Monday, September 30, 2013

Pretty Clever Films Reviews MALLAS, MA

Indie Watch: Mallas, MA

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 29, 2013
Ghost hunting is something of a famous and funny profession these days. Between the SyFy’s Ghost Hunters series, found-footage films like Paranormal Activity, and that movie with Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that shall remain nameless without Ray Parker Jr. coming through your computer’s speakers, ghost hunting is a job that few are brave enough to pursue and even fewer are willing to treat with credulity. Most people believe that paranormal investigators are con artists with no more psychic ability than Zsa Zsa Gabor, and I’m sure that there are quite a few members of the profession willing to swindle gullible people who are easily spooked by creaky floorboards, old plumbing, and drafty windows. There’s always that nagging question, though: what if ghosts do exist? What if the people who charge themselves with finding and expunging malignant spirits from haunted houses are telling the truth? It’s this spooky question that pervades Sean Meehan’s new short film Mallas, MA.

Made as part of a 48-hour film project in Boston, Mallas, MA (a title punning on the eponymous New England town’s phonetic similarity to “malice”) follows the experiences of Brian Higgins (Tim Cox) and Maria Synder (Maria Natapov), two con artists in the ghost hunting game. On a routine “investigation” into a supposedly haunted house, complete with phoney ectoplasm and staged ghostly pictures, the duo stumble upon a mysterious young girl (twins Uatchet Jin Juch and Nekhebet Kum Juch). Mute but responsive, Higgins and Synder use the girl to stage increasingly elaborate ghost sightings around Mallas. Unbeknownst to the two con artists, however, the girl is an apparition. Spooky.
As horror movies and thrillers go, Mallas, MA packs as much scariness as an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? Like that television series, though, Meehan’s film isn’t intended to induce nightmares. Instead, Mallas, MA is a thoughtful look at cynicism and how it clouds your ability to see the world.

The simple story and understated performances complement each other as the ghost story progresses. Distracted by the silent girl’s malleability in ghostly pictures, Higgins and Synder are oblivious to the supernatural force that they’re exploiting for profit. By the time that Higgins has a crisis of conscience and admits that he and his partner have been lying for a living, the confession rings hollow due to the presence of the ghost in the next room.

Mallas, MA doesn’t punish its main characters, but it does chide them for their cynicism and lack of belief in the power of their own craft. Meehan’s spooky little film has a gentle moral, but a good moral nonetheless: don’t let your own negativity cloud your ability to see extraordinary things.

A Gallery of Images from Mallas, MA

Cast In Promotional Trailer For Film HENCHMEN. Shoots Tonight.

Director Daniel Russell has tapped me to appear in a promotional trailer for his film HENCHMEN, which shoots tonight for a few hours in the Union Square area. In the trailer, I'll be playing Marvin, a passionate, middle-aged man with absolutely no taste. He has finally moved to New York City in hopes of finding success as a night-club disco singer.

I will also be offered an audition for the short film being shot in November.

Sean Meehan

The night before filming The Tuck promo, Sean Meehan and I sat up, drank some Elijah Craig bourbon and spoke at great length about film, specifically the kinds of films we want to make in the future...and the projects that have inspired us, especially BREAKING BAD. It's always great to chat with Sean, as he's someone who I know will go places in this business and I hope to ride his coattails.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Photos from THE TUCK

The Tuck Shoot

Yesterdays' shoot in Boston was a lot of fun. Working with Sean Meehan, as always, was a real pleasure. Looking forward to seeing the final version of the promo.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL will be showing at the Big Apple Film Festival on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH @ 10PM . The film is showing at Tribeca Cinemas. Tickets on sale 10/7.

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Sean Meehan Promo Shoot This Weekend

Sean Meehan has tapped me to appear in a new promo to be shot this weekend in Boston.

It's a humorous take on a product called THE TUCK, a little device for belts and belt loops. I'll be playing a boss conducting a job interview with an individual who at first does not have the tuck (and I have no intention of hiring) but when the tuck is used, I have a change of heart.

The script for the promo is funny, but as always, working with Sean again is the draw.

