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Gilbert Speaks on B Movie, R.O.T.O.R.

30 May

Where is the team for Mystery Science Theatre 3000 when you need them? On one of the many nights that my insomnia took over, I decided to find a good film to watch. I came across a sci-fi/action mixture called R.O.T.O.R. The film reminded me of Robocop and Terminator…Sometimes a film is so bad, that it can be good.

Plot

R.O.T.O.R. is a 1987 action film written, produced, and directed by Cullen Blaine. It stars Richard Gesswein, Margaret Trigg, Michael Hunter, Carroll Brandon Baker, and Jayne Smith. Dr. Coldyron (Richard Gesswein) is the top scientist of a police robotic lab. He has been commissioned by the Police Commissioner Buglar (Michael Hunter) and Senator Douglas to create a robot that will act as judge and jury…kind of like what is happening in the news today.

While Dr. Coldyron is busy working his farm and his girlfriend…LOL, his assistants Dr. Houghtaling and a wise cracking robot called Willard…monkey with the prototype, which causes R.O.T.O.R. (Carroll Brandon Baker) to escape before they can program the Robocop to not kill innocent people.

When R.O.T.O.R comes across a speeding car, he kills the male but is unable to kill the man’s fiancé, Sonya (Margaret Trigg). The girl escapes in the car, with R.O.T.O.R in close pursuit. When police headquarters notifies Coldyron that the robot has gone rogue, he tries to save Sonya by teaming up with the designer of the robot, Dr. Steele (Jayne Smith).

Conclusion

Dr. Coldyron is finally able to kill the prototype, but Dr. Steele doesn’t survive. Later Coldyron is killed by Buglar, and we learn the Buglar, and the Senator use the image of Steele to create a new killer robot which the Senator will use to become president.

The film was hilarious even though it wasn’t meant to be. R.O.T.O.R. had problems with opening windows, and doors. It became helpless if you played loud music or tooted your car horn. The whole time that I watched the film, I could picture the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 commenting on the different scenes leading up to when Dr. Steele enters the picture.

At first, I though that Arnold Schwarzenegger was dressed in drag, but it was her hairstyle that had me on the floor. Did we wear our hair like that in the 80’s? This film will definitely make it into my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre Collection for when I need a good laugh. You can see this film on Demand. Sometimes a film is so bad…it’s good.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10 E22

6 Apr

In this week’s season finale episode, Negan is banished from Alexandria and we get to learn about his past, and the saintly Lucille.

Here’s Negan

That smile can melt the hardest heart, or send shivers of fear down your spine depending on what mood Negan is in. Jeffery Dean Morgan was, and is the best choice to play Negan. Over the course of a few seasons, we have gone from hating this character to including him into the very selective membership of Team Rick.

After Carol tricks Negan onto a hunting excursion, she breaks the news to him. Stay at the cabin and don’t return to Alexandria because Maggie will kill him. We really can’t blame Maggie. She hasn’t been around to see the new and approved version of Negan…but has Negan really changed? What was he like before the apocalypse?

Lucille

What did Negan’s baseball bat have to do with his past? After Negan digs up Lucille, we get a trip down memory lane. Negan truly loved his wife, Lucille (Hilarie Burton Morgan), but he was a bastard even back then. In the flashbacks, we learn that Negan was cheating on his wife. He also was a gym teacher who lost his job because he almost beat a man to death after the man’s loud talking prevented Lucille from listening to her favorite song on the jukebox. Negan was full of himself even before the apocalypse, and after losing his job, he was content to spend all day playing video games and purchasing an expensive leather jacket even though they had no money. Negan was the type of man that after he won your heart…he broke it like a spoiled child breaks their toys when they are bored. We see this in the flashbacks, and we say, “Yep, this is the Negan we know.” But we are soon shown the other side of Negan.

