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New Acting Intelligence Workshop

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Here’s your chance to work with one of the best!

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When:  Saturday, March 15th from 10:30am to 5pm

Where: Hilton Hotel, Dania Beach, Florida

Who: Alyn Darnay, a multi-award winning Director/Writer/Actor/Author, Alyn’s career spans Theatre, Films, Television, and Radio. He is recognized as an Actor’s Director for his character-driven style and decidedly organic approach to directing which produces truthful, challenging and exciting performances. Alyn brings a Director’s sensibility, a Performer’s understanding, and a Writer’s sensitivity to the Workshop.

Details: To register for this day-long workshop send an e-mail to: alyn@chaosfilms.com

The cost is only $100, so register early before you miss this opportunity to invest in yourself.

 

 

H-Man’s 12 Flicks of Christmas

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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12. Jack Frost (1997)- What better way to get into the Holiday spirit than with this campy horror flick about a killer snowman? Yes, is it cheesy as hell, some would even say it’s bad. And truth be told, it is, but it’s most definitely fun-bad, and where else will you ever see Shannon Elizabeth getting banged by a snowman?

11. Die Hard 2 (1990)- Bruce Willis is back as the un-killable cop John McClane in what is essentially a retread of the first movie’s plot (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). Like the original, this one is set on Christmas Eve, only this time, it’s set in a proper, snowy Christmas-y setting, thus giving it all a more Christmas-y flavor as McClane lays waste to many a terrorist. Sadly, the pacing isn’t as tight, and the villains not as memorable, but that icicle to the eyeball is still a fine Holiday delight.

10. Die Hard (1988)- Man’s man New York cop John McClane is trying to reconcile with his estranged wife in L.A. during an office Christmas party, when some heavily armed euro-trash terrorists, led by the super suave Hans Gruber, crash the merry affair. Now it’s up to McClane and his dirty undershirt to save the day. A stocking stuffer packed with C-4 and a shitload of attitude, this is the Christmas movie for guys who hate Christmas movies, and all the yuletide sap that comes with them. Yippee Ki Yay, Motherfucker!

9. Batman Returns (1992)- A malformed, freak newborn gets chucked into the river by his parents, where he winds up in the sewer, grows up into the grotesque, obese Penguin, and hatches a plan to kidnap the children of Gotham City and drown them in the murky sewer… Merry Christmas! For his second Batman film, director Tim Burton goes all out with his dark sensibilities, turning Gotham City into a pitch black, Gothic fantasy land, and setting it on his favorite snowy holiday. Nightmarish, fetishistic, and weird, this is a Holiday flick for those who get a little too joyous this time of year, and need to be taken down a peg or two. It is perhaps the most depressing Christmas movie ever, but it’s intriguingly bizarre and visually stunning, and the sight of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman licking herself all over is something I’ll happily treat myself to on any holiday.

8. The Nutcracker (1977)- This one has been a Christmas tradition for as far back as I can remember. It’s really nothing more than a photographed stage ballet, but the sets are beautiful, and even a non-ballet enthusiast, like myself, can see that the dancing, by Mikhail Baryshnikov and The American Ballet Theatre, is nothing short of exceptional. Watching these waifs spin and fly through the wonderful wintery sets is truly a sight to behold. As for my personal favorites, the battle between the toy soldiers and the rats is epic, and the Mouse King’s gigantic beer belly still makes me laugh.

7. Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)- No, not that charmless, joyless Jim Carrey bastardization from 2000, I’m talking about the splendid original animated special, which has about 10 times the heart and Holiday spirit of the Carrey fiasco, and is only about a fraction as long. This tale of love overcoming bitterness is told in Suess’ incomparably witty, rhyming prose, with Boris Karloff’s perfect narration and some truly unforgettable tunes. A Christmas must.

6. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)- Much like Die Hard 2, this is more or less a shameless retread of the original, with precocious little brat Kevin now spending Christmas all alone in the Big Apple, instead of his comfy suburban home. Basically follows the plot of the original beat for beat, except everything is done bigger; the booby traps for the burglars are more elaborate, as is the “Angels with Dirty Souls” prank, and writer John Hughes lays on the sap extra thick towards the end, particularly with a subplot involving a homeless bird woman. It goes on too long, but it’s still a lot of fun, and no one grins like the Grinch better than Tim Curry.

