Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mark Brown

It's not often that I have a famous playwright make a comment on this blog. It was nice to wake up this morning to find a comment from playwright Mark Brown, in reference tomorrow's TOM JONES audition. "Mark Brown has authored many amusing adaptations of literary works" -- Can you tell that news to his mother. Break lots of bones on Wed. Thank you, Mr. Brown. I hope to do just that.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Final WATCH Work Shop Today

Today will he the final work shop of Kate Pressman's play WATCH. We'll revisit a few more scenes from the play and then we'll complete the process with another reading of the full play. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

THE 39 STEPS Audition

My audition the other day was fun...it was nice to jump back into that world. Whether I get it or not, I enjoyed myself.

Audition for Mark Brown's Adaptation of TOM JONES Next Wednesday

Just snagged an audition for this. This could be a lot of fun as Mark Brown has authored many amusing adaptations of literary works, designed for small casts to play several roles. It would be like THE 39 STEPS. Here are the details: TOM JONES Theatre V/T: Florida Studio Theatre 2013-14 Winter Mainstage Season Sarasota FL AEA LORT D Artistic Director: Richard Hopkins Director: Mark Shanahan Casting Director: James Ashford Auditions: January 29th & 30th, 2014 Begins rehearsal – March 14, 2014 Show opens – April 11, 2014 Show closes – May 31, 2014 TOM JONES by Mark Brown. Tom Jones, a charming young man of questionable birth, is madly in love with Sophia Western, who is equally in love with Tom. But when Sophia’s father arranges for her to marry a loathsome man, she flees for her life. When Tom is subsequently banished from his home, he goes in search of Sophia. Aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound in this bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England. An adaptation of the ground-breaking novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding. My audition is next Wednesday in Manhattan.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

THE 39 STEPS Audition This Morning

My audition for THE 39 STEPS is this morning at Champion Studios in Manhattan. Whatever happens, I know the audition will be fun.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

WATCH - Srcond Workshop

The srcond ofworkshop for the play WATCH took place last night. I worked on 3 scenes with actor Andrew Ash. We'd discuss the scene, read the scene, discuss some more and then it one more time. Both director Megan Kosmoski and playwright Kate Pressman were great, providing insight and suggestions. All vety fun. The final workshop will take place on January 25th.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Audition for THE 39 STEPS

Oh, to jump back into this! I just snagged an audition for the show, which is going up at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC. I'll be reading for the clowns. I'm getting exhausted just thinking about the possibility of being in this play again. Exhausted in the good way, of course. My audition is January 21st at Champion Studios in Manhattan.

MOVING MOUNTAINS Update

I heard from director Kyle Schickner today regarding MOVING MOUNTAINS, which I worked on back in July. Kyle mentioned that the project is almost finished and that it should be available for viewing in the next month or so.

WATCH Last Night

The first workshop of WATCH last night was a reminder of why I love this work. Sitting in a cramped rehearsal room with actors, a writer and a director, reading a new play, discussing it, breaking it down...nothing beats it. And this is quite a play that Kate Pressman has written. In just a little over an hour running time, Kate introduced us to 4 intriguing characters, full of depth, humor and heart. The relationships felt and were very real. It's the kind of script actors dream of working on. It makes you hungry for more. We read through the play once, then spent the rest of the time discussing the play, asking Kate questions and planning the remaining two workshops. I'm looking forward to working on individual scenes involving Andrew Ash as Adwin and myself as Adwin's doctor, who, to me, is a decent and kind man, but deep down, feels like a bit of a failure for not being able to help Adwin with his heart related ailment. Adwin and Dr. Elrick have a very interesting relationship...one that I'm looking forward to exploring further on Saturday when we begin to put scenes on their feet.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

THAT TERRIBLE JAZZ

This past weekend, I submitted a video audition for writer / director Michael Falconi's film noir drama THAT TERRIBLE JAZZ. It's about full time drunk and part time private investigator Sam Sellers, who's investigating the disapperance of sax player Wynn Dumont. I read for the role of Nicky, the owner/bartender of the club Dumont works at and friend of Sam. I have just learned that Michael would like to cast me as Nicky and I accepted. Mike's script is sharp, full of the style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, which I have been reading quite a lot of over this past year. The film is going to be shot in Philadelphia in the second week in February. Looking forward to it.

