March, 2016

  • Movie Review: HAPPILY EVER AFTER – Starring Sarah Paxton & Julie Montgomery

    March 14, 2016

    Festivalreviews.org – March 12, 2016

    Running at almost 2 hours, HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a delightful comedy drama about two high school friends who both have the identical goal of living happily ever after. The only problem is that it is almost impossible task to accomplish, as most human beings can attest to.

    The film centres on Heather (Janet Montgomery), an edgy documentary filmmaker in her 20s returning to her small Canadian hometown to look after her ailing father, Walt (Oscar nominee Peter Firth). She had left the town and her friends and family for Toronto after high school. She then reluctantly agrees to film the wedding video for her former high school best friend Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton). Things turn out more complicated than expected as the film turns into sort of a bedroom farce involving the whole town.

    And between family and secrets, Heather is convinced that she and the seemingly carefree bride-to-be have nothing in common – except perhaps the high school teacher they both fell in love with (Tom Cullen).

    It takes quite a while for Carr-Wiggin’s film to get a solid footing. The first half of the film appears to be all over the place with too many characters and an annoying lead. The situations all centring around a wedding also seems superfluous. But one has to be patient for HAPPILY EVER AFTER to settle in. It takes a while but the waiting pays off. The film shifts its focus from the lead character to the two leads, the lead and her best friend with an additional twist in the plot coming near the end (which will not be revealed in this review).

    The film is about leaving a small town and making good. Another film that deals with this same theme, my favourite but highly forgotten INDEPENDENCE DAY (not the disaster pic) also showed the really difficult decision of small town folk having to make the decision to get away even though all logic points into doing so. The best thing about HAPPILY EVER AFTER is that the lead has left for the big city of Toronto but has not got much success either. She is a documentarist wannabe. Yet all the small townsfolk still admire her, if not for her decision to leave, despite the current state of affairs. The fact that Heather is not perfect and has just an equal if not larger amount of problems makes her character a more interesting one.

    The film grows on the audience like a small town does on its visitors. At first annoying and uneventful, a small-town and the film gradually enchants its audience with its small town charm.

    Carr-Wiggins characters also are all searching for simple happiness. They are all looking for love, and often in all the wrong places – i.e. the same town. The ‘follow your heart’ message is a bit too obvious, but given the situation of losers, it is an appropriate one to entertain the audience. There is more than meets the eye in this neat little film.

     

    http://festivalreviews.org/2016/03/12/movie-review-happily-ever-after/

     

  • Random Media Announces “THE LAST TREASURE HUNT” for March 29th Release

    March 14, 2016

    Los Angeles – March 2016

    A funny and touching tale of siblinghood, capturing the struggle and the joy of family and painting an unforgettable picture of love, loss, and forgiveness.

    Synopsis:

    Oliver and Lucy Sinclair were raised by an eccentric single father with a penchant for elaborate treasure hunts meant to entertain and inspire his children. When their father unexpectedly passes away, the siblings return home to find that, instead of a traditional will, he’s left them a final call to adventure from beyond the grave – one last treasure hunt.  In order to collect their inheritance Oliver and Lucy must complete The Last Treasure Hunt. Faced with the threat of losing their childhood home, Oliver’s failing business and a new baby on the way, the inheritance becomes a necessity, and the duo commence the hunt in earnest. Along the way, tensions run high as they revisit the landscape of their childhood, relive their father’s loveable and infuriating quirks, and learn what it truly means to be brother and sister.

    Starring: Casey Nelson (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Warehouse), Kate Murdoch (Non Stop to Comic Con, Look Closer), Charles Hoyes (Field of Dreams, Southpaw), Peter O’Connor (Public Morals) and Sean Mahon (Philomena, Anthropod)

    Directed by: Patrick Biesemans

    Written by: Kate Murdoch & Casey Nelson

    Produced by: Jessica Mathews, Christopher V. Lee and Jeff Crohgan

    About Random Media:

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks. Random Media is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Alchemy. Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as The Motel Life, Escape From Tomorrow and The Visit.

    About Alchemy:

    Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America, specializing in the highest quality content. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies for the top family entertainment companies and brands, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. The company has distributed works ranging from some the most well-known franchises to those of the finest independent filmmakers in the business. The company is the industry’s largest physical distributor outside of the major studios and Lionsgate, representing the majority of non-studio content at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes and Netflix.

     

     

     

  • Random Media Announces “Happily Ever After” for March 15th Release

    March 14, 2016

    Los Angeles – March 2016

    Remember that one person you swore would be your best friend forever?

     Synopsis:

    Heather, an edgy documentary filmmaker in her twenties (Janet Montgomery), reluctantly agrees to film the wedding video for her former high school best friend Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton) when her father’s illness forces her to return to the small town she hated. In this delightful comedy-drama about family and secrets Heather is convinced that she and the seemingly carefree bride-to-be have nothing in common – except perhaps the high school teacher they both fell in love with (Tom Cullen).

    About The Movie:

    With its skillful mix of drama and comedy Happily Ever After shows both the joy and pain that can accompany a long friendship in this story about two young women who were once inseparable but grew apart as they made different choices in life.

    Starring an intergenerational cast: Janet Montgomery (Salem, Dancing on the Edge), Sara Paxton (Aquamarine, The Innkeepers), Alex Kingston (TV’s E.R., Moll Flanders), Academy Award nominee Peter Firth (M.I.5, Risen) and Tom Cullen (TV’s Downton Abbey, Weekend).

    Written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin (If I Were You, A Previous Engagement). Carr-Wiggin prides herself on writing roles for women that go far beyond the two dimensional wife and girlfriend roles that are all too often how female characters are presented in movies.Carr-Wiggin wanted to do a film about female friendship, the often-complicated relationship that is usually misrepresented in film as cruel rivalry or simple sentiment. As Carr-Wiggin says, “If female filmmakers don’t write good roles for women, who will?”

    Produced by: David Gordian and Alan Latham

    Story by: Joan Carr-Wiggin and Savitri Gordian

    Screenplay & Directed by: Joan Carr-Wiggin

     

    About Random Media:

    Random Media is a content company that acquires and distributes films on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional brick and mortar retailers, digital platforms, cable and satellite companies and television networks. Random Media is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Alchemy. Random Media’s library includes such acclaimed films as The Motel Life, Escape From Tomorrow and The Visit.

     

    About Alchemy:

    Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America, specializing in the highest quality content. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies for the top family entertainment companies and brands, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. The company has distributed works ranging from some the most well-known franchises to those of the finest independent filmmakers in the business. The company is the industry’s largest physical distributor outside of the major studios and Lionsgate, representing the majority of non-studio content at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes and Netflix.

     

     

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