 Negan may have strutted around like a rooster, but his Lucille was the force that kept him grounded. Negan may have been the king of the roost, but Lucille was the queen of the chessboard. The flashbacks take place twelve years before the walkers began their search for brains, and they show how Negan lovingly takes care of Lucille who is fighting an aggressive cancer. Negan taught himself to give Lucille chemo treatments. Lucille on her part tried to hide her pain by wearing all these colorful wigs. Even attached to the IV bottle, Lucille comes to Negan’s rescue when a walker attacks Negan. It was funny to see Negan dressed covid pandemic style. After Lucille shoots the walker, they are left with one bullet. That bullet belongs to Lucille for when the cancer gets too hard to handle.

Consequences

When the three remaining chemo treatments go bad because of the generator being turned off, Negan goes on the search for a traveling medical team that resemble a land bound Doctors without Borders. Lucille begs Negan to stay with her, and I think Lucille knows that the chemo is not working and that she will be dying soon, but Negan loves her and thinks that he can cure her. A severely dehydrated and starving Negan tries to rob the doctor, but Laura knocks him cold with a baseball bat, Yes, that bat and that Laura (Lindsley Register), who later becomes Negan’s trusted Lieutenants in the Saviors. Laura and the doctor get Negan back on his feet and send him home with bags of chemo solutions along with the bat for protection, but no good deed ever goes unpunished.

Conclusion

When Negan is captured by nasty bikers who are looking for drugs, he gives the location of the Med camper. Knowing that he has betrayed the very people who helped him, Negan goes home to find out that Lucille is now a walker. He should have stayed with her. She died alone. Lucille was the only person who saw the better side of Negan, and without her to keep him grounded…he becomes the Negan we all know. After burning down his house with walker Lucille inside, Negan dressed in his leather jacket takes his barbed wired bat to save the doctor and Laura.

**EMBARGOED FOR DALTON** Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Lindsley Register as Laura-The Walking Dead_Season 10, Episode 22-Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Present day finds Negan giving Lucille the bat the proper funeral that he was unable to give his wife. Wrapped in a shroud of sorts, Lucille the bat is burned as Negan finds the closure he needed. Negan returns to Alexandria, but which Negan is it? He comes walking back with that old swagger, and even though Carol tells him that she will not be able to protect him from Maggie…Negan just smiles…

Which Negan has returned? Should Maggie be worried? Will Negan live up to Lucille’s expectations?  The Walking Dead just got a hell more interesting…AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10E21

30 Mar

When will the writers on TWD get it into their heads that Carol and Daryl are the Captain America and Wonder Woman of the apocalyptic world? Picking up from last week’s episode, we watch Carol and Daryl deal with rats, soup, and a broken motorcycle.

Diverged

The dictionary description for diverged is this: separate from another route. To go in a different direction…I don’t understand why the writers are causing friction between Daryl and Carol. These two warriors have lost many people and many homes before, but they have always had each other’s backs. There is no going back to who they were when the series first began. In the beginning of episode 21, our two road weary warriors come to a literal fork in the road, and Daryl takes one side, while Carol and dog take another. Daryl wants to look for food, and Carol wants to return to Alexandria to help rebuild from the damage caused by the Whisperers.

Dog, who has been loyal to Daryl, decides to go with Carol, which kind of pisses off Daryl. On a side note, Daryl lends Carol his trusty pocketknife, but she forgets to return it. Once back in Alexandria, Carol tries to find ways to be useful, but our favorite sidekick, Jerry (Cooper Andrews) tells Carol, there isn’t much to do. Carol decides to make soup, and after fighting off some walkers while gathering wildflowers and mushrooms, she realizes that she has no power for the crockpot. She now has to fix the solar panels.

Daryl

When his bike brakes down, Daryl has to find replacement parts, which he does after fighting off some walker soldiers. But…he doesn’t have his trusty pocketknife to cut the tubing which he has salvaged from different abandoned vehicles. Luckily for Daryl, our walker soldiers have food packets and weapons, and it isn’t long before Daryl is back on the road.

