A Letter To All (AKA A Self-Indulgent Look Back At 2015)

Hello reading people, nice to see you again, you’ve changed, is that a new flangepoint? No? Well, whatever you’re doing, keep it up, it’s making me well jel. This is a general update blog, another one of those ‘personal’ ones, a sequel or follow-up to the successful first one, this will be much the same only the locations have changed and we’ve added a few big name cameos. Last time I posted was during a time of hardship, which isn’t uncommon to me, but I’m aiming for an overall look back at 2015 in the dying hours of it rather than a ‘man, this shit’s heavy, and here’s some other installments of things to try and alleviate the heavy stuff, love me?’. 2015 has been an interesting year for the Andrew Jones person I write as (A character invented years ago to cover my right-wing beliefs and be much more offensive than I am comfortable with. Make me a Vine superstar, people, I can say right ‘orrible things about 51% of the population if that’s what ITV2 want).
My main goal in 2015 was to become a real boy, and by that I mean a fully functioning adult with maybe a paid income and steady job, with the potential to then finally move out from the roof my parents constructed with their bear hands, and various other animal appendages. In order to focus on attaining employ I had to throw off my shackles. At the tail end of my time at university I had fallen into the world of online film journalism, and made enough connections to go places, as it were. And since then, that hobby took over most of my time. It had to go. In 2015 I didn’t do much in terms of film screenings, junkets, events. I did some things, sure, but it was a wipe of the slate to clear space, which ultimately meant a lot of months of outside looking in and being left alone in the outskirts of London doing nothing when everyone I knew was having a fun night out. Tough bloody times. But I took up something else in place of that. A plan to help me become more outgoing and hone interpersonal skills so I could land a job.
Improvisation. I have been a fan of the make-em-ups for years and always had a quick-enough brain to work within the lines, so finally I leapt into the art through classes (They come highly recommended, insert link to Hoopla’s website here). Classes were a small community of people that all come together with an interest in spending an evening letting loose, being silly and just doing whatever happens, rolling with it. THAT’S what it should always be like. As such, I took two classes and then hit the stage a few times, with a third time hopefully occurring in the small hours of tonight. It’s a freeing and scary experience that I want to continue with into 2016, with plans for a decent show concept drawn up and slowly being worked on and evolved. Hopefully come this time next year you might have seen a few of these shows and laughed.
My endearing love of improv has been continued for years by the wonderous invention and creativity of podcasts, from silly conversations that go in strange yes, and directions through to the full-on ‘this is long-form improv as a show’. Podcasts are important to this guy, I listen to a lot, they are my TV nowadays, with character and storylines I care about. And sometimes characters are killed off. A strange thing happened with my all-time number one p-cast, Comedy Bang! Bang! (And I make no apologies if you’re sick of me tweeting and RTing various references and links from that show). One week they released a glorious episode of very silly world-building character improv comedy featuring music from Colin Hay, his acoustic beautiful melancholy fitting neatly with the hysteria around him, was something I listened to twice in a day. It was funny and full of good songs, then days later one of the shining stars of the show, Harris Wittels, a genius at stupid jokes, good quick comedy and left-field thinking only just starting his early 30s, died. And then listening to those songs and the people in that audio recording laughing and having fun felt like a relic of a bygone era. Things changed. I woke up early that day and sobbed like nothing else, only knowing the talent through the audio medium, but feeling connected in a weird and modern way. The power of the immediate between recorder and listener, and akin to the way social media works. I may not know half the people I talk to on twitter, but I know them on twitter, and there’s a connection beyond face-to-face that is clear and strong.
A sudden realisation that it’s possible to do anything out there and maybe even make strong bonds with people just via work and personality, but it’s a lot of building the blocks before you can stand on them and admire the view. I found my anthem of the year, Colin Hay’s Next Year People.
Next year everything will come good,
The rains they will fall and we’ll dance on the hood.
We’ll fill up our bellies with plentiful food,
We’ll eat, drink and be merry.
Yeah, next year, people, wait and see.
We’re next year people, you and me.
I have written about myself and the depression I caught whilst out and about, something that kept grinding at me as I had nothing going for me, and at times nobody to talk to in general. Besides my parents this year I spent a few months alone cumulatively, and many weeks lying in bed. That’s a how-not-to on living life right there, but there was nothing else to be done, the beast wore me down so hard. I reached out eventually, hoping that something would help, and went to three meetings with someone about behavioural therapy before being signed off on as ‘good enough’ or something tantamount to that. So, I’m cured, right? (Decidedly not, but that comes later).
With the self-exile of my one source of constant friendship catching up, film screenings, I mostly didn’t hang out with people this year. Not fun, for sure, there’s a few that have been around and even moved schedules to meet up, which is nice. I just wish that a lot more people were there at different times, but my definition of friendship is a higher bar to leap than most, I do everything for friends, others might not have the time or energy. This gap in people was most felt during September and October, the festival season, when everyone was in central London every day for the London Film Festival, and thus everything was empty. The darkest time for Andrew, certainly. And November was looking like a continuation of that empty void where few were ever around. And then I got a phone call.
For years I have freelanced as a video editor for a friend I made via the wonders of social media. He called me up and informed me that he was going to be down one editor by the end of the year. And that I may be in luck as it comes to employ.
November suddenly stopped looking so tragic.
By November’s end I was in the office starting to learn the in’s and out’s of the world I was about to partake in. By December’s end I have worked longer at this gig than any job in my little life. And it shows no sign of stopping in 2016. Fingers crossed.
Yeah, next year, people, wait and see.
We’re next year people, you and me.
So 2015 was tough and strange and choppy and bitty and full of endless nights, dark days, solitude and exile, but it grew into better, hopeful, stronger existence. The bricks were being stacked together over a long time, but there’s a chance that the horizon is coming into sight and is looking pretty swell. In 2016 I aim to really try and win, and maybe even try and get myself out there further, physically and mentally. But that doesn’t happen alone, teamwork is what’s most needed, friendship, allies, help. We each lift one another over the wall, I can be there for you, but it’d be nice if you offered me the same. What I’m saying is, let’s make 2016 far superior, and let’s try and create and make things happen that right now seem impossible and bizarre, because with dedication and time and team-work everything is possible.
Everything is possible.
Andrew

