Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Only way is Essex Boys : Retribution

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#TOWIEBR......Doesn't have the same ring to it does it? But that is the way I felt after watching the recent Paul Tanter film "Essex Boys: Retribution". This is a film that gives a new dynamic and twist to the 1995 Range Rover Murders. A Fictional Tale set 18 years after the infamous true events that rocked Essex.


So Here is a quick synopsis and rundown of the film.
"Almost 20 years after the Essex Boys murders, a New Generation of drug dealers are hitting the club scene in Essex. But soon revenge and control of the territory raises it's ugly head"

So this film is a sequel (of sorts) to Paul Tanters "The Fall of the Essex Boys (2013)" and picks up 18 years later with a fictional story to add mystery to the already complicated story of the true events. Paul takes on the writing duties as well as directing with this film and it brings a more dynamic, slick and darkly comedic turn as opposed to the very serious, down the line tone it's predecessor took. Although this film is a sequel, it can easily be a stand alone film as the narrative and structure of the story tells you more than enough background to get you up and running with this film.
Billy Murray (The Bill, White Collar Hooligan) returns and offers a great narration to help move the story along and gives you all the information you need to never feel lost. Billy Murray is a Class actor and true "Essex Boys" Veteran. The Film focuses on four essex drug dealers new on the Essex club scene. Great Performances from Ian Virgo (Black Hawk Down), Ryan Winsley (Piggy), Alex Esmail (Attack the Block) and Kyle Summercorn (Adulthood). All four young actors worked extremely well together with a tight script and snappy dialogue to make it work. Special mention goes to Ryan Winsley whose character of Neil was brilliant and had some of the best lines throughout, usually involving the C-word.




The four boys have to try and keep a very eager copper at bay who has some sort of vendetta against them. Kye Loren (He Who Dares) is the copper who will not stop until he gets these little shits and he will do anything to catch them out.
With some great appearances from Lorraine Stanley (London to Brighton, Eden Lake) who only has to glare at you to frighten you, Vas Blackwood (Lock Stock..,Mean Machine) pops up and automatically oozes coolness and Paul Marlon who appears with his menacing stare and blonde hair.

The Film is a triumph of entertainment. The script zips with great one liners and great banter between the four drug dealers. The Tonal shift is more darkly comedic, which helps bring the best out of the characters and the way they do their business. The Directing of Paul Tanter improves with every film he makes.
The Beginning Heist sequence a high point in a well directed, paced and orchestrated moment of the film. The Pig masks were a stroke of genius and Tanter gets to give us his "Point Break" moment and pulls it off in style.



Now I know these types of films are not everyone's cup of tea, and I am not writing this to say you're wrong. You are all entitled to your opinion and to like certain types of film. BUT I sometimes feel Low Budget UK Films get a rough rap before anybody has even seen them. I think more people should support the UK film Industry and help it grow and with that, improve it. If we don't get behind the UK film Industry then we can't help it grow.
So Check out Essex Boys: Retribution and see some of the emerging talent out there that you may of missed amongst the blockbusters in the cinema.

I am a massive fan of supporting UK film and UK Talent. Paul Tanter has become one of my favorite filmmakers as I have seen his craft improve and grow in the last year and I don't see it stopping any time soon.
The Future of UK Film looks ever so bright and if you don't get involved now then you will have a lot of catching up to do when it gets big.

Check out the Trailer PODcast we did before seeing the film:


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Thursday, 19 December 2013

ODDcast PODcast UK Ep.121: Merry ChristmARSE

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ODDcast PODcast Ep.121:
Merry ChristmARSE






In this Episode of The ODDcast PODcast UK, Adam, Will and Ash sit down and get all festive in the final Episode of The ODDcast PODcast for 2013. Before they take a well deserved break they discuss all things Christmassy. Fun and frolics ensue.




Thank you for Listening and Supporting the podcast in 2013 and we will be back in the Spring of 2014.