Conclusion

Carol had the bigger part of this week’s episode. She is angry with Daryl. She is angry with herself. She is angry with the rat that has made itself a home behind the walls of her kitchen. I had to laugh out loud when she tore the wall down looking for that rat. Jerry, God bless his soul, comes to check on Carol, and the huge hole in the wall says it all.  When Carol asks him for his advice, he at first quotes from Ezekiel. But when Carol asks for his opinion, Jerry gives her a big hug. It is just what Carol needed.

Daryl does come back to Alexandria, and after some small talk, Daryl goes into his house, and Carol goes back into her house……Like I said before, the writers need to stop messing with Carol and Daryl. They belong together. They are a team that was forged from blood and tears. I want to see them the way they are meant to be…a force to be feared.

Next week, we learn about Negan’s past.

Gilbert Speaks on The Venus Mantrap

25 Mar

I have some amazing writer friends, and when one of them publishes a story or book, I want to celebrate their work. A very good friend of mine, Bruce Capoferri, has recently published a book called The Venus Mantrap. Here is Bruce telling us a little bit about himself and the book.

Gilbert: Hi Bruce. I am so very excited about your book. My first question is do you belong to a writers’ group and what are the benefits?

Bruce Capoferri:  I’m a member of South Jersey Writers’ Group and highly recommend anyone, especially a novice, to join. I have grown as a writer since becoming a member and got my first story titled THE MALOCCHIO published because of it.  The wonderful folks who run SJWG and all my fellow members are friendly, extremely helpful and supportive. The guest presenters are always top-notch professionals as well, and provide valuable insight and positivity. 

Gilbert: What is The Venus Mantrap about?

Bruce Capoferri: The Venus Mantrap is a story set in a dystopian future when humanity has begun mining and colonizing other planets in our solar system. During the course of terraforming Venus enough to reduce the temperature, indigenous plants are awakened, ultimately resulting in alien-human hybrids. Being intelligent, these creatures immigrate to Earth. The murder of one leads to a darkly humorous mystery full of twists and turns, involving a Detective who must solve the case in order to clear himself and win back his childhood sweetheart. 

Gilbert: What was your inspiration for the book?

Bruce Capoferri: Similar to the style of Ian Fleming, I love playing with names, words and phrases. I also enjoy writing science fiction/horror with humor. The name of my lead character is not only a prime example of this, but was the joke that also inspired the story.  If you don’t guess the joke immediately (which I hope you won’t), it is revealed at the end. This prompted Barbara, my wife, to ask if I had written the whole story just for the punchline?  And the answer is YES!

Gilbert: What are you working on now?

Bruce Capoferri: Although I have had a number of reality-based stories about my childhood published, it appears magazine and book publishers do not appreciate my slightly warped story telling style. This is why I’ve made my first foray into the world of self-publishing with THE VENUS MANTRAP on Amazon Kindle.  

I have a novel titled CHILDREN OF GOD AND MEN that I may publish on Kindle depending on the response I receive. I am also a singer/songwriter and have recently been accepted to BMI and am a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association, International.  

Currently I am researching the business of SYNC, which is the placement of songs and background music in commercials, TV, movies and other audio-video platforms.  In fact, I already have a few of my songs appearing on websites.  For an example, please visit: www.friendsofpumphouse.org.

Gilbert: Thank you, Bruce, I am excited to read your book which can be found on Amazon Kindle, and also to learn more about your songs at a future date.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10E20

22 Mar

 

In case you are wondering if you missed my recap of E19 of The Walking Dead, One More…you did not. I just didn’t like the episode enough to write about it. I did not like last night’s episode either, and I am wondering if TWD universe is just throwing episodes out there until they premier the eleventh and final season. Let’s hope that I am wrong.

Splinter

This week, we get to concentrate on one of my favorite characters, Princess (Paola Lazaro). Princess, Ezekiel, Eugene, and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) have been captured by the apocalyptic stormtroopers and are now separated and locked inside train boxcars.

What we do learn in this episode is that Princess hates small, dark places. She was abused as a child and has many a battle scar from her childhood. She has also grown close to her new friends even though she just met Team Ezekiel. She was hit pretty hard during the scuffle with the stormtroopers and may be suffering from a concussion because the rest of the episode has her talking to Yumiko through a crack in the boxcar. Princess is able to rip off a piece of rotted wood, but it earns her a splinter which we learn has something to do with the maltreatment and neglect she suffered as a child.