I'll be heading to Boston by bus on Friday and will be back sometime on Saturday.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Movie Quotes and More Reviews DARK ROMANCE

Dark Romance (2013) Movie Review

by Parissa Janaraghi 

Dark Romance is a short suspense/horror drama written by Matthew Mahler and Ross Mahler and directed by Matthew Mahler. The story is based in an office and follows Tim Cooper (Timothy J. Cox) a good natured advertising executive who is well liked by his colleagues. Tim works with Cam (Cameron Rankin) a young ambitious ad exec and they share a seemingly sweet secretary named Tiffany (Tiffany Browne-Tavarez) who obviously really likes Tim. One day Tim receives a card from a secret mysterious admirer which sparks Tim and Cam's curiosity as to who could have sent it, they laugh over it and it's soon forgotten. However, the next day Tim receives flowers from the mystery admirer with a note which refers to Tim as Romeo and contains a snippet of prose from Shakespeare. This immediately sparks off Tim and Cam's interests again as they light heartedly try to figure out who this secret admirer could be.

The situation however turns decidedly dark when the next afternoon Cam notices a package for Tim stuck in the office door. When Tim opens the package he is horrified to find a severed finger. Tim, looking obviously shaken up by this, is comforted by Cam and Tiffany and before leaving the office Cam tells Tim to forget about the psycho and move on. Unable to forget about the dark turn of events, Tim remains in the office later than usual and is comforted by Tiffany who gives him a drink of coffee before she leaves. As Tim drinks his coffee it soon becomes clear that it has been drugged and we see Tiffany revealing her true nature and her horrific plan with a Shakespearian twist and a wonderful black humor ending.

All three actors give strong performances with Cox leading the way as the gentle natured office worker who has become the obsession of his twisted secretary. The story is less suspense or horror and more dark drama with a hint of black humor. Sadly, there are no major twists and it totally lacks in suspense as pretty much immediately the audience can sense who the secret admirer is and even guess what the final outcome will be, but there is nice touch of black humor right at the end which totally lifts the whole film up and makes it worth a look.


Thursday, September 19, 2013


Day 2 of TRANSIENCE finished an hour or so ago.

I spent a lot of time being made up into an older version of myself today, for a scene close to the end of the film. Pictures to follow.

It was a real pleasure to work on this film...really looking forward to seeing it. Thanks to Sy and the entire cast and crew for the pleasure of their company.

The screening for the film is set for 6PM on October 4th at the New York Film Academy in Union Square.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Todays' first day of shooting on the film TRANSIENCE went very well.

Director Tan ''Sy'' See Yun' runs a very organized set and things moved at a snappy pace. Working with actor Joshua Payne, who plays Tom to my George in the film, was also a blast.

Back again tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gorilla Film Magazine Reviews SIMPLE MIND  

Simple Mind
By James McColl – September 14, 2013

A story of character examination and fixation, Simple Mind journeys into the mind of a man whose mental health is reflected by the film itself. As a character study, the film focuses on telling the story in a manner that best reflects its principle character, Bob (Timothy J. Cox). This is widely achieved through imaginative cinematography (shot by Director Paul Nameck) and a subversive soundtrack (supplied by Keith Campbell).

Simple Mind follows the conversation between Bob and his therapist Samantha (Kristi McCarson) as she probes the dark reaches of his mind. This conversation is fractured and the disjointed nature of the cinematography amplifies Bob’s fixation on detail. As Samantha delves deeper into Bob’s psyche, we soon learn that he has had a troubling past, which has started to surface.

Through the use of flashbacks, we see glimpses of Bob’s past actions which he is constantly reliving in his mind. The repetition of these images narrows his gaze to singular items that he has an emotional attachment to. This imagery, however, is also confused and muddled, which forces our attention to the key items that he is obsessed with. Not only is this method of storytelling a way to reflect the protagonist’s mental state, it is also how the narrative drives forward and builds a respectable amount of intrigue and tension.

The musical score lends much to the morbid fascination that Cox’s characterisation of Bob attracts. At times, the overpowering noise of Bob’s heartbeat echoing through the film is the rope that pulls the viewer through, and in many ways the soundtrack is the anchor for the film with its march-like rhythm being inescapably hypnotic. This soundtrack is geared to overwhelm the viewer in the same way that Bob himself is overwhelmed.

With a rather modest budget of £200 and a cast and crew of half a dozen, Simple Mind demonstrates the filmmakers’ ability to create a film that utilises the resources available. With a higher budget, the film could, perhaps, have explored the same subject matter with a darker visual style and more polished end result. Simple Mind however, shows an understanding of character motivation that keeps the story grounded in reality, which is key to the film’s success.

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Selected To Screen At Big Apple Film Festival

I received some great news yesterday about GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL. The film has been selected to screen at the 10th annual Big Apple Film Festival, taking place November 6-10 at Tribeca Cinemas. Congrats to the entire cast and crew...this is a great festival, where THE WATCHERS was screened in 2010.