WATCH Workshop Tonight

Tonight is the start of the three day workshop of Kate Pressman's new play WATCH, moderated/directed by Megan Kosmoski. I'm thrilled, as I will be re-uniting with my MIDSUMMER 2010 colleague Andrew Ash, who will be reading the role of Adwin. Ashley DeMain and Jehan O. Young will also be participating in the workshop. This process is mostly for Kate's benefit, so she can hear the play, work scenes. It should be a lot of fun.

YourMovieReviews.com on MAN IN PROGRESS

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/man-progress-short MAN IN PROGRESS (Short) MAN IN PROGRESS is a comedy about getting serious. The story follows a 22 year old college dropout, over 24 hours, as he recovers from the night before, attempts to survive the day in front of him, and thinks as little as possible about the days ahead. Shore Points' Productions' MAN IN PROGRESS is a clunky comedy about a lazy 20 something (writer/director and star, Matt Mahoney) who refuses to grow up and do the simple things in life, like take out the garbage or clean up after himself. That's it, folks. That's the movie! I'm not sure what Mahoney was trying to accomplish here. If he wanted to make a film that featured a leading character of such gross immaturity and narcissism that it turned off the audience 5-10 minutes into viewing the film...then, mission accomplished. On the acting side, it's a shame to see veteran character player Timothy J. Cox's time wasted in a cameo as a barfly who bears a resemblance to Mahoney. Lucky for him, he got in and got out quick. Genre: Comedies Rating: 3 Average: 3 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Matt Mahoney, Linda Elizabeth, Dan Mahoney, David Cantor, Jamie Keohane and Timothy J. Cox Release Year: 2013 Director: Matt Mahoney

YourMovieReviews.com on CHOOSING SIDES

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/choosing-sides-short CHOOSING SIDES (Short) A dinner conversation goes sour when the topic turns to religion. Will 12-year-old Mikey choose to be Catholic like his father or Jewish like his mother? Lee Loechler's 5 minute comedy short CHOOSING SIDES is one the funniest shorts I've seen in a long while, thanks largely to Yael Green's hilarious script and the outstanding leading performances of Timothy J. Cox and Rachel Lynn Jackson as a set of parents who hurl religious related insults to one another in the hopes of enticing their 12 year old son Mikey (Max Abe Plush) to choose their religion. The results are hysterical and the entire team behind the film are to be commended for some truly great work. Rating: 10 Average: 10 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY

YourMovieReviews.com on MALLAS, MA

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/mallas-ma-short Two bumbling con artists try to pull one over on a small, superstitious town by posing as paranormal investigators. For a short film that was made in 48 hours (for the 48 Hour Film Project in Boston), MALLAS, MA is one heck of an achievement. The perfectly matched Timothy J. Cox and Maria Natapov star as a pair on con artists who come to the fictional town of Mallas, MA, in the guise of paranormal investigators, only to discover that real ghosts may be among them. These two however, are not quite with it to notice. Even though the film's ending is a little rushed, director Sean Meehan has still managed to craft a fun and original comedy that also featured some noteworthy camera work from Rick Macomber. If Meehan can re-work the rushed ending and extend the story, MALLAS, MA could make a nice short feature. Genre: Comedies Rating: 8 Average: 8 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Timothy J. Cox, Maria Natapov, Eddie Nason, Robyn Kaan, Andrea Sweeney with Uatchet Juch and Nekhebet Kum Juch Release Year: 2013 Director: Sean Meehan