Stormtroopers

We are given no hint on who these Stormtroopers are, or what they want from Team Ezekiel. When they drag Princess out of her boxcar, the questions they ask make her suspicious. She only wants to know if Yumiko is okay, and if they are taking care of her injuries. She also pleads for them to take the splinter from her finger, but if we thought that they were decent people, that brutal slap to Princess shows us differently.

Princess

Paola Lazaro really made this episode worth watching. Her Princess was both brave and frightened. Princess had survived severe childhood abuse and neglect, but she had learned to deal with the abuse and fear by using tools such as repeating the names all the states to keep calm.

All through the episode, Princess displays her survivor abilities when she sneaks in and out of her boxcar via a broken plank to chat with Eugene (Josh McDermitt), who was locked up in the next boxcar. Princess may have been afraid of the Stormtroopers, and she may have wanted to run away…but she was loyal to her new friends. Princess refused to leave her friends, even when Ezekiel climbed down into her boxcar… not even when Ezekiel knocks out the Stormtrooper who delivered her lunch.

Conclusion and Spoiler

Nothing is as it seems. Princess is suffering from a mental breakdown, and the Stormtrooper that brought lunch was attacked by Princess. Ezekiel (Khary Payton) was a figment of her fear and imagination as was the broken plank. Our little Princess was hallucinating her conversation with Eugene, and Ezekiel.

***Embargoed for Dalton*** Paola Lázaro as Juanita ‘Princess’ Sanchez, Soldier Cameron Scott Roberts – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 20 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Who are these people who hold Princess and the others captive? Why the ridiculous outfits? Are they connected to the woman that spoke to Eugene? I don’t know, but Princess does get to see her friends alive before a cloth bag is pulled over her head. I definitely liked this episode better than last week’s.

A Tribute To The Treehouse Coffee Shop

18 Mar

Our favorite hangout in Audubon is closed, and everyone is feeling a deep loss because this little coffee house was a home and sanctuary for many people. Everyone was welcomed and treated with love. The credit of course goes to the owners of the Treehouse Coffee Shop.

Randy and Tina

It takes a special person to not only run a successful business, but to make their customers feel like family. Tina and Randy Van Osten not only made their customers feel like family for eighteen years, they did this while serving up healthy, tasty, organic food. Tina is an environmental & biology science teacher. Randy is a Baptist minister at the First Baptist Church in Pitman.  What makes these two people truly wonderful is that they live the bible. They included everyone into their fold no matter their race, religious beliefs, sexual preference, or nationality.

I began to visit the Treehouse right after I retired from the Academy of Natural Science in Philly. I began babysitting my neighbor’s daughter. Every Tuesday, Isabella and I went to the Treehouse to dance to Sara O’Brien’s Expresso Yourself music hour. It was a safe place for a very shy child to open up and join in the sing-alongs with the other children.

Later, after publishing the first book of my sci-fi Roof Oasis Series, I held my very first book launch at the Treehouse, as did other members of the writers’ club that I belonged to: South Jersey’s Writers’ Group.  Five books later, I was still holding my book releases at the Treehouse. Tina always made sure that everything was perfect for the book launch.

Later, when I began to grow in my spirituality and decided to use my psychic/medium gifts to bring people closer to GOD, Randy and Tina allowed me to use the little cubbyhole in the back of their coffee shop to speak with my clients. I do hope that being in the Treehouse, which I felt was a blessed place, did bring my clients closer to the Lord.

I will also miss the Treehouse Staff. They were an extension of Randy’s and Tina’s love for humanity. In all the years that I was at the Treehouse, not once did I ever see a staff member lose their temper or be rude. If anything, everyone who worked at the Treehouse were amazing people. I will miss you guys.

Conclusion

I don’t think we can ever replace the effect that the Treehouse had on our community, but maybe we can remember the good works of its owners Randy and Tina by continuing to treat every single person that we meet in our lives as the Face of GOD.