The Best Films Of 2015 So Far!

We are somehow half-way through the year of our Lord Xenu 2015 and never has there been so many great movies put out by the wonderful film studios that tell us how to live our lives, love our loves and watch our watches. We saw an apocalyptic road movie, a super-powered action movie and, oddly, a holiday destination overtaken by extinct beings, but there’s also been a treasure trove of quality films. I’m excited to take you on a journey of the best films of this half-year (NO DEBATING!)

5. Rocky Mountain High

RockyMountainHighSlightly hurt on release when similar events happened only 4 days out of opening weekend, this romp around a mountain climbing high school’s stoner-social infrastructure in the middle of an avalanche of gummi bears seemed destined to be forgettable nonsense from the first EVV spread to the TV spots, but the film managed to find heart in the hemp. A messy third act couldn’t stop the laughs a-coming and the surprisingly brutal gummi-deaths from bringing audiences to their knees. A sequel is in development, although Taylor Kitsch says he doesn’t intend to return to the franchise after a run in with director Herve Sebastian-Stanley-Wittington outside a Dave & Busters in January.

4. Snatched Courage: The Leaf DeVergent Story

SnatchedCourageThere’s not many great biopics out there, everything has to fit a streamlined structure, dramatic moments are shoe-horened in unlike real life, so it was a surprise that famed hang-gliding bank-robber Leaf DeVergent’s autobiography adaptation would be as avant de-Garde (ahem) as it is. Writer-director Leslie McMahon Quevanzhenie Wallishawn brings her trademarked narrative empathy into a big studio project, and like Jesus Of Alabama and The Many Suits In My Closet, Snatched Courage hits the humanity of Leaf way before we fly into epic hang-gliding bank-robbing set-pieces. It may be a touch over 3 hours long, but to tell the story of a great human like Leaf we need to sit through the 40 minute piano lesson/child abuse one-take improvised scene. As I said in my review back in March “This film stole more than the studio’s finances last June, it also stole my heart. And for that, I demand it never go to jail again!” Oh I am witty.

3. Rascals 4

Rascals4There’s something in the water over at Paramax, each time they announce a Rascals movie we collectively sigh and complain, wasn’t the last one a suitable enough franchise-ending story? and then each time one comes out we unite and love what they do to the tale of three wise-cracking New York cops mysteriously flown to the Sahara, trying to find their way back. It doesn’t matter that each film has the exact same plot, or that the only difference between each one is they recast the black guy, it’s always funny and fresh and original.

2. Untitled Michael Caine Lee Tamahori Romance Project

LeeTamahoriThe rise of Nicholas Sparks to the role of president of the United States Of Sparksmerica has meant a real void in paperback romance novels that can be adapted, so when Werner Bros announced their plans to write an original love story and turn it to a film BEFORE releasing the novel version, we were all confused at the process. The eventual film, released without a final title, or effects, colour timing, audio mixing, any form of editing or much dialogue that wasn’t improvised is a sight to behold, somehow infuriatingly inept and yet gloriously truthful about the human condition, the ways of love and the difficulties in making something original, which is why we all want adaptations or remakes instead. So much simpler. A triumphant effort. Unwatchably inspired.

1. The Bleeborks: The Movie! in What Happened To Sofiebork?

BleeborksThe second movie for The Bleeborks brings the TV show’s beloved cast back, with the exception of Samantha Mortonantivirus’ Sofiebork, whose drunken antics on EVV’s red carpet last year shunned her from Hollywood forever and a day, and this time the focus is on the family dog Dogbork. Dogbork’s real family come in from a parallel universe to ‘bark’ him to join their family again, but will Dogbork go to his original family or stay with his new family, who have loved him for 8 seasons and a hit feature already?

