American Muscle reviews!

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

With Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE now out on disk reviews are starting to hit the web. A new one just surfaced on the Docteur No blog in French (from France, pas Quebecois, sti) and I copy pasted it below. I wanted to translate it, but even with my solid French, I couldn’t pull it off (one quote aside). It’s basically a snarky and  funny review calling the film an excessive guilty pleasure.  The reviewer also calls it a quasi remake of John Boorman’s POINT BLANK. Ironically enough, I have never seen the film (hence any similarities to it are coincidental). I gotta see it now though, I am curious! NOTE 2: I will add all future AMERICAN MUSCLE reviews to this story in the name of simplicity.

AMERICAN MUSCLE stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was directed/shot by  Ravi Dhar and written by yours truly.

Twitch: “Smashing, bloody, rude, and often nude, American Muscle captures the rowdy spirit of 70s exploitation movies and transfers it wholesale to the present day, while also instilling a dose of rueful, personal nostalgia. Make no mistake, American Muscle is first and foremost a movie about an incredibly uber-macho, extremely violent criminal — c’mon, he’s named John Falcon! — and the blood he sheds without remorse in his quest for vengeance.”- read the while review here!

After Movie Diner: “You can tell when a film is trying too hard because it keeps winking at the audience to get validation that everything they are doing, while gross, is all fine and in the spirit of the thing, whereas American Muscle doesn’t bother with that for one second. It simply doesn’t give a shit what you think. It sets up its situation and plays it out to its logical, tragic and gruesome conclusion.”-read the whole review here

Cinema Masculin: ” Dès le départ, j’ai voulu aimer le long-métrage, qui s’inspire du cinéma d’exploitation des années 70/80, un genre qui est encore utilisé aujourd’hui par plusieurs réalisateurs comme Quentin Tarantino (Plup Fiction). Étant fan de ce genre, il me faut admettre qu’American Muscle remplit bien son rôle à ce titre. À l’exception de quelques éléments technologiques, le scénario aurait pu situer l’action en 1971 sans problèmes. L’histoire est condensée, avec beaucoup de flashbacks permettant au spectateur de souffler un peu pendant le film, qui durent à peine 75 minutes.”-Read the whole review here

TrainmansReviews: “Danny Trejo says, “A movie needs 3 things, Blood, Bullets and Boobs” and this film has plenty of all three. A tale of a bad guy going after some even worse bad guys. That simple!” - Read the whole review here

Movie City News:  Too often, revenge movies get caught up in sentimentality, a protagonist’s pursuit of redemption or the sapping of strength that comes with finding love at a most inconvenient time. They sometimes get tripped up, as well, by making the kind of factual mistakes that are caused by cutting corners and distract viewers from the narrative flow. Ravi Dahr’s unrelenting American Muscle wastes no time whatsoever getting to the point and staying there for its entire 90-minute length. The movie opens with a flashback to a violent crime that occurred 10 years earlier, then quickly takes us inside a prison where, presumably, one of the participants is about to be released. As played by veteran hard guy Nick Principe, John Falcon resembles a walking tattoo parlor. His muscular frame attests to a decade spent in the prison yard lifting weights and consuming steroids smuggled into the facility with marijuana, heroin and cellphones by guards and guests. It doesn’t take long to realize that Falcon is a man on a violent mission. After catching a ride with a woman who happily quenches all 10 years’ worth of his sublimated lust, Falcon is asked if he’d like to have her phone number. No, he replies, “I’ll probably be dead in 24 hours.”

Indeed, every hour of the next 24 is spent tracking down his brother, who betrayed him, and the wife he left behind when he was captured and went to prison. Falcon’s also vowed to kill the other gang members who avoided arrest and split up his spoils. He wastes no time doing just that. Writer John Fallon adds several more expository flashbacks and a few scenes in which crank whores are required to go topless, but, again, they don’t impede the forward trajectory of the story or keep Falcon from a final reunion with his brother. I’m usually not overly impressed by revenge pictures, especially those so obviously made on a limited budget.American Muscle managed to hold my interest, however, despite a deluge of wholly gratuitous bloodshed. (Gratuitous nudity is something else entirely.) It helps greatly that Dahr took advantage of the beauty and desolation of the desert near 29 Palms. Nothing says “meth labs” and “psycho-bikers” quite as eloquently as a drive through the giant “wind farms” outside Palm Springs.

