What’s New For 2010?

A brand new day indeed and a new decade that looks to be getting brighter and brighter for AJ Epyx Productions. There have been many developments in the last few weeks which could well set what a great year we’ll be having:

– “Priceless” will finally be up for sale on Amazon.com and eStore in just a few weeks. Each disc will contain the original festival cut of the film as well as outtakes and the trailer. Well be spreading the word once it’s available.

– Our new film, “Dishonorable Vendetta”, will be resuming production next month. I’ve been working very hard in the meantime editing the completed scenes and also filming test shots for the upcoming action sequences. The test footage and the first teaser trailer for the film will be making their way on the net very soon.

– On the “In Development” front, I sent out one of my feature length scripts to a major company which will remain nameless. No guarantees but it’s definitely worth the shot. We also have three short films in active development as well as a potential remake/reboot of an old favorite of mine that deserves to be seen. It’ll be an ambitious effort but I believe we can make it happen.

Finally, Andre’ Joseph and AJ Epyx Productions sends its thoughts and prayers to the people who are suffering, lost their homes and loved ones as a result of the devistating earthquake in Haiti. Here’s where you can help:

Go online to mercycorps.org or mail checks to Haiti Earthquake Fund,Dept. NR, PO Box 2669 Portland, Ore. 97208 or call (888) 256-1900 or Text Haiti 90999. $10 will go to the Red Cross.

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Happy New Year

I wish all of our fans and followers a very blessful and prosperous new year. AJ Epyx Productions will definitely have some big things popping in 2010! Stay tuned for more news and updates right here.

My Top 10 Best and Worst Films of 2009

Here we go with my take on the best and worst films of 2009. Unfortunately, I haven’t been going to the theaters as much as I would have liked to this year. It had less to do with the economy and more to do with the steaming piles of bat shit that hit the screens for quite sometime. Also, it’s hard to travel to the city to find indie flicks that capture my interest.

The usual way I do this is listing my top 10 best and worst followed by a quick one sentence take on the film. For some reason, I’ve had less patience in writing more detailed reviews. Also note that I have not seen Avatar (or Zombieland), so I’m only going by what I’ve seen from Jan-Nov of this year.

My Top 10 Worst Films of 2009:

10. Gamer
(Couldn’t get past the first 10 minutes)

9. The Soloist
(Robert Downey Jr. could not save this waste of celluloid)

8. Friday the 13th
(If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all)

7. Notorious
(I would have preferred Sly Stallone’s unproduced film about the LAPD officer who investigated the Tupac and Biggie murders)

6. Obsessed
(Caught it on cable. Poor Idris Elba. Deserves so much better)

5. Funny People
(Not a laugh-out riot. Just a downbeat bore)

4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(Aside from a few good action scenes, the comedy went overboard and there was lack of development with the new characters)

3. Observe and Report
(See #5)

2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
(I only made this number 2 because my buddy Adam Ferrara is in it)

1. Crank 2: High Voltage
(An insult to the intelligence of the human mind)

My Top 10 Best Films of 2009:

10. Bronson
(A modernized A Clockwork Orange. Highly recommended)

9. Angels & Demons
(Unlike DaVinci Code, no time is wasted. Entertaining from start to finish)

8. Law Abiding Citizen
(Well executed from a screenplay standpoint. Gerard Butler’s best since 300)

7. State of Play
(Surprisingly well done. Worth a second look)

6. Black Dynamite
(You’d be amazed how the film is a lot funnier than the trailer appears. This makes the Hangover look like Paul Blart)

5. The Hurt Locker
(This generation’s Full Metal Jacket. Brilliant)

4. Precious
(Despite the unorthodox casting, the film is disturbingly real. You never know what’s coming around the corner)

3. District 9
(For a film that cost less money than Transformers, I was pleasantly surprised. Paul Verhoeven must be proud)

2. Inglorious Basterds
(The Jew Hunter is a surefire shoe-in for Oscar season)

1. Star Trek
(What can I say? It’s the way every summer movie experience should be)

Feedback and your lists of best and worst are highly appreciated!