5. Home Alone (1990)- A modern Christmas classic about a snot-nosed brat who is accidentally left home alone when his ridiculously large family goes overseas for the holidays and the kid is forced to defend his house from a pair of not-so-bright burglars who try to break in. This is one of those that came along when I was just the right age for it (9-years-old), and it’s been on my Christmas watching list ever since. Yes, some out-of-place sentimentality about family and forgiveness does get shoehorned in for the finale, but it’s still the perfect movie for getting into the spirit of the Holidays.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)- A timeless, All American Christmas classic. Director Frank Capra at his finest. Star Jimmy Stewart at his finest. Need I say more… just a bit. I have an unusual sentimental connection to this one. My freshman year of high school, the drama club actually performed a stage version of this for the winter play, and I was the sound effects guy who, inexplicably, attended every single rehearsal even though I wasn’t in the play and had no need to. It was the beginning of my serious interest in dramatic arts… which of course led to my serious obsession with cinema. Anyhow, it was a story I instantly fell in love with and never grew tired of, and now it’s impossible to imagine Christmas without it.

3. The Ref (1996)- Those who like their holidays with a slightly darker tint really need to check out this criminally under-rated black comedy about an on-the-run burglar who kidnaps a married couple on the verge of divorce on Christmas Eve and finds himself caught in the middle of their endless bickering. The writing is sharp as an ice skate, the humor is scathing, and Denis Leary’s bitter comedic schtick has never been better. It does kind of fall apart by the end, but up till then, it’s so brutally funny that it just doesn’t matter. Besides, where else can you see a piss drunk Santa get punched the fuck out…

2. Bad Santa (2003)- … perhaps I spoke too soon. Here we have the Christmas movie that made Rick Swift blush and convert to Christianity. This Santa Claus is piss drunk all the time and doesn’t give a good Goddamn if you’ve been naughty or nice. He’s also a foul mouthed, chain smoking burglar who likes to ball fat chicks in the Big and Tall section of whatever department store he’s casing that year. Any parent who would let their young child sit in this guy’s lap needs to have their head examined. Definitely not a Christmas comedy for the whole family, and for many, this one is way too profane to stomach, but for the H-Man… I can’t think of many movies that have ever made me laugh harder. It may be crass, it may be creepy, but it is an absolute fucking riot. It even shows a bit of heart at the end, proving that this Santa ain’t so bad, after all.

1. A Christmas Story (1983)- Maybe this one has an unfair advantage, in that it has “Christmas” in the title, and it plays on an endless loop on Christmas Day, but all that notwithstanding, this is THE Christmas movie. The one that kids and adults alike can love and cherish. Even though I didn’t grow up in the 1940’s, I could still relate to young Ralphie and his plight in so many ways; accidentally saying “Fudge” in front of my parents, the desire for a BB gun, being denied said BB gun because I would “shoot my eye out,” being given clothing I hated but was forced to wear (though nothing as bad as a garish pink bunny suit). This is THE Christmas movie because there is so much truth in it, and it speaks to all of us… and it makes us all laugh. It just gets better with each passing year, and if you watch only one movie this Holiday season, make it this one.

 

Rick Swift’s “12 Flicks of Christmas”

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

On the 12th day before Christmas, you’ve simply got to watch . . .

HoHoHo#12 Die Hard (1988) – While this may not be regarded as a traditional Christmas film – it takes place during Christmas and has a constant Christmas soundtrack, plus, someone gets a Machine Gun for Christmas. My kind of gift!

On the 11th day before Christmas . . . yea, I am not doing that theme for 11 more films.  You catch my drift, right?

 

 

F-CTL36467#11 Home Alone (1990) – an endearing tale about a boy in a large family that wishes his family would disappear – and they do.  He has to overcome his fears and thwart burglars, all whilst remembering what Christmas is all about . . . family.

 

 

Elf10#10 Elf (2003) – One of the funniest films ever made about Christmas, and how you are never too old, nor too big, to get caught up in the Christmas spirit.  This film introduced me to Peter Dinklage, and watching James Caan navigate across Will Ferrel is just epic.