YesWeekly: AMERICAN MUSCLE (Well Go USA Entertainment): Director/editor/cinematographer/music supervisor Ravi Dhar’s debut feature is a familiar revenge melodrama that sees ex-con Nick Principe embarking on a 24-hour rampage against those who wronged him, especially brother Todd Farmer. It’s familiar but fast-moving and full of gratuitous nudity and CGI violence. Co-star John Fallon is also scripted.

The Action Elite“American Muscle is essentially the ultimate male fantasy movie with fast cars, naked women and exploding heads. As long as you don’t go in looking for anything too deep then you might just have a blast. Really all you need to do is bring the beer.” - Read the whole review here.

Docteur No Review: “It’s raining blood, neurons and enough seminal fluids to fill the lungs … a fucking guilty pleasure! It’s like Tarantino on crack!”

Ravi Dhar nous plonge dans le nawak létal… AMERICAN MUSCLE est une divine agonie Z… Un torrent, à la fois décérébré et romantique, de nichons fatigués, de tatouages délirants, de gunfights vénères, de fratricides trisomiques et d’amour impossible… Comme une version sous crack de Tarantino

Un gros dur à moustache taciturne qui se prend pour Clint Eastwood (alors qu’il ressemble plutôt à un membre des Village People en tournée) sort de taule après 10 ans d’enfer… Il va se lancer dans une vendetta aussi et sanguinaire que grindhouse… Et accessoirement dans un remake mou du révolutionnaire POINT DE NON RETOUR à John Boorman. Mais version crade et vulgaire… Über vulgaire. Comme si la culture white trash (vivent les gros guns, les gros nichons, les grosses guitares assourdissantes et les grosses doses de crystal meth) se métamorphosait en parangon de subversion!

Et ben… En poussant tous les curseurs de la bienséance au delà des limites de l’entendement humain, l’inconnu Ravi Dhar nous plonge dans le nawak létal… AMERICAN MUSCLE est une divine agonie Z… Un torrent, à la fois décérébré et romantique, de nichons fatigués, de tatouages délirants, de gunfights vénères, de fratricides trisomiques et d’amour impossible… Comme une version sous crack de Tarantino (coucou KILL BILL 2). Et Ravi Dhar filme cette folie avec une sérieux et un minimalisme enthousiasmant. Résultat, on s’attache à ce héros vengeur et à ses aventures sanguinolentes… Il pleut du sang, des neurones et du liquide séminal à s’en remplir les poumons… Un putain de plaisir coupable. Ça c’est de la série B, bien plus noire qu’elle en a l’air, qui envoie les bichons! Et vive l’amour… Ça fait faire que des conneries! Notamment des séries z dérérébrées…

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Oh!Kelly’s “Howling at the Moon” joins The Shelter!

November 7th, 2014 No comments

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As Post Production comes to a close on THE SHELTER we have been finding the right songs (like Rurik Sallé’s Furui Shashin which you can hear below) for the film to support Shawn Knippelberg’s ominous score. Our more recent and final acquisition is called “Howling at the Moon” by Oh!Kelly (visit their Facebook page here).

It’s a song I completely fell in love with the moment I heard it in Colby Huval’s (our sound designer) truck. So much so that I re-arranged the music in the film a tad in order to fit it in. As per the end result, it actually all worked out for the better. You can give the song a listen below! PS: Here’s a VINE vid of writer/singer Jared O’Kelley signing the contract (I dig that pen). Happy to have you in The Shelter family bro! Rock on!

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Blood Rave aka Trance art and TV Spot!

November 6th, 2014 No comments

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My ever lasting quest to see TRANCE, a film that was shot in 2007 with Dominique Swain, Brea Grant, Madeline Zima and Jeremy London from a script that I wrote and sold, continues! It seems that they renamed the film to BLOOD RAVE (as per this TV Spot I just found, see it below) and that it premiered on FEARNET last year. If anybody has a copy of this film; hook me up please! No matter how bad it may be, I need to see it on principle. It’s unfinished business for me. I’ll never let it go till I see the fucking thing.

