.

Film Review: Belladonna of Sadness; A Long Lost Masterpiece of Animation, Re-Released at Last.

Okay so, where to start… Among all the genre of film, I have the highest respect for animation and for people who make them. In my opinion, it is by far the most visually arresting medium to make films in and with the right people and tools, the possibilities are endless. Enter, Belladonna of Sadness. A 1973 surreal animated film loosely inspired by the novel, Satanism and Witchcraft by Jules Michelet I have seen quite a few animated films. From Pixar to Studio Ghibli to classics like Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Perfect Blue…

6 TV Shows That Deserved a 1UP

6 TV Shows That Deserved a 1UP

Hello everyone, My name is Jorge Cano from Reel People Real Reviews, here to list 6 TV shows that deserved more than one season.  I know what you’re thinking, another article where they list Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, Southland,  etc., but I’m here to shout out the shows that have been forgotten about and locked up tightly in the TV show vault wasteland. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with those other lists, I would give up my adorable 5lb Yorkshire Terrier, which I fondly named Chewbacca to get another…

Mr. Robot & Serial Experiments Lain. Years Apart but Bound together.

Mr. Robot & Serial Experiments Lain. Years Apart but Bound together.

Hi everyone, My name is M. Hassan and starting today, I will be talking about some of my favorite things ranging from films, comics, anime, manga and everything in between. I hope you guys like what I have to say. ^_^ Last Wednesday, I was discussing a particular show with a good friend of mine. She was looking for a good show to binge on and I was telling her how incredible this show is. It just began its second season and it has an extremely taut, gripping, almost labyrinthine style…

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “The Drunken Odyssey”

ORIGINAL SHORT FILM: “The Drunken Odyssey”

“The Drunken Odyssey” was made entirely on Snapchat as part of an inaugural contest for Tribeca Film Festival. It comes from Nerdo regular Jovanni Ibarra, his wife Kristen-ann Ibarra, and Michael Zitz. It stars Jovanni, Anthony Iovino (owner of Mark Out Entertainment), and another Nerdo regular in Carlos. Anthony and Jovanni play two aspiring young filmmakers who find out about the contest this was created for, and then attempt to make it across New York to Tribeca to take part. Things obviously don’t go as planned, thanks to a bunch of alcohol,…

Reel Radio Podcast – Ep 002 – The Plight of Arbories

Reel Radio Podcast – Ep 002 – The Plight of Arbories

We’re baaaaaaaaack! Did you miss us? Cuz we sure we missed you guys! The Reel People gang is back with episode two of the Reel People podcast! Recorded LIVE on Wednesday, August 24th, from the Editing Room, Indiana Jov, MZ, E.T.B., and Cano – Rubi had to adult and do wedding things – discuss what has happened this summer blockbuster season, what the DCEU and WB are doing right (or wrong), the success(?) of Suicide Squad, and name some of their favorite obscure films. SO sit back, relax, and listen…

Do We Need To Know About The Girl In The Well?

Do We Need To Know About The Girl In The Well?

So “The Ring” is getting a sequel that takes in-flight movies to a terrifying new place! Spooooooooooookkkkyyyyyy. Did the “spooky” get across that I’m being sarcastic? This movie does not look very good. It’s called “Rings,” which has to rank up there with “2 Fast 2 Furious” as one of the worst sequel titles in film history. Anyway, check out the trailer below. Make up your own mind, of course, but I am not into it. FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Paramount Pictures.

“Arrival” Could Be Awesome

“Arrival” Could Be Awesome

I love me some sci-fi, especially of this variety. Looks like there’s a great mix of flash and substance. I’ve been fooled by trailers before, but I’m pretty damn hyped. The cast includes Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Oh, and Denis Villeneuve directed. In case you don’t know who he is, he was behind the chair for “Prisoners.” That alone is enough for me to see this. I love that film. Villeneuve also made “Sicario,” and he’s making the Blade Runner sequel. Here’s the plot for “Arrival,” via IMDB: A…

Movie Review: “Sausage Party”

Movie Review: “Sausage Party”

This movie was absolutely hilarious. From beginning to end, there are a ton of laughs. Hell, on the comedy alone, I would give “Sausage Party” the highest grade possible. I should probably write more than that, though. Let’s start with the plot. NOTE: I am going to load this review with spoilers. It’s very simple. The film takes place in a grocery store, under the veil of another dimension, where all of the food is alive. Humans still live within their dimension, though. It’s a weird, cross-dimensional thing that happens….