YourMovieReviews.com on GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/gregs-guardian-angel-short-0 GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL (Short) An unremarkable man's life is forever changed by his guardian angel. Angels prove to be hilarious in the sharp and very funny comedy short GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL, from All Things Random and Phalanx Film & Video Productions, which stars a very likable Greg Vorob as an everyman who one day is visited by his guardian angel (a perfect Elmer J. Santos). Mr. Santos' angel however is no Mr. Jordan, so instead of helping Greg, he manages to make Greg's life a living hell. Everyone involved in the project seems to be having a blast with Dan Conrad's fun and spirited script, but it's Santos' angel who walks away with the film. Genre: Comedies Rating: 9 Average: 9 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Greg Vorob, Elmer J. Santos, Caitlin Winter, Timothy J. Cox and Jack Moran Release Year: 2013 Director: Dan Kowalski

YourMovieReviews.com on TROUBLE

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/trouble-short Welcome to St. Sebastian's Quiet Academy for Disreputable Youth. Here you will learn about character...unless you're Isaac. Here's a character study about a young boy (Bennett Kirschner) who is having a hard time dealing with bullies (led by Max Carpenter) and a stern headmaster (Timothy J. Cox) at an academy for juvenile delinquents. Daniel Witkin's script doesn't really have a beginning, middle and an end, so it's difficult to determine what his film is all about, but is engaging for Kirschner's quiet, but strong performance. Carpenter and Cox do well in supporting roles, but I'm a bit at sea as to what the film as a whole is about. Genre: Comedies Rating: 6 Average: 6 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Bennett Kirschner, Max Carpenter, Chelsea Marino and Timothy J. Cox Release Year: 2013 Director: Daniel Witkin

YourMovieReviews.com on WE JUST WANT TO PLAY

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/we-just-want-play-short WE JUST WANT TO PLAY (Short) The Ruckland University Men's Rugby team is comprised of an "Animal House" quality group of hooligans. Their recent success on the field has been overshadowed by the school's Athletic Director who plans on using the team's funds for his own endeavors. It is up to the boys to band together as a team to stop him from dissolving their program and ruining their chance at winning a league championship.From hardships, sprouts heroes. This lovable group of underdogs must look beyond the fun and games they have had in college and realize that they have found something much more than a rugby team, they found a family.. Team 3 Productions' WE JUST WANT TO PLAY, about a ribald rugby team who is brought down by an evil athletic director, is clearly an homage to college comedies like ANIMAL HOUSE, PCU and OLD SCHOOL. The film is decently made by a very enthusiastic team, but pretty empty on the screenplay front. All is not lost. The cast is a spirited bunch, led by Timothy J. Cox, clearly relishing his role as the evil athletic director, aptly named Dickerman. Genre: Comedies Rating: 5 Average: 5 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Lars Lee, Alexandra Barkley, Trevor Williams and Timothy J. Cox Release Year: 2013 Director: James Cappadoro

YourMovieReviews.com on LINDA LETHORN AND THE MUSIC BOX

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/linda-lethorn-and-music-box Inside of a dysfunctional love triangle, Linda LeThorn is brought to her breaking point by a possessed music box she inherits from her Aunt Lucinda. A truly one of a kind, independent short, crafted by a new, exciting and original voice in independent film in writer / director Meg Skaff. Led by an unusual, but utterly fascinating leading performance by Aundrea Fares, Skaff's film explores the title characters' heartbreaking descent into madness when she acquires a music box from her deceased aunt. I hesitate to use the word quirky, but that it is, but quirky has never been more entertaining. Genre: Comedies Rating: 10 Average: 10 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Aundrea Fares and Ashley Peoples Release Year: 2012 Director: Meg Skaff