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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Its NOT Soccer Podcast: Ep.44 - Dirty Little Santa

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It's NOT Soccer Podcast
Episode Forty Four - Dirty Little Santa

2 Guys! 2 Mics! Too Much Information!




In This Episode of IT'S NOT SOCCER podcast, Its Not anything really, Adam and Billy go all Christmas-tastic for this time of year. Discussing Billy having a Blue Christmas, Lots of Christmas songs and find out what Billy has in store for his Christmas Day.
Its ALL About Christmas!

SEE YOU IN 2014!!



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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

OI - ODDly Interesting Ep.8 - Xmas

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OI: ODDly Interesting Ep.8 - Xmas

       
 
OI: ODDly Interesting Ep.8 - Christmas
The Official Spin Off show from The ODDcast PODcast UK as Host Will discusses some ODDly Interesting facts about the History of Christmas. Including the origins of the word "Xmas" with Adam and Ash. 

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The ODDcast PODcast UK, The Podcast Nobody is Listening to! #NOTlistening.
Hosted by Adam @BarkerPodcasts , Will @TiTiCaCaScrotum and Ash @ConfusedasFark
Your Weekly Banter Filled Podcast from the Heart of Essex.
Three Guys who attempt to put the world to rights
Contains Strong Language, Strong Opinions that may cause offence and Lots of Booze

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

ODDcast PODcast Ep.120 - The Podcast that say "Ni!"

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ODDcast PODcast Ep.120: 
The Podcast that say "Ni!"




In this Episode of The ODDcast PODcast UK, Adam is joined once again with Will and Ash. They discuss the Monty Python reunion, Will and Ash zombie hunting and Life on Mars.




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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Its NOT Soccer Podcast Ep.43 - Fight the Big Fight!

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It's NOT Soccer Podcast
Episode Forty Three: Fight the Big Fight!



2 Guys! 2 Mics! Too Much Information!

In This Episode of IT'S NOT SOCCER podcast, Its Not anything really, Billy finally gets to talk about the Froch vs Groves Boxing Match, BUT Adam wants to talk about Rocky!



It's NOT Soccer Podcast is a Comedy Podcast with the mixed ramblings of Hosts Adam @BarkerPODcasts and Billy @Bilo66. Each Episode These 2 Guys sit down with 2 Microphones and give out TOO much Information.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

ESSEX BOYS: RETRIBUTION Trailer (Podcast special)

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Paul Tanter is a BUSY man! One of the ODDcast PODcast's Favorite Writer/Director/Producer/Human Being/Probably Chess Champion has done a follow up to his take on the "Essex Boys" Mythos. A While back Paul wrote and directed "The Fall of The Essex Boys" which was a different take to the already well known "Range Rover Murders" from way back in the 90's!


NOW, He has followed that up with a fictionlised story of what happened 18 years on. With Paul Tanter on writing and directing duties and Simon Phillips in the producers chair, the two looked to have delivered another dimension to the world created from the most notorious gangland killings in recent times.





Phillips said "After the success of The Fall of the Essex boys, which has sold 90,000 units to date, we've continued the story and I am pleased that Paul has delivered an even more exciting, darkly funny and sharper film. I'm very excited that Metrodome have scheduled a Christmas release. The interest in this story means Essex Boys Retribution is THE crime drama to be getting this December."

So Myself and Billy sat down to watch the trailer and see what we got from it. A trailer which in my opinion does exactly what is needed to gain some anticipation of this Independent British Film.

Watch the Trailer:



We Recorded a Podcast to cover our thoughts on the trailer and what we expect to see from the final product. We also discussed how we, as boys from Essex, remember the "Range Rovers Murders" and the amount of connections it seemed to have in a small community.




The film stars Ian Virgo (Rise of the Footsoldier), Alex Ismail (Attack the Block), Ryan Winsley (The Fall of the Essex Boys), and Kyle Summercorn (Turnout) with Lorraine Stanley (London to Brighton), Vas Blackwood (Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) and Billy Murray (The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan) all supporting.




