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QUICK REVIEWS: The Departed (episode 21)

QUICK REVIEWS is back in action!  This time, I’m taking a look at The Departed, another action crime drama from Martin Scorsese.  Man, nobody does mob movies like Scorsese. The screenplay is by William Monahan (this is probably his most famous movie) and starring… well, everybody. The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin.  You think they got enough stars?  I bet a lot (half?) of that $90 million dollar budget went to salaries!  It’s not Scorsese’s best movie, but I’m a fan of The Departed.

That’s a good question.  What is Scorsese’s best movie?  Goodfellas?

Check out all episodes of Quick Reviews here!  Follow Quick Reviews on Facebook!

Will Reading – principal photography wrap & thank you video

This video was filmed in the fall of 2016 on my old phone on the last day of photography for WILL READING as a way of saying thanks to all the people who made this movie a reality.

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Will Reading is now available at film festivals!  You can read some review snippets here!

Will Reading is now available at film festivals and for reviews!

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Will Reading is now available at film festivals!  Update #13 has all the details!  And you can read some review snippets here!

And by “now available at film festivals,” I mean I have submitted to several film festivals and the movie has been upgraded from ‘submitted’ to ‘in consideration.’  Progress!  If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of the movie for review or submission into your festival, please contact me here.

Here’s some pertinent info on the movie that film festivals and reviewers seem to want to know:

Running time……………………………………………………….81 min
Genre ……………………………………………………………..Comedy
Year…………………………………………………………………….2017
Language…………………………………………………………..English
Country of Origin ………………………………………..United States
Format …………………..1920×1080, 30fps, 1.78 (16×9), Sound 2.0

LINKS:
Official website: https://creativejamie.com/tag/will-reading/

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willreadingmovie/

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5155046/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CreativeJamieDC

Hashtag: #willreadingmovie

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COFo1sfcPWw

Press kit:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19gtqE6iis8FwpHOaQskQcmllLx6Gi4RYUxnIIVx_atQ/edit?usp=sharing

Cover letter:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PqpTGEHSMIMJVxJmDPPeykvqCVKN9tEw2XaS9gJn-ZQ/edit?usp=sharing

REVIEWS:
Will Reading review by Mike Haberfelner (searchmytrash.com)
Will Reading review – The Movie Critic Next Door
Review:  Will Reading by Rebecca Cherry (Film Carnage)
Will Reading (2017) by Darren Lucas (Movie Reviews 101)
“WILL READING”— A Fun Comedy about a Morbid Truth by Amos Lassen

INTERVIEWS:
An Interview with Jamie Insalaco, Director and Star of Will Reading
by Mike Haberfelner (searchmytrash.com)

Will Reading – the movie is DONE!!! (updated #12)

Will Reading is a movie I started writing on May 30th of 2013.  The third draft of the script was finished in the spring of 2014 after which I started casting and other pre  production tasks.  We had a table read in August of 2014 and went into full production mode, which lasted for… I dunno, until around June 2015 and everything I shot after that was called post production pickups.  I had already started editing some of the more challenging sequences while we were shooting, but editing didn’t begin in earnest until after shooting ended and really picked up steam in January of 2016.

And now it’s done.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again:  I’m so very grateful and proud of everyone that worked on the movie and that the result we achieved have exceeded my wildest expectations!

If you check out the Will Reading link, you can follow along on my production diary.

Stay tuned to this website and the movie’s Facebook page for updates on when and where you can see the movie!

 

Will Reading – Trailer #2 (updated #11)

Here’s the second (and presumably final) trailer for our movie, Will Reading.   I probably have another two weeks of post production to go and then the movie will finally be one hundred percent complete!   This is a journey that stretches back to 2013 for me, and I can scarcely describe how I feel, so I won’t try.  I will say that I’m very grateful and proud of everyone that worked on the movie and that the result we’ve achieved exceeds my wildest expectations!

Stay tuned to this website and the movie’s Facebook page for updates on when and where you can see the movie!

Will Reading – a movie in production by CreativeJamie.com (update #10)

We’re soooooooooo close to having the movie finished! Read the rest of this entry

The Overnight (Quick Reviews Spoiler Discussion 4)

Here’s the fourth Spoiler Discussion from Quick Reviews, this time, tacking The Overnight.  This little indie stars Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche and I don’t so much review the flick as a whole as I do explain why it didn’t really work for me.  And yet, it’s still a decent flick.  Read the rest of this entry

Will Reading – a movie in production by CreativeJamie.com (update #9)

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Here’s a taste of what you’re missing on our Facebook page.

 

It’s been a while.  Shooting is done, but the war is not yet over.  Here’s a rare video update: Read the rest of this entry

The Crush movie review

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“Well, look at the time. I’m afraid I’m going to have to be moving along. To another place to live. In… Yemen. I’m going to Yemen. Like Chandler in Friends.  I’ll still be there for you, though – but from Yemen.”

The Crush is one of those horror/suspense comedies where you yell at the protagonist, blissfully unaware that Cary Elwes is portraying a fictional character that can’t hear your through time and space.  And I love every minute of it. Read the rest of this entry

Darkman quick movie review

What can I say about Darkman?  It’s very much a product of its time in terms of its action movie-ness, yet it’s clear Sam Raimi wanted to make a superhero movie back when studios weren’t knocking each other open to buy up licenses.  So we can an original character and a new franchise and get to hear Liam Neeson do an American accent.  Read the rest of this entry

Quick Pitch: HBO should do Harry Potter series after Game of Thrones

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I’ve already got the promo art ready!

Hi HBO!

I know you guys are busy dominating the TV short season with Game of Thrones (although The Walking Dead franchise clearly has its eyes on the crown), but I’ve got a pitch for ya.  Once the race to win the Iron Throne is over, it’s only logical that you find another big project to turn into your next must see series (forgive me if I don’t think Ballers is going to make your subscriber rates jump) and it really ought to be Harry Potter.  Check this out:  Read the rest of this entry

Welcome to Me movie review

Kristen Wiig stars in Welcome to Me, a movie that can’t quite decide if it’s a comedy, a drama or both.   While I wouldn’t hit this flick with the dramedy tag, I can’t say it’s a bad movie, either, despite the discrepancy.  It’s not great – but it probably should have been. Read the rest of this entry

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