 

 

 

Miracle9#9 Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – A touching look at how Santa is real, whether you believe it or not.  This has been remade over and over again, but the original is the best, starring Natalie Wood as a little girl who wants a family for Christmas . . . something that everyone thinks is impossible (including her), except one nut who insists he is Santa.

 

 

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#8 The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966) – A unique story about Santa Claus facing eviction by an evil banker.  This one always kept me glued to the tube, the music is good, catchy, and the effects and dubbing were sub-par, but that hasn’t ever bothered me.

 

 

 

Scrooged7#7 Scrooged (1988) – Bill Murray takes us on a yule-trip set against the film industry and is a powerful, modern take on the Dickens Classic “A Christmas Carol” – and it is freakin’ hilarious!

 

 

 

ChristmasCarol6#6 – A Christmas Carol (1984) – With George C. Scott as Scrooge, whenever I personally see a new, or different, version of this classic tale – this version is what I am comparing it with.  Scott will always be MY Scrooge.  The special effects were solid, and still hold up well, I think.

 

 

TheSantaClause5#5 – The Santa Clause (1994) – Tim Allen faces divorce and is forced to become Santa, reluctantly he obliges, and how society treats him is a metaphor for what has happened to Christmas in America.  The spirit of magic seems dead, or dying.

 

 

ErnestChristmas4#4 – Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) – Because it reminds me a bit of The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t and features a novel interpretation of “Oh Christmas Tree” that I find myself still laughing to.  Plus, it reminds me that people shouldn’t take themselves so seriously, especially during the holidays.

 

 

NationLampoonsChristmas3#3 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – I love all the Lampoon movies featuring Chevy Chase, and when this one came out, it almost replaced the top spot.  When he rants about what he wants for Christmas, I swear that is the longest rant ever in film history.  With Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the yuppie neighbor who is trying to essentially ignore Christmas, it’s just a great flick.  Leonard of The Big Bang Theory plays Rusty and Juliette Lewis is Audrey.

 

 

 

Emmet2#2 Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1977) – Very rough puppet work, but one of the best stories Jim Henson ever told, about a little Otter whose father died and his mother struggles to afford the simplest of gifts.  An adaptation of the Gift of the Magi that reminds us what is important about Christmas isn’t the gift, it is the giving.

 

 

 

ChristmasStory1#1 – A Christmas Story (1983) – This has been overly saturated, as TBS plays it on an endless loop to let them run a skeleton crew over the holidays.  But, it is still the best Christmas Movie.  I can watch it a thousand times, and it has become a tradition that I can’t miss.

 


Don’t forget these little TV special stocking-stuffers: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and, of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)!

Oh, and my favorite R-Rated Christmas film is The Ref (1994) starring Dr. Denis Leary as a robber who happens to break into the home of the most dysfunctional family, with Kevin Spacey as the father who is trying to keep everything together.  One of the funniest films of Leary’s, and easily Spacey’s career.  NOT a family friendly film though . . . but it should be in your adult holiday film rotation.

So, what are YOUR must watch Christmas Flicks?

 

 

FREE DVD – House Party 5 – Tonight’s the Night!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

House Party 5Have you ever been to the most amazing house party?  You think you have?  FALSE!  Unless you were at the April 9, 1999 Torfaeus Gate 74B party in Stavanger, Norway – – – you have only dreamed of the best house party!  Yea, that was my old address in 1999 – it was too incredible and indictable to mention here.  Suffice it to say, people I never met came up to me years later and asked me if I was at “that party.”  My reply is always the same, “that was my flat.”  Then I wait for the moment they confess they “weren’t there,” but they “heard about it.”

Let’s face it, the best parties are the ones we can only share stories about with our closest friends . . . or fiends.  So, I won’t ask you to share all your tawdry wild and crazy party antics, but definitely check out this app and share it with your friends.  Maybe you will spark a wonderful memory about a party that is NSFW?  As for my party – it was legendary!

I will tell you this much, I found out just how crazy Brits are when they are pissed!

Check out the app below and share one moment from a house party you either threw or crashed:

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, swift@iratefilms.com or tag #HouseParty5 on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and share with us! You have to share to be entered to win!

Only valid U.S. mailing addresses (no APO or PO Boxes) – need your posts before August 2nd to be entered to win!  GOOD LUCK!

It’s Social Media Giving Day!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Givver.com shirtIn honor of Social Media Giving Day, July 15th, we are partnering with Giver.com to make it super easy to donate to your favorite charity!