As I said before, Randy is the minister of the First Baptist Church in Pitman and he has set up a thrift shop at the church which will be having a grand opening this Saturday. Randy is hoping to make the church a community hub for all. God Bless you, Randy and Tina. You helped to make me a better person.

Fig Leaf Thrift will hold its grand opening complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music by local artist Richie Green, free merch giveaway, and free drinks/snacks on Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m.

“We see the needs of families who have experienced job loss due to COVID pandemic to be fulfilled and thought that a thrift store would be a good job,” Van Osten said.

The Fig Leaf will sell clothes, housewares, books, etc. at a low cost. However, he and his team had a greater vision than just a thrift store.

Gilbert Speaks on Fig Leaf Thrift

16 Mar

Good friends of mine asked me to share this. I am hoping that everyone in the area will stop by for the grand opening

Rev. Randy Van Osten                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/15/2021

Fig Leaf Thrift

The Lighthouse Community Center

856-580-4926

revrandy25@gmail.com

Fig Leaf Thrift Sprouts in Pitman

The Lighthouse Community Center Announces Grand Opening of Its Inaugural Endeavor Fig Leaf Thrift

Pitman, NJ- March 15, 2021- As the pandemic wore on and affected many people in various ways, the First Baptist Church of Pitman created The Lighthouse Community Center.  The mission of the center: Like a lighthouse: we serve as a navigational aid helping people navigate life through education, mentoring, job skills training, and life skills training; we help keep people from danger by providing for their physical, emotional, and relational needs. We are a beacon of hope and a harbor of refuge and safety for all those seeking.  With this creation came the rebirth of Fig Leaf Thrift which had been a “program of concern” in Pitman from 1967-77 “designed to recycle clothing donated by area residents for those who need help”. 

Fig Leaf Thrift is a resale shop that will sell clothes, housewares, books, etc. at a low cost to raise money for The Lighthouse Community Center.  We will also give to those in need.  We want to be able to serve our community in both ways.  At the same time, in the event of an emergency or disaster, we plan to serve those affected through opening access to the resources in Fig Leaf Thrift and services supported by the Lighthouse Community Center. 

The Lighthouse Community Center will be home to an afterschool program starting in the fall 2021 in partnership with Renaissance Village.  Kids will have an opportunity to learn, grow, mentor, and have fun.  Since the number of people with food insecurity continues to grow, we will start providing hot meals to go once a week in the next month or so.  Job and life skills training are going to be another important part of the Lighthouse.  As we continue to see needs arise, we will do what we can to help people through the dangerous seas of life.  You can become a part of The Lighthouse Community Center.  Volunteers are always needed

. The Lighthouse Community Center will celebrate the grand opening of its Fig Leaf Thrift with a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music by local artist Richie Green, free merch giveaway, and free drinks/snacks on Saturday, March 20 at 10:00AM.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10 E18

8 Mar

On this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Carol and Daryl go on a road trip to the past that gives us a peek into Dog’s origin and Daryl’s quest to find Rick.

Find Me

 For TWD fans as myself, who was hoping to see Carol and Daryl together as a couple in a version of a “Happy Everly After” apocalyptic fairy tale…this was not the episode. I was almost tricked into believing this was the moment when Carol hitched a ride on Daryl’s bike to go find food for Alexandria.

Alexandria, if you remember from last week, was attacked by the Whisperers, who not only knocked down a few barrier walls, but also destroyed the town’s veggie patch. While on this trip, we learn through flashbacks about a woman Daryl encountered while searching for his friend/brother, Rick.

Leah

Carol and Daryl talk about their survival prospects and, while Carol feels that the odds are against them, Daryl is more positive. I felt this was a time for Carol and Daryl to bond over past hurts and especially their widely different methods of handling danger, but it was not meant to be. Old memories come back to haunt Daryl.