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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ambition to Live - Short Film Fights for your Attention

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So, over here on this blog, and the podcasts, I have been recently championing the medium of "Short Film". From chatting to Short Film Creators ( The Dinner Party Podcast ) and even dabbling in the medium myself ( Chess for Idiots ) I have been constantly saying "Short Films" are something we should all be getting behind and championing.
I believe Short Films are a great way for people to get creative and have a platform to showcase their abilities. Whether it be amateur film makers like myself or professional film makers, it's all relevent to being able to put forward a story in a short space of time.

So today I was informed and shown a preview of a Brand New Short film "Ambition to Live".
A young boxer prepares for his greatest challenge yet, as he prepares for war against his toughest opponent ever- himself!



Produced,Written and Starring Jordan Pitt, it's a personal tale that echoes his own beliefs during his time as a boxer.
“I originally wrote Ambition to Live with the hope inspiring people who fight everyday. No matter what it is,we all fight against something. Whether it’s a single mother struggling to raise her child, someone struggling to pay their bills each month,the list goes on.” he says.“Basically it's about the power of the mind,and if we are strong mentally,we can get through anything”.

I watched the film with hardly any information, background knowledge and idea other than seeing the poster, which is pretty cool I must add, and I have to say it impressed me. The Story was about a young boxer Nathan, who is run down by a car and lays motionless as bystanders gather around to watch as paramedics try to save his life, whilst in a seperate sequence the motionless guy is in a boxing gym gearing up for a fight. Both sequences intertwined as metaphors for his inner battle to survive. His ambition to live I suppose.
The short really had a stunning visual style to it that was shot beautifully and brought grittiness to it, especially in the close ups in the boxing scenes. So fair play to Director Fraser Ayres for that. The pace and narrative was well paced with the metaphors and story played out well to really drive home the message the writer had in mind.


The Short has very limited dialogue, almost silent giving the short's music to take hold of you and bring you into the mind of the protagonist. The Dialogue comes across as almost being heard from a distance, or in a dream, and that is effective to show the focus on what Nathan can hear.
The Acting was well done, given such a short amount of screen time, the actors portray their characters very well and serve their purpose. Jordan Pitt as Nathan is silent throughout but really has intensity in his eyes. Rebecca Ferdinando plays it well as the distraught girlfriend who arrives at the scene and John Pickard & Allyson Ava Brown  as the paramedics struggling to keep this guy alive.


A Very well done short that is already gaining credibility and deserved praise on the short film circuit. It is great to see talented, ambitious and enthusiastic people get together to create somebodies vision and I for one will be keeping on eye on the future work of all involved.

On Sunday the 8th of December it is being shown at BAFTA and from Monday the 9th of December you can watch it online on You Tube.
In the Meantime Check out the trailer

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Its NOT Soccer Ep.42 - Wonder Woman Watches Fun House

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It's NOT Soccer Podcast
Episode Forty Two: Wonder Woman Watches Fun House

 

2 Guys! 2 Mics! Too Much Information!

In This Episode of IT'S NOT SOCCER podcast, Its Not anything really, After a Brief chat about 80's/90's TV Show "Fun House" and The He-Man Theme tune, The Boys chat about the casting of GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman in the upcoming #Batfleck fronted "Batman Vs Superman" Movie.




Also Adam shows off Ep.1 of his latest audio comedy series 
"The Adventures of #Batfella" It's Pilot Episode featuring British Actress Rita Ramnani.

It's NOT Soccer Podcast is a Comedy Podcast with the mixed ramblings of Hosts Adam @BarkerPODcasts and Billy @Bilo66. Each Episode These 2 Guys sit down with 2 Microphones and give out TOO much Information.

It's NOT Soccer!........It's NOT Anything Really

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