Old Number Seven has an encore @ AGG Extreme Fest!

UPDATE: The screening went very well! The audience loved it. Always nice to hear!

Gonzalo Lopez’ OLD NUMBER 7 (see trailer here) will probably get its last public screening on the 22nd of January, 2011 at 6 PM via AGG EXTREME FEST (which is supposed to be showing the best shorts of last year… hence it’s flattering). The screening will go down at the C. C. Garcilaso in Barcelona, Spain. OLD NUMBER 7 stars myself, Saida Lamas and Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and yes, moi.

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Interviewed by Cinema-Crazed.com!

I recently was interviewed by film fan site CINEMA-CRAZED.COM You can read an excerpt below and check out the whole thing HERE.

What film role was your favourite so far?
Rane in “DEADEN” is one of them. Being that I wrote the script; I gave myself a well rounded part. Got to hit varied emotional levels, got to fight, shoot guns, kiss the girl, and blow up a car with a rocket launcher. Fun times! I also loved playing Jimmy in “100 FEET.” I got to act with Famke Janssen and more importantly got to be directed by the man who inspired me to start writing screenplays in the first place when I was a teenager; Eric Red.

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End of the year thoughts; fuck 2010; here’s to 2011! It can’t be worse…

Usually at the end of a year; I always do a list of the top positive and negative events that went down in my life that year. But to be honest; the less said about 2010; the better; I want to forget the year; I don’t want a record of it, I just want to erase it from my memory and move on. The burdens that 2009 left me with, grew, grew and grew in 2010 and that’s what the bulk of my year was all about; dealing with them, running away from them, breaking apart… trying to keep it together…nough said. On the up side; although I once again traveled the globe (Texas, LA, Spain etc.) and was privy to many groovy life experiences (like being a member of the Jury at Fantastic Fest in Austin, spending time with friends in Barcelona, kicking it with the Red Man in LA); looking back; its hockey that helped me hold on to that last bastion of positive energy within me. I got so passionate about the sport over the years; attending Habs games; embracing the scene in Montreal; that I finally started playing it.

When I was a kid I was never put into hockey as all good Canuck children should. Sure I played it in the streets and all but never on ice. I have now been playing ice hockey for 7 months and I f*cking love it. Not only does it give me a continuous challenge (my teammates are way more experienced that I am, I have to catch up); one that is different than the types I usually undertake  but its also become a new hobby (cinema stopped being a 100% hobby the moment it became work). Its also easily one of the most physical sports that I ever tackled (right up there with boxing). I look forward to every session…I truly can’t get enough. Moreover; it helped me in my quest to stay healthy.

When I left for Spain this year for example, I started smoking again and fell back into bad habits. The moment I got back home and hit the ice though…I PAID for it big time and figured that there is no way I can play this sport if I am NOT healthy. So I quit smoking yet again (over 2 months now) and stepped back on the right path. So what about my goals for 2011? I will keep it simple. I want to do what I have to do to heal, cause its not happening by itself and I also want to keep striving for my goals; but from different angles. That’s it! All I have to say. Am done. So here we go again; another round in the ring of life.  Wishing yall a TKO victory in 2011!

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My Top 10 genre films of 2010!

This was a solid year at the movies for yours truly. I kinda of feel lucky in the sense that I got to clock ALL KINDS of great shit via the two Film Festivals I attended this year (Fantastic Fest and Sitges) that I wouldn’t have tapped this early otherwise. So here’s what 2010 was all about for me!  For starters; picking up where 2009 left off; 3D was everywhere in 2010. Not just within our genre; EVERYWHERE. To the point that when a film was released ONLY in 2D; I’d be like WTF! Yup, Hollywood has found a new cash-cow in 3D; an efficient way to gap the lo$$ that piracy is costing them and an ideal scapegaot to boost up ticket costs. I expect the 3D rage to keep on strong in 2011.

The good news was; American horror picked up its balls and swung them proudly in 2010. Offerings like DEVIL, FROZEN, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, BLACK SWAN, MOTHER’S DAY and INSIDIOUS were mucho appreciated by this twat. I was worried for US horror for a while there, but 2010 showed me that there is still hope. Foreign wise; Spanish genre cinema did what French genre cinema was doing for a while i.e. owning all with gems like KIDNAPPED, REC 2, BURIED and JULIA’S EYES. Them flicks re-enforced Spain as a horror force to be reckoned with. Not wanting to be left out Korea also kicked ass hardcore with I SAW THE DEVIL and BEDEVILLED ringing our necks. Finally, Australia put out at least two solid ditties on their end: THE LOVED ONES and RED HILL. And I was a better genre fan for them.  Studio wise; well it was hit and miss as per usual. For every badass PIRANHA 3D we got, we were polluted with a NIGHTMARE ON  ELM STREET or a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2: MINDGAMES OF A POOL CLEANING MACHINE. And am I gonna address the latest installement in the bloated and over-written TWILIGHT franchise? Well that’s nough said! Not worth the further keyboard taps.

Now it should be stabbed that there were some films that I saw in 2010 that I didn’t and will not review. That’s my new thing BTW. At the end of every year I catch up on the genre films I missed. If they will make my TOP 10, I write a review for them; if not, I don’t bother. So nope, HARRY BROWN (3 on 4), THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (3 ON 4), THE GIRL THAT PLAYED WITH FIRE (2 on 4), ALTITUDE (1/5 on 4), THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED (3 on 4) and THE KILLER INSIDE ME (3 on 4) didn’t make my TOP 10 cut.  What did? Scroll down and find out! I gotta be honest; I had a hard time bringing my favorites down to just 10 entries; I changed my mind constantly; it took me a while to nail, but I got it down now. Check it out here!

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Start 2011 on the right healthy foot! Use the Rocky Cookie recipe!

Just wanted to share a recipe with yall; one that can help you start your 2011 on the right foot health/weight wise. Its from Sylvester Stallone’s awesome book Sly Moves (if you,re serious about getting fit – get the book, its a must) and its for the ROCKY COOKIE.

A cookie that is not only good for ya; but one that tastes great, that will give ya energy and also help keep your metabolism going.


1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/8 cup brown rice flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/8 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup Quaker old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 egg
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon molasses


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium-size bowl, combine wheat and rice flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, and oats. Make in indentation in the center and add egg, olive oil, water, and molasses. Mix vigorously until the dough is moistened. Roll into tablespoon-size balls and place two inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until done. Remove cookies from oven and cool on wire rack. They should be soft and slightly chewy.

There ya have it! A great cookie for peeps who want to stay fit. Enjoy!

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