While hunting, Dog leads Carol and Daryl to this old cabin. And this is where we get the first flashback. While living along the riverbank in a makeshift shanty that was definitely not waterproof…Daryl is startled to see a puppy run up to him. This puppy is Dog. Through Dog, Daryl meets the inhabitant of the cabin. Leah (Lynn Collins) is a survivor just like Daryl, and she is tough. She makes Daryl a prisoner even though he helped put down a house walker.

Daryl is such a loner, that his clumsiness to friend another human is pure comic relief. For example, Daryl’s dating technique is to throw a dead fish at Leah’s cabin door as a hello. Leah who is just as stubborn, walks over to Daryl’s came and throws the fish back. After several attempts at friendship, Leah invites Daryl to stay with her.

Leah has lost people in her squad, and she has also lost her son, Matthew. Although she did not give birth to this boy, she took him as her own when her friend died in childbirth. When the squad was attacked, the boy had been bitten. He looked to be around five years old. The very day that the boy had died, Dog was born. We don’t know what happened to Dog’s mom. Over the following months, Daryl and Leah became very close, but Daryl still needed to find Rick.

Conclusion

Daryl is afraid to make commitments when it comes to the heart. Leah told Daryl that he had to choose between Rick, Alexandria, and her. Why didn’t she go with Daryl back to Alexandria? We will never know, but Daryl returned to his search for Rick. Another thing that has bugged me since watching the show last night was this. If Carol had not decided to go live with Ezekiel and Henry, would Daryl have gone back to his friends? I keep feeling that Carol and Daryl are never on the same page at the same time.

When Daryl realized that he had walked out on a good thing, Leah was not at the cabin. Where did she go? Did someone take her? We only know that Dog was there to greet Daryl. Hoping that Leah would one day return, Daryl leaves a note for her, “Find Me.”

Now, Daryl has a chance to forgive Carol, but all he can do is to blame her for Connie’s death. When Daryl tells Carol that he should have never stopped her from running away, and that she doesn’t know when to stop…my heart broke. All these years it has always been these two solitary soldiers that TWD fans cheered on. They are the apocalyptic version of Captain America and Wonder Woman.

This was a very emotional episode. I don’t know when we will see Leah again, but I am really hoping that Carol wasn’t right when she told Daryl, “Our luck’s run out, you and me.” We can’t end this series without a Daryl/Carol team.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10E17

3 Mar

I am sorry that I’m late with the post, but I am fighting a bad case of pneumonia. I am so happy that my favorite show about death, zombies, heroes and the apocalypse if back. I truly believe The Walking Dead mirrors real life and especially 2020 and 2021. Maggie is back in town and there is a new threat.

Home Sweet Home

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and her small tribe, including her and Glenn’s son Hershel, have returned to find that Hilltop is a smoldering disaster…all thanks to the Whisperers. Judith is in her glory to have Auntie Maggie back, and oh by the way, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is now one of us. The Stink Eye that Maggie gives Negan was worth watching this episode. The look of surprise or disbelief is palpable when Carol (Melissa McBride) reveals that she allowed Negan to escape. He was their best chance at destroying the Whisperers. Seven years have passed since Maggie left with Georgie and the twins, and now that she is back, Team Rick is barely a skeleton of its former self. Maggie has had her own battles to fight with a group called the Reapers. This nasty group has killed most of the new people Maggie has befriended on her travels.

Maggie has two new bodyguards: Cole (James Devoti) and Hoodie Ninja. If you are any kind of a horror show aficionado, then you will immediately equate masks with Michael Myers from Halloween. But with the help of Kelly, we find out that Hoodie Ninja aka Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) is really a nice guy who has been traumatized by the loss of his sister.

Reapers with a spoiler

We don’t know much about the Reapers, but it seems that they have followed Maggie and her team. The other half of Maggie’s team, which includes her son, have been attacked. All that’s left are two charred bodies. Where is Hershel? Did the Reapers take him? Daryl (Norman Reedus), who has a special bond with Kelly, tells Kelly to go with Cole and Elijah while he and Maggie track the survivors of this latest attack.