Monday, September 16, 2013

TRANSIENCE Shoot This Week

The TRANSIENCE shoot has been confirmed for both Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cast in Short TRANSIENCE

An hour ago, I met with the director of the short film TRANSIENCE, which tells the story of Tom and George, a couple who have been together for many years, but have reached a crossroads in their relationship. George is moving ahead with a successful professional life, while Tom is still trying to enjoy life, as if he were in his 20's, staying out late, partying hard. Sy, the director, and I chatted for quite a while about the relationship between Tom and George and how it applies to all couples: gay, lesbian,'s a story about people...and I was drawn in by the story about people and by Sy's enthusiasm.

It looks like I'll be involved with the project, in the role of George.

The project will be shot over 2 days next week.

Stay tuned for more details.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TOBY Reading

The TOBY reading was a lot of fun. The Toby Donally character I played back in 2005 came right back and even for a reading, I felt there was a nice energy and chemistry between actor Ben Sumrall and I.

Proof that it's a small world, it turned out that Ben and Larry Lesher had worked together on a production of WAITING FOR GODOT years back. Small world, this business.

Of course, it was great to catch up with Tony Pennino. Tony and I worked together a lot in my early years in the city and it had been too long since we'd seen each other.

Will the show be remounted? Too early to say, but I never say never.

Skype Audition This Past Sunday

My Skype audition for KAIROS went very well on Sunday afternoon. I read for 2 parts, a Cronkite-like news broadcaster and the main role of an astronaut. On hand for the auditions were director Jason Lattore and producer Tara Latorre, who were both very nice and the kind of people, who have the passion and enthusiasm that I always look for in colleagues. They both seemed to be very happy with my readings, but as always, it's a waiting game. Whatever happens, it was a pleasure to read for both roles and to meet (via Skype) Jason and Tara.  

Friday, September 06, 2013

TOBY Reading On Sunday Afternoon

On Sunday afternoon, I'll be re-uniting with playwright Tony Pennino and introducing him to Larry Lesher for a reading of TOBY, which will be read by actor Ben Sumrall and I in Central Park.

Should be a blast. 

Skype Audition On Sunday for KAIROS

On Sunday afternoon, I have a Skype Audition for KAIROS, a love story that plays on the edge of science fiction. It’s a film about two people who were once in love, but slowly drifted apart. KAIROS has brought them back together but with one problem, the space shuttle KAIROS will shortly be taking one of them to Saturn. This film plays with the ideas of space, time, and love through real science. As an award winning team of filmmakers, I Said Cut Productions focuses on transforming concepts to reality. I Said Cut is a production team made of visionaries that thrive on producing cutting edge content. KAIROS is next in line to join our list of award winning films.
I'll be reading for 2 roles, a nightly news anchor, a lot like a Walter Cronkite and astronaut Commander James Bradley. 
The nightly news anchor has been on TV for 15 years and was a radio new announcer for 10 years before that. He has been the anchor of America's most watch news program for 7 years. He has delivered the news clearly, accurately, and free of emotion. America trusts him because he comes across as the stern father who cares for his children. The launch of the shuttle KAIROS is another historical moment in his broadcast career.
Commander James Bradley (Jim) sits on the hill behind the home of the woman he loves. He waits for the woman he still loves even after all the years they've been apart. He followed his dream of becoming an astronaut, but in the end it brought him back to her. He knows they can be together, because he knows something she doesn't. Something she will have to see to believe.


Bara Swain's short play BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT has been published in an anthology of the best 10 minute plays of 2012 and Lisa Peart and I receive credit. Very nice. Check out the photo.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Movie Quotes And More Reviews CHOOSING SIDES

Choosing Sides (2013) Movie Review

by Parissa Janaraghi 

Choosing Sides is a short comedy written by Yael Green and directed by Lee Loechler which concentrates on a family dinner conversation between a Catholic father, Peter (Timothy J. Cox), a Jewish mother, Ellen (Rachel Lynn Jackson) and their young teenage son Mikey (Max Abe Plush). As Mikey will be turning 12 soon their discussion turns to the topic of religion and what follows is a wonderfully witty exchange as the mother and father try to persuade Mikey to choose to their own religion whilst using extreme references to knock the others religion down.

The script is sharp and funny and the three actors all give strong performances but especially Cox and Jackson as the desperate parents who use brilliantly clich├ęd religious examples to put down Judaism and Catholicism. What starts off as a gentle discussion quickly rises to hilarious one-liners as both desperately try to win their son in the religious tug of war. Of course what we find in the end is that the son is more enlightened than both parents and has his own ideas about religion and what he wants to follow.