Monday, January 13, 2014

Your Movie Reviews on TRANSIENCE

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/transience-short TRANSIENCE (Short) TRANSIENCE 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. Will the party ever end for Tom? Will he commit to George fully? Tan See Yun's silent drama follows a gay couple, one, a businessman (Timothy J. Cox) and the other, a young party boy (Joshua Michael Payne), at a crossroads in their relationship. It's clear that there's tension and Cox provides Payne with a ultimatum in the form of a legal document, although it is never made clear specifically what the document is. While the film looks nice and both Cox and Payne give subtle performances, I found the lack of an explanation of the document to be very confusing and therefore taking me out of the film. Genre: Dramas Rating: 7 Average: 7 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Timothy J. Cox and Joshua Michael Payne Release Year: 2013 Director: Tan See Yun

Your Movie Reviews on THE WATCHERS

http://www.yourmoviereviews.com/watchers-short THE WATCHERS (Short) After several strange encounters a man begins to question his own sanity in search of what he believes is the truth. A fast paced suspense / thriller from Two Man Crew Productions, featuring impressive camera work from cinematographer / director Sy Cody White. His debut HAD the potential to be something truly great, but White's film lost points half way through during a pivotal scene involving the use of very cheap special effects for a car explosion. The effects were so low grade that it almost took me out of the entire film. Almost. Also, while it didn't kill the film, lead actor Jeff Moffitt's performance was too stiff, leaving me uncertain if the stiffness was character or actor related. All is not lost. The film does soar because of it's engaging story and an impressive supporting cast, especially Boddington, creepy, but alluring in her turn as one of the watchers and supporting actor extraordinaire Cox, who scored big as Moffitt's mysterious shrink. Genre: Thriller Rating: 8 Average: 8 (1 vote) Reviewers name: Michael James Lowry Reviewer is from: Bronx, NY Starring: Jeff Moffitt, Timothy J. Cox, Peter Francis Span, Kathleen Boddington, Darrin Biss, Rich Sab Release Year: 2010 Director: Sy Cody White

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Today's Shoot

Today's shoot went extremely well...it was organized, smooth and fast.

We shot three brief scenes, all taking place at  AA meetings, where  I played the group leader.

Thanks to the entire cast and crew for a very easygoing, laid back day on set.

Play Workshop - WATCH By Kate Pressman

On Tuesday night, I will begin a three day work shop of the new play WATCH, by Brooklyn based playwright, Kate Pressman.

Here is a synopsis of the play:

Adwin has a clockwork heart. Adwin's heart is breaking. Naz fixes clocks, and Adwin watches Naz, only ten feet away in her tiny apartment, which is the mirror image of his across the light well, five stories off the ground. And she is as alone as he is. But outcasts don't become outcasts because they love easily and being made for each other and being near each other and being desperate for each other might not be enough to bridge those ten f
eet.

I will be reading the role of Adwin's doctor, a pediatrician.

The work shop begins on Tuesday.

Friday, January 10, 2014

MY FATHER, MY DON Shoot

The shoot has been moved to Sunday morning, with a 10AM call.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Play Workshop

This morning, I heard from director Megan Kosmoski, a friend of Michael
Mele (who gave her my info). Megan is workshopping a new play by Kate Pressman in January! It is still VERY
early on in the process but Kate needs some time  in a room with actors and asked if I  would be interested in playing around
in a rehearsal room a few times this month.

It sounded like fun, so I jumped on it.

I'll be working on the 13th, 18th and 25th.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

MY FATHER, MY DON

I have been cast in the supporting role of John, the moderator of an AA group that Tony Napoli attends in MY FATHER, MY DON.

The filmmakers are jumping right into shooting, so I'll be going to work on Saturday, at a location in Forest Hills, NY, in Queens.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

MY FATHER, MY DON

Yesterday's audition was brief, but, according to the director, I made an impression.

We'll see what happens.

Two Video Auditions

I just performed and presented two video auditions, one for the film WISHFUL THINKING and the other, a series titled FRONT OF HOUSE.