Show us you love to #give and you could win this special shirt and bumper sticker to show off your commitment to help others.  The biggest part of Social Media Giving Day is to give to others.

 

• Let us hear your results from the “What’s Your Twitter Personality?” QUIZ!
• Share your favorite way to donate to charity.

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, swift@iratefilms.com or tag #gift on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and share with us! You have to share to be entered to win!

Only valid U.S. mailing addresses (no APO or PO Boxes) – need your posts before July 22nd to be entered to win!  GOOD LUCK!

FREE Blu-ray – Jack the Giant Slayer

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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Now is your chance to win a free Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack of Jack the Giant Slayer.  Here is H-Man’s review: Jack the Giant Slayer.  Oh, yea, H-Man cusses a lot!  I personally haven’t seen it, and my favorite Jack and the Giant story was in 1976.  It was this weird anime film with some of the funkiest music since The Wiz!  If you recognize this picture below, I’d wager you had a trippy childhood too.

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This dude used to scare the crap outta me, of course I was about five when I first watched it.  But, I can’t find this version of Jack and the Beanstalk anywhere!   I had it on a waitlist for over two years on Netflix!  And, I am not pulling any punches, H-Man clearly didn’t like Jack the Giant Slayer, but that doesn’t mean your kids won’t!  Hell, it doesn’t even mean you won’t.  I seem to remember watching Jack and the Beanstalk when I was a kid and my dad going, “What the hell is this?”

Think on this, someday your kid may very well be going NUTS looking for the “weird 2013 version of Jack and the Giant . . . the one with Obi-Wan and the bad hair.”  Now, imagine you won that Blu-ray years ago, here on IRATEFILMS!

Here’s how to win:

Send a self-addressed . . . SIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!   I was having 70’s flashbacks!

Here’s REALLY how to enter to win – SHARE SOMETHING WITH US!

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, swift@iratefilms.com or tag #JacktheGiantSlayer on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and let us know what you learned from using the app above!

Make sure you enter to win by July 9, and only physical mailing addresses in the USA are permitted to win, so no PO/APO Boxes.

What is “Acting Intelligence?”

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Acting Intelligence Workshop

THE June 15th ACTING INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION…NOW OPEN
“I hope you’ve decided to join us on this creative journey. We will be working together intensively to make you a better actor, and I expect you’ll find it to be fun, enlightening, creative, and more than a little challenging.” -Alyn-

The intensive one-day session runs from 10:30AM to 5PM. Cost is only $99. Class size is strictly limited so register NOW! To register Send an E-Mail to: INFO@ChaosFilms.com

The Workshop will be held at:
LOUD MOUTH TV
131 N. Swinton Av
Delray Beach, Florida 33444
561.274.2472
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Acting Intelligence Workshop is quite simply the best opportunity an actor has to flex his or her acting muscles. It’s where actors utilize their technique and harness it in performance as they identify and deal with their personal strengths and weaknesses.

I believe that every actor must be able to create an intense emotional reality and a vibrant imaginary world to inhabit while acting. This is not an easy task, nor does it generally come naturally. It takes practice, training and exercise to bring it into clear focus.

Here’s your opportunity to learn how to dissect a role with razor sharp precision, and then utilize that knowledge to reach a level of creative performance that you never imagined you could ever attain.

Don’t just be a good actor; master the knowledge to become a great one, this workshop is designed to help you accomplish that…at every level.

Would you survive “The Purge?”

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

In a time when America is rife with crime and overcrowded prisons, the country has voted to allow a twelve-hour hiatus on all emergency services.  Calling the police or hospitals will do you no good, and there are also no repercussions for anything that happens during “The Purge.”

Maybe you think you are safe – maybe you are the ones we need to be most concerned about.  Either way, we at iratefilms would like to know where you stand.

You could win this gift set . . . one t-shirt and one Purge mask!

The Purge Prizes

Take a look at the app below and see how you would fare.

 

On opening night (June 7) head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below right now; send me a direct email, swift@iratefilms.com or tag #SurviveTheNight on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and share with us! But, as always you have to share to be entered to win!

Only valid U.S. mailing addresses (no APO or PO Boxes)

This post and the prize are courtesy of Universal Pictures.