This short film plays out very well as an amusing vignette in which we see the extremes parents can go to use their children against each other. For the short length of screen time what we get to see is engaging, laugh out loud funny and actually pretty smart, with the best part being the little twist at the end when after the parents have purged out all the religious insults they can at each other the son finally reveals how much smarter he is and reveals his own choice of religion at which point the parents join forces to come up with even more humorous religious insults, but this time their target is their son!


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Rogue Cinema Reviews CHOOSING SIDES

Film Reviews:  Choosing Sides (2013) - By Cary Conley

Posted on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 00:20:42 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane

Mother, father and son are sitting at the dinner table discussing the boy's upcoming 12th birthday. Apparently Mom and Dad (played by Rachel Lynn Jackson and Timothy J. Cox) had a previous agreement that when their child turned twelve, he or she would get to choose which religion to practice. You see, Mom is Jewish and Dad is Catholic and, probably get why this might be a problem.

Mom starts the conversation by hinting that the boy only has a year to go until his thirteenth birthday, just enough time to plan the bar mitzvah. Dad takes exception to this thinly-veiled ploy and insists that there is still plenty of time. An intense discussion between parents ensues as the child looks on, picking at his food. As the stakes increase both parents turn from gentle hinting to overt mocking of the other's religion. Dad reminds the little boy that by thirteen he'll have to have his "hoo-hah snipped" if he converts to Judaism while Mom snaps that having his hoo-hah snipped would be preferable to having it fondled by the local priests. The stakes continue to rise as the boy looks incredulously at one parent, then the other, until he stops them both cold with an announcement for which neither parent was prepared.

This 5-minute short is a hilarious look both at religion and at the extremes parents will go to in using their children as pawns in order to get their way. Starting as a gentle conversation, the one-liners and comedic cracks quickly begin to be hurled at a rapid pace as both parents become desperate to win the religious tug-of-war. An example of this is when the father attacks Moses as being pathetic for only squeezing a bit of water out of a rock. Mom's retort: "Mikey, remember when Grandma was sick and Jesus came down to heal her? Oh, wait, he didn't...and Grandma died." Ouch! While the film is a very funny comedy, it is also slightly sad to see the boy caught not just between religions but also being forced to make a decision that is guaranteed to please one parent and disappoint the other. This is a tough choice that no child should be forced to make.

Both Jackson and Cox are superb in their roles as Mikey's parents. What begins as polite dinner-time conversation quickly snowballs into all-out religious warfare, with Jackson and Cox portraying increasing desperation. For his part, Max Abe Plush as Mikey does a terrific job as well with very few lines. Throughout most of the running time Plush uses facial reactions, but when the time comes to speak, he delivers a well-deserved bomb to his selfish parents.

Written by Yael Green and directed by Lee Loechler, Choosing Sides is a delightfully entertaining little film with a terrific payoff at the end. The film has just been released to Vimeo and can be seen at

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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Movie Quotes and More Reviews WE JUST WANT TO PLAY

We Just Want To Play (2013) Movie Review

by Parissa Janaraghi 

Limited Comic Parody

We Just Want to Play is a frat house comedy written by Frank De Rosa and directed by James Cappadoro. The story centers around The Ruckland University Men's Rugby team which is made up of a bunch of loutish stoners whose team is about to be disbanded by the school's Athletic Director Dickerman (Timothy J. Cox) so that he can use the teams funds to put towards the golf team his son Tim (Andrew Gill) captains. So the Ruck U Rugby team captain Glen (Lars Lee) takes it upon himself to find a way to save his team. Glen tries to band together his sex-crazed roommate Ray (Trevor Williams) and the rest of the team to come up with a plan and in the midst of this entire mess Glen's girlfriend, Whitney (Alexandra Bartley), breaks up with him as this whole Rugby debacle is distracting her form her studies.

In order to save their team, the group comes up with the plan to raise money by competing in the University's academic and athletic decathlon event so that they can use the prize money to get them to the title game. Of course what follows is humiliating failure after which the team faces the University advisory board that will make the final vote on whether the rugby team will remain as part of the University.

It's clear to see that this short film makes all the right efforts to construct a narrative that is similar to National Lampoon's Animal House, but sadly it misses the mark as the story is low on laughs and authenticity and you don't feel any emotional connection with the characters, and even the little comedic twist at the end doesn't save the film. However, on a plus point the cast comes across as enthusiastic, doing the best they can with the limited script, and the film's production looks professional showing obvious signs that the behind the scenes talents are high.

Overall, this is a limited comic parody with great production value whose talents should hopefully be put to better use in future films.