Synopsis for WISHFUL THINKING:
Dark comedy about a mid-level newspaper editor, Jon. His whole world changes as everything he imagines slowly comes true. However he is unaware that he is the cause of the string of peculiar events until the very end.

Synopsis for FRONT OF HOUSE:
Three service industry workers figuring out how to navigate their New York City lives while dealing with the ups and downs of their restaurant job and its ever changing collection of less than upscale customers.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Audition Tomorrow Afternoon for MY FATHER, MY DON

Tomorrow afternoon, I will be reading for a small role in the episodic drama MY FATHER, MY DON.

Here is a synopsis:

My Father, My Don - A Sons Journey from Organized Crime to Sobriety - The film production of My Father, My Don  A Son’s Journey from Organized Crime to Sobriety is based on the book and true story of Tony ‘Tony Nap’ Napoli, who is the son of one of the most powerful and respected organized crime leaders of the modern era. Tony’s father was Genovese Family Capo, James ‘Jimmy Nap’ Napoli, a mob kingpin who ruled over the largest gambling empire in America for almost 40 years.  Told from Tony Napoli’s autobiography is a bold recounting of the confidential world that he and his father inhabited. In the film Tony’s life as a boxer, army soldier, enforcer, casino boss, fugitive, hustler and offspring to one of the most powerful mobsters of the century is depicted.  This story is not only about the dealings of the Napoli Empire, but also the cherished relationship Tony had with his father, his don, along with his rollercoaster account of family legend and organized crime, followed by his turnaround focus on sobriety and civic contribution. 

I will be reading for the role of an Alcoholics Anonymous counselor. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Screen Shots From SKY'S THE LIMIT














Ryan's Reviews on OVERCROWDED and JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA



OVERCROWDED (2009) / JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA (2010)

 
So once again I’ve received an email from one Mr. Timothy Cox, a frequent subject on this here review site, asking me to review a few more movies he’s been in. And once again, I don’t mind at all because I’ve pretty much loved just about everything he’s done that I’ve had the opportunity to watch. I’m not going to link to all of the reviews individually here, because damn that’s a lot now (he might need his own category soon if this keeps up), but I will link to a search of his films. According to the IMDb, as of today, 12/29/2013, Tim has acted in 88 things… and I’m sure there’s at least a handful that haven’t made their way onto IMDb yet. What I just can’t for the life of me understand is this: why is he always a supporting actor? It’s so rare that I’ve seen him in a “main” role, and he’s so damn good, I mean overshadowing-the-leads-good good, so why does he keep getting regulated to the background? Tim, next time I make a movie, if I have the budget to fly you out to Texas, you’re in a major part. We’ll call these seven (!) reviews so far your audition.
Overcrowded
Description (from the IMDb):
A television series about four of the most horrible people you’ll ever meet who share an apartment and terrorize their neighbors.
Major Cast:
Greg Vorob as Greg, Dan Conrad as Dan, Marc Seidenstein as Marc, Paul White as Paul,Ian Campbell Dunn as Steven Hansen, Jennifer Zigler as Claire Hansen, Timothy J. Coxas Allen Smith / The Doctor
Special Features:
None (Online Screener)
For Sale Version Includes: None
Written by Dan Conrad and Greg Vorob
Directed by Dan Kowlaski