TRANCE aka BLOOD RAVE TV Spot from John Fallon on Vimeo.

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American Muscle gets out of the pen today on DVD and Blu-Ray!

September 30th, 2014 No comments
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Falcon is out and ready to cash in!

Ravi Dahr’s AMERICAN MUSCLE is finally unleashed today on BLU-RAY and DVD in all of its unrated glory! You can also watch it on INSTANT VIDEO. The film tells the heart-warming tale of:

John Falcon (Nick Principe) is a bad, bad man. But he didn’t deserve to go to prison. Now, after 10 years of hard time, he’s hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.

In my opinion Director and DP RAVI DHAR gave the material a fresh spin via his stylized visuals.While I was on set all I kept thinking was this is gonna look like a Cannon film meets David Lynch meets Mad Max. And upon seeing the end result; yup, I was pretty much right.

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Like I’ve said before, this was one of the most enjoyable shoots I’ve ever been on, one of the most collaborative and is definitely the most memorable.  I am proud of all that we accomplished and of the film itself. Some will dig it, some won’t, just how it goes. My advice; crack open a beer and just have fun. It’s that kind of movie! Brutal, smutty and trashy with an artsy streak.

AMERICAN MUSCLE stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer , Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and I play mute badass Tongues in it.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was  written by yours truly.

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Update and new stills from The Shelter!

September 26th, 2014 No comments

Hey all, an update! THE SHELTER post production is advancing. Colorist Bobby Holbrook is finding the right tones, VFX house Null Effects are completing the varied VFX shots (and doing some great work at that), composer Shawn Knippelberg is discovering the proper vibe for the film (he’s getting there) while sound editor Colby Huval is giving the film an added potent layer via his sound work. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

On that, I feel blessed to be working with so many talented people and I feel more and more confident about the film every day. The movie should be completed with Post by the end of  October. Now I’ve been sharing some pics on the films Official Facebook Page but I figured I’d share some of them here for those of you who don’t do the Facebook thing. That’s it for now! Talk soon!

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New American Muscle trailer and first review!

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

Distributors WellGoUSA have unleashed a new and “safer” trailer for AMERICAN MUSCLE (order the Blu-Ray here) and you can see it below! A first review also surfaced at Filmstarts; it’s in German; here are a couple of choice quotes, roughly translated:

“Here heads are not just blown away, but also have their tongues bitten out and then trampled flat with coarse boots. This is already so over-the-top that one “American Muscle” can not really be taken seriously. But the special pleasure is that it is told nevertheless seriously.”

“Committed to the spirit of the old B-movies is writer and actor John Fallon (“Death Race”), who tackled the greatest difficulty in conceiving a sleek story structure with an absolute maximum of Sex and Violence.”

The full review is here. Google Translate at will!

AMERICAN MUSCLE stars genre vets Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was directed/shot by the uber talented Ravi Dhar, written by me and bettered by all the creative talent involved. This one was definitely a TEAM SPORT. I am proud of this one, and along with how The Shelter is shaping up; that’s two for two – I am f-ing happy right now.

American Muscle – Trailer from John Fallon on Vimeo.

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Status of my directorial debut The Shelter starring Michael Pare!

August 18th, 2014 No comments

Hey all! Just giving you an update as to the status of my directorial debut THE SHELTER, starring the great MICHAEL PARE. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the project via its FACEBOOK PAGE; you should know that we have locked edit on the picture. I found the process to be stimulating and definitely educational. I understand so much more about editing now. Now that I think of it; I have never learned more about the film-making process on its every echelon than I have with this flick. From the prep, to the shoot, to the post. I’m a better everything for it!

Now, the many rough cuts of THE SHELTER were shown to trusted “regular people” and trusted “film industry folks” and the feedback I got was fascinating to be honest and  helped shape the final cut of the film to varied degrees. Funnily enough, out of everybody I showed the film to, there was one person that didn’t like it at all.  And that person wound up giving me the most constructive feedback in terms of making the film better. Go figure! Another thing I learned; you have to stop asking for feedback at certain point and trust yourself as the driving creative force behind the film; and I have done just that.