All I am going to say is if this lone Reaper dressed in a ghillie suit is an indication of what S11 will bring us…then we are in for a treat. The Reapers must be military because lone Reaper is an excellent sniper and kills off more of Maggie’s group. He eventually overcomes Daryl and Maggie…and when he is injured and captured…gives Maggie a message from Pope. Who the hell is Pope? We never find out because lone Reaper is not in any mood to chat….KABOOM!

Conclusion

Luckily, we get to meet little Hershel (Kien Michael Spiller). My granny spider senses are telling me this little tyke is a miniature Glenn. He even wears a baseball cap like his dad. He was smart enough to hide from the Reaper, and I am pretty sure that Maggie has taught Hershel everything from her bag of Mommy tricks for surviving the freaking apocalypse.

I like how Kelly is growing in her role and how she and Maggie get to bond over the loss of family. Maggie encourages Kelly (Angel Theory) to keep looking for her sister. Once they safely return to Alexandria, Maggie ignores Negan as her team walk past him. I don’t think Maggie will ever forgive Negan, but Negan has a way with kids, and maybe he will make things right for Hershel.

I don’t know what to expect in The Walking Dead world, because in our world we are fighting our own zombie apocalypse (Covid) and we have our own monsters…Nazi sympathizers within our own ranks who tried to overthrow our government. It would be interesting to see who survives this year. Any bets?

Gilbert Speaks on The Nain Rouge Murders

7 Nov

I love watching independent films, and I love everything that Jeremiah Kipp has directed so far. His latest work is a short horror documentary. What is scarier than the Slender Man or Mothman? Find out with my review, and interview with Jeremiah Kipp.

Review

The Nain Rouge Murders is a Beautiful Lady production short film written by Joe Fiorillo and produced by Jeremiah Kipp and Ari Rossen. It stars Ari Rossen, Suzette Gunn, Larry Mihlon, Sydney Morgan, Ashley Noel Jones, and Silvia Dionicio. The Nain Rouge Murders is part of the “Self-Taped at Home During Coronavirus 2020 series.”

The documentary is based on the legendary creature that haunts Detroit Michigan. It is said that horrific deaths occur whenever the creature is spotted. Nain Rouge is French for Red Dwarf. History has it that the Nain Rouge has been seeking revenge on the unfortunate citizens of Detroit because of Detroit’s founding father, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac’s refusal to appease the creature. Using interviews with City Councilman, Harry Walker (Jim True Frost), the police department, and friends of one of the victims, a reporter tries to get to the bottom of the savage murder of three teenagers that happened during the March of the Nain Rouge festival.

Interview with Jeremiah Kipp

Gilbert: Jeremiah, how did you hear about the Nain Rouge, and what convinced you to do this in documentary form?

Jeremiah Kipp: Our producer Ari Rossen is from Michigan, and the legend of the Nain Rouge (Red Dwarf) is part of his cultural history.  As a metaphor for the painful history of Detroit, one of our great and dissipated American cities, this was a powerful monster. Since I’ve always been interested in true crime documentaries, that format felt like a way to ground our story in some of our harsher realities.

Gilbert: How many films have you produced since Covid, and is it hard getting everyone on point while working from a distance? What difficulties have you run into?

Jeremiah Kipp: We’ve made at least six or seven, and have three more in post.  Having everyone self-tape at home made actors have to be responsible for photography and sound; although nowadays a lot of them self tape for auditions so they’re getting used to it!

Now that production seems to be resuming on set, I don’t currently have any plans for more of them. But in movies as in life, one never knows what will happen until it happens.

Gilbert: Will you consider making a longer version of The Nain Rouge Murders once we overcome Covid?

Jeremiah Kipp: We’re already developing a script with our writer Joe Fiorillo.  Audiences seem to enjoy this one; it feels like they’d love to hear more about the Red Dwarf.  

Gilbert: What are you working on now?

Jeremiah Kipp: We’re just wrapping up post on the feature length version of our monster movie SLAPFACE, and just wrapped my first project back on set: a ghost story called DRAW UP AND STARE starring wonderful actors Michael O’Keefe, Linda Powell and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. We look forward to sharing this work in 2021.