According to the description on YouTube, OVERCROWDED is “The greatest TV pilot ever made to not be picked up by a network.” While I’m sure I could probably find one or two other pieces of TV that were left to the wayside that might be a bit grander than OC, this was pretty damn funny. OC follows four crazy roommates that anyone would curse living anywhere near. They are really more caricatures than characters, and OC is really more of a parody of zany, wacky sitcoms than an actual sitcom, as the situations, plots, and just overall show is just way too over-the-top to be taken seriously as something that any network would expect to put on the air (except may Comedy Central, or Cartoon Network’s [adult swim]).
The roommates, in all their weird, chest-haired glory.
The roommates, in all their weird, chest-haired glory.
Watching OC I really am left to wonder if this was ever a serious attempt at a television pilot, or just a short film that wanted to lampoon the sitcom style. As I said before, it really is way too over-the-top to ever be taken seriously by anyone other than the fringe of television (and in ’09 when this was made I don’t think there were that many options for craziness like this), and it just seems to me to be more a fun short film that found a genre to play in. If it was a serious attempt at a pilot, the production quality may have doomed it as much as anything else; the video quality is very low (even for 2009), the audio is not horrible but it is certainly not crisp or clean, and the production design is very pedestrian overall. What OC looks like, to me, is a public-access attempt at a sitcom, a show made with no money trying to follow the style of network shows. Because it looks public access, does that mean OC is bad? In production quality, yes it is lacking for sure (I mean: that apartment is DISGUSTING and if I were an actor being asked to roll on the floor I would ask for shots first). In comedic talent, no; OC is pretty damned funny throughout.
A lei does not make one a zen master.  That takes a bonsai.
A lei does not make one a zen master. That takes a bonsai.
All of your main characters are super-quirky in their own right (Dan is a wanna-be writer who fancies fun costumes, Greg likes to step into people’s identities, Marc thinks of himself a Zen teacher and bonsai master, and Paul has a bad habit of murdering people), and they live in a quirky world with sitcom stylings throughout. It’s the apartment complex in the big city, the new neighbors move in, hilarity ensues. Each of the four major characters gets their own story arc, which is nice, and each is a little weirder than the last. The acting in OC is somewhat hit or miss… Greg reminds me Jason Segel in both his physical appearance and his comedic delivery, and that’s not a bad thing. Dan’s timing is a bit flatter; he’s funny, but his character and his lines are just so odd that it takes really perfect set up to deliver them with the right dryness to make it work perfectly and he gets that some of the time. Marc’s character is just way over the top, and that’s easy to pull off, just being bigger than life and he does so in fine fashion. Paul I found to be the least adept of the majors; his character just seemed forced a lot of the time, but he did have one of the more odd bits to work with. As far as the support, most of it fell a bit flatter than the main actors, with the exception of course of Cox. Again, as both the doctor and especially the boss, he steals the show and displays some of the best chops in the production and makes me question why he only shows up for a minute at a time.
Is that Cox and Jason Segel?  No...
Is that Cox and Jason Segel? No…
Overall, OC has its ups and downs. As the 40 minutes drags on (and by about the halfway point, it does start to drag a bit), the stories start to get weirder and weirder. If they were truly going for a pilot, I think this would have been much more successful as two separate episodes instead of trying to cram everyone’s “intro” story into one hour long (with the commercials that space is left for) program. There are some seriously funny bits (I love the recurring joke of the random borrowing guy), and some just overly weird bits, and as a whole I don’t think there is any way that this could be a serious pilot. However, looking at it as a short film, OC is too long, and could use some editing to make it run smoother and take out some fluff. This has the makings of something good, it just didn’t quite get there.

Overall 5.5 / 10
Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra
Description (from the IMDb):
Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra is a mockumentary following the life of Jack, the son of two of the greatest pornstars to ever grace the XXX screen. The only problem is that Jack is really an extra who goes to great lengths to hide the truth from his parents. This short explores Jack’s family, social life, and a regular day on the job as a ‘pornstar extra’.
Major Cast:
Nolan Silverstein as Jack Jimminy, Alicia McDaniels as Trish, Timothy J. Cox as Richard Jimminy, Ethel Fisher as Moonflower
Special Features:
None (Online Screener)
Written by Louis Silverstein and Nolan Silverstein
Directed by Louis Silverstein