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So with the locked edit behind us we are now tackling four crucial stages at the same time: Color correction, VFX, sound design and music which are all advancing at a steady pace. A note if I may: this is a film that will live or die via its sound design and music. I am very much aware of that. And after hearing composer Shawn Knippelberg’s first piece of music for the film, I felt mucho relieved. He is obviously inspired by the film (phew) and “gets it” (double phew) and I now have 200% confidence that the film’s score will be stand-out and unique. He brought tears to my eyes with one piece… no small feat.

I have also learned that working Post production on a film is a lot like the screenwriting process. One day you think it’s genius, another day you think it’s shit and another day you have no idea what the fuck you have because you are too close to the project. Well today, I feel we have something novel and strong with a tour de force performance by Pare. Lets see what I think in 3 days…:) I will keep you all in the loop as always via the film’s FB PAGE and this blog. Thank you all for your continuous support throughout this new and exciting path in my life. God bless! JF

PS: To answer folks asking me about distribution and festival showings for the film. We have been approached on both counts; but I am not putting pressure on myself to wrap up Post to make any Fests due dates. My focus is COMPLETELY on having this film be the best it can be…PERIOD. Once we’re done, THEN, I’ll explore distribution and festivals thoroughly. But for now, that will have to wait. One step at a time…

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FOLLOW THE SHELTER ON FACEBOOK HERE!

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Official Blu-Ray cover and press release for American Muscle!

August 18th, 2014 No comments

The official Blu-Ray cover (above) and PRESS RELEASE for Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE (film I wrote and act in) recently went out via distributor WELLGOUSA. Peep it below! You can ODER THE FILM HERE!

The Adrenaline-Fueled, Action-Packed Drama

Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Sept. 30

AMERICAN MUSCLE

Payback is a Killer.

Directed by Ravi Dhar and Starring  Nick Principe, Robin Sydney & George P. Wilbur

Bonus Content Includes : Audio Commentary with the Director and Producer

PLANO, Texas.  (Aug. 13, 2014) – John Falcon (Nick Principe, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2) did  10 years of hard time in prison. Now he’s got 24 hours to exact his brutal revenge on every person who had a hand in sending him there when AMERICAN MUSCLE debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Sept. 30 from Well Go USA Entertainment. AMERICAN MUSCLE also stars Robin Sydney (Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation), Todd Farmer (Drive Angry), George P. Wilbur (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), Trent Haaga (616: Paranormal Incident), Jennifer Wenger (Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader), John Fallon (Death Race), Joshua Lou Friedman (The Love Section), Malice 666 (Little Blue Pill) and Robert Coffie (Cowboys & Indians). Bonus materials include audio commentary with the director and producer.

Synopsis:

John Falcon (Nick Principe) is a bad, bad man. But he didn’t deserve to go to prison. Now, after 10 years of hard time, he’s hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.

AMERICAN MUSCLE has a runtime of approximately 78 minutes and is not rated.

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New American Muscle pictures, new one-sheet and release date revealed!

July 4th, 2014 No comments

Here are new stills and  an alternate one-sheet for Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE, a violent vigilante flick that I wrote and also act in. And better yet, you can now pre-order a copy of the film HERE! The film will be released on September 30th, 2014 via WellGoUsa!  YEEHAW! I saw the movie a while back and I am proud of it and what we all accomplished! It always feel good when it goes that way as that is not always the case. AMERICAN MUSCLE stars genre vets Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. See more pics over at the official AMERICAN MUSCLE Facebook page right HERE.




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SoundonSight.org interview. I talk The Shelter and more!

May 8th, 2014 No comments

I was recently interviewed by SOUNDONSIGHT.ORG about THE SHELTER and my background. Read an excerpt below and the whole thing HERE

As for The Shelter, Fallon has remained vague as to plot details. “And I will continue to be.” Currently in post-production, Shelter finds character actor Michael Pare as a homeless drifter who wanders into an empty house. He’s “basically a scumbag, living with regrets and self-loathing. He’s a vagrant. One night, he comes upon this house. He makes himself at home. Falls asleep, wakes up in the morning with a gun in his lap. At that point, it becomes a mystery, without spoiling too much.” What has surprised friends and family who have read the script, given Fallon’s love of gore, is the lack thereof. Rather, he has focused on a the psychological aspects of horror.

Thanks for having me!

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