I think the announcement of the third movie “The Bleeborks: The Movie! in Dogbork Is Still In The Series” gives us a hint. In the words of the alien-family’s mutant canarybaby, ‘Let us play on until the fat lady sings’. Classic Canarybabybork.

Well, that’s it for this half-year. Now go and watch the government-mandated 3 films a week for another 6 months and we’ll re-convene to see how the rest of the year holds up. And remember, if you don’t like a film, don’t EVER say so online, we will find you and we will disassociate you from your torso – The Government

Entourage… The Movie Version; Entourage

Bros from all places, all ages, all genders, the movie adaptation of HBO’s hit comedy ‘Entourage’ has officially hit US shores, and is doing so well they’re already talking about how to raise the capital to try and make a second film just for fans again, and like all good humans the brosts of Yellin’ ‘Bout Ellin have seen the movie, and found time from talking about it privately to talk about it publicly.

So here we are.

Andrew in England.

Nick in Hollyweird Californ-I-A.

The audio can be choppy but the information is solid, the bits are saturated and spoilers are here, so be warned if you’ve yet to experience the acclaimed motion picture.

It’s all been leading up to this.

Now what?

Check out the show on iTunes and the Stitcher Radio app.

Yellin’ ‘Bout Ellin: The Final Seasons of Entourage

Nothing like the end of a long-running series to get the biggest cameos, moments and Drama beats you can, and Entourage, and by definition Yellin’ ‘Bout Ellin: An All Encompassing Look At HBO’s Hit Comedy ‘Entourage’ By Bro’s, For Bro’s, nails it square in the eye in seasons 7 and 8, 2 disks a-piece that house 18 episodes of the show, lovingly discussed in the audio bars below.

But as we await the movie in mere weeks there’s a lot to talk about, like…

Maybe which Ghostbuster each Raj’ member is?

That could be an ep.

Or, how about a karaoke of each song on the soundtrack?

Ok.

But, things may be slowing down now the show is over, but there’s a level of detail that went into crafting the podcast that we as hosts wish to share with you. We didn’t just re-watch every episode of Entourage (In some cases we didn’t have time so rushed maybe Season 7 disk 2 a little too much) but we chronicled them in insanely specific spreadsheet details, and we wish to prove that we did something with our lives by posting the data here, a sort-of read-along companion to the shows.

Entourage Metadata

As you can see we had ideas to work with that never came to fruition (The show was also planned as a 3-times-a-week cast, one ep per ep, but the first ep record ran 40 mins and not 5 like planned, so Nick and I scratched that and went for looser collections, but just know each ep’s release dates and days until the movie from October were there, and in insane detail.

Now for the finale of the podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Stitcher and, easily, below:

Season 7

Disk 1

Disk 2

Season 8

Disk 1

Disk 2

Thanks for listening, hanging and yellin’, now onwards and to the movie!

OH YEAH!

Yellin’ ‘Bout Ellin – Seasons 4-6

Nick Torres and Andrew Jones cast many pods into the sea as the build-up to Entourage… The Movie Version; Entourage prepares to hit cinemas, not just a detailed look at the second poster and trailer, but nailing Seasons 4, 5 and 6 over the last few months.

EntouragePoster2

You can hear the episodes on Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher Radio, and check out the hot viral clip made for youtube success:

The Second Trailer:

Season 4

Disk 1

Disk 2

Disk 3

Season 5

Disk 1

Disk 2

Disk 3

Season 6

Disk 1 (Plus exclusive Adrian Premiere competition)

Disk 2

Disk 3 (With special guest Liam Neeson)

Now only a month until the feature film, we enter the home stretch, 4 more disks, 2 more seasons, and maybe some preview, review, set reports, interviews, soundtrack discussion, cast news and even more Yellin’ ’bout Doug Ellin than anyone could possibly need.

OH YES YEAH!!!

Yellin’ ‘Bout Ellin Does Entourage Season 3

We’ve already presented the first few episodes in the podcast that dares to examine every episode of HBO’s hit comedy ‘Entourage’ in excruciating detail, but the minds of Andrew Jones and Nick Torres have just completed the longest season of Doug Ellin and Mark Wahlberg’s show, season 3, which ran 20 episodes over 2 parts, equating to 5 disks in 2 boxsets as the show lays out.
You can find every episode so far on iTunes and Soundcloud, and more episodes will be coming up every Monday-or-so until the release of the future hit movie Entourage (No colon The Movie) but if you’ve yet to pack up your Queen’s apartment and make the move to LA, now’s a good time to begin your journey.
Season 3
Part 1

Disk 1

Disk 2

Disk 3

Part 2

Disk 1

Disk 2

Oh yeah…