This is a hilarious idea for a mockumentary. Good for you, Silverstein brothers, for thinking this up. Jack Jimminy, child of pornstars Richard Jimminy and Moonflower, is being pushed into “the business” by his parents, who are very proud of their long and storied careers. Jack, not so much. So, to not disappoint his loving, doting parents, Jack is in the business, just not in the way they think: he’s a background player, an extra. He creates fake “import” DVDs and posters and awards of his movies that he’s “been in,” while really paying the bills by being the guy that actually acts in the porn you’re watching.
"Just to throw off my parents, a couple of bronzed and mounted dildos I said were awards.”
“Just to throw off my parents, a couple of bronzed and mounted dildos I said were awards.”
Like any good mockumentary, JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA works best when it is the driest, when there is a question about if it is a joke or not. The dialogue written for the movie is superb, and has some incredibly funny bits, and Nolan especially does a great job of delivering them in a way that says that he lives in a world that he’s not totally comfortable inhabiting. One of my favorites, when he’s talking aboutRon Jeremy: “A lot of people have had sex with my mom, but this fucker has to tell me about it ever time.” The disdain and calmness Jack delivers that sentiment with is what sells JJ:TSoaPE as possible truth, and that’s what counts when you are making a mockumentary that works. This works. Another great line: “They try not to change the girls names, so they don’t get confused.” Playing on stereotypes also helps sell this genre (are pornstars stupid? Research this: how many female pornstars run their own companies and have made their own fortunes?), and make it feel genuine.
It's hard to give an interview with "the work" going on
It’s hard to give an interview with “the work” going on
The main acting is solid in JJ:TSoaPE. Nolan carries the film on his shoulder as the actor thrown into the world of porn… well, born into the world of porn. Again, Cox is amazing in this one, and this is one of my favorite characters I’ve seen him play. As the elder Jimminy, Cox plays with such aplomb and grace for a man known for his big dick. He is hilarious, and I love how much his character loves to be a pornstar, and how proud he is of his pornstar family. It’s actually almost touching, in a sort of sticky and greasy kinda way. My one qualm with Dick Jimminy: just shaving Cox’ head doesn’t make him look as old as Fisher; some old-age makeup would have done wonders for this character. Most of the supporting characters are relatives strong as well, while some of the extras or very minor characters (like the people in the sex addicts anonymous group) go a bit over the top, over all the acting is sound throughout.
The production side of JJ:TSoaPE is varied. The video is crisp and clean and looks HD, but it is brought down a bit by lighting that is at times not so great. Now, since this is a mockumentary, this can be forgiven because shadows happen in life, and if this were a real documentary there wouldn’t really be lighting setups except for the interview scenes (but even the lighting there is a bit harsh at times). The sound is ok but not great, but it’s never bad enough to detract from the film, so I don’t discount JJ:TSoaPE too much for that. The production design of the sets (especially the cheesy sci-fi porn set) was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed that aspect. My biggest downfall on the design of the film, as I mentioned before, was the lack of makeup for Cox; it was just really obvious that he is at least 30 years younger than his “wife.”
We need more than a shaving here for realism, Dick.
We need more than a shaving here for realism, Dick.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed JJ:TSoaPE. Mockumentaries are a simple genre that can be done very well on little to no budget, and just aren’t attempted nearly often enough, and when they are done right they are really fun and really funny, and JJ:TSoaPE succeeds. It’s not 100% on all the time, but overall it is more pros than cons, and it was a fun 20 minutes or so. Unlike OC, which I felt ran too long and lost my interest part of the way through, when JJ:TSoaPE I felt a bit cheated as I really wanted it to keep going. Here’s hoping there will be a sequel, or who knows, a feature length version?

Overall 8 / 10
JJ:TSoaPE on the IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1657289/
JJ:TSoaPE is not for sale, but you can watch it online here: http://vimeo.com/18205363
JJ:TSoaPE site: http://www.gr3d.com/
Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra (2010)
Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra (2010)
“just to throw off my parents, a couple of bronzed and mounted dildos I said were awards.”

Jared Mobarak Reviews GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL


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REVIEW: GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL [2013]