Reports from The Phoenix Film Festival  2018

Lafmmagazine Blog 2018

April 6, 2018 How time flies, its time, for the Phoenix Film Festival  April 5th to the 15th. Movies that I’m going to watch will be Up to Snuff and and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. and others. I will have interviews and Film Reviews along with this article. Please stay tune. Rick Anthony Reports from The Phoenix Film Festival  2018

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Up to Snuff is a look at a guitar player who has up and downs and has a tour with Emerson Lake and Palmer. His name Snuffy Walden in this  Film is about his life and collaborators point of view. It’s a film we all can relate too with the struggles of being a recover alcoholic and being on the road and playing rock n roll during the 7O s and early 8o’s. Drugs and drinking all night is a big part of that life style back then. Being on road ,you will miss your family and bands grow closer or farther apart. You will see this image with this film. 

Show me bands who have problems the Rollings Stones, and Led Zeppelin and John Bonham past away from that addiction, they all have had troubles as well. Some  are very blessed to be with us today. This Film show us Mr. Walden and his redemption and becoming a great composer as well a great guitar player. Mr. Walden has come full circle In life and in the film you hear testimonies from his past and future from some powerful friends from Hollywood. 9 of 10 stars.

I had a chance to speak to the producer of Up to snuff Mark Maxey On Hollywood Up and Close 



Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood  2018  Scotty Bowers is an unsung Hollywood legend, known for catering to the sexual appetites of celebrities from straight, gay, and omnivorous for decades. In the 1950s, he ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he’d  fix up his clientele with quickies, threesomes, orgies… you name it. exposes the Golden Age’s homosexuality, infidelity, alcoholism and drug addiction swept under the rug.It follows Scotty Bowers, a World War II marine combat veteran who became a legendary bisexual male hustler and all-purpose date-arranger for Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s until the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The film contains a portrait of the now 94-year-old Bowers, and documents how Bowers became a confidante, to many of Hollywood’s stars. 7 out 10 stars 



The Best People  Director Dan Levy Dagerman

This movie kicks off with a bang. When Claire decides to get married, Anna, her sister, is thrown into an existential crisis. Afraid to lose the only person she ever depended upon, Anna teams up with Art, the best man and the groom’s roommate, to break up the marriage and preserve the status. Armed with a white board, they plot and scheme, but their efforts blow up in their faces.However, circumstances soon present Anna a real opportunity to end Claire’s marriage.This is a very clever story based on experiences from the screen writer Selina Ringel. The story flows with characters that drive the movie.Its true to life with troubles, that real people actually go through. Its a must see movie 10 out 10 Stars

The Phoenix Film Festival  Movie  Black Cop 2018 

It’s not easy being a black cop. Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you, being patronized by the people you protect is constant. And when the world is on edge waiting for a grand jury verdict on a high profile police case involving unarmed youth, you can bet all eyes are on you.

For one officer already struggling between duty and moral obligation, things take a drastic turn when he is profiled by his colleagues off-duty, pushing him over the edge. The film has some nice transitions from scene to scene. Black Cop has this gritty feel that works well with this film. Look for this actor Ronnie Rowe Jr. making more films in the future. In Closing this Feature was Film in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Armed with the power of his badge, an antagonizing radio show for company, and some good old fashioned rage, the stage is set for a whirlwind day filled with vendetta and just desserts, as Black Cop targets the community and he’s sworn to protect. 7 out 10 stars